High school seniors visit SMC

first_imgIn an attempt to make the college application and selection process easier, Saint Mary’s welcomed 42 prospective Belles and their parents to campus for Senior Preview Day Monday. “What makes this day different than a traditional college visit is the girls actually get to spend the whole day with a student,” Director of Admissions Kristin McAndrew said. “They get to spend four or five hours on a one-on-one basis with a current student and attend classes within their interests.” During Senior Preview Day, the prospective students shadow a current Saint Mary’s student. The parents of prospective students also have a unique day, filled with events to help them prepare their daughters for college. “The parents actually participate in a mock admissions committee,” McAndrew said. “We break them up into groups and they review three mock applications. It allows them to see the other side of the table and see what it’s like to be in our shoes.” According to Vice President of Enrollment Management Mona Bowe, Saint Mary’s has received about 500 applications so far this year. They will begin the process of application review right after Thanksgiving. “Right now, most of our admissions counselors are still out on the road, going to high schools and college fairs,” Bowe said. “After Thanksgiving, the admissions committee begins to review applications and we will start sending out early acceptance notifications around Dec. 1.” Anna Berglund, a prospective student from Mattawan, Mich., said Saint Mary’s is currently one of her top choices for college. “I like Saint Mary’s. I like the old buildings,” Berglund said. “I came today because I wanted to go to classes and see what it’s like to spend the day on campus.” Senior Preview Day also gives prospective parents the ability to check out campus, as well as learn more about financial aid, academic programs and study abroad options. “Our daughter is considering Saint Mary’s because it is a smaller school and she wants to go into music education,” prospective parent Camille Higdon said. “She’ll get more individual attention and be closer to the faculty.” The religious aspect of Saint Mary’s is another draw for both parents and students alike. “In this day in age, we as a family believe a religious-based education is important,” prospective parent John Tentrick said. Some students will return to campus this coming Sunday for the Fall Day on Campus. “It is a more traditional open house, with sessions on financial aid, study abroad,” Bowe said. “Some professors also teach classes, so students can attend a mock class.”last_img read more

Group considers restructuring to improve transparency

first_imgSaint Mary’s Student Government Association discussed the possibility of restructuring at its Tuesday meeting. Student body president Nicole Gans said she was looking to other school’s student governments for reform options. “We have been doing a lot of research on how other schools student governments function,” she said. Student body vice president Jacqualyn Zupancic said fluctuations in the organizations structure in recent years have been problematic. A more deliberate structure could help reduce confusion and more effectively engage the student body. “There has been so much change over the last couple of years. We need to have something stable, a structure that just flows,” she said. “[We need] something that, going forward, makes sense. We can get so many more people involved.” Gans solicited ideas on how the organization can be made more effective and efficient with more clearly articulated roles. “This is a drawing board so changes can be made along the way,” she said. Chief of staff Emily Skirtich said the efforts required of the current administration will pay off for future Saint Mary’s student leaders. “This is a stepping stone,” she said. “Making this restructuring is difficult in our positions now, but it’s really getting a new generation of Saint Mary’s students involved.” College Vice President of Student Affairs Karen Johnson praised the group’s effort at approving accessibility and transparency within student government. “This opens up transparency and gets more people the opportunity to be involved,” she said. “You have really thought outside the box. It’s not just about you, but also student government going forward.” Zupancic said the group would begin detailing the changes and drafting a revised constitution in January.last_img read more

Dublin, South Bend buzz with pregame spirit

first_imgDUBLIN – While Fighting Irish fans may be looking forward to the kickoff of the Notre Dame’s football season Saturday in the Irish capital, the Emerald Isle Classic is more than just a game – it is a display of the University on an international stage. John Heisler, senior associate athletic director, said Saturday’s game – and the events surrounding it – is a celebration of Notre Dame for a new set of viewers. “Overall, it’s a great opportunity to showcase the entire University to a new audience,” he said. “[If you] see the list of events we released … you can see there’s much more involved than just a football game.” Indeed, with a pep rally at the O2 Arena, tailgate in the Temple Bar District, Mass at Dublin Castle and numerous other affiliated events, Dublin is seemingly an extension of the University, if only for this weekend. University Spokesman Dennis Brown said in a statement to The Observer the football team has always been an important part of celebrating Notre Dame’s mission. “Our football program provides numerous positives to the University, including the overall high quality athletic entertainment, an esprit de corps on campus, and millions of dollars in revenue that support our academic mission, and in particular financial aid,” he stated. “One other positive is the ability to use football as a way to introduce people to other aspects of Notre Dame.” Brown stated Notre Dame’s recent pattern of “home-away-from-home” games is not merely about hosting athletic events around the country, but a series of opportunities to expose important components of the University nationwide. While this Saturday’s game may technically be a Navy home game, Brown stated the Emerald Isle Classic is part of that trend – only now, the exposure is international. “We are sponsoring educational, intellectual, faith and cultural events throughout the city as a means to share these important aspects of Notre Dame,” Brown stated. “It’s especially significant that this is in an international setting. “Expanding Notre Dame’s presence globally is one of [University president] Fr. Jenkins’ highest priorities, and this week’s activities are one very important component of that ongoing effort.” This custom of travel and exposure is an inherent characteristic of the football team, Brown stated. “Taking our team across the country, and now even around the world, is a long tradition at Notre Dame,” he stated. “In fact, before we were the Fighting Irish, one of our nicknames was the Ramblers, because we traveled anywhere and everywhere. That’s one reason why Notre Dame became so well known.” Playing Navy is also a program tradition. Saturday’s game marks the 86th installment of the Notre Dame-Navy series, the longest continuous intersectional rivalry in college football. While squaring off in Ireland won’t be new to the teams – the two programs played a game in Dublin in 1996 – this game further displays the respect between the Midshipmen and the Fighting Irish. Navy agreed to play one of its “home” games in a ten-game series with the Irish in Dublin, Heisler said. This also allowed the Naval Academy the opportunity to spread its message in Ireland like Notre Dame is, Navy associate athletic director Scott Strasemeier said. “It was a request from Notre Dame and one we honored due to our longtime relationship,” he said. “It also made sense as the Navy brand is international in scope and gives us a chance to tell our story on an international stage.” The event was no small feat for Navy to organize – it took three to four years to plan, and 1,000 midshipmen made the trip across the Atlantic for Saturday’s game. Heisler said the football program at Notre Dame has also been preparing for the logistics of Saturday’s event for several years. One of the biggest concerns for the team, he said, is “the seven-hour flight and five-hour time difference and the potential for those to affect our players this weekend and potentially in the weeks to come.” This marks the third international game for the Irish – there was a 1979 game against the University of Miami in Japan and the previous game in Ireland. According to Heisler, fans may be traveling back to Asia soon to cheer on the Irish, as there have been discussions to play the Stanford in Beijing.last_img read more

Te’o controversy moves forward

first_imgEditor’s note: A version of this story appeared on ndsmcobserver.com early Saturday morning. It has been updated with facts that have emerged since then. A tumultuous 48 hours of questions, rumors and speculation temporarily halted early Saturday morning when former Irish linebacker Manti Te’o ended his silence and denied any involvement in concocting the fake life of Lennay Kekua in an interview with ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap. “No, never,” Te’o told Schaap when asked if he was involved in the hoax. “Never, not ever.” In fact, Te’o told Schaap he was not fully convinced he had been hoaxed until Roniah Tuiasosopo, the man accused of perpetrating the scheme, contacted him to admit his involvement in the scheme Wednesday, the same day a report from Deadspin.com broke the story. Schaap said Te’o showed him Twitter messages from Tuiasosopo from two days ago in which he apologized. While he maintained his full innocence in the interview, Te’o did admit he made mistakes along the way, including lying to his parents about meeting Kekua. When the story of Kekua’s death unfolded in the midst of an undefeated Notre Dame season and Heisman Trophy campaign for Te’o, the linebacker said he “kind of tailored my stories to have people think that, yeah, he met her before she passed away.” “That goes back to what I did with my dad,” Te’o said. “I knew that – I even knew that it was crazy that I was with somebody I didn’t meet.” “When [Te’o] described her as the love of his life, he meant it 100 percent, although they had never met,” Schaap said. “He did mislead people by saying he met her. He did so because he knew how crazy it would sound that he felt this deeply about someone he had never met.” Te’o told Schaap the relationship allegedly started on Facebook during Te’o’s sophomore year at Notre Dame, but that it was not until around the Oct. 1, 2011 Purdue game that it grew. He said the relationship started to become more intense in late April 2012, when Te’o was told Kekua was in a car accident. Te’o told Schaap that he began to sleep with the phone on the line with who he believed to be Kekua once she was in the hospital recovering from the fake car accident and leukemia. ESPN also reported Te’o supposedly had attempted to video-chat with Kekua multiple times before she purportedly passed, but each time had been unable to see her face in the chat. Additionally, Te’o told Schaap about a four-way text message conversation before Kekua’s death involving Scripture messages between himself, his parents and the person he believed to have been Kekua. Schaap reported Te’o even showed him the messages during their interview. Te’o said he never doubted Kekua’s existence or death until early December, nearly three months after he believed she had died. Corroborating the statements made by Notre Dame Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick on Wednesday, Te’o said he received communication from the woman whom he believed to be Kekua on Dec. 6, but was not initially convinced it was a hoax. “After he gets this phone call on Dec. 6 … he’s utterly confused,” Schaap said. “He doesn’t know whether to believe this person or not. She tells some story about how she’s been hiding from drug dealers.” Te’o told Schaap he asked the person purporting to be Te’o to provide a photo with a date stamp, but even after receiving that, continued to be suspicious of the conversation. In addition, Te’o said people associated with Tuiasosopo showed up at Notre Dame’s team hotel during preparations for the Jan. 7 BCS National Championship Game. Notre Dame did not arrive in South Florida until Jan. 2. Schaap said Te’o “wanted to get his story out there because he did know what people say to some extent” after a 48-hour period during which he was criticized for his silence. “He disputed the theory out there that he was completely naive about romantic relationships,” Schaap said. “He said he got sucked into this because he thought he was talking to someone who he shared a lot with. Background, Samoan background, she understood the culture, she understood the language, spoke it better than he did. … It was an intense relationship over a couple months.” ESPN publicist Mike Humes said on his Twitter account that ESPN “had no parameters on questions. While no TV cameras were permitted and use of audio was limited, we can use anything from the interview across our outlets.” Schaap said he thought the no-camera setting made Te’o more comfortable, and the arrangement was at the linebacker’s request. On Friday, ESPN’s Shelley Smith published a report in which an unidentified woman close to Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the alleged mastermind of the operation, claimed Tuiasosopo told her that Te’o is a victim of the hoax. In the report, Smith talked to two California residents who claim Tuiasosopo duped their cousin in 2008. The two claim Tuiasosopo supposedly used the same name and photos in that hoax. Late Friday, USA Today reported that three elements of Kekua’s story parallel that of the Tuiasosopo family: a case of leukemia, a car accident and a quote from Tuiasosopo’s father’s Facebook page that Te’o told the team Kekua said prior to the faked death. The two-and-a-half-hour off-camera interview with Schaap took place in Bradenton, Fla., where Te’o is currently training in anticipation for the NFL Draft. This week, Katie Couric will conduct the first on-camera interview of Te’o, who will be accompanied by his parents. Segments will be shown during Couric’s syndicated television show Thursday. Contact Andrew Owens at [email protected]last_img read more

Professor publishes book

first_imgFollowing years of work, Dr. Vera Profit, professor of German and Comparative Literature, released her book “The Devil Next Door” on Aug. 8. Profit, who said the book explores the problem of evil, described her writing as an attempt to “help people live better and more efficient lives.”“The basic premise is how do you recognize an evil person?” she said. “Evil is hard to recognize. Evil is a progression, and we tend not to see the first, second, third steps, but the final.”Profit said she was inspired by M. Scott Peck’s book “People of the Lie.”“In 1984, I read ‘People of the Lie,’ which so changed the way I looked at life, that not only did I read the text, I read all the material that was listed in the footnotes because I wanted the complete context,” she said. “[Peck] can state complex ideas in a totally approachable manner.“This book was so fascinating that I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. The book was about the hope for healing human evil. What he did was blend theology and science.”Profit said Peck’s book inspired her to teach a course on the subject.“I then created a course called Evil and the Lie in Modern European Prose right after reading this book,” she said. “It has always been extremely well received. You study goodness from the other side when you study evil. Because the course was so well received and many students told me it was a life-changing course, I decided to write the book after the course.”The book looks at the problem of individual evil for the most part, Profit said.“I took some of the questions that Peck raises, used his clinical experience, read copious amounts of ancillary material and formulated eight characteristics which define individual evil,” she said. “There are two types of evil – group and individual – which are both discreet and a blended phenomenon. I name the eight characteristics of evil and trace them though two novels, one written by a Swiss writer and one Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Picture of Dorian Grey.’ I also propose eight characteristics of group evil.”Profit said her book is meant to help other people.“I am trying to help other people not waste their life trying to reinvent the wheel,” she said. “We can learn a lot from other people’s examples. We can save ourselves and other people a lot of trouble.“Writing a book is a scary position because you have no control over how it will be received. You can give it your best shot and let it go. You have to do it despite your misgivings. The person who learns the most is not the person who reads the book, but the person who writes it. It was worth it to me because I learned so much. If it makes you look at life just a little differently than before, then it was worth it.”Tags: evil, M. Scott Peck, People of the Lie, The Devil Next Door, Vera Profitlast_img read more

SMC hosts community dinner to benefit Title I school

first_imgMore than 50 Saint Mary’s students from four different residence halls will participate in a community dinner Wednesday in Rice Commons of the Student Center to benefit local Title I middle school, Navarre Intermediate Center.Senior ministry assistant Kaitlyn Maierhofer, one of the dinner’s coordinators, said the event includes a talk given by Saint Mary’s alumna Jackie Bauters and writing letters to students at Navarre.“Similar to last year, there was one [dinner] in each residence hall,” Maierhofer said. “This year, we’re just combining them [from] all four. It’s meant to bring together different people from different halls, and we’re just going to have a little discussion about our gifts, what stood out for you in the talk, what in the talk resonates with your own situation and desires, what are some of your gifts and passions.”Maierhofer said each dinner table will have a discussion facilitator to encourage further conversation and will work together to wrap books and write letters for each student in an effort to encourage reading and the importance of education.“We [got] a whole bunch of middle school books,” she said. “We’re going to write to the students and then they’re going to get the books. It’s going to be great.”Although each hall did a different project last year, the ministry assistants decided to unite the College community in through this new approach, Maierhofer said.“Each of the [ministry assistants] have a role,” she said. “I’m personally introducing the activities. I talk about Title I schools.”Maierhofer said Title I schools are given additional federal financial assistance because a large portion of the student population is from low-income families. The schools provide students with supplementary educational programs such as free tutoring and mentoring as well as free snacks and meals, she said.“Title I schools may serve certain types of students such as students with low English-speaking proficiency, homeless students, students with disabilities and at-risk students,” Maierhofer said. “The funds for Title I schools go directly to serving the needs of the student population.”She said there are 12 Title I Elementary Schools in South Bend and one Title I middle school.“We’re just working with Navarre Intermediate,” Maierhofer said. “We are doing this through the [Office for Civil and Social Engagement]. … They gave us the ages and genders for all students. [Then] we went and bought books for each student.“We’re focusing on how we’re going to use our passions and gifts with the Title I schools. We’re applying what we’re talking about. Unless you’re really involved with education or unless you attended a Title I school, you really don’t know anything about Title I schools.”Maierhofer said the other ministry assistants’ main goal for the dinner is to educate the Saint Mary’s student body on the world beyond campus and provide a channel in which they can become involved once they leave that bubble.“It’s just trying to educate our student body, our Saint Mary’s community, on what’s happening outside of the Saint Mary’s bubble on how we can serve them,” she said. “We’re always going to have Title I schools … anywhere we go.”Maierhofer said the opportunity to educate, a passion her math major for secondary education has fostered, is the biggest personal reward she gains for organizing and contributing to this dinner.“It makes me feel good, doing this stuff,” Maierhofer said. “I just want to educate the community and get more people excited about serving others. It’s a whole circle with actually teaching in the classroom then bringing that out and teaching my residents as a ministry assistant and teaching my friends and having that compassion to not judge those students.“You can’t really ever judge. You have to go in with an open heart.”Tags: Navarre Middle School, OCSC, Title 1 Schoolslast_img read more

Student Senate reviews healthcare, approves SUB executive board

first_imgSharon McMullen, director of University Health Services (UHS) spoke to student senate Wednesday about current and future changes to UHS. The meeting also featured Student Union Board (SUB) executive board nominations and the passing of resolution SS1617-33, regarding the release of mental health information and student awareness of UHS. McMullen discussed the current state of UHS and changes within the department.“College health is essentially an academic retention program,” she said. “Colleges recognize that wellbeing is essential to learning, and so we provide our services so you can achieve your academic goals.”The department has recently undertaken two major strategic initiatives — implementation of electronic medical records and the reorganization of the department, McMullen said.“We have made the tectonic shift from writing with a pen on paper and we have entered the digital age,” she said. “This has been something a long time in the works. We made the shift in August, and it has worked out really well.”McMullen said UHS was the 40th campus organization to undertake a “robust” reorganization process designed by the University.“Our goal for this reorganization is to optimize our scope of services and our hours of operation to meet student need,” she said.UHS determined necessary changes based on student surveys, McMullen said.“Here’s what you’ve told us — college students go to college between nine and five,” she said. “How come we can only see a provider between nine and five? We are benchmarking the data that we have crunched, and are building a new and improved, and reinvigorated department. Communication to the entire community, including to you, our most important stakeholders, will happen this summer.”Another topic McMullen said she was asked to talk about was walk-in fees.“One of the things that college health does is help young adults become good consumers of healthcare … walking into a healthcare provider is not going to serve you well when you leave university,” she said. “The idea behind the walk-in fee is a disincentive — something to make the patients think a little bit and call before they come in.“It really hasn’t worked as intended,” she said. “The amount, $5, is either not a consideration or — what I’m really concerned about — is the relatively smaller proportion for whom $5 is a big deal. I never want anyone to not come in and get the care they need because they don’t have $5. I hear you, so please know that this is something that we are carefully considering with our reorganization.”The SUB executive board nominations followed McMullen’s presentation, with the members rising to answer questions from the senators. Junior Madi Purrenhage responded to a question about future changes within SUB.“We’re really trying to get more people involved with the program and involved with planning, and so there’s been some structural changes to achieve that,” she said. “There’s been a big push this year to get as many people who want to get a role to have a role.”The SUB executive board was approved by the senate vote.Members of First Undergraduate Experience in Leadership (FUEL) presented resolution SS1617-33. The resolution was titled “A resolution supporting song-term mental health care information being released and greater student awareness of University mental health services.” In a brief panel, the members of FUEL summarized their plans for reducing the stigma surrounding mental health and endorsing a movement to improve mental health services on campus. The resolution was approved by unanimous vote.Tags: FUEL, student senate, Student Union Board, University Health Serviceslast_img read more

Panel explores strategies to manage, reduce stress

first_imgWith exam week quickly approaching, Saint Mary’s students took to the Dalloway’s clubhouse for a panel on stress management sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA).“As far as we understand tonight, the basic idea is that we’re here for you,” said panelist and Saint Mary’s life coaching consultant Becky Lindstrom. “We’re here to answer your questions, especially if you’re a first year and have never been through exams.”The panel opened with Lindstrom addressing that stress is normal, a part of life, a part of transition and a part of change.“Actually, any time you take on a new job, if you want to get married, if you want to have children, if you want to travel internationally, go abroad for a semester, these are all very fantastic, exciting things that we want in our lives and they’re also things that are going to bring us stress,” she said.Lindstrom notes that there are different kinds of stress and there are different ways of thinking about stress.“The stress that you experience when you are getting ready to take that test, that in some ways is good for you. Especially when you are actually going in to take the test because when we feel stressed it changes our body and it actually gives us more oxygen flow to our brains so we can think quicker,” she said. “It just in general sharpens our senses and makes you perform better. That’s how stress can actually be an advantage to you in situations where it makes sense that you would feel stressed.”Her biggest takeaway for students, she said, would be to know that this perspective shift alone can help reduce stress.“When you realize it’s natural to feel stressed out and it’s actually something that can benefit you when you know how to harness it, that makes you feel more in control,” she said.Lindstrom also said there is a difference between managing your stress and reducing your stress, especially in the wake of approaching exams.“We can talk about managing it because that’s totally possible. Reducing it, short of hiding under a rock for the rest of your life, is not necessarily easy to do,” Lindstrom said. “But there is one thing that you can do to reduce your stress and that is, as much as possible, be right here, right now. Don’t be a year ago where you’re kicking yourself about what you should have, could have, would have done, right? That doesn’t help. Don’t be a week or a month or a year ahead thinking about all the potential bad things that could happen if you don’t take care of this right now, cause that also doesn’t necessarily help. What’s going to help you the most in reducing your stress and helping you feel a little more ability to control it is to be very aware of the stories you’re telling yourself and when you’re going into the past or way out into the future.”Fellow panelists and Saint Mary’s students shared their stress reduction and management skills with the audience.“I basically do two major things that help me manage or reduce my stress. The first thing, I actually got into this year is meditation. So, every night before bed, I use this app called ‘Headspace.’” senior Jessie Snyder said. “Then another thing that I really try to focus on is doing self-care routines at night.”This was followed by senior Haley Mitchell, who said nature was a big part of her de-stressing, whether that be taking walks to the lake or down the nature trail on campus.Junior Kelsey O’Connor and first-year student in the audience Morgan Puglisi shared that their approach to stress management was to make lists and attend to their planners.“I would say definitely to-do list is something that helps me,” Puglisi said. “Just map out like, ‘OK, these are the things I need to do.’ Sometimes I’m like, ‘I need to do this this and this,’ and I stress my own self out. Just making a list and saying, ‘OK, one step at a time. I’m going to start with this and then I’m going to go to that.’ That really helps me make everything into a structure. When our minds go crazy, it’s nice to have that structure.”Tags: Clarissa Dalloway’s Coffeehouse, Dalloway’s, meditation, panel, self-care, stresslast_img read more

Congressman Says Region Deals With “Acute” Mask Shortages

first_imgPhoto: www.nursetogether.com / CC BY 2.0CORNING –  Face masks remain a hot topic when discussing the COVID-19 crisis, especially after Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order Wednesday mandating people wear a mask in public when they’re performing an essential activity without the possibility of safe social distancing. Congressman Tom Reed spoke with regional reporters this week, and WNYNewsNow asked if any shortages of masks have been reported in either Chautauqua or Cattaraugus Counties. The Republican says every county in the U.S. 23rd Congressional District has, overall, seen an “acute” shortage within the past 30 days.“Each and every day, we get better and better at meeting those acute shortages,” Reed said. “That’s why we do our daily hospital calls…By having those direct lines of communication, I can tell you that it’s getting less and less pervasive over the entire counties, but we still do have hot spots that pop up every once in a while.”An executive order from Cuomo requiring essential businesses to provide cloth or surgical face masks to their employees who interact with the public went into effect Wednesday. WNYNewsNow will continue to cover the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, putting facts over fear.  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

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Will Return to Broadway

first_imgSoon, Broadway’s gonna have a whorehouse in it again. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas will return to Broadway next year in a brand new production. Tony, Emmy and Olivier Award winner Rob Ashford will direct and choreograph. Further information, including dates, theater and cast will be announced at a later date. View Comments Marking the debut of Tommy Tune in the dual role of director/choreographer, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas premiered off-Broadway in 1978 and moved to Broadway just two months later. The show received seven 1979 Tony nominations, with Carlin Glynn and Henderson Forsythe winning Tonys for the roles later played by Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds in the 1982 film adaptation.center_img Featuring a book by Larry L. King (adapting his own Playboy story) and Peter Masterson with music and lyrics by Carol Hall, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas dramatizes the real-life story of a legendary house of ill-repute that remained open for many years until the Governor orders the local sheriff to shut it down. The score includes such numbers as “Good Old Girl,” “Hard Candy Christmas” and “Texas Has a Whorehouse in It.”last_img read more