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first_imgSince senior Soeren Palumbo founded “Spread the Word to End the Word,” an international campaign to end the use of the word “retard,” in 2009, he said the campaign has collected more than 170,000 Internet pledges and 10 million verbal and handwritten pledges. Notre Dame students contributed over 2,600 pledges last year alone, Palumbo said. Wednesday marked the third annual “End the R-Word Day,” which more than 250 universities and 1,000 high schools recognized around the world. Volunteers collected pledges to end the R-word on both the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s campuses throughout the day. Palumbo began the campaign with Yale senior Tim Shriver and it is co-sponsored by Special Olympics and Best Buddies. “We’re not asking for money. We’re not asking for someone to commit volunteering time,” Palumbo said. “All we’re doing is asking someone to make that slight modification in their language.” In addition to limiting the use of the R-word, the campaign seeks to raise awareness about the treatment of those with intellectual disabilities, Palumbo said. “We live in a community that excludes people with intellectual disabilities,” Palumbo said. “Hopefully … just starting to think about these issues will lead to someone being more accepting of people with intellectual disabilities, starting to value the contributions that people with intellectual disabilities give to society.” Palumbo said he started “Spread the Word to End the Word” because his sister has an intellectual disability. “I grew up with a very first-hand experience with the stigma and discrimination that goes along with having an intellectual disability in the United States and the role that the R-word plays in that,” Palumbo said. Palumbo said he and Shriver developed the idea for “Spread the Word to End the Word” while working for Special Olympics in 2009. They announced the event at a youth rally in February 2009 and established March 31, 2009, as the first “End the R-Word Day,” Palumbo said. In the six weeks between its announcement and its inception, “Spread the Word to End the Word” expanded from five participating universities to 40 solely by word of mouth, Palumbo said. In its third year, “Spread the Word to End the Word” is celebrated at schools “in every continent except for Antarctica,” Palumbo said. Palumbo said “End the R-Word Day” is one part of a larger campus campaign to raise awareness of disability issues. “We really want to represent this event as one of many throughout the semester engaging in issues of disability,” Palumbo said. “We want to present the opportunity for this to be the gateway into more involvement.” Palumbo said he hopes “Spread the Word to End the Word” would also help end bullying and discrimination. “This isn’t just a word,” Palumbo said. “It’s not just one linguistic vessel, one combination of letters. It’s more attitudes. It’s more consistent abuse and harassment of young people with intellectual disabilities. We’re trying to focus it towards that and allow the campaign, not to forget the one word, but to transcend the one word and grow beyond that.”last_img read more

VEDA loan capacity increased

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first_imgVERMONT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (VEDA)SEES ITS VERMONT SBA 504 CORPORATION LOAN PROGRAM CAPACITY INCREASEDCongressional Action Increases Lending Authority of NationsSBA-Certified Development Corporations Montpelier, VT – The Vermont Economic Development Authoritys Vermont SBA 504 Corporation Loan Program — Vermonts only statewide SBA-authorized Certified Development Corporation (CDC) — will now be able to loan up to $4 million in SBA 504 funds to certain small manufacturing projects, a new category of lending established under the program. Limits for other qualifying business projects were increased as well, from $1 million to $1.5 million for regular 504 loans, and from $1.3 million to $2 million for loans that meet a public policy goal. The changes are a result of recent Congressional approval of provisions governing the 504 Loan Program through the FY05 Omnibus Appropriations Act, which has been signed into law. This is terrific news for Vermonts manufacturing community, in particular, said VEDA Chief Executive Officer Jo Bradley, noting that certain small manufacturers have been specified in the new provisions as being eligible for 504 loans of up to $4 million. Many other types of businesses in Vermont will benefit from additional expanded loan limits under the new law, as well — especially in a rising rate environment, Bradley said. SBA 504 funds are a federally-guaranteed source of fixed-rate, long-term, low-interest funding, and as such, are vital to Vermonts jobs creation and business expansion efforts. Under the SBA 504 Loan Program, which is funded through fee income from borrowers, lenders and CDCs, the U.S. Small Business Administration provides a 100 percent guaranty of a debenture, or pool of debentures, that is sold to investors. Once sold, a CDC then loans those funds to the borrower as a 504 loan. SBA 504 funding is a good deal for borrowers and bankers alike, Bradley explained, not only because of the long-term, below-market rates it offers, but also because the debt is subordinated to first-position mortgaging by a participating bank in an approved project. Its win-win, all the way around. VEDA was recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration in 2004 for the Authoritys work on a national scale as a high-performing CDC. Darcy Carter, Acting Director of the SBA Vermont District Office, noted that in the prior year, VEDAs Vermont SBA 504 Corporation Loan Program processed loans totaling almost $7 million, giving Vermont the biggest percentage increase in SBA 504 volume anywhere in the country. For more information about VEDAs Vermont SBA 504 Corporation Loan Program, interested parties should call 802-828-5627, or visit VEDAs website at www.veda.org(link is external). VEDA is a public instrumentality of the State of Vermont, created by the General Assembly in 1974. Its mission is to promote economic prosperity in Vermont by providing financial assistance to eligible businesses, including manufacturing, agricultural, and travel and tourism enterprises. In its 30-year history, VEDA has made financing commitments of over $1 billion.last_img read more

first_img Published on February 28, 2012 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img As freshman roommates, Aleah Marrow and Maddie Kobelt became fast friends and shared countless laughs together in their South Campus apartment.Little did they know that their relationship would extend onto the court the next season.‘Right when we first met, we clicked really well off the court because we both liked to laugh a lot,’ Kobelt said. ‘That definitely carried over to the court. We smile a lot when we play together, regardless of the score. If there’s any tension or pressure we try to smile it off because we know that we always have each other’s back.’The countless hours that Marrow and Kobelt spent together last year helped set the foundation for the duo’s relaxed, loose style of play as doubles partners. Both players developed during their freshman campaigns and returned as experienced ‘bruisers’ in the Syracuse doubles lineup. If the No. 39 Orange wants to clinch a berth in the NCAA tournament, it will need key contributions from the sophomore pair.Marrow and Kobelt have compiled a 7-5 record, including a 4-0 mark in Big East play, as they have continued to find their groove under head coach Luke Jensen’s aggressive coaching style.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd both players made large strides in development in their first year at Syracuse. Kobelt learned under senior Emily Harman. She paid attention to detail and emulated Harman’s intense play. Marrow took a similar path, learning the complexities of the doubles game by playing with senior Simone Kalhorn.When Jensen made his decision to pair Marrow and Kobelt together, the head coach knew it would take some time before the two players felt comfortable communicating with one another on the court.Kobelt, however, was optimistic that she and her old roommate could be successful against quality competition.‘When we started playing with each other, everything became so natural,’ Kobelt said. ‘Being able to have the relationship off the court, that friendship definitely helped smoothen the transition of playing with a new partner.’Marrow and Kobelt have also given Jensen a reason to smile. Their consistent play has filled a hole in the Orange doubles lineup, which lacked a competitive pairing.The duo was productive right out of the gates. In the season opener against a ranked South Florida squad, Marrow and Kobelt were again sharing laughs, this time under the shining Florida sun. Both players fed off each other’s energy, using their chemistry on the court to communicate and establish a sense of rhythm.Marrow and Kobelt won the only doubles game for the Orange in that USF match and haven’t looked back since.Jensen has been steadfast in his decision not to fiddle with his sophomore tandem. With an infusion of freshmen on the roster, Jensen said he has tried mixing and matching different doubles combinations to find what works best for the team.But he has left the Marrow-and-Kobelt pairing alone and has shown confidence in the two players who have played more doubles matches together than any other SU pair this season.And as the two players gain more repetition in doubles, their ability to compete at a high level will continue to rise.‘Our personalities clashed well,’ Marrow said. ‘We’re more of a silly pair, we know how to stay relaxed, but we know when to be serious when we play.‘It works with us, that’s just how our relationship is.’[email protected] last_img read more