TCU takes a new step to help sexual assault victims

first_imgFacebook Facebook ReddIt ReddIt TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Review: ‘Black Panther’ delivered even with high expectations William Konig printTCU has created a new position to support victims of sexual assault.The director of Title IX advocacy and education is a certified advocate who can offer confidentiality to those seeking.Leah Carnahan, who most recently was an assistant dean in Campus Life, formally took on the role on June 1.Dr. Darron Turner, TCU’s Title IX coordinator, said Carnahan’s new role is as certified advocate and that she now has confidentiality to those with whom she talks.This new position comes as colleges and universities across the country grapple with the rules of Title IX.Turner said when the news broke this past spring about Baylor University’s mishandling sexual assault cases against football players, “TCU was already in the process of looking into their Title IX policies.”“We are always talking with students about what is most needed, and we are always looking to make adjustments to our policy as we see fit,” said Turner.He added that having a victim advocate who has confidentiality when talking with students isn’t required by law.Carnahan, who has worked at TCU for 14 years, has been doing advocacy work as the assistant Dean of Campus Life for the past three years.“To know I can make a difference and help someone through a very difficult process is what keeps me going,” said Carnahan. “When students choose to tell their parents and the parents thank me for being here to support their child is also why I do the work I do.”Carnahan’s duties include educating students and serving as an advocate for students reporting to law enforcement, the Title IX coordinator or any mandatory reporter for TCU.“Come and speak to me as the campus advocate to know more about your rights, options and resources,” said Carnahan. “If students are not comfortable with that, I always encourage students struggling with anything to reach out and speak with a counselor at the counseling center.”Part of Carnahan’s job is to provide immediate crisis support, information and referral to student victims. This includes an on-call crisis response when a student chooses to go to the hospital.“We will talk about reporting options, support resources for physical and emotional wellbeing as well other options available to them,” said Carnahan. William Konighttps://www.tcu360.com/author/william-konig/ World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Twitter TAGStimeline – interactive William Konighttps://www.tcu360.com/author/william-konig/ + posts William Konighttps://www.tcu360.com/author/william-konig/ Review: ‘Ready Player One’ is a ton of fun Review: predictions on who will win the Oscar vs. who should Previous articleCaylin Moore wins Allstate community service awardNext articleThe Skiff: October 13, 2016 William Konig RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Review: ‘Love, Simon’ is actually a cute romantic comedy Leah Carnahan speaks to students about campus resources and Title IX. Twitter William Konighttps://www.tcu360.com/author/william-konig/ Linkedin Linkedin Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

Child abuse bred by frustration

first_imgChild abuse bred by frustration from povertyLast week a video went viral of a half-naked woman holding and violently beating a young girl with a machete. Reports out of Jamaica later informed the incident took place in St. Thomas Jamaica, and the woman was a mother was beating her 12-year old daughter. The mother was arrested on child abuse charges, which occurred months earlier, after the video aired.The video has created much controversy. Some people side with the mother for disciplining, a young woman who admitted to having behavioral “attitude.” Others agree the woman should have been arrested.What the images of this video does indicate are two very serious problems, child abuse and poverty, existing not only in Jamaica, but several societies these days.Condoned within Jamaican cultureVery few can condone the nature of the beaten the young girl received. However, the Jamaican culture condones parents or guardians beating children for being disobedient, or misbehaving. Usually children are beaten with belts or whips, not machetes.  Beating a child with a machete which could have slipped and caused grave injury is ultra-excessive and cruel.Second generation Jamaicans can’t relateSecond generation Jamaicans who were born and raised in the US may be unable to relate to a Jamaican culture where beating of a child is acceptable norm. In the US to beat one’s child, even in the privacy of one’s home, is an illegal infraction, child abuse, which can result in a prison sentence.Older Jamaicans who were accustomed to beatings from their parents, or even teachers while attending Jamaican schools,  attest to having welcomed these whippings now they are adults. Often, these older Jamaicans express being ”thankful” for these  beatings made them more disciplined and responsible adults.Frowned upon as child abuseHowever, as Jamaica continues to be influenced by American  behavioral patterns, beatings of children, whether in the home or school, is being frowned upon as child abuse.But beatings like which the woman in the referred video gave her child is indicative of a deep sociological problem in poor Jamaican communities.More prevalent in poorer communitiesStudies have indicated that domestic and child abuse in Jamaica is more prevalent in poorer urban and rural communities.In these communities, unemployment is high, and so is frustration born out of financial need.Preponderance of unwanted pregnancies Usually, the more prevalent activity among people in these poor communities is sexual intercourse. This results in a preponderance of unwanted pregnancies, especially among, young women. In most cases these women are deserted by their baby fathers, left to raise children on their own, without steady incomes. Also, it isn’t unusual for a woman with a child or children, to turn to another man seeking financial support only to end up being pregnant for that man who also deserts her, and the cycle keeps rotating.Poor struggling motherThe mother in the video has four other children. Reports, and images from the video, portrays a poor struggling family. It’s not sure if the mother is working but an unemployed adult daughter  said the mother struggles to feed her family, often going without food herself. This type of poverty, where women struggle day-to-day to feed their children is the source of great frustration. It’s the type of frustration which a mother, or father, takes out on their children violently for the slightest infraction. It’s also the type of frustration that poor, unemployed men, unable to provide for their family, take out on their woman violently.Arresting women who commit child abuse may be a fitting punishment, but does not solve their frustration emanating from poverty. Counseling in parental skills may also help in the very short term, but will prove a waste of time when these women go back to their life of poverty unable to adequately provide for their children.Cry for helpThis woman action of beating her child so viciously with a machete was a cry for help, a cry that is representative of thousands of poor, frustrated mothers.The solution is not easy to find. It’s the responsible of governments, to alleviate the poverty that generates the type of frustration that can result in mothers seriously abusing their children. But how can a government solve this problem, when its resources continue to be limited, while poverty is increasing? Nonetheless, if child abuse and domestic abuse is to be averted, the entire society, not just the government, must find solutions, somehow.All cases such as this are handled in Jamaica by the Child Development Agency, which is under the purview of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.last_img read more

Little Silver Hurricane Sandy Update

first_img– Public Works continues to remove leaves and brush from around storm drains where possible. They will not reach every storm drain, so where possible please assist by refraining from raking leaves or brush into street, and by pulling back piles where possible. Little Silver is prepared for Sandy’s arrival and has now ordered evacuations in the following areas and provided the following instructions and advice: – Cars may be moved at the owner’s risk to the large Little Silver Train Station parking lot. – Gas stations shall remain closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. – Local schools and Red Bank Regional are closed Monday and Tuesday – Watch for Two River Alert updates and instructions. – Instructions for contacting JCP&L in the event of a power outage are on the borough’s website. The police department will not have information about power outages. – No one is to be on any public street or place from 9 p.m.to 6 a.m.except as authorized by a designated official. The borough has set up an emergency command post in borough hall, and is in contact with state and county emergency officials. As information becomes available, it will be posted on the website and communicated by the Two River Alert system. – Periodically check the borough website, www.littlesilver.org, which will post alerts and updates, and contains hurricane and storm preparation guidelines. – Recycling pickup has been suspended for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and trash collection has been suspended Monday and Tuesday. – All those living on the following streets must evacuate: Little Silver Point Road, Borden Place, Paag Lane, Paag Circle, Breezy Point, Alwin Terrace, Carriage House Lane, Riveredge Drive, North Riveredge Drive, Sunnylands Court, Edgewood Drive South, Riverview Avenue South, Fairview Avenue, Tinton Place, Holly Drive, Holly Tree Lane, Lippincott Road East, south end of Prospect Avenue, and Seven Bridge Road from Holly Drive to Silverside Avenue.– Emergency and rescue workers may not respond to areas that have been mandatorily evacuated.– Only those in mandatory evacuation areas are eligible to stay at a county shelter, and must proceed to the Red Bank Regional High School gymnasium for prescreening and transportation to the shelter. The prescreening station will open at noon on Monday.– In order to provide safe passage for emergency workers and first responders, all traffic is restricted throughout town from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.– All vehicles left on the street may be towed at the owner’s expense. Please use caution, reach out to neighbors, friends, or others who may need assistance, and obey all signs advising of road closures or other conditions when driving.last_img read more

Half-time: Crystal Palace 0 Chelsea 1

first_imgOscar’s brilliant free-kick after six minutes put Chelsea in command at Selhurst Park, where both sides have since been reduced to 10 men. Oscar swept the ball past keeper Julian Speroni from 30 yards but Crystal Palace caused the visitors plenty of problems before Cesar Azpilicueta and then Eagles defender Damien Delaney were sent off late in the first half.Azpilicueta was shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge on Mile Jedinak and a couple of minutes later Delaney was dismissed for a second bookable offence following a foul on Loic Remy.Neil Warnock’s side made the early running and Blues keeper Thibaut Courtois denied Frazier Campbell before Azpilicueta did well to clear Yannick Bolasie’s dangerous cross.Palace remained a threat after going behind and Campbell dragged a shot wide from an awkward angle after going past Gary Cahill.Remy started for Chelsea in the absence of Diego Costa, who was left out because of ongoing concerns over the striker’s hamstring issue.John Terry started as Chelsea’s captain for the 500th time and is also equalling Frank Lampard’s club record of 429 Premier League appearances. Crystal Palace: Speroni, Kelly, Hangeland, Delaney, Ward, Bolasie, Jedinak, McArthur, Ledley, Puncheon, Campbell.Subs: Mariappa, Guedioura, Doyle, Zaha, Hennessey, Gayle, Chamakh. Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian (Filipe Luis 41) Oscar, Hazard; Remy.Subs: Cech, Zouma, Mikel, Salah, Drogba, Solanke.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Smart Vapor Retarders for Walls and Roofs

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img During the winter, when indoor air is usually warm and humid, most wall sheathing is cold. Under these conditions, we really don’t want water vapor to move from the interior of our homes toward the exterior. That’s why builders in the 1980s installed polyethylene on the interior side of walls.During the summer, on the other hand, outdoor air can be warm and humid, while our drywall is often cooled by the air conditioning system. Under these conditions, we want to limit the movement of water vapor from the exterior toward the interior. We also want to allow any moisture in our walls to be able to move toward the interior of our homes, unimpeded by a vapor barrier, so that a damp wall assembly can dry out. That’s why an interior-side vapor barrier works against us during the summer.There are two possible solutions to this dilemma. The first solution is to install an adequate thickness of rigid foam on the exterior side of the wall sheathing. This foam layer prevents inward vapor drive during the summer, while also keeping the wall sheathing warm enough during to winter to avoid condensation or moisture accumulation.In some types of wall and roof assemblies, it may be appropriate to consider a second solution: installing a “smart” vapor retarder — that is, a membrane with variable vapor permeance — on the interior side of the wall assembly. The membrane’s vapor permeance rises and falls When conditions are dry, a smart vapor retarder is relatively vapor-tight (in other words, it has a relatively low vapor permeance). When the air or the building materials adjacent to a smart vapor retarder get more humid, however, the membrane becomes more vapor-open — in other words, its… last_img read more

World’s Tightest House Is On the Market

first_imgThe house in Dillingham, Alaska, that was crowned the tightest residential building in the world is for sale.Tom Marsik and his wife Kristin Donaldson, who completed the two-bedroom house in 2012, are moving so Marsik can take a new job as director of research at the Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Fairbanks, 500 miles to the north. They’re offering the house for $299,000.The new owners won’t have to worry about the cost of heating the house, even if it’s located in a climate with about 11,000 heating degree days a year. With a roof insulated to R-140 and 28-inch-thick walls, the all-electric house was designed to be heated mostly with internal gains — appliances, body heat, and lighting — plus a little passive solar heat. But its real claim to fame is a blower-door test that measured its air leakage at an astonishing 0.05 air changes per hour at a pressure difference of 50 pascals. By way of comparison, the Passivhaus standard allows 0.6 ach50.Marsik is an associate professor of sustainable energy at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks’ Bristol Bay Campus who wanted to prove that a combination of a very small footprint and “super-efficient construction technology” could result in extremely low energy use. Still looking for the right buyerThe house has been on the market, off and on, since Labor Day of last year. Although the couple has hosted an open house and quite a number of individual visits from potential buyers, they have yet to get a single offer. They’d prefer selling the house to someone who is as interested in sustainable design as they are.“We want the house to continue being an example of sustainable housing, and so in light of that we are willing to go significantly down on the price,” Marsik said. “But nobody has given us an offer yet.”When they do sell the house and move to Fairbanks, the couple will have to decide whether to build again. “We are going to explore options,” he said. “Building a new home is certainly one of the options on the table, but I don’t want to make a decision yet because we want to get familiar with the local situation first.”Should they build, Marsik says the design would vary little from what they already have. Fairbanks is colder than Dillingham — about 14,000 heating degree days a year — and the basic components of the current house would probably work well there. Whatever adjustments they make in design would most likely be to take advantage of technology that has become available since they originally built six years ago.For example, they have a vented clothes dryer now because unvented heat pump clothes dryers were not available at the time. Now they are.Other than that, Marsik sees little to change. RELATED ARTICLES Meet the Tightest House in the WorldAirtight Wall and Roof SheathingBlower Door BasicsGetting the Biggest Bang for Your Air-Sealing BuckHow Much Air Leakage in Your Home Is Too Much?center_img He’s done that in spades. Although there’s nothing exotic about the building materials the couple used — wood framing, cellulose insulation, Energy Star appliances — the extremely tight building envelope and copious amounts of insulation mean that the house can be heated with about $15 worth of electricity per month.The house, overlooking Scandinavian Creek and an expanse of tundra, has two bedrooms and one bathroom on a 24-foot by 24-foot footprint. It’s built something like a house with double-stud walls except that the distance between the inner and outer walls is much greater, allowing for R-90 worth of cellulose insulation. The depth of the insulation in the roof assembly is about 3 feet.The house has three fiberglass-framed windows with triple glazing, an exterior door that’s mostly glass, and a heat-recovery ventilator.Living in a cozy boxIn an article for Alaska Building Science News, Marsik wrote that from January 1, 2012 through the end of April that year, the house used 1,620 kWh of electricity, or only about 400 kWh a month for heat, lights, hot water, and appliances. Modeling had predicted the house would use 1,520 kWh over the same four-month period. Marsik said the small discrepancy could be explained by an unusually cold winter that year.“It is interesting to point out that our house uses less electricity than an average house in Dillingham,” Marsik’s article said. “This, coupled with the fact that our house uses no heating fuel, results in a significantly lower energy bill.” Marsik calculated savings at $4,000 a year when compared to an average house in town, but it could be even more as energy costs go up in the future.At the time, heat came from a simple electric-resistance heater. That’s since been replaced with a Fujitsu RLS 3H series minisplit with an output of 12,000 Btu per hour.Marsik wrote that his approach to building had pros and cons. Benefits include low energy use, a healthy indoor environment, and the safety of burning no fossil fuels or wood. On the downside, the cost of insulation itself was about $20,000.“A thorough economic analysis hasn’t been done yet,” he wrote, “but the payback period on the extra costs isn’t going to be super short. However, a well built-home is likely going to last for a very long time, and given all extra benefits to society through a reduced consumption of fossil fuels, I think the extra initial investment is well worth it.” (Many details about the house, including photos taken during construction, are available at this page at Alaska Energy Wiki.)Reached by phone, Marsik said this week that he and his wife, who now have a 4-year-old daughter, are sorry to give up the house.“It’s amazing,” he said. “We love it. My wife asked whether he can just get a helicopter and move it.”The owners with their world record certificate for air tightness: 0.05 air changes per hour.Although the house has only three windows, Marsik said they were custom-built and have glass with high visible transmittance of light. That plus the use of brightly painted walls and ceilings give the house excellent day-lighting.The house has a total of about 1,150 square feet when you include the second-story loft bedroom (the total is what an appraiser would call the “gross living area”), Marsik said, and that’s been plenty for the three of them and their dog. “It’s more than we need,” he said.Marsik is a proponent of space efficiency and does not think that people living in much bigger houses are any happier than people living in small ones. In fact, he said, a United Nations happiness report found that in many European countries where apartments and houses are much smaller than in the U.S. people are, on the whole, happier. Smaller houses mean less maintenance and less cleaning, leaving time for intrinsically more rewarding activities. Note: The caption of the first photograph has been edited to clarify the size of the house.last_img read more

Savings Strategies for Non-Savers

first_imgIMPORTANT DETAILS FOR THE WEB CONFERENCEResources for the upcoming Savings Strategies for Non-Savers web conference, including the presentation slides, worksheets, and articles, are available here.This web conference will be hosted with the Department of Defense. If you are not located on a military installation, you will need to install security certificates to access this presentation. Instructions are available here.  For those who cannot connect to the DOD host site, the presentation will be streaming on Ustream and can be viewed here. Additionally, Adobe apps for iPhone, IPad and Driods devices are available; search for “DCO Connect” in respective stores.This web conference is free and requires no registration. Simply click here and join the web conference as a guest at 11 a.m. EST on Feb. 4. We hope to see you all online!This post was originally published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on January 31 , 2014. By Molly C. HerndonDr. Barbara O’Neill will present a 90-minute web conference on Savings Strategies for Non-Savers on Tuesday, February 4 at 11 a.m. EST.Savings Strategies for Non-Savers will begin with a discussion of the importance of saving money, types of savings, reasons to save and reasons why people don’t save. Dr. O’Neill will describe the process of using SMART goals to determine how much periodic saving is needed to reach a financial goal. Other topics that will be discussed include:A Savings Coat of Arms activity and webinar chat discussion15 specific ways to save money10 ways to reduce expenses and find money to start savingA discussion of online resources about saving moneylast_img read more

Frank Lampard haunts Chelsea, steals 1-1 draw for Manchester City

first_imgFrank Lampard scored the equalizer for Manchester City against his former club ChelseaFrank Lampard scored a late equalizer against his former club Chelsea to earn 10-man Manchester City a 1-1 draw in the Premier League on Sunday and end the leaders’ winning start to the season.Lampard, who was released by Chelsea this summer after scoring a club-record 211 goals in 13 years, held his arm out and refused to celebrate after his side-footed shot deflected in off John Terry in the 85th minute.City right back Pablo Zabaleta was sent off in the 66th after picking up a second booking, and Chelsea capitalized by opening the scoring five minutes later when substitute Andre Schuerrle tapped in Eden Hazard’s low cross.Chelsea dropped points for the first time in five games but still holds a three-point lead over Southampton and is five clear of City – arguably its biggest rival for the title.It was a typical late surge into the box by Lampard, who had only come on as a substitute seven minutes earlier as City fought back after going a man and a goal down. He looked emotional as he walked off, head down, after the ball hit the net and didn’t want to celebrate with his joyous teammates.”I’m a bit lost for words – I didn’t expect to score like that,” Lampard said. “I’m a bit stuck in the middle.”Chelsea fans had been singing Lampard’s name throughout the match, hailing one of the club’s greatest servants who was allowed to join New York City in the summer. Lampard is spending the first half of the season on loan at City, the parent club of New York City.advertisementAndre Schurrle scores the opening goal for Chelsea against Man CityCity is now winless in four games in all competitions but came back well after losing Zabaleta, who lunged at Diego Costa near the halfway line and became entangled with the Spain striker.Chelsea did the double over City last season, with its win at Etihad Stadium in February widely hailed as a tactical clinic from Jose Mourinho. And the Portuguese coach was happy to ditch the flamboyance that had helped his team claim four straight win for what will probably be its toughest match of the campaign.It made for a tense, edgy and physical battle that was dominated by defenses, with Eliaquim Mangala enjoying a strong starting debut for City after his big-money summer move from Porto.Neither goalkeeper was seriously tested in the first half and Costa, who had scored seven goals so far and at least one in every match, was a peripheral figure.City started the second half well, with Sergio Aguero forcing a save out of Thibaut Courtois and Edin Dzeko denied on the rebound by a lunging tackle from Ramires.But the game turned on Zabaleta’s sending off and within five minutes Costa led a counterattack by Chelsea and Hazard crossed for Schuerrle to tap in at the far post.Lampard had the last say, though.last_img read more

a month agoChelsea legend Drogba: Abraham no surprise to me

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea legend Drogba: Abraham no surprise to meby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea legend Didier Drogba is happy seeing Tammy Abraham succeeding this season.Abraham has scored seven goals in five Premier League games at the beginning of the campaign.”Yeah, I’ve known him [Abraham] since he’s been like this,” Drogba explained.”These are kids we used to see, they used to come and watch us training, and I believe they learned a little bit of our skills, how we read the game. So, you know, we’re not surprised because I also trained with them when I used to train with the reserve team.”It was always a moment for me to give away some skills, some knowledge, and they learnt really fast, really quick.”So once again, I’m not surprised with what I’ve seen [with Abraham].” last_img read more

Anton Gill Had To Turn Off His Cell Phone Because Of All The Texts He Received After Game vs. N.C. State

first_imgAnton Gill goes up for layup vs. NC State.Twitter/‏@CBSSportsCBB Earlier, we posted a photo of little-used sophomore guard Anton Gill getting mobbed by his Louisville teammate. Gill hadn’t scored since February 28 and had played just 23 total minutes in March before last night’s game, when he came in for 11 minutes and scored seven clutch points, hitting all three of his shots from the field. Gill’s surprise performance helped Louisville outlast N.C. State in the Sweet 16 match-up, and afterwards, he told Sports Illustrated‘s Pete Thamel that he received so many texts that he had to turn his phone off.Anton Gill after his big night. “I had to turn my phone off.” Said he had 30-35 texts.— Pete Thamel (@SIPeteThamel) March 28, 2015Louisville can use another big left from Gill tomorrow, when the Cardinals face Tom Izzo’s upstart Michigan State Spartans for a chance to make the Final Four.last_img read more