Schmidt receives local recognition

first_imgStudent body president Grant Schmidt received local recognition at a recent awards ceremony with the South Bend Police Department (SBPD).“Grant has made it a part of his platform to really work close with the community and make sure that if there’s an opportunity to enhance relations between the students and the community that we do so,” Vice President of Public Affairs Tim Sexton said of Schmidt’s Special Recognition Award. “He’s been very successful with doing that.”The eighth annual awards ceremony was held March 14 at the Ivy Tech Cyber Café and honored 75 police officers and civilians, the South Bend Tribune reported.“He’s worked very hard regarding off-campus safety. He’s worked very hard with Transpo and extending the hours that Transpo runs on Friday and Saturday nights for getting students back and forth from downtown South Bend,” Sexton said. “He’s just done an awful lot that the community saw and wanted to thank him for all his hard work.”Denise Baron, Community Relations Committee chair of Student Senate, said the community has been appreciative of Schmidt’s work for a long time.“This might be his first formal recognition, but he’s definitely been informally recognized,” Baron said. Schmidt said he hopes this will help foster good relations between the University and the greater community.“This was a recognition by the police department,” Schmidt said. “We’ve met with [members of the South Bend Police Department] and had conversations about safety issues and general good neighbor relations. It was a great recognition to represent the fact that I think we’ve come a long way in regards to the relation between students and the city of South Bend, and I hope that relation continues.”Schmidt’s involvement with the Campus Community Advisory Council shows his dedication to community relations, Sexton said.“You have representatives coming to these [community] meetings, including Grant and Denise Baron,” Sexton said. “When it comes to safety and crime prevention in the neighborhood, the challenge that we have is a lot of students living in the Northeast Neighborhood for a year or two, then somebody new comes in.”Sexton said he would like to see improved relationships between students and permanent residents in the community.“For the residents that are permanent, it’s an ongoing, consistent attempt to build relationships with students living by them, make them aware of what it means to be a good neighbor,” he said. “Grant [Schmidt] and his team from student government have just done a great job of moving that in a positive fashion.”Schmidt said the recognition is proof that relations have already starting to improve. “That award is representative of the fact that students in general are having better relations with their neighbors and with the city,” Schmidt said.last_img read more

Conference stresses communication

first_imgThe 2012 Communications Conference will stress the importance of effective communication in the workforce for all students, regardless of major or career path, organizer and junior Catherine Flatley said. “Notre Dame students have incredible ideas that they can bring to careers,” she said. “It’s essential to learn how to communicate those ideas in such a fashion that they can be fully appreciated.” Saturday’s Conference will feature six speakers and a workshop, Flatley said, and students will receive a certificate of completion after they attend the events. Registration for the conference is full and closed earlier this week. “What I appreciate the most is that all the speakers come from a variety of backgrounds,” she said. “Their individual careers are across a variety of spectrums. I think it’s interesting to look at the universality and the differences across different career paths.” Flatley said the Conference, which is the first of its kind held on Notre Dame’s campus, is essential for students who need to learn how to effectively communicate. “There aren’t a ton of clear avenues through which one can learn those skills,” she said. “I was trying to create an opportunity for students to gain insight into how communication skills are relevant in every facet of one’s career.” The Conference is not Flatley’s first endeavor to promote increased communication on campus, she said. Flatley also founded Speech ND, a speech club on campus. “The reason why I am so interested with communication at Notre Dame is that Notre Dame students have never-ending, valuable ideas, which I’m struck by in every class, or in random conversations,” Flatley said. Though she had the original idea for the Conference a while ago, she said planning for the Conference picked up around Thanksgiving. Flatley said she worked across colleges with Dean Greg Crawford from the College of Science, Dean John McGreevy from the College of Arts and Letters and Dr. Dominic Chaloner, the undergraduate research coordinator for the College of Science. Crawford said the Conference focuses on the important concepts and skills everyone needs to succeed. “Being able to communicate with different constituencies, across disciplines, is more important now than ever before,” he said. “So many problems in the world will require interdisciplinary solutions, so being able to communicate effectively is vitally important in the future, no matter what career path one pursues.” Crawford said students will leave the workshop with a new perspective on communication essentials and communication’s importance in all disciplines and vocations. “Being able to communicate effectively is vital in leadership — being able to articulate an argument well, to inspire others to follow and lead, and to have influence in an organization,” Crawford said. “Notre Dame students are the best of the best in the country … and I see them all as future leaders. So this conference is, in some respect, more about shaping future leaders.” The Conference will be held Saturday in 101 Jordan Hall of Science.last_img read more

SMC hosts haunted past

first_imgIn daylight, Saint Mary’s is peaceful, historic. But when students shut off the lights, centuries-old legends awake in the night. This Halloween, campus staff and students shared the lesser-known ghost stories preserved in Saint Mary’s oral tradition. Freshmen living in Queen’s Court in Le Mans Hall may get to meet Mary, a student who allegedly hung herself in the dorm many years ago. Freshman Julie Galvin, who currently lives in Mary’s supposed room in Queen’s Court, said she believes she saw Mary late one night. “It was around 2 a.m. and out of the corner of my eye I saw a profile of a woman with a greenish tint,” Galvin said. “She was standing by my roommate’s bed staring at the wall.” Galvin said the image vanished very quickly. “I was a little freaked out, but it was a very beautiful image,” she said. On the College grounds, Saint Mary’s archivist John Kovach said a family named McComb once lived on the land that is now Lake Marian, which was sold to the Sisters of the Holy Cross in the early 1800s. As the construction crew was digging the new lake, Kovach said they found the remains of a woman’s body with hair still attached to the skull. “No one knows if the woman found was part of the McComb family, but her body remains to this day below the south end of Lake Marian,” Kovach said. “Now, on a foggy night, if you look closely at the rippling water, you can see the reflection of a Victorian woman.” High above the rest of these sites is the bell tower of Le Mans Hall built in the late 1800s -one of the most haunted spots in Indiana. Hambling said Saint Mary’s ghost stories tell of two people who hung themselves in the bell tower, and if one was to look up at the tower in the dead of night, he or she might see the shape of a hanging body. Lisa Schmidt-Goessling, hall director for Le Mans Hall, has lived below the tower since July 2004. “For the first couple months I lived here, though I always thought I heard footsteps in the tower above me,” Schmidt-Goessling said. “I kept asking security to go check it out.” As the overseer of all maintenance and utilities, Hambling said he believes there are logical explanations for many of the “spooky” noises that can be heard around campus.   “There are pipes that run through the walls, loud heaters in the attic, and large steel doors that can sound like dungeon gates,” Hambling said. “Many of these buildings are very old with many utility systems; they are bound to be some creaks and groans.” However, Kovach takes a different approach.  “There are things in this world that cannot be explained,” Kovach said.last_img read more

Group celebrates Native American heritage

first_imgEric Richelsen Notre Dame is gearing up to celebrate Native American Heritage Month this November. Multicultural Student Programs and Services (MSPS) and the Native American Student Association of Notre Dame (NASAND) have collaborated to sponsor several events throughout November in celebration of Native American Heritage Month, according to Iris Outlaw, director of MSPS.The first event was a MSPS “First Friday” event, which invites students to discuss and learn about different topics of diversity, Outlaw said. For this particular event kicking off Native American Heritage Month, Sacramento Knoxx, a Native American community activist who does social work through the arts, performed his work for the event. Knoxx also performed at the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture.Outlaw said there will be a heritage dinner Nov. 16 to commemorate the history and significance of this month. The dinner will be at Legends, where traditional food from different Native American nations will be served, and Marcus Winchester, a historian for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, will be the keynote speaker.Additionally, MSPS will be tweeting “did you know” facts about Native Americans all month, according to Outlaw.Outlaw said this is an important month for the University to celebrate, and all students are welcome to celebrate and attend this month’s events.“One of the things that people tend to forget are the Native Americans and the contributions that they made … you would almost say that Native Americans are the invisible minority,” Outlaw said. “Also, appreciation [is important] because mainly … what we perceive Native Americans to be like are definitely negative stereotypes, or just aligning them with casinos. But Native Americans have done so much more and so that’s why it’s really important that we celebrate and acknowledge what they’re doing.”Senior Rosalie DePaola, co-president of NASAND, said other events will include an indigenous crafts night Tuesday night in the Notre Dame Room in LaFortune Student Center, where students can learn how to make three crafts from three different tribes, and a celebratory bonfire Nov. 20.DePaola said this month will educate students on the Native American culture.“What we want to do is share our culture with members of the Notre Dame community but try to do it in a way that everybody can understand,” DePaola said. “Sometimes it’s a little bit difficult to translate our culture for everybody … A lot of people don’t really think about us as normal college students. When you think of a Native American you think of the headdress and pow wows, which is part of our culture, but we also want to emphasize … [that] we’re just normal people in society, too.”Tags: MSPS, NASAND, Native American Heritage Month, Potawatomilast_img read more

Volleyball game raises money for charity

first_imgBraving wind and freezing rain, students made the long trek to White Field on Sunday morning, only to jump in the mud for a game of volleyball to raise money for charity. The annual Keenan Hall Muddy Sunday began at 11 a.m. and saw roughly 400 people playing volleyball in ankle-deep mud throughout the day.Junior Jack Higham said he organized the event alongside fellow Keenan residents Henry Mulholland and Mark O’Meara.“Muddy Sunday is a charity event for Habitat for Humanity, first and foremost,” Higham said. “We do that through a mud volleyball event. It used to be a tournament. Now it’s just for fun. We make the field really muddy and put up volleyball nets, and people will come out and play a team. It’s really fun, and you feel good about yourself at the end of the day, because it’s for charity.”Higham said the event charges $10 per person and sells T-shirts and tank tops to raise money for Habitat for Humanity.“All the expenses come from Keenan Hall’s funds, and any money we make is sent directly to Habitat for Humanity,” he said.Before the event, Higham said there was a chance Muddy Sunday would be cancelled due to weather.“This year there were a couple of registration issues so couldn’t get registration up as early as we’d want,” he said. “In addition to that, people look at the weather forecast before they register, and this year, on Sunday there’s a hundred percent chance of thunderstorms. It’s a possibility that it will have to be cancelled. It would be the first time it’s ever been cancelled, but only on account of lightning.”Despite these concerns, however, the event took place without any major issues, according to Higham. Though there was rain in the morning, it soon cleared up, and the sun came out around 1 p.m.In an email, Higham said the weather was “[d]ifficult to deal with at first. Strong winds and temperatures of below 50 degrees. But as the day wore on, it warmed up and the sun even showed its face. We were expecting an absolute washout and instead got a pleasant afternoon.”Higham said he was pleased with how the event turned out, estimating that between $3,000 to $4,000 was raised for charity. “Considering the weather, we had a remarkable turnout. Hats off to those warriors who played at 11:00 and 11:30 when it was raining sideways and was 45 degrees. No injuries or anything — people were very cooperative and had a lot of fun. The enthusiasm for diving in the mud was fantastic.”Three nets were set up, and for most of the day until the event ended at 4:30 p.m., all were in use, as teams faced off.Junior Mike Anderson, a resident of Keenan Hall, said he organized and played with a team of eight people.“Firstly, it’s a lot of fun,” Anderson said. “Nothing’s more fun than releasing your inner five-year-old and really getting to play around in mud. Secondly, it’s a great way to hang out with your friends. What’s better to do on a random Sunday afternoon than get a lot of your friends that you maybe haven’t seen in a bit and play around and have a lot of fun? And of course, all the money goes to charity, so even though it does cost you money, you know that it’s going to a good cause and that they’ll do good things with it.”Tags: Keenan Hall, Muddy Sunday, Volleyballlast_img read more

Professor discusses debate over Tudor-era music

first_imgAnn Curtis | The Observer Alexander Blachly, a professor of musicology at Notre Dame, delivers a lecture Monday at O’Neill Hall. Blachly discussed several controversies involving the 16th Century musical piece “Spem in Alium.”Blachly’s argument hinges on several points, mainly the significance of the text Tallis used in the composition and the overall sound of the piece.  “Any attempt to answer questions about ‘Spem in Alium’s’ origin must take into account the symbolic nature of Tallis’s text, it must also account for the triumphant character of the music itself,” Blachly said. The actual text of “Spem in Alium” is derived from the apocryphal “Book of Judith,” which told the story of a Hebrew widow from Bethulia who beheaded the Assyrian general Holofernes and saved her besieged town. This is important to understanding the origin of Tallis’ motet because the story of Judith was popular during the period in question and because of its relation to Mary Tudor. Due to the circumstances surrounding her accession to the throne — she executed the John Dudley for conspiring to put her predecessor Jane Grey on the throne. Because of this, Mary Tudor was hailed by her supporters as a “new Judith”, Blachly said, due to the thematic similarities between the two events. Mary Tudor’s reputation as the “new Judith” was well known by herself and among her people, Blachly explained.“Mary saw to it that notion of herself as a new Judith was propagated and widely disseminated” he said.This piece of information seems to support the argument that the“Spem in Alium” was written for Mary Tudor in 1556 rather than for Elizabeth I, Blachly said. As the use of a text that tells the story of Judith would help reinforce and support the idea of Mary Tudor as the “new Judith”. Another central point in Blachly’s argument was that Mary Tudor, unlike her Anglican sister and successor Elizabeth I, was Roman Catholic and a major proponent of the English counter-reformation. She fought against the Protestant Reformation and supported the Catholic values and traditions that existed before her father, Henry VIII, broke off from the Catholic Church. This detail is important because of the differences at the time between Anglican and Catholic sacred music. “The Archbishop of Canterbury imposed a radical new vision of sacred,” Blachly said. “He declared that music for the Anglican Church would henceforth be of the utmost simplicity, one note per syllable.” “Spem In Alium”, Blachly said, with its powerful forty-voice composition and complex, the piece’s jubilant sound seems far more Catholic in its tradition than Anglican.“Tallis’s ‘Spem In Alium’ reflects the old religion of Henry VII, that his granddaughter Mary Tudor strove to restore,” Blachly said. Blachly said this point seems to support the argument that the“Spem In Alium” was originally composed with the Catholic Mary Tudor in mind, rather than the Anglican Elizabeth I. However, Blachly said it appears Mary Tudor never heard “Spem In Alium” before her death in 1558, even though she was the intended recipient. Citing surviving written accounts of the personal lives of English benefactors who funded the piece, Blachly said these accounts seem to point to August of 1559 being the month and year the piece was first played for the newly crowned Elizabeth I, which is still years early than what previous scholars have surmised. Tags: Anglicanism, Catholicism, Department of Music, Tudor Music Professor of musicology Alexander Blachly gave a lecture Monday in O’Neill Hall where he presented evidence in an attempt to answer some questions surrounding a forty-voice motet, or short piece of sacred choral music, called “Spem in Alium” by Thomas Tallis.Though the piece is well-know — it recently appeared in the movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” — the motet’s actual release date, as well as the identity of the person for whom it was written, has long been a point of debate for scholars. In his lecture Blachly said the piece was composed for Mary Tudor, the queen of England, in 1556. This conclusion goes against the consensus of other scholars, such as historical musicologist Richard Taruskin, who generally date the piece to 1573, during the reign of English queen Elizabeth I. last_img read more

International Justice Mission of Notre Dame organizes “Night to End Slavery” Prayer Service

first_imgThe International Justice Mission of Notre Dame (IJMND) will be holding a “Grotto Prayer Night to End Slavery” prayer service Thursday evening.Founded in the spring semester of 2018, the organization is a chapter of International Justice Mission (IJM) and seeks to bring an end to modern slavery through prayer, advocacy and fundraising. IJMND co-presidents and sophomores Ella Wood and Malia Marshall said the club hopes in its second year to solidify its place on campus and begin holding regular events.“We’re hoping to gain a solid membership base, to have a lot of people who are regularly coming to club meetings, basic club stuff like that,” Wood said. “To have people interested, have people talking with their friends, raising awareness … is really important.”“Hopefully through our events we can also start fundraising more for IJM and the work they’re doing around the world,” Marshall added.The work of ending modern slavery receives little attention in a country that formally ended slavery over a century and a half ago, Marshall said.“General slavery now is not something we see in front of us every day,” she said. “In the past, before the Civil War, it was just around people and what they lived around. But now slavery is underground. It’s a huge industry that makes millions of dollars, but it’s underground, at least in the U.S.”While slavery is still prevalent, “we tend to think of it as a past thing,” Wood said.“We think the U.S. has been done with slavery since all slaves were emancipated a long time ago. We think that we’re good to go,” she said. “What people don’t know is that sex slavery, forced labor, all of these sorts of things are still a problem. Even in the U.S., but around the world as well.”Wood said modern slavery should be especially concerning to the Notre Dame community because of the way it violates human dignity.“As a Catholic school, it’s our calling to promote Catholic Social Teaching … that harkens back to social dignity — protecting it, making sure that everyone in the world has it,” she said. “It seems like something so basic to us because we live with it every day and get upset at even the tiniest infractions. We can’t even imagine having it taken away. Protecting human dignity around the world is the job of everyone. As Notre Dame students, we have a responsibility to care for the world.”Students in particular have a responsibility to stand in solidarity with victims of modern slavery, Marshall said.“At school we [students] have a voice that we’re given,” she said. “A lot of people around the world lose their voices as they go into slavery, so we have the chance to raise this topic and to say, ‘This still exists and I want to do something about it and I think it’s important that our government does something about it.’ Around the world there are people who can’t do that and we’re very lucky here at Notre Dame that we have the chance.”Though students may feel unable to manifest actual change in the world, Wood said there are still ways to take action.“Every student has, first of all, the opportunity to learn about these issues … there’s a lot of information out there,” Wood said. “Second of all, advocacy doesn’t require you giving money, it just requires making known the fact that you care about slavery. It’s calling your officials, it’s trying to get laws passed in congress that help prevent slavery and prevent the US from giving money to countries where slavery exists.”Marshall said monetary donations are not the only way to get involved.“College students — although most of the people at Notre Dame are relatively well off — a lot of them are not necessarily willing to spend money and everyone is super busy. It’s understandable,” she said. “There are a lot of different ways you can help, whether you want to donate money, which is awesome, or whether you just have time to go to a prayer service every now and then.”Wood said the “Night to End Slavery” prayer service — which will be led by Fr. Timothy Mouton of Fisher Hall and will begin at 8 p.m. — is an important way to begin fighting modern slavery.“As Christians, we believe that while we are the ones who are God’s hands in the world, we have to ask God for His help so He can then help us along — where to go, where to be to do His work,” Wood said. “Obviously, we can’t hope to end slavery with one prayer night, but [the event is] the beginning to get people interested and get people aware of the problems.”Tags: Human Dignity, human trafficking, IJMND, International Justice Mission, modern day slavery, prayer, slaverylast_img read more

Saint Mary’s announces spring semester COVID-19 policies, adjusted quarantine length

first_imgSaint Mary’s students returning to campus for the spring will follow protocols similar to those of fall semester, interim vice president for student affairs Gloria Roldán Jenkins announced in a Thursday email.All students attending classes on campus who are not determined exempt by Health and Counseling must provide a negative PCR test result before they are able to return, the email said. In addition, students will be required to complete their daily health surveys beginning Monday.The daily COVID-19 dashboard will begin updating again Feb. 1, and surveillance testing will resume Feb. 8 for members of the Saint Mary’s community.Residential students who are instructed to quarantine or isolate due to a COVID-19 exposure or infection will be housed in the Mother Angela Care Center. However, the College has adjusted the length of isolation period to fit instruction from the CDC and St. Joseph Health Department.“Students who have been exposed to an infected individual will now be placed in quarantine, and if no symptoms appear, released after just 10 days (down from 14 days),” Jenkins said.Noble Family Dining Hall will continue offering indoor dining with the safety features established in the fall. An outdoor tent with flooring, lighting and heating, will also house student dining, Jenkins said, and provide space for future student events.Tags: covid protocols, Gloria Jenkins, mother angela center, Noble Family Dining Hall, Spring 2021, tentlast_img read more

A Month in the Country, Starring Peter Dinklage & Taylor Schilling, Extends

first_img View Comments Ivan Turgenev’s iconic play chronicles the comic and erotic turmoil that befalls an otherwise quiet country estate when a handsome young tutor arrives to teach Natalya Petrovna’s (Schilling) young son. But it is Natalya who soon becomes interested in a tutelage of another kind, much to the consternation of her husband and her long suffering friend, Rakitin (Dinklage), who is hopelessly and secretly smitten with her. The off-Broadway production of A Month in the Country, starring Game of Thrones’s Peter Dinklage and Orange Is the New Black headliner Taylor Schilling, has extended its run. The Classic Stage Company mounting will now play through February 28—it had originally been scheduled to end on February 22. The production is directed by Erica Schmidt (Dinklage’s wife). In addition to Dinklage and Schilling, the cast includes Anthony Edwards, Annabella Sciorra, Elizabeth Franz, Peter Appel, Ian Etheridge, Mike Faist, James Joseph O’Neil, Elizabeth Ramos, Thomas Jay Ryan, Frank Van Putten and Megan West. Related Shows A Month in the Country Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 28, 2015last_img read more

The King and I Extends Indefinitely on B’way, Announces National Tour

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016 The King and I Certainly cause to whistle a happy tune! Broadway’s The King and I, which received nine Tony nominations including Best Revival, has extended indefinitely at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre. Directed by Bartlett Sher, the musical stars Ken Watanabe and Kelli O’Hara; all three garnered Tony nods for their work on the production. A national tour has also been announced, and will launch in November 2016 in Providence, RI. The tour will play multi-week and single week engagements throughout the 2016-17 touring season and beyond. Casting and additional engagements for the tour will be announced later.The King and I is set in 1860’s Bangkok and tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam (Watanabe) and Anna Leonowens (O’Hara), a British schoolteacher, whom the imperious King brings to Siam to tutor his many wives and children. The musical’s score includes Getting To Know You, Hello Young Lovers, Shall We Dance, I Have Dreamed and Something Wonderful.In addition to O’Hara and Watanabe, the Lincoln Center cast includes Ruthie Ann Miles as Lady Thiang, Conrad Ricamora as Lun Tha, Ashley Park as Tuptim, Edward Baker-Duly as Sir Edward Ramsey, Jon Viktor Corpuz as Prince Chulalongkom, Murphy Guyer as Captain Orton, Jake Lucas as Louis, Paul Nakauchi as Kralahome and Marc Oka as Phra Alack.The show first opened on Broadway on March 21, 1951 and earned five Tony Awards including Best Musical. The tuner has received three Broadway revivals, most recently in 1996 with a production starring Donna Murphy and Lou Diamond Phillips. Related Shows View Commentslast_img read more