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.
Chelsea ‘I hate the fake person’ – Honest Conte won’t change his Chelsea approach Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 07:15 1/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Chelsea Antonio Conte Premier League The Blues are currently struggling a little on the pitch after being knocked out of one cup but the head coach has no regrets on how he handles things Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says that he will not change his approach to press conferences as he values honesty above all else.The Blues boss only began to learn English six months before taking the job at Stamford Bridge, but already coined the phrase that “he prefers a bad truth than a good lie.”He faces Newcastle United on Sunday in the FA Cup, and that could be the club’s best chance of silverware after being knocked out of the Carabao Cup. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Conte claims that he does not have any regrets and prefers to look forward, preferring to be honest with himself and the media.”Chelsea’s history speaks very clear. This is a great club. This is a great club,” Conte told reporters. “No regrets, no. I think when I take a decision, I don’t want to look behind. I want always to look at the present, to look in front of me. “I think this is the best way to improve yourself, to try to find a solution, don’t try to find alibis, excuses. I think this is the right way. When you take a decision, you have to go forwards and to try to find a solution, a solution, a solution.”You ask me if I had regrets, my answer is this: I think when you take a decision, you have to go straight. Because I think this is the best way to find solutions. Otherwise you continue to complain. “You have to go straight and to try to improve your future if this is possible. Otherwise you must continue to work. I am this way, I am this way. For sure, I’m not a diplomatic man. I think you can see this. Who knows me very well, they know I’m not a diplomatic man. “At the same time, I think I’m very honest and when you are honest with yourself and with others, no one thinks that I am a failure. I think this. I’m sure if I try to change myself, it’s right to stop, to stop my career when I was a footballer, to stop my career, in this moment that I’m a coach. “I repeat: I think the honest person speaks very clearly in every moment. I prefer to be honest, to tell the truth in every moment. I hate the fake person.”“When I was the coach of the [Italy] national team, I took this decision to have international experience. I had this opportunity to have a chance in a fantastic country, in one of the best leagues, maybe the best league in the world and to face this type of situation. “I’m enjoying a lot this situation, but, as you know very well, if you want an easy life, you make easy decisions. To come and to be a coach in England, now, in this league, you don’t have an easy life, because in every game you have to fight a lot. “If you play in Carabao Cup, or the league, it’s the same. This league is different to the other leagues for this reason. For sure I’m enjoying a lot my time here.”I’m really proud, because I think that we are doing fantastic things and I’m really proud because to work in this way you must be really proud for what we are doing, me and the players.”The 47-year-old former Juventus head coach has a fiery personality but he is also a family man, who likes to keep in shape and even does yoga from time-to-time. Conte is still quite young for a football head coach but he was asked at what point might he consider retirement from the game.”I don’t know. It’s very difficult to understand when there is the right time to stop,” he continued. “But I think that sometimes you think that you are cutting a lot of time with your family. Then on the other hand, when you are afan of your job, the football misses you. “For sure, the way that I do my job, you lose a lot of energy. Also because, I repeat, I’m not a manager who stays in his office and then every three days you decide your formation, you have your staff to work on the pitch and you stay with your legs on the table to watch the TV. “I’m a coach. My life is on the pitch, to try to improve my players, to try to put my idea of football on the pitch. For sure in this way you spend a lot of energy. To prepare the game every three days, you spend a lot of energy. “I’m very young to decide, or to think to retire myself. I think maybe another 10 years and then I’ll start to think about this.”