This past Friday, the Justice Education Program at Saint Mary’s College began its year-long “Justice Fridays” lecture series with an afternoon discussion about misconceptions and stereotypes women face.Discussion leader and senior Jessica Richmond said the goal of the meeting was to discuss labels placed on women.“I found myself facing labels and misconceptions once I hit high school … and the demeaning hold they take on women is a step in the wrong direction for our society,” she said. “I’m just one story. I want to hear other’s stories and brain storm ways to take a stand to these horrific terms and phrases used against women.”After watching a brief video about the stereotypes women hold in society, program attendees shared labels, such as “tomboy,” “ditzy” and “promiscuous,” which they have experienced personally. Labels such as these are concrete examples of the barriers fellow students are up against, Richmond said.“We can still be strong women with a man beside us, but when people come up with a strong voice, they are often criticized,” she said, “I don’t view myself as ornamental. I have my mind and so much more to offer.”Media is the source of many misconceptions, Richmond said. In order to change what media is portraying, we must first think about the labels we give ourselves, she said.“Media only portrays what we want to see, and if we say that what they are showing is not okay then eventually it will change,” she said, “We have to start small, with our inner circles.“I think as a Saint Mary’s women we are empowered and we empower each other, which is phenomenal … now it is time to turn this out into the communities we reside in to make a change.”First-year student Kendall Smith said she enjoyed the discussion and the stories shared by her classmates.“I was really impressed with how many different opinions came up,” she said. “It was really comforting to know that other girls have the same ideas.”The “Justice Fridays” program series is designed by Saint Mary’s Justice Education students and will continue all year, philosophy professor Adrienne Lyles-Chockley said. It allows students to combat issues they feel passionate about while enacting the mission of the Justice Education program in making the world a more just and peaceful place, she said.“‘Justice Fridays’ are designed to stimulate a campus-wide dialogue on ways to identify and combat injustice, and on methods of advancing social justice,” she said. “By facilitating dialogues that encourage students to think in comprehensive and systemic ways, ‘Justice Fridays’ and the Justice Education program enable students to understand and analyze the experiences of the disenfranchised, to constructively respond to unjust situations and to develop concrete and sustainable methods of advancing justice.”Speakers from the school and surrounding community will facilitate future discussions on topics including gender, racial, environmental, legal and economic justice, Chockley said. The meetings occur from 12-12:50 p.m. in the student center and are open to the public. Those interested in suggesting topics of discussion can contact Chockley at firstname.lastname@example.org.Tags: Justice Education Program, Justice Fridays, labels, lecture series, SMC, stereotypes
MORE: Lakers had to convince LeBron to stop playingThe Lakers entered the season with the notion that its group of talented youngsters, including Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball, would thrive and either form a good supporting cast around James or bolster their value as trade bait. They didn’t give that notion much time, however.By late January, during James’ 17-game absence with a groin injury, the franchise switched gears and got ensconced in a disastrous attempt to trade for Pelicans star Anthony Davis, destroying the trust between James and his young teammates. The team collapsed after the failed trade and the Lakers were in near-tank mode by early March.That leaves two problems — finding trades for the Ingram-Kuzma-Ball batch of youngsters and finding some veteran talent for James, who was recently shut down after playing a career-low 55 games this season.The Lakers will take another run at a Davis trade this summer, and they badly need it to happen because it’s the easiest way for them to move the young guys along while bringing back a truly elite talent and protecting the team’s max-salary free-agent slot.James, Davis and a max free agent puts the Lakers back into contention in the West, at least for one of the upper playoff seeds.Without a Davis trade, it becomes a lot more difficult to make a credible pitch to free agents. The Lakers would quickly go from “Come play with AD and LeBron” to “Come play with 35-year-old LeBron and a bunch of young dudes who don’t much like him and we’re still hoping to trade.”Remember, team president Magic Johnson was brought in to help the team close deals with free agents, which had developed into a significant problem in the last decade. He got James. He needs more.Big issue 2: Alas, the fate of coach Luke Walton was probably sealed last spring when, long before James even signed with the Lakers, it was reported that James’ camp had inquired about replacing Walton with coach David Fizdale, formerly an assistant with James’ Heat teams. Walton was not in the free-agent meeting Johnson had with James, a further sign that Walton would not last long in the James era.Walton likely will be let go shortly after the season. But then what? Who’s qualified for a job like this?MORE: Walton will still be wanted on coaching marketThe Lakers will be looking to hire a coach without an idea of what the roster will look like, though they could put off that decision and see how free agency plays out. If they do that, they’ll miss out on qualified candidates who will land with other teams.There have been rumors that the Lakers could look to Jason Kidd as the team’s new coach, however, which means they don’t have to hurry to make the hire because they’re not all that interested in qualified candidates anyway.Free-agent outlook: The Lakers need to trade for Davis make their pitch credible, but the team does have a max-salary slot open, and the intention is to fill it with one of the top players available.At the head of the list are Southern California natives Kawhi Leonard and Klay Thompson, James’ old teammate Kyrie Irving, and the dream target, Kevin Durant. Get Davis and one of those guys, and this year’s misery will be forgotten quickly.Missing out on those guys means the Lakers could target Kemba Walker, Khris Middleton or DeMarcus Cousins, a somewhat riskier group that might not mesh well. But LA is expected to use its max slot come hell or high water.FREE AGENCY RUMORS: Could Irving prefer Nets over Knicks?That could present a problem. If the Lakers offer something close to a max deal to, say, Middleton or Nikola Vucevic — good players who are not quite max level — they’ll be invested in three players for about $90 million or so.That gives them around $19 million under the cap to sign 10 or 11 players to the roster, around $3 million of which will go to the team’s lottery pick (unless it is traded). The Lakers will pluck as many cheap, late-career vets as they can with the leftover money — remember, when James went to Miami for the 2010-11 season, the team signed the likes of Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Mike Bibby and Jerry Stackhouse.That’s what the Lakers are looking at. The young core will be gone, and they’ll lean on James, Davis, some yet-to-be-determined free agent and a roster of washed-up veterans. It’ll be championship or bust at that point.The young folks: Ball has played 99 games in two seasons, missing much of this year with an ankle injury. He’s a 38.0 percent shooter in the games he has managed to play and hasn’t shown much by way of improvement.Kuzma, after a brilliant rookie season, struggled with his shot all season and has made only 30.3 percent of his 3-pointers this year. He’ll be 24 in July, and those who noted he might not have much room to improve after last season’s output have thus far been proven right.Ingram (18.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists) had been having a breakout season when he was diagnosed with deep-vein thrombosis in his arm. It’s likely that the problem will go away with no issue, but it could come back as a blood clot, which would put his career in jeopardy.NBA MOCK DRAFT: Full first-round breakdownCenter Ivica Zubac was given away to the Clippers at the trade deadline, essentially so that the Lakers could keep 36-year-old Tyson Chandler. And Lakers fans saw D’Angelo Russell become an All-Star in Brooklyn and Julius Randle average 21.4 points for New Orleans.The Lakers have not had a very good track record with young players lately. That’s going to cost them as they look to deal away those players this offseason.The young Lakers still on the roster have been put through the trade-rumor ringer and had their reputations battered. They saw their production slump and are coming out much less valuable as assets than they were five months ago.Wait till next year: The offseason had better be kind to the Lakers. They simply must find a way to make the trade for Davis happen and must get a top-tier third player to go with Davis and James. Neither James nor the franchise appears to have the patience to take a smart, measured approach to the offseason.But the urgency is necessary. James suffered the most significant injury of his career this season, and no matter how meticulous he is in caring for his body, age and mileage are taking their toll.MORE: Lakers had eyes on Jimmy Butler before 76ers trade James also went to LA to get more involved in entertainment, and he is currently putting out a variety of television programs, including one in which customers get haircuts and another in which athletes apparently chase citizens around the streets and building-tops of Los Angeles. To some extent, that takes away his basketball focus.Maybe he’s getting older. Maybe he’s distracted by his other projects. But he’s still a guy who averaged 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists in 55 games this season.His time in the NBA is getting short. If the Lakers are going to get the most out of James next season, they will need to nail their transactions this summer. Big issue 1: The Lakers got their man last summer, LeBron James, in a huge free-agency win. Then the games started, and the whole thing fractured and split irrevocably. Getting James was great, but on every level — the front office, the coaching staff, the other players on the roster, James himself — no one seemed to grasp that a lot more would need to be done.Now comes the clean-up.