Gingrich screens film on Pope John Paul II

first_imgFormer U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich screened his Catholic documentary “Nine Days That Changed the World” Monday night in Washington Hall and urged the audience to carry the film’s lessons into an increasingly secular nation.   “Nine Days That Changed the World,” produced and narrated by the former speaker and his wife, Callista, chronicles Pope John Paul II’s historic first visit to Poland in June 1979 and the subsequent beginnings of the solidarity movement that overthrew the Polish Communists in 1990. “You cannot understand the history of the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War without understanding the power of religion and in particular the influence of Pope John Paul II,” Newt said as he introduced the film. He said the film and the pope’s messages are still relevant today. “The message of this film is not just for those places that might have overt dictatorships such as Cuba or China but are also for those places in the West that have aggressively and abundantly used courts and bureaucracies to weaken the religious impulse and the right of individuals to approach God on their own terms,” Newt said. “Conflict between a secular government determined to impose its power and a free people seeking the right to approach God on their own terms and seeking the right to openly profess their face is a conflict that has gone on for most of human history, and a conflict that goes on in the United States today.” At the end of the screening, the Gingriches greeted audience members and posed for photos with members of the College Republicans. “It’s easier to be an atheist in America than a Christian,” Callista — a lifelong Catholic — told The Observer after the screening. Callista said there are many parallels between Poland under its communist regime and America today. “You see people that want to take down crosses or cover crosses. You see opposition to school prayer,” she said.  America is “going through a cycle [of secularism],” Newt said, “and cycles like this have been overturned before.” He referenced St. Paul, who spread “seeds of Christianity” during a time of widespread paganism. “We need a new Aquinas, a new Benedict, new Wesley brothers,” Newt said. “We need politicians who will take on secularism and defend belief in Christ. “If you’re willing to endure the scorn of the news media, you’ll win the support of the American people,” he said. Newt, who converted to Catholicism in March 2009, acknowledged the personal and political implications of his new faith. “The power of being accepted by the Church and receiving the Eucharist into your life … certainly shapes how you look at the world in general,” he said. In addition to speaking generally about Catholicism, Newt also said positive things about Notre Dame as a Catholic university. “I can’t imagine any place better in America to show the film,” he said.last_img read more

Students continue peace tradition

first_imgThere is nothing “structurally special” about senior Bridget Flores’ off-campus house, but she knew she wanted to live there since her freshman year. It wasn’t the house itself, but all it represented — community, social justice, intellectual discussion — that attracted Flores to the house located just a few blocks from campus. Flores and three other students live in what is traditionally known as the “Peace House,” which is passed down each year to students who are interested in social justice and international issues, and usually have a supplementary major or minor in peace studies. “Traditionally the house is not like any other college house — at least not any other traditional college house,” Flores said. Flores and her roommates try to bridge the gap between the classroom and students’ social lives, as well as the gap between the Notre Dame and South Bend communities. The most notable way they do this is by inviting professors into their home for Friday dinners and discussion with students. “Everybody that is able to bring something to share to eat [will] and we’ll just eat and talk and hang out,” Flores said. “The professor will give a talk and then students can ask questions.” The dinners are open to anyone who is interested and about 20 to 50 students typically attend, Flores said. Allert Brown-Gort, associate director for the Institute for Latino Studies, gave a talk on immigration issues at the Peace House earlier this year. Brown-Gort had not heard of the Peace House before attending, but said it was nothing like he expected. “I thought it was kind of going to be like a co-op. [I thought,] if that’s the case, it will really be five or six people, we’re going to sit down and eat something and we’ll talk for a little while and someone will take out the guitar … That sort of thing,” he said. “But no, it was packed. There were a lot of people. And it really was a good conversation.” Brown-Gort said the atmosphere was very casual during dinner, with everyone in attendance contributing an item. “They had a couple big pots of stuff, of rice and kind of a curry. And then just about everybody brought stuff,” Brown-Gort, who brought cookies to the dinner, said. While Brown-Gort said it was similar to the classroom in that he facilitated discussion, he said people were more open to sharing opinions and comments regarding immigration. “It’s more of a discussion because no body feels like they’re going to be graded on it,” he said. Since Brown-Gort spoke at the Peace House in September, he has kept in touch with students he met there and had productive discussions. “We’ve been able to get together a few times and I’ve loaned them some books and had some discussions. Just sort of kicked around ideas for papers,” he said. “It’s nice because that relationship can go on.” Not only does the Peace House bring together intellectual and social lives of Notre Dame students, those who live there are also united by a common purpose. Senior David Rivera, another resident of the Peace House, said he and his housemates are involved in different activities, but share a common goal of social justice. “It’s someone with a labor issue, Core Council, Progressive Student Alliance and the more service side of the Center for Social Concerns,” he said. “It’s really bringing together people who are working on these social justice causes under one roof.” The Peace House also tries to give back in simpler ways, such as using as little energy as possible, Flores said. “We do compost. We waited as long as possible to turn on our heat. We bike and walk whenever we can instead of drive,” she said. Rivera said he and his housemates often get pointed out as being an unusual example of off-campus living, but said the Peace House’s initiatives would not be difficult for other students to do as well. “It’s things people can do within their own home,” he said. “It’s very much opening your home to the community and what your passion is about.”last_img read more

Judicial Council explains sanctions

first_imgThe initial election results for student body president and vice president were delayed 24 hours due to an allegation filed against one of the tickets, Michael Thomas, judicial council vice president of elections, said. Thomas said an allegation was filed Monday morning against the James Ward-Heather Eaton ticket. “When an allegation is filed, the Election Committee is required to convene in order to address the allegation,” he said. The allegation involved an e-mail Ward sent to some students Sunday night. The Election Committee met Monday evening to discuss the claim. Prior to the meeting, Thomas said he, along with Judicial Council President Marcelo Perez, Chair of Senate Oversight Committee Paige Becker various Student Activities Office (SAO) advisors, made the decision to seal the election results until the allegation was resolved. Thomas said no student, including himself, knew the election results at any point during the hearing process. “If at any point the election committee knew the results, there would be a real danger that knowledge of the results would influence the hearing process,” Thomas said. At the meeting Monday evening, the election committee determined the Ward-Eaton ticket had violated Section 17.1(h) of the student union constitution. Thomas said this section is known as the “ethics clause,” and states that candidates are expected to behave ethically at all times. In the Sunday e-mail, Ward called the current student government “lax.” “The only accomplishments they can tout are the implementation of a textbook rental program that the previous administration put in effect, tumultuous relationships with the South Bend police (and continued arrests), a poorly advertised student discount program and poorly attended pep rallies,” the e-mail stated. “Little or no consideration is given to the students, and current leaders within student government itself are content to rest on their … laurels.” The committee decided an appropriate sanction for Ward would be the submission of an apology e-mail to Judicial Council by 11:59 p.m. Monday, which would then be distributed to the entire student body. Ward complied and sent the e-mail by the given deadline. However, the e-mail was not sent to students right away, as Ward and Eaton chose to file an appeal to the allegation. An appeal must be filed within 24 hours of the allegation, Thomas said. After an appeal is filed, Student Senate must convene within 48 hours to hear the appeal. Thomas said he once again made the decision to withhold the election results until the appeal process was finished, in order for the Senate to remain unbiased. After consulting with Becker, Thomas also decided to wait until the appeals process was finished before distributing Ward’s apology e-mail to the student body. “James satisfied the requirements of the sanction, but I wanted to give the process time to work,” Thomas said. “In case the Senate found it was an unfair sanction, that way we wouldn’t have to backtrack.” However, the Ward-Eaton ticket dropped the appeal on Tuesday evening and the e-mail was sent to the student body. With the sanction completed and the appeal dropped, Thomas was able to announce the results of the election Tuesday night. According to Thomas, all of the rules for campaigning are publicly available in the student union constitution. These detailed, extensive rules are in place in order to maintain an equal playing field between all candidates, he said. For example, no campaigning is allowed to take place in any meeting or on any agenda of official student union business, such as meetings of Student Senate, Class Council or Hall President’s Council. “The goal for that is to remove any advantage current student government leaders may have in campaigning,” Thomas said. Similarly, campaigning in LaFortune Student Center is only allowed on the first floor and in the basement, in order to keep campaigning away from the student government offices on the second and third floors. Candidates are also not allowed to solicit endorsements or use listservs for campaigning purposes. These two rules are among the most commonly broken, Thomas said, along with the need for candidates to have all of their campaigning materials approved by the election committee. Thomas said the formation of the rules falls under the jurisdiction of Student Senate. “Student Senate writes the rules, I as vice president of elections inform the candidates of the rules and the election committee interprets the rules and determines whether or not they were broken,” he said. Any student can file an allegation, Thomas said, and directions for how to do so are available on the Judicial Council Web site. Thomas said allegations are usually uncommon, and the reason for so many in this year’s election is probably due to the high number of tickets running for student body president and vice president. “This created a very competitive environment,” he said. “The candidates wanted to make sure that no one was gaining an unfair advantage.”last_img read more

Priest speaks on poverty and compassion in cities

first_imgThe first step to aiding the poor is to stand with them, Fr. Fred Kammer said in a lecture to Urban Plunge participants Sunday. Kammer is the executive director of the Jesuit Social Research Institute and has worked as the president of Catholic Charities USA.The lecture, titled, “Building Justice in the Cities,” addressed breaking the cycle of urban poverty. “Making the invisible visible is the first step to compassion,” Kammer said. “Standing with the poor is a touchstone that gives us a wisdom that comes from the poor themselves and leads us to make judgments in favor of the poor.” Kammer said taking a stand with the poor challenges our society’s dominant views. “Standing with those who are poor introduces us to a new way of seeing the world around us,” he said. “This insistence on personal contact runs against our culture’s proclivity to see the poor as invisible or faceless.” But Kammer said casting away these views and keeping contact with the poor is crucial. “Think about your life and try to maintain contact with at least one person who is poor or marginalized and support one issue pertaining to the poor,” he said. “Connect the face of Christ to the poor.” This practice of seeing God in the poor is a longstanding one, Kammer said. He appealed to students to follow the example of historical Israel and show their faith by helping those in need.  “In biblical Israel … the poor became a measure of Israel’s fidelity to the Lord,” Kammer said. “We Christians should ask the question, ‘How will this affect the poor?’ The fundamental moral criterion for all economic policies is that they must be at the service of all people, especially the poor.” Kammer said once people make an initial commitment to stand with the poor, they might change the way they live their own lives. “One of the first reactions that people have is to adopt a simpler lifestyle,” he said. “This choice is a stance appropriate to students.  Individuals who stand with the poor also stand with them in their career choices whether by choosing to teach in inner-city schools instead of the suburbs or doing social work in place of commercial law. “The needs of the poor take priority over the desire of the rich,” Kammer said. Kammer said always maintaining hope is crucial, as he differentiated between hope and optimism. “Standing with the poor can usher us into their own experience of failure and marginalization,” Kammer said. “It’s therefore important for us to maintain a fundamental attitude of hope.”last_img read more

Association approves new council constitutions

first_imgSaint Mary’s College Student Government Association (SGA) has moved one step closer toward finalizing its new structure by passing four new council constitutions, Emma Brink, executive secretary, said. “As part of SGA’s new structure, each individual council has created a constitution,” Brink said. This week SGA passed constitutions for the Student Academic Council (SAC), Council of Committee Chairs (CCC), Council of Activities (COA) and Council of Class Boards (CCB). “We are really excited that the four constitutions passed,” Brink said. “The groundwork for SGA’s structure has been established and is almost complete.” Silvia Cuevas, mission commissioner, said passing the constitutions is significant for underclassmen, especially juniors. “Passing the constitutions is significant for the SGA juniors because we have the opportunity to implement these changes as seniors,” Cuevas said. “We look forward to working with the new structure and new council and committee members.” According to the SAC constitution, the purpose of the Council is “to foster the academics at Saint Mary’s College through collaboration of academic departments.” Brink said SAC will fulfill its purpose by raising awareness of each major of study among Saint Mary’s students. SAC will also be a liaison between faculty and students, she said.   According to the CCC constitution, the purpose of the Council is “to identify concerns and issues of all Saint Mary’s students through the implementation of various committees.” The CCC will also address important areas of student life and act in the interest of the student body, Brink said.   The purpose of the COA is “to coordinate the programming for the campus community to meet the needs of the entire student body,” according to the Council’s constitution. The COA will ensure that every board properly fulfills its role and duty to the College, Brink said. The CCB’s constitution’s purpose is “to promote class activities and create any class conscious legislation or proposals.” Brink said the CCB will maintain communication between the four class boards and encourage those members and executives to fulfill its goals. SGA concluded the weekly meeting by announcing that the “Proud Past, Promising Future” leadership series will occur Feb. 27 in Carroll Auditorium. The series will feature a motivational speaker, Chad Gaines, who will discuss how to develop and transform young leaders.last_img read more

University Food Services prepares for Commencement

first_imgCommencement weekend is a time of celebration for graduating students and their families, and good food is a must for any gathering of family and friends. Executive Chef Donald Miller said Food Services personnel recognize the important role their work serves in the overall celebration of commencement weekend. “We understand this is very important to the parents and students,” Miller said. “It’s not just about cooking good food. We do everything we can to make the weekend successful and memorable.” Commencement weekend is busier than a typical weekend or even a football weekend, Lisa Wenzel, assistant director for catering and special events, said. Wenzel said commencement weekend requires the most meals of any weekend, though Junior Parents Weekend and the Alumni Reunion Weekend are comparable. Freshman Orientation also requires a significant contribution from Food Services, Miller said. “It’s our biggest challenge of the year … We get to be a big part of the first impression and the last impression for the University,” Miller said. Wenzel said Food Services will serve approximately 30,000 meals at roughly 125 to 150 total commencement events from Friday through Sunday. Campus retail locations, including Legends, Reckers and the Huddle Mart, will be open, and if sales from these locations are included, the total number of meals is expected to reach 40,000, Wenzel said. Miller said preparation for commencement is very similar each year, and changes are primarily based on lessons learned in previous years. “We learn over the years to refine it and work out the bumps in the road,” Miller said. Nevertheless, Miller said the weekend’s success requires long hours and a great deal of coordination. “The weekend has to be well-choreographed, because a lot of work from a lot of people comes together in an organized fashion,” he said. “We try to distribute the workload because it is one of the busiest times of the year, and it takes everything we’ve got to execute this gracefully.” Miller said the menus are prepared and food taste-tested months in advance. Food Services personnel meet a few weeks prior to commencement to review the plans and create cooking schedules and flow charts. Preparation for the large meals occurs over the course of the entire week, Miller said. Beginning Monday, the kitchens prepare different elements of each menu throughout the week. Wenzel said the food is prepared in the kitchens of the Food Services Support Facility, North Dining Hall and South Dining Hall. Miller said this requires coordination between kitchens, but spreads out the work and reduces the amount of food each kitchen has to prepare. Miller said his individual role has changed this year because his daughter is a graduating senior. “I’m more of a guest this year than a chef, though I’ll be back and forth,” Miller said. Wenzel said her role for the weekend is mainly troubleshooting, but she expects to enjoy the weekend due to positive reactions from parents and family members of the graduates. “It’s great because the parents and family are always so happy,” Wenzel said. Approximately 200 students will work with Food Services as catering staff during commencement events, Wenzel said. They are paid for their work hours and receive room and board for the week prior to commencement. Wenzel said Food Services is partnering with the Notre Dame Conference Center to sell tickets for five meals: lunch on Friday, lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast and brunch on Sunday. Miller said the main concern Friday is that each college will be holding a catered event, though the size of each event will vary. Dinner on Saturday night will be the largest of the five ticketed meals of the weekend, Wenzel said, and an 80-foot by 220-foot tent will accommodate overflow seating outside South Dining Hall. The Saturday dinner features the commencement cake, a large cake made up of separate smaller cakes. Each family receives one of the individual cakes, Wenzel said. Wenzel sais there is only a small window for lunch between the University-wide commencement in the morning and the ceremonies of each college Sunday, so Food Services will prepare 3,000 to 4,000 boxed lunches for those who don’t have time for the Dining Hall brunch on Sunday.last_img read more

Core Council sponsors LGBTQ awareness week

first_imgThe Core Council kicks off “StaND Against Hate Week” today, a week designed to spread awareness and to show support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) community on campus with a lineup of events through Friday. Tonight’s “How to Be an Ally” dinner brings together panelists from the Gender Relations Center (GRC) and student allies, sophomore Council member Maggie Waickman said (Editor’s note: Waickman writes for the Scene section of The Observer.). Three panelists will speak about what being an ally means to them, after which participants will form discussion groups to discuss how to be allies in the LGBTQ community, she said. The primary topics covered will be what it means to be an ally, how it works at Notre Dame specifically and what the relationship between Catholicism and being an ally is, Waickman said. “I’m particularly excited to hear people’s thoughts on whether individuals have to be outside the LGBTQ community to identify as an ally,” Waickman said. “There’s the question of whether someone who identifies as gay can be an ally to another gay person and how we see Notre Dame students who identify as straight acting as allies. “There’s a lot of nuance to the label ‘ally,’ and there’s a lot we can learn from talking about it.” Tuesday night’s event will be a screening of the movie “Bully” in room 101 of DeBartolo Hall at 9 p.m., council member Lauren Morisseau said. This will be followed by a prayer service held Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. at the Grotto. “I think [the prayer service] is great because there is definitely a spiritual side to what we do as a community and with solidarity work,” Morisseau said. “There are a lot of LGBTQ people on campus whose faith is important to them. It’s going to be a Catholic prayer service but we’ll shoot for a universal theme, open to people of all faiths.” Waickman said the prayer service is a key part of the week, and she hopes next year’s LGBTQ student support organization will continue addressing the spiritual aspects of their mission. “We chose to do a prayer service because we’ve talked for a long time about how there’s disconnect between the LGBTQ community and spirituality and faith life,” Waickman said. “I think there’s a specific struggle that many members of the community go through in regards to faith, and there’s no real good outlet [currently].” Free t-shirts designed by sophomore Keri O’Mara will be distributed from 12 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Fieldhouse Mall. A solidarity-themed Acousticafe will take place at 10 p.m. thanks to a collaborative effort by the Core Council and the Student Union Board (SUB), Morisseau said. “[Acousticafe] will run as usual, but the performers will sing solidarity based songs … so the focus is on sharing music and sharing time together,” she said. The final event of the week will be a “Day of Silence” on Friday, which is a nationwide tradition Morisseau described as “a real challenge.” “People wear a sticker or have a card that says they’re not speaking for the day to try to honor the silence of people who really cannot be honest with who they are,” she said. “It’s relevant to everyone included in the ‘LGBTQ’ acronym. “It is challenging, and I think it opens a lot of people’s minds because a lot of us have never felt that we’ve had to hide who we are,” she said. Overall, “This week is about love, not politics,” Waickman said. “StaND Against Hate Week expresses a sentiment the entire Notre Dame family can get behind,” she said. “Traditionally, the turnout for [the week’s events] has been mostly from the LGBTQ community on campus, so we wanted to make a big effort to broaden the target audience for StaND Against Hate Week.” Morisseau said the collaborations with the GRC and SUB have been “one of the best experiences of this whole thing.” “It’s great to work with administrators who really do care about student needs and who are committed to providing for students and encouraging growth on campus,” Morisseau said. “Between GRC and SUB, it’s been really positive this year. This is the last year that Core Council reasonably will be existing because of the [new] student organization, which will take responsibility for a lot of this planning [next year].” The role of allies will be emphasized this week because their efforts are crucial elements of the LGBTQ community relations on campus, Morisseau said. “We want to broaden the definition of ally, because a lot of people say ‘yeah, I’m an ally’ but then they don’t necessarily know what that means for them, what that means for their lives. I think some people incorporate it into their identity more than others,” she said. “On this campus, it’s not necessarily a given that you would be an ally, but significantly more people are allies than you might think. I’m very impressed by how many we have here.” Waickman said the occasional tension on campus because of LGBTQ issues can be alleviated with more discussion and dialogue. “Being an ally and walking with our brothers and sisters in Christ – that’s something that’s not divisive, and it can unify our campus,” Waickman said. “Bringing out that unity is what StaND Against Hate Week is all about.”last_img read more

ND selects six individuals to honor with degrees

first_imgCommencement speaker Cardinal Timothy Dolan will receive one of six honorary degrees awarded at Notre Dame’s commencement ceremony May 19, according to a University press release. Dolan, archbishop of New York and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree, the release stated. Gu Binglin, president of Tshingua University in Beijing, will receive a doctor of science at the ceremony, according to the release. Binglin has led the field of condensed matter physics and computational materials science. He has taught physics and researched at Tshingua, after stints in the Chinese Academy of Sciences, as dean of Tshingua’s Graduate School, and as vice president of Tshingua. Sister Antona Ebo will receive a doctor of laws at the ceremony, according to the release. Ebo has worked as an activist for human rights, marching with Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma, Ala., and Montgomery, Ala. Ebo was also the first black woman religious to lead a hospital. She later served as president of the National Black Sisters’ Conference. Marilynne Robinson will receive a doctor of human letters for her work as an author, the release stated. She won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for her novel “Gilead,” among other prestigious awards.  Her novels, books, essays and articles have earned her a reputation for “rigorous reasoning and a salient moral vision, often drawing from biblical narrative,” the release stated. Morton Schapiro will receive a doctor of laws for his work as an expert on the economics of higher education and college finances and affordability, according to the release. Schapiro is currently serving as the 16th president of Northwestern University. He began his career as a faculty member at Williams College in Massachusetts in 1980 and left in 1991 for the University of Southern California, where he taught and served in administrative posts, the release stated.  Kenneth Stinson, a 1964 Notre Dame graduate, parent and member of the board of trustees, will receive a doctor of laws, according to the release. Stinson is chairman emeritus of Peter Kiewit Sons Inc., a large construction firm, the release stated. He earned his graduate degree from Stanford University before serving three years in Vietnam with the U.S. Navy Civil Engineering Corps. University Spokesman Dennis Brown said all are welcome to submit nominations for honorary degree recipients to the President’s Office. “We select individuals for honorary degrees who have made significant contributions to society,” Brown said. “They are not selected on the basis of celebrity; some are more well-known than others, but all of them are extraordinarily accomplished in their fields.” Brown said people are selected from various fields, from law, the arts, entertainment, education, the Church, politics, business, media and other areas. University President Fr. John Jenkins makes the final decisions after consulting with Board members and senior leaders of the University, he said. Contact Ann Marie Jakubowski at [email protected]last_img read more

Senior College Democrat appears on Hannity show

first_imgSenior Adam Newman represented Notre Dame’s College Democrats in a Sept. 6 episode of Fox News host Sean Hannity’s primetime show. Newman (Editor’s Note: Newman is a Viewpoint columnist.) said the Hannity show assembled a group of seven Republican and seven Democrat college students from schools across the country to discuss current issues. “Fox flew me out to New York, put me in a hotel in Times Square, had a driver to the hotel, a driver to the airport on the way home,” Newman said. “It was all inclusive, essentially.” For the debate, the students sat in three rows of chairs while Hannity posed questions about current events and called on certain students to answer. Newman said the students had received a list of 10 potential questions before the show, but they were not reflective of the questions Hannity actually asked. “Sean did not go by those at all,” he said. “[There was] no talk of foreign policy. It was more debt and deficits. I’d say a lot of the issues were covered, but not in the way they represented it … Them giving me those questions didn’t help at all.” Newman said he prepared beyond the scope of the questions he received to make sure he was ready for the debate. “This was an opportunity that many people would kill for, and I wanted to know leading up to it that I had done my best to prepare,” he said. “Even though we’re only talking about a three or four minute segment of me talking … [I did] a lot of fact checking, I watched a lot of his tape. I wrote out talking points for almost every issue, and it was definitely worth it.” Newman said he caught Hannity, a staunch conservative, off guard a couple times, but his favorite moments were edited out of the show. “[Hannity] took out parts that didn’t make him look good … It was an opportunity of a lifetime, and I think I did very well,” he said. “However, they did edit me out, and this is going to come across as egotistical, but they did edit me out because I did a very good job.” In the episode as it aired, Newman spoke about taxes and health care, but in an unaired segment, Newman said Hannity called him a Marxist after he expressed moderate agreement with a quote from Karl Marx. “He said, ‘You’re a communist, Adam, you’re a communist,’” Newman said. “I said, ‘Sean, I know what you do on this show, you call people names. I’m a moderate Democrat. I am not a Communist.’ At the time I wasn’t that affected by it. I don’t really care what he says. But after talking to my parents about it, it was interesting because I know that being called a Communist has a much different connotation for our parents’ age than for our age.” Newman said Hannity came off as a “bully” toward the students who appeared on his show. “These are college students. They’re younger. They’ve never been on TV before, and he went after them,” he said. “He was trying to embarrass them. He was trying to condescend them. He was picking on them, on the weaker ones … This is the Hannity I’m used to. I didn’t expect anything different, but for some people he did come off very rudely.” Newman said he expected Hannity to be friendlier in the green room before the show, but was surprised at his choice of conversation topic. “I know who he is on TV, and I would’ve thought that beforehand he would’ve been like, ‘How’s school going? What did you do this summer? What do you have going on this semester?’” he said. “He was right away like, ‘You’re a Democrat from Notre Dame. What’s going on with you, man? I didn’t know there were Democrats at Notre Dame.’ He was really going after me right away.” Despite Hannity’s argumentative tone, Newman said he is proud of his performance on the show and is grateful for the opportunity to defend his beliefs. “Thanks to College [Democrats’] leadership for putting me out there. They trust me enough to do this,” he said. “They were very kind and trusting, and I’m so thankful for their faith in me.” Clips from Newman’s appearance are available on read more

SMC opens satellite writing center

first_imgEditor’s Note: This is the second installment in a three-part series exploring the new initiatives at the Cushwa-Leighton Library, which will showcase the life of Sister Madeleva Wolff, cater to students’ writing needs and raise awareness for eco-friendly printing.The Cushwa-Leighton Library recently implemented new initiatives to accommodate the needs of students, including offering increased writing support for students. On Monday, Saint Mary’s opened the brand-new, walk-in-only writing center satellite location, “Write Now,” on the top floor of the library. The center will be open Sunday through Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. before fall break and Sunday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. after the break.Caitlyn Jordan | The Observer Aaron Bremyer, director of the Writing Center, said students can expect to find assistance of all kinds on any of their writing assignments.“[Our tutors] are very well-prepared to sit and talk about the assignment and help at any phase in the writing process,” Bremyer said. “We can help them begin the process, polish the draft they have and help organize thoughts and brainstorm during these shorter half-hour tutorials in the Write Now center.”Bremyer said one or two student tutors will be working at the new writing center location, along with a reference librarian downstairs as an added benefit.“Our tutors are great writers and have been very successful in their classes, but not only are they good writers themselves, but they have been recommended because they work well with women who are struggling or succeeding with the writing process,” Bremyer said.Junior Megan Woods, a tutor for the Writing Center, said she is looking forward to working in the new writing center because it will allow more students to get the help they need.“I think this will be a great program because the Writing Center has restraints with how many people can sign up for appointments, but in the new location, people can just walk in, and we can talk with them for a half-hour on whatever help they need with a paper,” Woods said.The Writing Center works with all students, some who are juniors and seniors refining their writing, and others who are first-years or sophomores who often struggle with the early stages of their writing. Bremyer said he wants to dispel the belief that going to the Writing Center is punitive.“We collaborate with people who are invested in their own success because we are invested in their success as well, so people can be prepared at all different levels of writing,” Bremyer said.Bremyer said he is excited about the new changes in the library, especially because Write Now can help more students who might not be able to make appointments in the Writing Center due to a high demand for tutoring there.“Last year, we had a substantial increase in the number of students who needed to sit down and collaborate with tutors, so now we have more tutors, and here we will be able to work with students who simply couldn’t make it on the list last year,” Bremyer said. “We had 80 percent of our days completely full with a waiting list, so we’re hopeful that on those days, students will be able to go the new location and work with tutors.”Bremyer hopes that the new writing center location will be recognized as a powerful resource for the Saint Mary’s community.“Good writers share their work,” he said. “That’s true of the professors here, thats true of our best students here, and it should be true of anyone who wants to do well, that they see the writing center as an avenue to help them succeed.”Tags: Cushwa-Leighton Library, Library, saint mary’s, SMC, Write Now, Writing Centerlast_img read more