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Clark U community rallies to aid in Japan quake-tsunami relief efforts

The Clark University community sends heartfelt thoughts to all of the people who have been affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The loss of lives and livelihoods is devastating.

“We are saddened by the events that have occurred in Japan,” said President David Angel. “We reach out to all our students, faculty, staff, and alumni with family and friends who have been affected by this disaster.”

Clark has been in touch with their student studying abroad and a number of alumni and friends in Japan, who all have reported they are safe.

“The residents of Japan have been highly distressed by the chain-reaction multiple disasters of a historic proportion, but the outpouring of support from around the world has given them hope for recovery,” said Geography Professor Yuko Aoyama.

Illustrating the effect of the disaster, she continued, “Ten days after the earthquakes and tsunami, 9,000 are known to be dead, 14,000 are still missing, and a quarter of a million people are displaced from their homes and are living in temporary shelters in 16 out of 47 prefectures.”

One way that Clark University is offering support is through the efforts of Clark Labs, directed by Professor Ron Eastman. The Clark Labs team has volunteered to help the Government of Japan and others in their response to the massive earthquake and tsunami by processing satellite images of the Japanese coast. One of the lab team’s before-and-after image analyses revealed a giant SOS on a playing field.

More than 250 students have donated a meal swipe from which $2 will be donated by Clark Dining Services.

Gala and After-Party:
Organizers of the International Gala on April 1 plan to station people at the entrance to collect donations. Major publicity for the popular and free event will also notify attendees of the opportunity to donate money at the door. Also, all proceeds from the International Gala After-Party on April 2 will go to Japanese relief efforts. These efforts are expected to raise thousands of dollars for recovery relief in Japan.

T-shirts Sales:
Eiji Miura ’12 and several other students plan to sell T-shirts as a part of a nationwide initiative called “Action Now Japan.” This initiative provides artwork to be used by college student groups who then sell the T-shirts for $20 apiece. The Clark students will “table” at the Higgins University Center during the next few weeks to take pre-orders. The office of Student Leadership and Planning, under director Michael McKenna, will also email an order request survey.

Student Club Events:
Miura and the students he is working with are accepting donations at various student events by selling baked goods and “passing the hat.” They collected $250 during the “Acappellooza” event March 19, which featured the Clark Bars, Counterpoints, and International Achords student singing groups.

Several other opportunities to help out with disaster relief can be found at this website: http://www.japansocietyboston.org/donatejapan

One InCity Times website reader has this to say about our new Charter School …

Unusual Connections …

By Tamara Rindahl

I wonder how many members of the Massachsetts DoE are aware of the Spirit of Knowledge Academy’s connection with the Soka Gakkai, a Japanese Buddhist organization — or with the Japanese government’s New Komeito Party?

Daisaku Ikeda, the head of the Soka Gakkai International, is listed as a writer and educator. In fact, he is the president of the Soka Gakkai International, a lay Buddhist organization formerly affiliated with the Nichiren Shoshu School of Buddhism. The Soka Gakkai split with the Nichiren Shoshu priests in the 1990’s, with both sides accusing the other of financial and sexual misconduct.

With those meddlesome priests out of the way, Ikeda, a billionaire, is now able to do whatever he wishes, including telling his members that they cannot achieve enlightenment unless they take him as their mentor, and buying over 200 degrees from various universities. He also funds a “Gandhi, King and Ikeda” exhibit, comparing himself to Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Soka Gakkai and the New Komeito Party have a reputation for corruption and financial misconduct in Japan. Soka Gakkai members who have tried to leave have been harassed and threatened. The Soka Gakkai members in Japan are also pressured to donate money to, do unpaid work for, and vote for New Komeito Party candidates at election time.

Are these the people whom you want to be running a Massachusetts public school — educating your children, spending your tax dollars?

Slaughterhouses: Where racehorses go to ‘retire’

By Kathy Guillermo

Every spring in the U.S., as many as 50,000 thoroughbred mares give birth. Perhaps every thoroughbred owner dreams that, this year, a champion will be born. The odds are against it. Only a fraction of all these foals will go on to compete. And only a fraction of this fraction will become as successful as Charismatic and War Emblem.

Charismatic won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness—the first two legs of the Triple Crown—in 1999. But during the Belmont Stakes, Charismatic’s left front leg broke in two places. Unlike Barbaro and Eight Belles, who were euthanized after their legs shattered during Triple Crown races, Charismatic survived. With four screws permanently holding his bones together, he went on to become a breeding stallion.

Just three years later, in 2002, War Emblem, like Charismatic, won both the Derby and the Preakness, lost in the Belmont and was retired to stud. The same year, both horses were sold to thoroughbred breeders in Japan. This was also the year (although no one knew it at the time) that another Derby winner, Ferdinand—who had also been sold to Japanese buyers—was sent to a slaughterhouse. Continue reading Slaughterhouses: Where racehorses go to ‘retire’