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Cops in France brutalize high school students who join Yellow Vest protests

first_imgA scene of ordinary life in France, in these times of conflict: On Thursday, Dec. 6, late morning, in front of the gates of a secondary school in a very peaceful town in the Paris suburbs, about 100 students aged 15-17 are strolling from their high school to go to lunch, chatting, joking and relieved that the half-day classes are over. Strange: In front of the school buildings, a group of police block access to the street that these young people usually take to get home. So without any fuss, the students take another street. Then a troop of about 20 riot cops (CRS), equipped with helmets, breastplates and shields, suddenly appears and charges. Faced with bewildered and terrified teenagers, the CRS stop and line up; three of them step forward and arm their tear gas cannons. A youth screams: “Let’s get out of here, they’re going to shoot! They’re going to shoot!”They shot. Those students who do not remain frozen in shocked terror flee with all their strength; the others suddenly find themselves assaulted, brutally beaten, insulted. One of them, who fell to the ground, was beaten  by two CRSs who yelled at him: “Dirty bastard!”; a girl, beaten, her mouth bloody, hears another CRS screaming: “Little shit!” Under the assault by what are called, even in cases like this one, “peacekeepers,” young people manage to escape, running into the school to take refuge or rushing into adjacent alleys. What had these youths done? Nothing. They had done absolutely nothing. They were leaving school, going home, and the CRS brutalized them. For no reason.Incomprehensible. Unacceptable. Worrisome. There have been dozens and dozens of events like this in France in the last few days. In this France that President Emmanuel Macron has “reformed” with blows from police batons. The day before this assault, Dec. 5, several high school students had been seriously injured by Flash-Balls fired by cops. One, 16 years old, hit in the forehead, in the Pays de la Loire region in western France; the other, same age, hit in the face, in Ile-de-France, the region that includes Paris. Videos of these events were immediately posted on social networks. In the two schools, general assemblies of teachers voted their solidarity with their students and called for the general closing of high schools.That day more than 200 high schools were blockaded throughout the country, and many others were disrupted. The mobilization of “Yellow Vests” is spreading like oil on water, and the protest has now reached the world of students. High school unions protest ‘reform’At the call of high school unions, or sometimes more spontaneously, many young people are demonstrating against the neoliberal reform of the national education system. This “reform” is aimed at increasing school fees and tightening university entrance selection in order to further exclude children from low-income families. The government’s response: Send in the troops and have them fire tear gas canisters and Flash-Balls — at random or as soon as one garbage can burns.Throughout the country, more than 150 teenagers were arrested on Dec. 5 alone. In the most working-class town in the Paris region, Seine-Saint-Denis, anger and protests are already spreading to middle schools for children aged 11-14.On the same day students approved and carried out the occupation of several sites at the Sorbonne (on the Tolbiac campus at Paris I, Paris III Censier). So the student protest movement that was broken up last April 20 when the CRS evacuated the “Free Commune of Tolbiac” by force could start all over again. Young people are already frightened by the risks of unemployment, precariousness, and multiple and continuous socioeconomic difficulties. One thing is very clear: A regime that mistreats its youth by brutalizing them has no future. It is condemned. Before change happens, however, the regime will use the means of violence (which it calls “legitimate”) at its disposal to try to maintain its own order — an evil, cynical and ultimately untenable order.Herrera is a Marxist economist, a researcher at the Centre national de la Recherche scientifique (CNRS), who works at the Centre d’Économie de la Sorbonne, Paris. WW staff translated this article.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

ASA Celebrates Big Wins in Appropriations Bill

first_img The fiscal year 2014 omnibus spending package approved by the House and Senate combines all 12 appropriations bills for spending categories including Agriculture, Energy and Water and other areas that impact farmers into one measure – allocating funding for programs within each category. The farmers of the American Soybean Association welcomed action on the bill – noting that several of the programs represent significant policy priorities for soybean farmers. The bill’s energy and water section includes provisions that will significantly increase funding for waterways components. The provisions are strongly supported by ASA and have been priorities for the Water Resources Development Act. The increase in spending for port and navigation channel improvements is another victory for ASA. The bill provides one-billion dollars from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund for port and navigation channel maintenance and dredging. ASA President Ray Gaesser says waterways infrastructure is critical for soybean farmers. He says the work of the appropriations committee is not only a policy victory for ASA and other waterways stakeholders – but also a positive sign the WRDA conference committee may be nearing completion with similar provisions for waterways funding in future years.In the spending measure’s agriculture section – ASA applauds the allocation of 316.4-million dollars for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative. From innovations in weed science and biotechnology to new ways to manage water and inputs – Gaesser says the products and practices yielded by agricultural research are what have made U.S. agriculture great. The Food for Peace and McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition programs also received funding in the agriculture section of the bill. Both programs provide nations in need with assistance in the form of American-grown agricultural commodities – including in many cases – soybean meal and soy flour. Also provided is funding for USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. NASS is directed to resume previously-suspended reports and begin compilation of several Current Industrial Reports formerly conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. ASA led efforts to provide adequate funding to NASS to resume the reports.Source: NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Jan 20, 2014 SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleTaking Charge of Soil Health Wednesday in VincennesNext articleHoosier Ag Today Adds Programs to Lafayette Radio Station Andy Eubank Home Energy ASA Celebrates Big Wins in Appropriations Bill ASA Celebrates Big Wins in Appropriations Billlast_img read more

The blogger Slim Ammamou appointed minister for youth and sports

first_img RSF_en Three days after President Ben Ali’s flight into exile, the information ministry was disbanded by the new provisional government of national union, which announced that complete freedom of information and expression would be a fundamental principle in the new era. Slim Ammamou, a blogger who had been released from prison just four days before, was appointed minister for youth and sports. News January 17, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 The blogger Slim Ammamou appointed minister for youth and sportscenter_img Organisation Help by sharing this informationlast_img

International Organisations Condemn Further Restrictions on Press Freedoms and Freedom of Expression in Nepal

first_img RSF_en October 19, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 International Organisations Condemn Further Restrictions on Press Freedoms and Freedom of Expression in Nepal Organisation Nepalese journalists threatened, attacked and censored over Covid-19 coverage Nineteen international press freedom organisations have condemned the new curbs on the news media imposed by King Gyanendra, above all those contained in an ordinance issued on 9 October. The organisations have been very supportive of Nepal’s independent radio stations. Follow the news on Nepal May 17, 2019 Find out more Under Chinese pressure, Nepal sanctions three journalists over Dalai Lama story This statement is issued by members of the ‘International Press Freedom and Freedom of Expression Mission to Nepal’.- ARTICLE 19- Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)- International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)- International Media Support (IMS)- International Press Institute (IPI)- Press Institute of India (PII)- Reporters sans Frontières (RSF)- South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA)- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)- World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC)- World Association of Newspapers (WAN) NepalAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information News Nepal: RSF’s recommendations to amend controversial Media Council Bill to go further Receive email alerts June 8, 2020 Find out more We, as members of the ‘International Press Freedom and Freedom of Expression Mission to Nepal’, express our serious concern that HM King Gyanendra, together with the government and security forces, is seeking to further undermine Nepal’s vibrant independent media, which has been opposing the actions of the authorities to curb press freedoms and freedom of expression since 1 February 2005. In specific, we condemn the ‘Ordinance Amending some of the Nepal Act related to Media’ promulgated on 9 October. This Ordinance contains a number of provisions to amend existing media laws, thereby introducing strict controls over the publication and broadcast of materials and ownership of the media, as well as introducing harsher penalties for those considered to be contravening the law. Penalties have increased dramatically, with journalists charged with defamation now facing fines ten-times higher than before, and a possible two-year jail term. The Ordinance also prohibits an organization or individual from receiving licenses to operate radio, television and newspapers. Those who have already been granted licenses to operate all three media are now limited to choosing any two forms within a year. Other provisions ban the importing of foreign publications that contain prohibited information and barring FM stations from broadcasting news-related programmes. These stations will be limited to airing “informative” programmes on health, education, weather, road and transport conditions and other similar development topics, whilst being banned from addressing, amongst others, “any subject matters with negative effects to political parties,” “offensive matters,” and “any matters against non-aligned foreign policy of Nepal”. Under the Ordinance any news that “causes hatred or disrespect” to any member of the royal family will also be prohibited.We wish to reaffirm our solidarity with the media community and freedom of expression advocates in Nepal who continue to be the victims of intimidation, harassment, repression and violence. In this regard, we will continue to support the media community, without any intention to interfere in the editorial lines of the Nepali media. We praise the media community for its dynamism in defending media rights and freedom of expression and call on the authorities to reconsider the ‘Ordinance Amending some of the Nepal Act related to Media’, as well as end all forms of direct and indirect censorship, intimidation, harassment and attacks against the media community and freedom of expression advocates. In addition, we urge the international community to step up support for the independent media in order to help save one of the kingdom’s last surviving democratic gains. News News May 29, 2019 Find out more NepalAsia – Pacific News (Released on 17 October 2005)last_img read more

Driver behind deadly vehicle crash at Travis Air Force Base identified

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The man who drove into Travis Air Force Base in California on Wednesday night has been identified as Hafiz Kazi, 51, according to the FBI special agent in charge, Sean Ragan.Kazi was from India, a legal permanent resident since 1993 with no connection to the base, Ragan said.Ragan described him as having generally lived in the San Francisco area for much of that time.Ragan said there was no known nexus to terrorism at this time.Multiple sources described Kazi to ABC News as a “nomad” and a “vagabond.”His vehicle slowly approached the checkpoint at the main gate of Travis on Wednesday evening, two U.S. officials said. At the point where a guard would have checked Kazi’s identification, the vehicle kept moving, and a flash was observed inside the vehicle.As the vehicle moved slowly through the checkpoint, it fully ignited into flames before coming to a stop on a median, the officials said.Ragan said five propane tanks were found inside the vehicle, along with three phones, three plastic one-gallon gas cans, several lighters, and a gym bag with personal items.Authorities extracted a video from one of Kazi’s phones and are analyzing it to try and see if it could help point to a motive for the incident which left the driver dead, and the vehicle charred.Ragan said the video did not contain material connected to Islamic extremism.The FBI and the Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations are jointly looking into the incident.“The investigation that we’re doing right now is trying to piece together his life, trying to piece together what led up to this event and attempt to determine why he was there and why he had those items in his vehicle,” Ragan said.Terrorism and mental health issues are some of the motives being considered, though authorities haven’t ruled anything out, officials said.Ragan added there was no indication that there is a greater threat to the base or surrounding community.Located in the San Francisco Bay area, Travis is home to over 14,000 service members and civilians and serves as a major cargo and logistics base to the Pacific.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Geomagnetically Induced Currents and Harmonic Distortion: Storm‐time Observations from New Zealand

first_imgLarge geomagnetic storms are a known space weather hazard to power transmission networks due to the effects of Geomagnetically Induced Currents (GICs). However, research in this area has been hampered by a lack of GIC observations. Previous studies have noted that New Zealand is unusually fortunate in having a comparatively dense, high quality, set of GIC measurements, spanning >60 transformers in >20 substations. However, due to operational reasons these observations are clustered in the mid and lower South Island. In this paper we analyze space weather‐induced GIC impact patterns over the entire country by using a different set of sensors that monitor levels of harmonic distortion, with even and odd harmonics measured separately. GICs lead to half cycle transformer saturation and is one of the few ways in which even harmonics are produced in a well run power transmission network. We make use of harmonic distortion measurements at 377 circuit breakers made at 126 separate locations. Focusing on the intense geomagnetic storm activity during 06 to 09 September 2017, we show how the even harmonic distortion observations provide a useful new picture of GIC‐stressed transformers. These observations demonstrate how GIC effects can be monitored by using even harmonic distortion in locations where no GIC measurements are present (for example, the most of the North Island). We understand harmonic distortion measurements are fairly common in electrical networks and could provide a new tool for Space Weather researchers.last_img read more

Two Paths For America: The Case For Trump

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Two Paths For America:The Case For TrumpBy Richard Moss MDWe are at the threshold of a monumental election, with the nation poised to move in two very different directions.   One path, under Hillary Clinton, leads towards the dismal socialist lowlands of Europe, the increasing centralization of power in government, and rejection of our history, traditions, and founding principles.  This path is already well trod, with the last 8 years under President Barack Obama a marked acceleration of the same process well already underway for more than a hundred years.  It falls under the banner of the so-called “progressive” movement, a real misnomer, for it is more aptly thought of as regressive movement, given its pre-industrial, pre-Enlightenment orientation and habits.  It can also be thought of as Marxism, Communism, or Socialism, recognizing the many variants and shades that leftism provides, all of them destructive, many of them through history, lethal.The other path, under Donald Trump, leads towards the light of liberty, individual rights, free market capitalism, our founding, and the Constitution.  The American ethos and system that was forged with the birth of the nation has led to unprecedented wealth and prosperity for Americans.  That system has been under assault by the progressive-regressive movement for more than a century, and never more so than now.The Democrat Party and its avatar Hillary Clinton is in conflict with our history and culture, our Constitution and Bill of Rights, and our moral and religious underpinnings, in particular, the Judeo-Christian tradition.  They are also at war with our demographics and have been eagerly transforming it.  Incapable of convincing Americans of their ideology of poverty, they have chosen another tact, which has been to replace the electorate through immigration both legal and illegal.Hillary will build on the lawless legacy of President Barack Obama, a man who has remained firmly grounded in his anti-Western, anti-American upbringing and has used his 8 years to divide the country and undermine our most cherished institutions.Trump, on the other hand, is a candidate who, however flawed and boorish, unabashedly loves his country, its history, accomplishments, and traditions.  He believes in American exceptionalism and greatness as many Americans still do.  He will fight to restore its free market economy, its military, culture, and rule of law.  He will endeavor, as he says, to make America great again.Trump brings considerable talents to the office, a background of business success, including retail, hospitality and leisure, media, TV, and, of course, real estate and construction.  He is a man not bound by the constraints of political correctness, this, perhaps, his most distinguishing feature.  PC, the thought and language policing that occurs on our campuses and schools, and in our media is a gateway to tyranny.  It includes the aggressive tactics of the social justice thugs that seek to destroy careers and silence dissent when “improper” opinions outside the PC lexicon are raised, our Sovietized government media complex, and the corrupt collusion between the media and Democrats.  It calls out for someone like Trump to expose and defeat it, and end the assault on our 1st Amendment free speech rights.Trump admires our Police, the FBI and CIA, and our military.  He respects our coal miners, oil workers, and construction workers and speaks their language.  He will talk up America instead of condemning it.  What a breath of fresh air this will be after 8 years of Obama.Trump would challenge the Establishment, the ruling One-Party Oligarchy in Washington, the broken system that is bankrupting the nation, imposing burdens on future generations, and sacrificing the country for short term political gain.  He will expose and uproot the Deep State, the army of lobbyists, bureaucrats, special interests, and career politicians that have done so much damage to the country.  Further, Trump has espoused conservative principles and policies that place him to the right of either John McCain or Mitt Romney, the 2008 and 2012 Republican candidates.Trump, for example, will pursue school choice initiatives to break the teachers unions and end the government monopoly on the education of our children.  He would end Common Core.  He is pro life and would seek to undo the disastrous Roe v. Wade decision and throw the matter back to the states where it belongs.  He will reduce the size of the federal bureaucracy and its onerous regulations, including the EPA and the FDA among many others.  He will repeal and replace Obamacare with pragmatic, free market reforms including expanding Health Savings Accounts, buying insurance across state lines, and premium support.  He will lower taxes including the corporate tax rate, one of the highest in the developed world and repatriate trillions of dollars trapped overseas.  He will build a wall and end illegal immigration.  He opposes amnesty.  He will go after those who overstay their visas.  Trump will deport illegal alien criminals.  He will end the disastrous family reunification/chain migration of predominately third world immigrants who bring little to our advanced economy, burden our welfare system, and create large numbers of Democrat voters.  Trump will restore the military and abolish the “sequester,” necessary at a time when our military is squeezed and the world far more dangerous after 8 years of Obama and Hillary.  He endorses Congressional term limits, which would be the single most significant reform to end the corruption, cronyism and growth of government in Washington.  He supports local police and law and order. He has given a list of Supreme Court picks all of which are known conservatives and infinitely better than the ideologic leftists Hillary would choose.Most important, he is not a committed ideologic leftist like Hillary who would expand the power of the federal government, undermine our Constitutional System, and attack our culture and critical institutions.Trump clearly loves his country and does not want to fundamentally transform it.  Perhaps the best thing we can say about him is that he is not Hillary Clinton.  Under Hillary will come increasing socialism, poverty, corruption, and tyranny.  Under Trump the nation may thrive once more.However imperfect a candidate, Trump is the moral and principled choice for conservatives, Republicans, moderate Democrats, working class voters, and Independents who love their country.  He is the vehicle for stopping Hillary.  Trump will be a non-PC firebrand who will attack the status-quo, the media, special interests, and the One Party Oligarchy.  He will begin the process of “draining the swamp,” and dismantling that most corrupt of cities, Washington DC.  The nation needs him.  Choose Trump for Life.November 6, 2016Brief Bio: Richard Moss MD is a practicing Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon, author, and columnist who resides in Jasper IN.  He recently lost his bid for the Republican nomination for Congress in Indiana’s 8th district. Find more of his essays and blog posts at  Also find him on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagramlast_img read more

Chance The Rapper Amazes With Soulful Performances On Saturday Night Live

first_imgChance The Rapper continues to take the music world by storm, with his R&B fueled approach to hip hop. Chance made his return to Saturday Night Live last night, performing a pair of tracks from his recently released album, Coloring Book.The first song performed was “Finish Line/Drowned,” a soulful number with a booming horn section and an appearance by Chicago hip hop artist Noname. Check it out below.The next was “Same Drugs,” which saw Chance The Rapper sit down at the piano for a more intimate song performance.Chance The Rapper also appeared in a fun 90’s style sketch video called “Jingle Barack,” celebrating America’s last Christmas with President Barack Obama. The video was led by Chance and Kenan Thompson, and featured an appearance by Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels as well!last_img read more

Seniors awarded Sisters of the Holy Cross awards

first_imgFour Saint Mary’s graduates from the class of 2015 were honored with unique C.S.C.awards for service in a variety of disciplines. The C.S.C. awards are given by the Office of Civic and Social Engagement (OCSE) to students who are devoted to community-based learning and volunteering.The mission of the College is to discern needs and respond, and each award is a tribute to the mission of the founders of Saint Mary’s, according to a press release. Appropriately, five of the seven C.S.C. awards are named for Sisters of the Holy Cross.The Sister Christine Healy, C.S.C. Award for Service with Women was awarded to political science major Kaitlyn Rabach (Editor’s note: Rabach served as Saint Mary’s Editor for The Observer from 2013-2014).According to Laura Elder, assistant professor of global studies and intercultural studies, this award is given “to honor Saint Mary’s College Students who provide significant support to women in the community.”Rabach began serving women as soon as she came to Saint Mary’s, Elder said.“Just after she arrived [on campus], she was interested in human trafficking and organized a series of sessions on what you can do here on campus and at the international level,” Elder said. “She volunteered at three different organizations throughout her time here. What she was doing was citizenship classes, language classes and general support for women and children.”Even with her heavy course load and extracurriculars, Rabach was dedicated in everything she did, Elder said.Elder also included Rabach’s dedication to The Observer in her nomination.“I consider that service to women as well which is education, information, and thoughtful articulate dialogue,” she said. “It’s getting the word out there.”Rabach said she was honored to received the award.“I was really honored to get this award because throughout my time at Saint Mary’s, I really focused on this idea of a feminist education,” Rabach said. “A lot of my service work as well as my course load has been tailored towards women’s issues … and helping others find their own agency.“This award was really meaningful to me in the fact that my work has been recognized as having some sort of impact on women’s issues in both the South Bend and the larger global community,” she said. “It was a great honor to have two of my professors recognize the work I’ve been doing over the past four years.”Nursing major Sarah Hossfeld received the Sister Olivia Marie Hutcheson, C.S.C. Award for Service in the Health Field.Associate professor of nursing Annette Peacock-Johnson said she believes Hossfeld deserves the award because of the service she provided through raising awareness and creating programs regarding healthy body image for young girls at St. Margaret’s House in South Bend. Hossfeld organized events for the Girls’ Club and engaged young girls in activities to give positive reinforcement and good role models as they grow up.“Sarah is a true trailblazer,” Peacock-Johnson said. “She did not wait for others to come forward and create a program where she could volunteer. Instead, Sarah identified the need and created a program in outreach to the local community.”Associate professor of nursing Ella Harmeyer said Hossfeld’s drive, initiative and expertise were evident and obvious in her nursing clinicals.Additionally, Harmeyer said it was an honor to present her with this award because of “Sarah’s well-rounded science knowledge base in nursing, her compassionate care of patients and families and especially her vision for what is public health nursing at its best.”Hossfeld said she was humbled to win the award.“I love all the work I did in the community, and I think it’s safe to say that, in most cases, I learned more than I taught other people or gave back to the community,” Hossfeld said. “I think I gained a lot from my experiences. I felt very blessed that the nursing department and those who nominated me felt that what I had done was important enough for this award.”Hossfeld said winning the award gave her a sense of validation in knowing her work made a difference in the lives of other people.“Service work is just so needed,” she said. “It’s something that I hope to continue to do in my life, whether I’m recognized for it or not.”The Sister Olivette Whalen C.S.C. Award for General Service was awarded to Jaclyn Voltz, a biology major. This award is given to a Saint Mary’s student for her exemplary service involvement in the areas of civic engagement, environmental concern, animal welfare, criminal justice, hunger, homelessness and community development.As the president of the service club, Circle K, at Saint Mary’s, and a resident advisor in Le Mans Hall, Voltz has experience serving the community both on and off the Saint Mary’s campus.“I make sure girls get to have the opportunity to leave the Saint Mary’s bubble and go to South Bend to do service,” Voltz said.Amy Gillan, assistant professor in the education department, and Kimber Nelson, newly-appointed Circle K president, both nominated Voltz for the award.Gillan met Voltz in her secondary education science methods course this past fall. They worked together, along with two Indiana University South Bend (IUSB) secondary science education students, in support of the local Green Bridge Growers social justice initiative to create a curriculum on aquaponics — a water purification system intended for autistic students.During this time, Gillan said she was able to see Voltz’s devotion to the community as well as her desire to get others involved.“I am impressed with Jaclyn’s boundless energy when it comes to sharing her strengths and passions with those in the Saint Mary’s community and beyond,” Gillan said. “Jaclyn clearly thrives on serving others and reflects leadership and optimism in doing so.”After Voltz’s two years as Circle K president, Nelson will take over for the 2015-2016 school year. Before leaving, Voltz had a significant role in helping Nelson create a plan for the club next year, she said“I have super huge shoes to fill; Jackie has been awesome all year,” Nelson said. “I definitely look up to her.”Voltz said she did not expect to receive the award at all.“I was very surprised,” Voltz said. “Doing service is more of a fun stress-relieving activity for me; I was surprised to receive an award.”She attributed her achievement to her Saint Mary’s education.“Saint Mary’s definitely gave me the confidence to pursue these leadership roles,” Voltz said. “I don’t think I would’ve been able to do this without my Saint Mary’s education.”After graduation, Voltz will be headed to Komga, South Africa, to work with 57 children in a home that was started by Notre Dame alumni. She will be there for a year to work on starting an after-school tutoring program for the children.While she is in South Africa, Voltz is hoping to stay in touch with Nelson to begin a pen pal program for the children with the help of Circle K, Nelson said.Senior education major Angelina Lazovich received the Sister Maria Concepta McDermott, C.S.C. Award for Service in Education.Lazovich was nominated by Dr. Nancy Turner, the chair of the education department, for her work with the new organization Students Supporting Autism at Saint Mary’s.Lazovich has been working with Turner since the end of the 2013-2014 school year to establish the club. According to Lazovich, it was Turner’s idea to begin the club at Saint Mary’s. Turner asked for volunteers to help, and Lazovich was eager to join.The mission of Students Supporting Autism is to spread awareness of autism to the local community and to raise funds for two local autism organizations.“I loved the idea of spreading awareness to the campus community and raising funds that would go to local centers to support families,” Lazovich said.Turner, Lazovich and Students Supporting Autism managed to raise over $1,300 for those affected by autism in the first year of the club.“It is very important that people be educated on the topic and that we do what we can to help families who might not know much about autism yet themselves if they have a family member who is just being diagnosed,” Lazovich said. “I think Dr. Turner and the College recognized our efforts to increase awareness and raise funds for the families in the community and gave me this honor because of the work I was able to do with the club this year.Lazovich said her long-term goal is to get her master’s degree in special education and become a special education teacher so she can directly help students with autism. Until she can attend graduate school, she hopes to continue to spread awareness.“I hope to inspire my students in the same ways that Saint Mary’s has inspired me, by teaching them that their dreams can come true,” Lazovich said. “I also want to continue to spread awareness about autism and teach my students to be respectful and accepting of everyone.”Lazovich attributed her achievement to both the education and opportunities Saint Mary’s provided her.“Saint Mary’s has helped turn me into a better leader, listener, student, teacher, friend and overall person,” Lazovich said. “I am so grateful to the College for their support in our endeavors all year.”Lazovich said she is proud of everything Students Supporting Autism has accomplished.“I wish that I could share the award with all of the members, because without them, none of our success would have been possible,” Lazovich said. “I am so sad to see my time here end, but I will keep all of the lessons that I have learned here in my heart forever.”Tags: 2015 Commencement, CSC awards, saint mary’slast_img read more

FTT to present ‘Spring Awakening’

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Sophia Costanzo Sophomore Savanna Morgan, left, and senior Grace Weissend rehearse for an upcoming production of the musical ‘Spring Awakening.’ Set in nineteenth century in Germany, the play is a coming-of-age story.Senior Grace Weissend plays the character Ilse in the production and said the play emphasizes the importance of communication in the coming-of-age process.“The musical shows what happens when communication breaks between parents and children and when parents don’t trust their children with the information they need to become adults,” she said.Based on a German play of the same name by Frank Wedekind, Steven Satar and Duncan Sheik adapted “Spring Awakening” to a musical in response to the Columbine shooting.“The idea was that the parents, the adults, were failing their children and the weapons were guns,” Hawkins said. “[Satar and Sheik] decided to write this and do an adaptation of Wedekind’s original play, and the weapon is sex.”Sophomore Teagan Earley, who plays the character Wendla, said the cast had the unique opportunity to meet with “Spring Awakening” composer Duncan Sheik to discuss how the music directs the show.“The thought is that if these children who are not allowed to talk in the classroom and are barely allowed to talk outside of their classroom could express themselves freely, it would come out as hard rock music,” Earley said. Students will relate to “Spring Awakening,” Hawkins said, because of the modern music, the age of the characters and the universal themes it espouses.“When you get to college you’ll be exposed to different people who have different values and different backgrounds,” he said. “Hard conversations will happen, but really healthy conversations will happen, so “Spring Awakening” is just perfect for young students at the height of their sexual experience and the height of trying to understand what is institution and who is suppressing them.”Weissend said the music melds the modern and the antiquated, which makes it different from usual musical theatre conventions.“Musical theatre gets a bad rap for being happy, sunshine, singing-and-dancing-land and fake conflict, but this show really explodes that stereotype because of its themes,” she said.The focus on starting a dialogue has been apparent throughout the rehearsal process, Earley said.“As the show is trying to encourage conversation between adults and kids, [Hawkins’s] directing style has been trying to encourage that dialogue as well,” Earley said. “When the Parkland shooting happened, we stopped rehearsal and we sat down and had a conversation about it and how it related to the show.”In light of the connection between the topics of the show and the current political atmosphere of the country, Weissend said, the program is donating a portion of the box office proceeds to March for Our Lives, a series of national demonstrations last month that advocated for gun safety measures.Hawkins said he hopes after seeing the show people can better recognize that the lack of communication between different generations has serious consequences.“What’s hard about it is that the adults have been children before, not the other way around,” Hawkins said. “The adults have the knowledge, and they have the experience, but when they do not provide guidance, comfort and education on these hard subject matters, these young people will have to figure it out themselves.”Hawkins, Earley and Weissend all said they want “Spring Awakening” to serve as a catalyst for important and necessary conversations and as an opportunity to enhance dialogue above all else.“We live in a very polarized society nowadays, but I think ‘Spring Awakening’ will be an opportunity on this campus to engage in actual conversation to really connect as human beings,” Earley said.Tags: DPAC, FTT, musical theater, Spring Awakening To complete the semester, the Notre Dame Film, Television and Theatre (FTT) department will perform renowned rock musical “Spring Awakening.”  The musical will be directed by FTT head of musical theatre Matt Hawkins and will run from April 18 to April 22 in the Patricia George Decio Theatre in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC). Set in late 19th-century Germany, “Spring Awakening” tells the story of teenagers attempting to navigate their journey into adulthood.last_img read more

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