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Dunne Hall selects president, mascot, colors

first_imgThe Dunne Hall Sentinels have elected their new leaders, selecting sophomore Nicholas Wilt as president of the newest men’s dorm on campus from a four-ticket ballot.Wilt said the dorm is ready to make its first year a big one.“Our current goal is to bring the enthusiasm together by organizing all kinds of events in our hall,” he said. “We will continuously try out everything — from charity to sports — being active in this campus.”Wilt, a transfer from Knott Hall, said he wants to help build this brand new community from scratch. He said he saw this kind of enthusiasm in the newly arrived freshmen, too.“Every freshman was so excited in creating our new hall traditions, such as what we do prior to football games,” he said. “Our newest and most unique one is that everyone must go through the main gate instead of side gates. This way, people will greet familiar faces every day, and thus we will foster our sense of brotherhood.”Wilt will work closely with Dunne Hall Staff in the coming days to select the dorm’s commissioners. Assistant rectors (ARs) and resident assistants (RAs) had been temporarily functioning in those roles.“We want a strong percent of people getting involved in the GreeNDot program, so that everyone can go through this process together and everyone will feel protected by each other during this process,” Wilt said. “We want this community to be one that everyone feels welcomed and respected.”The torch is passed on to the newest members of Dunne Hall, rector Fr. Matt Kuczora said in an email. Major initiatives like signature events, service relationships and building hall traditions are beginning to process, forming their new community’s identity for years to come.Dunne Hall announced its colors, mascot and motto last week.The dorm’s new motto is “the competence to see and the courage to act,” a line selected from the Constitutions of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Their mascot is the Sentinel — fitting, as the dorm is located in the perfect position to watch over the east entrance to campus, Kuczora said.“This signifies our determination to recognize injustices in the world to make the world a better place,” he said. “They strive to become watchers for not only Notre Dame, but also for all the citizens on earth. They spirit is to watch for all the dangers as well as act when necessary to raise the alarm.”The residents of Dunne selected quad green, Hesburgh blue and Stonehenge gray as their colors.“Quad green reflects our brotherhood, as they enjoy cookouts and music on their lawn,” Kuczora said. “Hesburgh blue symbolizes the development of our mindset as our residents study in places like Hesburgh Library to gain ‘the competence to see,’ whereas the Stonehenge gray recalls the bravery of those who are memorialized in the Clarke Memorial Fountain, inspiring them to have ‘the courage to act.’”The colors are similar to the Seattle Seahawks’ uniforms, sophomore Tai Verbrugge, Dunne’s vice president, said.  But they also reflects the goal of becoming a part of the campus community.“We will never be ‘Dunne’ with building the dorm,” Verbrugge said. “No matter how good the facilities are, how hotel-like it is, we will always continue building the community and establishing Dunne as a relevant dorm in the bigger Notre Dame community.”And they’ve got big plans for how to do it, Wilt said.“Dunne is just getting started — but we are coming for … Hall of the Year,” he said.Tags: dunne hall, Fr. Matt Kuczora, residence hall, Sentinelslast_img read more

Chemical explosion occurs in Stinson-Remick Hall

first_imgA chemical explosion in Stinson-Remick Hall of Engineering caused the building to be evacuated for several hours starting around 9:45 a.m. Monday, according to an email from University spokesman Dennis Brown.According to the email, the “small” explosion occurred on the third floor of the building and splashed a staff member with an acidic solution. The staff member has been taken to a local hospital for observation, the email said.South Bend Hazardous Materials Response Unit arrived on campus to deal with the incident, the cause of which the email said the University is investigating. The building and surrounding area has since reopened.Tags: chemical explosion, evacuation, Stinson-Remick Hall of Engineeringlast_img read more

University announces Sister Norma Pimentel as 2018 Laetare Medal recipient

first_imgNotre Dame will award Sister Norma Pimentel — head of the Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley — the 2018 Laetare Medal, the University announced in a press release Sunday.Each year, Notre Dame awards the Laetare Medal to an American Catholic “whose genius has ennobled the arts and sciences, illustrated the ideals of the Church and enriched the heritage of humanity.”According to the release, both of Pimentel’s parents immigrated from Mexico to the United States and she spent much of her childhood traveling between the two countries. After completing her final vows and entering the Missionaries of Jesus, she worked closely with immigrants, who were often brought to the sisters’ convent.Pimentel said this experience shaped her understanding of her faith in concrete ways.“Scripture comes to life and our faith becomes flesh,” she said in the release. “It is not until you find yourself in front of the face of the immigrant child or mother that you will understand this. It is a moment of realizing we are all one human family.”Since 2008, Pimentel has directed charitable programs for the Diocese of Brownsville, Texas, including “emergency food and shelter, housing assistance, clinical counseling and pregnancy care to all four counties in the Rio Grande Valley.”University President Fr. John Jenkins said Pimentel has lived out the call to recognize Christ in the marginalized through her work with refugees and migrants.“Jesus said, ‘when I was a stranger, you invited me in.’ Sister Norma Pimentel has given her life to welcoming Christ in the immigrant and refugee,” Jenkins said in the release. “In awarding her the Laetare Medal, Notre Dame celebrates her witness of seeking and generously serving Christ in the most vulnerable.”Pimentel said in the release that she was grateful to receive the 2018 Laetare Medal.“I am truly honored to receive this award,” she said. “This year’s Laetare Medal brings forth the cries of the suffering for the world to hear. I would like to thank the University of Notre Dame for this recognition and for being a voice for immigrants in our midst.”Pimentel will be awarded the medal on May 20 at commencement.Tags: 2018 Commencement, Commencement 2018, Immigration, Laetare Medal, Sister Norma Pimentellast_img read more

Accepted SMC students to attend STEM Preview Weekend

first_imgOn Saturday, accepted first year students will come to Saint Mary’s to attend the third annual science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) weekend.In an email, assistant director of admissions Bekah Stanton described the event as one designed for incoming Belles interested in the sciences.“STEM Preview Weekend is an exclusive event for students admitted to the Class of 2024 who have an interest in science, technology, engineering, and / or math,” she said.Students will participate in a variety of activities led by student hosts and STEM faculty members.“During this overnight event, admitted students stay in the residence halls with current Saint Mary’s students, engage in hands-on activities giving them a taste of the academic disciplines and meet faculty from each department,” Stanton said. “It’s a great opportunity to get questions answered as students are making their final college decisions.”Chemistry professor and chair of the chemistry and physics department Dr. Christopher Dunlap said the science and math departments wanted to improve the recruitment process of STEM students.“The admissions does a great job trying to do recruitment. But in some ways, STEM students might be looking for something a little bit different when they are looking at colleges,” Dunlap said. “What we wanted to do was give them the opportunity to experience what it was like to be in the Science Hall.”Dunlap said the preview weekend is not unique to the College.“This is not necessarily a completely original idea. One of my colleagues, their child had experienced something like this at another institution, but it was just a single department,” Dunlap said. “We thought … we have this great organization, this great cooperation between all the STEM fields. And we thought we could do this.”The STEM departments purposefully planned the weekend to align with Presidents’ Day so students can stay on campus for a longer period of time.“It turns out that the best weekend was right before Presidents’ Day because so many of them are already coming. We said, ‘All right, we’ll do it Saturday afternoon into Sunday, and then those students that want to stay for the Senior Preview Day on Monday, they could just stay all the way through,’” Dunlap said.The activities include a welcome dinner Saturday followed by a STEM social and Trivia Night. On Sunday, the students will be able to participate in the planned STEM activities.“Sunday is sort of the meat and potatoes of the weekend,” Dunlap said. “There are two sessions where [the students] will get the opportunity to be in the laboratory or in doing other activities relatively related to STEM. We have a biology session; we have a chemistry session. Math and physics are combined this year, and we have an engineering session.”Dunlap sees many benefits to students who come to the event wanting to learn more about Saint Mary’s STEM offerings.“The cool thing about it is that they will get to see all the stuff that we do, maybe not at the same level as they’ll get when they get here,” he said. “But they’ll see the building, they’ll get to meet with students [and] they’ll get to talk with faculty in a variety of settings.”Dunlap said many of the students who attend the program will enter into STEM majors at the College. Those who do will have a bond with each other before the school year begins.“We have like an 80% conversion rate, so basically 80 to 90% of the students who come to this matriculate at the College the next year,” he said. “A somewhat unintended effect, but a great effect, is that the students who come to this have already sort of formed a community before they even come to College.”Students enjoy the weekend’s programming every year, Dunlap said. He hopes the STEM departments can continue to motivate students to major in STEM.“Our surveys that we give at the end have very often said that this is one of the reasons that they chose to come to Saint Mary’s,” he said. “I would say it’s a highly successful program in many ways, and we hope to be able to continue in the future.”Tags: saint mary’s, science, STEM Weekendlast_img read more

University announces 10-week winter session, Feb. 3 start date for spring semester

first_imgThe 2021 spring semester will begin Wednesday, Feb. 3 with classes ending Tuesday, May 11, University President Fr. John Jenkins announced in a Wednesday morning email. Reading days will occur May 12, 13 and 16 — Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday —  with final examinations May 14, 15 and 17 through 19 —  Friday, Saturday and Monday through Wednesday. Commencement weekend will be held May 22 and 23.Classes will not be held on Good Friday, April 2, and students will be offered ways to celebrate Easter on campus, the email said.Jenkins said the start date was pushed back due to concerns over the virus and its effects during the winter months.“The cold temperatures of winter will not allow us to use outdoor spaces as we have so far this fall, and the winter months are also the peak for seasonal flu in this region,” he said in the email. “Consequently, … we have decided to shift the dates for the second semester of the 2020-21 academic year to lessen our time on campus during these winter months.”The new schedule gives the University a 10-week break period.“We are calling this break the Winter Session of the 2021 spring semester and plan to offer a variety of opportunities to students from internships to group projects to virtual language tables to online courses,” Jenkins said. “You can expect to hear more about these opportunities in the weeks ahead from the Provost’s Office.”The email said research labs and library resources will remain open for use to faculty and graduate students.In addition, the fee for one online class will be waived for undergraduate students enrolled full-time for the spring semester.Jenkins said information regarding housing options during the winter will be available soon.“We are making plans and will soon share details regarding housing options for some students during portions of the Winter Session, including some international students, student-athletes and students for whom returning home will represent significant hardships,” Jenkins said.Tags: coronavirus, spring semester, University President Father John Jenkins, winter sessionlast_img read more

New York Gets Green Light To Test For COVID-19 Virus

first_imgShare: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) ALBANY — New York received approval Saturday to conduct its own tests for the COVID-19 virus, a move officials said will significantly speed up turnaround times for results as the outbreak spreads.Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the New York test has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and that testing will begin immediately at Wadsworth Lab near the state Capitol in Albany. New York City officials separately announced the FDA had approved their application to develop their own test and would soon begin COVID-19 tests in the city.“This approval will expedite wait time and improve New York’s ability to more effectively manage the coronavirus situation as it unfolds,” Cuomo said in a prepared release.There are no confirmed COVID-19 cases in New York state, though one person is under investigation in New York City. As state and city officials made their announcements, officials in Washington state said a person has died of COVID-19, the first such death in the United States. Since emerging in China in December, COVID-19 has sickened more than 85,000 people and killed more than 2,900 around the world.For more than month, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been running tests on samples taken from people in the U.S. suspected of being infected. The test takes four to six hours to run, once it’s in the lab. But the time needed to get a result can take longer the further it has to be shipped.The CDC developed a test kit that could be sent to state and big city public health labs, but most of the kits proved to be faulty, providing inconclusive results to test samples that should have tested positive.As state and big-city public health labs awaited a fix for faulty kits, New York City and the state sought permission this week to run their own version of the test.Mayor Bill de Blasio also said that the CDC has sent new kits that will allow the city to run the federal agency’s test locally.De Blasio said they will soon be able to get test results in hours, instead of days.It’s groundbreaking for state or city labs to try to get emergency approval for their own testing in such a situation, rather than simply getting an approved test via the CDC, said Scott Becker, the Association of Public Health Laboratories’ chief executive officer.“This will greatly enhance the city and state’s ability to test for potential cases of COVID-19 and to expand surveillance across the state,” Becker said in a prepared statement Saturday. MGN Imagelast_img read more

Local School Investigating Student Misconduct

first_imgPixabay Stock Image.MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua Lake Central School District is working with police to investigate a misconduct complaint at the school.In a post on the district’s website, the school says they received a complaint regarding misconduct by students and promptly began an investigation of that complaint.“The District has made a referral to local law enforcement to conduct the investigation, which has not yet concluded,” officials said in a statement. “The District takes all such allegations very seriously, and is awaiting the conclusions of the investigation.”Because this is a student matter, the District says they cannot comment further on the allegations. We are working to learn more about this story and will provide updates. 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

Philip Seymour Hoffman Died of a Concoction of Drugs

first_img Hoffman was last seen on Broadway in 2012 playing Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, a performance that took its toll on the acting legend. He died aged 46 years old, father of three children: Cooper, Tallulah and Willa. The New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled February 28 that Oscar winner and three-time Tony nominee Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an accidental overdose. According to the Wall Street Journal, the acting legend had several narcotics in his system, including heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines and amphetamine. Hoffman was found dead in his New York City apartment on February 2. The drugs found in his apartment included the anti-anxiety drug Hydroxyzine, the muscle relaxer Methocarbamol, the addiction medication Buprenorphine, the ADHD drug Vyvanse and blood pressure drug Clonidine. Only the muscle relaxer and blood pressure medications appeared to have been prescribed.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Dave Thomas Brown & Kristolyn Lloyd Join Heathers

first_img Under the direction of Andy Fickman, the cast of Heathers also includes Barrett Wilbert Weed, Elle McLemore, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Katie Ladner, Jon Eidson, Evan Todd, Tony winner Anthony Crivello, Dan Cooney, Dan Domenech, Michelle Duffy, Cait Fairbanks, Rachel Flynn, Molly Hager, Charissa Hogeland, AJ Meijer, Matthew Schatz, Dan Domenech and Dustin Sullivan. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 4, 2014 Based on the 1988 cult classic film, Heathers features music, lyrics and a book by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy. The tuner follows Veronica Sawyer, a high school outsider who suddenly finds herself part of a pack of the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio: Heather, Heather and Heather. Veronica rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark sexy stranger J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place—six feet under. Westerberg High has some new faces you better look out for. Dave Thomas Brown and Kristolyn Lloyd join the cast of the hit off-Broadway musical Heathers at New World Stages on June 9. Brown steps in as J.D., a role originated by Ryan McCartan, and Kristolyn Lloyd assumes the role of Heather Duke, replacing Alice Lee. View Commentscenter_img Brown’s stage credits include Spring Awakening and Shakespeare’s R&J. Lloyd originated the role of Heather Duke in Heathers: The Musical at The Hudson Theatre in Los Angeles. Additional theater credits include Witness Uganda, Hairspray and Rent. She plays the recurring part of Dayzee Leigh Forrester on CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful. Heathers: The Musical Related Showslast_img read more

I Believe in Unicorns Will Transfer to West End

first_img I Believe in Unicorns is set in a library full of books which contain more than stories within their pages. It is a tale of the power of books and the bravery of a young boy called Tomas. He loves playing in the mountains and hates reading and school but his world is turned upside down the day he meets the Unicorn and the Unicorn Lady in his local library. The interactive show is devised and produced by Wizard Presents, directed by Dani Parr, designed by Kate Bunce, with music and sound by Martin Thompson, lighting by Will Evans and projection by Arnim Freiss. Michael Morpurgo’s I Believe in Unicorns will transfer to London’s West End. The one-woman production, starring Danyah Miller, will play at the Vaudeville Theatre August 8 through August 31, following a National tour.center_img View Commentslast_img read more