The University will hold 19 diploma ceremonies in addition to other special events for campus groups and parents on the weekend of its 169th Commencement, University registrar Chuck Hurley said. Steph Wulz and Lesley Stevenson | The Observer Hurley said Thursday’s senior class prayer service and last visit to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and the Grotto, as well as the service send-off ceremony and the Commencement Mass on Saturday, stand out as popular events for the weekend.“Undergraduates typically look forward most to their Sunday afternoon college or school diploma ceremony,” Hurley said. “That is the opportunity students and families have been waiting for all weekend. It is the chance to walk across stage, have one’s name read and actually receive their diploma.”“Personally, my favorite moment annually at Commencement is the Mass,” he said. “It is an extraordinarily holy event. “The Holy Cross clergy organize a wonderful celebration of the Eucharist for our students and families. Moreover, [director of bands] Dr. [Kenneth] Dye, the student musicians and the choir provide us with arrangements that are second to none.”Hurley said the weekend demands a large amount of planning from The Office of the Registrar to coordinate every event and welcome about 25,000 guests of the 3,000 graduates to Notre Dame Stadium for the commencement ceremony.“Planning for commencement typically begins in late summer,” he said. “Due to the sheer size of our Commencement, planning is happening nearly year-round.”Hurley said The Office of the Registrar focuses on the logistics of academic ceremonies. “The Office of the Registrar coordinates the academic events of commencement weekend,” he said. “We help students and faculty obtain their academic regalia. The office provides the diplomas to all graduates. We reserve and coordinate event locations and schedules.”A full list of events throughout Commencement Weekend can be found at http://commencement.nd.edu/commencement-weekend/schedule-of-events/Tags: 2014 Commencement, ceremony, commencement mass, logistics, Prayer service
Notre Dame Ph.D. candidate Maria Gibbs was recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) as one of the 2015 New Faces in Civil Engineering on Dec. 2.According to an ASCE press release, the award “promotes the bold and humanitarian future of civil engineering by highlighting the achievements of young civil engineers, their contributions to and impact on society.”One-of-10 recipients of the award, Gibbs said she researches the effects of wind on suspension footbridges, specifically those built in developing countries by the nonprofit organization Bridges to Prosperity.The press release said ASCE will officially recognize Gibbs for her work with Bridges to Prosperity at the Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Gala in March.Gibbs said she is honored by the award and by the opportunity to “spread the work of the team of Bridges to Prosperity.”“The civil engineering profession is recognizing that this is really important work and hopefully spreading the word that you don’t have to choose between a career in international development and a career in civil engineering,” she said. “There are ways to figure out how to mold your passion into a more traditional, conventional civil engineering career path.”Gibbs said she first became involved with Bridges to Prosperity, an organization that builds footbridges to provide safe transportation to people living in isolated regions, during her undergraduate studies at Duke University.Now a board member of Bridges to Prosperity, Gibbs said the “main focus” of her doctoral studies is determining the structural soundness of the footbridges built by the organization.“Before I leave here, I will have an answer about if Bridges to Prosperity’s bridges are susceptible to wind, and if they are, a solution to making them safer,” she said.Gibbs’ doctoral advisor, Notre Dame’s Robert M. Moran Professor of Engineering Ahsan Kareem, said Gibbs’ newfound way to utilize smartphones, a relatively cheap technology, in bridge-testing distinguishes her research.“I think her real recognition by ASCE … is primarily for this innovation which she has implemented in looking at the performance of these bridges,” he said.Smartphones have the two-fold benefit of providing a cost-effective way to test bridges and of allowing testing by non-experts, Gibbs said.“What I’ve been doing with smartphone apps and these little miniature computers called Raspberry Pis is just figuring out a portable, low cost way to go test these bridges, because the way we do it here in the U.S. is you send a team of engineers and it’s very expensive,” she said. “It requires a lot of expertise.”Gibbs said she came to the University to work alongside Dr. Kareem, who researches the susceptibility of tall buildings and long-span bridges to wind and earthquakes.Kareem said he enjoys working with Gibbs inside the laboratory and in the field. Kareem accompanied Gibbs on a trip to Nicaragua with Bridges to Prosperity last summer where he witnessed firsthand the impact of her research, he said.“After going to Nicaragua I could see the difference,” Kareem said. “I couldn’t tell that from here—how important those bridges are for those people. It’s not typical engineering. I think it’s more like Notre Dame engineering, where you have a service-oriented contribution to science and technology.”Tags: American Society of Civil Engineers, ASCE, Bridges to Prosperity, New Faces in Civil Engineering, Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Gala
Photo courtesy of Gaju Gatera On Saturday afternoon, approximately 50 students participated in a silent march to raise awareness for survivors of sexual assault on college campuses, following the path of the Notre Dame Marching Band as it marched across campus toward Notre Dame Stadium before the football game against Massachusetts.Organizer Madeline Lay, a junior at Saint Mary’s, said the march was also meant to show solidarity with all those who have been impacted by sexual assault.“It wasn’t meant to be antagonistic,” she said. “We just wanted to take this in a positive direction, because we feel like a lot of times protests or marches or whatever — they’re very angry and vicious and they’re directed toward the perpetrators. In this case, we wanted it to be about the people trying to change things. We wanted this to be supportive and make this a positive thing.”Participants in the march wore white bandanas over their mouths to symbolize and honor the voiceless victims of sexual assault, Lay said, and carried signs with information and statistics about sexual assault on college campuses.“We really wanted to encourage people in the community to stand up for these individuals, for the survivors, for the allies and just for people who are passionate about this and for people who are making strides already at their universities, whether it be for policy change or through other groups,” she said.The majority of the responses to the march were positive, Lay said.“It was really incredible because I’ve been working on this for months — all of us have. It was kind of amazing to finally see it come to fruition. … People were clapping and they were saying ‘Keep doing what you’re doing, never stop fighting,’” she said. “People were really supportive, and it was incredible, actually.”Lay said she believes the march achieved its goal of bringing awareness to the issue of sexual assault.“When we finally stood in front of the stadium and we were looking out facing the library, you could just see people holding their thumbs up,” she said. “As we were marching, people were reading the signs and you could hear the shock in their voice, like ‘Oh my God, how did I not know this?’ … I think it’s going to start a lot of conversations, and that was kind of the point of it.”The march was the first event sponsored by the organization I’m Someone, Lay said.“[The organization] was started by six individuals who were really passionate about this cause because we live in this environment,” she said. “This was one thing we all agreed on, that we felt passionate about stopping. We really want to put an end to it, and we felt like the best way to do that was to really get out there and talk about it.I’m Someone is not affiliated with Notre Dame or Saint Mary’s, Lay said.“We really wanted to make it not about any particular school. … We’re not affiliated with any club, college or university, and we are made up of students from Saint Mary’s, Holy Cross, Notre Dame, IUSB [and] members of the community.”Tags: march, Notre Dame, saint mary’s, sexual assault awareness
Emma Farnan | The Observer Students returned from winter break to a campus covered with snow and bustling with construction, including renovations to Hesburgh Library and the construction of two new residence halls. Construction began on Corbett Family Hall and Duncan Family Hall, both part of the Campus Crossroads project, in the fall of 2014 and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2017. Construction on the Music and Sacred Music Hall, also part of the Campus Crossroads project, began in the fall of 2015 and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2017.Doug Marsh, associate vice president and University architect, said in an email that the projects continue to progress on their anticipated timelines.“Work actually continues throughout winter and only stops during the coldest and snowiest or rainiest of days,” he said. “The concourse space of the Hesburgh Library will be re-opened the week after spring break. McCourtney Hall and the two new residence halls will open in August.”Marsh said the projects are meeting all their anticipated milestones, including those for costs.“There are no changes anticipated in the construction impacts on the surrounding campus for the Spring Semester,” he said.Construction on McCourtney Hall began in the summer of 2014 and will be expected to be completed in the fall of 2016. Jenkins Hall and Nanovic Hall began last summer and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2017.More information regarding construction projects and renovations taking place around campus can be found at construction.nd.eduTags: Campus Crossroads
Natalie Weber | The Observer Sr. Mary Prudence Allen delivers the sixth Annual Human Dignity Lecture on Tuesday. Allen traced the philosophy of gender throughout the ages.She said Plato was the first philosopher to acknowledge all four of these elements in discussing gender relations. He first initiated a philosophical understanding of gender with his “unisex theory,” which proposed that men and women have no significant differences and are therefore equal in dignity. Aristotle, contrasting Plato, believed males to be naturally superior to females across all four of the gender concept categories — opposites, generation, wisdom and virtue — Allen said.“Aristotle’s ‘sex polarity theory’ drastically opposed Plato’s foundations of thought,” she said.Allen argued that while Aristotle was an empiricist, he did not possess a scientific understanding of the male and female bodies. “Aristotle didn’t understand female ovulation, and therefore speculated that males provided the seeds of life, while women merely represented the material for life to grow,” she said. In this way, Aristotle believed women to be defective forms of men, whose irrational powers could not be governed by the rational, Allen said. She said Aristotle asserted that women should remain silent in public and under men’s control. “While Aristotle was consistent in his beliefs, he was consistently wrong,” Allen said. While many of his beliefs relied on faulty biological assertions, Aristotle did assert that each human being consisted of both a physical body and a soul, Allen said.“His metaphysics of hylomorphism discussed that the human consists of matter and form, that each human being possesses a composite identity consisting of soul and body,” Allen said. The development of this idea influenced the studies of gender during the medieval period, she said. Medieval philosophers identified men and women as complementary — rather than opposed — beings, she said. “Philosophy during this time relied on the Bible, and specifically the book of Genesis, to strengthen ideas of gender,” Allen said. Allen said philosophers related passages from Genesis to demonstrate that although men and women have significantly differing bodies, they are equal in dignity and possess a synergetic relationship. “In addition, the two genders function together in order to establish intergenerational fruition,” she said. She said medieval notions of gender claimed the incarnation of Jesus Christ, his passion, death, resurrection, ascension and invitation to eternal life have the ability to be shared by all human beings, despite gender differences. “St. Thomas Aquinas strengthened this view by developing a hylomorphism with the soul consisting of both form and spirit,” Allen said. In the Renaissance and early humanist philosophic understanding of gender, Allen explained, an inevitable conflict arose in which the complementarity of gender was either threatened or defended. “During this time, four areas of discourse were traced, including academic, satirical, religious and humanist views of gender,” she said. While some traditional polarity satires devalued women, complementarity was defended by others. “This complementary view of gender slid into a reverse polarity of gender, which actually devalued men as inferior to women,” Allen said. These conflicting ideas of gender pushed into modern philosophical developments of gender, she argued. “Cartesian unisex dualism was introduced during this time, which shattered the unity of the human being, but strengthened the equality of man and woman,” she said. Gender in the 20th and 21st centuries has transitioned to an understanding of complementarity in men and women, Allen said, expressing concern that this view has been stretched to distortion within recent years. “There have now been perversions, corruptions and decays in the idea of the human person as a result of changing views in its relation to sex and gender ideologies, secular feminism and philosophers turned atheists,” she said. Allen said with new concepts of gender, feminism and atheistic philosophy arising, notions of gender have altered drastically. “Gender reality includes the whole person, while gender ideology has focused on metaphysical identity and invented self-concepts of one’s gender,” she said. “Each person is created with dignity and should be seen as their whole person.” Tags: 6th Annual Human Dignity Lecture, gender, philosophy of gender Sr. Mary Prudence Allen discussed the dignity of human gender at the sixth annual Human Dignity Lecture on Tuesday night. In the talk, she mapped out the history of gender constructions throughout time, beginning with ancient Greek philosophy and developing to notions of gender in the 20th and 21st centuries.She first identified the four elements in the concept of women, which was introduced in 384 B.C. as a part of Plato and Aristotle’s studies. “The four elements across which gender theories center include opposites, generation, wisdom and virtue,” Allen said.
Rosie LoVoi | The Observer Professor Rosemary Kelanic said the Trump administration’s foreign policy has been driven largely by the president’s self-perception. Kelanic presented as part of a “Pizza, Pop and Politics” panel hosted by NDVotes.Kelanic was one of two professors who discussed the Trump administration’s foreign policy in a “Pizza, Pop and Politics” panel hosted by NDVotes on Tuesday evening. As to what will drive U.S. foreign policy decisions under the Trump administration, Kelanic said the president‘s ego will be a determining factor.“The underlying logic is what is good for [Trump’s] ego at any given point in time, and how does he view himself?” she said.President Trump’s identity as a dealmaker is also a driving force in his foreign policy agenda, Kelanic said. As a result of these traits, Kelanic said American foreign policy may become largely determined by President Trump’s personal relationships with other world leaders. “He’s likely to favor those who flatter him and disfavor those who criticize him,” she said.Michael Desch, a professor of political science and director of the International Security Center at Notre Dame, agreed with what much of Kelanic said. Foreign policy is also shaped by public opinion, especially under the current administration, Desch said, as Trump has taken advantage of a major shift in public opinion. “President Trump ran for office and was elected at a time in which the political culture of a significant fraction of the American public had changed,” Desch said. “A new sort of approach to politics in general, and foreign policy in particular, had emerged.” Desch identified this new trend in American foreign policy as “Jacksonian,” after President Andrew Jackson. Some of the key tenets of this political philosophy are high levels of nationalism, populism and a pessimistic view of international politics. During a question-and-answer session, Kelanic and Desch addressed the U.S. foreign policy with regards to North Korea.The situation with North Korea might not allow Trump to be as aggressive as he may wish he could be, Desch said.“The president very clearly came into office thinking that what he wanted was a military solution to the North Korean nuclear program because diplomacy had clearly failed,” Desch said.But as it became clear to Trump that any military option in North Korea would have severe repercussions, he seems to have settled for continued pursuit of diplomatic solutions, Desch said.Desch also addressed American foreign policy with regards to the situation in Israel and Palestine. Trump’s view of himself as a dealmaker may provide him with the necessary motivation to pursue a deal between Palestine and Israel — a deal which many have deemed to be almost impossible to achieve, Desch said. “You say [it’s] too big a deal to Trump, and it’s like waving the red flag in front of the bull,” he said.Tags: Foreign Policy, NDVotes, Pizza Pop and Politics, The Trump Administration Though President Trump has promised to put America first, professor of political science Rosemary Kelanic said in reality, the current administration’s policies are closer to “Trump first” than they are to “America first.”“I think that [Trump] conflates his personal interests with the interests of the United States,” Kelanic said. “He doesn’t really draw a distinction between what is in the national interest and what he thinks and likes and doesn’t like, and what he desires and doesn’t desire.”
U.S. Attorney General William Barr spoke at Notre Dame Law School on Friday evening, calling for a defense of Judeo-Christian values and religious freedom in response to growing secularism in America.The event was reserved for students, faculty and staff of the Notre Dame Law School and de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture, both of which hosted the lecture. It took place in the McCartan Courtroom while another room in the law school streamed the speech to another crowd of ticket-holding students and faculty. Kelli Smith | The Observer Attorney General William Barr spoke at ND law school on Friday.Barr began by discussing the new challenges the United States is facing today. It’s a difficulty he said the Founding Fathers foresaw as “the supreme test of a free society.”“The central question was whether over the long haul, we the people can handle freedom,” Barr said. “The question was whether the citizens in such a free society could maintain the moral discipline and virtue necessary for the survival of free institutions.”In the Founders’ view, Barr said, free government was only suitable for people who had the discipline to control themselves according to a transcendent moral order. As John Adams put it, he said, the United States Constitution was made only for “a moral and religious people.” “Now, modern secularists dismiss this idea of morality as sort of otherworldly superstition imposed by a killjoy clergy,” Barr said. “But in fact, Judeo-Christian moral standards are the ultimate utilitarian rules for human conduct. They reflect the rules that are best for man not in the by-and-by but in the here-and-now.”By the same token, he said, violations of these moral laws have “bad, real world consequences” for man and society — such as society is seeing today.“I think we all recognize that over the past 50 years, religion has been under increasing attack,” Barr said. “On the one hand, we have seen the steady erosion of our traditional Judeo-Christian moral system and a comprehensive effort to drive it from the public square. On the other hand, we see the growing ascendancy of secularism and the doctrine of moral relativism.”With escalating suicide rates, the drug epidemic, hate crimes and more, there is a campaign to “destroy the traditional moral order,” Barr said, and secularists ignore these results and press on with “even greater militancy.”“Among the militant secularists are many so-called progressives,” he said. “But where is the progress? We were told we are living in a post-Christian era. But what has replaced the Judeo-Christian moral system? What is it that can fill the spiritual void in the hearts of the individual person? And what is the system of values that can sustain human social life?”There used to be a self-healing mechanism that would get things back on course if they go too far in society, Barr said. That may not be the case today, he argued, due to three forces — the first being the “organized destruction” on religion by secularists and their allies.“One of the ironies, as some have observed, is that the secular project has itself become a religion pursued with religious fervor,” he said. “It is taking out all the trappings of religion, including inquisitions and excommunication. Those who defy the creed risk a figurative burning at the stake: social, educational and professional ostracism and exclusion waged through lawsuits and savage social media campaigns.”Secondly, instead of addressing underlying causes of moral chaos today, Barr said society has now cast the state as the alleviator of bad consequences.“So the reaction to growing illegitimacy is not sexual responsibility, but abortion,” he said. “The reaction to drug addiction is safe injection sites. The solution to the breakdown of the family is for the state to set itself up as an ersatz husband for the single mother and an ersatz father for the children. The call comes for more and more social programs to deal with this wreckage — and while we think we’re solving problems, we are underwriting them.”The third phenomenon he noted is the law being used to break down traditional moral values, and to force religious people and entities to subscribe to practices antithetical to their faith.“The problem is not that religion is being forced on others, the problem is that irreligion is being forced — secular values are being forced on people of faith,” he said.Because the Trump administration “firmly supports” accommodation of religion, Barr said, this battleground has largely shifted to the states.“Ground zero for these attacks on religion are the schools, and to me this is the most serious challenge to religious liberty today,” he said. There are three fronts for the battle being waged in schools, he said. First is the public school curriculum, with states adopting curriculum incompatible with Judeo-Christian principles. He used New Jersey’s passing of a law requiring public schools to adopt LGBT curriculum as an example.“This puts parents who descend from the secular orthodoxy to a difficult choice: try to scrape together enough money to send their kids to private school or homeschooling, or allow their children to be inculcated with messages that they fundamentally reject,” Barr said.The second axis of attack involves states enacting policies “designed to starve religious schools” of funds, he said, encouraging students to choose secular options for schooling. The third assault on religious freedom in schools, Barr asserted, includes efforts to force religious schools to adhere to secular orthodoxy through state laws.If these measures are successful, those with religious convictions will become more marginalized, Barr said.“We cannot sit back and just hope that the pendulum is going to swing back towards sanity,” he said. “As Catholics, we are committed to the Judeo-Christian values that have made this country great, and we know that the first thing we have to do to promote this renewal is to ensure that we are putting our principles into practice in our own personal lives.”Barr emphasized the importance of the “moral education” of children today.“We cannot have a moral Renaissance unless we succeed in passing to the next generation our faith and values in full vigor,” he said. “ … If ever there was a need for a resurgence of Catholic education, and more generally religiously affiliated schools, it is today.”Barr closed his lecture by calling for vigilance in resisting efforts by secularists to “drive religious viewpoints from the public square.”“I can assure you that as long as I am Attorney General, the Department of Justice will be at the forefront of this effort, ready to fight for the most cherished of all American liberties: the freedom to live according to our faith,” he said.His lecture was followed by a Q&A session, which was closed to the press.A recording obtained by The Observer, however, shows Barr fielded questions about the difference between working as Attorney General for President Donald Trump than under former president George H.W. Bush. He also discussed the digital age, hate in America, bipartisan support behind examining big tech companies and his views on immigration.Along with more polarization today, Barr said things “on the outside” move faster with technology and things “on the inside” are moving slower as compared to his experience under Bush.“Why things move more slowly in the department, I’m not sure, I’m trying to figure that out,” Barr said. “But I think part of it is of course the environment, people are more afraid of making difficult decisions and they try to finesse the problem rather than squarely deal with it.”Barr said a serious problem is the rise of hate crimes in America, with many directed primarily at Jews and Muslims.“I don’t know as much about the religion of Islam, but generally speaking as an Abrahamic religion, what I said about Judeo-Christianity and the importance of ensuring the ability to freely exercise your religion applies to Muslims in this country,” he said. Catholic schools today are being discredited for teaching hate, Barr said.“Traditional religious doctrine is now being defined as hate,” he said. “ … That’s used as a basis for trying to silence teaching of those traditional doctrines and moral precepts.”On immigration, Barr said the problem he has is the unfairness with allowing people to “stand in line at the front door” while others “break into the back door.”“One of the major problems [with illegal immigration] is the use of the asylum system, asylum or refugees, that is a system distinctive that is meant to deal with sort of exigent circumstances of someone who’s facing, you know, real harm in their country like persecution, fear of death, that kind of thing,” he said. “It’s for populations that are being persecuted, a way to give them haven for as long as that threat exists. So the whole point of this is to get them out of harm’s way — it is not a means of mass migration.”Students in attendance at the lecture spoke to The Observer about their reactions to his speech.Second-year law student Krystal Moczygemba said she had no idea what to expect but was struck by some of Barr’s insight.“I thought he did a really great job of just presenting a topic area on something that all of us would be interested in,” she said. “ … His insight into the idea of self-governance and how that plays a role in how we view responsibility and moral accountability was I thought very interesting — I thought in a good way.”Second-year law student Owen Fitzgerald said in an email he thought Barr brushed past the Establishment Clause to form an argument that America was founded as a Christian nation.“Hearing the United States Attorney General blame ‘militant secularists’ for current American issues such as the drug crisis is as concerning as it is bizarre,” Fitzgerald said. “It should worry anyone who recognizes that the Establishment Clause is meant to keep government officials from acting to favor one religious view over another.”Even so, Fitzgerald said he respects the law school’s decision to invite Barr.“Now we know exactly what’s running through Barr’s head when he makes important decisions regarding the government’s role in religious matters,” Fitzgerald said. “I trust that in the future the law school will be as willing to invite someone to speak who believes it is not the government’s role to advocate for religion.”Tags: Attorney General, Notre Dame Law School, William Barr
Photo courtesy of Jimmy Tull A group of Keenan Knights grill patties for the 2018 0.5K race. This year’s event will be held Thursday.“We have strong bonds with the Boys and Girls Club of South Bend as well as the business house,” senior Tom Walsh, former president of Keenan Hall, said. “But we already did so much for them, we thought we’d reach out to a new charity and kind of see what we can do elsewhere.”Last year, Keenan 0.5K raised $670. This year, the hall aims to make it an even bigger event. Walsh said the idea of a 0.5K race stemmed from Keenan’s image on campus and the dorm’s intention to distinguish the event from the Keenan Revue. “Back in April 2018, there was one weekend where like three or four dorms were doing a race at the same time,” Walsh said. “We realized that our identity on campus is just being like fun, silly and goofy so we wanted to play off all the five Ks and everything going on. We also want to get away from being attached to the Revue. We wanted this to be an independent event, and so we just came [up with] the idea for [the] 0.5K and I think everybody on our spirit week team kind of fell in love with that immediately.”The race reflects the brotherhood of Keenan Hall, Walsh said, and is meant to make an impact on the first-year Keenan Knights. “Our goal was to add to the image of Keenan because our main events like Keenan Revue [have] been standing for 44 years, and there’s so much that this brotherhood has to give that we can do more for ourselves, for the community and to show the rest of campus who we are,” Walsh said. “And so together with my vice presidents, we decided that we wanted to create something big in the fall for us besides Disco Roll [and] the Great Pumpkin, to introduce the first years to what it means to be a Knight before the Revue season really kicks in.”Entrance into the event is $5. For an additional $10, attendees can purchase specially designed Keenan shirts. JP Lynch, a sophomore Keenan apparel commissioner designed the shirts this year. Lynch explained the meaning behind the K on the back of the shirts. “It’s collaborating the idea where it’s like the point five K and then emphasize how K is for Keenan as well,” he said. “Our main colors are navy blue and white, and I love the color light blue so I alternated them with swords, put little navy and then some light blue and then sprinkle [the swords] around.” The front design of the shirt accentuates Keenan’s spirit week this year, Lynch asserted. “Our spirit week is called Knight Fever, so I basically just made a logo with the words knight and fever,” Lynch said. “But then in the F is like a little thermostat to emphasize fever.”Tags: 0.5k, Keenan Hall Keenan Hall will host its second annual Keenan 0.5K race Thursday on North Quad as part of its dorm spirit week. The race will take place at 4:30 p.m. and will start in front of the Keenan door, continue in front of Zahm House and Cavanaugh Hall, take a left at the stone-henge, continue behind Breen-Phillips Hall, then finally end at North Dining Hall, junior Conor McConville, president of Keenan Hall, said. All proceeds from the race will benefit the South Bend Center for the Homeless.
MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County officials reported three new cases during their press conference Friday afternoon in the Legislative chambers. Wendel says Friday’s conference will be the last weekly conference as of now. He additionally congratulated the Class of 2020 for their hard work, especially during the tough circumstances that the global COVID-19 pandemic continues.Wendel says 101 people are under quarantine. There have been seven fatalities.The County Executive thanked his COVID-19 Response Team for their efforts during the crisis. “I thank each one of them….for all of their hard work,” Wendel said. He additionally says that the team will continue to work together as the pandemic moves forward.Public Health Director Christine Schuyler says that, at this time, the virus isn’t circulating rapidly compared to other areas. Schuyler, however, says that doesn’t mean the virus isn’t completely gone from the community.“A test result is a test result, and it’s only as good as the day the test was done,” Schuyler said. She says the community has done a “great job” at adhering to social distancing guidelines, but she reminds the community that “this is not a race” in terms of reopening the economy.Dr. Robert Burke says it’s difficult to determine when it’ll no longer be necessary to wear a mask.Schuyler was unable to comment on the Heritage Park “presumptive” positive case due to HIPPA regulations, and because nursing home health situations are regulated by the New York State Department of Health.Wendel says that he believes Chautauqua County is prepared to handle a possible “second wave” of the COVID-19 virus based on experience and knowledge gained from the first wave, along with the stockpile of equipment.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)
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) Photo: www.nursetogether.com / CC BY 2.0JAMESTOWN – The Chautauqua County Office for Aging Services will hold two free mask and sanitizer giveaways for area seniors on Friday, June 26, and Friday, July 10, from 10 a.m. to noon at all Office for Aging Services’ locations.The free masks and sanitizer will be available during the above hours at 610 W. Third St., Jamestown; 7 N. Erie St. (back of the HRC Building) in Mayville and 45 Cliffstar Ct. in Dunkirk.The event is designed to help older adults in Chautauqua County receive free personal protective equipment (PPE). Seniors can drive by one of the three sites to pick up hand sanitizer, face masks, and resource booklets.“The first give-away was so successful that we are planning two more drive-by distributions of masks and sanitizer,” said Dr. Mary Ann Spanos, Director of the Chautauqua County Office for Aging Services. “Seniors can pick up for themselves and anyone in their household. We recommend seniors have at least two cloth masks so they can be washed daily or after every use. Groups who need PPE should contact the county EOC through its website www.chautcofire.org to request large quantities of masks, sanitizer and other equipment.” Supplies have also been given to all senior housing units in the county. Seniors who need masks and sanitizer and are unable to get to the distribution events can also call NY Connects to make arrangements.For more information about the distribution event or senior services in Chautauqua County, please contact the NY Connects Helpline at (716) 753-4582.