SUB planning Spring Concert

first_imgThis time last year, the annual concert planned by the Student Union Board (SUB) had come and gone, and the student body had enjoyed a fall performance by Cartel and Citizen Cope in the Stepan Center. This year, the performers have not yet been announced to the student body.Sophomore Julie Sutton will become the executive board manager for SUB on April 1, taking over for current board manager Kat Burke.  Sutton said planning the concert involves planning around events happening at Notre Dame and around the schedules of the performers, — a challenging task.“We ran into problems with artists’ schedules matching up with our schedule in that many bands are already booked on the days we had available for the concert, which is why we hit a few speed bumps and had to start back at square one a couple times,” Sutton said. “Whereas last year the concert was in the fall, the dates available in the fall this year were not conducive to the schedules of the artists.”For this reason, she said, SUB moved the concert to the spring, and it is planned for April 10. “We can’t announce the performers to the student body until they have accepted an offer from us and signed a contract,” Sutton said.She did, however, confirm that these processes are underway with two different musical artists. Marie Wicht is the concert co-programmer with Brian Hagerty.  She said encountering pressure and speculation about the concert from the student body has become part of her everyday life. “I get asked almost every day who the concert will be or will we have a concert, etc.  So yes, we’re very conscious of the speculation throughout campus,” Wicht said. Sutton said she is also familiar with this pressure. “I have definitely heard buzz all over campus,” she said. “Every time someone asks who will perform, I wish I could tell them.  I know this is a big event of the year and everyone is excited to find out, and I promise that they will very, very soon.”The pressure is increased for the members of SUB who know what is at stake.“We understand that money for student activities comes out of room and board fees, and for that reason we really owe it to the students to produce a good show,” Sutton said. “We understand why this is so important, and we want to deliver a concert that students would want to go to and we’re glad we spent their money how we did.”Wicht said the process of planning the event has been fun as well as stressful. “There are a ton of things to consider when it comes to the concert and the hardest part is definitely coming to a consensus on who is the best fit for the student body and who people actually want to see,” Wicht said.Wicht worked with a team of SUB members to help plan the concert, and surveyed students for ideas.  “It was really successful. We got over a thousand responses the first night of the survey and have over 2,000 total responses to date,” Wicht said. “From this survey, we could see definite preferences for performers and that narrowed down our options a great deal.”last_img read more

Professor to research personality disorders

first_imgPsychology Professor Lee Anna Clark was recently awarded a $2 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health. The funds will go toward a five-year study to change the way personality disorders are diagnosed. Clark said the project is looking to bridge the gap between personality order identification and designation. “The bottom line for the grant is to gather information that might allow us to build a better system,” Clark said. “There is a mismatch between the way personality disorders are diagnosed and the way they are defined and we want to see if we can bring those into better alignment.” The current diagnostic system uses a certain set of criteria for each personality disorder, Clark said. “It’s proven to be a pretty good measure of personality traits in abnormal range,” she said. “But it’s not perfect and we need to figure out what other traits are necessary.” Clark said the core dysfunction of a personality disorder is an impairment in a person’s sense of self and their ability to relate to other people. “Our personalities are designed to help us function in the world,” she said. “When that personality system doesn’t develop or function properly, that’s a personality disorder.” Clark said one of the main goals of the study is to determine a complete, comprehensive set of personality traits to be used in diagnosing personality disorders. “We want to understand more about the notion of personality functioning, which is a relatively new concept,” she said. “We want to see how we can better measure that coherent sense of self.” Clark said the first two phases of the study involve conducting interviews and gathering data from patients at the Oaklawn Psychiatric Center, a local nonprofit mental health agency. The second phase of the study will take three years, Clark said. “We’ll interview a total of 600 participants and also talk to others who know them well,” she said. “The belief about people with personality disorders is that they don’t have good insight into their own personalities, so they need to get another perspective.” The third and final stage of the study will test the system developed based on the information gathered from the previous two phases, Clark said. “We ultimately want to be able to assess and diagnosis personality disorders using the traits that define them,” she said.last_img read more

Lecture analyzes connection between biology and theology

first_imgNotre Dame theology professor Celia Deane-Drummond examined the connection between theology and biology Thursday evening in her lecture “Tracing Common Ground in Biology and Theology: Caritas and the Drama of Kinship” as part of Saint Mary’s College theology lecture series, hosted by the Center for Spirituality.Deane-Drummond, who holds doctoral degrees in both plant physiology and theology, strove to bring a dynamic understanding to a static web of life, which is why she titled the lecture the drama of kinship, she said. The relationships between other species and humans is a dynamic one of which are reminded every day, she said.“The interaction between these two very different subject areas [theology and biology] makes for some creative thinking,” Deane-Drummond said. “It’s not that they’re the same necessarily, but that they engage us in ways that make us think anew. And that to me is exciting.”The first portion of the lecture focused on the biological side of caritas, or love. In biology, altruism is used to describe sacrificial interrelationships between animals. However, this concept is a biological problem, Deane-Drummond said.“Darwin’s theory of evolution is a theory of natural selection, and it selects those that survive,” she said. “It’s about the conservation of genes. And so therefore, why would any being sacrifice itself for another?”By looking at Homo ergaster, an ancestor of Homo sapiens, who lived 1.5 million years ago, scholars can better understand the evolution of compassion, Deane-Drummond said. The being suffered from too much vitamin A, however, other Homo ergasters had to deliberately act with compassion to keep it alive. In this way, biology and compassion are linked, she said.Deane-Drummond then looked at biological issues through a theological lenses. Within discussions of love, biological altruism is not necessarily endorsed by theologians because of its focus on self-interest, she said.Theologians prefer a love that includes multiple forms of love, as seen in the biblical books of Luke, John and Revelations, Deane-Drummond said. This understanding of God’s love enables one to better understand the love within humans since we are made in the image of God, she said.However, love in theology and biology has a few differences, she said.“For biologists, the goal is always meant to be in terms of natural selection, and it doesn’t have a particular purpose other than survival,” she said. “Even the cooperation is for the survival of the group … whereas the theological perspective of love have the Kingdom of God in view.”However, these differences just increase humanity’s ability to link the two together, she said. While love and cooperation may differ between the natural world and morality, both forms of caritas have similar foundations, she said.“Caritas is grounded in friendship and love of God, which then overflows. … It is also infused by divine grace which takes humans to new possibilities in loving others beyond the biological tendencies,” Deane-Drummond said.Saint Mary’s junior Allison Danhof said she felt the lecture exemplified the way Saint Mary’s women think.“It’s important to view the world from a variety of perspectives to develop a well-rounded understanding of life,” Danhof said. “[Deane-Drummond’s] speech showed how two different perspectives can come together to create a unique picture.”The lecture concluded the Saint Mary’s College Center for Spirituality fall lecture series, a series that encouraged all people to draw connection between theology and biology, Michelle Egan, associate director of the Center for Spirituality, said. The series aimed to connect theology to the sciences, she said.“Theology that is intellectually responsible must be deeply engaged with all the sciences, including biology, in order to address questions about God, creation and humanity,” Egan said. Tags: Caritas, Celia Deane-Drummond, Center for Spirituality, evolution, Theology and Biology, theology lecture serieslast_img read more

Professor explores racial movements

first_imgIs there a difference between the civil rights movement and the Black Lives Matter movement? Is it one intergenerational movement? These are the questions students gathered to answer in a roundtable discussion Thursday in LaFortune Student Center.The conversation, part of a Black History Month discussion series, was sponsored by Multicultural Peace, Equality and Community (MPEC), according to a University press release. There will be a discussion every Thursday of February, with the concluding lecture slated to occur Feb. 25.Stuart Greene, associate professor of English with a joint appointment in the department of Africana Studies, moderated the discussion. He began by challenging students to identify similarities and differences between photographs from 1967 protests in Montgomery, Alabama, and the 2015 protests in Ferguson, Missouri.“This is the kind of imagery that tells us that things haven’t really changed — things are the same,” Greene said. “What do these similarities say about the nation’s ‘progress’ towards eliminating racial violence? We gasp at the similarities. Here we are, 50 years later, and we’re still asking, ‘When did the police become so militarized?’ and the answer is, ‘About 50 years ago.’”Greene said it is impossible to separate the civil rights movement from the Black Lives Matter movement, explaining there is no definite end to the movement.“This has always been a human rights movement, [and that] is what I think makes this a continuous movement,” Greene said. “Calling it a civil rights movement actually limits what people are struggling with. If we only think about civil rights legislation and key leaders, we ignore what people are struggling for — human dignity and the ability to own spaces.“It’s hard in some ways to think the movement ended in 1968. Whether you end the movement with the death of King or the demise of the Panthers, the struggle never ended. I don’t see when the movement stopped — it’s impossible to delineate where the civil rights movement ended and where the Black Lives Matter began.”According to Greene, it is important to understand the way activism exists within material, discursive and social spaces. These spaces contribute to creating movements that challenge how power operates in law, institutions and media, Greene said.“The movement was a series of movements in different parts of the country with different goals,” Greene said. “Is the goal integration? That is the goal the NAACP took up. Is the goal about work? We forget that the March on Washington was a march about work.“It’s a response to any gains that black people get. You see that most acutely in different periods of time.”The main struggle of the movement revolves around the disparity of opportunity, childhood poverty, mass incarceration and police brutality in America, Greene said.“Jim Crowe now manifests himself in the mass incarceration of black men,” Greene said. “We see the ways in which protest can be criminalized. Most of those marching [in Birmingham] were youths — they were peaceful. Martin Luther King was simply arrested for peaceful protests. … Most of the adults at this time refused to participate in protest, because it was a threat to their lives and their livelihoods.”According to Greene, it would be more apt to call the civil rights movement a “human rights movement.” Many think America is a police state that denies African-Americans basic rights and thus, unlike the civil rights movement, which moved through law or policy, the Black Lives Matter movement is an outcry for dignity and for opportunity, he said.“We miss the point if we call the movement between 1948 and 1968 the civil rights movement when it was a struggle for larger issues,” Greene said. “I think the larger issue is, ‘Why is being black in this country a transgression?’”Tags: Africana Studies, Black lives matter, Civil Rights Movement, Stuart Greenelast_img read more

SMC Writing Center encourages students to collaborate, share writings

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Writing Center offers students the opportunity to discuss their writing within the comfort of a student-led, tutoring-based environment.  Aaron Bremyer, director of the Writing Center, said the objective of the Writing Center is to have the student become a better writer by sharing their work. “Good writers share their work,” he said. “It is truly what animates us. It’s not just, only good writers share their work; it’s, people who aspire to be good writers share their work.”Bremyer said the Writing Center values the collaboration between writing tutors and students.“The Writing Center is a great space for anyone who’s working on writing to come talk about ideas,” he said. “A better name for it could the ‘collaboration center.’ It’s a place where we engage in ethical collaboration with people who are at work on writing. We work with writers at every stage of the process, from prewriting and brainstorming to working with people who’ve had their professors evaluate their work.”Senior Kathleen Melei, a tutor at the center, said the goal of the tutors is to facilitate a conversation. “Normally students will slide the prompt across the table and we’ll just slide it right back,” she said. “We basically just encourage the student to talk about their paper and read it out loud. There’s not many quiet moments. A lot of people are nervous when they come in because students are so used to listening to a professor tell them what they need to change. But it’s really beautiful, the ideas we can come up with by talking.” The Writing Center features tutors from all disciplines and majors. Junior Anna Byrnes has an English literature major and secondary education minor. As a Writing Center tutor, she said she feels her background in teaching helps her better communicate with students. “Part of being a teacher is the ability to sit down with a students and go through their thoughts with them and help them build on their strengths,” she said.Byrnes noted that the tutor’s role in the writing process is to listen to what students have to say. “We’re active listeners,” she said. “We help students organize their thoughts.”Bremyer said the tutors represent the audience that most academic writing is geared towards. “Most writing is geared towards not necessarily a general audience but an informed, college-educated audience,” he said. “So the women who work in the Writing Center are women who constitute a perfect audience for almost all of the writing assignments we have. We are the audience that most of the writing we do in college is geared towards.”Bremyer recalled his experience with writing centers and how they changed his perception of the writing process.“When I started going to writing centers as a student, it was a revelation,” he said. “I understood that the process isn’t really about having someone read my paper and fix it — the process is to get me going, to get me to start the project itself and not wait until very late in the process. If I start earlier, that project will be more successful than if I waited until the night before. The best tutorials take place earlier in the writing process, and the least successful, from our point of view, take place the night before or the day of.”Melei said her most common tips for students writing a paper are planning, discussion and passion.  “Always make an outline, or at least jot down ideas for starting your paper,” she said. “Talk about your writing, and be passionate about it. A lot of times when we do academic writing, we’re doing it just for the grade. But the best papers I see are the ones where the student is integrating their ideas. Write what you want to write.”Bremyer said students often react negatively to their own writing.“A lot of students come in and say, ‘I’m not a good writer and I never will be,’” he said. “I think what they’re saying is, ‘I’m not a good writer or I’ve been told I’m not a good writer.’ It’s fear-based, and we’re trying to truly undermine those concerns. We try to let people know that you should come in with a mess, yet smile. … Everyone’s writing starts out really messy.”Bremyer equates the writing process to running a mile.“If I were to go out and run a mile today, my time would not be very good,” he said. “But if I went out every single day for the whole semester and ran a mile, that time might not go down quickly, but no matter the shape I’m in, by the end of the semester my time will have dramatically improved because I practiced it everyday.”Good writers practice writing in order to internalize good habits, Bremyer added.“We internalize the rules and structures of grammar, and we internalize the habits of mind that are more analytical, more curious and investigative,” he said. “That’s not done in 30 minutes — that’s done over a lifetime.” Bremyer said the high quality of the Writing Center tutors has greatly increased demand.“We’re moving to a larger space,” he said. “We’ve had consistent demand over the last four years. The number of students has been consistently going up, and it’s because the women do incredible jobs as tutors. The caliber of women who work there are the best and the brightest.”Byrnes said her job is to help a student write a better paper, but also become a better writer herself. “It’s about the person who comes in,” she said. “They come to us with their paper, but really it’s about the person behind that paper and who they are as a writer. Our job is to help them become a stronger writer.” Bremyer said the Writing Center helps students become more successful as students.“Our philosophy is we are not concerned about the paper that brings to the student to the Writing Center,” he said. “We are concerned about helping the person who came to the Writing Center become a more successful person.” Tags: writing, Writing Centerlast_img read more

Speaker shares personal experience, raises awareness of stalking behavior

first_imgTo raise stalking awareness during January, National Stalking Awareness Month, the Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) at Saint Mary’s welcomed advocate Debbie Riddle to speak about her own experience with a stalking incident affecting a loved one, which led to the death of her sister.When it comes to stalking, which Riddle defined as “a pattern of behavior directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear,” context is everything, she said. One can define noncriminal activity as stalking after looking at the bigger picture and the context of the behavior, Riddle said. Ann Curtis | The Observer Activist Debbie Riddle shared the story of her sister Peggy Klinke’s experience with a stalker, which ended with her sister’s death, Wednesday at Saint Mary’s.Peggy Klinke, Riddle’s sister, met a man with whom Klinke began a relationship while she was at college in the ’90s, Riddle said. During one Christmas break, the man visited Riddle and Klinke’s home uninvited to surprise Klinke, and Riddle said she could tell by her sister’s face that the man was not treating her well. The man seemed controlling and made Riddle feel uneasy, she said, something she realizes was an early warning sign.“Trust your gut,” she said. “If you feel something isn’t right, more than likely, it isn’t right.”Riddle said the man emotionally abused Klinke, calling her derogatory names, but he would then send her flowers to apologize.“The relationship was based on power and control,” Riddle said.Klinke stayed in the relationship for three years despite the abuse, something Riddle said is commonplace in abusive relationships.“[Victims] are scared to leave,” she said. “Peggy was terrified. She’d say, ‘If I choose to leave, what will he do to me?’”Although Klinke eventually did leave this man and dated someone else, Riddle said, her ex-boyfriend continued to stalk her and her new boyfriend.Riddle said because the stalker felt angry about his lack of control over Klinke, he wrote explicit accusations on a photo of her, made photocopies of it and posted them around her town.Klinke’s family filed many police reports, Riddle said, but someone burned Klinke’s new boyfriend’s house, and Klinke knew it was her stalker. The stalker, however, told police Klinke was an alcoholic and lying, Riddle said.At a Thanksgiving celebration, the stalker called Klinke’s household and said he knew where Klinke was staying and planned on killing her. Riddle said she called the police after this, and the officer found her sister and her sister’s boyfriend safe. After this, Riddle said, Klinke could not eat, sleep, stand near windows or doors and was afraid every time the phone rang.The stalker eventually broke into Klinke’s home, where he pushed her to the floor and pushed a gun to her head, Riddle said. A friend hiding in the closet called 911, she said, and police officers arrived at the scene and stayed outside the room.Riddle said Klinke told the officers to tell Riddle, who was pregnant at the time, to name her daughter after Klinke.The stalker then shot Klinke before shooting himself, Riddle said.After she started telling her sister’s story, Riddle said, she realized it felt therapeutic to tell it.“When these things happen to us, we are giving a choice,” she said. “You could be hateful and bitter and see the worst in the world … or you can do something. Something better.”Riddle said she wanted to honor her sister and make the world a safe place, and she was invited to be on a show on Lifetime Television — “Final Justice with Erin Brockovich,” which is about stories of female courage — to share Klinke’s story in 2003. Lifetime Television also partnered with stalking prevention nonprofits, government representatives and the Riddle family to advocate for stalking education and awareness in Washington, D.C., Riddle said.Riddle testified at a Congressional briefing in Washington, and as a result, January was declared National Stalking Awareness Month in July of 2003, with the first National Stalking Awareness Month launched in 2004.Riddle also helped develop a video about stalking that is now used to train law enforcement groups across the country. She now works to empower and educate people across the country about stalking and the violence it brings.“I have three girls, a mother and another sister,” Riddle said. “What could I do to change the world? I realized people could learn from my sister’s story.”Tags: activism, National Stalking Awareness, National Stalking Awareness Month, relationship violence, Stalkinglast_img read more

Notre Dame Gaelic Athletic Association aims to bring Irish culture to campus

first_imgThis year, a group of Notre Dame students came together and founded an club team which plays Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) sports. The GAA participates in two Irish sports: hurling and Gaelic Football.In founding this club sports on campus, members hope to bring central elements of Irish culture to Notre Dame, club president Fintan Birch, a senior, said.“In Ireland, the core of the culture and community are the Gaelic Football and hurling clubs,” he said. “We felt that in order to bring our culture to Notre Dame, and show them what the real Irish are like, was to bring the sport here.”Hurling is a grass sport consisting of 15 players on each team. Freshman Jeff Howard, the club’s treasurer, said hurling uses an ash stick, about 2-3 feet long, and a ball called the sliotar. The objective of the game is to score points by hitting the sliotar with the ash stick into or above the goal. The goal in hurling resembles a soccer goal with two poles on sides, extending the height. Howard explained that a team scores three points when the sliotar goes into the goal and one point when it goes over the top of the bar, between the two poles.Gaelic Football is played on the same pitch as hurling, same goals, but uses a larger ball instead of the ash and sliotar, Birch said. In Gaelic Football, players cannot throw the ball, so they run with it, pick the ball up, kick or punch it to pass to teammates in order to score. Notre Dame’s GAA had an unofficial hurling match over fall break against University of Colorado-Boulder, and notched their first victory as a club. They are looking to be approved by the University within this week.Graduate student John Prendergast, the GAA’s secretary, said the group hopes to to compete against other Midwestern schools.“There is the Central Region Invitational including teams such as Purdue, [Indiana]-Bloomington and Pitt,” he said. “The location is to be determined but either at Gaelic Park in Chicago or Purdue.”At the Central Region Invitational, Prendergast said they would participate in just hurling, with upcoming Football tournaments later. The GAA club participates within the National Collegiate Gaelic Athletic Association, (NCGAA), so nationals are coming up for the team in January at University of North Carolina. “The competition will be fierce but if we pull it together over the next couple weeks, put in a solid effort, we have great potential,” Prendergast said.Birch said he hopes Notre Dame’s GAA can achieve longevity, unlike previous Irish sports clubs at Notre Dame.“There actually have been hurling clubs before at Notre Dame before, but only for a year or two. … Our plan is to have it here for as long as possible,” Birch said.Currently, the team has around 30 members and practices on South Quad outside South Dining Hall at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays. “We have players from all over,” Birch said. “We accept anyone, whether you’ve never played a sport before. We love everyone.”Tags: Gaelic Football, Hurling, Irish sports, ND GAAlast_img read more

Faculty, administrators describe role of ND provost

first_imgStudent affairsThe provost’s decisions also have far-reaching impacts on students.“Academic concerns are, by their nature, both faculty and student concerns,” Maziar said. Although the provost is primarily concerned with questions of academics, Maziar said the Office of the Provost has to monitor all policy decisions affecting student life.“There are student concerns that lie outside of the academy, and those would be Student Affairs, Residential Life and that sort of thing, but we stay tuned in to those concerns because they can have an impact on academic life,” Maziar said. “But we don’t have direct responsibility for that.”To stay connected with students, Burish “makes a habit” of eating in the dining halls, Maziar said.“He’ll just sit down with a group of students who may not know who or what a provost is until after they’ve had dinner with Tom,” he said. “He picks up a lot of interesting things in those conversations.” The challenges and opportunities of a Catholic universityMaziar said Notre Dame’s Catholic identity is “both an opportunity and a challenge” for the provost.“It’s an opportunity because it gives us a distinctiveness that makes us different than other schools,” she said. However, she also said it can pose challenges for the provost as he tries to recruit new faculty members who may be skeptical of the Catholic mission.“In the larger academic world, outside of Notre Dame, it’s common for people to misunderstand Catholicism and the richness and variety of Catholic experience and expression,” Maziar said.Nanni said the University’s Catholic mission requires Notre Dame’s provost to balance three major goals for academic life at the University.“Father John [Jenkins, University President] talks about a three-part vision for the University,” he said. “One is to offer an unsurpassed undergraduate experience. Two is to be premier in our research and our graduate work. And three is to make certain that our Catholic character informs all that we do.”The provost, he said, has to juggle those three goals which can often be in tension with each other.  FundraisingBeyond collaborating with students, faculty and other administrators, the provost also supports the University financially by leading fundraising efforts. “At many other places, the provost role is not as hands-on in fundraising activities, but that fundraising is important to an institution like Notre Dame and it means that it puts Tom on the road quite a bit,” Maziar said. “Just last week, he was in China and Rome.”That fundraising role, Nanni said, is in support of the larger academic mission. Specifically, as the cost of higher education continues rising nationwide, Maziar said this fundraising helps support access and affordability for lower-income students. Notre Dame’s chief academic officer, provost Tom Burish sets the academic direction for the entire University. In an Aug. 1 press release, the University announced after 15 years in the provost role Burish plans to step down in July of 2020. His replacement, administrators and faculty say, will need to work with students, faculty and administrators to meet the unique demands of higher education.Christine Maziar, Notre Dame’s vice president and senior associate provost, said the provost is tasked with a heavy workload.“If I talk about what a day for Tom really looks like, I think it’s starting at 7 o’clock in the morning and going until 10 o’clock at night,” Maziar said. “It’s pretty intense. I think it would be hard to say that a provost has a typical day.”Along with the University President, the provost is “the final arbiter of all things academic,” said Louis Nanni, vice president for University relations. By collaborating with faculty, administrators and students — and by leading fundraising efforts — the provost works to achieve a grand strategic vision for academic life. Waves of change in higher educationBurish has held the provost position for over a decade. If his predecessor also stays in the role long term, Maziar and Heller predict he or she will have to contend with many major shifts in higher education.Across the country, “the system of tenure itself is being eroded, and many more people are being hired without tenure and without the chance of tenure,” Heller said.Nationwide, Heller said, colleges and universities are hiring more part-time professors, who don’t receive the same protections as tenured professors. Without long-term contracts, part-time professors “live a more precarious existence,” Heller said.“Notre Dame is a Research I university [defined by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as having the highest levels of research in the country] where that is less of a problem generally,” she said. “But we’re not completely insulated from this. And I think that’s one of the issues that the new provost will have to keep an eye on.”center_img Working with faculty“Departments are constantly changing,” associate professor of Spanish Ben Heller said. “You need to make new hires because either people retire or majors have grown, or you have research needs that aren’t being met.”The provost manages this constant flux, deciding which programs to grow and who to hire. Every professor who receives tenure, Heller said, must be approved by the Office of the Provost. The tenure review process is extensive, requiring several levels of administrators to examine professors’ credentials — from the deans to the provost to the president.“I don’t know if they read everyone’s books from cover to cover, but they read a ton of material related to the tenure,” Heller said. “Then the Provost Advisory Committee does the same. The provost does the same. And even the president does the same. And they can say ‘no.’”The Faculty Senate, a representative body of elected faculty members, consults with the Office of the Provost, providing administrators with faculty input and expertise. Heller currently chairs the Faculty Senate, and he said communication between the provost and the faculty is critical.“I think in previous years, before Provost Burish was in the position, there was not always great communication between the faculty and the administration generally,” Heller said. With Burish, however, Heller said faculty feel their voices have been well represented. What qualities should Notre Dame’s new provost have?Before assuming the Notre Dame provost position in 2005, Burish rose through the ranks of academia. According to Notre Dame’s press release announcing Burish’s departure, he spent many years as a  psychology professor before he became the provost of Vanderbilt University and, later, the president of Washington and Lee University.Heller said he believes the next provost should also rise from the faculty ranks.“[I hope] the next provost really has a background that will allow him or her to understand the particular mission of this University, as a Catholic institution of higher learning,” he said.Nanni said the next provost will need to have a zeal for Notre Dame’s Catholic mission but will also “have to understand the intricacies of academic leadership and all that that entails.”Dennis Brown, a spokesperson for Notre Dame, declined The Observer’s request to interview a member of the search committee.“When the committee has something to say, it will come from Father Jenkins, the committee chair,” Brown said in an email. He also declined a request to provide a comment from Jenkins about the committee’s criteria for a new candidate. Burish’s work behind the scenesAlthough Burish has spent a long time in the provost position, Nanni said he doubts the University’s academic direction will change much after Burish steps down.“We’re all here [as] stewards of a mission that is greater than us all. I think that in some ways we do less to change Notre Dame, and Notre Dame does more to change who we are,” Nanni said.Nevertheless, Heller, Nanni and Maziar all agreed that Burish has had great influence over the machinations of academic life. But for Burish, Maziar said, that has meant largely working “behind the scenes.”“Like any really great leader, he doesn’t bring attention to himself,” Nanni said. “In fact, he would be about empowering others to succeed and excel and letting them bask in the glory of their accomplishments. So he’s been very self-effacing all the way through.”Tags: Office of the Provost, provost, Thomas Burish, Tom Burishlast_img read more

National Comedy Center Announces Free Virtual Festival

first_imgJAMESTOWN – The National Comedy Center is presenting its Lucille Ball Comedy Festival virtually this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The previously scheduled summer lineup was postponed to next summer due to gathering restrictions.In the meantime, center officials plan to offer a taste of comedy this coming weekend, starting this Friday, August 14, and streaming over three weekends throughout the month.Over 30 artists from stand-up, theater, television and film will be featured in all-new, candid, in-depth conversations about their work, careers, influences and the art of comedy, including Lolly Adefope, Lewis Black, Aidy Bryant, Kelly Carlin, Margaret Cho, Frank DeCaro, Anna Drezen, Ophira Eisenberg, Bill Engvall, Jimmy Fallon, Kate Flannery, Wayne Federman, Judy Gold, Gilbert Gottfried, Harrison Greenbaum, Tiffany Haddish, Sam Jay, Penn Jillette, Jay Leno, Howie Mandel, Charles McBee, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Flame Monroe, Paula Poundstone, Mark Russell, Dulce Sloan, Kenan Thompson, Roy Wood, Jr., Rutledge Wood, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Alan Zweibel, and legendary creative team members from Mad Magazine. The virtual festival will also recognize founding National Comedy Center Advisory Board Member and comedy legend Carl Reiner, who passed away just six weeks ago, by featuring a long-form interview with exclusive, never-before-seen footage with Reiner directly from the Comedy Center Archives.All programs will be available free online via live stream at the National Comedy Center’s new online platform, National Comedy Center Anywhere, at as well as via Facebook Live on the National Comedy Center’s Facebook page: each live stream, these programs will remain available for free, on-demand viewing on the National Comedy Center Anywhere platform.Full Schedule and list of talent participating includes:Friday August 14th:• 8pm ET – Jay Leno: Hosted by Stephen J. Morrison (Part 1)– Legendary comedian Jay Leno discusses his extensive career in stand-up, writing and late-night television in a conversation with Stephen J. Morrison, Executive Producer of Exhibit Media for the National Comedy Center.• 9pm ET – Roy Wood Jr. – Hosted by Wayne Federman – Roy Wood Jr. speaks about his multifaceted comedy career, including his experiences as a correspondent on The Daily Show, in a conversation hosted by comedian Wayne Federman for the National Comedy Center.• 10pm ET – Margaret Cho – Hosted by Judy Gold – Margaret Cho candidly discusses her craft and comedy’s vital role in issues of social justice and equality with comedian Judy Gold in this National Comedy Center Conversation.Saturday, August 15th:• 8pm ET – Jay Leno: Hosted by Stephen J. Morrison (Part 2)• 9pm ET – Sam Jay: Hosted by Harrison Greenbaum – Sam Jay, stand-up comedian and Emmy-nominated writer for “Saturday Night Live,” discusses her creative process and new Netflix special, “3 In The Morning,” with comedian Harrison Greenbaum in a National Comedy Center Conversation.Sunday, August 16th:• 8pm ET – Mad Magazine: Hosted by Harrison Greenbaum – Legendary creative team members from Mad Magazine, including John Ficarra (former Editor-in-Chief), Joe Raiola (former Senior editor) and Sam Viviano (former Art Director) join in a National Comedy Center conversation with comedian Harrison Greenbaum to talk about the impact of comics, comedy for print, and the transition to becoming a digital humor magazine.Friday, August 21st• 8pm ET – Bill Engvall: Hosted by Rutledge Wood – Comedian Bill Engvall discusses finding his unique comedic voice and the phenomenon of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour in a National Comedy Center Conversation hosted by Floor is Lava’s Rutledge Wood.• 9pm ET – Howie Mandel: Hosted by Harrison Greenbaum – Comedian, host and producer Howie Mandel discusses his vast career and his “say yes” philosophy with comedian Harrison Greenbaum in an exclusive National Comedy Center Conversation.• 10pm ET – Dulcé Sloan: Hosted by Charles McBee – Join stand-up comedian Dulcé Sloan as she discusses her career and the importance of Black artistry in a National Comedy Center conversation with her former comedy collaborator, Charles McBee.Saturday August 22nd :• 8pm ET – Tiffany Haddish: Hosted by Flame Monroe – Actress, comedian, author, Emmy Award-winner, and two-time 2020 Emmy-nominee Tiffany Haddish discusses her work and process with comedian Flame Monroe on the Emmy-nominated Netflix variety special Tiffany Haddish Presents; They Ready, “Flame Monroe” as well as her personal nomination for Outstanding Variety Special for Netflix special Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah.• 9pm ET – Kenan Thompson: Hosted by Stephen J. Morrison – SNL’s Kenan Thompson, the longest-tenured cast member in SNL history and 2020 Emmy-nominee discusses comedy with Stephen J. Morrison, Executive Producer of Exhibit Media for the National Comedy Center.• 10pm ET – Judy Gold: Hosted by Frank DeCaro – Judy Gold discusses her craft and the importance of comedy during these trying times with comedian and author Frank DeCaro in a conversation for the National Comedy Center.Sunday, August  23rd :• 8pm ET – Alan Zweibel: Hosted by Kelly Carlin – Original SNL writer Alan Zweibel discussed his new memoir, Laugh Lines: My Life Helping Funny People Be Funnier,  and his nearly five decades as an award-winning comedy writer with writer/producer/actress/radio host Kelly Carlin, the daughter of George Carlin.Friday, August 28th :• 8pm ET – Mark Russell: Hosted by Lewis Black – Legendary political satirist and comedian Mark Russell takes on current events for the National Comedy Center with a performance of new musical parodies, plus a discussion of his career and legacy.• 9pm ET – Aidy Bryant & Lolly Adefope: Hosted by Anna Drezen – Actress, comedian and SNL cast member Aidy Bryant and her “Shrill” co-star Lolly Adefope  in conversation with comedian, actor and SNL writer Anna Drezen.• 10pm ET – Gilbert Gottfried with special guest Penn Jillette: Hosted by Harrison Greenbaum – Voice actor and stand-up comedian Gilbert Gottfried sits down virtually with comedian Harrison Greenbaum to talk about his unique voice, crude humor, and the many aspects that go into telling a joke in this National Comedy Center Conversation.  Special guest Penn Jillette joins the conversation.Saturday, August 29th :• 8pm ET – “Weird Al” Yankovic: Hosted by Jimmy Fallon and Lin-Manuel Miranda –  Singer/songwriter/producer “Weird Al” in conversation about his work, creative process and influences with The Tonight Show host and comedian Jimmy Fallon and composer/lyricist/producer/playwright/actor, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.• 9pm ET – Kate Flannery: Hosted by Ophira Eisenberg – Comedic actress Kate Flannery, best known for her work on The Office, reflects on her acting career and the 15th anniversary of the popular TV series in a National Comedy Center Conversation with comedian and NPR host Ophira Eisenberg.Sunday, August 30th:• 8pm ET  – Carl Reiner Interview from the Archives: Hosted by Paula Poundstone and Stephen J. Morrison –An interview with comedy legend and founding National Comedy Center Advisory Board Member Carl Reiner from the Comedy Center Archives, featuring never-before-seen interview footage, plus a discussion about Carl Reiner’s genius with comedian Paula Poundstone and producer Stephen J. Morrison. 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

J.C. Penney Plans To Exit Chapter 11 Bankruptcy By Holiday Season

first_imgWNY News Now File Image.LAKEWOOD – J.C. Penney is making progress with its financial woes.CEO Jill Soltau says the retailer hopes to break out of Chapter 11 Bankruptcy before the 2020 holiday season.The company has filed a draft asset purchase agreement, which breaks down the terms of the previously announced letter of intent to sell the company.Brook, Simon, and first lien lenders are all working toward finalizing negotiations. J.C. Penney is among the many retailers who have been struggling since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.This year the retailer closed hundreds of stores nationwide. So far the Chautauqua Mall location in Lakewood has been spared from the closures. 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