In assembling individual small pieces of brightly-colored glass, stones, shells, beads and ceramic tiles, an artist creates a mosaic, or a beautiful image that can only be appreciated once all the materials are glued together. On Wednesday, the Saint Mary’s Student Diversity Board brought individuals from the campus community together in a similar fashion, through its annual Mosaic Dinner. This dinner allows participants to join a conversation about and celebration of diversity and inclusion on the college campus.Junior Jazmin Herrera, the vice president of Student Diversity Board, said this event encapsulates the board’s mission to promote diversity and educate others about inclusive practices. The definition of diversity is multifaceted and always changing, Herrera said, and the Mosaic dinner gives the Saint Mary’s community an opportunity to explore race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion and other identifiers that make the college a more diverse place.“I think it’s really important for students to come just so they know who their allies are and also to know that they fit into this definition and that they contribute to the celebration and education on campus,” Herrera said.Junior Guadalupe Gonzalez, vice president of strategic affairs, said the dinner unites the Saint Mary’s community by giving voice to diverse individuals, and allowing participants to recognize the beauty in shared and unique differences.“Even the name itself, Mosaic, it’s an artwork,” Gonzalez said. “It’s a coming together in a collage of different people, different pieces, different stories, different lived experiences. … This is why [the Mosaic dinner] is really important, because that’s the main goal … and you don’t see any other event like that.”In past years, the Mosaic dinner has instead been held as a casual mixer including crafts and games, Herrera said.“This year, we decided to host a dinner because it’s more intimate,” she said. “Basically, it’s just an opportunity for faculty, students and different student leaders of clubs that celebrate and promote diversity and inclusivity on campus to mingle and get to know each other.”Gonzalez said the board made the decision to reintroduce Mosaic dinners because of the previous lack of response from the student body.“What we’re trying to do is go back to the roots of it, back to making it into a dinner, making it … more important and less casual. Good food, good people, good discussions,” Gonzalez said. “Our mission with this dinner is just to truly bring awareness and help people connect with others. It’s like a networking event where we all know what we’re here for, and we’re trying to become advocates for all.”This year, Mary Burke, the chair of the Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees, presented a keynote address explaining how the new administration under Interim President Nancy Nekvasil will further promote the mission of Student Diversity Board.Before the dinner, Herrera said she hoped the address would help students become more familiar with Burke and her role at Saint Mary’s.“She will be speaking on how diversity and inclusion fit into the board’s priorities and also on how she is an ally on campus,” Herrera said.Tags: Diversity, mosaic dinner, Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees, Student Diversity Board
After winning the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) trophy after 32 years wait, all the management of Rangers International FC could afford to celebrate the worthy heroes of Nigeria club football was to pack the players into a flat-bed trailer to show off their league crown across the city of Enugu in a victory parade at the weekend.Unlike what transpires in other clime when trophy winners are paraded in cosy buses, the trailer was a disservice to the effort of the Imama Amapakabo coached lads who fought hard to beat El Kanemi Warriors 4-0 on Match-day 38 of the Nigerian topflight league to be crowned champions again at their Cathedral in the Coal City.The victory motorcade, though draped in Rangers traditional red and white colours, looked like something fit for clubs in Banana republics.Of course, residents of the former capital of the Eastern region who have waited endlessly for a day to celebrate the Flying Antelopes trooped out in thousands to salute the courageous Rangers.It took off from the Rangers camp in Emene at about 10am and they passed through Abakpa Nike, Trans Ekulu before they terminated at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, where they had thrashed El Kanemi 4-0.Coach Imama Amapakabo as well as top stars like Obinna Nwobodo, Bobby Clement, Christian Madu and Etim Matthew were part of the carnival.“I challenged Rangers to win something and this is now possible,” said Imama.“This is a big celebration. It is trophy we won with joy and tears. Under rain and sun we fought, but I am happy today, we are all happy,” said goalkeeper trainer Sulaiman Shuaibu.The fans came out in large numbers to celebrate with the champions.In the meantime, sports commissioner Charles Ndukwe has announced Enugu Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi will host both players and officials of Rangers on Tuesday at the National Orthopedic Hospital in Enugu, where striker Ifeanyi Egwim is fast recovering from a major leg injury he suffered on the final day of action.The Governor is expected to on this day pledge his reward to the new Nigeria champions.Officials said the reception was delayed because government wanted to put some logistics in place before the event.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
A Florida woman has been charged with filing false voter information after authorities say she altered and/or turned in several voter applications.The Lake County Supervisor of Elections Office says employees flagged 119 voter registration forms after they found that the forms included incorrect information, including birth dates, Social Security numbers or driver’s license numbers.Lake County Sheriff’s officials say that during their investigation, they found that all of the falsified applications were handled by 63-year-old Cheryl A. Hall of the Florida First’s office in Winter Haven.Officials say Florida First assists with registering voters and that Hall who is a registered Republican, was assigned to collect applications and turn them in. During that process, however, Hall purposely switched the party affiliations of some Democratic and non-party voters to the Republican party and possible forged some signatures without the knowledge of the voter.The Lake County Supervisor of Elections Alan Hays, told the Orlando Sentinel that some of the victims contacted the office to report that they received new voter registration cards reflecting the changes though they never filled out paperwork to make any changes.The office has since begun contacting other victims in the case. At least 10 people have decided to file formal complaints.Hall turned herself in to police on Thursday. She is now facing 10 felony counts of submission of false voter registration information.