Boschini addresses racial ‘ignorance’ at TCU

first_imgGarrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Twitter Garrett Podell Previous articleFirst Look: New concert hall plans for School of MusicNext articleReview: Daniel Day-Lewis’ Phantom Thread falls flat Garrett Podell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Listen: The Podell and Pickell Show with L.J. Collier printA student who sent a video on Snapchat mocking black students who were dancing at last semester’s midnight pancake breakfast has been disciplined.Because of privacy laws, university officials didn’t identify the student.“The student is involved in educational sanctions, and we don’t talk in terms of punishment, but in development,” TCU Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Dr. Kathy Cavins-Tull said. “The student will engage in activities that will help develop a broader understanding of culture and in living in a community.” Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Facebook Chancellor Boschini sent out an email to TCU students and faculty in response to travel ban. Twitter + posts Men’s basketball scores season-low in NIT semifinals loss to Texas Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/center_img Linkedin Boschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ ReddIt TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. He is the Managing Editor for TCU360, and his passions are God, family, friends, sports, and great food. Boschini talks: construction, parking, tuition, enrollment, DEI, a student trustee Linkedin ReddIt Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Facebook World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution This photo has been edited to protect the identity of those in the photo.The snap of a group of black students dancing at the event included the caption, “Why did the African tribal troup take over late night at the Bluu?”Junior psychology major Sam Luke was one of the students pictured, wearing the red sweatshirt. He said the post made him question TCU’s core values.“Seeing the state our country is in right now, it’s so divided, and we all pride ourselves on being Horned Frogs together, but the way it was worded made me question the values we have here at TCU,” Luke said. “We talk about inclusiveness, but the university has a lot to work on in that regard.”TCU Chancellor Victor Boschini said he met with the student who made the post.“It’s hard, but I think what you have to do is remember to take a deep breath, take a step back, and try not to always react in anger to everything because some people are just ignorant, and that’s what I think this person was,” Boschini said. “I also like to remind everybody that it’s just one person doing this, and the person who did this actually was very, very remorseful about it and felt very, very bad about it after it was pointed out to her. It doesn’t excuse what she did, but it does help a little bit in my opinion.”Luke said part of the reason the snap upset him was because he was born in South Sudan.“It really struck a nerve with me because it’s just ignorant and two, there’s just different African communities on campus at TCU,” Luke said. “It’s hurtful to group us together because there are a lot of different groups on campus and no African songs were being played. There was hip-hop music and the Frog Camp songs, all mainstream stuff.”Boschini said college administrators across the country are more aware of students using social media to convey racially charged messages.“I’d say nationally and locally it’s tense everywhere, maybe tense is too strong, there’s a heightened awareness about it, and I think that’s actually good,” Boschini said.Last month, the University of Alabama expelled a student after she posted videos on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in which she was used of a racial slur. Wake Forest announced that a student is no longer enrolled after posting a video referring to her residential adviser with a racial slur.Some have suggested that Alabama officials overstepped and violated the student’s First Amendment rights. While not commenting specifically on that case, Boschini said he falls “more on the side of free speech.”“Everybody should have the right to say what they want until it reaches hate speech,” Boschini said. “Then when it reaches hate speech, we’re happy to discipline people, kick them off campus. We’ve done that in the past, and I think our record shows that we will not tolerate that.”Yet, TCU has faced incidents like this before.“It’s not the first time something like this has happened, which is why it was even more hurtful, especially after all the diversity committees and things like that have been set in place for minorities here,” junior communications major Maia Gunn said.Two years ago, there was a Yik Yak incident regarding a pool party hosted by Kappa Alpha Psi, a predominantly African-American fraternity.“They were throwing a pool party and they were called monkeys on Yik Yak, which was unfortunate,” junior strategic communication major Jon Villalobos said.Both Luke and Gunn also brought up that event when thinking back on previous social media posts similar to the one that occurred at the midnight pancake breakfast.“Yik Yak used to be a really big forum where people would be exposed to racism at TCU,” Gunn said. “There’s always little comments being made about when a group of minority students are together.”Boschini said most of the instances could be categorized as ignorance.“I think most of what we find is ignorance and stupidity, people not thinking before they speak and a lot of times if you get the groups of people, whatever the groups are, it’s really a lot more difficult to tell you something face to face than it is on the Internet,” Boschini said. “That helps, and I think it makes us realize we have a lot more in common than not.”He said the topic this snap invokes is not one easily dealt with.“Just in general that none of these issues are easy, and I think everybody needs to make a real concerted effort to work on them and to have a good heart about them,” Boschini said. “Now, does that mean some people don’t have a good heart about this, absolutely, I recognize that, and those are the kind of people we don’t want part of our community.”last_img read more

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The iBuying Impact: Increased Efficiency or Another Housing Bubble?

first_img Previous: Where Income and Affordability Balance Out Next: Re-Examining Manufactured Housing With technology making the homebuying easier than ever, experts believe the practice of buying a home online could lead to “a far more efficient and affordable housing market — or another devastating bubble,” said Karl Smith, former assistant professor of economics at the University of North Carolina’s school of government stated on Bloomberg.“iBuying,” Smith notes, involves firms using algorithms to provide sellers with fixed-price offers on their homes. However, the seller is the one who has all the information, leaving buyers and investors cautious. Algorithms, however, can read disclosures, do market comparisons, evaluate timing, assess nearby rental vacancies and consider a host of other factors to arrive at an estimate of the house’s value, allowing iBuyer firms to give an instant price. According to Smith, around 5% of the homes sold in Phoenix, Arizona, were sold through instant buying last year, and investors own as many as 22,000 houses in the area.As the market slows, these instant sales will become more popular, and more properties could end up in the hands of big investors. As this instant sale technology becomes more popular, “click-to-buy,” may pick up on the other end. “Together, these two technologies could serve as a kind of market-maker: A platform that allows buyers and sellers to find each other,” said Smith. “As an asset that can be easily bought and sold at known prices, real estate would be coveted by investors, who are willing to accept a lower return on their investment in exchange for the convenience of easy trading.”With houses as easy to buy and sell as stocks, home prices are likely to rise, but this is dependent on the nation’s ability to build more housing stock. “In either case, emerging technology has the potential to radically transform the economics of housing,” said Smith. “It could lead to an expansion of supply, making housing more affordable; or it could result in the financialization of housing, the end of the owner-occupied era and new source of economic instability. Policy makers will have to keep an eye out for which scenario is emerging and what if anything they can do about it.” The iBuying Impact: Increased Efficiency or Another Housing Bubble? The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Tagged with: Homebuyers Investment Sales Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agocenter_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post in Daily Dose, Featured, Investment, Market Studies, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Homebuyers Investment Sales 2019-07-02 Seth Welborn About Author: Seth Welborn July 2, 2019 926 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / The iBuying Impact: Increased Efficiency or Another Housing Bubble? Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agolast_img read more

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Gas South acquires Peninsula Energy’s natural gas marketing operations

first_img Image: Gas South is a natural gas provider in competitive markets. Photo: Courtesy of rawpixel from Pixabay. Gas South, one of the Southeast’s leading natural gas providers, will purchase the Florida assets of Peninsula Energy Services Company (PESCO). PESCO is a subsidiary of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE: CPK), a diversified energy company.“Our team at Gas South has always been impressed with how PESCO built its gas marketing business in Florida by providing exceptional value and building mutually beneficial business relationships,” said Kevin Greiner, Gas South president and CEO. “When we had the opportunity to acquire this business, we viewed it as a great strategic and cultural fit. We’re excited to have PESCO employees join Gas South to help us expand our retail natural gas business in Florida and elsewhere. We also look forward to continuing a very positive long-term relationship with Chesapeake Utilities as we continue to expand our respective businesses.”Gas South entered Florida’s commercial and industrial natural gas market in 2014, and will begin serving the acquired customers on November 1, 2019.“We’re excited to be able to offer Gas South’s competitive rates and outstanding service to more customers in Florida,” added Greiner. “We look forward to increasing our engagement with Florida’s dynamic business and civic communities.” Source: Company Press Release Purchase will Position Gas South among the Top Four Natural Gas Providers in Floridalast_img read more

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