Ricketts, Ruelas emphasize mental health awareness at town hall meeting

first_imgOn the eve of Irish State of Mind Week’s mental health awareness campaign, student government hosted a town hall meeting Thursday evening and answered the questions of senators, hall presidents and other students. “We’re at a different place in the conversation with mental health than we are with sexual assault,” senior student body president Bryan Ricketts said. “We’re just trying to define the problem with mental health in general right now.”On Monday, student government kicks off mental health awareness week with their Irish State of Mind initiative.Michael Yu | The Observer “We decided that mental health awareness needs to be education in tandem with action,” senior student body vice president Nidia Ruelas said. “The idea is that we’re going to release a video next week in conjunction with other ACC schools, with the message ‘Just Ask.’ It means asking really, truly how someone is doing, finding out how they really are underneath the facades we put on in high stress situations, which we obviously have a lot of here.”Ruelas said she has also started to work with a variety of focus groups to determine different and better solutions to student mental health needs.“We want to figure out if we’re doing the proper outreach to groups, and trying to figure out how to better respond to all of that,” she said. “We found with racial and ethnic minorities that they responded really well with group setting, so it’s about understanding what our target is and how to best serve them.”Ricketts also introduced a new partnership between student government and the individual colleges to target more specifically the issue. “This summer, we spent a lot of time with the administration trying to figure out the problem with mental illness … we wanted to work with the colleges to figure out how they can specifically help,” Ricketts said. “… It will be different with the Architecture majors than the Arts and Letters majors.” In addition to addressing mental health, Ricketts and Ruelas emphasized their continuing attention to the issue of sexual assault at the University. “We as a community are responsible for what happens in this community,” Rickets said. “… Holding one another accountable has kind of been the underpinning of change regarding sexual assault here.”Last year, student government launched the It’s On Us campaign to help prevent sexual assault.“The It’s On Us campaign all starts by being like, ‘Hey, we’re going to look out for each other. We’re going to be there for each other,’” Ruelas said. “But that doesn’t end with your friends.”The Green Dot program also helps to educate students through training sessions, they said. “You see the difference when we reach out to people to come to trainings for these things, they’ll bring two or three people with them. … We’re holding more people accountable for their actions,” Ricketts said.“… The more conversations we have about it, the better. If you can convince that person, that naysayer, that one person who dwells in the what-ifs, if you can convince them that it’s on them too, that really is tangible change.”Ruelas also spoke about the recent push to make reporting sexual assault a simpler process.“We put out posters at the beginning of the semester describing how to deal with sexual assault,” she said. “It’s simple enough, so that if you see something when you’re out and about, you can say something. It’s a whole part of the culture piece in order to effect change.”Tags: It’s On Us, Mental health, sexual assault, Student government, town halllast_img read more

Cricket News Sarfraz Ahmed in big trouble for ‘racist’ sledge in Durban ODI against South Africa

first_imgPakistan lost the Durban ODI by five wickets.Phehlukwayo and Rassie van der Dussen shared a 127-run stand.Pakistan won the Port Elizabeth ODI. The incident blew up into a massive controversy and many people have lambasted Sarfraz’s conduct. The ICC’s ‘Anti-Racism Code for Participants’ describes the offence as “engaging in any conduct (whether through the use of language, gestures or otherwise), which is likely to offend, insult, humiliate, intimidate, threaten, disparage or vilify any reasonable person in the position of a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee, Umpire Support Personnel or any other person (including a spectator) on the basis of their race, religion, culture, colour, descent, national or ethnic origin”.Here’s what Sarfraz was heard saying to Phehlukwayo in yesterday’s #SAvPAK ODI. Not only racist, but also just a crap sledge. pic.twitter.com/krAbfjWQee— Dennis Kohli (@DennisCricket_) January 22, 2019Phehlukwayo came to the crease when Pakistan had reduced South Africa to 84/5 in their pursuit of 204 in Durban. He survived a review off legspinner Shadab Khan and almost dragged the reverse sweep back onto his stumps off the same bowler. Phehlukwayo survived another LBW appeal off Hasan Ali and just managed to survive a catch as Pakistan’s frustration mounted. In the 36th over, Phehlukwayo was dropped on 50 by Shadab off the bowling of Faheem Ashraf and their frustrations mounted when Shaheen Afridi could not get to mistimed lofted shot in the 41st over.The South African player’s all-round exploits lit up Kingsmead but Sarfraz’s conduct has spoiled what was a tense game. The status on whether Sarfraz could be charged under the ICC Code of Conduct will be determined in the next couple of days. New Delhi: Sarfraz Ahmed, the Pakistan cricket team skipper, is in serious trouble following the team’s loss to South Africa in the Durban ODI on Tuesday. Footage has emerged of Sarfraz making a ‘racist’ comment against Andile Phehlukwayo which has been captured by the stump microphone. The incident occurred in the third ball of the 37th over when Phehlukwayo inside-edged a ball a ball from Shaheen Afridi to fine leg and Sarfraz could not believe that the batsman was not bowled. Following the delivery, Sarfraz muttered something in Urdu which was, “abbay kaale teri Ammi kahan bethi hoyi hain aaj, kya parhwa kay aaya hai aaj.” The literal translation is, “Hey black guy, where’s your mother sitting today? What [prayer] have you got her to say for you today?”Phehlukwayo’s 68*, his maiden ODI fifty and his 127-run partnership with Rassie van der Dussen, who slammed 80 helped South Africa level the five-match series 1-1 after suffering a loss in Port Elizabeth. It was a great day for Phehlukwayo, who also picked up 4/22 to bowl Pakistan out for 203. In the post-match presentation, Sarfraz did not do himself any favours as he struggled to pronounce Phehlukwayo’s name. “We needed one more wicket but credit goes to the one with a difficult name (Phehlukwayo), I don’t know to pronounce that and also the other batsman (Rassie van der Dussen),” Sarfraz quipped. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more