Snow Women’s Basketball/Volleyball Teams Earn National Academic Honors

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailEPHRAIM, Utah-Per information released Monday, both the Snow College women’s basketball and volleyball teams received national recognition after netting excellent collective GPA’s.The Badgers’ women’s volleyball team ranked fourth in the nation with a collective 3.70 GPA while the women’s basketball team ranked seventh with a combined team GPA of 3.52.In their respective sports, these programs proved to have the highest GPA’s in all of Region 18. Brad James July 2, 2018 /Sports News – Local Snow Women’s Basketball/Volleyball Teams Earn National Academic Honors Tags: GPA/Snow Women’s Basketball/Snow Women’s Volleyball Written bylast_img

Ephraim Banda Added As USU Football Assistant

first_imgJanuary 5, 2021 /Sports News – Local Ephraim Banda Added As USU Football Assistant Written by Tags: Ephraim Banda/USU Football FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Tuesday, Utah State head football coach Blake Anderson added Ephraim Banda as the Aggies’ new defensive coordinator and safeties coach.Banda comes to Logan following five seasons as the safeties coach at Miami (Fla.).Banda commenced his coaching career as a student assistant at NCAA FCS school Incarnate Word of San Antonio in 2011.He served as a defensive graduate/assistant at Texas from 2012-2014 and moved on to Mississippi State as a defensive assistant in 2015.From 2016 -2020, Banda had been with the Hurricanes, coaching five defensive backs who went on to the NFL.They include Jamal Carter (Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons), Adrian Colbert (San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants), Rayshawn Jenkins (Los Angeles Chargers), Jaquan Johnson (Buffalo Bills) and Sheldrick Redwine (Cleveland Browns).In the past two recruiting cycles, Banda landed the No. 1 safety in the country in James Williams of Plantation, Fla. (2021 class) and Avantae Williams of DeLand (Fla.) High School (2020 class). Brad Jameslast_img read more

Navy Arrests Persons Attempting to Enter Sri Lanka Illegally

first_img View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today Navy Arrests Persons Attempting to Enter Sri Lanka Illegally Share this article View post tag: Sri View post tag: Arrests View post tag: enter View post tag: Naval View post tag: Attempting Naval troops attached to SLNS Thammanna of the North Central Naval Command arrested 5 persons in the General Area Urumalai on 29th April 2013 attempting to enter Sri Lanka illegally.The arrest was made close to mid-night and the group, resident in Chennai, India, consisted of 2 males and 3 females including a three-year old child. They were handed over to TID for further investigations.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, May 2, 2013; Image: Sri Lanka Navy View post tag: Navy Navy Arrests Persons Attempting to Enter Sri Lanka Illegally May 2, 2013 View post tag: Illegally View post tag: Defence View post tag: Persons View post tag: Lanka View post tag: Defenselast_img read more

The Opposite of Sex?

first_imgSex is Comedy, says a recent film by Catherine Breillat, which tells of the crude bodily mechanics of actors trying to recreate the passion and peculiarity of sex on screen. And she’s right. Not only do we like to find vicarious amusement in the taboo, but sex is a funny thing in itself. What is most emphatically not funny, it would seem, is the absence of sex. This is something that I have spent much time thinking about, while others have been joking about their latest sexual conquests and misdemeanours. I’m not a prude, or a nun nor even “waiting for the right time” anymore, but a normal, sexually-aware twentyone year old who won’t be having sex for a very long time, possibly never. And this I have had to explain embarrassedly in various states of undress to a number of excited, but ultimately disappointed young men; in doing so I refer to Sex and the City. Episode 50, “The Real Me”: Charlotte announces over power-lunch that her vagina is depressed and shots of a confused Carrie, a sympathetic- looking Miranda and a truly appalled Samantha ensue. But it’s okay: a few antidepressant pills and some vague medical waffle later, Charlotte is pleased to have a happy hole again. U n f o r t u n a t e l y Charlotte’s miraculous cure is an improbable outcome for most real life sufferers of the little-known illness termed Vulvodynia. Most sufferers, including myself, have a burning sensation on contact with surfaces such as tight trousers, tampons and, most upsettingly, penises. Assuredly less funny than no sex, is painful sex. We still feel desire, most can orgasm and a few have uncomfortable penetrative sex, while others are in constant debilitating pain and find it difficult even to walk. Mentally, vulvodynia is extremely hard to come to terms with, even harder for those who are misdiagnosed with sexual anxiety or allergies. A recent survey estimated that nearly ten percent of women suffer some form of vaginal discomfort in their life – only a fraction of whom seek help and in many cases, GPs are oblivious to the disorder. Much like the way in which breast cancer was viewed until the 80s – as an inconvenient and even slightly distasteful condition to be hushed up – it is not really acceptable to talk about vulval pain. Of course things might be different if we compared vulvae in changing rooms, but women are shy a b o u t complaining about this most private region of their body, particularly if they’re afraid that somehow poor hygiene is to blame. This is not the case. No one knows the exact cause of vulvodynia, but it is thought to be hyper-sensitivity or nerve damage, though some sufferers cite anti-thrush drugs as the source. A few months ago, an acquaintance of mine who suffers from Vulvodynia took a knife to her vagina and tried to excise a portion of flesh from her genitals, driven by agony and desperation after a GP told her that the chronic pain she was feeling was probably the product of her imagination. She was hospitalised, required reconstructive surgery and now the area hurts more than ever, but she said however stupid the act and painful the consequences, she is glad that she did it. She is no longer accepting her condition in silence. When I think back to my own experiences, I am shocked at my endurance of excruciating pain for far too long. As tears rolled down my cheeks during sex, my first boyfriend congratulated himself on making my cry with pleasure; I concealed my pain, because I thought I would lose him. Who would date, let alone ever marry, a celibate girl? I dumped him to prevent the need to find out. My next told me he was in love with my soul; sadly, ethereal spirits can’t give you a shag and he was tempted away by a more corporeal model after I told him about my condition. But this is not a bitter diatribe about the male obsession with sex. In fact the only thing I have become cynical about is the idea that sex is necessary. Tracey Cox teaches in Hot Sex and How to Do Itthat sex is a central and essential part of all successful partnerships. Well, currently I’m sexless and happy. Of course it’s a desirable, pleasurable aspect of love, but it’s peculiarly satisfying to know that my boyfriend would rather forgo sex than our relationship. Some say that sex sells, but it’s not incentive enough for all shoppers.ARCHIVE: 3rd week TT 2004last_img read more

Pedestrian killed near Communipaw Avenue

first_imgJERSEY CITY – A car being pursued by the Hudson County Sheriff’s Department struck and killed a pedestrian near the intersection of Kennedy Boulevard between Communipaw at about 5 a.m. on Jan. 23.The sports-utility vehicle (SUV) being pursued jumped the curb and struck Umar King standing at the bus stop before crashing into another car.Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, which is investigating the incident, reported that the SUV had allegedly been traveling at a high rate of speed and had run a number of traffic lights before hitting the victim.Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said police orders for the vehicle to stop allegedly went unheeded.A 16-year old boy inside the SUV was treated at Jersey City Medical Center and is currently being held by the police. Two other teens, who allegedly ran away from the vehicle, are being sought.The SUV was reported stolen in Jersey City on Jan. 19Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office at (201) 915-1345 or leave an anonymous tip on the Hudson County Prosecutor’s website. All information will be kept confidential.last_img read more

Michigan City Mayor apologizes for racial remark in voicemail message

first_img Pinterest Michigan City Mayor apologizes for racial remark in voicemail message Facebook By Jon Zimney – March 10, 2021 1 333 IndianaLocalNews Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Previous articleNational Weather Service making enhancements to Severe Thunderstorm WarningsNext articleAlyssa Shepherd returns to courtroom Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Twitter (Photo supplied) The mayor of Michigan City is apologizing for his comments in a phone message to a black pastor in the LaPorte County city.Mayor Duane Parry (D) is being accused of racism after he made what many are calling racially insensitive comments during a phone message in which he thought he had already hung up the phone.The mayor was recorded saying: “They want an (expletive) audience, ya know. These black guys, they all want a (expletive) audience all the time.”“I am sorry,” Parry said in a short press conference outside city hall on Wednesday. “I realize that saying ‘I’m sorry’ is not enough. I ask for you forgiveness. But also, I ask for the opportunity to show that I am truly the mayor for all of the people in Michigan City.”The apology did not go over well with many of the city’s African-American community. Churchgoers of the pastor to which Parry’s comments were made said after the press conference that they plan to “put as much pressure as possible” on the mayor to resign.Parry is now facing a vote of no confidence from the Michigan City City Council. That vote is expected to take place at the council’s next meeting.last_img read more

Sunny Ortiz Discusses The Future Of Widespread Panic In New Interview

first_imgWith the news that Widespread Panic‘s decision to not tour after this year causing, well, a panic amongst fans, frontman John Bell has since clarified some of the initial statements, saying the band is just scaling things back after this year. In addition, percussionist Sunny Ortiz also allayed the fears that Panic wouldn’t be touring at all. In an interview with C-Ville, Ortiz discussed the group 30th anniversary tour, and the decision to simply take some time to concentrate on family, recharge the batteries, and work on non-Panic related projects when the celebration is over.Widespread Panic Will Not Be Extensively Touring After This YearOrtiz clarified the no-touring statement: “Well, I think you almost have to read in between the lines, you know. We really didn’t say, or at least we really didn’t come to a decision as far as [to] stop touring. I think what the verbiage should have said was that we’re going to do a smaller amount of shows than we are doing this year.”Widespread Panic Heats Up The Historic Tenneesee Theatre For Two Night Run [Setlist/Stream]With the decision to dial things down from the arduous touring schedule that provides plenty of wear and tear both physically and mentally, the band will still play the major multi-night runs, festival plays, and do some minor touring, but stay away from the 100-date a year, day-in, day-out tour bus lifestyle, as Ortiz explains “for us to say that we’re going to not tour. …I think we need to expand on that and say, ‘Yeah, we’ve got to tour. We have to sustain ourselves.’ It’s what we’ve been doing for the past 30 years is touring..”.In short, relax, there will still be plenty of time to get your Panic on.[via]last_img read more

‘Shark Tank’ judge visits campus

first_imgAddressing a maximum-capacity crowd in Mendoza’s Jordan Auditorium last Friday, investor Kevin O’Leary of the hit ABC show “Shark Tank” shared his thoughts on great entrepreneurship and judged three business proposals pitched by Notre Dame student entrepreneurs.Before transforming the auditorium into a mock ‘shark tank,’ O’Leary first explained what the show reveals about entrepreneurship.“The American Dream is alive, and we watch it happen on Shark Tank,” O’Leary said. “Watching Shark Tank is watching the pursuit of freedom.”Rosie Biehl O’Leary shared clips from a previous episode of Shark Tank in which mother-and-daughter team Tracey Noonan and Danielle Vilagie pitched their cupcake-in-a-jar business called Wicked Good Cupcakes to demonstrate how the show acts as a platform to such freedom.Noonan and Vilagie were put to what O’Leary calls the true test — taking a commodity that is ubiquitous in America and building a national brand. O’Leary said the addition of a platform like Shark Tank to a business like Wicked Good Cupcakes substantially contributes to its success and made it possible to build a national brand on something with little proprietary value. Wicked Good Cupcakes is now the fastest growing cupcake company in America.“Shark Tank is a giant platform, is a giant infomercial worth about $12 million,” O’Leary said.Following its appearance on Shark Tank, O’Leary said Wicked Good Cupcakes saw sales increase to 15 times what it was before the show aired.“The Shark Tank factor is very much alive, and I think America has figured that out,” he said.Shark Tank and entrepreneurship are all about personal freedom, and that’s why O’Leary said he came to Notre Dame — to discuss how that personal freedom can be achieved by future entrepreneurs.O’Leary organized his thoughts into three different lists that exhibit key traits necessary to becoming a successful entrepreneur.The first list he shared with the audience stated the three commonalties of all deals ever funded on Shark Tank.First was the ability of the entrepreneurs to articulate the business’ vision in 90 seconds or less. Second was their ability to convince investors that they were the right team to execute the business plan, and third was a complete comprehensive understanding of their business models and numbers.The second list elucidated six attributes of what it takes to make a great entrepreneur.The first attribute is one’s preparation to make a “life/balance sacrifice,” O’Leary said.“There will be no balance during the period you are growing your business because you have to fall in love with your business,” he said. “It must consume you. It will eat your hours. If you don’t have the passion, your competitor will.”O’Leary said great entrepreneurs have a little knowledge about everything but a lot about what they are selling. Put shareholders first, have a passion for what they sell, use technology to improve efficiency and understand business is a global competition.An entrepreneur’s concept of a global market is one of the most important attributes to have, especially in the modern business world, O’Leary said.“For the first time there are more than a billion market cap companies outside the United States … so in every industry there is a giant competitor,” he said.Addressing the students in the audience, O’Leary said when “when you graduate, think global because your competitor is, and they want your share.”After being an investor for a long time, O’Leary said businesses that sustain and maintain profits understand the following rules: employees are the primary assets and are to be anchored by culture, the customer always come first, service trumps price, the boss does not necessarily make the most money, everybody is replaceable and business is war.O’Leary said knowing business is war is of utmost importance for any entrepreneur hoping to preserve a business, and he warned prospective entrepreneurs to not be distracted by a desire to solve all of society’s problems.“Your job is go out into the world and understand who you serve, but not solve all of society’s problems,” he said. “Your job is go into war everyday and win. Stay focused to the mission that business is war.”Next, O’Leary entertained three business pitches from three groups of student entrepreneurs, and he only had harsh remarks for the first business pitch called Aerofit, a chain of airport fitness centers.“The truth is some ideas are inherently flawed and this [one] is,” he said.The second team, seniors Joe Mueller and Federico Segura, pitched their business called Sessa, a social investing app, and O’Leary said he was interested and would be in touch.The final student entrepreneur was freshmen Michael McRoskey who pitched his business called Red Bag, which sells $5 homeless care packages.O’Leary said he was reluctant to invest in the company for fear it would become more of a charity than an actual business.Audience members then voted for their favorite business idea via Poll Everywhere. Sessa won the audience vote and walked away with a $100 cash prize and an expectation of a phone call from O’Leary.O’Leary concluded his lecture with the cheer “Go Irish!” and spent the following day tailgating with fellow Irish fans before attending the Notre Dame vs. Louisville football game.Tags: entrepreneurship, Kevin O’Leary, Red Bag, Sessa, Shark Tank, Wicked Good Cupcakeslast_img read more

Saint Mary‘s implements new environmental studies major

first_imgThis academic school year marks the official launching of a new major in environmental studies offered at Saint Mary’s. Last spring, the program was approved by the Academic Affairs Counsel after a yearlong process of researching and planning for the curriculum. Historically, implementing a new major requires a two-year period in order to thoroughly understand the program’s vision, cost and demand, professor of environmental studies Christopher Cobb said. However, Cobb and professor of biology Cassie Majetic co-chaired the initiative on an accelerated time table to create the environmental studies major in one year. Cobb said one of the major motivating factors throughout the process was living out the College’s mission.Majetic said ever since the minor was established seven years ago, students have always shown interest toward majoring in environmental studies. Within two years, questions regarding a major surfaced. One Saint Mary’s student developed her own “student designed” major in environmental studies when the minor was the only option, Majetic said. Now, environmental studies is a significant interest among the students. Majetic said she spent the entirety of 2017’s summer developing the program’s core elements. In the following months, an innovation team composed of Saint Mary’s faculty from 15 different departments formed to propel the project further. The variety of faculty ranged from departments such as biology, philosophy, English, political science, art, education, math, economics and more.“We wanted a truly interdisciplinary program,” she said. “We wanted the major to be authentically Saint Mary’s.” The innovation team’s efforts culminated into a final proposal, which was presented to the Board of Trustees and then approved by the Academic Affairs Counsel. Once the new major was publicly announced, a number of Saint Mary’s students asked about declaring a major in environmental studies.“Admissions is super excited to advertise the new major,” Majetic added.In accordance with the College’s mission statement, Cobb said the class reflects themes from “Laudato Si,” Pope Francis’s encyclical on care for the environment. “‘Laudato si,’ [Pope Francis’s encyclical letter] makes it clear that everyone is called to creation care,” he said. “Environmental justice is very much a part of the charism of the Sisters [of the Holy Cross]. The direction we are going is very much consistent with their mission.”In addition, Cobb shared some of the team’s intentions that helped sculpt the vision of this program. “We were mindful that we wanted the major to connect with the natural area, the sustainable farm and the built environment of the campus as a space for learning about and practicing sustainability,” he said.Majetic said she was willing to meet with any students who have questions regarding the new major.She said she believes instituting the major aligns with Saint Mary’s’ Catholic mission.“We think, as a Catholic institution, we have a call to this work,” she said. “We have students who are very interested in this kind of work.”Tags: Academic Affairs Counsel, environmental studies, majorslast_img read more

Civil rights movement leader speaks at annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day luncheon

first_imgAs part of Notre Dame’s “Walk the Walk Week” and in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the campus community joined together for a luncheon at the Joyce Athletic and Convocation Center. After a choral performance and an opening invocation, Diane Nash — a civil rights movement leader who helped integrate lunch counters and organize the iconic Freedom Riders — spoke with a panel of students and faculty about civil rights, nonviolence and the fight for justice. Events like these that bring people together in remembrance of history, Nash said, are healthy and beneficial for a community. However, she added “history’s most important function, though, is to help us cope with the present.”To truly honor King and the legacy of the civil rights movement, Nash said, holidays and monuments do not suffice — Americans must continue nonviolent movements which resist systems of oppression.“The Wright brothers were probably pretty good guys,” Nash said. “Wouldn’t it have been a shame if we had dedicated a holiday to them and never developed their invention — developed aviation? We would have missed out on a lot.”Nash noted, however, that substantive activism requires courage and sacrifice. She recounted a time she spoke at a college and a student asked her, “How can I make a social change and not get my professors angry with me?” “My response was, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me,’” Nash said. “I told that young lady about the many students in the 1960s who were expelled from school for participating in the civil rights movement. And that’s not even to mention those who were severely wounded, who went to jail and those who were killed. So, sacrifice is necessary.”Nash added that social movements begin when a persecuted group of people decide to stand up for the rights of themselves and others in their community. Genevieve Redsten | The Observer Diane Nash, a Civil Rights activist who advocated for lunch counter integration and organized the Freedom Riders, spoke Monday at the annual luncheon honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. as part of Walk the Walk Week.“Oppression always requires the participation of the oppressed,” Nash said. “If the oppressed withdraw their participation from that oppressive system, the system will fall.”Nash invoked the example of the Montgomery bus boycott, during which oppressed, black Americans refused to ride on the city’s segregated public buses. By withdrawing financial support from the oppressive system, Nash said, they forced the system to fall.But, Nash added, real nonviolent social movements require more than mere protest. First, they must educate the oppressed, educate their oppressors and negotiate with their oppressors, she said. Demonstration and resistance, she said, should only follow once these earlier steps are complete. Even after social movements make progress, Nash added, their work cannot end — they must fight to make sure the oppressive system does not repeat itself.Senior Kenzie Isaac, the director of diversity and inclusion for Notre Dame’s student government, asked Nash how she practiced self-care while working long hours to organize students — and while facing racist violence in the process.“I don’t think I was able to do a lot of self-care apart from the movement itself,” Nash said, but she added that the very act of resisting was restorative.“Not to resist being oppressed and discriminated against like that was unacceptable,” Nash said. “The movement itself was self-care.”Although Nash’s activism was primarily focused on ending racial segregation and racism, Isaac asked how other forms of oppression factored into her work.“You were a young person when you started out in the movement, you were a woman and, to tie all that together, you were an African American woman,” Isaac said. “And so, I’d like to hear more about how you being young and you being a woman in this male-dominated [movement] informed your approach to activism — and what sort of barriers or benefits that posed throughout your work.”Throughout her work in the civil rights movement, Nash said she faced sexist discrimination from other male civil rights leaders.“Women were very active in the civil rights movement. Women did everything that men did,” Nash said. “But it hadn’t occurred to us that the same thing that we were saying about justice and equality in the race were applicable to gender.”As new leaders undertake the fight for social justice, Libby Moyer, a panel member and a second-year Notre Dame law student, asked Nash what role white allies should assume. Nash agreed that white allies were essential to the civil rights movement — and continue to be important — but that black Americans nonetheless need their own independent activist spaces.“I also think it’s important for descendants of enslaved Africans in this country to have organizations and movements of our own. The civil rights movement was a movement of black students supported by black communities to eliminate segregation. We had white support,” Nash said.By assuming leadership roles and creating all-black movements, Nash said, black social justice leaders aren’t simply sidelining white allies.“If you make decisions about your household — if you decided that you need a refrigerator and what kind of refrigerator you need — and only you and your spouse make that decision, that doesn’t mean that you hate the man across the street,” Nash said.Before the event came to a close, Nash addressed the students in the crowd.“As you go through life, you will have decisions to make, and my advice would be [to] always make the decision that will make you admire and respect the person you see in the mirror,” she said.Tags: Diane Nash, Martin Luther King Celebration Luncheon, Martin Luther King Jr., MLK Day, Walk the Walk Weeklast_img read more