ND women to analyze workforce

first_imgSome might think the world of business and corporate heads still belongs to the men, but the Undergraduate Women in Business Club (UWIB) is hoping to challenge this notion with their second annual Women’s Professional Development Conference.The theme of the conference, which will be held on April 17, is “A New Decade, A New Beginning.”“The mission of the Undergraduate Women in Business Club is to foster and encourage women involvement in business,” senior Katie Curtin, the conference chair said. “The conference is meant to advocate empowerment in women.”Registration for the conference, which ends today, is open to students from all majors, something committee and UWIB members say is reflective of the common message of the conference.“We’re trying to reach out to all women who are looking at entering the field of business and this can apply to all majors,” UWIB president senior Staysha Sigler said.Many of the organizers of the conference said part of the purpose of the conference is to challenge the traditional notion there aren’t many women currently in the workforce, something that has significantly changed in the past decade.“It’s a new society that we’re entering and it doesn’t have rules yet,” sophomore committee member Juliet Palko said. “People aren’t used to having as many women in the workforce but it’s progressing.”The conference, which Curtin described as an “education event,” is partly aimed at helping women connect the past “It’s a women’s professional development conference and it focuses on mutual learning between students and successful women in business today,” Curtin said. “It’s about learning from their own experiences in the field.”The conference will feature two keynote speakers: Dean Carolyn Woo of the Mendoza College of Business and Diane Guyas, president of DuPont Performance Polymers.“These are women who are going to talk about what they’ve gone through and help prepare us for this new environment,” Sigler said.While the organizers said the conference is primarily an educational experience, there are also networking opportunities. The 10 companies visiting are ones that Sigler says are supportive of women’s roles in the workplace.“Today, companies are realizing that women are assets,” Sigler said. “There are a lot of opportunities for women that are out there and companies are coming to realize that and utilize them.”With Mendoza College of Business recently being ranked the top business school in the country, Sigler said events such as the Women’s Professional Development Conference are necessary to be worthy of the title.“Other top business schools in the country have workshops like this,” she said. “If we want to step up to the challenge of being the number one business school in the country then we need to keep having events like this and make them bigger and better.”last_img read more

Group addresses prayer service, diversity concerns

first_imgAt Wednesday night’s senate meeting, Student Body Vice President Nancy Joyce addressed the service Sunday night held to pray for the most recent on-campus victim of sexual assault. She said the prayer service was part of an ongoing response to any possible future sexual assaults. “I wanted to stress that this was not a spontaneous event,” Joyce said. “It has been part of an ongoing conversation in the Senate and student government.” Meanwhile, Student Body President Alex Coccia opened the meeting by asking the senators to bring back “cab cards” to their dorms, which have the phone numbers for South Bend taxi services. As its first order of business, Senate unanimously voted to pass a resolution that changed the wording of several Student Union Board position titles to reflect consistency within the group. As its second order of business for the meeting, the Senate hosted Carolina Ramirez, a junior serving as student government liaison to Diversity Council, who led the group in a diversity workshop, an activity required by the group’s constitution. “I want to challenge you guys today as student leaders to really sit here and talk openly and honestly,” Ramirez said. As part of the workshop, Ramirez screened a video, which was shown to rectors, assistant rectors and resident assistants during their training this summer. The video comes from “A Call to Action,” a diversity forum that took place as a result of an act of racially-motivated vandalism Feb. 2012. The video showed students speaking about their own experiences with racial prejudice within the Notre Dame community. When the video was over, Ramirez asked Senate to break up into small groups to discuss their reactions. After finishing small group discussion, Ramirez asked the senators to share their thoughts. The resulting discussion focused largely on how to address inappropriate behavior. “I challenge you all,” Ramirez said, “to continue this conversation. Take it back to your dorms and to your friends – that’s how we can move forward.”last_img read more

Right to Life Club festival aims to encourage dialogue on abortion

first_imgFor the Right to Life Club, the most important thing is conversation.Emily Burns, the vice president of events for the club, said the club focuses on promoting an open dialogue about abortion and other pro-life issues. Burns said the club attempts to promote this dialogue through events like LifeFest, a festival that will be held Friday on South Quad and include balloons, inflatables, lawn games, a photo booth and free frozen yogurt.Burns said LifeFest, which is open to both Notre Dame students and the surrounding South Bend community, is simply a way to include everyone in the pro-life movement.“[LifeFest] is for anyone who wants to celebrate life. We use events like this to show that our message is really not something that should be a polarizing thing, a political thing or a religious thing. It’s very much just about the idea that life is something to be celebrated and we want everyone to be able to participate in that,” Burns said. “We hope to reach out to everyone here, no matter what their views are. We just try to encourage conversation and education. But, for those people who are pro-life, we help them understand, explain and defend [their views].”Burns said the festival is a way to celebrate the end of Respect Life Week. In addition to LifeFest, Respect Life Week featured numerous other events, including on-campus speakers, a prayer vigil, masses and displays of support for the pro-life movement.Burns said the club holds Respect Life Week during the month of October because it is National Respect Life Month.“[Throughout Respect Life Week] we want to bring out the elements of our movement that everyone can agree with,” Burns said. “I think with any cause or organization there is always an underlying basis that most people agree with. We are trying to show that the basis of our organization is to show love and that overall that is a good thing for everyone to strive for.”According to Janelle Wanzek, the president of Right to Life, LifeFest is a way for the club to promote the numerous service opportunities the club has throughout the year.“We are not just focused on saying ‘anti-abortion,’ we are focused on providing service opportunities and ways for students to act on their pro-life views,” Wanzek said. “We want to promote these opportunities to the entire student body and show them that there are many different ways that they can put their pro-life views into action.”According to Burns, the club provides numerous service opportunities that aren’t directly connected to the club’s anti-abortion work.“We work with a variety of groups that just focus on defending human dignity,”Burns said. “For example, we work with Hannah and Friends, which is an organization for adults and children that have special needs. People don’t think of that as something that is a controversial pro-life issue, but it is about how these people have dignity.”Burns said these community partners are what sparked this year’s Respect Life Week theme, “Love them both.” This theme refers to loving both the mother and the baby and is directly connected to a pro-adoption, pro-life view, Burns said.“We were approached by someone at the beginning of the year who works for Holy Family Adoption Agency in South Bend, and they brought up the idea of bringing these speakers [on adoption to campus]. We really liked that idea, and so we built the whole week around these speakers,” Burns said.Burns said the selection of this topic was just another way for the club to reach out and include many people who may hold different views.“We wanted to pick a topic that would draw people in. Most people can agree that [loving them both] is a good goal. Maybe people have different ideas on how to achieve that goal, but that goal is something that everyone will agree with. We tried to pick a theme that wasn’t going to drive anyone away,” Burns said. “Overall, we wanted to get people thinking and wondering and maybe even drive away some of the stigma or misconceptions about the pro-life movement.”Tags: LifeFest, National Respect Life Month, Respect Life Week, Right to Life, Right to Life Clublast_img read more

University announces 2016 valedictorian, salutatorian

first_imgPhoto courtesy of nd.edu Political science major Abby Davis, who holds a 3.99 GPA, was named Notre Dame’s 2016 valedictorian Monday.Additionally, Davis will graduate with minors in Russian and politics, philosophy and economics (PPE), according to the release. During her time at the University, she was a member of the College of Arts and Letters Academic Honesty Committee for more than two years as well as a co-director for the Russian Choral Ensemble and a member of the Women’s Liturgical Choir. For the first time in 45 years, the University also named a salutatorian, senior finance and economics major Stephen Schafer, the press release said. Hugh Page, chair of the selection committee and vice president and associate provost for undergraduate affairs, said naming a salutatorian allowed them to recognize two outstanding seniors. “[They] will — in these distinctive roles — represent the virtues and ideals animating a Notre Dame undergraduate education on Commencement weekend,” he said in the press release. An Edgewood, Kentucky native, Schafer will be working as an investment banker for Goldman Sachs in New York following graduation. Political science major and Ryan Hall resident Abby Davis was named the Notre Dame class of 2016 valedictorian Monday morning, the University announced in a press release. Hailing from Avon Lake, Ohio, Davis is a Hesburgh-Yusko scholar and a member of both the Glynn Family Honors program and the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, according to the release. She has a 3.99 grade point average (GPA) and after graduation, she will be working as an analyst for Avascent, a Washington-based consulting firm. Photo courtesy of nd.edu Finance and economics major Stephen Schafer was named Notre Dame’s first salutatorian in 45 years Monday.Schafer was a Malpass Scholar and earned a 4.00 GPA during his time at the University, according to the release. Additionally, he is a member of the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society and Omicron Delta Epsilon international economics honor society, also serving as president of the Beta Gamma Sigma national business honor society.According to the release, Schafer served as vice chairman for Junior Parents Weekend and as a senior mentor for the Wall Street Club.Tags: Commencement 2016, Graduation, salutatorian, valedictorianlast_img read more

Campus Dining announces new campus restaurant in place of Reckers

first_imgA new restaurant, Pizza Pi, will be opening on campus in May, according to a press release published Sunday on the Campus Dining website. The restaurant will replace former campus dining location Reckers, which closed this semester. Over the next five months, the location will be renovated in preparation for Pizza Pi, the release said. “Reckers has served campus well for a long time, but was due for a refresh to meet the needs and interests of our current students,” Karen Kennedy, director of student centers, events and activities, said in the release. “Pizza Pi is a cutting edge concept, and we’re excited for what it can bring to this neighborhood of campus.”Pizza Pi will offer mainly Italian-inspired dishes, including pizzas and pastas, along with salads, breadsticks, smoothies and desserts. On weekends, the location will also serve beer and wine, according to the release. The restaurant is planned to operate 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday.The release said Campus Dining worked with student government to bring Pizza Pi to campus.“We’re confident that Pizza Pi will be a tremendous addition to campus and are grateful for the chance to collaborate with Campus Dining on this project,” senior Gates McGavick, student body president, said in the release. “In addition to providing incredible Italian fare, this restaurant marks an important milestone: by responsibly offering alcohol at a central campus location, University administrators have shown an impressive willingness to listen to — and act on — student suggestions.”Pizza Pi is owned by Freshens, a “healthy ‘fast casual’ concept that offers prepared-to-order food” in 500 locations around the country, according to the company’s website. “We’re thrilled to continue our relationship with Freshens and be the home of the first Pizza Pi,” Chris Abayasinghe, director of Campus Dining, said in the release. “With their delicious offerings and exciting new space, Pizza Pi is sure to become the ultimate late night destination. We’re grateful for the invaluable feedback offered by our students and campus partners during the selection process.”Tags: Campus DIning, Freshens, pizza pi, Reckerslast_img read more

College hosts annual World Cinema Festival

first_imgSaint Mary’s Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) office coordinated 2019’s annual World Cinema Festival. The festivities start Tuesday and extend to Friday, showing three movies from across the globe. All showings start at 7 p.m. in Vander Vennett Theater in the Student Center. The showings are free and open to the public.“Generally, I select the films after soliciting suggestions from faculty and students, or anyone else who wants to send me ideas,” Mana Derakhshani, director of CWIL, said. “I look for films that bring new perspectives to our understanding of various places in the world. I also look for award-winning films to ensure good quality.”The World Cinema Festival is an annual event at Saint Mary’s College. “They have offered the World Cinema Festival since 2011,” Derakhshani said. “Before that, we offered a French Film Festival for about five years. So for the past 13 to 14 years, there has been a week of foreign films hosted by Saint Mary’s College.”The films range in origin from year to year. This year’s lineup features the historical drama “Golden Door” from Italy, which follows a struggling Sicilian family and their voyage to New York. “Go Away, Mr. Tumor,” a Chinese film, is based on a famous comic series, and featured from India, is “English to Vinglish,” which is a comedy-drama about a woman learning English.The film festival is part of CWIL’s efforts to internationalize the campus through extra-curricular activities, Derakhshani said. “Although a large percentage of Saint Mary’s students study abroad, they do not all get the experience of immersion in a different culture. Through these films, they can become a very short-term sojourner into a new country,” she said. “The Festival offers students opportunities to learn about the world and increase their global and intercultural perspective through a different medium. It also supports academic programs such as Global Studies, Film Studies and Intercultural Studies.”Films will be shown in their original language with English subtitles, and there will be “country-themed” snacks offered.This is an opportunity to see films not usually seen in the United States, Derakhshani said, as well as to learn something about another culture’s perspective. Tags: CWIL, foreign films, Saint Mary’s World Cinema Festivallast_img read more

ND Day postponed due to COVID-19

first_imgNotre Dame Day will be postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty across the nation and world, the ND Day team said in an email.The annual event was set for April 26 to 27 and provides an opportunity for student groups and causes to fundraise for a significant portion of their annual budget. People may donate to causes individually, and for every $10 an organization receives, the cause will receive a portion of the College Funds which amounts to a $1.2 million pot.Organizations across campus compete to raise money while a 29-hour live broadcast tells the stories of students, faculty, staff, alumni and associates of Notre Dame around the world.“Notre Dame Day is an annual celebration of all the ways the Notre Dame family lives out our mission to be a force for good in the world,” ND Day organizers said in an email.While the coordinators are in the process of scheduling a future date for the annual event, they have not yet set a formal date and will make an announcement as soon as they make the decision.“While the date of Notre Dame Day has changed, the desire for us to join together as a community has not,” the team said.In the next few days, ND Day organizers will highlight past memorable Notre Dame Day broadcasts on their ND Loyal pages on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.“Each day, we will share a number of segments in order to bring a little bit of the Notre Dame spirit into your home,” coordinators said.Tags: coronavirus, COVID-19, fundraising, ND Day, Notre Dame Daylast_img read more

Police Search For Abducted Pennsylvania Teen

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) JAMESTOWN – The Pennsylvania State Police issued an amber alert Tuesday morning in search of an abducted 15-year-old.Police say Damion Mickey is a white male, 5’5″ tall, 120lbs, with blue eyes, blonde hair, wearing an orange t-shirt, and red sweatshirt.Police say he was last seen on Tuesday between the hours of 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. in the area of Fairview Avenue in Connellsville City, Pennsylvania.The teen was allegedly abducted by 32-year-old Kieth Bradshaw. Bradshaw’s clothing description is unknown, although police say he is a white male, 5’4″ tall, 160lbs, with brown hair and brown eyes.The two are believed to be traveling in a white in color 2018 Chevrolet Malibu four door sedan bearing Pennsylvania registration KYB1942.Anyone with information about the abduction should immediately contact the police by calling 911.last_img read more

West End’s Shakespeare in Love is Broadway Aimed

first_img Adapted by Tony winner Lee Hall and directed by Declan Donnellan, the production officially opened at London’s Noel Coward Theatre on July 23 and also stars Tony nominee Paul Chahidi. Set in London during the late 16th century, Shakespeare in Love centers on young playwright William Shakespeare, who is struggling with his latest work Romeo and Ethel the Pirate’s Daughter. A great fan of Shakespeare’s plays is young, wealthy Viola who is about to be married to the cold-hearted Lord Wessex, but constantly dreams of becoming an actress. Women were not allowed to act on stage at that time, but, dressed up as a boy, Viola successfully auditions for the part of Romeo. Soon she and William are caught in a forbidden romance that provides rich inspiration for his play. The movie, penned by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard and directed by John Madden, won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Original Score, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress for Gwyneth Paltrow and Best Supporting Actress for Judi Dench. Shakespeare in Love also starred Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush and Tom Wilkinson. Can you love a fool? Can you love a player? The answer from London is a resounding yes. The acclaimed West End stage adaptation of the hit 1998 film Shakespeare in Love is aiming for Broadway in the 2015-16 season. According to the New York Post, the transfer will probably star Tom Bateman and Lucy Briggs-Owen, reprising their lead roles of Will Shakespeare and Viola De Lesseps.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Listen to Nicole Scherzinger Sing ‘Memory’ From Cats

first_imgNicole Scherzinger recently finished her acclaimed run as Grizabella in the revival of Cats in London’s West End and you can now listen online to her rendition of the classic 11 o’clock number “Memory.” Andrew Lloyd Webber stopped by BBC Radio 2 on February 12 to premiere “what I think is the best recording of anything of my music ever done.” The composer also reiterated that “we are taking Cats to Broadway and I just hope and pray that she will agree to do it there as I think she’d take America by storm.” Take a listen to Scherzinger’s performance below; Cats continues its limited engagement through April 25 at the London Palladium with Kerry Ellis starring as Grizabella. View Commentslast_img read more