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WITC hosts Rescue Task Force active shooter training exercises

The Rescue Task Force, made up of the Superior Police Department and Superior Fire Department personnel, will conduct training exercises on WITC-Superior’s campus on Wednesday. The training will be a micro-exercise on one part of a multi-step process during an “event.” WITC-Superior students and staff will be volunteer “patients” during the exercise.

The scenario will focus on what the RTF will do after an active shooter event. Teams comprised of both firefighters and police officers will enter campus to search for injured people. The team will triage injuries and move victims out of the building. In this “event” the SPD will provide protective cover to SFD as they work to stabilize and evacuate victims.

Logistics make joint training exercises of this scale difficult to arrange.

“We strongly support our emergency responders, and WITC-Superior will do what is necessary to facilitate their training efforts,” said WITC-Superior campus administrator Dr. Bonny Copenhaver. “Opening up our campus to this type of training scenario helps the RTF be more familiar with not only our facilities but also in conducting future rescue efforts.”

The training exercises will be repeated two to three times. There will not be live ammunition or other weapons on campus. The SFD will use a “triple check” system for weapons safety.

Scholar examines media in Romanian politics

The political impact of mass media in Romanian politics since that country’s membership in the European Union is the topic of a faculty presentation this week at The College of St. Scholastica.

Karen Rosenflanz, Associate Professor of Global, Cultural and Language Studies, will present on “Minority Retort: Rule of Law and Minority Rule in Post-Accession Romania” from 3:40 to 4:40 p.m. Friday in Tower Room 4119.

“Minority Retort” examines the implementation of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism in Romania after its accession to the European Union in 2007. The Mechanism for Cooperation and Verification is a safeguard created for new members of the EU to make sure they are meeting its requirements.

Rosenflanz’s talk will place an emphasis on the roles of Germany and of Romania’s German minority. In November 2014, Klaus Iohannis was elected the first Romanian president belonging to the German Protestant minority in Romania. Rosenflanz will discuss differing campaign strategies between Iohannis, who achieved victory on an anti-corruption platform, and his opponent, Victor Ponta, who used nationalist strategies in the electoral campaign.

Rosenflanz will investigate the political impact of the media on minority solidarity and the majority language audience. The changing portrayals of Iohannis and of the Romanian German minority in the media and the German press are analyzed on a linguistic and thematic basis.

Friday’s workshop is part of a faculty colloquium series now in its tenth year. The series provides visibility to diverse research projects by faculty members in St. Scholastica’s School of Arts and Letters.

Rosenflanz teaches Russian and German language, literature and film, as well as courses in European culture.