Teams representing Notre Dame’s cultural clubs shot to score on Stepan Fields in a soccer tournament Saturday to raise funds for relief through the Haiti Fund and the Chilean Red Cross, African Students Association (ASA) president Brigitte Githinji said. “A soccer tournament was just a great way to fundraise without necessarily placing a cloud of sadness over everyone,” Githinji said. “At the end of the day, the purpose of the tournament was to bring people together in celebration of the World Cup.”The tournament was the kickoff event for Africa Week 2010, and the tournament entry fees as well as T-shirt sales throughout the week will form the basis of fundraising efforts for victims of natural disasters.The theme of world unity promoted both by Africa Week and the World Cup inspired the ASA and other multicultural clubs to serve others in the global community, African Students Association vice president Odara Omusi said.“With unity comes solidarity,” Omusi said. “I think that is something that is important for countries like Haiti and Chile that have been affected by earthquakes in recent times.”The organizers also hoped to spread awareness of the options that students have to join cultural clubs on campus. By promoting these organizations through the tournament, they believed they could expand membership and interest.“The event was inspired by a vested interest in soccer as well as a desire to see more collaboration among clubs and organizations that otherwise don’t interact,” Githinji said.As South Africa prepares to make history as the first African nation to host the FIFA World Cup this summer, Githinji that a miniature World Cup was a natural project for the ASA.The African Students Association, German Club and the Italian Club collaborated to plan a world soccer tournament in order “to raise awareness and participation in each of the cultural clubs,” Italian Club president Kathleen O’Connor said.Githinji and O’Connor worked with German Club president Aaron Steiner to bring teams representing Germany, South Africa, the Philippines, Italy, Spain and India together on Stepan Fields. The Spanish team emerged as the gold medalist after the final match with Italy, O’Connor said.“There were also several students not involved in cultural clubs who played,” O’Connor said. “Hopefully the tournament will inspire these students to join a cultural club in the future.”After Saturday’s success, the organizers would welcome plans for another tournament in the future.“Italian club would definitely be interested in continuing the tournament in the future,” O’Connor said. “Given the success we had this year, I think we will have even more participants next year and in years to come.”Githinji encouraged students to participate in other Africa Week events, including the World Unity Banquet on Thursday with international food, multicultural performances, and an address from Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves.“Hopefully, we can keep that enthusiasm and collaborative spirit going as we continue with the rest of Africa Week 2010,” Githinji said.
Student body president Catherine Soler updated the Student Senate on student government’s recent communications with Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees at Wednesday’s meeting. Student government typically presents to the Board three times each year, but a meeting that had been scheduled for last week was cancelled due to snowstorms. Student body vice president Andrew Bell said many of the trustees were unable to travel to South Bend for the meeting. In place of the larger presentation, Soler and Bell met with one trustee. The information from that meeting will be sent to the rest of the board. Bell said the meeting would not be rescheduled. Soler said one of the main points discussed at the meeting was communication between the University and the students. They spoke specifically about e-mails the student body receives from University President Fr. John Jenkins, Soler said. These e-mails included those about the death of junior Declan Sullivan and the events surrounding the death of Saint Mary’s student Elizabeth “Lizzy” Seeberg, “That’s an essential part of being a part of the University, and making sure students are a part of that,” Soler said. Bell and Soler also talked to the trustee about the continued efforts of student government to collaborate with the South Bend Police Department. Soler said she hopes that relationship will continue in the future. Soler and Bell also said they talked to the trustee about changes with off-campus representatives in student government. “We’ve made changes to the Off-Campus Council and we hope that will continue to make things better in the future,” Soler said. She said there is a need for centralizing the services that are available to off-campus students. “When incidents arise off campus, the University doesn’t have one place to find resources right now,” Soler said. Student government’s next presentation to the Board of Trustees will be in April.
Love one another. Celebrate diversity. Extend hospitality. Strive for unity. These are the four guiding principles of the Saint Mary’s College Mission Statement, values that students and faculty will have the opportunity to thoroughly reflect on this week. Junior Silvia Cuevas, mission commissioner for Saint Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA), said the Mission Council has set up displays in the Student Center atrium and the Cushwa-Leighton library to remind the Saint Mary’s community of the College’s mission in education, faith and service. Students can sign their names on a sheet next to the displays, affirming their support of the mission statement. “The Mission Council and myself thought it was important to promote the mission statement, especially toward students, to know what we stand for and what we believe,” Cuevas said. “We are given the mission statement freshman year, but we tend to forget about it.” Students may be unaware that the core values of the mission statement are all around them as they hurry to class each day, Cuevas said. “All of the banners [on the light poles] promote this year’s core values,” Cuevas said. “Each banner has one of the four different values of either ‘love one another,’ ‘celebrate diversity,’ ‘extend hospitality’ or ‘strive for unity.’” Cuevas said she hopes this week’s new displays around campus will help get students and faculty interested in continuing the College’s mission. “The two displays each have a poster of the French cross with the mission statement and our core values, along with sheets for students to sign their names,” Cuevas said. “There are also booklets and bookmarks for students to take.” The displays are not the only way students can reflect on the College’s mission statement, Cuevas said. “When I look around, our girls are always doing something, they are always on their feet,” Cuevas said. “Whether it’s with their clubs or in the community, they are always promoting the core values even if they don’t know it.” Cuevas said she hopes the initiative will extend to other aspects of Saint Mary’s life. “I hope this project will be expanded in the future and in a way where we can promote the mission at our events around campus,” she said. “I also hope that for those who work in the community and are a part of clubs will keep the mission in mind as they do these activities.”
Apparently, technology can be a teacher’s best friend. Using webcams, chat, and a virtual whiteboard, tutors at InstaEDU, an online tutoring portal, assist students with their studies through a computer. InstaEDU CEO Alison Johnston said she was inspired to create the company after working as a tutor herself. In her role, she realized private tutoring could be both expensive and exclusive. “Our general goal is to make high-quality, one-on-one tutoring universally accessible to any student … to let any student work with a tutor at any time,” Johnston said. “Also, we realized that the time when many high school students are in need of homework help, say 11 p.m., is when many college students are available.” Sophomore InstaEDU tutor Jordan Stella started tutoring in high school and also tutors at the First Year of Studies Learning Resource Center. Stella said tutors connect to InstaEDU through Facebook or Google chat and receive notifications whenever a student asks for help. Students can view tutors’ profiles to see areas of expertise and interests. They then select an individual tutor, or can be matched randomly with an available tutor. The tutor’s time is logged, he said, and they are paid by the minute. “Why not [do it],” Stella said. “I’m on Facebook anyway.” The InstaEDU website lists help available for a variety of subject areas including math, science, finance, languages, English and social studies. “[The tutor] can choose areas [he or she] wants to tutor, like SAT prep, ACT prep [or] AP test prep,” Stella said. The students looking for tutoring “could be [in] high school, could be [in] college, could be [in] middle school,” Stella said. Stella said he heard about job opportunities at InstaEDU through an email from the Anthropology Department, and the pay-per-minute of tutoring was appealing. Tutoring online does not inherently pose a significant problem, Stella said, though he believes lecture-based tutoring is more difficult. “In general, it’s all the same, as long as you know what you’re talking about,” he said. “If it’s something I’m not really familiar with, then it might be easier if you’re sitting next to me, so I can gauge what you’re understanding, what you’re not understanding. “It also depends the subject. Math is something easier to tutor over the Internet, there’s one’s answer, one way to do it.” Stella also said he thinks the students using InstaEDU are more motivated to learn through tutoring, as opposed to just receiving an answer. “We’re not supposed to do their homework for them,” he said. “They’re not just going to be like ‘Hey, what’s the answer to this problem?’ They could just Google search that.” Stella said he appreciates InstaEDU’s promise of nearly instantaneous tutoring, and believes he would use online tutoring if he needed help, as opposed to having to set up a time to meet with a tutor in person. “I think I’d rather do online than in person, again depending on the subject. Personally, I’d much rather be like, ‘Hey, I need help right now,’” he said. Going into the future, Johnston said InstaEDU is looking to expand the tutor base. “We’ve had a great time recruiting out of these top universities, like Notre Dame,” she said. “We also would love to plug into the online learning platforms. Right now we’re seeing a lot of top schools putting courses online. “We think it’s awesome that anybody can go and take class with an MIT professor. The one issue is that you lose a lot of the personal touch, so all of a sudden, you can’t raise your hand in class, can’t talk to a classmate.” That is where InstaEDU can contribute, she said. “Say Notre Dame offers classes online, and it would be very valuable if a student is taking a class from somewhere like Oregon, that you could, actually – if there’s a point in the lecture you don’t understand – pause it and immediately connect over video chat with a Notre Dame student who had taken the class last semester and gotten an ‘A’. That’s a pretty powerful experience,” Johnston said.
Sprint CEO and Notre Dame alumnus Daniel Hesse and his wife Diane made an endowed gift to the University as well as a donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to bolster an ongoing partnership between the two organizations, according to a press release issued March 7 by the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County (BGCSJC).“The two service organizations that I have devoted the lion’s share of my time to for many years are the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Notre Dame,” Hesse said. “Each institution is different, but both have much in common.” Hesse said.“I believe that each is the best organization of its kind in the world, and both are deeply committed to community service, so it was logical to think about a gift that would involve the two institutions together.”The Hesses’ total contribution contains two components, BGCSJC executive director Jory Fitzgerald Kelly said. The larger portion, an endowed gift of an undisclosed amount to Notre Dame, will support the hiring of a new “full-time community-based learning and volunteer coordinator who will act as a liaison between the local Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County and the University,” she said.“That position will really focus on working with the Center for Social Concerns at the University to identify, cultivate, train and place students from Notre Dame within meaningful volunteer opportunities at the Boys and Girls Club,” Fitzgerald Kelly said.The second portion of the Hesses’ endowed gift, directed at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), will allow the organization to develop and implement initiatives like a volunteer database to improve the group’s methods of contacting volunteers, checking their backgrounds, placing them with projects and thanking them for their support, Fitzgerald Kelly said.“What we know about the Boys & Girls Clubs is that what we do best is to form positive relationships with the children that we serve,” she said. “By infusing more volunteers into our sites, we’re able to provide more individualized attention to the children that we serve and in doing so, we’re able to form more meaningful relationships with these children.”Fitzgerald Kelly said the BGCA will measure the success of the Hesses’ gift by two markers, which constitute the main goals of the partnership between the organization and Notre Dame.“The first is increasing the number of children served by what translates to about a 35 percent increase,” she said. “The second metric is … within the first 18 months of the partnership, increasing the number of Notre Dame volunteers to 75 on an annual basis.”“Those 75 students will be able to supplant the efforts of staff to keep our adult-to-child ratio low, and we’ll be able to provide the kind of programming that we so proudly provide to children in the community.”Fitzgerald Kelly said volunteer opportunities within the Boys & Girls Clubs will be “limitless” and, starting this summer, will include eight new internships through the Center for Social Concerns’ Summer Service Learning Program. During the academic year, science students will be able to visit one of the BGCSJC locations every Friday to teach biology classes.Andrea Smith Shapell, assistant director of the Center for Social Concerns and director of the Summer Service Learning Program and Theological Reflection, said the new SSLPs will be placed in South Bend, Cincinnati, Kansas City and San Diego.“The Hesses’ gift will allow more continuity for students interested in community-based learning, from the academic year into the summer with the BGCSJC,” Smith Shapell said. “The Boys and Girls Clubs who will partner with the SSLP across the country are very grateful to have additional college-aged mentors for the children in their summer programs.”Hesse said his time as a student living in South Bend inspired him to make this gift to the University and the BGCA.“I lived off-campus in the West Washington Street area my last two years at ND; there were significant campus housing shortages in those days,” Hesse said. “I was struck by the gap between affluent Notre Dame and the city it’s in. I tried to think of a way that Notre Dame and its students could contribute in a meaningful way to the city of South Bend.”Fitzgerald Kelly said the endowed gift will serve not only the BGCA but also the University.“[By] forming those partnerships and having that contact within the University, we’re just constantly brainstorming ways and ideas that we can have that relationship be a win-win to the University, the students at Notre Dame and to the children that we serve,” she said.She said students interested in volunteering at the BGCSJC should contact Victoria Geschke at email@example.com or 574-968-9660.Tags: Andrea Smith Shappell, Boys & Girls Clubs, Center for Social Concerns, Dan Hesse, Jory Fitzgerald Kelly, Sprint, SSLP
Amir Hussain, professor of theological studies at Loyola Marymount University, said American Muslims have profoundly impacted American society in a lecture Tuesday titled “Islam and the Building of America.”The lecture was hosted by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and took place in the Hesburgh Center for Peace Studies.Hussain highlighted the significance of various Muslims — both famous and obscure — to American history.“They’ve contributed something, and some things that I think are quite crucial, as you start peeling back the layers of the sports, of the activism, of, for me, the music,” he said.Central to any discussion of Islam’s impact on America, Hussain said, is the understanding that Muslims have been part of American history since its conception.“The rhetoric that one gets these days is that Islam is a new religious tradition in America and that it is somehow alien, foreign to American values,” he said. “And I’m going to turn that on its head and say, ‘How has America been influenced by Islam and by its Muslim population?’”Indeed, Hussain said Muslims have constituted a significant percentage of the American population even before America declared independence in 1776. He said at least 10 percent of the slaves brought to America from West Africa were Muslim.A clear example of Islam’s longstanding influence in America is in New York City, Hussain said, where the African Burial Ground National Monument is the final resting place for many Muslim Americans.“For much of American history, Muslims have come to New York seeking freedom and opportunity, like every other group of immigrants that comes to New York,” he said.But beyond the fact that Muslims have always been part of American history, Hussain said Muslims have made a lasting impression on American politics and culture. He said the life of Thomas Jefferson provides evidence of the pervasiveness of Islam in American thought.“How many of us are aware that in 1765, Thomas Jefferson — in 1765 before America is America — purchases a Koran?” Hussain said.Moreover, Hussain said in areas such as music, entertainment, architecture and popular culture, Muslim Americans have helped shape American society.He referenced numerous examples of prominent figures in each industry, including Fazlur Rahman Khan, the structural engineer who designed the Hancock and Willis Towers, and Ahmet Ertegün, the founder of Atlantic Records, the record company that signed the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Ray Charles.The presence of Muslims has been particularly strong in the sports arena, Hussain said, where athletes such as professional boxer Muhammad Ali or National Basketball Association (NBA) player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar have greatly contributed to the legacy of American sports.“I would argue that perhaps Muhammad Ali is the most famous person in the world,” he said. “And what does that mean, that the most famous person in the world is yet again an American — in this case another African-American —Muslim?”Although Hussain said it is important not to overemphasize the influence of Islam in American history, he also said America would not be what it is today without the presence of its Muslim inhabitants.“Can you imagine an America without Muhammad Ali? Can you imagine the contributions that people like Ali have made to what it means to be American, really rethinking that kind of thing?” he asked the audience.Tags: American society, Hesburgh Center, Islam, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Muhammad Ali, Muslim
The Career Center at Notre Dame will host the annual Fall Career Expo in the Joyce Center on Wednesday and Thursday from 4 p. m. through 8 p.m.The event will be attended by 277 organizations, said Hilary Flanagan, director of the Career Center. The first day will be focused on engineering and internship opportunities and the second day on full-time positions and post-graduate service opportunities. Flanagan said students can access detailed information on these organizations via GO IRISH, the Career Center’s recruiting database.According to Flanagan, a major goal of the Fall Career Expo is to help make the job, internship or volunteer search more accessible to students.“Too often in the job search, it feels like you are sending your application materials into a black hole,” Flanagan said. “The Fall Career Expo is a chance to interact with representatives from these organizations who are excited about the prospect of hiring ND students to join their organizations for internships and full-time positions. Many of the representatives are ND alumni, and they will be wearing ribbons that designate them as such. They are so excited to come back to campus and share with our current students their experiences.”Flanagan said the Career Center hopes to help all students, not just seniors, with this event. She said the Backstage Pass Program is designed specifically for students who are attending the Career Fair for the first time. Students participating in the program can arrive an hour early to the Career Fair and get to hear from recruiters in an informal space about how to make the most of their time, she said.The Career Center is also providing students with appropriate attire, for free, to wear to the Fall Career Expo or to interviews with the inauguration of the Career Center Clothes Closet, Flanagan said.“We were really excited that the ND community pulled together to allow us to host a Clothes Closet for the first time this year,” she said. “[Interview Center coordinator] Sarah Himschoot has led the effort through the Career Center to coordinate receipt of donations of gently used or brand new interviewing attire for our students. Many students are not able to afford additional attire for interviewing or attending career networking events where business or business casual attire is expected. Also, we have students who have left their interview attire at home or simply do not have enough for the amount of events they might need to attend in one week.”For students looking to prepare for the Fall Career Expo, Flanagan said she recommends researching the organizations that will be in attendance on GO IRISH. She also said students need to have a good attitude going into the fair.“Students need to remember to relax, be focused, smile and be prepared to follow up with employers after the event,” she said.Tags: Career Center, Fall Career Expo
University President Fr. John Jenkins presided at a Mass held at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on Monday to pray for victims of the many natural disasters that have affected North America since August of this year, including Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, the wildfires in California and earthquakes in Mexico. Director of campus ministry Fr. Pete McCormick delivered the homily.Emmet Farnan In welcoming members of the community to the Mass, Jenkins encouraged the congregation to keep in mind those who have been affected by the disasters.“Today, in a special way, we’re going to pray for victims, for all those suffering through the many natural disasters that have afflicted this part of the world in Texas, in Florida, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean islands and the … destructive fires in California,” Jenkins said. “Many people … have suffered because of these terrible disasters. We want to keep them in our prayers and pray for their needs.”McCormick opened his homily with a discussion of Saint Paul’s letter to the Romans, and he said the epistle describes a choice that God gives to the world.“Saint Paul reminds those reflecting on these sacred texts that God does not see us as his slaves, men and women forced into action, compelled to act in one way or another,” McCormick said. “Rather, God draws us in in the most convincing way possible: the invitation to a relationship. To know God, to love God and, after having recognized … all God is to us, to serve God.”McCormick said it is important for people to reflect on what this “invitation” means so they can ultimately figure out how they will follow God. Referring again to the ideas of Saint Paul, McCormick said humans must suffer with and emulate Christ so that they may be glorified with him.“We know the story of Jesus,” McCormick said. “We know his life, we know his death, we know his Resurrection. We know that due to his love of this world, God sent us his only son. That God sent us his only son to be like us in all things but sin; to call us out from the darkness; to allow us to recognize that we are made in God’s image and likeness. But this generous act … could not occur simply with a mere wave of a hand, but requires … tender acts of love, of prayer and, sometimes, of hardship.”McCormick then quoted the thoughts of Dorothy Day, a prominent figure of the Catholic Worker’s Movement, on compassion. McCormick used Day’s words and the Gospel reading to demonstrate the true nature of compassion.“How do I make a difference?” McCormick said. “How do I make a difference when I see an entire city underwater? How do I make a difference when I see an island completely and utterly devastated? How do I make a difference when I watch acre … after acre burn? How do I make a difference when I see a large, major city in rumbles, in ruins?”McCormick described the great compassion exhibited by Jesus towards the crippled woman in the gospel story, noting the “ridicule” he drew for healing her. Because Jesus was able to alleviate her burden, McCormick said, he created an opportunity to glorify God.“My brothers and sisters, in case you have not noticed, none of us are Jesus,” McCormick said. “But … we have someone to follow in Jesus. Someone who is willing to embrace suffering because he believed in his passion to transform. One who believed that the way to go about that suffering is by compassion entering into the lives of others.”In closing, McCormick referenced the Resurrection to demonstrate that hardship is not forever.“The cross of suffering is not the final the stage,” he said. “The cross of suffering is just the warm up for the Resurrection.”After the Mass, McCormick said in crafting his message, he thought about concrete actions people can take that relieve suffering.“What I’m always trying to accomplish in these moments is, ‘What’s one thing I can do when I leave?’” he said. “Everyone can show compassion to another person. Can you imagine if every single person in this church tonight goes out and exhibits exactly the type of compassion that Dorothy Day talked about in the quote? It makes a huge difference, right? Not many of us will be able to swing a hammer to rebuild Puerto Rico, but all of us can show compassion.”Tags: Basilica of the Sacred Heart, compassion, Natural disasters
Notre Dame plans to construct new housing for married and parenting graduate students to replace the University Village and Cripe Street apartments, a report from the South Bend Tribune said Thursday.The 180-unit complex will be located on Cripe Street and is expected to be completed in August 2019. The Cripe Street apartments are scheduled to be demolished and a Holladay Properties development is set to be constructed on the current University Village location.University spokesman Dennis Brown told The South Bend Tribune the University is “in negotiations with a third-party developer to create a new Notre Dame related property with amenities for married and parenting graduate students.”A third-party developer would construct and operate the new apartments on University property, the report said. A new road connecting Douglas Road and the east side of the development is also included in the plans. Rental rates for the apartments have not been released.The South Bend town council gave “a positive recommendation” for the new development Wednesday, the report said. The county board of zoning appeals will hear the University’s rezoning request May 9.The development plans were made possible by the University’s acquisition of new properties on Cripe Street, the report said.“As we said from the beginning, we were looking at all sorts of different options to help replace the University Village,” Brown said to the South Bend Tribune. “We’re fortunate that this opportunity came about with these properties.”If the board approves the new developments, construction will begin as soon as possible, the report said.Tags: Construction, Cripe Street, graduate student housing, University Village
A robbery was reported in Zahm House, according to Monday’s University crime Log. The alleged incident occurred on Dec. 8, 2019, between 12:40 and 12:45 p.m. It was reported to police less than two minutes later at 12:47 p.m. on Dec. 8.The robbery was originally posted to the crime log on Dec. 10.Tags: crime log, robbery, Zahm House