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Assault pledge finds support

first_imgIn an effort to increase awareness of sexual violence and to promote dialogue, representatives of student government’s “One is Too Many” campaign recently went door-to-door in residence halls, asking students to sign a pledge to stand up against sexual violence.“In total, we had 142 people who went around the dorms,” student body president Alex Coccia said. “They collected 2,816 signatures, and then the people who indicated they would want to be involved in a larger way were 1,147,” he said. “Of the on-campus students that we attempted to reach, that’s about 45 percent.”Coccia said this was the first door-to-door student government issue campaign of which he is aware.“Our goal was about 40 percent because this was a one-time, door-to-door, and without really a follow-up immediately, it’s inevitable that you miss people who aren’t in the dorm or aren’t around,” he said. “And this number doesn’t include the number of people who have since signed a pledge to hang outside their door, but whose name we didn’t receive. It’s higher, at this point, in terms of the number of pledges actually signed.”Student body vice president Nancy Joyce said the representatives who led the campaign were encouraged to focus on the pledge itself.“[The pledge] functions as the centerpiece of the campaign and is something that we thought just about everybody on campus can get behind and support. That’s something that we can each individually commit to,” she said. “That was the talking point for all the conversations, the pledge. Then depending on the dorm, depending on the individuals, the conversations were all a little bit different.”Joyce said the students that the campaign reached widely supported the pledge.“Even people who felt they still had some questions, they felt they could sign the pledge because it is something that as an individual you can take ownership of and support,” she said.Coccia and Joyce said both male and female dorms had high levels of participation in the campaign.“I think we got a lot of positive feedback across all the dorms,” Joyce said. “We were very pleased with the kind of feedback we got from men’s halls. It was honest feedback, and I think in situations where people were engaging in conversation there was good conversation to be had. If anything, in all the dorms now where these pledges are hanging up, that’s a very powerful symbol in men’s and women’s dorms that people are supportive on this issue.”Joyce said though students were widely receptive to signing the pledge, many of the students who went door-to-door expressed frustration at not being able to spark deeper conversation.“One common thing they said was that while they were able to present the pledge and get positive support for it, this wasn’t conducive to meaningful conversation,” she said. “And students who were answering their doors often said their biggest complaint was that this wasn’t something that really got to the heart of conversation.“We knew from Day One this wasn’t going to be something where you’re going to sit for an hour and really delve into a discussion. I think that’s probably really how we’re going to tailor the next steps. We’re going to try to create spaces for conversation on a deeper level.”The results of the campaign have provided guidance for student government’s next actions, Coccia said.“Getting feedback from the campaign and looking what threads have emerged and what needs there are that we could really address in these next few months,” he said. “One is working with survivors to tell their story. Again, this is an effort to make it a much more personal issue on campus.”Coccia said this first step will be followed by a second and third. He said the second step will be an effort to get male students to become active rather than passive when in the position of bystanders.“The third is to make sure that the conversations aren’t segregated by dorm, that we’re actually having mixed gender conversations about this issue,” he said.Tags: Alex Coccia, Nancy Joyce, One is too many, Pledge, Student governmentlast_img read more

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Vermont Community Foundation gets $104,000 for VTDigger.org

first_imgThe Vermont Community Foundation recently received a three-year, $104,000 grant to build the capacity of public policy journalism in Vermont. The Foundation will partner with VTDigger.org, a nonprofit news website that provides in-depth coverage of statewide issues affecting Vermonters. The funding will allow VTDigger.org to hire a full-time investigative reporter to cover health care and energy issues in Vermont. It will also allow Founder and Editor in Chief Anne Galloway the chance to extend her energies beyond reporting.‘VTDigger.org has grown from a very low-budget, all-volunteer operation to a funded news organization with paid staffers in just two years,’ says Galloway. ‘This generous grant will enable us to deepen our coverage of key issues that affect the daily lives of Vermonters and make it possible for us to focus on building the long-term sustainability of VTDigger.org.’ The grant was awarded by the John S. and James L Knight Foundation as a part of its Knight Community Information Challenge. The challenge is a five-year, $24 million initiative that helps community- and place-based foundations support news and information projects that inform and engage residents. The Vermont Community Foundation is one of only 19 foundations throughout the country that was selected to receive a grant this round and will match Knight’s grant dollar-for-dollar with contributions from their funds and larger supporting organizations. If the challenged is fully matched, the funding will be worth $206,000, with $2,000 set aside for conferences, Galloway said.‘Strong democracy depends on strong journalism and informed debate,’ said Vermont Community Foundation President & CEO Stuart Comstock-Gay. ‘Vermont stands out as a state with very high levels of citizen engagement, but we still need good information. We’re thrilled that the Knight Foundation has identified our proposal as worthy of funding.’VTDigger.org first launched in 2009 when a group of concerned citizens and journalists, led by Galloway, came together to create a platform for fact-driven reporting and open debate on key issues impacting Vermonters. Now with 50,000 readers a month, VTDigger.org publishes daily stories on Vermont politics and public policy matters and serves as a critical resource for lawmakers and community leaders tracking down information on key issues. When asked what sets VTDigger.org apart from other news sources, Galloway says: ‘Our total focus is on politics and public policy, and we tend to write frequently and relentlessly about a given topic. Traditional papers tend to cover the end game of lawmaking, not the process.’ Galloway cites their extensive coverage around health care, broadband infrastructure, and campaign finance reform as particular points of pride for the nascent organization. This summer, VTDigger.org also launched Tipster ‘ a virtual, public newsroom with the functionality of a social networking site like Facebook. Designed to facilitate interaction among readers and journalists, Tipster users can suggest questions and post tips and source materials for reporters. ‘Official sources tend to drive the information in the news,’ says Galloway. ‘Tipster is about bringing a more grassroots voice to the surface.’ In November 2010, VTDigger.org combined operations with The Vermont Journalism Trust (VJT), an organization dedicated to the funding of investigative reporting that provides scrutiny to under-covered issues and helps Vermonters make civic policy decisions based on informational integrity. ‘VTDigger.org is the ideal platform on which to build out Vermont Journalism Trust’s commitment to expanding quality journalism in all media,’ said VJT Founding Director Doug Clifton at the time of the merger.‘The Vermont Community Foundation and others like it are part of a growing number of community and place-based foundations working to ensure residents have the information they need to make important decisions about their communities,’ said Trabian Shorters, Knight Foundation’s vice president for engaging communities. ‘Ultimately, our democracy will only thrive if we have informed and engaged communities.’The Vermont Community Foundation is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary. Started in 1986 with a mission to grow philanthropy in Vermont and ensure that Vermont nonprofits have the resources they need to be effective, the Foundation has grown to include more than 600 funds established by individuals, businesses, and organizations for a broad range of charitable purposes. It awards approximately $10 million dollars a year in grants, thanks to the donors who work under its umbrella. Additionally, the Foundation offers planned giving, nonprofit agency endowment management, and other services that help charitable partners achieve their missions. For more information, visit www.vermontcf.org(link is external). VTDigger.org is a statewide news website dedicated to coverage of Vermont politics, consumer affairs, business and public policy. Created in 2009, VTDigger.org publishes original news reporting, video, audio and photos, in addition to raw information in the form of press releases and government documents whenever possible. New content is published six days a week, Monday through Saturday.The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities, and foster the arts. The Knight Foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more information, visit www.knightfoundation.org(link is external).  # # #last_img read more

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73 Days After Summer Started Long Island May Finally Hit 90

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island could see its first 90-degree day on Tuesday—73 days after the 2014 summer solstice.This summer hasn’t been nearly as brutal as last year, when 10 90-degree days were recorded, according to the National Weather Service.The closest LI got to hitting the 90-degree mark this year was June 18—three days before the official start to summer—when the mercury peaked at 89.And the Island hasn’t seen a 90-degree day since July 20 of last year, according to the weather service.That means there’s been very little to complain about, at least weather-wise, until now.Hot and humid weather arrived just in time for Labor Day weekend, and it has carried over to Tuesday.As of 11 a.m., the temperature at MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma was 85 degrees.With the heat rising, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an air quality alert for both Nassau and Suffolk counties until 10 p.m. Tuesday. The agency has also advised people to limit strenuous activities outdoors and said those most sensitive to the effects of elevated pollutants are the very young and those with such respiratory problems as asthma or heart disease.Why the sustained heat all of a sudden?“Heat has been building in southern US and is being transported up this way,” said National Weather Service meteorologist David Stark.He noted that areas inland, such as New York City, have been hit with steamier temperatures this summer but LI has been spared by a constant sea breeze, which has helped prevent the mercury from rising. That hasn’t been the case the last several days.“The jet stream hasn’t supported heat getting transported up this way, but it’s shifted,” he said.The forecast through Friday calls for temperatures in the low to mid-80s, with the temperature cooling down Sunday and Monday.That’s more like it.last_img read more

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Tioga Downs Casino to reopen sooner than expected

first_imgNICHOLS, N.Y. (WBNG) — Tioga Downs Casino and Resort will open its doors on Wednesday instead of later in the week, the entity announced Tuesday afternoon. Originally, the casino and resort was set to open on Thursday. Sunday through Thursday, the casino will be open from 9 a.m. to midnight. On Friday and Saturday, it will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. The hotel and Tioga Downs will reopen on Sept. 11. Reservations can be placed on Sept. 9. FanDuel Sportsbook, Coasters Sports Bar, Java G’s Cafe and P.J. Clarke’s Restaurant will be open under New York State virus guidelines. However, the poker room, table games and simulcast will be closed. The casino and resort will open its doors at 4 p.m. pending regulatory approval.last_img read more

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Navalny allies claim symbolic win in Russian regional vote

first_imgRussia’s political opposition Monday claimed a symbolic victory in regional elections that were dominated by pro-Kremlin candidates and marred by allegations of fraud.The vote was overshadowed by the alleged poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny in the Siberian city of Tomsk during a trip to promote opposition candidates ahead of the ballot.Germany said Monday that lab tests in France and Sweden confirmed the Kremlin critic was attacked with a Novichok nerve agent in an incident French President Emmanuel Marcon described as “attempted murder” during a call with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The elections came a year ahead of a parliamentary ballot and were seen as a test for Putin as the ruling United Russia party faces sinking popularity and public anger over economic woes.Russians in dozens of the country’s 85 regions voted from Friday to Sunday for governors and lawmakers in regional and city legislatures as well as in several by-elections for national MPs.Candidates from the ruling United Russia party that dominates the country’s political landscape despite declining popularity claimed a majority of the seats.But Navalny’s allies made unprecedented gains in highly anticipated city council votes in Siberian cities of Novosibirsk and Tomsk. In an effort to fight Putin’s electoral machine, Navalny had urged voters back candidates against the ruling party.The 44-year-old lawyer and Kremlin critic was in Siberia promoting a “smart voting” campaign when he fell ill last month. His supporters believe the use of the banned chemical weapon shows that only the Russian state could be responsible. Putin on Monday condemned “unsubstantiated” accusations over Navalny’s poisoning during a call with Macron and said Germany should hand over biological materials and coordinate with Russian doctors.Two allies of the opposition leader won parliament seats in Tomsk, the city where Navalny’s allies say he drank tea that was laced with the nerve agent before a flight to Moscow.United Russia suffered heavy losses in the city of some 500,000, winning just 24.46 percent of the overall vote compared to 52.27 percent in 2015.Ksenia Fadeyeva, the 28-year-old head of Navalny’s Tomsk office who won a city council seat, put her success down to the opposition leader’s voting strategy saying, “we really campaigned under the Navalny brand”.The result was “a big blow” to United Russia ahead of legislative elections of next year, she told AFP, and also disproved the myth that the opposition only has 2 or 3 percent support.”But the work continues. No time to rest yet,” she said.In Russia’s third-largest city of Novosibirsk, which Navalny also visited before the vote, his ally Sergei Boyko won a seat on the local council beating out a veteran Communist Party candidate.United Russia lost 11 seats and their majority on the city council securing 22 places out of 50, with Navalny-backed candidates picking up five spots.United Russia chairman Dmitry Medvedev, however, praised Sunday the party’s electoral successes, saying that exit polls showed it was heading for victory.Of 18 regions that voted for governors, 12 elected candidates from United Russia and the remainder chose figures aligned with traditionally Kremlin-friendly opposition parties.Vote organizers said they held the ballot between Friday and Sunday to limit new coronavirus infections. But the opposition countered that the move was a ploy to make it easier for the results to be fabricated.The independent election monitor group Golos said it had registered ballot stuffing complaints and received a “stream of reports” that observers were barred from viewing documents and submitting complaints, with conflicts sometimes ending in “fisticuffs”.Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission Ella Pamfilova however said Monday “there were no major violations” and that the vote had seen “fewer flaws than ever,” according to the TASS news agency.The European Union denounced the vote held in Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, saying it would not recognize “anybody elected in Russia-organized voting in the Crimean peninsula”. Topics :last_img read more

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Lady Cardinals Come Up Short Against Lady Bengals

first_imgThe St. Louis Cardinals 7th Grade Volleyball team came short against the Greendale Tigers 25-6, 25-7.  The Cardinals struggled with passing the ball from the strong serves from Greendale until the end of the 2nd set. At that point, they started pushing themselves to move on the court so they could set up the offense a few times. Cora Roth had the only 2 hits of the game. Roth also led the Cardinals with 3 points followed by Lucy Abplanalp and Kalli Obermeyer with 1 point each.The 8th Grade Lady Cardinal St. Louis Volleyball team started off strong in the first set by taking the lead until the Greendale Tigers went on a 6 point run. The Cardinal just could not turn the match around. The Cardinals recorded their second loss of the season. 25-19, 25-16. Ella Moster and Claire Saner shared the top leader on the scoreboard with 3 points each followed by Kate Weber and Lilly Schebler 2 points, Ingrid Tuveson, Isabelle Wonnell, and Rhea Miller 1 point each. Maggie Beiser and Ava Owens dug several balls so the Cardinals could set up the offense where Catherine Streator and Saner had 7 hits between them. Saner also had 1 block against the Tigers offense.  Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jennifer Meer.last_img read more

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