Dining halls cater to students’ special diets

first_imgFor sophomore Katie Pryor, the worst thing about having celiac disease on campus is being locked into eating at the dining halls. “If I miss a meal at the dining hall,” she said, “I miss a meal.” Pryor was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease freshman year. She cannot have any gluten — a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, oats and hydrolyzed oils. “For the first three weeks, I had fruit and vegetables for every meal because I didn’t know what to eat,” Pryor said. Jocie Antonelli, manager of nutrition and safety for Food Services, said her department uses many mediums, including a website, signs and e-mails to reach out to students with dietary needs. “We want to keep students safe,” she said. Measures to keep students safe range from specially prepared meals and shopping for specialty foods to rearranging cereals and salad bars for nut and egg allergies. “Eating is a part of the college experience,” she said. “We want all the students to be able to participate.” Antonelli works one-on-one with students to teach them what is available in the dining halls for different food sensitivities and allergies. “We want students to have as close of an experience as other students have,” she said. Antonelli introduced Pryor to Chrissy Andrews, a 2010 graduate who founded Gluten-Free ND (GFND). “She took me out to lunch three days in a row and went through the whole dining hall menu and what I could eat at the Huddle and other places,” Pryor, now secretary of GFND, said. GFND meets weekly in Walsh Hall to discuss problems and solutions to eating on campus. The group sends e-mails to Antonelli about any concerns or ideas the group has and also sends e-mails to the Huddle with lists of gluten-free products to stock. “We are trying to get more fresh food on campus,” Pryor said. She said on-campus eateries are getting better at adapting to gluten-free foods, little by little. Other special food needs on campus include lactose intolerance and religious requirements. Amanda Bremer, a senior and resident assistant (RA) in McGlinn Hall, has learned to live with lactose intolerance, a sensitivity to milk and milk products. “At first I just couldn’t have ice cream. Then it was sour cream, then yogurt, then cheese,” she said. “This was slow, through the first half of the semester freshman year.” But Bremer said she didn’t turn to help from Food Services. “I made a list of what I couldn’t have through trial and error,” she said. Some times of the year are harder than others, Bremer said. “During Lent [is the hardest time],” she said. “To substitute protein, the dining hall puts cheese on everything. By the end you don’t have many choices.” Bremer said problems also arise with club events, including pizza or ice cream, or when the Huddle discontinued selling soy ice cream. Nevertheless, she has found creative ways to enjoy places on campus. “I don’t want to make a big deal out of it because there are worse allergies and intolerances,” she said. “[On-campus eateries] do have enough variety that I can enjoy myself.”last_img read more

Northwestern professor discusses LGBTQ rights, religious liberty

first_imgCourtesy of Steve Toepp Andrew Koppelman, professor of law and political science at Northwestern University, discussed the conflict existing between gay rights and religious liberty.Koppelman began by posing a question.“Should religious people who conscientiously object to facilitating same-sex weddings and who therefore decline to provide cakes, photography or other services be exempted from anti-discrimination laws?” Koppelman said. “This issue has taken on an importance that’s far beyond the tiny number of wedding vendors who’ve made such claims. Each side’s position has become more unyielding.”Koppelman said though both sides of such conflicts regarded themselves as victims of one another, it is important they reach a compromise.“Most Americans would like to live in peace, and are willing to consider the possibility to accommodate other people’s perspectives and fears,” he said.LGBTQ and religious groups attack each other due to the lack of knowledge of the other side, Koppelman said.“In order to to achieve accommodation, the first step is to stop judging others characters from their perspectives,” Koppelman said. “No accommodation can be realized if you denounce others’ personality.”The second step is destigmatization, he said.“Contamination goes beyond discrimination which derogates one’s dignity and should be prohibited,” Koppelman said. “Then, we need to stop using very general principles to argue with each other. Sticking on principle does no good to reconciliation. We only care about principles because we care about people.”He said the right thing to do is to consider others’ interests and work out a solution agreed by all parties.Koppelman referenced the 2018 Supreme Court case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, in which a cake shop refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The case evolved into a debate over whether or not the owners of public accommodations can refuse to provide services based on the right to free speech and free exercise of religion protected by the First Amendment. Similar cases have added to the controversy.Koppelman suggested there are many solutions for situations like these.“You can have the exception for small business or religious-orientated business, and make objections clear to public in advance,” he said.Moreover, religious freedom is all about tolerance of ideas, Koppelman said.“Both sexual minorities and religious conservatives want the space to leave out their beliefs and identities,” Koppelman said. “No side stands on moral fundamental, nor should they predicate the others’ life wrong and shouldn’t exist.”Based on this mutual tolerance, Koppelman said he believes in the very dignity, acceptance and equal treatment of LGBTQ groups, but he also believes “society should be a safe place where those who don’t conform to the major norms … can leave their life in peace and security.”While mutual education and tolerance could be a way to accommodate LGBTQ groups and religious conservatives, the more substantial reconciliation reflects on people who identify as LGBTQ and Catholic, he said.Greg Bourke, a Notre Dame alumnus who identifies as Catholic and gay, was one of the plaintiffs of Obergefell v. Hodges which guaranteed the right to marriage to same-sex couples in the United States.Bourke said he struggled with his faith and sex orientation in the ’70s.“I recognized that my sexual orientation was immutable but my faith was important as well,” Bourke said. “The only possibility to remain in the faith was not expressing my sexual orientation at all. I continued to practice my faith regularly but under the don’t-ask-don’t-tell circumstances.”He said he achieved reconciliation between his sexual orientation and faith after “painful deliberation” in 1976.“I was gay because that was the way that God created me, not because of any failing on my part,” he said. “If that was God’s work and intention, I had no business doubting or questioning that. I started to work to have people within the Church slowly change their opinions about LGBT people. I believe that over these 40 years that I have been openly gay and practicing my faith, opinions among Catholics have swung dramatically and that now most believe that LGBTQ people should not be discriminated against and should be fully included in Catholic Church.”Tags: First Amendment, free exercise of religion, Freedom of Speech, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, Obergefell v. Hodges, religious liberty, same-sex marriage Andrew Koppelman, a professor of law and political science at Northwestern University, gave a talk dissecting the debate surrounding the conflict between gay rights and religious liberty in a lecture Thursday in Jenkins-Nanovic Halls. The lecture was sponsored by the Constitutional Studies Program and the Program on Church, State and Society at the Notre Dame Law School.last_img read more

Jamaica Defence Force Aims to Reduce Violence in the Country

first_imgBy Marcos Ommati / Diálogo April 06, 2020 The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) has embarked on a multifaceted approach to change the culture of violence in the country. The plan includes providing more support for the police, restructuring the force, and increasing its members.The driving force behind this effort is Lieutenant General Rocky Ricardo Meade. The chief of Defence Staff spoke with Diálogo at his office at JDF headquarters in Kingston about this initiative and another topic that he has been working on for many years: involving women in peace and security missions at all levels.Diálogo: What are the main issues affecting Jamaica today in terms of security and defense?Lieutenant General Rocky Ricardo Meade, JDF chief of Defence Staff: The most significant issues affecting us locally are organized criminal gangs, illicit trafficking, and associated violence. The organized criminal gangs defending their turf will fight each other for influence, for lead sheets that they use for a lot of scamming, illicit trafficking, and for the resources and funding from that.Diálogo: In support of the police, what has the JDF done lately to counter these issues, especially gangs?Lt. Gen. Meade: We are taking a three-phase (a short, medium, and long-term) approach to the problem. We need urgency while planning for the long term so that we do not have this problem in the future. What we have done is to use emergency powers to allow the military to support the police in violent communities as a short-term plan to give them that help. As a medium-term plan, we are building capacity by building a class of the Jamaica Defense Force and Jamaica Constable Force to better enable us to deal with the organized crime and violence without an emergency force. The emergency force is a short- to medium-term component, and then we can build the capacity.The long-term engagement is to interact with our youth because we want to provide them with opportunities for employment and the chance to get exposed to the right values and attitudes. We have started the Jamaica National Service Core Program, which is intended to engage thousands of youth to teach them some military values, as well as to let them work and see the value of that work. I think that it is a 20-year program minimum; and if it continues, it will influence the culture of violence that is so pervasive in Jamaica.Diálogo: Is that the main reason you are planning a more robust JDF?Lt. Gen. Meade: Yes. Capacity building is where I am increasing the size of the force, resources and equipment, but at the same time I am doing the National Service Program, which is engaging the youth, and what do I do when I engage them? I keep the majority of them for both. I am simultaneously influencing the youth and recruiting for the JDF from the same National Service Force pool.Diálogo: What are you doing to attract more women to the JDF?Lt. Gen. Meade: For a long time, we did not regularly recruit women into the JDF. One of the things I have done is to make it a part of the policy that every intake must include women and that has been working very well since 2017. We advertise, we encourage women, and it is a part of my strategy that every time we recruit, we must have women.Diálogo: Are the standards equal for both women and men?Lt. Gen. Meade: Same standards, absolutely. One little clarification: Our physical fitness tests are tailored to take into consideration the biology of the woman, so that is designed to be slightly different from the men, but we don’t offer any exceptions for women to meet the requirements. There is a very slight difference, which takes into account medical perspectives, the physical biological structure, but once we set that standard, we don’t waive the standard just to meet the quota for women.Diálogo: Is there still a quota related to women?Lt. Gen. Meade: Yes, there is a quota. My long-term ideal goal is not to have a quota, but we were coming from a force from the 1970s where we were aiming for a quota of 10 percent, and we never got there. I have said, let’s target 25 percent, but my long-term goal is that one day we will just take any Jamaican citizen who is competent. If the numbers should get to be 50-50, so be it. However, in the transition, I need to set another goal for us to aim toward and at this moment, it is 25 percent.Diálogo: How important is it to have the first female commanding flag officer (Commodore Antonette Wemyss-Gorman) as part of the JDF in support of these efforts?Lt. Gen. Meade: I think it is very important. I would say not because she is female, but because she is competent in a general or flag officer role. She is the first female flag officer in Jamaica, not just in our force, but in the English-speaking Caribbean. She’s the first flag officer and a female, and it’s very well deserved. So male or female, as a person she would have made flag officer. She just happens to be female.Diálogo: What unique talents do women bring to the table?Lt. Gen. Meade: They bring a perspective that is very often different from the male perspective. It’s not always right, it’s not always relevant, but it is sufficiently different to give a commander like myself pause, to think of different options. I value having a team of advisors that includes different skillsets and different genders, as a way to get a wide range of ideas, because sometimes things are mentioned that I have never thought about.Diálogo: Does Jamaica train other countries in the Caribbean?Lt. Gen. Meade: Absolutely. We have a number of courses. At the noncommissioned officer level, we train the English-speaking Caribbean. At the staff level (from captain to major), we have a training program that includes individuals from the Caribbean, Africa, and even some Eastern European countries. In addition, we are developing flight training that includes other countries. We like to expand it because we would love to be the center for small forces training.Clearly, the U.S. has major programs that they deliver and many people want to go to the U.S. to take the training, but can’t afford it, or there aren’t enough spaces, so we would like to become the center for small forces to train from around the world. That is what I envision.last_img read more

Why Anthony Martial misses Manchester United’s match against Burnley

first_imgThe Frenchman was on the score sheet on Friday night against Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Anthony Martial has picked up an injury that rules him out of Manchester United’s clash against Burnley on Tuesday night.The Frenchman played a key role in Friday’s FA Cup fourth-round victory over Arsenal, coming off the bench to score his side’s third goal at the Emirates in a 3-1 victory.He had been expected to return to the team for tonight’s Premier League encounter but has picked up a knock, with Solskjaer making four changes to the team that beat Arsenal. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 29 Jan 2019 7:35 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link974Shares Comment Why Anthony Martial misses Manchester United’s match against Burnley Advertisementcenter_img Lukaku continues in attack after an impressive display against Arsenal (Picture: Getty)On how Lukaku and Rashford will play together, Solskjaer continued: ‘Let’s hope they hit it off because they’re two different types of players, I think they can play off each other.‘Obviously Marcus is in a great vein of form, then again Romelu did really well last game. We thought their physical presence would be needed today.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Martial had been on the bench against Arsenal and was expected to start against Burnley (Getty)‘There’s a couple of small little niggles that we need to protect and little bit of rotation,’ Solskjaer told Sky Sports.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Of course we’ve got loads of games coming up, we’ve played quite a few games.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘The decision to recall [Phil] Jones at the back then Romelu [Lukaku] did well last game and Anthony is injured so we can’t play him.’He added to MUTV: ‘Anthony got a slight injury in training, hopefully he’ll be back for next weekend but no chance he’d be able to play tonight.’Jones replaces Eric Bailly in the side, while Andreas Pereira comes in for Ander Herrera; in attack, Alexis Sanchez and Jesse Lingard are benched while Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford start. Advertisementlast_img read more

Why Unai Emery will consider shock deal to sell Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette

first_imgWhy Unai Emery will consider shock deal to sell Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 20 Feb 2019 10:49 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares Comment Advertisement Emery favours Aubameyang in a central role (Picture: Getty)The Spaniard favours Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a central role and, though he admires Lacazette, Football.London claim the Frenchman is expendable and could be sold this summer if the right offer arrives.AdvertisementAdvertisementAt 27 years of age, Arsenal could likely command an increase on the fee they paid for Lacazette two years ago and could use the funds to reinvest in more urgent areas of the squad.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe Gunners are desperate to sign a centre-back this summer, while replacing Juventus-bound Aaron Ramsey is another priority.The club’s transfer budget is yet to be determined and is highly dependent on the club’s chances of reaching the top four or winning the Europa League.Should Emery reinstate the Gunners into the Champions League, he could be handed a budget of around £80m and given any profits from player sales to invest in the squad.MORE: Alastair Cook explains why England are ‘absolutely’ favourites to win World Cup Advertisement Arsenal could cash in on Alexandre Lacazette this summer (Picture: Getty)Arsenal will consider cashing in on Alexandre Lacazette this summer in order to reinvest in other areas of the squad, according to reports.The Frenchman, who joined Arsenal from Lyon in 2017 for a fee of around £52million, is a popular figure at the Emirates and has 12 goals in 33 appearances this term for the Gunners.Nevertheless, Unai Emery is working on a tight budget at the Emirates and is keen to offload Mesut Ozil in a bid to free up significant space on the club’s wage bill.Lacazette has started 18 league matches this term but is often substituted and has done little to disguise his anger at the consistency with which Emery takes him off.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Keck workers plan to protest poor benefits

first_imgMore than 900 USC Keck School of Medicine healthcare workers will participate in a one-day strike on Feb. 10 to protest the low quality of benefits and wages that hinder their ability to provide care. These healthcare workers, represented by the National Union of Healthcare Workers, are joined in solidarity with 1,200 nurses that are part of the California Nurses Association, who will be holding an informational picket at the same time.The complaints of the caregivers, are divided into three primary concerns: “staffing cuts that jeopardize patients, poverty wages and unaffordable health insurance, and inadequate and discriminatory retirement and tuition benefits,” according to a press release by the NUHW.Healthcare workers claim that staffing cuts have rendered them both overworked and underpaid, leaving them in dire straits when it comes to providing adequate care. The NUHW’s press release very pointedly emphasizes Keck Medicine CEO Thomas Jackiewicz’s 30 percent pay raise, in addition to Keck Medicine’s 2015 employment of Huron Healthcare, a healthcare consultancy “dedicated to delivering best-in-class revenue enhancement, expense reduction and clinical transformation solutions,” according to its website. The criticism is that the Keck is spending more money trying to cut down on costs rather than sufficiently pay its workers.According to the NUHW, of the 900 healthcare workers who are striking, “one of every six earns less than $15, and some earn as little as $10.15 an hour.” This requires many healthcare workers to rely on public assistance; for instance, a big concern is Keck’s expensive medical plan, which leaves workers forced to use Medi-Cal.The third plank of the NUHW-led worker’s qualms involves the fact that Keck does not provide tuition assistance to its workers, which helps to financially assist the children of USC faculty who aim to study at USC. The workers claim that it also does not provide workers with a retirement plan that allocates a 5 percent 401(k) contribution.Alex Corea, a respiratory therapist, union steward and bargaining team member relates a growing dissent with USC’s actions following the NUHW’s split with the Service Employees International Union.“When USC took over, we felt as though USC was going to embrace all the employees and treat us all the same, which became something that the employees were looking for -— in a sense, to be made whole,” Corea said. “Come to find out, that was not the case, and USC did not have the intention of making everybody whole.”last_img read more

Alpena Senior Citizens Center Denim & Diamonds Fundraiser to Benefit Future Programs

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisIt’s fundraiser time at the Alpena Senior Citizens Center. ‘Denim and Diamonds’ will allow the center to cover all programs and services for the older citizens of Alpena County.2017 was a wonderful year at the center, and through fundraising the center was able to provide all needs for the seniors who attend weekly activities.‘Denim and Diamonds’ will be held Saturday, January 20th at the knights of Columbus Hall. Doors open at 5 pm and live music will be performed following a dinner at 6 pm.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena Community College to Host a Number of Events for MLK DayNext Group brews auction gift that keeps on givinglast_img