Justice Fridays discuss People’s Climate March

first_imgThree Saint Mary’s students who took part in the People’s Climate March in New York on Sept. 21 shared their experiences there at a panel called “Marching for Sustainability and Global Climate Justice” on Friday as part of the Justice Education Department’s Justice Fridays series.Assistant professor of political science and gender and women studies Sonalini Sapra said she was one of two faculty members to walk alongside Saint Mary’s students in Manhattan. The Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) funded the trip, Sapra said.“I heard about the march over the summer through 350.org, and the purpose of this rally … was to get people mobilized and show there are a lot of people who want the government to do a lot more [for the environment],” Sapra said.The rally was purposefully scheduled close to the United Nations Climate Summit called by Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the UN, Sapra said. World leaders, including the President of the United States, attended to prepare for next year’s round of climate change negotiations, Sapra said.Sapra said roughly 400,000 people attended the environmental rally in New York, which was one of 2,600 similar events in more than 150 countries across the globe.Saint Mary’s junior and global studies major Eleanor Jones said she was motivated to attend the march so that the Midwest would be represented among other regions of the country.“I was really interested in joining [and] going to the march because I’ve always been interested in global issues,” Jones said. “I think a lot of the activism is seen on either coast.”Jones said she appreciated connecting with a variety of groups representing different demographics concerned with climate change but especially cherished the concerted moment of silence during the rally.“We happened to be right by the sign that said ‘moment of silence,’” Jones said. “It was really quiet within that minute, and at the end of the minute we just heard this big roar that escalated over the entire march.”The College’s first environmental studies major, sophomore Mikhala Kaseweter said she was also touched by the marchers’ cheers.“My favorite part of the march were the chants we did,” Kaseweter said. “The fact that you could hear literally thousands of voices at the same time [was] just pretty empowering.”Kaseweter said her attendance at the march fulfilled a personal desire to further her environmental activism.“There’s actually more reasons I went than I can articulate,” Kaseweter said. “I follow all sorts of activism pages, [but] I’ve been kind of impersonal with my activism.”Sapra said she and the Saint Mary’s students attended organized supplementary climate justice workshops offered the day before the march.“I went to one about Karl Marx and climate change,” Sapra said. “I also went to one put together by indigenous women.”Associate professor of English Chris Cobb attended the march as well.“I went because the march seemed like the best opportunity that the people of the world have had to make a statement about climate change that would be heard and begin to gain more attention in the media from governmental leaders,” Cobb said. “It’s obviously not something … that is [going away].”Cobb said the size of the march, though unexpected, was a testament to the importance of climate justice.“The size of it … was a kind of wonderful surprise,” Cobb said. “We knew the march was big, but as we got about eight blocks, we gradually gathered ourselves back together and miraculously found a Chinese restaurant. … It was almost two hours until we came out. People were still coming.”Cobb said he was also struck by the number of and diversity in constituents of the march.“The environmental movement has been dealing with the issue of elitism,” Cobb said. “This march really spoke to me that this issue may not be over, but environmental justice has become a centrally accepted idea. There were so many issues being represented, and everyone understood that these issues are bound up together. That was very exciting for me to see that way in which the movement has developed.”Unlike other protests and public displays of activism, the march was not a somber or grim event, Cobb said.“This was not a mean event,” he said. “This was an event that was very joyous, coming out of a deep love for the community, and I think … the call for climate justice is shown to be a very positive call for people who love people.”Tags: 350.org, Climate change, Climate Convergence, Climate Justice, CWIL, environmental movement, Justice Fridays, PCM, People’s Climate March, People’s Climate March 2014, sustainabilitylast_img read more

Syracuse men’s basketball opponent preview: What to know about No. 5 seed Ole Miss

first_imgSyracuse’s postseason rolls on Saturday morning, as the top-seeded Orange (19-14, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) host No. 5 Ole Miss (21-13, 10-8 Southeastern) in the Carrier Dome at 11 a.m for the second round of the National Invitation Tournament. SU is coming off a 13-point win over UNC Greensboro on Wednesday while the Rebels topped No. 4 Monmouth, 91-83, in a first-round win earlier this week.Here’s what you need to know about Saturday’s game.All-time series: This will be the teams’ first meetingThe Ole Miss report: The Rebels experienced a relatively successful season, finishing fifth in the SEC after a preseason poll pegged them to finish ninth. Both Syracuse and Ole Miss profile somewhat similarly on offense, but the Rebels will try to feast in the paint a bit more than the Orange. Like SU, Ole Miss rewarded its efforts in the paint by successful shooting at the free-throw line, making an NCAA-best 678 free throws this season. Flanking double-double specialist Sebastian Saiz, guards Deandre Burnett and Terence Davis each average over 14 points per game for a team that averaged 78.1 points per game.How Syracuse beats Ole Miss: Against a good rebounding team such as the Rebels, SU has to be careful about its shot selection. The Orange did an outstanding job of that in its opening-round win against UNCG, shooting 55.8 percent from the field. Ole Miss doesn’t do a particularly great job of defending the arc, allowing more than nine 3s per game, so Syracuse would do well to start attacking the Rebels from there. That’s an obvious cue for Andrew White and Tyus Battle, but perhaps even Tyler Lydon will stretch the visitors’ defense a little bit.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textStat to know: 39.7 — Rebounding has been an area of weakness for the Orange all season, and the Rebels are going to give SU a hefty challenge on the boards. Ole Miss led the SEC with 39.7 rebounds per game, punctuated by 12.7 offensive rebounds per game. The Orange averages 34.8 rebounds per game, but lost the battle on the boards in 13 of 18 ACC games this season.Player to watch: Sebastian Saiz, forward, No. 11The 6-foot-9, 240-pound senior is undeniably the Rebels’ best player. He was the only player in the SEC to average a double-double per game, and Saiz picked up his 21st of the season after collecting 23 points and 11 rebounds against Monmouth. He’s bound to give the Orange trouble on the glass, ranking fifth in the country with 11.2 rebounds per game. The onus will be on the bottom of Syracuse’s zone — a mixture of Taurean Thompson, Tyler Roberson, Lydon and White — to neutralize the stud forward. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 17, 2017 at 1:09 pm Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossmanlast_img read more