Catholics urged to uphold faith

first_imgCatholics need to defend their faith in an increasingly secularized society, Fr. Robert Barron said at the Jordan Hall of Science on Thursday. Barron screened part of his documentary series, “The Catholicism Project,” at the lecture and said it was important that Catholics share their knowledge with the world. “Always be ready to defend the facts and show that faith in God makes sense,” Barron said. “It’s very important that we go out to meet an increasingly skeptical world with the wealth of our own knowledge tradition.” Catholicism is more than up to the challenge of lasting in an increasingly skeptical world, but needs to adapt to a society dominated by social media and technology. Barron said these are avenues of evangelism the Church has not adequately explored. “I was always interested in preaching and reaching out to the culture more broadly,” Barron said. “I saw how behind the curve we were as Catholics in using the new media technology.” Barron sought to fill part of this void with his documentary series, which uses media to expose viewers to Catholic tradition across the globe. He said he sees God’s active presence in today’s secular and scientific world and wants to engage the topic in a more modern context. “I looked out at the culture and tried to find the seeds of the Word,” Barron said. “If everything in the universe has been created by the pattern of God’s word, and if every human searches for God as St. Augustine explains, then you’re bound to find the Logos operating throughout culture.” After Barron began his media-based evangelist campaign on WGN radio, Cardinal George, director of the Mundelein Seminary where Barron serves as professor of faith and culture, encouraged him to expand his efforts. Barron took to YouTube to engage a new and more diverse audience, hoping to reach viewers who may not attend traditional religious gatherings. “Before I knew it, view counts were going up and comments were flowing in” Barron said, “Through this means, I was able to draw people in who would never have come to the church otherwise. I reached out to the culture, and the culture reached back to me.” It was this early success that sparked Barron’s aspiration to produce “The Catholicism Project,” he said. “Throughout the whole media campaign, I dreamt of a big project,” Barron said. “We’re a smart religion, but more to it, we are a beautiful religion and we have such a global texture. Wouldn’t this be a great way to explore Catholicism?” Even though it was a departure from their usual programming, the Colleges of Science and Engineering offered to host Barron’s presentation. College of Engineering Dean Peter Kilpatrick said Barron’s project incorporated the missions of both colleges. “Engineering and science are all about reason, about using our intellect to make arguments for the faith,” Kilpatrick said. “As Saint Peter said, ‘Always be ready to give a reason for the faith that is in you.’” Barron encouraged audience members to follow his lead and seek to spread the faith in new ways. “God insinuates himself into every nook and cranny of everything he has made” Barron said. “Go and invade the society. Evangelize from the inside.”last_img read more

MmmBop’ fundraiser returns

first_imgDiners at the Noble Family Dining Hall were treated to the song “MMMBop” by popular 1990s boy band Hanson during lunch hours Feb. 11 – all of the lunch hours. Junior Annie Kennedy, morale committee chair for Dance Marathon, was the driving force behind the Marathon’s new fundraising event, “Stop the Bop.” “We’re playing Hanson’s song ‘MMMBop’ on repeat until we meet our fundraising goal,” Kennedy said. “The premise of the fundraiser is that people will get so annoyed with the song that they will be willing to donate in order to turn off the song.” Senior Bridgid Hurley, morale committee member for the marathon, also worked toward the implementation of “Stop the Bop.” “Between this past ‘Stop the Bop’ and the next one, which is scheduled for the Monday before the marathon [which is schedule for March 23], we hope to collectively raise $500,” Hurley said. “Once we reach $500, the song will stop playing on repeat.” Kennedy said the Dance Marathon organizers wanted to try something new to garner the attention of the Saint Mary’s community members who had yet to donate to Dance Marathon. The first “Stop the Bop” kicked off Dance Marathon’s Riley Week, and Hurley said its proceeds will go toward Riley Hospital for Children. The event also contributes to the Dance Marathon’s Zero Zeroes effort, she said.  “Zero Zeroes is a campaign to encourage all dancers to donate money so that no person at the marathon will have zero donations next to their name,” Hurley said. “‘Stop the Bop’ accepts any and all donations, so it really helps Zero Zeroes since people can donate loose change.” Kennedy hopes “Stop the Bop” brought more attention to Dance Marathon for students who were unsure of what the event is all about. “It is something different from what we’ve done in the past, so hopefully it will not only help Dance Marathon as an organization, but will prompt girls at [Saint Mary’s] to get more involved in [the marathon],” Kennedy said. Kennedy said the community definitely heard the message the Dance Marathon organizers were trying to convey by playing “MMMBop” on repeat. “People were tweeting and putting up Facebook posts about ‘Stop the Bop’ during the event, and even now some people still talk about it,” Kennedy said. “Students were commenting that it was annoying, and that was the point.” Hurley said diners were confused when they first entered the hall for lunch, but the confusion resulted in many questions regarding the marathon. She and other Dance Marathon members approached tables of girls to spread awareness, but Hurley said students sought out the organizers as well. “There were girls who were coming up to our table to learn about Dance Marathon and Riley Hospital, to ask what ‘Stop the Bop’ was and to help us with our goal,” she said. “The fact that it got so much attention was a great thing for Dance Marathon because we were able to spread awareness.” As Dance Marathon’s main event draws nearer, Kennedy, Hurley and the other committee members are looking forward to more people wanting to get involved in any way they can. “Ultimately we hope to raise awareness and get people excited about the marathon,” Hurley said. “‘Stop the Bop’ is a fun and creative way to raise awareness and raise money.”last_img read more

ND team founds children’s outdoors program

first_imgMeg Handelman | The Observer Notre Dame doctoral biology student Victoria Lam recently founded “Triple C,” a six-week rock climbing program aimed at fostering passion for the outdoors in young students in the South Bend community through a combined effort of graduate and undergraduate students at the University.Manuel Rocha, a current senior and Notre Dame climbing club president, said the three Cs stand for camping, climbing and cameras.“The main mission of Triple C is to connect underprivileged youths to the outdoors,” Rocha said. “We hoped that through these activities, the students would develop confidence, leadership and teamwork.”In addition to these qualities, he said he hoped the program would also foster life-long knowledge, skills and love for the outdoors.Although the program focused mainly on rock climbing, Rocha said mentors also introduced students to stream ecology education and photography.“Our first weekend, the students toured the museum of biodiversity and learned about invertebrates,” he said. “We then went to Juday Creek where Ph.D. candidates in biology taught the students about stream ecology and conservation.”During the trip to Juday Creek in Granger, Ind., Rocha said the program emphasized teaching the students different ways to act as “stewards of the environment.” Part of the trip included projects where students conducted field studies and designed their own experiments.Rocha said the program also incorporated a photographic component to expose students to nature and sports photography.“The students learned basic photography skills from a Notre Dame instructor and were then given a camera for each of the small groups – about three kids per mentor – to take pictures throughout the duration of the program,” he said.Creating this program required funding, which Lam said she received through a Notre Dame Graduate Life Grant and a Merrell Pack Project Grant from Outdoor Nation.“I have actually been selected to be a part of the Outdoor Nation Advisory Council and am helping as an university engagement adviser for their upcoming Campus Activation Challenge,” she said.Through participation in the challenge, Lam said the program could potentially win $5,000 for club sports in addition to an outdoor festival.Although exact dates for the next program cycle are not currently available, Rocha said students can expect Triple C to take place again in the early fall.“[Graduate and undergraduate] students can become involved with Triple C by being a mentor,” he said. “Although we did most of our recruiting for mentors though the climbing club, it’s open to all students.”To join the climbing club email list, Rocha said students can contact [email protected] for children who would like to enroll in the program, Rocha said recruitment takes place from the Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC) and La Casa de Amistad.“We go there during the summer and give a presentation about the program,” he said. “From there, we see what students are interested in joining. We also work very closely with the directors of both places to make sure that we select students that are motivated and will be a good fit for our program.”To create this program, Lam said the team also worked with Humberto Delgado, Educational Youth Program Coordinator at La Casa de Amistad and Duane Wilson, Advanced Skills Program Director at the RCLC.“Our point of contact at RecSports was Dave Brown at Rolfs [Sports Recreation Center], who is in charge of club sports, and I believe he said he was looking into expanding their outdoor recreation initiatives,” she said.Contact Carolyn Hutyra at [email protected]: Outdoorslast_img read more

Rome Global Gateway names new director

first_imgProfessor Theodore J. Cachey, Jr., who assumed the position of director of the new Notre Dame Global Gateway center in Rome, Italy in June 2014, aims to bolster both the program’s European credentials and connection to the University.According to the program’s website, the Global Gateways are campuses around the world – Beijing, Chicago, Dublin, Jerusalem, London and now Rome – where international researchers and faculty come together with Notre Dame faculty and students to interact and cooperate on discussion and research. The Gateways’ mission is fundamentally interdisciplinary, as exhibited by their hosting of faculty and students of other programs and institutes, as well as symposia and workshops.Rome’s Gateway is housed in a newly renovated, 32,000-square-foot facility one block from the Colosseum through which it will host academic colloquia, seminars and forums as well as faculty and graduate students conducting research. Prior to Cachey’s arrival and the christening of the new site, no such means for expansion existed for Notre Dame in Rome. The Gateways go beyond standard study abroad programs to furnish a greater capacity for academics, Cachey said.Cachey said he hopes to see a rise in the number of undergraduate applications to study abroad in Rome for a semester or entire scholastic year. He also said he expects to see a climb in the number of students traveling abroad on internships and grants, such as those offered by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, and conducting research during the summer and breaks.“The goal of the [Rome Global Gateway] is to encourage more students to pursue education abroad opportunities in Rome and to enrich the variety and the quality of those opportunities,” he said.The Global Gateway will support and work with various organizations and institutes doing research in Rome and throughout Italy, Cachey said. An early case in point is its support of a post-doctoral fellow of the the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism tasked with crafting a guide to “Roman Archival Sources for the History of U.S. Catholicism, 1776-1939.” Going forward, a biannual conference focused on issues facing the global Church will also emerge from this partnership. An upcoming Nanovic-sponsored conference, “Sources of the Civic: Catholic Higher Education and Democracy in Europe,” will bring together leaders of European Catholic universities to deliberate various ideas of civic education and the singular role these Catholic institutions play in promoting virtues central to civic life.“The Rome Gateway offers an ideal platform for the global expression, the distillation really, of Notre Dame’s Catholic mission in research, education and service,” he said.With Notre Dame’s status as one of the world’s premier centers of study for Dante and medieval Italian literature, the program aims to stimulate research and scholastic collaboration with international peers, Cachey said.“I plan to do within my own field of expertise what I invite colleagues from across the University to do, that is, to utilize the Rome Global Gateway as a vehicle for fostering innovative research and teaching in their respective fields,” he said.Notre Dame’s main campus will not be left out of these developments. Though the program is still in its infancy, Cachey cites early examples, such as new undergraduate internships at the Vatican and short-term graduate fellowships in Rome, as foreshadowing future developments.“I anticipate that there will be many positive changes and enhancements at Notre Dame’s home campus as the faculty and students in South Bend become increasingly aware of the opportunities presented by the fact that Notre Dame is operating a major research and educational center in Rome,” Cachey said. “Through coursework, research, service and through a linguistic and cultural immersion in the contemporary reality of the ‘Eternal City,’ we invite the Notre Dame student to become citizens of the world.”Tags: Global Gateway, Rome, Theodore J. Cacheylast_img read more

University Registrar plans Commencement Ceremony

first_imgThe University’s 173rd Commencement ceremony will take place in Notre Dame Stadium on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. with 16 other diploma ceremonies to follow that afternoon at 2 p.m.Chuck Hurley, the University registrar, said there will be 20 different ceremonies this weekend between the undergraduate, graduate and University ceremonies along with the Commencement Mass.Dominique DeMoe | The Observer “3,096 total diplomas will be awarded, with 2,066 undergraduates, and 1,030 graduate diplomas given,” Hurley said.Commencement was first moved to the Notre Dame stadium in 2010, Hurley said.“The ceremony was in the stadium in the 1950s and then for a couple years in the ’60s. … In the late 1960s they moved it to the Joyce Center,” Hurley said. “It was in the Joyce Center from then until 2009, and after 2009 we moved to the stadium because it was just so many folks wanting to attend Commencement.”Hurley said having the main ceremony in the stadium allows students to invite as many family members and guests as needed.“A couple of years ago we had a student who was the first person in her family to graduate from college and she brought 90 family members to Commencement. So that was wonderful to be able to accommodate people in that way,” Hurley said.While hosting graduation in Notre Dame Stadium has its benefits, there are certain downsides to hosting commencement outside, Hurley said.“The complexity of the stadium of course is that we are outdoors and we are subject to weather,” Hurley said. “So, we can run into a situation where we have to move inside to Purcell Pavilion if severe weather approaches, and then we are limited again in tickets. We do have ponchos for our graduates if it’s raining and we do remain in the stadium if it’s a light to moderate rain … umbrellas are allowed for guests if needed, but it’s going to be a bright day.”This year’s ceremonies will be the first to utilize the buildings from the Campus Crossroads project, which opened in January 2018.“Some of the 2 p.m. diploma ceremonies will take place in Crossroads facilities — one in Corbett Family Hall and two in Duncan Student Center,” Hurley said. “That’s a big advantage simply because we can keep people for those afternoon ceremonies close to the stadium. It really helps out with our guests in particular with mobility issues because we don’t have to have them go as far.”This year, the Commencement address will be given by Brazilian judge Sérgio Moro.Hurley said he advises guests to arrive at the stadium anytime between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., but preferably earlier.“The last two years we had Secret Service because we had Vice President [Joe] Biden and then Vice President [Mike] Pence,” Hurley said. “There’s no secret service this year so we just don’t have that element. The gates open at 8 a.m. commencement morning, and we do show a number of videos in the stadium prior to the procession that feature our graduating students, so I think it’s best to arrive as early as possible because then you get to see all the videos and graduating seniors.”Tags: 2018 Commencement, Commencement 2018, Commencement ceremony, Commencement Issue 2018, Notre Dame Stadium, University Registrarlast_img read more

Saint Mary’s valedictorians reflect on collegiate experience

first_imgFor the first time in Saint Mary’s history, the College will bestow the honor of valedictorian onto five graduating seniors: Darya Bondarenko, Makenzie Duncan, Melissa Henry, Kristie LeBeau and Kathleen Price. Bondarenko, a molecular biology major, said that while she was only slightly surprised to receive the valedictorian honor, but still felt proud nonetheless.“I had a 4.0 [G.P.A.], so I kind of expected I would be somewhere high up,” she said “I knew I’d graduate with some kind of honors, but I did not know if that’d be valedictorian or not because I don’t know how they categorize that or if anything else contributes to it. I wasn’t necessarily that surprised, but it was a very pleasant experience.Bondarenko said that though she has a high G.P.A., grades are not everything to her and the grades came naturally for her because of the passion she had for her courses.“I don’t think grades were the most difficult part of college for me,” she said. “It was about finding what I’m passionate about, and once you find that, the grades kind of go away and you stop thinking about that. [Grades were] never my goal. It was not something I was actively working towards.”Integrative biology major Duncan also received the honor of valedictorian this year. In pursuing a successful college career, Duncan encouraged students not to be too hard on themselves and to strike a balance in their lives.“Give yourself credit,” Duncan said. “I think rewarding yourself is really important, making sure that you have a balance between your academic life and your personal life, so that one is not overpowering the other because both are important.”Duncan said many of her fond memories of Saint Mary’s have been small moments, such as running into friends in the dining hall.“It’s nice that I can have those small memories,” she said. “I don’t have big memories that make me say ‘This is my favorite part of Saint Mary’s.’ It’s the everyday things that are special to me.”The third valedictorian, Henry, will graduate with majors in communicative sciences and disorders and psychology. She is also the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Senior Award.Henry said she did not realize she could be a potential candidate for valedictorian until her sophomore year.“With freshman year, everyone comes in just trying to get through it,” she said. “I got all A’s those first two semesters and I didn’t think much of it. And then fall semester of my sophomore year, I sat down with my advisor who looked at my transcript and said that I could be valedictorian — and I said, yeah, right. But ever since she mentioned that, it was a possibility for me. I was going to try for it, but it wasn’t the be-all-end-all for me.”Diligent attendance and reaching out to professors are the keys to becoming a successful student, Henry said.“Up until this year, I have never missed a college class,” she said. “Some people call me crazy, but honestly, there were times when my grade was on the brink but it was the attendance, the participation that helped. As well, taking advantage of that professors has to offer you in terms of resources, assistance and guidance is really how I got to where I am.”   Saint Mary’s encourages leadership and inspires confidence for all those who consider the College to be their home, Henry said.“Saint Mary’s has given me the confidence to go for what I want,” she said. “The College has allowed me to realize my potential as a leader. I’ve had a lot of professors who have expressed their belief that I will be successful and that support will propel me forward, knowing that these amazing people feel that I have this great potential.”Sociology major LeBeau said her discovery of the news was “a super weird accident,” finding out after emailing senior academic advisor Tracy White a question about her education, schooling and society minor at Notre Dame.“She replied and said, ‘I want to talk to you about the valedictorian speech,’” LeBeau said. “And I emailed back saying, ‘Does this mean I am a valedictorian?’ And she said, ‘Yeah you are.’”Allowing for there to be five valedictorians — all of whom will share the valedictory address — also represents the diversity of Saint Mary’s, LeBeau said.“I really love that all of us represent a very diverse background of majors, too,” she said. “I know that some universities [and] larger colleges, they make people compete based on speeches in terms of who’s going to be valedictorian or who’s going to give the speech, but I think it’s really great that Saint Mary’s doesn’t make us compete and allows all of us to share that title.”When asked to describe her experience at Saint Mary’s College in one word, valedictorian and elementary education major Kathleen Price chose “inspiring.”She referenced the Sisters of the Holy Cross, her fellow students, her professors, the education department and the four other women with whom she shares the title of valedictorian.“To have five of us is unbelievable,” Price said. “Congrats to the other four, and I know they’ve worked extremely hard to get where they’re at. That’s truly a testimony to this college and the endurance of the women here. I truly think it’s unbelievable.”Price said she will always appreciate what Saint Mary’s has helped her learn about herself.“I’ve learned so much about myself and about my faith and how I want to serve in the future,” Price said. “I think it’s helped me a lot in seeing what kind of direction I want to take in my life, which has been amazing. I’ve met some amazing, incredible people, people I never would’ve thought I’d meet in a million years. To sum it up, it’s a blessing.”The full valedictorian features can be accessed online at https://ndsmcobserver.com/tag/saint-marys-valedictorians-2018/. Tags: Commencement 2018, Saint Mary’s Commencement, saint mary’s valedictorians 2018, valedictorianslast_img read more

Saint Mary’s students, staff, faculty discuss safety measures taken during dangerous winter weather

first_imgSaint Mary’s College shut down campus from Jan. 30 to Jan. 31 in an effort to keep the College community safe amidst the dangerous temperatures. Yet, the Polar Vortex still managed to cause its fair share of problems.   Leonardo Sanchez, professor of social work, said that Saint Mary’s made the right call in cancelling classes during the week of Jan. 28. “I was very concerned with the Polar Vortex weather because I have practicum social work students attending internships in South Bend and surrounding communities,” he said. “I care about my students’ safety driving to their field placement in good weather, and my concern increases even more in poor weather conditions.”To combat Northern Indiana’s winter weather on campus, vice president for student affairs Karen Johnson said via email that the grounds crew worked diligently to keep up with the falling snow and dangerous ice. “Our grounds crew plows, salts, shovels and clears as much snow as possible,” she said. “Our director of facilities and his assistant director worked on both the days off in the frigid temps to clear sidewalks and roads.”Ben Bowman, director of facilities, confirmed that he and the maintenance director stayed on campus “24 hours a day” to make sure they were available to “respond quickly if needed.” The Science Hall, Bowman said, posed the biggest problem in terms of maintenance. He said there was a leak “due to the cold” that staff was alerted to because of the building’s automation system. Bowman said he was able to prevent any damage to the building because of this early alarm system. This was not the only problem that manifested itself around the Science Hall. Several students slipped on the ice outside the building, and some had to be hospitalized because of the injuries they sustained. Johnson said that even though Saint Mary’s grounds crew and maintenance staff worked 24/7 during the shutdown, “it is sometimes hard to keep up with falling snow, and salt doesn’t work below certain temperatures.”But junior Natalie Davis said that, even though the Polar Vortex weather exacerbated the accessibility problems on campus, this is not the first time she has had trouble getting around. Davis, who has a wheelchair, said via email that she often has trouble getting up ramps and navigating sidewalks around campus in the winter. “Most of the time, campus is not shoveled well, and this means that I either ask for help or don’t get to access the building at all,” she said. “I don’t want to have to ask for help all the time.”During the week of the campus shutdown, Davis said the main ramp to Le Mans, used to access the first floor of the building, was closed off due to the amount of snow and ice it had accrued. Le Mans is a major thoroughfare for students who need a quick way to get from one side of campus to the other. “This isn’t the first time this situation has happened, as the ramps were closed off last year,” she said. “Last year, I actually missed a final because I got stuck on ice.”Davis said that so far this winter, if there is snow on the ground or a lack of accessibility in another way, she has been late to one or more of her classes. While many students worried how they would stay warm outside, some worried about how they would stay warm inside their rooms. At the time of the Polar Vortex, residents of the dorms were advised to contact their RA or hall director if their heaters need repairing, Johnson said. She said that there were not “many problems last week” in terms of heaters and radiators. For junior Dalanie Beach, the problem was not her heater but her windows. She said the windows in her Le Mans dorm room were so warped they let in a considerable draft. “We put all of our sweatshirts and extra blankets on the [window] sill to keep out the cold, and we turned the heater up all the way,” she said. “My roommate Alex and I were so cold that we were considering sleeping in the basement. I have circulation problems, especially in my hands and feet, and I was concerned about frostbite. We ended up sleeping in the room after the temperature inside rose a bit, but I slept with three pairs of socks and gloves on.”But Bowman said that, all in all, the College escaped the dangerous winter weather with minor heating and maintenance malfunctions. “Since the College decided to close, we were proactive in adjusting mechanical equipment to make sure nothing froze or broke,” he said. “Temporary heaters [were] available for student rooms through their resident adviser and hall director. We make these oil heaters available as a quick deploy option to provide heat in the room until maintenance can respond and fix the heating issue.”Even though classes were cancelled and most campus facilities were closed during the shutdown, students still had to venture outside and leave campus. While it was initially stated on the campus-wide email detailing the effects of the closing that Blinkie and Campus Safety would not be picking up students off campus or at Notre Dame, Phil Bambenek from Campus Safety said that they did provide some transportation for stranded students. “[Campus Safety] did provide limited transportation between the residence halls during the emergency and picked up students arriving back to campus in the parking lots,” he said. “Several students also missed the last Sweep bus of the night and were picked up at the Grotto. The intent of the plan was to encourage our community members to stay inside and safe, and was, on the whole, very successful.”While closing the College kept students, staff and faculty safe during the dangerous Polar Vortex weather, winter safety remains top priority for the entire winter. Davis said she still is frustrated with the lack of accessibility on campus in the winter. “The fact that I have to fight to be able to have access to buildings or rooms that most able-bodied students have access to is maddening,” she said. “I am a human being. I deserve to be treated equally and taken seriously.”Tags: accessibility, Polar Vortex, safety, Saint Mary’s security, winter weatherlast_img read more

NDPD warns community about burglary

first_imgA burglary in Legacy Village at Notre Dame Apartments on Monday morning was reported to the Notre Dame Police Department (NDPD), NDPD announced in an email to the Notre Dame community Monday evening.The suspect entered the apartment — about four blocks east of Notre Dame’s campus — through a window or a service entrance while residents of the apartment slept, the email said. The suspect was described as “a man, approximately 5 feet 7 to 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a medium build, wearing dark clothing.”Anyone with information on the break-in should contact the Saint Joseph County Police Department, the email said. “The Notre Dame Police Department has been in contact with our partners at the Saint Joseph County Police Department about this incident, and we will continue to work together for the safety of our communities,” the email said.The email offered several tactics for community members to protect themselves from theft, including installing a security system, locking all doors and windows, stashing valuables in a safe location, closing the blinds and avoiding posting one’s location on social media, among others. Tags: burglary, NDPD, Notre Dame Apartments, residential entrylast_img read more

Saint Mary’s leadership urges adherence to safety policies

first_imgGloria Roldán Jenkins, interim vice president for student affairs, addressed students’ personal conduct in an email sent to the student body Friday.Jenkins said she is overall pleased with students following the safety mandates on campus but acknowledged this cannot be said for the entire of the student body.“Those who walk through the halls and pull up their masks only when a faculty member is seen; extended visiting without masks after dining. Students who inadvertently or willfully disregard the safety plans we have enacted pose a threat to the health of our community and destabilize our efforts,” she said.The email urged students to review the code of conduct, share concerns about the actions of other students and take responsibility for their actions. Jenkins emphasized that students should “think twice about socializing in large numbers,” especially in circumstances where physical distancing and mask-wearing cannot be followed.“As Saint Mary’s works diligently to provide an environment that seeks to protect your health and wellbeing, we look to you to do the same,” she said. “By holding yourself and each other accountable, we can have a safe, full semester of in-person campus time.”Jenkins’ email follows a pledge sent Friday afternoon by College President Katie Conboy and student government association president Giavanna Paradiso asking students to commit to making campus a safe environment.Tags: COVID-19, Giavanna Paradiso, Gloria Roldán Jenkins, Katie Conboylast_img read more

Man Arrested With Loaded Handgun Following Jamestown Traffic Stop

first_imgJAMESTOWN – A 23-year-old Buffalo man was arrested after police allegedly found drugs and a loaded handgun in his vehicle during a traffic stop on Friday morning.Jamestown Police say Dayrone Ferguson was pulled over in the Brooklyn Square Rite Aid Parking Lot around 4 a.m.Officers said inside Ferguson’s vehicle they allegedly found the loaded gun and a quantity of marijuana.Furthermore, officers said Ferguson did not have a New York State Pistol Permit. Police say he was taken into custody and charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana. He was also issued a traffic ticket for failure to maintain lane.Ferguson was taken to Jamestown City Jail pending arraignment in the case. 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