Student senate requests information on sexual assault

first_imgStudent senate gathered Wednesday night to discuss and approve a resolution requesting the publication of a quarterly report detailing instances of sexual violence on campus.The resolution was proposed by Keenan Hall senator, sophomore Wilson Barrett, and Cavanaugh Hall senator, sophomore Kathleen Rocks.Rocks said because the student body does not receive a crime alert in response to every act of sexual violence reported on campus, students receive a false impression of how many instances of sexual violence are reported each year.“The point of having these quarterly reports is so that students can understand the gravity and extent of this problem and hopefully be spurred to act on it,” she said. “We find it very important for students to be aware of what’s going on … When you go by the emails you think there’s only three, four, five [incidents]. It’s terrible to get those emails, but you don’t realize the extent of the problem.”Barrett said he and Rocks hope this resolution helps students realize sexual violence is a community issue.“It’s all public [information], so theoretically every student could do this, but this just makes students more aware and gets the information out there,” Barrett said.Additionally, the group discussed and approved a proposal to amend the constitution of the undergraduate student body regarding the composition of the Club Coordination Council (CCC).CCC president, senior Marisa Thompson, said the amendment would allow members of the CCC to hold a position on the Student Union, which was previously banned due to a perceived conflict of interest.“Right now, as it stands, anyone who is on the Club Coordination Council cannot hold any other position within the Student Union,” Thompson said. “We didn’t think [this] was necessarily within the spirit of delineating those members within the constitution because we didn’t see there to be a conflict of interest in having those members explicitly defined in the constitution itself.”Judicial Council president, senior Zach Waterson, said the amendment gives students more freedom to join clubs that interest them.“The real crux of [the] amendment is whether or not they’re representing a body to the rest of the Student Union,” he said. “As the CCC reps represent a club to the CCC, it was Marisa’s judgment that holding that position isn’t going to put you in a conflict of interest because we don’t keep people in the Student Union from joining clubs.”The senate also approved an amendment to the constitution of the undergraduate student body regarding the procedure for amendment.Waterson, who proposed the amendment, said it states that before an amendment is proposed to Senate, the Judicial Council president and the director of the Department of Internal Affairs must be consulted about it, “specifically how consistent it is with the constitution.”“Over the last year I have continued to … [move] Judicial Council to a collaborative role and as a resource for the other Student Union organizations, and collaborating especially in efforts pertaining to the Student Union constitution,” he said. “[This] also ensures that we don’t pass amendments that perhaps haven’t been fully considered or introduce further inconsistencies into the constitution.”The Senate also voted to approve junior Paulina Eberts as next year’s CCC president. Thompson said in a letter that Eberts’ enthusiasm shows through her work with the CCC.“[Eberts] has actively made an effort to engage in a wide variety of enriching extracurriculars as a member of the Notre Dame student body,” the letter said. “Her dedication to the CCC and its efforts on campus makes her well-equipped to serve as its president.”Because this was the final senate meeting for the Ricketts-Ruelas administration, student body president Bryan Ricketts gave his State of the Student Union speech to the senate. Ricketts said over the course of the past year, he has learned what it means to be a student leader.“It’s someone who actually has a desire to do something,” he said. “They believe in the ability of students to collectively make a difference. They believe in the value of engaging with difficult issues and that a commitment to change means that students can and should be partners in that change.”Ricketts said he has also repeatedly asked himself, and challenged the members of senate to ask themselves, “Where were you when it happened?”“As this term comes to a close, I’m happy with my answer to that question,” he said. “I hope you are too.”Tags: Bryan Ricketts, Ricketts-Ruelas, Student government, student senatelast_img read more

Garfield Gators 6-year winning streak ends

first_imgCHAMPIONS—The Garfield Gator Twerps won the Southwestern Pennsylvania Youth Athletic League Championship with a 13-8 win over the North Side Steelers. (Photos by William McBride)The Garfield Gators have been one of the most successful youth football programs in Southwestern Pennsylvania history. The Gators organization provides opportunity for inner-city kids to participate in youth football and cheer.  The entire community gets involved with the team. It’s an all volunteer staff that provides the best coaching instruction regardless of economic background the chance to learn the values of character, integrity, discipline, and teamwork through football and cheerleading.DANIEL KANE JR rushed for a touchdown in the Garfield Gators 13-8 win over the North Side Steelers in the Twerps championship game.President Bob Jones, Coach Paper and the entire staff have built an outstanding organization nail-by-nail, dollar-by-dollar and piece-by-piece.“This is more than football its family.  All the people who were in my wedding are part of this program,” said Officer Mike Gay.  “It’s all about the kids.  We want to give to these kids things that we didn’t have.  Be mentors.  Be a father figure.”The Gators were riding a 69 game winning streak like California Chrome! But on Sunday Oct. 26, at Cupples Stadium, Homewood-Brushton “Shook up the World” by knocking off the Gators 14-7 to win the 13-14 age group championship.last_img read more

Recreational Razor Clam Opener in October Remains Tentative

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeThe first October 2018 recreational razor clam opener remains tentative as the marine toxin tests are completed. Those tentative opening dates are;Oct. 11, Thursday, 8:58 p.m.; -0.6 feet; Twin Harbors, MocrocksOct. 12, Friday, 9:41 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, CopalisOct. 13, Saturday, 10:26 p.m.; +0.1 feet; Twin Harbors, MocrocksThe following are the results from the first round of tests. The details with the tentative dates through December that were previously announced can be found at: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.htmlMARINE TOXIN UPDATE:Listed below are the most recent marine toxin levels, as announced by the Washington Department of Health (WDOH) on September 28, 2018. This is the FIRST of two rounds of razor clam samples required by WDOH before any recreational razor clam opener. As you can see, these samples are all below the action level for Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning (ASP) from Domoic Acid, Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP) and Diarrhetic Shellfish Poison (DSP). The second and final round of sampling is scheduled for Thursday October 4 with results by Monday October 8.Recall, before a beach can be opened for the harvest of razor clams, WDOH protocol requires that all razor clam samples collected from that beach must test under the action level (20 ppm for domoic acid; 80 µg/100g for PSP; and 16 µg/100g for DSP) on both of the two required sample collections.Note that in all of these samples; only razor clam meat tissue is tested.These samples were all collected on 9/26/18.9/26/18; Long Beach Area E (north):domoic acid =   1 ppmPSP = none detectedDSP = none detected9/27/18; Twin Harbors Area CL (middle):domoic acid =   1 ppmPSP = none detectedDSP = none detected9/27/18;  Copalis Area XL (middle)domoic acid =   1 ppmPSP = none detectedDSP = none detected9/27/18; Mocrocks Area BC (south)domoic acid =   1 ppmPSP = none detectedDSP = none detectedFor more information on razor clams, including how seasons are set, population sampling techniques and how to dig, clean and cook razor clams please see the following link:http://wdfw.wa.gov/fish/shelfish/razorclm/razorclm.htmlast_img read more