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Between a rock and a hard place

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Program strives for inclusivity, participants say

first_imgA gender-inclusive option currently exists in two apartments on the floor. Participants live in rooms with students who identify with the same gender but share the apartment with students of all genders.Elizabeth Soriano, a junior majoring in communications who lives on the Rainbow Floor, said living in one of the gender-inclusive apartments has improved her USC housing experience.“It’s a really good experience so far because I’ve had previous experiences with housing…and compared to this housing experience, I feel like I’m in a better place,” Soriano said.Vigil said so far, residents of the gender-inclusive apartments have had positive experiences.“The rooms have not had any major conflicts as of now,” Vigil said.He went on to say that though the pilot program is new for USC, many universities already offer comparable housing options.“Other institutions have been doing something similar on their LGBT-themed floors for years,” Vigil said.Kevin Steen, the floor’s resident adviser, said the gender-inclusive apartments integrated smoothly into the rest of the building.“It has really added to the diversity of the floor and has really legitimized our movement toward gender-friendly housing at USC,” Steen said. “The Rainbow Floor is really a reflection of the community, and USC really leads the way in terms of movements and changing mentality.”Soriano said living in a gender-inclusive apartment and on the Rainbow Floor is preferable to past housing options.“It makes me feel much more comfortable to know that identity won’t be a factor with any conflicts that would rise up among my apartment mates,” Soriano said. “So far, it’s been great.”Other California universities, including Stanford, have made the shift to offer gender-neutral housing. Gender-neutral housing allows students to live in the same room, regardless of their gender identification, as opposed to gender-inclusive housing, which allows students of opposite sexes to live in the same apartment but not the same bedroom.“This transition toward gender-inclusive housing is a way for USC to make the Rainbow Floor more inclusive and create a safe environment,” Vigil said. “This was not a move to make the USC campus gender-neutral.”Vigil said in order to make the shift, the university would have to invest many resources to renovate the current traditional-style dorms and build gender-neutral bathrooms where each stall and shower is enclosed from floor to ceiling. He also said that the case for adopting gender-neutral housing must come from the students.“At Stanford, student government put petitions together and took surveys of the student body,” Vigil said. “In order to have gender-neutral housing at USC, students need to advocate for it. Just like every other issue on campus, students need to move it forward.”Though there has not been a huge push for gender-neutral housing so far, Steen said he feels encouraged by the response the program has received.“I’ve had members of the Greek community and people in Residential Education checking in with me to see how its going, so I feel like we have a lot of support,” Steen said.A wider-reaching program would come at a great benefit to students, Soriano said.“I feel like it would be great if it could be expanded, the Rainbow Floor included,” Soriano said. “I feel like a lot of other people can benefit more than I can currently.” A new pilot program that offers gender-inclusive housing on a LGBT-themed floor has been dubbed a success, according to Vincent Vigil, director of the LGBT Resource Center.According to Vigil, the program, which was approved last March, aims to make the LGBT-themed Rainbow Floor in Century Apartments more inclusive for transgender or gender-variant students.Diversity · The Rainbow Floor in Century Apartments offers gender-inclusive apartments for tenants of both sexes to create a comforting and accepting environment for residents and at USC as a whole. – Ricardo Galvez | Daily Trojanlast_img read more


Inside Conditions…Skin Game

first_imgAUBREY BRUCEI have come to respect mostly every sport, even the ones that I don’t like and have little or no interest in.As I viewed the 2014 Winter Olympics in Socchi, Russia I felt a sense of pride seeing the smiles and competitive spirit of the “little ones” (many are still adolescents) displayed right before me.  The young athletes hailing from “these” United States of America, just like all of their colleagues from across the globe sacrifice time, money, blood, sweat and tears just for a chance to stand on the podium listening to their national anthems being played while watching with tear stained eyes as their flags are raised in triumph. However there is a monumental difference as to the social and economic treatment of most of the athletes once the competition has concluded and they have returned to their native lands.Once they return home, the athletes from Switzerland, Norway, Austria, Finland, Russia, or any other European nation more than likely don’t have to fear losing their lives, if they play their music a bit loud, or if they reach into their pocket or fret about being followed and murdered if they put on a “hoodie” before they embark on a journey to the store to buy a bag of Skittles and a soda.No the European “soldiers of sport” will return home worshipped as heroes with their exploits forever etched in the collective, history and memory of the country.Now folks get this.  There was once a rock group that was popular, very popular.  The name of the group was Twisted Sister. A few days ago I was going over a few “web based” sports news reports and stories in the wake of the thrashing that the Seattle Seahawks put on the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.  I ran across an article that featured the rant of a real life twisted sister.The article featured a photo of Seattle cornerback Richard “Sherman tank” Sherman proudly posing with the Lombardi Trophy.  I instantly thought, “oh no Rich, no more boasting and telling the truth;  haven’t you learned anything yet?” However, as I read the article that accompanied the picture I realized that the photo was Sherman’s response to a nasty and insidious tweet that he had received.In this day and age tweets might as well be sheets because anonymous tweets are nothing more than electronic smoke screens and cross burnings for the cowardly carriers of racist communiqués.The tweet that I am referring to is a quote taken from an article written by Connor Hutyler from a supposedly yardbarker.com “humor” based article. Mr. Hutyler writes, “Seattle Seahawks All-Pro Cornerback Richard Sherman is one of the most polarizing figures in professional sports. People either love him or hate him, and the people who fall into the latter category are probably pretty upset now that Sherman can add ‘World Champion’ to his résumé.”I’m sure many people are constantly tweeting awful things at Richard Sherman, but one hate tweet in particular caught Sherman’s eye.  Rather than stooping to the level of a user known as @SnBEternall on Twitter who tweeted, “Seattle beat Denver, but you contributed nothing and got carted off with an injury and even worst that I can’t print. Sherman simply replied with a nice picture of him holding the Lombardi Trophy. The ultimate “Scoreboard!” move from the Stanford grad. You’ve got to love it.People love him or hate him, wonder who the haters are? If someone had authored such a caustic and personal attack against Peyton Manning, Wes Welker, Tom Brady or any other of the NFL’s marquee players it probably would have never been published. There was nothing even remotely funny about the tweet.Why do insecure, non talented, apple pie loving, Ford truck driving, tea party card carrying, red blooded American males think because of their genealogy that they have a right to use every available breath and platform to attack and devour Black men in life in general but particularly in sports.How many times has the “work ethic” of Black Athletes been questioned?Don’t get me wrong, boys and girls. I will almost certainly despise anyone who dispenses information wherever, regardless of color, gender or age that they may be based on the “race card” just to endear a particular segment of the population to them, their poisonous rhetoric and limited thinking.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741.)Follow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courierlast_img read more


Ex-Liverpool man: Gerrard and Carragher ‘didn’t like Benitez that much’

first_imgStephane Henchoz has told talkSPORT he is not surprised Rafael Benitez is having problems at Chelsea.And the former Liverpool defender claimed that Anfield stalwarts Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher “didn’t like him that much” when the Spaniard was in charge at the Merseyside club.Benitez guided Liverpool to their 2005 Champions League triumph while their manager and remains a popular figure among their fans.But he is deeply unpopular among Chelsea supporters and there have been reports he has fallen out with players at Stamford Bridge, which Benitez and Blues skipper John Terry both recently denied.And Henchoz said: “I think he’s a very good manager in that he knows a lot about football and the details.“The only problem for me is his man management and I’m not surprised things aren’t going so well for him at Chelsea.“I think he has some arrogance about him. The way he speaks to the players and the way he treats the players is not always the best.“Even if you are professional you still would like the manager to have a few words and speak a bit with you. Rafa Benitez only speaks to you when he needs you or wants something from you.“And I know that even Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher, who spent a lot of time with him, didn’t like him that much.“When Chelsea signed him as manager, I was sure that things would not go smoothly.”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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


Raiders straight talk: A realistic look at playoff aspirations

first_imgALAMEDA — If the Raiders beat the Green Bay Packers Sunday at Lambeau Field, the pipe dream becomes real.Whether they make the playoffs or not, getting to 4-2 with three straight wins far from home against teams that are postseason worthy would stamp Jon Gruden’s team as playoff contenders.Granted, we’re not even at midseason, but the AFC has already begun to take shape in terms of who can play and who can’t. And it appears there are at least seven teams whose record and play has made it …last_img


SA shearers retain world title

first_img29 June 2005South Africa’s sheep shearers have again proved they are the best in the world. Reigning champion Elliot Ntsombo retained his World Blade Shearing title at the World Shearers Championship held in Toowoomba, Australia recently. The championship has showcased the best sheep-shearers in the world for over than two decades. Shearing is physically gruelling, technically intricate and intellectually demanding, and South African shearers have dominated the event since 1996.Ntsombo, whose home is a tiny village about 30km from Barkly East, comes from a family of sheep shearers. He retains the world championship title he won in Scotland in 2003. Ntsombo works on contract for Cape Mohair and Wool (CMW) and is also CMW’s chief training instructor.Bongani Joel of Alwynskop in Lesotho took second place, and Zokezele Doba and Zweliwile Hans, both from Sterkspruit in the Eastern Cape, took third and fifth place respectively. All three earn their living shearing on contract for CMW. Doba and Joel were first-time contestants.CMW spokesperson Graham Frost said the hand-shearing competition was judged on speed and quality.“Shearers are penalised if they nick the sheep during shearing, if the sheep is not cleaned properly and there is excess wool left hanging on the shins, shanks and udders, and if they perform a double cut in an attempt to clean excess wool,” Frost said.He added that South African teams dominate the blade shearing championships because South Africa is one of few countries to use blade shearing on a large scale.“But hand shearing is picking up again in New Zealand and Australia, because of the high maintenance and overhead costs of machine shearing.”Ntsombo is no stranger to travelling and shearing in front of thousands of spectators.“I’m getting older, so it was no easy task and the competition was strong, but I am proud to be world champion again,” he said.Australia’s current blade shearing champion Bill Julius, from Tenterfield, bemoaned the fact that Australia has never won the coveted title.Machine shearingSouth Africa’s Kenneth Norman took third place in the individual machine shearing competition. The South African team, made up of Norman and Daniel Nteko of Frankfort in the Free State, took third place in the team division. Norman, originally from Stutterheim, Eastern Cape, is now based in New Zealand but competed in the South African team.“The South African machine shearing standard is improving and we stand a good chance at winning the competition in two years’ time,” Frost said.Norman was also chosen to join Hendrik Botha and Izak Klopper of CMW this year as Golden Shears World Council members.Wool handlingAlex Khuma from Sterkspruit in the Eastern Cape won fifth place in the individual wool handling competition, with the team taking sixth place overall. Khuma was also a first-time contestant.“Khuma’s achievement was remarkable,” said Frost. “Contestants were judged on speed and their economic justification of their final clip. They also had to categorise the fleece in terms of type and length, rate it as strong, medium or fine and take out all outsorts like urine or vegetation-stained wool.”The major sponsors for the World Championships were Standard Bank, Intervet, Voermol, BKB and CMW. Other contributors were Total, Nissan and Southern Cross. This year’s championships attracted 640 participants from 17 countries.Julia Kupka is deputy editor of Farmer’s Weekly.This article was originally published in Farmer’s Weekly, South Africa’s national agricultural magazine, and is reproduced on www.southafrica.info with kind permission.last_img read more


SA passport made more secure

first_imgSecurity measures similar to this Canadian passport will now be used to make the South African passport safer. (Image: Security-int)Khanyi MagubaneAs part of the Department of Home Affairs’ turnaround strategy, from 8 April 2009 South Africans applying for a passport will receive a document with improved security features, making it more difficult to forge.Talking to the media on 2 April, Department of Home Affairs Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said the document will see a significant improvement in the security of the South African passport.“One of the major differences between the old and new passport is the pure polycarbonate data page that replaces the current security paper data page with its overlay film.“Personal data will in future be laser-engraved into the data page instead of being printed on the overlay film,” she said.The introduction of the new document is part of a strategy to overhaul the department’s system, with the emphasis on increased efficiency and security.In addition, the department intends on dealing with the backlog challenges, which is currently slowing down the issuing of birth, marriage and death certificates.According to Mapisa-Nqakula, the home affairs team is hard at work in dealing with the influx of refugees.“Another area in which huge improvements are balanced by remaining challenges is the issue of refugees.“Despite the far-reaching improvements we have made to our processes, the fact is that our systems were not designed to deal with the number of people entering our country at the moment,” the minister said.Mapisa-Nqakula said with the help of the new online verification system, when passports are produced at immigration points, the fingerprints that appear on them would be checked against those that appear on the online system to verify its authenticity.To this end, the department is expected to open the Tshwane Interim Refugee Reception center during April.Heeding an international callOne of the main contributing factors that prompted the department to make the move towards a new, safer passport was the high number of fraudulent South African passports being used to enter countries abroad.In the United Kingdom, the situation deteriorated to a point where that country’s government enforced a visa requirement for South African visitors to the country, who previously did not need one.A statement issued by the British High Commission highlighted its concern at the ease with which illegal South African passports were being made available.“[It is a] big concern and an unacceptable threat to the United Kingdom’s borders with regards to illegal migration and national security.”Since the beginning of March, all South Africans without a previous UK stamp in their passports are required to obtain a visitor’s visa from the UK High Commission. This system will be in place until the issue of fraudulent South African passports is reviewed at a later stage.The holiday visa will now cost South Africans R991 (£65). A transit visa will cost R686 (£45).Despite home affairs’ new passport regulations, the UK government says the updated documents will not necessarily change their minds about the visas.“We are very happy with the steps the South African government is taking to improve its passport but it doesn’t mean that the visa requirements will be reconsidered soon,” said Russ Dixon, the spokesperson for the British High Commission.  Dixon says the waiver to the visa requirement would be considered only at a later stage.Mapisa-Nqakula agreed that their negotiations with the British government were ongoing, “We talk continuously with the British government and have a good relationship.”She said with the help of the new online verification system, when passports are produced at immigration points, the fingerprints that appear on them would be checked against those that appear on the online system to ensure a match.Meanwhile, the department’s counter-corruption unit will continue to work in partnership with the South African Police Service and National Intelligence Agency to identify staff members within the department involved in corruption and fraud.So far, 66 home affairs officials were arrested and a further 18 suspended on allegations of fraud during the 2008/2009 financial year.Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at: [email protected] Related articlesUK promises visa flexibilityUnivisa for SA tourists Expats allowed to vote overseas  Useful linksDepartment of Home AffairsBritish high commissionlast_img read more


Harvest forms for NCGA Yield Contest now available

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With harvest underway in some areas and soon to begin in others, the National Corn Growers Association announces that online harvest forms for the 2015 National Corn Yield Contest are now available. While the harvest information form deadline may seem distant, entrants are asked to report within seven business days of their final yield check or by Nov. 20, whichever comes first.“While harvest has only begun in a few areas, we ask contest applicants to submit harvest forms within one week of their final yield check to allow NCGA staff adequate time to thoroughly review each form,” said Production and Stewardship Action Team Chair Don Glenn, a farmer from Alabama. “The National Corn Yield Contest plays a significant role in recognizing excellence and finding new, more productive techniques. We hope that growers continue to support the contest by seeing their entry through and submitting their completed harvest data forms.”The National Corn Yield Contest is now in its 51st year and remains NCGA’s most popular program for members. While an official count of the entries submitted for the 2015 contest is not yet available, participation appears to be strong again this year.The online harvest form is available to both farmers and seed representatives using the same login process as the initial entry form. Login does require submission of the entrant’s NCGA membership number.NCGA moved to a solely online entry platform this year. As part of this process, entrants must upload an image or PDF of weigh tickets in the electronic harvest form.  Supervisors need to either initial or sign the weigh ticket, and that will serve as their signature. If an entrant does not have the capability to scan, they will be permitted to mail in the weigh tickets with a copy of the confirmation.Rule changes have been announced for 2015, and detailed information is available on the website. Each NCGA membership used to register for the contest must have an individual’s name on it, and each individual may have only one membership number. Each membership number may have as many contest entries as desired but, as in previous years, each number will only be awarded official placement for one state and one national level entry.Contest winners will be announced on December 18. Winners receive national recognition in publications such as the NCYC Corn Yield Guide, as well as cash trips or other awards from participating sponsoring seed, chemical and crop protection companies. The winners will be honored during Commodity Classic 2016 in New Orleans, La.For access to contest information and a detailed list of the entry and harvest rules, click here.Click here for the 2015 National Corn Yield Contest Online Harvest Form.last_img read more


Green Buildings, Missed Opportunities, and Lessons Learned

first_img RELATED ARTICLES Lessons Learned the Hard WayLessons Learned on the Path to Energy EfficiencyLessons Learned on a Living RoofA PhD and an Architect Build a Net-Zero HomeAfter a Bumpy Start, a Passivhaus Success Story Learning from our mistakesOne good thing that has come out of this experience is my commitment to help others avoid the mistakes I made. At my Build Boston talk, I used my own home as an example — both of “green that means something” and green that, well, doesn’t mean a whole lot; and I used my own remodeling experiences (including but not limited to the infamous addition) as a template for how to and how not to advance along the path to a sustainable future.I’ve learned a lot from my mistakes. They’ve become the basis for the standards, goals and tools I’m developing to help others — homeowners, architects and contractors alike — make sure that their projects truly are part of the solution to our environmental challenges. Originally built in 1895, the home had been added onto in the 1980s (the addition is visible on the right hand side of the photo) and the basement had been partially finished. We had lived in the home a couple of years, had our first child, were beginning to feel that we needed “more space” to accommodate our changing needs. Where would the grandparents stay when they came to visit? Where would we put all the toys? Where would we eat every day, since the dining room was “too nice” for young kids?Without giving it much thought, we decided to add on; it never occurred to us that we could do otherwise (Images #2 and #3, below). We added on a bathroom, mudroom (with laundry), an office/guest bedroom, and a kitchen, bringing our total square footage up to 2,400.We turned our old kitchen into a family room and opened it up to the kitchen to create a combined cooking, eating, playing and casual gathering space. (The plan is shown below as Image #4.) I once gave a talk at a Build Boston conference with Jonathan Kantar of Sage Builders, on the topic “Green That Means Something.” Yes — the implied subtext is that there’s a whole lot of “green” out there that doesn’t mean all that much. But if you visit GBA regularly, you probably already knew that.Anyway, one of the problems that we addressed is missed opportunities in green building. Homeowners typically get only a small handful of chances to dramatically improve the performance of their homes — say, when we put on a new roof or upgrade mechanicals or finish a basement. But very few of us have the foresight to take full advantage of these opportunities, no matter how green-minded we may be. In fact, some of us, present company included, have been known to squander an opportunity and even make it harder to improve performance in the future.Back in 2003 — before I had drunk the sustainability Kool-aid — my husband and I were living in an 1,800-square-foot, three-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath home (photo, above right).center_img Complicated geometry carries an energy penaltyAs much as we have enjoyed our new space, the addition was not a good move from a sustainability perspective. This is largely because of the energy penalty of those additional 600 square feet — space that needs to be heated, cooled, and electrified for the rest of the home’s lifespan.Could we have mitigated the damage somewhat by upgrading our insulation at the same time? Perhaps. But the effectiveness of any “damage control” would have been undermined by the design, which took a home with some complicated geometry and made it much more so. A bump-out here, dormers there, varied roof lines — all these architecturally interesting forms make it harder and more expensive to air seal and insulate properly.Finally, we missed an opportunity to fix our basement space, which we were already using as living space but wasn’t insulated, sealed, and ventilated properly. If we had not done an addition, we could have conditioned our basement properly and used this space to meet our changing needs. (If done right, a finished basement can be comfortable, beautiful and have excellent indoor air quality).But we didn’t do this. We did the addition, increased our energy footprint, and made it much harder to reduce this footprint in the future. No matter how “green” the choices are that we’ve made since then — from installing a high-efficiency boiler to changing out light bulbs to using fans for summertime cooling as much as possible — they won’t be able to make up for this missed opportunity.Which isn’t to say that we haven’t tried or won’t keep trying. In fact, we have made good progress towards reducing our energy use since 2004. But we were starting much further back than we would have been if we’d made different choices back in 2003. Rachel White is performance manager at Byggmeister, a high performance remodeling firm based in Newton, Massachusetts, on a mission (impossible?) to quantify the impact of its work.last_img read more