Month: January 2021

  • TOMS Shoes team wins competition

    first_imgA team representing TOMS Shoes brought home the $1,000 top prize in the Notre Dame Entrepreneurship Society’s signature Case Bowl, which gives teams a chance to research products and make presentations.Sponsored by Gino’s East Pizza in Granger, the Case Bowl featured three teams and was held Wednesday night in the Jordan Auditorium in Mendoza at 7 p.m. Red Bull and Clif Bar were the other two companies represented.Each team, comprised of three to four members, was given 20 minutes to discuss its company’s history, its current operations and an examination of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats — known in the business world as a “SWOT analysis.”“Red Bull’s presentation was fittingly characterized by energy and excitement while TOMS used the emotional, cause-driven part of their company to define their presentation,” Entrepreneurship Society vice president and Case Bowl organizer Tom Haylon said. “Clif Bar relied on their passionate speaking and innovative videos to put on a great performance.”Group performances were assessed by three University professors serving as judges based evaluations on their organization, presentation skills, stage presence and creativity. Judges’ votes determined half of the final scores, with the other half coming via text-message responses from audience members.“The team presenting on TOMS narrowly edged Red Bull to become the 2010 Case Bowl champion,” Haylon said.The TOMS team was comprised of five freshmen — Alex Brolick, Erin Cavanaugh, Cristina Couri, Ryan Gisriel and Ally Scalo.Gisriel, the team’s captain, attributed the team’s success to its hard work.“I think we won because we had weekly meetings and we worked hard to get our organization, our speeches, our presentation down solid.  We knew we were battling nerves in a larger hall to a larger audience,” Gisriel said.Gisriel also said the team was motivated by TOMS’ business model and leadership.“The reason we were so committed to weekly meetings and a more involved process was because we wanted to do Blake Mycofkie and TOMS Shoes justice,” Gisriel said. “We really were captivated by Blake’s passion, and as a result we tried to translate that passion into our presentation.”Gisriel said the team will continue to be involved with TOMS Shoes and the Entrepreneurship Society.“With the money, we are each going to buy a pair of TOMS Shoes so not only do we each get a new pair of shoes, but also we are each giving a pair to a child in need,” Gisriel said. “Also, all five members are looking to increase our role in the Entrepreneurship Society and contribute to this terrific club as the years progress.”The Case Study Bowl is the Entrepreneurship Society’s signature event, based on the Harvard Business School’s own case study program. The three-team competition is held once each semester.last_img read more

  • Michigan professor discusses music, culture

    first_imgThe lyrics to country artist Gretchen Wilson’s song “Redneck Woman” could be a solution to modern tension between gender and class, a University of Michigan professor said during a guest lecture Monday. Nadine Hubbs, associate professor of women’s studies and music at the University of Michigan, spoke at Saint Mary’s about popular music’s role in culture and used female country singers to demonstrate issues facing women, particularly those who come from the lower class. Wilson, who grew up in a trailer park and comes from a working class family, sends a very specific message to her listeners with the song, Hubb said. “In the song where she defines herself and her position in society, she says that being who she is, is cool, and being that kind of person has not always been cool.” she said. Hubbs said women in working-class households are expected to cultivate “middle-class manners” in their families, but Wilson’s song is a good example for working-class women struggling to assert themselves against negative stereotypes. She said the singer has a vision of women being proud of where they come from, which shows how popular music can be used as a statement about class misconceptions that often victimize women. “I look at this song ‘Redneck Woman’ as a solution or a detour around that tough predicament [between gender and class,]” Hubbs said. “It’s quite a trick to pull off.”last_img read more

  • RecSports to host annual Biathlon

    first_imgThe annual RecSports Biathlon will be held Saturday, Aug. 29 and will begin with a half-mile swim in St. Joseph’s Lake followed by a two-mile figure eight run around both St. Joseph’s and St. Mary’s Lakes.“The Biathlon has been going on since the early 90s, and has been an annual event every year,” Edward Beven, facility program coordinator for RecSports, said. “It is typically the first weekend of school, depending on the football schedule.”According to Beven, the biathlon began over a decade ago without any particular medical or memorial cause to prompt its patronage; rather, the event “was designed to give the Notre Dame community an activity to do the first couple weeks of school.”It precedes the Domer Run, RecSport’s “bigger charity event,” which will take place Saturday, Oct. 3.Despite the biathlon being a relatively small and quick event in comparison to other athletic events put on by RecSports, Beven said a lot of preparation went into planning for the combination swim and run, including meetings with the Notre Dame Fire Department to approve plans for transportation and safety.“Risk management and safety is our number one priority,” Beven said. “Staffing is done by RecSports, which is a combination of professional staff members and student staffing.“Last year we had about 75 participants, so I think staying in that ballpark would be great. Our hope is that it’s a beautiful day and that those that participate have a great time, meet some new friends and just enjoy themselves. I don’t think we could ask for much more than that.”Neither sophomores Anna Volk nor Katherine Inskeep has ever participated in this event before, but both said they think their previous experiences in triathlons will help in their first biathlon.“I had wanted to last year, but don’t really like running,” Volk said.The pair has decided to combine their efforts — Volk will complete the swimming portion of the event, while Inskeep will run.To prepare for the biathlon, Volk drew on her past swimming career, while Inskeep turned to her running experiences.“I swam competitively in high school and managed a pool this summer,” Volk said. “I had easy access to a pool and remembered a lot of sets that I used to do, as well as made up some of my own that were more biathlon specific.”“When I was home over the summer, I went running with my high school cross country team,” Inskeep said, “It worked out well because I had other people to motivate me to keep going. I actually ran the course this morning, too, so I wouldn’t get lost during the race.”The biathlon is open to all Notre Dame students, faculty and staff according to the RecSports website. There is no charge to register for the event.Registration is currently open online via RecRegister at to the website, “the Biathlon has team or individual trials; Men’s, Women’s, and Co-Rec divisions; and Varsity and Non-Varsity categories.”“The biathlon is roughly an 800-meter swim, and two-mile run,” Beven said. “Participants can do it individually or in pairs.  We meet down at St. Joe Beach — yes, Notre Dame has a beach.”Registration for participants the day of the biathlon will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the boathouse on St. Joseph’s beach, located on the far end of St. Joseph’s Lake. The race will begin at 10 a.m. at the boathouse.“I really just want to have fun, and promote swimming in the lakes,” Volk said, “Running around the lakes is a pretty common activity for Notre Dame students, but not many use the beach.”“This is a chance for Notre Dame community members to see what RecSports can offer them,” Beven said,  “We have so many terrific events throughout the year, and this is a nice kickoff for the fall. It’s a quick event, but also challenging at the same time.  Come on out, and have a blast.”Tags: Biathlon, RecSportslast_img read more

  • SMC fosters discussion on homelessness

    first_imgSaint Mary’s students hosted a panel discussion on homelessness in South Bend on Thursday evening. Panelists included representatives from St. Margaret’s House, the Youth Service Bureau, Our Lady of the Road and the Center for the Homeless.Kathy Schneider, executive director of St. Margaret’s House, said she hopes to provide women and children with far more than basic necessities: She also wants to promote bonding and friendship.“The most important thing that we do is form a community of people who care about each other,” Schneider said. “I think that is more important than any services we provide.”According to Schneider, 24 percent of the people who come to St. Margaret’s House are homeless, which reflects the flaws in the housing market of South Bend.“It’s very expensive,” Schneider said. “People get into homes thinking ‘This is the answer,’ and it’s really hard. There are a lot of reasons people can’t stay housed.”Mary Hicks, a guest at St. Margaret’s House, said the center played an integral role in helping her turn her life around.“They treated me like I was a person,” Hicks said. “I found my way back. I have a job. I have my own place.”Hicks said her struggle taught her that establishments such as St. Margaret’s House serve as essential resources.“People that are homeless need places like this because I didn’t know where else to go,” Hicks said.Homelessness and unemployment are related issues, Hicks said, because many people can no longer afford to pay rent after they are fired.“People live on the edge,” Hicks said. “Sometimes there can be one thing that goes wrong, and there’s just no safety net.”Christin Kloski, community involvement and volunteer coordinator at the Center for the Homeless, said she works with men, women and families as they try to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. Kloski said the Center for the Homeless prepares residents for life after they move out, even providing them with job applications and conducting mock interviews.“We help to serve the homeless and provide opportunities to more than 275 individuals every day,” Kloski said. “The mission of the center is to break that cycle of homelessness.”Brady August, who directs the street outreach program for the Youth Service Bureau of St. Joseph County, said the program encourages young people to recognize their strengths and resolve their problems before they enter a dangerous cycle of drug and alcohol abuse.“I thought ‘Wouldn’t it be great if we could try to catch them when they’re in their teenage years?’” August said. “The mission is to target people [ages] 16 to 24 who are in need or at risk of becoming homeless. We do this through trying to build or establish relationships with young people.”August said individuals who witness violence during childhood may continue to suffer from this trauma, which could hinder their ability to succeed.“They’ve never been to Afghanistan, they’ve never been to Iraq, but they’ve seen people shot in their neighborhoods,” August said. “Guns go off all the time. They’re in a war zone.”Matthew Insley, a staff member at Our Lady of the Road, a ministry of the St. Peter Claver Catholic Worker serving as a house of hospitality for those needing a place to stay indefinitely, said the individualistic structure of society contributes to the problem of homelessness.Insley said he encourages everyone to unite in a selfless response to others’ needs because this can reduce the number of people struggling to find or afford a place to live.“Begin to make people’s issues your issues,” Insley said. “That’s what we’re all about at the Catholic Worker.”Tags: Homelessness, saint mary’s, South Bendlast_img read more

  • Students discuss process, benefits of planning dorm dances

    first_imgCourtesy of Brigid Walsh Students hold letters spelling out the name of their dorm, Walsh Hall, at Walsh Hall’s “Out of this World” dance.Sophomore and Dunne Hall dance commissioner Zachary Spitzer said many students invest hard work into organizing the dances.“I think the big thing that some people don’t realize — I know I didn’t necessarily realize it when I first signed up — is that planning dances takes a lot of work,” he said. “It’s not an easy thing in the slightest.”The most challenging part of planning, Spitzer said, is simply getting started. Making important decisions such as the date, venue and theme takes time.“You might think ‘Okay, just pick a venue, pick a date, and you’re good to go’ or something like that,” he said. “Instead, there’s a lot of stuff you have to keep in mind.”The date is always chosen first — sometimes as early as the end of the previous school year — often by the hall’s president and vice president, not the dance commissioners, he said.But once the date is set, the commissioners take over in deciding all the details that make a dorm dance successful.For instance, “venue-hunting,” Spitzer said, can be difficult because many dances occur on the same nights, so multiple dorms are vying for the same location.“If you’re doing it on a day that happens to have a lot of SYRs, you have to be able to plan quickly and decide what venue you want,” he said.Commissioners send venue requests to the Student Activities Office early in the year, he added, especially if they want a popular location such as Jordan Hall.This year, Pasquerilla East Hall’s SYR will take place under a tent on North Quad. One of dorm’s dance commissioners, sophomore Maddie Stanton, said part of her job is handling unexpected details, such as bathrooms, music and lighting.But a more exciting element to plan, she added, is the dance’s theme — a task for which dance commissioners will often consult the rest of their dorm.“We always try to get the input of the dorm,” Stanton said. “We’re ultimately able to decide what’s going to happen, but we definitely listen to the dorm.”Pasquerilla East Hall’s commissioners sent out dorm-wide polls to vote on their theme, ND Dads and Middle School Fads, she said. It began as one student’s idea and gained popularity by word-of-mouth before being officially voted as the theme.“Someone in our dorm came up with it,” Stanton said. “We didn’t automatically decide on it. We really liked the idea, but in order to get everyone’s opinion, we sent out a poll.”Dunne’s commissioners likewise listen to their dormmates. Spitzer said he thinks everyone should have the opportunity to play a role in the planning.“I feel like the SYR is much more of a dorm-involved event in regards to the fact that the dorm should help decide how it’s run,” he said.Student involvement might affect how popular SYRs are among students.“It’s highly promoted in our dorm,” Stanton said. “It’s a really big sense of community and, for that reason, a lot of people like to go.”For both Stanton and Spitzer, seeing the final product of their hard work is their favorite part of planning dorm dances.Stanton said it’s fun to see people get excited about something she’s been excited about for months.“When you go to the dance, you’re excited at the last minute,” she said. “But I’ve been planning this for a long time.”Spitzer said he’s looking forward seeing all his hard work pay off.“Easily for me, the most fun part is just watching it all come together,” Spitzer said. “It’s a very satisfying feeling.”Tags: Dorm Dances, Pasquerilla East, Student Activities Office, SYR As the semester approaches fall break, students are stepping into the swing of dorm dance season.last_img read more

  • In Divergent Easter Celebrations, Prayers For Virus Victims

    first_imgPixabay Stock Image.NEW YORK – Christians around the world celebrated an Easter Sunday upended by the coronavirus without the usual crowded church Masses and large family gatherings.Instead, they turned to the internet, television and radio from home to follow services that noted the grave impact of the pandemic. Some found novel ways to mark the holy day.  Others still assembled in groups, but took precautions to try to avoid infection.The virus forced a change in Easter traditions that had even endured wars. Christians in the U.S. contended with a patchwork of limits on how and where they could gather to mark Jesus’ resurrection.Many states exempted houses of worship from orders curbing communal meetings to help stop the coronavirus from spreading. A few pastors said they would stay open to visitors despite pandemic-fighting guidelines. But no matter how divergent the celebrations, the message from church leaders around the world remained consistent: prayers for the sick and dead and reassurances of God’s presence. Here’s a sample of Easter events from the U.S. and abroad:Parishioners from churches across New York City sang “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” from their balconies and windows as part of an initiative organized online.“My husband and I went out on the balcony and we belted it out as loud as we could,” said Kathy Keller, of Reedemer Presbyterian Church, who helped launch the ‘Easter2020’ singing event. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Jamestown Public Schools Announces Last Day Of School

    first_imgImage by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.JAMESTOWN – Jamestown Public Schools announced the last day of classes for this 2019-20 school year.The last day of school will be Wednesday, June 10, except for Ring Elementary School, which had to close for a day in February due to cleaning from a broken drainpipe.Ring Elementary School’s last day of school will be Thursday, June 11.Each school principal will notify students and families about end of year close out procedures including the return of school property such as textbooks, calculators, library books, novels and athletic uniforms. Principals will also share information about procedures to collect students’ belongings in lockers or classrooms.Those with questions on school closure procedures are asked to contact their school principal for more information. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • DMV Road Tests Back On Following COVID-19 Shutdown

    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) WNY News Now Image.JAMESTOWN – Those looking to get their drivers licenses in New York State will now be able to schedule road tests following the COVID-19 shutdown.Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore in a news release on Tuesday said starting today road tests are being scheduled in the county for CDL, class D and class M licenses.Barmore says the state is first giving preference to those who had a scheduled appointment canceled because of COVID-19.“Albany is contacting those persons at this time,” said Barmore. “The best way to schedule an appointment at this time is online at Once on the website click on Licenses, Permits and IDs. On the drop down box click on Learner’s Permits or CDL and scroll down until you see ‘Schedule a road test.’” The Clerk says on the day of the test residents must arrive with only their driver and no extra passengers.They are also required to wear a mask and be prepared to wipe down the passenger seat with disinfectant for the test monitor.On Monday, the county’s DMVs reopened to some in person services.last_img read more

  • DEC Asking Hunters To Report Deer Sickened With EHD

    first_imgPixabay Stock Image.ALBANY – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is asking hunters to report deer who they think are infected by Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease.According to the DEC, Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease is a viral disease of whitetail deer. It cannot be contracted by humans and cannot be spread from deer to other animals.The disease has been confirmed in portions of the state, with so far around 750 reports of dead deer due to this disease.The DEC says, although the current outbreak seems to be concentrated in the lower Hudson Valley, it may have spread elsewhere. They say the disease is carried by small biting bugs. Symptoms in deer include fever, hemorrhage in muscles or organs and swelling of the head, neck, tongue and lips.A deer that is infected may also look lame or dehydrated. Once infected with the disease, deer usually die within 36 hours. They’re often found near a water source.The DEC advises hunters to not handle or eat any deer that appears sick or acts strangely. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Tix Now Available to See Blythe Danner & More in The Country House on B’way

    first_img Opening night is set for October 2 at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. View Comments Inspired by Chekhov’s pastoral comedies, The Country House follows Anna Patterson (Danner), the matriarch of a brood of famous and longing-to-be-famous artists who have gathered at their Berkshires summerhouse during the Williamstown Theatre Festival. When the weekend takes an unexpected turn, the group is forced to improvise—inciting a series of jealousies, romantic outbursts and passionate soul-searching. The play received its world premiere at Geffen Playhouse in June. Related Shows You’re invited to join Tony winner Blythe Danner, Daniel Sunjata, Kate Jennings Grant, Eric Lange, David Rasche and Sarah Steele at Donald Margulies’ The Country House. Tickets are now on sale to see the Broadway production, directed by Daniel Sullivan, which will begin performances on September 9. The Country House Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 23, 2014last_img read more