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Activities Night highlights Saint Mary’s clubs

first_imgSaint Mary’s annual Student Activities Night took place Wednesday on the College’s Library Green.  Hundreds of students attended the event and walked around with little blue bags to store all of their free pens, stickers, pamphlets and goodies from the various clubs. Of the 80 clubs and organizations on campus, 65 registered for Activities Night, Vice President of Finance Emily Murphy said.  An additional 16 local non-profit service organizations attended to show students other ways to get involved in the South Bend community. “Multiple clubs from Notre Dame were also involved in the event, such as the Notre Dame Swing Club and the Notre Dame Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team,” Murphy said.  “The point of the night was to give the clubs on campus a chance to showcase all that they have to offer our students.” For many clubs, the night was a great success.  Junior Grace Harvey, who founded the SMC Yoga Club last year, said she had over 150 sign-ups and even ran out of paper at her table. “I couldn’t believe the enthusiasm for the Yoga Club,” Harvey said.  “It makes me excited that so many girls want to be a part of something that builds community.  I am looking forward to the continual growth of the club, especially now that my younger sister, Chris Harvey, is a freshman here and will also be teaching classes.” Besides numerous athletic clubs ranging from Boxing Club to Horseback Riding Club, many different art clubs showcased student abilities. Junior Chelsea Scarnegie said her favorite parts of Activities Night were learning about the new Poetry Club and signing up for information on the Saint Mary’s Literary and Art Publication, the Chimes.  “I learned that the Chimes has been the College’s creative publication since 1892,” Scarnegie said.  “I am hoping to get published this year, but it will also be fun to join their editorial board and help choose the pieces that will be printed.” Diane Fox, from the Office for Student Success, said she thinks getting involved on campus enhances a student’s overall education. “Campus activities and clubs help students learn to prioritize academics with life and manage time,” Fox said.  “Maintaining a balanced life in college allows students to feel themselves mentally, spiritually and physically.  This enhances the person’s personal evolution as well as helps to prevent burnout.” Junior Nicole O’Toole, president of the Republicans Club, said the night was a true success because it brought the entire community together in a fun way. “It was cool to just sit back and watch all of the retuning club members of each organization inspiring new members to join,” O’Toole said.  “Everyone here has a passion for something, and I love watching students find new connections that will make college more enjoyable and memorable.”last_img read more

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Show Some Skin’ opens auditions for 2014 show

first_img“Show Some Skin”, a show comprised of monologue performances that discuss issues such as race, gender and sexuality, will begin auditions today for the Feb. 2014 performances, show director Clarissa Schwab, said. The audition process is simple, and everyone is invited to participate, Schwab said. “All we look for in actors is open-mindedness,” she said. “If you are closed-minded at all especially with these kinds of stories, it’s just not going to work out. You have to be open-minded to accept their story, let that reflect, and let that simmer and marinate then present it for everyone to see.” Show Some Skin, now in its third year, was founded in Spring 2012 by Edith Cho, JeeSeun Choi and Hien Luu to spark a conversation about race relations at Notre Dame, according to the show’s website, ndshowsomeskin.com. Schwab said this year’s show will be “the biggest yet.” In previous years, the performances were held in the Carey Auditorium, but this year the show will be held on the main state of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, she said. “The show started out pretty small, then it got a little bigger,” Schwab said. “Now we just want to really have a presence on this campus. To be on the main stage, it takes the show to a new level.” While the show is still more than two months away, Schwab said the “Show Some Skin” team started gearing up for the show this summer. “We have been working hard since the summer,” Schwab said. “We have all the stories we want to say. If there are no actors to say them, there is not going to be a show.” Schwab said the 2014 show is subtitled “Be Bold,” and said the name derives from the 2013 performance. “In last year’s show, there was a monologue presented by a girl who invited the audience to share their story and be bold,” Schwab said. “She shared all these things about herself and said ‘Now it’s your turn, so you go ahead, you share what you want the world to know or what you’re afraid to say.’” According to Schwab, the performance by actors is based on anonymous stories submitted by students, faculty and even South Bend residents. “Although we want people to be bold and stand up, a lot of times it’s hard for people to actually tell their story,” she said. “We didn’t want anyone to back out from having to tell the story just because they have to give a name.” Schwab said what makes Show Some Skin exciting is the wide range of topics on which it sheds light. “It’s a roller coaster. Everything you can expect, it’s there,” she said. “‘Show Some Skin’ has it all.” According to the Facebook page, the show’s acting auditions will be held on Friday and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sunday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Carey Auditorium in Hesburgh Library. Contact Paul Kim at [email protected]last_img read more

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Student government, administration groups help first years get involved

first_imgWhen Notre Dame’s newest class arrives on campus during Welcome Weekend, they will not only be greeted by hall representatives waiting to unload packed cars, but also several student government and administrative groups ready to help them get involved in on-campus activities.The First Undergraduate Experience in Leadership program, or FUEL, is student government’s only department made up entirely of first years, sophomore FUEL co-director Clark Bowden said in an email.“I would say that the main purpose of FUEL would be to mentor and guide the leaders of the first-year class, in this case, the class of 2022,” Bowden said. “In doing so, [sophomore co-director Rachel Ingal] and I will select 20 or so students from the incoming first-year class to join our team. From there, these 20 FUELers will learn more about the executive branch of the student government while developing leadership and collaboration skills.”Because the student government team is chosen in the spring, getting involved can sometimes be difficult for first years. FUEL seeks to rectify that issue by having members pick a department in which to serve outside of FUEL, Bowden said.“This way, all the departments have a first-year opinion, as well as giving the FUELers an idea of how the rest of the Student Government operates,” he said.Bowden said FUEL members make all of the group’s decisions themselves, while he and Ingal are there to “guide collaboration and increase cohesiveness.” One of his and Ingal’s main goals for the year, Bowden said, is to have the committee plan and organize its own event, an exercise that has taken place in the past but did not occur last year.At a more localized level, Freshman Class Council (FCC) is another option for first years wanting to serve their classmates. Generally the largest of the class councils, the FCC is composed of representatives elected by the first years in each residence hall, Ryan Willerton, associate vice president for career and professional development and advisor to the FCC, said in an email. Charged with forging “class unity,” FCC uses a variety of tools to accomplish this, Willerton said.“Unity can come in many different ways — social events such as dances and outdoor events, food giveaways, etc. FCC also coordinates ordering official apparel for the class and raises funds through organizing one of the football gameday concession stands,” he said.Willerton said the FCC’s work evolves over the course of the school year, as in the beginning the focus is on building relationships amongst council members who do not know each other particularly well.“At the first few meetings much of the time is spent learning each other’s names and halls and backgrounds,” he said. “Once the spring semester starts, the council has already slated many of their events and initiatives and they become more comfortable to coordinate events.”For Willerton, watching what past council members achieve on campus after their time on the council is a highlight of his job.“Community is the core of the Notre Dame undergraduate experience,” he said. “I enjoy re-connecting with former FCC members as they move on to serve in other student clubs, organizations and initiatives on campus. For those I do not get to see as often after their freshman year, seeing them and meeting their families at [Junior Parents Weekend] and now graduation weekends is a highlight.”Though it is responsible for a wider range than just the freshman class, the Student Activity Office (SAO) is another resource for first years who want to get involved, director of student centers, activities and events Karen Kennedy said in an email. She said SAO’s Student Activities Night is a great opportunity to become familiar with all of the activities and clubs the University has to offer.“I encourage all first year students to attend Student Activities Night on Tuesday, Aug. 28 in the [Notre Dame Stadium] concourse,” Kennedy said. “Every recognized club and organization is able to have a table at this event, and students can learn about and engage with as many groups as they wish. Student Activities Night is a tremendous resource for new students to learn about the many involvement and leadership opportunities available on campus.”Beyond that, SAO also has an open-door policy for students seeking guidance about getting involved, Kennedy said. She also noted the important advice and mentorship upperclassmen can offer in this regard.Kennedy said she would like students to be able find a sense of belonging at Notre Dame through involvement with campus activities.“I hope students take advantage of the wide variety of resources and support available to them and find communities and activities that help make Notre Dame not only a tremendous educational experience, but also a home,” she said.Tags: first years, freshman class council, FUEL, SAO, Student Activities Night, Student government, Welcome Weekendlast_img read more

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Custodian reflects on life, work

first_imgBrian Hubbard is not your average Joe.He wakes up before dawn, puts on a pair of blue jeans and a T-shirt — the Notre Dame 2018 Shirt is his favorite — and makes his way to Rockne Memorial to begin a shift that starts at 4 a.m. and ends at noon. He signs in, picks up his supplies and embraces his role as a custodian.Taller than average, he has a sunny disposition and is usually whistling tunes. He is observant, knows those who frequent his work sites and is eager to strike up a conversation or humor a stressed student.Though people on campus might see Hubbard wiping down the tables or throwing away the trash, beyond his run-of-the-mill facade lies a story of basketball championships and altruism.Born in 1962, Hubbard is a South Bend native who attended LaSalle High School, where he played basketball. His love for the sport stems from his family, as his uncle taught him soccer, baseball, football and basketball from a very early age. However, he became enamored with shooting hoops, eventually making it to the state all-star high school team.Hubbard said this chapter in his life taught him several lessons that significantly impacted him, and credits his coach with building his character.“I had a coach by the name of George Griffith, who, at the end of my senior year told me … ‘You guys are not working hard,’” Hubbard said. “He said, ‘If you don’t work hard and start working hard, I’m going to cut you.’ I said, ‘Wait a minute,’ and I believed him because I’d seen him cut players. So basically, I give a lot to him because he made me work.”This incident opened Hubbard’s eyes, he said, and he started working hard until he made the Indiana High School Basketball Hall of Fame and became part of the Indiana All-Star team in 1980. Hubbard also received a scholarship to play for Valparaiso. He fondly looks back to his time at “Valpo” and, when prompted to talk about his experience there, grabs his phone to show a photo of him playing against Notre Dame. Though his team lost the game against the Irish, he cherishes the memory of playing against John Paxson, who went on to play for the Chicago Bulls alongside Michael Jordan.“That’s one of the things I go back and look at sometimes because it means a lot to me,” Hubbard said. “This was a team I grew up watching and grew up admiring, and to come home and play against them in my first year of my college career was like a dream come true.”After studying at Valparaiso for two years, Hubbard decided to take a break and started working on-call at the University of Chicago hospital. In his free time, he would watch basketball games. Through this hobby, Hubbard suddenly had a revelation that would change his path in life.“I was working at home and watching TV, and I’m looking at a game, and I said, ‘I had 20 on that guy,’” he said. “I’m looking at another game, and I had 25 on that guy. So I said, ‘What am I doing here?’ So I made some phone calls and 10 schools came to look at me.”After 10 different coaches arrived with scholarship offers, Hubbard decided to attend Western New Mexico University. By doing so, Hubbard had the opportunity to play abroad in Glasgow, Scotland.After returning from Scotland and realizing he wanted to start working again, Hubbard decided to renew his career at the University of Chicago hospital because of his desire to help people. There, he was an emergency room clerk, helicopter dispatcher and clerk supervisor.“Working at the hospital, I get the gratification of helping folks, of being there for people,” Hubbard said of this job.After roughly two decades of devoting himself to assisting those in need, Hubbard found himself unemployed.Undiscouraged, though, he decided to come home to look for a job, eventually attaining one at Notre Dame’s Center for Culinary Excellence in 2016. After some months there, he transferred to Building Services and became one of the chattiest custodians at Hesburgh Library. Though he worked late hours, Hubbard enjoyed working at the library. Being able to meet new people and crack jokes to make them smile, he said, was the most rewarding part of the job for him.“I’m a people person,” Hubbard said. “ … I do like what I’m doing, and I’m around good people, friendly people. I like the atmosphere, and I’m also still helping folks.”After various months of cultivating relationships with students and wiping down messes at the library, Hubbard was transferred to Knute Rockne Memorial Gymnasium. He dislikes that it is quite a bit lonelier than his job at Hesburgh, but appreciates that he is still able to work from 4 a.m. to noon. Though he has to wake up early, he said this shift enables him to spend the rest of the day as he wishes.Though he admits to occasionally sleeping and taking some time to watch basketball games, Hubbard usually spends the day working on his upcoming grand project: getting his nonprofit off the ground.The Cast the Family Spirit Picnic, an annual festival which will take place in the summer, is Hubbard’s attempt to unify the South Bend community.“It is for every and anybody that’s breathing,” he said. “It is not an African American thing. This is not a white thing. It’s not a Jewish thing, not an Asian thing. … It’s an everybody thing. I’m trying to bring more unity into our community because, you know, there’s a lot of negative and bad things going on, not only here but all over the country. I don’t think there’s enough activity — diverse activities — going on in South Bend, and that’s what made me come up with this.”Through his nonprofit, Hubbard has coordinated other events in the past aiming to bring back the tight-knit spirit that characterized the South Bend of his childhood. On this occasion, he promises to deliver a nice time, when all citizens — regardless of their race, status or ideology — can come together while listening to music and eating as a family.Hubbard sees a substantial number of students on the sites were he works and makes the effort to put a name and a story to the hundreds of faces that surround him.“If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I’ll be here,” he said.Tags: basketball, building services, Hall of Fame, Hesburgh Library, Rockne Memoriallast_img read more

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Town of Carroll To Improve Cobb Waterway Trail

first_imgPixabay Stock Image.FREWSBURG – The Town of Carroll will enhance and beautify the Marden E. Cobb Waterway Trail which is located on Falconer Street in Frewsburg near the Conewango Creek overpass.Carroll Town Supervisor Russ Payne announced the news Friday in a post he shared with WNYNewsNow.“Due to the ever increasing popularity of canoeing and kayaking in our area, it was determined that the Town would expand the parking capabilities of the Marden E. Cobb Waterway Trail to accommodate the access to the Conewango Creek for recreation and tourism within our community,x Payne said.During the time of the anticipated construction and and improvements, Payne asked users of the boat launching area to be patient while the town highway and water department crews institute needed improvements to make it more user friendly. 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

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Man Charged Following Lengthy Meth Investigation

first_imgShare: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) SILVER CREEK – A wanted Silver Creek man was arrested at a village residence Wednesday following a lengthy methamphetamine trafficking investigation.The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says Sean O’Connor, 46, was wanted on multiple Felony Counts of second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, and third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine out of Chautauqua County Court.O’Connor was reportedly the subject of a lengthy investigation into alleged narcotics trafficking and manufacturing of methamphetamine throughout Chautauqua County. During the course of the investigation members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force allegedly made numerous controlled purchases of methamphetamine from O’Connor.O’Connor was taken in to custody and transported to the Chautauqua County Jail where he awaited arraignment. O’Connor was arraigned and released earlier on today’s date. last_img read more

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Tony Nominee Valisia LeKae is Cancer Free!

first_img Motown The Musical In addition to Motown The Musical, LeKae has appeared on Broadway in The Book of Mormon, Ragtime, 110 in the Shade and The Threepenny Opera. LeKae also told us: “I am so grateful to my doctor, Dr. David Fishman of Mount Sinai as well as my family and friends! To my Motown family as well as the rest of the Broadway community, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am so grateful for your love and support! Today I know more than ever that there ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ that will keep me away from you!” Tony nominee Valisia LeKae, who revealed in 2013 that she had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, has shared with Broadway.com that she is now cancer free. LeKae, who originated the role of Diana Ross in Motown The Musical, wrote, “This time last year I was celebrating with the Broadway community and the celebration continues with the news that I am cancer free!” View Comments Related Showscenter_img LeKae spoke out about her condition last year in the hopes of educating others. At the time, she said, “I feel scared and want people to realize that it can happen to you,” adding, “it’s better to fight than to fear.” Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 18, 2015 Valisia LeKae Star Fileslast_img read more

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Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson & Clyde Alves Will Lead On the Town on Broadway

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 6, 2015 Alves is currently appearing on Broadway in Bullets Over Broadway. His additional credits include Nice Work If You Can Get It, Anything Goes, Wicked, Hairspray, Oklahoma! and The Music Man. Jay Armstrong Johnson First seen on Broadway in 1944, On the Town follows the adventures of three sailors on leave in New York City. Based on the ballet Fancy Free by Jerome Robbins, the musical features music by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Toe-tapping hits from the show include “New York, New York,” “I Can Cook Too,” “Lonely Town” and “Some Other Time.” Tony Yazbeck The three are back in uniform! Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Clyde Alves will reprise their roles as Gabey, Chip and Ozzie, respectively, in the upcoming Broadway revival of On the Town. The trio recently donned the sailor caps when the new staging played at the Barrington Stage Company last summer. The tuner will begin performances at the Lyric Theatre (formerly the Foxwoods) on September 20 with opening night set for October 16. No further casting has been announced at this time. Related Shows Yazbeck has starred on Broadway in Chicago, White Christmas, Gypsy and A Chorus Line. He has also appeared on the Great White Way in Oklahoma! and Never Gonna Dance. He recently performed in the New York City Center Encores! presentation of Little Me. On the Town Johnson’s Broadway credits include Hands on a Hardbody, Catch Me If You Can and Hair. He has also appeared on the New York stage in Wild Animals You Should Know, Working and The Most Hapy Fella. View Comments Star Files Take a look at the show’s first promotional poster below!last_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Justin Long’s Full WTF Cast & More

first_img WTF’s Living on Love, Starring Justin Long, Announces Full Cast and Creative The full cast and creative team is now set for Williamstown Theatre Festival’s world premiere of Joe DiPietro’s Living on Love. Joining the previously reported Justin Long, Renee Fleming, Anna Chlumsky and Douglas Sills will be Blake Hammond (First Date, Sister Act), and Scott Robertson (Cabaret, Damn Yankees). Kathleen Marshall will helm the production, which will have scenic design by Derek McLane, costume design by Michael Krass, lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski and sound design by Scott Lehrer. The show will run on the Main Stage from July 16 through July 26. Broadway to Dim Lights for Eli Wallach  Broadway will dim its lights on June 27 at 7.45PM in memory of Tony winner Eli Wallach, who died on June 24. “Eli Wallach was one of the great talents of our time whose prolific acting career spanned more than six decades. His notable presence on the stage and on screen was both memorable and moving, always,” said Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of the Broadway League, in a statement. View Comments Sundance TV Says Willkommen to Cabaret’s Alan Cumming Cabaret’s colorful Emcee Alan Cumming will produce a project for Sundance TV. Variety reports that the show is inspired by AIDS activist and colorful Big Apple restaurateur Florent Morellet, who helped rejuvenate Manhattan’s meatpacking district. Right this way, your table’s waiting, because life is a cabaret, old chum! Sorry, couldn’t resist. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Alan Cumming Lombardi Producers Buy Stage Rights to Joe Louis’ Life Yo Rocky! Keep your guard up! The producers behind the stage shows Lombardi (which is being made into a movie), Magic/Bird and Bronx Bombers, have another sports themed project in the works. The AP writes that Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo have bought the rights to heavyweight champion Joe Louis’ life story. Is Broadway big enough for two boxing legends? Star Files SJP Goes From Sex to Crime in TV Return This sounds a long way from MTC and Sex and the City, but then variety is the spice of life. Stage and screen vet Sarah Jessica Parker has boarded the 60-minute pilot of a police crime thriller. According to Deadline, Parker will be one of the two main leads in Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love.last_img read more

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Priscilla Lopez Begins Performances as Pippin’s Flying Granny

first_img Pippin Related Shows Pippin features music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson and tells the story of a young prince searching for his corner of the sky. The current cast also includes Kyle Dean Massey as Pippin, Ciara Renee as Leading Player, John Rubinstein as Charles, Charlotte d’Amboise as Fastrada and Rachel Bay Jones as Catherine. Pippin received four 2013 Tony awards included Best Revival. Priscilla Lopez takes over from Annie Potts as Berthe in Pippin at Broadway’s Music Box Theatre on July 22. The Tony winner will play a limited engagement through August 27. Lopez appeared in the original cast of A Chorus Line and was also a replacement for the role of Fastrada in the original production of Pippin in 1973. She received the Tony for her performance in A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine. Her other Broadway credits include In the Heights, Anna in the Tropics, Nine and Company. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015last_img read more