Regardless of traffic, weather or even the possibility of his children being born, for the past 382 consecutive home football games, Notre Dame alumnus Charles “Chuck” Falkenberg has been in the stands. Falkenberg began attending games with his father in 1939, said Martin Falkenberg ‘90, Falkenberg’s son. Charles eventually graduated from the University in 1952, and continued his streak through the years as seven out of his 10 children went on to attend Notre Dame. Now, 72 years after his first home game, four of Falkenberg’s grandchildren are at Notre Dame. Brian Falkenberg, a sophomore in Alumni Hall; Tommy Falkenberg, a sophomore in Stanford Hall; Rebecca Moriarty, a sophomore in McGlinn Hall; and Danny Falkenberg, a freshman in Knott Hall, all enjoy the tradition that has been part of their family their entire lives and admire their grandfather’s unwavering enthusiasm. The grandchildren all agreed that their memories, as well as their grandfather’s passion for the University, undoubtedly influenced their desire to come to Notre Dame. “I just have memories going back as far as I can really remember. I mean, just going tailgating with my family, stuff like that,” Danny said. Moriarty recalls attending her first game as a freshman with her cousins Tommy and Brian and how exciting it was to take a picture with them, her grandfather and all of their parents. Martin said he attributes two major reasons to Falkenberg’s passion and dedication: his love for the University and family. “Obviously the first reason is the love of the University,” Martin said. “But secondly, it was something he did with his father. My grandfather went with him every weekend until he passed away in 1972. Then my oldest sisters were old enough to go every weekend, so Notre Dame football was something that transcended the generations. Most of my family who have graduated [from Notre Dame] go back every week, and it’s something we can all do together. It’s a social activity — we all love Notre Dame football, and we love the University and everything it stands for. “You know, my father is a persistent guy. Whenever I introduce my father at football games, I always say he hasn’t missed a game since 1939, and most people are pretty amazed at that streak.” Falkenberg’s daughter, Grace Moriarty ’80, said that his streak was never a goal. “For him, it’s just a part of his life,” she said. “I don’t think it was ever intentional.” As for the countless obstacles Charles Falkenberg faced in attending game day weekends, the alum always found a way to persevere. “We tried to arrange dates so that they didn’t [conflict with home football games]. That was just a given, he was going to be there,” Grace said with a laugh. “We didn’t schedule things on football days.” Danny said even the greatest of conflicts couldn’t deter Charles’ devotion to Notre Dame. “He’s almost missed his children being born,” Danny said. Saturday’s victory over Boston College marked Charles’ 382nd consecutive home game and Falkenberg’s family said he has no plans of stopping the tradition. His family remains loyal to continuing his legacy. “It was all him. He was the one who started it,” Tommy said.
Seven points will go a lot further at Grab ‘n Go after spring break when additional items become available at both the North Dining Hall and South Dining Hall locations. Sophomore Nimmy Thomas, a member of student government’s Constituent Services Committee, said after spring break, Grab ‘n Go options will be standardized at North Dining Hall and South Dining Hall locations. “Currently there is a discrepancy in the type of food served at both the North and South Dining Hall Grab ‘n Go’s,” Thomas said. South’s Grab ‘n Go will offer Pop Tarts, pita chips and hummus, Goldfish crackers and animal crackers, all of which were previously exclusive to North. North Dining Hall’s Grab ‘n Go will have granola bars, cereal bars and apple slices, which were only in the South location before, she said. Mark Poklinkowski, general manager of South Dining Hall, said its Grab ‘n Go began adding Pop Tarts, Goldfish and pita and hummus this week with much demand from students. “The hummus and chips … have been going like crazy,” he said. “We tried to warn our supplier on the Pop-Tarts that we were going to be needing a lot, and it looks like they’re already going to run us out by the end of this week.” In addition to these changes, Thomas said gluten-free options will be available to students who need them. “There will be Chewy bars and crispy rice, and those will be two Grab ‘n Go points,” Thomas said. “They have to be specially requested, and you have to have the marker on your ID that says you need a gluten-free diet.” Thomas said the Constituent Services Committee chose to focus on Grab ‘n Go reform because of student feedback on Whine Wednesday surveys. “We asked students, ‘Would you like Grab ‘n Go reform to go through?’ and 66 percent of the student body who responded stated that Grab ‘n’ Go needed to be changed,” she said. But Thomas said some of the changes students suggested were not feasible. “Some of the changes that we wanted to bring initially included having a hot meal served, but the idea of our University is that communal meals are preferred because they encourage community-building,” Thomas said. “All those ideas were changed to fit the ideals of the University.” Students also requested a salad bar with more vegetarian options, but Thomas said the Grab ‘n Go facilities could not accommodate that. Once the Constituent Services Committee drafted a proposal for changes to Grab ‘n Go, Thomas said Food Services was open to the ideas presented. “Within about two weeks [after submitting the proposal to Food Services] they told us everything will be changed over spring break,” she said. “They were very receptive to our ideas.” Poklinkowski said Food Services easily agreed to the changes because students had requested them in the past. “It really made sense with what we’ve heard,” he said.
On Sunday, the College’s China Night celebrated the sights, sounds and senses of the Chinese New Year.College provost and senior vice president Patricia Fleming said the free event, hosted by the Chinese Cultural Club in O’Laughlin Auditorium, featured 15 acts open to the public. The club served Chinese cuisine in the dining hall after the performances.Alice Siqin Yang, advisor for the Chinese Cultural Club, said this year’s event featured folk dances, music using traditional Chinese instruments, songs, theater and games meant to incorporate the audience into the festivities.The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, began Jan. 31, Yang said. She said as a native Chinese person, it is one of the most important festivals she celebrates.“It is the time for family reunion, like Thanksgiving and Christmas in the United States. People away from home would try their best to go home for the holiday and for reunion,” Yang said. “It is hard for most Chinese overseas to do that. It is nice that we can celebrate the festival here, together at Saint Mary’s.“It is like a family reunion for Chinese international students and many others.”Yang said the event was a cultural learning experience for Saint Mary’s students and the South Bend community.“China Night is a show that celebrates Chinese New Year and diversity on Saint Mary’s campus,” Yang said. “It offers a platform for international cultural exchange and an opportunity for Saint Mary’s students, faculty and staff and local community people to interact and learn more about Chinese language and culture.“It is very important for all of us to learn multiple languages and diverse cultures in today’s interdependent world.”First-year student Yaqi Song, co-president of the Chinese Cultural Club, said Saint Mary’s first hosted China Night in 1967 and again in 1969 in celebration of Chinese New Year. She said the festival has been rebooted since the creation of the Chinese Cultural Club in 2008.The club and its 20 registered members held a dumpling party on Chinese New Year’s Eve of 2013 and 2014, Song said. She said the club also has coordinated with the dining hall to serve a Chinese-themed dinner near the Chinese New Year.Song said she receives support from the Chinese Friendship Association at Notre Dame, Notre Dame students and Holy Cross students.“I’m honored to be one of the co-presidents of Chinese Cultural Club because I think Chinese culture is just like any other stunning culture in the rest of this world,” she said. “They are all so beautiful.Children and Saint Mary’s students who attended the event received red envelopes as a traditional Chinese New Year’s gift, Yang said. In China, celebration of the New Year often includes the use of firecrackers at midnight and the exchange of red envelopes with monetary gifts from relatives.“The red color of the envelope symbolizes good luck and is supposed to ward off evil spirits,” Yang said.Yang has been the show’s advisor since 2008 and teaches Mandarin Chinese at the college. She also coordinates the Asian and African study-abroad programs, including the China Summer Program and the China Semester Program in Shanghai and Nanjing. Yang said she has taken Saint Mary’s students to China three times in the past few years.Yang encouraged students to study abroad in China during her presentation at China Night.“It is becoming more and more important to learn the Chinese language and culture in the interdependent global society that we live in today,” Yang said. “Saint Mary’s strives to bring together women of different nations, cultures and races so that students can have a richer educational experience.“As part of the Sophia Program, the College’s new general education program, Saint Mary’s encourages students to understand the aspects of culturally diverse environments in order to communicate more effectively across cultures.”Tags: Chinese New Year
Is civic engagement more American than apple pie? NDVotes ’16, which is focused on promoting participation in the 2016 elections, didn’t make students choose at its inaugural event, where both voter registration forms and slices of apple pie were up for grabs.Task force co-chairs Roge Karma and Sarah Tomas Morgan, both sophomores, said the event on Tuesday afternoon in Geddes Coffee House, featuring a speech by South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, was focused on promoting three tiers of student engagement. (Editor’s note: Roge Karma is a viewpoint columnist for The Observer.)Photo courtesy of Rosie McDowell “Students can register to vote or for absentee ballots, they can learn how to get involved with political clubs and organizations on campus, and with Mayor Pete’s talk, they can learn how to get involved in local elections and campaigns,” Karma said.Karma said the task force wanted to streamline the voter registration process for students to promote participation in the upcoming elections.“All they have to do is fill it out and give it to us, and we make sure that it gets into the right hands so that they get their absentee ballot on time,” he said.At the event, Buttigieg spoke briefly on the importance of young voter participation.“Most important social change and political change actually starts with young people,” he said. “That’s true of some of the best changes that have happened in modern times, with the civil rights movement and the end of apartheid in South Africa.”Buttigieg said he believes there is a crisis of engagement in the political process of the country, as many voters are disillusioned by the role of money in politics or do not find candidates who are speaking on relevant matters, but students can have a significant impact on politics.“All of you are qualified by virtue of what you’re doing with your lives right now. A student who is spending all of their time and attention, has a full-time job that consists of learning everything you can about yourself and the world around you,” he said. “There will not be another time in your life where you will be this immersed in moral inquiry about the way things ought to be and the way you ought to live your life. Who better to call on the conscience and the intellect of everybody else in your community or your country about what the right things to do are?”Students should become more active in their home communities, as well as the South Bend community, Buttigieg said.“The next time you hear ‘Why don’t they?’ make it into ‘Why don’t I? Why don’t we? Why don’t you?’ and see whether the conversation becomes different,” he said. “This is a place where talent can meet purpose, and I hope you choose a public purpose to apply your talents to.”The NDVotes ’16 task force is comprised of representatives from clubs and organizations across campus, Karma said, including BridgeND, College Democrats, College Republicans, the Student Coalition for Immigration Advocacy and GreeND.“It’s all these clubs, student government, coming together electing basically ambassadors to this NDVotes task force,” he said. “It’s not like a club acting in its own interests — it’s all these different groups who all have the common goal of voter registration, civic engagement, in mind, coming together to work for what we think is the greater good.”Tomas Morgan said the task force has a variety of events planned for the rest of the semester, including a talk on virtuous discourse, a panel discussion exploring election demographics and a panel of student leaders discussing a contemporary issue.“These are all sort of getting into the election season. We wanted to talk about preliminary things,” she said. “As the election evolves, the candidates drop out or [join the race], we’ll evolve with it.”“We’re trying to engage on a lot of different levels,” Karma said. “Based on that, we’ll be able to gauge for next semester where we want to be, which of these events turned out the best. It’s not like an experiment, but it’s trying as many different things as we can and seeing what the results are.”Karma said the task force is partnering with both the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy and the Center for Social Concerns (CSC).“It kind of creates this hybridization of the Catholic responsibility to be civically engaged and the secular responsibility to be engaged in your country,” he said.The combination of a foundation in Catholic social teaching and willingness to learn and engage with issues distinguishes Notre Dame students, Karma said.“One of the coolest things about Notre Dame is that people aren’t afraid to have those discussions about issues,” he said. “I noticed that even when I went back to my dorm during the GOP debate, everyone across majors were interested in it.”Tomas Morgan said the document “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” issued by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has influenced the University’s culture of civic engagement.“We think with the CSC and the Rooney Center for American Democracy, these are the parts of campus we want to draw from,” Tomas Morgan said. “I think voting really is, as the Catholic bishops say, in this founding document, a moral obligation. And it’s something you shape your conscience for. And that’s something the CSC has always helped students to do.”Tags: CSC, NDVotes, Rooney Center
As part of the Theology on Fire series, Beth Knobbe, relationship manager at Catholic Relief Services in Chicago, presented “Living Single with Faith, Purpose and Passion” at Saint Mary’s on Tuesday.Knobbe, who intentionally lives a single life, began her talk by addressing the anxiety students feel about having a plan after graduation.“There is no predetermined plan for our life,” she said. “God’s plan is that God is going to love us and not abandon us.”Knobbe said she believes there is no superior way of life and that people can find happiness in both marriage and the single life; it all depends on what truly brings the person the most happiness and what they feel called to do.“My purpose in being here is not to convince you that God is calling you to the single life,” Knobbe said.She emphasized that living the single life is an active and intentional response to God’s call.“He may be calling you to marriage, a religious vocation or a life of absolute surprise,” Knobbe said. “Recognize that when we say yes to that, what we receive in return is a great sense of abundance of God’s love for us.”Knobbe said she had dated throughout college but never found a relationship that made her feel full. She said she felt anxious in her 30s because she thought married life was the ideal way of life. She said she had a heart-to-heart with God after attending a wedding that made her feel like a wedding was everything people expected from life.“Something in me broke — I was furious with God,” Knobbe said.“What I experienced at the wedding, I thought was the plan for me.”But she said she realized God’s calling for her did not involve that ideal. She went to graduate school and said she found the richness most people find in romantic relationships in her friends and peers.“Your vocation is the place where you feel most at home,” Knobbe said.“It doesn’t mean it isn’t hard sometimes. It’s easy to get lonely as a single person. There’s a temptation to be selfish with my time and money. But it feels right for me.”Knobbe said being single for God’s kingdom is different from being single just by circumstance.“Somebody who recognizes that single life is their call also expresses that there’s a purpose to it,” she said. “It’s embraced and chosen. It involves service to others, be it in the Church or other professions.”Sharing life stories, debating, team sports, laughing, making music and attending mass are all ways to experience intimacy, Knobbe said.“As a single person, I think about all the ways my life are creative,” she said. “I wonder what my legacy will be, and I see it in my work and my relationships, from visiting someone in the hospital to making cookies with friends. It all gives my life energy. Service is my way of leaving a legacy and giving to the world.”Knobbe said she believes a single life is a life full of love if one can take on a new perspective.“We need to look at life a little differently,” she said. “It’s taken me a long time to see it, but once I began to see it, I saw it everywhere.”Tags: dating culture, single life, theology on fire
With the help of an investor, seniors Tom Taylor and John Kennedy purchased three unoccupied houses adjacent to their off-campus residence, refurbished them and are planning on renting them to other Notre Dame students through three limited liability corporations (LLC).“We’re both business guys, and we’ve always talked about projects and different endeavors aside from our primary jobs,” said Taylor. “We were sitting in our house one day, looking at houses around us — which are unoccupied — and we started digging. We lived in a house and know how fun it can be, and [we] wanted to maximize that for other people.”Eventually, Taylor and Kennedy found out St. Joseph County owned the three houses, and after several months of negotiating with the county, the houses were sold at auction on February 21 of this year. Taylor and Kennedy won the auction with the help of an investor, who wished to remain anonymous.“Since then, we’ve been putting in a lot of work to get them renovated [from] top to bottom,” Kennedy said.The process of renovating the houses is “going great,” Taylor said. Although the houses did not need a full renovation, the pair decided that they would “start over” with each house.“We wanted to make them perfect,” Kennedy said.Kennedy and Taylor said they wanted to make the houses into “something that college students want to live in.” Though they are not tailoring the houses toward parents, another mental test they are using is to consider what a parent walking through the house would think. The houses will be ready in August, before the start of the school year.Taylor and Kennedy said their own experiences living off campus had inspired them to take on this project.“We’ve done both apartment and house,” Taylor said. “What we wanted to do was to give people the good part of what we had and get rid of the bad parts, such as problems with heating, drains, and things falling apart.”Kennedy said the pair wanted to “remove the headache.”The two also hoped to alleviate the shortage of off-campus housing, noting that their current house is already rented out to current freshmen for their senior year. They believe the houses’ 20 collective bedrooms will provide “a huge injection.”For Taylor and Kennedy, the main attraction of the houses is the large backyard the three houses and the pair’s current residence share. They joked that they might entitle their enterprise “Madison Garden Estates,” given that the houses are located one mile south of campus at the corners of North Francis and East Madison streets.Kennedy said the neighbors have reacted well to the development.“We never had a problem with neighbors,” he said. “They have been very positive. The houses were not occupied, so the neighbors are excited to see neighborhood looking good again.”Each house will have its own LLC, and the pair plan on hiring a property manager for each one. In the project’s first few years, however, Taylor and Kennedy anticipate playing a big role in the renting process.Kennedy said they also wouldn’t rule out an expansion of their business.“It’s a possibility,” he said. “This is a good market to be in. We could use proceeds to do more investments in South Bend and elsewhere.”Taylor said he and Kennedy are excited to contribute to improving the South Bend community.“We’re big fans of South Bend, we think it’s on the rise and want to be a part of it,” he said. “We want to look back on rise of South Bend and see that we were a part of it.”Tags: off-campus housing, renovating, South Bend, student houses
Patrick Gerard: Most people have seen the Notre Dame power plant, but does anyone actually know how it works?If you’re like me, you’ve probably found yourself wondering: “Does it run off plutonium? The screams of the damned? Are we about to have our own little nuclear holocaust?”In a desperate search for knowledge, I found myself stumbling into the main office, begging for answers.Turns out, the short answer is no. And although it may be disappointing that Notre Dame won’t be the future home of a hit HBO series, the power plant still has an interesting story to tell — a story Paul Kempf tells suspiciously well.Paul Kempf: My name is Paul Kempf and I’m the assistant vice president of utilities and maintenance.Gerard: Kempf has worked for the university for 30 years, and is a key leader in keeping Notre Dame running.Kempf: I oversee basically two departments: one is the utilities department which runs the power plant; it’s responsible for the production and distribution of energy to all the campus buildings. And then the maintenance department, which is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of all the facilities on campus.Gerard: According to Kempf, the Notre Dame power plant has existed nearly as long as the university itself.Kempf: In some form or fashion, the university has had a power plant since probably the late 1800s. It’s been located in different spots. At one point it was probably a small facility right behind the main building. That was probably until about 1900. If you’re familiar with where the St. Liam’s health center is, that was a plant site that lasted from about 1900 to 1930. In 1931, they built a portion of the existing plant as you see it today. And it’s stayed on this site for the last almost eighty years and expanded in almost eight or nine different pieces as the campus grew to support a bigger energy footprint.Gerard: And, as it turns out, the power plant is kind of a big deal, and really drives the University.Kempf: We do a variety of things. So, the original plants were mainly for heating, right? Air conditioning didn’t exist in the 1800s, it probably didn’t come around until the late ’50s or early ’60s. But over time, in addition to steam for heat, we make chilled water in a plant for cooling most of campus. We produce energy as a byproduct of the overall … it’s called a cogeneration process. So, we provide about half of the electricity on campus, the other half we buy off the grid. We produce hot water that’s pumped around campus — centrally produced — for showers and things of that nature. So other than a little bit of gas, which is provided by an outside utility, which is used typically for maybe cooking in the dining halls, or laboratory uses in the science buildings, or purposes for providing steam for heat, we produce almost every sort of utility other than the communication ones.Gerard: The Notre Dame power plant has begun transitioning towards more sustainable energy sources.Kempf: It dates back to probably 2007, 2008, when the University — and actually our department in particular — started to take note of the movement for sustainability around the world. And, so, obviously a key part of that is energy; it’s probably one of the largest pieces when you think about sustainability — being recycling, water use and things like that. We realized energy conservation was a big piece, which we’ve been an advocate of for a long time. But there was an opportunity to not only show the University a financial payback from conservation, but also a reduction in carbon emissions by not using as much energy. And as we’ve started that process and gotten funding, we’ve invested something like fifteen-million dollars over the last decade in conservation projects alone, and saved the University something like twenty-two-million dollars in that period of time, and those investments are still paying dividends and will for years to come. We were asked what we would do in terms of long-range sustainability, so we did a long-range plan, so what would we look like? And initially the thought was we would probably start to move away from more carbon-intensive fuels like coal which had been the base fuel for this campus for a long time. We also used natural gas and we used fuel oil. Fuel oil really is about the same carbon output as coal, but natural gas is about half.But in 2015, when Laudato Si came out, from Pope Francis, I would say in 2010 our plan was to de-emphasize coal, but keep coal as a sort of hedge against price-volatility or interruption in service. And where we had been 10% gas and 90% coal, we would shift that paradigm opposite that, and that’s actually where we’ve been running for the last few years. But in 2015, [University President] Fr. John [Jenkins] asked us if there was a way that we could just stop burning coal altogether. And we knew, because of all the big construction on campus we were going to be adding things like gas turbines — which we are just finishing this year — and other projects. But we also looked into renewable and recoverable energy projects, and over the last three or four years that’s what we’ve been working on. In 2015, our goal was to get off coal by 2020 — five years. So, we’re well on the way, we’ll probably finish a little bit early on that processGerard: As it turns out, the Notre Dame power plant probably won’t be the source of Notre Dame’s transition into an apocalyptic hellscape. Rather, it acts as both a driving force behind Notre Dame and an expression of Notre Dame’s rich past and promising future.Tags: coal, natural gas, news podcast, Notre dame power plant, Paul Kempf, power plant, sustainability
Courtesy of Aidan Cook Residents of Hall of the Year Carroll Hall attended the Kelly Cares 5K in the fall semester 2020.Even though they lie on the furthest edges of the campus, the residents of Far Quad and East Quad won big this year in the Hall Council Presidents (HPC) Hall of the Year contest. For the 2019-2020 year, Carroll Hall won Hall of the Year, Dunne Hall won Men’s Hall of the Year and Flaherty Hall won Women’s Hall of the Year. Carroll Hall was built in 1906 before becoming a residence hall in 1967. The hall puts on a number of events every year including lake cleanup brigades and group workouts where they partner with other dorms, in addition to hosting their signature events: the Lakeside Music Festival and Carroll Christmas. Carroll’s hall president, senior Aidan Cook said these events were more successful than ever. “This year, the goal we set our eyes on was winning Hall of the Year. We wanted to show campus that our size and location were something to envy, not pity,” Cook said. Additionally, the dorm hosted guest speakers events alongside their Men’s Group discussion sessions. The dorm displayed impressive participation in GreeNDot training and won the highest Dorm Based Athletic Attendance Contest, both key components to the HPC’s point-scoring in the contest. They also had the most residents participate in the Kelly Cares 5K. Cook said the long walk to Carroll brings the residents together. “During this return journey,” he said. “We physically distance ourselves from the stresses of campus and classes and come together again in a home where we know, with no exaggeration, every other resident’s name and interests and story. Because of this, we can readily support each other and band together to achieve goals we collectively share.”Cook thanked the HPC and other dorm leaders.“Whether we collaborated with their dorms, sought advice from them in trying to plan new programming or built new friendships with them, these other campus leaders were always there for us to turn to,” he said. Carroll Hall rector Eric Styles said Cook and vice president, senior Jacob Stellon played a huge role in this year’s award, who collectively came up with the Carroll Kitchen food sales initiative. “This is my fourth year as rector, which means the current seniors started with me,” Styles said. “That makes them special to me. I know them really well and have asked much from them, and they delivered. We also had a higher number of seniors elect to remain on campus. It helps to keep the community more mature. They are looking toward their future, and the younger residents see that.” Both Stellon and Cook praised the participation of Carroll residents. “Our community was especially successful this year for a long list of reasons,” Stellon said. “But it all comes back to the fact that we, all 100 of us, worked hard to make it this way.”Built in 2016, the Flaherty bears have resided on East Quad for four years.“In my opinion, Flaherty Hall is so special because of the identity that we have acquired over the past four years,” Flaherty’s president, senior Catherine Dieckman said. “We are no longer being confused with Farley, nor are we considered just a boujeer form of Pangborn. Over the past four years, we have become a dorm that is home to fierce, strong, compassionate women.” Flaherty works each year with Beacon Children’s Hospital to fundraise for monetary and supply drives in addition to holding a DVD collection. They also have established a textbook exchange program, support the Boys and Girls Club of South Bend and the Center for the Homeless and boasted a percentage increase of GreeNDot participation from 19% to 28%. According to Dieckman, some of Flaherty’s most beloved traditions include their signature events such as Project Pumpkin Pie, an event in November where Flaherty’s residents bake 80 pies for the South Bend Center for the Homeless. “This is one of our favorite service events of the year, and we continued this tradition from when the Pangborn community moved into Flaherty,” Dieckman said.The hall also fosters an internal community through their weekly food services, Bearly Baked on Monday nights and Fronana on Thursday nights. Additionally, the hall hosts a barbecue called BearBQs in the fall and spring. “Our hall government makes all of the food, and our girls love it,” Dieckman said. In their presentation to HPC, Dieckman said she and her vice presidents focused on the improvement of their signature events, their work with Beacon Children’s Hospital and the diverse events they held with other dorms. Dieckman also created a one-second-a-day video showcasing the community and work of the residents of Flaherty Hall during her term, which was presented to HPC.“Even though Flaherty Formal, Honey Week — our spirit week — and Flaherty Females Weekend did not occur this year due to the shortening of the spring semester on campus, our Bears still prioritized making memories in the small ways,” Dieckman said. The Men’s Hall of the Year, Dunne Hall, was built in 2016, on East Quad alongside Flaherty Hall. The Sentinels’ signature events include the DunneDance Film Festival — which was held over Zoom this year — and the Dunne Funne Runne. The dorm began a number of new initiatives this year including a parent’s weekend and a mentorship program for its first year residents. The Sentinel president, senior George Lyman said his favorite tradition is the dorm’s annual Jimmy Dunne feast week. “We started out the week with the whole dorm having a steak dinner at South Dining Hall on Sunday night,” he said. “For the rest of the week, we had a bowling night, a Spikeball tournament, a chicken McNugget eating contest and an informal formal at Jays Lounge. That week really brought us together as a hall and helped strengthen our community.” Lyman said the dorm’s presentation focused on improvement. “We wanted to show how much the hall community had grown in one year,” he said. “We talked about all the events that had been started in Dunne this year, like parents’ weekend, weekly service trips to Saint Adalbert’s and more and then talked about how we built on events already created.” Lyman said the dorm’s leadership saw over 100 people attend some hall councils, and he thanked Dunne’s rector Fr. Matthew Kuczora. “This is his last year as our rector, and it is clear to everyone who has lived in Dunne he is truly a special person and deserves some recognition,” he said. “We are going to miss him a lot next year, but the foundations he set up for Dunne will live on.”Tags: Carroll Hall, dunne hall, flaherty hall, Hall of the year, HPC, Men’s Hall of the Year, Women’s Hall of the Year
In light of Pope Francis’s announcement of the special anniversary celebration of the ‘Laudato Si,’ the Center for Spirituality of Saint Mary’s College is sponsoring a new study-faith-in-action program.The program consists of one to two environmentally-related service projects or immersion experiences, one lecture related to ‘Laudato Si’ and one to two prayer experiences related to care for God’s creation. Students will also attend face-to-face discussion groups about how to take care of the common good and common home, as defined by Francis in the encyclical, throughout the academic year.“‘Laudato Si:’ On Care for Our Common Home” is the second encyclical of Pope Francis. Originally published in 2015, it urged people all over the globe to care for the planet and the poor. Francis declared a special year of observance from May 2020-2021 regarding the goals of the encyclical for its fifth anniversary.“I invite all people of goodwill to take part, to care for our common home and our most vulnerable brothers and sisters,” Francis said in May when he made the announcement.The program is open for “students [who] may be looking to deepen their knowledge on environmental and social issues or to deepen their personal spirituality and commitment to action,” Arlene Montevecchio, the director of the Center for Spirituality, said in an email.In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and other hardships facing the world today, participants will also be invited to reflect on their experiences in a formal presentation at the conclusion of the program, she said.The ‘Laudato si’ program will be run by Montevecchio. She plans on inviting faculty guest speakers to discuss topics including ecosystems, food waste and recovery, eco-friendly lifestyle choices such as vegan eating and the sacraments and spirituality of ‘Laudato Si.’The program will extend into the spring second semester. Depending on the state of the country at that time in regards to the pandemic, Montevecchio said students may also have the opportunity to participate in environmental service projects.The ‘Laudato si’ program is designed for students who wish to “learn more about their own faith, the spiritual and social vision of Pope Francis, and how to make a difference for environmental and social justice,” Montevecchio said.This program is only open to eight to ten Saint Mary’s students, and students who wish to apply should email Montevecchio. Participants will also receive a $300 stipend and certificate along with a copy of ‘Laudato Si’ and a journal. Applications are due by Sept. 16.The College is hosting a lecture series on the same encyclical anniversary this October entitled the 2020 Fall Endowed Lectures Series: A Year of ‘Laudato Si.’ The series is sponsored by the Saint Mary’s College Annual Endowed Lecture Series Fund.The first panel discussion set for Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. is “The Reception of Laudato Si.’” The second panel is entitled “The Signs of the Times and Laudato Si,’” and will be held Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. Both panels will be held virtually.Tags: Center for Spirituality, laudato si’, Pope Francis
BEMUS POINT — Deputies have identified the missing swimmer whose body was recovered Monday afternoon in Chautauqua Lake.According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office 46-year-old Brian Twardeski, of Jamestown, was swimming with a female and three children in the lake Sunday afternoon when he went missing after large waves from an incoming storm pulled him under water.The Chautauqua County Water Emergency Team was dispatched to assist navigation units in a search of the area along with the Bemus Point, Ashville, and Lakewood Fire Departments.Officials called off the search at 5:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon due to inclement weather but resumed their search on Monday morning around 7:00 a.m. The Chautauqua County Water Emergency Team assisted by the New York State Police Underwater Recovery Team located Twardeski using sonar around 11:30 a.m. Monday with his body being recovered by divers at around 12:00 p.m. Monday afternoon.