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Campus strives to end the ‘R’ word

first_img“End the ‘R’ Word Day” is returning to campus for its second year to raise public awareness about the social prejudice faced by people with intellectual disabilities, now with celebrity endorsements and a national platform. “The point of the campaign is to educate the public, not to take away the rights of free speech,” said junior Soeren Palumbo, the campaign’s co-founder. “The word ‘retarded’ has a profound effect on people with intellectual disabilities and should be eliminated by social consensus, not by a legal means.”With Notre Dame’s service-oriented mentality, Palumbo said he hopes Notre Dame will be a leader in the campaign.“Notre Dame has an unprecedented service orientation toward people with disabilities, and people here want to make the world a better place for people with intellectual disabilities,” Palumbo said, “I want Notre Dame to be the jewel in the crown of this year’s events.”The official event began last year at the Special Olympics Winter Games when Palumbo and a Yale student came up with the idea to create an event to draw media attention and educate the public on the word “retarded” and its isolating effects on those with intellectual disabilities, Palumbo said.“We expected to get about a dozen schools involved in last year’s campaign and ended up [getting] 45 universities and even schools in other countries to participate,” Palumbo said.  He said he anticipates even more involvement this year as service organizations such as Best Buddies International Inc. and Push America have joined the effort.The campaign has also garnered celebrity involvement with “Scrubs” actor John C. McGinley as the main spokesperson.  Other celebrities involved with the campaign include Joe Jonas, Carl Lewis, Evander Holyfield and Alonzo Mourning.  These celebrities have shown their support by creating public service announcements in which they recite the pledge and post the videos on YouTube or other media outlets. This year, Palumbo said he hopes the campaign will gain national media engagements or a possible op-ed in a major publication like The New York Times to raise attention for the campaign to “Spread the Word to End the Word.” The goal is for people to sign pledges similar to Notre Dame’s pledge: “As a member of the Notre Dame community, I pledge to end my pejorative use of the word ‘retarded.’”At Notre Dame, students can participate by signing one of the banners that will be located in both dining halls during lunch and dinner, as well as in LaFortune Student Center from late morning to mid-afternoon. There will also be T-shirts available for $5.“We want to bring the event to students and to make it simple for them so it’s not something they have to work to do,” Palumbo said. “It’s something they carry with them.“Society gets a brighter, more enriched future to see what people with intellectual disabilities can bring to the table. It’s a powerful, humbling, spiritual affirmation to be a part of that.”last_img read more

Arteta’s job much harder than Lampard’s at Chelsea – Fabregas

first_img Lampard has impressed during the opening year of his tenure at Stamford Bridge, and Fabregas says that although Arteta has also started brightly, his project at the Emirates is likely to take far more time than the one facing his Blues counterpart. The ex-Chelsea and Arsenal midfielder, who now plies his trade in Ligue 1 with Monaco, told The Guardian: “Chelsea took a gamble with Frank because it was only his second year as a main coach and he’s done very well. “With Mikel, it’s a little bit of the same. He’s been with Pep [Guardiola] for three years, and I’m sure he’s like a master for any young coach that wants to start being a manager. read also:Arteta ‘already confirmed’ Coutinho transfer plan “I think he’s done well [so far] and I’m sure he’s brought back some values to the club that was needed. “Obviously it’s a much harder job than Chelsea in terms of rebuilding the squad, and they are very young, and they had problems because [Arteta] started much further down the line than Chelsea, but I’m positive that they will pick up very soon and that next season could be the one for them.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Mikel Arteta has a “much harder job” on his hands at Arsenal than Frank Lampard does at Chelsea, according to Cesc Fabregas. Arteta: We are working even in lockdown Arteta was handed his first senior role in management after being selected to succeed Unai Emery as Arsenal’s new head coach in December. The 38-year-old had spent the previous three years as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City, but has already shown he has what it takes to be the main man in the dugout during his first few months at Emirates Stadium. Arsenal were unbeaten in the Premier League at the start of 2020 under their former captain, before the coronavirus outbreak brought the season to a temporary halt in March. After a three-month hiatus, English football will finally make its return on Wednesday, with the Gunners set to get back underway against City following Aston Villa’s clash with Sheffield United earlier in the day. Chelsea will resume their latest campaign four days later against Villa, with Lampard’s side currently sitting eight points ahead of Arsenal in fourth with nine fixtures left to play. Promoted ContentA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWhy Are Sharks Afraid Of Dolphins?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Most Unforgettable Bridges In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Dronecenter_img Loading… last_img read more

Volleyball Sweeps Valparaiso To Remain Unbeaten In the MVC

first_imgStory Links Live Stats Box Score (PDF) Full Schedule Roster Preview Watch Livecenter_img Box Score (HTML) at Chicago State University 9/25/2017 – 7 p.m. VALPARAISO, Ind. – The Drake University volleyball team improved its Missouri Valley Conference record to 2-0 with a 3-0 sweep of conference newcomer Valparaiso, Saturday evening at Valparaiso.The Bulldogs prevailed by set scores of 25-23, 25-22, 29-27, to improve to 12-3 overall on the season. Drake hit .244 in the win with three student-athletes notching double-figures in kills. Junior Cathryn Cheek (Coppell, Texas) led the way again with 18 kills on 48 attacks while senior Kyla Inderski (Urbandale, Iowa) and freshman Emily Plock (Altoona, Iowa) each added 13 kills. Both Cheek and Inderski recorded double-doubles with Cheek recording 10 digs and Inderski pulling in a career-high 24 digs. Paige Aspinwall (Dayton, Minn.) continued to guide the offense with 37 assists.”It’s been a great weekend for hte Bulldogs to get off to a 2-0 start in the conference,” said Drake head coach Darrin McBroom. “Valpo is a very good defensive team, so to come in here tonight and get a three-set win is very good for our young team. We executed our game plan very well, except for a brief period in the third set, but I’m proud that we showed stamina at the end and didn’t let the third set slip away.”Valparaiso (7-7, 0-2 MVC) was led by Taylor Graboski’s 13 kills on 24 attempts.The Bulldogs opened the match by closing the first set on a 4-0 run behind kills from four different players to prevail, 25-23. Drake maintained that lead through the second set in maintaining a comfortable lead in holding off Valpo for the 25-22 win. The third set was more closely contested despite Drake jumping out to a 12-5 lead. However, the Crusaders rallied to tie the match at 24-24. From there the lead changed hands four times with three ties until a kill from Plock and a Valpo error allowed Drake to build the necessary two-point advantage at 29-27 to win the set and sweep the first meeting between Drake and Valparaiso as conference foes.The Bulldogs aim to remain on top of the MVC standings next weekend when they return home to Illinois State and Bradley. However, before returning to Des Moines, the Bulldogs remain in the greater Chicagoland area to visit Chicago State Monday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m.Print Friendly Version Next Game:last_img read more