The St. Joseph County Special Victims Unit is investigating an alleged rape of a student in a Saint Mary’s residence hall late Saturday, Nov. 3 into early Sunday, Nov. 4, according to Gwen O’Brien, the College’s director of media relations. “The College took immediate actions upon learning of the alleged incident and is cooperating with the investigation,” O’Brien said. “Saint Mary’s College has no comment at this time due to that ongoing police investigation.” Vice President for Student Affairs Karen Johnson said the student body did not receive an email about the incident because she was confident the alleged assailant was no longer on campus and there was no danger to the campus community. “That decision is made by me in consultation with our Director of Security and the Assistant Vice President for student Affairs,” Johnson said. “There are three levels of notification we use when an incident happens: immediate and ongoing threat to the campus community – in that case, we use our early alert system, ongoing but not immediate threat to the campus community – in that case, we send out a safety notice; and no immediate or ongoing threat to the campus community – in that case, we do a report on the safety website.” Johnson said notifications to the student body are determined on a case-by case basis and are based on level of immediacy and level of threat. “We want our students to have enough information to be safe,” Johnson said. “If we feel there is an ongoing concern or threat, we notify.”,Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) is investigating a report of sexual assault committed by an acquaintance in a South Quad men’s residence hall late last Friday, an email sent to students said. The email stated the report was made to a University administrator and warned students of the risk of sexual assault. “Anyone initiating any kind of sexual contact with another person must seek consent and not engage in sexual contact unless consent is given,” the email stated. “As the University’s sexual assault policy makes clear: ‘Sexual misconduct of any kind is inconsistent with the University’s values and incompatible with the safe, healthy environment that the Notre Dame community expects. … The perpetrator, not the survivor, is responsible for any instance of sexual assault.” Information about sexual assault prevention and resources for survivors of sexual assault is available online from both NDSP and the Committee for Sexual Assault Prevention.
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionFocus on real issues, not the border wallYes, immigration at our southern border is chaotic.However, Trump’s “wall” will not solve the problem.A comprehensive, humane, and rational immigration policy is required to address this issue.However, such a policy is unlikely to be forthcoming, since Trump’s approach to immigration is based on threat and punishment. In the meantime, there are a number of issues significantly more important to our well-being than “wall funding.” A few are noted below.The opioid epidemic: According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), on average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. In 2016, U.S. health care providers wrote more than 214 million prescriptions for opioid pain medication, a rate of 66.5 prescriptions per 100 people. More than 40 percent of all U.S. opioid overdose deaths in 2016 involved a prescription opioid.Gun deaths: According to the CDC, in 2017 there were nearly 40,000 gun deaths in America, the highest absolute number of gun deaths in nearly 50 years. This increase in deaths was driven by suicides; 60 percent of gun deaths were self-inflicted. While the number of gun homicides has fluctuated over the last decade, the number of gun suicides has steadily increased.Climate change: A recent threat assessment by our nation’s intelligence community warned that climate change and other types of environmental degradation pose serious risks to global stability because they are “likely to fuel competition for resources, and cause economic distress and social discontent through 2019 and beyond.”Focus on the issues noted above. Forget “the wall.”Don SteinerSchenectady Dems have shown taxes, but not TrumpFYI to letter writer Pete Pidgeon; Everyone (all Democrats, wonder why) you mentioned in your June 6 letter has all shown their taxes, except Trump.Diane Sanders HombachSchenectadyPlanned Parenthood more than abortionsWhen anti-abortion people talk against Planned Parenthood, all they talk about are abortions. They don’t know about or mention other things, such as free birth control and condoms. Planned Parenthood helps males as well as females.They talk about safe sex, and it’s a place one can go to without insurance and no or little money.If it wasn’t for Planned Parenthood, I wouldn’t be where I am today.Rachael WilkinsonSaratoga SpringsDo we really want a “king-y” president?The recent event where the palace guards endeavored to hide the name of the Navy ship USS John McCain so that King Trump would not see it and have a nervous breakdown is a significant sign of our times.It reminded me of the scene in the famous Disney animation of “Alice in Wonderland” where the “cards,” who are actually palace servants, run around the castle gardens painting the white roses red.The roses must be red, we know, because the queen does not like white roses. This obsession is an allegory of Great Britain’s true history and the real conflict known as the “Wars of the Roses.”In the 1400s, there was a political war between two clans in the British royal family of the Plantagenets: the House of Lancaster (red roses) and the House of York (white roses).The King in the present United States of Wonderland, like the Queen in Lewis Carroll’s fictional Wonderland, decides what is permitted to be believed. The population goes about its business, walking, talking and chewing gum simultaneously, but it looks like something is being covered up, either a ship or a house of cards, or both, and the people are losing their heads.Should our president be like a king or like a dutiful administrator, a chief bureaucrat limited by policies defined by a dominant legislature? In our own time, we will see how the “king-y” type of president works out for us.John Manimas MedeirosSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
Senior goalkeeper McQuin Baron leaps to make a save in goal for the Trojans in a game at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center. Photo by Warren Poh | Daily TrojanIn almost a complete turnaround from its last meeting, the men’s water polo team defeated the Anteaters 13-8 on Saturday. The last time the two teams faced off, the Trojans had to battle from behind before pulling off a victory in the last half of the fourth quarter. On Saturday, the Trojans secured a lead with three and a half minutes left in the first quarter and never relinquished it. “We played them [when] our defense was a lot better,” junior driver Zach D’Sa said. “I think last time they scored around 9 or 10 goals and this time they only scored 6 against us really, so our defense was a lot better this game.” While the Trojans maintained their lead throughout, the Anteaters went on a run in the third, gnawing at the lead and decreasing the deficit to just 3 goals. However, USC quickly squashed their chances of a comeback as freshman driver Marko Vavic had back-to-back goals and extended the lead to 10-5. “I think we just kept having compound mistakes where we would have a chance on offense to make the advantage even bigger,” Vavic said. “And then we would miss that and go down, get ejected, get scored on. So, I think we switched and they had couple of those in a row and that let them get back in the game.” For the Trojans, it played out exactly how they wanted. They preferred being in the lead and forcing the Anteaters to try and recover, unlike in their last meeting when the roles were reversed. Some Trojan players noticed that UC Irvine’s spirits fell as the time began running out on their hopes for a comeback.“It made it a lot easier on us,” D’sa said. “Because the team started to give up and they got a little bit of hope back at the middle of the third quarter, but we squashed the hope.” The Trojans accomplished more than just winning the game. With nine players scoring at least one goal, they proved that they have strong depth on their roster. “It is definitely a confidence boost,” Vavic said. “It helps in future games for when we have big games and they will press out some of the better players, so they can’t score. It will give the other players that don’t score as much, much more confidence to shoot the ball and try to do their best.” Overall, USC’s offense pushed the team out of reach, but it was its defense that sealed the victory. Every game, the Trojans discuss the importance of defense, and this one was no exception. They look at it as an opportunity to keep pushing forward and improve.“Definitely, our counterattack was our strong point,” D’Sa said, “and I think defense can always be improved. We can always stop them more.”