AnTostal celebrates end of year

first_imgWith finals around the corner and the end of the year in sight, students can take a much-needed break with AnTostal festivities this week.AnTostal, Gaelic for “festival,” is Notre Dame’s annual celebration of the last full week of classes. It began Monday with T-shirts, tie-dye and tzatziki sauce.The decades-old festival started at 11:30 a.m. Monday with a T-shirt giveaway as well as a tie-dye booth outside of O’Shaughnessy Hall. A Greek food giveaway took place at 5 p.m. in LaFortune Student Center.Sophomore Kevin De La Montaigne, Student Union Board (SUB) AnTostal programmer, said he is excited about the week’s events.“It’s an important tradition in Notre Dame’s history,” De La Montaigne said. “Planning fun events at a stressful time of the year is my way of giving back.”Sophomores and SUB Cultural Arts programmers Meg Larson and Kate Augustine helped organize the Greek food giveaway.“If it’s any indication to how popular it is, the meat ran out in 30 minutes,” Larson said. “The rest of the food was gone in 45 minutes.”The two said they are looking forward to other events.“I’m looking forward to the Carnival on the Quad,” Augustine said. “[AnTostal is] a nice week of fun before finals.”A carnival will take place on South Quad Thursday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Other games will take place on both North and South Quads throughout the week.Larson said AnTostal is good timing because it takes place at a time of year when students could use a break. “Everyone’s got a bit of senioritis and is really looking forward to summer,” Larson said. “They’re all outside already, so it’s just a little fun and different things to take advantage of the nice weather.”Junior Zach Miller, who participated in the Greek food giveaway, said it was a nice change of pace.“I really like gyros,” Miller said. “It’s a much better alternative to the dining hall.”Miller said he looks forward to the free food and fun around campus.“I like being able to relax at the end of the school year,” Miller said. “I like being able to stop by events after class.”Miller said he will also attend the Blue and Gold game Saturday to support his roommate. Senior Johanna Kirsch said she will also attend the game Saturday.“I’m looking forward to Dayne Crist and his beautiful smile,” Kirsch said. Kirsch said she enjoys AnTostal, but her busy schedule often interferes with the fun.“Even if I can’t participate in the fun, I can see fun going on,” Kirsch said. “I was excited about the T-shirt giveaway, but I didn’t get out of my dorm in time to go the giveaway and make it to work on time.”Senior Mary Clare Murphy said she is also too busy to attend all of the events she would like to go to.“I’m always too busy to do anything,” Murphy said. “But it’s nice to see things are going on.”Kirsch said she wondered why AnTostal did not bring speakers, like Christian Sirano, winner of Project Runway, who spoke at AnTostal two years ago.“I loved Christian Sirano,” Kirsch said. “Why didn’t they get anyone else of that caliber?”Sophomore Kristen Milliard said she is looking forward to the Parachute concert at Legends Saturday.“I saw them in concert for the first time last year at Legends, where they opened for another act,” Milliard said. “I really like their CD.”Milliard said AnTostal is not completely stress-relieving, though.“It doesn’t make me more light-hearted because I still have work to do,” Milliard said.last_img read more

COR discusses Off-Campus Council

first_imgMembers of the Council of Representatives (COR) considered changing the Off- Campus Council’s constitution at Tuesday’s meeting. Last week, representatives agreed the electoral procedure and structure of the Off- Campus Council are unclear and not effective, so last night, off-campus president Ryan Hawley presented a list of changes. The first of these changes came in response to a suggestion at last week’s meeting to have an overlap when the leadership changes, so the outgoing president would have the ability to familiarize the president-elect with the position. “We did a few things with changing the way the Off-Campus Council works and functions,” Hawley said. “We’ve created a title of off-campus president ex-officio … it will basically just assist the elected president during the last month.” If the changes are approved, voting for off-campus positions will be expanded, and the Council will begin to utilize off-campus ambassadors. “People who are currently on campus but moving off can now vote and run,” Hawley said. “Off-campus ambassadors, we’ve basically added a whole section to define what they are.” According to the resolution, a minimum of six “off-campus ambassadors will be appointed to various off-campus neighborhoods … ambassadors represent the opinions of this appointed area and disseminate information in such a way that it is readily accessible to residents of the area.” Student body president Catherine Soler said she hoped the resolution will be approved when it goes before the Student Senate next Wednesday. Members also posed possible modifications to the Student Activities Office (SAO) procedure for reserving venues and approving programing. “Sometimes we find it difficult to program on this campus for many reasons. Costs are too high, or sometimes you can’t see the venues before you submit the SAO request,” Soler said. “We’re looking for what would make it easier to plan events, collaborate with people, to save money.” Some possible remedies discussed by representatives include assembling a print collection of discounts offered by local businesses as well as consolidating venue information. “What we want to do is try to create a booklet that contains offers that various places have given us that we can give to student groups,” Soler said. Senior Class Council president Kate Clitheroe said she thought the problem lies in publicity for programming. “I think we have all the resources we need to plan events. I think it’s more a problem of advertising,” she said. “If we want to help with programming we need help with advertising.”last_img read more

SMC elects SAB, SDB, RHA leaders

first_imgSix new leaders have been elected to top positions in Saint Mary’s Student Activities Board (SAB), Student Diversity Board (SDB) and Resident Hall Association (RHA). Juniors Allie Courtney and Caitlyn Wonski have been elected as president and vice president of SAB. Courtney said they plan to continue to improve SAB events. “We want to increase participation in SAB events on campus and subsequently increase the spirit for Saint Mary’s in the student body,” she said. “We really want to unite the student body through common interests in events and creating programs and events that students enjoy together.” They also want to improve SMC Tostal by incorporating a daytime carnival with free food. Courtney and Wonski also plan to reinstate SAB’s Midnight Madness, a class competition that was cancelled three years ago. Wonski said their first goal is planning the Belle’s Bash event for the first weekend back to school in the fall. “We just want to let the student body know that we are so appreciative of their support and we hope to continue improving the quality of life on campus for them,” Courtney said. “We do this because we want everyone to love Saint Mary’s as much as we do.” Juniors Kelly Reidenbach and Guadalupe Quintana will serve as president and vice president of Student Diversity Board. They said they hope to promote diversity at Saint Mary’s and teach the student body that diversity does not mean minority. First on their agenda is motivating students to get involved with the board, Quintana said. “We always talk about the change we want to see in the world,” Quintana said, “and SDB is the perfect place to start. We have the power and opportunity to be the voice for those who are not so well represented or whose voice is not heard…[our job] is very rewarding.” Reidenbach also said they plan to organize the International Meet and Greet that will take place next semester. Junior Kat Nelson will serve as president of RHA, with sophomore Sarah Copi as her vice president. Nelson said the theme for RHA this year is “There’s No Place Like Home.” First on their agenda is to meet with the advisors and vice president of Residence Life at Saint Mary’s. Next, they plan to recruit board members and to create a budget for the upcoming year. Nelson said she and Copi plan to schedule a forum where students can come and voice their expectations for RHA next year. Turnover is scheduled for April 1.last_img read more

Professor evaluates Republican Convention

first_imgAs the presidential candidates grace the screens of televisions across the nation, Michael Kramer, political communication professor at Saint Mary’s, offered up his own take on the Republican National Convention (RNC) and what it meant for the Romney-Ryan ticket. “The conventions are important for the candidates because for many people in the public it is the first time they are paying close attention to the people in the campaign,” Kramer said. “For the average person, this is their chance to start tuning in.” Candidates can use the conventions not only as a chance to let voters get to know their policies and views on the country, but also to get to know their family lives, Kramer said. “The RNC was a great opportunity for Mitt Romney to let the people of America know him in a way they have yet to see,” Kramer said. Kramer said pundits have been scrutinizing the RNC speeches since they were made. “Since the RNC wrapped up last week, there [have] been many opinions on the speeches given,” Kramer said. “I think overall it went well for the Republican candidates.” As far as the logistics of the convention, Kramer said there were no major problems for them. “They had some very good speeches given by Ann Romney and Condoleezza Rice,” Kramer said. After Ann Romney and Rice spoke, the main candidates, Paul Romney and Ryan, spoke to the audience. “I think both speeches had good strengths to them and helped the candidates,” Kramer said. “But then both of them also had distractions that went with them.” Ryan’s speech was powerful, but many questioned whether he exaggerated parts of it or emphasized things about the story that weren’t necessarily true, Kramer said. “That became more of the focus of his speech rather than the message he set out to convey,” Kramer said. “I thought that was a distraction for people.” Kramer acknowledged Romney’s speech as helpful, but he also said it became distracting when his main message was lost. “I thought he was able to convey himself in more of a human way than people usually perceive him,” Kramer said. “But then you had the whole Clint Eastwood speech, in which Eastwood talk[ed] to an empty chair for 12 minutes and was pretending Obama was actually sitting in.” This display from Eastwood was very awkward for the audience, Kramer said. “It was heavily criticized and this turned the attention away from Romney’s speech,” he said. “People seemed to linger toward the distractions of Eastwood’s speech.” For Romney, the distractions may be detrimental to his campaign, Kramer said. “He wants people to be discussing his speech, not someone else’s moment in the spotlight,” Kramer said. Overall, Romne– and Ryan portrayed their beliefs in the way they had set out to do, Kramer said. “Unfortunately, it was not as clean as they thought it would be,” he said. “The distractions of others were unforeseen, but they definitely have made an impression on voters.”last_img read more

SCC to host inaugural Dance-a-Thon

first_imgJust a few weeks after the Holy Half, Notre Dame will see another kind of marathon come to campus — this time, a dance marathon.From 7 p.m. Friday night until 7 a.m. Saturday morning in South Dining Hall, the class of 2017 Sophomore Class Council (SCC) will host Notre Dame’s first annual Dance-A-Thon, the proceeds of which will benefit Memorial Children’s Hospital in downtown South Bend.SCC Treasurer Neil Joseph said the idea for the fundraiser was derived from the example of a number of universities, including Penn State and Ohio State, which have raised thousands of dollars through month-long campaigns that culminate in massive dance parties.“A lot of other colleges have been doing dance-a-thons to raise money for hospitals in their area, and we just really wanted to do something where we had an impact on our community specifically,” he said.Joseph said all proceeds from the Dance-A-Thon will help to fund the the estimated $10 million expansion of Memorial Children’s Hospital in South Bend, which, according to its website, “treats children with a wide variety of medical and surgical diagnoses from more than 20 referral hospitals throughout Southwestern Michigan and Northern Indiana.”“They [Memorial Children’s Hospital] were really in dire need of this new addition for their pediatric unit, and so we met with them, and they were really excited,” Joseph said. “We were just thinking big.”SCC President Noemi Ventilla said the Dance-A-Thon will be the second major event hosted by the SCC this year; their first was the Great Gatsby Dance in September.“We did Gatsby in the fall, and we realized that having campus-wide events, bigger events has a lot bigger impact and durability than a lot of the events that class councils do,” she said.But bigger events entail greater commitments of time and resources, and Joseph said organizing the Dance-A-Thon has proved “a huge learning process.”However, Ventilla said the combined efforts of all SCC members — which have fueled a large-scale promotional campaign extending across social media, YouTube and the event’s brand new website — have transformed what began as a distant vision of a dance marathon into an imminent reality.“There are 37 of us [on SCC], so there are 37 people working on it,” she said. “Before then, we had committees, and they did their own thing, but because this is such a huge process, we all came together.”Ventilla said their promotional efforts have already generated a lot of excitement in the community. A variety of sponsors has contributed to the event, and even more organizations have indicated their interest in participating in coming years.“We’re going to have a ton of really great things, but the real potential for this is in the future,” she said.Included in the festivities lined up for this year’s Dance-A-Thon are live performances by student organizations, an inflatable obstacle course, music, free food and, of course, dancing.“It’s an all-night thing, so if you’re coming back to campus at 3 a.m. and don’t have somewhere to go, instead of Taco Bell, come to us,” Ventilla said.Both Ventilla and Joseph said their eventual hope is to create a club which will take over organizing future Dance-A-Thons.For the present, however, Joseph said the SCC’s primary objective is to encourage participation among the student body, both in terms of donations and attendance at the actual event.“We really want people to come out and have fun, and that will set the tone for coming years,” he said.Joseph said students can support the event by donating through a link on the event website (,or by texting “Beacon ND” to 20222, which will make an automatic donation of $5 to Memorial Children’s Hospital.He said the SCC will also be collecting donations in person throughout the night.“Every little bit counts,” Joseph said. “It’s kind of corny, but it really does.”Tags: Dance-a-Thon, Memorial Children’s Hospital, SCC, THONlast_img read more

SMC welcomes Naval Academy students with dance

first_imgSaturday night after the lights go out in the stadium, 291 Saint Mary’s students and 150 students from the United States Naval Academy will gather in the Angela Athletic Facility for the Navy Social, sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA), Residence Hall Association, Student Activities Board and the Class of 2017 board.Junior Emma McCarthy, an SGA mission co-chair, said the event celebrates the heritage between the Navy and the Sisters of the Holy Cross.“During the Civil War, there was a need for nurses to cater to the sick and injured on both sides and the Sisters of the Holy Cross responded to this call and became the first Naval nurses,” McCarthy said. “This established a special relationship between our two schools and is why the social has continued to occur.”The event was called Navy Ball when it was last held in 2013, but has since been changed to Navy Social because the event will not be held in a formal facility that would denote the need for participants to dress in formal attire, McCarthy said.“It is merely a social event between students from Saint Mary’s and the United States Naval Academy to get together and celebrate our longstanding traditions between our two campuses,” McCarthy said.She also said the event is different than two years ago because participation has increased.“It is very exciting to see that there has been a renewed interest in the social desire to continue the positive relationship between our two campuses,” she said. “The event will still be a great opportunity for students from both campuses to mix and mingle and enjoy a fun night together.”McCarthy said a lot went into planning such a big function. Coordinating volunteers, sending emails and attending planning meetings and were necessary to plan the social.“Working with administration is crucial to having a successful event and making sure that every last detail has been accounted for,” she said. “There are a lot of key players that all have to be involved in order to have a successful event, so it is a great opportunity for student leaders to gain the experience of planning and executing events.”Wednesday night at 6 p.m., Saint Mary’s students began lining up to get tickets. Once ticket sales started at 8 p.m., 291 student tickets were sold in 12 minutes, McCarthy said.The goal is for this to become a traditional event after the Navy game, she said.“Nothing has been officially decided but if student interest continues the way that it has, it can be anticipated that the tradition will continue,” McCarthy said.“We’re super excited that the event is happening this year and are thrilled with the amount of interest that has been demonstrated thus far during our ticket sales and we look forward to the same energy and excitement continuing on Saturday night,” McCarthy said.There will be a DJ, light snacks and refreshments provided.Tags: Navy, navy social, saint mary’slast_img read more

‘They didn’t expect to see a dog there’: band remembers ‘unofficial mascot,’ Edwin

first_imgPhoto Courtesy Sam Sanche Edwin, assistant band director Sam Sanchez’s chihuahua-Boston terrier mix, died October 25. Sanchez adopted Edwin in 2007. The dog was a constant present at band functions and served as a mascot of sort for the group.As the years passed, Edwin barked his way into many hearts and became an icon in the marching band community. He ran through the halls and greeted everyone he encountered with a yelp all while living with a heart murmur.Last week, the half chihuahua, half Boston terrier’s story came to a close. Edwin died Oct. 25. Sanchez said Edwin never showed signs of his age or condition in his appearance, but toward the end of Edwin’s life, Sanchez would carry Edwin around in various ways, like in his jacket or wrapped up in his dog bed. The pair spent a lot of time together, and Sanchez said life without Edwin has been an adjustment.“It’s like having kind of a kid with you for, you know, for that many years and you get used to having them and now it’s like, you can get up and go to the bathroom without having to look and see, is he there? Where is he? What is he doing?” he said. “It’s an adjustment. Sometimes it makes you sad, but, you just have to remember how many great years he had and what a great life he had. So I try to focus on that.”Though Edwin was sick for the time most of the current band members have been around, students, including Notre Dame junior Eddie Donnelly, said they couldn’t tell the dog was sick.“It’s important to note that I only knew Edwin for two-and-a-half years, and he was sick during all my years with the band,” Donnelly said. “The little guy was always jumpy. He was always happy. He was always excited to see people, yet he had this heart condition and was still happy was still a fun-loving pup.”Edwin’s energy and excitement were evident from the first time Donnelly met him. He said his first encounter with Edwin was at the Ricci Band Rehearsal Hall during marching band registration.“All of a sudden, this dog is barking in the distance, and then he comes hopping down the band hallway like ‘woof woof,’” he said. “Then I was greeted by Edwin, and then Sam Sanchez walked over, he was like, ‘Oh, this is my dog, Edwin,’ and I got excited because that’s my name. My name is Edwin. These past two and a half years, I’ve shared a name with the dog of Sam Sanchez. That was a point of bonding, not only with the dog but also with Sam.”Sanchez said he never intended to frequently bring Edwin with him to work, but due to Edwin’s separation anxiety, the dog basically became another faculty member.“For probably about the first six or seven years that I had him, I would actually take him with me, and he’d be there for all the auditions I would do for the drumline, the sight-reading auditions, he’d be sitting right there,” Sanchez said. “I’m sure that people were like, ‘Why is there a dog here?’ But he would come, he would just sit there on my lap and we would do the audition. He was always there for a lot of that stuff. He was actually always in the office for all of our staff meetings. He’s kind of like that dog on Bush’s Baked Beans and has all the secrets.”Seeing Edwin at band auditions, Donnelly said, was a highlight of his time with the band.“We all always have to audition for Symphonic Winds or Symphonic Band. Whenever I would be at that audition, it would be Sam, his camera and Edwin,” Donnelly said. “He would be videotaping us as we were performing our audition music, and Edwin would always be sitting on his lap. As I walked in, I would shake Sam’s hand and pet Edwin and walk out and do the same, and it was always cool to see Edwin there.”Saint Mary’s junior Greta Minnema said she will always remember Edwin’s presence during rehearsal, especially since that was where she first saw him.“My earliest memory of Edwin is when Mr. Sanchez had to lock him in a practice room because he wouldn’t stop barking while we were trying to tune,” Minnema said. “The funny thing about it was that he’d only bark when we were playing notes. He was completely silent when nothing was going on. A part of me thought he was trying to participate in the tuning with us.”Though Edwin couldn’t be around during the entirety of band rehearsals due to the loud sounds, band members like Notre Dame senior Ashley Sullivan said they loved to see him around as if he were a part of the band.“Sometimes, he would wander through the chairs during rehearsal or just kind of sit and lay down and just randomly start coughing or pop up out of nowhere. Sometimes he would love attention, sometimes he wouldn’t. But it was always entertaining to see,” Sullivan said. “It was comforting to see Edwin just walking around the band building as if he was a part of her own band part of our family.”The band family extends to more than just those directly involved in the marching band. Sanchez said he’d leave Edwin in the care of other band faculty members when Edwin couldn’t travel with him.“Our last administrative assistant, who passed away from cancer, she used to watch him sometimes when I would have to go on trips,” Sanchez said. “I’d always get text messages or pictures of him being dressed up before either St. Patrick’s Day or for Halloween or whatever it was. The look on his face was like, ‘Please come home now.’”As Edwin roamed the halls, he would encounter many people, including those who might have never seen him before.“I always laughed because I would take him outside and people would come out of the Intro to Jazz class,” Sanchez said. “Usually, there were some football players in there, and they would come out and you would have this, like a big like 250-pound lineman walk out, and Edwin would turn and bark and this guy would jump scared. I was always like, yeah, this dog is like eight pounds. But I guess they were just shocked because they didn’t expect to see a dog there.”Even if he was unexpected, Sullivan said it was always fun to see a dog since she never had one at home.“I also work in the band building, so sometimes I’ll just be here by myself, listening to music or going through music and stuff. Then I’ll just have Edwin come up next to me and just sit there and watch me like, ‘Oh, that’s cute,’” she said. “He would normally bark at me and not let me pet him, but he eventually warmed up. [He was] just a good all-around animal.”Though he took time to become completely comfortable around new people, Edwin brought a different kind of energy to the building that was often refreshing for students, Donnelly said.“Oftentimes we students just kind of rush in and just walk past each other like tunnel vision,” he said. “There’s work that we’re worrying about. There’s marching band that we’re worrying about. All this stuff that we’re learning. Then all of a sudden you see this dog just always happy. Just having that little reminder of happiness when you’re at the band building, which could oftentimes be a stressful environment, was nice.”Edwin’s vibes will be missed by all who knew him, Sullivan said.“It’s sad to see him go. We don’t realize how important that dog was to the whole band,” she said. “Having been here four years, we kind of forget that he is also a part of the band, too. He means so much to so many people over the past 12 years that he’s been here.”The dog’s constant presence was something students looked forward to, Saint Mary’s junior Allison Okeley said. “Everywhere you looked, it was always like Mr. Sanchez would either have Edwin in his office or he’d be roaming around the band building. He was always there,” Okeley said. “He was always in our thoughts, because everyone knows about Edwin. It’s the same thing [now]. Even if he’s not there, he’s still always in our thoughts, especially now.”Sanchez said he never anticipated for Edwin to become a fixture in the band community, but he’s happy Edwin’s presence could mean so much to so many people.“I appreciate people’s thoughtfulness and that they’re this interested in Edwin,” Sanchez said. “I appreciate the band members over the years that have loved him and had a great time with him and that have appreciated having him around the building. It’s just really nice.”He may be gone, Minnema said, but he won’t be forgotten.“I’m probably going to remember the impact he had on everyone in the band,” Minnema said. “I know it seems silly to think a little dog could have that big of an effect on that many people, but he was part of the band family. Honestly, I’m pretty sure he was the band mascot. I’m sad the future members of the band won’t get to see him, but they’ll still get to hear all the stories about him.”Tags: dogs, mascot, Notre Dame Marching Band, Ricci Band Rehearsal Hall The beginning of the story is a simple one. In 2007, assistant band director Sam Sanchez made his way to San Antonio to adopt a rescue dog. While Sanchez was playing with one, another dog attempted to snag his attention. The then-2-and-a-half-year-old dog’s pursuits proved successful, and Sanchez made his way back to Indiana with his new companion, Edwin.last_img read more

Student government candidates discuss diversity, inclusion initiatives

first_imgClaire Rafford | The Observer A student government election debate was held on Wednesday evening in DeBartolo Hall. The event provided candidates the opportunity to share their plans for addressing diversity and inclusion at Notre Dame.The candidates running for student body president and vice president this year are junior Noble Patidar and freshman Connor Patrick, junior Connor Whittle and sophomore Jack Rotolo; junior Zachary Mercugliano and freshman Gavriella Lund, freshmen Henry Bates and Thomas Henry, juniors Michael Dugan and Ricardo Pozas Garza and juniors Rachel Ingal and Sarah Galbenski.The Bates-Henry ticket was not present at the debate. (Editor’s note: Dugan is a former systems administrator and news writer for The Observer)Senior and Diversity Council chair Tiffany Rojas moderated the debate and asked the candidates how they plan to create diversity in participation in organizations like student senate.   Galbenski said that in addition to promoting multicultural events in administration, she plans to work on allocating funding to create a multicultural center at Notre Dame. “This is something a lot of our peer institutions have,” she said. “It’s really a place where people of diverse backgrounds to come together and celebrate what makes them, them. And so we really want to start that dialogue.”Dugan said his ticket would focus on providing increased club funding to multicultural groups.“We plan to increase club funding by $95,000,” he said. “We want to promote organic, you know, grassroots creation of these events and initiatives and facilitate them at a higher level and bring it to the whole campus community.”Patidar said the Patidar-Patrick ticket would focus on implementing diversity training for students involved in leadership positions on campus. “It should be for student union leaders,” Patidar said. “It should be for … all Welcome Weekend ambassadors and … it should be for anybody else at a high-up position, in my opinion. Hall staff — make the RAs train with diversity.”Whittle said their campaign believes that diversity starts in the dorm communities and that his ticket is advocating for greater diversity among Resident Assistants and hall staff.“When students first come to campus, they really self-select into their own groups,” he said. “And if they feel like they are represented by hall leadership, they’re probably more likely to engage in leadership down the road in hall government, in student senate. And so we’re calling for residential life to really up their recruiting strategy.”Mercugliano said that should he be elected, his team would work to personally attend as many multicultural events as possible. “One of the things that I think we’ve all witnessed here is that a lot of clubs at Notre Dame, actually, a lot of a lot of groups in general, right, the majority voice gets heard first, it’s just the loudest,” Mercugliano said. “And you really, you really have to shout loud … just to be heard if you’re down at the bottom.”Rojas asked the candidates a question about the 2020 debate elections how their campaign plans to improve political discourse on campus and welcome opposing views.  Ingal said she would partner with BridgeND to host events to improve dissenting political discourse on campus leading up to the elections.“Before we really get into the height of the election, amplifying and elevating these types of programs and working with these clubs and people of all political ideologies and backgrounds just so we can mitigate any tensions that might arise,” Ingal said.In addition to partnering with BridgeND, Whittle said the Whittle-Rotolo ticket would implement an event called Share Your Story Week, where video booths would be placed across campus to help students share their unique life experiences.“It’s a great way for students to record themselves and then these videos [will] be shared with the student body so that we have a greater understanding of what makes each of us here unique,” he said.Patidar said that partnering with Converge — an initiative that pairs students with differing political beliefs together to have a conversation over a meal or coffee — is one of the best ways to facilitate discourse on campus. “That is actually what I believe to be the most practical way to set up organic conversations with individuals,” he said.Dugan said that working with clubs to facilitate discussions about important issues facing people, especially during elections years, is a priority for the Dugan-Pozas Garza ticket.“What student government can do is raise issues of human dignity, raise issues of human rights, because at a fundamental level, what our government is going to be doing something that is supposed to be good for all of us,” he said. “These are things that I think student government can really do well, but you can’t do it alone. We have to work with the clubs.”Mercugliano said the most important tenet of creating a conversation about politics on campus is committing to civil discourse and putting people first.“I mean, the very fact of us all sitting here means we’re committed to the idea of civil discourse on all fronts,” he said. “And so that means you have to make sure, each and every one of us here at Notre Dame, to look out for the people. Every single one of us does that.”Tags: Debate, diversity council, Student Body Election Diversity Council hosted its fourth-annual student government election debate on Wednesday evening in DeBartolo Hall. The debate asked the candidates to address issues of diversity and inclusion on Notre Dame’s campus. last_img read more

See Audra McDonald Live! The Tony Winner Announces U.S. Tour Dates

first_img McDonald won Tonys for her performances in Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun and Porgy and Bess. Her other Broadway credits include Marie Christine, 100 in the Shade, Henry IV and The Secret Garden. Her film and TV credits include The Sound of Music Live, Private Practice, Annie and A Raisin in the Sun. View Comments The star’s U.S. tour dates are as follows: Climb whatever mountain necessary to see Audra McDonald in concert in 2014! The five-time Tony Award-winner is set for a series of concert dates through March, according to her official website. McDonald is expected to perform songs from her most recent solo album, Go Back Home as well as selections from her long and varied career on the Great White Way. 1/17/14 – Bing Concert Hall, Palo Alto, CA 1/18/14 – Green Music Center, Rohnert Park, CA 2/22/14 – The Hanover Theater – Worcester, MA 2/26/14 – Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, West Palm Peach, FL 2/28/14 – L.J. Williams Theater, Visalia, CA 3/08/14 – Atlanta Symphony Hall, Atlanta, GA Star Files Audra McDonaldlast_img read more

Maggie Gyllenhaal Departs MCC Theater’s The Village Bike

first_img The Village Bike A replacement for the role of Becky will be announced shortly for the Sam Gold-directed play, and performances will begin as scheduled on May 21 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. View Comments The Village Bike premiered in 2011 to sold-out crowds at the Royal Court Theatre in London and won Skinner the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright and the 2011 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright. The play follows Becky, who is pregnant—and friskier than ever. But she can’t seem to get the attention of her husband, who is preoccupied with preparing for the baby’s months-away arrival. So Becky takes matters into her own hands and sets out on an adventure that starts with the purchase of a used bike from a man in town and takes her further than she ever expected she’d go. Oscar nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal has departed MCC Theater’s upcoming North American premiere of Penelope Skinner’s The Village Bike. A spokesperson for the off-Broadway play said that her exit was due to scheduling conflicts. It was recently announced that Gyllenhaal will make her Main Stem debut opposite Ewan McGregor in The Real Thing this Fall. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on July 13, 2014last_img read more