Week celebrates education abroad, international studies

first_imgWhile Notre Dame offers some of the best academics in the country on its campus, International Education Week is intended to highlight the importance of academic and cultural exchange between institutions here and abroad. McKenna Pencak, assistant director for International Student Services and Activities said International Education Week is a national celebration coordinated by the Departments of State and Education. “[This week] celebrates and promotes international education and global exchange,” she said. This year, one of the key events during the week is a memorial fundraiser hosted by the Chinese Friendship Association for sophomore Ziqi Zhang, the Saint Mary’s College international student who passed away in October, Pencak said. The fundraiser will be held Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the Coleman-Morse Center lounge and will benefit Zhang’s family, Pencak said. Throughout the week, there will also be a variety of events on campus highlighting cultural diversity. Pencak said one of the most popular events is The Taste of South Bend. “Students, staff and faculty can sample free international cuisine provided by local ethnic restaurants,” she said. “In years past, more than 300 people have attended this event.” This event, in its third year, will take place Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the LaFortune Ballroom. She said the week is important because of how integral international exposure and study abroad are to the Notre Dame experience. “The University offers a wealth of opportunities for students to study, conduct research and do service abroad,” she said. “Sixty percent of undergraduate students at Notre Dame study abroad and more than 900 international students from nearly 90 countries attend Notre Dame.” The week is a unique opportunity for international students to highlight their diverse backgrounds, Pencak said. “International Education Week provides an opportunity to celebrate and raise awareness of the international student community … [and] provides an opportunity for international students to share their cultures with the campus,” Pencak said. One of the co-sponsors of the week is Notre Dame International, a relatively young branch of the University’s administration, Pencak said. “The University established Notre Dame International two years ago to create even more international learning opportunities for students, facilitate international research collaborations and enhance the University’s reputation as a center for international scholarship, teaching and service,” she said. “Notre Dame International coordinates IEW [International Education Week] as a whole, whereas a variety of cultural clubs, institutes, departments and organizations coordinate individual events throughout the week.” For Pencak, her favorite part of International Education Week is the way it brings the campus together. “It’s great to see both American and international students celebrating cultural diversity and learning about different countries and cultures from one another,” she said.last_img read more

Bringing parents home

first_imgMore than 1,300 juniors and seniors spent this past weekend providing their parents with an intimate look into their lives and experiences at Notre Dame at Junior Parents Weekend (JPW). Junior Parents Weekend allows students to both celebrate with their friends and give their parents inside access to their academic, social and professional activities. “[My parents] live down the road from Notre Dame, so I see them enough and they know campus very well,” junior Grace Hatfield said. “But showing them the lab I am a research assistant at, introducing them to my favorite professors and just hanging out where I love and study were things I’ve never been able to do before.” Hatfield and the other JPW participants began the weekend’s events with an Opening Gala held Friday night in the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Athletic and Convocation Center and Joyce Center Fieldhouse. Saturday’s events included collegiate workshops for the individual colleges and luncheons in each residence hall. University president Fr. John Jenkins celebrated JPW Mass on Saturday night and the evening was capped off by the President’s Dinner. The Mass and Dinner represented the highlight of the weekend for junior Pat Laskowski. “It made my parents and I feel … important,” he said. “We got all dressed up, experienced a grand celebration of the Mass, enjoyed delicious food and heard Fr. Jenkins speak about the significance of the weekend.” The weekend concluded Sunday morning with the Closing Brunch in the Joyce Center Fieldhouse. JPW junior co-chair Elizabeth Owers said the weekend’s events went smoothly. “There were no major mishaps, everything went off without a hitch and, most importantly, the students and their parents all seemed to have a great time,” she said. “Given that so many students are abroad, we are very pleased with the turnout.” The weekend was challenging to plan, Owers said, but well worth the time and effort to provide parents with an idea of what their sons’ and daughters’ everyday lives are like. “It is structured so that our parents can see our dorms and classrooms, meet our professors and most importantly meet the people we’re sharing our experience with,” she said. “At this point in our college careers, we’ve established ourselves pretty well academically and socially, so we can give our parents a good idea of what we love about Notre Dame and why we call this place home.” Junior co-chair Melissa Hallihan said the JPW Executive Committee and advisors were instrumental in the planning process. “It’s been such an amazing opportunity as I got to meet many of my fellow juniors, communicated with parents and University staff and got an inside look into all the work that goes into planning events here at Notre Dame,” she said. For some students, JPW was not an opportunity to meet their fellow juniors, but a chance to take advantage of an opportunity they previously had missed out on. The University invites seniors who missed JPW while they were abroad to participate in the events during the following year. Senior Colleen Heberlein was abroad in London last spring, but said her parents still wanted to visit her on a weekend that was not occupied entirely by football. “It seemed like the perfect opportunity for my parents to visit before the craziness of graduation,” she said. “Also, my parents heard great things about JPW from parents of my older friends and did not want to miss out on the experience.” Heberlein signed up for JPW with one other senior and met up with others at the events. Despite being in the minority, she said she felt very included at the three major events. “I did feel a little out of place and old at first, but I sat with senior friends at the events which helped,” she said. “It was obviously geared toward the Class of 2014, as it should be, but we never felt left out.” Although she enjoyed her experience at JPW, Heberlein said she and fellow seniors wondered why the University doesn’t hold a parent’s weekend sophomore year when far fewer students are studying abroad. “I wish my friends and I had been able to experience it together last year, but my parents were still able to meet a few of my friends and we had a great time,” she said.last_img read more

Senior shares story of Tourette syndrome

first_imgSenior Tom White finds order in disorder.He finds it in the disorder of his Dillon Hall bedroom, where piles of socks and shoes rest by the bed, hats cluster around a plastic moose head and three broken hockey sticks adorn the wall.He also finds it in the disorder of his Tourette syndrome, a neurological condition that causes him to move, shriek, jump or curse involuntarily.Grant Tobin “For years I’ve been saying, ‘Oh, I can write a book about this. I have all these funny stories.’ And I do — whether it be screaming out obscenities, screaming out things in airports,” White said. “I have all these stories and all these collections and unique experiences that radically kind of define who I am and have kind of built up the character that I have.”The desire to share those experiences compelled White to speak at TEDxUND, a local, self-organized program related to the TED conferences, Jan. 21 in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.“I’ve always been kind of fascinated by TED Talks, and I think I’m good at public speaking. It’s one of my gifts,” he said. “And the reason why I don’t get nervous is because eyes are always on me, if you think about it. … Literally, all the world’s a stage.”In his 12-minute talk, White shared a typical day for him and argued that together, people can confront their collective vulnerability.“The thesis of it was, yeah, whatever I have is strange and quixotic and eccentric, but simply because of that, it in no way demeans or diminishes what other people have,” White said. “Because everyone’s got their problems; everyone has their crosses to bear.”‘A knee-jerk reaction’Several years ago, White’s Tourette syndrome demonstrated itself in a particularly problematic manner.“I’ve been tackled in an airport by air marshals,” White said. “I screamed out, ‘I have a bomb!’ As you can imagine, that didn’t go over that well. And I got tackled and detained for a little bit.”In that situation and in others, White’s Tourette syndrome manifests itself in ways that are hypersensitive to specific environments, he said.“My brain will be devious, so think about the worst possible thing you can say, slash, do, in a situation,” White said. “[For example,] you’re alone on the sidewalk with a woman — ‘I’ll kill you, I’ll rape you,’ or something like that. It tries to find the worst possible thing and match that up with the impulse to scream it.”Yelling out potentially offensive statements in public is scary for White and for the recipients of the outbursts because White never knows how people will react, he said. He said he worries that some people might have concealed weapons or respond in other dangerous ways.“It’s fascinating to me because I think my brain works in overload to not only think about that circumstance, but also to act as a regular person, if you will,” he said.Some people with Tourette’s have associated problems, such as Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or anxiety, according to the website of the Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA). White said he has Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), which couples with his Tourette syndrome to make him act as “a knee-jerk reaction.”“I have the ability to totally shut it down if I put all my energy into it, but were I to do that for … however many hours I’m awake, I’d be absolutely exhausted, simply because it’s literally like waging a war,” he said. “Imagine trying to stop yourself from blinking, trying to stop yourself from breathing, trying to stop yourself from yawning, trying to stop yourself from doing an integral process that’s gnawing away at you. It’s nearly impossible, so it’s a war that I am constantly waging with these functions.”‘Getting by’When he is not restraining the impulses that Tourette’s causes, White notices when people around him react to his tics.“At Notre Dame, it’s lucky because everyone’s kind, everyone’s gracious, everyone’s humble and they act with a great deal of kindness and grace,” he said. “And that’s not every community that I’ve encountered.”White said he uses humor to smooth over awkward circumstances. He said the quick connections that he makes because of his Tourette syndrome and OCD enable him to be witty and bitingly sarcastic.“I often defuse the situation with humor, mockery, self-deprecation, you name it,” White said. “And that tends to work, simply because people respond to that. … If you can show that, sure, you’ve got this condition or whatever, but you’re funny, even the most introverted, terrified people will elicit a laugh, which is telling, and it’s the easiest way to defuse the situation.“I guess, initially, [meeting new people is] tense, but once you get to know me and you kind of break down that façade and take the tics and everything in stride, then it’s humorous, then it’s interesting. It’s an insight into my mind … [and] the way I operate.”White’s Tourette syndrome exhibits itself more at some times than at others, he said. Although he said stress and sleep deprivation increase the symptoms, he said he never can be sure when they will worsen or improve.“There are activities that certainly defuse it — engaging conversation, in class if I’m fully invested,” White said. “I’ve played hockey since I was three years old, so 19 years now, and it never, ever manifested itself then. … I used to play piano — it never happened then — reading, writing, any sport any physical activity, watching a movie or TV show.”In order to lessen the symptoms of his Tourette’s, White is constantly in motion. He pursues a double major in the Program of Liberal Studies and Italian, is a Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar and plays on the club hockey team. In his free time, White said, he manages a stock portfolio with his 18-year-old brother.“I’m better when I’m active,” White said. “I’m taking 19 credits this semester. I’m trying to suck the life out of my college experience.”‘Extending a hand’Although scientists think Tourette’s is caused by problems in one or more parts of the brain, they are unsure of its exact causes, according to the TSA. The organization’s website stated that there currently is no cure for Tourette’s, but there are treatments to reduce the severity of tics and symptoms of related conditions.Still, White said treatments are “like guessing games” and medical pharmaceutical companies stray away from Tourette’s research because it is unprofitable. As a result, he said, some people with the disorder struggle to function in society. He said he intended for his TEDx talk to benefit these individuals.“I think it was necessary that I do it — not to sound pompous,” he said. ”I get emails, I get Facebook messages from people who are showing gratitude and sincerely ask for my help, and it’s kind of emotionally draining. … I think I have it bad, but I mean, suck it up — I don’t have anything compared to these people.“So, the response has been overwhelming, and I think the outcome has been the increased need for a talk or conversation about neurological illness and the decrease in stigmatization of it. … Our society is readily able to accept amputees and other such things, people in wheelchairs and such, to our credit, but where we fall short is when we can’t accept those with non-physical injuries. I think it’s a necessary wake-up call.”White said his family and friends get him out of bed every day, despite the difficulties of his syndrome.“I wouldn’t wish this upon anyone at all, let alone those people without a solid base of love and support or even faith in God,” he said. “Going through this alone, I don’t think it’s possible. So, if anything, the TED Talk is just extending a hand — like, ‘Listen, you’re not going through this alone. Yeah, it might suck at times, it might be miserable, but listen, you’ve got life.’”The compassion and selflessness of his brother particularly help White to survive the ups and downs of his Tourette syndrome, he said.“[My brother] will go to the ends of the earth with me, and I know he’ll be my best friend for the rest of my life,” White said. “So, I mean, it’s awesome; I’m blessed. As much as it might seem to be miserable, I realize the immense amount of blessings in my life, and as a result of that, I’m able to thrive, to prosper.”Tags: TED talks, TEDxUND, tom white, Tourette syndromelast_img read more

Saint Mary’s sponsors Halloween-themes festivities

first_imgThroughout the week, Saint Mary’s has celebrated Halloween, beginning on Tuesday, with “Ghost stories at Reidinger” sponsored by the Class Gift Campaign.“Halloween has become a major event at many colleges, even Saint Mary’s is a popular place during Halloween because of the many stories in [Shelly Houser’s book] ‘Quiet Hours.’” College archivist John Kovach said.Kovach used his experience and research to delve into his favorite Saint Mary’s ghost stories on Tuesday night.“I came to personally hear more of the stories that haunt my dorm, Le Mans Hall,” first year Julie Weilbaker said. “It just seems fun to tell ghost stories and drink apple cider.”Director of Student Success Diane Fox also participated in the event on Tuesday, where she told a few silly ghost stories and finished with an audience-participation activity called “light as a feather, stiff as a board” to lighten the mood.On Wednesday night, Residence Life invited students and faculty to a Dorm Trick-or-Treat event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Students, faculty and their families dressed up in costumes and trick-or-treated in each dorm on campus, Ashley Hall, assistant director of Residence Life, said.Students who signed-up to participate in trick-or-treating placed a pumpkin outside of their room and passed out candy to trick-or-treaters.“I am from the Michiana area and I have no affiliation with the College,” South Bend native Belinda Johnson said. “I just Google searched safe places to trick-or-treat, so I came to Saint Mary’s.”Sophomore Kaitlyn Baker, President of the Residence Hall Association (RHA) said, “The purpose of Trick-or-Treating in the halls is to provide an opportunity for the students to get to know the faculty, outside of their work environment.”“RHA works really hard to make sure everyone feels at home in their residence hall,” Baker said. “Halloween is an event that we don’t want anyone to miss out on, simply because we live on a college campus and not in a neighborhood.“It also provides our Saint Mary’s community with a safe space to trick-or-treat with their families.”“Belle-a-Boo,” sponsored by Student Activities Board (SAB), wrapped up Saint Mary’s Halloween week activities Thursday evening.Sophomore Gina Kraig, the SAB Entertainment co-chair said, “Belle-A-Boo is a fun, school sponsored event to celebrate Halloween.”SAB sponsored this event at Dalloway’s Clubhouse for students to come and paint skulls, watch movies and fill their bellies with chocolate.“It is a great way to meet new people and bond over your favorite Halloween traditions,” Belle-a-Boo participant junior Shannon Schalk said.Tags: Belle-a-Boo, ghost stories, halloween, trick-or-treatlast_img read more

Clubs host career panel featuring alumnae

first_imgNotre Dames Club and ND Women Connect will co-host a Campus to Career panel discussion and networking event featuring six Notre Dame alumnae in the Morris Inn Ballroom on Friday afternoon.Senior Alison Leddy, founder and president of Notre Dames, said the event will help the club promote its mission by providing women on campus with opportunities that could prove beneficial to their future careers.“The mission of Notre Dames is to strengthen the female voice on campus and to bring awareness to issues that affect women at Notre Dame, across the country and around the world,” Leddy said.According to its website, ND Women Connect works to create alumnae outreach programs and increase graduate involvement among the female population at Notre Dame.“We are really excited to co-sponsor this event with ND Women Connect,” Leddy said. “They are an affinity group within the alumni association that is inclusive of everyone, but female-focused, very similar to the Notre Dames.“[ND Connect is] trying to increase its visibility and presence on campus, so that you don’t have to wait until after you graduate to hear about them. They’re a really great way to connect Notre Dame women in all different cities.”The Campus to Career event aims to encourage networking among Notre Dame women, both here on campus and throughout the country, Leddy said. It will consist of a panel and an informal networking session with alumnae.According to the Campus to Career event page, six Notre Dame alumnae will attend the event: Joya De Foor (’77), Elizabeth Tavitas (’85), Eleanor Kuhns (’88), Sheila Delaney (’99), Monica Zigman (’06) and Kaitlin Sullivan (’10).Leddy said both Notre Dames and ND Women Connect recognize there is power in bringing women together.“You can find inspiration in a lot of places, and I think inspiration can be incredibly meaningful if it’s from someone who comes from a similar background to you,” Leddy said. “That’s why I love having strong, female role models, and I think the Notre Dame alumnae are a perfect example of that.”Leddy said she hopes both the alumnae and current students form natural and organic relationships based around experiences they share.“It can be something as informal as ‘Let’s talk about our mutual experience of living in Cavanaugh,’ for example,” Leddy said. “I hope that these initial conversations will foster more long lasting mentoring relationships.”The event is a good opportunity for older students starting to think about what steps to take after college, Leddy said.“We’re going to touch on each panelist’s professional experience, but we’re also going to be able to ask questions and to talk about how they balance work and family life and if they have suggestions and reassurance for graduating seniors who might be panicked about the job search,” she said.Leddy also said she highly encourages underclassmen to attend the networking event.“I think it’s especially perfect for underclassmen who might have been intimidated to go to the internship fair,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity for them to work on those skills needed to talk to potential recruiters … and to get very tangible advice about pursuing your professional goals.”Leddy said she hopes the Campus to Career event will give students the opportunity to ask alumnae questions relevant to their own futures.“What’s great about Notre Dame alumni, in general, is that they’re always interested in what’s going on on campus, they really care and they want to get to know students. So this is a great way to make that connection,” Leddy said.Tags: Campus to Career, ND women connect, Notre Dameslast_img read more

Students present on gender studies in third biennial conference

first_imgThe Gender and Women’s Studies Departments from Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Indiana University-South Bend hosted the third biennial Midwest Undergraduate Research Conference in Gender Studies, themed “New Directions in Gender Studies,” Friday and Saturday in McKenna Hall. The conference featured 12 panels of 43 students who presented on political representation, feminism, marriage, identity and performativity, body image, media and culture, science and technology, policy-making and other research areas related to gender relations. The occasion also included an alumni panel and reception, as well as a keynote address from Ntozake Shange, a playwright and poet, as part of the InterAction Community Theatre for Social Justice Action conference.Saint Mary’s senior Taylor Thomas presented on the history and interpretations of the Sapphire stereotype, otherwise known as “the angry, black woman” stereotype. Titled “Warped Images: The Sapphire and Relationship Abuse in the African-American Community,” Thomas’s presentation explored the media portrayal of the Sapphire stereotype and its effect on younger generations through intimate partner violence. Thomas said she is very passionate about both African American studies and efforts to counter stereotyping and prejudice.“My goal for all the research I do on black men and women is [to] combat the many stereotypes applied to them and help create new narratives,” Thomas said in an email. “Furthermore, I hope to inspire the people who heard my presentation to analyze the media they take in and to critique it publicly [by telling] those in power, loud and clear, representation matters.”Studying gender relations is important because women, especially women of color, are more likely to experience physical violence than men, Thomas said. Through her research, Thomas said she analyzed the statistics surrounding gender relations, such as the wage gap between male and female workers, as well as the violence directed toward LGBTQ youth.“Americans like to think that we are so far beyond the times of racial discrimination and women’s suffrage, but the truth is that we still face many of the same issues — just in different ways,” Thomas said. “We never actually solved the problems of the past, we just found Band-Aid solutions. Gender relations and gender studies asks us to look deeper. In the same way you must remove the root of a weed to be completely rid of it, you must do the same to problems in our current world.”Saint Mary’s sophomore Katherine Wankelman said she titled her presentation “‘Who Tells Your Story?’: Lin Manuel Miranda’s Color-Conscious Casting and the Women of ‘Hamilton’” because of its focus on the implications of the renderings of gender and race in Miranda’s hit Broadway production “Hamilton.” Miranda provides his audiences with commentary that invites them to reconsider the ways they have learned and engaged with the history of the United States through the lens of gender and race, Wankelman said.“The telling of our history is predominantly white-centric and androcentric, and that is problematic for a number of reasons,” Wankelman said in an email. “Too often, we think that history can be considered outside of race and gender, merely perpetuating the cultural norms of whiteness and maleness. Therefore, if we … remove race and gender from history, we are excluding a number of important voices from the narrative.”Miranda’s purposeful manner in which he presents the constructs of race and gender to his audiences is especially evident in his color-conscious casting and the dialogue of “Hamilton” character Eliza Schuyler, Wankelman said. Through her research, Wankelman found the version of history most often taught and analyzed excludes people of color and women — both by chance and purposeful omission. The cultural phenomenon of “Hamilton” cultivated an enormous fan base, she said, allowing for the important, widespread reception of the inclusive renderings of race and gender.“I think it is important to think critically about the media and aspects of pop culture that we engage with and acknowledge where they may or may not be problematic in the ways they discuss various social constructs,” Wankelman said. “The media we consume has an influence on the way that we see the world, and no one is truly immune from this. Therefore, we must carefully consider what ideas the media … [perpetuate], such as gender binary and gendered norms.”Gender and women’s studies highlight the intersectionality between race and gender issues, which could lead to greater success for feminist movements like the Women’s March, Wankelman noted. The research of topics like race and gender can push people to consider those who are excluded from the narrative of history, she said, and empower others with the tools necessary to make effective and lasting change for the future.“The way we engage with gender, be it our gender or someone else’s, is so contingent on our understanding and education,” Wankelman said. “Gender is something that we are surrounded with every day, and that necessitates a conversation coupled with education.”Notre Dame senior Liam Maher presented on his thesis, which he said discusses “the performativity of gender and how [drag artists] turn it into an art form.” Despite being nervous about public speaking, Maher said the discussion was “a fantastic experience.”“Especially since I plan to go into academia after graduating, it was a really great experience for me to practice presenting my research, talking about it with other people and workshopping with other people about their research to try to relate it to wider trends in different fields,” Maher said. “It was a lot of fun — super causal and low-key, but a lot of cool topics were discussed. … It was really great to see people from all these different academic institutions able to get together and really be able to talk and relax and have fun.”Maher said he believes the status of gender relations at Notre Dame makes the topic especially important for students.“Notre Dame kind of has a funky gender relations dynamic, which you find out really quickly when you go anywhere else in the country or even out into South Bend,” he said. “I think it’s really important that Notre Dame hosts conferences like this that talk about these gender issues and historical trends of gender relations and gender itself. In future years I’d like to see it grow into an even bigger event that gets more of the Notre Dame community involved, because a lot of the topics that were discussed were just so cool and I wish more people could have heard them.”Notre Dame senior Taylor Still’s presentation of her thesis, “‘Chi rappresenta noi?’ [‘Who represents us?’]: What it means to act in the interest of women from Italy and the United States,” focused on issues of citizenship and the treatment of Italian-American women, Still said.“As a first-time presenter, I was pretty nervous going in, but it was such a welcoming environment and it was awesome to see how interdisciplinary everything was,” she said. “I think people tend to think of gender studies as insular, but that’s not the case at all. It was great to see everyone enter into the conversation and try to make connections between each other, even between the days. I think it was evidence that there was a lot of authentic listening going on — people trying to constructively learn from each other.”Tags: Gender Studies, gender studies conference, Midwest Undergraduate Research Conference in Gender Studies, New Directions in Gender Studieslast_img read more

James Mueller elected mayor of South Bend, takes reins from Pete Buttigieg

first_imgJames Mueller was voted in as South Bend’s next mayor Tuesday evening, with 66% of the vote in early results.Mueller defeated the Republican candidate, Sean Haas, who is a government teacher at LaVille High School. Tuesday was a municipal election day across the country, and the city of South Bend voted for a few roles — mayor, commissioner, common council and city clerk. The mayoral election has drawn more eyes to the city than in past years because of the rise of South Bend mayor and current Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, who has strongly endorsed Mueller as his successor. Buttigieg is serving the end of his mayoral term, having been re-elected in Nov. 2015 with over 80% of the vote.Mueller, former chief of staff to Buttigieg, received 37% of the vote in the primary election in May, while Sean Haas, a former public school teacher and veteran, ran unopposed for the Republican Party. South Bend has not elected a Republican mayor since Lloyd Allen’s re-election in 1967.A South Bend native, Mueller received his bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame, triple-majoring in mathematics, history and philosophy. After earning a Ph.D in oceanography at the University of Delaware, Mueller worked almost four years as a policy adviser on energy issues for Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.In an interview with the South Bend Tribune, Mueller said he plans on creating more opportunities for at-risk youth to make the community stronger and safer.“We must attract and support top-quality teachers, making it easier for them to buy homes and put down roots in our community,” Mueller said. “We must set up partnerships with unions and technical schools to provide skills and training opportunities. We must encourage local employers to partner with our educational institutions to design programs that meet their hiring needs, so graduates have jobs waiting for them.”Milton Lee, executive director of Downtown South Bend, said his experience working with Mueller for the past few years solidified his decision to vote for him.“I’ve developed a professional relationship with James Mueller [that] has always been thoughtful, introspective, bright and committed to the city … he’s moving the city forward, I don’t think there’s a better choice than him,” Lee said at Mueller’s watch party at Corby’s Irish Pub on Tuesday. Mary Jenkins, who also attended the watch party, said she has lived in South Bend most of her life and believes Mueller is the best choice for mayor because he can continue Buttigieg’s policies to reform the city.“I absolutely love Pete and what he’s done with the city, and I believe that if he had more community support he would have been able to get much more done,” Jenkins said. “I believe that Mueller is pulling for that community support and he’s been engaging with the community, making sure he’s heard.”Both Mueller and Haas said they would prioritize addressing the city’s issues with violent crimes, which has been at the forefront of voters’ concerns.Mueller’s plan included strategies to reduce violence, strengthening relationships through community policing and improving resident participation, creating a diverse police force and reforming officer training and policies.Haas said he would highlight building relationships between the community and police force, encouraging officers to police a specific area of the city, bringing the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program back to schools and increasing the department’s number of officers.Karen Rinehart, a self-identified Republican, said she voted for Buttigieg during his last election. However, due to a number of issues, including “people leaving the South Bend school system” and “horrible infrastructure,” Rinehart said she volunteered — and voted — for Haas. “I just believe he has his priorities straight,” Rinehart said at Haas’ watch party on election night. “… The current administration says everything is fine, and Mueller said he was just going to keep following Pete’s plan, and I’m like ‘uh, no, that hasn’t been working.’”Haas received some backlash over comments he made during a debate with Mueller in October regarding police relations. He said he was critical of the “shadow of racism” in which all police work and American life takes place.“I don’t believe in systemic racism,” Haas said at the time. “I believe there are bad actors in every single profession, whether it’s police officers, teachers, lawyers. There are bad examples but to blanket call an entire force racist on the actions of a few is irresponsible and, frankly, a lie.”South Bend NAACP responded to Haas’ comments disagreeing with his view, but Haas maintained his initial comments.Mueller, too, has been questioned repeatedly on his plans to mend the city’s relationship with voters of color, particularly in light of the police shooting of Eric Logan this summer and the firing of South Bend’s first black police chief Darryl Boykins in 2012, both of which occurred under Buttigieg.Mueller will begin his term as mayor in January.Tags: Democrats, Election, James Mueller, municipal elections, Republicans, Sean Haas, South Bend, South Bend Mayorlast_img read more

Holy Cross announces plans for fall semester

first_imgIn a Monday email to the College community, Holy Cross President Fr. David Tyson announced plans for reopening campus for the fall semester. The semester will begin the week of August 10 and have no fall break in order to end prior to Thanksgiving.Following consultation with experts including public health officials and contagious disease specialists, the College began creating a plan to safely return to campus for the fall semester.“For us to safely open for the fall semester we must be prepared to prevent the spread of the virus by identifying those returning students who are infected with the virus,” Tyson said in the email. “We will need to implement a comprehensive testing protocol, a capacity to isolate those who present positive test results as well as provide a quarantine for students who have been in contact with them.”Tyson said the College plans to develop additional safety measures, including protocols for faculty and staff. A handbook of the protocols will be created and made available to the Holy Cross community.“Presently, all classes are scheduled to be conducted in a synchronous environment with students and professors present to one another,” Tyson said. “However, if in the event that a new outbreak should occur, we need to be prepared to adapt to these circumstances.”These adaptations could come in the form of continuing remote learning if students are kept home at the beginning of the semester or sent home once the semester has begun.“Though it is an ominous challenge, we believe that we can meet it with the cooperation and collaboration of all of us in the Holy Cross community,” Tyson said.Tags: 2020 fall semester, COVID-19, Holy Cross Collegelast_img read more

Gas Prices Drop As Summer Vacation Season Wraps Up

first_imgPixabay Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – The average price for a gallon of gas continues to drop.According to AAA, the demand for gas is going down with summer vacations wrapping up.Virtual learning has also contributed to a lesser need for gas since fewer students are actually going to school facilities due to the pandemic.The average price of gas across the Unites States is $2.19, a drop of three cents since last week. New York’s average price of gas is also going down, as it currently sits at $2.28. That’s one cent last than last week.One year ago, the national average was $2.57, while the state’s was $2.73.In Jamestown the average price for a regular gallon of gas is $2.35, according to GasBuddy.com. 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

Broadway & Screen Star Rosie Perez Set to Co-Host The View

first_img The talk show is set to return to ABC on September 15. More good news for Rosie Perez! Hot on the heels of the news that screen and stage star will join Seinfeld co-creator Larry David in his previously reported first play, Fish in the Dark next year, comes the revelation that she will co-host The View. After months of speculation over who would succeed Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy, People reports that Perez and MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace have landed the gig. This is all great news for the Great White Way, since they join Tony winner Rosie O’Donnell in her return to the show, along with long-time friend to Broadway Whoopi Goldberg. Fish in the Dark Related Showscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 1, 2015 Perez said in a statement: “I am beyond thrilled, honored and completely surprised that I’ve been asked to join The View.” She received an Oscar nod for her performance in Fearless. Her Broadway credits include The Ritz, Reckless, The Play What I Wrote and Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. View Commentslast_img read more