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first_imgReddIt The Leap 2/4/20 Brittany Kasko Linkedin Twitter Twitter Facebook ReddIt Brittany Kasko The Leap 2/11/20 Previous articleLighter, faster, stronger: How Trevon Moehrig has become a top Big 12 safetyNext articleWhat we’re reading: Verdict in Guyger case, Zuckerberg audio comments leaked Brittany Kasko RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Leap 2/18/20 + posts center_img Brittany Kasko Brittany is the Executive Producer of The Leap for TCU360. She is a journalism major and criminal justice minor from Mansfield, Texas. In her free time, Brittany enjoys exercising and catching up on pop culture. Brittany Kasko Facebook Brittany Kasko printTCU’s unscripted, pop culture talk show about lifestyle updates, gossip conversations, and today’s hot topics. The LEAP 10/22/20 Linkedin The Leap 3/3/20 TCU News Now 8/26/20 TCU News Now 4/24/20last_img read more

Concern about verbal attacks on journalists during Namibian election campaign

first_img November 28, 2019 Concern about verbal attacks on journalists during Namibian election campaign Reports Namibia incumbent President and candidate Hage Geingob goes through voting procedures on November 27, 2019 in Windhoek, Namibia. GIANLUIGI GUERCIA / AFP Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Namibia RSF_en After Angula took part in a panel debate on the One Africa TV channel about the so-called “fishrot” scandal – concerning alleged “corruption” in the allocation of Namibia’s fishing quotas the news agency said his participation in this “highly controversial” discussion had compromised its editorial stance and its reputation.This scandal has dominated the campaign for today’s presidential and national election. Fishing is Namibia’s second-largest industry after mining and documents provided by WikiLeaks to the country’s leading daily, The Namibian, and international media outlets indicate that ministers took bribes in exchange for granting access to Namibia fishing grounds.Two ministers have had to resign and one of them has been arrested.Other government officials have reacted by attacking the media. A few days ago, the president’s office issued a statement accusing journalists of trying to “tarnish” the president’s image and waging a disinformation campaign with the aim of swaying voters.Previously, at the start of the month, trade minister Tjekero Tweya likened journalists to “flies” who were “poisoning” the population with false information.“This series of attacks against journalists constitutes a major blow to the image of the country that has Africa’s highest ranking in the World Press Freedom Index,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk.“By covering corruption, journalists are just doing their job and acting as the allies of good governance. We call on the authorities to put a stop to these verbal attacks, which are undermining Namibian democracy. We also firmly condemn the Namibian Press Agency’s decision to sanction a journalist who just voiced an opinion, one that is moreover well supported by the facts.”President Hage Geingob is seeking another term in yesterday’’s election, in which there are ten other contenders. He is expected succeed despite the “fishrot” scandal’s impact.Namibia is ranked 23rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. News NamibiaAfrica Media independence CorruptionFreedom of expression to go further Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom Newscenter_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a wave of verbal attacks on journalists by government officials in the run-up to yesterday’s elections in Namibia, and the state-owned Namibian Press Agency’s decision to suddenly cancel freelance journalist Vita Angula’s contract after he participated in a TV discussion about corruption. Receive email alerts The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa News December 8, 2008 Find out more NamibiaAfrica Media independence CorruptionFreedom of expression Letter to information minister about South African journalist held overnight Organisation November 27, 2020 Find out more June 12, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Mid West Simon set to establish Ireland’s first social grocery store

first_imgLinkedin Facebook Jackie Bonfield,Tracey Reddy and Audrey Irwin at the Mid West Simon food bank. Photo: Julien BehalA LIMERICK homeless charity is seeking donations to provide Ireland’s first social grocery store, offering food at reduced prices to a rising number of people experiencing food poverty.Mid West Simon Community has launched the funding call after the initiative was recommended in a study conducted by the Department of Sociology at the University of Limerick.The UL report found that, apart from providing affordable healthy food, a social grocery could also improve people’s mental health outcomes by removing stigma and shame associated with people being forced to queue on the streets at food banks or soup kitchens.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The charity already avails of the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD), providing four food banks in Limerick, Clare, and north Tipperary.Last year Simon Mid West supported 13,196 people who experienced “food poverty, which is defined as the inability to afford or access healthy food, and reflects a form of social exclusion and social injustice,” chief executive Jackie Bonfield explained.“Food poverty is on the rise, particularly in socially disadvantaged households who consume less nutritionally-balanced diets, and suffer from higher rates of diet-related chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and certain cancers at a younger age,” she added.The annual cost of running Simon’s four food banks, in Limerick, Ennis, Kilrush, and Nenagh is approximately €100,000.Demand continues to grow, with 400 more people in the region using Simon’s food banks in 2019 than in 2018.Food banks are also provided locally by Saint Vincent de Paul, the Redemptorist Church, and the NOVAS street outreach service.Simon’s Limerick food bank operates at Christ Church, Glentworth Street, every Friday from 10am to1pm, providing around 100 food parcels daily.In 2018, 4,261 people, including 2,130 children, availed of Simon’s Limerick food bank, while between January and March 2019, 3,518 people, including 1,756 children, used the bank.In a UL survey of 131 of Simon’s food bank clients, 80 per cent reported they had children while 32 per cent were shopping for five or more family members.Price was the most decisive factor influencing their food purchasing decisions.58 per cent of participants reported periodically experiencing lack of sufficient access to food, while 1.6 per cent reporting never having enough food.93.1 per cent said they would avail of a social grocery store.A male client, aged 52, who is a carer for his wife, said it was “embarrassing” having to attend a mobile soup kitchen service.“We don’t have access to enough food, we can’t afford to eat proper meals everyday,” he added.A young mother of one, who gave up her job to care for her husband after he was diagnosed with cancer, and who also attends the Simon food bank, said: “At times there’s very little, I try not to eat too much. I try my best to get more for my child and make sure my husband has all that he needs for his immune system, make sure he eats dinner and lunch. It’s the same thing with my child, she is growing so she has to eat properly.”In order to register with the food bank, an applicant has to meet with a member of Simon before they complete a short questionnaire, provide photo identification, proof of address and their income.A social grocery would empower those struggling by offering money management workshops, advice and information services, and cookery classes, encouraging individuals “to move towards self-sustainability and financial stability”, said Bonfield.Appealing for donations, she called on anyone who would like to be a part of this first Social Grocery in Ireland, to phone 061-608980, or email [email protected]”. Previous articleGo ahead for Mungret incineration planNext articleNew Adventures in Learning as Weeklong Festival kicks off on 24 May David Raleigh Email WhatsAppcenter_img Advertisement Print NewsMid West Simon set to establish Ireland’s first social grocery storeBy David Raleigh – May 20, 2021 311 Twitterlast_img read more

Independence Day Special: The Legal Road To Indian Independence

first_imgColumnsIndependence Day Special: The Legal Road To Indian Independence Chitranshul Sinha14 Aug 2020 10:14 PMShare This – xOn August 15, 1947 India attained its independence from Britain. However, such independence came with some riders – Indian and Pakistan continued to be dominions of Britain, i.e., autonomous but technically still within the British Commonwealth. Both countries’ dominion status was by virtue of the Indian Independence Act, 1947 (Independence Act) – which, despite being a…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginOn August 15, 1947 India attained its independence from Britain. However, such independence came with some riders – Indian and Pakistan continued to be dominions of Britain, i.e., autonomous but technically still within the British Commonwealth. Both countries’ dominion status was by virtue of the Indian Independence Act, 1947 (Independence Act) – which, despite being a monumental statute which changed the course of history and empire, only contained a measly twenty (20) sections. Before looking at what the Act did, it is important to briefly look at events which culminated into the Independence Act. Apologies to historians for what is to follow, i.e., skimming through monumental historical events. The roots of the Independence Act can arguably be found in the Cripps Mission of 1942. Sir Stafford Cripps was sent by the British War Cabinet to India in March 1942 to seek Indian leaders’ co-operation in the British war effort and also to set the terms and conditions for Indian independence after World War II. This followed a declaration by the India Committee of the War Cabinet on February 28, 1942 which principally acknowledged that the future Indian dominion could leave the Commonwealth if it so desired, and set up a future Constitution making body after the war. This declaration was carried to India by Cripps for negotiations with the Congress, Muslim League and other stakeholders. However, the Cripps Mission failed inter alia due to disagreements on formation of a national government by Indians, as well as on issues regarding defence of India. Soon thereafter the Congress launched the ‘Quit India’ movement. After the war ended, the Government in Britain changed hands in 1945 and the new Government under the Sir Clement Atlee started making endeavours for election of provincial and central assemblies in India (for the first time since 1937) to enable the formation of the Constituent Assembly. Pursuant thereto, the Government deployed a Cabinet Mission in March 1946 comprising of three cabinet ministers (including Cripps) to negotiate the transfer of powers. In the face of the tensions between the Congress and the Muslim League over the negotiations for the creation of one Indian Union and the League’s demand of a separate Muslim State, the Cabinet Mission declared their plan, while rejecting a demand for Pakistan, on May 16, 1946, with the most relevant clause 15 being: “15. We recommend that the Constitution should take the following basic form: (1) There should be a Union of India, embracing both British India and the States which should deal with the following subjects: Foreign Affairs, Defence, and Communications; and should have the powers necessary to raise the finances required for the above subjects. (2) The Union should have an Executive and a Legislature constituted from British Indian and States’ representatives. Any question raising a major communal issue in the Legislature should require for its decision a majority of the representatives present and voting of each of the two major communities as well as a majority of all members present and voting. (3) All subjects other than the Union subjects and all residuary powers should vest in the Provinces. (4) The States will retain all subjects and powers other than those ceded to the Union. (5) Provinces should be free to form groups with Executives and Legislatures, and each group could determine the Provincial subjects to be taken in common. (6) The Constitutions of the Union and of the groups should contain a provision whereby any Province could by majority vote of its Legislative Assembly could call for a reconsideration of the terms of the Constitution after an initial period of ten years and at ten-yearly intervals thereafter.” The Congress accepted the Plan only to the extent of formation of the Constituent Assembly and formed the interim Government, but the Muslim League rejected it. This resulted in an outbreak of communal violence in Bengal with thousands losing their lives followed by long and protracted tensions. Eventually the British Government decided to partition British India into two separate dominions of India and Pakistan and the date for transfer of power was advanced from June 1948 to August 1947. In this background, the British Parliament enacted the Indian Independence Act on July 18, 1947 to “Make provision for setting up in India of two independent Dominions, to substitute other provisions of the Government of India Act, 1935, which apply outside those Dominions, and to provide for other matters consequential on or connected with the setting up of those Dominions”. During the second reading of the Indian Independence Bill in the British Parliament, Prime Minister Atlee stated, “This Bill brings to an end one chapter in the long connection between Britain and India, but it opens another. British rule which has endured so long is now, at the instance of this country, coming to an end”. As mentioned, the Independence Act comprised of twenty sections only. The first section itself declared that as from August 15, 1947 two separate Dominions of India and Pakistan shall be established. Section 2 carved out the provinces of East Bengal, West Punjab, Sindh, North-West Frontier Province (subject to referendum) and British Baluchistan out of British India as territories of Pakistan. However, section 2 did not prevent accession of Indian princely states into either of the two Dominions. The province of Bengal was partitioned into West Bengal and East Bengal by virtue of section 3, and also included Sylhet in Assam as part of East Bengal subject to referendum. Section 4 partitioned the Punjab into West Punjab and East Punjab. The Act mandated the appointment of Governor Generals for both Dominions to represent the British Crown for governance of both Dominions, while granting the legislatures of both Dominions full power to make laws for their respective Dominions, with powers to repeal, amend or modify existing laws enacted by the British. It clarified that no law enacted by the British Parliament on or after August 15, 1947 would be applicable to either Dominion unless specifically extended thereto by the respective legislatures. To this Attlee said, “The aim of the Clause is to put the new Dominions in the same position as that in existing Dominions; that is to say, that they should not be fettered by any of those limitations which are appropriate to Colonial legislatures”. As the British Crown relinquished all responsibility for government of any territory within the two Dominions from August 15, 1947 – all its treaties with princely States and tribal authorities lapsed from that date. The Constituent Assemblies of India and Pakistan were recognized as temporary legislatures – thus burdening them with dual roles that of draftsmen of the Constitution, as well as that of law-making assemblies. However, the Act provided that the Dominions would separately continue to be governed in accordance with the Government of India Act, 1935 – albeit with modifications in line with vesting the dominions with autonomy while breaking its link with the British Crown. The Governor Generals of the respective Dominions were empowered to give effect to the provisions of the Independence Act and to enable the transition of power until August 15, 1947. At the same time, offices and terms of service of the Civil Servants and Judges appointed by the British Government, if they chose to continue serving the respective Dominions, were protected by the Act. The Governor General was also empowered to divide the armed forces between the two Dominions and command such forces until the division was concluded. The British Parliament was clear that the Independence Act was an enabling statute and not a constitutional one, and left it to the Constituent Assembly of India (and Pakistan) to take necessary measures for drawing up their respective constitutions. The Secretary of State for India said, “The statesmanship revealed by the Indian leaders in arriving at an agreed settlement about the future of India, and the wise tolerance of their attitude to religious and social minorities, are a good omen for the successful discharge of the immense political responsibilities and the complex administrative tasks that will soon be entirely theirs.” However, after passage of the Act, Pakistan chose August 14, 1947 as its independence-day, while India gained freedom on August 15- sticking to the day appointed in the Independence Act. Bibliography The Transfer of Power 1942-7 (Volumes VI, VII and VIII), edited by Nicholas Mansergh and Penderel Moon (1977)The Cripps Mission – A handiwork of British Imperialism, Bhim Sen Singh (1979)Divide and Quit, Penderel Moon (1998) [1] Advocate on Record of the Supreme Court, Partner – Dua Associates, Author of ‘The Great Repression’ (Penguin – 2019)Also Read : Independence Day Special : Is Independent India A Creation Of British Parliament?   Next Storylast_img read more

Kerala HC Issues Guidelines For Maintaining Rape Victim Anonymity In Cases Filed Before It [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesKerala HC Issues Guidelines For Maintaining Rape Victim Anonymity In Cases Filed Before It [Read Order] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK12 Sep 2020 4:15 AMShare This – xThe Kerala High Court has issued some future guidelines for maintaining rape victim’s anonymity in the matters instituted before it.Justice PB Suresh Kumar, while considering a petition arising out of a bail order passed by POCSO Court, observed that in several matters instituted before the High Court the identity of the victim is disclosed directly or indirectly. In some matters, identity…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Kerala High Court has issued some future guidelines for maintaining rape victim’s anonymity in the matters instituted before it.Justice PB Suresh Kumar, while considering a petition arising out of a bail order passed by POCSO Court, observed that in several matters instituted before the High Court the identity of the victim is disclosed directly or indirectly. In some matters, identity is disclosed in the pleadings and in some others, identity is disclosed in the documents produced along with the pleadings, the judge noted.The Court said that the procedure in place in the Court to maintain victim anonymity is against the spirit of Section 228A of the Indian Penal Code, Sections 24(5), 33(7) and 37 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, and the decision of the Apex Court in Nipun Saxena v. Union of India and others, (2019) 2 SCC 703. The judge observed:”In the case on hand, it is observed that the opened cover containing the documents were sent back to the section and brought back from the section to the court on the subsequent hearing dates. It is also observed that there is no system in place for disposal of the documents produced in sealed covers, after the final disposal of the case. Similarly, it is observed that the registry is insisting copies of the documents revealing the identity of the victims to be given to the opposite parties in the matter. There is no system in place to maintain victim anonymity in such situations.”The judge then issued the following guidelines:The criteria for deciding the identity of the victim shall include the identity of the family of the victim, the school/college of the victim, the place of work of the victim, the relatives of the victim, the neighbourhood of the victim and all other information from which the identity of the victim would be revealed.In all proceedings instituted by or on behalf of the victim and against them, documents in which the identity of the victim is disclosed, either required in terms of the rules of the court or produced by the parties concerned to substantiate their case, shall be insisted to be filed in a sealed cover. The registry shall designate an officer for the proper custody of documents produced in sealed covers in cases where victim anonymity is to be maintained and shall provide to that officer necessary infrastructure for keeping custody of the documents. Such officer shall be bound by the highest standards of confidentiality.After the matter is numbered, registry shall forward the documents received in sealed covers in a self-sealing bag/envelope of appropriate size, preferably one having a provision for tamper proof seal as well, or in other similar tamper proof bag/envelope, after affixing on it a label indicating the particulars of the case under the signature of the Filing Scrutiny Officer concerned to the designated officer for custody and that officer shall ensure that the documents are made available to the court as and when the matters are listed for hearing. If the self-sealing bag/envelope in which the documents are kept is opened by the court for perusal of the documents, after the purposes of the court, the same shall be kept in a fresh self-sealing bag/envelope and returned to the designated officer, after affixing on the same a new label indicating the particulars of the case under the signature of the Court Officer concerned. If the selfsealing bag/envelope is opened subsequently by the court, the same procedure directed herein-above shall be repeated. The parties producing documents disclosing the identity of the victims need not have to keep or give copies of the same to the opposite parties and they need only refer to such documents in their pleadings. If the lawyers appearing against the victims require/need to peruse the documents in the sealed covers, they shall peruse the same with the permission of the court and if they are permitted by the court to peruse the documents, the documents shall be preserved in the same manner indicated in the preceding directions.These directions shall be in force until replaced by the Chief Justice by appropriate practice instructions, the judge added.Case name: X vs. State of KeralaCase no.: Crl.MC.No.3463 OF 2020Coram: Justice PB Suresh KumarCounsel: Adv SOORAJ T.ELENJICKAL,  Spl GP SUMAN CHAKRAVARTHY, Adv.S.RAJEEV Click here to Read/Download OrderRead Order Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

GD delivers future USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams to US Navy

first_img View post tag: US Navy Authorities View post tag: USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams View post tag: GD-NASSCO Share this article View post tag: ESBcenter_img February 23, 2018 General Dynamics delivers expeditionary sea base Hershel “Woody” Williams to US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today General Dynamics delivers expeditionary sea base Hershel “Woody” Williams to US Navy The US Navy’s Military Sealift Command received its fourth expeditionary sea base, future USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams, from General Dynamics NASSCO on February 22.The delivery took place after the vessel completed sea trials which started January 17, 2018.Construction of the USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams began October 2015 and involved more than 21,000 tons of steel.The 784-foot-long ship’s designs enables servicemen and women to carry out an array of missions including air mine counter measures, counter-piracy operations, maritime security operations, humanitarian aid, disaster relief missions, Marine Corps crisis response and more. MH-53 and MH-60 helicopters, and MV-22 tilt-rotor aircraft are all supported.“It’s a privilege to build a ship reflecting the strength, courage and dedicated service of the United States Marine Corps and Woody Williams,” said Kevin Graney, president of General Dynamics NASSCO. “From design through production, the NASSCO team worked tirelessly to make this ship worthy of Woody’s name, while upholding the highest standards of quality and innovation.”Delivery follows the successful completion of integrated sea trials. From January 15 to 19, the NASSCO team worked alongside government personnel to test the ship’s systems and ensure its readiness for delivery to the Navy. Testing included calibration of the ship’s navigational and propulsion systems, and demonstrations of the ship’s anchor handling, fire fighting and damage control, aviation, navigation and communication equipment.The previous three ships in the class NASSCO has delivered to the Navy are USNS Montford Point (ESD 1), USNS John Glenn (ESD 2) and USNS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3).  Construction of ESB 5, the future USNS Miguel Keith, is currently 60 percent complete and will be delivered to the Navy in March 2019.last_img read more

Oh what a night! The Baking Industry Awards in pictures

first_imgWe are delighted to present some of the highlights of the fantastic 2018 Baking Industry Awards dinner and ceremony.Hosted by entertainer Stephen Mulhern at the London Hilton on Park Lane, the event recognised 10 standout products, people and businesses – and offered the great and the good of the baking industry the chance to party into the early hours.For details of the winners and finalists, see here.last_img

Filmmaker David Lynch Announces Return Of The Festival Of Disruption, His Eccentric Two-Day Music Festival

first_imgWith the return of his iconic cult television show Twin Peaks, to SHOWTIME, the immense cultural presence of the eccentric director and artist David Lynch recently been on the forefront of many fans’ minds. Since his first film Eraserhead, which was released in 1977, David Lynch has been associated with the bizarre and the innovative, winning many fans and critical acclaim for his surreal and otherworldly cinematography. However, Lynch does not stop just at film—last year, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker curated his own immersive festival dubbed the Festival of Disruption, which benefitted The David Lynch Foundation.Flying Lotus Drops Seven New Tracks Including ‘Twin Peaks’ Theme Remix And Collaborations With ThundercatAfter a highly successful and sold-out first year, this year, Lynch’s Festival of Disruption will return from October 14th through 15th. Across the festival’s two days at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, the event will see performances by Bon Iver (as a rare Justin Vernon solo set), Moby, TV On The Radio, Shepard Fairey, The Kills, Sharon van Etten, Laura Marling, and Reggie Watts. The 2nd Annual Festival of Disruption will also feature talks by Kristine McKenna and Ed Ruscha, Bill Pullman, Sheryl Lee, Pete Holmes, and a panel of Twin Peaks collaborators (Duwayne Dunham, Dean Hurley, Johanna Ray, and Gary D’Amico).In addition to the music and talks across the weekend, Festival of Disruption will also feature art exhibits by the filmmaker and curator David Lynch and William Eggleston. There will also be meditation experiences led by Bob Roth and Brian Eno’s Reflection, his ambient music project that creates endless music and is not limited by the time or space constraints of a cassette or CD. The event will also screen Lost Highway, Los Angeles Plays Itself, Don’t Look At Me, and a number of rare Lynch shorts and host a Polaroid photo booth in partnership with Impossible.Famed Director David Lynch Curated A Festival, And The Lineup Is InsaneThe proceeds from the festival will benefit the David Lynch Foundation, an organization that seeks to reduce toxic stress and trauma among certain populations, such as victims of domestic violence, veterans, and underserved urban youth, through the use of Transcendental Meditation. Tickets will go on-sale, Friday, June 2nd, and 9 a.m. (PST) the festival website and AXS ticketing.last_img read more

Mike Gordon, Michael Franti, The Original Wailers, Lead Live In Lincoln Park 2018 Lineup

first_imgToday, Live In Lincoln Park has announced its 2018 lineup following last year’s successful inaugural year. Returning to Chicago’s beautiful Lincoln Park on Saturday, July 7th, and Sunday, July 8th, the festival will take over a tree-lined area called Grove 2 near Stockton and LaSalle. On the first day of the festival, July 7th, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Collie Buddz, Cory Wong, Hirie, Pimps of Joytime, and Iya Terra will perform. On July 8th, the musical lineup features Mike Gordon, The Original Wailers, Ripe, Mungion, The Teskey Brothers, and Earl St. Clair.Tickets for the second-annual Live In Lincoln Park festival go on-sale this Friday, at 12 pm. For tickets and more information, head here.last_img

Professor examines blogging

first_imgBlogs are a positive medium from which students can learn, Assistant Director of Graduate Studies in Theology Todd Walatka said in a workshop Thursday. The workshop, “Enhancing Discussion Through Student Blogs,” highlighted the pros, cons and logistics of student blogging. Walatka said he introduced the idea of blogging to his Foundations of Theology class last fall after reading about student blogging on … a blog. “I was trying to come up with some way to have students write regularly for the class, but in a way that was more effective than a common reflection paper,” he said. The main goal of student blogging is to generate conversations before and during class, he said. Student blogs also allow him to easily address any information students misunderstand in the reading, Walatka said. “They’re reading and then formulating thoughts about the text, so it’s not passive learning,” he said. “I think one of the main benefits is [the blog] is due 36 hours before class. I read every single [student blog] before class to see if they misunderstood something and address that in class. If one has a strong post, I can point it out.” Students also receive assignments through the blog. Freshman Arthur Laciak, a student in Walatka’s class, said every Tuesday they read from the Bible and respond to a prompt in 200 to 400 words. “We format our posts on our WordPress blog,” he said. “Then we write two comments on some of our group members’ blogs.” Walataka said he hopes the blog posts will teach students to write in a concise manner. “I hope they’ve improved their ability to engage [with] text and one another at a sophisticated [level], he said. “In the blog, they write 200 to 400 words, so it has to be to the point. I hope there are certain skills that they learn by blogging that carry on past the class.” Since its introduction to the Foundations of Theology class, the trend has spread. Other Theology courses now incorporate blogs into their course syllabi and Walatka said he hopes the use of blogging in classes will continue to grow. “I hope something like this catches on,” he said. “Blogging happens to be a technology that positively supports the engagement of materials before class for the students and professor. It is effective in reaching these goals.”last_img read more