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Students advocate “Equal Pay Day”

first_imgWhile many students spent yesterday afternoon in class or at lunch, junior Laura Corrigan and senior Cat Cleary advocated for equal pay. The Saint Mary’s students stood on the steps of the South Bend courthouse with Mayor Pete Buttigieg as he declared yesterday “Equal Pay Day.” “Equal Pay Day” is a recognized day across the nation intended to promote awareness for the fact women are paid less money than man, Cleary said. “It takes a woman 15 and a half months to earn what a man makes in a year,” she said. “Women earn 77 cents for every one dollar men earn. People will brush this issue off and say it isn’t relevant, but it is.” Corrigan and Cleary, sponsored by a grant provided by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), have been working all semester on projects and programs that promote the mission of the AAUW. “The mission of the AAUW is to break through barriers for girls and women,” Cleary said. During Spring Break, Cleary and Corrigan decided they wanted to devise a way to promote “Equal Pay Day” in the South Bend community. After reaching out to the local AAUW branch, the League of Women Voters of the South Bend area, the South Bend Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) and the Gender and Women’s Studies Department at Indiana University South Bend, Corrigan and Cleary drafted a letter to Mayor Buttigieg. The letter requested the mayor commemorate April 17 and bring awareness to the issue. “We wanted to draw attention to this issue,” Corrigan said. “[Women] have a lifetime of earnings ahead of us. Think how much money that is – the wage gap really adds up.” At noon on Tuesday, the mayor honored the letter’s request. During a press conference with reporters, business men and women and other community leaders, Mayor Buttigieg declared April 17 “Equal Pay Day.” The declaration was in sync with other organizations, protests and events throughout the nation also dedicated to promoting equal pay. “We were one small part of a larger movement,” Cleary said. “There were larger movements occurring all across the country.” Corrigan and Cleary said the process was relatively smooth and they were not worried about making their hopes of “Equal Pay Day” in South Bend a reality. “I know Buttigieg is very committed to social issues,” Cleary said. “I wasn’t worried; I knew we would have his support for this issue.” Corrigan agreed with Cleary, saying Mayor Buttigieg was a valuable assets to their work to promote “Equal Pay Day” in South Bend. “[Buttigieg] said it was important that men should care about this issue, too,” she said. “It’s not just a woman’s issue. It is important that everyone is aware about this problem.” Contact Bridget Feeney at bfeene01@saintmarys.edulast_img read more

How did 49ers’ Deebo Samuel get his nickname?

first_imgTyshun is Samuel’s given first name, but he has been known as Deebo for years — at least dating to his five years at the University of South Carolina, where he overcame injuries to develop into an all-American and one of the most accomplished players in program history.MORE: Super Bowl 54 picks, predictions from SN’s expertsSo, about “Deebo”: Where did that come from? Gamecocksonline.com’s bio of Samuel offers this:(T)he nickname “Deebo” comes from the neighborhood bully character played by actor Tiny Lister in the movie “Friday.”That doesn’t fully explain why, of course. Fortunately, other people have been curious enough to ask for more. Samuel — who set records at Chapman High in Inman, S.C., before moving on to South Carolina — has been glad to provide the … deets.”When I was little, my daddy [Galen] said I was a bully,” Deebo told Gamecocksonline.com in 2015. “He said I was always taking things from him. The nickname stuck, so I’m good with it.”(In case you want to feel old, 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the theatrical release of “Friday.”)There is another similarity to Samuel and the “Friday” version of Deebo, but it’s one that’s channeled a lot more positively.”He has an emotional response where if you tap into that and make it personal, you’re really going to see that top-end ability,” Samuel’s high school head coach, Mark Hodge, told The (Columbia, S.C.) State in 2016. “The best players I’ve ever seen you don’t want to challenge them, because when you do challenge them, you get a whole other level.” Don’t be surprised if Tyshun Samuel makes big plays in Super Bowl 54.Wait, did we say Tyshun? Sorry, we meant Deebo Samuel, the 49ers’ emerging rookie wide receiver. Deebo is ready to make some plays against the Chiefs in Miami. Samuel, who turned 24 on Jan. 15, quickly turned into a field-stretching option for Niners quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo after being taken in the second round (36th overall) by the Niners in last year’s NFL Draft. He finished the 2019 regular season with 57 receptions (second on the team to tight end George Kittle), 14.1 yards per catch and three receiving touchdowns. He also rushed for three touchdowns while averaging 11.4 yards on 14 attempts.His postseason numbers may look underwhelming (five receptions in two games), but consider that Garoppolo has completed just 17 passes total in the playoffs and that Samuel has one more catch than Kittle.Expect Deebo to accept the challenge of Super Sunday and snatch a few more passes away from Chiefs defenders.last_img read more