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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

Executive home sells in under a week, setting new suburb record

first_imgThe home at 8 Rigney St, Underwood sold before auctionA DESIGNER home with Versace-inspired pool and an oversized luxury ensuite smashed the sales record for Underwood by $20,000. The home at 8 Rigney St sold after just one week on the market for $1.25 million, well above the suburb median house price of $512,000.Ray White Rochedale selling principal Zishaan Omar said he had 50 group The ensuite is a standout feature of the home.The home has polished timber floors and feature lighting throughout, along with five bedrooms and an open galley-style kitchen that features stone benchtops. Outside there is an entertaining area with outdoor kitchen and a balcony off the second floor living area. The master bedroom has a dedicated make-up area, sitting area, walk-in robe and an ensuite with dual shower, twin basins and freestanding tub. The swimming pool has Versace-inspired tiling.Vendors Anthony and Jung Davie also installed a “glamorous” pool with Versace-inspired tiling after buying the home. Mr Omar said the record sale of 8 Rigney St was a good sign of buyers having confidence in the Underwood market.center_img The home has high end fixtures and fittings.s through the property and received seven offers in the week the home was for sale. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“The house sold for $1.25 million before auction,” Mr Omar said. “The owners are really stoked and I wish I had more houses like it to sell. The house is certainly lucky No.8.”Mr Omar said potential buyers loved the property from the moment they stepped through its gates. last_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny General HospitalAN illegal immigrant who should have left Ireland in 2010 has appeared in court on a number of charges.The 34-year-old, originally from Kenya, was arrested at Letterkenny General Hospital on Wednesday night, the town’s District Court was told. She faces a number of charges of loitering and failing to give correct details to Gardaí.She is also charged with failing to have documentation allowing her to stay in the Republic of Ireland. She appears, the court was told, to have two different names.The court heard that nursing staff at the hospital called Gardaí on Wednesday night.Her solicitor Patsy Gallagher said he was unable to get proper instructions from his client due to her medical condition.“Her instructions were limited; she denies all knowledge of the offences and  denies being at Letterkenny hospital last night,” said Mr Gallagher.“There has been a medical intervention from a local GP who has made certain observations.”The woman stood and sat down on a number of occasions during the hearing as she was flanked by two Gardaí.Judge Paul Kelly ordered that the woman be taken into the care of the Central Mental Hospital in Dublin and ordered a medical inquiry regarding her fitness to understand the charges.He adjourned the case for mention on November 25.ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT ARRESTED AT LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL ‘SHOULD HAVE LEFT IRELAND IN 2010’ was last modified: November 22nd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:arrestillegal immigrantKenyaletterkenny hospitallast_img read more