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

Notre Dame alumni clubs foster community through game watches

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Lauren Cooney A Notre Dame alumna and member of the Notre Dame Club of New York poses in a leprechaun costume at an NDNY game watch at the Public House.While standing for more than three hours in Notre Dame Stadium can occasionally be a grueling experience, McKenna said having much of the bar function as standing room only fosters a welcoming atmosphere.“It’s a lot of standing room only, so you kind of realize that New York City is a very transient city — people are always coming and going, and Public House is sort of that standard scene where you know you’re always welcome and you know can always see a friendly face,” McKenna said. “Even if you don’t know anybody, you’ll probably recognize someone or know a friend of a friend because it’s a small world. We all want to rally with our team together.”While the Notre Dame Club of Pittsburgh’s game watches draw a much smaller crowd — usually under 20 alumni — the atmosphere is no less spirited. The club does not have a set game watch location, instead choosing different bars around the city for each game, Katelynn Kelly, the club’s young alumni coordinator and a 2013 graduate, said.“We choose a different bar for every game so that we hit different neighborhoods around the city throughout the season,” Kelly said in an email. “This helps us make sure that there is a game watch that is conveniently located for most of our club members and encourages them to try new locations around the city.”Kelly said Pittsburgh’s club combines some of their game watches their “Helping Hands and Football Fans” program, doing community service projects in the morning before the games.“For the Boston College game, alumni from our club and the local BC club picked up litter with the Downtown Pittsburgh Beautification team before sharing drinks and watching a great game,” she said. “We plan to do another service event with the Miami Club later in the season and help with grounds maintenance at a local Catholic elementary school.”Despite the difference in size and setup, both clubs have Notre Dame pride in common, with the NDNY even singing the alma mater after every game.“Depending on the excitement of the game and the height of the ceiling, we’ve been known to do push ups in the bar,” Kelly said.Even Notre Dame fans who are not alumci express passion for their team during game watches, McKenna said.“People are Notre Dame fans inherently, whether they went to school there or not, so I’m always getting requests to be the official game watch bar for Notre Dame — they’d love to host us,” she said. “There’s so much excitement about Notre Dame because it’s really a school that people have a strong affinity for. Every weekend people gear up, you’ll see the official shirt from last year, you’ll see the shirt from ten years past; people really do engage.”Tags: Football Friday Feature, Notre Dame alumni, Notre Dame Club of New York, Notre Dame Club of Pittsburgh Photo courtesy of Katelynn Kelly Members of the Notre Dame Club of Pittsburgh gather to complete community service before a Notre Dame football game.Many Notre Dame Clubs host game watches to take alumni back to the days of doing an Irish jig on the bleachers of the student section and proudly singing the fight song. For the Notre Dame Club of New York (NDNY), club president and 2010 graduate Kelly McKenna said, these game watches are a must.“Looking back in club records, these game watches have been around since before our records begin,” she said. “It’s definitely been a long-standing thing. … I can’t officially say they’ve been around for 100 years, but they’ve definitely been a standing tradition.”NDNY hosts all of their game watches at Public House in Manhattan, a central location for a club that spans every borough of the city aside from Staten Island. While attendance depends on how well the season is going, McKenna said the game watches typically bring in well over 100 people.“It’s a very festive experience — people actually reserve tables at Public House a week or two weeks in advance, and then everyone else is standing room only,” she said. Every Saturday, Notre Dame alumni across the country gather at local bars to watch Notre Dame football and continue to foster the community formed during their years on campus.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s students discuss diversity of religion at the College

first_imgSaint Mary’s held a Belles of Different Faiths panel Thursday, during which five students discussed their faiths, practices and some of the misconceptions behind their religions. Sophomore Iman Omar, senior Colleen Zewe, senior Taylor Thomas, sophomore Emily Barr and sophomore Abbee LaPlace were on the panel. Editor’s note: Omar and Zewe are News Writers for The Observer. Ann Curtis | The Observer A panel of five Saint Mary’s students from different religions reflected on their experiences at the College on Thursday.Thomas, who formerly practiced Judaism, said Judaism is about being a decent person.“Judaism really pushes the fact that you should be a decent person — not because you have to but because you want to, that you want to help the person next to you,” she said. “In my household, we don’t believe in blind love. You want to push the person you love to strive to be more, just as you do for yourself, as well.”LaPlace said the Torah encourages others to live kindly and fairly. “A rabbi had commented on a Torah portion and he said, ‘When we treat others kindly, fairly and lovingly we are trying living Torah,’ meaning that we are truly living in the way that HaShem wants us to live,” she said. LaPlace said her favorite tradition as someone who practices conservative Judaism is mitzvah.“Mitzvah are good deeds … so being kind to one another, making someone smile,” she said. “I think the biggest Mitzvah I do is teach Hebrew to second graders, and I teach Torah study to my fifth and sixth graders.”LaPlace said her biggest struggle has been overcoming anti-semitism.  “There’s always been the jokes, there’s always been the taglines, and it took me a very long time to realize that the people who say those things aren’t completely bad, they aren’t cold-hearted people, they are just very ignorant,” she said. “They don’t take the time to learn about other people, they just assume.”Barr, from the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, said people have many misconceptions about love in her religious community.“Most people have heard that in the past, we have [practiced] polygamy,” she said. “It hasn’t been practiced for over 100 years now.”Barr said she has struggled with attending a school where she is the only one who practices her religion.“I don’t want to say it’s been lonely because that sounds negative, but it kind of has been,” she said. “Arizona and Utah have been settled by Mormons so there’s Mormons everywhere. There are churches on every corner. Then I came here, and there’s one church within 50 miles.”Thomas said she feels some of the professors who teach religion at Saint Mary’s do not always take every religion seriously. “I never had any issues with the ministry on campus. I feel like my biggest issue has come from the classes themselves,” she said. “I am not a fan of a lot of the religion professors here. Not all of them — there have been some really great ones — but some of the professors have rubbed me the wrong way. I know a lot of them are Catholic, so when they speak about Catholicism there is all this love and passion, and then the minute they switch to discussing other religions … you can tell by their tone of voice they don’t take other religions seriously.”In some of her classes that discuss religious myths and legends, Barr said, she feels she cannot fully participate and share the myths and religions particular to her faith. “One thing that’s been interesting is I’m taking a class called ‘Myth, Legend and History,’ and we talk a lot about the saints and the Virgin Mary” she said. “And I’ve enjoyed the class, but I feel like I can’t contribute to the class because with my perspective, I’d have to explain for awhile before my point makes any sense.”LaPlace said she has encountered some students who have singled her out for her religion. “Coming in as a freshman, I was told to find a new friend and introduce yourself,” she said. “So the first time I walked into the dining hall, I walked up to this girl and said, ‘Hey, can I sit with you?’ And she looked at me, looked at my necklace — the Star of David — and said, ‘Are you Jewish?’ And when I said yes [she] told me I could not sit with her. … That was my first taste of my community here as a Belle, and that just kind of threw me off for a really long time.”LaPlace said she wishes the College would try harder to involve all faiths and religions within the community. “Something I really struggle with is that there are a lot of talks here at Saint Mary’s,” she said. “Last year in particular I noticed that there are a lot of ones about the New Testament and the Quran, which is great, but how hard is it to call a rabbi and ask if they can add the Torah into this talk? It’s small things like that that bother me.”Thomas said she has had to defend her religion in recent years due to the rising tensions between Palestine and Israel. “I’ve had people come up to me and yell at me, saying, ‘You’re Jewish, how dare you? Israel is destroying lives,’” she said. “I’m not going to give you my opinions about Israel, but it’s really hard because a lot of people will tell me my people are murderers. We all just have to look at the individual and stop assuming stereotypes about everyone.”LaPlace said she often feels like she has to defend her pro-Israel stance. “I am pro-Israel,” she said. “But not pro-Israel in the fact that, yes it is a Jewish state and yes, it’s somewhere I belong as a Jewish person, but everyone else belongs there, too. Pro-Israel is not just about it staying a Jewish state. It’s the kindness of everyone.” Barr said religion should not condemn, but encourage love and virtue. “Hate the sin, not the sinner,” she said. Tags: Diversity, Faith, love, religionlast_img read more

NSR to debut ‘Macbeth’ performance

first_imgPhoto Courtesy of Lydia Costello Members of the Not-So-Royal Shakespeare Company rehearse for their upcoming production of “Macbeth.” The production incorporates a modern soundtrack and premieres Thursday night“It‘s a show he‘s been involved with for a while,” Sargeant said. “I have been hearing about this for a year now,”Vaclav is a second-year graduate student who has been involved with NSR since 2013, his undergraduate sophomore year, for eight of its productions. His deep love for Shakespeare led him to write his senior thesis on the authorship of Macbeth and the identity of the witches.Senior Abigail Schnell, who plays the title character, said the show is notable for its simplicity.“It’s bloody, scary, short and easy to follow,” she said. “Don’t be afraid because it‘s Shakespeare. ‘Macbeth’ is very colloquial. There’s a pretty big fear factor in the show.”This eeriness is not only created by the cast, but also by the tech team, which will use low lighting and costumes made of band shirts and military uniforms. Vaclav lauded the cast and crew for its talent. “They are one of the best groups I have worked with,” he said. “They do really bring the show to life in a fantastic way.”Several members of the cast said the most important aspect of the tech of this production is the soundtrack. “The concept of the show itself started with the Guns N’ Roses album ‘Appetite for Destruction,’” Vaclav added. Sargeant said the soundtrack, which includes works of Led Zeppelin, Queen and Black Sabbath, is more like that of a film than a theater production. “It’s most prevalent between transitions, but it’s still there in the background of the dialogue,” Sargeant said.Sophomore Louise Gregory, who stars as Lady Macbeth, said that the “punk rock Macbeth theme” fits the play perfectly. “The play is so violent, it lends itself to very aggressive music for the soundtrack,” she said.The haunted feeling of the play was made around Vaclav’s conception of the plot as an “early modern horror movie.” None of the characters knows who they can trust. Vaclav’s special interest in the witches and their identities is reflected in the show, where Schnell said they are portrayed in a “genuinely frightening, other-worldy” way.Gregory said the show will make Shakespeare accessible for the audience.“If you’ve ever wanted to get into Shakespeare but get put off by it because you think of people in puffy robes … it’s Shakespeare but doesn’t feel like Shakespeare,“ Gregory said. “Everyone is having a blast.”Tags: Guns N’ Roses, Macbeth, Not-So-Royal Shakespeare Company, soundtrack The Not-So-Royal Shakespeare Company (NSR) will premiere its production of William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” on Thursday in the Washington Hall Lab Theatre. The NSR has waited a long time for the opportunity to put on “Macbeth.” Sophomore Ellis Sargeant, who will perform the role of Malcolm, said director Michael Vaclav, a graduate student, has been preparing for the show for while.last_img read more

AEI president discusses treatment of marginalized, flaws of political discourse

first_imgArthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), delivered a lecture Tuesday regarding the treatment of the marginalized in society and the flaws of American political discourse. The lecture was titled “Bringing America Together.”Brooks opened his lecture by discussing his views on the purpose of think tanks and American higher education.“Why do great universities exist? To crank out more students with bachelor’s degrees and graduate degrees? No,” Brooks said. “The idea of a factory of ideas — a laboratory with a combination of ideas — is to solve problems, isn’t it? That’s why we’re all together, blending or wiring our intellect batteries together.”Brooks explored the guiding principle behind how the AEI does its thinking.“When you have a big problem and you don’t know the solution, the answer is never to think harder in the [conventional] way. … You can get everybody in the world thinking in the old ways about old problems,” Brooks said. “You need to think differently about old problems — that’s the solution.”After giving a personal story about his son’s struggles with high school academics, Brooks, a Catholic, said he considers treatment of the marginalized to be the single largest policy issue in the United States.“Our biggest problem is the way that we treat people at the margins of our society,” Brooks said. “Our biggest problem is not economic growth; our biggest problem is not our tax system; our biggest problem is not the conduct of our economy or foreign policy. Those are issues, those are important. But my view as a Catholic, my view as an economist and my view as an American, is that the biggest problem that we have is the way we treat people at the periphery of our society in America today and indeed around the world.”Brooks said that his view is not controversial, and attempts to reduce the percentage of Americans in poverty have generally been unsuccessful. He also said it is important to examine America’s roots in order to change the way we look at those in poverty.“[We live in] the only country in the world where we’re proud of being the descendants of riff-raff,” Brooks said. “[But] we don’t think about where we came from quite so much and we don’t have relationships with the new generation of people who look an awful lot like our great-grandparents did.”Brooks said free enterprise provided the means to create America’s social safety nets, but that the way our country approaches aid to the poor is misguided.“The poverty program and the safety net … are the greatest achievement of the free enterprise system. The problem is how we do it,” Brooks said. “Our country — since the mid-1960s — has gone from ‘needing’ poor people to ‘helping’ poor people. … Our welfare state treats poor people in this country as liabilities to manage.”Later, Brooks said the spread of ‘contempt’ is the central problem in modern American politics, warning the audience against holding contempt and giving his advice on how to conduct discourse.“If you want a permanent enemy, show contempt,” Brooks said. “Contempt is what you do when you’re not in control of yourself. You’re sort of reacting like a snail when stimulated with an electrical prod. Warmheartedness is for strong people.”Tags: american enterprise institute, Arthur Brooks, marginalizedlast_img read more

Saint Mary’s announces partnership with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

first_imgSaint Mary’s College announced in a press release Monday a new partnership with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM). This partnership will enable qualified students to obtain an early acceptance to their medical, dental or pharmacological programs. According to the release, the program will grant students the opportunity “to stay on track … throughout their undergraduate career” due to the early admittance and the lack of requirement of the medical college admission test (MCAT). Professor and pre-health advisor Calli Versagli said in the release the partnership provides Saint Mary’s students with a chance to “pursue their dreams in the medical field.”“LECOM is known for their phenomenal preparation of physicians, dentists and pharmacists,” Versagli said in the release. “I am excited for the opportunities this will provide our students.”The omission of the MCAT from the admission process is not the only benefit that this partnership affords students. The LECOM partnership will also offer students a lower tuition rate than other medical schools, a choice between three different locations and an advisor at both Saint Mary’s and Lake Erie College to assist them with their journey to and through medical school, according to the release. “This partnership demonstrates the excellent preparation of our students for these doctoral programs,” Interim College President Nancy Nekvasil said in the release. “I’m thrilled to have this opportunity for our students.”Tags: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, MCAT, partnership, pre-healthlast_img read more