first_imgNotre Dame Security Police (NDSP) is investigating a sexual assault reported Tuesday. According to an e-mail sent to the student body Thursday, the assault took place in a campus residence hall on Feb. 28.The reported assault was committed by an acquaintance, NDSP said in the e-mail.NDSP is required by federal law to report sexual assaults occuring on campus.The most recent prior sexual assault was reported on Jan. 23. A student reported being assaulted around 2 a.m. on the northwest side of campus. The victim was approached from behind and then assaulted.Information about sexual assault prevention and resources for survivors of sexual assault is available from NDSP at and at the Office of Student Affairs Web site at read more

first_imgWednesday night was a night of awareness, understanding and acceptance of multiculturalism on Notre Dame’s campus.   Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA), a Latino student activist group promoting social reform, student government and the Diversity Council presented a workshop on race relations in residence halls in Geddes Hall. Senior Maya Younes, the diversity representative for MEChA, organized the workshop, centered around discussing challenges in promoting multiculturalism in dorm life and eliminating instances of discrimination through racial awareness. “Conversations on discrimination in dorms have been occurring on a small scale across campus and I realized that in order to make long-lasting improvements to the experience of multicultural students in dorms, we needed to open that conversation to administrators who directly oversee housing,” Younes said. “Part of the movement to creating a better community is sharing your experience with others.” The event began with a story regarding racial conflict in one of the residence halls, and followed with small groups of students and peer mediators discussing their reactions, findings and personal experiences with race relations in residence life.   Two central topics of workshop were the “Spirit of Inclusion” and “Awareness.”   When discussing the “Spirit of Inclusion,” many students identified the size of their dorm as a crucial factor in cohesion among residents, as well as the level of comfort felt in interactions with rectors and resident assistants.   Senior Amanda Meza said it is important for students to feel that they are respected within their residence halls. “You have one space on the entire campus that you can call yours, and you have to share it your freshman year, so it’s really sacred to feel at home,” she said. “We have to live with one another and deal with one another, and a huge thing about the ‘Spirit of Inclusion’ is respect. I’d like to see more action and communication.”   Students at the workshop also considered the impact cultural events had on creating consciousness about other ethnicities. Sophomore Omar Garcia explained his approach to promoting cultural awareness among his friends. “It was more like trying to have everybody else understand where you’re coming from,” he said. “So I know last year, one of the things I did [to have my roommates understand where I was coming from], was I would try to invite them to dinners I made or events so they could kind of understand me culturally to eliminate the issue of ignorance and promote sensitivity to certain things.” The workshop concluded with students filling out evaluations and surveys that would provide invaluable information needed to create changes in dorm life. Younes said this was the first of many workshops and discussions to come. “We are all part of the same community and must live in solidarity with each other to create a welcoming environment for all, regardless of race, ethnicity or belief,” she said. “This conversation fulfills the mission of Notre Dame by promoting a community where everyone has a voice.”last_img read more

first_imgOn Thursday, Elaine Sciolino, a Paris correspondent for the New York Times and author of “La Seduction: How the French Play the Game of Life”, gave a lecture where she explained how the idea of seduction plays an integral role in French society, affecting French politics, foreign policy and the economy.  In French, Sciolino said the word “seduction” has a broader meaning than the sexual connotation it has in English.  “Seduction is nothing but a conversation that doesn’t end, whether it’s in the bedroom, the boardroom, the corridors of power or in business,” she said.  As a result, Sciolino said certain forms of communication become “weapons of seduction” in French culture, often confusing Americans. For example, she said, the French place a higher emphasis on “verbal sparring” in conversation.  “Conversation is not necessarily a way to accomplish a goal,” Sciolino said, “but more of a verbal contest and a source of pleasure.”  Sciolino said forms of nonverbal communication like hand-kissing and the limited use of smiles can be used as other “weapons”.  “This is why some Americans find the French rude, but the absence of smiles does not seem to indicate the absence of kindness,” Sciolino said. “It signals reserve, that the smile is not something that is given away; it has to be earned.”  Seduction’s effect is most visible, Sciolino said, in the political realm, where candidates for public office build the image of being charming and popular with the opposite sex.   “My research has shown me that French politicians – male politicians, at least – gain more stature the more sexually alluring they appear, because the rule of French politics is that politicians love and are loved,” she said.  The ideology of seduction also appears, she said, in France’s foreign policy, where the very concept of “soft power,” or the ability to influence other countries without military strength, is translated as “la seduction.” Sciolino recounted negotiations between American and French diplomats over a United Nations treaty. She said when the Americans expressed concerns over the treaty’s inflexibility with regards to foreign intervention, the French diplomat responded that breaking treaty would be like cheating on one’s wife —- not difficult.  The absence of the “ongoing conversation” of seduction, Sciolino said, not only hurts the electability of political candidates, but it also explains certain fundamental problems with the French economy as it deals with an expanding global economy.   “For decades an awareness of the decline of France has bored deep into the national consciousness, and there’s still this admiration and clinging to history …  coupled with the fear of the unknown,” Sciolino said.  The result, she said, is “the antithesis of seduction.”  Contact Emily McConville at [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgAfter University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh died in 2015, the South Bend city council wanted to find a way to honor his memory, South Bend deputy director of public works Jitin Kain said. So it decided to install a statue of Hesburgh in the city.“ … The mayor’s office began speaking with the University about honoring his legacy, and the idea that came forward [for the statue] was the picture of him and Dr. King that has been used on campus a lot,” Kain said. “It’s very known. The idea was, ‘Can we make that into a life-size monument?’”The picture — replicated in the LaFortune Student Center — depicts Hesburgh holding hands with Martin Luther King Jr. at a rally in Chicago while they sing “We Shall Overcome,” according to a University press release.Fr. Hesburgh was known for his involvement with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which he helped to engineer, former Notre Dame men’s basketball coach Digger Phelps said.“There were three men from the South and three men from the North — including Fr. Hesburgh — and they went up to the Land of Lakes in Wisconsin, where Notre Dame has a retreat place,” he said. “And that’s where after an afternoon of fishing, the six men … came up with ideas for the Civil Rights Act [and] took it to the White House to give to President Eisenhower.”Professor Emeritus of American studies and journalism Robert Schmuhl, author of “Fifty Years with Father Hesburgh: On and Off the Record,” said Hesburgh played a critical role in the Civil Rights movement.“Fr. Hesburgh was one of the original members of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission when it began its work in 1957,” he said in an email. “He served while four presidents were in the White House (from 1957 until 1972) and was named chairman of the Commission by Richard Nixon. That was a critical 15-year period in civil rights for this country, and Fr. Hesburgh was at the center of many of the actions and passions of this time.”Though Hesburgh tended to concentrate his personal involvement in national and international affairs rather than in South Bend, his work still impacted the local community, Schmuhl said.“Fr. Hesburgh viewed Notre Dame as a national — and international — university and as a result he tended to focus his attention and work on national and international affairs,” he said. “His appointments to various commissions and boards by American presidents and Popes reflected assignments of broad consequence with local implications. His service reverberated to encompass South Bend and the local area.”The sculpture of Hesburgh and King was designed by local sculptor Tuck Langland and funded by the African American Community Fund, the University of Notre Dame, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, Arthur J. Decio, Dorene and Jerry Hammes, Jerry H. Mowbray, Great Lakes Capital, Visit South Bend Mishawaka and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA), Kain said.“We knew we wanted to do more than just install the statue because we were also trying to activate the public plaza space,” Kain said. “So at that point we identified the need to fundraise a little more, to do some landscaping and the water feature which you see now in the plaza, tables and chairs and that part was done through a crowdfunding program called Patronicity.”Kain said the city raised approximately $20,000 through Patronicity, which the IHCDA then matched with a grant. Fundraising, along with choosing a location for the statue, were the aspects of the project which he said required the most planning.“But beyond that, you know, once the funding was in place, once the location was in place, we did have some challenges in getting contractors for the installation,” he said. “Because we have so much construction activity in our city, and this was a smaller project compared to some of the other work that’s happening in South Bend and on campus.”Kain said the statue was constructed in Leighton Plaza on South Main Street, in order to create “a space for gathering.”   “We often see people who are walking by the plaza will stop and take their picture with the statue, but will also sit in the plaza space,” he said. “So the plaza, Leighton Plaza, was very under-utilized. Once we placed the statue in there, it’s really become more of a vibrant public space.”Tags: City of South Bend, Fr. Ted, Martin Luther King Jr.last_img read more

first_imgKatelyn Valley | The Observer The Shirt committee works year-round to create a design that will appeal to the entire Notre Dame community.This year, over 100 students applied for a position on the highly-competitive 15-member committee responsible for the creation of The Shirt, senior Justin McCurdy — current president of The Shirt committee — said. The group is composed of two graphic designers, alumni correspondents, a social media and marketing team, public relations representatives and an unveiling ceremony team. McCurdy said selected students for next year’s team are currently going through interviews with the expectation that the final team for next season’s Shirt will be finalized by fall break.For many of the committee members, involvement with The Shirt has been a goal for years. Both juniors Kayleigh McGuigan and Lindsey Meyers, the designers of this year’s Shirt, have collected iterations of The Shirt for almost their entire lives. (Editors note: Meyers is a former graphic designer for The Observer.)“I’ve collected these Shirts since I was really little,” Meyers said. “It was always my dream to design The Shirt. It’s a very collaborative committee. Kayleigh and I would come up with designs and make them in Photoshop and Illustrator and present them to the team. … We started with the hangtag and went all the way down to every little detail.”The group decides on a vendor and a color for The Shirt, begins research designs and has the hangtag finished before the end of the fall semester, McGuigan said. In the spring semester, the two designers will create designs for The Shirt, send ideas back and forth to the rest of the committee and implement any feedback. A few of the members will take a trip to the vendor’s facility — they visited Colosseum Athletics in California last year — to finalize the fit and design. Each season’s design is revealed at the unveiling ceremony in April.“Hundreds of hours of work go into it,” McGuigan said. “There’s not a single pixel that we didn’t think about or touch — color and placement and size and everything. It’s a lot more work than people would think. … There’s so much that goes into it that you wouldn’t know.”For this year’s Shirt, McCurdy said the group decided to use discharge printing, which replaces the pigment of the shirt with the color of the ink, making the shirt softer and less likely to fade.One of the hardest parts of the process of creating The Shirt, McGuigan said, is designing a Shirt that will appeal to all Notre Dame fans and understanding that you can’t please everyone. This year, McGuigan said the response has been overwhelmingly positive.“We wanted to go traditional this year because last year was a more modern color and design,” she said. “We also wanted to have a nod to Crossroads, which is new and modern, so it was kind of balancing the tradition and modern.”The group underwent a slight restructuring of where the proceeds from the sales are directed last year, McCurdy said.“We realized that the proceeds from the endowment were supporting well more than what was needed to support the medical requests,” he said. “We decided to split from that endowment and put more money towards what was the rector fund and what is now the Office of Student Enrichment, which makes sure all students have the full [Notre Dame] experience no matter their socioeconomic status.”The committee decided to allow The Shirt Charity Fund — which collects money to help students with extraordinary medical expenses — to continue to grow on its own, but will split all future proceeds between the Student Union Endowment — which distributes money to student organizations — and the Student Enrichment Endowment. All of the money raised stays on campus and benefits students, Meyers said.“The biggest misconception is that I don’t think people know all of the money goes back to the students,” she said. “It’s unbelievable. The total sum of the money they made from last year’s Shirt was around $760,000 total and … 100 percent of it goes back to the students.”In addition to selling as many Shirts and raising as much money as possible, McCurdy said the group always attempts to break the record for most Shirts sold. In 2015, The Shirt came within a few hundred of the 165,000-Shirt record. With remaining home games this season, the group hopes that sales will pick up as the football team continues to prove themselves, McCurdy said.Meyers said The Shirt committee believes a student section unified in a single color sends a message of strength and unity to opposing teams as well as signals support for the Irish at all of the home games.“We really want people to wear The Shirt to the games every week,” she said. “We want to look like a unified whole, so we want everyone to wear it. It helps the football team, too.” For the last 28 years, The Shirt has been uniting the student section at home football games, as well as Notre Dame fans across the country. First created by students as a way to raise money for various student activities, The Shirt has become a prominent part of the Notre Dame football tradition with over 2.5 million shirts sold and upward of $10 million raised with the first 29 Shirts. 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first_imgThe University will formally dedicate the Walsh Family Hall of Architecture on Friday, according to a Thursday press release.The new hall is named after Matthew and Joyce Walsh, the building’s benefactors, who donated $33 million to the construction of the new location of the School of Architecture.“This magnificent new facility reflects the unique character of our School of Architecture, while also providing our students and faculty with the very best in classroom, studio, office, library, workshop and public space,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in the release. “We cannot thank Matt and Joyce, together with other generous donors, enough for making this remarkable building a reality.”According to the release, Matt Walsh is a Notre Dame alumnus, having graduated in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree. He also holds a law degree from Loyola University. Joyce Walsh graduated from Barat College with a bachelor’s degree in French, according to the release. The Walshes have three adult children — Matthew IV, Sean and Erin. Erin and her husband, Mike Gibbons, both earned degrees from the University. Gibbons and Sean Walsh also hold EMBA degrees from Notre Dame.Matt Walsh has served as chair of the School of Architecture Advisory Council and the Advisory Council Leadership Group. The Walsh family has also donated money to renovate a Notre Dame “academic facility in Rome,” the release said.“My two decades of service as chairman of the advisory council to the School of Architecture have proven to me the extraordinary capabilities of the school’s faculty, administration and student body,” Matt Walsh said in the release. “This new transformational building will inspire generations of Notre Dame architects to continue toward their leadership in defining the communities in which they live.”The new architecture building is situated in Notre Dame’s “arts district” on the south side of campus, alongside the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, O’Neill Hall, Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park and the future Raclin Murphy Museum of Art.According to the release, the new building is designed according to “the teaching methods of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris.” The new architecture hall’s architect is John Simpson. The architect-of-record is Stantec, an architecture and engineering firm.With the “Hall of Casts,” donated by Bob and Carolyn Turner and a tower from Michael and Pearl Chesser, the building will also feature “a grand hall modeled on ancient Greek market structures” known as a stoa.The School of Architecture was founded in 1898 and was the first of its kind at an American Catholic college, according to the release. Currently, the school has a five year bachelor’s degree program and offers three types of master’s degrees.Tags: architecture, Bond Hall, School of Architecture, Walsh Family Hall, Walsh Family Hall of Architecturelast_img read more

first_imgSteven C. Bass, professor emeritus and former chair of the department of computer science and engineering at Notre Dame, died Thursday at the age of 75 at his home on the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the University announced in a press release Friday.A graduate of Purdue University’s bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate programs, Bass taught electrical engineering at his alma mater for 17 years while working as a consultant to private firms as well as the United States government, the press release said.According to the press release, Bass joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1991 as the inaugural Schubmehl-Prein chair of the department of computer science and engineering. While serving as a fellow for the Center for Social Concerns as well as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Bass received several honors for his innovations in education and research in circuits, systems and signal processing.Bass moved to St. John following his retirement from the University in 2001 to continue his work as an instructor and innovator, the release said.Bass will be buried at Cedar Grove Cemetery on Notre Dame’s campus. Donations in Bass’ memory may be made to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in St. John, the Animal Care Center of St. John or a charity of one’s choice.Tags: Center for Social Concerns, College of Engineering, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Steven C. Basslast_img read more

first_imgSara Schlecht | The Observer Saint Mary’s visiting artist Jenny Yurshansky drew on inspiration from a family history of separation to create “A Legacy of Loss”“I am a refugee,” Yurshansky said. “My family comes from what was the Soviet Union.”While her immediate family fled to the U.S., Yurshansky’s extended family on her mother’s side was forced to disperse throughout the world, she said.“A whole section of my family fled the Soviet Union to Argentina” Yurshansky said. “The immigration of a whole set of sons ended up being the reason why my great-great grandmother committed suicide because she was so devastated that her family was torn apart in this way. So again, we see these legacies of loss.”Her family was further separated throughout the events of World War II, she said.“My family is Jewish so in order to escape being murdered, my grandmother, her sister and eventually her mother fled all the way to Uzbekistan, 3,000 miles making the journey on foot, train and on hopes,” Yurshansky said. “Not everyone made it back.”Yurshansky said she often needed her mother’s help to fill in some of the missing puzzle pieces and teach her more about her family history, though she was not always willing.“Part of what makes these histories so difficult to share amongst ourselves is that because there is so much pain attached to them, it’s difficult for those who have gone through it to speak openly about it, it’s really difficult to bring up and dredge up all that pain,” she said.Eventually, her mother opened up and began sharing her story more freely, Yurshansky said, even accompanying her daughter on two visits to her hometown.“It has loosened something between us and now conversations do happen unprompted,” Yurshansky said. “At least between us I think it has been a healthy thing and I can say as her daughter there has been some sort of healing that has happened for her.”While on these trips, Yurshasky said she visited her great grandfather’s grave for the first time and rubbed an etching of it, inspiring one of exhibit’s biggest pieces, a large hand-embroidered muslin sheet outlining the etching of the grave. She said she stumbled upon some precision blanks, the lenses used to make glasses before they’re ground down, and had the idea for the main piece in her exhibit: 13 hanging branches with 1,000 pieces of glass on them, expressing so many families’ migrations.“The lenses are just an incredible way to speak about memory,” Yurshansky said. “You think you would have clear access to your own memories but when you have layers of trauma and pain that can be blocks against that, then you have a situation where you can become precisely blank.”Yurshansky said she wants her piece to spark conversations and allow people to make connections.“One thing that I worry about as an artist is if the work becomes completely about me,” she said. “The function that I really want it to have and serve is that I want this work to become a place where dialogue can happen. Us sharing these stories and finding connections with one another and seeing that we are all connected in some way through history, that’s what I want this to open up.”Tags: family history, Jenny Yurshansky, Legacy of Loss, Moreau Art Galleries Saint Mary’s welcomed fall 2019 visiting artist Jenny Yurshansky to speak to students about her exhibit “A Legacy of Loss” at its official opening in Moreau Art Galleries on Thursday. Ian Weaver, assistant professor in the art department, introduced the artist by explaining her diverse background and detailing his own personal experiences in working with Yurshansky.“I was super impressed by her work,” Weaver said. “She works exceptionally hard — I felt like a slacker comparatively.”Yurshansky said she refers to herself as a conceptually-based research artist and researched her current project three years before she even knew what the pieces would be. Her complicated family history inspired her current exhibit and required extensive research, she said.last_img read more

first_imgIn light of Pope Francis’s announcement to appoint Archbishop Wilton Gregory to the rank of cardinal, University President Fr. John Jenkins expressed his congratulations Monday.“We offer Archbishop Gregory our warmest congratulations on his elevation to cardinal by Pope Francis and assure him of our prayers and support,” Jenkins said.Gregory is currently the archbishop of Washington D.C. In 2012, the University awarded Gregory an honorary degree.“Archbishop Gregory’s appointment as the first African American cardinal is particularly important at this critical moment in our nation’s struggle for racial justice and equality,” Jenkins said.Tags: Archbishop, Cardinal, Fr. John Jenkins, Wilton Gregorylast_img read more

first_imgPhoto: PxHereJAMESTOWN – Big changes are coming to Jamestown’s Labor Day Festival.Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist tells WNYNewsNow as part of the city’s COVID-19 Financial Restructuring Plan, funding for festivals and special events have been put on hold.In a message to members of the City’s Labor Day Committee, the Mayor said instead of a large elaborate festival this year, officials will likely be working to host a scaled down gathering.“With the addition of COVID-19 making large gatherings difficult, and a large financial strain on the City from lost revenue, we have decided to forgo a large festival this year,” said Sundquist. “However, I want to let the committee know that I am determined to celebrate the men and women of labor in the Jamestown community.” The Mayor says even though this September’s celebration will be much smaller and “muted” then years past, the City still plans to honor those in the labor force.“Although this year may have to be a much smaller and muted ceremony, we will still honor the sacrifices people have made in pursuit of better working conditions and a better life, here in the City of Jamestown,” explained Sundquist. “As we get closer to Labor Day 2020, we will reach back out and have folks come together to talk about what a smaller celebration may look like.”Several other big community events scheduled for this summer have been canceled due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions, including the National Comedy Center’s Lucille Ball Comedy Festival and the Chautauqua County Fair.According to New York State’s phased reopening plan, large scale events and gathering will likely not be permitted until phase four, which is expected to occur in early July. 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