Leaders customize crime database

first_img “All my guys would be interested in [the] D6 [parking lot],” he said. Student body secretary Katie Baker said NDSP will distribute flyers containing the CrimeReports web address, instructions for using the site and information about the CrimeReports iPhone mobile app. “[We’re drawing] lines on the map in a way that makes sense for students and staff on campus,” Shibata said. “The parking lots are where students are the least aware of where crime is going on, but need to be the most aware,” Sokas said. Ed Mack, rector of O’Neill Hall, said the Notre Dame CrimeReports information would be useful to residents of the hall. One proposed neighborhood would include South Quad, West Quad, Carroll Hall, the Morris Inn, the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore, Main Circle and the bookstore basketball courts, she said. Other neighborhoods will include campus parking lots. Shibata said the meeting sought to analyze University maps and define neighborhoods within campus based on geographical landmarks. Doing so, she said, will provide students with access to the most relevant security information for their area of campus on the CrimeReports website. McCormick said student government was grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with CrimeReports to improve accessibility to campus safety information.center_img Student body president Pat McCormick said creating campus neighborhoods would make the CrimeReports database more user-friendly for student users. Chief of staff Claire Sokas said CrimeReports would alert students, faculty and staff about reported events occurring in their respective neighborhoods. Campus Life Council’s regular meeting was postponed Monday afternoon, as members met with Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) Sgt. Keri Kei Shibata to customize the online CrimeReports database. The customization is part of an ongoing initiative to improve interactive campus security. “Our goal was to identify the best way of utilizing CrimeReports on campus, in a way that would make sense to students based on where they live,” he said. “We also wanted to give as much information as possible in an interactive way.” “Our hope is for the system to continue advancing on campus,” he said.last_img read more

Belles explore student clubs

first_imgSaint Mary’s students took a break from studying to explore their extracurricular options at the College’s annual Activities Night on Wednesday. Assistant director of student involvement Joy Usner said Activities Night allows clubs to recruit new and enthusiastic members. “Activities Night is a way for our current student organizations to advertise and recruit new members and get involved on campus,” Usner said. “It’s a really fun night for people to come out and see all of the different clubs they might not know about.” Junior Kat Sullivan, vice president of external affairs for the Student Government Association (SGA), communicated with campus club presidents and local organizations in the South Bend community to organize Activities Night. “A lot of my job is to make sure everything comes together smoothly,” Sullivan said. “We have a great group of people here who work really hard every year to put on this event.” Sullivan collaborated with the Office of Student Involvement and Multicultural Services to contact the participating clubs and organizations, Stephanie Steward-Bridges, director of multicultural services and student programs, said. “We work with Kat Sullivan to help her put together Activities Night,” Bridges said. “She sends out the information to reserve tables, and we assist her with giving [her] the list of recognized organizations on campus.” Attending Activities Night and learning about the wealth of extracurricular opportunities available on campus is something of a rite of passage for students. Senior Danielle Smith said she still remembers her first hectic night at the event. “Activities Night was a bit overwhelming my first year because it was inside the Student Center and was kind of cramped,” Smith said. “I like it much better this year because it’s outside with a DJ, and you can dance to the music as you sign up for your clubs.” The large number of clubs both excited and overwhelmed students. Freshman Natalie Hartman said she signed up for so many clubs she could not keep track of them all. “I know I signed up for Friends with Sisters, Dance Marathon and Environmental Club,”,she said. “The people here are so friendly that it’s easy to ask questions and get involved.” Freshman Kristin Linkowskieshe said she plans to join several athletic and outdoor clubs. “I signed up for intermural volleyball, ultimate Frisbee, camping, fishing, disc golf, outing, water ski team and about ten other clubs,” Linkowski said.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s starts financial literacy program

first_imgThis year, the Saint Mary’s financial aid office implemented a financial literacy program called $avvy to help students learn more about personal finance.Selvin Quire, assistant director of financial aid, said the financial aid office decided to start the $avvy program last year. “We found that students want to learn more about personal finance but had obstacles that prevented access to this information, such as a limited number of available courses or space within students’ schedules,” Quire said. “$avvy is … intended to make resources available to all students without those limits.”Students will learn the basics of different financial literacy topics and ways to apply it to their own personal expenses and financial concerns, Quire said. He said the program is run through a variety of activities and that there will be presentations, guest speakers, tabling events, question and answer sessions, demonstrations and interactive activities, as well as providing free access to financial tools through an online resource called CashCourse, which features courses, quizzes and interactive worksheets. $avvy features a theme for each month, including budgeting, credit, saving, investing and financial aid, Quire said. There will be events every month, along with CashCourse assignments that are completely voluntary and do not take up too much time, Quire said. “Though we do not require a minimum score for completion, a student’s quiz or test results will give them an idea of what they know about the topics,” Quire said. “The assignments are self-paced, so students can work through the assignments comfortably and as many times as they please.”Quire said the program is still changing and adapting to fit the needs of students. “Since this is the program’s first year, we do not have a typical seminar or workshop format yet,” Quire said. “We plan on delivering the information in a variety of ways to keep the program engaging. We hope to expand to more interactive events, such as scavenger hunts, as well as collaborate with other departments and groups on campus.”Quire said the program is beneficial to the Saint Mary’s community by enhancing the learning experience outside of the classroom.“Personal finance management is something that everyone encounters on a daily basis,” Quire said. “Students will have the opportunity to build these practical skills now and prepare themselves for life after college.”Tags: $avvy, Financial Aid Office, Financial Literacy, saint mary’slast_img read more

Saint Mary’s College conducts post-graduation survey

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Office of Institutional Research conducted the annual Graduation Destination Survey to gain a general statistical overlook on what graduates of the class of 2016 intend to do after graduation.According to the survey, of the 331 women in the graduating class, 283 students responded for a response rate of 85.5 percent.The survey showed that 67.7 percent of students will enter the workforce, 31.2 percent will attend graduate or professional school and 12.8 percent will participate in an internship or externship.The data also showed that 7.1 percent of students will participate in voluntary service.Stacie Jeffirs, director of the Career Crossings Office, said Saint Mary’s encourages students to participate in voluntary service.“The one great thing about Saint Mary’s is it’s encouraged to participate in service — it’s part of the curriculum,” Jeffirs said. “Students have an opportunity to explore those options a little bit more readily at the College, and they are encouraged to pursue those opportunities post-graduation. There’s a strong value here at Saint Mary’s in service to others, so I think it’s definitely one of those areas that students are very interested in pursuing.“It’s a great opportunity after you graduate, especially for students who are in their own discernment process and trying to learn a little more about who they are and where they see themselves in the world. Being able to go out and participate in service for three months, a year, two years — it’s a great opportunity for graduates to learn a lot about themselves.The survey showed that 2.5 percent of students will enroll in military service, which is an increase from the previous graduating class, which had fewer than .5 percent.5.7 percent of students reported having “other” post-graduation plans. According to Jeffirs, “other” includes fellowships, traveling and taking a gap year. Jeffirs said there is overlap in the data because some students will volunteer or work, while also attending graduate school.Jeffirs said this data demonstrates the College’s mission.“You have to look at not just the statistics and the data and the percentages of where students are going, but you also have to look at where they are going and what they are doing and how that fits in with how they believe Saint Mary’s has prepared them for the world,” Jeffirs said. “Regardless, if the student is going to employment or graduate school, going into service [or the] military, the graduates think Saint Mary’s has prepared them very well for what they pursue.”According to Jeffirs, a survey is sent to graduates one year and five years after graduation to gauge how well their time at the College has helped them in their career paths.“When you look at the mission — to prepare women to make a difference and make a positive impact on the world — the survey and the results of the survey demonstrate that and show that Saint Mary’s is accomplishing that part of the mission,” Jeffirs said.Sofia Piecuch, a senior global studies major with concentrations in international development and anthropology, will move to Geneva, Switzerland to intern at the Istituto Internazionale Maria Ausiliatrice (IIMA) and Volunteers in Development, Education and Solidarity (VIDES) Human Rights Office, she said.“Its mission is to promote a network between the Salesian family — the biggest Catholic religious order in the world — and the United Nations, in order to protect and promote human rights,” Piecuch said. “The office seeks to be specifically involved in the drafting of international policies that promote the right to education for all.”Beginning in January, Piecuch will spend two years as a missionary with Heart’s Home, a Catholic non-profit organization that aims to foster and spread a culture of compassion, she said.“This is an international mission that focuses on accompanying the poorest and most vulnerable members of society,” she said. “I have not yet been given an assignment, but my top three choices were Senegal, Brazil and the Philippines.”Piecuch said the variety of courses offered at Saint Mary’s have helped her gain a broader perspective of the world.“Taking courses on Islam and the politics of the Middle East helped me be a better host each summer to the women from the MENA (Middle East/North Africa) region who come to Saint Mary’s for a State Department-funded Global Women’s Leadership Initiative through the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership,” she said. “Studying abroad in Austria helped me grow in independence, maturity and fluency in German. Taking anthropology courses engaged my desire to understand other cultures and view it as an effective lens for constructing appropriate international development initiatives. Philosophy helped me think critically as well as write methodically, with proper argumentation.”After graduating, senior Danielle Gibaut plans to move to Chicago and work as an account executive at Chicago-23, a marketing agency. Gibaut, who majored in business administration with concentrations in marketing and international business, said Saint Mary’s has prepared her in different ways for her future.“All of the group projects helped me gain better communication skills,” Gibaut said. “The [senior comprehensive project] from my fall semester definitely prepared me for the world I’ll be doing in the real business world. I found my voice here at Saint Mary’s, and I know that’ll be something I carry through my career path.”Senior Melissa Fitzpatrick majored in communication studies with minors in public relations, advertising and film studies. She said she will be doing a year of service in Brockton, Massachusetts.“I’ll be volunteering for an organization called the Holy Cross Family Ministries,” Fitzpatrick said. “Their mission is to bring families together through prayer. The year of service also includes living in community with about seven other volunteers. We’ll share dinners, weekend activities and really learn to live in solidary with one another.”According to Fitzpatrick, she is excited for this journey and said she could not have done it without Saint Mary’s.“Saint Mary’s has taught me how to be a better friend, listener, student and servant,” she said. “I wouldn’t be where I am standing today without my Saint Mary’s friends, professors and mentors. Graduating from Saint Mary’s, I know I am prepared to face whatever is in store for me.”Senior Isabella Gagnon, who majored in psychology, will be commissioned as a second Lieutenant in the Army Signal Corps. She said in an email she will report to Fort Gordon, Georgia for signal and communication training in September.“Saint Mary’s really helped me step out of my comfort zone and really empowered me as an independent woman,” she said. “I feel so confident going to a work force that is only about 15 percent women. I was able to write my senior thesis on challenges women face in the military, so I feel very excited for the opportunities that I will have to give women in the military more of a voice.”Gagnon said she and her fiancée will both be part of the Active Duty Army, and she is excited for the future.“I hope there will be many opportunities for me to share my faith when we move to new places and make new friends,” she said. “I’m so thankful to always have Saint Mary’s and be part of such a wonderful alumni network.”Tags: Commencement 2016, job overlook, service, SMC employmentlast_img read more

East concourse of library open after months of construction

first_imgThe renovation of the east concourse in Hesburgh Library has finished after over two months of work. The construction on the concourse started Nov. 20 in anticipation of the establishment of the Scholars Lounge, a new study space across from Au Bon Pain. The new lounge opened Dec. 1. One feature of the concourse’s transformation is the introduction of floor to ceiling glass on the second level of the center concourse; staff spaces on the first and fourth floors were also improved.An open house to showcase both the new Scholars Lounge and the newly opened concourse is being held Thursday from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.Tags: concourse, Hesburgh Library, renovationlast_img read more

Man Arrested For Allegedly Attacking Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Deputy

first_imgStock Image.SHERIDAN – A Town of Sheridan man was arrested Thursday morning following a pervious incident where he allegedly attacked a sheriff’s deputy.The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says 37-year-old Adam Rice was arrested at his residence on Route 20 in Sheridan just before 9:30 a.m.Rice was wanted in connection with a pervious incident where he allegedly punched a deputy and then held them in a chokehold.He is charged with second-degree strangulation, second-degree obstructing governmental administration, second-degree harassment, third-degree assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Deputies say Rice was taken to the Chautauqua County Jail. 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

Will Eno’s The Open House Extends Off-Broadway

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on March 30, 2014 The Open House Related Shows The world premiere of Will Eno’s new off-Broadway play The Open House is to extend its run at The Romulus Linney Courtyard at the Pershing Square Signature Center after selling out its initial run. Directed by Oliver Butler and starring Carolyn McCormick and Peter Friedman, the show had been scheduled to play through March 23, but will now end performances March 30. View Comments The cast also features Hannah Bos, Michael Countryman and Danny McCarthy. Ever enigmatic Pulitzer Prize finalist Eno’s new play is described as follows: “Playwrights have been trying to write Family Plays for a long time. And typically these plays try to answer endlessly complicated questions of blood and duty and inheritance and responsibility. They try to answer the question, ‘Can things really change?’ People have been trying nobly for years and years to have plays solve in two hours what hasn’t been solved in many lifetimes. This has to stop.”last_img read more

The Evolution of A Raisin in the Sun, From Dream to Broadway Masterpiece

first_img A Raisin in the Sun Lorraine Vivian Hansberry was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Nannie Louise Hansberry, a teacher, and Carl Hansberry, a real-estate broker. Her progressive parents examined her birth certificate, and after seeing the word “Negro” printed by the hospital, immediately crossed it out and wrote “Black.” After a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer, Hansberry died at the age of 34, the same night her second play, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, closed on Broadway. A passage from the play is engraved on her gravestone: “I care. I care about it all. It takes too much energy not to care. The why of why we are here is an intrigue for adolescents; the how is what must command the living. Which is why I have lately become an insurgent again.” Five decades after Raisin first opened on Broadway, playwrights still continue to be inspired by Hansberry’s gripping drama. Bruce Norris’ homage to the iconic story, Clybourne Park, was awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play. As part of its 50th anniversary season, Maryland’s Center Stage produced Clybourne Park in repertory with the world premiere of Beneatha’s Place, focusing on the untold story of Walter Lee’s younger sister. Dubbed The Raisin Cycle, the new plays have introduced the Younger family to a brand new audience. On the 30-year anniversary of the beloved drama’s Broadway premiere, PBS aired an uncut, three-hour TV adaptation of A Raisin in the Sun starring Danny Glover and Esther Rolle. Director Bill Duke told The Los Angeles Times, “This play transcends time and race. It applies to all poor people. What Lorraine says is something that should be said often: Folks that don’t have money, folks that society looks down its nose at, are some of the noblest spirits among us.” Raisin returned to the Great White Way for the second time, starring stage and screen great Phylicia Rashad, Tony winner Audra McDonald and rapper-turned-actor Sean “P. Diddy” Combs in his Broadway debut. “At this point of my life, it’s one of the scariest things I’ve ever done because it’s so intense, it’s so emotional, it’s so hard,” Combs told the Associated Press. The production made history at the Tony Awards when Rashad was honored with the Best Actress in a Play trophy, becoming the first African-American woman to receive the honor. Director Kenny Leon reassembled his leading players for a 2008 adaptation of the production, which was seen by 12.7 million viewers on ABC. Now, director Kenny Leon (who also helmed the 2004 revival) brings the Younger family back to their very first Broadway home at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Why did he want to bring the drama back after only ten years? “This is the play that keeps on giving,” he told Broadway.com. “If all the other great American plays—Death of a Salesman, Streetcar, A Moon for the Misbegotten—if they have been done every four or five years, surely [it’s time] to revisit A Raisin in the Sun.” Featuring Denzel Washington as Walter Lee, LaTanya Richardson Jackson as Lena and Sophie Okonedo as Ruth, the new production opens officially on April 3! Denzel Washington A Raisin in the Sun made history, becoming the first play written by a black woman (a 29-year-old, no less) to ever be produced on Broadway. But the journey to the Great White Way wasn’t easy—it took over a year for producer Philip Rose to raise enough funds to bring the play to New York. After short pre-Broadway tryouts in Philadelphia, New Haven and Chicago, A Raisin in the Sun opened on Broadway on March 11, 1959 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, starring Sidney Poitier as Walter Lee Younger, a struggling son with big dreams, Claudia McNeil as his mother Lena and Ruby Dee as his hardworking wife Ruth. While writing for the progressive black newspaper Freedom, Hansberry discovered Langston Hughes’ poem “Harlem,” published in his book Montage of a Dream Deferred. “What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore and then run? Does it stink like rotten meat or crust and sugar over like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it explode?” The young author began working on a play exploring the struggles of a poor, black family living in Chicago, loosely based on her own family’s story. Originally titled The Crystal Stair (a line from the Langston Hughes poem “Mother to Son”), A Raisin in the Sun centers on the Youngers, a lower-class family who is offered a sum of money to stay away from the white neighborhood where they have purchased their dream home. Star Filescenter_img The Hansberrys’ white neighbors were so intent on pushing them out of the neighborhood (and the family was so intent on staying) that the Hansberry v. Lee case made it to the Illinois Supreme Court. When the state ruled against the Hansberry family, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the decision, allowing the family to stay in their home. Thanks to the Hansberrys’ persistence, it was no longer legal for white residents in the United States to push African Americans out of their neighborhoods. Related Shows You read it in school, you’ve seen it on stage and maybe you even have both TV adaptations on DVD. But do you know the real story behind Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking 1959 family drama A Raisin in the Sun? Read below to learn all about the Younger family, from the real events that inspired the story to the newest Broadway revival starring Denzel Washington, LaTanya Richardson Jackson and Sophie Okonedo, now playing at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Robert Nemiroff, Hansberry’s ex-husband, became a champion of the late playwright’s work after her death. He adapted many of her unpublished poems, stories and letters into the play To Be Young, Gifted and Black, which premiered off-Broadway in 1968. Singer-songwriter Nina Simone, a close friend of Hansberry, wrote a song of the same name in her memory. After the success of A Raisin in the Sun on the Great White Way, Nemiroff teamed up with Charlotte Zaltzberg to write the book for a musical adaptation of Hansberry’s groundbreaking play. Judd Woldin and Robert Brittan wrote the score, a mix of jazz, blues, gospel and of course, traditional musical theater. “It is a strange [musical] but a good one,” The New York Times reported. “It warms the heart and touches the soul.” Starring Joe Morton as Walter Lee, Ernestine Jackson as Ruth and Virginia Capers as Mama Lena, Raisin won two Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Sophie Okonedo Show Closed This production ended its run on June 15, 2014 The Hansberry family bought a house at 6140 S. Rhodes Ave. in Washington Park—a white, upper-middle-class neighborhood that the playwright later described as “hellishly hostile.” They were violently attacked by their neighbors, who were constantly trying to get the family to leave the neighborhood. The Hansberrys refused, and agreed to stay in their home at all costs. “I [remember] my desperate and courageous mother, patrolling our house all night with a loaded German Luger, doggedly guarding her four children,” Hansberry wrote. Hansberry wrote two screenplay adaptations of A Raisin in the Sun, but both were rejected by Columbia Pictures for being too controversial. The third time proved to be the charm, and a draft that more closely resembled the stage play was greenlit. Poitier, Dee and McNeil all reprised their roles for the film, which won a special award at the Cannes Film Festival. View Commentslast_img read more

Check Out Annie’s ‘You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile’ by…Sia?!

first_imgAt the top of the second act in Annie, the swingy Boylan Sisters and Bert Healy sing “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” as the orphans listen in on the radio. For the upcoming remake, though, it appears that the Boylan Sisters are out and Sia is in. Beau Brummel who? It’s all about Chanel and Gucci, now. Check out an emoji-less taste of the tune’s 21st-century makeover, complete with a sneak peek of Quvenzhané Wallis as the lovable orphan, below. According to Film Music Reporter, the soundtrack will include two additional tracks by Sia, as well as many memorable numbers from the musical, such as “Maybe,” “Little Girls,” “Easy Street” and “I Don’t Need Anything But You.” Annie will hit movie theaters on December 19. View Commentslast_img read more

Jake Gyllenhaal & Ruth Wilson Begin Previews in Constellations on B’way

first_img The production will feature scenic and costume design by Tom Scutt, lighting design by Lee Curran, sound design by David McSeveney and movement direction by Lucy Cullingford. Constellations tells the story of one relationship with infinite possibilities. It explores the boundless potential of a first encounter, free will and friendship. The play opened at the Royal Court’s Jerwood Theatre Upstairs in 2012, directed by Longhurst, before transferring to the West End. Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal and Olivier winner Ruth Wilson begin previews in the American premiere of Constellations on December 16. Nick Payne’s new play is directed by Michael Longhurst and will officially open on January 13, 2015 at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Constellations Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on March 15, 2015last_img read more