The Baujan Field fence near the grandstand seating area created a handy framing device for this photo of fall field maintenance. The UD men’s soccer team will play George Washington here at 7 p.m. tomorrow.
10-10-13 by Larry Burgess
Philip Joliat ’13, a chemical engineering graduate (at right) from Dayton, plays Kan Jam with friends at 313 Stonemill. Here, he guides the disc thrown by teammate James Sloat (not pictured), a senior electrical engineering major from Pittsburgh, into the goal. Looking on is (left) Joe Arata, a senior pre-physical therapy major from Beavercreek, Ohio, and his teammate at the other goal (not pictured), Kevin Coyne, a senior chemical engineering major from St. Louis. The students were enjoying some fresh air and sunshine away from their homework during fall break.
10-10-13 by Larry Burgess
“Throughout the years, I loved seeing how much my friends and I were ending up like our parents — and I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing,” joked Megan Dunn ’14, who studies middle childhood education at UD, where she just spent her last Family Weekend with her parents before she graduates in May.
Since her first year, Dunn’s family has made the trip to campus for a weekend of activities and reconnecting. As a family troupe, adorned in full Flyers gear, they attend the football game and tailgate every year.
“We always go to the football game,” Dunn said. “My family’s favorite tradition is hanging out with all of the amazing families we have had the pleasure of getting to know during my time here.”
Dunn describes how her parents look forward to seeing their “parent friends” all year, meaning the parents of UD roommates Dunn has had over her four-year career as a student.
This year was different for the Dunn family: it was the last Family Weekend.
“I don’t want to talk about senior year!” said Dunn with a half-hearted smile as she talked about how having her family here for the last year was different. “It was a little sad, I guess, but this last Family Weekend made me realize how many great friends I had made at UD as well as how many wonderful families raised them to be such great people.”
Then, Dunn remembered why it has always been so important to her to have her family close in the first place.
“My absolute favorite part of Family Weekend is seeing how happy everyone is to have their families come to campus,” Dunn said. ”Most college students leave seeking freedom and independence, but in the end, family is what matters the most.”No Comments
The residents of 452 Kiefaber never have “a case of the Mondays.” Every Monday, the residents watch a musical or Disney movie together to get their week started off right.No Comments
Part 2: A Path of New Lessons
From a distance, junior Dylan Moore anxiously watched a familiar face make his way across the tarmac after landing in Malawi. Two months had passed since they’d seen one another, but all that mattered to Dylan was that his father, Larry, had finally arrived.
Larry Moore saw the first of his four large parcels and quickly grabbed it from the conveyor belt. Then, after about 10 minutes, the second one. By the time Larry exited the terminal, an hour had passed, but he had managed to corral all his checked items, each crucial to the installation of the pump.
“For my first international flight, I thought it went really well,” he says. “I knew it would take a while, but for me it went by fast.”
It was July 15, and just a few weeks remained in a trip that had taken two years to plan. All that was left to do was install the water pump system Larry Moore was now carrying.
After the father and son embraced and said hello, they made their way to lively Sangilo Village, where the people lent a hand with Larry’s luggage … more than once. “They wouldn’t let me carry anything,” Larry says. “Wherever we were going, there were, of course, some of the townspeople; and every time, I was always walking empty handed because they didn’t want me to do anything.”
According to Dylan, the people of Sangilo were grateful and wanted to help as much as possible. Sometimes that even meant setting the ground on fire.
“We had to dig a deep trench, over a distance of 3,000 feet,” Dylan says. “It was agreed that it would be best to dig 1,000 feet per day.” The first day, the village was done with what Dylan assumed would take all day before 10 a.m.
Larry Moore was able to make quick work of the pump, as well, finishing the installation by the end of his second day in town. Dylan says the remainder of the group’s time there was spent putting final touches on things and spending time with his dad.
“We climbed Mount Mulanje, which is the tallest mountain in the country,” he says. “It was great to spend time like that with my dad.”
For Larry, who pointed out he’s “not as young” as he used to be, the trek up Mulanje was not only a way to spend time with his son, it also helped him see the man Dylan was becoming.
“I wouldn’t have made it to the top without him,” Larry says. “He was encouraging the entire way; he has no quit in him.”
Between the work, the mountain journey and a safari, Larry and his son shared experiences few others ever have.
“I’ve always known it, but my dad is so unbelievably hard-working,” Dylan says. “To see him leave his business — and our family — to spend this time here not just with me, but with people he’s never met or heard of … he’s a great man.”
For both, it was hard to say goodbye to the Sangilo Village. But as they did, they understood how lucky they were.
“We take things for granted,” Larry says. “But here, they have nothing. But if you didn’t know better, you’d think they had everything.”
Perhaps it was a stranger’s kindness that made the village so loving. Perhaps it was a mutual sense of gratitude and understanding.
Chances are, it was something in the water.No Comments
Part 1: The Trip Begins
For Dylan Moore ’15, it all started with a scheduling meeting with his adviser, Jason Pierce, during freshman year.
At first, it was a casual, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” sort of conversation, during which the two determined Moore’s second-semester classes.
Then Moore, a political science major from Defiance, Ohio, brought up a goal that not only caught Pierce’s attention, it triggered a series of life-changing events.
Dylan Moore said he wanted to go to Malawi as a part of the Human Rights Practicum.
Moore was a member of Determined to Develop and was well-read on the needs for water technology in the country, including a new water pump.
“Water is the family business; my parents run a water treatment company … so I grew up around all of that,” he remembers telling Pierce. “I really hope I can go someday to do my part.”
It was then that Moore says he heard something he’ll never forget.
“‘You’re going to go,’ my adviser said … almost like it was already decided,” Moore says, recalling the conversation with Pierce. “Then he said, ‘And so is your dad.’”
From that moment, Dylan’s father, Larry Moore, would be joining him on the Malawi journey.
“It was a long process trying to gather enough money to go,” Dylan says. “I couldn’t even afford for myself to go at the time when Dr. Pierce added my dad into the mix. I wasn’t sure how we were going to make it happen.”
It helped that Dylan’s father got a good price on the water pump that the group needed.
“I work with water pumps every day and know quite a bit about the ones that are out there and what we were dealing with,” Larry Moore, owner of Memmer’s Water Tech, says. “It is my job, after all.”
Larry Moore is a member of the Ohio Water Quality Association and suggested his son and other group members attend a conference in Columbus to raise funds.
“When we got there, we basically had nothing money-wise, but when we left, we had over $900 in donations,” Dylan Moore says. “It was remarkable.”
According to Larry Moore, that was only the start of what would be an unbelievable trip to a place 8,100 miles from home.No Comments
Studying for her religion midterm (at left) is Madison Doty, a freshman pre-med and psychology major from Dayton, and helping her is Brendan Carney, a freshman history major from Brooklyn, N.Y. The two were sitting on a bench near Roesch Library.
10-8-13 by Larry Burgess
Last week’s international conference, held Oct. 3-5 at the University’s River Campus, brought together advocates and researchers to explore possible systemic solutions to human rights crises around the world. One vocal advocate for positive change was Friday evening’s keynote speaker, Alex de Waal, director of the World Peace Foundation.
Calling on the U.S. to recognize its moral and legal obligation to discover and disclose human rights violations, de Waal emphasized how this country, as a world leader, should promote human rights whenever possible, and not just when doing so doesn’t conflict with foreign policy. Referencing recent conflicts, like Syria, he noted how solutions can be discovered through peace conferences rather than interventions.
“The American human rights movement will take its place in the vanguard of the global human rights movement when ‘convening and communication’ are the preferred human rights methods to unilateral intervention,” he said.
In coming years, it will be a principle responsibility of the U.S.to look at abuses of power in order to preserve human rights, de Waal said. Additionally, he emphasized how the U.S. needs to work to engage other countries in the fight for human rights, noting that it “must be a joint global effort.”
“We can’t think it is our responsibility to act alone — that is illegal, politically vacuous and lacks that basic sensibility that we live in a world where you have to take account of other people’s views,” de Waal said.
View photos from deWaal’s keynote and other sessions from “The Social Practice of Human Rights: Charting the Frontiers of Research and Advocacy.”No Comments
University of Dayton students brought local lessons and research on rights issues central to the Miami Valley to a conference featuring international speakers combating global human rights abuses.
“Can the public sector accommodate human rights?” This is the question posed by three public administration graduate students as part of the University-hosted conference, The Social Practice of Human Rights: Charting the Frontiers of Research and Advocacy, held Oct 3-5.
Susan Weaver, Leslie King and Chloe Feng, public administration graduate students from Richard Ghere’s Spring 2013 NGO leadership class, addressed of-the-moment topics like public administration’s incorporation of human rights into state-supported foster care, hydraulic fracturing in the Great Miami River Watershed and Dayton’s Immigrant-Friendly City Program.
The panelists’ examples of public policy questions in which human rights are implicated in some way fostered much discussion.
“How do public officials sell the virtues of respect and concern for human dignity as a qualitative social asset that has the potential to reap material benefits for the community?” Feng asked. ”…Human rights shouldn’t have to be earned.”
Discussant James Pierce commended Ghere and the panelists for their work. “They took up the issue of how human rights norms percolate down to the local level and beyond, as well as how human rights rhetoric and norms can inform decisions that public administrators make,” he said.
Kevin Rioux, library and information science professor at St. John’s University in Queens, N.Y. was also complimentary.
“One of the primary motivators of our profession, as librarians, is that people have a human right to education and access to information; therefore, I’m so glad the panel has said affirmatively, that yes, there is a place in the public sector for human rights and that social workers, as well as those who are working with immigrant populations and the environment, are being driven by these ideas,” Rioux said.
Some of the challenges the panelists’ discussed in incorporating human rights norms in a local setting included countervailing pressures against human rights and a lack of awareness among public officials.
“I think this is such an interesting list because if we were at another panel that had a more international focus, the exact same dynamic would be going on,” said Pierce. ”…The same challenges that the panelists pointed to at the local Dayton level are at play wherever international norms are being introduced, whether it’s in Asia, Africa, Latin America or Dayton.”No Comments
October’s not usually when we think about graduation, but perhaps sooner is better than later, as shown by this senior who’s wearing the garb. With the help of UD Bookstore staff, Matt Odierna, a senior mechanical engineering major from Columbus, Ohio, tries on the graduation cap, gown, and hood during a grad fair in Kennedy Union ballroom.
10-7-13 by Larry Burgess