Month: January 2021

first_imgLast year, Pangborn raised over $700 for South Bend’s S-O-S Rape Crisis Center with its Project Pink event, and rector Sr. Mary Donnelly was hopeful this year’s event would be even more successful. “Last year we raised a little over $700,” she said. “Hopefully we can hit that or beyond. At the rate funding is being cut, everything we can do helps.” The fourth annual Project Pink was held Friday at Legends. The commissioners of the event, sophomore Kathleen Kastenholz and senior Rebecca Palacios, said they have been planning the event since before Christmas. Palacios said the event has evolved since Pangborn adopted it four years ago. “It started as a vintage fashion show with a retro theme,” she said. “We wanted a more diverse selection of items, so we adopted a new theme.” The event raised money for the Center by having a silent auction to bid on articles of clothing in the fashion show, raffling items and selling Project Pink sunglasses and T-shirts. Many of the silent auction and raffle items were donated, including a gift certificate to local boutique Inspire Me and a pair of pink Crocs from Notre Dame Sports Marketing. In keeping with the retro theme of the fashion show, Kastenholz began shopping for pink clothes at consignment shops and vintage stores; some of the clothes were also donated. It was Kastenholz who also come up with this year’s tag line: “Pink isn’t just a color, it’s an attitude.” “I saw it on a sign and thought it was perfect,” she said. Project Pink used to also have an event where participants could donate their hair for making wigs, however, Pangborn has since teamed up with “The Bald and the Beautiful,” a campus wide event for cancer research. When planning the fashion show, Palacios was able to bring her experience from an internship in event planning. Both girls were also responsible for coordinating models and helping the girls put together outfits with the donated clothes. The models were all volunteers from Pangborn. “I was in the show last year and it was really fun and a really great cause, that’s why I applied for commissioner,” Kastenholz said. Both commissioners also were apart of planning prom fashion shows at their high schools and said that experience was helpful in planning Project Pink. “The Center has so many different services and they are all free of charge,” Kastenholz said. “The money we raised to be donated will be used where it can.” The event was not just about the fashion show — BlackMagic, a magic and comedy show featuring junior Eugene Staples and senior Eras Noel, performed, as well as Halftime, a campus a capella group.last_img read more

first_imgScott Malpass, vice president and chief investment officer at Notre Dame, was recently elected to the board of The Investment Fund for Foundations (TIFF), according to a University press release. The foundation’s goal is to enhance investment returns of U.S. non-profit organizations, the release stated. TIFF currently manages more than $9.5 billion for more than 750 endowed charities. TIFF Chief Investment Officer Richard Flannery said Malpass’s work at Notre Dame made him highly qualified for a position on the foundation’s board. “The Notre Dame Investment Office has a long and distinguished record as one of the premier endowment management organizations in the country,” Flannery said. “We are honored to have the leader of that office join our board. We are delighted that Scott answered our call to service and grateful to the University of Notre Dame for sharing him with us.” Malpass will serve on the board of directors of TIFF Advisory Services, Inc. (TAS), the regulated investment advisor that, along with its affiliates, administers investment vehicles bearing the TIFF name. Malpass, the University’s chief investment officer since 1989, manages the investment of the University’s endowment, working capital and pension and life income assets of $7 billion. Under Malpass’s leadership, that endowment has become the 14th largest in American higher education and the largest at a Catholic university. Through the work of the Investment Office, Notre Dame has experienced a 12.1 percent annualized return on the endowment pool, the release stated. The University has been recognized as an innovator in international, private capital and alternative investing. Also elected to the TIFF board were Ashvin Chhabra, chief investment officer for the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., and Sandra Robertson, chief investment officer and chief executive officer of Oxford University Endowment Management Ltd., in Oxford, U.K.last_img read more

first_imgStudent Senate debated the feasibility of streamlining student government by merging with the Council of Representatives (COR) at its meeting Wednesday. Oversight committee chair Ben Noe said the merger would make student government more effective by consolidating meetings and making the group more representative of the entire student body. “It would help cut down on the amount of necessary waste that goes into all the student government meetings,” Noe said. “It would also help those involved in COR who may not have a voice in the policy process. It would give them a voice and a vote.” Student body vice president Brett Rocheleau said the change would eliminate COR and add eight new voting members to Senate — the four class presidents, the off-campus president, the chair of the Student Union Board, the president of the Club Coordination Council and the Student Union treasurer. These extra voices would improve the dialogue at Student Senate meetings, student body president Pat McCormick said. “Wouldn’t it be cool to see if we could expand representativeness in the Senate to really get Senate to be more of a deliberative body, to include the class perspectives and other perspectives?” he said. McCormick said the committee chair updates, which typically occur during the first 20 minutes of Senate, would be eliminated from the meetings in order for the group to focus more on addressing student body issues. “There is going to be a little bit more clarity at meetings,” he said. “This will really be the time for us to discuss the issues of the day for the student body.” The fusion would also offer students, especially those living off campus, better representation in the policy branch of student government, McCormick said. “[Off-campus senator] Helen Costa represents 1500 students, while each other senator represents approximately 300,” McCormick said. “Even though we have the halls covered in Senate, we really don’t have off-campus students covered.” The additions of the off-campus president and the senior class president would ensure the needs of off-campus students receive greater attention. Keough senator Andrew Anderson questioned whether it would be fair to give voting powers to some of the suggested additional members, as a number of them are appointed rather than elected. While officers such as the Student Union treasurer are not elected, McCormick said they could still bring valuable viewpoints to Senate. “The idea would be that in having them here, they would be able to provide the perspectives of the other important branches of the Student Union,” he said. Rocheleau said that though representation is a concern, the merger is primarily aimed at improving effectiveness. “While representation is a question, it isn’t the main focus of the fusion,” he said. “The fusion is trying to be more effective and have better meetings than we currently have in the two separate meetings.” Walsh senator Elizabeth Owers, who also sits on COR, said the change would remove the great deal of overlap experienced by students who attend more than one meeting per week. “Anything that’s not discussed at COR, it’s discussed at Senate, then we get those updates at Hall Council too,” she said. “Plus if you’re sitting in three meetings a week, each one might not feel so important. But if you’re down to one, it makes it feel really important.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Leprechaun Legion announced Wednesday they have changed the football seating policy for next season, sparking a wide range of strong feelings from the student body. In an email to the student body, the Legion said football tickets will continue to be sorted by class, but they will be first-come first-serve within each class section. “We believe that this system will allow the most passionate fans to sit closest to the field, giving our team a louder, more intimidating home-field advantage,” the email stated. Many students, including junior Jack Gardner, expressed displeasure with the changes. Gardner began a petition on Facebook citing problems with the new method, including a sense of animosity and safety issues. “Confrontation is inevitable as students line up hours before games, attempt to reserve spots in line, “cut” one another in line, argue about proper order, etc.,” Gardner said in the petition. Gardner wrote that large numbers of students cramming onto the front bleachers would create a safety hazard and could also potentially damage the stadium. Freshman Jenn Jaeger agreed with the petition and Gardner’s proposal of returning to the traditional method of assigning seats to students. “I am also worried about sitting with my groups of friends since space will be hard to come by,” she said. Sophomore Michael Junkins said the new policy gives football games an even more unorganized and chaotic atmosphere than they already had. “It is complicating something very simple,” he said. Sophomore Meredith Vieira proposed an alternative solution. “Other schools have a system to give the most passionate fans the best seats based on attendance to other sport events,” she said. “This allows everyone to enjoy other game-day activities.” Sophomore Wyatt Smith cited the high cost of a season ticket booklet and said he felt reassured knowing he had an assigned seat that was his and no one else’s. “We are already paying a lot of money for these football tickets,” Smith said. “However, now you lose that sense of security, knowing that you had a unique seat.” While they are in the minority, some students agree with the new seating policy. Freshman Donald Dye said the method will actually produce a less chaotic environment, since many students did not follow the assigned seating policy anyway. “For those who really care about the game, they would end up in the front and away from those who are intoxicated,” he said. “Those who decide to tailgate will be forced to sit in the back, allowing those in the front to have a more enjoyable time.” Sophomore Keali Bjork said she understands why people are unhappy with the new policy and acknowledges there are potential problems, but she remains in favor of the change. “I go to the games for the social aspect, so it really does not matter where I sit, and people get to sit next to unfamiliar people every time and you can potentially meet a lot more people that way,” she said. “Die-hard fans will be able to get good seating no matter what.” In response to the argument that people will fight for undesignated seats, senior Tom Oliver said it will not change much within the student section. “People still argue even when there is assigned seating,” he said. Oliver said he has experienced female students arriving to the game during the third quarter and asking for their seats back, which frustrates him. After Gardner sent his petition and its signatures to the Legion and the Ticketing Office, he said he received responses from both organizations that indicate only a small chance of a policy reversal. “I do not think the policy is going to be changed,” he said. “Hopefully, the new system works out and we all have a blast next year, as usual, but if not, I hope the Legion, Ticketing Office and anyone else with influence over the student section make the decision to return to group seating for future [Notre Dame] classes.”last_img read more

first_imgSouth Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced in a press conference Thursday afternoon that he has been called to active duty with the U.S. Navy and will be deployed to Afghanistan next year. A report from ABC News said the mayor will be on active duty from Feb. 28, 2014, until Sept. 30, 2014. Buttigieg was commissioned as an officer in the US Navy Reserve in 2009 and holds the rank Lieutenant Junior Grade, the report stated. At the press conference, Buttigieg named City Controller Mark Neal as deputy mayor for the duration of his deployment. Indiana law (Indiana Code section 5-6-2) holds that a mayor called to active duty is not considered to have vacated his office and so can name a deputy mayor in his absence. The deputy mayor, then, is to perform the mayor’s duties during his deployment. “My primary responsibility and focus every day is to lead South Bend forward,” Buttigieg said at the press conference. “At the same time, as a military officer I have made a commitment to our country, and my orders require me to keep that promise by going to Afghanistan next year. I am ready to serve and perform duties I have been training to do for years, and then look forward to coming home to resume the extraordinarily fulfilling and important work of leading our city as mayor.” As City Controller, Neal’s responsibilities include overseeing the city’s fiscal management, human resources, information technology, purchasing insurance, labor negotiations, the budgeting process and performance management measures, the report said. U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly, a Notre Dame graduate, released a statement following the announcement, commending Buttigieg’s service. “There is no greater service than that of our men and women in uniform,” Donnelly said in the statement. “I thank Mayor Pete for his service thus far as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, and I wish him well as he uses his training to serve in Afghanistan next year. “In Indiana, we have a proud tradition of heeding the call to protect and defend our country, and I thank all Hoosiers who are currently or have previously been a member of our Armed Forces.”last_img read more

first_imgLawyers representing Notre Dame in its Affordable Care Act lawsuit filed a petition in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit seeking a rehearing in front of the whole court instead of a panel of three judges.The petition, submitted by attorney Matthew Kairis and filed Friday, argues that the panel’s Feb. 21 opinion denying the University an exemption contradicts Supreme Court precedent and legal standards.“The panel majority should have accepted Notre Dame’s honest and undisputed assertion that it has a religious objection to taking the actions necessary to comply with the ‘accommodation,’” the petition reads. “By refusing to accept that assertion, and instead engaging in a protracted quarrel with Notre Dame’s description of its own religious beliefs, the panel majority strayed well beyond the proper realm of legal inquiry.”Erin Rice | The Observer Paul Browne, Notre Dame’s vice president for public affairs and communications told The Observer on Monday that “at its core, this is a religious liberty issue.”Notre Dame’s lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services argues that the provision of the Affordable Care Act that orders health care plans to cover contraceptives violates its religious beliefs, even if the University isn’t paying for the coverage, according to a report in the South Bend Tribune. Last summer’s revisions to the law enable religious nonprofit organizations to shift the cost for contraceptives to the government or to a third-party health care administrator by submitting an opt-out form.  Notre Dame currently provides the coverage through Meritain Health.The appellate court’s February ruling upheld a decision by a U.S. district judge in South Bend that denied Notre Dame a preliminary injunction that would have allowed the University’s health care plan to refrain from covering contraceptives until the case is resolved, according to the Tribune.The petition states that the appeal is especially important because the panel majority’s “erroneous new legal standard … casts secular courts in the untenable and unconstitutional role of arbiters of religious doctrine.”The full text of the petition can be found online.Tags: HHS, HHS Mandate, lawsuit, religious libertylast_img read more

first_imgThe Indiana House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill to change state law to require private university police departments to disclose records related to arrests or incarcerations.The bill was approved by a 95-to-0 vote during last Thursday’s session. It will now move to the Indiana Senate for consideration.State Rep. Patrick Bauer (D-South Bend), co-author of the bill, said in a previous interview with The Observer that the purpose of the bill is to require university police departments to be more transparent with their public records. If passed, the bill would apply to Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP), the University’s private police force.In January 2015, ESPN filed a lawsuit against the University after NDSP refused to grant an ESPN reporter access to campus police records related to student-athletes. The case, ruled in Notre Dame’s favor by the St. Joseph Superior Court, was appealed to the Indiana Court of Appeals by ESPN. Oral arguments for the appeal are scheduled for Feb. 24, according to the South Bend Tribune.Bauer, a Notre Dame alumnus, said the bill is not a direct result of the ESPN lawsuit. Rather, he said the bill stems from concerns raised by Indiana citizens, including many Notre Dame graduates.Because the bill relates only to cases involving arrests and incarcerations, university police departments will still not be required to disclose the same range of records as public police departments.Bauer said the bill was crafted by bipartisan authors, with the help from the Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI). Although Bauer sits on the board of the ICI, he said there is no conflict of interest because his position is unpaid, according to the South Bend Tribune.Tags: independent colleges of indiana, Indiana House of Representatives, NDSP, Patrick Bauerlast_img read more

first_imgMichael Yu | The Observer A student reviews informational brochures provided by visiting companies at the Fall Career Expo. The Expo, held in the Joyce Center Fieldhouse, allowed students to meet and interact with prospective employers.Preparing for the event is a long process, Career Center director Hilary Flanagan said in an email.“Basically, as soon as one fair is over, we start planning for the next one,” Flanagan said. “While career fairs are just a small piece of our overall operation, they are extremely time-intensive and visible programs across campus.”Flanagan said the event is important step for students looking to network with companies, as well as to get information about them.“We … hope students will take the opportunity to learn more about the industries and organizations that interest them,” she said.The Career Center offered several tools for students to prepare before the event, such as listing the companies attending on Go Irish and offering resume reviews. During the event, recruiters who are Notre Dame alumni were given a ribbon to wear, allowing students to recognize recruiters who were also graduates.Freshman Charlie Maxwell said he thought chances were slim he would gain an internship from the career fair because he had just started his Notre Dame career, but he still saw a benefit in attending.“It’s still good to shake some hands and just get your name out there so people know who you are and that you’re coming up,” he said. “It’s a good networking opportunity, and a lot of big names are there.”Jaihee Choi, a sophomore double-majoring in economics and applied and computational mathematics and statistics (ACMS), enjoyed meeting the large number of Notre Dame alumni at the career fair.“It was really relatable,” she said. “It was really comfortable, so it made me proud to be at this school, to have so many options for alumni.”The Career Center hosted several other events this week before the Fall Career Expo, such as the Student Organization Reverse Fair, panels with companies and networking events. Flanagan said students who missed the career fair still have plenty of resources.“Students should keep in mind that the Fall Career Expo is just one of the many resources for students to use in their career development,” she said. “The Career Center has countless other resources and programs available throughout the year with some of these same and other industries and organizations represented.”Tags: Career Center, career fair, Fall Career Expo, Joyce Center Notre Dame’s annual Fall Career Expo was held Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Joyce Center. The event hosted over 270 companies, with 2,000 students attending.In a change from past years, the event, organized by the Career Center, only lasted one day. Additionally, the Backstage Pass Program, a chance for first-time fair attendees to arrive at the fair early to see the layout of the event and get tips from some employers, was reinstated.last_img read more

first_imgAiming at facilitating discussion on issues related to gender and race, the fourth biennial international Gender Studies Program Conference titled “Intersectional Inquiries and Collaborative Action: Gender and Race” is set to take place in McKenna Hall starting Thursday afternoon.Organized by faculty and students associated with the Gender Studies Program, the three-day event will feature a multitude of guest speakers, artists and activists from across the nation and world who specialize in a variety of disciplines.“The conference is bringing together some of the best and brightest people in intersectionality studies, but we are gathering not just to discuss research but also to strategize solutions for our world’s ongoing problems regarding race and gender,” Gender Studies Program director Mary Celeste Kearney said.The conference will consist of roundtables, creative presentations, papers, two plenary sessions and a keynote address, all of which will feature an array of perspectives on topics related to the conference’s theme: intersections of race and gender.“I think this conference may have more of an impact on our campus community than previous Gender Studies conferences, since it is not just focused on scholarship, but also art work and activism,” Kearney said. “The issues we’ll be discussing impact everyone, not just academics.”According to the conference program, some of the topics that will be addressed at the conference are pay equity, equitable representation in the media, asylum seekers, the Black Lives Matter movement, feminist teaching and learning in secondary schools, sexual violence across a continuum of institutional systems, and women in active combat roles and in the government.Students, faculty and staff can freely attend any session, but will not be given a name tag, program or food unless they register on-site for all three days.“We have over 60 Notre Dame faculty, staff [and] students registered for the conference, which is far more than normal for Gender Studies’ conferences,” Kearney said.The keynote address, titled “Sharpening Intersectionality’s Cutting Edge,” will be conducted by Professor Patricia Hill Collins, a professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park. According to Kearney, Collins is “one of the most respected scholars on intersectionality today.”As the only Notre Dame professor speaking at a plenary session, Atalia Omer, associate professor of religion, conflict, and peace studies in the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the sociology department, said she decided to participate in the conference because she is especially fascinated with the “intellectual insights of intersectionality” and how it has informed various social justice movements.“Intersectionality should be a central component of our discussions at the [Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies],” Omer said. “It has not been and so my own engagement with this academic and activist sets of discourses is motivated partly by this failure of peace studies to more centrally integrate feminist modes of analysis and scholarship.”Omer will be presenting on “Biopolitics and Borders: Intersectional Bodies and the Globalizing of Nation” through the perspective of a cultural sociologist of religion.Many other Notre Dame professors, as well as scholars from universities in South Africa, Canada, Texas, Colorado, Maryland and plenty of other locations across the United States will also be presenting at the conference.“It would be hard for me to compare this group of scholars to those who have come to other [Gender Studies] conferences, since the topics of each conference has been very different,” Kearney said. “But, given the conference theme, my guess is that we will have a far more racially diverse group than in previous years, and it’s likely that women of color will be in the majority.”Tags: Gender Studies, gender studies conference, intersectionality, Marylandlast_img read more

first_imgEvery spring semester, students at Saint Mary’s are encouraged to provide feedback about their professors from the previous semester through spring course evaluations. The purpose of the evaluations is for professors to receive feedback on their performance, with the aim of helping them grow professionally. However, Terri Russ, associate professor of communication studies, said gendered bias often presents itself in these evaluations. “I have studied this with colleagues at Notre Dame,” Russ said. “We’ve discovered that the further you are from the straight, white male norm, the more negative reviews you will receive.” Russ said she has had her own experiences with gendered bias in the courses she has taught. “I’m a feminist and I teach critical theory,” she said. “We talk about a lot of heavy subjects like oppression, racism and sexism. I also teach a rhetoric class. There is a lot of writing involved and I force students to look at both sides of the story. I’ve had students say that I’m mean because I don’t smile enough or that I’m unprofessional.” Russ added her experiences with gender biased evaluations are not limited to her own evaluations.“I have never met a female professor who didn’t have her appearance critiqued,” she said. “No matter what they wear, it’s wrong. You could wear a suit and it wouldn’t be right.”Bill Svelmoe, a history professor, said he has a very different experience. Svelmoe wears Hawaiian shirts to class and in the winter, and he often doesn’t wear shoes inside. Yet, he has never had a negative comment about his appearance. The comments on his appearance are often complimentary. In an email, Svelmoe said he often receives comments like, “He looks like Val Kilmer,” “His socks don’t always match his outfits,” “Love the Hawaiian shirts.” “I’ve never had a cruel comment,” he said. “Doesn’t mean they don’t exist. I’ve just never had one.”Bettina Spencer, associate professor of psychology and gender studies at the College, said she has done her own research on bias in these evaluations. “This is pretty well-documented across the country,” Spencer said. “ … The comments section gets very personal for women, while they’re kept vague for men. There are often complaints about things women can’t change like the sound of their voice.” Spencer said this trend is indicative of a double standard for male and female professors at the College.“Women are expected to always be both likable and competent,” she said. “For men, it’s enough that they be competent. Likability is just a bonus for male professors. It’s a cool extra thing, but it’s not necessary for men the way it is for women.” This double standard is especially visible in reviews of women of color, Spencer said.“If women of color aren’t seen as warm and friendly, they’ll be called rude and dismissive. However, if they’re too warm or friendly, they get called unprofessional,” Spencer said. “It’s a line between professional or friendly and it’s a line nobody can walk. You get dinged either way.” Spencer said non-tenured professors tend to take reviews more personally.“When you’re first starting off, it’s hard to know what’s bias and to discard, and what you should actually keep,” she said. “I try to focus on what’s actually about my class. I can’t change my voice and I’m going to wear what’s comfortable. However, I know that I’m privileged in that matter. I have tenure. It’s harder for junior faculty members to know which critiques are valid and which are a result of bias.” In terms of the effectiveness of student evaluations, Svelmoe and Russ agree evaluations can be helpful for professors. “I think what evaluations are better at measuring is simply, ‘Did students enjoy the class?’” Svelmoe said. “I think there is often a direct connection between ‘enjoyment’ of a class and real learning. It’s just that evaluations are less effective at measuring real learning, and more effective at measuring student enjoyment. Did students look forward to coming to class? Did they like the prof? Did they stay interested once class started? Those are important things to know, whether or not they directly correlate to student learning.”Russ emphasized the importance of continuous evaluation in order to keep students involved and to help prevent gendered evaluations. “When students give their final course evaluations, they’re anonymous,” she said. “It’s like online trolling. I think it’s important for professors to seek feedback throughout the course. That way, they still have time to correct the course if something doesn’t work.” Russ said she tries to give students information about the evaluation process. “I take some time to call out and talk about the evaluation process,” she said. “It’s important for students to know how [evaluations] can benefit students.” The most important thing for Russ is that students try to be civil in their evaluations. “Students should remember that professors are people and that we have feelings too,” she said.  Spencer said Saint Mary’s has been trying to combat gender bias in evaluations. “We redesigned the evaluations a few years ago to try and remove space for the biases,” Spencer said. “We want to make the evaluations more effective and less open ended. When the questions were open ended [comments] were just about the person, not the class.” Spencer said at Saint Mary’s, specifically, the bias is about the same as around the country — however, that can change over four years at the college.“There is so much sexism inherent with women in high-status positions,” Spencer said. “However, we have done studies and we know that by the fourth year, women at Saint Mary’s tend to have reduced gender stereotypes. There is a perspective shift over four years towards women leaders.”Tags: biased evaluations, gender bias, Saint Mary’s College, spring course evaluationslast_img read more