SMC seniors bond with fathers

first_imgSeniors at Saint Mary’s College had the chance to spend some quality time with their fathers at the annual Senior Dads Weekend. A range of events including a Mass, game watch and silent auction were planned for the weekend. Noelle Radko, senior class vice president, said the first event of the weekend took place Friday night in Spes Unica Hall.   “We created a beer garden in Spes with a silent auction and we … invited our professors,” she said. “This is our senior year and our professors know us pretty well by now, so we wanted to include them in our evening.” High tables were set up on the first and second floors of Spes Unica and appetizers and beer were available for the attendees. Fathers and daughters were presented with matching beer glasses adorned with the Saint Mary’s College logo. The silent auction contained different baskets to be bid on, including packages from Brothers Bar & Grill and Club Fever. On Saturday, there was a game watch at the College Football Hall of Fame, complete with drinks and a buffet. Senior Katelynd Park said she was excited to watch the Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest game with her father. “I think that this weekend is a fun opportunity to spend ‘Daddy-Daughter’ time before college ends,” she said. “You’re always told that you’re ‘daddy’s little girl,’ so it’s nice to have this time with them.” Senior Katelyn Tondo-Steele said she also enjoyed spending time with all the dads. “This day has been great,” Tondo-Steele said. “It was nice to see the girls’ dads yesterday at the beer garden and go out last night, and these games are fun to play with our dads.” On Sunday, a Mass was held at the Church of Loretto Maggie DePaola, senior class president, said the entire weekend went very smoothly.   “The turn out for the weekend was great, which made us glad,” DePaolo success.” Pat Reardon, father of senior Megan Reardon, said he was impressed with the friendships his daughter has made at Saint Mary’s. “It’s been a brutally humble experience seeing all of you girls as seniors,” Reardon said. “Megan, as well as you all, has acclimated herself well, and it’s sad that it’s all ending. It’s just one more way that Saint Mary’s shows how close you all are and how the college values that closeness.”last_img read more

Fair features options for healthy lifestyles

first_imgWith spring break approaching quickly, health-minded students descended on the third annual Student Health and Wellness Fair on Wednesday to learn about the opportunities for healthy living available at Notre Dame and in the South Bend community. Jennie Phillips, RecSports assistant director of fitness and fitness facilities, said organizers conceived “How the Health Are You?” three years ago after seeing similar fairs at other schools.  “We felt that Notre Dame could use such an event to make sure students know of all the resources available to them,” she said.  “We looked at all the facets of wellness in the lives of college students and made sure to address each of them.” Phillips said students should prioritize their health, even if it means taking extra time to exercise and eat well. “As a college student there are so many demands put upon students, that sometimes they can forget the importance of health,” Phillips said. “This fair provides a chance to refocus.” The fair brought together a variety of health and wellness groups, including Notre Dame Food Services, RecSports, the University Counseling Center and South Bend’s Memorial Sleep Disorders Center.  Freshman Kathryn Bush said she appreciated learning about health and wellness opportunities in South Bend. “I think it’s really great organizations from South Bend are here,” she said.  “I learned of resources that are so close to campus I never knew existed, such as Salon Rouge, a full-service salon only a few miles away.” Freshman Julianne Carson said the fair’s collection of health groups represented a variety of needs. “I was so impressed with the diversity of groups at the fair. They had everything from sleep deprivation to fitness,” she said.  The fair also introduced students to on-campus opportunities to improve health and wellness. “I had never been to Rolfs [Sports Recreation Center],” freshman Christina Serena said. “So this fair was the perfect opportunity to check the gym out, as well as learn about so many opportunities I never knew existed.” The Office of Sustainability contributed to the fair to promote the connection between health and sustainable living, senior Office of Sustainability intern Jenna Heffernan said. “Sustainability is a very important aspect of health because in order for us to be physically healthy, we need a clean environment to live in,” she said. “No matter how many new products we manufacture, we will never be able to produce a new atmosphere.” The Office of Alcohol and Drug Education allowed students to simulate the visual impairment caused by alcohol by playing Wii Bowling while wearing “beer goggles.”  In addition to the event’s interactive tables, several presentations educated students on relevant health issues, including meditation techniques, sleep issues, energy drinks and partying. Phillips said the overall goal of the fair was to promote education and a health-conscious attitude among students.  “We also wanted to make this fair a learning experience,” Phillips said. “The collegiate setting is the first time many students are living on their own, making it the perfect time to start developing life-time habits regarding health.”last_img read more

Third Eye Blind returns to campus

first_imgThis Saturday, Notre Dame students will get a blast from the past when, for the third time, Third Eye Blind headlines the Student Union Board’s spring concert. SUB concert programmers Lauren Keating and Meagan Guerin, both seniors, spoke enthusiastically about the decision to host Third Eye Blind for a third time. “When we began the programming process, we went in with a completely open mind. We know the Notre Dame student body has such a diverse musical taste,” Keating said. “Third Eye Blind have stayed popular for so long that it shows they are a great band and will generate a lot of interest.” Keating and Guerin both acknowledged the difficulty of choosing an artist that would appeal to the entire student body, especially in the wake of last year’s sold out concert featuring Chiddy Bang and O.A.R. “We started by asking ourselves who we believed would appeal to most of the Notre Dame student body,” Keating said. “Ultimately, we decided that we wanted to entice the overall group enough that they will go to the show and end up having a great time rather than pleasing a small group a lot.” Hoodie Allen, an independent rapper from New York, will open the concert before Third Eye Blind takes the stage. By pairing an up-and-coming opener with a more established headliner, Keating and Guerin believe this year’s concert will match the success of last year’s. “I think we did a good job of keeping the concert on par with last year’s,” Keating said. “Last year’s was perfect because it paired two very different bands and appealed to two different groups. I think we have the same thing going this year. Third Eye Blind is so popular, but we also have Hoodie Allen, a pretty prominent up and coming hip hop artist.” Allen, a one time Google employee, left his career at the Internet powerhouse to pursue a music career after generating significant interest during his side gigs, Keating said. “He is someone various people mentioned that they would love to see as an opener,” Guerin said. “I wasn’t too familiar with him, but he is already generating excitement.” Based on students’ reactions thus far, Keating and Guerin expect the concert to sell out. “We had a lot of requests for Third Eye Blind,” Guerin said. “We did casual polling and asked students to name five bands they would like to see come to campus. They were included on a lot of people’s list.” Even though nineties hits “Jumper” and “Semi-Charmed Life” remain the band’s most popular songs, Keating believes the band’s energy will capture the audience. “They do play their hits, but you don’t have to know every song to enjoy their concerts,” Keating said. “They play all their instruments and sing live, and the lead singer walks around the stage the entire time and really engages with the audience.” Guerin said Third Eye Blind has a reputation for engaging concerts. “They are known for putting on really good, fun shows,” Guerin said. “I’ve heard nothing but good things about their concerts from friends who have attended their shows before.” Tickets go on sale today at 7 a.m. in the LaFortune box office for all Notre Dame undergraduates. At 9 a.m. Thursday, St. Mary’s, Holy Cross and Notre Dame graduate students cawn purchase tickets. When purchasing tickets, each student can bring up to three ID cards and buy one ticket per ID. The doors to Stepan open at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with the concert beginning at 8 p.m. Contact Aubrey Butts at [email protected]last_img read more

Senate discusses response to marathon tragedy

first_imgStudent body president Alex Coccia discussed the student government’s plans for responding to the Boston Marathon bombings at Wednesday’s Senate meeting. “We did the vigil on Monday night as sort of an immediate response, and I thought it had a good turnout,” Coccia said.  “Since then we have gotten in contact with people at Boston College, trying to coordinate with their plans.” According to Coccia, Boston College planned a walk, called The Last Five Miles, and immediately got over 14,000 attendees on their Facebook event. “They were asked by the police to postpone the walk because of the possible danger and the fact that Boston is still technically a crime scene, but when we do find out the date we are planning to do a similar walk in conjunction,” Coccia said.   Coccia said he has spoken with the coordinators of The Shirt unveiling event on Friday, and they have planned a moment of silence or something similar to respect the victims, also in coordination with Boston College. The group then discussed ideas to bring up at the upcoming town hall meeting.  Student body vice president Nancy Joyce opened the floor to discussion. “One of our main items in our platform is this idea of trying to hold several town hall meetings throughout the school year as a way to connect students with administration,” Joyce said.  “I think sometimes there’s a disconnect between students and the administration on issues that are really important, so it will be helpful to talk with them and give them some feedback.” Joyce said one of the topics they would like to bring up is food services, ranging from dining hall menus to grab-and-go to meal plans and swipes. Club Coordination Council (CCC) president Maggie Armstrong said she would like to learn more about campus expansion. “I’ve heard rumors about building new dorms out on library fields and McGlinn fields,” Armstrong said.  “I think a lot of students would be interested in learning how the University is planning on growing and changing.” Senior class president Carolina Wilson said she also had concerns about housing as well as overcrowding on campus. “I would be interested in having more senior housing,” Wilson said.  “Not necessarily specific housing but maybe nicer opportunities for seniors who want to stay on campus.  Also, study space is a huge issue because it is almost impossible to find a table at the library especially during finals week.” O’Neill Hall senator Kyle McCaffery said he thinks student relationships with hall maintenance staff should be addressed. “I think it is important to develop a better relationship between students and the hall cleaning staff,” McCaffery said.  “Maybe we can establish a sort of staff appreciation day.” This idea was widely supported by other senators who had ideas such as collecting money for a Christmas bonus, having students clean for the maintenance staff for a day and cooking for their staffs. Welsh Family Hall’s senator Sophie Manley brought up the issue of inconsistencies between women and men’s dorms.   “Between girls and guys dorms, with parties and stuff, the standards are not the same at all,” Manley said.  “For girls it’s annoying that we’re held to this high standard, while guys can have crazy parties and not get in any trouble.  For us, it’s one toe out of order and we get in a lot of trouble.” Judicial council president Michael Masi introduced two nominees for various judicial council positions. “Kathryn Peruski is being nominated for judicial council vice president of elections,” Masi said.  “If approved, she will be in charge of all elections, including freshmen class council, student body and hall elections.   “Secondly, Erin O’Brien is being nominated for judicial council vice president of peer advocacy, an organization that oversees 12-15 peer advocates,” he said. “She will be responsible for training these advocates and working closely with the office of residence life.” Both nominees were approved by the Student Senate. Contact Maddie Daly at [email protected]last_img read more

Panel presents on climate change debate

first_imgA panel of experts discussed climate shift at Saint Mary’s on Tuesday evening in time for Friday’s Feast of St. Francis.  Economics professor Richard Measell, chemistry and physics professor Chris Dunlap and director of the Center for Spirituality Elizabeth Groppe spoke about different aspects of climate change in the talk, sponsored by the Saint Mary’s Catholic Common Ground Initiative. Groppe spoke briefly on the Catholic Church’s position on climate change, drawing on the prudence of the common good. “Using this virtue of prudence, bishops say … climate modeling is very complex and there are uncertainties and some differences between some of the different models, but using this intelligence is applied to action and reason carefully.  Prudence calls us to take action, [to] be responding,” Groppe said.     Dunlap presented scientific support of global warming with information from a working group report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. “We need to talk about what the heck global warming is about,” Dunlap said.  “We publish our data so others can challenge it. Skepticism is good and it improves our model of what’s going on [with climate change].”   Measell said he is skeptical of global warming because he is not confident in scientific explanations. “A reason why I’m a skeptic is wondering about how one measures the temperature of the earth.  Surface measures are gathered from all over the earth, and how to make that into one temperature particularly when you have missing data [is difficult],” he said.     Measell said we should consider the economic impact of changing our lifestyles in response to climate change. “There is a debate between those who call for radical changes in how we live to try to reduce greenhouse gases and those who argue that we would be better served by adapting to climate changes,” Measell said.  “My concern is that do we undertake policies that reduce our economic ability to respond to natural disasters, or do we focus on expanding our capacity to respond by increasing our wealth?” Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry will sponsor community prayer during “a time of climate change” in the Great Hall of Le Mans Hall each day this week from 12:15-12:30 p.m.  Groppe said she encourages Saint Mary’s students to take advantage of this week’s on-campus activities and opportunities devoted to the spirit and Feast of St. Francis because of Belles’ character and integrity. “Saint Mary’s prepares young women to become leaders who will help make the love of God manifest in the world and today your leadership is more important than ever,” Groppe said.last_img read more

NDSP pill drop promotes safety

first_imgThe Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) will sponsor its second annual pill drop on Wednesday.The pill drop is an opportunity for students, faculty, staff and the greater South Bend community to “dispose of expired and unwanted prescription drugs in an environmentally safe manner,” NDSP sergeant Tracy Skibins said.The event is part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, a program run through the Drug Enforcement Administration of the United States Department of Justice.“This is our second medication collection event, and NDSP hopes to make it an annual event,” Skibins said. “NDSP assisted with the Mishawaka medication collection events in the past, and we thought it was such a great service, and knew this was something we wanted to offer our community.”University spokesman and assistant vice president Dennis Brown said last year’s drive collected approximately 760 pounds of medication.NDSP officers will be on hand Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at Stepan Center and between 7:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Coleman-Morse Center to collect unwanted or expired drugs.Skibins said the event required a great deal of coordination.“Although this is an NDSP-sponsored and organized event, the Office of Sustainability, Risk Management [& Safety Department], Transportation Services and Central Receiving have all assisted with the event, and without them, it wouldn’t be possible to host it,” Skibins said.In conjunction with the pill drop, there will be a blood drive on Wednesday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. outside the Coleman-Morse Center, junior and student co-chair of Relay for Life Andrea Romeros said. The drive will also raise funds to support awareness and cancer research.“We often partner with South Bend Medical Foundation, and they are very supportive of our event,” Romeros said. Tags: NDSP, pill droplast_img read more

University to host Notre Dame Day

first_imgThis weekend, the Department of Development will host its first Notre Dame Day, a 29-hour live broadcast from LaFortune Student Center featuring students and alumni from around the globe.Morgan Bullock, marketing programs manager, said the day will “give alumni and community members an opportunity to reconnect with the University.”Notre Dame Day begins Sunday at 6:42 p.m. and runs until midnight the following day. It will feature various events, including residence hall competitions, a live broadcast and fundraising that will benefit numerous organizations across campus, Jonathan Retartha, social media director, said.The department chose the date because of its special significance to the University, he said.“The idea is that April 27th was the date that commemorates Fr. Sorin returning to campus after the Main Building burned down,” Retartha said.The focus of Notre Dame Day is to connect the global Notre Dame community, Retartha said.“The broadcast is going to have every corner of the University come out [to participate],” he said. “There will be performances and interviews from groups around campus and Skype interviews from Notre Dame clubs and institutes around the globe. The whole idea is to encourage people, once they hear these stories, to have them think what is important to them and realize they have the opportunity to make a difference in those areas.“For example, if you have a Department of Film, Television and Theater [FTT] alumnus, you will be able to see what FTT is doing on campus, and by donating minimum $10 to FTT, you get three votes you can put anywhere in the University to the challenge fund. This helps allocate money to different groups at the University ⎯ alumni clubs, varsity teams, etc.”Retartha said at the end of the day, if FTT gets one percent of votes, then FTT gets one percent of the challenge funds raised throughout that day.The day will also include a great deal of student participation, Aaron Wall, assistant director of student philanthropy, said.“We invited all of the residence halls to compete, one against another,” Wall said. “Through some of our most loyal benefactors, we were able to do fundraising ahead of time so dorms can compete for up to $1000 per hour.”Wall said other events throughout the day include a jumbotron in front of Stonehenge and a picnic at noon on North Quad. Rohr’s at the Morris Inn will also host a special selection of food and drink to those over 21 from 1 to 2 a.m.The department has been planning Notre Dame Day since the fall, Amy Schell, director of annual fund marketing and operations, said.“There has been a lot of decision-making, trying to figure out everything together,” Schell said. “We did videos, flyers, etc. to make sure we were promoting this as much as we could.“We are thinking about each audience. The whole reason we decided to do this is because we realize how busy everyone is, and there are so many stories that people don’t usually see. We are trying to highlight every nook and cranny, knowing full well we can’t even fit everything into a 29-hour broadcast.”Retartha said the Department of Development has worked as the lead for marketing strategy.“We are using social media as a way to connect people with areas of the Notre Dame experience they haven’t connected with in many years,” Retartha said. “We wanted to ask our followers to follow Proud to Be ND, our media brand for giving, and asked people what they are thankful for in their Notre Dame experience.“Once they identify those areas, we want people to check out what those areas are doing now. By encouraging them to find those areas on social media areas to hear the stories they have today, they will be motivated to cast their vote and watch the broadcast.”Retartha said that so far, they have a potential reach of 800,000 people on social media through a network called the Social Ambassadors program. Nearly 875 social ambassadors are participating, and from a trending social media perspective, more than 5,700 posts have used the words Notre Dame Day.“There is a system where anyone that is involved in Notre Dame Day can connect their social media with this social toaster program,” he said. “They received emails from me about how to help spread the word about Notre Dame Day news.”Retartha said the support of the University and many partnerships have made this day of coming together on an “unprecedented level” possible.“We know there are great things that happen on campus, and we want to help everyone else outside the University understand those stories,” Schell said. “The day of is going to be a massive celebration. The amount of energy we will have on Sunday and Monday will be amazing.”For a full list of the events planned for Notre Dame Day, visit Department of Development, Notre Dame Daylast_img read more

P.E. requirements replaced

first_imgIncoming University freshmen in fall 2015 will participate in a new program that will replace the current model, eliminating the physical education courses and swimming requirement, according to an April 17 press release.Emily Hoffman “On the recommendation of the Academic Council, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, has approved two one-credit courses for first-year students that include components that focus on physical and mental wellness, spirituality, cultural competency, academic success and discernment,” the press release stated.Hugh Page, vice president, associate provost and dean of the First Year of Studies program, said these changes were recommended by the ad hoc Committee on Physical Education Requirement Alternatives.“The ad hoc Committee on Physical Education Requirement Alternatives (ACPERA) proposal represents the final phase of a three-year process involving two separate university committees,” Page said. “Input at various stages in the deliberations of both bodies was received from the Faculty Senate, the Undergraduate Studies Committee of Academic Council (USCAC), faculty  and students. Both USCAC and ACPERA had student representation.”The new classes will enable a wider range of campus educators to aid freshmen throughout the school year, Page said.“These new classes will allow us more directly to involve a broad spectrum of campus educators in orienting first-year students to undergraduate life and in helping them to acquire the disciplines of the mind and habits of the heart that will enable them to thrive and to take full advantage of the opportunities for intellectual and spiritual development at Notre Dame,” he said. “We also see in them an opportunity to call the attention of first-year students to the educational charism of the Congregation of Holy Cross, which emphasizes formation of the whole person.”Page said the new classes are similar to the current Contemporary Topics classes, but will significantly expand the material covered and allow more time for student-teacher interaction.“The classes will have seven themes as their overarching foci: Orientation to University Life; Strategies for Health and Wholeness; Community Standards and Cultural Competence; Strategies for Success in the Classroom; Discernment (Academic, Spiritual and Vocational); Cultivation of Spiritual Life; and Mind-Body Awareness/Physical Activity,” he said.“They also provide an opportunity for student engagement in small groups. Some of these issues are addressed in the two-course Contemporary Topics sequence we now have in place, while others are not. A few have been included in earlier incarnations of CT, but were discontinued.“Our hope is to provide an opportunity for each area to be engaged in a manner that is sustained, appropriately challenging, contemplative and meaningful,” he said.The new classes will be organized in a variety of ways, Page said, including through students’ residence halls.“We anticipate using available slots throughout the traditional class day to arrange plenary and small group breakout sessions, in some instances via residence hall clustering,” he said. “At present, logistical details are fluid. Our goal is to organize these classes so as to promote dialogue among the larger first-year student body as well as within residence halls about issues that are crucial to student growth and the strengthening of the fabric of our common life.”Page said that the changes will result in the closing of the Physical Education and Wellness Instruction Department at the end of the 2014-2015 academic school year.“We are working closely with faculty and staff impacted to locate other opportunities for employment,” he said. “Our goal is to ensure that the transition is managed in a manner that is at once professional and pastorally sensitive.”The committee’s plan also includes continuing to offer a wide variety of life, sport and mind-body activity classes through the Office of Recreational Sports, Page said.“The plan also includes … developing a communications plan that encourages regular physical activity on the part of students and encouraging the use of electronic portfolios on the part of students to log their activities and note progress toward individual wellness goals,” he said. “We hope, as well, to develop a system of electronic badges to recognize student achievement in these areas.”Diane Scherzer, associate professional specialist in the physical education department, said the 12 instructors in the physical education and wellness department will be teaching physical lifetime activities in the current wellness program for the next school year.“We have three people who are on a one-year contract, and after the 2015 school year they will no longer be employed, unless they find another job within the University,” she said. “Everybody else who has six years of experience or more, they are going to be given one year in First Year of Studies, in some capacity, for the 2015-2016 school year.“It is yet to be determined what position they’ll be receiving, and then after that, I do believe they want [Human Resources] to help us find other employment within the University, but that is not guaranteed.”Scherzer said she is concerned the new classes will not allow for students to learn new sports.“I’m concerned about the students not having the opportunity to learn how to swim, take dance classes, squash, golf, ice-skating — so they can skate with their kids one day — curling class, fencing,” she said. “RecSports doesn’t offer any of those, as far as learning how to get halfway decent at them. They teach fitness classes, spin classes, but they don’t teach people how to acquire new skills.”The current physical education courses allow students to try sports they have never experienced before, Scherzer said.“Basically, every kid that goes through our program is supposed to take something they haven’t had experience in before,” she said. “I’m truly worried about the students. How are they going to learn new lifetime skills and use them for a lifetime, if they are not taught them?”The changes, which will eliminate the traditional swim test, also take away a learning opportunity for students, Scherzer said.“Ninety percent of the students who took the swim test and failed were glad that they took swimming, that they learned how to swim and were more comfortable in the water,” she said. “It makes myself, and everybody in the department, disappointed and sad the students won’t have this opportunity anymore.”Scherzer said she thinks the new classes, which do not provide a time for physical activity, will have a negative impact on students’ health and stress levels.“Many of my students have told me ‘This is a stress reliever, and I’ve met friends outside of my major, I’ve met friends who are from the other side of campus, and without physical education classes I would have never met those people,’” she said. “A lot of them have said that because of PE class they’ve had a scheduled time to participate. And in doing so, hopefully they will keep that up. Here, it’s a de-stresser, it’s social and they learn an activity.”Tags: new program for freshman, P.E. requirement replaced, physical education requirement changedlast_img read more

Seminar takes Notre Dame Students to Appalachia

first_imgWhile many students travelled home to see family over fall break, 242 Notre Dame students journeyed to the Appalachia region of the United States for weeklong service immersion trips through the Center for Social Concerns (CSC).This year, students travelled to 18 unique sites in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia, CSC Appalachia seminar director Kyle Lantz said.Photo courtesy of Kate Broadbent “Some sites participate in education. Others engage in questions around energy and the environment. Many sites work directly on construction projects. Others focus on living simply and sustainably,” Lantz said. “The class attempts to set forth a way of learning and engaging these various experiences, utilizing tools like theological reflection.”Junior Kate Broadbent travelled to Bethlehem Farm in Pence Springs, West Virginia, where she said her group lived simply and worked in the local community.“[Bethel Farm] is a Catholic community focused around the four cornerstones of prayer, simplicity, community and service,” Broadbent said. “As part of their mission of simplicity, they have a strong emphasis on sustainability, so all the food is either farm-grown or purchased local and organic. They also strive to conserve water and electricity. While there, I worked at different sites in the community doing everything from roofing and painting to working in the community gardens.”Lantz said the Appalachia program allows students to engage with the challenges the Appalachia region faces through a lens of Catholic Social Teaching.“We want students to consider what a justice framework like Catholic Social Teaching has to say to systemic issues that do not have simple solutions,” Lantz said. “We think spending a week in this region allows students to engage these issues while hopefully contributing to long-term positive community impact through our partnerships.”Like Broadbent, junior Connor Hayes also went to West Virginia, but worked at a separate site, Nazareth Farm in Salem. Hayes said he felt a strong engagement in social justice throughout the trip.“My favorite part about the week was being able to live for a week in a tight-knit community devoted to social justice, and one that I feel had a very well-balanced and nuanced perspective on the service it was conducting in the broader community in which it is situated,” Hayes said. “Just being in that type of environment is something I recommend to everyone.”Lantz said he hopes the Appalachia program impacts participants long-term through the lessons the immersion taught them.“I would like to see students consider next steps both related to the Appalachia region, but also issues of social justice broadly,” Lantz said. “We always try to push students to consider next steps after taking part in a seminar like Appalachia.“For some that is participation in other CSC programs. For others, it is something in the local community. For others it’s a choice of lifestyle and habits. There are many ways to take next steps.”Tags: Appalachia, Center for Social Concerns, CSC, fall break, Kyle Lantzlast_img read more

Students fundraise for Center for the Homeless

first_imgSaint Mary’s students from Dr. Terri Russ’ Public Communications class participated in the fundraiser, College Dancing with Our Stars, on Thursday for the South Bend Center for the Homeless.Saint Mary’s junior Lauren Hlavin said the fundraiser brought students from Notre Dame, Holy Cross and Saint Mary’s together in an effort to raise money for the center as the winter months approach.The fundraiser also advocated for the work the Center for the Homeless does in the community, Hlavin said. Emily Sims, the director of events, media and donor relations for the center, organized the fundraiser and recruited participants from the schools, Hlavin said.According to the Center for the Homeless website, the center links men, women and children with programs, agencies and people in an effort to break the cycle of homelessness.To raise money for the center, each school’s group of participants choreographed a dance which was performed in front of three judges, Hlavin said. Attendees voted for the different dances, with each vote representing a $10 donation, she said.Photo courtesy of Lauren Hlavin “I love to bust a move, and that was definitely the place to be,” Hlavin said. “Doing it for such a great cause only made it that much better. … The atmosphere was electric, and everyone was having the best time.”Saint Mary’s senior Morgan Carroll said the teams from the different schools competed to raise the most money for the center in the form of votes or donations placed before the event. The money raised will be used to support guests at the Center for the Homeless, she said.“It costs the center around $40 a day for every guest living with them,” Carroll said. “Given the high number of guests at the center, the money needed adds up quickly.”Hlavin, Carroll and fellow communications students work with members of the center every Tuesday, Hlavin said.“I think the biggest impact we’ve made that I’ve been able to personally notice is letting their voices be heard,” Hlavin said. “When my classmates and I arrive at 5 p.m. every Tuesday, we see their faces light up because they know we’re here for them.”Working with the Center for the Homeless makes in-class lessons about homelessness a reality, Carroll said.“It is easier for the volunteers to understand why the vicious cycle of poverty exists today and understand the ways in which we can combat this harsh reality,” she said.Carroll said she enjoyed preparing for and participating in the fundraiser. She said she is grateful for the work the center provides to the South Bend community.“Knowing that our class was able to make the difference between sleeping on the streets or putting a roof over someone’s head was rewarding on so many levels,” Carroll said. “The dancing was just a plus.”Hlavin said the fundraiser raised close to $2,000 for the Center.“I couldn’t have asked for a better evening with friends, food and philanthropy,” she said.Tags: Center for the Homeless, College Dancing with Our Stars, Dance, Emily Sims, fundraiser, Homelessness, povertylast_img read more