first_img“The goal of the Bold Beauty Conference is not to impose a rigid set of standards on what beauty is or is not.  Instead, through the conference we strive to help students expand their understanding of what and who is beautiful — to embrace and understand the beauty in difference,” senior Cassie McDonagh said. “After four years at an all-women’s college, we have seen first-hand the damage the unattainable beauty ideal has done to the females we interact with on a daily basis,” McDonagh said. “The Bold Beauty Conference helps to reverse these ideals that have been ingrained in our minds and help empower the women of our campus to overcome the narrow ideals of beauty.” Some of the project themes include an examination of how porn has lost its negative connotation and it is now pervasive, how women are hyper-sexualized and an examination of college-aged women and their thoughts on body image, sororities and femininity in light of the St. Mary’s lifestyle. The Bold Beauty Conference will take place today from 3:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Saint Mary’s Student Center. “A new and exciting addition to this year’s conference will be the screening of and panel discussion about ‘Very Young Girls,’” McDonagh said. After the documentary there will be a question-and-answer session with Cait Mullen, who participated in the filming of the documentary. Mullen was also one of the drafters of New York’s groundbreaking Safe Harbor Act, the first law in the country to recognize that children who have been prostituted are victims, not criminals. The second annual Bold Beauty Conference at Saint Mary’s will aim to open the definition of beauty. “Sadly, the average age of entry into prostitution in the United States is under 13 years old,” McDonagh said. “By studying the rapidly growing problem of the prostitution of children in the United States, we see the distortion and abuse of the female body in its most radical form.” Dr. Amanda Littauer, assistant professor of Women’s Studies and History at Northern Illinois University, will be speaking in Carroll Auditorium on, “Teen Girls and American Sexual Culture in the 1950’s” at 7:30 p.m.  McDonagh also expressed the need for this conference and why it is important to examine what beauty is. “The conference will host and display projects that members of Saint Mary’s Female Beauty class have been working on throughout the semester,” McDonagh said. Photoshop projects, Barbies on Parade and the Price of Beauty display will be going on during this time in Vander Vannet Theatre. Opening remarks will be at 5 p.m., followed directly by the documentary “Very Young Girls” at 6:30 p.m. Saint Mary’s Communication Studies, Dance and Theater, Women’s Studies, History and Film Studies departments are sponsoring the event.last_img

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first_imgThis Saturday, more than 100 local men will don three-inch, red high-heels and walk through downtown South Bend for “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” to raise awareness for domestic violence and sexual assault and raise money for the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA). Amanda Ceravolo, director of development and communications for the North Central Indiana YWCA shelter, said the event, officially titled the YWCA’s “Men’s March to End Violence against Women,” offers men the opportunity to show solidarity for women who have been victims of violence, which is a community-wide issue. “Men really do want to be involved and are looking for ways to help,” Ceravolo said. “It’s also about showing that men can be and are vital parts of the solution to the problem.” Ceravolo said October, which is domestic violence awareness month, offers the perfect opportunity for such an event to begin dialogues about the issue and resources available locally. One fact to consider is that every nine seconds a woman in the United States is beaten or assaulted, she said. “All men come out and for different reasons, but we always remind [people that] one in four women can be a victim of sexual assault,” Ceravolo said. “This could be your wife, your mom, your sister, your daughter. Anyone can be impacted by violence against women.” According to the Indiana Coalition against Domestic Violence, domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women, with more victims than car accidents, mugging, and rapes combined. The YWCA of North Central Indiana is the largest service provider for sexual assault and domestic violence victims in the area, Ceravolo said, and serves over 1,500 women and children each year from St. Joseph and Elkhart Counties. “The vast majority of people staying here are fleeing from violence in their lives,” she said. Funds raised by the walk will specifically benefit domestic violence and sexual assault programs, including the “New Hope” treatment program, which provides counseling for victims of rape, sexual assault, incest, and sexual abuse, gives immediate shelter to victim, and fosters community outreach programs. Another important program that benefits from the annual walk is “CourtWatch,” which monitors domestic violence cases in county courts to help victims. Ceravolo said other rape centers nationally participate in similar “Walk a Mile” events, now in their fourth year. She said in the past, the walks have raised significant and needed funds, which comes both from registration fees and money collected by the men around the route. “A lot of money comes in the day of. In the past we’ve raised between $15,000 and $20,000 for every year we’ve been [doing] it,” she said. “We thought that it would be a great and fun way to engage men in the mission of the YWCA.” Ceravolo said this year, the event was moved to downtown South Bend from Coveleski Stadium to encourage local businesses to participate, many of whom will have tables out with food and coupons for the male participants. Male Notre Dame students annually participate in “Walk a Mile in her Shoes,” represented by a team organized by the student club Men against Violence (MAV). She said the enthusiastic men ran the course last year in their heels. “They have been represented in all of our walks,” she said. “We absolutely love it. They contacted us the first year and wanted to get involved, and we said absolutely, we want you there.” Senior Jack Toscano, former president of MAV, said participating in the event follows the club’s mission of ending sexual and domestic violence at Notre Dame and in the greater community. “‘Walk a Mile’ gave us a chance to both branch out and help the South Bend community,” Toscano said. “Violence against women is extremely relevant, especially in light of the recent reported sexual assaults. There is no excuse for that being a part of the Notre Dame community.” Toscano, who plans to participate in the event for his second time this Saturday, said the walk could be fun too. “The heels were very awkward at first,” he said. “You gain an appreciation for how much heels suck.” The event will take place this Saturday, Oct. 12 at 10 a.m, starting at the College Football Hall of Fame Gridiron. Ceravolon said those interested in participating should preregister online at to secure their correct shoe size for the walk. Event registration will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, with minimum donations of $50 or $35 for students. Notre Dame students can also reach out to MAV to join their team.last_img

first_imgPeter Gallagher is not currently aboard On the Twentieth Century. The Tony nominee has been absent from the revival’s previews since the evening performance on February 21 with a severe sinus infection and is expected to return on March 3. James Moye, who usually plays Max Jacobs, continues in the role of Oscar Jaffee while Gallagher recovers. Directed by Scott Ellis and starring Tony and Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth, the Roundabout production is set to officially open on March 12 at the American Airlines Theatre. On the Twentieth Century premiered on Broadway in 1978, and won Tony Awards for Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical. This production will play a limited engagement through July 5. View Comments On the Twentieth Century features a book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and music by Cy Coleman. It follows a down-and-out Broadway producer named Oscar Jaffe (Gallagher), who struggles to convince his former muse and lover, Lily Garland (Chenoweth), now a successful film actress, to return to Broadway in a (non-existent) epic drama about Mary Magdalene. While dealing with Lily Garland’s jealous new lover and a religious fanatic aboard a luxury train, Oscar hopes he can lure her back to the stage and salvage his sinking career. Related Showscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on July 19, 2015 In addition to Chenoweth and Gallagher, the cast includes Tony nominee Andy Karl, Mark Linn‐Baker and Tony winners Michael McGrath and Mary Louise Wilson. On The Twentieth Centurylast_img

first_imgThe 2009 season of “Your Southern Garden” will begin airing on public broadcast stations in north Florida on May 9. Beginning in April 2010, it will air throughout the Georgia Public Broadcasting viewing area and throughout north Florida. “We chose to air the show in areas with similar growing zones,” Reeves said. “We don’t want to be like the national gardening shows that tell you how to make fabulous landscape designs out of plants that just won’t grow in the South. Our aim is to show you only what will work here, now.” Check your local public broadcasting station’s programming listings for days and times “Your Southern Garden” airs in your area.(Faith Peppers is a news editor for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) By Faith PeppersUniversity of Georgia Beginning this spring Southern gardeners will have another tool to help them in the garden. “Your Southern Garden” with Walter Reeves is a new educational television show to help gardeners of all levels learn new tips, get fresh ideas and visit interesting sites. “We anticipate that in this economic climate, more and more homeowners will begin doing their own landscaping and lawn maintenance,” said J. Scott Angle, dean and director of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Many will take on this work for the first time and need to know where to start. Others will be looking for the latest drought-tolerant plants or water-conservation ideas. We hope this program will offer something for all gardeners in our region.”The show, produced by University of Florida IFAS Extension and UGA CAES, is a one-of-a-kind program specifically for the Southeast. “Our goal in creating this new show is to give gardeners in our growing region a program that will provide educational information they can use outside today,” Angle said.“Your Southern Garden” is a spin-off of UGA’s highly-rated “Gardening in Georgia,” which has aired on Georgia Public Broadcasting for a decade. Show host Walter Reeves, a retired UGA Cooperative Extension agent and gardening expert, brings the same down-home flavor to this new project. “This show provides the opportunity to really educate Floridians and others in the region about landscaping and outdoor water conservation,” said Millie Ferrer, interim dean and director for UF Extension. “Watering in the landscape is such an important issue right now, and the faculty at UF and UGA can provide great tips and information to help conserve water.”Working closely with UF and UGA Extension specialists and researchers, Reeves shows viewers how to put the universities’ expertise to work in their yards.“Land-grant universities are loaded with cutting-edge, yet practical, information that gardeners need,” Reeves said. “Whether you are a beginner, a piddler or a Master Gardener, there’s something here for you.”Ferrer agrees. “Our faculty have the expertise to really know what works in our growing zones. ‘Your Southern Garden’ will showcase plants, maintenance tips and conservation techniques that really work in this region. Our goal is to practically show people how to be more sustainable in their yards.”Each week’s show will include a blend of how-to projects, visits to local sites and tips. “Each state’s land-grant university and their Cooperative Extension units have their own areas of expertise within agriculture,” Angle said. “This is a chance for us to showcase the best of our two schools, give viewers in the region access to the latest horticultural information that’s best suited for their garden and demonstrate the value of the work that is going on in our colleges to public we serve.” last_img

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