Saint Mary’s celebrates MLK’s legacy with week of service

first_imgSaint Mary’s will celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. this week with daily events on campus hosted by the Office of Civil and Social Engagement (OCSE). Events will incorporate service, the theme of this year’s MLK week at the College.The week kicked off on Monday with two on-campus community service projects in the Student Center, Samira Payne, assistant director of the OCSE, said in an email. During this time, they discussed issues such as poverty, homelessness, youth and education.“Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an opportunity to reflect on the legacy or Dr. King,” Payne said. “He was passionate about justice and equality for all and encouraged our nation to unify, despite our differences. There is still much progress to be made around equality and justice in our society.”On Tuesday, Saint Mary’s students have the opportunity to serve lunch at the Center for the Homeless in South Bend.“I believe this week of events gives our campus an opportunity to think more about how we can use our time and talents to continue to bring positive change to the world around us and how we can learn more about the beauty and strength in our community,” Payne said.A blood drive will take place in the Student Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday. The OCSE hosts four blood drives each school year, with this one scheduled to fall during the week of MLK events, Payne said.“MLK day is often considered a day of service to our community,” Payne said. “By being a volunteer blood donor, Saint Mary’s students, faculty and staff have a tangible opportunity to give back to the South Bend community and save lives.”A mass for peace and justice hosted by Campus Ministry will take place in the Holy Spirit Chapel in Le Mans Hall on Wednesday night at 9 p.m.Courtney Lamar, president of the Student Diversity Board (SDB), said SDB will be hosting a Martin Luther King dinner Thursday night. The dinner will afford attendees the opportunity to reflect on King’s example of service and activism. Mel Tardy, a deacon at St. Augustine’s Church in South Bend, will deliver a keynote speech about King’s value of service and what service looks like in today’s society.“Through his speech, we want people to take away the importance of service in bettering the community around us,” Lamar said. “Like MLK said himself, ‘Life’s most persistent and the urgent question is: What are you doing for others?’ We will also be having the Voice of Faith gospel choir from Notre Dame attend and sing.”On Friday, a Justice Friday presentation will focus on progress since the Civil Rights Movement.“It is important to celebrate MLK Day because of everything Dr. King stood for,” Lamar said. “He believed in equality and fairness. With everything that has been happening, not only in this country but across the world, it is important to remember that we are all human beings.“On MLK Day, I hope that all people can remember King’s words and what he represented and try to make the world a better place. One way they can do that is through service.”Tags: Martin Luther King Jr., MLK, MLK Day, OCSE, SDB, service, SMClast_img read more

Artistic director discusses incarceration, Shakespeare

first_imgTom Magill, artistic director and founder of the Educational Shakespeare Company (ESC) gave a lecture sponsored by the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies on Thursday afternoon; Magill was on campus to present at this week’s Shakespeare in Prisons conference. ESC is located in Belfast, Northern Ireland and focuses on storytelling through drama and film as a cathartic form of expression, most notably for inmates. “Basically, what [ESC] does is it empowers marginalized people to find their voice and tell their stories,” Magill said. Magill was born in Loyalist North Belfast, where he grew up “Protestant and British” during a time of great and violent turmoil against the Irish Republicans. “In North Belfast, your ability to inflict violence was a measure of your power,” Magill said. “‘Turn the other cheek’ my mother would whisper to me; ‘fight back’ my father would say, ashamed of his youngest son, beating me to bed with no supper. I was beaten at home for being a coward, for letting the family name down. I hated my name. I hated Belfast.”When he was 19, Magill spent three years in prison for violence. It was during those three years that Magill reached his “turning point” by delivering a meal to an Irish inmate who was on a hunger strike. “He told me to educate myself, to not waste my time — my life — in prison,” Magill said. “I listened to him. I took in every word. My enemy became my teacher, starving himself to death and yet he gave me good advice: ‘educate yourself, learn about your culture, be proud of who you are, don’t waste your life in here.’ His words challenged me and shook me to the core. I listened to my enemy, IRA [Irish Republican Army] volunteer Frank Stagg.”Magill took the advice to heart. “I started to write,” he said. “I realized being creative made me feel worthwhile. When I was being creative, I lost any desire for violence. But sharing my writing still feels vulnerable. We still think vulnerability is a weakness, but it’s not — it’s the most accurate measure of courage.” In 1994, after being released from prison and studying theatre, he worked with 10 IRA prisoners to adapt Bobby Sands’s epic poem “The Crime of Castlereagh” into theatre — the prisoners were controversially given parole to perform publicly. The poem the play is based on, which Sands wrote after he was in a holding center for terrorists, was so controversial that Magill lost his job. “I was told — in no uncertain terms — to limit my theatre-making skills to short sketches about getting in, out or getting married,” Magill said. “There would be no more political drama. I told prison authorities I was not prepared to work under such circumstances.”He directed “Mickey B,” a film adaptation of “Macbeth” in 2007. The film was shot in Maghaberry high-security prison and prisoners, including former Republican and Loyalist prisoners, made up the cast. “We’re planning our next prison-Shakespeare project, ‘Prospero’s Prison,’ based on ‘The Tempest,’” Magill said. “I’ve chosen not to make the colonial theme central as I believe it will divide opinion. I’m looking for a theme to unite, and that theme is betrayal. Many of the people I’ve spoken to — on both sides of the divide — feel betrayed, so our take will focus on the misplaced trust that feeds the ambition that leads to a brother’s betrayal.” Magill now works in forensic mental health, still encouraging people to share their traumatic stories with film, in addition to serving as the artistic director of ESC.“It’s about having the opportunity to address their needs,” Magill said. “It’s about having the opportunity to be listened to and to have that voice, tease out and then to give them the choice about what they do in terms of being creative and externalizing what is hurting them. Hurt people hurt people and healed people heal people. That process between hurting and healing, that’s where the arts come in. We do that through expression.” Tags: Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, lecture, shakespeare in prisons conferencelast_img read more

Notre Dame hosts Michigan in Special Olympics flag football series

first_imgBefore Notre Dame and Michigan take the field Saturday night, the rivalry weekend will begin with a different football game. Special Olympics Notre Dame will face Special Olympics Michigan in a unified flag football game Friday on Alumni Field at 5 p.m. The game is free and open to the public.The matchup is part of Special Olympics’ rivalry series that has been occurring for the past several years; however, this is the first time Notre Dame has played Michigan. The two unified teams will include Notre Dame and Michigan students as well as athletes with intellectual disabilities from both communities — 10 from South Bend and five from Ann Arbor, Mich.“I’m really excited to represent Notre Dame not only in the sense of the football game with Michigan but also to connect the Special Olympics communities,” Special Olympics member and sophomore Ellie Olmanson said. (Editor’s note: Olmanson is a former Sports Writer for The Observer.)Sophomore Sofie Palumbo, the Special Olympics Notre Dame event coordinator, said she is excited about the partnership aspect of the event.“We have had a great partnership with Special Olympics Michigan club since the Special Olympics Notre Dame club started, so we really wanted to host this event,” she said.Former Michigan wide receiver, Heisman Trophy winner and College GameDay host Desmond Howard will serve opposite former Notre Dame offensive lineman, ESPN’s Mike Golic, Jr., as honorary team captains.“We’re hoping for a really great turnout,” Palumbo said. “ESPN will be filming and coverage will hopefully be on ESPN or ESPN2 later that day.”The goal of the flag football game and the unified teams is to promote inclusion among students and participants with intellectual disabilities, Palumbo said.“Our main goal was to spread awareness for inclusion,” Palumbo said. “Our focus for doing this with football is because Notre Dame loves it so much and there’s power of showing inclusion through sports and especially with a rivalry people are so passionate about.”The Notre Dame vs. Michigan match is the only flag football game on the calendar for Special Olympics Notre Dame this year, but the organization hopes to extend this event to other games and sports where there has been Special Olympics involvement, Palumbo said. For now, Special Olympics Notre Dame is focused on continuing this historic rivalry which will bring the game to Ann Arbor in the fall for the next installment of the Notre Dame-Michigan renewed rivalry.“I think it’s so cool that this game represents more than two rivals coming together,” Olmanson said. “It’s a huge step for the special needs community cuing the fact that this is the start of something that will hopefully be a tradition we can look forward to every year.”Palumbo said Special Olympics would like to have a lot of people in attendance for the game.“We’re really trying to … make this a surreal experience for our athletes because they’re incredible,” Palumbo said.Tags: Notre Dame-Michigan Rivalry, Special Olympics Notre Damelast_img read more

Flaherty Hall adds new annual events, strengthens community

first_imgThe women of Flaherty Hall are breaking in their new dorm as they add more signature events and grow closer as a community.Catherine Dieckman, junior and newly elected hall president, said she feels this was the year that Flaherty became a name on campus.“We want there to be an identity associated with what it means to be a Flaherty Bear,” Dieckman said. “So we’re just trying to have staples of events we plan and the things we do be with sisterhood and related to service and just having a very loving, open appearance and identity toward people all around campus — not just within Flaherty.”After its construction in 2016, Flaherty Hall became the new home for previous residents of Pangborn Hall, female students who applied to transfer into the new dorm, as well as around 70 first-years, Flaherty rector Sr. Mary Donnelly said.“It was difficult to move to a new hall and start a new community. Leaving Pangborn — a place I love and called home for eight years — was difficult. Leaving what was familiar and moving into an unknown was both terrifying and exhilarating,” Donnelly said in an email.Caile Coughlin, junior and former hall president, said as a member of the first class to live in Flaherty, it was difficult to mesh the Pangborn community and the new dorm community at times.“I think it was hard to mesh when people wanted to be a new community [while] preserving the Pangborn community,” Coughlin said.Donnelly said one difficulty she faced as the first rector of Flaherty was figuring out how to help foster a new dorm community.“There have been many challenges … [For example,] how to help the women, who came from several halls, understand and create a new community,” Donnelly said. “[And] questions such as, ‘How do we honor the richness of traditions that this new community now encompasses?’, ‘How to we let go of what was and enter into something new?’, ‘How is community created?’, ‘How [do we] manage the anxiety, fear, sense of loss as we moved from what was to what will be?’ The list goes on and on.”To answer these questions, Donnelly said she made sure to have lots of conversations about what type of community the women wanted and how to get there — including things like what signature events to plan and what their mascot would be.Flaherty has added numerous new events such as Flaherty Food Fights, a cooking competition–style event between different dorms on campus, Flaherty Fights, a fundraiser held during the fall to raise money for Kelly Cares, and “Bear-becues” where residents grill outside.This semester, Flaherty opened “Bearly Baked,” where the dorm sells edible cookie dough and offers vegan and gluten free options, Coughlin said.Maddie Heyn, junior and former hall vice-president, said she values the opportunity for Flaherty residents to leave their own legacies.“Because we are so new, there are things that we can change and there are things that we can do,” she said. “We have these traditions that we are trying to start, and I think there is a lot of enthusiasm about, ‘This is my dorm and this can be what I want it to be,’ with girls starting new signature events, starting new food services and stuff. I feel like it’s a very entrepreneurial spirit.”Tags: Community, dorm features, dorm life, flaherty hall, Pangborn Halllast_img read more

Severe Drought.

first_img Above-normal rainfall will be needed to end drought conditions. According to the PDSI calculations, the northeast, west central, central, southwest and south central Georgia need more than six inches of rain to end the drought. You can get updates on drought conditions at the University of Georgia drought Web site. Or contact your county Extension Service agent. Source: Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service Soil Moisture in Georgia ÿ —Percentages— Adequate 19 39 56 Surplus 1 1 12 Short 48 38 22 ÿ August 6, 1999 August 7, 1998 5-Year Avg. Very Short 32 22 10 Many places in north and middle Georgia received less than a third of their normal rainfall during the past four weeks (July 14 through Aug. 10). Some had less than a fourth of normal rainfall, including Athens (0.80 inches) and Blairsville (0.98). Augusta (0.08 inches), Columbus (0.31), Macon (0.58) and Rome (0.41) each had less than a fifth of normal rainfall.Palmer Drought Severity Index The Palmer Drought Severity Index is the most commonly used drought index in the United States. The PDSI classifies long-term drought conditions, primarily to assess hydrological conditions. It is not a good index for most agricultural purposes. As of Aug. 7, the PDSI classifies all of Georgia except the northwest corner in moderate to severe drought. The northwest corner is in mild drought. Soil moisture loss from evapotranspiration ranged from 1.25 to 1.5 inches across the state last week. With the current evapotranspiration rates, the state will continue to lose soil moisture even with normal rainfall. ATHENS, Ga. – After a month of little rain and intense heat, severe drought conditions have returned to parts of north and middle Georgia. Lack of topsoil moisture is a major concern across the state. The Georgia Agricultural Statistical Service reports that moisture is short to very short in 80 percent of the state’s soils. Last year at this time, in a dry summer, soil moisture was rated as short to very short in 60 percent of the soils. The average over the past five years is 32 percent.Soil Moisture Low Soils are very dry in southwest Georgia, with potential crop yields being severely cut because of dryness, according to the August 7 Crop Moisture Index. Soils in northeast, west central and central Georgia are excessively dry, with yield prospects reduced. The CMI rates soils in north central, east central, south central and southeast Georgia as abnormally dry, with yield prospects deteriorating. The soil moisture in northeast Georgia is rated as short.last_img read more

Equipment Workshop

first_imgA University of Georgia Cooperative Extension class, set for Friday, Feb. 23, will teach the basic skills needed to maintain small gardening and landscaping tools and save money in the process.Participants in the Small Engine Maintenance and Repair Workshop will learn how to properly select, troubleshoot and maintain common garden and landscape equipment; sharpen hand tools, knives and chainsaws; tune motors; and properly prepare engines for long-term storage. The course will also cover the most important tools to have on hand to maintain and repair landscape equipment.Taught by UGA Extension horticulturist Bob Westerfield and Troup County Extension agent Brian Maddy, the class will consist of indoor lectures and outside, hands-on demonstrations. Participants should dress for the weather in preparation for the outdoor session.The class will be taught from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. in room 104 of the Student Learning Center on the UGA Griffin campus. The cost of the course is $49 and includes instruction, break refreshments and lunch. To register online with a debit or credit card, go to, or preregister by contacting Beth Horne at (770) 228-7214 or read more

Local summer camps prepare to open June 29

first_img“All of the groups are going to be taking video of their talents, we’re going to put it together into a big video,” she says “Then we’re inviting all of the families back at night to watch it on a giant screen with popcorn and everything.” Now with less than a month to prepare and no official guidelines, camp operators are doing their best to prepare. He says with official guidelines not exected from the state until later this week at the earliest, planning has been tough. He says he also made the decision to open for the kids. Kids, he says, have been cooped up inside for far too long. Hein says while the planning may be tricky, opening summer camps is important for a region in the midst of a childcare crisis. Brumer says the camps’ talent show, which has become a favorite in the community has been transformed into a drive in. Max Hein, owner and operator of “Binghamton Best Summer Camp calls the move a “yellow light.” She says the camp has been working behind the scenes with the American Camping Association in conjunction with the CDC to develop a plan to prepare for whatever regulations the state releases. She says this includes smaller group sizes and safety regulations. “We are so excited we’ve been working on this for the past three months holding our breath pretty much,” she says. center_img “I wouldn’t call it a green light because although we have gotten the okay to open on June 29th we still have not received fact sheets or restrictions,” he says. “It’s about how to make it safe, how to plan, how to train our staff and how to build our cost model so it’s still accessible to regular people.” “We don’t know what field trips are going to look like, we don’t know what groups sizes are going to look like, we don’t know what sanitation requirements are going to look like,” he says. “My hope is that kids are able to continue to grow and have positive relationships and continue to grow and I feel that summer camps are one of their last opportunities in this year to have that,” he says. (WBNG) — With day camps across the state given the go ahead by Governor Andrew Cuomo to reopen on June 29, parents and camp operators across the Southern Tier are breathing a sigh of relief. “My instinct reaction was that we can’t do camp this year but there’s such a need that it felt irresponsible to make that decision,” he says. “Every child is going to have (a face shield) and they’re all going to have different bandannas so they don’t cross paths with other groups,” she says. “We’re going to be painting areas on the grass for each group in a socially distanced space, while the DJ will be down below so everyone can participate while staying separate.” At the Jewish Community Center of Binghamton, Director Sheryl Brumer says the state’s announcement was reason for celebration at the center on Tuesday. last_img read more

Fees, stamp duty up to $100k ’absurd’, warns John McGrath

first_img“Upgraders in big cities are paying close to $100,000 in fees and absurdly high stamp duty,” he said. “If we went back just 20 years for direct comparison, we are now paying an additional $40,000 (inflation adjusted) or 400 per cent more in real terms.”“This is ridiculous and penalises almost every single Australian moving around the property ladder as their life circumstances change.” Australian record smashed with $140m sale Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:36Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:36 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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MORE: Home goes from avocado to masterpiece Mr McGrath said tighter supply in a market where there was strong demand off cheaper money via borrowing and lower interest rates would drive up prices.It was “likely to be a positive factor in the price rebound we’re now experiencing”, he said.“Less for sale generally means better prices. This may indeed keep us in solid territory until we see the next sales cycle begin,” he said of price growth in the market. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTER Upgraders in big cities are paying close to $100,000 in fees and absurdly high stamp duty, says John McGrath.A property turnaround could trip over growing transaction costs in big cities, with buyers paying as much as $100k in fees and stamp duty alone, a new report warns.This according to the McGrath Report 2020, released this week, with MD John McGrath warning higher transaction costs and economic uncertainty were seeing record low listings in most city markets. 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Mum power: The moment mum bought a house for the kids

first_img MORE PROPERTY NEWS Best time ever for first home buyers, but many still in doubt Dad in quarantine, mum in lockdown: Brisbane’s three state auction drama Hayley Granato cheers after winning the auction of 34 Killawarra Rd, Ashgrove. Photo: Debra BelaAN ORIGINAL condition Ashgrove Queenslander that cost two years’ salary in 1972, has sold at auction for $1.31m, more than 13 times the average annual salary in Brisbane today. It has been 48 years since this house last went to auction.Real estate agents lost count of bidders who rushed to register for the auction of 34 Killawarra Road, Ashgrove in Brisbane’s inner west. center_img FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK “I can’t give you exact numbers, we had some late arrivals, you could say 12 to 14 bidders,” Ray White Lutwyche agent David Lazzarini said. Yellow bidder paddles could be seen scattered through the crowd in the front yard of the 911sq m property.“This is the strongest interest I’ve had in a property for quite some time due to the location and the land size and the prestige properties around it. It’s a grand Queenslander in good condition for it’s age. It’s 90 years old.” The house as it looked when it was first built in circa-1930.David and Alan Mooney’s mum and dad bought the three bedroom house at auction in 1972 for $16,000. Alan and David Mooney with a framed copy of The Courier-Mail newspaper clipping that advertised the auction in 1972.With their mother now settled in a nursing home, the brothers had tidied the house on its 911sq m elevated block before putting it on the market. Inside the home at Killawarra Rd, Ashgrove.In the auction crowd of more than 80 was Peter and Hayley Granato, whose own 1930s family home in Bardon had just gone under contract after an extensive renovation. Hayley and Peter Granato after the auction.“We’ve been looking for years really,” Mrs Granato said. “We renovated our last place and then had three babies and now the youngest is three so we thought maybe it’s time to renovate again.“Pete’s cousin lives around the corner and it’s a great pocket for us, plus we needed something to move the kids into because we’ve just sold our house.” More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours agoParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoRay White New Farm principal and auctioneer Haesley Cush reminded everyone to social distance before starting the auction.Bidding in the front yard started at $900,000 and rose in $50,000 lots with the Granatos joining the auction with a bid of $1.15 million. At $1.2m the property was announced on the market and bidding slowed with the Granatos bidding against a couple who currently live in Ashgrove but wanted an elevated position. The property sits in the Avenues of Ashgrove and is only the second house to sell on Killawarra Rd in five years.At $1.310m Ray White auctioneer Haesley Cush’s hammer fell and Mrs Granato fist-pumped the auction win. Peter and Hayley Granato at the moment they won the auction of 34 Killawarra Rd, Ashgrove.Property activity in Ashgrove has remained steady in the first half of 2020 compared to last year, with 115 houses selling in both periods, CoreLogic property data shows.However the sales volume was 10 per cent higher in the first six months of 2018 when 129 houses sold.The median sale price for houses in Ashgrove broke the $1 million mark in March and sustained that through the COVID-19 lockdown period during April, the latest property data shows.October 2018 was the last time Ashgrove recorded a median sales price of $1 million.last_img read more

USACE Authorizes Final Funding for Completing Delaware Dredging

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released their Fiscal Year 2017 Work Plan which allocated $29.25 million towards to the Delaware River Main Channel Deepening Project, the Port of Philadelphia (PhilaPort) informs. That money, combined with the $33 million that Congress approved earlier in the month, represents the final federal appropriations to complete the deepening of the Delaware River navigation channel to 45-feet.“This news comes at the perfect time,” said Jeff Theobald PhilaPort’s CEO. “The completion of the channel deepening in conjunction with Governor Wolf’s $300 million investment towards improving landside infrastructure, will enable our Packer Avenue Marine Terminal to be the first terminal on the river to accept the larger vessels!”The Delaware River Channel Deepening Project is a 103-mile-long $392 million project and this federal scheme is funded by both federal and local sources.The PhilaPort is the local sponsor of the project and the signatory of the Project Cooperation Agreement known as the PCA. Pennsylvania has spent $137 million to ensure this economic engine keeps up with competing ports in the Mid-Atlantic.This is the final piece of funding that ensures that the Delaware River will be deepened to 45-feet by December 2017, said the PhilaPort in its release.Additional work to complete the project will continue through 2018.[mappress mapid=”24130″]last_img read more