ND 88′ offered program to avoid trial

first_imgThe 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.last_img read more

Where I live: Tracey Horton loves life on the Gold Coast

first_imgFirst-time Australian author, Tracey Horton has taken out the 2018 Exceptional Woman of Excellence Award at the 2018 Women Economic Forum in New Delhi, India. Our current home is in Mudgeeraba which we chose for location to our now grown family and that quietness of the suburb. DREAM QUEENSLAND HOME Fairytale cottage hits the market Brisbane’s hottest suburbs revealed Musician Adam Brand (pictured at the CMC Music Awards on the Gold Coast) now owns Tracey Horton’s first home. Picture: Mike Batterham It is on acreage out the back of Tallai or Tallebudgera, on about 2ha, with room for parties and play. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoMusician Adam Brand purchased Tracy Horton’s first home (there have been a few owners in between) for $530,000 in September last year. It is believed he has since renovated it.Here is a fun fact — we sold it and those people recently sold it to country music star Adam Brand and he has renovated it. RELATED: A motivational speaker and life coach, Ms Horton’s self-published first offering, The Unhappy Smile has achieved critical and commercial success internationally.She shares her property dreams with The Courier-Mail.center_img FIRST HOME MORE: Carla Tooma loves life on the Gold Coast CURRENT HOME We bought our first home in Runaway Bay for $140,000. It was close to family who already lived here. FANTASY HOME I would have two — one would be on the beach at Lennox Heads and the other at Malibu, in the United States.last_img read more

BACK ON TRACK: Fair rebounds from rough outing, leads No. 1 Syracuse past Clemson

first_img Published on February 9, 2014 at 7:56 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 For all that C.J. Fair has accomplished this season — and there’s been plenty — a high level of efficiency hasn’t always been there. He’s scored in double figures in all but two games this season, but he’s also shot worse than 50 percent from the field in 13.His 19-point performance against Clemson on Sunday was strong, but compared to some of his other performances it appeared to just be another good day for the senior forward. Still, Jim Boeheim called it one of his best — and his most efficient performance to date.“Some people may not think it’s his best game, but it was his most efficient,” the Syracuse head coach said. “I thought he was really good.”Fair scored a game-high 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting — good for a season-best 61.5 percent — and helped the No. 1 Orange (23-0, 10-0 Atlantic Coast) hold off the Tigers (15-7, 6-4) for a largely drama-free 57-44 win in front of 25,931 in the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe win continues SU’s best start in school history, and its 23rd win in a row matches the longest winning streak in program history.Guarded by K.J. McDaniels, one of the conference’s best defensive forwards, for much of the game, Fair bounced back from one of the worst games of his career against Notre Dame with one of the best. The Fighting Irish kept him out of the paint on Monday, and when his jump shots stopped falling he finished the game a miserable 2-of-13 from the field.“Sometimes as a player you feel like you’re in a groove that you know are not the best shots,” Fair said. “(Boeheim) just wanted me, if I have it, to pass it back out and they’d do something else to give me the ball. I was able to be patient and let the game come to me.”Just as importantly, though, Fair started off hot. Whereas he turned the ball over on the first two possessions against the Fighting Irish and missed his first four field goals, Fair sunk both of his jump shots in the first five minutes and helped Syracuse jump out to an early 8-4 lead. “That makes the game a little easier,” Fair said.Every jumper Fair shot against UND felt like it was going in, he said. The lack of efficiency wasn’t a matter of shot selection. He blamed a bit of fatigue, but the way that the Irish played against him also prevented him from finding any sort of rhythm. It clogged the lane and forced him to settle for jump shots.And even though Clemson is the top defensive team in the nation, it couldn’t stop Fair from finding a variety of ways to score. He had plenty of his signature jumpers and did attempt three 3-pointers, but also scored eight points in the paint and added two more at the free-throw line when he was fouled on a drive to the rim.“He had a couple big shots, a couple jumpers, he hit a 3 and down the stretch he got into the lane,” Boeheim said.In the final seconds of the first half, Fair got the ball in the left corner with a pair of defenders within feet of him. He muscled his way through the duo and tossed up a layup to give the Orange a 31-22 halftime lead.Sam Maller | Photo EditorSenior center Baye Moussa Keita was sidelined due to a sprained right knee. Grant fills in at center for injured Keita in Syracuse winThe Tigers hung around for a bit, but Fair made sure to keep them at bay. With Baye Moussa Keita sidelined with a sprained right knee that he suffered during the first half, shorthanded SU needed to bury the Tigers, and Fair’s and-one runner along the baseline to stretch the lead to 12 with 15 minutes left in the game ignited the crowd.When Clemson cut the lead down to five points midway through the second half, Syracuse went right back to Fair who sliced to the hoop and got fouled. He sunk both free throws and kick-started a 6-0 run that stretched the lead back to double figures.“Whenever we need buckets we go to him,” SU forward Rakeem Christmas said, “and he just goes and we just crash the boards.”With Fair’s big day, the Orange had its first smooth end to a game in more than a month. SU has won by double digits, but usually its heroics have come in the final minute or two.Instead, Fair was able to check out of the game in the final minute and give way to some of Syracuse’s lesser-used players for a well-deserved standing ovation.“I was able to get open and get the defense on edge coming at me,” Fair said, “and I took advantage of my opportunities. I didn’t waste any opportunities.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more