Washington Hall rang with laughter Monday evening from first-year Moreau First Year Experience students who had gathered to watch and participate in Sex Signals, an annual improvisational comedy show sponsored by the Gender Relations Center (GRC) that aims to educate and inspire student discussion about sex, relationships and consent.The show was introduced to Notre Dame five years ago, but it is the first year the GRC is partnering with the Moreau program to allow students to receive ten extra credit points for their attendance, GRC director Christine Gebhardt said in an email. Poncho Ortega | The Observer Jessamyn Fitzpatrick, left, and Vincent Banks of Catharsis Production perform during ‘Sex Signals’ Monday night. The Gender Relations Center program aims to create a culture of consent.“This year we revised the design of the first two weeks to be more conversation based and included the opportunity for Sex Signals, which uses humor, case studies and audience participation,” Gebhardt said. “It is our hope that the extra credit will give students an incentive to make the event a priority, as it is our institution’s way of acknowledging how the conversation should not merely happen in class but throughout our campus.”Vincent Banks and Jessamyn Fitzpatrick of Catharsis Productions — the Chicago-based performance group running Sex Signals, launched into a discussion about sexual relationships in a campus setting —“How many of you had sex ed classes in high school?” Banks asked the audience.A majority of students raised their hands.“What did you learn in those classes?” he asked.Students shouted out their answers.“Did anyone learn how to have sex. — other than from porn” Banks said half-jokingly in response.Throughout their hour and 15 minute performance, Banks and Fitzpatrick interacted with their audience as they acted out three hypothetical scenarios representative of real-life situations — flirting at a party, sexual harassment at a gym and dealing with people who make excuses for sexual assault in the name of friendship. The acts were used as teaching tools to break stereotypes, explain gender spectrums, clearly define consent, fight against victim-blaming and encourage bystander intervention.Towards the end of the program, the performers called for students to “raise the bar” on campus by making a culture of consent so normal that it would force those who do not ask for it to stand out.First year Danielle Slevin attended the performance with her friend and — fellow first year — Helton Rodriguez.“I felt that it was really empowering and really moving, especially to be in a room full of kids who might have experiences similar to mine or who feel the way I do. … I have friends who have been affected, whether it’s being uncomfortable at parties, or things that have escalated to more serious situations that were usually induced by alcohol,” Slevin said. “It’s a serious thing that is present on this campus, and it’s something that should be spoken about.”Rodriguez, who participated during the show, said he reflected on how the issues presented in the show were present in his life.“Whenever I have girls over at my dorm to study, I always have to ask if they’re comfortable walking home alone,” he said. “And it’s just kind of a sucky part of life.”He feels that Notre Dame’s strong Catholic identity can reinforce values preventing sexual assault, but also can make the topic a taboo to talk about.“I think, regardless, it’s problem on campus,” he said. “You can argue whether or not it’s harder or easier to talk about, but you have to talk about it.”Editor‘s note: A previous version of this article used the incorrect gender pronouns when referring to a student on first mention. The Observer regrets this error.Tags: Gender Relations Center, Moreau First Year Experience, Sex Signals, sexual assault
5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NCUA’s obstinate and myopic refusal to submit its budget to a formal and open public process took another bizarre turn yesterday. To put it nicely, the agency is demonstrating everything that can go wrong when an independent agency has too little oversight.The ostensible issue is about the Overhead Transfer Rate. The real issue is fast becoming how much power an independent agency has to spend other people’s money without oversight.The OTR represents money that the NCUA takes from the NCUA Share Insurance Fund to cover “Insurance Related Expenses.” According to the National Association of Credit Union Supervisors the OTR increased 40.1% from $67.0 million in 2013 to $93.9 million for 2015. NASCUS argues that “By shifting a portion of FCUs’ share of NCUA expenses to the NCUSIF, the OTR reduces out-of-pocket expenses incurred by FCUs. The resulting reduction in FCU Operating Fees provides a singular advantage to FCUs and adversely affects the competitive position of FISCUs relative to FCUs.” continue reading »
Christmas specials:Some of the items for the specific 3-event sale are as follows:Event 1 – 6 to 7 p.m.Â â€¢Vizio – 60-inch LED HDTV – $688 (save $310);â€¢iPad Mini – $299;â€¢Xbox 360 – Call of Duty game – $39.96 each.â€¢Select DVD movies at $1.96 to select Blu-ray movies at $3.96.Event 2 – 8 to 9 p.m.â€¢Dr. Dre solo headphones – $114.50 (save $85);â€¢Galaxy Centura – $70.88 (save $39);â€¢Emerson 50-inch HDTV to watch your favorite shows – $288 (save $210).Event 3 – all weekend.Â â€¢Buy an iPhone 5c or iPhone 5s and you’ll take a $75 Walmart gift card.â€¢Also, for the first time ever there is Manager’s Specials throughout the store from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Today is Thanksgiving – a time to spend with your family. Tonight is the start of the Black Friday Sale at the Wellington Wal-Mart Department Store.In 2013, Wellington Wal-Mart, and the national corporation as a whole, is changing things up for Black Friday. It has initiated the three event sale.There are three sales at the Wellintgton Walmart: The 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. on Friday sale.Today starting at 4 p.m., Wellington Wal-Mart will be handing out wristbands to all customers at various locations throughout the store.Then precisely at 6 p.m., Event 1, begins. Specific merchandise will be on sale for one hour, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.mâ€¦ only! The sale is only eligible for customers wearing a wristband.“This is something completely different than anything we have done before,” said Zlatko Djurovic, Wellington Wal-Mart Manager. “We are hoping to avoid the long waiting lines. This is a trial experiment so we are hoping it works.”The items on sale for Event 1 can be found in circulars which will be distributed at the Wellington Wal-Mart.If the items are sold out during this hour, one can obtain a Guarantee Card meaning the item will be shipped to the store before Christmas.Then the Event 2 sale will begin at 8 p.m. and the same principle applies except it will be from 8 to 9 p.m. and will feature different merchandise.Then at 8 a.m. Friday morning Event 3 sale starts on Black Friday and this will last all weekend.