LETTER TO THE EDITOR ABOUT SCHOOL SYSTEM NEGOTIATIONS

first_imgDear Mr. Editor,As our school year is about to begin, I am very concerned about the examplebeing set for our students by the behavior of the school superintendent in thenegotiations with the Teamsters Local 215 EVSC employees.I have been following this story for two summers. I thought after the employeesvoted overwhelmingly last summer to remain in the union his relationship withthese employees would move forward positively , but it appears things have onlygotten worse.Parents and teachers today are constantly reminding kids that every word theypost on social media pages will remain there for all to see including futureemployers. The same can be said for words printed in newspapers or uttered ontelevision.Words do matter and we should be held accountable for them.On August 24, 2014, after Teamsters Local 215 members voted overwhelmingly toremain in the Union , EVSC Superintendent Dr. David Smith was quoted in theCourier and Press as saying ,” I am always pleased when our employees have avoice and they certainly have spoken. As we have said before, we will definitelyhonor their wishes.”This was after he gave two units of Teamsters Local 215 EVSC employees 24 hoursnotice to vote again on union representation. He was consistently telling thepublic, media and board members that a “fairly large” percentage wanted out ofthe union. It was also stated that any “no shows” would be counted as votesagainst union representation. The vote proved him wrong. Bus Drivers voted120-27 and Secretaries 70-27 to remain in the Union. Imagine if our state andnational elections were managed like this.On April 17, 2015, EVSC board president Mike Duckworth was quoted in theCourier and Press as saying about the upcoming contract negotiations , “ Ithink as long as we have dialogue and keep communicating ,keep talking, we candisagree but we want to collaborate and see how we can make it better.”Obviously when there are serious issues to be discussed involving a large numberof people the most important thing to do is remain in communication with allentities for the sake of all voices being heard . Dr. Smith and the EVSC board‘sapproach was to not communicate with their constituents over this matter anddirected that all communication should be through the EVSC lawyer fromIndianapolis. This would be the same as teachers being told not to communicatewith parents and only do so through their lawyer?Thankfully the board voted on July 27 to go back to the bargaining table. Thatis the right decision. They need to stay at the bargaining table and work out afair contract for all concerned. Dr. Smith needs to honor the words he speaks.His “my way or the highway stance” is not productive and provides a poor exampleto the students we are all trying to teach.Doris WilliamsFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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NDVotes ’16 provides forum for political discourse between students

first_imgThursday night in Geddes Hall, NDVotes ’16, a student task force aimed at increasing political engagement, hosted an open mic night. The goal of the forum, according to NDVotes member and event moderator Nikki Steiner, was to allow students to express their views on the upcoming election and the political process.“We wanted to hear what the students care about on campus and what they wanted to see from candidates in the upcoming 2016 election,” Steiner said. “We wanted to give them a voice and hear what they care about.”Lucas Masin-Moyer | The Observer Freshman Prathm Juneja opened the discussion by bringing up issues of voter apathy and lack of voter education.“It really concerns me that we have students who are unaware and uninvolved,” he said. “Students will automatically align themselves with a political party without knowing anything about politics.”Task force co-chair sophomore Roge Karma echoed Juneja’s views and said voter participation is essential to the political process. (Editor’s note: Roge Karma is a viewpoint columnist for The Observer.)“It is almost a responsibility to be politically aware and politically involved,” he said.Karma said youth are not “inherently apathetic.”“When there is a candidate that inspires people, the youth come out to vote,” he said.Sophomore Ariana Zlioba said when young people are involved, they can have an impact in the political process.“If you look back in history, from the revolutions in the 1800s up until Vietnam, the people leading discussions and the people asking the hardest questions were always young people.”  Zlioba said. “They were people who were idealistic and passionate enough to incite change when no one else wanted to.”Juneja said student apathy toward political participation is closely tied to the education system. “Not once was I told how to vote,” Juneja said. “[Nor was I told] about news sources, or about the views of the political parties.”Sophomore Cassi Hayes said apathy stems from a larger disillusionment with the political process.  “Money and big corporations and lobby groups seem to run so much of [our political process],” she said. “[One] of the reason young people aren’t fighting for a better system is because they feel they don’t have power.”Zlioba said politicians’ attitudes towards compromise often make agreement across the aisle impossible.  “The problem is that politicians are associating their unwillingness to compromise on principles with unwillingness to compromise on issues,” she said. This polarization is not as prevalent in American homes as one might believe, freshman Abby Ferguson said. “People are more moderate than they think they are,” Ferguson said. “Politicians are becoming more polarized.”An explanation for this phenomenon was offered by Hayes, who said politics doesn’t reward people for being moderate.“This mentality encourages a system [that] doesn’t necessarily reflect the views of the American people,” she said. Tags: NDVotes, voter registration, Voter turnoutlast_img read more

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Ruiz Jr vs Joshua 2, Clash on the Dunes: Full report card and all you need to know

first_img First Published: 8th December, 2019 23:17 IST The great Muhammad Ali once said, “Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even”. Well, Anthony Joshua proved it right by taking back his heavyweight titles from Andy Ruiz Jr at the Clash on the Dunes on Saturday night. After a disappointing first encounter, boxing fans almost ruled out Anthony Joshua’s probability of winning but the British superstar knew what it takes to become a world champion, as he hammered Andy Ruiz Jr at Saudi Arabia with the whole world watching. Anthony Joshua looked steady and calm throughout the fight. Despite facing some heavy punches from his Mexican rival Andy Ruiz Jr, Joshua managed to throw proper jabs with perfect distance. Both the men went full throttle against each other but Joshua was undoubtedly the superior boxer of the night. AJ regained his WBA (super), WBO, IBO and IBF heavyweight titles via the judge’s scorecard (118-110, 118-110,119-109) and he is a two-time world champion now.Also Read | Mike Tyson Wants Anthony Joshua To Show More Desire In His Upcoming Fight Vs Andy Ruiz JrClash on the Dunes: Other resultsDillian Whyte defeats Mariusz Wach via judge’s scorecardAlexander Povetkin Vs Michael Hunter ends up in a drawFilip Hrgovic defeats Eric Molina via knockoutMahammadrasul Majidov defeats Tom Little via knockoutAlso Read | Anthony Joshua Believes Harry Kane Will Thrash Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang In BoxingAlso Read | Anthony Joshua Vs Andy Ruiz 2: The Staggering Amount Of Money The Two Fighters Are Making FOLLOW US Raj Sarkar Written By Andy Ruiz Jr had his moments in the fight. The Mexican champion gave some hard time to Joshua and left him bloodied in the second round but unfortunately, he failed to outbox the Briton on certain occasions. As the match proceeded, the intensity of the fight grew and Andy Ruiz Jr made a stunning comeback in Round No.8 but it was definitely not enough for him to retain his titles. LIVE TV COMMENT Last Updated: 8th December, 2019 23:17 IST Ruiz Jr Vs Joshua 2, Clash On The Dunes: Full Report Card And All You Need To Know Anthony Joshua became a two-time world champion by defeating Andy Ruiz Jr at Clash on the Dunes. Full report of the fight and other results from the card. SUBSCRIBE TO US Also Read | Anthony Joshua Reacts Nonchalantly To Weighing In Three Stone Lighter Than Andy Ruiz JrAndy Ruiz Jr vs Anthony Joshua 2: Fight ReportAnthony Joshua came up strong from the very first round of the fight. The British heavyweight stunned Andy Ruiz Jr with a vicious right hand and left the Mexican bruised. Joshua shredded 10 lbs to get into his latest shape and he capitalised on his physique by keeping up a proper range and distance. WATCH US LIVElast_img read more

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