Saint Mary’s yearly literary magazine, “Chimes,” is getting a new look this year. Seniors Sarah Sheppard and Meghan Price, co-editors of “Chimes,” are now taking submissions and recruiting for the spring edition of the magazine, which will be published online only. Sheppard said will they accept submissions from any Saint Mary’s student no matter her major or area of study. The magazine began in 1892, according to the Cushwa-Leighton Library website. “We accept poetry, short stories, plays excerpts from novels or novellas; really anything fiction. There are art submissions too,” Sheppard said. Not all submissions are guaranteed to run in the magazine, Sheppard said. “Chimes” has an editorial board of 10 to 15 students that read over each submission and then discuss what pieces will go into the final edition. “We’ll have a meeting in November or December then we have two submission dates. One’s in the winter and one’s in the spring,” she said. The first submission date for students is Dec. 1, Sheppard said. In the past, the “Chimes” board has sifted through up to 60 pages of prose and poetry to narrow down and put together an edition. Previously, the publication has had a print version, but in order to accept more submissions, Sheppard said they have moved to creating only an online edition of “Chimes.” “That is the best part about switching over to online, we can print a lot more,” Sheppard said. Price said the final publication is e-mailed to alumnae and professors so the student work is more widely read. Students are not limited as to what they can send in to “Chimes,” but Sheppard said they generally only print two or three pieces from a single author. “We accept as many submissions as someone wants to send,” Sheppard said. Price said “Chimes” is still looking for students interested in editing as well as writing submissions. She added that she enjoyed seeing the creativity of Saint Mary’s students. “I got into ‘Chimes’ because I love editing and publishing,” Price said. “That is what I want to go into. It’s a great group of girls. Girls get into it and it’s really fun to read all the interesting things girls here write.”
Notre Dame has provided Nick Gunty with special opportunities to display his musical talent, the junior, who plays the guitar, said. “Every once in a while something comes around, like the Sudan peace rally last Saturday,” Gunty said. “I got to play for that. That was probably the most special or most ‘Notre Dame’ thing I’ve done.” Junior Will Thwaites said the University has also allowed for unique performance opportunities for his musical group, A Face For Radio. The group consists of Thwaites, juniors Kyle Collins, Michael George and Collin Chudwick and sophomores Danny Cruser and John Mandrakas. “We opened for White Panda when they were in town, which went really well. It was really fun to get up there before a really big act,” he said. “They had about 500 kids in the audience, not all of them super psyched for our music but it was definitely cool to have a crowd that big.” Thwaites said he is lucky to have found other music students who enjoy playing and performing in their free time. “The biggest thing here is there is a lot of untapped talent. There’s a ton of kids who were really talented musicians in high school that really don’t have the opportunity to pursue music here because they’re dominated by their education,” he said. “A lot of the musical initiatives on campus are very formal.” Gunty, who describes his music style as indie folk rock, said he has worked hard to not only play live on campus, but in local establishments. He also said he is looking to expand where he performs. “Fiddler’s Hearth [in South Bend] has an open mic every week. That gives you a lot of frequency,” Gunty said. “Lately I’ve been reaching out to places a little more extended like Indianapolis, Three Oaks in Michigan and Chicago.” Thwaites said his musical endeavors are more of a hobby. “It’s definitely not my number one pursuit,” he said. “I’m working hard at school, and this is something I do on the side.” Thwaites said he sometimes struggles to strike a balance between academics and music. But he said musical success brings him greater joy. “Since I have been doing this, I’ve been trying to find this dynamic between the two because every time I get my school work down, my music suffers and every time I get into a flow musically, my grades turn into C’s,” Thwaites said. “The thing I come back to is every time I finish a good music thing, I’m on cloud nine and every time I do well in school, it doesn’t feel any different than before.” Though he considers his music a full-time pursuit, Gunty said his classes have made it difficult to commit to his music. “It definitely is a full time thing. Particularly sophomore year, I spent a lot of time — probably half and half — between music and school,” he said. “It’s easy to do that freshman and sophomore year when you don’t have a lot of work to do.” Gunty said he plans to pursue a career in music. “To really figure out if you can make it, you have to live in a place that really lives it,” he said. “I definitely have a plan to move to Chicago or maybe Los Angeles after school to give it a full-time try.” Thwaites said he sees his music as more of an outlet for his creativity than any sort of potential vocation, but he said he would give a musical career a try if the opportunity presented itself. “It’s definitely not my number one goal in doing it,” he said. “I do it just for the fun of it. I do it because it’s a nice way to express myself creatively.” Thwaites said he focused mainly on rap freshman and sophomore year. His YouTube video, “Daisy’s Lullaby (The Great Gatsby Rap)” has over 97,000 views. Thwaites said the success of his song has spilled over into classrooms across the country. “I’ve had a lot of different English teachers get in touch with me. One in particular who works at a Title One school where a lot of her kids haven’t read books before,” he said. “She reached out to me to help her plan to get these juniors in high school to finish their first book, being ‘The Great Gatsby.’” Gunty, who already has an album available on iTunes, said he doesn’t plan on halting his musical pursuits as he studies abroad in the spring in Toledo, Spain. “By the end of next semester, I want to have another short one recorded, like a five song EP,” he said. Thwaites said despite a busy fall semester, A Face For Radio is looking to release new material in the near future. He said he has always been active in singing in local choirs from a young age, but an assignment for his senior English class where he sang about his classroom experiences sparked his interest as a live artist. “It was the first time I had gotten on stage in front of a group of people,” he said. “Once I got a taste of it I didn’t want to turn back.”
In a celebration of the University’s Irish character, Notre Dame’s Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies sponsored Felix M. Larkin’s lecture on the Shemus political cartoons of Ireland in the 1920s. The talk, titled “Artistic Bombs in Ireland: the Shemas Cartoons in the Freeman’s Journal, 1920-1924,” took place in Flanner Hall on Tuesday afternoon. After spending several decades as a public servant in Ireland for both the Irish Department of Finance and the National Treasury Management Agency, Larkin is now a freelance historian, focusing on the history of the Freeman’s Journal, a prominent Dublin newspaper dating back to the 18th century that published the Shemus cartoons. In his lecture, Larkin detailed the legacy of the political cartoons produced by the English-born cartoonist Ernest Forbes Holgate, who, under the pseudonym of “Shemus,” commented on the strife of the 1920s in Ireland. “Ernest Forbes Holgate dropped his surname and signed some of his work as Ernest Forbes, with each political work carrying the trademark of ‘Shemus,’” Larkin said. “The spelling of Shemus marked it as an unmistakably English rendition of the Irish name ‘Seamus.’” Larkin said the English bearing of Forbes defined much of the content he created, with its hard-hitting criticism of British involvement in this contested period of Irish history. Larkin said this era was marked by the dispute over Irish home rule and the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921. “The cartoons represented a modern style that imitated cartoons found in English journals of the time,” Larkin said. “When deprived of their British content and critiques of British politics in Ireland, the cartoons became less subtle.” Larkin said the primary political interest of the cartoons made them an asset to the Freeman’s Journal, and because they illuminated the increasingly brutal nature of British rule in Ireland, they often proved incendiary. “Artistic Bombs – that’s how the cartoons were described in the Irish Parliament,” Larkin said. Almost universally, Larkin said the cartoons portrayed politicians in exaggerated caricature, most notably the Irish unionist Sir Edward Carson and British Prime Minister David Lloyd George. Larkin said the offensive nature of the cartoons made them powerful, such as in one case in which a politician was assassinated two weeks after his likeness appeared in a pejorative Shemus cartoon. “Press can shape the tone of political discourse. In this case, the tone was particularly nasty, and had dire consequences,” Larkin said. Despite the occasionally inflammatory content portrayed in the Shemus cartoons, Larkin said they are quite valuable for understanding the political landscape of Ireland in the 1920s. He quoted the response of the Freeman’s Journal, which said the cartoons possessed “high political value that we think is properly appreciated by readers of this journal and will not easily fade from public memory.” Larkin closed by returning to a quotation with which he began his talk, from The Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell. “Cartoons can say things that are less easy to say in a more straightforward, journalistic context,” he said.
Participants in Monday’s St. Vincent de Paul Thrifty Belles fashion show proved that students can save money and support a good cause, all while expanding their wardrobes.Chloe Deranek, president of the St. Vincent de Paul club at Saint Mary’s said she wanted the Thrifty Belles fashion show, held in the dining hall, to inform students that thrift shopping is something students can do to find clothes for their everyday wardrobe.“Thrift shopping isn’t just for people who cannot afford designer clothes, crazy outfits and themed dances and sporting events,” Deranek said. “You can buy everyday things.”SMC students modeled St. Vincent’s thrift store clothing throughout the day in the Student Center. First-year student Caleigh Branigan modeled for the fashion show and said all SMC students should visit St. Vincent’s for some great clothes.“The actual show was a great experience, but thrifting was even better, I was able to buy so many great things for under 10 dollars and all the clothes were very fashionable,” Branigan said. “Saint Mary’s students would love thrifting at St. Vincent’s, especially if they’re looking for an adventure and cute new clothes.”Anne Watson, executive director of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, said it is important to have events like the Thrifty Belles fashion show to raise awareness of St. Vincent’s mission.“The proceeds we make from reselling items that are donated to us help us fund our programming,” Watson said. “We provide food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance and self-sufficiency programs to over 84,000 people a year in St. Joseph County.”Watson said SMC students can have a part of allowing the organization to reinvest in their mission and help the community.“[Our store] is very close to campus, and we have a huge Notre Dame section so you can get shirts, shorts and other things at the fraction of the price you would get them at the bookstore, plus you’re helping a good cause,” Watson said. “Every time you shop [at St. Vincent de Paul] you are helping someone in need.”Duranek said she wanted to have a fashion show to exhibit the different types of clothes being sold at St. Vincent’s.“You can buy everyday things like casual outfits or clothes you can wear to interviews,” Duranek said. “We really wanted to make a statement to girls that shopping at St. Vincent’s is not only going to save your wallet, but it’s also going to help other people.”Watson said she enjoyed working with the St. Vincent’s club at Saint Mary’s and she hopes the fashion show will encourage students to contribute to St. Vincent’s in any way possible.“I know a lot of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s students are socially conscious and get involved in the community, so this is another way to get involved in the community and live out our shared Catholic identity through shopping,” she said.Contact Alaina Anderson email@example.comTags: fashion show, St. Vincent de Paul
The South Bend Center for History’s current exhibit “World War I: The War to End All Wars” honors the 100th anniversary of World War I, which begins in June with the anniversary of the assassination Archduke Franz Ferdinand, David Stefancic, history professor at Saint Mary’s, said.Stefancic and his fellow history professor, William Svelmoe contributed material to the exhibit.“We submitted [information] for the topics that [the Center] gave us … and then they took what we did and edited it, so the words aren’t necessarily all ours but the basic theme is there,” Stefancic said.Together the professors wrote the general copy for the exhibit, which was used by the Center for History to make the information accessible to the general public, Stefancic said. Stefancic covered the European side of the war while Svelmoe covered the United States side of the war, Svelmoe said.Svelmoe said when putting together material for the Center, he tried to focus on the U.S. vision of the war and the actual reality of the war.“What you see in World War I is that a lot of the sons of the elites were desperate to get into war, any war,” Svelmoe said, “And so they dashed off, the kids who were going to the Ivy League colleges, dashed off to join the French army, the British army because the U.S. of course was very late getting into World War I. … The president of Princeton had to come out and beg men to stop running off.“Their grandparents had fought in the Civil War, and by then enough years had passed that the brutality of the war had been overwhelmed with the glory, the manliness [of war].”However, new technology challenged the glamorous view of the war, Svelmoe said.“There’s no glorious charges and man-to-man combat, it’s just sitting in these trenches cold, hungry, wet, huge rats, being pounded by guns that are miles away … the reality of it was brutal,” Svelmoe said.Stefancic said he believes technology largely impacted World War I. New advances such as airplanes being used as weapons instead of observation tools and the presence of rapid fire artillery and machine guns contributed to the brutality of the war as each side tried to get a technological advantage, he said.“The result was people became secondary to the technology. … Millions of lives were lost which is why [the war] got the nickname ‘The War to End All Wars’ or ‘The Great War,’” Stefancic said.When writing for the exhibit, Stefancic said he focused on technology as well as European alliances, the difference between the Western and Eastern front and what led up to the war. A previous visit to the World War I museum in Kansas City inspired idea contributions, he said.“I gave suggestions from what I saw [at the museum] including having a horse with a gas mask. Nobody thinks of the horses and there were a lot of dogs on the battlefield, and they needed to be protected as well the human beings,” Stefancic said.Svelmoe said this is the first time he has helped put together such an extensive exhibit.“It was fun just to see how these things are put together,” Svelmoe said, “Being involved on the ground floor and then seeing the final product was really cool.”Svelmoe said he was impressed by the staggering amount of work that goes into exhibits, from small things such as figuring out how to fill sand bags without heavy sand to having people search for artifacts from other museums and the community.The exhibit will be available through Dec. 31 and ath the Center for History in downtown South Bend. More information is available by calling (574) 235-9665 or visiting centerforhistory.orgTags: World War 1
During the spring semester of 2014, 29 undergraduate students withdrew from the University.Some left because of illness, some because of personal matters and some left to seek treatment for mental health-related concerns.In the fall 2013 semester, 42 undergraduates withdrew. Seventeen more students decided between semesters not to return to Notre Dame after winter break last year.Among graduate and professional students, 17 withdrew last spring, and 29 withdrew in the fall.Associate Vice President for Student Services Bill Stackman said in his experience, many students on campus are aware of mental health concerns and are interested in taking care of themselves and their peers. When he meets with someone contemplating withdrawal for any reason, he said his goal is to make sure the student knows his or her options, to make sure they don’t feel like they’ve done something wrong and to make sure when the time comes, they’re “in a good place to come back and hit the ground running.”“I sent a card to every single student who left last year, when they were home,” he said. “They’d get a card from me, and basically it was a spirit of ‘good for you for recognizing the need to take care of yourself and get the help you need.’”The Office of Student Affairs tries to make the withdrawal and readmissions process as simple as possible and flexible enough to meet the needs of each student, Stackman said. Students can voluntarily withdraw at any point in the semester after meeting with the dean of their college and a case manager from Student Affairs.The requirements for readmission depend somewhat on a student’s reasons for leaving, Stackman said. Everyone needs a letter, an application form and an essay discussing their reasons for leaving, what they did while they were away to take care of themselves and how they’re prepared to come back.Each case is different, though, and for some the process is easier than for others. Senior Travis Marshall-Roth planned to graduate in May 2014 but withdrew for the spring 2013 and fall 2013 semesters to address his depression. He’s now on track to graduate in May 2015, but said the withdrawal process was “the worst Notre Dame experience I’ve ever had.”“Having to decide okay, do I want to withdraw or not — that’s not a trivial thing,” Marshall-Roth said.Marshall-Roth has struggled with depression for more than 10 years, he said, and “things started going really downhill” when he was taking more than 20 credits per semester as a sophomore chemistry major in 2011. He went to class, worked in a research lab and studied around the clock and slept “maybe three hours per night.”“That’s not really a good way to live,” he said. “I chalk it up to the extreme stress that I’d partially put myself into, partially not. … I was feeling more and more isolated.“And it was sort of like a massive downward spiral.”He began cutting himself in the fall semester of 2012 for the first time and experienced suicidal thoughts, he said.“I was just completely depleted,” he said. “And I was like, I can’t do this anymore.”Marshall-Roth met with a counselor at the University Counseling Center (UCC) and began “a medication roulette,” he said. He was eventually hospitalized the weekend before final exams began after telling a friend he had thought about suicide. He was told he could come back and take the exams at the beginning of the next semester, he said, because his grades overall were good.“So I came back and was basically in the same situation all over again within two weeks,” Marshall-Roth said. “I took the exams, then I was put in the hospital again, and this time it was 10 days.”He withdrew formally in the second week of the semester, he said.“I just didn’t want to be here. I went home and for the first four months I sat in my room and looked at my wall because that’s all I could do,” he said. “Just like a blank page, nothing going on. Because I was so depleted and depressed I couldn’t do anything else. I was sleeping 16 hours a day.”Eventually, he started intensive therapy, he said, and began taking a couple classes at a local university. He contacted Student Affairs in April and the next deadline for readmission was October 1, he said.Stackman said currently, there isn’t a set requirement that withdrawn students take two full semesters off. However, the time frame often depends on what point he or she left in the semester — to be readmitted in the spring semester, students must turn in application materials by Oct. 1. To be back for the fall semester, the deadline is March 1.“[If you withdraw in October or November], let’s say, your application deadline is going to be March 1,” Stackman said. “So you won’t be looking at the spring to come back, you’ll be looking at the [next] fall even though you left in the fall.“We’re trying to say to students, sometimes if you’re leaving, to go for two weeks and have a break and come back may not be enough. But what we do, rather than having a hard-and-fast, one-size-fits-all approach to this, is allow the student to go home, get the care they need and then apply to come back. Because in some cases, they are ready to come back, and we don’t want to hurt them just because of a hard-and-fast rule.”When considering withdrawal, Stackman said students may consider practical matters as well – anyone who withdraws before Nov.1, for example, does not have a “W” mark on his or her transcript. The earlier in the semester someone withdraws, the more tuition money he or she receives back.“I will plant the seeds early,” Stackman said. “Even back in August and September, when I see a student struggling and not going to class, I’ll say ‘just know that withdrawal is a possibility and this is what it would look like.’ … Part of our job is to inform a student about the withdrawal process and the times to make that decision.”Marshall-Roth said he was frustrated by tests required by the UCC and the lack of correspondence from the University while he was away. At the time, Student Affairs only had one case manager handling all students, and Stackman said “it was just grabbing on to students and trying to get them through that immediate crisis that we were in.”Now, the University is trying to make a point to reach out to withdrawn students more, Stackman said. Erica Kelsey is one of two case managers now, and she said she meets with each of her students before he or she leaves to understand their story and then keeps in touch with each while they’re away.“Now, we’re also doing readmission support groups on campus for students that are back,” she said. “It could be students readmitted for any reason at all, not specific to mental health, but the first meeting [this year] was an opportunity for students to give me feedback on what the withdrawal and readmission process was like for them.“The best way to improve a system is to hear from the people who have been through it. … I know a lot of students feel like when they leave, they’re the only one that left, and seeing other people that maybe left for similar reasons really might help them feel more comfortable and get integrated into the University faster.”Marshall-Roth said his readmission process was stressful because it came down to the last week of the fall 2013 semester, in the days before the University closed for winter break.“It was a big mess,” he said. “There are people that have an easier time, though. I think my situation was a little weird and extraordinary but it’s an interesting case study. Pretty much every part of the process was sub-optimal, I thought.”Marshall-Roth said he worked out his class schedule two days before the semester began and when he arrived back to campus, he had no idea where he would live.“I’d been offered a place in a triple in Sorin, but I didn’t really want to be there with other people, sharing a room with two other guys who were quite a bit younger than me,” he said.He ended up moving off campus and became involved with Notre Dame’s chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. He currently serves as the group’s vice president and is looking at applying to graduate school for chemistry.Stackman said they are currently reviewing the readmission process “not because it’s out of whack, but … because we always know there are opportunities to improve and make things better.”“We feel pretty good about the work that we do, we feel pretty good about our services, our programs, our systems,” he said. “But we’re getting useful feedback from students too, so we’re saying okay, how can we improve it? How can we improve it as you walk out the door and how can we improve it as you’re going through the process and making your decision?”The Office of Continuous Improvement is overseeing the review, Stackman said, and they have already added a second case manager to expand their ability to meet student needs.After his year away, Marshall-Roth said he was “so ready” to be back.“It’s kind of weird, though, because I have a very different opinion of this place now, having been through all of this,” he said. “Some friends, after they found out what was going on with me, they didn’t want to talk to me anymore, that kind of thing.“I guess I’ve been sort of disappointed in the caliber of a lot of the students here in terms of their compassion and their ability to actually look after other people, but I’ve been impressed with other people. I’ve made other friends.“Depression is the kind of thing you never really get rid of. You always have it. But you learn to realize that it’s a gift, instead of a curse. … Everybody has their own challenges, and you can make it. … I’m doing just fine now.”Tags: Bill Stackman, Irish State of Mind, mental illness, NAMI, Office of Student Affairs
Laura Kloepper, an assistant professor of biology at Saint Mary’s, will be joined by two undergraduate students to study bat echolocation this summer thanks to a grant from the Office of Naval Research 2016 Young Investigator Program Award (YIP), for her project “Biologically inspired approaches to overcome mutual interference by active sensor system.”According to the Office of Naval Research website, “YIP seeks to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who are in their first or second full-time tenure-track or tenure-track-equivalent academic appointment … and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research.”Through her project, Kloepper will combine biology, physics and engineering to determine how bats manage to avoid interference when leaving caves at over 1,000 bats per second.“They’re making these echolocation sounds in really dense groups, and they should be ‘jamming’ each other, but somehow they’re able to overcome this challenge and still be able to use their echolocation,” Kloepper said. “Everything we know now says they shouldn’t be as good at echolocation as they are, which means we’re missing something that they’re doing.”As society gradually moves towards a more automated society, the Navy and general public have an increased interest in sonar and radar technology due to its influences on everything from unmanned vehicles to backup sensors on cars, she said.To explore bat echolocation and interference, Kloepper will use the program money over the course of three years to fund a team including herself, two Saint Mary’s students and engineers to study bat caves.“My work really is about as interdisciplinary as you can get,” Kloepper said. “I’m in the biology department but I use math, I use physics, I use computer programming. I use all these different fields of science in my work so I need to have the right team of people for this project to succeed.”This summer, Kloepper, her dog and two students will road trip from South Bend, through Kansas and New Mexico and down to Texas, stopping at various bat cave sites along the way. At the sites, they will set up camp and record the sounds of bats with microphones in various arrangements, Kloepper said.She said the information, paired with video analysis and thermal imagery, will be collected during the night and then analyzed during the day by the team and the help of some engineers. She said she is excited to provide this sort of focused field experience to Saint Mary’s juniors Stephanie Dreessen and Cassi Mardis.“I think first and foremost it’s going to give the students a taste of what field work is truly like,” she said. “We do a lot of lab stuff on campus, but at most undergraduate institutions it’s hard to get a taste of what real field work is like. They’re also going to get a taste of what it’s like to do a long term project.” Kloepper said having time with students in remote areas lacking cell phone service and Wi-Fi breeds a great intense and scientific environment“We’re going and recording the bats at night, and then during the day we’re sitting around the bunkhouse or campfire and we’re talking about what we observed, talking about what we’re finding in our data analysis, getting into really great science and life discussions,” she said. “I craved something like that as a student, and I never got that opportunity until I was in graduate school.”Kloepper said she feels like an excited little kid when she thinks about going back to the caves and doing research, and she is excited to share that enthusiasm with her students when they step into the bat caves wearing rattlesnake protection boots up to their knees, tyvek suits, full face respirators and head gear to protect against the ammonia and histoplasmosis of the bats. “A bat cave is the most bizarre, interesting environment,” Kloepper said. “You feel like an astronaut walking on another planet when you have the gear on like that.”“It wasn’t until graduate school that I really got that field work, that gritty kind of the day in-day out work, when you’re so engrossed in your project … and you can’t stop thinking about it,” Kloepper said. “Some people hate that but I love it. I think situations like that bred creativity. When you’re in the midst of a question, that’s when you have the thing in the back of your head that says ‘huh, I wonder if … ’ and that can turn into its own research.”Kloepper studied at Boston University and taught high school biology before pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Hawaii, where she studied dolphin echolocation. Kloepper’s interest in bats started during her post doctoral research after she saw a bat cave and identified a gap in bat research concerning echolocation in large, dense groups, she said.“Science is never just this ‘ask a question, get the answer you’re done’. It’s an ongoing process, you’re always building questions on prior work. So when you can find that small area of a field where there hasn’t been much work done, you have much more opportunity to get ask bigger questions. I think I’ve done a pretty good job identifying the opening, the gap in the research and trying to say ‘ok, let’s take it from here,’” she said.Kloepper said as both a professor and researcher, she embraces the opportunity to be the face of science for her students and for people who’s only image of a scientist comes from textbook pictures of Einstein or Darwin.“You don’t have to be this old man cloistered away to do science,” she said. “The reality is not most scientists are like that. We’re young, we’re excited about our work, we’re on Twitter. This project isn’t just scientific papers with our colleagues. The most effective communication is when you can share your results and communication with the world … and everyone loves bats.”Tags: bats, Saint Mary’s College, science
Timothy S. Fuerst, William and Dorothy O’Neill Professor of Economics at Notre Dame, died Tuesday morning at the age of 54 after battling stomach cancer for the past 10 months, the University said in a statement.Fuerst’s research largely centered on monetary policy. He also served as senior economic adviser at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and taught for 19 years at Bowling Green State University, according to the press release.“Tim was one of the cornerstones of a revived and extraordinarily successful economics program at Notre Dame. … We will miss him terribly, but we can be grateful for knowing him as we did and for his inspiring service to the University,” John McGreevy, the Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, said in the statement.According to the University, arrangements for the funeral are pending.Tags: dies, economics, Fuerst
University President Fr. John Jenkins was seen without a mask and in close proximity to other maskless individuals while attending the nomination ceremony of Notre Dame law professor Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court Saturday. His actions sparked a range of reactions among faculty and students, including the creation of a petition calling for his resignation.The petition “calls for the resignation of Fr. John Jenkins, C.S.C. as University President, effective immediately, for failure to comply with COVID-19 protocols.” In the plans laid out by the University before the beginning of the semester, wearing a mask and remaining physically distant are “key responsibilities” required of every member of the Notre Dame community.University vice president for public affairs and communications Paul Browne said Jenkins and all others in the Rose Garden for the ceremony passed a nasal swab test before entrance.“Only when the test results returned negative were they and others in their group escorted into the Rose Garden for the ceremony,” Browne said in a statement.Ashton Weber, co-writer of the petition, said the measure has a total of 218 signatures as of Monday night, 18 signatures more than needed to pass on to the student body senate.Editor’s Note: Ashton Weber is a columnist for the Viewpoint section of the Observer.The petition, bearing the necessary amount of valid signatures, will be brought forth and considered as a resolution at this Thursday’s senate meeting, student body president Rachel Ingal confirmed in an email. The measure was met with mixed responses from the Notre Dame community. “I think what motivated the three of us to kind of speak out was frustration,” junior Patrick Kelly-Dutile, one of three Notre Dame students involved with writing the petition, said. Kelly-Dutile said Jenkins’ apparent disregard for University health and safety protocols affects not only Notre Dame, but the entirety of the South Bend community.“The South Bend community, for one, is counting on us because we are in a sense we are living on their turf,” Kelly-Dutile said. “Because we have people that are relying on us, and because there’s people around the country and around the world that are relying on everyone to do their part, we felt that seeing Fr. Jenkins appearing to disregard CDC guidelines, in terms of not wearing a mask and not social distancing, struck a nerve for us.”Kelly-Dutile said at the root of his dismayed reaction is his love for Notre Dame.“That’s the reason why I see it fitting to hold myself, to hold my friends and to hold the administration to such a high standard, because I care about those things,” he said. “I want to see those things be safe and healthy and be able to continue in person, as we are right now.”In regards to those who do not believe the pandemic is something to worry, Kelly-Dutile said he believes Jenkins’ “hypocrisy should make them mad as well,” regardless of their feelings about the virus. This incident is the second time Jenkins was accused of breaking protocol, having issued an apology for a previous transgression in early August.However, not all students share the opinion that Jenkins should resign from office. “I think a formal apology should be issued to the students,” first-year Gabrielle Penna said. “I was very disappointed with his failure to protect himself and the Notre Dame community this past weekend at the nomination.” Instead of asking for his resignation, however, Penna said she calls for forgiveness and understanding. “He’s given us the opportunity to show the world that it’s possible to continue living safely throughout COVID,” she said. “I think to go out of his way like that for the student body shows just how much he loves and cares for the University. I think there just needs to be accountability. He needs to acknowledge when he does make those mistakes, because we all are trying our best.”Fr. Jenkins issued an apology to the Notre Dame community for his actions in an email Monday evening. “I failed to lead by example, at a time when I’ve asked everyone else in the Notre Dame community to do so,” Jenkins said in the statement. “I especially regret my mistake in light of the sacrifices made on a daily basis by many, particularly our students, in adjusting their lives to observe our health protocols.”First-year Elle Akerman said she believes the petition is an overreaction. “I feel like they just need to take a step back and think about what they’re doing, and what this means for Fr. Jenkins,” she said. “I am definitely 100% against it.” Akerman said she does not think the issue is serious enough for his resignation. She said that by not adhering to guidelines, “[Jenkins] himself realizes that it is not that big of a threat. I feel like he should bring that back to campus and make rules based off of that.” Instead of creating a petition, she said talking about the issue with Jenkins is a more successful way of handling the situation. “I just don’t see any reason that he should resign or even think of resigning,” she said. “So, to me, the petition is almost silly and … not worth it.”Several students also took to social media to encourage their peers to use the University’s COVID-19 incident report system to report Jenkins’ actions. The goal, according to senior Lan Anh Dinh, was to catch the attention of the administration. “I think that they talk a lot about leading by example, but then we’ve seen how, in previous cases of Fr. Jenkins’ actions, and this past weekend … It just kind of feels like empty promises, almost,” Dinh said. Dinh said she was “highly dissatisfied” with Jenkins’ apology statement. “A part of me even feels like it might not have been Fr. Jenkins who wrote the email,” she said. However, Dinh said she is not sure Jenkins’ resignation is the answer.“I do think that Fr. Jenkins has acted recklessly and has been a bad example, not only for his students, the faculty and staff, but also for the whole country,” Dinh said. “I am wary [about the petition], I don’t know what that would mean. I don’t know what the process is to select a new president for a private Catholic university. Although I do believe that a level of accountability has to be taken, or has to be acknowledged.”Tags: COVID-19, petition, resignation, University President Father John Jenkins
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) WNY News Now File Image.RANDOLPH – The Girl Scouts of Western New York announced Tuesday they have canceled their 2020 summer camp season due to COVID-19.Girl Scouts CEO Alison Wilcox in a statement says more than 2,000 girls will be impacted by the decision. In addition to campers, some 160 seasonal staff cannot be hired due to the virus outbreak, officials said.“While this is obviously a hard decision, we doubt this comes as a surprise to most people,” said Girl Scouts CEO Alison Wilcox. “We must put the safety of girls, families, volunteers and staff first, and there’s no way we can see accommodating campers in proximity to each other and staff in camp settings safely during this time.”The Girl Scouts of Western New York plans to offer virtual and alternative camping and Girl Scout programming instead. “We made the decision now so seasonal camp staff have as much notice as possible to help them make alternate plans for summer jobs, and parents have notice to find alternative child care for the summer,” Wilcox furthered. “We also understand the disappointment our Girl Scouts and their families will feel without these opportunities. We want them to know Girl Scouting has remained strong for over 100 years and our camp programs will still be here for future summers.”The non-profit organization operates Camp Timbercrest in Randolph, Camp Piperwood in Fairport, Camp Windy Meadows in Lockport and Camp Seven Hills in Holland.Wilcox says all camp property rentals are cancelled through August 31, and pre-registration fees for campers and rentals will be refunded in full within 30 days.In addition, the suspension of all in-person Girl Scouts activities is extended until at least June 30.