Students rewarded for outstanding leadership

first_imgThe division of Student Affairs recognized seven students for “exceptional service to the Notre Dame community” at the 30th Student Leadership Awards Banquet on April 7, the University announced in an April 12 press release.Senior Maggie Skoch received the Rev. A. Leonard Collins, C.S.C., Award, which honors “a graduating senior who has made substantial personal efforts to advance the interests of students at Notre Dame,” the release stated.Senior Colleen McLinden received the John W. Gardner Student Leadership Award, which honors “a graduating senior who exemplifies the ideals of the University through outstanding community service beyond the University community,” the release stated.Senior Preston Igwe received the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., Award, which honors “a graduating senior whose contributions have significantly advanced the climate of welcome and inclusion within or beyond the University community,” the release stated.Senior William Harris received the Blessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C., Leadership Award, which honors “a graduating senior who embodies Blessed Father Moreau’s vision of educating heart and mind as well as someone who has demonstrated significant effort to advancing the Catholic character of the University,” the release stated.Senior Alison O’Connor was awarded the Ray Siegfried Award for Leadership Excellence, which honors “a graduating senior who exemplifies the qualities for which former Notre Dame Trustee Ray Siegfried was known, including leadership, generosity, devotion to the Catholic faith and affinity for athletics,” the release stated.Senior Meredith Fraser received the Mike Russo Spirit Award, which honors “an outstanding undergraduate student who exemplifies the qualities for which Mike Russo was known, including service, personal character and striving to bring the best out of themselves and others,” the release stated.Senior Maggie Bowers received the Denny Moore Award for Excellence in Journalism, which honors “a graduating senior who exemplify the qualities of Moore, a former Notre Dame associate vice president, who was known for his integrity, character, commitment to Notre Dame and writing ability,” the release stated.Tags: Awards, Class of 2016, Seniors, Student Affairslast_img read more

Students compete in 26th Fisher Regatta

first_imgChris Collins | The Observer Thirty-six boats raced across Saint Mary’s Lake on Saturday afternoon at Fisher Hall’s Regatta for a crowd of over 1,000 people, according to Fisher Regatta commissioner Ryan O’Donnell. “The turnout was a lot nicer than last year because there was no rain,” he said. “There were a lot more rectors than in previous years that showed up to watch their dorms and there were a lot of families at the finish line, a lot of kids and older adults.”O’Donnell estimated that between 12 and 15 boats sank at one point or another during the race. The purpose of the Regatta, “along with having fun,” is to raise money for St. Adalbert’s, a local Catholic school. Last year, the event raised $5,000 renovate the gym, according to Aaron Collier, co-director of advertising and photography for the Regatta. “Last year, we redid their basketball court floor and we’ll continue to do more, along with our partnership with McGlinn Hall,” Collier said. “So as we continue to do these things, it’s really inspirational, it’s a lovely event.”“This year we’re raising money to renovate the front entrance,” O’Donnell said “We’re trying to give them a foyer-type entrance so when you get in, you have to be allowed into the rest of the building. It’ll make the school a lot safer and more secure.“We have, so far, raised $7,000,” he said. “That’s not a set number, we’re getting more donations and we’re hoping by the end to have $8,000. We’re almost there.” Collier said that in addition to the races, there was “so much going on for the people,” including, free hamburgers and hot dogs, a slushie machine, a DJ, Spikeball and people lounging on blankets. The races were split into men and women’s divisions; O’Donnell said there were 20 boats competing in the men’s and 16 in the women’s. “My favorite boat today had got to be the ‘meat boat’,” Collier said. “So the meat boat is this beautiful piece of machinery and basically, all it is is wood, random empty barrels, more wood. The problem with it is you have to row and in order to row, you have to stand on it. But you stand on it with 13 other guys and it’s just not that conducive to, well, movement. What happened is their boat flipped three different times and they still found the willpower to get over to the other side. I don’t understand how they did it but they did.” O’Donnell also said he had some clear favorites in the competition, including one that was powered by a tandem bicycle. “One boat put an anchor into their boat because they wanted to camp out in the middle of the lake,” he said. “Another put a futon on their monstrosity and rode that across. There was the party barge, as always, from Fisher that put 15, 16 guys on it and it totally capsized. Then there was the inflatable pool that made it to the finals, even though it was technically illegal.”Pangborn Hall defeated Ryan Hall to win the women’s division while a boat built by Moreau Seminary and raced by Old College beat out Knott Hall and the American Society of Civil Engineers in a three-way final for the men’s. While O’Donnell said he loved seeing which boats sank, his favorite part of the Regatta is seeing how happy it makes the spectators. “I really enjoy that other people enjoy the Regatta,” he said. “Being on staff, you sometimes miss out on the actual fun times that are happening because you’re busy, but after you sit back and think about it, I really enjoy that everyone else had a fun time.”Collier said the sense of unity that comes from the Regatta is his favorite part of helping to plan the signature event. “Regatta is one of the most spectacular events to ever come to the campus of Notre Dame and that’s very true for a multitude of reasons. The biggest reasons of which are simply that this event is something that brings people together. It brings people together and tears boats apart.“Quite frankly, I believe Fisher Hall is responsible, personally, for between 40 and 50 percent of the pollution present in Saint Mary’s Lake,” he said. “Why is that so true? Because we really suck when it comes to getting boats out of the water — or people really suck at building them. Either way.”Chris Collins | The Observer Tags: 26th annual, fisher hall, fisher regattalast_img read more

Define American club hosts ‘Woke Party’ to educate students

first_imgDefine American, a Saint Mary’s organization dedicated to educating students about immigration and other political issues, will host a “Woke Party” on Wednesday to inform students about immigration and ways they can take action.Club president and senior Megan Uekert said the idea for a Woke Party emerged from previous club meetings. [Editor’s Note: Uekert is a former News Writer for The Observer.]“We learned from our last meeting that there are many people out there who want to be a part of this cause but do not know much about immigration in the United States,” she said. “We believe that before we educate others on this issue, we must educate ourselves first. We encourage everyone who is unfamiliar with immigration processes to come and join us for the hour-long showing.”Those who attend the party will learn more about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy and how immigration impacts lives, Uekert said.“Students will get informed about how incredibly difficult it is to become an American citizen, especially if you were brought here as a child,” she said. “They will also learn about the struggles of being an undocumented American.” The event will include a showing of the documentary “Documented.” The film’s director, Jose Vargas, spoke at the College last semester about immigration and is the founder of the national Define American organization. “We selected this documentary because it is a documentary about a personal story and struggle with the U.S. immigration system,” Uekert said.The documentary shows Vargas’ own personal journey as an undocumented American. Due to his immigration status, he was unable to visit his mother for over 20 years, Define American member Teresa Brickey said. “When DACA was passed, [Vargas] didn’t qualify,” Brickey said. “The documentary isn’t about him finding asylum or legal documentation, but instead how different groups have formed to be advocates for immigrants and undocumented immigrants.”The documentary also looks at how parents of immigrant children reacted to DACA.“Even when DACA was passed, the documentary showed a meeting of parents of Dreamers,“ Brickey said. “They were happy for them, but it was bittersweet because they couldn’t get documented.”Uekert, who is also a member of the Student Diversity Board, said she became involved with Define American due to her personal passion for immigration advocacy.“Define American is important to me because it questions American identity and promotes education of topics surrounding immigration — a topic that there are a lot of myths about,” she said.Uekert said students have a responsibility to educate themselves. This will help them to support other students and friends who are facing challenges as a result of their family’s immigration status.“If we are going to be here and be inclusive and lift up our fellow Belles and Americans and create a strong society, we have to accept everyone here as equally American and as equally accepted,” she said. “I think students should also know what DACA is because it impacts many fellow students and is commonly misunderstood.” All people have the same wants and needs, and nobody is less of a person because of their citizenship status, Uekert said.“Am I more deserving of American citizenship than an undocumented American? We want the same things in life, right? Why do I get these opportunities because I happen to be born here?” she said. “America is the only home most DACA recipients know, as they came here so young. Imagine the stress of finals and school with the added stress of being deported from your home and your country. “Ultimately, Uekert said one of the most important responsibilities of documented students is to educate themselves. This can help them avoid making offensive or insensitive remarks, she said.“Being informed is so important because I hear so many people say, ‘Why don’t they get in line?’” she said. “There is no line. Or even calling someone an ‘illegal’ because they committed a civil offense. We don’t call drunk drivers illegals. Calling a person illegal is dehumanizing.” The Woke Party will take place Wednesday at 10 p.m. in Spes Unica Hall.Tags: DACA, define american, Immigration, woke partylast_img read more

Duo Charged In Connected With Friday Break-in

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) Cropped Photo: r. nial bradshaw / CC BY 2.0CHARLOTTE – Two people are facing charges in connection with a home break-in on Old Chautauqua Road in the Town of Charlotte Friday.The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says a witness allegedly spotted Merle Smith, 38, and Kimberly Scriven, 40, enter a residence without permission and steal a television.Both reportedly fled prior to police’s arrival although, deputies say, they were located a short distance away.Scriven was processed and released with an appearance ticket for second-degree criminal trespass. Smith was processed and released with an appearance ticket for second-degree burglary and petit larceny.Both are scheduled to appear in Town of Charlotte Court at a later date.last_img

COVID: FDA Issues Alert On Abbott Test Accuracy

first_imgPhoto: Governor Tom Wolf / CC BY 2.0WASHINGTON – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued an alert about the COVID-19 tests being used by the White House.The FDA said there are “possible accuracy concerns” with the Abbott ID Now Coronavirus Test.The agency points to recent studies that show the test may return false negative reports.New York University Researchers found the test to be “unacceptable” for use with patients, claiming it frequently misses cases of the virus. Abbott has disputed the findings, saying it is inconsistent with other studies.The FDA says the test can still be used and it’s working with Abbott and others to study the new data. 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

Cue the Chandelier! Norm Lewis & Sierra Boggess Meet Up at Les Miz

first_img View Comments The Phantom of the Opera It’s been five years since Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess went “Under the Sea” in The Little Mermaid, and now they’re returning to Broadway together again (on land, this time) this spring! The duo will play the Phantom and Christine in the Andrew Lloyd Webber mega-musical The Phantom of the Opera beginning May 12 at the Majestic Theatre. But before they bring the “Music of the Night” to the masses, they stormed the barricades on opening night of Les Miserables to cheer on Ramin Karimloo, Will Swenson and the new cast. Both Boggess and Lewis are former Les Miz revolutionaries—Boggess played Fantine in the West End, while Lewis played Javert in both the 2006 Broadway revival and Les Miserables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary. Click below to see Boggess’ adorable Twitter photo of the co-stars getting silly, then see them in The Phantom of the Opera this spring! Star Files from $29.00center_img Related Shows Sierra Boggess Norm Lewislast_img read more

Video! See Sierra Boggess & Tyne Daly Sing from It Shoulda Been You

first_img“Perfect” View Comments Sierra Boggess Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 9, 2015 It Shoulda Been You The new musical comedy It Shoulda Been You explores the hilarity and hijinx over a 24-hour period before a big wedding. In these two songs by composer Barbara Anselmi from a press event for the show, you’ll meet two onstage pair-ups: siblings Sierra Boggess and Lisa Howard, and mother-of-the-bride Tyne Daly and mother-of-the-groom Harriet Harris. Also featured is Tony nominee Montego Glover as one of Boggess’ maids of honor. Related Shows “Nice”last_img

Theater & New Start Date Set for Tuck Everlasting

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on May 29, 2016 View Comments Related Shows The Tucks have a home! The musical adaptation of Tuck Everlasting will come to life at the Broadhurst Theatre this spring. Preview performances will begin on March 23 (instead of the previously reported March 19). Opening night is still set for April 17. Casey Nicholaw will direct and choreograph. Casting will be announced at a later date.The Broadhurst is currently the home of the long running ABBA musical Mamma Mia!, which will play its final performance on September 12. Misery, starring Bruce Willis and Laurie Metcalf, is scheduled to play the house from October 22 through February 7. Opening night is set for November 15.Featuring music by Chris Miller, lyrics by Nathan Tysen and a book by Claudia Shear, Tuck Everlasting follows a young girl and her friendship with Jesse Tuck and his family, who become immortal after drinking from an enchanted spring. Based on the 1975 children’s novel by Natalie Babbitt, the story has twice been adapted for the screen.Tuck Everlasting premiered at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre earlier this year. The cast included Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Carolee Carmello, Terrence Mann and newcomer Sarah Charles Lewis. Tuck Everlastinglast_img read more

Sara Bareilles Will Release Waitress Concept Album Before B’way

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 5, 2020 Star Files This is great news for all those who couldn’t get to the American Repertory Theater to check out what the Broadway-bound Waitress was serving up! Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, who wrote the score for the tuner, will release a concept album entitled What’s Inside: Songs From Waitress. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the record will drop this fall, with the first single, ““She Used to Be Mine,” available via digital retailers on September 25.Waitress will complete its run in Boston on September 27 and is scheduled to begin previews on the Great White Way in March 2016, officially opening at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in April. Based on the 2007 film by the late Adrienne Shelly, Waitress follows Jenna, a pregnant waitress in the south trapped in an abusive marriage and looking for a happy ending. She finds relief—and potentially that happy ending—by making creatively titled pies and forming a romance with an unlikely newcomer.We’re still waiting for official casting for the Broadway engagement; the ART production stars Tony winner Jessie Mueller, along with Keala Settle, Jeanna de Waal, Eric Anderson, Joe Tippett and Drew Gehling. Sara Bareilles Related Shows View Comments Waitresslast_img read more

Tix Now On Sale for American Psycho, Starring Benjamin Walker, on Broadway

first_img Benjamin Walker Star Files Related Shows American Psycho Tickets are now available to check out Benjamin Walker’s killer moves in the eagerly anticipated American Psycho. Directed by Rupert Goold, the new musical is scheduled to begin previews on March 26, 2016 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. The opening night date and further casting will be announced soon.American Psycho features music and lyrics by Tony and Grammy winner Duncan Sheik and a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis, the tuner follows 26-year-old Patrick Bateman (Walker): a sophisticated, rich and devastatingly handsome Wall Street banker in 1980s New York City. He’s got a sculpted body, a model-gorgeous girlfriend and a to-die-for apartment. There’s just one snag: Patrick can’t get the blood out of his $5000 suits, because he also has a murderous, psychopathic alter ego that he hides from his friends and co-workers. The novel was adopted into an acclaimed film in 2000 starring Christian Bale and Reese Witherspoon.The show premiered at London’s Almeida Theatre in December 2013 and had been set to make its U.S. premiere at Second Stage off-Broadway in February 2015, before instead setting its sights on the Main Stem. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 5, 2016 View Commentslast_img read more