“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.”
Statewide—With the recent snowfall and dropping temperatures, Indiana Conservation Officers advise being mindful of the potential hazards of frozen lakes, ponds, rivers and streams. It’s also important to keep a watchful eye on neighborhood retention ponds, lakes and other waterways for others who may venture out and find themselves in trouble.Every winter, thousands of Hoosiers safely enjoy fishing, skating, hiking, or just sliding around on frozen ponds and lakes. And every year, people drown after falling through the ice. Just like driving differently on snow versus clear roads, some may need to re-learn how to safely have fun on the ice. Put safety first. The best rule of thumb is when thinking about getting on the ice, believe it is thin ice unless proven otherwise.Here are a few tips to remember when considering standing on or walking on a frozen lake or pond: No ice is safe ice.Test the thickness of the ice with an ice auger. At least 4 inches of ice is recommended for ice fishing; 5 inches is recommended for snowmobiling.If you don’t know the thickness of the ice, don‘t go on it.Wear life jackets or flotation coats.Carry ice hooks and rope gear.Before going on the ice, leave a note of your whereabouts with a friend or family member.Don’t test the thickness of the ice while alone.Wearing a life jacket is especially important when on the ice. If you fall through, a life jacket will keep your head above the water until help arrives.The coating of snow that Indiana just received can make for treacherous ice conditions. The snow can insulate the ice, causing it to freeze at a slower rate. When snow and rain freeze into ice, it is never as strong as solid, clear ice.If you see a pet or other animal in distress on the ice, do not go after it. Doing so can often end in tragedy. Instead, contact your local emergency response personnel, who are equipped to make a rescue.Some bodies of water will appear to be frozen solid but actually can have thin ice in several potentially unexpected areas. Flowing water, such as rivers and streams, should be avoided when covered by a layer of ice. Water that is surrounded by sand may freeze with inconsistencies in the thickness of the ice.Underground springs, wind, waterfowl, and other animals can also keep areas of ice thin.
Henrietta ReheardHenrietta R. Reheard, departed this life to be with her husband, March 29, 2015.Henrietta was born March 20, 1923.Â She had been a Quality Control Inspector at Boeing for many years before retiring.Henrietta met Dwaine in grade school and they married August 1, 1942.Â She was a devoted wife and mother who enjoyed crafting, doing her family tree, photography, and visiting with her family and friends.Â She will be greatly missed.She is preceded in death by her husband, Dwaine M. Reheard; her parents, Royal H. and Etta Palmer; brothers, Raymond V. Palmer and Roy H. Palmer, Jr.; her sister, Roberta E. Palmer; one granddaughter; and one great grandson.She is survived by her daughters, Crystal Charles and Kimeron Sundry; two sisters, Viola Patterson and Violet (Mickey) Rowan; one grandson; three granddaughters; two great grandsons; and two great granddaughters.Graveside Services will be held at Prairie Lawn Cemetery on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 2 p.m. Â Mr. Paul Carr will officiate.Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 from 1 to 8 p.m.A memorial has been established with the Wellington Humane Society, P. O. Box 494, Wellington, KS 67152.Â Contributions may be left at the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.net