Panel discusses women in war

first_imgWomen are a common target in war zones, said anthropology professor Carolyn R. Nordstrom, who has seen villages where every woman and child has been brutalized. Nordstrom, who has spent years researching conditions of wars across the globe, was part of the panel “Women and War: In and Out of Uniform,” held Wednesday in the Oak Room of South Dining Hall. The discussion explored women’s role in the military and impact during wars. Nordstrom said villages are defenseless when male residents leave to fight. “I walk into villages where every woman and child has been raped, where all the food has been stolen,” she said. Panelist Rear Admiral Wendi B. Carpenter, who has represented the United States in NATO forums, said in war torn areas women take on a unique role. “If you can increase opportunities, education and stability of women, you can decrease the chance of war breaking out,” she said. “[Women can] get a hold of the men in the community and say no, we are not going to do to [go to war] anymore.” Carpenter, the first woman in the navy to be named an admiral, said women have made advances in the military in recent decades. “We’ve got all kinds of female firsts out there, and the good thing is we’ve got the firsts out of the way,” she said. “Now we can move on to other things.” Professor Michael Desch, chair of the Political Science Department, said technology has played a role in increased female military participation. “Historically, the military has been male-dominated,” he said. “Males are physically stronger and larger than women, but with [weapons] technology today, there is no longer the functional advantage of being male.” First Lt. Casie E. Sweeney, a 2008 Notre Dame alumna, detailed her experiences in Afghanistan. As part of a new effort to improve relationships and communication between marines and Afghani civilians, Sweeney lead a female-engagement team through family compounds of farmers displaced in the war during her deployment. “Our mission was to establish trust and confidence to ultimately help them help themselves,” she said. Sweeney said female military members offer a unique element of trust in a culture suspicious of western men. In Afghanistan, only female marines are accepted into family compounds. This comfort with female marines helped foster cooperation with families. “We would take our hair down and it would put them at ease,” she said. When asked how male military members should treat their female counterparts, Sweeney insisted equality. “Be gender blind. If you have bias, you better get rid of it,” she said.last_img read more

Faculty Senate debates classroom policies, disability services

first_imgStudent behavior during class, disability services and a new master’s program sparked debate in Faculty Senate this semester, chair Morten Eskildsen said. Eskildsen said the group acts as a voice for faculty interests on campus. “We work in two ways — first as a reactionary to initiatives, proposals or anything that changes across campus that would affect faculty and secondly as a proactive group to address issues we feel could be improved,” Eskildsen said. Faculty Senate met only twice this semester due to the death of former chair J. Keith Rigby, Jr., Eskildsen said. Rigby, an associate professor of civil engineering and geological sciences, died Nov. 5. Eskildsen said he cancelled the group’s November meeting in honor of Rigby. Generally the Faculty Senate meets once every month. Within the Senate are four committees — Academic Affairs, Administrative Affairs, Benefits and Student Affairs. Two students also sit on Faculty Senate as non-voting members. Ellen Childs represented graduate students, and student body vice president Brett Rocheleau spoke for undergraduates. The faculty representatives discussed disruptive student behavior during its meetings this semester. Eskildsen said the use of cell phones and laptops during class concerns some faculty members. Some professors also expressed frustration with tardiness and students who left during class, he said. “The first thing is then to do some fact finding and find out to which degree this is a real issue,” Eskildsen said. “Some people have expressed this concern on one committee, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s widespread.” Rocheleau said he hoped to work with the committee to solve any issues professors had with students’ behavior in class. “Talk about it and tell us,” Rocheleau said. “If a professor puts it in a syllabus, we know. Some professors agree with some points [on student behavior] but I don’t see how anything would be achieved by a study, which some faculty want to do.” The student representatives made a list of seven initiatives that could possibly improve student-faculty relations, Rocheleau said. The seven initiatives included developing graduate student committees, improved graduate housing, reform in graduate health care, provision of teaching opportunities to graduate students, achieving balance in faculty’s academic and home lives, the creation of an online syllabus database and updating disability services. Disability services have been a large topic of discussion in the group this semester, Rocheleau said. Eskildsen said the Faculty Senate worried the services did not fulfill the needs of those students. “We have an office that provides services for anyone with a physical or learning disability, but it would seem it is understaffed,” Eskildsen said. “Some teachers even take it on themselves and go way beyond what preparation for class should be to help remove obstacles in their way.” Another item on the Senate’s agenda has been a proposal for a master’s degree in Patent Law, which would be a part of the College of Science. “The Faculty Senate is asked for input when new programs are proposed,” he said. “The Academic Affairs Committee is looking into this one.” In addition to these issues, the Faculty Senate also planned to reassess faculty benefits, Eskildsen said. “Hopefully in our [next] meeting , [director of compensation and benefits] Denise Murphy will brief us on some of the latest developments relating to retirement savings and those programs,” he said. “The Committee on Benefits monitors what is going on and advocates for the faculty.” No matter the topic of discussion, Eskildsen said the main goal of the group this semester was to resolve issues on behalf of the faculty. “We try not to just point out problems, though it is necessary,” he said. “We want to offer constructive solutions as to how things could improve.”last_img read more

Students prepare for final round of Baraka Bouts

first_imgTags: Baraka Bouts To add some variety to a usual workout or just for a rare adrenaline rush, the Women’s Boxing Club of Notre Dame recommends getting punched in the face.Each fall, the Women’s Boxing Club hosts Baraka Bouts, a boxing tournament open to all women on campus. The tournament’s final round takes place tonight.Junior Maeve Donovan, one of the club’s seven captains, said the club serves a dual purpose — teaching the sport of boxing and also serving a philanthropic purpose.“We’re a club sport which allows women from Notre Dame to be able to learn the sport of boxing while raising money for Lakeview Secondary School in Jinja, Uganda,” Donovan said. “This involves coming to practice at least four times a week for two hours each. … After over a month of practice, we begin our spars during practice, which are essentially coach-regulated practice fights. Then the season culminates in the tournament, two nights of bouts in which each girl fighting must fundraise at least $350 before being eligible.”Junior captain Casey Gelchion said boxers join for a variety of reasons and with varying levels of experience, but many stay with it through the course of their time at Notre Dame. “I joined because I was looking for something that would challenge me and help me grow. It’s an extremely demanding and mentally exhausting sport, and it’s taught me a lot about my own physical and mental strength,” Gelchion said. Gelchion said her family’s ties to the program factored into her decision to stick with the sport. “My older brother Matt is one of our coaches for Baraka Bouts. Before one of my bouts, he told me that I would not be alone in the ring. He said I couldn’t be alone, because he would be with me through it all. Being able to have my older brother in my corner both literally and figuratively is a blessing I really can’t quite put into words,” Gelchion said. Beyond her brother, Gelchion relies on the rest of her family as part of her pre-fight traditions. “My pre-bout traditions are largely impacted by my family. I read a list of quotes that my mom compiled for me before my first ever fight: They motivate me to step into the ring and give each round all that I have. Right before the bout begins, my brother Matt and I do our ‘secret handshake,’ and from there, I know I am ready to go,” Gelchion said.Junior Maddie McGovern was a two-sport varsity athlete in high school and said was looking for something to keep challenging her in the same capacity that organized sports did before coming to college. “I went to watch my ‘big sister’ in [Pasquerilla East], Liz Zolper, fight, and I thought it was the coolest thing ever,” McGovern said. “Now boxing season is my favorite part of the year. I love being able to train with a purpose — one that’s even higher than winning on fight night, supporting Lakeview Secondary School.”McGovern suffered a concussion in an interhall flag football game earlier this fall and is unable to compete in the Bouts this year. Still, she found a way to participate in the tournament. “My favorite memory actually was from the semifinals on Sunday. One of my best friends, Emmy Popovich, asked me to corner her for her fights. It meant so much to me that I got to have some part in the competition. She won on Sunday, so it’ll be fun to work with her on [today],” McGovern said. Senior captain Kiley Cox said she joined entirely on a whim when she transferred to Notre Dame but ended up falling in love with the program.“I figured Baraka Bouts was an incredibly unique experience that I didn’t want to pass up, and then I stayed because I loved the people and the community that Baraka Bouts has created,” Cox said. Though she is a captain of the boxing club now, she said she still remembers her first ever spar.“Every time I got hit, I would laugh because I couldn’t believe what happening. One of our coaches, Nate Walker, had to stop the spar on several occasions to try to get me to stop laughing. Boxing for the first time just such a surreal experience,” Cox said. McGovern said there a number of exciting fights slated for tonight’s final bouts. “Maeve Donovan versus Joy Choe will hopefully be even more beautiful of a fight than when they sparred each other a few weeks ago. The two are such crisp and calculated fighters. Emmy Popovich versus Ali Gibson will also be another can’t-miss fight,” she said. Cox also recommended tuning in for the Donovan-Choe bout.“Maeve and Joy are two of the most skilled boxers to ever participate in Baraka Bouts. Definitely the fight to see this Wednesday,” Cox said. Regardless of the outcome, Gelchion said she is excited with all the boxers accomplished this year, in addition to the funds raised. “These boxers have worked tirelessly for months to get to this point, and win or lose, they have accomplished great things. I feel honored to be able to serve them in their corner and help them to give the bout everything they have until the bell rings,” she said. last_img read more

Campus cemeteries serve as reminders of death, cycle of life

first_imgLocated on the edges of campus, Notre Dame’s two cemeteries go largely unnoticed, serving instead as the backdrop of students’ everyday walks to and from campus. As home to not just one, but two, cemeteries, the University is distinct for this fact among its peers. Both the Cedar Grove Cemetery on Notre Dame Avenue and the Holy Cross Cemetery on St. Mary’s Road have existed as long as the University.“Notre Dame is probably the only one that actually started a cemetery at the same time they started the university,” Leon Glon, manager of Cedar Grove Cemetery, said. “Basically the cemetery was used to make money and … it was the first Catholic Cemetery in the area. It was kind of a two-fold thing: they needed it to help support the University, but yet they were taking care of the corporal mercy of burying the dead.”While Cedar Grove was a public cemetery maintained by members of the Congregation of Holy Cross as a source of income for the University, Notre Dame founder Fr. Edward Sorin also established a second cemetery for the Holy Cross community alone, Fr. Austin Collins, religious superior of Corby Hall, said. With a few exceptions, deceased priests and brothers are buried in the next available slot without regard to rank or role.“As you can see from the cemetery, everyone’s equal,” Collins said. “It’s just a little cross, RIP — ‘rest in peace’ — and your name. It is just kind of an equality thing: you’re a fellow brother Holy Cross.”Cedar Grove was converted to a private cemetery in the 1970s and gravesites were reserved for faculty and staff at the University. When Glon began working at Cedar Grove in the 1980s, he said, the cemetery was in poor condition.“It was kind of off-the-radar for so many years,” Glon said. “Thirty years ago we were on the very outside edge of campus so it wasn’t really anything that anyone really thought about, it was just kind of there and I would say was kind of neglected. But, you know, things started to change … they started to look at the cemetery differently. They looked at it as an asset instead of a liability.” With budget increases that led to better upkeep and the 2004 renovation of All Souls Chapel, Glon said, the cemetery began to capture the attention of alumni and students alike. While in-ground spaces are still reserved for faculty and staff, alumni are now able to be buried in the cemetery’s above-ground mausoleum either in niche spaces for cremated remains or full-body entombment.Though Cedar Grove Cemetery’s demography is increasingly Notre Dame related, Glon said members of families who purchased plots decades ago are still being buried in the original 16 acres of the cemetery alongside their forebears. Cedar Grove cements the ongoing relationship and deeply intertwined history of the University and the South Bend community.“The cemetery has been active since its inception and it’s got a lot of South Bend history here,” Glon said. “Some of the founders of the city are buried here in Cedar Grove.”In an increasingly mobile world, Glon said, Notre Dame remains a constant in the lives of its alumni, which now make up the majority of burials each year. Burial in Cedar Grove allows for alumni legacies to continue in a tangible way, he said.“For alumni, and I hear this all the time, they went to school here, met their wife here, they got married here, their kids are going to school here or in some cases now their grandkids so its become really ingrained into the family,” Glon said. “… So many people are transient: jobs will take them from one coast to the other but Notre Dame seems to be home.”Similarly, the Holy Cross Cemetery provides a beautiful and simple end to the earthly lives and spiritual journeys of those members of the congregation for whom Notre Dame is home, he said, by serving as a reminder of the fellowship and unity of the religious community.“For most of us … Notre Dame is our home, but it’s also just such a sacred place,” Collins said. “Most of the men have taken final vows in the Basilica, the majority of them have been ordained there and this is where their funerals are. They have the same funeral and they have a procession from the Basilica to the Holy Cross cemetery. It is a very humbling and spiritual experience, I would say.” “We’re buried in the same type of coffin, buried in the same type of vault in the next slot in line so I think it relates to the vow of poverty, relates to simplicity, but it also relates to … this is your brothers and community, you know, there’s no special spot,” Collins said.Glon and Collins both said the cemeteries provide the opportunity for spiritual reflection in peaceful and beautiful settings. Collins said he sees many alumni looking for specific graves in Holy Cross Cemetery as a special way to remember those who have passed.“It’s wonderful during Alumni Weekend especially,” Collins said. “The cemetery is very crowded for people going and looking up their former professors or rectors or friends that they had lived with or been taught by. I think it’s a way to connect with the past. … I can remember someone yelling out, ‘Oh, I found Fr. [Charles] Sheedy’s grave’ once, or I found some older guys that were there looking for their teachers. So I think it is a spiritual place.”Notre Dame is one of few universities in the United States with cemeteries on campus. While the cemeteries may not play a large part in the everyday lives of Notre Dame students, Collins said the mere presence of the rows of humble crosses in Holy Cross Cemetery provides an opportunity for reflection.“[University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh’s] driver Marty Ogren would say that Fr. Ted would always ask him to stop so he could say a prayer before he left the campus there,” Collins said.Collins emphasized the value of coming to terms with death and pointed to the cemeteries on campus as useful ways to do so. The Holy Cross congregation buries 10 to 12 members each year, Collins said, and their funerals burials are a reminder of the inevitability and peace of death.“Some people are very uncomfortable with death but … it’s really as natural as being born,” Collins said. “We have to look at it that way — the cycle of life, and for people of faith that should not be a scary opportunity. It can actually be a really healing, humanizing experience to see someone pass from this life to the eternal life.”Tags: Cedar Grove Cemetery, cemeteries, Death, Father Hesburgh, history, Holy Cross Cemeterylast_img read more

2020 Trout Season Kicks Off Statewide

first_imgRANDOLPH – Regardless of the COVID-19 outbreak, and the social distancing restrictions in place, anglers across New York State hit the streams for the first day of trout season Wednesday.Image by Scott Lux.The State’s Department of Environmental Conservation is encouraging those who are going out to fish, to stay six feet apart from one another and avoid close contact like shaking hands.Furthermore, the DEC suggests avoiding touching surfaces like doorknobs, handrails and playground equipment.“Fishing is good for the mind and body,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “While this winter’s mild conditions offered ample opportunities for hardcore or novice trout and salmon anglers to pursue their favorite gamefish on waters open to year-round fishing, springtime remains the main event.” “Water temperatures are rising, causing trout to feed more aggressively, and present a perfect opportunity for anglers,” furthered Seggos. “I encourage all anglers, novice and expert, to get outside and fish, but to act responsibly by practicing social distancing and staying safe.”If you’re fishing from a boat, the DEC says to keep a distance of six feet between your boat and another boat. To limit the spread of the coronavirus, DEC officials are asking that if you’re going to purchase a sporting license, to do so online.In total, 1.68 million brown trout, 424,860 rainbow trout and 156,970 brook trout will be stocked into waterways. Almost 1.6 million lake trout, steelhead, landlocked salmon, splake and coho salmon will also be stocked.Image by Scott Lux.Of the waterways, 307 lakes and ponds and roughly 2,845 miles of streams across the state will also be supplied. 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

First N95 Medical Mask Imports Finally Reaching US

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) Photo: PixnioWASHINGTON – The first N95 medical masks to reach the U.S. since February are arriving by plane and ship this week, with trucks standing ready to speed them to coronavirus hot spots around the country.In recent days, 24 pallets of the masks arrived at the port of Los Angeles, sent from a 3M factory in Singapore, according to trade records from Panjiva, a company that tracks trade data. The Federal Emergency Management Agency flew 130,000 of the special masks on a cargo plane that arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport from Southeast Asia, and DirectRelief, a humanitarian aid organization, was expecting 80,000 to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport any day now.It’s not nearly enough to meet demand. As COVID-19 cases soared this month, the U.S. was hit with a critical shortage of medical supplies, which often are made in China. Until this week, the most recent delivery of medical-grade N95 masks arrived from China more than a month ago, on Feb. 19.N95 masks are used in industrial settings as well as hospitals, and they filter out 95% of all airborne particles, including ones too tiny to be blocked by regular masks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told medical providers to use bandanas if they run out of the masks, while volunteers with sewing skills are using publicly shared patterns to bolster supplies. Doctors, nurses and other health care workers across the United States are frustrated that they have to care for sick people without proper equipment. Some have held demonstrations; others are buying their own supplies.A home health nurse who is part of the Oregon Nurses Association said she’s terrified she’s spreading coronavirus from one place to the next as she visits her elderly patients in assisted living facilities without a mask, gloves or other protective equipment.“I wake up every morning in fear, absolutely terrified I’m going to do something to harm an entire generation of our seniors. It makes me sick,” she said. She spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized by her company to speak to reporters.A typical day can bring her to four facilities with 50 elderly people each.For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.DirectRelief vice president Tony Morain said they usually supply the neediest clinics in places like Haiti. But they’re now shipping masks and other gear to some of the wealthiest places in the U.S.“Basically we’ve expanded our scope based on the need,” said Morain. “We’re still doing everything we can to support safety-net facilities, but we’re also receiving requests for major hospitals in hard-hit areas.”FEMA said in a written statement that it has created an “air bridge” to quickly bring medical supplies from manufacturers in Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Taiwan, India, Honduras and Mexico.The first FEMA flight landed Sunday at Kennedy Airport with an 80-ton shipment that included 130,000 N95 masks, 1.8 million face masks and gowns, 10.3 million gloves and thousands of thermometers, to be distributed to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Contracted flights arrived Monday in Chicago with supplies that are being shipped to other states. An additional 19 FEMA flights are scheduled, with more flights being added daily.Since the outbreak began, 3M has doubled its global output of N95 respirator masks to an annual rate of over 1.1 billion, or nearly 100 million per month. That includes this week’s imports and U.S. manufacturing. Honeywell Safety also announced that it would ramp up production of N95 masks in its Rhode Island and Arizona facilities to help meet growing demand for protective gear.last_img read more

Second COVID-19 Death Reported In Chautauqua County

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) MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Health Department reported the second COVID-19 related death on Monday.County officials say the deceased male was in his 70s.Additionally, officials say another person, a man in his 40s, has tested positive for the virus bringing the number of confirmed cases to 19 and active cases to 10.“91 cases under quarantine/isolation orders by the Public Health Director and being monitored,” said officials. “Not all of those being monitored are confirmed to have COVID-19 but have either shown symptoms, are awaiting results, or have risk factors.” Overall, seven people have recovered in Chautauqua County.The Cattaraugus County Department of Health has reported its tenth confirmed case of COVID-19.Officials there say a male resident who lives in the southeastern part of the county with no significant travel history who was admitted to Olean General Hospital on April 3 for fever, cough, weakness, chest and abdominal pains. Chest X-ray revealed bilateral pneumonia.The patient was tested for COVID-19 upon admission and on Sunday the results of the test indicated that he was positive for the virus.last_img read more

Date & Judges Set for 2014 Obie Awards, Honoring Off-Broadway

first_img The event’s host and presenters will be announced in due course. View Comments Unlike most awards, the Obies do not publicize nominations or employ rigid categories. Joining Pinkins and Feingold on the panel will be Voice critic Alexis Soloski, musical theater writer Kristen Childs, La MaMa director of programming Nicky Paraiso, writer Michael Sommers and fight director Rick Sordelet.center_img The 59th annual Village Voice Obie Awards will be presented on May 19 at a ceremony to be held at Webster Hall. The event honors outstanding achievement in off-Broadway and off-off Broadway and this year’s judging panel will include Tony winner Tonya Pinkins. Michael Feingold, chief theater critic for the Voice, will serve as Obie Chairman.last_img

Norm Lewis + Andrew Lloyd Webber + The Chandelier = Phantom Heaven!

first_imgAs Norm Lewis gets ready to headline The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, he got a chance to rehearse the show’s signature song, “The Music of the Night,” with none other than Phantom composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. This clip from ABC World News with Diane Sawyer has it all: Norm’s lustrous voice, the maestro at the piano, the chandelier in the background and a dry joke about Annie. (Weren’t expecting that last one, were you?!) Lewis will don the mask and take Broadway by storm (along with former Little Mermaid co-star Sierra Boggess) on May 12 at the Majestic Theatre. Until then, we’re just going to watch this amazing video over and over…and see the longer clip on ABC on April 4. Enjoy! from $29.00 View Comments The Phantom of the Opera Related Shows Star Files Norm Lewislast_img read more

Linda Balgord Joins The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway

first_imgFondest greetings to a Great White Way vet! Linda Balgord, who plays Madame Giry in the North American tour of The Phantom of the Opera, is returning to Broadway. She will begin performances as Giry in the New York production on December 15, along with the previously announced Julia Udine as Christine. Balgord succeeds Ellen Harvey, who will give her final performance on December 13. Norm Lewis has also once again extended his stay as the musical’s title character and will now play through February 7, 2015. Balgord’s Broadway credits include Cats, The Pirate Queen, Gypsy, La Cage aux Folles and Passion. She starred as Norma Desmond in the first national tour of Sunset Boulevard and as Rose Vibert in the U.S. and Canadian tour of Aspects of Love. The current cast of the longest-running show on the Great White Way also includes Mary Michael Patterson as Christine, Jeremy Hays as Raoul, Laird Mackintosh as Monsieur André, Tim Jerome as Monsieur Firmin, Michele McConnell as Carlotta, Christian Šebek as Piangi, Kara Klein as Meg Giry and Kaley Ann Voorhees as the Christine alternate. Related Shows The Phantom of the Opera View Comments from $29.00last_img read more