SMC seeks to grow student organizations

first_imgSaint Mary’s hosted a meeting Monday to provide interested students with information about starting College recognized organizations. Tamara Taylor, assistant director of multicultural services, said one of the College’s goals is to have student organizations focused more on global and social justice issues. “We want to nurture the creative side of you,” Taylor said. “The recognition process [for student organizations] starts with ideas.” After coming up with an idea, a student interested in creating a club must create an executive board, consisting of at minimum a president and vice president for the perspective organization, Taylor said. A faculty member who is willing to advise the organization must be found, and a written constitution for the club must be submitted to the Office of Student Involvement and Multicultural Services, along with a completed recognition application. “Mainly what we are trying to say here is that you have a lot of support for your club on campus,” she said. When asked to share ideas at large, students named several ideas for potential clubs including a student organization for volunteer work, a club for future math teachers and a Saint Mary’s boxing club. Sophomore Theresa Siver wants to organize “Wishmakers on Campus” as a chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. “Our main [goal] is to fundraise for the Make-A-Wish Foundation,” Siver said, “So we can help them continue to do all the wonderful things they do to help those kids.” Other students, like junior Theresa Her, have a more global idea. “I plan to start a Korean club, which will be a part of a multicultural club,” Her said. “We will be learning about Korean culture, and … about the language.” Along with brainstorming, Taylor outlined the benefits student organizations will receive by gaining recognition from the College. Benefits include the approved use of College facilities, a club mailbox in the Student Involvement Office and the ability to fundraise and hang promotional fliers around campus. One of the greatest benefits, Taylor said, is the access to funding from the Student Government Association. This money comes from the student activities fees Saint Mary’s students are charged. Senior Maureen Parsons explained the club funding process. “We’ve changed a little bit of the process,” Parsons said. Each club at Saint Mary’s will be given a $100 budget for the year. This funding is not to be spent on clothing, food, or club merchandise, she said. For those optional expenses, clubs are expected to fundraise separately. “They’re really going to push and let you know that these are for things that will benefit all the students on campus,” Taylor said, “They won’t fund something just for your club.” Athletic clubs are allowed to submit a proposed budget plan to the Student Government Association detailing other expenses such as sports equipment, for which they may receive funding of up to $1,000. “We also have a sponsorship process for events and travel,” Parsons said, which is not limited to athletic clubs. Contact Tabitha Ricketts at [email protected]last_img read more

Concert raises awareness

first_imgMembers of the Saint Mary’s community were treated last to select songs from two different artists with personal connections to Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame on Thursday. Trent Romens, whose sister, Taylor Romens, is a senior at the College, and Pat McKillen, a graduate of Notre Dame, were welcomed to Saint Mary’s campus for a benefit concert held by the Saint Mary’s Dance Marathon. Amy Tiberi, president of Dance Marathon, thought the benefit concert got the message the committee was trying to get across to the community. “The concert went well. We had a good turnout and I think that everyone who came to see the show really enjoyed both of the performers,” Tiberi said. “Trent and Pat both tailored their sets to our audience which was really awesome.” Tiberi said the committee was hoping for more people to be at the show, but they were by no means disappointed with the crowd. “You always hope for the best in terms of turnout,” she said. “Trent and Pat were both awesome. Both have an acoustic style and they were a great way to relax on a Thursday evening for friends. It was great entertainment overall.” Kate Kellogg, vice president of finance for Dance Marathon, said the event was a success. “All of our proceeds went directly to Riley Children’s Hospital and we raised about $200, not including any donations we received from the texting campaign,” Kellogg said. “We hope to continue with other texting campaigns in the future at other Dance Marathon events.” Kellogg said it was a great way to spread the word about the Dance Marathon and to continue to raise awareness on campus and throughout the community. “This is the first time we’ve done a concert in the fall and it was a fun way to kick off our pre-registration for the marathon which is on March 23,” she said. “We have had 126 students registered thus far. Moving forward, we have upcoming giveback nights at local restaurants such as Between the Buns and Chipotle later this semester.” Tiberi said the committee is thinking “Rock Out for Riley” will continue to be an annual event for Dance Marathon as it grows in the future. “We have a Riley Family Dinner in the Noble Family Dining Hall coming up on Nov. 30,” she said. “Right now, our biggest focus is building more awareness for what Dance Marathon is and recruiting dancers for our event in March. We have a lot of momentum building right now and we are just trying to carry it to next semester so we can keep the ball rolling. It’s really exciting to see all the potential this year has for us.” Tiberi, Kellogg and the rest of the Dance Marathon committee will be holding a texting campaign during Riley Week in February and again on the day of the marathon, March 23. More information will be available as the dates get closer. Contact Jillian Barwick at [email protected]last_img read more

Film festival promotes peace

first_imgThe eighth annual ScreenPeace Film Festival will show five critically acclaimed films in the Browning Cinema this weekend from Thursday to Saturday.The screenings are presented by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC). Ted Barron, senior associate director of DPAC, said the festival features a broad selection of films that reflect a range of global interests. He said this year’s films examine social issues and political events in Cambodia, Syria, Nigeria, Vietnam and the former Soviet Union.“The ScreenPeace Film Festival is designed to highlight films which draw attention to peace building efforts both in the United States and around the world,” Barron said.Hal Culbertson, executive director of the Kroc Institute, said the festival provides attendees a unique opportunity to see films otherwise unavailable in national theaters.“ScreenPeace is an attempt to bring a number of new documentary films to campus,” he said. “We try to bring films that we think both students and faculty will be interested in that also address peace and conflict issues from around the world.”This year’s ScreenPeace Festival features five documentaries that utilize a variety of filmmaking styles to convey themes of peace and nonviolence. Faculty members will lead discussions immediately following each film.“Our opening film, ‘The Missing Picture,’ mixes together file footage of the Cambodian genocide, of which there is very little, with clay figurines to capture the filmmakers’ memories,” Culbertson said. “It was up for an Academy Award last year and provides an interesting look at the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.”Both Culbertson and Barron said they are also excited to show “The Man Who Saved the World,” a hybrid documentary that recounts the story of a Soviet official credited with helping avert a third world war.“’The Man Who Saved the World’ is a documentary, but it uses a lot of narrative reenactments of the original event to create an interesting effect,” Culbertson said. “We’re very pleased to be hosting the producers of the film, Mark Romeo and Christian Bruun, who will introduce their piece.”“The Missing Picture” will be shown Thursday night at 7 p.m. The festival continues Friday at 6:30 p.m. with “Return to Homs,” the story of a teenager’s fight to protect the captive inhabitants of the besieged city of Homs, Syria. Then, at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, ScreenPeace will show “The Supreme Price,” a political thriller detailing the story of the family of Nigeria’s 1993 president, M.K.O. Abiola.Saturday’s screenings begin with “The Man Who Saved the World” at 6:30 p.m. followed by “The Last Day in Vietnam,” a film chronicling the final days of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, at 9:30 p.m.The film festival augments students’ classroom experiences by providing additional perspectives on historical and modern events related to peace studies, Culbertson said. Oftentimes, professors with the Kroc Institute integrate the documentaries into their curriculums.“I think the main purpose [of the film festival] is to enhance classroom learning with films that bring realities from around the world to our students and faculty,” Culbertson said. “It’s an enhancement to learning from books. Films have the ability to transcend the classroom and provide a window to the rest of the world.”Although tickets to ScreenPeace are free, Culbertson said students should reserve seats ahead of time to ensure admittance. Last year, for the first time in the festival’s history, every seat for every film was reserved beforehand.“We have received overwhelmingly positive reactions to the festival,” Barron said. “Students are hungry to learn about ways that they can make a difference in the world. The films we present provide an avenue for them to better understand the world at large.”Tickets can be reserved over the phone, at the box office or online at performingarts.nd.edu.Tags: DPAC, Peace Studies, ScreenPeace Film Festivallast_img read more

Candidates announced for Saint Mary’s election

first_imgJanice Chung | The Observer Two tickets announced their candidacy for Saint Mary’s student body president and vice president Tuesday. Juniors McKenzie Johnson and Barbi Prokup hope to deliver “change, communication and community,” according to official campaign materials, while juniors Emma McCarthy and Mary Joy Dingler are campaigning to promote transparency, communication and diversity on campus.The two tickets will deliver speeches today at 5 p.m. in the Noble Family Dining Hall, and elections will be held Thursday. The winning ticket will take office April 1, succeeding current student body president Kaitlyn Baker and vice president Maddie Kohler.McCarthy, a political science major, and Dingler, a humanistic studies major with a concentration in English writing, put a special emphasis on transparency in their campaign.“One thing we really want to work on is publishing office hours [of members of student government],” Dingler said. “Students should be aware of when they can go and talk with every committee chair and the student body president and vice president, to make us more available for students.”The ticket also wants to establish a weekly email to students, similar to the [email protected] emails, McCarthy said. They said they believe the email will help bolster attendance at campus events.“We definitely think we receive too many emails,” McCarthy said. “ … If we send it out every week on a Sunday, students will come to expect it as time goes on. At least once a week, we want to say, ‘Hey, here is what is going on,’ and have each co-chair report their events to the vice president. She will compile it and send it out.”The pair plans to improve the dining experience at the College, Dingler said.“You have to eat,” Dingler said. “Café Spes Unica closes at [3 p.m.] and seeing as there have been more night classes, we think it would be beneficial for it to be open until 5 or 6, just so students have the chance to get dinner, since a lot of times, a lot of education majors do not get a chance to eat because they are so busy every day.”As faculty and staff of the College play a large role in the everyday life of students on campus, the McCarthy-Dingler ticket also hopes to implement a “Thank You Week,” in which students show their appreciation for the work of staff and faculty, McCarthy said.“We have lots of big weeks here on campus, but one that we have neglected is thanking our faculty and staff for everything they do for us,” McCarthy said. “We really want to establish a week where we write cards and show our appreciation for all the work they do to make Saint Mary’s our home away from home.”Similarly, the ticket hopes to continue mental health awareness week and to make online scheduling of counseling services available to students, Dingler said.“We want these resources to be more accessible so that students know that they can go,” Dingler said.Johnson, a business administration major, and Prokup, a finance major, said they will focus on feasible plans in their platform.“We wanted to include things that could actually happen on campus,” Johnson said. “We wanted to be realistic with ourselves — a lot of things on our platform are things we know we can accomplish. They are things that we think are important but also realistic.”The pair plans to address bullying on campus, Prokup said.“There have been girls who have been harassed via door and leaving notes, social media: It has become an excessive problem here on campus,” Prokup said. “We want to create an anti-bullying program that has steps on what we need to do as students to prevent and protect our fellow students.”The program would be run through social media and campus-wide conversations, Prokup said.“We are fully committed to this because it is such a strong problem here that we really want to help combat,” Prokup said. “We would like to hold other events to remind everyone that this is a safe campus where you can be yourself without having to face judgment.”Johnson and Prokup plan to increase attendance at events through a regular email, Johnson said.“Even as someone involved on campus, I never know when sports games are,” Johnson said. “I know I can probably look it up on the website, but if it is not directly presented to me, then I probably will be unaware and not go. … That is something we want to address.”The campaign also wants to promote communication between all aspects of the College, Johnson said.“Communication is such an important things here, especially when it comes to communication between the student body, professors, faculty, the Board of Trustees,” Johnson said. “I think that the position of student body president has really lost that emphasis of being a representative of the student body, someone who has had frequent connections with students, conversations with students.“It is sometimes sad to me that people don’t know who our [student body] president is,” she said. “I really want to address this next year — we want to know everyone, we want everyone to know us.”Tags: saint mary’s, SMC, student body elections, Student Body Presidentlast_img read more

Saint Mary’s hosts Math Week events

first_imgThis week, the Saint Mary’s math club is hosting a series of events to show Belles they can count on one another.Math Week consists of math-based events centered on creating shared experiences between Belles — with a mathematical twist, Pi Mu Epsilon math society president and senior Arianna Iannuzzi said in an email.The conclusion of the week’s events consists of math professor Cheryl Periton’s workshop, “Counting Table/Counters Workshop,” on how people performed large computations before the invention of the calculator Thursday night, free bagels and coffee Friday morning and the rescheduled math relay race Monday night. Iannuzzi said she participates in Math Week events due to the sense of community she feels throughout the week and the recognition it provides for women of the past.“I personally take note of Math Week because it is a time for me to celebrate what I love with the people that I love,” Iannuzzi said. “It is a great feeling being near people who appreciate what you appreciate. I also take part in it because I recognize the struggle women in math have had to face throughout history. I am glad that I am so privileged to be at a beautiful college and supported in my study of mathematics, but I recognize this, for a long time, was not the case. I think that even if people don’t consider themselves a ‘math person,’ they should participate in the week because this week is a celebration for the progress women and society have made. I think there is more to learn from the mathematical community than just math.”Iannuzzi said the week has occured every year she has attended Saint Mary’s, and she attributes its longevity to the students and faculty of the math department.“I think what keeps this tradition going is the amazing faculty and students the math department has,” she said. “We make sure to tell and inform and include the younger students in our events so that they will carry on the tradition once we are gone. I am aware of how beneficial this department has been for me and my future, and I want to make sure that these traditions continue so that younger women feel this same way.”Junior math major Madeleine Corcoran said in an email that Math Week is the culmination of positive experiences she had with those in the department.“Saint Mary’s math department is a very supportive community,” she said. “The professors take so much time to work with each of us and really form relationships with one another. Math can be very challenging, so it tends to bond us together. Math Week truly brings the math community together in addition to other students on campus, which makes the week fun.”Students do not need to pursue a major in math to be a part of the club or partake in the week’s activities. Iannuzzi said she encourages everyone to join.“I would just add that we really encourage all people and majors to be involved in math club and Math Week,” she said. “It is my hope that people never feel as if they have to study math to be involved. We are really just a club that looks to promote and celebrate the accomplishments of the strong women around us.”Tags: Math, Math Week, Pi Mu Epsilon, SMC Math Clublast_img read more

Student government kicks off Race Relations Week

first_imgNotre Dame’s student government began its annual Race Relations Week on Thursday and is working with various groups across campus to host educational and cultural events through Tuesday.Junior Mita Ramani, student government’s director of diversity and inclusion, said in past years, Race Relations Week events often conflicted with other programming.“This year, we decided, ‘Let’s do something different,’” she said. “So, essentially, we reached out to a bunch of organizations on campus and were like, ‘What programming are you already having in November?’ We tried to find a time that included a lot of different groups.”The week kicked off with a Dia de los Muertos altar dedication, the SUB movie “Crazy Rich Asians” and a Latino Film Series showing of “Coco.” Other events include “Beautiful 2018 — Respect, Protect, Honor the Black Woman,” Asian Allure, Black Catholic History Month Mass and a screening of “Selma.” Additionally, Multicultural Student Programs and Services (MSPS) is sponsoring a talk by Megan Red Shirt-Shaw, an advocate for Native American rights.Iris Outlaw, director of MSPS, commended the efforts of student leaders in planning Race Relations Week.“It also shows the vested interest or commitment that student government has toward diversity and inclusion, which I think is important when we’re talking about creating an environment that is welcoming and embracing of all members of the community,” she said.Though many students may not see how race relations impact them, learning to have conversations about race and other sensitive topics is an important part of a college education, Outlaw said.“Being able to have challenging conversations and a form of civil discourse, this is an opportunity to have those when you have the safety net,” she said. “You’ve got faculty and administrators who are here, wanting to see you succeed and giving you the skill set to do such. But when you’re out in the real world, people will just step on you and keep on moving.”Ramani echoed these sentiments, saying it is often easy to ignore real-world issues while on campus.“We do go to Notre Dame. We live on an 80 percent Catholic, predominantly white, low minority, low marginalized group campus,” she said. “Sometimes it’s easy to just get absorbed into the bubble, even as a person of color myself. You forget what’s going on in the real world.”Overall, Ramani said, student government hopes to combat this lack of awareness and spark conversations through Race Relations Week.“Have these tough conversations about respecting other people’s cultures, being very aware of the way you speak to people,” she said. “[Talk] to your diverse friends and [ask] them if you’ve ever said something that has offended them, but they haven’t brought it up to you in the past because they feel uncomfortable because they’re your friend. Sometimes we get wrapped up when it’s like, ‘Oh, it’s just my friend,’ but it does matter. So sometimes having these tough conversations is the best way to spark dialogue that is really necessary, especially on this campus.”Tags: MSPS, Multicultural Student Programs and Services, Race relations, Race Relations Week, Student governmentlast_img read more

University students intern with St. Joseph County Cyber Crimes Unit

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Alexandra Van Den Heuvel Junior Julia Gately signs her oath to become an officer in the St. Joseph County Cyber Crimes Unit.Although a few other universities have programs of a similar nature, Notre Dame has the only program that swears in these students as officers for the Cyber Crimes Unit with full investigative privileges. They investigate a variety of cases including school threats, rape, theft, child pornography and murder using digital footprints to gather evidence.“Anytime someone’s been accused of a crime committed over the internet or using a digital device, we will get a search warrant, and then seize the item and download it using software digital forensics,” said Carolyn Kammeyer, a senior computing and digital technologies (CDT) minor. “We’re able to download all the data off that device and go looking for, based on the warrant and the scope of search, what he or she’s been accused of.”Mitch Kajzer, director of the Cyber Crimes Unit, oversees these students in their investigations but said the students handle most of the work on their own.“They are the primary investigator on that case, which means they handle the entire case and are trained to function alone as an investigator into any digital aspect of crimes that happen in St. Joseph County, mainly doing forensic analysis of electronic items — cell phones, computers, thumb drives and SD cards,” he said.Alexandra Van Den Heuvel, a senior information technology management major, said she particularly enjoys using real-life technical applications in her job as well as taking on the psychological role.“I’ve done two school threats, and I’ve really enjoyed trying to figure out what people’s resources are and if they’re willing and able to carry out the attack,” she said.When not working on current cases, the interns conduct their own independent research.“Last year, we were doing some drone research, and that’s definitely going to come up in law soon,” Kammeyer said.She said she also has to consider tough questions regarding where drones can fly and whether information obtained this way can be used to prosecute.Van Den Heuvel and other interns are also doing independent research into using the vital readings on heart rate monitors such as Fitbits and Apple Watches as evidence for whether an individual was raped. She said she believes college students can be an incredible asset to the unit.“One of the major benefits is that, as students, we understand the technologies that our generation is using to solve crimes, and I think that’s a very key part of it,” she said. “We understand Snapchat and Instagram better than our parents do, and those are the platforms where a lot of crimes are being carried out.”Kajzer also said the students’ ages allows them to be particularly helpful when working with technology.“They have been working with technology and digital items their entire lives, so they have that innate understanding of how various apps work,” he said.In addition to the new perspective and knowledge they bring, Kajzer said these interns also add the manpower needed to solve cases more effectively.“We’re able to take on more and more cases because we have the students. Without them here, digital forensics typically has a six-to-nine-month backlog to get results back for forensics,” Kajzer said. “But because of the students, our turnaround time is usually one day, so we get evidence to the investigators and to the prosecutors right away so they can make good, informed decisions.”Brooke Sabey, a junior CDT minor and internship participant, said she appreciates how unique the program is.“I think it’s really cool Notre Dame has this program,” she said. “We are the only school that has college students being actually sworn in as law enforcement.”In the future, the program leadership would like to expand and have more students as interns. Kammeyer said he hopes more students join the unit because the work they are doing is so important.“Knowing that you’re catching these people, and at the end of the day, you’re making the world a better place, even if it is just one case at a time,” he said.Tags: cyber crimes, Internships, NDPD Eight Notre Dame students are working as Digital Forensic Analysts at the St. Joseph County Cyber Crimes Unit in an ongoing internship. They work side by side with the Notre Dame Police Department to solve criminal cases in St. Joseph County and conduct independent forensic research.last_img read more

Dillon Hall senator to resign prior to impeachment proceedings

first_imgSenior Michael Dugan, who serves as Dillon Hall’s senator, has resigned from his student government position effective 6 p.m. Thursday, at the start of the senate meeting scheduled to take place at the same time.(Editor’s Note: Dugan is a former News Writer and Systems Administrator at The Observer.)The decision to step down comes amid controversy sparked by a Letter to the Editor sent by Dillon officials — including Dugan — in which they criticized the delay to hear a piece of legislation that would prevent Student Union organizations from utilizing funds in companies that profit from prison labor.According to the Student Union Ethics Commission’s recommendation letter sent to Dugan, the Commission unanimously found him to be in violation of three expectations of ethical conduct, including showing “disregard for the authority of the Student Union,” injuring “the good name of the Student Union” and undertaking actions that are “deemed unbecoming by the Senate.”The closed door ethics allegation hearing took place Tuesday at 9:45 p.m. over Zoom.After reviewing such violations, the Ethics Commission moved to “unanimously recommend that a Bill of Impeachment be brought before the student senate,” according to a letter acquired by The Observer.The Ethics Commission is chaired by Judicial Council President, junior Matthew Bisner, and comprised of “randomly selected members” of Student Union organizations, according to the Judicial Council’s website. This academic year’s members include Thomas Davis, Student Union parliamentarian; Curt Gouldin, Hall President’s Council co-chair; Mariah Horvath, Junior Class Council; Koryn Isa, First-Year Class Council; Sara Kirsch, Breen-Phillips Hall senator; Kyle McAvoy, Sophomore Class Council; Kate McLauglin, Student Union Board; Ryan Mullin, Senior Class Council; and Nick Poole, Club Coordination Council.As stated in the Student Constitution, whenever the Ethics Commission finds a senator’s misconduct merits removal, a Bill of Impeachment is brought before the senate’s next meeting. A majority vote in this student government branch accounts for impeachment. If this is achieved, a hearing is subsequently conducted.Facing this situation, Dugan sent an email to the Judicial Council expressing his intention to resign at the start of Thursday’s meeting.“I believe that my fighting the [Bill of Impeachment] would be disrespectful to the time of the other members of the senate,” Dugan wrote in the email acquired by The Observer. “I believe, since these allegations have been brought against me in that capacity, that this would make the issue moot, and it would allow the senate to continue pursuing its agenda unimpeded by impeachment proceedings.” According to the email, Dugan “firmly disagrees” with the Ethics Commission’s recommendations and said that removal from office was unwarranted given the situation.Moreover, the senator expressed concerns about the consequences the decision could invoke within student government, particularly surrounding the lack of free speech protections in the Student Constitution.“The decision is sure to have a chilling effect on free speech, and other senators who wish to speak out and contest the actions of the Chair of Senate may find themselves backed into a corner,” Dugan wrote. “I strongly recommend that [a free speech] clause be added to the Constitution in the future, so as to limit sorts of liability for speaking truthfully in a manner that does not breach confidentiality requirements.”So, what happened in the Senate?During the Sept. 17 meeting, members of the senate discussed three different pieces of legislation: an order to make $10,000 available from the Student Union COVID-19 Response Financial Account, another order to suspend late-comer elections and an order proposing an amendment to the Constitution replacing the Executive Programming Board with the Executive Committee.According to emails obtained by The Observer, Dugan submitted a resolution entitled Order Amending the Constitution to Prohibit Student Union Investments in and Consumption of Forced and Prison Labor on Monday at 2:40 p.m. to be included in the senate agenda. Senior Sarah Galbenski, student body vice president and chairwoman of the senate, informed Dugan that his resolution would not be included in this week’s senate agenda because it was submitted after the Sunday evening deadline, and the meeting was already at capacity with three other orders to discuss and an additional presentation.Dugan pushed back in an email response urging Galbenski to reconsider.“I have a large concern about delaying this, as delaying this would continue to leave the Student Union without a concrete policy on profiting from forced labor and prison labor,” Dugan wrote in an email provided to the Observer. “I believe that this is a significant and weighty moral issue and that we have a moral obligation to swiftly take action to correct this.”He cited Article III, Section 4(g) of the Student Union Constitution which reads, “Any member of the Senate, non-voting or voting, shall possess the right of agenda.” Galbenski agreed with the significance of the issue in an email, but cited her right as chairwoman to “set the agenda in alignment with what constitutes efficient and effective operation of the Senate.”When asked for comment, Galbenski said she could only confirm Dugan’s resignation.Dugan, along with Dillon Hall representatives, then wrote a Letter to the Editor describing Dugan’s intent to include the Order Amending the Constitution to Prohibit Student Union Investments in and Consumption of Forced and Prison Labor in the agenda to no avail. The order was spearheaded by Dugan and Club Coordination Council President, senior Ricardo Pozas Garza.“Alas, this Thursday, the senate will not see this order for debate. Why? Because student body vice president Sarah Galbenski, who serves as the ex officio chair of the student senate, is refusing to allow the senate to hear this piece of legislation then,” Dugan wrote in the Letter to The Observer, titled, “Student government must not punt on addressing prison labor.”However, other student government officials — including senators, sophomores Grace Franco, Margaret Allen, Michael J. Murakami, Patrick O. Lee, Henry Jackson and Sara Kirsch, and class presidents, sophomore Renee Pierson and senior Sam Cannova — saw this as a direct affront to Galbenski, and sent a Letter to the Editor as well.“This letter, written by members of the Dillon Hall Council, was both misleading and inflammatory,” the officials wrote. “The senate attacks issues, not people.”“Today we, members of the student senate, want to set the record straight,” the letter said.The letter asserted Galbenski was not attempting to pick and choose bills to debate, rather, “the meeting was simply full,” something the student body vice president conveyed to Dugan in an email.Nevertheless, Dugan expressed that Galbenski’s justification of having the right “to set the agenda in alignment with what constitutes efficient and effective operation of the senate in [her] judgement,” as the senator wrote in the letter, was problematic.“This holding would allow for the student body vice president to simply deny debate time to any bill that she does not support, which fundamentally undermines the ability of the senate to be a free and open forum through which students can advance the position of the undergraduate student body on issues relevant to campus life,” the Dillon Hall Council members wrote.In response, the student government officials commended Dugan’s “passion for fostering a better community,” but wrote that the “personal attacks” on Galbenski were unwarranted. Moreover, they criticized the senator for singling out the vice president in a social media post uploaded to Instagram — an action which the Ethics Committee perceived as a violation.In the midst of such controversy, the officials called on the student body to listen to both sides of the debate before formulating personal opinions.“With this in mind, we as the student senate would like to encourage the student body to view the recording or peruse the minutes from last week’s senate meeting and form their own opinions about the situation with full context,” they wrote.After Dugan’s resignation is effective at 5:59:59 p.m. today, the office of Dillon Hall senator will be considered vacant.The Judicial Council will move to begin vacancy election procedures under Article XIV protocols, Bisner said in an email.Article XIV, Section 3(a) of the Student Union Constitution reads,  “In the event of a vacancy in an elected office due to resignation or recall, a new election shall be held within two academic weeks.”Editor’s Note: Notre Dame news editor Serena Zacharias and News Writer Maria Luisa Paul contributed to this report.Tags: impeachment, Judicial Council, Senate, Student governmentlast_img read more

Small Business Revolution Host To Head Local Conference Call Next Week

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) Submitted image.JAMESTOWN – The Chief Brand Officer of Deluxe, and the creator, producer, and host of The Small Business Revolution will be featured on a digital conference with the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Monday at 4:30 p.m. Chamber officials say Amanda Brinkman will give some tips on how to maintain communications with customers during the global COVID-19 outbreak.Brinkman is familiar with Chautauqua County through her recent work on Season Five of The Small Business Revolution. She spent time with a number of small business people in Fredonia in February and early March.She will focus on the important work of maintaining communication with customers at this time and will use her extensive marketing background to assist local business people at this time. You can join the meeting here: www.gotomeet.me/TTranumYou can also dial in using your phone:+1 (571) 317-3122Access Code: 283-421-797This is a free event. Advance registration is not required.last_img read more

Alan Alda & Candice Bergen Discuss Not Being ‘Gooey’ or ‘Sentimental’ in Love Letters

first_imgAlan Alda and Candice Bergen have known each other for decades, but have never worked together—until now. They are starring on Broadway in A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters, a title that Alda admits is potentially a bit misleading. “In spite of the title,” he says, “it’s not gooey and sentimental. It’s very tough, sometimes. And very funny. And there are only one or two actual love letters in the play.” The two have celebrated successful careers on the big and small screen, but there’s something special about being on stage together with just a table and two chairs. “Everyone who does it does it for the love of the work,” says Bergen. Have a look below, and catch the pair in Love Letters at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre; the two have just recently extended their run through December 18! Stacey Keach and Diana Rigg will now play December 19 through January 9, 2015, followed by Anjelica Huston and Martin Sheen from January 10 through February 15. Love Letters Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 14, 2014 Related Shows View Commentslast_img read more