Brian Kelly to build on community

first_imgNow that the players knows what is demanded of them off the field, Kelly said they are more committed to their job, which, he said, is not being just a football player but being a Notre Dame football player.  Hoping to redefine what it means to be a football player at Notre Dame, Kelly gave a description of what he hopes people see when they look at the team.  “The number one thing I talk to my players about is whether or not they care,” he said. “If you aren’t excited to play for the University of Notre Dame then you are not going to play here.” “My job is to reconnect some of the things that I believe haven’t been emphasized in the proper manner,” Kelly said to the students. “This is not a relationship of separation. It should be all of us together.” Kelly said he saw a divide between student-athletes and the rest of the student body when he arrived on campus this past winter. He said he believes football is the best way to “get the bridge between students and athletes back.”  “The kind of guys that I am recruiting here now are going to be hardworking and they better recognize the value of the Notre Dame education,” he said. “Not all of them will be on the same elite level as the students in this room, but they are going to work their butts off.” Kelly said he doesn’t want to have players who don’t understand the importance of the University they represent when they run out onto the field.   Irish head football coach Brian Kelly told students that the football team needs to “get back to a collegiate sense of community” at a meeting with student government Tuesday.Speaking to members of the Hall Presidents’ Council (HPC) and the Council of Representatives (COR) at the Guglielmino Athletics Complex, Kelly described the overhaul the football team recently underwent — and he wasn’t talking in terms of offense and defense. Instead, Kelly said he was expecting the football team to get rid of the attitude of “us” and “them” and become a part of the student body.center_img Elaborating on what he thought was the right personality for his football team, Kelly told the students the players they will be seeing will bear little resemblance to some of recent years. “We’re not going to be bringing in guys who want to hang out here while they wait for the NFL. Those days are over,” he said. “I want guys who want to play for Our Lady — I usually get what I want.” In a personal attempt to have his players engage more with the student body, Kelly said he is looking for some different characteristics when it comes to recruiting.  “My players should understand that if they’re going to come to Notre Dame, it’s going to be about being at a unique place,” he said. “There is a uniqueness to us that doesn’t make us better or worse, but it makes us different. The right kinds of guys understand that.” “At the end of the day, I am looking for tough gentlemen — tough on the field and gentlemen off,” he said. “I want the players to reengage with something that is really unique to Notre Dame,” he said. “Part of that is the community and the love students have for what happens on this campus.”last_img read more

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Professor emeritus dies at 86

first_imgJoseph Brennan, professor emeritus of English, died in his South Bend home on Oct. 25. He was 86. A funeral Mass was celebrated Monday in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the University announced in a press release Tuesday. Brennan taught at the University of Notre Dame from 1955 to 1993. The press release said he was a “soft-spoken” professor of American literature. Among his students was University President Emeritus Fr. Edward “Monk” Malloy, who was an English major as an undergraduate and took two courses with Brennan. In his autobiography, “Monk’s Tale,” Malloy called Brennan “one of the most articulate people I have ever met,” the press release said. A native of Providence, R.I., Brennan graduated from Providence College, earned a master’s degree in English from Brown University and then obtained his doctorate from the University of Illinois. Before coming to Notre Dame to teach, Brennan was a Fulbright scholar and did post-doctoral work at the Universita degli Studi in Florence and the University of Gottingen in Germany. His wife, Sheilah, associate professor emerita of philosophy at Notre Dame, survives Brennan. He is also survived by his sons, Ciaran and Kevin, his brothers, James and William, and five grandsons.last_img read more

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Dining halls join meatless campaign

first_imgToday marks the second week of Notre Dame Food Services’ participation in Meatless Mondays, a nationwide campaign to encourage healthy, sustainable and cruelty-free dining. Lisa Wenzel, assistant director of catering and special events at Food Services, said the movement aims to offer a wider range of meatless options, which she hopes will give students exposure to both new foods and new ideas. The Monday Campaigns, a campaign that dedicates the first day of each week to health, and the Humane Society of the United States coordinated the movement, which is co-sponsored at Notre Dame by the Office of Sustainability. “The Humane Society actually approached us first about starting Meatless Mondays” Wenzel said. “They introduced us to the concept, and we really liked its educational benefits and its benefits for nutrition and sustainability.” While the dining halls will continue to serve meat on Mondays, consistent with other universities implementing the program, Wenzel said it is important that students learn about the nutritional and environmental advantages of eating less meat. These include decreased rates of heart disease, obesity and several types of cancer, as well as a reduced carbon footprint and of course the promotion of animal welfare. “You might not be worried [about the health risks] as students, but later in life, it’s good to be aware of,” Wenzel said. In order to keep the new options appealing to students, Wenzel said the dining halls would try to serve meatless versions of familiar dishes, such as fajitas and burgers, along with some unique ethnic options. “Last week we had vegetarian sliders, like veggie burgers and falafel burgers on a smaller scale, and people seemed to like them,” she said. “It’s all about having something you like and enjoying it without meat.” Some meatless dishes in store at the dining halls today include portabella fajitas, along with goat cheese and asparagus pasta, quinoa rice corn cakes, savory vegetable pancakes and an Indian stew. In regards to the relationship between Meatless Mondays and the Catholic tradition of meatless Fridays, Wenzel said Monday was designated as the dining halls’ day to incorporate less meat because of the support from the national program. The Monday Campaigns organization promotes various movements to make Monday a day of increased commitment to health because, at the beginning of the week, it is a logical day for starting new habits and resolutions. Meatless Fridays in Lent would continue unchanged alongside Meatless Mondays next semester, Wenzel said.last_img read more

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Peace Corps veteran reflects on time in Thailand

first_imgIn 1961, the senior class of St. Francis Xavier University sat in their gaps and gowns and listened to President John F. Kennedy state he was going to start an organization that would send young volunteers overseas to help other people.  Roger Parent, author of the newly released “The Making of a Peace Corps Volunteer: From Maine to Thailand”, was among the graduates that day, and said he was incredibly struck by President Kennedy’s new proposal. On Thursday, Parent held a book-signing in the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore to promote his new book.  “I thought to myself, ‘Hey, I want to do that,’” Parent said. “So I wrote President Kennedy a letter right away and I said I want to be a part of this thing that you have started. Well, lo and behold, six months later I was invited to be a part of the Peace Corps in Thailand.”  Parent said he was a part of the first group of Peace Corps volunteers who were sent to Thailand in 1961. The group volunteered until 1963, he said.  Parent said is originally from French-Speaking Lille, Maine where he learned English as a second language.  “They probably thought that [attending college] in a foreign country would be an asset,” Parent said. “But what I don’t think they understood is that I grew up a couple thousand yards from the Canadian boarder.”  While in Thailand, Parent said he taught locals about carpentry and the English language.   “I was teaching Thai people to speak English with a French accent,” he said.  When his services ended in 1963, Parent said he explored options for Peace Corps returnees in the states.  “[The Peace Corps] is what brought me to the University of Notre Dame,” Parent said. “Father Ted Hesburgh had a Return Peace Corps Scholarship and since I was one of the first Peace Corps volunteers to go to the Peace Corps and get out, it had to go to somebody.”  Parent used his scholarship to receive a master of education degree from Notre Dame in 1967. After receiving his degree, Parent said he and his family decided to stay in South Bend, where he served as a city councilman from 1972 to 1979 and served as mayor from 1980 to 1987.  “It turned out South Bend was a great place for me”, said Parent. “I got accepted in the community really early here … I joke that I thought I would live on the east coast or the west coast and ended up living on the west coast of Lake Michigan.” Parent said his experience serving as a Peace Corps volunteer helped him to become a better politician. “In the Peace Corps I had to put myself in someone else’s shoes … when I got elected mayor I had some experience doing that,” Parent said. “As a politician you always have to try to figure out what people are thinking.” Overall, Parent said the Peace Corps taught him much about life and he said he would recommend it to anyone.  “We are never called ‘former Peace Corps Volunteers.’ Once a Peace Corps Volunteer always a Peace Corps Volunteer,” Parent said. Contact Wendy Hatch at whatch@nd.edulast_img read more

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Sociologist analyzes KKK impact on modern politics

first_imgProfessor Rory McVeigh, chair of sociology at Notre Dame, co-authored an upcoming article to be published in the American Sociological Review with professors David Cunningham from Brandeis University and Justin Farrell from Yale University.The article, titled, “Political Polarization as a Social Movement Outcome: 1960s Klan Activism and its Enduring Impact on Political Realignment in Southern Counties, 1960 to 2000,” discusses the activities of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) in its heyday, its influence in modern politics and the motivations behind actions from a near half-century ago that are still felt in the world today.“There are really two different core puzzles,” McVeigh said. “One is kind of a substantive puzzle … how has the South, which used to be solidly Democratic and supportive of white supremacy … how has it transformed into a Republican stronghold? … Historians have looked at that but not really paid attention to the role of extremist movements like the Ku Klux Klan.“It kind of fits in with a general academic question about whether or not social movements make a difference,” McVeigh said. “For many, many years, sociologists were studying how [the KKK] emerged in the first place. It’s only been in recent years that people have been turning that question around and asking, ‘do they make a difference?’”McVeigh, Cunningham and Farrell worked with nearly half a century of voting data since one of the peaks in Klan activity during the 1960s. The trio observed changes in voting habits in counties across 10 states in the South that have and haven’t experienced Klan influence, McVeigh said.“We have a measure of Republican voting in 1960 before the emergence of the Klan, and we look at measures of Republican voting through various elections after the emergence of the Klan going all the way to 2000 and we look at Klan activism as something that intervenes within that time period,” Mcveigh said. “Here we are in the 1990s after the Klan has dissolved … and we found that people who hold conservative attitudes towards integration … are more likely to vote Republican. But here’s the important part: that was only true in counties where the Klan were active.”McVeigh said the longest lasting influences of the KKK were sustained through subtler, more mundane means, rather than emphasizing disparity between races. The KKK’s actions brought to light the unwillingness of the general public to discuss and resolve race-related issues, he said.“Our personal networks are more diverse in attitudes than we think they are.” McVeigh said. “Let’s say … we don’t agree on some issue. I could drop you as a friend but more commonly we change the topic that we’re talking about — something we have in common like music or sports.“Then sometimes there’s such an issue that could be a ‘hot topic’ of discussion … and we argue in our paper the Klan was like that. They were so controversial … it became such a hot topic of discussion that you couldn’t just avoid it. In the process people started to choose side and the Klan played a role in bringing the race issue out into the open and aligning racial attitudes with party platforms. … In other words, this kind of radical action can disrupt social networks and place people in different networks that are sustained for so long through social interaction,” he said.Tags: american sociological review, chair of sociology, kkk, klu klux klan, mcveigh, rory mcveighlast_img read more

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University Board of Trustees announces new members

first_imgNotre Dame appointed Dorene Dominguez and James Parsons to its Board of Trustees during meetings Thursday and Friday, the University announced in a press release.Dominguez graduated from Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in finance and currently serves on the Institute for Latino Studies’ advisory council. She chairs the Vanir Group of Companies, an organization based in California focused on renewable energy, real estate, construction and finances. The release said Dominguez is the “first and only” Latina to have ownership of a team in the National Basketball Association, owning a partial share of the Sacramento Kings.Parsons also graduated from Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in finance. He went on to earn a master of business administration from Harvard University. Along with his wife and fellow Notre Dame alumnus Carrie Quinn, Parsons contributed to “the establishment of the Notre Dame Institute for Global Investing at the Mendoza College of Business,” the release said.In 2014, Parsons founded Junto Capital Management, a New York City hedge fund focusing on the technology industry, finances and business services. He now serves as portfolio manager for the company, after having previously served in this capacity at Viking Global Investors.The Board of Trustees also appointed Rev. Thomas J. O’Hara to emeritus status during its spring meetings, the release said. O’Hara joined in the Board of Trustees in 2010 and in 2012 began overseeing the Congregation of Holy Cross — United States Province of Priests and Brothers as provincial superior. He also served as president of King’s College, another Holy-Cross-founded school, from 1999 to 2011, the release said.Tags: Board of Trustees, Dorene Dominguez, James Parsonslast_img read more

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Students urge senators to vote no on Brett Kavanaugh nomination in call-in event

first_imgBefore the United States Senate voted Saturday to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, student activists gathered at Geddes Hall on Friday to call swing-state senators and convince them to vote “no” to Kavanaugh’s nomination.Junior Emilia McManus said the #cancelKavanaugh event was initiated by a group of students with no formal affiliations who simply felt the urge to come together and organize a call-in.“For the most part we stand for Dr. [Christine Blasey] Ford, but at the same time we welcome students who have different viewpoints under the circumstances,” McManus said. “Putting someone in a position of immense power like Brett Kavanaugh is something we have to take very seriously. … It’s important we consider [the facts] and contact our senators to do our civic duty.”McManus said it is unfortunate how strongly the polarization of the country is contributing to the nomination process.“This is an appointment for life,” McManus said. “… The position of the Supreme Court justice is not supposed to be based on political affiliation, it’s supposed to be based on choosing a person who can fairly interpret the Constitution.”McManus said both testimonies were emotional experiences and, at times difficult, to watch. She said she still felt the testimonies were essential to watch in order to be as informed as possible.Junior Elizabeth Boyle — who also helped organize the event — said she was amazed by Ford’s bravery after watching and listening to her testimony.“I remember watching Dr. Ford’s testimony and just getting absolute chills,” Boyle said. “Seeing her put herself and her story out there in order to better the lives of other survivors is absolutely incredible. … The disconnect and the dichotomy between the calming, brave nature of Dr. Ford and the often scattered, angry temperament of Judge Kavanaugh really stuck out.”Senior Olivia De Sonne Ammaccapane said she called over a hundred people on Friday, urging them to call their senators.  “I think its really important that we start believing sexual assault survivors,” she said. “There’s such a tiny percentage of people who go through the trouble of accusing someone already and we need to believe them.”McManus said regardless of a student’s motivations, she wanted people to understand they can take action. The event as not just targeted to those who opposed Kavanaugh’s nomination, she said.“We had a student who stopped by earlier who is in favor of Kavanaugh,” she said. “We had a very productive discussion; he shared his viewpoint, we shared ours, and I think that’s important.”Boyle encouraged students to be engaged in the political climate of the country because students have the ability to make a difference by bringing their unique voices to issues.“We’re at such an interesting point in the U.S. where a lot of the policies coming out of the current administration are so disruptive to human dignity and human rights,” Boyle said. “We should be plugged into immigration debate and the DACA debate — we have to know what’s going on because we have an obligation to act.”McManus said with the opportunities students at Notre Dame possess, they should do their best to stay informed.“I think student activism is tremendously important,” McManus said. “We have the power to vote, we are given an immense amount of freedom and we need to voice our opinions.”Tags: #cancelKavanaugh, Brett Kavanaugh, call-in, senators, student activism, Supreme Courtlast_img read more

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Muffet McGraw awarded Key to the City of South Bend at Common Council meeting

first_imgWomen’s basketball head coach Muffet McGraw was awarded a Key to the City of South Bend in a Common Council meeting Monday in the County-City Building downtown.At the meeting, McGraw and the 2018-2019 women’s basketball team was recognized by a special resolution “honoring and thanking” the team for their “contributions to the South Bend community.” Mary Steurer | The Observer The women’s basketball team was recognized by the South Bend Common Council at a meeting Monday. At the meeting, the Mayor’s Office awarded head coach Muffet McGraw a Key to the City.The resolution, presented by Common Council members Oliver Davis, Sharon McBride, Tim Scott and Karen White, named the Notre Dame women’s basketball team as among the nation’s “most visible and respected” athletic programs and praised its players and coaching staff for the program’s consistent success.“Individual members of [the] team received far more accolades than can possibly be included in this resolution,” the resolution stated. “[And] the true meaning of the team’s greatness cannot be summarized in wins, losses and titles, but does also include academic success, class, dignity, toughness, determination and grace under pressure.”It also commended McGraw for her moral voice off the field, expressing gratitude for her “valuable contributions … to the betterment of society at large.”After the resolution was read aloud, McGraw was given the chance to speak, taking the opportunity to call for change of heart in the South Bend community.Her speech follows two events last week that left the city fractured: the June 16 fatal police shooting of Eric Logan, an African-American man, by white city police officer Sgt. Ryan O’Neill, as well as a bar shooting Sunday morning that left one dead and 10 injured.Tensions gripped South Bend this weekend as community members protested in front of the police headquarters Friday and urged Mayor Pete Buttigieg for sweeping reforms at a Town Hall meeting Sunday.South Bend faces problems symptomatic of larger, deep-seated social issues that have become part of the national culture, McGraw said.“I am so proud to be a part of this community — I love South Bend,” McGraw said. “But we have some issues, and I think South Bend is not immune to problems that every city across the country is facing. Racial inequality, gender inequality, homophobia — we are a nation divided. … When did we stop listening to each other? When did we stop having open and honest debate?”The city will not be able to move past such issues without a combined effort from all of its members, McGraw said.“It’s a Herculean task, to be honest,” she said. “But I would love to see South Bend be that city that everybody in the country can point to across the country and say, ‘This is how people live in community. This is what community is all about. This is how you solve our problems.’“McGraw then called upon the community to take action in creating a more unified city.“We can’t wait for people in Washington to step in and fix things,” she said. “They don’t want to fix things, they just want to tell us who’s to blame for it. We’ve got to stand up, and we’ve got to stand together, and we can do it. We can be that city.”After McGraw’s speech, Buttigieg announced via video recording McGraw would be awarded a Key to the City.“Coach Muffet McGraw has been an inspiration … to our community and to athletes, women and girls and boys and men across the country with the determination, the outstanding work ethic, the very … leadership that she has demonstrated over many years and continues to show with the extraordinary performance of Notre Dame’s women’s basketball,” Buttigieg said in the video.Buttigieg also praised McGraw for her commitment to social progress, especially in the area of gender equality. McGraw drew national attention last April after calling for more female representation in national leadership at a Final Four pregame press conference in Tampa, Florida.“Coach McGraw is a beacon — not only within the field of athletics, but truly a leader in our country — and I admire everything that she has done, and South Bend is proud to claim her as a member of our community,” Buttigieg said in the video.Tags: Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Muffet McGraw, South Bend, South Bend Common Councillast_img read more

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Watch Lea Michele Find Her Way Out of the Darkness in Her Powerful ‘Cannonball’ Video

first_imgLea Michele has finally released her first music video! It feels like just yesterday that the Glee star-turned pop singer was teasing the world with photos from her video for “Cannonball,” but now we can see all of its stunning, sexy and sensational glory. Naturally, Michele does an amazing job at capturing both the vulnerability and strength in the Sia-penned tune. The video starts with Michele trapped in the dark, but our star soon finds release as the light pours through the cracks in the windows. Michele’s debut solo album, Louder, is scheduled for release on March 4. Check out the video below! View Comments Star Filescenter_img Lea Michelelast_img read more

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Exclusive Photos! Bebe Neuwirth Gears Up to Play Matron ‘Mama’ Morton in Chicago

first_imgThe Countess of the Clink has got to be lookin’ classy! Bebe Neuwirth is getting ready to make her grand return to the long-running Broadway revival of Chicago, and Broadway.com has your exclusive first look at the star’s costume and wig fittings. Neuwirth, who won a Tony for her performance as Velma Kelly in 1997 and returned as merry murderess Roxie Hart in 2007, will take over the role of Matron “Mama” Morton for a limited engagement beginning January 14 at the Ambassador Theatre. Costume designer William Ivey Long created a sharp-fitting suit for Neuwirth, who will play the role in a wig inspired by the hairdo of actress Mary Astor. Get a good look at Jeremy Daniel’s classy pics, and then go see Bebe Neuwirth lord over Chicago’s Cook County Jail! Chicago View Comments Related Shows from $49.50 Star Files Bebe Neuwirthlast_img read more

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