Student government screens sensory-friendly film


first_imgIn an effort to raise awareness about different disabilities and their effects on every aspect of individuals’ lives, student government partnered with the LOGAN Center of South Bend to organize a sensory-friendly movie showing of “The Red Turtle” in DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s Browning Cinema on Sunday afternoon.Sabrina Battiston, a sophomore who was one of the event’s organizers, said the screening catered to attendees’ viewing preferences.“The idea is that we want to minimize sensory overstimulation in a movie,” Battiston said. “People might be sensitive to loud noises or might not be able to sit still for a long time, and this can be related to mental disabilities or just general sensitivities.” Sensory-friendly showings provide disabled individuals and their families with the opportunity to see a movie without worrying about the reactions of other moviegoers, Battiston said.“We had the lights halfway on, so people could see if they wanted to get up and walk around, and it was very casual,” she said. “If kids needed to talk to their parents, they could do that. There’s no judgment there. Also, the sound was lower than in normal movies.”The movie, “The Red Turtle,” is a critically acclaimed animated film from Studio Ghibli, the Japanese studio that produced such classics as “Spirited Away” and “Howl’s Moving Castle,” Battiston said. She said she met with Ricky Herbst, cinema program director at Debartolo Performing Arts Center, to get his opinion on the best movie for the showing.“It’s animated, it’s colorful, all ages like it. It was nominated for an academy award this year,” Battiston said. “[Herbst] thought it would appeal to all audiences.”The showing drew a variety of viewers, including families with young children, elderly couples and Notre Dame students, Battiston said. She said the event was co-sponsored by the LOGAN Center of South Bend, which supports individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.“It went really well, and we had a great turnout,” she said. “We’re hoping that this will become a regular thing, maybe once a month,” Battiston said.The showing was part of the student government policy department’s push to raise awareness and sensitivity toward the difficulties of living with all different disabilities, including developmental, physical and mental disabilities, Battiston said.“We don’t always realize the everyday things that people find difficult,” Battiston said. “They might have to accommodate themselves to the experience rather than the experience being accommodated to them.”Tags: debartolo performing arts center, movie, sensory-friendly, The Red Turtlelast_img read more

Jovetic bullish despite poor form


first_img Pellegrini was hailed for bringing City their second Premier League title last season, knocking Liverpool off the top of the table during a thrilling run-in. The former Malaga manager had a night to forget against Newcastle in the Capital One Cup though. He made seven changes, leaving key men such as Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero out of his starting line-up, but still sent out a strong team. That not only backfired in terms of the result, but two of the stars who did start, David Silva and Yaya Toure, suffered injuries. Silva is now a doubt for the derby after limping out of the action with a knee problem after just nine minutes. Toure was later withdrawn as a precaution due to a groin injury. United have had their troubles this season, but they put on arguably their best performance of the campaign to snatch a draw against league leaders Chelsea last weekend. Angel di Maria, Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao and Wayne Rooney – who is back from suspension – could all start at the Etihad, but Jovetic thinks United are still the perfect opposition for City this weekend. “I think it is a good game because always when you play a derby your motivation is 100 per cent,” the Montenegro striker said. “It is going to be difficult because they are a very good team. “They have new players, good players, but we believe we can believe we can win and we need to show that.” Just like City, who are six points below the summit, Jovetic has had an indifferent start to the season. With the departure of Alvaro Negredo, Jovetic was expected to try to push his claim for a starting place alongside Aguero, but the 24-year-old has only scored twice this season – and that brace came 10 weeks ago against Liverpool. The former Fiorentina man hopes to end his goal drought on his birthday this weekend though. “I am 25 on Sunday and the best gift for me is a victory in the derby,” Jovetic added. “I am always sad when I don’t score because that is my job. But after a long time I played 90 minutes (against Newcastle) and I feel good. “I was fit both games (last year) and I didn’t play. But I know what the derby means.” City stretched their unwanted winless streak to three matches on Wednesday when they suffered a shock 2-0 home defeat to Newcastle in the Capital One Cup. That loss, coupled with last weekend’s reverse at West Ham and the unexpected draw at CSKA Moscow, has left manager Manuel Pellegrini “worried” about his team’s form going into Sunday’s game against Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium. The Chilean talked about a “lack of trust and confidence” within his squad on Wednesday night, but Jovetic is not panicking just yet. The City striker admires United’s summer signings, but he is convinced his own team are primed to serve up a backlash to them come Sunday afternoon. “I don’t think so,” was Jovetic’s response when it was put to him that United could now be favourites for Sunday’s match. “Confidence cannot go away in two games. We are all very good players. “Every one of us has big confidence and we just need to show that on Sunday. “If you win the derby it is going to be much easier and we are going to forget (the Newcastle) game. “I am sure this is going to be the last game we play like this. “I am sure we are going to show our real face against United.” Stevan Jovetic insists Manchester City are firm favourites to win this weekend’s derby against United despite their recent wobble. Press Associationlast_img read more