No longer a Victim

Posted: April 11, 2011 in Uncategorized

Margo Edge

 

As Edgewood tries to start up new programming for violence intervention and prevention services, some representatives in Congress, both on federal and state levels, are taking a huge step backward and targeting victims of sexual assault.

On January 20th, 2011, the “No Taxpayer for Funding Abortion Act or H.R. 3” was introduced to the house.  This new act comes with atrocious new language regarding victims of sexual assault.  Rep.  Christopher Smith (R-N.J.) introduced this act.  Under Section 309, Treatment of Abortions Related to Rape, Incest, or Preserving the Life of the Mother, the use of “forcible rape” is included.  This term of forcible rape was also introduced in an amendment entitled the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA).

This bill in many ways was derived from the Hyde Amendment, which was passed in 1976.  Hyde, which has to be renewed every year, was the stepping stone for H.R. 3.  The only differences are that H.R. 3 will not need to be renewed every year and the term “forcible rape” has been introduced.  Apparently, Congress in ’76 knew that while drafting legislation one should never attack victims of sexual assault.  Today, we have people in office that don’t put forth the effort to think about the victims of heinous crimes before introducing bills that lawfully exclude certain victims if they aren’t forcibly raped.  Smith excluded the definition of “forcible rape” in H.R. 3.

Rep Smith says, “Abortion is acceptable bigotry-prejudice against the child in the womb.”  But isn’t writing legislation that reads “forcible rape” an acceptable bigotry-prejudice against the sexual assault victim, Rep. Smith?  The Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network estimates that in 2004-2005 there were at least 3,204 pregnancies that were caused by a non-consenting act of intercourse.

South Dakota benched a bill that would legalize the killing of doctors under the term “justifiable homicide”.  On the other hand, a bill which would essentially make women jump through firey hoops to get an abortion, is being considered now.    This bill would ensure that a woman would not have accessibility to a hasty abortion except in the event of an emergency.  This new legislation includes pre-abortion counseling by not only a physician, but also a pregnancy help center advocate.  Females do need to get educated about their options, however, only during a medical emergency when a woman’s physical life is in danger would an abortion be able to be used without counseling.  What about the psychological ramifications of not being able to procure an abortion after a woman has been raped?  The trauma could catapult some women into a deep spiraling mental crisis.  Some could even turn to suicide to stop the continued victimization that the law is forcing them to live through.

In Georgia, state Rep. Bobby Franklin (R-Marietta), has presented an amendment to Titles 16 and 17 changing the term rape victim to rape accuser.  This means that in order for the state of Georgia to consider someone a victim of rape, the accused has to be convicted of this crime, someone will be considered a victim of rape.  Georgia law doesn’t even acknowledge that men can be raped.  One in ten men are raped in their lifetime with one in seven of those men being raped before they turned the age of 18 according to Crisis Connection.  It seems Georgia is leaving out a lot of victims in their law making, but what would happen if it happened to one of the high ranking officials or a close loved one was victimized?  What laws would be amended or introduced then?

The American Medical Association estimated that in 2000 as few as 10% of victims reported being sexually assaulted to the proper authorities.  Every victim that doesn’t report the rape does not report any number of various reasons and forcing them to confront what happened to them can be just as traumatizing.   The conviction rate of these sex offenders is only 2% as reported by US Senate Judiciary Committee: Conviction and Imprisonment Statistics.

If an amendment such as this were to be passed there would not be any need for the word accuser because there wouldn’t be anyone that would do the accusing.  People who are sexually assaulted are victims of heinous crimes, but will likely not seek out justice because the justice system has already failed them long before the perpetrator ever had the thought to perform sex without consent.

These are just a few examples of state and federals laws that are trying to be passed right now.  This very minute, senator and representative conservatives are introducing many more bills of this nature to be voted into law.  The bill that was taken off of the docket in South Dakota would have made murder, other than self-defense, justifiable.

I was raped four years ago.  I have been through hell and back.  Some people cannot say that they have made it back from that hell.  When I finally sought out help I realized that there was so much help out there for people that have been through what I have been through.  After it happened to me I was worried about all of these things from pregnancy to medical screenings for transmitted diseases to mental health counseling to help me overcome my new fear of living life at all.

I was 18 when this happened to me.  I was young and didn’t think that anything of that nature could happen to me.  Women and men alike need to realize that this problem isn’t as small as these numbers are showing.  The numbers belong to people who are the most courageous of all of us, who spoke out.  I was not one of these strong and courageous people.  I was lonely, scared, and I felt like I was all alone.  Don’t traumatize the victims anymore than they already are!  Don’t stomp on us because we can still be extremely functioning and effective member of society!

Emily Pokorny

Margo Edge

 

Sun, Fun, and None

From fun in the sun to working and doing homework, Edgewood students recover from a week off from tests, papers, and lecture.

Students from the geoscience excursion course traveled to the Gulf of Mexico to investigate the oil spill. The students received college credit and participants did research prior to the trip. Freshman Abby Heuring, who researched the oil drilling policies said, “Students are going to learn about the oil spill and how it affected people, animals, and nature. “

The men and women’s tennis team went to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.  Senior Brittany Storhoff shared her plans for the break, saying, “We stayed at a beach house, played lots of tennis, and soaked up some warm sunshine!”  While the men weren’t able to come home with a win; the womens won two of their four matches.

Edgewood offered two alternative spring break trips.  The trips provide service opportunities for students outside of the Edgewood and Madison communities.  One trip this year was to the David School in David, Kentucky.  The David School is an alternative high school serving at risk teenagers and high school drop-outs.  Ten selected students and two advisors assisted the school for a week.

The other alternative break was partnered with Habitat for Humanity in Jackson, Tennessee.  Ten students and two advisors were to spend week helping to build a house.  Five days before the students were suppose to leave for their trip, an email was sent to notify the students that the trip was canceled.  Due to economic problems and under-staffing, the organization was unable to allow Edgewood students the opportunity to volunteer their time.

For many, Spring Break just means relaxing and spending time with family.  Junior Dacy Swansby said, “I have no plans of going somewhere warm, even though I wish that were the case. I’m just planning on earning some cash and hanging out with my family, who I don’t see very often.” Jennah DeVoll said, “I’m going home to spend quality time with my family”.

Laura Green

 

CSAs have been bringing fresh produce to Madisonians for years now, and a Madison Environmental Group event informed attendees of what CSA actually stands for.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a rising trend that’s good for the environment, good for farmers, and good for one’s health. Kay Jensen, co-owner of JenEhr farms in Sun Prairie, explained how CSAs work and the pros and cons of CSAs. Members of CSA purchase a share of a farm’s harvest, which to Jensen means “sharing the risk and sharing the bounty.” Participants pay a fee to the farmer upfront at the beginning of the growing season in exchange for the produce the farm will produce throughout the season. Therefore consumers are taking a bit of a gamble because they pay before receiving anything. What they get for their money depends on how well the crops do that season.

CSAs form a reliable link between grower and consumer. The farm sets a schedule to distribute produce to members, usually once a week. At a location that is ideally convenient for both grower and consumer, members pick up a share of produce from the farmer. Jensen explained that a share of their CSA consists of a box of 7 to 12 different produce items. A list of the produce items in that week’s share is included to assist members in figuring out how to use all of the produce in the share.

A four-year CSA member and MACSAC (Madison Area CSA Coalition) representative was also present at the event to give a member’s perspective of CSAs. She said that this list of produce can be useful because members might receive something they’ve never heard of before, like sun chokes. People new to CSA might have to figure out what to do with these new vegetables, but the CSA member offered this advice: if you don’t like it, share it with someone who does.

While CSAs tend to focus on vegetables, some CSAs offer fruit shares in addition to the basic share. Jensen informed us that this fruit may not be local. She explained that in Wisconsin it’s hard to grow most types of fruit, especially on an organic farm like hers. According to Jensen, there are only two organic apple orchards in all of Wisconsin because the conditions for growing apples organically just don’t exist in this area. So, if farmers can’t grow the fruit themselves, they source it directly from another farm that can to ensure that members are still directly supporting the growers.

After explaining how CSA works, Jensen and the MACSAC representative discussed the benefits of this method of going local. The event consisted of about 15 people, including a noticeable representation of Edgewood students. The casual setting of Madison Environment’s home-like sitting space encouraged discussion and questions by audience members. Some wondered why a person wouldn’t just go to the farmer’s market if they wanted to eat fresh, local produce. Jensen felt that CSAs offer a much stronger connection between consumer, producer, and the food. “It’s not only about the food, it’s about the people raising it.” With members picking up produce directly from the farmer once a week or every other week, they develop a relationship with the person who grows their food. Members could get a true sense of how the produce was grown and know that the person growing it is getting paid a fair price.

Unlike purchasing food at a farmer’s market, CSA offers support to the farmer before any of their produce is grown. Some farmers would not be able to grow as much food if they had to wait until harvest to receive money for their work. CSA members offer the support needed for growers to get the season started and ensure that growers have a steady source of income. For a grower, CSA can be crucial in continuing to raise a variety of food. For a member, food from their CSA share keeps them healthy. According to the CSA member, some health insurance companies even subsidize CSA shares because of the known health benefits of eating fresh local food.

Jensen started the discussion at this event by asking how much local food the audience typically ate during the summer. Most of those who answered the question held up four fingers or less, indicating that the most local food anyone ate was 40 percent. Jensen then asked how much local food everyone would like to eat during the summer. All who responded held up more fingers than they did for the first question. While participants might not currently eat much local food, they wanted to try to include more local food in their diet. Jensen said that thinking about this issue will allow everyone there to improve. Events such as this one not only inform people of how to make the environmental and health changes they wish to make, but they give the audience the motivation and encouragement needed to make these changes.

 

More Information:

Madison Area CSA Coalition(MACSAC) http://www.csacoalition.org/

MACSAC aims to connect consumers to CSA farms. People interested in becoming part of a CSA can search the list of local farms participating in MACSAC. The program’s website also offers a variety of CSA- related resources: information on health insurance rebates, funding for low-income families to purchase a CSA share, and links to recipes.

Events:

~ MACSAC’s Annual CSA Open House

Sunday, March 13th 1:00 to 4:00 at Monona Terrace

~ Winter Farmer’s Market

Madison Senior Center 8:00am to 12:00pm

Saturdays until April 9th

~ First 2011 Outdoor Farmer’s Market

April 16th Capitol square

 

 

Edgewood Men’s Tennis Makes A Comeback

Posted: February 25, 2011 in Sports

Rexford Sheild 



Edgewood Men’s Tennis

 

For the past ten years the Edgewood men’s tennis program has been absent on campus. For the first time since 2000, men’s tennis will return as a varsity sport for Edgewood as a member in the Northern Athletics Conference. From 1988 to 2000, Edgewood was a member of the Lake Michigan Conference. Ben Oestreich, head coach of the men and women’s program, couldn’t be happier for this opportunity.

“It’s very exciting to add the men’s program. The men on the team have been very enthusiastic from the start and are working hard to be successful.” Bringing back the tennis program had even more implications for junior, Tim Morgan, “I was very excited; it actually kept me here at Edgewood College. I was going to transfer to (UW) Lacrosse until I found out we were starting a men’s tennis team.”

Even though the excitement is buzzing within the team, challenges will always arise in rebuilding a team and Oestreich is aware of that, “Often the strength of successful teams comes from upperclassmen leading the program. In essence we have all freshmen since we are starting from scratch.” Even though the men’s program has been nonexistent for the past ten years, expectations from members of the team are high yet realistic, especially from senior walk-on, Vince Jankiewicz, “Top three in the conference and in the tournament. I would expect at least there.”

Oestreich echoed those expectations, “I expect to be competitive with every school in the conference. We will work to qualify for the conference tournament.” However, in order to achieve that success, Oestreich stressed that they, “Need to focus on getting a little better every day. If we look too far ahead it’s easy to forget what lies immediately before you.”  The Eagles kick their season off February 5 with a double-header in Dubuque, Iowa against University of Dubuque and Knox College then take on Carroll University the following weekend in Waukesha, WI.

Home matches will be played at Rennebohm Park in Madison beginning March 26. Members of the team include seniors, Vince Jankiewicz, Clint Reed, and Max Divelbiss; juniors, Tim Morgan, John D’Orazio, and Cody Strebig; freshmen, Rex Sheild.

Home of the Young Eagle

Posted: December 14, 2010 in Environment, Heritage

Brianna Fiene

The Edgewood campus has been a place of community for centuries, and the evidence is in the dirt.

Woodland peoples built conical and effigy mounds all over the grounds for hundreds of years.  The purpose of these sacred mounds wasn’t only for burials but to gather for spiritual ceremonies as well.

This is proof of the rich Native American culture that once thrived on this very campus.  In fact, the word Sinsinawa–as in the Sinsinawa Dominicans who founded the college–can be translated from a Winnebago word meaning “home of the young eagle.”  This can be linked to our own Eddy Eagle mascot.  The image is depicted in one of the most prominent mounds on campus.  The bird mound is located between the library and DeRicci Hall.  The Woodland tribes believed the bird, specifically the eagle, was a representation of the sky spirit.

Map of eagle mound on campus

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Michael Stock

People are likely to discuss local sports or bands, however local writers are often left out of the conversation.

Three staff and faculty members at Edgewood are involved in the burgeoning Madison writing scene.

Derek Johnson, admissions counselor, writer, and performer, has organized a slam poetry event for the past few years with high school students from Madison and Dane County.  “We worked with a variety of students on enhancing their skills and confidence to get on stage.  It’s been very successful, and with a lot of young students–even new freshmen here in Madison–the response has been overwhelming,” he said.

“It’s amazing that 80 people in a city as small as Madison will sit at a poetry reading on a Friday night.” -Adam Fell

The workshops help develop the students’ writing grammatically and creatively, but they also work on performance.  “A big part of it is getting on stage and being animated,” Johnson said.  The next workshop and slam series will be in February. Read the rest of this entry »

Lisa Kaminski

As the visual arts prepare to move to the new Visual and Theatre Arts Center in 2012, the professional schools ready themselves to move into the vacated space, but the moving of nursing to the top floor of DeRicci and social science and foreign language to the bottom leaves some wondering if this is a symbolic move regarding the college’s perspective on the liberal arts.

Edgewood has a long history of integrating both liberal arts and professional studies.  In 1940, the college began offering formal teacher training in addition to its roster of classes in the arts and sciences.  However, the upcoming shirt in offices and a recent restructuring of the college demonstrate that perhaps the liberal arts are not as prominent as they once were.

“I am worried about the symbolic significance of the moves that are being considered.” -Melanie Herzog

Social sciences professor Cindy Rolling pointed out that several years ago, Edgewood revised its structure by creating different schools out of the numerous majors and programs offered.  Education, nursing, and business–the professional studies–each became their own school with their own dean along with the School of Integrative Studies and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies.  The remaining 15 departments in the liberal arts were lumped together into the School of Arts and Sciences represented by one dean.

Rolling pointed out that the system does not accurately promote each department, rather “it sets up a problem for the liberal arts and our identity.”  And she believes the reorganization of academics at Edgewood could hurt the college. Read the rest of this entry »