Banquet raises hunger awareness

first_imgStudents, faculty and staff took on new identities Tuesday night for the seventh annual Hunger Banquet, sponsored by Saint Mary’s College Student Diversity Board (SDB). “Millions of people around the world, as well as [those] within the South Bend community, struggle with the challenges of poverty and hunger every single day,” SDB president and senior Kelly Reidenbach said. “While at Saint Mary’s, it is easy to take for granted all of the pleasures and luxuries that we have the opportunity to indulge in. The Hunger Banquet is a way for students and faculty to step out of their comfort zones and into the reality of poverty and hunger.” Identity slips were given upon entry to the Banquet, placing participants in either the lower, middle or upper class. The participant’s role determines what and how much food is placed on his or her plate. The Banquet simulated which economic class each participant was assigned to. Senior Anabel Castaneda reflected on the importance of the Hunger Banquet at the College. “At Saint Mary’s, we get placed in a secure little bubble,” Castaneda said. “At times, many forget that it’s a cruel world and it should just make students want to make a difference in the world.” Co-chair junior London Lamar hoped that the Banquet raised awareness of poverty and hunger on campus. “By making more individuals aware of the issues centered around hunger, injustice and poverty, there will be a greater chance to stop it,” she said. “The Banquet is truly a rewarding experience.” In addition to roles given to participants, SDB invited clients from the Center for the Homeless to the dinner, as well as a refugee family now living in Michiana. Through conversation, the guests shared their stories of hunger and despair with the Saint Mary’s community. Attendees of the Hunger Banquet were able to experience poverty for a night, which is exactly what SDB hoped for to raise awareness on campus. Castaneda said she was glad to be involved in the event. “It was a great opportunity to hear what it is like to actually be in poverty,” she said.last_img read more

Dance Marathon drive kicks off

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Dance Marathon may not take place until March, but fundraising efforts will kick off Thursday with the help of local favorite Let’s Spoon Frozen Yogurt. The Dance Marathon raises funds and awareness for the young patients of Riley Hospital for Children throughout the school year. The marathon engages the College and surrounding community in support of Riley’s mission, said Amy Tiberi, Dance Marathon president. Tiberi said she is excited to host Give Back Night at the local yogurt shop, which will contribute 20 percent of sales from customers presenting a voucher. “Let’s Spoon has been a great local business to work with and we greatly appreciate their support,” she said. “Just printing off our flier at smcdancemarathon.com and bringing it to the store will benefit our cause of helping the Riley Hospital for Children.” Senior Taylor Romens, a returning participant of the Dance Marathon, felt the choice of venue was ideal for the hot summer months. “I think that Let’s Spoon’s involvement with Dance Marathon is a great way to give back to the community while also promoting their product,” Romens said. “It is still pretty hot outside, so cooling off with a nice cup of frozen yogurt while giving back is a great way to end the summer nights.” Tiberi said she hopes to build off the marathon’s past successes. “Entering our eighth year is a really great accomplishment in itself,” she said. “We have now raised over $460,000 to date.” Tiberi said she hoped the charitable cause would draw interest from Notre Dame as well as the College’s campus. “One of our goals for this year is to have more involvement from Notre Dame and to continue to spread awareness across the campuses,” Tiberi said. “I personally hope that everyone on campus can identify with our cause to support Riley Hospital for Children and recognize that nights like Give Back Night and Marathon Night are for more than just dancing on campus.” Tiberi said the marathon offers the Indiana community more than financial support. “We are doing this for kids all over the state of Indiana,” she said. “That is why Dance Marathon is such a special organization, because it reaches the lives of many and fills many more with hope.”last_img read more

Leis show support for Te’o

first_imgAfter losing his grandmother and girlfriend within hours of each other last week, Irish linebacker Manti Te’o could have left Notre Dame and his teammates to be with his family in Hawaii. Instead, he stayed in South Bend and led his team to a decisive victory at Michigan State on Saturday. This Saturday, under the Notre Dame Stadium lights, tens of thousands of Fighting Irish fans will return the favor and display their support for Te’o during his time of loss by donning leis at the football team’s night game against Michigan. The “Wear a Lei for Manti” campaign was conceived at a Monday night meeting of the Leprechaun Legion when the student spirit group discussed the possibility of giving out leis to students at the pep rally before the Michigan game, senior and Legion football leader Rosemary Kelly said. “The idea was suggested at the Legion meeting in recognition of Manti’s allegiance to Notre Dame, his sacrifice to stay an extra year and his decision to play in the Michigan State game under personally difficult circumstances,” she said. “As students, we want to do our part and let him know that we value his contributions and support him as a man of Notre Dame, on and off the field.” Coincidentally, a similar idea was posted by someone unrelated to the Legion on the social media pages of The New ND Nation (TNNDN), a Notre Dame fan group committed to positive attitudes toward the school, within hours of the Legion’s meeting, Kelly said. Lynne Gilbert, a TNNDN volunteer who manages the group’s Twitter account, said the group helped publicize the idea via Twitter and Facebook on Monday. By Tuesday morning, a local South Bend radio station contacted Gilbert to discuss the lei campaign. “[The idea for the campaign] just blew up on Monday after we asked our Twitter followers what they thought of it,” she said. “We started a Facebook event page, ‘Wear a Lei for Manti,’ that now has 4,000 members, so it’s just been growing and growing.” The social media-driven publicity helped the Legion find a way to distribute leis to students without violating NCAA compliance rules about paying for promotional items in Te’o’s name, Kelly said. “We had to figure out how to pull it off without spending any money,” Kelly said. “Fortunately, a flurry of social media in the last few days has garnered support for the movement, and less than 24 hours after the idea surfaced, we had a donation for the pep rally, and we now have an opportunity to make the idea a reality.” Kelly said United Beverage Company of South Bend volunteered to donate 7,500 leis to the Legion to be distributed at Friday’s pep rally. At least 25,000 leis will be distributed Saturday from various sources, Gilbert said. Budweiser and WSBT have partnered to donate 10,000 leis for students on gameday, Brothers Bar and Grill will contribute 1,000 leis to the campaign and TNNDN purchased 500 leis with out-of-pocket money and donations received through its website. Gilbert said TNNDN’s goal in supporting the lei campaign was rooted in the group’s love for Notre Dame. “We really just want to give back to Manti and the whole team. Look what he’s done through adversity … just going out there and playing with his heart and putting it all on the field,” she said. “It’s a different atmosphere and the team is so unified, so anything we can do to give back to them, we want to do.” As a member of Notre Dame’s student community, Kelly said the movement holds even greater meaning. “Hopefully students will take a moment to think about what the lei means as they put it on. It is a sign of affection for Manti and a symbol of our support for him,” she said. “It is a nod toward what we, as a community, hold to be important in our representative student-athletes, and after this week, I think each student on campus will have a new awareness of just how tight-knit the Notre Dame community is and will realize that community does not end at campus boundaries.” For more information, visit TNNDN’s website, www.thenewndnation.com, and the Facebook pages of TNNDN and the Leprechaun Legion.last_img read more

Political scientist examines women in combat

first_imgReed Wood, assistant professor of political science at Arizona State University’s School of Politics and Global Studies, discussed the role and impact of women in armed conflict in a lecture Tuesday at the Hesburgh Center for International Studies. His research is one of the first large-scale systematic data collection of women’s participation in combat.Rosie Biehl | The Observer Wood, a Kroc Institute Visiting Research Fellow, opened the lecture by emphasizing that war and conflict are typically male dominated.“There is a large focus on war being men’s work,” Wood stated. “While occasionally women are seen as heroes, these stories are typically narrative accounts, in which the woman’s participation in war happens by chance, rather than her own decision.”Using his research, Wood aimed to revise the perception of women in armed conflict, demonstrating their roles and the importance of these roles. His research focused on two questions: what factors contribute to women’s participation in rebel groups in insurgencies and what impact do they have on group behavior and conflict outcome?To better understand what motivates women to enter into combat, Wood analyzed participation through two approaches. First, he looked at motivators that cause individuals to participate in combat. Next, he examined groups’ motivations for recruiting individuals. His findings showed that women, like men, typically join insurgency groups due to fear of violence and repression, revenge and the ideology of the group.“In general, men and women join insurgency groups for the same reason on an individual level,” Wood said.Finding this similarity, Wood examined female participation from the perspective of the group, by investigating what makes certain groups more likely to recruit women. On this level, Wood found that groups recruit women based on their demand for resources, tactical and strategic benefits and pre-existing ideologies.“Women are less likely to be scrutinized in society, and are therefore often used in covert operations,” Wood said.For this reason, terrorist groups are more likely to recruit women for operations like suicide bombings, in which the bomber must get close to the victim and remain unnoticed. Wood cited the Battle of Algiers, in which the National Liberation Front used women to plant bombs in crowded French cafes.After discussing what factors motivated women to join and to be recruited to armed conflict, Wood explored the direct and indirect impact that women have on armed conflict.In discussing the indirect impact that women have on conflicts, Wood highlighted the essentialist perspective approach, which focuses on the perceived inherent nature of women.“There is a general argument that women are less aggressive and violent and more compassionate and caring than men,” Wood said.Analyzing the impact of women through this essentialist perspective, Wood proposed that the inclusion of women in a group would make the group appear more favorable and less violent, consequently leading to earlier peace negotiations and help the group to gain more favor both nationally and internationally. Additionally, images of women in war can help to solicit international sympathy and alliances.In this sense, the inclusion of women could act as a sort of propaganda, demonstrating the legitimacy of the group’s cause.“It is hard to overstate the symbol of women in insurgent groups,” Wood said. “The inclusion of women can shape the public opinion, by demonstrating solidarity and legitimacy for the group.”Within a country, the inclusion of women can also be used to shame men into joining the cause, Wood said.“It send the message that if women are fighting, men should be fighting too,” he said.In contrast to the power of the essentialist view of women, factors such as socialization, selection effects and compensation could limit the impact that women have on changing violent dynamics of a group, Wood said.“In terms of selection effects, the women who show up to fight are the most likely to be more violent than other women,” he said.Additionally, given that war is seen as “man’s work,” women may feel the need to overcompensate and act more violently than men, Wood said. He concluded with the concession that the direct impact of women in combat is difficult to measure; however, although they are often overlooked, women greatly impact the outcome of conflicts.Tags: gender relations, Hesburgh Center for International Studies, Kroc Institute, kroc institute for international studies, warlast_img read more

ND freshmen take part in revamped Welcome Weekend

first_imgThe class of 2019 spent its first days at Notre Dame participating in events organized by the University and its 29 residence halls during this year’s Welcome Weekend, formerly known as Frosh-O. Over the course of the weekend, freshmen partook in a variety of activities alongside their classmates and older student ambassadors, which were designed to make the first-year students feel comfortable as they adjust to life away from home.Michael Yu | The Observer Freshman Andy Nelson said he felt a sense of belonging within the Notre Dame community when he pulled up to Morrisey Hall for the first time.“I just opened my car and everyone helped take my stuff to my dorm room,” Nelson said. “It helped me feel welcomed. Everyone had Morrisey T-shirts on and when I got mine, I just felt like part of the group.”Nelson said he enjoys the energy, community and faith that he has experienced at Notre Dame.“I went to a Catholic grade school and high school, so I’m kind of used to Catholic schooling,” Nelson said. “I liked how faith is an important part of school here at Notre Dame. Over Welcome Weekend, we had a lot of stuff centered around faith, like the opening Mass and the visit to the Grotto.”Welcome Weekend was led in the dorms by staffs consisting of current student ambassadors who worked to help the first year students move in and transition into their lives at Notre Dame.Junior Maggie Blake, Walsh Hall’s Welcome Weekend captain, said she thought this year’s Welcome Weekend was the best one yet. Blake said an event called “Ice Cream on Ice” was her favorite.“We did an event with Keenan where we went ice skating at Compton and ate ice cream,” Blake said. “It was so much fun. Everyone was having a blast and everyone skated, even the people who didn’t really know how to or went in not wanting to.”Blake said she wanted to highlight the sense of love and community within Walsh for the first year students.“I remember when I was I freshman, I was really nervous coming in,” Blake said. “Just coming to this place, where people love each other so much, made me feel way better.”Freshmen Kimberly Faust and Caroline Forlenza, roommates in Farley Hall, said their residence hall’s Welcome Weekend staff made them feel comfortable and excited to begin their time at Notre Dame.“They were really helpful just while moving us in and helping us organize our furniture,” Faust said. “I didn’t expect them to carry all our stuff for us.”Forlenza said she felt a sense of unity with her new classmates after the weekend.“When we were all at the Grotto, we were holding candles and they read aloud some of the concerns I’ve felt,” Forlenza said. “It was nice to hear that everyone’s feeling the same way.”Junior Jay Dawahare, the Welcome Week captain in Alumni Hall, said his favorite part of the weekend was teaching Alumni’s serenade songs to the first year students.“Every year we teach the Pups ‘My Heart Will Go On’ by Celine Dion,” Dawahare said. “The words are easy enough to teach, but the emotion behind the song and dance takes a skilled and passionate staff. Usually the Pups laugh at us at first, but by Sunday night you can see a few Pups serenading the women.”Dawahare said Welcome Weekend was a success, although he said he felt some of the changes this year have hindered the ambassadors’ abilities to welcome new students. Alumni Hall was unable to host its traditional Dawg Run across campus, according to Dawahare.“In general, there is too much emphasis on one individual, instead of the group,” Dawahare said. “Because a couple people might not want or be able to fully participate, they shut down the whole event. There are carts as an option for people unable or unwilling to run so they are able to ride alongside.”Dawahare said he presented Alumni Hall as a home and family to its new residents.“My goal was and still is to foster the sense of brotherhood and community that Alumni Hall is known for, and that has been integral to my experience at Notre Dame,” he said.Tags: Alumni Hall, Class of 2019, Frosh-O, Grotto, Welcome Weekendlast_img read more

Notre Dame College Republicans host conservative commentator Ben Shapiro

first_imgMichael Yu | The Observer The Notre Dame College Republicans hosted conservative commentator Ben Shapiro on Thursday night in Carey Auditorium.Shapiro began his lecture with an attack on intersectionality, an idea he said he feels has gained undue notoriety on college campuses.“[Intersectionality] says we ought to judge people on their identity and not on the basis of the opinions they hold,” he said. “An identity is solely defined in terms of the group — it’s defined by race, by gender, by sexual orientation. There’s hierarchy of victimhood intersectionality … at the very top of the list are LGBT folk.”Shapiro said this creation of victimhood also spills over into what he believes is the false notion of white privilege and the notion that there are barriers standing in front of minority groups.“Society is not out to get you. Society doesn’t give two damns about you. … No one is going to bother to stand in your way,” he said. “If you don’t want to be poor in the United States … you only have to follow three simple rules: get married before you have babies, complete high school, get a job — that’s it. It doesn’t require a degree in rocket science.”Shapiro also applied this philosophy to feminist thought.“Are American women victimized? No,” he said. “American women are the freest and the wealthiest in the history of the world.”These supposed myths, Shapiro said, were perpetrated on college campuses — a setting in which he believes conservative students could learn to defend beliefs. “It’s a good opportunity for conservative students to get better at what they do,” he said. “[For me, it] was a good opportunity to read what [professors] were assigning and consider the arguments that they are making and then go do research as to why they are right and wrong.” Shapiro also spoke on illegal immigration, one of the key issues at the center of last year’s presidential election.“It is immoral to let people in who have not been vetted,” he said. “I don’t think the moral argument is [the] ‘People are coming from across the sea to take our jobs’ argument. I think that is a silly argument. I don’t think you have a right to work for a higher wage because you were born there.”Junior Lars Rucker said he appreciated that Shapiro backed up his claims.“Everything he said had some reasoning,” he said. “If he wasn’t confident in his reasoning, he specified.”Sophomore Diego Arias said he hopes Shapiro continues to speak with a focus on issues that were present in the latter half of the event.“I think he tried to fight back against the left with emotional stances, but the [question-and-answer] segment was better because it [answered] more reasonings for political stances — he has one of the clearest stances on Israel,” he said.Sophomore Daniel Beasley said he thought Shapiro could have done a better job addressing his viewpoints in his speech rather than in the question-and-answer segment.“He knows he can stir up the most controversy and get [to] the most people by talking about campus protests and things like that,” he said. “And I think part of that inadvertently fuels, not the ‘alt-right,’ but being against campus protests for the sake of being against it, rather than making a pitch for his own political viewpoint. You come out of the Q-and-A knowing what he believes.”Tags: Ben Shapiro, College Republicans, Lincoln Day Address Two days after conservative author Charles Murray visited Notre Dame’s campus, Ben Shapiro, the editor-in-chief of The Daily Wire and self-proclaimed “second-favorite 33-year-old Jew” of American conservatives, spoke in the Carey Auditorium of Hesburgh Library as a part of College Republicans’ 69th annual Lincoln Day Dinner and Speech on Thursday.last_img read more

Program enables students to confront societal issues in international settings

first_imgThe goal of the International Summer Service Learning Program (ISSLP) is for students to become aware of complex social issues that will help them discern their responsibility as global citizens in our world, director of international engagement at the Center for Social Concerns Rachel Tomas Morgan said.ISSLP is a community-based learning abroad program Tomas Morgan designed, implemented and directs, according to the Center for Social Concerns website. The program has averaged 300 applications annually and has 64 positions available to freshman, sophomores and juniors, Tomas Morgan said.“Students encounter day-to-day realities facing local communities in international settings,” she said in an email. “We have some amazing sites of deep learning and cultural immersion. I encourage students to come to an ISSLP Information Session and to come by Geddes Hall to review binders full of information from past participants so as to discern which sites are the best fit for their own particular interests, skills and experiences.” Photo courtesy of Lindsey Whalen Students participating in an ISSLP in Buenos Aires, Argentina engage with the local community in a schoolyard game. Online applications close on Oct. 29, and site committees review these applications throughout the month of November. Students are then invited to interviews for positions, and confirmations of participation are due by Dec. 27.“While it is a competitive process, we encourage all students — frosh, sophomores and juniors — who can see themselves living and working in community with communities to apply,” Morgan said.Senior Molly Knapp spent 10 weeks in Trujillo, Honduras for her ISSLP during the summer after her sophomore year. Knapp worked at a Catholic children’s home as a special education, English and math teacher for elementary and middle school kids.“Some of my favorite memories would definitely be in the classroom,” Knapp said. “It was always awesome when I was teaching a difficult math concept and to finally see the light go on in one of the kid’s eyes who had been struggling for a while.”Prior to her ISSLP experience, Knapp had also completed a Summer Service Learning Program (SSLP) — another Center for Social Concerns program — in Minneapolis at a community center for the Latino population working specifically with senior citizens. Additionally, Knapp said she has always had a desire to work with kids, being the oldest of four kids herself.“I applied to do an ISSLP partly because of my experience with the SSLP,” she said. “I just found so much joy in working with both kids and senior citizens, and really wanted to expand my horizons by learning more about the world and how to become a global citizen by connecting with other populations.”Although she is still trying to discern what her future path will be, Knapp said she will hopefully be involved with international human rights law, which relates directly to her ISSLP.“I worked with a lot of kids whose parents had been members of the international drug trade, and that is an issue that I have been studying in my classes, and is something that I’m very interested in continuing to learn about and hopefully tackle in a career in policy and legislation in the future,” Knapp said.Knapp said she went down to Honduras with one other Notre Dame student, but at the site there were two long-term volunteers who were Notre Dame graduates. Having that connection and being able to talk about their Notre Dame experiences helped make the transition to living abroad easier, she said.As for who should apply, Knapp said although each site has a different level of spirituality attached to it and that the sites are not identical in terms of experiences, the students who apply should all share a particular attribute. “I would say that this program would be good for anyone who is willing to step outside of their comfort zone and to really form relationships with a wide variety of people in different circumstances,” Knapp said. Tags: Center for Social Concerns, international summer service learning program, ISSLP, servicelast_img read more

Diversity Council promotes progress with #ItsTimeND

first_imgOutside of DeBartolo Hall on Monday, shouts advertising free donuts could be heard as three representatives of Notre Dame’s Diversity Council stood at a folding table with a whiteboard reading “It’s Time” and a camera.Chris Collins #ItsTimeND, an event hosted by Diversity Council, started at 9 a.m. and was open to all, Diversity Council Co-Vice Chair junior Tony Do said. Students were able to write down an issue which they believe needs more awareness and pose for a photo. The collection of photos will then be part of a social media campaign by the Diversity Council.“It’s a time for us to foster dialogue on campus, especially about issues that need to be talked about regarding gender, race and ethnicity,” Do said. “These are things that we need to change on campus but aren’t really talked about. Our whiteboard campaign is for everybody to say what’s on their mind so that everyone can have a dialogue of what we want to change and how we can.”The concerns raised by students could be specific to Notre Dame, but were not limited to campus-specific issues, council member sophomore Morgan Lumpkin said.“It’s for everyone to raise awareness about what they think it’s time to change, whether it be in our world, in our country or at Notre Dame,” Lumpkin said. This event corresponds with the Cost of Silence Week and the StaND Against Hate Week on campus, each of which has a similar purpose to #ItsTimeND of raising awareness and making concrete changes to unjust policies, student government director of diversity and inclusion, sophomore Kaleem Minor said“We’re trying to raise awareness for any type of inequality or discrimination on campus,” Minor said. Lumpkin said she believes the student body has the ability to make a real change on Notre Dame’s campus.“Our mission is to enhance diversity and inclusion issues on campus by bringing us together,” Lumpkin said. “I hope that people recognize that there’s a lot to do, but all of us can make a difference. If everyone comes out and supports this campaign, they will be able to put their best foot forward, and say, ‘I think it’s time to change this,’ and we can all do it collectively.”#ItsTimeND has become an annual event hosted by the Diversity Council, now in its third year.Outside of this campaign, the Diversity Council is working on making changes in other aspects of the Notre Dame community, Do said. “Right now, we’re working on a few different campaigns,” Do said. “I’m in charge of the housing policy, and we’re looking for ways to find financial waivers, senior incentives and exclusion policies.”Minor spoke about the importance of the Diversity Council in making changes at Notre Dame.“Diversity Council is an interesting opportunity for clubs, and especially cultural clubs, to collaborate,” Minor said. “Without the numbers, there is no power.” Tags: #ItsTimeND, Diversity, Issueslast_img read more

COVID-19 Quarantines Increase In Chautauqua County, Two New Positive Cases Reported Sunday

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) WNY News Now / MGN Stock Image.MAYVILLE – The number of those under quarantine or isolation orders in Chautauqua County increased this weekend.The County Health Department reported Sunday 516 are now under quarantine, up 88 from 428 Saturday.Additionally, two new confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported, bringing the countywide total to 176, with 36 active.The new cases involve a child and a woman in her 70s. There remain zero people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Chautauqua County.Since the outbreak began, 133 people have recovered from COVID-19, with 7 deaths and 18,005 negative test results reported.last_img

Cooler Sunday Proceeds A Early Week Warm-Up

first_imgImage courtesy East Lakewood Weather.JAMESTOWN – The back half of the weekend will be dry and seasonable, before a gradual warm-up begins on Labor Day.A beautiful Sunday is in store. Partly Cloudy with highs in the low to mid-70’s.For tonight, a warm front will slowly approach the area that may touch off a shower or two, otherwise it will be partly cloudy with lows around 60.A system passing by to the north will slowly pass by the region early on in the new week. A warm front will stall out over the area Monday afternoon that will provide for a chance for a few showers or storms on Labor Day, otherwise it will be partly cloudy. Temperatures will range greatly tomorrow depending on if we lie in the warmer or cooler sector of the front. Southeast of the front temperatures will reach the lower-80’s while the cooler section of the front will be in the lower to mid-70’s. As the warm front pushes through the area on Monday night into Tuesday, temperatures to reach the lower-80’s for mid-week with moderate humidity. Temperatures will reach their peak on Wednesday with highs in the mid-80’s. Both days will see sunshine with a chance for a shower.The forecast gets more difficult for later in the week, that will be more determined as the week progresses.WNYNewsNow is a proud Ambassador for the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation program. 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)last_img read more