Meal plan options expanded

first_imgStudents can now satisfy their burrito and frozen yogurt cravings with just a swipe of their ID cards. Chipotle on North Eddy Street and Let’s Spoon on Edison Road began accepting Domer Dollars at the beginning of the spring semester. Domer Dollars are money added to a student’s ID card so it functions as a debit account. “We received a letter from the University letting us know that that option was out there … and we jumped on it,” Holly Lederer, owner of Let’s Spoon, said. “Especially our location at Edison Road, most of our clientele is Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students, so we thought this would be something that would make it even more convenient for them.” Britney Barnett, general manager of the Chipotle location, said employees ring up Domer Dollar sales similarly to how they ring up credit and debit card sales, but the process involves a few more steps. Students sign their receipts the same way they do in credit and debit card transactions.  Let’s Spoon had to make only minimal changes to accept Domer Dollars, Lederer said. “We have a new card reader just for that program and we’ve had to make a few changes as far as our point of sales system, our computer system,” she said. “But really … it was pretty easy.” Accepting Domer Dollars has already benefited Chipotle, Barnett said. She said the restaurant’s sales totaled approximately $8,000 Monday, which is $3,000 more than it earns on an average Monday. “We already have a bunch of Notre Dame students who come in, but it has already brought in … more customers,” Barnett said. The Let’s Spoon at Edison Road is currently the brand’s only location accepting Domer Dollars, Lederer said. The new store in the University Park Mall in Mishawaka may implement Domer Dollars in the future, she said, but there is currently no official plan to do so. Lederer said it is unlikely the East Ireland Road location will accept Domer Dollars because it gets very little business from students. However, she said, overall that Let’s Spoon’s acceptance of Domer Dollars is positive. “We hope to bring more business,” Lederer said. “We’re really excited about it. We hope the convenience of it brings more people through the door.”last_img read more

Community to compete in slam poetry battle

first_imgNotre Dame students are celebrating National Poetry Month with the Wham, Bam, Poetry Slam! event tomorrow night at the Snite Museum of Art. The event is hosted by the Snite in conjunction with the Creative Writing Program, the Department of English, First Year Studies and the Department of Africana Studies. The poetry slam will take place tonight in the atrium of the Snite, with a reception at 5 p.m. and the slam from 6 to 7 p.m. Coleen Hoover, program coordinator for the Creative Writing Program, said the poetry slam is the first that has ever been performed on campus. “I don’t know why [a poetry slam] has never been done [here], I just know that it’s exciting,” Hoover said. Hoover said each participant has three minutes to perform his or her poem, which is judged by five selected members of the audience. The first place winner will receive $100, the second place winner will receive $50 and the third place winner will receive a signed copy of poet Marty McConnell’s book “Wine for a Shotgun.” Hoover said the slam has drawn 16 participants representing undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and staff from Notre Dame, as well as students from Saint Mary’s and members of the local community. Sophomore Marc Drake, who will be the undergraduate student emcee at the slam, said he is looking forward to the open atmosphere of the slam. “I’m very eager to see people express themselves in such a personal way. The subject matter of people’s poems often deals with pretty weighty topics that people aren’t prone to discuss on a daily basis, especially here,” Drake said. “I think it’ll be a great way for people to open up to their peers in an a very open environment.” Freshman Kelsey Collett, who is performing in the poetry slam, said despite her “mild stage fright,” she is looking forward to getting feedback from the audience. “One of the biggest challenges for me is just getting up and really confronting an audience with a poem that you feel really strongly about,” Collett said. “The biggest reward is when you get a good reaction or when someone comes up to you and says they really connected with what you wrote.” Peter Twal, who will serve as the graduate student emcee, is pursing his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University. He said he is most excited by the idea of the first poetry slam “starting something” on campus. “I know a lot of the undergraduates are interested in this sort of thing, and I think that’s incredible,” Twal said. “I hope this ends up being something that happens every year. It’s just one more way to promote the arts here at ND. “And who knows? Maybe seeing students work up the courage to get on stage and do this sort of thing will inspire others to compete next year.”  Sophomore Beth Spesia is a founding member of Spoken Word ND, which is  under consideration by the Student Activities Office for recognition during the 2013-2014 academic year. Spesia, who will be participating in the slam, said people respond to slam poetry because it is “a reflection of the human experience.” “Slam poetry is just an entertaining way for people to get together and share their stories,” Spesia said, “Scoring poems and making it a competition keeps the slam interesting.  But one of the main mottos of slam is ‘the points are not the point, the point is the poetry.’”   Contact Nicole McAlee at [email protected]last_img read more

Gift to support ND mental health services

first_imgA $10 million gift to Notre Dame from alumnus Mark Gallogly and his wife Lise Strickler will endow the Rev. James E. McDonald, C.S.C., Center for Student Well-Being and increase support for mental health concerns among students, according to a University press release Sept. 15.“The health of our students is an utmost priority, and the McDonald Center will enable us to more effectively and comprehensively support their mental and other health needs,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in the press release.The McDonald Center for Student Well-Being will focus on “prevention, intervention and education programs” and offer “assessment activities” for students on campus, the press release stated.“This extraordinary gift will significantly enhance our ability to cultivate a healthy campus community and serve students with mental health needs in a compassionate and integrated manner,” Erin Hoffmann Harding, vice president for student affairs, said in the press release.The Center’s name comes from Fr. James E. McDonald, the assistant provincial and steward for the U.S. province of the Congregation of Holy Cross, according to the press release. He formerly served as an associate vice president and counselor to Jenkins and rector of Saint George’s College in Santiago, Chile.“Mark and Lise’s generosity in naming this center after their friend, Fr. McDonald, models the lifelong connections that we hope our students will form at Notre Dame by caring for and supporting one another,” Hoffmann Harding said. “We are honored to have the center’s name reinforce how the charism of Holy Cross informs all of our student services.”Tags: Center for Student Well-Being, Erin Hoffmann Harding, Fr. John Jenkins, Mental health, student serviceslast_img read more

Student Union Board brings back concerts, increases programming

first_imgThe Quinn XCII concert was a successful re-establishment of a major SUB event, and the group is also putting on small events for students on a more consistent basis. SUB’s presence might not always be the most noticeable on campus, but it offers a variety of programs.Grade: A-Tags: 2017 Student Government Insider, Student Union Board, SUB, SUB Talks Though the Student Union Board (SUB) is mostly known for its concerts, the group also wants to provide students with more consistent smaller events this semester, executive director Jackson Herrfeldt said.“We at SUB are more than just a concert,” Herrfeldt, a senior, said. “I do think the concerts are successful … but we are here for the student body. Everything we do is directed towards the student body. So one of the things we wanted to focus on is finding the smaller low budget events where we just bring free food.”So far, these smaller events have included recent hot cocoa giveaways, cookie decorating and berry giveaways. A particularly well received event was Cuddles and Cocoa, Herrfeldt said.“We got some of the rectors’ dogs to come out for Cuddles and Cocoa,” he said. “To see people walk by and realize this was going on and get some free hot chocolate and pet a golden retriever puppy — it makes someone’s day, and that’s what we’re trying to focus on a little bit more.”One of the most successful SUB events so far this semester was the Quinn XCII concert, which Herrfeldt said received overwhelmingly positive feedback.“I think our biggest [event this] semester has been the concert that we held Friday night,” he said. “We had over 600 people show up and the maximum capacity was 629.”Senior Samantha Meehan, a director of programming, said the group is focused on bringing entertaining performances to campus in whatever form that may take.“The first few weeks of school we had [“Saturday Night Live” cast member] Melissa Villasenor come perform at [Washington] Hall, which was a really great event,” Meehan said. “We got a lot of people out there, and I think that show was a really great opportunity especially to show us go back to our roots, which is comedy. Next year, though, we’re looking at branching a little bit away from that and trying to do different things — whether that be mind-readers or magicians or hypnotists — and trying to bring different shows to campus that are [not] necessarily just comedy.”Senior Audrey Thellman, program director, said the group is thinking of new ways to expand events.“Services started out strong when we had Fall Mall — which was the event where you bring Bed Bath and Beyond and a Carpet Depot to campus for incoming first year students, and there is a huge crowd every time,” Thellman said. “… We adhered to students’ needs more, and we planned a poster event for the first week of school rather than just at Fall Mall.”SUB also hosted a fundraising turkey trot for Fighting Irish Fighting Hunger earlier this semester, and students still have the annual finals stress relievers event — where SUB brings food to campus from different vendors — to look forward to next week, Thellman said. She also said the new SUB Talks are a way to bring speakers on a variety of topics to campus.SUB designs the wide variety of events they host in the hopes that they will appeal to students of all interests in the student body.“[We try] to provide for other people who have different interests or targeted interests,” Thellman said. “The person who wants to go to Acousticafe may not be the same person who wants to see improv comedy, so you want to incorporate all parts.”last_img read more

Students participate in St. Margaret’s House annual Winter Walk

first_imgFor 25 years, St. Margaret’s House has served South Bend as a day center where women in the community can come and seek shelter and support. For 20 of those years, the house has held its annual Winter Walk, which leads participants through downtown South Bend to raise money for and awareness about its cause, Rebekah DeLine, director of the Office for Civic and Social Engagement, said in an email to the Saint Mary’s community.Students at Saint Mary’s were able to get involved in the Feb. 17 walk — St. Margaret’s largest event of the year — with the help of the Office for Civic and Social Engagement (OCSE) and Campus Ministry. Belles and other participants assembled at 2 p.m. and began their walk at 2:30 p.m. at the County City Building through South Bend’s downtown.The OCSE promotes engagement with the South Bend community as an important aspect of students’ time at Saint Mary’s. Now having some perspective on the event, DeLine said she was pleased with the Winter Walk’s turnout.“The St. Margaret’s House Winter Walk was two Sundays ago (Feb. 17), and I’m happy to say that we had great participation,” she said in an email interview.In gratitude for their efforts, DeLine said students who participated in the walk will be publicly recognized in the Student Center.“Each person that either joins our team or makes an online donation will be recognized by having their name written on a Converse Shoe [that] will be placed by our poster in the Student Center,” she said.Circle K, a student group which was among those that participated in the Winter Walk, held a brief informational meeting in Warner Conference Room on Wednesday. Circle K, which is distinct from OCSE and Campus Ministry, is affiliated with the local South Bend Kiwanis, an international nonprofit organization that does work to benefit children and their communities. Circle K is focused on “developing college and university students into responsible citizens and leaders with a lifelong commitment to serving the children of the world,” according to the group’s mission statement.Following the success of the St. Margaret’s Winter Walk, Circle K is now hosting a “Miss-A-Meal” event Thursday. DeLine said the event gives Saint Mary’s students the opportunity to donate a meal swipe and send the forgone money to St. Margaret’s House.“If students chose to ‘Miss-A-Meal,’ the money they would have spent on their meal will be donated to St. Margaret’s House,” she said.Tags: Circle K, Community Service, South Bend, St. Margaret’s House, Winter Walklast_img read more

The Observer elects Editor-in-Chief for 2020-2021 term

first_imgThe Observer General Board elected Assistant Managing Editor Maria Leontaras as Editor-in-Chief for the 2020-2021 term Tuesday.“Maria is one of the most committed and reliable reporters at The Observer,” current Editor-in-Chief Kelli Smith said. “She proves herself invaluable as a leader of this paper time and time again. There is no doubt in my mind she will only continue to lead this organization to new heights for the entire tri-campus community.” Maria Leontaras | The Observer The Observer General Board elected Maria Leontaras to be the Editor-in-Chief for the 2020-2021 term.A junior at Saint Mary’s, Leontaras resides in Le Mans Hall and is pursuing a student-designed major in Interactive Journalism with minors in mathematics and Journalism, Ethics and Democracy.“I couldn’t be more excited to have this opportunity to lead The Observer,” Leontaras said. “I’ve made so many great friends and memories throughout my time at the paper, and I can’t wait to help facilitate the same kind of experiences for staffers next year.“I will always be so thankful for the editors and staffers who came before me and set a great example for me and others to follow. I look forward to continuing the work the outgoing Editorial Board started and producing content that is representative of the tri-campus community.”A Northwest Indiana native, Leontaras began working in the Saint Mary’s News department in 2017 and rose to Assistant Managing Editor in spring of 2019.Leontaras will begin her term as Editor-in-Chief on March 1.Tags: Editor-in-Chief, Editorial Board, The Observerlast_img read more

Holy Cross valedictorian emphasizes community, resilience

first_imgCourtesy of Caleb Mishler Holy Cross senior Caleb Mishler is the valedictorian for the College’s class of 2020.At Holy Cross, Mishler majored in business with minors in marketing and communications. He also minored in computer science through the Northern Indiana Consortium for Education (NICE) program. He participated in student government, eventually serving as student body vice president his junior year, and was a resident assistant in Anselm Hall for two years. Mishler said the biggest thing he learned from his four years as a Saint is that learning goes far beyond the classroom. “School is not necessarily all about classwork,” he said. “It’s also about getting involved and trying to make a difference in your community. Holy Cross really drives that force of wanting to be involved in and create global citizens. So the more we get involved, I feel like it helps in the classroom, but, two, it helps you understand various perspectives and different opinions that maybe you might not understand at the time but become aware of more.”Mishler is currently searching for jobs, hoping to be employed in business systems in a community aspect, such as city government. Due to the ongoing pandemic, Holy Cross is intending to have an in-person graduation celebration in early September. Though commencement is still several months away, Mishler said he plans to focus his valedictory address on the concept of resilience and perseverance.“There’s been [a lot] to come up in the past few years that we’ve kind of grown from and grown together, and this senior class I feel like embodies that,” he said. “So even with this pandemic, I feel like when we come back together in the fall, it’s going to be a good representation of everything we’ve come through and just grown together as a unit.”His fondest memory of his time at Holy Cross, he said, was when Holy Cross student government got to present the flag at the Vanderbilt game in 2018. Along with fellow senior and student body president Dave Napierkowski, the two stood side-by-side Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s student government leaders as representatives of the tri-campus community. “The two of us got to stand down there with everyone and the flyover happened. They introduced us, and it was really cool because we’re decked out in the Holy Cross apparel,” he said. “All of our peers are there supporting us, and we got to just be a representative of Holy Cross and the tri-campus. It’s a moment that we still talk about and will not forget.”Mishler said if there was one message he could convey to the class of 2020, it would be one of gratitude. “Thank you for the support and just being there, being present, whether it was in athletics or student government or just seeing each other in the dining hall,” he said. “Don’t lose that passion or lose that focus of wanting to talk to each other and hear each other’s stories. Because I feel like that’s the most important thing we have.”Tags: Anselm Hall, Caleb Mishler, commencement 2020, Holy Cross College When senior Caleb Mishler found out he had been selected as the valedictorian for the Holy Cross class of 2020, he said the experience was nothing short of “surreal.” Though many students worked hard and were qualified, he said, the amount of support he received from the College community was unparalleled. “It’s a close-knit community,” he said. “So everyone’s always super excited for each other. There’s a whole ordeal of people congratulating me and being able to celebrate with family and friends.”Mishler is from Elkhart, Indiana, and grew up around 30 minutes from Holy Cross. Growing up watching Notre Dame football, he said being from the area was a big part of his decision to attend the College.“That was kind of one of the big things that drew me to Holy Cross, and then being able to have a big environment with a small classroom feel,” he said.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s BAVO, Title IX coordinator discuss new Title IX policies

first_imgIn May, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released new provisions to Title IX which hold educational institutions responsible for upholding anti-discrimination practices on the basis of gender.On Tuesday, Saint Mary’s Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) hosted a virtual discussion panel “What is Title IX and How Does it Affect Me?” in an effort to maintain transparency for students and staff of Title IX with its recent revisions. The event was facilitated by two BAVO student leaders, senior Elizabeth Day and junior Emily Karalus.Title IX was initially passed into law in 1972 with athletics in mind. As Saint Mary’s General Counsel Martha McCampbell explained, Title IX was intended to provide women with equal scholarship and playing opportunities as well as equal access to facilities like locker rooms. The law was later used in 1979 to sue a medical school on grounds of gender discrimination when a female applicant was denied admission. It was not until 1998, as McCampbell explained, that Title IX was used in sexual assault cases.In 2011, under President Barack Obama’s administration, a “Dear Colleague” Letter was addressed and sent to schools around the nation with guidelines pertaining to Title IX violations. McCampbell was concerned about the nonspecific language included in the letter.“So the Obama administration’s definition of sexual harassment of ‘unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature’ completely changed life on campus,” McCampbell said. “I will say that, from my perspective, that language –– ‘unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature’ –– was very ambiguous. The pushback on the Obama guidance was tremendous.”Saint Mary’s Title IX Coordinator Dr. James J. Gillespie explained DeVos’s recent changes.One of the main provisions of the anti-discrimination law is the new verbiage in Title IX that defines sexual harassment as “severe, pervasive and objectively offensive.” Other instances of sexual harassment not supported by this clause would potentially be subject instead to other disciplinary action by the College.The second main provision was the inclusion of cross-examination.“Both parties must be represented by an advisor; that person can, but does not have to be, a lawyer. It is the advisor who does the cross-examination, not the parties,” Gillespie explained. “At the request of one of the parties, it can be done in this format, where they’re all in the same place virtually but not in the same room. A person that has been personally victimized would not be forced to sit in the same room with the person accused of victimizing them.”Advisors would also be responsible for all questioning; neither party would be able to directly cross-examine the other.An additional clause of the Trump administration’s changes to the law include a possible Title IX exemption for religious institutions. As explained by McCampbell, Saint Mary’s followed Title IX protocol outlined by the Obama administration’s “Dear Colleague” letter and although it has a historic exemption to be a single-sex undergraduate institution, the religious exemption does not play into the reporting process.Gillespie and the Title IX Office updated Saint Mary’s policies with the recent provisions this past summer. He expects these policies, once completed, to be comprehensive for faculty and students as well as include both the campus’s confidential resources and external ones.“I just want to reinforce what Dr. Gillespie said, which was, we’re still here for people who have been victimized,” McCampbell said. “Just because is not covered by Title IX doesn’t make it okay. It’s still something that, as an institution, we will be addressing.”BAVO coordinator Liz Coulston elaborated on the current process of reporting an incident of sexual harassment or a Title IX violation.“I think it’s important to know that at any point in that process, students have the opportunity to stop,” Coulston said. “If they do file a formal complaint, and then it goes further and they decide that it’s too much for them and don’t want to continue, they don’t have to continue. So you do still have that power and you do still have that choice. No matter what you choose, the College is going to support you and we’re going to support you.”While the Title IX provisions will not explicitly change the way that BAVO advocates for victims on campus, the student-led group will work to provide transparency about the changes to reporting to students. BAVO student leader senior Elizabeth Day mentioned a new educational committee for the office that will incorporate Title IX and other information into the first-year common course.“We are trying to stay active on social media because we know that’s a good way to reach everyone and communicate details that might be missed or create a safe space to learn about that information,” Day said.At first, Day said she was upset to learn about the new changes to Title IX and their focus on cross-examination rather than helping victims. Although Saint Mary’s is rooted in the Catholic Church, she says that her experience with BAVO has helped her understand the institution’s commitment to helping survivors of harassment and assault. Tags: Betsy DeVos, Saint Mary’s College, Saint Mary’s Belles Against Violence Office, Title IXlast_img read more

Jamestown Man Charged In Ownbey Murder To Stand Trial In May

first_imgMAYVILLE – The Jamestown man accused of killing Dyllan Ownbey, 22, of Jamestown, will stand trial in Chautauqua County Court in May. A Chautauqua County Court clerk tells WNYNewsNow that jury selection for Tavion Turner is scheduled to start on May 5. Turner is facing two counts of second-degree murder because the allegation is that the killing was intentional and that it occurred during a felony.Authorities, however, haven’t provided specifics regarding the felony.Ownbey, of Jamestown, was stabbed to death on Nov. 28, 2017, after the Jamestown Police Department said he was involved in an altercation with another person on Willard Street at Peterson Street. Turner was indicted in May in Chautauqua County Court. He was remanded to Chautauqua County Jail on $1 million cash bail.Turner’s trial was originally scheduled for November, but was adjourned. Jason Schmidt will be representing Turner. Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson will be the prosecutor. 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

Great Scott! Back to the Future Musical Will Time Travel to the West End

first_img View Comments Back to the Future follows Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) as he is accidentally sent back in time from 1985 to 1955, where he helps his teenaged parents fall in love. After becoming intertwined in his parents’ high school romance, McFly nearly causes a massive rift in the space-time continuum that threatens his existence. He then enlists the help of Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown (Christopher Lloyd) to return to 1985. Synchronize your watches and jump into your DeLorean because Back to the Future is finally headed to the stage! Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale are working with Universal Stage Productions and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment to develop a previously reported stage musical version of their film Back to the Future. Directed by Jamie Lloyd, the production will debut in London’s West End on the 30th anniversary of the film’s release. Zemeckis, who co-wrote and directed the 1985 film, is reuniting with co-writer Gale to pen the book for the stage version. Composer Alan Silvestri, who scored many of Zemeckis’s films, including Forrest Gump and Cast Away, will co-author the score for the show with Grammy winner Glen Ballard (Ghost the Musical). The musical will also feature familiar songs, including “The Power of Love,” “Johnny B. Goode,” “Earth Angel” and “Mr. Sandman,” all of which are part of the original movie. “The production will include illusions, skateboarding and many other surprises that will capture the spirit of the film but freshly interpret it for a new audience,” Lloyd said in a statement. “Steven Spielberg once described the film as a musical and whilst we are incorporating some of the original, exhilarating score and songs, Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard’s witty, infectious and heartfelt new songs are the perfect springboard to tell this uplifting story anew.”last_img read more