Saint Mary’s Diversity and Leadership Conference — which aims to promote attitudes of inclusion and dispel stereotypes about marginalized populations — kicked off in Carroll Auditorium on Monday night with a speech from Yosimar Reyes, a poet and activist who discussed his desire to amplify the often-muted voices of undocumented individuals.Those who quickly cast judgment and make assumptions about immigrants often struggle to cope with their own insecurities and fears, Reyes said.“I can only be myself,” Reyes said. “If you don’t like me based on the fact that I don’t have a social security number, then there’s a deeper investigation that you need to do within your own anxiety and your own healing.”Reyes said writing grants him the opportunity to relay and disseminate the lesser-known narratives of the undocumented community, which he said society often views strictly in terms of the labor, taxes and educational achievements they contribute.“One of the things that we do within this country is we have a really great analysis on race relations — we talk about racism very openly — but one of the things we really don’t have conversations about is class,” he said. “Wage inequality is something that is very real and something that really affects a lot of communities.”Americans often direct anger about unsatisfactory social or economic conditions toward immigrants, Reyes said, misplacing their frustrations and propagating harmful stereotypes.“People started saying undocumented people are stealing resources,” he said. “The reality is that most undocumented people are living below the poverty line, so they’re relying on whatever they can to make a living.”His grandparents, who sustained his household by selling recyclable bottle and cans, serve as a prime example of this phenomenon, he said.“For the longest time, I had a really hard time talking about how we managed to survive in this country, but now I’m more open about it because I realize that there are more people who understand poverty at a different level,” Reyes said. “One of the beautiful things is that now as a writer, I tell these stories and using the quote that ‘My grandparents took the trash this country gave them and recycled it and we made it into art.’”Reyes said the adversity undocumented immigrants face may seem especially pertinent now, as they have garnered a noteworthy media presence, but their struggles have historical roots. “In 1994, Prop. 187 — which is a proposition also known as Save Our State Law — was an initiative … to establish a state-run citizen screening system and prohibit illegal aliens from using non-emergency healthcare, public education and other services in the state of California,” Reyes said. “Prop. 187 was something I was really aware of as a kid because around this time I was in the third grade, and my grandma is taking me to Safeway, and I see a bunch of people protesting this. … It actually passed, but it went to court, and it never really went into effect.”Proposition 187 propelled citizens to view undocumented people in terms of dissimilarity, Reyes said, and this sentiment pervades modern culture decades later.“It’s interesting because this is proposed by Pete Wilson, and if you go look back … at videos that were promoting this, it’s the same talking points that we heard when Trump was coming into office,” he said. “It’s the same images of undocumented immigrants jumping the border.”His writing aims to re-envision the master narrative of undocumented individuals and grant them the deserved agency to define themselves, which will hopefully enable people to form connections and learn from one another.“One of the things that I’m trying to do … is to create work that gives undocumented people a mental break,” Reyes said. “I want to also create stories that make people laugh or remind them of something else or remind them how funny this predicament is. I think right now what we need is, ‘If you have some access to a network, how do you become a mentor to an undocumented person in your industry?’”Tags: Diversity and Leadership Conference, Immigration, Proposition 187, Save Our State, Undocumented, Yosimar Reyes
Notre Dame released admissions decisions to its Restrictive Early Action (REA) applicants Dec. 14. Out of 7,217 applicants, a total of 1,532 were invited to the class of 2023 — roughly 21 percent — making this round of REA the most selective ever.Claire Kopischke | The Observer One-hundred-twelve fewer students were admitted this year than last year. According to Don Bishop, associate vice president of undergraduate admissions, this was because Notre Dame’s yield rate — the percent of admits choosing to enroll — continues to grow. In 2018, the total yield rate for all applicants — early and regular — went from about 55 percent to 57 percent. For REA admits only, the yield rate increased to about 67 percent. This puts the University in the top-10 highest yield rates for higher education institutions. Bishop said Notre Dame also aims to save more than half of applicants for the regular admission pool, lowering the number of students accepted this year. Additionally, Bishop said, applying early does not give students an inherent advantage, as most students applying early are at the top of the applicant pool.“The reason [applicants] apply early is that there’s nothing more they can do. They’re already at the top already, so they might as well apply,” Bishop said. “Lower-income households, first-generation households don’t apply as early and want more time to decide and spend more time applying … so the higher percentage of class that you cash in early may create an equity of access in regular action. A higher percentage of those groups come in the regular action pool, so if you overstuffed the first early fruit, you’ve really eliminated — to some degree — opportunity, and we don’t want to do that.”This REA group also is a diverse one — about 13 percent of the class is made up of either international students, dual citizens, or U.S. students abroad; first-generation student admits are up by 16 percent from last year; the number of U.S. students of color admitted through REA is up 15 percent; and 53 nations are being represented in the class. “We’ve gone out and identified more low-income students, and made sure that they knew Notre Dame was very encouraging to them,” Bishop said. “We have a lot of people that send us their test scores … so we have some interaction with them that they started, but we are trying to do more interaction with students that we start. We have been trying to find more students that are from first-generation households by creating relationships with community-based organizations where they know where the low-income, high-achieving students are.”According to the release, the number of REA applicants is up 16.5 percent from 2017’s REA application round — an increase of 1,036 applicants. Bishop said he attributes this increase to the several steps the University has taken to continue the upward trend in applicants. “Part of it is that we’re doing a better job in the admissions recruitment effort,” he said. “Secondly, the campus development — all the new buildings — the campus just presents well. Also, the success of Notre Dame alumni, and the students have really gotten very involved in helping us recruit the next wave of students.”This year, 1,375 applicants — 19 percent— were deferred to the regular decision pool. Bishop said, on average, about 100 applicants are accepted during the regular application round. If an applicant is deferred, Bishops advises them to demonstrate they are still interested in attending, and update the University on any changes in their grades, activities or awards. “We don’t want them to feel like they have to campaign, but they can send us any major updates to their transcript,” Bishop said.The admissions department looks for more than just grades; they look for students who have demonstrated motivations behind their accomplishments, a desire to go beyond just academics and to be of service to others, Bishop said. “In the end, it’s a balancing of your academic talent and potential, and some students have more potential that don’t come from all the resources that other students come from. So when we see that there is a talent level, if you give them the Notre Dame resources, we think that they will jump in performance higher than some other students who’ve come from enormous resources,” Bishop said. “Some of these students are more impressive to us, and we think that long term they are going to be, in some cases, the more dynamic people that will be Notre Dame graduates and serving in the world and not just serving their own success.”Tags: class of 2023, Don Bishop, early action
JAMESTOWN – Police are investigating a shooting on Cherry Street near West 9th Street in Jamestown.Initial reports indicate 15 plus shots were fired around 4:30 p.m.Originally it appeared no one was injured, however Jamestown Police Captain Robert Samuelson says there were likely two shooters, with at least one of the two struck by gunfire.Police have yet to locate the shooting victim. Officers are asking anyone with information in the case to contact their tip line at (716) 483-TIPS (8477).We will continue to follow this story and provide updates. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image by Justin Gould / WNY News Now.JAMESTOWN – A Silver Creek man was arrested after allegedly assaulting a woman with a bat during a domestic dispute at the corner of North Main and Crossman Street on Friday afternoon.Jamestown Police allege Benjamin Catalino, 24, struck the woman several times with a baseball bat and damaged the pickup truck she was sitting in, breaking out several windows.Image by Justin Gould / WNY News Now.Catalino, according to police, fled from the scene on foot prior to officer’s arrival.Police later located Catalino a short distance away and took him into custody. Catalino is charged with second and third-degree assault, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and third-degree criminal mischief.He was held in Jamestown City Jail pending arraignment in the case.Police say the woman was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for medical treatment.
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Stock Image.SILVER CREEK — A Dunkirk woman has been charged with allegedly violating Leandra’s Law after she was stopped by deputies with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office.Deputies stopped Lisa Faison, 47, for an alleged traffic violation about midnight Wednesday in the Village of Silver Creek.Deputies said Faison had an eight-year-old child in her vehicle.She is charged with driving while intoxicated, felony DWI Leandra’s Law, unlicensed operator, failure to stop at a stop sign, speed in zone, and endangering the welfare of a child. Faison was processed for the arrest pending arraignment.
Image by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.JAMESTOWN — South Main Street will be closed for paving work this coming Wednesday.The Jamestown Department of Public Works has announced starting 5 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 16, South Main Street will be closed to traffic for most of the day. South Main Street is anticipated to open by late Wednesday afternoon.Motorists should use alternate routes and expect delays. On Thursday, Sept. 17, motorists should expect delays while the Traffic Department puts striping down. For additional information, contact the DPW Office at (716) 483-7545. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
MGN ImageJAMESTOWN — A student who last attended Washington Middle School on Monday, has been diagnosed with the COVID19 virus, according to a press release from the Jamestown Public Schools.“The district would like Washington Middle School parents to know that a confirmed case DOES NOT mean that you or your child has been exposed to the individual who has tested positive. The Chautauqua County Department of Health has started contact tracing to determine who may havebeen in close or proximate contact with the student that tested positive.,’ The district said.“The Chautauqua County Department of Health will initiate direct communication with parents and staff who have been identified as a close contact with the positive case as to the next steps they should take. Any individual who has been identified as a close contact must quarantine for 14 days.”Superintendent Kevin Whitaker said the district remains focused on safety for its teachers, students and staff. “The health and safety of our students and staff are our number one priority. I am pleased with the district’s screening process, which worked exactly as designed. As part of our district plan, the student was immediately isolated from contact with anyone at the school and has not been in thebuilding since the identification. A special thank you to our staff screeners who followed the proper protocols to ensure the safety of our school community,” said Whitaker.The district is following all guidelines from the Chautauqua County Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). As there is no in-person school today or Monday for the Columbus Day holiday, the district has taken immediate steps to ensure areas identified as having been occupied by the individual are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. No one will occupy an area previously occupied unless sanitized in accordance with applicable CDC and DOH guidelines. The DOH will make the district aware of any individuals in the schools who must quarantine, and thelength of the quarantine, prior to Tuesday to ensure the health and safety of the school community.The District will comply with applicable privacy laws and rules including all HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability And Accounting Act) and FERPA (Family Educational Rights Privacy Act) rules and guidelines regarding information given to the Chautauqua County Department of Healthor other necessary parties.If someone’s child has any symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, significant diarrhea, sore throat or a fever greater than 100 F or 37.8 C) please contact the care provider and notify the school health office. All students, parents, guardians, and staff shouldcontinue to monitor their health for symptoms of COVID-19.Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County officials have reported 63 new positive COVID-19 cases stretching from Wednesday through Thursday, the highest 48-hour case count yet.Officials said 20 of the 63 new cases are from Wednesday while 40 were reported from today. Of the new cases, 20 are in Fredonia, 11 in Jamestown, eight in Silver Creek, seven in Dunkirk, six in Forestville, three in Bemus Point, two in Mayville, two in Portland, one in Lakewood, one in Gerry, and one in Sheridan. There are currently 161 active cases.The Chautauqua County Health Department continues monitoring a cluster of cases linked to social clubs in the northern end of the County. There are currently 12 active cases linked to the Beaver Club in Fredonia. In addition, there have been 22 cases linked to other social clubs in the area. Of those, 19 have recovered with three remaining active.There are currently 10 people hospitalized. To date, there have been 1,277 confirmed cases, 1,101 recoveries, and 15 deaths. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
WNY News Now Stock Image.BROCTON – A Village of Brocton man is facing several charges after allegedly fleeing deputies in a combine harvester during a reported altercation last week.The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies were dispatched to a Peerless Street address for a reported altercation on Friday the 13th in Brocton.Through investigation, deputies allege 35-year-old Benjamin Reed caused physical injury to another person and damaged multiple items inside the residence.Additionally, they say, the alleged incident occurred in the presence of multiple children. When deputies attempted to contact Reed, they say he fled the scene in a combine harvester.A warrant was later issued for his arrest and he was taken into custody on Sunday.Reed is charged with third-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal mischief, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, endangering the welfare of a child, second-degree Obstruction of governmental administration and second-degree harassment.Deputies say Reed was taken to the Chautauqua County Jail where he was arraigned and released on his own recognizance. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
In addition to Bloom and Rashad, the cast of Romeo and Juliet featured two-time Tony nominee Jayne Houdyshell as the Nurse, Tony winner Brent Carver as Friar Laurence, Tony winner Chuck Cooper as Lord Capulet, Christian Camargo as Mercutio, Justin Guarini as Paris, Roslyn Ruff as Lady Capulet, Conrad Kemp as Benvolio, Corey Hawkins as Tybalt and Geoffrey Owens as Prince Escalus. Justin Guarini View All (6) Condola Rashad View Comments Chuck Cooper Jayne Houdyshell Before the show closed on December 8, 2013, nine high definition cameras recorded the November 27 performance at the Richard Rodgers Theatre under the direction of Emmy Award winner Don Roy King. “It gives it a certain intimacy and urgency,” said producer Stewart F. Lane, in a statement. “What we’ve done here is create a whole new art form.” Orlando Bloom The first Broadway staging in 36 years, Romeo and Juliet is set in Verona, Italy, and tells the story of two young lovers whose noble families are locked in a bitter feud. They try to defy the circumstances that forbid their love, with heartbreaking results. Star Files Maybe Romeo and Juliet would have worked out if they’d just gone to the movies together? Just a little bit of dating advice. And now here’s some entertainment advice: This winter, Screenvision and newly formed company BroadwayHD will bring director David Leveaux’s Broadway revival of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to movie theatres nationwide. Starring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad, the film will run from February 13 through 19. Your Valentine’s Day plans are set! Brent Carver