Month: January 2021

Block Party returns to B1

first_imgSaturday marks the return of the B1 Block Party, which will be held at 5 p.m. in the Legend’s parking lot and star Guster and Mayer Hawthorne, among others. The event was originally conceived after construction cancelled the annual student-run concert, “The Show.” “The Show didn’t have a place to go, and there really wasn’t anything going on at the beginning of the year last year so Legend’s decided to have it in the parking lot,” said Aaron Perri, general manager of Legends. “I don’t think it’s necessarily replaced The Show.” The Block Party may not have officially replaced The Show, but it drew a larger crowd last year than the annual show ever did. “It was a wild success last year. We had 5,000 people; it was bigger than The Show ever was. Even with five ticket booths, we couldn’t keep up with the line,” Perri said. “We couldn’t have been more pleased … People just really embraced it.” While the Block Party is, in part, a concert, Perri reminds students that the Block Party is unlike The Show in that it is about more than the music. He said he hopes students will take advantage of all it has to offer this year. “I feel like last year people kind of thought of it just as a concert and didn’t realize there was a lot more going on,” he said. “The idea behind it is that it’s really three attractions in one: the food, the festivities, the music. We actually have free food from 5 to 7 p.m., so that’s something new from last year.” Additional festivities include a rock wall, corn hole and a Eurobungy, which is similar to a trampoline with harnesses. There will also be a 21-and-over beer garden and food from Chick-fil-A, Papa Murphy’s and Jimmy John’s. While last year’s show was a fantastic success, Perri said he hopes this year’s improved Party will be an even bigger hit. “Five thousand’s a great number, and if we get to 5,000 again it really feels packed there in the parking lot, but we have room for every student,” he said. “We can accommodate about 8,000 out there.” With such a large crowd, Perri advises students to get tickets in advance to avoid long lines. This year, tickets can be purchased for 10 dollars online, at the LaFortune Student Center box office and at the entrance to the Block Party. “The tickets are only 10 bucks. We really try to keep prices down, even though the concert costs more,” Perri said. “Students should know if they buy tickets in advance, it will really save them some time.” Also returning is the B1 After Party, which sold out last year. DJ Whoo Kid, the DJ for 50 Cent, will be providing the after show entertainment. “The Block Party is a fantastic event … Legend’s is really proud to be able to present this and put it out there,” Perri said. “We hope this year students embrace it even more.”last_img read more

Panel addresses issues in higher education

first_imgIndiana colleges play a major role in encouraging high school students to attend college, according to a panel discussion with state leaders in politics and education Monday evening. The panel began the 72nd annual conference of the Indiana Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (IACRO) that will be hosted at Notre Dame this week. Representatives from universities around the state gather during the conference to talk about issues facing Indiana’s higher education. Richard Ludwick, former provost at St. Gregory’s University in Oklahoma, now serves as the president and CEO of IACRO. He said more Indiana students have access to higher education than ever before. “A cultural shift, encouraged by leaders in higher education, has helped to drive innovations in all of our communities where the institutions make access and the actual degree much more likely,” Ludwick said. Universities need to continue to push students to apply to college and look into their options in higher education, he said. These students will then be better prepared for the job market with a college degree. “If we prepare students to be well-educated so that they can acquire those skills no matter what the future of the economy is, then that’s really the best education that we can give them,” Ludwick said. Jeff Rea, former Mishawaka mayor and current president and CEO of the St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce, said the “brain drain” issue plagues many schools in Indiana. More students choose to leave the state to find further education and jobs elsewhere, he said. Rea said more viable job opportunities need to be available for new college graduates and university peer networks can help educate alumni about these openings. Former Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan said the state government needs to work with universities to maximize opportunities for students to afford a college education. “The goal would be to make sure that every kid in Indiana that wants to go to college gets to go because the resources would be in place to do that,” Kernan said. “We’re a long way from that.” The state and local governments need to continue to collaborate with universities and colleges to encourage high school students to go to college, Kernan said. This partnership is critical to these students’ futures. “The only way to guarantee that we achieve the kinds of results that we all know are necessitated by this globally competitive world is to continue to work together and to collaborate to do what’s best for our universities, colleges and our communities,” he said. University Registrar Chuck Hurley, a former president of IACRO, said Indiana universities need to continue innovating and using new technology to attract students to higher education. “People in the registrar and admissions areas have thought about their duties in a very traditional fashion,” Hurley said. “Because of the state of the current economy and the fast pace of modern technology we have had to think about innovative ways to do registration and all types of things, and how to continue to be much bigger players now in the global economy.”last_img read more

MBA student, wife to build library

first_imgNotre Dame MBA student Conor Evans and his wife Lauren always knew they wanted to use their engineering and construction talents to benefit others. The Evans recently acted on their dream and partnered with Invisible Children, an international non-profit movement set on ending conflict and children soldiering in Uganda, to build a library for the Lacor Secondary School in Gulu, Uganda. They are calling the initiative the 31 Lengths Campaign. “The main thrust of the project is to get out there using our individual talents and passions in life, our own skills, to do good in the world in a sustainable manner, as opposed to charity, which is walked away from,” Conor Evans said. Lauren Evans said the two began researching non-profit organizations about a year ago, looking for a partner whose mission matched theirs. They settled on Invisible Children, a movement that began in 2003 when three filmmakers from Southern California created a documentary about the conflict in Uganda. The library will attempt to move Uganda toward a business-centered economy, rather than an agrarian-centered one, beginning with its children, Conor Evans said. “All of the library functions are designed so the library is sustainable,” he said. “The lasting impact is to be an incubator to promote commerce to stabilize the region.” Rainfall in Uganda is predicted to decrease 24 percent over the next 80 years, Conor Evans said, a fact that greatly increases the probability of civil war in the country. “If we can educate them and create commerce to where they are not as reliant on agriculture for their livelihoods, that is the end goal of the mission,” he said. While local contractors and workers designed and will build the library, the 31 Lengths Campaign will assist in other ways. “Conor and I and our team are there to raise the funds,” Lauren Evans said. “Also, the Invisible Children engineering staff asked if we would train them in Western building practices. I’m creating a curriculum for classes such as concrete cracking issues and safety.” The campaign is currently focusing on fundraising. In order to raise the $90,000 needed for the project, the team is taking a pyramid approach, which involves goals of a certain number of people donating a certain amount of money each. “It’s a mix of speaking to both enough people and a few really big [donations],” Conor Evans said. Sophomore Emily Mediate, leader of the undergraduate involvement branch of the project, said there are numerous ways for students to participate with the project. “What we’re really looking for now is awareness of the issues going on in Uganda,” Mediate said. “We want people to start dialogue about it, start thinking about it and start having it on their radar.” Mediate said she is looking to partner with student government’s Social Concerns committee to hold a fundraiser. “We talked about hosting events in dorms, maybe some kind of dorm competition, but definitely having representatives interested in the project present on the issues going on and the larger picture and how they can get involved in Africa or Uganda,” she said. Mediate said students are also welcome to become involved in other aspects of the project. “A lot of Notre Dame students want to both get experience in their fields and make an impact,” she said. “And this is a wonderful way to do that.” Lauren Evans said undergraduates can get involved in other branches of the project, too. These include library construction, engineer staff training, fundraising, library program development, economic development consulting and art. “If they are Education majors and they want to help me create a curriculum to train the engineering staff, they are absolutely welcome,” Lauren Evans said. “If they are geared toward business and marketing, we can use them too.”last_img read more

Columnist writes book on religion

first_imgWhat’s wrong with American Christianity today? Just ask New York Times columnist, Ross Douthat, who will speak on his latest book, “Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics,” Wednesday at the Eck Hall of Law. Douthat said the book was intended to capture what is occurring within American Christianity. He said he defines “heresy” in two ways – when one completely departs from faith or when one pushes traditional faith to an extreme. “The ultimate goal of the book is to make a theological argument about how American religion [has become] increasingly heretical,” Douthat said. “[What constitutes heresy is] the hardest question human beings experience.” Douthat said he wrote “Bad Religion” in response to the stark divisions he observed between the religious and secular spheres during the Bush administration era. “Every argument about religion boiled down to whether God exists,” Douthat said. “I thought it made it seem like Americans in particular were divided into conservative Christians and secular people, and it didn’t capture America in all its weirdness and complexities.” The book also tries to take a more serious look at “pop spirituality,” Douthat said. “I spent a lot of time on figures like the author of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ [Elizabeth Gilbert] and Dan Brown’s ‘The Da Vinci Code,’” he said. “Those are the places where a lot of Americans get a lot of their religious sensibilities.” Douthat said he wanted “Bad Religion” to explore what happened to the Catholic Church and Protestant denominations in America beginning in the 1940s. “There were times when I thought I bit off more than I could chew,” Douthat said. “[The history] is just the first half of the book … I tried to cover such a broad and complicated story. It’s a hard story to tell … You could write a whole book about just what happened to Catholicism in the 1960s.” As the youngest op-ed contributor at the New York Times, Douthat said his youth was an advantage for finding a historical perspective on the internecine conflicts in the late 20th0th century. “I like to think that part of what I’m trying to do with my book is put some of the religious conflict in a bit of a historical perspective,” he said. “I didn’t participate in a lot of these debates, [which] gives me a little bit of distance and fresh perspective.” A Harvard graduate, Douthat said his education as a Catholic at a politically liberal school makes his perspective particularly interesting. Douthat said “Bad Religion” would be a fascinating read for Notre Dame students because it distills the challenge of trying to be traditionally Christian in a 21st-century society. “[I tried to] determine what the real challenges to the Catholic faith are,” he said. “Secularism isn’t that powerful … There are potent alternatives, [for example,] pseudo-Christianity.” Compared to his past two books, “Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class” and “Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream,” Douthat said “Bad Religion” is the most ambitious. “[‘Privilege’] was a personal book, with a bit of sociology, that commented on elite education … It was a more limited subject,” he said. “[‘Grand New Party’] was more ambitious, but I did have a co-author. We shared the burden of tackling history and modern policy.” Douthat said he was honored to speak at Notre Dame as part of his tour. “[Notre Dame] is the flagship Catholic institution,” he said. Douthat will speak in 1140 Eck Hall of Law at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. Lunch will be served.last_img read more

Anthropology week hits SMC

first_imgSaint Mary’s Anthropology club planned to kick off its annual “Anthropology Week” on Monday with a mock archaeological dig, an event cancelled due to poor weather conditions, club co-president Cristina Bueno said. “Because of the weather we were unable to do the dig,” Bueno said. “However, we do plan on rescheduling it for later in the semester. We are still looking forward to the rest of our events for the week.” Bueno said she hopes this week will promote the study of anthropology on the whole campus, as the club wants students to know about all the different facets of the discipline.  “There are a lot of different ways people can get involved with it and that is what we love about the subject the most,” Bueno said. “It is broad and can reach out to a wide range of people.” The first event, the mock dig, was supposed to draw in students focused on the archeology subfield of anthropology. “This subfield of anthropology focuses on material remains such as pottery and sometimes includes human remains,” Bueno said. “For the mock dig we were planning on placing little prizes on the volleyball courts so students could dig and see what it is like to be out in the field doing this work.” Today, the club will switch gears and focusing on cultural anthropology, she said. Melissa Medich, Global Studies Department lecturer, will speak about the Etruscan Mortuary Practice. “Professor Medich will be doing a comparative analysis of funerary art in Etruscan tombs during the fourth and fifth centuries BCE,” Bueno said. “This represents a mix between cultural and archaeological anthropology. She is going to discuss how materials remains can be used to learn about past cultures.” Wednesday’s event will move into the biological subfield of the discipline, Bueno said. We will be filming “Gorrilas In the Mist,” a film about the life of Dian Fossey, a naturalist who dedicated her life to the study of gorillas in Rwanda during a civil war, she said. “Part of biological anthropology focuses on primates,” Bueno said. “This is a perfect film to show because it entertaining, but also very educational.” The week will conclude with a Holi Festival of Colors, an event focused solely on the subfield of cultural anthropology, she said.”This festival originated in India and is celebrated in the spring,” Bueno said. “It celebrates the arrival of spring with the throwing of color powder. We wanted to have our last day of the week include a very fun and vibrant event.” Contact Kaitlyn Rabach at [email protected]last_img read more

Author critiques court decision on same-sex marriage

first_imgSupreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is trying his hand at “freshman philosophy” to redefine marriage in his Supreme Court opinion on same-sex marriage rather than relying on the words of the constitution and legal precedent, Ryan Anderson said.Ryan T. Anderson, the William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow in American Principles and Public Policy, gave a lectured titled “Truth Overruled: Marriage and the Future of Religious Freedom” in DeBartolo Hall on Monday evening. The lecture, which was sponsored by Students for Child Oriented Policy, discussed the impact of the recent ruling by the Supreme Court on same-sex marriage and its possible repercussions on marriage and the family.Anderson said heterosexual couples that do not adhere to the institution of marriage in its full meaning have caused the problems that afflict the family today.“The legal redefinition of marriage could only take place after the cultural redefinition of marriage,” he said. “It is only after 50 years of heterosexuals making a mess of love, and sex and the family with non-marital child bearing and high rates of divorce that Anthony Kennedy can say the male-female part doesn’t matter. … This problem with the decline of marriage rates and the increase of non-marital childbearing is a direct consequence of the sexual revolution and the values it began promulgating about the family.”Anderson said the problem with Justice Kennedy’s ruling is it enshrines the vision of sexuality and marriage that centers on adult romance into our constitution.“If you think the past 40 or 50 years of marriage practices in the United States has been a good thing for our children, and a good thing for families and communities, the same past 40 or 50 years where we’re seen the introduction about hook-up culture and the doubling of divorce rates, if you think that’s been a good thing for human well-being and human flourishing, then by all means cheer on Anthony Kennedy’s decision,” he said. “If you think this has been problematic in many respects for human well-being and human flourishing, then you might want to be cautious before having five unelected judges redefine what marriage is and then say our constitution requires it.”Anderson said the overarching argument of his book, which shares a name with the lecture, is that the marriage movement should model itself after the pro-life movement.“Just like Roe v. Wade, there is nothing in the constitution that actually says there is a constitutional right to have an abortion,” Anderson said. “So too, there is nothing in the actual constitution that requires a redefinition of marriage.”The Fourteenth Amendment does not give an explicit definition of marriage, Anderson said, and this lack of common understanding about the institution of marriage is the true point of contention in the marriage debate.“Everyone is in favor of marriage equality,” he said. “Everyone wants the law to treat all Americans equally. The only way that Kennedy could attempt to show the law was violating equality was to smuggle in his own vision of marriage that sees marriage about primarily consenting adult romance.”Anderson said the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage is degrading the status of marriage in contemporary culture.“The law cannot teach both views of marriage, it will teach one or the other,” Anderson said. “The law will then shape our culture, our culture will then shape our beliefs, and our beliefs will shape our actions, and not just for you in the audience but for your children and your children’s children.”The restructuring of marriage to become more compatible with modern attitudes about dating will have negative consequences for the family, he said.“Now that Justice Kennedy has redefined marriage to make it a genderless institution, there is no institution left in public life that promotes the ideal that every child deserves both a mother and a father,” Anderson said. “What defining marriage does is say men and women are interchangeable and that mothers and fathers as replaceable.”Anderson said it is better for children to be raised by a mixed-gender couple, and that this benefit to children is the reason for governmental involvement in marriage.“A secondary concern of mine is the effect redefining marriage has on children,” Anderson said. “A child raised by both a mother and a father is provided with the best environment for human flourishing, and there are a few reasons why. Science supports the fact that biology matters, gender matters, and stability matters.”Anderson said the demonization of those who have traditional views of the institution of marriage acts as an obstacle to intelligent discourse on the topic.“If you heard people say over the course of the past decade that if you’re against same-sex marriage, then you’re no better than a racist bigot who is against interracial marriage, believe them,” he said. “Now that they are in the ascendency of cultural power, they intend on treating people who believe marriage is the union between a man and a woman as if they are racists or bigots.“Unlike the abortion issue, too many people at the elite level on the marriage issue view people who believe marriage is the union of a man and a woman as not only wrong, but also evil. It is our challenge, as Middle America, to have a debate where reasonable people of good will can disagree but coexist.”Tags: #SCOP, marriage equalitylast_img read more

Stanford rector reflects on time with residents

first_imgWith a diverse repertoire of previous addresses including locations such as Texas and Iraq, Justin McDevitt now calls Stanford Hall home.McDevitt, the current rector of Stanford Hall, is starting his second year in the dorm. Hailing from Conroe, Texas, McDevitt went to college at the University of Houston and law school at the University of Loyola Chicago. He came to Notre Dame to pursue a Ph.D in political science, when he suddenly discovered a different passion, he said.“I had been TA-ing and I co-taught a course, and I was about to enter into the period when I needed to stop teaching and just hide in the library for a year and a half for my dissertation,” McDevitt said. “I decided that that wasn’t my passion. My passion was to work with students.”McDevitt said he came to this realization with the help of Fr. Sean McGraw, political science professor and the co-founder of the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE). McGraw brought up the possibility of McDevitt becoming a rector, which at the time McDevitt knew nothing about. However, once he heard the description, he said, he was sold.“The first year was great,” McDevitt said. “I’m kind of spoiled — we had an incredible rector before, and so the hall was in great shape. He was just a very well-respected guy.”McDevitt said his first year was a great year for Stanford. The hall claimed two titles: interhall football champions and Hall of the Year.“When we won Hall of the Year there were 150 guys in the back waiting for us,” he said. “It was really a triumphant, really special moment.”Before becoming a rector, McDevitt completed years of higher education and worked as a cost analyst for a government contractor at their headquarters in Baghdad. However, he said, he feels like he has finally found the perfect job fit.“My first day as rector, a first-year from the Middle East asked me to help him do his laundry, and I realized that I went from teaching political parties to teaching kids how to do laundry — and I was fine with that,” he said. “I am teaching. I’m teaching life instead of political science.”McDevitt is excited to bring the role of a rector to the forefront, he said, and show that it is a crucial role where someone is dedicating their lives to students. McDevitt said he believes he likes this aspect so much because of the people that have surrounded him during his life.“I’ve had so many great people in my life, and if I look back on my own experiences the parts where I learned the most were kind of everyday life experiences,” he said. “I learned a lot of important things in the classroom, but really so much of life happens outside the classroom. For a lot of these guys the rector is the teacher for the rest of the time. Rather than having students for three hours a week, I have them for everything but three hours a week.”McDevitt said after years of study and work he finally feels like he is at a point where he is confident and passionate about what he is doing.“I feel like after 24 years of higher education, I’ve been to at least two countries on every continent, this is where I’m home,” he said.Tags: Hall of the year, Justin McDevitt, Stanford Halllast_img read more

Princeton University professor delivers second annual Tocqueville Lecture

first_imgMany in a democratic society shy away from the world “ruler” when describing their political leaders. Yet this term is not completely incompatible with liberal, democratic ideals, Princeton professor Robert P. George argued in the second Tocqueville Lecture on Thursday.“Now, my point is not to hoot at the idea of government, and those holding governmental offices and controlling the levers of governmental power, as ‘servants.’ On the contrary, I want, in the end, to defend the idea that rulers truly can be servants,” he said. “They are people who serve us by ruling. They serve us well by ruling well.”George argued for servant leadership and limited government as a means to preventing corruption, in the lecture hosted by the Tocqueville Program for Inquiry into Religion and Public Life at Notre Dame. At Princeton University, George also serves as director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.The Tocqueville Program, along with its sister program, the undergraduate minor in constitutional studies, “seeks to nurture informed conversation, learning and scholarship about the fundamental principles of a decent and just political regime with a particular focus on religious liberty,” according to its website.George began by acknowledging a liberal and democratic society’s aversion to the word “ruler” when thinking about their political leaders.“It is our boast that we rule ourselves,” he said. “So, we prefer to speak of them not as our rulers, but as servants — public servants, or at least as people being in ‘public service.’”To understand what exactly it means to ‘rule well,’ George focused a large part of his lecture on the idea of the common good.“The moral justification for the rulers’ ruling is service to the good of all, the common good,” he said. “And the common good is not an abstraction or Platonic form hovering somewhere beyond the concrete well-being — the flourishing — of the flesh-and-blood persons constituting the community. It just is the well-being of those persons and of the families and other associations of persons … of which they are members. The right of legitimate rulers to rule — and they do have a right to rule — is rooted in the duty of rulers to rule in the interest of all. In other words, the basis of the right to rule is the duty to serve the common good.”George said an important, pragmatic component of service to the common good is the use of limited government.“There is a profound lesson in this for those of us who are interested in ensuring that rulers remain servants, ruling in the interest of citizens and do not reduce citizens to a condition of dependency or servitude,” he said. “For it is critical to the effective limitation of governmental power that there be substantial non-governmental centers of power in the city.”In other words, George said he believes in the necessity of numerous private institutions in which the people play an active role. These people are equally important, moreover, in the political institutions as they are in their own private institutions.“So, in a sense, it is up to the people themselves, ourselves, to decide whether they will rise above the corruption that has demeaned parliamentary politics or permit it to infect the culture at large,” he said. “But the people are not some undifferentiated mass; they are people, you and me, individuals.”In a question and answer session following his lecture, George was asked about the role that institutionalized universities play in a political regime, a question that enabled him to conclude his presentation with the idea of religious liberty that is so central to the Tocqueville Program and Notre Dame itself.“Now, things can take on a special character and create a new wrinkle when your university is integrated with your faith, which I think still happens here at Notre Dame,” he said. “Maybe, I’ll take this opportunity just to say how easily lost that integration of faith and knowledge is. I encourage you to hang on to it. Don’t let your institution go down the road so many have gone down, including my own.”Tags: Constitutional Studies, Princeton University, Tocqueville Lecture, Tocqueville Programlast_img read more

University awards 2020 Evangelium Vitae Award

first_imgNotre Dame’s de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture announced in a Sunday news release it will award the 2020 Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae medal to Vicki Thorn. Thorn founded Project Rachel, a post-abortion care program, and is currently executive director of the National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation and Healing, the release said.“Vicki Thorn’s work has been a source of healing for women and men whose lives have been touched by abortion,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in the release. “I’m grateful to the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture for recognizing Ms. Thorn for her service to the Church and to the work of mercy on behalf of a culture of life.”Carter Snead, the de Nicola Center’s director, said the University was “pleased” to honor Thorn with the metal.“Vicki Thorn has dedicated her life to caring for women and men who have been wounded by abortion,” Snead said in the release. “Her work is a living witness to the unconditional love and mercy that lies at the heart of the culture of life.”Thorn, a grief counselor and spiritual director, founded Project Rachel — a network of clergy, medical and spiritual professionals who provide “one-on-one, confidential post-abortion care” — in 1984 while working for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. The program is now overseen by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and has satellites in most dioceses as well as in 25 other countries.In addition to her work with Project Rachel, Thorn is a lecturer on abortion and author of “Project Rachel, The Face of Compassion,” which was published by the Vatican Publishing House in 2009. She is a member of Pontifical Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, the 2009 recipient of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop’s People of Life Award and is a corresponding member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, according to the release.Kevin Rhoades, bishop of the diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, named Thorn as key figure in the right-to-life movement.“In awarding Vicki Thorn the prestigious Evangelium Vitae Medal, Notre Dame recognizes her important service of the Gospel of life,” Rhoades said in the release. “She has helped thousands of women who have had an abortion to accept St. John Paul II’s invitation in Evangelium Vitae to ‘not give in to discouragement and not lose hope.’ Project Rachel reminds us all that the Gospel of Jesus, the Gospel of life, is also the Gospel of mercy. I offer sincere thanks to Vicki especially for assisting so many women and men to experience God’s love and forgiveness and to become, in the words of St. John Paul II, ‘eloquent defenders of the right to life.’”The Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal is named after Pope John Paul II’s 1995 encyclical “Evangelium Vitae.” The award is “the nation’s most important lifetime achievement award for heroes of the pro-life movement,” the release said. Past recipients of the award are Mother Agnes Mary Donovan and the Sisters of Life; Congressman Chris Smith, co-chair of the Bipartisan Pro-Life Caucus as well as his wife, Marie Smith, director of the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues; supreme knight Carl Anderson and the Knights of Columbus; the Little Sisters of the Poor; the Jerome Lejeune Foundation and Harvard law professor Mary Ann Glendon.Tags: Abortion, de nicola center for ethics and culture, Evangelium Vitae Medal, University President Fr. John Jenkinslast_img read more

University suspends Hong Kong study abroad programs amidst anti-government protests

first_imgNotre Dame has suspended all programming in Hong Kong for the spring 2020 semester in the wake of ongoing anti-government protests, the University announced in a press release Wednesday. According to the release, 14 Notre Dame students were due to study in Hong Kong next semester at three separate institutions — the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.In the release, vice president and associate provost for internationalization Michael Pippenger said the student safety was the primary motivator for the University’s decision. The school is working with the 14 students to find other study abroad options.“International exposure is an important part of a Notre Dame education, and we reluctantly suspended programming in Hong Kong because student safety must be paramount,” he said in the release.Tags: China, Hong Kong, study abroadlast_img read more