SMC 5-K raises funds for cancer research

first_imgIn the spirit of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the “Belles for Boobies” 5-K walk and run Sunday will raise awareness and money to support women’s health, senior Holly Dorson-King said. Dorson-King said over 100 participants already registered for the race, and she expects as many as 20 race-day entries. “My focus or goal is to raise awareness and inspire the campus to get involved in a cause that directly benefits women’s health through energetic enthusiasm and passion,” Dorson-King said. The Healthy Mind, Healthy Body Club will host the race. Dorson-King, the club’s treasurer, said the race fits perfectly with the club’s mission to educate students on how to create a healthy environment. “In learning about Healthy Mind, Healthy Body, I was enticed to seek collaboration in order to host a breast cancer race in October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” Dorson-King said. She said she was inspired to organize the race after her summer externship experience. “I spent this past summer learning as a nursing extern at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan and working with oncology patients,” Dorson-King said. “It was this experience that furthered my enthusiasm to not only help raise awareness of breast cancer, but to inspire in [Saint Mary’s] women a passion to fight for a phenomenal cause that touches so many lives not only in this country, but in the [Saint Mary’s] community.” The “Save the Tatas” campaign also inspired Dorson-King to come up with the name “Belles for Boobies.” “I love the ‘Save the Tatas’ campaign, but that’s already been used and I wanted to connect [the name] to Saint Mary’s, so I used Belles and boobies instead of tatas,” Dorson-King said. “But I didn’t want to cross any lines, so I went right to [Vice-President of Student Affairs] Karen Johnson and asked her to approve the name.” The race has also inspired Saint Mary’s graduates to get involved. “There have been some alumnae that contacted me about coming and participating,” she said. “There even might be a SMC alumna and breast cancer survivor that will speak at the start of the race.” The track for the Belles for Boobies 5-K will follow a double loop around Saint Mary’s campus. The registration fee for the race is $5. Funds raised by the event will support the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Dorson-King said.last_img read more

App alerts students to discounts

first_imgStudents will receive reminders to visit local businesses that offer discounts by downloading Vidappe, a mobile application that connects users with 41 discounts in the South Bend area. Star Li, a 2010 graduate of Cornell University, and a friend developed the free application for the iPhone and Android to remind people when they are near businesses that offer special deals. “It’s kind of like having a service following you around reminding you to do stuff,” Li said. “You would start getting alerts for all 41. Within the settings, you can choose what type of alerts you get. If you don’t want to get alerts for restaurants, you can turn that off.” Users subscribe to receive alerts for a specific program of discounts, Li said. They then indicate whether they are walking or driving, and Vidappe alerts users when they approach businesses in the program. Students can redeem discounts with their Notre Dame or Saint Mary’s identification cards. “It’s definitely quite different from a lot of apps out there that you download and forget about immediately,” she said. “The app is always on and if it notices that you’re getting close to something, it sends you an alert. You yourself will never actually have to think about anything.” Vidappe works in conjunction with Students for South Bend, a student government initiative that organizes local discounts for Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College and Holy Cross students, student body vice president Brett Rocheleau said. The Student Activities Office (SAO) will decide within the next week whether to support Vidappe, Rocheleau said. If SAO approves the application, student government will promote it. “We’ll have it at COR [Council of Representatives], we’ll have it at [Student] Senate, we’ll maybe go to HPC [Hall Presidents Council],” he said. Rocheleau also said student government might utilize the off-campus e-mail listserv to reach students that are most likely to use Vidappe. Vidappe users can subscribe to the University College Discounts program, which offers approximately 20 additional discounts, Li said. “It sort of aggregates all programs available to college students nationwide,” Li said. “Because there are over 170 programs, you can literally subscribe to any program that applies to you.” Li released the iPhone application in June and the Android version in August, she said. There are currently six users participating in Vidappe’s Students for South Bend program. “I think that was actually a really bad time because all the students were out for the summer, so even though [Vidappe] has been out for a while, we haven’t been able to get a hold of anyone,” Li said. “It’s popular in odd pockets of the U.S. right now, but I’m definitely trying to expand it.” Li developed the application after she noticed that many people forget which businesses offer discounts. “It’s kind of like, ‘I’ll check out the discounts online and remind myself to use my student ID to save at Indulgence, but I’ll probably forget about this five minutes later,’” Li said. “‘On the other hand, Vidappe will remind me to save at Indulgence when I’m a block away, and because I’m so physically close by already, I’m much more likely to go in and check it out.’” Rocheleau downloaded the application on an iPhone and an Android approximately a month ago. “The app has been very successful, especially on my phone,” he said. “There’ve been two or three different upgrades so far.” Rocheleau said in the past, discounts through the Students for South Bend Program were only listed on paper and on the student government website, so many students did not know about them. “The app is a nice way for our discounts to be promoted and for students not to have to carry around papers and remember what that discount is,” he said. Feedback about Vidappe has been positive so far, Li said. “I think the response I’ve been getting most is people saying, ‘I had no idea that restaurant offered a discount. I used to go there all the time and I had no idea,’” Li said. “In a lot of cases, it was people being really surprised they had stuff around town.”last_img read more

Club Fever changes policies

first_imgClub Fever announced several safety policy changes following the March 1 shooting outside the club in downtown South Bend, club owner Dee Davis said last week.The shooting occurred near the intersection of Michigan and Wayne streets as a crowd of people exited Club Fever in the early morning hours of March 1, according to a report in the South Bend Tribune.In response to this incident, club owner Dee Davis said Club Fever will institute new safety and emergency policies.“We are playing a [public service announcement] every hour that we are over 50 percent capacity that informs patrons of exit locations,” Davis said. “We are also scrolling that PSA text on the video screens.”In addition to these safety policies, Davis said Club Fever plans to crack down on underage drinkers and admittance of intoxicated patrons.“We are posting signage at the entrances explaining that presenting a fraudulent ID in Indiana is a class C misdemeanor and may be punished by fines and a one year suspension of driving privileges,” Davis said.Davis said Club Fever will enforce an “increased scrutiny of false IDs.”“It’s amazing how many Notre Dame students seem to come from Connecticut,” he said.Club Fever will continue to prevent already-intoxicated patrons from entering , Davis said.“We are posting signage at the doors advising that it is against state law for us to knowingly admit visibly intoxicated persons,” he said. “If you want to get in, go easy on the pre-game.”Davis said these changes will directly affect students for whom the club is a popular destination.“The biggest effect on the students will be that we will be more vigilant about admitting intoxicated patrons,” he said. “Students tend to want to save a couple of bucks and get blasted before they arrive, and some sneak in their own booze. If we see that, they won’t be admitted that evening.”Davis said the club will also help intoxicated students make their way back home if they are not admitted into the club.“We are posting notices at each bar outlining that it is against the law to knowingly serve intoxicated patrons,” he said. “If an employee determines a patron is intoxicated, we will assist them by calling a cab, but with our multiple bars, we cannot allow them to remain in the club.”“We are posting signage at each door with phone numbers for local cab companies.” Tags: Club Fever, Dee Davislast_img read more

University receives top workplace honor

first_imgFor the sixth consecutive year, The Chronicle of Higher Education placed the University of Notre Dame on the honor roll of the top-10 “Great Colleges to Work For.”The Chronicle offers a survey every year to universities around the nation, in which every faculty and staff member has the opportunity to provide feedback about the overall work environment at his or her respective universities.Of the 12 categories included on The Chronicle’s survey, Notre Dame achieved excellence in the categories of “compensation and benefits,” “confidence in senior leadership,” “facilities, workspace and security,” “job satisfaction,” “supervisor or department chair relationships” and “work/life balance,” according to The Chronicle’s website.To make the top 10 honor roll of the 196 four-year institutions surveyed, The Chronicle’s website stated that schools must be “cited most often across all recognition categories.”Bob McQuade, vice president of Human Resources at Notre Dame, said the administration, above all, aims to create an environment that satisfies all Notre Dame employees.“[University President] Fr. John [Jenkins], [Provost] Tom [Burish], [Executive Vice President] John Affleck-Graves believe in creating an environment [in which] our staff is treated with respect and dignity,” he said.Notre Dame has created many initiatives in the past few years to ensure employee satisfaction, McQuade said.“This honor is a fantastic affirmation that those [initiative] efforts are well-received,” he said, according to the official press release.McQuade attributes the honor to the many systems of “upward feedback” in place at Notre Dame that allow employees to report evaluations of their supervisors, the work environment and their job satisfaction to higher authorities at the University.“One of the key things was to target where there were anomalies, looking at where an individual may have some shortcomings so [the institution] could look to develop some programs to help that leader to improve,” he said.In particular, McQuade said the employee ND Voice survey, which takes place every two years, is a consistent source of feedback. With 74-percent employee participation, he said the survey provides a “very good view of what people think of the organization with that high of a return.”“Looking back, [ND voice] has been the biggest success we have had,” he said.Notre Dame also has an extensive leadership-training program open to all employees, McQuade said. Although not mandatory, more than 60-percent of supervisors and a large number of employees have participated in these programs, which McQuade said the University spends nearly $1 million on each year.“People are being managed more professionally, and that has a definitive effect on job satisfaction,” he said.Tags: Great Colleges to Work For, honor roll, leadership-training program, The Chronicle of Higher Education, top-10last_img read more

ND ROTC commission next year’s officers

first_imgMichael Yu | The Observer University midshipmen (left) and cadets (right) line Saint Mary’s Road to honor the life of Fr. Hesburgh during the funeral procession March 4. Many students, faculty and staff joined the procession.The new Army ROTC officers for Notre Dame’s upcoming 2015-2016 academic year have recently been announced and will be commissioned during a ceremony Saturday.“It’s been a fantastic academic year, and the seniors did a great job leading the Fightin’ Irish Battalion and mentoring the underclass cadets,” Lieutenant Colonel John Polhamus, Notre Dame’s professor of military science, said, “This past year the cadets participated in many activities including … the Military Appreciation Football Game, a Veteran’s Day vigil and ceremony, multiple field training exercises, a military staff ride to Gettysburg, participation in Father Ted’s funeral activities and an Army Ball.”The newly announced officers include cadets from several nearby colleges and universities; Notre Dame, Holy Cross College, Saint Mary’s College, Bethel College, Indiana University South Bend (IUSB) and Valparaiso University,Although some of the cadets do not attend the University, they are all a part of the Notre Dame ROTC program, Polhamus said.“Our ceremony is a joint commission ceremony for all services and all schools,” he said. “All other schools provide a representative leader to participate in the ceremony as part of the stage party — [University Executive Vice President] John Affleck-Graves is Notre Dame’s representative. Even though some of the cadets go to other schools … we hold one big commissioning ceremony.”According to Polhamus, 13 cadets are being commissioned to Second Lieutenants.From Notre Dame, the following cadets will be commissioned:Eric Peace, who will commission into active duty and become an Infantry Officer.John Pearl, who will commission into active duty and become a Field Artillery Officer.Colin O’Shea, who will commission into active duty and become an Infantry Officer.Chris Croushore, who will commission into active duty and become an Infantry Officer.Catherine Hogan, who will commission into active duty and become a Signal Corps Officer.Connor Rademaker, who will commission into the National Guard and become a Quartermaster Officer.Michael Loftus, who will commission into active duty and become a Field Artillery Officer.From Valparaiso Universitiy, the following cadets will be commissioned:Angelina Goheen, who will commission into the Army Reserve and become a Medical Service Corps Officer.David Ramer, who will commission into the Army Reserve and become an Ordnance Officer.Nicole Maenza, who will commission into the National Guard and become a Transportation Officer.From Saint Mary’s, cadet Meghan McVeigh will commission as an Active Duty Nurse.From Bethel College, cadet Chelsea Ward will commission into the Army Reserve and become a Military Police Officer.From IUSB, cadet Ray Donovan will commission into active duty and become an Armor Officer.All 13 cadets will be commissioned during a ceremony Saturday at 9 a.m. at DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. The ceremony will be held by the Tri-Military Notre Dame ROTC and presided over by Lieutenant General David Halverson, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Installation and Management Command.“As their professor of military science for the last four years, I’m very proud of the class of 2015,” Polhamus said, “I’m very confident that they will be outstanding military officers, and I’m excited to hear about their future successes. They are fit and ready to join the Army team, and I wish all of them the best of luck in their careers.”Tags: Army ROTC, Commencement 2015, Naval ROTC, ROTC, ROTC officerslast_img read more

Demonstration promotes solidarity with students of color

first_imgEmma Borne | The Observer Students gathered around Clarke Memorial Fountain on Sunday afternoon to stand in solidarity with students at Mizzou.Students wearing all black gathered at the Clarke Memorial Fountain, known colloquially as Stonehenge, on Sunday evening to show support for minority students on college campuses across the country who have recently faced injustices.Senior Rachel Wallace gathered the students together and began the evening with a moment of silence for those who suffer from hate and violence around the world. A picture of the students was then taken to be posted online. The event also included a discussion of how Notre Dame can use the momentum from these injustices across the country to instigate change.Freshman Alexis Woods said the event was a way to stand in solidarity with minority students at the University of Missouri, and that it was not a protest.“Basically we want to show that we’re in solidarity. … It’s not really a protest — it’s just to show that we’re standing with them,” Woods said.Senior Michelle Pham said the event was an important show of solidarity.“I think it’s important to see, as a minority myself, that other minorities have the support they need on their campuses to feel safe and that they’re not alone in these issues and that they don’t have to feel like they’re unsafe on their campuses in that they have no one to go to,” Pham said. “We’re giving them the support they need to maybe get back up.”Junior Natalie Thomas, another student who attended the event, said during the discussion that minority students should continue to engage with majority students in order to make a lasting impact.“I think we can get caught up, and we can get very frustrated in light of everything that happens on a day-to-day basis, as waking up with the burden of being a minority in America, and exclusively, waking up with the burden of being black in America can be overwhelming. During times like this, we don’t want to become hostile,” Thomas said. “It’s our responsibility, as well, to make it such that [all students] feel welcome … to continue to try and reach out to our white peers and to majority peers. … It’s really the majority that can help us get our grievances heard.”The event concluded with the students writing their thoughts on white boards. The students then had the opportunity to take individual pictures with their messages.Tags: Clarke Memorial Fountain, Minority awareness, Stonehenge, student blackoutlast_img read more

Students start club focused on fostering open dialogue

first_imgHave you ever wondered when an apple stops being an apple? Or what love really is? Or if art can ever be wrong?Four Notre Dame students — Emily Okawara, Roisin Goebelbecker, Sean McMahon and Matt Williams — recently launched askND, a campaign aiming to create an open space to where students can talk about questions like these, and many more, away from the pressures and regulations of a classroom to make their university experiences more meaningful.“We need something bipartisan, completely inclusive and just fun like this to kind of build a foundation across campus and get people in a room, get people talking with each other and understand that we all have something in common because we’re all wondering about these questions,” Williams said. “We’re not just creating a club for curious people. We’re starting a movement to encourage everyone on campus to be more curious.”Okawara, Goebelbecker, McMahon and Williams said they took inspiration from two existing student-founded groups – Hot Chocolate and Chat, founded by Okawara, and Olympia Academy, founded by Williams and McMahon. They noticed the positive conversation and human connection that takes place when an open dialogue was encouraged and wanted to bring that to the rest of campus, Okawara said.“We’ve seen and experienced first-hand the explosive conversations that happen behind closed doors,” McMahon said. “We are trying to make that a part of Notre Dame culture. We want people to ask really complex questions about God when they’re just walking down the quad with their friends and not feel weird about it.”Another inspiration for the movement came in part from experiences that students had on Appalachia service trips.“We went on these trips without any distractions and with people that we would never meet at the University otherwise — at Bethlehem Farm — and we kind of realized that this was something we really wanted through our university experience,” Okawara said. “We’re so used to meeting people through classes and clubs and dorms and parties … we wanted to create a space where you were able to jump straight into these conversations, not have any of the titles or distractions you have in those other spaces.”Every morning, a question of the day will be posted on the Instagram page, ask.nd, as well as Twitter, @askmend and Facebook, askND. The questions could range from “What are your tattoos and what are your scars?” to “What keeps you up at night and what excites you?” Though the questions may seem simple at first glance, they are really “iceberg” questions that can lead to many different answers, Williams said.“If you think you know the answer, ask it anyways and see what happens,” McMahon said.The group is distributing distinctive purple question mark pins as a way to identify with the movement and serve as a conversation starter.“[It’s] a campaign, a movement and a community,” Williams said. “In the organization sense, it’s a campaign. We are very much trying to promote a culture of open dialogue and honest dialogue with each other, but it’s a movement because we want to change the culture and become a permanent part of Notre Dame’s fabric and it’s a community because it’s not exclusive at all. It’s for anyone and everyone at Notre Dame.”Williams, Okawara and McMahon said everyone is encouraged to participate in the movement, no matter who they are.“The campaign was started by two extroverts, two introverts, in four different majors and four different dorms,” Williams said. “So it’s not limited to one college or one type of person. There’s no right or wrong way to participate in askND, it’s as simple as just asking.”In addition to the questions of the day, askND will host a meeting in Geddes Coffeehouse from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday as a space for open dialogue about anything and everything, McMahon said.“I don’t think there’s anyone who wouldn’t at least benefit from having some of these conversations,” Williams said. “For the three of us, and for [Goebelbecker] as well, we really wanted these when we came here and didn’t really know where to get them from so we made structures that did that. And a big part of founding this and hopefully leaving this as a legacy here is that it will be easier for people in the future to come here and want to start having conversations about anything and everything…now they’ll know exactly where to turn and they’ll have a network of people who are interested in doing the same thing.”“The need for these conversations is never going to go away,” Mcmahon said. “There’s always going to be issues that will need to be discussed and there’s always going to be people that you disagree with. So I guess, don’t you think that’s a skill you should be building in college? If not now, when? If we can offer that space to people and give them a common ground for them to come interact and not to have us impose our values on them but utilize the common value of conversation and from there figuring out what you value.”Through askND, Goebelbecker, Williams, Okawara and McMahon said they hope to help make students Notre Dame experiences more meaningful.“In talking to a lot of students as well as faculty members everyone seems to pretty much be in agreement that the more you talk about Notre Dame, the more you understand why you’re going here,” Williams said. “The more of these conversations we’re having whether it’s something about love or our faith or eventually if we start getting into things that are more socially oriented, the more we talk about them and the more people we talk about them with the better we’ll understand ourselves and the better we’ll understand each other.”Tags: Ask ND, club, dialoguelast_img read more

United States Poet Laureate to headline Christian Culture Lecture at Saint Mary’s

first_imgTracy K. Smith, the United States Poet Laureate, will address Saint Mary’s and the local community in the annual Christian Culture Lecture on Sept. 5 in O’Laughlin Auditorium, a College press release said.Smith, who was named the 22nd United States Poet Laureate in 2017, is a Pulitzer Prize recipient and is noted for writing about civil rights, the release said. She also serves as the director of the creative writing program at Princeton University.Laura Williamson Ambrose, chair of the department of humanistic studies, expressed her excitement in having the opportunity to hear Smith comment on the presence of poetry in the day-to-day life of the community.“Tracy K. Smith’s poetry is lithe and bright, accessible and powerful, upfront and imaginative,” Williamson Ambrose said in the release. “She reminds us in her published work and in her highly engaged role as poet laureate that poetry and language matter deeply to our everyday lives.”Organized by the department of humanistic studies, the Christian Culture Lecture series hosts speakers to explore humanities with respect to “some aspect of the Christian dimension of Western culture,” the College’s website said. Tickets can be purchased beginning July 30.Tags: Christian Culture Lecture, department of humanistic studies, Poetry, tracy k. smithlast_img read more

Nurse discusses role of SANEs, prevalence of sexual assault

first_imgSaint Mary’s Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) invited Nancy Grant, a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) and Forensic Coordinator in the Forensic Department at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, to speak to students about her position, resources available and statistics on sexual assault as part of Sexual Violence Awareness Month on Tuesday evening.The event was held in Rice Commons and put on by co-chairs of BAVO Awareness and Outreach Committee junior Emily Scott and graduate student Jess Purvis.“We had brainstorming sessions during Student Advisory Committee training and this was one of the things that we decided upon,” Scott said. “We’ve heard the student nurses here on campus receive these kinds of lectures or training, so it just seemed beneficial for the rest of the campus to hear about.”Scott said she is hopeful girls who attended the event will raise awareness and find the session informative.“I want the girls who come to events like this to have more awareness and for them to know that they have resources here,” she said.Grant began her presentation with basic information about what a SANE is and does.“We do see a lot of different counties because there aren’t very many forensic programs in our state, especially in Northern Indiana,” Grant said. “We have continuing education for our nurses. They are required to attend at least one educational offering every six months. Most of them surpass that and attend at least one thing per month.”Grant then talked to the group about the statistics of assault and its frequency.“One in four girls and one in six boys are sexually assaulted by the age of 18. That’s a huge impact on our community and our society,” Grant said. “Every two minutes, someone is sexually assaulted in the United States.”Grant continued with the statistics and said she finds it upsetting to see the lack of prosecution of sexual assault cases.“Only 17% of our rape cases are prosecuted nationally. That is unsettling to me,” Grant said. “We are trying super hard in our community to make a change for that. We have made big strides with the nurses that are trained to take care of patients who come in that have been sexually assaulted. Our prosecutors have gotten better, detectives have gotten much better.”Grant also talked about the prevalence of domestic and sexual abuse in communities in the United States and worldwide. She said assault can happen in any group of people.“What we’re talking about with intimate partner violence is any physical, sexual, psychological harm caused by a current or former partner or spouse [and it] is a worldwide problem affecting all demographic groups,” Grant said.Purvis said she hopes people will be able to use this event as a way to better educate people on sexual assault.“[Grant] gives some really good facts, and I hope that people are comfortable enough to share that information with other people,” Purvis said. “It can be a hard topic to talk about. They can be like, ‘Oh, I went to this thing last night and I know this information about it now,’ and that can make it all easier to talk about.”Tags: BAVO, Belles Against Violence Office, sexual assaultlast_img read more

Jamestown High School To Resume Some In-person Instruction Next Month

first_imgJHS Stock ImageJAMESTOWN – Jamestown High School will soon be transitioning back to in-person instruction.Subject to guidance from New York State and the Chautauqua County Health Department, the district plans to reopen the building in two weeks on Monday, December 7.Students will be attending in two cohorts, with the red cohort attending class in-person on Monday morning and the green cohort on Tuesday morning.Then both groups will continue virtual learning until the week of December 14, when the red cohort will attend in the mornings on Monday and Wednesday, and the green cohort will attend on Tuesday and Thursday. All afternoons and Fridays will continue as scheduled for remote learning for all 10 through 12 graders. Ninth graders will continue with their normal weekly schedule.Officials say students who chose full-time distance learning in September will continue learning at home.“We know how important it is to our students and families to return to in-person instruction,” said JHS Principal Dana Wiliams. “We feel confident that our health and safety protocols are ready for our students to return. We know our students need the school community not only academically, but also for social and emotional reasons too.”Williams says by bringing these grade levels back from Thanksgiving to the Winter Recess, they will watch how everything progresses and adjust accordingly if needed.“Please remember, our plans must remain flexible as they are based on guidance from New York State and the Chautauqua County Department of Health,” furthered Williams.JHS families and students will receive more detailed information, including cohorts, directly from the school. For more information, visit jpsny.org/JHS. 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