Author Jon Krakauer Highlights Governor Wolf’s “It’s On Us PA” Campaign, Need to Address Campus Sexual Assault

first_img October 26, 2016 It’s On Us PA,  Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Bestselling author Jon Krakauer today traveled to Harrisburg to discuss his recent book “Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town” and Wolf administration efforts to combat campus sexual assault in Pennsylvania through the “It’s On Us PA” campaign. At public event at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, Krakauer participated in an in-depth discussion focused on the epidemic of campus rape across the country moderated by Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) Chief Public Affairs Officer Kristen Houser.A preeminent writer of narrative non-fiction, Krakauer’s numerous bestsellers include “Where Men Win Glory,” “Under the Banner of Heaven,” “Into the Wild,” and “Into Thin Air.” Krakauer was joined at the event by First Lady Frances Wolf, Commission for Women Chair Randi Teplitz, Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse, and PCAR CEO Delilah Rumburg.“Sexual assault has a corrosive effect on all of us,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “My administration is committed to combatting this urgent and serious epidemic, specifically on college campuses. That’s why we created “It’s On Us PA” earlier this year – the first statewide campaign to address campus sexual assault. I am so pleased too that in addition to our partners within the higher education and K-12 communities, we also have the support of bestselling author Jon Krakauer, who’s recent book “Missoula” brings much-needed attention and a call to action about the widespread issue of campus sexual assault across the country.”In an effort to increase awareness, education and resources to combat sexual assault, on January 29, 2016 Governor Wolf launched “It’s On Us PA.” Building on the national “It’s On Us” movement launched by President Obama and Vice President Biden in 2014, “It’s On Us PA” engages education leaders from school superintendents to college presidents as well as students, teachers, families, and communities to make a personal and public pledge to play a role in preventing, addressing, and responding effectively to sexual violence. Since that time, over 1,500 individuals and representatives from 176 schools in Pennsylvania have taken the pledge on the Governor’s website. The campaign’s goals are to:Improve awareness, prevention, reporting, and response systems regarding sexual violence in schools, colleges and universities to better serve all students.Remove/reduce barriers that prevent survivors of sexual violence from reporting and/or accessing vital resources by creating a more consistent, empowering reporting process for student survivors of gender based violence.Demonstrate significant, proactive, and sustainable leadership to change campus culture by challenging Pennsylvania’s education leaders – including college and university presidents, superintendents – as well as students, teachers, faculty, staff, families, and communities to pledge to improve their institutions’ climate.In addition, on September 15, the Governor’s Office announced a grant program in which eligible post-secondary institutions in Pennsylvania could apply for up to $30,000 in competitive funding to address campus sexual assault. The application period closed on October 15th and grant awards are expected to be announced next week.This initiative builds on an important dialogue sparked by the Pennsylvania Commission for Women, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and PCAR last November, which brought together educators, advocates, students, and policymakers for a screening of The Hunting Ground documentary. “Over the last year, it has been exciting to see the momentum build around the “It’s On Us PA” campaign,” said Randi Teplitz. “I am proud that the Pennsylvania Commission for Women has been actively engaged in the conversation that is helping to shift the culture and sensitivity in which we handle these cases in Pennsylvania. It is only after society declares these behaviors and crimes to be intolerable can true change occur.”“We are truly at a watershed moment when it comes to changing the way we respond to sexual violence in this country,” said Delilah Rumburg, CEO of PCAR. “It is heartening to have so many voices joining ours to support survivors and call out inappropriate words and actions. To have the leadership of the Governor and Mrs. Wolf and the PA Commission for Women working with us here in Pennsylvania is phenomenal.”Since the launch of “It’s On Us PA,” the Wolf administration has been working with community leaders and stakeholders from across the Commonwealth to develop a comprehensive, statewide policy to address the pressing issue of sexual assault in our schools and postsecondary institutions, which will be announced in the coming months.For more information about “It’s On Us PA” or to take the pledge, visit Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Author Jon Krakauer Highlights Governor Wolf’s “It’s On Us PA” Campaign, Need to Address Campus Sexual Assaultcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Everton complete move for Switzerland Under-21 forward Shani Tarashaj

first_imgEverton have signed Switzerland Under-21 forward Shani Tarashaj on a four-and-a-half-year deal. Toffees boss Roberto Martinez told his club’s official website: “Shani is an enormous young talent in Swiss football who, without a doubt, will have a great future. We’re delighted to have found a young player who believes that our club is the perfect step for him to enhance his quality and to grow his career. “He fits in really well to our style and the way we want to play the game. He is a family boy, hungry and he is desperate to fight for his place in our talented young squad.” Tarashaj has scored eight goals in 18 games for Grasshoppers this season. The player told evertontv: “It is a dream for me to sign here at Everton. I am proud and so happy to be here.” The 20-year-old joins from Grasshoppers and will be loaned back to the Zurich club for the remainder of the 2015-16 season to allow him to complete his national service. No fee was announced by Everton but it has been reported as being £3million. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

‘Back the Blue’ street mural painted outside Tampa police station

first_imgA “Back the Blue” mural was painted outside of a Tampa police station over the weekend.On Monday, Tampa police officers were greeted with a message of support.According to Fox 13, volunteers gathered over the weekend to paint a “Back the Blue” mural in front of the Tampa Police Department’s headquarters, even though they did not get the permit approved for the mural to be painted.The project was headed by a group called “Community Patriots,” who said they got permission to paint the message. However, Tampa Mayor Jane Castor said the permit had not been approved before the mural was painted.“Any tribute to honor their service is welcome,” Mayor Jane Castor said. “It’s unfortunate they didn’t see the permitting process through so that our community could participate in showing their appreciation for the brave men and women that service our residence every day.”The mural features blue, white and black colors. The mural also features a heart, stars and the U. S. flag.last_img read more

Fiammetta: Badgers’ depth leads to success

first_imgAt halftime of Saturday’s 34-13 win over Purdue, what were you thinking? Remember, the Badgers – now fortunate to have moved up to No. 7 in the BCS rankings – were down 10-6 at the time.Personally, I was thinking that I really need to start picking better away games to travel for. I passed on Las Vegas and UNLV Week One. Week Five, I traveled to East Lansing for Michigan State. I skipped Iowa, but went to Purdue Saturday.So after two quarters against the Boilermakers, I was convinced I was either terrible at selecting away games, or I was some sort of harbinger of misfortune for UW.Yet, as the Badgers’ effort Saturday picked up in the second half, so did my away record, to 2-1. As sluggish as Wisconsin looked in the first half in West Lafayette, it was equally impressive in the second half. The defense – with three second half interceptions – was a very significant reason, but the most important one was the depth of the Badgers’ roster.In fact, Wisconsin’s depth seems to be shaping up as the story of its season.Yes, the second half defense really was stellar, but first, don’t forget what happened on the offensive side of the ball. In a season where the offense has had a different hero each phase of the schedule – first it was Lance Kendricks, then it was James White and John Clay – Montee Ball has become the latest Badger of the moment. The latest, but not for the first time.Remember, the now third-string sophomore running back was Wisconsin’s second leading rusher last year. Ball emerged in early October, debuting Oct. 3 against Minnesota. Ultimately, he appeared in nine games in 2009, rushing for 391 yards and four touchdowns. Ball also had nine receptions for 92 yards.This year, after putting on weight to add more power, the do-it-all back seemed solidified as the No. 2 back behind Clay. Yet, White materialized as this year’s freshman running back sensation and leapfrogged Ball on the depth chart in Week Four for the Austin Peay game. Playing in eight of the Badgers’ nine games this year, White has rushed for 570 yards and nine touchdowns on 86 carries – 6.6 yards per – and hauled in eight passes for 64 yards.However, White suffered a knee injury in Wisconsin’s heart-stopping win over Iowa Oct. 23, left the game early and did not play after the bye at Purdue. So again, it was an opportunity for Ball, who didn’t disappoint with 127 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries (6.0 yards per).What’s significant about Ball’s ability to make the most out of any given opportunity isn’t just that he’s capable of filling in when called upon. Rather, it’s the fact that he gives Bret Bielema, his staff and the rest of the team confidence not only in him, but in his position, as well. This season, Clay – coming off of offseason ankle surgeries – has been nicked up here and there. Then, White went down.But was there ever really any panic? Yes, these are the Wisconsin Badgers, and they can always run the ball. But still, losing two top running backs has derailed plenty of teams’ seasons in the past. In today’s college football landscape, full of countless different spread offenses and tricky formations, running the ball is still placed at a premium.When White went down, it was just “next man in” for the Badgers. Give Bielema a lot of credit for that – after all, it’s really his phrase. However, if a third-string running back less capable than Ball was the next man in on UW’s depth chart, would that philosophy still be easy to buy into?These Badgers understand the distinction between theory and practice, and that’s why “next man in” is more than just fodder for another motivational locker room poster, more than just the latest entry on the never-ending list of coach-speak clich?s.After nine games, Wisconsin is significantly banged up – as essentially all football teams are at this point in the season. Despite saying he had no doubts about playing against Indiana this weekend after Saturday’s game, Clay is now questionable with a “slight” MCL sprain. White should be back, but that’s far from certain. If he’s not available, it’s the Montee Ball Show again. If he is, though, White and Ball will form a terrific running back tandem.Also injured against the Boilermakers was center Peter Konz. After the game, Konz was seen walking to the locker room on crutches, appearing to favor his right ankle in significant pain. Indeed, Bielema said his center aggravated an old injury, and he seems likely to miss Saturday’s game. If Konz can’t go, backup right guard Bill Nagy will step in. Nagy has filled in spots throughout the Badgers’ lineup in 2010, including center, guard and tight end.“Billy’s been exceptional,” Bielema said in his Monday press conference. “It’s been nice to be able to move him in there. We know John Moffitt can do that, but I’d rather just interrupt one position rather than multiple.”Even at the end of that quote, Wisconsin’s depth surfaces for a quick reminder. The Badgers also received another against Purdue, as receiver Jared Abbrederis caught a seven-yard touchdown pass in the back of the end zone with 11:49 remaining in the third quarter. The score put UW ahead 13-10, and the lead would not be relinquished for the duration of the game. Also, it was Abbrederis who stepped up – as a punt returner – after David Gilreath was knocked out of the Sept. 11 San Jose State game with a nasty concussion.On a team largely devoid of any superstars – the case could be made for defensive end J.J. Watt – the number of injuries Wisconsin has suffered would typically be crippling. Yet, there really hasn’t been any sense of panic in Madison. Perhaps most remarkable is that linebacker Chris Borland, the reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year who only played two games this season before being shut down with a shoulder injury, has largely been forgotten. Credit Blake Sorensen, Culmer St. Jean and Mike Taylor for that.Also recognize Bielema’s “next man in” mantra and the Badgers’ depth. Role players and backups on the Badgers aren’t just filling in – they’re proving that they can be counted on, and they’re providing the confidence that separates BCS contenders from BCS hopefuls.Mike is a junior majoring in journalism and communication arts. How impressed are you by Wisconsin’s depth? Let him know at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @mikefiammetta.last_img read more