Students petition SMC in wake of demonstration

first_imgWednesday afternoon, Saint Mary’s vice president for student affairs Karen Johnson sent an email to students in response to events last week “that called into question the faithfulness to the Saint Mary’s College mission as a Catholic, women’s, residential, undergraduate college in the liberal arts tradition.”Stephanie Szymas Last Thursday, the Feminists United club at the College hosted a display of 1,852 flags, each of which represented 10 services offered by Planned Parenthood not related to abortion.The next day, Saint Mary’s senior Mary Robin created a petition on the website change.org titled “No More Celebration of Planned Parenthood at Saint Mary’s College.” As of midnight Thursday night, the petition had 595 signatures.Robin said the goal of the petition is to encourage the administration to reaffirm the College’s identity as a pro-women, Catholic institution, dedicated to educating the truth about the sanctity of life and Planned Parenthood.“This petition is simply asking the administration to stick to the mission and guidelines it is supposed to honor in the first place,” she said in an email. “This petition is asking Saint Mary’s to reaffirm its loyalty to the Catholic faith and clearly declare its dedication to the pro-life, pro-women movement that Planned Parenthood so obviously works against.”All of the information on the petition’s webpage was obtained from students in the Feminists United club, students who witnessed the display or social media posts, including the post by Planned Parenthood Action celebrating the display, according to Robin.She said the petition has received support from Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Fort Wayne-South Bend diocese, as well as alumnae and families of students.“The comments on the petition page have varied from joyous gratitude to everyone signing for this reaffirmation of Saint Mary’s Catholic identity, to sheer sadness and disappointment in this public display of support for an abortion business, all the way to downright frustration — families promising to withdraw financial and public support for Saint Mary’s until a positive, pro-life statement is made by the school,” Robin said.In yesterday’s email, Johnson said in the email the College consistently upholds its Catholic mission.“As a Catholic college, we strive to foster a culture in which faith and reason are cultivated,” she said.  “The liberal arts tradition calls us to investigate, study and ponder the very difficult circumstances facing society. We do so through the lenses of both faith and reason.”Johnson said education can occur outside the classroom in the form of College-hosted lectures, department- or club-sponsored panel discussions and distribution of facts and information through mediums such as posters or handouts. In the email, Johnson shared the following three guidelines, which she said are consistently followed by Saint Mary’s:“Education at Saint Mary’s includes examining and critically evaluating controversial issues from many perspectives. Saint Mary’s supports a long and revered tradition of open dialogue and free access to information.”“At a Catholic institution, activities that advocate and support Catholic teachings are appropriate and welcome.”“It is inappropriate for Saint Mary’s College student clubs and organizations to advocate for or support organizations, agencies or groups that act contrary to Church teachings or to sponsor events that advocate positions contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church.”Concerning the third guideline, Johnson said students’ ability to host events goes hand-in-hand with a responsibility to uphold Saint Mary’s mission.“The co-curricular environment provides an opportunity for advocacy and support. Some student clubs and organizations exist to effect change. Student organizations are granted certain privileges such as the sponsoring of events; those privileges are accompanied by responsibilities. Because Saint Mary’s College is a Catholic college, among those responsibilities is consistency with Catholic teachings. Sponsorship of a speaker, in and of itself, does not constitute advocacy or support of ideas expressed by the speaker,” Johnson said. Saint Mary’s student body president senior Kaitlyn Baker said in an email to the College’s students yesterday that she initially sought her position in order to allow all voices to be heard.“I also believe that there are two sides to every story, and in most cases, even more than two sides,” Baker said. “It is important for us as young women to be well-educated and then given the freedom to think critically about what we have learned, form our own opinions and stand up for what we believe is right.”Along with standing up for beliefs, it is also important to listen to, learn from and respect each other, Baker said.“We all know that there is more than one way to be a Belle,” Baker said. “And since this year’s core value is community, it is important that we unite as a community to recognize, learn from, and respect the unique gifts, talents and opinions that every Belle brings to the table.”Robin said the purpose of the petition was not to degrade Saint Mary’s, but rather to an attempt to improve it.“ … I believe the level of response speaks to how highly we all esteem and love our school,” she said. “We have such high expectations of this beautiful school and are so proud of its heritage. … It is a painful sight to see its most important identity compromised in such an unmistakable way.“We want our school to be as bold and courageous as the students it educates,” Robin said. “We expect our school to be so especially when its Catholic integrity is challenged on such a critical issue. The Sisters who founded Saint Mary’s would want no less of us and neither will our daughters who may want to come to our alma mater.” Tags: Belles for Life, Feminists United, Planned Parenthood, Planned Parenthood Projectlast_img read more

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Vermont Ranks 30th in Highway Study

first_imgVermont’s road and bridge conditions have been under fire for the past few years, however the Reason Foundation’s study may tell another story. The Reason Foundation has been conducting surveys on all state owned interstates and highways since 1984. This year Vermont ranked 30th up from 37th last year. The Reason Foundation ranks states based on categories including traffic fatalities, congestion, pavement condition, bridge condition, highway maintenance costs, and administrative costs.Despite recent budget problems, VTrans recently found out that it must cut $8 million from its budget, Vermont road conditions appear to be steadily improving. However a closer look reveals a little more. While Vermont ranks low for number of fatalities it ranks 40th in conditions of rural roads and 44th in deficient bridges. So though it appears some things are improving there is still quite a bit of work to be done.For more information about the entire study browse herelast_img read more

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Indomobil to raise $46.8m from rights issue

first_imgAutomotive distributor PT Indomobil Sukses Internasional has announced that it will carry out a rights issue to strengthen the capital structure of its subsidiary company and finance the parent company’s working capital. The company plans to raise up to Rp 675.96 billion (US$46.76 million) from the issuance of 1.23 billion new shares at an exercise price of Rp 550 apiece, according to its prospectus on Friday. Around 90 percent of the proceeds will be allocated to the company’s subsidiary, PT Indomobil Multi Jasa, while the rest will be used for Indomobil Sukses’ working capital.“Gallant Venture Ltd as the majority shareholder of the company declared not to exercise and will transfer its entire preemptive rights in the rights issue to PT Bina Raya Perkasa,” the company said in a statement on Friday.  “The consideration that led Gallant Venture to divert its rights is that the company has not performed well lately, so Gallant Venture as a public company in Singapore does not intend to exercise its rights during this rights issue,” the company explained in a statement on July 2. Gallant Venture currently owns 71.49 percent of the company’s shares, making it the largest shareholder of the company. Upon the completion of the rights issue, Gallant Venture’s ownership over Indomobil Sukses will have diluted by 30.77 percent, resulting in a 49.49 percent of ownership of the company.Bina Raya Perkasa, owned by tycoon Pieter Tanuri, will become the second-biggest owner with 22 percent of the company’s total shares, assuming that the other two shareholder groups, PT Tritunggal Intipermata and the public, both exercise their rights.The coronavirus outbreak has hit Indonesia’s automotive industry hard as shown in the country’s national car sales. Car wholesales nosedived in April and hit rock bottom in May with a more than 95 percent annual drop as the pandemic hit demand. The figure rebounded more than threefold in June to 12,623 units from a record low 3,551 units in May despite still almost 79 percent lower than the same period last year, according to Association of Indonesian Automotive Manufacturers (Gaikindo) data compiled by diversified conglomerate PT Astra International.In a statement published on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) on June 12, Indomobil reported that the COVID-19 pandemic had affected its business.The company booked a net loss of Rp 164.5 billion in this year’s first quarter, down from a net profit of Rp 630.99 billion booked during the same period last year.Its net revenue decreased 6.82 percent to Rp 4.46 trillion from Rp 4.79 trillion, as revenues from the cars, trucks and heavy equipment segments decreased. Meanwhile, its cost of revenue decreased 8.37 percent to Rp 3.55 trillion as of March 31. Going forward, the company estimated that its automotive sales would decline by around 70 percent yoy in the second quarter after having fallen 22.2 percent in the first quarter, the company reported.The company’s stocks, traded at the IDX under the code IMAS, had dropped 2.96 percent as of 2:30 p.m. Western Indonesia Time on Monday to Rp 655 apiece as the benchmark, the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), gained 0.39 percent. The stocks have lost more than 73 percent of their value in the last year.Topics :last_img read more

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Virus cases rise in China, South Korea

first_imgROME – Both China and South Korea reported new spikes in coronavirus cases on Sunday, setting off fresh concerns in countries where local outbreaks had been in dramatic decline. People watch a TV screen showing the live broadcast of South Korean President Moon Jae-in during a news conference to mark the third anniversary of his presidency at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea on May 10, 2020. AP The Jilin cases prompted authorities to raise the threat level in one of its counties, Shulan, to high risk, just days after downgrading all regions in the country to low risk. China reported 14 new cases on Sunday, its first double-digit rise in 10 days. Eleven of 12 domestic infections were in the northeastern province of Jilin and one in Hubei, whose capital Wuhan was the epicenter of the global pandemic.center_img South Korea on Sunday reported 34 additional cases as a spate of transmissions linked to clubgoers threatens the country’s hard-won gains in its fight against the virus. It was the first time that South Korea’s daily jump has marked above 30 in about a month. Around the world, the U.S. and other hard-hit countries are wrestling with how to ease curbs on business and public activity without causing the virus to come surging back. (AP)last_img read more

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