Campus Life Council promotes safety with Green Dot program

first_imgThe Campus Life Council (CLC) met Monday afternoon for a presentation and discussion on the Green Dot program, a violence prevention strategy that seeks to change the culture of communities, such as a college campus. The CLC provides a forum for students, rectors and administrators to discuss matters that are affecting students affairs and includes two subcommittees: diversity inclusion and alcohol culture.Christine Gebhardt, director of the gender relations center (GRC), offered an overview of the program to council members. She said the program promotes an effective model that focuses on the gradual change of culture.“Change does not occur with one huge event,” Gebhardt said. “Oftentimes, history will point back to a huge turning point as an event, but it can actually trace back the little ripples that created a tidal wave to try to change something.”The Green Dot program has two cultural norms, Gebhardt said. These are important because as the culture changes, there shouldn’t be as great of a need for bystander intervention.“Not only do we need to look at what happens at parties on Friday nights and help you guys become great bystanders, but more importantly we need to create a culture that when students come to our campus, they know violence is not okay and that everyone needs to do their part to send the message about our new cultural norms,” she said. Gebhardt said Green Dot stresses the importance of changing the culture, one decision at a time, until it becomes the norm without prompts. “The point where people do something because of the culture around it is the point called critical mass,” she said. “We’ll know that we’ve changed our culture when 15 percent of our student body have been bystander trained by Green Dot. When we have 15 percent, we will have hit critical mass, which indicates enough people have bought into the message and are willing to live out the message.”Council members discussed the program after Gebhardt’s presentation, highlighting the assets of the model. Senior Chizo Ekechukwu, diversity council representative, said she liked the Green Dot model because it did not demand students to change as much in their daily lives.“I think this applies directly to both of our subcommittees, especially alcohol culture,” she said. “It’s a thing we can all do daily and over the weekend, making sure we’re taking care of people and not just saying we’re going to completely fix the problem right now, but thinking of changing in small ways first and things that are easier to do if people aren’t sure how to help.” Gebhardt said the Green Dot program is most effective when it’s accepted by a large population. “It doesn’t become one group’s initiative, it becomes a message of a community,” she said. “No one has to do everything, but everyone has to do something.” Tags: Campus Life Council, Gender Relations Center, Green Dot, Student governmentlast_img read more

ESG roundup: Scottish pension fund backs sustainability strategy

first_imgThe £711m (€831.4m) Scottish Borders Council Pension Fund has allocated an undisclosed amount to a sustainability strategy run by Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM).The strategy, launched last year, excludes tobacco, alcohol, and fossil fuel stocks and is “carbon light”, MSIM said.William Lock, head of the asset manager’s international equity team, indicated that the Global Sustain fund would also take into account the need for “active long-term engagement with companies”.Although MSIM declined to disclose the size of the mandate, it already ran an £86m global equities allocation for the Scottish Borders scheme at the end of March 2018, according to the pension scheme’s latest annual report. Councillor David Parker, chair of the pension fund committee for for the scheme, said: “The Scottish Borders Council Pension Fund believes that a positive approach to ESG issues can positively affect the financial performance of investments, whereas a failure to address these considerations can have a detrimental effect.”Auto-enrolment provider shifts to ESG default fundLegal & General’s (L&G) UK defined contribution (DC) master trust is to shift to a multi-asset fund focused on ESG themes as the default option for its 800,000 members.The DC master trust claimed it was the first auto-enrolment provider to have an ESG-themed default option, in a press release published earlier this week.The product – the L&G Future World Multi-Asset Fund – is run by Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM), the £1trn asset manager, and is made up of LGIM ESG-themed index funds.It also incorporate LGIM’s “climate impact pledge”, part of the asset manager’s engagement programme with companies “critical to the shift to a low-carbon economy”.The new default option is available to clients using the “sole select governance” option within the L&G Master Trust.While L&G claimed a first for auto-enrolment default funds, it is not the first DC fund to switch to an ESG-themed default option: HSBC’s UK pension fund selected L&G’s Future World fund for its DC offering in 2016.In addition, fellow master trust NEST has been incorporating climate-related risks into its “climate aware fund”, while auto-enrolment vehicles run by Willis Towers Watson and The People’s Pension have also allocated to ESG strategies in recent months.last_img read more

Quentin Gene Lanning age, 80

first_imgQuentin Gene Lanning, age 80, of Brookville, Indiana died Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the Brookville Healthcare Center in Brookville.Born March 10, 1937 on the family farm where he currently lived, he was only child of the late Willard O. & Hazel M. (Coffey) Lanning. On August 20, 1960 he was united in marriage to the former Patricia Waltz, and she survives.He was a member of the Whitcomb United Methodist Church and attended the Springfield Community Church, he was the 4-H leader for the Whitcomb Boosters for 61 years, and a Director & Past President of the Franklin County Antique Machinery Club. Quentin worked for over 23 years for the former Harsh Heating & Plumbing, before going to work in the maintenance department of the Franklin County Community School Corporation where he retired after 20 years.Besides Patsy, his loving wife of over 57 years, survivors include three children & their spouses, Brian (Mary Jo) Lanning of New Palestine, Indiana, Brent (Sandy) Lanning of Brookville, Indiana and Beth (Paul) Fultz of Brookville, Indiana; 8 grandchildren, Sarah (Jordan) Scott, Christopher Lanning, Stephanie (Jeremy) Fryer, Amber (Jeff) King, Ryan Breen, Jason (Randi) Fultz, Jackie (Dustin) Paugh, Jacob (Jessica) Fultz; 17 great-grandchildren, as well as two sisters-in-law, Wanda Waltz and Marilyn Frensemeier.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brother-in-laws, Loren Waltz and Robert Frensemeier.Family & friends may visit from 4 until 8:00 P.M. on Friday, December 8, 2017 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Pastor Ralph Gutowski of Springfield Community Church will officiate the Funeral Services on Saturday, December 9, 2017, 11:00 A.M. at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, burial will then follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville.Memorial contributions may be directed to the Franklin County Antique Machinery Club, the Franklin County 4-H Association, Whitcomb United Methodist Church or the Springfield Community Church. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Lanning family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

Angels end a cold free-agent winter for Dan Jennings

first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. — While major league pitchers were reporting to spring training camps across Arizona and Florida, Dan Jennings was at home in snowy Iowa throwing to high school players.It’s an understatement to say it was frustrating winter for Jennings, one of dozens of big leaguers who waited longer than expected to get a job.“It was a mentally exhausting process, for sure,” Jennings said Saturday, his first day in the Angels clubhouse after inking a minor-league deal. “Nobody wants to go through that. … As baseball players, you live this kind of life, you have to kind of roll with the unexpected a little bit. And it’s no different this year.”The Milwaukee Brewers non-tendered Jennings rather than pay him about $1.5 million through arbitration, so he was left to wait for a new team. After staring at his phone throughout the winter meetings, he was advised to wait until late January before getting his hopes up.Then came early February. And the opening of other camps.And there he was, his workouts supplemented by shoveling snow.“I can’t imagine it’s great for you, but it’s necessary,” Jennings said. “I think next year I’ll buy a snow blower.”Jennings said got more antsy as he saw social media posts from spring training begin to filter in. He contributed a video of his spring training, showing his toddler son how to swing a plastic bat. The delay in finding a job was especially frustrating for Jennings because he’d gone through the winter with extra motivation to get – here it comes – “in the best shape of my life.”“I had a good trainer there to push along in conditioning,” he said. “I definitely put more thought into it this year based on where I was than I have in any other offseason.”Jennings did his throwing indoors and pitched to some high school hitters.When the Angels finally called, he was ready to jump at the opportunity.Although general manager Billy Eppler has always insisted he doesn’t look specifically for left-handed or right-handed pitchers, it doesn’t hurt that Jennings gives the Angels an experienced lefty they were lacking.Jennings has held lefties to a .251 average and .665 OPS throughout his career, including .226 and .570 last year.From 2015 to 2017, he was with the Chicago White Sox, so Angels manager Brad Ausmus saw plenty of him when he was managing the Detroit Tigers.The Angels bullpen depth chart is now looking more crowded. Cody Allen will be the closer, and after that the list of candidates includes Hansel Robles, Ty Buttrey, Luis Garcia, Cam Bedrosian, Justin Anderson, Noé Ramírez, Daniel Hudson, Williams Jerez, Taylor Cole, Jake Jewell, Jennings and Luke Bard, who was signed to a minor league deal Saturday.Bard had been with the Angels as a Rule 5 pick at the start of last season. He gave up seven runs — on four homers — in 11 2/3 innings. The Angels sent him back to the Minnesota Twins. He became a free agent again this winter.“The options are good,” Ausmus said. “Certainly, Cody Allen has a track record, but we had some guys last year, especially toward the end of year, pitched well in Anaheim. Hansel Robles pitched outstanding down the stretch. Ty Buttrey came up and made a nice impression. We’ve got some really good arms that have a lot of upside.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros center_img ALSOJC Ramirez said he felt good a day after his sixth bullpen session since coming back from Tommy John surgery. Ramirez said he’s going to begin throwing breaking balls in his next session. Ramirez is expected back in June…Angels position players are due in camp by Sunday, although most of them have already been around working out at the minor league complex. The first official full-squad workout will be Monday…Shohei Ohtani went down to watch pitchers throw bullpen sessions for a second consecutive day. Ohtani is still just taking dry swings and working out in the gym and trainer’s room. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter last_img read more

Masahiro Tanaka doesn’t want universal DH despite injury

first_imgThis may be surprising to fans in New York because Tanaka missed a month of the season last year after he hurt both of his hamstrings running the bases at a National League ballpark where there is no DH. Tanaka finished the season 12-6 with a 3.75 ERA with 159 strikeouts in 156 innings.Tanaka is a career .038 hitter with one hit in 26 at-bats. He has one sacrifice bunt, one run scored and one walk. Didi Gregorius injury update: Yankees SS (elbow) begins throwing program, big step in rehab MLB is considering the use of a universal DH in upcoming seasons. It has been reported that the possibility is becoming more and more likely. Related Newscenter_img This might come as a surprise to Yankees fans but Masahiro Tanaka doesn’t want the designated hitter spot to be universal.”When you look at it I grew up where baseball was played by nine guys, meaning basically the pitcher would hit also, and I really enjoyed that baseball,” Tanaka told reporters through a translator at spring training on Tuesday, via ESPN. Manny Machado rumors: Yankees remain in play; Padres have been ‘very aggressive’ with offerlast_img read more

Who is 16-year-old boxing phenom Xander Zayas?

first_img“The feeling of signing the contract was amazing,” Zayas, a high school junior, told Sporting News. “My phone blew up. Everybody started texting and congratulating me. It was an amazing feeling.” MORE: Join DAZN and watch Canelo Alvarez vs. Daniel Jacobs on May 4Before he discovered the gloves, Zayas did what any child growing up would do — play with his toys and friends. But an unfortunate recurring event started happening when he turned 5 and it would shape the course of his life in San Juan, Puerto Rico.”Every time I was going to play, kids would hit me, call me names and I didn’t want to go outside anymore,” Zayas told Sporting News. “I didn’t want to go out and play with my friends. My mom decided to put me in boxing because I was being bullied by other kids.”As soon as I got to the gym, I fell in love with it right away,” he continued. “I told my mom I liked it and wanted to continue going back.”At age 6, Zayas had his first amateur fight. He wound up winning his first 20 bouts. From there, Zayas built a 118-14 record as an amateur. Today, he stands as an 11-time Puerto Rican and United States amateur champion, including back-to-back national titles in 2017 at 125 pounds and in 2018 at 152 pounds. Zayas was also named the most outstanding boxer of last year’s competition.Zayas was faced with a difficult decision, though, after the 2018 national amateur championships: Wait to compete in the 2024 Summer Olympics because his 17th birthday on Sept. 5 falls 45 days short of being eligible for the 2020 Games, or make the jump and turn pro at an age when teenagers are thinking about getting their driver’s license, hanging out with their friends and going out on dates?He chose going pro.”I love this sport of boxing,” Zayas said. “This is my life. This is what I do. This is what I love. I know that I want to give my family a better life. For my future, this was the best option. I think I’m very mature. I don’t think like a 16-year-old kid anymore. I don’t act like a 16-year-old kid. That is what made me do this.”Zayas, who will be launching his career at welterweight, is looking for his pro debut to take place right after his birthday in either Nevada or Texas since those are the only states that allow fighting at 17. One of the biggest criticisms Zayas has heard since his announcement is that he’s too young to be able to handle the burden of being a professional athlete. He understands the criticism because the pressure is a lot to handle. But having the support system of his mother, stepfather Orlando Garcia Melian, trainer Javiel Centeno at SweatBox in Florida and manager Peter Kahn makes Zayas self-assured that his career is in the right hands with people who are genuinely looking out for him.”I think I have a great team,” Zayas said. “They want the best for me and will help me a lot throughout my career. I know who is good and who is bad for me because it’s common sense. You should be able to see who is good and who is bad. I think my team and I will do a good job deciding those things. I will be telling myself and others around to keep me on a short leash. If I don’t, my mom and stepfather will do that. I will make sure I stay focused and do what I have to do.”Expectations for Zayas are high. Some are already comparing him to another Puerto Rican boxer — four-division world champion Miguel Cotto. While Cotto is Zayas’ idol in the sport, he wants to pattern his career trajectory after a man who is currently the biggest box office attraction in the sweet science.”I want to do what Canelo Alvarez did,” Zayas said. “I want to take it step by step. I don’t want to rush anything. I want to take everything slow and making the right decisions. But for the first few years, I’m looking forward to being in my everybody’s mindset in that they want to see me fight. I’m looking to make a big statement every time I step into the ring.” Whenever elite boxing prospects start making waves, promoters and managers hunt them down like piranhas in hopes of turning them into the next Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao or Oscar De La Hoya.Almost two weeks ago, the hunt for who many feel could be the next big thing ended when Top Rank signed the youngest fighter in its promotional history — 16-year-old Xander Zayas.  MORE: Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearNobody knows how great Zayas will be. Could he become a Mayweather, Pacquiao, Alvarez or Cotto? Zayas isn’t sure, but he does make two promises on what boxing fans can expect in the future.”They can expect a lot of great moments,” he said, “and me becoming a world champion in multiple weight classes.”last_img read more