An email sent Wednesday from Notre Dame’s Off Campus Council notified students of a burglary and attempted burglary that took place last weekend. A burglary to a student residence took place Sunday between 12 a.m. and 9 a.m. on the 700 block of N. Notre Dame Ave., the email stated. Entry was gained by raising a screen then opening an unlocked window, and an Apple laptop was taken. The email also stated someone broke into a car at that site and took a backpack. Subject information is not available. An attempted burglary also occurred in the same block between Friday at 11:30 p.m. and Saturday at 1:30 a.m., the email stated. Entry was attempted by breaking a porch window, but nothing was taken. Subject information is unavailable for that incident as well, according to the email. The email directed students to the crime prevention tips listed on the Notre Dame Security Police website and the live crime map of Notre Dame, South Bend and Mishawaka at www.crimereports.com.
The Student Senate met Wednesday evening to discuss concerns about the new printing quota system and the communication of safety alerts to students.Representatives from the Office of Information Technologies (OIT) presented at the meeting to explain the reasons behind the quota changes.Bob Guthrie, an employee in the OIT department, said the printing department has run a deficit of over $80,000 above their $300,000 budget over the past four years. Although the amount of printing done by undergraduate students has increased over the past four years, budget allocated for printing has stayed the same.“We want you to see from our standpoint what our challenge was, and jointly, we would love to come up with a model that stays within the budget set by the University,” Guthrie said.OIT’s goal is to hit a point where 90 percents of students don’t have a problem with printing quota, he said. OIT will work with the remaining 10 percent who do have an issue and their department to find a solution.“We want to leverage you guys [the Student Senate] to help us come up with a plan that shows due diligence and fiscal responsibility,” Elena Silla, another representative from OIT, said.The Senate also discussed the issue of student safety in light of the shooting over the weekend that injured a Holy Cross student. Students have expressed concern that off-campus violence in the vicinity of Notre Dame is not reported consistently to students via e-mail.“Students feel that these instances of violence affect them greatly and that they deserve to be informed about things that are happening in South Bend,” Michelle McGrath, Farley Hall’s senator, said.In response, student body president Lauren Vidal said the University believes it is the students’ responsibility to be informed citizens.“There are crime statistics and news articles readily available to students online; however, this does not mean that the University needs to send out everything in an e-mail,” Vidal said.Jake Wittenburg, St. Edwards Hall’s senator, countered that students are not likely to check crime statistics websites regularly.The conversation about student safety has been opened and will continue after fall break.Tags: Office of Information Technologies, OIT, OIT department, print quota, printing quota, student senate
Student Senate met Wednesday evening to discuss the upcoming renovations of Hesburgh Library. Hesburgh librarians Jessica Kayongo and Diane Walker presented the multi-phase renovation plan to the group and took questions from the Senate members.The first phase of the renovation will begin over Christmas break, and will involve the gallery that goes through the middle of the library on the first and second floors. According to Kayongo, the biggest change in the gallery will be openings in the ceiling between the first and second floors.“We want to establish a visual connection between the floors to help people find their way around as well as pull more natural light into these spaces,” Kayongo said.One of the overall goals of the renovations is to transform the physical space of the library to reflect its prominence as a major research library.The renovations also include adding a bathroom to the first floor and moving the second floor bathrooms to a more central location. These changes are meant to make the library more convenient to students studying. The tenth floor will also undergo renovation over Christmas break, Walker said.“The goal of the tenth floor renovation is to see what opportunities there are in the stack tower to provide high quality study and work environments,” Walker said.As the renovations continue, students will be able to look on the renovation website and receive alerts so they will be able to plan accordingly. The renovation alerts will let students know whether there is disruptive construction going on.Senate also briefly discussed the continuing issue of safety on campus. According to student body vice president Matt Devine, the Senate recently began filming a safety video. Senate is also working to create a “seal of approval” for trustworthy cab companies.Tags: hesburgh library plans, hesburgh renovation plans, hesburgh renovations, Senate, student senate
In the midst of the fight in Washington over the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the Young Americans for Freedom hosted the O’Toole Professor of Constitutional Law at Notre Dame, Anthony J. Bellia Jr., to discuss the legacy of Justice Scalia, a man who Bellia called the “the second most influential conservative of the twentieth century behind Ronald Reagan.” Chris Collins | The Observer Anthony J. Bellia Jr., former clerk for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, explores the lingering implications of Scalia’s death on future Supreme Court rulings in a lecture Wednesday night.Bellia said there were major differences between the Federalists, who supported the implementation of a strong court, and the Anti-Federalists who feared the power of an unelected body with such great sway.“Justice Scalia, in a sense, was the modern day torchbearer of the argument that courts should have a self imposed limited role in the way that they decide cases,” Bellia said.“Justice Scalia’s primary legacy is that he was a proponent, of when it came to the constitution, giving effect to its original meaning, how is the constitution understood as a public matter at the time it was adopted, when it came to statutes, he was in favor of textualism,” Bellia said.Bellia said Scalia’s approach approach towards interpreting the constitution, followed a doctrine called “original public meaning.”Scalia believed, according to Bellia, that “what is relevant is not the intent of those who drafted it, it’s the meaning that the public would’ve understood it to have when it was ratified.”“As he applied this approach throughout the years, it led him to many results that were not particularly conservative or liberal,” Bellia said. “There are many opinions he wrote enforcing constitutional rights in a way that reached quite liberal outcomes.”Bellia said Scalia believed in textualism.“When it came to interpreting statutes, not the constitution but acts that are passed by congress, you have a similar debate, but not exactly the same one, Justice Scalia was a textualist, he believed that federal judges should try, in interpreting federal statutes, to give them a meaning that reflected the natural or ordinary meaning of the textual language,” Bellia said. Bellia said the vacant bench on the court left by Scalia’s death could have significant effects on U.S. law.“There are a whole series of cases dealing with congressional power, they are big cases and they were all decided 5-4, with four justices in dissent all saying that if we get the votes, were going to overturn this. On many issues the court is 4-4, if Judge Garland is confirmed … those cases I predict will all flip,” Bellia said. Tags: Scalia, Supreme Court, young americans for freedom
This past weekend, Saint Mary’s class of 2022 took part in Belles Beginnings, the College’s orientation program where students began their transition into college life. Peer mentors assisted in this transition by working alongside professors to help answer questions about college life. In addition to peer mentors helping students one-on-one, campus organizations hosted sessions about financial aid, study abroad, campus ministry and various other college programs. Photo courtesy of Madeline Flynn Saint Mary’s students welcome members of the Class of 2022 to campus over the College’s Belles Beginning weekend, when new students arrived to campus and were exposed to the school’s resources.Senior and student body president Madeleine Corcoran said Belles Beginnings helps new Saint Mary’s students get situated prior to the start of the new year. “It’s a very full weekend for the first year and transfer students,” Corcoran said. “It is a good mix of academic, social and resourceful information when first arriving to campus. This year we had more social events for the students and less trainings. It has become more of a student-led orientation, which makes sure the information and sessions are relevant and important to current students.”Corcoran said Saint Mary’s is uniquely positioned to offer a personalized welcome to new students“Saint Mary’s is a truly unique community and sisterhood,” Corcoran said. “I believe orientation welcomes the new Belles to their home for the next four years. Everyone on campus is so excited for the new class to arrive and can’t wait to personally greet them. This is not something every school can offer, but the size, pride and community of Saint Mary’s makes it possible.”Other than the sessions offered by the college, first year students are placed in a first year common course that is a basic introduction into facets of the academic experience, according to Saint Mary’s course catalog. This class is accompanied by a peer mentor who can answer questions based on their own experiences.“We serve as a guide, example and resource for incoming freshmen,” peer mentor and senior Maeve McMahon said. ”We’re also students, we offer to help new Saint Mary’s women with their adjustment into college through a perspective closer to their age.”First year Shelby Franken said she enjoyed the variety of options offered at Belles Beginnings. “I enjoyed how you didn’t have to go to everything,” Frenken said. “You could pick what was tailored to you and your needs. Study abroad and where I want to study abroad and that session just gave more information on it, and spirituality and history in our campus spaces helped see where everything was at and got me used to the campus.”Alexis Fady, another first year, said she appreciates the close-knit nature of the Saint Mary’s community. “I was worried,” Fady said. “If my family ever comes to campus I want [a student] to be able to know who I am. If you go to a school with thousands of students no one knows anyone. The sisterhood here is nice because everyone cares. Seeing sisterhood when I came to visit was what drew me here.”Tags: Belles Beginnings, first years, orientation, saint mary’s, transfer students
University President Fr. John Jenkins released a statement Thursday announcing the University will await the verdict of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s canonical trial before “taking action” on the honorary degree the University awarded McCarrick in 2008.Multiple claims of sexual abuse have been leveled against McCarrick following a June report received by the Archdiocese of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, alleging McCarrick sexually abused a teenager while he was a New York priest over 45 years ago. An Archdiocesan review board found the allegation to be “credible and substantiated” following an investigation.In the wake of the Church’s announcement, four additional individuals came forward with allegations of abuse, according to a Washington Post article from July 28. One of the individuals was a minor at the time of the alleged abuse, while the other three were adults. All four individuals were either young priests or seminarians at the time of the alleged abuse, the article said.At Pope Francis’s request, McCarrick sent a letter of resignation from the College of Cardinals to the Vatican on July 27. Pope Francis accepted the resignation the following day and “suspended [McCarrick] from public ministry,” the University release said. The former cardinal will “live a life of prayer and penance” until his trial.In the University statement, Jenkins said McCarrick, who “maintains his innocence,” has a “right to be heard” in the context of his trial. He referenced the University’s only other decision to rescind an honorary degree, in the case of Bill Cosby on April 27.“The only honorary degree that the University of Notre Dame has rescinded was that of Bill Cosby, and this action was taken only after judicial proceedings in criminal court concluded with a guilty verdict,” Jenkins said.Cosby — who received an honorary degree from Notre Dame in 1990 — was found guilty April 27 of penetration with lack of consent, penetration while unconscious and penetration after administering an intoxicant in a case brought forward by former Temple University employee Andrea Constand. Constand — in a story similar to those of many of Cosby’s other accusers — said the actor and comedian drugged her in order to sexually assault her in 2004. She is one of more than 50 women who accused Cosby of sexual assault.As with Cosby, Jenkins said, the University will await the case’s conclusion before making a final decision about McCarrick’s degree.“While the University finds the alleged actions reprehensible and has no reason to question the review board’s findings, it recognizes that McCarrick maintains his innocence and that a final decision in the case will come only after a canonical trial in Rome,” Jenkins said in the statement. “As in the case of Bill Cosby, we will wait until that trial is concluded to take action regarding McCarrick’s honorary degree. We strongly urge those involved in this trial to reach a conclusion as expeditiously as possible.”While noting the gravity of the charges against the now-former cardinal, Jenkins said the decision to await a verdict was made with the rights of all parties in mind and out of respect for the proceedings.“While the allegations in this case are most grave, as they were in the case of Bill Cosby, we believe it respects not only the rights of those involved but also the adjudicatory process itself to allow that process to reach a conclusion before taking action,” Jenkins said.Tags: Abuse allegations, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Fr. John Jenkins, Honorary degree
A six-member panel convened Friday in the auditorium of the Hesburgh Center for International Studies for an event entitled “Confronting Whiteness at Notre Dame: Power, Identity and Exclusion.”Hosted by the Mediation Program of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, the panel was moderated by David Anderson Hooker, an associate professor of the practice of conflict transformation and peacebuilding, and included Christina Brooks, officer of diversity and inclusion for the City of South Bend; Emmanuel Cannady, a former Notre Dame administrator and third-year Ph.D. student in Sociology; Jefferson Ballew IV, a citizen of the Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi, the Native American tribe that originally inhabited the area; Iris Outlaw, director of multicultural student programs and services; Laurie Nathan, the director of the Mediation Program and professor of the practice of mediation.In his introduction of the panel, Hooker said that “whiteness” is a distinct racial dynamic present throughout American institutions and culture.“Whiteness is a description of both a political condition and a mechanism for the distribution of power,” Hooker said. “While it has clear relationship to racism, the two constructs don’t squarely overlap.”Defining whiteness, Brooks said it revolves around the inherent privileges that white people enjoy without realizing it.“Whiteness is simply the ability to be oblivious, of being demonstrably and blamelessly oblivious about responsibility of environment, the ways in which one creates, sustains or destroys it and the people moving in and out of it at any given moment,” Brooks said. “Contrarily, non-whiteness carries the necessity of being acutely, mindfully and intentionally aware of environment, the ways it is created, sustained or destroyed and the people moving in an out of it at any given moment.”Drawing from his time as a student and former administrator at Notre Dame, Cannady said that white people often struggle to understand whiteness due to their complete immersion in it.“For white folks, whiteness is essentially a fish trying to describe water,” Cannady said. “You can’t do it because you’re swimming in it all the time. It’s only when you’re outside the water that you know what’s going on.”A distinction between whiteness and a more malevolent, sinister racism is required when speaking on the topic of whiteness, Hooker said.“It’s really important to remind ourselves that the kind of whiteness we’re investigating and having a conversation about isn’t that repulsive, violent manifestation of whiteness, the kind of Richard Spencer [forms],” Hooker said. “But it’s because those forms are so easily denounced that we have the tendency to overlook the forms that actually are in operation and have a way of equally damaging the environment in which we exist.”Ballew said that because his lineage is traced to the first inhabitants of the land where Notre Dame still stands, he is constantly reminded of the Notre Dame’s whiteness-based founding.“This is my family land. This is my uncle’s property that we’re on right here, and so every day I am reminded of that golden dome, of the blood that was spilled here for my family,” Ballew said. “When this institution was created it was created on the backs and the blood of my family.”Ballew said that Christian and Catholic thought on human nature is warped around the idea of original sin, and that it is the American mindset and system of virtue that is the truly sinful nature of humanity.“Americans are a virus. Human beings are sacred,” he said. “We were placed here for a very special reason. It wasn’t until the onset of Christianity and Catholicism that we were told we are evil, that we were born in sin.”But Notre Dame’s whiteness is not constricted to its founding, Brooks said. The way that Notre Dame advertises itself invites questions regarding the authenticity of its proclaimed mission to promote social justice and Catholic Social Teaching.“Why are we still looking to a snapshot of history — the Hesburgh-King photo — from over 45 years ago to prove our historical commitment to social justice and racial justice,” Brooks said. “Is it not a source of shame that that is the last piece of evidence?”Speaking directly to white people, Outlaw said they must work to give the marginalized opportunities to use their voice and extend the privileges they enjoy to all members of their community.“It becomes one of those things where you have a seat at the table, whatever that table that is,” Outlaw said. “Are you opening and allowing other people to come and sit at the table … There’s nothing wrong with speaking on their behalf … but the fact is that a lot of times it’s good to hear from the people who are actually impacted and affected by that.”Tags: Christian Brooks, Institutionalized Racism, Jefferson Ballew IV, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Mediation Program, Native American, Racism, white privilege, Whiteness
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MAYVILLE – A Jamestown murder suspect has been re-indicted by a Chautauqua County Grand Jury. Chautauqua County Public Defender Ned Barone tells WNYNewsNow that Julio E. Montanez is facing a count of second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree attempted murder, the same charges as the original indictment dated Nov. 2019.Barone says Montanez was arraigned Monday afternoon in Chautauqua County Court, where he plead not guilty. Bail was set at $150,000 cash or $300,000 property bond.Judge David Foley dismissed a grand jury indictment on Oct. 1 for one count of second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree attempted murder returned against Montanez. “This case is back in the posture it was three weeks ago and is again moving forward toward trial,” Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson said in a statement. “I want to thank the members of the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and the Forensic Investigation Team involved in re-presenting this matter. I sincerely appreciate their professionalism.”Barone previously told WNYNewsNow that his office argued that Swanson failed to inform the grand jury of the justifiable option, i.e.: self-defense.“It really doesn’t matter whether or not there was self-defense, but more importantly, it was an issue that had to have been presented to the grand jury and wasn’t,” explained Barone. “We argued that because it was an exculpatory defense, meaning that charges could be dismissed if a juror believed it was self-defense, and was not presented as need be by the district attorney during grand jury.”Barone says he and his staff submitted the motion to dismiss in September.Montanez was previously charged with first-degree manslaughter by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, who say Montanez allegedly shot and killed Justin M. Gibbons, 29, of Mayville, following a dispute in an alleyway near 114 W. Main St. in Sherman just after 1:30 a.m., Oct. 6.Gibbons was shot multiple times while he was attempting to flee the area in a vehicle, investigators said.He was transported to Westfield Memorial Hospital by the Sherman Volunteer Fire Department Ambulance where he was later pronounced dead.D.A. Swanson had 30 days to bring the case back to grand jury.Swanson says Montanez is due back in court for a conference on Nov. 16. The District attorney adds that the charge of second-degree murder carries a maximum indeterminate state prison sentence of 25 years-to-life while the second-degree attempted murder charges carry a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison with five years of post-release supervision.
Additionally, ATC will stage two musicals as part of the company’s “Atlantic For Kids” series. Ivy & Bean, The Musical, featuring music and lyrics by Scott Elmegreen and based on the books by Annie Barrows, will play weekend mornings from October 10 through November 9. Camp Kappawanna, set to play weekend mornings beginning March 21, 2015 through April 12, will feature music and lyrics by Grammy nominee Lisa Loeb, Michelle Lewis and Dan Petty and a book by Cusi Cram and Peter Hirsch. The American premiere of Moira Buffini’s Dying For It, adapted from Nikolai Erdman’s The Suicide, will begin performances at the Linda Gross Theater on December 17 and run through January 25, 2015, officially opening on January 8. Neil Pepe directs the play that satirizes the hypocrisy and illogic of Soviet life experienced by a man down on his luck. The world premiere of Guards at the Taj comes next at the Linda Gross, written by Rajiv Joseph, who was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo in 2010. The play, which follows two Imperial Guards in 1648 India, wil begin performances on May 6, 2015 and run through June 14. Doug Wright, who won a Tony and Pulitzer for I Am My Own Wife, will direct the world premiere of his play Posterity. Running from February 25, 2015 through April 5 at the Linda Gross Theater, the play explores the nature of artistic success and the fear of being forgotten as Norway’s most celebrated sculptor prepares to commission a portrait of Henrik Ibsen. The season will conclude with two of David Mamet’s short plays, The Shawl and Prairie Du Chien, which both explore the toll of death and murder. The revival will play Atlantic Stage 2 from May 27, 2015 through June 21, with opening night set for June 9. The Atlantic Theater Company has announced its complete 2014-2015 season, which will include two world premieres from a Pulitzer winner and a Pulitzer finalist: Doug Wright’s Posterity and Rajiv Joseph’s Guards at the Taj. Also joining the lineup is a revival of David Mamet’s two haunting short plays The Shawl and Prairie Du Chien. View Comments At Atlantic Stage 2, the world premiere of I’m Gonna Pray For you So Hard by Halley Feiffer will play from January 7, 2015 through February 8, with opening night scheduled for January 20. The dark comedy, helmed by Trip Cullman, tells the story of an actress and her famous playwright father as they attempt to find common ground as they deliberate over reading reviews of her off-Broadway debut. As previously announced, the ATC season will kick off with Found, a new musical featuring a book by Tony nominee Hunter Bell and Lee Overtree and a score by Eli Bolin. Performances will run from September 18 through November 9 at the Linda Gross Theater, with opening night set for October 14.
Tony nominees Andy Karl and Jarrod Spector, as well as Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Lindsay Mendez and Adam Heller, will take part in the sixth annual Broadway Salutes on September 23. The public event will take place at Anita’s Way, the public space from 42nd to 43rd street between Sixth Avenue and Broadway. As previously announced, four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein will host.Broadway Salutes honors theater professionals, including stagehands, actors, producers, press agents, designers, directors, and more, who have worked 25, 35 and 50 years in their respective theatrical craft. The afternoon’s event, directed by Marc Bruni, is presented by the Broadway League and the Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds.Karl and Spector earned Tony nods this year for their performances in Rocky and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, respectively. Mendez most recently appeared on Broadway in Wicked, for which she took home a Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards for Favorite Replacement. Heller’s Great White Way credits include Elf, Baby It’s You! and Caroline, or Change. Star Files Andy Karl View Comments