Student focuses senior project on topic of campus sexual assault

first_imgSenior design major Mary Kate Healey said she tries to think of her major as problem-solving.In the spring of their junior year, design majors propose an idea for their big final project. Healey said when coming up with an idea she mulled through the things she was really passionate about and eventually decided she wanted to do something raising awareness for sexual assault, specifically at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s.Mary-Kate Healey “We always hear about statistics, we get crime emails,” Healey said. “There’s a lot of impersonal information passed around. It’s very statistics driven and there’s also the kind of hidden shame and embarrassment that comes with it.“I wanted to collect these very intimate stories and display them in a very public, unapologetic way while still maintaining the story of the storyteller.”Healey’s project is a 9-foot wide and 4-foot tall white sheet with quotes from sexual assault stories from students at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s. The quotes were first written out on the sheet and then Healey went back and stitched them on afterwards.“The reason I’m doing the stitching is because there’s a lot of art history between women and the domestic craft,” she said. “Women have always been making art, but because they didn’t necessarily have the resources, doing domestic crafts like creating clothing, embroidery, cross-stitch, quilting … those were never considered art because those women weren’t considered artists.”Healey said stitching and embroidery has been used a lot among feminist artists such as suffragettes and most recently on signs at the Women’s March on Washington.“I wanted to tap into that history,” Healey said.Healey said use of a sheet as her canvas was purposeful; the fabric itself holds a double meaning since a bed should be considered a safe place for rest, but that for many people “it often becomes a crime scene.”Healey went through the Institutional Review Board since her project technically counted as human research and had to be declared ethical before she could proceed. After it was approved by the board, she went on with a survey that she circulated and received 64 responses from. On April 7, her project will be put on display at the Snite Museum of Art.Healey said the act of sewing itself was so laborious and that it took her several hours to sew even a sentence, however, that was not the most difficult aspect of the project.“The hardest part of it has been the emotional toll of it,” she said. “A lot of these people revealed very upsetting stories and I don’t know if I anticipated going into it how difficult it would be.”One story that stood out, Healey said, was a submission that was in the form of a poem. She said what was striking was that each line of the poem started of with “he was a friend of mine.” Healey said the way the poem ended powerfully when the student wrote, “I wish trying to erase my pain hadn’t caused me more pain.”Because she wanted the project to be collaborative, Healey started a sewing circle to create dialogue in a very straightforward way. The group has met five times so far and she said everyone is welcome to join, and most of those who have joined did not have prior sewing experience.Healey said she received some negative responses from her survey from people who had misconceptions about rape on campus and thought that it was not as prevalent a problem as she was making it out to be. She said her hope is that her project expels these “rape myths” and raises awareness.“I think people also just don’t understand that it could happen to anyone,” she said. “It happens to tons of people, so I think that just the way people interact with each other, the way people look out for each other, the way people speak with each other … I just want people to be more conscious of that and to have the courage to engage in these conversations.”Tags: design, Mary Kate Healey, sewing circles, sexual assaultlast_img read more

Top tips for what to do in the garden this Winter

first_imgMike Walton from Seia Garden and Maintenance prunes back his tropical garden during the dry months of the year. PICTURE: STEWART MCLEANTHE extremes of temperature, rainfall and heat the Far North experiences means keeping home gardens and lawns looking great all year round takes some planning.Some of the gardeners on the front line of Cairns’ green space have plenty of tips on what homeowners should do now to reap the benefits of tidy, luscious, tropical vegetation come December.Mow & Mulch Lawn & Garden Maintenance owner Cady Hansen said this time of year, when the growth rate of plants and lawns had slowed down, was perfect for getting stuck into big jobs. Mowing lawns don’t need to be mown as often during Winter, according to the experts, including this beautifully maintained property atTrinity Park. Source: Realestate.com.auWhile it is not needing to be tended every week to remove weeds, Seia Gardening and Maintenance owner Mike Walton recommends doing a quick pH test of soil in garden beds to check conditions and then adding lime or dynamic lifter to ready the earth for planting. “The best time to plant trees, flowering shrubs or vegetable depends on the plant but it’s probably not a good time to do it when it’s not raining,” he said. “The temperature needs to come up a bit to help the vegetables grow. I’d probably start in November. Anything in the garden before that should be hard landscaping — reconditioning the garden beds and mulching. Winter is the perfect time to tidy up the garden making it like this pristine property at 3 Ewan Glen, Trinity Park. It’s on the market at offers over $469,000. Source: Realestate.com.au“It’s time to get stuff down like getting the big stuff chopped out, get rid of overhanging branches and trees which could be posing a problem,” he said. “It’s a good time to do mulching — we recommend 100mm thick mulch, which, no matter what mulch you use, it’ll get you through the year.”More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago“We’re not mowing every fortnight at this time of the year. What we do with a lot of people is we say we’re not mowing but we’ll get the gardens back up to scratch. “Once the wet season comes it’s full on and we can’t keep up with inquiries.”center_img Now is the time to chop back bigger plants like the homeowners at38 Yule Avenue, Clifton Beach, have done. The home is on the market priced at offers over $649,000. Source: Realestate.com.au“Homeowners need to prepare for the wet and chop everything back so new plants can grow out.”Landscaping to create drainage systems so gardens aren’t drowning come summer and ensuring trees and bushes are pruned away from houses or sheds is also a great job for the winter months.High pressure cleaning of paved or concreted areas will also increase the appeal of a yard and remove slippery mould, mildew, algae and fungus. SEE MORE CAIRNS REAL ESTATE NEWS HERElast_img read more

Other Sports Praggnanandhaa Wins Gold In World Youth Chess Championships, India End With Record Seven Medals

first_imgMumbai: Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa emerged as unconquered king in the World Youth Chess Championship in Mumbai, claiming the gold in the Under-18 Open category on Saturday. The 14-year-old Grand Master from Chennai settled for a cautious draw in the 11th and final round against ValentinBuckels (Germany) to top the charts with nine points. He, however, will also have to thank compatriot, International Master Arjun Kalyan for achieving a crucial draw against top seeded Shant Sargsyan (Armenia). Praggnanandhaa would have been under pressure if Grand Master Shant had won. But Shant could not unravel a determined Arjun, allowing Praggnanandhaa to annex the title.  The Championship ended on a high note for India, with six other medals, including three silver, coming their way. Only the Under-16 Girls category proved tough for India, although B M Akshaya gave a good account of herself. Akshaya lost the medal to Anousha Mahdian, sufferingan unexpected defeat to her in the final round. But Indian girls in the Under-14 segment compensated for it, with Divya Deshmukh and Rakshitta Ravi winning two medals. Top seed Womens International Master Divya, who seemed to be out of contention midway through the event, pulled off a well thought-out victory in the last round to clinch silver. Rakshitta too beat overnight leader Bat-Erdene Mungunzul on the top board to earn the bronze. Kazakhstan’s Meruert Kamalidenova, however, was the star of this category, registering five straight wins to clinch the gold. Fide Master L R Srihari (Under-14 Open) and Vantika Agrawal (Under-16 Girls) collected other two silver medals for India, playing out draws in their respective matches. Vantika had an outside chance of pocketing the gold, especially after top seed Polina Shuvalova (8.5) settled for a draw.Also Read | Earlier Padma Shri snub motivated me to do better: Harika Dronavalli, India chess grandmasterVantika, with eight points, however, couldn’t beat Alexandra Obolentseva of Russia, and finished half a point behind Shuvalova. Srihari (8), who was in contention for the gold at the start of the penultimate day, endured draws in the last two rounds to slip to the second position. S Maralakshikari won the bronze, after beating the surprise package of the championship, R Abinandhan. CM Aronyak Ghosh (8) claimed the other bronze for the country in the Under-16 Open category after drawing withIran’s Arash Daghli. He will, however, look back at the WYCC as a missed opportunity, after accepting a quick draw in the penultimate round. Winners: U18 Open: Praggnanandhaa R (IND) 9.0; Shant Sargsyan (ARM) 8.5; Artur Davtyan (ARM) 8.0  U18 Girls: Polina Shuvalova (RUS) 8.5; Vantika Agrawal (IND) 8.0; Alexandra Obolentseva (RUS) 7.5 U16 Open: Rudik Makarian (RUS) 8.5; Stefan Pogosyan (RUS) 8.0; Aronyak Ghosh (IND) 8.0  U16 Girls: Leya Garifullina (RUS) 8.5; Nurgali Nazerke (KAZ) 8.5; Anousha Mahdian (IRI) 8.0 U14 Open: Aydin Suleymanli (AZE) 9.0; Srihari L R (IND) 8.0; Sreeshwan Maralakshikari (IND) 8.0 U14 Girls: Meruert Kamalidenova (KAZ) 8.5; Divya Deshmukh (IND) 8.0; Rakshitta Ravi (IND) 8.0. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Coastal GasLink Statement on RCMP Criminal Investigation

first_imgCALGARY, AB – Coastal GasLink released a Statement on the RCMP’s Criminal Investigation regarding security and safety concerns on the Morice West Forest Service Road.On January 8, 2020, the RCMP issued a news release expressing safety and security concerns following their discovery of hazardous blockades, partly cut trees and stacks of flammable materials and accelerants at locations along the Morice West Forest Service Road.The RCMP also announced the commencement of a criminal investigation under Section 247 of the Criminal Code in connection with the laying of traps.- Advertisement -Coastal GasLink President David Pfeiffer called the findings extremely disappointing.“Coastal GasLink respects the rights of individuals to peacefully and lawfully protest so long as their activities do not jeopardize the safety of the public, our employees, our contractors, or the RCMP,” said Mr. Pfeiffer.“Our primary concern is the safety of all users of this public forestry road, including those who wish to protest our activities. Unlawful actions that put people at risk for serious harm are dangerous, reckless and unacceptable, and do not reflect peaceful protest.”Advertisement “Once again, I invite Chief Namox to meet with Coastal GasLink so we can try to find common ground and a mutually agreeable solution that ensures the safety of all involved and that results in a peaceful resolution.”last_img read more