Saint Mary’s promotes immigration awareness

first_imgSaint Mary’s La Fuerza, a club representing Latina culture on campus, is holding Action week in order “to create awareness about the realities of immigration in the U.S.,” said club vice president Brianda Salas, a sophomore. The first event held Monday was a viewing of the film “Papers,” which is “a documentary about undocumented youth and the challenges they face as they turn 18 and graduate high school without legal status,” Salas said.The week will continue with a bilingual mass in Le Mans Hall’s Holy Spirit Chapel at 9 p.m. Wednesday.On Thursday, La Fuerza will host Immigration Monologues, which will be “a short presentation about the myths and facts about immigration, followed by the real-life stories of individuals who have gone through the struggles of life as an immigrant and other similar stories,” Salas said.Salas said La Fuerza will also host guest speaker Enrique Morones, the founder of Border Angels.Salas said Border Angels is a non-profit organization made of volunteers who work to stop unnecessary deaths of individuals who travel through the Imperial Valley dessert areas and the mountain areas surrounding San Diego County.Morones will deliver a lecture on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Vander Vennet Theater. Though the lecture will not be part of Action Week, it is related to its message, she said. “We believe that by bringing Enrique Morones, it will enhance the Saint Mary’s College mission of commitment for social justice as well as promote student activism,” Salas said. “We not only wish to raise awareness, we want to promote action.”Salas said she hopes these events will help break down existing stereotypes and misconceptions about immigration.“La Fuerza wants to dispel those myths by presenting facts and real-life stories that will draw our audience closer to the realities of immigration and how it affects everyone and anyone regardless of migratory status,” Salas said.The week as a whole is only part of the group’s mission to bring knowledge to campus about Latina Culture.“As a group, we want to promote diversity and cultural education on our campus and the community,” Salas said. “With this event, we believe we are doing just that, educating the campus on immigration not just through opinions but facts.”Salas said the club does not discriminate and embraces all cultures and backgrounds. “We welcome anybody, not just Latinas,” Salas said. “Everyone is welcomed to become a member of La Fuerza and share their uniqueness through La Fuerza.”last_img read more

SMC hosts Dad’s Weekend

first_imgSaint Mary’s hosted the fathers of the Class of 2010 Friday through Sunday for the annual Senior Dad’s Weekend, a tradition at Saint Mary’s. “The purpose of the weekend is for the senior class to escape from all the finals and papers we have due this time of year and spend a weekend with our dads,” senior class president Kelly Lyons said. Lyons, who has been looking forward to this weekend since her sophomore year, was excited to plan the weekend’s events with the class board, she said. “We chose our particular events because we wanted dads and daughters to have the chance to spend time together and meet their daughter’s friends and their fathers,” Lyons said. “We were really happy with the turn out to all of the events this weekend.” The father-daughter weekend began Friday with registration in Madeleva Hall at 5:30 p.m. followed by College President Carol Ann Mooney’s address to the seniors and their dads in Carroll Auditorium. The other event of the night was a beer garden in the dining hall from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Students sat around talking while having a beer with their friends and their dads. At one point during the event, some students played a game of flip cup with their fathers. “We wanted to provide time for dads and daughters to go to dinner in between registration and President Mooney’s address and the beer garden,” Lyons said. “We also provided wine and pop for those who don’t like beer or weren’t old enough to drink.” Saturday, the class board held a game of trivia for students and their fathers in the Student Center Lounge. Trivia questions covered a wide range of topics including Saint Mary’s history, Notre Dame football, movies, current events and 90’s trivia. Trivia teams consisted of three dads and three daughters. The highlight event of the weekend for senior Martha Walter was the Notre Dame vs. Army game watch at the College Football Hall of Fame in downtown South Bend Saturday night. “I always watch the games with my dad at home,” Walter said, “It was nice to have a chance to just relax for the evening and watch it with him.  There was food and a bar, and at halftime we walked around to the Hall of Fame.” Lyons also enjoyed the game watch. “My most memorable moment for the weekend was watching the Notre Dame game at the Hall of Fame with all my dad, friends and friends’ dads,” Lyons said. “I think the game watch was the most popular event, but we had an overwhelming turnout for all of our events this weekend.” The weekend culminated on Sunday with Mass at the Church of Our Lady of Lorreto at 11:15 a.m. Walter said she enjoyed the planned events, but said the quality time with her dad was best part of the entire weekend. “The events were fun,” Walter said, “but it was awesome just to hang out and catch up.” Sometimes we go a while without talking on the phone or anything because this has been such a busy year, so it was good to just have a chance to talk and enjoy each others company.” “Even though I only live about a half hour away, I don’t get a lot of free time to go home,” she said, “so it was fun have a chance to spend some one-on-one time together.  My dad loves coming to visit and seeing where I have classes and what my life is like here.” Lyons said the weekend was successful. “I think the weekend went well,” Lyons said. “From those that I spoke with and from my experience everyone had a great time with their dad and enjoyed the opportunity to spend time together.”last_img read more

IEI partners for new writing program

first_imgThe Institute for Educational Initiatives (IEI) at Notre Dame partnered with the Notre Dame Writing Center and local schools to create the Power of Writing Project (POW), a program aimed at improving the writing skills of students grades five through eight. Joyce Johnstone, director of program development at IEI, said below-average writing scores on state performance tests highlighted the need for intervention in local schools. “Unfortunately a number of the South Bend schools haven’t made Annual Yearly Progress, AYP scores,” Johnstone said. “A lot of schools just struggle with this. It isn’t that they’re bad, it’s just one of the things they’ve been working on, and sometimes they need external help.” To enable the POW Project to provide that help, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education awarded nearly $200,000 in funding. “After hearing what was going on with the schools in the South Bend Community School Corporation, we had the opportunity to bring this Power of Writing idea to the South Bend schools, and we submitted it to the commission to be funded,” she said. Power of Writing will provide training for local teachers and send Writing Center tutors into the community. “We’re doing the training in two different time frames, the first of which we just had, training for professional development called the ‘Simple Six,’” she said. “The second will be the extended summer writing curriculum workshop.” While several local Catholic schools will have teachers undergoing the training, only public schools receive Writing Center tutors. “The initial work was targeted with the public schools, but because we do have the space we wanted to make sure they [Catholic schools] could have the opportunity to participate,” she said. “The Catholic schools will not have the tutoring, we couldn’t afford it.” Johnstone said each aspect of the program will require funding, and compensating teachers for the summer work will consume the majority of the award. “The bulk of the funds are going toward teacher stipends for the summer, that’s a big hunk of it,” she said. “The other parts will go to paying for tutoring time and scoring writing prompts.” The writing prompts administered to students will be one of the primary ways Power of Writing’s effectiveness will be measured. “We will have students do writing prompts based on the state guideline prompts and they will be scored by the Writing Center tutors, so the teachers will be able to gauge the effectiveness of it,” she said. “Next Summer they’ll have five different writing samples from each student as authentic examples of the effectiveness.” Johnstone said IEI hopes an increase in AYS scores coupled with a shift in teacher attitudes will also testify to the POW Project’s success. “We have been assessing teacher attitudes toward writing. Our hypothesis is teacher attitudes will change for the positive once they’ve had the training and seen the improvements,” Johnstone said. Johnstone said she sees POW as an expansion of the efforts already taken by local schools and hopes that the additional resources will make the difference. “They [local schools] know they have a lot of work to do. They’ve been doing some activities at the school level, so this just pushes it forward in a more comprehensive way, so there’s more structure,” she said. “With funding and expertise, we are expanding those opportunities.”last_img read more

Labor Café facilitates discussion of ‘China Policy’

first_imgStudents, professors, administrators and concerned individuals gathered Friday for the Higgins Labor Café conversation entitled “The Notre Dame Licensing Codes of Conduct,” a continuation of the ongoing conversation surrounding the possibility of allowing certain Chinese factories to begin producing official Notre Dame merchandise.The Labor Café, a biweekly event hosted by the Higgins Labor Studies Program of the Center of Social Concerns (CSC), looks to start “casual yet critical conversation on contemporary issues related to work, equity and social justice,” according to the program’s website.Daniel Graff, director of the Higgins Labor Studies program, said the discussion attracted a wide array of backgrounds, and all who wished to participate in the conversation were free to do so.“There are folks [here] from the CSC, folks from the licensing program, folks on the workers’ rights board, from the panels and those simply interested,” Graff said.The discussion weighed the pros and cons of beginning production in China, particularly because the Chinese government does not legally guarantee workers the right to freely associate. Because of that, China does not, nor likely will have, any workers’ unions by the time an agreement can be arranged, Barbara Fick, associate professor of law, said.“You’re not going to get a trade union in China because they’re not going to allow an independent trade union that’s separate from the government because that’s going to pose a threat to the government,” Fick said. On the other hand, China is one of the fastest growing producers in the world, Notre Dame law school 2014 graduate Xin He said. China has a huge amount of investment and production in the textile industry so Notre Dame cannot completely boycott China. At least some part of the electronics in Notre Dame-licensed products must be made in China, He said.Since a complete boycott of Chinese products is already impossible, He said an argument could be made that it may be a beneficial to use Notre Dame’s buying power for good.“Notre Dame has leverage on China, not if we don’t engage, but Notre Dame has leverage on Chinese companies if they do engage,” He said.Both sides of the discussion wish to see Notre Dame acting true to its character and as a “powerful source for good in the world,” University Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves said.Student participation was also a topic of discussion. Bill Purcell, associate director of Catholic social tradition and practice at the CSC, asked the final question to open the Labor Café’s initial discussion, “Do students care?”Many of those who attended the conversation expressed disappointment that there were not more students involved in the Worker Participation Committee and the events to present their findings. Those in attendance questioned whether this was due to students’ lack of knowledge of the panels and discussions.After the meeting, student body president Lauren Vidal held a short brainstorming session with present students about to how to improve communication on this issue with the student body.Tags: China policy, John Affleck-Graves, Lauren Vidal, Notre Dame, Worker Participationlast_img read more

University announces honorary degree recipients

first_imgIn addition to commencement speaker Lord Christopher Patten, the chancellor of Oxford University, Notre Dame will award six honorary degrees at its 170th Commencement ceremony on May 17, the University announced in a press release Monday.The honorary degree recipients, whose accomplishments span the fields of education, business, medicine and religion, are: Freeman A. Hrabowski III, John E. Kelly III, Jane McAuliffe, Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, Shirley Welsh Ryan and Fr. Thomas F. Stransky.Hrabowski, who has served as the president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County since 1992, will receive a doctor of laws degree, the release stated. A mathematician who grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, during the peak of the civil rights movement, Hrabowski also serves as the chair of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.Kelly, senior vice president of solutions portfolio and research for IBM, will receive a doctor of engineering degree. He has held several different positions at IBM, beginning in 1980, and helped redesign the semiconductor processing and device fabrication clean room in Stinson-Remick Hall of Engineering, according to the release. McAuliffe serves as the director of the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, which gives scholars the opportunity to research and interact with members of Congress, and will receive a doctor of laws degree. She has previously worked as the president of Bryn Mawr College from 2008 to 2013 and as as dean of Georgetown College at Georgetown University from 1999 to 2008. According to the release, McAuliffe is also a scholar of the Qur’an and early Islamic history.Quiñones-Hinojosa works as a professor of neurosurgery and oncology and director of the brain tumor surgery program at Johns Hopkins Hospital and will receive a doctor of science degree. According to the release, he was born in a small village outside of Mexicali, Mexico, and graduated from both the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard Medical School.Ryan, who along with her son Corbett, a 2005 Notre Dame graduate, are the namesakes of Ryan Hall, will receive a doctor of laws degree. She is a trustee emerita of the University and served on the National Council on Disability, which led to the American with Disabilities Act, the release stated.Stransky, a Paulist priest and the rector emeritus of the Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem, will receive a doctor of laws degree. According to the release, Stransky contributed heavily to one of the Second Vatican Council’s most important documents, the 1965 Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions. Stransky is also a former president of the Paulist fathers.Tags: 2015 Commencement, Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, Fr. Thomas F. Stransky, Freeman A. Hrabowski III, Honorary degree, Jane McAuliffe, John E. Kelly III, Shirley Welsh Ryanlast_img read more

Saint Mary’s hosts annual Spooktacular Magic Show

first_imgSaint Mary’s students are planning a chemistry show this week to help their club bond with the local community. The annual Halloween Spooktacular Magic Show for local children will take place Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Science Hall. The event is hosted by the Saint Mary’s Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SMAACS), an organization aimed at educating young kids — through various chemical demonstrations — about the art of science.Senior SMAACS president Morgan Matthews said this is the clubs biggest event of the year, which both the kids and SMAACS members look forward to.“This event is really enjoyable because we get to share our passion for science with little kids and hopefully encourage them to love science too,” she said. “It’s really great to look at their faces and see their reactions because they think it’s magic. Then we explain to them what’s going on and why it’s reacting in this way and you can kind of see them understand how it works and it’s really inspiring.”The show originally started off as a small event hosted for faculty kids, senior Courtney Weston said. It has now developed into more of a community outreach event where students are able to share their passion with younger generations in a fun way, she said.“This is a great event for kids because it’s fun, educational and interesting to see that chemistry is not just this hard subject at school, but it can also be fun,” Weston said. “You can see the application of it and what chemistry is about and how truly exciting and interesting it can be.”The event’s interactive demonstrations include invisible ink, dry ice bubbles, goo that they can take home and nebulae, Weston said. Every half an hour there will be a big demonstration by a SMAACS member, which includes elephant toothpaste, dry ice cylinders and a lava lamp.“Our hands-on demonstrations allow the kids to actually learn how to do the experiments themselves,” Matthews said. “This way they can learn that science isn’t just the practical stuff they teach you in the classroom but rather stuff they can do at home, like using a bottle of vinegar from your cabinet to create invisible ink.”Matthews said the event is not just for the kids, but also for SMAACS members, who will have opportunity to collaborate and interact with others who are also interested in STEM fields.“We dress in our lab coats and it’s all very exciting to be able to do something you enjoy on a personal level and be able to share that with others,” she said.One of the club’s main goals is to promote is interest in STEM subjects, Matthews said.“Most people lack confidence in these fields and usually people only realize they’re interested in it when they’re older,” she said. “So, our goal is to allow kids to start looking at science in a more engaging way and to get them interested in it from a young age.”In honor of National Chemistry Week, SMAACS is also hosting a fundraiser, selling snacks in the Science Hall from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. every day this week.“The magic show allows us to encourage the hands-on development of science in a way that is appealing to younger children,” Matthews said.Tags: chemistry demonstration, Halloween Spooktacular Magic Show, SMAACS, STEMlast_img read more

Notre Dame community responds to sex abuse crisis

first_imgIn the aftermath of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report, members of the Notre Dame community gathered Tuesday in a discussion hosted by Campus Ministry to grapple with the sexual abuse crisis facing the Catholic Church.“There’s going to be no resolution at the end of this,” Fr. Pete McCormick, director of Campus Ministry, said. “But we are, I believe, going to … leave from [this] with a wider sense of [the] questions that are at play.”The scandal emerged after the Pennsylvania Grand Jury issued a report on Aug. 14 stating that more than 300 Catholic priests sexually abused minors over the course of more than 70 years. The report listed more than 1,000 victims and noted that thousands more were yet to be identified.Johnny Gregory, a Holy Cross brother and graduate student, said as a member of a religious order, he struggled with guilt in the face of the allegations.“Personally, I feel it’s my fault, [that] I am involved in it, that I have done something wrong,” he said.“ … I was questioning myself: ‘What is happening?’”“What do you tell the young seminarians, the young religious like me?” Gregory asked McCormick.Ultimately, McCormick responded, he chose to stay in the Catholic Church because of the “beautiful things” he said it had to offer — forgiveness of sins and the sacraments.“There’s an element of gratitude that I still have within myself in my own vocation for being a priest and to have known this Church … and I stand up for this,” McCormick said. “I have to stand in a spot that says I’m firmly committed to this Church because of what it has been for me, but at the same time, from that position, I look at the evil and I say, ‘You don’t have a place here.’”Senior Leah Buck said members of the Catholic Church can begin to address the crisis by acknowledging the ways in which priests are sometimes placed on a pedestal.“I think something that’s really at the root of all the problems, both with the cover-ups and with the abuse itself is clericalism and this idea that priests are God,” she said.Members of the laity can adjust this attitude as a way to shift power from the Church hierarchy back into the hands of the entire Church, Buck said.“Acknowledge our priests are people,” she said.Students also expressed concern about Notre Dame’s resident Holy Cross priests and brothers and asked what steps the University has taken to protect against clericalism within its own clergy.McCormick said Holy Cross has been “proactive” against sexual abuse.“All of us, when we enter the seminary, go through human formation elements,” he said.These steps include extensive background checks and psychological evaluations, he added.Additionally, when news of the abuse crisis reached Notre Dame, Holy Cross decided to appoint a lay board to review its evaluation process, he said.McCormick said those who wish to report incidents of sexual abuse by clergy members may contact the Office of Institutional Equity or the Office of Title IX to file a report.McCormick said he encourages the Notre Dame community to engage in discussion about the scandal.“Talk about [the scandal] amongst your friends,” he said. “ … This is real and it needs to be contended with. And we need to have great minds and great hearts thinking about it.”Gregory said he feels conversation is an important means by which the Church can strive for a greater understanding of the scandal.“If we want to fight evil, we all have to come together to talk about it,” he said.McCormick said he believes that despite the atrocities plaguing the Church, its integrity is not solely defined by the actions of its members.“Holiness does not come from priests, it does not come necessarily from laity, it does not come from bishops,” he said. “The church, ultimately, gets its holiness from our pursuit of Jesus Christ.”Tags: Catholic church, Fr. Pete McCormick, sex abuse scandallast_img read more

Notre Dame debate team wins ACC championship

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Stephen Scheffel Freshman Patrick Aimone, left, and sophomore Conrad Palor, right, post with their trophy after winning the ACC Debate Championship on April 6.Aimone said the atmosphere of the tournament was “more laid-back” than others at which he competes.“It was a really fascinating style of the debate because you had all the competitors and all the judges who were experienced in more technical, more progressive forms of debate, but everyone sort of agreed for the purpose of the tournament the style was supposed to be like a public forum — publicly accessible,” he said.The two teams competed before a panel of judges who released the final verdict shortly after the championship round, Aimone said.“They took about 10 or 15 minutes to deliberate while we were wandering around the Smithsonian agonizing about every little decision we made in the round,” he said.Palor said competing against Wake Forest posed a unique challenge, as the school has a history of winning at the tournament.“We were the first Notre Dame team to win the ACC tournament,” he said.The debate team’s coach, third-year law student Stephen Scheffel, said the team has around 10 to 12 active members who compete at four or five tournaments every semester.Scheffel said he was not surprised to see the team place first after watching them prepare.“We’re lucky because we have so many talented, and especially young, debaters,” Scheffel said. “ … For about two weeks, they were preparing very intensely for it, and even on the plane as we were flying out there, they were on their computers developing arguments.”Palor, who has been debating since his freshman year of high school, said the skills he has developed through debate serve him in many other areas of his life.“I think it really helps with public speaking skills, which really is transferable both in classrooms settings but also out of classrooms settings,” he said. “Secondly, it helps you be able to adapt to different audiences.”Aimone, who began debating in middle school, said he feels debate is “one of the most academically applicable” extracurricular activities. “Every skill you build — whether it’s justifying your arguments, seeing a different side of a position — are not only skills that will help you in your academic pursuits but also in discussions and dialogues in the real world,” Aimone said.Tags: ACC, ACCelerate Festival, Debate, Notre dame debate team Sophomore Conrad Palor and freshman Patrick Aimone defeated Wake Forest to place first in the fourth-annual ACC Debate Championship Tournament on April 6 at the Smithsonian Museum of American History, clinching the first-ever victory for a Notre Dame team at the tournament. The championship round was featured as part of the 2019 ACCelerate ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival, which took place April 5 to 7 and included academic exhibitions from Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) schools.Each ACC school had the chance to send one team to the tournament, with about 10 teams participating in total, Aimone said. Four preliminary rounds were held before Notre Dame and Wake Forest proceeded to the finals.At the tournament, teams debated whether or not compulsory voting should be implemented in the United States. Each prepared arguments for both sides of the topic — for and against — about three weeks in advance, Aimone said.last_img read more

Officials Give Local COVID Update, New Tracking Map Unveiled

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),That’s because in Chautauqua county they ARE NOT testing ppl, Brooks memorial hospital said they ARE NOT TESTING ANYONE AND ARE TREATING EVERYONE LIKE THEY HAVE THE FLU!!! NO TESTING FOR CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19! How absolutely RIDICULOUS! So if you are sick, you won’t know what you really have!! SMH MAYVILLE – Health officials in Chautauqua County say there were no new positive tests of COVID-19 reported Wednesday.Officials released a new online mapping tool to help display data about positive cases.The tool divides the county info into the four fire battalions and will be updated regularly, said officials.Now, of the 10 confirmed positive cases, two people have recovered completely and were released from mandatory quarantine, one individual has died, and seven persons are continuing to recover under mandatory quarantine. In addition, there are several people who have received isolation and quarantine orders by the Public Health Director. This includes:25 individuals in Mandatory Quarantine (individuals confirmed positive of COVID-19 or a household contact of a confirmed positive COVID-19 case);30 individuals in Precautionary Quarantine (individuals with travel history to CDC level 3 country or proximal contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19);40 individuals in Mandatory Isolation (individuals who are symptomatic of COVID-19 and are pending COVID-19 lab test); and101 negative test results to date.The number of cases of the virus in Cattaraugus County increased to seven Wednesday.Officials there say a woman in the southeast part of the county, with no significant travel history, was tested for COVID-19 on Monday after being in close contact with another confirmed case.last_img read more

Power Outage Reported In Celoron, West Ellicott

first_imgStock Image.CELORON – Power is out in parts of the Village of Celoron and West Ellicott Monday morning.The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities Communications Coordinator Becky Robbins says the outage was caused by a tree limb bringing down wires on Dunham Avenue in the Village.Crews are working to restore power, though no time estimate has been given.A wind advisory is issued for Chautauqua County from 4 p.m. Monday to 1 a.m. Tuesday. Winds from the west at 30 to 40 mph are expected.Gusts could reach 45 to 50 mph at times. 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