Group continues debate on student handbook

first_imgThe Campus Life Council (CLC) debated potential recommendations for changes to the du Lac student handbook — including the creation of a student medical amnesty policy and the handling of discipline for first-time alcohol offenses in residence halls — at its meeting Monday.“The whole process in my opinion is very difficult because we are just giving recommendations instead of voting on policies,” student body president Grant Schmidt said.The need for an established medical amnesty policy has recently gained traction in student government, he said. CLC is struggling with how to balance its desire for a medical amnesty procedure with the Office of Residence Life and Housing’s (ORLH) need for flexibility to deal with exceptions to the policy.“In order for this to be effective, we do need it to be in du Lac and be clear to students,” student body vice president Cynthia Weber said.CLC did not approve a specific recommendation for ORLH, but Monday’s draft will be clarified and presented again to the Council members.“We need to clarify that assisting students would not be held liable except under extenuating circumstances,” Schmidt said.Council members also recommended that in the case of a first time alcohol offense in a residence hall, the student’s rector would be responsible for discipline, instead of sending the case to ORLH.Schmidt said this recommendation arose from a standard that is “already in place but should be stated clearly.”The current du Lac policy allows for in-house discipline when the offense takes place within a student’s own residence hall, but the council wants to include offenses that occur elsewhere on campus in the language of this policy.“One of [Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Bill] Kirk’s desires was that the policies in du Lac address current practice,” Weber said. “We need what is written to be adjusted accordingly for clarification.”Many Council members hope to recommend the rector handle discipline before ORLH takes action.“We are asking education to happen at a more localized level, which we consider to be more effective,” Weber said.The issue of how discipline is handled is particularly important for students hoping to apply to graduate schools, Weber said.Some of the rectors on the Council cautioned that setting up a policy with only loose definitions could cause confusion for students.“If I were a student, I would want more structure on this,” Fr. Pete McCormick, rector of Keough Hall, said. Weber said because rectors have a strong connection to the average student, she thinks they should be allowed to handle discipline whenever possible.“We can keep it at the level where it’s appropriate so as not to unnecessarily tarnish a student’s reputation or record,” Professor of Army Science Jon Crist said.Discussion of this recommendation will continue at the Council’s next meeting. Other issues for upcoming CLC debate are recommendations on the undergraduate tailgating policy and drinking games.last_img read more

SMC hosts Hannah and Friends carnival

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s College Alumnae Association has paired up with Hannah and Friends to put on a Community Carnival for the people of Michiana this Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. Saint Mary’s alumnae, Holy Cross Hall, students from Notre Dame and local businesses have worked together to foster support for the special needs community and its  allies. According to an Alumnae Association flier, the Community Carnival will feature games, mini clinics and free food, with all proceeds going to Hannah’s House and Special Olympics. Sophomores Emily Hazen and Christen Kloski, who interned at Hannah and Friends last summer, continue to visit the site regularly.  “It helps collaborate local colleges with the community. We recognize those with difference needs in the community,” Kloski said. The two students will intern at Hannah and Friends again this upcoming summer and intend to attend the Community Carnival this weekend. “Hannah and Friends is a neighborhood for adults with different abilities,” Kloski said. “This Saturday is for the entire community.” Kloski, who has also worked at Family Fest, a similar event hosted by the nonprofit organization during the summer, said the Community Carnival is an event that began this year.  “It’s good that SMC is getting involved, but especially the alums. I guess they were the ones that contacted Hannah and Friends,” Kloski said. “It’s a community outreach program, which is good for us to see.” Ashley Hall, hall director of Holy Cross Hall, said the dorm supported the organization throughout the year by offering transportation to its resident-volunteers.    “This partnership is near and dear to the Holy Cross Hall community and we strive to find any way possible to connect our residents with the residents and families who are associated with Hannah and Friends,” she said. Holy Cross Hall typically hosts one on campus event and participates in another off-campus event each year, Hall said. Last semester, “Winter Wonderlan.” was the event they chose to host..This year, Hall said the Carnival seemed like a good opportunity to bring Holy Cross residents to their site and volunteer.  “Overall, this program is a safe and fun event for special needs children and their families in the Michiana Community,” Hall said. “It also allows our residents to give back to such a special organization,”  Contact Rebecca O’Neil at roneil01@saintmarys.edulast_img read more

Sexual assault reported on campus

first_imgNotre Dame Security Police (NDSP) emailed students Friday evening alerting them to a report of sexual assault that occurred early in the morning of Sept. 13.The reported assault took place in a women’s residence hall in the northeast area of campus, and the report was made to a University administrator, the email stated.The email quoted “du Lac: A Guide to Student Life,” Notre Dame’s official policy book, and warned students of the risks of sexual assault as well as the standards of consent.“Sexual assault can happen to anyone,” the email stated. “Anyone initiating any kind of sexual contact with another person must seek consent and not engage in sexual contact unless consent is given.Students should maintain caution and awareness of their surroundings to avoid risks, the email stated.“On college campuses, perpetrators are more likely to assault an acquaintance than a stranger. Being aware of your own safety and watching out for your friends are important steps you can take to reduce the risk of sexual assault.“The perpetrator, not the survivor, is responsible for any instance of sexual assault. Nothing a survivor does or does not do is an excuse for sexual assault.”Student Government will hold a prayer service Monday at the Grotto at 5:15 p.m. in response to the crime alert, student body vice president Matthew Devine said.Tags: crime alert, NDSP, sexual assault, Student governmentlast_img read more

University to consider construction of new parking garage

first_imgThe Notre Dame administration is considering constructing a parking garage on the south side of campus, most likely at the current location of Legends of Notre Dame, Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves said in an email to the University community Thursday morning.Along with the email, Affleck-Graves attached a survey intended to collect feedback from Notre Dame students, faculty and staff about the necessity of a parking garage for the campus community.“The next step in implementing the Parking Committee’s recommendations is to explore the feasibility of a parking garage,and share the findings with the University community,” he said in the email. “Over the next several months, the University will conduct a study of how campus would use a parking garage and what the associated costs would be for those who use it.”Affleck-Graves said the potential site of the parking garage would be in response to an expressed interest in “covered parking as close to the center of campus as possible” and recent expansions to campus.“With the opening of several new facilities on the south side of campus, the area in greatest demand for parking is the south side of campus,” the email said. “If a parking garage were to be constructed, we believe it would be built on the site where Legends restaurant is currently located.”Due to the high cost of building a parking garage, Affleck-Graves said in the email that the University would develop rates for its use, which would be “inversely correlated with the expected number of people who would use the garage.”“Since parking garages are much more expensive to build and maintain than surface parking, those who use the parking garage would cover the associated costs,” he said. “The University would seek to break even. We expect that there would be rates for hourly, daily and special event parking for faculty, staff, students and visitors. In addition, annual reserved parking passes would likely be available to faculty, staff and students.”Affleck-Graves said in the email that he would release the results of the study later in the semester.Tags: Legends of Notre Dame, parking, parking garagelast_img read more

WRAP week aims to create awareness about issues related to pornography

first_imgThe third annual White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) week started Monday in an effort to promote conversation and awareness of the dangers of pornography, as well as the severity of the issue on Notre Dame’s campus and in the United States at large. The organization that initiated the event, Students for Child Oriented Policy (SCOP), promotes WRAP Week as an invitation to students to learn about the nature of pornography and explore helpful resources. SCOP is a non-sectarian and non-partisan group on campus that advocates for public policy that aligns with the best interests of children in nurturing their development and success. Since the club’s founding in 2013, it has been focused on five pillars: marriage, adoption, education, drug abuse and pornography. “We want to show some of the stats that are hidden by the industry about how prevalent porn use is,” senior Jim Martinson, SCOP’s president, said. “People who are struggling and hear witness testimonies can know they’re not alone. Something you get out of this week is you become more knowledgeable about the harms of porn and how it’s one of the more mainstream issues facing society.”WRAP week is a national campaign started by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), which has the goal of “exposing the links between all forms of sexual exploitation such as child sexual abuse, prostitution, sex trafficking and the public health crisis of pornography,” according to its website. Each day of Notre Dame’s WRAP week features a different event or talk to create a strong Notre Dame support system. Yesterday, SCOP members passed out bagels and white ribbons to students as a physical demonstration of solidarity. Additionally, SCOP held a prayer service at the Grotto with the Knights of Columbus. As a co-sponsor of WRAP week, Knights of Columbus, along with other University organizations such as Right to Life, Irish Rover and Militia of the Immaculata, have helped provide financial assistance for the week and promote the events on campus. On Tuesday, WRAP week will feature a lecture by Notre Dame professor Kirk Doran titled “Children, Marriage, and Happiness” at 7:30 p.m. in B034 Geddes Hall. “We want to show the positive side of an alternative lifestyle of using porn,” sophomore Ellie Gardey, SCOP vice president, said. “You can be happy and live a life of virtue that’s not corrupted by porn.”The main keynote speakers for the week, Dr. William Struthers — a sociology professor at Wheaton College — and Dawn Hawkins from NCOSE, will lead a discussion called “Sex and the Brain: The Impact of Sexually Explicit Media” tomorrow at 7 p.m. in 102 DeBartolo Hall.“We’re going to focus more on the science behind the pornography issue,” Martinson said. On Thursday, there will be a dinner and discussion with Fr. Terry Ehrman, C.S.C about Ehrman’s book “Man of God.” The book is the fictional story of a man who overcomes his porn addiction“The book is a series of fictional emails between Father Terry and a man who is struggling with pornography,” Gardey said. “It goes through the story of how Fr. Terry helps him to overcome his addiction. It shows that when he was able to overcome his addiction, he could start a family and be there for his child and wife.”WRAP week will conclude Friday with “Fighting Irish Fighting Pornography.” From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., members of SCOP will be outside North and South Dining Hall to gather signatures for the banner and petition for a Wi-Fi filter at Notre Dame. Since the petition began a few years ago, it has collected over 1,000 signatures. “It’s been a two year battle to get this filter on campus,” Martinson said. “There’s also going to be letters calling for a filter on Notre Dame’s Wi-Fi network and 150 students total have already signed the letters. People have responded to the letters positively. I definitely think it’s going to happen. We’ve been in communication with [chief of staff] Ann Firth and Fr. Jenkins and they’ve been receptive. We’ll also be doing a Senate proposal to filter the Wi-Fi network under the direction of Fr. Jenkins to get students involved.”Each year, SCOP continues to grow its membership and member involvement in the hopes of instituting a more widespread impact on campus, Martinson said.“Ultimately, we would love to take WRAP week to the point on nonexistence where there would be no issue anymore,” Martinson said. “In the near future we would love to have bigger speakers on campus. We want to have more in-depth discussions about pornography usage so that people realize that this is a serious issue and it’s just a matter of time for that.” Tags: pornography, Students for Child Oriented Policy, WRAP Weeklast_img read more

Rape reported to University

first_imgA rape was reported to Notre Dame’s Title IX office, according to Notre Dame Police Department’s Tuesday crime log. The alleged rape occurred in an unspecified male residence hall between Feb. 16 and 17, according to the report. Information about sexual assault prevention and resources for survivors of sexual assault are available online from NDPD and from the Title IX office.Tags: crime log, NDPD, sexual assault, Title IXlast_img

Saturday Protest To Call Out Governor’s “Overreach Of Power”

first_imgShare: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),I’ll be there! WNY News Now File Image.JAMESTOWN – Residents in Chautauqua County will once again take to the streets of Jamestown voicing their frustrations with the NY on PAUSE order.Gerrit Cain, the local spokesperson for Open NY, the group organizing the protest, says New York State leaders have overstepped their power during the COVID-19 pandemic and now is the time for people to take control by reopening the community.“We ask that the God-given rights of Americans to responsibly live, work, worship, travel, celebrate, recreate, educate, donate, and medicate be respected by ALL levels of government,” explained Cain. “It is time to get back to work and to the activities that make life worth living.”He says that medical facilities are nowhere near overwhelmed and since testing is widely available, businesses should be allowed to reopen. Cain also notes that it is not fair to high school and college graduates, that continued to work during the pandemic, do not receive a proper graduation.“Our high school seniors and college graduates have worked hard to complete their academic achievements in the midst of this crisis,” furthered Cain. “They deserve to be recognized beyond an online meeting.”The protest will take place Saturday at noon in Jamestown’s Dow Park. Cain asks those in attended to practice physical distancing.The most recent protest drew around 150 demonstrators.last_img read more

Mayor Sundquist Close To Naming New Jamestown Police Chief

first_imgShare: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) JAMESTOWN – The search for Jamestown’s next police chief may soon come to an end as the city’s mayor has narrowed down the search to three candidates.Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist tells WNY News Now he hopes to finalize a potential offer to one of the three by November’s City Council Voting Session; with a public announcement coming either later this week or early next.The Mayor says the final three, which out of respect for the candidates will not be publicly announced at the moment, are made up of both internal and external applicants.Sundquist says he is looking for a person who is community oriented and able to address tough questions like: What should policing look like in Jamestown? “All three are very driven individuals that really want to make the community better,” said Sundquist. “Each one has had years of experience working with a police department, but more importantly the top attribute that I am looking for in a police chief is someone that is willing to adapt and change as the needs of the community change.”The Mayor says he wants the candidate to be able to understand community policing efforts and be able to make changes within the department for the benefit of the entire city.“When I talk about community policing, I’m talking about a force that is out there, that is being with our kids in the schools, that is being able to walk the beat in neighborhoods, so that as people are sitting on their porches the police officers know who they are, they know what is going on in the community, that is the type of community policing that we need to get back to,” explained Sundquist. “We’ve focused so much on law and order, and so much on putting people in jail, that we forgot that one of the key components of a police department is knowing the community that they serve.”Additionally, the Mayor says he wants to appoint a chief that would advocate for more wraparound services like mental health outreach and domestic violence prevention.Sundquist has been working with a police chief recommendation committee on finding a good candidate for the job after Police Chief Harry Snellings retired in July.In the meantime, Jamestown Police Lieutenant Timothy Jackson is serving as interim chief. Sundquist says Jackson was among applicants, but, didn’t say if he is among the final three.He says several members of Jamestown Police have applied for the position.last_img read more

Jamestown Looking To Manage Urban Deer Population With Archery Hunting

first_imgImage by Rory Pollaro/WNYNewsNow.JAMESTOWN – Urban deer have become quite the nuisance for those living in Jamestown, and now, city leaders are considering implementing an archery hunting program to manage the growing population.Jamestown’s City Council is expected to hash-out the idea of authorizing a deer management system, where archery hunters could help reduce the animal’s urban population.Specifically, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation would authorize licensed volunteer hunters a special permit to hunt deer and coyotes.The program would run from November 1 to December 22 with hunting limited to bow and arrow with shots taken 20 yards or less from buildings. Hunting would take at Jones Memorial Park, Bergman Park, Chadakoin Park and Allen Park; with signs posted to warn the public of the activity.Hunters would take deer to designated processing sites and any processed meat not reserved by the hunter would be donated to a local food pantry.The council is scheduled to discuss the program during Monday’s 7:30 p.m. work session. 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),The ONLY problem in this world, …is Man.,The city arborist already has his friends picked out to get the special hunt!!!!,Of course he does, what did you expect?,Worth the try!,I would be interested in being considered for this program. Granted it is now 11/16, but there are still several days remaining, and I still have my doe tags, if that matters. Is there a procedure for applying, and if so, what is it?,HI Jake, I have been asking for a long time about being able to harvest some of the city deer herd but have been turned down every time. I am sure some city officials have all their buddies setup already. But you never know I would like to be on the list also.,What? Did they decide to toss coyotes into the mix as an afterthought?Can’t seem to make up their minds whether to let coyotes be the predators they were designed to be, and help to limit deer numbers. Oh, right…they’re “sustainable”! And coyotes don’t pay hunting tag fees.Nonsense.If this should occur, there should be NO BAITING.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Steve Kazee’s Shameless & More

first_img View Comments The Obamas Think Raisin’s LaTanya Richardson Jackson Steals The Show This is some fan mail. LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Tony nominated for her performance in A Raisin in the Sun, recently received high praise from none other than the First Lady of the United States, after the Obamas saw the classic play. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michelle Obama’s missive included the phrase: “Barack and I both agree that your portrayal of Mama stole the show.” The production plays through June 15 at the Ethel Barrymore. Norm Lewis Jane Lynch Channels Her Dark Side, Again Broadway alums Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk and Kevin Shinick will appear in an upcoming Team Unicorn pilot. Deadline reports that the episode, inspired by the Team Unicorn cartoons, is a modern take on cartoon/live-action hybrid shows, but aimed at adults. Lynch will voice the evil Dark Puba, Tudyk her sidekick Chummy Cherub and Shinick will be the show’s announcer. The Black Stars of the Great White Way Will Align at Carnegie Hall Tony winners Billy Porter, Hinton Battle, Chuck Cooper and Ben Vereen, along with Clifton Davis, Brandon Victor Dixon, Andre De Shields and more will join the previously reported Norm Lewis in The Black Stars of The Great White Way on June 23 at Carnegie Hall. One of the evening’s highlights will be the inaugural presentation of The Black Stars of The Great White Way Award by Phylicia Rashad, Chita Rivera and Cicely Tyson to honorees including the first African American to play the Phantom, Robert Guillaume. Lewis is currently playing the role on Broadway, the first African American to do so in New York. Surely a duet is on the cards? Tony Winner Steve Kazee’s Shameless We’re shamelessly excited about this. Broadway favorite Steve Kazee (Once, To Be Or Not To Be, 110 in the Shade, Spamalot) will join the cast of Showtime’s Shameless in a big recurring role. Deadline reports that the Tony winner will play a rock musician who crosses paths with Emmy Rossum’s character. Star Files Gone Girl’s Gillian Flynn to Rewrite Shakespeare Gone Girl bestselling author Gillian Flynn is going to write a new version of Hamlet. According to The New York Times, the idea of the project is to make Shakespeare more accessible in today’s world. Before that, of course, we have the film adaptation of Gone Girl to look forward to, which along with Ben Affleck features stage vets including Tony nominee Neil Patrick Harris and Rosamund Pike. Chuck Cooper Chita Rivera Brandon Victor Dixon Jane Lynch Steve Kazee Billy Porter Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Cicely Tyson View All (8)last_img read more