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Alleged Charlottesville car attacker may claim self-defense, lawyer suggests

first_imgAlbemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail(CHARLOTESVILLE, Va.) — The man who faces charges for ramming his car into a crowd during the infamous white nationalist rally that rocked Charlottesville in 2017 may claim that he did so in self-defense.Attorney John Hill told the jury pool that evidence will show James Alex Fields “thought he was acting in self-defense.”The revelation came as lawyers in Virginia are working to pick the jury that will hear the case against Fields, who faces a first-degree murder charge for killing counter-protester Heather Heyer in the incident. He also faces eight other charges relating to injuries and one relating to fleeing the scene of an accident.The 10 charges he is facing in this upcoming trial in the Charlottesville City Circuit Court are separate from the 30 federal charges he faces that relate to hate crimes. One of those federal charges is eligible for the death penalty.Fields, 21, entered a not guilty plea to the federal charges in August. Attempts by ABC News to reach Fields’ attorney were not immediately successful.The Charlottesville City Circuit Court has blocked off until Wednesday to complete jury selection and the trial can begin as soon as the jury is picked, according to Brian Wheeler, a spokesperson for the City of Charlottesville.Local newspaper The Daily Progress reports that there are 360 people in the pool of potential jurors — which it describes as the largest in recent memory.When the charges were announced, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that the federal indictments “should send a clear message to every would-be criminal in America that we aggressively prosecute violent crimes of hate that threaten the core principles of our nation.”In the case description by the U.S. Attorney’s office of the Western District of Virginia, Fields is described as having social media accounts in which he “expressed and promoted his belief that white people are superior to other races and peoples; expressed support of the social and racial policies of Adolf Hitler and Nazi-era Germany, including the Holocaust, and espoused violence against African Americans, Jewish people and members of other racial, ethnic and Religious groups he perceived to be non-white.”According to the federal indictment unsealed in late June, Fields drove from his home in Ohio to attend the “Unite the Right” rally at Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, which featured white supremacist leaders, and that he joined in “chants promoting or expressing white supremacist and other anti-Semitic and racist views.”After local authorities declared the rally an “unlawful assembly” and dispersed participants, Fields, according to the indictment, returned to his car and drove to where the counter-demonstration was occurring on Fourth Street in downtown Charlottesville. Protesters were chanting and carrying signs promoting equality and denouncing racial and other forms of discrimination. With no vehicle behind him, Fields slowly reversed his vehicle to the top of a hill, according to the indictment.“Fields then rapidly accelerated, ran through a stop sign and across a raised pedestrian mall, and drove directly into the crowd, striking numerous individuals, killing Heather Heyer, and injuring many others,” the indictment alleges. “Field’s vehicle stopped only when it struck another vehicle … He then rapidly reversed his vehicle and fled the scene.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Woman selling churros at NYC subway station handcuffed by officers, video shows

first_imgSofia B. Newman(NEW YORK) — A video of NYPD transit officers handcuffing a woman selling churros at a Brooklyn subway station is causing outrage on Twitter as people criticize the police department. In the video, a woman is seen crying as the officers confiscate her cart and lead her away in handcuffs at the Broad Junction subway station on Friday night.The woman who took the video, Sofia Newman, can be heard repeatedly asking the officers, “Why are you taking her s— away?”When Newman asks if the officers can “just let her keep her stuff,” one officer tells her, “no,” and says, “Can you just back up for right now?” The officer then tells her it’s illegal to sell food inside subway stations.In a subsequent tweet, Newman wrote, “She kept trying to speak to one of the cops in Spanish, but the plainclothes cop kept rolling his eyes and saying things like, ‘Are you done?’ and ‘I know you can speak English.’” Newman’s post was viewed more than 2.7 million times as of Monday afternoon.NYPD Chief of Transit Edward Delatorre responded to the video on Sunday, stating that the woman was not arrested and was handcuffed because she “refused to comply.”The woman received a summons and has received 10 summonses in the past six months, Delatorre said, adding that the officers have been responding to a “number of recent complaints of violations” at the station, “including the unlawful and unlicensed sale of food and other products.”During the city’s Veterans Day parade on Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio addressed the video, saying that while he believes the officers acted appropriately, he wants to “get to a day where that kind of action is not necessary,” but ultimately placed the blame on the vendor.“I understand the facts,” De Blasio said. “The facts are, she was there multiple times and was told multiple times that’s not a place you can be and it’s against the law and it’s creating congestion, and she shouldn’t have been there. But, what we’ve got to work for is the day where we really engage the community in general, to also be clear to members of the community, that that’s not an acceptable behavior.The woman, identified only by a first name — Elsa — told reporters during a rally protesting New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan that added 500 officers to monitor the subways that she believes the incident “is an attack against the Spanish community,” the New York Post reported.“I felt horrible, nervous and stressed,” she said through a Spanish translator. “They took everything away from me.”Newman told ABC’s New York station WABC-TV, that she’s heard from “many people” that they’ve been buying churros from the woman for the past decade.“She’s very loved in the community, and people really care about her,” Newman told the station.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

The propagation characteristics and Landau damping of Jovian whistlers in the Io torus

first_imgThe propagation characteristics and path-integrated gain of Jovian lightning-generated whistlers are explored using the HOTRAY code. All waves are launched into the magnetosphere from just above the density peak in the ionosphere and followed using a realistic analytical density model based on Voyager and Pioneer data. Over a broader range of input L shells (3.5 ≤ L ≤ 6.5) these unducted waves are strongly guided into the equatorial region near 5.3 ≤ L ≤ 6 by the density maxima in the Io plasma torus. This is consistent with the limited spatial extent of the region where whistlers were detected by Voyager. The path-integrated attenuation of whistlers is relatively weak in the cool inner torus but becomes strong for waves that propagate into the outer warm torus region due to Landau damping by suprathermal electrons (E ≥ 200 eV). This can explain the absence of whistlers observations by Voyager at L > 6. To account for the observed upper frequency cutoff (ƒ ≤ 9 kHz ), our calculations indicate that the lightning source locations should be confined to lower L shells (L ≤ 4). The alternative explanation based on the plasma frequency cutoff requires an unreasonable plasma density modellast_img read more

ConocoPhillips to acquire US shale-patch rival Concho Resources

first_imgThe all-stock acquisition of the Permian specialist will allow ConocoPhillips to challenge ExxonMobil’s production dominance in the region Deal to acquire Concho supercharges ConocoPhillips’ Permian ambitionsThe US shale industry has been battered by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on global fuel demand and low oil prices. Several companies have already declared bankruptcy this year, and many analysts consider consolidations to be a more frequent occurrence in the years ahead.“The combination is remarkable,” said Robert Clarke, vice president of Lower 48 upstream at research group Wood Mackenzie. “Just in scale, ConocoPhillips is adding enough Permian production to nip at the heels of ExxonMobil’s massive programme.”He added that Concho’s “considerable amount of incumbent Permian knowledge”, coupled with Conoco’s shale expertise developed in the Bakken and Eagle Ford oilfields, will provide a boost to the long-term outlook of the Permian Basin.Under the terms of the deal, each share of Concho Resources common stock will be exchanged for a fixed ratio of 1.46 shares of ConocoPhillips common stock, representing a 15% premium to closing share prices on 13 October.The combined entity will have a roughly $60bn enterprise value, and an asset base comprising around 23 billion barrels of oil equivalent.In a statement, Conoco said $500m in annual cost and capital savings are expected to be made by 2022, while “compelling dividends and additional distributions” are also anticipated.Savings are expected from “lower general and administrative costs” as well as ConocoPhillips scaling back its search for new ventures globally.“If buying resource rather than exploring becomes a trend, the momentum for tight oil consolidation stands to increase considerably,” added Clarke.With prices of West Texas International (WTI) – the US crude benchmark – having plummeted to record lows this year, Conoco said the new entity will have an average cost of supply of less than $30 per barrel.WTI is currently priced at just above $40 per barrel. ConocoPhillips will vastly increase its Permian Basin footprint through Concho deal (Credit: ConocoPhillips) ConocoPhillips has agreed to acquire domestic rival Concho Resources in an all-stock transaction that signals a growing focus on consolidation across the US shale patch.The deal will give Conoco an output capacity of more than 1.5 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe) per day, making it the largest independent oil and gas company and significantly boosting its operational footprint in the prolific Permian Basin region.“Today’s transaction is an affirmation of our commitment to lead a structural change for our vital industry,” said ConocoPhillips chief executive Ryan Lance.“[It] meets our long-stated and clear criteria for mergers and acquisitions because it is completely consistent with our financial and operational framework.“Opportunities to consolidate quality on the scale of these two companies do not come along often, so we are seizing this moment to create a company to lead the necessary transformation of our sector for the benefit for all stakeholders in the future.”The deal remains subject to stockholder approval and regulatory clearance, and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2021.Concho CEO Tim Leach, who will join Conoco’s board of directors and executive leadership, added: “Through consolidation, we will apply our assets, capabilities and superior performance to the business model of the future – creating a better-capitalised company with enhanced capital discipline, more flexibility and an unwavering commitment to sustainability.”last_img read more

Bayonne Civic League and Grace Lutheran Church partner for first ever…

first_imgTo the Editor: The Bayonne Civic League is proud to announce the unveiling of a Little Free Library at 10 a.m. on Oct 20. The library will be housed on the lawn of Grace Lutheran Church, which has partnered with the Bayonne Civic League for this endeavor.Little Free Libraries are small, permanent structures that offer free books to the community. Books are stocked by local citizens and are available for anyone to use. Having a Little Free Library as a feature of the community encourages citizens to give back, stay involved, and promote literacy. This will be the first of its kind for Bayonne.As a community-oriented 501c3 organization, the Bayonne Civic League recognizes the achievements made in community outreach and youth literacy by the Little Free Library Organization. We hope to contribute more Little Free Libraries in the future and will continue our charitable donations to the Bayonne Public Library by way of our signature Taste of Bayonne event held in the spring.If you are interested in learning more about the Bayonne Civic League, please email Eileen Kiza or Ryan Walker at [email protected], or come to one of our monthly meetings – which are held on the first Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. on the second floor of Hendrickson’s.RYAN WALKER and EILEEN KIZAlast_img read more

Ring my bell

first_imgIt seems fitting that Asda’s Boldon Colliery got the gong for best in-store bakery at BIA07 – gongs being something of a recurring theme at Asda’s in-stores. Remember the advertising campaign earlier this year, featuring Victoria Wood ringing a bell to tell customers that freshly baked bread was on-shelf – part of Asda’s novel approach to promoting its scratch baking? Well that was filmed in Boldon, Asda’s flagship bakery, and deemed the best in-store in the UK by the BIA judges.The ads also featured Wood learning how to bake. Or was that just a bit of ’television magic’? “No she really did!” pleads then co-manager Chris Spoors. “She started at 6am and worked very hard – she genuinely trained on the machines and the mixes.” Woods was seen making tiger breads, bloomers, hot cross buns… but were they any good? “Yeah, she was alright! She said she enjoyed it and we hope she did.”Members of the team appeared in the series of seven adverts, filmed over three days. Unsurprisingly, production was massively affected by the film crew traipsing around the bakery, but that made keeping standards up all the more important. “We’re not just talking one guy and a camera,” he recalls. “We’re talking 40 people walking around the bakery. A lot of hard work went into it: you’re the flagship for the company, you’re trying to promote the baking industry, and so we tried to make sure everything was right.”Boldon was selected because of the high standards recognised by the award, says Spoors. “The Morrisons adverts that came after were nigh on a carbon copy,” he goads, in a light touch of inter-supermarket rivalry. Boldon beat off tough competition from Halfway Morrisons in Sheffield, Tesco Chesterfield and Sainsbury’s London Colney to the title at London’s glitzy Grosvenor House hotel, which “was an excellent experience that everyone enjoyed – everybody wants their 15 minutes of fame. So we’re very proud of that”.Everyone, perhaps, except then co-manager and current manager Ed Turnbull. The epitome of the humble baker, Turnbull was toiling away stock-taking, while his colleagues were glamming it up at the gala event. “I didn’t want to be in the limelight and I was quite happy to stop here and carry the stock-take through,” he remembers. The team, he believes, was picked out as a winner for outstanding hygiene, freshness of product and availability. “There’s not one person that achieves that – it’s the whole team working together.”Spoors also gives huge credit to the team of 45 for embracing the high standards set. “We had a team of eight bakers who were very responsible – eight very good lads who ran the shift when the managers weren’t around. They were the backbone of the bakery. Some of them have been there over 20 years. As a manager you’re not there 24 hours a day, so it’s a case of getting the initial training right and getting the colleagues to understand what’s acceptable and what’s not. You empower them to do the job and have a massive amount of pride in the products they’re producing.”Once you’ve instilled that and you’re carrying out quality checks up to three times a day, the rest falls into place, he says; in turn, sales go up and waste goes down. “If you’re producing a high-quality product and it’s available 100% of the time, once a customer’s got the confidence that they can get what they want when they want, you build up a pretty solid sales pattern. It’s when you’re inconsistent with either your quality or your availability that you cannot judge what you’re going to sell.”Learning centreUp until last month, the in-store was used as a centre of learning – a role that has since shifted to a purpose-built store in Stockton. Turnbull says: “We used to train other managers and bakers and there was prestige with that. Anybody who wanted to be fast-tracked, we could incorporate that in the store.””The whole team had a big passion about passing knowledge on,” adds Spoors, who has since been promoted within Asda. “We trained other managers. We also sent our bakers out to struggling stores, if you like, to get the standards right – the right quality and quantity of product, which is sometimes a problem.”The store, along with Bishop Auckland, will be entrusted with trialling a new line in oven-bottom breads in the region. “There’s a lot more preparation involved and the bread’s a lot more rustic. That might then get rolled out to the region or the whole chain – it’s very early doors,” says Turnbull. Last year, they trialled a cheese stottie, which went into stores across the north east. “We suggest products as well,” adds Spoors. “We made a tiger stottie, which didn’t get through – but it shows our bakers have a lot of creativity.”The 24-hour Boldon store is a biggie, turning over around £2m in a regular week. The in-store bakery, which bakes 24 hours a day, contributes around £30,000 to that and had the biggest sales in the group last year. “Volume-wise there’s no better bakery, and what we tried to do that year – and tried to continue this year – was make sure we were also number one for standards and training. That year was just a fantastic year and it’s something I’ll never forget.”Satisfying enough, it would seem, to endure the bell-ringing with a smile. “Obviously you can attract people to the bakery with the smell, and this was a different take on that, with sound. The customers absolutely loved it. The colleagues weren’t so keen – you hear a bell every 20 minutes in your earhole!”We got people to go to the front of the store to ring the bell for some added theatre, but after a while it got a bit tough to find volunteers! Customers really got a hold of it, though, and it’s something we’re still doing now.”—-=== View from the awards night ===”It was fantastic – I’ve never been to anything like it in my life. I’m a very competitive person, I really am. And we had done everything in our power as a bakery to win the award, so I was relieved when Joanna Lumley announced that we’d won it. But I really thought we did deserve it.”- Chris Spoors, former co-manager of Asda Boldon Colliery’s in-store bakery”As soon as it was announced, Chris was straight on the phone. I was stock-taking at the time and feeling a bit sleepy, and that woke me up!”- Ed Turnbull, current manager—-=== What winning the Délifrance- sponsored In-store Bakery of the Year 2007 meant to us ===Chris Spoors: “That year for the bakery – I don’t think it will ever be equalled. We entered a competition and came first. We were in a TV advertising campaign for the company… It’s the proudest moment of my career that our team won that, and got the recognition of well-respected people in the industry. I’m sure the team are going to pull out all the stops to win it again.”Ed Turnbull: “There was a massive publicity campaign around it – there were banners in the car park saying we were the best in-store, and not just in the company but in the country! We got a lot of positive feedback from our customers – and it was especially good for colleagues’ in-store bakeries. It was very positive, very motivating.”last_img read more

In sports, live TV is still No. 1

first_imgIt’s likely no surprise that digital media outlets are quickly capturing the worldwide sports audience. Websites and social outlets such as YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter regularly share the latest great catch or slam-dunk via video, tweet, or “like.”Yet television still has an enormous grip on millions of fans around the globe, in particular during live sporting events with international appeal, such as the Olympics or the World Cup.“Television is still the best marketing platform for sports,” said Marcelo de Campos Pinto during a panel discussion at Harvard Law School (HLS) on Tuesday, “not just because of its reach, but also in terms of the capacity of grabbing the highest percentage of the advertising markets throughout the world.”De Campos Pinto, who works with TV Globo, the fourth-largest media network in the world and the largest media production center in Latin America, said 70 percent of the revenue generated by the most recent World Cup in Brazil and the Olympic Games in London came from television broadcasting rights.But that landscape is shifting, he added, and TV will have to adapt if it’s going to keep up. “In order to survive,” said De Campos Pinto, “TV has to live with the concept of TV everywhere. You must be able to channel NBC on a mobile device, in the subway, in the buses, in the taxis, at home, at work, everywhere. And it doesn’t matter if you are going to use a laptop, an iPad, a mobile phone, or get access from the TV that is at the airport … we have to carry the signal through all and any kind of ways of transmission that are in existence at a given point.“The big question mark here is when the shift of the revenues is going to move from the TV to the digital medium,” he added. “I think that that will happen when the digital media becomes exclusive rights owners of the important sports competitions.”The discussion on the future of the sports business model was sponsored by HLS’s Brazilian Studies Association and its Committee on Sports and Entertainment Law. The panel, moderated by Charles Nesson, the William F. Weld Professor of Law and co-founder of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, included Harvard Business School’s Richard P. Chapman Professor of Business Administration, emeritus Stephen Greyser, and sports law specialist and HLS lecturer on law Peter Carfagna.“In order to survive,” said Marcelo de Campos Pinto of Globo TV (pictured), “TV has to live with the concept of TV everywhere. You must be able to channel NBC on a mobile device, in the subway, in the buses, in the taxis, at home, at work, everywhere. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer“What we’re here for is the recognition that big sports is at a transition point,” said Nesson, adding that the Internet’s increased ability to follow “what’s happening, what’s about to happen, and what has happened [means] the question of the sports business model for the future is increasingly critical.”For panelist Marcel Pereira Marcondes, the marketing vice president for Anheuser-Busch InBev, a multinational beverage and brewing company, keeping up with that shifting business model has meant changing the company’s approach to sponsoring major sports competitions.During the 2104 World Cup in Brazil, Budweiser, the official beer sponsor, took over a five-star hotel in Rio de Janeiro adjacent to the famous Copacabana beach. The hotel became a key driver of social media content by hosting Bud-sponsored events and offering visitors access to an on-site Instagram booth and Facebook studio so they could instantly share their experiences with friends.“We need to reinvent ourselves because suddenly we are not anymore a sponsor, we are not anymore a product,” said Marcondes. “We need to become content creators, content producers, content generators, because it’s not enough anymore for people to see our logo.”On Twitter, video clips have begun upstaging pithy tweets and are fast becoming a boon for fans and advertisers.Glenn Brown manages Twitter Amplify, a partnership program with media companies that markets content to advertisers. Twitter launched a video campaign in 2012, partnering with ESPN and Ford. The companies provided embedded clips of college football games in Twitter posts that were introduced by brief Ford ads.The expanding Twitter program hopes to capitalize on the second-screen trend of consumers who use another electronic device like a mobile phone or computer while watching television so they can instantly shoot a note to a friend after a big play, tapping into the excitement of sharing a sports experience in real time.The idea is “hey, this big play just happened,” said Brown, “and here’s something to share with your friends.”last_img read more

Virtual Summer Solstice celebration

first_imgCelebrate the longest day of the year and mark the beginning of summer with the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (HMSC)! While museums are not open to the public just yet, HMSC is hosting a special livestream on June 20, starting at 10 a.m. to learn about the scientific and cultural significance of the summer solstice and to enjoy an uplifting community event.Attendees will participate in a virtual field trip to the Stonehenge UNESCO World Heritage Site in England, the famed English prehistoric monument, to learn why the site was important to the prehistoric peoples who built it. The field trip will be presented by the site’s curator and historian from English Heritage and moderated by Jane Pickering, William and Muriel Seabury Howells Director of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology.Attendees will also travel to Cuttyhunk, Massachusetts to explore the world of oysters with Harvard undergraduate Skylah Reis ’21 as a guide to explore the world of oysters, a summertime specialty.  Astrophysicist Henry Winter will discuss the importance of solstices to mark time throughout history from the Stone Age to the Rocket Age.Throughout the day, the celebration will host uplifting musical performances presented by the Pan-Latin ensemble Sol y Canto, Fabio Pirozzolo, and Shelley Otis, who will showcase Celtic and Southern Italian melodies, and Cambridge-based Kuumunity Collaborations who will sing selections that speak to the present and motivate us towards a better future. A practitioner from the David S. Rosenthal Harvard Center for Wellness and Health Promotion, Andrea Heller, will also lead a short restorative-yoga session.Explore activities to do at home such as making a flower crown and creating a MERGE cube to explore 3D museum objects. Check out more solstice-inspired HMSC Connects! offerings such as a podcast interview with Munazza Alam, Extraordinary Things — an in-depth look at solstice-themed objects from all four Harvard Museums; solstice-themed coloring pages from the Museums’ new “Drawing Upon the Collections” coloring-page library; a new solstice-themed Family enews and Story Time; and nature-inspired posts from the new Explorers Club Instagram.During the event, attendees can participate in live question and answer sessions with speakers.RSVP to receive the full program and livestream link: read more

MASV examines gender roles in ‘House of Cards’

first_imgMen Against Sexual Violence (MASV), a club dedicated to combatting sexual violence on campus, hosted a viewing of season two, episode four of the Netflix series “House of Cards,” followed by a panel discussion of character motives and gender roles Wednesday in DeBartolo Hall.The panel consisted of four speakers, including Ph.D. students Leanne MacDonald and Angel Matos, alumnus and Campus Ministry program coordinator for Anchor Leadership Program Michael Urbaniak and MASV member Alec Pacelli, who moderated the debate. Matos said the panel would look into the dynamics of political and personal character relationships in the TV show, a Washington, D.C.-based drama about politician Frank Underwood.“We’re dealing not only with how the characters interact with each other, but how we perceive them as an audience as well,” Matos said.The primary topic discussed was the decision of the show’s lead female character, Claire Underwood, to announce during a live TV interview that she had been raped and subsequently had had an abortion.Urbaniak said in one sense Underwood, played by Robin Wright, used the interview to craft herself a public identity based upon the expectations of others.“She had to choose who she was going to be because she had to fit in a role, and she’s almost trying to fit in that role as she’s being interviewed,” he said.Matos said Underwood asserted her personal and political power in her interview, during which she was continually questioned about the fact that she had no children.“She is deemed different just because she does not have children as the rest of the wives of the congressmen do or the rest of the politicians do,” he said.However, Matos said she used this to her advantage, reshaping the potentially reputation-damaging questions about her lack of children into an opportunity to disclose her troubling past.“She’s recovering power through this,” he said.Panel members also discussed Claire Underwood’s marriage to Frank Underwood, at one point comparing it to the marriage of one of the show’s major congressmen.  Urbaniak said the show portrays the congressman’s marriage as “frail,” although it seems more the faithful of the two marriages.The Underwood’s marriage, in contrast, Urbaniak said “is made to look powerful, flashy, exciting, if not dark and dirty.”MacDonald agreed, but added that the two marriages offer surprising insight into the male characters of the show.“You have both men being defined in terms of their marriages, in terms of their wives,” she said. “Usually in a sort of stereotypical, male-centric environment, you expect to see women defined by their relationships. This is an interesting reversal of that.”In the last minutes of the panel, Pacelli said audience members should use the viewing and panel discussion to reconsider gender roles and sexual violence on campus.“It’s important to use these [discussions] to promote action and change in our lives,” he said.Tags: gender roles, House of Cards, MASVlast_img read more

‘Philanthropy and Society’ students allocate $83,000 grant to five local nonprofits

first_imgStudents in professor Jonathan Hannah’s “Philanthropy and Society” course announced in a short ceremony Thursday afternoon the five groups that would receive parts of an $83,000 grant the class received from the Philanthropy Lab. After a semester spent exploring local nonprofits and conducting board meetings, the students chose to split the funds among five organizations in the Michiana area.  Alysa Guffey Students enrolled in Professor Jonathan Hannah’s “Philanthropy and Society” selected five local nonprofit organizations to receive grants totaling up to $83,000.Senior Abigail Campbell spoke on behalf of the class to announce Neighbor-to-Neighbor — an immigrant and refugee assistance center in South Bend — as the receiver of an $8,000 grant. The organization was chosen because of its profound impact on refugees’ rights in the South Bend area as well as at the state level, Campbell said.“I’m happy to share that we are awarding Neighbor-to-Neighbor so they can continue to grow, to flourish and to teach refugees what it’s like to call South Bend home,” she said. The Dismas House of Indiana was granted $15,000 to support its work of providing a family network for those recently released from prison. Senior Hunter Reh cited the empathy of the Dismas House as a strong incentive to fund the organization.“We want to help a program like the Dismas House that is actively seeking to make the lives of some of the most forgotten members of our society better,” Reh said. “We know this grant will be put to great use, and thank you so much for the work you do for our community.”Junior Natalie Armbruster revealed that $15,000 would be allocated to the Elkhart Education Foundation to assist teachers with limited supplies in their classrooms. With this funding, the class hopes the foundation can continue to help both teachers and children in Elkhart schools flourish, Armbruster said.  A Rosie Place for Children — the only hospital for medically fragile children in Indiana —  received $15,000 from the class. Senior Joe Witt explained his team felt a connection to A Rosie Place during their site visit.“We were just absolutely blown away by the care, the attention to detail that went into the home and the obvious passion and dedication of the leadership,” Witt said. Senior Catherine Edmonds awarded the final $20,000 to Cultivate Culinary, an organization that focuses on repurposing food to give to students in the community. Currently, Cultivate Culinary provides for 400 students, but with the help of the grant, they are hoping to double the number of students they serve, Edmonds said. University President Fr. John Jenkins also attended the ceremony. His appearance meant the students received an additional $10,000 to award to the community, as the Philanthropy Lab promised to make an extra contribution if the University’s top official was present. To close the ceremony, Jenkins expressed his hopes that the semester of experience in philanthropy will serve the students far in the future.“Philanthropy isn’t just writing a check, is it? You’ve had to go out, look at the community and see the needs there,” Jenkins said. “You have met and spent time with these wonderful people who strive to meet those needs. You sort of created a community of people who are serving those needs, and what I hope most from this class is that through doing this, you create patterns in your life.”  Before the grant announcements, Hannah thanked the Philanthropy Lab for its support and the local nonprofit leaders in attendance for their engagement with the class. He also praised his students for their work and dedication to the task. “They displayed the maturity dedication we expect of our students here in Notre Dame,” Hannah said. “I could not be prouder of the work that they did.”  Hannah plans to teach the class again next fall, as long as funding is available. Witt said he hopes students in future years can benefit more nonprofit organizations. “I hope [future students] don’t just look back to the same organizations we chose,” Witt said. “I hope they have the opportunity to reach more of the South Bend area.”Tags: Fr. John Jenkins, philanthropy, Philanthropy and Society, Philanthropy Lablast_img read more