Gender relations club aims to promote discussion

first_imgJunior Caylin McCallick saw a lack of conversation between different genders at Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame and decided to found the Justice Education Gender Relations Group (JEGRG) in order to spark and facilitate that conversation.“I realized that I had no outlets of engaging in academic conversation with different genders,” McCallick said. “I just want to talk to people. I want to engage in higher-level discussion about the issues we face — and I want to do it in an environment that’s void of solo cups and Tinder.”According to McCallick, the group, which she is doing as an independent academic study project, will meet once per week for four weeks. She said it will have a loose structure in hopes of creating open conversations about subjects varying from how different genders interact to sex positivity to DomerFest.“This group is my way of finding people with similar feelings who want to have a serious, safe dialogue about gender,” McCallick said. “What am I blind to? What do you know that I should know too?”McCallick said the main focus of the group is creating a space in which dialogue of this type can occur.“I realized that I didn’t really know how to communicate with opposite genders because on this campus mostly I just speak with females,” McCallick said. “I realized that was a common problem because I saw people … in different social situations. We’re all educated people, and yet when we meet each other, it becomes this dumb game. … I wanted to figure out why that is and delve deeper in the discrepancies between genders.”McCallick said she wants to create a continuous conversation in which women can speak with men on a professional level in addition to romantic or social contex in order to find the deeper meaning behind certain ideas about other genders.“I feel like I judge very quickly, especially men,” McCallick said. “I don’t know where that comes from in my soul. I just want to talk to someone face-to-face and figure out why I am having this defensive against you and figure out what we can do about it, so that we both can rise because there’s this strange social stigma and I don’t know where it comes from.”According to McCallick, the group will give members the opportunity to engage with and learn the perspectives of people different from them. The group’s dynamic will strengthen communication skills, a tool that will be beneficial later in life, she said.“I think it’s important because [Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s are] both institutions of higher learning,” McCallick said. “We can benefit from representing our schools in the business world by knowing how to speak with someone appropriately and knowing what the other side of the issue is.”McCallick estimates the group will have 10 female-identifying members and 10-male identifying members, but it is open to people who identify as any gender.“I want it to be balanced among genders,” McCallick said. “I’m not just saying male and female — I want all genders. I want the balance because I don’t want any one to take control more than the other. … We can get really defensive, and the biggest thing is it has to be a safe environment to say things. You don’t want to get people on the defensive.”The group will begin meeting after spring break. For more information on how to join, email McCallick at cmccal01@saintmarys.eduTags: Caylin McCallick, gender relations, Justice Education Gender Relations Group, saint mary’s, SMClast_img read more

Shafer, West believe wide receivers are ready to shine

first_img Published on August 29, 2013 at 1:14 am Contact Trevor: | @TrevorHass Facebook Twitter Google+ Alec Lemon and Marcus Sales are gone. Jarrod West, Jeremiah Kobena and Adrian Flemming are Syracuse’s new top outside targets.All three played in 2012, but none filled as significant a role as they will this year.Despite the unit’s glaring inexperience, Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer said on the Atlantic Coast Conference teleconference Wednesday morning he’s confident in his wide receivers. He believes they can be deep threats and keep defenses honest.“I feel good about it,” Shafer said. “I really do.”He said Flemming and Kobena both made nice plays down the field during practice recently. Christopher Clark is also expected to be an integral part of Syracuse’s passing attack and has looked sharp so far.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut West is the No. 1 option. He snagged 43 passes for 588 yards and two touchdowns a year ago and is expected to catch considerably more passes this season.Clark, Flemming and Kobena, meanwhile, caught just 17 passes among them last season. Flemming didn’t reel in any. But Shafer and West both believe the unit is ready and has improved during the preseason.“It’s fun to play with this group of guys,” West said Tuesday. “It’s one of the most athletic groups I’ve ever played with.”North Carolina’s Tabb to be featured on offense and defenseJack Tabb was ESPNU’s No. 11 tight end coming out of high school. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound junior Tabb was a steady presence at tight end during his first two years. He also played a little special teams.Now he’s expanding his repertoire even more, North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora said Wednesday. Due to a plethora of nagging injuries to the Tar Heels’ defense, there’s a good chance Tabb will play linebacker as well.“That’s the plan as of tonight,” Fedora said. “We will see where it goes tomorrow at 6, but right now, he’s prepared to play at both spots, yes.”North Carolina kicks off the college football season against rival No. 6 South Carolina at 6 p.m. on Thursday.Fedora has no doubt Tabb can make the jump to playing linebacker in addition to tight end and on special teams. In fact, Fedora said Tabb was recruited to play both sides of the ball and is a generally savvy football player.He said Tabb doesn’t need many repetitions. He’s a really quick learner and his natural instincts kick in during games.“We are very fortunate in that aspect,” Fedora said, “because obviously when you’re trying to do both, you’re taking fewer reps on both sides of the ball.”Campanaro back for Wake ForestWhen Wake Forest’s star wide receiver Michael Campanaro injured his hand against Duke on Sept. 29 last season, the Demon Deacons’ season took a turn for the worse.After starting out 3-1, Wake Forest lost six of its last eight games and went 1-2 in games Campanaro missed at least part of.Now Campanaro’s back, and Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe is expecting big things out of the senior.“He’s the guy that on every snap we wanted to try to find a way to give him the football,” Grobe said.Campanaro finished last season with 79 catches, which ranked fourth in school history, for 763 yards and six touchdowns. Wake Forest struggled to generate any semblance of a passing game last season, but now that Campanaro’s back its offense figures to be more potent.“You’ve got a player that’s as good a player as Mike,” Grobe said, “you just can’t find enough ways to get the ball in his hands.” Commentslast_img read more