Time to Heal Dinner to promote solidarity

first_imgThe Gender Relations Center (GRC) will host its annual Time to Heal dinner Thursday evening in the Morris Inn ballroom, bringing Sexual Violence Awareness month to a close.“The Time to Heal Dinner affords an opportunity for our community to come together over a meal, to share stories and to extend support to those who have been affected by sexual violence or interpersonal violence,” Regina Gesicki, assistant director of educational initiatives for the GRC, said.The event, which is open to all in the Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and greater South Bend community, will include a business-casual dinner and a keynote speech delivered by a survivor of sexual violence, Gesicki said. The speech will be followed by a healing ritual, a prayer for healing and a vocal performance with songs centered on courage and hope. The program will also include a recitation of “impact statements,” providing testimony to the many ways violence pervades student life as well as the ways the community is working to heal from and prevent future violence.“I have attended the event the past two years, and the atmosphere is very welcoming and empathetic,” junior Chizo Ekechukwu, an event facilitator for the GRC, said. “Unless you have personally experienced sexual violence or know someone who has, you are unable to completely relate to the survivors. But just being there to support them and walk with them in the healing process means the world.”The dinner is the last event of Sexual Violence Awareness Month. Other events throughout the month of October included a mass of healing in the Log Chapel, bystander intervention workshops, a Men Against Violence pledge drive and the distribution of free GRC t-shirts and cups.“Our objectives this year were to raise awareness, to support survivors and to provide concrete ways for members of our community to take action to prevent future incidents of violence,” Gesicki said. “The Time to Heal dinner is a space to accomplish all three of these goals. We come together after this month of varied events to listen, support and commit to taking care of our brothers and sisters.”Ekechukwu said the event is both a learning opportunity and a stance of solidarity.“Many students do not know much about sexual violence or the toll it can really take on people’s lives,” she said. “This event allows students to become more aware of the issues and reassures survivors that they have a whole community of support here at Notre Dame.”Solidarity with survivors and keeping an open mind is imperative for this event, Gesicki said.“We hope that our campus culture will continue to shift toward one in which violence of any kind is not tolerated,” she said.Tags: Gender Relations Center, GRC, sexual violence awareness, Sexual Violence Awareness Month, Time to Heallast_img read more

Tony Winner Levi Kreis to Join Cast of Broadway’s Violet

first_img Violet View Comments Tony Award winner Levi Kreis will join the cast of Violet as The Preacher beginning July 1. Kreis steps in for Ben Davis, who will play his final performance on June 29. The Roundabout revival, directed by Leigh Silverman, stars Sutton Foster, Joshua Henry and Colin Donnell. Kreis returns to Broadway after making his Broadway debut in Million Dollar Quartet, for which he received a Tony Award in 2010. His additional stage credits include Smokey Joe’s Café, One Red Flower and Rent. On screen, he has appeared in Frailty, Don’t Let Go, A Thousand Words and Silencers. Related Showscenter_img In addition to Foster, Henry, Donnell and Davis, the cast of Violet includes Alexander Gemignani, Annie Golden, Austin Lesch, Anastacia McCleskey, Charlie Pollock, Emerson Steele and Rema Webb. The limited engagement will run through August 10 at the American Airlines Theatre. Featuring music by Jeanine Tesori and a book and lyrics by Brian Crawley, Violet follows a young woman’s Greyhound bus trip from North Carolina to Oklahoma. She travels in the hopes that a televangelist can heal her disfigured face. The musical follows her quest for beauty amidst the race and image-obsessed landscape of the 1960s. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 10, 2014last_img read more

Family First NZ faces deregistration

first_imgNZ Herald 6 May 2013Family First NZ says it will be deregistered as a charity because of its views on gay marriage. National director of Family First Bob McCoskrie said the group has received notification the Charities Commission intends to deregister the organisation. He said the decision was highly politicised and showed groups that think differently to the politically correct view will be targeted. “The Commission argues that Family First’s efforts to represent the voice of 80 per cent-plus of families on the anti-smacking law or half of New Zealanders on attempts to redefine marriage, for example, have no ‘public benefit’, and that it is in the ‘public interest’ for Family First to be deregistered.” He said the timing of the notification was cynical, in that the Commission deliberately held off until after the final reading of the gay marriage bill, despite saying a final decision would be made at the end of January. Mr McCoskrie said other reasons given for deregistration were that it had held a conference and invited speakers that promoted its viewpoint, and that it invited people to join. “But it did say that one of the things was that we supported a view of family that was not in the public interest.”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10881782last_img read more

Besiktas willing to offer 20 Million EUR to Roma for Edin Džeko?

first_imgBešiktaš will most probably sell its 30-year-old striker Mario Gomez to China and try to bring the captain of the BiH national football team and striker of Roma Edin Džeko instead.After receiving an offer from China, Bešiktaš intends to sell Mario Gomez.The Turkish club is willing to pay 20 million EUR to Roma for the 29-year-old BiH national team player and reinforce its attack.Džeko started his career in Željezničar. He played for Teplice, Usti nad Lebem, Wolfsburg and Manchester City, and he is currently in Roma.(Source: klix.ba/ photo gazzetaworld)last_img read more

Army-Navy pregame hand signals were not racist, officials announce

first_imgMORE: Penn State player receives racist letter about dreadlocksThe academy leaders rejected the claims of racism in separate statements (via CNN.com).From Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy: “Last Saturday we had reason to believe these actions were an innocent game and not linked to extremism, but we must take allegations such as these very seriously. We are disappointed by the immature behavior of the cadets.” The leaders of the U.S. Military Academy and the Naval Academy announced Friday that hand signals flashed by cadets and midshipmen before last weekend’s Army-Navy football game were not statements of “white power” but instead part of the well-known “circle game.”The findings were announced five days after the start of an investigation into ESPN cameras capturing the signals during the network’s pregame show. There was sharp division over whether the gestures — index fingers and thumbs joined in a circle, the other three fingers outstretched — were racist. The hand signal, generally associated with saying “OK,” is also associated with “WP,” or “white power.” From Vice Adm. Sean Buck, superintendent of the Naval Academy: “We are confident the hand gestures used were not intended to be racist in any way. However, we are disappointed by the immature behavior of the two Fourth Class Midshipmen, and their actions will be appropriately addressed.”According to CNN, the investigating officer assembled over 40 pieces of evidence, including emails and interviews.The object of the “circle game” is to get another person to look at the “OK” sign, which is delivered underhand. Those caught gazing upon the hand are then punched in the arm.last_img read more

Everyone wins at Riviera Sports Day

first_imgSukanya Gale leads the Riviera Group team in the march past.Runners give it their all.The heart stopping finish to the relay.The Riviera Revue entertained the spectators during the opening ceremony.Ubonjitr Thamchop (Min), organiser extraordinaire, worked very hard to help make this one of the best sports days ever.The Tug-o-war separated the men from the boys.The Riviera football team celebrate winning the champion’s trophy.Winston Gale proudly holds onto the Champion’s Trophy.Sarah Osbourne James presents the silver medal to Austin Gale.Sarah Osbourne-James presented a prize to the winner. In second and third place were Austin and Toby Gale.Peter Malhotra (Pattaya Mail) presented medals to the winners of the men’s and women’s 3000 metres marathon.Winston presents a winner’s prize to the WSP team.Sukanya Gale (right) presents a raffle prize to the lucky winner.The women’s volleyball matches were fast and furious.The football match was exciting and fast paced.Time to party. Singing and dancing to the sounds of the live band.Everyone wins at The Riviera Group Sports Day. The Junior race saw a throng of young runners compete which was won by PB Ceiling, followed by young runners from the Riviera Group team.Other sports during the day included tug of war, a “centipede walk”, takraw, volleyball and track. Men’s and women’s 100-meter races were held along with a 4 x 100-meter relay.The day concluded with a football match between the Regents and Riviera teams. Riviera – which lost to the school last year – rebounded, winning 5-2 and capturing the 5,000 baht prize.Sukanya Gale wins the gold medal in the 3000-metre marathon.The Gales handed out the trophies and medals at the closing ceremony and conducted a lucky draw for charity. The 200-baht raffle tickets gave entrants the chance to win gold and jewelry with the proceeds going to Ban Kru Boonchu Foundation, (150,000 baht) Banglamung Hospital’s equipment fund (200,000) and Riviera’s own fund (150,000 baht) to help children stricken by cancer.Sports done, everyone then joined together for a lavish party and dancing to a live band. Everyone wins at Riviera Sports Day1 of 74 Results3000 meters Run (Male) Chang Suwan – gold medal, Riviera Group – silver medal, Chang Somchai – bronze medal.3000 meters Run (Female) Riviera Group – gold medal, Strong Agent – silver medal, Chang Boonteng – bronze medal.Junior Run 1st: P&B, 2nd: Riviera Group, 3rd: Riviera Group.Takraw (Male) 1st: Chang Witoon, 2nd: Chang Somchai.Volleyball (Female) Strong Agent – winner, Riviera Group – 1st runner-up.Individual Run (Male) Electricians – gold medal, P&B – silver medal, Chang Boonteng – bronze medal.Individual Run (Female) Strong Agent – gold medal, Riviera Group – silver medal, P&B – bronze medal.Relay race (Male) 4×100, Chang Suwan – gold medal, Thanasit – silver medal, Chang Witoon – bronze medal.Relay race (Female) 4×100, Riviera Group – gold medal, Peterson – silver medal, WSP – bronze medal.Tug of war: Riviera Group.Centipede Walk: Chang Sutee.Break and Run: WSP.Young man and lady with nice figure (Male): P&B.Young man and lady with nice figure (Female): Chang Suwan. Sarah Osbourne-James presents a donation of 25,000 baht to towards the Riviera charities, received by Winston Gale and witnessed by Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh (centre).500,000 baht raised for local charitiesThe Riviera Group, along with their suppliers and contractors traded work clothes for athletic gear for a day as the property developer hosted its fourth-annual Sports Day.Pattaya Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh and Riviera founders Winston and Sukanya Gale opened the Nov. 16 event at Regents International School with Principal Sarah Osborne-James.Winston Gale running towards a silver medal in the 3000-metre marathon.The day started with a grand opening ceremony for the 300 athletes and cheerleaders. Then the games commenced with a three-kilometer long-distance run for men, women and kids.The sports day kicked off with the grueling 3000 metres marathon. It was an exciting race with some runners dropping out after a few laps. The 3 top winners in the men’s division were, 1. Suwan Team 2. Riviera Group and 3. Somchai Team. In the women’s category the Riviera Group grabbed the Gold medal, followed by Strong Agents Team, Silver medal followed by Boonteung Team, Bronze medal.last_img read more