Month: January 2021


first_imgThe Council of Representatives (COR) voted to approve the nominee for president of The Shirt Project 2011 and discussed Alcohol Awareness Week, which is co-sponsored by student government, at its meeting Tuesday. Senior Christian Gigante, president of The Shirt 2010, gave members an update on the successes of last year’s Shirt, which has sold 145,000 shirts so far, approaching the record 155,000 shirts sold in 2006. The profit from The Shirt sales benefits various campus clubs and organizations, the rector funds and The Shirt Project Fund, which assists students with serious accidents or illnesses, Gigante said. “That number, hopefully, will be close to $700,000 which is pretty exciting,” Gigante said. Gigante, who is responsible for the preliminary choice of the new president, introduced junior Lauren Marzouca, the nominated student. Marzouca, a pre-professional major from McGlinn Hall, said she was excited to be president of the Project because she feels students should be reminded of where the money from the Project goes. “I want to be president because I don’t think people really know where the money goes. The money goes back to the students and people who need it,” Marzouca said. “It means something more than just another T-shirt.”last_img read more


first_imgSaint Mary’s Registrar Todd Norris said that in the spring 2013 semester, 152 Saint Mary’s students registered for classes at Notre Dame. Sophomore Audrey Kiefer, who is taking an Italian course at Notre Dame this semester, said she enjoyed the opportunity and hopes to continue taking Notre Dame courses. “It’s an awesome opportunity, and to me really the only difference is the guys being there in class,” Kiefer said.  “I am excited to take more Notre Dame courses in the future, and I would encourage any Saint Mary’s girl to try it out.” Norris said Saint Mary’s seniors are allowed to register for two Notre Dame course per semester and other students are allowed one per semester.   Senior Academic Advisor for Saint Mary’s, April Lane said most students who take advantage of this opportunity want to take classes that are not offered at the College or to experience taking a class with new students and professors. Norris said Belles took the Notre Dame classes “Irish Ghost Stories,” “Wind Ensembles,” “Maritime Affairs,” “Abnormal Psychology” and “National Security Affairs,” among other classes during the spring 2013 semester. Norris also said certain groups of students have a greater tendency to take Notre Dame courses than the average Saint Mary’s student. “There are a few groups who consistently take Notre Dame courses, like ROTC, Music majors, and Engineering students,” Norris said. Kiefer said she was worried at first that she might have to confront preconceived ideas about Saint Mary’s students. “I thought it would be intimidating, and that I would have to overcome stereotypes of being a ‘Smick Chick’ at first,” Kiefer said.  “But after about one month of classes, I think everyone forgot I was even from Saint Mary’s.” Sophomore Battol Alsawalha, a student in the dual engineering degree program, said she has not faced any negative stereotypes in her engineering courses.  “When working with my group members throughout the year on different projects, they never treated me differently or belittled my work just because I was a Saint Mary’s student,” Alsawalha said. “Actually, many ND students are interested as to how the dual program functions and ask me about it when they find out I am from SMC.” Senior Leslie Wilson, who enrolled in an Irish Folklore course this semester, said she had not taken a course at Notre Dame before registering for this course. She said she chose the class because she had studied abroad in Ireland. “I found that the course was very interesting and I wanted to take it because I had studied abroad in Ireland my sophomore year,” Wilson said.  “The subject interested me because it focused on an Irish subject, and there aren’t any Saint Mary’s courses like that.” Other students choose to take courses that count toward graduation requirements, since many Notre Dame courses do not fulfill Saint Mary’s major requirements. Sophomore Nicole O’Toole said she registered for a political science course titled “American Marriage” to further her interest in political issues. “I love being in the mix with Notre Dame students,” O’Toole said. “At Saint Mary’s, most of my classes are filled with girls who are very similar to me. It is fun to be in a different setting with people of different backgrounds, races, religions, and, of course, genders. I think it really challenges me.”  Sophomore Grace Harvey, who enrolled in a Catholic Moral Theology course, said her Notre Dame course is less conducive to socializing than her Saint Mary’s courses. “My lecture is double the size my classes at Saint Mary’s, so many of the students do not interact with each another unless they were already friends coming into the class,” Harvey said. “I feel like at Saint Mary’s, we linger behind once class ends to talk to friends, but at Notre Dame, students attend class and leave quickly, like class is strictly business.” Alsawalha said the size of her classes doesn’t make a difference in terms of access to her professors. “Professors always provide office hours for all of their students to come and see them,” Alsawalha said.  “Obviously, the way classes are conducted is very different between the two schools, but both provide an equally incredible teaching environment.” Harvey and O’Toole said their Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s courses are equally challenging.  Harvey said the difficulty levels of her courses vary with each professor’s different teaching styles. “It’s hard to compare course work because it all really depends on the professor,” Harvey said.  “My Notre Dame course is challenging for different reasons, like the take-home tests and the longer readings are both things I don’t have in my Saint Mary’s business courses.” O’Toole said because her Notre Dame course is mostly discussion-based, the content of the course is both challenging and rewarding. “It is interesting that my professor at Notre Dame completely leads the discussions and calls on each student by name,” O’Toole said.  “It definitely makes you want to be prepared for class, whereas at Saint Mary’s we usually respond to each other freely.”last_img read more


first_imgAs students whiled away their summers at internships and seasonal jobs, sophomore Maria Wesler saw her original play, “Unlocked”, selected for a stage reading at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago on July 29. Wesler received an email earlier in the month confirming that her play would be featured in the theater’s biennial Latino Theater Festival, but she said it took some time for her to believe that her play had been selected. “When I checked my email … I screamed at the top of my lungs. I had to reread the congratulations about five times to realize I wasn’t hallucinating, and I still checked the email for the next three days to solidify the reality – my play was chosen,” Wesler said. Wesle said her play was selected as one of the amateur works chosen to highlight the Latino-American community by staging plays and dramatic readings.  She said her play calls for the audience to open their imaginations and to find a new perspective through the characters.  Wesler said the plot revolves around the main character’s family and his involvement in a local gang. “‘Unlocked’ is the story of Santiago Ramirez, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, who feels trapped in his family’s chase for the ‘American dream.’ Stuck on the East Side of Los Angeles, Santiago feels disconnected from his busy family, his first home and America [while] stuck in Boyle Heights, a predominantly Latino community,” said Wesler.  “To cope with his loneliness, he joins a gang called Hazard. The play is about the Ramirez family confronting Santiago and trying to persuade him to leave the gang behind.” Wesler said she consulted Giannina Reyes-Giardiello, a Spanish professor at Saint Mary’s College, when developing the play. Wesler began writing the play after spring break of last year and then submitted it to the Goodman Theatre’s amateur competition. The idea for the play’s theme arose from Wesler’s relationship with a Lithuanian friend who had crossed the Canadian border illegally, Wesler said. “Not many people think of Lithuanians when they hear the term ‘illegal immigrant,’” Wesler said. “My friend was one of the most remarkable women I’ve ever met. Strong, funny, independent, and so intelligent she was transferred into an academy after her freshmen year. She was going to be a neurosurgeon, that was, until she didn’t get accepted into a single university. It wasn’t because she was unqualified; it was because she was illegal. She told me how she felt trapped, locked inside this American dream that proved more to be a mirage than a future goal.” Wesler said she had some difficulty relating to her characters because her background was very different than the Latino community she depicts in “Unlocked.” Wesler grew up in the Chicago suburbs with little exposure to the topic of immigration. She said her father once asked her, “No offense, sweetie, but what does a white girl from the Chicago suburbs know about illegal immigrants?” Wesler said the best part of the festival was sharing the experience with family and friends.   “Hearing people laugh at the jokes and seeing my imagination come to life was more than enough, but it was the sight of my friends and family who came to support me that was the icing on the cake,” Wesler said.  Katie Sullivan, associate professor of theatre, said she is eager to hear about what Wesler will do next.   “She is clear that she wants to become a playwright. [She] told us this when she arrived on campus a year ago. It is really exciting that she has achieved such a feather in her cap at this early point in her life as a writer. We need more women playwrights,” Sullivan said. Theatre professor Susan Baxter said Wesler’s play shows a great deal of talent.  “Maria is a remarkable person with a lot of passion. She’s already demonstrated focused [and] abundant talent for dramatic writing,” Baxter said. Wesler said she tries to invite her audience to look at the world through a magnifying glass, and that she intends to write more plays to broaden her audience’s perspectiveslast_img read more


first_imgThe Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) sponsored a showing of and panel discussion on the CNN documentary “The Hunting Ground” on Thursday evening in O’Laughlin Auditorium on Saint Mary’s campus.Saint Mary’s College President Carol Ann Mooney introduced the film, which deals with sexual assaults on college campuses including Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame.“The film promotes action and an important message and voices that need to be heard,” Mooney said. “I am very proud that two Saint Mary’s women and a Saint Mary’s father were willing to be featured.”Erin Rice | The Observer In addition to Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame, several other schools were also featured in the documentary, including University of Southern California, Harvard, Dartmouth, North Carolina and Yale, among others.Lt. Pat Cottrell, a retired official of Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP), was featured in the documentary to talk about sexual assaults on Notre Dame’s campus specifically.Cottrell said NDSP preferred to keep its crime statistics as low as possible.Cottrell said this problem was magnified as his bosses would say they had empathy for victims of crimes but did not really support them. Additionally, Cottrell said NDSP could not contact any athlete or athletic staff directly, regarding of any accusation, without first going through University officials.Paul Browne, vice president for public affairs and communications for the University, said Cottrell’s assertion was false.“‘The Hunting Ground’ … was wrong in unsupported and inaccurate assertions that the University sought to suppress crime statistics and shield athletes from investigators,” he said in a statement.Rachel Hudak, a former Saint Mary’s student, was featured in the documentary regarding a sexual assault that allegedly happened on Notre Dame’s campus. Hudak said Mooney disregarded her sexual assault complaint in a meeting.Tom Seeberg, father of Lizzy Seeberg, a former Saint Mary’s student who committed suicide after an alleged sexual assault by a Notre Dame football player, spoke on his daughter’s behalf.Seeberg said Lizzy reported the alleged assault the day after it happened and received a threatening text from another football player.Mooney spoke after the film and said students may wonder why she did not agree to be interviewed by CNN for the movie.“I hope you know that student privacy is of the utmost importance,” Mooney said. “You may also be wondering about Rachel’s comment, and I remember our conversation very differently than she does. It is through her pain that she remembers. I am, and was then, very sorry I cannot take her pain away.”Response to the filmFive panelists spoke after the documentary, including Karen Johnson, vice president of Student Affairs at the College, Connie Adams, director of BAVO, Stacy Davis, chair of the Gender and Women’s Studies department, senior Payton Moore and Brian Young, commander of the St. Joseph County Special Victims Unit.Adams said two key areas stand out most to her after watching the documentary. The first area, she said, was the theme of survivors that feel alone.“We as a community can respond in a compassionate way,” Adams said.The second theme in the film is activism, she said.“They are so many ways we can take on this issue,” Adams said. “We can really assume that call to action.”Davis said there was a horrible repetitiveness in the documentary of schools covering up sexual assaults.“My first response was anger,” Davis said. “Then I realized you all have an incredible opportunity because all schools want to get paid and stay open. It was a good thing that [the documentary] shamed schools, so that you [students] are treated fairly.”Reporting sexual assaultJohnson said the number of reported campus assaults depends on where the assault is reported. She said there are between four to six reports of sexual assaults annually that come across her desk in Student Affairs.“If they report at Notre Dame, our office doesn’t get that information,” Johnson said. “It’s really important to know that we work with the Title IX coordinator at Notre Dame, and that’s as far as we can work with them. What we do here is to provide as much support regardless of where they were assaulted. Things can change if we all work together to make that happen.”Adams said it is important to listen to the student’s needs through the healing process.“When we’re talking about violence, we’re talking about taking power away,” Adams said. “The support has to be about getting that power back, and the support we have on campus is to empower the students.”As an alumna of Saint Mary’s, Adams said she has seen growth returning to the campus as the director of BAVO. The office began in the spring of 2010, and it has continued to evolve and grow since then, especially in regards to student activism, she said.Young said he was struck by the lack of compassion on the part of law enforcement in the documentary. He said St. Joseph County SVU will work with a student as soon as an incident is reported to the department.“We work with the victim and want to be considerate to what has happened and certainly compassionate towards what she’s going through,” Young said.Johnson said she also works closely the Title IX coordinator at Notre Dame.“We can’t dictate to Notre Dame what the outcome of a case should be, but we can only support our students. The hard part for all of us is that we are two separate legal entities, and therefore the best I can do is meeting and going through the processes,” she said.The panel concluded without answering all audience questions. Moderator Frances Kominkiwicz said all questions submitted by members of the audience will be answered in a written document on the BAVO webpage and sent out in an email.Tags: BAVO, NDSP, Notre Dame, saint mary’s, The Hunting Ground, Title XIlast_img read more


first_imgOn a campus where students tweet almost as much as birds, Social Media Week, celebrated at Saint Mary’s for the next five days, will encourage students to maintain professional online presences.Stacie Jeffirs, director of the Career Crossings Office, said she hopes this week teaches students more about the evolving world of social media.Susan Zhu “Social media continues to be relevant in our personal and professional lives,” Jeffirs said. “So long as this continues, Social Media Week, or at least the programming and messages, will continue to be relevant as well.”Those who incorporate social media into their daily lives should know how to use it to propel their careers, Jeffirs said.“Social media is weaved into the fabric of our everyday lives,” Jeffirs said. “Almost everyone has some sort of social media presence today. Social media has impacted the way we interact with one another, and this extends to recruiting relationships.”Jeffirs said Social Media Week will teach students the value of connecting with potential employers online.“Employers use social media today to recruit candidates, conduct research on candidates and to promote opportunities,” she said. “If you are not using social media in some way to connect with companies and brand yourself, you are missing out on a world of opportunities and will likely be at a disadvantage in today’s job market.”Social Media Week serves as a reminder that polished online profiles benefit students entering the professional world, Jeffirs said.“Our social media footprint is an important one, and what we post has an impact,” she said. “It impacts the work that we do as well as our own personal and professional image. We want students to consider the impact of social media and how they can use it effectively to shape their presence online.”Over the course of the week, events will allow students to take headshots for LinkedIn profiles and receive advice to help them refine their social media profiles. Jeffirs said one of the most important components of the week is Media Chat Monday, during which students and alumnae will exchange advice about social media. The event will take place at 7 p.m. in Rice Commons.“For the kickoff event, students will take away differing perspectives from students and alumnae on how social media has impacted their personal, academic and professional lives,” Jeffirs said. “It is also an opportunity to learn about some of the exciting things Saint Mary’s alumnae are doing in their professions.”Jeffirs said Social Media Week may cause students to rethink how they portray themselves online.“It is important for students to attend the events to hear different perspectives and get advice on how to use social media effectively,” Jeffirs said. “With digital media, what you put out there could come back to haunt you. Clean things up that you don’t want potential employers to see.”This week will teach students the importance of remaining active and consistent on social media, Jeffirs said.“Keep your social media profiles up to date,” she said. “If you no longer use or post to an account, close it. It is better to stick to one or two active accounts than have lots of accounts that you don’t update.”Jeffirs said she is looking forward to this year’s Social Media Week because it will help the Saint Mary’s community grow in knowledge.“I am most excited about being able to share really great and important information with students,” Jeffirs said. “It is always a good feeling when students learn something new and will take it forward with them in life.”Tags: Career Crossings Office, saint mary’s, social media, Social Media Weeklast_img read more


first_imgThe Mendoza College of Business’ Ethics Week concluded Friday with J. Jonathan Hayes, director of pro sports at Pegasus Partners Ltd., speaking about the business of helping professional athletes give back.Hayes said he got his start helping athletes manage charitable foundations by taking them on as clients when he was a private banker in Cincinnati early in his career.“I always thought that their agents did more of the financial advising and helping the guys get direction with what to do with the contract dollars that the agents would negotiate for them,” he said. “I came to find out that most guys were not getting any advice at all, and if they were, a lot of times it was bad advice, or maybe the agent had a little bit of a shady angle that he was pursuing.”Hayes said discovering the lack of guidance for professional athletes with millions of dollars in their bank accounts inspired him to specialize in helping these clients manage their assets.“In 1995, I got the bank to start a separate practice focused on wealth management for pro athletes,” he said. “[I made] a shift from private banking … to actively helping advise the guys on what to do with the money that they were amassing as professional athletes.”The trend of professional athletes starting charitable foundations, Hayes said, was largely prompted by the salary growth that came about in response to factors such as league expansions, players becoming more vocal during contract negotiations and the advent of sports on cable television.“What really started to drive this was, back in the ’70s and ’80s, you really started to see a more uniform growth in player contracts,” he said. “Prior to that, the superstar players — you would see those guys get rewarded by their teams. But if you were the third pitcher on a staff, if you were the sixth man coming off the bench of an NBA team [or] if you were the backup quarterback, you weren’t making anything. [In] the ’70s and ’80s, that started to change pretty dramatically.”Once professional athletes began making more money, their agents started encouraging them to give back in some way, Hayes said.“With that, the player agents started to become a little more socially aware,” he said. “One of the ones that you would hear about most often — at least publicly — was Leigh Steinberg. Steinberg was the preeminent football agent in the ’80s and ’90s. … The evidence of some of the charitable work that Leigh’s clients did start to get involved in is fairly strong.”Hayes said this trend grew once players who lead the way with their charitable acts started generating more positive press.“A couple other things started to factor in to create some acceleration behind this,” he said. “I think the teams liked that their players were charitable, that [they] were involved with the community. … It helps owners to sell more tickets to fans if the fans perceive that they’re rooting for a bunch of good guys.”Hayes said it didn’t take long for players to begin adding to this movement on their own, as well.“The players themselves — it became kind of a cottage industry there for a while,” he said. “ … You’re the star wide receiver on the team, the quarterback is going to have a golf outing for his foundation, so he invites all his teammates there, you go to it, you see fans there, you see sponsors, everybody is wearing the shirt with the quarterback’s foundation’s logo and the players liked that. Whether it touched them on an ego level or it touched their hearts, a lot of players said, ‘That was really cool. I want to do that.’”With the good done by these charities, though, there have always been people willing to take advantage of professional athletes or fans that are willing to donate to a particular athlete’s cause, Hayes said.“Once markets start to occur, there are those that see that opportunity and want to be a part of it,” he said. “Sometimes it’s for legitimate reasons [and] sometimes not, but there were — and still are — people that want to get athletes to say, ‘Hey, let me help you have an event. Let me help you run a foundation.’ … Especially early on, you would see a lot of, ‘I’m going to charge a big fee for doing this.’”In spite of occasional negative stories, Hayes said the good player charities have done vastly outweighs any bad instances, pointing to stars including LeBron James, Tiger Woods and David Robinson, father of student body president Corey Robinson, as athletes who have paved the way for greater charitable efforts.“The fact is some really good work has come out of what we’ve seen athletes and their charities do,” he said. “ … We see charitable activity now in leagues. … We don’t have to look too far from our own Notre Dame family to find some great examples of charitable work done by athletes.”Tags: asset management, Ethics week, sportslast_img read more


first_imgThe 33rd annual Student Leadership Awards Banquet took place April 9. At the banquet, multiple awards were distributed, celebrating a range of student achievement and involvement on campus.  Karen Kennedy, director of student centers, activities and events, said although her office hosted the banquet, a number of different organizations gave out awards. “The first ones are those given by the [student] government and Hall President’s Council,” Kennedy said. These awards included the Irish Clover Award, which honors two community members — students, faculty, staff or administrators — for service to the student body. This year’s Irish Clover Award was bestowed to staff assistant Kim Miller and senior Corey Gayheart. The Frank O’Malley Award, which is awarded annually to a faculty member for “outstanding service to the students of the Notre Dame community,” was given to assistant Program of Liberal Studies professor Jennifer Newsome Martin. The Michael J. Palumbo Award, which honors a student for “outstanding service and dedication to the student union,” was awarded to senior Dan Hopkinson. The Office of Student Affairs also awarded a series of prizes. These awards included the the Rev. A. Leonard Collins, CSC, Award, which was awarded to senior Bethany Boggess. The award is given to a senior who ”has expended substantial personal effort to advance the interests of students at Notre Dame,” according to the Division of Student Affairs website.The Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. Award, was awarded to senior Deborah Bineza. The Student Affairs website said the Hesburgh award is bestowed every year upon a senior who has focused on furthering inclusion efforts within the Notre Dame community.Senior Richard Klee received the Sister Jean Lenz, OSF Leadership Award, which is annually given to a “post-baccalaureate student who has displayed leadership in promoting a more diverse, inclusive campus community for students.”The Blessed Basil Moreau, CSC, Leadership Award, which honors a senior ”who embodies Fr. Moreau’s vision of educating both the heart and mind, and who has demonstrated significant effort to advance the Catholic character of the University,” was awarded to senior Joe Crowley.The John W. Gardner Student Leadership Award, which was awarded to senior and class of 2019 salutatorian Annelise Gill-Wiehl, “annually honors a student who exemplifies the ideals of Notre Dame through outstanding volunteer service beyond the University community.”Senior Alyssa Ngo received the Mike Russo Spirit Award, which is bestowed each year to an “outstanding undergraduate student who exemplifies the qualities for which Mike Russo was known, including service, personal character and those who strive to bring about the best in themselves and others.”The Ray Siegfried Award for Leadership Excellence, which honors a graduating senior for “leadership, generosity, devotion to the Catholic faith and affinity for athletics,” was awarded to senior Shannon Hendricks.The Denny Moore Award for Excellence in Journalism was awarded to senior Juan Jose Rodriguez.The Student Activities office also awards the Student Leadership Award every year, Kennedy said.“It’s meant to be given to students who got involved and impacted campus in a variety of ways,” she said. “So it’s not like some of the named ones are really specific to students who have done service, or specifically to students who’ve made great impact in terms of making Notre Dame a more diverse and welcoming environment. So ours are more broad, and we receive nominations from students and staff and we select 10 that we award to students.”The nomination for a Student Leadership Award can come from either a student or staff member and student can be nominated for a diverse level of work and engagement on campus. The 10 recipients of the Student Leadership Awards this year were seniors Clare Cunningham, Sarah Morris, Kayah St. Gerard, Prathm Juneja, Anusha Jain, Maureen Schweninger, Nicholas Martinez, Charles Trense, Nohemi Toledo and Andrea Tong. Jain, a recipient of the award from Lyons Hall, said she believes she received the award due to her involvement in dorm life as well as programing and planning events as part of the Student Union Board. She said she was surprised to receive the award.“I was surprised, because the [nomination was] not in my hands,” she said. “It makes you feel very valued, which is something I feel that the University does really well.” Jain, an international student, plans to start work in industry somewhere abroad next year. “I’m going into industry — 16 years of school is enough for me,” she said. “I’m probably going to go abroad, either to the Middle East, or back to India and work there for a couple years and then see where that goes. Maybe come back for a Master’s.”Jain also had an idea of the kind of work she wanted to get involved with. “I’m usually looking for something that front-end and client-based,” Jain said. “With my experience in Student Union and dorm life and stuff like that, I am better at face-value. Like when you put me in front of someone, I perform better than if I would on paper.” Martinez was another recipient of a Student Leadership award. He has worked in a variety of areas during his time on-campus.“I like to think that I tried to make every moment count,” Martinez said. “Most recently I’ve been the vice president of The Shirt Project.”Martinez said he has also been heavily involved with SAO and dorm life. He said it feel great to be recognized for something about his time at Notre Dame which he so deeply cared about. “It’s incredible, it’s really nice to be recognized for all of my different involvements at [Notre Dame],” he said.  Martinez will be moving to California after graduation to work in healthcare.“I move out to San Francisco in July. I’m going to be working as a healthcare consultant and patient advocate in San Francisco,” he said.  One recipient, Cunningham, couldn’t attend the awards ceremony due to the schedule of her ROTC training. However, she said she thinks it was her involvement in the ROTC program that got her nominated for the award. She said she didn’t know a lot about the award beforehand, but appreciated the attention it would bring to her program. “It’s really nice for [the ROTC program] to get extra visibility, because I think a lot of people just see the uniforms and marching and that’s it,” she said. “I think a lot more of what we do is leadership training and service.”  Next year, Cunningham will be entering a pilot training program. Toledo was also heavily involved in campus life. “I am an intern in Campus Ministry … I worked specifically in multicultural ministry,” she said. “So I would plan all the events there that would happens like Día De Los Muertos or like Spanish Mass. So that kind of like got me involved in little things on campus and stuff.”Toledo also said she was part of the Notre Dame’s dual-degree program with Saint Mary’s and involved in a number of Latino student clubs. She said she found it nice to be recognized, though she did not expect to receive the award. “I don’t really expect recognition with what I’m involved with and with what I help [with], and just doing the things that I love on campus, so that was really surprising,” Toledo said. “It was nice, though. It was nice to know that people are like acknowledging what I’m doing and recognizing that I’m putting full energy into the things that I do.” Next year, Toledo plans to work in Honduras.“In August, I’ll be  moving to Honduras for a year and a half to teach in an orphanage,” Toledo said. “I’m really excited, I think it’ll be a nice break just between the next thing that I’ll do.” Tags: 2019 Student leadership awards banquet, Commencement 2019, Hall of the year awards, hall president’s council, Office of Student Activities, Student Affairs Office, Student Government awards, student leadership awardslast_img read more


first_imgSophomore Kaley Murday —  an older sister, babysitter and godmother — said when she first arrived to Notre Dame, she missed spending time with kids.Then she discovered College Mentors for Kids, a program that aims to show children in the South Bend community the everyday of college life and encourage them to pursue a college degree. Each Tuesday and Thursday, the organization brings first-through-sixth grade kids from St. Adalbert Catholic School to campus. On Wednesdays, the group busses in first-through-fourth graders from Holy Cross Elementary School.“Day-to-day for a mentor, you’re just hanging out with this kid and trying to get to know them,” Murday said. “Every week, we have an activity. We’ve done yoga, ultimate frisbee and we even made gingerbread houses for Christmas. We try to choose engaging activities that paint college in a bright light.”However, College Mentors for Kids is not just about showcasing the college experience. Murday said mentors hope to form connections with their kids and often have the same “buddy” from semester to semester.“I made it a point when making my schedule every semester to keep Thursday afternoons free because that’s when my buddy comes,” she said. “This is my third semester with her. She’s quieter, so she really didn’t open up to me until last semester, but now she tells me about the boys she likes and cute stuff like that.”Senior Danielle Koterbay, vice president of Tuesday programming for the club, has been a member since her sophomore year, when a friend recommended it, she said. Koterbay said one of the special things about the club is it aims to reflect the Notre Dame’s mission.“Notre Dame students love to live out the mission of Notre Dame, which is being a force for good. So I think that this is a wonderful opportunity to do that,” Koterbay said. “It can change these little kids’ lives in ways that they may not see once the program ends, but it’s nice to know that students can have an impact on them, no matter how small.”Each student meets with his or her buddy once a week for about two hours. Junior Joseph Hirshorn, president of the club, said this means anyone can get involved.“I think it’s a great opportunity for people to see how small actions can really make a big difference,” Hirshorn said. “You know, each individual mentor by themselves can have a huge impact on this one child and then on the community as a whole, especially in building this community of support for these two schools, which have been positively impacted from that.”The program closes each year with a banquet at St. Adalbert for mentors, children and their parents.“We get to meet [the parents], and we get to hear how the buddy went home each week and said how much college mentors had an impact on them,” Koterbay said. “It really brings it all full circle, and it’s an amazing close to the year.”Tags: College Mentors for Kids, holy cross elementary school, St. Adalbert Catholic Schoollast_img read more


first_imgThe Shirt committee unveiled its design for its 31st installment of the long tradition Friday, April 17.The committee had originally planned to reveal the design at a celebratory event on Library quad in the spring. Instead, the group debuted the final product virtually, utilizing its Facebook page, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube account.Courtesy of Jennifer Paul and The Shirt committee In a video posted to its Facebook page, the committee released special footage of its members revealing the design.In an article posted on The Shirt’s official website, head of public relations Max Perry said, “This year’s design of The Shirt is intended to capture the experience of a Notre Dame game day. To accomplish this, we wanted the front of The Shirt to contain elements familiar to the Notre Dame community.”On the front of the shirt “Irish” is spelled out in a Celtic-styled font, “in reference to the mascot, gameday traditions such as the bagpipe band, and the 2020 season opener in Ireland,” the article said.In the middle of the letter “s” rests a circular window of the Golden Dome.“The goal for the back of The Shirt was to depict the excitement of game days at Notre Dame and the immense amount of loyalty that the fans show for Notre Dame football,” Perry said in the article.The committee chose to highlight the kickoff in depicting game day excitement. The kicker wears the number 31, in honor of the 31st year of The Shirt.“We also gave the kicker a green jersey, traditionally worn for special games,” the article said.The left ticket features seat number 1842, referencing the year Notre Dame was founded, and the right ticket features the student section cheering during kickoff, but also represents a similar motion performed at the end of the alma mater. The seat number 1887 represents the first year of Notre Dame football.“The phrase ‘With unshakable spirit, we live out our legacy,’ captures both the passion that fans have for the team as well as the tradition of success that stands behind the Notre Dame football program,” the article said.The Shirt is available to purchase on the Hammes Bookstore website.Tags: Notre Dame football, The Shirt, The Shirt 2020last_img read more


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) Governor Andrew Cuomo presents his fiscal year 2021 Executive Budget in Albany. Photo by Darren McGee- Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.ALBANY — A $14.5 billion cut to education is not sitting well with the New York State United Teachers.NYSUT issued a statement blasting the cuts, saying the cuts are aimed at balancing the state budget and could cost students.NYSUT denounced plans to cut funding for school districts and public higher education in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. As public schools, colleges and universities prepare for the start of a new school year, the state’s most recent financial plan includes the withholding of funds in order to balance the budget. In response to a projected $14.5 billion budget shortfall, school districts were notified that any funding tied to a statutory due date will be reduced by at least 20 percent. These cuts could gut programs that students depend on and result in layoffs around the state.“We know that however schools and colleges open this year, it will require many additional expenses. Without funding to cover the massive costs of PPE, barriers, cleaning supplies and more, local school districts and campuses will not be able to meet the goal of safely reopening schools for all,” said NYSUT President Andy Pallotta. “Everyone wants our schools and colleges to reopen safely, but it must be done in a way that helps ensure the coronavirus does not spread or infect educators, students or staff.” “The last thing New York should be doing right now is cutting education funding. If the Federal government fails to provide those resources, New York lawmakers need to take action by taxing the ultrawealthy and using rainy day funds and borrowing authorities to provide our schools the resources they need to reopen safely.”last_img read more

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