SMC implements new Mass translation

first_imgSunday marked the first use of the new translation of the Roman Catholic Mass, and Saint Mary’s Office of Campus Ministry said the transition went without a hitch. Regina Wilson, assistant director of campus ministry, said she hopes the new translation will help students think more about the meaning the words they recite during the Mass. “I feel the change in the translation of the liturgy gives all the faithful a new and rare opportunity to reflect more carefully on what we are saying in our worship,” Wilson said. Wilson said her office began preparing for the change and practicing the new translation in October. “From what I observed on Sunday’s Mass people are paying more attention,” Wilson said. “They’re noticing new phraseology and words as the liturgy went on. The liturgy seemed to progress smoothly with a few little mix-ups as people spoke the old responses they all knew so well. It will take several months for all of us to internalize these changes.” The changes were made to unify the Masses more and for a better translation for the original Latin text. In the new translation, for example, the congregation will say, “And with your spirit,” instead of “And also with you.” “Over time, we will grow more accustomed to this new translation, and it will feel more comfortable to us,” Wilson said. “We have the added benefits of some rich new texts to contemplate as we pray which should benefit to our faith and in the end, our relationship with God.” Sr. Amy Cavender, a political science professor at Saint Mary’s, said the ritual editions of the Roman Missal typically arrive at parishes in October. Among other things, the revised edition of the Missal contains prayers for the observances of recently canonized saints, additional prefaces for the Eucharistic prayers, and Masses and prayers for various needs and occasions; some updated and revised rubrics or instructions for the celebration of the Mass. “After all we’d been using the previous translation for approximately 40 years,” Cavender said. “Adjusting to a new translation will just take time.”last_img read more

Former ND administrator dies at 81

first_imgSr. Jean Lenz, former assistant vice president for student acffairs, died Saturday at a retirement home in Joliet, Ill., after a long illness. She was 81. An alumna of Notre Dame, Lenz worked as an administrator, rector and adjunct professor for the University. University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh described Lenz as a “friend, counselor and almost-confessor.” “The time students spend with her exposes them to goodness, fun and deep beauty,” he said. “Her teaching brings them face to face with the Christ in whom she deeply believes.” A Chicago native and a Franciscan sister of the Congregation of the Third Order of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate, Lenz earned her master’s degree from Notre Dame in 1967. She was one of the first women rectors to serve on campus following the University’s transition to coeducation in 1972. Lenz served as rector of Farley Hall from 1973 to 1983, when she was appointed rector and chaplain of the London Program. In 1984, she was appointed vice president for student affairs and served intermittently as an adjunct professor of theology. In 1998, she received an honorary degree from the University of Portland for her service as a mentor to students. She published an anecdotal account of her life of service, “Loyal Daughters and Sons,” in 2002. In 2007, her name was added to the Wall of Honor in Notre Dame’s Main Building. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 2 to 7 p.m. at Our Lady of the Angels Retirement Home in Joliet, Ill., followed by a funeral Mass at 7 p.m. Burial will be Thursday at 9 a.m. in Resurrection Cemetary in Romeoville, Ill. University President Fr. John Jenkins will preside over a Mass of Remembrance for Lenz, which will be held Feb. 6 at 5:15 p.m. at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.last_img read more

Annual banquet honors student leadership

first_imgThe Division of Student Affairs honored six Notre Dame seniors and one post-baccalaureate student for their academic, journalistic and service contributions to the University at the April 3 Student Leadership Awards Banquet. The awards recognize students whose efforts benefit not only the University community but also disadvantaged populations across the globe, according to a University press release. Senior Emily Conron received the John W. Gardner Student Leadership Award for her work with the Notre Dame Fighting Neglected Tropical Diseases club. Conron said the trajectory of her service work was unexpected yet purposeful. “My involvement with the club has shaped everything else that I’ve undertaken in college, even though I got into it by accident,” Conron said. “I’m not a hard science major, but I’ve learned a lot. Over this past winter break, I was able to unite my psychology major with my theology major with my interest in NTDs by traveling to Haiti and interviewing patients there about their mental health and religious beliefs.” Conron said students should not necessarily limit their extracurricular activities to groups related to preexisting interests. “You need to be open to finding new passions and when things creep up on you that seem interesting, even if you think it will be a diversion from your plans. I think those diversions are sometimes the most fruitful things you encounter,” Conron said. “They force you to take something and run with it, and you never know where you are going to end up.” Michael Mercurio is the recipient of this year’s Rev. Leonard A. Collins Award, which honors a graduating senior who has made substantial efforts to advance the interest of students. He said students should work to join passion with purpose. “A lot of the club work I’ve done while at Notre Dame has stemmed from seeing a need. Often, I didn’t even plan on becoming involved, but I felt very at home in the communities these clubs created,” Mercurio said. “If you want to start a club or a new initiative, be passionate about it and don’t worry about the hoops you might have to jump through, because people want to see you succeed.” Mercurio is involved with the Classics club and is a resident assistant in Morrissey Manor. He said he considers leadership the natural outcome of personal passion and communal support. “I’ve been so lucky to be surrounded by good people. My rector has always been a great model of leadership and all those involved in the other organizations have made it easy to serve,” Mercurio said. “I have a hard time calling myself a leader. I just want to be there for people.” In addition to Conron and Mercurio, the Office of Student Affairs recognized student leaders writing for campus publications, working to create a more inclusive campus, demonstrating a passion for athletics and advancing the Catholic character of the University. Seniors Megan Doyle [Editor’s note: Doyle is a senior news writer for The Observer.], Clara Ritger, Adam Zebrowski and James White and law student Michael Gillman were all honored for their leadership at Notre Dame. Contact Aubrey Butts at [email protected]last_img read more

Professor affirms effects of Indian mascots

first_imgStephanie Fryberg, a visiting professor of psychology at the University of Washington, presented her research Tuesday on the psychological effects of American Indian sports mascots, which affirmed these types of social representations depress the self-esteem of American Indian students.Kelly Konya | The Observer [/Keri O’Mara]Fryberg’s lecture, titled “From Stereotyping to Invisibility: The Psychological Consequences of Using American Indian Mascots,” highlighted several studies she and her colleagues have performed.In the studies, Fryberg asked questions to American Indian high school and college students based on several popular representations of Native Americans, including Disney’s Pocahontas and Chief Wahoo, the mascot of the Cleveland Indians.Fryberg said the research did not begin with an examination of mascots, but the final product did reflect this focus.“The first two studies, the question we asked was what is the impact of American Indian social representations on the self-esteem and community efficacy of American Indians,” she said. “You notice, the question was not what is the effect of American Indian mascots, though that is how this work has commonly been used and by the time we got to the third or fourth study, it is how we then framed the research paper because it became much more central to the social issue.”After a close study of media portrayals of American Indians, Fryberg said representations were rare and largely negative in connotation.“In a content analysis of national newspapers in 1997 and major films from 1999 to 2000, relatively few, 0.2 percent, of representations of American Indians were found,” she said. “The representations that were there were largely stereotypic and negative, and American Indians were seldom presented as contemporary people or in contemporary domains.”To Fryberg and her colleagues’ surprise, she said the study showed a greater likelihood of American Indians to approve of Native American mascots.“Surprisingly for us, we found that those who agree with the use of Indians as mascots actually have less community worth,” Fryberg said. “And this was particularly interesting to us because you’d like to think that if you agree with it, you must think it’s good, but actually following the psychology literature, it turns out that when you disagree with the stereotype, there are psychological resources that buffer you from the effects of that image.”Fryberg said she and her team altered the study when they brought it to Haskell Indian Nations University.“Going forward, we started to show this data and one of the issues that came up as we were showing the data is that Chief Wahoo is a caricature, and so maybe it would be different if we used a mascot that wasn’t a caricature,” she said. “And so for the last study, we were able to ask a number of questions because we went to the only four-year university that is a predominantly American Indian university, and it turns out they have an Indian mascot.”All of the studies, though, concluded that essentially any American Indian mascot representations harmed the self-esteem of American Indian students, Fryberg said.“Consistent with the past two studies, it turns out that being exposed to any one of these mascots decreased achievement-related possible selves,” she said. “So what it means is if they saw the Indian mascot, then any possible selves they had related to achievement in school were depressed.”Tags: american indian, cleveland indians, psychological consequences of american indian mascots, sports mascots, stephanie fryberglast_img read more

Choir aims to serve the community

first_imgLast March, the Notre Dame Celebration Choir visited the Westville Correctional Facility, an Indiana prison with thousands of inmates.Sophomore and choir vice president Anna O’Connell said the experience was profound.“To see the prisoners come in, it was a really cool thing because people in prison are definitely marginalized and forgotten about a lot,” she said. “… There’s not much excitement in their life, but we were able to bring some joy and some happiness. Obviously it’s hard to tell when you’re singing to people, whether it’s impacting them. But there was one guy in the front row. He was standing up and swaying.”Service and community outreach are central features of the Celebration Choir, which was created in 1997 to accommodate campus visitors who could not fit in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart for Mass on football Saturdays. Director Karen Schneider-Kirner said the choir regularly sings at correctional facilities, including Westville and the Juvenile Justice Center.“I had some poignant letters from afterwards of the prisoners saying how much it meant to them that people were willing to do some outreach,” Schneider-Kirner said. “[The prison is] largely a forgotten place where most people aren’t going to go.“When we went, we tried to have some interaction where we can talk with people, to show human compassion. We’re really trying to live out all of what [Pope] Francis has exemplified in his Evangelii Gaudium document, of bringing the joy of the Gospel to those who most need to hear it.”Schneider-Kirner said the choir, in addition to singing at football Masses and prisons, also visits local parishes and dorms, goes on an annual tour with the Handbell Choir and performs at special events and concerts, often with other Basilica choirs. She said the choir has a diverse repertoire, ranging from traditional hymns to 20th-century compositions, with a variety of accompanying instruments.“Catholic means ‘universal,’ so [we want to] be indicative of the whole universal church and sing in different languages and in different styles from different eras of music composition,” she said. “We enjoy doing gospel music as well as classical music. I’m also a published composer, so often I’m using the choir as a training ground for trying out new compositions.”Schneider-Kirner said the choir welcomes students without much experience in order to help them develop their musical skills.“We tend to be open to all,” she said. “We don’t put up any barriers. We want to meet students exactly where they’re at with their music skills.“I realize, for instance, that a lot of — primarily — men may be used to, in high school, being pushed towards sports, but then they get to be college aged and realize they might want to develop those gifts, but then they haven’t really sung in a choir, haven’t played an instrument. I do some vocal coaching on the side just to help students with their skills.”Senior Celebration Choir president Kenny Kraynik said the choir’s accommodation of beginner-level singers as well as the service component encouraged him to join.“I wasn’t much of a singer before college, and I knew the Celebration Choir really welcomed new singers with not that much background, so that’s what I was originally looking for,” he said. “Then when I started to sign up, I started hearing about all the service opportunities they do – prison visits, visits to parishes that could use the help – it just seemed like a really good fit for me.”Schneider-Kirner said the choir also acts as a “training ground” for students interested in getting involved as liturgical musicians, by incorporating lessons on planning liturgies, recruiting musicians and including Catholic Church thought on liturgical music into choir rehearsals.“We’ve had a great number of students over the years who [may not] have gone on to careers in sacred music, but they still use their talents and skills,” she said. “Even though they may be lawyers or other things, they’re still actively engaged in music ministry. I think that’s a really valuable thing to be able to offer the Church.”Sophomore Morgan Widhalm, the choir’s accompanist, said she was a member of the Notre Dame Folk Choir, when Schneider-Kirner, who is also the assistant director of the Folk Choir, invited her to audition as a pianist for the Celebration Choir.“Playing in a different capacity, being the accompanist, it’s brought me a lot of blessings,” Widhalm said. “I’ve gotten to develop my skill a lot. I’ve never accompanied a choir like this before.“I’ve done pieces with my choir in high school where I would do a piece, but it was more classical and I would just have to go with the sore. But here I’ve had to develop improvisation skills and other general accompanist skills that I would not have gotten without this position.”This fall, the location of alternate football Masses changed from Stepan Center to Leighton Concert Hall in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC).Widhalm said the location change adds to her experience as a liturgical musician.“It’s such a wonderful space,” she said. “I actually wasn’t part of the choir last year when they played in Stepan after football games, but I know from what everyone else in the choir has said [that] it’s been an immense improvement.“For me, just the experience in DPAC alone has been amazing. Playing on an amazing Steinway piano, seeing that beautiful hall fill up with people, it’s a really wonderful experience, and I think it’s something that not a lot of people get.”In the upcoming semesters, the choir will go on tour, perform with various campus musical groups in an interfaith prayer concert and sing with other Basilica choirs in a Beethoven showcase. O’Connell said the choir will also go on an annual retreat, one which fosters the sense of community that drew her to the choir.“Choir gives me a foundation socially,” O’Connell said. “A lot of my really close friends are in choir, which is really cool. I hope that it provides that community for other people. That’s something I’m working on as vice president, to make it a community where people feel totally welcome.”Tags: Celebration Choir, community outreach, prison, Schneider-Kirner, Westville Correctional Facilitylast_img read more

Cher Lloyd, Jesse McCartney to perform at annual SUB concert

first_imgKevin Song | The Observer Goo Goo Dolls member Robby Takac plays a song on the keyboard at last year’s concert. The concert is a long-standing Notre Dame tradition — it began in 1980.Leon said over the summer, SUB brainstorms different artists across all genres that might be a good fit for the concert.“Each year, the concert programmers, along with their committee of dorm reps, start the concert planning process almost immediately after the previous year’s show,” she said. “As early as possible, we reserve the venue for the event, setting aside most of the weekends in April to allow for as much flexibility as possible.”Leon said SUB also conducts surveys to get as much student input on the concert as possible.“This year we brought our surveys to the dining hall to get some direct input in addition to the feedback we got from sending them out online,” Leon said. “These surveys provide insight into not only which genres students prefer, but also which artists they would like to see on campus.“Once we have a solid list of potential artists, the next stage is reaching out to the artists’ agencies to get up-to-date pricing and availability information for each artist,” she said. “This helps us get a better sense of which artists we can afford to bring and what dates will work.”Leon said the committee typically decides who they would like to bring to campus early in the spring semester. An offer letter is then sent to the artist’s agents.“The timeline for officially booking an artist all varies based on whether or not the artists are still available and whether or not they accept the offer,” she said. “Once the artists are booked, SUB makes the announcement, coordinates ticket sales and contacts our lighting and sound production crew to ensure everything is prepared for the show.”Leon said Nelly was one of the artists SUB strongly considered for the concert.“This year we had a number of challenges related to contract negotiations with the agencies that forced us to delay the official announcement,” she said.Minir said tickets this year are being sold for $10.“All Notre Dame, Holy Cross and Saint Mary’s students can purchase tickets from the LaFortune Box Office, located on the first floor of LaFortune in the main lounge, God Quad side,” Minir said.Tags: Cher Lloyd, Jesse McCartney, SUB, SUB Spring Concert This Saturday, the Student Union Board (SUB) is hosting its yearly spring concert, a performance that will feature Cher Lloyd and Jesse McCartney in Stepan Center.Senior Brianna Leon, co-director of programming for SUB, said the spring concert is the largest concert the organization puts on each year, so there are more resources and opportunities to bring in bigger name acts.“Since Stepan accommodates a much larger crowd than the venues for any other shows held throughout the year, [the concert is] a unique opportunity to gather a large portion of the student body together for one event, celebrating the end of another year,” Leon said.Leon said the doors of Stepan Center will open at 8:30 p.m., and the show will start at 9 p.m. Kevin Song | The Observer The Goo Goo Dolls perform at last year’s SUB concert. This year’s concert will feature Cher Lloyd and Jesse McCartney.Junior Shadmn Minir, concerts programmer for SUB, said he is very excited to bring Lloyd to campus to perform for the student body.“From being on the X-Factor with One Direction to releasing hit singles such as “I Want You Back,” “With Ur Love” and “I Wish,” Cher’s YouTube popularity offers a small indication of her success worldwide,” Minir said. “She is very popular in the U.K., where she originates from, and [her popularity] has steadily grown in the United States over the past few years.“She is on the verge of releasing her third studio album, so we are excited to see what heights she will reach given the success of the previous two albums,” he said. “Her ability to sing, rap and perform covers of many other artists made her a unique talent to bring, and one that we think the campus will love to see live.”Leon said she thinks many middle school dreams will come true Saturday when Jesse McCartney performs.“In a lot of ways, he was the Justin Bieber of our generation,” Leon said. “I think, though I can’t say with full certainty at this point, that one of the few things better than the Frosh-O renditions of “Beautiful Soul” would be a rendition by Jesse himself.“Additionally, he’s had a number of popular songs in more recent years that should also make for a great performance,” she said.Minir said he thinks the two artists complement each other well and will provide entertainment for people with different musical tastes.“Cher Lloyd is an artist that is a current international pop star, so we thought it would be a good match for Jesse McCartney, a male pop star who represented more of a past generation,” Minir said.The spring concert is a long-standing tradition on campus, Minir said.“The spring concert has been going on for a while now, at least since the 1980s,” he said. “Previously they used to hold a large concert in the JACC that was often public to everyone, not just Notre Dame students.”last_img read more

Saint Mary’s closes 2014-15 Justice Friday series

first_imgCaitlyn Jordan Senior Meredith Mersits and director of the Justice Education Program Adrienne Lyles-Chockley presented the final Justice Friday installment and reflected on the series as a whole.The Saint Mary’s Justice Education Program closed this year’s Justice Friday Series by reflecting and assessing progress made this year and the challenges ahead.Professor of philosophy and director of the justice education program Adrienne Lyles-Chockley led the open discussion with the help of her student assistant, Saint Mary’s senior Meredith Mersits.Lyles-Chockley and Mersits tried to focus on letting the audience carry the discussion because part of the purpose of the discussion was to gain feedback from students on how Justice Friday presentations have been and how they can be improved in the fall“I aim for the program to be student centered and focused,” Lyles-Chockley said.The overall goal of the discussion was to reflect on how progress has been made on the Saint Mary’s campus to bring awareness and advocate for different social issues. The discussion also focused on prospective ideas on social justice issues to be discussed in next year’s series of Justice Fridays.One of the initial points brought up by an audience member was that one of the major improvements that should be made overall is the presence of Justice Fridays on campus.The Justice Friday series is meant to be an opportunity for students to talk with other students and faculty about justice issues that are commonly faced in the Holy Cross community. It is an opportunity for students to voice their opinions, solve problems and initiate changes necessary to bring justice to the community, Lyles-Chockley said.However, some students suggested a greater awareness of Justice Fridays is necessary throughout the campus.Mersits said her experience with the Justice Friday series had broadened her horizons.“It’s been great to hear about issues that I didn’t even know about,” Mersits said. “It’s helped to grow my scope of the Saint Mary’s community and the world.”Many suggestions for expanding the presence on campus were mentioned such as possibly creating a forum for students, a Justice Friday series Twitter page or possibly videotaping each section of the series so that those who are not able to make the meeting can be a part of the discussion and remain up-to-date on the issues.Lyles-Chockley pointed out that the more people experience Justice Fridays, they will see the value in them, and the presence will grow.“If people see the value of Justice Fridays, it will continue to grow,” Lyles-Chockley said. “It’s a snowball effect.”Many justice issues were suggested and taken into consideration for next year as well.Students said they wanted to focus on the more controversial issues on campus that generally are ignored or bypassed by the College.Lyles-Chockley said she agreed and added the more students are willing to participate and share their view on such controversial issues in the community, the more they will be able to confront such issues themselves and as a community.“There’s a lot of value in discomfort during discussions,” Lyles-Chockley said.Lyles-Chockley said that this is why she wants to keep Justice Fridays student centered. She said students need an opportunity to come together and have discomforting discussions about social issues because it brings awareness. Once there is awareness, students are prepared and able to be advocates of justice in the community, she said.Tags: Justice Education Program, Justice Fridays wrap, saint mary’slast_img read more

Take Back the Night protests sexual assault

first_imgStudents will put their best foot forward as they march around campus Thursday and protest sexual assault as part of the annual Take Back the Night initiative, coordinated by the Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) at Saint Mary’s and the Gender Relations Center (GRC) at Notre Dame. The event includes a kick off at 4:45 p.m. at Lake Marian at Saint Mary’s, a dinner and “speak out” at Legends at 5:30 p.m., a march around Notre Dame campus at 7:45 p.m. and a candlelight prayer vigil at the Grotto at 8:15 p.m.Connie Adams, director of BAVO, said Take Back the Night unites participants by informing them of the harsh realities of violence on college campuses.“When we recognize and stand with some of the most vulnerable within our community, we are the strongest,” Adams said. “If we want to see a reduction in violence, we are all responsible for becoming educated and committing to prevention.”Adams said the initiative allows sexual assault survivors to talk about their experiences in a supportive environment.“Sexual assault is a crime of silence,” Adams said. “Survivors deserve a space where they can share their stories, use their voices and be heard.”The event raises awareness about an underrepresented issue, which reflects the mission of the College, Adams said.“Saint Mary’s has a long history of meeting the needs of the times as founded by the Sisters of the Holy Cross,” Adams said. “By speaking out and addressing this prominent issue and need of our time, students become one with a long tradition of advocacy and compassion. The first step in change is always awareness.”Regina Gesicki, assistant director for educational initiatives at the GRC, said in an email she hopes the event evokes emotion in students and sparks change.“I hope attendees of Take Back the Night will leave the event feeling supported by their community, empowered to be part of ongoing initiatives to promote culture change and hopeful that with everyone working together, we can build a future at Notre Dame where the silence around sexual violence is eliminated,” she said.Gesicki said Take Back the Night serves as a form of healing for those affected by sexual assault.“We know that reclaiming one’s agency is so important in healing, individually and as a community, and this can serve as a powerful way to tell one’s story for the first time, or to share wherever one is on the journey, all in a safe and supportive environment,” Gesicki said. “The release of the [Campus Climate Survey] statistics was one step further in breaking the silence around sexual violence, and Take Back the Night is another way to continue the dialogue toward change, and [offer] support [for] our community members who have been impacted.”Sophomore Abigail Spica, chair of BAVO’s events and campaigns committee, said one in five college women will be affected by sexual assault.“That’s a staggering amount,” Spica said. “If you look at the statistics between Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s, our campus statistics reflect the national average, unfortunately. Twenty percent of our community is affected by this, at least, and those are just reported numbers.”Spica said Take Back the Night empowers students to work to eradicate this cycle of violence.“I hope that people not only have more of an awareness of violence that occurs within our community, but also that they’re inspired to end this violence, to actually make our campus a safer space,” Spica said. “It’s a movement that represents support for a common humanity.”Sophomore Marilla Opra, marketing representative on BAVO’s events and campaigns committee, said protesting sexual assault is a necessary step in preventing it.“It’s an issue that’s getting out of control,” Opra said.“By uniting survivors and supporters, we can help.”Opra said Take Back the Night makes a noticeable statement because it involves so many people.“There’s strength in numbers,” Opra said. “When people see a large group surrounding supporters of a cause, then they feel more empowered to reach out for help and share their voices and help others. It’s a positive chain effect.”Opra said student involvement plays an integral role in the success of Take Back the Night.“It’s one thing to have a teacher or authority figure preaching, but to hear it from fellow students resonates more,” Opra said. “It makes it more relatable and easier to understand. Seeing it firsthand really puts things into perspective and makes it hit home and shows how much of an epidemic it really is.”Spica said she hopes the event changes the minds and hearts of participants by demonstrating the necessity to eliminate sexual assault.“It allows people to come together as a group and learn,” Spica said. “Even if we can make one person recognize that this is a problem and it needs to stop, that’s our goal.”Tags: BAVO, GRC, Take Back the Nightlast_img read more

South Bend statue of Hesburgh, MLK honors civil rights movement

first_imgGretchen Hopkirk Fr. Theodore Hesburgh and Martin Luther King Jr. joined hands at a Chicago rally in 1964, singing “We Shall Overcome.”The photograph became a permanent part of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery in 2007, and a copy of it was gifted to former President Barack Obama when he gave the Commencement speech in 2009.“President Obama knew of Fr. Hesburgh’s involvement in civil rights and actually said to him, ‘I wouldn’t be here today if it had not been for you,’” Tim Sexton, associate vice president for public affairs, said. “So when we look back at the symbol of that picture and that statue, we have to continue to remember both men as we continue to push forward to exemplify change.”Despite its emblematic nature, the photographer’s identity remains unknown.In 2016, Langland was tasked with creating the statue by the City of South Bend due to his reputation as a national artist.“I was aware of the work of a local artist, Tuck Langland, and he was the first person who came to mind when we were searching for a sculptor to complete this work,” Jitin Kain, deputy director at South Bend’s department of public works, said.Hesburgh is recognized as a civil rights champion, Kain said, especially since he was one of the main architects behind the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.Kain, who was tasked with completing the fundraising, identifying a location and selecting an artist for the project, considers the statue more than a simple commemoration of the civil rights movement — he sees it as a representation of the community coming together as a whole.“The entire project represents community-wide collaboration and commitment to the idea of civil rights and social justice, which Fr. Hesburgh and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. both stood for,” Kain said. “During the entire process, the community and donors came together in the spirit of collaboration and provided the funds necessary for the monument. In many ways, it represents the work and commitment of the two leaders who are depicted in the sculpture.”The sculpture’s installation represents an approximately $300,000 city-led project that was funded through both public and private donations.“We had strong commitments from the University of Notre Dame, including a couple of generous donors who helped make this possible,” Kain said. “Additionally, we received significant grants support from the Community Foundation. Local residents and businesses also came together to provide the rest of the support to make the monument possible.”After an approximately 18-month-long process of collecting funds and creating the piece, the sculpture was unveiled in a ceremony held in June 2017, exactly 53 years after the rally originally took place in Chicago.According to Kain, several hundred people attended the ceremony, including former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg, University President Fr. John Jenkins and several community leaders.Events included a march from the Civil Rights Heritage Center to downtown South Bend and a lineup of speakers. The ceremony finished with the sculpture’s unveiling and the group coming together to sing “We Shall Overcome.”Sexton described the event as “the mix of South Bend,” and said the event demonstrated an important sense of community unity.“As a community we still have opportunities for improvement, but I think this was a way of showing we can come together,” Sexton said. “These are two men who exemplified what we want to be, and that’s why it was so special to see the diversity at the actual dedication.”Tags: Father Hesburgh, Father John Jenkins, Martin Luther King Jr., Mayor Pete Buttigieg Two men joining hands stand firmly at Leighton Plaza.At times, people visiting the area pose next to them taking pictures. A historic snapshot, the statue featuring Martin Luther King Jr. and University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh permanently preserves an aspect of the civil rights movement in downtown South Bend.Created by local artist, Tuck Langland, the bronze statue depicts the iconic photograph of Hesburgh and King at the 1964 Soldier Field rally in Chicago, when both men came together to sing “We Shall Overcome.”last_img read more

Executive chefs reflect on Notre Dame campus dining in light of COVID-19

first_imgIzzi Barrera | The Observer Students pick up food in South Dining Hall to eat outside socially distanced or in their dorms in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.However, cooking has more meaning than just combining ingredients to create dishes to the two chefs. Cooking is about creating relationships and bringing joy to students on campus. Larson finds fulfillment in creating food for students and being a part of the Notre Dame experience.“We get to learn from the students,” Larson said. “That’s probably the most rewarding part, getting to see all these students for four years and watching what they do. At times it can feel thankless like any other job, but it also connects you to people that you don’t get connected to in a normal kitchen environment. There’s always someone to meet and there’s always something to learn.”The new protocols surrounding COVID-19 have completely transformed campus dining. In the past, students were able to serve themselves in a buffet style. Now, food must be boxed up and taken to go in a sustainable manner. In the beginning, Larson and Macerata received a lot of negative criticism.“In the beginning of this, it was kind of nightmarish for us to be honest,” Macerata said. “We did a complete turnaround overnight. That’s one thing we learned. Here’s what we know today, tomorrow might be different. We didn’t do well right off the bat, but we never gave up. Every day we came back and kept trying and we kept adapting every single day and even hour by hour.”Over the last few months, dining increased in efficiency and variety, while keeping COVID protocols in mind. For example, the dining halls began to provide more inclusive options, like adding a vegan line and fresh desserts. The dining hall reopened for in-person dining with plexiglass shields on Oct. 5.Larson and Macerata plan on adjusting as needed in the upcoming months.“I don’t think we’ve stopped changing at all,” Larson said. “We’re still figuring out how do this the best way we can and get back to our identity as chefs. I think that we’re still uncertain about the future.”At the end of the day, Macerata said it all comes back to serving students and bringing joy to the community.“I don’t have a favorite dish to make, but I do have a favorite reaction. If I make something, and I see the customer smile,” Macerata said. “They’re genuinely truly happy and it doesn’t matter what it is.”Tags: Campus DIning, executive chef, NDH, SDH Gregory Larson and Giuseppe Macerata, executive chefs for North Dining Hall and South Dining Hall respectively, are juggling much more than just ingredients this year.Maintaining safety for the campus community and kitchen staff, while also being responsible for providing fresh food, is no easy task. However, the campus dining staff is working hard to make food for thousands of undergraduates while adhering to COVID-19 protocols.For Macerata, cooking has always been a part of his identity. He grew up in family restaurants and has been a chef at Notre Dame for nearly 25 years.Larson started working at Notre Dame in 2004 and worked his way up to the executive chef position. He hadn’t always planned on cooking – it was a necessity at first and became a hobby later. After realizing cooking was his passion, he completed culinary school before moving to South Bend.The executive chef position at Notre Dame is centered around student life, Larson said. Dining on campus is an essential facet of residing on campus.“Our primary focus is residential dining and making the students feel welcome and feel at home,” Larson said. “It’s about giving variety and keeping it interesting and making sure that happens.”Larson and Macerata’s position also includes managing staff and maintaining safety, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.“It’s not only food safety but physical safety and staff and things like that, and we are responsible for all of it,” Macerata said.However, their roles as chefs on a college campus are unique in many ways. They don’t work in a typical kitchen environment because they don’t serve typical customers.“We’re given parameters and then we push the boundaries of the parameters,” Macerata said. “We’re able to push the boundaries on food and the experience which is really cool. This industry is constantly evolving, so if we put our feet in the mud, we get stuck.”last_img read more