Students spend summer with Navy

first_imgWhile most students left Notre Dame thinking of lazy summer days last May, the students in the Navy ROTC battalion were preparing to learn more about what life will be like as an officer in the U.S. Navy after graduation. Depending on class year and option, the midshipmen had different summer plans. Rising sophomores embarked on a month-long excursion called cortramid to a naval base where they spent a week working in each community within the Navy: aviation, submarine, surface and Marine. These midshipmen are split between an east cortramid on the base in Norfolk, Va., and a west cortramid at the San Diego base. Sophomore Kelsey Hutchinson said she spent her month in San Diego, participating in exercises meant to provide a clearer picture of the responsibilities of a Naval officer. “While you’re at Notre Dame you don’t get that much of a taste of the particulars of life in the Navy … this gives everyone a taste of what future careers might be after graduation,” Hutchinson said. Hutchinson said she most enjoyed her Marine week rotation because the activities were incredibly realistic, beginning with exercises in a skeleton town using paintball bullets. “They took us out to this place where they had built a skeleton town, gave us M-16s that had paintballs instead of bullets, and taught us how to clear a building, work as a fire team in a squad and other exercises like that,” Hutchinson said. “Then, on Friday we hiked out to this building and inside the building they had literally built Afghanistan… they even had Afghan people [inside the town] working as actors.” Hutchinson said the exercise gave soldiers and midshipmen the chance to participate in a firefight against Afghani forces before they face actual fighting in Afghanistan. “They sent our squad in with a mission and showed us the outline of the building before we went into the building,” Hutchinson said. “We had to talk to the townspeople, get information and then someone started shooting.” Hutchinson said she would like to switch into the marine option, but overall she was grateful for the chance to learn more about the different communities in the Navy. “We hadn’t even signed our contracts yet, but they went through so much to give us this training and it really was a lot of fun,” Hutchinson said. “I’m really, really grateful for all these opportunities.” After sophomore year, Navy option midshipmen attend an enlisted cruise, while Marine option midshipmen study mountain warfare. Junior Michael Falvey studied mountain warfare in Bridgeport, Calif.,with the other marine options, where he said he learned the general principles of mountain warfare and military survival. “There’s a good amount of hiking because you’re up in the mountains … your daily schedule normally consists of a couple of evolutions [significant events of the day], with one big evolution each day,” Falvey said. “The evolutions range from rappelling and climbing rock faces to taking classes on survival like building a hut or purifying water.” Falvey said he most enjoyed learning how to tie knots and snare game. “I personally liked the skinning and cleaning small game after catching them with snares,” Falvey said. “I also enjoyed tying knots… it’s not something you’re taught, previously it was only glossed over, but once you know how to make a good knot it is an incredibly useful skill.” Mountain warfare aims to accomplish entirely different objectives for the Marine options than the summer cruises for the rest of the midshipmen, Falvey said. “Mountain warfare wasn’t that difficult, but its goal was to accomplish something totally different than what the Navy cruises seek to accomplish,” Falvey said. “Navy cruises are orientations to what active duty life is like in the naval fleet, while mountain warfare is more about teaching skills that can be utilized once in the Marine Corps.” Junior Kendall Johnson, a Navy option midshipman, said she spent her enlisted cruise on board the U.S.S. Roosevelt, a destroyer based in Mayport, Fla. “I was on my summer cruise for a month: I was in port for two weeks of that time, and then we went underway for ten days … after that we came into port in Key West, where I stayed for three days before coming straight back to school,” Johnson said. After she arrived on the ship, Johnson said she was assigned to a running mate, an enlisted sailor that she shadowed. “Most of the times the running mates were pretty relaxed with us and allowed us to explore the rest of the ship so that we could spend time in each department, not just the department of our running mates,” she said. She said this freedom to explore the ship was one of her favorite parts of the trip. “I was in the weapons department, and my guy was a CWIS technician, which means he took care of the huge guns on the front and back of the destroyer that look like R2-D2,” Johnson said. “We did a lot of maintenance, but when we actually got to shoot them it was fun.” Johnson said the most valuable learning experience was realizing just how hard the enlisted sailors work. “Spending time with the enlisted people was so eye-opening; it was incredible to see the amount of work that they put in and the sacrifices that they make,” Johnson said. “They make it through it all without having a bad attitude … you can’t understand what they do unless you actually get in there, get your hands dirty and do it with them.” After junior year, Navy options spend time on an officer cruise, where midshipmen shadow an officer and learn his or her daily duties. Marine options attend Officer Candidate School, where candidates are screened to see if they possess the ability to be an officer in the Marine Corps. Senior Quinn Kilpatrick, a Navy option, said he was based in Pearl Harbor for his officer cruise, which he spent shadowing the officer in charge of the combat systems and electronics on the U.S.S. Chafee. “The guy that I shadowed was a really good guy, he was just about to leave the ship so he was turning over duties to his replacement and got to spend a little extra time taking me around the ship,” Kilpatrick said. “Being with him was definitely the highlight, he was very good at getting me engaged in various activities around the ship.” These activities spanned a wide range, Kilpatrick said. “I got to drive the ship when they were refueling it, toured the helicopter hangar and got involved with the teams that board the pirate ships for drills,” Kilpatrick said. Kilpatrick said one of the most interesting parts of his time on the USS Chafee was being in Pearl Harbor for RIMPAC, an event planned by the US Navy that brings together forty foreign allies of the U.S. Navy to participate in “naval war games” every two years. “It’s about making sure we are still able to work together if the situation arose where that would be necessary,” Kilpatrick said. “It was surprising, I didn’t know we’d get a chance to participate … meeting foreign navies, touring other ships and participating in exercises was pretty cool.” Kilpatrick said even though he would like to go into explosive ordinance disposal or aviation, he enjoyed experiencing a different part of the Navy. “It was good training for learning how to work with enlisted people and experiencing the life of an officer,” Kilpatrick said. Contact Nicole Michels at [email protected]last_img read more

SMC volleyball rallies for cure

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s volleyball team’s annual “Dig for the Cure” has evolved into something more aggressive – and more personal. The team will host the event, now titled “Crush for the Cure,” at 7 p.m. tonight in the Angela Athletic Facility to raise money for a Saint Mary’s alumna and lymphoma patient, Anne Blair Payne. Payne graduated in 2002 as an education major and was a member of Saint Mary’s basketball team for all four years of her time at Saint Mary’s. “She had just come back for a 10-year reunion this past June,” Julie Schroeder-Biek, Saint Mary’s athletic director said. “The next week I got a call that she went for a run and had severe chest pain.” Shortly thereafter, doctors found a large tumor in Payne’s lung they believed to be lung cancer. They said there was little they could do. Even so, Payne’s brother told her she would “crush it” and triumph. After treatment, the tumor shrunk and the doctors discovered that the cancer was not in her lungs, but located in her lymph nodes. “It was a relief, relatively,” Schroeder-Biek said. None of the athletes present at Saint Mary’s during Payne’s career are still enrolled at Saint Mary’s, but Schroeder-Biek said she feels as if she’s watched the “Once a Belle, always a Belle” motto come to life. “The teammates she had then are here for her now,” Schroeder-Biek said. “They hold her hand during [chemotherapy] treatments. When she shaved her head, they were right there with her. They set up a donation website on GoFundMe so that she can pay for the best treatment and take that worry off her mind.” Payne maintains a regular workout routine and uses running as a metaphor for her life in her blog. In an entry from week 15, day 71, Payne recalls that “as [she] passed hikers on the trail, [she] got a surge of energy and unknowingly picked up the pace. It wasn’t something [she] planned on, it just happened. Similar to now and how all the encouragement and support seems to carry [her] along with [her] even realizing it.” Payne updates the online journal daily, to document her journey with cancer. She ends each entry with an inspirational “Lesson of the Day. “She’s handling everything with grace and dignity and embodies true athletic spirit -battling,” Schroeder-Biek said. “She’s positive. She finds something to get her through the day and in doing that, she inspires others. I’m proud of our community for being there for her.” Toni Kuschel, the Belles’ volleyball coach, says that this year the team “wanted to do something that hit close to home and benefited someone we knew.” “Once the issue was brought to my attention, I talked to the girls about it and we decided we wanted to sponsor her in her courageous battle,” Kuschel said. “Not only are we expecting our fans and other teams, but the support is also coming from Anne’s past teammates and other alumni.” The “Crush for the Cure” will feature t-shirts, bracelets, desserts from Sodexo and other concessions. All of the profit will be donated to Payne’s fundraiser. After Schroeder-Biek sent Payne an email about the “Crush It” bracelets she had just ordered, she heard the phone ring. “No caller ID or anything and I pick it up and say hello and no one responds,” Schroeder-Biek said. “It took me a while to realize it was Anne on the line, crying.” People are allowed and encouraged to either donate a fixed amount or to pledge a certain amount per Saint Mary’s kill during the game against Albion, Kuschel said “These are the kind of lifts people need,” Schroeder-Biek. “Raising money matters but support like this is what carries people further than any of us realize.” Payne’s fundraiser is $636 short of its $15,000 goal. For more information, visit and htttp:// read more

Judicial council adjusts election rules

first_imgThis year’s student body president and vice president election will proceed very similarly to last year’s election in terms of rules and regulations, vice president of elections Katie Hennessy said. All changes made to the election process this year were made to the Constitution of the student government by Student Senate, by recommendation of the Department of Internal Affairs. The Judicial Council implemented those changes for the first time during this election cycle. The only major change involved write-in candidates, Hennessy said. Write-in nominations have technically always been allowed, but the old web-based voting system did not allow students to actually vote for them during the elections. “We haven’t had any write-in candidates,” Hennessy said. “It was something that was allowed for, but we didn’t have means to make it actually happen. If someone said they wanted to [vote for a write-in candidate], we would have had a lot of issues.” This year, the Judicial Council switched to a different server and ticket ballot that would enable students to write in a candidate’s name if necessary. The Judicial Council also made changes to how write-in candidates are approved, Hennessy said. The major effect of the new regulations posits that write-in nominations must be approved at least four calendar days prior to the election. Outside of those changes to write-in candidates, Hennessy said today’s election will function similarly to last year’s. The Council announced six election tickets Jan. 28, and campaigning began the following day at 11 a.m. “There are not many restrictions on campaigning other than certain rules regarding where they place posters, et cetera,” Hennessy said. Additionally, Hennessy said she and the election committee must approve any campaign-related poster, website or social media post prior to publication. Rule violations have delayed election results in the past. The student body presidential and vice presidential debate took place Monday night in LaFortune Student Center, where each ticket outlined its primary goals for a prospective student government administration. Voting will take place today from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through an email sent out by the Judicial Council, but Hennessy said the results are not likely to be finalized immediately. “With six tickets we will likely have a run-off election since, in order not to, someone has to win a majority,” she said. In the case of a runoff, the two tickets with the highest number of votes would participate in a debate Sunday night, Hennessy said, and the runoff election would take place Monday. The voting process would be the same Monday as it is today. The high number of tickets running in this year’s election likely resulted from last year’s atypical single-ticket race, Hennessy said. “We tried to do whatever we could to publicize the running to get more tickets,” she said. “Last year, a lot of people were upset about it … so I think more people were interested in [running] now.” Contact Mel Flanagan at [email protected]last_img read more

Professor explores ramifications of digital scholarship

first_imgAs arts and humanities encounter the digital age, their intersection remains a hot topic among literary scholars. In a Saturday lecture titled “What’s all the Fuss about the Digital Humanities?,” assistant professor of English Matthew Wilkens explored this junction and the ramifications of technological advancement in literary scholarship.The lecture, the penultimate installment of the Snite Museum’s Saturday Scholars series, explored the emerging field of digital humanities, an area of research that uses technological tools to investigate patterns in literary and cultural expression. Wilkens said recent decades have seen a transformation in the perspectives literary scholars adopt toward great literary works and believes the field of digital humanities helps answer the new questions that come as a result.According to Wilkens, literary scholars are shifting away from questions that ask what universal messages readers can gain from the traditional literary cannon and said “the questions have become much larger, and much more culturally oriented.”“In the last few decades, there’s been something that we’ve described under the blanket term ‘the cultural turn,’ in which we’ve started to ask questions that involve what writers like Shakespeare or writers of great books can tell us about the culture in which they were produced,” Wilkens said.Wilkens said he hopes literary scholars will use computational tools to analyze larger amounts of contemporary literature, rather than focusing on the tradition canon of great texts.“What we’d like to do instead is find ways to get some kind of information from that huge body of texts, and one way to do that would be to treat those texts as the material for data analysis,” he said.Wilkens elaborated on some of the tools in the digital humanities such as literary text mining — a technique that analyzes word patterns in large volumes of texts — geolocation extraction and network analysis, and how he was able to use these tools to complete his research on American Civil War literature. Wilkens said the tools allowed him to discover surprising trends in location-based literature, and said these types of literary works were often overlooked in history, yet provided valuable insights about the time period.“It makes it easy, when we focus on the really canonical stuff, to lose sight of whats going on in a lot of day to day fiction that we might want to know something about,” Wilkens said.Wilkens said several scholars are critical of the advance of digital humanities because they feel it might alter the unique essence of humanities and they would like to retain at the core of the humanities a sort of feeling for books.“There’s some legitimate fear of change,” he said. “If we start adopting quantitative methods, I think there’s little doubt that literary studies and other humanities are not going to look the same 20 or 30 years down the road thirty or fifty years from now.”Wilkens said while he understands the concerns, he sees digital humanities as a way of complementing and expanding scholarly research in the arts, rather than the destroying its essence.“[Digital humanities tools] are a range of approaches that are reshaping the way that literary studies work and more broadly reshaping the way the humanities work in order to do better the things that we already want to do,” he said.Tags: Digital humanities, Matthew Wilkens, Saturday Scholars, Snite Museumlast_img read more

OCSE, Sodexo partner to reduce food waste

first_imgSaint Mary’s Office for Civic and Social Engagement (OCSE) and Sodexo, the Noble Family Dining Hall food services supplier, have formed a food recovery partnership to benefit the Center for the Homeless (CFH). The program provides food that the dining hall did not use to the CFH and eliminates the amount of food uneaten in the dining hall each week.Last year, senior Eleanor Jones, helped to initiate the Food Recovery Program at Saint Mary’s as a volunteer opportunity through Circle K. Now, Jones is one of the three student workers for the program. Director of OCSE Erika Buhring said turning volunteer efforts into paid positions for students solidifies this program will continue year after year in a strong manner.“Though volunteers are wonderful, it was a lot for one person to handle. Having three student [workers] will certainly assist in the work distribution,” Buhring said.“In addition, these students will be able to use cars from the college to transport the food.”Buhring said student workers will go to the dining hall to load up the food that Sodexo packaged and weighed for them, twice a week.The food is then taken and delivered to the CFH and distributed to the guests in need of assistance. The program is all about working together to provide food resources to those who need it in our local community, she said. Buhring said Barry Bowles, director of food services, was especially helpful in having Sodexo get food ready to transport to the CFH. “He made sure the company would be able to contribute the food, weigh it and package it properly,” she said. CFH volunteer coordinator and ’15 alumna Christin Kloski and her supervisor Peter Lombardo also helped to make arrangements for food delivery.Buhring said she has  worked with Bowles, Sodexo, Kloski and Lombardo before on other projects and it was a pleasure to work with them again on the Food Recovery Program.Buhring said one in six individuals is food insecure in this country, so this program attempts to combat those numbers.“I would like others at Saint Mary’s to know that their fellow Belles, local offices, agencies and organizations are working together to help to make a real difference in their community,” Buhring said.Jones said she and the two other student workers, junior Jade Johnson and first-year Sidnee Silveira, pick up the food from the dining hall and record the weight to keep track of the impact of the program.“The food is packaged for us to take, we weigh the amount, and I put the amount of food that we saved into the National Food Recovery Data-Base,” she said.“At the end of each semester, Food Recovery tells us the amount we saved and the amount the whole national program saved. The current national goal is 1.2 million pounds by May 2016. Currently, the total is 872,519 pounds of food recovered since 2011,” Jones said. “Since I have worked on this project since the beginning, I hold Food Recovery very close to my heart.“The reason I decided to collaborate with OCSE is because I knew the program was bigger than myself and that this was the most guaranteed way to make it sustainable.”Jones said she would like to see the program expand to an everyday recovery and for the program to find other ways to manage and conserve food waste. Tags: Center for the Homeless, food recovery program, OCSElast_img read more

College holds screening, discussion of Anita Hill documentary

first_imgSaint Mary’s College held a screening of the documentary “Anita: Speaking Truth to Power” for students and faculty Tuesday in Rice Commons, followed by a discussion about the film’s significance. The discussion was led by three faculty members: Dr. Jamie Wagman, Dr. Stacy Davis and Dr. Bettina Spencer.Prior to the showing, College president Jan Cervelli said she hoped the documentary would help explain the significance of sexual harassment in the workplace and empower students to understand how it can affect victims’ lives.The documentary told the story of Anita Hill, a former coworker of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas whose Senate confirmation hearing for appointment to the Supreme Court made headlines in 1991. That same year, Hill testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee, which at the time was led by Joe Biden, about the sexual harassment she faced while working under Thomas.Spencer, a psychology professor, recalled her thoughts after receiving news of the hearing.“I was eleven years old [when this happened], and I thought Anita Hill was on trial,” Spencer said.Other faculty members similarly reflected on what they remembered about the hearing and how watching the documentary helped them understand the significance of Hill’s testimony about sexual harassment.“In a sense, she was on trial,” Wagman, a professor of history and gender and women’s studies, said.The documentary depicted Hill’s subjection to questioning from the Senate Judiciary Committee throughout her testimony and was asked to keep repeating the graphic details of the verbal harassment she said Thomas had committed.“It’s interesting as an adult in 2018 to really reflect on these moments and where we [as women] have come but also where we haven’t,” Spencer said.Prior to Hill’s testimony, the documentary said the discussions of sexual harassment remained far from public. As she testified, however, the showing portrayed members of the Senate Judiciary Committee beginning to feel discomfort at hearing such graphic details in a hearing to which much of the public was paying attention.Also mentioned in the documentary was the role race played in the handling of these allegations. In defending himself, Thomas mentioned in the movie that the sexuality of black men had been stereotyped. This, he said, led to his being subjected to a “high-tech lynching” as a result of these allegations.“My friends and I watched this [hearing] and couldn’t believe the words [Clarence Thomas] used,” Davis, professor of religious studies, said.Having been 18 years old at the time of the hearing, Davis said she remembers understanding how significant it was for such allegations to be made against such a high-profile figure as Thomas.“The Monday after, all the phrase around my school was ‘high-tech lynching,’ and once he said that, we knew she was done,” Davis said.In the discussion after the screening, students shared their thoughts of the documentary as well as the reason they attended the event.“It’s a topic that, outside of a women’s college, I feel like you don’t hear a lot about,” sophomore Hannah Gams said.As the event was intended to be the first of several held to discuss the issue of sexual harassment, Saint Mary’s students were told they will have more opportunities to learn about the topic.“While I’m here, I like to embrace the opportunities that Saint Mary’s offers us to discuss the issue [of sexual harassment] openly,” Gams said.Tags: anita hill, Anita: Speaking Truth to Power, Clarence Thomas, Documentary, Dr. Bettina Spencer, Dr. Jamie Wagman, Dr. Stacy Davislast_img read more

Jenkins announces new provost of Notre Dame

first_imgMarie Lynn Miranda will serve as the fifth provost of Notre Dame, University President Fr. John Jenkins announced in an email to the campus community Tuesday.Miranda previously served as the provost of Rice University and will take over the position from Thomas Burish, who served as Notre Dame’s provost for 15 years.“Professor Miranda rose to the top of a deep and distinguished pool of candidates,” Jenkins said in a press release. “Bringing a wealth of experience from years of leadership and scholarship at major research institutions and a commitment to student well-being and education, she is drawn to the University’s distinctive Catholic mission. Marie Lynn is just the leader we need at this time at Notre Dame.”The daughter of an immigrant, Miranda said she has personally benefited from the power of education.“I am grateful on a daily basis for the opportunity that Notre Dame made available to my father, and consequently to my entire family, when he was invited to undertake graduate studies at the University many years ago,” Miranda said in the release. “I am both deeply honored and excited to serve the Notre Dame community as its next provost.”During her time at Rice, Miranda worked with a $700 million annual operating budget to to lead the university’s academic, research, scholarly and creative programs.“Major initiatives included the development and implementation of more than $230 million in strategic investments focused on molecular nanotechnology, data sciences, neuro engineering, synthetic and physical biology, inequities and inequalities and overall research competitiveness,” the press release said.In addition, Miranda prioritized decreasing the disparities between first-generation students and students of low socioeconomic status to their peers, while also working to increase the gender and racial diversity among academic leaders at Rice when she was provost.Miranda is a leader in the area of geospatial health informatics, according to the release. Her research focuses on the effect of the environment on children, and she is well-known for her work on childhood lead exposure. She has also studied the impact of racial residential segregation.Prior to serving as the provost at Rice, Miranda held a faculty position at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment. She also served as the Samuel A. Graham Dean of the school and maintained positions in the department of pediatrics and the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Michigan.After earning a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from Duke, she went on to complete doctoral and master’s degrees in economics from Harvard University. Miranda then returned to Duke and worked as a faculty member in the Nicholas School of the Environment, the integrated toxicology program, department of pediatrics and Duke Global Health Institute.The Provost Search Committee, composed of five faculty members and one student, and the University’s Board of Trustees unanimously elected Miranda as the fifth provost.Jenkins urged the campus community to welcome Miranda as a new leader at the University. “Professor Miranda is excited to join us as a colleague and to lead Notre Dame to realize its promise — to become, even more, a preeminent research university with an unsurpassed undergraduate education, informed in all its endeavors by a distinctive Catholic mission,” Jenkins said in the email.Tags: John Jenkins, marie lynn miranda, provost, Rice University, Tom Burishlast_img read more

Ellington Town Picnic Cancelled

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image by Rory Pollaro/WNYNewsNow.ELLINGTON – The COVID-19 virus has claimed another event as the 2020 Ellington Town Picnic has been cancelled.The picnic committee announced the decision to postpone the annual event until next year.The announcement was posted on social media. The long- running event is a prime fundraiser for the Ellington Fire Department.last_img

Bills Choose ‘Bills Stadium’ After Cutting Ties With New Era

first_imgBuffalo Bills Logo.ORCHARD PARK — The Buffalo Bills are settling for simplicity in calling their home field “Bills Stadium” after they were unable to find a new naming rights partner before the start of the season.The Bills announced the decision on Thursday, shortly before the team practiced inside the facility for the first time during training camp.“As we continue the transition process from New Era Field to a new naming rights partner, we will officially use the name Bills Stadium for our home in Orchard Park,” the Bills announced.The Buffalo-based New Era Cap Company backed out of its naming rights agreement last month at a time the global sports headwear and clothing apparel company was laying off more than 100 employees as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. New Era signage is still visible around the facility, including the company’s name featured on a large billboard along the front of the stadium.The decision to drop out of the agreement came four years after New Era acquired the naming rights for what was previously called Ralph Wilson Stadium, and named after the team’s late Hall of Fame owner.The agreement was worth more than $35 million and spanned the remaining seven years of the Bills’ lease with the county-controlled facility. New Era was also provided the right of first refusal to extend the agreement under a new lease or if the team built a new stadium. 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

Video Confession: Anna Kendrick Was a ‘Goon’ on the Set of Into the Woods

first_img View Comments Tony and Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick is having a moment. She’s not filming Super Bowl commercials and talking Beyoncé on Conan. Now she’s chatting with MTV about how she and Tony winner James Corden got to watch three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep sing the show-stopping “Last Midnight” on the set of the Into the Woods film. Kendrick jokes about how hearing Streep sing could be auctioned off for tons of money but she and Corden were just the “goons that got to be in the room.” Click on the video below to see Kendrick also reveal why she ran ran away from Johnny Depp and how he repelled her! last_img