Emily Hefty and Jesse Peterson’s Senior Recitals

On Sunday, May 7th

I went to 2 different Senior recitals with Justin.  Justin still needed to finish up a few concerts for his Music Appreciation class and I knew of 2 very good ones that were going on this weekend.  Emily is a violin and flute player and was accompanied by her Flute professor and a piano.  Jesse is a percussionist and played on the Marimba and several other percussion instruments.  Both of the musicians did a very good job with their own pieces, playing very difficult music in their own fields.

-Brenden

Stop The Hate

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This past Wednesday I attended a Stop the Hate session. This session was a deeper dive into hate in the news. During the session, we talked about how hate can show up in the news. We looked at multiple new stories about hate. I found it interesting to see how much hate really shows up in the news. It becomes one of those things that is not seen unless it is looked for. In addition to looking at stories in the news related to hate, we also looked at multiple resources that are on the internet relating to hate. There were three main websites that we looked at. The first one was www.splcenter.org , this website provides a hate map. The hate map is a map of the United States and shows all the known documented hate groups and where they are located. It is an interesting website and puts into perspective of how much hate is in this country. It is unfortunate that the number of hate groups continue to rise. The second website that we looked at was www.adl.org , this website provides relevant news stories relating to hate. It posts both positive and negative stories and is a very useful site. The final website that we looked at was https://www.uwplatt.edu/diversity/bias-incident-reporting . On this website, UW-Platteville students can report hate and bias that is seen on campus. This is an important website because without reposting hate and bias on campus it will go unseen and unable to be fixed. So I encourage you to report something is you see something.

-Brian

Stop the Hate

Hey 3 West,

Tonight I attended a Stop the Hate session on campus. The session tonight was a deeper dive into the topic of harassment on women specifically. Some of the information that we covered was discrimination and sexual assault against women. It was interesting to talk about and discuss the number different ways that women are discriminated against in our society. In addition, we talked about sexual assaults and reviewed a few news stories. We also were presents with some staggering facts related to sexual assaults. For example, on average a college-aged perpetrator has already sexually assaulted 6 women. I found this fact to be very shocking. There are things we all can to do help prevent this from happening. Instead of being a bystander to an incident stand up and say something. Always be looking out for situations for when a woman may be in destress. It is easy things like this that can help drastically reduce the amount of sexual assaults that occur.

I will be attending more Stop the Hate sessions in the future if anyone is interested in coming along. I will also put the link to their website below for additional information.

-Brian

Link: https://www.campuspride.org/stop-the-hate/

 

Stop the Hate

Hey 3 West,

Tonight I attended a Stop the Hate session here on campus. These sessions are great because they bring up topics that cause real concern to campus and our society as a whole. The session I attended tonight was an introduction section. In this section we went over the definition of hate and bias crimes. We also went into what is the difference between a hate crime and a bias incident. We studied this through looking at different scenarios and determining if it was a hate crime or a bias incident. During the session the instructor also pointed out that we all can help stop the hate. A way to think about it is if you see something say something. For example, if someone uses a racial slur call them out on it, or if someone is making fun of someone and uses an inappropriate word tell them to rephrase it. By getting on top of these seemingly small instances it will prevent things from escalating to hate crimes. Our instructor performed an activity to demonstrate this concept. She made a pyramid of cups. The bottoms cups represented all the small racial slurs that are made, improper use of derogatory terms, and other bias related things. The top of the pyramid represented when those bias incidences turned into hate crimes. One person was instructed to throw a ball at the pyramid to try to knock down as much of it as possible. Of course, the person threw the ball at the base of the pyramid knocking the whole thing down. This demonstrates that if we stop the bias right away it will not escalate to hate crimes. I will be attending more Stop the Hate sessions throughout the semester and would be more than happy to attend them with you. Below i have attached the link to their website if any of you would additional information.

-Brian

Link: https://www.campuspride.org/stop-the-hate/

 

 

From the Streets to the Stage

From the Streets to the Stage / Monti Washington

Hello everyone,

Yesterday Brenden and I attended the United We Stand lecture on campus. The speaker was Monti Washington, with his lecture called From the Streets to the Stage. He was a great speaker who started out his lecture with an awesome poem.  Monti is a motivation speaker and it main point was that “we are not out story”. By this he means that our past does not define our future and it should not stop you from chasing you dreams. One of my favorite quotes by him is, “If you are not yourself, then it is identity theft”.

In addition to talking about not letting the past define the future, he also talks about the importance of setting goals for yourself. He mentions that is it is important to set goals for the near future and the distance future, rather than one or the other. Monti also performed an activity where he made people scream out good qualities about themselves that made them unique. Finally, he ended with another spoken poem that was impactful. Overall, he was a great motivational speaker with a great story. If any of you are interested I would defiantly consider looking him up to learn more about him. I will include a link in the bottom to his website.

Link: http://ciaspeakers.com/home/?p=217

-Brian & Brenden

 

Stop the Hate

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Hey everyone, last night Brenden and I attended a Stop the Hate session. In this session we dived into the different levels of bias and hates crimes with use of the pyramid of hate worksheet. This sheet lays out the different ranking of hate and why it is important to address bias and hate at the bottom of the pyramid. In this way it can be prevented from climbing up the ranks into more serious issues.

We also when through a combat hate action planning activity. During this activity we were paired up and asked to think about what we personally could do in the prevention of bias and hate. We also went through what different groups on campus can do to prevent it and what the campus as a whole can do. As a large group we shared out many ideas of how bias and hate can be stopped within out campus.

The last thing that we covered during the Stop the Hate session is going through ten ways to stop the hate. These ranged from assisting victims of hate to changing bias and hate crime policy and protocols. Each prevention technique when into greater detail in describing what could be done. In the end of the day if there is one thing to get out of these sessions to remember is, “if you see something, say something”.

-Brian & Brenden