SMC hosts activities fair

first_imgSaint Mary’s hosted a spring activities fair in the Student Center on Sunday to recruit members for campus organizations as a counterpart to the fall activities fair during the first week of classes in August.The event was coordinated by Janielle Tchakerian, assistant to the vice president for student affairs and the director of residence life, and Tena Johnson, student involvement specialist.“I think this is a good idea for the spring because we have a lot of transfer students coming in and students coming back from abroad who want to get involved, and it gives them that opportunity to know what is available,” student body vice president Sam Moorhead said.Johnson said 30 clubs and departments registered for the event and had table displays around the Student Center atrium and on the second floor.“We decided to organize the fair mainly to give student clubs another opportunity to recruit people,” Johnson said. “It’s the best way to promote involvement in campus life.”One of the newest organizations at the fair was the College’s three new graduate programs, including a Doctorate of Nursing Practice, a Master of Science in Data Science and a Master of Science in Speech Pathology. Aiming to reach undergraduates who may want to attain advanced degrees, Melissa Fruscione, associate director of admission for graduate programs, staffed the table and said she was glad to have the programs on display.“I thought the fair would be a great opportunity to introduce undergraduate students to our graduate programs,” Fruscione said. “We’re not official yet in having student organizations related to the graduate programs, … but we thought it was just a good opportunity for students to be introduced to the programs and let them know what they are all about in case they want to continue their education at Saint Mary’s.”Fruscione said once the graduate programs form student organizations, she believes the small size of the programs will allow undergraduate students and graduate students to collaborate and learn from one another.Senior nursing student Grace McSorley said the fair was a great success.“Since it’s my last semester as a senior, I thought it was a nice way to see all of the different things I could get involved in at the last minute,” she said. “I also was looking around to see if anything would appeal to my younger sister, who is a freshman looking to join some clubs.”McSorley said she wishes more students would take the opportunity to join clubs mid-year.“I was surprised to see such a range of clubs, too, and even a new one called Christ Lights, which is for students to talk about their faiths and modern-day topics regarding religion,” she said. “I signed up, and I am excited for everything the club offers.”Tags: graduate programs, Spring Activities Fair, student involvementlast_img read more

‘Predictable’ Family First poll suggests public want councils to control street prostitution

first_imgStuff 28 December 2017A conservative Christian lobby group has released a poll showing three in four people believe councils should have the power to ban street prostitution as they see fit.Councils can impose restrictions on the location of brothels under the Prostitution Reform Act (PRA), a landmark piece of legislation that passed in 2003 legalising solicitation and brothel-keeping.But the act fails to account for street-based sex work, a regulatory gap that Christchurch Central MP Duncan Webb believes is not fair to sex workers, councils or residents.The Family First-commissioned poll of 1000 people, carried out by Curia Market Research, found 76 per cent of respondents agreed councils should have the power to ban street prostitution at their discretion.“The ‘red light’ district should never be given the ‘green light’ in residential and family areas,” said Family First national director Bob McCoskrie.“There have been ongoing concerns about the negative effects of street prostitution and the associated conduct in Christchurch and also South Auckland, and the local councils have been powerless to act appropriately.”The poll also showed 61 per cent of respondents did not believe brothels should operate in residential areas. Family First was calling for a review of the PRA, which McCoskrie described as a hospital pass to local councils.Catherine Healey, of the New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective, described the poll result as predictable and an easy score for Family First, a group which counted the recriminalisation of brothels among its objectives.READ MORE:’ Collective responds to poll on banning street sex workRadio Live 29 December 2017A conservative Christian lobby group released a poll showing the majority of people believe councils should have the power to ban street prostitution in their local areas.Catherine Healey, national coordinator of New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective, joins Miles Davis on Summer Afternoon Talk to discuss the poll.In the poll commissioned by Family First NZ, 76% said that local councils should have the ability to ban street prostitution in their local areas as they see appropriate.“I think probably, [the poll is] on the money,” Ms Healey says.“I would say that most people would have the unrealistic expectation that councils can fix it.”In June 2003, New Zealand decriminalised sex work with the Prostitution Reform Act 2003.Sex workers can determine their own work conditions in New Zealand. With the freedom to meet clients in a variety of settings, street workers are inevitable.“We do generally have a very compliant, well behaved street worker population,” she says. “We do occasionally have a few who run by their own rules.”Ms Healey explains that sex workers may work on the street for a number of reasons.  Some can’t find brothel work, don’t feel safe at their brothel, or face discrimination for being transgender.“Sex work is one of those occupations where it’s got a fairly free spirit attached to it,” she says.“It’s got a lot of stigma and discriminations attached to it as well.”According to the Family First NZ press release, the group is “joining calls for a critical review of the 2003 Prostitution Reform Act, the criminalisation of the pimping and purchase of women for sexual purposes, and greater support for workers wishing to exit prostitution.”Listen to the full interview with Catherine Healey Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Cricket News Virat Kohli gives a big NO to 100-ball format, says ‘commercial aspects taking over real cricket’

first_imgNew Delhi: Indian skipper Virat Kohli believes that cricket is losing a lot of quality due to the “commercial aspects” which are overshadowing the game and hit out at the 100-ball cricket format proposed by the England Cricket Board. Kohli, who is also the captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in BCCI’s marquee event the Indian Premier League (IPL) says the schedule for the cricketers are extremely exhausting.“I’m already very… I wouldn’t say frustrated, but sometimes it can get very demanding of you when you have to play so much cricket regularly. I feel somewhere the commercial aspect is taking over the real quality of cricket and that hurts me,” Kohli told the ‘Wisden Cricket Monthly’.ALSO READ: Eng vs Ind 4th Test Preview: Virat Kohli and co eye series equaliserMeanwhile, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has decided to start a new 100-ball format which have garnered criticism from all quarters. However, the Virat Kohli has made it clear that he won’t be a part of ‘one more format’.“Obviously for the people involved (ECB) in the whole process and the set-up it will be really exciting but I cannot think of one more format, to be honest,” Kohli said.“Honestly, I don’t want to be a testing sort of a cricketer for any new format. I don’t want to be someone who’s going to be part of that World XI who comes and launches the 100-ball format.”ALSO READ: England vs India 4th Test: Curran, Ali return as hosts announce XIKohli went on to differentiate between the IPL/Big Bash League from the new experiment in 100-ball format.“I love playing the IPL, I love watching the BBL, because you are working towards something, competing against high-quality sides and it gets your competitive juices flowing. That’s what you want as a cricketer. I am all for the leagues, but not to experiment.”The Indian skipper, who missed out on his debut county stint for Surrey due to an injury said that he would love to play county cricket in future.“County cricket always intrigued me. Unfortunately, it couldn’t happen this time but I would love to come again in future,” he said.India face England in the fourth Test match that will be played from Sunday at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. The hosts England currently lead the five-match Test series by 2-1. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more