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Dinner celebrates women

first_imgShades of Ebony held its second annual Celebration of Women Dinner, the culminating event of Women’s Week, on Thursday night in McKenna Hall. The event focused on the Women’s History Month theme “Character, Courage and Commitment” and featured three speakers and small-group discussions.The first speaker, freshman Grace Watkins, discussed her experience of sexual assault and subsequent activism, including her participation in the TEDx conference in January.“In my interactions with my peers following the [TED] conference, I received a wide range of reactions,” Watkins said. “Many of them were positive.“Unfortunately, however, some comments were wildly misinformed and insensitive, and it was in those reactions that I needed to remind myself of people’s humanity and my own humanity.”The second speaker was Frances Shavers, University President Fr. John Jenkins’s former chief of staff who resigned after debilitating pain seizures caused by trigeminal neuralgia prevented her from working. Shavers spoke about her disease, various attempts at treatment, consideration of suicide and courage in the face of pain and adversity.Emily McConville “Something will happen in your life, where you will be tested to be courageous,” Shavers said. “Where moving forward collides with running away, where our faith will meet our uncertainty, where our hope will meet our despondency, where our self-confidence will meet our self-despair.“On that bridge we have to respond. You have to respond. You must choose courage … to override our own internal doubts – perhaps the most damning – our own voice that says, I can’t.”The third speaker was Katie Washington, the first black valedictorian of Notre Dame who did medical research and service until her graduation in 2010 before entering a combined MD/PhD program at Johns Hopkins University. Washington referenced her own academic, professional and personal experiences in her talk.“Here’s my perspective: whatever you should commit to requires conscious reflection and self-examination,” Washington said. “Our commitment should come from a place of self-love.“It should also provide a love for others, especially those who appear unlovable by some criteria or certain standards. Ultimately the commitments that you choose are yours and yours alone.”The dinner was organized by Shades of Ebony and the Gender Relations Center and funded by a variety of clubs, residence halls, alumni clubs and individual alumnae.Sophomore Chizo Ekechukwu, diversity council representative and historian for Shades of Ebony, said the speakers exceeded her expectations.“Frances – I was in tears, and Katie is my inspiration because I want to be a doctor, so her being the first black valedictorian and her doing an MD/PhD program is something I aspire to do,” Ekechukwu said. “Grace, telling her story was so brave and courageous. The theme of character, courage and commitment was embodied throughout this whole dinner.”Christine Caron Gebhardt, director of the Gender Relations Center, said the event organizers were pleased with the outcome.“I think the speakers were wonderful in capturing what we were hoping for tonight, with the different ways in which women and men both past and present help shape the future,” Gebhardt said. “We had a very engaging discussion at our table, and other folks were really engaged.“Each year we’re hoping to build, and I think it’s becoming stronger. And it’s encouraging that our campus is really uplifting women.” Tags: Shades of Ebony, Women’s Weeklast_img read more

Back to School

first_imgThrough Cooperative Extension offices in almost every county, the University of Georgia helps Georgians become healthier, more financially independent and more environmentally responsible. Whether you’d like to build a safer environment for your children, deal with the stresses of daily school life, teach your children to avoid chronic diseases like diabetes with healthy food or train food handlers in your cafeteria, Extension is the place to start. Congress established the Cooperative Extension Service in 1914 to deliver information from land-grant colleges and universities to all Americans. Extension continues to fulfill that basic mission, and one of the most important parts is helping our schools improve student achievement. Cooperative Extension is an educational network that combines the expertise and resources of federal, state and local governments to improve people’s lives. We extend the reach of the University of Georgia to connect you with knowledge, research and resources in the areas of youth, family and agricultural needs. We provide answers to the public with the research of the University of Georgia to back us up. In this day and time of information overload and the easy access to the Internet, you should always remember to fact-check sources. As UGA Extension professionals, we are required to base our solutions to client issues on research, not home remedies and hearsay. Whether recommending the safest method possible to control fire ants, or showing homeowners how to test their home for radon, you can trust that our information is research based. And when it comes to your child, the Georgia 4-H program is the place to go to find caring adults to help your child develop his or her leadership potential within.last_img read more

Celtic star James Forrest reveals how Kieran Tierney has reacted to Arsenal transfer speculation

first_imgKieran Tierney is ‘coping well’ with the Arsenal rumours, says Celtic team-mate James Forrest (Picture: Getty)Celtic star James Forrest has claimed that Kieran Tierney is ‘coping well’ and just ‘working hard’ to get himself back to full fitness amid speculation linking the left-back with Arsenal.Unai Emery made Tierney his number one left-back target at the start of the summer, but Arsenal were unsuccessful with their two opening bids for the 22-year-old.However, Arsenal are said to be confident of agreeing a deal for Tierney after restructuring their second offer of £25million for the Scotland international.Tierney, though, has been recovering from a double hernia operation and Celtic boss Neil Lennon insists the full-back is ‘still injured’ which could be a stumbling block in any potential agreement between the clubs.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityOn the rumours surrounding Tierney, Celtic winger Forrest said: ‘Ask anyone in our dressing room, we all want KT to still be here.‘He’s been a great player for us and everyone is hoping that come Friday he is still here.‘We want him to get back playing for us. He came with us for pre- season and we still see him at training every day. Comment Advertisement Celtic star James Forrest reveals how Kieran Tierney has reacted to Arsenal transfer speculation Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 6 Aug 2019 1:35 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link312Sharescenter_img Tierney has been Arsenal’s priority left-back target this summer (Picture: Getty)David Moyes has backed Tierney to become an Arsenal ‘stalwart’ should he complete a move this summer, but believes it will take time to adjust to the step up in quality of the Premier League.‘He has been outstanding for Celtic for more than three years,’ the ex-Manchester United manager told The Sunday Post.‘I’ve always had my eye on him and rated him. He is a top player.‘If he does go to the Emirates, I can see him being a stalwart for Arsenal for the next 10 years.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘Again, it may take him a little period of time for him to fully adjust to life in the Premier League.‘He will be facing a top-end player every week, and he will need to get to grips with that as there will be much more defensive duties to carry out than he has probably been used to at Celtic.‘But if the move goes through, he will go on to show his worth and will be a credit to himself and his country.’MORE: Who is RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano and why do Arsenal want to sign him? Forrest is hopeful that Tierney will remain a Celtic player (Picture: Getty)‘But considering how long the talk about Arsenal has gone on, I think he’s handled it really well. KT is still only 22, so he’s coped well.‘Every day there seems to be something new in the story.‘But he’s just keeping himself to himself and working hard. That’s credit to him.’ Advertisementlast_img read more

Good News for Homebuyers on the Horizon

first_img February 20, 2019 1,248 Views Good News for Homebuyers on the Horizon Share Affordability CoreLogic CoreLogic Home Price Index Forecast Homebuyers median home prices 2019-02-20 Donna Josephcenter_img In 2018 mortgage payments spiked to a seven-year high, but recent data from Corelogic forecasts that increase may be slowing its pace. This is good news for homebuyers who could see a break in gains and better affordability after the typical mortgage payment rose to triple that of prices last year. As a result, home sales dropped, exacerbating the impact of inflation and weakening average homebuyer power. The recent CoreLogic Home Price Index Forecast (HPI) suggests a 4.4 percent annual gain in home prices by this November. However, the consensus rate forecast indicates a 4.8 percent rate on 30-year fixed rate mortgages this November, which would still be higher than the average rates seen last December (4.6 percent) and this January (4.5 percent). The U.S. median sale price in November 2018 was $220,083—a  4.8 percent increase year over year. The typical mortgage payment was up 17.9 percent. The report stated that one way to measure the impact of inflation, mortgage rates, and home prices on affordability over time is to look at the “typical mortgage payment” or the mortgage-rate-adjusted monthly payment based on each month’s U.S. median home sale price. The typical mortgage payment is a good indicator of affordability because it shows the monthly amount that a borrower would have to qualify for to get a mortgage to purchase the median-priced U.S. home. The HPI Forecast also suggests the median sale price will rise 2.2 percent in inflation-adjusted or “real”  terms over the year ending November 2019. Based on that projection, the real typical monthly mortgage payment would rise from $934 in November 2018 to $943 by November 2019—a 0.9 percent year-over-year gain. In other words, the typical mortgage payment year-over-year increase in November 2019 would be 3.1 percent. CoreLogic expects homebuyers to gain purchasing power this year if the predictions for prices, rates, and income remain steady. Read the full report here. in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Servicinglast_img read more