Month: January 2021

Zipcars give a greener alternative

first_imgA global company with an earth-friendly agenda has come to campus. Zipcars, the world’s largest car-sharing program, now has four cars on Notre Dame’s campus, Erin Hafner said. Hafner is the programs manager for the Office of Sustainability. “We had several requests from students and student groups to offer a car-sharing programs,” she said. The program opened Thursday, with an event at South Dining Hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. where students could register on-site and win giveaways. The event was originally located at Fieldhouse Mall but was moved due to rain. There will also be an identical event today. The program is available for anyone on campus older than 18 with a driver’s license, Hafner said. The company covers insurance, gas, 180 miles each day, reserved parking spots, roadside assistance, cleaning and maintenance. There’s even a gas card in the visor to fill up when around town. “We’re hoping as it’s more popular student will come to campus not bringing cars,” Hafner said. The program states for every Zipcar used, 15 to 20 cars are taken off the road. “We’re hoping it fulfills the 15 to 20 vehicles,” Hafner said. “Think of students bringing vehicles to campus – they sit there. They’re only used a few times during campus. These are opportunities to use Zipcars.” Hafner said she hopes parents also see Zipcar as an alternative to sending their children to school with cars. The cars on campus are all low-emission vehicles. Two Toyota Priuses, named Paddy and Perpetua, and two Scion Xbs, named Bree and Blarney, now call Notre Dame home. Zipcar normally requires a $25 registration fee and a $50 annual fee. Anyone affiliated with Notre Dame registers through www.zipcar.com/notredame, where the annual registration fee is $35, with $35 driving credit added toward the first month of driving, according to a press release. After students, faculty or staff register, they receive a “Zipcard” in the mail, which looks like a credit card and has a built-in microchip. After registration, users reserve cars through the company’s website. Once approaching the cars, which are located in the old Juniper Road parking lot near Stepan Center, the microchip in the Zipcard unlocks the door. Cars rent for $8 an hour Monday through Friday, with a maximum of $66 per day charged. On weekends the cost rises to $9 an hour, with a maximum charge of $72. Hafner said users with iPhones can download an application to rent cars and open vehicles directly from their phone. “It’s important to know you have to be on time with returning the vehicle,” Hafner said. “They give you plenty of options to extend your time, but there is a fee associated with it.” Hafner said when participants in the program reach the age of 21, they can share any Zipcar globally. “You can fly to Paris and use a Zipcar,” she said. The decision to work with Zipcar instead of other car-sharing programs was simple, Hafner said. “Zipcar has been around the longest — they have the most robust program,” she said. “Their main business is car-sharing, not car rentals with some dealing in car-sharing. They have the largest program and the biggest fleet.”last_img read more

Congregation celebrates 175th anniversary

first_imgAs the Congregation of Holy Cross celebrates its 175th anniversary today, its enduring influence on Notre Dame’s international vision and commitment to Catholic education and service is readily apparent.  University President Fr. John Jenkins said the anniversary signifies the strength of the consistent mission of Holy Cross in relation to the legacy of the University it established in 1842. “It is deeply satisfying to serve a congregation that has maintained a seamless continuity with our founder’s vision for the past 175 years,” Jenkins said. ‘The anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate our past and renew our commitment to education, inquiry and service to the Church and the world.” Fr. Jim Connelly, a Congregation historian, said its 1837 establishment by Fr. Basil Moreau in LeMans, France, laid the foundation for the group’s forays into international mission work and Catholic education.  In 1841, Holy Cross brothers ventured from Europe to start schools in southern Indiana at the request of a group of French bishops, Connelly said, which led to the founding of the University in November 1842 when several brothers and priests migrated north. “There was only one school needed in Vincennes, so the bishop made a deal with Fr. [Edward] Sorin and the Holy Cross brothers: if they came to northern Indiana, he would give them the land to which he held title to start a school,” Connelly said. A contingent of Holy Cross sisters arrived at Notre Dame in 1843, and they immediately recruited local women to join their community and established a school in Bertrand, Mich., which would eventually become Saint Mary’s College, Connelly said. Holy Cross, whose American headquarters are at Notre Dame, also played a role in American Civil War history, as several priests and sixty sisters served the Union army as chaplains and nurses, Connelly said.  Connelly said the national impact of the Congregation and Notre Dame was amplified during the early 20th century with the success of legendary football coach Knute Rockne. “Immense publicity was brought to Notre Dame with its football success, so that increased enrollment to the thousands and attracted students from around the country,” he said. The onset of World War II nearly forced the University to shut down due to lack of male students, but the implementation of an accelerated Naval officer training program kept campus alive during wartime, Connelly said. Despite these wartime challenges, Connelly said Holy Cross continued its reputation as a leader of Catholic education throughout the world, including such institutions of higher education as St. Edward’s University, the University of Portland, King’s College and Stonehill College. “Because of Holy Cross’s good reputation in establishing Notre Dame, the Congregation was invited to open other schools around the country,” he said. “Some Holy Cross priests are parish priests, but education has been the primary focus here and in missions abroad.” Beginning with the foundation of the Holy Cross missions in Bangladesh in 1853, the Congregation has maintained a strong international presence in several countries, including Chile, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Brazil, Ghana, India, Peru, Mexico and the Philippines.  Connelly said these missions focus on the development of secondary schools and parishes, and the work of Holy Cross religious has paved the way for Notre Dame students to serve abroad. “Many of the programs that have developed at Notre Dame started because they went to places where the Congregation was active, such as east Africa and Chile,” Connelly said. Fr. Sean McGraw, a Notre Dame graduate and professor of political science, said the international influence of the Congregation is embedded in the mission of the University, and this connection came to life during his visits to Holy Cross missions in Chile, India and Haiti. “In each of these three places I was struck by the joy of the people there and their commitment to serving the poor and serving in schools,” McGraw said. “To be able to see people filled with so much joy working in challenging situations was a powerful witness that we’re part of something bigger, and Holy Cross allows us to remember we’re an international community.” McGraw holds a unique connection to the University, as he has lived out the Holy Cross mission as an undergraduate, a co-founder of the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), a seminarian and now as a professor.  “When I came back to start ACE, I realized the wonderful power of education as a transformative force in the world. As a seminarian, I came to know a deeper sense of how everything we do is rooted in Christ and the Gospel,” he said. “Now, as a teacher, I integrate all of those things.” Through these varied experiences, McGraw said he has come to understand the meaning of the shared mission of Holy Cross and Notre Dame to educate the mind and heart. “That’s one of the things you always hear about Holy Cross. We teach, reside, pray, celebrate and do things with students, and the community here gives us the opportunity to live that mission, so hopefully we are witnesses of that,” he said. “Holy Cross has had a strong relationship with the laity by forging its mission with the people we live and serve with, which is one of the great legacies of the mission of Holy Cross at Notre Dame.” Citing the University’s founder as an influence for his vision as an educator today, McGraw said Fr. Sorin’s personal vision of Notre Dame as a beacon of light and hope in the world resonates in his relationship with students. “I love the notion of seeing the light and giving them hope,” he said. “That’s what we still try to do here, especially in education. We try to help each student discover their passions, their own light.”last_img read more

ND plans for games at night

first_imgAfter the success of last year’s night game against USC, the Notre Dame football team will add two home night games to the upcoming season. According to a University press release, Notre Dame will host Michigan on September 22 at night, while the game against Miami at Chicago’s Soldier Field will also be held at night. Mike Seamon, the associate vice president for campus safety, said the game day operations team started to prepare for this season’s night games as soon as they were confirmed. “We’ll look to build on the successes of last year’s night game, while trying to identify any new opportunities to improve the game day experience,” he said. “Last year, we had additional staff, fire department personnel, medical teams, parking personnel, police, on hand throughout the day and the night to help all the fans and guests.” Sophomore Kristen Jackson said she is most excited for the night game against Michigan this coming season. “I’m excited for the Michigan game because my parents went to Michigan for college,” she said. Sophomore Matt Hayes said he is most excited to watch the Irish play in a large venue in a big city. “I got to go to the Army game, so I’m really pumped to see us play in a legit stadium at night,” he said. Seamon also looks forward to another game under the lights. “I enjoyed seeing the University showcased in prime time on national television,” he said. “The night game provides the University an opportunity to tell its story to an even broader audience.  A game at Notre Dame Stadium under the lights is a pretty special experience.”   Even though night games are a fan favorite, they are not going to be heavily integrated into future Notre Dame football schedules, senior associate athletic director for media relations John Heisler said. “For a variety of reasons, the University is not looking for a steady diet of home football night games,” he said. “However the response to the Notre Dame-USC game last year proved favorable and that certainly played a major role in consideration of another home night game for 2012.” Even though the University does not plan on adding more night games in the future, many students would like to see more on the schedule. “The energy is just a lot better,” sophomore Noah Rangel said. “You have more time to get into the game.” Freshman Max Brown also wants to see more games played at night. “A night game is a really cool experience, he said. “I mean, they already have the lights there.” Contact Anna Boarini at [email protected]last_img read more

Students showcase robots

first_imgThe Compton Family Ice Arena was abuzz Sunday afternoon as more than 100 students and professors showcased their robots for the fourth annual National Robotics Week event.“This event is really great because it allows the community to come in and see the work and research being done at Notre Dame, so even though it looks like just a lot of robots, there are actually a number of areas that we focus on,” graduate student Cory Hayes said.Hayes worked on a robot which can interact with people using gestures, utilizing Microsoft’s Kinect program.“We’re really focused on the communications aspect of robots, and making communications between robots and humans a little more natural,” Hayes said.According to Hayes’s research, making communication smoother can lead to safer practices in healthcare, specifically when robotics are used in surgery.“There are a bunch of different subsets for robots, and we really like letting the community see the research we’ve been doing,” Hayes said.In another booth at Compton was a programmable ‘puppy,’ which was able to bark, come, sit and dance.“Our robot is named RoboPup, and it can do a variety of commands. Depending on where the kids are standing in relation to the robot, that’s how it knows what to do,” senior Nicole Mariani said.During Mariani’s demonstration RoboPup spun around the ‘pen’ until it detects a person. Upon detection, RoboPup mimics the action according to the programmed commands when facing the direction of the person in a the designated part of the pen.For example, if you wanted the dog to dance, you would stand in the ‘dance’ section of the pen and do any sort of dance, and the dog would dance with you, according to the information provided by the researchers.“This particular project actually took us about a couple of weeks, maybe a month to do,” Mariani said.Focused on making robots that were more humanlike to aid autistic children, juniors Carina Suarez and Xinhuan Ying showcased a robot they programmed from Aldebaran Robotics, a company that manufactures and markets humanoid and programmable robots.“Aldebaran gives us the robots, and then we program them. We basically had the semester to figure out how to do this … it’s a big task, but it’s really fun,”  Suarez said.Suarez said the robot’s ability to interact with people is a unique feature, and it’s particularly useful in programming the robots to work with autistic kids.“They look vaguely humanoid, obviously,” Suarez said. “They can hear, they can speak, they have touch sensors, so it’s really helpful for kids with autism so they can interact, which is really neat.”Tags: Compton Family Ice Arena, national robotics week, RoboPup, Roboticslast_img read more

ND ranked 5th friendliest school for pregnant and parenting students

first_imgLast week, Students for Life, a national pro-life organization, ranked Notre Dame as the fifth-friendliest school for pregnant and parenting students.Senior Janelle Wanzek, president of the Right to Life club, said the ranking is largely due to the resources available for pregnant and parenting students on campus. These resources include information on what to do if students find themselves in a crisis pregnancy, information on local adoption agencies, referrals to doctors, free pregnancy tests at the health center and counseling. The University also has day care centers and five lactation rooms for parents, she said.Wanzek said this is an exciting ranking because it will help to educate students about the resources available to them.“I think us being number five, if we advertise it to the students, is going to mean that a lot more students will learn about the resources that we have,” Wanzek said. “Talking to the general student public … there’s a lot of rumors surrounding what happens if a girl were to become pregnant. No one knows that the University is fully supportive and has all the resources that named us number five.” Wanzek said while Notre Dame’s ranking is very good, there is still room for improvement. This year, Wanzek said, the Right to Life club has several projects in progress, including reserving parking spots for pregnant mothers on campus, educating students about the resources available to those who find themselves pregnant and creating a student video about the University’s resources for student parents. Wanzek said student pregnancy is a relevant issue across the country, not just at Notre Dame.“I think it is an important issue for any college,” Wanzek said. “I think it’s important for the whole general public for there to be resources because … women in crisis pregnancies are pushed to get an abortion because they don’t know about the resources. They feel they have no other option. They’re scared, so they go to the quickest, easiest solution. But if we made the other resources more available and more well known, they wouldn’t be so pushed into abortion.”Wanzek said she hopes sometime in the near future, Notre Dame will be ranked the number one friendliest school for pregnant and parenting mothers.“[The ideal would be] for every student to know the resources, so if one of their friends were to come to them … they would be able to tell them, ‘Let’s go do this,’ … instead of going right away to the abortion facility,” Wanzek said. “In an ideal world, everyone on campus would not have the stigma that the University is not going to support you when you get pregnant and that they can’t have an education while they’re pregnant. … Notre Dame wants everyone to be able to [have an education] if they find themselves in that situation.”Tags: ND Right to Life club, pregnancy, pregnant, students for lifelast_img read more

King-Tighe-Hogan-Case to forfeit votes following Judicial Council sanction

first_imgThe King-Tighe-Hogan-Case ticket, running for sophomore class council, will be required to forfeit 33 votes in Thursday’s elections, Judicial Council announced in a press release Thursday morning.According to the release, the ticket violated election regulations outlined in Section 17.1(f) of the student body constitution.Section 17.1(f) states “E-mail as a source of campaigning may be used; however, the use of Listservs is prohibited. A listserv email is any email that ends in “@listserv.nd.edu” or any variations in terms of capitalization thereon. Google Groups created for use by a Residence Hall, Student Union Organization, or University department, office or official may not be used in campaigning,” according to the release.The ticket had not responded to a request for comment by time of publication.Tags: class council elections, Judicial Council, sanctionslast_img read more

Snite program fosters deeper appreciation of art

first_imgWalking into an art museum comes with a number of feelings: momentary panic, indecision over which sections to visit and the lurking knowledge that the museum closes in three hours. The tickets at some museums cost 20 dollars and it is time to start cramming in artworks in order to make the trip worth it at all. According to Rachel Heisler, assistant curator of education and academic programs at Notre Dame’s Snite Museum of Art, which unlike other museums people can visit free of charge, the vast amount of options in art museums leads to visitors spending just 15 to 30 seconds looking at individual works of art.“Museums don’t do well in just showing people one work. We [at the Snite] have about 1000 works on view,” Heisler said. “So all this work and energy goes on by the artist, and by the curators and the museum to even get people here looking and then they walk right past it.”In an effort to get art viewers to slow down and really look at the work before them, the Snite is encouraging the campus and South Bend community to spend three hours looking at a single work of art over the course of the semester. The program, called Art180, is in its second year.“This is a way to just kind of slow down and to look and just have that time. As museum educators, we’re trained to look at a work for a long time. The more you look at it, the more stories that come out of it, the more you realize and the more things that you find,” Heisler said. “That gives the work some depth that you didn’t expect after looking at it for just 30 seconds.”While Heisler does not know of any other art museums or schools with programs like Art180, she said the Snite was inspired to start the program by an art history professor at Harvard who had her class do something similar.“It really slowed them down to really think and pay attention. It also removes students from the hustle and bustle of walking around campus or the stresses of being in the classroom or cramming in the library,” Heisler said. “It physically made them go look at that work and be indulged by it for a second.” The Snite wants to provide a similar opportunity for a larger group of people. While Art180 feels like an individual experience, Heisler said, it provides an opportunity for the community to join in its appreciation for art. At the end of one semester last year, the Snite invited participants to come together to discuss their artworks and how they experienced them.“I remember in front of one work we had, I think, an astrophysics major, and then we had a labor and delivery nurse from the community, and then we had one of our staff members, partnered with another faculty or staff member on campus,” Heisler said. “So four different people all were pulled into that one image.” One of the most interesting parts of Art180, Heisler said, is allowing people to delve into an artwork and think more deeply about it than they usually do. Heisler said she likes to take a visual inventory of the elements in a work of art as her first step. She then revisited each individual item on her inventory in separate visits in her Art180 experience.“We had this great work called ‘Love is …’ last semester. This student was looking at it and every time she explored what love is in a different realm,” Heisler said. “So love is friendship and love is family and love is hard and love is work. She actually looked at it through these different themes and realms that she was thinking of.” Heisler said at one point she got stuck with her artwork and turned to listening to music for inspiration.“I listened to a playlist that WVFI made for the work that I was looking at,” she said. “That was a great way to just pull my attention back in and start to think about ‘Hmm, why did they choose this music for this object?’” WFVI, Notre Dame’s student-run radio station, is partnering with the Snite for a second year to create playlists for the artworks in Art180’s featured exhibition, “Looking at the Stars: Irish Art at the University of Notre Dame.” While Art180 participants can choose any work in the collection, Heisler recommends sticking with the one exhibition in order to facilitate better discussion at the end of the semester and take full advantage of artworks that are not always on display.Art180 participants design their own time frame, dividing up their three hours in whatever fashion they choose or simply looking at the work for three hours straight. Heisler recommends a “weekly drop in” to get the richest experience from the program.“I think the biggest thing that we have seen come out of Art180, the most positive reflection, is that people like to step outside of their life for this scheduled time, like it’s their date every week, it’s this task that they enjoy,” Heisler said. Ultimately, Art180 seeks to create a richer experience of art than the typical, allowing participants a moment of reflection and bringing artworks closer to participants’ lives, Heisler said.“We had two students last semester who came in at the same time every Thursday. They spent seven minutes looking at it separately next to each other and then they spent seven minutes talking about it together,” Heisler said. “That repetition was really important to a lot of people, that kind of escaping from Notre Dame life. Once you get into the Snite, it just kind of calms down for a second.”Tags: art180, Snite Museum of Artlast_img read more

Dense Fog Likely In Chautauqua, Cattaraugus Counties Saturday Morning

first_imgJAMESTOWN – Reduced visibility is likely Saturday morning as dense fog impacts the area.The National Weather Service in Buffalo issued a Dense Fog Advisory until 11 a.m. Saturday.Weather forecasters say visibility near zero is expected at times in dense fog.Hazardous driving conditions are likely due to low visibility near the lake shores and across the higher terrain. If driving, officials say slow down, use your headlights, and leave plenty of distance ahead of you.The advisory is impacting Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany counties. 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

Jamestown Police Chief To Retire Next Month

first_imgImage by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.JAMESTOWN – The City of Jamestown’s Police Chief says he will be retiring next month.Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings told WNYNewsNow on Tuesday his last day on the job will be July 10.“After 24 years here in Jamestown I have decided it is time to retire,” said Snellings in a statement. “I plan to take some time off and spend it with family.”Snellings began his career in 1996 with the Jamestown Police Patrol Division. During his time in the department he led the SWAT Team, served as training director, team commander and platoon commander. Snellings was first appointed to lead the agency in July 2013, succeeding Police Chief Rex Rater.The Chief served three terms at the head of the department. His current term was set to expire December 31, 2021.Prior to his career in Law Enforcement, Snellings served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves for a total of 22 years.In order to fill the position, Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist will need to name a successor. That candidate will need to be confirmed by the Jamestown City Council.“It is with difficulty that I accept the retirement of Chief Snellings, who has faithfully served the Jamestown Police Department for 24 years,” said Mayor Sundquist in a statement. “Chief Snellings has been an incredible resource for our City as head of Public Safety, and I wish him the best during his very well deserved retirement.”The Mayor says he will be working to find qualified candidates to fill the position in the coming weeks as the Chief begins to wind-down his career with the City over the next month. 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),I was an intern at JPD. I’d see officers fighting in the garage then go out an arrest ppl for Disorderly Conduct (fighting). Internal affairs complaints against officers were insane.,Enjoy your retirement,Its about time. Hopefully whoever takes his place won’t be as corrupt and play favorites like he did. Deciding if people should be charged based of who there family is no matter who sever the crime was. If he liked your family you had a free pass to do whatever you wanted in Jamestown.last_img read more

Pageant: The Musical Will Record Cast Album

first_img Related Shows View Comments Pageant: The Musical Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 26, 2014 Conceived by Robert Longbottom, Pageant features contestants desperately vying for a glittering tiara. With swimsuit, talent and evening gown competitions, the show includes both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Unlike some (though possibly not all) beauty pageants you’ve seen before, the female contestants are all played by men and the audience gets to select the winner each night. The show is penned by two-time Tony nominee Bill Russell and Frank Kelly and features music by Albert Evans. The cast of Pageant: The Musical includes John Bolton as the host, with Nick Cearley, Alex Ringler, Marty Thomas, Seth Tucker, Curtis Wiley and Nic Cory as the gaggle of tiara-crazed hopefuls. The queens of Pageant: The Musical are set to record a cast album on Jay Records in October. The drag-themed tuner recently extended its off-Broadway run for a second time and will play the Davenport Theatre through October 26. Directed by Matt Lenz, Pageant plays Monday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.last_img read more