‘Educate. Empathize. Empower.’ A student-led resource website to fight against anti-Blackness on campus

first_imgLaunched July 3, the site was created following calls from students and organizations to USC administration to take action against anti-Black racism on campus and dismantle University-affiliated institutions that have perpetuated oppression against the Black community, including the Department of Public Safety and the Los Angeles Police Department. (Vincent Leo| Daily Trojan) Along with links to petitions and demands created by USC students to University administration, the carrd also features a “Black Artists At USC” tab that showcases the work of Black dancers, designers, musicians, photographers and filmmakers on campus. (Vincent Leo | Daily Trojan) The team updates the site often with new petitions, fundraisers and educational resources that relate to the USC community, such as efforts to end campus ties with LAPD, student-led sales to support Black Lives Matter and a link to the Off the Track podcast where USC Track athletes discuss social justice.  “There are so many petitions going out there, fundraisers, and we thought it could be pretty useful [for the website] to serve as this hub,” Seshadri said. “We just wanted to do our part as non-Black [people of color] in helping this movement move forward.” Upon reaching the site, bolded letters greet the visitor: “As USC students, we have the privilege and resources to learn. Educate yourself and others.” Below, in unbolded text, a call to action: “Start now, start here.” Over the course of one month, the six students said they set out to research all the different ways people can educate themselves on and participate in anti-racist efforts. They compiled petitions circulating the internet that champion racial justice and assembled a list of Black-owned restaurants around campus. “The culture of our communities is to not pay attention to things that are going on around us, stay in our own lane and mind our own business,” Seshadri said. “Ultimately, the solution comes down to being proactive.” “Our list of demands is not holistic,” Desai said. “There are obviously a lot of things the University could do in addition to them to create effective change within our community.” The mission statement outlines various demands such as the reform of the University’s general education curriculum and calls for student-run organizations to be more inclusive. However, Desai, a junior majoring in politics, philosophy and law, said these points only represent some of the public changes that the USC community is fighting for.  Starting in June, she tasked herself with several responsibilities, ranging from contacting artists on campus to writing scripts for phone calls to senators. After several virtual meetings and many hours, they created USC Black Lives Matter Resources, a website aimed at empowering Black voices through facilitating education.  The site launched July 3 in response to numerous calls to the USC administration to dismantle systems that have historically oppressed Black students, such as the Department of Public Safety, and improve Black representation on campus.  “I was so happy that it was all kind of in one place,” Minor said. “I even got introduced to other Black students on campus that are in this town that maybe I haven’t met yet. It was really inspiring to have it.” Minor encouraged people that come to the website to make a genuine effort to have conversations with the artists and discuss their work. Desai engaged with anti-racism work in other projects before she got the idea to work on the website. She first created a fundraiser for the NAACP and other organizations with her peers in Project Rishi, a student organization that focuses on fostering sustainable development in rural India, raised more than $100,000. Posts on the @black_at_usc Instagram page, which feature anonymous stories of racist incidents that Black students face, also helped her understand the power a site of curated resources could have.  Keviette Minor, a senior majoring in design whose work focuses on her experiences as a Black woman and the feelings of rejection she has often felt, is one of many artists whose work is featured on the site.  “At an institution like USC … the experiences [of] people of color don’t really get explored in those white-walled spaces,” Minor said.  Beyond containing links to petitions and fundraisers, the website also underscores overlooked aspects involved with learning to be actively anti-racist, showcases the work of Black dancers, musicians and filmmakers on campus. For Rohan Palla, a junior majoring in film and TV production, collaborating on the website helped him discover the connection between South Asian and Black history. Between the website’s different pages, including those such as the section “For Non-Black [People of Color] Communities,” the driving force is to create an ergonomic environment where educating oneself is not a challenging task. Palla said this goal was only possible by ensuring the team was not focusing exclusively on non-Black community’s experiences.  In the wake of incidents of anti-Black racism occurring on and off campus, Maya Desai, along with five of her peers challenged themselves to make an impact.  “It made me realize that stuff like donations is great but we also need to tackle the end goal of educating people and highlighting the experiences of the voices that need to be heard most right now,” Desai said.  Desai, being of South Asian descent, stated that members within her community, particularly college students, can engage in meaningful conversations about anti-racism with friends and family members. She also believes the South Asian community has a privilege that is not afforded to the Black community. “We had one main goal: always put Black voices at the forefront of the website, especially as non-Black people creating this website,” Palla said. “The movement is not about non-Black [people of color].” These artists, Minor believes, may not find the right exposure at USC or other major platforms due to systemic issues that fail to provide appropriate Black representation.  While the internet has a wealth of resources to get involved and educated, Eshana Seshadri, a junior majoring in computational neuroscience, said many students feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start. She wanted the website to be a starting point, where anyone could access a variety of resources. last_img read more

Monday July 20th Local Sports

first_imgIOWA CITY — Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says he agrees with the Big Ten’s decision to play a conference only football schedule even though it cost the Hawkeyes two games against in-state foes. Iowa was scheduled to open the season at home against Northern Iowa and was also set to host the annual Cy-Hawk game against Iowa State.KGLO News · 7 – 20 – Kfconf – 1It will be the first time since 1976 the Hawkeyes and Cyclones have not met.KGLO News · 7 – 20 – Kfconf – 2Ferentz says he is more focused on just having a season.KGLO News · 7 – 20 – Kfconf – 3Sophomore center and Solon native Tyler Linderbaum says it is disappointing to lose the in-state games.KGLO News · 7 – 20 – Kfconf – 4 TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com — 1A softball Region 4 championship — Newman at Bishop Garrigan — 7:00AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com — 4A baseball substate semifinal — Mason City vs. Valley West Des Moines — 7:00 DECORAH — The Mason City High softball team led from start to finish but had to hold on for a 17-14 win at Decorah on Saturday night in a Class 4A regional semifinal softball game, as you heard on AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB and kribam.com. Sami Miller socked a grand slam in the second to put the Mohawks ahead 7-1. In the fifth, Shaye Theobald hit a three-run homer followed by a two-run homer by Adyson Evans to give the Mohawks a 16-8 advantage. Decorah scored four in the bottom of the seventh but could not complete the comeback. Mason City is now 10-14 on the season and will travel to Charles City for the 4A Region 5 championship game Tuesday night, which you’ll hear on KRIB. Charles City beat Center Point-Urbana 11-3 in the regional semifinal round on Saturday night in Charles City. — 4A substate semifinal baseball tonight7:00 — Valley West Des Moines at Mason City High (AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB and kribam.com) — 3A Substate 3 District 6 tonight7:00 — South Tama County at Charles City NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Josef Newgarden led nearly wire-to-wire Saturday night to win the IndyCar race at Iowa Speedway, giving team owner Roger Penske a sweep of the double-header and his fourth victory across three series this weekend. Will Power finished second after wrecking out of the doubleheader opener. Graham Rahal finished third for his first podium in more than a year. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — José Berríos will start the season opener for the Minnesota Twins. Manager Rocco Baldelli made the announcement Friday, one week before the Twins begin their 60-game schedule abbreviated by the virus outbreak. They’ll play the White Sox in Chicago. The 26-year-old right-hander is coming off a career-best season in 2019, when he went 14-8 with a 3.68 ERA and 195 strikeouts in 200 1/3 innings. MASON CITY — Doug Taylor and Jacob Nelson combined on a five-hit shutout as Newman beat AGWSR 6-0 in a Class 1A baseball district championship game Saturday night in Mason City, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.com. Taylor pitched six-and-a-third innings, striking out six and walking two, while Nelson pitched the final two-thirds of an inning, striking out two of the three batters he faced. Jack Maznio had two hits and two runs batted in to lead Newman, who improves to 16-5 on the season and will travel to Nevada on Tuesday night to face Madrid in the 1A substate final. It’s a game you’ll hear on KGLO starting shortly before 7 o’clock. — Regional championship softball games tonight (all 7:00 PM starts)1A Region 4 — Newman at Bishop Garrigan (AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com)2A Region 5 — Emmetsburg at Central Springslast_img read more

Yurt Rentals Now Available At Olympic National Forest’s Coho Campground

first_imgFacebook6Tweet0Pin1 Submitted by Olympic National ForestOlympia, WA – Olympic National Forest is now offering an alternative overnight option to recreation enthusiasts who want to camp without pitching a tent!  Three yurts, located in the Coho Campground on Lake Wynoochee, are available for rent at the rate of $65.00 per night.  The structures were recently completed by Wilderness Adventures, a concession group that will manage the rentals through an agreement with Olympic National Forest.“We are excited to have the yurts in place and pleased to offer this opportunity to the public,” said Dean Yoshina, Hood Canal District Ranger.  “Each of the yurts meets accessibility standards, is fully furnished, and can easily accommodate groups of five or six people.”The structures, 16-feet in diameter, are permanent tents made of vinyl canvas stretched over a wooden lattice.  Each is built on an elevated platform with a deck that overlooks the lake and equipped with heat, electric lights, a futon couch, a bunk bed, a table and chairs.  Picnic tables and fire rings are located outside. Campers must supply their own bedding (beds are twin, full, and queen sizes) and cooking supplies.The yurts are located a short distance from water faucets, newly rebuilt flush toilets, and a pleasant day use area.  They will be available on a “first come, first served” basis until November 17 when the campground will close for the season.  Coho Campground is expected to open again next May but visitors can reserve the yurts ahead of time by visiting http://www.recreation.gov/ and following links to Coho Campground.Coho Campground is located 35 miles north of Montesano.  From Route 12, turn north onto the Wynoochee Valley Road and continue 35 miles north to Forest Service Road 22.  Turn left on Forest Service Road 22 and then right on Forest Service Road 2294.  Coho Campground is located one mile ahead on the right.  For additional information about the yurt rentals, please call the Hood Canal Ranger District at 360-765-2200.last_img read more