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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

British Virgin Islands to grant Taiwan visa-free entry

first_imgPhoto credit: roc-taiwan.orgTAIPEI, Taiwan (CNA) — The British Virgin Islands (BVI) will be the 125th country or region to grant visa-free entry or landing visas to Taiwan passport holders, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in Taipei said on Wednesday. The details and when the privilege will take effect, however, will be announced after negotiations with the BVI government, the MOFA said in a press statement. The statement noted that the visa-waiver program will follow the one adopted by the British government in March 2009. The BVI is the sixth British overseas territory — after Bermuda, Gibraltar, Turks and Caicos, St Helena, and Falkland Islands — to establish such an agreement with Taiwan, it said. The visa-free entry scheme should boost bilateral ties, increase cultural exchanges and encourage tourism, it added. Although the BVI consists of a small population of 25,000, its tourism and financial service industries have made it one of the most thriving economic areas in the Caribbean, according to the MOFA. By Nancy LiuCaribbean News Now Share Share Share NewsRegional British Virgin Islands to grant Taiwan visa-free entry by: – January 5, 2012center_img Tweet Sharing is caring! 12 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Oma Kilburn, 92

first_imgOma  Kilburn, 92, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. She was born March 2, 1924 in Jackson, Kentucky, daughter of the late Berry and Susan (Cornett) Gilbert.Oma was a member of the Dearborn Baptist Church.  She was a quilter, liked to cook and garden, and loved her flowers.  She was a past Sunday school teacher, member of the choir, and director of many plays at Ludlow Hill Baptist Church.  She was a loving mother and grandmother.She is survived by her 2 sons, Michael Eli (Pam) Kilburn of Patriot, IN, Myron Dean (Cheryl) Kilburn of Dillsboro, IN; 2 daughters, Pat (Don) Starker of Dillsboro, IN, Betty (Michael) Johnson of Jasper, IN; 18 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren; and 12 great great grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her parents, Berry and Susan Gilbert; loving husband, Elihue Kilburn; 8 brothers, Henry, Melvin, Earnest, Elders, Walter, Herbert, Kenis “Junior”, Robert; and 2 sisters, Flossie and a baby sister.Family and friends will be received on Friday, August 26, 2016 from 10 am to 1 pm at Fitch-Denney Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at Fitch-Denney Funeral Home, Friday, August 26, 2016 at 1 pm, with Pastor Darrell Sparks and Lanny Wyatt officiating.Interment will follow in the Hogan Hill Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the Dearborn Baptist Church.Visit us at www.fitchdenney.comlast_img read more

Chelsea deny Cole taunted Man City

first_imgChelsea insist Ashley Cole did not taunt Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini or his players after Monday’s game at Stamford Bridge.Cole was reported to have sparked a tunnel bust-up following Chelsea’s 2-1 victory by mocking City for recently failing to reach the knockout stage of the Champions League.He was said to have shouted: “Thursday nights, Channel 5” towards Mancini after the match.AdChoices广告But a statement issued by Chelsea on behalf of Cole read: “Contrary to reports, Ashley Cole did not say anything to the opposition in the tunnel after Monday’s game.“Ashley has huge respect for the players and staff at Manchester City, many of whom he knows personally and calls friends.”Follow West London Sport on Twitterlast_img read more