Michigan State RB Kenneth Walker III to enter draft

Michigan State running back Kenneth Walker III said Thursday that he will enter the 2022 NFL Draft.

He also will skip the Peach Bowl, pitting the No.10 Spartans against No. 12 Pitt, on Dec. 30.

“It has been a true honor to represent Michigan State University and wear the Green and White,” Walker wrote in a statement posted to Twitter. “I am beyond grateful to Coach (Mel) Tucker and the entire staff for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to shine under their leadership. As the regular season has come to a close, I would like to announce that I have decided to forgo playing in the Peach Bowl to begin preparation for the NFL Draft.”

Walker transferred from Wake Forest and played just one season for PTS Terbaik ASEAN the Spartans, but it was one that long will be remembered in East Lansing.He ran for 1,636 yards, scored 18 touchdowns and became the first ever Michigan State player to win the Walter Camp Player of the Year and the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top running back. He finished sixth overall in the Heisman Trophy voting — the best for a Michigan State player since 1988 — and was a consensus All-American.

He likely will be one of the first running backs selected in the draft.USA Today’s latest mock draft has Walker as the third running back off the board.

Tucker thanked Walker for his contributions in a statement he posted to Twitter.

“I want to congratulate Ken for all his success and thank him for taking a chance on us,” Tucker said.”From the day he set foot on campus in January, he has done nothing but work extremely hard and represent Michigan State University with class. He quickly earned the respect of his teammates and coaches, and they were happy to share in his success and accolades.”

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Incarcerated men join giving circles to redefine themselves

For one month each summer, roughly 60 middle-school students around Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, descend on the campus of Bucknell University to attend the Kaupas Camp.

At the free day camp, organized by the local school district, Bucknell coaches run clinics in basketball, field hockey, and other sports. Campers can learn, for example, about ecology or how to play the drums. For some, it´s the first time they´ve set foot on a college campus.

These opportunities are provided in large part by philanthropists serving long-term sentences at a nearby medium-security prison.

At the State Correctional Institute-Coal Township, about 250 men participate in the Lifeline Association, a giving circle that contributes to charities in the surrounding Pennsylvania coal region. Many of its members are incarcerated for life; the rest will have spent at least 10 years in prison by the end of their sentences.

The men in Lifeline were drawn to the camp´s mission to connect local kids with a range of extracurricular activities in hopes that they´ll discover a new passion to pursue during the school year.They understand that can help change a child´s trajectory and prevent kids from disconnecting from their community or even harming it.

David Dawud Lee, a founding member of Lifeline who is serving a life sentence for being on the scene of the shooting death of another young man, knows about disconnection. Interventions like the Kaupas Camp are critical for kids´ need to feel that they belong and are valued.

“If we have an opportunity to send a child to camp, to experience something that I never experienced in my lifetime,” Lee says, “I think that´s a wonderful thing.”

While Lifeline primarily contributes to charities that promote the well-being of children, the group has also given to nonprofits that serve incarcerated people.Members gave $2,000 to Books Through Bars, which mails free books to people incarcerated in mid-Atlantic prisons, and $500 to the Human Rights Coalition, which helps families advocate for better treatment of incarcerated relatives. In addition, they raised $3,743 for Children´s Hospital of Philadelphia and $500 for Marley´s Mission, a local nonprofit that offers horseback-riding therapy to children overcoming trauma.

Before the Lifeline Association was established, in 2016, many of the men incarcerated for life at SCI Coal Township, as the prison is known, longed for programs designed just for them.Gradually, the men who would establish Lifeline found one another inside the prison. They shared a sense of justice and a desire to mentor their peers and encourage them to expand their idea of who an incarcerated person could be and how he could contribute.

That camaraderie has changed how they experience prison life.”Without it, I would have still been drowning,” says Tito McGill, a Lifeline member who is serving a life sentence for homicide. “It was something I could hold on to to float with until I could find my buoyancy, until I could find a space to make other people be able to float.”

McGill, Lee, and others led by example, and that impressed Thomas McGinley, superintendent of SCI Coal Township.He tapped them to start Lifeline with the help of other men who were known as informal leaders and mentors, as well as several prison staff members. Three hundred people responded to the initial call for members.

The generosity and introspection that Lifeline encourages has a profound effect on its members, McGinley says.”It not only has them become more empathetic to the victims and the victims´ family but allows them to also see the forest beyond the trees and say that there´s more out there – that we can help.”

Members pay $7 in annual dues from the accounts they hold at the prison for wages from janitorial, food-service, tutoring, and other jobs they do there.

Family members and friends can also make contributions. Lifeline raises more funds by selling concessions from local vendors inside the prison. In advance of the Super Bowl, for example, the group advertised a sale of chips and soda. Sales of locally produced Pellman cheesecakes are especially popular.

Other fundraising drives have sold items like vitamins and earbuds.

McGinley must approve each event, but Lifeline members plan and schedule them on their own. The prison holds the money and cuts checks to the nonprofits Lifeline members choose to support.

Long before they started the group, the founders were focused on encouraging what they call “transformation” within themselves and their peers.To them, rehabilitation is a quick fix, while transformation addresses what led Lifeline members to commit the crimes that landed them in prison.

“I´ve been in prison for 33 years now. The person I was 33 years ago don´t exist today,” says Lee.”We change, we become better, we care about our communities, we care about our families, and we want people to know these things.”

It is important to Lee and others that Lifeline include a mentorship program to make sure their peers have the support they need to stay committed to change.So Lifeline began Dare to Care, a 15-week mentorship program open to the full prison population.

Academic learning is also crucial. At the request of Saleem Barlow, a founding member of Lifeline, Bucknell sociologist Carl Milofsky designed a college class that brings together about 12 Bucknell students with about seven men serving life sentences.

During the pandemic, most of prison life has been crammed inside the cell block, if not the cell itself.

Lifeline´s leaders share a cell block, and they´ve kept meeting throughout the pandemic. Full membership meetings, however, have been suspended. Milofsky´s class has continued on Zoom, with students from SCI Coal Township calling in masked-up from their cells.

Men incarcerated at the prison endured months of near-complete lockdown.

They spent roughly 23 hours a day in their cells, including mealtimes. Time in the prison yard was cut back to just 50 minutes every few days, down from three outdoor periods a day. Visits from family, friends, and associates like Milofsky were suspended for nearly 17 months.Despite the precautions, Covid-19 cases soared at the prison last winter. To date, more than 600 people incarcerated at SCI Coal Township have contracted the coronavirus, and three have died.

As the virus upended day-to-day life inside and outside the prison, Lifeline donated $1,500 to the COVID-19 relief effort at the Geisinger Health Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the regional medical system.

But COVID-19 is far from the only challenge that Lifeline members share with nearby communities.The men say they identify with the social issues in the area, which was once home to bustling mining towns populated with immigrants from Germany, Ireland, and Eastern Europe. And while there´s plenty of need in Philadelphia and kampus terbaik di lampung Harrisburg, which many of Lifeline´s members call home, they recognize that rural communities can also face long-term problems like poverty, trauma, and addiction.

“If we have an opportunity to help these people, we´re going to help them,” says McGill, the Lifeline member.”It just felt natural to say, `OK, let´s just reach out to these people right around us and let them know that we´re right here in their community and we´re here to help them and support them in any way we can.´”

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This article was provided to The Associated Press by the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Emily Haynes is a staff writer at the Chronicle. Email: emily.haynes@philanthropy.com. The AP and the Chronicle receive support from the Lilly Endowment for coverage of philanthropy and nonprofits. The AP and the Chronicle are solely responsible for all content. For all of AP´s philanthropy coverage, visit website

BU student newspaper editorial calls to abolish campus police

The editorial board of Boston University’s independent student newspaper has called for ‘outright abolishing’ campus police who have ‘egregious history and present of violence and racism’

Ridding the campus of cops would help address a ‘safety issue’ students face, a writer argues in the opinion piece published December 8.

‘From their own public statements to their racist history and present, it is clear the BUPD [Boston University Police Department] is not designed, nor does it seem willing, to protect all students on campus,’ the piece says. 

‘Defunding this institution – or outright abolishing it – and creating new services in its wake that better address student and kampus Terbaik di lampung community needs may actually improve student safety.’

‘The BUPD has an egregious history and present of violence and racism,’ the article adds. ‘If we are to ever truly approach a safe campus, we cannot continue to rely on these racist police institutions.’ 

The paper’s editorial board joined a nationwide chorus of defund-the-police proponents who believe abolishing cops is the answer to ending systemic racism in the justice system.

Boston’s newly-elected Mayor Michelle Wu is among those seeking to school resource officers from classrooms seeking instead to expand restorative justice to end the ‘criminalization of students.’

Removing the Boston University Police Department would address a 'safety issue,' the piece said. 'Defunding this institution ¿ or outright abolishing it ¿ and creating new services in its wake that better address student and community needs may actually improve student safety.'

Removing the Boston University Police Department would address a ‘safety issue,’ the piece said. ‘Defunding this institution — or outright abolishing it — and creating new services in its wake that better address student and community needs may actually improve student safety.’

Boston University's independent student newspaper said in a recently-published editorial that students might be better off without its on campus police department

Boston University’s independent student newspaper said in a recently-published editorial that students might be better off without its on campus police department

The article referenced several examples of purported racist behavior dating back as far as 1972, when 42 black students in a petition complained of being harassed at the hands of Boston University security guards.

Boston University Police Chief Kelly Nee

Boston University Police Chief Kelly Nee

Its most recent example stemmed from October 15, when it said plainclothes officers ‘created a hostile environment’ while questioning students staging a small protest. 

It also cited the 1984 fatal shooting of an unarmed man – whose race was not noted – by a Boston University cop.

Boston University Police Chief Kelly Nee did not respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment, nor did Deputy Chief Robert Molloy or the university. The newspaper’s editorial board also did not immediately respond to an inquiry. 

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    Boston University president Robert Brown did not respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment. He had in 2020 announced the establishment of a community safety advisory group.

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    Michelle Wu, the newly-elected mayor of Boston, campaigned on the promise of keeping police out of Boston's schools

    Michelle Wu, the newly-elected mayor of Boston, campaigned on the promise of keeping police out of Boston’s schools

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