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

Chile, Canada Support Honduras’s Security Reform Commission

first_img On June 1, Honduran President Porfirio Lobo installed a security commission to purge the police, infiltrated by organized crime, the Public Prosecutor’s Office, and the judicial system, with the assistance of two experts from Chile and Canada. “We all celebrate the full installation of the commission,” Lobo said at the ceremony inaugurating the work of the body, which has no time limit to complete its task. “We Hondurans face many challenges, but the security challenge ties us down from being able to generate the economic growth and income that our people need,” Lobo stressed. The president urged the police, the Public Prosecutor’s Office, and the judicial branch “not to see (the commission’s work) as an intervention, but as a necessity, so that we Hondurans can have strong (…), transparent, and ethical institutions.” Honduras is confronting a serious security problem, with a homicide rate of 82 per 100,000 inhabitants, the highest in the world, according to a United Nations report. Lobo named university professors Víctor Meza, Matías Funes, and Omar Casco to the commission, while Chile sent Aquiles Blu, and Canada sent Adam Blackwell (also representing the OAS), at the Honduran president’s request. Meza, the body’s chair, said that “the challenge that the commission faces is enormous: it’s aimed at reforming Honduras’s entire public-safety system,” and he emphasized that its establishment “is the state’s response to the crisis in the security system.” On January 31, the Honduran Congress approved the purge of the police by a commission with Honduran and foreign members, following reports that linked officers to organized crime, but it also included the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the judicial branch. According to Security Minister Pompeyo Bonilla, the purge will impact around 4,000 members of the police force, out of 14,500 currently serving. The Public Prosecutor’s Office reported in late 2011 that entire police precincts were involved with organized crime in offenses such as links to major drug traffickers, kidnapping, murder, robbery, and extortion. By Dialogo June 05, 2012last_img read more

Abundance of freshmen has led to fewer goals for Syracuse

first_img Published on October 16, 2018 at 9:34 pm Contact Kaci: In Syracuse’s first game this season, freshmen contributed in each of the four goals. Kira Wimbert and Laura Graziosi both scored in their first SU game — Graziosi has scored once more, but Wimbert hasn’t scored since.Featuring its youngest team since 2008, No. 9 Syracuse’s (8-5, 1-4 Atlantic Coast) season has partly relied on the output of its youth. Freshmen, while accounting for 32.1 percent of SU’s starts this season, have only scored five of Syracuse’s 23 goals. They have recorded over half of the team’s assists, though.“(Being one of the youngest teams in SU’s history) has its benefits, it has its negative things about it,” freshman Tess Queen said. “But I think we’ve handled it really well.”The Orange’s 2017 roster had twice the number of upperclassmen as it does now. Last year, Syracuse scored 45 regular season goals and earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament before losing in the first round. One year later, the Orange replaced five upperclassmen with five underclassmen.Near the beginning of this season, the Orange faced three top-10 opponents in three games. All three were losses, including a home loss against Duke. The loss to the Blue Devils was the worst offensive performance by an SU team under Ange Bradley with zero shots. It was SU’s first three-game losing streak since 2014.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLaura Angle | Digital Design EditorSince the losing streak, SU has gone 5-2, losing only to the top-ranked team in the country, North Carolina, and divisional opponent No. 16 Wake Forest. The Orange picked up a top-10 win against then-No. 8 Boston College as one of those five wins.“I think we’ve acclimated very good,” Graziosi said. “You can see in the end of the season we’re all getting like better and stronger, and we’re just used to everything now.”Graziosi leads her class in goals this season (2) and is third overall on the team. The freshman from the Netherlands started all 13 games for the Orange. Graziosi expected to play a lot, based on what she was told during recruiting, she said. But she didn’t expect to start every game of her freshman year. Neither did Queen, the only other freshman to do so. Queen leads the team in assists (5) and is tied with Graziosi for third-most points (7).Against then-No. 10 Virginia, the two connected for SU’s lone goal. Coming off a penalty corner, the Orange were unable to find immediate success. But then Queen got into position to assist Graziosi for her second goal of the season. It would also help SU to its second of five overtime games this season, and the only one it lost.A month later, SU faced another top-10 opponent in Boston College. The game went into overtime, but this time the Orange came out victorious with help from Wimbert, who had two assists.“They’re learning a lot, they’re getting tougher,” Bradley said, “still not as tough as I’d like to see them, but they’re learning toughness.”They immediately noticed they needed to adapt to the speed of the game. Wimbert played in Germany before coming to SU and, for her, the differences stemmed from practice styles. Before playing in the U.S., Wimbert said she often practiced a new technique at a slower pace to learn it. Now, at Syracuse, it’s “fast from the beginning” so that the athletes know what to expect in game, she said. As the end of the season nears, they’ve adjusted.Syracuse only has two regular season games left before the ACC tournament. Last time the Orange had a team this young, in 2008, it reached the program’s first final four. But that year the Orange put up 107 goals in the regular season and went 19-1, compared to 23 goals and eight wins so far this season.“We had to start from the beginning and learn a lot,” Graziosi said, “and now we’re near the end of the season and we’ve learned so much that really helps us in the field.” Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more