Month: January 2021

Saint Mary’s workshop addresses sexual harassment in the workplace

first_imgFueled by the mindset that a Saint Mary’s education cultivates exceptional leaders equipped with the knowledge to pinpoint and respond to injustice, the College hosted a workshop addressing sexual harassment in the workplace in Stapleton Lounge on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Kara Kelly Chair of the department of English, Laura Haigwood, discusses sexual harassment and its impact on marginalized communities during a workshop held Tuesday in Stapleton Lounge.Chair of the English department, Laura Haigwood, who moderated a panel discussion preceding the workshop, said the College aims to prepare students to encounter harsh social realities.“This workshop is the brainchild of President Jan Cervelli, who wants to ensure all Belles have a toolkit for responding appropriately and effectively to sexual harassment, should it happen that you personally experience it,” Haigwood said.Treating men and women with equal respect in professional spaces demonstrates respect for basic human dignity, special assistant to Cervelli, Kara Kelly, said.“We are in a crucial moment in our culture, galvanized by the courageous #MeToo movement to address an issue that has, for too long, been willfully ignored — no more,” Kelly said. “Courageous women with much to lose, and many who have lost much for their resistance to this kind of abuse, have awakened us. We owe it to them, and to all who are part of our College, to root out this problem once and for all and to entrench the workplace quality that we all value.”Kelly said the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reports that 75 percent of female employees have experienced sexual harassment.“That’s a staggering figure that should give all of us pause,” Kelly said. “For too many women, it rings all too true. Perhaps even more telling about the workplace culture in our country, the EEOC also reports that 90 percent of those who have experienced harassment never take formal action. It’s time to change such a chilling climate.”Navigating instances of sexual harassment can be difficult when the term itself is prone to varying interpretations, Saint Mary’s Title IX coordinator, Kris Urschel, said.“The formal definition is one thing, and we keep that … front and center at all times,” Urschel said. “I think it does warrant a little bit more conversation in terms of ‘What does that truly mean?’ and ‘What does that possibly look like in the workplace?’”Sexual harassment can prevent employees from fulfilling their assigned tasks and from producing the best quality of work, as they may struggle to feel accepted and valued as a working professional, Urschel said. “[Sexual harassment] … interferes with what we refer to as creating an intimidating or hostile work environment,” she said. Professor of history Jamie Wagman said up to 30 percent of college-aged women and up to 70 percent of women in the workplace have been sexually harassed, and their experiences can result in negative self-perceptions, denial of employment opportunities and threats to their physical safety.“Some states have enforced state and local-level legal protections against sexual harassment targeted at LGBTQ people, but currently 30 states have no protection,” Wagman said. “Also, transgender people are especially prone to job discrimination and sexual harassment, and they have little to no recourse.”The field of critical race feminism may serve as a helpful lens through which to view this issue, for it emphasizes the intersectionality of various forces at play, Wagman said. “Racialized sexual harassment calls upon sexual stereotypes of minority women, and this harassment is present across a variety of institutions and is associated with great post-traumatic stress syndrome,” Wagman said. “As Anita Hill wrote in ‘Speaking Truth to Power,’ sexual harassment is underreported. Only three percent of instances culminate in formal complaints.”Unwelcome or threatening behaviors disproportionately impact marginalized populations, such as women of color and individuals of a low socioeconomic class, Haigwood said.“There’s already been lots of discussion in relation to the ‘Me Too’ movement about the situation of women in food services and hospitality services who are, for a number of reasons, more vulnerable and less able to speak out than women who are comparatively more privileged,” Haigwood said. A work environment in which conditions of employment depend on sexual favors, physical acts or verbal requests for or innuendos to such acts perpetrates sexual harassment, Wagman said. “[Sexual harassment] can be verbal or physical,” she said. “It also can be non-verbal. Sexual harassment can occur in the workplace or in a learning environment, [such as in] a school or university. It can happen in many different scenarios, including after-hours conversations, exchanges in the hallways, non-office settings of employers or peers.”S-O-S Coordinator at the Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County Amelia Thomas said individuals who have experienced unwanted sexual comments or advances have the agency to decide that they were sexually harassed.“It doesn’t matter if someone means it in a joking manner,” Thomas said. “It’s up to victim to decide what is or is not okay. … Be cognizant of the fact that [sexual harassment] is not based on the person’s intent.”One major misconception surrounding sexual harassment involves the affected populations, Thomas said. “Harassment does not always have to be directed at a specific individual,” she said. “It can be something when you’re looking at groups, whether that’s gender or race or LGBTQ. … You can still make a report even if you’re not the direct victim. If you’re witnessing [behavior] that is offensive to you … you can still make a report, and that is considered sexual harassment.”Tags: EEOC, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Kris Urschel, Sexual harassment, Title IXlast_img read more

Dunne Hall community reflects on brotherhood, signature events

first_imgObserver File Photo Founded in 2016, Dunne Hall is one of the newest dorms on campus. Known for its signature events such as the Dunne Funne Runne and the DunneDance film festival, Dunne won Men’s Hall of the Year in 2018.Former hall president junior Manuel DeBrito said Dunne gives students freedom to be themselves and develop strong friendships.“A lot of dorms have a very specific culture set already. … But at least in Dunne, I felt as though I didn’t have to conform to a certain kind of a college student,” DeBrito said. “We were all from so many different backgrounds and from so many different cultures that it’s kind of just a mesh of all those different things and people. Because of that, people feel comfortable to be themselves and to find friends that have personalities similar to theirs or different from theirs without being judged by anyone else.”Spring vice president and sophomore Carson Richter said though its history is still developing, Dunne has a strong community.“I’d definitely say it’s a pretty tight-knit community,” Richter said. “As far as traditions and culture, it’s still developing, but there’s some pretty good guys there now and everyone gets along pretty well.”Dunne’s pioneer-like mentality, coupled with its drive to make a name for itself has created a community of motivated men, Kuczora said.“They’re generous when pitching in to put on an event and genuinely look out for one another,” he said. “They’re willing to put in the hard work to create something unique that will last for generations and they’re very creative.”The annual Dunne Funne Runne demonstrates the creative spirit and energy of the Sentinels, DeBrito said. The event, a 3k and three-person relay race held on East Quad, benefits Education Bridge, a school in South Sudan founded by a Dunne alumnus, Kuczora said.“Basically, you run around with three guys. It’s a relay and everyone is cheering you on in various stages, so everyone can see the other costumes,” DeBrito said. “ … We’ve had it twice now, and both years it’s been super successful. People just enjoy going out and having a good time on Saturday without necessarily having to demonstrate athletic ability — we’re just there for some laughs and that’s Dunne Funne Runne.”Hall president sophomore George Lyman said the run has potential to be the dorm’s signature event.“I think it’s something that could grow into something really big on campus, but I think there’s still room for it to grow,” he said.The DunneDance Film Festival — a student run film festival which takes place in April — demonstrates the creativity of student filmmakers from Dunne and across campus, DeBrito said.“We do like an Oscars kind-of award ceremony where we rank best actor, best supporting actor and best movie,” Brito said. “We also do best foreign films where other dorms can submit their movies to us and then we’ll watch them. It’s a great laugh.”This growth and interest in the event this past year is promising for the event, 2019 fall vice president Nicholas Spitzer said.“We also had a lot more foreign film submissions from other dorms, so that’s showing how it’s growing,” Spritzer said. “It’s a lot of fun to watch all these people with all these creative ideas get thrown together and watch them all be presented.”In a short time, Dunne has proved itself a rival to the more-established dorms, Spitzer said.“Dunne’s really shown to have a group of outgoing people who are really passionate. … I really enjoy being in it because there’s so many different directions it could go.” Spitzer said.Lyman said he appreciates the chance to build a community from the ground up in Dunne.“I love being in Dunne — you can ask anyone in Dunne, I’ll tell them that,” Lyman said. “I think it’s really interesting to be in a place where traditions are still forming and you get to really make your mark on a community. … I wouldn’t give up the chance to establish our own traditions for anything. I think that’s really awesome.”Tags: dorm features, Dunne Funne Runne, dunne hall, Dunnedance film festival, East Quad One of Notre Dame’s newest dorms, Dunne Hall has stood on East Quad since 2016.Named after donors Jimmy and Susan Dunne, rector Fr. Matthew Kuczora said some may be tempted to think Dunne lacks the tradition of older dorms. However, Dunne’s newness provides an opportunity to explore new ways of developing and fostering individual and community growth, he said.“Being a relatively new residence hall community, there is a warmth and openness here that is very strong,” Kuczora said in an email. “Because residents initially came from every men’s hall on campus, we’ve been able to create our own traditions and culture as the years have progressed. I think this allows everyone to feel a sense of belonging, since we’re not simply upholding traditions created by others in the past.”last_img read more

Two COVID-19 Related Deaths Reported Thursday

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN ImageMAYVILLE – Two 80-year-old men have died as a result of COVID-19 infection in Chautauqua County.The Chautauqua County Health Department reported on its Facebook page Thursday both had underlying health conditions and despite extensive treatment, were unable to overcome the illness.“Our deepest condolences go out to their loved ones and the Chautauqua County community,” said officials in a statement.They remind residents its important to take extra precautions to protect the health of those with underlying condition like diabetes, heart disease or respiratory disease. Since the outbreak began, six have died from COVID-19 in the county.Earlier in the day officials reported seven new cases of COVID-19, brining the number of active cases to 20, with 97 total.On Friday, Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel is scheduled to update the public on the COVID-19 outbreak at a 3 p.m. press conference.Viewers can watch the press conference streamed LIVE on WNYNewsNow’s 24/7 streaming network:, our mobile app, or Facebook page.last_img read more

New Study Finds Wearing Masks Are The Best Way To Reduce COVID-19 Spread

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: PexelsNEW YORK – Masks seem to be the most effective way to reduce person-to-person spread of COVID-19, according to a new study published Thursday.Researchers in Texas and California looked at infection rates in Italy and New York before and after face masks became mandatory.Both places saw a slower spread of the virus once those measures were in place.The study found that wearing a mask prevented more than 7,800 infections in Italy between April 6 and May 9. In New York, masks prevented more than 6,600 infections between April 17 and May 9.Scientists say face coverings block aerosols and droplets to prevent airborne transmissions of the virus.Although social distancing, isolation, and hand sanitizing can minimize contact transmission, they don’t protect against airborne transmission.last_img read more

Six New COVID-19 Cases Reported Over The Weekend In Chautauqua County

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN ImageMAYVILLE – Six new cases of COVID-19 were reported from Saturday to Monday in Chautauqua County.The County Health Department says the new cases involve two people under the age of 18, a woman in her 20s, 30s and 40s, and, a man in his 50s.There are now 16 cases active, with one person hospitalized, 261 cases total and 236 recovered.Additionally, 114 people are under quarantine or isolation orders by the Public Health Director and being monitored. Officials say not all of those being monitored are confirmed to have COVID-19 but have either shown symptoms, are awaiting results, or have risk factors.last_img

Odds & Ends: Bobby Cannavale Will Bring Mick Jagger Satisfaction & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Kinky Boots’ Shakeup! Kinky Boots is switching up its schedule for the next fortnight. Univision has bought up the production’s venue, the Al Hirschfeld, for TV “upfronts” May 8 through May 13, so the Tony-winning musical has added some special shows to compensate for the eight it won’t be performing. Performances are set for: Monday, 5/5 at 8 PM; Tuesday, 5/6 at 7 PM; Wednesday, May 7 at 2 PM & 8 PM; Wednesday, 5/14 at 2 & 8 PM; Thursday, 5/15 at 7 PM; Friday, 5/16 at 8 PM, Saturday, 5/17 at 2 & 8 PM, Sunday, 5/18 at 2 & 7:30 PM. Back to normal after that! Star Files West End’s Good People Sets Closing Date Good People, starring Imelda Staunton and Lloyd Owen, has set its final performance date for June 14. The show has been running at the Noёl Coward Theatre since April 10. The production had always planned a ten-week limited engagement in the West End, but had not confirmed its precise schedule. Broadway Vet Hal Linden to Make his Cafe Carlyle Debut Hal Linden will make his Cafe Carlyle debut in Hal Linden Live in Concert, May 20 through May 24. The Tony winner will perform a selection of Broadway hits, Big Band favorites and jazz numbers, as well as talk about some of his most memorable theatrical moments. Bobby Cannavale Will Bring Mick Jagger Satisfaction Broadway favorite and Annie movie star Bobby Cannavale will appear in a Rock ‘n’ Roll drama pilot for HBO. It may not yet have a title, but Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese are among the Executive Producers, so we’ve got a feeling we’ll be watching it back to back with Game of Thrones sometime soon! According to Deadline, Cannavale will play Richie Finestra, a 1970s record executive who is attempting to resurrect his label and discover the next new sound. View Comments Kevin Spacey’s ‘Monster’ Kevin Spacey stopped by The Today Show on May 2 to discuss his upcoming documentary NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage. The film follows what happened behind-the-scenes when the Tony winner took Shakespeare’s classic Richard III on a world tour. Check out below, as Spacey explains why the bard’s naivete at the time of writing the play, makes it a “monster to do.” Bobby Cannavalelast_img read more

Jonathan Groff & the Cast of Looking Make Out Magazine’s ‘Out 100’ List

first_img View Comments Star Files Halloween is now a distant memory, but if you’re the cast of HBO’s Looking, it’s never too late to transform into a sexy ’80s biker dude! Stars Jonathan Groff, Raul Castillo, Murray Bartlett, Frankie J. Alvarez and Russell Tovy got dressed up in their finest leather jackets, vests, hats and gloves in the newest issue of Out magazine. The quintet is recreating the scene from San Francisco’s first Folsom Street Fair in 1984—looking good, boys! See Groff and his co-stars in season two of Looking in early 2015 on HBO.center_img Jonathan Grofflast_img

Tix Now Available for Hell’s Belles Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments Tickets are now on sale to see Hell’s Belles: A Damned Funny Musical off-Broadway. Directed by John Znidarsic, with music by Steve Liebman and a book and lyrics by Bryan D. Leys, the production is playing at the Elektra Theatre.See the world’s most infamous women carry a tune. Or an axe. Or a grudge.  Featuring four performers playing over twenty roles, Hell’s Belles is a fast-paced, razor-sharp new musical set in the underworld’s longest-running club.The cast includes Lindsey Brett Carothers, Laura Daniel, Rachel Erin O’Malley, Matt Wolpe, Ali Gordon and Michael Kirk Lane.Hell’s Belles features music direction by Mary Feinsinger, musical staging by Eugenio Contenti, scenic and lighting design by John Iacovelli and costume design by Dustin Cross. Related Shows Hell’s Belles: A Damned Funny Musical Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 14, 2015last_img read more

Tickets Now Available for Night is a Room Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments Night Is a Room Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 20, 2015 Tickets are now on sale to see Broadway alums Bill Heck, Dagmara Dominczyk and Ann Dowd in Night is a Room off-Broadway. The world premiere from Naomi Wallace is directed by Bill Rauch and scheduled to play through December 20, with opening night set for November 22 in The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center.Liana (Dominczyk) and Marcus (Heck) have a marriage others envy. Doré (Dowd) has grown accustomed to an isolated existence in her modest flat. After a surprise reunion on Marcus’s 40th birthday, their worlds are shattered by an unexpected turn of events.The production features scenic design by Rachel Hauck, costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Jen Schriever and sound design by Leah Gelpe.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Billy Porter & Renee Elise Goldsberry Team Up, & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Billy Porter & Renee Elise Goldsberry Team UpTony winner Billy Porter, Hamilton’s Renee Elise Goldsberry, Joshua Henry and Marcus Paul James will join forces with the Broadway Inspirational Voices for Inspirational Broadway. The evening of Main Stem, R&B, Gospel and Pop classics (think numbers from Rent, Sunday in the Park with George and more), is scheduled to take place on February 15, 2016 at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill. It’s all in aid of the BIV Outreach Program and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate one of the best days of the year.SAG Awards Love for Broadway FavesGood news for stage faves on December 9 with the nominations for the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Tony winner Helen Mirren picked up two nods, for Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Leading Role for her performance in Woman in Gold (along with Saoirse Ronan for Brooklyn) and in the category of Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Supporting Role for Trumbo. Meanwhile, Tony winners Eddie Redmayne and Bryan Cranston received Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role nominations for The Danish Girl and Trumbo, respectively. Three-time Tony winner Mark Rylance was recognized (naturally) in Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Supporting Role for his work in Bridge of Spies and for his performance in the Wolf Hall miniseries. Others celebrating TV and/or ensemble nods include Tony winners Kevin Spacey, Viola Davis, Maggie Smith and Cherry Jones, along with Uzo Aduba, Brian d’Arcy James, Jim Parsons, William H. Macy, Edie Falco, Danielle Brooks and Elizabeth Moss. To top it all off, Carol Burnett was named winner of the special award for Lifetime Achievement. Congrats to all!Shakespeare to Get Sitcom Treatment at the BBCBritish comedian David Mitchell will soon find it’s hard to be the bard—he will play Shakespeare in a BBC sitcom about the legendary playwright, Upstart Crow. Blackadder’s Ben Elton has penned the six-part series, which is also set to star Liza Tarbuck, Harry Enfield, Paula Wilcox, Gemma Whelan, Dominic Coleman, Steve Speirs and Mark Heap. In other words, the crème de la crème of U.K. comedic talent is working on the project, so it’s liable to be must-see TV when it lands on this side of the pond.Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s Cancer ScareOur best wishes go to the Broadway-bound Jesse Tyler Ferguson. The Modern Family star posted the below pic on his Instagram, thanking his doctor for “taking the cancer out of my face…#phantommask #spf75.” We hope that Ferguson has a swift recovery and look forward to welcoming him to the Great White Way’s Lyceum Theatre in Fully Committed from April 2, 2016. Renée Elise Goldsberrycenter_img Star Fileslast_img read more