Veteran faculty member recalls Vietnam era

first_imgAs the United States celebrates Veterans Day today, Peace Studies professor and 1968 alumnus David Cortright said he will remember his unique experience as a Vietnam-era soldier actively involved in the anti-war movement. “I became strongly opposed to the war effort while I was in the Army,” Cortright said. “I came to believe the Vietnam War was unjust, which brought me to a crisis of conscience.” While Cortright was never deployed to Vietnam and instead remained stationed in the United States from 1968-1971, he was far from inactive during the war. “I joined the underground anti-war movement while inside the Army, which was called the GI Peace Movement,” Cortright said. “I organized soldiers, as there was an active opposition to the war even among those inside the military.” Cortright said the movement gave him a sense of purpose while he served. “I found my involvement in the GI Peace Movement to be personally liberating and fulfilling,” Cortright said. “It gave me a sense that I was doing something that was necessary and I felt like I was serving my country more nobly by speaking out against an unjust war, rather than remaining silent about something that I felt was wrong.” Cortright said his experience in the Army during the war inspired him to study public policy. “Once I began to speak out against the war and learned more about the nature of militarism and the need to work for peace, I decided to dedicate my life to it,” he said. He completed his doctoral studies in 1975 at the Union Institute in residence at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., where he received a Ph.D. in History. “My dissertation was on the U.S. military during the Vietnam War, especially on the anti-war sentiment within the military in those days,” Cortright said. Cortright returned to his alma mater in 1989 as a professor at the Kroc Institute for Peace Studies. Today, he is the director for Policy Studies at the institute. Cortright said his experience as a soldier during the war enables him to bring a unique perspective to his teaching and research. “I made some of the most important decisions of my life during the Vietnam War,” Cortright said. “It has shaped my passions as I search for the truth in a profound and distinct way.”last_img read more

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Diva No More! Dianne Wiest is Happy to Let Marin Mazzie Be the Difficult One

first_img Wiest never dreamt of Bullets becoming a Broadway musical simply because Allen is typically too protective of his films. “But if I hadn’t been in the movie,” she said. “I certainly would have thought it was written for the stage first. It belongs where it now is!” The stage and screen vet raved about the finished show: “With those wonderful actors, that incredible chorus, the music [Woody] picked out from the ‘30s and Santo Loquasto’s set… I mean, it’s transportive! It’s wonderful!” Related Shows Three-time Tony Award nominee Mazzie landed the role of Sinclair in the musical, beating out countless stage stars for the part. Her past performances include Mother in Ragtime, Lilli Vanessi in Kate Me, Kate and Margaret White in Carrie. Helen Sinclair has finally landed on Broadway! And for Dianne Wiest, who won an Oscar when she brought the Jazz Age stage diva to life in Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway, that’s cause for celebration! View Comments “It’s been a long haul to get here,” she laughed when Broadway.com stopped her on opening night of the musical version of Bullets on April 10. “And thank goodness [there’s] another personality that can perform for me called Marin Mazzie and she is wonderful!” Bullets Over Broadway Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 24, 2014last_img read more

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World’s Best Shooters To Compete at World Military Games

first_img The National Shooting Centre Ten Guilherme Paraense, at the Deodoro Sports Complex in Rio de Janeiro, will host from July 18 some of the best shooters in the world. The 5th CISM Military World Games with 316 registered athletes from 51 countries will compete in 16 medal events, eight male and eight for women. Colonel Li Duihong, Olympic Gold medalist in Atlanta 1996 Atlanta Games, as well as a Silver at the Barcelona Games in1992 and world champion in 1994 and 2002, leads the Chinese team in the Games of Peace. But to get to the winner’s podium, at these games the 41 year-old must overcome strong competition in the likes of Maj Ana Luiza de Mello, who stamped her passport to represent Brazil at the Olympic Games in London in 2012. In men’s competition, the champion and world record holder in the central fire, Turkish Sgt Dikec Yusuf is one of the strongest opponents for the team of Lieutenant Colonel Julius Adams, Maj Emerson Duarte and Ieng Baptist, team which won the gold medal at the World championships last year and got the silver medal at the 45th World Military Shooting Championship, the major precursor event prior to the 5th Military World Games. The men will compete in four events consisting of rifle category (standard rifle three-position rifle and rapid military) and four pistol categories (central fire and rapid fire military). Women also compete in four tests of rifle category (rifles and prone rifle three positions) and four pistol categories (pistol and 25m rapid fire pistol military). All trials will be individual and team contests. In the sport of shooting, there are three different categories, which are subdivided into various events. These are the pistol category (25m, 50m, air, rapid fire, standard, and center fire), the carbine or rifle category (three-position, prone, and air carbine; three-position, prone, and air standard rifle), and the shotgun category (skeet, Olympic trap, and double trap). In all events, the objective is to hit the greatest number of targets in order to score the most points. By Dialogo July 16, 2011last_img read more

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Constitutional interpretation bill dies in the Senate

first_img Constitutional interpretation bill dies in the Senate May 15, 2006 Regular News Constitutional interpretation bill dies in the Senatecenter_img A proposed constitutional amendment directing how the Florida Constitution should be interpreted died in the Florida Legislature after a Senate committee failed to take it up.The item had made it on the agenda of the last meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 25, but the committee was unable to get to everything on its 31-item schedule.“I wish we could have done it; we just didn’t get there,” committee Chair Sen. Daniel Webster, R-Winter Garden, said. “We couldn’t do it, we ran out of time. We had a lot of things we had to do.”The Senate measure would have been a companion to HJR 7143 in the House, sponsored by Rep. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs. That measure provides that the doctrine of expressio unius est exclusio alterius (“the expression of one thing excludes another”) should only be used to interpret the state constitution in exceptional instances.The Supreme Court majority cited that doctrine in deciding Bush v. Holmes, (case no. SC04-2323, January 5, 2006), its recent decision on a state school voucher program. It ruled that the constitutional provision requiring the state to provide a high quality, free, and uniform system of public education precluded using public money for vouchers for private schools.Webster noted the Senate is addressing the voucher issue in another bill, which would ask voters to approve a constitutional amendment allowing vouchers for private schools, including those affiliated with religious groups.The committee inaction came on the same day that the full House approved the amendment, by a 76-36 margin. (A two-thirds vote is necessary to send a proposed constitutional amendment to voters.)The measure produced a vigorous debate on the House floor.Opponents argued the amendment infringed on the Supreme Court’s authority and would confuse voters, while proponents said it was proper to put such a stricture in the constitution.“Some would characterize it as a stealth way of getting around the question of whether or not the citizens want their tax dollars to go to support private schools in our state,” said Rep. Chris Smith, D-Ft. Lauderdale.Rep. Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach, said the legislature this year has been indulging in a spate of bills which undermine or contest Supreme Court rules or actions.“We can’t treat the constitution like it’s ours; we have to understand it’s everybody’s [constitution]. We can’t act like players who kick dust on the umpires because we don’t like the call,” he said.But Simmons argued the amendment was proper, and that most states limit or prohibit use of that doctrine in interpreting their constitutions.“We’re dealing here with the issue of the balance of power between the legislative branch and the judicial branch,” he said. “This is only dealing with the way to interpret the constitution and you do not interpret the constitution, so that when the legislature is given the responsibility to deal with something such as public education that somehow or the other there is implied a limitation on legislative power to deal with all other things relating to public education.”last_img read more

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Three communication tips for your new normal

first_imgWhile parts of the country are seeing reopening after months, many people are still working from home. This new normal has shown us that some of our previously effective communication styles can now come off as rude or ineffective. Here are some communication tips for creating an effective and productive new normal. Reconsider your timing and toneRecognizing that you may not be feeling like yourself can help you reflect on how you connect with people. Be sure to extend empathy to others you work with. With all that the world is going through, you may want to highlight yourself as a point of contact for someone who needs to be heard. Make an effort to go beyond chit-chatAs we all navigate the realness of “Zoom fatigue” in our virtual work, regular check-ins have likely worn off. Going above and beyond showing that you care will really help empower your communication efforts. When you respect your co-workers on a deeper level, you will find that your working relationships will continue to grow. Talk about miscommunicationsIt will happen; you or someone you work with will miscommunicate at some point, but how you work it out is just as important. In the heat of the moment, there will be no positive effects to communicate the problem as it happens; instead, take the time to reflect. Once you have reflected, set up some time and let the other person know what you will be talking about in advance. Remember, everyone will have their points of view and reasoning. Always approach these conversions with the intent on a joint resolution.  19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Robbie Young Robbie is the Associate Publisher at CUInsight.com. As Associate Publisher, Robbie works with professionals throughout the credit union industry to find new and innovative ways to spread their message … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

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Creditors to Place STX Offshore under Court Receivership Again

first_imgSouth Korean shipbuilder STX Offshore & Shipbuilding is to be put under court receivership as its union failed to accept the company’s restructuring plan.The shipbuilder’s creditors, led by the state-run Korea Development Bank (KDB), said that they would place the financially troubled company under court receivership “in principle”, according to Yonhap News Agency.The creditors previously intended to issue refund guarantees for new ships and keep the company afloat, provided that STX Offshore and its labor union agree on the restructuring measures that included a 75 percent reduction in workforce. The shipbuilder was given a deadline, which expired at midnight Monday.Although STX Offshore’s labor union, which earlier staged strike actions, managed to reach an agreement on a voluntary retirement program and other reductions in work benefits, it refused to agree on the workforce cuts.The cash-strapped shipbuilder previously filed for court receivership with the Seoul Central District Court on May 27, 2016.In mid-2017, the Seoul Bankruptcy Court decided to finalize the shipbuilder’s receivership process as STX made considerable progress in its economic recovery and managed to adhere to the debt payment schedule proposed under its previous rescue plan.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Battling Blues please Mourinho

first_imgJose Mourinho lauded the battling qualities of his Chelsea side after the Premier League leaders claimed a hard-fought 1-0 win at West Ham. Eden Hazard’s first-half header proved the difference as Chelsea followed their Capital One Cup win with a victory which ensured their five-point lead over Manchester City remained intact. It might have been different had the restored Thibaut Courtois not made a host of fine saves and Chelsea’s defence, shaky at times, not made some key blocks. “When good football is not enough, we fight, we suffer together, we cope with difficult moments,” Mourinho said. “It was not the best game to play after the final. The final is more than a game, because of tension, pressure and emotions. “Some periods we had to defend with everything. It’s a game where you easily can lose two points. “We had chances to kill the game. We were expecting that. “We didn’t and when you don’t do that against West Ham you are in permanent danger. Great victory for us.” West Ham manager Sam Allardyce contested Hazard’s goal should not have stood. “I’ve looked at the goal and it was offside,” Allardyce said. “Kevin Nolan was offside at Old Trafford (in September) when we scored for 2-2. There was half an inch of his nose offside and they said that was offside. “There was about six inches of his (Hazard’s) body offside this time and they said it’s onside.” Mourinho dismissed Allardyce’s complaint. The Blues boss said: “Eden starts the action outside the box and he moves the ball, Fabregas, Oscar, pass to Ramires. I don’t think Ramires is offside and Eden coming from outside the box I don’t think is offside. But I didn’t see on television. Maybe Sam saw it. For me, no. “The only goal we scored is fantastic football. If Ramires scored that goal that he hit the post, it’s fantastic football. “If Willian scores the goal with an open goal it’s fantastic football.” Mourinho, who has been critical of match officials this season, praised referee Andre Marriner and his team after an action-packed contest. “This match must be a nightmare for a referee,” he said. ” For me Andre and his assistants had a good game.” Chelsea have one trophy this season and Mourinho hopes the quality of his side can deliver further success. “Now we are trying to build. We have one cup in the pocket. Let’s see what we can do,” he added. “What’s kept us top of the league since day one is the quality of our football. (But) sometimes we lose a little bit what brought us to this position.” The loss of quality is when players are injured or suspended. On Wednesday night Nemanja Matic was both. Matic was completing a two-match ban for his sending off against Burnley but would not have been fit to play after an injury in celebrating the League Cup win. He had changed from his club suit to full playing kit for the trophy presentation at Wembley before twisting an ankle, but the midfielder will be fit for next week’s Champions League last-16 second leg against Paris St Germain. “Matic is injured and he got an injury celebrating the cup,” Mourinho added. “It’s not a big injury, but if today he was not suspended, he wouldn’t play. “He twisted his ankle. On the pitch. He put on shinpads but he didn’t put the tape on. He will play against Paris. On Saturday, Sunday, he will train.” Allardyce, who lost defender Winston Reid to a hamstring injury, rued the fact his side’s run is now one win in 11 league games. “I thought that we gave a fantastic performance today,” he said. “We really wanted something out of the game. We got a great performance and we’ve got to take a lot of positives out of that. “Couldn’t have asked for any more entertainment, everybody, I don’t think. Terrific game of football. “Just we’re the wrong side of the result, sadly. Keep playing like that and we’ll start winning again.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Cuadrado agent cools move talk

first_img The 27-year-old joined Chelsea in February from Fiorentina but made just four Premier League starts for the Blues. Cuadrado, who has four years left on his contract, is a reported target of Italian champions Juventus and Spanish side Valencia this summer but his agent has denied transfer speculation. Press Association “Much to my amazement, I read in some English and Italian newspapers about imaginary figures and agents associated with Cuadrado, so I think it is right to clarify the situation,” Cuadrado’s agent Alessandro Lucci said to Italian website www.tuttomercatoweb.com. “Cuadrado is a Chelsea player, who (Jose) Mourinho strongly wanted just over five months ago and the coach truly believes in him. “He has many admirers but I reiterate that Juan is a Chelsea player. “I, as his agent and intermediary, will decide with Juan his future, nobody else will.” Cuadrado, who last month competed at the Copa America in Chile with his national team, will be hoping to earn more regular playing time in his first full season with the Premier League champions. The South American came off the bench eight times in 12 Premier League appearances and has yet to score since moving to England in a £23.3 million transfer from Italian side Fiorentina. center_img Juan Cuadrado’s agent insists his client is set to remain at Chelsea next season despite speculation linking the Colombian winger with a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer. last_img read more

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National Ladies continue dominant streak in GTT Indoor hockey

first_imgTHE National Ladies, with 14 goals, chalked up their fourth straight win Thursday evening against the Bingo Spartans in the GTT National indoor championships.Pizza Hut GCC sailed into the Ladies final with an easy win over iNet Lynx.The Pepsi Hikers pulled ahead of Saints in the men’s first division to set up a challenge with Old Fort Titans for a spot in the final while Old Fort Warriors seem destined for a final spot in the men’s second division, with an easy victory over Saints.Despite some high quality men’s and women’s open division hockey, it was the veterans, who produced the most entertaining match of the evening, as GCC Vintage took on Antonio’s Grill Hickers.Despite GCC being the favourites in the match based on earlier performances, Hickers midfielder Devin Munroe seemed determined to create another Bourda washout.With the Hickers earning a penalty stroke in the 12th minute of a scoreless game thus far, Munroe converted the first of his three goals for the Hickers.Vintage striker Philip Fernandes drew the scores level at 1-1 just one minute later with a rebound after a fine save by Azad DeAbreu in the Hickers goal.The match continued this trend as Munroe put his team up twice, with GCC levelling the score right after, through Patrick Edghill and a Dwayne Scott penalty corner.The game ended at a 3-3 stalemate robbing both teams of bragging rights.The National Ladies continued their predictable dominance of the women’s division, with a fine display of scoring.Taking the court against newcomers Bingo Spartans, the National Ladies amassed a team record 14 goals for the easy victory.The brave Spartans can boast, however, of being the first Ladies team to breach the National defences, with two goals to their name from Abosaide Cadogan and Kirsten Gomes.The end of the game met a score line of 14-2 in favour of the National Ladies.Pizza Hut GCC brushed aside iNet Lynx in the other Ladies clash with Sonia Jardine being the player on fire for GCC.Jardine was the lone player to score in the first half of the match, with a hat-trick through two penalty corners, and a field goal.Sandy Roopnarine and Dominique DeGroot continued the trend for the Pizza lovers to end, with a 5-0 victory.The Pepsi Hikers finally got in the winners’ column when they faced Saints in their men’s first division fixture.Shane Samuels was the hero for the Hikers, scoring all five goals in their 5-3 victory. Young Parmanad Dindial almost matched Samuels’ feat, but fell short by two in his hat-trick for Saints.The National Greens had a bit of a scare against Bounty GCC in their men’s first division clash as the Bourda boys finished within one in the final score of 5-4 for the Greens.The GCC Pitbulls drew with Saint Stanislaus College 2-2 in their men’s second division clash while the Old Fort Warriors climbed to the top of the men’s second division table, with a 4-0 beating of Saints.With the National teams being ineligible for the final, the Old Fort Titans and Bounty GCC topped the men’s first division pool with four points each.Pizza Hut GCC stand way ahead of the rest, with nine points in the women’s pool.Old Fort Warriors top the men’s pool so far, with the GCC Pitbulls and Saint Stanislaus College tied for second and GCC Vintage lead the veterans’ pool.last_img read more

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Rice sets strong example

first_imgScott Rice may not be the most vocal member of the Wisconsin men’s swimming team, but the junior’s ability to lead by example has helped guide the Badgers to a 3-0 start to the season.”To our team, Scott brings the ability to be good at just about anything he wants to be good at,” head coach Eric Hansen said. “And not a lot of people have the ability to do that.”Rice, a junior originally from Des Moines, Wash., comes from a long line of athletes. “I got into swimming because my whole family swam,” Rice said. “I am the seventh of eight children in my family, and we were all very athletic.”Rice’s development as a great swimmer began at a young age and has continued into his collegiate career. As a state champion in high school Scott earned many honors, including the 2005 Washington Swimmer of the Year.For Wisconsin, Rice is one of the team’s top competitors in the individual medley and butterfly, but has been very versatile in the water for the Badgers.”Scott sets an example to the rest of the team by always being a guy you can count on to give it his all at each meet,” senior captain Brett Koerten said. “It doesn’t matter what events the coaches put him in, he will give it his best effort and more than likely be competing for the win.”In helping Wisconsin win its first three meets, Rice is off to his best start as a Badger. He has already seen early success in winning the 500-yard freestyle and 200-yard IM against UW-Milwaukee, the 100-yard butterfly against Iowa and finishing first in the 100- and 200-yard butterfly against UW-Green Bay.”The whole start of my season is a pretty good accomplishment because I never have been quite this fast my first few meets of my other seasons,” Rice said.Rice has not gone unrecognized for his early season efforts. He was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week after the team’s first meet at Green Bay in October.”I think it is a great honor for Scott to be named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week,” Koerten said. “Over the past couple of years, he has established himself as one of the top swimmers in the conference. It is great to see him get the recognition he deserves.”While individual honors are nice for the team to have, it is really the NCAA Championships at the end of the season that matters most to Rice, his coaches and his teammates.”I think Scott knows he’s capable of a whole lot, and I think the expectations that he puts out there are very high this year, so it’s nice for him to be recognized,” Hansen said. “But all in all, the main thing is going to be what we can do at the end of the year.”As the undefeated Badgers get ready to travel to Arizona this weekend and look ahead to Big Ten competition down the road, they will have to keep the poise and determination that has gotten them off to a fast start.As for Rice, he will need to continue to lead his teammates by example and assume any role the team needs.”I think that I am helping to lead the team with the other upperclassmen by the way that I train and compete,” Rice said. “Most of the new people on the team have never competed at this level before, and I just try to show them that it is no different than any other meet.”last_img read more

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