Director of Undergraduate Admissions Dan Saracino will retire from his post after serving for 13 years, the University announced today.The University will begin a national search to hire Saracino’s replacement, and in the meantime, Director of Operations in the Office of Admissions Robert Mundy will serve as interim director.“It truly has been an honor to have served my alma mater these past 13 years,” Saracino said in a press release. “With a passionate and dedicated staff, we have all labored tirelessly to reach those outstanding young men and women who have indeed made this an even better Notre Dame. As an alumnus, I have no doubt that this special place will continue to grow.”During Saracino’s tenure, the Office of Admissions has pushed to increase diversity on campus as well as enrollment of international students. Diversity enrollment has increased from 14 percent to 23 percent in the past 13 years.Yet Saracino has told The Observer that the University still has a ways to go to reach its goals regarding diversity of the student body.“The two areas where we really came up short were African Americans and the internationals,” Saracino said in September of the most recent freshman class.This Class of 2013 is made up of 23 percent ethnic minorities – 10 percent Hispanic, 3 percent Asian, 3 percent black, 3 percent international students and 1 percent Native American.The average SAT score of enrolled students at Notre Dame increased from 1325 to 1410 during Saracino’s tenure as well.During his time as admissions director, Saracino alsomoved the University from a specialized application to the Common Application.“Dan has helped recruit an extraordinary student body to Notre Dame, individuals who have a passion for inquiry, are engaged by their faith and generously use their gifts in service of humanity,” Associate Provost Dennis Jacobs said in the release. “By mobilizing enthusiastic alumni and a dedicated team of admissions professionals, Dan is responsible for annually attracting more than 14,000 accomplished applicants from all 50 states and from over 80 countries around the world.”Saracino’s retirement is effective June 30.
In order to improve off-campus student life at Notre Dame, Campus Life Council (CLC) examined other universities’ policies regarding off-campus parties and city police during its Monday meeting. “It seems that a lot of these programs grew out of situations like we found ourselves in,” student body president Catherine Soler said, referring to the spike in off-campus arrests earlier this semester. “Things were getting really bad and they had to do something.” One of the schools CLC studied is Colorado State University, where the University collaborated with local law enforcement through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a system for registering parties. Hosts of registered parties benefit from a warning and opportunity to correct the noise violation before police intervention. Soler said this program would be difficult to adapt to Notre Dame. “The immediate problem with that is it’s very high cost, and the area they live in is very low in crime,” she said. Other universities, such as Ball State and Duke, have used MOUs and appeals to state legislatures to enable campus police to patrol the surrounding off-campus community. Andrew Bell, student body vice president, thought using Notre Dame Security Police or another third party to handle off-campus student incidents could be promising. “When we met with [South Bend Police], several officers communicated to us that they’d rather not have to deal with student parties,” Bell said. “We hope to set up a program where the response is still immediate, like the police, but in another form … that could effectively do the same thing as the police without straining [South Bend Police] and without legal consequences if they’re not necessary.” Based on the example of Boston College, which uses off-campus Resident Assistants to patrol and deal with problematic parties, CLC discussed the possibility of instating similar positions as well as developing an administration position to deal with off-campus life exclusively. “A lot of other schools have an office or administrator or someone to deal with things like this,” Soler said. “Is it the responsibility of Notre Dame to create an administrator … to deal with making sure off-campus students’ needs are being met?” Alex Kasparie, Knott Hall senator, said a third-party solution would be appealing to students. “I think any student is going to tell you they’d rather have someone else knocking on their door than SBPD,” Kasparie said. “I think that’s definitely an appealing thing for most students.” Keough Hall rector Fr. Pete McCormick said that, regardless of University or community cooperation, students would have to contribute to the effort. He said students would probably have to trade off some privacy through registering houses and parties if they want to benefit from warnings or non-police intervention. “We’ve talked a lot about what the community can do for off-campus students. The question in my mind is what students can do for the off-campus community,” McCormick said. “There’s got to be some accountability.” Bell reminded members that it would require a specialized and adapted policy to fit the unique Notre Dame community. “We understand no solution is going to be perfect at another school or perfect for us at Notre Dame.”
On Saturday, the Movimiento Estundiantil Chicano de AztlÃ¡n (MEChA) club at Notre Dame invited women from Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross to join Notre Dame women at “Universitea,” a tea party discussion about the differences and stereotypes within the tri-campus community. The event provided a social forum for these women to come together and review their similarities and differences while talking about the barriers that exist between the three institutions, sophomore event coordinator Peggy Tull said. Participants at the tea party were each handed a pink carnation upon arrival and directed to one of nine tables. If women arrived in a group, the group was divided so that no woman sat exclusively with friends. A moderator from MEChA sat at each table, and led discussion on a specific topic. “The people who had volunteered to be moderators … pick[ed] which topic interested them the most,” Tull said. Topics included expectations prior to and after arriving on campus, the impact of social media, parties and social lif,; society’s effect on the campuses and the influence of men on the interactions of women from the three campuses. Tull said the idea was to get women talking to see what problems everyone recognized and what they felt could be done about it. “We wanted to figure out some solutions to the issues on [Notre Dame’s] campus and between campuses and even convey some of them to the administration if we can,” Tull said. Overall, she said she believed the event was a success. “Although it generated a lot of good discussion about what people at [Notre Dame] can do, this one event can’t do everything that we want it to,” she said. “There were a lot of things we could’ve talked more about … but if it left people with more to say, that’s always a good thing.” MEChA hopes to involve more students, including male students, in future events revolving around the same subject. Although the women at the tea party were encouraged not to identify themselves directly with their school, MEChA club member and Universitea moderator Rose Walsh said her group had been mostly from Saint Mary’s. “We were initially hoping to focus on [female] students,” Tull said. “We felt removing the male presence from an event might make women more comfortable, [although] male students are just as responsible for issues between campuses.” Tull said the idea for the event arose out of last year’s MEChA event, “Gender Roles at Notre Dame.” The name of the event had been changed, after an initial title referencing “MRS degrees” and “SMC Chicks” provoked a lot of con troversy. Walsh said she thought the event had Saint Mary’s students in particular very riled up. Walsh said the moderators diffused the tension pretty quickly and made some friends,” but the conflict showed MEChA club members there were underlying issues between the campuse and especially between the women of the community. Tull said the club’s pillars are family, education and service, with a broad focus on social justice. Universitea was designed to address the breakdowns in the family of the Holy Cross community. “This event was focused on the family aspect between our schools,” she said. “Right now, that [tri-campus] family is not nearly as strong as it should be. “Considering how close we are geographically and how involved we are in each other’s experiences, it should be a much warmer, friendlier environment – one that builds and supports each other.” Strong, healthy relationships with one another is important to creating a unified effort to promote positive change in the community, Tull said “One thing about MEChA is … we want to help improve the world not just our own campus,” she sai,. .[But] you can’t help anyone else when your own house is fractured.” Tull said students who are interested should look for MEChA’s five-day event, Semana de la Mujer, this spring. She also encourages students to follow MEChA on Facebook and Twitter, or email [email protected] for more information. Angelica Martinez, MEChA co-president, said she hopes other clubs will follow MEChA’s lead in confronting inter-campus issues. “I hope that we aren’t the only club that’s making an effort to make these campuses a whole community,” Martinez said. Contact Tabitha Ricketts at [email protected]
In this year’s final lecture of the Saturday with the Saints series, organized through the Institute for Church Life (ICL), art historian Dianne Phillips discussed the changing artistic portrayals of the Holy Family throughout Church history.Phillips said artistic depictions of the Holy Family have theological implications, and a certain “theological subtlety and complexity … underlies many of these pictures despite their superficial veneer of simplicity.”Emily McConville | The Observer She said artistic representation of the Holy Family did not emerge until late in the first millennium when the Church began to discuss the theology of the Holy Family.“The imagery of the Holy Family and its development depends on the development of the cult of St. Joseph, and very little attention was paid to him in the early Church because its intellectual energies were focused on refining theological doctrines of the trinity and the incarnation,” Phillips said. “Joseph, since he’s not the biological father of Jesus, is not really relevant to those concerns.”In the first depictions of the Holy Family, she said, artists often portrayed Joseph as old and weak to emphasize that he could not have been Jesus’ biological father.“The reality was that by viewers, medieval no less than modern, he came to be seen as a pathetic figure and even comic,” she said. “His figure presents a challenge to the representation of the Holy Family.”Phillips said the depiction of Joseph underwent a positive change in 12th century Bologna when Bernard of Clairvaux delivered a series of sermons emphasizing Joseph’s importance in the life of the Holy Family and his close and affectionate relationship with Jesus. She said Josep’s representation in religious art took on a new identity as a just and dignified man.Portrayals of the Holy Family continued to evolve, Phillips said, and during the European Renaissance the “high style of Renaissance art” often prominently displayed the Christ Child’s body.“The Eucharistic meaning is obvious in the display of the body of Christ,” she said.Then in the 17th century, artists again redefined Joseph’s role in the Holy Family, she said.“By the 17th century, there develops a genre of pictures where St. Joseph takes the lead,” she said. “Literally, instead of Madonna and child, it’s St. Joseph and child.”However, Mary continued to be represented in a very positive light, Phillips said. A body of works accompanying the 1854 Doctrine of the Immaculate Conception, in which Mary and child had white, luminous skin that indicated their purity and holiness, she said.Phillips said depictions of the Holy Family today are more abstract than previous religious artwork owing to “the impact of the huge stylistic changes in art throughout the 20th century.”Still, she said, there are definite allusions to earlier representations of the Holy Family in present-day artwork. A painting of the Holy Family unveiled in September for next year’s World Meeting of Families mirrors the high art of the Renaissance, Phillips said.She said images of the Holy Family are so dynamic, due to theological and scriptural influences, but the common goal of displaying the Holy Family as a model of virtue unites the vastly different works.“Artists in each period … have tried to create images that would move people to immerse themselves in the loving communion of the Holy Family and desire to emulate that in their own lives,” Phillips said.Tags: Church history, Dianne Phillips, Holy Family, Saturday with the Saints
Tim O’Malley discussed the meaning of love in a talk at Saint Mary’s on Wednesday night hosted by the Christ’s Light group. O’Malley is the director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy and assistant professional specialist in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame.Christ’s Light is a Catholic faith sharing group that was recently formed this year at Saint Mary’s that has speakers who come to lecture about theology and other aspects of faith. Junior Sofia Piecuch had invited O’Malley to give a talk for Christ’s Light after hearing him speak at Four:7, Notre Dame’s Catholic faith sharing group.Piecuch said the goal of the group is to help each other grow.O’Malley simplified what he described as a complicated topic of love into four different aspects. The first aspect he described as ‘pagan’ love. He defined ‘pagan’ love as basic human love; the typical idea of love that people tend to hold on to.He said that this is the love based on sexual attraction for another.“Sexual attraction is itself a part of love,” O’Malley said. “That form of love is real too, and whatever Christian love is, it cannot deny this form of love.“One of the great things about being in love is having another person there to share your life with. It’s natural. It’s good. And you don’t want it to end.”O’Malley used a section of John Donne’s Holy Sonnets to explain the power of eros, which is physical love.“This natural desire for eros can be lifted up into divine light [through Donne’s poem],” O’Malley said. “Eros is the love that really hurts. This is the love that can destroy, this is the love that can be violent.”He said how he discourages the typical human view of love.“Love isn’t just feeling, affections or desires,” O’Malley said.”The first thing we imagine love to be is this huge wave of affections and desires, but that’s not it.”He explained that the love you have for your parents does not include the wave of affections and desire when you see them; but you still love them. O’Malley explained that this is the kind of love we strive for with one another; it is similar to the love between two friends.“Friendship is a basic form of love; you enjoy each other’s company,” O’Malley said. “Some part of life is made beautiful by that friendship.”He said that loving someone is giving a part of yourself away; this is the second aspect of love.“To love a person is to say, ‘I am yours;’ especially in friendship,” O’Malley said. “Friendship is real love. It’s difficult.”O’Malley discussed how Christ is the ultimate example of giving oneself away in love. His love was so deep that he faced one of the biggest human fears, death, to save us. Christ’s love is the third aspect of love.”The fourth aspect O’Malley spoke of was the love of God and neighbor.“Love of God and neighbor is the redemption, the salvation of the human being in the created order,” O’Malley said.He talked about this salvation particularly through his perspective on marriage and said that married love is a choice, not a feeling.“Love is a choice,” he said. “I could’ve fallen in love with a million different women; I still could. My wife is not my ‘soulmate’, I fell in love with her.“Through the love of marriage, I am being saved. No, not just saved, I am being made and remade into the image of God,”Tags: love, Tim O’Malley
Notre Dame received the largest gift directed toward financial aid in the University’s history this week, the University announced in a press release Sunday. According to the release, the late Allan Riley and his wife Radwan made the multi-million-dollar gift of an unspecified amount to support two scholarship programs — the Allan J. and Reda Radwan Riley Scholarships and the Leo and Edna Riley-Aref and Helena Jabbour Scholarships. “The Rileys have been generous supporters for many years, particularly in the arts,” provost Thomas Burish said in a statement. “I am deeply appreciative of this transformative gift in support of our highest institutional priority, financial aid for deserving students.”Both scholarships will be awarded on the basis of need or merit and are available for undergraduate, graduate and professional students, the press release said. The latter will be awarded to students who have either lived in the Middle East or have expressed interest in studying the culture, history, language, literature or politics of the region. “The focus of Allan’s parents, as well as mine, was to provide their children with education,” Radwan Riley said in a statement. “At times, it was not easy sailing, but they prevailed and succeeded beyond doubt. We both appreciate what they sacrificed on our behalf, and now we feel it is our turn to do something worthy of their memory and honorable effort.”The first awards of the two scholarships will be for the 2017–2018 academic year. According to the press release, at least 15 percent of the funds drawn each year will be used to assist graduates of schools operated by the Order of the Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel. Tags: Allan Riley, financial aid, Scholarships
This weekend, Saint Mary’s will be hosting parents from across the country as part of First Year Parents’ Weekend. The event boasts a lineup of activities intended to introduce these parents to the College community and allow them to spend time with their child in the Saint Mary’s environment.The official event kicks off Friday with registration and a welcoming reception at Reignbeaux Lounge in LeMans Hall. Starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, there will be bowling, go-karting and mini-golfing at Strikes and Spares Entertainment Center in Mishawaka, which will last until noon. Then, from 2–3 p.m., there will be a “Surviving Sophomore Year” event in Carroll Auditorium, followed by a Mass in the Church of Loretto at 4 p.m. The event will be rounded out by cocktails starting at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. at Hilton Garden Inn’s Gillespie Center, which will include a photo booth available for students and parents to use.First-year class council representative Deirdre Drinkall said she is excited to show her mom the developments that have occurred in her life at Saint Mary’s since the last time she had been to campus.“I am excited for her to meet all my new friends and to see the changes that we’ve made to the room since August,” she said. “It’s hard after having a [month-long] break to come back to school and to have her so far away in Florida, so it will be good to spend time with her.”First-year Emily Pantelleria said she is excited for the events planned, particularly since she will be able to enjoy them with her parents, which she takes as an advantage.“There [are] a bunch of activities that sound really good — like bowling and go-karting,” she said.In addition to allowing parents and first years to enjoy some quality bonding time together, first-year Anna Abel said First Year Parents’ Weekend is important because it shows Saint Mary’s off to the parents.“[The event] shows our parents our school, and [it ensures] we spend some time with them as we are getting older,” she said.Pantelleria said she is especially excited because she believes the event connects students’ parents to one another.“I think it is really important for people whose parents live farther away, for [those students] to spend time with their parents because they don’t get to visit them as often,” she said. “My parents do come down a lot, [so] they are more coming down to meet my friends’ parents, as my friends’ parents live farther away.”The event is also important to simply help keep parents connected to their children while they’re away at Saint Mary’s, and vice versa, Drinkall said.“I think it is to keep parents in the loop, and it makes them feel like they’re a part of something even though we’re so far away,” she said. “And also, it will just be a lot of fun to have [my mom] here. I miss her, definitely.”Tags: family, First Year, First Year Parents’ Weekend, parents
As students pack up to go home for winter break, many people wonder: “What happens in the dorms over break?” As all students are required to vacate the residence halls at the end of the final examinations period, few students, if any, have been inside a dorm during this annual three-to-four-week vacancy, and what goes on during this time remains shrouded in mystery for many students. “Many of the residence hall common spaces, including kitchens, restrooms, et cetera, are cleaned over break,” Kimberly Kolk, the assistant director of space planning and logistics for the Office of Residential Life, said in an email. “Occasionally, maintenance and residence hall improvement projects are scheduled during break as to provide minimal student disruption during project completion.”While winter maintenance and improvement projects may vary from dorm to dorm, Kolk said, all residence halls adhere to general practices.“We ask our hall staff to be diligent in informing students about required practices for leaving the hall for the break,” she said. “Some of these practices include: closing and locking windows, unplugging electrical items and refrigerators, emptying trash and recycling, properly sealing food and drinks left in the room, turning off lights and closing and locking room doors. Hall Staff members in each hall will check all rooms after students depart to ensure compliance with these requests. These practices are also followed as applicable in common spaces of the buildings.”While all students must vacate the hall, Kolk said “live-in professional staff members” have the option to remain in the dorm and retain access over break. Other individuals with this access, she said, include Notre Dame Security Police officers, Residence Life staff, Building Services staff and staff involved with building maintenance.According to the International Student and Scholar Affairs website, Notre Dame International and the Office of Housing are currently considering providing winter housing for students who are unable to stay elsewhere over break.“This option will only be for undergraduate international students who have significant financial need (as determined by the Financial Aid Office) and have no other option over winter break (i.e., to fly home or stay elsewhere in the U.S.),” according to the website. “We cannot guarantee this to everyone who applies or is interested and will work with Financial Aid to determine the level of documented student need.“Students who accept winter break housing are responsible for all meals during break; no dining hall service is available during this time. You may be asked, but not required, to work five hours a week for the Office of Housing over break.”It is not clear if this policy will be introduced for applicable students for the upcoming break since no announcement has been made. It appears that, at least for now, the residence halls will remain student-less for the holidays.Tags: residence halls, winter break
Image by New York State Police. UPDATE: Police Identify Seven-Year-Old Killed In Route 60 CrashPOMFRET – An eight-year-old girl died following a multi-vehicle accident on Route 60 Monday, according to the New York State Police.Image by New York State Police.Police say a red four-door sedan was traveling north on Route 60 when it stopped to make a left turn into the Privaterias parking lot.A four-door Chrysler reportedly rear-ended the sedan, pushing it into oncoming trafficking, before it was hit by a semi traveling southbound.Police say the girl was ejected from the sedan. She reportedly sustained trauma to her head and jawline. The girl was transported to Brooks Memorial Hospital. Authorities haven’t released the name of the involved parties. 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)
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) JAMESTOWN – Two City of Jamestown residents and a Buffalo man were indicted Tuesday in connection with an alleged cocaine ring in Jamestown.The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Buffalo says a federal grand jury indicted Kori Robinson, 22, Islandah Mitchell, 20, both of Jamestown, and Bruce Page, 25, of Buffalo, with conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, cocaine.Prosecutors say the trio was arrested last week following a traffic stop on North Main Street.WNY News Now Image.While searching the vehicle, police allegedly found brown purse with narcotics packaging baggies sticking out of it. Inside the purse, officers say they recovered a clear plastic baggie that contained two separate clear baggies containing suspected crack cocaine and powder cocaine. Officers also allegedly recovered a quantity of suspected marijuana; empty packaging materials; a metal spoon with suspected drug residue; and several cell phones.In total, during the stop police allegedly found 3.5 ounces of powder cocaine and 4.7 ounces of crack cocaine.Image by Jamestown Police.In January, prosecutors say the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at Mitchell’s Lafayette Street Apartment in Jamestown. Investigators say they recovered quantities of suspected cocaine and crack cocaine; $2,000 in cash; two digital scales; credit cards; an iPhone; and a box of ammunition.The three were arraigned in a Buffalo courtroom. Page was held in federal custody while Mitchell and Robinson were released.The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $1,000,000 fine.The indictment is the result of an investigation by the Jamestown Police Department, the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.