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

Men’s Basketball: Looking back on Wisconsin’s roller-coaster season

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s 2019-20 season was a rollercoaster in the truest sense of the word.While the Badgers season ended prematurely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the team rebounded after a rough start and finished the regular season with a 21-10 record, going 14-6 in the Big Ten to capture a three-way share of their first regular-season title in five years.Whether it was junior guard Kobe King’s decision to leave the team or the resignation of UW’s strength and conditioning coach due to accusations of him using a racial slur, the beginning of the season had many sports analysts and fans alike writing off the Badgers, citing coaching and player development issues as reasons for the team’s struggles.Men’s Basketball: Could Badgers really have captured 2020 national title?In a strange, unofficial end to the 2020 Wisconsin men’s basketball season, ESPN’s Basketball Power Index christened the Badgers as Read…This criticism, while harsh, was increasingly valid as the Badgers closed out the first month of their season with a 4-4 record, showing great inconsistencies in their play marked by losses against less-talented programs such as Richmond, New Mexico State and North Carolina State.The squad finished the remainder of 2019 with a 4-1 record, and started 2020 off with a bang, defeating No. 5 Ohio State in Columbus 61–57. This momentum carried the team throughout the remainder of the season, leading them to a 12-5 record with marquee wins against nationally-ranked Maryland, Michigan State and Michigan. The Badgers won their final eight games, helping them secure the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten tournament, which was set to begin on March 11.While there is no doubt the disappointment of the season ending early is immeasurable, the 2019-20 season was one to be proud of. The team battled through many seemingly impervious obstacles, and the resiliency and determination they maintained as a group is nothing to bat an eye at.One key reason for Wisconsin’s late-season bounceback was the stellar play of junior transfer Micah Potter, who averaged 10.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game during his first season as an eligible member of the team. Starting off the season on the bench, the spark he provided whenever he was inserted into the Badgers’ lineup was undeniable, leading to him becoming a key member of the squad down the stretch.Another essential player during Wisconsin’s eight-game win streak to close out the season was junior guard D’Mitrik Trice, whose 28 points and four assists against Michigan helped secure the victory and propel the team to the top of the Big Ten standings.Men’s Basketball: Badgers declared NCAA National Champions in ESPN simulationThe Badgers have done it, they have pulled off one of the greatest turnarounds in college basketball history. The Big Read…While these few players were pivotal in terms of the team’s success, the Badgers’ remarkable turnaround was truly due to the ability of the squad to come together as one unit and win tightly contested games together, not as individuals. This aspect of the team is what Head Coach Greg Gard chose to hone in on during an interview with the Big Ten Network March 9.“The chemistry, camaraderie, and unification of the team has grown immensely,” Gard said. “They’ve played so unselfishly, they’ve just concerned themselves with what’s on the front of the jersey, they don’t care who gets the credit, they don’t care who gets the points as long as Wisconsin is successful.”After calls for Gard to be fired emerged among analysts and Badger fans alike in late January, Gard led the team to success despite the loss of King, culminating in a Big Ten Coach of the Year Award selection.Men’s Basketball: Senior send-off for Brevin PritzlWith the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s season coming to an abrupt end due to the coronavirus, Badger fans Read…When asked how the team moved forward after the unfortunate departure of King, Gard once again stressed the importance of the Badgers’ unification.“I think they came together, they understood that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts,” Gard said. “Once they figured that out and truly believed in that, they just took off.”Gard went on to acknowledge that while no Badgers were selected to the All-Big Ten first or second teams, they were able to find their success as a committee.In the last eight games of the regular season, no single player scored the most points more than twice, as junior Nate Reuvers put up 11 points against Northwestern and 17 points against Indiana, and junior Brad Davison dropped 30 points against Nebraska and 20 points against Minnesota.“They’ve just understood that if we bond together, we stick together, we stay true to who we are, and we continue to work, great things can happen,” Gard said. “This is the ultimate definition of what a team can accomplish when they work together.”The Badgers were primed to make a deep postseason run, and while the squad no longer has a chance to capture the Big Ten championship and make a run towards the Final Four, the accomplishments and strides they took throughout the regular season offers great hope for the future of Wisconsin’s basketball program.last_img read more

Miami Garden’s Vice Mayor Dr. Erhabor Ighodaro Receives Meritorious Honor from…

first_imgleft-r:ight Rev. Wayne Lomax, Dr. Erhabor Ighodaro and Mr. Charles George The City of Miami Gardens Vice-Mayor Dr. Erhabor Ighodaro has been awarded the Nathan W. Collier Meritorious Service Award by Florida Memorial University. The award is given for exceptional service to the University, and for outstanding achievements in the honoree’s community. Vice-Mayor Ighodaro accepted his award at the University’s 139th Founder’s Day Convocation on March 15, 2018.The Nathan W. Collier Meritorious Service Award was named for Dr. Nathan White Collier, who served as President of Florida Baptist Academy and the Florida Normal and Industrial Institute from 1896 to 1941.Vice Mayor Ighodaro is an educator with a background in public management, urban justice, urban education, curricula design and implementation of best practice methodologies, educational public policy and the intervention and resolution of school and community based conflict. He serves as Professor of Criminal Justice at Florida Memorial University, and he is the Founder/CEO of Oracle Consulting Group, LLC a dispute systems design and conflict resolution firm and he is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator.As Executive Director of the Dr. Robert B. Ingram Foundation, Dr. Ighodaro oversees the organization’s signature READ to LEAD program and has awarded over 5000 scholarships to students in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. These scholarships entitle students to an all-expenses paid educational excursion of Black history sites in Florida.A former Miami-Dade County Public School Teacher and former Chief of Staff to School Board Member Dr. Robert Ingram, Dr. Ighodaro serves as the Miami-Dade School District’s Administrator for the Ingram Africa School Alliance (IASA) “Rites of Passage” Project and leads a delegation of students, teachers and parents on the district’s annual excursion and student exchange opportunities with schools in Africa.An often herald speaker on youth and non-violent engagement, Dr. Ighodaro is the author of the groundbreaking publication Curriculum Violence: America’s New Civil Rights Issue (2010). Nova Science Publishers. Dr. Ighodaro has worked with diverse political constituencies in the Miami Dade community and was appointed in 2012 by Mayor Oliver Gilbert to serve on the Miami Gardens City Council, at-Large Seat 6. He was subsequently elected in 2014 with the highest vote count in the history of the city. On the council he has established himself as a trailblazer and consensus builder. A promoter of inclusion he has pioneered the City’s efforts for its special needs population, and created Miami Gardens’ own Special Olympics Games. He hosts the City’s annual Stand Against Violence It’s Our Responsibility (S.A.V.I.O.R.) community violence and crime prevention initiative, and holds a monthly community and town hall meeting “Uni’Tea.” Vice Mayor Ighodaro recently sponsored a resolution to host the City’s first radio show Miami Gardens.An advocate for small businesses, Dr. Ighodaro established the business of the month recognition program and was an architect for the city’s Business and Resident Economic Plan.Dr. Ighodaro holds a Ph. D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University (2007). He graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Justice Administration from St. Thomas University (2000) and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Florida Memorial University (1997).last_img read more

LA Lakers’ Byron Scott to field same starting lineup in second preseason game vs. Utah

first_imgHONOLULU >> The lineup combinations remain fluid. It likely will stay that way until the training camp concludes at the end of October.Yet, Lakers coach Byron Scott said he “wouldn’t mind” if his starting lineup featured D’Angelo Russell (point guard), Jordan Clarkson (shooting guard), Kobe Bryant (small forward), Julius Randle (power forward) and Roy Hibbert (center). Scott plans to feature that lineup for the second consecutive game when the Lakers play the Utah Jazz on Tuesday at Stan Sheriff Center.“That group is a very good group,” Scott said following practice on Monday. “It’s very young. You have two veterans out there in Kobe and Roy. But I would love for this group to take it to the next level. The only way they can do that is by playing together a little bit more in game situations and in practice.”Bryant sounded intrigued about the lineup’s potential, too. After the Lakers’ 90-71 preseason loss to Utah on Sunday, Bryant argued “the pieces complement each other extremely well.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “It’s not horrible,” Brown said. “I want to take precaution. So I sat out. But it’s not horrible.”Brown’s instincts turned out correct. An MRI revealed a right shoulder strain, though the results came out negative. The Lakers have listed Brown to play Tuesday against Utah. Brown’s injury sparked confusion on how it happened. Scott believed Brown ran into a legal screen that reserve center Robert Sacre set, something he denied. Russell recalled it was Hibbert, who cited faulty memory.Brown did not offer any specifics. But he focused more of his anxiety on his training camp. He posted three points on 1-of-3 shooting and five fouls in 12 minutes against Utah. Brown also has defended Bryant, Metta World Peace, Nick Young and Lou Williams in practice.“Metta is a tank. He’s more brute strength and plays bully ball,” said Brown, whom the Lakers selected 34th overall. “Kobe has more skill. But they’re both extremely hard to guard.”How so?“They both know how to get fouled,” Brown said. “They can shoot in your face. The biggest thing is it doesn’t matter how close you are. They shoot the same shot. It doesn’t matter how much you contest. If Kobe misses it, it’s because he missed it. It’s not because you played good defense.”center_img The Lakers drafted Russell with the No. 2 pick because of his playmaking. Clarkson morphed from last year’s 46th pick to a member of the NBA’s All-Rookie team because of his scoring. Bryant’s resume speaks for itself, though concerns linger on whether he can stay healthy following three season-ending injuries in consecutive seasons. The Lakers remain intrigued with Randle’s versatility as a bruiser and playmaker missing nearly his entire rookie season because of a fractured right tibia. The Lakers acquired Hibbert from Indiana in hopes he can revamp the Lakers’ defense. Does Scott feel hesitant to rely on so many young players?“Not really,” Scott said. “If they’re good, it doesn’t really matter.”Nursing the pain The ice bag stayed firmly wrapped on Anthony Brown’s right shoulder. Lakers trainer Gary Vitti stood nearby finalizing plans for Brown to receive an MRI at a nearby hospital after the Lakers’ rookie small forward bumped his shoulder through a hard screen.last_img read more