Schmidt said the focus should be on maintaining the unity of the undergraduates. Schmidt brought up other ongoing discussions with the athletic department concerning the away football game ticket lottery. He said the current process is one student government is looking at improving. “I would like to see a lottery that is simple,” Doyle said. “We want to explore options that make the whole thing as fair and as effective as possible.” “We believe that the undergraduate students are the most passionate ones at the games,” Doyle said. “However, there is no standard to go off of. It varies from school to school.” “SUB takes a risk every time they do this,” Schmidt said. “If they buy all 300 tickets and only sell 200, they are obviously taking a huge hit financially.” “There are some concerns involving confidentiality issues, but we think that a student representative should have a part in this process,” he said. Schmidt said under NCAA regulations, the Notre Dame student body is allocated a maximum of 300 tickets to each away football game. Student Union Board (SUB) is responsible for judging how many of those tickets they should purchase in order to sell to the students. Schmidt asked COR members for suggestions to see what could be done to make the lottery an easier process so Notre Dame students feel more inclined to buy tickets to away football games. Under the current policy, University graduate students are seated between the sophomore and junior classes at games. Both Doyle and student body president Grant Schmidt said concerns have been expressed about this seating arrangement. Schmidt said student government would continue to work with the athletic department about potentially changing the seating arrangements at home football games. The Council of Representatives (COR) discussed proposed changes to the Notre Dame football student seating and ticket procedures while also reviewing a proposed Student Senate resolution requesting student involvement in the Commencement speaker selection process at its meeting Tuesday. Schmidt brought to COR’s attention a proposed resolution currently under review in Student Senate. The resolution asks the University to include a student body representative in the selection process of the commencement speaker. The current process asks for no student input. Schmidt said the resolution would ask the selection committee to include a student body representative for input on the potential speakers. He said the representative would most likely be either the student body president or the senior class president. The majority of COR members agreed allowing students to participate in the ticket lottery earlier would not only increase ticket sales, but also make the entire process easier. “The first priority should be that all the undergraduate students are together,” he said. “We’ve suggested allowing the lotteries to occur earlier,” Doyle said. “That makes it easier for students to get their travel plans together.” Junior Kevin Doyle, the student government representative to the athletic department, said he has worked with the department on an issue concerning graduate student seating at home football games.
High fashion encountered high education two weeks ago in New York City, when a group of Notre Dame students met fashion maven Kenneth Cole to receive a project assignment for Advanced Product Research, an industrial design course at Notre Dame. Professor Ann-Marie Conrado said the class, which is offered to junior and senior industrial design students, is meant to present real-world challenges on projects co-developed and monitored by an outside corporate manufacturer. Kenneth Cole Productions and its exclusive luggage manufacturer, Heritage Travelware, are the sponsors for this spring’s course, she said. Conrado said students will investigate how luggage usage and needs have changed since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. They will respond to these changes with design concepts. “Basically we are going to adjust the luggage and come up with new and different ways to incorporate [Cole’s] style,” junior Ryan Geraghty said. Senior John Traub said the students are coming up with profiles of who they believe a Kenneth Cole client is. “By coming up with a person who will use this luggage, it gives you a sense of who you are designing for,” he said. “Very rarely do you design for yourself.” Notre Dame MBA students Brent Schavitz and Byron Kern will advise the class throughout the process. “We are really acting as advisors to the designers from the business perspective,” Schavitz said. “At some point this is a real product that has to sell.” Kern said his background in graphic design has proved to be helpful. “Because there is a fair amount of overlap between ID and graphic design, I can kind of speak their language,” he said. While in New York, the students visited Cole’s design studio, as well as one of his stores and the luggage floor at Macy’s. “The environment of the studio and the people were what I liked the most,” senior Lauren Maddox said. “It made me more comfortable meeting the designers and knowing that they wanted to hear what we had to say.” Schavitz said the studio was accommodating to the students, who were shown color pallets and trend forecasts for the Spring 2012 season. “They really did show us a lot more than I thought they would,” Schavitz said. “We were really able to capture the essence of their brand and glimpse at how they work.” Traub said visiting the store helped him understand the typical Kenneth Cole client. “Having your own store is an excellent way to show your identity,” Traub said. “It was nice to see the vision transition from studio to store.” During a presentation on the project, Cole made a surprise appearance, fielding questions on style and his career. “He told us to keep his style in mind and the products that he designs, as well as others, when we are coming up with ideas,” Geraghty said. Maddox said his favorite part was Cole describing how he got started in the industry. “He tried to sell shoes in Times Square, but he was told to stop,” she said. “The only people that were allowed to operate in Times Square are film crews, so he made a documentary about selling women’s shoes and renamed his company Kenneth Cole Productions.” Designs will be reviewed at the end of the semester, and the winning design will be prototyped in China. Geraghty said all the students are excited about the fact their design could be manufactured. “This isn’t all conceptual,” he said. “It’s going to be the real thing. It’s going to be made. That’s just really cool.”
The Women’s Soccer Club will take to the field this fall when RecSports allows the formation of club teams for sports with Notre Dame varsity teams for the first time. Freshman Ally Kirst, an officer of the Women’s Soccer Club, said the team came to be after junior Emma Russ spent the past year negotiating with RecSports. “We are very excited to finally be able to start up,” Kirst said. Freshmen Alexis Pala and Shannon Hogan will join Kirst as officers of the club team. Pala said Notre Dame needed a soccer club because of the large difference between the varsity and interhall teams. Many female students have played competitive soccer in high school, but neither the interhall nor the varsity teams provide a comparable environment to that of their high school teams, she said. “This club is for girls who are committed and have a love for soccer, but don’t want the commitment that the varsity level calls for,” Pala said. “It’s more serious and competitive than intramurals, but less than a varsity sport.” Kirst said the team will practice two to three days per week and have 10 regular season games during the fall semester, not including tournament games. They will compete against teams in the Midwest Alliance Conference, which includes schools such as Purdue University, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Indiana University, she said. The club is looking for a roster of about 24 girls, Kirst said. Although the officers are mostly looking for girls who have some experience and skill from playing competitive soccer, Kirst said they would like to see anyone with any interest in soccer try out . “We are looking for talented players, of course,” she said, “but also team players as well.” Pala said the team wants to bring the spirit of soccer to non-varsity players. “It will bring back the feeling of being a part of a team and having a commitment to it,” she said. Even though next year will be the first year of the team’s existence, Pala said the girls already have high hopes for the team’s success. “We would love to be a dominating club within our league, but more than that we want to be a valuable addition to this campus and be a good outlet for female students,” Pala said. “Our goals are to be successful, to create a strong team environment, and to grow as people and players.” An information meeting for the Women’s Soccer Club took place Wednesday, but interested students can contact any of the officers. Tryouts will take place in the fall.
The SMC Stands Up to Cancer club’s third annual Zumbathon took over Angela Athletic Facility on Saturday, welcoming zumba instructors, vendors, alumnae and College supporters to campus.Saint Mary’s alumna and College zumba instructor Kimmi Troy originally started the event, senior president of SMC Stands Up to Cancer Christie Hutch said. Troy contacted the club and wanted to donate the profits of the event to charity.“It makes sense for us to do something that promotes good health for all ages as we raise funds for cancer research,” Hutch said.Twenty local zumba instructors attended the event, Hutch said. Vendors and others connected to the College came from the South Bend area to participate, including “Eve of Eden Organic Body Care, DoTerra Essential Oils, Beyond Zen Studio, ‘Zumba’ brand clothing, ‘31’ Bags, NaturAvila Skin Care Line and Gypsy Mind Jewelry,” she said.At intermission, Bellacapella, jazz and hip-hop group Troop ND and the Irish dance team performed, junior Leah Ramaekers said.“I really enjoyed the performances,” Ramaekers said. “… I thought it added a fun element to the Zumbathon and a much needed exercise break.”In total, 280 people attended the event and $2 thousand was raised for Stand Up to Cancer, Hutch said.“I think this event is important because throughout the year, our club raises funds and awareness for Stand Up to Cancer, but it is always really special when students from all three campuses can come together with the community for an event,” she said. “It was great to see everyone dancing for a common cause — zumba novices, zumba professionals and everything in between.”Ramaekers said she most enjoyed seeing the variety of people fighting for the same cause.“My favorite part of the night was seeing people of different ages, children and grandmothers, giving Zumba their all,” Ramaekers said. “I also love that so many people come with a cause in mind. There was a team of women who came to Zumba for a particular person which I thought was super cool. I can’t wait for next year’s Zumbathon so it can keep growing and getting better.”Hutch said she is involved in the club because she believes students can make a difference through the student group. Hutch said Stand Up to Cancer is a remarkable organization.“Stand Up to Cancer is unique in its research methods,” Hutch said. “They have dream teams of top researchers who work on finding a cure for all types of cancer, not just the most common or devastating.”Hutch said anyone who has ever been affected by cancer in one way or another is in support of this cause and the Saint Mary’s Stand Up to Cancer club.“Something I tell club members all the time is that ‘you are where the end of cancer begins,’ and I truly believe that,” Hutch said. “Every dime makes a difference, and we are so appreciative of the support we received at this year’s zumbathon.”Tags: saint mary’s, SMC, SMC stands up to cancer, Stand Up to Cancer, zumbathon
Observer File Photo Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, center, speaks during his ceremony to become an honorary naval chaplain on April 17, 2013. Rear Admiral Mark Tidd, chief of U.S. Navy chaplains, stands to Hesburgh’s left, and Captain Earl Carter, then-commanding officer of Notre Dame’s Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps, stands to his right.But when the response letter came from Fr. Steiner, it was not what he expected.“I was to … report for duty at Notre Dame on July 5, my orders said,” he wrote. “Father Steiner wrote that the Navy was sending thousands of officer candidates to Notre Dame for training, and Notre Dame was in desperate need of faculty. That sank my hopes for a carrier in the Pacific.“Little did I know that a month or so later the war in the Pacific would end and I would become chaplain for all the returning veterans at Notre Dame. It was as if the Lord were saying to me, ‘Your planning is terrible. Leave it up to Me.’”Seventy one years later, weeks away from his 96th birthday, Hesburgh’s dream came true when Rear Admiral Mark Tidd, then-chief of chaplains for the United States Navy, came to campus to designate Hesburgh honorary naval chaplain in a special ceremony held April 17, 2013, in the Carey Auditorium of the library.When he awarded Hesburgh that day, Tidd said he could think of no one who better exemplified the navy chaplain motto “vocati ad servitium.”“The Latin words on the naval chaplain corps seal are translated ‘called to serve,’” Tidd said at the ceremony. “In my mind, there is no one more deserving to be named an honorary naval chaplain than someone who has answered the call to serve our nation, the call to serve the world and the call to serve God.“Fr. Hesburgh, I am humbled to be able to declare: you are an honorary navy chaplain.”At the ceremony, Hesburgh said he would “continue to serve our navy and country in every way possible.”“I can’t tell you how much I am touched to be honored by my Navy brothers,” he said. “Notre Dame is better because we’ve had the Navy here as long as we’ve had ROTC.“I can feel even closer to our naval ROTC students now that I am an officer in the navy. … Anchors aweigh.”Captain Earl Carter, former Commanding Officer for the naval ROTC, said in 2013 that the ceremony was meant to honor “this selfless leader who has done so much for so many.”“I thought it was a faithful tribute to a very, very deserving leader,” Carter said about the ceremony. “I’m honored we were able to do the presentation in front of our battalion of midshipmen, since Fr. Hesburgh’s selfless service to the nation provides them with such a shining example as they look forward to their naval careers.” If young Fr. Hesburgh had his way, he would have boarded an aircraft carrier in the Pacific to serve as a naval chaplain during World War II upon his return to the United States from Gregorian University in Rome.But his superiors in the Congregation of Holy Cross had other plans, and he was instead told to finish his doctoral studies at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.“With the war on the whole time I was at Catholic University, I was really itching to get out of Washington and into the military service,” Hesburgh wrote in his autobiography. “But Father Tom Steiner, my provincial superior at Notre Dame was adamant. ‘Get your doctorate now, or you will never get it,’ he told me. ‘Then we’ll talk about your becoming a Navy chaplain.’”He worked overtime to finish the doctorate in just two years, and in the summer of 1945, he wrote to Fr. Steiner again to remind him of their discussion about the chaplainship.“It was as good as done,” Hesburgh wrote about his plans for the chaplainship that summer. Editor’s note: This report draws on reporting by former News Writer Christian Myers, class of 2013.Tags: chaplain, Hesburgh, Navy, ROTC
The Boler-Parseghian Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases (CRND) will be hosting a two-day conference dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of rare diseases starting Friday.According to CRND’s website, the annual conference will feature speeches, forums, interactive stations and other events by a variety of medical and research experts from across the nation. Kasturi Haldar, the director of CRND, said the meeting brings together a convergence of researchers, students, trainees and patients.“There are 7,000 rare and neglected diseases as defined by U.S. federal guidelines, and so what this means is one in 10 people suffer from a rare and neglected disease,” Haldar said. “These diseases are very poorly understood, so there is need to increase awareness, there is need to understand them better and there is a very large unmet need to develop therapies for these diseases.”Because of the large number of rare diseases, the conference is intended to touch on “reasonably broad areas,” Haldar said, such as brain afflictions, blood and lung disorders.“Mechanistically, there’s a huge amount of discovery because [rare diseases] are so under-researched, so it’s a great place for students and trainees who want to understand how a disease is caused but then also for students who are interested in careers in medicine or biology or research in general,” she said.The keynote speakers, Haldar said, are Nicole Boice, the founder and CEO of Global Genes, and Rob Long, a former college football player who survived a rare brain cancer and is now the director of strategic development for Uplifting Athletes.“Really there’s a tremendous sense of hope and excitement,” Haldar said. “We have seen a lot of progress in the development of programs and rare and neglected disease here at Notre Dame, but also nationwide and in the world.”Launched nine years ago as a lunch involving about 20 students, the event has gradually expanded after CRND’s development of an outreach program, Haldar said. By emphasizing the “empowerment of patients” as a major theme for this year’s conference, she said she expects about 170–175 attendees.“There will be a much larger and integrated focus on patient engagement and the activities of our students,” Haldar said. “We’ve created booths, and at these booths, we have students who are partnering with patients to present their disease, so the students will speak on a molecular genetic basis and the patients will speak to the clinical path that they have been down.”Another new addition, Haldar said, is that patients will be introducing each session of the conference.“We’re trying to bring this whole process together, all of the different components that go into supporting and informing rare and neglected diseases research,” Haldar said. “ … The students learn a lot from the patient community, and obviously it’s through the work that the students do that we’re able to support the patients.”According to the conference’s website, patient advocacy groups on campus will also be in attendance. Senior Hannah Mumber, the co-president of RareND, said RareND will give “teaser talks” and presentations on how the club focuses on rare disease awareness and patient advocacy on campus.“The conference allows all sectors of the rare disease community to come together to share experiences and recent research,” Mumber said. “ … I expect the atmosphere to be very collaborative and supportive as always and am most excited to meet the patients and their families.”Junior Megan Crowley, a student who will her share some of her experience of growing up with Pompe disease, will be speaking Saturday after her father, John Crowley, who helped find a cure for Pompe.Editor’s note: Crowley spoke to The Observer with the assistance of her nurse, Emma Holly, who is quoted below.“She’s going to talk about growing up and basically how, through her life, her dad has been helping to try and save her life,” Holly said. “A lot of people view her dad as a hero, but to her it’s just her dad, so she’ll be talking about that.”As it is Crowley’s second year attending the conference, Holly said Crowley hopes more people will attend the conference and that it raises more awareness about rare diseases.“She thinks it is important that people are aware of rare disease day,” Holly said. “ … If there’s enough people getting behind [a rare disease] and supporting it together, then it really makes it less rare [because] there’s more awareness brought to it.”Tags: Megan Crowley, Rare Disease Day Celebration, rare diseases, The Boler-Parseghian Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases
Both students and other entrepreneurs in South Bend can participate in the first New Venture Launch Weekend, which is the effort of a partnership between the IDEA Center, Elevate Ventures and Startup South Bend/Elkhart. The event will run from 4:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Friday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.Patti Reinhardt, the student entrepreneurship engagement program manager at the IDEA Center, said anyone can benefit from the workshop, even if they do not have an idea themselves for a startup.“It’s for anyone who wants to learn the process of problem-solving and validating an idea,” she said.Reinhardt said the event will start with individuals who have ideas giving a short pitch. Five or six ideas will then be chosen, and participants will be broken up into teams.“It doesn’t mean that their idea isn’t valuable [if an idea isn’t chosen],” Reinhardt said. “It just means that this is what we’re going to do this weekend.”Participants will also listen to a speaker Friday and begin to learn about the lean business model canvas, which involves learning about how to develop an idea in terms of the problems, solution, key metrics and competitive advantages.On Saturday, the teams will have time to validate their idea, which will likely involve leaving the building.“They learn all the steps they actually need to launch a business,” Reinhardt said.As the final step in the workshop, the teams will come together on Saturday and pitch their ideas again to investors. Reinhardt said the teams can win almost $2,000 in prizes.The facilitators for the workshop are members of a startup called INVANTI.“They’re actually a student startup that came out of the competition a few years ago,” Reinhardt said. “They’re all about teaching entrepreneurs how to look at a problem and then figure out a solution based on that problem.”Reinhardt said 75 people are currently registered for the event, and they represent a mix of undergraduate and graduate students from Notre Dame and local universities as well as members of the South Bend community.“What we’re hoping is that they come to this and they realize they have a good business concept and they enter that into our pipeline at the IDEA Center and the McCloskey New Venture Competition,” Reinhardt said.Regardless of whether participants take their ideas any further, Reinhardt said the experience of the event will be the most valuable aspect of the weekend.“They’re going to be put together in a situation where they might not have their own idea, but they’re going to get put on a team and for them to realize their own value that they’re going to give to that team is something that you’re not going to get out of a textbook, you’re not going to get anywhere else,” she said. “I think realizing how to look at a real problem in the world and figure out the steps to get yourself to a product that could be sustainable and turn into a business is invaluable.”The event is free, but registration online is required. Registration will close at noon on Friday. All meals will also be provided at the event.Tags: IDEA Center, McCloskey New Venture Competition, new venture launch weekend, Startups
Notre Dame announced in an email that 21-year-old senior Annrose Jerry’s body was recovered from St. Mary’s Lake on Friday around noon. There is no sign of foul play.The body is scheduled for an autopsy Saturday morning at the Northeast Indiana Forensic Center, Sam Walsh of the St. Joseph County Coroner’s Office confirmed. via Google Maps Jerry, who was living in Breen-Phillips Hall, was reported missing after last being seen Tuesday at 8:45 p.m. near the Coleman-Morse Center. The Indiana State Police issued a Silver Alert on Thursday and said Jerry was “believed to be in extreme danger and may require medical assistance.” The Silver Alert was canceled at about 2:45 p.m. on Friday.According to an email obtained by The Observer, on the days she was reported missing, Jerry had missed an appointment at the University Counseling Center, failed to show up to class and missed Folk Choir practice for the first time this semester.Jerry was a member of the Folk Choir and Glynn Family Honors program, among other activities.On Thursday night, director of Campus Ministry Fr. Pete McCormick led a prayer service in Breen-Phillips to pray for Jerry’s safe return.Authorities arrived at a part of the lake directly across from Lyons Hall on Friday morning. At approximately 11:45 a.m., police told all unauthorized personnel to “clear the area” and boat crews were seen entering the lake. “It is with heavy hearts that we write to share with you that Annrose Jerry, a senior science-business major who lived in Breen-Phillips Hall, has died,” said the email announcement, which was signed by University President Fr. John Jenkins, dean of the College of Science Mary Galvin and vice president for student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding.A Mass was held on Friday at 9 p.m. in the Breen-Phillips Hall Chapel.“My heart is so heavy, and I share in sorrow with you,” wrote Angela Hollar, the rector of Breen-Phillips Hall, in an email to the dorm community.The University Counseling Center (574-631-7336) and Campus Ministry (574-631-7800) are both available to support community members during this time.Tags: Annrose Jerry, body found, St. Mary’s Lake
Pamela Wojcik, professor of film, television and theatre (FTT) at Notre Dame, has been awarded the 2020 Sheedy Award for Excellence in Teaching in the College of Arts and Letters, associate dean for undergraduate studies Mary Flannery announced in a release Monday.The annual award — first given out in 1970 — recognizes a faculty member in the College “who has demonstrated sustained excellence in teaching, informed by research, over a wide range of courses while employing innovative and creative teaching methods.”The release said Wojcik is known for sparking an interest in students in writing and film while pursuing her own research in the field which is focused on American film and issues with space, gender, performance and genre.Employed at Notre Dame since 1998, Wojcik currently serves as the chair of the department of film, television and theatre, with concurrent appointments in the program of gender studies and department of American Studies.Former chair of the FTT department James Collins said in the release that Wojcik’s integration of research and teaching makes her an exemplary recipient of the Sheedy Award.“She integrates her research into her courses, not just on occasion, but in practically every course she teaches, whether it be a new elective that grows directly out of an on-going book project or a careful recalibrating of the way we conceptualize our required core courses,” Collins said.Wojcik has taught two required classes for FTT majors, “Critical Approaches to Screen Cultures” and “Global Cinema I,” as well as upper-level electives, including “Sinatra,” “Film and Popular Culture” and “The Movie Musical.”In addition, Wojcik has served as a thesis advisor for numerous seniors within the department.“Years out of schooling, I still keep in constant touch with Professor Wojcik because her role as a mentor in my life did not end when I left the classroom – in fact it has only grown,” one of her previous students and recent alumnus said of Wojcik as an advisor.The Sheedy Award ceremony will take place virtually Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 4 p.m.Tags: College of Arts and Letters, FTT, Sheedy Award
MAYVILLE — While legally and ethically limited as to what he can say, Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson expressed disappointment with a decision to dismiss a murder indictment returned against a 25-year-old Jamestown man accused of murder.On Thursday, Judge David Foley dismissed a grand jury indictment for one count of second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree attempted murder returned against Montanez.Foley cited errors in the presentation to the grand jury. Swanson says the law supports his arguments.“I am extremely limited with what I can say regarding this decision. Given that it is a pending matter I cannot describe the facts,” Swanson said in a statement. “What I can say, is that I could not disagree more with the court’s decision. We firmly believe we followed the penal law. Given my ethical limitations, I cannot outline the facts or the law that firmly support my position. I am deeply disappointed we find ourselves in this position. We plan to move forward as expeditiously as possible,” furthered Swanson.Montanez’s attorney, Chautauqua County Public Defender Ned Barone, told WNYNewsNow that his office argued that Swanson failed to inform the grand jury of the justifiable option, i.e.: self-defense.“It really doesn’t matter whether or not there was self-defense, but more importantly, it was an issue that had to have been presented to the grand jury and wasn’t,” explained Barone. “We argued that because it was an exculpatory defense, meaning that charges could be dismissed if a juror believed it was self-defense, and was not presented as need be by the district attorney during grand jury.”Barone says he and his staff submitted the motion to dismiss three weeks ago.His client is currently in Chautauqua County Jail, but Barone says he will be asking the court to consider releasing him based on the indictment dismissal.“What happens after today is really up to the District Attorney,” said Barone. “Which way they decide to follow-up on this.”Montanez was previously charged with first-degree manslaughter by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, who say Montanez allegedly shot and killed Justin M. Gibbons, 29, of Mayville, following a dispute in an alleyway near 114 W. Main St. in Sherman just after 1:30 a.m., Oct. 6.Gibbons was shot multiple times while he was attempting to flee the area in a vehicle, investigators said.He was transported to Westfield Memorial Hospital by the Sherman Volunteer Fire Department Ambulance where he was later pronounced dead.D.A. Swanson has 30 days to bring the case back to grand jury.WNYNewsNow’s Rory Pollaro and Justin Gould 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),Blah, blah blah blah blah. How come this keeps happening over and over again? Maybe the voters in Chautauqua County will agree a more effective DA is needed!