Month: January 2021

Intellectual environment examined

first_imgEmpty seats at lectures and a lack of academic conversation in residence halls spurred discussion in Campus Life Council (CLC) Monday.The Council discussed possibilities for greater engagement outside the classroom and the intellectual environment on campus. “We are an extremely intelligent campus,” former student body president Grant Schmidt said. “We are very passionate about our studies. How do we expand on that?”Members of CLC debated how to bring a more intellectual environment to campus life outside of the classroom that would still preserve Notre Dame’s distinct identity. “We are getting a sense from juniors and seniors that they are just now realizing that they should be having friendships with their professors,” former student body vice president Cynthia Weber said. Creating more peer academic involvement during freshmen orientation would be a method to introduce this intellectual environment to students immediately, she said.Weber suggested that these conversations should could build an “opportunity to pursue service through scholarship” for students at Notre Dame who are looking towards graduate education. Council members steered away from specifically incorporating academic life in the residence halls around campus by holding more classes in dorm settings. “Looking at the residential system as a major piece of the puzzle in stimulating the intellectual life on campus is like trying to put out a fire with a water gun,” Sorin Hall rector Fr. Jim King said. The challenge is making the connection between the residence life and the culture of academia on campus, he said. Making academic events appealing to students is critical to developing an intellectual environment, members said. The Council identified a lack of interest as a problem rather than a lack of opportunities.“The value of a forum or of an event like the God Debate is that those stimulate discussion and are not just lectures,” Judicial Council president Ian Secviar said. Broadcasting important events through television and scheduling programs at more convenient times for students were proposed to engage more of the campus community. Council members targeted a combination of over-programming and a lack of advertising as the source of low attendance for lectures on campus. “It is a shame that we have so much at hand and so little being taken advantage of,” student representative John DeLacio said. “It’s frustrating.”last_img read more

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Senior kickoff held to reunite class members

first_imgAs the members of the Class of 2011 settle into their final year at Notre Dame, the senior class officers and the Career Center have collaborated to present this year’s Senior Class Kickoff. The event, which will be held today in Stepan Center, features a free barbecue, that includes a vegetarian option on request, a cash bar with beer and wine, a special appearance by Notre Dame athletics and numerous outdoor games including beach volleyball, horseshoes and cornhole.  Cath Flynn, senior class vice president, said the main goal of the event is to reunite members of the senior class before the school year gets into full swing. While the most obvious purpose of the event is socializing with classmates, the Kickoff also provides seniors with an opportunity to meet advisors from the Career Center and begin networking for all postgraduate opportunities, including careers, graduate school and service opportunities. Seniors will have several networking opportunities available to them at the Kickoff, including meeting representatives from the event’s six corporate sponsors: KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Accenture, General Mills, Ernst & Young and Raytheon.  In addition, seniors who attend the event and register with the Career Center will be able to enter their name into a prize drawing for a chance to win a 32-inch Samsung LCD TV, assorted Notre Dame apparel and Notre Dame football tickets, among other prizes. “We want to give seniors a heads up about things that are happening this fall related to career planning,” Anita Rees, an associate director of the Career Center, said. “We are also excited about this year because there are small signs that the postgraduate opportunity search may be a little easier this year.” center_img “We hope the event will bring friends together and pump everyone up for a great year as we grace campus for our last year together,” Flynn said.  In addition to corporate networking opportunities, Mike Hebbeler of the Center for Social Concerns will have information for seniors about postgraduate service opportunities. According to Flynn and Rees, both the senior class and the Career Center are looking forward to the event because it would not have been possible without the help of each group. Both groups also anticipate working together in the future.  “The Career Center looks forward to working with the Class of 2011 wherever their careers take them,” Rees said.last_img read more

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Kaitlyn Rabach named SMC’s outstanding senior

first_imgCourtesy of Gwen O’Brien In sixth grade, Kaitlyn Rabach decided she wanted to attend Saint Mary’s. Since then, Rabach has remained devoted to the College, and the Alumnae Association Board of Directors named her this year’s Outstanding Senior. (Editor’s note: Rabach served as Saint Mary’s Editor for The Observer from 2013-2014.)Recipients of this award display values of scholarship and leadership, according to Director of Media Relations Gwen O’Brien.“As the valedictorian represents the mind, and the Lumen Christi Award recipient reflects the soul, the Outstanding Senior embodies the heart of the graduating class at Saint Mary’s,” O’Brien said.Rabach, a political science major with minors in global studies as well as gender and women’s studies, said Saint Mary’s granted her unique opportunities such as working with women from around the world to implement change in their communities.“Saint Mary’s has taught me that helping women is really important and that raising up women is really important,” Rabach said. “The president of my college is a woman. That doesn’t happen everywhere.”Rabach’s devotion to women’s leadership is evident through her social justice work, according to her political science professor Sonalini Sapra, who nominated her for the honor. She said Rabach worked well with 20 college students from five countries during the study of the United States Institute (SUSI) on Global Women’s Leadership in 2012 and 2013.“I was the lead faculty for that institute and got to see firsthand the great intercultural leadership and sensitivity demonstrated by Kaitlyn,” Sapra said. “She showed maturity well beyond her years.”Rabach has also raised awareness about contemporary slavery by founding Saint Mary’s College New Abolitionists, Sapra said. Her passion for seeking justice and promoting women’s education make Rabach the best choice for Outstanding Senior, Sapra said.“She challenges everyone around her to always think carefully about what they read and say and pushes others to do their best work,” Sapra said. “She’s a truly gifted, deeply serious and morally decent human being whom I’m proud to have as a student. I can’t think of anyone I know who deserves this award more than she does.”Rabach said she plans to move to London in May to pursue a master’s degree in social anthropology. She credited her Saint Mary’s education with giving her the ability to pursue the move.“Saint Mary’s has given me the confidence to feel like I can tackle anything that comes my way,” she said. “Saint Mary’s gave me the tools to tackle all the barriers and obstacles in my way with a positive attitude, and that’s something I’m really thankful for.”Rabach said she appreciates fellow leaders within the Saint Mary’s community.“I think that the heart of Saint Mary’s is centered on social justice and advocacy, and every day I am surrounded by so many of my peers doing such great work in the Saint Mary’s community and the South Bend community and really at the world at large,” Rabach said. “To be recognized for the social justice work that I’ve been doing here on campus is truly honoring and humbling.”Tags: Commencement 2015, Kaitlyn Rabach, Outstanding senior awardlast_img read more

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Senate requests more information on joint venture with Chinese university

first_imgStudent Senate voted on Wednesday night to draft a resolution to request more information from the University about Notre Dame’s partnership with Zhejiang University (ZJU) in China to create a joint residential liberal arts college.According to a white paper authored by J. Nicholas Entrikin, vice president and associate provost for internationalization, and Jonathan Noble, assistant provost for Asia, the school “will be composed of six colleges and institutes, each developed in joint partnership with North American and European university partners. … This past summer, Notre Dame and ZJU signed an agreement to hold bilateral discussions about the feasibility of this joint venture.”This proposal was spearheaded by Dillon Hall Senator sophomore Michael Finan, who voiced his concerns about the situation to the Senate.“I was thinking about drafting a resolution to send to the administration, expressing that students feel left out of the conversation,” he said.“The university that they are forming is a partnership with Zhejiang in China, but also six total schools. They are going to [include] the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the Imperial College London, the University of Edinburgh,” Bryan Ricketts, student body president, said.“The idea would be that everybody involved in this is contributing something to this joint school, but it would be a school that awards a degree in part sponsored by Notre Dame, and Notre Dame would be responsible for providing a liberal arts curriculum to this school,” Ricketts said.Additionally, Ricketts said the other schools would be providing curriculums in science, engineering and other fields.Senators expressed concern over the lack of information available to students on this initiative, in addition to concerns about the religious atmosphere this joint school would have, due to its location in an area known for its religious persecution.Tags: China, nd international, Senate, student senate, zhejiang University, ZJUlast_img read more

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New OMVA scholarship to help cover room and board costs for ROTC students

first_imgThe Office of Military and Veteran Affairs (OMVA) established a scholarship this year that will help cover the cost of room and board for Notre Dame ROTC students.Titled the Theodore M. Hesburgh ROTC Endowment of Excellence scholarship, the first award will likely be gifted in the next two or three years, Regan Jones, director of the OMVA, said. “This is one of the many pieces to the overall comprehensive military veteran strategy at the University,” Jones said. “[The OMVA has] been in business a year but we’re making great progress and really excited about the opportunities to support these students and to grow these populations on campus.”Jones said the scholarship, which was created with the help of a number of benefactors, represents an investment in ROTC students and ensures Notre Dame is attracting the nation’s top ROTC talent. “It’s not large enough to cover the cost of room and board for all ROTC students, so that’s the goal,” Jones said. “But it was an intermediate and an initial and an important first step to rally support from our alumni, families, students and friends to also give in support of this particular endowment to ensure the future of our ROTC program and students.”The scholarship will be awarded to ROTC participants who demonstrate exceptional performance in academic achievement, financial need, character and leadership qualities, Jones said. Incoming students will be eligible to apply for it through the normal financial aid process.“There may be incremental steps that include getting scholarships out to a small number of students initially based on the criteria I listed [or] it may include giving a percentage of the room and board cost to all students,” Jones said. “Eventually, absolutely it’d be our goal to have room and board covered for [all of] our ROTC students.”The federal government allots a number of ROTC scholarships to Notre Dame annually, but those only cover the cost of tuition and fees and not all of the allotted scholarships are utilized, Jones said.“What we’ve seen happen in recent years is that we’re not as a University maximizing the number of ROTC scholarships at Notre Dame,” Jones said. “And so as a result of that, we work closely with a number of campus partners and we’ve had great success with University donors that are rallying to support a scholarship for room and board for our ROTC students.”At Notre Dame, room and board costs an average of $15,410 per year, according to the Office of Financial Aid website. Junior Sammie Escamilla, an operations assistant at the OMVA, said the goal of the scholarship is to ease the financial burden of many ROTC students who acquire an average of up to $30,000 in student debt due to room and board expenses.“The cost of room and board here at Notre Dame is over $14,000 dollars which is not a little amount at all,” Escamilla said. “So if we’re able to help even one person who wants to come to Notre Dame to fulfill their Notre Dame education with this scholarship while they’re doing ROTC, I think it’s great because we’re setting up the service members … with a great future.”The Notre Dame Trident Naval Society (TNS) was one of the donors that made the endowment possible, Escamilla said, by donating over $3,000. Junior and president of TNS Michael Terranova said in an email that $2,000 of the $3,430 donated from TNS came from the organization’s own funds, while the rest came from money raised on Notre Dame Day. The donations were meant to help “as many cadets and midshipmen as possible,” Terranova said.“This is extremely important to many members of ROTC, because even though some of us are on scholarship from our respective military branches, room and board still presents a sizable financial burden,” he said. “As the endowment grows over the next couple of years, the scholarship will have a very positive impact on many cadets and midshipmen as it will lift some of this burden.”Jones said donors like TNS who contributed to the endowment are helping prolong the legacy of former University President Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, who was a “champion of supporting ROTC and the military.” The scholarship, named after Fr. Hesburgh, will be built to last and ensure the future of the ROTC program forever, Jones said.“It was that generous donor and the creation of this endowment that inspired our ROTC students who decided to donate their money they raised around ND Day to actually go toward this endowment,” Jones said. “… They know this is a gift that won’t support them, but what they’re investing in is the future of the ROTC program at Notre Dame.”Tags: Military, OMVA, Room and Board, ROTC, scholarship, Theodore M. Hesburgh ROTC Endowment of Excellencelast_img read more

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Sprinkler breaks in Main Building

first_imgAt 12:30 p.m. on Friday, a sprinkler head broke on the first floor of Main Building near the elevators, according to a statement made by University spokesman Dennis Brown. Brown said the first floor North lobby area, including the elevators, will be closed for the remainder of the day but will reopen Saturday. “The remainder of the building is open and functioning normally, and water is being supplied to the bathrooms,” Brown said. Any person having difficulty getting up the stairs while the elevators are out of service should call 631-555 for assistance, Brown said.“The building is expected to be back to normal [Saturday],” he said.Tags: elevators, Main Building, sprinkler head breakslast_img read more

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Senate approves executive cabinet nominees

first_imgStudent senators debated questions of religion, gender and morality on Monday evening as they voted on the remaining candidates for Notre Dame’s student government executive cabinet.Student body president junior Elizabeth Boyle and vice president sophomore Patrick McGuire took office two weeks ago, but four of their executive cabinet positions have been unfilled since April 1. A highly contested provision of the Student Union constitution prevented the nominees — who will be studying abroad for the first month of their terms — from being approved for the roles.Last week, the student senate passed a resolution allowing the abroad executive cabinet nominees to be considered for the roles. On Monday, senators interviewed the nominees for the four remaining director positions via a video conference call.Boyle and McGuire’s nominee for director of the Gender Relations department, junior Anne Jarrett, faced an exceptionally controversial hearing. Several senators raised concerns about two of Jarrett’s tweets, which were critical of Catholic sexual doctrine and men.Dillon Hall senator, freshman Samuel Delmer, read an excerpt of one of Jarrett’s tweets from February 6. “I see the [Catholic] faith as inherently against female empowerment and sexual freedom,” the tweet said.Some senators said that Jarrett’s personal views about the Catholic Church could put work at the Department of Gender Relations at odds with Notre Dame’s mission.“The fact that [Jarrett] see[s] the faith as inherently against female empowerment — not just the faith as it is now — shows that while [Jarrett] advance[s] female empowerment at this University, [Jarrett] will … see part of that as counteracting the Catholic faith,” Delmer said. Jarrett, however, told the senators that personal opinions wouldn’t interfere with the mission to strengthen gender relations on campus.“I’m not here to teach or promote my own agenda … but rather, I am here to … work for every single student on Notre Dame’s campus to better their daily lives,” Jarrett said.Additionally, Jarrett explained that their values and vision for the department aligned with several guiding principles of the University — namely, the values of love, acceptance and empathy.Boyle served in the same role as the director of the Gender Relations department this past year before taking office as student body president. Speaking from her background, Boyle said Jarrett had the necessary experience and skills to succeed in the role.“Talking about gender relations is something very difficult — and something that Notre Dame has a lot to grow in,” Boyle said.  “Bringing diversity and diversity of thought [into student government] is exceptionally important.”Jarrett was also a vocal critic of the controversial letter to the editor decrying leggings, which was published in The Observer on March 25. In protest, Jarrett tweeted a picture wearing leggings. Several hundred people responded to the tweet, and many verbally harassed Jarrett on the topic of body and sexual worth.In response, Jarrett issued a tweet on March 29 that said, “The only thing this has taught me is that men are gross and they don’t deserve opinions and I categorically do not want to [have sex with] them.”Fisher Hall senator sophomore DC Morris questioned Jarrett about the tweet, raising concerns about Jarrett working effectively with men on campus. Jarrett said the tweet was simply a reaction to feelings of fear and isolation.“That was a pretty difficult thing for me to go through as a female-presenting person on the Internet,” Jarrett said. “As director of Gender Relations, I would want to make sure that we have discussions about how to relate to other genders on campus in ways that don’t make people feel alienated or hurt or sad or scared.”Senators debated extensively about Jarrett’s ability to serve in the director role. While many argued that Jarrett was too radical for the position and that the tweets were disqualifying, others maintained Jarrett’s experience and dedication made a worthy candidate.The senate ultimately approved Jarrett, despite opposition from several members. The remaining abroad nominees were approved unanimously. In the following weeks, the senators plan to examine the University’s new Residential Life policies announced this past Thursday, April 11. The policy changes — which are designed to encourage students to live on campus all four years — will also prevent off-campus students from fully participating in activities sponsored by their former residence halls. Many senators said that the new changes could alienate students of color, low-income students and members of the LGBTQ community who may have alternative reasons for moving off campus.Senators are currently drafting a resolution calling the University to reverse the changes for off-campus students. They have also invited Erin Hoffmann Harding, vice president for student affairs, to speak about the changes at an upcoming senate meeting.“This is something we need to act on quickly,” Duncan Hall senator freshman Jackson Oxler said. “All the classes at Notre Dame … care about this.”Tags: Director of Gender Relations, Notre Dame Student Senate, Senatelast_img read more

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Senate appoints Executive Council nominations, passes resolution supporting No Shave November

first_imgThe Notre Dame student senate met Wednesday to decide on the nomination of two new members to the Student Executive Cabinet for the remainder of the 2019-2020 Academic term. Student Body President Elizabeth Boyle, a senior, and Student Body Vice President Patrick McGuire, a junior, were patrons of the nominations.The nominated candidates were Katherine Wallace for director of academic affairs and Tiffanie Cappello-Lee for press secretary & director of communications. McGuire read the cases to be made for each of the candidates.“We have selected Katherine to be the director of academic affairs because she is a passionate, committed, experienced and talented student leader who serves with focus and enthusiasm,” McGuire said. “Katherine is a current member of the Academic Affairs Department who brings Executive Cabinet leadership experience as the director of athletics emeritus. Katherine, a member of the Notre Dame fencing team, is also a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council. She has served as a McWell Thrive leader and is a Notre Dame Monogram recipient. Katherine has performed in each of these roles with exceptional skill, diligence and leadership capability.”As Wallace was not present at the meeting due to a scheduling conflict, the Senate could not ask her any questions directly. McGuire addressed the potential concern about her absence by saying she would be available over email and a deputy director will later be appointed as well.“[I’ve] also had some good discussions about the fact that it’s important for a director to be at Senate which is a very genuine and important concern,” McGuire said. “Good thing is, even if in the future Catherine is unable to make meetings because of practice, we are also appointing a deputy director of Academic Affairs learners, so, if something like this were to happen again, there would still be representation from the department.”The Senate quickly moved through Wallace’s nomination and confirmed her. They then moved onto the next candidate, Cappello-Lee.“[Cappello-Lee] has a deep dedication to service, justice and excellence,” McGuire said. “On campus, Tiffanie [Cappello-Lee] has served as a research assistant in Dr. Michale Ferdig’s malaria genetics and genomics research lab and a co-coordinator for the Global Health Conference. Tiffanie [Cappello-Lee] is a Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar, a member of the Glynn Family Honors Program, and a Sorin Fellow in the Center for Ethics and Culture.”Beyond campus, Cappello-Lee does pro-bono consulting for Mercy Homes for Boys and Girls, conducted research on the environmental impact of dietary changes in China and water pollution’s impact on health in Hong Kong, and has conducted extensive research in Ottawa and Santiago, Chile, McGuire said.“She has also interned at the management consulting firm AArete,” he said. “Through these experiences, she has gained and honed her skills of marketing, team building, research, writing, and consulting — all skills that will prove essential to her role as press secretary and director of communications.”Cappello-Lee was present at the meeting, and Senate only had one question. Sam Cannova, junior class council president, wanted to gauge her decision-making process in a very specific, high-stress environment.“As I’m sure we all know, Notre Dame lies on the Indiana fault line,” Cannova said. “We have a Radiation Laboratory on campus. Further, one of the typical roles with the press secretary and director of communications is to cover all sorts of news. One of the frequent stories usually takes Elizabeth and a director of comms slash press secretary to the Radiation Laboratory. So, in the event that you were in the Notre Dame Radiation Laboratory with Elizabeth [Boyle] and Pat[rick McGuire], and an earthquake occurs, in which the exits are just like blocked, ceiling falls down, and you can’t get out, and there’s a radiation leak, but there are only two hazmat suits. What do you do?”After the audible laughter in the room had died down, Cappello-Lee answered the question.“That’s a very important question and very realistic,” Cappello-Lee said. “Ultimately, I would just give it to Elizabeth and Pat[rick], like that’s the type of person I am, and since they are good people, I’d probably want to save them.”There were no more questions regarding her nomination, and after she exited the room, the Senate confirmed her nomination.Following the nominations, the Senate heard from director of department of community and engagement director, senior Alex Yom, about promoting this year’s department events, including Converge.“So far this year, I’m sure you’ve all seen the South Bend adventure guide being posted,” Yom said. “So we’re trying to give more access for students of all years to understand the different restaurants and things to do in South Bend. In terms of civic engagement, we’re proud to have done the Converge kickoff, which had over 200 signups this year matching people from different political views.Yom said the department also worked with ND Votes on a voter registration competition, registering over 1,200 people across campus. Next semester, the department’s focus is will be on ensuring students have access to volunteering and internships in South Bend.“So we’ll be putting on the social concerns fair with the Center for Social Concerns …  and then the big idea actually that we’re all really excited about because the debate is going to be held on campus next year,” Yom said. “… We’re really excited to put together sort of like this debate facilitator model, building off of the success of Converge. We’re hoping [to] pair different dorms together and have debate facilitators trained in each dorm pairing, and basically have a sort of debate model up until the actual presidential debate next fall. So the Senate would be a huge help to publicize this in your respective residence halls and trying to recruit people.”Following the talk from Yom, the Senate voted to move a resolution recognizing and encouraging No Shave November to the floor. Sam Delmer, a sophomore senator from the Dillon community in Baumer Hall, was one of the patrons and presented the bill to the Senate.“The goal of No Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free,” Delmer said. “Members of the University community may participate by growing a beard, cultivating a mustache, letting those legs go natural … participation is by no means obligatory, but the recognition of the program offers important recognition of our community’s allyship with cancer patients and their families.”There were not many concerns with the resolution, but some wondered if the bill would be discriminatory against hairless people.“Delmer said the bill would not be discriminatory because shaving itself is the concern and not shaving because one does not have any hair to shave is acceptable,” he said.Following these brief concerns, the Senate motioned for the end of debate and passed the resolution.Tags: student senatelast_img read more

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Archbishop addresses Notre Dame community on ‘moral imperative’ of anti-racism

first_imgArchbishop Wilton Gregory, of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., addressed the Notre Dame community virtually Aug. 21 in the inaugural lecture of this fall’s “Building an Anti-Racist Vocabulary” series, hosted by the Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights.In his lecture, “Anti-Racism as a Moral Imperative,” Gregory spoke to the 110 students enrolled in the course, as well as other students, faculty and alumni who tuned in. Klau Center associate director Dory Mitros Durham moderated the event and posed questions submitted by students to the archbishop.Gregory’s lecture laid out the history of Catholic leaders’ involvement and inaction in racial justice efforts. Church leaders’ stances on racial justice issues have not been uniformly positive, Gregory said.Bishops in the 19th century failed to voice support for the anti-slavery movement, Gregory said, and the consequences of that silence are clear in the demographics of the church today.“Who will ever know the numbers of African American Catholics we might have had if the Catholic Church had publicly and prominently and enthusiastically, jointly chosen to be identified with the anti-slavery movement?”By the late 20th century, Gregory said the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) had grown bolder in calling for racial justice.Gregory, who formerly served as president of the USCCB, commended U.S. bishops for their “increasingly direct and forceful” statements condemning racism. However, he said the Church has not done enough for its more than three million Black Catholics.“All too often the church in our country has been for many a white church, a racist institution,” Gregory said, quoting “Brothers and Sisters to Us,” the bishops’ 1979 pastoral letter.Gregory shared stories from the course of his ministry, describing the need to center the experiences of Black Catholics. One of only eight Black bishops in the U.S., he said he has witnessed the need for racial reconciliation in the Church time and again.As the first Black auxiliary bishop in Chicago’s history, Gregory was assigned to preside at the Catholic sacrament of Confirmation for children in predominantly Black parishes on the South Side, but he asked to confirm children across the diocese as well. Gregory told the story of one white parishioner who, after a Confirmation service, told him, “I was prepared not to like you, but my kids like you.”The experience shaped Gregory’s perspective on the importance of Black role models for all Catholics.“The need for African American bishops was clearly not limited to the African American community,” Gregory said. “It was for the life and the growth and the development of the whole church.”Now, Gregory believes it’s a crucial moment for Church leaders to speak out for racial justice. Pointing to current events, he said the U.S. is confronting two viruses at once: COVID-19 and racism.“[Racism] too destroys lives,” he said. “It destroys the lives of those who are hated — because of their race, their culture, their language, their legal status — and it destroys the lives of those who hate.”Gregory said the Church has an important role to play in combatting this virus of racism.“The brutal killing of Mr. Floyd has triggered something in this nation,” he said. “And I think it’s triggered something in the Church, too, that we need to be about this much more aggressively and much more consistently.”Gregory said he sees young people “on fire” for racial justice as a particular source of hope.“I bow to my young audience,” he said. “At this moment, because of their concern about racial injustice and racism, probably at a greater level of participation than we have experienced in the past. I’m hopeful. I really am very hopeful that the end result will be a step forward.”Gregory challenged his audience to look honestly at the Church’s legacy of racism, but he also called on listeners to respond with hope.“To turn a blind eye to the past is dangerous, but not to see the possibility of a hopeful future is even more dangerous,” Gregory said.Tags: Black lives matter, Church, george floyd, Racismlast_img read more

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22-Year-Old Autistic Man Located Following Morning Search

first_imgPOMFRET – A 22-year-old autistic man who left his residence and was unable to be located by family was found safe Sunday morning.The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says after a short investigation and search of the area, deputies found the man walk on Route 20 in the Town of Pomfret around 8 a.m.Deputies say the man was not injured and reunited with his family. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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