SMC Alum featured in art gallery

first_imgMoreau Art Galleries is featuring Saint Mary’s alum Kristin Stransky alongside Marilyn Minter, an artist recently featured in New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Though the two exhibits, which opened Friday, Aug. 30 are wildly different in medium, their themes overlap. Tiffany Bidler, assistant professor of art and director of the galleries, said her aim is to provide students with professional and educational pieces that are challenging and innovative in both content and media. “My first consideration is whether or not I feel the work will inspire students,” Bidler said. Secondly, she seeks works that engage the various missions of the college. “We educate women at Saint Mary’s College and so I try to bring in the work of women artists whose work touches on issues of gender,” she said. The Galleries’ director believes the Stransky and Minter’s exhibits, located in the Sister Rosaire and the Hammes Gallery, respectively accomplish that mission. “The Marilyn Minter exhibition that I curated considers makeup’s materiality and its role in gendered performances that elicit desire and construct femininity,” Bidler said. “My favorite work by Stransky is “Landing Strip.” It’s a brilliant piece about sexuality and boundaries.” Technology plays an integral role in both the conception and process of Stransky’s pieces, Stransky said. “Ultimately, I saw art as a vehicle to explore both ideas and creation, both intellectual and hands on,” she said. The Little Theater and Sister Rosaire galleries also previously featured Kristen Stransky’s pieces. The Saint Mary’s alumna is currently pursuing a master of fine arts in Emergent Digital Practices at the University of Denver. “Coding and other technical formats often require adherence to strict processes and syntax to create a working unit, and I like to think that I bend those rules through meaning and the application of technology to craft and sculptural mediums,” Stransky said. Bidler, an art historian, said she likes to spend time comparing works of art, especially in her classes. “Marilyn Minter is an internationally renowned contemporary artist. I first saw Green, Pink, Caviar while it was on view at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The video is very sensuous, colorful, and hypnotic – it draws you in,” Bidler said of Minter’s piece. Bidler said she loves the hypnotic quality of the Minter video, which sucks the viewer into a world of color and pleasure. “I love that the context Minter provides about the photograph of her mother is at odds with some of the assumptions we might make about her mother based on a cursory glance at the photograph. I enjoy having my assumptions challenged by other artists,” she said. Bidler said the exhibition is a comparison of early work by Marilyn Minter and a late work by Marilyn Minter, at a basic level. “It seeks to draw out themes that persist over time in her work,” she said. As for the connection between Stransky and Minter, Bidler encourages students to make their own conclusions. “I have some ideas about the thematic ties between the Kristin Stransky and Marilyn Minter exhibitions, but I’d love for viewers to come in and make these connections for themselves,” Bidler said. Moreau Center for the Arts will feature the free exhibits until Sept. 20.last_img read more

Lecture questions historical concepts of beauty

first_imgAnnmarie Soller | The Observer David O’Connor, an associate professor of philosophy at Notre Dame, encouraged audience members Friday to think more broadly about the history of concepts of beauty in his keynote address at the 10th annual Edith Stein Project Conference in McKenna Hall Auditorium.“What I wanted to do, to start out the conference, was to think in a pretty broad and historical way about how there have always been tensions surrounding the status of beauty,” he said.There is both a biblical and philosophical history to the tensions of beauty evident in two formative passages found in both disciplines, O’Connor said: the creation story in Genesis and Plato’s Phaedrus.The creation story in Genesis is biblically the most formative passage about beauty because it shows the connection between God’s creative power of man and man’s creative power of beauty, O’Connor said.“God is the absolute creator, and so when we reach the passage in Genesis that God will create humans beings in the image and likeness, the primary reality is that we will share in God’s creative power – we will be procreative,” he said.O’Connor said the Genesis passage emphasizes how the creative power humans possess as images of God is best expressed by humans’ ability to procreate.“It is actually through our sexuality that we image God,” he said. “The ability to bring a human life out of love from the point of Genesis is the power that shows us most immediately what God is giving us by letting us be created in his image.”Forgetting the divinity ingrained in sexuality would corrupt the definition of beauty that is expressed as sexuality, O’Connor said.“To reduce sexuality to something purely human would cut us off from something of which we are an image,” he said. “Imagine being an image and no longer remembering … of what you are an image.”O’Connor, who next referenced the philosophically derived tensions of beauty evident in Phaedrus, said beauty is proposed as a dangerous power. He said Plato describes beauty as a privilege that other great goods such as courage are not because beauty is immediately powerful to our senses.Plato toys with the philosophical idea that human life can be improved without beauty, O’Connor said. Beauty, and the sexuality connected to beauty, is a power and therefore dangerous.Although he said he agrees with Plato that beauty is a power, O’Connor said he warns against giving the power of beauty a negative connotation or avoiding it for fear of exploiting it.“It’s a false simplicity to think that beauty is a bad thing,” he said. “Now, it’s equally a false simplicity to think that beauty is a always a good thing and to embrace the beauty of images.”O’Connor said the example of religious art shows how people have always struggled to find a balance between the two poles of avoiding beauty for fear of exploitation or exploiting beauty.Guido Reni’s painting “Saint Sebastian” was removed from a church after women confessed to sinning at the sight of it, O’Connor said. The painting was an example of how, despite religious intent, beauty can become an occasion of sin.“The power of an image is not fully contained by the religious or moral narrative that it means to illustrate, and what escapes the frame is our response to physical beauty,” he said.The examples of Reni’s “Saint Sebastian” and other similar paintings are proof of a need to find a way to live with the power of an image that we cannot contain, O’Connor said.“We are created male and female in the image in God,” he said. “It is a great power and gift, and we cannot simply refuse the gift – even if we fear or know that we will misuse it. And those, for me, are the anxieties of beauty.”Tags: beauty, David O’Connor, Edith Stein, Edith Stein Project Conferencelast_img read more

First Year of Studies adjusts Moreau program at end of first semester

first_imgThe end of the semester marks the conclusion of the first semester of the Moreau First-Year Experience, a year-long, two-credit course for freshmen that replaces the previous physical education requirement.The Moreau First-Year Experience is intended to ease new students’ transitions to the University and convey Notre Dame’s educational philosophy, Maureen Dawson, an assistant dean in the First Year of Studies program, said.Throughout the fall semester, administrators have emphasized program elements that are working well and reworked aspects that are not, Dawson said. After fall break, the length of the course’s readings were changed, and efforts to educate students about lesser-known campus resources were re-emphasized.“From the semester’s midpoint to now, we actually trimmed back some of the assignments. We cut back assignments’ minimum word count, to make things more focused and flexible for students,” Dawson said.These changes were driven by student responses to a midterm survey and observation of student work submitted in Sakai, Dawson said. The survey had a more than 60 percent response rate, Dawson said, and it prompted classroom conversations between instructors and students about how to improve discussions and streamline assignments.“The student midterm survey gave us a lot of really clear, concise responses from students about what they thought was working, what was uninteresting and what was laborious,” she said.Survey responses also showed students liked the small group setting and the sections built around residential neighborhoods, Dawson said. The instructors also completed a survey, and responses to that survey were influential in determining future changes to the curriculum.“They said that they really enjoyed working with students on a weekly basis, though they critiqued the reading materials,” she said. “So we took that into consideration for next fall and for the spring.”The present classroom size is successfully creating community and facilitating discussion, Dawson said, though even smaller class sizes are a future possibility.“Going into spring, students self-register, and right now the registration is going pretty smoothly. Many students are asking to stay in the same section with the people they had already studied with, and we’re pretty happy with that,” she said. “For discussion you really need a small environment. Long-term, if you could make class sizes smaller that would be great, but in 50 minutes many more than 19 students is not conceived well.”Dawson said she expects the Moreau First-Year Experience will help students understand Notre Dame’s complexity and access its resources, and it will facilitate students’ holistic development and enable students to identify things that excite them. This excitement will help students engage with the University itself and with the diverse communities within and around Notre Dame, Dawson said.“I think over time we’ll evolve that ability to showcase resources more pointedly,” Dawson said. “Now we’re at the stage where we’re sharing information with students, and we’re building a base for reflection and discussion. … With each successive semester, we’ll be able to move students more directly in contact with these resources and opportunities around campus.”Tags: FYS, Moreau First Year Experiencelast_img read more

College students serve with the Sisters of the Holy Cross

first_imgOver the summer, five Saint Mary’s students — juniors Teresa Brickey, Jessie Purvis, Madeline Moeller and Michaela Mwachande and sophomore Nguyen Nga — volunteered with the Sisters of the Holy Cross to help run a summer camp for school children in Park City, Utah.Moeller, a economics major, said she found out about the program through the Saint Mary’s Office of Civic and Social Engagement, the campus’ resource for service opportunities.Brickey, a Global Studies and Intercultural Studies major, said the program caters mainly to immigrants, especially from Mexico and Latin America. She and the other Saint Mary’s students aided in the summer school programs, teaching “non-cognitive” subjects, such as anti-bullying or hygiene.“A lot of the kids come from very low-income families or families where their parents are always working,” Brickey said. “During the day and at night, they might not have anyone at home, so we would do lessons where their parents might [only] teach them if they have the time.”Moeller said they also led activities such as archery, crafts, fishing and swimming during the week.“It was priceless and rewarding to see the kids fully engaged with activities we planned,” she said. “I enjoyed getting to know the Sisters and the community in Utah.”Although not all children were necessarily immigrants or second-generation immigrants, most of the students spoke Spanish, Brickey said. She said she was able to communicate with them in Spanish and English, although some children knew only Spanish.“I think it makes people more comfortable, knowing that they’re understood,” Brickey said. “I hope I made them feel like a human. … There’s a lot going on right now, and they might interpret that as not being worthy because of the language they speak or the income level they live within. Just being with them and having fun with them … and them knowing they’re so loved [is important].”Brickey said one student would not participate during class or activities. Eventually, she said, she realized the student could not understand English well enough to follow along with class, so she began translating the lessons for him.“After he realized that I understood him, he lit up and opened up,” she said.This experience helped Moeller become more flexible and open-minded, she said.“My Saint Mary’s experience enabled me to learn to reach out and help others in need,” she said. “I hope the community saw I always tried to do my best.”This opportunity helped Brickey connect closer to the people around her, she said.“We’re all called to be one with another,” Brickey said. “It’s not ‘service’ or ‘volunteering.’ It’s just being a human being, working together [with them] in this world. I didn’t do it to be a savior. What I wanted was a community and to be opened up to learning about the world, and I think they taught me about the world.”Brickey said she chose a program in the United States because she wanted to help address issues within her own country rather than participating in a service program abroad.“We like to think that we don’t have problems, but we do,” she said. “We’re called to address those problems, not because we’re better, but because this is our country. And just because someone is an immigrant doesn’t make them less American than I [am]. They have the right to education and healthcare and having someone just be with them.”The experience helped her put Saint Mary’s values into action, Brickey said.“The [values] are all tied into human rights and human dignity,” she said. “Understanding that everyone has a God-given dignity — or if you don’t believe in a god, then just a dignity given to us by being in this universe — we’re all called to respect each other.”Tags: Human Dignity, service, Sisters of the Holy Crosslast_img read more

Saint Mary’s theater department prepares to present spring musical

first_imgSaint Mary’s College will host “Extraordinary Women: A Musical Cabaret,” from April 5-7, stage director and associate professor of theater Mark Abram-Copenhaver said.“On Friday and Saturday, there will be an early and late show, with times to be decided,” he said.Abram-Copenhaver said the musical follows a musical revue style, revolving around a theme with songs from a variety of composers. This year’s theme highlights the women of various musical productions.“In a lot of musical theater, we end up with female characters whose sole purpose for being there is either to be wanted by a man, pursuing a man or something having to do with who they are relative to the male characters,” he said. “The male characters are doing something in the world, and the female characters are focused on them.”The musical will feature a variety of songs, which will be chosen to fit the members of the cast. The musical will also have non-singing roles, performed by show’s narrators.“What’s great about [the musical] is that it will be an evening filled with the show stopping numbers from lots of different musicals,” Abram-Copenhaver said. “We think we’re going to have somewhere between 20 to 25 songs in it. Exactly what songs depends on who auditions because we’re going to match the songs to the performers who come out.”This year, the musical will take place in Welsh Parlor, rather than the Moreau Center for the Arts, which hosted the performances in previous years.“All the audience will be seated at little tables as it is going to be performed in cabaret style with a small musical ensemble,” Abram-Copenhaver said. “It will be a unique experience, very different than other musicals we have done.”  Abram-Copenhaver said the change in style from a traditional musical will give more students the chance to participate.“We wanted to do a musical this year, and this [style] gave us the opportunity to involve the largest number of students,” he said.The announcement of this year’s spring musical comes with the introduction of a new musical theater minor.“We are launching a musical theater minor this year, and we wanted to promote the maximum number of students in making musical theater, [because] we know that a lot of students worked in musicals in high school,” Abram-Copenhaver said.Abram-Copenhaver said he is excited to highlight women characters in musical theater who are more than just “sad girl[s] with crush[es].”“One of the pieces of commentary I read said that what musicals tend to do is to take female characters and turn them into sad girls with a crush, so what this evening is going to be is everything else,” he said. “It is going to have no sad girls with a crush. It’s an evening about dreaming, and characters who are struggling, and characters who are redefining their relationships, and also characters who are being inspirational, but also characters who are being defiant … and then we have characters who are being victorious.”Auditions will be held Jan. 30 and 31 at 7 p.m. in the Little Theater.Tags: Musical, musical theatre, Saint Mary’s theatre, Theatrelast_img read more

Billy Joel to perform at Notre Dame Stadium in 2020

first_imgBilly Joel will perform at Notre Dame Stadium at 8 p.m. on June 20, 2020, the University announced with Live Nation on Thursday. Photo courtesy of Sue Ryan Billy Joel will be performing at Notre Dame Stadium on June 20, 2020.Known for hit songs “Piano Man,” “Uptown Girl” and “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” Joel is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He has sold over 150 million records, earned 23 Grammy nominations and had 33 Top 40 hits since 1972, the South Bend Tribune reported.“As we continue to work to bring world-class events to Notre Dame and the greater South Bend/Elkhart region, we are excited to have Billy Joel play for his first time at Notre Dame Stadium on June 20, 2020,” Micki Kidder, vice president for University enterprises and events, said in a press release.The event will be Joel’s third performance at Notre Dame. He previously performed in the Stepan Center in 1996 and the Joyce Center in 1984.Tickets will go on sale on Oct. 18 at 10 a.m.Tags: billy joel, Live Nation, Notre Dame Stadiumlast_img read more

Basilica undergoes sound upgrades over break

first_imgKelli Smith | The Observer The Basilica of the Sacred Heart underwent several technological upgrades over winter break. “As this project took shape over the past several years we began to set aside funds from an endowment dedicated to Basilica renovations,” Barrett said. Barrett said she represented Campus Ministry in the discussions before and during the renovation. “The Basilica is part of Campus Ministry at Notre Dame, and I represented Campus Ministry as we selected bids for the design, worked with the sound designers, selected bids for the installation and completed the actual renovation itself,” Barrett said. She noted that Campus Ministry relied heavily on the expertise of the staff at ND Studios in making many of the major decisions. Dan Skendzel, executive director of ND Studios, noted the need for upgraded technology in the Basilica for an improved broadcasting experience of the 10 a.m. Mass.”We often received feedback from viewers that they couldn’t hear or understand the choir, for example,” Skendzel said in an email. ”We can now address that for broadcast viewers without affecting the experience in the Basilica.”Barrett said collaboration was key to carry out the improvement work.“It was truly a joint project between our two departments,” Barrett said. Although the new speakers and microphones required “a great deal of new wiring,” Barett said, the typical viewer will not notice anything different visually.“We definitely brought in representatives from facilities design to assist us in ensuring that we maintained the integrity and beauty of the Basilica,” Barrett said.Barrett said improving the articulation and consistency of sound in the Basilica was an objective of the upgrade.“Spoken and sung words are so important in the Mass and other prayers — we want everyone to be able to understand the scripture readings, homilies, and the texts of the music from the cantor and choirs,” Barrett said. Also, the building is now better connected with the Rex and Alice A. Martin Media Center on campus, which houses part of ND Studios.“The Basilica has seven remote control cameras that are operated from the media center for broadcast and recording purposes,” Skendzel said. “In addition to improving the sound quality in the Basilica, the recently completed audio upgrade makes it possible to mix audio separately for broadcast and recording purposes. This was not possible with the previous system.”Barrett said the renovation allows for the widespread dissemination of services in the Basilica.“This renovation makes it possible to share our prayer in the Basilica with the wider community through a livestream or taped video, with the best quality sound we can offer,” Barrett said. Father Pete McCormick, the director of Campus Ministry, said the upgrades will improve the worship experience now and in the future.“Day in and day out, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart seeks to praise God through the proclamation of the Scriptures and Sacred Hymns,” McCormick said in an email. “The upgraded audio will support this important ministry long into the future.”Barrett said worshippers have already started noticing differences in the sound experience at the Basilica. “We were very, very grateful not only to hear the difference ourselves, but to listen to the comments of other Mass-goers who were so glad to be able to hear and understand every spoken and sung word,” Barrett said. Tags: audio, Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Campus Ministry, Notre Dame Studios Several upgrades made to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on campus while students were away over winter break. This renovation mainly concerned new technology upgrades throughout the Basilica, Kate Barrett, Campus Ministry’s associate director of liturgy, said in an email. Barrett said the project was a collaboration between Campus Ministry and Notre Dame Studios and was funded by an endowment.last_img read more

Notre Dame freshman advocates, translates for Italian healthcare workers

first_imgCourtesy of Paolo Mazzara ND freshman Paolo Mazzara, left, volunteers to aid hometown hospital in Connecticut in addition to his voluntary translation work to assist Italian healthcare professionals.Mazzara, a philosophy and global affairs major, volunteers as a translator between on-the-ground healthcare professionals, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Italian “Ministero della Salute,” or Ministry of Health. Mazzara’s family moved to the United States in 2017, from Monza, Italy. Monza, near Milan, is in the Lombardy region which was the center of the COVID-19 outbreak. “I came to ND after a conversation with an alum and after having seen the Golden Dome (which reminded me of the Madonna on top of the Duomo di Milano) upon visiting the school, I felt at home, and I felt part of a large community of people dedicated to making the world a better place,” Mazzara said in an email.Mazzara started his volunteer work about two months ago when he overheard his mother speaking to a family friend who is a nurse in Italy. “The nurse was wondering if my mother could help her translate a document to send to the WHO to urge them to review the protocols concerning the equipment issued to healthcare professionals,” he said.Immediately, Mazzara decided to take up this translation work himself. He started directly interviewing Italian healthcare workers, such as nurses, doctors and logistics coordinators at hospitals. Mazzara translates the interviews and documents they write from Italian to English and either returns the translation back to the healthcare professionals or sends it directly to the organization who will receive it. “I also consult ordinary people who do not necessarily work in government or healthcare to understand how they are feeling during this epidemic, what concerns them, what relieves them and how they expect the future to look like,” he said. “Most of the people I interview are either acquaintances or relatives. However, I do reach out to some new ones from time to time.”Spending roughly five to six hours a week on this project, Mazzara said he felt it was his responsibility to help in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, especially with the new free time he gained after Notre Dame began online classes. “The ND alum I spoke with always emphasized the weight that students place on volunteering and community service,” he said. “So I felt responsible both personally (it is my home country after all) and as a student ([to] represent the ND spirit or factor) to do something with this free time.” Mazzara said he also keeps up with the Italian news daily to prepare for new concerns to discuss with healthcare workers, in order to ensure their needs are heard. Most of the healthcare workers Mazzara spoke with mentioned the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) for those working to combat the virus. “The documents serve to create awareness at the governmental level so that action may be taken,” Mazzara said. Mazzara said his hometown of Monza has not been as affected as some other parts of Italy, even though the Lombardy region has experienced the highest amount of cases and deaths in the country. Mazzara said though his friends and relatives are living in quarantine, “none of them are scared, although they do feel anxious due to the hundreds of deaths that the country bears daily.” He said his grandparents will practice social distancing for an extended period of time to protect their health. Working around the six-hour time difference, Mazzara continues to keep up with school in addition to his volunteer work. “I am using the information gained from my work in some of my assignments; I think it is ideal when school work and community service inform each other,” he said. With finals right around the corner, Mazzara is currently focusing on gathering information, so he can fully dedicate himself to the project when the school year is over. “I am attending online seminars where expert economists and former heads of international governmental organizations weigh in on the future effects of the virus,” he said.  He is also helping his younger brother volunteer with a non-profit organization to raise money for the local hospital in Stamford, Conn., where his family lives. On Monday, the number of those infected with COVID-19 in Italy fell for the first time since the beginning of the outbreak. The BBC reported that Italy’s lockdown will continue until at least May 3, though some businesses have begun to reopen.However, the situation is far from resolved. “Lombardy, the region I work most closely with, is experiencing a different treatment because the situation is still critical,” Mazzara said. “Doctors die in dozens each week and people are taking advantage of the opportunities charities offer more than ever before.”Mazzara plans on doubling his time and effort towards the project as soon as the academic term is completed. “My motivation is devoting time towards something worthwhile,” he explained. “This is an unprecedented time, and it calls each individual to make unprecedented decisions as to how we can help.” Tags: coronavirus, Global Affairs, italy, WHO Even though he’s thousands of miles away, Notre Dame freshman Paolo Mazzara is fighting against the coronavirus by advocating for health care workers in his home country of Italy. last_img read more

Tri-campus students vote ahead of election day

first_imgWhile Election Day is tomorrow, as of Sunday afternoon a record 93 million Americans have already voted, which is two-thirds of the entire voting population of the 2016 election. The New York Times reported the country is estimated to surpass 150 million votes for the first time in American history. The Observer recently polled its followers on Twitter asking how they are voting in the election. Of the 177 responses, 72.9% have already voted by mail, 11.9% said they voted in-person, 9.6% said they have yet to vote, but will and 5.6% said they will not be voting.  Isabella Volmert | The Observer The mailbox outside of South Dining Hall is one of the on-campus locations Notre Dame students could mail their absentee and mail-in ballots.Senior Michael Marotta, co-chair of ND Votes, said while it’s too early to know how many Notre Dame students have voted, he predicts students will complete their ballots in greater numbers than in the 2016 election. ND Votes is a student run, non-partisan campaign sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns, the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy and the Constitutional Studies Minor with the mission of mobilizing and educating Notre Dame voters. The have sponsored a number of events this past semester in preparation for the election, and they prepared a voting guide for students.ND Votes participates in and utilizes the work of the National Study of Learning Voting and Engagement (NSLVE), an initiative of the Institute for Democracy and Higher Education (IDHE) at Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, a research center focused on college students’ participation in democracy The NSLVE created a report on student voting rates at Notre Dame in the 2016 election, and concluded a 54% voting rate among students at Notre Dame. Both Marotta and senior Rachel Sabnani, who is also a co-chair of ND Votes, expect a larger turnout among students this election. Sabnani said their organization saw an uptick in interest in their work this year, starting back in the summer. “We have really exponentially grown,” she said. ND Votes’s task force is made up of student dorm representatives and representatives of various political and non-partisan ]clubs and organizations on campus. “Our task force has doubled and tripled in size,” Sabnani said. Additionally, the club has been contacted by a number of other ND organizations as well such as academic departments, the athletics department and even personally by Muffet McGraw.Sabnani said they were also contacted by national organizations with similar missions as ND Votes such as Democracy Works and Voting Counts. Sabnani attributed the increased interest in ND Votes to a few factors, one being the club’s neutral position. “I think the country became more partisan and divided in the past few years, [so] people are drawn to our nonpartisanship,” she said. She also noted college students this year were in high school during the last election. She said since then, they have noticed how the government has affected their families and lives. “I think a lot of new young people are forming a political conscious,” she said. Marotta said almost everyone they have asked are registered to vote, which he believes is a result of the 2020 election’s heightened polarization. Saint Mary’s junior Catherine O’Neil cast her ballot through the mail, although she said she had a difficult experience. O’Neil, originally from Illinois, initially requested a ballot from her home county to be sent to her school address. “It was my first time voting in a presidential election,” she said. After weeks of waiting, O’Neil called the county clerk’s office and discovered her ballot had instead been sent to her permanent home address. O’Neil then requested a new ballot, but also had to mark the first ballot as “spoiled” for her new one to be counted. O’Neil said she had trouble finding information on what do do in her situation and several of her friends from her hometown experienced a similar problem. She is still worried if her new ballot will be counted in time. “Is my vote even going to be counted at this point?” she said. O’Neil said she is passionate about making sure her vote was accounted for especially after the events of this past year. “It’s a big year for the president, it’s a big year for the House,” she said. “It’s really important to make sure that the people that are in charge are people who are willing to speak for the people instead of just themselves or their donors.” Margaret McGreevy, a Notre Dame junior, was able to vote in-person a few weeks ago in South Bend. “I’m local so it was easier for me to vote in-person. I wanted to be sure my vote would be counted,” she said.McGreevy and two of her friends went to vote early in the morning one Friday. She said the process of voting took about an hour and fifteen minutes, as there was a long line, and then got breakfast together afterwards. “We kinda made like a half day of it,” she joked.McGreevy and her friends, after voting, saw former South Bend mayor and former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg in line. “He was just standing in line along with everyone else,” she said. “It was kinda cool to see a politician going through the voting process just like anyone else.” The three friends were then able to take a socially-distanced picture with Buttigieg. “I think voting is so important,” McGreevy said. “I felt very empowered to go in-person and very lucky.” Tags: 2020 election, absentee ballot, mail in ballot, ND Votes, november general election, votelast_img read more

Crews Respond To Lakewood House Fire

first_imgPixabay Stock ImageLAKEWOOD – Several fire departments were on scene of a house fire on Ohio Avenue in Lakewood early Friday morning.Lakewood, Celoron and Town of Busti crews responded to a confirmed structure fire with flames showing around 5:30 a.m.All occupants of the house reportedly escaped. The American Red Cross is now assisting residents.The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities says Lakewood water customers can expect to see discolored water for around 12 to 24 hours. They are advised not to do laundry until water appears clear. Officials say opening fire hydrants stirs naturally-occurring sediments in water lines, resulting in discolored water.No word on what caused the fire. 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