BeND program aims to improve relations

first_img “Now that transportation is becoming easier, people have more options off-campus,” Soler said. “South Bend is becoming more of a college town than it ever was before.” BeND primarily asks students to be conscious of how they are presenting themselves and the University, to act respectfully toward the community, and to make more of an effort to become part of that community themselves. “The program asks students to be mindful and respectful … and be willing to be engaged in South Bend,” Soler said. “It will give them more of an opportunity to experience the positives of South Bend… Students can take the characteristics of Notre Dame students that everyone admires and bring them into the community.” “We hope the community opens up to us, at least gives us a chance to show who we really are,” he said. Some of the measures already enacted under BeND include the distribution of “good neighbor guides” to off-campus students through the Senior Class Council, promotion of the Transpo program, a voluntary listserv for RAs to pass along information to on-campus students and cooperative efforts with the Office of Drug and Alcohol Education to help distribute more educational materials and tips to students.  While the program began before the recent arrests off-campus occurred, Soler said she hopes the educational aspect of BeND will help ease tensions between students and police by fully informing students of their rights and how to deal with law enforcement appropriately and respectfully while off campus. She said the general improvement in community relations will carry over to dealings with the police. “There is no official connection but there are many shared goals,” Bell said.  While there are no community or Notre Dame administration leaders directly involved in the efforts, student government plans to present BeND to the Community/Campus Advisory Coalition as well as the other various community meetings it takes part in. “We all hear about how the Notre Dame experience stays with you long after graduation, but part of that is we represent Notre Dame on campus and off campus, even when we’re home over the summer,” Bell said. “The same way it stays with us long after we leave then, it stays with us long after we leave campus.” As part of an ongoing effort to improve relations with the community outside the Notre Dame campus, student government administration has launched the “BeND campaign.”  As for the community’s role in the process, Nick Ruof, chief of staff, just hopes community members are receptive to the efforts and initiatives undertaken by students. “It didn’t start with recent incidences and it won’t end with recent incidences,” student body vice president Andrew Bell said. “The aim of it is for us, as students, to take ownership for how we act rather than be reactive to situations that occur.” “While this is not a reaction to any one incident, we feel this is building a foundation for long term positive relations in the community, which hopefully will help diffuse some of what is happening and prevent more of that in the future,” Soler said. Soler said community relations are more important than ever as the city grows to include more off-campus attractions for students, increasing interactions between students, residents and business owners. “BeND is our cohesive effort to improve relations, promote off-campus initiatives and encourage students to be an active and respectful member of the surrounding community,” student body president Catherine Soler said. “This is not a marketing plan. It’s not simply an awareness campaign. It’s really multifaceted,” Soler said. “We want BeND to be branded on everything we do. This is really going to be the platform for all of our efforts to be good neighbors, to reach out to the community and to really just enhance the experience of a Notre Dame student both on and off campus.”last_img read more

Alumna addresses anorexia

first_imgAs part of Love Your Body Week at Saint Mary’s, Christina Grasso, a 2011 College alumna, shared the story of her personal battle with anorexia, titled “Down the Rabbit Hole,” with the Saint Mary’s community Monday. Grasso, a current intern in the New York City fashion industry, likened her experience with anorexia to the title character’s tumultuous journey in Alice in Wonderland. “Like Alice, I felt trapped,” said Grasso, who has fought anorexia for nearly a decade. “I never imagined embarking on a journey that could nearly kill me, but if there is anything I have learned throughout all of this, it is that if it happened to me, it can happen to anyone.” Grasso grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania with dreams of working in the fashion industry. As a young girl, she focused on dance, gymnastics and fashion, all of which place value on image perfection and thinness. “I have always been very driven,” Grasso said. “I struggled for perfection in all of my endeavors. I tried to numb the pain of never feeling good enough.” Her illness began at age 13, but Grasso was not officially diagnosed with anorexia until she was a 19-year-old student at Saint Mary’s. She said she remembers dieting for the first time at age seven, and by eighth grade, she began to eat even less. “I made accomplishment after accomplishment,” Grasso said. “But nothing felt as good as losing another pound. I was running on self-hatred.” Grasso said her illness worsened as she grew older. Her loved ones began to express their concerns for her health, but she herself could not grasp the seriousness of her own problem. “I was blindly unaware of the fact that the only one I was hurting was myself,” Grasso said. In addition to dramatic changes in eating habits, Grasso’s anorexia also included excessive workouts, experimentation with laxatives and dietetics and frequent purging. Grasso explained thinness is just one side effect of anorexia, as she also experienced hair loss, bruising, low body temperature, low blood pressure, low heart rate and susceptibility to multiple organ failure. “I could have died at any given moment,” Grasso said. “I never wanted or intended to die, but every night I went to bed not knowing if I would wake up.” Grasso continued to spiral into her own “rabbit hole” until one life-threatening incident opened her eyes to the seriousness of her illness. “Because my body had such a lack of nutrients, I fainted quite often,” Grasso said. “One time while driving outside of Chicago, I blacked out at the wheel. It was around that time, my junior year in college, that I acknowledged I have a problem.” With the support of her family and friends, Grasso engaged in several different types of treatment, but she continued to relapse into the disease. After several unsuccessful treatments, Grasso’s physician recommended inpatient treatment at a center for eating disorders. “This is when I realized there were no further treatments for me to try,” Grasso said. “I was at the end of the line.” Grasso was released from the treatment center in mid-August and now resides in New York City, where she works in a public relations firm within the fashion industry. She is currently in recovery, but she said each day is a fight for survival. Grasso said one of her biggest challenges has been working in an industry where perfection and thinness are seen as the norm. “I must continue to always be conscious of my thoughts,” Grasso said. “This is a difficult industry for me to work in, but I do it not only for the little girl that always dreamed of being here, but also for the person that this illness has shaped today.” Laura Glaub, Love Your Body Week co-chair, expressed her gratitude for Grasso and said she is an inspiration to herself and others. “I was planning on doing Love Your Body Week activities for one day, but Christina inspired me to make it a week-long event,” Glaub said. “She is such an inspiration and her presentation is a great kick off for the rest of the week’s events. She incorporates family, friends and the media, all topics that will be covered this upcoming week.” Grasso said events like Love Your Body Week have the power to make changes in society’s perception of eating disorders and body image. “I felt like in my four years here eating disorders were such a taboo topic. We really need to get the dialogue going and make sure that people know it is not a shameful thing to have an eating disorder,” Grasso said. “This idea of it being kept hush-hush just perpetuates how victims thrive off of secrecy. Events like this show it is okay to talk about it.”last_img read more

ND welcomes new students

first_imgThis year’s freshmen relished a hectic, awkward and exciting freshman orientation this past weekend as they settled into life on campus. Many freshmen enjoyed the opportunity to meet other students during the orientation weekend, which took place Aug. 23 through 26. Fisher Hall freshmen and roommates Andy Miles and Garrett Schmelling said they put a sign on their door reading “free cookies,” hoping their fellow Fishermen would stop by and get to know them. Miles said his favorite part of Frosh-O was the chance to meet other residents of Fisher Hall. “The best part has been meeting the other guys in my dorm,” Miles said. “You meet guys from all over the country with different stories and experiences.” Schmelling said he also enjoyed meeting new people during Frosh-O, because the experience made him feel part of the campus community. “Everyone we’ve met from our dorm and other dorms has been great,” Schmelling said. “They make you feel like you’ve already been here and are already part of it.” Farley Hall freshman Hannah Dakin said she appreciated the opportunity to meet people from various dorms during DomerFest. “I liked DomerFest because we got to meet a lot of people from other dorms who are studying different things and living in different places,” Dakin said. Sorin College freshman Chris Jarocki said he enjoyed a dinner event at Carroll Hall for the same reasons. “My favorite event was dinner at Carroll Hall with freshmen from Carroll and Cavanaugh,” Jarocki said. “It was nice to meet and talk to people from other dorms.” Badin freshman Lizzy Berg said the best part of her weekend was getting to know other Badin freshmen through creative icebreakers. “My favorite activities have been our dorm ice-breakers,” Berg said. Berg said some events with other dorms became awkward when conversations lapsed. “Events with guys’ dorms were awkward when we had run out of things to talk about,” Berg said. Miles said he found it awkward when he came across someone he had met before but didn’t remember the person’s name. “The most awkward part of Frosh-O for me has been anytime I forget someone’s name after meeting them multiple times,” Miles said. Dakin said she considered performing Farley Hall’s Frosh-O dances for other freshmen to be an awkward experience. “It was awkward performing our dances in front of the other dorms, especially the boys’ dorms,” Dakin said. Jarocki said he felt awkward attending the various colleges’ educational open houses on his own. “The most awkward part of Frosh-O was the educational open houses. I was by myself and didn’t really know anybody,” Jarocki said. Schmelling said overall his first weekend on campus has led him to love Notre Dame and he doesn’t expect that to change.  “I love it,” Schmelling said. “I don’t think it’s ever going to get old. We’ve already seen most of the campus and it’s awe-inspiring to see the golden dome and the football stadium.” Dakin said she appreciates the beauty of the campus and the kindness of the community. “I really like Notre Dame. The campus is beautiful,” Dakin said. “Everyone’s been really nice and every time I get lost someone helps me.” Miles said he has wanted to attend Notre Dame for a long time and the Frosh-O experience is the beginning of fulfilling his dream. “I’ve wanted to go here my whole life, so to experience what it’s like to be a Notre Dame student is incredibly thrilling,” Miles said.last_img read more

College earns ‘Best in the Midwest’ recognition

first_imgFor the 11th  consecutive year, The Princeton Review has ranked Saint Mary’s College among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest.  Gwen O’Brien, director of media relations at Saint Mary’s, said the College was one of 155 institutions listed in the “Best of the Midwest” section of the Review’s website feature “2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region” published in early August.  According to The Princeton Review, the “Best in the Midwest” achievement is awarded to colleges and universities in twelve states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.   The Princeton Review’s publisher Robert Franek stated in an Aug. 8. Saint Mary’s press release the list is compiled after many particulars have been considered.  “From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations we invite,” Franek said.  “We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us.  Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional ‘best’ lists.” Saint Mary’s College President Carol Ann Mooney said she was delighted the College was recognized once more.  “We are very pleased to once again be included among The Princeton Review’s ‘Best in the Midwest,’” Mooney said. “Our commitment to an excellent intellectual and academic experience for our students is unwavering.  Our graduates are our best recruiters.  Their accomplishments speak volumes about the quality of the educational experience they received here.” Junior Amanda Gilbert said she is pleased with her courses and believes the ranking will attract students from around the country to Saint Mary’s. “Every class that I take here is enlightening in different ways,” Gilbert said.  “I hope that being recognized like this will make our school even more appealing to students from places besides the Midwest.”  Saint Mary’s Vice President for Enrollment Management Mona Bowe agreed, saying this achievement helps get the word out about the College and its outstanding education. “I hear families say that Saint Mary’s is ‘the best kept secret,’” Bowe said.  “While we agree, we really strive to share the distinctiveness of Saint Mary’s with as many people as possible. Being recognized by Forbes, Washington Monthly, or as is the case of being named a ‘Best in the Midwest’ institution by the Princeton Review, allows us to do just that.“last_img read more

Notre Dame alumni produce one-man show highlighting the life of Fr. Sorin

first_imgIn 1842, 28-year old Fr. Edward Sorin arrived in Indiana with his Holy Cross brothers — none of whom spoke a word of English — and founded Notre Dame.175 years later, four University graduates — director Patrick Vassel (’07), playwright Christina Telesca Gorman (’91), projection designer Ryan Belock (’11) and actor Matthew Goodrich (’09) —  banded together with the development office to create a masterpiece that would tell the story of Notre Dame through Sorin’s story. At 6:42 p.m. Wednesday, the first performance of the one man play “Sorin: A Notre Dame Story” will open in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. “For as much lore and history and tradition as we have at Notre Dame, there’s a lot about our founder that people just don’t know,” Vassel, who is also currently involved in “Hamilton,” said.Goodrich, who will take on the role of the University patriarch, said he agrees.“I don’t think I knew anything about Sorin [when I was a student] other than that there was a dorm named after him, and that if I wasn’t in Zahm I probably wanted to be in Sorin — but Zahm was better,” Goodrich said.  “Everyone thinks of him as the old patriarch that we see on the statue on God Quad, but he was a young man when he got here and had tenacity and fire and vision. And he carried that through his life.”From the beginning stages of development for the play, those involved thought a one-man show would best capture the essence of the Notre Dame story as well as give people the opportunity to “spend an evening with Fr. Sorin,” Vassel said. “Some of the first conversations we had was, ‘a hip-hop musical about Alexander Hamilton sounds like a crazy idea. A one-man play about Fr. Sorin also sounds like a crazy idea,’” Vassel said. “Both, I think, turned out to be quite smart and effective.”Despite there being only one actor in the show, it is a full scale production, Goodrich said. The story follows Sorin’s life from his childhood in France to his eventual death.“The concept of the show is that he’s speaking to God the entire time,” Goodrich said. “It’s one long prayer.”To prepare to take on the role, Goodrich read Marvin O’Connell’s lengthy biography of Sorin, as well as Sorin’s first-hand chronicles. Goodrich said he also spent a lot of time with the priests and brothers of Holy Cross on campus to learn about the community that Sorin spent most of his life in. “It was important to me to understand what their conception of Fr. Sorin was because they’re closest to him,” Goodrich said. “They actually do know the history and the lore. I wanted to get what they all thought and how they perceived Sorin in their minds so that I could harness that and use it in my portrayal.”Gorman — who got her start in theater as a stage manager during her undergraduate years at Notre Dame — also utilized O’Connell’s biography, painstakingly searched archives with the help of experts from the Hesburgh Library and pulled together all of the stories that people have told of the founder over the years to write the script. “I concentrated on the parts of Sorin’s life that led to the creation of Notre Dame,” she said. “It’s the story of Notre Dame as told by Fr. Sorin.”Throughout the play, there will be three screens on stage showing many of the documents and photos Gorman found in her research in order to help audiences better envision Sorin’s journeys all over the world and see what he saw, Vassel said.Belock arranged the visual elements digitally using QLab software.  He said he thinks of the projections as Goodrich’s scene partner.“Projections are really useful to get in someone’s head on stage,” Belock said. “Not only are we showing the physical journey that Fr. Sorin took, we are showing the journey of his mind and his soul and his heart.”Vassel said he believes Sorin’s story — that of an immigrant — is a prime example of the Notre Dame spirit of finding a way to do the seemingly impossible. He said he hopes everyone can walk away from the play moved, having learned something about the university that they didn’t know before.“I hope the experience is of a fantastic night at the theater, a fantastic play,” Vassel said. “And for anyone — a student or alum or part of the Notre Dame community — to really have a better appreciation and understanding of the founder of the University and a better understanding of the real story of Notre Dame through the story of Fr. Sorin.” Tags: Father Sorin, one man show, performancelast_img read more

South Bend mayor discusses professional development

first_imgSouth Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg spoke Sunday as part of “Life Beyond the ND Bubble,” an event designed to prepare seniors for their lives after graduation. Buttigieg’s remarks, delivered in the Dahnke Ballroom on the top floor of the Duncan Student Center, were titled “Finding Your Why: The Value of Pursuing Your Passions,” and the mayor reflected on finding a worthwhile career path as he reflected on his own professional journey.Buttigieg began by underscoring the deep connection between South Bend and the University.“I find as I travel … and represent South Bend in different places around the country, people have a certain idea about what our city is,” Buttigieg said. “Because they know exactly one thing about the city, which is this building [the football stadium].”Although Notre Dame is South Bend’s most famous feature, Buttigieg noted that the city originally centered around industry, particularly given its status as the headquarters of Studebaker, a car company. However, the city fell on hard times after Studebaker departed in the 1960s. Buttigieg said in 2011, the year he was elected mayor, “Newsweek” magazine featured South Bend on a list of 10 dying American cities. Nevertheless, Buttigieg said South Bend had experienced significant recent progress.“We are at our fastest rate of population growth in a quarter of a century, we’ve seen half a billion dollars of investment in the heart of our city, we’ve seen job growth at a rate we haven’t seen in a long time,” he said. “A big part of why South Bend is coming back is the relationship we have with the University of Notre Dame. … I would argue that your generation of students has popped the bubble.”Buttigieg said in the past, many students’ involvement with South Bend extended only to service projects, and many are now applying their expertise to projects in the city. He said he hoped that even as students graduate, South Bend will “remain in your equation.”Students should think about “purpose” instead of job title when making career choices, Buttigieg said.“I’d been offered two campaigns. I was just out of Harvard … and I’d attracted just enough attention on a couple of campaigns that I had some job offers. One was on a Senate race, and the other was on a presidential campaign in 2004,” he said. “The Senate race was very likely to win already, and the presidential campaign was going to be a real knockdown, drag-out fight, so I decided to be on the presidential campaign.”Buttigieg said he called his contact on the Senate race and expressed appreciation for the job offer, particularly because it would have involved working closely with the candidate, whom he had been careful not to name prior to this point in his remarks.“I said, ‘I just feel that it really makes a lot more sense for me to be working on the Kerry campaign for president, and so please tell Mr. Obama that I really appreciate the job offer,’” he said as audience members audibly laughed and groaned in disbelief.“Arguably not a great career move,” Buttigieg said.The mayor said he offered the anecdote to demonstrate how simple choices can alter careers, noting that if he had accepted the offer with the Obama campaign he probably would not have ended up on his current trajectory or as the mayor of South Bend.“You are still at a tender enough age … that you ought to give some consideration to what you want to want,” he said. “Think about the fact that your preferences are still being shaped, and you have some agency over that.”Buttigieg said he encourages students to remember South Bend.“Some number of you will stay in South Bend, and that proportion is growing, which is awesome,” he said. “We are becoming a brain-gain city in a brain-gain region and that is something that is very exciting for us. … I really hope South Bend remains in your equation, whether you wind up living here or not.”Tags: Dahnke Ballroom, Life Outside the ND Bubble, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, professional developmentlast_img read more

Fisher Hall evacuated due to electrical fire in student room

first_imgUpdated Thursday at 9:10 p.m.A “small electrical fire” occurred in a Fisher Hall student room Thursday at about 5:30 a.m. and residents were evacuated to South Dining Hall, according to an email sent to campus media. The incident occurred when a fan caught fire.Two rooms were damaged by smoke and water, according to the email, and arrangements will be made for students who cannot occupy their rooms by Tuesday evening as a result of the damage.At the time of the fire, a student was examined for smoke inhalation. In response to follow-up questions, University spokesman Dennis Brown said additional students were assessed after the incident.“Three other students were evaluated for smoke inhalation since this morning’s first report,” Brown said in an email. “Out of an abundance of caution, two were transported by car to Memorial Hospital for further testing. They have now returned to campus.”Tags: electrical fire, fire, fisher halllast_img read more

Corcoran-Ogden administration addresses accomplishments, setbacks of healthy living platform

first_imgWhen seniors Madeleine Corcoran and Kathy Ogden were elected Saint Mary’s student body president and vice president, they agreed their focus would be on the community and addressing students’ desire for change. The team has made some headway in furthering the goals of its healthy living platform, but is still looking to do more in the spring semester. Corcoran and Ogden said they talked to food services general manager Kenneth Acosta at the beginning of the year in order to determine what they would be able to realistically accomplish in terms of healthy living and the dining hall. “We talked to [Acosta] at the beginning of the year … with our food committee chair Giavanna [Paradiso],” she said. “Giavanna has a strict diet, so she has a different perspective.”Corcoran said Acosta was able to carry out some of the small changes student government suggested. She said Paradiso was instrumental in determining these changes. “Giavanna is a student-athlete and she also has a lot of allergy restrictions,” Corcoran said. “She brought some of the challenges for those who have allergies to our attention and also to [Acosta’s] attention. Now there’s the fridge over by the sandwich line that offers individual items that are not cross-contaminated or exposed to other items in the dining hall.” Corcoran and Ogden also discussed adding extra workout classes in Angela Athletic Facility as part of their healthy living platform. But, Corcoran said, this has been challenging in some ways.Adding workout classes has “been hard because [Angela Athletic Facility] is utilized by many people,” she said. “And the instructors [of the classes] have other jobs, so we haven’t really made progress by having those classes.”However, Ogden said a lot of the athletic clubs, like Yoga Club and Cycling Club, have been able to increase the number of classes they offer. Next semester, Ogden and Corcoran said they hope to include more healthy living activities, including those that promote mental health. Corcoran said college students especially need to practice healthy and mindful living. “In college, it can be so easy to put your health at the back burner and be so stressed about school that you don’t make the best choices about food, or you skip your workout one day — it’s really important for our emotional happiness that we work out and eat healthy foods,” she said. “Without good health, we wouldn’t be performing as well as we could as students.”Ogden said she always feels better after eating healthy or exercising. “A healthy body is a happy body,” she said. Tags: 2018 Student Government Insider, Corcoran-Ogden, healthy habits, Saint Mary’s Student Government Associationlast_img read more

Tickets begin campaign for student body president, vice president

first_imgCampaigns for the student body government elections kicked off Tuesday after four tickets received the 700 required signatures to enter the race.Junior Elizabeth Boyle and sophomore Patrick McGuire, freshmen Carlston Chang and Kevin O’Leary, juniors Eduardo Luna and Haley Coleman and juniors Mario Markho and Charlie Ortega Guifarro form the four tickets running for student body president and vice president. (Editor’s note: Ortega Guifarro is a former Sports Writer for The Observer and Patrick McGuire is a former Scene Writer.)According to the judicial council’s website, a debate between tickets will be held Monday at 9 p.m. in the Duncan Student Center Midfield Commons.The student body president and vice president election will take place Feb. 6. Should no ticket receive a majority vote, a second debate will take place Feb. 10, followed by a final election Feb. 11.The Boyle-McGuire ticket, with the campaign slogan “Empower ND,” has three main modules: student empowerment, gender relations and dorm reform. The “student empowerment” section of the ticket’s platform breaks down into subcategories diversity and inclusion, sustainability, student life, community engagement and academics.Among other plans, the candidates aim to make diversity training mandatory for all students, to create a “department of student empowerment” within student government, to rewrite the University’s ​nondiscrimination clause ​to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” and to push for the removal of Cardinal McCarrick’s honorary degree, according to their platform.According to their campaign poster, the Chang-O’Leary ticket’s main plans include implementing a minor in the Moreau First Year Experience, renaming Keenan “South Stanford” and making South Quad a Safari. The candidates’ campaign slogan is “Inexperience is the best experience.”The Luna-Coleman ticket focuses on residential dining reform, diversity and inclusion, residential life and transparency and communication.Their platform plans include “benchmarking all outstanding maintenance requests around campus and ensuring the most timely responses” and publishing comprehensive reports assessing student government efficiency.The Markho-Ortega ticket divides its platform into three parts: taking action to improve student life, building on programs and groups that already exist and promoting clarity in student government and administration.Notable campaign promises include working with the Club Coordination Office to give priority funding to groups that “make students feel welcome,” publishing the Dean’s List and all professors’ Course Instructor Feedback and making the Office of Financial Aid release an annual tuition breakdown.Editor’s note: This report was updated at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to include the Chang-O’Leary platform and information about the election schedule.Tags: 2019 Student Government Election, campaign, Judicial Council, Student government electionslast_img read more

Bill Nye discusses his career, gives advice to students during IDEA Week

first_imgIf Bill Nye the Science Guy were to write a book, it would not be about his award-winning television show, the mysteries of the cosmos or even about his time as a stand-up comedian.  It would be about grammar.“A Fun Evening with Bill Nye the Science Guy,” an IDEA Week event, was filled with humor and activism Thursday night in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Nye discussed the lessons he’s learned over his years of experience as a mechanical engineer, comedian, scientist, television presenter, author and inventor as well as his vision for the future with Susie Lira-Gonzalez, a graduate student who moderated the event. Tags: Bill Nye, Climate change, engineering, IDEA week 2019 ERIN SWOPE | The Observer Susie Lira-Gonzalez moderates the IDEA Week talk, “An Evening With Bill Nye the Science Guy.” Nye discussed his career and gave advice to students, while also commenting on current science topics.Nye began the evening by discussing his early career working at Boeing in 1977 and his experiences with mentorship. However, after Nye won a Steve Martin look-a-like contest in 1978, he began to do standup comedy.“I would work on the drawing board and write these amazing, amazing memos, and then I would go home and take a nap, and then I would go to comedy clubs,” Nye said.In 1986, Nye said he decided to quit his job as an engineer to focus on his burgeoning comedy career. It was around the same time when Nye developed his signature look of a suit with a bow tie.“I had an intuition without being able to articulate it. But the guy who did articulate it was Jerry Seinfeld. He said, ‘You want to dress better than the audience,’ and so I wore a tie,” Nye said. “Whenever I wear a tie — a bowtie or a straight tie — I also wear a shirt. I mean I could pull [wearing a tie without a shirt] off though.”Nye said he has around 500 bow ties. Although, Nye added to his collection when he was gifted a Notre Dame bow tie.While writing on the sketch comedy show “Almost Live!” in Seattle, Nye said he became interested in creating a television show about science for kids. In 1993, he got a contract to create the now-famous show “Bill Nye the Science Guy.” However, the road to becoming a science icon who inspired some audience members to arrive in lab goggles and lab coats was not easy, Nye said.“If you do stand-up comedy, you will fail,” he said. “It’s so difficult. The whole idea is to make it look like it’s not difficult, but if you screw up just one word, one pause, it just goes to heck. … I fail every day — don’t you? It’s just everyday there’s something you screw up and so two things. You have to cut yourself a little slack, but the other thing is you just got to keep going, you got to press forward.”From there, Lira-Gonzalez posed some rapid-fire questions to Nye where he revealed if he could write a book about anything, it would be about grammar. He also said he thinks everyone should take a philosophy class, and his last tweet would be either, “I did my best,” or, “Clean water, reliable, renewably produced electricity, access to the internet for everyone, raise the standard of living and a better tomorrow for all human kind.”Nye said he believes these three things will change the world and help with climate change.“If you don’t accept that humans are causing climate change, you’re wrong,” Nye said.For the remainder of the evening, Nye fielded questions from the audience.The less serious side of the evening included a question about Nye’s favorite science pun. Nye said he didn’t want to tell his favorite one because everyone would think he didn’t like the other ones, but Nye did end up telling a few proton and neutron related puns.“These are lame. But that you all know them is charming,” Nye said after the audience finished the puns for him.Nye was also asked about his experience working on “Bill Nye the Science Guy.”“There’s a bit in every show that I just love. But there’s also a bit in every show where I go, ‘Oh, why did we do that?’ and you’re probably thinking the same thing,” he said.Nye also reflected on his experiences while filming the show, including accidentally falling over a small waterfall in a raft and getting to ride in a F/A-18 Hornet Blue Angels jet plane.“Those things go very fast,” Nye said.Nye also touched on more serious subjects, including the importance of finding accurate information in the age of the internet in response to a question about members of the Flat Earth Society. He stressed the importance of voting and women’s rights as well as the importance of discovery.In response to a question about the relevance of the recently developed photograph of a black hole, Nye said he had “no flippin’ idea.” He then discussed though how previous discoveries with seemingly no significant applications — such as the discovery of relativity — have proven incredibly important for future discoveries.“I want whatever the next law of physics or chemistry or biology, whatever it is, I want it to be discovered in the US,” Nye said. “So we don’t know what this picture of a shadow of a black hole means yet. But I guarantee you, the students in your lifetime, there will be profound effects.”However, while Nye is a proponent of science, he doesn’t believe science is the only important subject.“STEM is a fine acronym, but I imagine another one,” Nye said. “Science would be first. How about civics? We need civics. History. Science, civics, history. An overview of math. … Oratory would be a good one, and then language. And that acronym would be SCHOOL.”Nye also said he thinks a well-rounded society is important for the future.“You want people to be well-rounded,” he said. “Believe me, you don’t want everybody to become an engineer. Susie, you may be the possible exception, but the fashion consequences alone.”Overall, Nye encouraged the audience to be passionate.“Just be passionate and find something that you want to do,” he said. “Don’t worry too much about your first job or where you’re going to live. You’ll find your way. Just get started.”last_img read more

Notre Dame fifth-year student named Rhodes Scholar

first_imgNotre Dame fifth-year student Prathm Juneja was named the University’s 20th Rhodes Scholar, the school announced in a Saturday press release. The Edison, New Jersey native will begin his time at the United Kingdom’s Oxford University next October. Juneja, along with seniors Matthew Schoenbauer and Nicholas Ottone, was one of three Notre Dame students who were Rhodes finalists this year.“Notre Dame could not be prouder of Prathm Juneja because he was selected not for his scholarly achievement alone, but — in the words of the Rhodes Trust — ‘for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead,’” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in the release.Jeffrey Thibert, who serves as the director the Notre Dame Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE), said Juneja represents a growing group of Notre Dame alumni continuing on to Oxford as Rhodes Scholars.“We are so happy to congratulate Prathm Juneja on his selection as a 2020 Rhodes Scholar. Since 2016, only six U.S. institutions have produced more Rhodes Scholars than Notre Dame,” Thibert said. “This is a testament to the excellence of the undergraduate educational experience at Notre Dame and the fundamental alignment of the University’s mission with the Rhodes ideal of ‘standing up for the world.’”Juneja is in the fifth year of the Reilly Five-Year Dual Degree Program, studying political science and computer science. In addition to being named a Rhodes Scholar he is also a Newman Civic Fellow, College of Arts and Letters Dean’s Fellow, Hipp-Beeler Scholar and Glynn Family Honors student, according to the release.On campus, Juneja has formerly served as chief of staff and director of national engagement and outreach for Notre Dame’s student government. He is also a member of NDVotes and the Building Bridges Mentoring Program. He has also done work for the South Bend Mayor’s Office and is currently an “innovation associate” at Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign. He is also involved in local Democratic politics.“I am so grateful for the support of Dr. Jeff Thibert, Elise Rudt and everyone at CUSE who guided me throughout this entire process with kindness and support,” Juneja said in the release. “I’d also like to thank my recommendation letter writers, Professor Bradley Malkovsky, Professor Shreya Kumar, Professor David Campbell, Professor Paul Ocobock, Brian Coughlin, Rosie McDowell, Santi Garces and Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Without their support over these past four years, I know I would not have this opportunity.”According to the release, the Rhodes Scholarship is designed to “[recognize] American students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories for their scholarly achievements, character, commitment to others and to the common good and potential for leadership.” This year, of the 963 students who applied, 32 applicants were selected for the program.Tags: CUSE, prathm juneja, Rhodes Scholar, University President Fr. John Jenkinslast_img read more

University suspends Jerusalem study abroad program, offers updates on coronavirus

first_imgThe University announced the suspension of the Jerusalem study abroad program and offered updates regarding responses to COVID-19 in an email to the Notre Dame community Tuesday morning.“The University has suspended programs at the Jerusalem Global Gateway at Tantur and the Tantur Ecumenical Institute there after Israeli authorities closed the crossing between Jerusalem and Bethlehem because of confirmed cases of coronavirus there,” Paul Browne, vice president for the Office of Public Affairs and Communications, said in the email. “As a result, most Tantur staff can no longer get to work.”According to the email, the University Emergency Operations Center is currently making plans to send students home as soon as possible, but the students will not be required to self-quarantine because they are asymptomatic.Additionally, the email offered updates on the students who were previously studying in Italy and Japan. The students currently being quarantined after returning from Italy will be able to return to campus following medical clearance. Students who do not need to be on campus in person to finish the semester will be able to work remotely from their home.Browne confirmed the students studying in Japan have returned home safely. Regarding other European countries, the email said the University is monitoring the situation.“Conditions in Spain, France, Germany, Ireland and the U.K. or anywhere Notre Dame students are studying are being monitored closely by the University,” the email said. “Students studying there will be repatriated quickly if the CDC elevates the countries to Level 3 or other circumstances warrant.”Browne also addressed the coronavirus’ presence in Indiana.“A fourth case of coronavirus in Indiana was reported Monday near Fort Wayne, the first in the northeast part of the state. There are no reported cases on the Notre Dame campus,” he said in the email.The University urges students to seek medical attention from either University Health Services or their primary care physician if they have questions or concerns.Tags: coronavirus, italy, japan, Jerusalem, Jerusalem Global Gateway, study abroadlast_img read more

Weeklong Boil Water Order Continues In The Village of Fredonia

first_imgImage via Alabama Extension.FREDONIA – A weeklong boil water order in the Village of Fredonia is continuing.The Chautauqua County Department of Health re-assessed the water on Thursday and report quality is improving, however, the order will remain in place.Residents are asked to boil water for common activities like drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation.Bottled water is being distributed on Saturday and Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Fredonia Department of Public Works at 176 Eagle St. The order first went into effect last week following a routine check for cloudiness. Workers determined that the water may have disease-causing organisms and declared a public health emergency.Those with questions or concerns are asked to contact the Chautauqua County Health Department at 716-753-4481 or the Village of Fredonia at 716-679-2307. 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

New Bishop Of Buffalo Diocese Named

first_imgImage by the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.BUFFALO – A new Bishop has been named to head the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.The Diocese announced Tuesday morning that Michael William Fisher has been appointed by Pope Francis.Fisher, who will become the 15th Bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, says he is “deeply humbled and grateful to the Holy Father for this gift to serve the people of Buffalo as their Bishop.”“Though the challenges that currently confront the Diocese of Buffalo are many and significant, they are not equal to the resolve of so many committed lay women and men, devoted priests, deacons and religious across Western New York, who are no less determined to reveal God’s transformative love that has the power to bind every wound, renew and make us whole,” Fisher says. “We would do well to recall the promise in Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians: ‘No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him.’” Following the controversial exit of former bishop Richard Malone, Albany Bishop Edward Scharfenberger was serving as Apostolic Administrator for the Buffalo Diocese.Scharfenberger calls this “a blessed and wonderful day for the good people across western New York.”“In Bishop Michael Fisher, they have been given a priest, pastor and bishop whose passion to serve, to listen, to heal and comfort have distinguished his 30-year ministry. It has been among my life’s great joys to get to know and assist this faith-filled community, to accompany them in their initial steps on the path toward renewal and redefine the enormous potential of the Church to accomplish so much good across this region,” Scharfenberger says.Fisher is 62-years-old and a native of Baltimore. He previously served as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Washington and a chaplain to Pope John Paul II.His’s installation will take place on January 15 in the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Buffalo. 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

Couldn’t Keep It In! Avenue Q’s Princeton, Trekkie, Kate Monster & Rod Rock Out to Frozen’s ‘Let It Go’

first_img Related Shows Princeton and Kate Monster dueting on “Love is an Open Door”? Trekkie singing “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”? Rod belting “Let It Go”? Like everyone else who has working eyes and ears, the cast of off-Broadway’s Avenue Q love Disney’s Oscar-nominated blockbuster Frozen. Of course, the people and puppets of Avenue Q have been singing soon-to-be-EGOT winner (fingers crossed!) Bobby Lopez’ amazing tunes for a while now. On January 21, the cast of the Tony-winning tuner made a video to congratulate Bobby and Kristen Anderson-Lopez on their Oscar nod for the tune “Let It Go,” and it’s a doozie! View Comments Avenue Qcenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on May 26, 2019 Disney’s Frozenlast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Disaster May Be Heading to Broadway & More!

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Disaster! Could be Heading to Broadway Red alert! Disaster!, the musical comedy based on cult favorite disaster movies from the 1970s, which recently shuttered off-Broadway, may be making a move to the Great White Way. The show’s director and co-writer Jack Plotnick told “I’m working on bringing my musical, Disaster!, to Broadway!…It got the kind of reviews you dream about, which helped us attach a couple of incredible Broadway producers.” See Idina Menzel Sing From Rent at If/Then Idina Menzel recently auctioned off the opportunity to duet with her after a performance of If/Then, to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Check out the Tony winner belt out Rent’s “Take Me or Leave Me” with the fortunate fanzels who won the prize below. The Sound of Music Live!’s Craig Zadan & Neil Meron to Produce Oscars Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the powerhouse producing team behind The Sound of Music Live!, Smash, the Chicago film adaptation and the Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, are set to produce their third consecutive Oscar show. According to Variety, the telecast will air on February 22, 2015.last_img read more