Pankiw said she believes the week will encourage students to continue the effort.“We’re optimistic,” she said. “We’re giving students service events to educate them and show them little acts of kindness can make a difference in the lives of others.” “We were trying to think of out of the box ways to bring service to Notre Dame,” she said. “Sometimes its hard to get students off campus to do service.” “While discussing ideas for service events at one of our meetings, someone brought up a news story in which over 100 people paid for the customer behind them in a Starbucks drive-through,” sophomore Annie Boyle, a member of the committee, said. “We found several similar stories and agreed that there were many opportunities for students to be a part of the ‘pay it forward’ idea.” She said the committee came up with the idea for the week as a way to encourage students to participate in a different form of community service. “Basically we are going to spend three hours hanging out with the kids, doing tutoring type things and kind of preparing for child abuse awareness month, which is in April,” he said. “Best Buy donated a few video cameras so we’re probably going to do small public service announcements talking about the month and what it is and how to tell signs of abuse.” The idea of the service effort originates from a Starbucks in Chicago were people took turns paying for the person behind them. Pankiw is a member of the Hands-On Community Service Committee, which is the group from the SCC sponsoring the event. She and six others are members of the committee, which organized the week’s events. Yesterday the committee sponsored a panel lecture with different members of the community, including two students, members of The Catholic Worker and two members of the South Dining Hall staff. Pakinaw said the week’s events started on Monday morning and will continue throughout the week. Greg Woods, also a member of the committee, said it has participated in bigger community service projects this year, but wanted to shift gears to focus on something smaller and simpler. “All year we’ve been focused on more of the bigger type events, like having a kids youth jamboree and visiting the Catholic Worker,” he said. “We’ve done a lot of hands-on service, but we thought that maybe what we could add to this was a focus on the smaller things.” “We started the week passing out hot chocolate on Monday morning in front of DeBartolo and then showed the movie ‘Pay it Forward’ in Andrews Auditorium of Geddes Hall,” she said. “We have more events scheduled for the rest of the week.” “Each person is to speak about how they’ve paid it forward in their own lives or how its helped people in their own lives,” she said. The idea is simple, three big favors for three other people. That’s it.The Sophomore Class Council (SCC) kicked off a community service week emphasizing doing small acts of kindness for others, based on premise of the 2000 movie “Pay it Forward” starring Haley Joel Osment and Kevin Spacey. “Our hope is with the events we have scheduled people are being educated and it will start to have a similar effect at Notre Dame,” sophomore Erin Pankiw said. Woods said the committee coordinated an afternoon at the Boys and Girls Club in South Bend for an alternative type of community service that focuses more on social justice. Boyle said the mission of the week is to encourage the rest of campus to adopt the idea of doing acts of kindness for others. The week’s events were summed up Wednesday evening with a prayer service in Geddes Hall following the service trip to the Boys and Girls Club. Woods said he hopes after this the idea will take off and students will continue to perform acts of kindness.“This week is something we hope to see grow, but then again its something that should become more of an everyday thing,” he said. “Hopefully people take the message and move forward and make it part of their everyday lives.” “The idea of ‘paying it forward’ is for someone who has received an act of kindness to do something for another person, asking not for gratitude in return but for him or her to do the same,” she said. “As a result, a sort of chain of good deeds develops. We wanted to bring the positive spirit of this idea to our campus.”
Blogs are a positive medium from which students can learn, Assistant Director of Graduate Studies in Theology Todd Walatka said in a workshop Thursday. The workshop, “Enhancing Discussion Through Student Blogs,” highlighted the pros, cons and logistics of student blogging. Walatka said he introduced the idea of blogging to his Foundations of Theology class last fall after reading about student blogging on … a blog. “I was trying to come up with some way to have students write regularly for the class, but in a way that was more effective than a common reflection paper,” he said. The main goal of student blogging is to generate conversations before and during class, he said. Student blogs also allow him to easily address any information students misunderstand in the reading, Walatka said. “They’re reading and then formulating thoughts about the text, so it’s not passive learning,” he said. “I think one of the main benefits is [the blog] is due 36 hours before class. I read every single [student blog] before class to see if they misunderstood something and address that in class. If one has a strong post, I can point it out.” Students also receive assignments through the blog. Freshman Arthur Laciak, a student in Walatka’s class, said every Tuesday they read from the Bible and respond to a prompt in 200 to 400 words. “We format our posts on our WordPress blog,” he said. “Then we write two comments on some of our group members’ blogs.” Walataka said he hopes the blog posts will teach students to write in a concise manner. “I hope they’ve improved their ability to engage [with] text and one another at a sophisticated [level], he said. “In the blog, they write 200 to 400 words, so it has to be to the point. I hope there are certain skills that they learn by blogging that carry on past the class.” Since its introduction to the Foundations of Theology class, the trend has spread. Other Theology courses now incorporate blogs into their course syllabi and Walatka said he hopes the use of blogging in classes will continue to grow. “I hope something like this catches on,” he said. “Blogging happens to be a technology that positively supports the engagement of materials before class for the students and professor. It is effective in reaching these goals.”
Though within the Notre Dame community the appeal of Notre Dame football seems all but universal, the new seating policy enacted during Saturday’s football game garnered mixed reactions from students. Through the 2012 season, students sat in assigned seats during home football games. After a group of students decided they would sit together during games, they would sign up as members of the same group and receive assigned seats together. The new seating policy for the 2013 season mandates that students will receive tickets based on class year, but that within each section the seats will be general admission. Sophomore Marissa Bowman said she initially thought that the new seating arrangement would generate undue stress among her peers. “I thought that the tailgaters would be upset about getting bad seats,” she said. Sophomore Matt O’Brien said his feelings remained mixed regarding the new seating policy at Notre Dame. “The new seating system is a step forward, but it could be improved. I would like to be able to sit with people in different classes, since I have an older brother and older friends at the university,” O’Brien said. “There are a lot of people in this situation. Over the last twenty years, we have always sat together, and it is extremely unfortunate that it is no longer the case.” Sophomore Brian Lach said he approves of the new stadium seating setup. “There is more manageability with general admission because there are fewer constraints on where you can sit, as opposed to assigned seating,” he said. Senior Chris Andrews said he felt unsure about the changes. He said that students who arrived late to the game were unable to sit in their assigned sections. “I felt that people were unsure when to arrive at the stadium to get the seats that they wanted, which made group coordination more difficult,” Andrews said. When Leprechaun Legion president spoke to The Observer about the group’s intentions behind the seating policy, he said the goal was to create a “mutually beneficial” situation for players and students, facilitating a better game day experience for everyone involved. “This new system allows people who want to be there to get close to the game, and it gets rid of the chance that they might be stuck in the top row,” Cunningham said in a April 19 Observer article. Some fans said they felt concerned that the most spirited students would not end up at the front of their sections with the new arrangement, as the Leprechaun Legion hoped. However, freshman Gretchen Bruggeman, did not feel that this was the case. “I think that it made more people more exciting about being in the front row,” she said. “There were a lot of freshmen there an hour early to get the best spots.” She said she thinks the system was less hectic and better organized than her past experiences attending games as a visitor. James Heisler, a junior, said he preferred the original method of student seating. “The system was not as bad as originally anticipated, but there is a proposal that I think would be better,” Heisler said. “At the end of the day, the new seating system, while not perfect, does allow you the opportunity to randomly meet the love of your life your life as you search for a seat,” he said.
A Notre Dame computer science and engineering professor has been awarded one of the most prestigious awards in his field.Dr. Peter Kogge was presented the Charles Babbage Award at the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers’ 2014 International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium in Phoenix in May, in recognition of his contributions to the field.According to a press release, Kogge, a Notre Dame alumnus, is considered the father of the computer who originated the concept of a programmable computer.Kogge, who has served as the Ted. H. McCourtney professor of the department of computer science and engineering at Notre Dame since 1994, was recognized for “innovations in advanced computer architecture and systems,” as stated in a press release. His research areas include massively parallel processing architectures, advanced VLSI and nanotechnologies and their relationship to computing systems architectures, non-von Neumann models of programming and execution, and parallel algorithms and applications and their impact on computer architecture.He has been the recipient of numerous awards in the past, but the Babbage award towers over most of his illustrious accomplishments.“The Babbage award ranks with the [Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award] as my top awards,” Kogge said.According to a press release, the Babbage award has been awarded annually since 1989.Kogge is perhaps best known for his development of the space shuttle I/O processor, the world’s first multi-threaded processor to fly in space.“The purpose of the I/O processor was to manage all the communications between all the sensors and actuators on the shuttle and the guidance computers,” Kogge said. “In a sense the IOP was thus essentially the first parallel processor to fly in space.”Kogge is also well known for his invention of the Kogge-Stone adder process. According to a press release, this process is still considered the fastest means of adding numbers in a computer.While his current endeavors require a partial leave from campus as he begins a startup company, Kogge plans on continuing his Notre Dame research, which aims to change the connection between a computer’s memory and processor.“A few years ago, Jay Brockman, who is also on the Notre Dame CSE faculty, and I started to develop new computers that are designed for really big data applications,” Kogge said.Kogge said appreciated the opportunities his Notre Dame education has provided him.“My Notre Dame education was a central aspect in my ability to accomplish what I have done in my career, and this effect is not limited to me,” Kogge said.Kogge was astounded by how many Note Dame graduates held high managerial and technical roles during his time at IBM, according to a press release.“Interestingly enough, it wasn’t just the technical education at Notre Dame that was so important, but the development of the ability to communicate with others, especially in both understanding others real problems and then documenting solutions that are believably correct,” Kogge said. “This is a hallmark of why so many Notre Dame graduates have done so well.”Tags: Charles Babbage Award, Computer science, engineering
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence vetoed a bill today that would give private university police departments different standards for public records than public police departments.House Bill 1022, introduced by State Rep. Patrick Bauer (D-South Bend) in January, would have changed state law to require private university police departments to release records relating only to arrests and incarcerations.“Throughout my public career, I have long believed in the public’s right to know and a free and independent press,” Pence said in a written statement. “Limiting access to police records in a situation where private university police departments perform a government function is a disservice to the public and an unnecessary barrier to transparency.”Today was the last day for Pence to sign or veto the bill; otherwise, it would have become a law without his signature.The bill was approved by a unanimous vote in the House and a 49-to-1 vote in the Senate. Throughout the bill’s legislative process, a high-profile lawsuit between ESPN and Notre Dame over access to the University’s private police records has been unfolding.The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled in favor of ESPN on March 15, finding Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) a public agency subject to public record laws and reversing the decision of the trial court. The case was remanded to the trial court to determine what types of records NDSP will be required to produce under Indiana’s Access to Public Records Act (APRA).“While House Enrolled Act 1022 provides for limited disclosure of records from private university police departments, it would limit the application of the Access to Public Records Act following the Court of Appeals decision and result in less disclosure, therefore I have decided to veto the bill. Hoosiers may be assured that my administration will always be vigilant to preserve government accountability and the public’s right to know,” Pence said in the statement.Tags: APRA, ESPN lawsuit, Governor Pence, House Bill 1022, NDSP, public records, veto
The Notre Dame student senate passed an amendment Wednesday night allowing the Executive Programming Board to meet within four weeks of the beginning of the second semester instead of meeting in January.Student body president Corey Robinson thanked those who attended the Mass for Immigrants and Refugees on Monday night, calling the homily’s message “very powerful.” Senators were encouraged to read the homily by Rev. Daniel Groody, an associate professor at Notre Dame.In addition, Warren von Eschenbach, associate vice president and assistant provost for internationalization, spoke to the group about the purpose and programs of Notre Dame International.“Our mission is to internationalize all aspects of the University … and that includes domestically,” he said.While the office does work with the Office of Admissions to increase the number of international students at Notre Dame, its primary focus is to build Notre Dame’s profile around the globe, which includes improving Notre Dame’s reputation abroad.“We’re not very well-known,” Eschenbach said of Notre Dame’s reputation outside of the U.S. “That’s part of our mission is to think how do we strategically build partnerships.”Another focus of the office is to help Notre Dame students find research and internship opportunities in other countries and assist faculty members in doing research internationally.It partners with the Career Center to post international internships on Go Irish so all students have access to the information. Eschenbach said the office is trying to formalize the process to help students secure more internships abroad.Notre Dame International is primarily building its partnerships through its Global Gateways and Global Centers, which are in cities such as Beijing, Dublin, London and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Eschenbach described these as “embass[ies] for the University” that help engage the region and bring Notre Dame students into the area.The office partners with several other on-campus offices, such as the Center for Social Concerns and the Keough School of Global Affairs, to offer its programs.“Why are we doing this? Of course, we want to raise our reputation internationally, but I do think it really fits Notre Dame’s mission,” Eschenbach said. “We are blessed with a lot of resources and recognize that there’s a world in need that if we bring our resources there, we can make a contribution in a unique way in those particular areas.”Senators asked Eschenbach about his office’s response to the recent events concerning travel bans. He said Notre Dame International released a statement and met with students who may be affected by the bans shortly after the bans were announced in order to provide technical information about traveling, visas and other needs the students might have.“We’re in constant dialogue about this issue, as you would expect,” he said.Tags: Keough School of Global Affairs, Notre Dame International, student senate
Notre Dame’s student senate reckoned with the University’s handling of sexual misconduct Monday evening, discussing the the institution’s stance on Title IX revisions and Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s honorary degree.Student government director of gender relations and student body president-elect Elizabeth Boyle presented about the Trump administration’s proposed revisions to the federal law Title IX, which dictates how colleges handle accusations of sexual harassment and assault.“These are some really important, really scary changes,” Boyle said.Notre Dame issued a public comment to the Department of Education in response to the proposed Title IX revisions, expressing support for the changes. Notably, the University supported new regulations requiring mediation between victims and the alleged perpetrators, a practice that Boyle said is not trauma-informed.“[Mediation is] really, really horrible for survivors to have to go through,” Boyle said. “Unfortunately, Notre Dame is already practicing this mediation process and was doing that before these changes even happened.”Additionally, Notre Dame supported the Trump administration’s proposal to lower a colleges’ liability for investigating incidents of sexual harassment and assault.Previously, colleges could be liable for mishandling a claim of sexual misconduct brought to any mandatory reporter, such as a professor or rector. Under the proposed new standards, however, colleges would only be responsible for handling claims brought to top administrative officials.Lowering liability standards “is really, really harmful and further limits the people that survivors can trust and tell about their case,” Boyle said.Finally, Boyle expressed concern regarding Notre Dame’s opposition to changes that would require colleges to provide students with a lawyer and help victims gather evidence.Notre Dame is facing eight federal investigations for violating Title IX. The 2015 documentary “The Hunting Ground” made Notre Dame notorious for its mishandling of sexual assault claims, Boyle said. These investigations parallel elements of the Catholic sex abuse scandal, which remains a major issue on Notre Dame’s campus.Following Boyle’s presentation, senators shifted the discussion to the sexual abuse allegations brought against the former Cardinal and Archbishop of Washington Theodore McCarrick. McCarrick faces multiple allegations of sexually abusing minors and currently holds an honorary degree from the University.Senators voted unanimously in favor of a resolution calling for University President Fr. John Jenkins to revoke McCarrick’s honorary Notre Dame law degree, which he was awarded in 2008. Jenkins issued a statement in August saying that the University does not plan to revoke McCarrick’s honorary degree until the Vatican concludes its canonical trial. The University made a similar decision to wait for a civil court conviction before revoking Bill Cosby’s honorary degree in 2018. But many student government leaders argued that this precedent should not prevent the University from taking immediate action in McCarrick’s case.“What’s important to consider is that this is a very different case,” director of faith and service Aaron Benavides said. “Archbishop McCarrick was very closely tied to the University … and there really is no question in the [credibility of the] allegations against McCarrick.”Many senators argued Catholic leadership has already taken enough action to prove McCarrick’s guilt. A review board of the New York Archdiocese called the accusations against McCarrick credible, and several other Catholic universities have already revoked honorary degrees from McCarrick.Senators signaled their resolve on the issue of sexual assault with their swift and decisive move to condemn McCarrick. Student body vice president Corey Gayheart said in an interview following the meeting that student government leaders will be looking into the issue of sexual assault more in the coming weeks and months. “Please make sure that you’re dialed in and focused for the remainder of our term,” Gayheart urged senators. “I think we can get a lot of … really good things done if we stick to it and keep working hard.”Tags: Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Notre Dame Student Senate, sexual assault, Title IX
This report was updated Aug. 20 at 10:05 p.m.In an email to students Thursday afternoon, interim vice president for student affairs Gloria Roldán Jenkins announced the immediate change to the visitor policy which will last at least two weeks. In addition, visitors may not visit public areas on campus grounds.“As we seek to limit exposure to the virus for students on our campus, effective immediately and for at least the next two weeks, students at Saint Mary’s may not have visitors on campus grounds,” Jenkins said. “This includes visitors from our tri-campus community, and the general external population. It also affects visits in public areas on campus grounds, including those in cars, on the nature trail, and walks on our pathways.”Though students in residence halls can continue to visit each other using the proper safety protocols, off-campus students can no longer visit students living in dorms.Jenkins also reaffirmed the College’s commitment to uphold the decisions by Notre Dame and Holy Cross to not allow Saint Mary’s visitors on their campuses. Alternative plans are in place for students who take classes outside their home campus, so they can continue their coursework virtually.“We are joining our neighbors in their endeavor to maintain a safe and healthy community by supporting their decision to not allow Saint Mary’s students to visit Notre Dame and Holy Cross College campuses for the next two weeks,” Jenkins said. “Saint Mary’s students enrolled in classes at Notre Dame and Holy Cross will participate in their classes virtually. Notre Dame and Holy Cross students who have classes at Saint Mary’s can also participate in their classes virtually.”Jenkins encouraged students to report anyone who makes them feel uncomfortable with their noncompliance to the policy via a Student Concern Form. She also warned that anyone in serious violation of new standards will face disciplinary measures, including the potential removal from the College.“Belles, while Saint Mary’s is part of a tri-campus community, we are a fully independent campus,” Jenkins said. “Our choices are our own. Because of this, we have an opportunity to take action — and limit the virus on our campus. Please do your part and hold others accountable for doing theirs.”In a second email Thursday evening, interim vice president for student affairs Gloria Roldán Jenkins announced that for at least the next two weeks, informal social gatherings will be limited to 15 people.“This does not include classroom instruction, Mass, student organization approved events and meetings or other formal student events,” Jenkins said.Jenkins went on to ask students to dramatically decrease their time off campus and only attend essential events.Jenkins referred students to the College’s Live, Learn, Work page for daily updates on positive cases.“For the protection of everyone, it is imperative that you are aware of how many positive cases there are in our College community,” Jenkins said. “Our online COVID-19 status is updated daily with the number of positive cases. This number reflects all those whose tests are conducted on campus, as well as those reported tests off campus.”Additionally, Jenkins reminded students to report all positive results to the Health and Counseling Center.“As a reminder, you must report your COVID test results to Health and Counseling by calling 574-284-4805, even if the test was conducted at a local laboratory,” Jenkins said.Tags: COVID-19, fall 2020, Gloria Jenkins, Saint Mary’s College
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 Storm Hartmann / WNY News Now.FALCONER — The main disagreement between Democrats and Republicans in the latest COVID-19 relief package is federal funding for states, cities and counties, which would mean drastic cuts to vital services.That’s the warning from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who voiced her concerns Friday while visiting the FeedMore WNY Distribution Center in Falconer.“Without more money for cities, states and counties, anything that isn’t mandated will be cut,” Gillibrand said. “Anything that really gets into the deepest needs of our communities is the first to get cut.”She said cuts would be to areas such as first responders, child care and other non-mandated social programs. Previously Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said local governments would face the brunt of the cuts, with education and health care most impacted.Gillibrand said the package is being negotiated and she remains hopeful the Senate can vote on a relief bill sometime next week.
BLAST LEA MICHELE’S “LOUDER”Album hits store shelves March 3Spring Awakening-sweetheart-turned-Glee-superstar Lea Michele’s debut album officially drops, and after getting a preview on iTunes, we can already tell “On My Way” is our new workout song, “Louder” is an awesome driving track and “What Is Love?” will be reserved for bawling-our-eyes-out sob sessions. Buy the album! RAISE A TOAST TO THE GREAT COMETClosing March 2 at the Kazino Off-BroadwayGrab a shot glass and your favorite Russian vodka, because it’s your last chance to drink to one of the season’s must-see musicals, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. The immersive extravaganza invites you to pass love notes with Pierre, learn secrets from Natasha and swoon over Anatole, all in a tent in the middle of Times Square. Oh, and it comes with pierogis. Click for tickets! Star Files WATCH IDINA MENZEL “LET IT GO” LIVEMarch 2 on ABCThe day is finally here! After weeks of belting in the shower, braiding our hair and making snowmen, we’re finally ready for the highlight of our year: Idina Menzel is singing “Let It Go” at the Oscars! Idina, we hope you’ve had plenty of rest, steamed your voice and had your pastilles, because it’s show time. Knock ‘em dead (and bring home an EGOT for Frozen composer Robert Lopez)! View Comments SING THE HITS WITH NORM LEWISMarch 8 at the Allen RoomYou’ve seen him swoon over Audra McDonald in Porgy and Bess, go under the sea in The Little Mermaid and survey the stars in Les Miz—now see Norm just be Norm! In his American Songbook concert, the Tony nominee will pay tribute to the performers that inspire him. Plus, this gorgeous view is included. Click for tickets! Winter: Will it ever end? We’re actually starting to believe this ridiculous weather might last forever, but instead of pouting about it and hiding under a blanket, we’re (gasp) venturing out of the house to check out a few of the awesome events happening in the real world. (But just in case you’re still hibernating, we’ve also included two completely indoor activities you can do without opening the front door—you’re welcome!) Check out our picks of the week! GO ALL THE WAY WITH LBJOpens March 6 at the Neil Simon TheatreBreaking Bad fave Bryan Cranston is trying his hand at Broadway—no, not as the mastermind behind an underground meth ring, but as a U.S. President. Cranston will recreate history as Lyndon B. Johnson in All the Way, the story of the 36th president’s first tumultuous year in office. Yes we can! Oh wait, wrong guy. Click for tickets! Idina Menzel