Month: January 2021

Lecture honors JFK speech

first_img After a brief history of discrimination against American Catholics, and what McConnell called “the oldest prejudice in America,” he led the audience through the footage of Kennedy’s speech, pausing occasionally to analyze his language. McConnell explained several reservations he held about Kennedy’s speech. The speech, given on Sept. 12, 1960, addressed the issue of separation of church and state, which McConnell called the most delicate problem for Kennedy to address. “In his speech, Kennedy states that he is merely the Democratic party’s candidate for president who happens also to be a Catholic,” McConnell said. President John F, Kennedy took negative tones and harsh political stances to distance himself from the Catholic Church, said Michael W. McConnell, Professor of Law at Stanford University and former federal judge, Friday, at a lecture titled “Remind Me: Why Did Anyone Care if JFK was a Catholic?” “I do not speak for my church on public matters; and the church does not speak for me,” Kennedy said in his famous speech.  The lecture was held in the Hesburgh Center auditorium Friday to kick off Notre Dame’s James P. Riley series on religion and public life. “[Though] JFK won a great victory for inclusion and against bigotry … Kennedy fell headlong into the most bitter misconceptions of his political opponents,” McConnell said. Whatever issue may come before me as President…I will make my decision… without regard to outside religious pressure or dictates.” According to McConnell, religion is too deep and important to be happenstance, and people should have been more concerned about what JFK was disavowing. With help from his Houston speech, Kennedy won 83 percent of the Catholic vote and 34 percent of the white Protestant vote in the 1960 election. “By stating, ‘I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute,’ Kennedy adopted the vocabulary of his opponents,” he said. “Everyone is for separation of church and state, but when you add the term ‘absolute separation,’ it adds a degree of hostility.” At the time. American citizens feared a Catholic president would be incapable of making public policy decisions without being influenced by the Church. Kennedy hoped to quell the anti-Catholic sentiment. The lecture commemorated the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s historical Houston Speech, which McConnell called one of the most effective speeches ever made by a candidate. McConnell said it both neutralized anti-Catholics and rallied American Catholics to vote for Kennedy in the 1960 presidential election.  “[The speech is] entirely and surprisingly negative and defensive,” McConnell said. The hour-long lecture was followed by a question-and-answer session, where McConnell addressed modern politics and the current role of religion in public policy.last_img read more

Professors discuss adult stem cells at Vatican

first_imgThough the Roman Catholic Church remains firmly against embryonic stem cell research, two Notre Dame scholars visited the Vatican last week to discuss the option of adult stem cell research. Biological sciences professor David Hyde and Program of Liberal Studies professor Phillip Sloan discussed the scientific feasibility and moral implications of adult stem cells at the International Vatican Conference’s forum, “Adult Stem Cells: Science and the Future of Man and Culture.” “There is enormous promise that has developed in adult stem cell biology,” Sloan said. “[Conference organizers] are very interested in finding ways in which this can be done without the destruction of human embryos.” The conference was a product of the Vatican-funded $1 million, five-year research and education partnership between NeoStem, a company that specializes in cell therapies, and the Pontifical Council for Culture. The event hosted 350 specialists in the fields of stem cell research and bioethics. “The purpose of the conference was to show that the Church actually has a very positive attitude toward science and technology, and the image of the Church as being opposed to developments in science and medicine and biotechnology are simply false,” Sloan said. He said critics of the conference described presenters as “overly-enthusiastic” about the possibilities for adult stem cells, but he said the presenters supporting the research based their statements on sound evidence. “I think they were actually able to demonstrate that they have had remarkable success already in things with leukemia and lupus therapies,” he said. “I don’t think there was any attempt to discount difficulties or make excessive promises.” Sloan’s presentation, “Should the Hippocratic Oath Be Extended to Life Sciences?” focused on the moral implications and necessary guidelines for biological research. “Is this new kind of research so powerful and so multi-dimensional that an oath is necessary to maintain and ethical framework?” Sloan said. Hyde, who studies tissue regeneration, said the conference was a unique opportunity to get feedback and input from scholars across disciplines. “[The conference was] very eye-opening from the standpoint of where adult stem cell therapies actually stand,” he said. “[It fostered] private discussions among individuals about where we stand in our work. We made some important contacts that will potentially affect the directions of our research.” While Hyde praised the way the conference facilitated dialogue, he said the programming could have focused more on the hard science. “I don’t believe that the use of human embryonic stem cells was explored in sufficient depth,” Hyde said. “They could have had more of a discussion about the concerns of using human embryonic stem cells, not just from the Church’s side, but also from a scientific standpoint.”last_img read more

Chairs update on semester progress

first_imgBecause of the new Senate structure established this year, student government department chairs no longer attend the weekly meetings to give updates from their various committees.  However, at Wednesday’s meeting, each department head came to give an update on each group’s work so far this semester. “Hopefully this will give you a good idea of what student government has been working on,” student body vice president Katie Rose said.   Director of campus technology Yiting Zheng spoke about new mobile sites and printing problems. “We have added grade and course search to the mobile Notre Dame website [] so you can access that on your phone, in addition to laundry view and campus maps,” Zheng said.  “We have also been working with printers, both making sure printers in dorms are working and trying to get printers in O’Shaughnessy Hall.” Junior Liza Manfred from the Department of Constituent Services talked about future plans for fielding student suggestions.  “Essentially what we’re going to do from here is act on suggestions and responses we heard and figure out a way to stay in touch with the student body a little more regularly,” Manfred said. The Department of Internal Affairs, represented by senior Ben Noe, is not only responsible for the new Senate structure but also for the creation of the two newest department representatives, athletics and campus ministry. Junior Brendan Dolan represents the athletics department and explained their first initiatives. “Our main goal was to get on board with the Leprechaun Legion,” Dolan said. “We worked on music in the stadium, the ticket sharing program for basketball and trying to get NDTV to stream games that are streamed online at” Junior Parker Dwyer updated the group on the Department of Residence Life. “We have been working on the installation of hydration stations in the Rock, Rolf’s and all the halls,” Dwyer said.  “We also submitted an accelerated hand dryer request like the ones in LaFortune [Student Center] and talked with food services to work on doing away with meal times so you can get, say, three meals a day without having to wait for the lunch shift to end and the dinner shift to start.” Junior Michael Masi from the Department of University Affairs discussed the emphasis on campus safety. “After some recent accidents and incidents with cross walks and things like that campus safety has really been a big concern of mine,” Masi said.  “We have expanded Safe Walk services by adding a golf cart to reach towards Saint Mary’s College, Eddy Street Commons and several popular off-campus student housing sites.” Sophomore Ernst Cleofe, head of the Diversity Council, and has been working on three specific goals. “Our three goals have been to continue working with the Diversity Council, trying to figure out where they’re going in the future, trying to keep momentum with the Call to Action movement and promoting a generally welcoming atmosphere on campus,” Cleofe said. Sophomore Matt Devine from the Department of Gender Issues described their attempt to de-formalize the issue of gender interaction on campus. “One of the main pushes we’ve been doing is changing the way we talk about gender on campus or trying to get students to speak about them at all,” Devine said.  “All freshmen attend certain talks to frame the way their four years progress, and we want to make these discussions more informal – not a segmented dialogue but a continuous conversation.”last_img read more

Community commemorates anniversary of Rwandan genocide

first_imgMembers of the South Bend Rwandan community gathered in McKenna Hall on Saturday afternoon to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi people as part of the worldwide commemoration called “kwibuka 20.”The kwibuka 20 commemoration movement focuses on the themes of remembrance, unification and renewal. Kwibuka translates from Kinyarwanda, the language of Rwanda, as “remember.”The keynote speaker for the event, Dr. James Waller, the Cohen Chair of the Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College in Keene, N.H., constructed his address around these three themes, both in Rwanda and in the world.Waller said he struggles to conceive of the pain felt by children who survived the genocide, the vast majority of whom witnessed the violence firsthand, and how they have been able to build a new generation on the foundation of peace.“One of the first times I went to Rwanda just a few years after the genocide, a good friend there … told me by his best estimate … 97 percent of the children who survived the genocide in 1994 saw murder,” he said. “They didn’t hear about, they didn’t read about it, they didn’t see it on television. Ninety-seven percent of children who survived the genocide saw someone killed in front of their eyes. The person they saw killed was most likely a family member, very probably a mother or father, very probably put to death by machete.”Waller said the world must remember the events of 1994 in Rwanda as a collective failure because the international community failed to intervene in the slaughter of nearly an entire people.“In the U.S. what we have to remember is that we watched while this happened,” Waller said. “It was a collective failure on the part of the international community as we all watched this unfold.“It wasn’t like the Holocaust where we couldn’t see it on television, and it took months to get estimates or data on number of lives lost, years to tell the story after it happened. We watched Rwanda unfold on our televisions, … and we did nothing. We stood by, and we watched it happen again. Our government in the U.S. even was afraid to refer to what happened in Rwanda as genocide because to call it genocide might mean that we have some obligation, as we did, to actually do something about it.”As a global community, Waller said the aim for unification should be to make the oft-quoted phrase “never again” a reality for atrocities such as genocide.“The world, when it thinks about unification, has to think about do we unite as a world to make sure that ‘never again’ actually has some meaning to it,” he said.Waller said the path to renewal, both for Rwanda and the world, must include reconciliation as well as reconstruction. He said this is something Rwandans have done in an admirable way.“Reconciliation has begun, but I think what’s important for us to understand is that reconciliation is a journey without end,” he said.“… I think what’s most striking today in this commemoration is how much loss is in this room, but how little you’ve talked about the other as the enemy, how much you understand that the other is a human being and the importance of facing that and recognizing that in terms of reconciliation.”Waller said the road to making “never again” a reality starts now and gains excellent insight and motivation from American tennis star and AIDS victim Arthur Ashe, who said, “Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.”“You start where you are,” Waller said. “You don’t have to have a certain degree. You don’t have to have certain experience. You don’t have to move somewhere else. You start where you are. You use what you have because each of you has some incredible gifts and points of leverage that can make a difference. And then finally, you do whatever you can.“When I think about remembrance, about unification and renewal, I can think of no better blace to start than to heed Arthur Ashe’s words. Start where we are, use what we have and do what we can.”Tags: Genocide, Reconciliation, Rwandalast_img read more

Tickets face off in class council elections

first_imgJP Bruno, Molly Knapp, Matthew Ross and Henry Long ticket’s agenda focuses on working with the incoming freshman executive board.“If elected, we would all attend the Freshman Class Council meetings and hold mentorship workshops for the freshmen representatives in order to create a relationship with the future leaders of Notre Dame,” Long said. “We feel that this mentorship would facilitate collaboration between Class Councils and would create a smoother transition for the freshmen as they assume their roles as leaders of their class.”Long said that he, Bruno and Ross  currently serve on the executive board of Freshman Class Council; Bruno serves as president, Long as vice president and Ross as treasurer.“We have all made extensive contacts within Student Government and the administration at Notre Dame, including Ryan Willerton, the Director of the Office of Community Standards, and Paul Manrique and Peggy Hnatusko in the Student Activities Office,” Long said in an email.Given their experience on this year’s council, Long said the ticket hopes to increase communication between the Class Council and the class.“If we are elected, we would focus being accessible to the members of the sophomore class,” Long said. “Open meeting and office hours would provide opportunities for sophomores to discuss concerns, ask questions, and give suggestions for the Sophomore Class Council.  Online forms will allow feedback and ideas for events to be shared directly with us.”Tags: class council elections, Class Councils, elections, new class councils Elizabeth Fenton, Louis Bertolotti, Conor Bradley and Shannon Hodges focused their platform on unity and bringing the class of 2017 together for the last two years of their time at Notre Dame.“This is reflected in our slogan ‘Together, to 2017,’ which we hope conveys the fact that we want to bring everyone together to our telos, or best selves, over the course of our last two years,” Fenton said in an email.Bertolotti said that the ticket hopes to achieve their goal of class unity through class trips.“This is a way to bring the class closer together outside of the ‘ND bubble,’ and we think that it could also just be a great time,” Bertolotti said. “First semester, we plan on bringing everyone to the Michigan Dunes for a beach trip, and second semester, should our budget allow, we hope to attend a Cubs, White Sox or Blackhawks game together.“The plans we will work on first are the networking ones like these where 2017ers will be given the opportunity to get to know each other better.”Fenton is the current director of National Engagement and Outreach (NEO) and also sits on the Executive Cabinet of Student Government. Bertolotti is the co-director of FUEL and has helped plan events such as the Freshman Networking Fair. Hodges and Bradley both have leadership experience outside of Student Government.The ticket also wishes to increase cohesiveness within the class of 2017 through signature events, Fenton said.“The biggest change that we will have to make next year is working with students who are studying abroad,” Fenton said. “We want to ensure that these students will not feel left out of the ND community while they are gone, and we believe that programs which highlight their friends from back home, such as ‘Junior of the Week,’ will help that.“We also hope to seamlessly integrate them back into the 2017 family when they come back with events that will allow students who did not study abroad learn from the experiences of others who had the opportunity to spend time in another country.”SophomoresGreg Perenich, Teresa Simunich, Patrick Rodgers and Helena Qu said they based their platform on three ideas: devotion, authenticity and diversity.“These three principles are what drive us to serve the Notre Dame Community and the Class of 2018,” Simunich said in an email. “If elected, we would like to show our devotion to our classmates by providing a website tailored to the needs of our class. This website would entail informational links, current news and places where grievances, suggestions or comments could be posted for the betterment of our class.”Once in office, the ticket’s first priority would be to help its class members better use the resources available to them on campus.“First, we would like to arrange a fair for pre-professional and pre-medical majors to provide an opportunity for these students to gain insight into their potential careers in the medical field,” Simunich said. “Another top priority of ours is to work in collaboration with different cultural groups on campus (such as Asian American Association, Black Student Association, Latino Student Alliance, etc.) in order create events would to promote class unity and diversity on campus. We also plan to have a Sophomore-specific Study Abroad information night.”According to Rodgers, none of the ticket members were involved in this year’s Freshman Class Council although they were each involved in student government in their respective high schools.“We think the fact that we were not involved in Class Council allows us to bring a fresh perspective to the role,” Rodgers said in an email. Two tickets from each class will be competing for the role of executive board for the sophomore, junior and senior class councils. Elections will be held today from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.EMILY DANAHER I The Observer SeniorsAndrew Stoker, Shae Boguslawski, Mia Womack and Kyle Witzigman divided their platform into three parts: a senior speaker series; senior engagement on social, service and spiritual dimensions; and senior week.“We plan to use Notre Dame’s resources to bring prominent speakers to campus,” Stoker, the ticket’s presidential candidate, said in an email. “From entertaining comedians to business leaders, we want to connect students with people that we could only get access to while at Notre Dame. I think engaging with speakers like this is unique to the college experience and something we should really be taking advantage of before graduation.”The ticket also wishes to strengthen seniors’ involvement with each other and with the community as a whole, Stoker said.“We’ll have social events from a back to school barbecue to study breaks with free pizza right before midterms, service partnerships with the Boys and Girls Club and the Robinson Center and spiritual opportunities, including a class mass and candlelight prayer,” he said.Stoker, Boguslawski, Womack and Witzigman also have plans for senior week that incorporate both old traditions and new ideas, Stoker said.“I’m personally most excited about the senior speaker series,” Stoker said. “This kind of event has never been taken on by a class council before and I think it will be an exciting challenge to see how big we can make it. The inspiration for this project came from attending speeches by Stanley Druckenmiller and Alexis Ohanian, the founder of Reddit.Stoker and Boguslawski have served on class councils since freshman year, while Womack and Witzigman have been involved with class councils since sophomore year. Stoker is currently the Junior Class Council’s treasurer.The ticket aims to encourage participation among off-campus seniors, Stoker said.“One of the challenges for student government senior year is that so many students move off campus. We plan to collaborate heavily with off campus council and other student groups in the planning of events,” Stoker said.center_img Thomas Schneeman, Shannon Montague, Brian Cimons and Bridget Doyle said they hope to make senior year as memorable and meaningful as possible by focusing on bringing together on- and off-campus seniors. They plan to do this is through transportation reforms, the ticket’s candidate for treasurer, Cimons, said.“One of the first thing that we would like to get started working on is increasing the off campus transportation network,” Cimons said in an email. “All the construction going on has really limited parking options, and since seniors make up a majority of off campus students, this is a great concern of ours. We also want to work on expanding the existing transportation to downtown South Bend.”Scheeman said the focus will be on ensuring that the seniors, regardless of location, will remain close.“Senior year is much different than any other year, as it is our last year together, and we will be facing different challenges,” he said. “With so many seniors moving off campus, the event planning shifts from bringing together students from around campus to uniting the off-campus community with the on-campus community.Montague, the ticket’s candidate for vice president, said that the ticket has built up a variety of contacts that will ensure their plans will be implemented quickly and effectively.“This will allow us to dedicate our efforts and utilize the necessary resources and planning at our disposal to make them great and encourage spending time as a class without inviting busy seniors to events every single week,” Montague said. “We know that as seniors, everyone in our class will have busy schedules, so for programming, we want to hit a couple of big, signature events.”Thomas Schneeman, the ticket’s presidential candidate, is the current Executive Controller for Student Government, managing the Vidal-Devine administration’s budget. He has also been a member of FUEL, Morrissey Freshman Orientation Committee, Morrissey’s Hall Council and various departments of Student Government, including University Affairs and Constituent Services. Montague is the Chief of Staff for the Undergraduate Student Union and has previously served as Pasquerilla West Hall’s dance and Queen Week commissioners, and was a member of the Student Campus Orientation Committee. Cimons is Morrissey’s representative on Student Senate and helped bring the Wall Street Journal to campus. He also has served on Morrissey’s Freshman Orientation Committee. Bridget Doyle, the ticket’s candidate for secretary, is Vice-President of Howard Hall and has served as Co-President in the past. She also has been a member of class council and served on various committees within the council.The ticket wishes to continue the great work of this year’s Junior Class Council, but also expand on it for their senior year, Doyle said.“We want to make this next year even better, since it is our senior year here on campus … I think that we have a great team and some really good ideas, and we look forward to our senior year with the chance to give our classmates the best year yet,” Doyle said.JuniorsEva Niklinska, Katelyn Wray, Mason Zurovchack and Kimmy Sullivan intend to introduce several new events for the class, including giveaways and service opportunities, the ticket’s candidate for treasurer, Zurovchak said.“Events like study abroad send-offs and welcome-backs will provide a perfect opportunity for staying in touch with new friends made around the globe and those you love from under the Dome,” Zurovchak said in an email. “Frequent events like Berry and Einstein Bagel giveaways will sweeten your day with a way to destress from the craziness that is junior year. We plan to give back to our amazing class by not only offering them more opportunities to volunteer their time and talent in the community, but also through Junior Appreciation week — a new initiative to give juniors steals and deals within and outside campus.“Finally, we want to start a new signature event aside from the classic JPW with an Annual Derby Dance, modeled off the vibe and excitement of the Kentucky Derby.”Sullivan said that three of the four members of the ticket — Niklinska, Wray and Sullivan — previously served on Class Council.“Eva [Niklinska] was a member of both Freshmen and Sophomore Class Council as the Freshman Class service committee chair, and the current sophomore class secretary,” Sullivan said. “As an executive this year, she knows what has worked and what changes need to be made in order for the Class of 2017 Council to get more cohesive and better organized each and every year.”Niklinska said Sullivan’s experience planning events this year put the ticket at an advantage in terms of expectation management, and what projects would be realistic.“All of our plans are feasible not only within the ability to execute, but also within the budget normally allocated to class councils,” Niklinska said.last_img read more

Notre Dame salutatorian advises balance

first_imgUniversity class of 2017 salutatorian José Alberto Suárez said he balanced earning a cumulative 4.0 GPA as a computer science and engineering major with his duties as a resident assistant (RA) in Keenan Hall and president of the Student International Business Council (SIBC) by prioritizing what was most important to him during his time at Notre Dame.“The biggest thing for me was just being timely with my work,” he said. “I never left anything for later, I never had to pull an all-nighter or anything. The biggest thing for me [is you should] just be timely, prioritize what you’re doing so that you don’t overcommit yourself and you actually do what’s important to you. Because if you’re just trying to fill it up, it’s not going to work that way.”A Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar, member of three University honor societies and a four-year member of the Dean’s List, Suárez said he fit so much into his life at Notre Dame by recognizing that he couldn’t do everything at once.“I think that I was able to prioritize one or two big things a year,” he said. “ … I kind of had one big thing at a time alongside academics as opposed to trying to put them all together. So I think that’s kind of how you can still get a lot done in four years, but you have to balance that.”Suárez said he got different things out of each new challenge he took on as a student and leader in the community.“SIBC was a really cool way to explore my professional future, and meet a lot of people and travel internationally and that kind of thing,” he said. “ … [Being an] RA, for me, was a lot about giving back to the community — to Notre Dame as a whole, but especially to Keenan, which has given me a lot.”His selection as the second salutatorian in 46 years was an honor, Suárez said.“[I was] extremely honored,” he said. “I’m really happy that I’m getting this opportunity, and being able to share that news with my friends … was probably the most important thing for me. More than speaking, it was just seeing how happy other people were for me. The continued support on that end was just really satisfying.”This support from his friends is the most valuable gift Suárez will take away from Notre Dame, he said.“It’s really important to have your friends around for both the parts that are hard and the ones that are easy,” Suárez said. “Because if you can count on them for that kind of stuff, you can get past it all.”Tags: Class of 2017, Commencement 2017, Keenan Hall, salutatorian, Student International Business Councillast_img read more

Notre Dame announces move out plans

first_imgIn a Tuesday email to students, associate vice president for Residential Life Heather Rakoczy Russell announced Notre Dame will begin the move out process May 22.Students will have the option to retrieve their belongings through an in-person appointment or opt to have their belongings packed, stored or shipped.“In-person move out appointments (4 hours in duration) will take place over the course of three weeks, including weekends,” Rakoczy Russell said in the email. “Appointment days for students returning in-person will be followed by appointment days for family/friend proxies. Appointment times are not yet available, but Residential Life will contact students in the coming week with further information.”In an effort to follow public health recommendations the scheduled move out appointments will prevent students from moving out of the same room at the same time. This will also allow for each building’s high-touch surfaces to be cleaned daily.According to the email, “All items left in residence halls after the move out process ends will be disposed of or donated, and may be subject to additional removal costs. Goodwill donation drop-off points will also be available.”Students have the option to “employ a local moving service for assistance, but must accompany that service in-person during their scheduled appointment time.”The University will allow Handled, a third-party vendor, to pack, store or ship belongings to students who are not able to return to campus in person.“The cost of the packing and storage service starts at $545 per student, which includes four large boxes, three bulk items and free local storage in a non-climate-controlled container through September 30,” Rakoczy Russell said in the email.Students have the option to purchase extra boxes, box items, extend storage and/or ship items to their homes for an additional cost.Rakoczy Russell added in the email that “for whom a return trip to campus might present a particular financial hardship,” the Office of Student Enrichment is available for assistance.Tags: COVID-19, Heather Rakoczy Russell, move-outlast_img read more

Senate discusses proposals regarding student burnout, pass/no credit grading policy

first_imgRyan Peters | The Observer The student senate gathered Thursday night in their third-to-last meeting of the semester.Tran and Linares’ argument was focused on the idea that they believe an affiliation with the student union as an organization would help the council better achieve their mission of amplifying the voices of marginalized students. “We want to ensure that [marginalized students] have a voice moving forward in the community,” Linares said. After the Diversity Council’s presentation, Keough Hall senator sophomore Ben Erhardt read and opened up discussion on Resolution SS 2021-21, a resolution encouraging the pursuance of strategies to help alleviate burnout on campus as a result of the fall semester with no break. The resolution proposes having rest days throughout the semester, where students will have no class, exams or homework due. Erhardt also proposed that midterms will be prohibited from being administered during weeks with rest days.An objection was raised that having designated weeks with no tests may cause exams to be clustered together and thus cause more stress for students. However, Erhardt said the sponsors of the bill came to the consensus that having weeks with no exams is a better alternative than having midterms over a five to six-week stretch.“So I think [rest weeks] just ensures that everything stays as it is, but everybody also gets a much needed break at some point,” Erhardt said. The resolution passed with unanimous support among the senators. The next discussion on the agenda was over SO 2021-10, an order to amend the undergraduate constitution to prohibit student union consumption of forced and prison labor. Junior parliamentarian Thomas Davis presented the order and urged the senators to vote against it. He argued that prohibiting offices and departments from purchasing goods that were contributed to or made by forced or prison labor is something that can not be enforced and is not best suited as an amendment to the constitution. “I fear that this is one of those good-intentioned amendments that in the long run will only hurt the constitution,” Davis said. The senate voted in opposition to the order with 27 senators voting against it.The final discussion of the meeting was about P2021-02, a petitioned resolution calling for the implementation of an optional pass/no-credit grading system for the 2020 fall semester. The petition for the optional pass/no-credit grading system was circulated over the past several days and received 1,364 signatures, according to senior and Judicial Council president Matthew Bisner. The only dissent vocalized during the meeting was that the optional grading system would “water down” a Notre Dame degree. However, co-sponsor senior Michael Dugan responded by saying that universities such as USC, MIT and Stanford have already implemented grading systems to accommodate difficulties students are facing while learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.(Editor’s Note: Dugan is a former News Writer and Systems Administrator for The Observer.) After discussion, the petition passed as 30 senators voted in favor of the order, while four voters opposed it and one senator abstained.Tags: Diversity Council of Notre Dame, Notre Dame Student Senate, pass/no-credit petition, student burnout The student senate voted on two proposals Thursday night regarding the pursuance of strategies to attempt to alleviate campus burnout and on an order to amend the undergraduate constitution to prohibit student union consumption of forced and prison labor. Student body vice president senior Sarah Galbenski started the meeting with a moment of silence and prayer honoring Valeria Espinel and Olivia Laura Rojas, two students who died last week.Following executive announcements, chair of the Diversity Council senior Estefan Linares and vice chair senior Frankie Tran presented an argument in favor of the Diversity Council gaining recognition as an organization associated with the student union rather than maintaining its status as a club. last_img read more

Two Students At Falconer Central School Test Positive For COVID-19

first_imgWNY News Now File Image.FALCONER – Two students at Falconer Central Schools have tested positive for COVID-19.In a letter to district families on Friday, school leaders say one student is at Harvey C. Fenner Elementary and the other at Falconer’s Middle School.The pupils, school officials say, have not been present in school since Friday, September 18.The Chautauqua County Health Department is now working with the district to take further steps. The two students, officials say, have since been isolated.The full letter, is posted below:Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more info 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

Happy New Year…Now Hit the Gym! Get Buff With’s 2014 Workout Playlist

first_img View Comments Now that you’ve watched the ball drop, partied all night and downed more than your fair share of champagne, it’s time to make good on that New Year’s resolution you made—you know, the one about hitting the gym every day this year (really, this time). Yep, it’s a lofty goal, but it’s not our fault you told everyone and your grandma you were going to do it. But don’t worry, ambitious readers, is here to help. Check out our official 2014 Workout Mix, now streaming on Spotify. Just load the songs on your phone (or stream them on the Spotify iPhone app), take ‘em to the gym, and get buff with this one-hour playlist. You’ll be looking like this (or this…or this) in no time! We promise.last_img read more