University alters bathroom policy after two reports of voyeurism

first_imgAt least one gender-neutral washroom remains on each floor. Melinda Scott, the dean of students at University College, said some bathrooms in Whitney Hall have now been designated specifically for residents who identify as men or women. However, several gender-neutral bathrooms remain. “The purpose of this temporary measure is to provide a safe space for the women who have been directly impacted by the incidents of voyeurism and other students who may feel more comfortable in a single-gender washroom,” said Scott. seek serial Prince William Co. peeperWashington Top News 14 October 2015A peeping Tom used a mirror to get a look below a restroom stall this week, and Prince William County police say the details sound familiar.On Sunday, a 35-year-old woman told police that a man dressed as a woman stuck a mirror under her restroom stall at the Potomac Mills Mall. She had been with her 5-year-old daughter at the time.After a quick struggle, the man dressed in pink clothing ran away.In May, a voyeur using the same method tried to peer into a stall at the Walmart in Woodbridge, Virginia.“We want the citizens to be aware that there is someone lurking around who is doing these types of [things],” says Prince William County police spokesman Officer Steven R. Mattos.“The descriptions provided by our victims and from what we’ve concluded in our investigation, the individual is very similar in nature,” he says.The man is described as white or Hispanic, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall and 220 pounds. He’s between 35 and 45 years old, police say. University of Toronto alters bathroom policy after two reports of voyeurismThe Star 5 October 2015The University of Toronto has decreased the number of gender-neutral bathrooms in one of its colleges after two women became victims of voyeurism when they were filmed while showering.Toronto Police Const. Victor Kwong said Monday that two women in separate instances at the Whitney Hall residence reported that they saw a cellphone reach over the shower-stall dividers in an attempt to record them. Police have yet to find any information about the culprit, but the investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

Syracuse players turn to rollerblading for transportation, exercise and team bonding

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Skytop Road on Syracuse University’s South Campus isn’t the most ideal terrain to rollerblade.That’s why, earlier this hockey season, freshman forward Victoria Klimek took a tumble while skating down the hill. She was still learning, fellow freshman Kristen Siermachesky said. But that didn’t make it any less funny.“It was a huge wipeout,” Siermachesky said, cocking her head back in laughter. “(But) she’s improved.”Syracuse (12-20-2, 11-8-1 College Hockey Association) players rollerblade whenever they can, especially during the earlier months of the fall semester. It’s a fun way for them to do their weekly flush rides, performed every Sunday to keep their muscles loose, but also provides a good method of transportation for players living on South Campus. It also serves as a way for the younger and older players on the team to hang out during the offseason.“When I first came here I didn’t really think anyone was gonna be rollerblading,” sophomore defender Logan Hicks said. “We rollerblade to soccer games, down to campus or to get food. It’s really fun, it’s a nice place to do it. It’s Syracuse, our campus is really hilly.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHicks pointed out that the first week she got to campus she noticed most of the upperclassmen were rollerblading, which prompted her to buy new rollerblades. The Scottsdale, Arizona, native played street hockey growing up with her family during the winter but hadn’t rollerbladed much since. At Hicks’ home, there was always the problem of the weather being too hot during the summer to play. In Syracuse, Hicks and the Orange struggle with snow, which frequently prevents them from using sidewalks and roads.Weather isn’t the only obstacle for Syracuse in its efforts to rollerblade, though. With many of the roads on South Campus lacking sidewalks, the players usually have to skate in the streets, which have been a dangerous place.Former goalie Kallie Billadeau, Syracuse’s all-time leader in games played in goal, once missed time after getting in an accident on Skytop Road, head coach Paul Flanagan said. She was on her scooter when a car cut her off, forcing her to sit out a couple of weeks, Flanagan said. He’s glad that his players stay active and rollerblade when they can, but worries about their well-being on the roads.“I think it’s awesome, as long you’re careful,” Flanagan said. “The last thing we need is anybody getting picked off by some crazy driver.”When the team decides to rollerblade it usually doesn’t have a final destination in mind. The players will often meet together with their rollerblades, start skating somewhere, and follow whichever path they wind up on, Siermachesky said. When they do decide where to go, besides going to campus or soccer games, they’ll often blade to Manley Field House and the Stevenson Educational Center to do schoolwork.Rollerblading has become a favorite method of transportation for the team’s flush rides in lieu of biking or running, which have been performed more commonly in the past. Flanagan prefers his players bike on the Onondaga Lake Park bike trail, which he made sure to point out is paved, but doesn’t mind that his players branch out in their flush ride techniques. Some players still bike, but the rollerblading movement among the hockey team is here to stay.“We love skating,” Siermachesky said. “You’re also working the muscles that you skate with.”The similarity between rollerblading and skating is one of Flanagan’s favorite parts of the activity. He’s pointed out in the past that things like biking and running are beneficial for hockey players because they work different muscle groups, but rollerblading has its positives as well.Rollerblading is a low-impact activity that doesn’t put as much stress on the players’ joints as running, according to Biking, meanwhile, isn’t nearly as aerobically demanding as rollerblading, not to mention as fun, the players said. Flanagan said he worries and wants his players to temper their easygoingness while rollerblading across campus, but that hasn’t stopped him from promoting the activity.“With our sport you’re skating all the time,” Flanagan said. “Rollerblading and skating, that’s a little bit of cross training. I think it’s kind of neat. I wish more people around here were doing it.”Syracuse’s season may be nearing its end, but after its final game, SU’s players will just step outside and trade ice for pavement and blades for wheels.They just have to watch out for traffic. Comments Published on February 26, 2018 at 10:06 pm Contact Eric: [email protected] | @esblack34last_img read more

Oscar Pistorius: How South African rose to prominence

first_imgOscar Pistorius came to fame as a 17-year-old when he won gold in the T44 200m at the 2004 Athens Paralympics and has gone on to be one of the best-known figures in Paralympic sport.The South African was born without the fibulas in both of his legs, which were amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old.Pistorius was just 15 when he suffered the loss of his his mother, who died from an allergic reaction to treatment for suspected malaria.She would later prove an inspiration to her son in his sporting career, which began not on the track but on the rugby field.It was a rugby injury that led him to take up athletics in 2003, and a matter of months later he made his Paralympic debut, running on prosthetic blades, known as cheetah blades, and earning himself the nickname “Blade Runner”.The boy with frizzy hair and braces created a stir, beating his more experienced single amputee rivals to gold in the 200m at the Athens Games and also taking bronze in the 100m. He proved he was a force to be reckoned with in disability sport when he won three more golds in his next major international outing, the 2006 IPC World Championships in Assen, Holland. He also set a new world record over 200m.Pistorius expressed his intention to run at the Olympics and by 2007 was competing internationally against able-bodied runners.His participation was not universally welcomed, though, with some claiming he gained an unfair advantage because of the blades. The IAAF, the body that governs athletics, was concerned enough to conduct research and eventually banned him from able-bodied competition in January 2008. Pistorius, awarded the Helen Rollason Award for courage at the 2007 BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards, disagreed with the verdict and went to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) to fight his case.After lengthy scientific tests, the ban was overturned in May 2008. The suspension was lifted too late for Pistorius to compete at the Beijing Olympics but he made his mark at the Paralympics that year, winning golds and setting new Paralympics records in the T44 100m and 200m as well as a world record in the 400m.The following year, he suffered head and facial injuries in a speedboat accident in South Africa and missed out on a place at the World Championships in Berlin.At the 2011 IPC World Championships in New Zealand, Pistorius suffered his first defeat over 100m since 2004 when he was beaten in a thrilling photo-finish by American Jerome Singleton.However, the South African was in superb form later that year, setting a new personal best of 45.07 seconds in Italy and gaining selection for the 2011 World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea.He reached the 400m semi-finals and also took part in a preliminary round of the 4x400m relay. South Africa eventually took bronze in that event without the help of Pistorius, who was not selected for the final. In 2012, he earned a place on the South African Olympic team and became the first double amputee to compete at the Games, running in the 400m.He made it all the way to the semi-finals, missing out on a new personal best but swapping race numbers with world champion Kirani James, and competed in the final of the 4x400m relay. He was also asked to carry the South African flag at the closing ceremony.Pistorius was one of the faces of the London Paralympics and was featured in a number of advertising campaigns ahead of the showpiece event. His sponsorship deals, including one with sportswear manufacturer Nike, are thought to be worth £1.3m a year.He won two golds and a silver at the Games but was also involved in one of the main controversies of London 2012.After being beaten by Brazil’s Alan Oliveira in the T44 200m final, he criticised the length of his rival’s blades, before apologising for the remarks.last_img read more

Waterloo man’s mobile barber shop is now legal

first_imgDES MOINES — A ceremony Tuesday on the statehouse steps has erased the final hurdle to a Waterloo barber’s dream.“It’s the man of the hour!” Governor Kim Reynolds said to William Burt.Reynolds then sat down at a table and signed a bill into law, so Burt’s mobile barber shop can take off.“We’re here today because of the determination and the passion of William Burt,” Reynolds said. “He had a really good idea to serve his community, to bring his mobile barber shop to underserved people in the city of Waterloo, children of low-income households, veterans with disabilities or really anyone without access to a barber.”State regulations had required barber shops to be in a fixed location. Burt discovered that impediment after turning a mini-bus into a mobile barber shop, so he began lobbying legislators to make that change.“It’s definitely an exciting moment,” Burt told reporters. “I’m happy that we can go to work now in the state of Iowa. We are mobile.”The bill got unanimous support from the House and the Senate this year. One lawmaker yelled, “make a million dollars!” as a group gathered for the bill signing cheered.Governor Reynolds talks to William Burt at bill signing.“Keep telling your story,” Reynolds said. “That’s an important piece of this.”The governor has praised Burt for turning his life around. After being in prison, he got an undergrad and graduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa and is a business owner. Representative Ras Smith of Waterloo said Burt’s story is a beacon to others.“If you try hard, if you work through, no matter what barriers are put in front of you, you can still achieve something that’s great,” Smith said.Smith, one of the lawmakers who guided the bill through the legislature, said this is just the beginning for Burt.“I know he’s not going to wrap himself up in the personal accolades, but I will shower the praise because I think it’s important to understand somebody who just over 10 years ago was incarcerated…and is here, right outside the capitol,” Smith said. “Come on, brother, that speaks more than any words on paper can ever, ever do for our community.”Senator Dan Zumbach of Ryan guided the bill through the Senate after hearing about Burt’s predicament.“This gentleman needs to be able to do what he wants to do and government’s in his way. I’m an agriculture guy and I don’t know anything about the haircutting business, but I know you do and I was in a position to help you out and that’s why we ran with it,” Zumbach said.Burt replied: “Man, you guys are going to make me cry. Thank you again.”Zumbach also signed up to get the first haircut in the mobile barber shop, as it was parked outside the capitol.last_img read more

Scorpions facing defeat in WICB First-Class Championship

first_img Volcanoes trail Red Force At Beausejour Cricket Stadium: Windward Islands Volcanoes, trailing Trinidad and Tobago Red Force by 76 on first innings, were two without loss at the close on the penultimate day of their fifth-round game yesterday. Scores: Volcanoes 306 (Shane Shillingford 64, Andre Fletcher 63, Mervyn Mathew 48 not out, Devon Smith 32, Liam Sebastien 30; Imran Khan 3-100, Narsingh Deonarine 2-29, Uthman Mohammed 2-51) & two without loss. RED FORCE 382 (Yannick Ottley 99 not out, Yannic Cariah 70, Narsingh Deonarine 60, Marlon Richards 60; Kevin McClean 4-66, Shane Shillingford (3-109). The Jamaica Scorpions are staring at defeat against Guyana Jaguars heading into the final day of their top-of-the-table WICB First-Class Championship clash at Sabina Park. Set a challenging 326 to win heading into the final session yesterday, Jamaica were 83 for three when stumps were drawn, 244 runs shy of their target. At the crease are new number-three batsman Devon Thomas, not out on 20, and former captain Tamar Lambert, who is yet to get off the mark. Towering Guyana off-spinner Steven Jacobs has taken two for 13. Starting the day on 133 for three, an overall lead of 176, Guyana went on to press home their advantage by posting 282 in their second innings, with Tagenarine Chanderpaul leading the way with a well-compiled 82. The 19-year-old, who was not out on 39 overnight, went on to make his maiden first-class half-century before falling short of what would have been a deserved century, on the stroke of lunch. Chanderpaul hit three sixes and four fours in just over five hours, before he was the third man dismissed in the morning session. His overnight partner, Raymon Reifer, who started the day on 12, went on to score 24, while the innings was propped up with a plucky 35 off 75 balls from wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble. Leg-spinner Damion Jacobs, with four for 78, was the Scorpions’ best bowler, while there were two wickets apiece for his spin compatriot, Nikita Miller, and young fast bowler Marquino Mindley. Needing to make what would be their highest score of the season thus far, Jamaica started cautiously, with the opening pair of John Campbell and Paul Palmer Jr putting on 35 for the first wicket. However, playing leisurely at an outswinger from fast bowler Keon Joseph, Palmer was to depart for 13 off 62 balls; and 13 runs later, Campbell went for 26, leg before wicket to Jacobs. Thomas and AndrÈ McCarthy, with a 32-run third-wicket stand, then attempted to see out the rest of the day. However, with less than three overs remaining, McCarthy misread an arm ball from Jacobs and was stumped by Bramble. Play is scheduled for a 10 a.m. resumption. Barbados Pride win At Kensington Oval: Defiant half-centuries from Orlando Peters and Jacques Taylor were not enough as Leeward Islands Hurricanes plunged to their fifth straight loss of the Regional First Class Championship yesterday. Following on by 198 runs at the start of the penultimate day of the fifth-round match at Kensington Oval, Hurricanes were bundled out for 198, about 25 minutes after tea, to leave Barbados Pride with a single run for victory. Seamer Gavin Tonge’s no-ball was then enough to secure Pride the result, which gave them 19 points and left Hurricanes with three. Fast bowler Tino Best (2-17) knocked over both openers, Chesney Hughes (0) and Shane Jeffers (1), before left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn sliced through the middle order to finish with four for 50. Off-spinner Ashley Nurse chipped in with three for 67. Barbados Pride had scored 368, to which the Hurricanes had replied with 170 in their first innings.last_img read more