Robinson, Blais reflect on year in office

first_imgTags: Becca Blais, Corey Robinson, Robinson-Blais, Student government, Transition Editor’s Note: A version of this story was published April 3.Though outgoing student body president Corey Robinson’s time in office has come to an end, he and outgoing vice president Becca Blais used their term to begin a number of enduring initiatives — ones that would not have been possible without the duo’s focus on teamwork, Robinson said.“Without the team, none of this would have happened at all,” he said. “We couldn’t have done half of the things we did without the team. When you have extraordinary people who are passionate and highly capable, you get a great, extraordinary product. That’s what I’m proudest of.”Blais said she was consistently impressed with the commitment every team member showcased in the past year.“We have this incredible team in here that is so dedicated to other people and making their goals reality,” Blais said. “It’s been really cool to see that in motion and the momentum that’s building for that.”One of their major successes this year was changing the way student government worked at Notre Dame, Blais said. “Student government is just different now, and I love that,” Blais said. “I get reached out to by a different student at least several times a week. Somebody will be like, ‘I’m really passionate about this. I really want to change this,’ and they really see student government as an avenue to make change, which is monumental.”Blais said she and her team understood the importance of contributing to sexual assault awareness on campus. “I think three, four years ago, [sexual assault] was definitely a discussed issue on campus,” Blais said. “But compared to now, I think you could walk up to any student on campus and ask them what the three biggest issues facing students are, and one of them would be sexual assault. To have people cognizant of that, and not only recognizing it but moving into the steps of making a change, and getting involved … the progress has been really cool.”Robinson said he was proud of his involvement in increasing conversations about diversity. “I mean that in the big sense of the word diversity,” Robinson said. “We started off in the summer with getting to work on talking about police brutality, then moved into race relations, then we talked about undocumented students … it’s diversity in a lot of different aspects, and it was a constant conversation for a year, and, personally, that’s what I’m proud of.”Reflecting on the year, Robinson said the team “left it all on the field.”“Like I said to the team, I’m just so proud of everything they’ve done, and I’m so thankful for being able to serve alongside them this year,” Robinson said. “We gave it everything we’ve got, and to be honest, when you’ve given it all that you’ve got, and you did something that was really worthwhile and matters, you can’t go wrong with that.”His only regret, Robinson said, is that he and Blais do not have more time in office. “I walk away feeling like I did everything I possibly could have, but of course there’s things I wish we would have done more of,” Robinson said. “I wish we could have gone to more club meetings, gone to the students, gotten more people involved in the process. I just wish we had more time.”Robinson said he hopes the legacy he leaves assures students that their voices are powerful.“You don’t have to wait until you graduate to make a difference,” Robinson said. “That can be in anything. You don’t have to wait. You can act now. There are resources now. If you have a will and a passion, there is a way.”The most important lesson Robinson learned, he said, was being able to “live what you say.”“I think trying to live that example, being intentional about what you do, is really important,” Robinson said. “It all comes down to one thing for me, and that’s integrity.”last_img read more

Broome County Sheriff releases photos of Speedway robbery suspect

first_img4:10 P.M. UPDATE: The sheriff’s office says no injuries were reported in the incident. 9:44 A.M. UPDATE: PHOTO CREDIT: Broome County Sheriff’s Office Dispatchers say New York State Police and the Broome County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene, and that the Sheriff’s office is leading the case. This is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for further updates. TOWN OF UNION (WBNG) — The Broome County Sheriff’s Office says the suspect involved in an attempted robbery at Speedway in the town of Union fled the scene. No other arrests have been made, they say. TOWN OF UNION (WBNG) — The Broome County Sheriff’s Office has released the following photos of the suspect from a robbery that occurred at Speedway Friday morning. —– Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact detectives at 607-778-2334. The sheriff’s office describes the suspect to be a white male and five feet eight inches or five feet nine inches tall. They say he is wearing black pants, black shoes and a black hoodie with white stripes on each sleeves. —– This is a developing story, stay with 12 News for updates. They say deputies were dispatched to the scene at 2:18 a.m. Dispatch says the person who attempted the robbery threatened another person with a knife. PHOTO CREDIT: Broome County Sheriff’s Office TOWN OF UNION (WBNG)- According to Broome County Dispatch, a person attempted to rob the Speedway in West Corners early Friday morning.last_img read more

Stressed men drawn to heavy women

first_imgHealthLifestyleRelationships Stressed men drawn to heavy women by: – August 9, 2012 86 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet Do men seek the comfort of a “motherly” figure when put under pressure?When placed under stressful situations, men rate larger women as more attractive, new research has shown. British researchers found that men exposed to tasks that were designed to put them under pressure preferred a wider range of female body sizes.They conclude that stress can act to alter judgments of potential partners. The work by a team from London and Newcastle is published in the open access journal Plos One. “There’s a lot of literature suggesting that our BMI (body mass index) preferences are hard-wired, but that’s probably not true,” co-author Dr Martin Tovee, from Newcastle University, told BBC News.Dr Tovee and his colleague, Dr Viren Swami, have previously researched what factors could alter BMI preferences, including publishing a paper in the British Journal of Psychology on the effect of hunger, and the influence of the media. But through this new work they aimed to investigate whether known cross-cultural differences in body size preferences linked to stress were also mirrored in short-term stressful situations. “If you look at environments where food is scarce, people’s preferences for body size in a potential partner are shifted. [The preference] appears to be much heavier compared to environments where there’s plenty of food and a much more relaxed atmosphere,” he explained.“If you’re living a far more stressful, subsistence lifestyle, you’re going to have higher stress levels.”To simulate heightened stress, a test group of men were placed in interview and public speaking scenarios and their BMI preferences compared against a control group of non-stressed men. The results indicated that the change in “environmental conditions” led to a shift of weight preference towards heavier women with the men considering a wider range of body sizes attractive.Flexible preferences“These changes are comparatively minor in comparison to those you get between different [cross-cultural] environments. But they suggest certain factors which might combine with others and cause this shift,” Dr Tovee said. The research supports other work that has shown perceptions of physical attractiveness alter with levels of economic and physiological stress linked to lifestyle. “If you follow people moving from low-resource areas to higher resource-areas, you find their preferences shift over the course of about 18 months. In evolutionary psychology terms, you try to fit your preferences to what works best in a particular environment,” said Dr Tovee.Moreover, the researchers were keen to emphasise how fluctuating environmental conditions could alter the popular perception of an “ideal” body size.“There’s a continual pushing down of the ideal, but this preference is flexible. Changing the media, changing your lifestyle, all these things can change what you think is the ideal body size,” he said. BBC Newscenter_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more