Susan Landau, a visiting scholar in computing science at the Radcliffe Institute, and Herchel Smith Professor of Computer Science Margo Seltzer were two of 46 people who were recently named fellows by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Fellows were recognized for their contributions to computing that have provided fundamental knowledge to the computing field and generated multiple technology advances in industry, commerce, health care, entertainment, and education.“These women and men, who are some of the leading thinkers and practitioners in computer science and engineering, are changing how the world lives and works,” said ACM President Alain Chesnais.For a complete list of fellows.
Batesville, In. — The Batesville Kiwanis Family Carnival is coming to the Village Green Thursday, May 9 through Saturday, May 11.Carnival chairperson Dennis Harmeyer says, “Proceeds from the Carnival benefit: Batesville Intermediate School, “K”-Club, Batesville High School Key Club and Kiwanis Student Leadership Academy; college scholarships available to Batesville High School & Oldenburg Academy students; K-Club for Batesville Intermediate School 5th Grade Students, Cub Scouts; and the Youth Soccer program to name just a few.”Here is more information:May 9 – Ride Bracelet $15 from 5 to 10 p.m.May 10 – Ride Bracelet $15 from 5 to 11 p.m.May 11 – Ride Bracelet $10 from noon to 4 p.m. & $20 from 4 to 11 p.m.Members of the Batesville Kiwanis meet at 6:30 each Tuesday morning at Izzy’s at Hillcrest and new members are always welcome.
Students from colleges around Los Angeles were arrested last week for unlawful assembly in downtown Los Angeles during the protests following the grand jury decision to not indict police officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot Michael Brown on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Missouri.To the streets · Protesters gather in downtown L.A. the night of Nov. 24 following the grand jury decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson. – Benjamin Dunn | Daily TrojanOne student, Kiren Singh, a sophomore majoring in business administration, participated in the protests on Nov. 24 and 25. She decided it was necessary to join the demonstrations that she saw developing on Figueroa Street outside of her apartment.“I’m a person of color. I’m Indian, and I’m from the Bay Area,” Singh said. “I went to high school in Oakland, the Oakland-Berkeley area. I’ve always been very politically charged and for equality.”Singh said that while she wanted to stand in solidarity with the protestors, she also wanted to understand how police officers felt about the situation. On Monday night, she sat in front of LAPD headquarters before other protestors arrived and talked to Sgt. James Baker for a few hours. Baker has been featured in online media in a video in which he takes the time to explain why the police officers are doing what they are doing.“I think the issue at hand, at least for me, is that people who have pledged to protect us as their occupation, we fear them,” Singh said. “People think we live in a post-racial era, which is just not the case at all and it’s very much a prevalent issue in our society today. I think this is a huge movement for awareness and understanding just what our country is built on.”Her interaction with the police the next night was entirely different. Singh was walking down Broadway Street trying to find other protestors when she noticed about 30 police cars lined up. Singh said a police officer approached her and her friend and said they would be arrested if they continued up the street. She was confused at this because Baker had told her the night before that people are only arrested for unlawful assembly when they become violent. According to Singh, when she expressed that her interest was to understand, as a college student, what it’s like being a law enforcement officer in our judicial system, the officer handcuffed her.“For being on the sidewalk, I was unlawfully detained and searched. They took my wallet, went through my wallet, and because I didn’t have my student ID or driver’s license on me, they couldn’t ID me. They said that they would have to take me down to the station and get me fingerprinted,” Singh said. “I was sitting on the curb with metal cuffs around me. Especially after being manhandled, I didn’t feel it was necessary.”Singh continued to ask the police officer why she was arrested, and as soon as she mentioned talking to Baker, the officer’s superior, she was released, Singh said. The police officer proceeded to tell her that he has two daughters around the same age as her, and he wanted to save Singh and her friend from getting into trouble.Chelsea Kirk, a junior majoring in English (creative writing), was arrested on Tuesday night after partaking in what police said was an unlawful assembly. She was put onto a bus of 26 women, many of whom were undergraduate and graduate students at USC. Kirk was then transported to the Van Nuys police station to be booked for disturbing the peace.Kirk joined the protests at 9 p.m. on Tuesday night at 1st and Main streets with five of her friends. They eventually joined the group of protestors who walked onto the 101 freeway. Kirk was at the front of the protest during this time, face-to-face with dozens of police officers.She made her way off the freeway and ended up at Temple Street and Broadway at around 1:30 a.m., when the group of protestors was surrounded by police officers on every side of the intersection. She said there were so many police officers that it seemed there were five cops per protestor. Kirk said that she heard no warning that the protestors needed to disperse, but that a police officer spoke over a loud speaker, “You guys are subject to arrest for unlawful protesting.”Three buses pulled up and one by one, all 183 of the protestors were arrested and transported to a police station for processing. The 26 women on the bus Kirk was on were put in cells at the Van Nuys jail and were told to post bails of $500 or else they would not be released until the next Monday. Twenty of the women posted bail, and the remaining six were released by last Wednesday.Kirk said as she was being released, an officer said, “Make sure to give me a five-star review on Yelp.” Another police officer told her that she was lucky to be able to go home because they are on the job 24/7.“That’s the whole reason [the protestors] are here — because the system favors the [cops] and not them,” Kirk said. “Their words were very dehumanizing. I felt marginalized in the situation. I knew I wasn’t a criminal, and I still don’t understand specifically what we did to be arrested. I don’t think they exactly knew either.”