Pasquerilla West rector, president discuss female empowerment through community

first_imgIn 1972, Notre Dame began accepting female undergraduates. However, these women lived in dorms that had originally housed men. This continued until Pasquerilla West Hall was established in 1981.Donated by Frank and Sylvia Pasquerilla, the Mod Quad hall — nicknamed PW or “P-Dub” — was the first created for the purpose of housing women and the first to feature air conditioning.The dorm’s mascot has changed over the years, with brief stints as the Plaid Wave and the Pink Wizards, but it has most recently been settled as the Purple Weasel. The hall’s current president, sophomore Carolyn Cleary, said she is unsure why the Purple Weasel was selected, but that the mascot is fitting for the hall’s community. Anna Mason | The Observer Pasquerilla West was established in 1981 as the first residence hall built specifically to house women and the first dorm with air conditioning.“I think Purple Weasel is great,” she said. “Also, a pack of weasels is called a confusion, which I think embodies some of our personality. … We are a very strong-personality dorm and sometimes we find ourselves in that confusion, but always seem to break out of it, and that’s through our extremely strong community.”The community experienced change when PW’s former rector, Sister Mary Jane Hahner, retired last year after 10 years of service. Before leaving, she crowned the ladies of PW “The Powerful Women of the Dub,” which has been modified into the hall’s new motto, “Powerful Women.”“Our new rector, Emily Orsini, is a feminist through and through … so it was a very easy transition from rector to rector,” Cleary said.Orsini echoed Cleary’s sentiment, saying female empowerment is something she tries to encourage in her job as rector.“For me, that’s a personal value … empowering not only women, but others,” she said. “How are we empowering women to not compare [themselves] to others … to live in a society where [they] feel supported and loved?”She noted her first months as rector have been met with excitement from the women of PW to embrace their new motto.Cleary explained this excitement and said during her term as president, she plans to focus on bringing the PW women together.“My goal this year was to build community from the inside out,” Cleary said.She said she felt the hall community grow through Queen Week, one of the hall’s signature events, which ended last week. During Queen Week, PW hosts intra-hall competitions and service events, which raised over $500 this year. The week ends with a formal, where a PW freshman is named the hall’s “queen.” This year’s queen was Maggie Murdock of the 2B section.In March, PW will be celebrating Women’s History Month with its new signature event, “Women Empowerment Month.”Cleary said PW will be collaborating with every women’s dorm, and Orsini added men’s dorms will also be included in the festivities.“I think this Women Empowerment Month idea came from all of us [in PW] … this first year, it’s all about ‘what do we want this to look like?’ and there’s going to be a lot of growth and development, but I think the big ideas are … having speakers come in, having some key events and celebrating all the powerful women,” Orsini said.As PW is newer to campus relative to dorms on God Quad and South Quad, Orsini said its traditions have been able to change with the residents.“There’s so much love and spirit and energy here … I think the story and narrative of P-Dub is continuing,” Orsini said.Tags: Dorm feature, dorm features, pasquerilla west hall, purple weasels, Wueen weeklast_img read more

UEFA set to change Barca-Napoli match venue

first_imgUEFA has reportedly demanded the Catalan Department of Health to provide adequate health guarantees for the Barcelona-Napoli Champions League match at Camp Nou. The match between Barcelona and Napoli could be moved away from Camp Nou due to the Covid-19 situation in Catalonia. ‘O Jogo claims both Porto and Guimaraes have made their stadiums available to host the two teams in Portugal, but the reports in Italy highlight that the Blaugrana push to play the game at Camp Nou. Loading… Read Also: Leverkusen reject Kai Havertz transfer request to join Chelsea RAC-1 claims UEFA has asked for guarantees from the Spanish Department of Health, given the difficult situation in Catalonia due to the coronavirus outbreak. The return leg has been scheduled for Catalonia on August 8, but the report suggests the location could still change and a decision will be made by this weekend. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content6 Most Unforgettable Bridges In The WorldWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That ExistThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The World7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime6 Stunning Bridges You’ll Want To See With Your Own Eyes Advertisementlast_img read more

China’s Suning to pay $650m for Premier League TV rights

first_imgShanghai, China | AFP | A Chinese conglomerate has won the rights to broadcast the English Premier League in China for three years, it said Friday, with reports putting the deal’s value at $650 million.The contract would represent a huge uplift on the previous contract as Chinese money pours into football, including major investments in England, and businesses rush to support President Xi Jinping’s national footballing ambitions.“The feedback that the board of the English Premier League gave us is that we have won the bid” to broadcast the English Premier League from 2019 to 2022, a spokesman for Suning Holdings’s PPTV unit told AFP.The exclusive media rights cover mainland China and its special administrative region Macau, a Suning spokeswoman said, adding they still have paperwork to sign before making an official announcement.PPTV is an online streaming platform under the sports arm of the Suning Holdings company, which paid 270 million euros (then $306 million) in June for a majority stake of Inter Milan.It also owns Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning, which twice broke the Asian transfer record this year to sign Ramires from Chelsea for 28 million euros and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Alex Teixeira for 50 million euros.The three-year TV rights were worth more than $650 million, Bloomberg News reported, marking a 12-fold increase on the current contract due to intense competition for the rights.Friday’s announcement by PPTV came soon after the start of a new Premier League television rights cycle, which has generated some £8.3 billion ($10 billion) worldwide through 2019. In the United States, leading terrestrial television network NBC signed a $1 billion six-year deal for the American rights through to 2022.PPTV’s entry into the Premier League broadcast rights market follows huge Chinese investment into English football clubs of more than £500 million ($668 million) since December 2015.The impact has been greatest in the Midlands where Premier League West Bromwich Albion and second-tier Aston Villa, Birmingham City and Wolverhampton Wanderers are now all owned by Chinese businessman or corporations.Last month, a Chinese consortium struck a preliminary agreement to buy Premier League Hull City for £130 million ($159 million), conditional on approval by English football authorities.But the investment is not limited to outright control, with the Chinese’s government’s 13 percent stake in Abu Dhabi-controlled Premier League giants Manchester City one of a number of shareholdings in English clubs.Chinese firms have spent lavishly this year on football clubs, players, and broadcasting rights in an effort to diversify their businesses and aid Xi’s dream of making China into a global centre of gravity for the sport.Xi is a known football fan and in 2011 — when he was then vice president — he laid out three hopes for China’s soccer future: to qualify for another World Cup, to host a World Cup and to win a World Cup.Sport planners hope to turn China into a “world football superpower” by 2050, with a target of 50 million people playing the game by 2020, according to a plan published by the Chinese Football Association in April.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Woman dies attempting to stop hit and run driver

first_imgA 42-year-old woman has died after she was run over while attempting to stop a hit-and-run driver.The incident was reported on October 25th in Hialeah, Florida.Officials say the victim was driving in a vehicle with her family when a woman in a van struck their car and fled the scene.The victim then followed the van which eventually pulled into the parking lot of a pawn shop.  The victim then stepped out of her car and stood behind the van in an attempt to prevent the driver from leaving. When the suspect in the van noticed the woman standing behind her vehicle, she suddenly reversed the vehicle and pinned the victim up against a metal fence. The victim, however, was able to get free and this time stood in front of the van.The suspect in the van then accelerated forward forcing the victim to jump on the hood of the van or be run over. As the victim clung to the hood of the van, the suspect began speeding and driving erratically in an attempt to get the victim off of the vehicle.Eventually the victim fell off of the van and was run over as the suspect fled the scene.  The victim was later flown to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center where she was pronounced dead.Investigators reported that they searched surveillance video in the area and were eventually able to identify the van’s driver as 22-year-old Natasha Boothe.Boothe has since been arrested and is facing charges of first-degree murder and leaving the scene of a crash involving a death.last_img read more

Miami-Bound Flight Diverted After Passenger Fakes Medical Emergency

first_imgA woman who demanded a larger seat on an American Airlines flight last week is in custody, after she faked a medical condition that prompted the pilot to return to a Florida airport.Flight crews alerted authorities when the Miami-bound flight arrived back in Pensacola early Friday morning.A Pensacola police spokesman says the plane was evacuated because the woman refused to deplane. Authorities and the plane’s pilot were eventually able to talk the woman off the plane.According to police, the woman was taken into custody under the state’s Baker Act, which allows authorities to hold a person who could pose a threat to themselves or others.There were no injuries.The airline’s website says the flight resumed its trip to Miami at about 7:30 a.m.last_img

Officials Identify Suspects in Deadly UPS Shooting

first_imgThe FBI has identified the armed robbery suspects killed in a shootout this week in Miramar as 41-year-old Lamar Alexander and 41-year-old Ronnie Jerome Hill.Authorities say the pair held up a jewelry store Thursday afternoon in Coral Gables before carjacking a UPS truck and taking the driver, 27-year-old Frank Ordonez, hostage.The police chase ended when the suspects and police exchanged gunfire on Miramar Parkway, just west of Flamingo Road.Ordonez, the two suspects and Richard Cutshaw, a bystander in a car, were killed. Investigators have not yet determined who killed whom in the shootout.According to reports, 19 officers from five government agencies fired into the UPS truck. The number of shots fired could exceed 200 rounds.Alexander served a 10-year sentenced for armed robbery, and Hill served an eight-month sentence for burglary, according to records. Both men were released from prison in 2017.UPDATED: Armed Robbery in Coral Gables Ends in Police Chase, Gunfirelast_img read more

House panel approves debate for impeachment vote

first_imgThe House Rules committee has approved six hours of debate ahead of Wednesday’s impeachment hearing.The measure was approved late Tuesday night by a party-line vote of nine to four who approved the legislation.President Trump is accused of abusing his powers as president and obstruction of Congress after withholding funds from Ukraine in order to get information regarding relations of political rival, Joe Biden’s son.The move will clear the way for the panel to debate and then vote on whether President Trump committed a crime and whether or not he should be impeached.If the House decides to impeach President Trump, they then will decide if he should also be removed from office.last_img

VIDEO: Truck crashes through Florida airport

first_imgEarly Thursday at around 2:50 a.m., a man driving a truck crashed right into a baggage carousel and car rental center at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.Video footage caught the incident, and it captured the truck almost hitting two employees working behind the car rental center counter.According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the man driving the truck was driving recklessly and they were trying to pull him over right before the accident. 40-year-old Juan Monsivis has previously been charged with multiple DUIs and counts of driving with his license suspended.The CEO of the airport, Rick Piccolo, said the last plane of the night landed about 20 minutes before the incident so the airport was quite. The driver was sent to the hospital with severe injuries, and the employees were not hurt.last_img read more

Cops Rescue Kidnapped Woman from Van Converted into a Cage

first_imgA Los Angeles man is behind bars after police said he kidnapped a woman and kept her in the back of his van which he had converted into a cage.The frightening rescue took place in Alabama and was captured on police body-cam Sunday.The victim suffered more than 30 blows to the head with a tire iron, police said. She is recovering at home.The suspect was identified as Sean Sanders, a homeless man from L.A. with an extensive and violent criminal record, according to police.Police said Sanders had tried to drag the victim into the woods when a witness heard her screams. Sanders then forced the woman into the van and fled. Thankfully, the good Samaritan followed behind and called police.“I didn’t have all the facts. The only thing I did know was that I wasn’t going to let him leave without the police checking it out,” said witness Jay Bostic.Authorities cornered Sanders, but he refused to give up, holding the victim at knife-point in the back of the van. Police eventually Tased Sanders as they pulled the woman to safety.Police report that the back of the vehicle was converted into a cage with wire and blankets covering the windows, and the doors were chained shut.Sanders is behind bars and facing a list of felony charges.last_img read more

Man finds 6-foot boa constrictor in living room couch

first_imgA Kansas man was sitting in his house when he noticed a 6-foot boa constrictor in his living room couch.Butler County District #3 responded to a call on Monday from a man who reported finding the snake. Fire rescue crews arrived to the mans home in Rose Hill, and were able to safely remove the snake.Officials say the homeowner has no clue where the snake came from or who it belongs to.Law enforcement is urging anyone who may know who the snake belongs to, to call officials at 316-776-0401.last_img