Special Olympics to host End the R-Word Day

first_imgThis week, Special Olympics Notre Dame is hosting their annual End the R-Word Day event as part of the awareness campaign Spread the Word to End the Word.Junior Shannon Golden, a member of Special Olympics Notre Dame, said the End the R-Word campaign asks students to pledge not to say the “R-Word,” retard or retarded.“We hope to raise awareness of how the R-word can hurt people and we want to promote respectful and inclusive language on the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s campus,” Golden said.Senior co-president Laura Gardner said the club hopes to reach more students with the online pledging system it will use this year.“We traditionally have pledge stations all over campus collecting signatures from members of the Notre Dame community as they pledge, in short: ‘As a member of the Notre Dame community, I pledge to end the hurtful use of the word retard,’” Gardner said. “We’re using an online platform this year, instead of the traditional banner signing. We’re hoping we will be able to reach a wider audience online.”Gardner said Special Olympics Notre Dame is teaming up with other groups on campus, including Best Buddies, Special Friends and Super Sibs to promote the awareness campaign Spread the Word to End the Word.Golden said Spread the Word to End the Word began in 2009 at the Special Olympics Global Youth Activation Summit.“The Spread the Word to End the Word campaign was created by Soeren Palumbo [a 2011 graduate of Notre Dame] and Tim Shriver as a national awareness campaign to end the hurtful and derogatory use of the word ‘retard(ed)’,” Gardner said. “The goal is to highlight the dignity of people with intellectual disabilities and make the world a more positive place in the process. We hope to raise societal consciousness about the effect of our words.”According to Golden, the campaign is meant to encourage people to watch what they say.“It is an extremely derogatory and hurtful word,” Golden said. “The campaign hopes to create a more accepting and understanding attitude towards those with intellectual disabilities.”Tags: best buddies, Special Olympics Notre Dame, spread the word to end the word, Super Sibslast_img read more

Odds & Ends: The Wiz Live! Picks Up Five Critics’ Choice Nods & More

first_img View Comments Star Files Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend. The Wiz Live! Picks Up Five Critics’ Choice NodsThe Wiz Live! eased on down the road to five Critics’ Choice nominations on December 14! The telecast received nods for Best Movie Made for TV or Limited Series, Best Actress in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series for Shanice Williams, Best Supporting Actress in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series for Mary J. Blige, and also recognition over in the Supporting Actor category for David Alan Grier and Ne-Yo. Stage faves to additionally feel the nominating love include Patti LuPone, Viola Davis, Clive Owen, Hugh Dancy, Helen McCrory, Marisa Tomei, Jeffrey Tambor, Allison Janney, Judith Light, Ellen Burstyn, Cherry Jones, Patrick Wilson, Nick Offerman and Sarah Paulson. Winners will be announced for the 21st annual awards on January 17, 2016 at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.Mirren Wants to Share the Stage With CranstonTalk about a match made in Broadway heaven. Tony winner Helen Mirren has revealed that she would like to star opposite Tony winner Bryan Cranston on the boards. “I’d like to share the stage with him sometime,” she told Variety. “That would be great.” While we wait (and dreamcast!), we can catch the pair together on screen in Trumbo, which is in movie theaters now.Dick Van Dyke Turns 90 With Flash MobWho do you celebrate your 90th birthday with when you’re the legendary Dick Van Dyke? A giant Mary Poppins flash mob, obviously! Check out all the fun and frolics below… We’re now ready to go fly a kite!Twelfth Night Set for Central ParkA musical adaptation of Twelfth Night, helmed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, with music and lyrics by Shaina Taub, is slated for the Public Theater’s Public Works program next year. Performed by professional and amateur actors from across the Big Apple’s five boroughs, Shakespeare’s traditional verses will be interspersed with songs in modern-day language. We’re already dreaming of all those summer nights at Central Park’s Delacorte Theater…See Lin-Manuel Miranda Reach ‘Oprah Power’ (Almost)Hamilton’s creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda may have penned this Broadway season’s gargantuan hit, but he recently admitted to Stephen Colbert on The Late Show that he’s “not quite got Oprah power yet.” Check out the wide-ranging interview with the adorable Miranda (as well as a sneak peek from the next great American musical, Button?!) below! Oh, and watch out for interesting nugget about Police Academy…center_img Lin-Manuel Mirandalast_img read more

‘Tisoy’ slightly weakens after several landfalls

first_imgPhoto from earth.nullschool.net Tisoy is expected to pass south of Metro Manila and reach 615 kms west of Subic, Zambales on Thursday morning to leave the Philippine area of responsibility as a severe tropical storm. Airport authorities also announced the cancellation of some flights for Tuesday and Wednesday, due to bad weather. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport suspended its operations until 11 p.m. last night. Storm surges of up to three meters may hit coastal areas in Batangas, Marinduque, Mindoro Provinces, Romblon, and Cavite, Estareja said. MANILA – Typhoon “Tisoy” (international name: Kammuri) has gradually weakened after making several landfalls in southern Luzon, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Tuesday. Some of the games of the 30th SoutheastAsian Games were also postponed./PN PAGASA weather specialist Benison Estareja said in a press conference that Tisoy is now heading to the Mindoro provinces, where it is set to hit land, moving west at 25 kilometers per hour (kph). Overnight, Tisoy battered various provinces in Luzon and Visayas. Houses were damaged, trees fell, and cellphone signals were down in some areas. As part of safety measures, classes for Tuesday and Wednesday were canceled in affected areas. The eye of the typhoon was last seen 55 kilometers east of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro, packing maximum winds of 150 kilometer per hour and gusts of up to 205 kilometer per hours. The typhoon first made a landfall on Monday evening in Gubat, Sorsogon, followed by another land hit in San Pascual, Burias Island early Tuesday, and in Torrijos, Marinduque at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Malacañang suspended work in government offices and classes in all levels in Metro Manila beginning Tuesday noon due to bad weather brought by Typhoon Tisoy. last_img read more

Anzhi make Razak move permanent

first_imgManchester City have confirmed Ivory Coast midfielder Abdul Razak has made his loan move to Anzhi Makhachkala permanent. Under the terms of Razak’s loan arrangement, which was due to run until June next year, Anzhi were able to make the move permanent after his first appearance of the season against City’s upcoming Champions League opponents CSKA Moscow at the end of September. “Everyone at the club would like to wish Abdul all the best in his future career,” said a statement on the club’s website. Press Associationcenter_img The 20-year-old, who has been capped four times by Ivory Coast, joined City from Crystal Palace in 2010 and impressed Roberto Mancini sufficiently to make his first-team debut the following year in a 3-0 win over West Brom. Loan spells with Portsmouth, Brighton and Charlton saw interest in the midfielder grow prior to his move to Russia. last_img read more