The protestors arrested on campus during last May’s Commencement ceremony, known as the “ND 88,” have been offered a program to avoid trial by St. Joseph County Prosecutor Michael Dvorak, according to a statement by University President Fr. John Jenkins.According to the press release, Dvorak will offer a pre-trial diversion program to those arrested, which would give them the chance to have their cases dismissed with no criminal record. To be eligible, the person must waive the right to a trial, have no criminal record and agree to obey local, state and federal laws for one year.Jenkins said he believes the Prosecutor’s Office’s decision is “balanced and lenient.”The protesters violated University policies regarding campus demonstrations and were given multiple warnings prior to their arrest, Jenkins said in the statement released Friday.“We require that any campus demonstration, regardless of the issue, be organized by a student, faculty or staff member, receive approval from the University through the Office of Student Affairs and be peaceful and orderly,” Jenkins said. “Those who were arrested last spring met none of these criteria.”The University has been in contact with Dvorak, who has been handling the prosecution of those arrested on campus last spring.“To be eligible, a person must waive the right to a trial, have no criminal record and agree to obey local, state and federal laws for one year,” Jenkins said of the pre-trial diversion program. “The program also includes the payment of a fee for cost.”In a letter to the University, Dvorak said his office will work with those who demonstrated a financial need to reduce or potentially eliminate these fees.The protesters took a pro-life stance, but Jenkins said their arrest does not mean the University does not value the sanctity of life.“We at Notre Dame embrace the Catholic position on the sanctity of life. We oppose abortion and support laws that protect life from conception to natural death,” he said. “In this respect, we fully agree with the protestors.“But the University cannot have one set of rules for causes we oppose and another more lenient set of rules for causes we support. We have one consistent set of rules for demonstrations on campus — no matter what the cause.”In the past, the University has banned those who were arrested for trespass. It will not take this action against the protesters given they complete the pre-trial diversion program, are acquitted of charges or plead guilty.Jenkins also said alternative pro-life demonstrations that met University regulations were offered last spring.“Those now charged with trespass could have joined these protests without interference or arrest,” Jenkins said. “These included a demonstration on April 5 in front of the Main Building, a Eucharistic adoration from May 16 to May 17 in one of the residence hall chapels and on Commencement day, a Mass, a rally and a prayer vigil on South Quad and a Rosary and meditation at the Grotto.“Nearly 3,000 people participated in the prayerful protest on the South Quad,” Jenkins said. “None of the participants in any of these activities were arrested.”Jenkins said the University welcomes debate about public issues, as well as protest.“We have great respect for people who engage in the long and noble tradition of civil disobedience and courageously accept the consequences to call attention to themselves and their message,” he said.But he said the University also has a responsibility to maintain an environment that allows students, faculty and staff to continue their work without interference.“It is this dual commitment to free expression and public order that has guided us in this case,” Jenkins said.
5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michelle Harbinak Shapiro Michelle Shapiro has more than a 15 years of experience in the banking industry to her role as Financial Services Industry Expert at Hyland Software. Her mission is to share … Web: www.onbase.com Details Goodbye Elf on the Shelf®, countless family gatherings and leftover New Year’s champagne. Hello, 2016!My mantra for this year is “evolve.” And I’m not just talking about me. I’m talking about the entire financial industry.We need to evolve the way we think. We also need to evolve our old processes and our technology strategies to become better, faster and more efficient.My professional life is filled with financial institutions asking how to strategically leverage technology – not just to solve the short-term, immediate issues they’re facing, but to produce long-term results. My favorite success stories come from members who could see the big picture within their enterprise content management (ECM) solutions and expanded them to benefit every department throughout their credit unions.That kind of big-picture thinking is something more credit unions need to do in 2016. Are your current software applications flexible, scalable and agile enough to stay innovative for long-term success? Or, sadly, were those applications merely “quick fixes” that will need to be updated within the next few years.The Connected Credit Union In today’s consumer-driven world, being connected has taken on a new definition. Mobile devices provide access to all the information you need, how and when you need it, wherever you may be. And, as the number of people using mobile devices to do their banking grows, members want that same level of service and satisfaction from their financial institutions.If your frontline employees can’t access information quickly to address a member question because you’re having issues with an upgrade or your systems can’t communicate, your members are not going to be happy. Worse yet, they might not even be your members for very much longer.Technology such as ECM can serve as the much-needed connection between disparate systems, processes and departments. It plugs into your important line-of-business applications to add more functionality without adding cumbersome training for your users. Most importantly, it includes functionality like scanning, retrieval, workflow management, case management and email archiving that can be leveraged in every department across your organization. Every employee will have immediate access to the important information they need to do their jobs well – helping your institution exceed your members’ expectations and remain competitive.Stopping Software SprawlMany people don’t realize the number of software applications burdening IT departments. Tasked with managing the maintenance (and upgrades) of every last one of them, IT has more than enough on its plate. Help combat software sprawl by expanding an ECM solution throughout your entire credit union. This way, instead of buying more software, your organization could be exploring more efficient ways to integrate existing systems, helping reduce the mounting pressure on IT staff. The best solutions connect your important systems and offer you a single place to securely store your manage information.With this in mind, I propose that more credit unions place the following among their goals for 2016: Connect your organization’s data and information by deploying an independent ECM solution across the entire organization to offer staff in every single department a complete member view.You’ll ease the strain on IT while more fully leveraging your existing technology. That’s what I call a “win-win.”
RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians The Premier League said on Thursday that players and match officials will wear a “No Room For Racism” badge on their shirts for the entirety of the 2020-21 season.It would replace the “Black Lives Matter” logo that previously appeared on kits. The “Black Lives Matter” logo appeared on kits for all the games following the COVID-19 break last season and the league said it will support players who “take a knee” at matches to highlight racial injustice.“We, our clubs, players and match officials have a long-standing commitment to tackling discrimination,” Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said in a statement.“Players…have a strong voice on this matter, which we saw last season.“We have continued to talk and listen to players on this issue and will support them as well as continuing to emphasise the Premier League’s position against racism.“Discrimination in any form, anywhere is wholly unacceptable and ‘No Room For Racism’ makes our zero-tolerance stance clear. “We’ll not stand still on this important issue and we’ll continue to work with our clubs, players and partners to address all prejudiced behaviour.”The new Premier League season will begin on Saturday.Reuters/NAN.Tags: Black Lives MatterCOVID-19No Room For RacismPremier LeagueRichard Masters
Columbus Blue Jackets center R.J. Umberger (18) looks for a rebound as Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) blocks a shot in the first period in Pittsburgh Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)by Will GravesAP Sports WriterPITTSBURGH (AP) – The Pittsburgh Penguins have tweaked their approach in hopes of taking some of the pressure off goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.While Fleury appreciates his teammates’ effort to play a little more responsibly on defense, he doesn’t mind showing he can still handle himself when things get busy in front of him.Fleury stopped a season-high 37 shots Friday night in a 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, earning his NHL-high 10th victory by shutting down the Blue Jackets early and buying Pittsburgh’s offense enough time to chase reigning Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky.“We gave them way too many chances to play in our end,” Pittsburgh center Brandon Sutter said. “You’ve got to look at Flower and how he played. He did a great job for us.”The Blue Jackets certainly weren’t arguing. After Chris Kunitz’s seventh goal of the season gave the Penguins the lead 7:01 into the game, Fleury made it stand up by keeping Columbus at bay. He made a series of sprawling saves on a Blue Jackets’ power play near the end of the first period, including a point-black stop on Ryan Johansen in which he slid all the way across the crease to get in front of a rebound.“It was a big (penalty kill) for us,” Fleury said. “You want to keep it 1-0 there and not give them a chance to come back.”Pittsburgh responded by taking control early in the second period. Sutter and Kris Letang scored 1:51 apart to give the Penguins a 3-0 lead and send Bobrovsky to the bench after allowing three goals on 13 shots in just 23 minutes.“The start of (the second) periods haven’t been our best,” Johansen said. “We’ve got to find ways to win 60-minute games.”That’s hardly a problem at the moment for Pittsburgh, which improved to 10-4 and leads the newly formed Metropolitan division by eight points not even a month into the season. Jason Megna scored his second NHL goal for the Penguins, and Sidney Crosby recorded an assist to push his point total to an NHL-leading 22.Johansen and Derek MacKenzie scored for Columbus, but the Blue Jackets couldn’t match Pittsburgh’s firepower or goaltending.Bobrovsky entered the game 5-1-1 in his last seven games against the Penguins, all while playing for Philadelphia. He struggled from the opening faceoff, never looking comfortable in a building in which he has been dominant.The meeting was the first between the clubs as division rivals. Columbus switched from the Western Conference to the Metropolitan in the East as part of realignment, and the quickly improving Blue Jackets are hoping to create a rivalry based on more than geography.Not quite yet.Though Columbus is the closest NHL city to Pittsburgh, the gulf remains significant even if it didn’t look that way in the opening minutes. Columbus controlled most of the first period, sending 15 shots at Fleury. It was one of the rare times the Penguins have been on their heels at home.It didn’t last.Pittsburgh gathered itself during the first intermission and then took over. Sutter, who had a 17-game goal drought end in a victory over Boston on Wednesday, collected a pass off the boards from Tanner Glass and worked around Columbus defenseman Jack Johnson before slipping the puck under Bobrovsky’s pads to make it 2-0 just 1:10 into the second.“I don’t really pay too much attention to trying to score goals all the time,” Sutter said. “It feels better to get a couple and get the monkey off the back. Hopefully I’ll try to stay hot.”The Penguins needed less than 2 minutes to push their advantage to 3-0. Letang fired a shot from outside the left circle that Bobrovsky mishandled. The puck slipped between his arm and his chest, and seconds later he was pulled in favor of backup Curtis Mclhinney.McElhinney wasn’t even warmed up when Megna tapped in a beautiful backhand pass from Jussi Jokinen to put Pittsburgh up 5:34 into the second period. That was more than enough for Fleury, who improved to 21-2 in his last 23 regular-season starts at home.NOTES: The teams will meet again in Columbus on Saturday. … The Penguins are 8-1 when scoring first. … Crosby has at least one point in 12 of Pittsburgh’s 14 games. … Pittsburgh center Evgeni Malkin recorded two assists but had a second-period goal overturned when replay showed the puck didn’t entirely cross the goal line. … The Blue Jackets scratched D Nikita Nikitin and F Boone Jenner. … The Penguins scratched D Rob Scuderi (ankle), F Chuck Kobasew (lower body) and F Matt D’Agostini (lower body).___Follow Will Graves at www.twitter.com/WillGravesAP