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Month: January 2021

Group discusses new beND outreach program

first_imgThe Council of Representatives (COR) said its new community outreach program, beND, is designed to ease tensions with residents and law enforcement while improving relations with the community overall. “We need to take ownership of community relations and improving them on behalf of the students,” student body president Catherine Soler said. “Be a good neighbor, be engaged in the community.” Soler said it is crucial to avoid scare tactics and to rely on education and open dialogue to deal appropriately with the community. “It’s about making students aware of what’s going on, how they can be safe, how they can be respectful, and hopefully that’ll pay off with the community,” she said. “We don’t want to scare people from going off campus, especially since there’s been such an effort to get students off campus and into the community.” Possible solutions for easing the tensions were discussed, including student government taking a more active role in communication between the University and law enforcement, as well as gathering official reports of police incidences, to ensure students are being treated fairly. “It’s not that we’re opposed to doing it in the long run, we just want to make sure we’re going about it in the right way,” student body vice president Andrew Bell said. “That’s something we’re working on, collecting information in a formal way.” Also on the agenda was the response to the administration’s Rent-a-Text program. New to Notre Dame this year, the numbers are already indicating the program’s success. “Rent-a-Text is going really well. We have almost 35 percent of the titles rentable, which is the eighth-highest in the nation,” Soler said. Nick Ruof, chief of staff, then briefed the council on the results of last year’s reform of duLac. “If you get a verbal or written warning from ResLife, it’s not reported, but anything above that does,” Ruof said. “They also did a lot of work with sexual assault and consent.” “The Wall,” a newly-established location in LaFortune for student clubs to advertise upcoming events, was also a topic of discussion. The project was led by Brandon Vo, director of communications, who will serve as contact for student groups looking to advertise. “We really want to encourage everyone to tell their groups they can submit their events,” Soler said. Also discussed were upcoming events including the Dillon Pep Rally and StuGov 101. “They have some improvements,” Bell said. “The stage will be taller. Again, there will be a section saved for students. They have a top of the line speaker system. The entire football team will be there. We encourage everyone to go.”last_img read more

Activist gives speech advocating food industry reform

first_imgFood activist Temra Costa gave the keynote address of Saint Mary’s Food Week, titled “The Roots of the American Meal,” in Carroll Auditorium on Wednesday evening. The week is sponsored by the Saint Mary’s Sustainable Food Committee. Kimberly Roland, the head of this committee, said she believes Costa was the perfect activist to inspire Saint Mary’s women to make a change in the food industry. “I think it is important to raise awareness on the variety of food issues that exist,” Roland said. “It is important to have Temra on our campus because she focuses not only on food issues, but how women are involved in this industry. Her talk can inspire and empower women on this campus.” Costa talked about the history of the food industry to date. “How did we get here?” she asked. “How did we get to the point where we praise big farm lands that are making us money, but are simultaneously making us sick?” She said events such as the Great Depression, both world wars and the rise of companies such as McDonald’s all impacted the food industry we know today. Costa said the government has played an essential role in shaping the food industry. “The dust bowl disaster was due to the government teaching farmers to produce the most goods without teaching them how to properly care for their soil,” she said. “Even today, the foods that make us the most sick are owned by the government.” She also discussed women’s historical role in the food industry, which was the topic of her book, “Farmer Jane: Women Changing the Way We Eat.” “A lot of people do not know about the ‘farmerettes’ of World War I,” Costa said. “This ‘Women’s Land Army’ was composed of women who were empowered to work in the fields and take over for the men that were overseas.” Costa said she believes women are a driving force in the food industry. “Women take charge of putting the food on the table in their own homes and in the community,” she said. “This is a responsibility that comes naturally to women. Someone once told me that a good organizer organizes women first, and I think this is true when fighting for justice in the food industry.” Costa expressed the need for education and awareness on sustainable agriculture. “Today, I think we are in a real literal food fight,” she said. “We as eaters need to push the agenda and change the way we look at food.” She said the first step in changing the agenda is examining your own diet. “Start with what you are eating,” Costa said. “Start looking at the foods you are consuming and remember to buy locally.” Educating the youth on these issues is essential in making a difference, Costa said. “If we start healthy habits at a young age it will continue into adulthood,” she said. Costa said she encourages all college students to raise their voices and demand for their schools to buy locally. “Being a college student you have little say in what your dining hall provides, so you must step up and ask that your food service buys locally and provides organic foods,” she said. “Voice your opinion.”last_img read more

Malloy’s reflection on Hesburgh

first_imgEditor’s note: University President Emeritus Fr. Edward “Monk” Malloy spoke during the Tuesday night wake service for University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, who died Thursday. The following is his speech in its entirety.“Come, Holy Spirit.“A couple weeks ago Fr. Charlie Kohlerman, the superior of Holy Cross, our healthcare and retirement facility where Fr. Ted lived for a number of years, called me and a number of other of Ted’s close friends and said, ‘The end is near. If you want to have a last, final conversation with Ted, you’d better do it quickly.’“I knew that I would be traveling, and so I was a little worried about when was the best time. When Melanie came back, she said to Joan, my assistant, ‘He’s in the office. We never thought he’d come back here.’ So I thought I would visit him there, but then somebody came to visit me and I wasn’t able to catch him there. So I went over to the Holy Cross House. I went up to his room. The television was on, but there was nobody there. So one of the nurses said, ‘Follow me.’ So we went down to the first floor and out into this bubble, which was the approved place for smokers.“Now, you have to know that this is not enclosed as far as walls. And so there was a gigantic heater and Ted was wearing a hat and three layers of clothes and blankets on his feet. And he had a stogie in his mouth and he was puffing away, but it wasn’t lit. And I didn’t know if I should tell him or not. A little later, another resident of Holy Cross came by and he wanted to smoke a cigarette. He, too, was close to 90, so who am I to give him a word of reproach? He said, ‘Now don’t worry about me; I can’t hear anything.’ So he just watched us the whole time. About halfway through our conversation, which was very personal, I thought, well, maybe I should tell Ted that his cigar was not lit. So this guy said, “Well, I have a lighter.” The guy would light the thing, Ted would lean over and the wind from the heater would blow it out every time. Finally Ted was satisfied and went puffing away.“I said, ‘Ted, what have you been thinking about?’ He said, ‘Eternity.’ He said, ‘The phrase that keeps coming into my mind: no eye has seen nor ear heard what God has in store for those who love Him.’ I was blown away, of course. And I recognized at that point that he knew that he was going to die soon and that he was full of utter gratefulness for his life and all of the gifts that he had enjoyed along the way.“I said, ‘Let’s talk about people.’ And we started with Ned Joyce, who he often described as his best friend in his whole life. For 35 years, they were colleagues and friends and companions, Ted as president, Ned Joyce as executive vice president. You couldn’t have found two people that personality-wise were more different. Their politics, their ecclesiology — all different.“But Ted was proud when he said, ‘We never had a fight.’ I think that was influenced by the fact that Ted had the last word. But those of you who have had a chance to read the wonderful book ‘Travels with Ted and Ned’ — I always wonder what the book would have included if it had been ‘Travels with Ned and Ted.’ Well, we’ll never know.“He talked about Helen Hosinski, his secretary-assistant, whose gnarled hands didn’t prevent her for years from getting everything done, taking dictation, making sure she could prevent the wrong people from getting access, organizing his schedule and otherwise making his life easier. Ted used to say, ‘We’re just figureheads. It’s the women of Notre Dame like Helen who really run the place.’ That, of course, is very true.“We talked about Ed Stephan, who became the first chair of the Board of Trustees in its modern version, who wrote the constitutions and the by-laws of the University in the transition from Holy Cross ownership to a shared responsibility of the Fellows and the Board of Trustees. … Notre Dame would never have been as successful if this dramatic transformation had not taken place. The skill, the enthusiasm, the generosity of so many trustees through the years has been transformative for Notre Dame.“And a lot of that goes back to Ted’s doctoral dissertation in Catholic University on the role of the laity in the modern church. Ted was always open to new ideas, new perspectives, including new structures.“Ted was very thankful for the wonderful care he received at Holy Cross House. From the doctors and the nurses to his companions there, other Holy Cross religious. Shortly before he died, around lunchtime, they anointed him and he was able to say words of thanksgiving to the whole community assembled there. What a gift they were to him.“Melanie Chapleau. How can we describe what Melanie was to Ted? She ordered his life, she was able to make sure that he was attended to as he went through the decline to his health. She became a weightlifter when he had to get in and out of wheelchairs and in and out of cars and all those sorts of things. She represents all the best of what the staff are like at Notre Dame.“Marty Ogren and the drivers who took him everywhere; the police security department, who were always on call, in a sense, when he had to go from point A to point B. They were generous, and he would always give them a blessing at the end, no matter what their religious heritage. Ted was appreciative at the end of his life of all those who had been so generous to him along the way.“If you’ve read the obituaries, you know that his autobiography starts rather simply: upstate New York, a loving, Catholic family, thinks he wants to be a priest in grade school — too young. In high school he sees the group of Holy Cross religious giving a mission in his parish. He says, ‘That’s the group I want to belong to.’ He’s accepted, goes through formation, and the next thing you know, he’s studying in Rome at the Gregorian. And, fortuitously, it helped him become a linguist, which in so many of the things he did later was a great asset.“But then, before World War II breaks out, he was able to get back to the States, gets ordained and goes and does his doctorate at Catholic University. He comes back. We all know the stories about wanting to be a Navy chaplain. He comes back; he gets assigned to be the rector of Farley Hall, to be the chaplain for Vetville for all those returning veterans and their spouses or about-to-be-spouses and children. He loved it. It allowed him to be a pastor in the full sense of the term.“Then he gets appointed the head of the theology department, writes textbooks and then, he made that quick jump and became executive vice president. Because of the canon law requirements of the day, when Fr. John Cavanaugh, who was both president and superior, had to step down, Ted became his successor. He talks about, it was just kind of obedience: you go to the chapel, they give you your obedience, somebody gave you the keys and that was it. Notre Dame didn’t have a budget in those days. He didn’t even know how to turn the lights on.“But what a transformative effect he had right from the beginning. His aspirations were high, but the resources were low, and so one of the things inevitably, he had to be a proclaimer of what Notre Dame could be. The Ford Foundation had seed grants that became pivotal for Notre Dame and through the years we began to accumulate the capital necessary to become a great university.“Once Ted asked me and a group of people, on the basis of an experience working with nuclear disarmament and peace issues, if we would form a little committee to think about how we would form an institute for peace studies. We thought, like most academics, things would last about a year. We had one meeting. Ted was invited to give a talk in San Diego about his dream of a peace institute.“After it was over, a woman came up he had never met before and she said, ‘How much would it cost?’ He said, ‘Who are you?’ She said, ‘I don’t know, but I can find out for you.’ So she gave him her card. ‘Joan Kroc,’ it said, as he found out soon, the inheritor of the McDonald’s fortune. We came back — we had five meetings in five days. We sent her prospectives. He said, ‘It’s going to take 6 or 7 million dollars. We’ll be happy to come out and meet with you.’ She said, ‘That won’t be necessary. I’ll send it to you in the overnight mail.’ He went, “What?’“And then, between the time she sent it and when we were ready to cash it in, it accrued by $100,000. So we offered to send the $100,000 back, and she said, ‘Because you’ve been so honest, you can keep it.’ And that was the beginning of an extraordinary relationship with someone who’s not Catholic, who’s not very active in church life but wanted to be a generous person in every possible way.“One of Ted’s things — if he had to choose where to die, would have been, I think, to be celebrating Mass in the chapel at Land O’ Lakes. He loved to go there at the end of the academic year to fish, to read, to be himself in nature, in this aquatic research facility that was facilitated by the Hank family and so many others. He was at home there. When I was having my last meeting with him, I said, ‘Did you ever hear the rumor that when you were out fishing, when you couldn’t see anymore, that somebody in a wetsuit would go down below the boat and hook the fish on the line?’ He said, ‘No, that couldn’t possibly be true.’“One of the most extraordinary things about Ted Hesburgh was his interest in civil and human rights. When he was appointed to the Civil Rights Commission by President Eisenhower and made the head of the group by President Nixon, he … did not have much personal experience in dealing with this issue, this great scourge on American life. But he was a quick learner, and someone who believed deeply about civil and human rights in every possible fashion.“And so one of the most iconic pictures of him that many of us have seen is holding hands, or locking arms, with Martin Luther King, Jr. and several others up at Soldier Field in Chicago, singing ‘We Shall Overcome.’ He went from somebody without much experience in this important issue in our common life to someone who was responsible, in a sense, for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Hard to explain it, but many times he played a providential kind of role in the events of our time.“Ted was a polymath, a quick learner. He wasn’t so much a specialist at any one thing, but he learned about science because it was important. He learned about civil rights because how else would he effectively play that role? And he learned one time, he decided, enough about Islam, so he rented passage on an oiler, got a bunch of books and simply spent the whole time reading about Islam and celebrating Mass with the people on the crew. That was the kind of person that Ted Hesburgh was. Find the issue, get invited by presidents and popes and try to make a difference.“He had a great friendship with Pope Paul VI, and Pope Paul and he would gather periodically and exchange gifts close to their own hearts. And eventually, Pope Paul asked him to found an ecumenical institute in the Holy Land. Originally, it was in Jordan. Now, it’s sitting in Jerusalem looking into Bethlehem. It was one of the places that was closest to Ted’s heart, and his goal in life was to see the antagonists in the Holy Land gather for however long it took at Tantur and come up with a peace plan that would bring final and lasting peace to the region. That’s a wonderful dream, even to this day.“Ted was a daredevil. He liked challenges. Once I was with him at Jericho, reportedly the oldest city in the world, and it was about 108 in the shade. And Ted was about 82. I said, ‘We can just look at it, Ted.’ He said, ‘Oh no, we’re going to the top.’ We went up there, both of us sweating but not holding back from taking the risk and experiencing the fullness of that particular place.“He celebrated Mass in a submarine between California and Hawaii and on aircraft carriers. He went to the Antarctic, and then he flew in a supersonic transport, which was one of the most important items in his office area. But his great dream in life was to be the first priest to celebrate Mass in outer space as an astronaut. He and Walter Cronkite were lined up, but then the tragedy of the Challenger disaster happened, and he was never able to fulfill that dream.“Ted was in 100 countries, I think. One time, I was able to go to Tibet, and he said, ‘I’m so envious of you. I’ve only been to Nepal and Afghanistan and China and India and — but I’ve never been to Tibet.’ I said, ‘Too bad, Ted.’“One of Ted’s great lines: ‘A Catholic university is the place where the Church does its thinking.’ He really meant it. Upholding the motives of the Church, but wanting us to be a full-fledged Catholic university, in every sense of the term, to appropriately acknowledged faculty prerogatives, to establish institutes and centers that were close to our Catholic mission and identity, to celebrate the achievements of the members of the Congregation of Holy Cross.“I used to have lunch with Ted every couple of weeks, sometimes with Tim O’Mara, a former provost, Bill Sexton and others from the University administration. I used to say to people, ‘If you want to know what we talk about, I’d have to kill you.’ But we had great conversations and one of the thing we talked about frequently was our great admiration and regard for Fr. John Jenkins, our contemporary president. How happy we were that someone of such great talent and enthusiasm and holiness was serving in succession to us. For me, one of the iconic moments in my time at Notre Dame was when the two of us put our hands on John’s shoulders at his inauguration and said a prayer of blessing. What a privilege that was, as we passed the mantle on.“Finally, Ted was a man of prayer. He celebrated Mass every day, except for one or two times when it was impossible. He carried a black bag everywhere he went which had all the elements that are necessary to celebrate mass. He would invite Russian politicos and scientists to come to mass. He would invite people who were of other religious faiths. He would invite atheists, or whoever, and generally they always said yes, and they went away fully embracing a kind of sense of God’s presence in their life.“He was the first priest to celebrate Mass at Lambeth Palace, which is the headquarters of the Archbishop of Canterbury, at that time George Carey. The first Mass there from the time of the Reformation, right there where Thomas Camden wrote the Book of Common Prayer, and a little bit away from where Thomas Moore was tried and hung. What a dramatic moment that was for both of us.“One time, on one of his birthdays, we celebrated Mass right along the Sea of Galilee in a motel in a room with a Christian-Arab driver. And all I could think of, here was Ted, right next to where Jesus would have been doing the same thing in his ministry. He celebrated the holy office; he prayed the rosary; he visited the Grotto. He tried to be a pastor to anyone who came into his presence. When he lost his eyesight, he had the blessing that he could then invite people, undergraduate students particularly, to come and read for him, and they had the concrete experience of the person in the flesh, so to speak.“When I left him on that last meeting, I asked him to bless me, which he did graciously. Now I want to say on behalf of all of us, Fr. Ted Hesburgh, C.S.C., you have been a great and holy priest. You have been our pastor here at Notre Dame, as you have for the country and the world. Now, go to God, and may you rest in peace.”Tags: Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Fr. Hesburgh, Monk Malloy, Ted Hesburghlast_img read more

University hosts breakfast series for nonprofit workers

first_imgFor the fourth year in a row, the University’s Office of Public Affairs and Nonprofit Executive Programs in the Mendoza College of Business are giving back to the local community in the form of a breakfast series for nonprofit workers. According to Marc Hardy, director of Nonprofit Executive Programs, the breakfast series is a way to provide the local nonprofit community with expert education on different parts of the nonprofit sector in a way that is sensitive to the busy lifestyle of the nonprofit worker. This year’s theme focuses on human resource tips for nonprofits.The series has four parts, one each month from January through April, each lasting 90 minutes, Hardy said. Each attendee must pay $100 to attend the whole series, which includes a hot breakfast each of the mornings. Hardy said the goal for the University is not to make money but to give back to the community.“It’s really kind of a public service. Most of the people that come are going to be local. If they’re alumni, they’re probably going to be local,” Hardy said. “It’s Notre Dame’s giveback. … It’s basically, for us, a break even. Sometimes we lose a little money, [but] it’s not something we try to make money on.”While the series is directed at a local audience, Hardy said it is open to anyone who wants to know more about the subjects being discussed. Undergraduate students can benefit from this series as well, especially if they are interested in the nonprofit sector, he said.Each part of the series is taught by a different expert in the field, Hardy said, with the goal that the presenters would be from Notre Dame, if possible. According to information on Notre Dame’s news website, Matt Bloom, associate management professor and principal investigator for the University’s Wellbeing at Work research program, will present Jan. 26, and Barbara Fick, associate professor of law, will present Feb. 23. Eric Love, director of staff diversity and inclusion, will present March 22, and Jill Bodensteiner, senior associate athletics director, will present April 26. The speakers will discuss topics including the benefits of diversity, multicultural competencies, worker wages, employee protections and leadership in the workplace.“The sessions will be held in Jordan Auditorium in the Mendoza College of Business beginning with breakfast from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and presentations from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. A question-and-answer session between participants and presenters is conducted during each session. Registration is available online at community.nd.edu,” the website stated.Hardy said this nonprofit breakfast series is important because it is unique.“Nobody else is doing it. The only executive education for nonprofits that is being done in this area is being done by us,” Hardy said. “So, unless you’re in one of those programs, you probably don’t have this education open to you. And even if it was open to you, the cost [is] usually pretty high … or the time commitment [is] too much. So here you have very low cost … and you have a very doable schedule, and you have top experts in their areas.”Tags: mendoza college of business, Nonprofit Breakfast Series, Nonprofit Executive Programs, Office of Public Affairslast_img read more

Author’s work explores race, communism in the South

first_imgAuthor David Beasley contrasted the African American communist movement and civil rights movement in mid-twentieth century America on Friday in Vander Vennet Theatre as part if a campus-wide Black History Month event.Beasley worked for 25 years as a writer and editor of the Atlantic-Journal Constitution, and has written two books,“A Life in Red” and “Without Mercy,” assistant professor of history and gender and women’s studies Jamie Wagman said.“In many ways young people learning for the first time about the Civil Rights movement, are always committing themselves to social action. And the first step to social action is always information,” Wagman said.“A Life in Red” is about the interracial couple Jane and Herbert Newton, Beasley said. Herbert became a communist after World War I during the tense period of veterans returning from battle and receiving no jobs or hero’s welcome, he said.“The Soviet Union started a program where they would take young African Americans, and bring them to Russia and train them in the communist doctrine,” Beasley said. “They had some military training, the Red Army would actually instruct them. They were training them to come back to the United States and start a revolution.”In Russia, where the government did not tolerate racism, Herbert and about one hundred other African Americans were treated as celebrities, even marrying Russian wives who couldn’t return with them to America, Beasley said. After training, Herbert returned to Atlanta.“I’ve often thought about how much courage that would take, to go to the south in the 1930s,” Beasley said. “It was cruel in the 1960s, so it was pretty risky then, the ’30s in particular. He went to Atlanta and was passing out pro-communist literature.”Beasley said the “Atlanta Six,” including Herbert, two other African Americans, and three white men, were arrested for these actions and later bailed out by the Communist Party. Hebert then left Atlanta for Chicago as head of the Negro Division of the Communist Party, he said.“The communists found it was easier to recruit southern blacks in Chicago than it was in the south due to mass migrations north,” he said. “They were heavily recruiting blacks here in Chicago.”There, Herbert and Jane met and got married, both communists devoting their lives to converting blacks to communism, Beasley said. After a dispute with a landlord who kicked them out due to being an interracial couple, he said.Jane was actually put on a sanity trial because she was married to a black man and her father was the head of the American Legion, he said. The first round of psychiatrists said she was crazy because she believed blacks and whites were equal, but another round of psychiatrists brought in by the Communist party changed that viewpoint.Their mission of starting a communist revolution in American did not succeed, he said. “I think one of the main reasons [for this failure] were that African American’s of the deep south were so deeply religious, and the churches were not a part of the communist doctrine,” Beasley said. “The communists didn’t have access to the church network … as you see later Dr. King, literally a Baptist minister, emerged in Montgomery.”Beasley said after studying communism, Dr. King concluded that the communist doctrine was all about materialism and not spirituality. King saw the church as a vehicle to bring about change used the energy and passion of the church networks in a way that changed this country, he said.Communism looked to overturn the U.S. government and implement a Russian model where racism would not be a part of the system, while the King movement sought the implementation of rights that already belonged to African Americans under the Constitution, Beasley said.“What I was trying to do with this book was contrast the communist effort in the deep south and also the civil rights movement under King,” Beasley said. “They had separate paths and of course one was nonviolent revolution and the communist was very much violent with violent undertones. …“This choice is relevant today if you look at problems we’re having with race, in Ferguson, [Missouri], Baltimore … ” he said. “The African Americans in this country basically said we’re all in this together, and we fought it out together. We’re one country.”The event was sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Services, Student Diversity Board, the history department and the English department. Tags: A Life in Red, David Beasley, Without Mercylast_img read more

SMC student examines socialism

first_imgSophomore Morgan Matthews explained the meanings of socialism and communism in a Saint Mary’s Justice Education Program presentation Tuesday.Matthews defined socialism as “various economic or political theories that advocate for collective or government ownership and administration based on production and means of goods,” which may or may not include private property based on the different branches of socialism.According to Matthews, the top 10 socialist countries are China, Denmark, Finland, The Netherlands, Canada, Sweden, Norway, Ireland, New Zealand and Belgium. Matthews said these countries demonstrate the different ways socialism can be implemented, as well as the benefits that can come from socialist governments.Matthews said there is a distinction between socialism and communism, though these two often are confused or used interchangeably. She defined communism as “a totalitarian system of government in which a single authoritarian party controls means of production.”“Communism eliminates private property completely,” she said. “[Socialism] has government programs where the government does have influence and most of the ownership. However, you do have your own private property.”Matthews said presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has brought socialism to the forefront of American politics.“Because of the Cold War and the Iron Curtain, people think of socialism as being the same as communism,” she said. “Communism is a complete radicalization of what socialism means, and … democratic socialism is how people presently have been using socialism in the government.“Instead of government controlling everything you do and all your property, it’s saying, ‘We need a little more money so we can distribute that money so your children can go to school without extreme amounts of debt or you can break your leg and go to the hospital and not have to worry about the [cost]’.”According to Matthews, the United States is afraid of socialism because of its ties with communism and the Soviet Union, but she believes the capitalist mentality overlooks the truths behind socialism.“In socialism, you work hard and you get far,” she said. “However, you have people helping you. You have programs helping you. You have the system helping you. It’s not to each his own, it’s not a dog-eat-dog world. It’s everyone is hoping you get far in life and everyone is helping you get far in life — they’re not trying to draw you back.”Matthews said President Franklin D. Roosevelt was a democratic socialist.“The New Deal was pretty much all socialist programs,” she said. “That has been implanted up until now. To be honest, it benefitted us more than what capitalism would do — which is what brought us into [The Great Depression.]”According to Matthews, socialism in the United States does not look like socialism as the entire economic system, but rather focuses on democratic socialism. She said she wants Americans to learn what socialism is instead of shying away from it out of fear of communism.“You use different aspects of the types of government,” she said. “You use capitalism regarding some aspects, you use socialism regarding other aspects.”Matthews said she believes capitalism can empower a country, but it can also be problematic.“At this point, capitalism has become too big, too strong,” she said. “It’s starting to collapse on itself and cause problems for itself. If we try to rein it in a little more, maybe that would help.”Tags: Communism, Justice Education Program, SMC, socialismlast_img read more

Flick on the Field returns to Notre Dame Stadium with Rudy screening

first_imgNotre Dame’s Flick on the Field is returning this Friday night to Notre Dame Stadium for the second year in a row. Co-directors of student life, senior Claire Marie Kuhn and junior Eduardo Luna, are leading the group behind the operation, a team that includes members from student government to the University’s administration. Seniors Gates McGavick and Corey Gayheart, student body president and vice president, wanted to continue the tradition because of its massive success last year, Kuhn said. “Luckily SAO and one of its partners, Venue ND, came to us and said [they will] cover the operational costs if student government wants to run it,” Kuhn said. “Because it had been so successful, [student government] decided they wanted to make it an annual thing and Notre Dame stepped up.” Once the cost was covered, there was no doubt that Kuhn and Luna wanted to host the event. “This was too good an offer to turn down. Students really liked it and the South Bend community enjoyed it a lot,” Kuhn said. “Plus, it’s the 25th anniversary of the movie. It’s too perfect not to do this.” The event is particularly special for freshman, who will have the opportunity for the first time to see “Rudy” on the video board the Friday before football season begins, Luna said. “It’s a really great intro experience for everyone in general,” Luna said. “A lot of the student body and people in general involved with student government get to interact with the freshmen that are just barely getting in-tune with the whole system here at Notre Dame and just making them feel welcome.” Kuhn and Luna want to maintain the atmosphere of Welcome Weekend and said they plan to do so by calling out dorm names for people to cheer. In addition to featuring dorm spirit, concessions will be offered, an area will be open for football tossing and a student DJ will perform before the movie.After executing Flick on the Field last year, organizers have gained valuable experience that will help them with directing this year’s event, Luna said.“Last year, it was definitely an experimental event. It was the first of its kind,” he said. “A lot of people are prepared by comparison to last year so we know what works and what doesn’t work and everyone is in a better position at the moment to get all that operational stuff going.” This second edition of Flick on the Field continues an ongoing trend of opening up Notre Dame Stadium beyond football games, Kuhn said.“Luckily with everything that’s going on, with Venue ND and the Garth Brooks concert and Notre Dame getting more comfortable with having events in the stadium, we’re going to be prepared to have more [people] than we’re expecting,” she said. “It will be well-run in my opinion.” Game-day policies apply for the event, including the new clear-bag policy. Tickets were distributed Thursday night at Duncan Student Center’s “Best of Duncan” and are also available Friday at 5:30 p.m. on Library quad.  “Go with new friends, bring a blanket and just soak up the experience because it is once in a lifetime,” Kuhn said.Tags: Flick on the Field, Notre Dame Stadium, Rudy, Student governmentlast_img read more

Lecturer explores policy issues related to climate change

first_imgKendra Osinki | The Observer Professor Patrick Regan spoke at a lecture Monday about the politics of climate change. Regan said collective and individual action problems that raise challenges when attempting to resolve climate change.“We’ve known about climate change for 35 to 40 years,” Regan said.  “[In] the National Climate Assessment that was released in 2017 under the auspices of President Donald Trump, the second paragraph of the executive summary says the climate is warming at unprecedented levels, warmer than the past thousands of years, and the third paragraph states humans are the primary cause of global warming.”Regan also referred to an analysis from the Department of Defense when discussing the potentially severe effects climate change.“The Department of Defenses tells us that by 2060, 600,000 square kilometers of currently arable land on the African continent will go offline. This is on the most food and water challenged continent we have,” Regan said.Regan said resistance to combating climate change stems from the influence of private interests on both an individual and national level. “There is some tension here between the individual and the collective,” he said. “Everybody who drives an SUV or exfoliates for 30 minutes [in the shower] is perfectly rational doing so at the individual level, our problem is at the collective.”Individual contributions to climate change are minuscule, Regan said. This fact makes it easy for individuals to rationalize behaviors that are in their own interest, like driving a big car or taking a long shower. However this rationalization dooms the hope of spontaneous collective action to combat climate change, Regan explained. The situation is not hopeless though, Regan said, but solutions lie in policy rather than unmotivated action by the general public. He pointed to the European Union as an example. “U.S. people produce about 16 metric tons per person of [carbon],” he said. “The European Union, which is like us in almost all the demographic conditions you can come up with, produces about 8 metric tons per person.”However, policy change aimed at reducing emissions and fossil fuels is complicated because people in Congress are motivated by special interests — namely, getting re-elected, Regan said. They do not have to worry about the effects of climate change in 40 or 50 years when their focus is on winning the next election cycle, Regan said.“Because in two years you’ve got to go back and get elected again, if you throw away those jobs, you’re not going to get elected,” Regan said. Regan noted that despite the issue’s complexity, the fact remains that climate change is a real issue that needs to be addressed and can no longer be treated as a problem to be solved down the road. “If projections are close, then consequences will be grave,” Regan said. “The U.S. National Climate Assessment, this is Donald Trump’s crew, they say that if we’re not on track by 2030 we probably can’t get there.” Regan said everyone should conduct themselves in an environmentally-friendly way.“We know the cause, we know the consequences, and we actually know the solutions,” he said. “So why don’t we act like it?” Tags: Climate change, environmental policy, policy, Politics Political Science professor and associate director of the Environmental Change Initiative Patrick Regan delivered a lecture Monday exploring the complexities surrounding climate change in America.Regan began his lecture by speaking about the level at which climate change is evident, accepted and supported by science. last_img read more

Local School Notifies Parents Of Coronavirus Plans

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) MGN ImageFALCONER – While there are no cases of Novel Coronavirus in Chautauqua County, some school districts are notifying parents on their plan to fight the virus.In a letter to Falconer Central School District Families, Superintendent Stephen Penhollow shared guidance from New York State’s Health and Education Departments.Saying in part, “since the virus is very new, health authorities continue to carefully watch how this virus spreads. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working hard to learn as much as possible about this new virus, so that we can better understand how it spreads and causes illness.”Penhollow says the best way to prevent infection is by washing hands often and avoid close contact with people who are sick. Additionally, the Superintendent says those who are sick should stay home unless visiting a medical professional. School officials say anyone with questions on the Novel Coronavirus can call the New York State Health Department’s hotline at 1-888-364-3065.On Wednesday, Chautauqua County’s Department of Health reinforced that the risk for infection in the area is low.last_img read more

Jamestown Mayor Orders Closure Of City Playgrounds, Basketball Courts

first_imgDow Park, City of Jamestown. Image by WNY News Now Staff. 03/31/20.JAMESTOWN – Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist announced Tuesday city playgrounds will close in an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19, the novel Coronavirus.Dow Park, City of Jamestown. Image by WNY News Now Staff. 03/31/20.The mayor, in a post on Facebook, said even though playgrounds and basketball courts will be roped off city parks will remain open.“Effective today, I have instructed our Parks Staff to rope off all playground equipment and close basketball courts,” said Mayor Sundquist. “I know the weather is nice, but we have too many kids and residents risking potential spread.”Health officials say the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is by practicing social distancing. It is recommended if visiting a park or taking a walk in the community, residents stay at least six feet apart. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more