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.
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 Entomological Society of America’s Southeastern Branch presented University of Georgia entomologist Nancy Hinkle with its 2014 Recognition Award in Urban Entomology. Hinkle, who has been a medical-veterinary entomologist at UGA since 2001, primarily works with insect pests that affect the poultry industry. But over her career she also has researched various insects that affect humans — from fleas to head lice to mosquitoes. Because of her interest in blood-sucking insects, Hinkle has become one of the nation’s leading experts on delusory parasitosis or imagined infestations. “Dr. Hinkle’s primary responsibility is working with the poultry industry and with veterinary or medical entomology (research), but in this work she encounters a number of problems that affect our urban clientele,” said Wayne Gardner, a UGA professor of entomology with the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Even though it’s not her primary responsibility, Dr. Hinkle works to address each of those problems brought to her, and she addresses them quite effectively.” Gardner nominated Hinkle for the award. Hinkle is the fourth UGA CAES entomologist to receive this award. Ron Oetting (1990), Dan Suiter (2010) and Brian Forschler (2011) have also received this honor. As Southeastern Branch winner, Hinkle is eligible for the Entomological Society of America’s national Recognition Award in Urban Entomology, one of the most prestigious awards the society bestows. Hinkle’s work with urban and agriculturally problematic pests is well respected, but her two decades working with delusory parsitosis created a name for the entomologist outside of the academic world. Her interest in the subject started in the 1980s when her doctoral advisor at the University of Florida, flea researcher Phil Koehler, received a sample he did not have time to identify. He handed it off to Hinkle who spent hours trying to identify the insect. There was nothing there. With funding from the Florida Entomological Society, Hinkle found that it wasn’t uncommon for pest control operators and labs to be asked to solve imaginary pest infestations. As an Extension entomologist, she often received — and still receives — calls from worried individuals who believe they are infested with an unknown skin parasite. This condition is sometimes found in people with no other sign of mental illness or substance abuse. She summarized her experience with “invisible bugs” in the 2010 Annual Review of Entomology article, “Ekbom Syndrome: The Challenge of ‘Invisible Bug’ Infestations.” In 2011, Current Psychiatry Reports included her article, “Ekbom Syndrome: a delusional condition of ‘bugs in the skin’,” to help mental health professionals understand the condition. “She’s kind of a focal point for professionals who work with people affected by this condition,” Gardner said. “She broke it down and talked about the different issues that can cause it.” In addition to her work with human and animal ectoparasites and delusory ectoparasites, Hinkle maps the geographic range of brown recluse spiders in Georgia and illustrates how rare the feared spiders are in the state. Hinkle is currently working on control methods for avian mites, pest flies and darkling beetles that carry salmonella and can transmit the bacteria among poultry flocks. In 2012, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Livestock Insect Workers Conference for her work with poultry and cattle parasites and pests. Since her interests span the worlds of veterinary, agricultural and urban pest problems, Hinkle frequently addresses pest management conferences around the country. She has made more than 300 presentations to pest control groups, including 22 state associations, the National Conference on Urban Entomology, the Purdue Pest Management Conference and the National Pest Management Association. Hinkle received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s in medical entomology from Auburn University and a Ph.D. from the University of Florida. She taught at the University of California, Riverside, for nine years before joining the UGA Department of Entomology.