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Week challenges all forms of intolerance


first_imgThrough StaND Against Hate Week, members of the Notre Dame community are aiming to raise awareness about and initiate the eradication of hatred on campus and nationwide. Sophomore Bryan Ricketts, co-president of PrismND, said the events are meant to foster an inclusive and loving environment on campus. He said the week is intended to raise awareness of the hatred faced by a wide variety of groups, including, but not limited to, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community. “We want to acknowledge the unjust hate and discrimination that many people undergo because of their race, socioeconomic status, gender or gender identity, or sexual orientation – parts of personhood that are attacked all too often,” Ricketts said. StaND Against Hate Week is sponsored by PrismND, the Gender Relations Center, and Multicultural Student Programs and Services (MSPS). The Week included a “What It Means to Be an Ally Dinner” on Tuesday, as well as a forum about “The Power of Kindness” and a talk discussing bisexuals and transsexuals titled “What About the ‘B’ and the ‘T’?” on Wednesday. The series of events will conclude Thursday with a candlelight prayer service at the Grotto. Ricketts said he is especially pleased with the Wednesday event that will address the concerns of bisexual and transgender students. “I am most excited about Wednesday’s panel, ‘What About the ‘B’ and the ‘T’?’ Too often, bisexual and transgender students are left out of the conversation when their concerns are lumped with those of lesbians and gays,” Ricketts said. The panel aims to create a space where these groups can share their experiences and answer questions about bisexual and transgender communities, Ricketts said. “With our panels, we’re addressing two controversial but salient topics: the involvement of allies in helping end discrimination, and the lack of discussion about bisexual and transgender students in both straight and LGBTQ communities,” Ricketts said. “Especially in the case of transgender students, this is a topic that campus has been silent on.” PrismND passed out T-shirts Monday to show support for all students. Ricketts said bringing people together to talk about issues of hatred will remind people that no one should be left out and that the University should continuously work to increase inclusion and respect. Student body president Alex Coccia said student government wants to ensure students feel welcome and safe on campus and have a sense of ownership of their learning environment. “We are very supportive of the efforts of PrismND, the Gender Relations Center and MSPS to host StaND Against Hate Week to promote an inclusive environment to all, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression,” Coccia said. “This week is an opportunity for us to make clear that we are a student body who are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.” PrismND is Notre Dame’s LGBTQ and Ally student organization, and this is its first year as a club, Ricketts said. “We provide a safe space for LGBTQ students and their allies to develop community, engage in programming and service, such as StaND Against Hate Week, and discuss things relevant to them and their lives, both on campus and outside it,” he said. Ricketts said he worked as part of the initial group of students who implemented PrismND on campus. “StaND Against Hate Week, for me, has been a time to talk about topics that are frequently left unaddressed by the LGBTQ community and by those who interact with it,” Ricketts said. “It’s a way to be honest and open with ourselves and others about how our actions have real and lasting effects, and the responsibility each of us has to be understanding and respectful.” Contact Meg Handelman at [email protected]last_img read more


Keane to set Ireland record


first_img Instead, Sean St Ledger will once again partner John O’Shea at the heart of Giovanni Trapattoni’s rearguard. Wes Hoolahan will start his second successive game as he and Simon Cox replace the suspended James McCarthy and Shane Long. Team: David Forde; Seamus Coleman, John O’Shea, Sean St Ledger, Marc Wilson; Simon Cox, Glenn Whelan, Wes Hoolahan, Aiden McGeady; Robbie Keane (captain), Jon Walters. Robbie Keane will make a record-breaking 126th appearance for Ireland in Friday night’s World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands. Press Associationcenter_img The 32-year-old Los Angeles Galaxy striker, who moved level with Shay Given at the weekend, will captain Ireland as they attempt to claim three vital points. Keeper David Forde has recovered from a calf injury but there will be no place in the starting line-up for central defender Richard Dunne despite his return from a year-long injury nightmare against Georgia on Sunday. last_img read more


Skoro, Fijabi, Talk Tough


first_imgSkoro has promised an explosive return against David Ekpeyong. “Lucky Boy is unlucky to have been paired with me at a time I am ready, willing and able to prove to my fans Kakembo’s victory was a fluke. Lucky Boy will fall in round three. End of discussion,” bragged Skoro.Also loudly advertising his ring credentials is Olaide “Fijabi, whose light welterweight challenge duel with Joseph “Blacky Joe” Adeniji is already a talk of the town. “Blacky Joe boasted on television that he’d defeat me. He is probably confusing me with those small boxers down sport’s food chain. I’m Fijaborn, the champ. Blacky Joe will run back to Gabon, where he came from when I finish with him,” raved Fijabi. Blacky Joe had boasted that his main goal of returning to Nigeria is to defeat Fijabi.“It will happen,” he said of his goal of beating the two-time winner of the N1million cash prize for the best boxer of the event.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ahead of tonight’s GOtv Boxing, boxers scheduled to fight at the event have been threatening to flatten their respective opponents in a few rounds.The loudest boast has been made by Waidi “Skoro” Usman, national and West African featherweight champion, who is making a ring return after losing the African title fight to Edward “Shaka” Kakembo of Uganda at GOtv Boxing Night 6 in December.last_img read more


San Diego Padres beat Los Angeles Dodgers in extra innings again


first_imgFor Padre fans who forgot what playoff baseball feels like, this weekend is serving as a decent reminder.“It seems like all our games get decided like this,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Who gets the key hit, who makes the key pitch. … We haven’t been able to get the big hit.”Saturday, the biggest hit belonged to he smallest man on the field, 5-foot-6 dynamo Alexi Amarista. His line-drive single off Jamey Wright in the 10th inning drove in Will Venable with the game-winning run.A night earlier, Yasmani Grandal clubbed a bases-loaded single off Kevin Correia to walk off the Dodgers. The second-place San Francisco Giants have beaten the Milwaukee Brewers each of the last two nights, reducing the gap in the National League West to 2 1/2 games. The Dodgers led by a season-high six games on Aug. 12. SAN DIEGO >> A playoff series at Petco Park?There hasn’t been one in seven seasons. Barring a miraculous comeback, the poor Padres’ postseason drought will reach at least eight. Even after beating the Dodgers 2-1 in 10 innings Saturday ‑ their third consecutive extra-innings win — they’re 7 1/2 games out of the final National League wild-card spot.The Dodgers, meanwhile, are closing out the month of August in true September style: Watching the scoreboard, grinding out close games decided by late third-strike calls and walk-off hits.At times, the Dodgers’ climactic loss even took on an October feel: Stellar pitching before a rare sold-out crowd, a handful of close plays defining the razor-thin margin between victory and defeat. “It’d be nice to keep it closer to six than where it is now,” Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke said, “but they’re a good team. I don’t expect it to be easy.”Greinke pitched eight innings, looking completely recovered from the elbow soreness that occasionally hindered him in July and early August. He allowed four hits, walked two batters and struck out eight.Padres starter Ian Kennedy matched Greinke pitch-for-pitch, exiting with the game tied at 1 after seven innings. He allowed four hits and walked three.Kennedy helped himself at the plate in the third inning by hitting a double off Greinke ‑ the first hit for either team ‑ then scored on an RBI double by light-hitting catcher Rene Rivera.Adrian Gonzalez tied the game 1-1 with a solo home run in the sixth inning off Kennedy. The 370-foot blast landed in the Jack Daniel’s deck beyond the right-field fence, a strip of real estate that was part of the playing field when Gonzalez wore a Padre uniform from 2006-09.Gonzalez has hit 19 home runs this season, the most of any Dodgers player. His 91 RBIs are tied for second in the National League.Rivera led off the eighth inning with his second double of the game, then was replaced by speedy pinch runner Cameron Maybin. That threat ended when Dodgers catcher Drew Butera picked off Maybin, getting help from a brilliant pick and tag by shortstop Hanley Ramirez. Ramirez was a late addition to the Dodgers’ lineup after being bothered by a sore left quadriceps muscle the night before.J.P. Howell relieved Greinke in the ninth inning and allowed a leadoff single to Abraham Almonte. The left-hander then walked Seth Smith, a left-handed batter, and fell behind 3-0 to Yasmani Grandal. In a classic case of better-lucky-than-good, Grandal lined a 3-1 sinker directly into Howell’s glove, touching off a 1-6 double play.Brian Wilson relieved Howell and got Jedd Gyorko to fly out to end the inning.Yasiel Puig started in center field and batted fifth following a rare day off. After striking out in his first two at-bats against Kennedy, Puig singled off reliever Nick Vincent in the eighth inning, ending a streak of 20 hitless at-bats dating to August 20.“He seemed calmer tonight,” Mattingly said of Puig.But Puig also struck out in the 10th inning following a two-out double by Matt Kemp. It was the Dodgers’ last at-bat with a runner in scoring position ‑ they went 0 for 6 and left 10 men on base.“We didn’t square up a whole lot of balls,” Mattingly said.Wright (4-4) faced only three batters in the 10th inning. He allowed a leadoff single to Venable, then struck out Rymer Liriano on a full count.As it happened, the game might have been decided when Venable stole second base without a throw from Butera. The catcher said he couldn’t hear home-plate umpire Todd Tichenor call strike three on Wright’s final pitch to Liriano. The rookie outfielder started toward first base, maybe thinking he’d drawn a walk, blocking Butera’s throwing path in the process.“The situation wasn’t good for me to force a throw” to second base, Butera said. “I erred on the side of caution.”Venable scored from second base when Amarista lined Wright’s first pitch into center field, ending the game.Such endings aren’t good for a man’s blood pressure. They aren’t convincing wins for the victor, or convincing losses for the loser.Mattingly’s message: Get used to it.“I think there’s going to be a lot of games like this” in September, he said. “We look forward to it.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more




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