ROTC recognizes new student leaders

first_imgNotre Dame’s Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) held a Change of Responsibility Ceremony Wednesday to pass leadership of its battalion to new cadets. Senior student leadership of the Army, Navy and Air Force ROTC branches changes at the beginning of each semester. The Navy and Air Force branches also held similar ceremonies this week. “Being able to contribute in a very high degree and having the capacity to have a substantial influence and leave a mark … on the program was great,” Cadet Lt. Colin Raymond, last semester’s Cadet Battalion Commander, said. Although rewarding, Raymond said his former job was quite challenging. “It was a ton of work, and I am excited to play a more supporting role this semester,” Raymond said. Cadet Lt. Kyle Hanratty, last semester’s Cadet Operations Officer, said he sees the transition as a “shift of responsibilities” for the senior leaders instead of a relinquishing of duties. He is now a platoon leader. “[As platoon leader] I will be able to focus more on the individual soldiers and developing them versus the big picture I had last semester of the whole battalion,” Hanratty said. Raymond, Hanratty and last semester’s Cadet Major Louisa White handled most of the event planning and training for the other cadets, which exposed them to the challenges of peer leadership. “You can’t use the force of this imaginary rank to get someone to do something when they’re your friend and they’ve done the same thing as you this entire time,” White said. “You really don’t have a show of force other than who you are.” Raymond said he had encountered the same difficulties and tried to include his peers as much as he could. “I wanted to respect my friends as competent leaders themselves so giving them opportunities as well was important,” he said. At Wednesday’s ceremony, each of last semester’s leaders symbolically passed the flag of each unit to the battalion commander, who then gave it to the incoming leader. According to Cadet Lt. Neal Dillon, coordinator of the event, this exchange represents the trust between members of the battalion. Raymond said he trusts the new Cadet Battalion Commander, Cadet Lt. Geralyn Janke to lead this semester, and she is prepared to take on this role. “Colin is good at everything … he did a great job last semester,” she said. “It will definitely be tough to fill his shoes, but I’m ready.” Hanratty is succeeded by Alex Barbuto as Cadet Battalion Commander and White is succeeded by Graham Hoar as Cadet Major.last_img read more

Research explores tailgate culture

first_imgFans of tailgating will be excited to learn grilling burgers and socializing in crowded parking lots can accomplish far more than just building anticipation for a sporting event. Recent research by Notre Dame marketing professor John Sherry has revealed tailgating to be a powerful tool for building community and family connections. Sherry said tailgating is a surprisingly intimate experience, with participants sharing in the private lives of neighbors and strangers alike. “Tailgating takes people’s domestic lives and kind of turns them inside out,” Sherry said. “If you go out and look in the fields and parking lots where it occurs, you see people’s private lives exposed to the world: their living room, their kitchen their dining room. People walking around can observe these interior lives and bond.” Sherry said individual tailgates may not appear to be interconnected, but in fact are often part of cohesive and long-lasting social communities. “It’s not just a bunch of private parties going on; there are communities stretching back over a hundred years, over multiple generations,” Sherry said. “There are neighborhoods of people that have been tailgating with one another practically forever.” Sherry said tailgating offers participants the opportunity to interact with friends and family but also leads to frequent bonding among strangers, with some choosing to “adopt” neighbors and new acquaintances into their parties. He said this willingness among Notre Dame fans to incorporate strangers into the University family is what makes Notre Dame tailgating unique. “What strikes me about Notre Dame tailgating is the sheer number of times people talk about the activity in family terms,” Sherry said. “Fans take in rivals from other teams, invite them to tailgate and introduce them to other Notre Dame fans. They try to share the Notre Dame experience with everyone who comes through.” Sherry said tailgating also defies the conventional marketing perception of a brand as a passive concept; consumers play an important role in continuously shaping and defining a brand’s image. Tailgating at Notre Dame displays the reality of this formative interaction between consumers and a brand, Sherry said. “Tailgaters are creating Notre Dame essentially; they’re rounding out the brand that the University stands for,” Sherry said. “Not just the tradition in itself that the University represents, but these hundreds of other individual traditions people are crafting that become intimately connected with what Notre Dame means.” Sherry said he is impressed with how Notre Dame shapes the football gameday experience, creating a safe and positive atmosphere without excessive regulation. However, he also said some fans are concerned with the increasing infringement of new building construction on traditional tailgating spaces. “The bigger the University gets, the more spaces for tailgating get cannibalized,” Sherry said. “From a tailgater’s perspective, that has been the greatest concern, the gradual loss of space to actually do it.” Having studied Notre Dame tailgating extensively, Sherry said he is now interested in branching out to see if his findings apply well to other schools around the country. Sherry said the lack of appreciation for the complexities of tailgating is a great example of why we should all stop and pay closer attention to the world around us. “So much of what we do in everyday life is just participation. It’s like fish in a fish bowl; you’re not paying attention to the context of events because you’re busy living them,” he said. “When you slow down and focus on what’s actually going on with tailgating, see all the amazing behaviors and cuisines being developed, it’s truly incredible.”last_img read more

Professor discusses economic situation in Italy

first_imgLeonardo Morlino, professor of Political Science and director of the Research Center on Democracies and Democratizations at LUISS, Rome, presented his research on Italian economics on Tuesday at the Hesburgh Center for International Studies. Morlino’s lecture, titled ‘The Political Consequences of Economic Crisis: Italy and Beyond,’ focused on the relationship between the implementation of democracy in Italy and how it has shaped its current economic situation, as well as the European Union’s role in the issue.You cannot address a question such as, ‘What are the theoretical results of democratization?’ because within democratization, there are several focuses,” Morlino said.Italy currently faces both an enormous public debt and an equally worrying unemployment rate, with over eight million people below poverty level, he said.The period between 1992-2008 is critical in understanding Italy’s economic situation. The years leading up to 2008 were characterized by a decline in electoral participation and dissatisfaction with democracy, Morlino said.“Until 2008, virtually, you have some kind of [political] instability,” he said. “In Italy, they faced a moment of uncertainty, of ambiguity, of stagnate, where there was no expected change. This is in the context of the crisis.”Morlino referred to Italy’s crisis as “the crisis within democracy.” He said knowledge of citizen participation in Italy’s government and the aspects of the country’s constitution are key to understanding Italy’s current situation.“When we consider a traditional perspective of how to analyze the crisis, we consider key mechanisms such as public resources, global economic conflict, pressure of the Europian Union [and] pressure of the market with consequences for our crisis,” Morlino saidBoth Italy’s and Greece’s economies were the most affected by the political crisis faced by the EuropeanuUnion, he saidMorlino said the transition to democracy entails analysis and revision of a country’s constitution in order to implement effective decision-making within a country’s political context.“If we revise the traditional views of a crisis of democracy, we come to some serious results in terms of reshaping of the system,” he said.Contact Gabriela Malespin at [email protected]: economic situation in italy, economy in italy, italy, professor discussionlast_img read more

SUB hosts Dogs and Donuts

first_imgThe University’s Student Union Board (SUB) held its annual “Dogs and Donuts” event on North Quad yesterday. The event, which lasted from 12 p.m.-2 p.m., provided students with two of the things that college students love most: animals and free food.Wei Lin | The Observer According to Kaya Moore, SUB’s director of programming, the event has gone through changes this year.“SUB normally does ‘Puppies and Pumpkins,’ which is basically the same thing except that we have it in October instead of November,” Moore said. “But we realized that there were just too many Halloween events going on this year, and we wanted to do something different.”Wei Lin | The Observer Moore said SUB had already planned to move the event to sometime in November, but when they saw that National Doughnut Day was Nov. 5, they wanted to take advantage of the opportunity.“We were a little late,” she said. “But it worked out.”Heartland Small Animal Rescue Fundraising Chair Jan Caudell said volunteers from the organization were working alongside Notre Dame SUB members, holding and showing off the dogs as the students interacted with them.Wei Lin | The Observer “I believe that being around the animals generally improves the welfare of the students,” Caudell said.She said the shelter hoped to do more than just provide the students animals to interact with. According to volunteer Barbara Sullivan, the shelter also hoped to raise awareness and recruit other volunteers.“We wanted to show off the dogs but also attract some volunteers for foster homes or walking the dogs,” Sullivan said. “Most of our volunteers are much older, and they don’t like to walk in the winter because they’re afraid they’ll slip, which is why we definitely need younger volunteers to help out.”Sullivan and others handed out business cards and shared information about volunteering while the students and pups interacted. She said the event went better than she could have hoped.“We were only expecting about four dogs to come,” Sullivan said. “We were really worried, actually, that no dogs would be able to come. But there actually ended up being more than 10, which is pretty amazing.”With their booth constantly restocking doughnuts for the Notre Dame students, the SUB event was the perfect way to, as Moore put it, “keep the students invested and happy.”As Caudell said, the event was an easy sell to students.“Who doesn’t love dogs and doughnuts?” she said.Tags: dogs, doughnuts, SUBlast_img read more

President Mooney leaves 12-year legacy

first_imgLauren Weldon During her her 12-year presidency, President Carol Ann Mooney accomplished many things, including the successful capital campaign “Faith Always, Action Now,” launching graduate programs, increasing diversity, the Voices of Young Catholic Women project, the Presidential Taskforce on Sexual Assault and many other projects and initiatives.Mooney said she has always loved to interact with students since taking office June 1, 2004.“It’s certainly the students I will miss the most,” she said. “I only get to know a few really well, but I have the opportunity to interact with quite a few, and what I really enjoy is seeing the people they become at the end of their four years here. Whatever else we do, if at the end of four years they are people we’re proud of, then everything is worth it.”She said she is continuously impressed not just by the students’ accomplishments and confidence, but their goodness and sense of purpose. “It feeds my soul,” she said.When the College launched the capital campaign, “Faith Always, Action Now,” in 2008, the recession wasn’t fully realized. Mooney said many doubted that the College would achieve her ambitious goal of $80 million, but the campaign concluded in February 2015 after surpassing the initial goal and raising $105 million, making it the most successful fundraising campaign in the College’s 171-year history.Mooney said it is in the College’s DNA to ignore obstacles and the success of the campaign is a tribute to the great education at Saint Mary’s.“The campaign was a success because Saint Mary’s is a good place because it does good work and its needs to continue,” she said.The campaign wasn’t the success of one person, she said, but it was about getting the word about Saint Mary’s out and showing people what the students, alumnae, faculty and administration are doing to make a difference in the world.She cited historic women of the College and their can-do attitudes as her inspiration.“Mother Pauline built Le Mans Hall when she didn’t know where the money was going to come from,” Mooney said. “She got a fair amount of grief from other Sisters in the congregation for moving forward on such a huge project, but she did it anyway.“Sister Madeleva Wolff started the school of sacred theology when there was no place in the world where women or even laymen could do advanced study in Catholic theology.”Renovations to Madeleva Hall were completed early in her presidency and the campus map looks different than it did when she took office in 2004. Mooney led fundraising and oversaw the completion of Spes Unica Hall in 2008, as well as the beginning of renovation to Purcell Athletic Fields, Angela Athletic Facility and Science Hall.There are lots of people today who keep declaring the end of women’s colleges, but nobody at Saint Mary’s is thinking that, she said.“There’s a sense here that if it needs to be done, let’s get on with it and do it,” she said. While it is important to get things done, Mooney said she hopes members of the College community will be inspired by her own pride for the College.“What I hope has been the result of my presidency is a renewed confidence in Saint Mary’s, a renewed pride.”New graduate programs align with both the mission of the Sisters and the College are part of that renewed pride.“Having the kind of graduate programs that we have started fits with our emphasis on teaching and fits with what we’ve learned from the Sisters, to see what the current needs are and then try to meet them.”The Sisters of the Holy Cross have had a deep impact on Mooney, and she said they inspire her to live out her faith each day.“Working with the Sisters has been a real privilege. My family has worshipped at the Church of Loretto for years before I became president.”The hospitality of the Sisters has very important in both her personal life and her professional life at the College. “I really admire the Sisters. I think what they exude is a real sense that they see the face of God in every single human being,” she said.Like the Sisters, Mooney believes in the impact of diversity of ideas and experiences at the College. When she became president racial and ethnic diversity was 9.1 percent and when measured in 2015, it increased to 17 percent.“The church is universal, embracing people from all cultures and races,” Mooney said. “As an educational institution, we need the richest possible classroom conversations, and what I’ve emphasized is racial and ethnic diversity because those are still markers in our society for different lived experience.“Having students with a variety of lived experiences in the classroom enriches the education for every single student in that classroom,” she said. “It makes it a more vibrant intellectual community, and all of our students deserve that.”The Voices of Young Women Project was an initiative Campus Ministry launched nationally in September 2014 with the support of the College’s Division for Mission. Campus Ministry invited millennial women to write letters to Pope Francis expressing their love for the Catholic tradition and sharing ideas that could contribute to the Church’s outreach to young women and support them in meeting today’s challenges.Mooney, along with her husband George Efta and two students, Grace Urankar ’14 and Kristen Millar ‘15 traveled to Rome to deliver the more than 200 letters written by Saint Mary’s students and women across the country.Carrying the letters across the globe was the most impactful part of the experience, Mooney said.“Meeting the Pope was wonderful, but carrying those letters where young women had poured their hearts out to the Pope was what was most powerful to me, and the hope that what those women had to say will help form our Church so that it better serves everybody, that was the real privilege.”She further described the experience that built her faith in both the College and in God.“It was one of those moments where I thought Saint Mary’s gave me the privilege of doing this and now I get to keep telling people about it. So what does it do for my faith? It calls on me. Sometimes it’s easy to respond to that and other times it’s not.”During her presidency, Mooney has had many opportunities to travel around the U.S. to meet with alumnae, donors and important Catholic leaders, including meeting with Pope Benedict XVI in Washington DC and traveling to Rome for the beatification of Father Basil Moreau.Regarding the Presidential Taskforce on Sexual Assault, Mooney said the group will meet to discuss the findings of the Campus Climate Survey that was sent out earlier in the semester and plan next steps for education and prevention of sexual assault.A Saint Mary’s woman to her core, Mooney said she’s working through feelings of leaving the College.“I’ve told a lot of seniors that I will be as much as wreck on commencement day as they will be.“I know intellectually — and probably in my gut — that it’s time for me to go,” Mooney said. “It’s a good time at the College that all of our projects will be completed. We did our accreditation this fall, finished the campaign, we’re coming to the end of a strategic planning period. So I know it’s the right time, but I feel so connected here. It’s going to be hard to step aside, but I will.”Mooney and Efta have lived in South Bend for more than 36 years and she plans to stay in the area, except for trips to spend more time with her three grandchildren and two to be born in spring or summer.“I’ve lived on the fringes of Saint Mary’s pretty much my whole life. It’s turning into a long goodbye, but I’m trying to find the pleasure in each day.”Her contract ends May 31, and president-elect Jan Cervelli will take over June 1. Though she plans to distance herself from the College, she said she’ll be back for her 45th reunion in June 2017.Tags: 11th president, legacy, president, President Carol Ann Money, Saint Mary’s Collegelast_img read more

Student creates ‘Humans of Standing Rock’ page

first_imgOver Thanksgiving break, a group of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s students went to the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota to join the “water protectors” — many of which are Native Americans who have been there since August — in their fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline being built near their land. On Nov. 29, senior Jenn Cha — one of the Notre Dame allies who went to the reservation, along with four native students — started a Facebook page, Humans of Standing Rock, to share the stories of the indigenous people she met who are leading the movement. Sunday, the Department of the Army announced that it would not allow the Dakota Access pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe, the area in question. Courtesy of Jenn Cha “Water protectors” gather at the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota.“It is a huge victory and it is a testament to the power of protest — this never would have happened without the protest — and especially those first four to five months before the media outburst, there was basically no media coverage,” Cha said. Cha said she is “cautiously optimistic.” Many of the leaders at Standing Rock have said they still have no plans to leave, despite being subjected to water cannons and non-lethal rubber rounds. Likewise, Cha is not leaving her photojournalism project. “I will continue with the page, because I still have a backlog,” she said. “I think it would be a mistake to say, ‘OK, we’ve proclaimed victory’ and move on to other things. I think we need to keep the momentum going.” Humans of Standing Rock, Cha said, is based off of Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York photojournalism project. “I was surprised that something like Humans of Standing Rock didn’t exist already, because this movement has been going on since August,” she said. “Everything that did come out [of the media] was … ‘clashes with police,’ even though they’re peaceful protesters — that kind of rhetoric. I didn’t see much content that was created with the intent of humanizing people who were there. These are the people, this is why they’re here, here are their stories.”While the content the page is from Cha’s time at the reservation over Thanksgiving, she said she was “very open” to making it a collaborative project. “I was there for three to four days, and I talked to a lot of people, took photographs, recorded them, and I just created a huge backlog of photographs and interviews,” she said. “Obviously, I was only there three days — I don’t presume to say ‘my story is the only story.’ “I’m not native myself; I didn’t go to the ceremony areas, I didn’t go anywhere I wasn’t invited. There are a lot of stories I can’t tell, and if there are other photojournalists out there, I’d like them to reach out to me.” Currently, the Humans of Standing Rock Facebook page has almost 500 likes. “The crux is probably Notre Dame students,” Cha said. “But only about 200 out of the 500 are Facebook friends with me, so I only know half of them and where they’re from or anything. Hopefully, it’s spreading.” In addition to humanizing the people at Standing Rock, Cha said she hopes the page helps people realize that Standing Rock’s fight against the pipeline is not just a temporary situation. “This is an indigenous-led movement, and it’s a prayer movement,” she said. “I think that sometimes gets undercut by other news. … People from other places, other indigenous tribes, they’ve sold their things and come to be in solidarity. “It’s not like they’re camping there. They’re living there — that’s people’s lives. One of the people I interviewed said, ‘It is a movement in some ways, it’s a protest in some ways, but it’s our whole lives — if this pipeline went through, where would we go?’”Tags: Dakota Access Pipeline, dapl, Sioux Tribe, standing rocklast_img read more

ROTC honors graduating seniors

first_imgNotre Dame’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), held its annual Pass in Review Ceremony on Wednesday on a rain-shrouded South Quad. ROTC honored its members for a year of excellence in academics, leadership and service.“The military Pass in Review is a formal ceremony rooted in the tradition of a commanding officer inspecting the men and women serving beneath him for their appearance, technique, precision and battle readiness,” junior Chris Ruflin said.Notre Dame’s full Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine units, in dress uniform, lined up in formation for the inspection of University President Fr. John Jenkins and Colonel James E. Bowen of the United States Air Force. The ceremony honors all ROTC members, who will go on to serve in the U.S Armed Forces after graduation, as well as students who have gone above and beyond their duties.“Notre Dame men and women have served and will continue to serve in our country’s battles with honor, courage and integrity, and are proud to reflect the true essence of that powerful motto of our service — God, Country, Notre Dame,” Ruflin said.Following the National Anthem, Fr. Peter Rocca, rector of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, gave the ceremony’s invocation. Rocca expressed gratitude for the selflessness of the ROTC students and their professors, leaders and administrators.Jenkins and commanding officers recognized ROTC students from each unit for achieving higher levels of excellence, whether in leadership, academics, character, optimism, piety, compassion, loyalty or for four years of distinction. Cadets and midshipmen were presented with officers’ sabers, plaques and a tactical watch.The awards were followed by a brief speech by Jenkins, in which he expressed his pride in the ROTC members and their commitment to a greater purpose, rooted in Notre Dame’s rich military history dating to the 1850s.“At Notre Dame and in the military one finds a commitment to integrity, service and leadership,” he said. “Wherever you go, you will bring that spirit of Notre Dame with you.” Jenkins finished with a message to the ROTC seniors who will soon assume their positions as active-duty officers or reserve officers.“As you go forth into military service and unity, I ask that you remember the values that you learned here, that sense of leadership, of selflessness, of community … you have contemplated the morality of warfare and embraced the virtues of peace,” he said.Finally, Jenkins presented the President’s Cup to the winner of the annual tri-military competition, comprised of a football tournament in the fall, basketball in the winter and soccer in the spring. This year’s winner was the Army ROTC.After a closing prayer from Rocca, in which he asked for God’s protection of the ROTC students as they become a force for good in the world, each ROTC unit marched past toward Main Building.Tags: Pass in Review Ceremony, ROTC, tri-militarylast_img read more

Rape reported to NDSP

first_imgUpdated June 25A rape was reported to Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) on May 17, according to Monday’s NDSP crime log. The alleged rape occurred in the library parking lot between March 1 and March 8, according to an updated entry in Thursday’s crime log.The report was later classified as ”Unfounded” according to an updated crime log on June 22. University spokesperson Dennis Brown said among all criminal cases reported to NDSP in 2017, less than 1 percent were determined to be unfounded.Information about sexual assault prevention and resources for survivors of sexual assault are available online from NDSP and the Title IX office.Tags: library lot, rape, sexual assaultlast_img read more

Love to Last! Bridges of Madison County to Release Cast Album

first_img Derek Klena The Bridges of Madison County Steven Pasquale Directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher, the musical is currently running at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. View Comments Kelli O’Hara The musical tells the story of an Italian-American housewife named Francesca Johnson (O’Hara) and her unlikely four-day love affair with Robert Kincaid (Pasquale), a National Geographic photographer. In addition to O’Hara and Pasquale, the cast of The Bridges of Madison County features Tony nominee Hunter Foster as Bud, Cass Morgan as Marge, Michael X. Martin as Charlie, Derek Klena as Michael and Caitlin Kinnunen as Caroline. The show’s ensemble includes Whitney Bashor, Jennifer Allen, Ephie Aardema, Katie Klaus, Luke Marinkovich, Aaron Ramey, Dan Sharkey, Tim Wright, Jessica Vosk, Charlie Franklin and Kevin Kern. Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on May 18, 2014 Related Shows The affair will always be remembered! Ghostlight Records will record the original Broadway cast recording of The Bridges of Madison County, starring Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale. Based on the novel by Robert James Waller, the tuner features music and lyrics by Tony winner Jason Robert Brown and a book by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman.last_img read more

Weekend Poll Top Three: Fans Are Ready for a Wicked Movie

first_img 3. Spring Awakening — 11% Fans of the 2006 hit Broadway musical who are waiting for a big screen adaptation won’t be “left behind” for long. It was recently reported that a film adaptation of Spring Awakening is in development with Tom Hanks’ production company Playtone and director McG at the helm. However, we still have some burning questions: who will sing the song of purple summer? Will Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff reprise their roles? Will a cast of new, fresh faces emerge from obscurity into stardom? Miley Cyrus and Harry Styles? (Again, kidding.) Movie big-wigs have been making all sorts of noises about producing film adaptations of our favorite musicals lately. With so many in-the-works, we asked fans which one they are most excited about seeing on the silver screen. The results are in, and perhaps no surprise which tuner was the most popular. 2. Into the Woods— 19% You wish, and you shall receive! The film adaptation of Into the Woods is just months away, with Chicago and Nine’s Rob Marshall at the helm. The starry cast includes Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, James Corden, Lilla Crawford and Christine Baranski. We’re still awaiting some official production shots and a trailer, but with a Christmas 2014 release date, hopefully we’ll soon be able to say we “know things now!” 1. Wicked— 39% Let us be glad; let us be grateful! Fans are more than ready to see the Wicked witches ride their brooms and bubbles onto the silver screen. A film adaptation of the Broadway blockbuster is in the works, according to Stephen Schwartz, though not many details have been confirmed aside from that. The Wicked and Pippin composer teased, “we’re starting to do some work on it. We’ve actually started gearing up on it a little bit.” Well, we couldn’t be happier. Now, if only we could get Harry Styles to play Fiyero! (Relax. We’re kidding. We think?) View Commentslast_img read more