During its meeting Wednesday, the College’s Student Government Association (SGA) discussed a program that would give Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame and Holy Cross students discounts at local restaurants. Student body president Rachael Chelsey said letters were sent out to local businesses, such as Chipotle, and she said hopefully many will start to respond. Members of SGA brainstormed ideas for how to advertise and publicize the discount programs. Some ideas include hanging signs around campus, putting fliers into every Saint Mary’s student’s mailbox, creating a fan page on Facebook, installing table tents in Noble Dining Hall and putting the information on Saint Mary’s website. “The ultimate plan for this is for it to begin after fall break. However, it is a matter of when we get responses from the restaurants and businesses,” Chesley said. “It might start off as a smaller program, but it is important to look at how we can leave our mark.” The discounts offered from each business will be left up to the individual business’ discretion, she said. SGA also discussed the Pack Saint Mary’s With You program, which will take place over fall break, said admissions commissioner Liz Busam. This program encourages Saint Mary’s students to go back to their high schools and talk positively about their experience at the College. There will be students sitting outside the Noble Dining Hall atrium with sign-up sheets. “This is a great way to generate that energy and pride we have for Saint Mary’s,” Busam said. If students participate in the program, their names will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 gift card to the new bookstore, she said. If successful, the program could continue over the Thanksgiving or Christmas break.
Even though the snowstorm that hit campus Feb. 2 caused many headaches and forced the Winter Career Fair to be cancelled, the Career Center’s rescheduled Career Fair was a success, said Kevin Monahan, associate director of the Career Center, said. “Students have been very supportive as they realized the crippling effects the weather would have had on the Career Fair and the safety issues involved if we pushed forward and tried to host the event in February,” he said. The Fair was postponed for more than a month until Thursday, when it ran from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Joyce Center Heritage Hall. The Diversity Reception ran from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Monogram Room. Monahan said it was the first time in his 10 years with the Career Center that a career fair had been postponed. “As early as Monday of that week, we had received news of thousands of flight cancellations and anticipated shutdowns of major highways. Postponing the fair was the right decision as the well being of students, staff, and employers was our top concern,” he said. “Within 24 hours, we had already rebooked the Joyce Center and started communicating details to companies and students about the new date.” With the extra time the Career Center was able to keep the majority of the original firms set to attend, while bringing in a few more companies, including Land’s End, Chrysler and Frito-Lay, Monahan said. 104 firms were in attendance Friday, and firms also adjusted on-campus interview schedules during February and March. “Some firms kept their original on-campus interview dates while others pushed back until after the fair,” he said. “Overall, spring on-campus recruiting is up about 25 percent from last year.” Junior Rachel Chalich said she has been to every Career Fair while attending Notre Dame, except while she was abroad last semester. “I think that there were just as many students at the fair today as there have been in past years,” she said. “It seemed like there were fewer employers, but the event was logistically set up differently, so it is really hard to be certain.” Chalich said her biggest worry about the Career Fair being pushed back was the availability of positions. “Of those in attendance, I am curious as to how many actually had jobs and internships available or if those positions had already been filled,” she said. “I was fortunate enough to be unaffected by the change in date. My recruiters still kept on the same schedule; they just didn’t have the Career Fair as a resource.” Monahan said this is not the first time the Career Center has held an employer fair in March. As of 10 years ago, the Career Center hosted a career fair in January and a separate internship fair in March. “Taking feedback from students and employers, we decided to move to one fair during the spring semester,” Monahan said. He said the Career Center estimates between 1,000 and 1,200 students attended, which is typical for on-campus career fairs. “I anticipate more first years and sophomores attending than in the past in order to get a head start on their career search efforts,” he said. Chalich said she began using the Career Fair as a freshman. “I think we’re spoiled by the work they do, and then you talk to friends who go to other schools where the ‘Career Center’ is one person behind a desk,” she said. “The staff at the Career Center know the industries, they know the employers, and they know the steps needed to get you where you want to be.”
The Olympic athletes who came to campus as part of the Deloitte Olympic and Paralympic Roadshow on Tuesday shared how their experiences in athletics have informed their lives as leaders. War veteran and amputee, U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey team member and Paralympic Gold medal hopeful, Rico Roman, shared his story alongside Steve Mesler, three-time Olympian and Olympic gold medalist in bobsledding, in the Jordan Auditorium of the Mendoza College of Business. Mesler said after winning a gold medal he retired and started a non-profit organization with his sister that connects children to athletic mentors. Mesler said he also does corporate consulting work through Deloitte. Mesler said he has been successful in following his passion and his story is an example for many students with similar goals. “I’m doing the things now that a lot of people, especially the kids from the business school, want to get into, whether it be corporate consulting work, whether it be being the best in the world at something, whether it be impacting the world using things that you’re passionate about,” Mesler said. Roman said his road to becoming one of the best in the world at sled hockey began with a serious injury he received while serving in Iraq. “In 2007, I was injured due to a roadside bomb … Due to complications I had my leg amputated, and during my rehab process I found the sport of sled hockey through a group called Operation Comfort that helped veterans in San Antonio,” Roman said. “When I was first invited to come and play the sport I didn’t even want to try it to be honest, and now I turned that around by going to the guys that are injured and asking them to come and try the sport and sharing my story with them because I’ve been in their same predicament being injured overseas.” Roman said he hopes sharing his story will shed light on how students can best hone their leadership skills to reach their full potential. “They’re being led into this opportunity right now … They’re gearing [up] to be leaders, and I feel like me sharing my story with them hopefully will give them tools along the way that will help them in choosing the right paths and of course choosing the right people,” Roman said. Mesler said injuries that stalled his track aspirations pushed him towards a gold medal in bobsledding and the issues he noticed in athletic mentorship allowed him to create an innovative solution. “We looked at the current model of athletes working with kids and how it just wasn’t practical and how we could do better and engage kids more and turn that into something now that is in three different countries and donating tens and tens of thousands of dollars of technology to schools and connecting athletes with thousands of kids,” Mesler said. Roman said the ability to change one’s mindset and work towards a larger goal can create success in the face of difficulties. “Stuff happens. And it happens for a reason. You never know what might lie ahead of you. It might not be a big bomb in the middle of the road up the street, but you never know what might happen to you,” Roman said. “Focus on the big prize. For me that prize is getting a gold medal in Sochi Russia.” Most importantly, students need to use failure as a motivation to succeed the next time, Roman said. He faced failure when he did not make the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team the first time he tried out. “I didn’t go home disappointed that I didn’t make the team. I just went home more determined to make this team the following year,” Roman said. “I went back out to tryouts and I’ve made the team and I’m the first war veteran to make the U.S. sled hockey team.” As official sponsors of the U.S. Olympic Committee, Deloitte initiated this Olympic and Paralympic Roadshow several years ago in an effort to both motivate students to achieve their goals and to share the values of their company in an interesting way, Mark Chain, member of Mendoza College of Business Accountancy Advisory Board, said. “The Olympic athletes have such inspirational stories that we’re thinking we can inspire students to reach their full potential by hearing the stories of the U.S. Olympic athletes, and it gives us an opportunity to tell students about our firm and opportunities we have within our organization too because there’s such similarities,” Chain said. “If you think about our core values of community of teamwork, integrity, strength from diversity, commitment to each other and those are the same qualities that are part of the U.S. Olympic movement.” Sophomore Christine Shiba said the stories of the speakers related closely to the life of a college student, even though most college students will never go to the Olympics. “One of the things they kept saying is that you think everything’s going wrong and then you find a different way to get out of it, and I really liked that message because there’s a lot of times in college where you’re not really sure of yourself. You’re not really sure where you’re going, but you have the ability to get through it and to succeed. You just have to make sure you’re doing the right things,” Shiba said.
EMILY McCONVILLE | The Observer Dean of the First Year of Studies Hugh Page reads an excerpt from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s sermon “Loving Our Enemies” at a prayer service Monday in the rotunda of Main Building.Jenkins said the late Nelson Mandela, who led the fight against South Africa’s oppressive apartheid system and later became the country’s President, embodied King’s vision.“It’s interesting to think of Nelson Mandela with Dr. King,” Jenkins said. “Dr. King began life committed to nonviolence but died a violent death. Mandela started in armed resistance but renounced it and became the leader of his country. Today we remember these two men and their legacy of freedom, equality and dignity.”The service, which was open to the public and standing room only, involved members of the community, as well as Notre Dame students, faculty and staff. Emmanuel Community Church pastor Shirley Gaston, who read a passage from St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans, said she has attended the service in past years.“I appreciate the fact that we still remember [King] at Notre Dame,” she said. “[University President Emeritus] Fr. [Theodore] Hesburgh was a person that really knew him, and for Fr. Jenkins to keep that tradition going, I’m very pleased.”Student body chief of staff Juan Rangel, who read a petition, said the prayer service remembered King appropriately.“I loved [the service],” Rangel said. “I thought the service did a good job of bringing the spirit of Dr. King in a peaceful and joyful way, and I liked especially how the community was involved, because you don’t see that a lot on campus.”Tags: Fr. John Jenkins, Martin Luther King Jr., Prayer service Throughout his life, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stressed the importance of nonviolence and love in ending racial discrimination. This legacy was the theme of a prayer service in the civil rights leader’s honor, held Monday in the rotunda of Main Building.The service consisted of a scripture reading, an excerpt from King’s sermon “Loving Our Enemies,” read by Dean of the First Year of Studies Hugh Page, a reflection from University President Fr. John Jenkins, and petitions and music from the Notre Dame Celebration Choir. It was followed by a reception on the building’s third floor.In his reflection, Jenkins said King visited Notre Dame in October 1963. His address,which he delivered in the same year as his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, concerned economic discrimination.“He warned of dangerous notions among urban whites in the community and said it’s torturous logic to use results of segregation and discrimination as an argument for the continuation of it, instead of looking at the causes,” Jenkins said.
Over the weekend, Saint Mary’s Class of 2019 participated in Belles Beginnings, the College’s orientation program, to help ease students into college life along with the peer mentoring program. Student body president Kaitlyn Baker said Belles Beginnings provides students with resources and knowledge to help them move from high school students to college women while giving them the opportunity to meet other first years.Belles Beginnings commenced Thursday when the newest members of the College moved into their residence halls, Baker said. A matriculation ceremony, small group meetings hosted by Peer Mentors, and the presentation of Sex Signals took place Friday, followed by different presentations regarding campus life, study abroad and other important topics on Saturday. The evening culminated in PlayFair and Domerfest on Saturday night.“The events throughout the weekend allowed students to meet each other in large group settings to bond as a class and in smaller groups to get to know each other as individuals,” Baker said.Senior Maranda Pennington works as a peer mentor to first year students. As a mentor, she helps the first-year students transition to the College by offering advice and answering any questions they might have about academics, student life or anything about Saint Mary’s, she said.Pennington said she hopes students learn that “it’s more than okay to ask questions and feel a little clueless at times.” She also hopes students learned Saint Mary’s students are surrounded by wonderful peers and professors who want to help them become successful women. “It helps so much [to have a peer mentor] because they’re actually getting a student perspective on everything rather than just being preached at by staff,” Pennington said. “It’s easier for them to relate and talk to someone who has gone through it and is closer to their age. … The first few weeks of college are such a stressful and vulnerable time. Having a peer mentor to support you in any way they can through that process is vital.”During the weekend, students split their time between their peer mentors and various other programming sessions. With their peer mentors, first years participated in small group discussions and ice breakers to get to know each other, Pennington said. “Overall, I tried to keep the environment very relaxed because I know how nervous they probably were,” Pennington said. “I’m really excited to show my students why I love Saint Mary’s so much and also help them be successful and happy here.”First-year student Emily Scott said she wanted to come to the College because of the strong community feeling. Scott said she “found that you meet new friends more easily when you’re not necessarily looking for friends. They kind of come to you.”Nina Hartman, also a first year, said she learned more during orientation than she thought she would.“Not only have I learned important information like how to stay safe and take care of myself, I also learned what the greatness and importance of being a Belle really is through getting to know new classmates during peer mentor meetings, Mass, Domerfest and many more fun activities,” Hartman said.Hartman said she is excited to join the community at Saint Mary’s.“Not only is the campus beautiful, but the people here are beautiful as well, inside and out,” Hartman said. “Everybody is so kind and welcoming, which I love. I really can’t imagine myself anywhere else but here for college. The Saint Mary’s community is one that I’ve been wanting to join for a long time now, and I’m ecstatic that I can finally be called a Belle.”Tags: Belles Beginnings, Class of 2019
Just a few days before the rest of the student body pours onto campus every August, incoming first-year students begin one of Notre Dame’s most renowned traditions: freshman orientation. For a few days, students participate in small-group bonding experiences and larger community events to welcome them to their dorm and the Notre Dame community at large. Even before this program takes place, however, another orientation is held: international student orientation.According to Rosemary Max, Director of International Programs for International Student and Scholar Affairs (ISSA), 380 international undergraduate and graduate students will be attending international student orientation this year, which is consistent with numbers in previous years.Max said international student orientation differs from regular orientation in more than a few ways.“Not only are we welcoming students to Notre Dame for the first time but often to the United States for the first time,” Max said. “Students are very far from home and in need of extra support. Also, international students learn about all of the immigration rules and regulations that are a part of their stay in the United States. It is a lot to take in for students who are new to the U.S.”Events including workshops on maintaining one’s immigration status, the American healthcare system and adjusting to American culture and classrooms took place Aug. 17 and 18.Max said that above all, she hopes that international student orientation will allow students to “feel welcome, to help them to make friends and to have them understand the great resources that are available to them on campus and in our community.” She said she considers it a valuable perspective for faculty, staff and fellow Notre Dame students to “appreciate the long journey these students have undertaken to come here both logistically and culturally and to give them a warm welcome to our campus.”“Certainly being in a place very far from home where everything is new — the language, climate, country, food — is a challenge,” Max said, “But international students are courageous and talented and they will be successful here at Notre Dame.”Max has also acted as a host mother to international students, including Fatou Thioune.Thioune, originally from Senegal, had dreamed of coming to the United States for her undergraduate education since she was a child. She said she wanted to “broaden [her] perspective beyond the French education system and to get a very good higher education in one of the world’s most renowned institutions.”“It became possible when I got the opportunity to study in an international school in South Africa where I got the opportunity to get into the English system and be fluent in the language,” Thioune said in an email. “I did not know much about Notre Dame before coming, because I couldn’t visit the school, and I didn’t know it growing up. But I chose it mainly because it is a Catholic institution and I attended three Catholic schools in Senegal and like the quality of education and their dedication to social service. I also decided to come because there are a few students from my high school here, so I already had a small community and a support system.”Now a junior, Thioune is able to look back and recall the anxiety Max described.“Coming to Notre Dame was my first time coming to the U.S., and my first time attending such a big school where I would be a minority,” Thioune said. “So I was anxious about every single aspect of my new life: social, academic, cultural. I was afraid I would not fit, that I would not make friends, that the new academic system would fail me, that I would face a severe culture shock, that I would be homesick for the next four years of my life and so on. I was afraid I would not be able to cope with all these challenges.”Thioune found that international student orientation helped assuage her fears when she arrived on campus.“International student orientation was a moment for me to let go of my anxiety by seeing so many people with whom I shared the same fears and confusion,” Thioune said. “Getting lost with other people, sharing the same thoughts, questions and concerns as other people, and most importantly, getting help and support from the International Ambassadors and the Notre Dame International office at large showed me that I wasn’t alone, that there were people I could relate to and people who would be there for me.”Thioune said international student orientation was her introduction into the community spirit of Notre Dame.“I particularly enjoyed meeting … the few students in our smaller group because that’s when I started knowing people on a personal level,” she said. “We did some icebreakers and from there, it was easy to just approach people and ramble about anything. That’s when I met my closest friend at Notre Dame now.”Thioune said she believes the success of international student orientation lies in its ability to create a “support system” comprised exclusively of international students who are all experiencing the same challenges and new encounters at the same time.“As much as freshman orientation offers the support as well, it doesn’t give much room for international students to ask questions and get answers about the simplest ways of life in the U.S., like why the bathroom doors are not closed off or how to get a phone plan,” Thioune said.As far as advice for incoming international students, Thioune said she simply encourages them to “seek help.”“People here are always willing to help, so you just have to go get that help,” she said. “Don’t be afraid to ask those questions about the simplest things ever, those simple things matter a lot to get adapted to the new way of life.”Thioune also recalled a piece of advice her host mother imparted on her upon her initial arrival to Notre Dame.“She told me that the key to having a great time in college is finding the right people for you,” Thioune said. “If you surround yourselves with the right people, you will feel comfortable, be inspired, have fun your own ways, resist peer pressure and, most importantly, make unforgettable memories. International orientation is an opportunity to find those right people for you. So [sieze] that opportunity and the many others coming.”Tags: Freshman Orientation 2016, international student orientation, International students
Tags: Constitution of the Undergraduate Student Body, Housing policy, RecSports, Senate, Shirt Project At Wednesday’s student senate meeting, senators discussed issues ranging from the Shirt Project, student health and wellness updates, revisions to the Constitution of the Undergraduate Student Body and a response to the new university housing policy.The senate confirmed junior Kristin Andrejko as the Shirt Project President by unanimous vote Wednesday evening.Student Union treasurer Alexandra Henderson formally nominated Andrejko. Andrejko was the senator from Walsh Hall last year and is currently studying abroad in London.“[Andrejko] has been working on the Shirt Project since freshman year and she has a lot of experience,” Henderson said. “She’s really excited about this upcoming year.”Student senate also passed three revisions regarding the Constitution of the Undergraduate Student Body.The Department for Constitutional Procedures brought the revisions to the senate for a vote. The first allowed proxy members to count towards a quorum, which passed unanimously. The second revision instituted an attendance policy for senators. After four unexcused absences or seven total absences, the Student Union Ethics Commission will conduct a hearing regarding the Senator’s potential negligence. This revision passed with only one Senator in opposition and no abstentions. The third revision increased the quorum from 3/5 to 2/3 to be consistent with the requisite quorum for the Election Committee, per the Constitution. This revision passed unanimously as well.The senate’s housing policy committee is continuing to prepare for action regarding the updated housing policy.One subcommittee is writing a letter to the administration asking specific questions regarding the policy, another is creating a survey to understand student sentiment toward the policy and the third is dealing with the proposed waiver policy and discussing how to ameliorate the waiver process.“I’m really happy with how it’s looking so far,” Shewit said. “We’re going to continue to push for student feedback through this process.”Jade Martinez, student government‘s director of health and wellness, presented to the senate regarding potential updates to RecSports, including creating a new fitness class plan.Another topic the senate covered was fitness options on campus. Martinez and representatives from her department discussed a Fit Pass option which would allow students to buy a certain number of fitness classes each semester rather than sign up to attend the same class weekly.For the department, the goal is to implement the Fit Pass as a semester long pass. The fee will allow for classes throughout the entire semester but the department has yet to decide on a class limit or if there will be multiple options for plans.Sibonay Shewit, student body vice president, recommended a monthly membership option to alleviate the pressure of signing up for classes early in the semester.“At the start of the semester, I may not know how many times a week I’d be able to do [a class],” Shewit said.A trial period will be offered at the beginning of the semester, just as the fitness classes work now, but the department hopes the Fit Pass will dissuade students from signing up for classes that they might not be able to attend consistently.“One of the biggest problems that comes from the [trial period] is the next week, all the classes fill because everyone wants a class but they don’t actually have their schedule developed,” Martinez said. “Halfway through the semester, half of the people are showing up because they can’t actually go to the classes.”The classes will take place in the new recreation center in the Duncan Student Center, which will be much larger and feature twice as much equipment as there is currently in Rolfs, according to RecSports.“There’s a lot of new, cool equipment that people might not know how to use, so we’re going to try to partner with tours so people can get an understanding of how to work the equipment,” Martinez.
First-Year Class CouncilAs brand new members of class council, first-years Margaret Hemmert and Morgan Greene said they are still working on getting the hang of things but are excited to continue working with and learning from others to make their class as happy and comfortable as possible.“Right now, we’re focused on building community among the first years,” Hemmert said. “All of us first years are still in the process of adjusting to college and being away from home, and one of our main goals is to make that transition easier.”Hemmert said that the events so far this year have been successful and that the First-Year Class Council is really focused on having a good time with their events in order to bring their class together.“We’re planning fun events throughout the year to bring the first-years together to relax, have fun and meet each other,” Hemmert said. “We had our first event in November, where we passed out Klondike bars and made bracelets together. It was a really simple idea, but everyone enjoyed it and we had a great turnout.”Hemmert said she is excited to continue building relationships within the first-year class by organizing more activities the class can participate in together.“We’re already planning more events for next semester and look forward to strengthening the first-year community even more,” Hemmert said. Tags: 2017 student government, 2017 Student Government Insider, Class Council, First-Year Class Council, junior class council, Saint Mary’s cookbook, senior class council, senior dads weekend, sophomore class council, Student government, Student Government Association Senior Class CouncilSenior Class Council representatives Sarah Connaughton, Delaney Gilbert and Gabbie Holland have focused on raising money for the class by selling items and hosting events.“Regarding fundraising, we have done great,” Connaughton said. “Seniors have made money off of Senior Dads’ Weekend, [Saint Mary’s] monogram sticker sales, The Avenue coordinate necklaces and we are having a Christmas bazaar on Thursday.”The seniors are pleased with their efforts, they said, as they have been been focusing on finishing up raising money for Senior Week, which will take place in May, and offer bonding opportunities to graduating seniors. They also hope to organize more fundraising efforts next semester.“We are very happy with fundraising, especially since one of our main objectives is to raise money for senior week,” Connaughton said. “Our events have also been successful, and there is much more to come next semester.” Junior Class CouncilJunior class council representatives Sophie Johnson and Sofie Scott focused on one project in particular this fall: making and selling a Saint Mary’s cookbook.“This semester we have focused on selling a Saint Mary’s cookbook to fundraise for our senior week, filled with recipes from Saint Mary’s women,” Johnson said.They collected recipes over the summer and have been selling cookbooks throughout the fall to provide the community with a useful and practical resource. Johnson said the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and has indicated the success of this initiative.“We have been very successful with sales among current students and alumnae,” she said. “A lot of people have given positive feedback to the fundraiser and we hope to continue sales throughout the rest of the year.”Sophomore Class CouncilSophomore class council representatives Michelle Lester and Kassandra Acosta have found this year to be very packed but are happy to have accomplished as much as they have so far.Lester and Acosta said the planning of Sophomore Parents Weekend was a success, and they were pleased with how it turned out.“It was based around a tailgate theme at the Saint Mary’s Inn, and we watched the Notre Dame football game and had tons of food,” Lester said.The Sophomore Class Council just hosted their first all-class event and achieved its goal of making time with the class fun and festive, the representatives aid.“Last week on Thursday, we had our first class event,” Acosta said. “We had 20 dozen chicken strips and mozzarella sticks, gingerbread house making, crafts and mason jar hot chocolate. We also played bingo and gave away presents.”Lester said the event was a success and they look forward to doing similar events throughout the duration of the year to continue strengthening the bonds of their class. She said the council has more ideas to provide sophomores with fun activities, so they can keep having fun together and get to know each other even more.“The girls loved our event, and we had a great turn out,” Lester said. “We have some other ideas in mind for next semester, and we can’t wait to continue to bring the Class of 2020 Belles together.”
This week, Saint Mary’s club Belles for Life is presenting their annual “Respect Life Week.”The club’s social media commissioner, sophomore Morgan Chichester explained that “Respect Life Week” is designed to honor life.“Respect Life Week” is put on by Belles for Life and is just a week to celebrate all stages of life, starting from natural conception, on campus and present opportunities and information to cultivate a culture of life,” she said.There are a variety of events planned for the week, including talks and movies, senior Katherine Dunn, president of Belles for Life, said.“Yesterday Suzy Younger came and gave a talk about and NaPro technology and how to track women’s cycles,” Dunn said. “Today, we are showing a documentary called ‘I Lived on Parker Avenue’ about adoption at 8 p.m. in Spes Unica 145. On Wednesday, we will be having a talk from a representative from Students for Life of America called Apologetics 201 in Vander Vennet at 7 p.m.”Other events will include tables where students can learn about various resources pertaining to the club’s mission.”Today, there will be tabling event with information for pregnant and parenting resources for Saint Mary’s students,“ Dunn said. ”On Wednesday we will have a tabling event in the student atrium and it’s going to ask people when human rights begin. We’ll have a timeline from conception to birth and we’ll just have conversations with people. On Thursday we will have another tabling event on library green or in Spes Unica if it’s cold outside, where we will have a chalkboard and people write why they are pro-life. We are also encouraging all club members to wear their apparel on Thursday. On Friday, just to celebrate life there will be free balloons.”The planning process for this year’s “Respect Life Week” was a team effort.”The Belles for Life commissioners came together and everyone took an event and we bounced ideas off each other,“ Dunn said. ”Some events we’ve done in the past and others are newer.“When planning, the club also tried to make sure the events focused on a variety of issues concerning the pro-life cause.”We don’t want to solely focus on abortion all the time, so we tried to have a variety of events,“ Dunn said.Dunn said that students should attend the events to form new perspectives on what it means to be pro-life.”If you don’t identify as pro-life, I think you should attend to see what the pro-life cause is because I think most of these events people could get on board with,“ she said. ”If you’re pro-life, I think you need to be pro-life in more facets of your life than just going to the March for Life or saying that you are pro-life.“Chichester said students should attend the events to expand their perspective.”Students should attend these events to show support for being pro-life on campus, to gain different prospectives, to learn from different people, and overall just empowering women and celebrating life,” she said.Dunn said she believes the week is great way to ponder what it means to be pro-life.”I think this week is a great way to reflect on what being pro-life actually means and what it means to pro life in every day life,“ she said.Chichester said that the week is important because it provides support for community members.”It is an empowering week learning from different people but also standing up for what you believe in and cultivating life on campus,“ she said. ”It is also important to let pregnant and parenting students on campus know that they’re not alone, that we stand by them and that there are resources to help them.“Tags: Belles for Life, Respect Life Week, saint mary’s
Annie Smierciak | The Observer Fans watch the Notre Dame football game against the University of Michigan in the stadium on Sept. 1, 2018.The current streak is the second longest in NCAA history, per the Tribune. The only streak that is longer is the University of Nebraska’s run of 373 sellouts, which is still active.Athletics director Jack Swarbrick said the streak itself was not a priority for the University, but rather the environment that accompanies home games.“It was never sort of important to me to keep it alive, but I understand why other people thought so,” Swarbrick said in the Tribune article. “It’s a point of distinction to a lot of people and our fans. … For me it’s always been: What’s the stadium environment like? Are we creating a great environment for our team and for our student-athletes? That you can say it’s also sold out is sort of a byproduct of that.”According to the Tribune, the sell-out streak has teetered on the brink of termination several times in the last several seasons. The Tribune referred to “creative” efforts on the part of the University to keep it going. Group ticket sales helped rectify the issue, Swarbrick said.“Group sales were a big part of keeping the streak going, too,” he said. “We’d go to somebody who was ‘a friend of Notre Dame’ and say, ‘Gee, can you help us with this game? Can you buy 50 tickets and distribute them to your employees?’ That would be an example.”Generally, such situations arise late in the season — especially in November, the Tribune reported. In past years, when there was only one game in November, Notre Dame could focus on finding buyers for the extra seats. But with three November home games against middling opponents, such a strategy would have proved ineffective, the article said.Notre Dame’s national reach is another factor contributing to the end of the streak, Swarbrick said.“When we’d have one game, we could clearly focus on it,” Swarbrick said in the article. “This is a circumstance, where you’ve got games in consecutive weeks in mid to late November, and so you don’t have some of the same strategies available to you. … And because of the number of our fans that travel (a great) distance to the stadium, is just a challenge for us. It’s endemic to that schedule. And we knew it a year and a half ago, as we were looking forward, that you know what, that might be the time where the streak ends.”The Tribune reported there has been some consternation with recent policy changes regarding ticket pricing. The school recently abandoned a system whereby all ticket prices were standard, regardless of seat location and opponent. Swarbrick defended the change on the grounds that it was fair to consumers.“It was basically an equity argument,” he said in the article. “The person who sat high in the end zone and the person who sat on the 50-yard line shouldn’t pay the same amount. We wanted to discount and create a lower price for corner seats and upper seats, and adjust the premium seats in the other direction.”The November game problem is not a temporary issue, Swarbrick said.“You can say limit the home games in November, but then is that fair to your football team to make them travel so much at the end of a season?” he said in the article. “You’re balancing the competitive desire to put yourself in a position with the (College Football Playoff) versus the challenges of selling games.”The Irish take on the Midshipmen of the U.S. Naval Academy at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.Tags: Jack Swarbrick, Naval Academy, Notre Dame football, Notre Dame Stadium Notre Dame football’s home sell-out streak of 273 games will end this weekend as the Irish take on Navy.According to the South Bend Tribune, this Saturday will mark the first time since Thanksgiving Day 1973 that Notre Dame Stadium will not be sold out for a home football game.