Photo: Kevin Cole The Motet brought a heavy dose of Colorado funk to the Paradise Rock Club in Boston on Saturday, April 7th. The ensemble was joined by Boston-based outfit Strange Machines, who delivered a jammed out blend of electro-funk and reggae-rock. Photographer Kevin Cole was on hand to catch some shots of the action, and you can check out his images below. Photo: Kevin Cole The Motet & Strange Machines | Paradise Rock Club | Boston, MA | 4/8/2018 | Photos: Kevin Cole Load remaining images
Members of the Notre Dame community questioned what it takes to become a community of healing for victims of assault during “A Time to Heal” dinner Thursday. Paul Kollman, the acting executive director of the Center for Social Concerns, said the healing process is messy, unpredictable and rarely linear. He said four simple terms can describe the healing process: surviving, remembering, voicing and waiting. Kollman said surviving was not something to be taken for granted because to survive a trauma like sexual assault is to be violated at the very core. He said it is often the end of the world that existed before the assault. “Sometimes surviving can be self-administered, sometimes not,” Kollman said. “What is supposed to have been the most loving, free and intimate of physical interaction becomes abusive, violent and un-free.” However, Kollman said the work of a healing community cannot focus on just surviving. Instead, the community must consider the process of remembering. “Of course being a healing community means moving beyond surviving and to remembering,” Kollman said. He said this remembering is part of why surviving a sexual trauma is never really over. The memories are always there, just under the surface, Kollman said. “Memory is an ongoing editorial process, by which we bring aspects of our past into our present awareness,” he said. “It seems common that people who undergo sexual violence have involuntary moments of remembering what happened to them, so the ghost structures of previous damage haunts the imagination.” While Kollman stressed that remembering is an important part of the healing process, as well is voicing what happened. “Healing almost invariably involves voicing, or telling what one has undergone,” he said. This process usually begins with the survivor as the first audience, through journaling or self-reflection, Kollman said. The second audience may be a peer or counselor. “We need peers, who by the grace of God had gifts for such welcoming listening,” he said. “Learning to be people … of a helpful sort, patient [and] non-judgmental … learning to be those kinds of people is the work of a lifetime.” Lastly, Kollman discussed waiting and how healing takes time. “As communities composed of people who have suffered sexual violence, we need to learn to be patient with those whose healing is underway, but not as instant as we in our temptation might want.” Dr. Rita Donley, the associate director of the University Counseling Center, said trust is also a major component of a healing community. “[In a healing community], believe what you hear,” she said. “We don’t want to believe this could happen to us, our roommates, our siblings, our friends. [Instead], we engage in blaming the victim, because we want to push that pain away.” Donley said often times victims themselves push their pain away by concealing their experience. “Often, people don’t come forward right away and they try their best to just shove it away and go back to being a student, athlete, anything they can to just shove it away,” she said. Yet the victim continues to question the experience with five questions. “What happened to me? How did this happen to me? Why did this happen to me? Why did I act the way I did and how will I act the next time I feel the way I feel?” she said. Sometimes victims enter into a state of self-blame, she said. “There is a reason people engage in self-blame,” she said. “When you are the victim of trauma, it is the ultimate experience of being out of control.” Donley said to become a true community of healing, members must suspend judgment by not labeling survivors of sexual trauma, being patient and being there to witness their support. She also said instead of addressing self-destructive behavior as bad, students should express concern for their friend and reaffirm that they stand behind them in their struggles. “I have been privileged as a psychologist to be at the beginning of a patient’s journey and many steps along the way,” she said. “While I see pain, I see amazing resilience, strength, courage, beyond anything I have ever seen.”
With the amount of success the No. 4 USC women’s sand volleyball team has had this season, it’s hard to believe this is only its second year of competitive collegiate play. The program still has that new car smell, but even newer is the team’s Merle Norman Stadium, which opened this season. Though the paint has just barely dried, the Women of Troy have already posted an impressive 7-3 record at home this season, with those three losses coming at the hands of No. 1 Long Beach State, No. 3 Florida State and Pepperdine. Now USC must take their show on the road to finish the regular season strong.Though the Trojans have posted wins against some of the top teams in the nation, including No. 5 Hawai’i and No. 9 Nebraska, they have yet to defeat any of these top three teams in regular season play this year. However, they will get that chance in their next couple of matches.After losing to defending champion Pepperdine 4-1 in USC’s last regular season home match, the team now has to go on the road and play No. 2 Long Beach State (6-1). USC will be looking to get revenge after the 49ers narrowly ousted the Trojans 3-2 at Merle Norman Stadium on Mar. 16. The match was the second half of a doubleheader for USC after defeating Loyola Marymount previously.The loss to the 49ers really was as close as the score indicated, and the match was ultimately decided by only a few points. USC posted wins in the No. 2- and No. 3-ranked matches, while Long Beach State went on to win the No. 1- and No. 5-ranked matches. This left the No. 4-ranked match to decide the dual, where USC’s Brooke Fournier and Natasha Siljkovic fell to Long Beach State’s Lauren Minkel and Jocelyn Neely in the only 3-setter of the dual, 21-18, 20-22, 12-15.“We’ve been coming really close in these big matches,” USC head coach Anna Collier said. “We lost to No. 2 Long Beach State and No. 3 Florida State, both in five sets, so we just have to lock down, take care of our side of the court and play every point like it’s our last.”For Long Beach State, both their No. 4- and No. 5-ranked pairs remain unbeaten through seven matches. Minkel and Neely have made a team-high 195 combined digs while going 6-0 in the fourth slot, while Tyler Jackson and Janisa Johnson are hitting .471 with just 29 errors through six matches.Long Beach State’s only loss this year came to top-ranked Pepperdine, who defeated the 49ers in the American Volleyball Coaches Association collegiate sand volleyball national championship last year.“I hope we can use the Pepperdine match as a learning experience for this upcoming dual against Long Beach State,” Collier said. “We don’t want to have that same feeling of defeat that we had against Pepperdine.”The Women Of Troy will also get another shot at the undefeated Waves, as they travel to Malibu to play them again on April 6.However, the first order of the business for the team is today’s dual against Long Beach State, a team that USC is 1-2 against all-time, having split duals in 2012. First serve is set for 1 p.m.