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  • SMC receives endowment to fund grants

    first_imgThe Katherine Terry Dooley ’28 Endowment, a fund initiated by the family of a Saint Mary’s College graduate who felt passionately about justice issues, supports social justice-themed projects proposed by the College’s students, philosophy professor Adrienne Lyles-Chockley said.“The Dooley Fund was created to support innovative projects by Saint Mary’s students that address issues of peace and justice and involve the broader campus community,” Lyles-Chockley said. “[It] aims to encourage and support women in developing their intellectual vigor, promoting the essential dignity of each human and cultivating their social responsibility.”The grants enable students with a passion for social justice to develop responses to social problems, Lyles-Chockley said.“We are looking for projects that are able to clearly articulate social injustice and provide thoughtful, original ideas for combating injustice,” she said. “Students are encouraged to reflect on the systemic causes of injustice and be able to clearly articulate project ideas designed to promote social justice.”In the past, the fund has initiated the development of community projects in South Bend, including a creative writing workshop with the homeless and the development of campus programs focused on inequalities in local education systems, Lyles-Chockley said.“Social justice is a normative concept and ideal that includes fairness, equity, responsibility and integrity. …  It is also very closely related to human rights, human dignity and social welfare,” she said. “The Dooley [Grant program] aims to empower students to explore these concepts and to incorporate awareness and action in the wider community.”The College’s Justice Education program funds the grant and aims to use spiritual, moral and intellectual contexts when analyzing social problems, Lyles-Chockley said.“The mission of the Justice Education Program is to empower Saint Mary’s students to make the world a more just and peaceful place,” she said. “By teaching students to think in systemic and comprehensive ways, the program enables students to understand, analyze and reflect on the experiences of the marginalized and disenfranchised.”Empowerment is also a theme of the Dooley Grant program. It allows students to become more aware of issues in the community while developing means to address the injustices, Lyles-Chockley said.“The Dooley Grant program gives students an opportunity to explore their social justice-related interests and deepen their engagement in the community,” she said. “It also gives students a means for examining the root causes of social problems and developing their own responses to those problems.” Tags: SMC, Social justice, The Dooley Endowmentlast_img read more

  • Police interview three men involved in crime report, find no evidence for abduction

    first_imgAfter interviewing the student who reported a robbery and abduction last Saturday and the three men initially considered suspects, Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) said in a statement Tuesday evening there “was no evidence of an abduction” and insufficient evidence for an arrest on robbery charges.According to the statement, “Notre Dame police interviewed the complainant and three other males involved in a reported robbery and abduction last weekend. The complainant did not enter their vehicle on campus, as he originally reported, but several miles away.”The original report from NDSP said the male Notre Dame student reported a robbery that allegedly occurred around 2 a.m. Saturday morning. According to a crime alert NDSP sent Saturday afternoon, the student was approached by three men on Notre Dame Avenue between the Morris Inn and Holy Cross Drive.The statement released Tuesday evening reported, “There was no evidence of an abduction and insufficient evidence to warrant an arrest on robbery or other charges. This case remains under investigation.”NDSP released photos of the car and the men believed to be suspects Monday night while they were still considered “at large.”The initial report stated: “One of the men got out of the vehicle and instructed the student to come with them. They demanded money and took the student to a gas station and a grocery store so he could get cash for them. They then brought the student back to campus. No gun was seen, but it was implied that at least one of the three men had a gun. The suspects were described as three black males wearing dark clothing.” Tags: abduction, Crime, crime report, NDSP, robberylast_img read more

  • Basilica Choirs to perform ‘Advent Lessons and Carols’

    first_imgNotre Dame’s Basilica choirs will celebrate the season of Advent through music Sunday evening at their annual Advent Lessons and Carols concert.The concert will feature all Notre Dame Basilica choirs — the Liturgical Choir, the Women’s Liturgical Choir, the Folk Choir, the Basilica Schola and the Handbell Choir, senior Chris Siemann, a Folk Choir member, said. Each group will perform a choral piece related to Advent with biblical readings throughout the evening.“[The concert is] a good way to do Advent intentionally,” Siemann said. “Between … Lent and Advent, Lent seems much more intentional religiously because there are things you give up and things like that, so it lends itself more easily to intention. But this can be an opportunity to have people approach Advent with a different mindset.”Junior Abby DeMars, a member of the Liturgical Choir, said each group performing will bring a different sound and style of music to Sunday’s performance.“[Students that attend] are going to get a diversity of styles and different types of music, because you have [groups] ranging from Liturgical Choir, Women’s Lit, to the Basilica Schola — very different styles of music, all focusing on Advent and the coming of Christ,” DeMars said. “So it’ll be a beautiful evening showing the preparation for Christ.”But that diversity of style is what makes coming together to sing about Advent all the more beautiful, DeMars said.“All of the choirs that are singing, it’s like — this is our purpose, to make the Liturgy more beautiful and to show the beauty of God and His creation,” she said. “So we all get to do that, and we all do it in slightly different ways, but its all for the same purpose.”Siemann said Advent, the focus of the concert, is a reminder of what is truly important in the rush before Christmas break.“I think [the concert] would be a really good way to reflect and kind of get the bigger picture before finals week,” Siemann said. “Because there’s a week left before finals, and final projects and papers are looming, and that’s surely what’s on everyone’s mind. … It would be a really cool way to de-stress and get the bigger picture back.”That bigger picture is important, DeMars said.“I like that [the Basilica choirs] get to bring the season of Advent to Notre Dame, so it’s not just straight to the season of Christmas,” she said. “It’s specifically Advent Lessons and Carols, so it’s in preparation, which isn’t so much emphasized, because we want to do Christmas things, which is beautiful.“But there’s also something to be said about preparation and about waiting for the coming of Christ. … So I really like that aspect of [the concert]. And it’s in the evening so it’s kind of like a night prayer, waiting for the morning to come when Christ comes.”The Basilica Choirs will perform Advent Lessons and Carols this Sunday at 7:15 in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.Tags: Advent, Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Basilica Schola, christmas, Christmas season, Folk Choir, Handbell Choir, Liturgical Choir, Women’s Liturgical Choirlast_img read more

  • Club Coordination Council updates bylaws, allocates funding to clubs

    first_imgTags: CCC, Club Coordination Council, Student government, student government in focus Club Coordination Council (CCC) president Marisa Thompson said the CCC is one of the most underutilized student government groups on campus.“When people want something done in their hall, they go to their Hall Council,” she said. “When they want some type of event programming on campus, they go to SUB. But when a club wants to achieve a goal on campus, often, they don’t know where to turn.”The group plays a number of roles in the administration of clubs on campus, she said.“The CCC is involved in undergraduate club activity on campus in the forms of monetary allocation, prospective club approval and student government representation,” Thompson said.In addition to an administrative role, Thompson said the group also acts as a voice for the interests of clubs in various organizations across campus.“It represents club interests to SAO, the Financial Management Board, senate and the Executive Programming Board. It is composed of 27 undergraduate members and one SAO advisor.She said there are three executive board members: Thompson, vice president Will Fields and controller Aaron Vernon.Thompson said there are also six divisions, each division representing different types of clubs on campus: academic, athletic, cultural, performing arts, special interest and social service. Each division has a division chair and three division representatives who are elected by clubs at the club information meetings.“Anyone who is an active member of a club on campus can run for a division representative position on the CCC,” Thompson said. “Its main purpose in student government is to make sure that clubs are represented to the rest of the Student Union.”Thompson said this year, along with the usual business of hearing appeals for additional funding, the CCC has been working on their guidelines, bylaws and operating procedures.“We wanted to make this a particular focus of our work in the fall, that way we could make sure that our treatment of all clubs is as equitable as possible,” Thompson said. “Right now we are preparing for Winter Reallocation in January and are working on more ways to make the CCC more transparent than it has been in the past.”Thompson said one of the overall goals of the Council has been to make their organization as transparent as possible.“We are looking at multiple ways of achieving this, such as restructuring the Spring Allocation process and providing more online resources,” Thompson said.The CCC is important because undergraduate clubs make up a large part of student life at the University, Thompson said.“The idea of student government is to make the undergraduate experience as fulfilling and meaningful as it can be, while also disseminating information about the University administration,” Thompson said. “We want to act as a resource for clubs on campus by communicating both what it takes to administratively run a successful club as well as what the University can do to help that effort.”last_img read more

  • Notre Dame showcases Iranian photo exhibit

    first_imgIn an attempt to showcase a different side of Iran, the Persian Association of Notre Dame (PAND) is hosting a photo exhibit, titled “Iran Beyond Politics,” on Friday at McKenna Hall.Fatemeh Elahi, an organizer of the event and a member of PAND, said the exhibit “emphasizes the diversity of the Iranian people — especially culture and ethnicity.”The exhibit includes photographs of Iranian society, nature and architecture.“This exhibit shows some very old parts of Iran and some very new parts, and I think this contrast is my favorite,” Elahi said.PAND, which was founded in October, is hosting the exhibit in order to show Iran from an angle not usually seen in the media, Elhai said. “Especially with all the recent news about Iran, we’re trying to provide a different image of how eager Iranian people are to communicate with the west, and how what the media shows is not the true representation of Iran,” Elahi said.Elahi, who emigrated to the United States from Iran when she was 16 years old, said she relates to the exhibit’s mission on a personal level.“When I came to the U.S., a melting pot of different cultures, I realized how much my government, my media had skewed my mind to think a certain way about certain people,” Elahi said. “When I met those people, I realized that wasn’t true at all, or that was only part of the story.”The exhibit is not seeking to show some sort of grand image of Iran, Elhai said. Rather, it seeks only to show a fuller vision of Iran, beyond its political and religious conflicts.“It’s actually very mundane things … basically, we’re showing that no, they’re just people,” Elahi said.Maryam Ghadiri, a Ph.D. student at Purdue and the curator of the exhibit, gave a TED Talk called “Iran from a Different Lens” last spring. After seeing the talk, several members of PAND proposed booking the exhibit. The event happens to fall just a few weeks after President Donald Trump issued an executive order temporarily banning foreign nationals and refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries, including Iran, from entering the country. Catering to fears of “the other,” Elahi said, is nothing new.“This is a very common strategy that many politicians have used in the past to establish their own government and gain popularity,” Elahi said.Though many Americans have pushed back strongly against the travel ban, there are other ways to combat misconceptions and misguided fear, Elahi said. “Another strategy is communication, showing ourselves in the community and trying to represent ourselves,” Elahi said.Tags: Iran, iran from a different lens, McKenna Halllast_img read more

  • PEMCo celebrates 20th anniversary with ‘20 Seasons of Love’ show

    first_imgFor a free musical theater experience Saturday night, the Pasquerilla East Musical Company (PEMCo) producers would recommend attending “20 Seasons of Love: A PEMCo Review” at 7 p.m. in Washington Hall. The show will feature one song from each of PEMCo’s productions over its 20-year history, senior Kelsey Dool, PEMCo’s executive producer, said.“When you’re watching this show, it’s like you’re watching 20 years of PEMCo on fast forward,” Dool said. Photo courtesy of Denise Dorotheo The cast of PEMCo’s “20 Seasons of Love: A Review” gathers onstage during a rehearsal. The students will be joined by PEMCo alumni during the Saturday night show.Due to the alumni in the cast and the timing, Dool said the production process has been unorthodox.“This rehearsal process has overlapped for the rehearsal process for our spring musical, which doesn’t happen,” she said. “… What we’ve done for this show is it’s been self-motivated on a lot of people’s parts. People have been expected to learn their music on their own and then come in and show what they’ve done.”Mackin said alumni were sent sheet music and will attend the group rehearsal on Saturday before the show. She said “20 Seasons of Love” is a good show for those who may be new to musical theater.“It’s a casual way to see what musical theater and the arts at Notre Dame are like for people who maybe haven’t experienced that before,” Mackin said.The show is the producers’ way of giving back and honoring the impact of PEMCo at Notre Dame, Dool said.“PEMCo is a huge part of our lives, and we really wanted to do this show as a way to give back to the club that’s given us so much over the years and that we know had been giving students like us the same thing for 20 years before we were here,” she said.Tickets for the performance are available at the LaFortune Student Center box office or at the door.Tags: 20 Seasons of Love, Anniversary, musical theater, PEMCo Photo courtesy of Denise Dorotheo Students perform “Beauty School Dropout” during PEMCo’s 2017 production of “Grease.”While PEMCo typically produces one fall and one spring show, senior Brynn Alexander, PEMCo’s production management producer, said the producers decided to host an additional show this year to celebrate the company’s 20th anniversary.“[The idea for the show] was kind of an egg in our brains at one point and then hatched into this monumental, exciting concert that’s about to happen,” Alexander said.The four PEMCo producers began reaching out to alumni in the summer to gauge interest, according to Alexander, and once they saw it was there, they made plans to produce the show.The show is directed by Katie Mackin, PEMCo’s artistic director. While it is unusual for a producer to also direct a show, Mackin said, the producers chose her to direct so the show could celebrate PEMCo as a whole.Alexander said the show is also meant to celebrate all parts of musical theater.“It’s a celebration of the club as a whole and PEMCo as a whole and all of musical theater as a whole instead of a person, director or a star or a technical element,” she said. “So it’s an inclusive and exciting event that celebrates as many things about musical theater as possible.”Mackin began preparing for the show by choosing the songs.“The big thing I tried to do was pick a recognizable song from the musical so that people would immediately have an emotional connection to it,” she said. “ … Of course every musical has great songs, but not every song in a musical is a great song, so here we’ve tried to create a collection of really strong numbers that stand on their own.”Denise Dorotheo, a senior and PEMCo’s marketing producer, said the audience will get to see the “peak numbers” from each of PEMCo’s shows.“They get to see the climax of most of the shows all in one concert,” she said.Mackin said she ensured the show featured an equal number of male and female parts and that she featured a variety of solos, duets and small group numbers so that everyone could be included.Dool said the first PEMCo show, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” in the fall of 1997, featured a large cast, which the producers wanted to honor.“Their first production was a huge one, so we figured a good way to honor that would be to bring together people who have done PEMCo across their four years at Notre Dame — bring back alumni and bring in people who have never done PEMCo before but just love musical theater, so to try to get everybody who has an interest in musical theater on this campus a place to celebrate it,” she said.The cast for “20 Seasons of Love” numbers around 40 people, and Alexander said she thinks this aspect is one that the audience may enjoy the most.“I think people will enjoy … the huge amount of participation that’s happening,” she said. “Since we had a very inclusive casting system where anyone who wanted to participate could participate, it’s made it very fun for the performers. … I think the audience will enjoy really being able to see anyone who’s ever wanted to be in a PEMCo show on a stage in a PEMCo show.”Alumni will be featured in the show in several forms, including singing several numbers or introducing shows they were involved in while at Notre Dame, Mackin said.Dorotheo said she has been reaching out to alumni throughout the process of producing the show.“We had them send in videos with messages for the cast saying their favorite PEMCo memories and what PEMCo meant to them,” she said.Dorotheo also saw the inclusive casting as a way to bring new people into PEMCo, she said.last_img read more

  • Investigators Allegedly Find Drugs, Cash, And A Loaded Handgun During Raid

    first_imgJamestown Police say Luis Martinez, 48, Sammy McKeithan, 38, Edwin Rosario, 31, and Shelia Mendez, 36, were taken into custody after SWAT kicked down the door at 64 Water St., Apt. 1 on Friday evening.Inside the apartment, investigators allegedly found 14 ounces of methamphetamine, one ounce of cocaine, 3.4 grams of crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia and $3,500 in crash.Additionally, police said a loaded 9mm handgun stolen from a Jamestown home in 2018 was recovered. Martinez, McKeithan, and Rosario are all charged with varying degrees of criminal possession of a controlled substance. Police said charges are pending against Mendez.The four were taken to Jamestown City Jail pending arraignment in the case. Sammy McKeithan Luis Martinez Edwin Rosariocenter_img Image by Jamestown Police.JAMESTOWN – Investigators with the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force say they allegedly recovered drugs, cash and a loaded handgun after executing a search warrant at a Water Street Apartment last week. 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)last_img read more

  • Schumer: Canada Dodge Hurts New York Dairy Farmers

    first_imgShare: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) Stock Image.WASHINGTON — After advocating for federal aid for New York’s dairy farmers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer is citing concerns that Canada is using unfair trade practices to hurt New York dairies.Schumer urged U. S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to raise concerns about Canada evading its commitments under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) to eliminate harmful dairy trade practices.“New York’s dairy farmers are the lifeblood of the Upstate economy, but unfortunately, they have been squeezed by the economic effects of the COVID-19 crisis,” said Schumer. “That is why I am calling on Ambassador Lighthizer to do everything in his power to ensure that Canada abides by its dairy trade obligations and eliminates its unfair and harmful pricing programs and practices that unfairly impeded Upstate New York dairy farmers from freely selling their product – as agreed to in the new trade agreement with Canada, the USMCA. As the trade deal enters into force next week, it is imperative that our New York dairy farmers are able to sell their products into Canada and churn up profits that mitigate the huge losses they have suffered this year.”Photo: Senator Charles E. Schumer“USMCA requires Canada to provide new market access for American dairy products and to eliminate its destructive Classes 6 and 7 milk pricing schemes,” said Jaime Castaneda, senior vice president for Policy Strategy and International Trade with the National Milk Producers Federation and the U.S. Dairy Export Council. “While not unexpected, Canada’s efforts to manipulate its agreed upon trade obligations to protect its tightly controlled dairy market are unacceptable. Canada needs to live up to the commitments it made to the U.S. on dairy. America’s dairy industry appreciates Senator Schumer for his leadership on this issue and we support Ambassador Lighthizer and Secretary Purdue as the U.S. works to hold Canada accountable to its commitments under USMCA.” Schumer explained that under USMCA, Canada agreed to eliminate Class 6 & 7 pricing within 6 months. However, the Senator revealed, Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO), which represents approximately 4,000 Canadian dairy farmers, has recently requested that Ontario’s tribunal which provides an avenue of appeal on agriculture issues grant restricted access to DFO’s pricing regulations. Schumer argued that with only a few days left until the USMCA is set to enter into force, the lack of transparency and timing of DFO’s request raises questions about whether or not Canada is seeking to circumvent its dairy commitments in USMCA.Additionally, Schumer pointed out, under USMCA, Canada agreed to an expansion of tariff rate quotas (TRQs) for several categories of U.S. dairy products. However, the U.S. dairy industry has raised concerns that Canada’s recently-released TRQ allocations weaken the intent of USMCA and will prevent New York dairy farmers from fully benefiting from the agreement’s expanded market access opportunities.In a letter to the ambassador, Schumer wrote:“We must ensure that hardworking dairy farmers in New York and across the country, who rely on strong trade enforcement from the U.S. government for protection against other countries’ unfair policies and practices, benefit from the changes in USMCA as intended. As such, I urge you to expeditiously raise these aforementioned concerns about Canada’s dairy obligations with your Canadian counterparts, and in particular, ensure Canada reaffirms its commitment that Class 6 and 7 will be fully, and permanently, eliminated.”last_img read more

  • Ring Elementary School Students Celebrate The Patchwork Elephant

    first_imgRing UPK students, Jude carlson, Oliva Evans, Liam Alexander, and Nolan Farrar Bauer, show off their patchwork elephant tissue art project. (JPS Image)JAMESTOWN — Elephants, reading and art were the order of the day for Ring Elementary School UPK students in Terry Ortiz’s and Jill Anderson’s classrooms.Ring UPK student, Remy Monn, creates her “patchwork” elephant. (JPS Image)The teachers are reading ELMER, the Patchwork Elephant to their students as part of their study of the letter “E.” They are using the book to reinforce the letter and its sound.Weekly, the teachers introduce one letter and its sound until they have taught the entire alphabet to their students.ELMER, the Patchwork Elephant is the story of being yourself and accepting your differences. One day, Elmer becomes tired of being a patchwork elephant so he discovers a tree of grey colored berries and covers himself, so he blends in, looking like all of the other elephants. Ring UPK student, Jude Carlson, shows off his elephant ears during a parade to celebrate the book, ELMER, the Patchwork Elephant. (JPS Image)When he returns to his herd, he finds they were all too quiet and boring. A rainstorm washes off Elmer’s gray color and reveals his patchwork colors. All the elephants love Elmer’s best trick.So, once a year they celebrate with a parade where all of the other elephants decorate themselves in colorful patchwork and Elmer in all gray.Anderson and Ortiz decided to have students create “elephant head pieces” as a craft for the letter “E” including tracing the upper-case E on each ear of the elephant.Ring UPK student, Cora Berg, creates squares on her “patchwork” elephant. (JPS Image)The students wore their creations in an “elephant parade” outside the school, just like in the book. Students were also learning their shape of the week – a square.The book tied into the shape with a tissue paper art project and creating squares on an elephant drawing and coloring in the patchwork.“The story is a great way to reinforce the letter ‘E,’ as well as telling a great story of friendship, getting along and being original in who you are,” said Anderson. 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)last_img read more

  • Andrew Rannells Discusses Filling NPH’s (High-Heeled) Shoes & More

    first_imgBroadway alum Andrew Rannells, who is set to take over for Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris in Hedwig and the Angry Inch beginning August 20, is being extra careful these days. The Tony nominee joked with the The Toronto Star, saying, “You know, it’s Catholic guilt. Things are going so well that something bad has got to happen.” Related Shows Rannells will play a limited engagement through October 12 at the Belasco Theatre. Harris is set to play his final performance on August 17. The Book of Mormon and Girls star didn’t initially see himself stepping in for Harris. “Michael [Mayer, Hedwig director] had this idea that I should replace Neil when he left,” Rannells explained. “I came in and saw it that weekend. Neil was so amazing; I didn’t think I could possibly do it.” Hedwig and the Angry Inch Rannells received a Tony nod for his performance as Elder Price in The Book of Mormon. He’s also appeared on the Great White Way in Jersey Boys and Hairspray. His screen credits include Girls, The New Normal, Bachelorette and the upcoming film The Intern.center_img While the thought of Hedwig might conjure up glitter and glam rock, Rannells notes that there is a side to her that is not as noticeable on the surface: “it’s about feeling lost and looking for love and wanting to feel complete inside.” Of course, nothing bad seems to be coming his way yet as he waits to throw on the iconic wig and pumps once more, having played the role in a Houston, Texas production in 2001. “I literally replied to an audition notice I saw in Backstage,” Rannells said of his first stint with the show. “On a personal note, it was shortly after my dad passed away…I needed to do something…I was very depressed.” View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015last_img read more