PrismND officers advocate for LGBTQ+ community

first_imgOctober is LGBT History Month, celebrating the history and resilience of the LGBTQ community. But PrismND, Notre Dame’s only official LGBTQ+ student organization, is committed to promoting pride and allyship year-round. As they plan for the year ahead, PrismND’s officers said they want to facilitate love and acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community on Notre Dame’s campus.Senior Kendrick Peterson, president of PrismND, said Notre Dame’s Catholic identity makes Prism’s LGBTQ+ advocacy work “a unique challenge.” Although the Catholic Church opposes same-sex marriage and transgender identities on doctrinal grounds, it also stresses the dignity of the human person. That emphasis on human dignity, PrismND officers said, aligns with Prism’s mission.“There’s a huge element of Catholic Social Teaching — those elements that Notre Dame really does try to emphasize,” said junior Matt Sahd, co-vice president of PrismND.Peterson said many Catholics on campus believe LGBTQ+ individuals should be able to live their identities freely.“You should allow LGBTQ+ people to live authentically because they belong to our community and they sit on the margins of our society, and we need to help those people,” he said.PrismND officers said many members of Notre Dame’s LGBTQ+ community need affirmation and support. In spring 2018, the University published the results of its Campus Climate Survey, revealing that many transgender and non-binary students say they don’t feel a sense of belonging at Notre Dame. Additionally, many transgender and non-binary students reported experiencing adverse treatment by students, staff and faculty.Taz Bashir, a fifth year architecture student and co-vice president of PrismND, said the survey results made PrismND “explicitly aware of how disadvantaged our transgender community is and how a lot of our queer individuals on campus do not feel like they’re welcome.” In response, PrismND has prioritized advocacy work for the transgender community this year. Bashir said he hopes PrismND can “provide spaces that are both safe and welcoming and respectful to everyone and their stories.”Although PrismND was officially founded in 2013, Sahd said PrismND can trace its roots back to 1996 when the University created the Standing Committee on Gay and Lesbian Student Needs. In the years since that first University committee was created to support the LGBTQ+ community, the officers said the support for LGBTQ+ students has improved significantly. Even though some student groups and administrators still oppose PrismND’s work, Bashir said those voices are no longer mainstream.“All these views are largely on the fringe. And the reality is, your average Notre Dame student is an ally now. I couldn’t have said that five or 10 years ago,” Bashir said. “We see our community as one that welcomes us, and when we see the attacks against us, we recognize that isn’t common opinion.”As the only LGBTQ+ student group on campus, PrismND officers said they face the challenge of catering to a highly diverse community. To meet this challenge, the officers said they’ve intentionally reached out to communities and student groups that haven’t traditionally been involved with the group.Jenny Gomez, secretary of PrismND, is a senior at Holy Cross. She said the organization has become much more diverse since she first joined.“My freshman year, the only person I knew — besides myself — who was going to PrismND meetings was a gay, white, cisgender male,” she said. “We’ve grown to the point that we have probably the most diverse board that Prism has seen in its [history].”According to its bylaws, PrismND is an apolitical organization, meaning the organization does not endorse political candidates or engage in political activism. However, as an organization committed to defending the LGBTQ+ community, Prism officers said they often find themselves forced into contentious debates.“No matter what, we’re an apolitical organization,” Peterson said. “However, advocating for queer identity can be seen as political.”The officers said they want to collaborate with a diverse array of student groups across the ideological spectrum. Last November for the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, PrismND held a prayer service with the pro-life student group Notre Dame Right to Life to honor the memories of transgender individuals who had lost their lives. As the year continues, Peterson said he hopes more student organizations will reach out to PrismND, bridging the divide between different communities on campus.“Prism is an organization about love,” he said.Tags: Catholic Social Teaching, LGBTQ, Pride, PrismNDlast_img read more

Two Coal Barons, One Overdue Bond Payment and the End of an Era

first_imgTwo Coal Barons, One Overdue Bond Payment and the End of an Era FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Jodi Xu Klein and Tim Loh for Bloomberg News:Both men worked down in the mines, in helmet and headlamp, digging out the coal that would one day make them piles of money.As early as Tuesday, the mining empires the two men built from scratch could start to crumble.Billionaire Christopher Cline, 57, hailed as the savior of the Illinois coal industry, is the founder of Foresight Energy LP, which has until March 15 to pay $23.6 million of overdue bond interest.Industry champion Robert E. Murray, 76, would suffer with him. The company he created, Murray Energy Corp., paid $1.4 billion in April for a 50 percent stake in Foresight. A default would wipe out that investment.So far the two titans have survived the U.S. coal industry’s worst downturn in decades, a result of tough environmental policies, a flood of cheap natural gas and slowing global demand. In the last two years, at least six U.S. coal-mining companies have filed for bankruptcy, restructuring a total of $23 billion. With a boost from fracking, the U.S. produced more natural gas in 2015 than it ever has, while U.S. coal production fell last year to its lowest level in decades and is projected to fall even more this year, according to the Energy Information Administration.Now Cline and Murray are inextricably linked but unable to agree on a remedy, according to people with knowledge of the matter.“Here you have the two most successful visionaries in the U.S. coal industry facing a level of challenges they probably never had to deal with before,” said Matthew Duch, a money manager at Calvert Investments Inc. who oversees $12 billion. “You can be the best operators in this industry, but you can’t do anything about the demand that’s evaporating.”Full article: Two Coal Barons, One Overdue Bond Payment and the End of an Eralast_img read more

Daily Dirt: March 12, 2013

first_imgOutdoor news for March 12, 2013Blue Ridge Parkway Weekly Ride StymiedOne would think that cycling and the Blue Ridge Parkway are like peas in a pod, a perfect fit. Mostly, they are, but in recent years growing tension between cyclists, motorists, and the National Park Service have been prickly to say the least. In this magazine, as have countless others, we have written about the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to cycling the parkway – one of the greatest rides east of the Mississippi, if not North America. Dan Casey of the Roanoke Times is reporting that the Blue Ridge Cycle Club‘s weekly Tuesday Night Ride – in existence since at least 2002 – is in jeopardy due to the park service enforcing rules they had not before, including requiring insurance, a permit, and billing for a police escort. The bills could run into the hundreds of dollars per ride, which the small club is not in the position to handle. The article cites some of the mounting problems of the BRP including budget cuts, maintenance backlogs, and unfilled staff positions. Whether this is an effort to raise revenue or just keep cyclists off the busiest sections of the BRP, it kind of stinks.Delaware…Hi, I’m in DelawareDelaware may not get much respect from Wayne Campbell, but it is trying to gain the respect of the National Park Service and the rest of the country in general. Representatives, community leaders, and preservationists from Delaware and Pennsylvania are pushing Congress and/or President Obama to designate 1,100 acres of the Brandywine Valley to become the next national park. The Diamond State (Delaware, if you didn’t know that) is the only state in the nation without a national park, and have been advocating for one for over a decade. The Brandywine Valley straddles Del. and Penn. and is primed for park status, having been bought by the Conservation Fund, and is already a popular spot for hikers and anglers. It also holds much historical significance and would be deemed First State National Historic Park. With all the financial wrangling in Washington, this may seem like a longshot, but if anyone can pull it off, Delaware can.Double Trouble in Great Smoky Mountains National ParkA couple of incidents left outdoor enthusiasts with serious injuries in Great Smoky Mountains National Park over the weekend. A 65-year-old man from Ontario was very seriously injured when he flipped his canoe above The Sinks and was pinned underwater for 30 minutes. Following resuscitation, he remains in critical condition at Blount Memorial Hospital. In a separate incident, a 55-year-old man had to be rescued from Mount LeConte after slipping off the trail due to ice. The man fell about 70 feet down a slope off the Alum Cave Trail Saturday suffering sever lacerations. He was in stable condition when leaving the scene for Tennessee Medical Center. This is just a reminder that the worst can happen at any time. Be careful out there.In Other News…A look at how the Sequester may affect the outdoor industry via Verde PR.Another look at how the Sequester will affect National Parks in Virginia via the Richmond Times Dispatch.White-nose syndrome confirmed in South Carolina via Whitenosesyndrome.orgA look at the invasion of non-native trout in the Smoky Mountains via National Geographiclast_img read more

Bookman’s quest for civics education leads him overseas

first_imgBookman’s quest for civics education leads him overseas Bookman’s quest for civics education leads him overseas Theresa E. Davis Assistant Editor What do Bar President Alan Bookman and Zsa Zsa Gabor have in common? Both have seen and experienced the “Pearl of the Danube.”Gabor was born in The Pearl of the Danube — or Budapest, Hungary. Bookman’s passion for civics education led him to Budapest in May with the Civitas International Civic Education Exchange Program and saw the spinning wheels and grinding cogs of democracy with his own eyes.Annette Boyd Pitts, executive director of the Florida Law-Related Education Association, described Civitas as “the international civic education program pairing NGO’s, universities, and other organizations in the United States and emerging democracies.” FLREA partners with Civitas because of its reputation and recognition in the fields of civic and law-related education at home and abroad, Pitts said.Bookman and his wife, Connie, were part of a U.S. delegation with members from Texas and Mississippi who traveled to Budapest in May. The only member from Florida, Bookman says he was chosen by virtue of his position as Bar president.“Alan Bookman was selected this year for his involvement in assisting with the FLREA campaign for civics education and advancing civic education in Florida,” Pitts said. That effort resulted in a new mandate passed by the Florida Legislature this year to require three middle school or higher courses in social studies, one semester of which must include the study of state and federal government and civics education.Bookman and the rest of the delegation observed democracy showcases, discussed the Hungarian educational system with school administrators, and participated in classroom activities with the students. They also visited the U.S. Embassy and received private tours of both Budapest and Hungarian parliament.Bookman interacted with Hungarian dignitaries, such as the undersecretary for human rights and equal opportunities and the minister of justice, to discuss the country’s democratic future.“Democracy is only 15 years young in Hungary,” Bookman said. “Many of the leaders are holdovers from the former government. Notwithstanding this, these leaders are working diligently, attempting to ensure that Hungary becomes a member of the world community.”Pitts explained the importance of meeting with members of parliament.“We want to see how these officials are involved in civics education, what policies exist for civics education, and what priorities have been established,” she said.Hungary is not the only country with a delegation. FLREA is also partnered with Romania as well as two Latin American countries, Panama and Peru.“We are like brothers and sisters committed to the preservation of democracy and helping our young people understand and improve the institutions and processes in our respective democracies,” said Pitts. “The ultimate beneficiaries are our students.”Bookman stood in awe of the Hungarian students, commenting on their “zest and enthusiasm.”“What impressed me most was the students’ thirst for freedom, the rights of assembly, worship, and speech,” Bookman said.Is that so different from here? Well, in a word, yes. “Our students — fortunate to have been born into our democratic system — unfortunately, take what they were given for granted,” Bookman said.While Pitts says that the evaluations concerning the Budapest delegation are “exceptional,” she continues to advance FLREA’s agenda. Pitts said that she has been asked to travel to Nigeria to assist in developing Bar support for law-related education there.“It is important to have the Bar involved in these efforts, and our colleagues around the world are recognizing that the growth of civics education in Florida is, in large measure, attributed to the involvement of the court and the Bar,” said Pitts. “We need more judges and lawyers to assist us in these valuable initiatives.” July 1, 2006 Regular Newslast_img read more

The 8 steps to handling consumer complaints

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr While receiving consumer complaints is nothing new, how your financial institution is expected to handle those complaints is changing.It’s easier now than ever for consumers to file complaints. With social media and other technologies, consumers can file a complaint at a click of a button. Not only are the number of ways to file a complaint expanding, the regulatory agencies are asking consumers about their experiences and even providing methods to help consumers file complaints (see, for example, this item from the CFPB posted this week). And while receiving a consumer complaint is not a new phenomenon, the way financial institutions are expected to handle complaints is changing and is now becoming a focus for examiners and regulatory agencies.An effective complaint management program is a key part of a strong compliance management program. Complaints can uncover a variety of consumer compliance violations as well as policy, procedure and training weaknesses. It is common to look at complaints as a negative, but a financial institution can use complaint trends to detect problems, determine risk levels, and develop strategies. Having a pro-active approach to the issues uncovered during the complaint resolution process can improve overall compliance management as well as the examination experience.One thing to keep in mind when you receive a complaint is that it starts a clock ticking. Complaints submitted to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau are forwarded to the financial institution, which is required to respond to the CFPB and the consumer within 15 days. The CFPB requires institutions to close all but the most complicated complaints within 60 days. The NCUA recently changed its complaint process to also require credit unions to resolve most consumer complaints within 60 days. continue reading »last_img read more

A scary scenario

first_imgWhen preparing for a possible active shooter situation, think ALICE, Mike Petrone, CUNA Mutual Group risk consultant, tells America’s Credit Union Conference attendees Tuesday at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida.ALICE stands for:Alert. This involves your initial awareness of an active shooter incident. “Once you’re aware of an event, you need to know how to react,” he says.Lockdown. Know traditional and other lockdown procedures.Inform. Know how and when to pass along real-time information about the event.Counter. Know when it makes sense to counter and/or distract the shooter.Evacuate. Know when to run.“There’s no special order to these; they’re just designed to help you survive an active shooter incident,” Petrone says. “These events are happening every day, and you need to have preventive measures in place.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

The CUInsight Experience podcast: Kathryn Davis – Showing up (#89)

first_imgThank you for tuning in to episode 89 of The CUInsight Experience podcast with your host, Randy Smith, co-founder of This episode is brought to you by our friends at PSCU. As the nation’s premier payments CUSO, PSCU proudly supports the success of more than 1,500 credit unions.My guest on this episode is Kathryn Davis. Kathryn is the President and CEO of Valley First Credit Union in California. We talk about Kathryn’s path to her current position as President and CEO, and I appreciated her willingness to talk about the struggles she had getting there. Kathryn shares some advice for others who are trying to move into the C-Suite and some advice for people who are doing the hiring.  Kathryn shares the leadership lessons she has learned on her journey. She talks about changes she has seen during the pandemic, and what she believes credit unions need to do to stay relevant going forward. Listen as Kathryn shares why she took the position at Valley First Credit Union and how the inspiration has changed with time on the job. She speaks about how she cultivated the ability to make hard decisions, some myths about being a leader, and her mistakes on her journey to the top.We wrap it up with rapid-fire questions and learn that Van Morrison is Kathryn’s favorite artist. She wanted to be a news anchor when she grew up before she got into credit unions, and spending time with her family is what she loves to do when she has time off. Kathryn’s final words were, “Don’t give up, put it out there and be deliberate in what you want in life.” I couldn’t have said it better, enjoy!Find the full show notes on cuinsight.comSubscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher Books mentioned on The CUInsight Experience podcast: Book List How to find Kathryn:Kathryn Davis, President and CEO of Valley First Credit Unionkdavis@valleyfirstcu.orgwww.valleyfirstcu.orgLinkedIn | FacebookShow notes from this episode:A big shout-out to our friends at PSCU, an amazing sponsor of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Thank you!Check out all the outstanding work that Kathryn and her team at Valley First Credit Union are doing here.Article mentioned: Mortgage Women’s MagazineShout-out: Chuck PurvisShout-out: Jill NowackiShout-out: James WilemanShout-out: Lauren CulpAlbum mentioned: Days Like This by Van MorrisonBook mentioned: Tools of the Titans by Tim FarrissBook mentioned: The Secret by Rhonda ByrnePrevious guests mentioned in this episode: Chuck Purvis, James Wileman, Lauren Culp, Jill Nowacki (episodes 4, 18, 37, 64 & 82) In This Episode:[02:14] – Welcome to the show, Kathryn![03:28] – Kathryn shares her path to the C-Suite and the challenges she faced[05:30] – She speaks about the first job that offered her a position as CEO.[08:10] – Kathryn discusses realizing about five years in that she wanted to get back into credit unions.[09:32] – Kathryn shares some advice for people that are making the hiring decisions.[12:19] – What are some changes you’ve seen during this pandemic?[13:34] – Kathryn says that credit unions need to go back to their roots and concentrate on who they are serving to stay relevant.[14:40] – She speaks about how she has changed as a leader during the pandemic.[15:51] – Kathryn shares that she will be proud that they’ve had a big impact on their community a year from now[18:04] – What was the inspiration to take the President and CEO position at Valley First Credit Union?[19:21] – Kathryn speaks about how the inspiration has changed since taking the job.[20:08] – “Were not saving lives around here because no one is going to die from the decisions we make here.” is what Kathryn says all the time.[21:13] – Kathryn shares when she got good at making hard decisions.[22:26] – Kathryn talks about the myths about being a leader.[23:13] – Is there a mistake you made or one you see young leaders make today?[25:03] – Kathryn says that some advice she was given that she still uses today is to keep trying and showing up.[25:57] – Kathryn shares about the mentors she has had along the way.[27:42] – Listen as Kathryn discusses what she does when she has a day off to recharge.[30:12] – Kathryn speaks about how she was in high school, and although she didn’t get into trouble, she used to TP the neighbors’ houses.[30:53] – She discusses what she wanted to be when she grew up.[31:11] – Coffee and silence are her morning routines.[32:14] – What is your favorite album?[32:43] – What book do you think everyone should read?[33:37] – Time and connection with people have become more important, and material possessions have become less important.[34:57] – When you hear the word success, which is the first person who comes to mind?[36:29] – Kathryn shares some final thoughts for the listeners.[37:26] – Thank you so much for being on the show! 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of he … Web: Detailslast_img read more

We must stand up against hate, division

first_imgAnyone who was not sickened by the flying of the Nazi flag should be reminded over 50 million people died in World War II. Around 6 million Jews died in concentration camps and another 6 million to 8 million people died because of their race or color. If you aren’t appalled at this symbol of hate, seek help.More concerning is that our current president uses the same strategies that gave rise to Hitler: hate, division and criticism of the press. His constant lies and the apathy of the current Republican Party to remove this man from power who was elected on the politics of fear hate and change brings me great concern.So let us remember “The road to Auschwitz was built by hate, but paved with indifference.” Don’t believe it couldn’t happen here. Let us not idly stand by and watch the politics of hate destroy us.You may have voted for change, but instead you have been given hate and division. I implore all those to rethink your position and to stand against the politics of hate and party-before- country before a quote of indifference is written about us.Scott BrysonScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Recently I went and watched the “Diary of Anne Frank” presented by the Scotia Glenville Drama Club. It was an amazing performance and I can say I was moved and saddened by this play.For me it also sparked a quote I remember from years past: “The road to Auschwitz was built by hate, but paved with indifference,” by Ian Kershaw.last_img read more

Do we really need these big new stores?

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Well, it appears that the new CVS in Burnt Hills is nearing completion. It’s an awe-inspiring spectacle on the downtown Burnt Hills skyline. Why so enormous? It looks as if they have built a 12-stall stable for a one-horse town. Don`t get me wrong, some change is good. But this is like the Taj Mahal. Aside from needing to be careful in the parking lot, what is wrong with the old CVS? Progress, they say. I say “ridiculous.”This town hasn’t changed much in the 40-plus years I’ve known it and lived in it. I think it`s fair to say that the vast majority of people who live here find that we like it that way. It’s far enough out to not have big city hassles, but close enough to Glenville to have everything within reach.I remember the building next to the current CVS (soon to be the old CVS)  as Veeder & Yelverton. It was a small store and pharmacy, which if I remember correctly back to my youth had a large painted sign on the side stating, “We Deliver Rx.” Now this old complex of small retail units is slowly being vacated. No doubt, it’s most likely for one of those new state-of-the-art Stewarts Shops. We need that like a hole in the head. Anyone trying to get back on to Route 50 at rush hour or when the schools let out know it`s like Russian roulette.So, we stand poised on the doorstep of progress with a new, gargantuan CVS and, please no, but I fear another Stewarts on the opposite corner. Who thought this was a great idea I`ll never know. Will they deliver progress?Brian BaldwinBurnt HillsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img

Rio Ferdinand picks out ‘inspirational’ unsung Arsenal hero after Chelsea draw

first_imgRio Ferdinand picks out ‘inspirational’ unsung Arsenal hero after Chelsea draw Xhaka put in a shift (Picture: AMA/Getty)Xhaka added: ‘We played very well after the red card. So difficult, but we showed great team spirit. We were speaking at half time that we can do it and we came twice back so I am very proud of this team.‘After this game nobody will have to speak about us. We showed big character. A lot of people say we have no character in the team, so after this game we showed we have.‘I hope centre-back is not my new position, but the gaffer knows I can play there. I tried to help the team, and the guys around me made it easy for me today.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 21 Jan 2020 11:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.8kShares Ferdinand hailed Xhaka (Picture: Visionhaus)Rio Ferdinand hailed Granit Xhaka for his ‘inspirational’ performance in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea, praising his fighting spirit.Xhaka was forced to move to centre-half after David Luiz was sent off for a challenge on Tammy Abraham – who had been put through on goal courtesy of an error by Shkodran Mustafi – with Arsenal a man and a goal down after Jorginho slotted home the resulting penalty.Gabriel Martinelli got the Gunners back on level terms after a lung-busting sprint from inside his own half but Cesar Azpilicueta seemed to put the game out of reach for Mikel Arteta’s side with just six minutes of normal time remaining.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal right-back Hector Bellerin had other ideas, curling in a left-footed strike from the edge of the box, but Ferdinand picked out Xhaka – a player he’s been critical of in the past – for special praise for his ability to adapt and show leadership in an awkward situation for his side.ADVERTISEMENT‘I’ve criticised Xhaka,’ Ferdinand told BT Sport: But how he showed that desire, the maturity, the mentality to slip into the back-four and hold it all together was amazing.‘That’s inspirational for other players. I’m shifting position and making sure we get this result. Fight, spirit. It was there for Arteta to see there.’Arteta said of Xhaka and Bellerin’s contributions: ‘When you are willing, when you have the spirit and you have the attitude to play anywhere on the pitch and step up rather than compalining. They stepped up and tried to help the team as much as possible.’ Advertisementlast_img read more