Month: January 2021

Survivor discusses past abuse

first_imgVictimologist and educator Tena Dellaca-Hedrick delivered her speech, “Turning Passion into Purpose” as part of a co-sponsored event held by Saint Mary’s Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) and the Cross Currents Program’s Collegiate Speaker Series. Through audience participation activities, Dellaca-Hedrick helped students, faculty and community members develop a sense of self. However, by helping the audience find themselves, Dellaca-Hedrick also helped them discover the power of life experiences and the empowering nature of community. As a victimologist, Dellaca-Hedrick deals with patients of domestic and sexual abuse. While Dellaca-Hedrick works with victims as part of her job, she herself was also a victim of sexual abuse. However, she said she decided not to dwell on her own victim stories. Rather, she discussed how stories of victimization can change into empowering ones of survival. With one exercise showcasing how ‘victim’ and ‘survivor’ are defined by different terms, Dellaca-Hedrick demonstrated even with good intentions, we view victims in a negative way. “Victims of sexual assault die the day they are victimized … then they are re-born,” Dellaca-Hedrick said. Dellaca-Hedrick had the audience describe her based on first impressions. The audience described her in words detailing her race, sex, marital status, religion and age, among other things. After compiling a list, Dellaca-Hedrick went through proving why three of the five adjectives were false. She said each and every aspect of a person’s character contributes to a person’s identity in a vital way. “What you see on first glance can re-victimize a person by assuming something about a person,” Dellaca-Hedrick said. “Even from the best intentions, we make assumptions about people … by making assumptions about our friends and family, we can hurt them too.” Dellaca-Hedrick told the audience that all were survivors, who had experienced some event in their lives that has impacted us directly and changed their identity. “Anybody who feels they haven’t survived something, I would like to meet you,” she said. Despite her own experience of abuse, Dellaca-Hedrick said she would not change anything about her life. She said her background led her to travel the world and meet and help people. “Every experience, whether pleasurable or painful, is a gift … and has led us to where we are today,” Dellaca-Hedrick said. “It’s what we make of that gift that is up to us.” At work, Dellaca-Hedrick said she helps her clients find their own internal power and strength. Therefore, Dellaca-Hedrick urged the audience to find themselves, claiming “education is not the only stepping stone to where you want to go.” Instead, she claimed, it is personal experience that makes people who they are. “Academia is the icing on the cake, but the cake — your cake — is meaningful,” Dellaca-Hedrick said. As part of enriching that cake, she asked the audience to create personal goals and put them into action. As her last activity, she made audience members change positions in the room and actually go through another person’s purse. She then asked for volunteers to tell how they felt. ‘Nervous,’ ‘exposed,’ ‘exploited’ and ‘uncomfortable’ were all words used to describe the experience. Those were all the emotions she said victims feel when telling their story. By recognizing that everyone has felt this way at some point in their lives, she said they can better relate to our peers. Jacqualyn Zupancic, a junior, said she felt a sense of community she felt after the lecture. “[The lecture] brings unity. I now know that I’m not alone,” Zupancic said. “People over and over again will face the same things I’m going through.”last_img read more

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Student government discusses Four Loko

first_imgThe University will investigate the dangers of alcoholic energy drinks like Four Loko, a caffeinated, alcoholic beverage with 12 percent alcohol content, and discuss whether banning such drinks from campus would be the right move, a University representative said at Monday’s Campus Life Council (CLC) meeting. Assistant vice president for Student Affairs Brian Coughlin asked council members to participate in the committee that will decide how to handle Four Loko on campus. “We do not want to make this decision in a vacuum,” Coughlin said. “We want to have conversations about what is the best step for the University of Notre Dame and what is best for our students.” The committee would discuss how to educate students about the dangers of a drink like Four Loko and whether a ban on the product would be right for Notre Dame’s campus. Coughlin said the mixture of alcohol with caffeine makes alcoholic energy drinks like Four Loko particularly dangerous to students. Students over the legal drinking age of 21 may possess or consume drinks of less than 14 percent alcohol content in residence halls, and hard alcohol is banned from dorms, according to the student handbook, du Lac. “Technically Four Loko falls within the parameters of our alcohol policy for students over 21,” Coughlin said. “Right now the allowing [of] the drink goes on a hall-by-hall basis where each rector decides.” But Coughlin said the University’s interest in researching the effects of Four Loko was sparked by recent incidents on campus. “This was born out of a high number of ambulance runs in the past few weeks,” he said. “The uptick of hospitalization was a catalyst for this conversation.” Several universities and state governments banned Four Loko as the risks of the drink became apparent, he said. Rectors on the council said they saw these dangers in their dorms as well. Stanford rector Fr. Tom Gaughan said his hall staff put out a word of caution to their students when he first learned about the product Four Loko. “To put a stimulant and a depressant in your body at the same time is a health risk,” Gaughan said. “And despite our efforts to warn students it has not deterred appearances in the halls.” Council members debated whether a ban would only increase interest instead of preventing students from drinking Four Loko. Student body vice president Andrew Bell said students looking to experience alcohol to an extreme would be drawn even more to Four Loko after a ban. “If something like this is banned, it is banned because it is dangerous,” Bell said. “As a side effect, because it is banned, people might do it more behind closed doors.” Educating students on the health risks of Four Loko will be a focus on campus whether or not the product is banned, Coughlin said. “I would hope that whatever the committee decides to do as police is not the end of the story,” Gaughan said. “That is one part of the story, but the other part is ongoing education.” The committee is unsure about whether the drink will be banned but will consider all the options, Coughlin said. “Ultimately we are going to make the best decision we can for the health and safety of the student body,” Coughlin said.last_img read more

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Game Day Parking helps fans find open lots

first_imgSouth Bend residents Celeste and John Ross are working to make football gameday a more enjoyable experience for both football fans and local traffic. Ross and her husband, a 2003 graduate of the Notre Dame Law School, created the Game Day Parking App in 2011. The app allows iPhone users to directly access information on available parking spots during gamedays. The couple thought of the app at the beginning of the football season last year when they went to Michigan State for a game, Celeste Ross said. As they drove around the parking lots in search of an empty spot, they noticed the parking seemed very restrictive. “My husband … said, ‘It would be really nice as a guest if I knew where to go and where to park,’ ” Celeste Ross said. “That happened a couple of other times in a couple of other places and the result of that was thinking, “I wonder if there’s an app out there that … tells me where I could go for football parking.”After some research, they discovered there was no such app and decided to create their own, Celeste Ross said. The app is currently only available for iPhone users and can be accessed at Notre Dame, the University of Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue. “With the goal of making the football gameday experience better for fans, you, through the app, can choose where you want to park around the stadium,” Celeste Ross said. “So if you are on the east side [of the stadium], the app will pull up all the non-reserved parking in that area.” The app also allows users to factor in price and distance to the stadium when looking for a parking spot. It provides specific information on certain parking areas, such as how many parking spaces are available, how many restrooms there are and if tailgating is allowed. “Once you decide where you want to go, [the app] will give you turn-by-turn directions from wherever you are to that parking space,” Celeste Ross said. The couple hopes to expand their app to other smartphones, such as Droids, in the future, she said. Although she and her husband themselves do not attend every Notre Dame football game throughout the season, the app is still useful when they have guests, Celeste Ross said. “We have a lot of friends coming into to town who have always … asked, “Where do we park?” she said. “We were always drawing maps or trying to explain … but now we can direct them to this app and they have a choice of parking.” For more information, visit www.gamedayparkingapp.com. Contact Sarah McCarthy at  [email protected]last_img read more

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Seniors seek opportunities to serve

first_imgFor seniors networking with representatives from national and international service programs Wednesday night at the Post-Graduate Service Fair, volunteer work after graduation can be more than a “year off.” Michael Hebbeler, director for student leadership and senior transitions at the CSC, said the fair, hosted by the Center for Social Concerns (CSC) in the Joyce Center, offered another option for students looking for jobs from every college. “It’s a full-time job,” Hebbeler said. “It’s a misconception that it’s a year off and you’re kind of volunteering here and there. [The programs] are looking for students in all disciplines, there is accounting work to be done, there’s environmental work to be done, there’s counseling [and] education. Students of all majors should be able to find something that fits their skill set, their passions.” Hebbeler was the conduit between the graduate service world and the student body. He said the fair was primarily for seniors looking for opportunities to serve after graduatioy. “[There are] post-graduate opportunities ranging from health care to education to ministry,” Hebbeler said. “In the programs, [you’re] living in community, living simply, living on a small stipend, but engaged in work that promotes the common good that really carries out the mission of the University in a very direct way.” He said the international and large programs are the most competitive for applicants. The full-time positions range from small stipends to salaries, and from living in community to living alone, he said. “But all of the organizations are focused on work of peace and justice in a very direct way,” Hebbeler said. “We welcome all these programs, There are bigger programs, [such as] Teach for America, [Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE)], Peace Corps, and we also really value the small programs who do very good work in their smaller communities.” He said the fair benefited students looking for a variety of choices. “There’s something for everybody,” he said. You can find your niche, the community you want to live with, the work you want to do, whether you want a large program or a small program.” Volunteers typically commit one to two years to work 40 or more hours per week, Hebbeler said. He said the time spent serving others guides students as they discern their skillsets in the community and in the business world. “Students find themselves,” he said. “They mature, they grow in wisdom, they grow in skill set and they are more marketable for jobs after this or applying to grad school. Oftentimes this experience makes them a better and more competitive applicant. Of course we don’t promote it for the resume, but practically speaking it does help.” The programs intend to help students serve outside of their comfort zone, he said. “In the end, the real intention is students wanting to live out the mission of the University in a direct and fulfilling way, in relationship with other populations that will stretch them,” Hebbeler said. “These are oftentimes not comfortable positions, but because of that they will grow.”last_img read more

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French professor wins Sheedy Award

first_imgProfessor Julia Douthwaite, professor of French and Francophone Studies, has earned the 2013 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award for her dedication to undergraduate students, the University stated in a press release on Oct. 16. The Sheedy Award is given to a professor in the College of Arts and Letters each year to recognize the amazing work they do in a number of areas, including research, innovation, and perhaps most importantly, in classroom instruction, the report stated. As a general reaction, Professor Douthwaite said she was surprised and honored to receive the award.  “My students consider me a hard teacher, so part of me was surprised that I was selected,” Douthwaite said.   “I make sure that every day is a special day – every day is a really exciting day for the class. I try to ensure that our discussions are intense, and so the students and the instructor must be thoroughly prepared.” In her fall semester course titled “Art of Interpretation: Paris,” Douthwaite said she is focusing on teaching her students to refine their analytical skills in a text-based class. In another fall course, “Advanced Composition: Art of Writing,” she said proper French grammar and writing is essential.  “I am real tough on my students in their writing. I think this is a result of the way that I approach my own writing,” Douthwaite said. “My standards for my students are as high as the standards for myself. I want to give them the opportunity to really improve.” As part of her own writing, Douthwaite said she has recently translated her own book on 18th century France into French, which is entitled “The Frankenstein of 1790 and Other Lost Chapters from Revolutionary France.” Douthwaite said she works on her writing year round, though she places her priority on teaching during the academic year. Douthwaite’s research interests, taken into consideration in her reception of the Sheedy Award, involve 18th century France. Her focus was fine-tuned during her years of study, in which she said she was impacted by many great instructors of her own. “I wrote an article on why I became a dix-huitiémiste – a person who studies 18th century France – and had the opportunity to thank some wonderful instructors, three of whom taught me at the undergraduate level,” Douthwaite said. Important to Douthwaite are the stories that her professors told, which inspire her form of teaching today.  “Telling great stories through teaching is what I think it’s really all about,” Douthwaite said. On Dec. 12, Douthwaite will be officially presented with her Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award in McKenna Hall at 3:30 p.m.  While the real honor has already been bestowed through the recognition of the work that she does each day, Douthwaite said she is excited for the ceremony. “Being recognized for teaching is really amazing. There are so many professors who teach as well as if not better than I do,” Douthwaite said. Contact Charlie Ducey at [email protected]last_img read more

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Saint Mary’s club promotes dialogue through literature, writing

first_imgThough the Saint Mary’s English Club learns from its past, lives in the present and plans for the future, no tense situations arise as members share their love for reading and writing. Sophomore secretary Riley Harber said she enjoys expressing her love for literature outside of the classroom.“I always value being a Saint Mary’s student just because I’m surrounded by so many wonderful people,” Harber said. “To be able to meet regularly in an environment with people like that and to talk about something that I love is just absolutely fantastic.”Senior Sam Castaneda, who serves as president of the Saint Mary’s chapter of the International English Honor Society within the English Club, said the purpose of English Club is consistent with the College’s core values.“Saint Mary’s is a liberal arts school that really emphasizes learning different areas, and it places a great emphasis on writing and on English [literature],” she said. “English [literature] brings people together, no matter the political stance or racial background. It unites people together.”The club provides students with opportunities to converse with like-minded peers while growing in knowledge, according to Harber.“They say ‘A book is a window to the soul,’ so it’s not only a way to learn about other people around you and to build your worldview, but it also creates the opportunity for a dialogue,” she said. “If two people read the same book, they talk about it and bounce their ideas off one another. They both come out of it with something new.”English Club sparks dialogue about acclaimed literature, while also giving students an outlet to share their work and hear from others, according to Castaneda.“It brings people from various backgrounds to one room to talk about literature and poetry from diverse writers,” Castaneda said. “Everyone gets to share ideas. Everyone is truly collaborating to … add on to that interesting conversation.”Harber said the club plans to implement several new features this year, including creative writing workshops and book club meetings every two weeks.“This is putting us out there a little bit more, having somewhere people can go bimonthly,” she said. “At Saint Mary’s, where the focus is on developing the whole individual, us[ing] literature as a way to create dialogue helps formulate the whole person.” Harber said everyone should feel welcome to join the club, regardless of background or major, since diverse perspectives provide members with new insights.“You have people who spend their whole student lives at the moment studying and analyzing and reading, and to be able to break away from that, and get people who are into it because they really love reading and writing. … It’s fresh, and it’s new,” she said. “Literature not only entertains, but it teaches and informs. It helps people expand their horizons.”Harber said English Club enhances the Saint Mary’s community and even improves members’ critical reading and writing skills while celebrating literature.“The best writers are also good readers,” Harber said. “Not only does reading help expand your worldview, but it also helps you figure out how to put what you’ve learned and what you want to say out there concisely and in a way that other people can understand and be affected by.”Tags: Alpha Xi Eta, English club, English Honor Society, literature, saint mary’s, writing Castaneda said these English Club meetings will provide members with the opportunity to discuss their passions in a casual environment.“It’s not like a structured class,” Castaneda said. “It’s more like, ‘Oh, cool poem. Let’s read.’”Similarly, the Saint Mary’s branch of the English Honor Society, Alpha Xi Eta, is new this year, founded by Castaneda. She said she created the chapter after she realized how much the perks of membership would benefit qualified Saint Mary’s students. “[Alpha Xi Eta] provides internship opportunities, graduate school guidance and financial assistance to attend conferences,” she said. “It’s a way to test out how much of a writer you really are. It kind of pressures you to meet new people. You’re in a community where everyone is really dedicated to being writers.”last_img read more

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SCOP educates students about dangers of porn

first_imgIn order to spread awareness about the dangers of pornography, Students for Child Oriented Policy (SCOP) is hosting White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) Week. The initiative aims to inform students and faculty about the detrimental effects of pornography through a series of educational events.“We’re trying to look at the issue from several different vantage points for comprehensive coverage,” senior Shaun Evans, president of SCOP, said.Senior Tierney Vrdolyak, SCOP vice president, said the organization believes pornography is dehumanizing to both its consumers and the actors who produce it.Evans said the escalating nature of pornography causes people to “seek more extreme, often violent, abusive types of pornography,” over time. This may lead its consumers to have an increased inclination towards sexual assault, Evans said.Despite issues like these, pornography remains a little-talked about topic, Vrdolyak said.Vrdolyak identified this as a major reason why organizations like SCOP work to promote public discussion about pornography and how it influences society’s understanding of sexuality.She said SCOP hopes that in addition to educating about the harms of pornography, WRAP Week will provide a chance for those deeply affected by it to access help.“We want people to know there is a community who cares,” Vrdolyak said.WRAP Week kicked off on Sunday night with a prayer service in the Grotto. The service began with several readings, followed by a sermon by Fr. Terrence Ehrman and a chance for students to offer prayer intentions for further reflection.SCOP also handed out white ribbons and other WRAP Week resources outside Eck Hall on Monday morning to spread awareness about the program and its events.The initiative continues on Tuesday with “On Both Sides of the Screen”, a panel discussion featuring Crissy Moran, a former pornography actress, and Tray and Melody Lovvorn, a married couple who overcame previous struggles with pornography and seek to help others do the same.SCOP hopes sharing these stories will help students to “reflect on what pornography means for people in relationships,” Evans said.The panel will take place in DeBartolo Hall, Room 102 beginning at 5 p.m, and is open to the public.SCOP will also host a dinner presentation at Legends on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. with Ehrman. Ehrman will be discussing his latest book, “Man of God: Lessons to Young Men about Life, Sex, Friendship, Vocation and Loving with the Heart of Christ.”“The book seeks to instill virtue in young men and women affected by pornography,” Vrdolyak said.Thursday, Jess Keating and Brett Robinson, both representatives from the McGrath Institute for Church Life, will host a lecture on hypersexualization in the media. Evans said the lecture will address how the normalization of sexual content in media affects the public perception of sexuality.WRAP week concludes on Friday with a petition signing calling for Notre Dame to apply WiFi filters restricting access to pornography websites on campus.Evans said because Notre Dame’s internet is the means through which pornography is accessed on campus, the University is indirectly responsible for the negative effects it has upon the students who view it.Vrdolyak added that, as a virtue-conscience univeristy, restricting access to pornographic websites would allow Notre Dame to take a public stance against pornography’s deteriorating effect on individuals’ character.The petition signing takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside both dining halls. The petition may also be reached at bit.ly/NDpornfilter.Tags: #SCOP, porn filter, pornographylast_img read more

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Saint Mary’s appoints new general counsel

first_imgNancy Nekvasil, the Interim President of Saint Mary’s College, has appointed attorney Martha “Marty” McCampbell to serve as the College’s general counsel effective Dec. 4, according to a press release. “[McCampbell] has a strong record of success throughout her diverse legal career,” Nekvasil said in the release. “With significant higher-education experience, she brings a wealth of knowledge about the industry that will make her a valuable addition to our leadership team.”Since June 7, the College has been searching for a new general counsel. Former College general counsel Cristal Brisco was appointed as magistrate for the St. Joseph Circuit Court and began serving in that role since July 16, according to a June press release. McCampbell most recently worked as deputy Title IX coordinator and director of diversity, equity and inclusion at Indiana University South Bend, according to the release. She also served as general counsel to Lincoln Memorial University, a private, liberal arts university in Tennessee from 2011 to 2015. McCampbell attended the University of Tennessee for both undergraduate and law school. McCampbell also served as trial counsel for the Knox County, Tenn. Law Director’s office. This role enabled her to serve as in-house counsel to Knox County Schools, “a district with 88 schools and nearly 60,000 students,” the release said.“I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the Saint Mary’s tradition of educating women with a sense of purpose and social responsibility,” McCampbell said in the release. “The values of community, faith and justice that infuse the College will be a continual source of inspiration.”Tags: general counsel, Nancy Nekvasil, Saint Mary’s Collegelast_img read more

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College hires new BAVO coordinator

first_imgSaint Mary’s hired Liz Coulston as the College’s new Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) coordinator, as announced in a press release Tuesday. Coulston will officially begin her position June 3. She previously held positions at the YWCA of West Central Michigan and the University of Texas School of Public Health.Interim President Nancy Nekvasil said in the release that she is looking forward to Coulston filling her new role at the College.“I am also very pleased that we have found someone with significant experience serving women, as this position is important to fully support our students in all areas including issues of sexual violence,” Nekvasil said.As the leader of BAVO, Coulston “will provide campus programming for students on sexual assault, intimate partner violence and stalking,” as stated in the press release, as well as assist in promoting the President’s Taskforce on Sexual Violence.The position that Coulston will be filling had been empty since last summer.Tags: BAVO, Liz Coulston, Nancy Nekvasil, saint mary’slast_img read more

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University to launch surveillance testing Friday

first_imgSurveillance testing on the Notre Dame student body will begin Friday, an email from the University COVID-19 Response Unit said Thursday.“Surveillance testing involves testing a random selection of people from across campus to identify asymptomatic and presymptomatic individuals and help avert potential outbreaks before they occur,” the email said.If a student is randomly selected to be tested, they will receive a text message the day prior to their appointment informing them of the date and time they should report to the University Testing Center (UTC). Once at the UTC, students will be directed to a line specifically marked for surveillance. Afterward, students are to return to their housing unit and await test results.Students who test positive are required to contact the COVID-19 Response Unit.Faculty and staff will be included in surveillance testing after the program is launched.Tags: covid response unit, surveillance testing, university testing centerlast_img read more

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Students share thoughts on new outdoor seating area at Saint Mary’s

first_imgGenevieve Coleman | The Observer Outside Le Mans Hall and Moreau Center for the Arts, the College’s new outdoor seating offers students a recreational gathering space.In an email sent last week, Saint Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA) announced the availability of a new outdoor area between Le Mans Hall and Moreau Center for the Arts would be available for student use.The space is complete with decorated tables, patio chairs and lights strung through the surrounding trees.According to another email, SGA will host its first event “Mugs Under the Moon” at the new site Friday at 7 p.m., offering students warm beverages and reusable mugs.Belles have been using the area throughout the week and reacted to the new gathering area.Sophomore Bella Burke praised the new on-campus location.“I really like what [SGA] has done with the place,” Burke said. “The seating arrangements and lights have definitely added to the quarantine mood.”Burke said she also enjoys the variety of things she can do in the space.“I definitely find myself out here a lot more — doing homework, getting stuff done,” Burke said. “It is also nice getting dinner with friends when it’s dark out and the lights are pretty.”Junior Lauren Bock likes having a new space to study and eat outdoors.“I like it a lot,” Bock said. “I think it’s a good space for eating while it’s nice outside. I really like studying with the lights. It’s just a very nice place to be able to sit, and I’m glad [SGA was] able to make it happen.”Sophomore Elnora Mariner said she enjoys the opportunity to explore campus in a safe way during the COVID-19 pandemic.“I think it’s a great way to getting us out of our rooms and onto campus,” Mariner said. “I [prefer this] than being cooped up in your room. … [It’s] kind of restoring normalcy in a way.”Sophomore Moira Boyle is pleased with the space, citing her improved concentration while studying outside.“I love [the area],” she said. “I love studying outside. I feel like it’s more relaxing. I can focus better. So, I really like the space [SGA] set up. I really enjoy it out here.”Boyle said she would also be interested in movie screening events in the space.“I know Notre Dame does movie nights at the football stadium, so if there was a way to have something out here like with [the Christian Culture Lecture], that would be fun,” she said.First year Hayley Helt supports the new space as it gives her a quiet place to go on campus.“I like it a lot,” Helt said. “It’s really pretty with the lights, and it’s just very peaceful. I see that we just got fireplaces, so that’s pretty cool. I’m very excited for that. It’s really relaxing and nice that you can just come out here and sit and do your homework. It’s very quiet and serene. I like it a lot.”First year Gretchen Brauer said she is excited about the chance to be outdoors during favorable weather.“It’s better than sitting in your dorm or in a study carrell,” Brauer said. “You get to take in the nice weather and the WiFi actually works out here.”First year Rachel Tapealava-Boulger likes the peaceful environment the space provides.“It really aesthetic and quite pleasing and relaxing,” she said. “The lights are my favorite part.”Tapealava-Boulger said she hopes the area will host more outdoor events.“It would be nice to use this space to host a book club or somewhere to come and play music at,” she said.Sophomore Sam Swanson said she is proud of SGA’s execution of the space.“My room looks right out on it, and it’s super cute, especially at night,” Swanson said. “Whenever I look out, there’s always people there. It’s just a really great idea amidst this pandemic for people to hang out outside with their friends while being distanced.”Tags: ambiance space, ND Student Section, Saint Mary’s SGA, student spaces After the positive feedback garnered from Notre Dame’s outdoor sitting area Library Lawn, Saint Mary’s responded by providing a similar spot for students to gather.last_img read more

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Officials Give Friday COVID-19 Update

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),Why aren’t people in Western New York being tested under the same protocols as NYC? Photo: CDCJAMESTOWN – Thirty-four people are now under a ‘precautionary quarantine’ in Chautauqua County, according to data released by officials Friday afternoon.So far, there remains no confirmed cases of the novel Coronavirus in the county.Officials recommend that all county physicians and hospitals notify the Chautauqua County Health Department when a COVID-19 test is performed, but cannot assure that they have record of every test that has been performed in the county.“What we can be assured of, through the NYS electronic reporting system, is the number of confirmed tests – 0 in Chautauqua County,” officials said. The Chautauqua County COVID-19 Response team continues to meet daily to evaluate and respond to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation.This team is made up of local Public Health and Emergency Response professionals. Testing supplies are in very limited supply and only those hospitalized or very sick should be tested at this time.It is not being recommended that individuals without symptoms of respiratory illness or those with mild or moderate symptoms be tested for COVID-19 at this time; testing will not change treatment recommendations. If you feel sick, stay home. Call your health care provider for advice.Officials stress the importance of following the precautionary guidelines and social gathering regulations:Wash your hands (for 20 seconds) often throughout the dayCover your cough and sneezesAvoid close contact with others (6 feet)Stay homeIf you have COVID-19 symptoms – fever, cough, shortness of breath – stay home.  You can manage your respiratory symptoms at home.Monitor your symptoms. If your symptoms get worse, call your healthcare provider.  They will instruct you.  DO NOT call 911 or visit the ER unless you have a life-threatening emergency.Get rest and stay hydrated.Cover your cough and sneezes.Wash your hands often.Stay away from other people in your home.Avoid sharing personal items like dishes, towels, and bedding.Clean all surfaces that are touched often.If you need answers to specific COVID-19 questions, check this list and find the agency who can best answer your questions:Chautauqua County Public Health COVID-19 Hotline 866-604-6789New York State Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline 888-364-3065 (24/7)Adult Protective Services/CASA 716-753-4447Business Questions – call CCIDA Offices at 716-661-8900Child Abuse Registry 1-800-342-3720 (24/7)Child Care Assistance 716-753-4192Child Support  716-753-4555 or email [email protected] (Heat assistance) call  716-753-4385Meals Assistance contact NY Connects at 716-753-4582, 716-363-4582 or 716-661-7582Mental Health Crisis Hotline 800-724-0461 (24/7)Office for the Aging Services  Call NY Connects 716-753-4582Temporary Assistance/SNAP 716-661-8200Need something else?  Contact “211” 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Dial 2-1-1 or 888-696-9211 or visit their website at www.211wny.orgJamestown Public Schools also released an update Friday:School Meals“Grab and Go” meals will continue to be available at all three middle schools & Jamestown High School Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.Almost 1,000 meals served today to JPS students and families.This week, we have provided 3,770 meals to our students and our families.ChildcareOur Jamestown community childcare program still has spaces available. Priority will be given to parents who work in healthcare, public safety, and first responders. If you have a child age 3 to 11 and are in need of childcare, please reach out to [email protected] and or call 716-203-1539 for information.Learning at HomeThe district would love to see photographs and videos of children learning at home. Please send your photos/videos to [email protected] to possibly be featured on JPS social media.If a high school student needs a Chromebook or iPad, please reach out to the JHS main office at 483-3470 to ask about our device loan program. If a student needs technical support for their device, please send an email to [email protected] has canceled all 2019-20 state assessments, including: ELA, Grades 3-8, Math, Grades 3-8, Science, Grades 4 & 8, NYSESLAT and NYSAA. We do not yet know whether Regents exams will be canceled.Officials have also learned that AP exams will be offered online. More detailed information will be forthcoming on our website.More resources are consistently being added to the district’s learning at home website (www.jpsny.org/learningathome).JPS Superintendent Dr. Bret Apthorpe will hold a Facebook Live Q & A event on JPS Facebook page @JamestownPublicSchools for parents tomorrow (Saturday, March 21) at 9 a.m.Check www.jpsny.org for the latest updates.last_img read more

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Sunny Sunday, Unsettled For Start Of New Work Week

first_imgJAMESTOWN – High pressure will provide for mainly dry and cool weather for Sunday afternoon. A front will stall over the eastern Great Lakes tonight through Tuesday night, which will provide for unsettled weather. For this afternoon, partly cloudy with highs in the lower-50’s.Tonight, as a front approaches it will become cloudy with rain showers likely. Lows in the upper-30’s. Both Monday and Tuesday will remain unsettled as a series of low pressure systems move by. Both days will be mostly cloudy with rain showers likely. Highs both days will ride in the upper-40’s to lower-50’s.It maybe be cold enough for a few wet snow flakes over night Monday into Tuesday morning.High pressure builds in Wednesday to allow for dryer weather for mid-week with highs only in the low to mid-50’s.Looking ahead to Halloween, as of now it looks to be dry, yet cool with highs in the mid-50’s. Although this may change as time gets closer.WNYNewsNow is a proud Ambassador for the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation program.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

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Tony Winners LaChanze, Alice Ripley & More Headline Living for Today Benefit Concert

first_img The event will also feature The Skivvies (Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley), DeQuina Moore, Eric Anderson (who is set to appear in the upcoming Rocky), Tituss Burgess, Tony Yazbeck, Hannah Elless, Autumn Hulbert along with more special guests to help defy the frozen weather outside! LaChanze Past performers who have offered their talents to Living for Today include Emmy winner Candice Bergen, Tony winner Stephen Spinella, Tony nominee Kerry Butler, Paige Davis, Kate Shindle, Jim Walton, Aaron Lazar, Max Von Essen and Stephanie D’Abruzzo. View Comments We never get tired of seeing a bunch of divas singing their hearts out for a good cause! Tony winner LaChanze (who is readying to return to Broadway in If/Then), Tony winner Alice Ripley, Julia Murney, Tony nominee Kerry Butler and Tony nominee Vanessa Williams will perform in Living for Today, the sixth annual benefit for Gilana’s Fund. The concert, which provides funding for educational programming promoting acceptance and understanding of our communities, each other and ourselves, will take place on January 19 at Joe’s Pub. Star Files Click below to see David Alpert, the producer and director of Living for Today (and Gilana’s brother), talk about the history of the benefit concert and show some exciting footage from previous years!last_img read more

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The Threepenny Opera, Starring Michael Park & Laura Osnes, Extends

first_img Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s most popular collaboration, The Threepenny Opera is based on John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera. Adapted by Marc Blitzstein, the show centers on the scoundrel Macheath and his criminal exploits in 19th century London. In the tuner, Macheath, or Mack the Knife as he is known, marries the impressionable and innocent Polly Peachum, much to the displeasure of her father and mother. Throughout his marriage and a series of arrests, he maintains a strong relationship with his mistress, Pirate Jenny. Related Shows Mackie’s sticking around! The Atlantic Theater Company has announced a one-week extension of their revival of The Threepenny Opera. The production, directed and choreographed by Martha Clarke, will now play through May 11 at the Linda Gross Theater. The show stars Emmy winner Michael Park, Tony nominee Laura Osnes and Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham. View Comments Laura Osnes Star Filescenter_img The Threepenny Opera Michael Park Show Closed This production ended its run on May 11, 2014 Additional cast members include Sally Murphy, Lilli Cooper, Rick Holmes, Mary Beth Peil, John Kelly, Sophie Bortolussi, Jon David Casey, Timothy Dale, Lindsey Dietz Marchant, Christina Spina and John Watkins. The musical began preview performances on March 12 and will celebrate its opening night on April 7.last_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Kathie Lee Gifford Goes Into The Woods & More

first_img Kathie Lee Gifford is Heading Into The Woods We’ll drink to this! Today Show co-host and wine connoisseur (!) Kathie Lee Gifford will voice the role of the Giant’s Wife in an upcoming D.C. area production of Into the Woods. Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s classic is set for a limited engagement May 1 through June 1 for Nextstop Theatre at the Industrial Strength Theatre in Herndon, VA. Broadway Vets Including Cynthia Nixon Team Up With Mice and Men’s James Franco Tony winner Cynthia Nixon and Great White Way alums Ed Harris and Christian Slater have signed up for current Broadway headliner James Franco’s film adaptation of The Adderall Diaries. According to Showbiz 411, the Of Mice and Men star will appear in and co-write the project. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. How to “Let It Go” to Idina Menzel’s Vocals on the Dance Floor James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd “Let It Go” on Dancing With The Stars last night and achieved the first perfect score of the season. Check out their contemporary routine, set to the hit Frozen song, below. The pair certainly don’t hold it back anymore! View Commentscenter_img James Franco Star Fileslast_img read more

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