Day of Man raises awareness, funds

first_imgWhile most Notre Dame students scramble for their hats and scarves on snowy South Bend mornings, the men of Siegfried Hall will break out their summer wardrobes once again during today’s seventh annual Day of Man. The Ramblers will sport shorts, flip-flops and pink T-shirts to raise awareness of homelessness and fundraise for the South Bend Center for the Homeless. Senior Andrew Ritter, a co-commissioner of the event, said the Day of Man is a unique and rewarding opportunity for students to experience solidarity with people who lack basic living necessities. “We are more than glad to be cold one day for those who are cold everyday,” he said. “It is our way of standing in solidarity with them and bringing awareness to the fact that a lot of people are not properly clothed and are having to live outside in this South Bend winter.” Historically, Ritter said the event has been highly successful in terms of both student participation and fundraising, as well as in direct donations to the Center for the Homeless. Last year’s Day of Man brought in more than $5,000. “Siegfried usually has about 175 out of the 240 men in the hall participate, and their efforts go along way in raising money,” Ritter said. “Truthfully, though, we hope to increase [donations] this year in order to contribute more to the Center.” Junior co-commissioner Johnny Dang said aside from the tangible benefits the fundraiser provides for the Center for the Homeless, the event has an equally important effect on student participants.   “[Participants] come to understand that during this time of year a lot of people who are homeless are struggling to find warmth,” he said. “This is one day where they will learn to appreciate the things that they have … and how fortunate they are.” Sophomore Taylor Roberts said he was initially hesitant about participating in the Day of Man, but he was ultimately satisfied with the experience. “You always question yourself when your cup is empty and you’re walking out in the cold,” he said. “But once you get your first couple of dollars, it really sinks in that you’re doing a good thing.” Despite the event’s benefits, Roberts said it is limited in terms of addressing the complexity of homelessness in a holistic manner. “I admit that I don’t think you can feel the full effect [of homelessness],” he said. “There are so many other factors including the lack of food, the lack of shelter during even harsher conditions and often mental and physical illness.” Though the Day of Man may not be an authentic proxy experience for homelessness, Roberts said it provides students with a new perspective on a real issue. “The event does signify a big step forward in realizing some of the hardships that the homeless do experience while also extending a hand and making a difference,” he said. Contact Michael Fernandes [email protected]last_img read more

UWI to confer former Prime Minister, Portia Simpson, with honorary doctorate

first_imgSimpson Miller served as the seventh Prime Minister of Jamaica from 2006-2007 and 2012-2016, she was also the recipient of the Jamaican Order of the Nation in 2006. Outstanding contribution to public lifeThe university says the degree is being conferred in recognition of Simpson Miller’s “outstanding and meritorious contribution to public life, and of her phenomenal achievements as a woman from the working class community who, without the privileges of wealth, colour, class and respected profession, overcame those obstacles and emerged as the first female Prime Minister of Jamaica.” Commitment to regional integration“As Prime Minister, she emphasized her commitment to regional integration and cooperation. During her tenure, she used her considerable political and social skills to harness international and domestic support for the stabilization and growth of the Jamaican economy,” the UWI said in a statement. Former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller will be conferred with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) from the University of the West Indies (UWI), during an official ceremony scheduled for September 30.center_img The ceremony will be held at the UWI’s Mona Campus . The former Prime Minister is a member of the Council of Women World Leaders, which is an international network of current and former women Presidents and Prime Ministers whose mission is to advance women’s issues.last_img read more

Italians consign England to fourth place in Scotland

first_img Despite having high hopes of winning the European Boys Team Championships for the first time in a decade, England’s youngsters lost their third-place match 4½ – 2½ to Italy at Murcar Links in Scotland. After losing both morning foursomes, the young England team had a hill to climb but only Jack Singh Brar and Marco Penge won their singles while Ashton Turner secured a half in the bottom game. Turner and Harry Ellis were always up against it against Federico Zucchetti and Lorenzo Scalise in the first foursomes and eventually went down 4 and 3 but Bradley Moore and Singh Brar took Renato Paratore and Guido Migliozzi to the final green before bowing out by 1 hole. Migliozzi added to England’s agony by taking the top single 2 and 1 against Adam Chapman, which meant Italy needed just one more win for overall victory. But England were not going down without a fight and Singh Brar got home 2 and 1 against Paratore while Penge edged home by 1 hole over Teodoro Soldati. However, Edoardo Raffaele Lipparelli secured Italy’s vital point when he beat Moore by 1 hole, while the bottom game between Zucchetti and Turner was halved. 13 Jul 2013 Italians consign England to fourth place in Scotland last_img read more

Port Of Olympia Answers Questions About Low Flying Aircraft

first_imgFacebook72Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by the Port of OlympiaThe Olympia Regional Airport, a Port of Olympia operation, is receiving questions about an increase in low flying aircraft and helicopters in the area. The Airport is in direct contact with Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) and is discussing ways to allow the military to accomplish their training needs while mitigating some of the impacts to surrounding communities. For more information and for telephone contacts, please see the Frequently Asked Questions below or on the Port website, Airport section.1.  Who can I complain to about low flying aircraft or helicopters?The following numbers are for available for citizen contacts.For aircraft operating directly into and out of the Olympia Airport: Olympia Airport Office 360.528.8079.For flights not directly operating at the Airport: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Flight Standard District Office, Renton, 425.227.2813.For military aircraft: Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM), 253.982.5637.For military helicopters: Fort Lewis, 253.967.0604.2.  Do pilots have to file a flight plan with the Airport?Aircraft flights and flight plans are regulated by the FAA Air Traffic Control Procedures Branch. Pilots do not have to file a flight plan with the Airport or the FAA. Aircraft can and do arrive or depart to and from the Airport with no prior notice. The Airport is open 24 hours daily.3.  Why do the military aircraft fly over Olympia at night and why do they fly so low?  Military aircraft have published training areas and training routes throughout the region. Often, military flights just seem lower because aircraft are larger and/or louder, and studies have shown that people react more strongly to noise at nighttime. For more information citizens can call the Fort Lewis information line, 253.967.0604.4.  There seem to be a lot more military helicopter flights in the Olympia area lately.  Is there a reason for that?Yes.  In the last year or so, JBLM has seen an increase in the number of helicopters based at the facility by about 25%. The units train both day and night. In addition to training at the regional airports, they train on routes and in areas not associated with a specific airport.  Additionally, the number of local area training flights has also increased with their inability to go to Yakima, for reasons associated with the congressional sequester and funding. The Fort Lewis information line is 253.967.0604.5.  Does the Airport have to allow the military helicopter flights at the Olympia Regional Airport?Yes, the Airport cannot restrict the military from training here. The Port of Olympia is required to operate the Airport in accordance with the deed obligations that accompany the transfer of federal surplus property (the Airport) and the Grant Assurances that accompany the acceptance of federal Airport Improvement Program funds.last_img read more