Retreat reunites minorities

first_imgOver 150 freshmen of various cultural backgrounds joined together this past weekend to evaluate the place of culture and religion in their lives at Notre Dame. From Friday afternoon to mid-Sunday, students of Asian, Latino, and African-American backgrounds joined faculty and staff to build a community of shared experiences. The ethnic retreats included icebreakers, visits to the Grotto, talks given by upperclassmen and staff, a game watch, and mass, but the most important factor was building a sense of community and welcome for the students involved. John Paul Lichon, coordinator of campus retreats at Notre Dame, said the center’s ethnic retreats aim to stress a balance between culture and religion, and encourage students to also attend the five remaining non-ethnic freshmen retreats throughout the year. “The ‘regular’ First-Year retreat has a stronger emphasis on how faith, studies, and God work together,” Lichon said. “We have a strong show every year, but we hope to integrate the students at ethnic retreats more in the future.” The ethnic retreats attracted a strong attendance this year. According to Judy Madden, head of the African-American Student Ministry, the ‘Plunge’ retreat boasted attendance of 50 first-year African-American students, which makes up 60 percent of the non-athlete freshmen at Notre Dame. “What I like about these ethnic retreats is that they give a community within the community, building a place that feels like home early on,” Madden said. “Plunge gives African-American students a safe place to ask questions about teachers, clubs, social life, dating and religion at Notre Dame.” Priscilla Wong, director for Multi-Cultural Student Ministry at Notre Dame, said this ability of the ethnic retreats program to provide a touchstone to ethnic communities is praiseworthy. The ethnic retreats do not end when the students are released back to their dorms, instead they establish a resource for the students involved, Wong said. The Asian-American retreat’s theme for this year was “Unwritten,” focusing on the four years at the University which will be “written” by the students. Sophomore Gaby Mercurio, a student leader of the Asian-American retreat, said the leaders  worked hard to make freshmen feel comfortable in the on-campus community. “We just wanted the first years to know that they could always come to the upperclassmen and feel at home,” Mercurio said. “If they’re ever feeling homesick, we have Asian food for them,” she said. Wong said the retreats program works to enable freshmen to place themselves in the community. “We have this welcome group of people and programs to work with the first years,” Wong said, “But what we really try to do is to provide an open arms.”last_img read more

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McGlinn to host signature Casino Night this Saturday

first_imgTags: Casino Night, Emily Shira, Evelyn Huang, McGlinn, McGlinn Casino Night, McGlinn Hall, St. Adalbert Students can put all their cards on the table this Saturday at McGlinn Hall’s signature event, the McGlinn Casino Night.The event will take place from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the LaFortune Ballroom. Student Activities Office (SAO) will provide food, according to the event’s Facebook page.Junior Evelyn Huang, who organized the event along with sophomore Emily Shira, said the money raised will benefit St. Adalbert Catholic School in South Bend.St. Adalbert was chosen because of a sustained relationship between the school and the girls of McGlinn, who tutor in after-school programs at the school on weekdays.Huang said the event will be action-packed and students will have the potential to win a plethora of prizes.“After paying a $5 entrance fee, students are given a bag of paper money. They are then free to use this money to play unlimited rounds of blackjack and roulette,” Huang said. “At the end of the night, they can trade in the money for raffle tickets. These raffle tickets can win them many different door prizes.”Huang said the event will also include a Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament, open to the first 65 people who enter.“The winner will get a $100 gift card to the bookstore, and second place will received a $50 gift card,” Huang said.Huang said she got involved because of the multitude of benefits this particular event offered.“I think that it is a really unique and fun way to raise money for a great cause and help our local community,” Huang said.Although volunteers are not needed for the event, Huang said she hopes students from Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross participate.Huang said she hopes for 400 guests, who would contribute an expected $2000 for charity.“It is a great event for a great cause,” Huang said. “I am hoping to break a record for the money raised this year.”last_img read more

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Saint Mary’s two literary journals to combine

first_imgTags: Chimes, literary journal, Saint Mary’s English department, The Avenue Saint Mary’s two literary journals, Chimes and The Avenue, will combine into one publication beginning this year, but the identities of both will remain intact.“The Avenue will be inside of Chimes,” co-Editor-in-Chief of The Avenue and senior Jessie McCartney said. “It will have its own insert. The Avenue will keep its name, and it will noticeable that [The Avenue] is the journal of nonfiction, and [Chimes] is the journal of fiction, arts, and poetry.”McCartney said the two journals possess noticeably difficult qualities, but will pair well together.“The Avenue is Saint Mary’s journal of nonfiction,” McCartney said. “It features student submissions that are various types of nonfiction from personal essays to op-ed pieces.”Editor-in-Chief of Chimes and senior Cecilia Greubel said Chimes traditionally accounts for the genres not included in The Avenue.“Chimes is the literary art journal,” Greubel said. “The Avenue does everything nonfiction, and Chimes does everything else. It is totally student-run. We publish student work, sometimes alumnae work, basically anything from the literary community of Saint Mary’s, and sometimes faculty and staff submit things as well.”This merge serves as the culmination of conversations that began in the fall semester, McCartney said.“[The merge has come about] through a few different discussions,” she said. “At the beginning of the year, we had a lot of meetings together with [Greubel] and our faculty advisor Dr. [Dionne] Bremeyer, and Dr. Bremeyer actually brought it up first. [The Avenue’s other co-Editor-in-Chief] and I were unsure about it because The Avenue was started by a student in 1990 and has never been backed by the [English], department so I wanted to keep her legacy and keep the Avenue as an independent publication.”The underlying reason behind the merge is financial, she said.“But at the same time, because we lack a certain amount of financial support, we needed more funds,” McCartney said. “We wanted The Avenue to be the best journal it could be, and merging with Chimes promised that. Joining our forces together ensured that we could do more with both of our journals together.”Improving the quality and accessibility of both publications were also key considerations, McCartney said.“A big thing is financially we get to combine our funds which makes for a better journal all around,” McCartney said. “The quality of both publications has been rising, especially The Avenue. Aesthetically, the journal will look nicer because we have more money to put into it. Another benefit is uniting the arts, so we have fiction, art, poetry and nonfiction all together. This way it’s more accessible to a larger [number] of people. Instead of having to print two journals and spreading them throughout campus we just have one so I think people are more likely to explore the different genres than they would have before.”The hope of the merge is to improve the look of the journal.“Overall, just modernizing,” Greubel said. “The two publications have been separated for so long, since The Avenue’s founding, and so I think merging and combining our budgets, we are going to be able to do a lot of cool and modern things with the magazine.”McCartney said she is excited about the prospect of having one place for student work to be displayed.“I am excited that it provides a chance for people to have all of these students’ works — all these students’ voices in one piece for them to read and share with others,” she said.Greubel said she is hopeful about the future of what this merge will look like.“We are really excited,” she said. “I think it is going to be really good for both journals going forward.”last_img read more

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Congressman Says Additional Relief Dollars For Farmers Likely Needed

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) Cropped Photo: Rebecca Siegel / CC BY 2.0CORNING – President Donald Trump announced yesterday a $19 billion relief package for the farming industry, with $16 billion earmarked for direct payments to farmers, but critics are wondering if that will be enough. Nationwide, farmers have reported that they’ve had to dump excess milk and other products during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Congressman Tom Reed told WNYNewsNow Tuesday that he doesn’t believe the package will be enough.“I do believe there’s probably going to be a need for addition recover dollars outside of that, but this is a step in the right direction,” Reed said. “It is a step that is necessary, especially when it comes to our dairy farmers.”Reed tells people to “stay tuned” to see more aid for farmers in a potential Phase Four stimulus package. Phase Four is currently under debate in Congress. In April,, Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel discussed the struggles that the 1,200-plus farms in Chautauqua County have faced during one of his daily COVID-19 Facebook updates. He says there’s too much milk on the market due to the closure of schools and decline in restaurant sales, causing farms nationwide to dump their excess milk.The County Executive says there’s more than 150 dairy farms in the County, and he asks that people buy extra dairy products to help support them.“Please consider buying an extra judge of milk, a block of American-made cheese, or a tub of ice cream,” Wendel said. “According to the Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University, our food system is secure and there are no legitimate threats of food shortages.”last_img read more

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Police Identify Wanted Man From Tuesday Pursuit, Allegedly Find Meth Lab In Camper

first_imgUPDATED AT 3:30 PM WEDNESDAYWARREN – Pennsylvania State Police have identified the wanted suspect who fled from law enforcement on Tuesday evening.Our news partner Erie News Now reports that troopers from the Corry and Warren barracks tried to serve a felony warrant on Daniel W. Heidler, 35, of Columbus, Pa., in Freehold Township around 5:30 p.m.Police spotted Heidler driving a vehicle and he led them on a pursuit in to Chautauqua County. Troopers say the vehicle pursuit ended when Heidler crashed his vehicle in a ditch at Kortwright Road and Niobe Roads in the Town of Harmony.Heidler then ran into the woods, and police say, a search ensued but Heidler could not be found.Investigators served a search warrant on a camper in Freehold Township, where investigators said they believed a gun Heidler possessed was being kept.They say the gun is related to a previously reported attempted homicide incident, and Heidler is not permitted to possess a firearm, which is why the felony warrant was issued.Troopers also found items in the camper used to make methamphetamine.Clandestine Laboratory Response Team (CLRT) was called to the scene and seized an expended one-pot lab, a gas generator, items used to make meth, meth oil and paraphernalia used to make the drug.State Police have since obtained a new arrest warrant for Heidler on charges for persons not to possess a firearm.Anyone with information on Heidler’s whereabouts is asked to call State Police in Warren at 814-728-3600.ORIGINAL REPORTHARMONY — Local police agencies, including the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department, are asking the public to report any suspicious people or activities following a Tuesday traffic pursuit.The Sheriff reports that at about 7 p.m. Tuesday, Pennsylvania State Police were involved in a vehicle pursuit starting in Pennsylvania and ending with the vehicle going into a ditch at the corner of Kortwright Road and Niobe Road in the Town of Harmony.The subject fled into a wooded area on foot. The area was searched by multiple law enforcement agencies and K-9 units. The subject was not located and the search ended at about 9:30 p.m.Authorities said the suspect involved in the incident is wanted on charges out of Pennsylvania. There is no indication the suspect remained in New York, however, if anyone suspicious is seen in the area, they are asked to not hesitate to call the Sheriff’s Office.Pennsylvania State Police in Corry are handling the investigation. MGN Stock Image. 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

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Lady Day Auditions Furry Friends to Play Audra McDonald’s Pooch

first_imgCircle in the Square went to the dogs on March 11! Broadway animal trainer Bill Berloni and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill headliner Audra McDonald held a doggy callback to find a pooch to play Billie Holiday’s beloved pup Pepe. After meeting and playing with dozens of adorable dogs from all over the country, McDonald has a very difficult decision to make! Check out this Hot Shot of the five-time Tony winner getting up close and personal with her new pals, then stay tuned to see who wins the role of Pepe in the new production, beginning March 25 at Circle in the Square Theatre! Star Files Related Shows Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill View Comments Audra McDonald Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 5, 2014last_img read more

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London Odds & Ends: Emma Watson to Star on Stage? Oliver! to be a Movie Again?

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of London stories today. Game of Thrones’s Sam Mackay Heads to In The Heights Game of Thrones’ Sam Mackay is set to star in the the London premiere of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s previously announced Tony-winning musical In The Heights. Joining Mackay as Usnavi will be Nathan Amzi as Piragua Guy, Olivier winner David Bedella as Kevin, Josie Benson as Camilla, Damian Buhagiar as Sonny, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt as Daniela, Emma Kingston as Vanessa, Jonny Labey as Graffitti Pete, Christina Modestou as Nina, Sarah Naudi as Carla, Eve Polycarpou as Abuela and Wayne Robinson as Benny. Directed by Luke Sheppard, the production will play a limited engagement May 9 through June 7. Press night is set for May 15 in The Large at Southwark Playhouse Oliver! to be a Movie, Again? Cameron Mackintosh, who turned his stage hit Les Miz into a successful film, is trying to repeat the move with Lionel Bart’s Oliver!. The original 1968 movie won five Oscars and the mega producer, who has the majority of the stage rights, is in the process of acquiring the film rights. “Every time I think I’ve unravelled the complex web of film rights, someone else comes out of the woodwork, saying they own this or that aspect,” he revealed to The Daily Mail. View Comments Emma Watson Heading for the Stage…Definitely, Maybe Emma Watson has reiterated that she’d like to tread the boards. The Harry Potter star told The Daily Mail that graduating from Brown this coming May “frees me up to consider doing theater, and I would love that opportunity.” Well, Broadway.com has already compiled a list of suitable roles for you, Emma, so hopefully you’ll take note and head to the Great White Way soon! West End Transfer for The Scottsboro Boys? Looks like John Kander, Fred Ebb and David Thompson’s The Scottsboro Boys, currently playing at London’s Young Vic Theatre, is going to be getting a West End transfer. According to The Daily Mail, its director, five-time winner Susan Stroman, will be returning to London later this year to oversee the Olivier nominated show moving to the Garrick Theatre.last_img read more

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Honeymoon Confirms B’Way Dates; Paper Mill Stars Return

first_img Denis Jones will choreograph. Additional casting and creative team will be announced in the coming weeks. View Comments What happens on Broadway…well, you know. As previously speculated, the musical comedy Honeymoon in Vegas will move into the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Based on the 1992 film of the same name, the tuner features a score by Tony winner Jason Robert Brown and a book by the film’s screenwriter Andrew Bergman. Tony Danza, Rob McClure and Brynn O’Malley, who all starred in the Paper Mill Playhouse production last year, will reprise their performances under the direction of Gary Griffin. The production will begin previews on November 18 with opening night set for January 15, 2015. Brynn O’Malley Show Closed This production ended its run on April 5, 2015 Star Files Best known for his roles on screen in Who’s the Boss? and Taxi, Danza has appeared on Broadway in The Producers, A View From the Bridge and The Iceman Cometh. His film credits include Crash, Angels in the Outfield, She’s Out of Control, A Brooklyn State of Mind and The Hollywood Knights. McClure received a Tony nomination for his performance in the titular role of Chaplin: The Musical; his additional Broadway credits include Avenue Q and I’m Not Rappaport. O’Malley most recently appeared on Broadway in the revival of Annie as Grace Farrell. She was also seen in Wicked, Sunday in the Park with George, Hairspray and Beauty and the Beast. Related Shows Honeymoon in Vegas Honeymoon in Vegas tells the story of Jack Singer (McClure), a commitment-phobe who finally proposes to his girlfriend Betsy (O’Malley). The couple heads to Vegas to get hitched, but when the smooth talking gambler Tommy Korman (Danza) falls head over heels for Betsy, he arranges for Jack to lose big in a poker game so he can claim the bride-to-be as his own girlfriend. Rob McClurelast_img read more

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Aaron Tveit & Kevin McHale Land Leads in Kennedys Comedy

first_imgBroadway favorite Aaron Tveit just landed his latest film lead in the upcoming comedy They Might Be Kennedys, opposite Glee star Kevin McHale. The duo will play 1980s slackers who try to escape their dead end lives by pretending to be Kennedys in what filmmakers are describing as “Wedding Crashers meets Caddyshack with a healthy dose of Animal House.” Tveit was originally cast in a featured role in the film, as he discussed recently on the Broadway.com talk show Show People, but has since been moved up to the leading part of Johnny Manicotti. McHale will play Teddy Mulligan, with Neil McDonough also cast in the dual roles of Ted Kennedy and Mr. Handcock. They Might Be Kennedys, set to start filming later this year, is written by Ted Collins and will be directed by John Burgess. They Might Be Kennedys is expected to be released sometime in 2015. McHale, who has played wheelchair-bound Artie on Glee since 2009, will also be seen in the upcoming film Boychoir.center_img View Comments After first appearing on Broadway in Hairspray and Wicked, Tveit won a Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for his breakout performance in Next to Normal and went on to headline the Tony-nominated musical Catch Me If You Can. On the big screen, was featured in the blockbuster film adaptation of Les Miserables as Enjolras. More recently, he’s filmed roles in the upcoming indie movies Undrafted and Big Sky and can be seen every week on the USA Network cop drama Graceland.last_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Corbin Bleu Found What He’s Been Looking For & More

first_img Corbin Bleu View Comments Star Files Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Something Old, New, Borrowed & BleuHigh School Musical’s Corbin Bleu got his head in the love game. The In the Heights and Godspell alum proposed to his girlfriend, actress Sasha Clements, on October 15, Us Weekly reports. Sticking to his roots, he popped the question at Disney World, with the ring tucked inside a glass slipper. Here’s wishing them happily ever after!From Bleu to Blue: New Gig for Victor GarberBroadway vet Victor Garber has landed a guest spot on CBS’ Blue Bloods. According to TVLine, he’ll appear in the November 21 episode as Donald Stein, a New York real estate heir disturbed by a string of murders of fellow prominent Jewish men. If you’ve paying attention to news about Garber, TV guest spots and the surname Stein, you will already know that the Tony nominee will also play the DC Comics character Dr. Martin Stein on an episode of The CW’s The Flash.Frank Langella Is All-AmericanIn more TV casting news, three-time Tony winner and Oscar nominee Frank Langella will join the cast of The Americans for the show’s third season. The Wrap reports that the stage and screen star will play Gabriel, a former KGB handler who comes out of retirement to direct Philip and Elizabeth (played by Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell.) The FX series returns in January 2015.Fathom’s Bringing Billy BackWhat better way to express yourself than on the big screen? Fathom Events will screen Billy Elliot the Musical Live in movie theaters across the U.S. on November 12, 15 and 18. The West End production was broadcast live from the Victoria Palace Theatre to cinemas around the world on September 28. The performance features original Olivier-winning Billy Liam Mower (now in the role of Older Billy), a special welcome from composer Elton John and a whole lot of former Billys. Frank Langellalast_img read more

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