Month: January 2021

first_imgTo help the South Bend homeless population combat the cold this winter, Saint Mary’s students are collecting clothing to be given to the Center for the Homeless to distribute. Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Studies Honor Society, hosted the clothing drive, which concludes at the end of this week. Senior Alex Davin, president of Lambda Pi Eta at Saint Mary’s, said it felt right to give back to South Bend. “The main reason we wanted to work with the Center for the Homeless is that we can give back to the local community of South Bend,” Davin said. “Our local community is in need, and it feels right giving South Bend the attention it needs.” Davin contacted the Center for the Homeless over winter break to see if the Center wanted to collaborate on the clothing drive. “The Center for the Homeless is always looking for extra clothing, especially during the winter, to give to their guests,” Davin said. “We all know how cold South Bend winters are.” Peter Lombardo, director of the Center for the Homeless, spoke at a meeting held by Lambda Pi Eta last semester and made some suggestions for the group of women to help out the local South Bend community. He said Lambda Pi Eta and the Center have been in contact since last semester. “Alex and I spoke a few times about several different opportunities,” Lombardo said. “The clothing drive is the first thing lined up for this semester between Lambda Pi Eta and the Center for the Homeless. The girls of Lambda Pi Eta have done a terrific job so far.” Davin and other members of Lambda Pi Eta decided a clothing drive on campus would be a great way to give back to the surrounding community. The clothing collection boxes are located in all residence halls as well as Opus, and the Student Center on Saint Mary’s campus. The drive is open to all men, women and children’s clothing — particularly winter wear — as well as towels. The Center for the Homeless is also open for weather amnesty, meaning extended hours and capacity, during the winter — another reason why the clothing drive is so important. “People come to the Center usually with just the clothes on their backs,” Lombardo said. “This clothing drive is a great way for the Center and Saint Mary’s College to help out people in South Bend.”last_img read more

first_imgStoring files just got more convenient for members of the Notre Dame community. OIT (Office of Information Technologies) recently sent out an email about Box, the cloud storage system Notre Dame students, faculty and staff now can access. The Box project began this summer, and since the introduction of Box to campus, approximately 2,500 accounts have been created, according to information technology engineer Matt Willimore. Ron Kraemer, vice president for information technologies, said Box came into being after students and faculty asked for more file storage space. “Notre Dame faculty and students consistently were asking for more storage and the ability to easily access and share information anytime, with anyone, from anywhere, on any device,” Kraemer said. “Through Box, we were able to address that request quickly and securely, and in the process better serve teaching, learning, research and University operations.” Willimore said Box permits its users to share files and collaborate on documents with anyone in the world, with no additional software. “You can easily share documents with your instructors, friends and classmates in a secure location, and access files that have been shared with you,” he said. Students can use Box for documents, images and projects related to their coursework and other activities so that they can easily be maintained and shared, Willimore said. “The content on Box can be shared both, internally and externally, accessed through mobile devices and extended to partner applications such as Google Apps,” he said. “You can also sync files from your computer and access them on most mobile phones.” Willimore said content located on Box is not monitored, however, OIT can see how many accounts are created in a time period. Box is also an easy way to backup, sync and store files with the 50 gigabytes of storage space, he said. Notre Dame was one of the first schools to sign the Box through Internet2, Willimore said. Internet2 is a consortium of universities working in partnership with the government and industry to deploy new technology, according to the group’s website. Willimore said said Cornell, Carnegie Mellon and Cal-Berkeley are among the other early adopters of the service. To set up a Box account go to and enter your NetID and password in the Central Authentication Service (CAS). Contact Charitha Isanaka at [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgWith the announcement that The Shirt Project will use Alta Gracia as its vendor again this year, proceeds from the sale of The Shirt will continue to improve the lives of apparel factory workers in Villa Altagracia, Dominican Republic. The 2013 Shirt marks the second collaboration between Notre Dame and Alta Gracia, a brand division of Knights Apparel that provides licensed apparel to universities around the country. Alta Gracia’s stated commitment to providing its workers with a living wage makes it a unique vendor. Knights Apparel founder and CEO Joe Bozich said it has been independently verified that Alta Gracia pays its workers a living wage. “This means they are getting paid the amount of money required for their family to meet all of life’s necessities, including food, water, clothing, housing, and energy, healthcare, child care, transportation and education,” Bozich said. “We have included in the wages paid to the employees enough money so they can afford to send their children to school, get an education and have hope for a better future. “Alta Gracia is a pathway out of poverty and hope for a better future for the people making this college apparel.” Junior Catherine Simonson, a Shirt Project Executive Committee member in charge of ­­media and public relations, said the decision to use Alta Gracia again was based on the quality of its product and its commitment to workers’ rights. “They were a top runner to begin with,” Simonson said. “Their presentation was just extremely impressive, and we did consider a couple of different vendors, but at the end of the day, it was pretty unanimous that we wanted Alta [Gracia] again.” Simonson said the company pays its workers in the Dominican Republic more than 340 percent of what the law requires them to pay. “We’re really happy to work with them again,” she said. Simonson noted Notre Dame’s contributions to Alta Gracia have been significant. “Last year, the opportunity afforded by The Shirt Committee paid 135 workers and their families a living wage, which was the largest single school commitment to Alta Gracia for 2012,” Simonson said. Bozich said the relationship between Notre Dame and Alta Gracia is founded on a strong, shared dedication to justice, dignity and hope for workers. “[Notre Dame and Alta Gracia] have something very important in common, and that is a commitment to social justice,” he said. “Through the charitable nature of The Shirt program, [Notre Dame] and The Shirt program are providing hope for those in need and those less fortunate.” Simonson couldn’t divulge any details about the design of the 2013 Shirt, which will officially be unveiled April 19, but she promised it would be worth the wait. “People [from The Shirt Committee] just went down to one of the warehouses in South Carolina to go see a couple markups of The Shirt design that we have right now,” Simonson said. “We have some really cool stuff in the works.”last_img read more

first_imgBefore Notre Dame took on Massachussetts on Saturday, a panel composed of Notre Dame faculty convened in Jordan Hall of Science to discuss “Science, Religion and Environmental Change: How it Relates to the encyclical the Pope Has Issued.”Panel moderator Mary Galvin, dean of the College of Science, said the discussion is particularly timely given that Pope Francis has been speaking about his encyclical, “Laudato si’” and the moral obligation to solve the issue of climate change during his visit to the United States.“Pope Francis in a statement said ‘Climate change is a problem that can no longer be left to future generations,’” Galvin said. “‘When it comes to the care of our common home, we are living at a critical moment.’”The first panelist, David Lodge, professor of biology and director of the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative, began the panel by giving some historical context.“At the intersection of science and religion, you can’t just jump into any modern document and think that it can be taken entirely at face value,” he said. “You want to think about how the scientific community … might react to such a document. The history of the interaction between Christianity and science has been, to say the least, a little fraught on occasion.”Lodge spoke specifically of the conflicts between Galileo, Darwinism and environmentalism and the Church. He said these are three examples “on which it’s difficult to even entertain a serious, polite conversation sometimes” between the Church and the scientific community.“And into that context steps Pope Francis,” Lodge said. “And Pope Francis and the encyclical really provide some just wonderfully refreshing surprises in this context. … Pope Francis takes science really seriously … so scientists can read this document and feel perhaps pleasantly surprised given the context I described.”Lodge also said Francis writes in the encyclical that environmental change should be a moral concern for humans everywhere, not just those who are directly affected by it at this moment in time or those who place an intrinsic value on the lives of other creatures.“In the encyclical Pope Francis says ‘Interdependence obliges us to think of one world with a common path,’” Lodge said. “God does not only love us, the Pope says, he loves all the other critters, too, and that’s the basis of the moral obligation.”Panelist Georges Enderle, professor of international business ethics said people need to accept climate change is a problem in the world today.“I think it is very crucial to open our eyes and face reality,” he said. “This is not just the opinion of a few people studying philosophy, but I think it’s an urgent need which is emphasized by the Pope in this encyclical.”“Climate change is an enormously complex and urgent problem,” Enderle said. “We need new dialogue, and the Pope, in his address to the joint session and to Congress … urges us to talk together, to seek together and to have a dialogue, because only then will we have a chance to address those important issues. We need action at all levels. The rule of law in a country is a public good, which means everybody benefits from it, and a war is a public bad. Everybody is affected by it. And so, if you say … the climate issue is a public bad, we have to think about how to address it.”The third panelist, Joyce Coffee, managing director of Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN), said she believes through his encyclical, the Pope has made the issue of climate change a human rights issue that is not just for Americans to think about in terms of how it affects first-world countries such as the United States.“The Pope has really put the question of climate change firmly and unequivocally as a human rights question,” she said. “Those living in lower incomes in least-developed countries experience 10 times more climate impacts than those in rich countries on an annual basis. Our data also showed that it would take more than 100 years for lower income countries to reach the level of resilience that we enjoy in upper-income countries, and this disproportionate risk is something the Papal encyclical calls out.”Coffee also spoke to ND-GAIN’s mission, saying the organization’s mission of service to justice, educating the next generation of leaders and increasing the world’s awareness about the need to adapt to climate change, lines up with Pope Francis’s call to action in his encyclical.“We believe that if we can increase the uptick of investments that save lives and improve livelihoods in the face of global shifts, we will in fact be addressing that incredible call to action that is throughout the Papal encyclical,” Coffee said. “We will actually be seizing opportunities for these collateral benefits of climate adaptation … the Pope spoke to. … Climate adaptation lifts more out of poverty. … Climate adaptation can help decrease armed conflict, especially when that conflict is driven by droughts and food insecurity.”Alan Hamlet, assistant professor in the department of civil environmental engineering and earth sciences, said the encyclical makes the need to address water as a part of this discussion clear.“Almost everything that we care about, in a global context right down to our daily lives, is very connected with water,” he said. “The encyclical does an absolutely great job of laying down the connections between social, technical, economic and so forth, all of those systems. And embedded in almost all of those issues is water.”Hamlet said the world needs to move away from looking to past water trends to predict future ones and to move past the damage report into solutions.“There’s a great need, in the water sector, to move beyond the use of historical records for our planning,” Hamlet said. “We assume that the variability we’ve seen in the past with historical records is a crystal ball of sorts for the future. With climate change, that idea is really gone and we need to use models instead of observations. … We also need to move beyond the damage report. … It is an extensive, formidable list, but we need now to move beyond saying what is going to break to saying how we are going to try to fix it.”Despite the panelists’ praise of Pope Francis’s encyclical for addressing many critical issues, they also voiced concerns about certain aspects, such as its specificity to which it did not address other topics that they felt should be mentioned.During her introduction, Galvin said Notre Dame is already taking necessary steps to meet the challenge presented in the Papal encyclical.“This is a critical time which will require all of us to act,” she said. “At Notre Dame, Fr. John Jenkins announced this week, on Monday, that Notre Dame will cease burning coal in five years and cut CO2 emissions in half by 2030.”The panelists also spoke about the unique role Notre Dame may play as a Catholic university in carrying out the mission presented by Pope Francis in his encyclical.“I came upon the line [in the encyclical] that said, ‘Young people demand change,’” Coffee said. “‘They wonder how anyone can claim to be building a better future without thinking of the environment degradation and suffering of the excluded.’ I thought that sounds so much like the mission statement here. … I think that we have a real opportunity here to further that quest for human solidarity within the curriculum, action and work that happens at our University that impact society, to really bring more service to justice through the University’s efforts to educate the next generation of leaders.”Tags: and Environmental Change”, encyclical, Professor panel, religion, sciencelast_img read more

first_imgEditor’s note: This is the second day in a series on disability at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s. Today’s stories examine the services available to students at the University and the College. Any student can register with Disability Services to request accommodations, according to coordinator Scott Howland.Eric Richelsen “It starts by providing documentation for the disability, so that can vary from pretty extensive evaluations that have been done for a learning disability or ADHD, or it could just be information from a medical doctor about a condition,” he said. “In some cases, if it were an obvious disability probably less information is needed, if anything at all.”The largest group of students served by the office are students with ADHD, Howland said, but the fastest-growing group is students with mental health issues. “Really, about 90 percent of the students we work with, they have non-visible disabilities,” he said. “We work with 650 students that are registered with the office, so if students are looking around campus and think they are identifying students with disabilities, they are really only seeing a small fraction.” The requirements on institutions of higher education are different from elementary, middle and high schools, Howland said. “The difference is that, with K-12, it’s really the responsibility of the school to identify the students that have disabilities. Their ultimate goal is academic success of the student,” he said. “In higher education, we want the student to be successful as well, but really, students must self-identify to the University as having a disability, and again, we’re just trying to remove barriers to give them the same opportunity. Our ultimate goal is that we’re giving students the same opportunity to be successful. “In that sense, in K-12, they might provide more tutoring, more specialized instruction. We’re providing more access.”Vice president for student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding said the University sees its role as one of providing the chance for all students to succeed.“It is our responsibility as administrators to ensure that every student has the opportunity to flourish during their time at Notre Dame,” Hoffmann Harding said.“Like other Universities, we are seeing an increased need for the resources and services offered by our Office of Disability Services. We aim to continue educating the campus community — faculty, staff and students alike — about these resources so students can make an informed decision about what they may need at any given time, so they can experience Notre Dame to their fullest potential.”Accommodations Every academic accommodation is made with the idea of providing equal access, Howland, said but also maintaining the integrity of the class. “Accommodations are not provided that would lower the standard or alter the class significantly for a student with disability. It’s achieving the same goal, but taking a different way or method to get there,” he said.  After a student has self-identified and requested accommodations from the University, Howland said he would meet with the student to discuss reasonable accommodations. “We would talk about specific accommodations, where they’re needed, how we would go about implementing them and how we would go about determining what might be reasonable, what’s not reasonable in the scope of a class. They might ask for an accommodation for a class that we might not be able to provide because it has too much of an impact on the integrity of the class,” he said. “Because every student is different, and every class is different, there is a process by which my office would ultimately decide what’s the reasonable accommodations. “Of course we’d also be consulting the department, faculty members, in making that decision. So there is a process, for instance, if I think a student should have an accommodation in a class and the professor disagrees. Then our policies outline the process by which then that might be elevated to the dean’s office or the provost’s office to determine how the University would respond to the request.”Some accommodations can be provided quickly upon a student’s request, Howland said, such as acquiring a large print or electronic version of a textbook for a student who has a disability that impacts their ability to read standard print. “Other accommodations, it might be asking for modification to a part of a class or to a major, those are going to take a little bit longer. We generally try to get some sort of response to the student within a week to two weeks,” he said. Howland said the office evaluates the efficacy of accommodations throughout the semester. “We do it more formally at the end of the year, but we would do that continually throughout the year as well — we would seek feedback from students to get their feeling as to whether the accommodations were appropriate and helpful,” he said.   Service dogs and emotional support animals Accommodations available to students also include the opportunity to have service dogs and emotional support animals on campus, Howland said. “There are two categories: service animals, which can now only be a dog, and the intention of a service dog is to provide a specific task to a student with a disability,” he said. “That could be providing guidance around campus for someone with a visual impairment, there could be a service dog for someone with diabetes, that would help them better detect when their blood sugar is higher or lower.” Emotional support animals do not necessarily have to be dogs and typically aid those with a mental health condition and provide a calming effect with their presence, Howland said. “When it’s an emotional support animal, it’s really restricted to the student’s dorm room. Obviously they can take it out for exercise or to go to the bathroom, but really it’s limited to their dorm room,” he said. “It can’t go to the dining hall or anything like that, whereas service animals can go anyplace on campus the student can go, with the exception of like a science lab that is a clean lab that’s using protective suits and things like that.” Study abroad Howland said he has encouraged students who have received accommodations from Disability Services to participate in study abroad programs, especially as more countries have adopted basic standards for accommodations.“Depending on the setting, if a student has needed housing accommodations, then we we would try to work with that setting to provide similar accommodations while they are abroad,” he said. “The only time I might try to discourage a student or make a student aware of potential problems, [is] if they are a student in a wheelchair or they are looking at countries where they might run into accessibility problems. We’ve had students that have traveled in many programs.”Academic accommodations are also available to students in abroad programs, Howland said. “One of the challenges is if it is a student that has needed academic accommodations, but they’re taking classes that are part of another university and not necessarily under Notre Dame’s supervision, the laws might differ in those countries as far as what accommodations they can provide,” he said. “We had a student that studied in Jerusalem, and some of those courses were taken at different schools — the people that were Notre Dame contacts or representatives in those countries were still able to help with coordinating with accommodations. … It still worked, but sometimes it can be more a challenging if there’s less control over the classes a student is taking.”Peer institutions The University “compares fairly well” to private schools that are members of the Association of American Universities (AAU), Howland said, in terms of the number of students served. “Staffing, I think we might be a little bit lower,” he said. “We’re working with around 650 students, and there’s two full-time staff and a half-time administrative assistant.”The Sara Bea Center for Disability Services primarily acts as a testing center for students who need accommodations for exams, Howland said. “This fall, it will be 10 years since we’ve been here, and I think we’ve begun to outgrow the space,” he said. “A goal would be to add additional space, and additional staff that can continue to provide a lot of one-to-one assistance.” Stanford University is a university that Notre Dame aspires to become a peer of, Howland said. “They’re a school that has developed, from the point that they have a very large staff, and they have the Office of Accessible Education,” he said. “They have a much greater staff than we do. I think that is one, that I would look to, as a highly-selective institution that is leading.”Tags: disability, Disability series 2016, Observer Disability Series 2016, Office of Disability Serviceslast_img read more

first_imgAmerican civil rights activist Diane Nash — who led the first successful campaign to desegregate lunch counters, was a part of the Selma voting rights movement and co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee — shared her personal experiences with racism and her integral efforts in the civil rights movement Tuesday.Nash was first exposed to the full extent of overt, state-sponsored racial segregation as a college student at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, she said. During the fall of 1959, Nash said she was shocked into the reality of Jim Crow laws in the south. Originally from the south side of Chicago, she said she was always aware segregation existed but did not know its severity until she moved to the south. “When I obeyed segregation rules, it felt like I was agreeing that I was too inferior to go through front doors or [to] restaurants, swimming pools and other public accommodations,” Nash said.In downtown Nashville, African Americans could only purchase food in restaurants on a take-out basis, she said. When she walked down the streets during lunchtime, African Americans lined the curbs and alleys, eating the lunches they brought from home or bought as take-out, she added.Nash said she was dissatisfied with the word “nonviolence” as it pertains to the civil rights movements of the 1960s.“Nonviolence means absence of violence,” she said. “[I] wanted a term that encompassed more than the absence of violence.”Nash’s dissatisfaction led her to coin the phrase “agapic energy,” meaning energy produced by a love for humankind. Inspired by Mohandas Gandhi’s way of observing love energy, as well as the Greek word “agape” — which means brotherly love or a love of humankind — Nash said agapic energy was an improvement on the term nonviolence.“Agapic energy is not passive — it’s active,” she said. “Users are not pacifists — we are activists.”Nash said she discovered the basic principles of agapic energy in the 1960s and has used them over her lifetime. An important principle of agapic energy is to realize people are not your enemies, she added.“Unjust political systems, unjust economic systems, attitudes, racism, sexism, ignorance … are enemies,” Nash said. “If you recognize that people are not the enemies, you can love and respect the person [and] at the same time, attack the attitudes of that person.”Nash said she slowly helped desegregate the restaurants in Nashville by targeting six establishments at a time. Eventually, Nashville became one of the first southern cities to desegregate lunch counters.“We changed ourselves into people who could not be segregated,” Nash said. “That presented a new set of options to Southern white racists. They could either shoot us or desegregate because they could no longer segregate.“Very often, we give away our power. If you understand that concept, you are going to save yourself a lot of time and effort trying to change other people.”Nash said there are six phases in an agapic energy campaign: investigation, education, negotiation, demonstration, resistance and insurance that the problem does not reoccur.“The purpose of the demonstration phase is to focus the attention on the community,” she said. “Resistance is when the oppressed withdraw their participation from the oppressive system. Whatever the issue that you’re working on, you would have the oppressed withdraw their participation. During the sixth phase, you might institutionalize an education in your community or establish a museum.”Nash said the movement of the ’60s provides a legacy that people can use in 2017. She said people today have an opportunity to move a step higher into their evolvement as an improved species, and demonstrations today and the people who participate in them must know the rest of the strategy.“We must understand that elected officials have not and will not do what’s necessary to protect the interest of this country and of American citizens,” she said. “The only way this country will make it through this frightening period and survive with citizens having a reasonable measure of rights is that we citizens must take the future of this country in our own hands.”Nash said if they had waited for officials to desegregate lunch counters and give African Americans the right to vote, “we probably would still be waiting.”Nash was arrested for her protesting efforts in the 1960s. When she and others marched, they very often knew they faced the risk of being killed or injured, she said. She said their fears were understandable, but their actions were necessary.“I’d like for you to know that although we had not yet known you, we loved you, and we were trying to bring about the best society for you to be born into and for you to come of age in,” Nash said. “Future generations will look to you to do the same.”Tags: Civil Rights Movement, Diane Nash, Diversity, Jim Crow, Jim Crow laws, race, Racismlast_img read more

first_imgThe Sustainability Expo, organized by faculty and staff, will take place Monday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. to engage students in informational, research and job opportunities in sustainability, energy and environmental areas both on and off-campus. The expo concludes Notre Dame’s Energy Week. Rachel Novick, director of the Sustainability minor and co-organizer of the event, said the expo is an event for all types of students. “Sustainability is a multidisciplinary field,” Novick said. “Students come from a lot of different perspectives, so the expo is really designed to address a variety of different interests and means.”Participants include research groups on campus, Notre Dame centers and academic disciplines, as well as local and national companies working in the sustainability and environmental areas. Barbara Villarosa, co-organizer of the expo, said it was originally started to help students find opportunities for research on campus but has grown since then. Since 2010, students have had a growing interest in sustainability and environmental studies, so the event has expanded to include other types of opportunities, such as internships or even full-time jobs, Villarosa explained. “We had to broaden the program, and we thought it was a great opportunity to team up with Career Development and include employers who might already be on campus for the career fair to come to our program, so students in a smaller environment have a greater opportunity to chat with them and discuss potential internships and even job opportunities,” Villarosa said. Novick also highlighted opportunity for attendees to connect with  companies and organizations that are hiring in the field of sustainability at the expo.“I think that’s one of the things that our students are most excited about — the opportunity to explore how sustainability can be integrated into a career,” Novick said. “It’s not a traditional discipline but it is a really fast-growing field.” Marathon Capital, which specializes in investing in renewable energy, is one of the companies which will be present at the expo.Novick said an alumnus of the sustainability minor who works at the company was hired by Marathon Capital because of his combined background in finance and sustainability. “It’s a great example of a job in which he’s been able to put his sustainability education to work right away, so he’s excited to come back and share that with our students,” Novick said. Inovateus Solar, a national solar builder and developer with headquarters located in South Bend, will also have an exhibit at the expo. “They have an excellent partnership with Notre Dame. They have been here multiple times to give talks and be a part of several of our events, especially during Energy Week. We’re delighted to have them join us,” Villarosa said. “They have internship programs. I’m sure there will be job opportunities as well.”In years past, the Sustainability Expo was held in the winter in tandem with the winter career fair. However, Novick said organizers are expecting the biggest turnout at the event yet, as it hopefully serves as a more timely resource for students in the fall rather than during the winter.Tags: Energy Week, sustainability, Sustainability Expolast_img read more

first_imgThe annual Notre Dame Day broadcast, rescheduled after its postponement last April due to COVID-19, will take place tonight and Tuesday from 6:42 p.m. to midnight. During the event, known around campus as ND Day, student groups and organizations compete to raise money through gifts and challenges. Students, professors, alumni and friends of the Notre Dame community may tune into the live broadcast to donate to their favorite groups, and student performances and stories will be featured throughout the event. Ellen Roof, director of alumni and parent giving, said she enjoys ND Day because the event allows every student group on campus an opportunity to better reach alumni. “Really our role is to point alumni parents and friends to this platform and really let your student stories shine,” Roof said. “[ND Day] helps students increase the funds available to them, so they can do more each and every semester.”Katie Kerby, assistant director of alumni and parent giving, said the department of development helps amplify donations with special challenges. One such opportunity, called the Notre Dame Family Challenge, provides donors with a unique link to share with family and friends, and at the end of ND Day, those who have shared their link with five or more people are entered to win two tickets to a Notre Dame home football game in 2021. Giving has been available on an ongoing basis on the ND Day website.Roof said one of the community stories which will be featured during the day is about a Notre Dame parent who was the first woman to play in the NHL. “It’s a fun way for us to dig up some of those creative and cool stories, just to highlight all the unique aspects of the Notre Dame family,” Roof said. This year, ND Day takes place over two nights. In years past, there was one broadcast that lasted 29 hours. In light of the pandemic, donors will be sent a limited-edition Notre Dame face mask when they gift $5.00 of more.The ND Day team still plans on holding ND Day 2021 this spring, though a specific date has not been chosen, Roof said. Junior Isabelle Tonetti, co-Leader of the Notre Dame Day Student Engagement Committee, said she has been working to engage students and make them aware of ND Day. On Thursday, the committee held a trivia night with a live performer to raise awareness for the event. The committee also planned on delivering Rise’n Roll doughnuts to each dorm on Monday morning. Kerby said the ND Day team hopes to show the broadcast on Library Lawn, but if it rains, it will be shown in Duncan Student Center. She encourages students to tune into the broadcast to celebrate ND Day. The broadcast schedule and leaderboard can be found on the ND Day website. “I hope students think it’s really cool how much the ND family cares about all of these current student groups and all of the stories being shared in the broadcast because I think it is a sign of the unique nature of the ND family,” Roof said.Tags: Alumni, ND Day, student groupslast_img read more

first_imgAssociate News Editor Isabella Volmert talked to Notre Dame political science experts over the course of Tuesday night as the primary votes came in across the country.6:44 p.m. — Joshua Kaplan, political science department’s director of undergraduate studiesIsabella Volmert: Looking to the rest of the night, this presidential election is very different than the ones that we’ve had the past decade. With the strong chance that we do not know the winner by the end of the night, how do you foresee the candidates and the country moving forward in the next couple of days?Kaplan: We have to prepare ourselves for not knowing and not having a clear winner tonight. Now, the results are never complete on election night. Ballots always take longer and they’re generally not officially certified till later. But it’s not hard to imagine what President Trump will say, [and] it’s not hard to imagine what Vice President Biden might say. But this is an unusual election, but it’s not unheard of that we might not have a winner tonight by midnight, one or two o’clock.7:45 p.m. — Dianne Pinderhughes, professor of political science and Africana studiesIV: President Trump won Pennsylvania 2016 by a margin of less than one percentage vote. If the state were to flip back to the Democrats, what in your opinion would be the cause of that shift?Pinderhughes: Biden has campaigned very carefully there, as of course has Trump. You do have a strong Black vote in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. And I think the difference this time is the combination of “get out the vote” efforts and voter mobilization. And my understanding is turnout has been pretty high. And what the white turnout for Trump is going to be in the central part of the state. But I think that people have worked very hard in terms of a variety of different types of organizations and work quite hard to get the Black vote, but also the various labor vote categories. IV: Georgia and Texas have unconventionally been called battleground states this election. What has caused this tension for these traditionally red states? Pinderhughes: Georgia’s changing dramatically in migration from all over the Caribbean. They have more Latinos in Georgia than used to be the case, there’s a lot of Black voters migrating from the Caribbean, as I mentioned, but also people who, whose families had migrated to the north. In the early 20th century, returning to Georgia, Atlanta is a very large, very complicated metropolitan area, it’s attractive to lots of people of whatever race your ethnicity and young adults find it a great place to think about moving and living. I think the complexity of the state in general has changed a tremendous amount. Texas has many big cities. Lots of people migrating there from around the country, good numbers of people who move there to work with. So a state like Texas is where it might have been cattle and oil at some point, now it’s high tech, healthcare, education, and you have the long term, Latino population, which has been there, just before the country was founded, literally, and that population has also been being mobilized in. 8:55 p.m. — Darren Davis, Professor of American PoliticsIV: Donald Trump said on Twitter yesterday that the Supreme Court ruling on the extension of accepting absentee ballots in Pennsylvania will “induce violence.” The tweet was later flagged by Twitter as misleading information about the election. Could you explain what maybe is the political strategy around comments such as these? Davis: The current president is trying to cast doubt on the election results any way he can. He has been doing this for the past several weeks. And so this is just a continuation of Trump wanting to excuse and to perhaps challenge to election results if he loses.IV: Early reports are indicating Biden is failing to garner needed support among Latino voters in southern Florida. Where in your opinion has Biden potentially fail to campaign to these voters?Davis: I don’t think of it much as a failure. He needed to perhaps do better among Hispanics and Latinos. But, those groups in Florida are notorious for voting Republican anyway. So I don’t think [he] gained anything. I don’t think he failed either.IV: This year we’ve seen a massive voter turnout already before election night. What in your opinion has been behind this flood of early voters but then potentially a flood of voters in person as well for this election? Davis: I think a couple things have happened. I think the talk about voter intimidation or harassment has actually has had an impact on mail-in voting and absentee voting. First of all, I don’t think we’ve seen the numbers on that yet, but just all of the discussion around voter intimidation targeted toward democrats and targeted toward minority voters, I think has increasedabsentee voting and early voting and. And Trump was perhaps encouraging voter intimidation and harassment.IV: How do you think the increased voter turnout this year will affect the end results of this election?Davis: Well, you know, mobilization is everything. So, I think it is going to be incredible and have an incredible effect. Mobilization, trying to try to get your people registered and turn out, turn out to vote, that is always really really powerful and significant so I would say that is going to have a tremendous effect.IV: What are your overall impressions at this time? Davis: We haven’t really seen anything out of the ordinary yet. We are waiting on Florida, we’re waiting on Ohio, North Carolina. Those two seem to be really important right now: Ohio and North Carolina, I think. I think if those were to trend toward blue, I think it’s over.10:56 p.m. — David Campbell, Packey J. Dee professor of American democracy, and chairperson in the department of political scienceIV: Where do you think each of the candidates stands right now? Campbell: Well, one way is to look at the map. On one hand, Trump is doing, thus far, a little better than many of the polls that suggested. However, that should be tempered by the fact that we also see Joe Biden over-performing from Hillary Clinton in 2016. So, it’s a cliche, but we truly are at a point where it is too close to call and too many very important states are just, you know, too far away from announcing their results.IV: Joe Biden is counting on the “blue wall” which would be Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and such. Within those states, where do you think that support would come from?Campbell: In all of those states, Biden will be looking for the suburban women that we’ve heard so much about in this election. And from what I understand the exit polls suggest that nationally Biden is doing very well with suburban women. He also needs to ensure that there is a very large turnout in the African American vote and you know that’s a sizable share of the vote in both Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania as well. You know, that was a critical part of Clinton’s loss in those states that she didn’t get the turnout among the African-American vote that Obama had.IV: It looks like Democrats will maintain the house. Where do you think the Senate will end up?Campbell: I actually do think that the Senate will end up in Democratic hands. We’ve already seen a couple of Senate seats flipped so we know Colorado will go Democratic it looks almost certain that Arizona will. It’s still too early to say anything, but the polling suggests that Susan Collins was in a lot of trouble in Maine and if Susan Collins goes down, I think that’s a pretty bad sign for Republicans across the country, but again a little too early.12:30 a.m. — KaplanIV: What are your final impressions of the night? Kaplan: For a while, it looked like we might get an early resolution for the election, but now it’s clear what we suspected all along. We’re not going to have a clear and early outcome for the election. Doesn’t look like a landslide. It looks like President Trump is doing fine. It looks like Joe Biden is looking fine. And the trouble is we just don’t know how many of the early votes and absentee votes remain to be counted. We know there are a lot of them but we don’t know how many are counted at this point. So, we’re not going to have a final result tonight. On Wednesday, maybe we’ll have something on Thursday. That would be my guess.IV: Where does President Trump’s path to victory lie? Kaplan: It looks like he’s gonna lose a couple of states that he won in 2016, which is trouble for him. And I don’t think it looks like Biden has lost any state Hillary Clinton won. So he can’t really afford to lose any of the swing states now. I’ve been watching and the earliest estimates, in North Carolina, for example [are] just going back and forth. Even Ohio and Texas, they’re going back and forth, back and forth. We don’t even know if it’s going to be close but we know we’ll get there, [we’re] just not done counting.It’s closer than a lot of people expected, and it means that President Trump’s support hasn’t eroded dramatically. Now again, we don’t know the outcome in a lot of states. But, you know, people might have expected that Trump isn’t going to get anywhere near the support that he got four years ago with the test, it doesn’t look like a landslide at this point. So, I find that that that really interesting, just how much support President Trump still has recovered, despite all the things that have gone wrong.IV: Why do you think these President Trump supporters have stayed with him throughout this year? Kaplan: The simple answer is polarization. There are some people who just this kind of shows are going to vote Republican, no matter what. There are some senators, Republican senators, who are doing better than he’s doing. There are still some people who just can’t bring themselves to vote for a Democrat. And there’s no question that Donald Trump has the ability to tap into people’s psychology, in my opinion. And people will say well despite this, despite that, I still support him.And I guess the other thing that I’ll be looking for will be the percentage of the popular vote that President Trump in particular gets. Will we have a situation where the winner of the popular vote doesn’t win the Electoral College? But, it’s too early to be talking about that.1:01 a.m. — PinderhughesIV: What are your final impressions? Where do you think voters should be looking to in the next couple of days?Pinderhughes: Results from North Carolina, Arizona, the Omaha district in Nebraska, Arizona, Texas hasn’t been called yet, but it looks like it’s gonna go for Trump. I don’t think Maine has been called yet either. So there are a number of, you know, there’s relatively small, but some important states, still left. Well, yes, of course, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, are the big ones that are left.I was impressed with the way in which Biden, you know, conducted himself tonight — he was in a mellow mood, perfectly willing to speak to the public, but not seeming to be disappointed at all with where things are tonight. Lots of people are very upset, but he’s not one of them. So, you know, he served in office for so long, he served as a member of the Senate for so long. He has judgment, he has gravitas [that] you want a political leader to have.Claire Rafford | The Observer Tags: 2020 election, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Notre Dame professors, political sciencelast_img read more

first_imgMGN ImageMAYVILLE – Three more people have died from COVID-19 in Chautauqua County, according to recent information reported by County officials Wednesday morning.A total of 32 people have died as a result of COVID-19 during the pandemic in the county. In addition, 70 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Wednesday.Officials say 43 people are currently hospitalized due to the virus.A full breakdown can be found below: COVID-19 Cases by ZIP Code of Residence 14701- Jamestown14 70-7910 Active Cases 931 Total Cases 14738- Frewsburg3 137 0.8% 14784- Stockton1 127 62 49.9 30-39458 15 14048- Dunkirk17 0.67% 14063- Fredonia7 2.4% 0 485 58 14081- Irving1 0.8% 12.48% 32 0.9% Fatality Rate 0 87 12 14733- Falconer1 14740- Gerry0 145 14062- Forestville0 400.6 Symptoms Known2483 474.3 565 Yes1944 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) 96.8 10 13.6% 98.7 14138- South Dayton0 0.3% 271.7 12.84% Number 10 No539 14736- Findley Lake0 14724- Clymer2 384.6 4.10% 78.29% Symptoms 76 283.2 45 0.00% 2 3 502.5 14722- Chautauqua0 Age COVID-19 Cases by Presence of Symptoms at Time of Interview 0.8% 2.7% 40-493 0.0% All Ages32 133 4.1% 100.0% 14723- Cherry Creek1 9.17% 21.71% 446.1 1.6% 50-592 14726- Conewango Valley0 1 54.7 90+3 Active Case Rate (per 100,000 residents) 14728- Dewittville0 1 5 8 0.5% 4.2% 29 14781- Sherman1 14769- Portland0 2.1% 14712- Bemus Point2 6.84% 63.9 13 0.0 76 13.04% 14136- Silver Creek1 80-89120 1447.5 274.3 76 3.7% Age Groupcenter_img 0.4% 81 303.2 Number 37 Total 0.65% 319.6 Percent of Total Cases 18.98% 20 14757- Mayville3 117 Percent 11 4 9 1.49% 318.0 0.9% 397.8 402.4 Zip Code 13 279.6 47 14775- Ripley1 0.3% 14720- Celoron0 Total Deaths 28 14710- Ashville5 0-19465 47.9 400.2 0.0 0 50-59528 40-49465 41.1 1.3% 536.1 14750- Lakewood2 3.3% 0.9% 0.3% 2 1.0% 423.5 13.04% 97 149 2.3% 1 352.5 285.7 15.8% 60-693 3.37% 14718- Cassadaga0 14716- Brocton0 33 7 20-29677 14767- Panama3 2.1% 70 NYS Fatality Rate: 4.06%US Fatality Rate: 1.7%Source: John Hopkins University COVID-19 Tracker 12/29/2020 70-79244 12 13 Percent 3566 28 32 26.1% 13 1 14782- Sinclairville0 0.90% 1 252.1 New Cases 1.7% 14747- Kennedy2 185.4 10 14787- Westfield3 Fatality Rate by Age Group 457 90+53 1 3 0.4% 0-390 3.8% 13 60-69445 37 0.38% COVID-19 Cases by Known Age 130.1 12.48% 6 80-8911 0.7% 10 5.66% 19 24last_img read more