Group discusses overcrowding

first_imgStudent body president Brett Rocheleau reviewed meetings this week between student government, community leaders and administrators during Wednesday’s gathering of the Student Senate. He also looked ahead to his administration’s goals for its upcoming meeting with the Board of Trustees. Last Thursday, Rocheleau met with Director of Academic Affairs Max Brown to talk about issues within academics. “We met with the provost and talked over issues and looked ahead at what’s to come in the future,” Rocheleau said. Friday morning, Rocheleau and chief of staff Katie Baker attended the South Bend Community Summit.   “The main topic this time was the perceptions held by Notre Dame students about South Bend residents and vice versa,” Baker said.  “The idea is for students to get more involved in the community because a lot of the time the residents just see Friday night shenanigans going on. We are trying to show them a more positive image.” Rocheleau said the summit was successful. “Basically the summit was for community leaders, police force, and students,” Rocheleau said  “We met and talked through different events and collaboration ideas. I thought it went very wel .” Also on Friday, Rocheleau met with the Office of Student affairs about the current proposals for a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA).   “It went really well,” Rocheleau said. “They’re definitely going through a lengthy process. They’ve done a lot of research for benchmark activities. They are planning to make an announcement at the end of the semester so that’s something to look forward to.” After completing this overview of their weekend meetings, Senate looked ahead to a student government presentation before the Board of Trustees. Student body vice president Katie Rose went through an outline ofnwhat this will entail. “We will start by showing what the student body looks like statistics-wise and infrastructure,” Rose said. “So we have 29 dorms – two new buildings opened to relieve overcrowding, but we are back to being overcrowded.” Rose said the presentation will include an analysis of the residence hall system versus off-campus living. “We’ll talk about why people love living on campus and why our residence life system is so remarkable and unique,” she said. “We also have to address why students are moving off campus, which we discussed last week. We will conclude with recommendations for the future, some being more student facilities or possibly new dorm buildings.”   Rocheleau said overcrowding is a result of admitting more students. “We have about 8,400 students when our goal is usually 8,000,” Rocheleau said. “We’ve been admitting more and more per class, so more beds are being taken up in dorms. Even if we build new dorms, the same thing will happen again. We just opened two new dorms and overcrowding still happened.. McGlinn Hall senator Ali Wellman asked if reducing admissions would fix the problem. “Notre Dame admits a certain amount of students anticipating that some students will decline their offer,” Baker said.  “More and more people have been accepting the offer lately which is why the class sizes have been over the normal amount.” Carroll Hall senator Matthew O’Brien brought up a good suggestion that would open up more beds. “Would they change the rule that athletes have to live on campus? I know a lot of athletes who have rooms in dorms but don’t actually live there,” O’Brien said.  “That’s a good 100 beds that aren’t being used.” After concluding their discussion of overcrowding in residence halls, the senators addressed a resolutionoabout a new campus ministry council, introduced by campus ministry representative and senior Ellen Carroll “There is a new campus ministry leader this year, so we’re changing the model to make it really driven by the students,” Carroll said. “We want student-generated ideas to share with the administration so they can work with each other.” To bring those ideas before the administration, Carroll said a new body called the Campus Ministry Advisory Council will include 12 to 15 students. “They will meet with campus ministry administrators and talk about topics brought up from both sides,” she said. Carroll said she hopes for a wide range of students to participate in this council, not just “campus ministry regulars..   “We want to be able to better meet the needs of the entire student body,” Carroll said. “The resolution says we have this new position to facilitate communication between student government and campus ministry. The campus ministry representative will be someone from the advisory council, once it is created.” Senate voted unanimously in favor of this resolution.last_img read more

AIM class provides hands-on experience

first_imgNotre Dame’s Applied Investment Management course (AIM) is true to its name: It allows students to directly apply their knowledge of equity evaluation and research through the management of a live portfolio of University funds. The handpicked students in the class, comprised of undergraduate seniors in the fall and MBA students in the spring, manage approximately $6 million of the University’s endowment fund through the buying and selling of stocks. Executive-in-Residence Jerry Langley, one of the faculty members that oversee AIM, said Notre Dame created the course in 1995 with the intent of teaching students how to evaluate U.S. stocks and manage a live portfolio. “[The University] felt the students should have a hands-on experience learning equity evaluation, and it means a lot more when it’s real money, not play money,” he said. “We’ve put additional money into the fund since, and the fund has done quite well.” Before each semester, the approximately 25 students each choose a stock from the portfolio out of a hat. The students then present six reports on the stock over the first half of the semester, including an overview of what the company does, an analysis of the industry and an earnings forecast. “They wind up doing an intrinsic evaluation, saying this is what we believe the stock is worth intrinsically, compared with the stock exchange,” Langley said. “And then they say buy or sell.” After that process ends right before fall or spring break, students choose their own stocks to research for the second half of the course, and they repeat the process. At the end of the semester, the students make a decision about the stocks in the portfolio. “This semester they were left with 54 stocks to vote on,” Langley said. “They sold a few of the ones we held and bought some new ones, and they left 25 stocks in the portfolio for the spring.” Senior Alex Vander Linde, a student in this semester’s AIM class, said he particularly enjoyed seeing that $250,000 of the endowment fund was spent to buy a stock that he personally had recommended. “It is really refreshing being in a class with direct practical application, instead of learning about theoretical concepts,” he said. “And knowing that you and your peers are in charge of a large amount of money serves as a great motivation to do your homework.” While the course’s six credit hours commanded the most effort he has put toward a class, Vander Linde said the benefits he has reaped from AIM far outweigh the workload. “After graduation I plan to work in investment banking where financial analysis is performed on a daily basis,” he said. “The skills I learned in this class will prove helpful, but even more importantly, learning how other people look at companies and think about stocks has given me a perspective I never imagined when enrolling in this class.” Langley said the brightness of the students stands out as the main reason he enjoys teaching AIM. In order to register for the course, students must submit a resume, a grade transcript and a statement on why they would like to be in the class. “Because it’s handpicked, we get typically the top students applying for the class,” Langley said. “The class is very well known on Wall Street and in the financial services industry. The students who get in are highly desirable so I get to work with the best and the brightest.” Senior AIM student Sam Beres agreed the hardworking nature of the students in the class provided a unique learning opportunity. “The students in AIM really made it what it was,” he said. “A lot of what I learned actually came from them.” Beres said he chose to apply for AIM because of its prestigious reputation as a demanding yet extremely rewarding finance class. “I was told it was the best hands-on investing experience you could receive here at Notre Dame as a finance student,” he said. “Also, having the opportunity to manage a small portion of the University’s own money and network with top finance professionals across the nation was really too good to pass up.” AIM students are given several opportunities to network with investment professionals, Langley said. Alumni who work in the field often spoke to this semester’s class on the Fridays before football games. Additionally, the AIM class traveled to Chicago and New York to meet with investment professionals and gain exposure to different forms of investment. “Talking to successful professionals at great firms helped us gain insight on how others go through the security research and analysis process and how they make investment decisions,” Beres said. “The networking opportunities we had during them were probably the most important takeaway.” The trips to Chicago and New York not only offered great contact for the future, Vander Linde said, but they also provided the students with incentives to work hard in their professions. “We were lucky enough to speak with two billionaires on these visits, which was a pretty motivating experience,” he said.last_img read more

Madeleva lecturer discusses global economy

first_imgThursday, the Saint Mary’s Center for Spirituality presented the 29th Madeleva Lecture. Christine Firer Hinze spoke at the lecture, titled “Glass Ceilings and Dirt Floors: Women, Work, Catholic Social Teaching and the Global Economy.”Elizabeth Groppe, director of the Center for Spirituality, said that Hinze is a theology professor and director of the Francis and Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies at Fordham University. She is the author of two books and numerous scholarly essays in books and journals.Saint Mary’s College President Carol Ann Mooney said the lecture is a highlight of the academic year. “Our mission statement talks about instilling in our students a life of intellectual vigor,” Mooney said. “This lecture is a wonderful example of the intellectual life which exists here on campus.”Hinze said she plans to focus on the possibility for a renewed approach to the economies within we work and live today. “I will look at economy from the other end of the usual telescope: regarding market economy from the perspective of the non-market work and activities performed very locally, in households, especially the households of non-elites and the working poor,” Hinze said. “And while taking this standpoint may seem humble, more ‘dirt floorish’ than ‘glass celingish’, we will find that it connects us directly to the most significant, practical ‘ground-floor’ economic and ecological issues facing us today.” Hinze began by talking about household economy. She said household economy’s job is to assure its members’ provisioning through the work of producing, acquiring, distributing and stewarding its resources. “What do people seek to gain by participating in these local and household economies?” Hinze said. “… We might say we seek livelihood. … Catholic social thinker John A. Ryan summarized the elements of economic livelihood nicely as sufficiency, security and status.” “These words can help us imagine what God’s economy provides and enables us, in turn, to provide for ourselves and others,” Hinze said. “God’s great household envelops, grounds and surpasses all the other households and economies in which we dwell.”Secondly, Hinze spoke about modern market economies and the shifts in livelihood that have impacted the households and people economies are meant to provide for.“First, with the rise of modern market economies, productive work became separated from its traditional location within or near familial households … Second, to manage this new dependency on an impersonal, wage economy, there arose a new, gendered division of labor,” Hinze said. “In a third major shift, economic sufficiency becomes dislodged from fixed or stable measurement … [having] ‘enough’ becomes an ever-receding goal that is redefined as more, better, newer than now and threatens to lose all meaning.”Hinze also said feminism has recently brought married women and mothers of young children into the waged workplace. To conclude the lecture, Hinze spoke about how we need to move toward modern oikos economics, coming from the Greek word Oikonomia, management of households. She said prior to the modern era, economy and household were similes. “Oikos economics will thus cultivate open and fair markets whose boundaries, rules of engagement [and] activities are carefully regulated in light of the dignity and wellbeing of the real people and the interrelated, human and natural economies they serve, affect and depend upon,” Hinze said.               Tags: economy, justice, lecture, Madelevalast_img read more

Morris Inn named official hotel of Notre Dame Athletics

first_imgIn October, the University named the Morris Inn the official hotel of Notre Dame Athletics, a designation the hotel’s managing director Joe Kurth said he believes will reintroduce Notre Dame fans to what he calls “the living room of the University.”Named a AAA Four Diamond Hotel in 2013, the recently-renovated Morris Inn is different than the Inn in the black and white photos now displayed on the hotel’s walls, Kurth said.“The old Morris Inn was a bit more dorm-style — built in the 1950’s, a bit more classic. … Many generations of alumni know the Morris Inn as the old Morris Inn,” Kurth said. “As we think of the marketing arm that Athletics already has, the ability to reach out to thousands of people, it allows us to tell the story of the new Morris Inn and the renovation in a way that gives people a reason to come back. And once you see [the hotel], then you understand.”As the official hotel of Notre Dame Athletics, the Morris Inn will sponsor several athletic events and offer promotions for Notre Dame fans, according to an October press release. The partnership with the Morris Inn will benefit the athletic department by providing “the best experience possible” to Notre Dame fans, Deputy Athletics Director Jim Fraleigh said.“In addition to the fact that the Morris Inn is within close proximity of athletic venues, it also offers athletic department guests a unique opportunity to embrace the full Notre Dame experience at a full-service, first-class hotel,” Fraleigh said.Kurth said the Inn looks to imitate the “Notre Dame experience” in its own operations.“Who you are is often not what you say about yourself but what people say about you,” Kurth said. “And people say that Notre Dame is a place to visit, it’s a bucket list place for so many, and part of that is athletics, part of that is research, part of it is going back to the dorm you used to live in.“Our mission at the Morris Inn is trying to be tied in as tightly as we can in multiple areas of campus, so that when you come here, you’re comfortable. [Whether] it’s for athletics, for research, or you’re a junior in high school visiting as a prospective student … that partnership with athletics allows us to be able to say [the Morris Inn is] the best place to stay for the Notre Dame experience.”Fraleigh said Notre Dame fans will benefit from the partnership as well, because of the hotel’s central location and focus on customer service.“The Morris Inn serves as an extension of our department,” Fraleigh said. “We know the staff has great pride in what they do and we know our guests will benefit from a staff willing to go above and beyond to provide excellent service.”Kurth said the Morris Inn’s commitment to Notre Dame and its fans is a constant.“That tagline that the Morris Inn has had for years, as the living room of the University, is not just a tagline,” Kurth said. “Because … you walk out the front door, and you’re in the corridor to campus.”Tags: Jim Fraleigh, Joe Kurth, living room of the university, Morris Inn, Notre Dame Athletics, Notre Dame experiencelast_img read more

Saint Mary’s hosts mental health awareness week

first_imgIn an effort to increase mental health awareness and foster a sense of unity on campus, Saint Mary’s will host several events this week as part of its Support a Belle, Love a Belle (SABLAB) initiative.Junior Mary Joy Dingler, co-chair of the Student Government Association’s Social Concerns Committee, said she and her co-chair junior Jenna Wozniak collaborated to schedule both new events and continue successful ones.“Jenna and I worked together all summer planning this week,” Dingler said. “The student panel and guest speaker are traditions for SABLAB, so we just had to organize those. Apart from that, Jenna and I just tried to think of events that would bring girls together.”Dingler said she can personally attest to the transformative power of SABLAB, as she took part in years prior.“I remember participating in events my freshman year and loving everything about it,” she said. “It brings girls together in a unique way and under a different type of circumstance.”According to Dingler, students of all ages can benefit from this week as they bond with other Belles and gain understanding of mental health issues.“I think it is something upperclassmen look forward to every year, but I think it is also important for the new students on campus,” Dingler said. “During the first few weeks of school, students are scared, nervous and homesick, and SABLAB brings them together during a tough time.”Wozniak said she also encourages all students to take active roles in SABLAB, because the health and wellness of Saint Mary’s students is a priority that must be regarded with the utmost seriousness — especially by those who do not suffer firsthand.“Students who are not directly influenced by these issues are not always aware of them,” Wozniak said. “SABLAB week shines a light on mental health issues and acknowledges that Saint Mary’s is a safe community that wants to provide an environment for its students to flourish in every way possible.”According to Wozniak, students will gain new knowledge of the counseling services available to them, which will help them support fellow Belles.“It is important that students who are affected by mental health issues know they have resources available to them to help them succeed during their time here,” Wozniak said. “Alone, we are capable of doing great things, but together we are invincible.”Dingler said SABLAB incorporates events for everyone, with activities ranging from a presentation by two women featured in “The Hunting Ground,” a CNN documentary released this past spring that highlights the issues of sexual assault on college campuses.Other events include a visit from the South Bend Humane Society, which will bring four dogs and a rabbit to campus. Dingler said she is especially looking forward to a student panel whose members will openly discuss mental health issues and the importance of a good support system.“We will hear about a variety of different issues from girls with different experiences,” Dingler said. “I think it will be a great opportunity for girls to be educated by students with experiences that they might be able to relate to on some level or another.”Students should feel comfortable and accepted at Saint Mary’s, and SABLAB is the perfect way to ensure that happens, Dingler said.“I hope students walk away from each event knowing in their hearts that no matter who they are, they are the Belles of Saint Mary’s, and by coming to this school they are part of a sisterhood that will never falter,” Dingler said. “I hope they become more knowledgeable about mental health and make connections that will only strengthen the support system here at Saint Mary’s.”Tags: love a belle, mental health awareness, SABLAB, saint mary’s, support a bellelast_img read more

Panelists discuss creation of “Sisters of Selma”

first_imgFilmmaker Jayasri Majumdar Hart and professor of religious studies and film consultant Carol Coburn took part in a viewing and discussion of the PBS documentary “Sisters of Selma: Bearing Witness for Change” on Tuesday evening.The event was sponsored by Saint Mary’s Center of Multicultural Services, Campus Ministry and Student Diversity Board (SDB) and was moderated by Deacon Melvin Tardy, Jr., an academic advisor in Notre Dame’s First Year of Studies and assistant professorial specialist. Tardy is also the chair of the Black Catholic Advisory Board for the diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.The documentary features the testimonies of Catholic sisters who went to Selma in 1965 to peacefully protest for civil rights, alongside thousands of activists and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. According to the documentary, the goal of the protest in Selma was to exercise African-Americans’ legal right to register to vote without encountering harm and intimidation tactics.Hart said she found the story of the Catholic sisters while doing research.“What amazed me was how much news footage was available, and I thought ‘I have to make this film’” she said. “[PBS] makes sure everything you put in your film is authentic. They are very supportive but very demanding, so they require a history consultant.”Coburn said she was honored to work with Hart on the documentary.“I am all about words, and she is all about images,” she said. “Selma has literally brought us together. I had been researching Catholic sisters for over a decade, and the work that Catholic sisters have done historically, and women’s history, is very important to me. Looking at records of social justice among sisters, I saw a box labeled ‘Selma,’ and I asked to see it.”Unlike most women at the time, Catholic sisters in the 1960s were gaining advanced degrees from prestigious universities, Coburn said, and after the Second Vatican Council, sisters began advocating for social justice.“As a woman and as a historian, that was very profound to me,” she said.Hart said her Indian and Hindu background gave her an understanding of the idea of living a life centered around faith.“I heard from the sisters a lot and it began to make sense to me,” she said. “We serve [others] because they are less fortunate than us. For the sisters, social service was something they already had been doing. The social justice part was what I had needed to understand in my life.”Martin Luther King Jr.’s civil rights movement was “religious from the beginning,” Tardy said.“It was a moral issue as opposed to a social issue,” he said. “I don’t think what people knew what it was like to see an African-American sister at the march. Many people were outraged that they were involved with a social issue, rather than moral issue.”Many sisters who came to Selma were from the Midwest, Coburn said, while the bishops on the coasts were more conservative.“These bishops could take away Catholic identity in a diocese. The bishop in St. Joseph ignored the telegraph from bishops on the coasts that said not to send sisters to Selma. It was a very complicated interaction of power, race and religion,” she said.Concluding the panel, Tardy said the fight for justice is an ongoing process.“Sometimes people get the sense that the church is perfect already — that King fixed these race problems already,” he said. “We win some, and we lose some for justice. Just because you see Ferguson happening and events in Baltimore, it doesn’t mean that there hasn’t been gains. … We all have a role to play. There are these stories out there like this story. We have to think about who is missing from the story. We have to dig and find these stories and find who’s missing, and then we can come together in solidarity.”Vice president of the SDB Angela Bukur said the film and panel were designed to connect the topics of religion and race.“It’s such an important topic to talk about because many people don’t know about the social justice of the nuns,” she said.Tags: Selma, SMC, Student Diversity Boardlast_img read more

HPC encourages conversation, dorm leadership

first_imgAs co-chairs of the Hall Presidents’ Council (HPC) Elizabeth Feeley and Christina Fernandez said they are focused on making HPC more well-known on campus.To reach this goal, they said they are incorporating more leadership development into the program while also working to foster a strong sense of community in HPC by encouraging hall presidents to learn about other hall events during the HPC weekly meetings.“It’s a bigger job than I think people realize when they’re elected,” Fernandez said. “You’re working with your rector and your hall staff as well as your hall, so you’re maybe that gap between your hall staff and your residents.”To help the presidents and vice presidents with this task, Fenandez and Feeley introduced HPChat, which is a conversation time that HPC members can use to discuss problems or situations in their halls that they may want guidance on.Another new program in HPC is a GreeNDot bystander intervention training. “If we’re going to be a leadership development platform, we have to not only talk the talk, but walk the walk,” Feeley said. “All the hall presidents have to be those people in the hall who have the training necessary to be a student leader and a good face on campus.”Fernandez and Feeley also kept several aspects of HPC that were introduced last year, including Hey Hall, a part of HPC meetings where hall presidents talk about the history and culture of their hall, and hall council visits.“That’s our purpose, and our job is to knock on the doors of the halls and see what’s actually going on there,” Feeley said.One of the most well-known aspects of HPC is deciding Hall of the Year. The HPC chairs, along with the four HPC board members, two senators and a judicial council member, decide the Hall of the Year. Forty-five percent of the Hall of the Year score comes from the Rockne reports hall presidents turn in each month. In these reports, hall presidents have the opportunity to reflect on their goals for the month and whether they achieved them and set goals for the next month.The remaining 55 percent of the Hall of the Year score is from a presentation each hall president and vice president gives at the end of the year. In the presentation, each hall has 15 minutes to recap their year. Last year, a new component was added where two to four residents could give testimonials.Another large aspect of HPC is helping the halls with signature events. The co-chairs’ jobs are to empower the presidents financially and with guidance to run their events.Fernandez and Feeley both said they loved their experiences as hall presidents and hope the current hall presidents have the same experience.“It really is a transformative experience [being hall president],” Feeley said. “You become the person you’ve always wanted to be in terms of leadership.” Tags: 2016 Student Government Insider, Hall of the year, HPClast_img read more

Club seeks to bridge political divide on campus

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Sarah Brown BridgeND members, pictured, host events encouraging political debate on campus. The group is seeking to bridge partisan divides by hosting debates and other events in which issues can be discussed from a variety of angles.“We’re trying to bridge the partisan divide on campus,” senior Sarah Brown, president of BridgeND, said. “What that means is that we’re basically a political discussion club for people of all different political ideologies. Firebrand leftists and firebrand conservatives are invited, people in the middle who are moderates and don’t have a political home are invited. Wherever you’re at on the spectrum on any issue, come and share your ideas and discuss whatever we’re discussing that week.”At every meeting, BridgeND members and attendees discuss a different political issue. Recent meeting topics included the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court justice and a discussion of free speech at Notre Dame in the context of Observer articles. The group also focuses on divisive issues facing the Notre Dame community, such as the debate over contraception coverage that took place at the University last year.While politics is the focus of BridgeND, the club hopes to attract more than just political science majors. All students, regardless of their political knowledge or major, are invited to attend the group’s meetings, sophomore and BridgeND vice president Kevin Gallagher said.“We’re really trying to expand to other majors. We want kids who are interested in politics but not necessarily have to be studying it,” Gallagher said.In the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, Brown said, BridgeND saw an increase in interest from the campus community. However, Brown also said she noticed the increase in interest dropped as it became harder to talk about politics in the more polarized environment.“There was definitely an uptick directly after the election,” Brown said. “A bunch of people started coming. But after, I think, there was a bit of a drag directly after the election because it’s so hard to talk about politics and I think people are getting back into it as we gain space from the election, because I think it’s become less and less polarized. I feel like the midterms don’t carry as much polarization and weight and anger behind them that the 2016 elections did, so I think people are much more willing to come out and talk about them.”Regarding involvement in the 2018 midterm elections, Brown said BridgeND has some plans to get students involved in the campaign process. For instance, the club hopes to provide opportunities for students to volunteer on local campaigns. The group is also putting an emphasis on registering students to vote and making sure students know the process for getting an absentee ballot so they can vote even when they are at school.“We have a couple of things in the works,” Brown said. “We do want to give people the option to work on Democratic and Republican campaigns if they want to — maybe just doing a day of action for each of the campaigns on either side. We also are doing tabling — partnering with NDVotes and student government — to register voters, ’cause a lot of people don’t know how to get an absentee ballot when they need to get an absentee ballot and so accidentally don’t vote. So we’re making all that information as available as possible in the student centers. We’re doing an election watch, partnering with NDVotes and student government.”On the whole, though politics may have become polarized, Gallagher and Brown both said divisions may not be as intractable as they seem and members of the club will be able to reach an understanding with each other, even if they don’t agree.“I think a lot of people are level-headed,” Gallagher said. “Even when people have really strong opinions that are completely the opposite of someone else’s, it takes a special type of person to be able to sit down and have that empathy, to be able to try to understand why they have that perspective. We try to attract those types of people.”Brown cited a debate on abortion as an example of when BridgeND members were able to hold a civil conversation about a heated topic and reach a greater understanding of opposing positions.“A lot of times people realize they’re coming from the same basic ideas,” Brown said. “We had, last year, a debate on abortion. A bunch of people sat at a table. Everyone who said they were pro-choice said they were pro-choice because they believed in human dignity, and everyone who said they were pro-life said they were pro-life because they believed in human dignity. They were able to respect the place everyone was coming from, even if they disagreed with the end result.”Tags: BridgeND, Debate, Election Observer, Midterm Elections 2018, polarization Editor’s note: Throughout the 2018 midterm election season, The Observer will sit down with various student organizations and professors to discuss political engagement and issues particularly pertinent to students. In this second installment, BridgeND discusses its efforts to overcome the partisan divide on campus.In an era of political polarization and bitter partisan disputes, BridgeND is seeking to overcome these divisions. The club gathers for weekly meetings to discuss current political topics in an effort to encourage students to understand positions and arguments with which they don’t necessarily agree.last_img read more

Young the Giant to headline spring SUB concert with Sure Sure opening

first_imgRock band Young the Giant will perform in the Stepan Center on Notre Dame’s campus Feb. 22 for the spring SUB concert, the Student Union Board (SUB) announced Wednesday in an email to the student body.Young the Giant, famous for hit songs including “Cough Syrup” and “My Body,” is currently touring with Sure Sure to promote its latest album, Mirror Master. Sure Sure, an “up-and-coming alternative band,” will open the show at 8 p.m., the email said.Tickets are free, but required to attend the concert. According to the email, these tickets will be available at the LaFortune Box Office beginning Thursday at 9 a.m. and will be on sale during the box office’s operating hours of 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.Students may get one ticket per Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s or Holy Cross student ID, but they will be limited to two student IDs per person when picking up tickets. The email said any unclaimed tickets will be available for pickup at the Stepan Box Office instead of the LaFortune Box Office on the day of the concert.Doors will open for the concert at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 22.Tags: Student Union Board, SUB concert, Sure Sure, Young the Giantlast_img read more

University prepares for annual Notre Dame Day

first_imgAnna Mason | The Observer The RAs of Duncan Hall accept a $500 check for winning the lip-sync battle in the Duncan Student Center on Sunday night.Notre Dame Day donations allow a person to make an initial contribution of a minimum of $10, which will earn them five votes to one of over 900 organizations participating in the fundraising day. Donors can allocate all five votes to the group they gave to originally, or they can spread their votes among several different organizations. For any subsequent gifts, a person will receive one vote. The votes will be tallied at the end of the day, and groups will receive a percentage of a $1.2 million challenge fund proportional to their percentage of the votes.“The reason we’ve devised it that way is to try to create more equity with the votes, [as] opposed to just having a person who makes one large donation and then all of a sudden are getting all these votes,” Matt Gelchion, director of volunteer leadership and participation, said. “For the first gift, no matter if someone makes a $10 gift or a $100 gift, it’s going to be five votes.”Lou Nanni, vice president for University relations, emphasized the importance of Notre Dame Day, specifically in raising money for student organizations.  “With the matching money that we have — $1.2 million this year — we are able to drive a lot of resources to especially Notre Dame student groups and causes,” Nanni said. “I think we’re at a point right now where Notre Dame Day is contributing roughly half of the funding for all the student groups and organizations.” Nanni added that even though some feel their contributions are not significant, even the smallest of donations can make a big difference for Notre Dame students.“Last year, in just gifts of under $200, we were able to fully scholarship 37 students,” he said. “Thirty-seven students got full rides to Notre Dame just with gifts under $200.”Notre Dame Day’s 29-hour broadcast will include Notre Dame community members sharing their stories, in addition to other interviews, performances from both campus and professional artists and streaming of live events.“We were asked nearly seven years ago now, ‘How would Notre Dame do a day of giving?’” Small said. “Our response was to create a storytelling platform unlike any other in higher education — and for that matter, anywhere else in the world. That’s our big distinction — no one is telling stories and producing this much [live] content over a 29 hour period anywhere on the globe.”There will be a host of events happening concurrently during the broadcast. These include a live concert with members of the cast of “Hamilton,” Chloe Agnew — formerly of Celtic Woman — Notre Dame’s Gold and Blue Company, Fighting Irish 40 — a 40 yard dash competition — and a scavenger hunt with a cash prize, among more events.Gelchion said the main purpose of Notre Dame Day is to support student groups, but also to help Notre Dame alumni connect to their alma mater.“At its core, it’s about enhancing the Notre Dame student experience through this day,” Gelchion said. “That’s first and foremost, the ability to help clubs or other student organizations be able to help reach their goals. The other part of it is, this is a way to reconnect people to Notre Dame and what they love most at this place. Some people aren’t able to come back to campus every year. Notre Dame Day offers them an opportunity to reconnect with the parts that were most meaningful to their experience, whether it’s hearing from their dorm, or it’s from the club they were a member of all four years, it’s nice for them to be back in touch with them.”Tags: fundraising, Notre Dame Day, Notre Dame day 2019 At 6:42 p.m. Sunday, the sixth annual Notre Dame Day commenced, kicking off a 29-hour broadcast and a host of events — including performances from “Hamilton” cast members, a scavenger hunt and more. The day of giving allows for Notre Dame community members to financially contribute to almost every aspect of student life at the University through a voting-based donation system.“Notre Dame Day is a global celebration of all things Notre Dame,” Jim Small, associate vice president for development, said in an email. “It’s a day when the Notre Dame community comes together around the world to tell stories, to be entertained and to raise money for more than 900 organizations on campus.”last_img read more