Monthly archives: January, 2021

Woo delivers latest Last Lecture installment

first_imgDean Carolyn Woo’s contribution to the Last Lecture Series — which asks faculty members to prepare a lecture as if it were their last — was especially timely Thursday night, as Woo enters the final months of her fourteen year career at the helm of the Mendoza College of Business. Woo will leave at the end of the Fall Semester to take over as CEO of Catholic Relief Services. As Woo faces major change and uncertainty in her own life, she advised audience members to face adversity with faith, not to fear hardship or responsibility and not to underestimate the value of education. “I choose to say that because I think, right now, the economic environment worries everyone,” Woo said. “When I was growing up, I was in a pretty comfortable family, except that my father had a few issues. So even when I was younger, I had a sense of not having security. I also decided that my way of responding to that was to go to school.” Challenges followed Woo to Purdue University, where she began her undergraduate education with only enough money for one year’s expenses. Woo said she was fortunate to receive a scholarship, which was both a blessing and a reminder to appreciate her education. “I was able to be given a scholarship that covered the rest of my years,” Woo said. “As a result, I never took any opportunities for granted. When you’re in the middle of [adversity], it’s very difficult, but work your way into that adversity and work your way out of the adversity and don’t be afraid of responsibility. I think adversity really shapes us and it’s a gift in its own ways.” Always maintain faith, Woo said. “You may feel like you’re all alone, but you really are not,” she said. “I think God is always with us. At Purdue, I started going to daily Mass, and it was an incredible sense of peace and comfort. Out of whatever [the challenge] is, something comes through.” While the College of Business has risen to the top of BusinessWeek’s undergraduate business school rankings, Woo would not take full credit for the college’s success. “A number one ranking has some randomness in it,” she said. “You can’t just earn a number one ranking. There is an element of the [Holy] Spirit with us.” Relationships with others are gifts, Woo said. If someone stands up for those in need, others will support that person in turn. “I think it is really important that you do not set up barriers where you look at other people by their titles or by their achievements,” Woo said. “Those things are really irrelevant. Never look down on people.” Woo recounted the advice of a speaker at her graduation from Purdue’s MBA program. “Charisma is the ability to take people as you find them, to like people for what they are and to not despise them for what they are not,” she said. “In other words, it is a person who has the capacity for other people. And if you have the capacity for other people, you will draw people to you.” Set high standards and perform to your potential, Woo added. “It’s about the respect you give for the responsibility someone has put in your hands,” she said. “It’s about your way of honoring the people that are on the receiving end of that work. Along with that, it is very important to not let people down. And the thing is, if you don’t work at [a high] level, you have no right to expect other people to work at that level for you.” Even in the face of difficulty, find the good and remember to laugh, Woo said. “I think laughing is the best way to acknowledge that whatever difficulties we are facing, that indeed, there is a better day, that we are not alone struggling in this, that there is joy,” Woo said. “If we believe in God, we know that there is hope. If the only prayer you ever say in your life is ‘thank you,’ that would be sufficient.”last_img read more

Former baseball player focuses on charity

first_imgOn the baseball field, Hank Aaron opened new doors for African-American players. After retiring in 1967, he continued to expand opportunities for others through entrepreneurship and humanitarianism. Aaron, a baseball Hall of Famer, and his former business partner Frank Belatti, an adjunct professor at Notre Dame, presented “Athletes, Entrepreneurship and Franchising” at the Mendoza College of Business in the Jordan Auditorium Tuesday evening. The two spoke about helping others through both direct charity and properly run business in the final installment of Entrepreneurial Insights, a fall lecture series that held 11 lectures this semester. Aaron said he hoped to be remembered most for helping others achieve their dreams. “Coming from an isolated city in Alabama, I wanted to play baseball badly and I chased that dream,” he said. “I decided after I retired I’d do everything I could to help some child or someone chase their dreams.” Aaron and his wife, Billye Williams, established the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation to support ambitious youth in 1994. The foundation struggled in its early years, he said. “The foundation was just fuddling around and we weren’t making much money. But my wife … said she would have a birthday party for me and would handle it,” Aaron said. “She went to Coca Cola and other companies … and the night of the dinner we made over a million dollars. “The money and having the President of the United States, Bill Clinton, at my dinner was a blessing. We needed this money badly.” Aaron said the foundation awarded 755 grants to deserving youths, one for each of his home runs. He said the challenge of running the foundation in addition to his restaurant and auto businesses offered valuable lessons. “Going from baseball to business, the number one rule is you have to put your heart and soul in it. I woke up every morning at five to go to dealerships when I began my automobile businesses,” he said. “The disadvantage is the idea of thinking you’ve been successful in one, but it doesn’t mean it’s going to transition to the other.” The help of friends and business partners, such as Belatti, led to Aaron’s success, he said. “We all talk about how much we can achieve in a lifetime but I look around and say there were teammates on base when I look at those home runs,” Aaron said. “The restaurants weren’t only my doing. God put a blessing on me to have people like [Belatti].” Belatti said he met Aaron in 1985 while working on a promotion with Major League Baseball. The pair built their business relationship based on trust rather than contracts. “We shook hands and that is our only contract. That says a good deal about how honorable Hank Aaron is and about the power of a handshake,” Belatti said. “The power of a handshake is an incredible thing.” Since then, the two worked to develop a business model with a contemporary and competitive backbone, Belatti said. Sustainable models created jobs with a sense of personal ownership and ended the cycle of disenfranchisement, he said. “Create jobs that you believe are highly sustainable and have an aspect of ownership. Change the mindset,” he said. “Part of a change in the social strata and economic strata might not otherwise happen.” Belatti said trust was important in running a business. He met with each franchise they worked with to establish a sense of trust. “For every franchisee who came into the system, I had them come to my office so I can meet them face-to-face. I wanted to shake their hand and make them a promise,” he said. “I gave them my home phone number so if they ever need me, they can call me directly.” Belatti said Aaron was a true entrepreneur. Aaron created opportunities for others rather than focusing on revenue, he said. “An entrepreneur is willing to put his or her career on the line and take risks in the name of an idea and an ideal. Hank often talks about how many new managers, owners and jobs he’s created,” Belatti said. “We don’t talk as much about the money.” Aaron said his experience in baseball and entrepreneurship taught him two things: creating opportunities for others was essential to addressing economic and social issues and there are no shortcuts to success. “You may not ever hit a single home run but the thing you have to remember is you can always be a great doctor, lawyer, teacher or someone great. You’ve got to crawl, got to walk, got to take your time to get where you’re going,” Aaron said. “And believe me, you do have time.”last_img read more

SIBC unveils new internship program

first_imgAs Notre Dame’s largest student-run organization, the Student International Business Council (SIBC) will institute a program to give students a new kind of on-campus job as early as this semester, senior Brett Hummel said. Hummel, who is the vice president of domestic internships for SIBC, said the Council will pair students with Fortune 500 companies, start-ups and small businesses for internships during the academic year. Depending on the companies’ employment needs, engineering, science and Arts and Letters students could team with business students to do real work for major corporations for the duration of at least a semester, he said. “While you’re on campus, during your academic year, instead of working at the Huddle or dining hall, you’d get the opportunity to work for companies like [General Electric] for 10 to 20 hours per week,” Hummel said. “And you’d be paid for that, and they’d be the highest-paid jobs on campus.” The internships will be open from students of classes ranging from second-semester sophomores to graduate students. Hummel said SIBC will broaden its reach and help students in all fields find valuable work experience with a new program for facilitating domestic internship opportunities. “[SIBC] members are always drawn more from the Mendoza students, and so the whole goal now is to try to broaden that,” Hummel said. “Students who are not necessarily business majors who want experience have the opportunity now to actually get that on their resumes.” Hummel said the domestic internship idea came from the “disconnect” he saw between the demands of employers for veteran workers and the struggle for undergraduates to gain meaningful work experience in the South Bend area. He worked with faculty advisors and associate vice president for career and professional development Lee Svete. “There is a degree of responsibility because it is actual, real work,” Hummel said. “The company’s going to take your work and give it to clients.” After completing an application and interview process modeled on that of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Hummel said students will then be assigned individual and team projects for a specific company. Team meetings and Skype calls with the company will ensure each student is making progress, he said. The new program will complement the SIBC’s existing international program, which currently consists of five positions in locations as far-reaching as Thailand and Ecuador. Sophomore Pedro Suarez, SIBC vice president of international internships, said the domestic program could eventually begin to incorporate international elements. “Hopefully, one day for the people who are looking for a global career, … it could suddenly become something where a company in Brazil could outsource their work to us,” Suarez said. Suarez said past internship experience does not necessarily make an applicant competitive. “I think more than experience, it’s someone who’s passionate about something, someone who can really learn and grow,” Suarez said. The new internship program will build invaluable skills for the future careers of students involved, Hummel said. “[The companies] can teach you all the stuff you need to learn, but they want to make sure that you are able to be taught and that you have those kinds of qualities to be a leader going forward,” Hummel said. An information session discussing both domestic and international internships will be held today at 7 p.m. in 155 DeBartolo Hall. Contact Lesley Stevenson at [email protected]nd.edulast_img read more

Thesis project goes green

first_imgWhen senior graphic design major Megan Malley chose sustainability as the topic of her thesis project, she discovered more than 100 colleges across the country have banned the sale of plastic water bottles on campus. “I was surprised that a university as socially and environmentally conscious as Notre Dame has not considered doing the same,” she said. Today, Malley will showcase a portion of Notre Dame’s waste through an large artistic installation on South Quad. She collected 1,000 plastic water bottles from around campus, and she will display the bottles to demonstrate the scale of waste generated by plastic bottle use. Malley said she hopes displaying the statistic in a physical way will help people understand the environmental impact of the waste more clearly. “Growing up in the Northwest, I was always taught to consider my carbon footprint, so my family recycled and composted everything we could,” Malley, a resident of Seattle, said. Through her research, Malley discovered plastic water bottles are the fastest growing form of waste in the United States. She said she was incredulous such a large environmental impact results from a product whose manufacture is unnecessary in the first place. The use of disposable water bottles is even more unnecessary at Notre Dame than most other locations, Malley said. “Every building has at least one drinking fountain with clean and safe water, and over 32 have hydration stations that fill large bottles in seconds,” Malley said. “The convenience of clean tap water makes it exceptionally easy to avoid spending money on water bottles.” Malley said her research demonstrated that advertising from the plastic water bottle industry leads consumers to believe bottled water is somehow safer than tap water. In reality, tap water undergoes stricter and more frequent health checks, she said. Malley said she hopes her thesis project will educate the campus about the day-to-day impact of using disposable bottles and spark activism in the Notre Dame community. Her education tools include today’s installation, her website, and a book and a film she is creating for the project. “Eventually, I hope to enable an official campus-wide ban [on the sale of plastic water bottles],” Malley said. Malley said students should more closely consider the impact their daily habits have on the environment. As an academic community, Notre Dame should be more conscious of its effect on the environment, she said, and should make decisions to reduce plastic waste as much as possible. “By refusing to purchase bottled water, a college campus can substantially decrease the plastic waste generated each year,” she said. Malley’s thesis project will be displayed in the Snite Museum of Art from Apr. 7 to May 20. The exhibit will include her book, video and photos of her installation.last_img read more

GRC hosts Sexual Violence Awareness Month

first_imgOctober’s Sexual Violence Awareness Month — a series of programs and events including giveaways, awareness campaigns, a panel discussion and a workshop — will focus on bystander intervention and taking action to prevent sexual violence on campus, Gender Relations Center (GRC) Director Christine Caron Gebhardt said.Emily Danaher | The Observer Gebhardt said the GRC planned the month’s programs based on what it saw as an increase in awareness and discussion surrounding sexual violence issues.“We are beginning to break the silence around sexual violence,” she said. “What that does is help people who are impacted by sexual violence not to be afraid to come forward and receive help, but it also puts a responsibility on us as a community to not merely acknowledge that … we know how to care for them and that we also think about, ‘How do we prevent this from happening again?’”Unlike in previous years, when Sexual Violence Awareness Month emphasized attention to sexual violence and its impact on the community, this year’s events will be more action-focused, in addition to raising awareness and providing support to survivors of sexual violence, Gebhardt said.“After the [crime alert] emails come out, people say, ‘what are we going to do about this?’ and there’s multiple answers to that question,” she said. “One of the most important things is just not to ignore it. That’s one of the basic things that we can do is not to delete the email, but to say, ‘what is it that I can do?’ — Not what Notre Dame can do, but what I can do. If we all take an individual commitment to act, then we can … change our community where we not only say we don’t tolerate sexual violence, but we act to change our culture so that it can’t occur on our campus.”To kick off the month, FIRE Starters, the GRC’s peer educators on gender issues, will hand out free t-shirts Wednesday in LaFortune Student Center and North and South Dining Halls. Senior FIRE Starter Deirdre Harrington said the t-shirts, which feature the text “I am my brothers’ and sisters’ keepers,” are a way of connecting the national issue of sexual violence to the University’s Catholic character.GRC staff will also host a bystander intervention workshop Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Notre Dame Room of LaFortune. Gebhardt said the workshop, which takes place earlier in the semester than it has in previous years, was a response to students asking how to take action on preventing sexual violence.“What campuses across the country are realizing is that it’s not enough to say, ‘we need to intervene,’” Gebhardt said. “The reason why we do bystander intervention is to show students how to intervene, and I think that’s the biggest thing. The question becomes ‘What can we do for students to follow through?’”Gebhardt said workshop participants will examine different scenarios in which they might need to be an active bystander, brainstorm obstacles to effective intervention and learn how to overcome them.Harrington said FIRE Starters will hand out cups reading “Are you okay?” on Tuesday in LaFortune.“This question has a double meaning — ‘are you okay’ is a way to ask for consent. [It’s] also to encourage bystander intervention, not being afraid to ask someone, ‘hey, are you okay?’” Harrington said.Oct. 8, the GRC will host a panel discussion, “Know Your IX: Resources for Care and Support.” Referencing the federal policy Title IX, which mandates gender equality in schools and provides recourse for student victims of sexual violence, the panel will “discuss the most effective ways to care — physically, emotionally, and spiritually — for those who are impacted by sexual violence,” according to the event poster. The panel will include representatives from Notre Dame, the Family Justice Center of St. Joseph’s County and St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.The annual Mass of Healing, which includes intentions for those impacted by sexual violence, will take place Oct. 13 in the Log Chapel. The GRC will hand out prayer cards throughout the week.The same week, Men Against Violence, a GRC group which works to raise awareness about and prevent sexual violence, will hold a pledge drive and White Ribbon campaign. According to the event poster, the White Ribbon is an international movement which arose after an anti-feminist killed 14 women at a Canadian university.Sexual Violence Awareness Month will conclude Oct. 30 with the GRC’s annual “Time To Heal Dinner” in the press box of Notre Dame Stadium.Gebhardt said the month offers a way to look at the Notre Dame community’s level of awareness and plan for future action against sexual violence.“After we plan, we step back and listen and see, what are the remaining questions?” she said. “As we do programming in the future, what are the things that we need to continue to talk about, what are the dialogues that people need to participate in, what are the concepts that are difficult as we talk about it? We live in it, so it’s on our minds all the time, so for us, when we talk about it, it’s painful, but it something that we can do.”Harrington said the month would be a way for students to understand how to get involved in the movement against sexual violence.“In order to get campus culture to shift surrounding sexual violence, we need to start with baby steps,” Harrington said. “… We’re building up so we can have events like Take Back the Night and the Time to Heal Dinner, where we’ll have larger attendance because the campus as a community says, ‘We’re going to actively stop sexual violence on our campus and throughout the country.’ In order to start this kind of culture shift, we need to start with poster campaigns, something simple that might remind someone or get the conversation started . . . [and] keep it going.”Regina Gesicki, the GRC’s assistant director for educational initiatives, said students could participate in the month’s events regardless of their level of awareness or involvement in sexual violence prevention initiatives.“We want to promote the idea that we are a community that really cares about each other,” Gesicki said. “From t-shirts with brothers and sisters keepers, all the way to learning how to be a bystander, to resources, it’s wherever you can be a part. Maybe you’re only at the point where you can wear a t-shirt. That’s fine. But maybe you’re ready to be certified as an active bystander. There’s a lot of different ways to get involved, and the idea is that this is offering a lot of opportunities.“You don’t have to do all the things, but do something, and realize that it’s part of a larger effort not only to raise awareness but to raise the investment in the fact that our community is built by every single person.” Tags: bystander intervention, christine caron-gebhardt, Deirdre Harrington, Regina Gesicki, sexual assault, sexual violence, Sexual Violence Awareness Monthlast_img read more

Professor connects science and renaissance

first_imgHow do we understand the relationship between technology, ecology and the Renaissance? What does it mean to move away from an age of industry to an age of Renaissance ideals? Matthew Kubik, associate professor of construction engineering at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, examined these questions in his colloquium Tuesday on the Renaissance ideal titled “Living the Renaissance Ideal as a Person of Faith in the 21st Century.”The colloquium was part of the Renaissance Circle, a set of monthly informal workshops for first-year students that connect different ideas in the arts, humanities and sciences. Michael Yu | The Observer Indiana University-Purdue professor Matthew Kubik explains the importance of Renaissance ideals, especially the concept of interconnectedness among people and ideas, in solving current problems in science.During his lecture, Kubik said the Renaissance ideal encouraged interconnectedness, an approach that intersects with many of the sociological and ecological issues the world currently faces.“In the Renaissance there was none of that division between these professions, and so there was a quest for all knowledge,” Kubick said. “We have a crossing of ideas and culture as we have a progression of ideas over time.”According to Kubik, the 21st century can currently be classified as being in the “mechanical” or industrial age. Kubik said the ideal of the mechanical age equates progress with growth and cultural values are connected to “the amassing of greater and greater material good.”“We look at what grows and what thrives to discover the embedded values within our culture,” Kubik said.Kubik said this set of values has also discouraged us from understanding our connection to future generations and contributes to our devaluation of human labor. He said this ideal is currently at odds with our current resources as we experience a rapid decline in oil and natural gas reserves. As we continue to avoid facing our current ecological condition, we are “buying time,” Kubik said.The current generation will transition from the mechanical age to the green age, which is similar to the Renaissance age in the way it sees the overlapping relationship between human and earth, Kubik said. He said the transition to this age requires an understanding of how the laws of thermodynamics and concepts of energy define our relationship to the earth, and it will be important to “consider what the environmental burdens are going to be with supply, manufacture, use and disposal.”“We’re redefining the concept of progress if the actions we’re taking serve to ensure that the earth is able to sustain itself and its inhabitants and sustain our future children,” Kubik said.According to Kubik, the Catholic faith, specifically the Christian emphasis on loving one’s neighbor, held an ideological connection to the ideals of the green age of synergy and emphasized the interconnected nature of humanity. Kubik said while the mandate to “love one another” is common in other religions, Christianity is unique in emphasizing how loving that meant recognizing the interconnections they shared with one another and with the earth.“Love your neighbor as yourself, meaning you and your neighbor are the same thing,” Kubik said. “We are connected through all those interconnections, the same DNA, the same chemicals, the same connection to the earth and we extend that to ‘love the earth as yourself’ because we are part and parcel of all connected material in existence.”Tags: Catholicism, Christianity, engineering, environmentalism, industrial age, mechanical age, Renaissance, Renaissance idealslast_img read more

Saint Mary’s panel discusses roles for mothers

first_imgSaint Mary’s Office for Civic Engagement (OSCE) hosted the first of a three-part discussion series about women, mothers and their roles in society Tuesday evening. Tuesday’s event focused on the idea of being a woman, mother and image bearer, with guest panelists Ramal Winfield, Noelle Gunn Elliott and Christan Sheltan, as well as a question and answer section led by Rebekah DeLine, the director of the OCSE.DeLine started the event by asking the panelists how they serve in the South Bend community as individuals and as families.“It’s really important to us because my oldest is seven and we’re trying to find ways to include him in understanding how important service is to us. There are times in our life that with wrestling, soccer, piano that we are not able to do that,” Sheltan said. “Right now his little heart is pulled towards helping homeless people, so we’ve been making blessing bags and keep those with us. That’s a way for us to serve when we don’t really have the time to serve.”Elliott said her family tries to do outreach in the community during holidays.“As a family, for Thanksgiving we try and go to the homeless shelter and we try to focus more on the giving and the giving thanks,” Elliott said.Winfield said she likes to go to events in the community that actively supports the younger generation.“I go to just a lot of different events around town that I feel are important, especially ones that are advocating for children,” Winfield said.The panel then discussed how each manages to create a positive work-life balance.“I try not to beat myself up or have the wrong expectations about what I’m capable of doing,” Winfield said. “I know that some people in my family say that I work too much, but you just have to do what you have to do.”Sheltan said she felt similar to Winfield’s thoughts on balance. “Balance is impossible to achieve perfectly. I personally know that I don’t feel like it is my shape to stay at home so then it was kind of like just trying to find balance,” she said. “I think what I work right now is a job more than a career, but it gives me the balance to be with my children a little bit more.”There’s an insecurity, Elliott asserted, that exists among women juggling such roles.“So many women always think ‘Oh she’s judging me because I’m not going to work,’ but they really do want to be working,” Elliott said. “There’s always this insecurity. And we’re not judging each other; hopefully we’re just trying to be the best moms we can be.”Elliott shared how she started her program, the Mommalogues, which gives women the platform to share their personal stories about being mothers.“If I have a force, it’s not so much being a mother,” Elliott said. “It’s about being in solidarity with other women whether they’re a mother or not, and being a positive force in the world.”The panelists discussed their hopes for women to become more united through these types of discussions. Subsequent discussions in the series will take place April 2 and April 16, and will cover women and mothers as change-makers and activists.“Eventually I want to [make] this so it’s not just for students, but also for women in the community,” DeLine said.Tags: mothers, panel, saint mary’s, womenlast_img read more

Knott priest stresses supporting students in faith journeys

first_imgWhen Fr. Dennis Strach found out he would be moving into Knott Hall at the beginning of last semester, he did not know what to expect. The last time he lived in a dorm, Strach was a student himself, and he wasn’t sure how he would approach serving as both a resource and a friend to his students. However, Strach feels the men of Knott quickly and readily accepted him into their community.“It’s been short but it seems like in many ways I’ve known them for a while or the welcome has been such that I’ve been moved by their openness and their willingness to let me accompany them in their time at Notre Dame and in their faith journeys especially,” Strach said.When Strach asked what Knott’s “thing” is, the rector, Pat Kincaid, said the community is rather spiritual. Though he was skeptical at first, Strach said he has found that to be true.“[They ask] good questions trying to find the meat of their faiths, like ‘I don’t want to go to Mass and just have that be like a box to check or something I’m expected to do,’” Strach said. “Why do we go, what is that? How do you pray? Do you just talk to yourself? What is it? Good questions, not doubting their faith but wanting to try to get something out of it and be in relationship with Christ.”One of the benefits of having a priest in residence, Strach said, is being able to see religion in a context other than Mass or in the classroom.“I think to be able to see you as a normal person sort of lends itself to a deeper relationship,” Strach said. “I find that in those moments or the informal gatherings … we realize that we’re on the same journey. We’re in different places, we might have taken different paths, maybe you’re called to the same path, I don’t know but living alongside your students or being able to be an active part of their lives and build an actual relationship with them outside of just Mass or something lends itself to that. … It helps put some flesh on the bones of that statement that we try to like walk alongside our students, not just in your academic endeavors but really just in your normal life. I’m blessed to be in that role.”Strach also serves as the associate director of vocations for the U.S. province of the Congregation of the Holy Cross, and he focuses on high school students who are interested in the priesthood. Strach compared his goals to marketing but with a twist.“You’re not selling a product or recruiting, but rather what you’re selling is the authenticity of your own life and the fact that I’m actually happy and if I could choose anything else, I would choose this again. There’s a lot of people that would,” Strach said.One of the challenges and aims in Strach’s role as both a vocations director and a priest in residence is to break down the stereotypes and misconceptions about life as a priest.“You’re always trying to help people kind of create the space to think about your gifts and talents,” Strach said. “But I think [the role] any priest or brother really plays is probably just the witness of their life, like a married couple: if you’re happy, people say like, whatever you guys got, I want to do that … authentic joy and integrity in your vocation leads people to ask some good questions, but also want what you want.”Accompaniment, or supporting and listening to people on their faith journeys, is a big part of both of Strach’s roles. “The role of a vocations director is really just to kind of create some structure such that people have the space and kind of resources, accompaniment to think about this vocation, have someone to work with to ask their questions and line them up with where they need to be,” Strach said.Strach stressed that priests in residents should be seen as a resource for all students, no matter their religious beliefs or lack thereof.“Hopefully through the witness of so many people on campus and, again, steady presence and being around enough that they know of our care for them, whether it’s explicit conversation or just being at their game or being at their play or their concert … for those people that there might be some barriers to to our communicating or seeing me as a resource, hopefully those will break down,” he said.Tags: Congregation of the Holy Cross, Knott Hall, priest in residencelast_img read more

Jenkins releases statement on death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

first_imgObserver File Photo U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg visited Notre Dame for a conversation, moderated by U.S. Circuit Judge Ann Williams, a Notre Dame alumna, at Purcell Pavilion Sept. 13, 2016.In his statement, Jenkins highlighted a quote from Ginsburg in the statement she released to honor Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia after his passing, which referenced the two justices’ shared love of opera.“Upon the death of her close friend and ideological opposite, the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Ginsburg wrote a fitting epitaph for all who serve the law so well: ‘Toward the end of the opera Scalia/Ginsburg, tenor Scalia and soprano Ginsburg sing a duet: “We are different, we are one,” different in our interpretation of written texts, one in our reverence for the Constitution and the institution we serve,’” Jenkins said.Tags: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court, women’s rights Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a trail-blazing advocate for women’s rights, died at the age of 87 on Friday after serving on the court since 1993. University President Fr. John Jenkins recalled Ginsburg’s visit to Notre Dame in 2016.“Combining intellectual rigor with playfulness and candor, Justice Ginsburg discussed policy, politics and the struggle for women to find their rightful place in the administration of justice,” he said in the release. “It was a personal privilege for me to take her on a tour of campus and witness her kindness and courtesy to everyone she met.”Ginsburg was the second woman appointed to the Supreme Court. She put forth strong dissenting opinions during her time on the Court and became an icon to the younger generation. She died in her home in Washington D.C. from complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer, the Supreme Court said.last_img read more

AAA: Gas Prices Up, But Still Cheaper Than Usual During Memorial Day Weekend

first_imgCropped Photo: / CC BY 2.0JAMESTOWN – Gas prices are ticking up, but not enough to cause much pain at the pump.AAA says the national average for a gallon of regular is $1.96, that’s about nine cents more than a week ago.The average price for a gallon of petrol is $2.25 in Jamestown, however, some Mobil stations in the area are six cents lower, according to Dunkirk, the average is also $2.25 a gallon. The price at the pump in Warren, Pennsylvania meanwhile is $2.35 a gallon. However, the association says gas hasn’t been this cheap on a Memorial Day Weekend in almost 20 years.They expect the uptick to continue, because the demand is likely to grow as the economy reopens. 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