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Group discusses ordinance, service day

first_imgMembers of the South Bend community and Notre Dame student government discussed compliance issues with a 2007 housing ordinance and the upcoming CommUniversity Day at Wednesday’s Campus/Community Advisory Coalition (CCAC) meeting. Cathy Toppel, director of code enforcement for the City of South Bend, said the city is having trouble enforcing a housing ordinance prohibiting more than two unrelated people to live in the same house. She said it becomes a resource issue when more people live in an area than is officially permitted. “The problem [in enforcing the ordinance] comes in the follow up and producing enough information to go to court with,” Toppel said. Mark Kramer of Kramer Properties said the priority should be increasing the resources at students’ disposal so they fully understand the rental commitment they are about to agree to. “Somehow, [we need to] educate them to what that means [to live off-campus],” Kramer said. “Students may go and rent the houses out regardless because there’s a misunderstanding or because they don’t understand what [the ordinance] really means. Pat McCormick, student body president, said Notre Dame’s student government works on several initiatives throughout the year to equip students for off-campus living. “It seems like the best way that we can serve as a resource from the student government standpoint is to facilitate communication and to increase awareness in regards to the current codes as they exist,” McCormick said. Ann Carol Nash, assistant city attorney, said students should be educated on the ordinance’s terms early on in their house search.   “I’d like to suggest that they tell incoming students to assume that the property is single family, and to find out what ‘single family’ means, and to have the owner prove that the house is grandfathered,” Nash said. “Assume it’s only a two-people residence until the landlord tells you otherwise.” Gavin Ferlic, a member of the City of South Bend Common Council and chairperson elect of the CCAC, said the main goal is to make sure the city ordinances promote good experiences for students and neighborhood residents alike. “In regards to the housing issue, the priorities are making sure that what ordinances we have are enforceable, and making sure that they’re positive for both neighborhood residents and students,” Ferlic said.   Ferlic said he anticipates facilitating enforcement of the ordinance by coming up with creative solutions to increase awareness in the community of its ramifications. “It’s been difficult for code to enforce the ordinance,” he said. “We need to revisit it in a way that makes it enforceable and positive for both students and community members. Maybe part of that is a database, finding a way to actually produce that database and to create an efficient [enforcement] process.” Committee members also discussed the upcoming CommUniversity Day, an initiative to connect South Bend’s universities to the surrounding community in a day of service.   McCormick said CommUniversity Day, planned for March 31, has been the product of a coordinated effort between South Bend’s residents and its universities to deepen community bonds. “This has been an initiative of the student body that has grown in recent years, and we’re especially excited about the theme this year: deepening our roots [in the community],” McCormick said.  “We hope that this will emphasize the shared belief among student government and the student body more generally that we all have a shared stake in the South Bend community.” Despite concerns about the lack of compliance with the housing ordinance, members were pleased with the recent positive trajectory of community relations.   Mike Carrington of the Alcoholic Beverage Board said he credits cooperation within the community for these successes. “I have been really pleased, and I wanted to acknowledge the really good progress,” Carrington said.  “I think a really important piece of this when we hear from students has to do with student safety … the combination of everyone working together, I think has caused a dramatic improvement in all aspects of it.” Brett Rocheleau, student body vice president and president-elect, said he agrees with other members’ positive reflections on community relations. “The CCAC meeting is our way to connect to community leaders,” Rocheleau said. “These meetings have been able to keep great relations between South Bend and Notre Dame … in regards to today’s meeting it was great to hear what the community has to say, especially that no one had any major complaints.” Ferlic said the CCAC is focused on improving the quality of life for South Bend’s residents. “It’s very important to me to make sure that students have a positive experience here in South Bend and to make them more willing to reside here in the future,” Ferlic said.last_img read more

Habitat dedicates Mishawaka home

first_imgThe Notre Dame Campus Chapter of Habitat for Humanity celebrated another year of hard work in building a home for a family in need at the dedication of the completed house in Mishawaka, Ind., this weekend.   Jim Williams, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County, presided over the April 14 dedication, which included prayers and presentation of gifts to the Cole family, who plans to move into their new home by the end of the month. Notre Dame student volunteers put in the majority of work on the house, which took more than a year to complete. Student leaders of the Notre Dame Habitat attended the house blessing, including president Ian Graham.   “It’s a great feeling to see the finished product,” Graham said.  “There’s a lot of work and caring that went into the house from all the students that were a part of this.” Graham said he estimates a total of 100 to 200 Notre Dame students contributed to the project, with 30 to 40 volunteers participating in weekly construction activities, including cabinet and fixture construction, framing, roofing, installation of windows and doors, insulating, painting, trimming and siding. “To see the family that we worked with throughout the entire year today with a new place to stay means a lot to us,” Graham said.  “We’re grateful to have been able to help.” House recipient Starla Cole spoke at the dedication ceremony, and voiced her gratitude for the support from Habitat for Humanity.   “We could never have done this on our own,” Starla Cole said.  “Habitat helped.” Her husband, Toby Cole, said the path to home-ownership was difficult, but the Notre Dame chapter of Habitat helped make owning a home a reality for his family. “For one reason or another, we always ran into roadblocks when trying to have our own house,” Cole said.  “We’re ecstatic about this house, and thankful for the help from Habitat and the Notre Dame students.” Williams said it is a misconception that Habitat for Humanity simply gives away free houses to needy families.  The organization helps the family to construct the house and supply the initial building funds, but the family is expected to pay off all mortgage payments in the future.  However, the houses are built at no profit, and interest is not charged. The Notre Dame chapter contributed $40,000 to the initial funding for the home through donations and fundraising, Graham said. “A lot of money came from alumni donations,” Graham said.  “A lot also came from fundraising events like Jail n’ Bail and the Polar Bear Run.” Graham said the Coles took an active role in the construction of their new home, and Toby Cole often helped student volunteers on build days. The couple also attended homeowner classes as part of the Habitat for Humanity program, Cole said. “We put 400 hours into the classes,” he said.  “We learned how to build a home, how to manage it, how to take care of it. It was educational and fun at the same time.”last_img read more

Spirituality Mondays examines faith and reason

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s College Spirituality Monday series continued this week with a discussion on spirituality and philosophy with professor Michael M. Waddell, the Edna and George McMahon Aquinas Chair in Philosophy.“This is a series on the intersection of faith and reason, so different faculty members from different departments are speaking on the relationship of faith and reason from their area of expertise,” director of the Center for Spirituality Elizabeth Groppe said.Sponsored by the Center for Spirituality, Spirituality Mondays offer a weekly opportunity for Saint Mary’s faculty, staff and students to gather as a community and share their wisdom through civilized conversation, Groppe said. Waddell opened the discussion by addressing the intersection of faith and reason. When faith and reason meet, the question as to how a spiritual tradition challenges or enhances the exercise of reason in an academic discipline or a profession comes into play, he said. “I’d like to talk today a little bit about the relationship between spirituality and philosophy not just as an academic discipline, but more in a classical sense,” Waddell said. “I’m going to use the term spirituality and the term philosophy in a specific way, but I at least want to clarify that specific sense.” Waddell said he takes his definitions from the classical Greek tradition. “Philosophy was construed in the ancient tradition as love of wisdom,” he said. “And wisdom was construed as knowledge of the highest truth such as matters of the cause of all existence [and] the purpose of human life. “Knowledge would have to do with the smaller domains. Knowledge might tell you how to change the tire on your car. It might tell you how a cell functions, but wisdom was the glue that held it all together. Wisdom is a kind of a specific mode of knowledge.” In order to draw the parallel between faith and reason, Waddell said he drew from the elements of the Christian faith. “This is a horrible oversimplification, but for my purposes I’m going to take Christian faith to stand for spirituality,” he said. “There is no doubt there is a talk to be given about how those beliefs have interacted with philosophy. I think for example, Neoplatism. Christian [faith] is trickier.” Discussing the encounter between Western philosophy and Christian faith, Waddell said he considered scholarly ideas previously developed by St. Augustine of Hippo and St. Thomas Aquinas. “In book 13 of ‘De Trinitate,’ Augustine observes that all people want happiness.,” he said. “We know that Aristotle said essentially the same thing. So this was a claim that was generally accepted to be true.“The kind of happiness we desire which Augustine takes to be an immortal life of the body and the soul, it’s some kind of resurrection of the body in which we only desire good things and we have all the things we desire. This is what Augustine thinks constitutes the [definition of faith].” Waddell said humans universally long for something only attainable through the Christian faith. “Philosophy finds its true fulfillment in Christian faith,” he said. “[Augustine] means the basic intuition all the philosophers shared. He means all philosophy needs Christian faith to be fully complete. Philosophy seems to reveal to us aspirations of human existence.” Waddell said he then reflected on a passage of Aquinas’s Summa Theologica. “Aquinas is discussing the nature of faith, and he appeals to two definitions that are handed down from the tradition where we read faith as the substance of things,” he said. One of the definitions of faith Aquinas gestures toward in faith is thinking with assent, Waddell said. “There are lots of ways to use the word ‘thinking’ to describe an intellectual activity from moving from one idea to the next,” he said. “Thomas says that in order to understand what Augustine means, we have to keep in mind this second sense of thinking.’”All of these observations motivate the theme of Spirituality Mondays, Waddell said.“We have firm adherence to the truth of proposition, yet faith is different from knowledge,” he said. “[It] is not grounded in the intellectual apprehension. I would also say that God is Trinity, and yet I can’t prove to you that God is Trinity, so the level of assent or conviction is different. “Faith is different from knowledge. It is a certainty that arises from an act of will. There’s a sense that’s motivated by will. When Aquinas says faith is thinking with assent, it’s not grounded in knowledge.” Waddell said Aquinas’s discussion of Augustine’s definition of faith has an important implication. “To say that faith is thinking with assent is to say that faith, by its very nature, must always be exploring,” he said. “Because these questions deal with the highest truth, faith must be seeking the kind of understanding philosophers call wisdom. Faith needs the activity of reason.” Augustine’s view suggests that the aspirations of philosophy find reason in faith, and Waddell said philosophy teaches mankind that the purpose of existence is pursuable only through faith. “The discipline of philosophy is to challenge faith, but rather in a way that brings to fruition that [which] brings the way of philosophy’s nature,” he said. Tags: Spirituality Mondayslast_img read more

Coulter delivers Lincoln Day address

first_imgConservative political pundit Ann Coulter addressed a standing-room only crowd at the Carey Auditorium of the Hesburgh Library on Thursday night as part of Notre Dame College Republicans’ Lincoln Day event in a speech centered on health care reform, gun control and immigration.Coulter said the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as “Obamacare,” made the familiar American concept of health insurance illegal in the United States and instead instituted a welfare program funded by insurance premiums.  Wei Lin | The Observer “Obamacare has made actual insurance illegal,” she said. “Insurance is … when a lot of people pay a small amount to a program, and then if catastrophe strikes, that will be paid for by the program.“Hopefully you will lose your premium, hopefully you will not have a catastrophe strike, and your premiums will go to pay for other peoples’ catastrophes. That is not Obamacare. Obamacare is a welfare program, and money is collected via insurance premiums.”Coulter said the policies written into the Affordable Care Act make it “the most regressive tax in history.”“It is mathematically impossible to have all insurance companies cover everyone else’s smoking cessation programs, marital counseling, gambling addiction therapy, aroma therapy, speech therapy, hearing therapy and have insurance companies cover people with very, very expensive medical problems and provide insurance to people who aren’t paying their own insurance premiums and also cover me if I get cancer,” she said.Coulter compared the Affordable Care Act to using car insurance to fund the United States Department of Defense.“It would be as if we funded the Defense Department through car insurance payments,” she said. “So every month your premium would be $20,000, and your car insurance wouldn’t pay for both collision and liability.“Either it would pay collision or liability, but it would buy car air fresheners for everyone. That’s Obamacare.”Coulter said the passage of the Affordable Care Act would be almost impossible to explain to someone unfamiliar with the law. She said it passed because the Democrats claimed a majority in the Senate.“If an alien landed and said, ‘Why did you people pass Obamacare?’ we’d have to explain ‘because the Democrats had 60 votes,’” she said. “That’s it. This major change to our health care was passed with one party saying, ‘Ha ha, we’ve got 60 votes.’“Never before has a major piece of legislation changing everyone’s life like this been passed on pure party-line votes without a single vote from the opposing party.”Coulter said the Affordable Care Act falls in line with the history of liberal political ideology, which she said leads to inefficiency.“The history of liberalism is replace things that work with things that sound good on paper,” she said. “So now our entire health care system is going to be run by the people who run the Department of Motor Vehicles.”Coulter said as public support for the Affordable Care Act has decreased, the only Democratic defense against criticism has been the lack of a Republican health care reform alternative. She offered her own solution based on free market competition.“I have a plan,” she said. “It’s a little something I’ve been working on. I like to call it free market capitalism. My thought is we force insurance companies to compete for our business by offering good plans at good prices.”Coulter cited the tax code, public education, the U.S. Postal Service and Social Security, among other examples, as economically inefficient results of government intervention.“Liberals can’t learn from what is right in front of them: Anything provided on the free market gets better and cheaper,” she said. “Anything provided by the government gets worse and more expensive.”Coulter also addressed the issue of gun control, particularly in light of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn., in Dec. 2013.“After Newtown, [Democrats] were all on their high horses … but then senate leader, Democrat Harry Reid, couldn’t even get enough Democrats to hold a vote on the so-called assault weapons ban,” she said.Coulter said liberals cite “bogus statistics” in an attempt to scare people away from guns, but she said she refuses to believe their arguments so long as liberals themselves continue to utilize “armed security,” such as bodyguards.“As soon as politicians and these media bigwigs give up their guns or their armed security, I’ll believe them when they tell me that guns aren’t helpful,” she said. “Until then, they’re like stockbrokers telling you to ‘buy, buy, buy,’ while they’re selling, selling, selling.“I think Americans know this. They know bald-faced hypocrisy when they see it.”Coulter said the issue of gun control highlights her belief that as people become more educated about a topic, the more conservative their views tend to be.“After all [the liberal] prancing around after Newtown … one year after the shooting in Newtown, support for gun control was the lowest it’s been in decades,” she said.“And this is a corollary of the Ann Coulter theorem that the more people know about a subject, the more conservative they are. What happened after Newtown is there was a lot of talk about gun control on TV, and people who had never given it any thought got to hear the facts, and support for gun control plummeted.”Coulter said she wished gun rights advocates would transfer their fervency into the immigration debate.“If only immigration patriots had the self-confidence of gun enthusiasts, I don’t think we’d have to keep going through this amnesty debate every year,” she said. “The pro-mass-immigration people have the entire Democratic caucus.“Recently, they have the media. They have many, many Republicans on their side. The only special interest group the amnesty people don’t have on their side are the American people.”Coulter said the concept of “anchor babies,” foreigners coming to the U.S. for the sole purpose of giving birth to their child on American soil, stems from faulty logic and violates the true purpose of the fourteenth amendment“The theory of anchor babies is ‘if I successfully break into your house, I get to own it. And if I don’t own it, then at least my kids do, but don’t punish the children, I told them we own the house,’’ she said.Coulter said a shift in thinking has caused Americans to view immigration in a skewed way.“It’s this weird idea that’s taken hold that it’s somehow unfair for America to skim the cream to get the best immigrants we can get,” she said. “I think we ought to be bringing in people who are better than us, not worse than us.“What is the point of bringing in people who instantly need the taxpayers’ help? We’re not talking about our native Americans here. We know we have to take care of them. Why are we bringing in people we have to help?”Coulter said the accusations of racism inherent in the immigration debate almost always misinterpret the issue, as immigration ultimately harms African Americans.“Whenever this talk of immigration comes up, it is just shut down with the natural invocation of the word racism,” she said. “Well, I agree, I think there’s a lot of racism in the immigration debate, but it’s all on the pro-amnesty side.“As has been shown in study after study after study, what our immigration policy does is bring in more than a million people a year, 90 percent from the third world, most of them low-skilled. And who does that hurt the most? It hurts low-skilled American workers … but most of all it hurts African Americans.”Coulter said the debate would be altered if immigrants brought high-skilled labor and were more competitive in the labor market.“I think if the immigrants we were bringing in were competing with senators, with journalists, with yuppies who need maids and nannies, we wouldn’t hear so much about compassion toward the rest of the world,” she said. “No, it hurts the most voiceless in our society.“It’s one thing to apply quotas to make up for the Democratic policies of Jim Crow. It’s another thing to have affirmative actions and quotas for people who have never set foot in this country. We owe you nothing. If you have grievances, go back and address the perpetrators.”Tags: Ann Coulter, College Republicans, Coulter, Lincoln Day Celebrationlast_img read more

Notre Dame fans travel to MetLife Stadium

first_imgThough it was a long road trip for a weekend, many Notre Dame students traveled to New Jersey to see the Irish defend their undefeated record against Syracuse on Saturday.The Irish continued their win streak with a 31-15 win against the Orange. During the game, Irish senior quarterback Everett Golson recorded 25 consecutive completions, which broke the University record and fell one short of tying the Football Bowl Subdivision record for most consecutive completions.Wei Lin Despite the new record, senior Andrew Winterstein said he thought the Irish didn’t play up to their potential.“I thought the defense played pretty well last night and held the Orange to a number of three-and-outs, even though they still gave up a number of deep balls,” he said. “At times the offense looked strong, but on the whole, there were a ton of turnovers, making for a sloppy game.”The game was played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey rather than at Syracuse’s stadium in New York. Sophomore Joey Ganyard said seeing the game at MetLife made the experience that much better.“MetLife was awesome,” he said. “I had never been to the stadium before. I was extremely impressed.”Ganyard said he and his friends braved an 11-hour drive to watch the game in person.“We stuffed a car full of people and road tripped out for the game,” he said. “It was a squeeze, but it added to the experience.”The distance from Notre Dame to the game didn’t stop fans from providing strong support for the Irish, sophomore Warren Kraemer said.“Notre Dame has a strong connection in the tri-state area, so it didn’t feel like an away game,” Kraemer said. “There was plenty of Irish green in the stadium to cheer against the Syracuse Orange.”The energy from Notre Dame fans even overpowered that of the home team, sophomore Zach Winterstein said.“Overall, the energy from the Notre Dame fans was incredible,” he said. “There is no doubt in my mind that there were more Notre Dame fans at the game than Syracuse fans, and that fact was made quite apparent whenever a Syracuse fan would try to start a chant and quickly get drowned out by louder Notre Dame chants.”Andrew Winterstein agreed that Notre Dame fans easily overpowered the energy shown by Syracuse fans at the game.“I could always hear ‘Let’s go Irish’ chants over anything Syracuse-related,” he said. “It was pretty clear that Syracuse didn’t even sell out their student section.”Despite the energy from the fans in New Jersey, there is truly no experience like seeing a football game at home, Ganyard said.“There was a good amount of energy from the fans [at MetLife Stadium], but not the same as Notre Dame Stadium,” he said. “It makes a big difference not having the student section there. It was really cool to be in a new environment for the game, but it wasn’t quite the same energy.”Overall, though, traveling to New Jersey to see the Irish play was worth it, Zach Winterstein said.“My overall experience this weekend was great,” he said. “I got to see my family, tailgate with my friends and see the Irish play. I can’t ask for much more than that.”Tags: completions, football, Golson, MetLife Stadium, New Jersey, Orange, record, Syracuselast_img read more

Saint Mary’s Hosts 42nd Annual Madrigal Dinners

first_imgSaint Mary’s traditional Christmas-themed madrigal dinners will transform the north lounge of Regina Hall into a medieval banquet hall for students and members of the community Dec. 5 to 7, director of special events Richard Baxter said. Now in its 42nd year, the weekend-long event provides an alternate mode of celebration and preparation during the Advent season, Baxter said.The Saint Mary’s Department of Music organizes and performs an array of Renaissance and madrigal-oriented music courtesy of the 21 members of the Saint Mary’s Women’s Choir and its director Nancy Menk, professor of music. Menk, who has conducted the madrigals for 31 years, said the dinners have changed over time in style but not in spirit.For the 40th anniversary of the madrigals two years ago, the  show’s script and song list changed, Menk said, though some traditional favorites remained.“Some of the music is really traditional, so we do it every year,” Menk said. “We always have a returning group of seniors every year, but we sort of have a basic group of repertoire.“I try to pick repertoire that is from the Renaissance or at least sounds like it’s from the Renaissance. I want all the pieces to be like Christmas, and there aren’t really a whole lot of madrigals that are about Christmas. We at least want to go with an image of earlier times.”The dinners attempt to recreate a medieval ball at Christmastime, complete with a toast and a real boar’s head, Baxter said.“They actually have a boar’s head that they parade around,” Baxter said. “They do it every year. They serve different courses. There are jugglers [and] depending on the weather, they juggle pins outside. There are dancers that perform medieval dance. By the end of the evening, hopefully [the audience] got a sense of what the evening’s about.”The dinners also feature a is a holiday feast that includes prime rib, roasted potatoes, glazed carrots, Waldorf salad, wassail and cheesecake with flaming cherries, Baxter said.Along with the food, Baxter said she believes the music makes the dinners special.“[The choir doesn’t] just stand and sing,” Baxter said. “They’ll move around the whole area. You won’t even recognize it when we finish it. It’s a big production. It’s far more focused and controlled. It’s not like being on the street, it’s more concentrated. It is like you’re time traveling.”Baxter said the madrigal dinners only work with the help of an entire team of people.“There are maybe probably 25 members of the choir and another 15 servers, so there’s probably 50 people back there making it work,” Baxter said. “We’re there making sure everything’s smooth.”Though preparing the same music every year may seem a little mundane, Menk said the constant change of students is what delights her most.“I love to watch them get excited about it,” Menk said. “By the time we do it, it’s fun. The atmosphere at the madrigal dinners is always so festive that it’s easy to see why so many continue to make this a part of their annual holiday celebrations.“At every performance, when I step into the hall and see the beautiful candlelit setting and the looks of anticipation on our patrons’ faces, I feel really proud of what we have offered to our community for 42 years.”Some of the event’s most popular features include the jugglers and the procession of the boar’s head, but everyone always enjoys something unique and different, Menk said.Since first taking over the production, Menk said she has readjusted and perfected the show for each year’s audiences.“Now we have a formula that works, we don’t even have a meeting beforehand,” she said. “The choreographer does her thing, and I do my own thing, and in the end it all comes together.”The madrigal dinners are Saint Mary’s way of reaching out to the community beyond campus during the Advent season, Menk said.“It’s sort of our gift to the community,” Menk said. “There are some companies in town that use it as their Christmas party. There’s people who come every year. I know a lot of our alumnae who were in it come back to see it. I think it’s worth the money.”“It’s the best way to really prepare yourself for Christmas,” Baxter said. “It slows you down. It puts you in the mind frame of others. It just helps you get away from all the awful noise you get [during the holidays].”Tags: christmas, Madrigal Dinner, nancy menk, Regina Hall, Renaissance, Richard Baxterlast_img read more

Observer elects next top editor

first_imgThe Observer General Board elected Associate Sports Editor Greg Hadley to the position of Editor-in-Chief for 2015-2016 on Wednesday.Hadley, a junior resident of Carroll Hall, is a double major in Political Science and American Studies with a minor in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy. The Rockville, Maryland, native has served as both Baraka Bouts and Bengal Bouts editor in 2013-2014 and covered the Notre Dame women’s basketball team and men’s lacrosse team during their Final Four runs last season.“This position is both an honor and an opportunity, and I am very grateful to have it,” Hadley said. “The Editorial Board this year has done tremendous work, and I’m really looking forward to building off all that they’ve accomplished.”Hadley has also covered Notre Dame women’s golf, men’s tennis, women’s soccer, cross country and track and field, and spent the past year helping to coordinate all of The Observer’s sports coverage.“Greg has become an absolutely indispensable member of the staff this year, and I know he will do a fantastic job leading The Observer in the coming year,” outgoing Editor-in-Chief Ann Marie Jakubowski said. “I can’t wait to see what he accomplishes with his great talent, passion and work ethic.”“We have a great group of people on staff, and I am confident that we will continue to be an outstanding news source for the rest of campus,” Hadley said. “I will continue to look for ways to improve and learn as much as I can.”Hadley will take on his new position March 1.Tags: Editor-in-Chieflast_img read more

Notre Dame unveils The Shirt 2015

first_imgMichael Yu Members of the Cheer Team perform of The Shirt unveiling on Sunday evening.Slightly before 6:57 p.m. Sunday evening, Notre Dame fans who gathered in front of Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore for The Shirt unveiling ceremony caught their first glimpse of The Shirt 2015. This year’s Shirt is green and features an image of two football helmets on the front and the words “Here come the Irish,” along with a picture of a running football player on the back.Former Indiana State Police Sgt. Tim McCarthy, who retired this year from his role giving safety tips at home football games, introduced the new design with his traditional catchphrase, “May I have your attention, please.”“May I have your attention, please,” he said. “This is Tim McCarthy for the Indiana State Police. Irish fans, today’s unveiling of The Shirt marks a Notre Dame tradition that is worn with great pride. The best part is, the more The Shirt is worn, the better it looks, and the better you look. And remember, today it’s a little bit chilly, but wearing this shirt makes you look hot.”In addition to McCarthy, several other prominent Notre Dame figures participated in the ceremony. Director of Media Productions for Fighting Irish Digital Media Jack Nolan emceed the event, and Notre Dame football public address announcer Mike Collins and former Irish starting quarterback Ron Powlus both spoke briefly before The Shirt was revealed.“There’s nothing that unites the University like The Shirt does on game day,” Powlus, current director of player development for the football team, said.Nolan added that The Shirt is “the largest selling piece of collegiate athletic apparel in the world.”Nolan said since its debut in 1990, The Shirt has raised over 8 million in proceeds, which each year are split between The Shirt Charity, student clubs and organizations and the Rector Fund.According to The Shirt’s website, this year marks the 26th year of The Shirt and the 27th Shirt — two Shirts were released the first year. This year’s design, created by a small team of students who were present onstage at the ceremony, has a similar fabric to last year’s Shirt.Accompanying the actual unveiling of The Shirt were a number of performances from campus groups, including the Glee Club, the a cappella group Harmonia, the Irish Dance team, the Juggling Club, Pom Squad, the Swing Club, AcoustiCafé performers, the bagpipe band and the marching band.The Glee Club, Harmonia and the two bands performed traditional game day songs together for the crowd to commemorate the unveiling.Also present at ceremony were several vendors from the South Bend community such as Let’s Spoon and Barnaby’s Pizza, both of which gave away free food samples. Among the more popular attractions at the event was a number of Coca-Cola machines, which custom-printed an individual’s name onto the side of 7.5-oz. Coke cans.The unveiling ceremony, which was part of the Notre Dame Day celebrations, was broadcast live on notredameday.nd.edu for those unable to attend the event.The Shirt will be available for purchase at the Notre Dame Bookstore for the coming football season.Tags: Notre Dame football, the shirt 2015, The Shirt Project, The Shirt unveilinglast_img read more

Panel analyzes impact of Brexit decision

first_imgPerhaps the most important geopolitical event of the summer happened completely outside the context of the United States’ presidential election, which has otherwise dominated news coverage. This event, dubbed Brexit, occurred on June 23, when the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union (EU).  The Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies hosted a panel Monday on Brexit, featuring four Notre Dame professors — associate professors of political science Sebastian Rosato, Emilia Justyna Powell and Andrew Gould and professor of finance Jeffrey Bergstrand. Rosie LoVoi Professor of finance Jeffery Bergstrand speaks on the financial significance of the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union at a panel hosted by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies.Rosato began the panel by discussing the importance of nationalism in contemporary European politics.“Nationalism in Britain [shown by the Brexit vote] is just an example of the fact that nationalism is back all over Europe and because of this, the European Union’s days are numbered,” Rosato said.Rosato said that this nationalism, coupled with a desire for increased sovereignty, prompted the British decision to leave the United Kingdom — a decision which he believes spells trouble for the EU’s long-term future.“Dissatisfaction with the EU is at an all-time high,” Rosato said. “Nationalism and a desire for sovereignty is back and all over. The number of leaders who are talking about holding referenda or re-negotiating, which means not more union but less union, is rising.”Powell then discussed reactions in Eastern and Central Europe to Brexit.“The member states to the east of Germany feel very uncertain about Brexit,” Powell said. “They are blocking any deals between the European Union and Britain that would try to delimit free movement and trading access, because many of the citizens from these countries live in the United Kingdom.”Powell said Poland especially was unhappy with Brexit.“Poland was quite upset with Britain leaving,” he said. “This is the case because Britain was one of the biggest allies of Poland in speaking out against ‘Brussels Federalism,’” referring to where the headquarters of the EU is located in Belgium.Bergstrand said the United Kingdom has always been somewhat independent from the rest of Europe, especially seen in its resistance to adopt the Euro. Bergstrand said he believes that this, accompanied by economic factors, helped to spurn Brexit.According to Bergstrand, the regions which voted in favor of leaving had characteristically low per capita income, a low standard of living, low education and a predominance of people who did not have a high school education.Bergstrand said he sees shades of what has happened in the United Kingdom in the increased populism of U.S. politics. Bergstrand said he believes that could lead to increased isolationism, which he sees as deeply troubling.“This is one of the most respected economies in the world going down a dark path, and we’ve had this isolationism going back to the Great Depression,” Bergstrand said. “Countries went back and forth raising tariffs and caused the great recession of the 1920s and early 30s to become the Great Depression.”Gould finished the panel by discussing why Prime Minister David Cameron decided to call the referendum, though he himself wanted the United Kingdom to remain in the EU.Gould said the influence of the Euro-skeptic United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) and internal dissent were major drivers of the Brexit vote.“Intra-party tensions and third-party threats are a major reason for a governing party to hold a referendum, even if the party leaders do not want to change policy,” Gould said. “He called for a referendum — Cameron did — to keep his party in power. He was attempting to control internal dissent and trying to keep the Europe issue out of the 2015 election campaign.”Cameron, who resigned in the wake of the Brexit vote, lost this fight, but the party, Gould said, succeeded as it was able to solidify its stance on Europe.Despite Britain’s departure from the EU, Gould believes the union may still survive.“The EU could be sustained by a more homogeneous group of 27,” Gould said. “Britain was always the exception. French and German cooperation will be the key link that holds the rest together.”Tags: Brexit, Britain, David Cameron, EU, European Unionlast_img read more

Hot, Humid Weather Expected This Week

first_imgPixabay Stock Image.JAMESTOWN — Heat and humidity will continue to build well into the upcoming week, with very limited chances for rain. For Sunday afternoon, warm and sunny conditions are likely with highs near 90. Dew points will remain relatively low.Tonight, mainly clear skies with lows dropping back in the lower-60’s. Much of the upcoming week will be hot, humid, and mainly dry. Temperatures will range from the upper-80’s to lower to mid-90’s for much of the week. The humidity levels will be on the rise as well, making it for a very uncomfortable week.Rain chances will be very limited as we may begin to enter into drought territory. A cold front moves in by next weekend, which may increase rain chances for much needed rain along with a bit less heat.WNYNewsNow is a proud Ambassador for the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation program. 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

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