Washington Post’s Marty Baron says he’s retiring next month

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Marty Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post and one of the nation’s top journalists, says he will retire at the end of February. He’s led the Post since 2012 as it has seen a resurgence with explosive growth as a digital presence. In a note to staff, Baron noted a series of “epic” stories he has worked on as leaders of newsrooms at the Post, Boston Globe and Miami Herald and said at the age of 66, he feels “ready to move on.” His portrayal in the Academy Award-winning movie “Spotlight” about the Globe’s investigation of the Catholic Church made Baron known to a wider audience.last_img read more

UN: 250,000 people affected by Cyclone Eloise in Mozambique

first_imgUNITED NATIONS (AP) — A senior U.N. official says Cyclone Eloise has affected 250,000 people in the Mozambique port city of Beira and surrounding areas and damaged or destroyed 76 health centers and 400 classrooms. Myrta Kaulard, the U.N. resident coordinator in the southern African country, told a virtual U.N. briefing on Tuesday that “We also see widespread floods that are still there.” She said “a lot of people trying to get out of the flooded areas.” Nearly two years ago Cyclone Idai devastated exactly the same areas, killing hundreds of people. And Kaulard said that in December Cyclone Chalane hit the same area.last_img read more

Fight The Man: What GameStop’s surge says about online mobs

first_imgIt’s a fable for our times: Small-time investors band together to take down greedy Wall Street hedge funds using the stock of a troubled video-game store. But the revolt of online stock-traders suggests much more. The internet is shifting society’s balance of power in unanticipated ways. And the same tools that empower the little guy can also give rise to extremist mobs waging harassment campaigns or the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. Last week they gave us the Great GameStop Stock Uprising. Who knows what this week will bring. The only thing for sure is that we’ll be seeing more of it.last_img read more

1 dead, 1 injured in Wisconsin mall shooting; suspect fled

first_imgGRAND CHUTE, Wis. (AP) — Police say one person has died and another person suffered minor injuries in a shooting at a northern Wisconsin mall. Grand Chute Police Officer Travis Waas didn’t immediately identify either victim on Sunday night. He said the shooter left the mall before officers arrived and remained on the loose Sunday night. Police were called to the Fox River Mall in Grand Chute, a suburb of Appleton, at about 3:30 p.m. Photos from the scene showed officers, some in tactical gear, staging outside the mall and what appeared to be customers walking out with their hands in the air. Grand Chute is about 100 miles north of Milwaukee.last_img read more

Draghi brings market savvy, gravitas to tame Italy’s crises

first_imgMILAN (AP) — The former European Central Bank chief credited with helping to save the euro has now been tapped to lead Italy out of the pandemic and the worst recession since World War II.  Draghi gained global respect as the head of the European Central Bank for eight years, managing monetary policy for the 19 countries that use the euro, with an economy worth 12 trillion euros, or $14.4 trillion. He not only has an insider’s grasp of the financial rule book that Italy must follow, but he has the respect of those whose forbearance Italy may require during the difficult months and years ahead.last_img read more

Grads work to make difference

first_imgThe original version of this article misquoted what 1981 alumnus Terrence Keeley said about the Financial Hippocratic Oath. Keeley said the Financial Hippocratic Oath is based on the Golden Rule and relates to the relationship between financial service providers and their clients. It has nothing to do with relationships between competitors, as stated in the article. The Observer regrets this error. When Dr. Daniel Towle was a pre-med student at Notre Dame in the late 1970s, a professor encouraged him to be “more than just a doctor” — advice that changed Towle’s approach to his professional life. Now, Towle travels to developing countries to provide medical services to people who otherwise might not have access to basic healthcare. Towle and other alumni shared how they have worked toward the greater good in their various professions at a panel Wednesday entitled “The Professions and the Common Good.” The panel was one in a series of events for the Notre Dame Forum, which addresses how the global marketplace can be used to further the common good. Towle, a pediatric anesthesiologist involved in international health services, said he and other alumni wished to inspire students to “walk your own road to make a difference in the world.” “I firmly believe divine providence will provide you with skills and opportunities that will allow you to live out Notre Dame’s mission,” he said. For example, after the earthquake in Haiti last year, Towle wanted to fly immediately to the country to help, but that was nearly impossible in the wake of the disaster. “I went on a run and said a prayer to Mary that if she wanted me to be there, then I would get there,” Towle said. “Literally within an hour, I had a call from a colleague who said he had a private plane with 4,000 pounds of medical supplies bound for Haiti. He asked me if I could leave in 24 hours.” No matter how many medical missions Towle completes, he said the purpose has to be for reasons solely related to improving the conditions of others. “We’re not missionaries,” he said. “We’re not there to do something for other people to make ourselves feel better. That would be for my own personal good and not the common good.” While Towle uses his medical training to make a difference, Daniela Papi, a 2000 graduate of the University, lived in Cambodia and created her own organization to serve the local community. Papi founded PEPY, an organization that offers expeditions to tourists while educating them on how they can contribute to development in the area. It also funds educational programs for the residents of rural Cambodia. “As Notre Dame students, you have received the best education the country has to offer,” Papi told the students. “Until everyone can receive this same opportunity, a country of equality for all is not possible.” Papi said she created her own business model to serve the needs of the Cambodian community she has come to recognize as her own. “We need to ask ourselves how we serve the common good through business,” she said. “We do a lot of giving away in the United States, but we need to go a bit further. We need to look at how we do business and we have to improve how we do what we do.” Papi said the organization gives bike tours to tourists and encourages them to donate to the schools and local community after experiencing it firsthand. “Our goal is that when they leave, they have changed the way they live and give,” she said. Terrence Keeley, a 1981 graduate who founded his own sovereign advisory practice, Sovereign Trends, LLC, addressed how the common good can be achieved in a capitalistic system. One of the first things the world needs to do to move forward from the current financial crisis is stop doubting the current financial system, Keeley said. “There’s no way we can approach this conversation about the economy and the common good if we don’t place trust in the system,” he said. Keeley is currently working to establish the Financial Hippocratic Oath, which he hopes will operate like the “Golden Rule” of the world economy. Keeley said no matter what path Notre Dame students pursue after graduation, they would inherently look for careers with a higher purpose because of their Notre Dame background. “The bottom line is that you will not be happy in your career if you don’t do something that links you back to the good of the community,” he said. Judge Kathleen Kearney, who graduated from the University in 1980, said no matter what career students choose after graduation, students should remember the moral of their Notre Dame education. “You need to give voice those who do not have it and represent those who no one else wants to represent,” she said. Kearney, who now works as a clinical professor and researcher at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, works with children in welfare services. For these children, she said, their “nightmares were their reality.” She said many students might encounter deplorable circumstances and situations on their path to serve the common good. But she added that a Notre Dame background would help students complete their jobs without getting bogged down in negativity. “You will also see great hope everyday and it will get you up and will give you the strength to do it,” she said. “And you continue to fight because you are a member of the Fighting Irish.”last_img read more

Habitat builds 20th home

first_imgNotre Dame Habitat for Humanity is committed to building one home every year for a needy family in the South Bend area.This year, the club built a home for James and Janice Plump, their daughter and grandson. Pat Laskowski, senior economics and applied mathematics major and co-president of Notre Dame Habitat for Humanity, said the Plump family has never before owned a home.Laskowski said his favorite part of Habitat is being able to work with the family all year.“After a whole year of working with somebody, you get to know them so well,” Laskowski said. “They are just so overwhelmed with joy and happiness to finally have this home and you’re there to share it with them. That’s an experience I cannot match with anything else.”A unique part of Habitat for Humanity is the involvement of the family, Laskowski said. The family has to put in 300 “sweat hours” working on their own homes and the homes of other Habitat families. The family works alongside twenty volunteers from Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross during each build, according to the Habitat website.This year’s home is located in southwest South Bend among several other Habitat houses, Laskowski said.“It’s actually in the neighborhood of Habitat homes which is actually really exciting,” Laskowski said. “You can be there and you can say ‘Oh, I remember that Habitat build and that Habitat build.’ It’s a great community of people who love their homes.”Laskowski said each home costs $60,000 and the club has to finance over half of the money to the St. Joseph County Habitat for Humanity affiliate. To do so, the club spends most of the year fundraising.Laskowski said the club does a “Jail’n’Bail” where you can pay for a friend to get arrested and bailed out of a “jail” on South Quad. Part of the funds from Keenan Hall’s Muddy Sunday event also goes to the club. Their next fundraiser is a pizza eating competition in two weeks.Though the build for last Saturday was cancelled, Pat said the house would still be officially completed May 3rd, when it would be blessed and handed over to the family.Notre Dame Habitat for Humanity is special, Laskowski said. It is unlike any other college Habitat program and he hopes to see that continue for years to come.“We are the longest current running collegiate chapter in the United States,” Laskowski said. “This is our twentieth house in a row, so twenty years, twenty houses. … I’d like to see us continue that and to never see that falter.”Tags: habitat, habitat for humanity, notre habitat for humanitylast_img read more

Student managers facilitate practice

first_imgStudents involved with athletics are not typically accustomed to auditioning for roles, but that’s precisely what 24 Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s undergraduates had to do to earn their coveted spots as the hard-working student managers of the Irish football team.Caroline Genco | The Observer “The tryout process, for me, consisted of coming to practice almost every single day,” Saint Mary’s sophomore Courtney Thompson said. “At practice I basically just helped the older managers in any way possible which included shagging balls and setting up the fields. “I remember being so excited to be a part of the football program and just to be trying out as a manager in general. It was all I would talk about the entire year.”Tryouts can last throughout the whole season; some students choose to begin working football practices at the beginning of the school year, while others join the pool at the beginning of second semester practices. From the field of largely first-year students trying out, the head and assistant football equipment managers select a group of 14 students to continue to their sophomore year in the program as full-time managers, according to junior Anthony Tucker.“Basically throughout the year you’re kind of being evaluated by 
the full-time managers and the full-time equipment managers — Ryan Grooms and Adam Meyers
 — and right before the spring game they’ll 
narrow the group of freshmen or first-year students
 to 14,” he said. “If you’re selected as one of those 14, you 
officially become a full-time student manager
 and then you work that full next season.” Tucker said seven of the 14 sophomore managers continue to their junior year in the program. After that, three of those seven go on to become senior managers.“A lot of [the evaluation] is things outside of just how you perform in practice,” Tucker said. “Are you accountable? There’s a lot, a lot of work, a lot of time goes into it, a lot of stuff behind the scenes. So really, 
are you prepared to make the commitment to come to the equipment room, 
get to school a month early and really put in a lot of time?”The full-time managers work as a team but are assigned to one section of the team such as linebackers or running backs, which allows each manager to specialize in that section’s particular needs, Tucker said. “Each manager is assigned to a position
,” he said. “So you’re with that position group all that practice for every practice of the year, so you do get to know those guys a little bit. … And you really get an 
appreciation for how hard they work and what goes into the performance that goes onto the field on Saturday.“You kind of just shadow the coach. Whenever they’re doing drills, you get the cones ready, footballs ready, things of that nature. You definitely get a really good understanding. It’s like your little niche. Personally, I work with linebackers and since I’m with them every day I have a really have a good idea of what’s going to come in practice and what to be prepared for and what the coaches like.”Although all managers receive scholarship money for their time spent with the team, Thompson said managers do their jobs and often work long hours because they realize their work is essential to the football team’s success. She said she typically works five hours per day for five days of the week.“The biggest incentive I have is to be able to watch the team get a win on game day,” she said. “If I continually do my job well, then the team can have a much smoother and productive practice, ensuring that they are as prepared as possible for game day.”Thompson said participating in the program’s history and helping the team continue its legendary tradition make the hours worthwhile.“For me, by far the most rewarding thing in the program is walking down the tunnel on game day and knowing that in some small way I am a part of history,” she said. “No matter what the outcome of this season or the next or the next, I can say that I was a part of the Notre Dame football team.”Tucker said the full-time managers often form deep friendships because of the time they spend together before and during the school year and, for the juniors and seniors, at away games. He said the camaraderie adds an extra incentive to the program.“Within the group we’re really, really close,” Tucker said. 
“That first month [of practice in the summer] before any regular students get here, we’re all pretty much living together … We were pretty much together all day. “We work long days in the summer. We go out to lunch together, we go out to dinner together. You really don’t know each other before the summer starts, but that first month you really form close bonds. … That’s really one of the more rewarding parts of the job is you can really form close relationships with people who have a shared interest in the football team.
”Tucker said working with the team allows him to fulfill his passion for football and, at the same time, offers him a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes operations of a historic program.“Personally, I love football,” Tucker said. “I’ve had a passion for football. I 
played it in high school. One thing about going to college was I kind of got removed from the game and competition, and I missed that.“Even though I’m not actually participating in the drills, just to be around the sport is an awesome experience, and not only
 to be around football but to be around such a recognized program as Notre Dame. … On top of that I think it’s a great experience to learn about the equipment side of the sport because you don’t really get to see that on Saturdays, but so much goes in; there’s
 so much attention to detail.”Tucker, who transferred to Notre Dame from Seton Hall University after his freshman year, said being a manager has been a “dream come true.” “I grew up just loving Notre Dame,” he said. “I’m a first generation college student, so I kind of just made the Notre Dame connection on my own. I 
grew up watching Notre Dame football on Saturdays and it’s been awesome to be able to come here.” “I was just happy to be in the stands
 for football games my first year, but to be able to do my small part to make sure practice runs smoothly is just a dream come true for me,” he said. “… I couldn’t ask for a greater experience. I feel like I have the best campus job that anyone could ask for.”Tags: football, Student Managerslast_img read more

Weather causes game day traffic

first_imgDrizzly weather did not dampen the weekend’s festivities, as approximately 100,000 people braved consistent rain and wind for Saturday’s nail-biter against Stanford, according to Mike Seamon, associate vice president for campus safety.Kevin Song | The Observer “Overall the weekend was a huge success for the University, both on and off the field,” Seamon said. “As anticipated, we had quite a large number of visitors on campus Friday and Saturday. On Friday, we had over 1,200 people attend the football luncheon, 3,525 people visit the Stadium tunnel and over 7,500 people attend the pep rally, which was held in the Compton Family Ice Arena.”Across the board, the number of fans touring the Stadium remains consistent with previous estimates from the Rice and Michigan games, for which the total amounted to 3,600 and 3,500, respectively. Attendance at the luncheon has continued increasing from 850 before the Rice game and 1,110 during the Michigan weekend, according to Seamon.With so many thousands of fans arriving for the game, the rain impacted traffic conditions by causing more vehicle congestion, Seamon said.“Not surprisingly, our biggest challenge this past weekend was the inclement weather,” he said. “Given the cold, wind and rain, it was a later arriving crowd than usual to both campus and the Stadium. The lateness of the crowd put some added pressure on incoming traffic and the last minute rush into the Stadium, but overall things ran very smoothly.”Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) Chief Phil Johnson said fans leaving campus also faced difficulties due to the weather.“Traffic ran smoothly before and after the game although rains during the outbound slowed traffic a bit resulting in some delays on area streets,” he said. “Police assisted motorists on streets and roads surrounding campus and facilitated traffic departing campus.”Johnson said NDSP made seven arrests Saturday, marking a decrease from the 16 arrests made Sept. 6, the day of the Michigan game.“One ticket was issued [Saturday] for minor consumption of alcohol,” he said. “Two arrests were for public intoxication or public order related offenses. Five people were arrested for shoplifting.”Seamon said the University used the Stanford game as an opportunity to celebrate the recent successes of other Notre Dame teams, “including the 2013 NCAA men’s soccer national champions, the 2014 NCAA runner-up men’s lacrosse team and the 2004 NCAA women’s soccer champions.“We also had former football monogram winners form the tunnel at the beginning of the game,” he said. “This weekend was the Notre Dame band alumni weekend where over 800 band alumni members joined the current ND band for the on-field pre-game and halftime performances.”“Even with the bad weather, it was a great weekend for the University capped off by a huge win over Stanford,” Seamon said.Tags: arrests, football, Mike Seamon, NDSP, Notre Dame, Phil Johnson, Rain, Stanford, Stanford Universitylast_img read more

Saint Mary’s to celebrate Junior Mom’s Weekend

first_imgSaint Mary’s is hosting its annual Junior Mom’s Weekend in the coming days, providing an opportunity for junior Belles to bond with their mothers on campus.Junior class co-representative Sarah Connaughton said the spring tradition is one students have looked forward to since freshman year.“It was one of those weekends coming in to freshman year that I was already looking forward to,” she said.Junior class co-representative Anna McCambridge said in an email that the weekend is not just for mothers, though.“Junior Mom’s Weekend isn’t exclusive to mothers only, but open to all the special and influential women we may have in our lives,” she said.McCambridge said the weekend events start Friday, with a reception for the moms and a karaoke event.“The weekend will begin with a wine and cheese reception on Friday night, where then moms and daughters are invited to O’Rourke’s for a night of Karaoke and drinks,” she said.Karaoke night is new to the weekend’s schedule, Connaughton said.“We collaborated with O’Rourke’s, and they’re putting on a karaoke night, which should be exciting,” she said. “They’re letting the girls in until midnight, even if [they’re] under 21, too.”In addition to a nature trail walk Saturday morning, McCambridge said, events planned for Saturday afternoon include a trunk show featuring products from local companies, and a Palm Sunday Mass offered at the Church of Loretto in the evening.“We have included local vendors from the South Bend area to come and showcase their products,” she said. “We have a mix of boutiques, skin care, cosmetics, soap works and even [juices for sampling]. … It’s Palm Sunday, too, so we had to make sure that the time counted for the moms between Saturday and Sunday.”The weekend will conclude with a banquet and auction for the students and their moms, McCambridge said.“The Hilton is hosting us on Saturday night, where we will share a meal with our moms, and even President Cervelli,” she said.Connaughton said the baskets were brought in by moms and local companies to raise funds for senior week.“This is a huge fundraiser for the junior class,” she said. “All the money that we raise will be put towards senior week for senior year.”McCambridge said this event is important to the community because students get to introduce their families to the experience of being a Saint Mary’s student.“Belles love this weekend because it is our chance to show off Saint Mary’s,” McCambridge said. “For many parents, they don’t always get to see what life is like as a Belle, and this is their chance.”Connaughton said she is looking forward to experiencing the weekend with her mom, a College alumna.“My mom went to Saint Mary’s, actually — she graduated in ‘87,” Connaughton said. “And I know this is one thing for her that she has been looking forward to also sharing with me, because she kind of pushed me to come to Saint Mary’s, but now she also gets to share in the weekend with me.”Tags: Junior Class Board, Junior Moms Weekendlast_img read more