Student dies in bike accident

first_imgWhen Paige O’Laughlin told sophomore Ziqi Zhang she would transfer to another school from Saint Mary’s after their freshman year together, she said her friend was initially devastated. “A few hours later, she calmed down and told me she absolutely hated my choice, but she supported my decision and said our friendship didn’t have to end because we longer attend the same school,” O’Laughlin said. “Since then it has only flourished. … I attribute my greatest college memories I have made so far to her.” Zhang, 19, died Thursday evening from injuries sustained in an accident between her bike and an SUV outside the entrance to Saint Mary’s on State Route 933. A resident of Regina Hall, Zhang was a dual-degree student majoring in mathematics at Saint Mary’s and taking engineering classes at Notre Dame. She was a resident of Jiangsu Province in China. The accident occurred just before 9 p.m. Thursday, according to a release from the St. Joseph County Police Department. The driver, identified in the report at 34-year-old Erin Zick of Edwardsburg, Mich., told police she had a green light at the time of the accident. The report stated witnesses confirmed Zick’s account and that there is no evidence drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash. For O’Laughlin, Zhang’s friendship will stay with her as she mourns her friend’s death. Her memories with Ziqi on weekend trips to Chicago or hanging out together are some of her best college memories so far, she said. “When she wanted something, she went for it,” O’Laughlin said. “She always tried to turn anything unpleasant into a positive and something funny experience if applicable. She liked to look on the bright side of situations and focus on changing the future instead of dwelling on the past. “I found her attitude and outlook on life completely inspiring, having her as a friend changed me and made me a much better person.” Sophomores L.E. Evans and Jessica Filipski both lived with Zhang in a Regina Hall quad as freshmen. Zhang moved into an empty spot in the quad in the middle of the fall semester. Filipski said the death of her former roommate didn’t seem real when she first heard the news. “I was just really shocked,” Filipski said. “I still am kind of shocked that she’s gone. It’s hard to believe that. “I feel like today, going to classes, it’s more real. Even though she isn’t in any of my classes, she could be going back to class. It’s hard to think about how she will be missing and how her seat will be empty.” Evans remembered Zhang as someone with “genuine spirit.” “She just brought so much life to the room,” Evans said. “She was a genius, so grateful for the opportunity to be at Saint Mary’s and also doing the dual program at Notre Dame. … There’s not enough words to describe what kind of person she was.” The girls remembered joking with Zhang about American customs and slang. Evans said Zhang applied to a number of American colleges while in high school in China, and she planned to stay in the United States for a few years after graduation before returning home to be closer to her family. “What I always found remarkable was that it’s usually a fifth year if you’re doing the dual degree program,” Evans said. “[But Zhang] overloaded on classes. She was a very diligent worker. She wanted to graduate in four years, and she was very dedicated to doing that.” Evans remembered Zhang as a night owl who loved the sitcom Modern Family and Lay’s potato chips, someone who was always joking and smiling. “We would always sit and talk about the American way of doing this or that, she would always say funny things,” Evans said. The girls said they would often joke about American customs with Zhang, who tried to teach Filipski different words in Chinese as well. “I was so bad,” Filipski said. “We would laugh with each other about it. “Her personality shined out. She was so outgoing. She liked to live life to the fullest.” Zhang had not visited her home in China since she moved to the United States as a freshman, Evans said. She planned to return home for winter break this year. “If there’s anything I want people to know it’s just that she is a huge loss,” Evans said. “She was just that person that you could talk to about anything, and she would make you feel better.” College President Carol Ann Mooney expressed her sorrow for Zhang’s death in a statement released Friday. “On behalf of the entire Saint Mary’s College community, I want to express our shock and deep sorrow at the passing of Ziqi,” Mooney said. “We offer heartfelt condolences to her parents and sister and our prayers are with them. “Death is never easy, especially when it is a young person with so much promise.” University President Fr. John Jenkins also released a statement Friday afternoon to join in mourning a Zhang as a student at both Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame. “Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Ziqi Zhang and to the entire Saint Mary’s community,” he said. “Ziqi also was well-known here at Notre Dame, where she was enrolled in the College of Engineering and involved in various clubs and activities. On behalf of the University, our prayers are with all who knew and loved her.” A memorial service for Zhang will be held today at 12:30 p.m. in Regina Chapel. Grief counseling is available to students through Saint Mary’s Women’s Health Center, Campus Ministry and Residence Life and Community Standards. Anyone wishing to contribute to a fund to help Zhang’s family with funeral and travel expenses may send donations to Karen Johnson, vice president of Student Affairs, in 175 Le Mans Hall. Checks should be payable to Saint Mary’s College and indicate in the memo line that the donation is for the Ziqi Zhang family. Johnson told students in an email Monday that the family will receive a list of all donors. Students can also send notes to Zhang’s family by sending them to the same address. The notes will be translated and delivered to her family when they arrive in the United States. Contact Megan Doyle at mdoyle11@nd.edulast_img read more

Students get colorful in local 5K

first_imgOn Saturday morning, many Notre Dame students participated in the self-proclaimed “happiest 5K on the planet” when the Color Run came to South Bend.  Senior Kelly Cronin said different colors of powder were thrown at runners at on every kilometer of the 5K route.  “That was a nice punctuation [because] it made it feel like I was going through it a lot faster than if it had just been every mile, or every now and then,” she said. “It was nice to keep track of where I was based on how many colors I had thrown at me.”  Because of the high humidity on Saturday morning, Cronin said the color stayed on the runners.   “I was told that the dye would come out of my clothes, and I’m sure with another shower or two, the dye will come out of my skin,” she said”  Cronin said she enjoyed the casual, non-competitive environment of the Color Rut.  “People were just there to have fun, so I felt like it was okay for me to not be a very serious runner,” she said. “It was a cool atmosphere – I’m not a very competitive person, so just having a loving, joyful running atmosphere was great.”  The lack of tracking devices for runners to time themselves added to the informal race set-up, she said.  “They didn’t even have a screen telling you how long it took you to run,” Cronin said. “The idea of not having a timing device at the beginning and the end made it a lot more casual … then you could just focus on having fun and getting as much color thrown at you as possible.” The run started at the Silver Hawks’ stadium, Cronin said, and went through downtown South Bend and several residential areas before returning to the stadium.  “The track took us through downtown, and that’s an area you don’t normally get to explore that often,” she said. “It was nice to run through it and see different areas. “This is Indiana, so there aren’t exactly large hills to climb up. There were some moments where there was an incline, but it was nothing that was very worrisome.” Freshman Kate Walsh said because the powder was difficult to run through, many people walked or jogged through the areas it was thrown.  “You couldn’t really see, and you would breathe in the powder,” she said. “Most people, through the zones where it was thrown, would just really slowly run and get covered in color.” Walsh said she heard about the Color Run through Runner’s World magazine’s website.  “I was looking up races in South Bend over the summer, when I was feeling motivated,” she said. “I figured if I signed up for races, then I would have to run them.” The entire run had a “party atmosphere,” Walsh said, in keeping with its goal as the “happiest 5K on the planet.”  According to the Color Run’s website, the unique paint race celebrates “healthiness, happiness and individuality” and  has grown from more than 50 events and 600,000 participants in 2001, to more than 100 events and a million participants in 2013. Contact Catherine Owers at cowers@nd.edulast_img read more

University celebrates Advent with Las Posadas

first_imgAmong the Advent traditions celebrated on campus this season is Las Posadas, a procession that celebrates the journey of Mary and Joseph to the birthplace of Christ.  Three residence halls are hosting the event this week, the final part of which will start at the Grotto at 9 p.m. tonight and end at Farley Hall. Las Posadas, which means “lodgings” in Spanish, is a Christmastime tradition that originated in Spain and is now celebrated annually in Mexico, the southwestern United States and Latino communities in Central and South America.  Elaine DeBassige, rector of Farley Hall, said she grew up with the tradition of Las Posadas in New Mexico and wanted to ensure that the tradition became a part of Notre Dame’s Advent season. “Notre Dame has held Las Posadas celebrations in years past, but usually it was just one night out of the year, and I don’t think it has been this organized,” DeBassige said. In traditional Las Posadas observances, two individuals dressed as the holy couple lead a candle-lit procession to the home of a local family, who hosts a meal and prayer. A priest will normally bless the home and lead the prayer service, which often takes place on nine successive nights leading up to Christmas Eve Mass, with Mary and Joseph walking down the church aisle to meet the Christ child at the crèche. “The celebration is usually a novena,” DeBassige said. “Nine families will host the event in community, but we decided it would be easier to have only three dorms host this week.” Keenan Hall hosted the event Monday night, followed by Howard Hall on Tuesday night. Farley Hall will host the final procession tonight. The Keenan Hall procession began with prayer at the Grotto, followed by a procession featuring traditional music in Spanish, sung by the student group Coro Primavera.  Afterward, Ofelia Juarez, a Keenan Hall housekeeper, and several of her family members prepared traditional Mexican tacos for the attendees.  Keenan Hall rector Noel Terranova said Juarez has offered her cooking expertise for such events in the past. “Ofelia is part of our family,” Terranova said. “She cooked for our Las Posadas celebration last year. She brings her family, her sons and grandchildren.” As part of the procession, freshman Halie Berrigan from Farley Hall dressed up as Mary and freshman Luke Joseph from Siegfried Hall dressed up as Joseph. The two said they agreed to don the costumes for Las Posadas at the request of DeBassige. “We have a Monday night tradition where we have Mass and she feeds us, so she asked if we wanted to be Mary and Joseph,” Joseph said. Las Posadas was new for many students who took part in the event, including Berrigan. “I hadn’t heard of Las Posadas,” Berrigan said. “It’s a new tradition for me, and it’s cool to be a part of it.” Contact Charlie Ducey at cducey@nd.edulast_img read more

Physics professor publishes research

first_imgTags: academic research, Physics Notre Dame professor of physics Boldizsár Jankó’s work with quantum properties of a nanoscale superconductor-ferromagnet system was recently published in “Nature Scientific Reports.”“It’s an example of taking two materials that are very different ⎯ superconductors have zero resistance, they expel magnetic fields, [and] they get weaker,” Jankó said. “Ferromagnets are anything but that ⎯ they have strong magnetic fields. So the question was, ‘What happens when you take some substrate and you put a nanometer-sized magnet on it?’”The basic design of the system Jankó’s team investigated involved a superconductor laid out like flat film with a pancake-shaped nanomagnet disk on top of this substrate, with the north and south poles of the nanomagnet corresponding to the top and bottom of the disk, he said. Given the antagonistic nature of these two materials, the team was curious to see what the result of this clash would be at such a small scale.“What the superconductor does [is] shield this magnetic field, so you basically induce a current in the superconductor,” Jankó said. “So the total magnetic field is almost zero in the superconductor, but there is a spontaneously generated current.”The result of this induced current is a weakened state in the superconductor wherever it flows, and a plot of the strength of the superconductor over different regions revealed a “Mexican hat”-shaped potential, Jankó said. The geometry of this potential is characterized by a peak signal directly under the nanomagnet, surrounded by a valley of weaker strength that gives way to a strong signal on the circular boundary.“When I looked at this ‘Mexican hat’ potential I said, ‘That’s just amazing, I haven’t seen anything like this,’” Jankó said. “So my first thought was that this ‘Mexican hat’ potential is going to trap exotic particles, and that’s what we saw.”The striking part of the microscopic materials medley investigated by Jankó’s team is that it behaves as a quantum analog to the classical rotor model, which is equivalent to tying a string to a rock and swinging it around in a circle, Jankó said.“The other thing we noticed is that you can put a supercurrent on to the superconductor, and [it] results in tilting of the ‘Mexican hat,’” Jankó said. “It weakens the superconductor on one side so that you have a deeper well and strengthens it on the other.”Jankó said this happens because the current flowing through the superconductor induces its own magnetic field, which changes the existing field around the nanomagnet.“That’s the classical view. What we found, quantum-mechanically, is that is true ⎯ but there are also more particles on the other side as well,” Jankó said. “It turns out that you are basically breaking the left-right symmetry, and these states are an equal superposition of left-rotating and right-rotating particles. So the quantum mechanical rotor goes in both directions.”The classical analog in this situation would be that of a billiard ball rolling back and forth in the groove of the tilted side of the Mexican hat ⎯ but now also rolling back and forth on the other side as well, similar to two oscillating pendulums instead of the single rotor, Jankó said. This dual-pendulum model prompted Jankó’s team to explore possible relations to chaos in the system.“We immediately thought of a connection to chaos because a kicked pendulum is chaotic,” Jankó said. “Its motion is extremely sensitive to a kick. Luckily, quantum mechanics makes things a lot simpler in this case. For a quantum mechanical particle that’s spread all over the place, it couldn’t care less about being chaotic. There are no initial conditions; it just has maybe a slightly different structure of the wave function.”In general, it is possible to go from a chaotic classical system to a quantum mechanical analog, but going back the other way is a far more difficult question, he said.“Here what we are saying is that we discover rotor states, pendulum states, and the pendulum can be made chaotic if you put impulses into the current to start driving the system,” Jankó said. “And in fact, we managed to describe the quantum-mechanical analog of this inverted pendulum ⎯ basically you have a rod and an object at the end of this rod, and you can stabilize this otherwise classically unstable inverted position. So if you perform the drive of this hinge, you can stabilize this state and have a stable inverted pendulum, called the Kapitza pendulum.”last_img read more

Malloy’s reflection on Hesburgh

first_imgEditor’s note: University President Emeritus Fr. Edward “Monk” Malloy spoke during the Tuesday night wake service for University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, who died Thursday. The following is his speech in its entirety.“Come, Holy Spirit.“A couple weeks ago Fr. Charlie Kohlerman, the superior of Holy Cross, our healthcare and retirement facility where Fr. Ted lived for a number of years, called me and a number of other of Ted’s close friends and said, ‘The end is near. If you want to have a last, final conversation with Ted, you’d better do it quickly.’“I knew that I would be traveling, and so I was a little worried about when was the best time. When Melanie came back, she said to Joan, my assistant, ‘He’s in the office. We never thought he’d come back here.’ So I thought I would visit him there, but then somebody came to visit me and I wasn’t able to catch him there. So I went over to the Holy Cross House. I went up to his room. The television was on, but there was nobody there. So one of the nurses said, ‘Follow me.’ So we went down to the first floor and out into this bubble, which was the approved place for smokers.“Now, you have to know that this is not enclosed as far as walls. And so there was a gigantic heater and Ted was wearing a hat and three layers of clothes and blankets on his feet. And he had a stogie in his mouth and he was puffing away, but it wasn’t lit. And I didn’t know if I should tell him or not. A little later, another resident of Holy Cross came by and he wanted to smoke a cigarette. He, too, was close to 90, so who am I to give him a word of reproach? He said, ‘Now don’t worry about me; I can’t hear anything.’ So he just watched us the whole time. About halfway through our conversation, which was very personal, I thought, well, maybe I should tell Ted that his cigar was not lit. So this guy said, “Well, I have a lighter.” The guy would light the thing, Ted would lean over and the wind from the heater would blow it out every time. Finally Ted was satisfied and went puffing away.“I said, ‘Ted, what have you been thinking about?’ He said, ‘Eternity.’ He said, ‘The phrase that keeps coming into my mind: no eye has seen nor ear heard what God has in store for those who love Him.’ I was blown away, of course. And I recognized at that point that he knew that he was going to die soon and that he was full of utter gratefulness for his life and all of the gifts that he had enjoyed along the way.“I said, ‘Let’s talk about people.’ And we started with Ned Joyce, who he often described as his best friend in his whole life. For 35 years, they were colleagues and friends and companions, Ted as president, Ned Joyce as executive vice president. You couldn’t have found two people that personality-wise were more different. Their politics, their ecclesiology — all different.“But Ted was proud when he said, ‘We never had a fight.’ I think that was influenced by the fact that Ted had the last word. But those of you who have had a chance to read the wonderful book ‘Travels with Ted and Ned’ — I always wonder what the book would have included if it had been ‘Travels with Ned and Ted.’ Well, we’ll never know.“He talked about Helen Hosinski, his secretary-assistant, whose gnarled hands didn’t prevent her for years from getting everything done, taking dictation, making sure she could prevent the wrong people from getting access, organizing his schedule and otherwise making his life easier. Ted used to say, ‘We’re just figureheads. It’s the women of Notre Dame like Helen who really run the place.’ That, of course, is very true.“We talked about Ed Stephan, who became the first chair of the Board of Trustees in its modern version, who wrote the constitutions and the by-laws of the University in the transition from Holy Cross ownership to a shared responsibility of the Fellows and the Board of Trustees. … Notre Dame would never have been as successful if this dramatic transformation had not taken place. The skill, the enthusiasm, the generosity of so many trustees through the years has been transformative for Notre Dame.“And a lot of that goes back to Ted’s doctoral dissertation in Catholic University on the role of the laity in the modern church. Ted was always open to new ideas, new perspectives, including new structures.“Ted was very thankful for the wonderful care he received at Holy Cross House. From the doctors and the nurses to his companions there, other Holy Cross religious. Shortly before he died, around lunchtime, they anointed him and he was able to say words of thanksgiving to the whole community assembled there. What a gift they were to him.“Melanie Chapleau. How can we describe what Melanie was to Ted? She ordered his life, she was able to make sure that he was attended to as he went through the decline to his health. She became a weightlifter when he had to get in and out of wheelchairs and in and out of cars and all those sorts of things. She represents all the best of what the staff are like at Notre Dame.“Marty Ogren and the drivers who took him everywhere; the police security department, who were always on call, in a sense, when he had to go from point A to point B. They were generous, and he would always give them a blessing at the end, no matter what their religious heritage. Ted was appreciative at the end of his life of all those who had been so generous to him along the way.“If you’ve read the obituaries, you know that his autobiography starts rather simply: upstate New York, a loving, Catholic family, thinks he wants to be a priest in grade school — too young. In high school he sees the group of Holy Cross religious giving a mission in his parish. He says, ‘That’s the group I want to belong to.’ He’s accepted, goes through formation, and the next thing you know, he’s studying in Rome at the Gregorian. And, fortuitously, it helped him become a linguist, which in so many of the things he did later was a great asset.“But then, before World War II breaks out, he was able to get back to the States, gets ordained and goes and does his doctorate at Catholic University. He comes back. We all know the stories about wanting to be a Navy chaplain. He comes back; he gets assigned to be the rector of Farley Hall, to be the chaplain for Vetville for all those returning veterans and their spouses or about-to-be-spouses and children. He loved it. It allowed him to be a pastor in the full sense of the term.“Then he gets appointed the head of the theology department, writes textbooks and then, he made that quick jump and became executive vice president. Because of the canon law requirements of the day, when Fr. John Cavanaugh, who was both president and superior, had to step down, Ted became his successor. He talks about, it was just kind of obedience: you go to the chapel, they give you your obedience, somebody gave you the keys and that was it. Notre Dame didn’t have a budget in those days. He didn’t even know how to turn the lights on.“But what a transformative effect he had right from the beginning. His aspirations were high, but the resources were low, and so one of the things inevitably, he had to be a proclaimer of what Notre Dame could be. The Ford Foundation had seed grants that became pivotal for Notre Dame and through the years we began to accumulate the capital necessary to become a great university.“Once Ted asked me and a group of people, on the basis of an experience working with nuclear disarmament and peace issues, if we would form a little committee to think about how we would form an institute for peace studies. We thought, like most academics, things would last about a year. We had one meeting. Ted was invited to give a talk in San Diego about his dream of a peace institute.“After it was over, a woman came up he had never met before and she said, ‘How much would it cost?’ He said, ‘Who are you?’ She said, ‘I don’t know, but I can find out for you.’ So she gave him her card. ‘Joan Kroc,’ it said, as he found out soon, the inheritor of the McDonald’s fortune. We came back — we had five meetings in five days. We sent her prospectives. He said, ‘It’s going to take 6 or 7 million dollars. We’ll be happy to come out and meet with you.’ She said, ‘That won’t be necessary. I’ll send it to you in the overnight mail.’ He went, “What?’“And then, between the time she sent it and when we were ready to cash it in, it accrued by $100,000. So we offered to send the $100,000 back, and she said, ‘Because you’ve been so honest, you can keep it.’ And that was the beginning of an extraordinary relationship with someone who’s not Catholic, who’s not very active in church life but wanted to be a generous person in every possible way.“One of Ted’s things — if he had to choose where to die, would have been, I think, to be celebrating Mass in the chapel at Land O’ Lakes. He loved to go there at the end of the academic year to fish, to read, to be himself in nature, in this aquatic research facility that was facilitated by the Hank family and so many others. He was at home there. When I was having my last meeting with him, I said, ‘Did you ever hear the rumor that when you were out fishing, when you couldn’t see anymore, that somebody in a wetsuit would go down below the boat and hook the fish on the line?’ He said, ‘No, that couldn’t possibly be true.’“One of the most extraordinary things about Ted Hesburgh was his interest in civil and human rights. When he was appointed to the Civil Rights Commission by President Eisenhower and made the head of the group by President Nixon, he … did not have much personal experience in dealing with this issue, this great scourge on American life. But he was a quick learner, and someone who believed deeply about civil and human rights in every possible fashion.“And so one of the most iconic pictures of him that many of us have seen is holding hands, or locking arms, with Martin Luther King, Jr. and several others up at Soldier Field in Chicago, singing ‘We Shall Overcome.’ He went from somebody without much experience in this important issue in our common life to someone who was responsible, in a sense, for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Hard to explain it, but many times he played a providential kind of role in the events of our time.“Ted was a polymath, a quick learner. He wasn’t so much a specialist at any one thing, but he learned about science because it was important. He learned about civil rights because how else would he effectively play that role? And he learned one time, he decided, enough about Islam, so he rented passage on an oiler, got a bunch of books and simply spent the whole time reading about Islam and celebrating Mass with the people on the crew. That was the kind of person that Ted Hesburgh was. Find the issue, get invited by presidents and popes and try to make a difference.“He had a great friendship with Pope Paul VI, and Pope Paul and he would gather periodically and exchange gifts close to their own hearts. And eventually, Pope Paul asked him to found an ecumenical institute in the Holy Land. Originally, it was in Jordan. Now, it’s sitting in Jerusalem looking into Bethlehem. It was one of the places that was closest to Ted’s heart, and his goal in life was to see the antagonists in the Holy Land gather for however long it took at Tantur and come up with a peace plan that would bring final and lasting peace to the region. That’s a wonderful dream, even to this day.“Ted was a daredevil. He liked challenges. Once I was with him at Jericho, reportedly the oldest city in the world, and it was about 108 in the shade. And Ted was about 82. I said, ‘We can just look at it, Ted.’ He said, ‘Oh no, we’re going to the top.’ We went up there, both of us sweating but not holding back from taking the risk and experiencing the fullness of that particular place.“He celebrated Mass in a submarine between California and Hawaii and on aircraft carriers. He went to the Antarctic, and then he flew in a supersonic transport, which was one of the most important items in his office area. But his great dream in life was to be the first priest to celebrate Mass in outer space as an astronaut. He and Walter Cronkite were lined up, but then the tragedy of the Challenger disaster happened, and he was never able to fulfill that dream.“Ted was in 100 countries, I think. One time, I was able to go to Tibet, and he said, ‘I’m so envious of you. I’ve only been to Nepal and Afghanistan and China and India and — but I’ve never been to Tibet.’ I said, ‘Too bad, Ted.’“One of Ted’s great lines: ‘A Catholic university is the place where the Church does its thinking.’ He really meant it. Upholding the motives of the Church, but wanting us to be a full-fledged Catholic university, in every sense of the term, to appropriately acknowledged faculty prerogatives, to establish institutes and centers that were close to our Catholic mission and identity, to celebrate the achievements of the members of the Congregation of Holy Cross.“I used to have lunch with Ted every couple of weeks, sometimes with Tim O’Mara, a former provost, Bill Sexton and others from the University administration. I used to say to people, ‘If you want to know what we talk about, I’d have to kill you.’ But we had great conversations and one of the thing we talked about frequently was our great admiration and regard for Fr. John Jenkins, our contemporary president. How happy we were that someone of such great talent and enthusiasm and holiness was serving in succession to us. For me, one of the iconic moments in my time at Notre Dame was when the two of us put our hands on John’s shoulders at his inauguration and said a prayer of blessing. What a privilege that was, as we passed the mantle on.“Finally, Ted was a man of prayer. He celebrated Mass every day, except for one or two times when it was impossible. He carried a black bag everywhere he went which had all the elements that are necessary to celebrate mass. He would invite Russian politicos and scientists to come to mass. He would invite people who were of other religious faiths. He would invite atheists, or whoever, and generally they always said yes, and they went away fully embracing a kind of sense of God’s presence in their life.“He was the first priest to celebrate Mass at Lambeth Palace, which is the headquarters of the Archbishop of Canterbury, at that time George Carey. The first Mass there from the time of the Reformation, right there where Thomas Camden wrote the Book of Common Prayer, and a little bit away from where Thomas Moore was tried and hung. What a dramatic moment that was for both of us.“One time, on one of his birthdays, we celebrated Mass right along the Sea of Galilee in a motel in a room with a Christian-Arab driver. And all I could think of, here was Ted, right next to where Jesus would have been doing the same thing in his ministry. He celebrated the holy office; he prayed the rosary; he visited the Grotto. He tried to be a pastor to anyone who came into his presence. When he lost his eyesight, he had the blessing that he could then invite people, undergraduate students particularly, to come and read for him, and they had the concrete experience of the person in the flesh, so to speak.“When I left him on that last meeting, I asked him to bless me, which he did graciously. Now I want to say on behalf of all of us, Fr. Ted Hesburgh, C.S.C., you have been a great and holy priest. You have been our pastor here at Notre Dame, as you have for the country and the world. Now, go to God, and may you rest in peace.”Tags: Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Fr. Hesburgh, Monk Malloy, Ted Hesburghlast_img read more

Saint Mary’s Dance Marathon partners with SB Cubs

first_imgSaint Mary’s College Dance Marathon (SMCDM) and the South Bend Cubs are joining forces to raise awareness and funds for Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. The game will take place this Thursday, Sept 3, at 7:05 pm at the Four Winds Field in South Bend. The South Bend Cubs will take on the Dayton Dragons.Tickets are $9 and one-third of the proceeds go to Riley Hospital. Students and all other members of the community are welcome to attend this event. Tickets can be purchased through Wednesday in the Student Center Atrium.Co-president Allison Lukomski said SMCDM has a goal to sell 150 tickets. Reaching this goal will allow a Riley patient to throw the opening pitch at the game.Lukomski said SMCDM executive board’s goal for this year is to raise awareness of Riley Hospital’s involvement with the children and how the hospital provides treatment to all kids regardless of their ability to pay.She said the collaboration with the South Bend Cubs is a fun opportunity to bring the college and South Bend communities together as well as raise funds and awareness for Riley hospital.“I want to see our community, at large, come together and help us unite in the fight for all children who are battling for their lives,” Lukomski said “Dance Marathon is all about fighting for a cause that is bigger than yourself, fighting for the continuation of hope that is given at Riley and fighting for the little faces I have seen, for their health and for their lives.Lukomski said she wants Saint Mary’s College, University of Notre Dame, Holy Cross College and the South Bend community to feel united while helping children who are fighting medical battles.“Since DM was created here at Saint Mary’s, we have based our goals on the following: engaging our campus and community, supporting our Riley families and celebrating life’s victories and new hope,” she said.Co-president Maranda Pennington said this is the first year the two organizations have collaborated and Dance Marathon has aspirations of making it an annual back to school event.The collaboration with the South Bend Cubs will help to kickstart SMCDM’s goal to raise $100,000 for the main event in March.“We [raised] just over $90,000 last year, and are hoping to take that momentum and make this the best year possible for Dance Marathon,” she said.Pennington said the board not only wants to increase funds raised for the kids at Riley, but also the number of participants.Letter-writing executive Hannah Monte said she has been involved with Dance Marathon for three years.“Helping others has always been a true source of happiness in my life, and Dance Marathon has become a huge passion for me,” she said. “Seeing the joy and happiness in the faces of Riley kids helped me realize the differences we make in their lives through this amazing organization.”Monte said this year she has a personal goal to raise $1,000 for the kids.“Participation in SMCDM has been an amazing journey thus far and when looking into the future, I absolutely cannot wait to end SMCDM 2016 with sore legs form dancing and full hearts from giving,” Monte said.“It is an awesome feeling that everyone is coming together as a community to do something special like this for the Riley kids and Dance Marathon community,” Monte said, “We cannot thank South Bend Cubs enough for partnering with us and showing their support.”Tags: 2015-2016, Dance Marathon, Indianapolis, riley hospital for children, saint mary’s, South Bend Cubslast_img read more

Professor explores Germany’s response to refugee crisis

first_imgGermany is paralyzed by fear, according to Dr. Tim Lörke, the Max Kade Visiting Professor in German, and a professor at the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies, Free University Berlin. Lörke delivered a lecture titled “Impressions of a Frightened Nation — Germany’s Role in the International Refugee Crisis” on Tuesday night, sponsored by the department of German and Russian languages.“Looked at from an inner perspective, Germany is a frightened nation, and its fear is twofold,” he said. “First, you have those who are afraid of change. The German labor market, which looks so good at this time, might suffer. They fear that German values might change. On the other hand, they are frightened that Germany may become a nationalist and isolated state once again. They fear that Germany might turn it’s back to the refugees.”Lörke said he is not an expert on political science or economics, but he wanted to explore the refugee crisis through a cultural lens as a professor of literature and a German citizen.“I live in Berlin, and Berlin has the second biggest share of Muslim people in Germany. Most of [these Muslim immigrants] come from Turkey and have been living here for years. Their children, or grandchildren, have never lived in Turkey,” he said. “I live in the city where living and working together seem to work out comparatively well. When you wander the streets of Berlin, you are not surprised by diversity. In other cities, diversity does not work out that well.”Muslims have integrated into German society through taking civil jobs and joining German political parties, Lörke said.“Muslims have become state officials and civil servants, they are on the police force and work in universities,” he said.Lörke said many Muslim soccer players have gained popularity in the country, making Germans more comfortable with Islam and therefore helping to forge a new German national identity. During the World Cup, Turkish Germans were proud, Lörke said, raising the German flag to support the players on the team.“During the … World Cup, you see the flag, and it really does feel good,” he said.However, despite the integration of Muslims into the German society, Lörke noted that there is still fear and debate surrounding the 1 million refugees Germany took in during 2015.“There is an intense debate about Muslims in Germany because of the intense influx of refugees from Syria, Iran and Iraq. This current situation cannot be compared to those [immigrants] who came to Germany for a brighter future or Turkish aid workers. Immigration cannot be compared to fleeing from your home,” Lörke said. “Immigration is a fundamentally different situation than refugees. They aren’t leaving voluntarily or simply perusing more prosperous living conditions — they are being forced out.”Many German minorities are unhappy about the number of refugees, Lörke said, and 40 percent of Muslim citizens say German should stop taking refugees. According to Lörke, many of these Muslims said they came to Germany to get away from Islam and are worried the refugees will bring in anti-pluralistic laws.“Also, Germany’s Jewish population is worried about the rise of anti-Semitism, because many of the refugees come from countries that do not support Israel,” Lörke said. “They are very afraid.”Lörke said politicians have the difficult tasks of balancing conflicting ethics: the ethics of responsibility and humanitarian ethics. At the moment, Germany is struggling to meet humanitarian needs while continuing to protect German prosperity and minority rights.“Germans fear they have wronged the refugees and wronged themselves,” Lörke said. “But Germany has been successful in adopting refugees and immigrants in the past, and I really think that we can do that again. It is just about talking to each other, understanding each other.”Tags: germany, refugee crisislast_img read more

Rape reported to NDSP

first_imgA rape was reported Wednesday to Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP), according to its crime log published Thursday.The alleged rape occurred between 7 p.m. Aug. 28 and 10 a.m. Aug. 29 in Keough Hall, according to the entry.Students did not receive an email crime alert from NDSP alerting them that a report had been filed.“No timely warning was issued because the assault occurred two weeks before it was reported,” University spokesperson Dennis Brown said in an email to the Observer. Additionally, the crime log reported an update to an alleged rape that occurred Aug. 5. in the Fischer graduate student apartments. The alleged rape, originally reported to a University administrator Aug. 16, has since been reported to the St. Joseph’s County Police, according to the update.Information about sexual assault prevention and resources for survivors of sexual assault are available online from NDSP and from the Committee for Sexual Assault Prevention (CSAP).Tags: NDSP, NDSP crime log, sexual assaultlast_img read more

Student government candidates kick off campaign season

first_imgNotre Dame student body election season kicked off Thursday night in the basement of Cavanaugh Hall with a panel comprised of the presidential and vice presidential candidates, joined by their campaign managers. The panel was hosted by We Stand For —  a group that aims at “sharing resources and support for Notre Dame students in light of the election” — and was focused on clarifying how each ticket plans to address diversity on campus. Michael Yu | The Observer Candidates and campaign managers answer questions at We Stand For’s panel Thursday night. Pictured, from Left to Right: Daniela Naramatsu, Rohit Fonseca and Madi Purrenhage; and Sibonay Shewit, Becca Blais and Prathm Juneja.“Diversity at Notre Dame comes in many different forms,” junior presidential candidate Rohit Fonseca said. “Diversity is what makes us a great university; it’s what makes us special.”Fonseca’s running mate, junior Daniela Naramatsu, said their ticket emphasizes and exemplifies diversity.“Diversity at Notre Dame is the three of us — we have very different views, but we’re free to differ from each other and we’re free to talk about it,” Naramatsu said. “We think we’re a pretty diverse ticket because we’re able to bring a lot of different ideas to the table.”Junior Madi Purrenhage, campaign manager for the Fonseca-Naramatsu ticket, said a major part of their platform involves creating civil discourse on campus. “Our ticket is really passionate about the fact that we represent a lot of diverse opinions,” Purrenhage said. “Even if someone is the exact opposite of any of us, we can understand other people’s viewpoints. We tried to take a lot of different viewpoints into account in making our platform.”Similarly, junior presidential candidate Becca Blais said diversity played a significant role in the formation of their platform. “I see diversity as progress,” Blais said. “It’s acknowledging all the wonderful differences we have, and that progress comes in moving forward. I know, with us, diversity is a huge piece of our platform.”Blais’ running mate, junior Sibonay Shewit, said there is “more [Notre Dame] can do to celebrate diversity.”“Everyone recognizes that ND is a diverse university,” Shewit said. “We may not be where our peer universities are … but that doesn’t mean that it’s OK, so we want to really push that, and start these conversations.”The next steps, as Blais said she sees it, include coping with the political climate at Notre Dame. “I think we’re in a very ugly place right now with our political climate,” Blais said. “I think we’re afraid to talk to each other, to have these conversations. The biggest next step is changing that climate on campus and bringing down that hostility. It’s not an us and them — it’s an all of us.” Shewit said the impetus of promoting diversity falls on student government. “With every example, it starts with Student Government making these things their top priority,” Shewit said. “We want to be allies for the LGBTQ community, for the [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] students, we want to help with Walk the Walk week, we want to be there at Welcome Weekend, we want to be as open and visible as possible.”Fonseca said a major component of their platform is the creation of RouND Tables — “moderated face-to-face conversations about critical or controversial topics,” according to their platform.“You never see people having those hard conversations with people, face to face,” Fonseca said. “We’re going to do that with RouND Tables. If we did it today, we would ask if Trump should be invited to campus. The stuff you see in Viewpoints or Facebook, it’s not stuff you would say to people’s face. I think we can have these discussions face-to-face though. What we’re doing is getting you face-to-face with people who you would never see during your four years here.”Sophomore campaign manager for the Blais-Shewit ticket, Prathm Juneja, said he hopes to bring together students with different experiences and backgrounds.“What we’re focusing on what can we do to make it feel like students belong here,” Juneja said. “Every student belongs here, and how do we make them feel like that?”Tags: DACA, Student government, Student government elections, We Stand Forlast_img read more

Jenkins announces new fundraising initiative

first_imgObserver File Photo University President Fr. John Jenkins speaks in a file photo from 2018. Jenkins announced a new fundraising initiative Sunday, aimed at increasing planned gifts.In announcing the initiative, Jenkins extolled the importance of planned gifts throughout the University’s history, saying they are critical in allowing the school to operate.“In anticipation of the needs, hopes and aspirations of those who will carry forward Notre Dame’s mission in the years to come, I am pleased to announce the beginning of a new, three-year gift planning initiative known as Love Thee Notre Dame,” he said in the email. “Throughout Notre Dame’s history, planned gifts made by alumni, parents and friends have sustained and strengthened the University. These generous gifts allow Notre Dame to plan with confidence for tomorrow’s needs and opportunities.”The initiative’s webpage echoed Jenkins’ message in the email.“[The initiative] is an invitation to all who love Notre Dame to be among those who, through planned gifts, allow Our Lady’s University to plan confidently for the future,” the webpage said. “Thoughtfully structured planned gifts are uniquely powerful in sustaining and growing the University’s ability to carry forward Her mission, while often affording exceptional financial and tax benefits to benefactors.”According to the webpage, the “simplest” way to give a planned gift to Notre Dame is through the terms of either a will or a revocable trust, or “to designate Notre Dame as the beneficiary of a retirement plan account.”Tags: development, fundraising, University President Fr. John Jenkins In an email to parents and donors Sunday, University President Fr. John Jenkins announced the start of a new fundraising initiative. The gift planning initiative, entitled “Love Thee Notre Dame” will last three years, the email said.“Today, because of the extraordinary generosity and dedication of so many, we are able to advance Notre Dame’s distinctive Catholic mission to be a healing, unifying and enlightening force in many important and exciting ways on campus, across the country and around the globe,” Jenkins said in the email. “And yet, there is still much work to be done, in a world that grows ever more complex.”last_img read more