MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow is bracing for more protests seeking the release of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who faces a court hearing Tuesday. Tens of thousands filled the streets across the vast country Sunday for a second straight weekend calling for his freedom, with thousands of arrests in the largest outpouring of discontent in Russia in years. They chanted slogans against President Vladimir Putin. Navalny was jailed last month and faces years in prison. A human rights group says over 5,400 protesters were detained, and some were beaten. One of those taken into custody for several hours was Navalny’s wife, Yulia, who was ordered to pay a fine of about $265 for participating in an unauthorized rally.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in Toledo, Ohio, say two children have been killed and a third critically wounded in a shooting. A tweet from Toledo police said the children were shot by their mother’s boyfriend “during a domestic dispute” on Friday. Toledo police tweeted the third child shot was continuing to “fight for life” as of late Friday. Police tweeted that Kevin Moore was arrested and booked into jail in connection with the shooting. It was unclear whether he had a lawyer to comment on his behalf. The names and ages of the children were not immediately released.
Although its founders encountered a few obstacles throughout the club approval process, the Notre Dame Triathlon Club had a good year, said junior Karl Kingery, co-president of the newly formed club.Kingery, an experienced triathlete, and junior Brian Sheridan, co-president of the club, came up with the idea of creating a group dedicated to training for triathlons last year.“Brian approached me with the idea because he knew I had done triathlons in the past,” Kingery said. “I thought it was a great idea, so we went through all the hoops with the Student Activities Office and got it working.”During the process of gaining approval for the club, Kingery and Sheridan enlisted junior Kyle Nickodem to fill the position of club secretary.After garnering a sizable amount of student interest at Activities Night in the fall, the club officers said they were enthusiastic about the club’s first year.“About 130 people signed up at Activities Night, and a lot of people showed up at the first meeting, too,” Kingery said. “I think some people were turned off to the club because we can’t actually compete for Notre Dame.”Kingery said he hopes the club can become a member of the Collegiate U.S. Association of Triathlons (CUSAT) within the next two or three years, which would allow club members to officially compete as a team in triathlons.“RecSports requires that clubs be at tier three to compete against other schools,” Kingery said. “Since we’re not at tier three yet, we have to wait a few years before we can compete.”Despite its current non-competitive status, the Triathlon club holds four one-hour practices a week, with each practice focusing on a different triathlon event. Each club officer also unofficially leads a different aspect of practice based on their athletic specialties.“I lead the swim practices because I swam here freshman year,” Kingery said. “Brian and Kyle are big runners, so they lead those practices.”Kingery also said the current treasurer, freshman Tyler Saucedo, specializes in virtually everything involved in the club’s practices.Kingery said the club has attracted students from vastly different skill levels, from students who have never done a triathlon to people who have completed Ironman equivalent competitions.Saucedo said he agreed, and said anyone who is interested in triathlons to find out more about the club.“If people are trying to get in shape for summer triathlons, join the club,” Saucedo said. “If you haven’t done one or are just interested, come to practices, too.”In addition to functioning as a triathlon-training group, the club members participate in the biathlon held each fall on campus and hope to host a biathlon on campus next spring, providing SAO approves the club’s budget, said Kingery. The club is currently selling shirts for $15 as a fundraiser for the group.Kingery said he hopes to find a triathlon for students to compete in individually sometime in April.“Our main goal is competing, even if it is hard to find triathlons happening now,” Kingery said. “But I have high hopes for next year.”
Notre Dame’s Judicial Council approved five tickets this week to run for the position of student body president and vice president for the 2011-12 school year. The candidates are: sophomore Ricky Bevington and junior Olivia Colangelo, junior Pat McCormick and sophomore Brett Rocheleau, freshmen Kevin Noonan and Matthew Thomas, juniors Catherine Soler and Emily LeStrange and junior James Ward and freshman Heather Eaton. Ricky Bevington and Olivia Colangelo Bevington said his ticket hopes to achieve three major goals: student government efficacy, University teamwork and student body unity. “We want to be sure that all of the governing organizations on campus work together to do what is best for the heart of this University, the undergraduate students,” Bevington said. “Whether this means being sure that the student body is informed of important administration decisions or taking steps to have a stronger student presence with the Board of Trustees, we are determined make sure that the student body can really make its mark on this campus and the world outside.” Bevington, who currently serves as the director of student government’s First Undergraduate Experience in Leadership (FUEL) program, said student government has been important to both him and his running mate Colangelo during their time at Notre Dame. “Olivia and I are hoping the entire student body can connect with us and our goals, seniors to freshmen, he said. “We want to provide them with experience from our years past and dedication through the entirety of our term.” Pat McCormick and Brett Rocheleau McCormick said his campaign ideas are tied together by the belief that students don’t need a voice because they already have a voice. According to McCormick, the current chair of the Student Senate’s Committee on Social Concerns, student voices can be a strong force for change, and Notre Dame students have often been at the forefront of that change. “We’ve seen students use their voices and they can be heard,” McCormick said. “We think it’s time student government join them and serve them in that effort.” The main focus for McCormick and his running mate Rocheleau, current sophomore class president, is the further development of Playing for Peace, the three-on-three basketball tournament held last semester in support of Sudan. Some of their ideas include a Playing for Peace advocacy concert and turning the Notre Dame vs. Villanova basketball game into a Playing for Peace game. “We think it could be a major platform for the University to not only come together for important and urgent issues, but also to hopefully do it in ways that are exciting for students,” McCormick said. Kevin Noonan and Matthew Thomas The Zahm freshmen said the major components of their platform are “really quite simple” and include “some wood, a few nails and a little old-fashioned American hard work.” “If I had to give one piece of information to the student body about our campaign as a whole it would be this — we represent your real interests,” Noonan said. “Which would mean more to you, hangover hours in the dining hall and a new food court, or a vague promise of taxi reform? If you said taxi reform, then I don’t really want your vote.” Catherine Soler and Emily LeStrange Soler, student body president, and LeStrange, off-campus concerns chair, are running a campaign based on their experience within student government. “It enables us to understand how student government works and what it can do,” Soler said. The ticket will focus the relationships of the University with the South Bend community and the police. Soler said the connections she and LeStrange have already established will be a huge asset. The duo has several other ideas, including expanding tutoring resources, student employment reform and a monthly midnight breakfast sponsored by student government. “We hope students recognize how valuable our experience can be in regards to efficiency and previous relationships,” Soler said. “Emily and I are both creative and interested in doing things better and doing more for the student body.” James Ward and Heather Eaton Ward, current junior class president, said he hopes to address the everyday issues that students complain about by becoming a strong leader who remains down-to-Earth. “Our main focus is to make student government run by students who can demonstrate leadership but at the same time remain one of their peer group,” Ward said. Some of the topics the ticket is looking to address include bringing back quarter dogs, adding more points to the Grab n’ Go system and putting a Redbox for movie rentals in LaFortune Student Center. Ward said the fact that Eaton, freshman class president, is younger than most other nominees is a huge asset to their campaign. “There wasn’t ever much policy consideration to the younger grades,” Ward said. “That’s what we hope to impact next year, to have a better representation across the student body.”
For many college seniors, there seem to be only two options for life after graduation: getting a job or continuing education. However there exists a third option, postgraduate service, especially popular for University of Notre Dame students. 2011 alumna Catherine Scallen is currently a recruitment associate for Catholic Volunteer Network. Catholic Volunteer Network is an organization of service programs that “fosters and promotes full-time national and international service opportunities for people of all backgrounds, ages and skills,” according to the organization’s website. “Catholic Volunteer Network supports and enhances the work of its membership by providing training and resources, networking opportunities, and national advocacy,” it states in the organization’s mission statement.”The Recruitment Associate position is a six-month program for two students who have just finished postgraduate service,” Scallen said. In this position, Scallen and the other associate travel to different schools around the country and talk about their personal volunteering experiences. “We’re essentially road-warriors,” she said. For a year after graduation, Scallen worked with Good Shepherd Volunteers as a marketing assistant at HandCrafting Justice, an organization dedicated to economic justice and fair trade products. At the end of her year of service, Scallen began looking for “real” job options, she said. “The service year is a very intense immersion experience, but I didn’t feel that I was done processing my experience and no jobs stood out to me,” Scallen said. Scallen said she likes the mission-oriented nature of the job at the Catholic Volunteer Network, as well as getting to work with service program directors and coordinators. “I love getting to spend more time with these people, who are so unique”, she said. Scallen, who studied Spanish and American Studies, says her involvement in many of the Center for Social Concerns programs as an undergraduate encouraged her to pursue postgraduate service opportunities. “I did a Summer Service Learning Program between my freshman and sophomore years, and it got me hooked,” she said. “I did an Urban Plunge, and between my junior and senior years I interned at a nonprofit in Minnesota.” To students considering postgraduate service, Scallen said she highly recommends getting involved as an undergraduate, utilizing the Notre Dame alumni network and doing research. Contact Catherine Owers at firstname.lastname@example.org
A group from the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) gathered outside DeBartolo Hall dressed formally in red and black Friday to hand out flyers titled “10 Reasons why Homosexual ‘Marriage’ is Harmful and Must be Opposed” and talked to students about opposition to gay marriage.A counter-demonstration of students gathered next to the TFP group with a sign taped on a recycle bin reading “ND students support equal rights for all people.”Around 12:30 p.m., Notre Dame Security Police officers asked the TFP group to leave because their assembly violated Notre Dame policy on outside groups distributing information, as well as its video and photography policy, University spokesperson Dennis Brown said. Lesley Stevenson | The Observer Members of the Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property hand out flyers outside DeBartolo Hall on Friday, as freshman Nick Lindstrom takes part in a counter-demonstration nearby.“The Orestes Brownson Council student group received permission to distribute information on campus this week. Our policies explicitly state that only members of the University community may organize or lead such events on campus,” Brown said. “When University officials learned that, contrary to our policies, the student group made this request on behalf of an outside organization, we asked that they leave.”Brown said the group also failed to get permission to shoot video footage on campus and recorded videos and took photos of people without their permission.TFP, based in Pennsylvania, has more than 120,000 members nationwide, according to the group’s website. John Ritchie, TFP’s student action director, said their visit to Notre Dame fit within a larger tour.“We fight for moral values in society, and our student outreach decided to visit Notre Dame because we’re doing a tour through the whole state of Indiana defending the traditional marriage definition, which is the union of one man and one woman,” Ritchie said. He said he had no comment on the student counter-protest. Freshman Nick Lindstrom said he brought out a trash can with the sign on it because he wanted to show the protestors that not all students at a Catholic university “conform to that traditional stereotype.” “I’m not affiliated with any group, I just saw [the TFP protestors], and I figured something needed to be done,” Lindstrom said. “I brought a couple friends with me, and a bunch of people just joined in. … It was just so great to see that other Notre Dame students are willing to hold this position with me.” Sophomore Caroline Clark said she spoke to the TFP group on campus Thursday, but returned Friday to learn more about what they were doing.“I initially came out because I saw their signs [Thursday], and I was personally offended,” she said. “I came back here today just to chat with them a bit, learn more about their message.“I was just very curious about their message and wanted to learn more about their goals and objectives and why Notre Dame was a place that needed to hear what they are teaching [and] spreading. So we were both very calm, collected.” Sophomore Chris Rhyne said he talked to the group to question their stance and then posted on Facebook inviting other students to join him in the counter-protest. Sophomores Nora Williamson and Emer Middleton arrived as the TFP group was leaving, with a handmade sign reading “equality” in capital letters.Lindstrom said he was concerned about the prospective student groups in the area who witnessed “this unfortunate protest” while passing on a tour and wanted to demonstrate to them and to the TFP group that not all students on campus oppose gay marriage. News Editor Lesley Stevenson contributed to this report.Tags: gay marriage, protest, TFP
Emmet Farnan | The Observer Allan Schwarz, the journalist who broke the story on the football-concussion connection, speaks at Notre Dame on Wednesday.In 2007, former New York Times investigative reporter Alan Schwarz started writing a series of stories reporting on the staggering rate of concussions amongst NFL players, leading to new regulations and a congressional hearing. In his talk at Jordan Auditorium on Wednesday, Schwarz discussed his research process and how his interests in sports and math informed his research.Schwarz said that after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in math, he started to write as a sports journalist. At the end of 2006, Schwarz began to receive information about brain damages of football players from his friends, which caught his attention.“I, like everybody else, thought [a] concussion was a brain bruise,” he said. “But it can bring on early Alzheimer-type symptoms — cognitive impairment, cognitive decline, memory loss … that’s pretty awful.”Schwarz said he observed four consecutive football players diagnosed with concussions — he figured there must be a correlation between playing football and concussions.“The chance for these players to have this disease is greatly higher than the national population,” he said. “Something is going on here.”After embarking on his research into the effects of concussions, Schwarz said he was confronted by NFL managers and scientists, who tried hard to deny the risk of brain damage that playing football presented.When Schwarz told NFL commissioner Roger Goodell that four out of four football players he observed suffered from concussion symptoms, Goodell refused to believe it.Schwarz’s persistent research with mathematical modelings further convinced him of the cause-and-effect relation between repetitive head collisions and concussions. Several months later, Schwarz said he obtained the NFL’s research on brain disease, which was conducted by the University of Michigan. Schwarz said this critical study revealed that NFL retirees aged 30-49 are 19 times susceptible to memory problems, while NFL retirees aged above 50 have six times the chance of having memory-related diseases, compared to all U.S. men.Despite the consequences of Schwarz’s stories, he said he never harbored any resentment against the sport itself.“I’ve never said that football should be banned. I’ve never said that there should be different rules, anything like that,” Schwarz said. “My whole point is just that ‘Look, there’s an increase of risk.’ People should know about that so that they can make better-informed decisions for themselves and their kids.”Tags: Alan Schwarz, concussions, New York Times, NFL
Former President Jimmy Carter, TV host David Letterman visit campus for Work Project Opening Ceremony
Tom Naatz | The Observer Former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter joined a variety of speakers Sunday at Notre Dame‘s Purcell Pavilion for the opening ceremony of a work project that will build multiple houses in St. Joseph County.Ultimately, Letterman called Habitat for Humanity, the global nonprofit housing organization and gathered some friends and travelled to New Orleans to start building and rebuilding houses.Letterman, the longtime late night talkshow host whose appearance at Notre Dame‘s Purcell Pavilion was not previously announced, introduced former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, former first lady Rosalynn Carter, at the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project. This annual Habitat for Humanity program, which includes participation and sponsorship from the former first couple, focuses on building houses in a geographic area one week out of the year. The 2018 iteration will be taking place in St. Joseph County this week and Notre Dame hosted the opening ceremonies.Jim Williams, the president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity’s St. Joseph County chapter, lauded the historic moment the program represents.“This truly is a historic moment for our community,“ Williams said. “It’s a momentous occasion. And for all of you to show up here on a Sunday evening and join us for this occasion, I can’t tell you how much that means to us.”According to a press release provided at the event, the Carters will help a group of volunteers and future homeowners build 22 “new, affordable homes” this week in Mishawaka. When lumped in with additional construction projects throughout the year, 41 homes will be “built, renovated, or repaired” in both South Bend and Mishawaka.Speakers at the event included Williams, University President Fr. John Jenkins, Habitat for Humanity CEO Jonathan Reckford, Benito Salazar, a local man who lives with his family in a Habitat for Humanity constructed home, Letterman and the Carters.Jenkins offered a blessing for the Work Project. In his remarks beforehand, he noted President Carter’s connection with the former University President Fr. Ted Hesburgh.“You worked with him on so many different projects — on peace-building, on human rights, on avoiding mass-starvation [and on] Cambodia with you, Mrs. Carter,” Jenkins said. I know that Fr. Ted is looking down on us and smiling. So happy we are here.”Several speakers lauded LeRoy Troyer, a local architect who has played a large role in Habitat for Humanity by serving on the organization’s board and serving as President Carter’s “house leader” on every Carter Work Project since 1986. A tribute video lauded Troyer’s dedication to Habitat for Humanity.“The Carter Work Project can be anywhere in the world,” the video said. “It only happens once a year. But it’s here, in St. Joseph County, in large part thanks to LeRoy Troyer. Ask 100 people to show you what love looks like. They’ll all point to LeRoy Troyer. Thank you, LeRoy, and may God bless you.”During his remarks, Reckford said he noticed the sense of community that springs up at every individual build site. Reckford also said he was impressed with the sturdy construction of Habitat for Humanity homes, saying a Habitat constructed neighborhood in Haiti held up remarkably well when Hurricane Sandy hit the island in 2012. He also discussed the scarcity of affordable housing throughout the world.“A big reason we do this is to bring attention to the fact that right now in the U.S. we have an affordable housing crisis,” Reckford said. “And it’s even worse in the rest of the world. There is nowhere in the United States where a full-time, minimum wage employee can afford a one-bedroom apartment on less than a third of his or her income.”Reckford thanked the Carters for their work to alleviate the problem of affordable housing.“President and Mrs. Carter’s involvement in Indiana is going to bring attention to not just the need in this community and state but to the need nationally and globally,” he said. “And they have been such extraordinary witnesses and such extraordinary ambassadors to bring attention to that need.”The next speaker, Salazar, said he and his wife were struggling to find an affordable housing option for their growing family when they heard about Habitat, applied and ultimately were accepted. They, along with their future neighbors, have been laying the groundwork for the project in a program Habitat for Humanity likes to refer to as “sweat equity.” Their future home is being constructed as part of the Carter Work Project.“Knowing that my children can grow in a home that their mother and father have worked so hard for means so much,” Salazar said. “We shall have the space to grow and play, we shall be putting money into a home that we can eventually own and say, ‘It is ours.’ We shall have a new beginning.”Finally, Letterman introduced the Carters. After relating the story of his first involvement with the organization after Katrina, he discussed all of the subsequent work he’s done with it, most recently in Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. He thanked President Carter and Rosalynn for their work.“In my life, I have always struggled and envied people who have figured out a way to make a difference in the world,” Letterman said. “People who know how, as we like to say it, ‘move the needle.’ I would not have known to call Habitat for Humanity if it wasn’t for President Carter and Rosalynn. It’s because of these two people that my friends and I were able to find a way to help in a very, very small way.”In brief closing remarks, the Carters each thanked the people who make the Carter Work Project possible and extolled the value of helping others.The former president noted the large number of people who have volunteered with the Carter Work Project since its inception 35 years ago.“One of the most important statistics that Habitat had … for us this year was we built 4,200-and-something houses in 14 countries,” President Carter said. “But the main thing was 100,000 volunteers have worked with us on our different projects, beginning with 42 in the first time in New York.”President Carter said Troyer was the best volunteer they have ever had. Offering further tribute to Troyer, he said the architect always reminds him of the faith-based dimensions of the work.“He has a remarkable way of inspiring us to keep on working, but he always has an ability to inject into it the purpose of Habitat. And that is to carry out the mandate of our savior Jesus Christ,” he said.Rosalynn discussed briefly her friendship with Fr. Hesburgh, noting they had worked together to help Cambodian refugees.“Well, this is so great to be back at Notre Dame, from which I have an honorary degree,” Rosalynn said. “When Jimmy was president, there were refugees in Thailand coming from Cambodia, I think. I went to see them, and when I got home I had a phone call from Fr. Ted saying, ‘Let’s raise money and help those refugees.’ And of course, I was thrilled. And we raised a lot of money and became very close friends with Fr. Ted.”The former first lady closed the ceremony by thanking those in attendance.“I want to recognize all of you — everybody who has worked to make this project a great success, and the homeowners and everybody,” Rosalynn said. “But I also want to thank the donors because Habitat for Humanity always needs donors. This would not be possible tonight if had not been for the donors. All of you who worked ahead of time, all of you who are going to be working again, and everybody else who supports Habitat. I know you are going to be supporting with contributions, right? And now you know what a wonderful organization it is. And so I thank you from the bottom of my heart and look forward to working with you, who are going to be at the camp site, tomorrow.”Tags: 2018 Carter Work Project, David Letterman, Fr. John Jenkins, habitat for humanity, Jimmy Carter, Mishawaka, Rosalynn Carter, South Bend, St. Joseph County In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, David Letterman had a problem.Letterman was watching news coverage of the disaster that had just afflicted New Orleans and the entirety of the Gulf Coast, and he desperately wanted to help out; his only problem was he wasn’t sure how he could do it.“As you see, [there‘s] 24-hour coverage of disasters and horrible things that happen to humans around the globe, and if you’re hooked up properly, you’re drawn to that,” Letterman said. “You want to do something but you don’t know what it is you want to do. And this is the dynamic that occurred while watching the storm Katrina ravage New Orleans, Louisiana.”
Elizabeth “Izzy” Fourman, director of health and counseling at Saint Mary’s, will leave the College on Friday to take a position at Notre Dame, the College announced in a Monday email.“Izzy has worked for Saint Mary’s for nine years and has been an outstanding advocate for student health on our campus,” Karen Johnson, vice president for student affairs, said in the email. “We will truly miss her.”Johnson said in an email to The Observer that Fourman gave the College 30 days notice of her resignation.The College will look for a replacement for Fourman “very soon,” Johnson said, and in the meantime, Saint Mary’s has instituted a management plan for the interim.The College’s plan, Johnson said, is to immediately hire a part-time nurse practitioner to supplement the hours in which Fourman saw patients. “Izzy did not see patients full time as she had many administrative duties to complete,” she said. “Others on the team will assist with the administrative duties.”Counselors will not be expected to take on other duties in light of Fourman’s absence, Johnson said. Besides the nurse practitioner, no others will be hired to fulfill the interim between Fourman’s absence and the hiring of a full-time replacement. Editor’s Note: This staff report was updated to feature additional quotes on Oct. 28, 2019. Tags: health and counseling
Courtesy of the Snite Museum of Art One of the sculptures featured in the park is called “Tale Teller VI,” and is by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa.“The sculpture park was designed by a very famous landscape architect whose name is Michael Van Valkenburgh,” Becherer said. “The basic idea … for that site was to try to recreate a natural space that would be familiar to someone like Fr. Edward Sorin when they came and founded Notre Dame.”The evolution and creation of the site took time.“The project was really years in the making. But it was only dedicated a year ago this autumn. So it’s still pretty new,” Becherer said. Becherer also emphasized the unique “nature-centered” feature of the sculpture park. “The idea of the sculpture park in terms of horticulture is not to have something that’s very manic here with cut grasses and shaped bushes, but to have something that feels very natural in terms of tall grasses and tall shrubs and native trees,” he said. “We don’t have to use a lot of pesticides. We don’t have to do a lot of watering irrigation. We’re really letting nature do its thing.”One of the highlights among 12 sculptures in the sculpture park is a piece created by Fr. Austin Collins.“I really enjoy the fact that we’ve got one of Fr. Austin’s pieces — which is the large green tower in the park — because it makes the park very strongly connected to the University,” Becherer said. Costa believes the sculpture park can invoke “contemplative experiences” from the students. “The arts are such integral parts of students’ engagement and process at Notre Dame,” she said. “What would the educational experience at Notre Dame be without the arts? The students at Notre Dame are so fortunate to have this incredible museum, the sculpture park and a campus that is full of beautiful sculptures to really elevate and augment their educational experiences.”As an extension of the Snite, the sculpture park contains artworks by some of the finest contemporary sculptors around the globe. “I think that one of the things that we have a responsibility for is to celebrate that long relationship between the Church and the visual arts,” Becherer said. “So honoring the tradition, but also embracing the world, that’s what the museum is all about.”Tags: Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park, Sculpture park, the snite museum of art The Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park is located on the Northwest corner of Angela Boulevard and Eddy Street, and was funded by Charles B. Hayes family which has deep ties with Notre Dame. “Charles B. Hayes, Charles S. Hayes, his son and Charles B. Hayes’ grandchildren all came to Notre Dame,” the Snite Museum of Art’s director of marketing and communications Gina Costa, said. The site of the sculpture park was formerly a landfill but nationally-renowned landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh appreciated the rolling topography of this neglected site, Joseph Becherer, director of the Snite, said.