Professor talks about beauty, globalization

first_imgGlobalization influences beauty consciousness throughout the world, Sonalini Sapra, assistant professor of political science and women’s studies at Saint Mary’s College, said. Sapra conducted an educational workshop titled “Globalization and Beauty: Prevalence of Whiteness Creams and Cosmetic Surgery” as part of Love Your Body Week on Wednesday. She said she became interested in the globalization of beauty after returning home to her native country, India, and seeing the frequent use of beauty products — particularly whiteness creams. “After traveling back to India on my summer and winter breaks, I started noticing the daily media bombardment of whiteness creams,” Sapra said. “In India, fairness or whiteness equates with beauty and everything good in society.” The obsession with lightening skin tone has been prevalent in India for a long time, Sapra said, but has blown up in recent years. Many women and some men use these whiteness creams to appear a few shades lighter in the advertised four to six weeks. She said the advertising is now infiltrating new mediums. “Vaseline, which created a men’s whiteness cream, recently produced a Facebook app, where people could upload their picture and see what they looked like a few shades lighter,” she said. “Although the app was removed because people called it ‘blatantly racist,’ the app generated almost 80,000 likes, which goes to show that it was popular.” Advertisements are persuasive in generating the use of these whiteness creams, Sapra said. She said these advertisements send a message to their audience that lighter skin leads to social and economic mobility. “In ads for women, they target modern, upwardly mobile women with themes that lighter skin will help them not only transform their complexion, but also their personality, marital prospects, jobs prospects, social status and earning potential,” she said. “Men with light skin are also portrayed as those that get the girl, have hero status, get jobs and go to all the parties.” One thing that is not included in these advertisements, however, is the level of toxicity found in whiteness creams, Sapra warned. She said beauty comes at a cost when using these creams. “Mercury, hydroquinone and corticosteroids are typical substances in these creams,” she said. “A Harvard researcher found mercury poisoning in groups of women and their children in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Tanzania and directly attributed the poisoning to skin bleaching creams.” Efforts to transform the color of skin are not the only methods used around the world to achieve “beauty,” Sapra said. She said people are known to undergo cosmetic surgery in order to attain more of a “Western” face. “There are surgeries happening around the world where women are trying to achieve the ‘ideal female face,’” she said. “Women want the small, narrow and sharp-pointed nose that is a dominant trait among Western women.” Sapra concluded that the legacy of colonialism is one of the main contributors to this globalization of beauty. “Certainly these surgeries and creams are complicated issues, but they seem to go back to colonial times in Africa and Asia,” she said. “Colonials would say that white people are smarter, more beautiful and more capable of governing, and I believe these ideas are still permeating in postcolonial areas.last_img read more

Panel discusses body image and addiction

first_imgLoving your body can entail many things, as attendees of Tuesday’s panel “Where Do You Draw the Line?” learned. Panelists at the event discussed alcohol abuse, cultural influences within the community, body dissatisfaction and controlling and taming personal thoughts. Held in Carroll Auditorium as part of “Love Your Body Week,” the panel included psychology professor Catherine Pittman, professor of religious studies Stacy Davis, Eating Disorder Recovery Services Coordinator Valerie Staples and alumna Maureen Barrett. Barrett said she struggled with her body image during her time at Saint Mary’s. “Loving my body is something I’ve been striving to do since I can remember,” she said. “From the outside, I looked completely normal. But the outside doesn’t always match the inside.” Barrett said she turned to consuming alcohol excessively, because when she drank, she felt better. “I loved the warmth of the alcohol going down my throat,” Barrett said. “When I drank, I felt taller, smarter, skinnier, prettier, powerful, even blonde.” Barrett said her problem reached the point where she recognized the need for professional help. “I hated myself. I didn’t care about anything anymore,” Barrett said. “I finally asked for help from the counseling center here on campus.” Barrett left Saint Mary’s in April of 2006 and checked into a professional treatment center. She returned to campus this past fall and graduated in December. Davis presented the ties between spirituality and alcohol by introducing the views of alcohol consumption in Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Hinduism. Davis said Buddhists have a positive mindset about the consumption of alcohol. “There are four rules that the Buddhists follow,” Davis said. “One, know why you’re drinking. Two, taste what you’re drinking. Three, watch what happens to your mind when you drink. And four, find your own middle way.” Staples said students’ perception of body image is influenced by the media, as well as the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s culture she referred to as the “bubble.” “There are a lot of great things about the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s community,” Staples said. “But there are also a lot of challenges.” Staples said the lack of diversity in race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation and even body type contribute to the intensity of this “bubble.” “There is a world outside of the bubble with people of all different sizes,” she said. “We don’t appreciate our body as this amazing machine. We focus on its appearance rather than its function.” Pittman said internal thoughts are the reason behind the distortion of one’s self-perception. “It’s not that you need to change your body,” Pittman said. “But you need to change your thoughts.” Pittman said it is crucial to recognize the illusion the media, the “bubble” and other outside influences create. “If we can change our thoughts, we’ll find it so much easier to love our bodies.”last_img read more

Professor wins research award

first_imgComputer science professor Kevin Bowyer received the 2014 Institute of Electrical Engineering and Electronics (IEEE) Computer Society’s Technical Achievement Award for his research in the field of biometrics.Bowyer said he and his group of student researchers work in facial recognition technology, focusing on “using infrared imaging and 3-D imaging as well as using regular pictures like you would take with a normal camera you’d get from Best Buy, or with your phone.”Bowyer said he is researching iris-recognition technology over retina-recognition technology for the former’s practicality and reliability.“The iris is the muscle that controls the size of the pupil, how much light gets in,” he said. “With the retina you have to get up really close [and] shine a light through the small hole in the eye to get a picture of the back into the eyeball. … Another thing we have been involved in … is this idea that if you start using the iris-imaging to recognize somebody — so you sign up and you enroll in a system to get into your bank account with [your] iris — that the quality of the match [does] not degrade over time.”Bowyer said he and his team perform their research by using digital mapping as opposed to photographic recognition.“One of the things that comes up often is the idea of using the 3-D shape of the face as a way of recognizing a person,” he said. “Think of an Arnold Schwarzenegger science fiction movie or something where they sweep a light beam over the face to get the shape of a face. It’s a high-tech and a bit of a ‘science fiction-y’ idea.“But the thought is that the 3D shape is not so much affected by lighting. If you’re standing under a light or if you have light coming at you from the side … then it would look different than it would normally. If you used a 3-D shape center, lighting wouldn’t impact it, and if you look at the face from the side, you can still get information about the face.”Bowyer said his research has been influenced by the Boston Marathon bombing that took place April 15, 2013.“There were all these spectators that were taking all these pictures,” he said. “There were all these businesses taking video. There was no shortage of images and no shortage of videos and images that had the people in it. But face recognition technology did not really help solve the crime … and the government recognized that.”In the future, the United States may fall behind  in facial recognition technology, Bowyer said.“The country that’s probably leading the world in applied biometric recognition technology is the country of India,” he said. “They have an ambitious program where they are going to get all of their 1.3 billion citizens a biometrically-enabled government I.D. … The rest of the world would de facto use the technology … and the U.S. will have to play catch-up with the rest of the world.” Tags: Biometrics, Computer science, Facial recognition, IEEE, Research awardlast_img read more

Commission to evaluate University

first_imgNotre Dame will welcome six university administrators representing the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to campus Monday for a three-day site visit and evaluation that will determine the University’s accreditation status for the next 10 years, according to Dan Myers, University vice president and associate provost for faculty affairs.“Every 10 years, we go through this process of going through this re-renewal of our accreditation,” Myers said. “The University has been accredited continuously since the first time they did it in 1913, so we fully expect to have our accreditation completely renewed.“That’s not a big question for us, but it also offers an opportunity to take stock of everything that we’re doing and just see where we’re at.”Beyond providing an opportunity for the University to police its own improvement efforts, the accreditation process guarantees that Notre Dame students will qualify for federal financial aid, that the University will maintain its eligibility for research grant money and that credits will transfer between Notre Dame and other accredited universities, Myers said.“Sometimes people ask, ‘Why do we even bother with this? This is Notre Dame; this is a great school. Why do we have to have these people come in that are also checking up on University of Phoenix or a chiropractic school somewhere? … Surely we far exceed the minimum kinds of requirements for us to say that we’re a functioning, viable university,’” Myers said. “That’s true, but you have to be accredited for various things.”Dan Hubert, accreditation program director, said the accreditation process includes two parts: a self-study based on HLC criteria and the follow-up site visit during which an evaluation team verifies and asks questions about the report. Myers said about 120 people worked on preparing the document for the HLC, a process that took Notre Dame two years to complete.“The report itself is about 250 pages and it’s hyperlinked to other documents that the University has already created for other reasons,” Myers said. “So there’s 250 pages, and then there’s links to 600 more documents for everything that’s going on in there.“It’s really a massive study, and it’s been very gratifying in a sense to do this because we have gotten this look across the entire University and all the things that this University does. I didn’t even realize half of the things that go on out there despite ⎯ I’ve been here for 16 years, I’ve worked for lots of different departments and administrations and still, there’s so much.”Myers said compiling the report provided the administration as well as the faculty members and students who participated with an opportunity to examine Notre Dame’s broad scope of impact and influence.“This University has such a powerful impact on the world and on its students, and we’ve really gotten to see that through creating the self study,” Myers said. “It’s impressive. You really realize how important the work of this University is and how much of an impact it has when you have an opportunity to take that broad look across everything we do. It’s been fun in that way.”Myers said the HLC has changed its protocol so that future evaluations will involve smaller reports within a 10-year cycle.“It’s supposed to be much less of a binge thing than it is now,” he said.Hubert said Notre Dame expects to hear a final decision in the fall.“[The site visit team has] an exit meeting on Wednesday where they’ll give us the gist of what they’ve seen and whether we need to be concerned for anything,” he said.Myers said the last site visit team in 2004 identified points for University improvement that include its assessments of student learning, diversity and communication among undergraduates. They also recommended a stronger program for graduate student health insurance and stipends, he said.“There’s been some progress on that, but it’s been very difficult to get caught up with that just because health insurance costs have been skyrocketing during this period,” he said. “We’ve made progress, but we’re not really where we want to be and it’s something that’s a continuing kind of initiative or priority for us in terms of improving the lives of students here.”Myers said the University could be fully accredited, placed on probation or not accredited. Although the University expects to earn accreditation again, Myers said he anticipates the evaluation committee will suggest continuing the improvements the University has already made.“This provides a moment for us to check in on those and reaffirm that those are things that are important to us that we’re going to keep working on for the next 10-year period,” Myers said.Hubert said eight to 10 students helped compile information for the report, but students can still be involved in the accreditation process by attending an open meeting Tuesday from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium. He said the ongoing support of faculty, staff and students made the reporting process easier for Notre Dame than for other institutions.“We’re blessed to have the resources, the staff and the ability to do a lot of this proactively,” he said. “Other institutions may be more challenged in those areas. This is their big push to get better.”Tags: Higher Learning Commissionlast_img read more

SMC volunteers repair homes through Rebuilding Tomorrow

first_imgALEX WINEGAR | The Observer A group of Saint Mary’s Rebuilding Together volunteers poses in front of a local home they helped repair Saturday.Director of the Office for Civic and Social Engagement (OCSE) Erika Buhring said the OCSE donated $3,500 to sponsor a house. Buhring said this event provides Saint Mary’s students with the opportunity to invest in the community and see what is developing in the South Bend.“I think [students] can see that it’s good to get out into the community beyond Saint Mary’s and see such a big change so quickly,” Buhring said. “It also gives you a chance to work together for kind of a common goal.”Dressel said this was his 11th year working as a house captain. He said he has helped with a lot of projects, and it is rewarding each time to see the results.“It’s great how people that may be strangers to each other at the beginning of the day come together and make a difference,” Dressel said. “You are working together to better this house and also the neighborhood this house resides in. If you consider that Rebuilding Together has worked in almost every neighborhood in the city in the last 27 years, you’re talking dozens of homes that have been fixed.”Homeowner Lynn-Joyce Dolson, whose home the volunteers repaired, said she is a firm supporter of Saint Mary’s because the College empowers women. Dolson said she was thankful for all of the help with her home.“There are a whole lot of things [the volunteers] could have done with [their] weekend,” Dolson said. “There are no words that I can ever form in my brain to tell you how much I appreciate [them] being here.”Volunteer Grace Pingel said her experience was great, and she enjoyed getting to know Dolson.“My experience has been awesome,” Pingel said. “The thing I like most about volunteer projects is getting to know the people I’m actually helping. So it was really nice talking to Joyce and getting to know her.”Dressel said his favorite part of Rebuilding Together is seeing the excitement and surprise in owners’ eyes when they see their home.“I had a case one of my first years where the husband was at work on a Saturday, and he came home, and he actually drove past the house because he didn’t recognize it anymore,” Dressel said. “It looked like a completely different house. It’s nice to see everyone come together. I’ve always had a positive experience with the volunteers, especially the student volunteers, who come in with a great attitude and to get things done.” On Saturday, Saint Mary’s students woke up bright and early to volunteer for Rebuilding Together of St. Joseph County, a non-profit community-driven organization that repairs local homes.Chris Dressel, “house captain” for the laborers at the home, said the city looks for homes and qualified persons of low to moderate income, the elderly or disabled that do not have the means to carry out projects by themselves.“We look for a pride in ownership in the house, someone that tries to do the best they can with their house,” Dressel said. Tags: Rebuilding Tomorrow, SMClast_img read more

Saint Mary’s professor explores ‘sexual politics of meat’

first_imgOn Friday, Saint Mary’s assistant professor of philosophy Megan Zwart spoke on “Consuming Female Bodies: An Investigation of the Sexual Politics of Meat” as part of the Justice Education Department’s weekly Justice Friday series. Becoming vegan four years ago opened Zwart’s eyes to the intersectionality of animal and human injustices, Zwart said.“As I made choices about what I ate … I wasn’t ignoring other forms of human oppression. In fact, I was becoming more aware of them and more in tune to them,” Zwart said. “For me, being vegan acted as a ‘gateway drug’ to compassion.”The connection between the objectification of women and objectification of animals caught her attention, Zwart said. Reading literature such as Carol J. Adams’s book “The Sexual Politics of Meat” encouraged her to explore the mentalities lying behind both injustices more deeply.“[Our] culture marginalizes and oppresses animals for our own interests … and those are similar kinds of mentalities that are lurking behind lots of oppressions that affect humans too,” Zwart said.The concept was reflected in a fake “Fifty Shades of Chicken” trailer Zwart shared, where a man is preparing a chicken to cook for dinner. The chicken takes the place of a woman, resulting in a slightly uncomfortable sexual subtext that highlights culture’s objectification of woman, she said.However, along with the woman, there is another individual absent from the trailer, Zwart said. The live chicken itself is absent, and while that subtext is not as obvious as the woman subtext, it is also important because it reflects the danger of allowing our views of animals and humans to be reducible, she said.“The reason that’s dangerous, whether we’re talking about the absent woman or the absent chicken, is because we become blinded to the interests of individuals when we buy into what culture tells us how we should see them,” Zwart said.Just as women may be used for the wrong interests, humans feel they have a right to use animals for their own interests. After all, the products of animals are often reproductive products such as milk and eggs, Zwart said.“We’re taught to see black and white when we know a lot of these things aren’t black and white,” Zwart said. “The capabilities humans have and nonhumans have aren’t as binary as we’re taught.”As more societal oppressions are brought to light, Zwart challenges people to ask why we assume we have the right to use animals however we’d like to. However, Zwart stressed that becoming vegan is not necessarily a blanket moral prescription.Whether the injustice is connected to humans or animals, the mental approach should be the same, Zwart said.“You have to look at the interests of the other, you can’t just automatically assume that you’re dominant, which gives you the right to … ignore the interests of the marginalized,” she said.Taking a step back to look at all the social injustices of our world and the complex web of intersections can be overwhelming, but Zwart said she believes everyone has their own way of working through this web, and for her, veganism is helpful because diet is something she can control.Sophomore Elise deSomer said she felt Zwart did an excellent job getting her point across during the presentation, and she was particularly struck by the various pieces of media Zwart shared, she said..“It’s just so shocking there are so many parallels between the oppression of animals and the oppression of women. … It happens every day,” deSomer said. “I think whenever I hear something eye-opening like this, it makes me want to take my actions to the next level.”The next Justice Friday lecture will take place Oct. 10 at 12 p.m.Tags: Carol Adams, ecology, Feminism, Justice Friday, saint mary’s, SMClast_img read more

Nursing students venture abroad

first_imgCaitlyn Jordan Nursing students Kelly Wilson, Julia Brehl and Janice Heffernan present on their experiences abroad providing medical assistance to people in need.Saint Mary’s students ventured to Kyarosozi, Uganda, this past summer to learn more about the culture themselves and how they could apply both to world of nursing. Wednesday evening, nursing students and staff from Saint Mary’s, Goshen and Bethel colleges presented their discoveries and how they could impact others’ lives through medicinal practices.Senior and nursing major Kelly Wilson gave an introduction to the trip.“We stayed with the Sisters of the Holy Cross. It was three nursing majors and three education majors. Every day, us three [nursing majors] would spend the day in the Holy Cross clinic,” Wilson said.The nursing students said they felt helpful all around the clinic and learned a vast variety of new skills they can apply to their future nursing endeavors.“As nurses, we are taught to care for our patient and advocate for our patient we help them with simple tasks such as eating, dressing, going to the bathroom, simple tasks such as showering, brushing their teeth,” Wilson said.Janice Heffernan, another senior and nursing major who ventured to Uganda, described her experience learning nursing technicalities.“When I was at the clinic, I spent most of my time in the laboratory. Before coming to Kyarosozi, I had basic knowledge of laboratory skills and tests, but I had never really practiced them in a clinical setting,” Heffernan said. “Thankfully, one of the laboratory technicians was a wonderful teacher. She was patient, kind and explained every test to me.“By the second week, I was comfortable performing rapid HIV and malaria tests on my own, which are the two most common tests we performed at the clinic,” she said. “During my stay in Uganda, I was always trying and learning new things, and the clinic was no exception. I was always amazed with how much they could do with such limited resources.”While medical practices were an important and critical aspect of the trip, the students also held value in becoming mentors and friends with the people of Uganda.Senior and nursing major Julia Brehl talked about how the students wanted to make a positive impact in the everyday lives and community of the people there.“We gave them suggestions [in regards to] how they could use their resources to the best of their ability and improve the overall health of their students,” Brehl said. “We talked about the way the food is prepared, where it’s prepared in relation to the classrooms, how close the drinking water was to the school [and] how they disposed of garbage.”Brehl also shared details about the students’ day-trips to villages to give vaccinations far from the clinics.“The closest thing we have to a birth certificate is that vaccination card,” Brehl said. “It says what they had when they were born and what vaccinations they have already received.”Students from Goshen College also learned more about themselves and the world through their experiences and interactions with the medical staff and locals of the Nepal’s countryside.Ashika Thanju, a nursing student at Goshen College, introduced the trip to Nepal.“This past May, we were able to go to Nepal which is my home country, and we were there for three weeks,” Thanju said.Olivia Ressler, another Goshen College student who participated in the trip, describes how the group overcame the language.“During our time in Nepal, we were each paired up with two or three nursing students from there and we actually called them ‘diddi,’ which means older sister,” Ressler said.“Communication was definitely one of the most challenging things I experienced on this trip … I was relying a lot more on gestures and context clues and relying heavily on just asking the students,” she said.Thanju said she was excited to be able to reconnect with her family and her culture throughout the duration of the trip.“Although I am from Nepal, going back after three years was also a culture shock for me, but I’m really glad we [the nursing students] got to have that experience together,” Thanju said.“I really hope in the future that I’ll have more of that compassion when I’m caring for and communicating with these people and just realizing that being there, spending that time, even though it’s really hard, it’s challenging, it’s embarrassing sometimes, it’s worth bringing that smile to their face and taking that extra minute to just be there for them,” Ressler said.Tags: Janice Heffernan, Julia Brehl, Kelly Wilson, nursing, Nursing students venture abroad, saint mary’s department of nursing, Saint Mary’s nursing, Ugandalast_img read more

SMAACS earns travel grant for national conference

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Affiliates of the American Chemical Society, or SMAACS, recently received a grant to travel to New Orleans in March for the 255th American Chemical Society Meeting.As an affiliate chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS), SMAACS members were able to apply for the travel grants associated with the national meetings held twice throughout the year. They were subsequently awarded $300 and the opportunity to present their research to other ACS members. This grant and additional funding from other grants and scholarships offered at Saint Mary’s will completely cover travel expenses for the 12 students attending. All 12 students and three faculty presenters will present research conducted through the summer and the academic year.Senior and secretary of SMAACS Kate McMahon spearheaded the application process with the help of junior and SMAACS historian Heather DiLallo and faculty advisor Jennifer Fishovitz. As a fourth-year member of the group, McMahon said she is especially appreciative of this opportunity to share her work and further explore the world of science.“Most of us have been involved with the work for a while, with some of the participants having been doing research for over a year here at Saint Mary’s,” she said in an email.  “This is an opportunity for us to talk about the research we are doing with other students and professionals in the field, to gain ideas, network and just have a good time celebrating the work we have done.”The research will cover a variety of topics, including counterfeit medicine, new instrumental analysis techniques and biochemical protein research. Most of the participating students will be part of a symposium on “Chemistry in the Developing World.”McMahon said this award will shed light on research at Saint Mary’s and open a door to the greater scientific community. “This accomplishment is just another opportunity for us to showcase how great the work that is being done at Saint Mary’s really is. We have a lot of fascinating and progressive ideas being researched right here on campus, and this accomplishment represents that,” McMahon said.  “It not only shows our own community that we are capable of ‘keeping up with the big boys,’ but also proves this to the public sector as well. We are strong and capable women here at Saint Mary’s, and we need to highlight and celebrate that fact.”Fishovitz, a professor of chemistry and physics, said the most rewarding aspect of this trip will be an increased awareness of the innovative research taking place at Saint Mary’s.“We will be able to spread awareness about the research that’s being done at Saint Mary’s — not only at the conference where the students will get to network with graduate schools, medical schools and other prominent scientists — but also here on campus,” Fishovitz said.  “We’ll show people that our students are doing research, and they’re doing research that is able to be presented at a national meeting with chemists from around the world.”DiLallo said she is looking forward to representing Saint Mary’s at the national meeting, spending time sharing ideas with colleagues and learning how to utilize a scientific background to improve the world. “This is a huge accomplishment for SMAACS to be recognized by the national American Chemical Society as a student chapter that is actively making an impact on our campus and in our world, as well as providing opportunities for undergraduate student research at an early age,” DiLallo said in an email.  “I think this is even more of a reason for Saint Mary’s College to continue to develop a vibrant research culture on campus so that Saint Mary’s students can present at conferences like these and demonstrate the unique and empowering women’s education we receive here.”Tags: American Chemical Society, chemistry, research, Saint Mary’s Affiliates of the American Chemical Society, SMAACS, travel grantlast_img read more

President Trump, First Lady, Test Positive For COVID-19

first_imgWASHINGTON – President Donald Trump announced overnight that he and his wife both tested positive for COVID-19.The diagnosis amounts to the most serious known health threat to a sitting American president in decades.At 74 years old, Trump falls into the highest risk category for serious complications from the disease, which has killed more than 200,000 Americans and more than 1 million people worldwide.His infection with the disease could prove destabilizing in an already fraught political climate, and stock market futures tumbled on news of Trump’s infection. “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” Trump tweeted shortly before 1 a.m. Friday.Later, the first lady wrote on Twitter that she and her husband were “feeling good.”Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey. He did not appear ill, though he did not speak to reporters as he walked into his residence.In a memo issued to reporters around 1 a.m. ET, the President’s physician, Navy Cmdr. Dr. Sean Conley, wrote that he received confirmation of the positive tests on Thursday evening.“The President and First Lady are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence,” Conley wrote.The White House medical team and I will maintain a vigilant watch, and I appreciate the support provided by some of our country’s greatest medical professionals and institutions,” Conley wrote, without elaborating what assistance was being provided to the White House.“Rest assured I expect the President to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any further developments,” he wrote.The President had said late Thursday night that he planned to quarantine after one of his closest aides, Hope Hicks, tested positive for the infection, bringing the disease into his innermost circle. Earlier in the night, he had downplayed the virus’ continued spread.Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kennedy Man Charged In Assault

first_imgWNY News Now Stock Image.KENNEDY – A Kennedy man was arrested after allegedly assaulting a person causing injury to their head.The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says 43-year-old Wallace Ryder III was taken into custody on Wednesday just after 7 p.m.Through investigation it is alleged Ryder assaulted another individual causing the victim to sustain a laceration to their scalp.Furthermore, deputies say his alleged actions took place in the presence of multiple small children at the residence. Ryder was located a short time later and charged with third-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child.He was held in the Chautauqua County Jail pending centralized arraignment. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more