SMC discusses Ferguson in Justice Fridays Series

first_imgSaint Mary’s students and the College’s Justice Department gathered Oct. 17, to reflect on the events in Ferguson, Missouri. The discussion was introduced and facilitated by associate professor of religious studies Stacy Davis as part of the Justice Fridays series held in the Saint Mary’s Student Center.Davis said responses regarding Ferguson can be divided into four sources: residents of the cities of Ferguson and St. Louis, the police shift between Ferguson and St. Louis County, the Department of Justice and social justice groups.Davis said the circumstances in Ferguson raise the question: “What does it mean when police act like military?”Ferguson began to pique to public’s interest when the police “left the uncovered body” of Michael Brown in the streets and began to “cover their nametags with black tape” to conceal their identities, Davis said.She said the public was surprised and appalled by “nonviolent protesters getting gassed in this country.”Davis said the Pentagon should reconsider the consequences before it distributes extra military equipment to police officers.“They are not soldiers,” she said.Davis discussed the significance of the Ferguson and St. Louis County police representations in the media.“The police response to the shootings, in many ways, has been bigger than the shootings itself,” she said.Davis said the issues highlighted during the protests should not wane the same way passing trends do.“We want to keep this in the forefront,” Davis said. “We don’t want people to forget. Last month, colleges across the country have had panels and peaceful protests. [Saint Mary’s] did the same. On our first day of classes, Aug. 25th, there was a nationally renown #handsupwalkout campaign to raise awareness of police brutality and cruelty.”Davis said supporters of the peaceful protest gathered in Ferguson and St. Louis between October 9 and 13 to raise awareness about police brutality.“What happened there affects all of us no matter where our political interests stand,” Davis said.Tags: Ferguson, handsupwalkout, Justice Fridays, militant police force, Stacy Davislast_img read more

Rohr Raises the Alarm over Eagles’ Fullbacks

first_imgDuro IkhazuagbeSuper Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, admitted Monday night in Port Harcourt that he’s yet to have the type of fullbacks he desires ahead of the World Cup in Russia starting in barely two weeks from today.Speaking shortly after Eagles were forced to a 1-1 draw at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt, the Franco-German coach admitted his fullbacks struggled against DR Congo and that he will need to work on this problem. After central defender, William Troost-Ekong had fired Eagles into lead from a loose ball in the Congolese box and Nigeria hanged on the lead till the end of the first half, Eagles came back from break struggling to contain the visitors with the fullbacks the most troubled spots.Tyronne Ebuehi manned the right back with Elderson Echiejile on the left. And on several occasions, the Leopards from Congo had easy penetrations, most especially from the left where Echiejile was on duty.Even when Ola Aina came in as substitute for Echiejile and Ebuehi later give way to Shehu Abdullahi , the problems persisted with either Leon Balogun or Ekong falling back for support. Ola Aina was culpable for the penalty, which led to the DR Congo equaliser.“We have some problems with our fullbacks, but we will work on this. We have a few days to be ready,” Rohr revealed as he fielded questions on the sideline on Monday night.The other fullback on the squad is Russia-based Brian Idowu.Rohr further said he will only take four fullbacks to Russia. “We have five fullbacks, we can only take four to World Cup,” he said.Despite the problems with the fullbacks and the draw with Congo, the Eagles supremo praised his wards for the quality they displayed in their last match in the country before heading out to England this afternoon.“It was a very good match because we played against a very good Congolese team that came with good players. It wasn’t easy game for us as we had to rest some top players and use the match to try out some of our new players. We really didn’t want to take the risk of playing some of our key players for fear of injuries. True we didn’t win the match but it was good for everybody in the team,” stressed the gaffer.Rohr singled out Simeon Nwankwo as displaying the quality of a centre forward that has been lacking in the team. “Until now, we didn’t have a centre forward in the real sense until we found one in him.”He however assured Nigerian football followers that the friendly against England will be a better match as he was going to have full complement of players like Odion Ighalo, Victor Moses, John Mikel Obi, etc who did not take part in the Monday clash with Congo.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more