Panelists encourage Notre Dame students to follow their passions

first_imgWhen Notre Dame men’s lacrosse head coach Kevin Corrigan began his coaching career, he knew he was dedicating his life to something he loved. “Find that thing you want to do,” Corrigan said. “Do something you’re passionate about.” Life after college may be uncertain and expectations of students are high, but Corrigan and three other panelists encouraged students to follow their passions and make their dreams a reality during Friday’s panel, “Discerning Vocation in a World of Expectations,” held after a lacrosse scrimmage and live concert at Arlotta Lacrosse Stadium. When panelist Eric Byington, current assistant director of women’s rights organization Calling All Crows and founder of the Elias Fund, worked for a mortgage company, he quickly discovered he lacked passion for his job. “It was draining my soul in a lot of ways,” he said. Byington quit his job and began the Elias Fund, a nonprofit organization that raises money to alleviate poverty and pay for children’s schooling fees in Zimbabwe. “I traveled for three months in Africa, and what struck me most were the people’s friendships and relationships,” he said. During his travel, Byington learned an African saying, “I am strong if you are strong.” “This saying embodied everything I was experiencing in Zimbabwe. It means together we’re all going to be stronger,” he said. The Elias Fund practices this saying as it works to strengthen the people in poverty-stricken Zimbabwean communities. “We can’t stop learning,” Byington said. “Higher education is important, but there is so much to learn from world experience.” All panelists said they had to take risks to follow their passions. Panelist Peter Friedman, Emmanuel College lacrosse assistant coach and co-founder of Triskallian Tours, encouraged students to evaluate risks before beginning a new project. “You’ll have to take risks,” he said. “You have to be willing to work twice as hard in the beginning to get a new project started.” Friedman’s risk was to start Triskallian Tours, an educational-travel and community service program that takes high school students to various locations in Latin America. Panelist Kevin Dugan, manager of Youth and Community Programs in the Notre Dame Athletic Department and director of men’s lacrosse operations, also discussed the risks new projects require. “My father said, ‘The person who never took a risk, no one knows his name,’” Dugan said. “To take a risk, you have to throw your heart over the fence. How much do you believe in yourself? Are you willing to bet on yourself?” Dugan’s love for lacrosse led him to found Fields of Growth, an organization that encourages passion through lacrosse and promotes community growth in Uganda. This Christmas, Notre Dame seniors Nick Gunty and Brian Powers will go to Uganda with Dugan’s Fields of Growth organization to record a CD with a Ugandan children’s choir. Gunty and Powers, who sang and played guitar before the panel discussion, are following their passion and plan to pursue a career in music after graduation. Notre Dame’s Gender Relations Center (GRC) and the Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team sponsored the panel. “In college, there is lots of pressure for students to perform well, lots of anxiety for students to decide who they are,” GRC Assistant Director Elizabeth Moriarty said. “Collaborative events like the panel discussion provide a forum for people to discern a sense of identity and talk about important issues.”last_img read more

Pangborn community to move to new women’s dorm, older dorms to receive extensive renovations

first_imgThis July, incoming freshmen women will no longer have the possibility of being placed in Pangborn Hall.Lucy Du | The Observer In a plan announced Wednesday night by vice president for student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding, the Pangborn community — current residents and rector Sr. Mary Donnelly — will move into one of the two yet unnamed residence halls currently under construction on the east side of campus.Pangborn Hall itself, which Hoffmann Harding described as “functional and safe,” will be used as a “swing hall” for the foreseeable future to house dorm communities whose buildings undergo extensive, year-long renovations. The Walsh Hall community will reside in Pangborn for the 2016-2017 school year, followed by the Badin Hall community and then Morrissey Manor community the following academic year.In a letter to the University community Wednesday night, Hoffmann Harding said the move “will honor the personal relationships, traditions and strong sense of community that have been formed in Pangborn Hall and will continue to flourish among those same women in the new women’s residence hall.”Donnelly, who has served as the rector of Pangborn for eight years, said the move was new territory for her, but she hoped to preserve a number of aspects of the Pangborn community.“What I’m thinking at the moment is that we will take the traditions and the community — what makes Pangborn, Pangborn — into this new place,” she said. “ … I think it’s going to be a combination of retaining what has been and then developing new. So it’s going to be a new community in many ways. It’s less about the building — because Pangborn is not that aesthetically pleasing — it’s about what we do inside.“It’s about the community we build. All of that community and tradition will go with us, and then we have the opportunity to incorporate what has been perhaps with some new,” Donnelly said.In addition to the women currently living in Pangborn and freshmen from the class of 2020, Donnelly said another 60 or so women would be accepted as inter-hall transfers to the new dorm, which will house 225 women. She said this would be a factor in the creation of the new dorm identity.“I also recognize that there will be folks currently on campus who are not members of Pangborn who will also join the community,” Donnelly said. “How do we incorporate all of those folks, plus the freshmen who will come in, and build something? And we have great foundation to build from.In terms of hall staff, however, Donnelly said she and current hall staff would be hiring new RAs for the 2016-2017 school year primarily from the current Pangborn community. Hall government, too, will be elected from the current dorm community.Associate Vice President for Residential Life Heather Rakoczy Russell said the move was a “great opportunity” for the hall community.“I have the great privilege of working with [Donnelly] as her supervisor and I know her to be a very collaborative person, which is why I’m so excited that she will be the rector of this new community,” Rakoczy Russell said. “So I know there will be great listening to the women who will continue to be in this community, and what’s important to them.“But this is also a great opportunity for them to reinvent themselves. What’s the best of what has been, and what’s the next chapter? And because of Mary’s collaborative style, I know it will be a nice balance of those things,” Rakoczy Russell said.In terms of the Pangborn Hall building, Rakoczy Russell said using it as a swing hall will allow for updates to the other dorms that were previously unattainable.“[Using a swing hall is] certainly not a new concept in the field, but it’s a new concept for us here at Notre Dame,” she said. “It’s been a dream, truthfully. … Over the time that I’ve been involved in student affairs, we’ve done renovations over the summer. So the idea of having somewhere between 12 and perhaps even 15 months to do the project comprehensively in a way that would benefit the community all at once  I think is a tremendous opportunity and not one that we’ve had before.”These major renovations will be more significant than previous summer-long residence hall renovations, and will “seek to provide more improvements to the internal configurations of existing halls that facilitate the building of community (e.g., comparable social and study space) and modernize mechanical systems that impact the daily experience of students (e.g., consistency of heat, plumbing),” Hoffmann Harding said in the email.Additionally, typical summer renovations will continue in coming years, with Knott Hall scheduled to receive the first round of renovations in the summer of 2016. According to the email, 18 residence halls will undergo either minor or major renovations over the next decade.Unlike the new women’s residence hall, which will be filled with former Pangborn residents, the new men’s dorm, also set to open for the beginning of next school year, will be filled using the interhall transfer application and incoming freshmen, similar to the process by which Duncan and Ryan were filled when they opened. Fr. Matt Kuczora, the current rector of Carroll Hall, will move to new men’s hall, and Carroll will hire a new rector next year.According to an FAQ on the student affairs website, the new residence halls will be 71,000 gross square feet and the women’s hall will have 225 residents and the new men’s hall will have 221. The names for each hall have yet to be announced, but are scheduled to be revealed later this spring. The men’s hall will be the northern-most of the two buildings, and the women’s dorm will sit just northeast of Hesburgh Library.Student focus groups and listening sessions with rectors helped generate the designs for the two new dorms, and Rakoczy Russell said students talking about their ideal dorm largely described “Mod Quad on the inside and Alumni and Dillon on the outside.” The renovations to Walsh, Badin and Morrissey will largely depend on input from residents and leaders of those dorms in coming months and years, Hoffmann Harding said.According to the student affairs website, the new dorms will feature a variety of room sizes and layouts, divided into six sections, each of which will have a resident assistant in addition to the two assistant rectors and rector of each new hall. The first floors of each new dorm will be mostly dedicated to communal spaces, including a two-story floor lounge, reading room, study areas and a chapel. Upper floors will also include “pass-through” floor loungesBased on the focus group results, the women’s hall “will feature full kitchens adjoined to the floor lounge on every floor, whereas the men’s hall will feature one full kitchen and three kitchenettes adjoined to the floor lounges plus food sales in the basement,” the website states. Additionally, both new dorms will include a fitness room, laundry, vending, storage and an outdoor patio.Students who wish to learn more about the changes and share their thoughts can attend one of the upcoming information sessions with leaders from Student Affairs and Facilities Design & Operations. According to the Student Affairs website, these sessions will be held on Tuesday, January 19 at 9 p.m. in 101 DeBartolo Hall and Thursday, January 21 at 9 p.m. in Carey Auditorium of the Hesburgh Library.Tags: badin hall, Construction, Erin Hoffmann Harding, Housing, Morrissey Hall, Pangborn Hall, residence halls, Walsh Halllast_img read more

Washington Post journalist describes experience covering Donald Trump

first_imgNatalie Weber | The Observer Washington Post journalist David Fahrenhthold delivers the annual Red Smith Lecture Monday. Fahrenthold, who broke news of the ‘Access Hollywood’ tape during the 2016 election, discussed his experience covering Donald Trump.Fahrenthold said that he and others are still adjusting and learning as they try “to adapt to the era of Donald Trump.”Having entered his third year of reporting on the beat surrounding Trump and his businesses, Fahrenthold said he has found himself sticking to three main principles, both as a reporter and reader of the news — stubbornness, openness, and independence.Fahrenthold said stubborness is important when trying to uncover the truth.“Facts get washed away by power and fear,” he said. “We who believe in facts must be stubborn first.”Fahrenthold highlighted the example of his first story on Trump, where he followed the now-president as he campaigned ahead of the the Iowa caucuses, the first major nominating contest. Fahrenthold noticed Trump giving a large check from his charity organization to Waterloo, Iowa charities in attendance.“I thought, ‘that’s illegal, you can’t use your charity to help your campaign,’” Fahrenthold said. “I immediately became interested in the concreteness of the money. Where was it coming from? What else is he doing with it?”Fahrenthold’s questioning led him to a phone conversation with Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s then-campaign manager who said he couldn’t tell the reporter any details, other than “trust me, he has given this money away.”Knowing, as a journalist, that the words “trust me” were a red flag, Fahrenthold said his stubbornness led him to a call with Trump where the candidate said he did give the money to a veteran organization–but he hadn’t donated it until Farenthold started asking questions. Fahrenthold said it was a moment where his stubbornness paid off and he began to follow all things related to the Donald J. Trump Foundation.Fahrenthold credits Twitter with contributing to his principle of openness. He said he has found that it is helpful to let readers and followers know what he is up to and what he’s looking for, as this strategy often leads to helpful tips.In one case, Fahrenthold was looking for a painting of Trump that Trump has purchased at an auction using his charity’s money. A quick tweet was sent to his followers and one suggested checking TripAdvisor. After scrolling through several hundred photos posted by guests of the Trump National Doral Miami, the painting was spotted in the sports bar of the resort.Fahrenthold said that he tries to assert independence when covering Trump.“I don’t pass on the raw version of what he says,” Fahrenthold said. “I don’t retweet him just to debunk him, I think that’s a disservice to people. We’re still continuing to learn that value of independence.”Fahrenthold stressed the importance of news readers following these three principles, too.“Readers should be stubborn,” he said. “Read the whole story, pay for news, and reward good work by sharing it. For openness, open yourself to the world, you can make the problems of the world better. With independence, practice restraint, meaning don’t exhaust yourself, you don’t want to be without energy to make the world a better place.”Tags: David Fahrenthold, Donald Trump, Journalism, Politics, Washington Post Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold was this year’s speaker at Notre Dame’s annual Red Smith Lecture. The lecture, named after sportswriter Red Smith, honors prominent journalists in remembrance of Smith’s legacy. Fahrenthold was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2017 for his coverage of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, specifically for reports on Trump’s fraudulent charity organization and the “Access Hollywood” tape.last_img read more

PrismND creates t-shirt fundraiser to promote intersectionality

first_imgFollowing the recent social unrest and police brutality protests around the nation, junior Aaron Moyer said he wanted to find a way to help individuals in the community that are struggling.Moyer, co-vice president of PrismND, said the group decided to organize a t-shirt fundraiser to raise money for Black LGBTQ causes.“The LGBTQ community is so diverse,” Moyer said. “We saw this as a great way to partner with Black student-led clubs on campus and really promote the intersectionality that sometimes gets overlooked.”One of the groups PrismND partnered with is Shades of Ebony, a club dedicated to uplifting women of color. Senior Kaya Lawrence, the club’s president, said “intersectionality” is the idea that identity consists of multiple components, rather than one single label.“[Intersectionality] provides a unique space for recognizing the ways in which groups can coalesce and unite to really help each other,” Lawrence said. “Intersectionality allows for a common space to recognize the ways in which you can unite and fight for a common goal.”Moyer said the fundraiser gave donors the freedom to choose which nonprofit they would like to donate to, as long as it would benefit the Black LGBTQ community. “All you have to do is donate at least $11.20 to any nonprofit that you’d want to,” Moyer said. “The significance behind that is that Nov. 20 is the Transgender Day of Remembrance.”Donors then forward PrismND proof of their donation via their website, and they will receive their t-shirt. The t-shirt, designed by PrismND secretary sophomore Molly Doerfler and senior Ellis Riojas, was inspired by the life of Marsha P. Johnson. Johnson was a Black transgender woman whose activism is largely credited for starting the Stonewall uprising of 1969.(Editor’s Note: Riojas is a graphic designer for The Observer.)“We wanted to symbolize the intersectionality between the identities of between Black and LGBTQ identities, so we used the image of Marsha P Johnson,” Doerfler said. “We have a quote from her in the middle that says, ‘No pride for some of us without liberation for all of us’, which embodies the intersectionality that we’re working for.”Although the fundraiser closed Sept. 22, Moyer said continuing to learn about Black and LGBTQ causes is a great way to get involved. Lawrence said it is important to educate oneself, rather than expect Black or LGBTQ friends to do the teaching.“In any group, club [or] organization that you’re in, just recognizing that the power you have to kind of make a change and work towards some kind of intersectional goals, like reaching out to other clubs or organizations on campus or individuals on campus and seeing what you can do to bring light to certain issues and help others and promote intersectionality,” Lawrence said.Doerfler described “allyship” as supporting a community that you are not a part of and being willing to learn from it.“One thing that we’ve really been stressing this semester about allyship is that it’s about working to protect your siblings on campus who might have different lives than you,” Doerfler. “One thing that we’ve really been stressing is that social distancing is a form of allyship because it helps protect your LGBTQ siblings who might not have good home lives.”Lawrence cautioned against performative allyship, adding that she has seen many peers who claim to be allies fall silent when they see instances of injustice.“An important component of allyship is not being afraid to stand up and speak up when the time comes when it’s necessary to do so — so really just not being performative,” Lawrence said. “Performative allyship can really be problematic and empty in a lot of ways so mak[e] sure that you’re putting the action behind your words and your intention.”Tags: fundraiser, LGBT, LGBTQ, LGBTQIA, PrismND, t-shirtlast_img read more

Police Seize Large Quantity Of Cocaine In Monday Traffic Stop

first_imgThe seizure has an estimated value of $10,000 to $12,000. Detectives say the drugs would likely have been sold on the streets in Jamestown.Image by Jamestown Police.Robinson, Mitchell and Page are all charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Police say as the investigation continues additional charges are expected.Anyone with information on the illegal trafficking and sales of narcotics in Jamestown is asked to contact the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force at their anonymous tip line: 483-TIPS. 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),You mean seize? WNY News Now Image.JAMESTOWN – Jamestown Police say three people are behind bars after officers seized a large quantity of cocaine during a traffic stop Monday afternoon on North Main at Lamont Street.Officers pulled over a vehicle for several alleged traffic violations just after 3 p.m.Through investigation, Kori Robinson, 22, Islandah Mitchell, 20, and Bruce Page, 25, were allegedly found in possession of 3.5 ounces of powder cocaine and 4.7 ounces of crack cocaine.last_img read more

Ripley Man Indicted On Kidnapping, Felony Assault Charges

first_imgRIPLEY — A Ripley man has been indicted by a Chautauqua County Grand Jury Friday in connection with a July kidnapping, in which he allegedly brutalized his victim for several daysThe Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office said Isiah Fuentes, 21, was indicted on two counts of felony first-degree kidnapping, felony first-degree assault, two counts of felony second-degree assault, felony second-degree strangulation, two counts of felony first-degree coercion, and one count of second-degree  menacing.Fuentes was arraigned and will continue to be held at the Chautauqua County jail on $100,000.00 cash/$200,000.00 property bond. The victim was released from the hospital and is still recovering.Deputies report that the incident occurred July 31, in Ripley. Deputies responded to check the well-being of a subject who was reported to have been injured during an altercation. When deputies arrived they were unable to make contact with the victim. Sheriff’s Office investigators were contacted and a search warrant was completed for the victim’s residence. Upon serving the search warrant, deputies and investigators located the victim inside the residence. Also in the residence was Fuentes.Deputies said the victim had numerous significant injuries and it was learned at the scene that Fuentes had assaulted the victim. Fuentes was taken into custody and based on the information at that time, was charged with felony assault. Fuentes was transported to the jail for arraignment and held on bail. The victim was transported to the hospital to be treated for the injuries. As the investigation into the incident continued, it was learned that the suspect had unlawfully entered the victim’s home and held the victim against their will for several days.During that time Fuentes also assaulted the victim numerous times, which included beating, burning, choking and cutting the victim. The District Attorney’s office presented this case to a Grand Jury. 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

Bow Hunting Season Starts Today In Western New York

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) Image by Rory Pollaro/WNYNewsNow.CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY — It’s the Super Bowl of archery hunting in the region, as bowhunting for deer and bear started Thursday morning for the western New York region.Thousands of bowhunters are expected to take to the woods and fields of the region in hopes of harvesting some venison or even bear meat during the relatively seasonal weather. But, for those who don’t bow hunt, rabbit and ruffed grouse season also kicked off in most of New York Thursday.Cottontail rabbit hunters can take up to, but no more than, six rabbits per day. Hunters can also take up to four ruffed grouse in a day, according to the DEC website.According to the latest figures available, there are a bit more than 156,000 licensed bow hunters in New York State, bringing in more than $2.35 million in revenue from licensing fees. Archery season runs to Nov. 20, with a late bow season to follow later in the year.Crossbow hunting in the Southern Zone runs Nov. 7 through Nov. 20.last_img read more

New York Lawmakers Call Special Session On Eviction Moratorium

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) Photo: Jim Bowen / CC BY 2.0ALBANY – New York State lawmakers will return to session today to attempt to pass what they are describing as “the strongest eviction moratorium in the nation.”The Senate Democratic Majority called lawmakers back to work part of a special session discussing the “COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act.”The proposed legislation will put a stay of at least 60 days on all pending eviction proceedings, or any that are commenced within 30 says of the legislation’s effective days.The stay will give tenants the opportunity to submit a “hardship declaration” demonstrating they are unable to pay their rent in full or move due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. If passed, the legislation will:Prevent Evictions: This bill creates a Standardized Hardship Declaration Form, which tenants can submit to their landlord or court to prevent or halt an eviction if they have a financial hardship related to, or during COVID-19 that prevents them from being able to pay their rent in full or move; or if someone in the household is at increased risk of severe illness from COVID.The form allows tenants to declare financial hardship if they have lost income; have increased health, child care, or other family care expenses; have been unable to obtain meaningful employment because of circumstances relating to COVID-19; or cannot afford moving expenses.Once a tenant has signed this form, they may return it to their landlord or to a court to prevent a landlord from filing an eviction or suspend an eviction proceeding already underway until May 1, 2021, in addition to other protections.Protect Against Foreclosure and Tax Lien Sales For Residential Property Owners: This bill provides protections against foreclosure and tax lien sales to any residential property owner that owns ten or fewer dwelling units, including their own primary residence.Property owners will be able to access foreclosure and tax lien sale protection by filing a Standardized Hardship Declaration Form with their mortgage lender, local assessor or to court, similar to that created by the eviction protection proposal. The owner will declare, under penalty of perjury, a financial hardship that prevents them from paying their mortgage or property taxes because of lost income, including reduction in rent collections; increased expenses; or the inability to obtain meaningful employment.Landlords with more than ten total units are excluded from these protections.Prohibit Negative Credit Reporting and Discrimination in Extending Credit: This bill protects a property owner from credit discrimination if the owner has fallen behind on mortgage payments on the property at which they reside or because they have received a stay of mortgage foreclosure, tax foreclosure, or tax lien sales on the property.Homeowners will use the same Hardship Declaration to avoid credit discrimination based on their mortgage arrears on the property at which such owner resides.The legislation limits these new protections only to single home residences, co-ops, owner-occupied multifamily primary residences with one to nine rental units.Additionally, the legislation will prohibit negative reporting to any credit agency of the granting or imposition of a stay on mortgage foreclosure proceedings, or tax foreclosure proceedings or tax lien sale on such property.Automatically Renew Senior Citizens’ Homeowner and Disabled Homeowner Exemptions: This bill will require local governments to automatically renew the annual requirement that eligible recipients recertify their Senior Citizens’ Homeowner Extension (SCHE) and Disabled Homeowner Exemption (DHE) benefits for 2021. Normally, eligible recipients need to file renewal applications, sometimes in person at the assessor’s office.The Governor issued Executive Order (202.83) permitting local governments to automatically renew these exemptions at local option.This bill requires local governments to automatically renew these exemptions, and will additionally allow for exemption increases if the homeowner is entitled to one.The session comes as the federal eviction moratorium is set to expire next week.last_img read more

Thursday Is the New Wednesday for Broadway Musical Matinees

first_img Next up is Matilda, which will add some Thursday matinees in May and June. Don’t worry, Lesli Margherita…we’ll give you a wake-up call! Set your alarm clocks, Broadway stars, because Thursday may no longer be a sleep-in day! Following in the footsteps of many West End shows, some big Broadway musicals are adding a Thursday matinee to the mix of the eight-show-a-week schedule. The Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia! and Cinderella are first out of the gate, kicking off Thursday afternoon shows on April 3, 2014.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams to Announce Outer Critics Circle Nominations

first_img Tyson and Williams recently starred together on Broadway in The Trip to Bountiful, which marked Tyson’s return to the Great White Way after 30 years and brought the actress her first Tony award. The two reprised their roles in a Lifetime TV adaption of Horton Foote’s play. Tyson’s additional Broadway credits include The Corn Is Green and Trumpets of the Lord. Williams, who will take the Cotton Club stage in After Midnight beginning April 1, received a Tony nomination for her performance as the Witch in the 2002 revival of Into the Woods. She has also appeared in Sondheim on Sondheim and Kiss of the Spider Woman. Tony Award winner Cicely Tyson and Tony nominee Vanessa Williams will announce the nominees for the 64th annual Outer Critics Circle awards on April 22 at the Friars Club. Nominations will be given in 24 categories that recognize achievements in Broadway and off-Broadway productions. The winners will be announced on May 12 prior to the May 22 presentation of awards at Broadway hotspot Sardi’s Restaurant. The Outer Critics Circle is an organization of writers covering New York theater—its members are affiliated with more than 90 newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations, Internet and theater publications across America and abroad. Star Files Vanessa Williams Cicely Tyson View Commentslast_img read more