College holds screening, discussion of Anita Hill documentary

first_imgSaint Mary’s College held a screening of the documentary “Anita: Speaking Truth to Power” for students and faculty Tuesday in Rice Commons, followed by a discussion about the film’s significance. The discussion was led by three faculty members: Dr. Jamie Wagman, Dr. Stacy Davis and Dr. Bettina Spencer.Prior to the showing, College president Jan Cervelli said she hoped the documentary would help explain the significance of sexual harassment in the workplace and empower students to understand how it can affect victims’ lives.The documentary told the story of Anita Hill, a former coworker of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas whose Senate confirmation hearing for appointment to the Supreme Court made headlines in 1991. That same year, Hill testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee, which at the time was led by Joe Biden, about the sexual harassment she faced while working under Thomas.Spencer, a psychology professor, recalled her thoughts after receiving news of the hearing.“I was eleven years old [when this happened], and I thought Anita Hill was on trial,” Spencer said.Other faculty members similarly reflected on what they remembered about the hearing and how watching the documentary helped them understand the significance of Hill’s testimony about sexual harassment.“In a sense, she was on trial,” Wagman, a professor of history and gender and women’s studies, said.The documentary depicted Hill’s subjection to questioning from the Senate Judiciary Committee throughout her testimony and was asked to keep repeating the graphic details of the verbal harassment she said Thomas had committed.“It’s interesting as an adult in 2018 to really reflect on these moments and where we [as women] have come but also where we haven’t,” Spencer said.Prior to Hill’s testimony, the documentary said the discussions of sexual harassment remained far from public. As she testified, however, the showing portrayed members of the Senate Judiciary Committee beginning to feel discomfort at hearing such graphic details in a hearing to which much of the public was paying attention.Also mentioned in the documentary was the role race played in the handling of these allegations. In defending himself, Thomas mentioned in the movie that the sexuality of black men had been stereotyped. This, he said, led to his being subjected to a “high-tech lynching” as a result of these allegations.“My friends and I watched this [hearing] and couldn’t believe the words [Clarence Thomas] used,” Davis, professor of religious studies, said.Having been 18 years old at the time of the hearing, Davis said she remembers understanding how significant it was for such allegations to be made against such a high-profile figure as Thomas.“The Monday after, all the phrase around my school was ‘high-tech lynching,’ and once he said that, we knew she was done,” Davis said.In the discussion after the screening, students shared their thoughts of the documentary as well as the reason they attended the event.“It’s a topic that, outside of a women’s college, I feel like you don’t hear a lot about,” sophomore Hannah Gams said.As the event was intended to be the first of several held to discuss the issue of sexual harassment, Saint Mary’s students were told they will have more opportunities to learn about the topic.“While I’m here, I like to embrace the opportunities that Saint Mary’s offers us to discuss the issue [of sexual harassment] openly,” Gams said.Tags: anita hill, Anita: Speaking Truth to Power, Clarence Thomas, Documentary, Dr. Bettina Spencer, Dr. Jamie Wagman, Dr. Stacy Davislast_img read more

US surpasses grim milestone of 200,000 COVID-19 deaths

first_imgThe death toll from the spread of the coronavirus in the United States exceeded 200,000 on Tuesday, by the far the highest number of any nation.The United States, on a weekly average, is now losing about 800 lives each day to the virus, according to a Reuters tally. That is down from a peak of 2,806 daily deaths recorded on April 15. During the early months of the pandemic, 200,000 deaths was regarded by many as the maximum number of lives likely to be lost in the United States to the virus. Trump has admitted to playing down the danger of the coronavirus early on because he did not want to “create a panic.”With barely six weeks left before the election on Nov. 3, Trump is behind Democratic rival Joe Biden nationally in every major opinion poll and is neck and neck in key swing states. Trump’s handling of the pandemic and subsequent economic downturn has battered his standing among many voters.Trump has frequently questioned the advice of scientific experts on everything from the timing of a vaccine to reopening schools and businesses to wearing a mask. He has refused to support a national mask mandate and held large political rallies where few wore masks.US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield recently told Congress that a face mask would provide more guaranteed protection than a vaccine, which would only be broadly available by “late second quarter, third quarter 2021.”Trump refuted the timeline for the vaccine and said that it may be available in a matter of weeks and ahead of the Nov. 3 election.Biden, who often wears a mask and has said he would require masks nationwide, has warned against a rushed release of a vaccine, saying, “Let me be clear: I trust vaccines, I trust scientists, but I don’t trust Donald Trump.”The University of Washington’s health institute is forecasting coronavirus fatalities reaching 378,000 by the end of 2020, with the daily death toll skyrocketing to 3,000 per day in December.Over 70% of those in the United States who have lost their lives to the virus were over the age of 65, according to CDC data.The southern states of Texas and Florida contributed the most deaths in the United States in the past two weeks and were closely followed by California. California, Texas and Florida – the three most populous US states – have recorded the most coronavirus infections and have long surpassed the state of New York, which was the epicenter of the outbreak in early 2020. The country as a whole is reporting over 42,000 new infections on average each day and saw cases last week rise on a weekly basis after falling for eight weeks in a row.Deaths rose 5% last week after falling for four weeks in a row, according to a Reuters analysis.Six out of every 10,000 residents in the United States has died of the virus, according to Reuters data, one of the highest rates among developed nations.Brazil follows the United States in the number of overall deaths due to the virus, with over 137,000 fatalities. India has had the world’s highest daily death rate over the last week with total deaths now approaching 100,000. “The idea of 200,000 deaths is really very sobering and in some respects stunning,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious diseases expert, told CNN.Fauci said that it was not inevitable that the United States will fall into another dire situation with coronavirus cases surging during cold weather months, but that he was worried about parts of the country where public health measures were not being implemented.On Monday, US President Donald Trump said he had done a phenomenal job on the pandemic that has infected nearly 6.9 million Americans.”It affects virtually nobody. It’s an amazing thing,” Trump told supporters at a Swanton, Ohio, campaign rally Monday night. “It affects… elderly people with heart problems and other problems – if they have other problems that’s what it really affects, that’s it.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Construction crews set to return to Merkel Road in Batesville

first_imgBatesville, In. — Crews from Cincinnati-based Paul H. Rohe Company return to the Merkel Road project in Batesville next week, weather permitting. Last year, the project was stymied by poor weather conditions, utility conflicts and unforeseen conditions.Mayor Mike Bettice explains the crews will be working on storm sewer infrastructure until June. Widening and other construction will continue through the summer.When the project is complete it will allow improved access to one of the only type structures along I-74 between Indianapolis and Cincinnati.The shell building is about 54,000-square-feet and can be expandable up to 200,000-square-feet. Additionally, the site has ample parking capacity for trucks, trailers and cars.last_img

Daytona 500 victory remains Kyle Busch’s holy grail

first_imgDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — There’s no bigger single item on Kyle Busch’s to-do list than winning the Daytona 500. That’s because Busch has accomplished just about everything else in big-time stock car racing.  In 2015, he won his first championship in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, despite missing the first 11 races because of broken bones suffered in a brutal crash in Turn 1 during the NASCAR Xfinity Series race that preceded the Daytona 500. A virtual lock to make the NASCAR Hall of Fame whenever he’s first eligible, Busch has 51 Cup victories, 11th-most all time. His 92 triumphs in the NASCAR Xfinity Series likely is an unassailable record, and his 51 wins in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series are good for a tie with NASCAR Hall of Famer Ron Hornaday Jr. for most all time.MORE: Daytona 500 time, lineup, TV schedule, streaming info Busch has won at least one race at every active track on the Cup circuit — unless you count the variant Charlotte Road Course, which was introduced to the series last year. Last year, Busch won eight Cup races, matching a single-season best he established in 2008, his first season in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. The eight victories in 2008 included Busch’s only Daytona points win in the Cup series, but that came in July, not February. Busch won the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona in 2012 and also has three Duel 150-mile qualifying race victories to his credit. But the big prize, the Harley J. Earl Trophy, has eluded him through 14 full seasons at NASCAR’s highest level. There may be other items on Busch’s bucket list, but there’s no doubt which one is at the top, highlighted in red letters. “There’s plenty on there for sure, but the biggest one, the top item is the Daytona 500,” Busch said on Wednesday during Daytona 500 media day at the speedway. “I would certainly like to knock that off a lot sooner than later, but hopefully – eventually, whether it’s the last year I do it, I can get one, but that’ll be seen later on.” MORE: Starting lineup for the Daytona 500The Daytona 500 teased and tantalized the late Dale Earnhardt, dangling the prospect of victory in front of him before snatching it away with a late calamity. Earnhardt finally got his win in the Great American race in 1998, four years after he won his seventh Cup championship, but it took 20 years of trying. Busch hasn’t been that close to the victory he covets most. “It’s disappointing that I haven’t been able to win it yet, but, really, when I look back on all the years, there’s only been two opportunities that I feel like slipped away,” Busch said. “’08 slipped away, and the year Denny (Hamlin) won (2016). Those were the only two that I feel like we missed out on and weren’t able to capitalize. “I was fast in ’07. I should have finished third behind (Kevin) Harvick and (Mark) Martin, but I crashed and destroyed the field coming to the checkered. So I feel like I could have won two of them, which is not all that many when you look at it. So, obviously, it’s disappointing to just not come down here and be a dominant force and a guy that’s in contention each and every time.” MORE: Daytona 500 odds, predictions, sleepersThe good news is that Busch probably will have many more opportunities to win the Daytona 500. His current plan is to race at the Cup level for roughly 10 more years. “If I’m fortunate enough to be here for 10 more years . . . I’m Tom Brady-factoring right now, man,” Busch said. “I’ve got to work on this fine frame to make sure it lasts that long.” To that end, Busch is finalizing a contract extension with Joe Gibbs Racing. “We’re in discussions right now,” he acknowledged. “We’re talking. It’s all been agreed to. It’s just a matter of putting the pen to the paper.” That should dovetail with other unfinished business beyond the Daytona 500. Busch has 194 victories across NASCAR’s top three national series. He wants to reach 200 in the near term. MORE: Busch curses Jimmie Johnson after wreck in Duels”Yeah, I mean 200 is another item that is on that bucket list and that checklist of what we’re looking to do,” he said. “I hope that that comes this year. I think there’s a great opportunity for that.”I’ve got five truck races slated, seven Xfinity races slated and of course a full Cup schedule, so a lot going on in all of that and looking forward to being able to produce results and wins and again compete for a championship.” No, Busch won’t equate his 200 victories to the 200 achieved by seven-time Cup champion Richard Petty, who recorded all of them in NASCAR’s premier series. But Busch can see himself challenging Jeff Gordon’s 93 career victories, perhaps even David Pearson’s 105. “I feel as though I’m chasing Jeff Gordon or maybe even David Pearson,” Busch said. Maybe . . . I don’t know if I can get there. I like to think I can get there. I’m at 51 right now, so if I can get another 50 in the next 10 years, that would certainly be nice to go out with 100 Cup wins.”But first things first — Busch’s next shot at the Daytona 500 is on Sunday (2:30 p.m.; Fox, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). And after all, that’s the one item at the top of the priority list.Reid Spencer writes for the NASCAR Wire Service.last_img read more