Lectures honor archbishop

Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s will mark the 32nd anniversary of the assassination of Oscar Romero this week with Romero Days, a series of lectures and events honoring the Salvadorian archbishop’s advocacy for the poor.   Fr. Bob Pelton of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies said he hopes Romero Days will inspire students to carry on Romero’s legacy. “I would hope that [Romero’s] example would help others to follow the example with their own attitudes, through the types of service they do and through relating their studies to a larger, stronger social commitment,” Pelton said. As Archbishop of San Salvador, Romero stood up for the poor and marginalized in his home country of El Salvador and was assassinated while saying Mass in 1980, Pelton said. He was also nominated for sainthood. “Archbishop Romero was extraordinarily devoted to the peasants of his country,” Pelton said. “He gave his life out of love for them and for our Lord.” Pelton said Romero Days begins today at 4:15 p.m. in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies with a workshop on teaching students about Romero’s social justice. The event will feature professor of theology Margaret Pfeil and educational specialist Michael Amodei. The workshop will precede a 7 p.m. screening of the film “Monseñor: The Last Journey of Óscar Romero,” a documentary which Pelton said follows the last three years of Romero’s life. Pelton said the Kellogg Institute chose to sponsor the workshop because it is important for educators to pass on Romero’s legacy to the next generation. “We want to understand better the social teaching that was embodied both in the instructions and in the life of the example of Romero himself,” he said. Kevin Dowling, bishop of Rustenburg, South Africa, will preside over a commemorative Mass on Wednesday in the Church of Loretto at Saint Mary’s at 4 p.m. Dowling will lecture on Romero’s life in Carroll Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Pelton said Bishop Dowling is a strong supporter of Romero’s teachings on social justice and Church teaching, proving Romero’s influence is ubiquitous. “The example of Archbishop Romero has spread throughout the world,” Pelton said. “Here we have all the way in South Africa a bishop who follows that example in his service to the very poor.” Dowling’s lecture commemorates not only the 32nd anniversary of Romero’s death, but also a longstanding tradition of social justice, Pelton said. “The annual Romero Address [will honor] 40 years of justice education on the part of the Catholic Church and also the 30 years of the Justice Education Center at St. Mary’s College,” he said. Pelton said students should emulate Romero’s drive and fortitude to advance causes of social justice. “It’s important for us to be willing to see the real needs of our sisters and brothers and to take the effective steps to bring about an improvement of that situation,” he said. read more

University students visit West Wing

first_imgNotre Dame students studying in the University’s Washington, D.C. program discovered they have friends in high places when they visited the West Wing to speak with Deputy Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama, Rob Nabors.   While participating in the Washington Program, students must work 20 to 25 hours per week at an internship and take nine credits of classes, according to the program’s website. Students also tour various sites of national importance, including the Supreme Court, the Capitol complex and the West Wing.  Junior Alex Caton [Editor’s note: Caton is a Viewpoint columnist] said getting to tour the West Wing and meet one of the President’s right-hand men was “surreal.” “You’ve seen the TV show, you’ve always heard about [the West Wing], but you’ve never imagined you could be in it. Sitting around a room with battle flags, medals, a portrait of FDR [Franklin Delano Roosevelt], boxes of M&Ms with reprints of Barack Obama’s signature on them … a surreal experience,” Caton said. “It was surreal: being in such close proximity to someone who spends three to four hours a day with the president and having him be so frank, so honest about his own experience … telling us that the way he got there was not by accident or good fortune, but hard work.” Caton said he was excited to hear of the path that Nabors took to reach his current position. “It was humbling to see the hard work that he did, but inspiring to see that if I want to contribute my own piece to the story of the American government, that dream is achievable for me if I do the hard work,” Caton said.  Junior Tim Scanlan said he was excited to meet Nabors because he hoped to learn about the life of a national policy-maker.  “I was excited when I found out about the meeting because of how integral Nabors has been to the domestic policy of the Obama administration,” Scanlan said. “I was really looking forward to knowing more about how decisions are really made and hearing about some of the current conflicts in greater detail, especially in regards to Syria.”   When he met Nabors in person, Scanlan said he was impressed with his candid account of his work. Scanlan said learning work at the executive level demanded 18 hours of work, seven days a week underlined the intensity of Nabors’ job.  “The meeting was great – Rob Nabors was an energetic and earnest speaker,” Scanlan said. “He covered everything from a typical day in the life to the priorities of the Administration going forward. It was an hour and a half of humble honesty about Washington success and the work it takes to get there.” Junior Nicole Sganga said she was inspired by Nabors’ willingness to speak candidly about his path from Notre Dame to just outside the Oval Office.  “This big, powerful man in Washington was sitting down and telling us jokes and stories about [University president] Fr. Hesburgh was his freshman seminar professor … it was amazing, how candid he was,” Sganga said. “It was very uplifting and inspiring to see a Notre Dame graduate who didn’t know what he wanted to do when he received his diploma, go so far.” Junior Emily Voorde said she was impressed by how easily Nabors found common ground between himself and her peers.  “We talked about Syria, about his day-to-day operations … but we also talked about dorms on campus and Fr. Hesburgh,” Voorde said. “It was neat to see someone with so much power able to sit down and speak with us on a really personal and honest level, it shows that these people aren’t superheroes – they come from the same roots we do.   “He spoke very candidly about how at our age, he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do … to everyone in the room, I know that was reassuring. There’s still time to decide what we want to do and to make a really incredible contribution to the country and the world.”last_img read more

ROTC holds Pass in Review on South Quad

first_imgIn the middle of the 20th century, Notre Dame’s South Quad was a military rallying point. University archive photos from the WWII era and the 1950s show Notre Dame’s ROTC units and other military organizations marching up and down the quad in front of Rockne Memorial and a partially-constructed O’Shaughnessy Hall.Wednesday evening showcased that era, as the Notre Dame Trimilitary Organization – the Navy, Army and Air Force ROTC units ¬– presented themselves on South Quad for their reviewing by Naval Commanding Officer Mike Ryan, University President Fr. John Jenkins and the general public at the Annual Pass in Review, a symbolic display of skill and precision. The ceremony included a benediction by Fr. Peter Rocca, the presentation of student awards and a speech from Jenkins.Emily McConville “It’s a ceremonial thing, where in the field or in other military environments, they’ll do this as kind of a big show,” said senior, midshipman David Murphy, who received an award at the Pass in Review. “There’s usually something attached to it, where we’ll do the Pass in Review, and it’s symbolic when [troops] come home from deployment or something that shows discipline, that the uniforms are properly worn and things like that.”Junior public affairs officer and midshipman Cassie Gettinger said the ceremony in its current form, in which the troops perform exercises for the University president, dates back to the presidency of University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh.In recent years, the ceremony has taken place in Arlotta Stadium or the Stepan Center. Junior, event organizer and midshipman Lizzie Terino said the students wanted the Pass in Review to be a visible reminder of the military’s relationship with Notre Dame.“It’s kind of always been off to the side, not in a public area, but ROTC’s always been a big program on campus,” Terrino said. “The military has a long tradition with Notre Dame, with the Navy using Notre Dame and keeping it open, so we wanted to make it public and for people to come out and see the ceremony.Midshipman Murphy Lester, a senior and key organizer of the ceremony, said moving the event to South Quad was difficult logistically but ultimately rewarding.“Historically, you see all these pictures, the old WWII pictures of the whole formation out on South Quad,” Lester said. “South Quad was built as a parade ground for events exactly like this.“I’m not sure why we got away from it for awhile, but as a senior, I knew for our class it would really mean a lot to parade back and forth in front of the Golden Dome.”In his remarks, Jenkins pointed to the University’s long relationship with the military, in particular the United States Naval Academy, connecting it to Notre Dame’s identity as a Catholic university and speaking of the importance of each to the other.“You can point to the past,” Jenkins said. “During WWII, the school was really kept in business by the presence of the Naval community. You can point to the service of generations of Notre Dame graduates in the military … even those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their nation.”Jenkins said the Notre Dame ROTC program strives to train its cadets and midshipmen to show the highest level of moral integrity according to St. Augustine’s concept of a just war.“It is a just peace that you cadets and midshipmen will serve. That is a noble cause. A clear and consistent understanding of that high moral calling is what distinguishes everybody in the Notre Dame ROTC program.”Tags: Air Force, Army, Navy, Pass in Review, ROTClast_img read more

Saint Mary’s Career Crossings Office aids in student job hunt

first_imgDirector of the Career Crossings Office (CCO) Stacie Jeffirs said according to the Collegiate Employment Research Institute (CERI), hiring of bachelor’s level college graduates is up seven percent this year over the last year.“Although the increase is slight, the job outlook for college graduates has been making a steady and gradual comeback since the recession hit in 2008 and 2009,” Jeffirs said.Jeffirs said the College’s graduate destination survey showed that approximately 73 percent of the class of 2014 intends to pursue employment opportunities while almost 40 percent intend to pursue graduate or professional school or other studies. A little more than 12 percent intend to pursue internships or externships and 6.8 percent intend to pursue post-graduate service or volunteer opportunities.The survey results overlap in some categories, as some graduates intend to pursue graduate or professional school or other studies in addition to employment or other activities, Jeffirs said.Senior Gianna Burkhardt will attend King’s College in London after graduation to work towards a masters in English literature with a focus in literature from the 1850s-present.After studying abroad in Rome during her sophomore year, Burkhardt said she knew she wanted to travel post-graduation.“Prior to studying in Rome, I thought I was bound to the United States, but after, I have discovered a whole new world waiting for me to explore it,” she said. “If it hadn’t been for my education and experience at Saint Mary’s, I’m not sure if I would have the courage to follow my passion.”Burkhardt said she hopes to develop her love for English literature in a place so rooted in its history while using the skills she developed during her time at Saint Mary’s.“I will be studying English literature, which I think will be a richer experience because I’ll have many of the documents I will be studying right at my disposal at the British Library,” Burkhardt said. “King’s also offers internships as a part of their grad studies at places like the Globe Theater and British Museum, so I will be looking to participate in a more well-rounded experience in that way. “I also think living abroad teaches you a type of independence that can only come from being abroad.”Jeffirs said the liberal arts education Saint Mary’s provides gives students the necessary tools to be competitive and relevant in today’s economy.“The College prepares students to be global citizens and to be able to respond to the ever-changing workforce not only through classroom experiences, but also experiential activities and campus leadership opportunities,” she said.Burkhardt said her Saint Mary’s education has made all the difference in allowing her to craft and follow her dreams.“I think my English professors as well as the Saint Mary’s study abroad program have prepared me so well for the next part of my journey,” she said. “My professors have given me the tools that are necessary to create thoughtful and scholarly insights on literature and how to stand on my own in class discussion.”Jeffirs said CCO has been a valuable resource for many seniors this year, providing students with education and resources to aid those looking for a job.“We assist students in the entire job search process including networking strategies, connecting students to alumnae through our Alumnae Resource Network and LinkedIn, researching employers and options, writing resumes and cover letters and honing interviewing skills,” Jeffirs said. “We teach students the job searching and decision making skills they can use throughout their entire life.”Jeffirs said CCO will be open all summer. “Our office offers lifetime services to alumnae and is here to help graduates even after commencement,” she said.Tags: 2014 Commencement, employment, Saint Mary’s Career Crossings Officelast_img read more

Ireland program provides internship opportunities

first_imgTags: Dublin, Ireland, Irish Internship Program, O’Connell House Photo courtesy of Ciaran Pollard Many Notre Dame students are are all too familiar with the arduous search that is finding a summer internship. With that experience in mind, Irish Internship Program offers students a unique and challenging opportunity of not just an internship experience but a chance to live abroad in a country many on campus hold dear: Ireland.Senior Megan Ball, who participated in the Irish Internship Program last summer, said the program lasts for eight to 10 weeks and offers a wide variety of internship opportunities for students. The program is made possible by the O’Connell House, Notre Dame’s study abroad headquarters in Dublin.“It encompasses around 50 internship opportunities in various sectors from education to finance to research to the arts,” Ball said. “The program also incorporates, in addition to valuable work experience, a cultural enrichment program that exposes participants to all aspects of Irish culture through trips, and a professional development series.”Ciarán Pollard, intern coordinator for the program, said internship placements for 2016 include the Bank of Ireland, Abbey Theatre, Department of Foreign Affairs-Press Section and the Irish Cancer Society.Ball said her favorite part of the program was the immersion experience of living and working in Ireland.“The best part of program is certainly the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in the world of another culture,” Ball said. “While studying abroad is a truly great experience, to live and work in a city brings things into a whole new perspective.“You are a part of the hustle and bustle of a busy work day,” she said. “The office culture differs, and the lifestyle of Irish working persons is slightly different than Americans, [and] experiencing these things allows you to re-enter the U.S. with a new perspective.”Sarah Witt, a senior who also participated in the internship program last summer, said anyone can apply to the program. It is not restricted by interest or major but simply to students looking to spend time getting to know Ireland and Irish culture, Witt said.Ball said the program is especially helpful for students in the College of Arts and Letters, who often struggle the most with finding summer opportunities.“It is rare to find great internships in your particular field of study that are funded if you study in the liberal arts,” Ball said.“But the Irish Interns program allows for a fully-funded opportunity that is not only fabulous for career and educational development, but is also super fun!”Witt said she encourages all students to consider spending their summer in Ireland. The deadline to apply for the program is Friday, Witt said.“This past summer was one of the best experiences of my life,” Witt said. “I strongly encourage you to apply. … You will have a wonderful summer going on adventures across Ireland, gaining work experience and making lifelong friendships.”last_img read more

University professor wins Luce Fellowship

first_imgAssociate professor of theology and peace studies at Notre Dame Fr. Emmanuel Katongle has been selected as a 2017-2018 Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology along with five other members of the Association of Theological Schools in the U.S. and Canada, the University announced in a press release Tuesday.According to the press release, Katongle will spend a year studying “ethnic, religious and ecological violence” in sub-Saharan Africa beginning in January 2018.“What is particularly exciting about this project is I’m studying … three types of violence together, and I’m making the argument that they are all connected,” Katongle said in the press release. “We are not talking about three forms of violence. We’re talking three manifestations of the same type of violence that is part of the crisis of belonging in modern Africa.”Katongle will use the research he conducts during his fellowship to write a book — “Who Are My People?” — that will explore the role Christianity plays in the violence he is researching. The press release said Katongle is hoping to find “excess of love” that counteracts this violence.“If I can trace this excess of love in these communities, what I would like to do is display it and show it as an invitation into which everyone is called,” he said in the press release. “ … God is peace. But what does that mean in the context of so much violence, suffering and the refugee crisis? I felt I could make a distinctive contribution to that conversation by adding a theological voice.”Tags: Luce Fellowship, Theologylast_img read more

Law students address issue of wrongful convictions

first_imgSecond year Notre Dame law student Erika Gustin is more involved in what happens after a trial than during.“Before I started law school I started looking into wrongful conviction statistics and information on my own, which is absolutely horrifying,” Gustin said. “It came out off an interest in process improvement. Everything is a process and everything can be improved.” Photo courtesy of Erika Gustin The Notre Dame Exoneration Project will place vases of white roses on the tables in the law school commons to represent the 166 innocent people exonerated in 2016.Gustin is involved in the Notre Dame Exoneration Project, a group working with the Chicago Exoneration Project to represent inmates who were wrongfully convicted and get them out of jail. She said a lot of wrongful convictions usually result from eyewitness misidentifications, faulty human memory or leading questions from the police.“A lot of it tends to involve some kind of misconduct. It can either be official misconduct, police or prosecutors, or it might just be a bad process,” she said. “[In] 12 percent of exoneration cases with misidentification, they found the police pointed out or made clues about who they wanted to pick.”Gustin said wrongful convictions can also result from placing too much stock in eyewitness testimonies.“You also find instances where the suspect is shown to the witness multiple times,” she said. “The human brain is really good at copying and pasting faces onto other bodies. In many cases they’re not lying — they’re just unfortunately incorrect in what they remember.”The Notre Dame Exoneration Project will be placing vases of white roses on the tables in the law school commons. There will be 166 roses, which represent the 166 exonerated, innocent people in 2016. Each vase will also have a statistic about wrongful convictions.“White has that association with innocence. We wanted to have a good visual display,” Gustin said. “Every single year we’re seeing increasing numbers. Every year for the past five years has been a record-breaking number of exonerations.”Gustin said the average innocent, convicted person spends between 8-and-a-half to 14 years of their life in jail. She said the longest sentence an innocent person has served — according to current knowledge — is 35 years. Innocence Projects are inundated with mail and tasked with the responsibility of determining which cases have merit, Gustin said.“You’re looking for someone who has a good story,” she said. “Something that seems like a legitimate alibi and maybe they say in the letter that they have 10 people that can prove it. Once you get past that initial stage the attorneys will start reviewing your documentation and your record. They basically go back and do the police and prosecutor’s job all over again.”Gustin said about 40 percent of jurors will assume a defendant is guilty just because they are in court. This brings up the question of whether the presumption of innocence ever existed, Gustin said. A lot of the responsibility comes down to police officers and ensuring that they receive adequate training, in skills such as asking open-ended questions and using proper interrogation techniques, she said.Gustin also said Conviction Integrity Units (CIU) aim to do the work of Innocence Projects and correct prosecutorial mistakes. However, she said, there’s a bias that exists since they are run by the prosecutor’s office and therefore review their colleagues’ work. Some of them also do not have publicly available information, she said.“At least until recently, conviction integrity units have not done a good job,” she said. “So I think it’s just that a lot of the successful work comes from the private side. It comes from attorneys who are required to do pro-bono work and the attorneys that go above and beyond their requirements.”The Notre Dame Exoneration Project was started in fall of 2016 and Gustin said the long-term goal is a criminal conviction clinic at the law school. Currently, the students involved are working on two wrongful homicide convictions in Elkhart.“It fits right in line with the mission,” she said. “Our marketing slogan is a different kind of lawyer. Really what that means is an attorney who is really invested in giving back to the community.”Gustin said some people are content with saying that the current justice system works and they “put band-aids on as problems come up.”“Unfortunately our system is very quick to convict but it’s very hard to get you out,” she said.She said she hopes the white roses on the tables helps bring more awareness to exoneration efforts and the gravity of the justice problem.“We’re a year old, we’ve had fantastic progress and I really credit that to hard work from the executive board because their excitement makes other people excited and also the Notre Dame Law Students,” Gustin said. “We want people to sit and enjoy the flowers, but also be confronted with this very uncomfortable statistic.”Tags: court, exoneration, Law, law students, white roses, wrongful convictionlast_img read more

Senate hears presentation on Washington program, approves mental health resolution

first_imgAt their weekly meeting, Notre Dame’s student senate approved an official resolution encouraging faculty to include information regarding mental health resources on their syllabi.Before the vote occurred, the group heard a presentation from senior Meredith Soward about the Notre Dame Washington program. Soward said the application to the semester-long program is open to both freshmen and sophomores and students can participate either in conjunction with or in place of study abroad. Students live in DuPont Circle in the heart of Washington D.C. and take classes, in addition to working 25-30 hours a week at an internship, which counts for a Notre Dame general education requirement. “One of the coolest opportunities that comes with this program is the opportunity to intern in D.C.,” Soward said. “A lot of people do intern on the Hill, but if you don’t want to intern on the Hill, people have worked at think tanks, nonprofits, lobbying firms and law firms. I worked at an environmental nonprofit during my semester.”In addition to the internship, Soward said that students in the program take a Notre Dame-required class entitled Foundations of Public Policy, as well as Public Policy Visits, where students have the opportunity to meet influential people in D.C. and discuss important issues. Beyond that, participants take two elective classes.“The classes that I took [there] were some of the most impactful classes that I have taken,” Soward said.The deadline to apply for the Notre Dame Washington Program is November 25th.The group then began deliberation on a resolution submitted by several members of the Senate, reading, “the Student Senate hereby encourages faculty to include a statement regarding mental health resources sent annually by the Division of Student Affairs on class syllabi.”A similar resolution was proposed by the student senate last year but died before it could be approved, senior and student body vice president Corey Gayheart said. “We are bringing [the resolution] back up because we think it’s important, and so the senators as well as [junior] Grace Dean, the director of health and wellness took the charge on this. They did a great job and it is the first Senate resolution [of the year],” Gayheart said.After the resolution was read, the Senate debated its merits. “Can we talk about what it means to encourage faculty?” senior and Diversity Council president Alyssa Ngo asked. Gayheart responded to Ngo’s question by clarifying that the senate does not have the power to mandate what professors include on their syllabi.“We don’t have the power to force faculty to do something,” Gayheart said. “Part of this is also the staff retention movement. To attract high quality professors, a lot of the game in higher education is to give them the autonomy to determine how the classes operate and what’s on their syllabi. We definitely think this is a generally agreeable thing, and so we don’t feel it necessary to make it mandatory because most professors will likely hop into this.”After debate closed, the group moved into a vote and approved the resolution.Tags: Mental health, ND student senate, nd washington program, resolution, Senatelast_img read more

Theologian explores spirituality, sacramentals in Toni Morrison’s ‘Song of Solomon’

first_imgMembers of the Saint Mary’s community gathered in Carroll Auditorium to hear M. Shawn Copeland, noted theologian and Boston College professor emerita, speak on spirituality in Toni Morrison’s “Song of Solomon.” This talk was the first of the Center for Spirituality’s spring lecture series.Early in her lecture, Copeland explained that she wanted those who study literature to know theologians such as herself do not intend to make works of fiction suit their discipline’s needs. Gina Twardosz Dr. M. Shawn Copeland, Boston College professor emerita and a noted theologian, spoke on the spiritual significance of Toni Morrison’s novel “The Song of Solomon,” Thursday.“Quite frankly, I want to ward off any suspicions that may lurk among professors in English and American literatures — professors and students who may be concerned about theologians instrumentalizing or distorting fiction,” Copeland said.Her overview of the novel distinguished it as more driven by culture than action.“‘Song of Solomon’ really is a psychological novel,” Copeland said. “It’s much more concerned with an examination of the inner lives of its characters and their responses to historical and familial circumstances than it is with action.”Because of its focus on these themes, “Song of Solomon” encourages readers to better understand humanity, she said.“Literature teaches and tutors us, coaxes and coaches us — all of us — even theologians in the mysteries of the human mind and human heart … well-written, demanding novels challenge,” she said. “They resist reduction both to naïve literalism and overblown symbolizing. Theology and literature draw our attention to what is vital and important, turn us toward what is transcendent, toward what transcends us toward the potentialities of our own self-transcendence.”Copeland explained the novel’s major characters and their history. With the aid of a family tree, she explained the connections of the Dead family, around whom “Song of Solomon” is centered. She then gave an overview of the plot before launching into the novel’s connections to spirituality.“Some of you may find the notion of spirituality and relation to ‘Song of Solomon’ surprising, and others may think linking the novel to Catholicism or Catholic spirituality to be dubious or odd, or perhaps flat-out wrong,” she said. “I understand spirituality as a way of life, a way of living, a way of being in and moving with and through the world.”Catholicism is a religion, Copeland said, but also a spirituality.“This way of life and living extends the word made flesh through community and communion, in and through and beyond time,” she said.She noted several examples of characters in “Song of Solomon” who take on their own spiritual journeys. Among them is Milkman, one of the novel’s main characters. Events in his life “fundamentally and profoundly” changed him, she said.“What began as a material quest evolved into a spiritual journey. Milkman has found a treasure far more precious than gold,” Copeland said. “He has found his family’s history … a powerful and empowering spiritual gift.”Another character through whom Morrison explores spirituality is Pilate, Copeland said.“The way in which Pilate Dead lives her life — the way she is, the way in which she moves in and with and through the world — this was as a developed and developing relationality to sell others, the world and the transcendent … because human living always is fragile practice in fleshing vulnerabilities and virtues, judgements and decisions, surrender and discipline, atonement and conversion,” she said.The character of Pilate also introduces readers to sacramentals, another of the lecture’s themes.“In particular, [Pilate] introduces us to reliquaries, containers for precious or sacred objects,” Copeland said. “Sacramentals remind us of and orient us toward transcendence. … Such signs include physical objects, some candles, rosaries, medals, relics, statues and music.”These signs were among the things that helped Pilate sanctify her time, Copeland said.“‘Song of Solomon’ is indirectly didactic,” she said. “The characters of the novel illustrate what it means to value family, venerate ancestors, cherish children and old people, honor friendship … and respect all those encountered along the way.”Following the lecture, questions from the audience revolved around the themes of Catholicism and African American culture.“This is a heavily cultural novel, and if you’ve only thought of black culture as pathological, then you’ve really missed out on something important,” Copeland said. “There are a lot of subtleties here that black people don’t all master. Mastering your culture, really appropriating it fully, is really a lifetime project. Few people are really able to do this. This is why novelists are so important.”Tags: Center for Spirituality, song of Solomon, toni Morrisonlast_img read more

Saint Mary’s encourages students to receive vaccination at Sunday’s Flu Fest

first_imgSaint Mary’s will be hosting an outdoor Flu Fest and Blood Drive on Sunday at the lacrosse fields from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Though students can no longer reserve a shot, walk-ins are still accepted. The College is incentivizing students to attend with free food, games and prizes.A Wednesday email from Cynthia Horton-Cavanaugh, the interim director of Health and Counseling, said more than 500 students signed up to get their flu shot at the Fest.“All Saint Mary’s students who attend classes on campus are strongly encouraged to take part in this event,” she said in the email. “Bring your insurance card and we can bill your insurance for you. Otherwise we will bill the $20 vaccination fee to your student account. If you do not have insurance, the flu shot will be covered by the Emergency Fund.” Katie Knisely, assistant athletic trainer and healthcare administrator at Saint Mary’s, noted the importance of receiving a flu shot this year. “Now since the temperature is starting to drop, people will most likely be spending extra time inside of buildings in a confined area with more people and at a greater risk of exposure,” she said.This year’s vaccination has been designed to fight against four different flu viruses, an email from the College said. Knisley said the flu shot can lower one’s risk of getting the flu or other related infections.“Getting the flu shot could help decrease the chances of getting the flu and help prevent co-infections,” she said.Saint Mary’s is working to make the flu vaccine easily accessible through the fest, Knisley said, and The Observer has found many students are planning on attending Sunday’s Flu Fest. Sophomore Kathleen McLeod said she is getting a shot to protect her family and friends from getting sick. “The decision to get [my flu shot] this year was a no brainer,” she said. “I would never want to be responsible for giving the flu to a friend or family member and get them really sick.” Senior JoAnna Keilman  said she wants to maintain her health during the pandemic. “Honestly, I have not gotten my flu shot since I have been in college, and it did not affect me until I got the flu in February,” she said. “I want to take every precaution to stay healthy during this time, especially so we can stay on campus.”Sophomore Lauren Lambros said bringing any virus home is not an option. “My mom has a compromised immune system, so getting vaccinated has always been super important to me just to protect not only my own immune system but hers as well,” she said. “Now with COVID, having a strong immune system is more important than ever to protect ourselves and the members of our SMC community who are immunocompromised.”The first one hundred students who signed up to get their shots will received a free t-shirt from the College. Those attending the event are encouraged to wear short sleeves for easy access to the recipient’s vaccine administration location.Tags: COVID-19, Flu shots, Saint Mary’s Collegelast_img read more