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Native American Student Association of Notre Dame protests Columbus murals

first_imgThe Native American Student Association of Notre Dame (NASAND) gathered outside the Main Building, organizing a peaceful protest of the university’s Gregori murals Monday afternoon. The aim of the organization is to obtain the University’s commitment to Native American diversity through a peaceful manner.Rosie LoVoi | The Observer Commissioned by Fr. Edward Sorin, Vatican artist Luigi Gregori painted these large murals, displayed in the Main Building. According to a statement by the University regarding the Columbus murals, Sorin wanted art that represented the Catholic spirit of the University. However, NASAND protested the misrepresentation of Columbus’ ways along with the offensive and stereotypical portrayal of Native Americans in the murals.The peaceful protest began with speeches from NASAND members, who spoke of the importance of Native American representation on campus, and was followed by a more informal forum, giving attendees the opportunity to ask NASAND students questions.NASAND president and senior Dom Acri discussed some of the problems associated with the Gregori murals. Acri talked about the University’s use of the William Faulkner quote, “The past is never dead, it is not even past,” and he said NASAND hopes to take back this sentiment and make people aware of Native American culture and significance.“In an attempt to address these understandably controversial, and what our group would even call openly marginalizing murals, we are reminded that like this quote suggests, we must recognize the past because it is still here with us,” Acri said.In addition to making students, faculty and administration aware of NASAND’s desire for greater recognition and inclusion from the University, the organization has detailed goals for greater diversification throughout the school year.Acri said the student group wants to be talked to, not talked about. NASAND wants to hold a town hall meeting regarding the status and further actions in dealing with the Gregori murals, something Acri said is strengthened by the involvement of allied members.“What we need is for people to get behind us and help our movement gain momentum,” Acri said.Among other important plans are the group’s hope to serve as a connection to the Pokagon band — the tribe whose land Notre Dame rests on. Acri said NASAND would like to assist in the recruitment of a Native American faculty and establish a Native American Studies program, bring back the Notre Dame powwow and achieve greater involvement in Notre Dame’s “Walk the Walk” event.“A diverse community strengthens Notre Dame’s mission and allows students to open their minds to new perspectives,” Acri said. “But when the only representation that we have right now is these murals, we don’t think Notre Dame is fulfilling that goal. We wanted to have this event in order to help Notre Dame achieve their mission.”Tags: Columbus murals, NASAND, Native Americans, protestlast_img read more

Christmas arrives at the White House

first_imgChristmas has officially arrived at the White House and this year’s theme is “The Spirit of America!”First Lady Melania Trump tweeted about this year’s theme late Sunday night and accompanied it with a minute long video.More detailed photos of the decorations where then posted early Monday!What do you think?last_img

A Judge Declares a Mistrial in Murder Trial of a Retired PBSO Officer

first_imgOn Tuesday a Palm Beach County judge declared a mistrial in the high profile murder trial of a former Palm Beach County deputy who was accused of shooting and killing his son-in-law in 2018.The retired officer, Carlton Nebergall Jr., is charged with first-degree murder after he shot and killed Jacob Lodge. Nebergall claimed it was an act of self defense.The arrest report stated that Nebergall’s daughter claimed her husband Lodge showed up to her home to exchange clothing for their two children, and Nebergall walked out as Lodge attempted to leave the house and shot him.On Monday Nebergall said that Lodge had a violent history. He told the jury he walked outside that night with a loaded revolver and fired a warning shot into the air. Lodge then left and later returned in an attempt to “look for something.” That’s when Nebergall said he “feared for his life” and shot Lodge in the head.Attorneys said the mistrial was declared on Tuesday because a juror was on his cell phone as the defense team was delivering their closing arguments. The jury was dismissed, and a brand new jury will have to be picked later on.last_img read more

Police investigate another possible trespassing incident at Mar-a-Lago

first_imgAnother possible trespassing incident at Mar-A-lago calls Palm Beach police to open an investigation.According to reports, police were called on Wednesday. No further details were details.Earlier this year, police arrested a woman who was accused of lying to Secret Service agents to gain access to the club.Chinese businesswoman sentenced to eight months for Trespassing at Mar-a-Lagolast_img

Man charged with animal cruelty after video shows him hitting dog on South Beach

first_imgA man was caught on tape trying to kill a dog near Ocean Drive and 13th Street, Sunday afternoon.The video shows a man choking the dog with the leash, and yanking him to the ground.Witnesses were screaming and crying in hopes that the man would stop. Others stepped in and held down the dog’s attacker, 51-year-old Louis Sepulveda, until police arrived.Sepulveda was arrested and is facing a felony charge of animal cruelty with intent to injure or kill.There is currently no word on the dog’s well-being.Full video and story on wsvn.com.,A man was caught on tape trying to kill a dog near Ocean Drive and 13th Street, Sunday afternoon.The video shows a man choking the dog with the leash, and yanking him to the ground.Witnesses were screaming and crying in hopes that the man would stop. Others stepped in and held down the dog’s attacker, 51-year-old Louis Sepulveda, until police arrived.Sepulveda was arrested and is facing a felony charge of animal cruelty with intent to injure or kill.There is currently no word on the dog’s well-being.Full video and story on wsvn.com.last_img read more

Local man arrested for pointing an AR-15 with a laser at a police helicopter

first_imgThe Martin County Sheriffs Office is reporting that they have arrested a 55-year old man after he reportedly pointed a laser that was attached to an AR-15 at a police helicopter.The incident occurred around 9:50 pm on January 18th as officials were assisting the Port St. Lucie police department with a burglary investigation.When the Port St. Lucie police department responded to the home, Norman Flaxman admitted that he pointed the laser at the MCSO Air-1 helicopter because  he “wanted to test it.” Authorities also reported that Flaxman may have posted the footage on social media.He is now facing felony charges of pointing a laser at a pilot or driver.last_img read more

International field heads to Gerrards Cross

first_img Golfers from thirteen countries around the world will be competing in the English Girls’ Under 16 and Under 14 Open Amateur Stroke Play Championships at Gerrards Cross Golf Club in Buckinghamshire on the 6th to 8th of August.The draw features players from Australia, Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Morocco, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands and Wales as well as from the host nation.Last year at Lyme Regis both titles went to golfers from the Continent of Europe.The Under 16 competition, which in the past has been won by 2018 Ricoh Women’s British Open champion Georgia Hall and her fellow LET members Florentyna Parker and Felicity Johnson, went to 15-year-old Finnish player Kerttu Hiltunen who swept to an 11-shot victory over England’s Ellie Gower, Rafiah Banday and Jess Baker. Banday, from Royal Mid-Surrey, returns for another tilt at the title this year.The Under 14 championship was won by 13-year-old Italian Francesca Fiorellini who succeeded compatriot Charlotte Cattaneo as champion and has since gone on to capture the R&A Girls’ Under 16 Open and represent the Continent of Europe in the Junior Vagliano Trophy.One of last year’s runners-up Anna Neumayer from Austria moves up to the Under 16 competition this year.Hall is also a former winner of the Under 14 title as are Parker, new European Ladies’ champion Alice Hewson and current English women internationals Lily May Humphreys and Samantha Fuller.The Under 16 championship is played over 72 holes with the full field playing 18 holes on each of the first two days before the leading 40% of players progress to play 36 holes on the third day. The Under 14 event is staged over 54 holes with 18 holes played on each of the three days. The leading 40% of competitors make the cut after two rounds. 31 Jul 2019 International field heads to Gerrards Cross Tags: English U14 girls’, English U16 girls’last_img read more