ND Mobile Web Arrives

first_imgNotre Dame’s Office of Information Technologies (OIT), in collaboration with its Office of Public Affairs and Communications (OPAC), recently released ND Mobile Web to provide mobile device users with useful information about Notre Dame resources.The Web site, m.nd.edu, is accessible to a global audience and connects users with a wide selection of Notre Dame resources, such as news, athletics, emergency campus information, OIT alerts and student, faculty and staff directories.The mobile Web site was launched to meet the growing popularity of smart phones.“Everyone on campus seems to have mobile phones and we were looking for a way to provide the mobile experience to them,” said Chas Grundy, OPAC’s director of interactive marketing. “ND Mobile Web on your phone is a great way to find a number, check out a computer lab, or grab ND news and sports scores.”According to a recent University press release, this mobile platform was developed through a close collaboration between OIT and OPAC.“The world of communications and technology is intrinsically linked and our partnership is key to delivering new tools to campus to help our Notre Dame family stay educated, engaged and connected,” said Todd Woodward, associate vice president for marketing communications.One of the features of ND Mobile Web is its “Find an Open Lab” resource. A student interested in seeing whether a particular computer lab is busy can choose this feature and be provided with the real-time number of available computers.“The new mobile culture emphasizes real-time answers to your most pressing questions,” Grundy said in the press release. “It empowers you right now because of where you are and what you are doing.”Other resources available on ND Mobile Web include ND on YouTube, which allows users to browse videos on Notre Dame’s YouTube channel, and NDPrayerCast, which delivers spiritual content such as information about Basilica masses and campus ministry.Students are enthusiastic about this new site and the opportunity to get immediate answers to questions and concerns.“I really like the ‘Find an Open Lab’ feature,” freshman Joe Mackel said. “It keeps you from wasting time waiting in line for a computer.”Junior Tim Purcell also likes the convenience and real-time features of the Mobile Web.“Now I can save time and check scores when I’m standing in line at Starbucks,” he said. “Maybe in the future they can even put The Observer on Mobile.”Such an idea may be a reality in the future for the resources of the Mobile Web are expected to grow rapidly.“We are continuing to develop ND Mobile Web,” Grundy said. “In the future, we hope to add more features such as an online map, calendars, tools, events and more.”last_img read more

Government plans to update constitution

first_imgSaint Mary’s student senate met Tuesday night to discuss proposed updates to the student government’s constitution and rules for the College’s upcoming election season.Student body president Kat Sullivan said creating changes to the constitution will help candidates who wish to participate in future elections.“For the rest of the semester, we want to update our constitution for the next administration,” Sullivan said. “We want to make sure there is a clear understanding of the rules on the student government side as well as [on] the student body [side].”Sullivan said updates to the constitution are meant to benefit both student government members and the student body as a whole.“We are updating the constitution so we can give the student body a better understanding of what our organization does and how we run on a daily basis,” she said.Elections for student body president, vice president and senate will take place on Feb. 27, and elections for class boards and big boards will take place on March 6. Sullivan said the student body can expect emails containing information on future elections.“We have to give people two weeks notice because they have to get their materials approved by the elections community, student involvements, and multicultural services so we want to make sure everyone has a clear amount of time,” she said.Election rules remain under discussion, but Sullivan said more information on the election policies and violations will be known shortly.Another exciting event being put on by the Residence Hall Association is the Saint Mary’s prom-themed formal on Jan. 31. Tickets can be purchased at the Moreau Center for the Arts for $20. Ticket sales will begin about a week and a half prior to the formal.Contact Alaina Anderson at [email protected]: SMC Senatelast_img read more

Archivist shares anecdotes from founder’s life

first_imgPhoto Illustration by Steph Wulz and Emily McConville Members of the Notre Dame community would send handmade greeting cards to Fr. Edward Sorin for Founder’s Day, celebrateed annually on Oct. 13. This card, from Eleanor C. Donnelly, dates from 1890.Sorin came to the United States in 1841 and began teaching at a school in St. Peter’s, Ind., where he came into conflict with the bishop there, Lysy said, but this discord led to the founding of Notre Dame.“The bishop in the fall of 1842, so a year after Sorin got to America, said that he has this property, which had been given to him, sold to him, in northern Indiana, on the condition ⎯ there was a proviso in the agreement ⎯ that an educational institution be established there,” Lysy said. “So Bishop [Célestine Guynemer de la] Hailandière offered that to Sorin on the condition that within two years he build a school here.”The site had been a location for French missionaries in the past, but Sorin turned it into a place with many different levels of schooling, from elementary to commercial to manual labor, Lysy said.In the early years of the University, Sorin was quite protective of Notre Dame, as exhibited during a cholera outbreak on campus in 1855, according to Arthur J. Hope’s book, “Notre Dame — One Hundred Years.” Sorin determined the illness was caused by mosquitos inhabiting the marsh land surrounding campus, so he intended to buy it, but the land’s owner was uncooperative, according to Hope.“In principle, they had agreed to the sale, but when the time came to consummate the sale, the [land’s owner] left town,” Lysy said. “So [Sorin] couldn’t consummate the deal, yet he wanted to knock down the dam that was on that property to drain the swamp because that would help alleviate the mosquitos.“So he just organized the brothers, and they went over and chopped down the dam anyway, even though he hadn’t bought the property yet. But he did buy it subsequently. So it’s Sorin taking bold extralegal action to solve a problem.”Sorin also solved a conflict with some of the Holy Cross brothers by sending them to pan for gold in California during the gold rush, Lysy said. Sorin often disagreed with his Holy Cross superior in France, Basil Moreau, in defense of Notre Dame, Lysy said.“At one point, Fr. Moreau ordered [Sorin] to go to Algeria or some place as a missionary, and he said, ‘No, I’m not doing that,’” Lysy said. “Given the distance between them, Sorin could exercise some independence from him.”Sorin would often sail to Europe, and in fall 1875, his vessel was shipwrecked in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, according to Hope.While Sorin was planning to sail to Europe in April 1879, he had to turn back because a great fire engulfed the campus, according to Hope, but this famous fire was not the only one to hit Notre Dame in its early years.“In 1849, there was a fire that almost put us out of business,” Lysy said. “And the original Log Chapel burned down in 1856, although it was being used as a stable at that time. It didn’t have the cache then that it does now. Fifteen years later, it was a junky old building that they’d be happy to get rid of, and now it’s historic.”After the great fire, however, Sorin felt compelled to rebuild the campus even better than it was before, which Timothy Howard recounted in a letter to Fr. Daniel Hudson, a correspondence Hope reprints in his book.“I was then present when Fr. Sorin, after looking over the destruction of his life-work, stood at the altar steps of the only building left and spoke to the community what I have always felt to be the most sublime words I ever listened to,” Howard wrote. “There was absolute faith, confidence, resolution in his very look and pose. ‘If it were all gone, I should not give up!’ were his words in closing. The effect was electric. It was the crowning moment of his life.”Despite all of Sorin’s accomplishments, Lysy said he would most likely want to be remembered as an educator.“I think being remembered as a saintly, gentle man who wanted to educate youth and wanted to develop them [would make Sorin happy], and for him, a major part of that would be to have them be good, orthodox Catholics,” Lysy said. “That’s fundamental to what his mission would be as a priest, but also to be educated with the sense that education and Catholicity go together. They’re not in opposition, but they mutually reinforce each other.”Tags: Bicentennial, Fr. Sorin, ND archives Despite the University’s continuing fanfare in honor of his 200th birthday, which took place Feb. 6, Notre Dame’s founder, Fr. Edward Sorin, discouraged the celebration of his birthday in favor of Founder’s Day, the Oct. 13 feast day of his namesake St. Edward.Peter Lysy, archivist for the University’s records, said this preference reflects French culture at the time.“I think he just followed the tradition he was brought up in where you just celebrate your saint’s day instead,” Lysy said. “So, St. Edward’s Day became Founder’s Day.”While the basic story of Sorin’s role in founding Notre Dame is well known, many aspects of Sorin’s personal history are unfamiliar to students, including the influence of his French upbringing on his decision to become a priest, Lysy said.“There was anti-clericalism at the time in France, especially during the Revolution, a little less so during the Napoleonic Era, and then when there was the restoration of the monarchy, there was also an attempt to reestablish the Church, so that was the context in which Sorin decided to become a priest,” he said. “But he was an enthusiastic American. He [thought] his contribution to mankind and to Catholicism was going to come through America.”last_img read more

Snite hosts Day of the Dead

first_imgAs part of the celebration events for Día de los Muertos, organized through the Center for Arts & Culture, visiting artist Sandra Fernández of the University of Texas at Austin gave a talk about her artwork Friday in the Snite Museum of Art.Fernández said her artwork documents the various journeys and experiences of her life and allows her to express her opinions, political, social and otherwise.“Migratory paths have dominated my existence and are the ones that have defined who I am and what my art is about,” she said. “My life is a story of migrating and immigrating.”Born in Queens, New York to Ecuadorian immigrants, Fernández said she moved to Ecuador with her mother when she was one year old. She said she left Ecuador for political reasons and returned to the United States in 1987.In art, Fernández said she discovered a means of coping with her new and unfamiliar environment.“Trying to understand a different culture, I turned to art to handle the conflicted feelings and emotions that I was experiencing,” she said.  “Some of [my] works at this time also talk about the necessity to find familiar connections in a new culture where I felt completely alone and uprooted.”Originally, Fernández said she turned to photography to orient herself in alien surroundings. From photography, Fernández segued to bookmaking, which she said was a way for her to tell the story of her past and communicate her heritage to her children.“By this time, it was evident that for many years to come my home would be in the USA,” she said. “For this reason, I wanted to leave a legacy for my children, to teach them where they came from, about their roots, make them feel proud of who they are by knowing their origins.”Fernández said she continued to draw from the memories of her childhood in subsequent collections, including one which featured skirts in every piece. She said these works discussed gender and the social role of women, and they reflected various techniques she learned in Ecuador, such as sewing and embroidery.Fernández said her art has become more politically oriented recently. Although many of her early pieces incorporated political themes in response to her persecution in Ecuador, Fernández said only in the last several years has her art regained its political voice.Fernández said most of her political art today focuses on issues regarding immigration and undocumented residents. She said she sympathizes with those she terms “the dreamers” or the “undocumented students that have gone through the educational system.”“I came to admire these kids so much,” she said. “They kind of reminded me of when I was young, when I was at their age, when I was fighting for all these things that I wanted to change.”Looking back on her career, Fernández said she believes her art sustained her through the years and allowed her to shed light on the problems she sees in the world today.“When I started making art, I was confronting my own experiences, and it took me a long time to be able to get out of my shell,” she said. “Now after 22-plus years of making art, I’m trying to bring awareness of other people’s plights.”Tags: Dia de los Muertos, Immigration, Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture, Sandra Fernandez, Snite Museum of Artlast_img read more

Campus features local eateries

first_imgMichael Yu Eleven South Bend-based international restaurants brought samples from their menus to the LaFortune Ballroom for the annual International Taste of South Bend hosted by International Student and Scholar Affairs (ISSA). The event, hosted on Wednesday evening, was free and open to the public, drawing undergraduates, graduate students, professors, families and South Bend residents together.By 6:30 p.m., the line stretched from the LaFortune Ballroom on the second floor down the stairs to the entrance to the Huddle Mart. By the time they reached the front of the line, juniors Grace Rudnik, Jordan Leniart and Claire Wiley said they waited for 45 minutes for their chance to eatParticipating restaurants included Aladdin’s Eatery, Cinco International, Elia’s Mediterranean Cuisine, Ichiban Golden Dragon, Mango Café, Satay House, Soho Japanese Bistro, Weiss Gasthaus, Zing Japanese Fusion, the Spot and Fiesta Tapatía. Each restaurant donated the food that it served.Two of the participating restaurants opened in the last few weeks — the Spot and Cinco International.The Spot employee Melanie Barreto described the eatery’s Latin American menu.“Venezuelan food is our specialty … we also have some international food from Peru and Spain,” Barreto said.Fatima Lopez, who works at Cinco International, said she recommended “basically everything” on the menu, but especially the chicken alfredo.Sophomore Bernadette Miramontes said she had not known about the event prior, but decided to wait in line for more than 30 minutes anyway.“I just saw the line and thought it must be good … I hope there’s vegan food because the dining hall doesn’t really have vegan food except on Indian night,” Miramontes said.ISSA planned International Taste of South Bend as part of its celebration of International Education Week, according to Rosemary Max, director of international programs for ISSA.“I think this event allows us to support local restaurants and bring good food to campus in conjunction with international education week, which is an event celebrated around the U.S.,” Max said.Jasmin Avila, assistant director of communications and outreach for ISSA, had worked on the event for three months. She said she hoped the event promoted diversity and culture.“NDI is dedicated to advancing international study, exchange and scholarship by cultivating Notre Dame’s global alliances and partnerships,” Avila said. “In this sense, ISSA seeks to offer a variety of support services, programs and activities to help international students and scholars make the most of their time at the University.“ISSA works to serve the international community at Notre Dame, a community that includes more than 1,400 students and scholars from over 90 countries. One way that we do that is creating and hosting events like the International Taste of South Bend, which celebrate and promote diversity and cultural understanding on campus and in the greater community,” Avila said.Tags: international food, international food in lafun, international student and school affairs, international taste of south bend, ISSA, lafortune ballroom event, taste of south bendlast_img read more

ND professors weigh in on NASA’s Mars announcement

first_imgDespite the news of liquid water on Mars last week, professor of civil and environmental engineering and earth sciences Clive Neal said this is not a new discovery. “They found water on Mars — well, we knew there was water. There had been water on Mars from the Mariner and Viking orbital images,“ Neal said Tuesday. “Quite frankly, what they found [last Monday was] reported in a paper in 2000.”According to Neal, the first paper to reveal the presence of water on the planet identifies what are known as “RSLs”, or recurring slope lineae. RSLs are visible on Mars’ surface as dark streaks running down steep craters and mountains, and they appear when temperatures are high and disappear when it gets cold. Neal said RSLs could actually be liquid water.After observing the RSLs for several years, scientists started constructing a hypothetical Martian water cycle, Neal said.“Water will come out of the subsurface, then it will flow for a little bit, then it will sublimate and go to the vapor phase or it will be absorbed into the subsurface,” he said. “It works kind of like a mountain stream — ice melts as temperatures rise, and small streams run down the slopes. With Mars, those streams, the RSLs, are likely sourced in underground ice, and when it gets cold, they either seep back beneath surface or evaporate into Mars’ thin atmosphere.”According to a paper published last week in Nature Geoscience, until recently, the only evidence of this liquid water cycle was photographs of RSLs. That all changed last week, when a high-resolution camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaisance Orbiter identified the presence of perchlorates on the Martian surface. Perchlorates are small hydrated salts that act as sponges to absorb liquid water, and scientists hypothesize that if perchlorates are found,  liquid water nearby will almost always be found nearby.Director of NASA’s planetary science division James L. Green said during last week’s news conference that Mars is not the dry, arid planet NASA thought in the past.Rethinking Mars’ climate may mean rethinking Mars space missions, and that could mean sending astronauts. While that possibility is certainly being discussed, Neal said he is skeptical.“You have a conundrum with humans going to Mars, because of planetary protection,” he said. “If we send them to Mars, can we ever bring them back?”Neal said the issue is twofold — on one hand, humans cannot contaminate Mars with microbes from Earth, and on the other, they cannot have astronauts accidentally bringing back Martian bugs as potentially deadly souvenirs.That raises a whole new question about life on Mars, Neal said. Liquid water is required to support life, and the fact that Mars has it makes it all the more likely that Mars is supporting something other than dust. “It’s neat, we get liquid water on Mars now. That does increase the possibility for habitable environments for life — bug life, anyway,” Neal said. “There might be certain environments or niches where life, bacterial life, could still be abundant.”According to Neal, the next step is bringing samples back from Mars.“That was the goal of the Mars program in the next decade, according to NASA’s planetary science division, was Mars sample return,” Neal said. What has changed now is the kind of samples to bring back – with liquid water and the potential for life, the focus has shifted to bringing back samples of ice, of sediment around the RSLs and ideally of the perchlorates themselves, Neal said.Tags: Mars, NASA, waterlast_img read more

Right to Life club hosts service fair

first_imgThe Notre Dame Right to Life club paired with student government and various service organizations to host a Human Dignity Service Fair on Monday, where students could learn more about service opportunities on and off campus. The event featured service groups such as Camp Kesem, the Center for the Homeless, Dismas House and Hannah’s House, among others.Rachel O’Grady Junior Michael Krebs, the vice president of community involvement for Notre Dame Right to Life (RTL), said he planned the event to connect various groups whose work relates to the RTL mission.“What I really wanted to do this semester is expand our reach further than just our club,” he said. “One of the ways I wanted to do that was [by getting] a lot of different organizations involved, not just the ones that we already promote through our email and our website. … There are a lot of off-campus partners who are here to really advertise their service where students can get involved and really be pro-human dignity, like most people are on campus.”Krebs said he was happy to offer RTL’s broad reach to a number of like-minded groups on campus in order to get more students involved in service.“We advertise our events to a very wide population, and a lot of these organizations really wanted to get involved in the event so they could really advertise their pro-human dignity mission to more students than they typically reach,” he said. “I love the idea of really bringing together a lot of different organizations and really collaborating because that’s what we’re trying to do a lot more of this year — collaborate with other clubs that we can find common ground with. Service is one of those things.”Sophomore Andie Tong, student government’s director of social concerns, said RTL’s ability to draw a large number of students to a good cause was what initially prompted student government to get involved with planning and advertising the event.“I thought it would be a really great partnership just because I know that Right to Life is the biggest non-academic club on campus, so they already have a good audience,” she said. “To be able to open that up to the whole student body and to communicate that part of the pro-life message — that it’s about recognizing the human dignity of people — I think that’s something that a lot of people can agree with.”Senior Michelle Mann said she appreciated the opportunity to continue highlighting service opportunities throughout the year so students can become more aware of ways to get involved on and off campus.“It is kind of hard to know what’s going on around campus — and off campus, especially,” she said. “… It’s really important because I think we’re a school where we’re dedicated to trying to make the world a better place. I think doing service work helps keeps you grounded. When you’re on campus life feels so one-track-minded, and there’s kind of one definition of what you should be doing or whatever, but when you do service, it allows you to step out of the bubble a little bit.”Hosting a service fair during the spring offered students another opportunity to revisit any service organizations they may have been interested in at the beginning of the academic year, Tong said.“I just really liked that it focuses on human dignity, and kind of gives people an opportunity to meet people from the community and students who are involved with those communities off campus,” she said. “… I know that Notre Dame does a bunch of service fairs, but it’s kind of interesting to do one in the spring when people are starting to change their minds or figure out they have open spots in their schedules.”Krebs said he fulfilled his goal of attracting a wide variety of students to the event when the food he ordered for the event ran out in five minutes.“Because I wanted this event to be big, [and] I wanted people to show up, I bought 125 tacos from Flamingo’s for the event,” he said. “I wanted to get as many people involved as possible. So that included student government, I got Campus Ministry’s support, the Center for Social Concerns — which is always involved in service off campus. [I was] really just expanding that net as wide as possible.”The ultimate goal for the event, Krebs said, was to get more students involved in off-campus service opportunities.“We love finding ground with people who aren’t necessarily pro-life, and this was a great event to do that,” he said. “Get the organizations who are for the South Bend community, who are helping out in so many great ways off campus in addition to what Right to Life does already, and kind of combining our efforts to really make a difference. I think we’re trying to accomplish that by getting people to sign up for events … and hoping that they get engaged more than just on campus.”Tags: Campus Ministry, Human Dignity Service Fair, Right to Life Club, Student governmentlast_img read more

12 Saint Mary’s students receive ministry, service awards

first_imgOn April 24, 12 Saint Mary’s students received awards in the fields of ministry and service at the Sister Rose Anne Schultz, CSC Mission Awards and Appreciation Dinner.Seniors Jessica McCartney and Veronika Hanks received special recognition for the Jane O’Rourke Bender Award. For consideration, students were asked to submit a form of artistic expression that reflected spiritual themes such as forgiveness, service, compassion, social justice, love or option for the poor. McCartney said in an email these themes embody the life of Jane O’Rourke Bender, who dedicated much of her life to the service of others. “Jane O’Rourke Bender graduated Saint Mary’s in 1967 after studying political science,” McCartney said. “She later went on to graduate school for social work, becoming both a social justice advocate and prolific writer.” McCartney said she embodies both of these themes through her devotion to faith and service at Saint Mary’s. “I received this award for my written submissions — an essay and a poem, each focused on the concept of faith and my involvement in service activities on campus,” McCartney said. This is the first year the Jane O’Rourke Bender Award has been given out. McCartney said this honor has inspired her to continue living out Bender’s mission.“It is both exciting and humbling to be recognized for my writing and this award was made especially meaningful knowing that Jane was an active writer herself,” she said. “Learning about Jane’s life inspires me to continue writing about subjects that hold meaning for both myself and others.”As graduation approaches, McCartney’s commitment to service has prompted her to think about the legacy she wants to leave behind at Saint Mary’s. “I would like to think that I’ve shared words that have impacted and inspired others both verbal and written,” she said. “I’d like to think that I’ve shown compassion and lived out my faith, and that, like Jane, I used the time I had here at Saint Mary’s to make a difference for the better.”Sophomore Carey Dwyer received the Patricia Arch Green Award for her service in the South Bend community. “I received this is award through CAT [College Academy of Tutoring], which works with some South Bend schools and provides additional help for teachers and students,” Dwyer said in an email. Patricia Green left behind a legacy of activism in the community and Dwyer said she continues this legacy through her efforts in the classroom. “Patricia Arch Green is an alumna of Saint Mary’s who was very involved in community service,” she said. “My goal is to become a school social worker, so I volunteered as a teacher assistant in kindergarten and first grade at Coquillard [Traditional School], a Title I elementary school in South Bend.” While this experience provided many highs and lows, Dwyer said she believes it helped her grow both as an individual and in her major. “I got to help students with assignments, reading, artwork and other projects,” Dwyer said. “Working with kids can be challenging sometimes, but I loved having the opportunity to connect with and help them, especially because I want to go into a career in this area.”The award was a humbling experience for Dwyer because she was unaware she was nominated for it, she said. “I feel really honored to receive this award,” Dwyer said. “When I started CAT, I didn’t know about this award, so receiving it was a big surprise,” she said. “I’m really glad Saint Mary’s has so many opportunities for community service and that I can be part of it. I look forward to continuing to do more service in the future.”Dwyer said she wants to continue her involvement on campus and helping others in the future. “I’m not exactly sure what kind of legacy I want to leave at Saint Mary’s, but I love how dedicated and involved Saint Mary’s is within the South Bend community,” she said. “I want to continue to help underrepresented children and their families, and I’m looking forward to being involved in more service opportunities next year.” Senior nursing major Madison Carmichael received the Sister Olivia Marie Hutchenson, CSC Award for Service in the Health Field. This award recognizes compassionate service in the nursing field. “Sister Olivia Marie Hutcheson, CSC was a compassionate nurse, talented hospital administrator, builder and spiritual guide,” Carmichael said in an email. “She responded to the need of the time and sent fellow Sister nurses to help the people of Cambodia in efforts to rebuild their lives after suffering from the Khmer Rouge regime.”Carmichael said recipients of this award must be involved as a health care provider or advocate and represent the dedication of Sister Oliva Maria Hutchenson. “I was nominated by the nursing department for my work in Uganda with the Sisters of the Holy Cross,” Carmichael said. “Along with a few other students, I worked in a clinic for six weeks and lived with the Sisters in the community.”Carmichael said she worked on ways to improve patient care in Uganda and participated in research that gained recognition from the National Student Nurses’ Association. “I initiated classes for the staff at the clinic on how to improve patient care. My main focus was on pain assessment, which was previously absent from the clinic,” she said. “After the classes, I followed the charting in the clinic as part of a research project in the success of the classes, and presented the research under [associate professor] Dr. Tracy Anderson at the National Student Nurses Association Midyear Conference.” This award is particularly meaningful for Carmichael because she said the Uganda experience had a profound influence on her life.“This award is so special to me,” she said. “I will never forget my time in Uganda. I can’t wait to see what the next group experiences and accomplishes. Saint Mary’s has been such an empowering environment for me, and I hope the next generation of Belles will see that their opportunities are endless.”Senior Katherine Soper, an elementary education major and mild intervention minor, is the recipient of the Sister Maria Concepta McDermott, CSC Award for Service in Education.  Sister McDermott instituted an interdisciplinary approach to teachers’ education at Saint Mary’s College and spent time teaching in Uganda, Brazil and China.“Sister Maria Concepta McDermott — a dynamic, determined young woman — was known by her students and within education circles for her work in multicultural education and among troubled youths,” Soper said in an email.  “Sister Maria was a woman ahead of her time and an outspoken voice for the rights of the poor.”Education department chair Dr. Nancy Turner nominated Soper for the Sister Maria Concepta McDermott award on behalf of the Saint Mary’s department of education.  Soper said serving as a part of the education department has given her the opportunity to observe and teach in six public and Catholic schools in the South Bend community.  Saint Mary’s also sent Soper to Uganda in the summer of 2017 to teach at Moreau Nursery and Primary School.“While there, I lived, prayed and worked with the Sisters of the Holy Cross,” Soper said, “These opportunities have prepared me to educate students hearts, minds and souls.”This award is in remembrance of Sister McDermott’s devotion to education, and Soper said she is honored to have received acknowledgment in the name of someone whose passion for educating students from all walks of life inspires her to be a better teacher.“I hope to emulate her passion in my future classrooms … and leave a legacy of faith, fellowship and perseverance [at Saint Mary’s],” Soper said.After graduation, Soper will be returning to Uganda to teach for seven weeks. Upon returning, she will teach a second-grade class at Saint Joseph’s Grade School in South Bend.Sophomores Anne Maguire, Jessy Nguyen, Chiara Smorada and Yufei Zhang were nominated by the Saint Mary’s department of campus ministry to receive the Sister Olivette Whalen, CSC Award for General Service. Sister Whalen dedicated her time to serving the needs of the poor, promoting the ministry of education and responding specifically to unmet needs in India. While traveling to India in 1941, Sister Whalen was captured and imprisoned for four years, according to the division for mission. Zhang, a statistical and actuarial math major, said that this award is given to students who serve the community and the college with the same spirit of Sister Whalen’s devoted advocacy and fight for human rights.  While she said she did not expect to receive this award, Zhang was honored to be acknowledged alongside her friends. Together, the group started a student club called “Project S.H.E.,” or “Project Spreading Hope through Education,” through which they visited and worked with girls from Coquillard Traditional School, Robinson Community Learning Center and La Casa de Amistad.“We mainly work with girls from elementary schools to empower them to become future leaders through weekly organizing workshops at local schools,” Zhang said in an email.  “Besides our own club, we are also interested and involved in interfaith, intercultural and other events and clubs on campus.”The group of friends was surprised by their nomination, as they consider their work to be a passion project, not anything outstanding or special, Zhang said.“This award is such an honor and a recognition of my work,” she said. “It definitely motivates me to work harder and do more good things to return to the College and to the community.”Zhang said she considers women’s educational rights to be fundamental.“I hope there will be people continuing Project S.H.E. works to empower young women and help them realize their potentials,” she said.In addition, seniors Katherine Dunn and Julia Sturges were awarded the Sister Christine Healy Award for Service with Women. Senior Colleen Zewe won the Sister Kathleen Anne Nelligan Award for Ministry.Editor’s Note: Colleen Zewe is a news writer for The Observer. Tags: 2018 Commencement, Commencement, saint mary’s senior awards, senior awardslast_img read more

Notre Dame to take charge of University’s food inspections

first_imgThrough a deal with the St. Joseph County Health Department, Notre Dame will now be in charge of its own food inspections and have the ability to keep the results private, according to a South Bend Tribune report Wednesday.While the health department will continue to do “initial inspections” of the University’s “new or remodeled food establishments,” Notre Dame will now be responsible for doing regular inspections of its dining halls and restaurants.The health department has faced difficulties carrying out inspections throughout the county due to staffing issues, the Tribune reported. It will continue to conduct reviews of “consumer food complaints” at the University, receive reports from the University’s inspections and maintain the ability to audit the University.The agreement runs through Aug. 1, 2019 and was implemented last month. The University’s inspections will be considered “private documents” and will not be available to the public, according to the report.University spokesperson Dennis Brown told the Tribune in a prepared statement that the health department initiated the agreement.“The county health department approached Notre Dame earlier this year asking that we conduct our own inspections,” he said. “We are willing to do that.”However, according to the Tribune, Brown also said the agreement “contains substantial errors, including language concerning access to public records.”The county has the right to ask the University to conduct its own inspections, the Indiana Health Department told the Tribune.Tags: Campus DIning, food inspections, St. Joseph County Health Departmentlast_img read more

Senate supports sustainability lesson in Moreau curriculum

first_imgWith the hopes of promoting sustainability on campus, Notre Dame’s student senate passed a resolution Monday evening in favor of adding a sustainability lesson to the Moreau First-Year Experience course.Lewis Hall senator Dana Plagenz co-authored the resolution after discovering that 92.5 percent of Notre Dame students want to learn more about the campus’ sustainability efforts. Plagenz, who conducted the survey for a sustainability course last semester, was troubled to learn that a large percentage of Notre Dame students held misconceptions about issues of sustainability, both on campus and in general.“We found that kind of alarming,” Plagenz said. Plagenz partnered with Alumni Hall senator and chair of the senate sustainability committee Daniel Rottenborn, and the two explored strategies to raise awareness about sustainability on campus.“We decided that Moreau would be the best place to implement this because it’s the only class that everybody has to take here, regardless of major or AP credit, and it’s in your first year, and it’s supposed to orient you to University life and well-being and challenge you to think critically,” Plagenz said.As Plagenz prepares to discuss her proposal with University officials next week, she and Rottenborn hope that the resolution will send a strong message from the student body.“We felt that it would be important for us to have something more tangible … something official from the students,” Rottenborn said.While the resolution passed with majority support, some senators expressed concern that students would not take the information seriously in the context of the Moreau course.“If your goal is to educate people about sustainability, this will just become one more [lesson] module,” Saint Edward’s Hall senator John Usher said.But other senators pushed back, arguing that student government should work to improve the Moreau curriculum by teaching relevant and meaningful information. Although senators widely agreed that Moreau has its flaws, many also pointed out that the Moreau course is here to stay.“You have to be there, [so] you might as well get information that you actually want during that,” Welsh Family Hall senator Lindsay McCray said.Student body president Gates McGavick and vice president Corey Gayheart also briefed senators about developments on the topics of sexual assault and club funding.Following last week’s senate meeting, McGavick and Gayheart met with University administrators to discuss new student government business. Administrators corrected elements of student body president-elect Elizabeth Boyle’s presentation on Title IX, the federal law that regulates sexual misconduct policies on college campuses.Administrators clarified that Notre Dame, in fact, does not currently practice mediation between sexual assault survivors and perpetrators and does not plan to in the future. Additionally, administrators assured McGavick and Gayheart that residence hall rectors are and will remain mandatory reporters of sexual assault.McGavick and Gayheart also expressed confidence in their legislative agenda. After struggling to increase club funding in the previous weeks, McGavick assured senators that he and Gayheart were making progress. Two weeks ago, the student senate rejected a resolution to reallocate funding from student union organizations toward other student organizations. McGavick, however, said that he and Gayheart are approaching a compromise with members of the Student Union Board and the class councils.“I am more confident than ever that it’s going to get done,” McGavick said.Tags: funding, Notre Dame Student Senate, sexual misconduct, sustainability, Title IXlast_img read more