Holy Half Marathon draws more than 900

first_imgOver 900 runners, including students, faculty and staff and residents of the South Bend area, covered a 13.1-mile course around campus Sunday morning for the sixth annual Holy Half Marathon. The course, which began on South Quad in front of South Dining Hall, included two laps of a 6.5-mile route that weaved around campus and around St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s lakes.Race organizers said they were pleased with the amount of runners who participated.“We had 305 people alone register the morning of the race, which was such a great surprise,” junior and race co-director Gabby Tate said.  “We completely ran out of everything, but people just wanted to run, which was wonderful.”Tate, along with junior Sean Kickham, was responsible for ensuring the course was ready and adequately equipped with water stations, flags and volunteers.“We’re there to oversee registration, direct the volunteers and answer any questions that the runners might have,” she said.  “It’s definitely a fun and crazy variety of things that we have to do.” The event kicked off Saturday evening with Mass in the Dillon Hall chapel and a pasta dinner in the Coleman-Morse Lounge. Senior Cynthia Curley was recognized as the first female to complete the race at 1:27:00 and was followed by freshman Alison Podlaski, who finished in 1:29:00.  Nick Bouwman, a student at nearby Goshen College, was the first male to cross the finish line, with a time of 1:15:21.  Freshman Ian Montijo finished a close second at 1:16:41.   According to Tate, 815 of the 935 registered runners, including an area third grader, finished the race.Freshmen Annie Wehry and Aoibheann Thinnes said they felt a sense of accomplishment as they crossed the finish line with a time of 1:56:03.“We finished in under two hours, which was our ultimate goal,” Wehry said.  “We’re both really happy with how we did.” A team of seniors Sierra Smith, Matt Panhans, Meghan Shaughnessy, Aaron Pierre and graduate student Stephanie Nienaber ran the entire 13.1-mile race dressed as Waldo, the famous character from the children’s book series “Where’s Waldo?”“It was a perfect day for running,” Smith said.  “Doing the half marathon with the rest of the Waldo gang made it even better.”  The five friends agreed they appreciated the enthusiastic crowds of supports during the race.Tate and Kickham both said they were grateful for “an amazing crew of volunteers” that assisted them with the production of the race.Hosted by the Class of 2011, this year’s Holy Half raised $20,000 for The Broadmoor Improvement Association (BIA) that works to rebuild New Orleans and provide relief to area victims of hurricanes Katrina and Gustav.last_img read more

College extends Mooney’s contract as president

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s College Board of Trustees announced Monday in a press release it would extend the contract for College President Carol Ann Mooney’s contract until May 2016. Mooney began her presidency on June 1, 2004. She is the College’s first president who is also an alumna of Saint Mary’s. “There is no doubt that my Saint Mary’s education shaped my adult life,” Mooney said. “My experiences and education at Saint Mary’s made me well prepared for law school and the world. My law background then helped me become a practical administrator.” Under Mooney’s leadership, Saint Mary’s is currently developing many new projects, including the Sophia Program, a learning outcomes-based curriculum. The College is applying that particular program to the Class of 2016. “There are many programs I would like to see fully implemented within the next couple of years,” Mooney said. “Seeing the Sophia Program being fully implemented into the College’s curriculum is something very important to me. I am also looking forward to doing some fundraising for the science building to be renovated and for an Angela [Athletic Facility] expansion.” The Board of Trustees recently voted to approve a plan to add some co-educational graduate programs to the College within the next few years. “This project is being executed by [Senior Vice President and Dean of Faculty] Dr. Patricia Fleming and will be under my direction,” Mooney said. “It will be nice to see these graduate programs come to life within the next couple of years.” Some people who work beside the president expressed pleasure that the College extended her contract. “I am so excited she is staying,” Vice President for Student Affairs Karen Johnson said. “She is an amazing leader and a great role model.” Students like junior Carolina Tapia shared cupcakes with the president yesterday in the Student Center atrium to celebrate her contract renewal. “I think this is great news for the college and our future,” Tapia said. “[Mooney] is a Saint Mary’s graduate and never hesitates to get to know the students. She is a great asset to this community and I am very happy to see she will be with us for a few more years.”last_img read more

GAIN index makes new home at ND

first_imgThe GAIN Index, a project of the Global Adaptation Institute (GAIN), annually ranks countries on their vulnerability to climate change and ability to adapt to natural disasters that climate change may cause. The GAIN Index will make its new home at Notre Dame becoming ND-GAIN. Juan Jose Daboub, GAIN’s founding CEO and current chair of the World Economic Forum’s Council on Climate Change, said ND-GAIN will become an international necessity.  “The ND-GAIN index will become the preferred tool for decision makers in the private, public, and civil society sectors,” he said. “The index helps decision makers prioritize investments in water, food, energy, infrastructure and coastal protection, especially in developing countries.”  Daboub said he believes the mission of the ND-GAIN endeavor will be to help vulnerable people globally.  “In a fast changing world, where urbanization, economic growth, population shifts and the effects of climate change are creating additional challenges for people, Notre Dame is positioning itself in the global state as a major playing in saving lives and improving livelihoods,” he said.  According to a recent press release, the GAIN Index was formerly under the direction of the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Global Adaptation Institute. The program’s primary founding sponsor was NGP Energy Capital Management.  Ken Hersh, chairman of the Global Adaptation Institute and NGP’s CEO and founder, stressed GAIN’s importance in a press release.  “GAIN highlights those countries that urgently need help adapting to a warmer world,” Hersh said. “We are thrilled about our new partnership with Notre Dame and it’s ability to help us take GAIN to the next level.”  Notre Dame Professor Jessica Hellmann, leading climate expert and director of the Climate Adaption Program, believes GAIN and the University will help each other to grow.  “I will be responsible for bringing student and faculty research to bear on the ND-GAIN Index-to help build and improve it-and for bringing the Index to bear on activities at Notre Dame,” she said. “I hope to use ND-GAIN to increase the profile and social relevance of our University’s world-class research on climate change.” The University will also use ND-GAIN to advance and apply knowledge  for the better of humanity and nature, she said. “Notre Dame, and the Environmental Change Initiative (ECI,) are committed to pursuing teaching and research that makes the world a better place for diverse people and places,” Hellmann said. “ND-GAIN gives us a new platform for translation and outreach that makes our research relevant to countries around the world.”  Contact Carolina Wilson at [email protected]last_img read more

Students, faculty voice concerns over ‘China Policy’ at open forum

first_imgAnnmarie Soller | The Observer University Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves speaks at an open forum on worker participation during which members of the Notre Dame community debated the pros and cons of a pilot program for Chinese factories.University Executive Vice-President John Affleck-Graves said the recent work within the Worker Participation Committee studied the impact, or lack thereof, of “the University’s recommendation in the late ’90s not to have products manufactured with the Notre Dame logo in any country that didn’t give full freedom of association.”The forum centered around the idea of worker participation, which Mike Low, director of licensing and Worker Participation Committee member, defined as “a set of systems where workers can actively engage with management in terms of their benefits, their working hours, and have a place to file a grievance and know that there will be worker committees to … ensure their grievances are met.”Kevin Christiano, associate professor of sociology, said he was unsure of the feasibility of ensuring a lasting freedom of association in the factories that produce licensed Notre Dame goods.“China is the cheap manufacturing capital of the world,” Christiano said. “… If we go to China — if we do establish an operation with China — is there really a chance that we would ever leave China if conditions [within the factories] would deviate from our standards?” Christiano later questioned how the committee would determine or measure success in its goal of ensuring workers’ rights to freely associate.The basic level of success, Affleck-Graves said, “is that we as a University community can feel confident that wherever Notre Dame apparel or goods are manufactured, … we have a sound process to assist all of those factories.”Even still, “We are more ambitious than that,” Affleck-Graves said.“We can encourage lots of institutions both academic and non-academic to join us and make [the worker participation assessment plan] something that is a tool that everyone can use,” he said.Kevin Barry, director of the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning, said many other factors that needed to be assessed within these factories in accordance with Notre Dame’s licensing code of conduct, not just the freedom of association.“We are going to enforce every other part of the licensing code of conduct with these factories, so no children [workers] under 14, no prison labor, environmental practices,” he said. “All those things are going to be enforced, and [worker participation] is the only part that there is going to be any wavering on? That is the plan?”Affleck-Graves and Lowe said eventually those factors will receive consideration, but for now, the assessments only focus on freedom of association, per the recommendation from the 1990s.Three students spoke at the forum and expressed their concerns about student involvement.“If the committee does create the pilot program, how will you involve the students during the duration of the program?” junior Madeline Inglis asked.Affleck-Graves said he has plans for greater student participation in the program, and “maybe form a student advisory group” that would elect representatives to serve on the committee.Although the Chinese government does not guarantee the freedom of association, Affleck-Graves said he has faith in China’s ability to change.“I believe a lot in the human spirit,” he said. “… I believe some day China will change. … I would love people to look back and say that Notre Dame was part of their change.”Tags: China, China policy, John Affleck-Graves, Mike Lowe, Notre Dame, Worker Participation Notre Dame’s Worker Participation Committee held an open forum Monday in McKenna Hall to allow students and faculty to pose questions regarding the issue of freedom of association in the Chinese factories that could produce Notre Dame apparel and goods if the committee’s proposed pilot program receives approval.last_img read more

Belles for Life host Respect Life Week at SMC

first_imgAs part of the nationwide Respect Life Month, Saint Mary’s College Belles for Life club is hosting Respect Life Week with events on campus focused on celebrating life and raising awareness about the dignity of human life.A Vigil for Life will take place Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the College student center, where students can pray for the dignity of human life and listen to women from the Silent No More Awareness Campaign give voluntary post-abortive testimonies, Belles for Life president and senior Jana Zuniga said.“We thought this was particularly appropriate because we want to recognize the ways that abortion affects not only pre-born humans, but how abortion affects women,” Zuniga said, “We will pray for the protection of life … but also for women facing unplanned pregnancies and for the healing of post-abortive women as we stand in solidarity with the women who have experienced abortion.”Zuniga said she decided to become active in the pro-life movement after hearing the stories of women who underwent abortions.“I think their stories are an honest reflection of how many women have been scarred and dramatically affected by their abortion experience,” she said.Dr. Kevin McDonnell, an emeritus professor of philosophy at the College and the Edna and George McMahon Aquinas chair in philosophy emeritus, will deliver a speech Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Vander Vennet Theatre, Zuniga said.“His recent publications concern issues in medical ethics and he chairs the ethics committees at Logan Center and at Memorial Hospital,” Zuniga said, “We chose him because he is part of the SMC community and will propose a strong argument that the legality of abortion does not justify neglecting the endowed rights of the unborn children of our society.”According to the Respect Life Week flyer, there will be a Life Fest costume contest and pizza party from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday in Le Mans Hall Reignbeaux Lounge to celebrate life.The week will wrap up Friday with students participating in the 40 Days for Life campaign with a trip to the Life Center in downtown South Bend, Zuniga said. Students are invited to meet at the student center parking lot at 11 a.m., and the event will run until 1 p.m.South Bend is one of 252 cities to participate in the campaign, she said. As part of the campaign, people unite in prayer either alone or outside an abortion clinic for 40 consecutive days in an effort to bring a peaceful end to abortion, Zuniga said.“This year alone, there have been 412 confirmed lives that have been spared of abortion by the efforts of this campaign,” Zuniga said. “Girls from the Belles for Life club will visit the Life Center, located next door to the local abortion clinic, which is a place where women can go for help if they are looking for financial assistance, support, adoption referrals or counseling,” she said.Student will tour the Life Center and pray in the adoration chapel during the visit, she said.“As a students of an all-women’s college, we have a heightened awareness to the ways that women are treated in our society,” Zuniga said. “This week is about celebrating the unique and irreplaceable gift that each of us are to the world; it is about recognizing the inherent dignity of all human life, regardless of how that life was conceived, how long it lasts or how fortunate their life is promised to be.”For more information, please contact Belles for Life club president Jana Zuniga at [email protected]: Belles for Life, Respect Life Week, SMClast_img read more

Student body presidential candidates: Rohit Fonseca and Daniela Narimatsu

first_imgWho they are:Junior Rohit Fonseca, the presidential candidate, is an international economics major concentrating in Spanish and a Fisher Hall resident. He has lived in eight states and spent two years living abroad. Fonseca was student government’s first director of health and wellness, and served as the director of social concerns. He is also a campus tour guide and member of the Knights of Columbus, and he volunteers at the Robinson Community Learning Center. The vice-presidential candidate, junior Daniela Narimatsu, is studying IT management and political science. She is a Howard Hall resident — and current vice president — and hails from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Narimatsu has also served as the director of social concerns for student government and sat on the advisory committee for student climate related to race and ethnicity. Top priority: Creating platforms for “civil discourse” on campusFonseca said the top priority for the upcoming year is to foster an environment for discourse on campus through two programs: Irish Connection and RouND Tables. Irish Connection intends to bring two or more groups, clubs or organizations that don’t share much in common to an activity, such as a dinner, game, campus event or social service to build relationships between people who might not otherwise know each other. RouND Tables is the ticket’s answer to the need for civil discourse on campus, centered around topics that are Notre Dame-specific, such as parietals and whether President Donald Trump should be invited to speak at Commencement.Best idea: Focusing on mental healthWhile Fonseca and Narimatsu do not offer up new or significantly changed programming to draw attention to mental health, their plan to emphasize, underline and expand existing resources is both well-focused and highly reasonable. Their intention to continue partnering with Active Minds for Irish State of Mind and Irish Peace of Mind is expected but still important and their plans to better advertise the McDonald Center for Student Wellness Center could benefit students by alerting them of a perhaps underutilized resource. Finally, expanding on the anonymous testimony project Fonseca implemented during his time as the first director of health and wellness is a highly visible platform to encourage dialogue regarding mental health and the issues confronted by students on a daily basis.   Worst idea: Feminine hygiene product boxesFonseca and Narimatsu’s plan to provide access to necessary feminine hygiene products may seem commendable — at least on the surface — but it should be stressed that the ticket does not intend for student government to be providing the products. Rather, “sharing boxes” would be placed in female public restrooms across campus and students would be encouraged to leave any “spare products” inside in case another student has an emergency situation. While clearly well intentioned, the plan does not require the intervention of student government in any way and they offered no way to incentivize students to donate their own products, which can be expensive, especially if purchased on campus. Most students, additionally, do not consider the products they don’t need at a particular moment as “extra” — they tend to carry a few in case of their own emergencies and, as the products have no expiration date, simply keep any leftovers for their next cycle.  Most feasible: Building on the University’s spiritual lifeThe ticket’s plans to expand upon the University’s sprawling spiritual life is unique and comes off as extremely simple and easy to implement. Fonseca plans to have a brief prayer with students followed by breakfast in front of O’Shaughnessy Hall each and every Monday morning. As a Catholic institution, it can be assumed that at least some students would be interested in participating in the weekly events, coordinated with the Department of Health and Wellness and the Campus Ministry representative. Least feasible: Broadening Grab ‘N’ Go locationsFonseca and Narimatsu’s plans to address Campus Dining consists of two highly feasible projects — encouraging the dining halls to continue to offer late lunch hours, and improving allergy and dietary labeling in the dining halls — and a third, highly infeasible plan to broaden the locations where students can pick up Grab ‘N’ Go meals. Working with Campus Dining can be a very slow process and, as the suggest locations — the Huddle, Waddicks, a la Descartes and Cafe Commons — function to create their own revenue, it is highly unlikely that such venues would be in favor of the plan. Additionally, with two Grab ‘N’ Go locations on campus, there does not seem to be as much of a need for this service as their other suggestions. Bottom Line: Maintaining the status quoWhile Fonseca and Narimatsu bring a different kind of student government experience to the table against the other ticket and most of their platform appears to be highly achievable, very little of what they propose is truly progress. Much of the platform focuses on reiterating the availability of already-existing resources — both in and out of student government — and continuing relationships that student government already has. In particular, their lack of a plan to further address sexual assault on campus beyond what programming is already offered is disheartening. While maintaining the services currently offered is realistically attainable and better than regressing, the hope of every election is to improve upon what already exists. Tags: daniela narimatsu, fonseca-narimatsu, rohit fonseca, Student government electionslast_img read more

Students, faculty present on minorities, liberation struggles

first_imgThe Civil Rights Heritage Center hosted community members who gathered to hear monologues from Saint Mary’s students and faculty about the struggles marginalized groups have faced in the pursuit of liberation Wednesday night. Professors Stacy Davis, Phyllis Kaminski and Jamie Wagman read their monologues, as well as sophomores Zoe Ricker and Micaela Enright, juniors Jalyn King and Savannah Jackson, and senior Jordan Lolmaugh. Wagman, a history and gender and women’s studies professor, read her monologue on violence and addressed the ever-present question hanging in the air: “What can we do at this moment?” Wagman recalled those who ask her what decade she would have otherwise liked to live in. Wagman laughed and said, “[They ask] as though there was one decade of safety and consent for all people.” Kaminski, a religious studies professor, said she was a “young, naive and privileged Sister” in 1968 during the climax of the civil rights movement. “I was learning intersectionality before I ever knew the term,” she said. The majority of those presenting focused on the civil rights movements that were present in the 1960s and 1970s while relating the issues faced then to issues faced now. During her monologue, King said reproductive justice is a multifaceted issue that extends past the scope of birth control. “When thinking of reproductive rights, most people often think of abortion or birth control, however it is more than that,” she said. “Reproductive justice is the ability for a woman to have a choice in what happens to her body and for women to become aware of all the choices that they have before they decide what they would like to do.” King said her grandmother grew up in a time without adequate sex education and reproductive justice. “My grandmother was born in 1961, a time when women did not receive adequate information about their bodies, especially not black girls,” she said. As a result, King said her grandmother never knew she had endometriosis until diagnosed at age 44. Reproductive justice is more prevalent in the public sphere now than ever before, King said, and that is due, in part, to great African American activists like Fannie Lou Hamer, a victim of sterilization who traveled to the 1964 Democratic National Convention to make sure African American voices were represented.Reproductive injustice and coerced sterilization of minority women was tragically commonplace in the 20th century, Enright said. “The Puerto Rican government ran a sterilization program by using U.S. federal funds,” she said. “By the year 1968, the program had sterilized approximately one third of all Puerto Rican women.” From this, Enright said federally-funded, coerced sterilizations are now prohibited. But, the 60s and 70s were a time rife with dubious sterilizations in the name of eugenics, Jackson, who spoke on Native American women and sterilization, said. “Many Native American women were denied their reproductive rights,” she said. “The Indian Health Service, functioning under the control of the Board of Health, Education and Welfare, and the U.S. Public Health Service, began providing family planning services to Native American families in 1965 to control the population of Native Americans. From 1968 to the late 70s, around 25 percent of Native American women, between 15 and 44 years old, were sterilized.”Jackson said many these women were sterilized without their consent. “Some women were even threatened by social services to lose custody of their children,” she said. But from this, many women have persisted; Ricker said that some women, like artist Barbara Chase-Riboud, chose to become activists through their art. “Art is one of those intense and deep ways we express ourselves,” she said. “Art makes us think, cry, laugh and remember.” Ricker said Chase-Riboud has created several works of art inspired by Malcolm X, some of which were recently featured in an exhibit at the MoMA. As well as art, Davis, professor of religious studies, said music has been a vehicle for activists to express themselves, particularly for black women during the civil rights era. “Women articulated the realities of suffering in the hope that one day, life would be better for everyone,” she said. Davis spoke about Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin and The Staple Singers, whose music, rooted in Gospel, was inspired by that current moment and the civil rights movement. Davis said the women sang of the frustrations in wanting civil rights to “speed up.” Marginalized women in the LGBT community have also found ways to express themselves through activism and the creation of safe spaces, Lolmaugh said. “Nightclubs and bars have been historically significant to the LGBT community,” she said. “There were very few safe spaces for those in the community, but bars and clubs helped to fill this gap, especially from the 60s and onward.” One of the first gay bars in South Bend, The Seahorse Cabaret, was opened in 1971 by Gloria Frankel, Lolmaugh said. “I first learned about Frankel and the cabaret about a year ago,” she said. “I was visiting the South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center’s archives and found a folder that contained napkins, flyers and photographs from The Seahorse. I grew up in South Bend and had never heard of The Seahorse or Gloria Frankel.”While the plight of marginalized groups is still pervasive, and there is still much more work to be done in terms of equality, Lolmaugh said we must not forget those activists who fought for the rights we have today. “The resilience, survival and liberation are what is most important to remember,” she said.Tags: Civil Rights, Gender and Women’s Studies, LGBT, marginalized communities, minoritieslast_img read more

Welsh Family Hall focuses on community building, charity events

first_imgFounded in 1997, Welsh Family Hall serves as a West Quad home to around 267 women. The 2019 Women’s Hall of the Year features four floors, 132 rooms, and a chapel dedicated to St. Kateri Tekawitha. The Whirlwinds are known for what many of its residents call its strong community.Hall president sophomore Maegan Rose Dolan said the dorm’s spirit makes its community a welcoming environment for all.“I think we have a very strong dorm community,” Dolan said. “Everybody is really proud to be a Whirlwind and everybody tries to get involved in every way that they can, whether it’s through dorm sports, or service or faith … There’s just so many aspects that they can choose from and get involved in their own way to make their own impact on the dorm.”Sophomore Bridget Murphy, who serves as vice president, said Welsh Family Hall’s involvement in the greater Notre Dame community is also worth noting.“A big part of Welsh Fam, too, is having the girls represent Welsh Fam outside of the dorm,” Murphy said. “I think that our really strong relationships have a presence outside of the dorm — whether it be at other dorm events or other sporting events — I think that there’s a network that’s always expanding to give girls the opportunity to be a part of that.”Dolan said the dorm has close relationships with its namesakes, Robert Welsh Jr., who graduated from Notre Dame in ’56 and his wife Kathleen Welsh. Dolan said all Welsh were once invited to attend a formal dinner with the Welsh family.“Our dorm is 21 years old now — last year was our 20th anniversary and we had the opportunity to have dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Welsh, which was a really awesome opportunity,” she said. “We got to have dinner with them in the Dhanke ballroom and it was open to all girls in our hall … Everyone got to get dressed up and it was a great time.”Dolan said Welsh Family boasted particularly successful signature events this year.“We have DanceFest … dance groups from all over campus come and perform at Washington Hall, and all the proceeds from that go to Unity Gardens,” Dolan said. “This year, we had a new signature event, which actually won in HPC this year as best new signature event — the Hoedown Throwdown — earlier in the year in the fall. … That was a lot of fun, and a miniature pony came.”Next year, Murphy said she and Dolan plan to include additional hall events, returning to old Welsh Family Hall traditions that had been abandoned in recent years. “Something we used to do was a signature event called ‘Kiss the Pig,’ she said. “We’re really hoping to bring that back — it would just be another fundraiser for women’s education in Bangladesh. But we’re hoping that, again, we’re … trying to create a bigger presence on campus.”Tags: dorm community, Dorm Culture, dorm features, Welsh Family Hall, Women’s Hall of the Yearlast_img read more

Students reflect on first week of in-person classes during COVID-19

first_imgNotre Dame resumed in-person classes on Aug. 10, becoming one of the first universities to reopen after the academic shutdowns due to COVID-19 across the nation. As the school year kicks off, students reflected on their first week in this unusual semester.Francine Shaft, a junior majoring in theology, appreciates the opportunity to be physically present on the campus.“We are not only paying our tuition for our classes, we are also paying for our community, friendship and extracurricular activities,” Shaft said.When it comes to learning, Shaft said she believes in-person classes are preferable to online classes, and holding in-person classes will keep students engaged.Christian Matthew, a first-year engineering student, also thinks it is a good idea to have school on site in the early August.“It shows how strongly the University wanted the community and traditions to still be a significant part of its students,” Matthew said. “With Notre Dame’s safety measures, development of knowledge and character of the students due to on-campus classes outweigh the negatives.”While many students are ready for our semester to get rolling, a number of students have expressed their concerns.“I am not very optimistic about the semester because new confirmed cases showed an exponential growth,” said Fangcong Yin, a sophomore computer science major, after he checked Notre Dame’s COVID-19 Dashboard. Edward DeWane, a senior math major, said he is also worried about the future. “It seems unlikely that we’ll be able to make it the whole way through without either having to get sent home or totally locked down,” DeWane said.Some students are concerned about the inadequate enforcement of the new University policies regarding COVID-19 from this past week.In the outdoor dining space, Shaft said she noticed people sitting together and eating with distances much closer than 6 feet. “People are distanced 6 feet to the sides, but they can sit directly in front of or behind others much closer than 6 feet,” said Caitlin Cunningham, a first-year neuroscience major. Yin also questioned the seating arrangements in classes.“Many of my instructors did not require students to report their seat numbers at the beginning of class, and many students were able to even change their seat each time,” Yin said.Furthermore, Yin also thinks the University should reconsider the filtration effectiveness of the cloth masks which were provided in the welcome kit.Some members of the Notre Dame community have been unable to return to campus as well.Ziyu Ren, a junior majoring in psychology, is taking all her classes online in China due to the travel ban.“Due to the time difference, I cannot participate in the discussion in the class and missed the opportunities to make friends with the new students,” Ren said. “Also, when I watched the class recording, I could not stay as focused as I did at an in-person lecture.”Even though online classes could be challenging, Ren said she still believes her learning experience is “quite good.” “All my professors now take notes under the projectors instead of on the blackboard for students online to be able to see and waived the attendance requirement for me with the consideration of the time difference,” Ren said.Despite all the challenges and uncertainties that students are facing, many said they hope they can keep learning on the campus safely with their community until the end of the semester.“I just really hope we are able to stay on campus,” Cunningham said, “and show the rest of them that reopening is possible.”Tags: COVID-19, first years, in-person classes, Syllabus Weeklast_img read more

Lakewood Man Arrested In Incident Involving Child

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) ELLERY – A Lakewood man was arrested following an incident Sunday morning involving a child, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies say they, along with New York State Police, responded to an address on Fluvanna-Townline Road for a complaint. Investigation revealed that Nathan E. Manhart, 44, allegedly took another person’s vehicle without their permission.Manhart reportedly drove the vehicle to an address on Cherry Hill Road in the Town of Harmony, where he allegedly threatened another person verbally. In addition, Manhart allegedly drove the vehicle in a reckless manner with a child passenger inside of the car.Manhart was located at the address on Fluvanna Townline Road and was taken into custody on charges of third-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, second-degree aggravated harassment and endangering the welfare of a child.  Deputies say he also had active warrants for his arrest for second-degree attempted burglary, third and fourth-degree degree criminal mischief and second-degree aggravated harassment. Manhart was taken to CCJ and will answer his charges on a later date.last_img read more