Month: January 2021

University to upgrade printers in dorms

first_imgHeadaches with printer issues should be alleviated by the beginning of next semester. New Xerox 4510 printers will be placed in the residence halls and several other locations on campus, replacing the 3600 model currently in use, said Brian Burchett, manager of Technology Enhanced Learning Spaces for the Office of Information Technology (OIT). “[The problems with printers] happened very quickly last year,” Burchett said. “We were concerned with the Xerox 3600 printers in the residence halls.” The problems occurred when printing PDF files and because students began using the printers more, he said. The University leases the printers from Xerox, and OIT decided to lease the 3600 model after looking at printer usages from previous years. The Xerox 3600 is equipped to handle up to 8,000 pages printed per month, Burchett said. Problems occurred when student printer usage went up by 50 percent this year. The average residence hall printer is now printing 12,000 to 15,000 pages per month, which contributed to printer hardware breaking down, he said. “The 4510 model can handle 25,000 pages per month,” he said. “We’re expecting far fewer mechanical breakdowns.” Junior Kristy Cloetingh said has been printing more this semester from University printers, and said she has noticed other students printing more as well. Printing in DeBartolo Hall seems to be the most troublesome, she said. “It would print one page, take three minutes and then print the next,” she said. “I had to print one document two pages at a time because the printer kept jamming.” PDF file printing was another problem seen this semester and another factor in choosing to upgrade printers, Burchett said. Burchett said the problem with PDF printing came from the printer drivers, which communicate between the computer and printer. The development of new drivers has since helped the situation, as Burchett said print times for one test PDF document on the 3600 model improved from 16 minutes to three minutes. Cloetingh said she and other students have experienced the PDF printing problem firsthand. She said her entire class groaned when a professor asked them to print out PDF articles because of the trouble it would cause. “Professors don’t seem to understand how long it takes,” she said. “But what’s the alternative? When you need to take notes on the article, or need to look back at it in class, it’s hard to bring your laptop to class all day.” Since problems with printers were both hardware and PDF related, OIT decided to upgrade instead of just changing the drivers, Burchett said. “Normally when you lease anything, there are penalties in breaking the lease early. Xerox is allowing us to upgrade [the printers] without any penalties,” he said. “This is very beneficial to the University.” When students return from winter break, Burchett said students will have to test printing and possibly rerun [email protected], the printer installer, if there are problems. For now, students can rerun [email protected] now to get PCL drivers to help with problems until the new printers are installed, he said. Burchett said students should look at printing as a shared resource and read things online, if possible, instead of printing them out. “A lot of people have worked hard on this. We appreciate all the problem reports and student help,” he said. “Printing is an important service on campus and we’re committed to make this a service students can depend on.”last_img read more

Team discovers Roman forum

first_imgAfter six grave sites, 133 coins and over 10,000 fragments of animal bone, archaeologists with assistant professor of classics David Hernandez’s excavation team hit pay dirt, or rather, pay pavement, in the form of an ancient Roman forum.  This summer, Hernandez and a team of Notre Dame undergraduates embarked on a six-week excavation trip to Butrint, Albania, where they made the discovery.  Hernandez shared his thoughts on the trip during a lecture Wednesday night. Since the 1920s archaeologists have probed the site, producing evidence of a Greek sanctuary of Asclepius, a medieval house, a Venetian castle and now, a Roman forum, he said. The forum was a rectangular plaza surrounded by government buildings in ancient Rome, and its discovery holds key insight into the urban history of the area of Butrint, Hernandez said.    Before the most recent excavation began, a small corner of the forum had already been discovered, and the goal was to find just how far it expanded eastward. The discovery of the intact pavement slabs was a critical moment, he said.   “The pavement slabs themselves, just flush and intact, it’s easy to take it for granted in retrospect, but really, we had no idea if these pavement slabs were going to be preserved this far away from where we had found them before,” Hernandez said. “The entire pavement was preserved, and I knew at this moment, that this is one of the best preserved Roman forums in the provinces of the Roman Empire. There just aren’t forums like this that are preserved in this way.” On the last day of the excavation, the team made a rare find. “Right at the very end of the excavation, we found the head of a goddess figurine, which was a votive offering that dates to the fourth century B.C.,” Hernandez said.  “It was really a beautiful find, in the 11th hour, and it was one of these electrifying moments.”   Butrint, recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a World Heritage Site in 1992, is located in an area of Albania where ancient maritime trade was prominent. The region’s well-preserved layers of archaeological artifacts dating back to the 7th century B.C. were slowly unearthed during the excavation.last_img read more

Chemists earn ACS honor

first_imgThe American Chemical Society (ACS) recently named Philip Bays, professor emeritus of chemistry at Saint Mary’s, and Anthony Serianni, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Notre Dame as ACS Fellows. Bays said he is impressed with those previously distinguished as ACS Fellows and is humbled to be among that group.   “I viewed most of the nominees to have served in ACS governance for many years, or have been researchers who have made important discoveries, or have had significant impact on the public with their outreach work on behalf of chemistry,” Bays said. “I did not see myself in any of those categories.” Bays said the national ACS Committee on Project SEED nominated him for the award. According to the ACS website, the Project SEED summer research program opens new doors for economically disadvantaged students to experience what it’s like to be a chemist. For the past three summers, Bays has worked with Dr. Mary Prorok at Notre Dame to place economically disadvantaged students into summer research positions, he said. “I saw the honor as a breakthrough in terms of recognizing people from small colleges who work so hard to teach and to mentor students and are so often overlooked when compared to people from larger organizations,” Bays said. “I also am excited that the honor places a spotlight on the accomplishments of the Project SEED program and the students who are mentored though it.” Serianni said he was also honored to join an accomplished and distinguished group of ACS Fellows. “I hope to be able to sustain the level of work that the ACS has chosen to acknowledge and expects will continue,” Serianni said. He hopes the recognition will have a positive impact on science education at Notre Dame, he said. “We are continuously striving to raise the quality and impact of our undergraduate and graduate science programs at Notre Dame,” Serianni said. “One metric of quality derives from the awards, distinctions and honors that faculty receive, especially from outside the University. I like to think that receiving this award contributes to this effort in a small but meaningful way.” Serianni said he has many hopes for the future after achieving such an honor. “I hope to share my experience as an academic researcher and entrepreneur with persons and groups outside the University more regularly, and perhaps transition into a community leader down the line where my scientific expertise can be put to more practical use,” Serianni said. Serianni thanked his wife and family, students and collaborators, professors at Albright College and Michigan State, and coworkers at Omicron Biochemicals who all supported his research without any reservations. “The truth about awards and honors is that you rarely see the externalities. Personal achievement, however defined, is misleading,” Serianni said. “It comes at costs paid by people who care about, support and encourage the honoree.” Contact Madeline Miles at [email protected]last_img read more

Archbishop discusses faith

first_imgArchbishop Salvatore Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization and titular archbishop of Vicohabentia, discussed the role of the Church in contemporary culture during the 2014 Terrence R. Keeley Vatican Lecture on Wednesday. Fisichella, who was awarded an honorary doctorate of law from Notre Dame in 2006, addressed the Church’s relationship to politics during the lecture in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies. He said Catholicism is not an opponent of democracy. Annette Sayre | The Observer “On doctrinal matters, Catholicism places human intellects on the same level,” Fisichella said. “It applies the same standard to each person. It likes to blend all social classes at the foot of the same altar, just as they are blended in the sight of God.”Believers should avoid a sense of indifference to questions of culture, politics and society, Fisichella said. “[They] are not something extraneous to us, but something to which we are called to give an answer,” he said. “In every part of the world, Christians are called to bring with their witness a world of love, which would allow us to go beyond the difficulties and the contradictions of the moment, in order to restore confidence in every person.” Fisichella said the Church today faces many of the same challenges that it has in the past. “We are in front of a great challenge between Christianity and the new paganism,” he said. “As in the past, and, unfortunately, also today, those in power try to discredit the adversary through all possible means.“From calumny to scandals, from the trivialization of its contents, to the isolation and discrediting of those who believe, from the marginalization to the derision of what is most precious for the faith. All of these, of course, [occur] under the absent gaze of those who invoke ‘tolerance,’ which, strangely enough, is a one-way street.” Fisichella said Catholics have a great and immediate responsibility to society. “This is a task which cannot be procrastinated or left only to academic classrooms,” he said. “Of course, the university continues to be the privileged place where thought is formed and where critical reason provokes us to reflect and discover coherent solutions.“And yet, if we do not find the necessary mediations so that thought becomes a living culture among all peoples, then even the most profound and insightful thought will be ineffective. The thought of being challenged by such an important task should gladden the soul of believers.” The life of the Church will always remain bound by the obedience of the word of God, Fisichella said. “This constitutes the cause and the primary condition of our existence,” he said. “Without such a constitutive principle, the Church will be simply one of many institutions incapable of being distinct from any other type of social, economic or political group. The Second Vatican Council has many times confirmed this specificity of the Church.”Fisichella said the strength of the Church does not come from its number of believers. “We are not like those who make the vitality of the faith depend on statistics,” he said. “We realize, in fact, that our principal task is to bring the Gospel to all. We will never be content until it has reached even the last person on this world.” Tags: Catholicism, Politicslast_img read more

University holds memorial, honors Lisa Yang

first_imgMichael Yu | The Observer Students, faculty and members of the Congregation of Holy Cross gathered Tuesday night in honor of senior Lisa Yang, who died at Memorial Hospital in South Bend March 3.Yang, a native of Herndon, Virginia, died March 3 at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, after a suicide attempt the previous week.Readings were done by Erin Hoffmann Harding, vice president of student affairs, and Hannah Knochelmann, a resident assistant in McGlinn Hall, where Yang had been a resident. William Kennedy delivered the petitions.Fr. Pete McCormick, director of Campus Ministry, gave the homily. Yang’s death has been difficult to grasp, McCormick said.“We ponder this event, the death of someone with such love and compassion for others, who suffered so greatly on the inside,” McCormick said. “We are anxious, too, by the fact that Lisa is not the only one to feel this way. We ask ourselves how is it that we can deal with this in the future.”McCormick thanked the Yangs for their openness with the Notre Dame community.“The Notre Dame family owes the Yangs a great debt, because if it were not for you, for your willingness to allow us to be so honest about what it is, we would not be able to help those who feel the same way, who feel that they are alone …  who feel that it is impossible for anyone else to experience this type of pain,” McCormick said.“Her courage, her beauty and the way in which she lived her life now serve as a reminder to us to be on the look out for people who struggle with such pain,” he said. “We know that Lisa was unwilling to share that pain that she felt with her friends, her family and those closest to her because she didn’t want to be seen as a burden.”McCormick encouraged students to reach out to one another.“Our great sorrow on this night is that we came to know her struggle too late,” he said. “While we cannot redo the past, we can move forward with greater wisdom, understanding and hope.“We hope that Lisa’s death might be an opportunity to help others understand that those dealing with depression should not be completely alone, but instead, for students to reach out to others.”One candle in the darkness only allows one to see the rough image, McCormick said, but many candles together — such as the Grotto candles students arranged in Yang’s name the night she died — radiate brightly enough to illuminate the whole.“The community that looks out for one another, motivated by compassion, will provide hope and clarity in even the darkest places,” McCormick said.“My brothers and sisters, let not Lisa’s passing simply be a moment of sadness, or a celebration of life,” he said.“That would be too one-dimensional. But instead, let it be a moment … a moment in time where we see life as the precious gift it is. A moment in time where we commit to doing what we can to let people know that they are loved.”Tags: Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Lisa Yang, memorial mass Notre Dame students and staff filled the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on Tuesday evening to honor senior Lisa Yang with a memorial Mass. Yang’s parents and priests from the Congregation of Holy Cross were also in attendance.last_img read more

Professor to walk 30 miles around campus to raise money for Burkina Faso

first_imgMichael Meyer, an associate professional specialist in the Mendoza College of Business, will walk 30 miles around campus while carrying two gallons of water Sunday to raise money to build a well in Burkina Faso.Meyer will do 20 laps of a 1.5-mile route around campus, to accomplish a total of 30 miles, which represents the distance a typical village resident of Burkina Faso walks in one week to obtain and bring back water. For half of his walk, he will carry two gallons of water.Meyer will begin the walk at 6 a.m. in front of Keenan Hall. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., students and others onlookers can purchase water balloons for $1 each from tables in front of Keenan and Dillon Hall, to throw at Meyer as he walks by.“I will admit my wife is very concerned that this will turn out to be a stoning, and I will get injured as students hurl water balloons at me,” Meyer said. “I have confidence that even with the frustration of taking my Accounting 20100 and Accounting 20200 exams, they will have mercy on a 48-year-old man and enjoy the moment in the spirit of love that is at the heart of the walk.”Meyer’s interest in poverty in Burkina Faso began four years ago, when a charity took up a collection to fund building a well in the African country.“To be honest, I had never heard of that country, but the pictures and the challenges of the Burkina Faso villages made a strong impact on me,” Meyer said. “The thought that one in three children die before the age of 10, often as a result of diseases brought on by drinking bad water — I have three daughters under the age of 10, and I could not bear to think about losing one. Knowing that parents in Burkina Faso must deal with the death of a child as a matter of regular occurrence was something that motivated me to give and to want to do more.”The following year, Professor Meyer and his wife donated the full cost of a well. Two years ago, his three daughters, 8-year-old twins and a 6-year-old, asked for donations for a well in Burkina Faso be given in lieu of gifts at their birthday parties.“I mean, really, what kid gives up birthday presents to give money to people they will never know, who live in a place they barely even heard of?” Meyer said. “So my daughters’ acts of charity motivated me to come up with doing something to raise money for a well.”Meyer said he thought about doing the walk around campus for about a year, but the death of University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh and comments of Pope Francis motivated him to action.Meyer said Pope Francis’s 2013 Evangelii Gaudium, an apostolic exhortation on caring for the poor, was an additional source of inspiration, particularly the pope’s comment that “each individual Christian and every community is called to be an instrument of God for the liberation and promotion of the poor, and for enabling them to be fully a part of society. This demands that we be docile and attentive to the cry of the poor and come to their aid.”“His words tell me that I need to do more than just think about doing something, but to get out there and do it now,” he said. “In reading all of the commentaries about the life of Fr. Ted, I was struck by the fact that Fr. Ted acted. His life was one of action to make this University, this nation, and this world a better place. His words and actions told me that I needed to do more, that I need to act.”According to Meyer, in Burkina Faso women can often be forced to walk up to three miles each way to get water if their village does not have a well. Their resulting water sources are often stagnant pools or other unsafe supplies, which result in the high death rates in children under the age of 10. One well could provide a lifetime’s worth of clean water for 400 to 1,000 village members.Meyer said his wife will be present for the duration of his walk, and his daughters will walk a lap with him. Additionally, some students and friends have indicated interest in walking alongside Meyer, who emphasized that anyone who wants to join in with him is welcome to do so.Meyer hopes to raise $2,000 to cover the cost of building one well in Burkina Faso.“I want everyone in this community to know that even a very little donation can made a significant impact because we are doing this as a community,” Meyer said, “This is not about me walking as about us all making an impact for a village in Burkina Faso.“I realize that we cannot fix the problem for every village, but we perhaps can solve the problem for one village. One village can have clean water, healthy children and a future. One village can have parents that do not have to bury their children. They may never know what the University of Notre Dame is, but they will know that they are loved; loved by strangers and loved by God.”Tags: accounting, Burkina Faso, Michael Meyer, water, welllast_img read more

Student senate reviews departments

first_imgThe student senate convened Wednesday night to review the functions of the eight other branches of student government and to prepare questions for a University Health Services (UHS) representative’s visit in March.“Hopefully, these presentations [will give] you guys an idea of how you can stay involved in student government after this year,” student body vice president Becca Blais said. Student Union Board (SUB) executive director Louis Bertolotti said SUB was divided into eight departments: AcoustiCafe, AnTostal, the collegiate jazz festival, concerts, festivities, ideas and issues, movies and special events. Three directors of programming moderate three of the departments each, he said. “SUB is huge, so it can be easy to get lost in,” Bertolotti said. “We have over 100 members and the largest budget in the entire student union, so there’s a lot going on.”Bertolotti said he encourages freshman to submit applications for next year’s SUB team.Representatives from each of the class councils also shared with the senate the activities they had planned throughout the year for their classes.“We have this budget and we can decide what to do with it,” Junior Class Council president Sara Dugan said. “ … As far as what juniors have been doing, a lot of our class is abroad, so there’s a lot of focus on keeping the community together. We’ve had letter-writing events and cookouts.” Hall Presidents Council (HPC) co-chair Elizabeth Feeley said HPC mostly dealt with choosing the halls of the year.“All of the work that we do with our presidents throughout the year focuses on developing programming and making sure they’re fostering great communities within their halls,” Feeley said.Student body president Corey Robinson said the executive cabinet consisted of department directors who work to coordinate projects, set goals and discuss the needs of student body. “Basically, what we do as student government, is we’re the mouthpiece to the administration,” Robinson said. “ … We take all that information [from all the departments, councils and boards] to the administration and we work with them. We’re the last frontier between the students and the administration.” Senators also heard from representatives from the Student Union, Judicial Council, Club Coordination Council, Campus Life Council and Off-Campus Council. Following the branch presentations, Flaherty Hall senator Jade Martinez addressed the senate regarding director of University Health Services Sharon McMullen’s visit to senate in March. Senators made suggestions for questions to ask McMullen about STD testing on campus, cost differences between drop-in and scheduled appointments, RecSports training and payment and access to birth control on campus. Tags: judicial councils, RecSports, Senatelast_img read more

Saint Mary’s welcomes 406 students to class of 2022

first_imgDominique DeMoe | The Observer In the fall semester of 2018, the circle will open once again as Saint Mary’s welcomes an incoming first-year class of 406 students. These newest Belles were chosen from a record number of 1,861 applications.  The Saint Mary’s Office of Admission has seen a 12 percent increase in enrollment for the class of 2022 compared to last year, director of admission Sarah Gallagher Dvorak said in an email. The number of early decision applicants nearly doubled from the class of 2017, and approximately 86 percent of these students were accepted. Gallagher Dvorak said the class of 2022 is an academically talented group, with an average GPA over 3.7.“We are incredibly excited about the energy surrounding this class,” she said, “Saint Mary’s is an academically challenging institution. It is our goal to ensure that students are growing and developing in a broad cross-section of academic areas. Because of this, our first concern is that all students demonstrate an academic background that will prepare them well for the classroom.”Saint Mary’s will host a variety of skilled students, including a playwright and producer, a nationally competitive figure skater, a National qualifier in Irish Dance, an author, a contestant on the PBS Kids Show “Making the Grade,” as well as a large number of athletes, team captains and student body presidents.  The incoming class is also noted for its philanthropy and passion for service work.“We look for students who already exemplify the core values that make our College special: a passion and calling for serving others, leadership skills and a diversity of interests and variety of life experiences and backgrounds,” Gallagher Dvorak said.The College continues to see growth in diversity, Gallagher Dvorak said. The class of 2022 represents 35 states and 3 countries while approximately 22 percent of its members are students of color.“[Saint Mary’s is] proud of the work we’ve done to attract such a diverse group of students and plan to continue to build upon it in the coming year,” she said.  “We believe that diversity in cultures, backgrounds, experiences and thoughts enrich the educational and co-educational experiences of our students at Saint Mary’s. Through increased diversity, we see greater rigor in the classroom and intangible assets such as richer discussions, a more thoughtful debate of ideas and greater personal and intellectual growth of our students.”About 26 percent of the incoming class hold familial alumna connections.Dvorak said the new students will help contribute to and enrich Saint Mary’s campus culture.“They will learn from one another and help to expand the world views of their fellow Belles as they interact both in and out of the classroom,” she said. “We’re excited to watch them make this transition to successful and well-adjusted college students at Saint Mary’s.”Tags: Class of 2022, Saint Mary’s Admissions, Welcome Weekend 2018last_img read more

Saint Mary’s honors tradition with Service Fair

first_imgTags: Non-profit, OSCE, Rebekah DeLine, service fair Saint Mary’s College has dedicated itself to upholding its tradition to service. The College’s commitment to service will manifest in a service fair Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. in the atrium of the Student Center.The Service Fair was partially organized by Rebecca DeLine, the director of the Office for Civic and Social Engagement (OSCE).“We hope to connect students to [a] local service organization in the community so that they might find a service opportunity that interests them,” DeLine said in an email.DeLine said she hopes students create a relationship with organizations that will be lasting and that fosters commitment and “that students might commit to a semester of regular engagement with one of our local non-profits.”The fair will feature a number of non-profits that work in diverse fields.“There will be 33 non-profits represented in addition to two OCSE-sponsored opportunities,” DeLine said. “I think that there should be something for everyone.”DeLine provided some examples of non-profits that students interested in working in the South Bend community might find compelling.“I don’t think I’m allowed to play favorites, but I will say that we have a wide range of non-profits from those serving youth in after-school programs to those working particularly with the Latinx population to those that work with individuals who are dying,” she said.The Service Fair is the realization of the work of the OSCE. The organization spent months planning the event in order to connect students to their communities, DeLine said.“We started by contacting our community partners shortly after Thanksgiving, but the planning actually began a bit before then as we reserved the space and worked with Campus and Community Events to determine how many non-profits we could host,” she said.DeLine said she recognizes the benefits of students participating in service, but also recognizes the stressors of school and other extra-curricular activities can cause the time commitment of regular service impossible.“I think engaging with the community is a good thing in and of itself, but I am also realistic that students are very busy and may not have as much time to help at a non-profit if they aren’t receiving something in return,” she said. “So real benefits I know that students will receive are work experience, networking.”The Service Fair is a part of the celebrations of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life, but it also takes place in the 175th year of Saint Mary’s. DeLine said the Service Fair connects with these two events.“The Sisters of the Holy Cross have long demonstrated a commitment to living and serving alongside the community they are a part of and they did this through first developing authentic and personal relationships with the communities where they lived,“ she said.  “The service fair is one way that we can help students get to know the community and to find ways to respond to the needs that are brought forth.”DeLine said she is looking forward to a lot about the Service Fair, but the thing that she is looking forward to the most is the community and the excitement it produces.DeLine said she is looking forward to the Service Fair and hopes that it will bring “a lot of great energy and hopefully a lot of wonderful connections between students and the community.”last_img read more

Authorities recover body of missing Notre Dame student after sending campus-wide alert

first_imgThis report was updated Friday at 2:57 p.m.The Notre Dame Police Department (NDPD) sent a campus-wide email Thursday asking for assistance in finding 21-year-old senior Annrose Jerry, who had been missing since Tuesday. Jerry’s body was recovered from the St. Mary’s Lake at about noon Friday. No foul play is suspected.Jerry has dark hair and is 5’5” tall, the NDPD email said. She lived in Breen-Phillips Hall and was last reported seen at Coleman-Morse Center at 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday.In an email to the Breen-Phillips Hall community, the dorm’s rector announced that Fr. Pete McCormick, the director of Campus Ministry, would preside at a prayer service for Jerry’s safe return. The service took place at 9:30 p.m. Thursday in the Breen-Phillips chapel.The Indiana State Police issued a silver alert for Jerry on Thursday.“She is believed to be in extreme danger and may require medical assistance,” the alert said.Tags: Annrose Jerry, missing student, NDPDlast_img read more