Officers for next year’s junior and senior class councils were named late Thursday night. Tricia Corbran will serve as senior class president and Lizzie Helpling will serve as junior class president. Due to a campaign violation in the Sophomore Class Council election, Judicial Council held the results until 10 a.m. today. Corbran’s ticket won 436 votes out of a total 693, or 70.7 percent of the votes, defeating one opposing ticket. Her council will include seniors Claire George, Daniel Klodor and Chris Champlin. Corbran said their plans for next year involve throwing large-scale events to strengthen class unity. “For next year we’re looking forward to involving everyone in the class … making sure everyone has a voice and making it really about the senior class,” Corbran said. “Our main goal is to really reduce the gap between Class Council and the class as a whole and also have a great year that we can all talk about for years to come,” she said. For Junior Class Council, Helpling’s ticket secured 71 percent of the votes, defeating one opposing ticket. The ticket received 436 votes out of a total 673. Helpling’s council will include Neal Ravindra, Jessica Puricelli and Greg Yungtum. “We’re so excited, we absolutely cannot wait to get to started,” Helpling said She said her council’s biggest goal is to integrate the student body more with student government. “We want students to know more what student government’s doing and feel they have a say in student government,” she said. “We [also] want to reach out to student groups on campus.” The Judicial Council found the Kevin Walsh, Martin Walsh, Jeanette Kim and Shannon Hogan ticket in the Sophomore Class Council election in violation of the Constitution because a member of the ticket posted a link to the polling site on the Notre Dame Class of 2015 Facebook group. The Constitution states that only Judicial Council may post a link to the polling site. As an appropriate sanction, the Election Committee decided the ticket’s Facebook page must be removed by 11:59 p.m. Thursday night and no new web page may be created for the ticket. The Election Committee also required that a member of the ticket post an apology to the Class of 2015’s Facebook page.
Thanks to a new service offered by University Health Services (UHS) in conjunction with Walgreens Pharmacy, it will now be easier for Notre Dame students to fill their prescription medications through private insurance companies. Walgreens at UHS is a new pharmacy management service offered by UHS allowing students to use private insurance for payment of prescriptions. Director of University Health Services Ann E. Kleva, R.N., MSA, explained that UHS felt the need to update their pharmacy services to better serve students. “It’s not so much a policy change as a provision of services. … We needed to look and see where we were going in the future and what would be the best service for our students,” Kleva said. “It surely was in the best interest of the students where we could file right from our system for private insurance.” Previously, students could not fill prescriptions using private insurance. They had to pay the full price of the medication-sometimes 500 to 1,000 dollars per refill, according to Kleva – and the full charges of the medication were applied to the student’s account for them or their parents to pay or file with insurance. “We were a private, University-owned pharmacy and we did not have the capabilities of filling private insurance prescriptions. Either the student or the parent, if they wanted any reimbursement at all, needed to file with the private insurance company,” Kleva said. Now, the Walgreens pharmacy in UHS fills prescriptions through private insurance. Students may pay a co-pay (a small portion of the actual cost of the prescription) according to their individual private insurance at the time of service. “With insurance, oftentimes going to the physician’s office you pay a small portion of the service and the insurance company pays the rest. … The students only have to pay their copay, whereas before students that were on medication that could cost 500 dollars to 1,000 dollars monthly,” Kleva said. So far, the new pharmacy service has been a resounding success. “Our business officer, Connie Morrow, said she has received [more than] 180 phone calls expressing satisfaction,” Kleva said. She noted that students might still use the UHS pharmacy service even if they have concerns about finances or confidentiality, or other special needs. “We have students with exceptional needs who need exceptional support and we are still working with Walgreens to serve those students that truly have more needs,” Kleva said. “Any student with a special need can still speak to our business office about self-pay or confidentiality.” Kleva said that Walgreens was a natural choice for UHS after the opening of the Take Care/Walgreens Employee Wellness Center in July 2012. “The Take Care/Walgreens Employee Wellness Center is operating on campus for employees only. However, prior partnership with the University made the decision to utilize Walgreens/Take Care for UHS pharmacy management a natural one as we continually look for ways to improve services for our students,” Kleva said.
Friday afternoon, the Saint Mary’s student center was filled with pie-throwers, whipped-cream-covered professors and onlookers as the Saint Mary’s Affiliation of the American Chemical Society (SMAACS) held its first-ever Pie-Your-Professor event. Junior Kate Bussey, SMAACS president, said the event was organized as a way to blend fun with raising support for the group. “Being a chapter of the American Chemical Society, SMAACS provides support to students looking to further their career in chemistry as well as community outreach to attract attention to the sciences … and we have tons of fun along the way,” Bussey said. One of the main attractions of the Pie-Your-Professor event was the pie-ing of Saint Mary’s President Carol Ann Mooney. Mooney donned a yellow poncho and safety goggles and made her way behind the tarp-covered barricade as students paid for their whipped-cream-filled plates. Mooney said she volunteered to show support for SMAACS. “It raises community spirit and it helps fund the chemistry club for our students,” she said. Junior Morgan Carroll said she couldn’t believe Mooney’s willingness to participate and be smothered with pies by students. “I think seeing President Mooney here definitely gets a lot more people involved,” Carroll said. “Bringing such an important member of our Saint Mary’s community here is great, and it’s awesome seeing such a fun, silly, personable side of Dr. Mooney.” Bussey said SMAACS was thrilled with Mooney’s involvement as well. “Her participation in our event displays her support of our club, but even more so, her dedication to every aspect of our amazing college community.” Bussey said. Raising $400 over the course of the event, Bussey said SMAACS hopes to make Pie-Your-Professor an annual fundraiser, drawing more excitement and even larger turnouts in the upcoming years. The money raised during Friday’s event will be put toward a magic show this October. “Our chemistry magic show will be held when the kids come trick-or-treating on campus for Halloween,” Bussey said. “This will be public outreach in hopes of instilling an interest of the sciences in young minds. We are very pleased with the outcome of the event.” Contact Margaret Johnston at [email protected]
“I really didn’t know what to expect going into Frosh-O, and I didn’t know anyone, either, but the Frosh-O leaders in Ryan were amazing, so sweet, friendly and fun right from the start,” freshman Kerry McCarter said. “They knew exactly how to make everyone feel welcome and a part of something,”Activities such as ice-skating and karaoke with other dorms helped break the ice and make friendships with students outside of their dorm, Gavin Chamberlain, a freshman in Keenan Hall, said.“I think that the activities helped me feel more comfortable … The purpose of the activities was to make us feel at home, and I think they succeeded as much as they could in doing that,” Chamberlain said. “After participating in Frosh-O it’s obvious how much hard work these guys put into it. Their efforts have helped me better transition into college life.”The Frosh-O staffs worked tirelessly to make sure that the first year-students felt at home with their surroundings, junior Kelly Marous, the Frosh-O commissioner of Badin Hall, said.“One of the most memorable moments from the weekend was during our finger-painting activity with St. Edward’s Hall,” Marous said. “While first years began their activity, the two staffs decided to have a dance-off, and towards the end of the battle all of the first years in Badin joined in with our staff to show St. Edward’s who really won.“I think moments like this one showed us how successful the weekend was. When first years feel comfortable and confident enough to do things like this after only a few days on campus, then you know you’re doing something right,” she said.The Frosh-O staffs made sure their new students knew the Notre Dame community would welcome them, junior Caroline Corsones, assistant Frosh-O commissioner for Farley Hall, said.“The Frosh-O staff explained to the girls just how excited we were to have them in the Farley community, and how they should feel they should come to us for anything, because they were now a part of our family,” Corsones said.The activities, while at times awkward, facilitated new friendships between new dorms, Ariana Zlioba, a freshman from Pasquerilla West Hall, said.“We had a great Frosh-O because our staff was super enthusiastic… Some people were annoyed by the forced mingling, but I personally liked that we got to meet as many people as possible as quickly as possible,” Zlioba said. “I think I’ll be thankful for that as the year goes on.”By the end of the weekend, the freshmen had begun to think of Notre Dame as their home, junior Grady Schmidt, Frosh-O commissioner of Siegfried Hall, said.“Overall, everything went really well, better than expected really, and it was fun to see them embrace Notre Dame and Siegfried throughout the weekend … We were really happy with the participation that we received, from not only the new students but also varsity athletes who are new to Siegfried this year, and made it to events working around a busy practice schedule,” Schmidt said.The weekend was a huge success, and the new freshmen enjoyed getting to know their classmates and the Notre Dame community, Schmidt said.Tags: dorm life, First Year Orientation, Frosh-O, FYO Sunday marked the end of first-year orientation (Frosh-O) events for the class of 2018. Throughout the weekend, the first years participated in various activities within their dorms and with other dorms, carefully planned to introduce the new students to the Notre Dame family and to make students comfortable at their new home under the dome.
Over the past two years, Notre Dame’s water ski team had transformed into an active community for both new and experienced water skiers at the University.Jack McMahon, senior and current president of the team, said water ski competitions consist of three events: slalom, trick and jump. Skiers receive scores for their performances and earn points for their team.“A lot of the teams we compete against have been in existence for decades,” McMahon said. “We came onto the scene really big this year. We just barely missed advancing to the regional championships against teams who have been doing this for a really long time.”McMahon said competitive waterskiing first came to Notre Dame in 2008. Evan Carlson, the club’s founder and a member of the class of 2010, led a small group of students to a few tournaments.“After [Carlson] graduated, the club essentially died,” McMahon said. “It was on the chopping block with RecSports. Last year, it was just about to be completely wiped off the map when Dave Brown, assistant director of club sports, realized it was actually becoming an active team again.”McMahon said senior Greg Moyers, president of the Water Ski Team from fall of 2013 to fall of 2014, played a large part in the revival of the sport at Notre Dame.“Last year, we went to two tournaments and basically just regained face with RecSports,” Moyers said. “We’ve partnered with different community service organizations and done various fundraisers. Overall, we just wanted to demonstrate that we’re active and that there’s a strong core of interest.”McMahon said the water ski team does not have a rigid practice schedule because water conditions are dependent upon the weather. In the fall and spring months, the team skis on Silver Lake, located about a half hour away from campus in Rolling Prairie, Indiana.“Our coach, Jill Smith, is from a small town called New Carlisle, Indiana, and just happens to be one of the best female trick skiers in the world,” Moyers said. “This year, she placed second in the Women’s Over-35 World Championship. She’s played a large role in the development of our team.”Moyers said the team ideally participates in three tournaments in the fall.“This year, the team had 21 active competitive members,” Moyers said. “Men and women compete separately but are scored as one team. If you want to win any tournaments, you need both guys and girls that can score points.”McMahon said the scores from the 2014 Great Lakes Conference championships are a testament to how far the Notre Dame water ski team has come.“The Notre Dame men’s team finished eighth out of 15 teams,” McMahon said. “Notre Dame finished 10th overall. Sophomore captain Garrett Schmelling and senior Greg Moyers finished 14th and 15th, respectively, out of over 100 men’s ‘A’ skiers. Sophomore Emmie Schultz finished 12th out of 54 in the women’s slalom ski event.”McMahon said he didn’t have any experience water-skiing before joining Notre Dame’s team.“I’ve known Greg since we were freshmen, but I had no idea what this sport was all about,” McMahon said. “I didn’t actually water ski until the fall of this year because the weather has been so atrocious. I went to tournaments last year as a hype man. I had so much fun even just watching skiing that I jumped on board. And then this year, I landed a jump within two weeks of starting to ski, which is just so surreal.”Moyers said his favorite part about being a member of the water ski team is getting a chance to compete for his school in the sport that he loves.“To be able represent Notre Dame at water-skiing tournaments is something I didn’t think was going to be possible when I initially came here,” Moyers said. “That feeling of wearing my Notre Dame jersey while doing something I’m so passionate about is a really cool thing that I’m lucky to have.”Moyers said eight members of the water ski team traveled to Louisiana over spring break to train under world-class coaches at Benet’s Ski School.“Serious teams have been taking this spring break trip for years,” Moyers said. “Hopefully, it gave us a good kick so that we’re a really competitive team next year.”McMahon, who will remain on the team next year as a graduate student, said he is excited about the future of the water ski team.“Next year, we want to get to regionals,” McMahon said. “That’s our No. 1 goal. I’m hoping to set some personal bests. I also want to try to get a lot of freshmen involved. If I could get up on skis for the first time as a senior, they can, too.”Tags: Notre Dame, RecSports, Water Ski Club Team
The Hesburgh Center for International Studies hosted a lecture by the University of Michigan’s Anatol Rapoport Professor of Political Science George Tsebelis on Tuesday. The lecture combined Tsebelis’s lifelong interest in institutions and his background in mathematical modeling and comparative politics to examine what Tsebelis said were the most important institution of all — constitutions — and to advocate for ones that are shorter and less mutable.When Tsebelis began, he said his talk would focus on democratic constitutions, investigating the effects of different constitutional structures and whether data supported a wider rule on the effects of constitution type.Tsebelis said while the purpose of constitutions are similar the world over, there is tremendous variety in length, scope and especially rigidity, as some 35 countries have constitutional articles they cannot amend. Even the nature of the U.S. Constitution was contested, he said.“[James] Madison wanted to be serious and have a Constitution that stays there … Jefferson wanted a constitution that would be for 19 years” he said.Tsebelis said the U.S. Constitution is short, particularly compared to those written post-1945, which is unsurprising given the fact that older constitutions tend to cover fewer topics.Every constitution has three sorts of provisions, Tsebelis said: the innocuous, such as the national anthem or flag, the social, which covers the right to work and education, and the enforceable, which includes rights and the nature of the courts.“Enforceable [provisions], these are the only ones we are going to modify,” Tsbelis said.Tsebelis presented graphs that demonstrated the relationship between constitutional length in democracies and Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) members and rates of change to their constitutions. The shorter and more rigid the constitution is, the less it will change over time, he said.“The longer the constitution the more time inconsistent it is,” Tsebelis said.Time inconsistency refers to positions that differ between current and future choices, often forgoing future welfare for present ease. The 1977 Nobel Prize in Economics was awarded to Finn Kydland and Edward Prescott for demonstrating time inconsistency is bad for economic policy, Tsebelis said, and time inconsistency is also negative for constitutions. Governments head off economic time inconsistency by authorizing a central bank separate from the central government, and short, circumscribed constitutions are political controls on time inconsistency, he said.Another reason for a normative standard of constitutional structure is because there are negative societal outcomes associated with a lengthy and shifting constitution, according to Tsebelis.“Long constitutions are associated with low GDP per capita … in all countries we see length of constitution connected with corruption,” he said.Tsebelis said one explanation for the association between constitution length and corruption was as constitutions lengthen they become subject to interpretation, making them more susceptible to manipulation.“Rules are better than discretion, and the constitution should be the rules … and it should not be changing unless there’s serious reason,” he said.Tsebelis said putting government policy into a constitution does nothing for the policies while weakening the constitution and thus the state. As an example, Tsebelis said recent efforts in his native Greece to revise the constitution in order to change the electoral process were misguided.“There is no ideal electoral system, every political science freshman knows this. … You shouldn’t have policy in the constitution to begin with,” he said.Tsebelis concluded his lecture by reiterating the need for concise and clear constitutions.“Constitutions are becoming products of discretion and not the rules. … I believe we intended the opposite” he said.“Before we put things in the constitution … we should be thinking is this a rule for the ages.”Tags: Constitutions, George Tsebelis, Greece
The Saint Mary’s Women’s Choir is used to performing at various campus events, but its sound can now resonate with a broader audience, as the group released its newest CD — titled “O Lux!” — on the Pro Organo label. Senior member of Women’s Choir Franny Wall said the recording process, which took place in the Church of Loretto last spring, was serendipitous.“It’s really expensive to do this, so if you’re going to make a CD, you have to be sure that it’s going to be … exactly what you want and everything is in shape,” Wall said. “We had a really good blend, everything sounded good and we were going on tour, so we had a lot of practice. We had a really diverse repertoire, and we sounded really good.”The group’s dynamic strengthened as a result of recording a CD together, Wall said.“Making music together, in general, bonds people,” she said. “Women’s Choir is pretty close to begin with, and then being together from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. really was a fun thing to do. You wouldn’t get that experience with any other friends you have, so I think it really brought us together.”Junior Grace Haase said crafting a CD provided her with more insight into the recording process and fortified the College’s values of persistence and dedication.“It’s not something I had done before, and it takes a lot of time to get it right,” Haase said. “I think it’s all about having a good work ethic and really committing to something. All the women in [Women’s] Choir are in it because they love to sing.”Haase said she feels proud to belong to such a successful group of women.“Having a CD really showcases how good of a choir that a small college in Indiana has,” she said. “We’re all super tight-knit. There’s a family aspect that we all have, and we’re all really close.”Wall said Nancy Menk, chair of the department of music, was thrilled with the dedication and talent of each member.“She was so happy with how everything went,” Wall said. “She prepared us beforehand and said, ‘This is going to be a very long and grueling process. We’re going to have to run things, and we’re going to have to cut things apart and redo them.’ But then … the first night we got through almost all of the a capella pieces, which is maybe half of the program. That’s a good memory.”Menk’s direction and expertise, Wall said, ensured the choir could perform at its full potential.“If she thought we were good enough and could make this happen, we didn’t really have to worry about anything,” Wall said. “She would know.”Haase said her involvement with Women’s Choir has sparked lasting friendships that have left permanent impressions on her.“It’s not a chore to have to go to all these extra rehearsals because you’re just there with all your friends,” she said.Women’s Choir extends its best effort to make Saint Mary’s a welcoming and uplifting atmosphere, Haase said.“Women’s Choir sings at all the important events,” she said. “It shows what a good choir we have and what good talent we have for being such a small school. Something Dr. Menk said when she listened to the recording was that she could not hear one person’s voice during the entire CD because we blended really well together. It’s about being conscious about how you interact with other people.”Wall said she feels fortunate to pursue a music major at Saint Mary’s, where the professors place individual attention on each student and care deeply about personal improvement.“You can tell [the music professors] want you to succeed and have fun while doing it or have it not be too stressful,” Wall said.Women’s Choir unites the student body, Wall said.“There’s a really special bond that happens with singing together and singing for an audience,” she said. “You’re sharing a part of yourself with the people listening.”“O Lux!” can be purchased at the Saint Mary’s bookstore, on Amazon or directly through the department of music in Moreau Hall.Tags: O Lux!, Pro Organo, Women’s Choir
The topics of Saint Mary’s Monthly Mingles — which take place on the first Monday of every month — vary from political issues to self-care. Sophomore Terra Nelson and junior Francesca Cervone, members of the Community Justice Committee, are Monthly Mingle co-chairs and responsible for planning each event. The goal of the Monthly Mingle, Nelson said, is to gather everyone together in a comfortable environment to talk about the topic at hand. “We try to get as many girls together as possible, of all different class years, and just talk about something on campus that we feel is a hot conversation or something that people need to discuss in a safe space,” she said. “Sometimes, it’s just about spreading awareness about the topic.”Cervone said Monthly Mingles are centered around reaching out to everyone in the community and making sure they feel welcome and free to share their opinions. “The Monthly Mingles focus on inclusion, and everyone is welcome to attend,” she said. “They’re important because, given the climate of today’s world, I feel all students at Saint Mary’s should know that they are welcomed and have a space where they can talk and share their opinions without being judged.” Nelson said Monthly Mingle discussions focus on giving everyone a voice and making sure everyone is engaged. “We like to engage everyone in the discussion so that when you come to a Monthly Mingle you’re not just sitting there listening to two people, but you’re actively listening to everyone’s opinions,” she said. “Most students come and share their stories. The first half of the Monthly Mingle is always giving everyone a basis of information on the topic. It’s definitely a space where Belles can come in, share their stories and experiences or ask questions.”The topics are decided based on “need in the community,” Nelson said. “When we sit and brainstorm about the topics, it’s from our perspective, which is the point of view of students,” she said. “We decide the topics based on what we hear people talking about.”The most successful Monthly Mingle so far, Cervone said, has been the November discussion on healthy relationships and dating violence. “November’s Monthly Mingle was very successful because we got to work with [director] Connie Adams and [the Belles Against Violence Office] and talk about healthy relationships,” she said.Nelson said she felt November’s Monthly Mingle was successful because not a lot of students are able to recognize the signs of dating violence alone. “Connie Adams from the Belles Against Violence Office came, and she did a lot of role playing and provided handouts,” she said. “We just kind of talked through what dating violence looks like, and through this we were able to open up a space for girls to be vulnerable and honest and ask questions.”December’s Monthly Mingle topic, Nelson said, came about as the result of a participant’s suggestion. “We’re doing December’s Monthly Mingle on self-care because one of the girls from the last Monthly Mingle asked us if we could,” she said. “If anyone has an idea, we’re more than happy to listen to them. We really want students to stay in tune with what happens on campus.”The best part of the Monthly Mingles is seeing people go beyond their own biases and listen to the group’s differing opinions, Nelson said. “Our own biases can drop by the wayside after the Monthly Mingles, and any pre-connotations can hopefully be proven wrong,” she said. “Then, we can all realize that some issues might be more complex than initially thought. Hearing other girls’ stories, becoming more aware, makes us better and more empathetic community members.”Nelson said she wants future Monthly Mingles to be more inclusive and reflect what the community needs. “The goal is to make the Monthly Mingles, not larger or more flashy, but make them more about what our community members need and craft them into a space where all Belles can come and feel heard and listen to other Belles,” she said. Tags: 2017 Student Government Insider, Community, Diversity, inclusion, Saint Mary’s SGA, Student Government Association
WNY News Now File Image.JAMESTOWN – New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation is now accepting applications for the ‘Buffer in a Bag’ initiative that aims to help grow plant buffers alongside state waterways.Landowners are asked to apply for a free bag of seedlings to plant near streams, rivers, or lakes in an effort to stabilize banks, preserve water quality, and enhance wildlife habitats.DEC officials say streamside plantings are critically important for decreasing erosion, slowing flood waters, and protecting fish and wildlife.Qualifying properties must be in-state, with 50 feet of land bordering water. Applications have to include photos and map coordinates of potential planting locations. Applications are due by 3 p.m. on Friday, April 10. For more information click here. 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)
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) JAMESTOWN – A longtime restaurant and bar staple in the Jamestown community will not reopen following the COVID-19 shutdown.Pal Joey’s announced the news Tuesday morning in a post on their Facebook page.“So it is with great sadness that we share with you that Pal Joey’s will not be re-opening,” read the post. “Although our initial shutdown was mandated due to COVID, this is not the reason we are closing. After 33 years of serving our community it is just time for us to say farewell.” The post furthered by saying how grateful restaurant ownership was for its dedicated workforce.“Pal’s did not have employees, we had family. And most of that family has been with us from the start,” the post read. “Without you, there would have been no Pal’s. Thank you for all that you have done, for making this place like home for so many.”The restaurant and bar first opened in 1987.