Council publishes suggestions

first_imgThe Diversity Council of Notre Dame submitted a resolution to the administration Thursday detailing recommendations for further actions benefitting the University’s diverse community, compiled after four months of discussion. Senior Luis Llanos, chair of the Diversity Council, said the importance of the resolution derives from the Council’s unique ability to unite representatives of 29 clubs whose members mostly come from underrepresented groups. “Last year, the Diversity Council came together and decided as a whole that it was important for us to really go in-depth and figure out what in our communities was going wrong and why people didn’t feel at home here,” he said. “We brought together the opinions of many of the communities on campus and started in April. “We started with a lot of different points … and we were almost going to send the resolution up in April, but then we decided to take the summer to really pinpoint what was wrong and what action steps Notre Dame could take to make students feel at home. This is what has come through.” The resolution supports three “recent changes to community life” made by the University and offers seven recommendations for further action under the Office of Student Affairs, Auxiliary Operations and the Office of the Provost. Llanos said the administration “has been very positive when it comes to community life and the diversity population on campus,” and he hopes to continue the conversation about inclusion once they review the resolution. “We’re going to have to have meetings to explain these points more extensively and explain the process we went through, but past that, we’re going to have to … see what action steps we come up with in our unified approach,” he said. “We want to go to [the administration] with these and say ‘How can we be a part of the conversation, and how can we help?’ “We want to be proactive. We’re not just handing it to them and asking them to work on them.” In the resolution, the Council recommends under the Office of Student Affairs that a visible statement of inclusion be placed in each classroom and residence hall and that rectors collaborate in the process of choosing freshman orientation staff instead of assigning the task to a hall commissioner, “with the goal of creating a more inclusive environment.” Under Auxiliary Operations, they recommend that Halal and Kosher foods be made available to students with dietary restrictions for religious reasons. Under the Office of the Provost, they recommend that mandatory in-services be held for faculty and staff to “aid in the better understanding of cultural differences and how these differences can influence and impact the classroom dynamic.” They also recommend that students be required to complete a course with a new “Cultural Enrichment” attribute that simultaneously fulfills an existing University requirement and that the University “increase their efforts in the recruitment and retention of ethnically and culturally diverse faculty.” After Llanos presented the Diversity Council’s resolution in an informational meeting with the student senate, student body vice president and senate chair Nancy Joyce said multiple senators expressed interest in writing a resolution of their own to support the Council’s recommendation. “I think that sentiment came out of the understanding that student senate is supposed to represent all of the students on campus,” Joyce said. “We’ve got a representative from every dorm; we’ve got off-campus council; we’ve got all the class councils. “When the senators understood that these recommendations were coming out of the 7 percent of students on campus that don’t feel that they’re welcomed, they felt that it was really important as a body to support those recommendations.” Iris Outlaw, director of Multicultural Student Programs and Services, said while the Council is separate from the President’s Oversight Committee on Diversity and Inclusion chaired by University President Fr. John Jenkins, many of the recommendations “fall in line” with that committee’s work. “These are changes that are outside of the responsibility of the students,” Outlaw said. “They can send the recommendations up, but the students themselves cannot implement them. I think it’s really about informing the administration what they would like to see, because one of the key things is that the students have commended the changes that have already been made.” The resolution is “another wave” of what previous students have already began, including the Call to Action movement and campus climate surveys, Outlaw said. “Some of these recommendations are tagged onto initiatives that they have already started but never had been actually presented full-force to the administration before,” she said. “In part of the resolution, they talk about our charge as a Catholic institution and our commitment to society, and I think the big push has been our social justice component. “It’s even part of the Holy Cross charism of how we treat one another and the task of educating the head, the heart and the mind.” Kate Zenker, vice chair of the Diversity Council, said the group views the resolution as a “unified effort” with the administration. “There are other efforts in other parts of the University, but we’re all working toward the same goal,” she said. “We’re hoping that by giving this to the administration, by telling the administration what this group of students represented by the Diversity Council wants, we can aid in the efforts of the Oversight Committee.” The student senate resolution, which passed Nov. 20, does not add to the Diversity Council’s resolution but will be sent to the administration to support the Council’s recommendations. Student body president Alex Coccia said Senate’s role was simply to evaluate the other group’s resolution. “Because there has been so much debate and discussion within the Diversity Council, it was very clear that these were the recommendations that were coming out of the clubs and the organizations … and essentially, the result was our supporting statement,” Coccia said. “What’s important about this resolution and these recommendations is that it’s obviously been a long process that involved much collaboration and communication between students and administrators along the way.” Llanos said with the resolution the Diversity Council does not suggest everyone in the diverse community feels excluded on campus, but that they want to help the part of the community that does. “Twenty-four percent of the Notre Dame population identifies as a person of color, and what we’re saying is that there are people in our community who feel [excluded], and we can’t let this go unnoticed,” he said. “I think a lot of positive changes can be made, and the administration is very open to hearing from us so I think the future is looking very good. “We just want to make Notre Dame a better place for everyone on campus. That was the purpose in the beginning, and that is the purpose that’s still driving this resolution forward.” Contact Ann Marie Jakubowski at ajakubo1@nd.edulast_img read more

Students participate in Clothesline Project

first_imgT-shirts with striking messages about sexual and interpersonal violence were strung from clotheslines outside of O’Shaughnessy Hall Monday at noon, and will remain hanging for the duration of the week.Each one of the 15 shirts — decorated with phrases such as “She turned her shame into power” and “It was not your fault” — is the work of a survivor of sexual assault or of someone impacted, directly or indirectly, by interpersonal violence.Regina Gesicki, Assistant Director of Educational Initiatives for the Gender Relations Center (GRC), said the idea behind hanging the shirts is to allow victims of assault to speak out in an anonymous yet still highly conspicuous fashion.“They [the shirts] are right in that high traffic area outside O’Shaughnessy, so students walking to DeBartolo in that corridor can see them, faculty and people in O’Shaughnessy can see them, and it’s really just a reminder of people in our community who have been hurt by things that happened in their past or things that happened to them here,” Gesicki said.  “It’s up to us to notice that and see what we can do to change that for the better.”According to the GRC website, the shirts are part of a GRC initiative for Sexual Violence Awareness Month called the Clothesline Project.  Gesicki said Notre Dame has participated in the Clothesline Project since 2009, although the project first began in Massachusetts in 1990 and has since become a national movement.The national website for the Clothesline Project stated the original purpose of the project was to commemorate victims of sexual assault and to provide “a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt.”The Clothesline Project here at Notre Dame has similar objectives, Gesicki said, but Notre Dame’s installment of the project commemorates all victims, male or female, of interpersonal violence.She said the shirts are a visual, artistic protest against violence, which, by nature of their very visibility on campus, raise community awareness about assault.“It’s visible, but it’s not forceful,” Gesicki said.  “It allows people to encounter it in whatever way they feel comfortable.“It’s just another way to reach a different group of people and bring this issue that is in the news on our campus and in the wider news to people’s attention, and to challenge them to think of what they can do personally to make the community safer for everyone.”Senior Deirdre Harrington, a FIRE Starter for the GRC, said the Clothesline Project helps to draw attention to the fact that sexual assault and violence impact the entire community.“It’s important to realize that this is an issue that affects everyone regardless of whether or not you actually think you know a survivor or consciously know a survivor,” she said.  “It really is such a harm to our community at Notre Dame and we all do have the responsibility to step up and be our brother’s and sister’s keeper.”Harrington said the Clothesline Project also provides a way for students and faculty to engage in a dialogue about how to address the issue of sexual violence — an issue which has received renewed attention owing to recent reports of sexual assault and campus viewings of “The Hunting Ground.”“I think it’s really important to continue these conversations that have been happening on campus, especially surrounding ‘The Hunting Ground,’” she said.  “And I think this is a way that this conversation can keep going.”Other events happening this week regarding sexual violence awareness and prevention include the annual Take Back the Night, which will begin tonight at 5:30 p.m. and consist of a prayer vigil, march and dinner, and Denim Day, an all-day event occurring this Friday to bring attention to the issue of victim-blaming.Gesicki said that in conjunction with Take Back the Night and Denim Day, the Clothesline Project demonstrates the Notre Dame community’s desire to improve campus safety and to reach out to victims of violence.“I think it [the Clothesline Project] operates in tandem with the other events this week, to bring awareness to the fact that we do have a community that is supportive of those who have experienced violence,” she said. “It’s a community that includes survivors, and also people who have walked with them through the violence that’s been committed against them.“We’re not perfect yet — I think that’s one takeaway — but we continue to work towards ways to make this community safer for everyone in it.”Tags: Clothesline project, Fire Starters, GRC, Sexual Violence Awareness Monthlast_img read more

Club calls off trip to D.C. for March for Life due to inclement weather

first_imgJanice Chung | The Observer Every year since the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision on the legality of abortion in Roe v. Wade, Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students have demonstrated in support of the pro-life movement on the decision’s anniversary, with many traveling to Washington D.C. for the annual March for Life. However, this year, due to an impending blizzard in the nation’s capital, the March team and University staff cancelled the trip, choosing instead to hold a march on campus, according to an email sent out by the Office of Campus Ministry on Thursday.While the March is typically held in D.C. to make a statement to elected officials, a march held on campus will achieve a different set of goals, Patrick Koehr, sophomore and member of the March team, said.“I think that it will start a lot of conversations on campus among our own student body and will have a much more direct effect on a large portion of our student body,” Koehr said.A march, whether in D.C. or on campus, displays the vitality and passion of the pro-life movement, vice president of events for the club and junior Emily Burns said.“It can be very disheartening at times to be fighting for this cause and feel as though we are accomplishing nothing — attending the March however, reminds us all how many people are working together for this cause,” Burns said.“ … The attitude of the March is both joyful and serious, as we all join together in recognizing the gift that is life as well as the reality of what we are fighting for.”The march on campus will begin with a Mass for Life at 11:30 a.m. in the Basilica, president of the Right to Life Club Janelle Wanzek said. After the conclusion of the Mass, the Right to Life leadership will pass out hats and signs and begin the march around 1 p.m, Wanzek said.“The route will include a stop in front of Touchdown Jesus for a huge group picture and a stop in front of the Dome for a brief reflection and prayer,” Wanzek said. “The event will conclude with a procession to the Grotto where you can offer your own prayers and leave a candle.”To some, the March may seem futile, but this past year has been very successful for the pro-life movement, Burns said.“This past year, hundreds of pro-life legislation pieces were proposed,” she said. “A bill significantly reducing government funding of Planned Parenthood was passed in both the House and the Senate, only to be vetoed by President Obama. … It is very clear that our government is taking more and more notice of the pro-life movement, which is reflected in the kind of bills and legislation that have been proposed in the past year.”The March is the Right to Life Club’s largest event of the year, but the club is very active in other work, focusing on service, education and spirituality, Burns said.“Our service opportunities focus on groups of people that we feel that do not receive the dignity that they deserve,” she said. “The mission of our club is to encourage the dignity of all people, so that is why we reach out to a lot of organizations that help the mentally handicapped, special needs, the elderly, women in crisis pregnancies — a lot of groups of people that do not necessarily get treated with the dignity that they deserve.”The club hosts seminars and sponsors a mentorship program between faculty and pro-life students in which the two groups discuss current issues in the pro-life movement, Burns said.“We just added apologetics this past semester in order to teach our members how to better articulate, better present our views,” Burns said. “That’s an important side of our work — anyone who claims to be pro-life, we need to empower them to be able to talk about issues with people who do not necessarily agree with us.”A common misperception about the pro-life movement is that the group only cares about the loss of a child, Burns said.“The theme of the March for Life this year is actually the idea that pro-life and pro-woman go hand in hand,” she said. “ … Our theme for our Respect Life week this past year was ‘Love them both.’ We put roses on South Quad, one red rose, one white rose, intertwined — one represents the loss of a child, and one represents the pain of the mother.”According to Burns, the pro-life movement emphasizes the human dignity of all people, no matter their circumstances or stage in life. The movement fights for this dignity to be recognized, Burns said.“I believe that there are some major changes that need to take place in our nation if we truly aspire to our founding principle that all men are created equal,” Burns said. “I attend the March because I want to join in solidarity with all those fighting against what I view as the greatest injustice of our time, and I want to do all that I can to stand up for what I believe in.”Tags: March for Life, pro-life movement, Respect Life, Right to Lifelast_img read more

Badin Hall to host Conscious Christmas handicrafts sale

first_imgAs the Christmas season arrives on campus, so comes Conscious Christmas — a Badin Hall signature event and annual fair trade sale to support Badin Hall’s charity, the HOPE Initiative. The eighth annual Conscious Christmas sale will take place Friday from noon to 6 p.m. in Badin Hall., and will feature handcrafted items from Nepalese artisans and Notre Dame art and design students.Sophomore Kathleen Ryan, the head commissioner for Badin’s HOPE commission, said she appreciates the opportunity to get the rest of the Notre Dame community involved with the HOPE Initiative, a volunteer organization devoted to improving the education of the poorest children in rural Nepal.“I was really drawn to the idea of using our dorm community for the benefit of people in the greater international community,” Ryan said in an email. “I think the HOPE Initiative is an amazing organization, and it’s really special to work closely with Ann-Marie Conrado, who is the founder of HOPE, as well as our hall fellow.”Conrado, an assistant professor of industrial design, said she loves to see Badin Hall have such a large hand in supporting her and her husband’s charity.“It’s a small organization,” she said. “So that also allows Badin to play a large role in the work that it does and to be really connected to it at the grassroots level. … I’m proud to say that Badin is the number one donor, by far.”In addition to the residents of Badin Hall who are in charge of organizing, publicizing and working at Conscious Christmas, Conrado said some Notre Dame art students also participate by designing items to sell at the event.“I actually bring art and design students to Nepal every summer for ten weeks,” she said. “They actually design handicrafts. … A portion of our products that are on sale are actually designed by Notre Dame students.”One student who will have several items of work featured in the Conscious Christmas sale is painting graduate student Laura Lemna, who traveled to Nepal with Conrado last summer to work as an intern with artists at the Association for Craft Producers.“It’s different from a lot of the other work that I make,” Lemna said. “I’m a painter, so I’m used to making singular objects. So making designs that are mass-produced is pretty exciting and something that I’ve never done before. Knowing and caring about the people at that company, it’s really cool to know that they enjoy what we made together and that it’s finding some success for them.”Ryan said these original designs by students and artists in Nepal only add to the success of the event.“What’s special about Conscious Christmas is these items aren’t your typical Christmas gifts,” she said. “So the excitement of finding that perfect present for someone is even more unique.”Not only does Conscious Christmas serve as an opportunity for community members to shop for Christmas gifts, but it also exposes students to fair trade, Conrado said.“What Badin does is opens up fair trade, consciously and ethically sourced products to the Notre Dame community and gives them a venue to shop in a way that does double the duty,” she said. “Because one, it’s purchased fair trade or from small cooperatives … but then all proceeds go back to charitable efforts there. So it’s like you’re doing double the difference. There’s not a profit motive there.”Ryan said she and the other commissioners for the event are hoping to break the record of more than $11,000 raised at last year’s event.“We’ve topped the amount made the previous year every [year] since Conscious Christmas started, and I wouldn’t want to stop that trend now,” she said.More important than the dollar amount to Conrado, however, is witnessing the passion Badin Hall residents have for the event.“I am thrilled with how the women of Badin take this on and come to learn so much about fair trade, come to learn about ethical sourcing and come to understand that they can make an impact,” she said. “Every generation that’s involved with this — from the ones who will sign up just on the day to man it … to the ones who just keep continually running credit cards all day long — they’re giving of themselves for a greater cause.”Tags: badin hall, Conscious Christmas Handicraft Sale, Hope Initiativelast_img read more

Hitchcock’s ‘I Confess’ as Catholic Noir

first_imgWhile many are familiar with the work of director Alfred Hitchcock, not many know that Hitchcock often integrated Catholic themes into his films.Thomas Hibbs, dean of the honors college and professor of philosophy at Baylor University, highlighted Catholic and noir themes in the 1953 film “I Confess” on Tuesday night in a lecture in the Center for Ethics and Culture’s Catholic Culture Series.The film, which stars Montgomery Clift, centers around the struggles of a priest named Fr. Michael Logan who is suspected of murder and cannot prove his innocence without revealing what he heard in the confessional.“I Confess” fits with the film noir tradition, not only using features like a “femme fatale” — played by the character of Ruth Grandfort — but also with stylistic techniques like eschew camera angels, strong dark and light contrasts and sinister music, Hibbs said.“The raise in the critical acclaim of Hitchcock has something to do with the recognition of Hitchcock as a self-conscious filmmaker; that is, someone who is constantly thinking about the camera,” he said.Hibbs said “I Confess” also draws on the noir use of flashbacks.“In noir films, we don’t move forward out of the past … We move forward, and the past comes up and punches us in the face,” he said.Hibbs quoted Hitchcock’s thesis of films as “the stronger the evil, the stronger the film,” and said this comes across in “I Confess.”“This film builds in a way so the evil becomes stronger in particular individuals, and evil becomes stronger in the sense that it spreads,” he said.Unlike classic noir films, Hibbs said that in “I Confess,” Hitchcock pivots the film with a key scene that draws similarities between Fr. Logan and Christ by showing the priest walking past a statue of Christ carrying the cross.“What we see as viewers … is that Logan is undergoing a passion akin to Christ’s passion,” Hibbs said. “There’s actually a larger narrative here than the narrative of entrapment and unintelligibility and lack of progress [commonly seen in noir films].“The larger narrative is that his suffering is going to pattern on, in some sense, the suffering of Christ. That scene is visually the key scene in the whole movie.”The film ends with ideas from the comedy of remarriage strategy, portraying the “femme fatale” Ruth going home with her husband and Fr. Logan having the chance to renew his priestly vows, Hibbs said.“He has, in this Christ-like trial that he undergoes, an opportunity to recommit himself, to have a second marriage to Christ as a priest,” he said.Hibbs said that while many see Hitchcock as only an entertainer, many of his works explore deep themes.“[Hitchcock’s] best films really show that this popular medium can be a matter through which the deepest issues of high culture are explored through a distinctive medium,” Hibbs said. “This is a film that touches on some of the deepest questions, and does so in a fairly explicit theological way.”Tags: Alfred Hitchcock, Catholic films, Center of Ethics and Culture, Noirlast_img read more

Archbishop and clergy abuse investigator engages tri-campus community on Church crisis

first_imgCharles Scicluna, Archbishop of Malta and face of the Vatican’s fight against clerical sex abuse, spoke with members of the tri-campus community on the Church’s sexual abuse crisis Wednesday evening in the Dahnke Ballroom.The event was part of the 2019 ND Forum, “Rebuild My Church: Crisis and Response.” John Allen, Vatican reporter and editor for online Catholic news publication Crux, moderated. Mary Steurer | The Observer Maltese Archbishop Charles Scicluna speaks Wednesday in the Dahnke Ballroom. Scicluna, who is one the Vaican’s leading investigators of clerical sex abuse, spoke about ways to combat the ongoing abuse crisis in the Catholic Church.With decades of experience investigating clerical abuse, Scicluna has long been held up as an authority on the crisis. In 1995, he was appointed deputy promoter of justice at the Vatican’s Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, the Church’s highest court. In 2002, he transitioned to promoter of justice in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), the governing body responsible for addressing the clergy sexual abuse crisis. Scicluna was promoted to secretary adjunct of the CDF in 2018.Since his appointment at the Vatican, Scicluna has led numerous investigations into the crisis and met with hundreds of survivors. He has also worked to expand definitions for ecclesiastical crimes and the statutes of limitations for reporting cases of abuse. Scicluna shared his takeaways after speaking with survivors of clergy abuse. He said to make progress addressing the crisis, Church leaders must make an active effort to engage with survivors.“When you meet a person who has gone through this immense tragedy personally … you understand [the crisis] better,” he said.The Church has been slow to respond to the crisis, but has made tangible steps forward, Scicluna said.He said he wished February’s Vatican summit had been more constructive, but named a new Church law outlining stricter guidelines for handling abuse cases as a major fruit of the meeting. Under the May 7 mandate, Church leaders must report all cases of abuse to their superiors, Scicluna said. Dioceses have until June 1, 2020 to comply with the mandate.“If we don’t get to this point, after a year we’ll be knocking on the door of the bishops,” he said.  Though he could not speak on the specifics of his investigations, Scicluna said more scandal has yet to surface in the U.S.“The United States … [has] to be prepared for another wave of traumatic narrative,” he said.Scicluna said the limitations of the 2002 Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People — also known as the Dallas Charter — hindered the United States’ Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) progress in addressing the crisis.Though the charter established landmark standards for handling cases of clergy sexual abuse, it only applies to priests and deacons, omitting bishops from its purview.“The deficit of the 2002 Dallas Charter was the fact that it talked about abuse or violence committed by deacons and by priests, and the bishops did not include themselves in the category of possible addressors and perpetrators,” he said.Archbishop of Baltimore William Lori, who spoke at another Notre Dame Forum event Sept. 25, was among those who helped draft the charter.Before the event transitioned to an open Q&A, two students were invited to ask pre-prepared questions.Senior Cecily Castillo asked how the Vatican grapples with geopolitical diversity in enforcing Church doctrine.Scicluna acknowledged global communities are at different stages in addressing the crisis, which he attributed to a difference of culture.“You need to empower a community, but you need to be patient,” he said.Chase Soukup, another senior, asked Scicluna if he believes there is any connection between abuse and the clerical vow of celibacy.“My take is simple, and I don’t want to be reductive on it,” Scicluna said in response. “If we have to follow celibacy —  that is, chastity and celibacy — there would not be misconduct. So I can’t blame something that tells me to behave and then say it’s because of this law.”Priests who break clerical celibacy lack vocational commitment, he added.“You see priests failing in such an important commitment, you realize that in most cases there was a difficulty to live celibacy because people were not in love,” he said. “In order to be chaste in celibacy, you need to be in love — in love with Jesus and with the people of God.”Scicluna then answered questions from the audience;  four live and two via an online portal. (Editor’s note: Did you submit a question online that didn’t get answered? Let us know. Email us at news@ndsmcobserver.com) One audience member, who said he was a priest with the Legionaries of Christ, asked Scicluna how to cope when trusted Church leaders commit abuse.Scicluna said the Church must learn to separate clergy from faith.“I think that we leaders, we ministers — you and me — need to be humble enough to tell our people, ‘It is not about me. It is about Jesus Christ,’” he said.Graduate student Kevin Doherty asked Scicluna why offending priests are often promoted several times before they are exposed — even when their abuse is an “open secret” among high-ranking clergy.“I don’t have the answers to that, but I tell you they are legitimate questions,” Scicluna said.Scicluna closed by inviting the audience in prayer for the end of clergy abuse and the protection of the Church’s young and vulnerable.“I think that we owe it to the innocence of our young people and our kids, whatever it takes, to defend their innocence, their faith and their integrity,” he said.Tags: Notre Dame Forum, sex abuse crisis, Vaticanlast_img read more

Bengal Bouts to kick off 90th-annual tournament

first_imgThursday marks the beginning of the 90th Bengal Bouts competition, a series of boxing tournaments put on by Notre Dame’s boxing club to raise money for a number of Holy Cross-run institutions in Bangladesh.These institutions, which include hospitals and primary schools, are mostly located in the rural areas of the nation, where poverty is most severe. Bengal Bouts has been raising money for these institutions for a number of years and have donated a total of over $2.5 million throughout the course of the tournament’s existence. Nola Wallace | The Observer Bengal Bouts captains Tim Leisenring, Parker Revers and Taylor Vucinich are among several boxers who will participate in the annual tournament, which begins Thursday evening.“There are a lot of reasons why we do the Bouts, whether it to stay in shape, for competition or for the camaraderie of the team,” junior and boxing club captain Kyle Mettler said. “However, the most important aspect of Bengal Bouts is, without a doubt, the mission we are working towards: raising money for those less fortunate in Bangladesh.”According to senior and club president Parker Revers, the tournaments have raised at least $100,000 every single year since 2009. This year, the club is setting its goal at $200,000.“We work directly with the Development Office all year to help reach donors, alumni and previous boxers to try and get them back on campus,” Revers said.This year’s Bengal Bouts are split into 10 distinct weight classes, each of which has its own tournament ranging from eight to 16 boxers. Revers emphasized the club did not want any of their participants resorting to dangerous behavior to cut weight.“We’re students first, we want to make sure people are eating healthy and not attempting to shed weight for a fight,” he said.Each of the boxers is ranked according to skill and then seeded accordingly.“Every one of the boxers participating [is] required to do at least three spars,” Revers said. “After these spars, we come together as coaches and captains to rank the fighters in the different weight classes.”Though the tournaments are mostly organized by the Notre Dame boxing club, there are several other organizations that contribute to Bengal Bouts’ success.“We work with RecSports because we fall under them, as well as Halftime. [And] for the national anthem, Notre Dame’s marketing department to broadcast the Bouts,” Revers said. “And also the Office of Information Technologies, who help us stream the fights live on Youtube.”The participating boxers have come to Bengal Bouts for a variety of reasons.“I got into boxing mostly to supplement a university sport that I was planning on playing here at Notre Dame,” Mettler said. “I tried it out freshman year and ended up getting hooked.”Each of the boxing club captains will be participating in the Bouts, including Mettler and Revers. The rest of the captains are seniors Taylor Vucinich, Tim Leisenring, Johnny Link, Chris Lembo and Eric Requet and juniors Lenny Calvo, Bo Heatherman, Dan O’Brien and Ryan Smith.Preliminaries for the Bouts begin Thursday at 7 p.m. in Purcell Pavillion. The finals will take place Feb. 29 at 7 p.m. in Purcell Pavilion. Tickets are $30 for access to all four rounds of fighting or $10 for access to individual rounds.Tags: Bengal Bouts, Notre Dame Boxing Clublast_img read more

Increase In New York State Toll Fees Approved, Slated To Take Effect January 1

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) Image by New York State Thruway Authority / YouTube.ALBANY – Starting next year those who travel the New York State Thruway will be paying more in tolls.The Thruway Authority Board of Directors approved an increase in toll rates this week part of the conversion to cashless tolling.Those without an E-ZPass who will now be required to pay by mail will see a 30 percent tolling increase.Additionally, out of out-of-state E-ZPass customers will see an increase of 15 percent. E-ZPass customers who live New York State will not be impacted by the change.last_img read more

Governor Says It Is Up To Residents To Prevent The Next COVID-19 Shutdown

first_imgImage by Mike Groll/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.ALBANY — New York State’s Governor says it is up to residents to prevent the next COVID-19 related shutdown.Governor Andrew Cuomo made the comments during a press briefing on Friday.He says, “slow the spread, stop the shutdown.,” is New York’s new mantra.“I also believe New Yorkers can slow the spread, they can flatten the curve, because I’ve seen it,” Cuomo said. “New York has defied all the odds and New Yorkers did it.” He also believes New Yorkers have learned from the spike in COVID-19 cases after Thanksgiving. But will there be another economic shutdown?“Nobody can answer that question today. They can have opinions. But it is purely up to us because it is up to our actions,” Cuomo said. “There is no destiny here. Destiny is what we make it.”Vaccine distribution is continuing across the state, with 36,800 doses being prepared in Western New York.Cuomo believes that hospitals are ready to deal with an expected surge in hospitalizations due to COVID-19. Right now, in downstate New York, there are 31,000 beds available after a 25% increase in capacity.The Department of Health has said that hospitals must notify the state when they are three weeks from 85% capacity. Right now, no hospital in the state says they are nearing the 85% capacity limit. 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),So how will we know when the vaccine is working, currently there is a 99.7% survival rate unless your over 70….. Will there be a 99.8% survival rate???last_img read more

Holler Star Saul Williams Proves Colbert is Not a Racist

first_img View Comments Stephen Colbert is on a Broadway bender! After having Audra McDonald on to perform a couple of signature tunes from Lady Day, slam poet and Holler If Ya Hear Me star Saul Williams stopped by The Colbert Report on May 1. He discussed his work as a spoken word artist as well as talking about the upcoming tuner, which features the music of the late rapper Tupac Shakur. Williams who, as we learn, did not have to beat out a hologram Tupac for the role, explains that while the musical is not biographical, “the story is now; the music is Tupac.” He continues, saying, “Tupac’s music was made for this.” Take a look at the hilarious interview below, and learn how Colbert “has done more to end racism than Barack Obama.” Related Shows Holler If Ya Hear Me Show Closed This production ended its run on July 20, 2014last_img read more