Memorial Mass held for Seeberg

first_imgMore than 400 students, faculty, staff, family and friends gathered together in remembrance of Elizabeth “Lizzy” Seeberg, a Saint Mary’s College student who died Friday. The College held a memorial Mass in Regina Hall’s Chapel Monday evening. Members of the Saint Mary’s College community filled the chapel. Attendees filled all of the chapel’s seats; many attendees stood or sat on the ground. Fr. John Pearson celebrated the Mass. “It’s hard to believe, that it’s barely 72 hours since shock descended on McCandless Hall and Saint Mary’s from Lizzy’s death,” Pearson said. “It’s been such a strong reality that in some weird way it feels like the feelings and emotions and reactions have been going on for a very long time.” Pearson shared his experience meeting Seeberg and said her bright personality and sunny disposition affected everyone she met. “Here at Saint Mary’s we grieve for Lizzy both because of the presence and friendship and vitality she left us with, and because we know we will miss all that she could have been here and how she might have placed her own particular stamp on our community, our family,” he said. Lizzy’s father Tom Seeberg, as well as other family and friends, attended the Mass. Carol Ann Mooney, president of the College, participated in the Mass as the lector. At the end of the service, Seeberg’s father spoke to the congregation. Karen Johnson, vice president of Student Affairs, said Saint Mary’s College would provide transportation for any students who wished to attend the funeral Friday. The visitation will be held Thursday at N.H. Scott & Hanekamp Funeral Home, located at 1240 Waukegan Road in Glenview, Ill. from 4 to 9 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Norbert Church, located at 1809 Walters Ave. in Northbrook, Ill. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christ the King Jesuit College Prep at www.ctkjesuit.org or Erika’s Lighthouse at www.erikaslighthouse.orglast_img read more

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Legends holds focus group for Saint Mary’s students

first_imgLegends of Notre Dame is a restaurant, bar and club that serves as a gathering place for the Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross communities. On March 8, the Legends marketing team held a focus group at Saint Mary’s for students to voice their opinions and concerns. Catherine Flatley, a Notre Dame junior and marketing research manager of Legends, is in charge of coordinating focus groups. “We try to get a better insight to specifically what students want to see at Legends,” Flatley said. “Focus groups and surveys are held for Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students so that we can find ways to better serve our customers’ needs.” By holding a Saint Mary’s focus group, Flatley hoped to learn how Saint Mary’s students looked at Legends differently from Notre Dame and Holy Cross students, she said. “By acknowledging the needs of the Saint Mary’s students, we will be able to modify the experiences they have at Legends to make it more enjoyable,” Flatley said. JoLynn Williams, Saint Mary’s senior and Legends’ branding manager, also assisted Flatley in holding the Saint Mary’s focus group. “I am the only Saint Mary’s student on the marketing team at Legends, so we felt that my presence in this focus group would be very important to maintaining our goals,” Williams said. “A big part of my job is to make sure we can extend the olive branch to Saint Mary’s students and remind them that while Legends is on Notre Dame’s campus, we cater to the whole community of students.” Over the past four years, Williams noticed there has only been one promotion driven by handing out flyers, as opposed to posting them in dorms, for a Legends event on Saint Mary’s campus. “There are usually three to four members of the marketing team on campus [Notre Dame] who hand out promotions for our events happening each weekend,” Williams said. “Saint Mary’s has not seen this much.” Williams said this type of promotion can help bring people to events. “The one time I saw this type of promotion for an event at Legends, it struck me so much that I actually went to the event and enjoyed myself,” Williams said. By holding the Saint Mary’s focus group, Flatley and Williams hoped to gain constructive criticism to make changes where needed. “We use more of guideline questions to steer our focus groups so that the participants have a chance to get the dialogue really flowing without being pushed in different directions,” Flatley said. “This is what leads to the constructive criticism, which is what we are looking for.” When building the focus group, the participants tended to be juniors and seniors, Flatley said. “The most common thing we heard was Legends being compared to other bars around town and the differences between Legends and other go to places in the community,” she said. To maintain the constant input from Saint Mary’s students, Williams hopes the marketing team at Legends will have at least one or two students from Saint Mary’s on future teams. “I know there have been Saint Mary’s students on the team in the past, but currently I am the only one on the marketing team,” Williams said. “It would be truly beneficial to maintain a working relationship between Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame and Holy Cross students in the future.” Contact Jillian Barwick at [email protected]last_img read more

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Innovation Park holds event

first_imgCould you develop a prototype for a new business in a little more than two days? Participants in Notre Dame’s first-ever Startup Weekend event will attempt to do just that during a 54-hour period from April 13 to the 15. The event, hosted by Innovation Park at Notre Dame and sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to entrepreneurship, brings creative thinkers together to conceptualize and launch companies during Startup Weekends around the world, co-organizer Melissa Parker said. Parker and co-organizer Brendan Daly, students in the Engineering, Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Excellence Masters (ESTEEM) program, have planned the event since November, and hope Notre Dame’s Startup Weekend becomes an annual event. “We had heard about Startup Weekend and even visited a Startup Weekend event in Grand Rapids, [Mich.] We wanted to bring something here that was a hands-on entrepreneurship experience,” Parker said. According to Parker, a startup is simply a new company different from ones already “out there,” and Startup Weekend event embraces this innovation, though it focuses on technology-related ideas. “There’s a wide range of startups. A new restaurant is considered a startup.” Parker said. “This weekend tends to be more web-based because it’s easier to develop the prototype, but that doesn’t have to be the core business-model of the startup.” Project teams will need a variety of designers, developers, lawyers and business people, Parker said, but the event is open to anyone interested in learning more about startups. “We’re trying to build collaboration. Businesses require a lot of people working together,” Parker said. “Technology, business, marketing, law and design, all of these pieces need to come together for a successful startup.” Parker said she recommends the event to anyone interested in business, namely entrepreneurship. “You can meet a lot of people who are entrepreneurial-minded, and it’s a great way to get in contact with startup companies that are looking to hire people,” Parker said. Startup Weekend also provides undergraduate students with new creative opportunities, Parker said. “For undergraduates who are worried about finding jobs after graduating, it will look great on their resume, but it is also an alternative – starting a company instead of working for one,” she said. The weekend kicks off 8 p.m. Friday, when attendees begin pitching ideas for potential startup businesses. Attendees then vote on their favorite proposals, and the creators of the top-10 ideas assemble their respective teams from other participants and begin working on their projects. The prototypes are completed by 12 p.m. Sunday and are presented to the judges at 1 p.m. Experienced faculty members and business professionals will serve as mentors during the event and assist the teams with their projects. Parker said roughly 60 percent of the currently registered participants are undergraduate, MBA, Law and ESTEEM program students. Forty percent of attendees come from the greater South Bend community, a majority of which are web developers. One of the community participants, class of 2011 alumnus John Rocha, is the co-founder of myFit, a startup company housed in Innovation Park. Rocha said Startup Weekend presents an opportunity for Notre Dame to make a name for itself in the world of technology. “I believe Notre Dame is on the cusp of a huge technology revolution, especially compared to other universities,” Rocha said. myFit is developing software that will allow Microsoft Kinect and Windows 8 PC users to create a virtual avatar and fitting room for online clothing shopping. Although the myFit software will not be included in Startup Weekend, Rocha said he plans to present other ideas that will make use of the compatibility of the soon-to-be-released Windows 8 with the Kinect system, which currently operates with Microsoft’s Xbox. Tim Braun, an entrepreneur-in-residence at Elevate Ventures, Dave Brenner, president and CEO of Innovation Park, and Mike Vogel, entrepreneur-in-residence at the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, will serve as judges for the event. Developer Town, Localstake, Elevate Ventures and Innovation Park donated prizes for the winning team, including a dinner, design software, free consultation, a business plan review and six months of free rent at Innovation Park. The second-place team will receive three months of free rent at Innovation Park, and the third-place team will receive free consultation on pitching their idea.last_img read more

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Students prepare for holidays

first_imgIt may be the day before Halloween, but Saint Mary’s fine arts students and faculty are already revving up for the Christmas season. The College’s Department of Music and Department of Theatre have begun preparations for the Madrigal Dinner, an annual medieval-themed holiday celebration in its 40th year at the College. Theatre professor Michaela Duffy said the event incorporates song and dance into a commemoration of Christ’s birth. “[The Madrigal Dinner] is a feast celebrating the nativity, with performers in traditional garb, usually singing traditional Christmas music and sometimes featuring actors, dancers, jugglers or other performers,” she said. This year’s event will include a redesign of the production’s traditional set. Duffy led a team of students responsible for the set redesign for this year’s celebration. “The previous scenery was a backdrop hung behind the risers where the singers stand,” she said. “There were also Christmas decorations hung throughout the hall. This year, we’re adding backdrops throughout the entire hall and adding even more Christmas decorations.” Having been at the College for seven years, Duffy said she is excited to see the revamped production come together. “We’ve been very busy painting and sewing and we are very excited to see the new elements for this year’s dinners,” she said. Senior Sophia Korson is also a member of the team working on the set. Duffy tasked her scenic design class with the redesign last spring, Korson said. “As you can imagine, out of our ideas came some good ideas and not so good ideas,” Korson said. “But Michaela took bits and pieces of our good ideas and added a lot of her great ideas and developed the design that you will see at Madrigals this year.” Korson said the event is not only a chance to perform but also an opportunity to engage with the audience. “It’s a great way to meet new people who come year after year to these dinners,” she said. “It’s also just awesome to stand in the middle of a room with everyone watching as you make a fool out of yourself.” The Madrigal Dinner will run Nov. 30 through Dec. 2.last_img read more

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App enables users to track Transpo buses

first_imgStudents, faculty and other members of the campus community will see the wheels on the bus go round in a whole new way, as Transpo now offers an online bus tracking service. The service allows anyone in the University community to track Transpo buses in real time, giving riders a better idea when a particular bus will arrive at a given location, student body president Brett Rocheleau said. This information is available online via http://nd.doublemap.com/map or through the DoubleMap Bus Tracker app for iPhone and Android phones. Rocheleau said the application overlays icons of buses on a map of the Transpo routes to show where the buses are at all times. The service will be valuable for people who want to avoid waiting outdoors for the bus during harsh weather, he said. “You can stay inside and track the bus, then step outside just as it arrives,” he said. The service will be especially useful for students who use the SWEEP route Friday and Saturday nights and students who rely on Transpo buses to visit or work in South Bend, Rocheleau said. He said the service is provided by DoubleMap, an organization based in Bloomington, Ind., that offers GPS bus-tracking applications for personal computers and mobile phones. Rocheleau said he and other members of student government worked with DoubleMap representative Peter SerVaas, who brought a similar service to Indiana University while he was student body president there for the 2009-10 school year. Rocheleau said he and student body president emeritus Pat McCormick looked into the possibility of such a program during the 2011-12 school year, but it wasn’t until SerVaas contacted Notre Dame’s student government that the DoubleMap system was implemented. “Pat [McCormick] and I looked at this issue a little bit last year, and we worked with Transpo to consider installing this sort of system,” Rocheleau said. “Then Peter [SerVaas] came to us and was able to set it up at no charge, so it was perfect.” According to the DoubleMap website, the service is in place at several other universities, including SUNY Cortland and the University of Cincinnati. The new service will be one of the final projects of the outgoing student government administration, Rocheleau said. The service can be accessed at http://nd.doublemap.com/maplast_img read more

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Campus mourns student death

first_imgAkash Sharma, a graduate student from India, died Jan. 1, according to an email Notre Dame International sent to international students Jan. 9.Photo courtesy of nd.edu Sharma was a third-year Ph.D. student in chemical and biomolecular engineering, according to the email. He served as co-president of the Indian Association of Notre Dame during the 2012-13 academic year and was a teaching assistant for several classes.“Akash was an enthusiastic and passionate student with big dreams about the future,” the email said. “Due to his always smiling and friendly nature, he was liked by a large number of graduate and undergraduate students. Akash will greatly be missed.”The University declined to comment on the cause of Sharma’s death.Grief counseling is available to students through the University Counseling Center, Campus Ministry and International Student and Scholar Affairs. Details about a memorial service will be forthcoming, according to the email.Tags: Student deathlast_img read more

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Earth Institute director compares university curricula

first_imgAs part of her visit to Notre Dame, senior director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University Sara Sievers gave another lecture on Thursday night in conjunction with the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. The lecture, titled “What Contributions Can Universities Make to the Practice of International Development?” focused largely on her experience designing university curriculum.Sievers specifically spoke about Notre Dame’s planned Keough School of Global Affairs, which will contribute to advancement in the developing world. The Keough School — the first new school at the University in 97 years — is set to open in 2017.“It’s really a pleasure and quite literally an inspiration to be here,” Sievers said. “I think it’s tremendously exciting. It’s not every day of the week that a university starts a new school.Sievers served as founding executive director of Harvard University’s Center for International Development, and has worked extensively in the developing world as a Foreign Service officer during her tenure at the Gates Foundation. For the last 10 years, she has worked at Columbia University’s Earth Institute.Initially, Sievers’ talk focused on curriculum used at both Harvard and Columbia.“We’ve tried to build a tripartite model of learning, integrating academic degree programs and teaching, research programs and field work,” she said.Part of the Earth Institute’s work focuses on what Sievers described as “peer-to-peer partnerships.” Through Global Classroom projects at Columbia, students all over the world, particularly in Africa and Latin America, have been able to take classes taught at the Columbia through lectures posted online and online discussion sections. Harvard participates in the edX program, which offers a similar experience.Sievers said this was significant because, of the top-10 universities in Africa, none of them made the top 300 globally — mostly because education funding in the developing world was pushed toward primary and secondary education instead of tertiary education.Sievers said the goal of international development is to empower people in developing countries with the tools and skills to manage on their own.“We’ve done the knowledge transfer to work ourselves out of a job, which is a pleasure,” Sievers said of one particular project in which she was contracted to the Nigerian government to do technical backstopping.“International development is inherently interdisciplinary. An interdisciplinary method is the only way to approach a problem like this,” she said. “At the Earth Institute, we have ten degrees that we have adapted with other departments … earth and science, earth and journalism, and several others.“Technical skills have been very helpful for our students, in fact we’ve probably focused too much on the quantitative. When you’re actually out practicing development, there need to be tools and skills that you have that are more qualitative.”“Right now, there is more demand for space in these programs than we are able to supply. The country and the world need more programs like this,” Sievers said. “And there are jobs for these students, and our students are getting jobs.”Sievers said that in many universities she has worked with, “we have to cajole the university president into doing this weird thing as opposed to what we should be doing, which is research. My understanding is that would not be the case [at Notre Dame].“The Catholic Church is basically unparalleled in terms of service to the poor. I was astounded by how many people on the ground in these countries were Catholics, not necessarily peers but nuns and priests and missionaries. It’s my opinion that because of that, you will be able to be more effective more quickly.”Tags: International Development, Kellogg Institute, Keough School of Global Affairslast_img read more

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ND student government offers opportunities for first years

first_imgO’SNAP, a late-night ride home. It’s On Us, a national campaign against sexual assault. Comedy on the Quad, the beginning-of-the-year big-name stand-up show. An annual report on a student issue to the Board of Trustees. Notre Dame’s student government is responsible for many of the initiatives, events and even policies on campus – it aims to be, said student body vice president Rebecca Blais, “a direct line of communication between students and the administration.” Blais said she hopes freshmen will be involved in student government, whether by participating in its initiatives or joining the administration. She said she and student body president Corey Robinson will visit sessions of the Moreau First Year Experience and encourage freshmen to visit the student government office. “It’s a totally free-flowing environment, full of ideas,” she said. “It’s an awesome way for students to get involved.” As president and vice president, Robinson and Blais oversee the executive cabinet, a series of topic-based departments which, along with the hall-elected Student Senate, work on specific issues and projects by topic and make reports, resolutions and recommendations to the University administration. One of those departments, the First Undergraduate Experience in Leadership (FUEL) is geared directly to freshmen, allowing them to help with or develop student government projects. Dan Hopkinson, who was a member of FUEL as a freshman and now serves as the department co-director, said FUEL is a “stepping stone” for students who want to be involved in policymaking at Notre Dame.  FUEL members each join an executive department — for example, Academic Affairs or Gender Issues — and work on projects with that department, in addition to developing their own, Hopkinson said. Hopkinson said he and co-FUEL director Nabila Mourad hope to involve freshmen more in student government’s decision-making, as well as connect them to volunteer opportunities, host a retreat and set up a networking fair with other student government members.“We’re really hoping to give people hands-on experience in being a part of a project in student government, to implement their requests and meet with administrators and get people to see what student government can do, so they’re more inclined to be a part of it,” Hopkinson saidThe point, he said, is to give first years an “in” in student government — nearly half of last year’s FUEL members continued with student government in some way. “It’s a way for a dedicated and motivated student to get their foot in the door in student government and learn about it, and then hopefully move up in student government in whatever way that may be, whether Senate, Executive Cabinet or SUB,” Hopkinson said. SUB — Student Union Board — is a programming arm of student government, along with Class Councils. SUB is responsible for many campus events, including Comedy on the Quad; Acousticafe, a weekly student concert; and AnTostal, a week of festivities before spring finals. SUB executive director Louis Bertolotti said students often get involved in the organization as freshmen, joining various planning committees, but they did not have space of their own. FY SUB, a new program geared specifically towards freshmen, will introduce first-years to each other and bring in students to speak about SUB’s departments and leadership, junior Madi Purrenhage said, who is running the program. “It’s to introduce them to SUB, to prepare them to enter whatever club they want to go into, give them real skills they can use and let them have fun and know that SUB is like a family and they can find their place in there,” Purrenhage said. Other than FUEL and SUB, student government is expansive. The class council of the class of 2020 will elect members from their residence halls this fall to plan events and programs for their year, while the upperclassmen classes elect an executive board for their class, who then select their own councils. The Judicial Council oversees student government elections and ethics and recruits from all classes. Residence hall councils often invite freshmen to meetings, and other councils and boards manage clubs and finances. Bertolotti, who has been involved since his own freshman year, said student government offers opportunities to make change for students with a variety of interests. “The big thing I can say is that as a first year, you’re a small fish in a big pond,” he said. “It’s hard sometimes to believe you can make a difference, but you can, and it’s through student government.” Tags: Freshman Orientation 2016last_img read more

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Saint Mary’s students reflect on supernatural occurrences

first_imgThough the demands of college can be daunting, Saint Mary’s students stay in good spirits as several supernatural occurrences in residence halls prove life on The Avenue is far from a dead end.When her bed began to shake in the middle of the night, senior — then sophomore — Fiona Van Antwerp thought her roommate was playing a prank on her, as the pair had just moved into a double on the fourth floor of Le Mans Hall.Chris Collins “It felt like there was somebody under my bed … pushing up underneath my mattress,” she said. “I thought, ‘Wow, you’re really good. You’re getting the bed to shake while being across the room.’”When the same instance happened a few nights later, though, Van Antwerp knew she couldn’t blame her roommate — or any human.“But after it happened again, I learned that she wasn’t the one behind it,” she said. “It kept happening periodically. I would just be lying in my bed, and the lights would be off, and my bed would start wobbling.”Not being able to trace the cause of her discomfort frightened her even more than the shaking itself, Van Antwerp said.“It would be very hard for me to get any sleep because I would be so terrified that something was going to come get me,” she said. “I felt helpless.”Van Antwerp said her suspicion that some supernatural presence resided in her room was intensified when the wooden floor began making noises.“There was a spot on the floor that would creak really bad,” she said. “Sometimes in the middle of the night, my roommate would be dead asleep in bed. I’d wake up, and I would hear somebody dancing on those floorboards, creaking them back and forth.”Occurrences such as these may be startling, but Van Antwerp said students should embrace the element of surprise, for no malicious intent is involved.“I guess [the ghosts] are students that don’t want to leave, or they’re Sisters that are trying to make sure that Saint Mary’s girls are behaving,” she said.Senior Kathleen Melei said her quad in Holy Cross Hall sophomore year also experienced the presence of an uninvited visitor. “My first night there, I felt tugging on my sheets,” Melei said. “Then, in October, I was falling asleep — kind of sitting there and relaxing before bed — and I heard my roommate Emily come in and get ready for bed.”The sound of shuffling around didn’t subside, though, and Melei said she couldn’t block out the noise.“She was taking forever to get her stuff, and I was like ‘What is she doing?’” she said. “I was facing the wall, so I couldn’t see her. You know how you kind of memorize people’s steps and how they sound? I was like, ‘It doesn’t really sound like her walk. What the heck?’”She decided to open her eyes. “I roll over, and I look at the edge of my bed, and someone is standing there staring at me and smiling,” Melei said. “I was like ‘Emily?’ and it didn’t move. It just stayed there smiling at me.”Melei said she was intrigued and couldn’t avert her gaze.“I realized it wasn’t Emily,” she said. “I was watching it, and the whole room was pitch black, and I [didn’t] have my glasses on. But I could see this thing perfectly, standing on the ground at the edge of my bed.”Recalling the exact details about the figure’s appearance, Melei said, poses a challenge, though one distinguishing characteristic seems unforgettable.“It was a full person,” she said. “I can’t tell if it was a man or a woman. I have no idea. I just remember the smile. It was a huge smile.”Her initial reaction involved more curiosity than fear, she said. “I wasn’t scared when it happened, but afterward, I was freaking out,” Melei said. “From there, I never saw it again after that, but we always had weird experiences in our room.”The format of her quad, she said, consisted of two rooms — one where all the girls slept and one where they could lounge around.“There were so many times where we’d hear our entry door open and someone walking around out there, but no one was there, and our door was locked and everything,” she said. “It happened multiple times.”Melei said she never considered moving out, since she didn’t feel threatened.“I like ghosts,” she said. “I was like, ‘I hope it comes back.’”And maybe it did. One of the girls Melei shared a room with that year, senior Melissa Lustro, now lives in the Annunciata section of Holy Cross Hall — the building’s fourth floor that is typically reserved for seniors.“Sophomore year, we talked to the hall advisor, and she said that seniors have this man who would stand at their edge of the bed and kind of just watch them and do nothing,” Lustro said. “We thought that’s what happened with [Melei].”Lustro said at the beginning of this semester, she was startled awake to an unexpected scene consistent with Melei’s description.“I remember sitting up out of nowhere and just opening my eyes, and I saw a man standing there by my bed,” she said. “It was just kind of like a face.”She fell back asleep right away, and after thinking about it the next day, dismissed the incidence as a bad dream. When history repeated itself, though, Lustro said she could no longer deny reality.“I was probably asleep for an hour, and all of a sudden, my eyes shoot open again, and there’s a face right in front of me,” she said. “I just stared at it and didn’t really do anything. I remember it zooming backwards, and it went against my wall, and it stood there for a quick second and disappeared.”This time, Lustro said her instinctual reaction was to try to determine the figure’s identity.“I just remember turning on my flashlight and trying to look around,” she said. “I couldn’t really say anything. I didn’t scream. I just did the most simple thing.”Though she could not locate the figure, this second appearance confirmed that what she had previously passed off as a dream was, in fact, a supernatural encounter.“It was the same man with a smirk on his face,” she said. “That looks exactly like the man that I saw the other night, so it couldn’t have been a dream the other time.”Lustro said she was more intimidated by the figure’s proximity than by its presence, since it did not inflict any harm on her.“It worried me how close he could actually get, and it felt like he was kind of waking me up at the same time, but he didn’t really do anything,” she said. “I don’t get super bad vibes from it, but it’s still freaky.”Lustro said she does not even need to see to believe in the existence of ghosts, since she constantly feels restless in her room.“I remember the first day moving in this year, I felt kind of weird sleeping,” she said. “I never get a good night’s rest. I always open my eyes and look around and go back to bed. I even try taking naps during the day, and I could be lying down for two hours and not fall asleep.”Her solution, she said, involves increasing the visibility of her natural surroundings to decrease the visibility of any spirits.“Now, I’m sleeping with the lights on because I don’t want to see anything,” she said. “I don’t know what I’d do if I saw it again. Even though people have said before that this man — if it’s the same guy — doesn’t do anything, it still freaks me out.” Even guests in her room have detected that someone else lurks in the space.“They always feel kind of uneasy sleeping, just restless,” she said. “I think he is some kind of spirit. I kind of want to know why he’s there.”Lustro said her firsthand experience with this spirit amplified her belief in the supernatural, she said.“It makes me believe more of the paranormal stuff that goes on because you always hear these stories, and you’re kind of iffy about it,” she said. “I feel like just Saint Mary’s in general has a lot of secrets when it comes to buildings. Especially in Holy Cross, there are a lot of doors that are locked.”Though she has no clue of the man’s identity, Lustro said she continues to reflect on the encounter and strategize for the future. “I don’t want to do anything — even talk to it or tell it to go away because then … that might be inviting it in,” she said. “I don’t want to take any chances.”Melei said students’ engagement with ghosts does not surprise her, since the College has such a rich, historical tradition and has served as home to many individuals.“People have put so much energy into this place, and I think it was a valuable place to so many people,” Melei said. “So I think there are spirits.”Tags: ghosts, halloween, Paranormal Activity, Quiet Hourslast_img read more

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Students attend 2019 Women’s March in Washington

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Patrick McCabe Students participate in the 2019 Women’s March in Washington on Saturday.Sophomore Patrick McCabe, another organizer of the trip, said student interest in the March exceeded expectations.“We were definitely shocked by the level of interest that we found in this event because it was definitely something that we started from the ground up. We sent out an interest form last month just to see if there would be enough people interested to go,” he said. “… We put it out at 8 p.m. and by midnight we had 138 responses, and by the end of the next day we had 250.”Ingal said students who attended the March were able to listen to a variety of speakers, including the March’s co-founders.“That was really interesting, to get that perspective as well, because as [the co-founders] talked about, they were not life-long organizers. It was definitely really a grassroots movement that really grew,” Ingal said. “… [They were] just people who were really passionate and sparked by something in the last few years that’s really fueled them.”Grogan said the March has grown immensely since its inception in 2017.“I think that last year and this year we saw, sort of, the March becoming more consistent and permanent presence in the D.C. universe, which is something that obviously the March for Life has had for several decades now and I think the Women’s March is starting to gain that kind of traction year after year,” he said. “… I have seen a greater sense of legitimacy.”Though the March focused on female empowerment, it tackled a diverse array of social problems, MacCabe said.“I think the Women’s March is probably one of the most important movements of our time,” McCabe said. “I think that it’s really important that if we don’t appreciate the intersectionality of the Women’s March, then we’re really missing what makes it a transformative social movement … it’s like no movement ever before in terms of intersectionality.”“The Women’s March is important to me because it brings attention to the injustices suffered not only by women, but also by racial minorities, immigrants, and the LGBTQ+ community,” freshman William Sheriff, who also attended the March, said in an email.Grogran said he believes the mission of the March is a cause anyone can embrace.“My hope is that going forward it can be an experience where women and men of all backgrounds can feel comfortable going forward and advocating for not only feminism, but equality in a number of other spheres,” Grogan said.In light of the Kavanaugh hearings, many protesters at the March rallied against sexual assault, freshman Amaya Medeiros said.“I was there in support of sexual assault victims,” Medeiros said. “So a lot of the posters had underwear attached to their posters and saying things like, ‘this doesn’t mean consent’ … those were the most important to me.“… The whole controversy surrounding Kavanaugh really upset me,” she said. “So, seeing all these women from all over the world outpour support for Dr. Ford kind of motivated me to want to step out and be an active participant in this type of activism.”Ingal said the March brought many diverse groups together.“There were a lot of speakers‚ whether it was from Standing Rock, transgender, Latina, there were so many different perspectives and speakers and I think there were a lot of people who were there and came to March for women’s rights. But they were also there to learn about the perspectives of other members of the community. I think that there really were a lot of people learning how to develop an inclusive definition of women’s rights.”Ingal said she and McCabe both hope to see the movement continue to grow at Notre Dame.“Although we were not able to accommodate for all of the overwhelming interest that was shown, that’s hopefully something in the future that we would like to be able to do … it becomes more of a conversation that we can engage in,” Ingal said.“We hope to make it a lot bigger,” McCabe echoed.Grogan said that the College Democrats are also planning more events in the future, including bringing some speakers who are sympathetic to the message of the Women’s March to campus later this semester.“We’re game for anything … I think in general, our mission is to facilitate a loud, feminist progressive voice on this campus often in contrast with other voices that we hear on this campus,” he said. “And I just don’t think there has been that sort of institutional vehicle in the past to elevate those voices.”Tags: 2019 Women’s March, march, Women’s March, women’s rights Thirty-eight Notre Dame students took a 10 hour bus ride to attend the third annual Women’s March in Washington D.C. on Saturday. This was the first year Notre Dame students arranged a formal trip to the March, though in previous years, students attended on their own.Senior Jack Grogan, co-president of Notre Dame College Democrats, said he and Rachel Ingal, one of the trip’s organizers, began planning the trip last semester.“[Ingal] asked me if College Democrats would be willing to sponsor a bus to the Women’s March for as many students as were willing to fit on the bus, and we obviously were really excited about that opportunity,” he said. “… I spoke to the leadership and we went from there. Primarily we were just sort of the vehicle for these highly motivated club members to initiate this trip on their own.”last_img read more

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