Students join conversation about Indiana gay marriage ruling

first_imgThe Supreme Court convened privately Monday to determine whether it will hear a case appealing the Sept. 4 decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.The Justices are considering seven cases from five different states, including Indiana, and can choose to hear all, none or some of the appeals. They could announce their decision as early as this week, but Notre Dame students on both sides of the aisle say the campus response to the appeal has been limited and languid.“I think it’s a hard thing for people to talk about, which I understand, but I think we as a community need to, despite your religious background or your beliefs on the issues, we need to talk about them more in an open space so it’s not just a thing we talk about only behind closed doors,” freshman Jake Maginn, a member of PrismND, said.For those supporting the appellate court’s initial ruling, the excitement of the Sept. 4 decision was short-lived — the court approved a stay on same-sex marriages nine days later, at the request of Indiana’s attorney general. The stay will remain in effect until the Supreme Court either hears the case and issues a new ruling or refuses to hear the case, leaving the appellate court’s ruling in place. Indiana has asked the Supreme Court to take on the issue and decide whether same-sex marriage should be allowed in all 50 states, according to Associated Press reports.Emily Kirkegaard is a coordinator for GlassND, the subcommittee of the Graduate Student Union (GSU) concerned with LGBTQ issues. She said graduate students met the appellate court’s initial ruling with deflated enthusiasm, and many had been “tensely waiting” the Supreme Court’s final decision.“There was not much of a celebration for the recent ruling. There was initially some buzz about it on social media and everyone was very excited and happy but the stay in Indiana came so quickly that there wasn’t nearly the same excited celebration,” Kirkegaard said.Maginn, who favors legalization of same-sex marriage, said he was pleased to read the opinion penned by the appellate court’s Judge Richard Posner, a well-known conservative appointed by President Ronald Reagan. Mangin said Posner found holes in the state’s argument and used sarcasm to expose these flaws.“[Posner] talked about how in Indiana, first cousins over the age of 65 are legally allowed to marry because the idea is that they can’t have biological children,” Maginn said. “The fact that the argument seems to put forth that homosexual couples aren’t as capable of raising children as first cousins to me is absurd.”“Not only that, in Indiana gay couples are allowed to adopt, so if the institution of marriage is to create an environment where children can effectively and fruitfully grow, then I don’t think it makes any sense to let a homosexual couple adopt children but not be married,” Maginn said.Graduate student Tiernan Kane said it was “incumbent” on the Supreme Court to hear Indiana’s case. He disagreed with Posner’s opinion, saying it misused precedent and demonstrated both “flippancy” and a lack of understanding of the state’s case.“On reading it, my first impression is I was sorry to see that [Posner] seemed to have approached this in a similar way to the way he approached the Notre Dame … case [against the Department of Health and Human Services] earlier this year,” Kane said. “It doesn’t appear from the decision that he’s taken the time to understand the opposing point of view.”Kane founded and serves as a leader of Students for Child-Oriented Policy (SCOP), a group that last week gained approval from the Club Coordination Council (CCC). He said extreme points of view on both sides often stifle the discussion of marriage on campus, something SCOP experienced when it first applied for club status in the spring.“Particularly regarding Posner, but also I think marriage [debates in general], you don’t hear a lot about it, and I think that’s in part because of the fear of the reaction that greeted SCOP when it tried to raise this point of view,” Kane said. “There was an immediate accusation made by several hundred students, not the majority of students, but several hundred to say this is a position that would be wrongly discriminatory.”Junior SCOP member Alexandra DeSanctis said the court cases and general dialogue about marriage reflect “a fundamental misunderstanding of what the debate is.” She said she believes marriage as an institution must be “permanent,” “exclusive” and “life-giving.”“I think if you understand marriage as having these three characteristics, you see that it naturally points to being between a man and a woman, and I think you can see that regardless of your religion, just through common sense and through reason,” DeSanctis said. “… The state cares about its future citizens and I think defining marriage as between a man and a woman is best for children and therefore best for the state.”Graduate student Greg Cousins, a member of GlassND,  said the Notre Dame community should encourage discussion over different ideologies of marriage in spite of potential clashes between traditional and non-traditional views.“People should talk about it even if people disagree with the ruling,” he said. “There should be some open discussion, especially in a very well-renowned University. This should be a place of friendly discourse even if there are differing opinions, and I don’t think there has been enough of that.”Tim Bradley, a junior member of SCOP, said students supporting the traditional idea of marriage often face criticism for refusing to change their views despite pressure from opposing perspectives.“For some people who think that marriage is a union of one man and one woman, it’s easy for them to be afraid to speak their mind because there’s a risk of being labeled a bigot or a homophobe or being told you’re on the wrong side of history, and those are hard things for someone to hear,” Bradley said.Students’ hesitancy to speak out in fear of criticism can make the discussion of marriage appear lopsided, Bradley said.“On the surface one would think that most students are in favor of redefining marriage because that’s the impression given in the media but I don’t think that that’s true,” he said. “I think a lot of people are silent on the issue.”Senior Chris Weber, a PrismND member, said he hopes many who argue for traditional marriage on religious grounds will start to reconsider their beliefs, as the Church has done in the past.“I think there are some in the church community who believe with time this will probably evolve, our idea of marriage will evolve,” Weber said. “I’m not saying it’s going to be within the next decade or my lifetime, but I wouldn’t even be surprised if the Catholic Church evolved their thoughts on this issue just as they evolved their thoughts on evolution or on heliocentrism.”Cousins said Notre Dame has a unique opportunity as a Catholic institution to foster greater dialogue and encourage open discussion.“The University and the University administration shouldn’t be afraid of encouraging conversation about it because silence is not a very good defense of their position,” he said. “It shouldn’t be something that’s kept hush-hush.“I think it would be very progressive of them to encourage this sort of discussion officially and hopefully we will see some of that.”Tags: gay marriage, GlassND, Graduate Student Union, indiana, LGBTQ, same-sex marriage, Supreme Courtlast_img read more

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Get a Sneak Peek of Michael Esper, Aaron Lazar & More in The Last Ship

first_img The Last Ship View Comments Gangway! The Last Ship, featuring an original score by Grammy winner Sting, celebrates its pre-Broadway opening night in Chicago on June 25. The tuner will play the Windy City through July 13 before beginning performances at the Neil Simon Theatre on September 29 (opening night is set for October 26). We got a taste of some of the music earlier this month at the Tonys from the legendary composer himself; now, take a look at Aaron Lazar, Rachel Tucker, Michael Esper and the cast of The Last Ship in action in this exciting first look! Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 24, 2015center_img Related Shows Michael Esper Aaron Lazarlast_img

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Squigs Salutes Kelli O’Hara, Alex Sharp & All the 2015 Tony Winners

first_imgIt was a lovefest at Radio City Music Hall on June 7! Dynamic duo Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming hosted the 2015 Tony Awards, and Broadway.com Resident Artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson was on hand to pen a portrait of the celebration. Front and center are acting winners Kelli “worm-dancing queen” O’Hara, Nashville fan Michael Cerveris, Her Majesty Helen Mirren, acceptance speech master Alex Sharp, the “Something Wonderful” Ruthie Ann Miles, the Bombshell Bard Christian Borle, soon-to-be canine Annaleigh Ashford and Prime Minister Richard McCabe. There are also nods to Best Musical Fun Home, Best Revival of a Musical The King and I, Best Play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Best Revival of a Play Skylight. Cheers to the winners! Kelli O’Hara Christian Borle View Commentscenter_img About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Star Fileslast_img read more

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McKernon Wins Commercial Building Award For Downtown Brandon

first_imgThe McKernon Group is pleased to be honored with a 5th AnnualExcellence in Housing Award in the commercial construction category for thecompany’s work in revitalizing downtown Brandon’s Howe Scale Block. Theaward was presented to The McKernon Group by the Home Builders andRemodelers Association of Southern Vermont at an award ceremony on January14th.Kevin Birchmore, co-owner and Chief Operating Officer of TheMcKernon Group accepted the award, attending the event with Project ManagerBrian Thomas.”A lot of people worked really hard on this project. Several of thebuildings had to be rebuilt from the ground up. I hope that all the peopleworking on downtown Brandon for almost a year feel good about the award.They did the heavy lifting, they’re the ones who deserve to be recognized.We’re also grateful that everyone in Brandon was patient. I live in Brandon,and it’s great to see the town so improved,” remarked Kevin Birchmore fromThe McKernon Group’s offices in Brandon’s Park Village a mile north ofdowntown.Two of the three commercial buildings on Center Street, Route 7 indowntown Brandon are occupied. Demerest and MacNeal Interior Design, Inc.has retail space in 15 Center Street. Everywear for Everybody, is opening asecond store in 17 Center Street this month. Eleven Center Street with itslandscaped terrace, and overlooking Memorial Park would be a perfect spotfor a restaurant. It is currently under consideration by several parties.last_img read more

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LIAT Buyout?

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Nov 07 2015 – Puerto Rico-based Seaborne Airlines, which operates in over 10 regional countries, is reportedly looking to set up a new base in Barbados, amid reports that it has also made a firm offer to acquire regional airline LIAT.Seaborne, which flies mainly 34-seater aircraft, operates in Anguilla, Antigua, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Puerto Rico, St Croix, St Kitts and Nevis, St Maarten, St Thomas and Tortola.Well-informed sources have told Barbados TODAY that Seaborne’s offer of US$100 million has already been put to the LIAT board by the company’s CEO Gary Foss.However, Foss could not be reached today for comment, but when contacted, LIAT’s Chief Executive Officer David Evans suggested the offer was no longer on the table.He also took issue with the $100 million figure, describing it as “completely erroneous”, but did not deny that the two sides have been talking.“As a matter of course, airlines will talk to each other on a regular basis about various relationships they might have with each other, and these can range from something as simple as inter-airline agreements or something major like an acquisition,” Evans said.However, he made it clear that “in the case of Seaborne Airlines, I can confirm that there is no plan for Seaborne to buy out LIAT” at this stage.“There have been discussions over the course of the year with Seaborne Airlines and those discussions remain confidential but I can tell you that they have been considered by the board of LIAT and, as a consequence, let me repeat that Seaborne will not be buying out LIAT,” he stressed.Also asked to comment today on the so called buyout proposal, the Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Richard Sealy, said he had just returned home from World Travel Market in London and would therefore have to look into the reports.He however revealed that Seaborne had expressed an interest in establishing a base of operations here, but he said those discussions were at “a very early stage”.“We’re open for business. There’s a process involved, but we’re looking to build our aviation industry,” Sealy said when asked whether Barbados would be interested in having Seaborne set up operations here.The latest development comes against the backdrop of recent talk of having LIAT change its base of operations from St John’s to Bridgetown.However, Evans assured today that the carrier, which is jointly owned by the Governments of Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Dominica, was staying put for now.He also commented on the performance of the Antigua-based airline, describing 2015 as “a relatively satisfactory year” for LIAT, with a strong performance “right up to the end of August”.“We have, as an airline, faced the tragedy that befell Dominica as a result of the damage that was caused by Tropical Storm Erika, and I have to say that our thoughts must always first and foremost be with the people of Dominica. That did have a negative impact on our business, but I think we can look forward to 2015 as being a year in which we achieved a number of our objectives.“We had two primary ones which were to complete the exit of our old fleet of Dash-8 aircraft and that is still on track for the end of the year. And the other major initiative we had was to reduce our staff members in line with the smaller size of our business and that is also on track,” he reported.Efforts by Barbados TODAY to reach St Vincent and the Grenadines’ Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves, who is the chairman of LIAT’s shareholder governments, were unsuccessful. Sharing is caring! BusinessLifestyleNewsRegionalTravel LIAT Buyout? by: Barbados TODAY – November 7, 2015 Share Tweetcenter_img 1210 Views   4 comments Share Sharelast_img read more

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Corn Grown in Caves: The Future of Farming?

first_imgPurdue professor Cary Mitchell and other researchers developed a technique that could allow some crops to be grown in caves or mines. (Image: Purdue)Forget the field – caves and mines could hold the future of farming. Researchers from Purdue University have discovered that lowering temperatures for two hours each day reduces the height of corn crops without affecting their seed yield.It’s a technique that could be used to grow crops in controlled environments. Purdue Horticulture Professor Cary Mitchell explains isolated and enclosed environments also can stop genetically-modified pollen and seed from spreading.“We don’t want to get these so-called ‘GMO crops’ out into the environment,” says Mitchell. “So, by doing it in a cave – or in a mine, or even a warehouse – you have one layer of containment there.”Mitchell and other researchers installed an insulated growth chamber with yellow and blue lamps in a former limestone mine in Marengo, Ind., to grow the corn. By cooling the temperature of the space, they were able to reduce the corn plant’s stalk height without affecting the number and weight of its seeds.Abandoned mines can be prime locations for growing because their natural coolness reduces the need to ventilate the heat produced by lamps. According to Mitchell, there are other places in the state that would also work well, partly for their carbon dioxide (CO2) content.“Down in southern Indiana, it’s limestone, and the atmosphere tends to be very high in CO2 around the plants,” says Mitchell. “Since plants use CO2 in photosynthesis, that’s a way of enhancing that environment.”Mitchell adds the technique could be particularly useful for growing genetically modified crops processed into medicine and pharmaceuticals.“The way medicinals are made now is a very expensive process in the laboratory using mammalian cell cultures,” he explains. “It’s slow, and it’s very, very expensive. By using plants to do it, you harness the natural energy of sunlight.”The study was published in the journal Industrial Crops and Products.News Servicelast_img read more

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Bulldogs Middle School Golf Results

first_imgThe BMS Golf Team survived the cold weather last night and came away with another win to keep their undefeated season going with a 190 to 210 win over Central Middle School from Columbus.The team worked together to bring in some low scores to overcome Central Middle School’s match medalist Jacob Niedbalski’s 38. Drew Wagner led the Bulldogs with a 46 followed by Zach Wade with a 47, Dean Campbell with a personal best 48, and Brett Wagner with a 49. Other Batesville golfers were Austin Pohlman (51), Kyler Daulton (56), Sam Emmons (58), Conor Powell (59), Logan Fletcher (60), and Courtney Chambers with a personal best 62.The Bulldogs will be back on the course at Cozy Acres in Madison for a par 3 tournament on Saturday.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Sheryl McCreary.last_img

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West Florida drops second straight game to a GSC West Team

first_imgWest Florida drops second straight game to a GSC West Team Share Nov. 24, 2007 Box Score  RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The West Florida women traveled to Arkansas for two games this weekend in a holiday tournament, and spent both games trying to catch up the entire game. After making a great comeback against Arkansas Tech on Friday night to force overtime, the Argonauts nearly did the same in Saturday’s loss to Ouachita Baptist. Down as much as 16 points early in the second half, West Florida battled back to get within two points with 59 seconds to play, but Ouachita Baptist hit five free throws to seal the 71-64 win.West Florida started the contest by hitting their first three baskets, but then went 14 straight possessions without a basket, and fell behind 22-7. For the rest of the night they played catch up. Amy Drake hit a three pointer to start the scoring, followed by a jumper by Tara Russ, and then a layup by Drake put the Argos up 7-5. Then the major slump, in which Ouachita Baptist scored 17 straight points to go up 22-7. The Argos closed the gap to 32-28 on a three pointer from Chelsea Patterson with 1:16 left in the first half. However, the Lady Tigers scored the final four points of the half to lead 36-28 at intermission.Ouachita Baptist scored the first four points of the second half to push the lead to 40-28. Midway thru the second half, the Argos scored seven straight points and after a three pointer by Laura Davis, they trailed only 45-41. Ouachita Baptist would extend the lead again to 13 points, 60-47 with 6:14 remaining, on the strength of Gabby Coleman. Coleman would score 26 points to lead everyone in the game.The Argonauts would fight back again, and scored 10 straight points to close to within two points on a driving layup by Davis, and two three pointers from Patterson. With the score 66-64 with one minute to play, the Argonauts ran out of gas, and the Tigers hit five Free Throws to finish the game.The Argonauts fall to 2-3 on the season, while Ouachita Baptist improved to 1-3 on the season. Russ had a strong game with 17 rebounds, two blocks, and two steals, to go along with her 12 points. Patterson led West Florida with 17 points, while Drake added 13 points and nine assists. Dominique Boykins added eight points and six rebounds, as the Argonauts out-rebounded the Tigers 40-36. Meanwhile, Renee Polk came off the bench to score seven points to help the Argonauts battle back in the second half.West Florida returns home to play Albany State Tuesday night at 5:30 pm, as part of a doubleheader with the men’s team. The men’s team takes on William Carey College at 7:30 pm. Both games take place in the UWF Fieldhouse. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Juanita Deck-Campbell, 76

first_imgJuanita Irene (Irvin) Deck-Campbell, 76, of Clermont, Indiana passed away on January 18, 2019 at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.  She was born December 21, 1942 in Hyannis, Massachusetts, the daughter of Leon and Grace (Holt) Irvin.  She graduated from Crawfordsville High School in 1960 at the top of her class while being first chair in the band.   She married Roger Deck on January, 1961.  They had two sons, Daryl and Jeff.  In 1993 she married Gary Campbell and he proceeded her in death on February 5, 2012. She was a member of the Indiana Bell Pioneers and Eastern Star.  She retired after 35 years of service from Indiana Bell/AT&T. While working at the phone company she obtained her degree in accounting from IUPUI. After retirement she owned and operated J&S Auto Sales in Brownsburg, IN and Nita’s Place Bar and Grill in Danville, IN.  She also worked for H&R Block for over 25 years. She is survived by her mother, Grace Irvin, Crawfordsville, IN; Son’s, Daryl Deck, Phoenix, AR; Jeff (Lisa) Deck, Greensburg, IN; Brother, Jack (Susie) Irvin, Wingate, IN; Sister, Sherry (Bob) Longfellow, Hoopston, IL; Grandchildren, Baron (Anna) Deck and Keri (Andrew) Mauer, Greensburg, IN; Great-Grandchildren, Otto Deck and Addilyn Mauer.  Nephews, Todd (Anissa) Longfellow, Ty (Lindsey) Longfellow, and Troy (Beth) Irvin; Niece, Aissa (Ryan) Good. She is also survived by Gary’s children, Chris (Kim) Campbell, Todd Campbell, and Alison (Cory) Rodney; Grandchildren, Kayla Stafford, Christopher Campbell, Kelsie Hawley, Tyler Campbell, Aiden Campbell, Kaitlyn Rodney, Delaney Campbell, and Claybrooke Rodney.  She was proceeded in death by her father, Leon Irvin.  Prayer service will be conducted at 3:30 pm on Tuesday, January 22 at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg. Visitation will follow ceremony until 6 PM.  A private burial will take place at Waynetown Masonic Cemetery in Waynetown, IN at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.  Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.com.last_img read more

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Wenger: Welbeck can shine out wide

first_img Press Association “It is so important on the flanks to have pace and work rate, that sometimes in some games you have to put them there because they can absorb the quantity and the quality of the work.” Wenger believes Welbeck could grow into a free-roaming wider role, much like Thierry Henry. “When he played there at a young age, you get habits in the position you play. He looks comfortable there because he knows what to do,” said Wenger. “We all have preferential vision and sometimes players see better on their right and sometimes players see better on the left, so when you have better right vision and you play on the left, you see the whole pitch.” Wenger will assess Sanchez ahead of the United game, with the Chile forward, who has scored 12 goals, having been drained by a gruelling travelling schedule back from South America following friendlies against Uruguay and Venezuela. “It is a concern, of course. He looked a bit jaded just before he went and I will have to check him before Saturday,” said Wenger, who has not spoken directly with the Chilean federation about its use of the player. “Don’t ask him the question (about being fit to play) because he will say he is perfect,” the Frenchman added. Both Arsenal and United have struggled for consistency this season, sitting sixth and seventh in the Premier League table. Wenger, though, insists Dutch boss Louis van Gaal can help turn United’s form around. “We are of the same generation. He is passionate, competent, intelligent and has personality. Without those qualities you don’t last for such a long time like he has in international football as well, so he has the qualities to do it,” said Wenger, now the longest-serving manager in the top flight following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement. “It is early stages (of the season). They are still candidates to finish in the top four, and I will tell you more on Saturday afternoon.” Welbeck made it clear the major reason he left Old Trafford in a £16million deadline-day transfer was the chance to play down the middle for Arsenal, something he did not manage to do on a regular basis at United. Wenger, though, sees no reason why Welbeck, who has scored five goals in 12 appearances, should not be able to have just as much of an impact when cutting in from wide, as he does so often with England. “You have players who play on the flanks who score goals. I don’t think that will stop him from scoring,” said Wenger. “He had chances the other night when he played on the left, with his pace. “(Cristiano) Ronaldo played all his life on the flanks and scored more goals than games he played. I don’t think that will stop him. What is a problem for him is to play.” Wenger is confident Welbeck can fit into whatever role he is asked to perform. “Recently we played 4-4-2 with Sanchez and him up front, and in some games you adapt. Danny is adaptable – the modern player is adaptable,” said the Arsenal boss. “Sanchez can play wide left and wide right as well as through the middle. Welbeck as well. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has every confidence Danny Welbeck would provide just as much of a goal threat if deployed out wide. England striker Welbeck is expected to overcome a minor hamstring problem suffered on international duty to face his former club Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. With France forward Olivier Giroud back in contention following three months out with a broken leg, Wenger will soon have a selection decision to make. Theo Walcott, doubtful to face United because of a groin problem, will soon be available to offer another option in attack along with industrious Chilean Alexis Sanchez, who has been in great form since a summer move from Barcelona. last_img read more

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