Good neighbor guide’ distributed off campus

first_imgEchoing the community relations and educational aspects of the student government’s beND campaign, Senior Class Council has concentrated on informing off-campus seniors how to throw smart and safe parties and avoid conflict with neighbors and police.  In addition to a recent presentation by C.L. Lindsay, a panel with ResLife and NDSP and emails sent out by student government, senior class council has distributed “Good Neighbor Guides.” Senior Class Council president Kate Clitheroe said the pamphlets were another step in the ongoing process of helping seniors minimize the risks of socializing off-campus and improving community relations. “Most of the information we already tried to synthesize in emails we sent to seniors,” Clitheroe said. “Things like keeping the noise down, putting the ‘no drinking under 21′ signs … we thought those things were pertinent.” While the guides contained a wide range of information about off-campus living in general, Clitheroe said she thinks the tips on keeping friendly relations with neighbors were especially important. “The info that was most important to seniors were the tips for having good relationships with your neighbors,” she said. “We’ve talked to the police about this. The number one reason they come to a party is not because they’re driving by, but because they’ve gotten a call from a neighbor.” Clitheroe said she thinks the guides contributed to the recent drop in citations and arrests for underage drinking. “I would say it’s definitely a combination of the guides with emails and most importantly word of mouth,” she said. “[Seniors] have actually been doing those things. … We’ve been to parties where people have told us they’ve talked to their neighbors.” One such student is Kent Liederbach, a junior living off campus. While Liederbach did not reach out to his neighbors until after he ran into problems, he said doing so made all the difference in his relationship with them. “We had a party that got way too loud, so I had to go over and apologize, I gave them a name and number. … They’re okay with giving me a second chance,” Liederbach said. “A lot of it is just taking responsibility for what happened and for what students are doing at our parties. … We have a great relationship with them now.” Liederbach contacted other neighbors as well, whom he believes were initially hesitant due to the reputation left by students of years past. “They’ve been very receptive since then,” he said. “I think students in the past were really crazy.” “I think they had judged us based on previous students,” Liederbach’s housemate, James Uricheck, said. Liederbach said he would encourage other students living off campus to contact their neighbors if they haven’t done so already. “Be proactive, tell them ahead of time if there’s going to be a party. … Make sure they have your number, say ‘If there is a problem I’d appreciate you calling me before you call the cops,’” Liderbach said. “I’ve actually gone over to my neighbors and had long conversations with them. Try to get to know them, find common ground. …They’ll be more willing to work with you.”last_img read more

Vermin welcome Christmas

first_imgStudents clad in ugly sweaters and Santa hats will flock to Carroll Hall tonight from 6 to 10 p.m. for the annual Carroll Christmas. “It’s a great, festive time to get in the Christmas spirit,” Carroll Christmas commissioner junior Mike Weiss said. Weiss said the event includes a performance from the Glee Club, a tree lighting ceremony with a 17-foot tree, pictures with Santa, free food and much more. Weiss said he is most looking forward to the annual cookie contest, which will take place at 8 p.m. “For the past two years I’ve been in the picture … and I missed the cookie contest both years,” Weiss said. “One of the R.A.’s moms has won it for three years in a row, and I’m dying to eat these award-winning cookies.” The trek to Carroll will be easier this year, thanks to funding from the Student Union Board (SUB) for a horse and carriage to take students from the LaFortune Student Center to Carroll Hall between 6 and 8 p.m. Carroll SUB commissioner, sophomore Ethan Montemayor, said the carriage rides will be a big draw, but the walk to Carroll will be equally as pleasant. “The path will be lined with luminaries, so it is a very pretty walk on a nice December evening,” Montemayor said. Also new this year will be a service project that visitors can complete during the event, Weiss said. “It is in conjunction with another club,” Weiss said, “and it is writing letters to soldiers abroad or people in underdeveloped countries.” Because Carroll is such a small dorm, everyone pitched in to help with their signature event, Weiss said. “Everyone has been downstairs, decorating every night,” Weiss said. “It’s a big community-building event.” Montemayor said the willingness of all the Vermin to set up the event makes Carroll Christmas so successful. “Everyone’s been pitching in a bunch,” he said. “It’s really nice to see all years here at Carroll, from freshmen to seniors, all pulling for this event to happen.” Montemayor said the multiple contributions from dorm residents has made the decorations quite impressive. “The halls are decked,” he said. In addition to decorating, the men of Carroll also took shifts to publicize the event. “I would say half the dorm signs up for a shift to hand out fliers and candy canes outside both dining halls Thursday and Friday afternoon,” Weiss said. Weiss said the men of Carroll are very excited for their signature event. “It’s the week we all look forward to, despite the fact that everyone has finals and all sorts of papers due in the next two weeks,” he said. Montemayor said he is expecting a large turnout for the event. “It’s a great time to come out, have a bit of a walk, meet some great people, have some food, have some cookies, take a picture with Santa, listen to the glee club — you can’t go wrong,” he said.last_img read more

Fan pens book at age 10

first_imgWriting a book is nothing short of impressive. Penning 100 pages and publishing that work at age 10 is extraordinary. Jake Keyes, an 11-year-old native of Spokane, Wash., visited the Notre Dame campus this past weekend not only to see the Pittsburgh game, but also to sign copies of his recent publication, “The Little Gipper’s Welcome to Notre Dame Football.” The book was published on Oct. 15 and became available at the Hammes Bookstore on Oct. 29. “I think this is a great book for younger readers who want to get more information about Notre Dame football,” Jake said. “I’ll look back at it [writing a book] and I probably still won’t believe that I did it.” The book is organized into chapters about Notre Dame football coaches, Heisman trophy winners and other great players, historic games and some campus landmarks. Not previously associated with Notre Dame in any way, Jake, who celebrated his 11th on Oct. 29, said his love of Notre Dame football stemmed from a three-day Basic Skills football camp he attended in South Bend in the summer of 2010. Jake’s father Mike Keyes said he cannot remember exactly how he heard about the camp but decided to enroll his son. The pair, along with Mike Keyes’ father-in-law, flew halfway across the country to attend the camp, run by Notre Dame football players and coaches. “We just had a really nice time,” Keyes said. “That kind of changed [Jake’s] life.” While at Notre Dame, Jake said he visited the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore. “When I was at the Hammes Bookstore, I looked around at all the great football books, but I didn’t really see any for my age group,” he said. “[And I thought] Well, why can’t I do this? And I just started to write a book.” Once he was struck with the idea, Jake said he just really wanted to finish it. “It took me about a year [to write],” Jake said. “It took up a lot of time and it was a lot of work, but I had fun doing it.” Jake also included many Notre Dame pictures in his book. He used some pictures from the Internet, he said, and his dad retrieved some others from the Notre Dame Archives.last_img read more

Development center to hold open house

first_imgThe Early Childhood Development Centers (ECDC) on the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s campus will hold a series of open houses in the next month for prospective parents to gain a better understanding of the program. Saint Mary’s first open house is scheduled for Jan. 20 and Notre Dame’s first is Jan. 27. Kari Alford, program director at Saint Mary’s, said these open houses are a great way for families and children to explore the options and education available at ECDC. “Open houses are designed for families interested in enrolling their child at ECDC,” she said. “Open houses are a time for families to meet some of our staff, have a tour and to find out more information about our program and the registration process.” Senior Annie Root, who works part-time at ECDC on the Saint Mary’s campus as a teacher assistant, said she hopes the open houses are a success. “The open houses are a great way for the parents to see what kind of atmosphere we have at ECDC,” she said. “I think we have a lot to offer and I’m excited for the parents to see that.” According to Alford, Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s each have an ECDC on campus that serves different ages. Notre Dame’s ECDC was founded in 1994 and is for children the age of two until they reach kindergarten. Saint Mary’s ECDC, founded in 1971, educates young children ages three to five. Children at both centers can attend preschool schedule for a morning, an afternoon, or an entire day. ECDC also offers summer recreational day camp opportunities for children through age 9, according to Alford. “We are a nonprofit program accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and licensed by the Indiana Bureau of Child Development and staffed with degreed lead teachers,” Alford said. While anyone from the community is encouraged to attend the open houses if they are interested in enrolling their children at either the Saint Mary’s or Notre Dame ECDC, the centers accepts children who are associated with the schools first. “ECDC enrolls families who are affiliated to ND or SMC in the categories of faculty, administration, staff, student, and alum,” Alford said. “If ECDC-SMC has enrollment openings after enrolling affiliated families, non-affiliated families from the community are enrolled.” A complete list of open house times for Saint Mary’s ECDC, located in Havican Hall, and for Notre Dame ECDC, located on Bulla Road, can be found by visiting the website Anyone with questions about ECDC or the open houses can contact Alford at [email protected]last_img read more

SMC hosts lecture on music career options

first_imgOn Monday, Saint Mary’s Department of Music hosted a lecture offering insight on “Life after a Music Degree: Two Models of ‘Portfolio Careers.’”  Kathleen Keasey and Sherry Klinedinst, part-time instructors in the department, discussed their discernment paths in the music industry and their development as artists. Keasey said she knew from an early age that music was something she was going to pursue. Her music career began when she enrolled in Millikin University in Decatur, Ill., but she soon transferred to Oberlin College to continue her studies. “I was a small fish in a big pond, attending Oberlin College while obtaining my degree in music performance,” Keasey said. “During the [1960s], women were supposed to work as teachers, nurses and secretaries.” Like Keasey, Sherry Klinedinst said she found her calling for music at a young age. She said she began playing the piano at age three, encouraged by her mother who also played. At 15, she began taking lessons at Saint Mary’s College and then attended Indiana University, earning a degree in piano performance. “Lessons with Dr. Jacob [at Saint Mary’s] were a hoot,” Klinedinst said. “This was such a fun process with a very encouraging man. He was very detail oriented just like my mother.” Both women said life after college had its ups and downs as they bounced between several jobs. Keasey said she went back to school to earn her degree in education and then worked as a music instructor at high schools in the South Bend area.  Klinedinst said the  different jobs she held out of college allowed her to develop new skills, but she found that her initial hope of being a concert performer was not what she wanted. Today, Keasey said she runs her own studio at home, where she has two pianos and teaches over 20 students. She also plays each Sunday as an organist in her church’s choir. “I never advertised for my students, my lessons were only found out by word of mouth,” Keasey said. “It really is the joy of my life. I love teaching.” Klinedinst said she followed up on her dream to create her own music, producing four albums sold nationwide. She also teaches students of her own as well. “If I didn’t have two of the best teachers, I wouldn’t be teaching students of my own,” Klinedinst said. “I am very fortunate for my well-rounded career where I am never doing the same thing twice.” Both instructors said they were grateful for their experiences in the field of music an  encouraged students to pursue their musical talents after college. “Being a musician is something that lasts all your life and has provided me with a livelihood that I am grateful for,” Keasey said . Contact Rachel Rahal at [email protected]last_img read more

Spirituality Monday reflects on business, faith

first_imgSaint Mary’s hosted another installment of its faith-based discussion series, Spirituality Monday, with guest speaker Jill Vihtelic, professor of business and economics and chair of the Department of Global Studies at Saint Mary’s, director of the Center for Spirituality Elizabeth Groppe said.“[This series is] an opportunity for us to gather as a community to learn from the wisdom that our faculty, staff and students have about the relationship between spirituality and different academic disciplines,” Groppe said.This is Vihtelic’s 27th year at Saint Mary’s and her second year as chair of the Department of Global Studies, a new interdisciplinary program that Saint Mary’s launched in August of 2012, Vihtelic said.The conversation focused on the intersection of global business and faith, Vihtelic said.Over the past decade, Vihtelic has gradually switched from teaching upper-level business courses to teaching the required introductory course in finance ethics, she said. She challenges her students in this class to list their top three or four personal values, and she did the same for those in attendance at Spirituality Monday, she said.Attendees responded with answers such as family, faith, social justice and care for creation, Groppe said.Vihtelic then asked participants to think about their three or four top priorities in the workplace, Groppe said.Students need to understand which values they hope to find in a workplace and get their priorities aligned before they graduate and start working, Vihtelic said.“Standard business texts teach students to make decisions from different perspectives but do little to incorporate religious perspectives, so when I started teaching, I thought I should start teaching with an intersection between faith and business,” Vihtelic said.Vihtelic said she likes to focus on how ethics and moral principles apply to business, and she hopes to apply this approach to other courses.“Sometime in the future, I hope to teach Global Studies 101, which is a new critical-thinking seminar, and it’s also certified for social teaching,” Vihtelic said. “Students will investigate people, planet and profit and explain sustainable business property and demonstrate their role in all of those aspects.”“So where do my students find intersection between values and business? They understand faith influences those values. Many don’t understand what it means to be a professional with integrity. When they begin to understand that they can’t separate their personal lives from their professional lives, they must prioritize their values they first assessed.” Tags: SMC, Spirituality Mondayslast_img read more

Notre Dame researcher joins international consortium to fight tropical disease

first_imgNotre Dame professor of biological sciences Edwin Michael, an epidemiologist and member of the Eck Institute for Global Health, was recently invited to join a new consortium of select individuals who will create mathematical modeling techniques for factors affecting the spread of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The University of Warwick, U.K., has been awarded an $8 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to establish and support the work of the consortium, which ultimately hopes to reduce the burden of infectious diseases amongst the poorest billion people in the world.“We are one of the leading groups that are building mathematical models for vector-borne diseases, and I’ve worked on lymphatic filariasis since my postdoctoral research times,” Michael said.Michael, who is well-known in the mathematical modeling field for his work with the lymphatic filariasis, a parasitic infection that results in the disease called elephantiasis, said his original modeling work focused on elimination of the disease through mass drug administration.“[Modeling] showed that using mass drug administration would be a way forward to break transmission, so in short we were the first people to actually model lymphatic filariasis,” he said. “That is one of the reasons that we were chosen to be a member of this consortium.”Although Michael has not directly worked with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in the past, his prior work experience includes interactions with the National Institute of Health (NIH), the Wellcome Trust and Medical Research Council.“This is a very complex, dynamical system,” he said. “The tools that you have are mathematical models, ultimately, because those thresholds for which the [disease] will be eliminated or transmission will be broken can only be derived using mathematics. You cannot do this using sensical methods.”A few of the key questions Michael said members of the new consortium are asking are whether the World Health Organization’s goals of eliminating lymphatic filariasis can be met by 2020, and if not, what remedial measures can be taken.Michael said models may aid in determining when to combine programs such as mass drug administration with vector control, or they may inform global health workers to switch from annual to biannual treatments.“I think in many ways it’s lymphatic filariasis that puts [the possibility of] elimination back on the map,” he said.In creating these models, Michael said it is also important to take into account the benefits of economic development, including housing situations and nutritional factors, in helping combat the prevalence of NTDs.“What we’re also trying to do is to pull all this data in and build this kind of socioeconomic model that allows us to also look at these other things that are going on in development and how does that impact the control of diseases,” he said.The goal is to take a holistic approach to combatting NTDs, Michael said, including structural programs aimed at water provision and sanitation, microfinance and overall governance.“At Notre Dame, what we’re trying to do is to push the modeling, aid the modeling into the next generation of models, which are actually not going to simply look at biology and biomedical interventions but also at how does this world [work] in the context of broad scale development,” he said.The poor are the ones who face the burden of NTDs, Michael said, which means an innovative strategy is necessary to manage the various factors these affected populations face daily, to bring all of these perspectives together in order to find a solution.“At heart, people at Notre Dame are interested in poverty at the core, and I’m hoping that we can put together a team as epidemiologists, as modelers, congregational people as well as economists and development people,” he said.Tags: Bell and Melinda Gates Foundation, Eck, Edwin Michael, lymphatic filariasis, neglected tropical diseases, NTDlast_img read more

Saint Mary’s hosts first 5k ‘Sister Sprint’

first_imgSaint Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA) hosted its first ever ‘Sister Sprint,’ a 5k run and walk, on Saturday as a fundraising event to benefit the Sisters of the Holy Cross.Starting at the Saint Mary’s Welcome Center, the race wound through campus and the Saint Joe River trail, ending in front of Madeleva Hall. Visiting members of the Sisters of the Holy Cross opened the event with words of encouragement and the “runner’s version” of an Irish Blessing.Sarah Law, a Saint Mary’s junior and chair of the SGA Community Committee, said she was happy with the results of the ‘Sister Sprint.’ Though rain and driving winds made for a muddy nature trail and prevented many runners from participating, Law said she was impressed by those who pushed through the inclement weather.The race raised about $440, Law said, which will be used to support the missions of the Sisters of the Holy Cross and aid them in their global efforts to help others.“I hope that [in the future] more money can continue to be raised through this race in order to support the wonderful things that the Sisters do across the world,” Law said in an email.The unpredictable spring weather and the busy schedule of Junior Moms Weekend made planning the event challenging, Law said. The planning committee also required special permission from the Sisters to use the nature trail as part of the race course.As the event is intended to occur yearly, Law said she hopes that the ‘Sister Sprint’ encourages more interaction between Saint Mary’s students and the Sisters of the Holy Cross in future years.“I think that as a campus, we definitely can benefit from having more involvement with the Sisters,” Law said. “For the future, I hope that this event can be a bigger success in terms of student and community involvement. This was the first year for the race, but I think that it could be a new SMC tradition.”Natalie Dock, a Saint Mary’s junior who participated in the event, said she enjoyed the ‘Sister Sprint’ despite the poor conditions.“The race was really fun … although it was kind of rainy,“ Dock said. “It was really nice that everyone stuck together and we finished pretty much together. I think it will be a fun event for next year, as long as it’s sunny.”Tags: Sarah Law, Sister Sprint, Sisters of the Holy Cross, Student Government Associationlast_img read more

‘Notre Dame: Unfiltered’ starts conversations regarding identity

first_imgJohn Salem | The Observer Show Some Skin presented four monologues exploring aspects of identity and shared experience, and directing listeners to campus resources.Senior Elizabeth Steiner, Show Some Skin’s associate producer for community outreach, said the event offered participants the opportunity to explore similarities and differences within the community.“Show Some Skin is a student-run monologue series that explores identity and difference in the Notre Dame community,” Steiner said. “We take anonymous submissions from students, faculty or alumni about their identities and allow other students to perform them in order to share the original story while allowing the person who submitted it to remain anonymous.”Show Some Skin worked with student government to select certain monologues that would promote discussion and direct students experiencing similar situations to campus resources, Steiner said.“For example, we take a story about LGBTQ+ students who feel unheard, and we pair that with resources such as ND Prism and others,” she said.Steiner said the event was put on to let students know they are not the only ones who are dealing with a specific issue or feel a certain way.“Here at Notre Dame, it can feel like our campus is somewhat homogeneous and that everybody has the same identity and experience,” Steiner said. “I hope this event showed students the amount of diversity there is on campus and the amount of resources there are for students to get the help they need.”Student government was also heavily involved in putting on the event, which is now in its third year of existence.Senior Nicholas Ottone, director of university policy for Notre Dame student government, said “Notre Dame: Unfiltered” starts important conversations. (Editor’s Note: Nicholas Ottone is a former Observer writer.)“The purpose of the event is to connect students to each other and existing campus resources related to race, socioeconomic status, LGBTQ+ and mental health,” Ottone said.Sophomore Ben Fecher said he attended the event to learn more about different perspectives at Notre Dame.“I attended because at Notre Dame, the minority voices are not always heard from the community, and I think this event is a great opportunity to hear what those voices have to say,” he said.Tags: campus resources, LGBTQ, Mental health, Notre Dame: Unfiltered, show some skin, socioeconomic, Student government Notre Dame student government and Show Some Skin collaborated in hosting “Notre Dame: Unfiltered,” a free performance showcase and dinner held in the LaFortune Student Ballroom on Tuesday.The event consisted of four monologues, each touching on different aspects of identity, performed by Notre Dame students. Following each monologue, facilitators seated at the tables with the attendees led group discussions about the respective monologue.last_img read more

Governor Declares State Of Emergency As Cases Of Coronavirus Increase

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) MGN ImageALBANY – During a briefing on the novel coronavirus, Governor Andrew Cuomo Saturday declared a state of emergency to help New York more quickly and effectively contain the spread of the virus.The Governor also confirmed 32 additional cases, bringing the statewide total to 76.Additionally, the Governor directed the New York State Department of State’s Consumer Protection Division to launch an investigation into reports of unfair price increases of consumer products such as household cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, and launched a toll-free hotline – 1-800-697-1220 – for New Yorkers to report suspected price gouging.“As we continue to provide essential updates and encourage people to act upon the facts on coronavirus instead of the hype, I have officially done a declaration of emergency which gives us certain powers to help local health departments that are very stressed,” Governor Cuomo said. “As the local health departments continue to monitor and quarantine people, we have a more expedited purchasing protocol to get them all the tools they need to contain the virus spread. In the meantime we are cracking down on price gouging which continues to be a problem, and I want businesses to be aware that you could lose your license because we are very serious about this.” This state of emergency declaration allows, among other things:• Expedited procurement of cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer and other essential resources• Allowing qualified professionals other than doctors and nurses to conduct testing• Expedited procurement of testing supplies and equipment• Expedited personnel onboarding• Expedited leasing of lab space• Allowing EMS personnel to transport patients to quarantine locations other than just hospitals• Providing clear basis for price gouging and enforcement investigationThe 32 new cases identified today are located in New York City and Westchester and Saratoga counties. Of the 76 total individuals in New York State who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:Westchester: 57New York City: 11Nassau: 4Rockland: 2Saratoga: 2In addition, the Division of Consumer Protection has also created an online consumer complaint form, where New Yorkers can report suspected price gouging or concerns about improper delivery of quantity. Consumers who wish to file a complaint can visit credible complaints will be referred to the New York State Attorney General’s office.At a briefing yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced travel insurance companies and travel agents will offer New York residents and businesses the ability to purchase coverage when making travel plans that would allow them to cancel a trip for any reason, including for reasons related to COVID-19.The Department of Financial Services issued guidance allowing travel agents and travel insurers to offer this type of coverage after DFS received consumer complaints that such polices were not available in New York State. This new action is designed to provide reassurance to New York businesses and residents who are seeking to make plans that may involve travel to locations that are not currently under travel advisories due to COVID-19.Six global and national insurance companies have agreed to offer “cancel for any reason” coverage to travelers, including: Allianz, Nationwide, Starr Indemnity, Berkshire, Crum & Forster, and Zurich.DFS also directed New York State travel insurance issuers to proactively reach out to individuals and businesses who bought their policies to let them know what is covered.last_img read more