SMC dedicates week to disabilities awareness

first_imgSaint Mary’s Student Diversity Board (SDB) will be holding a Disabilities Awareness Week this week. Events will be held daily, including Disabilities Awareness Activities Table from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Center Atrium today. “The purpose of Disabilities Awareness Week is to make people aware that there are disabilities all around us, whether the disabilities are physical or learning disabilities,” senior Adrienne Quatman, Students With Disabilities chair, said. There is a showing of “I am Sam” Tuesday in Vander Vennet at 8 p.m. with refreshments provided, Quatman said. On Wednesday, Josh Diehl, professor of psychology at Notre Dame, will give a lecture on Autism in Vander Vannet at 7 p.m. An SDB Gives Back to the Dining Hall Staff night is Thursday. A Disabilities Awareness table will be set up Friday in the Student Center atrium, Quatman said. According to Qautman, bracelets will be sold in the Student Center atrium all week for $1. Proceeds will go to the Children’s Tumor Foundation. The week is one of SDB’s annual events and it grows from year to year. “This is one of our annual events that we have had since the board was created,” Quatman said. “We have expanded on it, and each year it is different depending on who the board’s chair is. This year we have chosen to focus on a variety of disabilities.” According to Quatman, the goal of the week is to bring understanding to the variety of disabilities that exist. “We would like to make everyone aware of what it is like to have a disability and promote the understanding of the challenges that people with disabilities face,” she said. More than raising awareness, she said they also hope to bring a respect for those who have a disability. “We hope to encourage sensitivity about what it’s truly like to be a person with disabilities in a society that does not fully embrace their capabilities,” Quatman said. “We also really wanted to publicize the Disabilities Center provided at Saint Mary’s.” Quatman said this follows SDB’s goal of showing the value of all diversity on campus. “SDB recognizes that every person is diverse and contributes to making our community a better place,” she said. “Disabilities Awareness Week relates to our mission in that the events we promote emphasize equality and recognize the value of all peoples.” All events are open to everyone on campus. “Everyone is encouraged to come to all of our events,” she said. “We also hope that people are aware of the Disabilities Center on Saint Mary’s campus. There will be more information about it at our Disabilities Awareness table in the Atrium all next week.”last_img read more

Shirley Man Killed in Truck Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 56-year-old Shirley man was killed when he crashed his truck in Center Moriches on Sunday night.Suffolk County police said David Smith was driving a 2012 Ford 150 pickup truck westbound on Sunrise Highway North Service Road when he veered off the roadway and crashed through a fence at 7:37 p.m.The truck careened across the westbound side of Route 27, over the median and through the eastbound side of the roadway before coming to a stop on the grass on the other side, police said.Smith was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.Seventh Squad detectives impounded the vehicle, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on the crash to contact them at 631-852-8752 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img read more

Why Broome-Tioga BOCES faces an uphill climb to reopen this fall

first_imgStudents from 15 different districts attend classes at Broome-Tioga BOCES. Because of this, superintendent Allen Buyck says his district faces logistical challenges other districts don’t. He did say he has seen some success with a largely remote learning plan, as his cosmetology students have been practicing on mannequins at their homes this summer. Buyck said he believes in person learning is the most beneficial method, and he said if people wear masks, schools are more likely to fully reopen. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — One local school district is facing even greater challenges than most to reopen. “It would not shock me if we’re in some kind of hybrid mode,” Buyck told 12 News Thursday. “I think it’s going to be difficult for the schools to open up having all of their students back in the building, so I would expect we’ll see some kind of a mix between remote and in classroom.” This is one of several reasons the superintendent believes schools won’t be 100% open right away. On top of this, New York State still hasn’t sent out its finalized reopening guidelines, and has until the first week of August to do so.last_img read more

Schmidt hoping for positive start to SA test series

first_imgThey face Allister Coetzee’s Springboks in Cape Town at 4pm Irish time.There are only four changes from the side which signed off the Six Nations with a 35-25 win over Scotland.Paddy Jackson replaces injured out-half Jonathan Sexton for only his second Test start in two-and-a-half years. Luke Marshall picked at No 12 while fit-again Iain Henderson replaces Nenagh man Donnacha Ryan and Jordi Murphy comes in at openside flanker for Cahir’s Tommy O’DonnellIreland are bidding to land a first victory over the Springboks on South African soil.Head coach Joe Schmidt is hoping for a positive start.Meanwhile, The Ireland Under-20 team face New Zealand in their second match of the World Championship this afternoon.They’ll battle it out in Manchester at 1.30pm.Nigel Carolan’s side – which today includes Clonmel’s Bill Johnston – beat Grand Slam champions Wales 26-25 in their opening game.last_img read more

Triumphant Alarcón eager to begin term

first_imgAnother official called down the hall: “Senator! Councilman? Senator? Councilman!” apparently forgetting Alarcón’s three-month tenure as a state assemblyman. Inside the chambers, council President Eric Garcetti stopped the council meeting to congratulate Alarcón. Councilman Tony Cardenas, who now sits in the favored first seat around the horseshoe – which is assigned alphabetically – said he would be happy to vacate the chair for Alarcón. “When you take this seat, the first seat on the council, I will not fight you. I will not give you a hard time, not that that’s ever happened in this chamber before.” Cardenas was alluding to Alarcón’s first day on the City Council in 1993 when then-Councilman Richard Alatorre initially refused to surrender his chair to Alarcón. kerry.cavanaugh@ (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles City Councilman-elect Richard Alarcón was welcomed back to City Hall on Wednesday morning with open arms and a few jokes. Although he won’t be sworn in for three weeks – he must wait until the election is certified – Alarcón was eager to get started on his second stint in City Hall and stopped by to see how he could speed up his appointment. “I’m ready to serve as soon as they’ll have me,” he said. Alarcón will fill the 7th District seat vacated by Alex Padilla, who was elected to the state Senate last November. Alarcón won 55 percent of the vote, beating out three competitors for the northeast San Fernando Valley post. It’s a homecoming for Alarcón, who was the 7th District councilman from 1993 through 1998, when he left to serve in the state Senate. Termed out in the Senate, Alarcón won a seat in the state Assembly last November. But after voters approved Measure R to allow City Council members three terms instead of two, Alarcón announced he would run for his old job. Now he’ll resign from the Assembly and be sworn in at City Hall. As Alarcón waited outside council chambers Wednesday, city officials welcomed him back. “Good to see you again. We’ll talk soon,” a building and safety staffer said. An assistant general manager of the Housing Department greeted Alarcón with a hug. last_img read more