Student Tent City to Focus on Homeless Experience

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt.Champlain College students plan to spend the week of Nov. 17-21 learning about what conditions are like for a growing number of families and individuals who have lost their home. Some 180 students have already made the commitment to sleep in tents on the Aiken green on campus and attend workshops and seminars to learn about social services and the underlying reasons related to homelessness. A series of workshops and lectures will also explore the issue throughout the week.The fourth annual Tent City is being held during the national observance of Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week, according to Ashley George, service coordinator for the Center for Service and Civic Engagement at Champlain College. Each year, the week before Thanksgiving, the National Coalition for the Homeless ( helps to organize events across the country to take part in a nationwide effort to bring greater awareness to the problems of hunger and homelessness.We are working hard this year to emphasize the educational aspect of Tent City. We are not trying to simulate being homeless, but rather to raise the overall awareness of our students, staff and faculty about the challenges people are facing in these economic times, George explained. This year, more students signed up to spend a night or more in the tent city on the campus Aiken Green than in year’s past, George noted, and organizers had to limited the number of overnight participants to 60 students per night. Students will also be able to experience a typical soup kitchen menu at the dining hall with a limited menu similar to those often served in homeless shelters and food shelves. Events like this are tremendously important to helping the community understand the issues of homeless people, said Deb Bouton of the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS). We can’t do the work we do without the support of the community and an event like this one by Champlain College students is amazing. Bouton said COTS is already facing long waiting lists for shelter space for families and individuals and expects the need to grow as winter weather arrives. A series of workshops and seminars will complement the Tent City experience, George said. There will also be a fund-raising aspect to the weeks event with students collecting donations to help the Committee on Temporary Shelter with its community programs. Last year, students raised nearly $2,500 for COTS. Champlain College Tent City guest speakers every evening at 8 p.m.: Monday, Nov. 17: Former Champlain College students will talk about planning the first Tent City. Tuesday, Nov. 18: The Poverty Wall, an interactive activity will explore the stereotypes that surround people who are homeless. Wednesday, Nov. 19: Patrick De Leon, the drop in Coordinator at Spectrum Youth and Family Services, will speak about youth homelessness issues in Vermont. Thursday, Nov. 20: A panel of staff and clients from COTS (Committee on Temporary Shelter) will speak about the experiences of individuals and families who are homeless in Vermont. What are the real barriers to housing in Burlington and in Vermont? There will also be time for questions and comments at the end. A candle light vigil on Aiken green will directly follow the speakers at 9 p.m.Champlain College Tent City daytime activities and workshops: Monday, Nov. 17, 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Hauke Lounge Social Service Office- Mock intake procedure, anyone is welcome to come meet with a social worker to experience the process of applying for food stamps, Section 8 housing, and other services. Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2 to 3 p.m., meet at Tent City on Aiken green – Walk to COTS Shelters, students will walk to one of the COTS family shelters as well as the daytime and overnight shelters for Individuals. Wednesday, Nov. 19, 1 to 2 p.m. in Hauke Lounge Staff from the Vermont Workers Center will come to discuss issues such as Healthcare and Livable Wage and how they impact people that are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Thursday, Nov. 20, noon at the Tower Room at the IDX Student Life Center, Brown Bag Lunch focusing on poverty and homelessness with a guest speaker from COTS. This event is sponsored by The Office of Diversity and Inclusion.All events are free and open to the public. To learn more, contact Service Coordinator Ashley George at the Center for Service and Civic Engagement at Champlain College, (802) 383-6632. Or by email at To learn more about COTS, visit or call 864-7402. Champlain College was founded in 1878 and currently has nearly 2,000 undergraduate students. To learn more about Champlain College, visit www.champlain.edulast_img read more

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WSOC : Goalkeeper Anghel emerges as dependable leader for SU

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Phil Wheddon has made it a point to let Brittany Anghel know she’s running the show this year. When the Syracuse goalkeeper controls the defense, she has to be a ‘puppet master.’So far, she’s been pulling all the right strings.Anghel has already posted half as many shutouts this season — three — than she did all throughout her freshman campaign last year. In fact, she’s been so impressive that Wheddon, the SU head coach, said at the Fairfield University 20th Anniversary Invitational this past weekend that she’s among the best goalkeepers in the Northeast and beyond.It’s a point he wasn’t afraid to repeat Wednesday.‘Brittany has continued to excel,’ Wheddon said. ‘Her foot skills are superior to many of the goalkeepers I’ve seen. Her shot stopping and her ability to be a presence behind our defense is phenomenal, and I know our defenders are very, very comfortable, as is the coaching staff.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnghel said Wheddon might be quick to compliment because he is her coach. But she said it’s still nice to get that endorsement from a man who has worked with U.S. Women’s National Team goalkeeper Hope Solo in the past.‘I do believe in a sense because he’s from such a high level of soccer, and it feels good actually to get that recognition,’ Anghel said.Wheddon began to work more closely with Anghel this year because the goalkeeper coach she worked with last year, Katie Ely, didn’t return. This season, the focus has been on the more minuscule details of playing goalie.Those small details, like the way Anghel angles her feet a certain way or has the right footwork for a jump ball, can add up to major stops during a match.‘There all sorts of little things that I’ve really focused on with both Brittany and (backup goalie) Sarah (Dejak),’ Wheddon said. ‘And we’re seeing the benefits of their focus, not necessarily mine during the training sessions.’All those little things have added up for Anghel, who has played every minute of every game this season and has allowed less than one goal per game. She also has 21 saves and a save percentage of more than 80 perfect.What’s been the most pivotal part to the ‘puppet master’s’ early season success has been her communication with her Orange teammates on the field.As a freshman last year, Anghel was overwhelmed in taking on the responsibility as the starting goalkeeper for a Division I program. She wasn’t as straight forward with her commands to the rest of the team.‘Last year, I was little more timid because I was a freshman,’ Anghel said. ‘Even though I knew I couldn’t be timid, I still was.’This year is a different story. Anghel has been more vocal to everyone on the backline, letting them know how to best position themselves. By communicating with the defense, Anghel said it ends up doing the work for her. If a defender is in the right place at the right time, the defender can stop the offensive threat before an opponent even gets a shot off.Anghel attributes being louder on the field to knowing more about the game. With the knowledge she picked up from being the starter a season ago, it’s easier to read a play.‘This year, I have a better understanding about where I want people to go, and last year, I didn’t so much, so I think that plays into it,’ Anghel said.She gives most of the credit to Wheddon, who has molded her into the goalkeeper he wants her to be. Anghel said Wheddon is one of the best coaches she could have.Maybe that’s another reason why he thinks she is among the best in the Northeast.As for Anghel, although she didn’t say she was among the top goalies in the area, she certainly isn’t going to argue with Wheddon’s assessment.‘I’d say so,’ Anghel said. ‘I’m very competitive, so I’m not going to go saying that there’s better out there.’ Commentscenter_img Published on September 13, 2011 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more