Holder’s mission

first_imgAlvin Poussaint, professor of psychiatry, associate dean for student affairs at Harvard Medical School, and a long-time crusader on children’s issues, warned about the anger and rage that underlies bullying. “I think we have to focus on that anger,” he said.Since many programs operate at the state level, asked Harvard Law School Professor Ronald Sullivan, how can federal authorities create the political will to institute change?Through grant making, Holder replied. “You’d be surprised at the number of cities and neighborhoods that want to try these things.”Asked by Barbara Ferrer, executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission, about accomplishments in getting to the root cause of violence, Holder acknowledged, “The Justice Department can’t do it alone.”Crime levels decrease with education achieved, he noted, adding, “Some of our best crime fighters are teachers.” When U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder uses the word “epidemic” to describe the rise of violence witnessed by children, he is not indulging in hyperbole.Use of the word is part of his mission to recast the problem of violence seen by or done to kids as a public health issue, one that demands responses from multiple institutions — not just law enforcement — to address both symptoms and prevention.On May 6 Holder brought this message to The Forum at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) in remarks and a discussion broadcast live via the web and posted as an on-demand webcast.Children’s exposure to violence, which can cause physical, emotional, and psychological harm, is “one of the greatest public safety and public health epidemics of our time,” Holder told the audience.Children today are much more likely than adults to be exposed to violence and crime, from bullying at school, seeing parents strike each other, or experiencing a knife or gunfight, he said.Whether a child is a victim or a witness, he added, “Violence affects the brain as much as it affects the body and the spirit.”Research has demonstrated the cumulative effect of violence, Holder continued, citing a Justice Department study that found “a majority of our children — more than 60 percent of them — have been exposed to some type of crime, abuse, or violence.”According to Holder, these children are more likely to suffer depression or to fail in school; have a greater risk of drug and alcohol abuse as adults; are more likely to develop chronic disease; have difficulty establishing emotional closeness; and are more likely to commit acts of violence.Violence is not limited by region; it can happen at home, school, in the streets, and on the Internet, Holder said: “We must recognize that children’s exposure to violence is a public health issue and it demands a public health response.”He said the problem should be addressed “holistically, not just in fragments” by building on existing partnerships among institutions, and he called for training more professionals to work with children exposed to violence, he said.Alvin Poussaint, professor of psychiatry, associate dean for student affairs at Harvard Medical School, and a long-time crusader on children’s issues, warned about the anger and rage that underlies bullying. “I think we have to focus on that anger,” he said.During the Q&A session, Jay Winsten, the Frank Stanton Center Director for the Center for Health Communication at HSPH, asked Holder about his strategy for turning plans into action.One response is to cast the problem as one of U.S. security and protection, Holder said. “What we’re doing here today is just as important as what we did on Sunday,” he said, referring to the killing of Osama bin Laden. “We have to protect the American people. It’s not a coincidence that we see the greatest amount of violence in areas with the greatest amount of social dysfunction.”Winsten also speculated about changing social norms, noting that efforts to combat drunk driving led to the notion of a “designated driver.” What might be the counterpart in combating behavior around bullying?Holder responded with a personal story about how his own daughter, now 17, was bullied at school in the fifthand sixth grades but never told him about it. “It brought tears to my eyes to hear her describe what she experienced,” he said.last_img read more

Beat Writers split on predictions for Syracuse-North Carolina State matchup

first_imgComing off a near-upset over then-No. 25 Louisiana State, Syracuse (2-2) travels to North Carolina State (3-1) to take on the Wolfpack at 12:20 p.m. at Carter-Finley Stadium. Last season, N.C. State edged the Eric Dungey-less Orange, 35-20.Joe Bloss (3-1)Blow the house downSU 21, N.C. State 17Syracuse had its chances to beat LSU. If a few more tackles were made and a certain kickoff was booted into the back of the end zone, we might be talking about the greatest win of Babers’ era at SU. Those small details will go the Orange’s way this week, giving it a huge road win over the Wolfpack that will reverse the course of its season. The defense will cut out the big plays and score once to make the difference. Eric Dungey will complete close to 30 passes and Steve Ishmael will continue to dominate because short throws might be all SU can get. I didn’t drive for nearly 12 hours to see anything else.Sam Fortier (3-1)Pack a WallopN.C. State 31, Syracuse 28Dino Babers’ frustration at the podium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, last week said it all. His team, he said, hadn’t known how close they’d come to pulling off the upset of a lifetime. The two or three plays per game separating Syracuse from a “moral victory” to one on the scoreboard showed up again, as they have so often in the past few years, save Virginia Tech in 2016. This week, Syracuse faces a team that did all the little things it needed in order to upset then-No. 12 Florida State. Until Syracuse exhibits a similar execution, it’s tough to give the Orange the benefit of the doubt.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMatthew Gutierrez (3-1)No PackSyracuse 24, N.C. State 17The Wolfpack owns the 11th-best rushing defense in the country (92.3 yards per game), meaning the Syracuse offense rests entirely on Eric Dungey’s right arm. That’s not an issue, because he can chuck it and the SU defense is good enough to hold down the fort. Syracuse could use two wins — this weekend at NCSU and next against Pittsburgh — before No. 2 Clemson visits the Carrier Dome Oct. 13. Behind another strong defensive effort, SU sneaks past the Wolfpack on Saturday afternoon for a big road victory.Tomer Langer (3-1)Running on emptyN.C. State 30, SU 23Purely based on how the two teams match up, this is arguably a more difficult matchup for SU than last week’s tilt against LSU. As Dino Babers and company have raved all week, that front-seven is legit, and the Orange offensive line is still growing. Last year N.C. State dominated time of possession against Syracuse — it held the ball for more than 40 minutes — by moving methodically on offense and deploying it’s stellar pass rush. Now, Eric Dungey wasn’t available for that non-contest which is a huge factor. But we saw in Week 2 that the one way to slow him (and the offense) down is with a stellar pass rush. The Orange will compete, but N.C. State’s efficient offense led by quarterback Ryan Finley and it’s destructive front-seven, led by Bradley Chubb, will be too much for SU to handle. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 30, 2017 at 10:58 amlast_img read more