first_imgSaint Patrick’s Day is commonly perceived as a celebration of all things Irish, a reason to drink Guinness and wear green. But student body president Pat McCormick wants to remind the world of the true meaning of the holiday — and in a big way. Looking to deliver on one of their major campaign goals — to bring a large charity concert to Notre Dame Stadium — McCormick said David Clark Cause (DCC), an internationally renowned events company, has worked with the University to create a proposal for a major social concerns experience. The event is tentatively titled “3.17,” in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day. Though the University first received a letter proposing to develop such an event from DCC in May, McCormick said a firm outline developed over winter break. “This has been [a result] of months and months of contact,” McCormick said. “We have submitted a proposal to the University and so far the response has been very positive.” The concept of the event is centered on “reclaiming” Saint Patrick’s Day as a celebration of peace and reconciliation, and would be held in partnership with the Republic of Ireland. “The Irish government has an interest in trying to direct attention to the day itself as not just a celebration of Ireland, but Saint Patrick and trying to draw out what that means,” McCormick said. To focus on the themes of peace and reconciliation, McCormick said the proposed 3.17 event would have three components. The centerpiece event would be what McCormick had promised as a major aspect of his campaign platform, a large-scale charity concert. The 3.17 Global Peace Concert, broadcast from Notre Dame and a venue in Dublin, Ireland. McCormick said renowned bands from across the world would be invited to perform for a live streaming global broadcast. Prior to the concert, the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies would host the 3.17 Global Summit on Peace & Resolution. McCormick said dignitaries and celebrities would meet to discuss conflict resolution and reconciliation on both a grass roots and global scale. “The idea would be [this event] would be a substantive dimension to the day itself,” he said. In addition to the planned summit, Notre Dame would host the 3.17 Peace Prize, celebrating ordinary people who have become extraordinary through pursuit of peace. “The prizewinner would be potentially selected by living Nobel Laureates who would like to submit their votes for the three finalists,” McCormick said. McCormick said he is particularly excited about who the University is working with on this event. DCC is a company solely dedicated to creating cause initiatives for renowned organizations, brands and individuals around the world. “What I think we are really excited about is this is an internationally recognized consultant, and he has taken an interest in collaborating with Notre Dame on producing a signature human rights event,” McCormick said. Though the event has no firm date, McCormick said, as designed, the event could be sustainable, with the possibility of becoming a Notre Dame tradition. He said in terms of planning the first installment, the ball is now in the University’s court. “What’s most likely is questions like the date or the artists that would attend would be decided by the University,” McCormick said. McCormick said he is particularly excited for the event as he feels it displays a new form of student government he has hoped to achieve. “When we campaigned, this was in many ways at the heart of our idea of trying to find a way for students to chart a course for Notre Dame,” he said. “We felt students here wanted to not just have a student government that would provide only constituent services, but would also allow students to play a role in charting the course for the Notre Dame project and writing a new chapter in Notre Dame’s history.” McCormick also noted the fact that student government is the driving force behind the proposal is a significant achievement within the University community. “Not only have we advocated for the event, but we have obtained the means for the University to pursue the event,” he said. Though the event is pending approval, McCormick said ultimately it could benefit the entire University community. “We think it is a significant proposal and would be a significant opportunity for Notre Dame to pursue,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgNo longer able to play the sport he loves, former Irish linebacker Danny Spond has turned his experience into a way to do something else he loves: inspiring others. Spond, a senior, has founded the organization, Undefeated, in order to share his experience overcoming frustrated expectations through speaking engagements around the country. “Undefeated is an organization I started to tell my story and to hopefully inspire others as they face every day challenges,” Spond said. The centerpiece of Spond’s story is that he was set to start at outside linebacker this season when he made the decision to retire in August, a decision he made after suffering an especially serious migraine episode on the third day of practice this season. Spond said he has a hemiplegic migraine condition, which causes sporadic, debilitating migraines that affect an entire half of his body while they last. “Basically, it hits one side of your brain and that shuts down one side of your body,” he said. “For me it affects the right side of my brain, so I can’t use the left side of my body.” The decision to retire early meant Spond spent the season as a student coach, helping players like his replacement, freshman Jaylon Smith. “It was absolutely tough at first, going from being a starter to standing on the sidelines with a clipboard,” Spond said. “The biggest challenge is reaching the conclusion that everything happens for a reason, but once I was at that point it opened up everything.” Spond said he chose to continue contributing to his team and to make the best of his situation, and it has revealed new possibilities for his future. “I told myself I had two options in this: be sad about it and fade into the shadows or turn this into something positive and make the most of it,” he said. “This season and this organization have opened new pathways for me.” Through Undefeated, Spond has fielded requests to speak at five events before an assembly of St. Joseph County athletic teams, both the New York and Chicago Notre Dame alumni associations, Comcast TV employees at their annual convention in Denver and a community event in his hometown of Littleton, Colo. Spond is set to graduate in January, and all five events will take place in early 2014. Up to this point, starting Undefeated has been an enjoyable experience and he is excited about the work he will be doing, Spond said. “The best thing about this for me is that it’s something I love to do. My whole life I’ve loved to help people. It’s very exciting and very rewarding,” he said. “I’ve received a lot of praise from all over, which keeps me going. It’s all fun right now, really, though sitting for hours on a computer to make a website was tough.” Spond said the outpouring of support he received after his decision to retire initially sparked the idea for Undefeated. “When I couldn’t play anymore, I got a lot of messages – Facebook messages, letters, emails – from people who said they had gone through something similar,” he said. “Their stories helped me, so I got the idea that my story could inspire people.” He committed to the idea and began work on Undefeated in late November after realizing that many of the job opportunities he was interviewing for, while interesting, would not allow him to do what he really wanted to do, Spond said. Friends, family and members of the “Notre Dame family” have helped Spond to get started, he said. “Family and friends have been my main support staff. I’ve also reached out to Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick, alums and former players,” he said. Another Undefeated project is a book Spond is writing, to be published by Ave Maria Press, Spond said. The book is part autobiography and part companion piece for his presentation. He said he is roughly halfway through the writing process and hopes to be able to release the book around the beginning of next football season. Spond said the book, in addition to telling the story of his retirement from football, would explore other important moments in his life, including colliding with another player in a sixth grade baseball game and being paralyzed for eight hours as a result. “[The experience in sixth grade] set me on a path of understanding life is fragile, and I have to decide what I’m doing with it,” he said. His overall, long-term goal for Undefeated is to make a career out of it, Spond said. While he plans to have another job for now, he is hopeful that he can eventually build up Undefeated to the point where he is speaking nationwide, as well as partnering with various sponsors and even other speakers with similar stories. More information, including contact information, can be found at Contact Christian Myers a [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgIrish State of Mind Week, the University’s manifestation of National Mental Health Awareness Week, will take place this week Oct. 5-10 across Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s campuses.Notre Dame Student Government, who partnered with the Notre Dame chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness [NAMI-ND] this year, planned more than 10 events that will take place across campus this week.NAMI-ND president Maggie Skoch said the purpose of NAMI-ND and Irish State of Mind week is to “educate and make students more aware of resources and to encourage conversation.”Irish State of Mind week began over the weekend with the illumination of Touchdown Jesus in green, the “awareness color of mental illness” according to senior and student government director of residence life Brent Murphy. Murphy said Touchdown Jesus will remain green all week.Wei Lin Murphy, the principle member of student government in charge of event planning, said he inherited the event from former director of residence life Stephanie Klotter.“Once Lauren [Vidal] and Matt [Devine] asked me to be involved, we looked to partner a little bit more with NAMI,” he said. “[Irish State of Mind Week] is obviously right up their alley, and it’s something they’re really passionate about. We felt that by partnering more with them, we could give them a bigger platform for everything that they’re doing. Working with them has been a big learning experience, but it’s been awesome.”The sponsors planned two events for Monday, “Let’s Talk” at 2 p.m. in LaFortune Student Center and a screening of the documentary “On the Bridge” at 7:30 p.m. in DeBartolo 131. “Let’s Talk” is an ongoing University Counseling Center (UCC) program described by the UCC as “a place where you can talk about concerns and receive expert suggestions about solutions and resources or just have someone who listens well and can offer support.”Although “Let’s Talk” is not specific to Irish State of Mind week, it was publicized in conjunction with the programming “because of its relevance to the issues of mental health and mental illness,” Skoch said.“On the Bridge,” directed by Notre Dame professor Olivier Morel, explores post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among U.S. veterans of the Iraq War. Morel and former U.S. marine Vince Emanuele, who appears in the documentary, are available for a Q&A session after the screening.“The documentary is very impressive,” Murphy said. “And Professor Morel is absolutely great.”Tuesday night NAMI-ND planned what Skoch described as “a night of storytelling,” titled “In Our Own Words.”“We’re going to have nine students telling stories about the way that mental illness has touched their lives, either through themselves, a family member or a friend,” Skoch said. “I think everyone’s lives have been touched by mental illness. It’s terrible that it’s such a widespread issue, but there’s beauty in solidarity.”Wednesday afternoon the University Counseling Center (UCC) will have an open house in the Dooley Room in LaFortune, featuring massage chairs and sun lamps from the Inner Resource Room.“I think the UCC does very good work, very necessary work,” Skoch said. “They have great resources, and they’re looking to spread awareness about them.”Murphy said Late Night Breakfast, an event which is new this year, is “student government’s baby.”“South Dining Hall will be open from 10 p.m. – 12 a.m. on Wednesday, serving all the breakfast foods,” Murphy said. “Since a lot of the events are a little heavier substance-wise, it’s a little lighter to balance that out. We thought it would be a good fit thematically for the week.“SUB has partnered with us, and AcoustiCafe will be there. We’re really hoping to drive people there to raise awareness. There will be stress relievers out on South Quad, and a banner to sign that will hopefully go up in LaFun before the UNC game on Saturday. It’s been fun to plan, and Food Services has been very receptive to it, as well. All anyone needs to come is to save one meal swipe, and then you’re good to go.”Other highlights of the week include a lecture by Tom Seeberg, father of former Saint Mary’s student Lizzy Seeberg who committed suicide in September 2010. The talk is entitled “Believe: Giving Witness to Hope.”“[Seeberg’s] talk will focus on the issues of mental illness and I think sexual assault as he has experience them through losing Lizzy,” Skoch said.Jamie Tworkoswki, founder of the organization “To Write Love On Her Arms” (TWLOHA), will be in DeBartolo 101 on Friday afternoon as part of the final event of the week. According to its mission statement, TWLOHA “exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery” for those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.”“It’s incredibly exciting that he’ll be there,” Murphy said. “It’s a pretty well-known group, and I’m excited that we’re going to get them on campus.”Skoch said TWLOHA has a beautiful message and does great work raising awareness.“I hope students take away from the week that this isn’t something that needs to be hushed up,” Skoch said. “People aren’t afraid to name physical ailments, but we have a very hard time naming some of these hidden issues that you can’t always see very well. If more people would say the words, I think it would get us so much farther than keeping the words bottled up.”A full list of events can be found on the Irish State of Mind Facebook page.Tags: awareness, counseling center, In Our Own Words, Irish State of Mind, Mental health, mental illness, NAMI-ND, Olivier Morel, PTSD, Vince Emanuelelast_img read more

first_imgThe disappointment of Notre Dame fans was palpable following the first home loss of the season against Northwestern on Saturday, a suspenseful 43-40 overtime defeat at the hands of the Wildcats.Emmet Farnan | The Observer The euphoric rallies of “Go Irish” and other spontaneous cheers that typically fill the stadium’s ramps following the previous home victories were replaced by more somber tones as fans exited the stadium.Many fans were frustrated because they stayed for the unusually long game despite the cold weather in hopes that an Irish win would be make the harsh weather conditions worth the pain.“I stayed the whole time even though it was freezing because I thought it would be worth watching the team win,” freshman Sofia Daboub said. “It stinks that we lost against a team everyone thought we would beat.”Sophomore David Krohn echoed Daboub’s frustration.“I support the team, but sitting through a game that went over four hours and ended in a loss to a mediocre team was rough,” Krohn said.Krohn’s frustration with the game stemmed from a disappointment in the overall performance of the team as well, he said.“I was pretty disappointed because until last week I thought this team was different from last year’s,” Krohn said. “I am not really surprised by the loss though. Somehow we always manage to play down to the level of our competition.”The Irish entered the second half of the game three points ahead of the Wildcats and did not surrender the lead until the final seconds of the fourth quarter, when Northwestern’s Jack Mitchell kicked a 45-yard goal to tie the game at 40.Freshmen Parker Mathes said losing the lead in the last minute was the hardest part of the game to watch.“The game against Northwestern was a tough one to watch,” Mathes said. “We just got so close to winning, and then in the last couple minutes we just let it go.”For freshman Erin Callaghan it was the game’s technical mistakes that made her cringe.“There were mistakes made like turnovers, missed field goals and perhaps poor judgment calls like going for a two-point conversion instead of the extra point after a touchdown,” Callaghan said.Callaghan also said she thinks the Irish players took their lead for granted and underestimated Northwestern’s ability to make a comeback.“It was a tough loss. I was upset,” she said.Notre Dame fans now turn their attention to the final home game of the season. Junior Ryan Rizzuto said he hoped the Irish will win for the seniors.“We always want to see the seniors out with a win,” Rizutto said.Fans hope to celebrate the conclusion of the home season with a victory when the Irish take on Louisville next Saturday at 3:30 p.m.Tags: cold, football, Northwestern, Notre Dame football, weather, Wildcatslast_img read more

first_imgSaturday marked the first home football game of the 2015 season, and though the entire campus was abuzz with the excitement of starting a new year, only a fraction of the spectators – 2,011, to be exact – were experiencing that particular thrill and anticipation of attending a Notre Dame home football game for the first time as a student.Freshman Edna Ofelia Martinez said the game versus Texas was her first Notre Dame football game.“I think part of what made it such an incredible experience was getting to sit with all of my closest friends,” Martinez said. “We had a blast cheering and jumping and whooping … all in all, I wouldn’t take back a thing about my first Notre Dame game.”Many freshmen reactions to the 38-3 win over the Texas Longhorns reflected a learning experience to the traditions and norms that come with being a member of the student section.“I wasn’t completely sure about the words to all of the chants, but it was fairly simple to pick up on,” Martinez said, “The dance to the Celtic Chant is my favorite. With some of the other ones, it was a little hard to pick up on what people were saying, but I managed O.K. I now know most of the words to our Fight Song and the Alma Mater.“The first touchdown, I didn’t go up. I was still confused as to what that all meant, but once I saw everyone up in the air, I wanted to get in on the next one. So on 14-0, I went up. It was such an incredible feeling to be lifted and see all the green below me. And I went up for all the other touchdowns as well.”Freshman Joseph Levano said the school spirit in the student sections was remarkable.“Just between the spirit that everyone had in the stadium and the way everyone got so into the cheers, even though I went in knowing nothing about the traditions, everyone there just instantly helped you pick up on it and bought you in,” Levano said.Freshman Alexa Coubal said singing the Alma Mater with the football team was a unique experience, but the other chants and cheers were difficult to catch onto.“I had difficulty with some cheers and the dancing on bleachers was definitely a struggle for me, but it was still really fun. It definitely exceeded my expectations because people were constantly cheering and so hyped all the time,” Coubal said.Many voiced the sentiment that experiencing the game from the insider viewpoint of a community member distinguished the experience from simply fun to meaningful.Freshman David Bran said tailgating was the best part of the gameday experience.“The tailgating blew my mind, the game itself was fantastic, and the atmosphere throughout the entire day was unbelievable,” Bran said. “Despite all I’ve heard about it before, it really did [surpass my expectations]. I’d heard about how great it is to be around so many Irish fans and how intense it gets in the stadium, but nothing compares to how it actually feels being there.”Conor Kelleher, a freshman in Dillon Hall, said he particularly enjoyed the traditions in his dorm.“We went for a morning run and jumped in the lake and ended up on Sports Center, which was probably the pinnacle of my existence, in which I was shirtless and yelling right in the camera lens.”Freshman John Stankovich said he was most impressed by how unified the alumni, students and fans were at the game.“It was amazing to see how the extended Notre Dame family, as well as the Notre Dame family at the University itself comes together to support one common cause of a Notre Dame victory,” he said.Stankovich also said singing the Alma Mater after the game was unforgettable.“At the end of the game when the University sings the Alma Mater, it was truly an amazing moment and one that I’ll never forget as a freshman,” Stankovich said.Tags: First game, Notre Dame football, Texas Longhornslast_img read more

first_imgShare: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) DUNKIRK — The City of Dunkirk Police Department confirms one person was killed in a one-car crash Wednesday afternoon.Police responded to a crash at 4:18 p.m., at the 600 block of South Roberts Road where a single vehicle struck a tree.Officers said the driver was dead at the scene but are not revealing the name of the deceased pending notification of the next of kin.Dunkirk Police were assisted at the scene by Dunkirk Fire Department, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department accident reconstruction team, Chautauqua County Coroner’s office and Chautauqua County Fire Police. The Incident was investigated by members of Dunkirk Police’s 3 to 11 p.m. platoon and the detective bureau.last_img read more

first_imgSubmitted image.FALCONER – A group dedicated to highlighting special education students furthered their efforts on Monday with a special training.Exceptional Stars Athletics hosted a training at The Falcons Nest on Monday night for the “buddies” program.Terri Johnson and Beth Jermain of The Resource Center provided an hour-long training with the 22 buddies who work with the program.Submitted image.The group’s founder, Rich Bianco, says the he wants his buddies to be more comfortable and confident when working with special need athletes. “Terri and Beth were fantastic. They gave our kids a lot of helpful insight and guidance. This is only going to make our program even better,” said Bianco. “A year and a half ago, we started with eight buddies at our first baseball game. Tonight, we trained 22 kids. We’re very proud of these kids and what they do for the athletes of Exceptional Stars.”Submitted image.Bianco’s group will be holding a ‘bowling day’ with on Saturday, December 5 at Jamestown Bowling Company on Foote Avenue. The social event is sponsored by Shults Auto Group.For more information on the program, call Rich Bianco at 450-1329 or email [email protected] 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

first_img Related Shows Ode to Joy View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on April 19, 2014 The acclaimed off-Broadway production of Ode to Joy, starring Tony nominee Kathryn Erbe, will extend through April 19 at the Cherry Lane Theatre. The show had previously been scheduled to end its run on March 30.Written and directed by Craig Lucas, the play is a story of love, heartbreak, addiction and illness. It features Erbe as an artist named Adele, an audacious painter who tells the story of her destructive relationships with her two lovers, Mala (Roxanna Hope) and Bill (Arliss Howard).Ode to Joy is a production of Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre.last_img

first_img Star Files When We Were Young and Unafraid is set inside an underground women’s shelter in the early 1970s—before Roe v. Wade, before the Violence Against Women Act, before women had places to turn in times of distress. Agnes (Jones) has turned her quiet bed and breakfast into one of the few spots where a woman on the run can seek refuge. But to Agnes’ dismay, her latest young runaway is having a profound influence on her teenage daughter, forcing each girl to question her destiny. And as the drums of the feminist revolution grow louder, Agnes is forced to confront her own presumptions about the people she’s been trying to help. Tickets for the world premiere of the Manhattan Theatre Club’s production of Sarah Treem’s When We Were Young and Unafraid are now available. Starring Cherry Jones and directed by Pam McKinnon, the off-Broadway play will begin performances on May 21 at New York City Center—Stage 1. Opening night is scheduled for June 17. In addition to Jones, the cast includes Zoe Kazan, Morgan Saylor, Cherise Boothe and Patch Darragh. When We Were Young and Unafraid Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 10, 2014 View Comments Related Shows Cherry Joneslast_img read more

first_img Idina Menzel Star Files It’s Friday, and you know what that means—it’s finally time to run over to the movie theater to see Broadway alum James Franco in The Interview! Oh, wait. Well, here’s another way to kick off your weekend:’s Lessons of the Week. A lot of crazy stuff has happened in the last seven days. Ready to find out what we’ve learned? Check it out below!Idina Menzel Is on Disney LockdownFrozen queen Idina Menzel joked that she’s been banished to “Disney prison” after revealing a little too much information about the hit movie’s rumored sequel. Be careful, Idina—Blake Lively actually went to the Disney clink and lived to tell the tale. It sounds pretty awful down there. Not as bad as Six Flags jail, but still.Jamie Foxx Needs a Theater History ClassNow that he’s headlining the movie musical Annie, Jamie Foxx has become quite the showtunes connoisseur. He especially impressed us with his jazzy rendition of “Luck Be a Lady” from…42nd Street. Because there’s nothing we love quite like the lullaby of the oldest established permanent floating crap game in New York.Audra McDonald Has Five New JobsHow do you turn your new project into a guaranteed hit? Cast six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald, of course! If the rumors are true, the star has five—count ‘em, five—projects in the works: A live broadcast of Lady Day on HBO, a Corrina, Corrina musical, Night, Mother with Oprah, an Aretha Franklin biopic and a film adaptation of Hello Again. Then after that, she needs a nap.Bradley Cooper Is Scared of De NiroThe Elephant Man’s Bradley Cooper is one of the biggest stars around, but he revealed he was so nervous when Robert De Niro came to see his performance, he could barely say his lines. The audience had so much trouble hearing him, DeNiro stood up and started yelling: “You talkin’ to me, Bradley? You talkin’ to me?” Then Mr. Jinx went running through the aisles. (Well, that other stuff didn’t happen, but it could have.)Tam Mutu Smells AmazingUsually Times Square stinks like trash and musty Elmo costumes, but it’s about to smell a lot more delicious now that Tam Mutu is heading our way. When we hopped the pond to chat with Mutu about his gig in City of Angels and forthcoming Broadway debut in Doctor Zhivago, we couldn’t help but notice how great he smells—like a heavenly mix of film noir and the Russian Revolution.Broadway’s About to Get GrungyA musical adaptation of School of Rock is headed to Broadway! Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber says he’s thrilled to bring “grunge” back to the Great White Way, complete with headbanging tunes and old-school marquee lights. But Mr. Schneebly, we have some questions: Will Broadway fave Adam Pascal reprise the role of bare-chested No Vacancy frontman Theo? (Actually, that’s our only question.)Cheese Grits Are a Christmas TraditionWhat will Kelli O’Hara’s family be chowing down on while you’re eating your boring old stuffing, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes? Delicious, delicious cheese grits. It’s just not an O’Hara holiday without them—they were even at her wedding. Something old, something new, something borrowed and grits. Sounds about right.Beethoven & Cher Are Basically TwinsBernadette Peters is starring in Amazon’s classical-music dramedy Mozart in the Jungle, so you think she’d know a classical composer when she saw one. But when asked to identify the curly locks of celebrities on The Today Show, she misidentified both Cher and Weird Al as Beethoven. It’s time to break out these babies, Bernie.Rob McClure Screwed Up SondheimEvery actor has bad auditions, but the Honeymoon in Vegas star had an especially cringe-worthy one. While auditioning for Into the Woods with composer Stephen Sondheim in the room, he ran out of breath and couldn’t squeak out a note. There are worse things than staring at the water on a Sunday messing up Sondheim’s own song in front of him. We can’t think of any, but we’re sure there’s something.Bombshell Is Back, B*tchesJust when we’d forgotten about Ivy, Karen and their Smash pals, our second-favorite musical-within-a-TV-show is coming to New York! That’s right, Bombshell will be presented by the Actors Fund for one night only, featuring the songs and choreography from the NBC series. But wait—will Katharine McPhee or Megan Hilty play Marilyn? Oh God, not again.center_img View Commentslast_img read more