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Petition to Dr. Benoit-Antoine Bacon, Department of Systems and Computer Engineering - Carleton University, Dr. Fred F. Afagh

Provide the Systems and Computer Engineering Society with office space

On campus there are lots of services and clubs available to students. Each club and service is built to fill a niche. The IEEE office serves as a place for students to ask questions about their electronics courses, and to find out about events hosted by IEEE. The CSCE, and CMAS offices serve a similar need for Civil Engineering, and MAAE students respectively. SCESoc is a society which was revived 5 years ago to fill a rather large niche, offering services and support to Engineering students in the following streams: Computer Systems, Software, Bio-medical Electrical, and Communications. The Systems and Computer Engineering Department, which SCESoc represents, has the highest undergraduate recruitment in the FED, and our students account for 5% of the undergraduate population of Carleton. SCESoc has amazing support from students both within the department and the faculty as whole. Walking through the halls of Mackenzie it’s not uncommon to hear the words “SCESoc needs an office” in passing conversation. SCESoc is trying their hardest to host lots of events and help students, both academically and socially. In fact we are rather successful. This year we are running more than 30 events for our 200+ active members. However, we often come into hardships which can be divided into two categories. We don’t have a spot where students can consistently find us, and don’t have storage space. We want to be able to provide students with lots of academic help, however, this is difficult when they can’t find us. We also struggle to put on events when we have nowhere to store tables, chairs, cameras, food, or other event items. Currently we are having to take up space in other offices and using workarounds. For all the effort we spend in trying to use workarounds, it decreases the amount of effort we can pour into our services. These problems can be solved with an office space. So what would the school gain if SCESoc got an office? It would gain a valuable place for students to talk about their stream specific courses. It would gain a space where students can come to learn about all the events we put on. And it would gain more events and services from SCESoc as we can spend less time worrying about where to put our assets.

63 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Syracuse University

Health & Wellness Vending Machine Petition

We, the student body, demand equal access to health and safe-sex products from Syracuse University. The campus community urges the administration to install a Health & Wellness Vending Machine that vends cheaper alternative Plan B, in addition to offering free health items such as menstrual products, condoms, and other wellness products. While Health Services also provides free condoms and alternative Plan B for $39, students are not always able to access or afford these resources when they need it the most due to limited business hours, location, and cost. Adopting Health & Wellness Vending Machines would enable students, faculty, and staff to take control over their own bodies in a more comfortable and accessible way. A Health & Wellness Vending Machine will further protect students’ privacy by preserving anonymity, preventing Health Services visits from being billed through insurance, and lessening the stress on the Health Services resources and staff. Additionally, it would allow the responsibility of obtaining health resources to be more equally shared between partners if they so choose. Syracuse University should join the movement. We, the undersigned, are concerned members of the Syracuse University community who call upon our leaders to act now to implement the Health & Wellness Vending Machine initiative.

Students Advocating Sexual Safety and Empowerment (SASSE)
638 supporters
Started 1 month ago

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A Nobel Peace Prize for Jane Goodall

A Nobel Peace Prize for Jane Goodall"the global face for global peace"October 8, 2018     Last week, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced two new deserving winners of their Peace Prize.  We write to make the case that the Nobel Organization should award the next Peace Prize to Jane Goodall. With exceptionally broad support among the peoples and nations of the world, she will be one of the most popular Nobel Peace Prize laureates ever.  Indeed, since awards are not made posthumously [1], we urge that Jane, now 84 years old, be awarded this honor before it is too late.  Were that to happen, we feel it inevitable that she would immediately rank alongside Gandhi [2], and a small handful of others, as the most noteworthy people who were overlooked for the prize.       Jane Goodall attracted world-wide attention in the early 1960s with a series of paradigm-shifting discoveries that showed astounding humanness in wild chimpanzees.  Writing at the time, Louis Leakey succinctly summarized the singular importance of her discovery of chimpanzee tool-use: “we must now redefine man, redefine tool, or accept chimpanzees as human [3].”  Jane Goodall’s work on wild chimpanzees inspired a re-evaluation on a global scale of what it means to be “human” and what it means to be “animal”.  This led directly to a new appreciation of the shared destiny that all humans have with all nature, and how in the inevitable and increasing conflicts between us and them, we must greatly expand our definition of “us” for human civilization to survive.  We must see ourselves as partners not only with other humans, but also with chimpanzees and all the other creatures who walk, swim, crawl, and fly on the face of the earth.  If we are to survive and prosper, the “we” that survives must be a very big “we”, one which includes both us and them, and indeed, the whole planet.  This one consciousness-elevating discovery is arguably the largest step science has ever made toward a truly global peace.      The 1960s imprinted upon the global consciousness that spring could be silent, that our Earth is a lonely blue marble, and that for all our works, our similarities with animals are far greater than are our differences.  Has it ever been the case that a scientific discovery has ever contributed as much to world peace as have those of Jane Goodall?  Even if one were to collect a small handful of discoveries that might rank alongside those of Jane Goodall, then has it ever been the case that the scientist then set aside a successful scientific career and committed the remainder of her life to inspired humanitarian efforts that promote peace among humans, peace between humans and nature, and peace between the natural living world and the physical world?      Jane Goodall founded the Jane Goodall Institute in 1977 and has developed it into a global conservation organization with branches in more than two dozen countries, promoting its core values on all six inhabited continents: to respect, nourish, and protect all living beings with the understanding that people, animals and the environment are all interconnected [4].  In 1986 Jane Goodall was moved to set virtually everything else aside, and devote her time to thousands of public speeches that have brought this message to all corners of civilization.  By discussing her work with chimpanzees, the work of the Jane Goodall Institute, and her belief that knowledge leads to understanding, and that understanding encourages individuals to act, she has shown through her example that one person – every single individual – can make a difference, and has urged each of us to do our part to make a better world.  Through these face-to-face interactions, through her films, books, and her National Geographic articles, she has brought her message of peace directly to more people, perhaps, than has any other messenger of peace in history. Indeed, for much of her life, Jane Goodall was the world’s most recognizable scientist to the public. Recognizing that the values of sustainability must be a part of early learning to change humanity’s unsustainable practices, Jane Goodall founded the youth environmental education organization Roots and Shoots in 1991 to foster respect and compassion for all living beings, to promote understanding of all cultures and beliefs, and to inspire every individual to act to make the world a better place for people, animals, and the environment.  Roots and Shoots has grown enormously, with more than 150,000 members in 130 countries [5].      Jane’s message to us is that there are no substitutes for peaceful coexistence. For humans, who have the power to destroy the Earth, its inhabitants, and all types of landscapes, peace is something far greater than merely the lack of warfare among humans.  Rather, the notion of peace includes the vitally important quest for a sustainable coexistence of humans with the living and nonliving world around us.  A Nobel Peace Prize for Jane Goodall underscores that humans must not be at war with nature, but rather that true harmony and peace is only possible when humans live sustainably on our planet.      Plainly stated, Jane Goodall is an obvious choice for a Nobel Peace Prize.  Currently a United Nations Messenger of Peace [6], Jane Goodall has already earned accolades for her humanitarian efforts far too numerous to list here.  We draw attention to her efforts that rightfully earned those awards. By dedicating her life to spreading her message of peace, by sharing her compassionate environmental insights of the unity we share with this magnificent and fragile planet, Jane Goodall has helped to build a future where there will be enough, such that no one is left without and peace may reign.  In doing so, Jane Goodall has done more and better work than any living person to promote fraternity among nations and to fulfill the explicit conditions in the will of Alfred Nobel for his prize dedicated to peace.       Biographic Statement: We are a group of scientists and conservationists who urge a grassroots campaign to support Jane Goodall for a Nobel Peace Prize.  We encourage qualified nominators to nominate her, and for the rest of us to sign on to this statement.      Conflict of Interest Statement: Many of us know Jane as a colleague, and some know her as a collaborator, but only two of us work directly for her.  None of us anticipate any direct reward for supporting this effort. Links to facts and quotes:   [1] “Work produced by a person since deceased shall not be considered for an award. If, however, a prizewinner dies before he has received the prize, then the prize may be presented. [2] “Mahatma Gandhi, the Missing Laureate” [3] [4] [5] [6] Authorship: Myron Shekelle [1], Herbert H. Covert [2], Craig Stanford [3], Russell A. Mittermeier [4], and others listed alphabetically (see below) [1] Research Associate, Department of Anthropology, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington USA[2] Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA [3] Professor, Department of Anthropology and Biological Sciences, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA [4] Chief Conservation Officer, Global Wildlife Conservation, Austin TX, USA   Rebecca R. Ackermann. Director, Human Evolution Research Institute. Professor, Department of Archaeology, University of Cape Town, South Africa. Andie Ang, President, Jane Goodall Institute (Singapore)Marc Bekoff, author Camille N. Z. Coudrat, Director, Project Anoulak, Lao PDR Richard W Byrne, Emeritus Professor, School of Psychology & Neuroscience, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife, UK Ramesh Boonratana, Director, Natural Sciences Program, Mahidol University International College, Thailand. Jae C. Choe, President, The Biodiversity Foundation, Seoul, Korea Todd Disotell, Professor, Department of Anthropology, New York University, New York, New York, USA Shun Deng Fam, Tutor and Course Co-convenor, Fenner School of Environment and Society, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. Izeni Pires Farias, Departamento de Genética, Universidade Federal do Amazonas, Manaus, BrazilHarry W. Greene, Emeritus Professor and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA Colin Groves (posthumous), Professor Emeritus, School of Archeology and Anthropology, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia Tomas Hrbek, Departamento de Genética, Universidade Federal do Amazonas, Manaus, BrazilKevin D. Hunt, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA Lynne Isbell, Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Davis, California, USA Shadrack Kamenya, Conservation Director, the Jane Goodall Institute, Tanzania James Loucky, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington USA Linda F. Marchant, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Miami University of Ohio, Oxford, OH, USA William McGrew, Honorary Professor, Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, University of St. Andrews, Scotland Fabiano R. de Melo, Professor at Forestry Enginneering Department, Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV), Viçosa, Minas Gerais, Brazil Jim Moore, Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, University of California, San Diego, California, USA Le Khac Quyet, Research Associate, Southern Institute of Ecology - Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, Hanoi, Vietnam Christian Roos, Senior Scientist, German Primate Center, Leibniz Institute for Primate Research, Goettingen, Germany Noel Rowe, Founder and President, Primate Conservation, Inc., Charlestown, Rhode Island, USA Nadine Ruppert, Head of Primate Research and Conservation Lab, School of Biological Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 USM, Penang, Malaysia Wes Sechrest, CEO, Global Wildlife Conservation, Austin, TX, USAJatna Supriatna, Professor of Conservation Biology and Director, Institute for Sustainable Earth and Resources, University of Indonesia, Depok, Indonesia Patricia Wright, Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Anthropology, State University of New York, Stony Brook, USA Juichi Yamagiwa, President, Kyoto University, Japan Kelly R. Zamudio, Goldwin Smith Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA  

Myron Shekelle
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