The justice education program at Saint Mary’s sponsored a panel of eight students Thursday in the atrium of the Student Center, where the student panelists discussed changes that need to be made regarding sexual assault on campus.The panel consisted of students involved in the justice education board, presidential task force and Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO). Panelists were: Maggie Langenfeld, Caylin McCallick, Nicole Caratas, Kayla Gaughan, Alex Shambery, Bri O’Brien, Katie Dwyer and Vanessa Odom (Editor’s note: Nicole Caratas is a news writer for the Observer).“Rape and sexual assault are not natural consequences,” Dwyer said. “They are consequences of disrespecting someone else … [and] it happens when people don’t consider a person enough of a person.”Caitlyn Jordan | The Observer Last week, Annie Clark and Andrea Pino — both of whom were featured in the documentary “The Hunting Ground” — spoke at Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame and expanded on many important issues, Langenfeld said.“An important issue they mentioned was compliance versus commitment,” Lagenfeld said. “We see this with a lot of issues, but particularly on college campuses.”McCallick said she thought the campus was more compliant than committed in regards to sexual assault.“As far as our efforts on campus, I think the university is more compliant than committed,” McCallick said. “Personally I think that there is not a strong effort to change policy.”The panel also discussed college alcohol culture, and both Langenfeld and Odom said no matter how much alcohol students might consume, alcohol is not a cause of sexual assault, but a tool.“Sexual assault is not a natural consequence of alcohol,” Odom said. “What is happening … is happening everywhere. … We put alcohol on a pedestal.”Odom said the vulgar language heard on college campuses is also a part of the sexual assault issue.“The language used around campus, like calling the bus ‘the sluttle,’ is an issue,” Odom said. “I hear it just as much, if not more [at Saint Mary’s], than when I’m across the street.”Throughout the panel, students addressed topics like sexual assault survivor resources and who survivors can talk to.Junior Maranda Pennington said she would like to have the LGBTQ community represented more in the sexual assault conversation.“What I’d like for you to address on the task force is that being out on this campus, a lot of times the language that is used is disrespectful,” she said. “I want the LGBTQ community to be recognized at the task force.”Gaughan said the presidential task force will meet for the first time Friday. She said the task force is investigating making all sexual assault and Title IX documents the same across the Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross campuses.Tags: Hunting Ground, saint mary’s, sexual assault
Offshore drilling contractor Odfjell Drilling and Semco Maritime have signed a contract for preparation and modification of Deepsea Stavanger rig prior to its start of a nine-month drilling campaign for Total in the harsh waters outside South Africa.Deepsea Stavanger rigBack in July 2019, Total signed a firm contract with Odfjell Drilling to use the 6th generation semi-submersible Deepsea Stavanger for drilling offshore South Africa. The drilling program is expected to last between 180-280 days and mobilization to South Africa is expected to start in the first quarter of 2020.In the first quarter of 2020, the semi-submersible rig will complete a high docking (with thrusters on) in Semco Maritime’s rig yard at Hanøytangen, Bergen, Semco Maritime informed on Wednesday.“The high docking enables for a minimized diving operation during antifouling of the hull and optimization of the time spent on seawater valve change,” said Managing Director of Semco Maritime Norway, Lars Jønholt Halvorsen.The method furthermore enables for other measures to optimize the hydrodynamics of the hull as the transit and planned drilling operation would benefit from this modification. These measures will reduce the carbon footprint of the rig when in operation, Semco said.“During the risk-out phase, we have enjoyed excellent cooperation with the Odfjell Drilling team with a shared focus on how to perform a high docking on one of the largest floating drilling units in the world,” said Lars Jønholt Halvorsen.Deepsea Stavanger is custom-built for operations in harsh environment areas. The heavy double-derrick unit was built in 2010 and designed for operations at water depths of up to 3,000 meters. The scope of the project includes upgrading the rig’s hull and mooring system as well as the installation of purpose-built equipment for operations in the tough environment off the South African coast.Semco Maritime expects to employ 100-200 people on the project at Hanøytangen where the facilities include dry-dock of 125×125 meters, accommodation with single beds for 365 workers, several quays with the depth ranging from 17-90 meters at the quayside and people in-house and support from suppliers with track record on rig upgrade projects.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.