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SMC symposium to address incarcerated women

first_imgNext Tuesday Saint Mary’s College will shed light on an often-unheard community within South Bend: incarcerated women. The College is hosting a Symposium on Female Incarceration on Tuesday, December 3 that will highlight the work of men and women who serve the incarcerated. The symposium will take place in Vander Vannet Theater in the College Student Center, Dr. Adrienne Lyles Chockley, visiting assistant professor of justice education said. “Many of the people who are going to be presenting are individuals who came to serve ex-offenders through a very long and kind of winding life journey which I include myself in,” Chockley said. “I have an organization called social justice services that provides re-entry services for ex-offenders, and so many of the people have this very interesting life story that brought us to serve this population.” She said she hopes the all-day, non-stop event will open the floor for dialogue and discussion about the challenges faced by female ex-offenders, what it means to be a woman incarcerated, and the challenges women and their families face as they exit incarceration. “One of our most vulnerable populations in the South Bend community [is] our female ex-offenders, and so we are gathering ex-offenders, advocates, professionals [and] members of the faith community to take a look at what the challenges are and have a discussion about how we can collaboratively address those challenges,” she said. The symposium will feature 15 speakers tied to the South Bend incarcerated community and Chockley will deliver the opening and closing remarks.   “I’m excited about every single person [speaking],” Chockley said. Father David T. Link, former dean of Notre Dame Law School and newly published author, will be the keynote speaker. His new book, “Camerado, I Give You My Hand: How a Powerful Lawyer-Turned-Priest Is Changing the Lives of Men Behind Bars,” is about the value of human life and the transformative power of friendship and compassion, according to his website. Chockley said his life mission is to walk with the incarcerated, especially with those facing the death penalty or on death row, and people who are imprisoned for life. Pat Hosea, a female ex-offender who will speak to a variety of the challenges faced by incarcerated women including sexual violence, addiction and issues with children and child custody, is delivering the second keynote speech. Chockley said she transformed her life after being released from prison; she is now a small business owner and a personal friend to her. “She really speaks to both what the challenges are and real concrete ways to transcend those challenges,” Chockley said. Though incarceration is a relatively well-discussed issue in society, the unique challenges it poses to women are often overlooked, Chockley said.  Many institutions will address incarceration but from a male’s perspective and ignore female-intersected challenges involved including sexual violence, addiction, child-care, and economic concerns, she said.   Now an ex-offender going on 11 years, Hosea said she can attest and identify with theses hardships, but she has used them to shape herself into an advocate for those struggling as she did. “My story never ends because I’ve been a survivor of a lot of things,” Hosea said. With regards to her incarceration experience, she said she recalls the “horridness” of being separated from her children and how that worry weighed upon her during her imprisonment. “It was horrible.  There’s no explanation other than it’s horrible, especially if you have children.” Hosea said.  “[Fortunately] all four of my boys are doing very well. “It was hell.  Never, ever do I ever want to do it again, because if I get off try off track for one second, the enemy will try to take me out.  I’m doing well through the grace of God.” Father James Bracke, C.S.C., staff chaplain of Campus Ministry, said his experience on the other side of prison bars within prison ministry last year led him to see what he could do to help stem the flow of folks falling back into the cycle of incarceration. “I am a beginner student in this maze of re-entry, but I feel called to do something to serve these my sisters and brothers, having paid the price for their mistakes, to have a second chance,” Bracke said.  “It is what Jesus came to give all of us after our fall from grace, and faith says that redemption is real for every one of us.  700 of my brothers and sisters in Christ come back into St. Joseph County each year, and after being warehoused for years are told basically good luck from the system as they go back.   “Many said, ‘Father, I never intended to come back here but I could not find a job to support me or my family.  I had too many stressors and I went back to the street.’  The costs for food, housing, shelter, no transportation and the costs of paying for probation are there with little assistance on job creation.  People are reluctant to hire ex-offenders and the economy is still not back yet for the poor in our country.” Bracke has been in the priesthood for over 33 years, Bracke has visited parishioners in Illinois, Colorado and Indiana.  He said his longtime friend and fellow priest, Father Tom McNally, C.S.C, who is also speaking on the subject of spiritual response to the crisis of incarceration, inspired Bracke to serve those in prison Bracke aims ty embrace the symposium’s importance in drawing attention to voices unheard in the incarcerated community. “Female incarceration is somewhat underreported as to how it has an effect on community and family life,” Bracke said. “My reason for speaking at this symposium is to advocate for folks who have few if any voices to encourage and support them.  Jesus came for the folks on the margins and for those cut off from the rest of society and I feel I want to speak on behalf of them.  It’s all about service and the Lord.   “I feel called to walk the talk, and I hope that students will come to listen and grow in of this critical issue that is not addressed or on the priority list for politicians.  Come with open hearts to hear and see with new eyes.”   Contact Emilie Kefalas at ekefal01@saintmarys.edulast_img read more

Record-smashing car count for opening night at Spring Nationals

first_imgBEATRICE, Neb. (March 11) – Record-breaking might not be descriptive enough for opening night of the 23rd annual Spring Nationals at Beatrice Speedway.The traditional season-opening special saw 313 cars in four IMCA divisions in action Friday, 39 more than last year. The new mark is guaranteed to go even higher with the addition of Mach-1 Sport Compacts to the Saturday program.By division, opening night at Beatrice featured 118 Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, 85 Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, 57 IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and 53 IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars.Friday feature winners were Terry Phillips in the Modifieds, Kyle Vanover in the Stock Cars, Greg Metz in the Northern SportMods and Cody Nielsen in the Hobby Stocks.Phillips’ $2,000 checkers put him on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. Vanover and Metz each earned $500, Nielsen $400.Opening night competitors came from 16 states and Canada. Car Count records for Spring Nationals have now been set three of the past five years.Modifieds – 1. Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.; 2. Jesse Sobbing, Malvern, Iowa; 3. Justin Zeitner, LaVista; 4. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 5. Mike Mashl, DePere, Wis.; 6. Mike Wedelstadt, Fremont, Wis.; 7. Brian Mullen, Seymour, Wis.; 8. Jordy Nelson, Marysville, Kan.; 9. Tyler Frye, Belleville, Kan.; 10. Shane Hiatt, Rising City; 11. Dominic Ursetta, Arvada, Colo.;12. Jeff James, Stanton, Iowa; 13. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa; 14. Kyle Brown, State Center; 15. Steven Bowers Jr., Topeka, Kan.; 16. Jesse Hoeft, Forest City, Iowa; 17. Jeffrey Larson, Lakefield, Minn.; 18. Dylan Smith, Osceola; 19. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup, Iowa; 20. Chris Abelson, Sioux City, Iowa; 21. Jason Krohn, Slayton, Minn.; 22. Mike Mullen, Suamico, Wis.; 23. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice; 24. Johnny Saathoff, Beatrice.Heat winners were Sobbing, Phillips, Brown, Hiatt, Abelson, Mashl, Grabouski, Mike Mullen, Krohn, Hoeft, Zeitner and Wedelstadt. “B” winners were Brian Mullen, Marriott, Frye, Saathoff, James and Larson. Stock Cars – 1. Kyle Vanover, Beatrice; 2. Casey Woken, Norton, Kan.; 3. Derek Green, Granada, Minn.; 4. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn.; 5. Randy Brands, Boyden; 6. Elijah Zevenbergen, Ocheyedan, Iowa;7. Tyler Phelps, Beatrice; 8. Cory Dumpert, York; 9. Dustin Larson, Worthington, Minn.; 10. Brendon LaBatte, Weyburn, Sask.; 11. Angel Munoz, Lamar, Colo.; 12. Devin Kuehne, Reading, Minn.; 13. John Oliver Jr., Danville, Iowa; 14. Bob Fuegmann, Minot, N.D.; 15. Chad Palmer, Renwick, Iowa; 16. Scot Granzella, Salina, Kan.; 17. Jay Schmidt, Tama, Iowa;18. Jake Ludeking, Decorah; 19. Bryan Rigsby, Topeka, Kan.; 20. Randy Killen, Des Moines, Iowa; 21. Ron Stenvold, Minot, N.D.; 22. Justin Merriman, Onaga, Kan.; 23. Jason See, Albia, Iowa; 24. Dustin Schmidt, Fairbury, Neb.Heat winners were Brands, Merriman, Rigsby, See, LaBatte and Vanover. “B” feature winners were Zevenbergen, Palmer and Larson.Northern SportMods – 1. Greg Metz, Washington, Kan.; 2. Adam Armstrong, Beatrice; 3. Lance Borgman, Beatrice; 4. Clint Luellen, Minburn, Iowa; 5. Austin Luellen, Minburn, Iowa; 6. Carter VanDenBerg, Oskaloosa, Iowa; 7. Kyle Prauner, Norfolk; 8. Colby Langenberg, Norfolk; 9. Nelson Vollbrecht, Stanton; 10. Daniel Gottschalk, Ellis, Kan.; 11. Darin Roepke, LeMars, Iowa; 12. Rocky Caudle, Ellsworth, Iowa; 13. Jesse Skalicky, Fargo, N.D.; 14. Shawn Cooney, Des Moines, Iowa; 15. Zach McKinnon, Antigo, Wis.; 16. Gary Saathoff, Beatrice; 17. Chris Langdale, Beatrice; 18. Karl Brewer, Vermillion, S.D.;19. Chase Rudolf, Norwalk, Iowa; 20. Tony Rialson, Cottonwood, Minn.; 21. Kirk Beatty, Sioux City, Iowa; 22. Rick Rohr, Pickrell, Neb.; 23. Scott Bivens, Waverly; 24. Brenden Damon, Great Bend, Kan.Heat winners were McKinnon, Metz, Caudle, Austin Luellen, Damon, Roepke, VanDenBerg and Clint Luellen. “B” feature winners were Langdale, Armstrong, Bivens and Prauner.Hobby Stocks – 1. Cody Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa; 2. John Watson, Des Moines, Iowa; 3. Roy Armstrong, Beatrice; 4. Jacob Olmstead, Overton; 5. Garrett Eilander, Newton, Iowa; 6. Tyler Saathoff, Hickman; 7. Justin Busboom, Lincoln; 8. Brady Bencken, Oakley, Kan.; 9. Chad Borgman, Beatrice; 10. Shawn Slezak, Milligan; 11. Mark Saathoff, Beatrice; 12. Dillon Thompson, Hastings; 13. Benji Irvine, Oelwein, Iowa; 14. Dustin Filloon, Tama; 15. David Carter, Fremont; 16. Ryan Roschewski, Beatrice; 17. Chad Lonneman, Adrian, Minn.; 18. Shawn Kuennen, Hazleton; 19. Dave Riley, Sioux City, Iowa; 20. Tim Sidles, Emmetsburg, Iowa; 21. Brendon Stigge, Fairbury; 22. Tyler Davis, Fairbury; 23. Tyrel Smith, Goodland, Kan.; 24. Eric Chab, Blue Springs.Heat winners were Lonneman, Chab, Thompson, Borgman, Stigge and Slezak. “B” feature winners were Irvine, Busboom and Armstrong.last_img read more

History made as SGU shareholders vote yes to amalgamation with SLGA

first_img7 Apr 2015 History made as SGU shareholders vote yes to amalgamation with SLGA A single unified national governing body for amateur golf in Scotland is to be created after the shareholders of Scottish Golf Union Limited (SGU), its 16 Area Golf Associations, today unanimously voted though the Proposal to amalgamate with the Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association (SLGA). Following an historic 16-0 verdict delivered by the Area Golf Associations at an SGU Extraordinary General Meeting at the Stirling Court Hotel, the SGU and SLGA will amalgamate into a new company, to be called Scottish Golf Limited. The new company will come into existence on 1 October 2015. In February, the Membership of the SLGA backed the Proposal to amalgamate with the SGU by a unanimous margin of 204 – 0 at their Annual General Meeting, before SGU affiliated clubs and eligible societies overwhelmingly backed the Proposal after voting 97% in favour in an independent poll. Scotland’s leading male and female golfers, Stephen Gallacher and Catriona Matthew, also supported the plans to amalgamate the two governing bodies, with other partners and sponsors strongly in favour. Speaking at the Stirling Court Hotel at the University of Stirling campus, SGU Chairman Tom Craig (photo courtesy of SGU) expressed his delight at the outcome of the EGM. Craig said: “This is an historic day for Scottish amateur golf. I thank the SGU’s Area Golf Associations for their support in unanimously backing the Proposal and our affiliated clubs for showing confidence in the Proposal. I’d also like to thank Sheriff Alastair Thornton and all the other members of the Amalgamation Joint Working Group for their hard work. “We have enjoyed a close working relationship with the SLGA for many years and now look forward to working together as one organisation. The reality is that the SGU and SLGA are already working more closely than ever before so the transition to a single unified governing body should be fairly seamless. “We can look to the future with excitement and optimism at the potential benefits amalgamation will bring, including providing greater leadership to our clubs and players, projecting golf as a modern, inclusive sport with a positive image to attract more players and attracting more resources into the sport from commercial sponsorship and government. “It has been a long journey to reach this stage, but it was important that everyone had the chance to contribute to the amalgamation debate, so we could come forward with a good structure for the future of golf in Scotland. “Our game faces many challenges. There’s a lot to do, but we now have the opportunity to build a positive future for golf and golf clubs in Scotland.” Beth Paterson, SLGA Chairman, added: “We are delighted that both organisations have given their overwhelming support for amalgamation. This is a positive day for golf and a vital step forward for the game. Scottish Golf will now be able to focus on the main issues facing the game and take it positively into a new era.” For more information please contact: Ed Hodge, PR & Media Executive Office Line: 01334 466477 Mobile No: 07850 772166last_img read more

A Casual Christie Fields Questions At Town Hall Meeting

first_imgOCEAN — Gov. Chris Christie took his show on the road last Tuesday, coming to Monmouth County for a “town hall” meeting in the Ocean Township Community Gym, 1100 West Park Ave.During the informal afternoon, Christie outlined his accomplishments since taking office, chided his critics in the  the media and in the Democratic legislasture, and shared a little information on what made him the person he is.“We are all a product of our parents,” he said, noting that his father, who was in attendance at the gathering, is a gregarious man of Irish heritage and his deceased mother was Sicilian. “But in the automobile of life, he was the passenger,” he said, in a sort of kidding tone. “My mother set the rules.”Christie spent much of his time fielding questions from the more than 500 people filling the gym, who asked him to respond to a broad spectrum of topics, including tort reform to curb health care costs, education funding, the regional green house tax initiative that the Governor decided to opt out, and campaign finance reform.Lou Parisi, a senior from Loch Arbor, said he pays about $13,000 a year in property taxes for his 90-year-old home, with a considerable amount of his taxes  allotted to public education. “I ask you what steps would you take to make sure we pay our fair share of property taxes but no more?” Parisi asked.Christie told Parisi he tried to direct more of the available state education funding toward suburban schools, but was waylaid by the state Supreme Court, which ruled that additional funds would have to be allocated to what are commonly called Abbott districts.“That’s why I’m trying to change the Supreme Court,” but Democrats on the Senate’s Judiciary Committee have stalled two nominees, he charged.“We need to get people on the Supreme Court who understand the limits of a judge,” Christie said. “The role is to interpret the law, not make law.”Striding around in shirtsleeves and holding a microphone, the governor said that he and Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno were elected to “turn Trenton upside down.”And given the fact that Senate President Steve Sweeney and Christie have reached an agreement for a 10 percent income tax credit, “When you have Democrats fighting on how we cut taxes not if we cut taxes,” he said, “you know we’ve turned Trenton upside down.”“If Kim and I had not come to Trenton, this would not have happened,” he said.Over the course of a little more than a hour of questions and answers, Christie offered some morsels of political red meat for the partisan members of the audience, taking swipes at former Democratic Governors Jon Corzine and Jim McGreevey and state Senator Richard Codey, for their “wasteful, over the top spending;”and aiming others at teachers’ unions, which he charged were blocking his attempts to reform public education.He also expressed support for constructing another nuclear power plant in the southern part of the state, which, he said, would create jobs and provide energy.Christie also said he plans to seek mandatory treatment for non-violent drug offenders in a secure facility. Treating drug offenders would lead to a much lower recidivism rate, he said. “This is not soft on crime,” said Christie, a former U.S. Attorney, acknowledging that the longstanding War on Drugs hasn’t worked. “This is smart on crime.”Adam, a young boy from Long Branch, offered the last question of the day, asking if Christie would be Mitt Romney’s vice presidential candidate for the 2012 election. “If he calls and asks about vice president, I’ll listen to him,” Christie responded. But he told Adam, “If you’re going to make a guess, you can guess that Chris Christie will be governor in January 2013.”That remark was met with a large round of applause from the polite and largely supportive audience.“I hope he runs for president in 2016,” said Ocean Township resident Dorothy Johnson, describing herself as Republican as she was leaving the town hall meeting.“He talks to you like he’s talking to a person,” she said. “He’s not talking to you like he’s a politician looking for your vote.”NJ Governor Chris Christie in Ocean Township on TuesdayThese types of events are good for the governor because he’s very effective in them, John Weingart, associate director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics, at Rutgers University, told The Two River Times on Wednesday.“He’s far from the first person to do this but he’s very good at it and I think he’s getting tremendous benefit from it,” Weingart said, “in terms of governing and in terms of future elections.“There is also the celebrity factor,” given Christie has commanded a national stage and had been the topic of conversations, and his overall command of the issues is of a great benefit for Christie, Weingart pointed out. “It makes him appear much better at these things than most governors, than most people on politics.”last_img read more