Saint Mary’s Shaheen Bookstore held a fashion show Friday in the student center atrium to promote the College’s new spring clothing line, featuring different types of apparel including sweatpants, T-shirts and shorts. “We hold the fashion show to promote all the new clothes and get the student body involved,” freshman Katie Gutrich, merchandise and fashion show director, said.Gutrich, junior Sarah Schuchman and senior Lillian Reeves all served as merchandise and fashion show directors for the event.The three students were responsible for designing the line, finding models and advertising the event to students around campus.Gutrich said organizing the event was an undertaking for all involved.“We’ve been working on the line since fall semester,” Gutrich said. “We’ve advertised around campus using flyers and television.”Reeves said the new line features many bright colors for the spring and the clothes were chosen with the student body in mind.Around 100 new items of clothing were shown in the show, and organizers estimated around 100 members of the College community were in attendance.There were 60 models in the show, including Saint Mary’s students, faculty and College President Carol Mooney.Onlookers appreciated the exhibition of the new College apparel.“The show was really fun,” freshman Dani Haydell, a student model, said. “All the girls were friendly and outgoing. I had a blast.”Models were able to keep the merchandise they modeled.The clothing items went on sale right after the show. All of the new clothing was 25 percent off over the weekend.“We hold the show to promote all of the new clothes and get the student body involved,” Gutrich said. “We just hope our efforts were rewarded.”
Saint Mary’s senior Lizzy Pugh tutors children, serves as a teacher’s assistant at a local primary center and writes letters to grade school students through the College’s pen pal program. But Pugh, a religious studies and German double major, does not clock these service hours to further her major. Rather, she got involved in service to get to know the greater community. “I wanted to know South Bend,” Pugh said. “Service is not only an excellent way to know South Bend, but also to know not only the triumphs, but the tribulations the community faces. You get to get in there and be with them in solidarity, face those things and help them overcome them.”As a result of her efforts, Pugh won the “Patricia Arch Green Award for Outstanding Contribution to the College Academy of Tutoring Program.” The Office for Civil and Social Engagement (OCSE) gave the award as part of National Volunteer Week, which ran from April 19 to April 23. Green, for whom the award is dedicated, graduated from the College in 1961 and spent her life doing service. In 2008, Green’s husband established this award, which goes to a student in the College Academy of Tutoring (CAT) program who has done “exemplary” volunteer work. Colleagues of Pugh say she is one of these people. “[Pugh] is an example of service and dedication to others,” CAT program director Olivia Critchlow said in a press release. “She leads in a very gentle way that is far beyond her years and is a very compassionate listener to everyone she encounters. She is an asset to the College, but even more importantly, an asset to our community.”Pugh has clocked over 475 hours of service during her time at Saint Mary’s. At Warren Primary Center, Pugh works with children with learning disabilities, such as Attention Deficit Disorder and dyslexia. She said seeing a child transform from a student who cannot stand reading into one who gets excited about it is one of the most fulfilling experiences.“They would rather be dragged through the mud on a rainy, cold day than read a book,” Pugh said. “So, my favorite thing is, even just in a few weeks, they run up to you and say, ‘Can you read with me today?’ They are just so excited about reading.”Pugh said she remembers one girl in particular who struggled with reading for a very long time because she was coping with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.“She was reading [a chapter book], when the year before I had to pull teeth to get her to read a book,” Pugh said. “[It] was really a testament to the work of not only myself, but also the other young women who worked in those classrooms, as well as the teachers.”After graduation, Pugh said she hopes to continue service work, whether in the classroom or aiding women and children. In addition to her work in the local schools, Pugh has also been involved in campus ministry and OCSE events and planning. No matter where life takes her, volunteer work will always play a role, she said. “I know I want to work with kids and faith, or even just service,” Pugh said. “Service is just such a part of my life and I can’t imagine it any other way.”
When it comes to ethical decisions, Indiana State Sen. Joe Zakas said he starts with the Constitution and also looks to state statutes. As part of the Mendoza College of Business’ 2013 Ethics Week, Zakas gave a lecture titled “Governing for the Greater Good: Politics as a Public Service” on Wednesday. Zakas, a Notre Dame graduate, joined St. Joseph County Councilman Jamie O’Brien and St. Joseph County Commissioner Andy Kostielney in a discussion on ethical matters as an integral part of politics. Zakas said his decision-making process as a public servant begins with the definition of ethics. “Ethics has to do with behavior and providing guidance: to do the right thing and to act in the right way,” Zakas said. The rules in Indiana limit legislators’ participation in lobbying activities for the more important ethical concerns due to conflict of interest issues and financial disclosure rules, he said. “A recent change in Indiana for legislators is the inability of these people to take jobs as lobbyists for at least one year after they have left office,” Zakas said. O’Brien, who also teaches business law at Notre Dame, highlighted issues such as campaign financing as part of the current political climate that has impacted governing. He also offered a personal solution to the campaign financing problem, stressing the importance of transparency. “There is widespread belief that there is a need for campaign finance control,” O’Brien said. “I personally believe that the best approach is through disclosure, to make it clear who is paying for what.” O’Brien addressed the issue of political party gridlock. He said although accomplishing political tasks should involve some level of cooperation between two different parties, cooperation can be counterproductive if the task at hand supports a poor plan. “There is gridlock. But, sometimes, gridlock is better than moving forward with a bad idea,” O’Brien said. Kostielney said when working with politics at a local level, the most important question to ask is “How do we get something done?” He said collaboration is essential even when dealing with smaller county issues, such as road potholes and efficient recycling. “We need to focus more on how to work together to accomplish things rather than trenching ourselves in the political party positions that we may hold,” Kostielney said.
Last week, the National Science Foundation (NSF) renewed funding for the Notre Dame-led Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics (JINA).“Over the last decade, JINA has pushed the frontiers of physics by fostering collaborations between researchers who normally would not have interacted with one another,” Michael Wiescher, principal investigator and Notre Dame’s Frank M. Freimann Professor of nuclear physics, said. “There is also a strong educational component for both young researchers as well as K-12 and general public outreach.”According to a University press release, JINA is dedicated to the research of broad-range nuclear processes in the universe and their effect on the lifetime and creation of stars.“One goal of JINA is to answer the longstanding question of where the heaviest elements — like platinum and uranium — found on Earth were originally produced. Since we don’t know where in the galaxy these elements are made, we use our models to test possible astrophysical sites, like supernovae,” Rebecca Surman, researcher and associate professor of nuclear theory and astrophysics at Notre Dame, said.Notre Dame has collaborated with Michigan State University, Arizona State University and the University of Washington, all core institutions in the research, according to a University press release.“It really brings together scientists from diverse areas of physics, such as nuclear experiments, astronomical observations, astrophysical modeling and nuclear theory to solve multidisciplinary problems in nuclear astrophysics,” Surman said.The institute is broad in its research, and according to Surman, this represents only a small amount of the work JINA does, as all the research builds on itself.“As part of JINA, I make recommendations as to which of these unstable nuclei have properties that most strongly influence the models and thus should be the targets of the next generation of nuclear physics experiments led by JINA nuclear physicists,” Surman said. “I work to understand its impact on astrophysical predictions. The predictions can be compared to observations made by JINA astronomers.”While the nuclear astrophysics can appear complicated, graduate student and researcher Tyler Anderson simplified the question JINA asks to the following: “Where do all the elements come from?”“We know that elements up to iron are created in stars through nuclear fusion, but we can nail down the specifics of those processes by recreating the relevant nuclear reactions in the lab,” Anderson said. “Most experiments boil down to smashing a nucleus into a stationary one and watching what comes out. Depending on what we see, such as gamma rays or x-rays, which are just different energies of light, or other ejected nuclei, we can piece together what happened in the reaction.”Tags: JINA, NSF, nuclear physics
As a part of a series of events from the Center for Social Concerns on the “Challenge of Peace,” Fr. David Kelly, the executive director of Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation in Chicago, delivered a lecture entitled “Violence and Trauma: Building a Community of Hope through a Restorative Framework.” The lecture was addressed to an audience that consisted of a large number of students participating in Urban Plunge, an experimental-learning course designed to engage students with poverty in U.S. cities.Chris Collins Kelly has worked on issues of reconciliation in Chicago since the 1970s, and he said his long tenure was an important aspect of his work.“I think my claim to fame is that I’ve been doing it for a long time,” Kelly said. “After a while, you do it for so long that people kind of recognize you and say, ‘Man, you were there before, weren’t you?’ … And if there’s a gift I have, it’s persistence. I just can’t see myself doing anything different because as of yet the issues are still out there.”He started his work on fighting violence and incarceration in Cincinnati after he graduated college and said the people he worked with represented a way for him to live out his priesthood. He then went on to work in the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center in 1978 and has been working at Kolbe House, the jail ministry of the Archdiocese of Chicago, ever since.“It’s a place that’s formed me in more ways than I could imagine,” Kelly said.For many years, Kelly said he worked and lived at a parish that was located along a gang boundary and remembers officiating at many funerals for young people who were murdered.“Often times, when I did the funeral and would accompany those families who had just lost their child … at the very same time I was working for Kolbe House which is jail ministry,” Kelly said. “As you know, in the United States we try our juveniles as adults so I would accompany a lot of families who would lose their children to extreme sentences … There were times when I would know both the one who had been harmed, and the one had done the harm.”Kelly said there was one such a situation in which one young man who he knew shot another young man he knew. He visited the one who had been shot in the hospital and visited the one who had done the shooting in jail, and he said that both men knew he was going to visit the other. When the case ultimately made it to court, Kelly said he felt that the focus was more on punishment and less on the well-being of the people involved.“I couldn’t help but think, ‘There’s something wrong with this.’ At no point along that way … did anyone ask [the young man who had been shot], ‘Hey, how are you doing? Are you okay?’ There was no attention given at all to any kind of healing,” Kelly said.Precious Blood was founded in 2002 as a “restorative justice hub,” Kelly said, and the five pillars of Precious Blood are “radical hospitality, accompaniment, relentless engagement of young people and their families, relentless engagement of stakeholders and systems, and collaboration.”Kelly said he sees a parallel between the work of reconciliation and the Triduum of the Easter season, noting that Holy Thursday and Good Friday are quite busy when compared to Holy Saturday. For him, it is impossible to move those who are grieving past their grief in a short period of time.“There’s not much on Holy Saturday. Holy Saturday is a liturgical void … That’s where the work of the Church ought to be. In that Holy Saturday moment. We have witnessed the trauma of the Crucifixion, and we hope and long for the Resurrection. But the Resurrection’s not yet … We have to be willing to stay in the muddled mess of Holy Saturday,” Kelly said.Reconciliation is an issue of “remembering rightly” and engaging, Kelly said. One of the strategies that his organization utilizes is a circle involving a perpetrator of the crime, the victim and other community members. The people in the circle spend time building relationships and a sense of community with one another before the perpetrator and victim discuss the crime, he said.Kelly said there was a situtation of a young man who burglarized the home of a police officer in the neighborhood. After the people in the circle exchanged stories and the perpetrator apologized for his actions, the conversation ultimately came to the question of what the actual harm of the burglary was. The victim said that his son no longer felt safe in his own home, and the next question was how the perpetrator could heal that harm.The victim said he would like the perpetrator to return to school because it seemed like he had potential. The victim agreed to return to school and with the help of another person in the circle, a retired school principal, was able to return to school even though he had been previously expelled, Kelly said. This arrangement took the place of a court sentence and ended with the victim offering to coach the perpetrator in basketball.For Kelly, that offer of mentorship would have been impossible without the circle.“In that circle, the victim became a mentor. I’ve been to court a thousand times. I never ever seen that happen in my life. I’ve never seen a court wrestle with, ‘What was the real harm?’ … That’s what can happen in a circle. You remember in order to heal. And what that did for our community, that gathering spurred other victim/offender circles,” Kelly said.Ultimately, the United States’ approach to criminal justice is too tied up in notions of punishment, Kelly said.“As a church, as communities, we can do better,” Kelly said. “But we still are punishing, trying to punish our way out of this. Criminal justice, crime and harm, is not a criminal justice issue: it’s a public health issue. We’ve got to treat this as though it was an epidemic and say, ‘What is the epidemic and how do we bring healing to this?’“Somehow, someway, we as a church, we as communities of faith, we can do better than this. We’ve got to commit to what’s hard, we’ve got to get proximate, and we’ve got to really wrestle with some of this.”Tags: charity, Faith, incarceration, justice
Emmet Farnan Members of Fossil Free ND encourage fossil fuel divestment. The group aims to encourage the administration to evaluate how it allocates its endowment.In the past, Fossil Free ND has resorted to standard activism and peaceful protest behavior, such as petitioning and rallying on campus. This proposal, club member and junior Adam Wiechman said, marks a change for the group — which is now working through institutional means and with Notre Dame’s Chief Investment Officer, Scott Malpass.“This year, we decided to make a strategic change for a more administrative approach,” Wiechman said. “We felt like Notre Dame is a university where inside gain is more important, and so we thought that pushing for a committee or working group that would assess the University’s endowment and the ethics of fossil fuel divestment was strategic.”Wiechman said other universities have created committees or branches of their investment offices to handle ethical questions regarding endowment. Seeing this proposal as a chance to address other ethical questions — not just those related to fossil fuel — Notre Dame student government has pledged its support of the proposal, Wiechman said.“We’ve been really pleased with student government’s support through all of this,” Wiechman said. “They have been a huge help in guiding us through the proposal writing process and have allowed us to give the proposal with their stamp on it to Scott Malpass.”The proposal is still in its final stages, but will be sent to the Investment Office within the next few weeks, Wiechman said. Club member and senior Carolyn Yvellez said the Investment Office holds the ability to help the University take a stronger stance against fossil fuel companies. While the Investment Office abides by investment guidelines from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Yvellez said these guidelines are relatively loose and haven’t been updated recently.“It’s not inclusive of all the morals that encompass Catholic social teaching,” Yvellez said.Wiechman said Pope Francis’s encyclical, “Laudato Si’,” demonstrated the Vatican’s call for environmental protection against climate change. In it, Pope Francis reminds readers not to separate their actions from the adverse effects they could have on the planet, he said.“The moral trust of this movement is if it’s wrong to wreck the climate, then it’s wrong to profit off of that wreckage,” Wiechman said. “We think that if Notre Dame is going to be an institution that prides itself in being a force for good, and recognizing that climate change is a problem, we shouldn’t be profiting off of that problem.”Tags: Climate change, divestment, environment, Fossil Free ND, fossil fuel Student-led fossil fuel divestment organization Fossil Free ND wrote a proposal for the Notre Dame Investment Office, calling for a committee to evaluate the University’s endowment and fossil fuel divestment.
Bailey Oppman and Lydia Lorenc, Saint Mary’s student body president and vice president emeritus, set out to use their term to make several changes to the Saint Mary’s community. “One of the things I was most excited to accomplish was the student 5k fun run/walk to promote a healthy lifestyle,” Lorenc said in an email. “With the new Angela [Athletic and Wellness] facility opening, we wanted to emphasize the importance of wellness in a way that incorporated our favorite spots on campus. This is was something new on our platform that hadn’t really been done in the SMC community before.” Oppman and Lorenc had several goals they wished to accomplish over the year. These goals included organizing the Sister Sprint 5k, continuing Monthly Mingle events, updating Student Government Association (SGA)’s policies and promoting sustainability. “I think one of my proudest accomplishments as student body president and vice president has been our ability to work diligently to accomplish some of our biggest goals on our platform,” Oppman said in an email. “This included … partnering with BAVO to educate students on sexual assault and violence.” Reflecting upon her year in office, Lorenc said one aspect of the vice presidency she liked the most was representing Saint Mary’s in various capacities. “One of my favorite parts of being vice president was being able to represent our school at the Notre Dame football game,” Lorenc said. “Being on the field presenting the flag was such a surreal moment. And I really enjoyed wearing my Saint Mary’s College sweater with pride.” Oppman said for her, the best part of the job was the chance to interact with the college community.“My favorite part of being student body president was the privilege I had to work alongside so many talented individuals,” Oppman said. “From planning student events to giving input for the college’s strategic plan, I have met and collaborated with so many incredible and dedicated people.” Being student body president allowed Oppman the opportunity to practice patience even when it was difficult for her, she said. “I think I learned the power of patience,” Oppman said. “I am a natural ‘go-getter’ and I like things to be done quickly and efficiently. However, my role as student body president taught me to be more patient especially when working with others. Patience is key … and I think my experiences throughout the last year taught me that.”While Oppman and Lorenc said they had a great experience over the past year, they also said they learned a lot through the job. Oppman and Lorenc hope to pass on these lessons with the 2018-2019 student body president and vice president, juniors Madeleine Corcoran and Kathy Ogden. “One of the biggest pieces of advice I want to pass on to Madeleine and Kathy for next year is to just breathe and enjoy the ride,” Lorenc said. “Time flies so fast, and there are so many things to take in. From sitting on seven committees, to representing the student body with the Board of Trustees, serving as student leaders is very rewarding. Try not to get caught up in the endless to-do list, but sit back and take in the impact you are making as a student leader.”Tags: 2018 Commencement, Commencement 2018, Commencement Issue 2018, Corcoran-Ogden, Oppman-Lorenc, Saint Mary’s SGA, sga, Student government
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) Image by Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.ALBANY – New York’s unemployment rate went up to 14.5 percent in April, according to recently released numbers from the New York State Department of Labor.The State Department of Labor called April the “largest monthly employment drop on record.” Nationally, the unemployment rate for April was 14.7 percent.“We went from about 50,000 calls on a maximum per day at the Department of Labor dealing with unemployment calls to a high of 8 million calls a day now averaging about three million calls,” said New York State Budget Dir. Robert Mujica.Mujica said when the pandemic began, the state had a staff of 500 people to deal with claims. That number then bumped up to over 3,000 and is now 7,000. He said the state hired five outside contractors to “staff up quickly.” “We’ve gotten $10 billion out the door, so we now have over two million New Yorkers. So 100 percent of full-time employees are New York State workers. The vast majority of the private contractors are using New York State employees,” he said.The largest hit sector has been leisure and hospitality. The virus has also taken a toll on small businesses. On Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced additional state assistance.“New York State is starting its own small business relief program working with private banks. We have over $100 million available to make loans to small businesses,” he said.Cuomo said the priority will be for minority and women owned businesses with 20 or less employees and less than $3 million in revenues.
Photo (left to right): Mayor Eddie Sundquist, Firefighter Gage Bird, Firefighter Luke Ames, Firefighter Dylan Monroe, & Deputy Fire Chief Matthew Coon.JAMESTOWN – The City of Jamestown Fire Department held a graduation ceremony Friday to install three recruits who successfully completed the Fire Academy as Firefighters for the City of Jamestown.Mayor Eddie Sundquist welcomed the new firefighters to the department and presented them with recognition certificates.Deputy Fire Chief Matthew Coon presented each recruit with their Firefighter’s badge.“All three recruits have met rigorous standards to get to this level. This year was a particular challenge with the completion of their training being delayed due to the Pandemic. They have certainly earned the right to be called ‘Professional Firefighters’,” said Coon. Mayor Sundquist said, “I congratulate and welcome these three men to the City of Jamestown Fire Department. We look forward to your service with us.”The three recruits recognized today are Luke Ames, Gage Bird, and Dylan Monroe. All three completed training at the New York State Academy of Fire Science in Glen Falls, New York this year.At the conclusion of the ceremony, Coon offered the newly-assigned firefighters a few words of advice: “As you begin your careers, I encourage each of you to remember this day and all that you have accomplished to get to this point. We, as a Department, are very proud of all you accomplished thus far. Please continue to develop your skills, apply what you have learned, and most of all, enjoy the ride!”Firefighter Ben McLaughlin also was recognized with a promotion to Lieutenant. 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)
Pixabay Stock Image.ALBANY – New legislation to help prevent large scale illegal waste dumping in New York has been signed in to law.Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on Tuesday to help place further restrictions on waste dumping.According to the Office of the Governor, the legislation strengthens penalties against the illegal disposal of construction debris, demolition debris, and other hazardous substances.Additionally, it will also designate fraudulent schemes involving the disposal of solid waste as a new crime in New York. “Illegal dumping is a significant problem and too often its costs are unjustly passed on to the community,” said Cuomo in a statement. “Not only does this legislation strengthen criminal penalties to ensure sanctions do not simply become another cost of doing business, but it further discourages large-scale illegal dumping by holding developers and waste haulers accountable for creating the problem in the first place.”Cuomo’s office stated that the legislation officially goes into effect on January 1The Governor also signed a law limiting the circumstances under which Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials can arrest people on immigration violations at state courthouses.The law, passed by the state Senate and Assembly in July, requires a warrant signed by a judge for ICE to make an immigration arrest. An arrest with an administrative warrant, which is not signed by a judge, or with no warrant at all would not be permitted.The law’s supporters said courthouse immigration arrests had increased in recent years under the Trump administration, leading to fear among some that going to court proceedings on other matters could expose them to immigration enforcement.In June, a federal judge blocked federal immigration authorities from making civil arrests at New York state courthouses or arresting anyone going there for a proceeding.The Associated Press contributed to this report. 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)