TCU’s mask mandate to remain in place

first_imgprintTexas plans to rollback its COVID-19 restrictions and mask mandate Wednesday, but TCU plans to keep its precautions in place. Chancellor Victor Boschini told the Faculty Senate Thursday that TCU won’t be adopting the state’s stance.“No, we are not stopping on any of our precautions,” Boschini said. “We are going to be as vigilant as we can.” On Tuesday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced plans to rescind the statewide mask mandate and allow all businesses to operate at full capacity. Following that announcement, Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley immediately lifted the county’s mask mandate.On Wednesday, Faculty Senate held an emergency electronic vote on a a resolution calling for TCU to continue its face covering policy in the wake of these orders being lifted. It passed with a clear majority. “Abandoning our policy of required face coverings runs counter to the advice of both local and federal agencies and would certainly bring increased risk to the campus community.” Faculty Senate resolutionTexas Gove. Greg Abbott delivers an announcement in Montelongo’s Mexican Restaurant, Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in Lubbock, Texas. Governor Abbott announced that he is rescinding executive orders that limit capacities for businesses and the statewide mask mandate. [Justin Rex/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal via AP)Tarrant County Public Health is still reporting community spread of COVID-19. The CDC and TCPH are still recommending the use of face coverings and physical distancing.Boschini called for TCU faculty to help enforce all precautions and encourage students to continue to wear masks.“I have found whenever I ask a kid nicely, they always do it, and a lot of times just because you’re wearing it, it’ll embarrass them into doing it,” Boschini said.There were 9 active cases and none reported among on-campus students as of Friday, according to TCU. Faculty Senate endorsed broad response to trustee’s remarksThe Faculty Senate also approved a resolution affirming its commitment to the university’s mission after disparaging comments by Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, in January. Read More: Faculty Senate calls special meeting to discuss response to Rep. Roger WilliamsLast month, Faculty Senate rejected a statement critical of Williams written by by faculty members who are launching a chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). The ad hoc committee’s response “Affirming the Faculty’s commitment to the Mission, Vision, and Values of the University” doesn’t mention Williams, who also sits on the board of trustees, by name. Some senators wanted to make an amendment to the wording of the document to make it a more direct response to Williams. Senate member Joshua Bentley explained that the resolution was purposefully not a direct response. Its role was to craft a statement of principles that did not directly engage with Williams, he said. “There is something of value to getting your ideological opponents to admit that what you said is right,” said Bentley. “And if they’re being hypocritical when they do that then, you know that’s on them.” The resolution passed with 88 percent support. The Beto Cruz Award: honoring a TCU employee“Jose” Adalberto Cruz-Hurtado was 62 years old. (Photo courtesy of Adalberto-Cruz family)The Faculty Senate also announced plans for an award and art piece in honor of a TCU staff member who died due to COVID-19 complications earlier this year. Read More: TCU employee dies of complications related to COVID-19The award honoring Jose Aldaberto Cruz-Hurtado will be given annually to TCU employees who work behind the scenes and “exemplify a positive interaction with the broader TCU community.”The inaugural award will be a monetary gift to Cruz’s family. In the coming years, the award will be given to a staff member or a contract worker, such as a Sodexo worker or bus driver, who exemplifies the qualities that Cruz is remembered for.The award will be given out every two years and the recipient will receive a monetary award and see their name added to an art piece.The Faculty Senate is working with artists to create the piece, with early plans for it to be a “Tree of Life” placed somewhere on campus. The piece will honor Cruz and the work of TCU staff and award recipient’s names will be added to the leaves of the tree. Facebook Linkedin TCU students are currently required to wear a mask while on-campus. 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Supreme court confirms death sentence for two journalists for “blasphemy”

first_img Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says News AfghanistanAsia – Pacific News Follow the news on Afghanistan Receive email alerts June 2, 2021 Find out more May 3, 2021 Find out more News Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” Newscenter_img to go further AfghanistanAsia – Pacific RSF_en August 6, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Supreme court confirms death sentence for two journalists for “blasphemy” Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) today voiced outrage at the supreme court’s decision to uphold death sentences for journalists Sayeed Mahdawi and Ali Reza Payam. They are accused of blasphemy for saying the Islam practised in Afghanistan was reactionary and for criticising the political use of the religion by conservative leaders. The two journalists are currently in hiding within Afghanistan.In a letter to President Hamid Karzai, Reporters Without Borders said it was regrettable to once again see the conservatives who dominate the Afghan judicial system abuse their power to attack freedom of expression. The organisation urged him to ensure the safety of the two journalists and called for reform of the supreme court “so that it becomes an independent body that guarantees individual freedoms.”The organisation also called on the UN secretary-general’s special representative in Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, to mobilise the full weight of the international community in defence of freedom of expression in Afghanistan.The death sentences were requested a few days ago by the council of ulemas (consisting of 13 Muslim scholars) and were confirmed in a 10-page document signed by supreme court president Maulavi Fazl-e Hadi Shinwari. The government would appear to be under the obligation to implement this decision by the country’s highest court although a lower court is already handling the case. A supreme court judge told a Reporters Without Borders source that “this sentence is above the law.”New arrests warrants have been issued against Mahdawi, editor the weekly Aftab, and Payam, a Iranian national, which has been closed ever since the publication of its 11 June issue containing the offending article, headlined “Holy fascism.”The two journalists were originally held for a week before being released as a result of President Karzai’s intervention. They were supposed to have appeared before a judge to explain their article, but after a demonstration by Islamists opposed to their release, they went into hiding to avoid reprisals. An Afghan newspaper has published fatwas sentencing them to death.They asked in the offending article: “If Islam is the last and the most complete of the revealed religions, why are the Muslim countries lagging behind the modern world?” Help by sharing this information Organisation RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan March 11, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more