Knight reviews author’s life

first_imgAuthor and Historian Louise W. Knight spoke about her newest book, “Jane Addams: Sprit in Action,” at Saint Mary’s Tuesday. She led an engaging discussion on the life of Addams and her accomplishments in Stapleton Lounge. Sister Kathleen Dolphin, head of the Center for Spirituality, introduced Knight. “She engages the general reader,” Dolphin said. “This is not an easy task. However, she does it well.” Knight’s second book on Addams includes a full biography as well as her “secret side” growing up in Cedar Town, Ill., and being the youngest of five. Addams co-founded the Hull House in Chicago and is the author of 10 books, Knight said. “She knew she wanted to be a medical doctor and live among the poor,” Knight said. Addams attended Rockford College in Illinois — a small women’s college for girls of wealthy families — in hopes of becoming a doctor. According to Knight, two months after graduation, her father died leaving her in a haze. After one year of medical school she had a nervous breakdown partly due to her father’s death and the realization that the medical career was not for her. The images of joy among the catacombs in Rome “took her breath away,” Knight said. Visiting Rome instilled a new drive in Addams and inspired her to develop the Hull House in Chicago, she said. After convincing a friend to help, the two acquired a property in an immigration neighborhood. “The settlement house was a social effort to take college educated men and women and place them in a working class neighborhood,” Knight said. The idea was to cross class lines, as well as to fulfill her lifelong dream of living among the poor, she said. The settlement house transformed her life. According to Knight, she learned that poverty affects the soul just as much as materialism. She herself was ferociously anti-materialistic, even though she came from a wealthy family, she said. Addams wrote, “The best teacher of life is life itself.” She was committed to social action and embraced union reforms, Knight said. Jane Addams can be described as a “visionary and profit,” according to Knight. She was hated by many but loved by many more. This was Knight’s third and final lecture at Saint Mary’s.last_img read more

Seniors devoted to ND football

first_imgThe Class of 2013 navigated the ups and downs of Notre Dame football fandom during the past four years, but for the first time in a long time, the seniors will not leave the Irish at a low point. The class that saw the end of the Charlie Weis era and the beginning of Irish coach Brian Kelly’s time can leave saying their last game as students was the BCS National Championship game in Miami, Fla. Senior Anthony Albert said for a while, his reaction to the 2012 season was, “Wow, what’s going on here?” “After three years, it’s vindicating in a way to have had a season like this,” Albert said. “Going to the national championship game was extremely unbelievable after everything we’ve been through. “I know it was definitely one of the highlights of my four years here at Notre Dame, this senior season culminating in the national championship.” Albert said this year’s game against Stanford was the highlight of his four years in the football student section. “Really, everything from the past three years seemed to lead into that game right there,” he said. “Going through the disappointments over the past three years, everyone in the senior section thought this was never going to happen. We thought we knew how this was supposed to go … but that goal line stance was really something.” Senior Elliott Pearce began his season in Dublin at the Navy game and ended it in Miami at the championship. “It was an epic journey,” he said. “It was incredible. The game where we beat Oklahoma was the turning point for me; that’s when I started to think this was possible. We’re here, we’re for real  –  it’s awesome.” Though the experience of the past season was fantastic, Pearce said he “wasn’t super surprised” to see the team’s success. “We had one great season after three disappointing ones. This was how it should have been all along,” he said. “I don’t honestly know where the last seven years came from, it was just bad luck. “The year Weis went six and six, we had Michael Floyd and Golden Tate on the same team, we had Manti Te’o starting at linebacker … it was a who’s who parade of high school All Americans. We’ve had great players the whole time and these guys made plays, but we could never get a string of them together. “ Albert and Pearce both said the 2011 matchup against the Michigan Wolverines was a major low point of the past four years. “There are plenty low points to pick from, but it’d have to be that Michigan game under the lights last year,” Albert said. “I was watching it with friends and all the sudden Denard Robinson is chucking it down the field and Gary Gray can’t turn around and Michigan wins.” Pearce said the 2011 loss to Michigan was one example of the team’s faltering “emotional momentum.” “That game was the lowest of the low because you think to yourself, all right, Charlie Weis is out, we had an okay first season with Kelly, so let’s see if we can make something happen,” he said. “And then we’re running over Michigan in their own house, and all the sudden we lost.” Pearce’s favorite memory of the 2012 undefeated regular season was the night Notre Dame took the No. 1 spot, he said. “I’ll never forget spraying champagne all over Stonehenge after we realized we were going to be number one. It was incredible,” he said. Albert said the aftermath of the Nov. 17 game against Wake Forest was his favorite memory as well. “I was sitting in my dorm room after we won, watching the two games with [then No. 1] Kansas State and then [then No. 2] Oregon,” he said. “I think every student at this place was watching that game, praying for some kind of upset. I just remember that once Stanford [beat Oregon], the entire campus erupted. I sprinted to my friend’s room in Irish Row and we celebrated.” Notre Dame football made an indelible mark on his four years here, Albert said. “I thought it really helped to shape my experience here,” he said. “Waking up every fall Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. with Rudy music blasting, it put a smile on my face. If I hadn’t gone to a school where athletics were so huge I don’t think I’d have had nearly as much fun.” Pearce also said he found the four football seasons to be “a great community building experience.” “Notre Dame is a big football school; everyone rallies around that,” he said. “I’m a huge football fan, but that’s not why I came here. Notre Dame is a school with a stellar academic program and a good integrity and spirit in their athletic endeavors. We can have that here and still have football be a great way to bond and have fun in addition to our academic work.” Contact Ann Marie Jakubowski at [email protected]last_img read more

Cinema upgrades technology

first_imgDue to a technology upgrade in the Browning Cinema, the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center can now screen digital cinema packages (DCPs), the high-quality digital format used to film most movies today. Ted Barron, senior associate director of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, said this recent transformation would ensure the theater stays current with changing film industry standards. “Because of the investment the University made, we are at the cutting edge of current technology,” Barron said.  The noteworthy installation of a server and projector to play DCPs allows for higher definition image and improved audio, he said. In addition, a move to only one panel of projection room glass helps maximize image quality and brightness.  “The quality is a world of difference from what we had before,” Barron said. “It really benefits everyone.” Barron said movie theaters across the country have undergone similar transformations to the user-friendly DCP technology as the industry moves away from 35-millimeter film. “This is a huge change within the film industry,” he said.  This digital capability also ensures much easier transportation and projection of films, Barron said. Before, only 35-millimeter films could be shown, which involve manual threading of projectors and multiple bulky film reels for each film, which are much more difficult to handle than the DVD-box-sized DCP that simply needs to be uploaded to the cinema’s server. Barron said he was grateful the Chicago-based film projection specialist Full Aperture Systems could install the upgrade because the company employs experts in the field. Browning Cinema used to not be able to project student films in the high digital quality in which they were recorded, so Film, Television and Theater (FTT) students will now benefit from the technology upgrade, Barron said. “It better reflects and showcases what the students are doing for FTT students who are making films,” he said. “The technology they’ve been using was incompatible with the projection capabilities we had.”  Barron said the project fits in with Notre Dame’s mission of leadership and excellence. “Professors are awestruck about the quality of the presentation they have,” he said. “This is a huge benefit to their academic mission. “Faculty can now make the best use of their resources in a way they have not before.”  This University-funded project, largely completed in June, marks the first major upgrade to the Browning Cinema since its 2004 opening, Barron said.  “This is the biggest change we’ve done to the cinema to ensure that it is around for years to come,” he said.last_img read more

SIBC reopens membership to all majors

first_imgAfter beginning the year under the purview of the Mendoza College of Business, and therefore being open only to Mendoza students, the Student International Business Council (SIBC) recently moved under the advisorship of the Career Center and will reopen its membership to students of all majors, senior and SIBC co-president Alisha Anderson said.Emily Danaher | The Observer “The most immediate change is, once again, we will be open to students from all majors and all college affiliations, which we saw as the most important change so far,” Anderson said. “Beyond that, we’re still working through some of the other structural changes in terms of bylaws and organizational aspects.”Career Center director Hilary Flanagan said the new partnership with SIBC, the largest student organization on campus, came about after discussions between student members of SIBC and University administrators. Student organizations exist under the direction of a department or division of the University rather than the Club Coordination Council.“After considering some recent feedback from and discussion between students involved in SIBC, deans, and the Division of Student Affairs, the decision was made to transition SIBC from a student club to a student organization,” Flanagan said in an email. “Like other student organizations on campus, SIBC already functioned with a University employee appointed to advise the group.“Being recognized as a student organization and moving forward with that recognition seems like a very positive outcome that will address important student feedback and benefit all who participate in the organization.”Senior Alessandro DiSanto, also an SIBC co-president, said the move stemmed from a mutual desire from Mendoza and SIBC to find the best home for the council.“I think because of the immediacy of the decision that was made over the summer by the College of Business [to have control over SIBC], we were not able to fully discuss how the transition would work with Mendoza,” he said. “And once those discussions started taking place, there was a feeling of maybe this should go in a different direction.“Just given the circumstances that both [Mendoza and SIBC] are in, perhaps both organizations could meet their missions better if the SIBC was located in a different home that allowed for a more expansive impact on campus.”DiSanto said he was pleased to see the University respond to the council’s needs in an effective and productive way.“It was very heartening to see the Office of Student Affairs realize the level of independence the SIBC is capable of in order to function at a healthy state,” he said. “And we’re very excited to work with the Career Center, whose mission very much aligns with ours — providing a diverse set of educational experience while maintaining an impact in both the local and global communities.”Anderson said the administration listened to student concerns regarding SIBC membership and prioritized the best interest for the council in its response.“Everyone was very impassioned about, ‘How can we best find a home for the SIBC?’” she said. “I think everyone was trying to find the best interest for us, including Mendoza and Student Affairs.”Though SIBC has essentially completed its projects for the fall semester, DiSanto said the council looks forward to reopening its membership to all students in the spring semester.“Our projects are coming to the end for this semester, so it’s kind of the end of our cycle, but starting immediately, we are open to everyone from all educational backgrounds and are excited to welcome all of our new members and old members back at the start of this coming semester,” DiSanto said.He also said the move to the Career Center will provide new and exciting opportunities for SIBC and its members, though the details of these opportunities are still in the early stages.“We’re still in preliminary discussions with the Career Center, but you can certainly see how there may potentially be some synergies on some of our international internship programs, whether that be through parallel funding sources or amplified relationships with companies,” he said.Flanagan said she and her staff at the Career Center are likewise excited about the possibilities for the new relationship with SIBC.“Time will certainly tell, but I think there are some great opportunities for our staff to provide some coaching to students within SIBC to further their aim to promote peace through commerce,” she said. “We look forward to coaching the student leadership of SIBC, as well as the general membership as they strive to gain experience in various career fields through interaction with employers.“This is a brand new transition for all of us, and I think this new collaboration will be great for student members of SIBC. Being recognized as a student organization and moving forward with that recognition seems like a very positive outcome that will address important student feedback and benefit all who participate in the organization.”Tags: Career Center, Hilary Flanagan, mendoza college of business, SIBC, Student International Business Councillast_img read more

Fr. Jenkins reflects on Fr. Ted, outlines plans for services

first_imgEmily McConville | The Observer University President Fr. John Jenkins addresses the media at a press conference Friday morning in the Morris Inn.“I extended my heartfelt condolences to the Hesburgh family, to my brothers in the Congregation of Holy Cross, to the University of Notre Dame family and to all those whose lives were touched and enriched by Fr. Hesburgh’s remarkable life and ministry,” Jenkins said.“Fr. Hesburgh was the 15th president of the University of Notre Dame, from 1952 until his retirement in 1987,” he said. “Next to the University’s founder, Fr. Edward Sorin, no one had a greater impact on this University.”Jenkins said Hesburgh, the longest-serving president of the University of Notre Dame, died at Holy Cross House late Thursday night. In an email to the resident assistants of Dillon Hall, rector Fr. Paul Doyle said Hesburgh celebrated Mass earlier that day, as was his daily custom.“Fr. Ted had long prayed that God would allow him to say Mass on his last day on earth,” Doyle wrote. “Fr. Hesburgh did just that at 11:30 a.m. Thursday among his brothers in Holy Cross.”On Hesburgh’s legacy:Jenkins said Hesburgh’s influence extended well beyond the Notre Dame campus.“He was one of the nation’s most influential figures in higher education, the Catholic Church and national and international affairs,” Jenkins said. “Serving four popes and nine presidents, Fr. Hesburgh was a moral force in virtually all major social issues of his day, including civil rights, peaceful uses of atomic energy, campus unrests, third-world development and immigration reform.“Whatever else we may say about Fr. Ted, he was a priest and a man of faith who had a confident hope in God’s love and the promise of eternal life. We believe he is now with the God he served so faithfully and in the arms of Notre Dame, Our Lady, whom he was so devoted to.“Notre Dame lost a piece of its heart last night, but Fr. Ted lives on at Notre Dame and among the millions of lives he touched around the world.”When asked how many visitors he expects will attend services next week, Jenkins said the full extent of Hesburgh’s influence would show in the support from the broader Notre Dame community.“We expect a big turnout. We expect many people to come and many people notable people to come,” Jenkins said. “[Hesburgh] had the opportunity to outlive most of his contemporaries, so if he had died at an earlier age, I’m sure we would have even more people and more distinguished people.“But even so, he was a genuine friend. Fr. Ted was the only person I know who’d come to breakfast in the morning and say, ‘The President called me last night.’“He was friends with presidents and they would call him for advice. … My guess is that a number of people will come to celebrate this very life.”On his relationship with Hesburgh:Jenkins said his last interaction with Hesburgh was last Sunday, when they enjoyed a casual conversation and smoked cigars together.“He seemed in good spirits. He’s always been so encouraging about my work as president,” Jenkins said. “… He had become a great friend of my mother and he asked about my mother; we talked about Mom a lot.“And so it was just a usual conversation and he — he was as jovial and excited about life as ever in that conversation.”Jenkins reflected on the development of his relationship with Hesburgh, starting from his time as a student, when Hesburgh was President, to now.“You know, I was a student in the 1970s when Fr. Hesburgh was president, and those were the days when he was very much involved in the national scene,” he said. “He had been very prominent in civil rights and segregation, obviously in the conferences in the ‘60s over the war, in the Catholic Church.“… I did not know him when I was an undergraduate — I mean, personally — but he was an admired figure for me and an inspiration for me in so many ways,” Jenkins said. “When I entered the Congregation of Holy Cross, I entered studies and I got to know him better.“… [He] was still kind of a revered figure for me, but always encouraging, and he was a model for me as a priest, as a religious, as an academic, and I always looked up to him.”Jenkins emphasized the impact Hesburgh had on the early years of his presidency and the best advice he received from his predecessor.“When I became President, he became really a mentor, an advisor, a confidant in so many ways, and I had many conversations with him,” he said. “I remember one of the things he said that’s always stayed with me is ‘Stay close to the students.’ … He was loved by and he loved our students. So I took that advice … and I appreciated that.Jenkins spoke on Hesburgh’s influence during the difficult moments of his presidency, highlighting Hesburgh’s relationship with his mother.“In challenging times, he was always there. He was always encouraging. I mentioned my mother — in 2009, we invited President Obama and there was a great deal of controversy about that, as you may recall,” Jenkins said. “He heard that that, you know, and it was a difficult time — but without asking me, talking to me, he called my mom, just to say … this would turn out well. They became best friends from that day and that’s … Fr. Ted. He cared about people.”On the week before Hesburgh’s death:Jenkins said Hesburgh’s death, though not expected, came after a period of deteriorating health for the priest.“Fr. Hesburgh … lost his sight to macular degeneration,” Jenkins said. “He was slowing down but he had good days and bad days.“I think he was going to [his office in the Hesburgh Library] until, I believe, last week. He celebrated Mass daily; he had a cigar daily. He was very engaged.The past week, he seemed to slow down a bit. He wasn’t going to the office. We knew when he wasn’t going to the office that that was a sign.“He was actually, even yesterday I’m told — I didn’t see him yesterday — but I’m told he was engaged, talking to people, seemed okay but in the evening seemed to struggle to breathe and passed away a little bit before midnight.”On upcoming services:A private wake will be held Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., according to Paul Browne, vice president for public affairs and communications.Visitation in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart will take place beginning 12 p.m. Tuesday and pausing at 6 p.m. for the wake. Visitation will resume at 9 p.m., continue “through the night” and end at 10 a.m. Wednesday.The Congregation of Holy Cross will hold a private, traditional funeral Mass in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on Wednesday at 2 p.m. A public procession to the Holy Cross Cemetery will follow.A public tribute to Hesburgh will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Joyce Athletic and Convocation Center. It will be free and ticketed.Tags: Basilica of the Sacred Heart, congregation of holy cross, fr. jenkins, Fr. John Jenkins, Fr. Ted, Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, Notre Dame Friday morning, with the news of University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh’s death just reaching many Notre Dame students, University President Fr. John Jenkins reflected on his time with the priest, who was 97, and outlined plans for services next week.last_img read more

Problem at electric utility company causes power outage

first_imgEarly Friday morning, buildings across campus lost power due to a problem with electric utility company Indiana Michigan Power’s system, according to University spokesperson Dennis Brown. Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is a part of American Electric Power (AEP).Students confirmed dorms on South Quad, North Quad, West Quad and God Quad, as well as Carroll Hall, were without power for approximately 15 minutes. Dorms on Mod Quad were unaffected by the power outage.“I&M had a problem on their system and tripped Notre Dame off,” Brown said in an email. “It occurred at 12:40 a.m. and affected 16 feeders on our system, 15 of which were restored by 12:56 a.m.”Brown said the remaining problems were resolved by 2:08 a.m.“We had a minor problem with a control device and closed the remaining feeder at 2:08 a.m.,” he said.This is the first power outage to affect campus this year.Tags: electricity, Indiana Michigan Power, power outagelast_img read more

Saint Mary’s community reflects on 15th anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks

first_imgThis year, many students starting their freshman year of high school will be the first class to learn about the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks largely as history, not something they lived through. But for those who witnessed the tragic events 15 years ago, the memories of that day are still very real.Saint Mary’s professor of history Bill Svelmoe remembers the day vividly: He was teaching a history course at the College during the attacks. He said he and the students turned the news on during class after another professor told them an attack happened.“We sat glued to the television for a long time,” he said. “Every class the rest of that day were just students staring at me wide-eyed. … We had to talk about it, but we didn’t know much about it at the time.”Svelmoe said students who lived off-campus called him that day asking if it was safe to come to campus.“The story that was out there was that they were trying to hit really well-known landmarks, and the Golden Dome is a pretty well-known landmark.” he said. “It was a terrible, stunning day.”Svelmoe said his job as a professor was to provide students with a place to talk about the attacks.“We had to let students talk about it, and talk about it when we didn’t have a lot of answers for what was going on ourselves,” he said. “A lot of it was just gathering information and then helping [the students] talk through their fears. We tried to give some historical context, but I was no expert on the Middle East or on Islam. You just let students talk and try to help them process it and try to reassure them that we weren’t going to get attacked here in South Bend.”Senior Helen Kovach said she remembers the attack because her family had recently moved to Hungary.“I vividly remember watching the events unfold on TV,” she said. “The strange thing is, had we been living in the States, then I would not have seen the images, as we did not have a TV at home. I probably was not mature enough to see it happen.”Thirteen years after the attacks, Kovach studied abroad in Angers, France, and was there during the Charlie Hebdo shooting.“It was déjà vu watching the TV with my host mom during the hostage situation,” she said. “My host family asked me questions about 9/11 and my experience then. … These are huge tragedies, but our grief is a powerful equalizer.”After experiencing New York as an adult, Kovach said the attacks changed her perspective on war.“Three weeks before the attacks, my family had flown out of [John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York], but I didn’t look out the window,” she said. “No one on that flight could have known that only days later the skyline would change forever.“When I was little, I was naïve and thought that wars and bad things only happened far from home. … I don’t think anyone watching that day could fully know what was happening, but what I remember was that planes crashed and there were tall buildings on fire and people were trying to get out. I was terrified for them.”“When people ask me why I still want to travel after so many recent terror attacks,I tell them while the attacks are horrible, the best way to respect the memories of the victims is to live,” Kovach said. “We can’t let the terrorists win by living in fear.”Saint Mary’s alumna Sarah Sullivan Bigelow, class of 1996, remembers her friend and college roommate Suzanne Kondratenko, also class of 1996, who died in the attacks. Bigelow was late on her way to work in Chicago when the attacks happened.“The gravity of the event wasn’t even apparent at that time, but after the second plane hit, I remembered that Suzanne was in New York,” she said. “I called her right away, hoping maybe she was back in Chicago, or that she, too, would go in late for work that day. Her cell phone voicemail was as close as I could get to her. A few hours later, her sister and office confirmed she was in the second tower when it was hit.”Senior Clare Durant has multiple family members and connections who worked in the World Trade Center and miraculously escaped before the Towers fell.According to Durant, one of her uncles was in the towers and made a quick decision when the people in the office were told to evacuate.“They say don’t use an elevator in emergencies,” Durant said. “When you’re on the 84th floor, you’re not going to get down fast enough. He gets in the elevator and people are shoving in, and they’re being told ‘No, you can’t use the elevator,’ but you can’t walk down those stairs.”Durant said her uncle’s coworker left the elevator to find his laptop despite her uncle begging him to stay.“He basically had to make the decision to go,” she said. “He wasn’t back fast enough. … They go down, and right when they get to the bottom in the elevator, that’s when the second tower was hit.”Durant’s mother and Notre Dame graduate Rosemary Durant said the news of the attacks did not spread rapidly because of the lack of social media. She said even people who lived in parts of New York had no idea what had happened until later in the day.“If you were above 34th Street … nobody knew what was going on,” she said. “You heard a little bit on the news, but we got the feeling they didn’t want us to see it.”Now, after 15 years, people have different perspectives on the events of that day.Svelmoe said teaching the attacks to students who may not remember it or who have not lived through it becomes like teaching any other historical event in which you need to thoroughly explain the climate around the event.“To me it’s about context,” he said. “You’re always looking, when you’re talking about the past, to help students to connect what they’re studying to what is going on today. … That’s easier to do with 9/11 because we’re still living with the involvement, we still have a presence in the Middle East.”Alumna Rosemary Durant said she still finds hope in all of the bad that happened. She and her family visited Ground Zero in July after the attacks and saw tributes surrounding a nearby church in memory of the victims of the attacks.“You could see the rubble; you could smell it,” she said. “It was horrible. … But there’s hope, there’s life. There’s all this beauty surrounding this church. I wasn’t directly affected. It could have been worse. But you think that some people died, some people lived, some people got second chances. I know a lot of good stories that came out of the bad.”Bigelow said her personal connection to the tragedy changed her point of view.“It almost makes it less about foreign policy and more about the personal tragic loss,” she said. “Every time I go through TSA, I think to myself, ‘This is still risky.’ They can’t convince me this is completely safe.”Bigelow said she thinks of her friend on the anniversary every year.“To me, the date signifies a preciousness of life and humility,” she said. “We’re not in charge down here, and we may never understand the crosses we [carry]. We do our best every day and anticipate the eternal reunion.”Kovach said the event was significant in her life, even though she was so young when it happened.“When I was with my host family, it was difficult for me to speak about the attacks, but [it was] important to,” she said. “Until speaking to them, I never realized how much the attacks affected the whole world, not just Americans. At 9/11, the world mourned together.”Tags: 9/11, Saint Mary’s College, September 11last_img read more

Lecture examines legacy of Fr. John Zahm

first_imgIn honor of the 175th anniversary of the University, the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism hosted a lecture titled, “Fr. John Zahm, C.S.C., in the Founding of the University of Notre Dame” in McKenna Hall on Friday. Eddie Griesedieck Fr. Thomas Blantz delivers a lecture about the historical implications of Fr. John Zahm’s legacy on the University. Blantz serves as a Holy Cross priest and is currently assembling a book documenting Notre Dame history.The speaker for the occasion was Fr. Thomas Blantz, Holy Cross priest and professor of history emeritus who is currently writing a book about the history of Notre Dame.“The title of this talk this afternoon will sound strange to many,” Blantz said. “Notre Dame was founded in 1842. Fr. Zahm was not born until 1851, nine years later. But Notre Dame was not truly the University — with full college course and graduate programs and scholarly research and money for all of these — until long after.”At the time of Notre Dame’s founding in 1842, it had a student enrollment of 25 and a faculty of eight, and it accepted nearly everyone who applied, Blantz said. By the early 1890s, enrollment had only reached about 550 students, about 20 percent of whom were college students.“The president at this time [Fr. Andrew Morrissey] seemed comfortable with this distribution,” Blantz said. “Fr. Morrissey’s chief antagonist on campus was Fr. John Zahm.”Throughout his time at Notre Dame, Zahm worked to push the University to its full potential. Born in New Lexington, Ohio in 1851, Zahm began his academic career at Notre Dame in 1867, Blantz said.“Weighing a possible vocation to the priesthood, he enrolled in the classical program [at Notre Dame]” Blantz said. “He played on an interhall baseball team and joined a scientific association, which studied fauna and flora on field trips.”Upon his graduation in 1871, he entered the seminary of the Holy Cross, studying theology and science for four years, Blantz said. Though he was never a University president, Zahm contributed to Notre Dame, serving as a professor, vice president and provincial superior, Blantz said. He was convinced Notre Dame could be on par with the top universities of the time, something he spoke and wrote frequently about. Additionally, he set an academic example through his own scholarship, research and publications, Blantz said.“As [Zahm] declared as provincial superior in 1906, ‘To keep our place in the forefront of Catholic institutions of America, we must give continual indications of progress, energy and initiative,’” Blantz said.To Zahm, progress meant building new buildings, spending money on top-notch scientific laboratory equipment and hiring renowned professors to attract the best students in the country, Blantz said.Zahm’s collection of the works of Dante — which included over 5,000 books in nearly 30 languages — was considered to be the third best in the United States at that time, Blantz said.Zahm published over 20 books and many articles which earned national and international acclaim, Blantz said, including “Sound and Music,” “The Bible of Science and Faith,” several books under the pseudonym H.J. Mozans and the controversial “Evolution and Dogma,” which was removed from circulation by the Vatican, Blantz said.“[“Evolution and Dogma”] explained that belief in the evolution of the human body and all of creation was fully compatible with Catholic dogma, as long as the direct and immediate creation of the soul by God was accepted,” Blantz said. “Expressing his conviction that there could be no conflict between science and revelation, since God was the author of both.”Zahm pushed for the creation of several essential buildings on campus including a science hall, now LaFortune Student Center; a technology building, now the Crowley Hall of Music; and a library, now Bond Hall. Additionally, Zahm was crucial in the building of the University’s first residence hall, Sorin Hall, in 1889, Blantz said.“Father Zahm’s most important contribution toward pushing Notre Dame towards true university status was a decision that most at Notre Dame strongly opposed,” Blantz said. “This is the establishment of a house of theology in Washington, close to the campus of the Catholic University of America, recently founded in 1889.”Blantz said Zahm believed that this would allow seminarians to focus on their studies rather than teach courses to Notre Dame students. They would also have the opportunity to pursue graduate degrees. The program was eventually established in 1895, Blantz said.Many of the priests who earned Ph.D.s returned to Notre Dame to teach. Some notable participants of the program include Fr. Julius Nieuwland, Fr. Matthew Schumaker, Fr. Matthew Walsh, Fr. James Burns and Fr. Thomas Irving, each of whom who went on to make contributions to the world of academia and to the University.“Fr. Sorin and the early brothers were the first founders of Notre Dame, and some have called Fr. Hesburgh the second founder,” Blantz said. “If so, might Fr. Zahm deserve some credit also? Maybe something in between — maybe a 1.5 founder of the University for seeing Notre Dame’s potential that early, for laying some important groundwork for it and for nudging it along to the full university status that it enjoys today.” Tags: 175th anniversary, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, Fr. John Zahmlast_img read more

Cherry Creek Man Charged After Domestic Incident With Father

first_imgCHERRY CREEK — A Cherry Creek man faces a slew of charges after he allegedly smashed his father’s vehicle with a sledgehammer and, according to New York State Police, threatened his father with an unloaded shotgun.Troopers said Joseph Chadwick, 19, was charged with third-degree criminal mischief, fourth-degree grand larceny, both felonies, three counts of second-degree harassment, four counts of second-degree menacing with a weapon, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fourth-degree criminal mischief. Chadwick was transported for arraignment to Chautauqua County Jail.At about 9 p.m., Sunday, according to Fredonia-based Troopers, a domestic dispute started as a verbal altercation with family members and quickly turned physical. Police said Chadwick began threatening his father and brother with an unloaded shotgun. Chadwick then quickly fled the residence in his father’s vehicle. Chadwick quickly came back, continuing the threats, police said.Upon Troopers arriving, Chadwick was in a physical altercation and fled. Troopers located the shotgun on scene and an area search for Chadwick were met with negative results. Troopers said at 1 a.m., Monday, Chadwick returned and began to vandalize his father’s vehicle with a sledgehammer, smashing all the windows. Chadwick then forcefully entering the residence and another physical altercation ensued, police said. Chadwick allegedly attempted to break into a safe in order to obtain a firearm, Chadwick removed the safe from the residence. When Troopers arrived the second time, Chadwick again fled the area in an unknown direction. The safe was secured by Troopers with all contents still inside.Chadwick called police to turn himself in. He was taken into custody early Tuesday morning and was transported and processed without any further incidents at SP Fredonia. State Police barracks in Fredonia and Jamestown as well as the NYSP Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) assisted in this investigation. 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

Buffalo Doppler Radar To Receive Upgrades Starting Thursday

first_imgThe other two phases of the Service Life Extension Program includes refurbishment of the radar pedestal and equipment shelters with NOAA expecting the program to be complete nationwide by the end of 2023. 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) The Buffalo radar has already received a new signal processor as apart of Phase I and and refurbished transmitter in Phase II. Now the time has come to start Phase III which includes the replacement of the generator, fuel tanks, and related components. The work should take around one week to complete.During the outage period, adjacent NWS Doppler radars located in Cleveland, Ohio, State College, Pennsylvania, and Binghamton, New York will provide some coverage to our area due to the radar beams overlapping with each other.center_img Image by Dakota Hunter / WNY News Now.BUFFALO – Western New York’s primary Doppler radar will be going offline starting Thursday for around one week while upgrades are performed.The 750,000-Watt Doppler weather radar operated by the National Weather Service at the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport is the primary way the First Defense Weather team monitors precipitation. Whether that’s rain, snow, ice or anything in between, we can see weather from quite a distance. There are 159 other radar sites around the county; labeled as the ‘NEXRAD’ network (Next Generation Radar).However, many of these radars are approaching 30 years old and are in need of upgrades to keep them running in tip-top shape. A few years ago, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration commissioned a $150 million project called the ‘Service Life Extension Program’; a several-phase project meant to upgrade or replace certain key components within the radar to keep them working for another 10 or so years.last_img read more