Bayh speaks about government, common good

first_imgFormer U.S senator and governor of Indiana Evan Bayh, who was recently in New Zealand when an earthquake hit, said while the past few days have been traumatic, they have taught him how interrelated nations have become. “I feel like my last 48 hours have been an example of globalization,” he said. Bayh spoke about the role of the government in promoting the common good in an increasingly interconnected world, and the future of the American economy at the Notre Dame Forum Thursday. Bayh said though he hasn’t had time to reflect on the events, he did realize how heroic the U.S. government was in the face of disaster. “They stayed up throughout the night looking for Americans, trying to find tourists that were there, trying to get them out of the country,” he said. Bayh stressed the randomness of life and the necessity of preparing ourselves for adversity, as well as the importance of realizing the physical things are not important. “Your friends, your family, the relationships you forge,” he said. “That really is the stuff that makes life worth living.” Bayh moved on to discuss the responsibility of public figures to promote the common good in today’s complex world. The United States was founded on the beliefs of individual liberty, Bayh said, but in order to make the most of these freedoms, a sense of unification needed to emerge. He said he decided not to run for re-election in 2010 because partisanship has become too prominent in government. “I hope we focus on the fact that we’re Americans first and not Republicans or Democrats first,” he said. Bayh believes there are two factors that make an economy competitive in today’s world. One important facet Bayh noted was investment in research and developing and creating new commodities, such as new cures for disease and new ways of communication. Bayh said though the United States leads the world in the amount of money it invests in research and development, progress is flat while that of other countries is ascending. The second necessary feature is a high degree of education among the nation’s citizens. “We need to make sure our citizens can take advantage of the fruits of innovation by being innovators themselves,” Bayh said. The gap in standard of living between well-educated citizens and those without any education is growing, he said. This needs to be addressed before it has extreme an economic and political impact on society. “All of us need to know more about what’s going on to make informed decisions about who’s going to lead us,” he said. Bayh said the growing globalization of the economy raised questions for the role of the government. For example, Bayh cited Sept. 11 as an example between the great debate over personal liberties versus the need of government observation for safety reasons. “There really are no limits there because [the terrorists] are suicidal,” he said. “This changed the whole notion of our self-defense.” With enemies such as these, Bayh said the government needed to take extra precautions such as eavesdropping and surveillance, raising the question of how much is appropriate and how much is not. “If you get it wrong on one hand, you’ve trampled on our civil liberties, which goes right to the core of who we are,” he said. “If you get it wrong on the other hand, people die, which may be the greatest destruction of civil liberties.” With global threats to the people’s liberties, Bayh said the government must act in a way that keeps the nation safe but at the same time maintains the common good. “We have to be secure, but at the same time true to our values,” he said. Bayh said in spite of these issues, he was optimistic about the future of America as a strong force in the global economy. Europe is aging and in debt, he said, and while the Indian subcontinent is innovative, its large, poor population is a weakness. China, the last major competitor, has a quickly growing economy and a surplus of financial resources. However, Bayh said the country does not have a political system to absorb its population. He believes America will be the strongest contender in the global economy. “Look at the innate dynamism, the ingenuity and when the chips are down, the goodness of the American people,” Bayh said. “I just think we’re going to succeed.”last_img read more

Food Services opens new catering facility

first_imgNotre Dame Food Services introduced a new facility, the Center for Culinary Excellence (CCE), with a grand opening on Nov. 11. This facility was formerly known as the Food Services Support Facility, and it now prepares food for Notre Dame’s cafés, dining halls and catered events.The CCE houses a new catering kitchen, bake shop and Grab-n-Go program. The relocation of catering at North Dining Hall to the CCE opens up the opportunity for possible renovations in North Dining Hall.“Our goal is to improve student dining as well as our culinary experience on campus,” John Glon, manager of the CCE, said. “We have our own kitchen here, which we’ve built so that the staff at North Dining Hall can fully concentrate on the students.”The CCE achieves the goal of separating the student dining experience from the catering experience.“Chris Abayasinghe, director of Food Services, has put a big emphasis on separating our student dining staff from our catering staff to use those two as separate entities,” Glon said.Glon said in the past, dorms were built closer to North Dining Hall but eventually started to shift south.“Back in the 90s, South Dining Hall did mostly catering, and North Dining Hall did most of student dining due to location,” he said.Glon said the rapid growth in catering production at Notre Dame has called for efforts to balance both the student dining experience with catering.“Really, the biggest driving reason [for the CCE] was to take care of our customers better and take both catering and student dining with better respect to culinary excellence,” Glon said.Food Services also takes pride in its efforts for sustainability, and with the establishment of the CCE, food supplies will be delivered directly to campus units instead of being delivered to a central storage area first, Glon said.Throughout all these changes, Glon said his favorite part of the job and the overall experience has been the challenges.“The most rewarding part is when we exceed the expectations of the students and the customers, and we achieve what we are trying to do,” Glon said.Tags: CCE, center for culinary excellence, food services support facility, glon, john glon, North Dining Hall, South Dining Halllast_img read more

Boxers prepare for 85th Bengal Bouts

first_imgWei Lin | The Observer Andy Faustone (right) fights Jeffrey Wang in a round during last year’s Bengal Bouts. The Boutsbenefit Holy Cross missions in Bangladesh.Sunday marks the start of preliminary rounds for the 85th Bengal Bouts tournament, held annually in the Joyce Center Field House.For all participants, the long-running boxing tournament is an opportunity to raise money for Holy Cross missions in Bangladesh. For others, the fight goes farther.Bengal Bouts captain Pete McGinley said the tournament, which is broadcast on ESPN3 for the final round, “combines elements of sport and service to create a really unique experience.”“Like Dominic ‘Nappy’ Napolitano [who organized the first tournament] once said, the beautiful part of Bengal Bouts is that while there are some students who join simply for the boxing, most of the boxers are there because they know that they are doing something good for someone else,” McGinley said.McGinley said he has seen marked improvement in how connected the boxers feel with the people they are aiding.“This year we started having ‘Mission Mondays’, which would typically feature one of our boxers who has gone to Bangladesh either telling stories from his experience or just emphasizing the importance of the missions,” McGinley said.McGlinley said a crucial part of Bengal Bouts’ relationship with the Holy Cross missions is the International Summer Service Learning Program (ISSLP), which sends boxers to Bangladesh every year. Freshman Chris Dethlefs, who will live in Bangladesh this summer, said he hopes his experiences abroad will make him even more committed to the club’s mission.“Participating in the ISSLP will give me the chance to dedicate myself more fully to the real purpose of Bengal Bouts, which is a fight for the poor and marginalized in Bangladesh,” he said.Dethlefs said he appreciates both the service aspect and the physical challenge of the tournament.“After a grueling workout and seeing how hard each individual was working, I could see that I was going to love the challenges the club presented,” Dethlefs said.For junior Chris Bertini, the fight is personal. He said he was unable to compete his sophomore year because he was recovering from cancer, but he worked to regain strength for the 2015 tournament.“I was in terrible shape from my chemotherapy treatment four months prior, so I worked out on my own to get my fitness back,” he said.Bertini said the tournament is a way to show he has improved.“Bengal Bouts is my chance to prove to myself that I am capable of anything,” Bertini said.In addition to its service component, McGlinley said the tournament is a chance to connect with fellow students across grades – boxers commonly hear about the club from older friends, and some even knew of the tournament while still in high school.“That’s one of my favorite parts of Bengal Bouts, the way that it allows older guys to connect with underclassmen, especially freshmen, and get them involved with a great team early on in the fall semester,” McGinley said.Bertini said he hopes everyone attempts a challenge on par with boxing at least once in his or her life.“You don’t know how strong you really are until you challenge yourself,” Bertini said. “Whether it be Bengal Bouts, running a marathon, a grueling academic schedule or beating cancer.”Tickets for Bengal Bouts can be purchased through the tournament’s website. Student tickets cost $5, and a four-round season pass costs $20.Tags: Bengal Bouts, Chris Bertini, Chris Dethlefs, Pete McGinleylast_img read more

Author examines causes, outbreak of First World War

first_imgWhen Europe went to war in 1914, it was not as theatrically dramatic as the history books make it seem, according to Sir Christopher Clark, winner of the 2015 Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies.“The story of how this war came about was not a James Bond movie,” Clark said. “This kind of thing does not happen in 1914. It was not an Agatha Christie murder. It’s not that kind of story. It was an intensely interactive crisis [where actors were] willing to take risks — that’s the core cause here: All the key actors were all willing to take risks in this war.”Clark, who received the award for his book, “The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914,” delivered the 2015 Laura Shannon Prize Lecture on Thursday evening, focusing on the outbreak and preceding events of World War I. “It seems to me that there’s a theatrical intensity that repays revisiting these events. So I’d like to start by introducing a couple that was about to have a very bad day. Of course, that’s Archduke Franz Ferdinand and Sophie Chotek, who were visiting Sarajevo on the 28 of June,” he said. Clark said the couple was driving along the road by the river in Sarajevo when a bomb was hurled at their carriage. “The bomb originally missed and landed instead on the covering, the folded roof, and bounced back, probably assisted by the Archduke who had made this sort of swatting motion,” he said. “At this point, you would think that this would be a good time to call off their trip to Sarajevo. But when this was proposed, the response was more that of, ‘No, we can’t do that, this guy was just a lunatic.’”Shortly thereafter, Clark said, the man who threw the bomb was captured by a policeman and a barber with a pistol.“Where did these guys go? We need more barbers with pistols,” Clark said. “So these guys jump into the river to get the guy who threw the bomb. The Archduke saw him and told him to get him to an asylum, you know, business as usual. And they decided to go on with the day as planned.”After the couple stopped briefly to meet with some of the leading men of the city, they decided to reroute their original path, he said.“They didn’t want to go through the narrow streets in the Bazar district, and it was proposed that that would be dangerous, that it may be filled with assassins. So they decide to change the route, and it was fine, and it was all agreed. And that was fine, but someone forgot to tell the Czech driver that plan,” he said. “So then car number two comes to a complete stop in front of Schiller’s store, and that’s when the assassin had the perfect opportunity to take his shots.”It was there, in front of the store, that Ferdinand and his wife were killed, Clark said. Ferdinand’s last words were, “Sophie, Sophie, don’t die, stay alive for our children.”“The speed at which his last words were last publicized was incredible — it reminds us how globalized the world was already. He wasn’t JFK, but his death did trigger an immense wave of emotion. We mustn’t understate the emotion generated by the assassination,” Clark said. Though it was an act of terrorism, Clark said it is important to clarify the difference between Ferdinand’s assassination and recent acts of terrorism. “This act was not carried out in extreme cruelty; it was not an act of terrorism in the way we see in Paris,“ Clark said. ”It wasn’t that kind of unmeasured extreme murders. It doesn’t excuse these murders, but it helps to qualify them. There’s a difference between them and the terrorists we see in events like 9/11 or the attacks in London.”Though on the morning of June 28, Europe was at peace, Clark said mere days later Europe erupted in war.“If you had asked anyone if they thought a major war was on the brink, they all would have said no. It globalized at a really dazzling pace,” Clark said. Tags: Archduke Franz Ferdinand, laura shannon prize, world war Ilast_img read more

Festival promotes diversity through foreign films

first_imgCinema from all over the world came to Saint Mary’s on Monday at its annual World Cinema Festival.The Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) puts on the festival, which screens an international film each night of the festival’s run. The World Cinema continues through Thursday.“It’s just another one of our initiatives for internationalization on campus, bringing the world to Saint Mary’s and to the community,” Mana Derakhshani, director of CWIL, said. “We have people from the South Bend community who come.”CWIL hosts the festival because it furthers their mission, Julie Storme, World Cinema Festival organizer and associate director of CWIL, said.“That’s what CWIL is about,” Storme said. “It’s about intercultural women’s leadership, so it’s very much in the spirit of our office.”The process for selecting the four films involves taking into account several factors of both the production and subject matter of the film, Storme said.“We try to look for fairly recent films by women directors and/or a film focused on an issue of particular interest to women,” she said. “We don’t always find four films that fit into the category because we also try to distribute them in different regions around the world, and we try to vary them each year.”In selecting Monday’s film, “Nora’s Will”, Storme said she decided she wanted to include a Mexican film because the festival had never featured one before.“I was committed to getting a Mexican film this year,” Storme said.“Nora’s Will” is not only a Mexican film, but also touches on themes that are not traditionally thought of, Storme said. “It’s just a great film by a woman director,” Storme said. “It also is focused on a Jewish family in Mexico, and most people do not think about Jewish traditions in Mexico so that seemed like a good way to expand people’s horizons.”Tuesday’s film, “Hannah Arendt,”was chosen because the director, Margarethe Von Trotta, has visited Saint Mary’s in the past, Storme said.“[Trotta] was here last year, so we thought it would be appropriate to show one of her films,” Storme said. “It’s a very powerful film, about both a very important woman thinker.”The films to be screened on Wednesday and Thursday are “Desert Flower” and “Wolf Totem,” respectively. “[Students should go] to learn how life is different in other places, to learn about what the world thinks about things and issues that they might not know about,” Storme said. “Also at a women’s college, to appreciate the contribution that women have made to cinema in the world.”Storme said the World Cinema Festival allows for a widening of cultural knowledge.“We live in a world where we come in increasing contact with one another, [and] I feel it is our responsibility to know about the world,” Storme said.Tags: Cinema, International, Movies, Saint Mary’s World Cinema Festivallast_img read more

NDSP ensures safety of students, fans during football gamedays

first_imgChris Collins | The Observer Notre Dame Security Police ensure the safety of the 80,000 fans who enter the stadium on football gamedays.Shibata said there are four key components of game day security: campus safety staff, technology, stadium security policies — such as the prohibited items policy — and good communication.“We do ask different groups like the ushers and the concessions team — we ask them at the beginning of their day to take a look through their spaces and make sure everything’s safe and that they don’t see any safety or security concerns,” she said. “They have to check in with us and let us know that’s done before we’ll open the buildings for use, so we’re really making sure that everything is safe.”Shibata said the construction of Campus Crossroads presented “a challenge in a positive way” to game day security efforts. Architects of the new buildings consulted with NDSP, the fire department and events management to discuss how to design structures conducive to security and safety.“The architects of the buildings also have a lot of expertise around security and these types of facilities, so I believe it was designed very well, which puts us in a great place to get started,” she said. “Because if we built the buildings and then decided how we were going to do security, that would be not as effective.”Moving the band off the field and into the stands has increased safety for both football players and band members, Shibata said.“That has some to do with wanting to clear the field itself of people so that people are not at risk of being hurt,” she said. “I would say that’s an improvement in safety, for the members of the band and the players and the people working on the field, so I would say that does increase safety.”Program manager for crowd control in Notre Dame athletics Jim Smith worked as an usher for 17 years prior to assuming his current position. He said ushers serve as the “eyes and ears” for stadium security.“We’re really not here to be the fun police,” he said. “All of our policies are in place for the safety and protection of the fans and the guests. Although you may not know why that policy is in place, a lot of thought has gone into it to make sure that we’re protecting the fans and so that they have a fun, family-friendly environment.”Smith said fans should familiarize themselves with the University’s security policies — in particular, the prohibited items policies.“Prohibited items policies is generally where we get the most pushback, if people are going through security and when we have to turn people away because they’re in possession of something that’s prohibited,” he said.Ushers also get pushback from students when discouraging pushups after touchdowns, Smith said.“ … At first it looks like we’re just trying to stop people from having fun, but when you think about it, the people who are sitting next to the person doing pushups who aren’t involved in pushups are the ones who will most likely be injured if that person gets dropped on top of them,” he said. “Most of the time, when we explain that to somebody they go, ‘Ah, that makes sense.’”Ultimately, Shibata said, communication amongst security staff is the most challenging, but also one of the most important parts, of gameday security.“There are so many moving parts and so many thousands of people involved in making gameday go well and they all have their own little pieces of responsibility for safety,” she said. “ … So it’s a lot of coordination and good communication is really important.”Tags: Football Friday Feature, gameday, NDSP, security Approximately 80,000 people will enter Notre Dame Stadium to watch the Irish take on the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday. Campus safety staff will be working hard to ensure the safety of each and every guest, chief of Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) Keri Kei Shibata said.“Our goal is really to have a pervasive culture of safety so that everyone has safety as their top priority and everyone is taking ownership, and reporting issues, and coming up with ideas, addressing problems and things like that,” she said.last_img read more

International Cultural Festival celebrates diversity at Saint Mary’s

first_imgSaint Mary’s hosted its annual International Cultural Festival on Thursday evening, celebrating diversity and inclusion of all the cultures and traditions that are represented at the College. Students and professors alike shared music, dance, poetry and artifacts from their home countries.Around the World Club president and junior Gaju Gatera said the main purpose of this event — as well as all the intercultural events taking place this week — is to promote and celebrate the diversity within the Saint Mary’s community.“We dedicate this particular week to put the spotlight on those that have grown up in a different culture or have been touched by a different culture in any shape or form,” she said. “In brief, it’s a chance to support one another and learn more about each other with a bit of food and music in the mix.”Sandra Tarnowski, a sophomore from Poland, said the event allowed her the opportunity to share and speak out about where she comes from and learn about the cultures and practices of her peers.“Not everyone gets to travel all the time, so this is one way of traveling — by listening to other people’s stories and getting a glimpse into someone else’s country and culture,” she said. “Often people are not able to recognize international students at first glance, so having an event like this one allows for awareness of these students on campus, as well as a way for these students to share some of their identity with the Saint Mary’s community.”Adriana Petty, assistant director of international student/scholar services, said this festival is the biggest event for International Education Week. The week is aimed at informing students about various traditions from around the world and maintaining a welcoming environment that embraces other cultures, she said.“This type of event allows the Saint Mary’s community to come and see the diversity on campus, as well as the beauty of cultures across the world,” Petty said. “Sometimes students are so distracted by their academics and things that they might not notice that the student sitting next to them in class is from another country.”Petty said it is also a way to help students who are far away from home to share as well as educate their peers through their stories and talents.“It is important to have this type of event to welcome scholars as well as students to see and share some of their culture with the campus,” she said. “I believe it provides enrichment for our community so that we can learn more about other cultures and how to work collaboratively, which is one of the big reasons to have international education.”Sandra Usuga, an international professor from Columbia, performed various Latin American songs and discussed their origin and history. She said this event is a way of celebrating differences on campus.“I think it’s very important for students to get an idea of the different cultures that are represented here at Saint Mary’s College,” Usuga said. “I think we should keep doing these kinds of activities to promote mutual understanding and to see how we are more similar than different and [that] differences should always be celebrated.”Tags: culture, Diversity, International, International Cultural Festivallast_img read more

Saint Mary’s alumna addresses harassment and power dynamics in Hollywood

first_imgKate Hennessy, who has worked on films including “Lady Bird,” “Fences” and “Interstellar” and supervised famous actors and actresses including Viola Davis, Anne Hathaway and Sir Michael Caine, reflected on the #MeToo movement and life in Hollywood in the Vander Vennet Theatre at Saint Mary’s on Wednesday evening.Associate professor of psychology Karen Chambers said she read Hennessy’s posts on social media and was inspired to invite her back to Saint Mary’s to speak.“When #MeToo broke in Hollywood, I have Kate on social media because I run the Ireland program and she came to Ireland, I read Kate’s post about her experiences in Hollywood,” she said. “I thought she had some really interesting things to say about #MeToo and about what was being said in Hollywood. And so, I put it in the back of my head that the next time she makes one of her many cross-country journeys, that I would see if I could entice her to come back to Saint Mary’s to present.”Hennessy, who graduated from Saint Mary’s in 2012, said she started working in the film industry when she was in high school. As part of her job, Hennessy oversees a multitude of tasks including running set, working with various departments to create a schedule for the next day, placing background actors and keeping the cast and crew on schedule, she said.“After talking my way onto set one day, I started working as a production assistant in high school,” she said. “Eleven years later, I now work as an assistant director as part of the Directors Guild of America. I’ve worked on $250 million big-budget blockbusters and I’ve worked on tiny indie films — working in Los Angeles to New York, from San Francisco to Boston and even to Las Vegas and Hawaii.”Regarding her experiences as a woman in Hollywood, Hennessy said she feels there is a big power problem in the film industry.“I have worked on over 50 film projects with only four of them being directed by women,” she said. “As difficult as it is to have these experiences happen to yourself, there is also a difficulty in seeing it happen to someone else. It’s not just a matter of being able to speak up for yourself but it’s also a matter of supporting the voices of other women as they speak up.”Hennessy said although she was not raped, she was assaulted almost every day on the job. After sorting through 10 years of feelings on the issue, Hennessy said, she finally decided to speak out with a post on Facebook.“I’ve been touched, talked to and treated inappropriately since I started. I’ve had an actor undo my bra through my shirt in front of hundreds of people because ‘it was a prank,’” she said. “I’ve been asked when texting if ‘I use those fingers on my boyfriend.’ I’ve purposefully hidden behind walls or avoided the lunch room, so I didn’t have to feel watched by certain crew members. The list goes on, but it doesn’t matter. It needs to stop.”Hennessy said the #MeToo movement is something that has been brewing beneath the surface in Hollywood for years. She said it is about time that these incidents have come out and that both men and women can now be held accountable for their actions.“Make no mistake, people have known about these allegations for years and these occurrences have been happening for far too long, sweeping across far too many professions,” she said. “As women, we show up to work — not to get abused, not to get harassed, not to feel the need to hide and not to feel uncomfortable. We show up to work. It’s absolutely time for a change and it’s time that both men and women are held accountable for their actions.”Hennessy said the catalyst for change in every industry, especially Hollywood, will be women supporting women. She said that she believes it is important for young women to know their rights so they are not caught off guard.“There’s a certain stigma that exists that sexual abuse only encompasses rape,” she said. “However, sexual harassment in the workplace is so much more than just rape. If it makes someone feel uncomfortable or compromised, then it’s harassment and that happens every day and in every industry.”Before incidents occur, Hennessy said, it is helpful and important for young women who are about to go into the workforce to educate themselves so they can be prepared.“Do your research, know the numbers, be able to have full-fledged conversations and debates with people on the subject,” she said. “I think that the best thing that you can do for yourselves is to be prepared, know the facts. You look at things like Parkland, [Florida] — a movement is happening. Whether you agree with it or not it doesn’t matter, the point is that it’s happening because these students were prepared.”Hennessy urged young women to be ready, engaged and set boundaries on these issues.“When those discussions come you can be ready with the facts but also knowing your game plan, think about what your boundaries are,” she said. “So that when stuff happens, not only harassment but for example, if you’re pigeon-toed into a job because you’re a woman, you need to be prepared and you can challenge that. I truly believe that the answer lies in beginning the conversation. It took me 10 years to be able to talk about this.”Hennessy said that the biggest thing women can do to challenge societal norms is to support other women.“I think that the biggest thing us, as women, can do is support other women, hire other women, get each other in the work field and have each other’s backs,” she said. “As long as you guys are prepared, you guys are going to be the ones to make a change, I absolutely, wholeheartedly believe that. I challenge you to support your female filmmakers, your female doctors, whatever work field you guys are going into, support each other and don’t compete with one another. You guys have the power to make things happen.”Tags: #MeToo, Hollywood, Kate Hennessy, Sexual harassmentlast_img read more

Bishop weighs in on young people’s engagement with, exploration of faith

first_imgWhile often raised in religious traditions, many young people, known as the “Nones” do not identify with any single faith. Bishop Robert Barron, founder of Word on Fire ministries, is seeking to evangelize this population, he said in a lecture at Leighton Concert Hall on Monday.“ … The situation of young former Catholics is at the same time, something of an indictment of our educational, catechetical strategies, and I believe this, at the same time, a real Kairos,” he said. “It’s a privileged moment to connect with young people. It’s a call to action. It’s all of that at the same time.”Citing the research of Notre Dame professor Christian Smith, Barron explored the trends amongst formerly Catholic young adults. One finding, he said, was that most people in this demographic believe in a god of some sort.However, he said, many do not have a clear sense of who God is, revealing a “rather deep confusion.”“I’ve found in my own work with young people that the Augustian anthropology ‘Lord, you have made us for yourself, therefore the heart is restless until it rests in you,’ still provides a good deal of traction,” he said. “People instinctively know that none of the goods of this world finally satisfy the longing for joy that’s hard-wired into them. Tapping into this delicious dissatisfaction, if I can riff on a theme of C.S. Lewis, ought to be central to any program of our evangelizing of the young.”Barron said young, former Catholics often have religiously diverse family and friends, referencing Smith’s research. For fear of conflict, they avoid religious discussions, Barron said, and consequently, believe religion results in one of two extremes: violence or “bland toleration.”An alternative to these polar opposites, Barron said, is religious argument.“One can marshal evidence, form hypotheses, cite authorities, make illuminating analogies, draw conclusions — in a word, one can make arguments religiously,” he said. “And contra Kant, it matters very much what we believe in regard to doctrine. Why? Ethical imperatives are grounded finally in certain metaphysical and anthropological convictions. Just as flowers will eventually wither once they’re removed from the plant that sustains them, so ethical principles will as they are disassociated from a doctrinal framework.”Many of the “Nones” subscribe to relativism, hindering them from committing to any single religion, Barron said.“In the measure I cannot or will not decide, I can remain permanently uncommitted,” he said. “But see, when we see this precisely in the religious context, we see how debilitating it is, for it means irresponsibility in regard to the highest and most important things. Not to take a judgment, not to take a stand.”Former Catholics often object to the religion on the grounds that faith is incompatible with reason, Barron said. In part, he said, this trend can be traced to a “dumbing down” of Catholicism and a failure to cultivate the intellectual aspects of Catholicism.“Now mind you, I’m a Catholic,” Barron said. “We’ve got a broad sense of what this is all about. Does emotion belong to the faith? Yes. Does the experiential? Yes. Please don’t misconstrue me here. But I think we have underplayed at least at the catechetical level, the intellectual.”Barron cited the biblical story of Samuel and Eli, wherein a young man, Samuel, hears the voice of God, but must rely on the guidance of Eli, his elder, to discern this voice. As in the this story, Barron said, young people need the guidance of older generations to truly live the Catholic faith.“We need, it seems to me, an army of Elis to rise up who know how to hear and interpret the word of God and help our young people to discern that voice … so they can move out of that space of the ego drama and learn to live in this wonderful expansive space of God’s great drama for them,” he said. “I think that’s the challenge today. And that’s the great opportunity.”Tags: Bishop Robert Barron, cultures of formation, McGrath Institute for Church Life, Word on Fire Catholic Ministrieslast_img read more

Student practice squad helps women’s basketball prepare for games

first_imgIt’s been a little over a week since junior Arike Ogunbowale sunk not one, but two game-winning buzzer beaters to lead Notre Dame’s women’s basketball team to a national championship. But, to those who play against her every day, this shot is nothing new.The Notre Dame Women’s Basketball team’s practice squad, comprised of 17 male students, serves as the scout team for the Irish, senior captain Reed Hunnicutt said. The practice players attend practice each day and fill the roles of specific players the team will encounter in the next game. They also see the ins and outs and extra hours spent in the gym.“When Arike hit that last shot, I’d probably seen her make that like 50 times in practice,” Hunnicutt said.Senior assistant captain Conor Triplett said that Ogunbowale practiced her game winning shot often.“She’s not lying when she says that’s what she practiced,” he said. “She wanted the ball in her hands, and we all wanted the ball in her hands.”Practice squad members have a unique perspective into each women’s basketball player. Hunnicutt explained that prior to each practice, the coaches will show film of the team’s next opponent to the practice squad, assigning each member an opposing player to imitate and teaching the plays the team runs. From there, it’s just basketball. “The biggest thing is trying to be smart basketball players, because at the end of the day they want us to run certain things and do certain things, so guys need to be able to listen and run plays,” Triplett said.  “We try to be the brains behind it because we have a lot of guys that aren’t used to that: learn a play and then 15 minutes later, run it live.”Triplett and Hunnicutt were both recruited for the team after playing games of pickup basketball. Hunnicutt, the recruiting coordinator for the past three years, said that the team looks for a mix of post and guard players. Players must also measure physicality based on what the team needs. Notre Dame assistant coach Niele Ivey said that the ability to adapt style of play to fit the role is something she looks for in potential practice players, but that players must still be competitive.“The practice squad provides more strength and athleticism.  It gives our young women the opportunity to play against bigger, stronger players which helps us when we play against the likes of UConn, Louisville and Texas A&M,” Ivey said in an email. “As coaches, we like our practices to be harder than the games and with our fantastic squad, it usually is.”Playing against the practice squad gives the team a competitive edge in real games, Hunnicutt explained.“I think it just gives them a more competitive look, because if they can beat us, they can probably compete with the teams they’re playing, and we have a little more size and athleticism than the teams they play, so I think it helps them to have us there,” Hunnicutt said.Off the court, the practice squad supports the team at games and online, especially through their Twitter account, @NDPracticeSquad. Last week, Hunnicutt and Triplett, along with other members of the practice squad, traveled to Columbus for the Final Four and watched the team claw its way back to a national championship. After the game, they joined fans and families back in the team hotel to welcome back the Irish, and head coach Muffet McGraw stopped the receiving line to seek them out.  “[She] saw us and walked over and gave each of us a hug and said, ‘We wouldn’t be here without you guys,’ and from somebody like her to take time out of what was probably one of the greatest half hours of her life was really cool, and it really meant a lot to me and to the other guys that she went out of her way to thank us.” Triplett said.The women’s basketball players followed McGraw‘s lead in seeking out the practice team after the game.“We can joke about how much we actually help or what our real purpose is, but when all of them stopped by and said, ‘We hate you guys when we’re there, but we really do appreciate what you guys do,’ that was very rewarding,” Hunnicutt said.Hunnicutt and Triplett noted that having a front row seat allowed them to see the growth of individual players and the team as a whole, especially in a year where the team dealt with a plethora of injuries.“Day in, day out, we see how hard they work and how good they actually are, and when I hear people on campus talk about, ‘Oh, we could beat them, they’re not that good,’ it’s like, you guys have no idea, no concept of the skill level these girls have.” Triplett said.“There might not be ten people on campus that can guard Arike one on one,” Hunnicutt said.Triplett, for his part, thinks there are three people on-campus who can guard Ogunbowale one-on-one: himself, Hunnicutt and Rex Pflueger, Notre Dame Men’s Basketball Defensive Player of the Year in 2017.For Hunnicutt, playing on the practice team is an important way to help the team improve.“The whole reason I signed up is that I wanted to help them get better every day and really put all the effort and time I had into getting them better and to the point where they could win a national championship,” he said. “I think people need to appreciate not even us but how good the girls are, because they embarrass us some days, and we’ve got a pretty solid group of guys.” Triplett encouraged the student body to turn out for more women’s basketball games.“Anybody who‘s been to a girl’s game knows those gyms get loud and those games are fast, because we play as fast as anybody else in the country, and it’s so fun to watch and it’s such good basketball,” he said. “You’re doing yourself such a disservice as a basketball fan if you’re not going to these games when you’re here.”Tags: Arike Ogunbowale, classroom practices, ND Women’s Basketballlast_img read more