CLC brainstorms culture of students and alcohol

first_img The University holds onto records for seven years following graduation, “based on a federal guideline mandate,” Gaughan said.  “We’re going to try to put together a working plan for next semester, because there’s typically less programming in the winter,” he said. Student government president Catherine Soler began the dialogue with a status report on the culture shift task force. “We feel right now there’s a fear of going off campus,” she said. “And we don’t know if that’s a sustainable solution.” “Those are both great … but I think alcohol should maybe be pulled out separately,” he said. “The quality of the programming and the way they’re marketing it to get people there will make a difference.” Commenting on a decrease in off-campus socializing, Soler said students being scared to go off campus is not a feasible long-term fix for police incidents.  “We’ll be part of a larger conversation about what’s going on, what happened earlier this semester and going forward,” Soler said. Sr. Carrine Etheridge, rector of Farley Hall, suggested modifying existing programming, such as the “College HAS Issues” orientation presentation and Students Preventing Acquaintance Rape (SPAR), rather than starting from scratch.  Regarding rector discretion in infractions off-campus, Gaughan said it is an issue of inconsistent enforcement and conflicting interests for rectors. These task forces, new for this year, are dedicated to culture shift, discipline and residential life at Notre Dame, respectively. “We discussed a lot of the data from the improveND survey,” Soler said. “One idea that we had … is to have some sort of frosh-o, beginning of the year … mandatory presentation about alcohol.” Chief of staff Nick Ruof introduced the topic of residential life. Ruof said the task force is concentrating on maintaining the level of events on campus during the winter months.  “There was concern amongst students about discrepancies in how different rectors would handle it,” he said. “The primary role of the rector is pastoral, not law enforcement … so there could be some potential conflicts there.” “Maybe there’s not a need to reinvent the wheel, we can work with them [the Office of Drug and Alcohol Education] on what we already have,” Etheridge said. Corry Colonna, Zahm Hall’s rector, said it may be more effective to deal with the topic of alcohol apart from sexual assault, hookups and other issues. Knott Hall senator Alex Kasparie began the dialogue about discipline at Notre Dame, saying that most of the work done thus far involved clarifying existing rules rather than discussing modification. Fr. Tom Gaughan, rector of Stanford Hall, said the two issues they looked into recently were how long the University holds onto disciplinary records and why rectors are not given discretion with off-campus first offenses. Soler followed the task force updates with a discussion of an upcoming presentation to the University’s board of trustees, which CLC will give in joint efforts with the Office of Public Affairs. Campus Life Council (CLC) members shared updates on how the various recently established task forces have been progressing in their efforts to improve the Notre Dame student experience at Monday’s meeting.last_img read more

London calls students to intern

first_imgFor many students, interning for a company involves fetching coffee and picking up laundry for their bosses. However, some Notre Dame students studying abroad in London are defying these stereotypes as they intern for a variety of organizations. Junior Stephen LaBrecque is working as an awards assistant for the US-UK Fulbright Commission. He said he spends most of his time finding various ways to promote the awards of the program. “My duties include redesigning promotional material and advertisements, emailing out various department heads and society chairpersons to increase the awareness of the awards,” he said. “I also have been looking into various ways to advertise for the awards via job websites and social networking sites.” LaBrecque said he sought an internship during his time abroad for cultural and career-driven purposes. “I was looking for an opportunity to meet local residents of London and I also wanted to gain some new work experience,” he said. Junior Kelsey Clemson, who is interning for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, said she chose to intern to be active in London. “[I] wanted a way to get more involved in the city I am living in,” she said. “[It is a] great hands on experience.” Junior Alyssa Sappenfield is interning with Emmaus, a charitable organization in London. Emmaus enables the homeless to live in a community as “companions” in order to get back on there feet. They help a store sell donated items in order to fund the community. Sappenfield said interning with the group allows her to give back to the public.  “I have always believed that we all have a responsibility to contribute to the good of society, especially to those are a vulnerable and face hardship,” she said. “Emmaus is an organization that echoes those beliefs.”  Clemson, who is coordinating with dioceses to market National Grandparent Pilgrimages in England and develop guide material for the pilgrimages, said the internship is providing her with valuable skills for life after Notre Dame. “I am getting a lot of experience communicating with others to develop a pastorally sensitive and relevant handbook,” she said. Sappenfield said she believes her work at Emmaus is preparing her for her postgraduate career. She said the nature of the organization is in accord with what she wants in a job. “I am thinking of going to law school, specifically public interest law,” Sappenfield said. “I hope Emmaus will give me more hands-on service experience to prepare for a career in a field with social justice and community enrichment in mind.” LaBrecque said one of the reasons he enjoys working with the Fulbright Commission is because the job is fast paced. “Non-profits can’t afford a large staff, so the interns are given a lot of different projects and responsibilities,” he said. LaBrecque said communication presents a challenge when interning in a foreign country. “So far I’ve been laughed at for my American accent and I have to be conscious of the fact that there are differences of language,” he said. “For example, I was going to send out an email with the word ‘program,’ my boss alerted me to the fact that in the UK its ‘programme.’” Sappenfield said encountering foreign languages proves to be a challenge with her internship.  “Accents are really hard to get used to,” she said. “There are companions from Latvia, Poland, Scotland and other places.” Clemson said working in a professional environment in the city of London has been rewarding. “In my experience so far, I have been really struck by the professionalism of my internship,” she said. “People seem to treat me like a co-worker rather than someone who is just helping out for four months. I definitely wasn’t expecting that.”last_img read more

Symposium encourages interreligion dialogue

first_imgAs one of the nation’s most prominent Catholic universities, Notre Dame will uphold the Church’s commitment to peaceful interfaith dialogue by hosting a symposium featuring leading members of the world’s foremost religions. “Stories of Practical Holiness: An Exercise in Interreligious Understanding,” which takes place Feb. 5 to 8 and is sponsored by the Institute for Church Life (ICL), brings together Buddhist, Sikh, Catholic, Muslim and Jewish perspectives on the common element of holiness to facilitate admiration across religious boundaries, ICL director John Cavadini said. “The reason we chose this focus is because we wanted it to be something irreducibly religious, like holiness, but also practical, as in holiness that has an effect in social or cultural renewal,” he said. “We want to give people who think religion is only a source of violence or problems a way of seeing something irreducibly religious that has an obvious practical impact, not in spite of its being religious but because it is religious.” Cavadini said the conference’s focus on stories of holiness stems from an idea outlined by Pope John Paul II in his encyclical letter, “Veritatis Splendor.” “[John Paul] reminded us that Christians have moral heroism in common with the ‘great religious and sapiential traditions of East and West,’ so that made me think that we can admire people across cultural and religious boundaries as a kind of pedagogy,” he said. “If you can admire someone, it means you’re able to learn something from your admiration, so interreligious understanding comes from this pedagogy of admiration.” Though interreligious understanding and dialogue may be commonly perceived as conversations over religious doctrine or pluralism, Cavadini said the symposium aims to dispel these misconceptions by promoting cross-cultural and religious admiration in spite of doctrinal differences between religions. “It’s not about doctrine or collapsing all religions into one, but nevertheless it’s interesting that in spite of doctrines that are not reconcilable with each other, you can still admire the holiness of someone across cultural and religious boundaries,” he said. The symposium opened Sunday with a screening of the critically acclaimed film “Of Gods and Men,” which tells the story of a group of Trappist monks who lived in peace with the largely Muslim community of Algeria until seven of them were assassinated during the Algerian Civil War in 1996. Fr. Armand Veilleux, a priest who knew the monks, will give a related presentation titled, “Of Gods and Monks: The Story of the Trappist Martyrs of Algiers,” on Monday night. Sunday’s events also featured a Buddhist account of holiness from Dharma Master Hsin Tao, titled “Transforming Self and the World: A Tale of Buddhist Spirituality.” He will also lead conference participants in a Zen meditation session at 2 p.m. on Monday. Monday’s programming will also include the story of Bhai Sahib (Dr.) Mohinder Singh Ahluwalia, a visionary Sikh faith leader who operates a charitable organization in Birmingham, United Kingdom. Muslim perspectives on holiness will take center stage during Tuesday’s events, which include presentations by Islamic scholar Abdolrahim Gavahi and the co-founders of the Open House Peace Center in Ramle, Israel. Based on the examples of holiness presented at the conference, Cavadini said he thinks interfaith dialogue should be generally encouraged, but Notre Dame plays a special role in this discourse as a religiously affiliated institution. “I think we have an opportunity to get into [interfaith dialogue] in a unique way from secular universities where you simply study the religions,” he said. “But since we operate frm the core of Catholicism, we have an opportunity to be a dialogue partner and engage persons of faith, not just the religions they represent.” Cavadini said the University’s opportunity to engage in interfaith dialogue follows the example of Pope Benedict XVI and his efforts to promote interreligious discourse. “The reason we have the Pope on the conference poster is because he convened an interfaith group in Assisi to pray for peace, so we’re following his lead on this,” he said. Though the overarching goal of the symposium and others like it is to promote widespread interreligious understanding, Cavadini said that can only occur if people take the first step of engaging in genuine admiration. “I want people to contemplate sources and wellsprings of admiration and what that teaches us about people we may not agree with,” he said. “You’re guaranteed to learn something from genuine admiration.” More information about the symposium and upcoming interfaith events is available at icl.nd.edulast_img read more

Week highlights alumnae memories

first_imgEditor’s Note: This is the second installment in a three-part series exploring the unique characteristics of Saint Mary’s alumnae, leaders andplaces on campus in honor of the College’s annual Heritage Week.Linda Kawecki, member of the class of 1979 and the Alumnae Board of Directors, said Saint Mary’s Heritage Week celebrates the College’s history by highlighting the stories of its alumnae.Kawecki said one of the most important traditions for her during her time at the College was a special gift-exchange between her and her hall mates. This tradition has persisted for 38 years, she said.“My favorite memory is from my freshman year … 1975,” she said. “I was in a quint in Holy Cross and the five of us (plus a friend who lived down the hall) became quite close our first semester. We wanted to celebrate a special ‘family’ Christmas before leaving campus for the holidays.“The night before we departed, we ate dinner together in the dining hall and then went back to our room where there were 30 gifts around our little two-foot tall Christmas tree. We had agreed to buy each other gifts that cost less than one dollar. This was before ‘dollar stores’ or the Internet or even decent merchandise in our campus bookstore which literally had books and was in the basement of Le Mans.“You had to put a lot of thought into a gift that only cost a dollar, and those gifts were some of the most creative and thoughtful I’ve ever given or received for Christmas. It was such a special time to celebrate our friendships that are still strong 38 years later.”Lynn Nelson, a nursing major and a graduate of the class of 1982, said she remembers the connections she made her freshman year while living in Regina Hall, which was once a first-years only dorm.“Freshman year was very stressful,” she said. “Being away from home, trying to meet new friends  — only one other girl from my high school attended my year and we were only acquaintances — [was difficult]. Regina was the ‘freshman dorm,’ so most of us were in singles. This actually worked well since most of us left our doors open to meet others.”1982 Saint Mary’s alumna Mary Jane Klein said she relished her time in the Regina singles as a first-year.“Freshman year was so full of new adventures, some fun-filled and some groan-inducing,” she said. “Living in a single in Regina Hall was definitely a fun-filled adventure. You got to know everyone on your floor, because when you were in your room doors were left open to encourage anyone and everyone to stop in and say hello.“Every student had their own phone in their room with a cord long enough to just be able to pull the phone into the hall. Without cordless phones, we developed our own version of voice mail. When you were out of your room, you left your phone on the floor in the hall so if it rang, any girl within earshot would answer it and write the message on your door’s message board.”Mary Lederer, also a member of the class of 1982, said she cherishes the time in which she strengthened her faith in the company of her classmates during weekday massed.“I remember slipping into the LeMans chapel at noon on weekdays for daily mass,” she said. “Fr. Murphy would be the celebrant, and I would find a number of my Sain. Mary’s friends already there. I remember how great it was to have the opportunity to take a few minutes during the day to pray and refocus on what was important. My friends who were there were great inspirations to me as they were women of strong faith and character. I think attending those masses in LeMans helped to influence my faith life for many years to come.”Klein said of the most vivid memories of her years at Saint Mary’s includes an unforgettable encounter with a Notre Dame legend.“My boyfriend and I had finished studying at Notre Dame’s library late one night and were walking through the middle of campus on our way to the grotto for a quick prayer,” she said. “It was a clear, cold winter evening and there was no one else walking about. As we strolled toward the administration building, my boyfriend was telling me how it was said that [University President Emeritus] Fr. [Theodore] Hesburgh (then, president of Notre Dame) often worked in his office until late at night and if you looked hard, you could see the light on in his office.“As we got nearer to the building, we stopped talking abruptly, and looking up to the front steps of the admin building saw a tall figure, all in black, descend. Before we knew it, we were face to face with Fr. Hesburgh. He stopped to greet us and shook our hands as we recovered from our shock and introduced ourselves. After some brief words, he went on his way, leaving wondering how it happened that we were walking that path at the same [time] he should come out of his office.“The darkness of that night, the lateness of the hour, and the honor of meeting such a Notre Dame legend without another soul around makes it a Saint Mary’s memory that will forever stay with me.”last_img read more

Coccia, Joyce look back on time in office

first_imgWhen their term in office came to an end April 1, student body president emeritus Alex Coccia and vice president emeritus Nancy Joyce said they only wish they had more time. Although his term as president is over, Coccia said he believes current student body president Lauren Vidal and vice president Matthew Devine will pick up right where his administration left off. “We just really wish he had more time to continue working on things, but Lauren and Matt have been very gracious in looking at some of the projects that we have still been developing and that they’ll want to continue,” Coccia said. Joyce said she felt her and Coccia’s administration started important initiatives that will continue after they leave office. “I think the only regret would be that we really can’t see some of [our projects] all the way through,” she said. “I think we’ve laid the groundwork and have set it up for next year.”Coccia said one such issue he wanted to progress more is medical amnesty for students, particularly with regard to alcohol consumption. “I think issue-wise … I wish we could have pushed [the discussion on medical amnesty] a little bit further, but we are happy to see where the conversation has progressed,” he said. “When we look at medical amnesty, I think in the past there has been a hesitancy to think about a specific policy because we don’t want to make it seem as if we’re condoning underage drinking, which is illegal. “However, where we’re coming from as representatives of the student body is that our first priority, regardless of what circumstances happen in a night, is student safety and students getting the medical attention that they need if they so need it. So I think what we’ve been able to do is refocus the conversation on that aspect, and to show the need for some sort of explicit policy.”Joyce said in a more general sense, she felt her and Coccia’s administration made student government more accessible and pertinent to student life. “I think generally speaking, I would say I’m really proud of the fact that this year’s student government felt relevant,” she said. “And maybe that’s because we were in the office, but I think we did a lot this year where people who wouldn’t normally interact with student government did, and I’m really proud of that.”This past year student government achieved smaller, more concrete goals, Coccia said, but they also confronted problems more directly concerning all students, most notably the issue of sexual violence. “There’s obviously the tangible successes like the coffee cart in DeBartolo,” he said. “We’re proud of that one, but I think we also realize that student government could address larger student life issues than just something like the coffee cart. “I think before that maybe it wasn’t student government’s role to take the lead on something like sexual violence, but ultimately students were the ones that pushed that and we developed the One is Too Many Campaign, which was a success in raising awareness about the issue, and framing things like the prayer services and bystander intervention training, which will be part of Frosh-O now.”Coccia said the One is Too Many campaign, a student government initiative aimed at sexual assault prevention and healing, mobilized the student body and brought the issue to the forefront of student discussion. “I think the One is Too Many Campaign was important because not only did it raise the level of awareness and dialogue, but it touched, very directly, at least over 3,000 people,” he said. “We recognize that the pledge itself is not enough, but our hope was that it would raise the level of awareness and dialogue about the issue of sexual violence and about what our role in prevention is.”Overall, Joyce said she thought the administration treated the office with professionalism, with the end result being a productive and effective term. “I think one thing we really hoped to do, and I think we were largely successful at, was bringing a level of professionalism to the office,” she said. “We approached it like a job and interacted with administrators on the same level.”Conversely, Joyce said the professionalism the office requires can separate the administration from the students, something she said she believed her and Coccia largely avoided.“At the same time, you have to realize that it’s a balancing act. If you allow yourself to get caught up in the full-time job aspect of it, that’s where the distance between you and the students you’re representing comes,” she said. “I think we’ve done a pretty good job of walking that line, but it’s a very fine line of having a respect for the office and the professionalism that’s necessary, and then also recognizing the need to be normal college students.”Both Coccia and Joyce said they will live and work in Washington following graduation, Coccia working with the Department of Health and Human Services through the Truman Scholarship program, and Joyce with defense consulting firm Avascent Group. Joyce said she wanted to extend her personal thanks to the student body for their support, engagement and feedback throughout the past year. “It’s really been a pleasure,” she said. “Personally, I have enjoyed this experience and the opportunity to represent some of the best and the brightest in the country. It has been pretty incredible to really see what Notre Dame students are all about.”Tags: 2014 Commencement, Alex Coccia, Nancy Joyce, Student Body President, Student governmentlast_img read more

Activist lectures on ‘community of kinship’

first_imgFr. Greg Boyle, head of a prominent Los Angeles gang-intervention network, delivered the annual Rev. Bernie Clark, C.S.C. Lecture on Tuesday night, encouraging a standing-room-only audience to create a “community of kinship” in order to achieve social justice.Boyle is the founder and director of Homeboy Industries, which provides education, social services and job opportunities to former gang members and prison inmates. His talk, “Hope and Joy in the Hood,” focused on forming relationships and being in solidarity with marginalized members of society.“All of us are invited in our own way to imagine a circle of compassion and then imagine nobody standing outside that circle, and so we’re invited to dismantle the barriers that exclude, and we’re invited to stand at the margins,” Boyle said. “… Stand with the demonized, so that the demonizing will stop, and with the disposable, so the day will come when we stop throwing people away. I suspect that if kinship was our goal, we would not be seeking justice; we would be celebrating it.”To illustrate his point, Boyle told stories from his 30 years working in Los Angeles with “homies,” his term for former gang members. Often drawing laughter from the audience, he recounted the expansion of Homeboy Industries from a converted convent where Boyle and his colleagues educated gang members and helped former prison inmates find odd jobs to a citywide network of educational initiatives, interventions and small businesses, which include restaurants, a farmer’s market and a solar panel installation team.Boyle said members of rival gangs often had to work alongside one another, increasing the sense of kinship among them, and Homeboy Industries’ businesses often brought together unlikely combinations of “homies,” politicians and entertainers.In one story, Boyle said Oscar-winning actress Diane Keaton ate at Homegirl Cafe, one of the restaurants in the Homeboy Industries network. He said Keaton’s waitress, after trying to figure out how she knew the actress, asked if they had served prison time together. Boyle said the incident reflected the bonds of kinship Jesus calls for.“You don’t hold the bar up and ask anyone to measure up; you just show up and you hold the mirror up and you tell people the truth, knowing that your truth is my truth and my truth is your truth, and it all happens to be the same truth, and here’s the truth: you are exactly what God had in mind,” Boyle said. “… Occasionally what you have to do is reach in and dismantle the messages of shame and disgrace that get in the way, that keep people from seeing their truth.”Boyle said doing service work means accepting that all people need healing. In another story, Boyle said he once gave a talk with a “homie,” who told a shocked audience his story of abuse and neglect at the hands of his mother. Boyle said the man hid his scars for years before embracing them.“‘After all,’ he says, ‘how can I help heal the wounded if I don’t welcome my own wounds?’” Boyle said. “And awe came upon everyone. The measure of our compassion lies not in our service of those on the margins, but in our willingness to see ourselves in kinship with them.“There’s an idea that … there are some lives that matter less than other lives. How do we, together, stand against that idea? How do we stand at the margins and hope that they’ll get erased, even as people accuse you of wasting your time … how is it not the job of every person of faith to make those voices heard?”Boyle said people who want to solve social problems first have to find the right “diagnosis,” or cause of the problem. He said young people join gangs in order to flee past pain, and solving the problem of gang violence involves giving people the love and support they might not have had before.“If love is the answer, community is the context, tenderness is the methodology. It’s how you repair attachment,” he said.Boyle concluded with a story about two “homies” from rival gangs who worked at the same job at Homeboy Industries. He said one of the employees was later violently killed, and as he passed away, his former rival grieved the loss of his friend. Boyle said by building relationships with the marginalized, people can diminish the margins themselves.“It shouldn’t surprise us that God’s own dream come true for us that we be one, just happens to be our own deepest longing for ourselves,” Boyle said. “For it turns out it’s mutual, so we inch our way out to the margins, and we stand there. God erases those margins because you chose to stand there, and people who formerly were unwelcome have now been brought in.”Tags: activist, Fr. Greg Boyle, gang violence, Homeboy Industries, Los Angeleslast_img read more

Domer Run increases local cancer awareness

first_imgSince 1983, the Domer Run has allowed participants to take in campus sights while running to raise money for cancer awareness and education, and this year’s run will start Saturday at 9 a.m. at Legends.Amy Marquez, an intern for special events and family programming at Rolfs Sports Recreation Center , said the run has been in the works for months.“We usually start planning around June and July,” Marquez said. “We try to do it before it gets really cold … and we work around the football schedule.”A Notre Dame graduate student first conceived of the idea for the Domer Run 31 years ago. Its original purpose was to provide students with something to do when there was no football game that weekend, and it has raised over $65,000 in its history, according to the RecSports website.“It started out as something fun to do and it just got bigger and bigger,” Marquez said. “1993 is when they added the breakfast and in 1997, they started it for charity.”The proceeds for this year’s race will benefit a local group called Gyna Girls, whose mission is to raise awareness and provide support for women who have been affected by gynecological cancer.Every year, the Domer Run highlights one person associated with the charity the run sponsors. This year, the honoree is Beckie Morris, an ovarian cancer patient of 15 years.Doctors caught her cancer late and diagnosed it as Stage III ovarian cancer. Today, Morris maintains a goal of raising cancer awareness in hopes that it will decrease the numbers of late diagnoses.The Domer Run also reaches out to club sports teams and athletic varsity teams for volunteers, although volunteer opportunities are open to all willing participants. This year, members of the Boxing Club, Ski Club, and Squash Club will all volunteer at the event.The race is open to anyone age 13 and up, including those in the South Bend community. Several groups on campus have decided to run together, including the Women’s Running Club, which has registered 20 girls to run Saturday.“We all decided to run it together to make a contribution for cancer awareness,” Lauren Hill, a Notre Dame freshman and member of the Women’s Running Club, said. “I’m excited to take some time to take in the campus sights — something I can’t do when I’m rushing to class.”The day of the race runs on a tight schedule, Marquez said.“We mark the course three days ahead of time, but the day of we usually come [in] around 3:45 a.m. to get things ready,” Marquez said. “It’s a long day … [but] we have fun with it.”This is the first year that participants will have time chips in their race bibs, and every participant will receive an Under Armour shirt. These updates caused a slight spike in registration fees, but Marquez said the number of participants is expected to be about the same as previous years.“I think overall people are willing to give whatever they can and in return we just try to provide a better race for them,” Marquez said.Online registration for the Domer Run ends today at noon and last-minute registration before the race will be from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Saturday morning.Tags: Domer Run, Gyna-Girls, Legends, RecSportslast_img read more

Alumnus named Apace VP, CFO

first_imgApache Corporation announced Jan. 22 that Notre Dame graduate Stephen Riney will become its new executive vice president and chief financial officer.Apache is a public American oil and gas exploration and production company headquartered in Houston. Riney studied finance and accounting at Notre Dame and received his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.Riney previously worked for BP and Amoco and has extensive knowledge of the oil and gas industry. He replaces Steven Farris, who has retired, The Wall Street Journal reported.Tags: Apace, Mendoza, Stephen Rineylast_img

SMC celebrates Heritage Week

first_imgSaint Mary’s will celebrate numerous traditions central to the formation of the roots of the College during Heritage Week through a series of events prepared by the Student Government Association (SGA) Mission Committee and Alumni Relations Committee.This year’s theme emphasizes the word “her” within heritage because of the College’s heritage as an all-women institution, SGA Alumni Relations co-chair Megan Carswell said.The Heritage Dinner on Monday night is one of the most traditional events of Heritage Week, SGA Mission Committee co-chair Rachel Stolz said. The dinner includes a presentation on the history of the College and is only open to juniors and seniors, she said.“The dinner is reminiscent of the way the meal used to be served at Saint Mary’s,” she said. “It was a right of passage and honor to be invited. Typically there would be [first years] and sophomores acting as student waiters at the event. [First years] and sophomores can look forward to having that special event just for them when it’s their time.”Archive tours led by College archivist John Kovach at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday in the basement of Madeleva Hall will give students a chance to learn about historical College artifacts.“I never took full advantage of Heritage Week before,” Carswell said. “I’m excited to go to the Archive Room because there are so many interesting facts about Saint Mary’s that you don’t really realize. There are actually stories behind certain trees that were planted on campus, and some trees that Sister Madeleva intentionally wanted there.“There are stories about the fifth annex in Le Mans Hall and the maids who used to live there. Maids used to come with students and clean their student’s room. It’s all so interesting,” Carswell said.Tuesday tea will be served in Riedinger House at 12 p.m. and 5 p.m., Stolz said. Students are also invited to attend the Father Moreau dinner Wednesday. The feast day celebration is not an official part of Heritage Week, but it is a great way to honor the heritage of the College, she said.A poetry reading in Haggar Parlor on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. will allow students a chance to enter the beautiful building and see the product of a recent floor renovation that kept it closed for a while, Carswell said.“I don’t know if many students are aware of how pretty Haggar is,” she said. “The College actually used to have dances there. Students submitted poems about Saint Mary’s that will be read at the poetry reading, and we also have some poems from past students in the 1800s and 1900s about Saint Mary’s. Students will have a chance to write and share poetry.”Heritage Week is a time to remember the past and also to think about how our actions today will be remembered hundreds of years from now, Stolz said. One story that has been shared for generations highlights the historical significance of the College’s nursing program, she said.“During the Civil War, a Union general wrote to Father Sorin asking for nurses, so Mother Angela took a group of nurses to the Union hospitals, and they were some of the first nurses active during the Civil War,” she said. “The nurses also worked on a boat which took them up and down the Mississippi River transferring soldiers to different hospitals, and now they are honored at a war memorial in Washington, D.C. for their work.“There are a variety of stories you learn about by going to the Heritage Week events, such as what is was like when the sisters first came over and the construction of Le Mans,” Stolz said.Lunchtime trivia on Friday gives students a final chance to test their Heritage Week knowledge and win prizes, she said.“There’s no greater opportunity than this week to learn about Saint Mary’s,” Carswell said. “We don’t have a ‘History of Saint Mary’s Class,’ so this is a really good time to learn more about this beautiful campus and beautiful school, to embrace Saint Mary’s heritage and the graduates who went before us.”Tags: Heritage Week, saint mary’slast_img read more

Saint Mary’s club raises money for Riley Hospital

first_imgCaitlyn Jordan | The Observer Saint Mary’s students attend a yoga class on Sunday. All proceeds from the event were donated to the Riley Hospital for children.The week kicked off with a yoga event Sunday. All proceeds were donated to Riley Hospital. Free doughnuts and coffee were available Monday in the lobby of Spes Unica as incentives for students to sign up for the upcoming marathon.“We are also promoting for students to sign up for the day of the Marathon, which is on March 19,” Lukomski said. “We dance for 12 hours for a cause that is bigger than yourself, we dance for a cure and we dance to put miracles into motion.”Lukomski said students can register for the marathon throughout the week, free of charge.“We want other students to feel the same passion and energy that the Dance Marathon members feel the day of the marathon and invite people to join us,” she said.SMCDM will host a dinner in Conference Rooms A and B on Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets will be sold for $5 per person, and students who register for the marathon can attend the dinner for free. Students will help create a video for patients in the hospital at the dinner.On Thursday, Notre Dame alumnus Pat McKillen will sing in Dalloway’s Clubhouse from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission will be $5 per person.“All of the $5 entrance fees go directly to Riley Hospital for Children,” Maranda Pennington, co-president of SMCDM, said. “Pat McKillen has been a strong supporter of SMCDM while he was at Notre Dame and even after his graduation. We are ecstatic to have him back on campus this week.”Pennington said SMCDM will host local Riley families for a dinner in the Noble Family Dining Hall on Friday.“This is an event where we invite our Riley kids and their families to campus to share a meal with committee girls and executives,” she said. “It’s a special night that reminds us that everything we do is truly for the kids.“Our hope in raising awareness during this week is that more people will decide to attend the marathon this year or become a member of Dance Marathon in years to come.”Tags: Dance Marathon, riley hospital for children, Riley Week, saint mary’s, SMCDM This week, Saint Mary’s College Dance Marathon (SMCDM) is hosting Riley Week to promote awareness and raise money for Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. Allison Lukomski, co-president of SMCDM, said she and the Dance Marathon executive board hope to inform Saint Mary’s students about the Riley Hospital and the programs it offers for kids requiring medical attention and their families. “The motives and goals for this week are to bring awareness to the community about the miracles that are happening at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis,” she said.last_img read more