U.S. judge blocks release of Georgia woman in Capitol riot

first_imgNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Washington, D.C., judge has issued an emergency order preventing the release of a Georgia woman involved in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Lisa Eisenhart is accused of breaking into the Capitol with her son, Eric Munchel of Nashville, Tennessee. Both were arrested and are being held in Nashville. In separate hearings, a Nashville judge had ordered them released to home confinement. In an emergency order Tuesday, a federal judge in the District of Columbia blocked Eisenhart’s release and ordered her transported to D.C. The judge issued the same order for Munchel on Sunday.last_img read more

South Carolina Senate passes bill outlawing most abortions

first_imgCOLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate has passed a bill that would outlaw almost all abortions in the state. The 30-13 vote Thursday overcomes years of hurdles thanks to Republican winning new seats in last year’s elections. The Senate vote is likely the final hurdle for the bill. It has passed the House easily in previous years and Gov. Henry McMaster has repeatedly said he will sign it as soon as he can. The measure requires doctors to use an ultrasound to try to detect a fetal heartbeat if they think pregnant women are at least eight weeks along. If a heartbeat is found, the abortion can’t take place.last_img read more

Russian hack brings changes, uncertainty to US court system

first_imgPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Legal experts raised alarm when U.S. court officials confirmed that their electronic case files had been compromised as part of a sweeping attack on U.S. computer networks. Russian hackers seemingly gained access to a vast trove of private information hidden in sealed files, and that could include trade secrets, espionage targets, whistleblower reports and arrest warrants. Trial lawyers are now preparing to hand-deliver hard copies of highly sensitive documents to the courts instead of uploading them online. Some people worry that the new rules will reduce public access to court proceedings, but the rules could also make judges rethink whether a seal or paper filing is really necessary.last_img read more

Biden and GOP senators offer competing COVID-19 relief plans

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and a group of 10 Senate Republicans are offering competing proposals to help the United States respond to the coronavirus pandemic and provide economic relief to businesses and families. The president met with the senators on Monday at the White House.  White House press secretary Jen Psaki is describing the meeting as “an exchange of ideas” and not a forum for Biden to “make or accept an offer.” The topline numbers are this: Biden’s plan calls for an additional $1.9 trillion in federal spending. The 10 GOP senators are calling for about $618 billion.last_img read more

Indonesia to deport British woman who married militant

first_imgJAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities say they plan to deport a British woman married to a slain Indonesian militant because of a visa violation and her alleged link to a hard-line religious group. Police said Tazneen Miriam Sailar was taken to Jakarta’s immigration detention center after she was linked to the religious group Islamic Defenders Front, which was outlawed on Dec. 30. A National Police spokesperson says Sailar, a charity fundraiser who grew up in Manchester, converted to Islam when she married a Indonesian militant in 2010 who died in a combat zone in Syria in 2014. An immigration official says Sailar’s visa expired two years ago.last_img read more

Increased parking rates raise questions

first_imgAwareness and cooperation are the two things that Director of Security Dave Gariepy said can prevent students from receiving security issued traffic and parking citations.  Gariepy said good advice for students is to become familiar with the parking restrictions in order to avoid unwanted sanctions.  Despite the increased price of vehicle registration, Gariepy said the number of registered vehicles is consistent with past years with approximately 750 student vehicles. For more information on campus parking and traffic, students can visit http://www3.saintmarys.edu/parking-and-traffic or contact Saint Mary’s security at security@saintmarys.edu “We were significantly undercharging for campus parking privileges as compared to other colleges,” Gariepy said. “The rates will be raised $10 per year for full academic year, on-campus registrants until the fee reaches $100.00.”  Student vehicles are able to park 24 hours in the Angela Lot and the three west rows and the single south row of the Regina Lot. The Angela Lot, the Regina Lot, the Commuter Lot (located north of the Science Lot) and the last three northern rows of the Science Lot are available for off-campus student drivers. The remaining lots on campus are reserved strictly for College faculty and staff. The money from the registrations fees goes into the College’s general fund. Although citations are more common at the beginning of the school year, Gariepy said this number will decrease as students become more aware of parking regulations. Students must also avoid any parking that would block traffic lanes, access ramps, crosswalks or trash receptacles. Grass, sidewalks and any yellow curbs are also off limits. In addition to the 750 student vehicles on campus, security also organized the many faculty and staff vehicles.  “The most common citations are issued when students park in faculty/staff spots and when students fail to register their vehicles,” Gariepy said.  A recent increase in cost of vehicle registration has lead to student speculation; however, Gariepy assures students that inflated cost is not a ploy to reduce the number of drivers on campus. last_img read more

Kroc Institute hosts Peace Conference

first_imgYesterday, the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies kicked off its annual Student Peace Conference and will continue the event this afternoon. Seniors Erik Helgesen and Nhu Phan, the Peace Conference co-chairs, said this year’s conference theme is “Strategies of Peace Transforming the Modern World.” “We decided on the theme because this is a field that is always transforming and during the events of the past year, especially with the events of the Arab Spring, we’ve seen new and interesting forms of peace building,” Helgesen said. Helgesen said the theme showcases the breadth of peace studies and its impact in transforming the modern world. “We want to showcase more traditional methods of peace building with more modern ones like social media,” Phan said. Phan said they hope the conference can help showcase development and they ways it can make a difference in the world. The conference features 270 representatives from approximately 50 schools from across the country, as well as students from Nepal, India, Poland and Turkey, she said. The conference includes a variety of panels, a documentary, and several workshops. Molly Kinder, a 2001 graduate and current director of special programs for Development Innovation Ventures in Washington D.C., will be this year’s featured speaker. “She has experience in the field and used the methods and strategies,” Phan said. “She’s a practitioner of both.” The peace conference partnered with the University of Maryland International Security School for a workshop and discussion about global security, Helgesen said. “The workshop will focus on the two issues of global climate change and nuclear technology,” he said. “20 to 30 people will really delve into the issues and I’m really excited for the workshop because I’m going to participate.” Another unique aspect of this year’s conference is a panel on the role of the military in peace building. “The panel will discuss if there is a place for the military in peace building and if so, in what capacity,” Phan said. Helgesen said this conference is a way to showcase the diversity of peace studies as a discipline. “It is so cool to see … everything from the environmental challenges to how sports and arts are used in peace building,” he said.last_img read more

Theologian speaks on link between sexuality, religion

first_imgIn a talk on sexuality and Catholicism, sponsored by the Gender Relations Center, theologian Terry Nelson Johnson actively engaged with audience members Wednesday night in the Joyce Center in hopes of going beyond “just another sex talk.” Johnson said his words were not aimed at providing information but rather at encouraging healing and transformation. “Sexuality is a gift, a threat, a force to be reckoned with,” Johnson said. “Sexuality is a mystery and that’s my contention.” Mysteries, such as sexuality, are bigger than people are, he said. Human beings are called to enjoy and enter into these mysteries but should not underestimate them. “The point of mysteries is to acquaint people with them and engage with them, not domesticate them,” he said. Johnson said words such as energy, passion and creativity are closely associated with the idea of sexuality. He said the physical aspect is not the point, and people need to understand sexuality as something beyond sex. Johnson quoted Catholic priest and theologian Fr. Ronald Rolheiser to make this point, saying “‘Sexuality is an all-encompassing energy inside each of us. It is the drive for love, communion, community. … It is not good to be alone.’” To explain this point, Johnson played a clip of the Yankees celebrating their win in the 1996 World Series. Audience members said the video expressed the team’s happiness, excitement and pride. Although the players could have expressed these emotions without physical contact, they still chose to hug each other and huddle together. “It’s just not as good from 10 feet away,” he said. When sexuality is embraced well, Johnson said it makes love and life present. It also functions as a sacrament for God’s sake in mediating God’s presence in the world. “Sexuality is a God-given resource to enhance our lives,” he said. “It is the source of life and love.” In tying sexuality to Catholicism, Johnson went on to explain Jesus’s sexuality. Jesus produced much love and life, he said. His sexuality was integrated, powerful and healing. The hallmarks of sacred sexuality are gratitude, privilege, wonder and awe, he said. Johnson’s goal was to help students understand these aspects as positives in constituting the good of sexuality. Sophomore Frannie Kelsey said the lecture caused her to think about sexuality in a new way. “I thought he had some really good points about sexuality that I hadn’t thought about before,” she said.last_img read more

Club connects alumni worldwide

first_imgNotre Dame seniors will disperse across the country after graduation, but thanks to the Alumni Association, every single zip code in the U.S. is associated with a Notre Dame club. Annie Duffy, worldwide clubs program director for Notre Dame’s Alumni Association, said there are 270 Notre Dame clubs across the world, 200 of which are in the U.S. “We can pretty much guarantee that once you leave campus, you’ll be in a place where there’s a Notre Dame group,” Duffy said. “These clubs are made up of alumni, family and friends, they’re completely inclusive. They’re based off of everyone’s love for Notre Dame.” The Alumni Association encourages seniors to update their information record with the University once they know where they will live after graduation so they can automatically be associated with the Notre Dame club in the area, Duffy said. “Our clubs will hold events throughout the year, camaraderie events like game watches or networking happy hours,” she said. “A lot of our clubs have Catholic spirituality events like Mass and breakfast, and a lot provide support for current students, like a send-off in August where everyone can wish them well as they go back to campus.”  Duffy said the Alumni Association’s website, mynotredame.nd.edu, can connect graduated students with clubs in any particular city, and alumni are welcome to be a part of as many clubs as they want. Often times, the clubs are instrumental in helping graduates settle into their new lives, she said. “We strongly encourage [graduates] to get proactively involved in the clubs,” Duffy said. “It can never hurt to reach out to them to see what they have going on. You can connect with recent graduates about where the best places to go are and what young graduates do in the city. It’s a great way to meet people and form friendships.” The alumni clubs mark just one example of the Notre Dame family’s expansion off campus, Duffy said. “Everyone really shares a passion for Notre Dame,” she said. “It’s tough for young alumni who are just graduating, you’ve been here for four years, you’ve formed this family and it’s always very sad to leave here. “But knowing you have this common connection with alumni wherever you go is unbelievable. I think it’s that shared value and that love for Notre Dame that keeps everyone connected and gives us the strongest alumni network in the country.” Contact Ann Marie Jakubowski ajakubo1@nd.edulast_img read more

SMC welcomes diverse class of 2019

first_imgThursday, about 420 new Belles strolled down the Avenue as the class of 2019 moved in. According to the Admissions Office, the number of women in the first-year class has 40 more students than last year’s incoming class, and the number of transfer students has doubled. This year more students than ever applied to the College, director of admissions Sarah Dvorak said. More than 1,700 applications went through the office, of which 1,382 were accepted. Sixty of those students applied early decision, and about 55 of them were accepted, Dvorak said. Nearly 13 percent of the women in the class are legacies, with either a mother or sister alumna connection. “As an all-women’s, Catholic, liberal arts college, we have a reputation as an academically challenging institution, and we work hard to set the expectation for what we expect our of our applicants,” Dvorak said. “We find that our students self-select at the point of application and therefore, we don’t receive too many applications from unqualified students.” Diversity has increased in the College as well. Incoming students come from five different countries, meaning Saint Mary’s students now come from 16 different countries including Vietnam, Japan and Zambia, Dvorak said.The class also represents a number of racial and ethnic minority groups including Latina, African American, Asian, American Indian or Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Dvorak said.  “The diversity represented in this class will undoubtedly impact the Saint Mary’s community in a variety of ways,” Dvorak said. “They represent a large spectrum of socioeconomic, geographic, racial and ethnic categories, but they also bring a wide array of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, experiences and academic and co-curricular interests.”Accepted students display a variety of talents, both academic and extracurricular. The incoming class includes women who have founded philanthropic organizations, entrepreneurs, musicians, artists and athletes, Dvorak said.  “We look for academically talented students who have challenged themselves in the classroom, achieved academically and who strive for social justice, equality and human dignity,” Dvorak said. “We want students who will flourish at Saint Mary’s — who will appreciate the benefits of an all-women’s college and who will value the opportunity to explore and discover their passions and potential in the world.“I have no doubt that the Saint Mary’s community can only benefit from the opportunity to learn from this incredible class.”Tags: 2015, Admissions Office, Class of 2019, First Year Orientation, saint mary’slast_img read more