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
The St. Louis 5th Grade Girls had their home opener tonight Wednesday, January 29, in a rematch with the St. Mary’s (North Vernon) Wildkats. The Cardinals struggled on offense in the first half but was able to use their defense to create turnovers and jumped out to a 18 – 2 lead at halftime. The offensive struggles continued into the early part of the second half but a strong 3rd quarter from Mimi Smith helped to turn things around. Mimi scored 5 of her 9 points in the 3rd quarter to help increase the lead to 27 – 8. The final quarter was all Cardinals as they once again used their strong defense to blank the Wildkats and used those turnovers to create points. Ella King had 4 4th quarter points to go with her team-high 12 total points. The final score was 35 – 8. Ella and Mimi were helped in scoring by Belle Young and Madden Showalter who had 4 points each. The 5th grade’s next game will be Tuesday, February 4th as they travel to play St. Mary’s School – Aurora. Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Brent Young.The 6th Grade Girls played their home opener Wednesday night against St. Mary’s North Vernon. The girls had a strong first half, but the Wildkats proved to be too much for the Cardinals. The Cardinals lost 33-10. Leading in scoring was Rachel Suttmann with 8 points and Jaelyn Owens with 2 points. The Cardinals travel to St. Mary’s in Aurora on Tuesday. Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Anne Suttmann.
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Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar praised the West Indies team for clinching their second World Twenty20 crown and urged the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to support the players. (Gayle, Sammy blast West Indies Cricket Board ) The West Indies beat England by four wickets in the thrilling World T20 final at the Eden Gardens kin Kolkata on Sunday to win the title for the second time after 2012. The West Indies women’s team also won the women’s World T20 title hours earlier to make it two World titles in a day. (Also read: West Indies board pulls up Darren Sammy for post-win comments) The men’s team has had problems with the West Indies Cricket Board such as pay disputes, players’ contracts not being renewed, and also lack of support for the players. (Also read: Samuels takes a dig at Warne after steering WI to World T20 title) “WI players emerged true champions overcoming challenges on & off the field. West Indian Board should support them & address their concerns,” Tendulkar tweeted after the win.West Indies skipper Darren Sammy also spoke about their problems with the board, after the team defeated England in the final.”We had issues with the board (WICB), Mark Nicholas called us players with no brain. But all of us came together, these 15 men put adversity aside, played this type of cricket in front of such passionate fans. It was tremendous. I want to thank the coaching team, Phil Simmons,” Sammy said at the post-match presentation ceremony at the Eden Gardens on Sunday evening.advertisement