Students enjoy bonfire despite rain

first_imgSaint Mary’s students braved the rain Wednesday evening to attend the annual Student Diversity Board (SDB) bonfire, featuring local performers, three blazing fires and food. Board member Jean Osberger said the bonfire was the start of great year of SDB events to come. “Tonight is a kickoff for the year and to get everyone excited for other SDB events,” Osberger said. Saint Mary’s singing group Bellacappella performed renditions of popular songs such as “Some Nights,” complete with background beat boxing. Local poet Pam Blair recited two poems she had written titled “The Carousel of Life” and “I Want to Dream.”   Notre Dame student rapper D. Montayne performed a set, including a rap to the tune of the Notre Dame fight song. He also performed his song “Broken Mirrors,” for which a music video will soon be filmed. Students danced and put their hands up as the rapper performed, in preparation for his upcoming show at Club Fever this Saturday. The TroopND hip-hop dance team and the ND/SMC Irish dance team followed these performances. Raffles took place throughout the night for three buckets of candy, an SDB t-shirt and a rubber bracelet. Students also enjoyed s’mores, caramel apples and cider. Later this year, SDB will host the Diverse Students Leadership Conference on diversities in various settings, the challenges in incorporating diversity and the benefits of diversity, which will be held March 19 to 20. The theme for this school year’s conference is “From Awareness to Action.” SDB bonfire chair Abby Burgan said she was pleased with the number of students who attended. “Despite the rain and all the obstacles we still had a great turnout,” Burgan said. SDB president Maggie Galvin said she also thought the event was successful despite the inclement weather. “I would like to thank everyone for coming out in the rain to support our amazing performers,” Galvin said. “A little rain didn’t ruin our fun.” Board member Rachel Chaddah said the event has grown in popularity. “It’s a testament to the tradition of (the bonfire) that so many people came out,” she said. “I’ve been on the board since freshman year, [and] it’s gotten bigger and bigger each year.”last_img read more

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A powerful witness’

first_imgAs the first Jesuit pontiff in the history of the office, Pope Francis has not turned water into wine or revolutionized Church doctrine.  Still, his humble nature and simple, pastoral demeanor have delighted the world, prompting pundits, media and laity alike to look to Francis to breathe “fresh air” into the Church. Fr. Tim Kesicki, S.J., provincial of the Chicago-Detroit Province of the Society of Jesuits, said Pope Francis very clearly brings a new perspective to the papacy. “He’s never worked in the Vatican. … He’s going to say, ‘This is how we did it in Buenos Aires?’ Although, he’s not going to say, ‘This is the way we’ve always done it,’ he’s going to say, ‘How can we do it better?’” Kesicki said. “I think part of his election was that they wanted someone with a fresh perspective.” Rev. Patrick McGrath, S.J., president of the Chicago-area high school Loyola Academy and 1988 Notre Dame graduate, said many of the new Pope’s most attractive qualities as a papal candidate and leader of the Catholic Church could be called “quintessentially Jesuit.” “I think the fundamentally Jesuit way of looking at the world comes from Ignatius himself – this very positive view of the world that says God is to be experienced in all things,” McGrath said. “As a result, we enter into the world. We don’t retreat from it, we engage it and trust that God is to be found into the marketplace.” Kesicki said he felt a combination of joy and disbelief when he heard the first Jesuit pope had been selected. “None of us thinks he is going to live in the time of a great historical moment – things like this are for the history books,” Kesicki said.   Never before had a Jesuit been selected as pontiff, nor had a member of a religious order been chosen to lead the Church in 120 years, Fr. Daley, S.J, professor of theology at Notre Dame said.   The lack of Jesuits in the papal office is in part due to old rivalries between Jesuits and other groups and the Society’s unwillingness to accept Church office, Daley said. “We’re not really encouraged or allowed to accept Church office,” Daley said.  “If a Jesuit is offered a bishop’s position we have to be kind of commanded to accept it by the Pope otherwise we will say no.  I think St. Ignatius wanted us to do our work free of any ambition or politics … [Jesuits] don’t have a lot of time for ecclesiastical ambition.” Fr. Brian Daley, S.J., professor of theology at Notre Dame said Pope Francis’ comportment demonstrates the very Jesuit desire to engage with the world.   “He’s not looking to be deferred to, he wants to speak with people in a familiar way, pastorally,” Daley said.  “I thought his first words from St. Peter’s [Basilica] were perfect, were beautiful.  Just saying, ‘They wanted me here, I don’t know why I’m here, but I’m here to be your bishop and to help you.  Will you pray for me?’ “I think humility is really the heart of Jesuit spirituality.  What Ignatius really wanted to cultivate was doing what do as a service to our fellow men and women, not for any kind of status or recognition, and trying to grow in union with Christ, to let his humility become the model for ours.” McGrath said Jesuits throughout the history of the order have not hesitated to engage the ‘tough questions.’  This is due to the climate in which the order was founded and how it has interpreted its mission since then, he said.   “I don’t think it’s a mistake of the Holy Spirit or of history that Jesuits themselves came into being at a time of great tumult,” McGrath said.  “From Ignatius onward we Jesuits have felt a great responsibility to care for the Church and to serve the Church.”   McGrath said he hopes Pope Francis will continue to experience the spirit of community and respectful conversation inherent to Jesuit life during his pontificate.   “He could model something, he could show the world something by living simply. I think it’s a powerful witness that he offers,” McGrath said.  Fr. Tony Lusvardi, S.J., 2002 Notre Dame alumnus and administrator of the St. Charles, St. Bridget and St. Agnes parishes on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota, said he believes Pope Francis to work on improving the Roman Curia by leading by example. “I would guess he will work on [improving the Curia] according to his personality, according to that simplicity, that directness,” Lusvardi said.  “I think he’ll challenge the Church and the people that work for the Church to be more simple and more humble in their lives, to live that Franciscan kind of policy. That’s refreshing. “The most important way any leader leads is by example, and he’s already set a good example.” Lusvardi said Pope Francis’ focus on the fundamental aspects of the faith in his public addresses thus far impressed him.  He was personally inspired by the pontiff’s willingness to engage everyone around him because it connects to his own mission in South Dakota. “One of the very important things in the history of our order has been the idea of evangelization,” Lusvardi said.  “That’s the sort of work I’m doing now on an Indian reservation in South Dakota.  Hearing him come out and delivering that very simple message of the need for prayer, the humility of the Gospel and seeing his desire to spread that to everyone. … I think that will be a major part of his papacy.” Though some young people have been disillusioned with the Church as a result of some recent mistakes, Kesicki said he expects Pope Francis to balance the need to teach people the ways of the Church while addressing their concerns. “The Church is 2000 years old. It can’t adjust itself to suit the desires of people,” Kesicki said.  “He will evaluate what the needs are of the young people that need attention and where the young people need to grow in their understanding of the beauty of the Church. McGrath said he hopes the new pontiff will keep the Jesuit spirit alive in his heart throughout his pontificate. “There is a constantly renewing spirit to the Ignatian spirituality, the sense that God is not distant and that he is actively engaged in working out our story,” McGrath said.  “[This spirituality asks that we] trust that God is actually whispering his spirit into the life of the Church and have the humility that we all have to let God love us on God’s terms.”last_img read more

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Smashburger to replace Burger King in LaFortune Student Center

first_imgThe 18-year reign of Burger King in LaFortune Student Center will soon come to a close.Starting next fall, a Smashburger will open in its place, Notre Dame Campus Dining, Student Government and Student Activities Facilities announced early Wednesday morning.This decision was made in response to student feedback — gathered through surveys, focus groups and Student Government’s online forum, Onward.“The student feedback we received throughout the multiple focus group sessions beginning in December of 2014 helped us collectively identify what brands fit in the retail dining portfolio,” Chris Abayasinghe, director of Campus Dining, said. “… We looked to bring in a new and exciting brand — and selected Smashburger.”The project has been in the works for the past two years, Abayasinghe said, and stemmed from student feedback asking for premium options for burgers, chicken and salads on campus.Construction on Smashburger — a national fast-food chain and serves burgers, chicken, salads, sides and milkshakes — will begin immediately following Commencement weekend this May. The restaurant’s opening date is set for the beginning of the new academic year.Junior Erica Tabor, Student Government director of communications, said administrators and student leaders considered a variety of alternative restaurants to replace Burger King.“What I am most proud of — and what I think is a good reflection of the mission of our Executive Board — is that our aim was to accurately represent and serve the student body,” she said. “I think this is a good beginning to our term and sets a precedence that we are working on improving communication between students and administration, and continuing positive change in our Notre Dame community.”In student feedback, Tabor said she noticed a significant number of students asking for new or improved campus dining options and hours.“We are extremely excited to bring Smashburger to LaFortune,” she said. “Their mission emphasizes fresh, wholesome and natural ingredients, which is moving toward a healthier option of burgers than others often offered on college campuses.”Abayasinghe said Campus Dining is planning to implement more changes and initiatives at Notre Dame in the near future.“We’re planning the North Dining Hall renovation, a number of new restaurants for the Duncan Student Center and renovations into select restaurants currently on campus,” he said.Tags: Burger King, Campus DIning, LaFortune Student Center, Onward, Smashburger, Student governmentlast_img read more

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Chautauqua County Sheriffs Investigate Monday Night House Fire

first_imgMGN Online HARMONY – A residential fire on Blockville-Watts Flats Road Monday evening was caused by an indoor woodstove being left unattended, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Fire Investigation Team. Deputies say a passerby reported the fire at about 8 p.m.No injuries were reported. 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),HOPE THE HELL THEY PROSECUTE THE LITTLE BASTARD.last_img

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99 New COVID-19 Cases Reported In Chautauqua County On Friday

first_img64 Zip Code 13.25% 0.0 23 6.95% 4.4% 14048- Dunkirk4 0.52% 291.3 100 16.4% 14063- Fredonia4 36 Active Case Rate (per 100,000 residents) Percent 2.3% 306.0 287.2 90+2 17 0-19366 50-59386 14787- Westfield2 159.7 0.2% 197.4 14136- Silver Creek2 14 Percent of Total Cases 0.91% 0.8% 19 1819.3 15.1% 51 193.6 463.4 3.6% 25 0.7% 433 534.9 14716- Brocton2 67 37 1.3% 0 309.6 60-69329 93 14747- Kennedy0 25.9% Fatality Rate by Age Group 8 415 14718- Cassadaga1 334.0 10 312.2 0 5 0.9% 21 123 4 Symptoms Known1705 40-492 Percent 362.3 14784- Stockton2 0.7% 20 14710- Ashville4 Age Group 14081- Irving1 0.91% 3 201.2 480.8 19.21% 2 13.32% Symptoms 3.66% 27 14138- South Dayton0 11.97% 2 16 4 0.6% 139.8 No349 1 253.9 20 64 99 12 14712- Bemus Point2 73 14738- Frewsburg4 616.0 0.8% 14062- Forestville3 122 461.8 2.7% 14723- Cherry Creek0 COVID-19 Cases by Presence of Symptoms at Time of Interview 11 0.55% 11.97% Age 20.47% 1.9% Number 20 452 6 246.4 2.4% 60 218.7 0-390 4.7% 14767- Panama0 0.4% 14757- Mayville4 Yes1356 11 Total 45.4 1.0% 47 0.4% 20 80-899 316.2 14701- Jamestown41 14733- Falconer5 60-693 14775- Ripley4 2748 15 1.3% 14750- Lakewood3 1.5% 5 33 1.2% 0.00% 0 2 0.7% 0.1% 30-39349 41 126.6 11 0.0% 70-797 36 4 All Ages25 14781- Sherman1 14769- Portland1 COVID-19 Cases by Known Age 508.3 14728- Dewittville0 0 5.26% 14726- Conewango Valley2 156.7 12 70-79191 Number 14720- Celoron0 6 6 711 1.7% 14724- Clymer5 New Cases 0.4% 79.53% 3.28% 90+38 446.1 40-49364 80-8990 20-29528 WNY News Now / MGN Stock Image.MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Health Department reported 99 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday afternoon.According to the county’s COVID-19 dashboard, there are now 433 cases active.Additionally, 31 people are hospitalized with the virus, down from 34.The seven-day average percent positivity rate also dropped from 8.8 percent to 7.8 percent. A breakdown of the new data is posted below:COVID-19 Cases by ZIP Code of Residence Total Cases 14736- Findley Lake0 NYS Fatality Rate: 4.86%US Fatality Rate: 1.9%Source: John Hopkins University COVID-19 Tracker 12/9/2020 5 14740- Gerry2 12.70% 6 Total Deaths Fatality Rate 128 307.6 1.38% 100.0% 740.7 8 50-592 2.3% 4 14722- Chautauqua0 0.0 0.0 3.4% 10.00% 23 Active Cases 14782- Sinclairville0 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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Sneak Peek! Peter Gallagher & Kristin Chenoweth in On the Twentieth Century

first_imgPass the champagne! Peter Gallagher and Kristin Chenoweth are headlining the new Broadway revival of On the Twentieth Century this spring, and we’ve got an adorable first look of the stars (and their mountains of luggage) all dressed up and ready to go. Directed by Scott Ellis, the musical by Cy Coleman, Betty Comden and Adolph Green tells the story of down-and-out Broadway producer Oscar Jaffe (Gallagher), who is struggling to convince his former muse and lover, successful film actress Lily Garland (Chenoweth) to return to Broadway. Check out this Hot Shot of the glamorous twosome, then see On the Twentieth Century at the American Airlines Theatre beginning February 12, 2015! Related Shows View Comments Kristin Chenoweth Show Closed This production ended its run on July 19, 2015 Star Files On The Twentieth Centurylast_img read more

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If/Then & Frozen Star Idina Menzel Set for World Tour

first_img If/Then Looks like she’s the queen…of the world! After a triumphant concert at Radio City this past June, If/Then and Frozen star Idina Menzel is going on a global tour in the summer of 2015! Her North American dates have been announced first, with the Tony winner’s international engagements to be announced later.Menzel will kick off the U.S. leg of her tour on July 7, 2015 in Richmond, VA at the Altria Theater. She will then make stops in cities including New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Austin, Boston and Chicago before wrapping in Los Angeles on October 3 at the Hollywood Bowl.Menzel’s latest album Holiday Wishes debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Holiday Albums chart—we presume the cold never bothered her anyway, but it certainly isn’t now. It was also recently announced that the Broadway superstar will be the first-ever to receive the Billboard Breakthrough Artist of the Year award.We can’t wait to see her “Let It Go” on the road! Idina Menzel View Comments Related Shows Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015last_img read more

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Moira Buffini’s Dying For It Begins Performances Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments In addition to Slotnick, the cast of Dying For It includes Mia Barron, Ben Beckley, Nathan Dame, Patch Darragh, Clea Lewis, Peter Maloney Andrew Mayer, Mary Beth Peil, Jeanine Serralles, Robert Stanton and C.J. Wilson. The American premiere of Moira Buffini’s Dying For It begins off-Broadway performances on December 11. The play, adapted from Nikolai Erdman’s The Suicide, will open officially at the Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater on January 8, 2015 and run through January 18. Joey Slotnick stars in the Neil Pepe-helmed production. Related Shows Dying For It follows Semyon (Slotnick), a man down on his luck, married to a nag and out of options. When he decides to throw in the towel and kill himself, a deluge of sympathetic visitors descends upon him, determined to make him a martyr for their many causes. The play satirizes the hypocrisy and illogic of Soviet life and was banned by Stalin before ever hitting the stage. Dying For It Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 18, 2015last_img read more

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Catch Tituss Burgess & Jane Krakowski in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt First Look

first_imgDancing is about butts, now! This is just one of the many important soundbites from the first look at Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the upcoming Netflix series from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. The comedy stars Ellie Kemper as the titular Kimmy, a woman who escapes from a doomsday cult for a fresh star in New York. Look out for two Broadway and 30 Rock alums: Tituss Burgess as Kimmy’s new roommate/Times Square Iron Man and Tony winner Jane Krakowski as an Upper East Side socialite mommy. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt heads to Netflix beginning March 6. Jane Krakowski View Commentscenter_img Star Fileslast_img

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Take a Listen to the Original Cast Recording of Fun Home

first_img View Comments Fun Home is knocking on Broadway’s door! The new musical begins previews at the Circle in the Square Theatre on March 27, with the original off-Broadway cast—including Michael Cerveris, Judy Kuhn, Sydney Lucas, Emily Skeggs and Beth Malone—reprising their performances. Before the Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron musical heads to the Great White Way, take a listen below to the Original Cast Recording, which is now available to stream on YouTube and Spotify or download on iTunes. The tuner, based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, will open officially on April 19. Fun Home Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 10, 2016 Related Showslast_img

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