Seniors Ryan Belock and Hal Melia are hoping to bridge the gap between the University’s artistic and academic departments with the creation of a new student-run advisory council, [email protected] “There exists a communication and collaboration gap between departments, DPAC (DeBartolo Performing Arts Center), student groups and non-arts majors,” Belock said. “We are now brainstorming ways to fix that together. We’ve adopted a mission to ‘create, celebrate and collaborate.’” Belock said he first imagined [email protected] during his freshman year, when he realized the programming department at DPAC and the music, art, art history, design, and Film, Television & Theatre (FTT) departments were independently trying to increase attention to arts on campus. Belock said he learned the University’s 2008 Strategic Plan for the Arts envisioned an Arts Advisory Council in support of the University’s “Decade of the Arts.” He found campus leaders, especially students, supported creating an advisory committee to serve academic and extra-curricular arts groups. “I feel students need to be part of those conversations,” Belock said. “I wanted to get peers, professors and professionals on campus working these issues out together, not just in their isolated circles, but finding ways to proactively collaborate and create.” At the start of the school year, Belock said he and Melia worked with student body president Pat McCormick to create a student-driven force for supporting arts on campus. McCormick advocated for enhancing campus arts in his campaign platform. Belock said he and Melia hosted the first meeting of the Arts at Notre Dame Student Advisory Group in November to brainstorm how the organization could work. Small groups of professors, staff members and students developed potential initiatives, Belock said. “The largest takeaway from the first meeting was that we have a lot of creative talent across many majors, not just arts majors, that can solve the most pressing issues for student activities arts groups, ensembles, classes and professional programming on campus,” he said. Belock said the meeting also helped introduce students from across the academic spectrum. “This was the first time some FTT students met art, art history and design students,” he said. “It was also the first time some had been in the Regis Philbin Studio Theater [in DPAC].” Belock said he and Melia hosted the second meeting of [email protected], titled “WE ‘ART’ ND,” in February. The meeting used the slogan “create, celebrate and collaborate.” Belock said the group hosted the meeting in Riley Hall of Art and Design to set a standard that arts have several “bases” on campus that need to be fully integrated into thoughts and collaboration. At the meeting, he said Director of Bands Ken Dye presented examples of collaborative work in the arts, including projects by rock bands OK Go and U2. Belock said students recommended opening a café in Riley Hall, improving the “Arts” section of the University website, creating a publication to cover campus arts and instituting a College of Fine Arts. “We are narrowing down and voting on short-term projects to pursue this spring that will make a noticeable impact on the ‘aura of the arts’ at Notre Dame,” he said. Belock said [email protected]’s primary progress has been the opportunity to encourage conversation between students and faculty. “They all share three things in common. They love Notre Dame, they love the arts, and they want to make them both better here,” he said.
Four Saint Mary’s alumnae visited their alma mater Monday to talk about professional networking and social media at a panel discussion in the Student Center. The panelists were Janelle Schenher, a 2000 alumna, Angela Rupchok-Shafer, a 2003 alumna, Meaghan Veselik, a 2011 alumna and Corrie Mieszczak, a 1997 alumna. The Career Crossings Office sponsored the discussion. Mieszczak, owner of Soaring Winds Marketing and a marketing manager for Chicago-based consulting firm Aptude, recalled her college years without some forms of modern communication and social media. “I didn’t have email when I was in school,” Mieszczak said. “I didn’t make one until grad school.” Compelled to reenter the job hunt after having her first child in 2011, Mieszczak said she realized she needed to acquaint herself with the modern job search. “People were finding work in an entirely new way,” she said. “These days, companies use technology as a recruiting tool.” Mieszczak explained the importance of using potential employers’ websites to determine if they reflect personal values like social responsibility. She reminded students networking is key in cultivating new relationships and encouraged utilizing social media outlets like LinkedIn and Twitter. Schenher, an account manager at Chicago-based marketing firm the Weinstein Organization, said as members of a younger generation, current college students have an incredible advantage once hired. “You guys can teach your elders,” she said. “You have no idea how lucky you are. This stuff is free. There’s no excuse to not use it to your advantage.” Veselik, a communications assistant at Notre Dame’s School of Architecture, said for those born into the Internet generation, “using LinkedIn or Twitter comes pretty easy. It’s almost intuitive.” Even a basic knowledge of Facebook makes a person employable, Veselik said. “Half of what I do for my job is on my iPhone,” she said. Veselik said she was initially unsure how effective establishing a Twitter account for the University’s School of Architecture would be, but she deemed it successful after an influx of alumni began following it. “Social media allows potential employees to hear about you and look for you,” Veselik, whose boss found her through LinkedIn, said. “My boss was a Saint Mary’s alumna and she wanted someone with the same education background and values as she.” Rupchok-Schafer, a social media and constituent engagement manager at Church World Services in Elkhart, Ind., said social media aptitude is a necessity in the current job market. “If someone doesn’t have a Twitter handle, I won’t even consider employing them,” she said.
This past Friday, the Justice Education Program at Saint Mary’s College began its year-long “Justice Fridays” lecture series with an afternoon discussion about misconceptions and stereotypes women face.Discussion leader and senior Jessica Richmond said the goal of the meeting was to discuss labels placed on women.“I found myself facing labels and misconceptions once I hit high school … and the demeaning hold they take on women is a step in the wrong direction for our society,” she said. “I’m just one story. I want to hear other’s stories and brain storm ways to take a stand to these horrific terms and phrases used against women.”After watching a brief video about the stereotypes women hold in society, program attendees shared labels, such as “tomboy,” “ditzy” and “promiscuous,” which they have experienced personally. Labels such as these are concrete examples of the barriers fellow students are up against, Richmond said.“We can still be strong women with a man beside us, but when people come up with a strong voice, they are often criticized,” she said, “I don’t view myself as ornamental. I have my mind and so much more to offer.”Media is the source of many misconceptions, Richmond said. In order to change what media is portraying, we must first think about the labels we give ourselves, she said.“Media only portrays what we want to see, and if we say that what they are showing is not okay then eventually it will change,” she said, “We have to start small, with our inner circles.“I think as a Saint Mary’s women we are empowered and we empower each other, which is phenomenal … now it is time to turn this out into the communities we reside in to make a change.”First-year student Kendall Smith said she enjoyed the discussion and the stories shared by her classmates.“I was really impressed with how many different opinions came up,” she said. “It was really comforting to know that other girls have the same ideas.”The “Justice Fridays” program series is designed by Saint Mary’s Justice Education students and will continue all year, philosophy professor Adrienne Lyles-Chockley said. It allows students to combat issues they feel passionate about while enacting the mission of the Justice Education program in making the world a more just and peaceful place, she said.“‘Justice Fridays’ are designed to stimulate a campus-wide dialogue on ways to identify and combat injustice, and on methods of advancing social justice,” she said. “By facilitating dialogues that encourage students to think in comprehensive and systemic ways, ‘Justice Fridays’ and the Justice Education program enable students to understand and analyze the experiences of the disenfranchised, to constructively respond to unjust situations and to develop concrete and sustainable methods of advancing justice.”Speakers from the school and surrounding community will facilitate future discussions on topics including gender, racial, environmental, legal and economic justice, Chockley said. The meetings occur from 12-12:50 p.m. in the student center and are open to the public. Those interested in suggesting topics of discussion can contact Chockley at [email protected]: Justice Education Program, Justice Fridays, labels, lecture series, SMC, stereotypes
Last year, Michiana’s baseball team changed affiliation and became the South Bend Cubs, a Single-A affiliate of Chicago’s National League team of the same name. The Cubs try to offer students an opportunity for a fun outing off campus in the general South Bend community.The Cubs play 70 home games between April and Labor Day at Four Winds Field at Coveleski Stadium in downtown South Bend. The team is deeply involved in local charities, including the Children’s Hospital, team president Joe Hart said. “We really service a community of 75 miles, not just South Bend,” Hart said.Hart said the atmosphere of the game can appeal to anyone.“You don’t have to be a baseball fan to come out and enjoy yourself,” Hart said. “There aren’t a ton of things to do in the South Bend area, and we’re just three miles from campus.” Hart said the relationship between the Cubs and the University is growing, despite the fact that the vast majority of the Cubs’ games are while the University is out of session. “During the summer, Notre Dame brings out different departments — employees, clients, et cetera, and in April, August and September we get a pretty good student following,” he said. Examples of this relationship included a residence hall outing to the ballpark for a tour on the Day of Community preceding the first day of classes. Later, on Aug. 25, the Senior Class Council sponsored a trip for 300 members of the class of 2017 to see a game. The team has had several interns and employees who were also students at Notre Dame. In the past, the Cubs have played a preseason exhibition game against the University’s baseball team. Half of the proceeds went to the Cubs’ charity and the other half went to the Fighting Irish’s charity of choice.To encourage attendance, the Cubs offer a range of promotions not specifically targeted toward students, including Saturday nights, when the team gives away a free 50-inch TV every inning. “It’s one of the only places where you can pay a few bucks for a ticket and walk out with a brand new, 50-inch TV,” Hart said.The team’s most popular night is Thursdays, when all beverages in the ballpark cost $2 for the entire game.Cubs games are “always fun,” senior Daniel Burns said. “The tickets are only $10, and they have great outfield grass seats where you can just sit and relax,” Burns said. “I don’t follow the team during the year, I just go to have fun. I recently bought a Cubs jersey. Best purchase in four years at Notre Dame.”Because of students like Burns, Hart said attendance does generally increase while school is in session, particularly on Thursday nights.“We always feel like the biggest issue is letting Notre Dame students know we’re here,” he said. Tags: Baseball, South Bend Cubs
The Sisters of the Holy Cross will play the Saint Mary’s College Board of Trustees in the third-annual volleyball match fundraiser Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Angela Athletic and Wellness Complex. This fundraising event helps the Sisters fund various missions around the world. This year, the Sisters are focused on raising money to buy a bus for students at Our Lady of Holy Cross School (OLHCS) located in Kasoa, Ghana, in Africa.The school’s enrollment has increased from roughly 100 students in 2006 to nearly 1,000 students. With the enrollment increase, it is important to maintain safe transportation for the students who walk long distances in order to receive an education, College sports information director Sarah Miesle said. Courtesy of Kerry Rose McDonald The Sisters of the Congregation of the Holy Cross play members of the Board of Trustees in a volleyball match to raise money.“The students in Ghana only have so many buses. It’s been a country that’s been affected by human trafficking,” Miesle said. “A new bus would help serve about 65 students who currently walk anywhere between a half hour to 45 minutes one way to get to school.”The annual fundraiser started as an idea between the Chair of the Board of Trustees, Mary Burke, and Sister Suzanne Brennan of the Sisters of the Holy Cross. They wanted to promote community on campus while supporting the mission work of the Sisters.In addition to the volleyball match, there will be performances from the College’s a cappella group, dance team and community band. Other activities include a poster contest for the best poster cheering on the Sisters or the Board of Trustees in which students have the chance to win free smoothies from Murphy’s Cafe. Popcorn, pom poms and informational tables will also be included with the event.“We know it’s a crazy week because of midterms,” Miesle said. “We just want people to come and have a great time. We are really optimistic that we are going to reach our fundraising goal this year. I think that at this point in the week that we all need something fun and relaxing to have, so this will be the place to be on Thursday.”Miesle said an anonymous donor will match the donations up to $31,500, which can buy a new bus.“Today we are over $20,000 toward that fundraising goal so it’s not really an expectation for students to have to give a huge amount of money. Help as you can,” she said.According to a poster located in the Saint Mary’s Athletic facility, purchasing a bus that seats 32 students would enhance attendance rates, promote academic success and ensure safety for the students of OLHCS.“If you’ve never been, come and see what it’s all about,” Miesle said. “It’s not a huge time consuming event by any means, but it’s meant to help build community on the College’s campus, and I don’t think you could come and not leave with a smile on your face.”Those who attend this event can promote the mission by using #GhanaGetTheBus on social media.Tags: Ghana, Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees, Sisters of the Holy Cross, Volleyball
Grammy-winning country musician Tim McGraw will hold a concert at Notre Dame’s Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center on April 13 at the end of IDEA Week, according to a Notre Dame press release published Wednesday. IDEA Week, which will be held from April 8 to April 13, celebrates entrepreneurship and innovation.IDEA Week will be open to everyone and held both at Notre Dame and in the surrounding community. Last year was the first annual IDEA Week, and according to the release, more than 18,000 people attended at least one event. This year’s week will feature speakers, the McCloskey New Venture Competition and workshops. The McGraw concert is the first event to be announced.According to the press release, the concert “is designed to bring people together.”“IDEA Week is not a conference,” Bryan Ritchie, Notre Dame’s vice president and associate provost for innovation, said in the release. “We want to celebrate innovation and entrepreneurship and help people come together to produce what we call ‘productive collisions.’ Someone you meet at IDEA Week might be your next business partner, client or customer.”In addition to selling more than 50 million records and setting 43 worldwide No. 1 singles, McGraw has won three Grammys, 16 Academy of Country Music Awards and three People’s Choice Awards, the release said. He has also been named BDS Radio’s Most Played Artist of the Decade and, since starting his career in 1992, has become the most-played country artist. He has also acted in the movies “Friday Night Lights” and “The Blind Side” and narrated “The Shack.”The announcement of McGraw’s performance at Notre Dame comes on the heels of the first standalone concert in Notre Dame Stadium by country musician Garth Brooks, held Saturday. The more than 84,000 tickets to Brooks’ concert sold out within three hours, and CBS will air a taped version of the show titled “Garth: Live at Notre Dame!” on Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. EST.Tickets for the McGraw concert, according to the release, will be available at a later date, but prices will range from $40 to $125. According to an email sent to Notre Dame students, 750 tickets will be available at $30 per ticket for students starting Nov. 14.More information about IDEA Week and its events can be found at ideaweek.comTags: IDEA Center, Idea Week, Joyce Center, Purcell Pavilion, Tim McGraw
The Notre Dame Film, Television and Theatre (FTT) department will perform Moliere’s “The Imaginary Invalid” as adapted by Constance Congdon and based on a new translation by Dan Smith, class of ’98. The production is directed by FTT faculty member Carys Kresny, and will run from Nov. 14 to Nov. 17 in the Patricia George Decio Theatre in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC).“The Imaginary Invalid,” first written as a ballet in the 17th century, features the comedic story of a hypochondriac who desperately tries to marry off his daughter to a doctor in order to attain free medical care.Kresny said that FTT chose the play because of the immense challenge it presents to actors, as well as its ability to entertain audiences.“[FTT was] looking for a comedy and looking for a piece that builds the actors virtuosity,” Kresny said. “This piece really fit the bill absolutely because you have to be really nimble both physically and mentally for this piece. It makes demands on you that more realistic contemporary plays don’t always make. It’s good for us for training and it’s also a treat for the audience because it has a level of spectacle and athleticism that you don’t always get to see. … It’s a really lively, vivid, outrageous comedy.”One of the reasons that “The Imaginary Invalid” is so challenging to actors is it involves a method of acting that is not common in modern theatre. Senior R. Tyrel London, who plays Argan, the hypochondriac father, said he and his fellow performers are challenged to adopt character types they are not familiar with.“The biggest thing is the that the technique is different,” London said. “[‘The Imaginary Invalid’s’ acting style] is based off commedia dell’arte … which has stock characters where each have their own shape. … One of the ways we’ve been taught to act here is outside-in — you use your body to generate all of the stuff that you do and then hopefully that will generate the emotion inside of you and that will make it real, but at least if it doesn’t you’re doing something with your body and the audience can’t tell. I like that technique better because it’s a lot easier than being like ‘I’m going to make sure I feel sad in this moment.’ This commedia style is very much [the latter]. So, it’s been cool to put together all of [my training] that I know with this entirely new art form that I don’t.”Another challenging element of the play is the degree to which actors are asked to be physical. London, who has experience with such physical acting, said that the physicality is tiring but worth the comedic value it adds.“It’s so demanding. I am exhausted,” London said. “It’s two hours of running around on stage in really weird shape. I’m already a physical actor — I like moving around stage in funny and weird ways. … So, I’m running around, which is really funny for a character who thinks he’s dying and can’t get out of his chair. So, half the time I’m like ‘I’m too sick to move’ and the other half I’m running around trying to get what I want.”Through commedia dell’arte’s caricatures, “The Imaginary Invalid” examines typical human experiences through the lens of the ridiculous in order to find meaning, Kresny said.“One of the very fun things about the play is it deals with experiences we’ve all had,” Kresny said. “We’ve all been in love, we’ve all had a terrible boss, we’ve all tried to get out a problem that we’ve made for ourselves, we’ve all sometimes fooled ourselves. Its really universal human experience that the comedy is based in, it just takes it to an outrageous level.”London said that where “The Imaginary Invalid” shines the most light on the human experience is how people experience and confront shame.“People don’t [feel comfortable with shame], right? Modern playwriting, we try to use … subtext to try to hide all the stuff we want,” London said. “With stock characters, what we’re doing is being like ‘this is what I want at this exact moment and I need you to give it to me.’ The really cool thing about commedia is that it’s the idea that if we take away the shame from showing these really base wants, if we show our authentic selves, we might give other people — especially the audience — permission to do the same. So, in that sense, this play is like an antidote to shame.”Tags: DeBartolo Preforming Arts Center, film television and theater, ND Theater, performing arts
During the last Hall Presidents Council (HPC) meeting, associate vice president of Residential Life Heather Rakoczy Russell walked hall presidents and vice presidents through an early draft of the on-off campus differentiation policy which is expected to come into effect in the fall of 2021, hall presidents said.Last April, the Division of Student Affairs announced a list of proposed residential life updates created to incentivize Notre Dame students to remain on campus for their senior year. While the enhancements offered monetary incentives for on-campus seniors in addition to residential benefits for all student, the effort to differentiate on- and off-campus experiences drew widespread criticism across campus, resulting in a petition with 5,000 signatures and a protest outside the Main Building last spring. The original policy proposed that off-campus seniors would no longer be able to attend their former dorm’s dances without being invited by a current resident or participate in interhall sports. Max Lander | The Observer After Residential Life proposed new on-off campus differentiation policies last April, more than 1,000 students gather to protest proposed changes that would exclude off-campus students from participating in certain dorm events and activities.According to a handout obtained by The Observer from multiple sources — which members of the HPC received during the meeting — the new policy aims to “provide for greater consistency across hall communities and to facilitate a clearer differentiation between the experience of those who live in a resident hall an those who have moved into the local community.”The outline Rakoczy Russell gave to members of HPC may be subject to changes before Residential Life releases the final plans, hall presidents said, but the expected policy will give current residents priority in all hall events and activities.While former residents may attend any events open to the entire campus, they may only come to hall events as a guest of a current resident and can only act as active participants in dorm events “by way of exception.” In order to grant these exceptions, off-campus students must contact their former rectors who will consult with their rector supervisor to determine whether an exception can be made, according to the handout.In regards to interhall sports teams, priority will be given to on-campus residents before off-campus members can join, which will be overseen by hall athletic commissioners and rectors. Two rosters will be used for on- and off-campus students, the handout outlined, with the latter roster used only when there is extra space on-campus students did not fill.In addition, off-campus students will be charged a flat rate of $5 per person per sport by RecSports in order to participate in interhall sports, off-campus students may not be captains and an internal B team may not consist of more off-campus members than on-campus members. Off-campus students may not be able to form their own teams, and off-campus students must consult with the captain and/or the rector if they want to play on the team, the handout said.Hall presidents and vice presidents said they were encouraged to discuss the policy with their dorm members to get feedback on the changes before the official policy is announced, which may be directed to Rakoczy Russell.The announcement of the differentiation policy last spring elicited numerous responses, with multiple Letters to the Editor, including a statement from the members of the 2018-2019 Hall Presidents Council. In a meeting hosted by the sophomore class in December, Rakoczy Russell addressed concerns regarding the proposed policy, and the plan continued to be a point of discussion in the 2020 student body government elections, with the newly elected juniors Rachel Ingal and Sarah Galbenski promising to take action against the policy once in office.The University could not be immediately reached for comment at the time of publication.Tags: differentiation policy, Heather Rakoczy Russell, off-campus living, On Campus, senior exclusion policy
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) MGN Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has launched a new campaign to eliminate the pink tax in New York State.Cuomo says the campaign will include a series of events across the state to rally support for the elimination of the pink tax, as well as a social media campaign and a new hashtag – #PinkTax – to raise awareness and inform New Yorkers about the proposal.In the early 1990s, several studies reported disparities between the costs of substantially similar goods and services depending on if they were marketed for men or for women.“New York has made tremendous progress in advancing women’s rights all across the board, but unfortunately women are still victims of cultural and institutional discrimination,” Governor Cuomo said. “This year New York will once again lead the nation and continue our work to end this shameful and repugnant injustice by eliminating the so-called pink tax once and for all – because pink or blue, the price should be the same.” Despite increased public discourse around gender-based pricing discrimination, recent research indicates that the problem still persists. To address these disparities, the Governor’s budget proposal includes legislation to prohibit gender-based pricing discrimination for substantially similar goods and services.The legislation will require certain service providers to post price lists for standard services; businesses that violate the law would be subject to civil penalties.In 2016 the Governor signed legislation that prohibited a tax on menstrual products, making New York one of the first states to ban the so-called “tampon tax.”In 2019, the Governor signed a new law prohibiting employers from asking about or considering an applicant’s salary history when making hiring and promotion decisions, as well as legislation that mandates equal pay for substantially similar work.
WNY News Now / MGN Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – Two new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Chautauqua County on Saturday, bringing the number of active cases to 21.County Health Officials say the new cases involve a pediatric patient and a male in his 80s.Additionally, there remains one hospitalized case of COVID-19 locally.There is now a total of 84 cases, with 59 recovered so far. Since the outbreak began, four deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported. 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)