first_imgGrace Tourville Former resident of Walsh Hall and mayor of West Hollywood Lindsey Horvath speaks to students on her wide-ranging career including stints in activism, advertising and city politics.The Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy, the Gender Studies Program and ND Votes 2016 sponsored the lecture, titled “From Walsh Hall to City Hall.”“I am here to share with you that a degree in the Arts and Letters program is profitable. But more importantly, you can use that degree to make a difference,” Horvath said. “I had opportunities here that I would have never had anywhere. Here, we were able to talk about different issues, not only from an academic perspective, but from a values perspective. They really helped me understand how the lessons I was learning in the classroom can be applied to my real life.”After graduating from Notre Dame with a B.A. in political science and gender studies, Horvath worked in the entertainment advertising industry.“I was worried that I was contributing to the kind of culture we always discussed in my gender studies classes,” she said. “I was worried that I wasn’t contributing enough.”After moving to California from Los Angeles and beginning her career in creative advertising, Horvath said she met the mayor of Los Angeles while co-founding a local chapter of the National Organization for Women.“I knew from a very young age that I was called to be of service,” she said. “The government and law — that’s how I wanted to make a difference. I felt that I could use that to make a difference.”Horvath worked on multiple local commissions after serving a short term on the West Hollywood city council after receiving an appointment through a special election held among the other council members. At the end of her special term, she ran for the position in the 2011 election but lost. She continued to grow her career in entertainment by working at a tech startup in Los Angeles and starting her own advertising company.Horvath said during this time, she considered herself an activist and was very involved with her local community.“During that time, life was not very centered, not very balanced,” she said. “I didn’t know where I was going. My friend, the mayor, came to me saying ‘I’m not going to seek re-election,’ and I worried because she was the only woman on the city council. So I asked her, ‘Who is going to run?’ And she said, ‘You are.’”Horvath said her friend’s encouragement prompted her to once again run for city council. The West Hollywood city council elects its mayor, and on March 3, the same night Horvath was elected onto city council, she officially became the mayor of West Hollywood.Horvath said her policy focuses on helping the most marginalized sections of society, including LGBT homeless teens. She prides herself on bringing what she calls “new ways of thinking” to the political community.“Throughout that process, I came from someone who was outright rejected, to someone who was embraced by the community,” Horvath said. “Statistically, it’s proven that women needed to be asked about nine times before they consider running for office. So for the women in the room, consider this the first time you’re being asked.”According to Horvath, more than 50 percent of West Hollywood’s residents are less than 40 years old, but she is the only member of the city council that is under 40. She tries to encourage young people to get involved with the local government by creating task forces that younger generations can be involved with.“A new generation of leadership isn’t just important — it is essential,” Horvath said. “It is essential for the way our society works. Our generation has so much to offer. I see the potential for this generational divide to tear us apart — that’s one of the reasons that I want to create age-friendly communities.”Horvath encouraged all students to follow their passions, attributing her current to success to the passions she discovered at Notre Dame.“Pursuing your passion is always worth it. I worked hard [at Notre Dame], and here is where I learned how to be myself and that’s exactly how I am able to do the things I do,” she said. “Letting people know who you are and what you’re about not only helps other people figure out who they are, but helps you better understand who you truly are.”Tags: Arts and Letters, city council, Hollywood, mayor, West Hollywood Notre Dame alumna Lindsey Horvath has been called to do many things since her graduation from the University in 2004. Horvath, who spoke at Geddes Hall on Monday, has been an activist, an advertising executive and, now, a mayor over the course of her professional career.“You never know when you’re going to be called up to do the thing you’re meant to do,” she said. “But trust me, you’re ready to do the thing you are meant to do, no matter when you’re called to do it.”last_img read more

first_imgDaily Mail 26 November 2017Family First Comment: Unbelievable. Has Scouts and Girl Guides lost their way in NZ also??“Left-wing feminist campaigner Julie Bindel added: ‘This is not a moral panic. The concern that I and many feminists have about boys invading bedrooms, tents and showers, is that disproportionately the victims of sexual violence are girls and women, and overwhelmingly, the perpetrators are boys and men. This signifies the end to girl-only space and the safety of girls in single-sex organisations.’”www.AskMeFirst.nzTeenage boys who believe that they are female are able to share showers, changing rooms and toilets with girls on Girlguiding camping trips, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.Official advice to guide leaders also says members who are boys, but identify as girls, should be allowed to sleep in the same tents and cabins as girls when they are away from home on trips.The controversial move comes after the group, formerly the Girl Guides Association, changed its ‘girls only’ rule to allow transgender girls born male to join.The advice, which applies to Girl Guides aged from five to 25, is published on the Girlguiding UK website in a section on organising accommodation for residential trips.Under the heading ‘Using Facilities’ it states: ‘The use of gendered facilities, such as toilets, can cause anxiety. Members are allowed to use the facilities of the gender they self-identify as.’ Asked by The Mail on Sunday if this also included showers, toilets and changing rooms, a Guides spokeswoman said: ‘That is correct. ’Controversially, parents of Guides as young as five would not automatically be told if their daughter was sharing facilities with a boy who thinks that they are the wrong gender.David Davies, Conservative MP for Monmouth in South Wales, said: ‘If transgender girls who are physically male are going to be sharing facilities, it’s going to make some girls threatened and uncomfortable and the Guides shouldn’t be doing that.’Left-wing feminist campaigner Julie Bindel added: ‘This is not a moral panic. The concern that I and many feminists have about boys invading bedrooms, tents and showers, is that disproportionately the victims of sexual violence are girls and women, and overwhelmingly, the perpetrators are boys and men.This signifies the end to girl-only space and the safety of girls in single-sex organisations.’READ MORE: read more

first_imgIt was slow. It was muddled. It was frustrating.But it was a win.Taking off · Freshman tailback Dillon Baxter made his USC debut Saturday night, rushing for 49 yards on nine carries. He backed up junior tailback Marc Tyler and helped to complement a passing game led by sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily Trojan The USC football team (2-0) came out on top Saturday night with a 17-14 victory over Virginia (1-1), despite failing to establish much consistency throughout the course of the game. The Trojans were outgained in yards and repeatedly hurt themselves with penalties on both sides of the ball, but mustered just enough offensive firepower to put the Cavaliers away.“[I am] really disappointed in our performance,” said USC coach Lane Kiffin after the game. “They outcoached us. We just had better players and made some plays. I hope you can tell the disappointment in our team and coaching staff. We’re not getting it done.”Although last week’s game in Hawaii featured a plethora of scoring and a noticeable lack of defense, Saturday’s matchup turned the tables; defense controlled the pace of play, as neither team was able to get on the scoreboard until just less than four minutes were left on the clock in the second quarter.Sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley was able to complete 20 of 35 passing attempts for 202 yards, but a lackluster running game stalled the Trojan attack, as redshirt junior tailback Marc Tyler was only able to manage 67 yards on 18 rush attempts. Freshman tailback Dillon Baxter’s debut as a Trojan was promising, as the rookie gained 49 yards on just nine attempts, but USC’s rushing corps could not break out of a sluggish start to contribute a score.“[Running the ball] felt really crowded, like there were bodies everywhere,” Tyler said. “Their defensive line was doing a lot better.”After a fit of scoring at the end of the half that featured three touchdowns — two by the Trojans to senior tight end Jordan Cameron and redshirt junior wide receiver Brandon Carswell with a Virginia score sandwiched in between — the offensive lull returned in the third quarter as the sides traded possessions with little to show until senior kicker Joe Houston’s field goal late in the fourth quarter put the Trojans up 17-7. A score by the Cavaliers with four seconds left in the game cut the differential to three, but USC was able to fall on an onside kick and run out the clock to seal the victory.Despite the victory and a perfect start to the season, the mood in the USC locker room remained dampened.“It’s probably the most miserable 2-0 locker room I’ve ever been in,” Kiffin said. “But that’s good, because it means the players understand our expectations and what we want from them.”Penalties remained a major area of concern for the Trojans, as they were flagged 13 times for 140 yards. A 47-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Ronald Johnson was negated by a holding call, as was a fourth-and-two conversion early in the second half.“Penalties killed us,” Barkley said. “A lot of crucial plays were called back because of penalties. Our game plan was fine; we were rolling, but we weren’t executing and moving the ball, especially on third down. I definitely think that hurt us. We just need to become more disciplined.”If there was one positive USC can take from Saturday’s game, it is in the substantial defensive improvement the team made since last week. The Trojans repeatedly stopped the Virginia attack in key situations, including on two red zone trips that could have swung the game in Virginia’s favor. In one instance, with the Cavaliers looming on USC’s four-yard line, sophomore safety T.J. McDonald intercepted a Marc Verica pass in the end zone to return possession to the Trojans and keep the game knotted at 0-0.“We came into this game with a chip on our shoulder and we stressed the whole week that we were going to finish our plays and tackle. I thought we did that pretty well but there’s still stuff to work on,” McDonald said. “It comes down to preparation. I’m happy with the win and with the way our defense played, but at the same time, you can never be satisfied.”The Trojans will now have another week to prepare for their last non-conference game at Minnesota and to work on the problems they have identified thus far.“We need to go back to work, get in the film room [Sunday] and back to the field on Tuesday,” Kiffin said. “We need to improve before we lose a game like this because we play so poorly.”last_img read more