Renowned Classical Violinist Itzhak Perlman Cancels North Carolina Show In Protest Of HB2

first_imgBands like Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam made the headlines for cancelling shows in North Carolina, out of protest for the state’s newly-passed HB2 “bathroom bill.” The show cancellations have been important in creating a dialogue about this discriminatory policy, though it isn’t the first time rock stars have used their platform to speak out on political issues. Rock and roll itself is a genre founded on defiance, and these protests fit snugly in the long historical discourse of music.Interestingly, an unlikely musician has also joined the fight against HB2: Itzhak Perlman. Classical musicians aren’t often thought of as political figures, which makes Perlman’s words all the stronger. In a statement, Perlman wrote that he is “a vocal advocate for treating all people equally,” and cancelled a scheduled performance with the North Carolina Symphony out of protest for the bill.You can read his statement below:As my fans know, I have spent a lifetime advocating against discrimination towards those with physical disabilities and have been a vocal advocate for treating all people equally. As such, after great consideration, I have decided to cancel my May 18th concert in North Carolina with the North Carolina Symphony as a stand against House Bill 2. As Attorney General Loretta Lynch recently stated, HB2 “is about a great deal more than just bathrooms. [It] is about the dignity and respect we accord our fellow citizens.” I couldn’t agree more and will look forward to returning to North Carolina when this discriminatory law is repealed.You can also watch Perlman talk about the decision on MSNBC.We’re with you, Itzhak.last_img read more

Student senate discusses sexual assault, sustainability

first_imgThe student senate met Wednesday night to discuss the new Expectation of Responsibility Policy, sexual assault awareness and prevention programs It’s On Us and Green Dot and the sustainability changes in the dining halls. Ryan Willerton, director of the office of community standards, outlined the Expectation of Responsibility Policy, which protects underage students who help intoxicated peers who need medical attention, and explained why the promise of no disciplinary action is necessary. “We’ve had time to really articulate what that expectation is,” Willerton said. “The expectation is that if somebody needs help, that a Notre Dame student would act and get that individual help. We also recognize that students are worried about disciplinary action, for the person who needs help and the person who is calling for help, and this fear that their life will be over — they won’t be able to get into med school, they won’t be able to go to law school.” Students may still be subject to “educational action,” Willerton said.Willerton also addressed which sort of reports would go to the schools on students’ potential future applications.He said only disciplinary status outcomes would be included in University records reported to medical schools, law schools, bar associations, graduate schools, the federal government and other jobs that conduct records checks.After Willerton’s presentation, student body president Bryan Ricketts gave a short presentation on sexual assault. “We are looking at It’s On Us and its role here on campus, and we’re talking about a model for culture change,” Ricketts said. “What we start with is awareness, followed by education and action. Two years ago, we started with One is Too Many. Then we had It’s On Us part one last year, and this year we have It’s On Us part two and Green Dot.”Green Dot is an organization that, according to their website, is “built on the premise that we can measurably and systematically reduce violence within any given community.”The student senators discussed the removal of all paper bags and styrofoam cups from the dining halls. A number of senators mentioned hearing complaints, and Dan Sehlhorst, chief of staff and member of the sustainability council, explained the reasoning behind the removals. “Over the course of last year, there was a big push for eliminating all styrofoam from the dining halls and paper bags in the grab and go stations,” Sehlhorst said. “They [the Office of Sustainability] did this survey of over 2,000 people, I think, and they got about 80 percent support for removing both entirely. They felt very confident in doing that because it was so widely supported.”(Editor’s note: Sehlhorst later contacted The Observer to clarify his statement.  The Office of Sustainability survey had 348 responses, 82 percent of which were in favor of removing bags and 92 percent in favor of removing styrofoam cups.) Additionally, the senate approved the selection of seven students to serve on the election committee for the 2015-2016 academic year: senior James Brokaw, sophomore Katie Hergenrother, sophomore Amit Paul, freshman Kathleen Ryan, junior Mary Schubert, freshman Zoe Walker and sophomore Ryan Will. The student senate meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Notre Dame Room of LaFortune Student Center. All meetings are open to the public.Tags: expectation of responsibility, office of community standards, Office of Sustainability, sexual assault, Student government, student senatelast_img read more

Stats to know for Syracuse men’s lacrosse’s quarterfinal matchup with Maryland

first_img Related Stories Beat writers predict outcome of Syracuse-Maryland men’s lacrosse quarterfinal gameSergio Salcido doesn’t fit the mold of a Syracuse lacrosse star, but he’s emerging as oneSyracuse men’s lacrosse opponent preview: What to know about MarylandSyracuse men’s lacrosse roundtable: How SU beat Albany, the matchup with Maryland and the Orange’s weaknessesHow Syracuse’s offensive depth created problems for Albany’s defense in SU’s 11-9 NCAA tournament win Published on May 20, 2016 at 11:26 pm Contact Lucy: [email protected] Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textcenter_img No. 8 seed Syracuse (12-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) will take on top-seeded Maryland (15-2, 5-0 Big Ten) on Saturday at noon in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament. The Orange enters after coming from behind to knock off Albany, 11-9, in the first round last weekend. The winner of Saturday’s matchup advances to the Final Four in Philadelphia.Check out some stats that will be key in the matchup: Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Tricky tests await Spain’s history seekers

first_imgHolders Spain’s hopes of recreating the atmosphere that led to continental success four years ago has been tested ahead of their Euro 2016 opener with Czech Republic though the players remain confident. (EURO 2016 – Full coverage)Goalkeeper David De Gea has been dragged into an off-pitch scandal while Spain have also had a troubled build-up on the pitch, leaving the European champions with much to prove in their first Group C match in Toulouse on Monday.Spain, who will also face Turkey and Croatia in a tricky section, were dominating international football when they became the first side to claim two consecutive European titles by winning Euro 2012 two years after a maiden World Cup win.But that came to an abrupt end at the 2014 World Cup when they crashed out in the group stage, never recovering from a 5-1 demolition by the Netherlands in their opener, and they have endured some mediocre results ahead of this tournament.However, forward Pedro says they are even more determined to do well after their poor display at the World Cup in Brazil as they chase an unprecedented third European title in a row.”The mood reminds me of those of four years ago,” he told reporters at Spain’s headquarters on the Ile de Re on Saturday. “The group have a different mentality, they want to do something great and have a successful tournament.””We’re motivated. Maybe it’s because we didn’t have a good World Cup and we want to turn that situation around.”SELECTION POLICYadvertisementA 1-0 friendly defeat by Georgia in their final warm-up game raised questions of Vicente del Bosque’s selection policy after he left a swathe of big names out of his Euro 2016 squad including Juan Mata, Paco Alcacer and Fernando Torres.He also had to wait for the late arrival of the Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid players in the squad following their participation in the Champions League final.Manchester United keeper De Gea has vehemently denied allegations in the Spanish media linking him to a prostitution case and he has the backing of his team mates.”We’re with (De Gea) and we must support him,” said Pedro. “We are calm, as he is, and this won’t destabilise the group.”It’s not affecting us,” he added. “The atmosphere’s good.” (ALSO READ: De Gea’s sex scandal claims won’t affect Spain’s decision, says Pedro)De Gea’s situation may prompt Del Bosque to stick with Iker Casillas in goal, while Alvaro Morata leads the race to start in attack after overcoming a thigh injury.The Czech Republic qualified ahead of Iceland, Turkey and the Netherlands and Pavel Vrba has every member of his squad — including captain Tomas Rosicky — fit for Monday’s match.”I had to work hard during the last two months,” Rosicky told reporters. “I intensified my training and played with the (Arsenal) reserves to get ready for Spain.”last_img read more