Former admin claims discrimination

first_imgDr. G. David Moss, former assistant vice president of academic affairs, filed a lawsuit in federal court in South Bend against the University and Vice President for Student Affairs Erin Hoffmann-Harding, in response to alleged discrimination he faced from the administration.  Moss, who now works as an administrator with the South Bend Community School Corp., sued because he was demoted following his condemnation of two incidents of racial discrimination at the University in the spring 2012 term.  The complaint alleges Moss pursued a promotion from his position as assistant vice president of student affairs to associate vice president of student affairs. Subsequently, the complaint asserts Hoffmann-Harding demoted Moss to the post of senior consultant while attempting to arrange his further demotion or termination. Hoffmann-Harding indicated to Moss that she was considering terminating his employment from summer 2012 until August 2013, the complaint claims. Moss supervised the Call to Action movement, an African-American student group, in the spring of 2012 as part of his job duties, the complaint alleges. During this time, the complaint asserts someone or a group of people targeted the group, leaving pieces of fried chicken in the organization’s mailbox on two separate occasions. Moss responded comprehensively and vocally to these racial stereotyping actions on campus, the complaint asserts, and his actions earned significant publicity both on and off campus. His response included supporting the Call to Action movement, calling for investigation of the incidents and planning ways to “address the underlying racism on campus that caused them,” the complaint alleges. Moss sought promotion after his public involvement with the movement, and the complaint alleges Hoffmann-Harding’s subsequent actions in demoting and threatening Moss with termination were motivated by race and in retaliation for Moss’s contributions to the Call to Action student group.  Moss is seeking monetary damages and a judgment that proves the University’s actions were unconstitutional and violated federal employment statutes.  University spokesman Dennis Brown said the University is investigating the complaint. “We are examining the complaint, which we just received, but we’re confident that Mr. Moss was treated fairly during his employment, and we reject the claim that we discriminate,” Brown said. “We also want to make it clear that the incidents that occurred in February 2012 were unacceptable. We have taken them very seriously and – as evidenced by the committee on diversity appointed by [University President] Fr. Jenkins earlier this year – we continue to make every effort to ensure that our campus is welcoming to all.” Brown said the town hall meeting called by the University in response to the discriminatory incidents has been employed as a way to train staff. “The town hall meeting sponsored after the event in 2012 was videotaped, and has been used extensively in training of student affairs staff, including hundreds of residence hall staff and each department within student affairs,” Brown said. “In addition, in collaboration with student leaders and at the suggestion of students, diversity training has been added to freshman orientation and with campus safety officers.” Moss also filed a claim with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). After investigation of his claim, the commission reported that it is “unable to conclude that the information obtained establishes violations of the statutes.” Thomas Dixon, Moss’ attorney, did not respond to requests for comment.  Contact Nicole Michels at nmichels@nd.edulast_img read more

Cricket News India cricket team ICC World Cup 2019 selection – Selectors’ aim to sort problem of plenty

first_imghighlights The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will begin on May 30.India’s first match will be against South Africa on June 5.India last won the World Cup in 2011 at home by beating Sri Lanka in the final. New Delhi: The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is less than 50 days away. The most awaited selection, which is of the Indian cricket team will be finalised today at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai. A press conference will be held at 3:00 PM and after that, the final 15 players that will represent India and hope to give glory to the country for the first time since 2011 will be determined. For the last year, the core of the Indian cricket team has been performing consistently in ODIs. With wins in Australia and New Zealand, the Indian cricket team has signaled their intention that they are one of the favorites for the World Cup.Ahead of the team selection, here are some of the factors which the Indian cricket team will be keenly following.The No.4 conundrumThe top three of the Indian cricket team, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli select themselves. All three players are proven match-winners and they have the ability to win the bat on their own.  “We are not going to give the excuse that we lost the games because we tried out players. As a side, combination wise, we are sorted. Condition-based, there is one maximum change in the World Cup. We are clear on the playing XI for World Cup. We have to focus on the decisions that resulted in our loss. Hardik Pandya’s return balances the batting and the bowling. We know where we are going to the World Cup as a combination. We have to take better decisions in pressure situations. There is no confusion relating to combination or the playing XI,” Kohli said after the Delhi ODI against Australia in which India not only lost the match but they also lost the series 2-3.If one has to look at Kohli’s words, the Indian cricket team has possibly settled on a core and not many changes are expected. The only possible conundrum could be the No.4 situation. For months, Ambati Rayudu was tried but he suffered a lean patch in the middle and was dropped in the middle of the Australia series. In the IPL, Rayudu scored a fifty to get himself back in the reckoning.The battle for No.4 intensifies with KL Rahul also in brilliant form. Rahul has hit three fifties and a century in the current IPL and going by his current form, it will be hard to ignore him. It will be an interesting situation whether the selectors back Rayudu or Rahul.The back-up keeper and all-rounder The rest of the squad has a settled look, with MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya and Kedar Jadhav forming the lower middle order. The bowlers are Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Thus, on the bowling front, it will be a very surprising move if the selectors choose anybody else apart from the core mentioned above.For an extra buffer, the team might choose a back-up keeper. The battle intensifies between Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant. Karthik has plenty of experience and has also got some ICC experience. Pant, on the other hand, is dynamic and his aggression sets him apart. Pant and Karthik might not get a game in the World Cup due to Dhoni’s presence unless he is rested. With Pant having featured regularly for India, the selectors might opt to pick him in the squad but one can never rule out Karthik.With Hardik Pandya back in the side, the balance of the side is settled. In case Pandya is injured, the selectors might opt for Vijay Shankar to be the back-up all-rounder in the side. Shankar has been consistent with the bat and also impressed with the ball in the series against New Zealand. Ravindra Jadeja is the other option primarily due to his record in England, where he played a stellar role in India’s title march to the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.The selectors have a massive problem of plenty to deal with. The addition is just one player in the No.4 situation and two or three back-up players but otherwise, the selection on April 15 will be the final touch to cover all bases for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more