Governor Wolf Orders Commonwealth Flags at Half-Staff to Honor the Victims of the Shooting in Thousand Oaks, California

first_img November 08, 2018 Flag Order,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all commonwealth flags on the Capitol Complex, at Commonwealth facilities, and throughout the state lowered to half-staff, effective immediately. This order is being issued as a mark of respect for the victims of the attack in Thousand Oaks, California.All commonwealth flags should be flown at half-staff until sunset on Saturday, November 10, 2018.Per an order from the White House, the United States Flag has been ordered to fly at half-staff until sunset on Saturday, November 10, 2018. Governor Wolf Orders Commonwealth Flags at Half-Staff to Honor the Victims of the Shooting in Thousand Oaks, Californiacenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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2017-18 ORVC BOYS BASKETBALL AWARDS

first_imgThis is the 2017-2018 ORVC All-Conference Boys Basketball Teamas voted on by the head coaches of the conference schools: 2017-18 ORVC Champions (Varsity)                                             Southwestern Rebels 2017-18 ORVC Coach of the Year                      Jerry Bomholt                 Southwestern 2017-18 ORVC Co-Mental Attitude Award  Tyler Perry                Switzerland CountyConner Hubbard                    Jac-Cen-Del 2017-18 ORVC Champions (Reserve)                                               Jac-Cen-Del Eagles Listed Alphabetically BRANDON BABER                                                JAC-CEN-DEL                        CONNER HUBBARD                                 JAC-CEN-DEL                        NICK KOONS                                               RISING SUN                        TYLER KRAMER                                        SOUTHWESTERN                        DILLAN McQUEEN                                   SOUTH RIPLEY                        FOSTER MEFFORD                                   SOUTHWESTERN                        HUNTER MEFFORD                                 SOUTHWESTERN                        JED MINNICH                                            MILAN                        ZAC MINNICH                                            MILAN                        NOAH PFLUM                                            RISING SUN                        AUSTIN SOUTH                                         SWITZERLAND COUNTY                        BRENT TURNER                                       RISING SUN                        KYLE WHITHAM                                      SWITZERLAND COUNTY                        MATTHEW WILLIAMS                           SOUTHWESTERNlast_img read more

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Students create new videos for international orientation

first_imgA group of students is taking initiative to revamp the videos shown at international student orientation in an effort to make the videos more applicable to the students who attend.The previous “Living in the United States” video series used to be mandatory for all international students and their families to watch at international student orientation.“[The series] kind of made us feel like we were aliens just coming to Earth for the first time,” said Gabe Rocha, a junior from Brazil majoring in biomedical engineering.After three years at USC, Rocha still remembered the video and decided to start a Change.org petition with his friends about removing the videos. On the petition site, the featured video begins with, “One of the things you might be thinking when you come to the U.S. is ‘how will I make “American Friends?’” The video begins first by explaining that Americans are very open to meeting new people. Then it goes through some non-verbal greetings that Americans use: the “handshake,” the “wave,” the “nod” and the “Fight On.”The video also tells students, “If someone asks you how you are doing and keeps walking before you have a chance to answer, understand that it was only a greeting.”Though USC often publicizes its large population of international students as a means of attracting prospective students, many students felt put off by the patronizing videos.Tiffany Tse, a junior majoring in health promotion and disease prevention who is from Thailand, remarked that she and her friends wondered if Americans really thought international students were that “stupid.”Over the summer, Undergraduate Student Government Vice President Rini Sampath noticed students were posting about Rocha’s petition on Facebook, and she decided to reach out to Rocha’s group.After viewing the video, she deemed it offensive as well.“It kind of just generalizes international students. It makes them all seem as if they have no idea of what American culture is like, whereas a significant portion of them are very fluent English speakers … They all got into USC for very good reasons,” Sampath said.Last year’s International Student Assembly director had successfully petitioned to have the video removed from orientation. Current Executive Director Rachel Zou, however, said that the videos are still online and used as reference material, which is unfortunate because it reinforces stereotypes about international students that are already hard to shake.“I think that some students just think that international students clump together, and stick more to each other. That’s true for all other communities here on campus,” she said. “Like you see other communities sticking to themselves more just because it’s more comfortable.”Eventually the administration responded, and Rocha’s group, USG, Andy Su and Pablo Pozas Guerra of Diversity Affairs and ISA got involved in initial talks about the video. The group made the decision to revamp the video with new content that is more applicable to the USC experience. They’re currently trying to get the production aspects together.“The goal is to create something that students connect to — the current video is very unreal,” Zou said. “It looks staged, it looks fake.”ISA’s part will focus on research about what students want to see, and how that information should be presented. Zou said that some things that might be more helpful for an international student who just landed in Los Angeles for the first time would give advice about LAX and Los Angeles in general. ISA is also planning events that help to bridge the gap, such as “Around the World in 7 Days,” a series of events that will showcase different cultures.“At times we don’t do the very best job of integrating those students into our community,” Sampath said. “So until we get to that point where we see international students actively mingling with our student body, it’s going to be hard to break down those stereotypes of the international student community.”USG will be trying other activism and initiatives such as more discussions and increased marketing to the international community, as well as play a greater role in promoting events such as the annual Night Market hosted by Asian Pacific American Student Assembly.“I think it is the personal responsibility of every student on this campus to make sure that all students feel comfortable, safe and respected,” Sampath said.last_img read more

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