first_imgAs usual, just before kickoff, the Notre Dame marching band played the national anthem at the start of Saturday night’s football game against Florida State. This time, however, as most of the crowd stood with their hands over their hearts, part of the student section refused to rise.Instead, as the marching band began their performance of the national anthem, at least 60 students at the front of the junior student section knelt to show solidarity with victims of police violence and to protest racial profiling of African Americans. ANDREW CAMERON | The Observer At least 60 students kneel during the national anthem at the Notre Dame-Florida State football game Saturday night. The move was intended to signal solidarity with victims of police violence and to protest racial profiling.The organizers of the protest, juniors Mary Katherine Hieatt, Durrell Jackson, Shawn Wu, Nicholas Ottone (Editor’s Note: Nicholas Ottone is a Scene writer for The Observer) and Brian Gatter, claimed to be continuing the movement started by ex-NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who sparked controversy when, beginning in 2016, he sat, and in later games knelt, during the national anthem played before his games.“We’re doing a protest,” Jackson said. “It’s known as the national anthem protest, but we’re not really protesting the national anthem. We’re taking a stand against social injustice and police brutality. The movement was started by Colin Kaepernick.”The idea for the protest began when Wu noticed Jackson and other African-American friends of his sitting during the anthem at an earlier game in the season, Wu said. Taking inspiration from his participation in the ‘Realities of Race’ seminar he took last spring, Wu contacted Jackson. Together with Hieatt and fellow seminar participants Gatter and Ottone, the group decided to gauge interest by making a Facebook event. On the evening of Nov. 4, the five organizers created the private Facebook event “FSU Game Kneeling in Solidarity.”“The decision that this was going to happen was contingent on how much support it had on the Facebook page,” Ottone said. “We realized the effectiveness of any kind of display would really depend on how much of a response we could get. Really, that turning point was Tuesday or Wednesday.”The event description instructed participants to enter the stadium as soon as the gates opened, to fill the front of the junior student section and to kneel, holding hands with neighbors and crossing arms for the duration of the anthem. The description of the event on Facebook included that the goal of the protest was “[t]o visibly kneel in solidarity with victims of systemic racial injustice.”Several of the organizers expressed dissatisfaction with student complacency and unwillingness to make political demonstrations on campus. Wu said part of the effectiveness of the form of the protest was its visibility.“Oftentimes we can have these events that talk about race or diversity, or that challenge them, and oftentimes these events don’t reach people or people don’t go outside of their way to put themselves into these spaces,” Wu said. “I think one of the special things about this protest is that everyone sees it and everyone is going to consider it.”Since Kaepernick’s kneeling began making national headlines in 2016, kneeling during the anthem as a form of protest has been widely criticized, including by former Notre Dame football head coach Lou Holtz, who said kneeling players were “hurting the sport.” Asked how he would respond to criticisms that kneeling showed disrespect for the flag and for the military, Jackson said the protest was in line with American values.“The troops fight for our right to protest, and that’s what we’re doing,” he said. “I respect the troops and everyone here in this stand respects the troops because we know they’re fighting for us. They’re not just fighting for our country to be protected, they’re fighting for our country to be better. It’s the part of the people who are here, who are not risking their lives every day, to fight for what’s better.”Some students in the student section did not see or notice the demonstration, among them senior Matthew Piwko.“I truly didn’t notice at all,” Piwko said. “I wasn’t paying very close attention but it wasn’t very obvious on the whole, even for someone who was looking for it.“I think people can express their opinion any way they want. I don’t necessarily agree with it but it’s their right to kneel if they want to.”Junior Loyal Murphy entered the student section early and stood near the kneeling students but did not participate. He said he saw the demonstration, but did not think it was very noticeable.“When people are thinking about the Florida State game, they’re not thinking about the protest,” he said. “It didn’t make a big impact in my life. I didn’t really care. I was just like ‘Oh cool, well at least if they think they’re doing something, I guess that’s a good thing.’“You could tell it was a section that went down on one knee, but I think it was too small and I don’t feel like it had any true impact to the game or to the issues in general.”Junior Gregory Wall, who participated in the protest, described the demonstration as a success.“I think on such short notice, it was successful, especially being able to convince 80 people to come an hour and 45 minutes early when it’s 35 degrees out and almost snowing and on the last game of the season, when everyone’s tailgating and everyone’s enjoying themselves, to be willing to go out and fight for what you believe in,” he said.Tags: Colin Kaepernick, Kneeling, national anthem, police brutality, protest, racial injusticelast_img read more

first_imgKorbinJones6.5030thYes JamesHinman1114.0158thPR TIMEPlaceMedal WHS Boys Var.5K raceGradeTIMEPlaceMedalPers.Rec. JackWright6.201stYes CarsonLeGrand1212.4625th EmberlyGonzalez915.187thYesPR JaxCornejo6.332ndYes WHS Boys JV2 mile raceGradeTIMEPlaceMedalPers.Rec. DakotaDry1021.2558th Date:  Tuesday, Sept. 13thRaces start at 4:00 P.M. WELLINGTON MIDDLE School CROSS COUNTRY results KimberlyMorgan8.262ndYes HudsonLawrence7.256thYes KatrinaDvorak10.5412thYes WillLong1212.5029thPR MontanaHeacock914.0461stPR Date:9/10/16 AustinSoles914.0360thPR TIMEPlaceMedal JohnLong916.1685thPR TylerBrown919.0220thYesPR 6th Grade Boys RyleeMurray9.1773rd Where: Wellington Hargis Creek Watershed MEET:Wellington Hargis Creek Watershed   MackenzieHeacock915.4811thYes QuintonRedford912.1615thYes AveryBarker914.384thYesPR Thursday, Sept. 15th – Races Start at 4:30 p.m. AshtynSowersby11.545thYes WHS Girls JV2 mile raceGradeTIMEPlaceMedalPers.Rec. Date:9/10/16 WELLINGTON MIDDLE School CROSS COUNTRY results LakinSmith7.1146thPR TannerMeyer10.1029thYes ZachKristek11.5466th AndrewWolf1112.016thYes BerkeleyWright12.1170thcenter_img 8th Grade Girls1.5 milesTIMEPlaceMedalPer.Rec MorganBacon8.3161st HunterBryant914.5573rd 7th Grade Boys1 mileTIMEPlaceMedalPer.Rec MEET:Wellington Hargis Creek Watershed KadinHeacock1121.0754thPR TrinityMason13.4060th HopeMaxwell915.218thYesPR 8th Grade Boys1.5 milesTIMEPlaceMedalPer.Rec MEET:Wellington Hargis Creek Watershed OliviaSpeagle8.5569thPR JordynYoung916.2016thPR ChanceHamel1019.4739thYesPR ChristianSnipes9.169thYes BillyWalker912.057thYesPR TobyHenning9.256thYes Where:  Goddard -  Lake Afton CamdenParkey7.0944th 6th Grade Girls Next meet for 6th Grade Runners AsereaChampion8.171stYes DerickKotchavar914.0763rdPR PeytonFranke9.343rdYes Freshman Tyler Brown was Wellington’s top placer in the varsity 5K Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow —  It was Saturday morning, and Wellington Cross Country head coach Charles Wallace had a dilemma on his hands.He had 720 cross country runners scheduled to arrive in Wellington. But the town just had more than five inches of rain in the past 48 hours and Hargis Creek Watershed was a muddy mess.Since the north side of Hargis was pretty much under water, Wallace implemented an alternate south route at Hargis, getting the highest elevation possible for the runners. And it was just dry enough to pull off the race, although most runners finished the race in splattered mud.In the end, 603 of the 720 middle school and high school runners  came to Wellingto and the event went on without a hitch. Only the Chaparral team was unable to attend. There were a lot of other absentees.Wichita West would win the varsity boys with 44 points, outdistancing second place Arkansas City in the varsity race. Valley Center would win the girls.Wellington did not have enough runners to qualify as a team in either the boys or the girls 5K varsity races. Still, WHS featured 22 high school, 14 WMS and 10 sixth grade runners. Fifteen high school runners got personal bests.Freshman Tyler Brown was Wellington’s highest placer finishing in 20th place with a 19.02 time in the 5K race. He, too, got a personal record. Chance Hamel finished 39th with a 19.47 time, which was also a PR. Both boys finished with a medal.In other highlights, five of the six JV girls runners medalled. Wallace said some of the girls will be running the varsity 5K race in the near future. The girls JV race is a two-mile event.In the middle school ranks, Toby Henning placed sixth in the 1.5 mile eighth grade race. Wellington also swept the sixth grade races with Jack Wright finishing first for the boys, and Aserea Champion placing first for the girls.Wellington High School runners travel to the Anthony Lake Golf Course next Thursday with the race starting at 4:30 p.m.The middle school runners are running at Lake Afton Tuesday, starting at 4 p.m.The full Wellington cross country results are as follows: Next meet for WHS Runners will be at the Anthony Lake Golf Course BlakeBales1115.1277thPR JamesCarey11.5968th Date:9/10/16  Cool – course soggy KeatonHartman7.044thYes JoTredway1214.495thYes Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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first_imgAccording to the document, 12 of the 24 teams in the competition would be European, four or five from South America, two each from the rest of the Americas, Asia and Africa, leaving the Oceania to battle for the last place with a South American team.The winners of the four previous Champions Leagues would be guaranteed places.The European participants could make between $50 million and $80 million each.Already some clubs have voiced their support.Barcelona’s board of directors said the tournament would be “exciting, dynamic, inclusive and prestigious.”They added that it would “create a global platform for clubs to contribute to the growth of their brands.”Emilio Butragueno, Real Madrid’s head of public relations, told his club’s TV station: “We think that for fans it could be a very interesting competition.”— 60-day deadline —Infantino says he needs agreement soon because the consortium gave FIFA a 60-day deadline and after that the money will vanish and hopes to get approval at the FIFA conference in Moscow in June ahead of the World Cup.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Lausanne, Switzerland | AFP | A united response to FIFA’s plans to enlarge the Club World Cup to 24 teams will be the subject of debate on Wednesday at a meeting of football power brokers organised by UEFA.Ahead of the Europa League final in Lyon, the governing body of European football is holding a meeting of its “Council of UEFA” and FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s plans are the main topic on the agenda.Many of those participating have already expressed hostility to the plan.The council, chaired by UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, brings together the European Club Association (ECA), the recently renamed European Leagues (EPFL) and the players’ union (FifPro).Infantino is pushing to revamp the Club World Cup, boosting it from seven clubs to 24 in a four-year format. At the moment it is played every year.At the same time, he hopes to launch a biennial league tournament for nations, the Global Nations League.Infantino says he has an offer of $25 billion over 12 years for the two competitions from a group of investors, which the Financial Times has identified as SoftBank from Japan and the governments of China and Saudi Arabia.That is allowing FIFA to dangle enormous amounts of cash in front of the biggest clubs.For the club competition alone the consortium “guarantees minimum revenues of $12 billion for the four editions from 2021 to 2033”, according to a document, which AFP has read, that FIFA presented to seven big European clubs including European Champions Real Madrid, Spanish champions Barcelona and German champions Bayern Munich.last_img read more