Hall to support global nonprofit

first_imgRyan Hall will host a 5-on-5 wheelchair basketball tournament tomorrow afternoon to support the Wheelchair Foundation, an international nonprofit which distributes wheelchairs to those in need across the globe. Freshman Emily Voorde helped coordinate the event with Bookstore Basketball, SAO and other halls. Voorde, who uses a wheelchair, has played wheelchair basketball with a local team and helped sponsor a similar wheelchair basketball tournament at her high school. “I thought it would be a good event to raise awareness and funds for a good cause,” she said. Voorde said the rules for regular basketball still apply for the tournament. The hoops, courts and balls are the same size. The only rule change applies to dribbling, she said. Each player must dribble once for every two pushes of the chair. Voorde said people may need time to adjust to the game and will have a very different experience in this tournament than they have in others. “People have a lot of questions because it is not something they are familiar with,” Voorde said. Alick’s Home Medical donated 30 wheelchairs for the tournament. Voorde said she worked with the South Bend medical supply store when planning her high school’s wheelchair basketball tournament. Ryan president sophomore Alison Quinn said though the team first hoped to work with a local organization, many South Bend charities focusing on wheelchair distribution already had sponsors. Quinn said they were then drawn to the international mission of the Wheelchair Foundation. Quinn said she hopes to raise enough money to purchase at least one wheelchair, which costs $150. She also said she hopes the tournament encourages solidarity and deeper understanding among students. “It’s fun because you get to play basketball in a wheelchair, but it’s also demonstrative of what some people go through every day,” Quinn said. Students can enjoy free food and winners will receive prizes at the event, she said. Quinn said she hopes for a high level of student involvement and wants to make the tournament an annual event. “Given it’s our first year, we hope to get enough involvement [to continue the event] in future years,” Quinn said. Voorde said students should register to support the charity and have fun with friends. “It’s the same game, same ball, same rules, just on wheels. It’s really fun, and I think it will be a great experience,” Voorde said. To register for the tournament, visit www.nd.edu/~ryan and click on the wheelchair basketball logo. Registration is also available through the group’s Facebook page.last_img read more

SMC seniors to house pets

first_imgThis fall, Saint Mary’s seniors are not the only residents of Regina Hall South. The hall has opened its doors furry friends as well. Senior Mara Scott, who lives in Regina South, said is thrilled to be able to spend more quality time with her cat, Oonaugh, who is named after an Irish Celtic goddess. “At first I was planning on living in another dorm,” Scott said. “But once I heard Regina South was allowing pets to live in rooms, I was hooked. I knew I wanted to live in Regina South.” Scott adopted Oonaugh from the Humane Society in January when the organization was waiving adoption fees. “I own cats and rabbits at home, so having a pet all on my own was something that I really wanted and really looked forward to,” Scott said. “Oonaugh has really warmed up to me since her adoption, and she will be a great companion while we are away from home at Saint Mary’s.” Senior Regina South resident Jess Gambill adopted a miniature pinscher from Pet Refuge when she moved into the residence hall. “His name is Spencer, and I had been searching all summer for a perfect dog like him,” Gambill said. “He is about 10 years old, and he will be arriving at Saint Mary’s sometime next week.” Gambill said Spencer’s training and good behavior would make him the perfect pet for dorm life in Regina South. “I instantly fell in love with Spencer,” Gambill said. “This will be a great experience for all of us living in the dorms with our own pets. More responsibility is a good thing for seniors to take on.” Five cats and three dogs now reside on several floors of Regina South, resident advisor Autumn Nelson said. “The students were required to register their pets before moving in,” Nelson said. “They also had to register them with the county.” A veterinarian from the Morris Animal Hospital is also working with the residents of Regina South, Nelson said. “At first I was worried about smells and noises coming from the newest residents to Regina, but so far it has been smooth sailing,” Nelson said. “I can definitely tell that the animals will adapt to dorm living pretty quickly.” Scott said she is also pleased with how the transition is going with the pets in the dorm. “By showing the College and the students on campus that living with pets is beneficial to us and our pets, I believe that more students will want to live in Regina South with their pets in the years to come,” Scott said. As Gambill waited for Spencer to move into Regina South as well, she agreed the hall’s new policy has been a good one so far. “Everyone on campus has been so supportive of pets being allowed to live here,” Gambill said. “It’s a truly great feeling knowing you will have someone you can count on to be there when you get back to your dorm everyday.”last_img read more

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

Called to serve’

first_imgAfter 70 years, University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh finally realized his dream of becoming a chaplain in the United States Navy. Rear Admiral Mark Tidd, chief of chaplains for the United States Navy, designated Hesburgh an honorary naval chaplain in a special ceremony Wednesday night in the Carey Auditorium of the Hesburgh Library. Captain Earl Carter, commanding officer of Notre Dame’s Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), said the “well-deserved and significant” event was about honoring Hesburgh for his leadership and life-long legacy of service. “Today we honor this selfless leader who has done so much for so many,” Carter said. In awarding Hesburgh, Tidd said he could think of no one who better exemplified the navy chaplain motto “vocati ad servitium,” or “called to serve.” “The Latin words on the naval chaplain corps seal are translated ‘called to serve,’” Tidd said. “In my mind there is no one more deserving to be named an honorary naval chaplain than someone who has answered the call to serve our nation, the call to serve the world, and the call to serve God.” “Fr. Hesburgh, I am humbled to be able to declare: you are an honorary navy chaplain.” Hesburgh said he was touched by the honor, and both he and the University would continue to cherish a connection with the U.S. Navy. “I can’t tell you how much I am touched to be honored by my Navy brothers. … The Navy is welcome at Notre Dame,” Hesburgh said. “Notre Dame is better because we’ve had the Navy here as long as we’ve had ROTC. “I can feel even closer to our Naval ROTC students now that I am an officer in the navy. I will continue to serve our navy and country in every way possible. Anchors away.” Tidd said although Hesburgh wanted to be a Navy chaplain ever since he was ordained in 1943, his path to chaplaincy was very indirect. “He took the long way around to becoming a navy chaplain,” Tidd said. Hesburgh said he was forced to set aside his desire to serve as a Navy chaplain in obedience to his vows as a member of the Congregation of Holy Cross. He instead obtained advanced degrees in and taught theology. Tidd said the inspiration to make Hesburgh’s dream come true all these years later began with Naval chaplain Fr. Bill Dorwart. Tidd said Hesburgh encouraged Dorwart, a member of Holy Cross, to become a Navy chaplain. He said it was Dorwart who then brought Hesburgh’s dream to Tidd’s attention and who suggested the possibility of making Hesburgh an honorary chaplain. Tidd said he was in favor of the idea, especially since he had met Hesburgh aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. “I thought it was a great idea. I had personally met him aboard the Theodore Roosevelt and knew about his commitment to serving our Navy and Marines,” Tidd said. “Fr. Hesburgh has had a strategic impact on our nation. He has also had a personal impact on many people, including Fr. Dorwart.” Reflecting on the ceremony, Carter said he was glad Hesburgh received the honor and that Notre Dame’s Navy ROTC battalion could benefit from Hesburgh’s example. “I thought it was a faithful tribute to a very, very deserving leader,” Carter said. “I’m honored we were able to do the presentation in front of our battalion of midshipmen, since Fr. Hesburgh’s selfless service to the nation provides them with such a shining example as they look forward to their naval careers.” Tidd said the ceremony reflected both Hesburgh’s and the University’s history with the U.S. Navy. “It was a great way to celebrate his long connection to the navy and Notre Dame’s long connection to the navy,” he said. Sophomore midshipman Sam Hyder said the ceremony seemed to bring Hesburgh’s career back to where it had begun. “I thought it was pretty full circle for Fr. Hesburgh’s career that when he started as a priest he wanted to be a chaplain and now he is one,” he said. “I thought it was impressive he was faithful to both the Navy and Holy Cross.” Sophomore midshipman Kate Privateer said she was happy to be part of a ceremony honoring Hesburgh and to know about Hesburgh’s appreciation for the organization granting him the honor. “I’m really glad I could be part of a ceremony for Fr. Hesburgh because of what he has done for our country and for our ROTC battalion,” she said. “It’s great he could be honored by an organization he cares so much about.” Junior midshipman Murphy Lester said it was overwhelming to witness the ceremony. “I think there are so few people who have done so much to shape our nation and our University,” he said. “To be able to be here for this, to say I was there when they made Fr. Hesburgh a chaplain, is unbelievable. It’s beyond words.” Contact Christian Myers at [email protected]last_img read more

NDFS provides new food options

first_imgSay goodbye to Greenfields and Irish Ink and welcome Au Bon Pain Express, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Starbucks Coffee and a new catering service offered by Notre Dame Food Services this school year.Greenfields, the cafe formerly located in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies, ceased operations Aug. 22, associate director of Retail Food Service Operations Mark King said. An Au Bon Pain (ABP) Express will take over the location at the end of this month, following minor renovations. The location will offer many of the same pre-packaged sandwiches, salads and fresh pastries available in the Hesburgh library branch and the hours — 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays — will remain the same.“The Greenfields change was in response to continuing declining customer transactions and a change in patron dining patterns over a number of years,” director of Notre Dame Food Services, Chris Abayasinghe, said.Some students were excited about the expansion of ABP but voiced their disappointment at the loss of Greenfields.“Greenfields offered diversity in food to campus, and although I like ABP, Greenfields will be sorely missed,” junior Laura LeBrun said.“The best grilled cheese on campus is now gone,” junior Lisa Wuertz added.The space that served as Greenfields’ kitchen area for 23 years will be converted for ABP catering, which will make a new catering menu available for campus events. Box lunches for events will be replaced by ABP bag lunches, Abayasinghe said. This change is in conjunction with the University’s launching of the Center for Culinary Excellence (CCE), which is set to release new catering menus on Monday.“We serve over 8,000 events per year, and a majority of these events were coming out of our kitchen at North Dining Hall,” Abayasinghe said. “The Catering program outgrew the infrastructure at NDH, and we made the investment at CCE after careful thought and review.”Food service changes also are underway at two locations of the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore. Einstein Bros. Bagels will replace Irish Ink in the campus bookstore with an expected opening date of Nov. 10, Abayasinghe said. Renovation of the space is scheduled to begin Oct. 20. When completed, the branch will offer a full menu, and its hours will align with those of the bookstore. David Werda, director of retail operations, hopes the brand’s popularity will bring new life to the store.The bookstore location on Eddy Street now includes a Starbucks Coffee, which opened Aug. 18. The branch includes a new full-service cafe with Notre Dame-themed decor.“We are looking at a retail study to review all of our restaurants on campus,” Abayasinghe said. “Stay tuned.”Tags: Au Bon Pain, Einstein Bros., Greenfields, Notre Dame Food Services, Starbuckslast_img read more

Students receive mobile tickets for football games

first_imgThis year, student season ticket holders received their tickets in emailed PDF-form, allowing them to access the tickets on mobile devices and making the distribution process more efficient, assistant athletics director for ticketing and technology Rob Kelly said.“For those who came back on campus at the end of the summer and beginning of the fall semester, to pick up your tickets, you’d have to wait in line,” Kelly said. “If you were a freshman, you’d have to wait in a very long line because you were not only picking up a student booklet, but you were also paying for it at the same time.”The weather during last year’s ticket distribution also played a role in the decision to issue mobile tickets, Kelly said.“Last year, students were out in the heat, sweating,” he said. “We were out there handing out bottles of water, the heat was so bad.”Kelly said an evaluation of the student ticketing process revealed an opportunity to streamline the sale and distribution of tickets.“[The evaluation] gave us the opportunity to really improve that process, and I think we gave some of that time back to freshmen during their first couple days of classes,” he said. “It also saved the rest of the student body a trip to the ticket office.”Mobile tickets also allow students to carry fewer items on game days, Kelly said.“When everybody has their phone on game day, now this is one less thing to worry about,” he said. “You don’t have to worry about leaving them in your dorm. If you’ve got your phone, you’ve got them with you.”The switch to mobile tickets is a response to the wider use of technology, Kelly said, since “mobile is the future.”“More and more students are living off of their phone, [so] this just made great sense,” he said. “We’ve taken from the challenge from our administration to be more technologically capable, to really change with the time where we can while still honoring tradition.”A growing number of schools, including the University of Michigan, are experimenting with mobile ticketing, said Kelly.“Last year, Michigan was one of just a handful, maybe 10 or 12 schools, that went mobile for their student body,” he said. “There’s something like 40 or more schools that are doing mobile ticketing, and we’re in that cohort now.”Kelly said students who still wish to have memorabilia from the 2014 football season will be able to order a commemorative ticket sheet at the end of the season.“We know tickets can be a very emotional experience for people, and that they can hold a lot of meaning and value even beyond the event,” he said. “So we received some feedback from a few individuals who put a high value on being able to have that ticket booklet and keep it as part of a collection. We did consider this in advance, and while we didn’t think it actually made sense to create a replica ticket booklet, we will provide for students to elect to receive a commemorative ticket sheet. It has the beautiful design of all the real iconic images of Notre Dame football and the University of Notre Dame on it.”Kelly said the use of the mobile tickets went smoothly this past weekend for the football game against Rice.“I think there’s always a learning curve. I think it’s fair to say that it was slightly slower,” he said. “I’m confident that’s going to go away the farther we get into the season, as everybody gets more familiar with the process, ushers and students alike.”Kelly said for future games, the ushers will be more rigorous about asking students to keep their phones out as they enter the seating sections after the gate.“When people get their tickets scanned at the gate, their natural inclination is to put your phone to sleep and stick your phone in your pocket,” he said. “I think that led to some challenges as people got to their seating section, it was a little more difficult to validate that you were in the section you were supposed to be in, unless the usher was actually asking to see your ticket.”Notre Dame students and fans can expect to see mobile tickets for other sports as well, Kelly said.“We’re learning a lot from this experience, and we’re really excited about the opportunity of potentially offering mobile as an option for other ticket holders, and if not in football, certainly in our other sports,” he said.Tags: football, Football tickets, season ticketslast_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

Students explore sustainable research, education opportunities

first_imgAny student who followed the green footprints in LaFortune Student Center ended up at this year’s Sustainability Undergraduate Research and Education Expo hosted by the Campus Coalition on Research and Education for Sustainability (CREST). This is the third annual event for the coalition, made up of the Environmental Change Initiative, the John J. Reilly Center, the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy) and the sustainability minor, through which students found various opportunities for getting involved with sustainability on campus. Emma Farnan | The Observer “We hope students can get a better understanding of sustainable practices across campus,” managing director of ND Energy Ginger Sigmon said. As a result, the Expo brought together groups and organizations dealing with research, education, outreach, internships and resources, according to Sigmon. While most groups are Notre Dame-affiliated, there are a few external groups. This variety attracts students with all types of interests, she said. Freshman political science major Bennett Rogers attended the Expo to gather information, as he is looking into a minor in sustainability.“I want to do farm law,” Rogers said. “It’s my dream. I think it is important for me to have a background in sustainability, especially if I am going to work with farmers in the future.”Freshman Tommy Jegier said he came to the Expo because he is looking into a minor in energy studies, and because he was inspired by his earth focus class to learn more about sustainability.“I’m here because I’m passionate about helping the environment and getting involved,” he said. “This was a great place to get information.”According to sophomore Student Energy Board member Tansy Wang, students are encouraged to look at ways to be sustainable outside of research. Wang said the Board aims to emphasize ways to get involved with sustainability and to make renewable energy more of a prominent resolution.Rachel Novick, director of the minor in sustainability, said the minor, which has a mix of students that represent a good make-up of Notre Dame students, is a good resource for students to learn more about sustainability and renewable energy.“The goal of the sustainability minor is to have students develop as leaders and make change in whatever field they go into,” she said. Tags: Campus Coalition on Research and Education for Sustainability, CREST, ND Energy, sustainability, Sustainability Undergraduate Research and Education Expolast_img read more

Senate meets with officials, discusses GreeNDot proposal

first_imgIn a meeting last night in the Lafortune Student Center, the Notre Dame student senate met with Club Coordination Council (CCC) chair Jordan Isner to discuss CCC fund allocation and expenses. It was the first meeting between the two organizations since legislation was passed mandating CCC leadership meet with the senate at least once a semester.Isner, a senior, explained to the senate the function of the CCC, the process by which it allocates funds to clubs, how it decides which clubs receive cuts or support, how it reallocates funds during the winter and spring, alternative methods to funding clubs, the six types of clubs and the percent of expenses for clubs covered by the Student Union. Per Isner’s presentation, about 16% of clubs’ total expenses are covered by assistance from CCC funds, as compared to the 31% to 100% of expenses covered by the Student Union for the various student councils, Student Union Board and other student government organizations. The next slide revealed clubs receive 40% of all funds while the student government received 58% of all funds.Isner explained to the senators at the meeting the 40% figure marked a 3% increase from last year due to legislation passed in the spring, and a substantial amount of CCC’s funds go towards club sports. These facts and figures prompted a discussion as to whether or not clubs should be appropriated more money. Arguments amongst the senators primarily centered on the number of students these clubs catered towards, whether some of the more expensive clubs such as Men’s Rowing warranted their allocation of funds and other questions addressed toward Isner.“I was happy to get to talk to senate about how the spring allocation process went last spring,” Isner said after the meeting. “I think it’s important that the CCC remain as transparent as possible with the senate, and I look forward to working with the senate this semester to help clubs as much as possible.”Once debate had closed on the CCC presentation, the topic of next week’s meeting with the student union treasurer, senior Christine Arcoleo, was briefly mentioned. She is representing the Financial Management Board who allocates the previously mentioned 58% of funds for student government.“For next week, I’m excited to explain to the senate how the Financial Management Board allocates money to the various student union organizations,” Arcoleo said after the meeting, “It will be beneficial for us to have a debate discussing the discrepancies between the CCC’s funding and the student union organization’s funding.”The next topic of the night was a new resolution S01920-16, which is currently in committee. The resolution would seek to require that “all officials, elected and appointed, enumerated in [the Constitution of the Undergraduate Student Body] must complete a violence prevention training course as recommended by the University’s Gender Relations Center.” GreeNDot is the current recommended program.The resolution has not passed. Debate on the bill primarily focused on the usage of the word “must” as opposed to “should,” and potential ramifications to leaders who miss the established deadline. The usage of the word “must” would require punishments to those non-compliant, and “should” makes the resolution highly recommended but not actually required. Other concerns were about how many students would now need to be certified and when to schedule the course.Senators mentioned explicitly the offices this change would impact include: student body elected officials; the executive cabinet; class council elected officers but not members; Hall President Council’s chairs, presidents and vice presidents; CCC officers but not members; Judicial Council president and vice president but not subordinate members; freshman and hall representatives; all of Freshman Class Council and all of Financial Management Board. There are potentially other offices this would affect as well.Student body vice president Patrick McGuire, a junior, supported passing the resolution once it had gone back through constitutional committee to update the wording of the resolution. “I think having student leaders who are really visible being GreeNDot certified is a great way to have a very visible presence of violence prevention on campus,” McGuire said after the meeting.In an update from last week, student leaders from Notre Dame, Holy Cross and Saint Mary’s met to discuss potential replacements for the recently-cancelled Midnight Express. The two main ideas floated was a subsidized ride sharing plan through Lyft or Uber, and a replacement shuttle owned by the University.Finally, the senate will be meeting in two weeks with Notre Dame Police Chief Keri Kei Shibata and associate vice president for residential life Heather Rakoczy Russell to discuss the changes to ID card access. The student government will also be hosting its student government “First Year Bonanza” this Sunday.Tags: Club Coordination Council, Financial Management Board, greeNDot, Midnight Express, Notre Dame Student Government, Senatelast_img read more

Cuomo Tells Trump To Admit He Was Wrong About COVID Virus

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) ALBANY — “President Donald Trump should admit to the nation that he was wrong from day one about the COVID-19 virus.” That’s one of the messages Gov. Andrew Cuomo offered during his press conference this week.States that opened too soon are now rolling back reopening initiatives in the face of rising infectious rates, Cuomo said, blaming Trump for not taking the virus seriously.“Look what’s going on around this nation and these are facts, not editorial comment, these are facts,” Cuomo said.Many states were in denial about opening too soon, he said. “Now they’re singing a different tune. I said if you reopen too fast, you’re going to have to re-close. States are now having to roll back their reopening. The buck stops on the President of the United States. In this state, the buck stops on my desk. I’m the governor.”Trump was “in denial of the COVID Virus from day one.”“You know what’s funny in this country, sometimes when the president speaks, even when the president is Trump, some people listen,” Cuomo said.Not wearing masks at rallies is the wrong message to send to American citizens, the governor added, admonishing Trump to start wearing a mask.“What signal does that bring to the American people,” he asked. “He denied the reality of the virus. well you know what Mr. President, reality wins every time. You don’t defeat reality. He has been denying the facts from day one. He denied what his own CDC said.”“Now the country is suffering because of the president and it’s time for him to change course. When you’re in a hole, stop digging. Admit the threat op this virus, admit you were wrong. Everybody knows you were wrong. It doesn’t cost you anything. Put a mask on it. Next time you’re smiling at the camera, put a mask on it Mr. President.”last_img read more