Katrina Corcoran, another junior in the Angers Program said she had hoped to travel to London. “My fiancé … had grown up in London,” she said. “[He] was going to show me around.”With cancelled flights, however, Corcoran said she was stranded in Rome. Luckily, she said, she found a place to stay with her friend studying in Rome and was finally able to buy a train ticket to France after waiting in line for hours. Junior Justine Murnane, studying in France, said she also tried unconventional ways to make it back from being stranded in Prague. Junior Sean Bennett was traveling with Rooney and said that on the bright side, they were able to get refunded for the round-trip flight. “This has been the strangest week of my life,” she said. With all the cancelled flights and booked bus or train tickets, students said they have had to improvise as they work out their broken plans. Brosnihan said she planned on couch surfing — networking with people online for places to stay — rather than using a hostel or hotel. Murnane said that despite missing out on meeting up with her mom in Paris, she managed to meet three other Notre Dame students and made some “lasting relationships with a few middle-aged Brits.” “I have a pretty ridiculous story for why I didn’t visit some of the cities,” Rooney said in regard to the volcanic eruption. “If our flight hadn’t been cancelled then I would have been stuck in Prague … wait … I guess that would have been a good thing.” “It actually kind of disturbs me that Ryanair decided to cancel our flight at the last possible minute,” Rooney said. “We were seriously in line to get on the plane almost three hours after the eruption.” “I’ve been stuck in Munich for three days,” Brosnihan said. “The only way I could get out of Prague was an overnight bus to London,” Murnane said. “I ended up hopping off just before we went into the channel and found my way to a nearby train station to get to Paris.” Notre Dame students on campus may not have felt the effects of the volcanic eruption in Iceland over the past week, but the same cannot be said for those abroad.“Frustrating, confusing, spontaneous,” junior Claire Brosnihan said when asked to describe her time in Europe since the eruption. “This is my spring break, so I was planning on going from Munich to Istanbul, then Athens, then Santorini, then Paris.” Yet with the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull those plans never worked out. “After over 24 hours of travel by train I will return to Angers on Friday morning, and with a significantly smaller bank account,” Corcoran said. After all flights in Munich Airport were cancelled, Brosnihan said she was unable to get a refund for two of her flights and spent hours trying to find a way to make it to Istanbul without flying, though she realized it would be impossible. Now she plans instead to make her way to Switzerland and then somehow be back in France by Sunday, though hotels along the way are almost all booked. Although her train to Paris was operational, she mentioned that, while airports across Europe had closed down, the French train system also went on strike in the midst of it all. “I have a newfound appreciation for ground travel,” she said. “[This week] forced me to be more adventurous with my trip, seeing where I can go without any flights and while being broke,” she said. Despite the difficulties, students nonetheless found a way to remain positive while abroad. “They’ve been planning this trip since December,” he said. Junior Mike Rooney, studying in Dublin, also had plans to travel over the weekend, but found out moments before boarding his plane to Prague that all flights had been grounded due to ash in the air. Corcoran also said being stranded in Rome was not all bad, considering she was able to attend Mass in the chapel behind St. Peter’s grave. “That was a once-in-a-lifetime and very moving experience,” she said. Currently studying in Notre Dame’s Angers Program, Brosnihan is one of many Notre Dame students abroad who have found difficulty traveling over the past week due to the volcano. “Ryanair was actually really helpful,” Bennett said, though also adding it is now doubtful whether his parents will be able to visit him this week, which he said was frustrating.
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Editor’s note: This is the third and final installment of a three-part series about Terrance Rogers, a 1979 Notre Dame graduate who has returned as a graduate student with the goal of winning Bengal Bouts. Terry Rogers has taken a trip back in time, as a 1979 alumnus who is now a Notre Dame student again, and plenty has changed in 31 years. “In a way, it’s like I’m going back in time, carrying back with me the knowledge I’ve gained since that time,” Rogers said. He said some things have changed substantially since the 1970s, such as press coverage of the Bengal Bouts tournament. With more athletic events to cover, local media no longer devotes as much press to the event. “Then, the South Bend Tribune covered the Bengal Bouts extensively. A reporter named Barry Miller used to write us all up. He knew all our nicknames,” he said. “The town would get really into it, the football players would be boxing each other and the crowd would go wild. “It was the heyday of tournament attendance.” Rogers’ boxing description emerged from the three years he spent at West Point before transferring to Notre Dame. “The South Bend Tribune billed me as the boxer from West Point, which seemed to have some sort of mystique or aura about it,” Rogers said. As Rogers prepares to re-enter the boxing ring, he will meet some familiar faces. Terry Johnson, a volunteer coach and official for the Bengal Bouts, has held that post since before Rogers made his first Bengal Bouts attempt — and Johnson says today’s undergraduates will benefit from having Rogers spar with them. “Since the day I met Terry, he’s been a great competitor, and more than that, he’s been a great sportsman. Anyone who’s faced Terry in the ring will tell you that,” Johnson said. “He’ll knock you down the hardest, but he’ll be the first to pick you back up again.” Nonetheless, Johnson said Rogers’ health, as a 55-year-old boxer, will need to cooperate. “Obviously, safety is our priority,” Johnson said, “If he’s allowed to box, he’ll be the oldest boxer ever to compete in the Bengal Bouts.” But Rogers wasn’t too worried about his eligibility to participate. “I’m probably in better shape overall now than when I was as a student here,” he said. As Rogers has changed, so has life as a Notre Dame student — and Rogers noticed some improvements. “The most obvious change is that this place is now 50 percent women. When I was here it was probably about 20 percent,” Rogers said. “Notre Dame guys don’t know how lucky they are.” Another positive change, Rogers said, is the increased cultural diversity. “I’ve noticed so many different ethnicities and nationalities here,” Rogers said. “Just like having women here, it’s made the University much stronger from a cultural and learning standpoint.” Although Rogers is now studying in a completely different field than he did in his undergraduate days, he said students today are more accomplished. Rogers said the application pool to be admitted into a Notre Dame graduate program was competitive, and he was rejected 11 times. “After 11 rejections, it doesn’t take an Einstein to see that this is a more accomplished crowd,” he said. Students may also have had more fun back in the day, Rogers said. Many students went out to the Four Corners bars every night and drove up to Michigan on Sundays. Rogers recalled one bar called “The Library.” “They could say, ‘I spent every night at The Library,’ and be truthful, sort of,” he said. While some changes have been beneficial for the University, Rogers said football is another matter. “Certain realities have tempered the students’ expectations,” Rogers said. “When I was an undergraduate, a national championship was considered a birthright.” While Rogers can’t do anything to fix the football program, he can prepare himself to win the Bengal Bouts, which means a rigorous schedule of training of at least an hour every day. After all, Rogers is not just fighting for himself, but to inspire other men over 40 and to raise money for the Holy Cross missions. With his wife’s support, Rogers plans to make his fourth attempt at winning Bengal Bouts a success. “My wife said to me, ‘I’m coming out to watch you fight and I’m not coming out to watch you lose,’” Rogers said. And he doesn’t plan to lose. But he does hope his story can be an inspiration to others. “If you believe in yourself and you have reasons to, you don’t have to follow the path of the herd,” Rogers said. “Set your own path and the herd can follow you. “That’s why I’m here.”
Saint Mary’s Dance Marathon is selling its gear in the Student Center Atrium to help raise awareness for its main event — a 12-hour dance-a-thon to raise money for Riley’s Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. The sale will run Tuesday and Wednesday during lunch and dinner hours in the Student Center Atrium, said Kelli Minor, Dance Marathon fundraising chair. Dance Marathon sells gear emblazoned with the logo “EMX” — the Greek letters for “SMC.” “Currently, we are selling 2009-10 EMX hooded sweatshirts, 2008, 2009 and 2010 Trot for Tots 5K shirts, red classy and fabulous shirts, SMC Dance Marathon bracelets and Riley pins,” Minor said. “The hoodies are $20, all shirts are $5, the bracelets and pins are $1.” Minor said the next big event will be Riley week, which will take place from Feb. 14-18. “Each day there will be various ways to become involved in [Dance Marathon] and also to raise awareness for the patients and families at Riley,” she said. According to Minor, Monday will feature an arts and crafts fair, and Tuesday a miss-a-meal night, when students can use a meal swipe as a donation to Riley. Wednesday will include door decorating and Thursday will be a salon night, with Friday serving as a campus-wide “Wear Red for Riley” day, she said. This will be the fourth annual Dance Marathon, which will take place on March 5, Minor said. Students interested in participating can already register. “Pre-registration has already begun and anyone can register at any time. To get a dancer packet, students can e-mail the Dance Marathon account,” Minor said. The group’s e-mail is [email protected] and registration is $15 for dancers, she said. The events will take place from noon to midnight and check-in begins at 11 a.m. in the Student Center. “The event includes games, bands, prizes, arts and crafts, as well as the opportunity to listen to Riley families speak,” Minor said.
Monday’s Class Council elections resulted in run-offs in each of the Sophomore, Junior and Senior Class Council races, said Michael Thomas, Judicial Council Vice President of Elections. The run-off elections will be held Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. To win the initial election, a ticket must win a majority of the votes cast, Thomas said. No ticket received more than 50 percent of the vote in the election. Juniors Anne Huntington, Mike Oliver, Brittni Alexander and Tyler Harmsen advanced to the Senior Class Council run-off election with 38.8 percent of the vote. Huntington said her ticket wants to make it a fun senior year for the Class of 2012. “We have a lot of experience and know how to run events,” she said. “We just want to make it the best senior year it can possibly be.” Huntington said she is excited to be a part of the run-off election. “It’s all about making new friends and meeting new people,” she said. “That’s been the greatest part of this experience.” Juniors Parker King, Ben German, Alicia Elliott and Brinya Bjork proceeded to the run-off election after capturing 29.2 percent of the vote. King said his ticket wants the Class of 2012 to feel fulfilled when they graduate from Notre Dame. “We want seniors to get the most out of their four years here and leave having done all they wanted to do,” he said. “That’s why we have our Notre Dame bucket list idea and plans for many other fun events.” King said, if elected, he would also like to help prepare seniors “to go out into the real world.” “Once we graduate, we’ll really be living on our own for the first time, without the comforts of the dining hall or any of the other things that Notre Dame has to offer,” he said. “We want to help seniors get ready for that transition.” Sophomores Kevin Doherty, Megan Rodts, Kim Neary and Nolan Welsh advanced to the Junior Class Council run-off election with 41.4 percent of the vote. Doherty said his ticket’s biggest success has been in talking face-to-face with other members of the Class of 2013. “This shows that people like what we’ve been saying and what we have to offer,” he said. “Hopefully putting the extra time into campaigning before the run-off will help us to reach the majority vote we need to win.” Doherty said his ticket’s main campaign platform is centered on establishing a homecoming week tradition at Notre Dame, known as Domecoming. “We have the foundation with this year’s first Domecoming week,” he said. “Now we want to make it bigger and better.” Sophomores Michael Weiss, Julianne Crimmins, Mike Kress and Sean Hannon proceeded to the run-off election with 34.3 percent of the vote. Weiss said his ticket is anxiously anticipating the extra day of campaigning. “We’re really excited to get the extra day to talk to more people and share all of our great ideas,” he said. Weiss said he is really confident in his ticket’s platform. “We’re pushing for better apparel, off-campus dances and a class trip to a Chicago Cubs game in the spring,” he said. Freshmen Nicholas Schilling, Paul DiGiovanni, Mary Clare Rigali and Margaret Preuss proceeded to the run-off election after garnering 36.5 percent of the vote. Schilling said his ticket will focus on mobilizing more voters in Wednesday’s run-off. “We want other members of the Class of 2014 to feel like they’ve had a significant say in the results,” he said. Schilling said he is looking forward to being a part of the run-off. “Our biggest strength is in the specificity of our ideas for next year,” he said. “The different events we have planned, like Domerfest 2.0, are what’s really unique about our ticket.” Freshmen Anthony Krenselewski, Lizzie Helpling, Jackie Picache and Alesandra Mendoza advanced to the Sophomore Class Council run-off election with 27.1 percent of the vote. Krenselewski said his ticket’s focus is on bringing unity to the Class of 2014. “That’s what we’ve been about the whole campaign and that’s what were going to continue to be about heading in to the run-off,” he said. Krenselewski said he hopes to build a stronger identity for next year’s sophomore class. “We hope we can bring our class together through a number of different events,” he said. “Our best ideas are centered on the concept of greater unity.”
March saw Notre Dame rising in another set of rankings, as the Princeton Review survey “College Hopes and Worries” listed the University as parents’ No. 4 “dream college” for their children, up from No. 9 in 2011. Notre Dame was ranked behind Stanford University, Princeton University and Harvard University. According to the Princeton Review’s website, “dream colleges” are schools that parents wish they were sending their children to if cost and admission were not contributing factors. A separate ranking listed the top ten dream colleges for students. Bob Mundy, director of admissions, said the ranking speaks to the positive perception of Notre Dame nationwide. “If you can step back and think about it as a parent might, I think it provides a nicely illustrative view of Notre Dame,” Mundy said. “Parents want great things for their children, and I think this is a statement that they see Notre Dame as a unique combination of education of the mind and heart.” While some other universities were chosen as dream colleges for both parents and students, Notre Dame did not make the student list. “There is definitely a difference between the student and parent perspectives,” Mundy said. “They’re looking for some of the same things, but not all, so naturally different factors come into play.” Mundy said he believes the ranking demonstrates this disparity in goals. “Parents really see college as a time to grow intellectually, socially and spiritually, and in this case, it means that they see Notre Dame as an ideal place for this.” University Spokesman Dennis Brown said the administration was pleased about the ranking. “We believe Notre Dame is among the nation’s best in providing an extraordinary undergraduate experience, and we’re pleased that parents who engaged in this survey have recognized as much,” Brown said. He said, however, the University does not allow such rankings to carry much weight. “While we recognize that the various college surveys and rankings serve a useful function for some prospective students and their parents, we have joined with others for 20 years in expressing our reservations about their various methodologies,” Brown said. Mundy said he believes rankings like this could potentially affect future applicant pools. “It might help more in the early stages of the application process,” he said. “If Notre Dame is on the parents’ radar and that helps get us on the student radar, that’s a good thing.” Parents’ influence over their children is an important component of academic recruiting, Mundy said. “Once we can get on students’ radar, we can pretty much do the rest,” he said. Mundy said the rankings, though positive, would not affect University policy in the short or long term. “Rankings give a global view of our institution,” he said. “They don’t necessarily affect our internal policy. This is certainly a very positive affirmation for us, though.”
The ND Unite to Fight Ebola campaign is raising funds to send medical supplies to West Africa, according to Dr. Katherine Taylor, director of operations of the Eck Institute for Global Health.Photo courtesy of Yassah Lavelah “First of all, our role is compassion,” Taylor said. “When we see this happening somewhere, and the devastating impact on the communities in West Africa, we feel compelled to do something. I think we were all here looking at each other, saying ‘What can we do? How can we help?’ This is the transformation of that concern into action.”The University-wide campaign, which continues on campus through Oct. 17, focuses on two main goals, Taylor said. After that date, the campaign will still accept donations online from the broader Notre Dame community.“The first goal is education and awareness, and the second one is to raise funds to purchase and ship supplies directly to West Africa,” she said. “… We decided that we wanted to do a short burst of activity because of the urgency, just because we’d like to get the supplies there as quickly as possible. We are intending to extend the campaign, particularly to alumni, following the close of the campaign here on campus.”The donations from the ND Unite to Fight Ebola campaign will support medical aid workers in Liberia and Sierra Leone, Taylor said.“There are several personal contacts that the University of Notre Dame has with organizations in both Liberia and Sierra Leone,” Taylor said. “In Liberia there is a young woman, Yassah Lavelah, a Liberian national, who participated in the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders at the University of Notre Dame in 2014.“She and her mother run a clinic in Monrovia, Liberia. It’s the Ma V. Maternity Clinic, and she made a direct appeal to some of us here, who have kept in touch with her, to see if we can provide supplies. They haven’t received any supplies so far. We’ve gotten pictures from her, of them attending to patients essentially wearing rain jackets as their personal protective equipment. So obviously this is a very a dangerous situation for her and her mother.”The donations from the campaign will also support a hospital in Sierra Leone, Taylor said.“The second site is very well known by one of the Notre Dame professors, Catherine Bolten, at the Kroc Institute [for International Peace Studies],” Taylor said. “She’s worked in Sierra Leone for the better part of the last 12 years and has been connected with a hospital there. They’re also in desperate need of assistance.”Taylor said the campaign has teamed up with the Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach, a Springfield, Illinois-based “medical surplus recovery organization focused on meeting the healthcare needs of individuals in developing nations,” according to the agency’s website.Taylor said the Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach will coordinate the shipment of supplies to Liberia and Sierra Leone. The Eck Institute, Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development have also supported the campaign, she said.“These are the two places we’re targeting, and we intend to work with one of our partners, Hospital Mission Sisters Outreach,” she said. “They get medical supplies to remote areas,” she said. “Through them we will make a donation, and they are already working with people at these two sites to see what should go in the containers and how we’re going to get them to them.”Taylor said the campaign has sponsored a number of events on campus for the past two weeks, including two talks — one of which featured Mark Ferdig, a Mercy Corps senior team leader and brother of biology professor Michael Ferdig, and biology professor Rob Stahelin, who researches Ebola.“We’ve had professors giving lectures; we’ve established a Facebook page and a blog page,” Taylor said. “Two gentlemen from the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center and the Walter Reed Army Institute for Research gave a talk … all about Ebola and the response.”The campaign has partnered with undergraduate student groups including ND Fighting NTDs, ND8 and Timmy Global Health, Taylor said.“Students have played a role in the awareness campaign as well as the fundraising,” she said.Taylor said contributions can be brought to the Eck Institute in 120 Brownson Hall or made online at blogs.nd.edu/unite. Thursday, the campaign will host a prayer service at the Grotto at 8:30 p.m.“This week is going to be our final push, and we hope that anyone that hasn’t contributed will find ways to contribute,” she said. “We hope to be able to get these funds converted into supplies and get them headed to West Africa as soon as possible. I think everyone understands how urgent the situation is. We just want to act as quickly as we can.”Taylor said the success of the campaign will not only provide aid to Ebola patients in West Africa but will also have global implications and reflect Notre Dame’s commitment to being a force for good in the world.“I think we all do understand now that the epidemic needs to be stopped in West Africa, or it’s going to continue to be a concern for the rest of the world,” she said. “As the Global Health Institute, we understand the global nature of the problem, and that it’s going to require the whole world to come together to solve this problem.”“It will be good for Notre Dame to stand up and be counted as an institution, a Catholic institution, that works together to make a difference, so that we can be proud of what we’ve done,” Taylor said. “I’d like to challenge everyone to get involved.”Tags: Ebola, Eck Global Health Institute, eck institute, Global health, Kellogg Institue, Kroc Institute
Charles E. Rice, professor emeritus of law, died Wednesday at the age of 83, according to a press release issued by the University on Friday.Rice graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 1953 and earned his juris doctor degree from Boston College in 1956, the press release said. He went on to earn a master of laws and doctor of juridical sciences from New York University in 1959 and 1962, respectively, the press release said.Rice then entered private practice in New York City and taught at C.W. Post College, New York University and Fordham University before joining the Notre Dame law faculty in 1969, the press release said.A popular teacher, Rice was a pro-life advocate who co-authored many legal briefs on right-to-life and right-to-die issues, according to the press release. Rice also authored thirteen books, the press release said.While at Notre Dame, Rice was a coach, referee and faculty advisor for the University’s annual Bengal Bouts, which raises money for the Holy Cross Missions in Bangladesh, the press release said.“Professor Charles Rice epitomized all that is best about Notre Dame,” Fr. Wilson Miscamble, professor of history, said in the press release. “His contribution as a teacher and scholar in the Law School influenced at least two generations of students to become lawyers who saw their work as a vocation and not just a career. His profound commitment to the pro-life cause and to the truths of natural law, which were so evident in his writings, and in his speaking and television appearances, gave him an influence far beyond the Notre Dame campus.”A funeral Mass for Rice will be celebrated Monday at St. Joseph Church in Mishawaka, Indiana, at 11 a.m., the press release said. Visitation will be held Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 7 p.m. at Hahn Funeral Home in Mishawaka.Tags: Charles Rice, Notre Dame Law School, Pro-life
The Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights and the Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy are collaborating to launch a project recording members of the Notre Dame community on the topic of race called “With Voices True.”Richard Jones, director of the Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy, said the project gives the University the opportunity to reflect on Notre Dame’s racial climate while following in the footsteps of previous University initiatives.“[The project] involves collecting and preserving voices of those in our community as they offer their thoughts and perspectives and opinions on the racial climate and issues concerning race here on campus,” Jones said. “We think — given the legacy of [University President Emeritus] Fr. Ted [Hesburgh], given the mission of the University, given what we try to do as journalists — it is a project that really is aligned with the kinds of things we like to be working on, focusing on and raising awareness about.”Director of the Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights Jennifer Mason McAward said the collection of recordings will assist in opening a discourse on race at Notre Dame.“The most important goal is to just get people engaging with the question of race and what it means in their lives, so we want to talk about it,” McAward said. “We think there’s real value in having people articulate their experiences, and we want people to listen to it and experience it because having that dialogue will just enrich the conversation.”The project is going to be presented digitally in a multimedia format, Jones said, and there are hopes that the project will be made accessible online.“It will probably be a range of media, audio and video text, and some of that will likely be driven by the people with whom we speak and some of that may be driven by the expertise of those collecting the voices,” Jones said. “ … There have been some discussions in making it available online, in a website, and I think that feels like a natural fit for this kind of project, especially given the multimedia, digital media aspect of it.”While the project is still in its early stages, Jones said he is excited to ramp up operations and begin working with members of the Notre Dame community.“We’re going to really begin in the next month or so in terms of the collection, and we hope that by the end of the semester we’ll have the beginnings of a really nice repository,” he said. “We are eager to not only work with the Klau Center, but also to work with the members of our community on this project as well. They’ve put out a call for members of the community to take part in this project, and we’d like to certainly reinforce that call and let folks know that we’re open to hearing their stories in whatever form they may take.”Jones said students from the Gallivan Program will assist with the program by collecting data.“As a journalism educator, I am very excited about the opportunity for our students to build their skills as interviewers, to build their skills using digital media and to have a sense and appreciation to be a part of life on campus that not a lot of us talk about,” he said.“With Voices True” is ultimately an attempt to build a common understanding of race through which the Notre Dame community can grow together, McAward said.“We hope it’s going to strengthen our community and help people understand each other in a new way and a deeper way and to build our Notre Dame community,” she said. “We hope it’ll be beneficial for every person on campus to participate in this in one way or another.”People who want to participate in the project can express their interest at klau.nd.edu/voicestrue.Tags: dialogue, Ethics and Democracy, Gallivan Program, Gallivan Program in Journalism, Jennifer Mason McAward, Klau Center, Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights, news, Richard Jones, With Voices True
Currently sitting at 6,503 members, the Notre Lame Memes for Straight Edge Teens Facebook group is the spot for students to find “original content only, fire memes and true friends,” according to the group’s description.Anyone with a valid @nd.edu email address may join the group and, once accepted, can post in the group.Sophomore Ethan Sunshine, who has been a member of the group since his freshman year and has posted a few times, said the ability for all members to contribute gives the group an edge from sites such as Barstool and the Black Sheep.“It’s good having anyone be able to contribute and then everyone can vote on ‘yes people see this’ or ‘no people don’t see this.’ If there is something people don’t want to see it gets put to the bottom pretty quickly versus on something like Barstool, it’s just a post in your feed,” Sunshine said. “Also, the Facebook page is not filtered by editors. For Barstool and Black Sheep and places like that, the editors have a certain image that they’re trying to maintain. The Facebook page really doesn’t filter, so if your content is marginally related like that’s still fine … I think it’s good that there are hundreds of people in the group who all have very different interests.”Sophomore Elizabeth Zahorick said she enjoys the specificity to campus issues that the meme page has.Many of the memes on the page center around the subjects of administrative decisions, campus events, sports results and other satirical takes on Notre Dame’s campus culture.Sophomore Susan Peters said a good Notre Dame meme contains a universal theme or concept.“Everyone kind of relates to it,” Peters said. “For example, the video in which Father Jenkins flies off the stage and into outer space. I think there is something there for everyone.”Another quality that makes a meme great, Sunshine said, is if it gave you the ability to look at something on campus in a new light.An example that Sunshine gave was a meme about mathematics graduate students smoking cigarettes outside of Hayes-Healy Hall.”It was something that I never thought about before I saw that,“ Sunshine said.The meme group allows students to keep informed on campus news through a comedic lens, Zahorick said.“It’s a good way of spreading things that happen on campus,” Zahorick said. “People find out about things. A few people can know about something as it actually happened and then they sort of disseminate their experience through making a joke about it.”Many of the memes on the page contain content related to administrative decisions, some of which criticize those decisions.“Any satire is powerful … It’s creative expression,“ Peters said. ”The parts of it that are critical, I think that people should listen to.”The Notre Lame Meme Page was created on Dec. 7, 2016. The page has had several names over the past few years including “Notre Lame Memes for Joseph Levano,” named after a student whose email to the entire student body became a popular meme in the fall of 2017.Zahorick has posted in the Notre Lame Meme occasionally in the past. One of her memes received around 1,200 likes and was included in the yearbook last year, Zahorick said.Zahorick made a meme about residents of Carroll Hall having to walk to the dining hall during the polar vortex, and included information regarding the amount of time it would take. Zahorick said the information included in her meme was later mentioned to her.“I was talking to someone later and she said, ‘Yeah, I heard it takes eight minutes to walk from Carroll to the dining hall’ … and then I realized she was citing my meme to me,” Zahorick said.Zahoric said that most of her meme ideas just come to her.“I’ll think, ‘Oh, this is funny.’ … And then I just start thinking about what’s the most concise way to convey that joke. Then I start trying to find the right image for it … I usually send it to a friend to see if it would be funny for the page,” Zahorick said. “To be honest, it’s always the ones that I don’t think are that funny that get the most likes.”Tags: Facebook, memes, Notre Lame Meme Page, Polar Vortex
The word ”mission” is an important part of Sr. Rose Anne Schultz’s life, as much of her work at Saint Mary’s has aimed to apply it to the College community.Schultz first came into contact with the Sisters of the Holy Cross when she attended Holy Cross schools in California, she said, beginning in the fifth grade.“When I look at it now from the vantage point of Fr. [Basil] Moreau, who wanted education of the mind and heart … they were doing that,” Schultz said. “I didn’t know that was what they were doing, and doing it ever so well. They were not only excellent educators — they were very, very friendly.”Schultz said her understanding of the Sisters as being kind, happy women followed her throughout grade school and the Holy Cross high school she attended. When she came to Saint Mary’s in the 1950s, it was with the intention of joining the Sisters. Everything since then has continued as a journey, she said.Schultz taught in schools in Indiana and Illinois and also held some administrative positions before making her return to Saint Mary’s. Already serving on the College’s board of trustees, she was offered the chance to work with the Center for Spirituality and its founder, Keith Egan.“To me, it was a gift just to work with Keith and the Center [for Spirituality],” she said.As Schultz did the work she enjoyed, ongoing discussions within religious institutions and other organizations began to change the way they viewed the purpose of their work.“During that time, the word ‘mission’ was becoming more of a phenomenon,” Schultz said. “Its meaning was being explored, and so at that time I was asked to work in the administration for mission.”Her role in the administration eventually became full-time, though her heart was still with the Center for Spirituality, Schultz said.The meaning of mission still remained elusive to much of the College community, Schultz said, but the growing division for mission continued its work promoting the values of Fr. Moreau at the level of the College administration.“The thing is, it’s a positive area of change,” Schultz said. “It’s not diminishing what you’re doing, but it took a long while. … It gives me great comfort and joy to see how the mission was incarnated in the College.”Among the division of mission’s projects was sending laypeople who were members of the College faculty to Le Mans, France, to learn about the history of the Sisters.“They learned about Holy Cross and our mission,” Schultz said. “People just had the best experiences there.”Schultz served as vice president for mission from 1994 until she retired in 2009. The relationships she built with students and faculty through her work are ones she still maintains today.These days, Schultz is still in touch with past members of the board of trustees and those involved with the division for mission. She also teaches first-year novices a course on the life of Fr. Moreau. She is also involved with Friends with Sisters, an organization that seeks to connect students and the sisters.The relationship between the Sisters and the College is an important one, Schultz said.“You have to keep that bond between the two,” she said. “It shouldn’t be separated.”Tags: Center for Spirituality, mission, sister spotlight, Sisters of the Holy Cross