Saint Mary’s among top-ten economically diverse colleges

first_imgSaint Mary’s received the No. 8 ranking on New York Times’ list of Most Economically Diverse Top Colleges in the nation, published Tuesday.Sam Coughlin | The Observer According to the article, the colleges in the ranking have all made significant changes in recruiting policies and have made compromises elsewhere to ensure that a diverse student body is a top priority. Oftentimes, talented poor students who have traditionally excelled in high school, do not go onto top colleges, nor graduate from any college.Saint Mary’s College President Carol Mooney said it is the College’s goal to meet the financial needs of every student and ensure all students, regardless of socioeconomic background, have the chance to receive a Saint Mary’s education.“We do not want any student to be unable to attend Saint Mary’s because she lacks the financial means to do so.“As part of our Catholic mission to reach out to those with the greatest need, the College must find ways to allow these students to pursue a Saint Mary’s education,” Mooney said.President Mooney said the College is dedicated to educating all qualified students. In the College’s ongoing campaign, “Faith Always, Action Now,” the College has raised more than $23 million for such scholarships.Compared to the other colleges in the New York Times’ ranking, Saint Mary’s has a noticeably smaller endowment per student, at $80,000. As stated in the article, Vassar’s (no. 1) endowment per student is $340,000, Grinnell’s (no. 2) endowment per student is $880,000 and Harvard’s (no. 6) endowment per student is $1.52 million.Vice president for enrollment management Mona Bowe said the ranking accords with Saint Mary’s mission to enroll  qualified students who are ready to learn, work hard and make a difference in the world.“We first look for students with the academic background we feel will result in a successful academic performance at Saint Mary’s,” Bowe said. “But beyond the academics, we look for students who are well rounded: aware of the needs of others, strong in their faith, willing to go the extra mile, athletes, performers and artists.“A wide variety of backgrounds and interests makes for a rich community where learning happens outside of the classroom as much as it happens in the classroom.”Director of the office for institutional research Daniel Flowers said the article reflects the College’s ongoing efforts to provide education to students from all economic backgrounds, which began nearly 20 years ago.“[NY Times] calculated a ‘College Access Index’ that looks at the percentage of students receiving Pell and the net-price for low and middle-income families while taking into account our financial resources as measured by the endowment size,” Flowers said. “They found that out of the universe of top colleges with a four-year graduation rate above 75% (about 100 institutions) we were near the top of the list in terms of this access index.“We’ve also experienced one of the largest increases in students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds from 2007-08 to 2012-2014, from 14% to 24%,” Flowers said. “Only Vassar and American saw larger increases.”Bowe said the admissions team does not consider the ability for students to pay a requirement for admission.“After acceptance, the financial aid team works very hard to make Saint Mary’s a reality for as many students as possible,” Bowe said.As a member of the enrollment team for almost 20 years, Bowe said she is proud of the mission-driven, ethical approach to recruiting the next generation of Belles.“It is a team effort, from our colleagues that raise the funds for scholarships, to our professors and student life professionals, who tend to the needs of our students,” Bowe said. “And not only do we make it possible for students with less financial means to choose Saint Mary’s, we make it possible for them to stay and graduate on time.“We will continue to be good stewards of the resources that our amazing donors have made possible. We hope to continue to provide access to students who find Saint Mary’s to be a great fit for them.”Flowers said the ranking proves that Saint Mary’s is true to their mission of pioneering education.“In sum, we’re living our mission as there aren’t many other top-quality institutions out there doing more for low and middle-income students than Saint Mary’s College,” Flowers said.Senior Amanda Gilbert said she and many of her fellow Belles felt honored to discover the news of the ranking.“It’s just another great accomplishment for Saint Mary’s in our ongoing mission to be a well-rounded campus full of inspirational and confident women,” Gilbert said. “One of the things we students always say we love about Saint Mary’s is our sense of community.“This ranking came as no surprise to us, for we are constantly aware of our opportunities here to engage with a diverse student body and community.”Tags: Economic Diversitylast_img read more

Harsh Detention Conditions Persist for Political Prisoners in Venezuela

first_imgBy Diálogo November 04, 2020 In late August, the illegitimate Nicolás Maduro regime surprised the international community by announcing so called 110 pardons and house arrests for political prisoners who until then had been illegally detained. However, the release of a few prisoners brought to light the harsh detention conditions that persist in cells of the General Directorate of Military Counterintelligence (DGCIM, in Spanish) and the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN, in Spanish).Venezuelan political analyst Nicmer Evans was detained for 51 days at the DGCIM headquarters in Caracas before his September 1 release. There, he was assigned to three different cell areas. According to Evans, a cell in one sector was intended to punish detainees.“In that cell, number four, there are five people locked up, dressed in overalls [prison uniforms], who were let out just once every 15 days. They received insufficient food rations. Those of us who were in the same section took from our rations to share with them,” he said. Evans added that the lights in the DGCIM basements are left on for days and then turned off for similar periods, so that inmates would lose the sense of time.Evans also witnessed when jailers sent Bolivarian National Guard (GNB, in Spanish) Colonel (ret.) Oswaldo García Palomo to isolation. The former officer was arrested in January 2019, due to his alleged participation in a plot to depose Maduro.“[They] called the Colonel and told him to bring a container with 5 liters of water and an empty one. Then, they took him to […] a very narrow cell, without light, that’s between two corridors. [Jailers] told García Palomo that the water was for him to drink, and the empty pot for him to urinate,” he said.U.N. commissionOn September 12, a delegation of U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet was able to visit some detainees at the headquarters of DGCIM and SEBIN. Following the meeting, Bolivarian Navy Captain Luis de la Sotta, who has been detained for 28 months, told his sister Molly de la Sotta that they were punished with prolonged confinement and were deprived of medicine.For example, GNB Brigadier General Héctor Hernández Da Costa, who has been incarcerated since August 2018 for his supposed participation in an alleged attack against Maduro and who also spoke with U.N. envoys, suffers from diabetic necrosis on his foot, his attorney Zoraida Castillo said. She said that although he is taken to the military hospital, no tests are done. Doctors stand by him “and take a photo, I think with the intention of showing it later to the U.N.”According to Venezuelan human rights organization Foro Penal, in mid-September, 333 people are believed to remain incarcerated as prisoners of conscience throughout the country.Alonso Medina, a Venezuelan lawyer specializing in military jurisdiction, said that there have been few verified modifications in the treatment of prisoners of conscience following Bachelet’s 2019 and 2020 reports.“A group of prisoners was allowed to make phone calls, which they couldn’t do before. Others were taken out to get some sun. But there is no criterion as to who can make calls or sunbathe […]. Generally, prisoners remain incommunicado,” he said.On September 15, the Fact-Finding Mission on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, a group created by the U.N. Human Rights Council to investigate arbitrary detentions, torture, and other cruel treatment, submitted a report documenting 77 cases of torture. According to the document, these tortures happened at the DGCIM headquarters and other locations in the city. Despite limitations, such as restricted access to Venezuela for the mission’s team and the COVID-19 outbreak, the report establishes that the regime has committed “violations of international human rights law and international criminal law.”Evans recalled seeing scars on service members and civilians who were tortured and remain detained at the DGCIM. An inmate spent so much time hanging from handcuffs that “his left arm is dislocated,” he said. Others have marks on their skin because of the electric shocks they received, the political analyst said.All this happens while the courts are on a standstill due to the pandemic. “All we have left is the Office of the Ombudsman and the [Defense] Ministry. But we already know what will happen there,” Molly de la Sotta concluded.last_img read more

Gary Neville reveals Man Utd would always try to ‘wind up’ Arsenal legends Thierry Henry and Robert Pires

first_img Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 15 Apr 2020 11:12 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link452Shares Gary Neville reveals Man Utd would always try to ‘wind up’ Arsenal legends Thierry Henry and Robert Pirescenter_img Gary Neville says Manchester United would try to ‘wind up’ two Arsenal legends (Picture: Sky Sports)Gary Neville has revealed Manchester United would always try to ‘wind up’ Thierry Henry and Robert Pires when they faced Arsenal in the Premier League.Henry and Pires were key members of the Arsenal squads that won domestic titles in 2001-02 and 2003-04 and went unbeaten throughout that latter campaign.Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal and Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United developed a fierce rivalry in that period and Neville says his team would turn to the dark arts in order to gain an advantage.‘I would try and wind up other players if I could and get an influence over them,’ the former Red Devils captain told Sky Sports.ADVERTISEMENT“You’d have to man-mark him with a security guard on a night out!” 😂@GNev2 and Graeme Souness remember the most ‘difficult’ players to captain from their playing days with #MUFC and #LFC…👀Watch the #SkyFootballShow live on Sky Sports PL now!— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 15, 2020‘When you’re playing against Robert Pires and Thierry Henry for Arsenal, we would try and wind them up and do things that would influence them.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We would try to take their minds of the game and niggle at them.’Neville added: ‘I don’t think I could get wound up too much but I got played once.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I got sent off in a Manchester derby for putting my head towards Steve McManaman.‘But when you look at the replays there was was a Liverpool thing going on because it was McManaman, [Joey] Barton and [Robbie] Fowler all going at me.‘I definitely got played that game but it was a bit of a one-off I think.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Declan Rice defends Manchester United star Paul Pogba with classy messageMORE: Wan-Bissaka explains why Rashford is his ‘toughest opponent’ in Man United training Advertisementlast_img read more