SDB hosts dessert night

first_imgDesserts from around the world were offered at Saint Mary’s Student Diversity Board’s (SDB) event “Sugar Makes the World Go ‘Round.” Foods from a variety of countrieswere made available in Reignbeaux Lounge in Le Mans Hall at 7 p.m. Monday. Senior Karolyn Wojtowicz and junior Christine Brown were responsible for planning the event. Wojtowicz serves as SDB’s international student representative and admissions commissioner, and Brown works with the publicity department for the Diverse Student Leadership Conference (DSLC). The event offered students desserts from regions such as Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and Asia and served as the first big event of the semester for SDB. Sodexo helped sponsor the event by providing the food. Each dessert had a place card saying where it was from. In addition, Wojtowicz explained that descriptions of the origins of the desserts as well as recipes were available. “We also added the little information sheets, and we have a recipe on each of them and a little bit of cultural information,” she said. “So it’s not just here’s some food, have fun, goodbye. People can actually now learn how to make something if they do want to go home and make it. Wojtowicz said she thought the event would help teach students about other cultures through food. “It’s really cool,” she said. “It allows people to know what churros are and they really enjoy them, or they really like éclairs, and it kind of gives people an idea as to learn more about other cultures while eating desserts and have fun.” Brown agreed, adding she hoped students could “expand their learning of other cultures.” Brown said the event has been held in the past, but this year new desserts were added to create diversity. This years’ event offered several new desserts including Pineapple Fool, a dessert from Africa, and Krusciki, an Eastern European treat. According to Wojtowicz, the event allows students to get to know members of SDB while enjoying a sweet treat. “Events like this kind of raise awareness about Student Diversity Board and it also makes learning about other cultures more fun,” she said. Wojtowicz said SDB plans to host a variety of events in the coming months including a week to draw awareness to disabilities and Women’s Appreciation Week in February and DSLC in March.last_img read more

Group anticipates gameday

first_imgStudent body president Brett Rocheleau began this week’s Student Senate meeting by reminding students to be especially safe this weekend, especially for Saturday’s night football game. “Tell everyone who is underage in your halls that they are really not allowed to drink,” Rocheleau said. “The Excise Police will be out this weekend, and hopefully nothing major happens.” Rocheleau also discussed a Campus Life Council meeting he attended earlier this week. “We had a really good discussion focusing on consistency across dorms,” Rocheleau said. “Our first meeting defined these inconsistencies, and next time we plan to delve into solutions.” Student body vice president Katie Rose continued by thanking Senate members for attending last Friday’s Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC) picnic. “The RCLC picnic was a blast,” Rose said. “It was the highest attendance of students and community members we’ve ever seen.” Rose attended a Community Campus Action Coalition meeting in Rocheleau’s absence this week and heard from community members about off-campus student interactions. “Overall things are okay, although property crimes are still pretty consistent. Off-campus parties are still a problem. Make sure you remind your friends living off-campus to be respectful of their neighbors,” Rose said. “Also, to reinforce what Brett said earlier, be safe this weekend. Excise Police have doubled their force for the night game to make sure everything is under control.” Chief of staff Katie Baker informed the Senate of a new Student Union Board committee being formed for diversity in residence halls.   “The purpose of the new committee is to make sure everyone feels welcome in their dorms from the minute they step foot on campus to the minute they leave four years later,” Baker said. “The group is specifically for transfer students, international students … anyone who needs help adjusting and feeling at home.” Next the Senate voted in favor of a resolution thanking the Office of Housing for funding hydration stations in each residence hall, brought in by Parker Dwyer, director of residence life for Senate. The final order of business was the approval of a resolution brought forth by Matt Devine, director of gender studies for Senate. The resolution recognized the establishment of gender issues subcommittees. Pangborn senator Emily Pollard described further what this resolution involves. “Having subcommittees just breaks [the committee of gender studies] down so people can look at things more specifically,” Pollard said. “It allows everybody to focus in on certain issues so we can help to the best of our abilities.” Baker said the cabinet discussed this resolution Tuesday and described it as more of public relations move than a final resolution. “The point is really to keep the Senate and the student body informed so everyone knows where to go if they need help,” Baker said. The meeting ended with several dorm-specific announcements from the senators.   Walsh Hall senator Veronica Guerrero reminded all the male dorms to enter one contestant for the Mr. ND Pageant happening next Thursday. Hall Presidents’ Council co-chair Matt Lynch reminded Senate of a student initiative to wear leis during Saturday’s football game in solidarity with senior linebacker Manti Te’o.   “In addition to the leis, make sure to tell everyone to hold up a ‘five’ from the minute Manti walks onto the field for the coin toss to the minute he leaves,” Lynch said. “We are doing it as a sign of respect for everything that’s happened to him in the past week.”last_img read more

Jenkins: No decision yet on Trump as Commencement speaker

first_imgThree weeks ago, students crowded around TV screens, watching as votes trickled in from around the country.Some cheered. Some cried. Across campus, emotions ran high as one of the most divisive election seasons in American history drew to a close.Now, the country is starting to look forward and examine the implications of Donald Trump’s victory — and for University President Fr. John Jenkins, that means pondering what the election means for Notre Dame.Joseph Han, Chris Collins In an interview with The Observer on Thursday, Jenkins said he is considering inviting the President-elect to speak at this year’s Commencement ceremony.“I do think the elected leader of the nation should be listened to. And it would be good to have that person on the campus — whoever they are, whatever their views,” he said. “At the same time, the 2009 Commencement was a bit of a political circus, and I think I’m conscious that that day is for graduates and their parents — and I don’t want to make the focus something else.”Traditionally, the University has invited presidents to speak at graduation during their first year in White House. In 2009, President Barack Obama was the sixth president to deliver the Commencement address, following in the steps of Dwight Eisenhower, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush.Jenkins said he plans to select a Commencement speaker sometime during the spring semester. Right now, he’s still weighing the different factors involved.“My concern a little bit is that, should the new president come, it may be even more of a circus,” he said. This election spurred levels political acrimony higher than Jenkins said he remembers in the past.“I think it’s fair to say the election reveals deep divides in this nation — divides on political views, on economic prospects, educational differences, differences in opportunities,” he said. “And they run deep in the country.”During this time, Jenkins said Notre Dame has a role as an educational institution to be a place of discussion that brings people together.“I think being president of Notre Dame gives me a certain soapbox. You can say things that people will pay attention to what you say because of that. I take that seriously,” he said. “I try to use that soapbox that I have as well as I can to serve those ideas and not kind of advance a personal agenda.”In a prayer service hosted six days after the election, Jenkins told undocumented students that the University would continue to support them, even if Trump were to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program, as he promised to do during his campaign.The DACA Program was the result of an executive order issued by Obama and allows some undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to gain work authorization and, in many cases, financial aid to attend universities. Last week, Jenkins signed a public statement in support of DACA, joining more than 400 other college and university presidents.“These people were brought here as minors and are highly talented people, are valuable to this country,” Jenkins said. “So, if an administration would make changes, I would think trying to deport these talented young people would be among the most ill-advised moves they could make.”“If there should be an effort to do that, we would do everything we can to fight that, whatever way we can,” he added. “Not only for these young people who are Notre Dame students, but for the good of the nation.”In the past, the University has refused to give information on the immigration status of its students when asked by the state of Indiana. As a general policy, Notre Dame is guarded about giving any information about individual students to government agencies or other organizations, Jenkins said.But it’s difficult to plan for the future at this point in time, he added, because no one can do more than speculate what policies the Trump administration will institute after the inauguration ceremony in January.“I think it’s important at this stage to wait and to see and to listen,” he said.Jenkins said, in the past, elections and other current events have created divisions within the campus political environment. But he called the demonstrations in the days following Trump’s victory the largest he’s seen during his time as University president.“I think with the degree of animosity, the meanness of the rhetoric in the election, there was a lack of real discussion between the two opposing parties,” he said. “It does seem we have hit a peak or a sort of high point in terms of that animosity, that vitriol in public discussion.”Jenkins said it’s the first time since the election of Abraham Lincoln that riots broke out in cities across the U.S. in reaction to a presidential election; now, America faces the challenge of finding ways to foster constructive conversations.“The fact is we’re a democracy,” he said. “We can only move forward by addressing those divisions and trying to find a path forward that would address the concerns and needs of many people of this nation.”Tags: 2016 Election, 2017 commencement, DACA, Donald Trumplast_img read more

Saint Mary’s welcomes class of 2021 to ‘dynamic community’

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s class of 2021 — comprised of 367 students — began its journey at the College on Thursday.Sarah Dvorak, director of admission, said Saint Mary’s received a record of 1,829 applications this year and chose to accept 1,430 students. She said 30 transfer students will also join the College community this year.“We’re incredibly excited about the academic quality and diversity of this first year class,” Dvorak said. “We have no doubt it will result in even greater rigor in the classroom and intangible assets such as richer discussions, a more thoughtful understanding of ideas and greater personal and intellectual growth of our students.”Dvorak said the incoming students demonstrate academic promise.“This is one of our strongest classes with an average GPA of 3.8,” she said.Though impressive, such a statistic may not be surprising, since Dvorak said academic success plays a key role in the admission process.“It is our goal to ensure that students are growing and developing in a broad cross-section of academic areas through the Sophia Program, and then through the course work and opportunities within their majors,” Dvorak said. “Because of this, our first concern when admitting students into the class is that they have the demonstrated academic background to be successful at Saint Mary’s.”Another factor that leads to an acceptance letter involves integrity, Dvorak said.“In addition, we look for students who already exemplify the core values that make Saint Mary’s special,” she said. “They have been involved in community service, they have been leaders in their school, church or community and they have learned how to manage their time.”Dvorak said legacy students — whose relative has attended or currently attends Saint Mary’s — make up 22 percent of the incoming class.The admissions office received applications from 45 U.S. states and territories and 24 countries, Dvorak said. The class of 2021 includes members from Canada, China and 31 states and territories, she said.“Understanding that the learning process is richer and more exciting when different ideas and backgrounds are represented, we look for a class that represents a variety of life experiences and backgrounds,” Dvorak said.New students also represent a number of racial and ethnic minorities, as up to 20 percent of the new class belongs to an underrepresented group, Dvorak said.“Discussions and dialogue are deepened by differing life experiences and points of view,” she said. “The entire world, and all it has to offer, opens up to our students when they get to share their collegiate experience with students from other traditions and backgrounds. … We also believe that we have more work to do in the area of inclusion.”Dvorak said the class of 2021 brings various talents and life experiences to the table.“Students have completed mission trips in Guatemala, Haiti, Panama, El Salvador and Miami, among other locations,” she said. “There are dozens of students in Irish Dance, including one who has won both national and international championships. [There are] dozens more in robotics.”New students demonstrate aptitude and prowess in various pursuits, Dvorak said.“We have a student who danced in the Royal Ballet in London, one who is writing a science fiction novel, one who is internationally ranked in Crossfit and Olympic-level weightlifting and many who have founded their own community-based organizations,” she said. “It’s an impressive class, and we can’t wait for each individual to join our dynamic community.”Tags: Class of 2021, Royal Ballet, Welcome Weekend 2017last_img read more

Admissions Scandal: Tri-campus community explores implications of college admissions scandal

first_imgDiane Park | The Observer A look into the tri-campus communityAdmissions staff, students reflect on Notre Dame tradition of legacy student admissionsSMC first-generation students comment on lack of resources, diversity on campusNotre Dame coaches, athletes comment on recruitmentHoly Cross students react to college cheating scandalND low-income students reflect on admission experienceTags: admissions scandal series, college admissions scandallast_img

Local OfficeMax Slated To Permanently Close By Mid-May

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) LAKEWOOD – OfficeMax located in the Chautauqua Mall has announced it will soon be closing it’s doors. Signs outside the building went up early last week stating the store will be closing. The store will be selling off its product, and will close by mid-May.Last year the company announced that it would be closing up to 90 Office Depot and OfficeMax stores as a result of a drop in sales revenue.This follows a growing list of other stores that have closed in recent years in the mall, including Bon-Ton, Sears, Payless Shoe Store, Hot Topic, and Aunti Annes. The company says they will continue to serve its local customers online.last_img read more

Chautauqua County Officials Report Eighth COVID-19 Related Death

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 — Chautauqua County officials reported the eighth COVID-19 related death Wednesday.“We have received notification that a resident of Chautauqua County has died from ongoing complications of COVID-19 in an out of state facility,” said Christine Schuyler, Director of the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services. “Because this elderly gentleman had been discharged to a lower level of care facility, his case was listed as recovered. We are greatly saddened to hear of his passing and our condolences go out to his loved ones. This is a stark reminder that while some may have no symptoms or minimal illness, others can become gravely ill and can succumb to its complications. Please be mindful of this as we continue to learn how to live during this pandemic. Wash your hands, cover your face, and respect 6 feet of space.”There are now 45 active cases, who officials say continue to recover under orders of the Local Health Official per NYS Public Health Law. Additionally, officials report new three new cases, including a person under the age of 18, a female in her 20s, and a male in his 40s.There are 680 cases under quarantine/isolation orders by the Public Health Director and being monitored. Not all of those being monitored are confirmed to have COVID-19 but have either shown symptoms, are awaiting results, or have risk factors; Two people are now hospitalized in Chautauqua County, as of Monday.To date:138 recovered cases;8 deaths;191 total confirmed cases; and18,515 negative test results.last_img read more

Poll: Teachers In NYS Are Split About Returning To The Classroom

first_imgeflon / Flickr / Piqsels / CC BY 2.0ALBANY – When it comes to returning to the classroom, teachers in New York are split down the middle.New York State United Teachers came out with a new poll on Thursday showing a major division among the state’s educators.The survey says 50 percent are unwilling or reluctant to go back to in-person instruction in the fall.Seven percent say they are not willing to go back. Meanwhile, 50 percent say they were either willing or eager to return to teaching students in-person.Twenty percent say they’re eager to go back.Full polling results are posted below:Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more info 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

Idris Elba Wants to ‘Do a Musical’ and Promises He’ll Captivate the West End

first_img Elba said, “I have [done the stage] in the past sporadically throughout my career. In the future, I’d like to do it. The problem with theater is that I have a short attention span so I can’t do it for six months or whatever.” That’s perfect! He can do a limited engagement and be off to his next project in less than six months.  We just have our fingers crossed he also makes his way across the pond to the Great White Way! Now, before you start dreaming about what musicals you’d like to see Elba in, check out one of his official music videos below to see his singing chops on display! Idris Elba in The Wire: The Musical?? Sadly although that project isn’t actually in the works, apparently we’re not too far off! After recently receiving a Golden Globe nomination for taking on one of the most pivotal roles of his career as Nelson Mandela in Mandela: The Road to Freedom, the London based film and TV star told London’s Evening Standard that he hopes the next stop on his journey is the West End. (So do we!) He told the Standard, “In future, I want to do a musical. I want to do things that challenge me. I’ve got a keen eye on music and would like to do something that marries my world of acting and music. I am not sure if I can sing very well but I will be good — I promise! I will be captivating.”center_img View Comments We’ve seen him on screen playing everything from a hardcore drug lord on The Wire to playing a soft-hearted, but determined Mandela and a police detective on Luther. But he also has stage and music experience, training at the National Youth Music Theatre before going on to success with various R&B projects, including work with Jay-Z and Busta Rhymes.last_img read more

West End’s From Here To Eternity to Hit U.S. Big Screens

first_imgGood news, America! According to BusinessWire, the West End production of From Here To Eternity will soon find its way to big screens across the U.S. Fathom Events announced at CinemaCom 2014 that they, along with Omniverse Vision, will present the filmed production in select theaters nationally later this year. It was also claimed in the report that the musical is Broadway-bound in 2015, however the show was a commercial failure and will cut its London run short, shuttering March 29. The musical, featuring a book by Bill Oakes, music by Stuart Brayson and lyrics by Tony and Oscar winner Tim Rice, opened in London October of last year.  Based on James Jones’ 1951 novel and the 1953 Oscar-winning film, From Here to Eternity chronicles the lives of a group of privates on an army base in 1941 Hawaii, amid the swirl of events surrounding the attack on Pearl Harbor. The cast includes Robert Lonsdale, Siubhan Harrison, Rebecca Tornhill, Darius Campbell and Ryan Sampson. The musical is directed by Tamara Harvey. View Commentslast_img read more