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Student organizations, leaders publish statement on sexual assault

first_img“[I thought] it would be really important to let survivors know that even though our university clearly doesn’t prioritize safety, there are people who do and will be working on your behalf to make sure that this university can be something that we’re proud of for years to come,” Shin said. “All of these things are things that are doable that the administration can do,” Caday said. “We’re not asking for a complete radical change of the University, it’s just … little changes that will go a long way in how USC’s campus culture is right now.” The statement includes a list of nine demands for the University, including providing rape kits on campus, funding monthly transparency meetings and town halls for students and involving students in the staff hiring process. Shin said she has been working with Undergraduate Student Government President Debbie Lee to plan how to move forward with these demands. Shin plans to present the ideas at a USG Senate meeting and to University officials who can help create change. Over 20 student organizations and student leaders from across USC released a statement Thursday to show support for the victims of former campus doctors George Tyndall and Dennis Kelly and demand the University to take accountability. “We didn’t want student voices to be ignored, and we were really baffled at the fact that any university could do this and not take fault,” said Shin, a senior majoring in social sciences economics. “Our university just cares more about its image than the safety of its students, so … we decided to take initiative because we were really appalled at the situation.” “We are deeply ashamed of USC’s inability to fully address and take fault in the sexual assault allegations that have scarred our entire community,” the statement read. “It is appalling that our university has consistently muffled the voices of students despite riding the coattails of students’ accomplishments and diversity.”center_img Caday said she wants to communicate and work with University leaders and administrators to ensure that the demands are met. Caday, a sophomore majoring in psychology and non-governmental organizations and social change, said that once the statement was drafted, they reached out to other assemblies such as the Queer and Ally Student Assembly, Latinx Student Assembly, Environmental Student Assembly and Black Student Assembly forco-sponsors. Shin said she hopes the statement helps victims and other students see that there are leaders on campus working for them. Asian Pacific American Student Assembly director Joy Shin, who worked with advocacy chair Richelle Caday to draft the statement, said that after attending events like the Feb. 20 solidarity rally and Feb. 27 Engemann Town Hall, where students had the opportunity to voice their concerns to USC officials and push for change, she felt that students weren’t being heard. last_img read more

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Running back George Morris capitalizes on opportunities in loss to No. 1 Clemson

first_img Published on November 14, 2015 at 9:24 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman George Morris looked straight down at the podium before slightly raising his head and speaking in a soft tone. It was the first time he’d been brought in front of the entire media after a game. He’s never been in the spotlight this season, not having scored a touchdown and posting five games with seven or less rushing yards.For the past five weeks, he’s been behind a freshman on the depth chart. Even before that, first-year tailback Jordan Fredericks received the bulk of the touches as Morris and fellow junior Devante McFarlane sporadically scrapped together carries.“It was kind of difficult, but at the same time you’ve got to think of the bigger picture and the team and you’ve got to make sacrifices,” Morris said. “And I’ve made a sacrifice and I was willing to do it.”On Saturday, Morris finally broke out against No. 1 Clemson with Fredericks sidelined by an upper-body injury for more than half the game. The junior tallied season highs of 14 carries and 80 yards to go along with three special teams tackles in SU’s (3-7, 1-5 Atlantic Coast) 37-27 loss to the Tigers (10-0, 7-0) on Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome.“It’s not easy when you go into the season hoping to be the man,” SU head coach Scott Shafer said, “and then you have to take a backseat to a young guy a little bit.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe highlight of Morris’ day came with the Orange trailing by 10 early in the fourth quarter, clinging to life deep in its own territory.Morris broke off down the left side before juking a defensive back and trudging for a couple extra yards to cap off a 51-yard run, the longest of his season. Offensive coordinator Tim Lester said he’s been trying to get Morris into the open field for quite some time, but the opportunities haven’t presented themselves with limited carries.“He’s one of those kids that he was OK early on and didn’t have a ton of opportunities,” Lester said. “He’s getting better every week.”Later in the drive, though, Morris was stuffed for a loss of 3 yards on third-and-1 at Clemson’s 4-yard line and SU was forced to kick a field goal. The Orange never drew closer than a touchdown and Morris had one carry for 2 yards the rest of the way.Shafer said Fredericks will be OK, but noted he had a sling on his arm after the game. In his spot, a junior whose season highs of 71 yards and 12 carries came against a Division-I AA opponent got a rare chance even if it’s too late to count for Syracuse’s postseason hopes.The bulk of those 80 yards came on one carry Saturday, but flirting signs of optimism presented themselves in another 10-point loss to a top-10 team. Like Syracuse coaches and players believe of the team, Morris may be going unnoticed because the raw numbers don’t pop out.Coaches say he’s improving despite those humbling stats. Morris has carried the ball only once or twice in four different games. An upperclassman supposed to be a primary option has been anything but.But against the country’s top team, though insignificant in the midst of a seven-game slide, Morris gave a hint of what’s in store if he’s given a chance.“You did a kick-ass job out there George,” Shafer said, looking at Morris in the postgame press conference, “and I’m proud of you, man.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more