Students share Ugandan stories

first_imgWhile many Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame students spend a semester abroad in Europe and Australia, six Belles chose a less traditional location for their international studies: Uganda. These rising senior nursing and education students shared stories, photos and videos of their six-week summer experience in a capstone presentation Monday. The students stayed with the sisters of the Holy Cross in Kyarusozi, Uganda, and worked with the sisters in rural community’s school and health clinic. Using the phrasing of a popular Ugandan Coca-Cola advertisement that proclaims there are “a billion reasons to believe in Africa,” the students shared their personal reasons for believing in Uganda. After working in the Kymbogo Health Center in Kyarusozi, senior nursing student Joy Johnston said she believes in the country’s unique way of life. “Working with the staff [at the clinic], there was no stress,” Johnston said. “They don’t rush, but they do what they need to do.” She also described the differences in technology. “There is no technology. So if someone has an IV, they rely on gravity,” she said. Senior Cassie Fill, a nursing student, said she believes her time in Uganda changed her initial perception of African lifestyles. “Contrary to stereotypes … [Ugandans] are healthier than people think,” she said. “As I finished my first day, I realized I had stereotyped them.” Senior nursing student Genevieve Spittler said “the sheer beauty of the country” and its people was reason enough to believe in Africa, especially when she and the other students had the opportunity to assist in deliveries while working at the clinic. “To hear a child’s first breath is the most beautiful thing,” Spittler said. The three education students shared their experiences of working in Moreau Nursery and Primary School, which teaches children from the equivalent of preschool to fourth grade. Senior Jen Prather, an elementary education major, said the connection she made with people in Uganda and the other Saint Mary’s students defined her abroad experience. “My reason for believing in Africa is because of our faithful and spiritual bond [with one another],” she said. “We all had formed a new family together and it wasn’t just the six of us.” Senior Sarah Copi said she shared a similar feeling of community with the children she met. “They taught me more than I could ever teach them,” she said. Copi said the hospitality of the Ugandan people meant a great deal to her. “They taught us generosity. They were always willing to give and share even if they didn’t have a lot,” she said. Senior elementary education major Nora Quirk said her students displayed a willingness to learn and valued education highly. “Every day there would be at least ten students who did not want to leave,” she said. “Every child takes an active role in their education.” Quirk said she wants to bring that same enthusiasm into her future classroom. “I really want to make sure I instill that value in my students here in the United States,” she said. In addition to speaking about their experiences, the students sold jewelry and other crafts purchased at Maria’s Shop in Fort Portal, Uganda. The proceeds from these items will support the Kymbogo Health Center and Moreau Nursery and Primary school in Kyarusozi. The Uganda Summer Program is available to rising seniors majoring in nursing and education. Three students from each major are selected and receive seven academic credits for the program. Interested students can apply online through the Center of Women’s Intercultural Leadership on the Saint Mary’s website.last_img read more

Prayer service calls for peace in wake of recent violence

first_imgHeads bowed and hands clasped, members of the Notre Dame and South Bend community gathered Thursday evening at the Grotto for a prayer service in response to recent acts of violence across the United States.Despite the reduced number of people on campus for the summer session, an estimated 100 students, faculty, staff and other members of the community came together to pray for peace exactly one week after the sniper attack in Dallas that killed five police officers and barely more than a week after the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, both shot by police.“Everything is not well with America. The blood of innocent men share the streets with us and we weep with their grieving families, long for justice with their fatherless children and distraught wives,” student body president Corey Robinson, who spoke at the service, said.“There is a way of peace, reconciliation and forgiveness,” he said. “ … A way that is both pro-Black Lives Matter and pro-law enforcement. A way that is not divided by political ties and prejudice, but is rather united by the faith in a common interest — and that’s love for each other.”In addition to Robinson, representatives from Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP), Campus Ministry, the Office of Human Resources and the Office of Institutional Equity spoke at the service.Eric Love, director of staff diversity and inclusion, said the purpose of the prayer service was not “to take sides or to point fingers,” but rather to spread a message of love.“We hope that love overcomes hate, that ignorance will be conquered by intelligence and that fear is replaced by understanding,” Love said.However, Love also said he worries “things are going to get worse before they get better.”“We can’t reach our full potential until all of our citizens are valued equally,” he said.Following Love, NSDP chief Keri Kei Shibata spoke, emphasizing the need for constant solidarity in bringing about peace.“On both the good and bad days, all of us in the Notre Dame community must remember that we all need each other,” Shibata said. “We cannot be successful without one another. We cannot have the kind of community that we want to have without every one of us doing our part.”Like Shibata, Fr. Joe Corpora, associate director of Latino student ministry, said in order to confront violence and racial tension, people must first recognize their commonality instead of emphasizing their differences.“People just might relate to each other as human to human rather than documented to undocumented, Christian to non-Christian, athlete to student, Anglo to Latino, rich to poor, gay to straight — all these kind of divisions that we sort of make up,” Corpora said.Karrah Miller, director of the Office of Institutional Equity and campus Title IX Coordinator, concluded the service by thanking all those in attendance, including representatives of the South Bend community, such as South Bend Fire Department chief Steve Cox and South Bend Police Department uniform chief Jeff Rynearson. Representatives from the mayor’s office were also in attendance.“I do not know all of the circumstances surrounding the deaths of those that we have lost in recent weeks,” Miller said. “Nor should I or anyone else make assumptions or pass judgment about the circumstances surrounding those deaths and those great tragedies. But what I do know is that I am a part of a campus community that is committed to fairness and equity not only in our nation but across the world, not only in our campus community but in our greater community. … Our presence here today is a testament to our collective desire to see things change for the better, and I commend all of us for being here.”Miller said there will be a vigil and march for justice and solidarity Sunday beginning at 7 p.m. on Irish Green.Tags: Dallas shootings, NDSP, Prayer service, Student governmentlast_img read more

Famous Yips!

first_imgMost of you are familiar with the term “Yip” as it applies to golfers and their inability to make short putts on the green.  It is also used when any athlete suddenly loses the natural ability they had in athletics.  Here are a few famous examples:1.  Steve Blass–Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher.  In 1973 the ace of the Pirate staff suddenly couldn’t throw strikes.  He even went so far as to try throwing the ball from his knees to regain his accuracy.  Nothing worked and he soon faded from the scene.2.  Johnny Miller–pro golfer.  In the late 1970’s Miller, a long-time top-notch golfer could not sink a short putt.  He even tried closing his eyes when he stood over the ball.  He would eventually regain some of his skill, but he was never the same.3.  Steve Sax–Dodger second baseman.  In 1983 his throws to first base got so bad that the fans who sat in the seats behind the first baseman started wearing batting helmets to protect themselves.4.  Chuck Knoblauck–Yankee second baseman.  In 2000 his wild throw not only missed the first baseman but it hit Keith Olbermann’s mom in the stands.So if you miss a short putt this week, you are in good company!last_img read more

Ha ha! OAP Man United fan leading Red Devils singing in pub – AMAZING VIDEO

first_imgManchester United and Arsenal meet in the FA Cup this evening – live on talkSPORT from 7pm – and for both of these fallen giants it represents a potentially seismic match in their respective seasons.One thing is for certain though, both sets of fans will be in full voice and we’d bet that this Red Devils’ hero will be leading the chorus on the Stretford End.This top red definitely got the United fans fired-up recently, as the video above shows.last_img