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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

Ronaldinho raves about Gabriel Martinelli and compares Arsenal wonderkid to Ronaldo

first_imgWhile Mikel Arteta’s was well aware of Martinelli’s potential before becoming Arsenal head coach, he admits he’s been ‘surprised’ at just how much ability the Brazilian has at such a young age.‘I heard a lot of things about Gabby before I joined and the moment I saw him training it confirmed all the things I was told,’ Arteta said following Martinelli’s sensational solo goal in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea.‘I was told, “You will see this kid, how he goes for every ball, his fighting spirit and the quality that every time he is in front of goal he’s a threat”.‘I was told I would be surprised how prepared he is to compete with every player in the squad.‘I just thought, “Yes, but he’s 18”. But when you see him in big games, how he goes about everything, it’s surprising.‘The way he competes, how brave he is with every decision he makes on the field is very unusual for an 18-year-old.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArteta added: ‘He competed against one of the best defenders in the league, Cesar Azpilicueta, and he got at him every time he had a chance.‘His fighting spirit is incredible and then he is a threat for goals every time. I would like to talk about his potential more than what he is at the moment.‘For this club to give him the responsibility to do that every time is not fair on him, we have to bring him down. The risk is expecting too much too soon – but not just for the fans.‘We cannot give him the licence to think he has to put himself under that pressure. He needs to play with the freedom that he has.’MORE: Emotional Nick Kyrgios pays tribute to basketball legend Kobe Bryant ahead of Rafael Nadal clash Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 27 Jan 2020 10:22 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.7kShares Ronaldinho raves about Gabriel Martinelli and compares Arsenal wonderkid to Ronaldocenter_img Advertisement Ronaldinho has compared Martinelli to ex-Brazil star Ronaldo (Picture: Getty) Gabriel Martinelli has had an outstanding debut season for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Ronaldinho has tipped Gabriel Martinelli for big things in the future and likened the Arsenal youngster to his former Brazil team-mate Ronaldo.Martinelli completed a move from Ituano to north London last summer and the 18-year-old has made an immediate impact in Arsenal colours, racking up ten goals and two assists in all competitions.The teenager has found the net in each of his last Premier League games against Sheffield United and Chelsea and the attacker will be bursting with confidence ahead of Monday night’s FA Cup fourth-round clash with Bournemouth.Martinelli’s impressive performances have not gone unnoticed back home in Brazil where he has even caught the attention of one of football’s all-time greats, Ronaldinho.ADVERTISEMENT Arsenal v Bournemouth: Mikel Arteta preview press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:01FullscreenArsenal v Bournemouth: Mikel Arteta preview press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-v-bournemouth-mikel-arteta-preview-press-conference-2095088/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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It is one thing to have the talent – but another at the age of 18 to have the confidence,’ Ronaldinho told The Mirror.‘He reminds me of Ronaldo his first season in Europe he scored 30 goals and people were thinking: “who is this 18 year old Brazilian kid?”‘He wanted the ball, he would run at players, there was no fear no matter what players or team he was playing against – and I see that similar attitude in Martinelli.‘He just wants to be on the ball and score goals. Ronaldo went on to be the best player in the world – and that can also be the aim of Martinelli.’last_img read more