Entrepreneur offers business advice at SMC

first_imgEmpowering employees is a key to entrepreneurial success, said Jennifer Prosek, founder and CEO of CJP Communications, on Wednesday. The Saint Mary’s College Women Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI) hosted Prosek as the second Entrepreneur-In-Residence on Tuesday and Wednesday. WEI is a joint project between the Department of Business Administration and Economics and the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership. Prosek spent her time at the College speaking to students, faculty and members of the community about how to be a successful entrepreneur. “If I can teach people ‘the business of the business,’ I can immerse and teach them what it means to grow,” Prosek said. “In my firm, we teach all of our employees how to become more entrepreneur-like. Our employees understood how to develop new business, how they make money and how they fit into it.” Prosek graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. After graduation, she moved back to her hometown of Easton, Conn. and found a job at a local market research firm. Although Prosek said it wasn’t her ideal job, it did allow her to come into contact with her current business partner. “We decided to start a firm in the suburbs of Connecticut in a one-room office,” Prosek said. “All of these financial institutions, like trading investments, private equities and banks, were moving out of New York City and into Connecticut. We decided we were going to set up shop in their backyard and see if we can get some business.” But Prosek said she still yearned for the “big, sexy PR job” in New York City. In order to accomplish her dream, Prosek said she went on to earn her Master of Business Administration at Columbia University, where she could network with potential clients and learn the business aspect of public relations. While attending Columbia, Prosek and her partner opened an office in New York City and Prosek simultaneously served as the CEO while attaining her MBA. Since then, they have joined with a third partner and the firm has grown exponentially, she said. Prosek attributed the growth and success of the company to the model of entrepreneurship in her book, “Army of Entrepreneurs: Create an Engaged and Empowered Workforce for Exceptional Business Growth.” “As an army of entrepreneurs, we treat each of our employees as they are entrepreneurs and I’ve found it’s engaging to our employees and helped (us) to only grow as a company,” Prosek said. “It’s all about tapping into the inner-entrepreneur in everyone.” Prosek said Saint Mary’s students, particularly future entrepreneurs, should always be persistent. “There’s always going to be failure and rejection along the way,” Prosek said. “But I’m a big believer in fast failure. I don’t spend a lot of time dwelling on failures. Scrap it and move on to the next one. Students need to know to never give up.”last_img read more

Campus decorated for holidays

first_imgNotre Dame students returned from Thanksgiving break to find campus had been transformed for the swiftly-approaching holiday season. Christmas trees popped up in the LaFortune Student Center, the Main Building and the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, garland and a wreath adorn O’Shaughnessy Hall’s stained glass window and Christmas lights twinkled from shrubbery all over campus. Efforts by the staffs of Landscape Services, the Utilities Department and the Office of Sustainability made these festive and environmentally-friendly decorations possible. Superintendent of landscape services Patrick McCauslin and his staff are in charge of decorating outdoors. “We generally take care of all the community lights on campus, all the lights around the Basilica [of the Sacred Heart], the lights on the tree in front of the Golden Dome on the south side, the lights on the University tree, the big spruce tree outside the Performing Arts Center, and the lights on Old College,” McCauslin said, whose department is also responsible for the maintenance of campus grounds excepting the athletic fields. McCauslin estimated about 35,000 lights have been strung up on campus this year, which he noted didn’t happen over night. “We typically start getting ready around early to mid-October,” he said. “Decoration is done well before Thanksgiving break, and we turn everything on Thanksgiving night.” The frequent early snowfalls necessitate advanced preparation for Christmas, since McCauslin’s department is also responsible for snow and ice removal on campus. Paul Kempf, senior director of utilities and maintenance and his staff manage decorations such as those in North and South Dining Halls and the Main Building. Kempf said that his staff of ten was responsible for the indoor decorations, particularly for putting up and decorating the large Christmas tree in the Main Building, as well as a variety of decorations for other departments and dorms across campus.  “In general, our entire staff of 10 maintenance technicians spends nearly a month prior to Christmas break setting up small decorations at the request of rectors and building managers,” Kempf said. In addition to Landscape Services and the Utilities Department, the Office of Sustainability is offering ways to make decorating for Christmas on campus more energy-conscious and environmentally friendly. “Our interest is trying to make [Christmas decoration] more sustainable, so we offer programs where we can exchange standard lights for LED lights,” Linda Kurtos, director of sustainability for the University, said. “The first project we did was in December of 2009, and Dillon Hall approached us because they have a huge light show. … That really adds up to a lot of energy, so they asked us if we could help them convert to LEDs,” Rachel Novick, Education and Outreach program manager for the Office of Sustainability, said. Novick said that the Office of Sustainability has recently tried to expand their services around the holiday time to all the residence halls on campus at the behest of dormitory sustainability commissioners. “We hosted an exchange in which they could bring in light strands from their dorms and we would exchange them,” Novick said. “So we exchanged about 40 light strands last year and we’re planning to offer that again this coming week.”last_img read more

SMC holds memorial for late student

first_img“Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life,” echoed from Regina Chapel on Friday, when Saint Mary’s students and faculty gathered to offer condolences and prayers for former freshman Madelyn Stephenson — a first-year killed in a traffic accident 14 days earlier.“We gathered to celebrate the memorial Mass because that is what we do as a Catholic community — all are welcome to come together in prayer to celebrate the hopes, joys and sorrows of life in the presence of God and one another,” Judith Fean, the Campus Ministry director, said. “We gathered, trusting in God’s unending love during this time of great sadness.”Faculty and students at the College shared the burden of sadness felt with the loss of one of their own.“I attended Madelyn’s service because I believe that once a Saint Mary’s Belle, always a Saint Mary’s Belle,” Nicole O’Toole, the junior class president said. “Although I did not know her personally, I think it’s good to be there for our fellow Belles in their time of need.”The department of Campus Ministry prepared and planned the memorial mass on Stephenson’s behalf, Fean, said.“The readings were selected to remember and celebrate the life and gift of Madelyn and God’s unending love for all in times when we find the mystery of death before us,” Fean said. “We hope the scriptures, prayers and music were and will continue to be words of support and hope for her family, friends and all who knew Madelyn.”Fean, Regina Wilson, the assistant director of Campus Ministry, Fr. John Pearson, the Campus minister and Barb Ziliak, the former director of liturgy at Church of Loretto, collaborated to select each reading and song at the liturgy, Fean said.Music is a form of prayer, Fean said. ‘Shepherd Me, O God,’ ‘Be Still, My Soul,’ ‘Be Not Afraid,’ and ‘On Eagle’s Wings’ were a few of the songs chosen for the Stephenson service.“Music is an important ministry during tough times,” Malea Shulte, the liturgy’s cantor, said. “It can be healing.”“We invited members of the Saint Mary’s community and the student liturgical choir to come if they were available and we had such a wonderful response from them to share their gift of music with the community,” Fean said.Fean said that she believed those who attended the service were touched by the music in a personal way. “I think if you ask some of the people who attended, they will speak to the songs as a way of inviting them deeper into their trust and hope in God as they walk through these painful and very sad times,” Fean said.Fean said that the Stephenson family was very appreciative of the support from the Saint Mary’s Community, though they were unable to attend the service.“I think it is important to mourn the loss of a life that chose to come to Saint Mary’s and experience the loving community and sisterhood as I did,” O’Toole said.Tags: Student deathlast_img read more

Construction to force Commencement indoors

first_imgAs a result of construction on Notre Dame Stadium related to the Campus Crossroads Project, the 2015 University Commencement Ceremony will be held in the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Athletic and Convocation Center (JACC), University Registrar Chuck Hurley said in an email to the student body Thursday.“After five years in Notre Dame Stadium, the ceremony will return temporarily to the location that was used from 1969 to 2009.  The 18 diploma ceremonies that take place on commencement weekend will continue at their current times and locations,” the email stated. “An Ad Hoc Commencement Ceremony Committee led by the Office of the Registrar and composed of students, faculty and staff was formed last spring to explore site alternatives for Notre Dame’s commencement exercises in light of the Crossroads project.  After considering several locations, the committee recommended moving the May University Commencement Ceremony back to Purcell Pavilion while Crossroads is under construction.”The email also stated the Commencement ceremony will be a ticketed event with limited seating. Senior Stephanie Wachs said the venue change disappointed her because of Purcell Pavilion’s smaller capacity.“For me, I could care less what the venue is,” she said. “I don’t care that it’s not in the stadium, I just care that we won’t have the capacity of the stadium. I am pretty sure each student will get two tickets, and that means my sister won’t be able to see me graduate, which makes me extremely sad. Yes, she’ll be able to see me get my diploma, but that will be with about forty other kids in a room in Hayes-Healy. No President’s address, no Valedictorian speech, or Commencement speaker. She won’t get to see most of the things that make graduation graduation, and that’s really disappointing.”There was no limit on tickets when the Commencement ceremony was held in Notre Dame Stadium. Purcell Pavilion seats 9,149, and Notre Dame conferred 2,269 diplomas in May 2014, meaning each student could be allotted up to four tickets only if no seats in the arena are assigned to graduates, faculty or administrators.The venue change also contradicted the class of 2015’s expectations, Wachs said.“The disappointment and disbelief is also because they originally said it wouldn’t affect commencement and now it is, which is pretty hurtful to the seniors in my opinion,” she said. “Honestly, it doesn’t change my opinion of the [Campus Crossroads] project much; I haven’t been following it closely because I know I won’t be able to use the facilities. Part of me feels like they could be doing more or making some exceptions to have Commencement still in the stadium, but they’re not for whatever reason. I, of course, don’t know all that went into the decision, but it’s definitely disappointing and kind of hurtful to our class as a whole.”Senior Ellen Yokum said when the Campus Crossroads construction project was announced, she was concerned the class of 2015 would not be able to graduate in Notre Dame Stadium.“Upon hearing the official news that the Commencement ceremony would be moved due to construction, I was fairly upset to have these fears confirmed,” she said. “[Notre Dame Stadium] holds a special place in many of our hearts and is a symbol of both the work and play that have defined our time at Notre Dame. The fact that our class will not have the opportunity to graduate in the stadium is a disappointment to myself and many members of the class of 2015.”Yokum, who has several members of her family planning on attending her graduation, said she is concerned that not all of them will be able to attend the Commencement ceremony in the Purcell Pavilion.“Graduating in the stadium would have allowed at least the majority of these family members to take part in the ceremony itself,” she said.  “With limited seating available in the JACC, I doubt that many of them will be present for the conferring of diplomas.”Yokum said that she has heard a variety of opinions from her classmates at the change in venue.“Many people have expressed that they are upset about the change because they have been looking forward to graduating in the stadium,” she said. “Others, while still dismayed, understand that the change of venue is a necessary side effect of the Campus Crossroads Project.”Some seniors are looking on the positive side of this news, Yokum said, as graduation in the Purcell Pavilion is not subject to the weather.“Weather conditions play a huge part in the graduation experience when it is held outdoors in the stadium,” she said. “At my sister’s graduation in 2012, extremely high temperatures made it pretty miserable to watch the ceremony. Some students were even removing their gowns because it was too hot to keep them on.”Senior Alex Cantrell said he was impressed when he attended the Commencement ceremony in the stadium two years ago.“I thought it was very special how the seniors got to walk down the tunnel onto the field to graduate,” he said.  “While I was looking forward to it being in the stadium, I understand the decision that was made, and I believe that graduation in the Purcell Pavilion will be just as special.”Senior Elena Brindley said the news disheartened her because she looked forward to sharing her graduation experience with her whole family.“My first reaction was definitely disappointment because I had always dreamed of that day in the stadium, but more important because with limited ticketing, I’m really upset my whole family may not be able to go. I think that our entire families all deserve that moment as much as we do,” she said.Senior Hilary Johnson said she was also disappointed with the change.“The stadium is the location on campus where the majority of our significant events occur,” Johnson said. “Therefore, I was very disappointed to hear that the class of 2015 would not be fortunate enough to be like years of … Notre Dame grads and graduate in the stadium. My only hope is that they don’t limit the number of seats for our families.”Senior Arturo Chiquito said he was not upset by the change in venue.“It’s not an established tradition, which is why I’m not bothered by it, that we’re not having it [in the stadium],” Chiquito said. “It’s only been for like the last five years, so I was bummed out or kind of disappointed about it when it was first announced but … I’m fine with it. We’re still graduating.”Chiquito said he was also not concerned with the Commencement ceremony becoming a ticketed event.“I’m fine as long as I have my parents and my sisters and maybe my grandma there. I don’t know how many tickets were for the stadium,” he said. “But as long as I have them there, I’m good. I wouldn’t want to be struggling to try to get tickets from others and I know that … I have family who is coming from Chicago, but they’d understand.”Despite the initial letdown, senior Mikaela Prego said she remains confident the University will create a complete Commencement experience.“My initial reaction was disappointment because I think it is a very unique experience to graduate together in the stadium where we spend so much of our fall and expend so many of our emotions,” Prego said. “I would have hoped that the senior student body would be more involved in the decision-making process, and the announcement did come as a surprise. That being said, I trust the university will put together a beautiful ceremony no matter the location.”Tags: Campus Crossroads, Class of 2015, Commencement, Notre Dame Stadium, Purcell Pavillionlast_img read more

Students recount service experience in Uganda

first_imgSix Saint Mary’s students presented their experiences in Uganda this past summer yesterday evening. Three education majors and three nursing majors traveled to Uganda for seven weeks to teach in the school and work in the Ugandan clinic.Senior nursing major Kelly Wilson said the experience taught her to be more effective with communication and more respective of other cultures.“The program is one of the greatest because it fully immerses you into the Ugandan culture,” Wilson said. “You aren’t living in a hotel, you aren’t checking your phone because you don’t have access to that so you’re really getting to know the world around you and most importantly the people around you.”Wilson said the workers in the clinic were friendly, but she faced a language barrier.“Our first day, a nurse took us aside and kind of took it upon himself to make us comfortable and teach us a bit about their language,” Wilson said. “One of the challenges was that in the clinic the workers spoke a fair amount of English, but the patients of the clinic did not speak English. It was up to us to really dive into the culture and make sure we could communicate with the patients.”Senior education major Francine Rizzo said she came to the same presentation last year and thought the girls’ account of their experience in Uganda was exaggerated.“Last year when I came to this presentation, one of the girls spoke about how Uganda was God’s best kept secret and I thought to myself, ‘Oh she’s doing a presentation so maybe that’s a little corny and she’s just trying to get us to go,’” Rizzo said. “But as I was thinking about what I wanted to say to you guys to represent my time there I kept thinking back to her words and how Uganda really is God’s best kept secret.”Rizzo said the people’s humble and joyful attitudes were contagious.“It brought into my mind to see how other cultures live when we have so much over here and half the people don’t appreciate it,” Rizzo said. “And just to see what you can really do with your resources when you push the limits.”Janice Heffernan, a senior nursing major, said one word summarized her experience in Uganda — grateful. The spirit of the Ugandan people under difficult circumstances and willingness to accept the Saint Mary’s students into the community was amazing, she said.“From the neighborhood children who welcomed us into their village to the workers at the lab who let us learn new skills, I was always astonished by the generosity of the community,” Heffernan said. “On our last day in the clinic I was overwhelmed by the gifts of fruits and cards from the students and clinic staff. When you are offered so much from people with so little it’s impossible not to reflect on your lifestyle at home.”Bridgette Minnema, a senior education major, said she, like other study abroad students, entered the program without the slightest idea of how the experience would ultimately affect her. From the moment she landed on Ugandan soil, she knew she was in for one incredible journey, Minnema said.“I didn’t expect to fall in love with a country as much as I did or enjoy the simplicity of their lifestyle,” Minnema said. “The truth is that Uganda took me by surprise in more ways than one. It restored my faith in humanity and taught me what is truly important in life. Surprisingly enough I found the hardest part of my adventure wasn’t adjusting to life in a developing country but being back home and trying to describe to others how astounding my adventure was.”Brehl said she remembers feeling so welcomed by the Sisters that live in Uganda when first arriving and automatically feeling at home.“We were living somewhere new, somewhere I had no idea what to expect,” Brehl said. “When I first arrived I remember on our doors was our name and a welcome sign … It really made me feel so welcome in a place I felt like an intruder. A place that I felt really far from home … but I just felt like this was home.”Gianna Ventrella, a senior education major, said she was in a second-grade classroom. On one of the first days of school there were 55 second graders looking up at her and they were learning math.“There was this little boy and he was having trouble counting so the special education teacher in me just wanted to sit down and work with him,” Ventrella said. “I remember the teacher came up to me and said that he was stupid and that he would never be able to understand math. Well, I took it upon myself for the rest of the time to make sure that he caught up in math. By the end of the time, we were dividing.”Ventrella she wants to return to Uganda.“All I know is that I need to go back. I need to see my people, I need to go back home.”Tags: Ugandalast_img read more

Senate hears presentations, approves resolution

first_imgEditor’s note: An earlier version of this article misidentified the Sexual Conduct and Campus Climate Survey as the Inclusive Campus Survey. The Observer regrets this error.Tags: campus climate survey, Hesburgh Library, library renovations, ND student senate, renovations, Student government, student senate Notre Dame’s student senate convened for its weekly meeting Monday evening, hearing presentations regarding the Sexual Conduct and Campus Climate Survey and Hesburgh Library renovations, as well as approving a new constitutional amendment and nominating senators for the Constitution Committee.Junior and student government director of gender relations Elizabeth Boyle started the meeting with a short announcement about the Sexual Conduct and Campus Climate Survey sent out to students via an email from Erin Hoffman-Harding, vice president for student affairs, Nov. 5. “This [survey] is the way that we can gauge violence, specifically sexual violence on campus, and it’s the only way that we can monitor and number where those things are coming from and how frequently they’re occurring,” Boyle said.Boyle said the survey will remain open until Nov. 26, and all students are highly encouraged to take the survey. University librarian Diane Walker and head of the Library Renovation Steering Committee Jessica Kayongo then presented to the senate about the renovation plans for Hesburgh Library.“When I was interviewed and accepted this job, a then-student who was writing an article on the library for ‘The Scholastic’ and wanted to interview me — this was before I arrived on campus — one of her questions was, ‘Students don’t find the Hesburgh Library an inviting or welcoming space, and certainly not a very lively one — what will you do to change that?’” Walker said. “So I took that as a mandate that we really needed to address the space in this building.”Walker said some of the main goals behind renovating the library were to promote its research and learning services, provide high-quality study spaces for students and make space to organize and publicize the library’s physical anthology, including special collections. “[We want to] basically transform the environment here so that it lives up to the expectations and the aspirations of our university, to be a top light and provide a top experience for everyone who is here,” she said.Parts of the first and second floors of the library have already been renovated, as well as the 10th floor of the building. Walker said the renovation team is planning the project in phases while Notre Dame raises funds for it. Currently, space on the first floor for subject librarians and technology areas on the first and second floors are being renovated. Kayongo said future plans include renovating the first floor study space known as the “Fishbowl” to become the Grand Reading Room, creating a similar space on the second floor and moving and combining the special collections and archives on the first floor.The senate also voted to approve a resolution regarding an update to the Student Union Constitution whereby a substitute leader can be elevated in the case of the absence of the senate chair, who is normally the student body vice president. Sophomore and parliamentarian Halena Hadi proposed the resolution, explaining that in case of the vice president’s absence from the senate, it would be best to designate a non-voting member of the senate to substitute as chair. Hadi said that she drafted the resolution after senior and vice president Corey Gayheart had to miss a senate meeting and sophomore class council president Sam Cannova and junior class council president Laksumi Sivanandan chaired the senate in his absence. Since the two are voting members, it could cause an issue in the case of a tiebreaker vote, since the chair of the senate only votes when there is a tie. “This is mainly just to maintain impartiality, because Corey’s not a voting member as it is unless there’s an emergency, in which case he would break the tie,” Hadi said. “I just thought we should stay in line with that, especially in the situation where he’s gone, we should have another nonvoting member take his place so that we can preserve the right of all voting members to vote.”The senate unanimously approved the resolution. The group also nominated and appointed three nominees to the Constitution Committee. Hadi said the committee’s duties would include independent reading of the constitution and proposing potential changes to the document as they see fit. “There is no mandated meeting schedule, so we would probably meet every two or three weeks or as issues arise,” Hadi said. Sophomore and McGlinn Hall senator Isabella Schmitz, junior and Sorin Hall senator Mark Spretnjak and junior and Lyons Hall senator Caila Lindsey were nominated and approved to be on the committee. During the new business portion of the meeting, Lindsey asked a question about students who may want to run for student body president, but cannot as they are studying abroad in the spring semester. “I want to discuss how we can change that, because there are students who are going abroad who couldn’t go abroad any other semester,” Lindsey said. The senate debated this topic and Gayheart spoke from experience, saying that the transition period could be difficult to navigate for a student trying to lead from abroad. “My first thought is that because the term starts on April 1, there’s a lot that happens during the transition period — so February and March,” Gayheart said. “There’s a lot of meetings with cabinet directors and things like that, that in theory, people should probably be present for.”In addition, Gayheart said because the term begins before the end of the semester, the student body vice president would miss senate meetings if they were abroad. Sivanandan said students have to choose between studying abroad and running for a leadership role, as students can’t pursue both opportunities.“As someone who had to go through the decision-making process of going abroad or running for something, I get that we are all Notre Dame students who want to do everything, go study abroad and having all these leadership positions, but sometimes you can’t really have your cake and eat it too,” she said. “You have to decide what you think is the best thing to do.”last_img read more

Notre Dame senior lacrosse player stops robbery

first_imgNotre Dame senior Tommy McNamara was having lunch with a friend at The General restaurant in South Bend on Friday. While he was eating, he said he noticed another young man moving suspiciously about the establishment.“I kind of noticed this kid who had his hoodie on, kind of walking around the place. Little bit of strange activity,” he said.A few minutes later, the man grabbed another customer’s purse and bolted out of the establishment. Kendra Osinski | The Observer Tommy McNamara, a senior on the lacrosse team pictured here during a game against the University of Maryland, stopped a robbery on Friday afternoon. McNamara was eating lunch at The General in South Bend when he took off running after a teenager who had stolen an elderly woman’s purse.“All of the sudden, I’m just sitting at my table — and I’m pretty close to the door — he sprints from the front of the restaurant by the cash register, scoops up an old lady’s purse, and just darts out the door,” he said.Not missing a beat, McNamara, a member of the Notre Dame lacrosse team, rose from his seat and took off after the thief.“I guess without really thinking, I just leapt up and started running after him,” he said. “From the very beginning, I’m yelling ‘Stop! Stop! Give me the purse! Stop! You don’t want to do this!’”After chasing the individual for a substantial distance through the streets of South Bend — McNamara estimated the chase lasted between five and seven minutes — McNamara persuaded the thief to stop running.“I eventually start saying, ‘I’m not trying to get you in trouble … I’ll give you $20, just give me the purse. I get it,’” McNamara said. “He finally stops. I approach him slowly and say, ‘Dude, I’m not trying to get you in trouble. I have 20 bucks. Take it, you just can’t take this purse.’”Once the chase had ended, McNamara got the purse back and engaged with the man he had been chasing.“I get up close to him, and look at him, and ask, ‘Dude, how old are you?’ He’s like, ‘I’m in high school.’ He couldn’t have been older than 15 years old,” he said. “I start talking to him for a while. He gave me the purse, and we had a conversation. I actually gave him my phone number. I was like, ‘I understand this is a really tough situation.’ We were just talking for a while about kind of everything. I told him, ‘If you ever need to reach out, I’ve got like 50 teammates who’d have your back. I get it. You’re in high school having to make that decision.’ Think about it. Being 15 years old and your choice is ‘do I or do I not want to steal this woman’s purse for whatever extraneous reason that’s out of his control?’ I gave him 20 bucks and just said, ‘Listen, take my number. Give me a call if you ever want to talk, or need help.’ Then we went our separate ways.”The teenager was remorseful, McNamara said. McNamara thinks the high schooler vacillated about whether or not to steal the purse in the first place.“He was entirely apologetic. The first thing he said was ‘I’m sorry,’” McNamara said. “He’s sitting there thinking, ‘do I or do I not want to steal this woman’s purse?’ What’s crazy is I saw him leave the place a couple times — he would walk out, then walk back in. … That’s kind of why he was in the corner of my eye. He was just apologetic. … He was like ‘I don’t want to be doing this.’ It was a tough conversation, but a real one. That’s why I wanted him to be able to reach out.”Upon his return to The General, McNamara was greeted as a hero.“It was funny, the whole place broke into applause,” he said. “There was a priest in there — I guess he was eating food there — he comes up and gives me a blessing. … One lady came up to me and said, ‘My husband was a retired police officer. I have a son who’s a police officer, a son who’s a firefighter,’ and I just connected with her in that way.”The owner of the stolen purse was particularly grateful, McNamara said.“She was just really thankful,” he said. “She asked for my name. She tried to give me money. Everyone was trying to give me money for it. I was like, ‘No, it’s OK.’ She was just really thankful. Full of gratitude.”McNamara credited a variety of people in his life with his decision to help out in the situation.“I think a lot has to do with the lacrosse team, and everything that we’re about and kind of the team culture and values we try to build,” he said. “The three parts of the lacrosse team are character, culture, community. That’s something that from your first day when you get here you really try to emulate. … I think my family, a lot. Something that I’ve always thought of that my dad says to my brothers and is, ‘The other fellow first.’ Kind of that mentality of people before yourself.”After relating the incident to some of the lacrosse coaching staff, McNamara said he addressed his teammates about his good deed on lacrosse coach Kevin Corrigan’s request.“I told coach about it,“ McNamara said. “After a lift on Friday — it was like three hours after it happened — he had me tell the story to the whole team. I kind of wrapped it up with Thanksgiving. It’s a time where we have a lot to be thankful for. The biggest takeaway for me was this kid — 14, 15 years old — making this decision. That’s a circumstance that myself and probably everybody here at Notre Dame hasn’t had to go through. That was something to be thankful for.”On the whole, McNamara said he was motivated to act due to the many experiences and people he’s encountered in his life, particularly in high school, college and at Camp Tecumseh, a sleepaway camp where he has been both a counselor and a camper.“It’s cool, being able to reflect on that event you think of all the people from high school, to Notre Dame with the lacrosse team, coach Corrigan, all of my coaches, all of my teammates, people at Camp Tecumseh, all kind of into this one moment where it wasn’t really me reacting,” he said. “It was all of them in this one moment where I didn’t have to make a choice, I just got up and started running after him.”Tags: ND Men’s Lacrosse, thanksgiving, The General Deli and Cafe, theftlast_img read more

Student Union Board expands programming, empowers freshmen

first_imgThe Student Union Board (SUB) has worked to invite notable figures to speak on campus, introduce new events and expand programs from previous years.Major goals for the year among committee leaders and directors included an increased focus on diverse representation, heightened collaboration with other student government groups and involvement of freshman students in event planning.For the largest SUB-sponsored event of the semester, Yusef Salaam, one of the “Central Park Five” convicted as a teenager of assaulting and raping a jogger who was later exonerated, was invited to speak at Notre Dame. SUB executive director, Eric Kim, estimated attendance at Salaam’s speech to be 400.The special events committee hosted three different comedians this year, as well as entertainer Mat Lavore, who specializes in magic, mind-reading and hypnotism. The committee also held several smaller events, including giving out free coffee for international coffee day and celebrating international redhead day — a first for SUB — with orange food, music by redheaded artists and a cutout of Ron Weasley, a Harry Potter character.While SUB typically hosts a concert in both the fall and the spring, there was no fall concert this year. Senior Jackie Weinrich, co-director of programming, said SUB had planned to host a concert this semester and had booked an artist, but the artist cancelled at the last minute. Weinrich did not identify the artist.“[The artist cancelling] is an unfortunate reality of show business, but that’s kind of exciting because it means we have a lot more resources to put towards a spring concert,” Weinrich said. “We’re going to try to bring in a couple big artists. We never really know what’s going to happen, but it should be something fun.”Junior Cameron Lucas, co-director of programming, oversees the committee for AcoustiCafe, a free weekly concert where student musicians perform short musical sets in the Hagerty Family Cafe. While SUB has run the event for several years, Lucas said the committee introduced weekly themes for the concerts, including a “spooky” theme for Halloween at which candy was given out, “AcoustiCornucopia” for Thanksgiving, featuring free food from Chick-Fil-A and others.SUB also hosted the Fall Mall, selling school and housing supplies, in the Stepan Center in August. Lucas said this year’s Fall Mall had a record number of sales.Kim said one of SUB’s successes this year has been more effectively involving and empowering freshman members of SUB in the planning process. The First Year Student Union Board (FYSUB) was established in 2016 to encourage freshmen to join SUB and help them develop planning and coordinating skills.“We have a huge retention rate right now with our FYSUB group because they are passionate about what they do and I believe that they feel more involved with the organization, they feel more connected and more responsible for the jobs that they do,” Kim said.SUB co-director and senior Annie Morejon joined SUB as a freshman and went through FYSUB during its first year. She said she went through the program with a “critical eye,” which has helped her to implement positive changes to improve the program’s effectiveness.“One of the biggest things we’ve tried to focus on is giving our FYSUB-ers the space to flex their muscles,” Morejon said. “… There’s a tendency with freshmen to be like ‘stand back and let us do it,’ but we’ve really tried to put as much power into their hands as possible because they are very capable and creative and wonderful human beings.”While members of FYSUB were still largely “learning the ropes,” Morejon said they successfully organized the Fall Fest on Nov. 1, where SUB members gave out pumpkins, cider and other seasonal items.In addition to the Spring concert, SUB officers expressed anticipation for several events planned for next semester, including inviting two more stand-up comedians, a “puppies and pizza” event and more themed AcoustiCafe events. Additionally, for the first time, FYSUB is planning to host an acoustic concert with an unannounced outside artist. SUB has continued to hold and build on successful events from previous years such as AcoustiCafe, while introducing new and successful events to appeal to a diverse array of students. While it is unfortunate the fall concert was cancelled for reasons beyond SUB’s control, SUB has seen success in many other of its events this semester, especially the Yusef Salaam speech. Additionally, the continued development of the FYSUB program offers a valuable way for first-year students to get involved and contribute to campus life. Grade: A-Tags: Student Government Insider 2019last_img read more

Rebels Pause Play, Jackals Cancel Season Due To Virus Concerns

first_imgJAMESTOWN – The Jamestown Jackals cancelled their season and the Jamestown Rebels paused theirs Thursday due to Coronavirus concerns.The cancellation of The Basketball League’s 2020 season comes after when the NBA and the NBA G-League indefinitely suspended their 2020 seasons Thursday.Prior to the announcement, the Jamestown Jackals were 8-3 on the season, good for second place in the league.During a team press conference at the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel Thursday, Kayla Crosby, the Executive Director of #IntegrityFirst and Team Market Owner said, “It was with sadness, but encouragement for the future that we announce today that The Basketball League has come to a conclusion for the 2020 season, we were hoping to move straight to a playoff series next weekend, but with the recent announcement from the NBA, it has been decided that the season will be completely ending.” Continuing on, Crosby added, “We want to be sure that we put forth the safety of our players, our staff and the community.”Crosby also spoke about how grateful she was for the Jackals who were in their year number two in The Basketball League“It has been a blessing to have our second season in The Basketball League”, Crosby said. “Starting from semi-pro and moving up to giving paychecks to the players has really increased the caliber of basketball that we’ve been able to provide in Jamestown.”In spite of the abrupt end of the season, Crosby did provide information on future events the Jackals will partake in.“At this point, we are going to regroup, we are going to continue to be active in the community as much as possible. This summer, the The Basketball League has announced it will be hosting a TBL Summer League in Las Vegas in July, and also potentially travelling overseas for tours this summer sponsored by The Basketball League. ”There will be an RSVP farewell dinner party Friday at the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel at 6 p.m.Leventrice Gray, the head coach of the Jamestown Jackals, spoke about how much he has enjoyed his time in Jamestown coming from Birmingham, AL.“It’s a very hospitable town, people that look out for you.” Gray said. “When I started to make my rounds around Jamestown starting as a coach and then a player, it was always a warm reception.”When asked about the team as a group on the court, Gray said, “Honestly speaking, they began to gel together. They found reasons to stay here and fight and found reasons to find reasons to push themselves towards adversity. They continued to push and found a way in a lot of situations where it can be tough.”The Jackals had been on a hot streak prior to the season cancellation, winning six of their last seven games, including a 124-112 win over the Dayton Flight last Sunday which would prove to be both teams final game of the 2020 season.Meanwhile, the NAHL indefinitely put on hold the Jamestown Rebels season, as the NHL issued an indefinite suspension Thursday as well.In a statement from NAHL Commissioner Mark Frankenfeld, he said, “This is an unprecedented time and situation. First and foremost, we want to be sure we are doing what is best for the hockey community: players, teams, fans and officials. In the past 24 hours, it became clear that we needed to follow a path that was consistent with our partners at USA Hockey, the NCAA, the NHL and the USHL.”Frankenfeld added, “We will continue to monitor the situation daily with everyone involved and we understand that given the current landscape, things could change at any moment. Our number one goal is to resume play as soon as possible, but only when it is safe for all of the parties involved. The NAHL Board of Governors will reconvene on a conference call Friday to discuss further action.”Jamestown was preparing to take on the Maryland Black Bears for a two-game home series prior to the announcement of the pausing of the season.The Rebels are in fifth place in the Eastern Division with 45 points, two points behind the Black Bears, who hold the final playoff spot in the East. 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

A Record Six Million Workers Filed For Unemployment Last Week

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN ImageWASHINGTON – A record 6.6 million workers filed for unemployment benefits last week due to the economic impact of the Coronavirus.The staggering number easily shatters all previous jobless figures.It’s historic, not seen even during the great depression or in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.It also overtakes the expectations of economists, who were anticipating 3.5 million claims. It’s the second record-breaking weekly jobs report in a row. A week earlier, 3.3 million Americans filed for their first week of benefits.It comes as more businesses lay off and furlough workers amid the pandemic.last_img read more