Week seeks to raise alcohol awareness

first_imgAs part of the ongoing efforts to inform Notre Dame students about the use and misuse of alcohol, the Office of Drug and Alcohol Education, PILLARS and student government are sponsoring Alcohol Awareness Week on campus. “It’s extremely relevant to college students and their lifestyle,” student body president Catherine Soler said. “We think promoting education and awareness, not necessarily abstinence from drinking altogether, but more responsible behavior is always a good thing.” While Soler said she does not think the drinking situation at Notre Dame is especially alarming relative to most universities, she said it is still an important issue to keep in mind. “We’ve been doing some benchmarking for other off-campus issues at other schools. At Boston College they have a really big drinking problem right now,” Soler said. “It’s the mindset in college and at big universities that everything needs to have a pregame. I think it’s a national trend and something to keep an eye on.” Soler said informing students through events like Alcohol Awareness Week is important to preventing drinking at Notre Dame from becoming a problem. “I don’t think we’ve reached the point at Notre Dame where we need to panic, but hopefully by raising awareness we won’t have a problem,” Soler said. Soler said she thinks the University’s alcohol policies put students in a slightly different position compared to other college students. “I do think it’s unique that we don’t have a dry campus,” she said. “We think it’s an opportunity that we’re trusted with a little responsibility in the dorms that we should take advantage of it by being responsible with what we’re doing.” To help with the educational aspect of the week, Monday kicked off an informational campaign, which included posters, cab phone number cards distributed to dorms along with various events later in the week. “They’re going to be table tents in the dining halls, we’re planning a big poster campaign on The Wall and in academic buildings. They’re going to have beer goggles and different activities out on Fieldhouse Mall” Soler said. “We’re also having a mock tailgate on Saturday before the game.” The events at Fieldhouse Mall include an information table with free non-alcoholic “mocktails” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and a “Food and Fun” event on Friday from 10:30 p.m. to midnight, sponsored by Student Activities Office. Soler said she hopes this weeks programming will not only enable students to be smarter and safer with alcohol but will also help improve the standing of students in the community. “I think there’s a lot of things we can take away from this week as far as thinking of drinking in a different way, or of the consequences,” she said. “I think we can definitely improve our situation in the community if we can be more responsible with the drinking and improving our attitude towards alcohol.”last_img read more

Global powers face emerging nations

first_imgBritish politician Lord Chris Patten of Barnes spoke about the role of world powers at his lecture “Europe, America and the Changing World Order” in Geddes Hall on Thursday evening. The Nanovic Institute for European Studies sponsored the presentation. Patten said his experiences as governor of Hong Kong during its handover to the People’s Republic of China in 1997, and as a member of the European Commission provided insight to the problems global leaders face. The U.S. and European nations are especially affected by the emergence of countries like China and India, he said. Though the American economy has declined in recent years, it maintains a global dominance of commerce and culture, he said. “The United States has really been … the only country which matters everywhere,” he said. Patten said while the United States grapples with financial crises and a massive accumulation of debt, the European Union must navigate a different set of economic and political issues to maintain its current stature. “The Eurozone is not yet out of the mire and is … a victim of the consequences of national democratic politics in which people feel a greater sense of loyalty to the institutions of nation states than to those institutions, which you establish to manage the sovereignty which their governments are prepared to share,” he said. Patten noted emerging economies make up 30 percent of global gross domestic product. India’s rapid economic expansion has allowed the nation to become a world leader in international commercial markets. However, the growing nation’s weak infrastructure, corrupt upper levels of government and profound social inequity will prevent it from advancing, Patten said. “So, India remains an exciting country… but I don’t believe that India is going to be a superpower,” he said. Patten noted China is the world’s largest manufacturer, exporter and consumer of energy. He said four problems plague China, which will determine the course of its future success. “First of all, it has a problem of reshaping its economy from one which is largely based on the manufacturing industry and the export of goods more cheaply than the West can make them, to an economy in which there is more domestic consumption and investment,” he said. Patten said the nation’s major environmental problems and high level of social inequity also presents issues. This contributes to the growing problem of trust the Chinese people have in their government, he said. Patten said China faces the dilemma of balancing state and private control of institutions. “China doing badly [though] would be a threat to the rest of the world, and would be a serious threat to our quality of life and to our stability,” Patten said. Ultimately, Patten said the world is in a period of great flux and its future is uncertain. “[It] is less predictable than it’s been at any time in my political lifetime. Which is I guess an argument for us hanging on to the values which we know are important,” Patten said. “If we can be more effective and coherent about making those work in our own societies, maybe we’ll carry more conviction when we argue that other people should run their affairs like that as well.”last_img read more

Students in kilts fundraise for Ronald McDonald House Charities

first_imgIf you’re looking for a good conversation starter, senior Michael Lindt suggests wearing a kilt.Lindt and fellow senior Benjamin Brockman have been sporting kilts around campus to raise awareness for Ronald McDonald House Charities.Courtesy of Kelsey Sullivan “It’s the best way to start a conversation independently and say, ‘Hey can I tell you why I’m looking really stupid in a kilt today?’ And people are more likely to say ‘OK, what’s going on,’’ Lindt said.The two are participating in the Men in Kilts Campaign, a fundraiser where participants compete to raise money for the Michiana branch of the charity. This is the first year the duo has participated in the event, Lindt said. It is also the first time any Notre Dame student has participated in the event.The pair has been fundraising since school started, Lindt said. So far, they have held fundraisers at Five Guys and O’Rourkes on Eddy Street.  They will continue to fundraise through Oct. 1, when the competition ends. In the upcoming weeks, the pair is planning to solicit donations at tailgates for the Georgia Tech and UMass games, as well as fundraise during Trivia Night at O’Rourke’s on Sept. 28. For those who can’t make it to those events, Lindt said people can also donate online by going to meninkilts.org and donating to Brockman and Lindt’s team.Dubbed “The Dueling Irishman,” the pair has raised approximately $750 thus far, Lindt said. Brockman said the pair is hoping to double or triple that number by the end of the campaign. “Notre Dame people are super generous, so hopefully we can scrounge up some cash and donate it to a really great cause,” Brockman said. According to the Ronald McDonald House’s website, all proceeds from the campaign will be used to provide meals and housing for families of seriously ill or injured children when the children have extended stays at the hospital. Lindt said he and Brockman joined the campaign after being asked to participate by a friend who interned with Ronald McDonald House.“She asked if we wanted to participate and we said absolutely, we have no shame, we’d be happy to run around in kilts,” Lindt said. However, Lindt said after becoming more involved in the campaign, it’s become less about the kilts and more about the impact of the charity. “Wearing a kilt is very freeing. It has a good flow. You’ve got to love it,” Brockman said. “But, honestly, it’s just, knowing you do look ridiculous, but knowing what it’s for makes it all worth it. These kids deserve it more than us maintaining our dignity, so it’s a lot of fun.” All the participants in the campaign had to spend time in the hospital ward with the children. This gives the participants a better idea of what the charity does and helps them become more passionate about the cause, Lindt said.Tags: kilts, Ronald McDonald Houselast_img read more

Students weigh in on mascot tryouts

first_imgIt is humid in the Pit in the Joyce Center early Tuesday evening. And full — but not quite crowded — as Notre Dame cheerleaders set up mats and begin stretching. A tall, clean-shaven man with red hair walks in the door and begins organizing the congregation. Meet John Doran, the Notre Dame Leprechaun. The one on the August 10, 2015, cover of Sports Illustrated.“I was like, ‘wait, I’m going to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated?’ That’s every kid’s dream,” Doran said.In his time at Notre Dame, Doran has been at 26 consecutive football games, two consecutive Elite Eights and an ACC tournament championship.With all his experiences on the field and the court, the New York native shed light on some of the most rewarding aspects of being the most visible figure of Notre Dame sports.“Most people only see you at the games,” Doran said. “They don’t see you going to special events. They hear that I spent the week in [Washington] D.C. for the ACC tournament, but they don’t realize I’m up at 6 a.m., going to the hospital with all the ACC mascots. You do a lot of different stuff outside of just the games. That’s what I didn’t know coming into the job. At first, you’re like, ‘Man that can be overwhelming,’ but then you grow to love it and it’s been awesome.“Don’t get me wrong, you can’t beat being on the football field. You can’t beat it being there for an ACC championship in basketball, you can’t beat it being at the Elite Eight two years in a row. … But there’s a lot outside of just going to the games that we do that’s pretty rewarding.”However this day isn’t about Doran, nor is this week. Tuesday is about getting one step closer to finding Doran’s replacement as the No. 1, or Gold Squad, Leprechaun.Mingling with the cheerleaders in the Pit are three individuals who hope to take up Doran’s mantle: Tom Hellios, Joe Fennessy and Mitchell Meersman.Meersman, a junior living in Carroll Hall, echoed Doran’s focus on service. Meersman has two years of experience under his belt as a Leprechaun and, in addition to serving the University in a cheerleading capacity, will be a Resident Assistant in Carroll next year.“What you are is an ambassador for the University,” Meersman said. “You do a lot more things than going to games. I would say at least 60 percent of my time is spent going to charity events, community functions, interacting with the community at large. Not even Irish fans: Sometimes it’ll be traveling, say North Carolina, Greensboro for the ACC, we did a food drive at a local grocery store. North Carolina doesn’t have a whole lot of Irish fans, so you have to represent the University to the best of your abilities all the time. That’s something I hold extremely important.”Joining Meersman as a returning Leprechaun, the sophomore Fennessy is currently the Green Squad Leprechaun and said the experience helps with navigating the often enigmatic tryout process.“It’s a lot easier knowing what’s going on, for sure,” Fennessy said. “It’s a lot more fun, too. You can really enjoy it, enjoy the process, enjoy the spontaneity. … This year’s fun, it’s cool talking to the new Leprechauns trying out. It’s fun waiting till the end of practice where they have the Leprechauns do the spontaneous stuff with dancing and singing or mock pep rallies and stuff like that.”When Fennessy mentions dancing, he isn’t kidding: At the tryouts, the potential Leprechauns watch as the other cheerleaders practice lifts, but at the end of the session, each Leprechaun is led out in front of the cheerleaders to perform a mock pep-rally routine.“I was expecting a more conventional tryout, I would say, as opposed to get you thinking on your feet,” Tom Hellios said. “As the Leprechaun, you’re going to be out there in front of people and they need to make sure you represent the University well. I think part of that is being able to think on your feet and act accordingly. When you’re in front of a crowd of people, it’s easy to get nervous. I think part of that putting you on the spot, making you feel awkward now is to see how you’ll react in front of a big crowd.”Hellios, a sophomore, is trying out for the first time and understably looks a little nervous as he waits for his turn at the mock pep-rally. And as he prepares to make his mark on the coaches and fellow cheerleaders, Hellios reflected on his journey to the Pit.“It’s pretty cool to see the Leprechaun,” Hellios said. “He’s the face of Notre Dame and the football team. John, he was on the cover of Sports Illustrated this year. … It’s really cool to see stuff like that. And then on top of that, I love Notre Dame, and I love Notre Dame sports and all the tradition that comes with it. Being able to be a part of that is something I find very interesting and attractive.”Hellios’ routine is brisk, beginning with the “Let’s go Irish” chant and ending with a joke about Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey, the opponent of choice in the simulation. After Hellios is finished, he runs out of the gym and Fennessy comes on; none of the Leprechauns are permitted to see the routine of the others.Though the ordeal is technically a tryout, with only three people vying for three spots it is only a matter of which squad each applicant is assigned to. Hellios said this format allows the more experienced Leprechauns to give him advice, even if the advice is a little unorthodox.“A lot of it’s sort of try to get you out there and see how you do, and then when you’re done, they’re like ‘Good job man,’” Hellios said. “They’ll bring you in like a brother and supportive afterwards, but at first it’s like, ‘Alright, let’s see how he does. Let’s see if he can fend for himself.’ And then once you’re back it’s like, ‘That was great.’”Fennessy’s routine is slightly more polished, going into an anecdote about Knute Rockne and ending with a Gaelic chant. Despite only three people trying out for Leprechaun duties, Fennessy said he thinks the tradition is stable.“I think there’s definitely a good energy surrounding the Leprechaun culture,” Fennessy said. “Between John being Gold Squad for two years, I really got to look up to him. … I think there’s definitely been some good energy. Tom [Hellios] is awesome. I haven’t gotten to see him because they put us in a back room when stuff goes on, but I’ve heard good things about him. It’s exciting, not as many guys as you would want to try out, but definitely quality guys.”Meersman comes out last and is undoubtedly the loudest. He asks multiple times if that’s as loud as the audience can be and each time they manage to be louder. For the Mishawaka native, the Leprechaun role boils down to passion, something Meersman has in spades.“You should definitely be outgoing, That goes without saying,” Meersman, a junior, said. “You shouldn’t be uncomfortable in front of crowds. … You should be gracious, you should be passionate — Definitely passionate, that drives a lot of what I do. You have to bring your enthusiasm and channel that through other people and a lot of that comes with how passionate you are.”Doran’s replacement will be finalized Friday, the last day of tryouts, and the graduating senior had some advice for the successors to the venerated tradition.“Enjoy every single minute of it, because it flew by,” Doran said. “Know that you’re going to be able to make people’s days. Some people come here once in a lifetime, to watch a football game. And if they meet you, it’s like the greatest thing ever. Don’t forget to appreciate that, that you get to be here for four years and be an extension of the school.”No matter who ends up getting Doran’s Gold Squad spot, they will carry take on a role that transcends the individual.“I know it wasn’t even me,” Doran said of his time as the Leprechaun. “That’s the underlying basis for pretty much everything I do, it’s not John Doran they want in the picture, it’s the Leprechaun. So that was kind of cool to be able to slip into that role for two years.”Tags: leprechaun, mascot, mascot tryouts, Notre Dame, spiritlast_img read more

Student senate discusses changes to RecSports

first_imgNotre Dame student senate convened Wednesday night to discuss potential changes to RecSports fitness class programs, approve the new Student Union Treasurer and pass a resolution regarding partnering with National Association for Eating Disorder Awareness.Kendra Bayne, RecSports assistant director of administration, and Jennie Phillips, assistant director of fitness and fitness facilities, gave an update on RecSports. Bayne reminded students of upcoming deadlines in intramural sports, as well as future officials training sessions, the Notre Dame Swim School and upcoming spring “freebie classes” before opening up the floor for discussion on fitness passes. The passes would potentially be an alternative to the current fitness class registration system, which requires students to pay a fee for a set class time for the entire semester, Bayne said. The pass could potentially allow more flexibility in classes, as it would allow students to switch between classes, and therefore give more relief for missing class, Bayne said.The RecSports program charges Notre Dame students less for fitness classes than most South Bend fitness facilities, with some semester classes totaling only $2 a class. The proposed pass could potentially bring a slight increase in prices, but the money would go to the instructors and trainers, Bayne said.Additionally, Bayne said there are ways around payment methods if a student is unable to afford a class.“If you guys know of students who really want to do personal training and finances are an issue, they can come talk to me and I’ll work with them,” Bayne said.Some suggestions for improvements to the proposed fitness pass idea included an online sign-up 24 hours in advance, the ability to reserve spots a semester in advance and an app.Additionally, RecSports is looking to expand their student certification programs to allow students to become yoga, group fitness, or personal instructors.“Our philosophy is to give you guys skills in that field … some practical skills for when you leave here. And if you want to be a personal trainer on the side of your rocket science job, then you can do that,” Bayne said.The RecSports department plans to have focus groups to continue discussing these issues in the future.Similarly, the two discussed upcoming changes to facilities that are results of Campus Crossroads. As of Jan. 2018, the men’s and women’s basketball programs will use Rolfs as a practice facility, and the student recreation center will be moved into the Duncan Student Center.Responding to questions of whether there would be basketball courts in the new student workout facility, Phillips said she was unable to divulge a lot of information at the time.“We will find the court space and there will be a solution to adding more courts … the University is aware of the court space situation, so there will be something forthcoming,” Phillips said.It has been undecided whether multipurpose courts are going to be replaced in the new facilities.Following the RecSports presentation, Alexandra Henderson was nominated for the new Student Union Treasurer by the current Student Union Treasurer, Mason Shinn. Henderson has served as an assistant Student Union Treasurer and was confirmed unanimously. The confirmation was effective immediately. Additionally, the student senate passed resolution SS1617-31, which proposed that Notre Dame student government apply to be an official partner of National Association for Eating Disorder Awareness.Tags: duncan student center, National Association for Eating Disorder Awareness, Notre Dame Student Senate, RecSportslast_img read more

Freshman becomes first ‘tri-campus’ student in one semester

first_imgFreshman Elisabeth Lasecki said she wanted to continue to take ballet classes when she began college, so she signed up for a ballet course at Saint Mary’s. This choice made her the first student to take classes at all three Holy Cross-affiliated colleges simultaneously in South Bend — Holy Cross, Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s — Adam DeBeck, director of alumni, parents and community relations at Holy Cross, told her.Lasecki said as a student in the Gateway Program, she registered for classes at both Holy Cross and Notre Dame. She said the opportunity to also take a ballet class at Saint Mary’s allowed her to continue pursuing one of her passions and was “a nice load off [her] shoulders.”“I started dancing when I was three, so I’ve been dancing for almost 15 years,” she said. “I had an opportunity to dance in a more professional setting and I turned it down because I knew I wanted to focus on my academics so I don’t regret that either because that’s why I’m here.”On Mondays and Wednesdays, Lasecki has four classes, which requires her to visit all three campuses.“I’m never at one campus back to back so I’m at Holy Cross, then Notre Dame, then Holy Cross, then Saint Mary’s,” she said of her schedule on Mondays and Wednesdays. “Those days I generally wake up pretty early around 8 [a.m.], then I have a 9:30 [a.m.] class and then I don’t end up finishing classes on Mondays and Wednesdays until about 7:15 [p.m.] or 7:30.”Lasecki said prioritizing has been key to balancing her schoolwork and traveling between classes. She also said “a good planner helps.”“I guess the other tough thing is to just find time for myself too so I’m not getting overwhelmed,” she said. “I like to go over to the chapel here at Holy Cross and I play the piano for a few minutes just to clear my head if I’m getting stressed out from doing too much, but luckily I have just enough breaks in between class that I can kind of pace myself with homework and everything.”Though she has not decided on a major yet, Lasecki said she enjoys all of her classes, in particular, American studies and her ballet course.“I actually was not planning on taking American studies,” she said. “I really wanted to take philosophy and I hope to minor in philosophy. Unfortunately it overlapped with my ballet class which is why I couldn’t take it and so my advisor said ‘Well here, we can put you in American studies’ and it ended up being an absolute blast so I loved every second of that.”Lasecki said she has been impressed by the kindness of students at each campus and has appreciated the opportunity to take classes at each campus.“I guess I would say that it’s been a challenge adjusting to freshman year but then also to three campuses,” she said. “I have three emails to toggle between, you know, kind of three different groups of people to interact with but … I don’t regret it for a second.“I love it and I’m so glad I chose the Gateway program. I’m glad I chose to come to South Bend and I’m really glad I chose to take classes at all three schools.”Tags: Holy Cross, Notre Dame, saint mary’s, tri-campuslast_img read more

Saint Mary’s amends meal exchange program

first_imgVice president for student affairs Karen Johnson announced further changes to Saint Mary’s’ co-exchange program in an email to the Saint Mary’s community Thursday.Currently, the co-exchange — or “co-ex” — program allows pre-approved Saint Mary’s students to eat meals at Notre Dame at no additional cost. In March, however, the College announced plans to begin charging students $415 each semester to participate in the program.After receiving feedback from the Saint Mary’s community, the College decided to continue providing for students “who are active members of the Notre Dame Marching Band, ROTC Cadets and/or engineering students at Notre Dame,” Johnson said in the email. “Saint Mary’s College will provide co-ex meals at Notre Dame for these students ONLY. All other students wishing to eat at Notre Dame need have (SIC) to pay directly at time of purchase.”Information about how to apply for the co-ex program will be sent out this summer, Johnson said. Questions about the program may be sent to [email protected]: Campus DIning, co-exchange program, saint mary’slast_img read more

Saint Mary’s retires ResNet and BelleAire Wi-Fi, introduces updated BelleNet

first_imgSoon after the start of the new semester, Saint Mary’s students noticed a new feature to campus life. The old Wi-Fi systems, ResNet and BelleAire, were retired and were replaced by BelleNet, the newest version of Saint Mary’s Wi-Fi. “We intentionally allowed the old ResNet network to remain active for a little more than a week beyond the start of the semester to allow for everyone to transition,” chief information officer Todd Norris said in an email to the campus community. However, by the second week of the semester, ResNet and BelleAire were officially deactivated and replaced by BelleNet. BelleNet is active in both the dorms and academic buildings, unlike ResNet and BelleAire, which were separated by location. BelleNet is also accompanied with DeviceNet, which operates specifically for residents’ televisions and other large devices that require an internet connection. “These changes add security to our network to keep your information safer,” Norris said in his email.In general, the reaction to the change has been positive, sophomore Emily Tobias, an Information Technology Helpdesk consultant, said. “Professors were just confused and slightly frustrated at first, but once we told them to put in their username and password they were fine,” Tobias said. “There were some professors who ended up on the guest network, so we did have to help them get from guest to BelleNet which took some time, but we got them sorted out eventually.” The Helpdesk consultants are responsible for assisting faculty and staff with technology problems. “Some [professors] had to come in to the Helpdesk personally to get BelleNet installed,” Tobais said. “It was a little harder for them, and there is a slightly more complicated process for Windows Computers, but once they came in we usually got them taken care of.” But there has been some student frustration with BelleNet, Tobias said.“It is better than ResNet, but there are still improvements that need to be made,” junior Greta Minnema said. “Some people have their TVs on BelleNet instead of DeviceNet and it makes BelleNet slower, which is annoying.” First-year Grace Anspach agreed with Minnema, but said she is happy with the increased BelleNet speed. “I’ve been having a little trouble connecting to BelleNet with my laptop,” Anspach said. “It keeps disconnecting. Although when it is connected, it is faster than it was with BelleAire or ResNet.” For the most part, however, the student reaction has been positive. “I think BelleNet is fine,” junior Grace Grueninger said. “It didn’t work for one day, but that’s less than any issue I’ve ever had with ResNet.” Grueninger said she hopes she can use the new network both for schoolwork and personal use. “Hopefully my parents will be able to start FaceTiming me again now that the Wi-Fi’s been fixed,” she said. “They used to try, but the WiFi kept going out on calls.” Tags: BelleAire, BelleNet, information technology, ResNet, Wi-Filast_img read more

Saint Mary’s reports two confirmed coronavirus cases

first_imgIn an update posted Monday to Saint Mary’s Live Learn Work website, the College confirmed that two individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 since August 10.The College previously reported six positive cases, but has since corrected this error.“The number we report in our campus updates represents all students, faculty, and staff,” the statement said. “Student tests are conducted both on and off campus, with results reported to the Health and Counseling Center. Employee tests are conducted off-campus and reported to Human Resources.”Tags: covid tracking, COVID-19, fall 2020last_img read more

Man Arrested After Allegedly Breaking Lamp, Taking Child During Domestic

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) Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – A City of Jamestown man was arrested Thursday afternoon after allegedly violating a stay away order of protection during a domestic dispute on Prospect Street.Jamestown Police say James Tuttle, 31, allegedly violated the order and smashed a lamp belonging to the victim during the 2 p.m. dispute.Furthermore, officers say that Tuttle left the scene with a 3-year-old girl when he ran into the back yard in an attempt to avoid responding police.Officers report Tuttle was eventually taken into custody without incident. Tuttle is charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief, second-degree criminal contempt and endangering the welfare of a child. Officers say he was held in city jail.Police report Tuttle additional had outstanding arrest warrants.last_img read more