Saint Mary’s engages in conversation about anti-racism

first_imgIn coordination with Black History Month, members of the Saint Mary’s community discussed the importance of fighting against racism in modern society during a brown bag lunch discussion Wednesday. “Beyond White Guilt and Anger: Becoming Actively Anti-Racist,” sponsored by Student Involvement and Multicultural Services (SIMS), addressed systematic racism and inequality in terms of white privilege and guilt about the legacy of racism.  The conversation was moderated by Marc Belanger, associate professor of political science, who said white people must acknowledge how race affects them personally for this anti-racist discourse to effect change.  “It is important to me for whites to see the negative consequences of race within their own lives,” he said. “Not in the sense of reverse discrimination, but rather how white privilege has consequences for people of all races.” Belanger said racism is a system of advantages based on white privilege, but systems of privilege based on gender, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status also pervade society. “There are many different types of privileges,” he said. “We are complicated people that come from all different backgrounds, and all of that shapes who we are.”  Belanger also said the key to eradicating modern-day racism lies in changing the systems that propagate racism in society. “Ending racism needs to include the white population,” he said. “They are the ones who created the system and need to be active participants in breaking it down.” Although overcoming the taboos surrounding discussions of race can be challenging, this particular discussion was a necessary step in anti-racist discourse, Tamara Taylor, assistant director of SIMS, said. “I felt as though this discussion was important because we tend to be hesitant to talk about race,” Taylor said. “We are afraid to bring it up, so if people were willing to come to this discussion I was willing to put it on.” Taylor said the unique perspective of the conversation helped guide it in a productive direction. “Having this discussion from a white perspective allowed for more open talk about race,” she said. “It did not allow for whites to feel left out.” Belanger said this spirit of racial inclusion is crucial for people to be active participants in the fight against racism, but it is often overlooked in the case of the white majority. “Psychologically, racism is a damaging process to white people as well,” Belanger said. “Not to say it is comparable to the hurt caused by those targeted by racism, but it does leave many whites feeling confused and disempowered.” Belanger said whites are often afraid to be actively anti-racist because they may not know how to effectively address and act on the issue of racism. “Many times people want to change the system but just do not know how to make a society free of racism,” he said. These ideas sparked discussion within the audience, which included several faculty members, health professionals and students. Several attendees shared personal anecdotes about the effects of racism on their lives today. “Racism limits you. It puts up barriers. Even if you would like to reach beyond them, you sometimes just can’t,” Cyndie Horton-Cavanaugh, a nurse in Women’s Health, said. “We can benefit from relationships with people from all different experiences, but racism limits us from really knowing and experiencing people.” Other attendees expressed the importance of having the courage to make a change and fight against racism. “We must look at ourselves and have the courage to break through the barriers,” senior Jacquitta Martin said. “It needs to be a joint effort, and barriers must be crossed on both sides.” With the discussion as a prime example, Belanger said the first step in finding a solution to end racism is simply talking about the issues. “There is only so much we can say in 50 minutes, but this is a good start and these conversations must continue to occur,” he said.last_img read more

National Awards for Burlington’s Main Street Landing Company

first_imgThe Main Street Landing Company, located in Burlington, VT, is preventing pollution at a profit. And for their efforts, the company has won a national 2001 ENERGY STAR® for Small Business Award, presented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The ENERGY STAR for Small Business Awards recognize small businesses that effectively reduce their operating costs by increasing the energy efficiency of their business. EPA regional representatives are coordinating local awards ceremonies.The Main Street Landing Company is a redevelopment design and development team. Melinda Moulton and Lisa Steele, the founders of the company, enjoy the challenge of educating others about the importance of environmentally sound development that reflects the community’s image. To illustrate this concept, Main Street Landing incorporated energy-efficiency improvements in the original design of its 67,764 square foot redevelopment project for the City of Burlington’s waterfront area. Working to meet Efficiency Vermont’s 10% Challenge, Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), metal halide lighting, and T-8 fluorescent lights with electronic ballasts were installed. Occupancy sensors and LED (light emitting diode) exit signs were also included. Solar hot water is used throughout the facility, and an Energy Management System (EMS) allows use to be monitored. Recycled materials were used wherever possible and a radiant heated floor was installed. Additionally, the Main Street Waterfront project was landscaped with energy efficiency in mind.The upgrades save approximately $4,000 annually, and nearly 34,600 kWh of electricity. This prevents nearly 60,000 pounds of CO2 emissions per year. According to Steele and Moulton, “investing in energy efficiency is easy. Enormous amounts of information and resources were available from Burlington Electric Department and ENERGY STAR to insure that the redevelopment plan was done right the first time. Also, the investment in energy-efficient technology came back three fold: decreased energy costs, increased employee productivity, and the demonstration of our community conscious reputation.”Nominated small businesses were judged on the number of energy efficientupgrades made, cost savings per square foot, creativity and innovation. Jerry Lawson, Director of ENERGY STAR for Small Business said, “This awards program recognizes those who make the initial investment in energy efficiency and reach the goal—cost savings.”ENERGY STAR for Small Business is a free service of the U.S. EPA that helps owners and operators of small businesses and organizations cut operating costs through energy efficiency. For more information about the program, call1-888-STAR YES or visit www.epa.gov/smallbiz(link is external).last_img read more

Zvjezdan Misimović to Play in the Bundesliga Again?

first_imgThe former BH national team’s footballer Zvjezdan Misimović could, after several seasons, return to the Bundesliga where he was once one of the best players.While he was in the Wolfsburg’s jersey, along with Edin Džeko, he brought to the Wolves the title of Germany’s champion. He will now maybe play for to Koln.As stated from Eurosport, Misimović, who is currently free, is on the list of their potential back-ups.While playing for the Germany’s strongest league, Misimović played 157 matches in total. He shaked the nets of the rivals 37 times and assisted to his co-players 57 times.(Source: Sport Centar)last_img read more

England quartet to challenge in Italian U16s

first_img4 Sep 2018 England quartet to challenge in Italian U16s Boys’ Amateur champion Conor Gough is one of four players selected to represent England in this week’s Italian U16 championship at Biella Golf Club.The 15-year-old from Stoke Park, BB&O, is joined by Max Hopkins (Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire), George Leigh (Trevose, Cornwall) and Ben Schmidt (Rotherham, Yorkshire).Gough (pictured) has also won the England U16 McGregor Trophy and the Fairhaven Trophy this season. He was in the winning England team at the Boys’ Home Internationals and the successful GB&I team at the Jacques Leglise Trophy against continental Europe.Hopkins, 15, reached the quarter finals of the Boys’ Amateur and joined Gough in the Home Internationals and Jacques Leglise teams.Leigh, 16, has just represented Cornwall in Boys’ County Finals and won the individual prize at qualifying for the championship. He was sixth in the McGregor Trophy.Schmidt, 16, won the Lee Westwood Trophy, was runner-up in the McGregor Trophy and seventh in the U18 Carris Trophy. He has just helped Yorkshire win Boys’ County Finals where he was undefeated in his six games.The 72-hole championship starts today and continues until Thursday. The English quartet are among 144 players from 20 countries. Image copyright Leaderboard Photographycenter_img Tags: Biella Golf Club, Italian, U16last_img read more