first_imgEmma Farnan | The Observer Panelists Fr. Peter McCormick, senior Annie Kuster and junior Daniel Esparza discuss consent and the hook-up culture at Notre Dame.To frame the discussion, the panel began with a short video called “Tea Consent,” which provided a humorous perspective on the topic by using the act of serving someone tea as a metaphor for sexual consent.The panel initiated their conversation by talking about the purpose of dorm parties and the consequences that on-campus parties entail.Esparza said students often uses alcohol and parties as ways to release the stress of a long week, a mindset that can hold potentially damaging ramifications.“It’s very important that people don’t use things like dorm parties and alcohol as a crutch,” Esparza said.Because of the ubiquity of on-campus parties at Notre Dame and the strong connection between residence halls and social life, Kuster said students can sometimes be lulled into a false sense of security when they go to parties in dorms.“We don’t necessarily connect going down the hallway with a place where some problem could be,” Kuster said.McCormick said these thoughts are consistent with his experience as a rector. While Notre Dame has consciously preserved the culture of on-campus parties because it values making residence halls central to student’s lives, he said the prevalence of alcohol on campus does involves some risks.“If we want you to feel that the residence halls are home, you should be allowed to welcome your friends over, and you should be allowed to have parties,” McCormick said. “The mindset of why parties occur in dorms is very much rooted in the community mindset of Notre Dame.”The panel also discussed the differences in social life between men and women in college.Kuster said boys have more power than girls over almost every aspect of a party, from the alcohol they provide to the music they play, because most parties are held in boys’ dorms. Although this may seem like a trivial issue, Kuster said this means girls can feel more helpless in unfamiliar situations.“When you show up to somebody else’s party and boys are the ones throwing the party, they have the control,” Kuster said.However, McCormick said, girls have the ability to decide which parties to go to and can always leave when they feel uncomfortable.“Woman actually have more power and authority than what they think,” McCormick said.The panel then examined the question of why hook-ups and sexual assault seem to be so prevalent in college.Esparza said many students enter college with naive ideas about how sex and relationships actually work, and consequently, can make mistakes without realizing their errors.“Sometimes, especially in college, many people typically don’t see it as rape because they really don’t understand how mutual relationships work,” Esparza said.Additionally, McCormick said the media portrays college far different from reality, with an emphasis on casual sex, drinking and partying. In particular, McCormick said, movies embody this myth and give incoming students major misconceptions about college.“The thing Hollywood doesn’t show you, the thing popular literature doesn’t show you, is how it feels when an unwanted advance gets made on you,” McCormick said.In order to break free from this ignorance, McCormick said students need to be actively involved in both learning about sexual assault and being mindful of their own actions.“We need to be more informed … about the fact that our actions, whether they be subtle, quick or even unintended, have significant impacts on people’s lives,” McCormick said.Tags: Fire Starters, Fr. Pete McCormick, Gender Relations Center, GRC, Men against Sexual violence, sexual assault Dorm parties are a cherished part of student life at Notre Dame, but the abusive drinking and negligence that can often accompany them lead to devastating results, Fr. Peter McCormick, director of campus ministry, said.In an effort to spread awareness about sexual assault and promote conversations about alcohol, consent and dorm parties, the Gender Relations Center (GRC) sponsored a panel discussion Tuesday night at DeBartolo Hall. In addition to McCormick, the panel consisted of senior Annie Kuster, a GRC FIRE Starter, and junior Daniel Esparza, the president of Men Against Sexual Violence. Following the theme of “Let’s Talk about Hooking-up, Consent and Dorm Parties,” they answered questions directly from the moderator and anonymously submitted by the audience.last_img read more

first_imgMore than 150 teens from U.S. military families will gather in the north Georgia mountains this July for a week of summer camp at Wahsega 4-H Center in Dahlonega, Ga.The event, set for July 10-15, will be hosted by Georgia 4-H and Air Force Reserve Command at Robins Air Force Base. “Georgia 4-H offers summer camps and weekend family camps for Georgia military families,” said Casey Mull, Georgia 4-H military program liaison. “To my knowledge, this will be the first camp that brings together reserve-component military teens from all branches of service and from all states across the nation.”4-H has offered camps for military kids for seven years, but this is the first that focuses on building leadership skills among reserve-component teens from a national audience.Barring any state or national disasters, National Guard and Reservists in the past have spent one weekend a month and two training weeks each summer away from their families. But, in recent years, that time away has gotten longer.”With Operation Enduring Freedom and the Overseas Contingency Operations, our country is relying more and more on guard members and reservists,” Mull said. “When a parent leaves for duty, it impacts the entire family. These summer camps are designed to help teens build their resiliency as well as inform themselves of programs available in their communities specifically for them.”This summer’s camp will help the students gain confidence in themselves and their abilities and learn ways to connect with other military teens, he said. Each day of camp will focus on a different branch of service: Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.Like most summer camps, there will be traditional camping activities like hiking, rappelling, high-ropes challenges and white-water rafting.Each year, more than 700 military families and youth participate in Georgia 4-H camping programs specifically designed for military families.To learn more about Georgia 4-H’s military programs, visit For information on the national Extension-Military High Adventure Camp initiative, visit read more

first_imgWhat do you do when a loaded raft is barreling down the river at you? Lean back, hold on, and ride it out bro!Prior to my move to Southern Appalachia, I spent six years of my life surfing in North Florida. Surfers are a tough and annoyingly proud breed. We pretend we own the beach, the ocean, and the breaks. Ownership isn’t dictated by how good you are at surfing. That’s irrelevant. It’s dictated by how long you’ve lived there. You know, “local’s only bro.”I’ve always wondered if this mindset is shared by our landlocked friends, in particular, river wave surfers. Do you have the same arrogance? The same localism and pride? I’d imagine it’s hard to share a lineup when you’re relegated to surfing the same wave, in the same spot, all the time.My question was answered, when I saw this riverboarder hold his own as a loaded raft of people barreled down the river at him. Like a boss, he leans back, get’s bucked into the air, and rides it out with style. A little look back to see if anyone other than him survived (they are all fine), and he’s right back to surfing.I’m sure that’s the most air he’s ever gotten on a river wave.In a video that went viral this week, our friends at Mammoth Clothing Co. were rafting down the Chattahoochee River in Columbus, Georgia. In a trip guided by Whitewater Express, they were coming into the last rapid of the day when they ran into the riverboarder.“We didn’t see him until we were coming over the top of the first rapid,” says Josh Julian, Co-Founder of Mammoth Clothing Co. “We were completely sideways coming down on that rapid and he [the riverboarder] had the biggest grin on his face. It was pure fear for all of us.” Josh and his team were visiting the area for a whitewater kayaking competition. They have since connected with the riverboarder and he’s invited them to come riverboarding the next time they’re in town.What’s even better is that they are taking their epic bail in stride! If you enter the promo code JOSHGOTTRASHED you can get 15% off your online order in their store.Just remember…Try to snake someone’s wave and you’ll be flipped over, floating down the river.See you in the lineup!last_img read more

first_imgDo you ever stop to consider what’s behind your walls? No, I’m not talking about spiders, bugs or ghosts… I’m talking about all of the “stuff” that has to work in order for your house to function well. I don’t think about it much either — until recently. I began the process of finishing my basement. I’ve never really backed away from home improvements, and I gain a great amount of pride for building “sweat equity.” My will to see a project through, coupled with what some would call uber-thriftiness, lead me down the path to performing this task on my own.My basement has undergone a massive transformation over the past several weeks. What was once a huge, unfinished slab of concrete has morphed into an appealing set of rooms, each with their own unique characteristics. What stood out to me from my role as a risk management practitioner is the importance of what is behind the walls, something to which I have traditionally given little thought. I was even required to have an inspection related to the activities that went on behind the walls. While many of the requirements were somewhat new to me (and quite frankly frustrating during the process), I quickly learned to appreciate the importance of those things we can’t see and don’t often think of. Items that are paramount to my family’s safety, integral to things working, and crucial to the structure allowing the finished product to look nice never even crossed my mind when I set out to create my man-cave. I thought that as a long-time homeowner and somebody that could be considered an expert in homes (heck, I’ve lived in one for 40 years), there wasn’t much I couldn’t figure out on my own. While most people who visit might not think much of the components behind the walls, they form the foundation on which everything else stands.That got me to thinking about credit unions, something I am passionate about. The Rochdale Group works with a number of credit unions on enterprise risk management (ERM) engagements. We spend a lot of time going “behind the walls” and discussing those critical elements of credit union operations that form the foundation on which everything else stands. We meet with experts in various departments, discuss key processes and functions performed within those departments, and strive to identify opportunities to create a better tomorrow for their membership. Our goal is not to find things that are wrong or even strive to reach a level of assurance that everything is right. Rather, our focus is on creating an opportunity to discuss the strategies and inner workings of the credit union, ensuring appropriate alignment of those things behind the walls with the desired mission and vision of the institution. You see, the more capable and confident we are of understanding and managing the risks of today (those things behind the walls), the better positioned we are to exploit, leverage and navigate the uncertainties of tomorrow (finished product). That was never so true as when I began hanging cabinets and putting on my finishing touches. Absent a keen understanding of what was behind the walls (i.e, plumbing, water lines, electrical work), and the use of a few tools to help protect me in the future (i.e., nail blocks, photos of “behind the walls”), I would have been forced to move forward very cautiously; with the potential risk of creating quite a mess for myself, or altogether failing to deliver on the vision that I had from the beginning.How comfortable are you with what’s behind your walls? What process do you use to increase your capabilities and confidence in understanding and managing your risks of today? Most importantly, what foundation have you built to seize opportunities and navigate uncertainties as you move into the future? 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Owen Jeff has over 12 years of experience in the financial services arena. Prior to Rochdale, Jeff worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, and was part of the … Web: Detailslast_img read more

first_img 39SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr People are emotional. We love to feel things (if you don’t think you’re emotional, just watch The Fox & The Hound). That’s why companies like Apple and Under Armour succeed in traditional advertising.Apple taps into our shared need to have the best and be the best; their 1984 commercial is still one of the most renowned because it connects with our desire to be our own instead of just followers. Their products are no longer necessarily the most high tech on the market, but they’re the only ones that make us feel elite and cutting edge.Under Armour taps into something every athlete experiences­: perseverance through long hours, and a lot of sweat. It’s not glamorous by any means, but it is relatable. It makes the consumer, “If I wear Under Armour, I can train until I’m the best.”These traditional campaigns miss something though – the ability to connect, not just relate. Social Media dissolves the fourth wall and allows the humanization of brands, which is a huge marketing opportunity.How can credit unions benefit from not just traditional advertising, but social ­­­­media as well? By nature, credit unions aren’t about the products and services they offer, as much as they are about helping their members and giving back. You aren’t just selling an auto loan, you’re granting someone transportation to a new job. continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgClint Luna and his family have avoided large energy bill rises during COVID-19 because they have solar and battery power. Photo: Mark Cranitch.Thousands of Australian households will face eye-watering energy bills this winter as a result of COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, energy usage across the country has increased by 105 per cent, according to data from Natural Solar — Australia’s largest installer of solar panels and batteries.Average daily energy consumption has skyrocketed to 33.9kWh, compared with 16.5kWh at the same time last year. RELATED: Homes designed to reduce energy bills during summer and winter 1. Turn appliances off at the power point when they are not in use.2. Keep your air conditioner or heating at a stable temperature; in summer keep it above 18 degrees, and below 24 degrees in winter. 3. Turn off unnecessary lighting during the day or invest in energy-efficient bulbs. 4. Use your clothes drier sparingly, it uses a lot of energy. 5. Be mindful of the energy star rating when buying appliances. Paying more for an energy-efficient appliance will make you a more significant gain over time.6. Only use the washing machine when you have a full load.7. Consider portable solar lighting in your outdoor areas.8. Monitor your electricity usage. There are cost-effective tools you can buy that can show your consumption.9. Shop around for the best possible energy deal.10. If you can afford it, invest in solar panels and a battery storage system; it could save you up to $2000 a year. Source: Natural Solar Working from home and COVID-19 lockdowns have caused energy bills to skyrocket.As a result household energy bills for the past quarter could be more than double, with the average household paying $800, up from $406.75. Those households with higher than average power usage can expect bills of up to $1800 a quarter. Natural Solar chief executive Chris Williams said during COVID-19 Australians got a taste for what it was like to work and study from home, which had created a generational shift in where, how and why we use electricity.“We envisage the trend for higher usage is going to continue, and while it may be at a lesser rate than during COVID-19, even a 30 or 40 per cent rise will have a significant impact on household bills,” Mr Williams said. While the majority of Australian families will be hit hard by the increases, he said there were pockets of homeowners set to make it through the ‘COVID Quarter’ unscathed. Natural Solar’s Chris Williams with the SonnenBatterie that can save residents $2000 a year in electricity bills.Homeowners using solar power, combined with batteries to store unused power, have less reliance on the grid and greater chance of reducing or eliminating their electricity bills.For Clint and Christina Luna, who own a four-bedroom family home and have three children aged six, four and two, installing solar panels and a battery has allowed them not only to eliminate their energy bills but to earn money back.Mr Luna, who has two electric cars, said that with the cost of solar and battery power falling over the years, he realised that upgrading to a 40kWh solar system would allow him to run his house and the two cars at minimal to no cost.“My post COVID-19 energy bill was $200 in credit, so I actually made money back,” he said.“Solar is a bit of a no-brainer. It will give you payback in about three to four years. Clint Luna also has two electric cars. Picture: Mark Cranitch.Where else can you get a 70 per cent return on your money? If you add battery power to that, the payback is a little bit longer, but it’s still going to pay for itself in about five or six years.”Mr Luna, who runs an international business from his home office, said having alternative energy sources had other benefits beyond monetary savings, including the security of uninterrupted power.“If the area has a blackout, for instance, we still have power. We can just carry on as normal, which is really important, especially in these times when more people are working from home and relying on having power, no matter what.“Anyone who has the roof space and doesn’t have solar is pretty crazy.“I don’t have to worry about fluctuations in anything, not power prices, nor energy bills, nothing.” Solar panels help the Luna family charge their two Tesla cars as well as their household energy needs. Photo: Mark Cranitch. With the increased frequency of natural disasters — such as the recent bushfires and floods, followed by the coronavirus pandemic — Mr Williams said that there has been a general shift in people wanting self-sufficiency when it comes to powering their homes.He said improvements in technology had made power sources such as solar and battery more affordable, with households saving money almost immediately.“If the use of solar power reduces energy bills by even 10 per cent and bills rise by 3 or 4 per cent per annum, it makes absolute sense,” he said. 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first_imgMillhousen, In. — The Marion Township Volunteer Fire Department invites the public to a series all you can eat fish dinners. The dinners will be held on March 22 & April from 5 to 8 p.m. at the firehouse in Millhousen.The menu will include whitefish, tenderloins, hot dogs, French fries, baked beans, applesauce and a drink.For more information please call 812-222-0029last_img

first_imgDaniel Allen Crosby, 66, of Greendale, Indiana, passed away Sunday May 12, 2019.He was born April 10, 1953 in Cincinnati, OH, son of Glenda Irwin and the late Frank A. Crosby.He served his country as a member of the United States Army.Daniel was a self employed general contractor.Daniel enjoyed arts and crafts, he was highly creative and artistic. He loved to tell stories. Daniel loved the outdoors, fishing, camping and spending time with his family. He kept his family close by keeping in touch with them on a regular basis. Daniel was also a big animal lover. He was a man of faith and he instilled it in his family as well. Daniel was a good father and grandpa and he will be greatly missed.Daniel is survived by his children, Nikki (Michael) Klein of Milan, IN, Terry (Heather) Crosby of Lawrenceburg, IN, Amber L Crosby of Aurora, IN; his mother Glenda Irwin; wife, Tammy Crosby; siblings, Mary Hoerst, Sara Knigga and Marie Stephanolius; half brothers and sister, Jeff, Scott, Steve and Amy Crosby; several grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild.He was preceded in death by his father, Frank A. Crosby, and a son, Adam Crosby.A celebration of life and memorial service will be held on Thursday 5/16/19 from 4-7 pm at eldest daughters home, 7190 E. County Road 125 N, Milan Indiana.Final resting place will be in Mt. Sinai Cemetery, next to his son Adam.Contributions may be made to defray Funeral Expenses. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.last_img read more

first_img In April last year, Zarate was supposed to be in Argentina receiving treatment for a skin condition after presenting the club with a doctor’s note, only to be spotted on holiday in the Maldives. At the time Zarate was not training with the first team due to persistent disciplinary issues. It was at the end of the 2012-13 season, after spending four years with Lazio that included a spell on loan with Inter Milan, that Zarate returned to his first club Velez. In his first spell, Zarate scored 28 goals in 99 appearances, and then last season he finished as leading scorer in the Clausura with 13 goals in 19 appearances, prompting Allardyce to bring the forward to Upton Park. West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has made his first signing of the summer with the capture of Argentinian striker Mauro Zarate from Velez Sarsfield. The Hammers’ big-money buy last summer, Andy Carroll, spent half of the campaign on the sidelines through injury to leave Allardyce short of options up front and then, on his return, the England international only scored two goals. Allardyce, however, has wasted no time in finding support for Carroll with the deal for Zarate. It will be Zarate’s second taste of top-flight football in England having played on loan for Birmingham for four months in 2008, scoring four goals in 14 appearances, but he was unable to prevent the Blues from being relegated at the end of that season. “This is a new chance for me and I want to play,” added Zarate, who scored 20 goals in 35 matches in all competitions for Velez last season. “I think I played well for Velez this season and that was important for me. I had some good team-mates and they helped to make it a fantastic season for me. “I know English football from my time at Birmingham and I hope I will play well and reach the highest possible level.” Zarate is a controversial figure as in 2010 while with Lazio, and on suspension for two games for insulting a referee, he was photographed giving a fascist salute. Standing with Lazio’s infamous ‘Ultras’ section of fans in watching a loss to Bari, Zarate’s spokesperson claimed the player was unaware of the significance of his actions. Press Association The 27-year-old has signed a three-year contract, with the option of a further year, as Allardyce strengthens his forward options after a troubled 2013-14 campaign in that department for the Hammers. “My reaction is that I am very happy to be at West Ham,” said the forward in a press release. last_img read more

first_imgTHE Guyana Telephone Telegraph company (GTT) has signed on to the Fruta Conquerors Football Club’s Youth Football summer camp by donating 20 footballs during a small session yesterday.The Telecommunications giant handed over the balls to the Club’s secretary Daniel Thomas on Tuesday and according to Public Relations Officer Allison Parker, the company has always fostered a good relationship with the football club.The camp began on July 10 and is scheduled to end on July 28 at the club’s Tucville location.According to Parker, following a request for six footballs, the company decided to donate 20 footballs instead, adding that the company is looking to assist in further avenues where possible.Meanwhile, Thomas, who is also the facilitator of the Youth camp noted that the club’s mandate is to ensure that those students on school break are involved in positive activities objective to gainfully occupy the youths of the surrounding community during the school break.The programme, Thomas noted, is not just focused on pure football drills but also on academics with remedial lessons in English and Mathematics being taught during the morning sessions.He explained that two teachers volunteer to teach the children but are paid a stipend by the club. In addition to these teachers; volunteer lecturers from the University of Guyana will be holding interactive sessions with the older adolescents/teens and parents of the children as well, in an effort to better equip them with knowledge of nurturing and guiding their children at home.The Youth Camp initiative, which was started by the current Guyana Football Federation (GFF) president Wayne Forde 10 years ago, was taken over by Thomas in 2012.He noted that while the programme started off humbly, the club is now able to provide hot meals for the children through assistance from the National Sports Commission (NSC) and Scotiabank.The participants of the camp who are 50+ in number are merely asked to walk with their gear and no fee is required.last_img read more