Monthly Archives: January 2021

Group allocates funds to athletic department

first_imgSaint Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA) voted Wednesday to set aside $1,000 of its capital budget to repair or replace fitness equipment for student use. Athletics Commissioner Christine Brown approached the board the first meeting of the semester with a request from the Athletics Department asking for a full or partial reimbursement of funds that were used to replace two backboards. SGA discussed the request at its last meeting and decided it needed more information from the Athletics Department. Saint Mary’s Athletic Director Julie Schroeder-Biek was present at the beginning of Wednesday’s meeting to discuss the reimbursement request and answer questions. Schroeder-Biek said the Athletic Department requested the reimbursement because the money it spent on the backboards cut into its funds for the Angela Athletic facility, which students use. The Athletic Department replaced the backboards to fulfill new NCAA equipment regulations. According to a new NCAA mandate, “starting with the 2010-2011 season, a red light placed behind each backboard or LED lights placed around the backboard shall be required.” The Athletic Department was informed of the change in regulations two years ago and anticipated the cost; however, problems arose when the LED lights did not fit the backboards. “The backboards were so outdated that the LED lights did not fit,” Schroeder-Biek said. “The additional costs to replace the backboards were unexpected.” Schroeder-Biek said the money spent on the new backboards was pulled from the portion of the fundraising money student athletes earn from football parking in the fall semester. She said the Athletic Department has a set budget and no funds to request new equipment, which led to using general funds for the Angela Athletic facility. “As you know, the backboards are used not only by the basketball team, but also by intramural basketball,” Schroeder-Biek said. “There are over 1,000 people a week using the fitness center. “We put in this reimbursement request because the cost of the new backboards [$3,380] cut into the funds for updating the facility,” Schroeder-Biek said. “That’s where the [reimbursement] money would go — back into the fitness center.” Schroeder-Biek thanked the board for extending the opportunity to clarify the issue and left. The board discussed the issue with a pro and con list. Those who supported giving funds to the Athletics Department focused on the point that the money would be going to support the athletic facility and eventually it would benefit the entire student body. “It may open a can of worms, but there are 1,100 girls that go to the gym every week,” senior Julie Laemmle said. “Not only will students use it, but prospective students touring the campus would be more attracted to equipment more recent than the 1970s.” SGA also debated the effect that granting this request to the Athletics Department, which is outside of SGA’s usual jurisdiction, would have in setting a precedent for future requests. “If we give money to one department, we open ourselves to other departments, including academic departments that we don’t fund,” Student Diversity Board President Morgan Gay said. “It would be setting the wrong precedent; SGA traditionally gives money to student clubs and organizations.” After an extended discussion and a motion with several amendments, it was decided that SGA will set aside $1,000 of the remaining $3,218.96 available of the capital budget for repairs and equipment replacement to the Angela Athletic facility.last_img read more

Professor discusses President’s speech

first_imgPolitical Science professor David Campbell said President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday was clear evidence the president is “moving into campaign mode.” “This is not what we saw in the first year or two of the Obama administration,” Campbell said. “This is Obama making an argument for his reelection and for his Democratic view of the way government ought to be involved in the economy.” Campbell, who is also the founding director of the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy,said the speech had the usual constraints of a State of the Union address. Obama had to cite major issues, remain optimistic and appeal to his constituencies. “This was a pretty sprawling and expansive speech. It was also a fairly long speech,” he said. “I do think his speech can be contrasted with last year’s speech, in that this one really marks the beginning of the 2012 presidential campaign.” Campbell said that unlike past years, Obama took a clear stance on issues and pointed out the congressional obstruction of governmental goals. “Barack Obama was elected on the terms that he would be a post-partisan president. He tried … but he’s not going to do that anymore. He’s going to [draw] sharp distinctions,” Campbell said. Obama was also more direct in this speech than he had been in the past, Campbell said. “He’s definitely beginning to lay out his argument. He was quite explicit. [For example] he did want to see government investing in clean energy,” Campbell said. Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana delivered the GOP rebuttal to the State of the Union on Tuesday, responding specifically to Obama’s position on the income gap and criticizing the president for being overly optimistic in his assessment of the country’s economic well-being. “When President Obama claims that the state of our union is anything but grave,” Daniels said, “he must know in his heart that this is not true.” Campbell said Obama and Daniels’ speeches plainly put issues on the table and gave voters the opportunity to decide on those issues for themselves. “I thought the State of the Union address and the response from Mitch Daniels was politics the way it ought to be done,” Campbell said. “Voters heard two different perspectives on what government should be doing. In all seriousness, I thought voters could walk away from those two speeches having learned something.” Campbell said the annual addresses are challenging for presidents because they must hold firmly to some key American ideas. “Presidents have to pick their language carefully. They all have to say the state of the union is fundamentally strong, moving forward,” Campbell said. “[President Obama] struck a tone of, ‘Things have been bad, they’re getting better and they’re better than most people think.’” Campbell also said the U.S. president is in a unique position since he is both the head of state and the head of government — a tension that comes to the surface in the State of the Union. He said in some ways, the president plays a similar role to a figure like the Queen of England since he is the face of the American people. And Americans are an “optimistic people” who don’t like “doom and gloom,” Campbell said. Still, Republican candidate Mitt Romney used Obama’s optimism as ammunition when he told voters in Florida on Wednesday the speech was “detached from reality.” Campbell said such statements are not unusual from the Republican opposition. “That’s a common argument not just from Romney, but from other Republicans, that [Obama’s] is an administration that doesn’t understand the way America works,” Campbell said. “There’s [always] this undercurrent … in the Republican criticism of Obama.” Campbell said Obama’s call to narrow the income gap is another major dividing point between the two parties. “What the Republicans want to emphasize is a nation where everyone feels like they can get ahead,” Campbell said. “The Democrats will want to emphasize this is a country where we help those who have been left behind … [They] want to equalize things, make sure everyone has a fair shot.” If the Republican Party nominates Romney as its presidential candidate, Campbell said the issue of America’s income gap will play a dominant role. As Obama enters the election year, Campbell said the country’s unemployment rate will be his biggest challenge to reelection. “The very top of the list is the economy … The president is facing a very high unemployment rate that doesn’t want to budge,” Campbell said. “Jobs are coming back, but it’s still very high and, frankly, everything else will be subsumed under a debate on the economy.”last_img read more

Students embrace new coaching program

first_imgEvery Notre Dame athlete is encouraged to ‘play like a champion today,’ a motto that aspiring coaches among Notre Dame’s student body are learning to pass on to local youth teams. Notre Dame’s physical education department has devised a coaching certification program in order to give students the tools to coach youth sports teams effectively, said Stephen Bender, visiting associate specialist in the physical education department. “This program allows Notre Dame students to become certified coaches,” Bender said. “This program offers a pretty solid base to help our students get their feet in the door.” Notre Dame’s coaching certification program, supported by both its physical education department and the Institute for Educational Initiatives, certifies students through the American Sport Education Program, Bender said. Certification requires two courses – “Social Foundations of Coaching” and “Principles of Coaching” – as well as an exam, Bender said. “The social foundations class is more about ways to motivate people, while the principles class is about teaching coaches how to coach … and getting them to realize that there is a lot more to coaching than just going out onto the field,” Bender said. The social foundations of coaching course teaches the essentials of the “Play Like a Champion Today” Educational Series, an initiative that instills positive coaching techniques in organizations around the United States, Associate Program Director Damian Kearney said. “The research behind this philosophy was conducted by Professor Clark Power, who found that a high percentage of children were leaving sports, basically because it wasn’t fun anymore,” Kearney said. “The concept of youth sporting around the country had become so focused on winning and professionalization that the end had strayed from what ‘youth sports’ had been meant to be initially. We want kids to have fun, maintain good physical fitness and to make friends.” The “Play Like a Champion Today” staff teaches clinics throughout the country, Kearney said. He said the undergraduate course is more academic. “We read social psychologists who have written on ‘flow’ in sports and how the best performances come from athletes when they’re feeling an equal amount of challenge and fun – we get more into the science of how our philosophy came about,” Kearney said. “The end goal of the course would be for our students – if they go on to be coaches in communities – to know the reasons we get into coaching in the first place and to use these techniques to raise not only good athletes, but good people.” Bender said he seeks to offer a coaching practicum that allows interested students to get hands on experience outside of the classroom. “If students want to get into the coaching practicum – which is basically student teaching for a semester by getting hands on coaching experience – I go out and find positions for those girls and guys to coach for a whole season at local high schools,” Bender said. “I find coaches to take them under their wings while they coach – it’s an awesome experience.” Junior Nick Conrad said the best part of his coaching experience was becoming a part of his team’s community. “For me, I was fortunate enough to work at St. Joseph High School in South Bend, where I was welcomed into their family of players, coaches and staff,” Conrad said. “It was amazing how in four months I was able to become so invested in the school and football program. I still stay in touch with coaches and players and plan on volunteering again next year.” Conrad said dealing with the interpersonal aspect of coaching proved to be the biggest obstacle. “The most challenging experience of coaching is understanding your players,” Conrad said. “Understanding personalities and how to motivate is key. Since this was my first coaching job, it was also a challenge to recognize what drills and practice techniques were actually translating to field success and where I needed to focus my attention for practice plans.” Bender said this practicum helps students to discern if they would like to pursue further coaching opportunities. “The practicum solidifies their passion. They might be a little skeptical going out into the real world and seeing what coaching is all about, but everyone that we’ve placed has come back and said, ‘that was the greatest thing I’ve done at Notre Dame,’” Bender said.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s candidates run unopposed

first_imgJuniors Kat Sullivan and Maddy Martin will run unopposed for 2013-14 Saint Mary’s student body president and vice president. The ticket’s candidacy was announced Tuesday, one day after submitting its platform. Sullivan and Martin bring extensive experience on Student Government Association (SGA) and on other campus boards. Sullivan, has been a member of the Student Activities Board since her first year at the College. This year, she holds an executive position on SGA as the vice president of external affairs. Martin also holds a position on SGA as the vice president of finance. Sullivan, a communication studies major with business administration and film studies minors from Melrose, Mass., said she wants to be student body president to give students a louder voice in policy and programming at Saint Mary’s. “[I want to] make sure my fellow Belles know that they can come to [SGA] with any questions or concerns. … I care about the needs of the Saint Mary’s Belles,” she said. “I realize how vital it is that the voices of the students are heard.” Sullivan said she wants to follow in her mother’s footsteps as student body president. Joan McDermott Sullivan served as Saint Mary’s student body president as a senior during the 1975-76 school year. “My mom has always held a special place in her heart for the school and her memories here,” she said. “It would mean a great deal to me to be able to share this with her.” Martin, a biology and Spanish double major from Grand Rapids, Mich., said she saw room to improve the student government’s approachability. “I would love to focus on better communication between SGA and the student body,” she said. “I feel like there is still some disconnect and I would love to try to eliminate that. I want students to be able to know who we are and that they can come to us for anything.” In their platform, Sullivan and Martin said they plan for students, clubs, administrations and SGA to “work together as a community.” Sullivan said assembling the right team would be essential to reaching this goal. “I want to make sure that we really hit the ground running for the 2013-14 academic year,” she said. “It will be really important to have a well-established structure and continue with what previous SGA leaders have already accomplished. That being said, choosing girls who want to have a positive impact at Saint Mary’s will be key.” In addition to better communication and effective leadership, Martin said the team intends to introduce initiatives and plan events to instill more unity on campus. “I would really like to increase the school spirit around campus,” she said. “I am so proud to be a Saint Mary’s Belle and I believe all girls should feel this way.” Sullivan echoed Martin’s goal for an increased sense of school spirit and inclusion. “I’d love to focus on sisterhood and community,” she said. “Saint Mary’s girls have a lot of pride in who we are and what this school stands for. I want to make sure that every girl on this campus, both current and future Belles feel welcome and comfortable.” Sullivan said she wants to improve the quality and attendance of campus programming. “My personal goals include increasing attendance at events through a better understanding of [online information platform] OrgSync and building on the strong bonds that Saint Mary’s women have,” she said. “I want to raise awareness on issues that are prevalent on campus such as bullying, depression, anxiety and eating disorders, just to name a few. “By making these issues more known we will better able to help Saint Mary’s women who struggle with these issues and bring the community together.” Though only one ticket is running, Sullivan and Martin must receive a majority vote on Feb. 28 in order to assume their new positions upon the April 1 SGA turnover. “I’m happy about [being the only ticket] but I hope that people feel confident in our abilities as leaders,” Sullivan said. “I want people to trust us to voice their concerns. I think that campaigning will still be important because people should still know who we are so they know who to ask when they need something done at Saint Mary’s.”last_img read more

Fellowship honors Zhang

first_imgLast fall, the 2013 NDnano Undergraduate Research Fellowship (NURF) was dedicated to Saint Mary’s sophomore Ziqi Zhang, who died when she was struck by a car near the College’s entrance in October 2012. This spring, Saint Mary’s junior Rachael Bridgman received the fellowship in Zhang’s memory. Zhang participated in the NURF program during the summer of 2012, and Bridgman said she “[hopes] to do her name justice.”  “It is a true honor to be able to continue down the path that Ziqi loved, which was research,” Bridgman said. “I am happy to do this summer job in part on her behalf because this is what she would have done this summer. I have heard only wonderful things about her.”  Bridgman she said she didn’t know she was under consideration for the fellowship until recipients were announced on April 12.  “I think I was chosen because I am from Saint Mary›s and also have a great deal of passion for the research I am doing,” she said. “I have also shown a lot of dedication to the lab. I have been working there all year and have put in many hours and come in on the weekends as well to do work.”  This grant, offered by the University of Notre Dame Center for Nano Science and Technology, provides Bridgman, a molecular cell biology major, with an opportunity to experience her first paid research position this summer.  “It covers a 10-week research opportunity with [Notre Dame biochemistry professor] Dr. Zach Schultz in his biochemistry lab and weekly seminars with other undergraduate researchers,” Bridgman said.  The 28 recipients of the award will receive a total of $5,250 for their participation in research this upcoming summer, but Bridgman said she looks forward to benefits beyond the paycheck.  “I get the chance to explore research as a career and participate in high caliber research,” Bridgman said.  Bridgman’s unpaid research was driven by a genuine desire to gain a deeper understand of proteins, she said.  “To be honest I have always been very interested in proteins because they are the building blocks for life after the nucleotides that create them,” Bridgman said. “Single protein detection using probes is useful for a wide range of applications. It has been used to sequence DNA, differentiate between strains of the influenza and analyze movement of molecules across cell membranes in real time. All these applications can lead to medical therapeutic and diagnostic research as well.”  The undergraduate researchers will present the results of their research at the end of the 10 weeks, she said.  “I have to do a presentation at a poster session on my work at the end of the summer,” Bridgman said.  Haley Gordon, a sophomore chemistry and chemical engineering major at Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame, respectively, said Bridgman’s fellowship was well-deserved, and notable because it was given to a Saint Mary’s senior. “She’s one of the most hardworking students I know,” Gordon said. “She’s incredibly diligent.” Bridgman said she plans to pursue a career in cancer research and oncology. Contact Rebecca O’Neil at [email protected]last_img read more

Concert to feature collegiate a capella groups

first_imgThis Saturday at 8 p.m. in Leighton Concert Hall of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, the Undertones, a subset of the Notre Dame Glee Club, will present the ACA, an all-a cappella concert that will feature collaborations with a cappella singing groups such as Indiana University’s Another Round and the Tufts University Beelzebubs.  Photo courtesy of Billy Raseman Undertones president, senior Billy Raseman, said inspiration for the show stemmed from the recent surge in the popularity of a cappella singing.“With shows like NBC’s ‘The Sing-Off,’ ‘Glee’ and the movie ‘Pitch Perfect,’ the popularity of a cappella music has shot through the roof, and with this newfound popularity, the genre is changing faster than ever,” Raseman said. “We wanted the chance to see what other college groups are doing and show them what Notre Dame has to offer to the a cappella community. That’s where ACA was born.”Raseman said the groups began developing the concept of the concert in spring 2013.“We have been planning this since August and we’ve been talking about the idea since the spring semester of last year,” Raseman said. “Finding the venue, inviting groups, making a marketing plan, buying new attire for the group and all the various other work that has gone into ACA has been a year-long process.”The Undertones extended invitations to participate to singing groups with prestige, Raseman said. He said member junior Jamie Towey judged prestige through research of collegiate a cappella groups online.“Jamie Towey, our music director, decided which groups to invite,” he said. “There were some groups that we invited based off of their reputation for excellence — groups like Indiana University’s Another Round and the Tufts Beelzebubs have shaped college a cappella into what it is today.“Next, Jamie looked to the results of the ICCA — International Championship of Collegiate a Cappella — competitions from the past few years and scoured YouTube videos searching for the best. We found a lot of innovative groups, but the G-Men from Michigan and the Vanderbilt Melodores stood out among the rest.”The show will feature a diverse range of music and performance from each a cappella group, Raseman said.“There is a huge range of genres that are going to be covered, including hip hop, folk/country, electronic, R&B, rock, pop, and there may even be a boy band song in there,” Raseman said. “… As far as movement [on stage] goes, some groups may just sing in an arc and let their songs speak for themselves, while others may have intricate choreography to have an added layer to their performance.”Raseman said the show will offer a cappella and music fans an excellent show. He said he is most excited for the show’s finale.“I can’t wait for the last song of the concert where we will all get to share the stage,” Raseman said. “This song will feature soloists from each of the groups and will add a unifying element to the performance.“All the groups coming are going to be phenomenal, and each one brings something new to the table,” he said. “I am not only excited to hear their sets, I can’t wait to talk to each group afterward and learn how they operate.“We all come from completely different backgrounds so it’ll be an awesome learning experience for everyone involved and just a lot of fun.”Tags: a cappella, ACA, DPAC, Music, Undertoneslast_img read more

Students build, race, sink boats in Fisher Regatta

first_imgBarbeque smoke, dance music and shouts from capsizing vessels filled the skies around St. Mary’s Lake for Fisher Hall’s annual Fisher Regatta on Saturday.Fisher Hall’s president Erik Siegler said the Hall’s signature event not only provides the campus with a viewing spectacle and complimentary burgers but also helps to fund charity.“The food is free, but there is an entry cost of $40 per boat. The money raised during this event goes to the Andre House of Hospitality in Phoenix,” Siegler said.Junior Phillip Gayoso, who served as a commissioner for the Regatta, said some 30 makeshift boats, rafts and not quite sea-worthy vessels participated in the 1-on-1 races, broken up into a men’s and a women’s bracket.The Pangborn team, consisting of Ellen Mather, Katie Brinkman, Anna Busse, Brooke Justus, Tiffani McCormick and Mariel Cuellar, rowed to victory in the women’s bracket. Cuellar said the final race ended in a comeback win.“Both our first and second races went really well but the start of the final race was a little rough. We were definitely worried but we really came together as a team so it was a great feeling when we made a big comeback to win,” Cuellar said.As far as strategy, Cuellar said the Hall’s bright green canoe, named “Fisher? I Barely Know Her!” has a history of winning.“Our boat is a Pangborn family boat that was built a few years ago and has been passed down. It has won in the past so we were really proud that we could carry on the tradition.”Knott Hall’s “Knacht Yott” took first place in the men’s bracket.  Zac Adams, Andrew Weiler, Michael McLean, Michael Hull, Hugo Muñoz Rios and Dan Falkenberg manned the winning vessel.“We’re glad to have won the race this year, since this boat has won several times in past years, most recently in 2012,” Adams said.A team of engineering students entered a LEGO themed concrete canoe into the race. Sophomore Mike Matasci said the canoe had no trouble floating despite its weight.“Getting the canoe in and out of the water was tough, but it moved through the water really well. We put in a solid effort but came up short in our second race,” Matasci said.Michael Lindt, one of Fisher Hall’s three vice presidents, said the signature event turned out well. “Overall, the Regatta was once again a major success,” Lindt said. “The weather seemed to cooperate with us for the most part. It was a little chilly, but definitely warm enough for most people to bring out the bro tanks. “The turnout was also pretty great. We had a lot of people around for the duration of the event.”Tags: boat, dorm, Fisher, race, Regattalast_img read more

“So You Think You Can Sync?“ benefits Hannah’s House

first_imgPasquerilla East Hall will hold their annual event, “So You Think You Can Sync?” battle at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Washington Hall.  The production, modeled on Jimmy Fallon’s lip sync battles, will include a wide variety of performers and styles.Samantha Scheuler, a senior assistant rector from Pasquerilla East Hall, emphasized the community building aspect of the event. “It will just be a great time for our community to get together and show the rest of campus what Pasquerilla East is all about,” Scheuler said.Performances will include mash-ups, classic rock and Britney Spears songs, as well as selections from “High School Musical” and “Annie.”Performance styles will be as diverse as the song selections, Schueler said.“Some are really choreographed, and some go the traditional route of really imitating the performer that sings the song,” she said.The proceeds from this event will benefit Hannah’s House, an organization providing shelter, emotional support and programming to pregnant women of all ages.  All of Pasquerilla East’s signature events support this charity.Schuler said she hopes students will take this opportunity to assist an important cause while watching a great performance.“Who doesn’t like a talent show?  Who doesn’t like people being vulnerable, putting themselves out there, getting a little goofy?” she said.The committee that planned the event has been working hard since August to put together a professional production, Scheuler explained.“It’s been a lot of planning and a lot of work at times over the last month, so I’m really hoping it just feels like a celebration,” Scheuler said.  “I really hope that the five girls who have helped me plan this really enjoy it and can relax a little bit afterwards.”Pasquerilla East junior, committee member, and event stage manager Maggie Marino said she has enjoyed her work on the committee.“It’s definitely been a nice experience, doing things that I haven’t really done before,” she said.Marino said that as stage manager, she has worked closely with the sports marketing department in order to learn how to oversee the logistical minutiae of the event.   “Basically in sports marketing one of the main things when you’re on the floor is just telling people when they can go on … and making sure they’re off at the right time … so that everything goes smoothly, so that’s basically what stage managing is,” Marino said.The committee is trying to take advantage of all of the facilities available to them in Washington Hall, Scheuler said.“A lot of the groups when they came to dress rehearsal weren’t expecting us to be as prepared — like with a stage manager, a lights person and a person on audio — as we were,” Scheuler said. “It was kind of cool to show them how prepared we were and how serious we were about the event.”Freshman Clarissa Younkle, another member of the planning committee, said she was similarly surprised by the technical features involved in the preparation for the event.“I didn’t expect it to be that involved a performance,” she said.Younkle said that the event was originally scheduled to take place last spring, but it was postponed because many performers dropped out.  “So this year, when we wanted to do it again, we really had to make sure that we had people that were committed and that wanted to do it.” she said.The dress rehearsal, which took place Sunday, was an important part of the preparation for the event, Scheuler said.“We were at Washington Hall all day figuring out lights, sound, stage cues and props, and making sure the groups really felt comfortable on stage with their choreography and overall performance,” Scheuler said.Next week is Pasquerilla East Hall’s spirit week, and Scheuler said this event will fuel dorm festivities.“Dorm spirit is kind of at an all-time high right now” she said.Similarly, Marino said that the event builds a stronger dorm community.“It definitely brings people together,” she said.Tickets are $5, and they can be purchased either at the box office in LaFortune Student Center or at the door.Younkle said that all Notre Dame students can have a great time at this event.  “You can get extreme comical relief from a very stressful week in a short amount of time and support a charity, so why not?” she said.Tags: Hannah’s House, Pasquerilla East, So You Think You Can Sync, Washington Halllast_img read more

5K brings together community for Riley Hospital for Children

first_imgStudents, faculty, parents and community members partook Sunday in the annual FT5K race, hosted by Saint Mary’s College Dance Marathon (SMCDM) in support of Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.“SMCDM is in its 12th year, and this year is super special because it is our million-dollar year,” senior and vice president of SMCDM Kelly Geelan said. “That means that if we hit our goal this year we will have donated over one million dollars to Riley as an organization.”For the first time, SMCDM introduced a virtual 5k for people who are not in the area to participate and contribute to the cause through social media, she said.“We also instituted a virtual 5k this year, meaning people who were not around campus, such as alumni, could run and post a photo of themselves with the hashtag #RunWithUs and #CharlotteStrong.” Geelan said.The race’s official motto is #CharlotteStrong in memory of Charlotte Terry, who was a patient at the Riley Hospital for Children and lost her battle with brain cancer a few years ago. This will be SMCDM’s third 5k in honor of Charlotte, Geelan said.“Running to commemorate Charlotte is something so special that makes this event so much more personal, and her family comes every year and talks,” Geelan said. “This is really why this initiative is so important because we’re running and we’re dancing because these kids can’t. These kids are so strong and so brave to be able to go through the struggles that they do on a daily basis, and so running a 5k in honor of them is the least we can do.”Sophomore and member of SMCDM’s public relations committee Maura Honan said she participated in the Dance Marathon last year, and her experiences of being able to connect with the kids motivated her to become more involved.“Last year I was just a dancer, and that made me want to be a lot more involved with all the other events,” Honan said. “It helps to bring a lot of awareness to the community and all the students and really highlights the connection with Riley Hospital and how much it helps the kids [who] go there.”This year, the organization partnered with Holy Cross College to reach its goal of raising $130,000 by the end of this academic year.“We are thrilled to have reached our benchmark of $5,000 for this event,” Geelan said. “I think it was really nice to see not just Saint Mary’s and not just the Dance Marathon Club but the whole community kind of come together for the same cause.”Holy Cross junior and participant Angel Vargas said the most rewarding part about the FT5K race is participating in something so simple that can make such a big difference is someone’s life.“It’s an amazing cause to be involved in that does not take that much effort for us to do for a cause that matters,” he said. “It also allows students from different schools to come together for a cause that we all care about and can do something about. We do these types of things every day and don’t think much of it. This way we can do it for a purpose that could change someone’s life.”Tags: Dance Marathon, FT5k, riley hospital for children, runlast_img read more

NDPD reports off-campus robbery

first_imgTwo men stole a cell phone from a victim and struck the victim multiple times late Sunday night according to an email sent to the Notre Dame community from the Notre Dame Police Department on Monday.The robbery occurred on St. Vincent Street — two blocks south of Notre Dame’s campus. The suspects were described as being in their late teens to early 20s.“One suspect was described as a black man, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt and a fade haircut,” NDPD said in the email. “The second suspect was described as a white or Hispanic man, approximately 5 feet 8 [inches], wearing a light-colored hooded sweatshirt with the hood up or a hat on and longer hair.”The victim sustained minor injuries, and NDPD is currently investigating the incident with the South Bend Police Department.If anyone has any information regarding this crime, contact the South Bend police at 574-235-9263, the report said.The email reminded students to use safe transportation options and travel in groups in order to reduce the risk of robbery or assault.Tags: NDPD, robbery, suspectslast_img read more