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Sexual assaults spark prayer service at Grotto

first_imgOver a hundred students gathered at the Grotto on Sunday night to reflect on the recent sexual assaults reported on campus. During the service, student body president Alex Coccia and vice president Nancy Joyce stressed the centrality of human dignity. Recognizing the proximity of the recent sexual assault, Coccia said it is important to remember that the incident was neither anonymous nor distant. “We’re not hearing about faceless individuals. We’re hearing about our dear friends,” Coccia said. Coccia focused on the importance of nurturing strong student relationships in the face of such events. “The question becomes: how are we viewing each other? If we approach each other with the utmost of dignity, then we will take greater care of our relationships and the dignity inherent in them,” he said. As a group of people directly affected by personal violations, Notre Dame’s students are left with a responsibility to act, Coccia said.  “We have allowed ourselves to reduce this painful incident to an email that can be erased with the click of delete button,” he said. “We offer these prayers for healing in our Notre Dame family, and as a family we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.” Vice president Nancy Joyce echoed this point of responsibility in her address. “Only we have the power to change the current conversation and culture around sexual assault,” Joyce said. “As a student body, we are renewing our commitment to hold ourselves to a higher standard.” Students can do a number of specific things to maintain a higher standard of behavior on campus, Joyce said. “Continue to pray for healing of all those affected by sexual assaults. Think twice about email alerts. Challenge ourselves not to become desensitized by these issues,” she said. Joyce said that the response to tragic incidents such as sexual assault should not end with the prayer service last night. She said students should take part in a conversation about how we handle our interactions with each other. “In dorm common rooms, in the dining halls, on the quad – we must challenge ourselves to make this a conversation that can lead to a change in how we think and act regarding sexual assault,” Joyce said. Ultimately, Joyce promoted taking personal initiative in order to cultivate change. “I think that this is a change that has to come from us – not from OCS or student government alone,” she said. “We have to figure out how we hold ourselves to a higher standard while still enjoying life as college students.” Father Pete McCormick, who presided over the prayer service, said he saw this as a time to pray to God for healing instead of pointing fingers or casting judgment. Father McCormick said he recognizes three tangible ways in which students can revitalize our community’s approach to our interactions in all areas and recognize the utmost importance of human dignity. “First, when we look at people, [we should] see the dignity in each other as individuals, not as a means to personal edification, look upon each other in reverence in awe,” McCormick said. After asserting the eminence of human dignity, Father McCormick asked Notre Dame students to consider their priorities. “Do we make time for prayer? Do we seek after some of the more worldly things? Do we speak out when we know that we should?” he said. Father McCormick said that as members of the Notre Dame family, we are all here for the same basic reason. “All of us have come to this place because we have a desire to be known and to be inspired to be something more,” McCormick said. Father McCormick said that the solution to this problem lies in our hands, with prayer as a vital element. “Here we are presented with an opportunity to take ownership,” he said. “Use this prayer as a driving force that leads and brings about change.” McCormick said.last_img read more

Cortina Inn and Resort Appoints New Conference Sales Director

first_imgCortina Inn and Resort is proud to announce the appointment of Annie Johnson to the position of Conference Sales Director.Johnson will be in charge of conference and meeting sales to the local, domestic andinternational markets. Prior to joining the team at Cortina Inn and Resort, Johnson spent hertime honing her sales skills in Minnesota and New Jersey while employed by Benetton Sportsystem. In New Jersey she was Manager of Sales administration at RollerbladeBrand In-Line Skates and also worked with Nordica, Prince and Killer Loop. She comesto us from the consumer side of conference sales with expertise in customer satisfaction.Cortina Inn and Resort has banquet, meeting and conference facilities for up to 250 peopleand specializes in retreats and seminars that combine recreational activities, great food,attentive service and superb accommodations.last_img read more

Indian Hockey team Jumps to Fifth in World Rankings

first_imgNew Delhi, July 17: The Indian hockey team’s silver medal-winning effort at the Champions Trophy in Breda, the Netherlands, earlier this month has propelled them to the fifth spot in the world rankings, released by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Tuesday.India finished runners up after losing the final to reigning world champions Australia, who meanwhile, consolidated their stay atop the world rankings.Australia (1906 points) sit 23 points ahead of second-ranked Argentina (1883) and are followed by Belgium (1709) and the Netherlands (1654). With 1484 points, India have pushed Germany (1456) to sixth from the fifth spot. Most of the teams in the top 20 are non-movers, although 18th placed Austria and 19th ranked Egypt have climbed ahead of France, who now sit in the 20th position. IANSlast_img read more

The Federal Shutdown is O.K. in Sumner County right now, but it could get much worse

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (18) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +12 Vote up Vote down Wellington · 358 weeks ago Wellington should be just fine. If they get behind they will just up the electric to make up for it. Report Reply 0 replies · active 358 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Larry · 358 weeks ago I like the way he states that we have to raise the debt limit. Well when you spend more than you take in this is what happens. It is only goes to show that things must change. When only spend what we take in. I know it sounds hard but when we get to our spending limits asked youself, you raises you debt limit. Report Reply 0 replies · active 358 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 358 weeks ago “If you don’t raise the debt limits then basically the government can’t pay its treasury bills and bonds.” “The country basically won’t be able to pay its bills,” Uhmm…about 50% of Americans believe this (Love the qualifier “basically”). If the ceiling HAD to be raised, it wouldn’t be used as a bargaining chip. Report Reply 0 replies · active 358 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Priorities · 358 weeks ago You say this shouldn’t really affect us but what about those employees that live here and are not getting paid? This doesn’t effect me but there are several in the area that are very effected. I don’t think unemployment will help a lot. Report Reply 1 reply · active 358 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 358 weeks ago Any food stamp recipients who get cut off because of this…I’ve plenty of yard work and some painting needs doing. Hey, there you go, Cue, a “blog” for exchanging work-for-remuneration. Report Reply 1 reply · active 358 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Jim · 358 weeks ago The US Treasury and the Federal Reserve have been churning out these “debt” certificates for 6 years to “cushion” our economy, but the economy is just a sluggish as it was 6 years ago. If you had a credit card and you said, “I will pay my bill if you raise my credit limit” how far do you think that would go? The Treasury keeps spending and who is trying to limit the spending? Lets just give them a bigger spending limit and see if that works!!! Can we “TRUST” that they will quit spending and balance their budget by spending less? If the credit card company looked at the your income and said that your income had decreased so they were RAISING your credit limit, would that be smart or FOOLISH? The President of the United States may not control how much is to be spent in a budget but it should and it up to the President and the Executive Branch to live within their means and drop their spending below the amount they are receiving. Even though the President is supposed to request a Budget and the Congress approves the Budget, it still is the responsibility of the Executive Branch of Government to control the spending. It should not be up to the Congress through its checks and balances powers to have to CONTROL the spending of the Executive Branch. The President could have been “furloughing” government employees in the last 6 years to get the government spending under control to be within its income. Report Reply 1 reply · active 358 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Roy Rogers · 358 weeks ago Basic US Government class 101. Look up the definition and responsibilities of Executive Branch and Legislature Branch. It has not changed in over 235 years to my knowledge. Report Reply 0 replies · active 358 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down Bird fan · 358 weeks ago This senator in 2006 had the right idea as the democrats took control of both houses. http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/256288/senat… Report Reply 0 replies · active 358 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Sam Brokeback · 358 weeks ago I am guessing the first AG payments that are missed will likely have an impact locally. Report Reply 0 replies · active 358 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Julie Wolf · 358 weeks ago I guess since I’m a Sumner County resident, a federal worker, and deemed non-essential, I don’t have a real job! LOL! Wow! I will be fine during this furlough but there are others that have “life situations” that may not have money TO save back. I think you have to see beyond your own situation and realize not everyone is in the same boat. It’s called empathy…not sympathy. Report Reply 5 replies · active 357 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — If you plan to visit the U.S.D.A Service Center at the Raymond Frye Complex in Wellington for U.S. Department of Agriculture assistance today, you are out of luck. There is a sign at the door which states:“This U.S. Department of Agriculture office is currently closed, due to lapse in federal government funding. The office will reopen once Congress restores funding.” This sign was taped on the doors at the USDA office at the Raymond Frye Complex.Outside of that, the federal government partial shutdown that started Tuesday has not had a real dramatic affect in Wellington and Sumner County – at least not yet.The U.S. Post Office is open. It operates as an independent business unit.The Sumner County Courthouse is humming as well.The City of Wellington is also open for business as are the municipalities in Conway Springs, Belle Plaine, Caldwell and others.After all there is not a national park, or a Smithsonian Museum nearby that is affecting the local economy.But really how worried should we Sumner County residents be? We decided to ask J.P. Buellesfeld, Wellington investment advisor and our political consultant, what we here in Sumner County should worry about when it comes to the goings on of our U.S. Government. “This government shutdown probably won’t have an effect on anything of significance right now,” Buellesfeld said. “The bigger thing in play is if this goes on too long we will have a budget showdown on the debt ceiling limits in October. That’s a serious thing.“If you don’t raise the debt limits then basically the government can’t pay its treasury bills and bonds.”That’s not good because if the “line in the sand” mentality between President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress doesn’t change, the Treasury Department will only be able to pay the country’s incoming bills with the cash it has on hand.“The country basically won’t be able to pay its bills,” Buellesfeld said. “And that will wreck the confidence people have in the U.S. Treasury.”U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has been warning people, unless Congress can raise the debt ceiling by Oct. 17, the Treasury Department will only be able to pay the country’s incoming bills with the cash it has on hand. Treasury forecasts that by mid-October the U.S. Government will have a cash balance of $50 billion, an amount insufficient to pay what the country owes for an extent ended period of time. The debt ceiling now stands at $16.699 trillion. That level was reached in mid-May. At that time, the U.S. Treasury began a host of “extraordinary measures” to continue paying all the country’s bills in full and on time. But Lew said those extraordinary measures will tap out.So what will happen?Buellesfeld shakes his head. The government defaults on its loans for the first time in its history. It won’t have enough money to pay for Medicare, Social Security, Veteran’s benefits etc.“It all comes to trust,” Buellesfeld said. “Isn’t trust essential in everything we do? You have to trust your spouse for the marriage to work, your business partner, your medical professional… If people don’t trust the U.S. Government where is this going to take us?”Experts say the current government shutdown will not affect the economy too badly especially if a compromise is worked out soon. But each week, economists estimate that .12 percent will be shaved off the Gross Domestic Product if the issue is not solved.And with the debt ceiling debate lurking and the current vitriol climate on Capital Hill, economists are worrying.The government showdown and how it affects you can be summed up in this USA Today article: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/09/29/questions-and-answers-about-the-shutdown/2888419/last_img read more