Graduate student launches podcast, opens dialogue about social justice

first_imgBack in May, graduate student Emorja Roberson penned “Stop Killin’ Me,” a song inspired by the protests that began after the killing of George Floyd. Now, the singer, composer and program director for Voices of Faith, is again using his creativity to elevate social justice issues at Notre Dame — this time, through a podcast.“I thought, ‘why not create something where it’s not just about me — I’ll host it, but I needpeople who are going to come on the show to not only tell us the truth about the situation, but also educate people who don’t know,’” Roberson said.Thus, Black @ ND was born.The show, which airs every Thursday at 7:45 p.m. on YouTube and can also be found onInstagram, is a conversation that, as the name suggests, touches upon “the experiences, the successes, the challenges of being a Black Domer,” Roberson said.However, the podcast not only focuses on the present, but also revisits the past by showcasing the experiences of alumni from several decades.“A lot of the things that they saw then are still things that we see now,” Roberson said. “We still deal withbeing the marginalized community, with still crying out, but yet no one’s listening. Exceptnow people want to listen.”Roberson said attending a Black Lives Matter (BLM) protest in South Bend and becoming a member of the city’s chapter catapulted his inspiration to create Black @ ND. The statements made by different businesses and organizations — off and on campus — in support of Black lives made him seek consistency in actions and the opening of dialogues to address the situation.“I’m going to make sure that you will hear our stories every day as much as you can,” Roberson said. “Allthose stories that you hear, that’s going to be your moment to learn. We have said these things for so long, but I want to make sure we’re represented 12 months out of the year and every day of the week.”The podcast’s objective, Roberson explained, is to make people feel uncomfortable and to have the courage to discuss topics that are too often “swept under the rug.”“My main goal is for Notre Dame to not be afraid to dive into territory that is sticky because I do believe that just because a topic is difficult, it doesn’t mean that it’s not worthwhile to talk about,” Roberson said. “You have to find ways in which that conversation can be effective.”Senior Lynnette Wukie, the show’s co-host and first female Leprechaun mascot, echoed Roberson’s aspirations.“It’s real people talking about the issues that sometimes are avoided because they’re uncomfortable or there might not be an easy solution,” Wukie said. “I’m most excited about asking people in positions of power who’ve had real experiences as people of color on Notre Dame’s campus to speak freely and honestly so that we as a community can get to a place of equity.”Another one of Black @ ND’s goals is to facilitate a learning process for people who might not be acquainted with the Black community, Roberson said.“A lot of white people grew up with habits that they saw their parents perform and that they just picked up,” Roberson said. “So not everybody knows that what they do can also be detrimental, it can be hurtful, it can be offensive, and people just do it out of habit.”Roberson not only aspires to accomplish these goals at Notre Dame, but also in South Bend. He said he hopes to bridge the gap between the oftentimes closed-off University and the city where it is located.“Outside of the ND community there’s this air about Notre Dame because it’s Notre Dame, Indiana,” Roberson said. “It’s not South Bend. So I’m trying to build relationships with people who are outside of the Notre Dame circle.”He said Black @ ND would feature topics beyond residential life and the Notre Dame experience, such as gentrification and redlining in South Bend, Black people in the arts, BLM and the Black agenda for 2021.As a musician and member of BLM South Bend chapter’s arts branch, Roberson said he would like to incorporate music into Black @ ND. His voice is featured on the podcast’s opening song, but he is planning to organize a talent show in the future.By merging the arts with an open dialogue, Roberson yearns to come together as a community to further social justice and try to find solutions — even if “we’re not going to have the answers right away,” he said.“The end goal is for us to be at the table when these discussions are being [had], or when these decisions are being made — not just being the ones getting the leftovers … For those who don’t know about the Black community, I want them to more so listen rather than jump into a quick solution,” Roberson said. “For Black people, I want us to embrace our differences. A lot of times we try to be somebody else that we’re not just to fit in.”Tags: Black @ ND, Black lives matter, BLM, Emorja Roberson, Podcastlast_img read more

Champlain College Workforce Development Center announced

first_imgChamplain College President David F. Finney was joined by Governor Jim Douglas today as he announced the creation of the Champlain College Workforce Development Center.The Center ushers in the next phase of Champlain Colleges efforts to support Vermonts workforce development and the needs of the states businesses and professionals. The new initiative enhances the Colleges capacity to be a catalyst for economic development.Since becoming president of Champlain College in July, I have heard a recurring theme from stakeholders in Vermonts business community: workforce development in Vermont is at the point of crisis, said David Finney. Its a need thats been well-documented and its clear to me that the College can add value to the states workforce development systems.Just this fall, the Vermont Human Resources Investment Council warned that the education and skill requirement of jobs are increasing rapidly and there will not be enough workers to fill Vermonts skilled jobs. And only two weeks ago, GBIC reported the wellbeing of Vermonters and their families is at risk. GBIC went on to say that Vermonts institutions of higher education will be vitally important in the development of new, value-added industry sectors.Finney said the Champlain College Workforce Development Center will bring leadership to initiatives that will include: providing consulting to help companies forecast their emerging workforce needs over the next five to ten years; creating customized education for companies in the form of new masters degrees, bachelors degrees or professional certificates to meet their needs for a knowledge-intensive, highly skilled workforce; bringing together a network of educational providers to better direct companies and individuals to educational and training opportunities; and working with economic development partners to create an attractive environment for student entrepreneurs to stay in Vermont and grow their businesses.Higher education in Vermont is an import-export industry–attracting bright students to study and losing many of them after graduation. We need to integrate these students in the Vermont marketplace to help retain talented graduates and to home-grow our workforce, Finney said.Champlain College is committing $500,000 of its resources to support the Workforce Development Centers efforts. I want to recommit Champlain Colleges efforts in workforce development with this new center, which will bring all the resources of the College together to contribute to the development of an innovative, knowledge-based economy in Vermont. And, as a private institution, we wont ask the citizens of Vermont to fund it, Finney said.Finney announced that the College has hired Melissa Hersh to direct the new Center. Hersh, the director of education and training for the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce and GBIC for more than 14 years, will take the reigns of the Workforce Development Center in January.We look forward to partnering with the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber, GBIC, the Vermont Business Roundtable and other organizations and institutions to move the state forward, Finney said. Lisa Ventriss, president of the Vermont Business Roundtable, and A. Wayne Roberts, president of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, also participated in the morning announcement.Champlain College has a strong track record of bringing together Vermont businesses, educators and students–ranging from young, entrepreneurial-minded students who are seeking their first degrees, to those who have been in the workforce and are retooling their skills and credentials for todays knowledge-based economy. At the same time, Champlains earned a reputation for fostering public and private partnerships–such as the Vermont Global Trade Partnership and the Vermont Information Technology Center–to create seamless services to Vermonts business community.last_img read more

People moves: AXA IM Rosenberg Equities creates new senior ESG role

first_imgAXA IM Rosenberg Equities – Kathryn McDonald has been appointed to the newly created position of head of sustainable investing as part of the manager’s commitment to integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations into all of AXA IM Rosenberg Equities’ portfolios by the end of 2017. The equity manager will systematically include quantitative and qualitative ESG insights in portfolio construction and treat the ESG information as complementary to traditional financial information.McDonald joined AXA IM in 1999 from MSCI Barra Inc. and has held several positions at AXA IM Rosenberg Equities including as senior strategist for emerging markets and Asia ex-Japan, and head of investments for Australia/New Zealand. She had been director of investment strategy for the investment team since 2014.AP Pension – Jesper Bjerre has been hired by Denmark’s AP Pension as its new chief operating officer and member of the executive board. He is replacing Bo Normann Rasmussen, who was promoted to the role of chief executive in March. Bjerre comes to AP Pension from Danica where he held the position of private director, in charge of the Danske Bank subsidiary’s commercial activities aimed at private customers in both Danica and Danske Bank. Before working at Danica, he was marketing director of PFA Pension for several years.International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) – Michael McCauley is succeeding Erik Breen as chair of the investor-led network. Breen is head of SRI at Triodos Investment BV, Netherlands and had been chair of the ICGN since 2014. McCauley is senior officer, investment programs and governance at the State Board of Administration of Florida. He is a former chair of the Council of Institutional Investors. Three new ICGN board members were appointed at the network’s recent annual general meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They are: Dana Hollinger, member of the board of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, the largest US asset owner, Paul Schneider, head of corporate governance at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, and Ian Burger, head of corporate governance at Newton Investment Management. PensionsEurope – The trade body for European pension funds has appointed Simone Miotto as senior policy adviser. Miotto previously worked for the European Association of Paritarian Institutions. Matthies Verstegen has also joined the association, as policy adviser with a focus on financial market regulation. He was previously at the Confederation of British Industry.Schroders – The investment manager has hired Tom Binks as fiduciary manager, taking its overall investment solutions team to 13 people. Binks has eight years of experience as an investment consultant, having joined Willis Towers Watson in 2009. Most recently he was assistant portfolio manager for fully delegated defined benefit pension fund portfolios. Binks will report to Hannah Simons, head of fiduciary management. In a statement she said fiduciary management is a growing area for Schroders. She told IPE Bink’s hire was “a statement of intent” and ””recognition that we expect our fiduciary assets to grow”. Schroders is a new entrant to the fiduciary management market and is still building its track record, she added. Lombard Odier – The asset manager has poached Charles St-Arnaud from Nomura, appointing him to the newly created role of senior investment strategist. He will report to Salman Ahmed, chief investment strategist. At Nomura, St-Arnaud was a G10 foreign exchange strategist and economist. Before that he was a senior economist with the Department of Finance Canada and held roles at Morgan Stanley and the Bank of Canada.AMP Capital – Niamh McBreen has been hired as an investment director in the infrastructure equity asset management team, based in London. Stasha Prnjatovic has been appointed to the newly-created role of investment director, energy within the infrastructure equity team in Sydney. McBreen joined on 1 July from UK Government Investments, an associated body of HM Treasury, where she was executive director working on several portfolio assets including Network Rail, Highways England, NATS and Companies House. Prnjatovic is joining the firm on 17 July, leaving her role of commercial director at New South Wales Treasury, where she oversaw the privatisation of TransGrid, Ausgrid and Endeavour Energy.Ossiam – The smart beta specialist fund manager and affiliate of Natixis Global Asset Management has hired Mirko Jungmann as product specialist for Austria, Switzerland and Germany. He was previously a senior consultant at Capco Germany, and a senior investment consultant at Mercer Investments in Germany. Jungmann is based in Frankfurt.Scope – The ratings agency has appointed Said Yakhloufi as head of the mutual funds team. He will be responsible for expanding rating activities for UCITS investment funds. Yakhloufi was previously at Allianz Global Investors, where he had been head of market research and head of global product strategy since 2011.Just – Graham Jarvis has been appointed director of distribution development for HUB Financial Solutions, the recently merged business that brings together Just Retirement Solutions and The Open Market Annuity Service. Before joining HUB, Jarvis was director of workplace propositions at Staff Care, an employee benefits platform that he developed and eventually sold to SimplyBiz.Berenberg – The German private bank has further expanded its wealth and asset management team with the appointment of Bernd Meyer as chief strategist and head of multi asset. Meyer joins from Commerzbank, where he was head of cross asset strategy. Before that he was at Deutsche Bank in London as head of the European equity strategy.Transparency Task Force – The campaign group has launched a new group for progressive asset managers, designed to bring together asset managers that fully back high levels of transparency on costs and charges and demonstrate at least one other progressive characteristic.  IG Group, Sparrows Capital and Lansons are founder members.last_img read more

Lifestyle proves big drawcard in Margate market

first_imgThe home at 45 Albert St, Margate, sold within three weeks of hitting the market. Picture: Supplied.A BEAUTIFULLY present character home in Margate has sold within weeks of being listed for sale. The property at 45 Albert St sold for $475,000 to buyers who drove two hours to inspect the three-bedroom property.Selling agent Loren Mulholland of Ray White Redcliffe said interest in the 1950s brick and tile home was huge. “I had just shy of 60 people through the property in three weeks and we had a contract on the home in under a week,” she said. “I could have sold the property 10 times over but it went to investors who live up towards Noosa.”More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019The home at 45 Albert St, Margate had been well maintained. Picture: Supplied.Ms Mulholland said the way the owners had maintained, styled and landscaped the house was what grabbed buyers’ attention. “Buyers were saying it was great to see a nice character home so well looked after,” she said. “It had the decorative cornices, doors and timber floors and the leadlight windows were in good condition.”The home is on a 437sq m corner block close to the beach, shops and schools.Ms Mulholland said the Margate market was strong with buyers chasing value for money and the peninsular lifestyle.“It’s not a market driven by growth, it’s driven by lifestyle so we don’t struggle with selling homes here, as long as they’re well priced,” she said.“I’m seeing a lot of buyers in their 50s looking for short term investments to move into it, first home buyers and people downsizing.”last_img read more

Cabella has no hard feelings

first_img The 24-year-old France international finally arrived on Tyneside from Montpellier in July, almost seven months after the Magpies initially targeted him in the wake of Yohan Cabaye’s January departure for Paris St Germain. However, the £7million man has found the pace and power of the Barclays Premier League a challenge and having started the first six league games, was taken out of the firing line for the trip to Swansea on October 4. Newcastle summer signing Remy Cabella does not blame manager Alan Pardew for dropping him. But he returned as a half-time substitute at Tottenham on Sunday and provided the cross from which Ayoze Perez headed Pardew’s men to a second successive victory, and he is now hoping that will provide him with a springboard to show what he can do on a sustained basis. Cabella told L’Equipe: “It’s logical. The coach had been starting me in the first two months, but I had not scored or had an assist. “Dropping me to the bench, and indeed not playing me at all at Swansea, hurt my pride. But I have not eased off, I have worked more. “He [Pardew] trusted me to play the second half [against Tottenham]. I got my first assist and it is good for the confidence. “Alan Pardew wants me to be decisive, to score goals. Up to now, I have not done that. That is why I am not playing. “Now I am only thinking about scoring. But I don’t feel any pressure, that would be pointless. I am just here to play football, it is the best job.” Cabella freely admits the physicality of the Premier League came as a surprise, but insists he is gradually coming to terms with it. He said: “I like England, it’s another universe. It is another challenge in a new league, so of course it takes time to adapt. The rhythm and intensity of the game have surprised me. “For 90 minutes, you attack, you defend, the referee doesn’t whistle for anything. But after 90 minutes, you are dead! I didn’t have the preparation I needed so I have to work twice as hard, and I am getting there bit by bit.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Royal Challengers Bangalore training camp deferred until further notice

first_imgBengaluru: After Chennai Super Kings, now Royal Challengers Bangalore has decided to indefinitely postpone their training camp which was set to get underway from March 21.Taking to Twitter, RCB wrote: “Keeping in mind the health and safety of everyone involved, the RCB Training Camp scheduled to start on the 21st of March has been deferred until further notice. We request everyone to follow the guidelines provided by the Health Ministry and stay safe.”With the Indian Premier League (IPL) being postponed till April 15 due to the coronavirus outbreak, Chennai’s date with M.S. Dhoni was cut short as the captain of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) left the base amid huge fanfare.“It has become your home, sir!” Keep whistling, as #Thala Dhoni bids a short adieu to #AnbuDen,” a tweet from CSK said with a short video of fans queuing up to get a glimpse of Dhoni as the former India captain bid adieu.The government on March 11 canceled all visas, except for a few official categories, till April 15 in the wake of the growing coronavirus scare. In the meeting held at Nirman Bhavan in the national capital, it was decided that all existing visas, except diplomatic, official, UN/international organizations, employment and project visas, stand suspended till April 15. IANSAlso Read: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) reveal redesigned logoAlso Watch: BJP city committee organizes Coronavirus awareness programme in Guwahati on Monday.last_img read more

Fifa World Cup Reporter groped, kissed during live FIFA World Cup broadcast in Russia

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Fifa World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: A Spanish news channel reporter was harassed by a man during her live FIFA World Cup broadcast on Friday. As Julieth Gonzalez Theran started her live broadcast, a man suddenly ran up to her, kissed on the cheek and disappeared.However, undeterred by the incident, Theran continued with her live broadcast from Saransk for Deutsche Welle’s Spanish news channel but later lambasted the man in her Instagram post.”RESPECT! We do not deserve this treatment. We are equally valuable and professionals. I share the joy of football, but we must identify the limits of affection and harassment,” she wrote in the Instagram post along with the video of the incident.Describing her horror, Theran said that she was at the scene for two hours to prepare for the broadcast. But the moment she went live, the guy ran up to her and took advantage of the situation.”I had been at the scene for two hours to prepare for the broadcast and there had been no interruptions. But when we went live, this fan took advantage of the situation,” she said.The guy, who appeared to touch her breasts, fled the spot after kissing her on the cheek. So far, the man has not been identified.Watch below the video of the incident posted by Theran:last_img read more

Vucevic proving doubters wrong

first_imgThe “one more year” chants echoing throughout the Galen Center on Senior Night and the smile breaking across Nikola Vucevic’s face as he prepared himself at the foul line told me everything I needed to know.Vucevic leading the Trojans as a junior was merely a pleasant wish; his final home victory was the perfect send-off in accomplishing what he hoped for in coming to USC.Nothing could hold him back.Not the hope of an NCAA tournament run, not a bunch of gold-clad students pleading for him to stay, not even negative evaluations from NBA scouts. He was leaving school a year early and entering the NBA draft.Summer Trojan file photoAnd it just didn’t feel right.Vucevic and the 2010-11 USC men’s basketball team were a group of players you could endear yourself to because they were like the average college kid: talented and full of promise, but still vulnerable to the trials of growing up.They fought each and every game to find a groove, only to have to start all over again after their path was derailed by adding new players to the mix or general lapses in play.Vucevic was the leading scorer (17.1) and rebounder (10.3), and the Trojans’ most dependable and effective weapon.And he led a rather young team.Rather than dazzle or dominate, Vucevic was a quiet force that could only have been made louder with another 365 days of nurturing in the Galen Center’s womb.He was a clash of worlds — part finesse, part power, but neither side breaking out into the extraordinary. Instead of wowing with dunks, 3-pointers that barely touched the net and screams that rang into the upper deck, he used a variety of solid, tough post moves and hustle plays to go along with a refined perimeter game.He wasn’t rangy and athletic like the projectable American big men that scouts drool about, nor did he show a nasty streak by swinging elbows under the basket.He also lacked the mystique —  and subsequently inflated draft stock — typically attributed to the players cut from his mold. Skilled and savvy big men from overseas are lauded by scouts for their potential as matchup nightmares.Contrarily, the state of the school’s basketball program helped prop the exit door wide open for the Montenegro native.Three of Vucevic’s fellow starters would be graduating, a group of integral counterparts to his fundamentally sound game.Donte Smith’s dangerous outside shooting was gone.Forward Marcus Simmons’ departure took the team’s best perimeter defender away.Alex Stepheson’s departure took away the frontcourt-mate and muscle that allowed him to roam a little bit more, have a little more space to operate on offense and an anchor with him on defense.With three of his longest-tenured and most talented teammates leaving school, it seemed as if Vucevic’s decision to enter the NBA draft was coaxed out of him by the task of rebuilding instead of deciding to leave on his own terms.Upon his declaration, he was projected as a second-round pick — those drafted in the second round are not guaranteed rookie contracts. With a labor dispute in the making, Vucevic could have been left jobless, hoping for negotiations to finish as soon as possible.But thus far, he has proven me wrong.In the last few months, Vucevic’s stock has skyrocketed. He was the tallest and heaviest player to enter the draft, measuring at just under 7 feet and 260 pounds and now projects as a legitimate NBA center, a scarce resource in today’s game.He has also shown improved quickness, shooting ability and offensive moves.With the draft coming up tomorrow, Vucevic has been projected to be picked as high as seventh to the Sacramento Kings and figures to be drafted 27th by the Spurs at the lowest.He has also worked out for seven teams like the Charlotte Bobcats, Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics.The Trojans’ most valuable player’s name will be called early Thursday evening, and he should have the whole student section cheering for him again. “Between The Lines” runs every other Wednesday. To comment on this article, visit or email Duke at read more

Syracuse volleyball loses final 2 games of UNI Tournament

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 18, 2016 at 12:53 am Contact Nick: | @nick_a_alvarez The University of Northern Iowa Tournament in Cedar Falls, Iowa came to an abrupt end as Syracuse lost all six sets it played on Saturday. The Orange (1-9) fell to Illinois State in the first leg of its double header and later lost to UNI, the host of the tournament.In the first game, the Orange struggled across the board as it only tallied two blocks and was out assisted 45-29. After losing the first set 25-17, the SU was able to keep it close in the last two. Sophomore Santita Ebangwese continued to make an impact upon returning from injury as she tallied eight kills and two blocks. She was named to the All-Tournament Team. Freshman Kendra Lukacs also contributed eight kills as Syracuse dropped the final two sets by a combined eight points. The quick turnaround did not help the Orange against the UNI Panthers as the team failed to put up a fight in any of the three sets, falling, 25-16, 25-18, and 25-18. UNI sophomore Heather Hook had a whopping 41 of the team’s 48 assists. For the Orange, Anastasiya Gorelina and Mackenzie Weaver led the team with eight kills each. Jalissa Trotter also contributed 15 kills in the losing effort. The Orange will return home and prepare for the start of ACC play as it takes on Boston College on Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the Women’s Building. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Bahamas Government Denies Ill-treatment of Haitians

first_imgNASSAU, Bahamas, CMC – The Bahamas government has refuted allegations that non-nationals are being mistreated in the wake of Hurricane Dorian and appealed to the international community “to seek trusted and credible sources of information” on the country.In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the Hubert Minnis administration had become “of a number of false reports circulating on social media about the mistreatment of non-Bahamians in the wake of Hurricane Dorian that affected the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama.“In particular, there is a video of purported violence by Bahamians against Haitians. It is a false accusation that this incident took place in The Bahamas,” the statement said.It said that all residents evacuated from the affected islands requiring housing are in safe and secure shelters provided by the government and that the evacuees are provided with three meals daily as well as medical care, school placement for children and social assistance.“The government would like to reiterate that all residents of Abaco and Grand Bahama affected by Hurricane Dorian have access to social assistance, regardless of country of birth, nationality or immigration status. A number of private charitable organizations are also rendering assistance,” the government said, adding that its actions are in conformity with international humanitarian norms.“All repatriation exercises for individuals in and from the affected areas have been suspended. The government continues to advise Bahamians and the international community to seek trusted and credible sources of information,” the statement added.Hurricane Dorian slammed into the archipelago on September1 killing at least 53 people and causing widespread destruction in Abacos and Grand Bahamas, the two islands severely affected by the category 5 storm that had been packing winds in execess of 155 miles per hour.Prior to the passage of the hurricane, The Bahamas had implemented a crackdown on illegal migration, particularly directed at people from Haiti. A Bahamian immigration policy requiring that all residents carry passports has led to increased raids of shanty towns and other areas with large undocumented populations.Minister of Financial Services, Trade, Industry and Immigration Elsworth Johnson had earlier this month said that “strict instructions have been given to the immigration department that our concentration is on assisting with the humanitarian efforts to rescue and save lives regardless of place of origin, nationality or immigration status”.He said further, the authorities are obligated to, and will continue to secure the country’s borders, and all domestic apprehension exercises in the affected areas are suspended.last_img read more