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
– Advertisement – Tarnawa could have gone for the Filly & Mare Turf, but connections chose this stiffer task for the in-form three-year-old, who had won the Prix Vermeille and Prix de l’Opera on her last two starts for her owner the Aga Khan.Keane had her at the back of the field as Channel Maker and United set the pace, with Aidan O’Brien’s Magical in a handy position not far off the lead.Channel Maker set sail for home at the top of the straight, but the pack closed in a furlong out with Keane producing Tarnawa with a perfectly-timed run that saw her keep Magical at bay by a length. Channel Maker was another length away in third.- Advertisement – Keane said: “Mr Weld gave me a call and told me what was happening, and then he rang again today and said it would have been lovely if I’d sat on her before, because she takes a bit of knowing.“They had worked with her at the stalls while she had been here and when I spoke to Oisin Orr he said the filly had done one of her pieces of work before she left Ireland.“It’s been a brilliant year, it’s lovely to get this victory going home and it’s definitely the icing on the cake for the year we’ve had.” Dermot Weld and Colin Keane teamed up to great effect as Tarnawa stormed to victory in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Keeneland.Crowned champion jockey once again in Ireland, Keane was replacing the luckless Christophe Soumillon, who also missed a winning ride on Order Of Australia in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. It was his first ride for veteran trainer Weld, who was also enjoying his first Breeders’ Cup success.- Advertisement – Weld’s son, Mark, said: “It doesn’t get any bigger than this. These overseas prestige races in the autumn are what we train them for and I’m sad my dad is not here, but the Covid situation put paid to that.“It was Colin’s first ride for us and there were no instructions. We left it completely up to him and as soon as I saw Colin pull her out, it was a like a jet seeing a runway and off she went.“My father has been a long-standing supporter of American racing ever since Go And Go won the Belmont back in 1990. He worked in the United States as a boy and it’s very special to him.”- Advertisement –
TEMPE, Ariz. >> A team of scouts converged on Tempe Diablo Stadium on Wednesday morning. Their star attraction was a day away from arriving, but there was plenty of scouting to be done.These were location scouts working on behalf of Major League Baseball, which is teaming with HBO on a publicity stunt never before attempted in baseball. Actor/comedian Will Ferrell will be pitching for the Dodgers, playing somewhere in the field for the Angels, and appearing in three other games (Mariners-A’s, Reds-Diamondbacks, Giants-White Sox) staggered throughout the day – one inning at each position, for nine different teams, in five different games. He’ll be using a helicopter to shuttle from one game to the next.Stranger than fiction? “It remains to be seen exactly how it’s going to work out but we’re going to do our part,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “I don’t think it’s going to be anything we won’t be able to handle.”Scioscia wasn’t sure where Ferrell would be playing for the Angels, or what inning.“He profiles as a relief pitcher,” Scioscia quipped. “He’s pretty big isn’t he?”Ferrell, a 6-foot-3 right-hander, will auction “game-used memorabilia” at MLB.com, with proceeds being donated to Cancer for College and Stand up to Cancer. Footage of the stunt will be integrated into an HBO special from Funny Or Die in partnership with the league.There’s some precedent for this. The Dodgers once invited Ferrell to read the starting lineup over the PA system prior to a 2013 game. Actor/comedian Billy Crystal batted for the New York Yankees in a Grapefruit League game in 2008. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Spring training affords an appropriate setting where our game can serve as the backdrop for an event that will benefit organizations that fight cancer,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “Will is a big fan of our game and many of us in baseball — among our clubs, and our millions of fans — are big fans of his. Major League Baseball is happy to take part in what will surely be a fun and memorable day for a great cause.”The star of “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” ‘’Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” and “Elf” will also umpire a portion of the Dodgers-Padres game at 6 p.m. in Peoria.Dodgers’ Urias stumblesEighteen-year-old pitcher Julio Urias has been a hot topic in Dodgers camp. He threw two scoreless innings in his spring debut against the Milwaukee Brewers last Friday, impressing teammates with his maturity on and off the field.Wednesday, Urias was dealt adversity in the form of three straight singles by the heart of the Chicago Cubs’ major league lineup: Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro and Miguel Montero. Urias was allowed to face Chris Coghlan with the bases loaded and none out, and induced a sacrifice fly that drove in a run. His final line: one-third of an inning, three hits, one earned run.“It looks like a bad outing on paper, but I look at it as a good outing because it’s something I can work on,” Urias said through an interpreter. “My confidence is absolutely there. I want to work on the slider, the changeup as well, locating pitches in the zone.”Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he removed Urias because he’d thrown 24 pitches in one inning. Urias threw another 15 pitches in the bullpen afterward.“He still is an 18-year-old in big league camp with a pretty good reputation,” Mattingly said. “He’s going to get guys ready to go. They’re going to want to get a piece of him.”Urias considered it a lesson learned.“I can’t rely on the fastball here,” Urias said. “You have to have your secondary pitches.” AlsoAngels left-hander C.J. Wilson tweaked his left knee during a fielding drill Monday and will have his next start delayed until the weekend. Rookie left-hander Sean Newcomb will start against the Cubs’ Jason Hammel instead. Wilson’s injury is not considered serious. … Angels closer Huston Street was still out sick one day after experiencing flu-like symptoms in the dugout. … Angels reliever Joe Smith is “three or four days” away from appearing in a game after experiencing stiffness in his leg, Scioscia said. … Right-hander Matt Shoemaker will start for the Angels on Friday. … Hyun-Jin Ryu will make his Cactus League debut for the Dodgers on Thursday night in Peoria against the Padres. James Shields is starting for the Padres. … Dodgers right-hander Brandon McCarthy will oppose the Reds’ Jason Marquis on Friday in Glendale, a previously scheduled 7 p.m. game.