When three Saint Mary’s alumnae started the College’s campus interest magazine, Bellezine, they wanted a publication that would give students “a voice of their own — a canvas to express their thoughts, ideas and knowledge,” according to the magazine’s first edition in 2002. Eight years later, Bellezine is still publishing student-generated work, “reflecting the interests and experiences” of the women at the Saint Mary’s, said co-editor Eilis Wasserman, a junior. The magazine published creative stories, advice, personal interviews, personal essays, interest articles and surveys. “The content is varied and broad, allowing students to publish many ideas,” said Wasserman, who leads the publication along with junior Brittany VanSnepson. “We both oversee the production of the entire magazine, although I deal exclusively with design and communication aspects and she deals exclusively with writing and editing aspects,” Wasserman said. The publication comes out twice a year, once in the fall semester and then again in the spring. Each semester has a prevailing subject. She said most submissions will be published, but there is an editing process the articles go through. “We welcome all ideas and articles. The sky is the limit,” Wasserman said. “We will print most articles that convey appropriate content for a women’s magazine. We will edit all articles to make sure they fit these criteria.” Deadlines for the paper vary, she said, but students generally have about two months to complete their work. The fall 2010 issue has already been in the works for months and will be released before winter break. Its theme is women’s empowerment. “There are so many great articles in the magazine ranging from The Brain Kelly Era, including comments from Kelly, a comparative piece on the beginning and end of the Iraq War, our new Muggle Quidditch Clu and overall the unique atmosphere of an all-women’s college,” Wasserman said of the fall issue. Wasserman said the magazine needs students to help keep it going because it allows students to voice their thoughts and beliefs about the College and what it means to be a woman. “This magazine helps unify the campus community by truly expressing what it means to be a Belle,” Wasserman said. “Our goal is to capture the spirit of [Saint Mary’s] through the medium of writing. The magazine will be a great asset on campus that students can look forward to reading every semester.”
Math students from Saint Mary’s College competed in the 2013 international competition known as the Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) hosted by the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications (COMAP). In a competition of nearly seven thousand teams, seniors Samantha Brady and Olivia McIntee placed in the top 15th percentile and earned a position among the Meritorious Winners. The two students were one of three teams sent by Saint Mary’s, marking the first time in the College’s history where more than two teams competed. Steven Broad, assistant professor of mathematics, coached the teams at Saint Mary’s. He said the COMAP competition challenges students over the course of a weekend with problems involving mathematical models of real-world phenomenon. “Every year [the teams are given] two problems, the sort of problems experts might work on for years,” Broad said. “The goal of the weekend is to try to make some significant step toward solving the problem at a very high level.” The teams choose one problem and spend four days compiling a report of over 20 pages on the mathematical model they devised, Broad said. At the end of the competition, the teams submit their work to be judged. “The thing that’s really great about it is [that] it’s all their [own] work, ” Broad said, “Once the competition starts, I’m completely out of the picture. I can get them prepped and ready to go, but once the competition starts, I’m not involved at all.” The other two Saint Mary’s teams involved in the competition received recognition as Successful Participants, a highly gratifying accomplishment for work at this level, Broad said. “Being successful at something as extraordinarily difficult as this shows that they spent that weekend doing good work, and walked away from it without anything to complain about,” he said. “They did well.” Preparation for the competition involves participating in a one credit “boot camp” class that meets in the spring semester before the competition in February, Broad said. The class focuses on different types of mathematical modeling and various mathematical strategies for approaching these models. This year, for the first time, the class was open to students who did not compete in COMAP. Broad said he hopes to expand the class to satisfy requirements within the math major and attract more students to take the class as well as to participate in the competition. “There isn’t any reason why it has to be [just math majors],” he said. “In fact there are a lot of cases where it might be valuable to have people who major in the sciences.” McIntee is a dual-degree engineering student, studying math at Saint Mary’s and mechanical engineering at Notre Dame. Broad said he thinks her engineering major at Notre Dame helped considerably in the competition. “Sometimes having ideas about things that aren’t just math can be really helpful,” he said. “Having a range of different kinds of students could be very beneficial, but they need to have a very strong background in math.” One of the problems from this year demonstrates the varied nature of the models, he said. It involved determining the optimal shape of a brownie pan for even heat distribution, which is not a math-specific model. Broad said he was nervous going into this year’s competition because the teams had so little time to prepare, with the competition falling barely three weeks into the spring semester. “It’s really cool to watch students take their own knowledge and do something they didn’t think they could do with it,” Broad said. Contact Tabitha Ricketts at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tags: Haggar Student Center, SMC Welsh Parlor, located in the Haggar College Center at Saint Mary’s and more commonly referred to as Haggar Parlor, will be out of commission for an estimated nine to 10 weeks due to floor damage, according to Gwen O’Brien, director of media relations at Saint Mary’s.“On Jan. 24, 2014, a steam coil in a radiator cracked, and water from the unit flooded the floor,” O’Brien said.The damage done is not only extensive, but also irreversible, she said. The repairs, which include replacing the floor with white oak wood, will cost $35,000, and Saint Mary’s hopes to have the parlor ready for commencement, according to O’Brien.The Haggar College Center, which was dedicated in 1942, originally housed the Alumnae Centennial Library, O’Brien said. Saint Mary’s later converted the space into a student center.According to O’Brien, Haggar parlor is frequently used for meetings, panel discussions and dinners.Haggar Parlor is a popular venue for events, which now will have to change locations, O’Brien said. One event that has been affected by the closure of the space is the 2014 “Chimes Literary and Arts Journal” release reading.Kathryn Haemmerle, an editor of the journal, said the parlor’s closure is disappointing, given the parlor’s ideal environment for the release reading.“We are partial to Haggar Parlor because it’s very suitable to readings,” Haemmerle said. “It has light and space, with an area near the piano for a contributor to stand and read their work.”Nevertheless, O’Brien said there are other venues available for hosting campus events, and the new floor will make up for the temporary loss of the parlor’s availability.“The tradeoff for losing the space for a while is that a brand new white oak floor will be installed, which will update the room and make it even more majestic than it already was,” O’Brien said.If the parlor is not completed before commencement, related events may have to be moved elsewhere, O’Brien said.
Wayne E. Murdy, former CEO of Newmont Mining Corporation, one of the world’s largest producers of gold, silver and copper, spoke Tuesday in DeBartolo Hall as part of the Engineering Distinguished Leader Lecture Series. He spoke about the impact of industrialization on poverty, using Newmont’s copper mine in Indonesia as an example.Murdy briefly outlined the the scale of Newmont’s Batu Hijau mine in Indonesia and its 14-year road to commercial production to a crowd comprised of mostly engineering students and professors.He said dozens of mechanical and chemical engineers, along with computer scientists, are employed to create, “the mine of the 21st century.” When the Batu Hijau has reached the end of its operation in 2036, it will be 2.5 kilometers deep and 1 kilometer wide, Murdy said.Murdy emphasized the ability of industries, such as mining, to affect change in communities. He showed a video from a TED talk by Hans Rosling entitled “The Magic Washing Machine” to show how access to simple technology can drastically improve poor communities, and he explained how this applied to the Batu Hijau mine.“Typically, when we go in a mining sense, we are going into areas that have not seen any industrialization at all,” Murdy said. “They mostly consist of subsistence farmers or fishermen, living from day to day. This is a way to bring jobs and to bring training and impact people’s lives.”The Batu Hijau power plant benefitted its local community by providing locals with cheap electricity and reducing the local malaria rate by 24 percent. Murdy also testified to the impact of education and formal training on the locals.“Many of you have been to graduations here at Notre Dame,” Murdy said. “You know what a happy occasion that is. [The graduations from the training facilities] are as good an occasion or better to watch.”Murdy said Newmont consciously phased out the high amount of expatriates working at the mine in favor of hiring local workers. He noted that the current manager of Batu Hijau is Indonesian.Murdy warned of the ethical and environmental dilemmas that coming with building mines in third-world countries.“Working in the developing world is not for the faint of heart,” he said.Murdy noted the significant drop-off in environmental and ethical standards in developing nations. He stated that companies must decide whether they will operate by low standards or the standards of the United States. He also noted that in countries like Indonesia, corruption is ubiquitous. Newmont’s mine emphasized how its mine would not operate by corruption.“We have a policy of zero harm, zero tolerance,” Murdy said about bribery. “If you start down that path it never stops.”Murdy said only 2,000 of the 60,000 applicants received jobs, which can result in some jealousies within the community. However, he said, the relatively high wages that the mineworkers receive have a substantial impact on the community.“In the past 25 years we have seen a 21 percent decrease in the number of people living in extreme poverty,” Murdy said. “Where does that credit go? Let me tell you, it does not go to foreign aid. The change in the level of extreme poverty came from industrial activities.”Tags: development, engineering, foreign aid, International Development, leadership, Newmont Mining Corporation
Robert H. and Mary Ellen Harris have made a gift of $5.5 million to the University for the construction of the Harris Family Track and Field Stadium, a Sept. 17 press release announced.Robert Harris graduated from the University in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and is the president and chief executive officer of Harris FRC Corp.“We are grateful to Bob and Mary Ellen Harris for this generous gift that will enable us to make a major advancement in facilities for Notre Dame student-athletes in track and field,” Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick said in the release. “The creation of locker rooms and other team space surrounding the outdoor track will provide a first-class home for our men’s and women’s squads.“In addition, we hope the future improvements to this facility will make it another wonderful resource for the greater South Bend community, much as the Compton Family Ice Arena has become.”The new building will house a number of “team support areas,” the release stated, including “student-athlete and coach locker rooms, team meeting and event operations space, a nutrition station and a satellite athletic training area.”The facility will be built on the west side of the nine-lane outdoor track and field facility in the southeast corner of campus, and construction is expected to begin by the end of the year.Alan Turner, the Irish track and field head coach, said in the release the new building will contribute to the success of the track and field teams.“For so many years, we haven’t had any outdoor meets, and we really don’t have great space for locker rooms and team meeting areas, so just having added space and a place to call our own is going to make a world of difference for our program,” Turner said.Tags: Harris Track and Field Stadium
A Notre Dame student filed a lawsuit last October against the University and a former employee, alleging sexual harassment and racial discrimination. WSBT reported Friday that the former employee’s attorney, Ed Sullivan, requested a “protective order for information exchanged during the discovery phase of the case.”The suit alleges a white University employee — “Jane Roe” — coerced the plaintiff — “John Doe,” an African-American student at the University — into a sexual relationship with her daughter, who attends a “nearby school” but is also an employee of the University. The suit also alleges University administrators knew about the misconduct and, citing Title VI and Title IX, had a responsibility to intervene for the student’s wellbeing, which was compromised by a racially and sexually hostile environment.John Doe’s attorney, Pete Agostino, did not object to the request for a protective order, WSBT reported, “but said he wanted to reexamine the scope of what could be deemed as ‘confidential.’ … The judge, Honorable Michael Scopelitis, agreed to let the attorneys reach an agreement on what would be considered ‘confidential’ before making a decision in a few weeks.” Tags: racial discrimination, Sexual harassment, University Lawsuit
Tags: McDonald Center for Student Well-Being, McWell, Midterms, therapy dogs Annie Smierciak | The Observer Students pet a therapy dog at the “Paws to Relax” event, hosted by the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being. The dogs were trained by Therapy Dogs International, a non-profit organization. The dogs were located on North Quad near Fieldhouse Mall, but attracted students from all over campus. Conrad said 455 students attended the event altogether. “This week has been so busy that it has been great to be able to take a break for a few minutes and just enjoy the dogs,” freshman Cassandra Franke said.Tuesday’s event coincided with World Mental Health Day, the goal of which is “raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health,” according to the World Health Organization.Therapy dogs are becoming more and more commonly used in environments which might demonstrate particularly high stress levels, such as universities and hospitals. Dog handler Rick Mintz said he and his dog, Howie, visit patients at Memorial Hospital of South Bend every Monday. “There have been studies which looked at the impact that visiting with therapy dogs can have,” Conrad said. “There is some research which suggests that it lowers perceived stress in students.” Students were able to pet and play with the dogs, as well as watch them perform a variety of tricks with their handlers. “I saw the dogs as I was walking to lunch and I figured it might be nice to take a few minutes to play with them and de-stress,” sophomore Emily Black said. “They’re super cute.” The dogs and their handlers come from Therapy Dogs International (TDI), a non-profit which certifies dogs to become therapy dogs. To become certified with TDI, dogs have to meet a variety of qualifications.These qualifications mostly include behavioral skills, such as the ability to stay calm both around large crowds of people and around other dogs. Mintz said one of the most difficult things for his dog, Howie, to do is turn down a piece of food somebody tries to give to him.The dogs wore red bandanas to signal that they are currently acting as therapy dogs. Mintz said the dogs can become mentally tired from their time on the job, as they are constantly engaging with people. “[Howie] enjoys it, but it’s work,” he said. The McDonald Center will bring the dogs back to campus in December to provide students with another stress relief option during finals week, Conrad said. While many students will be headed home to their own pets during fall break, a visit from therapy dogs Tuesday gave students a chance to relax with some furry friends during a busy midterms week.The event, known as “Paws to Relax,” was hosted by the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being. This was the second iteration of the event, the first of which was held last spring during the days leading up to finals. “Paws to Relax is really just an opportunity for students to de-stress and unwind, particularly during higher stress times like midterms and finals,” Katrina Conrad, an assistant director for student well-being at the McDonald Center, said.
Throughout the month of October, students will have the opportunity to collect free rainbow toothbrushes, stuffed unicorns, t-shirts and a variety of free food across campus.The reason? The Gender Relations Center is hosting a series of events to commemorate LGBTQ History Month and Relationship Violence Awareness Month (RVAM) this October.Sara Agostinelli, assistant director for LGBTQ student initiatives, said this is the first year the GRC is hosting events throughout LGBTQ History Month.“[We’re asking] how can we share information and knowledge about the history of LGBTQ people with campus, but also, how can we bring people together and just use it as an opportunity for people to engage with each other?” she said. “… As much as we’re giving away free things, we’re giving away information, and I think helping dispel things people might not know or misconceptions people might have.”Assistant director for outreach, student leadership and assessment John Johnstin is leading Relationship Violence Awareness Month efforts. He said the month’s biggest events include the Time to Heal Dinner, Kintsugi and a presentation on the effects of porn on relationships.“The biggest goal would be to raise awareness about the topic of relationship violence, discuss healing and provide resources,” Johnstin said in an email.Throughout the month, the GRC hopes to raise awareness around overlooked topics and issues on campus, Agostinelli said.“People might not know October is LGBTQ history month and I think it also allows us to engage with people and help bring that awareness,” she said. “As we move into November with Stand Against Hate Week — which is really about intersectionality and how you address that — I think it helps provides some nice foundational information that allows us to continue that work of why it’s important to all of campus.”For Johnstin, the most rewarding part of planning this month’s events has been “seeing how important this topic is to so many students.”“It is a topic that impacts so many people in so many ways but is not frequently discussed,” he said.Similarly, Agostinelli said many students may not have a broad knowledge of the LGBTQ community’s history. On Oct. 22 and Oct. 25, the GRC is hosting a trivia night to help educate students about LGBTQ history, she said.“I think it’s a fun way to invite people in who might not normally come to an LGBTQ event,” she said. “They’re going to have some prizes, so I think [we’re] kind of inviting people in to learn about that history, that maybe isn’t something they’ve learned whether in middle school, high school, their history classes now.”Planning for both RVAM and LGBTQ History Month began in August, Agostinelli said, and she and Johnstin have been working throughout the past few months to coordinate events.“I think our work is very intersectional,” she said. “And so we wanted to find some ways to tie the two months together … so kind of trying to mix it between educational events, social events, faith events. That way we can engage different students in different ways.”Overall, Agostinelli said she hopes the GRC’s events are able to engage a wide variety of students.“I think the hope is to engage different students at different times and spaces and in what calls to them,” she said. “For some students, a faith group is really what’s going to call to them and for others, it’s playing trivia for a rainbow toothbrush.”Tags: Gender Relations Center, GRC, LGBTQ History Month, Relationship Violence Awareness Month
WNY News Now File Image.MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County’s Executive says he is pleased to hear Ohio has been removed from New York State’s COVID-19 Travel Advisory list.Wendel says because of Ohio’s proximity to Chautauqua County, tourists from the state contribute greatly to the local economy.“This is great news that Ohio has been removed from the incoming travel advisory,” said Wendel in a statement. “With Chautauqua County in the southwestern corner of New York State, our close proximity to Ohio and Pennsylvania has a direct impact on our economy.”“During our recent control room meetings, and in concert with Senator George Borrello and Assemblyman Andy Goodell, we discussed at length the impact of Ohio’s restricted state status on our region,” furthered Wendel. “I am excited to see it has now been removed from the list so we are one step closer to rebuilding our economy.” The travel advisory went into effect on June 25.New York State’s Department of Health Interim Guidance says those who travel from within one of the designated states with significant rates of transmission of COVID-19 must quarantine when they enter New York State for 14 days. 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)
Image by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.JAMESTOWN – On Veterans Day all veterans and active military men and women can ride city fixed routes for free on the Chautauqua Area Regional Transit System, CARTS.“Today and every day we would like to thank and honor our veterans and active military members, who define selfless service,” said Michele Westphal, Senior Project Coordinator of CARTS.For more information about CARTS, visit chqgov.com/carts/CARTS or www.facebook.com/CARTS.NY/, or call 800-388-6534. 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)