Club promotes family values

first_imgTo encourage students to build healthy relationships, members of the Rodzinka: Little Family club are promoting discussion about traditional perspectives on dating, marriage and the family. The club, whose name means “little family” in Polish in honor of a small group of college students Pope John Paul II ministered to when he was a parish priest in Poland, addresses alternatives to the college “hookup culture,” speaker coordinator Tim Kirchoff said. “You need to be able to examine the alternatives to it in a coherent way and in a way that allows people to share experiences meaningfully – give people an idea of what’s really possible with marriage and family life and how to go about achieving that,” Kirchoff said. Although Rodzinka has been operating on campus for approximately six years, Kirchoff said it became an official student club at the beginning of the fall semester and currently consists of undergraduate and graduate students. Kirchoff said a professor or other University community member speaks to the approximately 20 students over informal dinner conversations Thursdays in the Knights of Columbus Council Hall. The presentation typically lasts half an hour and is followed by discussion, he said. “The format we have now … empowers professors to be able to talk about these issues with students and lets them know it’s something we are willing to listen to them about,” Kirchoff said. Previous speakers presented about Christian dating, marriage preparation and infant development, Kirchoff said, and the group meets at the end of each semester to choose future speakers. “We generally have a list of people we know would be interested in speaking or from whom we’d like to hear,” Kirchoff said. “This is the officer board and generally people who would show up to any meeting anyway because they’re the people who show up to a planning session.” Speakers must have personal experience with the issues they discuss, Kirchoff said. “They have to have a story they can share,” he said. “It can’t just be totally speculative.” Knights of Columbus sponsors the discussion series, Kirchoff said, and the national Knights organization bestowed an award upon the Notre Dame chapter during the 2011-12 school year for its sponsorship of the Rodzinka discussion series.   The Love and Fidelity Network also sponsors Rodzinka by providing funding and advising the club about presentation topics, Kirchoff said. “Love and Fidelity is a national network of college students … trying to get people to reexamine concepts like dignity, romance and how they relate to college life, trying to foster lives of personal and sexual integrity on campus,” Kirchoff said. Kirchoff said Rodzinka will soon put up posters on campus on behalf of the Love and Fidelity Network to promote conversation about romance and dignity.    “It’s not judgmental,” Kirchoff said. “It wants to get people to honestly examine what they want out of a dating relationship or any sort of relationship on campus.” Kirchoff said he hopes to give students who are busy during the Thursday evening meeting time other opportunities to interact with professors. He said he is also interested in bringing professors of political science to speak to the club. “I’ve often heard it said that from the perspective of political theory, either the family is the base unit of society or it’s the school of charity,” Kirchoff said. “Every government has as its foundation the family unit.” Contact Marisa Iati at [email protected]last_img read more

Price panel discusses terrorist attacks in Paris

first_imgOn Thursday, the Price School of Public Policy held a discussion about the effects that the recent Paris terrorist attacks will have on U.S. national security policy.The event, entitled “The Paris Massacre: What are the implications for the U.S.?” featured Dr. Erroll Southers, director of transition and research deployment at the CREATE National Research Center, and Dr. Raphael Bostic, director of the Judith and John Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise.The panelists divided the discussion into three segments: Paris, the United States and future international governance.Southers, an expert on homegrown terrorism, provided his view on the events in Paris.“Paris has been challenging for some time,” Southers said. “You have a really interesting dynamic there, where you have a very large collection of Muslims, the largest population of Jews outside of Israel and a growth of both anti-Islamic and anti-Semitic sentiment.”Southers also explained how the Paris shooting reflected the inefficacy of our current counterterrorism strategy.“I was not surprised of the [Paris] attacks. Just look at the numbers. French intelligence knew of three to five thousand radicalized Muslims living in France. But you need 20 to 25 agents to properly monitor a suspect,” Southers said.A possible solution to terrorism, Southers argued, would have to come not from the government, but from the vulnerable communities themselves — what he called a change in our present “top-down” mentality.Bostic suggested a different form of addressing the dangers of terrorism: “De-evolution of governance. There is a tendency to tell the lower levels what to do, but we should actually be letting them dictate policy. If you do not engage the constituents, they do not own the policy and they won’t help you.”Southers also explained how he is currently working to implement this policy in a burgeoning national initiative that would include Los Angeles, Boston and Minneapolis as pilot cities.“We are really trying to become an equal partner with the people in the community and figure out what we can do about it. It takes a network to defeat a network. Terrorism is all local. Terrorists have families and live in communities. That’s why 40 percent of successful arrests related to terrorism come from people calling up,” Southers said.Another policy issue discussed by the panel was the tendency to profile terrorists as originating from certain places.“We tend to think of terrorists as coming from other countries, what I call ‘tourist terrorists.’ But some people that don’t necessarily have personal links discover these connections and become radicalized,” Bostic said.Southers noted that the terrorists that targeted Paris this year and Madrid in 2004 were nationals of the countries they attacked.“I was not surprised that the Paris attackers were French. In the Madrid bombing they were all Spaniards. These organizations are recruiting from the homeland,” Southers said.Southers explained that the public’s unwillingness to cooperate with Muslim communities was also concerning.Some of the students present at the discussion agreed with Southers’ community-based approach to fighting terrorism .“I think it’s all about framing the dialogue in a way that communities feel they have ownership in the solution,” said Justine Dodgen, a graduate student studying public administration. “They must feel that the government is supporting them so that they don’t turn to terrorist organizations for recruitment.”“One of the best parts of the talk was hearing Southers’ views on how we perceive terrorism,” said Jeremy Loudenback, a graduate student studying public policy. “We use certain code words that are misleading, such as labeling someone a ‘lone wolf attacker’ instead of a ‘terrorist attacker.’ We need to figure out how to properly designate someone as a terrorist.”last_img read more

Holder Aubameyang, Mahrez vie for African crown

first_imgMane, also 24, has been on glittering form since joining Liverpool for a fee that made him the most expensive African in football history.Five-player shortlist:Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (GAB/Dortmund/GER)Riyad Mahrez (ALG/Leicester/ENG)Sadio Mane (SEN/Liverpool/ENG)Mohamed Salah (EGY/AS Roma/ITA)Share on: WhatsApp Paris, France | AFP | Borussia Dortmund’s Gabonese goal king Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang remains in the running to defend his African Player of the Year crown after making the final shortlist of five players on Tuesday.But the 27-year-old faces competition from Leicester’s Algerians Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani, Senegal’s Sadio Mane of Liverpool and Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah who also made the final cut for the African Football Confederation’s annual award.The winner will be announced on January 5 in Abuja, Nigeria after votes by a panel of ten experts and 54 national team coaches.Aubameyang was voted German Bundesliga player of the year last season and would appear favourite to retain the African title he clinched after a four-year spell of Manchester City’s Yaya Toure winning.But the pin-point passing and astonishing focus of 25-year-old winger Mahrez impressed as he helped propel Leicester City to the English title last season. He scored 17 goals with 11 assists in that campaign.Slimani is coming off a very good season with Sporting Portugal earning a switch to Leicester.Salah has been brilliant for both Egypt and AS Roma after a difficult time at Chelsea but at 24 may not quite have peaked.last_img read more

Sheriff: Broward School Campus Monitor Accused of Soliciting Minors

first_imgA Broward County Public Schools campus monitor finds himself behind bars for allegedly soliciting minors, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.Alton Johnson, of Lauderhill, faces criminal charges including soliciting minors and transmitting harmful material to minors.Detectives are concerned that there may be more victims in the community.Last February, detectives began a joint investigation with the Broward County Public Schools Special Investigative Unit into Johnson.The probe revealed that Johnson, who worked at Blanche Ely High School at the time, solicited two minors to send him sexually explicit videos.Courtesy: Broward County Sheriff’s OfficeIn one of those cases, Johnson offered money in exchange for the video.The Sheriff’s Office says Johnson is also accused of sending photos of porn to one of the minors.He is also being charged with being an authority figure engaged in lewd conduct with a student.Johnson was booked into the Broward County Jail on Tuesday.Anyone with information that could assist investigators is asked to contact Special Victims Unit Detective Robert Rausch at (954) 321-4234.last_img read more

Believe It Or Not: Gladiators vs Team Abu Dhabi gets abandoned due to lack…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Hindustan TimesAdvertisement 3fsNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsuWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eih( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 98kbWould you ever consider trying this?😱9ep2Can your students do this? 🌚zchRoller skating! Powered by Firework The 18th match of the third edition of the T10 yielded no result as there was a lack of DLS print-outs. The game was forced to be played with DLS rules after rain intervened the fixture. Advertisement Image Courtesy: Hindustan TimesAs rain interrupted the run chase, the organizers failed to hand out sufficient DLS sheets due to which the teams were forced to share points.Gladiators, who were chasing 119 for victory were poised at 25-1 in the third over before rain marred the proceedings.Advertisement While the rains halted by 9:45 local time, the game was called off after 15 minutes with complete confusion behind the scenes by the organizers.Here’s the statement provided by the organizers of the league:Advertisement “DLS target discussions continued between team management and match officials as both teams took to the field. Supporting documentation was requested, and this was not immediately available before the scheduled 21.59 match cut-off time. The match referee subsequently decided to abandon the match.”Read Also:Hardik Pandya hilariously trolls Shikhar Dhawan on his latest social media post!Virat Kohli ready to play pink ball cricket in Australia – provided there is a practice match beforehand! Advertisementlast_img read more

New year, but same result for Kootenay Ice

first_imgNew year, unfortunately the same result for the Kootenay Ice Major Midget Hockey team.The Okanagan Rockets outscored the Kootenay Ice 14-3 to post a two-game sweep in B.C. Major Midget Hockey League action in Kelowna.The Rockets scored four first period goals en route to a narrow 4-3 win over the Ice in the opening tilt Sunday at the Capital News Centre.Sunday, it was all Rockets as the hosts blasted Kootenay 10-0.Like the Ice has done for the most part of the season the visitors played the opposition tough in the opener.Despite surrendering four first period goals, the Ice did not give up as the club pecked away at the lead.Jake Lucchini of Trail scored singles in the second and third periods to pull Kootenay to within a marker.However, the Ice could not find the equalizer.Castlegar’s Darren Medeiros, with an assist to Lucchini, scored the other goal in the first period for Kootenay.Four different players scored for Okanagan, holding period leads of 4-1 and 4-2.Sunday, the Ice has no answer after the Rockets built up a 4-0 first period lead.Justin Marreck, Parker Bowles and Mitchell Cook each scored twice for the Rockets.The Ice, 1-21-2, now travels to Planet Ice in Coquitlam to face the Greater Vancouver Canadians.The Canadians, 12-9-5, are in a three-way tie for fourth in BCMMHL standings.Kimberley Newell of Nelson was in goal for the [email protected]last_img read more