Increased parking rates raise questions

first_imgAwareness and cooperation are the two things that Director of Security Dave Gariepy said can prevent students from receiving security issued traffic and parking citations.  Gariepy said good advice for students is to become familiar with the parking restrictions in order to avoid unwanted sanctions.  Despite the increased price of vehicle registration, Gariepy said the number of registered vehicles is consistent with past years with approximately 750 student vehicles. For more information on campus parking and traffic, students can visit or contact Saint Mary’s security at [email protected] “We were significantly undercharging for campus parking privileges as compared to other colleges,” Gariepy said. “The rates will be raised $10 per year for full academic year, on-campus registrants until the fee reaches $100.00.”  Student vehicles are able to park 24 hours in the Angela Lot and the three west rows and the single south row of the Regina Lot. The Angela Lot, the Regina Lot, the Commuter Lot (located north of the Science Lot) and the last three northern rows of the Science Lot are available for off-campus student drivers. The remaining lots on campus are reserved strictly for College faculty and staff. The money from the registrations fees goes into the College’s general fund. Although citations are more common at the beginning of the school year, Gariepy said this number will decrease as students become more aware of parking regulations. Students must also avoid any parking that would block traffic lanes, access ramps, crosswalks or trash receptacles. Grass, sidewalks and any yellow curbs are also off limits. In addition to the 750 student vehicles on campus, security also organized the many faculty and staff vehicles.  “The most common citations are issued when students park in faculty/staff spots and when students fail to register their vehicles,” Gariepy said.  A recent increase in cost of vehicle registration has lead to student speculation; however, Gariepy assures students that inflated cost is not a ploy to reduce the number of drivers on campus. last_img read more

Kroc Institute hosts Peace Conference

first_imgYesterday, the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies kicked off its annual Student Peace Conference and will continue the event this afternoon. Seniors Erik Helgesen and Nhu Phan, the Peace Conference co-chairs, said this year’s conference theme is “Strategies of Peace Transforming the Modern World.” “We decided on the theme because this is a field that is always transforming and during the events of the past year, especially with the events of the Arab Spring, we’ve seen new and interesting forms of peace building,” Helgesen said. Helgesen said the theme showcases the breadth of peace studies and its impact in transforming the modern world. “We want to showcase more traditional methods of peace building with more modern ones like social media,” Phan said. Phan said they hope the conference can help showcase development and they ways it can make a difference in the world. The conference features 270 representatives from approximately 50 schools from across the country, as well as students from Nepal, India, Poland and Turkey, she said. The conference includes a variety of panels, a documentary, and several workshops. Molly Kinder, a 2001 graduate and current director of special programs for Development Innovation Ventures in Washington D.C., will be this year’s featured speaker. “She has experience in the field and used the methods and strategies,” Phan said. “She’s a practitioner of both.” The peace conference partnered with the University of Maryland International Security School for a workshop and discussion about global security, Helgesen said. “The workshop will focus on the two issues of global climate change and nuclear technology,” he said. “20 to 30 people will really delve into the issues and I’m really excited for the workshop because I’m going to participate.” Another unique aspect of this year’s conference is a panel on the role of the military in peace building. “The panel will discuss if there is a place for the military in peace building and if so, in what capacity,” Phan said. Helgesen said this conference is a way to showcase the diversity of peace studies as a discipline. “It is so cool to see … everything from the environmental challenges to how sports and arts are used in peace building,” he said.last_img read more

Theologian speaks on link between sexuality, religion

first_imgIn a talk on sexuality and Catholicism, sponsored by the Gender Relations Center, theologian Terry Nelson Johnson actively engaged with audience members Wednesday night in the Joyce Center in hopes of going beyond “just another sex talk.” Johnson said his words were not aimed at providing information but rather at encouraging healing and transformation. “Sexuality is a gift, a threat, a force to be reckoned with,” Johnson said. “Sexuality is a mystery and that’s my contention.” Mysteries, such as sexuality, are bigger than people are, he said. Human beings are called to enjoy and enter into these mysteries but should not underestimate them. “The point of mysteries is to acquaint people with them and engage with them, not domesticate them,” he said. Johnson said words such as energy, passion and creativity are closely associated with the idea of sexuality. He said the physical aspect is not the point, and people need to understand sexuality as something beyond sex. Johnson quoted Catholic priest and theologian Fr. Ronald Rolheiser to make this point, saying “‘Sexuality is an all-encompassing energy inside each of us. It is the drive for love, communion, community. … It is not good to be alone.’” To explain this point, Johnson played a clip of the Yankees celebrating their win in the 1996 World Series. Audience members said the video expressed the team’s happiness, excitement and pride. Although the players could have expressed these emotions without physical contact, they still chose to hug each other and huddle together. “It’s just not as good from 10 feet away,” he said. When sexuality is embraced well, Johnson said it makes love and life present. It also functions as a sacrament for God’s sake in mediating God’s presence in the world. “Sexuality is a God-given resource to enhance our lives,” he said. “It is the source of life and love.” In tying sexuality to Catholicism, Johnson went on to explain Jesus’s sexuality. Jesus produced much love and life, he said. His sexuality was integrated, powerful and healing. The hallmarks of sacred sexuality are gratitude, privilege, wonder and awe, he said. Johnson’s goal was to help students understand these aspects as positives in constituting the good of sexuality. Sophomore Frannie Kelsey said the lecture caused her to think about sexuality in a new way. “I thought he had some really good points about sexuality that I hadn’t thought about before,” she said.last_img read more

Club connects alumni worldwide

first_imgNotre Dame seniors will disperse across the country after graduation, but thanks to the Alumni Association, every single zip code in the U.S. is associated with a Notre Dame club. Annie Duffy, worldwide clubs program director for Notre Dame’s Alumni Association, said there are 270 Notre Dame clubs across the world, 200 of which are in the U.S. “We can pretty much guarantee that once you leave campus, you’ll be in a place where there’s a Notre Dame group,” Duffy said. “These clubs are made up of alumni, family and friends, they’re completely inclusive. They’re based off of everyone’s love for Notre Dame.” The Alumni Association encourages seniors to update their information record with the University once they know where they will live after graduation so they can automatically be associated with the Notre Dame club in the area, Duffy said. “Our clubs will hold events throughout the year, camaraderie events like game watches or networking happy hours,” she said. “A lot of our clubs have Catholic spirituality events like Mass and breakfast, and a lot provide support for current students, like a send-off in August where everyone can wish them well as they go back to campus.”  Duffy said the Alumni Association’s website,, can connect graduated students with clubs in any particular city, and alumni are welcome to be a part of as many clubs as they want. Often times, the clubs are instrumental in helping graduates settle into their new lives, she said. “We strongly encourage [graduates] to get proactively involved in the clubs,” Duffy said. “It can never hurt to reach out to them to see what they have going on. You can connect with recent graduates about where the best places to go are and what young graduates do in the city. It’s a great way to meet people and form friendships.” The alumni clubs mark just one example of the Notre Dame family’s expansion off campus, Duffy said. “Everyone really shares a passion for Notre Dame,” she said. “It’s tough for young alumni who are just graduating, you’ve been here for four years, you’ve formed this family and it’s always very sad to leave here. “But knowing you have this common connection with alumni wherever you go is unbelievable. I think it’s that shared value and that love for Notre Dame that keeps everyone connected and gives us the strongest alumni network in the country.” Contact Ann Marie Jakubowski [email protected]last_img read more

SMC welcomes diverse class of 2019

first_imgThursday, about 420 new Belles strolled down the Avenue as the class of 2019 moved in. According to the Admissions Office, the number of women in the first-year class has 40 more students than last year’s incoming class, and the number of transfer students has doubled. This year more students than ever applied to the College, director of admissions Sarah Dvorak said. More than 1,700 applications went through the office, of which 1,382 were accepted. Sixty of those students applied early decision, and about 55 of them were accepted, Dvorak said. Nearly 13 percent of the women in the class are legacies, with either a mother or sister alumna connection. “As an all-women’s, Catholic, liberal arts college, we have a reputation as an academically challenging institution, and we work hard to set the expectation for what we expect our of our applicants,” Dvorak said. “We find that our students self-select at the point of application and therefore, we don’t receive too many applications from unqualified students.” Diversity has increased in the College as well. Incoming students come from five different countries, meaning Saint Mary’s students now come from 16 different countries including Vietnam, Japan and Zambia, Dvorak said.The class also represents a number of racial and ethnic minority groups including Latina, African American, Asian, American Indian or Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Dvorak said.  “The diversity represented in this class will undoubtedly impact the Saint Mary’s community in a variety of ways,” Dvorak said. “They represent a large spectrum of socioeconomic, geographic, racial and ethnic categories, but they also bring a wide array of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, experiences and academic and co-curricular interests.”Accepted students display a variety of talents, both academic and extracurricular. The incoming class includes women who have founded philanthropic organizations, entrepreneurs, musicians, artists and athletes, Dvorak said.  “We look for academically talented students who have challenged themselves in the classroom, achieved academically and who strive for social justice, equality and human dignity,” Dvorak said. “We want students who will flourish at Saint Mary’s — who will appreciate the benefits of an all-women’s college and who will value the opportunity to explore and discover their passions and potential in the world.“I have no doubt that the Saint Mary’s community can only benefit from the opportunity to learn from this incredible class.”Tags: 2015, Admissions Office, Class of 2019, First Year Orientation, saint mary’slast_img read more

Yosimar Reyes clarifies, reflects on the misperceptions of immigrants

first_imgSaint Mary’s Diversity and Leadership Conference — which aims to promote attitudes of inclusion and dispel stereotypes about marginalized populations — kicked off in Carroll Auditorium on Monday night with a speech from Yosimar Reyes, a poet and activist who discussed his desire to amplify the often-muted voices of undocumented individuals.Those who quickly cast judgment and make assumptions about immigrants often struggle to cope with their own insecurities and fears, Reyes said.“I can only be myself,” Reyes said. “If you don’t like me based on the fact that I don’t have a social security number, then there’s a deeper investigation that you need to do within your own anxiety and your own healing.”Reyes said writing grants him the opportunity to relay and disseminate the lesser-known narratives of the undocumented community, which he said society often views strictly in terms of the labor, taxes and educational achievements they contribute.“One of the things that we do within this country is we have a really great analysis on race relations — we talk about racism very openly — but one of the things we really don’t have conversations about is class,” he said. “Wage inequality is something that is very real and something that really affects a lot of communities.”Americans often direct anger about unsatisfactory social or economic conditions toward immigrants, Reyes said, misplacing their frustrations and propagating harmful stereotypes.“People started saying undocumented people are stealing resources,” he said. “The reality is that most undocumented people are living below the poverty line, so they’re relying on whatever they can to make a living.”His grandparents, who sustained his household by selling recyclable bottle and cans, serve as a prime example of this phenomenon, he said.“For the longest time, I had a really hard time talking about how we managed to survive in this country, but now I’m more open about it because I realize that there are more people who understand poverty at a different level,” Reyes said. “One of the beautiful things is that now as a writer, I tell these stories and using the quote that ‘My grandparents took the trash this country gave them and recycled it and we made it into art.’”Reyes said the adversity undocumented immigrants face may seem especially pertinent now, as they have garnered a noteworthy media presence, but their struggles have historical roots. “In 1994, Prop. 187 — which is a proposition also known as Save Our State Law — was an initiative … to establish a state-run citizen screening system and prohibit illegal aliens from using non-emergency healthcare, public education and other services in the state of California,” Reyes said. “Prop. 187 was something I was really aware of as a kid because around this time I was in the third grade, and my grandma is taking me to Safeway, and I see a bunch of people protesting this. … It actually passed, but it went to court, and it never really went into effect.”Proposition 187 propelled citizens to view undocumented people in terms of dissimilarity, Reyes said, and this sentiment pervades modern culture decades later.“It’s interesting because this is proposed by Pete Wilson, and if you go look back … at videos that were promoting this, it’s the same talking points that we heard when Trump was coming into office,” he said. “It’s the same images of undocumented immigrants jumping the border.”His writing aims to re-envision the master narrative of undocumented individuals and grant them the deserved agency to define themselves, which will hopefully enable people to form connections and learn from one another.“One of the things that I’m trying to do … is to create work that gives undocumented people a mental break,” Reyes said. “I want to also create stories that make people laugh or remind them of something else or remind them how funny this predicament is. I think right now what we need is, ‘If you have some access to a network, how do you become a mentor to an undocumented person in your industry?’”Tags: Diversity and Leadership Conference, Immigration, Proposition 187, Save Our State, Undocumented, Yosimar Reyeslast_img read more

University welcomes early admits for class of 2023

first_imgNotre Dame released admissions decisions to its Restrictive Early Action (REA) applicants Dec. 14. Out of 7,217 applicants, a total of 1,532 were invited to the class of 2023 — roughly 21 percent — making this round of REA the most selective ever.Claire Kopischke | The Observer One-hundred-twelve fewer students were admitted this year than last year. According to Don Bishop, associate vice president of undergraduate admissions, this was because Notre Dame’s yield rate — the percent of admits choosing to enroll — continues to grow. In 2018, the total yield rate for all applicants — early and regular — went from about 55 percent to 57 percent. For REA admits only, the yield rate increased to about 67 percent. This puts the University in the top-10 highest yield rates for higher education institutions. Bishop said Notre Dame also aims to save more than half of applicants for the regular admission pool, lowering the number of students accepted this year. Additionally, Bishop said, applying early does not give students an inherent advantage, as most students applying early are at the top of the applicant pool.“The reason [applicants] apply early is that there’s nothing more they can do. They’re already at the top already, so they might as well apply,” Bishop said. “Lower-income households, first-generation households don’t apply as early and want more time to decide and spend more time applying … so the higher percentage of class that you cash in early may create an equity of access in regular action. A higher percentage of those groups come in the regular action pool, so if you overstuffed the first early fruit, you’ve really eliminated — to some degree — opportunity, and we don’t want to do that.”This REA group also is a diverse one — about 13 percent of the class is made up of either international students, dual citizens, or U.S. students abroad; first-generation student admits are up by 16 percent from last year; the number of U.S. students of color admitted through REA is up 15 percent; and 53 nations are being represented in the class. “We’ve gone out and identified more low-income students, and made sure that they knew Notre Dame was very encouraging to them,” Bishop said. “We have a lot of people that send us their test scores … so we have some interaction with them that they started, but we are trying to do more interaction with students that we start. We have been trying to find more students that are from first-generation households by creating relationships with community-based organizations where they know where the low-income, high-achieving students are.”According to the release, the number of REA applicants is up 16.5 percent from 2017’s REA application round — an increase of 1,036 applicants. Bishop said he attributes this increase to the several steps the University has taken to continue the upward trend in applicants. “Part of it is that we’re doing a better job in the admissions recruitment effort,” he said. “Secondly, the campus development — all the new buildings — the campus just presents well. Also, the success of Notre Dame alumni, and the students have really gotten very involved in helping us recruit the next wave of students.”This year, 1,375 applicants — 19 percent— were deferred to the regular decision pool. Bishop said, on average, about 100 applicants are accepted during the regular application round. If an applicant is deferred, Bishops advises them to demonstrate they are still interested in attending, and update the University on any changes in their grades, activities or awards. “We don’t want them to feel like they have to campaign, but they can send us any major updates to their transcript,” Bishop said.The admissions department looks for more than just grades; they look for students who have demonstrated motivations behind their accomplishments, a desire to go beyond just academics and to be of service to others, Bishop said. “In the end, it’s a balancing of your academic talent and potential, and some students have more potential that don’t come from all the resources that other students come from. So when we see that there is a talent level, if you give them the Notre Dame resources, we think that they will jump in performance higher than some other students who’ve come from enormous resources,” Bishop said. “Some of these students are more impressive to us, and we think that long term they are going to be, in some cases, the more dynamic people that will be Notre Dame graduates and serving in the world and not just serving their own success.”Tags: class of 2023, Don Bishop, early actionlast_img read more

Police Respond To North Side Shooting In Jamestown

first_imgJAMESTOWN – Police are investigating a shooting on Cherry Street near West 9th Street in Jamestown.Initial reports indicate 15 plus shots were fired around 4:30 p.m.Originally it appeared no one was injured, however Jamestown Police Captain Robert Samuelson says there were likely two shooters, with at least one of the two struck by gunfire.Police have yet to locate the shooting victim. Officers are asking anyone with information in the case to contact their tip line at (716) 483-TIPS (8477).We will continue to follow this story and provide updates. 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

Man Arrested For Allegedly Assaulting Woman With Baseball Bat In Jamestown

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image by Justin Gould / WNY News Now.JAMESTOWN – A Silver Creek man was arrested after allegedly assaulting a woman with a bat during a domestic dispute at the corner of North Main and Crossman Street on Friday afternoon.Jamestown Police allege Benjamin Catalino, 24, struck the woman several times with a baseball bat and damaged the pickup truck she was sitting in, breaking out several windows.Image by Justin Gould / WNY News Now.Catalino, according to police, fled from the scene on foot prior to officer’s arrival.Police later located Catalino a short distance away and took him into custody. Catalino is charged with second and third-degree assault, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and third-degree criminal mischief.He was held in Jamestown City Jail pending arraignment in the case.Police say the woman was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for medical treatment.last_img read more

Dunkirk Woman Faces Leandra’s Law Felony Charge

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Stock Image.SILVER CREEK — A Dunkirk woman has been charged with allegedly violating Leandra’s Law after she was stopped by deputies with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office.Deputies stopped Lisa Faison, 47, for an alleged traffic violation about midnight Wednesday in the Village of Silver Creek.Deputies said Faison had an eight-year-old child in her vehicle.She is charged with driving while intoxicated, felony DWI Leandra’s Law, unlicensed operator, failure to stop at a stop sign, speed in zone, and endangering the welfare of a child. Faison was processed for the arrest pending arraignment.last_img read more