Students walk across America for gay rights

first_imgA group of six graduate students from the School of Cinematic Arts will embark on a seven-month walk across the country in hopes of cultivating an open dialogue about same-sex marriage while documenting their journey on film.A.J. Goodrich, a third-year graduate student studying cinema-television production who developed the idea, will direct the film. He and the other students will begin walking on Feb. 1.The goal of the project is to engage a variety of people along the way in a conversation about gay marriage and other gay civil rights issues, Goodrich said.“Probably a lot of people who are out there in the [United States] in rural communities, for example, haven’t met a lot of gay people,” he said. “Just coming face to face I think would give them an opportunity to level with someone on a human, basic level.”Goodrich said he was inspired to create the movie because of his experiences growing up.“I just don’t want other kids who are growing up gay to have to go through what I had to go through,” he said. “I want to be a positive role model for them and give them some hope.”Goodrich said traveling across the country would enable the conversation to be more inclusive, as he intends to invite people from both sides of the issue to join in as the crew walks.Jed Dannenbaum, a senior lecturer in School of Cinematic Arts and Goodrich’s faculty supervisor, said the students’ decision to walk carries social and historic significance.“It’s an interesting, compelling combination of personal journey and exploration of America and at the same time reminiscent of the great civil rights marches of the past,” he said.Dannenbaum said he hopes the walk will generate publicity for gay rights.“It’s a dramatic effort that might well attract both local media and attention from individuals who are supportive of this [and] maybe some larger feature coverage of it particularly as they get well along into the process,” Dannenbaum said.Goodrich said that although the legalization of gay marriage is an important first step, it is merely one step in the long process of obtaining full equality.“The greater acceptance and more awareness we have of the real damaging effects that [things like] bullying can have or not having equal rights can have — if people were aware of that, I think we could make strides towards achieving equality,” Goodrich said.Satinder Kaur, a graduate student studying cinema-television production, is one of the film’s producers. She said the group is working on completing fundraising — most of which is coming from family and friends.“We’re using online platforms like IndieGoGo, which is a great tool. It’s very new,” she said. “You can put up your project and get your family and friends to donate. It [also] allows you to give other people your e-mail and share updates, and if they like your project, they will give you money.”Kaur said the group hopes to get media sponsorship and other organizations involved. The group also created a Facebook page called “The Road Less Travelled By.”In light of the recent string of suicides committed by gay teenagers and young adults, Goodrich said it is important for universities to continue providing the right resources to support and protect students.USC has resources for students who are seeking support for bullying issues, Goodrich said, but he isn’t convinced people always know where to find them.“I’m not sure they’re very visible unless you go out looking for them,” he said. “But, to my knowledge, most people at USC have been incredibly accepting and kind and supportive.”The film crew will start in San Francisco in February and move south, continue up through the East Coast and finally end in Boston around Labor Day. They will walk 20 to 25 miles a day and travel a total of 4,000 miles.“The reason [Goodrich is] choosing this is because there’s been a tradition of walking for religious, civil rights [and] all kinds of freedom,” Kaur said. “By physically stretching for something you believe in, you can reach out.”last_img read more

Adoree’ Jackson forgoes final season at USC

first_imgAs Martin Luther King Jr. Day approached last weekend, USC football fans felt an increasing sense of optimism about the status of junior cornerback Adoree’ Jackson. Jackson began attending classes for the spring semester and was regularly seen on campus and in the USC athletic facilities over the past week. The lack of chatter about a draft decision soothed many into believing that Jackson would be returning to the football team for his senior season in 2017.However, on Monday — the final day for eligible players to declare for the NFL Draft — Jackson announced via social media that he would be forgoing his senior season to enter the 2017 NFL Draft. Jackson’s announcement included an open letter addressed to the Trojan  Family regarding his decision. Jackson, a unanimous All-American in 2016, declared for the draft after a junior season in which he won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back and helped lead USC to its first Rose Bowl victory since 2009. With his decision, Jackson joins junior wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and junior guard Damien Mama as one of three Trojans who will be forgoing their senior season to enter the draft in April. “Thank you to the Trojan Family for embracing me and my family the way you guys did! Being a Trojan was the best time of my life and I’ll never ever forget my time here at USC,” Jackson said. “I hope you continue to support me throughout the rest of my career.”A triple threat for the Trojans, Jackson was the ultimate Swiss army knife during his collegiate career. In addition to reeling in five interceptions during his Thorpe Award-winning junior season with USC, Jackson finished his Trojan football career with 39 receptions for 628 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns. Over his career, Jackson established himself as arguably the top kick returner in USC football history. In 2016, Jackson was the only player in the nation to return multiple kickoffs and punts for touchdowns; he took two punts and two kickoffs to the house for a total of four return touchdowns his junior year, and he finished with eight in his collegiate career. Jackson leaves USC with the all-time record in kickoff return yardage (2,141 yards). His football portfolio at USC is flooded with iconic moments, all of which contributed to turning the Trojans back into a nationally relevant football program. USC’s run to a Rose Bowl Trophy was sparked by a plethora of big plays from Jackson. His interception on Oct. 8 against then-No. 21 Colorado is one that will live in highlight reels forever. He picked a pass from Colorado quarterback Steven Montez almost completely out of bounds, but then inexplicably found a way to spread his legs in mid-air to get a foot in-bounds for the interception. The play built up acclaim for Jackson and earned him hype for the Thorpe Award he would eventually win. His two-interception effort against No. 4 Washington on Nov. 12 helped propel USC to its biggest win of the regular season and get the Trojans back in the national spotlight. While Jackson’s football resume is extensive, perhaps the greatest exhibition of his dynamic abilities came against Notre Dame on Nov. 26. Against the Fighting Irish, Jackson scored a total of three touchdowns in three different ways: He had a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown and a 52-yard touchdown reception. Jackson’s final performance in the Coliseum may have been his most impressive, as the Trojans defeated Notre Dame, 45-27, in the season-finale rivalry game. From his first game at the Coliseum in September 2014 against Fresno State, in which he caught a touchdown as a true freshman, to his heroic finale against the Irish, Jackson gave Trojan fans memorable plays on a regular basis. And when Jackson wasn’t cementing himself into Trojan football lore, he almost casually built up a winning legacy as a track and field athlete for USC. Jackson was the Pac-12 champion in long jump in 2015 and 2016. He missed football spring practices in 2016 as he attempted to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Track and Field team to compete in Rio as a long jumper. But beyond the innumerable merits, the All-Pac-12 honors, the remarkable interceptions and even the Thorpe Award, Jackson cherished one accolade above all during his time as a Trojan: bringing the Rose Bowl Trophy back to Heritage Hall.“It’s been an incredible three years playing for one of the great traditions in college football,” Jackson wrote about his collegiate career. “I made the best decision of my life when I chose to come to USC, and finishing it off with a Rose Bowl win is one of the best ways I could have ever hoped for it to end.”last_img read more

‘We Are Grateful for Her Betrayal’

first_imgThe opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) has described the resignation of Senator Geraldine Doe Sheriff as a “betrayal to the party that brought her to the political [lime]light.”The Montserrado County Senator Thursday, May 22, announced her resignation after she was “expelled” and later “accepted” by the party during and after the conduct of the 2011 Presidential and Legislative Elections.Doe-Sheriff blamed her resignation on the “imperialistic tenets currently entrenched in the party,” from which she believes the party will never depart once the likes of George Solo and others are leading the CDC.The Montserrado County Senator said she was leaving the party with a “heavy heart” but could no longer sit back and see the party run in such manner and form. She tendered her exit May 19, 2014 to CDC secretary general Nathaniel McGill in Monrovia.In reaction to the Senator’s resignation, CDC chairman George Solo welcomed Madam Doe-Sheriff’s action. He noted that the party is grateful to her for the “betrayal on many different occasions.”Solo maintained that CDC respects the Senator and her decision and expressed willingness to work with her, “even if she stays in Liberia as a politician or practices politics in a foreign land.”CDC: “Madam Doe-Sheriff added value to the party when she was here and her departure tells the world that nothing is taken away from the party.We are grateful to her for the decision and wish her well whether in a new political party or at the Senate and her private life. CDC is bigger than every one of us and a single individual cannot change the direction of the institution.CDC remains focus on political activities in the country particularly those of the upcoming Special Senatorial Election and we can’t ignore that.”Meanwhile, the party Thursday announced the constitution of the Primaries Steering Committee for the ensuing election.The party named an eleven-man committee to vet candidates wanting to contest on the party’s ticket.According to CDC, the Committee is headed by Chairman George Solo with other prominent partisans on board.“All primaries are to be held from June 6 to 8 2014. The committee is mandated to begin the process of aspirants’ registration Friday, May 23, 2014 and end on Saturday, May 31, 2014. The executive committee is calling on all partisans of CDC, who intend to contest in these primaries to be cognizant of the registration period and pick up the aspirant application package to be aware of aspirant’s requirements,” CDC communicated yesterday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Contractors soon to pay a fee for development around SD 60

first_imgThe SSAC is a fee applied to contractors who plan to create new developments or subdivisions within School District 60, later being allocated to the district as a means of financial support for their development and maintenance of new schools.The city has also put aside land for the planed development of 2 new schools, one site in the Northwest and one in the Northeast.The fee does not apply to the District of Hudson’s Hope, as the ministry says they will not generate significant enrolment demands in relation to the identified school sites.- Advertisement -The city will play the role of a collection agency, and as such, retain $2,000 annually, plus 0.1 per cent of charges collected to cover administrative cost, allocated for general revenue.After the first year, council will review the actual processing and administrative cost, potentially considering another area in which the money can be used.last_img read more