Saint Mary’s seniors reminisce on College experiences

first_imgAs another year comes to a close, members of the Saint Mary’s class of 2018 are bracing themselves for Commencement and the future while reflecting on their collegiate experiences.For some, like senior Olivia Burnett, Saint Mary’s felt like home since the beginning of their time on campus. Burnett said she fell in love with the College before fall break her first year.“Everything just felt good and happy and safe, and I was surrounded by great and supportive friends,” she said in an email. “I was enjoying my classes. My dorm room was cozy. It felt really right that I was here. Not that I ever questioned it, but I just came to be so confident in the fact that Saint Mary’s is where I was meant to be. It was the place that I was meant to grow in my education, my social life and my faith. It all felt very comfortable.”The experience that stands out above all others for Burnett took place during her first year, but she said many more instances add to what she’ll always love about her time at Saint Mary’s.“My favorite memory is hanging out with Drake Bell at his hotel after his concert at Legends freshman year,” she said. “[For others,] it’s not exactly a specific memory, but just being in the presence of my friends, laughing, hanging out in the dining hall, walking around campus, just soaking everything in.”Senior Stefanie Dyga said she did not truly experience all the College had to offer until after studying abroad, but she fell in love with Saint Mary’s in the end.“It started to feel like home my junior year, after getting back from study abroad,” Dyga said in an email. “I had wanted to transfer my first two years, but when I got back from Ireland, everything started to fall into place. I finally opened myself up to all that Saint Mary’s has to offer, and here I am now, a week from graduation and I never want to leave.”Dyga’s favorite memory is grounded in friendship and hours of work and time spent in the Cushwa-Leighton Library’s basement computer lab, the Trumper Computer Center, she said.“During November of my senior year, I was basically living in Trumper, spending upwards of 10 hours per day in there completing the grueling process that is the senior comp,” she said. “There was a night that my comp girls and I were all super stressed, so we took a study break and drove to Taco Bell at 2 a.m., laughing and singing along to music. It was then that I knew I could get through anything as long as I had them.”It is these experiences that create the lasting friendships Dyga said she will keep after leaving campus. This “sisterhood” is what senior Kate Zurovchak said she will miss the most.“I’ll miss the sisterhood and the environment — you know, seeing my friends every day and being able to walk down the hall and say hi to them and ask them about their day,” she said. “Well, I’ll be able to do this through text, but just to be there in person and hear about their day, share stories and laugh.”Zurovchak said her favorite memories revolve around outings with others, whether it be a sporting event or a 7-Eleven run.“I really enjoyed going to football games and tailgating with my friends,” she said. “For tailgates, a lot of my immediate family and extended family would come in, and then a lot of my friends and I would walk over to Notre Dame and spend the whole day together. That was really nice. Two of my friends and I would go on Coke slushie runs to 7-Eleven. We used to do it more sophomore and junior year, but those are really good memories.”Saint Mary’s provided Zurovchak with more than lasting memories and friendships, she said. The College has also given her a sense of purpose in her future occupation, nursing.“I think specifically with nursing, [Saint Mary’s has given me] a sense of empowerment and the desire to advocate for other people and the patients that I come into contact with,” Zurovchak said. “I feel like that’s been a reoccurring thing. Professors always stress that you have the power to do the good that you want to help other people.”It is lessons like these that Burnett said she will embody after graduation.“Saint Mary’s has taught me so much about myself,” she said. “Since day one, I have been uplifted and encouraged and empowered. I have learned how to carry myself as a confident woman in the world past my time here. SMC has taught me my self-worth and how to approach the real world from that confident perspective. I will hold all of those lessons near and dear to my heart for the rest of my life.”Tags: 2018 Commencement, saint mary’s, senior memorieslast_img read more

Student body president delivers State of the Student Union Address

first_imgWith student government turnover on the horizon, student body president senior Gates McGavick reflected on his administration’s accomplishments in a State of the Student Union address Wednesday evening in the LaFortune Ballroom.In an effort to promote student government transparency and student body engagement, McGavick and student body vice president senior Corey Gayheart opened the event to the public for the first time.McGavick opened by noting improved student government accessibility as a particular focus of his administration. To encourage greater student body engagement, McGavick said he, Gayheart and chief of staff senior Briana Tucker met with groups around campus once a week over lunch.“It quickly became the favorite part of our week,” McGavick said. “We feel it’s important that student government’s connected to more of its students.”The administration also pushed for a greater presence on social media, he added.“We posted more frequently on every platform than any previous administration in Notre Dame’s history,” he said.McGavick said these efforts, as well as his team’s commitment to live streaming student senate and other public meetings, have made strides in improving student government’s online visibility.“More student are getting information from student government than ever before,” he said. “More students are interacting with student government online than ever before.”The McGavick-Gayheart administration also collaborated with the University on several of their initiatives this year, McGavick said.The team worked closely with Campus Dining to make changes at the dining halls as well as at retail dining locations. Most notably, McGavick said, their work with Campus Dining helped bring Pizza Pi, a new restaurant expected to open in May, to campus.“We were thrilled to work with [Campus Dining director Chris Abayasinghe] on Pizza Pi, the restaurant replacing Reckers in the spring, which will offer alcohol to students over 21,” McGavick said.Partnering with the Notre Dame Police Department, student government also held its first Campus Safety Summit last fall, where students were able to speak with a panel of campus safety representatives. McGavick said student government plans to host a similar event later this semester.McGavick said he considers promoting diversity on campus to be another one of his administration’s greatest accomplishments. The Diversity Council helped to organize and co-sponsor a number of events promoting multiculturalism and inclusion, including Walk the Walk Week and Race Relations Week, he said. He and Gayheart also recently met with the Board of Trustees to discuss the results of the Inclusive Campus Climate Survey, he added.“We believe it is of utmost importance that Notre Dame be … committed to fostering a more diverse, more inclusive culture,” he said.Moving on, McGavick commended student senate for its work this year, which he said passed a number of significant resolutions.“The senate recently passed a resolution recognizing Notre Dame as being built on Potawatomi land,” he said. The resolution was “an important sign of respect” to the Potawatomi people, McGavick added.Senate also passed a resolution to include a module on sustainability in the Moreau First Year Experience as well as a resolution calling for professors to include mental health resources in their syllabi.“Students who need help, especially those who have just arrived at college, should be able to get it,” McGavick said.McGavick said he was especially proud of his administration’s “fiscal prudence.”“Our budget this year was tens of thousands of dollars lower than the last student governments’ budgets,” he said.He also noted his team’s commitment to political neutrality, particularly their policy to not comment on national political events not directly related to the University, encouraging future administrations to do the same.“A partisan student government is inherently liable to value the opinions of some students over others,” he said. “To avoid this unfair outcome, we believe it is absolutely imperative that student government continue to be an apolitical organization.”Despite this, McGavick said he felt it was important for his administration to take a stance against former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was accused of sexual abuse last June and officially defrocked by the Vatican via a canonical trial in February.Since allegations against McCarrick surfaced, several members of the Notre Dame community urged the University to revoke the honorary degree awarded to him in 2008. Student government joined those voices in February with an Observer Letter to the Editor calling for the removal of the degree and holding meetings with Campus Ministry and other University organizations on the matter, McGavick said.Though the University revoked the degree following the results of the canonical trial, McGavick criticized it for not acting sooner. If the University is to celebrate its past as a moral leader, McGavick said, it must continue to act in accordance with its Catholic mission.“Our moral victories cannot exist only in the past,” he said.McGavick and Gayheart’s term will end April 1, when president and vice-president elect junior Elizabeth Boyle and sophomore Patrick McGuire will officially take office. McGavick said though he and Gayheart leave the student union in “strong” condition, he looks forward to what Boyle and McGuire will accomplish.“If you don’t know Elizabeth and Pat … know this: they’re passionate, hard-working and deeply devoted to the well-being of this community,” he said.Tags: McGavick-Gayheart, state of the student union address, Student governmentlast_img read more

‘Diversity and Inclusion Conference’ to explore social issue

first_imgMembers of the tri-campus community will join together Friday in conversation at the “2019 Diversity and Inclusion Conference” at the Morris Inn from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.. The conference is open to students, staff and faculty, and will explore ideas about race, gender, sexual orientation and identity.Eric Love, director of staff diversity and inclusion, said the event offers a unique opportunity to participants.“I think this will be an excellent opportunity for students, faculty [and] staff to come together [and] engage in those conversations in a way that doesn’t usually happen on campus,” Love said.The event’s keynote speaker Robin DiAngelo is the author of the New York Times bestseller “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism.” According to the conference agenda, DiAngelo’s speech “Seeing the Racial Water” will examine how white people can “develop white racial literacy” to push for “greater racial equity.”Love, who is organizing the event, said DiAngelo’s speech has attracted interest from many faculty and staff who have held book clubs over the summer discussing her ideas. DiAngelo raises important critiques without pointing fingers, Love said.“I don’t think she attacks or blames white people,” Love said. “I think that she points out some patterns that oftentimes white people get uncomfortable when we talk about race or racism.”In the four years Love has worked at Notre Dame, the University became a far more inclusive environment, he said.“I think that every institution has work to do, and Notre Dame is no different,” Love said. “I do think we’ve come a long way in a very short period of time.”When it comes to diversity and inclusion, Love said Notre Dame needs to continue shifting its campus culture and becoming more open to differences across the board. The conference will devote a workshop specifically towards improving LGBTQ allyship. Love said LGBTQ inclusion aligns with Notre Dame’s Catholic values, despite the Catholic Church’s opposition to same-sex relationships and transgender identities.“We are a Catholic institution,” Love said. “We follow Catholic doctrine [and] Biblical teachings, but one of the major premises of Catholic doctrine is to treat each individual with human dignity and respect. You might not agree with everyone, you might not understand, and you may not endorse someone’s lifestyle or every choice that people make or who they are. But we have to treat each other with dignity and respect.”Love said Notre Dame administrators and student government officials have recently been pushing diversity and inclusion initiatives on many fronts, and he is hopeful this conference will be a step in the right direction.“I think that this conference helps really illustrate how seamless social Catholic teachings, the mission of Notre Dame and diversity and inclusion work really go together,” Love said. “It’s a natural fit.”Tags: Department of Diversity and Inclusion, gender, race, sexual orientationlast_img read more

57 New COVID-19 Cases Reported In Chautauqua County On Wednesday

first_img60-69230 14048- Dunkirk5 12 3 70-797 14710- Ashville0 14718- Cassadaga0 33 2.0% 0 0 1 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) 363 14063- Fredonia3 12.72% 0.0% 18.3% 35 50-591 0 80-897 0.6% 14138- South Dayton0 14781- Sherman0 14740- Gerry0 WNY News Now / MGN Stock Image.MAYVILLE – Fifty-seven new cases of Coronavirus were reported by the Chautauqua County Health Department on Wednesday afternoon.According to stats posted on the county’s COVID-19 dashboard there are now 189 active cases with 28 active cases in Jamestown.There are also 960 residents and 11 travelers quarantined.Furthermore, there are 14 people hospitalized and the county’s seven-day average percent positivity rate is 4.0 percent; up from 3.7 percent the day before. Since the outbreak started there have been 1,761 cases of the virus with 1,552 recovered and 20 reported deaths.A full breakdown of the day’s stats are posted below:COVID-19 Cases by ZIP Code of Residence 0.9% 14 0 Age Group 14726- Conewango Valley0 1.7% 0.1% 60-693 40-49224 14081- Irving0 14736- Findley Lake0 14701- Jamestown9 0-390 Age 2 6 25.2% 0.2% 16 83 26 Zip Code 1.9% 2.0% 0.5% 1 16 58 34 3 7 14722- Chautauqua0 4 1 0 14728- Dewittville0 322 0 3 Percent 50-59226 30 49 14784- Stockton1 0.44% 21 0.9% 30-39204 0.4% 0 2.8% 70-79128 0 36 90+26 1 0.2% 25 13.63% 14723- Cherry Creek0 10 31 Total Cases 14769- Portland0 1 17 14752- Lily Dale0 24.78% 0.7%center_img 14738- Frewsburg2 0.5% 7.27% 1.48% Fatality Rate 2.7% 47 Active Cases 14733- Falconer1 8 14724- Clymer0 16 14757- Mayville27 7 14062- Forestville0 2 10 New Cases 14166- Van Buren Point0 0.4% 13 1.14% 1.2% 9 40-491 5 0.0% 1 0.00% 1 14782- Sinclairville2 3 19 2 2 3.92% No196 14767- Panama0 1 11.58% 443 0.1% Number 1.0% 0.8% Percent 0-19240 14136- Silver Creek1 0.45% 0.9% 35 1.9% 2 13.06% 1.1% 4 3 20.16% 14712- Bemus Point2 4.7% 80-8969 0.7% 1.30% 2 3.85% Symptoms 1 14775- Ripley3 Yes595 75.22% 15 10.14% Symptoms Known791 13.06% All Ages20 Total Deaths 2.0% 14750- Lakewood0 20.6% COVID-19 Cases by Presence of Symptoms at Time of Interview 3.3% 14787- Westfield1 14720- Celoron0 14716- Brocton0 28 Percent of Total Cases 7 14747- Kennedy0 5.47% Number 20-29355 90+1 Fatality Rate by Age Group COVID-19 Cases by Known Agelast_img read more

Full Cast Announced for West End Transfer of Ushers

first_img Ushers features music by Yiannis Koutsakos, lyrics by James Oban and Koutsakos, and a book by James Rottger. The show is set in a West End theater and follows a working shift in the lives of the stagiest people in the theater—the front of house staff! A preview performance of a new jukebox musical is due to take place, a three-year workplace romance is on the rocks, an untrained newbie is working her first shift and the manager is under pressure to cut costs. What could possibly go wrong? View Comments The cast is currently recording the cast album, to be released in March by SimG Productions.center_img The full cast for the West End transfer of Ushers: The Front of House Musical, has been announced. Joining the previously reported original and returning cast members Ralph Bogard, Ross Mcneill and Liam Ross-Mills are Daniel Buckley (The Book of Mormon), Ceris Hine (The Rocky Horror Show) and Carly Thoms (The Sound of Music).last_img read more

Outside Mullingar’s Brian F. O’Byrne to Star in ABC Pilot Exposed

first_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 16, 2014 View Comments Exposed centers around a determined investigative reporter who makes dubious alliances in pursuit of stories. Game of Thrones’ Pedro Pascal is headlining the project. Outside Mullingar Tony winner O’Byrne is currently starring with Emmy winner Debra Messing in Outside Mullingar at Broadway’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre through March 16. O’Bryne won a Tony Award for his role in Broadway’s Frozen and picked up additional nominations for The Coast of Utopia, The Lonesome West, The Beauty Queen of Leenane and Shanley’s play Doubt. He also garnered an Emmy nomination for his role in Mildred Pierce. Outside Mullingar’s Brian F. O’Byrne has boarded the upcoming ABC pilot Exposed. According to Variety, the Patty Jenkins helmed drama will be filmed in Vancouver and Los Angeles.last_img read more

Happy Opening Night to Adam Jacobs and the Cast of Aladdin

first_img Star Files Aladdin View Comments Related Shows About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home.center_img Adam Jacobs If one of your three wishes was to see the 1992 Disney film Aladdin make its way to the Great White Way, you’re in luck. After much anticipation, the stage adaptation, directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, with a book by Chad Beguelin, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice and the late Howard Ashman, officially opens at the New Amsterdam Theatre on March 20. To celebrate the show’s official opening night, resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson sketched this portrait of the cast in action.Adam Jacobs, Jonathan Freeman, James Monroe Iglehart, Courtney Reed, Brian Gonzales, Brandon O’Neill, Jonathan Schwartz, Clifton Davis and Don Darryl Rivera tell the story of a street urchin who, with the help of a magic Genie, wins the heart of Princess wishes the cast and creative team of Aladdin a magical opening night! from $57.50last_img read more

Hot Shot! Marissa Jaret Winokur Joins the Fight at Rocky

first_img Rocky Andy Karl Star Files Who’s the newest brave contender to step into the Broadway ring with the Italian Stallion? It’s Tony-winning Hairspray fave Marissa Jaret Winokur! After seeing Andy Karl and the cast duke it out in Broadway’s Rocky, Winokur greeted her pal backstage and headed to his dressing room for a tour. She then took a turn sparring with her husband Judah Miller and their adorable son Zev—see the adorable photo proof below! Now that you’ve seen Winokur’s visit to the hit musical, put on your boxing gloves and head to Rocky at the Winter Garden Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 17, 2014 Related Shows View Commentslast_img read more

Heathers Will Shutter Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments Heathers: The Musical Directed by Andy Fickman and featuring music, lyrics and a book by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy, Heathers brings the 1988 cult classic film to the stage. Westerberg High is terrorized by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing junta: Heather, Heather and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. But outsider Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark sexy stranger J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place—six feet under. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 4, 2014 Related Shows The current cast of Heathers also includes Cait Fairbanks, Katie Ladner, Jon Eidson, Evan Todd, Tony winner Anthony Crivello, Dan Cooney, Michelle Duffy, Dan Domenech, Rachel Flynn, Molly Hager, AJ Meijer, Matthew Schatz and Dustin Sullivan. You’ve not got long to take in the pâté and slushies on offer at New World Stages. After some recent backstage drama, Heathers, the off-Broadway musical based on the 1988 classic cult film, will shutter on August 4. At time of closing, the tuner will have played 17 previews and 145 regular performances. The show currently stars Charissa Hogeland as Veronica, Dave Thomas Brown as J.D. and Elle McLemore, Jessica Keenan Wynn and Kristolyn Lloyd as the Heathers.last_img read more

Found Begins Performances Off-Broadway

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 9, 2014 View Comments Related Shows Additional cast members include Christina Anthony, Andrew Call, Orville Mendoza, Molly Pope and Sandy Rustin. Directed by Overtree, the tuner is based on the Found books and magazines by Davy Rothbart. It explores the surprising and eccentric discarded notes and letters that have been found in the real world by everyday people. The show follows Davy (Blaemire) and his two best friends who find themselves on a wild, comedic journey after he finds a revealing note on his windshield meant for someone else. Previews begin for the world premiere of Found on September 18 at the Linda Gross Theater off-Broadway. Starring Nick Blaemire, Barrett Wilbert Weed, Daniel Everidge, Betsy Morgan and Danny Pudi, the new musical features a book by Hunter Bell and Lee Overtree and a score by Eli Bolin. The Atlantic Theater Company production will officially open on October 14 and run through November 9. Foundlast_img read more