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Ricketts, Ruelas compose mental health memo to Board of Trustees

first_imgEric Richelsen | The Observer Student government compiled its new research and recommendations on mental health in a memo to the University Board of Trustees.Student body president Bryan Ricketts said the memo is an extension of a report on student stress and mental health written by Lauren Vidal and Matthew Devine, last year’s student body president and vice president, as well as Shannon Montague, their chief of staff.“We thought it was a great conversation,” Ricketts said. “Their look at student stress examined how conditions can exacerbate mental illness, or even create it for the first time. Now we’re examining some of the leftover questions, looking more at the actions taken to help students with mental illness.”Dan Sehlhorst, student body chief of staff, said the memo contained a further analysis of mental illness in relation to high-risk groups on campus, as well as information about individual colleges’ responses to student mental health needs.Sehlhorst said student government issued two main recommendations in the memo, suggesting changes to address the climate and procedures related to mental illness on Notre Dame’s campus.Ricketts said student government defined stigma reduction and emphasized the role of community as segments of its recommendation about the climate surrounding mental illness on campus.“Through a combination of academic research, campus research and data analysis we did over the summer, we were able to sit back and decide what we, as a student government, want to accomplish this year,” he said.Sehlhorst said the memo addressed five procedures related to mental illness — parental education, collegiate targeted outreach, high-risk group targeted outreach, faculty education and college referral education.Educating parents about the mental health resources on campus could help them provide support to their children in times of need, Sehlhorst said.“We want to help parents know better how to refer their students if they were identifying signs that they needed some additional help — maybe they’re way too stressed over the phone, maybe they’re really depressed,” he said.Vidal and Devine’s report highlighted freshman students and international Asian students as those with a higher risk of stress-related mental illnesses, Sehlhorst said.“We identified five additional high-risk groups: LGBTQ students, racial and ethnic minorities, students who have a background of high socioeconomic need, men and non-Catholic students,” he said. “Each of those groups face mental health issues in a different way. They often face different types of mental health issues, so they need to all be dealt with in a specific way.”Sehlhorst said different on-campus organizations have close relationships with different demographics, allowing them to serve as a resource for different high-risk groups.The memo also notes the importance of faculty education about the mental health resources on campus, such as the Campus Assessment Response and Education Team (CARE Team), Ricketts said.Sehlhorst said student government suggested broader faculty training programs to teach faculty members about ways to recognize mental illnesses and how to help put students in touch with the resources available to them.“It would start with the actual training … so they know the warning signs and resources available,” he said. “A lot of colleges do this really well already. Basically, what we are identifying is we can still improve even further.”Ricketts said it is important to continue the collaboration between the different colleges at the University, continuously evaluating the best way to help students access the resources they need.“These are all ideas, initiatives that we’re using to frame how we’re dealing with mental health and how we’re engaging with administrators and the colleges on mental health issues,” he said.To address mental illness, student government has also created a department of health and wellness and assisted in the development and promotion of the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being, Ricketts said.Members of the Notre Dame community have vocalized their desires to address mental illness on campus, Ricketts said.“This is an issue that affects students, and we want to make sure we’re continuing that dialogue and continuing student engagement with the issue,” he said.Tags: Board of Trustees, mental illness, Notre Dame, Student Government Memolast_img read more

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Owego prepares for ‘Lights on the River’ event

first_img“We have a new event called soups on the street, so a lot of downtown restaurants are going to be setup out front serving discount soup to people whatever their favorite soup is,” said President of Historic Owego Marketplace Bradley Crews. OWEGO (WBNG) — The village of Owego is gearing up for its annual Lights on the River event. The event begins at 6 p.m. Friday night. Ice carvers, jugglers, a marching band that lights up and fireworks over the river will be at the event.center_img It’s a family event that highlights the local marketplace, you can walk around and find specials within the Owego small business community. The event is expected to bring in five to six thousand people to the downtown area.last_img read more

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Syracuse offense gets off to strong start but struggles late; Orange snaps 7-game losing streak to Pitt

first_img Published on October 7, 2012 at 11:57 pm Contact Ryne: [email protected] This time, the Syracuse offense clicked from the start. The Orange rolled down the field on its first drive, mixing four rushes and four passing plays to score the game’s first touchdown.“We were ready to go. We’ve had two weeks to prepare for this and we were just ready to go,” quarterback Ryan Nassib said. “We were anxious to get out there and start playing.”The eight-play, 70-yard drive was an impressive start as Nassib went 4-for-4 for 51 yards, and running back Adonis Ameen-Moore punched it across the goal line from 1 yard out. It was a stark contrast to SU’s first four games when it struggled to find its rhythm in the first half. The uncharacteristic fast start proved to be enough offense for SU in its 14-13 victory over Pittsburgh on Friday night, thanks to a stellar performance by the defense.Running back Jerome Smith took two straight carries 14 yards to get the offense going on the drive. Smith nodded his head as he walked confidently back to the huddle after his second carry, feeding off the energy generated by a three-and-out forced by the defense to open the game.Then Nassib went to work, moving SU to the 18 yard line with three completions. Three plays later, Ameen-Moore capped it with his first career touchdown.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think when you come off a bye week, you want to go out early and have some success,” SU head coach Doug Marrone said. “Now, we didn’t maintain it during that game offensively. But to come out early and do that, I would have expected more.”But as Marrone said, the SU offense sputtered for the remainder of the game. The team marched inside the 10 in the second quarter, but ended in disappointment when Nassib’s pass for Marcus Sales in the end zone was picked off.Nassib said the team was too hyped up throughout the game and never found its focus. And Marrone said the unit is still searching for consistency.“You work on a bye week, you work on those things, you get the ball, you do a nice job and then bam, you want to get it again and keep going,” Marrone said. “We have a lot of work to do.”Syracuse ends Pittsburgh’s streak of dominanceJustin Pugh and the rest of the Syracuse seniors had yet to defeat Pittsburgh in their careers heading into Friday night’s matchup. They were part of a seven-game losing streak to the Panthers dating back to 2005.The Orange ended that streak with its victory over Pitt in the team’s Big East opener at the Carrier Dome.“It’s amazing. I looked back. We haven’t beaten them in eight years,” Pugh said. “So to go out there and beat that team and win it in like, a gritty way that we did, we kind of put the game on the offense’s hands and we feel good to come out and get that win.”The win also ended a five-game losing streak in the Big East. It was a much-needed victory for a team that appeared to be on its way to another losing season after a 1-3 start.Nassib said he hadn’t thought about the building pressure on the team to earn its first conference and Football Bowl Subdivision win since it defeated West Virginia on a Friday night last October.His focus was on the Panthers.“The only thing I wanted to do was come in today and beat Pitt,” Nassib said. “That was one of my personal goals this year and I’m glad I achieved it.”Broyld watches from the sidelinesAfter seeing time in each of Syracuse’s first four games, freshman running back Ashton Broyld wasn’t in the team’s plans on Friday night.“Our philosophy is that we play the best players that we feel give us the best chance to win,” Marrone said. “And that’s not just only Ashton Broyld, that’s a lot of other players on this team too.”The freshman remained on the sidelines for the duration of the Orange’s victory over Pittsburgh. Though he arrived as a talented playmaker after a year at Milford Academy, Broyld is still trying to carve out his role with SU in his first season.He was used as a receiver against Northwestern, making four catches for 28 yards. Against Stony Brook, he formed part of an efficient three-player rushing attack and finished with 61 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. But Broyld was used sparingly against Minnesota and lost a fumble in the red zone. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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