Grotto vigil honors missing students

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Grotto vigil honors missing students

first_imgMore than 100 Notre Dame students, faculty and South Bend community members gathered at the Grotto on Thursday night for a remembrance prayer vigil to show support for the 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa, Mexico.In September, students from the Rural Teachers College of Ayotzinapa were abducted during a peaceful protest. Since then, the protest movement in Mexico has spread around the world and continues to gain momentum as people turn the spotlight on the country to demand justice for the more than 20,000 people who have disappeared since 2006.Michael Yu Ph.D. student César Leon Soto, president of the Latino Graduate Association at Notre Dame (LGAND), planned the vigil as a vehicle to bring the global movement directly to the Notre Dame community, reminding students that young adults similar to themselves were severely punished for standing up for their beliefs.Forty-three empty chairs stood around the grotto as a reminder of the missing students. In the tradition of Latin American protest movements, each student’s name was called as a candle was lit on their chair.“This serves as a symbolic gesture indicating that the 43 are not forgotten and that their struggle is now ours,” Soto said.Marisel Moreno, associate professor of Spanish, said she encourages students to not remain unmoved by such “unimaginable” violence.“As members of a higher learning institution, it’s unimaginable to think of 43 of our own students victimized for standing up against corruption and oppression,” she said. “These students are the latest victims of a highly corrupt system that is working in tandem with drug cartels and benefits from impunity. … We are all implicated, and it ultimately affects us all.”According to Soto, there are various ways for students to get involved in the movement. By clicking on hashtags such as #FightingForAyotzinapa, #WeAreAyotzinapa and #Ayotzinapa, students can stay up-to-date on the movement.Soto said he calls all Notre Dame students to become aware of the problems in Mexico and to work toward restoring the image of Notre Dame as “a champion of human rights” and more than just a “football school.”“Ultimately, we can show our support by putting pressure on the Mexican government, by writing letters to the Mexican consulate expressing our dismay,” he said.According to Kellogg visiting fellow Sandra Ley Gutiérrez, student movements are important in creating change and providing energy and strength to the demands for truth and justice. Gutiérrez ended the prayer service by challenging students to become informed, spread the word, show support and reject all forms of violence.“Lastly, never forget, and never let others forget about this massacre,” she said. “We are counting on you.”Tags: Ayotzinapa, LGAND, Mexico, missing students, prayer vigillast_img read more

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Burlington International Airport awarded $2.4 million in recovery funds

first_imgThe U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $2,424,030 in recovery funding to the Burlington International Airport for taxiway rehabilitation and extension, Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) announced. The funding will be used to rehabilitate and repave the intersection of two taxiways and to extend a third taxiway. The projects are part of the airport’s multi-phase South End Development program, which will enhance cargo, aircraft maintenance and general aviation capabilities. Airport officials estimate the program could create as many as 350 new jobs at the airport over the next 10 years.The award is the latest federal grant made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which was signed into law in February.Leahy, Sanders and Welch said, “This federal grant will help Burlington International Airport improve its ability to serve Vermont businesses and passengers alike. Not only will it create construction jobs in the short term, it will also lead to long-term economic development through the continued improvement of the airport.”Airport director Brian Searles said, “All three members of our congressional delegation have been such great partners in the development of this airport, and this grant will help ensure that we are part of the economic recovery. We are very grateful for their work on this much needed grant”. Source: Vermont Congressional delegation. THURSDAY, August 13, 2009 —last_img read more

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‘The Challenge’ Season 36 Cast: Meet the ‘Double Agents’

first_imgBefore the premiere, MTV will air The Challenge: Double Agents Declassified on Monday, December 7, which will provide an inside look at the season and the cast — including two returners who have since taken time off.Darrell Taylor, who was last seen on XXX: Dirty 30 in 2017, and Theresa Gonzalez, who most recently competed on The Challenge: Battle of the Exes II in 2015, are both back and ready to take home the cash prize.- Advertisement – In the words of C.T., let’s f–kin’ go! Season 36 of The Challenge has arrived. On Thursday, November 12, MTV announced the cast for The Challenge: Double Agents, set to premiere next month.In addition to 20 returning competitors, 10 rookies will be joining the season, which will return to a partner format. Filmed in Iceland, the 30 reality stars will compete “in a game of secrets, spies and lies for their share of one million dollars.”- Advertisement – This season is also introducing stars from other shows — and other walks of life — including Amber Borzotra from Big Brother 16, Gabby Allen from Love Island 3, Amber Martinez from Are You the One? 8, Mechie Harris from Ex on the Beach 3, former WWE star Lio Rush and former Olympian Lolo Jones.America’s Got Talent alum Joseph Allen, Ultimate Beastmaster star Nam Vo, Shipwrecked‘s Liv Jawando and Survivor winner Natalie Anderson will also compete.Scroll through the gallery below to meet the cast.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

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