The cancelation of Wednesday’s annual Winter Career and Internship Fair due to extreme weather conditions has sparked both concern and questions from many students. Sophomore Peter Thompson said the storm produced a dilemma for internship possibilities this summer. “I am one of the fortunate ones who had an interview before the blizzard came on Tuesday,” Thompson said. “However, I would have liked to create a connection with a couple of employers at the fair on Tuesday to open up more possibilities for this summer and the future.” Lee Svete, director of the Career Center, said weathering the storm would not be a wise decision with the high influx of employers coming in from the Chicago area. “When Notre Dame cancelled the Board of Trustees meeting due to the blizzard, we took it as our cue to cancel the Career and Internship Fair,” he said. “If that level of leadership was going to nix their event, we thought it would be good to follow suit.” Svete said he and his staff have begun contacting employers who were planning on coming to Wednesday’s event to inform them of the tentative rescheduled date. “We are hoping to be able to hold the event on March 3, based on the availability of the Joyce Center,” he said. “We think we actually will be able to pick up more employers to come at the later date.” In addition, Svete said he wants those students who had interviews lined up for the following weeks to keep an eye on employers they remain interested in. “The résumés for students who had an interview scheduled remain on Go IRISH,” Svete said. “Some employers need to follow through with the application process, so we ask students to monitor those deadlines through Go IRISH.” In addition to the Career and Internship Fair, the Diversity Reception will also be held tentatively on March 3, Svete said. “March 3 is the ideal date for us all, as most, if not all, of our initial employers will be able to return to campus, as will one hundred percent of our sponsors,” he said. The blizzard, which wreaked havoc on the entire Midwest, has created problems for the companies and corporations who planned on making the trip to campus. Svete said despite this, the event would benefit from a later date. “Armageddon took over Chicago and O’Hare was cancelling flights left and right,” he said. “But, the make-up date of March 3 will make for a better Career and Internship Fair for all.”
Saint Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA) began debating the specific programming of “Proud Past, Promising Future,” the proposed student leadership development program, at its Tuesday meeting. The program, set to begin in November, will focus on a different theme each month. SGA members discussed the possibility of focusing the first month on self-reflection, encouraging students to consider the strength of their leadership skills. Kelly Reidenbach, Student Diversity Board president, said beginning with a month of self-evaluation would help students decide whether the program would benefit them. “It’s important to start with the reflecting, then from there people can gauge where they need to go,” she said. “So it’s in stages.” Despite only having a few weeks in December for programming, executive treasurer Liz Busam said finals would be a good time to focus on the theme of motivation. “Motivation [is fitting] because it will give [students] motivation to get through finals,” Busam said. Reidenbach said the theme would encourage the personal drive to work through finals, as well as interpersonal motivation to inspire others as leaders. “The focus should be how to be a leader for yourself, and then how to be a leader for your group,” she said. In January, the group plans to focus on personal presentation and professional development. Emily Skirtich, chief of staff, suggested an etiquette-themed dinner. “We could have a leadership etiquette dinner and have someone come in and give specific etiquette lessons,” Skirtich said. Public Relations commissioner Amanda Lester said students would benefit from having prominent businesswomen speak at the College. “We could bring in different CEOs and have them talk about how they got to their position and their different experiences,” she said. In keeping with the theme of leadership mentors, SGA president Nicole Gans suggested taking advantage of the Board of Trustees visit in February. The program would conclude in March with a proposed theme of inspiration.
Faculty and students gathered for the first lecture in the Spirituality Monday series, sponsored by the Saint Mary’s Center for Spirituality, to hear justice education professor Adrienne Lyles Chockley share insights on the relationship between spirituality and law in the Student Center.Lyles Chockley said she defines her personal spirituality as an “internal life directed by confident faith, passion, transcendence and revelation of God.”This notion of spirituality influences her legal career, she said.“Spirituality guides power in a very healthy way,” she said.Lyles Chockley said she acted as an advocate for rape victims while living in California. Sexual assault is an issue that “men and women address together,” she said.Lyles Chockley said during her time as a legal advocate for needy clients, she witnessed callings that told her where she needed to be and guided her to help people. Some of these callings directed her to attend Notre Dame over a free alternative institution, to start her own legal practice and to start a social justice initiative in Benton Harbor, Mich., she said.Although her goal was set on obtaining her legal degree, Lyles Chockley said she strongly supports the idea of being an equal to the people she serves. She also said she believes being a powerful lawyer entails more spiritual ability because ex-offenders often lack “self-love.”“Spirituality can make attorneys better practitioners of the law.”Lyles Chockley said she wants to be more than an attorney.“What can we do as a community to make sure everyone’s fundamental human rights are enforced and not just the rights that you have on paper or the rights you have on agreement with another party,” she said.The next talk in the series features biology professor Tom Fogle discussing the connections of spirituality to biology, to take place Thursday, Feb. 13, and the final installment features chair of the Social Work Department Frances Kominkiewicz discussing the relationship between spirituality and social work Monday, Feb. 17.
After a shooting on the 600 block of Notre Dame Ave. early Sunday morning, a Holy Cross student and a juvenile were hospitalized and are being treated for non-life threatening injuries, according to an online South Bend Police report and a report in the South Bend Tribune.The shooting occurred around 3 a.m. outside a house near the corner of N. Notre Dame Ave. and E. Sorin St., about a half mile south of campus, according to the police report. One of the victims is a 23-year-old male Holy Cross student who suffered gun shot wounds to the foot and head, according to the South Bend Tribune report. The other victim, a minor whose age was not available, sustained a gun shot wound to the leg and was being questioned as a possible suspect in the incident, according the Tribune report. The South Bend Police report classified the incident as an aggravated assault with a firearm. Tags: Holy Cross College, Notre Dame Ave., Shooting, Sorin St.
Men Against Sexual Violence (MASV), a club dedicated to combatting sexual violence on campus, hosted a viewing of season two, episode four of the Netflix series “House of Cards,” followed by a panel discussion of character motives and gender roles Wednesday in DeBartolo Hall.The panel consisted of four speakers, including Ph.D. students Leanne MacDonald and Angel Matos, alumnus and Campus Ministry program coordinator for Anchor Leadership Program Michael Urbaniak and MASV member Alec Pacelli, who moderated the debate. Matos said the panel would look into the dynamics of political and personal character relationships in the TV show, a Washington, D.C.-based drama about politician Frank Underwood.“We’re dealing not only with how the characters interact with each other, but how we perceive them as an audience as well,” Matos said.The primary topic discussed was the decision of the show’s lead female character, Claire Underwood, to announce during a live TV interview that she had been raped and subsequently had had an abortion.Urbaniak said in one sense Underwood, played by Robin Wright, used the interview to craft herself a public identity based upon the expectations of others.“She had to choose who she was going to be because she had to fit in a role, and she’s almost trying to fit in that role as she’s being interviewed,” he said.Matos said Underwood asserted her personal and political power in her interview, during which she was continually questioned about the fact that she had no children.“She is deemed different just because she does not have children as the rest of the wives of the congressmen do or the rest of the politicians do,” he said.However, Matos said she used this to her advantage, reshaping the potentially reputation-damaging questions about her lack of children into an opportunity to disclose her troubling past.“She’s recovering power through this,” he said.Panel members also discussed Claire Underwood’s marriage to Frank Underwood, at one point comparing it to the marriage of one of the show’s major congressmen. Urbaniak said the show portrays the congressman’s marriage as “frail,” although it seems more the faithful of the two marriages.The Underwood’s marriage, in contrast, Urbaniak said “is made to look powerful, flashy, exciting, if not dark and dirty.”MacDonald agreed, but added that the two marriages offer surprising insight into the male characters of the show.“You have both men being defined in terms of their marriages, in terms of their wives,” she said. “Usually in a sort of stereotypical, male-centric environment, you expect to see women defined by their relationships. This is an interesting reversal of that.”In the last minutes of the panel, Pacelli said audience members should use the viewing and panel discussion to reconsider gender roles and sexual violence on campus.“It’s important to use these [discussions] to promote action and change in our lives,” he said.Tags: gender roles, House of Cards, MASV
Photo courtesy of Paul Mow The cast of the South Bend Civic Theatre’s production of “In the Heights” hold up the flags of several Latin American countries and Spanish-speaking territories in their performance. The musical will run through March 25.“In the Heights” is the story of four lead characters, Usnavi, Vanessa, Benny and Nina, who all live and work in Washington Heights — a racially-diverse neighborhood in New York City, Thomas said.As someone from Puerto Rico and a fan of Lin-Manuel Miranda, Rivera-Herrans said he knew he had to audition for South Bend Civic Theatre’s production of “In the Heights.” Four months later, he has taken on the role of Usnavi, a character Miranda wrote and originated on Broadway.“[The character] feels like a glove on me. He’s an energetic guy, he’s Hispanic,” Rivera-Herrans said. “Half the time people are like, ‘Are you even acting?’”Thomas plays Vanessa, one of the female leads who wants to leave Washington Heights more than anything. Thomas said the hardest part about portraying Vanessa is embodying Vanessa’s experiences and their complexities.“She’s a difficult character to play because she goes through things that I have not yet experienced,” she said. “Vanessa’s father is not in the picture and her mother drinks away Vanessa’s money. So what I had to do was look inside myself and think, ‘What were the moments where I felt like I’ve worked hard for something and deserved something and I don’t get that something?’ Vanessa wants to leave — I’ve related that to my desire to leave Indiana and go to New York.”Notre Dame sophomores Natalie Behling and Kassadee Ifft became involved through a Spanish class. “The show is of professional quality, and it has been incredible seeing it take shape from audition day to now,” Behling said.Behling photographed the production process and Ifft worked as an usher for one of the performances.“It was ‘excelente,’” Ifft said. “It was partly in Spanish, partly in English, so it was a way to unite so many different populations of people. … This was my first South Bend Civic show and I quickly emailed my professor and was like, ‘Hey, do they have any other positions open? Because I want to go again.’”SBCT executive director Aaron Nichols said past productions of the show in Chicago and Australia were heavily criticized and even shut down due to “whitewashing,” and this was not a mistake he wanted to repeat. The theatre began building bridges in South Bend’s Latin American community before they even officially decided to put on “In The Heights,” he said.“[We were] going into communities instead of [having] the kind of ‘Field of Dreams’ mentality. You know, ‘If you build it, they will come.’ You can’t expect that to work,” Nichols said.Thomas said the show is very timely and offers its support to those still affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.“This show is coming at a perfect time with what we see happening in Puerto Rico,” she said. “In 2008 — which is when this show is set — in Washington Heights there was a power outage that went on for a day or longer. … These people were out of power for a long time. If you think about Puerto Rico right now, they’ve been out of power for months and this show is coming at a perfect time where we can reflect on that and what it’s like to come together as a community to support people.”The cast’s diversity and connections to the story is what makes this production of “In the Heights” so unique, Thomas said.“I love the show because I love being immersed in the cultural aspect,” she said. “Everyone in the production has ties to it and can relate to the story and the characters because it is them.”Tags: Diversity, In the Heights, lin-manuel miranda, South Bend Civic Theatre, Washington Heights The South Bend Civic Theatre’s (SBCT) production of “In the Heights,” which runs through March 25, features three students from the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s community: Notre Dame sophomores Jay Rivera-Herrans and Samuel Jackson, and Saint Mary’s sophomore Rachel Thomas.
The Notre Dame Gymnastics Club, although smaller than it has been in the past, concluded a successful season of competition at the national level. This year the club sent 17 students — three men and 14 women — to compete in nationals, where the team took second place and some students placed individually in events. Senior Abigail Whalen, the former co-president of club, said the meet was a three-day event with various stages.“This year nationals were held in Daytona Beach, Florida,” Whalen said. “It’s designed to be an inclusive meet, so we have people compete — from those who have never done gymnastics until college, to former D1 gymnasts.”The team geared up for finals with practices during the school year off campus at a gymnastics facility in Mishawaka.“We practice off campus at Gymnastics Michiana in Mishawaka.The gym is run and owned by a Notre Dame alumni and their family. He was actually a member of the gymnastics team when he was here,” Whalen said.Jennifer Indelicato, a first year graduate student, has participated in the club for the past five years. She said practices tend to be open, as many of those on the team have prior experience with the sport. “For first semester we usually try and go once or twice a week and then second semester I think we pretty much always went twice a week for a few hours. It all kind of depended on everyone’s schedule,” Indelicato said. “We had to carpool over to Gymnastics Michiana and then just open-gym style practice, just work on whatever events you’re competing.”Indelicato said that the nationals event, run by the National Association of Intercollegiate Gymnastics Club, gave out both individual and team scores. “So for nationals this year, the way it worked was we competed in all the event, but not every person competed for every event. So the top-three scores for each event were counted toward the team score,” Indelicato said. “So when they do [individual] awards they’ll do “top-six on vault’ or ‘top-six on bars’ and then the ‘all-around’ is from all the events combined for each person, and then they’ll have the team score.”Though the club is now fairly small, consisting of roughly 20 members, the club has been around for a while, recently celebrating their 40-year anniversary. Whalen said the club used to be larger, and has a robust alumni network. “In the 1990s our club was actually really, really large,” Whalen said. “It was predominantly a mens team actually, but had routinely won nationals. And so for a lot of the older alumni who follow our Facebook page, we had my sophomore year … a 40-year reunion and a lot of alumni came back to campus. So they’re really invested in seeing our team.”However, the 20 or so members that make up the club now mark a significant expansion from four or five years ago, when Whalen and Indelicato said only a couple people went to nationals. Whalen said the recent growth contributed to the club’s success this year.“Last year the club really exploded. We got a lot of young freshmen — now sophomores — [and] some really good talent who are coming up and will be here for several more years to continue the team,” Whalen said. “We had underclassmen who were very strong, who had competed at their high school or have done club for most of their life. So we had a pretty well-rounded women’s team and some very strong men’s team representation as well.”One of these students, sophomore Brittany Keane-Murphy, placed individually in several events.“We placed second as a team, but I qualified individually for all-around, bars and floor. I placed second all-around, second on floor and fourth on bars,” Keane-Murphy said. She said though it helps to have a background in the sport, a lot of gymnastics is mental. “Starting later is always harder because you’re older, everything hurts more and all that. But it’s not so much difficult to get into,” she said. “Gymnastics is a very, very mental sport. Ask any gymnast, it’s like 80% mental and only 20% physical for like all the skills. So once you get past that fear of doing something, the technique and the strength and all that is easy.” Though it’s a relatively small sport, varsity gymnastics is very competitive and selective. Keane-Murphy said this means that club competition is also very competitive. “A lot of people who don’t make their varsity teams will join their club teams, so you get some really high level people in the club teams,” Keane-Murphy said. The club provides a way for those interested in gymnastics to compete and practice their skills, as well as a place and groups of people to do that with, bringing together students from across the tri-campus community. “It’s really connected me into the St. Mary’s and Holy Cross communities. We have gymnastes from all three universities, which is pretty rare,” Whalen said. “It’s given me a different set of friends and a different place to blow off stress.”Tags: Gymnastics club, National Association of Intercollegiate Gymnastics Clubs, tri-campus community
Students in professor Jonathan Hannah’s “Philanthropy and Society” course announced in a short ceremony Thursday afternoon the five groups that would receive parts of an $83,000 grant the class received from the Philanthropy Lab. After a semester spent exploring local nonprofits and conducting board meetings, the students chose to split the funds among five organizations in the Michiana area. Alysa Guffey Students enrolled in Professor Jonathan Hannah’s “Philanthropy and Society” selected five local nonprofit organizations to receive grants totaling up to $83,000.Senior Abigail Campbell spoke on behalf of the class to announce Neighbor-to-Neighbor — an immigrant and refugee assistance center in South Bend — as the receiver of an $8,000 grant. The organization was chosen because of its profound impact on refugees’ rights in the South Bend area as well as at the state level, Campbell said.“I’m happy to share that we are awarding Neighbor-to-Neighbor so they can continue to grow, to flourish and to teach refugees what it’s like to call South Bend home,” she said. The Dismas House of Indiana was granted $15,000 to support its work of providing a family network for those recently released from prison. Senior Hunter Reh cited the empathy of the Dismas House as a strong incentive to fund the organization.“We want to help a program like the Dismas House that is actively seeking to make the lives of some of the most forgotten members of our society better,” Reh said. “We know this grant will be put to great use, and thank you so much for the work you do for our community.”Junior Natalie Armbruster revealed that $15,000 would be allocated to the Elkhart Education Foundation to assist teachers with limited supplies in their classrooms. With this funding, the class hopes the foundation can continue to help both teachers and children in Elkhart schools flourish, Armbruster said. A Rosie Place for Children — the only hospital for medically fragile children in Indiana — received $15,000 from the class. Senior Joe Witt explained his team felt a connection to A Rosie Place during their site visit.“We were just absolutely blown away by the care, the attention to detail that went into the home and the obvious passion and dedication of the leadership,” Witt said. Senior Catherine Edmonds awarded the final $20,000 to Cultivate Culinary, an organization that focuses on repurposing food to give to students in the community. Currently, Cultivate Culinary provides for 400 students, but with the help of the grant, they are hoping to double the number of students they serve, Edmonds said. University President Fr. John Jenkins also attended the ceremony. His appearance meant the students received an additional $10,000 to award to the community, as the Philanthropy Lab promised to make an extra contribution if the University’s top official was present. To close the ceremony, Jenkins expressed his hopes that the semester of experience in philanthropy will serve the students far in the future.“Philanthropy isn’t just writing a check, is it? You’ve had to go out, look at the community and see the needs there,” Jenkins said. “You have met and spent time with these wonderful people who strive to meet those needs. You sort of created a community of people who are serving those needs, and what I hope most from this class is that through doing this, you create patterns in your life.” Before the grant announcements, Hannah thanked the Philanthropy Lab for its support and the local nonprofit leaders in attendance for their engagement with the class. He also praised his students for their work and dedication to the task. “They displayed the maturity dedication we expect of our students here in Notre Dame,” Hannah said. “I could not be prouder of the work that they did.” Hannah plans to teach the class again next fall, as long as funding is available. Witt said he hopes students in future years can benefit more nonprofit organizations. “I hope [future students] don’t just look back to the same organizations we chose,” Witt said. “I hope they have the opportunity to reach more of the South Bend area.”Tags: Fr. John Jenkins, philanthropy, Philanthropy and Society, Philanthropy Lab
Beginning Monday, students will have the option to eat inside the Noble Family Dining Hall, dean of academic student services Karen Chambers announced in an email Wednesday.The email said all students with a meal plan will be required to make a 30-minute reservation for lunch Monday through Friday as well as for dinner Sunday through Thursday. Students’ reservations will remain the same for the rest of the semester.“Lunch will start at 11:30 a.m.; the last lunch reservation will begin at 1 p.m.,” Chambers said in the email. “Dinner will start at 5:30 p.m.; the last dinner reservation will begin at 7:30 p.m.”Reservation blocks are available every 15 minutes and are limited to 175 students at lunch and 150 students at dinner.Students will continue to be able to carry out their meals as outdoor dining areas will continue to be open to students if weather permits.Additionally, plexiglass dividers have been installed to allow for social distancing at tables.At this time only students will be able to eat inside the dining hall. All other members of the community are asked to continue to utilize the carryout service.Tags: COVID-19, Saint Mary’s Campus Dining, Saint Mary’s College
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now File Image.ALBANY — The head of a progressive political party in New York is urging voters to cast votes on the party’s line at a time when a new state law is jeopardizing the future of minor parties.Political parties must now receive 2% of the vote — or 130,000 votes — in the previous presidential or gubernatorial election to qualify as a party and get on the ballot. A political party’s status will now be reviewed every other year starting in November.The state’s new ballot qualification requirements are set to take effect under a federal judge’s Tuesday decision, meaning that minor parties could lose their spot on the ballot in future elections if they don’t get enough votes in November.Minor political parties could also lose other benefits, including the ability to appear on voter registration forms and receive unlimited contributions from donors to cover administrative costs. New York Working Families Party State Director Sochie Nnaemeka criticized New York’s new law, which her party has tried to block in an ongoing legal battle.“The state has no business making it harder for progressive New Yorkers to vote their values,” Nnaemeka said in a statement to The Associated Press.Previously, political parties had to requalify every four years by receiving over 50,000 votes in the gubernatorial election.In New York, minor political parties can form coalitions with other parties and endorse major party candidates under a practice known as “fusion voting,” which is banned by most states.The unique practice means that candidates can appear multiple times on a ballot under different party lines.For example, the Working Families Party is hoping that New York voters will vote for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris on the minor party’s own line in November.Leaders of minor parties have long argued their cross-nominations signal a candidate’s commitment to the party’s own ideological or policy agenda.Nnaemeka’s party and other critics sued in a lawsuit claiming New York’s new law was a flagrant and unjustified attempt to quash minor parties and limit ballot access ahead of a new $100 million public campaign funding system set to launch in New York in 2024.Critics of the new law have also charged that the state’s Democratic party is trying to silence progressives in particular. Democratic Party Chair Jay Jacobs has called some minor parties besides the Working Families Party “shams” and defended the ballot qualification rules as protecting taxpayer dollars while also impacting minor conservative parties.And a state judge ruled in March that lawmakers improperly delegated authority to a politically appointed commission whose recommendations for the new ballot qualification threshold became state law.But a federal judge said Tuesday the minor political parties who sued over New York’s new law failed to show the law would harm constitutional rights, and said the commission’s requirements are “not severe.”The Working Families Party met the new 130,000-vote threshold in the 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 presidential elections and also received the 2% threshold in two of those elections, the judge noted.The commission’s recommendations said the new ballot qualification rules would increase voter participation and ensure parties have “sufficient political support” from voters. The previous ballot qualification threshold dated back to 1935.“Voters will now be less confused by complicated ballots with multiple lines for parties that may not have any unique ideological standard,” reads the commission’s report.