Students support ND from abroad

first_imgWhile students at Notre Dame have gathered in the Notre Dame Stadium to watch the football team take on its rivals this semester, hundreds of students studying abroad have congregated in places across the globe to do the same. Junior Tara Ounan, currently studying in Rome, said although it can be difficult to watch the games because of weekend travels, students in the program have still cheered for Notre Dame a few times. “For the [South Florida] game everyone in our program was in Rome so we all went to the local Irish bar together and watched the game which was awesome,” Ounan said. “We all also watched the USC game together on a projector in our residence.” Because Rome is six hours ahead of South Bend, Ounan said students are able to watch the games when they go out at night at a few bars, such as Scholar’s and Mikki’s, whose owners welcome Notre Dame students. “Staying up until 5 a.m. to see all of the USC game was a struggle though,” she said. “And not worth it.” Although there are downsides to watching the games abroad, junior Conor Hegedus said the benefits of being in London far outweigh them. “I still get excited for the games and get upset when we lose but it isn’t as bad because I can drink legally and don’t have to be in South Bend where everyone is blacked out wishing we were relevant in football again,” he said. But as the season continues, some abroad students have lost interest in the team. Junior Katie O’Leary, who is also studying in London, said because it is often difficult to watch the games, students are more likely to stop following them. “People will still talk about them and complain or celebrate depending on the outcome, but the normal enthusiasm dwindles after a while,” she said. Hegedus said it is difficult to re-create the atmosphere of a Notre Dame home game in a country where residents do not care about American football. Similar attitudes have taken hold in Rome, Ounan said. “It’s so different not being in the student section, it’s almost like I’m just watching any old football game,” she said. “Although the first game when we rolled 30 deep to the bar in ND gear and with ND flags was pretty awesome. But that was pretty much the peak of the excitement, everyone has gotten kind of lazy since then.” Ounan said although she misses being on campus for the games, she is thankful she made the decision to study abroad. “It’s a completely different experience and as much as football rocks, it’s kind of hard to think ‘I’d rather be in South Bend right now’ when you’re out at the bar in Rome or London or Paris,” she said. Although she is pained to be absent from the rivalry games, such as USC, O’Leary agreed with Ounan. “For me getting the experience of going abroad was much more important,” O’Leary said. “I love Notre Dame and going to the games, but getting to be in London for a semester is definitely worth missing a season.”last_img read more

Designs combat sexual assault

first_imgAccording to the University’s Committee on Sexual Assault Prevention (CSAP), the majority of sexual assaults on college campuses involve alcohol. Senior design students Laurel Komos and Mia Swift decided to raise awareness of the link between sexual assault and alcohol in a creative way. For the first part of their campaign, “Proof of Consent or it’s 100% No,” they designed a tag, one side displaying a parodied image of an alcohol brand’s signature container and the other a message about obtaining consent, and tied them around alcohol bottles at Belmont Beverages in South Bend. “We did it the Friday before the [Brigham Young] game, so it was going to be a big weekend for people buying alcohol for tailgates, etc.,” Komos said. “So if you wanted to go buy a bottle of Malibu, you had this note and this message that hopefully got people to go to our Tumblr page [] and interact.” The project is part of Design for Social Good: Affecting Positive Change, an elective where students learn about the social model of design, or designing for a good cause, Robert Sedlack, professor of visual communication and design and instructor for the course said. In addition to designing projects for charities, non-profits and new businesses, class members create social awareness campaigns centering on a single issue, he said. Sedlack said he and the class chose to focus on sexual assault awareness this semester after the number of sexual assault alert emails increased this fall and after Christine Caron Gebhardt, co-chair of CSAP and director of the Gender Relations Center, suggested such a project. “I like to keep the project as topical as possible,” Sedlack said. “After the shootings in Newton we did a project on gun control, and after that awful incident where fried chicken was placed in the [mailboxes of two African American student organizations], we did a project on racism. … I don’t really know what the project will be until about a week before I assign it.” Sedlack said Caron Gebhardt spoke to the class and gave them background on sexual assault prevention. Each group in the class then tackled a different aspect of the issue. In addition to tying tags around alcohol bottles, Komos and Swift put stickers in restrooms in bars, dorms, LaFortune Student Center and the football stadium and created a Tumblr page, Komos said. The campaign centers around four “rules” of consent and publicizes messages such as, “Nothing you’ve already done gives you permission to do the next thing,” and “True consent is especially difficult after a few shots of tequila,” she said. “Our [campaign] is more on the preventative side, trying to get people aware of what sexual assault actually is and how to help people that have gone through it and how to avoid it happening to you or to your friends or to anyone that you’re with. That’s why I was drawn to this angle,” Komos said. Senior Emily Hoffmann [Editor’s note: Hoffmann is a graphic designer for The Observer.] said she and her project partner, senior Eileen Murphy, wanted to target younger women who went to dorm parties. For their campaign, “Write It On the Wall,” they hung clear posters in the women’s restrooms of male dorms. The posters contained a statistic on sexual assault, a list of resources and an invitation to write on the poster with a Sharpie, starting a written dialogue about sexual assault. “The girl’s bathroom is kind of like that safe zone where it’s judgment-free, or it’s the place where you go if you’re in an uncomfortable situation or you just want to get away from the party or you actually have to go to the bathroom, and girls seem to always go in pairs,” Hoffmann said. “It seemed like a good avenue to start this forum about sexual assault.” Komos said in the days since their campaign began, images on the Tumblr page had been shared several times, and friends had asked her for stickers for themselves. She said she hoped the next phase of the project, which began Wednesday, would get the message to a younger audience. “We’re going to finish making the stickers,” Komos said. “I have a lot of friends who are RAs, and we’re going to take them to dorms and start putting them in dorm bathrooms to try to get the awareness more away from the over-21 crowd and more into the younger crowd that would also be susceptible to these decisions.” Hoffmann said when she and Murphy checked the dorm restrooms Monday, most of the posters had been taken down, but the ones that were still up showed that a dialogue had started. “We took pictures of them, two of them in particular,” Hoffmann said. “There were about 20 different stories about either sexual assault that had happened to these girls or sexual assaults that had happened to friends of whoever was writing. There were definitely 20 different handwritings on the posters, some of them in response to others.” “The most rewarding part was … some that said, ‘Thanks for doing this.’” Contact Emily McConville  at [email protected]last_img read more

ND Au Bon Pain wins ‘Franchisee of the Year’ Award

first_imgNotre Dame’s Au Bon Pain (ABP) beat over 300 other stores this September to win Franchisee of the Year, an award that recognizes the ABP franchise with the greatest sales growth and operations quality, according to an October press release.Director of Food Services Chris Abayasinghe said the store’s second year sales growth set it apart from its competitors, which included both national and international franchises.“The first year, whenever you open up a restaurant, you obviously have high levels of sales because everyone’s excited about what’s going on,” Abayasinghe said. “The second year is the real litmus test on how successful the brand has been.”Associate Director of Retail Food Service Operations Mark King said although sales growth was crucial, it was not the Notre Dame franchise’s only distinguishing factor.“When ABP looks at us for such an award, they look at the total of what’s taken place,” he said. “Sales is a part of [the award selection], and it’s a big part of it, but they’re also looking at how you’re incorporating it into … the portfolio that we have here. And it’s been a real strong performer for us.”Abayasinghe said the store’s location in Hesburgh Library is also part of its appeal.“Here’s a really interesting tidbit: the campus draws about 2.5 million visitors annually,” he said. “The Hesburgh Library draws about a million of those in that door. … You come to visit the University of Notre Dame for its great athletic program or what have you, you’re also visiting it for the library.”The store’s healthy dining options and convenience have made it a good fit with Notre Dame students, Abayasinghe said. Sophomore Dana Deradoorian said she loves ABP because she believes “it’s the best quality food on campus.” The store is also convenient, sophomore Madeline Lewis said.“Whenever I need a snack and I’m studying, my first thought is to go to ABP,” Lewis said. “Because it’ll be fresher and tastier and I don’t have to worry about going at a dining hall meal time – I can just go.”Due to increased demand from students, Food Services has expanded ABP’s reach on campus to include a coffee cart in DeBartolo Hall and an Au Bon Pain Express in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies. Abayasinghe said a catering service for students will be the next expansion.“What we’re extremely excited about is us being able to do a catering version on campus. … We really want us to be able to leverage the brand for us to be able to meet the needs that are currently going off campus,” he said.“This is really about us taking what’s worked successfully, that has a good program, and being able to implement it.”In the end, it was teamwork that really distinguished Notre Dame’s franchise, King said.“I’m just real proud of the people who work over there,” he said. “They’ve done a great job. Even from the conception to now … construction time was six weeks from start to finish — that just doesn’t happen. … It took the Architect’s Office, it took the Library, it took Food Services, it took IT – there was a huge core group that got together and pulled this off.“What ABP sees is how we really operate as a team. And we get results.”Tags: Au Bon Pain, Franchise of the Year, Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame Food Serviceslast_img read more

Finance professor recognized for trade research

first_imgTags: International Economics and Finance Society, Jeffrey Bergstrand, Professor recognized The International Economics and Finance Society (IEFS) recently elected Notre Dame professor of finance Jeffrey Bergstrand as president to honor his commitment and research work in international trade.Bergstrand is also the associate dean of graduate programs in the Mendoza College of Business and has a concurrent appointment in the Department of Economics. He has been at Notre Dame since 1986.“IEFS is a society of mostly academic economists but also includes some in the government and the private sector who explore research and policy,” Bergstrand said.Bergstrand said he became involved with IEFS approximately 20 years ago while he was an associate editor for the Review of International Economics. Although IEFS does not publish research, it has a close relationship the Review of International Economics and the Review of Development Economics, which both do.The IEFS is an associate member of the Allied Social Science Association, which hosts annual conferences for researchers from various organizations to present their work and collaborate. The IEFS has three leadership positions: president, executive secretary and treasurer. Bergstrand said his role as president will involve coordinating annual meetings on a national level and organizing more regional events.Bergstrand said that research associated with the IEFS spans a range of subfields and topics from international trade and macroeconomics, to financial and investment trends.“I’ve been studying international trade flows and publishing in there for over 30 years,” Bergstrand said.Bergstrand said that his appointment as president was a way to recognize his contributions in the field, particularly his work on the gravity equation.“There is a statistical tool generally referred to as the gravity equation in international trade, and it borrowed the name from Newton’s law because the trade flows between countries can be very well explained by the economic sizes of the countries as well as the distance between them,” Bergstrand said.According to Bergstrand, the gravity equation first came into use during the 1960s to explain trade flows, but it initially lacked rigorous statistical underpinnings.“I worked on it in the 1970s with my dissertation and published several papers based on it that helped provide an economic rationale for this relationship between trade flows between countries, their economic size and similarity, and the distance,” Bergstrand said.Bergstrand said his work with the gravity equation has allowed economists and researchers to study all kinds of trade impediments or factors that help trade. He said free trade agreements and tariff rates asre traditional examples, but  even political scientists have used the theory to examine the relationship between conflicts, political systems and trade. Bergstrand said he also studies foreign direct investment and portfolio investment flows through the prism of the gravity equation.Bergstrand said these topics are crucial for coming up with ways to solve economics problems such as how to raise standards of living.“It’s very helpful to understand the impact of trade and investment policies on trade flows,” Bergstrand said.last_img read more

2016 Election Observer: Robert Schmuhl

first_imgEditor’s Note: Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, The Observer will sit down with Notre Dame experts to break down the election and its importance to students. In this third installment, News Writer Rachel O’Grady asks Walter H. Annenberg-Edmund P. Joyce Chair in American Studies and Journalism and Director of the John W. Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy Robert Schmuhl about the implications of the Iowa caucuses and the role of the media in the upcoming election. Rachel O’Grady: Iowa didn’t turn out (necessarily) as the polls predicted. What do you make of these results?Robert Schmuhl: Polling before caucuses is notoriously chancy and usually less reliable than surveys before primaries. Evangelicals turned out in larger numbers for Ted Cruz, as did younger voters for Bernie Sanders.ROG: What should we be looking for in New Hampshire? RS: First, whether Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders do as well as they are expected to do. On the Republican side, it’ll be important to see which of the more mainstream candidates perform well and stake out a position to take on Donald Trump and Ted Cruz in future contests. For the Democrats, if Hillary Clinton gets beaten badly, the question will be: Is she more vulnerable than the pundits predicted a few months ago? Is she no longer inevitable — or, at least, severely damaged?ROG: How has media played a particular role in this primary election? How will it play a role in the general?RS: Without the media, Donald Trump would still be hustling real estate and worrying about his hair. He’s a performer, a very good one, and knows exactly how to attract attention. If there were a Nobel Prize for Self-Promotion, he’d win, hands-down. The media are accomplices and they project the way he dramatizes himself and his views. That said, he’s a messenger with appeal for people who feel America is letting them down. He speaks to the anger abroad in the land. Interestingly, so does Bernie Sanders — but from another ideological direction. In 2016, we have a billionaire and a socialist finding strong followings for giving expression to problems now facing the nation.ROG: In your research and opinion, what do you think will be the most important issue in the general election?RS: Much of the time the economy, broadly defined, plays a dominant role in voting decisions: economic security [and the] future of promise for the current generation and the next one and all the rest. But if there would be another act of terrorism or a major incident abroad, then national security might become a major concern that the candidates have to confront as they campaign.ROG: Taking it back to college campuses, particularly here at ND, if students want to be informed, what’s the best way for them to stay informed? What should they be reading/watching?RS: With the crowded and cluttered media universe that now exists, the trick for everyone is to look for and to find the sources of information that provide answers to questions a person might be seeking. It’s important to use the new media to meet your needs and to be active rather than passive in the pursuit. Partisan outlets take a person just so far. Looking beyond them to more in-depth treatment of the candidates and the issues leads to a more informed electorate. We all have to look beyond the slogans and sound bites.Tags: 2016 Election, 2016 Election Observerlast_img read more

Judicial Council penalizes 2020 class council ticket

first_imgIn a press release Thursday, the Judicial Council Election Committee announced sanctions against the Deshpande/Donaher/Bigott/Staud ticket in the class of 2020 class council election.According to the press release, the committee found the ticket in violation of section 17.2(g) of the Student Union Constitution for distributing campaign materials before receiving the necessary approval from the Election Committee.“Copies of all physical campaign materials, including but not limited to posters, flyers and table tents, must be submitted to the Election Committee and stamped for approval by a member of the Election Committee, excluding the Director of the Department of Internal Affairs, before posting,” the section reads.The press release said the ticket was required to remove all unapproved materials and was charged for the cost.“As an appropriate sanction the Election Committee hereby requires the Deshpande/Donaher/Bigott/Staud ticket to remove and hand in all pertinent posted materials to Judicial Council,” it said. “ … The amount spent on these materials will be assessed against the $75 campaign spending limit.”last_img read more

Saint Mary’s club looks to define ‘American’

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Megan Uekert Members of Define American wait in line on Sept. 6 to sign Representative Jackie Walorski’s guest book.Uekert said coordinating events that demonstrate solidarity — such as the late-night gathering — serves as an essential component in promoting inclusivity. “We don’t know who is undocumented or who is DACA unless they tell us,” Uekert said. “You never know, so it’s very important to show your support for students who are in those categories. They are American, and they deserve to be here, and they’re getting an education. They’re under so much stress from the threat of deportation. Unity is very important in that respect.”Fostering open discussion about potentially controversial subjects can lead to breakthroughs in empathy and understanding, junior and vice president Londy Avila said.“I feel like it’s a very uncomfortable conversation sometimes, and people don’t really want to talk about it,” Avila said. “There’s a lot of misinformation relating to that topic, so I think it’s really important to start a dialogue and to bring in facts about what DACA is.”The organization’s mission — beyond providing an outlet for students to enact change — centers around education, Avila said.“Even if you don’t know or you’re unsure of the facts, or if you already have your own opinion on the issue, it’s really important to know a little bit more or to talk to people who have experienced DACA firsthand and to share your thoughts,” she said. “Our main goal is just to talk about immigration, and all kinds of conversation are welcome.”Uekert said the group hopes to serve as a force for good on campus and in the world by calling attention to the plights of underrepresented populations.“We have an emphasis on sharing stories,” Uekert said. “We do have to recognize that not all undocumented immigrants are from Mexico. There are a lot of people escaping poverty and war or just trying to find a new opportunity here, so we don’t want to exclude anybody from the conversation.”To achieve that goal, Uekert said she hopes to gather a range of perspectives.“We want to do a video series asking people the simple question ‘How do you define American?’ and see how many responses we get,” she said. “I don’t know how to define American. I think if you want to be American, that’s amazing. Welcome.”Avila said the club’s vision aligns with the College’s values, and everyone has the agency and responsibility to strive for a more just nation.“One of [the College’s] core values is justice,” she said. “I definitely feel like … that plays a very important part in raising awareness about undocumented immigrants and immigrants in general.”Members of Define American also convened outside Congresswoman Jackie Walorski’s office on Sept. 6 to protest her support of the Trump administration’s decision, Uekert said.“She was very in favor of ending DACA,” Uekert said. “It’s a very interesting stance because her district has a very high Mexican immigrant population. Sometimes, we get caught up in things on campus or things on a grander scale, but really, you have to support your community here.”This particular gathering, Uekert said, showcased the beauty of various forms of diversity converging.“The other protests I’ve been to — besides the Women’s March and a few other big ones — had a lot of college students and millennials,” she said. “This time, it was nice to see the community coming together. I saw businesswomen, businessmen, people on their way to work. It’s average people, almost like your parents going to these protests. It really was a huge effort, and it was a crowd of people I don’t usually interact with on my college campus.”Avila said the overpowering desire to make Saint Mary’s a welcoming atmosphere motivates the club to work steadily toward its goals.“It’s really ambitious for our first year, but we hope to get sponsorship to produce or create a scholarship for undocumented students here on campus,” she said. “We’re just a bunch of people who want to do something.”Uekert said she believes in Define American’s power to foster an inclusive campus where opinions are informed and respectful.“People get things from Facebook or very biased news outlets or what they grew up learning,” she said. “The thing that’s most important to me … isn’t the learning process, but knowing how to do it. It’s something I’ve struggled with because when people have opposing views, you do have to see their side and sometimes admit if you don’t have the right facts.”Openness to new ideas, Uekert said, should be a primary quality in anyone looking to inform other people.“You need to educate yourself because these are real people,” she said. “They’re not just facts and figures or sayings. They’re humans. We’re all humans. We’re all Americans in this country, and we all belong here.”A recognition of everyone’s common humanity will ultimately catalyze societal improvement, so people must take advantage of their power to influence policy-makers, Uekert said.“We do have voices,” Uekert said. “But it’s still very important to let the people who are making the decisions in government hear our voices. We can protest all we want. We can have these events and educate people. But really, when it comes down to it, if people’s ideas change enough, politicians have to listen to the people. They have to.”Uekert said her personal experience informs her favorable understanding of the DACA program’s necessity.“I moved from Minnesota to Georgia when I was really young,” she said. “That’s across the country. I’m not suffering the consequences of that. I had absolutely no choice. My parents moved me. That’s what happens with a lot of these DACA students.”The club hopes to work alongside other student groups to promote acceptance and unity for all, Uekert said.“We do have Student Diversity Board and all these multicultural clubs, but Define American really aims at this one central idea of immigration and privilege and education,” Uekert said. “That’s what Saint Mary’s is about: supporting each other, no matter where we come from or who we are.”Tags: DACA, define american, Student Diversity Board At 10 p.m. on Sept. 4, dozens of Saint Mary’s students were crammed into a dorm room on the second floor of Holy Cross Hall. In response to the presidential administration’s threats to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program — which had been officially confirmed that morning — impassioned members of the College community assembled to leave messages urging their representatives to protect those who benefit from DACA. With phones in their hands, individuals from one of the campus’s newest clubs, Define American, showed they are always on call to stand up for vulnerable populations.“We are a nation of so many different cultures and languages and religions, so that’s what this organization aims to promote,” senior and club president Megan Uekert said. “America is this amazing, diverse place. We need to celebrate everyone and not exclude anyone.”[Editor’s Note: Megan Uekert is a former News writer for The Observer.]last_img read more

New club holds rally about ending modern slavery

first_imgA new organization known as the International Justice Mission of Notre Dame (IJMND) held a rally Monday in LaFortune Student Center geared towards raising support for the End Modern Slavery Initiative.According to Congress’ website, the End Modern Slavery Initiative is a piece of legislation that grants resources towards eradicating modern slavery and human trafficking across the world. Introduced by Tennessee senator Bob Corker in 2015, the bill was signed into law by Barack Obama in 2016, Corker’s website states.Despite its passage, the act requires refunding every two years to survive, which is what the rally was aimed towards, co-presidents of IJMND and freshmen Ella Wood and Malia Marshall said.“There is about 45 million people working in slavery right now — all sorts, whether in factories or sex or anything,” Wood said. “We believe that you can end modern slavery by getting people together by advocating for modern slaves, so we’re bringing that movement to Notre Dame.”Marshall said IJMND is participating in the International Justice Mission’s movement known as “Rally for Freedom” week to raise awareness about the act and encourage students to reach out to members of Congress and advocate for the initiative’s refunding.“We are handing out flyers that are giving people instructions about how they can contact their congressperson about refunding the act,” Marshall said. “And then we’re also passing out fair trade chocolate and talking about how people are often enslaved when they’re making chocolate.”Wood said there will be two more rallies this week, the first in North Dining Hall on Tuesday and the second in South Dining Hall on Wednesday. The rallies are also intended to spread the word about IJMND, Marshall said, which was only recently approved by the Student Activities Office.“Especially as a Catholic school, I think it’s a big part of our calling to protect human dignity,” Wood said. “People think of slavery and they think of something that’s in the past, but it’s very much something that’s still a huge problem — even worse today than it used to be. No matter who you are [or] where you are, it’s really important to help and seek to prevent this.”As a new organization, IJMND — particularly its core team — planned Rally for Freedom week over the course of a few months, Wood said, and has “some other events in the works.”“Eventually, we’ll start having regular meetings and doing other fundraising events around campus,” Marshall said.After witnessing multiple people listen to the rally’s pitch and walk away without asking more about it, senior Andrew Dorritie said he decided to sign up for IJMND’s email list to learn more about the cause.“It obviously seems like a good cause that any person with any sense of humanitarian concept would support,” Dorritie said. “There’s really no reason not to just spend two minutes of your time to actually just call a senator or congressman and actually make a difference.”Though he was convinced to advocate for the cause at face-value, Dorritie said he recognized he needed to know more about the nitty-gritty aspects of the bill to learn “all the pieces of the puzzle” before acting.“I felt like there was a lot more that I could know about the issue because I don’t really believe or like signing up for petitions or things without really knowing what I’m signing up for,” he said. “So I was just hoping to get more information on what it really is and what I would be calling to try to sway Congress on.”Tags: Chocolate, IJMND, International Justice Mission of Notre Dame, modern day slavery, rally for freedomlast_img read more

Students respond to potential Waddick’s renovation

first_imgIn the past couple weeks, students have shown concern over the future of Waddick’s, the campus cafe inside O’Shaughnessy Hall. Rumors about possible renovations to the popular dining and coffee spot sparked major backlash among its frequenters.One such student, senior Susan Lefelhocz, began a petition “to keep the unique and beloved coffee shop Waddick’s unchanged.”“I posted a Facebook status update about them thinking about changing Waddick’s and I got, like, 60 responses of people saying, ‘I love this coffee shop,’ and even alumni saying, ‘I graduated but this used to be my favorite place,’” she said. “I was like, OK, maybe I can make this into a petition.” Abigail Piper | The Observer Students frequent Waddick’s, a popular cafe in O’Shaughnessy Hall. In response to rumors of potential renovations to the facilities, senior Susan Lefelhocz started a petition to oppose changes.Lefelhocz said she did not anticipate the petition would be very successful, but it soon went viral among students and Notre Dame groups on Facebook, receiving nearly 500 signatures.Junior Lydia Costello shared the link on Facebook, saying, “Some issues are nonpartisan. Saving Waddick’s, the ultimate Arts & Letters retreat, is one of them.”Junior Frank Hagan, a self-dubbed “Waddick’s aficionado,” made a plea in the Class of 2019 Facebook group that garnered plenty of attention.“The administration wants to deface [Waddick’s] pristine beauty and replace it with just another cog in the oppressive corporate machine,” Hagan said in the post.He then appealed to the common values of Notre Dame students, urging, “if you care about liberty and individuality, about small business and croissants, join the fight.”Like many students, Hagan said Waddick’s is a part of his weekly routine.“Waddick’s is a little community, you know, there’s a family spirit here,” he said. “Every Tuesday and Thursday I get an iced coffee and a croissant. The coffee here’s cheaper and the coffee here’s better.”Campus Dining said Waddick’s would not be removed, but did not disclose an exact plan for the coffee shop.“The one thing I can share is that there are no plans to permanently close Waddick’s and it is being considered for renovation,” Luis Alberganti, director of retail dining, said in an email. “There will be an announcement about this coming soon, it is a project that we are very excited about. Some of the details are still being worked out, stay tuned for more information.”Lefelhocz said modifying Waddick’s would be one of many changes, such as the six-semester housing mandate, that represent a bigger trend on campus.“There’s all these changes happening that the school says we wanted, but students didn’t ask for, and now one of them is Waddick’s,” she said.Lefelhocz and Hagan said they both heard from non-student sources that Waddick’s was going to be remodeled.“I was talking about it with a friend in Waddick’s and someone said ‘I see you in here a lot. This change really is happening,’” Lefelhocz said.Both Hagan and Lefelhocz also said they heard food services would be scaled down and it might expand into the art gallery across the hall.“I come here for the food and iced coffee, and both of those things are apparently on the axe,” Hagan said. “I think you could just get more seating but also keep all the food and coffee and stuff.”“I heard it would just be a coffee machine,” Lefelhocz said.Lefelhocz said she was asked to close the petition, which had gained 476 signatures, until she had a discussion with a dean about renovations.“I was told that if we don’t accept the renovations, we can reopen the petition,” Lefehlocz said. “If they need to expand it, then I understand that, but to completely remodel it and do away with the things that people love, I’m not on board with that.”Tags: AAHD. O’Shaughnessy Hall, breakfast sandwiches, Campus DIning, coffee, iced coffee, O’Shag, petition, renovations, Waddick’slast_img read more

Sorin College celebrates 50th anniversary of secession from University

first_imgWhile Sorin College has been standing on God Quad for well over 100 years, for a short period of time in 1969, in protest of the Vietnam War, the dorm did not consider themselves to be a part of the University.Declaring themselves no longer Sorin Hall, but Sorin College, the students who lived in the turreted dorm seceded from the University and proceeded to bring in professors to teach and hosted their own classes. Today, the secession is commemorated by a banner that hangs over the porch declaring Sorin College “College of the Year — 1969.” Next to this, another banner which dubs Sorin College “Hall of the Year — 1888.”“There’s probably many versions, but what I think is probably the thread through all the versions is that it was a protest against the Vietnam War, sort of an activist kind of event by members of the dorm,”  Fr. Bob Loughery, Sorin College’s rector, said. “They felt like by saying they were Sorin College, they were seceding from the University, which never happened, but Sorin College stuck.”Anna Mason | The Observer “Father Hesburgh handled it just right,” Fr. Edward “Monk” Malloy, former University president and Sorin resident for 39 continuous years, said. “He didn’t do anything. He didn’t say you can’t do it. He just didn’t recognize it.  And so they put up the sign on the porch, ‘Sorin College’ and got a little publicity. And then that’s all it was. Nothing else happened.”Junior Mark Spretnjak said the secession was motivated by a desire for activism by the Sorin community.“I talked to Fr. Bob, our rector, a little bit about it … and he pointed out the history of activism,” Spretnjak said. “It was an activist thing, it was because of the war in Vietnam. The involvement in, not only the community, but just helping people still. He pointed out that you can still feel [the spirit of activism] very strongly.”“I think just knowing that there was a time when people felt strongly and passionately about a cause, they would do what they could to raise awareness,” Loughery added. “So that was their way to speak out against the war.”The spirit of activism and service is still present in Sorin’s celebration of the secession. Each year, Sorin commemorates the secession for a week in April each year, often incorporating some form of service, Loughery said.This year is a landmark year, as Sorin will be celebrating its 50th anniversary of its secession from the University. In addition to the usual festivities, the dorm has also designed t-shirts commemorating the secession.The festivities include a cookout on Monday, paintball on Tuesday, a poker night with cigars on Wednesday, a talent show on Thursday and Sorin College’s formal on Friday at the South Bend Cubs stadium, where the residents of the dorm and their dates will enjoy a private ballroom while they watch the game, as well as fireworks later in the night.Regardless of how Sorin celebrates the week, Sorin’s residents enjoy the chance to connect with their history that the week provides.“It gives us an opportunity to connect to our ancestors and our traditions,” freshman JaeYoung Chang said.“I think at this point, it’s a fun piece of history and it’s giving us an excuse to bond over the week and care about school a little less and kind of just join up together and have a good time,” Ryan Burns, a sophomore and former president of Sorin College, said. “The history still matters to a fair amount of us in the dorm, especially because it’s been 50 years now.”Sorin has a number of unique traditions, including Sweater Vest Fridays, when residents wear their Sorin sweater vests to a communal meal once a month in the dining halls. Traditions also include rubbing the toe of a statue of Fr. Sorin in the entrance of the dorm every day for good luck. That same statue has also been transported around the world to numerous locations, such as Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower and even came down from a helicopter during a football game. The dorm’s small size has contributed to its anomalous culture, freshman Andrés Dávalos said.“Since we’re such a small dorm, the sense of community here is huge,” Dávalos said. “I also feel like [the secession] is very representative of Sorin’s traditions and culture. There is no other dorm that would secede from the University that’s not a dorm that has a culture like Sorin.”Malloy said Sorin’s location at the center of campus causes them to have a sort of notoriety.“I describe Sorin as like living in Switzerland, because when the first snowball fight happens and the two quads are fighting each other or when orientation takes place and all the dorms are running around chanting their names, we don’t do that, because everyone knows who we are eventually,” Malloy said.From the first moments students are on campus, Sorin establishes itself as an independent community, approaching Welcome Weekend activities with a relaxed attitude, Spretnjak said.“During Welcome Weekend … it gets late at night and you’ll see Keenan guys running around lead by their captains and they come sprinting through and chanting stuff and making huge fools of themselves and we’re all just out back smoking cigars like, ‘Oh my gosh, isn’t it great not to have to do that.’ You get the early sense of the relaxed vibe to Sorin,” Spretnjak said.“We are kind of secluded from the rest of the University and we like to be just us and not have to deal with anyone else’s stuff. We’re a part of our own thing,” Burns added.This year, the “brotters” — short for “bro-otters,” a nod to the otter, which is the hall’s mascot — are embracing their strong community spirit and unique history to have fun and reflect on the secession.“Secession Week is also kind of a reminder to everybody that you can do things; you can make change.  Everybody else on campus that year, nobody else seceded,” Spretnjak said. “I like to think that something about Sorin, a spirit of Sorin where the guys who are living here realize that the war was going on, people weren’t happy about it and they realized like it’s not an issue of crying of spilled milk, there’s something that you can still do about these things.I read something the other day that Hesburgh kind of took a hands-off approach, which is nice to see. The administration, you know, they always have to make a choice one way or the other … But something I admire that Hesburgh did is that he saw this was happening and he let it happen; he let the students speak for themselves and do what they thought was right.”While the secession happened 50 years ago, Sorin residents are still proud of their rebellious history.“Let’s secede again,” Sean Burns, a freshman and Sorin resident, said of the secession. “We don’t want to be a part of this school. We don’t like the rest of this school. We kind of just want to be ourselves, and let’s secede again.”Tags: Sorin College, Sorin secession, vietnam warlast_img read more