Student body presidential candidates: Corey Robinson and Becca Blais

first_imgZachary Llorens | The Observer Who they are: Student body presidential candidate Corey Robinson, a junior Program of Liberal Studies major with sustainability and business-economics minors, currently serves as the vice president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and previously held the role of athletics representative on the Vidal-Devine executive cabinet. The San Antonio native and former Knott Hall resident is a receiver on the football team and the co-founder of the non-profit One Shirt One Body.Robinson’s running mate, Becca Blais, is a sophomore political science and peace studies major from New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Blais served on Judicial Council as an election committee member her freshman year and most recently held the position of director of Internal Affairs on the Ricketts-Ruelas executive cabinet. The Farley Hall resident is also a Dean’s Fellow in the College of Arts and Letters.Top priority: Strengthening and expanding sexual assault resources on campusRobinson highlighted the ticket’s plan to train nurses at St. Liam’s to becoming Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE), who would be able to administer rape kits on campus and help care for sexual assault victims, while Blais noted a desire to improve the Title IX process that follows sexual assaults, including evaluating the disciplinary and rehabilitation measures for students found guilty of sexual assault.Best idea: Providing a SANE in St. Liam’sRobinson noted how, at the moment, sexual assault survivors at Notre Dame must travel off campus via taxicab or personal vehicle to St. Joseph Hospital in order to have a rape kit administered, which can create unsafe or frustrating circumstances that might discourage survivors from taking these steps in a time-sensitive process. They propose to “give students the resources to be safe and comfortable” right on campus by training nurses in St. Liam’s to administer rape kits, and they have researched the steps and funds necessary to follow through on this idea as soon as they take office.Worst idea: Reform of student senateWhile a good idea in theory, their plan to reform student senate needs to be more detailed and efficient. They mentioned bringing in speakers, such as University administrators and faculty members, to gauge and incorporate student thoughts into their decisions, similar to what Robinson experienced within the athletic administration in his role on SAAC. However, senate has already done something similar to this in the past year with negligible results. Blais also recalled how senators tend to get bogged down in parliamentary procedure and become discouraged from sharing their ideas as the year progresses. But procedural reform does not seem to be enough to fully change a group like senate, which has had a minimal impact on student life, so more specifics are needed for how they can accomplish this effectively.Most feasible: Partnering with the Career Center and local organizations to help students find internships in the South Bend areaMuch like their plan to train St. Liam’s nurses to become SANEs, Robinson and Blais have already laid the groundwork for their “Strengthening the BoND” initiative, which would connect students with local internships through groups like enFocus and by posting a greater number of opportunities more clearly on the Career Center website. For students who would like to work but don’t have cars, Blais said they have also looked into the “doable” process of rerouting Transpo lines to help students efficiently travel to their jobs.Least feasible: Overseeing Notre Dame’s divestment from fossil fuels in the University endowment. The push to have the University divest from corporations that profit from fossil fuels has been a goal of several past student government officials and groups on campus. And while it is a commendable goal and one Robinson and Blais would certainly be able to promote with University administration, history has shown that the decision is out of the hands of members of student government and not one Robinson and Blais would be able to actively “oversee,” so much as one they could encourage.Bottom line: Robinson and Blais understand and noted how student government isn’t necessarily the end-all, be-all of student decisions, but rather an organization that has the power to work with other groups with similar ideas in order to achieve their goals. They know how to partner with student groups and University resource centers, such as the Career Center, to efficiently bring about change. Additionally, Robinson’s established relationships with University administrators, including University president Fr. John Jenkins and Athletics Director Jack Swarbrick, would likely help him and Blais accomplish their tasks in a timely manner. Tags: Becca Blais, Corey Robinson, Student government electionslast_img read more

NDI confirms safety of students in Munich during shooting

first_imgNotre Dame International (NDI) has confirmed the safety of the two students known to be in Munich during the shooting at Olympia mall that left at least nine dead.Catherine Wilson, NDI executive administrator and international delegations coordinator, said Friday afternoon the University had confirmed the safety of two students registered to currently be in Munich, and were in the process of confirming the safety of other students in Germany.One of the students who was in Munich had just arrived back in the U.S., Wilson said. Wilson said all the other students currently in Germany have registered to be “fairly distant” from Munich, so she expects them all to be safe.NDI did not utilize a “world-wide” confirmation, which would require contacting all students currently studying abroad, not just those in Germany.Tags: Munich, NDI, Notre Dame International, student safetylast_img read more

Panel discusses LGBT issues, Catholocism

first_imgWhen in 2013, Pope Francis, referring to gay and lesbian persons, said “who am I to judge?” he sparked a conversation on the Catholic Church’s stance on LGBT issues that has continued over the past few years. In a panel hosted by Campus Ministry, PrismND and the Gender Relations Center on Thursday evening in DeBartolo Hall, professor of theology at Providence College Dana Dillon and Dr. Patrick Beeman, an Air Force obstetrician-gynecologist, discussed the LGBT community in relation to the Church and Catholic teaching.After a brief discussion of the meaning of mercy by both panelists, Beeman talked about how his initial “knee-jerk reactions” against gay marriage and other LGBT issues changed when he went through a divorce, another act formally condemned by the Catholic Church.“I ran in circles that were uber-Catholic and I thought, ‘What am I going to do?’” Beeman said. “Then I realized that it doesn’t matter; I’m still called to be a Catholic.”Beeman said he was able to apply this same logic to those in the LGBT community, who he said could still seek Christ despite the Church’s official opposition to their actions. He said he moved more toward becoming an ally of LGBT people as a result of this experience.Dillon said supporting LGBT individuals falls within the greater Catholic social teachings on the common good and preferential treatment for the poor, which she said applied not just to those poor in wealth, but also marginalized groups.“The Catholic common good is the good of all and the good of each, where the two serve one another, rather than being in competition,” she said. “I think it is certainly true with the LGBTQ community, a historically marginalized group. Where we stand exactly in our Catholicism and our Catholic identity, we need to stand with those marginalized and vulnerable.”The panelists also discussed what Catholics can do better to aid LGBT individuals. Beeman said he thought Catholics ought to be better in helping gay or lesbian couples when they choose to start a family.“Yes, we don’t think that artificially produced pregnancies are a good idea for lesbian couples or for anyone, but couples who are going through pregnancy … we must be supportive of their health,” he said.Dillon said there must be a constant fight against derogatory speech and actions.“Every single one of us [should work] to create that environment resisting hate and oppression,” she said. “It is a different discussion … arguing about principles and about people and how we talk to them.”Dillon said her stance as an LGBT ally has often exposed her to criticism, especially when she defended John Corvino, an advocate for gay marriage, in his attempt to speak at Providence College. Corvino’s 2013 appearance at Providence was canceled.“I got lectured by people in Campus Ministry and the theology and philosophy [departments] on cooperating with evil, for my willingness to stand up and defend Church teaching and [to] also allow this man to come and speak on campus,” she said.Dillon concluded with a plea for acceptance by all Catholics.“I want to suggest that however you identify — gay, Catholic, both, neither — try to find ways to actively give people permission to be your friend and ally without agreeing on everything,” she said.Tags: Campus Ministry, Gay and Catholic, Gender Relations Center, PrismNDlast_img read more

Rape reported at Notre Dame

first_imgA rape was reported to the University’s deputy Title IX coordinator, according to Thursday’s Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) crime log.The alleged rape occurred in a men’s residence hall between the night of Aug. 31 and the morning of Sept. 1.Information about sexual assault prevention and resources for survivors of sexual assault are available online from NDSP and from the Title IX office.Tags: NDSP, NDSP crime log, sexual assalt, Title IXlast_img

University appoints new vice president for finance

first_imgAssociate vice president for financial planning and analysis Trent Grocock will be the University’s next vice president for finance beginning June 10, Notre Dame announced in a Thursday press release.Grocock will be responsible for financial reporting and analysis, accounting and financial services, the tax department, research programs, accounting and payroll, the release said. His previous work included the Campus Crossroads financial model and helping to establish the “employee wellness center and pharmacy on campus.”Grocock’s predecessor and appointer, incoming executive vice president Shannon Cullinan, said he is the best choice for the position.“Trent is a widely respected leader with an extraordinary commitment to stewarding the University’s resources,” Cullinan said. “His forward-looking mindset, collaborative approach and commitment to Notre Dame’s mission make him an ideal person for this important leadership role.”A Notre Dame alum, Grocock said he looks forward to working with his colleagues and being part of the Notre Dame legacy.“I am humbled and honored and honored to be appointed to this role and afforded the opportunity to work with such a talented group of individuals,” Grocock said. “I look forward to the team building upon the financial foundation that has been established by our predecessors.”Tags: associate vice president for financial planning and analysis, Shannon Cullinan, Trent Grocock, vice president for financelast_img read more

New York Election Leaders Cancel Democratic Presidential Primary

first_imgMGN ImageNEW YORK – New York State’s Board of Elections voted Monday to cancel the Democratic presidential primary originally scheduled for June 23 amid the Coronavirus pandemic.Officials say New York will still hold its congressional and state-level primaries on June 23.New York Democratic Party chair Jay Jacobs said that the cancellation of the state’s presidential primary would mean a lower expected turnout and a reduced need for polling places.“It just makes so much sense given the extraordinary nature of the challenge,” Jacobs said last week. Local election officials and voting groups have called on the state to use federal funds to purchase cleaning supplies and protective gear, and boost staff ahead of 2020 elections.Both the state’s Democratic Party and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have said they didn’t ask election commissioners to make the change, which is allowed thanks to a little-known provision in the recently passed state budget that allows the New York board of elections to remove names of any candidates who have suspended or terminated their campaign from the ballot.The decision to cancel a Democratic primary is left up to Democratic state election commissioners.The Associated Press contributed to this report. 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)last_img read more

Local Officials Decry Cuomo Mandate Without Details Or Advanced Notice

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) Image by the National Democratic Convention / MGN Online.MAYVILLE — In what seems to be on ongoing trend, Chautauqua County officials received no advanced notice of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s testing mandate for visitors to New York, despite his making operations and enforcement issues the responsibility of county health officials.And, local lawmakers are taking exception to Cuomo’s plans.Chautauqua County Executive P. J. Wendel told WNYNewsNow that the state did not give county leaders any advanced warning and he needs guidelines from the state on what they expect to be done and how they expect it to be done.State Senator George Borrello said this was another example of Cuomo picking style over substance in a move “more for show” than actual progress. State Representative Andy Goodell said the latest plan is unenforceable and unworkable.“I don’t know why more and more is being put on the counties. If this is a requirement, they are making at the state level and we’re going to put the onus and the expense on the counties, we need some very clear guidance,” Wendel said.Cuomo’s newest mandate will require every visitor to New York State to show proof of a negative coronavirus test, and then be tested again following a 3-day quarantine. This replaces a 14-day quarantine that was in place for travelers from certain states.“There’s no collaboration with counties,” Borrello said. “There’s been no change to the executive order, and we’re told this takes effect the day after the election which I find interesting.”Borrello explained that under Cuomo’s order, someone coming into the state would need a test before arriving, a three-day quarantine and another test in three days.Cuomo says enforcement of the travel restrictions will be done at the local level by health departments.Asked about not getting advanced warning from Cuomo’s administration, Wendel explained it’s nothing new.“Pretty much, that’s how it has been. This is something new that came as a surprise to everybody. There was no forewarning, nothing that would lead us to believe this was going to happen. This is going to be very challenging,” Wendel said.Wendel said he is reaching out to county executives across the state to share concerns and discuss what happens next.“I understand the need to want to be cautious but at the same time it’s the only state in the nation taking these measures and without coordination with the counties,” Borrello said.“It’s truly a draconian measure to show he’s the toughest governor with the virus,” Borrello said. “It’s style over substance.”Goodell said the new plan is unenforceable, while the previous travel ban was unconstitutional.“There are hundreds of thousands of people that travel between our neighboring states and New York,” Goodell said. “There’s no enforcement mechanism. What are you going to set a health check at the Thruway at Ripley?”last_img read more

Kerry Butler & Matt Walton Get Under My Skin & Begin Previews

first_img View Comments Under My Skin Sex, love and healthcare? These three things that we need but don’t always necessarily get, are all touched upon in Under My Skin. A twist of fate leads to love and laughs when New York’s most eligible bachelor Harrison Baddish (Walton) and a single, working mother Melody Dent (Butler), hilariously experience each other’s lives and see things from a very different perspective. Related Shows Additional cast members include Edward James Hyland, Megan Sikora, Allison Strong, Kate Loprest, Andrew Polk and Dierdre Friel. The play will celebrate its official opening on May 15. Nothing like a classic body-switch with your boss! Robert Sternin and Prudence Fraser’s Under My Skin starts preview performances on April 5 at The Little Shubert Theatre. Tony nominee Kerry Butler and Matt Walton star in the sexy new comedy directed by Kirsten Sanderson.  Show Closed This production ended its run on June 8, 2014last_img read more

2012 Tony Winner Steve Kazee Visits 2013 Winner Billy Porter at Kinky Boots

first_img View Comments Related Shows Billy Porter In 2013, Billy Porter won his first Tony Award for his performance as drag diva Lola in the hit musical Kinky Boots, and on April 13, he got a visit from someone who knows a thing or two about winning the prestigious award: Steve Kazee! The Once alum, who took home the 2012 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical, caught up with Porter after a performance of the acclaimed musical by Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Of course, seeing these two talented Tony winners together begs the question: Who will win the coveted trophy this year? Find out on June 9! Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019center_img Kinky Boots Star Files Steve Kazeelast_img read more

B’way Theater & Dates Announced for The Audience, Starring Helen Mirren

first_imgWe now know when Her Majesty will be gracing Broadway with her noble presence! Peter Morgan’s The Audience, starring Oscar winner Helen Mirren as Elizabeth II, will begin previews on February 17, 2015 and play a limited engagement through June 28. Directed by Stephen Daldry, opening night is set for March 8 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Further casting will be announced later. Related Shows View Comments The Audience For sixty years Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said, not even to their spouses. The Audience imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents and their Queen. From Churchill to Cameron, each Prime Minister uses these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional—sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive. In turn, the Queen can’t help but reveal her own self as she advises, consoles and, on occasion, teases. These private audiences chart the arc of the second Elizabethan Age, from the beginning of Elizabeth II’s reign to today.center_img Mirren received the Olivier Award for her performance in The Audience in London’s West End, reprising her Oscar-winning role from the film The Queen, also written by Morgan. She earned Tony nominations for A Month in the Country and Dance of Death. Mirren’s London theater credits include Teeth ‘n’ Smiles, The Seagull, Henry VI, The Roaring Girl, Two Way Mirror and Some Kind of Love Story. Her additional film and TV credits include The Debt, Excalibur, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Frasier and a cameo as Becky’s Inner Voice on Glee. The production will feature design by Bob Crowley, with lighting by Rick Fisher, sound by Paul Arditti and music by Paul Englishby.  Show Closed This production ended its run on June 28, 2015last_img read more