Group discusses off-campus ties

first_img In keeping with the dialogue about increasing service and improving community relations, Ryan Holly, off-campus president, suggested a “don’t forget South Bend” campaign, which would involve joint efforts between students and alumni in helping the community. “We thought it would be a great way for students to feel part of Eddy Street,” student government president Catherine Soler said. Punchcards will be distributed on campus Friday, and students who visit all the vendors will receive a free shirt or tote bag. “It would be a clearinghouse; sort of an agenda for service opportunities,” Soler said. The Council also discussed a seeming decline in volunteer work undertaken by students, which was highlighted in last year’s improveND survey. “It would be a great thing for the community to see students and alumni together. It could go to benefiting nonprofits in the community,” Holly said. Soler concluded the meeting with reminding Council members of the importance of continuing to encourage students to be mindful of police in the approaching football weekend. “We want to again encourage people to be safe, be aware and make smart decisions,” she said. “Last weekend was great, and we want to continue with that.” The night after the block party, C.L. Lindsay — an attorney who speaks to students about interacting with law enforcement — will be returning to campus to have a dialogue with students. “According to the survey, students did not do as much service as people think, especially the male population” Soler said. “We know there’s football season and other things happening, but it’s something for us to think about.” Soler said Pat McCormick, Social Concerns Committee chair, is working to develop a site which would give students greater access to available volunteer options. The following Monday, Morrissey Manor will be holding a panel with members from the Office of Residence Life and Housing and the Notre Dame Security Police, tentatively scheduled for 8 p.m. in DeBartolo Hall. In light of an upcoming presentation by Soler to the Alumni Association, alumni relations were also discussed. Members discussed events planned for the weekend of Sept. 17. On Saturday, from 2 to 4 p.m., student government will be co-sponsoring a block party at Eddy Street Commons, meant to encourage students to explore the Commons. “All the vendors are going to have open doors with either discounts or freebies,” Erin Pankiw, director of Special Events, said. “It’s just kind of encouraging students to go and see what’s there. They’ll be able to offer feedback about what they’d like to see at Eddy Street.” The Council of Representatives’ (COR) Tuesday meeting concentrated on upcoming educational events for students about the law, boosting student volunteerism and upcoming community relations events.last_img read more

University continues work for Sudan

first_imgA University delegation presented a student petition to policymakers in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Md., in December to advocate for a sustainable peace in Sudan. Social Concerns chair Pat McCormick, men’s lacrosse operations coordinator Kevin Dugan, graduate student Emmanuel Gore and junior lacrosse player Jake Brems met with representatives from the government and Catholic Relief Services during their trip. “The visit to D.C. was the culmination of all the work we had all done as a school, not just student government but also the lacrosse team, the Kroc Institute, the Center for Social Concerns and dorms,” McCormick said. “All of these groups had come together to speak for justice and for a peaceful referendum. What was so exciting was to have the opportunity … to take Notre Dame’s advocacy to Washington and to Baltimore to make sure the voices of Notre Dame students were heard.” The two-day itinerary included talks with Kalpen Modi, associate director of public engagement at the White House, Samantha Power, special assistant to President Barack Obama for Sudan, and Karen Richardson, international affairs liaison. The group also met with Peter QuAranto, the special envoy to Sudan from the State Department, and Catholic Relief Services. “The discussion focused on the students’ campus-wide campaign to raise awareness of the Jan. 9 referenda in Sudan, genocide in Darfur and the critical role that young people play in mobilizing communities around key humanitarian issues,” a press release from Modi stated. The northern and southern parts of Sudan have been in civil war for over 50 years. The Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) officially ended war in 2005 and called for six years of peace talks between the two regions. The agreement also scheduled a referendum for Jan. 9 in which Southern Sudan would vote on independence from Northern Sudan. Notre Dame’s involvement with Sudan began on Oct. 5, 2010, when a delegation of Sudanese bishops visited the University to speak about the CPA. The bishops then travelled to Washington, D.C. and New York City to meet with national leaders and discuss the crisis. As the referendum approached, the bishops said both sides began stockpiling weapons, and the possibility of violence loomed for the nation. The New York Times reported that while the results of the referendum are not official, nearly 99 percent of Southern Sudan voted for secession after 3 million votes were cast. Voting proceeded with only small local conflicts, but difficult times approach as the country heads to divorce. “In many ways the time of most concern is coming still,” McCormick said. “The referendum itself was a potential flashpoint … but the Comprehensive Peace Agreement will expire over the summer [and the country could split], so these next few months will be critical ones for Sudan. The advice we got from those who were closer to the situation was that we need to do whatever we can to sustain attention on the fact that this is still a moment of tremendous promise for the people of Sudan but also a moment of potential risk.” Gore is a native of Juba, a city in Southern Sudan, and a graduate student at Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. “My country, which has known little but war and is one of the least developed countries in the world, is in desperate need of peace and stability in order for development to come about,” Gore said. “My view on the current unrest between Northern and Southern Sudan is that it does not have to be resolved by bullets, but through peaceful means and dialogue.” An independent state will soon emerge in Southern Sudan, he said. “Without the tireless and humane efforts of the international community under the leadership of the United States government, this referendum would not have been possible,” Gore said. “And without the active role of Notre Dame and other like-minded international civil society groups … we would have potentially witnessed yet another human catastrophe.” Gore said the meeting with Power, President Obama’s special assistant on Sudan, was especially encouraging. “She assured us that the United States is not leaving ‘a stone unturned’ to make sure the referendum is held in a timely and peaceful manner,” he said. “But she also reiterated that efforts such as Notre Dame’s rally provided the legitimacy policymakers need to engage more robustly in Sudan.” After the appeal from the Sudanese bishops, Notre Dame’s Student Senate unanimously approved a resolution to pledge support for peace in Sudan. The resolution asked the University to stand behind Sudan and to call for full implementation of the CPA. Student government and other campus organizations hosted the Playing for Peace three-on-three basketball tournament and peace rally on Dec. 4 to raise more awareness for the situation in Sudan. Over 600 students attended the rally. McCormick said the Notre Dame delegation delivered a petition signed by over 1,000 students and a copy of the resolution from Student Senate. “We tried to really symbolize the Notre Dame community uniting for peace in Sudan,” he said. “There was a lot of skepticism about whether we could make a difference, and Notre Dame students can confidently say we contributed to peace in Sudan and we will continue to work for peace in Sudan.”last_img read more

SMC students visit areas of campus featured in book of ghost stories

first_imgThirteen years after the publication of “Quiet Hours,” a collection of ghost stories taking place in various locations across Saint Mary’s campus, the Student Activities Board (SAB) held a tour Thursday for students to hear the book’s different stories in the buildings where they were reported to have occurred. SAB member Sinead Hickey said “Quiet Hours” was published in 2002 and written by Saint Mary’s alumnae Shelly Houser, Veronica Kessenich and Kristen Matha. While they were students, they interviewed hundreds of staff, faculty and local residents to put together a collection of stories of different sightings and happenings that transpired on campus. “All the stories are about occurrences which happened on our campus,” Hickey said. “This book is not only fun, but it also gives us a little insight into the history and identity of our school.”Hickey said the entertainment committee of SAB planned this tour as their main Halloween event.“This is a fun opportunity for students on campus because it is an option for a non-drinking Halloween event. You can have fun without a drink,” Hickey said. “It is a fun way to learn about the ghosts on campus and campus history. “Part of the Saint Mary’s identity is the ghosts present on campus.” The tour started in the south lounge of Regina Hall, Hickey said. Participating students received a map, which showed three of the dorms on campus — Regina Hall, Le Mans Hall and Holy Cross Hall — where members of SAB were stationed. Students then went to the three locations and SAB members read the corresponding stories in “Quiet Hours” that took place in each specific hall.In Regina Hall, students heard stories about pianos that played without anyone touching them, doors found inexplicably opened when they were originally locked and mysteriously rippling water in the pool that used to be in the building’s courtyard. Afterwards, students proceeded to Holy Cross Hall. This dorm was the first building of the College and was previously Saint Mary’s Academy. The book tells stories about a mysterious sighting of a young nun and a large dog in front of the building during a time when only a single, older nun wore a habit, and no nuns owned a dog. The book also notes occurrences of noises being heard in the bathrooms — especially those on the third floor — that sounded like people brushing their teeth or showering when no one was actually there.Sophomore Mackenzie Griffin, who participated in the tour, said she believes the stories.“I definitely think the ghosts stories on campus are real,” Griffin said. “I haven’t experienced anything, but there is a lot going on in the bathrooms in Holy Cross. You’ll hear people walk in and do their nightly routines, but there’s nobody there.”The last stop on the tour was Le Mans Hall, where students heard the stories of people from building services finding a child’s hand print on a window, security staff feeling a cold chill in the un-airconditioned Stapleton Lounge and a student seeing a man in Queen’s Court — reportedly one of the most haunted hallways in the building — run past her and through a wall during her nightly rounds as a Resident Assistant. Tags: ghost stories, Quiet Hours, saint mary’slast_img read more

NDI: No plans to ‘curtail or modify’ spring study abroad programs in wake of Paris attacks

first_imgNotre Dame International (NDI) released a statement Thursday regarding student safety, following the Paris attacks and terrorist threats. Three groups of terrorists staged attacks across the city Nov. 13, killing 130 people and injuring hundreds more. The terrorist group ISIS later claimed responsibility for the attacks.“The University of Notre Dame believes that serious academic engagement in countries outside the U.S. is the best way to form global citizens who are equipped to participate in and respond to an increasingly complex and interconnected world,” the statement said. “NDI seeks always to balance this University value with vigilance and diligence by preparing students before they depart for international programs and providing resources and response plans for the duration of their time abroad.”The statement listed existing and ongoing measures to ensure student safety, as well as new and enhanced measures, which include “regular updates to students abroad regarding world and local events that may affect them” and a “formalization of incident response plans — both on campus and at Notre Dame’s Global Gateways.”The statement referenced an email sent Nov. 14 by Tom Guinan, NDI’s associate vice president of administrative operations, to students studying abroad.The email offered details on available counseling and support services, encouraged students to register all personal travel away from their program locations and asked them to respond to communications from NDI staff and family members in a timely manner.NDI has no plans to “curtail or modify” any spring 2016 study abroad programs, according to a statement issued Tuesday.“The safety and wellbeing of our students abroad is of the utmost importance to the University. We will diligently follow guidance from the State Department in the coming weeks and months and will keep in contact with peer universities to ensure we respond quickly to any health and safety issues abroad that may impact our students,” the statement said.Tags: NDI, Notre Dame International, Paris attacks, terrorismlast_img read more

University announces 2018 Commencement speaker

first_imgEditor’s Note: A version of this story appeared in the print edition of The Observer on Oct. 30.Judge Sergio Moro will deliver the 2018 Commencement address at the May 20 ceremony, according to an email sent to the Notre Dame student body Sunday night.Moro is a Brazilian jurist who has worked to combat corruption in his country, University President Fr. John Jenkins said in the email.“Earlier this month in Sao Paulo, Brazil, I presented Judge Moro with the Notre Dame Award, and found him a courageous, conscientious, humble public servant dedicated to justice and the common good,” Jenkins said in the email. “I asked him if he would come to address the graduates of 2018 at our Commencement, and he generously agreed.”Jenkins said in the email he encourages members of the Notre Dame community to inform themselves of Moro’s achievements.“Because his work has not been extensively reported in the media in this country, his is less a household name here than it is in Brazil,” he said in the email.Moro’s work — dedicated to exposing political corruption within Brazil — earned the name Operation Car Wash, according a Time magazine report. His contributions to a number of high profile cases revealed that lawmakers were accepting money in exchange for contracts with the state-run oil company, Petrobras, the report said, and as a result, hundreds of politicians were subjected to further investigation.Moro became a federal judge in 1995, one year after he earned his bachelor of law degree at the Maringa State University in his home state of Parana. He then enhanced his legal knowledge by studying abroad at Harvard Law School, and he received a Juris Doctor from the Federal University of Parana in 2002.When Jenkins presented the Notre Dame Award in Brazil, he said Moro exhibits exemplary behavior and showcases how to effectively promote justice, according to an National Public Radio transcript.“As a result of Dr. Moro and his team’s good work, Brazil, instead of being infamous for corruption, has become a beacon for the rest of the hemisphere on how to fight it,” Jenkins said in the transcript.Tags: 2018 Commencement, Commencement 2018, Fr. John Jenkins, Judge Sergio Moro, May 20thlast_img read more

The Observer wins ICPA awards

first_imgThe Observer received 30 awards at the 2019 annual Indiana Collegiate Press Association (ICPA) awards in Indianapolis Saturday, including second place in the Division I Newspaper of the Year category and second place for Best Overall Website Design.The News department took home five awards, including first place in the Best Feature Story category for former Managing Editor Katie Galioto’s feature piece about Club Fever closing. Additionally, News also took first in the Best News or Feature Series for the Election Observer series covering the 2018 midterm elections, written by Editor-in-Chief Kelli Smith, former Assistant Managing Editor and current senior news writer Lucas Masin-Moyer, incoming News Editor Tom Naatz, current Assistant Managing Editor Mary Steurer and news writer Gina Twardosz. The Observer News department also won second in the same category for The Observer’s coverage of low-socioeconomic status students’ experiences by former Saint Mary’s Editor Jordan Cockrum, current Assistant Managing Editor Natalie Weber, former Assistant Managing Editor Megan Valley and news writer Gina Twardosz.Smith, along with Weber and Naatz, also took first place for Best Continuous Coverage of a Single Story for their coverage of Irish 4 Reproductive Health on Notre Dame’s campus. Additionally, former Editor-In-Chief and senior news writer Courtney Becker won second place in the Best In-Depth Story category for her analysis of the 2018 student government elections. The Sports department took home three awards. Former Managing Editor and current senior sports writer Tobias Hoonhout won first place for Best Sports Column for his breakdown of the Notre Dame hockey team’s loss in the Frozen Four.  Former sports writer Daniel O’Boyle won third place in the same category for his column about Notre Dame women’s basketball. The sports department also received third place in the Best Sports Page category for page 12 of the print edition for March 27, 2018.  The Scene Department received six awards, including first place in the Best Review category awarded to scene writer Nick Ottone for his review, of both “Nanette” and “The Tale.” Scene Editor Mike Donovan received second place in this category for his review of Mount Eerie’s album “Now Only.” Former Scene Editor and senior scene writer Nora McGreevy and former Scene Editor Adam Ramos also won a first prize for Best Entertainment story for their feature on Jacob Titus, a South Bend photographer. McGreevy, along with former Associate Scene Editor Brian Boylen and scene writer Carlos De Loera won second place in Best Entertainment Story, for their preview of the Garth Brooks concert.  Current Associate Scene Editor Ryan Israel won third place in the Best Entertainment Column category for his piece on the Wendy’s rap.As for multimedia, McGreevy and scene writer Adrianna Fazio won third place in the Best Video category for their video about rapper and Notre Dame student Ladibree. In the Viewpoint section, the Observer Editorial Board won first place for Best Staff Editorial for the editorial calling to remove Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s honorary degree. The Observer Editorial Board also won second place in the same category for “Observer Editorial: Belles deserve better.” Cartoonist Bailee Egan also received first place in the Best Editorial Cartoon category for “Wingin’ It” on page 8 of the edition for Nov. 2, 2018. For the photo department, former Photo Editor and current Associate Photo Editor Ann Curtis received first place for Best News Photo for her photo of President Donald Trump speaking in Elkhart, Ind.Curtis also won second place in Best Sports Photo for her photo of Irish quarterback, Ian Book, in the Syracuse game. Current photo editor Anna Mason received third place in this category for her photo of Jafar Armstrong. Photographer Michelle Mehalas received third place in the Best Feature Photo category for her photo of the “Rudy” movie watch on the football field.The Graphics Department received two awards. Current Graphics Editor Diane Park received first place for Best Feature Page — along with Brian Boylen and Carlos De Loera — for page 5 of the Sept. 21, 2018 edition. Park — along with Nora McGreevy, Charlie Kenney and Carlos De Loera — also won third place for Best Feature Page for page 5 of the Oct. 5, 2018 edition. For the advertising department, Alexandra Pucillo and Dominique DeMoe received third place in the Best Rate Card category for The Observer’s rate card. The Observer also received third place in the Best Themed Issue for the 2018 Welcome Weekend edition. They also received second place in Best Overall Design edition for April 16, 2018 and third place for the edition for Oct. 8, 2018. Tags: Awards, ICPAs, Indiana Collegiate Press Associationlast_img read more

Pop Princess Carly Rae Jepsen Bows in Cinderella

first_img Fran Drescher Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 Pop princess Carly Rae Jepsen and sitcom queen Fran Drescher make their Main Stem debuts in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella February 4. Jepsen replaces Audience Choice Award winner Laura Osnes as Cinderella, while Drescher takes over the role of Cinderella’s stepmother Madame from Harriet Harris, at the Broadway Theatre. View All (4) Star Files Harriet Harris They join a cast that features Joe Carroll as Prince Topher, Victoria Clark as Marie, Ann Harada as Charlotte, Stephanie Gibson as Gabrielle, Peter Bartlett as Sebastian and Phumzile Sojola as Lord Pinkleton. Drescher is best known for her iconic role as Fran Fine in the hit TV series The Nanny, which she also created, wrote, directed and executive produced. Her other film and TV credits include Saturday Night Fever, American Hot Wax, Summer of Fear, The Hollywood Knights, Doctor Detroit, This Is Spinal Tap, UHF, Jack, Living With Fran and Happily Divorced. Drescher has appeared in off-Broadway productions of Neil LaBute’s Some Girl(s), The Exonerated and Nora Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore. She also performed in a special production of Camelot at Lincoln Center.center_img Cinderella View Comments Before her tune “Call Me Maybe” climbed the music charts, Jepsen performed in musicals as a high schooler, starring in Annie, The Wiz, Grease and later attended the Canadian College of Performing Arts. “Call Me Maybe” rose to the #1 spot on the Billboard charts and in 47 countries, holding that position for nine consecutive weeks in the U.S. She released her debut album Kiss in 2012, winning the American Music Award for Best New Artist as well as two Grammy Award nominations. Carly Rae Jepsen Laura Osnes Related Showslast_img read more

The Library, Directed by Steven Soderbergh, Starts Previews

first_img The Library tells the story of Caitlin Gabriel (Moretz), a survivor of a deadly high school shooting. She struggles to tell her story to her parents, the authorities or anyone who will listen. But there are other narratives that gain purchase in the media and paint her in a different light. The play asks us to examine our relationship to the truth and the lies that claim to heal us. Related Shows Moretz will be joined by Emmy nominee Lili Taylor, Tony nominee Jennifer Westfeldt, Ben Livingston, Michael O’Keefe, Daryl Sabara, David Townsend and Tamara Tunie. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on April 27, 2014 The truth unfolds: the world premiere of Scott Z. Burns’ The Library begins performances off-Broadway at The Public Theater on March 25. The drama, directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh and starring Chloë Grace Moretz, will open officially on April 15 and run through April 27. The Librarylast_img read more

Curious Incident Will Star Alexander Sharp in His Broadway Debut

first_img Directed by Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time transferred to London’s West End following a sold-out run at the National’s Cottesloe Theatre in 2012. The production received seven 2013 Olivier Awards, including Best New Play. Fifteen-year old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever. View Comments Juilliard graduate Alexander Sharp will make his Broadway debut as Christopher in Simon Stephens’ The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. The show will also star Ian Barford (August: Osage County) as Ed, Tony nominee Helen Carey (London Assurance) as Mrs. Alexander, Francesca Faridany (The 39 Steps) as Siobhan and Enid Graham (The Constant Wife) as Judy. Previews begin September 10 at the Barrymore Theatre, with opening night set for October 5. Along with Sharp, Barford, Carey, Faridany and Graham, the cast will include Jocelyn Bioh, Mercedes Herrero, Richard Hollis, Ben Horner and David Manis. Taylor Trensch (Matilda) will play Christopher at certain performances. Related Shows The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016last_img read more

Watch Audra McDonald Sing Her Way Through More Yahoo! Answers

first_img View Comments Want to know the secret to securing a second date, how to truly enjoy the White Castle burger, what people from London are called and more? Sit back, take the music in and let Jimmy Fallon and Mama Broadway teach you. Six-time Tony Award winner returned to The Tonight Show to reprise her hilarious “Yahoo! Lounge Singers” bit, taken verbatim from the site’s Q&A section. McDonald knows it all, including how to test the doneness of boiled eggs (she is the queen of Eggfartopia, after all.) Check it out below!last_img read more