Astronomy Night showcases telescope

first_imgAs darkness fell over campus Monday night, sophomore Patrick Whalen stared at a perfect image of the face of the moon. Whalen joined nearly 100 other students for Astronomy Night on the roof of Nieuwland Hall as they gazed through the recently refurbished Napoleon Telescope. “I could see a clear image of the moon,” Whalen said. “It was cool because I could see all the craters in sharp detail.” Physics Professor Peter Garnavich said the Napoleon Telescope was a gift to the University from Napoleon in 1866. The telescope was originally located in the Main Building, but is now housed in the Nieuwland Observatory Garnavich said the original six-inch objective lens remains on the telescope, but the exterior has been refurbished in recent years. “It used to be in a roll-off roof observatory, but it was falling apart,” Garnavich said. “We decided we needed a new dome to protect the Napoleon Telescope.” A new power dome covers the outside of telescope in Nieuwland, Garnavich said. “Because of water damage, the physics shop cleaned up the rust and made sure all the parts were working,” he said. Students at Astronomy Night could gaze at the moon through the telescope in the Nieuwland Observatory, but others stared at its face from several smaller telescopes on North Quad near Stonehenge. Seniors Maureen Choman and Elizabeth Flood said they were excited to catch a more detailed glimpse of the night sky. “We ran from Lewis,” Flood said. Choman said the girls had planned to see the telescope before they graduate. “They have it every year, and it’s on our bucket list,” Choman said. Law student Colin Littlefield showed students an image of a supernova, or a recently exploded star, on his computer. “This supernova is about 25 million light years away,” he said. “It exploded about five weeks ago.” Littlefield said he studied astronomy before attending law school, and he is now a teaching assistant for Introduction to Astronomy. The supernova is located in the M101 galaxy, a spiral galaxy not unlike the Milky Way. “This particular supernova was part of a star not much bigger than Earth,” he said. “It kept pulling matter off a smaller star until it got so heavy it finally exploded. The supernova is expanding at about 30 million miles an hour.” Junior Bailey Moser, a physics lab assistant, said students could access telescopes at other times of the year as well. “They are always set up in the observatory,” he said. “Anyone can come up after sundown on a clear night.”last_img read more

Aidan Project supports patients

first_imgThis Saturday, students can help support pediatric cancer patients in the South Bend community with the Aiden Project. Aidan Fitzgerald, a Notre Dame alumnus who contracted testicular cancer in 2006, started the Aidan Project to help pediatric cancer patients in need. He is now in remission, sophomore Circle K member Emmie Mediate said. The event, which was started in 2006 and is hosted by Circle K and Knott Hall, began as a way to provide local cancer patients with blankets.   “Aidan began the project after spending time struggling with cancer and feeling afflicted with cancer as a youth,” Mediate said. Junior Mitchell Lopes, coordinator of the event for Knott Hall and participant for three years, said the idea was to create blankets from pieces of fabric. The blankets are sent to various local hospitals, he said. “Aidan was looking for a way to give back that was logical, practical, and something that he felt he could undertake with his fellow students at Notre Dame,” Lopes said. Each blanket is coupled with a “Get well” or “Merry Christmas” card, he said. Since the event started in 2006, is has grown considerably. Lopes said at least half the residents in Knott Hall have participated in the event in the past. “At first, the project was small, but it quickly grew,” Lopes said. Nearly 2000 service hours are worked in preparation and during the event, with approximately 400 individuals participating in the event last year, Mediate said.  Members of Circle K, Knott Hall, the Kiwanis Club and the South Bend community have united to put on the event in the past. “It’s our biggest event of the year, so it means a lot,” Mediate said. Lopes said as the event has grown, a t-shirt sale has been added to provide additional fundraising.  Last year, the event raised $1500 from making 434 blankets and selling t-shirts. “Our goal this year is to make 500 blankets and raise $1800,” Lopes said. As a joint effort between Circle K and Knott Hall, the event resonates in different ways for participants.    “The event has a special significance for myself as I have lost a close family member to cancer,” Lopes said. “However, I believe the theme resonates with many guys in the dorm who simply feel the desire to pay forward the blessings they have been given”. For Mediate, seeing the patients receive their blankets is the most meaningful part of the event. “The best part of the project is being able to deliver the blankets to the hospitals, and see how much of an impact you are able to have on an individual’s well being, especially as they are in the hospital with cancer,” Mediate said. The event takes place in South Dining Hall on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  To support the cause, students can make blankets or “Get well” cards.   T-shirts will be sold for $10 and can be purchased either at South Dining Hall or from the Facebook event ‘2012 Aidan Project.’  The shirts will also be sold in North Dining Hall on Friday. Contact Peter Durbin at  pdurbin@nd.edulast_img read more

Group passes recommendations on inclusion

first_imgStudent Senate passed a resolution concerning diversity on campus, introduced a sexual violence prevention initiative and discussed upcoming events at Wednesday’s meeting. The resolution contained a series of recommendations for promoting a more inclusive atmosphere for students submitted by the Diversity Council that will be reviewed by the offices of Student Affairs, Auxiliary Affairs and the Provost. The resolution had originally been proposed at Senate’s Nov. 6 meeting, but failed to pass. At the Nov. 13 meeting, its final clause was amended, but again the resolution was voted down, according to a Nov 14 article in The Observer. Student body president Alex Coccia said student government plans to launch a student engagement campaign next semester focused on preventing sexual violence on campus and strengthening bonds between student government and Notre Dame students. “For student government to be effective in leading, there must be direct communication between students and student government,” he said. Coccia said student government is proud of the success of the new coffee cart in DeBartolo Hall, a triumph of student government listening to its constituents, and announced more plans to collaborate with to Food Services. Coccia also said senators should promote the upcoming TEDx ND talks set to take place Jan. 21, 2014. “[TEDx ND] presents bold ideas and gives a forum for students to inspire other students,” he said. Carroll Hall senator Joe Kelly announced Carroll Christmas, the dorm’s annual Christmas celebration that will take place Dec. 6. at 5:30 p.m. Kelly said the event would feature a Christmas tree lighting, a cookie contest and free hot chocolate. Badin Hall senator Emma Herlihy also announced a hall Christmas event. Herlihy said Badin would host Conscious Christmas, a sale of free-trade items benefitting people in Nepal that will take place Dec. 6 from 12 to 5 p.m. Contact Kayla Mullen at kmullen2@nd.edulast_img read more

Notre Dame E2E group develops novel housing solution for Haiti

first_imgIn response to the 2010 earthquake, members of the Notre Dame engineering department formed “Engineering2Empower,” or E2E, a housing initiative with the goal of designing safe and affordable houses that Haitian families can buy from Haitian businesses.Following a investigatory mission to Haiti in March 2010, Notre Dame faculty members Tracy Kijewski-Correa and Alexandros Taflanidis, with graduate student Dustin Mix, created the group, which works with local families and builders to meet specific housing needs.“It was possible to just write a [reconnaissance] report and let that be the end of it,” Mix, current in-country director of E2E, said. “Or we could try and go the long road and actually do something about what we saw.”Kijewski-Correa, associate professor of engineering, said the group felt a stronger call to help the people of Haiti rather than simply analyze and evaluate the problems facing their community.“Many other groups did the recon and left,” Kijewski-Correa said.  “We didn’t leave. We all became engineers to serve society in some way, and these were the populations that were really faceless and voiceless.“We weren’t going to just study the problem. We were going to try and solve it.”An estimated 1.3 million Haitian people were left homeless after the earthquake, primarily because of the poor quality of Haitian home construction, according to a University press release.“Lasting solutions to infrastructure problems in the developing world can only be established through true and bold innovations that can build capacity and empower the local population,” E2E’s website states. “Failure to do so … can ultimately perpetuate the dependence on foreign aid.”Taflanidis, associate professor of engineering, said foreign aid is a part of the solution for Haiti but not a full remedy.“The aid is needed, but it doesn’t solve the problem,” Taflanidis said. “It just puts a patch over it. Now, four years later, we’re seeing Haitians starting to build their homes in exactly the same ways they were building before.”At the end of last semester, Notre Dame graduate and undergraduate students constructed two prototypes of the Haitian home designs on campus. These prototypes are showcased at the E2E Expo Open Houses before home football games.“The design we are promoting is a concrete frame with panels,” Taflanidis said. “At Notre Dame, we tried to replicate the conditions in Haiti by having our undergrads, untrained and unskilled laborers, make and install the panels.”According to E2E’s website, an estimated 600 thousand Haitian homes still need to be reconstructed due to damage from the earthquake.“As much as I would love to build 600 thousand homes, I am equally honored to build 10 homes that are built in a way that will still be used 10 years from now and will have long term sustainable impacts,” Kijewski-Correa said.Mix said E2E worked with a Haitian family to build the first demonstration home in the city of Léogâne in 2014. E2E plans to construct five more demonstration homes with financially eligible Haitian families throughout 2015.“This could be a 10- or 15-year process because we’re not just building houses,” Mix said. “We’re helping to create a housing market in Haiti with the ultimate goal of empowering and being able to step back and leave everything in the hands of the Haitians.”Kijewski-Correa said Notre Dame and its community could play a vital role in continuing E2E’s work in Haiti.“We’re taking things one house at a time,” she said.  “All we hope for now is that alumni and students will hear the story and join us in this opportunity for change, in what I feel like is Notre Dame’s unique responsibility in the world.”Tags: College of Engineering, E2E, engineering, Engineering2Empower, Haiti, houseslast_img read more

Competition challenges students to design virtual campus tour

first_imgEarlier this semester, Notre Dame students were invited to participate in the VisitND challenge, a competition in which individuals or teams of students compete head-to-head to see who can create the best virtual tour of campus.Don Ginocchio, the University Alliances Director at SAP, one of the challenge’s sponsors, said the challenge was created after the University realized visitors wanted a cohesive tour of campus, but could not find one online.“Unfortunately, the resources [for a tour] are sort of spread around at Notre Dame,” Ginocchio said. “You know, you can go to the website, there are some tour ND resources for the bigger sights, the alumni office has some resources, athletics has resources, admissions has resources, but it takes some effort to put them all together.”The winning tours will appear on the ND mobile app, which will allow visitors to campus to utilize the tour, along with the map and app’s other functions, Ginocchio said.Susan Zhu | The Observer “Notre Dame has invested in the ND mobile app, which most of us have on our phones, and there is a tour module on there that Notre Dame hasn’t deployed, hasn’t used, so the idea is solicit the creativity and innovation of students to create those tours that eventually will be available to visitors and really anyone,” Ginocchio said. “We all have an opinion on what to see at Notre Dame and we all have different, interesting opinions on what to see because we are blessed with such a beautiful campus.“So it was really those ideas coming together, and the administration wanting to sponsor [this event].”Ginocchio said the challenge asks students to create a tour that is thematically linked, easy to follow and innovative.“It could be a theme around spiritual sights, architectural sights, athletic sights, prospective student sights, what a prospective student would like to see,” he said. “The idea of the contest is to engage students in educational and fun experience that exposes them to technology.”The deadline to enter a tour proposal was Sept. 21, Ginocchio said. A committee will review all the entries, and on Sept. 25, the top 10 entries will be announced.“The judges are the all-stars of the Notre Dame leadership,” Ginocchio said. “We wanted to involve all the communities that have an opinion: athletics, game day operations, communications, admissions and alumni. It’s a really nice way for the different stakeholders and constituents in the University to come together.”According to Ginocchio, there are 13 judges, including Joyce Lantz, director of Recruitment and Communication for Undergraduate Admissions, Julie Boynton, director of Interior Architecture and Patrick Flynn, professor of computer science engineering and electrical engineering.Ginocchio said after the University announces the top 10 entries, the winning teams will create their tour. The students will have to create a video to accompany each tour stop, along with a paragraph that explains the significance of each stop and a picture of each stop on the tour. Once students create these videos, they will be placed in the tour module in the ND mobile app.The entries will then be judged again, and on Nov. 6, the judges will choose top five tours.Ginocchio said the tours will go live on the ND mobile app on Nov. 13.“We don’t have and probably will never have a lot of signage on campus,” he said. “What’s nice about technology is that it provides a non-intrusive way for those that have an interest to access all that information and decide what they want to see. We want everyone to appreciate Notre Dame the way we do.”Ginocchio, who is on the judging committee, said the committee will consider fan and user feedback when evaluating the tours and choosing the winners. The winners will be announced on Dec. 1.“There will be four winners. First place wins $2500, second prize is $1000, Modo labs, who is the vendor for the software is providing another $1000 prize, and SAP will provide SAP merchandise to one of the winners,” Ginocchio said. “The committee did talk, and if there is another really great idea at that time we’ll evaluate if there is something we can do for that team, at least recognize them in some way, including just asking them to help us implement their tour, which is recognition within itself.”Ginocchio said the challenge aims to educate students in a fun and interesting way about technology and also help the university improve the visitor experience.“You know, a lot of people visit Notre Dame, they aren’t necessarily here for football weekend or for an admissions tour,” Ginocchio said. “They are here because they are passing through, or they are a friend or family member of someone who goes to Notre Dame, or they’ve always wanted to visit Notre Dame or they saw the movie Rudy, and, you know, they want to see those sights. This will help them do that.”Tags: award, ND mobile app, VisitNDlast_img read more

Notre Dame unveils The Shirt 2016

first_imgRosie LoVoi Cheerleaders don this year’s Shirt at the unveiling ceremony Friday at Hammes Bookstore. Proceeds from sales of The Shirt help fund The Shirt Charity, the Rector Fund and various student clubs and organizations.“We wanted something different and bold, and we wanted the color to look really great in the stadium,” Howell said. “The 2011 royal blue Shirt did very well, and so after careful consideration we decided to do another bright blue. We like to have samples on hand so we know the exact color we’re getting and that takes time too. This year we went with a custom royal blue.”The committee decided to honor the late University President Emeritus, Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, with two excerpts from a quote he gave in an interview to Sports Illustrated in 1958, after the University came under criticism for the firing of football coach Terry Brennan. “We wanted to honor [Fr. Hesburgh] in an appropriate way. Last year he passed after the design was finalized, so we couldn’t majorly change the design. We did add his initials to the sleeve last year though. So this year it felt right to pay tribute again in a bigger way,“ Howell said. In the interview, Hesburgh said, “There is no academic virtue in playing mediocre football and no academic vice in winning a game that by all odds one should lose … There has been a surrender at Notre Dame, but it is a surrender to excellence on all fronts, and in this we hope to rise above ourselves with the help of God.” The excerpts “rise above ourselves” and “surrender to excellence” are featured on the back of this year’s Shirt. “We loved the message it sent about always trying to get better and strive for excellence on all fronts,” Howell said. “We then started to build around the design, including the championship year banners, the leprechaun, and the end zone marks. The front came together later, and I really wanted to use a football graphic instead of justing going with ‘Notre Dame Football’ as we’d done in the past. After working to match the look on the back, I think we got it.”According to Howell, this year the committee decided to switch the fabric back to 100 percent cotton. “This year’s Shirt is softer than some past 100 percent cotton ones, however, because it goes through a special wash process,” Howell said. Howell said the process was long but ultimately rewarding for her and the rest of the committee. “The Shirt has hands-down been one of the best and more influential parts of my time at Notre Dame. It’s an amazing project, and I have learned so much during my four years on the committee. It takes a lot of planning, organization and teamwork to run each year,” she said. Howell said the design received positive reviews from both the football team and Irish head coach Brian Kelly. “We meet with Coach Kelly before the unveiling, and he said very positive things about this year’s design and color,” Howell said. Tags: Hesburgh, The Shirt 2016 This football season the Notre Dame student section will be decked out in royal blue, the official color of The Shirt 2016. Chairman of The Shirt committee, senior Molly Howell, said the choice of color came after the committee saw success with a similar version in 2011.last_img read more

Priest discusses “geopolitics of mercy”

first_imgTraveling to the corners of the world, Pope Francis has exemplified a “diplomacy of mercy,” Fr. Antonio Spadaro, the editor-in-chief of the Jesuit journal “La Civilta Cattolica,” said.“For Pope Francis, mercy isn’t an abstract construct,” Spadaro said. “It is the action of God in the world.” Sarah Olson | The Observer Fr. Antonio Spadaro lectures on Pope Francis and the response of the Vatican to various geopolitical conflicts. Spadaro said mercy plays an important role in the Catholic Church’s involvement.Spadaro delivered the Terrence R. Keeley Vatican Lecture on Tuesday at the Hesburgh Center for International Studies. The lecture, titled “The Geopolitics of Mercy,” explored the response of Francis and the Vatican to various crises across the world.Spadaro said that in order to find God in the world, it is important for the church to put itself in the middle things. He described the Catholic Church as a “field hospital” amidst the world’s turmoil.“If you want to find God, you have to go into the world,” Spadaro said.Spadaro focused the lecture on the “seven phases” that constitute a “diplomacy of mercy.” He explained that the first phase is recognizing nothing is “definitively lost.” Spadaro talked about this phase through the context of Francis’ visit to the war-torn Central African Republic (CAR).“Mercy can have a political effect,” Spadaro said. “The head of state of the CAR recognized the importance of mercy and wanted her country to find a new path of spirituality based on tolerance.”The violence in the CAR is primarily between Christians and Muslims. Spadaro noted that as a means of encapsulating the importance of mercy, Francis visited a mosque in the capital of Bangui; the mosque was displaying a Vatican flag to welcome the Pontiff.Spadaro said the second phase emphasizes flexibility and openness. He said that with this phase it is important to recognize individual humans’ unique qualities.“Free will isn’t like dealing with machines,” Spadaro said.To demonstrate his point, Spadaro listed some of the instances in recent years where the Catholic Church has served as a key mediator in international conflicts. He cited examples such as the Syrian Civil War, the Holy See’s relationship with the People’s Republic of China, relations between the United States and Cuba and the peace process in Colombia.“For Francis, the history of the world is not a Hollywood movie in which our boys save us from their boys,” Spadaro said.The main objective of the third phase is that geopolitics should “dissolve” fundamentalism, Spadaro said.“The pope is light years away from a ‘clash of civilizations,’” Spadaro said. “He opposes using Christianity to justify an ‘axis of evil.’”Spadaro blamed the “alliance” between religious fundamentalism and politics on a “fear of chaos.” He said fundamentalism is a “poor version” of a religious experience. He also said Francis believes that terrorists are “poor, criminal folk.”“It is an expression that expresses condemnation and compassion,” Spadaro said. “We must see terrorists as an incarnation of the prodigal son and never as the incarnation of evil. What is the typical love of a Christian? It is the love of the enemy, not just the neighbor.”The fifth phase stresses that Catholicism is not a “political guarantor” of power. Spadaro said the pope opposes the view that the Catholic Church is “the last empire” and religion shouldn’t be the guarantor of the dominant class.Spadaro said the sixth phase is about acknowledging the peripheries of the world. He noted that Francis’ travels within Europe have taken him to places such as the island of Lampedusa — Europe’s “gateway,” Albania, Turkey, Poland and the South Caucasus among others.“Francis is like a doctor, seeing [if] the heart works through seeing if the blood is moving throughout the body,” Spadaro said.In describing the sixth phase, Spadaro returned to the idea of the church as a field hospital.“Francis wants to travel to injured lands one by one,” Spadaro said.Spadaro noted that the pontiff’s next scheduled trip is to Myanmar and Bangladesh, where there is an ongoing crisis between Muslim and Buddhist populations. He also talked about Francis’ recent visit to the Ciudad Juarez and the Mexican–American border.“He was 10 meters from the border, celebrating Mass,” Spadaro said. “The United States was in front of him and Mexico is behind him. He cancelled the border, because there were people attending Mass on both sides.”The seventh and final phase related to the theme of diplomacy as solidarity. He demonstrated his point by describing the gift the pope gave to President Donald Trump during their meeting earlier this year at the Vatican.“It was a bronze sculpture of an olive tree with its branches growing together,” Spadaro said. “The pope expressed the need for justice.”Tags: geopolitics, Keeley Vatican lecture, mercy, Pope Francislast_img read more

Senate discusses voter registration, political engagement

first_imgNotre Dame’s student senate spent the majority of its weekly meeting discussing voter registration and ways to engage the Notre Dame student body politically.ND Votes co-chair and sophomore Michael Marotta spoke about the ways the organization is trying to engage campus ahead of November’s midterm elections.“ND Votes is a nonpartisan voter registration, voter participation and voter education task force,” Marotta said. “Our goal, especially with the midterms coming up, is to make the biggest push we can to make sure as many students are registered, they’re engaged, they’re active, so that they can take part in the elections because many political scientists are saying these midterms are going to be the most important midterms in our nation’s history.”Marotta brought up some of the events ND Votes sponsors, including their monthly signature event, Pizza, Pop and Politics, where a professor or expert will speak on a current political topic. Furthermore, Marotta said ND Votes works in the South Bend community to foster a sense of civic duty and help people register to vote. He also mentioned a contest held between the dorms to increase voter registration. “Just in this last week, we have registered over 1,100 new people [to vote],” Marotta said.Marotta noted Sept. 25 is the last day to register to vote in most states and urged senators to make their constituents aware of this information and help them register to vote. The senators were also encouraged to brainstorm ideas to help make students at Notre Dame more politically active.Senator Caila Lindsey, a junior representing Lyons Hall, suggested communication between ND Votes and the various state clubs at the University, such as Michigan Club, of which Lindsey serves as president.“I know that big things that happen within your state, talking about those with students, saying things like ‘Do you want a statement about the water in Flint?’ That’s what’s getting a lot of younger people to get out and vote in Michigan, at least,” Lindsey said.Senator Erin Hiestand, a sophomore representing Ryan Hall, suggested providing information on each individual candidate to prevent down-the-ballot party voting.“I know a lot of people vote based on the party that appears on the ballot, but if you know a little bit more about [the candidate’s] platform, it might sway your decision,” Hiestand said.Sophomore Kevin Gallagher, proxy for Duncan senator John Cresson, said BridgeND, College Republicans, College Democrats and others are collaborating on a project called Converge, which he said will be coming to Notre Dame’s campus after fall break. Gallagher said Converge is an online test people take to figure out where they fall on the political spectrum. The program then uses an algorithm to pair the person up with someone who has a similar degree of beliefs, but on the opposite side of the partisan divide. On their own time, the pairs can then meet up and use a scripted outline to have a conversation on political issues. “It’s basically just to talk to someone leading up to these midterms, which can be pretty polarizing,” Gallagher said. “But the whole purpose of the event is to get people really excited about voting and get more people voting.”The senate also discussed ways to increase voter engagement within the dorms. Hiestand suggested a competition between dorm sections to incentivize students to vote. “When you send in your vote, you sign a sheet and whichever section has the most signatures by the end of the election could get a prize,” Hiestand said.Judicial Council president Shady Girgis, a junior, also proposed monthly debates in the dorms about candidate platforms and important political issues.Editor’s note: A previous version of this article incorrectly identified a speaker at the senate meeting. Kevin Gallagher, proxy for Duncan senator John Cresson, discussed Converge at Monday’s senate meeting.Tags: ND student senate, NDVotes, Senate, voter registrationlast_img read more

ACE Night exposes students to post-graduate program

first_imgAfter graduation, some Notre Dame students decide to start their professional careers back in the classroom. However, in this capacity they serve on the other side of the desk — as teachers.Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Teaching Fellows have served in one out of every four Catholic schools in the United States since the program was founded in 1993, according to the program’s website. ACE Night, which will be held Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. in Remick Commons in the ACE Building, will offer students an opportunity to learn about the program, Kevin Fitzsimmons, ACE’s associate program director, said.“ACE Night is a chance for Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students to experience the passionate, vibrant community of the ACE program,”  Fitzsimmons said in an email. “Students have the chance to learn important information about the program as well as hear former ACE teachers speak on the benefits of their experiences in ACE. Through both of these, we hope that undergraduates can learn more about what it means to be in ACE.”The event will feature speakers including ACE’s founder, Fr. Tim Scully, and ACE graduates who are now working in the local area. There will also be a video that will showcase various perspectives on ACE. Free Chick-fil-A will be served.Fitzsimmons said he recommends students attend to see the ACE community in action.“I think there are a lot more ways to learn about ACE — through the website, through information packets or even through conversations with different people associated with the program,” he said. “There are very few ways, though, to get to experience the vibrant community of ACE and the impact it has on our ACErs, and all of us here working for the program. ACE Night is one great way to see these intangible qualities that make ACE a truly transformative experience.”The ACE program is a two-year commitment. Teaching Fellows participate in two summers of classes on campus and two years of teaching in an underserved Catholic school somewhere in the United States. Once they have completed the program, the Teaching Fellows receive a master’s degree in education. Fitzsimmons said teachers develop in three key pillars: professional teaching, community and spirituality.“Our mission is to strengthen, sustain and transform Catholic schools by preparing strong, passionate teachers for our students who need them,” he said.Senior Katie Wiedenhoft, who has committed to be an ACE Teaching Fellow after she graduates, said in an email she identifies strongly with the three pillars.“Growing up in a family of teachers, I was always fascinated by how vital caring teachers are to making an impact in students’ lives,” she said. “My dad is a high school social studies teacher (which is what I want to teach), and watching his process of continually learning and bringing the things he learns into the classroom is really something I wish to bring to my classroom.”Wiedenhoft said she first attended ACE Night when an older teammate from the rowing team invited her.“[I]t was after hearing the stories of former ACErs that I started considering ACE as an option for me,” she said. “ … I have attended ACE Night since my freshman year, so this year it will be fun to be on the other side of it.”Senior Emily Okawara, who will also be participating in ACE next year, said in an email she also enjoyed ACE Night when she attended.“[T]here was one reflection that really clicked,” she said. “ACE Night is so fun and really encompasses the joy that ACE brings.”Okawara also said she is especially appreciative of the sense of community that exists within ACE.“Many of my favorite professors and people on campus have been graduates of or involved in ACE,” she said. “I personally loved the aspects of living in intentional Christian community and having ACE pastoral support throughout the year. … Not only is ACE a community in your own cohort, with the staff and pastoral team, and with ACErs in the past, but the community stretches far and wide to students, schools and neighborhoods across the nation.”Fitzsimmons said he believes the mission of ACE and Notre Dame are closely aligned.“Our teachers have the opportunity to make God known, loved and served through the enterprise of teaching in Catholic schools,” he said. “Notre Dame students, with their strong work ethic and academic ability, as well as their passion for serving others, are the types of people we’d like to see serving the nation’s Catholic schools.”Students of all backgrounds and majors can be considered for the ACE program.“The application process in itself is a great discernment tool,” Okawara said.Fitzsimmons said any student who has considered service after graduation should consider ACE.“We have applicants come into ACE with all different motivations and graduates who leave in many different directions as well,” he said.Tags: ACE, ACE Night, Post-graduate servicelast_img read more

New York Sheriffs’ Association Details Desired Proposals To NY Lawmakers

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),the only ones I agree with are the benefit for seriously injure/die on the job, and the holiday (provided we make voting day a holiday too), the rest are insane and 100% Authoritarian“failure to retreat” a felony???recording an officer a felony????? wtf!!this is scary shit. how do we block this? What bills are coming up that will have these provisions snuck in them? Logo via nysheriffs.org.ALBNAY – Members of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association have a new set of legislative proposals they would like to see lawmakers review.This comes after several police reforms have recently passed through the state legislature.“That’s what this is about is to say, fine, let’s do a lot of things for the defendants out there, but let’s also look after the law enforcement officers who are out there every day,” said Peter Kehoe, NYS Sheriffs’ Association Executive Director.Some of the proposals include increasing the charges for resisting arrest, failure to retreat, and assault on a police officer. Last year, the state legislature passed criminal justice measures like bail and discovery reform. And in June, several police reform bills passed through the legislature, including a ban on chokeholds, and the repeal of 50-A, which shielded police disciplinary records. “We’ve seen these bills come across in favor of the criminal defendants, in favor of no bail, things like that. And we think it’s time that the legislature consider bills like these that would support law enforcement,” said Washington County Sheriff Jeff Murphy.The Sheriffs’ Association would also like to see police officers included as a protected group against hate crimes. Other proposals include making May 15 a state holiday for Police Memorial Day.They’re also advocating for a $500,000 benefit for police officers who “are seriously disabled or die from injuries incurred in the line of duty.”last_img read more