EdMonth event focuses on ethnic studies

first_imgDiversity in USC curricula, the recent Campus Climate Resolution and the proliferation of cultural appropriation were topics at the forefront of Tuesday’s EdMonth event, “ReclaimED: Why We Need Ethnic Studies.” The event, which consisted of a panel of speakers and was open to students and faculty across campus, was sponsored by the Undergraduate Student Government Program Board as part of a month-long discussion series on relevant topics, from social justice to mental health.Sophia Li, a member of the Asian Pacific American Student Assembly executive board and the organizer of the event, opened the discussion by presenting examples of cultural appropriation in Halloween costumes, in which students dressed up as Native Americans or painted their faces to imitate black skin color. According to Li, these practices devalue the cultural history and identity of these ethnicities and is one illustration of why ethnic studies is important.“I feel like cultural appropriation has become a buzz phrase,” Li said. “It boils down to when members of a dominant culture take elements from a culture of people who have been systematically oppressed. When people who have been marginalized or oppressed are reduced to a sentence in a textbook or only one narrative, this lack of cultural awareness is a big part of what leads to cultural appropriation.”Li defined ethnic studies as “the interdisciplinary study of power, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and nationality,” and emphasized its importance in redefining the traditional narratives of different ethnicities by looking at history and culture from the perspective of marginalized peoples. According to Li, the discipline grew out of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, but has come under attack in recent years in states such as Arizona, which banned certain aspects of diversity education in public schools in 2010.Panelist Brianna Thorpe, director of USG Community Affairs, explained that despite establishing a diversity requirement for all incoming freshmen, USC has not done enough to promote ethnic studies among students. According to Thorpe, learning about other cultures is essential for all students, but especially for minorities who have so far learned little about their history.“It’s important to understand where you’ve been as a people and where you’re going as a people,” Thorpe said. “Without that, you can’t take pride in the things that your specific group has gone through. I think it’s an empowerment tool. It gives us the things that we need to grow and be successful.”Proposed solutions, including the recent USG Campus Climate Resolution, have attempted to implement greater diversity curriculum, which Thorpe said would help students receive enough information to engage in dialogue and formulate opinions.“The campus climate resolution calls for more of a holistic approach; what it really wants is an integrated form of ethnic studies,” Thorpe said. “Instead of pigeonholing diversity into one area or one class, it calls for interdisciplinary work to be done.”Panelists then took turns talking about some of the issues with diversity, discrimination and academics that USC and other universities face, starting with the move away from humanities courses. Viet Thanh Nguyen, an associate professor and interim chair in the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity, explained that over the past decades, enrollment in Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences has decreased, resulting in fewer students being exposed to courses focusing on ethnicity and diversity.“These courses are useful because they allow you to cultivate a critical and oppositional consciousness,” Nguyen said. “They allow you to connect the dots that people don’t want you to connect.”Ultimately, Nguyen and the other panelists hoped that students and the University would do more to promote ethnic studies on campus and elsewhere. Moira Turner, the director of USG Diversity Affairs, stressed its practical impact for students of all races, ethnicities and sexual orientations.“Life is diverse,” Turner said. “We shouldn’t show diverse perspectives as an add-on. We should show them because that’s reflective of what life actually is.”last_img read more

The 2019 Ohio Crop Tour – I-75 Leg – Day 1

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Click on images for a closer lookVan Wert CountyCorn: This corn was planted June 4. It was pollinating. There were quite a few double ears and one plant with 4 ears. We saw some gray leaf spot. There was no insect pressure. The yield was 183 bushels. This was further along than most of the corn we’ve seen. They got most of their intended corn acres planted.Soybeans: It looked like about 140,000 population. There was a rye cover crop in these beans after beans. There were some uneven spots in the 18-inch canopy. There were very few disease issues with a little frogeye and Septoria. This was the lowest insect feeding we have seen. The yield is maybe 40 or 45, which is among the better beans we’ve seen today.Paulding CountyCorn: The farmer made a late herbicide application that really cleaned up the field. The corn followed double-crop soybeans. It was just starting pollination. It was planted June 3 and the farm only got 10% of the intended corn acres planted. The yield estimate is at 195, but that is only potential yield because this fields needs much more growing season to get to blacklayer. The population was 32,000 with a drop of 40+ which shows some early stress.Soybeans: The non-GMO beans were planted June 10 and were at R3. They were very clean. Canopy was at 18 to 20 inches. The distance between nodes was 1.5 inches. There was a little bacterial spot, but very limited. We did see some sudden death syndrome in there. There were 4 to 5 pods per plant and possibly 10 more. The population was at 150,000. It is a good field, just really far behind.Defiance CountyCorn: This corn was planted on June 23 and at about the V10 growth stage. There was no disease pressure, no N deficiency, and no insects. It has a 26,000 population. There was a little bit of rust. There were no ears to sample. This was planted for silage corn, as was the vast majority of corn in the county. There were many prevented planting fields as well.Soybeans: They were drilled 7-inch rows and got recent rains. There was a population of 130,000 to 140,000. The canopy was at 20 inches. There was low insect pressure. They were only at R2 with much potential, but need good conditions going forward. The farmer got 39% of the intended soybeans planted.Williams CountyCorn: This was a nice, healthy field with plenty of N. There were many double ears with some grey leaf spot. It was still pollinating with a yield estimate of 160 bushels. It was planted on June 7 and they only were able to plant about 20% of their corn acres. There was one plant with 5 ears in the middle of the field.Soybeans: The beans were drilled June 7. They were very bushy and they just got a nice rain. The canopy height was 31 inches and some of the tallest we have seen. There was 2.5 inches between nodes. We saw some leaf feeding. Some had 2 or 3 pods per node with potential for many more, but these beans have plenty of growing season left to go.Fulton CountyCorn: This field was planted May 15 and was by far the earliest planted we have seen. We found some hail damage and northern corn leaf blight. There was some insect feeding on a couple of ears and that made for inconsistent ears. Because of that inconsistency, we thought the yield potential was 183 bushels for the 108-day corn. Less than 20% of their intended corn acres were planted.Soybeans: This was a nice looking field of beans with a population of 140,000. The canopy height was a bit uneven and it is a 3.7 maturity planted on June 11, so it has a long way to go. The canopy height was 24 inches with 2 to 3 inches between nodes. There was very low disease pressure, but there was some frogeye and some bacterial spot that we have seen in three fields now. There was some leaf feeding and 3 to 8 pods per plant with more potential, but easy to abort if the weather turns dry. Yield could be in the low 40s. Around 80% of their beans were planted.Henry County:Corn: This June 8-planted corn is a healthy green due to good N use. There were some spotty weed issues and a spotty stand. We found 23,000 to 28,000 with plenty of gaps in the rows. It was just pollinating. This had the most disease we have seen so far but still not bad. There was gray leaf spot above the ear leaf. One yield check was 190 and the other was 130. This will be a colorful yield map this fall.Soybeans: This field was planted June 11. They were very tall and canopied. The canopy was by far the tallest we have seen at 32 inches. There was 2 to 3 inches between nodes with no disease and minor leaf feeding. We counted five pods per plant with potential for 5 or 6 more. This was a good field with a 40 to 50 bushel yield potential.Wood CountyCorn: This corn was planted June 1. It was still pollinating. Disease and insect pressure was low. The yield potential is 200 bushels if the weather cooperates with this nice corn field. The farmer got about 45% of his intended corn crop planted in the top county for prevented planted acres in Ohio. The emergence was not very even in this field and there was some nitrogen burn on the leaves.Soybeans: This was a very nice uniform field, but a little light on the population. It was soybeans after soybeans planted on June 27. Nearly all of the beans in the area were planted from June 24 to June 29. The canopy was 16 inches with 1.5 inches between nodes. There was low disease pressure, but we found some. There was a little insect feeding. Prospects were not great.Hancock CountyCorn: The general conditions were dry with some cracks. The corn is just pollinating with some brown silks, so there is a way to go. There is very low disease and insect pressure. The yield estimate is 183 bushels. The population is between 29,000 and 30,000. There is really good microbial activity here. About half the intended corn acres were planted on this farm and there are some prevented planting acres here. The field was planted on June 12.Soybeans: This was an excellent field considering the planting date of June 30. These are in 15-inch rows with a short 1.5-foot tall canopy. There were about 8 nodes per plant. Pods were just starting to form, and there could be many more if the season cooperates. There was a little bit of leaf feeding in the upper canopy. These are first crop beans with a double-crop planting date.Putnam CountyCorn: This corn was planted on June 12. The stalks were green in this clean field that was still pollinating. There was low insect pressure and disease was low, though fungicide is being applied tonight. We found a population of 36,000. There were some prevented planting acres on this farm, but around 75% of the intended corn acres were planted. There are many empty fields in the area. This corn looks good but has a long way to go with a yield estimate of 185 bushels.Soybeans: There is a rye cover crop with narrow rows. It was a good stand of non-GMO beans that were clean. The canopy height was 28 inches tall. The nodes were stretched out with 2 to 3 inches between nodes. There are around 160,000 plants per acre. The field was planted June 6. Disease pressure was minimal, only on the edges. The beans are at R3 with a few nice pods and many nice blooms. These look like good, 50-bushel beans.Allen CountyCorn:  These were very healthy plants that were solid green to the bottom. There is moisture now but there are cracks in the ground so it has been dry. There were some brown silks so it is 4 to 5 days into pollination. There are some double ears on plants in this population of 32,000. We did see some light gray leaf spot. It is probably a resistant hybrid. This was planted on June 6. This was a good field with a yield potential of 173 bushels.Soybeans: This was a pretty uniform field. There was no weed pressure. There was about 2 inches between nodes and no disease pressure. Very low insect pressure too. The pods were forming pretty well with 3 or 4 beans per pod. This field is fair for a normal year and very good for this year.Hardin CountyCorn: There was really no disease or insect pressure in this field planted on June 8. The population was around 33,000 with an average of 16 around and 22 kernels per row. The projection is 125 bushels for this corn that has just pollinated and has a long way to go. There were raccoon problems here too. This farmer got around 60% of his intended corn acres planted in one of the top counties in Ohio for prevented planting acreage. The farmer asked if the Crop Tour would cover the cost of his antidepressants that may be needed after sampling this field.Soybeans: They were first planted on June 8 and then replanted June 27. There were two varieties. The first variety had maybe 10 pods per plant. The second variety only had flowers. It was a short canopy at 17 inches tall. The distance between the nodes was short. There was low disease and insect pressure with a few Japanese beetles and bean leaf beetles. We average about 7 plants per 3 feet, which is about half the population it should be. There was a very low pod count with a poor rating. He got about 55% of his intended soybean crop planted.last_img read more

National museum changes stance on genocide sides with inquiry findings

first_imgThe question of what is and isn’t genocide has been playing out across all forms of media this week after the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls released its findings where commissioners called violence against women genocidal.During the release on Monday Commissioner Michele Audette quickly refuted deniers.“To the people who don’t think that there is a genocide today, we have 1,200 pages to prove it,” she said.Young says the term genocide comes with certain implications and may be a reason why many are quick to dismiss it.“People see that there’s a numerical threshold…whether it’s numbers or certain approaches are necessary for the term to apply,” said Young.He believes people who question the Inquiry’s findings may lack understanding.Young adds Canadians should commit to educating themselves and part of this includes reading the Inquiry’s final [email protected]@bhobs22 Brittany HobsonAPTN NewsThe Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) is publicly acknowledging the past and present treatment of Indigenous peoples in Canada as acts of genocide, following years of criticism on the issue.“The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) has recognized genocide as an appropriate term in discussing and studying public policy towards Indigenous peoples in Canada as part of a colonial experience,” said John Young, president of the CMHR.The CMHR opened in 2014 amidst a wave of backlash from Indigenous peoples after the museum would not explicitly use the term genocide to describe the way Indigenous peoples have been treated by Canada’s colonial state.Instead the museum included an exhibit on Indian Residential Schools alongside other genocides of the world.At the time officials said it wasn’t appropriate for a museum to making those decisions.“We don’t have the prerogative, legally, to make that judgment if it’s homicide or genocide,” said Jodi Giesbrecht, director of research and head curator at the museum, during the opening in September 2014.“What we can do is present evidence and encourage that debate.”A debate that Young says the museum no longer wants to participate in.“A better way to recognize the harm done [and] the challenges we face as a country going forward is to just recognize genocide,” Young told APTN.The change came after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission called residential schools a form of cultural genocide in 2015, according to Young.The change only became public after a visitor of the museum questioned them on Twitter last month about their stance.last_img read more

Michael Clarke Duncan Was Huge White Sox Fan

Michael Clarke Duncan, the larger-than-life actor who died Monday at 54, was an avid Chicago White Sox fan who was so into his team that he forged a close relationship with team general manager Kenny Williams.Duncan, who reached fame and success late in life with a role in the Tom Hanks movie, “The Green Mile,” was such a fan that he would even call Williams to give him advice on player personnel decisions, Williams said.“Michael was a close friend. He was the nicest, kindest guy anyone could ever know. He was a great fan of the Chicago White Sox and often called me to offer advice. His friendship will be missed.”Duncan was a huge sports fan, as his appearance as a fixture at Los Angeles Lakers games attests.The South Side Chicago native, according to Yahoo! Sports, holds the distinction of being the only Chicagoan to ever narrate a World Series film for a Windy City champion. His baritone laid the soundtrack for the White Sox’s 2005 highlight reel.He also served as the narrator for 2010’s “The Club,” MLB Network’s forerunner to “The Franchise” series.Duncan was also said to be one among the thousands that rushed Comiskey Park’s field during Disco Demolition Night in 1979. He even told Chicago reporter Sarah Spain a few years ago that he had made away with Bill Melton’s bat during the commotion, though the slugger had been retired for two years at that point and hadn’t played for the Sox since 1975.When he became a public figure, Duncan used his fame – after years of holding regular jobs – to meet and greet with many in the sports world and athletes and teams he admired from afar before he earned a level of fame.Duncan suffered a stroke several weeks ago and passed away Monday night. read more