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Senate discusses sexual assault, recognition of Native American history

first_imgNotre Dame student senators focused on social justice issues during their meeting Monday evening, addressing the University’s policies regarding the treatment of sexual assault survivors and Native Americans.Over the past several weeks, the student senate discussed the Trump administration’s changes to Title IX, the federal civil rights law that regulates how colleges handle sexual assault allegations. Many student leaders have expressed concerns that Notre Dame will be less responsive to victims’ needs in the wake of these new changes.Student Title IX services manager Amber Monroe spoke to the senate about the University’s sexual assault resolution process and addressed concerns about new Title IX revisions.“A lot of these [changes] are not mandates. … We’re going to be given a lot of time to figure out what [the changes] look like for Notre Dame,” Monroe said. “What I can say is we will always be Notre Dame in the sense of caring for our students.”The proposed changes to Title IX allow colleges to resolve sexual assault allegations through mediation, a process in which victims and perpetrators discuss the allegations face-to-face. Monroe clarified that Notre Dame does not plan on using this kind of face-to-face mediation for sexual assault cases.But the University does offer other “alternative resolution” processes for sexual assault cases on a voluntary basis, she said. Victims can agree to engage in these processes, which are supposed to be forms of restorative justice — a way to help victims and perpetrators heal together. “I think that we forget sometimes that these are people,” Monroe said. “Emotions, behaviors and choices affect how these processes can metastasize and what they can look like for each individual.”Monroe explained that the University developed these alternative resolution strategies in response to student feedback. Many students noted in the 2016 Campus Climate Survey that they felt their options for resolving incidents of assault were too limited. Notably, these alternative resolution processes — unlike traditional administrative resolution processes — are non-disciplinary, meaning perpetrators cannot face disciplinary action after an alternative resolution is completed.Junior and Welsh Family Hall senator Lindsay McCray said a non-disciplinary resolution could endanger students.“There have been studies that indicate that the majority of sexual assaults are committed by repeat offenders,” she said. “So, in allowing [an] alternative resolution to occur in sexual assault cases, even if it’s not mediation, how does that protect the student body at all from rapists?”Monroe said the University considers each case individually and does not allow alternative resolutions for perpetrators who could pose serious threats to other students.After concluding the discussion of Title IX, senators shifted the conversation to Native American history and culture.Senators approved a resolution calling the University administration to recognize that Notre Dame’s campus sits on land that once belonged to the Potawatomi people. The resolution encouraged a statement acknowledging this history be featured at Welcome Weekend, graduation and the Walk the Walk Week luncheon.Additionally, the senate approved a resolution calling for a Native Studies minor in the College of Arts and Letters, drawing on the example of many other universities.“This … shows the people who are Native descendants that we respect you, we affirm you,” said Marcus Winchester-Jones, sophomore and president of the Native American Student Association of Notre Dame. “It … makes it so it’s a more welcoming community for everybody.”Tags: Native American Student Association of Notre Dame, Notre Dame Student Senate, Title IX, Title IX policylast_img read more

Russia denies its nuclear plants are source of radiation leak

first_imgRadiation levels around the two powers stations “have remained unchanged in June,” a spokesperson for the state controlled nuclear power operator Rosenergoatom told Tass news agency. (BBC) RUSSIA has said a leak of nuclear material detected over Scandinavia did not come from one of its power plants. The Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant is operating normally, Russian officials said.GETTY IMAGES It said the material could indicate “damage to a fuel element.” But in a statement, Russia’s nuclear energy body said its two power stations in the north-west – the Leningrad NPP and the Kola NPP – were working normally and that no leaks had been reported. Nuclear safety watchdogs in Finland, Norway and Sweden said last week they had found higher-than-usual amounts of radioactive isotopes in the atmosphere. A Dutch public health body said that, after analyzing the data, it believed the material came “from the direction of western Russia.”last_img read more

Fruta U20, GFC to face off for Turbo football title

first_imgFRUTA Conquerors U-20 and the Georgetown Football Club (GFC) are both headed to the final of the Turbo Knockout Football tournament next weekend. Both sides dominated their games against Pouderoyen and Northern Rangers FC, respectively, as the 2019/2020 edition of the tournament continued Sunday evening.Wayne Baker’s 61st minute strike along with Ryan Hackett’s 80th minute strike solidified what the fans had known from the opening whistle; that Fruta’s youth side was going to make It to the final.While there were moments of brilliance for the West Demerara side, nothing managed to find the back of their opponent’s nets.In the second game, it was an absolute route of Northern Rangers by the GFC side.From the whistle, the GFC went on the prowl and were rewarded in the 13th minute through Kelsey Benjamin.Adrian Aaron would extend the GFC side’s lead in the 18th minute with a spectacular strike as many thought the game was over.However, Damien Williams in the 33rd, clawed one back and gave the Northern Rangers supporters hope of a comeback. Benjamin, however, restored the two-goal margin that GFC had on the stroke of half-time.GFC would take the scoreline to 3-1 just as the second half resumed with Ralph Parris before the Rangers second goal off the boot of Williams.The GFC side was determined to make a statement and in the fourth minute of injury time (90+4),  Kevin Baptiste made sure the score line was 5-2.The final is billed for next Sundaylast_img read more