When the time came for student body president-elect Catherine Soler to select the chief of staff for her term, she said she had no difficulty making her decision.Soler named junior Nick Ruof, currently chair of the Residence Life committee in Student Senate, as her chief of staff, the No. 3 position in student government. Soler and student body vice president-elect Andrew Bell take office April 1.“Picking Nick was easy,” Soler said. “He helped us a lot with our campaign, and he was always encouraging, enthusiastic and there for us through all the long nights.” Soler also said it was important to choose an experienced member of student government who has goals that are similar to those of Soler and Bell. In this respect, she said, Ruof was perfect for the job.“The chief of staff must be a selfless person because they put just as much work in as the president and vice president without the recognition,” Soler said. “He really has a great vision of what student government should be, so we’re very happy about his passion for helping us out and being involved.” Ruof, a chemical engineering major from Carroll Hall, served as Carroll’s senator his sophomore and junior years “to meet people and effect change on campus,” he said. Soler said Ruof will also bring a unique perspective to a student government that will be led by two juniors next year.“The fact that Nick will be a senior living off campus next year is really important for connecting with other off-campus seniors,” Soler said. “It really adds another dimension to our leadership.”Ruof similarly emphasized his interest in improving relations between student government, the University and students living off campus.“I’ll be working with the Northeast Neighborhood Council because I want to be a part of the neighborhood,” Ruof said. “It’s important for off-campus students to have someone who is a member of student government living off campus who has an ear with the administration.”In addition to serving as the third-highest ranking member of student government and as chief adviser to Soler and Bell, he will also oversee all 10 student government committees and the newly revamped freshman leadership program, First Undergraduate Experience in Leadership (FUEL), which aims to get more freshmen involved in student government.Ruof said he will also take on special interests and plans to generate new ideas for improving campus life, such as installing lights on the McGlinn Fields and selling dorm apparel in the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore. “We are also focusing on the Multicultural Affairs Committee to increase awareness of diversity and change its perceptions on campus,” Ruof said. “[Outgoing committee chair] Nika Giger has done a great job, so we want to continue her good work next year.”Ruof’s varied goals, experience and seniority have Soler and Bell looking forward to a successful term next year.“We’re extremely confident in his abilities to carry out our platform,” Soler said. “We’re really excited because he’s done a great job so far.”
A delegation from Notre Dame, led by University President Fr. John Jenkins, will be present at the Vatican Sunday for the canonization of Blessed Brother André Bessette, a member of the Congregation of Holy Cross. “I think [the canonization] is an opportunity not only to reflect on the person canonized, but also the call to holiness in all our lives,” Jenkins said. The first member of the Congregation of Holy Cross who will be proclaimed a saint, Bessette was born in Canada in 1845 and entered religious life at the age of 25, according to a University press release. Bessette spent his 40 years as a Holy Cross brother serving as a doorman, launderer, janitor and sacristan at Montreal’s College of Notre Dame. In this position, he also received many poor and sick visitors. “He was a person of deep compassion,” Jenkins said. “When people came to him … he would treat them with great compassion and kindness.” Bessette visited Notre Dame’s campus at least once during his life, Jenkins said, but his greatest connection to the University was in his devotion to Saint Joseph and his spiritual example. “I think the spirit of Brother André is closely connected with the spirit of Notre Dame in many ways — the spirit of welcome, community and compassion,” Jenkins said. “Brother André had a very simple job of manning the door, but he made it into a real calling of holiness and I think we can all reflect on that.” Notre Dame’s delegation to Rome also includes University Provost Thomas Burish, Associate Vice President and Counselor to the President Fr. James McDonald and Notre Dame theology department Chair Matthew Ashley. The delegation will arrive in Rome Sunday morning to attend the canonization and remain in Rome until Wednesday, during which time Jenkins said they would attend other Masses and celebrations for Bessette. In addition to attending the series of Vatican events surrounding Bessette, the Notre Dame delegation will meet with Vatican officials, Jenkins said. These meetings include work with the Vatican’s Office of Christian Unity regarding Notre Dame’s Tantur Ecumenical Institute in the Holy Land. While Jenkins and the Notre Dame delegation are in Rome, on-campus events will also honor Bessette. Fr. Peter Rocca, rector of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, said all three Masses in the Basilica Sunday would honor Bessette. Rocca said Bishop Kevin Rhoades gave permission for the University to celebrate the canonization with readings and prayers that differ from the ordinary Sunday schedule. “So the reading and the prayers of the Mass will be taken from the texts for the feast of Brother André,” Rocca said. “We will also have special hymns in his honor that will be sung.” The University will also celebrate the Mass of Bessette in every residence hall Oct. 31, followed by a special night of prayer at the grotto in honor of the newly canonized saint Nov. 1, Rocca said. “This is the first saint of the Congregation of Holy Cross, and because of that it’s more important that the University celebrate his canonization, and that our students in particular come to know who this holy man of a very humble heart was,” he said.
Updated July 15 at 8:26 p.m.Notre Dame International (NDI) confirmed the safety of the eight students in France during the attack in Nice that killed at least 84 people Thursday night.The attack began when a truck drove into a crowd after a Bastille Day celebration in the southern French city, killing dozens and injuring more, according to news media outlets. The driver was eventually killed by French police.Tom Guinan, NDI associate vice president for administrative operations, said in an email that the University has been following news of the attack since 6 p.m. Thursday. There are currently eight Notre Dame students in Paris — one of whom traveled to the city from an internship in Dublin, Guinan said. The student thought to be in Brest, a city in northwest France, had already left the country.Initially, Guinan said NDI had no reason to believe any students were “impacted by this terrible event” and was working to contact the students in France. By Friday morning, the University had confirmed the well-being of six of the eight students. They got in touch with the remaining two Friday afternoon.NDI did not activate a “world-wide” confirmation, which would entail contacting all students registered as abroad, not just the ones in France. Guinan said Notre Dame uses a set of criteria — such as location, time of the year and day of the week — to determine what course of action to take in case of a large-scale incident like this. The University sends a “world-wide” confirmation in situations where there is a high likelihood that students would be away from their program base and where the event takes place in a popular destination, as was the case with the Paris attacks that happened on a Friday evening in November.Guinan said NDI is planning to communicate will all students registered as being abroad in Europe on Friday advising them of the incident. Counseling resources are available and students should reach out to their program coordinators with any general questions, he added.There are 350 students enrolled in official University study abroad programs or participating in research or classroom-based learning programs across the globe. Guinan said NDI has no plans to change or curtail any study abroad programs at this point.Alice Yang, assistant director for global education in Saint Mary’s Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership, said no Saint Mary’s students were in France during the time of the attack. All summer programs have ended, she said, and one student is currently participating in an internship in Seville, Spain. The student has been contacted and is safe. Yang said there are no plans to change any Saint Mary’s study abroad programs. Tags: attacks, Notre Dame International, study abroad
The month of January is recognized as National Stalking Awareness Month — raising awareness of an issue that can be especially relevant on college campuses.Connie Adams, director of Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO), explained that stalking is a widespread problem “Nationally, one in six women and one in 19 men experience stalking in their lifetime, and these rates are even higher on college campuses,” she said.Adams said that in order to become aware of the threat of stalking, it is important to understand the context and nature that enables stalking to take place. “Understanding what stalking is helps a lot,” she said. ”Stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person or group of people that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.”It is also important to understand the modern implications of stalking, particularly the role of social media in dealing with this issue, Adams added.“Social media doesn’t create stalkers, but it makes it easier for someone who has this mentality,” she said. “With social media, it’s not about reduction, but about risk prevention. Make sure to be cognizant of privacy settings on all the different platforms. Also, be aware that everything you put on social media stays there permanently.” Furthermore, the cultural normalization of stalking in daily life has created a greater problem, as the societal definitions of stalking have minimized the attention on this issue, Adams said.“Stalking behavior is also minimized because it is seen as romanticized as normal behavior,” she said. “We have to do more to give stalking a name and to not minimize it by using terms like ‘Facebook stalking.’”Additionally, Adams emphasized that greater initiative is needed in order to begin to take the necessary steps to reverse the stigma associated with stalking.“Education is the first step,” Adams said. “Becoming more educated about what stalking actually is and recognizing that some of the cultural projections of stalking might not be the norm or most accurate depictions of what is actually going on.” For senior Liz Crites, social media ally of BAVO, there are ways to protect oneself from the threat of stalking. One strategy is to attend a GreeNDot training, which focuses on bystander prevention and preventing sexual assault.“GreeNDot can help prevent things before they happen and tell you how to be more aware,” she added.In the age of social media, there are steps to prevent some of these unwanted behaviors. Crites recommended turning off location tracking services on phones and apps like Snapchat, Facebook or Instagram. As an extra precaution, she suggested waiting until after you leave somewhere to post something with the location tagged.Crites also emphasized the importance of not ignoring stalking.“If you know in your gut something’s wrong, it’s probably wrong, so seek help immediately,” she said. “There are resources both on Saint Mary’s campus and off to help resolve issues of stalking, such as BAVO.”Tags: BAVO, Green Dot, National Stalking Awareness Month, Stalking
Madison Riehle | The Observer Journalism, Education and Democracy students tour the offices of the “Houston Chronicle” over spring break. While in Texas, students also helped rebuild a house that had been destroyed by Hurricane Harvey.“The trip is really about integrating learning and service, particularly in the view of Catholic social teaching,” she said. “While we’re serving, we’re also learning more about the community itself, and becoming more aware and sympathetic of their needs.”The students’ interaction with the surrounding community is also a central component of the experience.“My favorite part was getting to meet the homeowners and volunteers from the different service organizations we worked with … just being able to build that sense of community with them,” Ballantyne said.Sophomore Jen Lies, who attended an Appalachia Seminar in eastern Kentucky, also noted the importance of connecting with the community she was serving.“The trip really impacted me through all the people I met and stories I heard. Both the people living in the region and the other volunteers showed a lot of love and passion,” she said. “I met AmeriCorps volunteers that were in the area long-term, and it was inspiring to see the calling they feel for it. It made me think about how I’m going to serve with my own vocation in the future.”Another university-led trip, sponsored by the John W. Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy (JED), allowed students to travel to Houston, Texas. The inaugural “Covering America” class allowed students to learn — beyond a textbook — how to cover national stories ethically and with empathy. Students reported on stories of their choice, toured The Houston Chronicle and helped rebuild a home damaged by Hurricane Harvey.Gretchen Hopkirk, a sophomore journalism student, said the trip to Texas exposed her to new experiences.“It was really cool to meet people from such a different background. The interviews I did allowed me to step into someone else’s world, whether it was their home or the behind-the-scenes of an event I’d never experienced before,” she said. “The trip allowed me to experience a lot of different lives through my career. It really strengthened my desire to go into journalism.”Tags: Appalachia, Appalachia Seminar, Houston, Journalism Ethics and Democracy, Spring Break Many college students travel for spring break, but not all do so for the sake of vacationing. This past week, numerous Notre Dame students partook in University-sponsored travel to towns and cities across the nation, experiencing firsthand the ideas and issues students are usually limited to learning about in a classroom setting.Among these service and academic trips are the Center for Social Concerns’ Appalachia Seminars. These seminars, which couple classroom learning with a service trip to a location in the Appalachia region, allow students to address social issues in context while serving a community in need. Sophomore Colleen Ballantyne participated in a trip to West Virginia over spring break. The group spent the week working on a non-profit farm, helping with home repairs in the local community, and learning more about the area’s needs.
Since President Donald Trump nominated Notre Dame law professor Amy Coney Barrett to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court on Sept. 26, the political climate around her selection has been contentious and controversial. Within the Notre Dame community, many faculty members have spoken out regarding Barrett’s nomination. Eighty-eight Notre Dame professors signed an open letter asking Barrett to postpone her confirmation to the court until after the election. “We ask that you honor the democratic process and insist the hearings be put on hold until after the voters have made their choice,” the letter said. “Following the election, your nomination would proceed, or not, in accordance with the wishes of the winning candidate.”John Duffy, an English professor at the University who originally wrote the letter, said his intention in writing it was not to disrespect Barrett, but simply to urge her to consider postponing her nomination until after the presidential election Nov. 3. “I had heard so much about what a wonderful person Amy Coney Barrett is, I’ve heard nothing but good things about her,” Duffy said. “So I thought I would write her a letter and suggest that maybe she take the extraordinary step of calling for a halt to the nomination process until after the election was done, and then to be guided by the results of the election. That’s an incredibly difficult thing to ask of any person. I recognize that, you know, a nomination to the Supreme Court is the honor of a lifetime. And it’s very presumptuous of me to have us to ask such a thing, but we felt it was necessary.”Duffy said he believes the best thing for the United States at this point is to postpone Barrett’s nomination. However, he said the letter is not questioning Barrett’s qualification or experience for the court, but rather the circumstances surrounding her candidacy. “I want to make it clear, we have not asked her to withdraw,” Duffy said. “We have not taken issue with any of her judicial philosophy. We’ve not been critical of her in any way at all. This is not a letter about her qualifications. It’s not a letter about her ideology. It’s not a liberal about her religious beliefs. It’s none of those things. It’s really more about, what does the country need right now? What is best for the country?”Dr. Catherine Bolten, an anthropology professor at the University and signatory of the letter, said the letter allowed for Notre Dame faculty to show that the public image of any given institution is not necessarily representative of the community as a whole.“Obviously, there are a diversity of views in every institution, but it’s not always the case that that diversity is highlighted or recognized,” she said. “In this case, you know, it may be that Amy Coney Barrett was a professor at Notre Dame Law School, but that does not mean that she represents the views and values of everyone in this institution.”Bolten said that by signing, she wanted to urge Barrett to honor former Justice Ginsburg’s last wish that her seat not be replaced until after the election. “We wanted to highlight … the importance of not letting ambition overtake integrity, and that accepting a nomination immediately upon the death of a justice whose dying wish was that this nomination be held until after the election, combined with the fact that Judge Barrett herself had said on prior occasions that no new Supreme Court justices should be nominated in election years, let alone a month before an election that she needed reminding that in this moment, perhaps her elation at being nominated overtook her good judgment,” Bolten said. However, some Notre Dame faculty members have publicly stated their support of Barrett’s nomination. Nearly two dozen tenured Notre Dame law professors signed a letter encouraging the Senate Judiciary Committee to confirm Barrett to the court. “A number of us disagree with the President on many things, and some of us object to the timing of the confirmation process,” the letter said. “But we all agree that, given her background and qualifications, Judge Amy Barrett would serve with honor and distinction on the Supreme Court of the United States.”Notre Dame law professor Paolo Carozza, who signed the letter, said it was a great honor to have a member of the Law School appointed to the Supreme Court. “We’re excited and proud — almost everybody in the building is — about someone who isn’t only one of our students and colleagues, but someone who has been, you know, in her years here universally admired and loved and respected, for what she does for her mind for her character.”Carozza, who attended the Rose Garden ceremony, said he has a close personal and working relationship with Barrett, and believes strongly in her capability to serve on the court.“I know her really well and just think the world of her in terms of her fundamental kindness and decency as a person,” he said. In response to the letter from 88 faculty members who asked Barrett to postpone her confirmation, Carozza said he believed the letter “presumes that her being nominated by this president at this time, will inevitably taint and diminish her candidacy.”“I don’t agree that it has any bearing on how she will serve as a judge, how well she will serve the rule of law,” Carozza said. “I think the letter is unfortunate, because it’s really based on, I think, a fundamental misunderstanding of her relationship to the president and his party.”Tags: Amy Coney Barrett, Notre Dame Law School, President Donald Trump, ruth bader ginsberg, Supreme Court
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) CUPERTINO C.A. – If you’re wanting to get your hands on a smaller smartphone with a lower price point, Apple has you covered with the new second generation iPhone SE at the lowest price ever of just $399.Silently announced on Wednesday afternoon, the iPhone SE is Apple’s brand new entry-level smartphone. In a press release, Apple said the physical design is similar to the iPhone 8 while the internal hardware has been “reimagined” from the inside out.Featuring an aerospace-grade aluminum and durable glass design with an all-black front, iPhone SE is available in black, white and (PRODUCT)RED with 64, 128, and 256 GB storage options.Powering the new phone is the powerful Apple-designed A13 Bionic Chip; the same processor that was introduced with iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. As the A13 Bionic was built for for efficiency, iPhone SE has great battery life and enables wireless-charging capable and fast-charging, giving customers up to 50 percent charge in just 30 minutes. Lightning-fast download speeds are available with Wi-Fi 6 and Gigabit-class LTE.The new iPhone SE has a 4.7-inch Retina HD display with True Tone technology that adjusts the white balance to match the ambient light for a more natural, paper-like viewing experience.iPhone SE retains the familiar Home button found on older iPhones prior to the iPhone X and also includes Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner for unlocking the device, fill in passwords, log in to apps, authorize App Store purchases, and make Apple Pay transactions.Apple says the iPhone SE has the “best single-camera camera system ever in an iPhone” with a 12-megapixel f/1.8 aperture Wide camera and takes stunning Portraits with the front camera as well. Next-generation Smart HDR comes to iPhone SE, intelligently re-lighting recognized subjects in a frame for more natural-looking images with stunning highlight and shadow details.“The first iPhone SE was a hit with many customers who loved its unique combination of small size, high-end performance and affordable price” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing.“iPhone SE features industry-leading performance and is built with the same industry-leading security features our customers expect. We can’t wait to get iPhone SE into customers’ hands.”The new iPhone SE will be available for preorder at 8 A.M. EDT on Friday, April 17 and will officially be available online, in Retail Stores and carriers on Friday, April 24.
Pixabay Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – After weeks of uncertainty, Mayville’s Independence Day fireworks celebration will be taking place this 4th of July.Rita Jacobson, a longtime Mayville Independence Day Committee member, tells WNYNewsNow her group has been working with local officials over the past month to provide some sort of festivity in the county.“I think it is a big win for not just for our committee but our whole community,” said Jacobson. “I think people are very anxious to have some sense of normally back; this gives people a little bit of normalcy for the 4th of July. They may not be having their big parade and big huge gatherings, but we can at least still celebrate our country’s independence and freedom.”Fireworks will take off from the waterfront at Lakeside Park in Mayville at 10 p.m. Saturday, July 4, with the park closed to the public as a “fallout zone” for the fireworks crew. Jacobson encourages community members looking to watch the show view from other areas around the northern end of the lake.“We felt that by putting it on the lake it actually opened up the viewing area,” explained Jacobson. “We used to shoot them from quite a ways back from the lakeshore, so the park was the ideal place, but now it is going to open it up more for the whole north end of the lake.”Jacobson says fireworks will likely be seen by not just those on the lake, but also those on the higher hilltop areas of the northern end of the county.The Mayville 4th of July Committee is asking those in attendance to adhere to state social distancing guidance and be respectful of one another.The 4th of July parade was previously canceled due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions. 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)
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) Image by New York State Senator George Borrello’s Office.IRVING – State representatives from Chautauqua County called on New York State Thursday to release millions in federal dollars the state received from Washington D.C. to support child care providers so parents can return to work.Joined by child care professionals at the Lake Shore Family Care Center in Irving, Senator George Borrello and Assemblyman Andy Goodell said the decision by Albany to withhold aid from Washington is slowing the state’s economic recovery from COVID-19.“Child care workers are essential workers,” Senator Borrello said. “At the height of the crisis, despite the risk to their own families, registered child care providers continued caring for the children of front-line and emergency workers, so those workers could provide essential goods and services to us and our families.”In April, New York State received $164.6 million in federal CARES Act funding earmarked to support child care programs and providers. Beth Starks, is founder and Executive Director of Chautauqua Lake Child Care Center, Assistant Professor and Early Childhood Education Coordinator at Jamestown Community College, and a member of the Governor’s Child Care Availability Task Force.Image by New York State Senator George Borrello’s Office.Starks said of the $164.6 million in CARES Act funding given the state, New York has allocated $95 million but has only released $30 million to child care providers. She said the state should at least release the $65 million in federal funds it has set aside for child care programs.“Pre-COVID, child care was in a crisis situation, preventing people from going to work,” she said. “We are in what’s called a childcare desert because there isn’t enough child care here in Western New York, or in much of New York State.”According to the Center for American Progress, 64 percent of New Yorkers lived in a child care desert (before the pandemic), which means that there are either no child care providers or so few options that there are more than three times as many children as licensed child care slots.Starks said in the past four months, the situation has gotten much worse.“Over 50 percent of my colleagues in Chautauqua County have closed their doors,” she said. “Nationally, it is estimated that about half of them never will open again. We cannot re-open New York without childcare because there is nowhere for children to go and that includes children from infants all the way up through the teenage years.”Assemblyman Andy Goodell joined Senator Borrello in asking the state to release the funds.In a letter he sent Governor Cuomo earlier this year, Assemblyman Goodell asked the governor to follow the recommendations of his own child care advisors.Image by New York State Senator George Borrello’s Office.Assemblyman Goodell urged Governor Cuomo to release the aid “in a manner consistent with the recommendations of your Child Care Task Force headed by Sheila Poole, Commissioner of the Office of Children and Family Services, and Roberta Readon, Commissioner of the Department of Labor.”“Today I am joining Senator Borrello and Assemblyman Goodell and officials across the state in the Childcare Day of Action to call on New York State to release the CARES Act funding to local governments and child care providers,” said Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel. “We raised this issue months ago, when Counties were told the Governor was not aware that counties and local providers wanted the CARES Act funding. We requested Chautauqua County’s share of funding at that time, and now it is even more critical that child care providers have access to these funds as more parents are returning to work, and many schools are returning with instruction models requiring at least some days of remote-learning.”Senator Borrello said the care provided by professional child care workers is critical to Western New York’s resurgence.“These businesses are struggling now because their enrollment is down due to the pandemic,” he said. “The state needs to release the remaining CARES Act funding to ensure that our child care providers are able to deliver the critical service that is the foundation for the resurgence of our economy.”
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) MGN ImageMAYVILLE – Thirty-seven new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Chautauqua County on Thursday, the highest jump the county has seen since the COVID-19 pandemic began.The Chautauqua County Health Department says there are now 76 active cases, with 352 total and 267 recovered.According to the Chautauqua County COVID-19 case map, 32 of the 37 new cases are in the northwest part of the county.Additionally, three people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in the county. The batch of new cases involves three people under the age of 18, a male young adult, five men in their 20s, four men and three woman in their 30s, eight men and three women in their 40s, three men and two woman in their 50s, a man and woman in their 60s, a man and woman in their 70s, and a woman in her 80s.Earlier in the day, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo said he will dispatch a Health Department “SWAT” team to Dunkirk to assist in containing a COVID-19 outbreak at a local business.On Monday, Chautauqua County officials announced a Coronavirus outbreak Fieldbrook Farms in Dunkirk, with dozens of positive tests tracing back to workers at the plant. County officials did not specify if the new cases are related to the north county outbreak.More than 200 people are under quarantine or isolation orders as they have either shown symptoms, are awaiting test results, or have risk factors.Furthermore, 501 people are under a domestic traveler quarantine for having arrived to Chautauqua County from a state listed on the New York State travel advisory list.