Students shave their heads for a cure

first_imgWhen freshman Brigid Halloran first saw the ad for The Bald and the Beautiful, she decided to shave her head in support of cancer research — and never thought twice about it.“I lost a friend to cancer earlier this year. She was special to so many people and is missed dearly everyday,” Halloran said. “So when I saw the ad for The Bald and The Beautiful, I committed myself to shaving my head … It was a natural, very easy decision.”The Bald & the Beautiful: ND Fights Cancer is a campus-wide event hosted by the Class of 2012 and sponsored by Fiddler’s Hearth. The event began Wednesday and will run until the Blue-Gold Game Saturday, raising donations for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for Cancer Research.Last year, 140 men and women from the Notre Dame community participated in the event to raise $26,500 for childhood cancer research.Student body president Catherine Soler said she hope to raise $30,000 this year. “Currently, 90 people are signed up to shave their heads, but that’s not including the 25 walk-ins we had today and the 40 football players,” she said.Soler said three of the 90 signed up are women.Although many girls cringe at the thought of a head without hair to straighten or curl each day, Halloran knew her contribution to cancer research, as well as the opportunity to commemorate a dear friend, would make every last strand worth it.“I am not nervous at all! It is, after all, just hair,” she said. “Over 160,000 children are diagnosed with some form of cancer every year. Their cause is certainly more important than my ‘daily do.’”Former Irish defensive back Mike Anello has also taken the cause into his own hands, donating his hair and hours of time to creating a video blog at“I started doing [the blog] a month and a half to two months ago. I wanted to get a few episodes up first, so people could come to the site and watch more than one video,” Anello said.Anello rallied nearly 30 team members to shave their heads, as well as people across the country to donate to his cause.“It’s been cool seeing that the donations have been coming from across the country,” Anello said. “I’ve had 9,000 people come to the site in the last three weeks.”Irish football players Tom Burke, Raeshon McNeil, John Ryan and Sam Young, as well as women’s soccer players Courtney Rosen and Kelsey Lysander, joined Anello in a visit to the Pediatric Oncology ward of Memorial Hospital on Tuesday.Anello said the time spent with those children was extremely rewarding, and he hopes to visit them again.“It was amazing interacting with the kids. After what they’ve gone through, they still have a smile on their face,” Anello said.On Wednesday, Anello reached his personal goal of raising $5,000 for cancer research. He decided to set a new goal of raising $10,000 by Saturday, when the fundraising comes to a close at the Blue-Gold Game.  In addition to shaving heads, students can also contribute to the cause by donating eight inches of hair to make wigs for cancer patients, purchasing dinners from Fiddler’s Hearth in the LaFortune Ballroom or purchasing colored hair extensions.Twenty-five Welsh Family residents have signed up for hair extensions in support of sophomore Kelsey Thrasher, a cancer survivor.For some, donating hair at The Bald and the Beautiful is an emotional experience.The devastating effects of cancer have hit close to home for Halloran, so her experience with The Bald and the Beautiful thus far has been a personal one. Halloran said she is grateful for the overwhelming support friends, family and teachers have offered.“I have been extremely humbled by their giving hearts and caring spirits,” she said. “A renewed sense of hope has been the greatest blessing of this experience. It proves that greatness can come from the tragedy of my friend’s death.”The Bald and the Beautiful will continue today and tomorrow from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Sorin and Dooley rooms of LaFortune. For more information about the event, or to offer donations, visit https://sites. ndclass12/last_img read more

Campus chapels host Stations

first_imgSaint Mary’s Office of Campus Ministry began the Easter season with a campus-wide Stations of the Cross event Wednesday in the Sacred Heart Chapel of Holy Cross. This event was the first in a series of weekly Stations of the Cross devotions, which will occur in various locations across campus in the weeks leading up to Easter.Regina Wilson, director of Campus Ministry, said these days are the most important in the Liturgical Year.“Stations of the Cross is a centuries old devotion that Christians observe as a way to join their earthly journey of faith to the journey of Christ, particularly the final days of his life on earth,” she said.Kelly Gutrich, ministry assistant for residence life, said Saint Mary’s hosts three celebrations of the Stations of the Cross during the Lenten season. Other Lenten events at Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame include Easter Vespers, Paschal Vespers and Notre Dame’s campus-wide Stations of the Cross.“Celebrated every Wednesday night from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. is an intense service of prayers, themes and readings, in order to reflect before Easter,” Wilson said.Wilson said Stations of the Cross is a way for students to experience prayer. As a faith community, she said it is important to invite students into a way of prayer that helps them deepen their relationship with Christ and share their Lenten journey with one another.Office of Campus Ministry director Judith Fean said Stations of the Cross honors the life of Jesus.“It is a form of night prayer that celebrates the time where, in the earliest centuries of the Church, Christians in Jerusalem walked the path that Jesus walked as a way to show their devotion to Christ and to take up their own crosses of life,” she said.As part of this year’s celebration, Gutrich said a different campus chapel will celebrate Stations of the Cross each week. She said the locations of the events are available on bulletin boards and the Campus Ministry Facebook page.“Lenten events provide us with great community experiences as we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus,” she said.Each week, Wilson said Campus Ministry will incorporate a new theme. These themes include “Scriptural Stations,” “Eco Stations: Bearing the Cross of Christ during Climate Change,” “The Traditional Jerusalem Stations,” “No Greater Love” and “Solemn Stations of the Cross: Walking with the Women Followers of Jesus.”In offering different themes, the Office of Campus Ministry hopes to invite participants to participate in different forms of prayer and understand human struggles.In addition to the weekly Stations of the Cross at Saint Mary’s College, Wilson said there are opportunities to pray the “Way of the Cross” in parishes and communities all over the South Bend area.“One important devotion, I believe, for Saint Mary’s community is that the charismatic aspects of the Holy Cross is devotion to the cross,” Wilson said. “And so the ‘Way of the Cross’ becomes another way to remind ourselves of the call to cling to the cross of Christ.“Our only hope as a community of faith, who follow the ideals of Basil Moreau is ‘Ave Crux, Spes Unica [Hail the cross, our only hope],’ the very motto of Saint Mary’s College.”Tags: Stations of the Crosslast_img read more

Indiana AG sides with ESPN in appeal

first_img“A police officer is perhaps the quintessential public employee, cloaked in the authority of the State to investigate, detain, arrest, incarcerate, carry and discharge a firearm, and generally maintain the safety of the citizenry,” the brief stated. “The notion that a police department exercising these core state powers can be shielded from public scrutiny by dint of its affiliation with a private university is antithetical to the important policy interests underlying the Access to Public Records Act.”In a press release, Zoeller said his office supports the opinions handed down by Indiana Public Access Counselor Luke Britt, whose non-binding opinions said NDSP ought to release its records to the public.“The State takes the legal position that transparency is needed in the exercise of police power in order to maintain the public’s trust,” Zoeller said in the release. “Disclosing that a possible crime occurred and conveying basic pertinent information helps inform and protect the public and creates more transparency and accountability within the criminal justice system.”In October, ESPN reporter Paula Lavigne requested NDSP records, but was denied. In January, ESPN filed its initial lawsuit in St. Joseph Superior Court to obtain the records, and on April 20, a judge ruled in favor of Notre Dame. The Court of Appeals will rule on the case at a later date, according to the Attorney General’s press release.University spokesperson Dennis Brown declined to comment Tuesday. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is on ESPN’s side.In a 26-page amicus brief filed last Thursday, the state’s chief legal officer came out in support of ESPN in its appeal of an April St. Joseph Superior Court ruling that Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) is not subject to Indiana’s public records access law. Tags: Amicus brief, Attorney General, ESPN, ESPN lawsuit, Greg Zoeller, NDSP, public access, public recordslast_img read more

Students host discussion about catcalling

first_imgTwo members of Notre Dames, a female empowerment club, senior Alison Leddy and senior Bri Prusakowski, led a discussion about street harassment as part of Saint Mary’s Safety Week on Tuesday. Leddy posed the question of why men think they are invited to call out to women on the streets and why they are quick to defend themselves when they are called out on it.“I think a lot of the issue is it’s not welcomed,” junior Michelle Casado said. “You’re a stranger usually. I feel like that’s a big part of it. “ … If the woman isn’t welcoming it, you shouldn’t go for it. It’s regardless of the comment you’re making. If it’s not welcomed, there’s no consent.”Junior Emily Beaudoin said she does not understand what men get out of catcalling women. She said that women are not going to respond to a catcall by dating the man, so she does not know why they do it in the first place.Prusakowski responded by  y she thinks there isn’t an objective in street harassment, but rather a sense of entitlement.“It’s ‘You’re there, and I can say something, so I’m going to.’ I feel it’s almost automatic. This idea of entitlement or this need to comment on someone else. They don’t really have a plan beyond what they’re saying,” Prusakowski said. Leddy said she believes the goal of catcalling and street harassment is to start a conversation.“I feel like it’s framed in a way that there is a goal,” Leddy said. “That’s why I think people get away with it in a sense because they [think they’re] starting conversation. But conversations never start that way.”Casado said it’s a problem that in many cases, men do not realize that there is anything wrong with catcalling.“The idea that it’s normal to be able to objectify a woman like that is so bizarre,” she said. “Even if they personally don’t mean it, there’s still a huge issue in that they think it’s just normal and acceptable. Where is that coming from?”Prusakowski said a lot of the perpetrators are younger men and teenagers.“It’s so normalized and it’s so removed from analysis, that they don’t think about it,” she said. “They don’t see anything wrong with it because it’s just what everyone else does.”Leddy posed the question of how catcalling became normalized.Junior Lizzy Reid said she believes there is a group mentality behind catcalling.“A lot of times it’s a group of teenage. One of them will say something, and then all of a sudden, they’ll all start,” Reid said. “They feed off each other’s energy, and it becomes worse and worse. They think it’s all right so they all contribute to it.”Prusakowski said men see the women they harass as objects. She also noted that this is not a new phenomenon because older men do it, too, and other boys are going to grow up thinking this is the norm and will continue to perpetuate street harassment. Leddy said catcalling is about power dynamics. She said there is a power dynamic between the groups of boys and the individual girls they are catcalling, and there is also a dynamic between women. “We’re not only teaching guys to do that from a young age,” Leddy said. “ … We’re also teaching girls to accept it and live with it.”Tags: Notre Dames, Safety Week, saint mary’s, Talk it Out Tuesdaylast_img read more

Panel discusses best practices for ensuring labor rights in University supply chain

first_imgMembers of the Notre Dame community discussed how colleges and universities can set the standard for fair labor practices in a panel titled “From Sweatshops to Sweating Audits” in the Hesburgh and Joyce Dining Rooms of the Morris Inn Thursday.The panel was preceded by a presentation from Student Worker Participation Committee members senior Anna Scartz, Armani Porter (’18), junior Eleanor Wood and junior Emily Yeager, exploring the role of the committee at Notre Dame and sharing how other institutions can join in forming similar groups.The panel featured four speakers: Kevin Cassidy, director of the United States Office of the International Labor Organization; Notre Dame professor of business ethics Georges Enderle; Jason Roberts, CEO of consulting company Sumerra; and Miriam Rodriguez, an auditor with the Fair Labor Association.Both events were hosted by the Committee on Trademark Licensing and Human Rights, established in 2018 to ensure the ethical manufacture of Notre Dame-licensed products.The panelists began by sharing their recommendations for how universities can better promote labor rights from their suppliers. Roberts said he suggested schools approach companies on a united front.“[If] universities could have joint opinions or views on what is expected in their supply chain, it’s much easier for licensees and factories to meet those expectations,” he said. Former University director of licensing Mike Low — attending as an audience member — said even though most colleges have written policies protecting labor rights, the problem lies in their enforcement.“I think when we all got started in this process, everybody was quick to adopt the code of conduct,” he said. “So we had a code of conduct, but nobody enforced it, nobody knew how to enforce it. So I doubt there is a university in the United States that doesn’t have procurement regulations that say ‘No forced labor,’ etc., etc., but nobody is checking it, and it’s not good enough anymore. To have a policy in place, you have to do the work, and reward those that comply.”Roberts said colleges and universities ought to be in constant conversation about how to best push for labor rights.“What are the best practices other people use, what are the things that you’re doing that you see are successful?” he asked. “What are the downsides?”Enderle also said the University should take bigger steps to ensure ethical manufacturing. While he lauded Notre Dame’s concern for fair labor, Enderle said the University has a long way to go.“I think the project that we have started here is a very good beginning,” Enderle said. “But it’s really a beginning, no more.”While change is necessary on the political and corporate levels, Cassidy said he feels individual commitment to ethical products is also important.“This is something that you really have to do for yourself,” he said. “When you as a consumer [are] willing to step back and realize, ‘It’s my spending habits contributing more or hurting less.’”Tags: Committee on Trademark Licensing and Human Rights, fair labor, Higgins Labor Program, Student Worker Participation Committee, Worker Participation Committeelast_img read more

Prayer service promotes solidarity, raises awareness for immigrants

first_imgThe Student Coalition for Immigration Advocacy, or SCIA, hosted a prayer vigil Tuesday afternoon as the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that will decide the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA allows people illegally brought to the United States as children to remain in the country for two years at a time on a renewable basis. The Supreme Court will determine whether or not President Donald Trump’s move to end the program in 2017 is constitutional.SCIA president María Sierra Cáceres described the vigil as an opportunity for the campus community to show solidarity and for DACA and undocumented students to reflect and see they are supported. After the 2016 election, Sierra Cáceres said, SCIA shifted its focus from education about the issue to promoting dialogue and creating a community of trust on campus.“We needed to switch gears and say, ‘How can we provide events that bridge … such a polarizing issue, how can we get people to come to our events and talk about this?’ and then just creating safe spaces [for dialogue] as well,” Sierra Cáceres said.The vigil began with a prayer led by SCIA members that emphasized the Christian values inherent in welcoming migrants, from generosity to protecting the vulnerable and recognizing their humanity. The vigil continued with a reading from Malachi that again emphasized the duty of hospitality toward foreigners and the vulnerable. Fr. Steve Newton, a campus minister at Saint Mary’s, spoke of his experience at the Catholic Day of Prayer for children detained at the southern border this summer in Washington, D.C., where he was arrested alongside 69 others for protesting in a congressional office building.“The most exciting thing that happened to me this summer, and the most meaningful, was I got arrested,” Newton said. “It was great.”Soon after being elected to the leadership team of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests, Newton drove to Washington, D.C. to participate in the demonstration. The day began with a prayer service of about 300 people outside the Russell Senate Office Building, 70 of whom then moved into the rotunda of the building. “Five at a time lay down in the rotunda in the form of a cross,” Newton said. “The idea was that as they were arrested, then five others would take their place, but we never got that far because they arrested us very quickly. The ratio of Capitol police to individual was one-to-one.”Newton and his fellow demonstrators were handcuffed and driven to a holding area, where they received minor misdemeanors on their record. As each person finished the process and left the building, Newton said, the remainder cheered.“It was a great sense of community,” Newton said. “It was a wonderful group of people who were committed to trying to change what’s going on at the border. It was a symbolic act more than anything else; it didn’t really threaten us in any way.”Newton reiterated that welcoming and protecting are Christian duties and denounced the negative rhetoric around immigration as destructive. He praised the recent election of Archbishop José H. Gómez to the presidency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and his prioritization of immigration issues.“They are not, you are not criminals, you are not rapists or troublemakers,” Newton said. “For the Church to take immigration on as the primary issue of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is so consistent with everything that Jesus had to preach about making all one, that we are all one body and one blood, that there are no differences whether we’re male or female, Greek or Roman, Catholic or areligious, whatever we might be, we are one in one body and one blood and we are obligated to welcome the stranger. … Whatever we do affects the body of Christ. And if we don’t welcome the stranger we are destroying the body of Christ.”Newton pointed to the press coverage of the Catholic Day of Prayer as evidence of the power of raising awareness and called on students not to allow an issue that affects the lives of hundreds of thousands of people to slip into the background. Newton reminded attendees of the importance of diversity to the American identity.“The notion of keeping America for Americans as defined by the alt right will destroy this country,” Newton said. “It will destroy us as a people. It will destroy us as people of faith if we don’t respond as strongly as we can with whatever means we have.” Newton ended his sermon urging attendees to take action by calling senators, having honest conversations and praying in solidarity. Students held lit candles through the rest of the prayers and a psalm that shared Newton’s emphasis on the power of truth and love to create change.“There’s so much that people don’t know and they react out of fear and ignorance,” Newton said. “Fear and ignorance cannot remain our trademark. Courage, hope, and of course, above all things, love.”Tags: DACA, Student Coalition for Immigration Advocacylast_img read more

37 New COVID-19 Cases Reported Thursday, Many Tied To SUNY Fredonia

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) WNY News Now / MGN Stock Image.MAYVILLE – Thirty-seven new cases of COVID-19 was reported Thursday in Chautauqua County, with more than half connected to an outbreak at SUNY Fredonia.The County Health Department reports 23 of the 37 new cases are students at the university. Since the college reopened, 45 students total have tested positive for the virus.Among the new cases are three people under the age of 18, two young adult men and four young adult women, nine men and nine women in their 20s, two men in the 30s, two men and three women in their 40s, a man in his 60s and a man and woman in their 70s.There is now a total of 166 cases active, with 479 total. Since the outbreak began, 303 people have recovered from COVID-19 in the county, with 10 virus related deaths reported. Five people remain hospitalized in the county with COVID-19.More than 650 are under the domestic traveler quarantine for having arrived to Chautauqua County from a state listed on the New York State travel advisory list and 585 are under general quarantine orders because they have either shown symptoms, are awaiting results, or have risk factors.Chautauqua County leaders are scheduled to hold a COVID-19 press conference update Friday at 1 p.m. Viewers can watch the conference live on WNYNewsNew’s 24/7 streaming network:, our mobile app or Facebook page.last_img read more

Cuomo: Counties, Cities Can Issue Mask Mandates For Area Schools

first_img4Wyoming31.61% 49New Hampshire1.50% 31Oregon6.41% 41California3.21% 50New York1.39% (Photo by Stephen B. Morton)ALBANY – After receiving a request from a county executive downstate, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says county and city governments will be allowed to issue mask mandates for students in area schools.Cuomo made the announcement during a COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday.Along with this announcement, the governor shared the latest numbers as the pandemic continues.Fifteen New Yorkers died on Tuesday. As of that day, 1,085 people were hospitalized and 236 of them were receiving intensive care. Right now, New York has the second-lowest COVID-19 positivity rate in the U.S., only behind Maine. On the other hand, our neighbor to the south has a much higher rate. Cuomo says Pennsylvania’s positivity rate is 12%.Johns Hopkins University State Positivity Chart: 34Ohio5.64% 29Colorado6.60% 9Kansas20.73% 8Nebraska21.78% 27North Carolina6.91% 30Illinois6.57% 10Nevada18.91% 2South Dakota43.44% 45Vermont2.39% 51Maine0.77% 26Delaware7.44% 24Alaska7.66% 40New Jersey3.66% 35Michigan5.31% 15Arkansas10.11% 19Missouri9.23% 43Maryland2.64% 22New Mexico8.30% 16Tennessee9.61% 23Indiana7.84% 3Idaho34.81% 25Georgia7.44% 37Louisiana4.64% 28Minnesota6.86% 12Montana14.47% 17Arizona9.29% 11Utah18.17% 14North Dakota10.90% 33South Carolina5.66% 38West Virginia4.21% 21Kentucky8.83% 36Florida4.96% 7Alabama25.17% 5Wisconsin27.96% The majority of the U.S. is listed on New York’s travel advisory, which requires state residents to quarantine when returning from states with a high infection rate.The governor reminded residents that the advisory is not a ban on travel. 6Iowa26.36% 48Massachusetts1.59% 32Virginia5.82% 1Mississippi100%* 44Connecticut2.51% 18Texas9.29% 46Hawaii2.23% RankStatePositivity 20Oklahoma9.09% 39Washington3.77% 42Rhode Island3.03% 13Pennsylvania12.07% 47District of Columbia1.60% 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),From this same press conference on Wednesday, NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo joked about a young US citizen DYING of COVID-19.Cuomo thought it was so funny he laughed at it again when he was leaving the room, “And now he’s dead!” HaHaHaHa….. & …… “you can’t find that video anymore” …… HaHaHaHa…Not once, but TWICE!!! Everyone on the stage also LAUGHED, look at their faces……There is video…. The truth is out therelast_img read more

NYS Changes COVID-19 Quarantine Time, Matching New CDC Recommendations

first_imgPexels Image.ALBANY – New York State has updated its quarantine guidelines to reflect new CDC’s recommendations.Instead of 14 days, Governor Andrew Cuomo says people can now end their time in quarantine after 10 days as long as no symptoms of COVID-19 are reported. A test after 10 days is not required for someone to end their quarantine.After the quarantine, he says people still must monitor themselves for symptoms through Day 14. If any develop, they are being told to contact their healthcare provider or local health department.“While the holidays have always been synonymous with socialization, the data shows vast majority of new cases are stemming from private gatherings,” Cuomo says. “I understand not being able to join together with loved ones makes an already trying year, more difficult, but it also means we control our own destiny. The latest COVID-19 positivity rate across the state is 7.14 percent. 7,814 people were hospitalized because of the virus, as of Monday. 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

Frozen Aims to Cast a Spell on B’way in 2017 with New Songs!

first_imgWanna build a snowman on the Great White Way? We’ll have to wait until 2017! According to The Daily Mail, Disney Theatrical is on track to bring Elsa and company to Broadway at some point that year. Under the direction of Alex Timbers the show will include new songs along with those you may have heard once or twice before. Among the Broadway-friendly voices featured in the film are If/Then supernova Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad and Kristen Bell. View Comments Timbers received a Tony nomination for directing Peter and the Starcatcher, as well as for the book of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (which he also directed). His additional directing credits on the Great White Way include The Pee-Wee Herman Show and, most recently, Rocky. Most recently, he has helmed Here Lies Love off-Broadway and in London. He is also a co-creator and co-writer of the music-themed Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle. “As has already been announced, Disney Theatrical is working on a stage adaptation of the animated film Frozen,” said Thomas Schumacher, President and Producer Disney Theatrical Productions, in a statement. “It will come as no surprise that the EGOT-winning Broadway veteran Robert Lopez and the Oscar and Grammy winning Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who wrote the indelible songs for the film, will be working on the show and that Oscar winner Jennifer Lee, co-director and screenwriter of the film, will be working on the book of the stage version. No other staffing or dates have been announced.”last_img read more