Dublin pep rally highlights Irish heritage

first_imgDUBLIN – Notre Dame’s Emerald Isle heritage was on full display this weekend, be it on the football team’s Irish flag cleats or a Mass of Celebration at Dublin Castle. Friday evening, that heritage was reaffirmed and deepened in a spectacle of music, dance and dialogue on the banks of the River Liffey. Notre Dame introduced Ireland to the concept of a pep rally and the Emerald Isle greeted the University with open arms in Friday’s “Notre Dame: A Welcome Home,” held in The O2. Irish Taoiseach (prime minister) Enda Kenny kicked off the event with a welcome to Notre Dame and Navy fans alike, noting the long-standing rivalry between the two teams as “characterized by a deep respect and warmth” between the two teams. Kenny urged visiting fans to experience their time on the Emerald Isle to the fullest. “Enjoy, explore,” he said. “Make the best of the next few days with us in Ireland. Be sure to make and take home great memories. Be sure to make the most of your time in Ireland.” Kenny promised an exciting weekend lineup for fans attending the big game. “This is a wonderful event for Ireland to host,” he said. “It’s going to be a mighty few days showcasing what Ireland is and has to offer.” The Taoiseach closed his welcome by focusing on the importance of sporting competition to the Irish nation in recovering from its recent economic downturn, comparing the spirit of the Irish people to the “soul” of Notre Dame. “Ireland and its people, in true ‘Fighting Irish’ style, with gust and courage and discipline, are fighting back in the face of economic challenges we face as a country,” he said. “Why wouldn’t we? Sport is the soul of what we are. The ‘Fighting Irish,’ the soul of Notre Dame, is what we exemplify in how we approach our world.” Filled with a lineup of top Irish musical artists and Notre Dame performing arts groups, the overseas pep rally captivated a live audience of more than 9,000. The Irish public broadcast network RTE televised the event nationally. Ranging from the Notre Dame Folk Choir and the Band of the Fighting Irish to Irish artists Anthony Kearns and the High Kings, performances often featured collaborations from those hailing from the Emerald Isle and those from the University. In addition to the slew of musical and performing arts guests, Irish talk show host Miriam O’Callaghan went through a series of interviews with Notre Dame figures. First up was Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick. O’Callaghan noted Ireland does not possess the same passion for college athletics as the United States, and Swarbrick said this school pride is evident in many facets of the University. “You see it in our marching band, you see it in our cheerleaders, you see it in our great alumni and fans,” he said. When asked by O’Callaghan what was at the source of the “success” of the University, Swarbrick turned and acknowledged the audience. “It’s out here,” he said. “The people make Notre Dame special. It’s the ones who went to school there or the ones who have just adopted it, the faculty, the administration, our remarkable leadership in Fr. Jenkins. I think all of that is what makes it a special institution.” O’Callaghan also spoke to University President Fr. John Jenkins and asked what inspired Notre Dame to return to play a match in Ireland after 1996’s matchup against Navy. “We wanted to come back here,” Jenkins said. “We feel a connection of ancestry, a connection of name but more importantly a connection of spirit. “Fight against the odds. Overcome the obstacles. A commitment to life, that total commitment. That’s what Notre Dame is about, and that is what Ireland is about.” When asked about the challenges and rewards of leading the University, Jenkins said his pride goes beyond Notre Dame’s academic prestige. “[Notre Dame] stands for so much more, and that’s why I am proud,” he said. “As [earlier guest] Martin Short said, spiritual values, service, things that go [beyond] excellence, I’m tremendously proud to be a part of this institution.”last_img read more

University receives record amount of research funding

first_imgIn the 2014 fiscal year, the University of Notre Dame received $113 million in research awards, an increase of $17 million from last year and the highest recorded amount ever in a non-stimulus year.Robert Bernhard, vice president for research, said contracts came from government agencies, various companies and foundations.“The National Science Foundation (NSF) is our largest sponsor,” he said. “The National Institute of Health (NIH) is generally our second-largest sponsor, but this year, their funding is reduced nationally.“We are also funded by the Department of Energy and the Department of Defense. We have funding from corporations, the two largest are General Electric and a consortium of companies in the semiconductor business that includes IBM and Intel. … The biggest foundation sponsors are the Gates Foundation, two different Templeton Foundations, the Lilly Endowment and the Mellon Foundation.”Bernhard said anywhere between one-in-three and only one-in-15 proposals pass peer reviews and evaluations to receive funding. He said he credits Notre Dame’s immense success in such a competitive environment to the skill and determination of its faculty.“It all comes down to the creativity and hard work of the faculty members,” he said. “They have to understand what the sponsors are looking for. They have to be the best in their field, and then they have to write a very well-crafted proposal.”Director of the Energy Frontier Research Center Peter Burns, who is receiving money from the Department of Energy for actinide research, said the increased resources came with increased responsibilities.“I’m trundling along working as a research professor with only a few students,” he said. “Now the money comes in, and now I’m trundling along directing in a multi-investigative center focusing on energy-related problems and then my own group gets larger with 13 Ph.D. students, about six or seven post-docs, eight undergrads, six high school students and three staff. So it’s much bigger and the productivity goes up, and the amount of people we educate goes way up.”Professor of political science Daniel Philpott, who is receiving funding from the Templeton Religion Trust to study Christian communities’ responses to persecution around the world, said these projects have the ability to help Notre Dame realize its identity.“I think that a lot of the most important things a Catholic university can do in order to achieve its Catholic mission is to be in solidarity with Christian communities that are suffering from persecution,” he said. “This grant can help Notre Dame fulfill its fundamental Catholic mission.”Professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering Samuel Paolucci is currently receiving funding from the National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA) for his work in predictive modeling of shock conditions for material synthesis. Paolucci said the two to five years of work leading to a proposal presentation is an often overlooked part of the submission process, but the payoff of one successful proposal transcends the accrued funding and knowledge.“[The NNSA] isn’t just interested in the funding, but they’re also interested in pushing the frontier of computational science and frontiers of science,” he said. “They’re also trying to involve more Americans in graduate studies and getting Ph.D.’s because that enhances the ability of this country to hire and put the best minds we have to work on the problems we have.” Tags: Department of Energy, funding, NIH, NNSA, NSF, Peter Burns, research awardslast_img read more

Pizza, Pop and Politics addresses voting rights

first_imgND Votes hosted this semester’s third installment of Pizza, Pop and Politics, which explored voting rights in the U.S., on Tuesday. The discussion was led by professor Jennifer Mason McAward, an associate professor of law and director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights at Notre Dame, and professor Jason Pierce, an American studies professor who specializes in American history and civil rights.Pierce began the discussion by giving the audience a historical perspective on voting rights, specifically those of African Americans. In 1864, a group of African Americans created a list of demands for the union after the Civil War, including the abolition of slavery, full citizenship rights for all African Americans, voting rights for African American men and land redistribution, he said.“Voting was a political right because it was a preservative of all rights … the court recognized that voting was a political act,” Pierce said. “Politics is about power, and voting allows power to be exercised. So central to the African-American reform effort has been the right to vote — not land reform, not reparations, but the right to vote. It shows how powerful it is, but it shows how contested it is. Voting restrictions allow power to be retained.”They received almost all of their charges through the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments between 1865 and 1870, Pierce said, but in 1898 the Mississippi court upheld that voting restrictions, such as a poll tax and literacy tests, were reasonable.“Americans think that voting is a privilege and a right, but those two things don’t necessarily go together,” he said. “That which is a privilege and that which is a right — not to be politically oxymoronic, a right is not something that you earn, it’s something that you gain because of your standing as a United States citizen. A privilege, it may be an honor to vote, but it’s not a gift.”Voting restrictions did not change until the U.S. introduced the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which Pierce said was “flawed as an effective device, but effective as a political device.”Following Pierce, McAward reflected on the role law has played in voting rights. The 15th amendment, which in name prevented racial discrimination in voting, was disregarded for 95 years, she said.“There was a mass campaign of terror in the South, and African Americans were effectively barred from exercising their constitutional right until the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which congress passed to ban racial discrimination in voting practices,” McAward said.Although she agreed with Pierce about the flaws of the 1965 act, McAward said it was the most effective law of its kind, allowing a quarter of a million new voters to register.McAward examined President Trump’s claims of voter fraud — which has gained a national spotlight since the 2016 election — and said there are a few different claims of voter fraud, including impersonating a deceased person, a false claim of citizenship, incorrectly filling out an absentee ballot or government officials intentionally creating false votes.Though not denying its existence, McAward said voter fraud is rare and most likely did not cause Trump to lose the popular vote, as he claims.“Neither one [of the studies Trump has cited] supports his claims, although they do point to other problems in the system,” she said.The first study, which states that there are 24 million inaccurate voter registrations, does not necessarily mean that those people attempted to vote in multiple jurisdictions, McAward said, and a 2014 study, which said six percent of noncitizens voted in the 2008 presidential election, is based on an Internet survey which used methodology that may have skewed the data.“The author said that we have no information that these illegal votes actually impacted the outcome of the election,” she said. “Bottom line, voter fraud exists, and it happens, but it’s infrequent — particularly in-person voter fraud — and when it does happen it’s almost never outcome determinative.”Citing these surveys, McAward said identification requirements for voting aren’t necessary to prevent voting fraud and serve to disenfranchise those without state-issued identification, namely minority, elderly and low-income populations.“The voting rights movement started with bloodshed from the Civil War to Jim Crowe,” she said. “While the bloodshed is behind us, I hope, the struggle continues — just in a new form. For those of you who are interested in political participation, it requires our continued vigilance and commitment.”Tags: Law, Pizza Pop and Politics, race, Voting rightslast_img read more

Students participate in annual boxing tournament to support Holy Cross Missions in Bangladesh

first_imgFor senior Pat Gordon, what started off as an activity to get his mind off things transformed into a passion. “My mother passed away in high school, and I was upset, looking for an outlet. I walked into a boxing gym and fell in love with it,” Gordon said. Observer File Photo A student receives medical attention during a break between rounds in the 2017 Bengal Bouts.Gordon said one of the things that most attracted him to Notre Dame was that it was one of the only schools with a boxing program. He said as soon as he arrived on campus as a freshman, he knew Bengal Bouts was something he wanted to be a major part of his college experience.According to its website, Bengal Bouts started as a boxing program organized 88 years ago by Knute Rockne. During its first year, Gordon said, the bouts raised $200, which was sent to Holy Cross Missions in Bangladesh as part of an emergency fund. However, he said, the money has grown too big — especially over the past 10 years — to be a mere rainy-day fund and now goes to supporting tribal parishes.“In Bangladesh, if you’re part of a tribe you’re in the vast minority,” he said. “The kids in the tribal parishes stay in a hostel … and the hostel provides their food, their clothing, their books and it’s about $15 a month for all of that.”Gordon said these kids’ parents make around $1 a day and can pay about $2 or $3 a month for their children’s education. This is where the money from Bengal Bouts helps, and last year alone the boxing program raised $175,000.Gordon went to Bangladesh for nine weeks last summer to see for himself the place the money raised from Bengal Bouts benefits. He went to Jalchatra, where he worked with the Garo tribe, lived with two Holy Cross priests and taught English classes.“I had from grade three up to grade 11, and a night class of adults,” he said. “It was a big variety of students because some of them only knew two or three English words and others were fairly close to fluent.”Gordon said there were three other Notre Dame students there with Bengal Bouts, and all four of them together would write lesson plans every night for their classes. Prior to the experience, he said, he had no experience teaching English as a second language.“It was challenging, but it was really rewarding,” Gordon said. “These kids, they don’t have a lot of disposable income, and our last day there we threw this big party — they got us gifts, they bought us shirts we could wear … different types of Bengali clothing.“We’re supposed to be the ones giving and yet they’re the ones who were giving to us.”Gordon won Bengal Bouts his sophomore year, was a captain his junior year and won heavyweight division junior year, but he said the best part of his experience with Bengal Bouts was going to Bangladesh.“I love boxing. I simply adore it — I can’t get enough of it,” he said. “I’m always going to be a proponent of this club and try to help it and progress it in any way that I can.”When Gordon first started with Bengal Bouts, he did it purely for the boxing, he said. Now, with his experience at Bangladesh and a first look at Holy Cross Missions, he found a deeper reason to supplement his athletic passion.“I can honestly say it’s the single best thing I’ve done with my life,” Gordon said. “I started boxing to grow myself as a person, now I do it to help others grow. If you lose, it’s important to remember that the real fight is 10,000 miles away in Bangladesh.”Tags: Bangladesh, Bengal Bouts, Boxing, Men’s Boxing, ND Boxinglast_img read more

Notre Dame News: A Timeline

first_imgFootball team goes to BCS National ChampionshipAfter years of mediocre football at Notre Dame Stadium, the storyline changed dramatically in 2012, when the Irish posted a perfect regular season en route to a BCS National Championship Game loss to Alabama. A lights-out defense, led by Heisman Trophy runner-up linebacker Manti Te’o, propelled the Irish to the title game, but Notre Dame failed to mount a challenge against Alabama in Miami, falling 42-14 to the Crimson Tide on the season’s biggest stage.First official LGBT student organization formedIn 2013, Notre Dame’s campus saw the first meetings of PrismND, Notre Dame’s first official organization for LGBT students. Students had been attempting to start such an organization for decades, and after a months-long review of resources for the LGBT community at Notre Dame — resulting in a pastoral plan — PrismND was approved.University starts new construction projectsThe past several years have seen heavy construction and renovation. Campus Crossroads, a $400-million project that added academic departments and student spaces to the football stadium, began construction in 2014 and was completed for the 2018 Spring semester. In 2015, Hesburgh Library began a renovation which gave several floors a more open plan. Two new dorm buildings, Flaherty and Dunne Halls, were built for the 2016-2017 academic year, as was McCourtney Hall, a research building. Jenkins-Nanoivic Hall, which will house the Keough School of Global Affairs, opened in Fall 2018.University creates new college for the first time in decadesIn 2014, the University announced the creation of the Keough School of Global Affairs, which offers academic programs for undergraduate and graduate students, work with Notre Dame’s centers abroad and other internationally-focused institutes and offer a new Masters in Global Affairs.University adjusts Notre Dame Core CurriculumEvery 10 years, the University reviews its Core Curriculum, the set of courses that every student must take. The process began in 2014, briefly sparking fears that the University theology requirement would be reduced or eliminated. A Core Curriculum committee solicited ideas and feedback from the Notre Dame community and in November 2015 released its recommendations, proposing a revision that would reduce the total number of core courses and require students to take classes in broader categories such as “quantitative analysis” and “aesthetic analysis,” as opposed to math or fine arts. The University released a final report of changes to be implemented for the freshman class of 2022 in the fall of 2018.PE course replaced with Moreau First-Year Experience For decades, Notre Dame required its freshmen to pass a swim test or take swimming lessons, as well as complete a physical education course. For the incoming class of 2019 those requirements were eliminated to some controversy. The replacement was the Moreau First-Year Experience, a one-credit class that addressed aspects of wellness, cultural competence and student life.Fr. Theodore Hesburgh dies in 2015 During Hesburgh’s 30-year presidency, women were admitted to the University and laypeople to the board of trustees, and Notre Dame’s national profile rose. The Holy Cross priest — who was photographed arm-in-arm with Martin Luther King Jr. and said a Mass in the then-Soviet Union, was a campus institution — students considered it an honor to visit his office on the 14th floor of the library named after him. When he died at 97, U.S. presidents and Nobel Prize winners offered condolences. He left a legacy of civil rights activism and academic freedom in Catholic education, as well as a premier Catholic research university.University in national spotlight over sexual assault cases In 2015, CNN released a documentary titled “The Hunting Ground” which examined how colleges and universities mishandle sexual assault cases. Featuring Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame, the documentary highlighted multiple cases where the University and the College failed to respond to reports by Saint Mary’s students who accused Notre Dame students of sexual assault. The documentary inspired activism by students, faculty and alumni to urge the College and the University to change their practices regarding sexual assault. In 2017, “The Hunting Ground” producer Amy Ziering spoke on campus at a Student Union Board event.University involved in legal battles In 2012, the University sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, seeking an exemption from the Affordable Care Act requirement that employers provide contraceptive access. The suit and its appeals were ultimately unsuccessful. In 2015, ESPN sued the University for access to police records on student athletes accused of crimes. An appellate court sided with ESPN, saying NDSP was a public agency subject to open records laws, but it is unclear which records the network will get and when. As a result of the suit, a bill was introduced in the Indiana state legislature intended to clarify open records laws, but was vetoed by then-Governor Mike Pence.Biden, Boehner receive prestigious Laetare Medal amid outcry The Laetare Medal is considered one of the most prestigious awards for American Catholics and is awarded by the University at graduation each year. The 2016 medal was jointly awarded to then-Vice President Joe Biden and former Speaker of the House John Boehner, a gesture by University President Fr. John Jenkins to encourage bipartisan dialogue. The award sparked an outcry among students, alumni and conservative groups, who criticized the decision to award the pro-choice Vice President and the pro-death penalty Speaker. Both politicians attended the 2016 commencement ceremony and received the medal.Vice President Mike Pence speaks to 2017 graduates, students walk out in protestRather than hosting the sitting president as Notre Dame’s Commencement speaker during his first year in office — a decision that ignited controversy when Barack Obama spoke in 2009 — the University invited current Vice President and former Governor of Indiana Mike Pence to be its 2017 Commencement speaker. The selection of Pence as Commencement speaker was met with widespread protest across campus. Students cited Pence’s record on LGBT issues as a particular point of contention and organized a rainbow pride flag drive to show solidarity against Pence. These flags, a symbol of the LGBT community, were hung from windows throughout campus. During the Commencement ceremony, approximately 100 graduates stood and exited Notre Dame stadium as Pence began his address.University announces changes to contraceptive coverage policyAfter the Trump administration repealed the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandates requiring employers to provide contraceptive coverage, the University announced on Oct. 27, 2017 it would no longer cover contraceptives through its third party, government-funded insurer. On Nov. 7, 2017, the University reversed these changes and said its third-party insurers would continue to provide contraception at no cost to those under its health plan. Then, on Feb. 7, 2018, Notre Dame announced it would abandon its third-party contraceptive coverage, as this plan included abortifacients. Instead, the University would pay for coverage of “simple contraceptives” through its own health plan. Tags: Barack Obama, Campus Crossroads Project, Contraception, Core Curriculum, ESPN lawsuit, Fr. 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Museum of Biodiversity collects specimens for research

first_imgUnknown to many of the students who walk past every day, behind the glass doors of the Museum of Biodiversity lies one of the largest repositories of biological specimens in Indiana. The museum, located on the first floor of Jordan Hall of Science, maintains the Department of Biological Sciences’ vast collection of insects, plants, fossils, mammals and other specimens. Collected over its 150-year history, the collection now stores roughly two-thirds of the one million specimens. Founded by Notre Dame founder Fr. Edward Sorin, the museum’s collection was first exhibited at the University’s first graduation ceremonies in 1844. When most of this original collection, kept in the Main Building, was destroyed by fire in 1879, Sorin commissioned Fr. John Zahm, the namesake of Zahm Hall, to rebuild the collections. Much of the museum’s current collection of skeletal remains was purchased by Zahm and delivered to the University in 1897. Founded by Fr. Julius A. Nieuwland in 1904, the museum’s herbarium has grown to contain over 280,000 plant specimens and actively supports research efforts around the world. The museum’s current collections also include 150,000 insects and a smaller collection of mounted animals and wet specimens of fish, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates in jars.Today, in addition to supporting research efforts, the Museum of Biodiversity also offers a valuable resource for teaching. Museum director and professor emeritus Ronald Hellenthal stressed that the collections have been widely used both by explicitly science-related classes, such as entomology and parasitology and classes not explicitly related to science, such as studio art. Additionally, students interested in research may request access to museum materials.“At any given time, we often have a dozen or more students engaged in undergraduate research projects or graduate research projects that are using our material,” Hellenthal said. “We do have some small laboratory facilities where people can work on material here, but we don’t normally check out material to students. We have some students that are doing museum work for pay, we have some students that are doing undergraduate research projects and we have some students that are here doing volunteer work in the collections.”While the collections are available to students enrolled in these classes or with a specific research interest, they are not intended for general browsing or public access.“We’re a support facility for the University,” Hellenthal said. “We support research activities, we support teaching activities, we do outreach. That’s our principle function. We’re not a public museum. We don’t have the staffing or the facility to be open to the public, so that’s really our principle purpose.”The museum, however, does open its doors for select events every year.“There are a limited number of opportunities each year where we do open the museum up,” he said. “We participate in the Smithsonian Museum Day Live, so we’re open to the general public one day a year, but we’re also open to a variety of events throughout the year, such as the College of Science Fall Undergraduate Research Fair and Junior Parents Weekend.”Another function of the Museum of Biodiversity, especially the Greene-Nieuwland Herbarium, is the retention of “voucher material” — specimens previously used in published scientific reports or studies. Storing these specimens in perpetuity is frequently required by research grants, said the museum’s curator Barbara Hellenthal.“When researchers publish papers, their obligation is to file specimens that are reported or worked on in their papers,” she said. “We acquire material from people who have done outside work out in the field, and when they write their paper or dissertation, they file their specimen here.”Over the summer, the museum completed the daunting task of surveying the over 10,000 trees and woody plants on the Notre Dame campus with the help of undergraduate students and is working to process and publish this data. Another ongoing project it is engaged with is producing high-resolution images of all the specimens kept in the Greene-Nieuwland Herbarium. Most specimens of historical importance have already been imaged and all images and data are available online, Barbara Hellenthal, the curator of the museum, said.“We have about 280,000 specimens,” she said. “We’ve already imaged about 10,000 specimens from the Greene Herbarium, and about the same for the Nieuwland Herbarium. My goal is to get the data for all of them and get all of them imaged. We have a ways to go.”Tags: College of Science, Greene-Nieuwland Herbarium, Museum of Biodiversitylast_img read more

McGlinn residents, rector discuss developing community and Hall of the Year

first_imgMcGlinn Hall was named the 2018-2019 Hall of the Year, the first time it has been named Hall of the Year since its establishment in 1997. Sophomore and dorm vice president Isabella Schmitz said McGlinn has come a long way in recent years.“When I first arrived at ND I think they had gotten like last place in all of the Hall of the Year stuff, but then last year we got most improved, and this year we won it all,” Schmitz said.Junior and former dorm president Colleen Ballantyne said this year McGlinn made an effort to reach outside the dorm by planning events with Keough Hall and Lyons Hall, their brother and sister dorms.“Last year was a lot of building our community more internally after a year where our hall council didn’t do as much to really build that community,” Ballantyne said. “This past year we were able to focus on letting the McGlinn community shine throughout campus and even sometimes off campus.”McGlinn’s signature event, Casino Night, was also incredibly successful this year, Schmitz said.“Our event coordinator got all the McGlinn girls really excited about making it as best as it could be,” Schmitz said. “She set a goal for us and said we need to make more money than we ever have, and people were excited by that.”Ballantyne said the dorm broke its record by raising $3,150 for St. Adalbert Catholic School in South Bend. McGlinn sends students to tutor at the school every weekday.Rector Sister Mary Lynch said the dorm’s relationship with St. Adalbert began during the first few years in her job as rector of McGlinn, a position she took on in 2005.“I wanted someplace in South Bend where the students could actually go and be there and help and do service,” Lynch said.McGlinn sought to improve their dorm’s sustainability this year through a partnership with the Office of Sustainability and TerraCycle, an organization that collects non-recyclable waste and partners with corporate donors to turn it into raw material to be used in new products.“We’ve only been doing it for about two months now, but we’ve been able to collect a ton of stuff that otherwise would’ve been going to the landfills,” Ballantyne said. “We’re hoping to work with the Office of Sustainability to branch this out throughout campus in the near future.”McGlinn also prides itself on their interhall sports participation. The hall has held the Kelly Cup since 2010-2011, which Ballantyne said is largely due to the hall’s unofficial official motto: McGlinn never forfeits. The Kelly Cup is for the overall women’s interhall sports championship, and is awarded based off of interhall participation and performance.“My thing is that, first of all, interhall sports are to help relieve stress, so I don’t want any stress in trying to win the Kelly Cup,” Lynch said.  The second thing is, I always tell them, if we say we’re gonna put a team on the field, we put a team out, so no forfeiting.”An unexpected event this year that brought the McGlinn community together was Lynch’s cancer diagnosis in the fall.“I think the way the women here responded and rallied around me, and how we were still able to continue all the programs hall government and hall council had planned — things went along pretty much as normal — was one of the main reasons for winning Hall of the Year,” Lynch said.The dorm organized a spreadsheet where people could sign up to bring Lynch dinner from the dining hall as she could not eat there among so many people.“The spreadsheet would fill up within an hour—it would be completely full,” Ballantyne said. “And it was like not the same girls every month — it was different people all the time.”The dorm also made fanny packs to show their support of their rector.“I had slow drip cancer treatment that I wore a fanny pack for 48 hours every other week,” Lynch said.Lynch discovered that her chemo pack was able to fit in the McGlinn fanny pack and was able to use it instead of the oncologist issued one.When Lynch was declared cancer free, the dorm surprised her with a party and a video containing messages from former students and former Residential Assistants of McGlinn, as well as messages from Fr. Jenkins and Muffet McGraw, Schmitz said.“I just have been absolutely amazed at the women here this year,” Lynch said. “If good can come out of a tough situation, I think that’s what happened. Just the spirit and the sense of community that evolved this year more so than some other years — and I don’t know if it was the rallying around me and my situation or what — but the women have just been amazing, absolutely amazing.”Tags: Community, dorm features, dorm life, Hall of the year, McGlinn Halllast_img read more

Officials Investigate Death Of Inmate At Brocton Facility

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 ImageBROCTON – Officials from the New York State Department of Corrections say they are investigating the Monday death of Jamel McIntosh, an inmate at the Lakeview Scock Incarceration Correctional Facility. McIntosh was reportedly assigned to the facility’s Intensive Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment program. On Monday, officials say a correction officer on rounds observed McIntosh unresponsive on the shower floor in his cell. Staff immediately unlocked his cell and entered to check his condition. Facility medical staff were summonsed and began emergency response efforts.Outside emergency medical services were also called. McIntosh was transported by ambulance to Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk, where he was pronounced dead, according to officials.While the official cause of death will be determined and released by the Chautauqua County Medical Examiner’s Office pursuant to County Law §671 and §674, officials say preliminary autopsy results indicate McIntosh’s body had no signs of trauma. Any death that appears other than natural causes or from a known medical condition is thoroughly investigated by New York State Police and DOCCS’ Office of Special Investigations. Interviews of other incarcerated individuals in close proximity to Mr. McIntosh were conducted and video surveillance was reviewed, neither of which officials say revealed any staff misconduct or involvement in the incident.The investigation is ongoing at this time. All deaths in DOCCS’ facilities are also reviewed by the State Commission of Correction.McIntosh was serving time for two counts of second-degree robbery and a count of first-degree criminal contempt.last_img read more

Top Prize-Winning Take 5 Ticket Sold In Dunkirk

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) DUNKIRK — Someone who recently visited Matt’s News in Dunkirk could become $27,646 richer.The New York Lottery says a top prize-winning Take 5 ticket was sold at the Chautauqua County store.Another ticket, valued at the same amount, was also sold in the Bronx.The winning numbers for the October 4 drawing are 2-7-14-18-25. Drawings take place every night at 11:21 p.m. and winning tickets may be cashed within one year of the drawing.last_img read more

Eric Bogosian Gets Carnal and Unforgiving

first_img When David Blau—famous writer and guest professor at an elite college—meets pretty, young grad student Leena, the tables turn on his seduction and he gets caught in an unfamiliar struggle for power. In this carnal and unforgiving play, Bogosian levels the playing field in the battle of the sexes. A new spin on the classic game of cat and mouse. The New York premiere of Eric Bogosian’s Red Angel is heading to Theatre Row’s Studio Theatre. Directed by Feliziano Flores, the off-Broadway production will play performances February 27 through March 2. Bogosian is most well-known for writing and starring in the play and the film adaptation of Talk Radio. Other stage credits as an actor include Men Inside and Wake Up and Smell The Coffee. Bogosian has also penned plays including subUrbia, Griller and Humpty Dumpty. His film and TV credits include The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, Under Seige II and Wonderland.  View Comments The cast of Red Angel stars Drew Anthony Allen (as David Blau), Stefanie Karis, Jimmy Joe McGurl, and Krissy Garber (as Leena). The design team features set design by David Rubin, lighting design by Sarah Burke and costume design by Ruth Gersh.last_img read more