Kennedy Stadlerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kennedy-stadler/ Twitter Kennedy Stadlerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kennedy-stadler/ Linkedin Kennedy Stadler is a second year student at Texas Christian University studying journalism and Spanish. Kennedy is from Danville, California and enjoys sports as well as traveling. Women’s tennis power past Dartmouth ReddIt Previous articleHorned Frogs can’t overcome offensive woes in regular season finaleNext articleFootball faces challenge of replacing key defensive ends Kennedy Stadler RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Women’s tennis downs UT-Rio Grande Valley Twitter Kennedy Stadlerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kennedy-stadler/ Kennedy Stadlerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kennedy-stadler/ Linkedin Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Women’s tennis prepares for ASU, Ohio State + posts The Women’s Tennis team will look to rebound from back to back defeats last weekend. Photo courtesy GoFrogs Kennedy Stadler Facebook Women’s tennis starts off strong in Big 12 play ReddIt printThe Horned Frogs will travel to Waco Thursday to face-off against their Big 12 rival Baylor, hoping to snap their two-game losing streak. The team dropped a 7-0 decision against Ohio State in Tempe, Arizona on Feb. 24, and Texas Tech came back last weekend to steal a 4-3 win in Lubbock. Coach Lee Walker told GoFrogs.com that he liked the energy and fight the Frogs brought to Lubbock despite the outcome. “A lot of positive things happened today and I’m not going to let a point or two in the other direction make me frustrated,” Walker said in the press release. In the Texas Tech loss, freshman Mercedes Aristegui racked up another win in singles. Aristegui has the most singles wins on the team so far, with 12 wins this season. The team continued to dominate in doubles against the Raiders. This week, Aleksa Cveticanin and Ellie Douglas earned a No. 41 spot in the Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings following their 6-3 win on the top court against the Raiders. The Frogs are looking to bring some of that positive energy from Lubbock to Baylor as they kick-off the conference season. TCU struggled in its own conference last season, winning only two matches over Big 12 opponents.The Bears have come out on top in the lasts six matches over the Frogs. Last season, TCU picked up an early 2-0 lead over the Baylor, but the Bears battled back to spoil the Frogs’ home finale in a 4-3 win.The match is set to begin at 3 p.m. Thursday in Waco. Facebook TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello
OCHS Make the Change community on FacebookThe apparent suicide of an Ocean City High School senior on Sunday triggered a wave of grief throughout the school community and a planned protest for Wednesday evening’s Board of Education meeting.Casey Rosamond, a 2014 OCHS graduate, is encouraging students to wear pink to the meeting and to submit anonymous stories of depression or attempted suicide to be read during the meeting.Rosamond said on Tuesday she is an acquaintance of the deceased student and that she feels bullying was at least one contributing factor to the student’s decision.“This is a page made in protest to how OCHS handles bullying, suicide and mental health,” Rosamond wrote in creating the OCHS Make the Change community on Facebook.(Out of respect to the privacy of families, OCNJ Daily does not report on suicides or name victims.)Rosamond said she, like many other students, experienced bullying at Ocean City High School. She said many students have problems at home, but those issues should not be compounded by a hostile environment at school or through social media.The school’s policy on harassment, intimidation and bullying might involve sending bullies home, placing them in detention, or sometimes getting police involved, Rosamond said.“I want there to be more education,” she said.She said she hopes to encourage a policy that creates “more empathy and compassion” through education of alleged bullies.Ocean City’s existing policy does outline “positive behavioral interventions” as well as a number of other remedial measures as consequences for bullying.She said she has already received several anonymous stories from OCHS students, and she hopes to use them to illustrate to the school board the scope of the problem.“I’m not trying to point any fingers,” she said. “I just want the community to come together.”In a letter emailed to Ocean City school families on Monday, Ocean City Schools Superintendent Kathleen Taylor wrote in part:“Please know that our Crisis Response Team, comprised of professionals who are trained to help, are counseling any student in need as well as supporting our staff and families during this very difficult time. These teams will be in our schools over the next few days to assist our schools and school community to cope with this sudden and tragic loss. Our counselors will also provide information as to what parents can do to help their children.In addition, we have provided resource information on the school district website for parents and students dealing with grief.” (See those resources.)
Whenever a serious crime is committed, members of the surrounding community are plagued by burning questions regarding who is responsible, why the incident occurred and how it could have been prevented. In his new book “Homeless Come Home: An Advocate, the Riverbank, and Murder in Topeka, Kansas,” professor Benedict Giamo examined these complex questions in the context of the story of David Owen, an advocate for the homeless who was brutally murdered in 2006 by members of the community he aimed to help. Giamo has studied homelessness since the 1970s, but he was drawn to Owen’s story by the blurred line between victim and perpetrator. “Most of the time, the homeless are the victims, and in this case they were the perpetrators,” he said. “But the victim also had a hand in his own death.” Giamo’s interest in Owen’s murder also stemmed from the interesting relationships between the story’s broad issues and diverse characters, he said. “[The book] is about homelessness, it is about social justice and it is about disability,” Giamo said. “It raises these broader issues and tries to do it in an engaging manner through creative nonfiction to give an account as truthful to the crime, to the setting and to the characters as can be.” In researching and writing his book, Giamo wanted to find out why someone who had professed his life to helping the homeless would reach his demise at their hands. Giamo said Owen was a fascinating yet polarizing character in his desire to reunite the homeless with their families through somewhat questionable tactics. “Owen wanted them [the homeless] to call their families and reconnect, but he would get in their faces and be aggressive,” he said. “If the homeless resisted, he would even go so far as to trash their encampments.” An encounter between Owen and four residents of a homeless encampment ultimately led to his death. Owen was speaking to the group in hopes of encouraging them to reconnect with their families, but the conversation eventually took on a negative tone, Giamo said. “When Owen would trash homeless encampments, he would photograph the before and after,” Giamo said. “On that particular day, he had those pictures in his satchel and they [the homeless perpetrators] found the pictures and burned them.” Owen was brutally beaten and lynched, and his body was found several weeks later, Giamo said. Four homeless individuals were eventually convicted of felony murder and kidnapping in the wake of Owen’s death. Members of the Topeka community characterized Owen for his difficult personality during their interviews with Giamo, he said, but the city’s residents also recognized Owen’s passion for and dedication to advocacy for the homeless. “He was extremely committed to the point that he gave his life, but that was always followed by a sense of fanaticism,” Giamo said. “Homeless Come Home” is available for purchase through the University of Notre Dame Press.