Notre Dame’s Handbell Choir plays wide range of music

first_imgThursday evenings on the third floor of the Coleman-Morse Center, members of the Notre Dame Handbell Choir can be found meticulously perfecting their craft in preparation for their nine performances this semester. The choir plays at various liturgies at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and also performs in concert, Director Karen Schneider Kirner said. The ensemble is part of Campus Ministry and was founded in 1988. “Primarily, we assist with music at the Basilica, so we want to help raise people’s hearts to God by our music, to help enhance the whole worship experience for people who come to liturgies,” Kirner said. The Handbell Choir performed classical and sacred music as well as pop pieces Saturday at Washington Hall. “It’s kind of a culmination of both the classical and sacred repertoire we’ve worked on since the beginning of the semester, but it [included] some pieces from [our] new CD,” Kirner said. She said the choir released its fourth CD, “O Holy Night,” earlier this month. “There are five pieces that include the Celebration Choir, which I also direct,” she said. “It’s music for both Advent and Christmas. So it’s something you can put on and play for your family on Christmas Eve or while eating Christmas dinner.” Approximately 16 students play five octaves of bells, Kirner said. “Each ringer is responsible for two diatonic notes, so, for example, a C and a D, and any sharps and flats that correspond to those notes,” she said. “The music looks very much like piano music. [The ringers] mostly focus on [the lines of music corresponding to their notes] as the music goes on, and you have got to count like crazy.” Kirner said the teamwork is required for every piece. “One thing that is kind of amazing is to get so many people together to play one piece and give it coherence,” she said. “It would be like having one piano piece and having 16 people try to play it and make it seem like one piece of music.” Handbell Choir president, sophomore Michael Vella, agreed the level of teamwork necessary to play bells is unique. “Everybody works together as a team to make the music … every single member of the choir needs to master their part to succeed,” he said. “Playing bells is easy in a way. All you really need to be able to do is to read music. But at the same time, it takes years to master how to make the tone of the bell sound exactly how it should.” Fifth year senior and choir member Chris Collins said the visual aspect of a handbell performance greatly enhances the experience. “You get to see us ringing and switching bells,” he said. “Not only do you get to hear the song, you get to see it, too. People are always surprised by the different sounds that handbell techniques can create. Seeing and hearing people’s surprise … is one of the most rewarding parts of our performances.” Sophomore Angelica Martinez said she was inspired to continue learning how to play the handbells when she came to Notre Dame. “I started playing handbells my junior year of high school, but it was only for a year because there was not enough interest at my high school, so when I found out that Notre Dame had a handbell choir, I was really excited,” she said. “I remember in middle school watching my sister’s handbell choir perform … it sounded so magical, words cannot describe.”last_img read more

Dorm Week celebrates residence hall culture

first_imgTags: dorm week, Student government Eric Richelsen Student government is celebrating the University’s unique dorm system with the inaugural Dorm Week, which features events, movies and games on each of the campus’ four residential quads. The week’s activities began Sunday with dorm dinners in the dining halls, according to senior Casey Skevington, student government director for the department of residence life. “This week is a way for the halls to share traditions with the entire campus and to give students the opportunity  to explore other dorms. If you haven’t been inside many halls — now is your chance,” Skevington said. The week will showcase a wide variety of events, ranging from previews of signature events to other monthly traditions hosted by the halls, Skevington said. According to a student government press release, the quads themselves will be featured during a quad carnival each day, with the dorms in those areas hosting unique activities from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday evening highlighted South Quad dorms, with milkshakes from Dillon Hall, a Badin Hall-sponsored fitness class and a slip-and-slide from Sorin College. A 10 p.m. Mass in Morrissey Manor capped off the day. Tuesday is set to include ice cream from the women of Breen-Phillips Hall, pancakes from Lewis and Farley Halls and a barbecue hosted by Zahm House on North Quad, followed by a screening of the movie “Rudy” in the Stanford Hall basement at 7 p.m. Mod Quad will be featured on Wednesday, and the week of festivities wraps up on West Quad on Thursday with SUB-sponsored Acousticafe on the patio of Reckers Cafe.“I’m excited for campus to learn about Dorm Week,” Skevington said.“Hopefully this will encourage residents of other halls to take part in each other’s signature events, and to feel more comfortable when visiting a hall you don’t spend a lot of time in.”In addition to quad carnivals, students have the opportunity to participate in the campus-wide Dorm Passport Challenge, she said. “A stamp is located in each 24-hour space (of each dorm). Students are encouraged to visit each hall at any point this week, stamp their passport and turn in a completed passport by 5 p.m. Friday outside of the student government office.  There are individual prizes as well as a prize for the hall with the highest percentage of participation,” Skevington said. “Nowhere else is like Notre Dame, it’s time we celebrated all of our dorms under the Dome!”Student body vice president Nidia Ruelas said Dorm Week is a new initiative brought to campus this year to celebrate the unique and diverse identities that make up Notre Dame’s student body. “We believe that it is important to celebrate all the different attributes that dorms bring to make our community one of strong spirit and belonging,” Ruelas said. “In this spirit, we wanted to encourage everyone in a fun and interactive way to learn more about each and everyone of the dorms and to reach out beyond their own dorm.”last_img read more

Unchained Melodies to perform winter concert

first_imgUnchained Melodies, Notre Dame’s only Christian a cappella group, will perform a winter concert Tuesday night at 8 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Teresa of Avila in Lewis Hall. The group, which sings both Christian hymns and contemporary songs, was formed in 2003 and consists of 14 members, senior and president Sofia Piecuch said.“We have usually one big concert every year at the end of the semester,” Piecuch said. “During the year we sing at nursing homes, at elementary schools, and we do some singing at tailgates as well.”The concert is free to the public, Piecuch said, and it provides the perfect opportunity for Unchained Melodies to showcase their most recent work. She said the group usually sings hymns, but they also take some pop songs and change the lyrics to make them their own.“Our mission is to sing for Christ, and so we try to end every practice in prayer to remember that when we’re singing, we’re singing for him,” Piecuch said.She said musical talent and strong relationships between members are vital to the success of the a cappella group.“Something that I’ve been focusing on as president is really fostering friendships,” Piecuch said. “I think people become a lot more invested in the group when they’re friends with one another, and so we try to keep the group small because we think that helps with group communication.”According to Piecuch, this year’s winter concert is split up in two parts. The first part consists of a Christian music set, and the second part is a Christmas set.“In the Christmas set we’re doing ‘Carol of the Bells,’ but we’re singing the Pentatonix version, and ‘Run to You,’ which is an original Pentatonix song,” she said.With the recent heightened interest in a cappella groups, popularized by movies such as “Pitch Perfect,” Piecuch said Unchained Melodies has received much greater interest.“This year we got a lot more people auditioning than we have in the past, and that was really nice to see that. Half of our group is new this year … most of them are freshmen,” she said.Piecuch said in the recent years she has also witnessed more collaboration between a cappella groups, and she said this camaraderie is vital to members in a cappella groups because it shows members what their strengths are and what they need to work on. She says a cappella allows musicians the opportunity to trade off solos and discover new talents that emerge by placing themselves in new situations.“I think there’s a lot of aspects to a cappella that are really appealing,” she said. “It’s nice to see a variety, and it’s also really cool to make the noises the instruments would normally make, and to do that with our voices makes it a lot more interesting.”Tags: a cappella, Music, Unchained Melodieslast_img read more

Notre Dame alum launches buying, selling website at Saint Mary’s

first_imgEddie McDonough, a 2011 Notre Dame graduate, founded a website called Neighbormate so students can buy and sell items online using a platform that is guaranteed to be safe and scam-free.McDonough came up with the idea when he was the victim of a scam on Craigslist, he said in an email.“The year Notre Dame played in the national championship game, my friends and I attempted to rent a house for the weekend through Craigslist,” he said. “We spoke to the owner on the phone and the pictures looked great, so we sent him money for the required deposit.“Long story short, as soon as we sent him the money, we never heard back from him again — it was a scam. After much stress and turmoil, we were lucky enough to get out deposit check back, but it still let a bad taste in my mouth.”Junior Claire Condon, one of the Saint Mary’s ambassadors for Neighbormate, said the website, as well as the newly released app, give students a new way to buy and sell online. She said people can sign up with a verified school or work email address, which will help connect them with other users in their networks.Condon said the website is a great way for students to sell and buy items online.“It’s a great avenue to resell textbooks, dorm decor or clothes,” Condon said. “What makes it different than other buying and selling sites is it takes out the ‘stranger danger’ of online resell. By connecting you with users in your networks, there’s a better chance that the person you’re buying [from] and selling [to] is a trusted classmate.”Junior Megan Tobin, another Saint Mary’s ambassador, said she is involved with public relations for the website to gain experience for her future career in advertising.“I thought Neighbormate was an awesome idea, and I wanted to be a part of it,” she said. “I work with a team to run marketing campaigns for Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame and Holy Cross College students.”According to McDonough, Saint Mary’s is the first community to have access to Neighbormate.“We started at Saint Mary’s first because of the tight-knit community that is in place,” he said. “Before launching at Notre Dame or any larger schools, we really want to focus on Saint Mary’s and develop a strategy that we can successfully replicate at other institutions.”Though he has not started marketing at Notre Dame, McDonough said he hopes to expand to have ambassadors at the University starting next semester.Condon said Neighbormate is a good addition to the College’s campus.“Saint Mary’s is already such a tight-knit group,” she said. “Now we can start shopping out of each other’s closets.”McDonough said his time at Notre Dame gave him the sense of community and trust that he hopes Neighbormate can bring to other people.“I felt safe buying books from an older classmate in my section, and I trusted the guys across the hall when I bought their futon,” he said. “Neighbormate gives this same feeling to users, but at a large scale. Now you can see what other people are selling from across the quad right on the app. It’s stress-free and makes the process much more secure.”Tags: app, craigslist, Neighbormatelast_img read more

Students protest Donald Trump rally

first_imgWhile Trump supporters filled the Century Center in South Bend, protestors lined the street outside, holding signs and chanting for more love and less of the hate they feel Donald Trump represents.Saint Mary’s junior Maria Hernandez said she believes attending protests is important for people who have strong political convictions.“We don’t believe that Trump is doing a very good job of showing what America should be represented as,” she said. “It’s important to stand up for your beliefs, to let people be aware of how there are injustices in the world. However, I do believe it should be peaceful, and I think thus far, being here, it’s been quite peaceful.”Notre Dame freshman Rose Ashley said she thinks Trump has gained support through spreading hate.“Trump’s main message is hate,” she said. “Hate for all beings — hate for women, hate for gay people, hate for transgender people. I think that that’s a message that we can’t tolerate in the 21st century as human beings. We need to support each other.”Ashley, a South Bend native, said she feels passionate about voicing her opposition to Trump as a representative of her hometown.“It’s very sad for me to see my hometown come out in such large numbers to support Trump,” she said. “I just want to get the message across that not everyone here supports Trump, and there is a large majority of people who do not want him here.”Ashley said she believes Trump’s personality is one reason he has garnered so much support.“His personality commands a room,” she said. “He’s very persuasive. I think right now in America, people are scared. They want a big personality who really just promises a lot. I think especially in this area — one that can be conservative and low-middle class — he’s really inspiring a message in people of getting rid of everything that is ‘bad’ and giving them something that’s good.”Ashley said she opposes Trump because he is divisive at a time when America needs someone who will unite the people.“Love trumps hate,” she said. “[Trump supporters] are spreading a message of hatred, and we need to be the United States of America. We need to support each other and love each other and not divide among these really harsh lines.”Saint Mary’s junior Gabriela Herrera said she protests to stand up for her beliefs.“It’s important to show your rights,” she said. “If you don’t agree with everything the other candidate says, then you should be able to represent that.”Melissa Montes, a sophomore at Saint Mary’s, said as a woman and a Latina, she thinks it is important to speak out against racist and sexist comments made by Trump.“I am a part of both minorities — I am a woman and I am Mexican,” she said. “He’s said some pretty horrendous things about who I am as a person. I think that it’s important to exercise your rights. If you have an opinion, then you should stand for it.”Montes said she realizes both sides have opinions, and both are important, which is why she chooses to make her voice heard.“I think there are some people on the other side who may be swayed by our protest,” she said. “That’s not the goal for me, because I think a lot of people have very strong opinions on the other side too, and they’re valid opinions. Everyone can have one — that’s the great thing about being in America.”Saint Mary’s senior Deirdre O’Leary said she hopes she can spread love to Trump and his supporters through her protests.“There are some signs on this side protesting Trump that are hateful and expletive,” she said. “I want to pray for a conversion of heart for all those who are voting for Donald Trump and for Donald Trump himself. He’s very lacking in character, and he doesn’t respect the human dignity of every person regardless of their race, their religion, their creed, their age, their gender. He just does not respect that. I just want to show that I respect that, and I’m standing up for any other candidate that will respect those rights.”O’Leary said she hopes voicing her opinions can help others, though that is not her end goal.“If you have a firm belief that is dear to your heart, then you should act upon it and you should express it,” she said. “I’m here spreading the love. If someone over there feels touched or loved by what we’re doing over here, then that’s a great thing, but I’m just here to express my belief, just like they are.”Saint Mary’s first year Jessica Kapiszka said she attended the protests to “check out both sides” rather than to directly protest, although she does not understand how Trump has gained popularity — especially in South Bend — with the comments he has made about minority groups.“It’s baffling how he’s become so popular,” she said. “I think people hear looking more at what he can do for our economy rather than what he says about our people.”Saint Mary’s first year Faviloli Cruz said she came to the protest more to observe and less to protest because she believes it is important to listen to other opinions.“South Bend is really populated with immigrants,” Cruz said. “That’s one major thing for a lot of people. It’s good to see how others feel about it — to get different perspectives on it. … You’d think a lot of people wouldn’t support him, but it’s the opposite.”Tags: 2016 Election, Donald Trump, Donald Trump protest, Donald Trump rally, Indiana primary, protest, republicanlast_img read more

Four years in review

first_imgLauren Weldon | The Observer Fr. Theodore Hesburgh dies at 97On Feb. 26, 2015, Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, 15th president of Notre Dame and one of the most influential figures in higher education, died at the age of 97. Friends, family and the Notre Dame community came together to celebrate his life at his funeral held at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on March 4, 2015.Former President of the United States Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, M.A. class of 1975, topped a long list of dignitaries who offered reflections at the memorial service for Hesburgh in Purcell Pavilion on March 4.University President Fr. John Jenkins described Fr. Hesburgh as a moral force in a statement sent to the student body.“Next to Notre Dame’s founder, Father Edward Sorin, C.S.C., no one has had a greater impact on the University than Fr. Ted,” Jenkins said. “With his appointments to the faculty, his creation of great centers and institutes for scholarship and research, his commitment to our Catholic character and, most of all, his leadership, charisma and vision, he turned what was a school well-known for football into one of the nation’s great institutions for higher learning.” Major Headlines in the last four yearsCampus Crossroads, Jan. 24, 2014On Jan. 29, 2014, the University announced the $400 million “Campus Crossroads Project.” The undertaking is a renovation to the stadium, which will include classrooms, recreational facilities, meeting rooms and a student center. The purpose of the endeavor is to centralize every element of campus life in one location.Notre Dame announced new school for global affairs, Oct. 1, 2014On Oct. 1, 2014, the University announced plans to open the Donald R. Keough School of Global Affairs, the first new college at the University in nearly a century. It will be based in Jenkins Hall, and R. Scott Appleby will serve as the Marilyn Keough Dean at the school.ESPN sues Notre Dame for record access, Jan. 15, 2015On Jan. 15, 2015, ESPN filed a lawsuit against Notre Dame claiming NDSP violated Indiana’s public records law by refusing to release campus police records. Although the trial court judge ruled in Notre Dame’s favor in April 2015, ESPN won the appeal March 15, 2016 when the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled that NDSP is a public agency.Donald Trump elected President of the United States, Nov. 9, 2016In the early hours of Nov. 9, 2016, Donald Trump officially defeated Hillary Clinton to become the 45th U.S. President. The reactions of students ranged from excitement to shock to fear. In the aftermath of the election, students formed a new student group at the University, We Stand For.Jan Cervelli inaugurated as 12th Saint Mary’s President, Nov. 12, 2016After officially taking office on June 1, 2016, College President Jan Cervelli was officially inaugurated as the 12th head of the school. Cervelli succeeded College President Emeritus Carol Ann Mooney, who served for 12 years before retiring in 2016. Vice President Mike Pence announced as 2017 Commencement speaker, March 2, 2017The University announced Vice President and former Governor of Indiana Mike Pence as the 2017 Commencement speaker on March 2. The selection of Pence as Commencement speaker was met with mixed reactions, with some students citing Pence’s record on LGBT issues as a particular point of contention.Tags: Campus Crossroads, Commencement 2017, Donald Trump, ESPN lawsuit, Four Years in Review, Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, keough school for global affairs, Mike Pence, President Jan Cervelli Twelve ND, SMC students lost in four years2013 witnessed the death of one Notre Dame student. Connor Sorensen died Dec. 20, 2013 after a lifelong battle with lung disease, along with other health-related issues. Sorensen was able to graduate early, despite his deteriorating health. His friends described him as relentless in his motivation to find cures for diseases, due to his personal experiences.Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s lost two students in 2014. Third-year Ph.D. student Akash Sharma died Jan. 1. Sharma was studying chemical and biomolecular engineering and worked as a teaching assistant. He was from India.Saint Mary’s former first year Madelyn Stephenson died when her car was hit on the driver’s side by a semi-tractor Jan. 3. She had a passion for learning Arabic, and her loved ones described her as a shy, smart girl.Five Notre Dame students died in 2015. Sophomore Daniel Kim was found dead Feb. 6 in his off-campus residence. A former fencer, Kim was a business student from New Jersey.Senior finance major Lisa Yang died March 3; her death was ruled a suicide by the St. Joseph County Coroner’s Office. She was a resident of McGlinn Hall, and friends said she was naturally good at everything she tried.Senior Billy Meckling died in the early hours of May 16 after falling from the roof of the Joyce Athletic and Convocation Center; he was set to graduate the following day. Meckling was a four-year member of the Irish varsity fencing team, winning two monograms.Rebecca Townsend, a member of the incoming class of 2019, died July 2 after she and a friend were struck by a car during a Fourth of July celebration. Her friend recalls Rebecca saving his life by pushing him out of the way of the car.Junior Jake Scanlan, a mechanical engineering major from North Potomac, Maryland, died in his bed in Siegfried Hall on Nov. 11. His friends said he treated everyone like an old friend and loved to make people smile.In 2016, Notre Dame lost two students. Third-year law student Karabo Moleah, 26, died March 31 in Philadelphia while studying in the Law School’s Washington D.C. program. His friends remember his questioning nature and intelligence.On March 9, junior Theresa Sagartz was found dead in her off-campus residence from natural causes related to a chronic medical condition. A third generation member of the Notre Dame community, her friends and family remember her as adventurous, self-assured and generous with her time.In 2017, Notre Dame lost two students. First-year law student Travis McElmurry, who was dual-enrolled at the business school, died in his off-campus residence on March 12. His friends said he had an easygoing nature and loved his dog.On March 31, former undergraduate student Edward Lim died at his home in Cincinnati. His friends said Lim had made a significant impact on the community during his time at the University, and remembered his love for music, philosophy and the Notre Dame Chorale.last_img read more

Professor presents on changing landscape of international relations

first_imgUniversity of Chicago professor John Mearsheimer delivered a lecture Tuesday for the Notre Dame International Security Center’s Seminar Speaker Series. The lecture focused on the changing state of international relations and politics, specifically on the rise and fall of the liberal international order and its future implications. The “liberal international order” is a term which refers to U.S. international goals and doctrine following the fall of the Soviet Union, and the unipolar political landscape which developed as a result. Mearsheimer defined the key terms and concepts that make the liberal international order. “An order is a cluster of institutions that help with the general governance of states,” he said. “These institutions are set up so that governments can coordinate activities in rational, legal ways”Examples of such institutions would include organizations like NATO or the International Monetary Fund. Mearsheimer also discussed what qualifies as international orders, which contrasts with what is known as bounded orders. International orders include all great powers, while bounded do not. For the term liberal international order, liberal refers to an ideological stance of an order based on spreading liberal democracy around the world, promoting economic openness and incorporating states into the institutions which compose the liberal order. Mearsheimer said after the fall of the Soviet Union, the U.S. emerged as the world’s top power and began to spread the liberal international order to countries previously incorporated into the bounded Soviet order.“The name of the game is to get these countries in Eastern Europe hooked on capitalism, integrate them into the international system,” Mearsheimer said.“The name of the game here is to spread democracy across the globe.”While the liberal international order has governed world politics since the Cold War ended, Mearsheimer said its future is now uncertain. “Once you transit from unipolarity to multipolarity, you can’t have a liberal international order,” he said. “We’re moving into a multipolar world now — you can kiss the liberal international order goodbye.” Mearsheimer said that the liberal international order is fundamentally flawed in ways that will inevitably lead to the rise of a multipolar political landscape.There are several reasons for Mearsheimer’s belief in this shift, one being that the liberal international order is motivated by an ideology of spreading liberal democracy around the world, a goal sometimes at odds with countries who do not see democracy as their best option.“There are countries around the world that are perfectly happy being soft authoritarian states,” Mearsheimer said. This goal of spreading liberal democracy to countries also leads to wars with minor powers, as the U.S. tries to install democratic governments, he said.“We have fought seven wars since the Cold War ended, and we have been at war for two out of every three years since the Cold War ended, and this is despite the fact that we lose all those wars,” Mearsheimer said. The order also affects U.S. relations with major powers like Russia and China.“The United States has worked very hard to promote democracy in China and in Russia since the Cold War ended,” he said. “Well, the Chinese and the Russians do not like this one bit.”Mearsheimer predicts that a souring in relations between the U.S. and China will ultimately lead to the end of the current liberal international order. This is in part due to the ideological differences between the two powers in regards to governing principles.“I think it’ll be somewhat similar to the Cold War orders, but different in some important ways,” Mearsheimer said. Tags: international liberal order, John Mearsheimer, notre dame international security centerlast_img read more

College exhibition to showcase contemporary narratives of Native Americans

first_imgChris Pappan, who is a renowned Native American painter and ledger artist with work displayed in the collections of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C.; The North America Native Museum in Zurich, Switzerland; and The Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, Kansas; among others, will be displaying his unique “Interpretative Narratives” exhibit at the Saint Mary’s Moreau Art Galleries from Thursday to Nov. 2.The opening reception for Pappan’s work will take place Thursday from 5-7 p.m. in the Moreau Art Gallery. Ian Weaver, gallery director of the Moreau Art Galleries, said he first discovered Pappan’s work at the Field Museum in Chicago and was struck by the nuances in art and reality.“I was not only struck by how beautifully detailed his drawings and paintings were, but then also that they were about something so personal to him as well,” he said. “I thought he would be a powerful artist to bring to the College because of his amazing technical work as well as the educational component his work promotes. I want students to take away the fact that artists don’t just make pretty pictures, but their art is oftentimes about something that is based on identity or social justice or politics or history, that it’s always about something more than what you’re seeing.”Pappan’s art focuses on presenting a contemporary view of indigenous perspectives and promoting greater dialogue and understanding of Native American history that is contrary to existing stereotypes and distorted perceptions of Native peoples, Weaver said.“I’m excited for people to walk through the installation that he’s creating, which is also very specific to Saint Mary’s, so he hasn’t done this anywhere else, which is exciting,” he said. “So, it will be an opportunity for him to realize something he hasn’t done before but also for the community to see something new as well.”Pappan said he draws much of his inspiration from his Native Kaw, Osage and Cheyenne River Sioux descent.“A lot of my work is based on historical photographs and putting a contemporary spin on them to create new narratives and dialogues within the works,” he said. “I hope it inspires people to think about Native American people in a contemporary way, as we are here and we exist now and not just in the past.”The exhibition is designed to be interactive with the viewers, and there will be a video installation that will showcase some of his work on display in the Field Museum in Chicago so that viewers can get a deeper look into the narrative he is communicating with his art.“This exhibition will be about creating new works with those elements of dialogue within finished pieces, and the gallery space here will be transformed into a large installation where smaller elements from the drawings will be increased in scale and on the wall in order to lead the viewer around into the gallery into this personal space where I have been working in,” Pappan said. “It’s kind of like a personal reflection, and I’m really proud and excited about it.”Tags: chris pappan, Moreau Art Gallerieslast_img read more

Simple assault and battery reported to NDSP

first_imgA simple assault and battery was reported to Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) on Tuesday, according to Wednesday’s NDSP crime log.The incident occurred in Notre Dame Stadium on Tuesday evening following the NHL 2019 Winter Classic between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins, according to the log entry.Tags: Crime, NDSP, Simple Assault and Batterylast_img

Notre Dame law professor appointed to international commission

first_imgNotre Dame law professor and director of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies Paolo Carozza was selected by the U.S. State Department to serve on the Venice Commission of Europe, according to a Wednesday press release from the University.The Venice Commission, officially titled the European Commission for Democracy Through Law, is a group of legal experts, scholars and government officials that advises the Council of Europe on matters relating to constitutional law. Legal experts from 61 member states make up the commission, including those from the 47 Council of Europe members and 14 additional countries. The organization’s work focuses on three specific legal areas: democracy and basic human rights; constitutional and ordinary justice; and issues related to political parties and elections. According to the release, Carozza will begin his work on the commission this month and will serve for four years. He will remain on the Notre Dame faculty during his term.“It is a privilege and an honor to be asked to serve on the Venice Commission and to participate in its influential work to strengthen democracy, constitutionalism and the rule of law,” Carozza said in the release. “I look forward to working with the other commission members and to bringing the commission’s work back to home to the benefit of the Notre Dame community as well.”Carozza previously served as a member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, an organization that works for the protection of human rights in the Western Hemisphere, the release said. Carozza was a member of the commission from 2006 to 2010, serving as the group’s president from 2008 to 2009.“I know I speak for the Law School in congratulating [Carozza] on this appointment,” Law School dean Nell Jessup Newton said in the release. “[Carozza‘s] expertise as a noted scholar of comparative constitutional law, coupled with the practical knowledge he gained on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, will be invaluable to the Commission’s work advising Council of Europe states on important constitutional matters.”Tags: kellogg institute for international studies, Notre Dame Law School, venice commissionlast_img read more