In an effort to increase knowledge about mental and learning disabilities, the Student Diversity Board (SDB) is hosting a week dedicated to raising awareness around the Saint Mary’s campus among students, faculty and staff. Disabilities Awareness Week, which continues today and ends Friday, is an annual event SDB organizes in order to encourage students to educate themselves about disabilities. Senior Maggie Galvin, SDB president, said the week is especially important to highlight students at Saint Mary’s who experience different types of disabilities. “Student Diversity Board hosts Disabilities Awareness Week to shed light on the various disabilities on Saint Mary’s campus,” she said. “So many girls are living with unseen disabilities and struggling with them every day – from learning disabilities to mental disabilities.” According to Galvin, another goal of the week is to prevent the formation of stereotypes and judgments. She said people need to understand that having a disability is something people of all types and backgrounds experience. “Student Diversity Board would like to show that disabilities, whether they can be seen or not, should not be ignored and more prevalent than one may think,” she said. “We started to fulfill this goal last year with our posters of celebrities and their disabilities, which will continue with this year’s week.” Rhonda Tomenko, a communicative disorders professor at the College, will conduct hearing screenings today from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Student Center atrium as part of Disabilities Awareness Week. “Hearing screens are administered to children because of school rules, but as we age we do not receive them anymore unless one notices a problem with their hearing,” Galvin said. “With how loudly we listen to our music in our ear buds, it is very important to know if you have any sort of hearing loss.” On Wednesday, SDB will show a movie from 8 to 10 p.m. in Vander Vennet Theater in the basement of the Student Center. Galvin said the movie choice has not been determined yet but will either be “Aphasia” or “Tru Confessions.” “‘Tru Confessions’ is a Disney Channel movie about a girl who makes a documentary about her brother who has a developmental disability that causes him to act like a child,” Galvin said. “‘Aphasia’ is a documentary about one father’s struggle to relearn how to speak after he has a stroke.” On Thursday, the board will hang posters around campus that showcase different celebrities with learning and mood disabilities. “I love walking around campus and seeing girls reading the posters of celebrities and saying ‘Oh! Steve Jobs was dyslexic?’” she said. “It really sinks in that anyone can be living with a disability and you would never know.” Galvin said Disabilities Awareness Week is an important asset to the Saint Mary’s community and students have a lot to learn. “Students should attend the events for Disabilities Awareness Week because they are engaging as well as educational.” Contact Bridget Feeney at [email protected]
USC World Vision ACT:S and the School of Cinematic Arts co-hosted a screening of The Abduction of Eden with a subsequent panel discussion on Tuesday at the Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre.Visionaries · (Left to right) Moderator Michelle Lau and panelists iEmpathize Southern California branch coordinator Guido Hajenius, USC international relations lecturer Jessica Peet and screenwriter Richard Phillips Jr. discussed the seriousness of human trafficking and how it should be addressed in the world today. – Christine Yoo | Daily TrojanPanelists included the screenwriter Richard Phillips, Guido Hajenius, a branch coordinator for the NGO iEmpathize Southern California and Jessica Peet from the School of International Relations. The panel was moderated by Michelle Lau, the co-president and founder of World Vision ACT:S.The screening, funded by USG, was part of World Vision’s March campaign on human trafficking.“I came across [The Abduction of Eden] on Netflix, and I was so moved by it that I thought, ‘USC has to see this,’” Lau said. “My Christian faith convicted me to not only learn about the issue more but also to take action and provide concrete steps for students to change this injustice that is happening here in America.”The film is based on the true story of Korean American Chong Kim, who was kidnapped and forced into prostitution but eventually gained her captors’ trust and escaped.“I came across a small article about Kim, and I reached out to her, but by the end of our phone call I wasn’t sure if I could go with it because it was so horrific that I thought it would be unfilmable,” said Richard Phillips Jr., the film’s screenwriter. “This is focusing on a domestic issue in America that people would be shocked about, and so I thought it should be told and people should know about it.”The panelists also discussed their views about human trafficking and the means of addressing it.“There does have to be a shift from not just prosecuting the exploiter but emphasizing the education of the clients,” Hajenius said. “Truckers think it’s [the girls’] choice and so as we begin to engage them in identifying the situation, it will open their eyes in understanding that there is exploitation behind the rise of child pornagraphy, for instance, instead of villainizing them.”USC World Vision ACT:S plans to host Empathy Week in Founders Park from March 24-27 as a weeklong campaign to raise awareness and advocacy for human trafficking. There will be three events including the mattress vigil, an art exhibit, a magic show to demonstrate to students how girls are deceived into being trafficked and more. This will be a collaboration with multiple student organizations including USC Korean Campus Ministries, the United Nations Children’s Fund at USC, Student Coalition Against Labor Exploitation, Student Coalition for Asian Pacific Empowerment and USC’s United House of Prayer.“We talk about how modern slavery is not just a criminal issue but it is a cultural issue.” Hajenius said. “The majority of our culture has a heart for this issue but there is a gap between us and the issue. The big step from sympathy to empathy is to enter in the suffering of the victims. Empathy Week is really about empowering and equipping students to not just know about the issue but begin to share these stories.”
Granite Pointe a Nelson is playing host to some of the best up and coming golfers in the province at the 2017 BC Juvenile Championships August 16-18.A field of approximately 80 players are expected to tee it up beginning next Wednesday at Granite Pointe in the 54-hole tournament.“The competition will be excellent,” said Morven Douglas, Host Club Chair for the tournament.A handful of players from the area, including Xander Bankes from Redstone in Rossland, Balfour’s Brendon Makeiv and Nik Jenner, William Watt and A.J. Roberts of Castlegar, have entered the tournament on the Par 72, 6208-yard track. “Due to the wildfires, the tournament field will be around 80 players, not the usual 144,” Douglas explained.“Approximately 20 percent will be female.”“All handicaps are below 15 with a few scratch players will be onsite,” Douglas added.Douglas said the grounds staff has been working hard to keep the course in top shape during this summer heatwave that had blanketed the province.Spectators are welcome to watch the players during the tournament on all three days of the tournament.Tournament play begins at 7:30 a.m. daily, concluding at approximately 4 p.m.Douglas said the awards ceremony will take place Friday at approximately 4 p.m. when the two championship titles for Juvenile Boys and Juvenile Girls will be presented.