Notre Dame is one of American parent’s “Dream Schools,” according to a recent survey conducted by the Princeton Review. The survey of 3,042 parents of college applicants ranked Notre Dame the No. 7 school where parents would want to send their child if acceptance and cost were not issues.The Princeton Review has consistently ranked Notre Dame since the survey’s creation in 2003, and Director of Admissions Dan Saracino said the University’s constant presence says a lot about the Notre Dame education.“What it really means is that we’re consistent,” Saracino said. “We’re not a ‘hot’ school or a ‘trendy’ school. We’re a school that stands for the same values today as it did years ago.” Notre Dame was ranked behind institutions such as Stanford University, Princeton University and Harvard University. Saracino said Notre Dame is “confident” in its mission and is continuing to try and further the education experience for Notre Dame students by following that mission.“We’re not trying to be Harvard; we’re trying to be a better Notre Dame,” he said.Saracino said Notre Dame’s mission has helped make the University “one of the top schools in terms of dream schools,” even though Notre Dame was ranked No. 4 last year in the same survey.“I don’t see anything disturbing about a drop from fourth to seventh,” he said. “Over the years, Notre Dame is always listed in various surveys as being in the top five or top 10 by parents, students and high school counselors. We’re always going to be one of those schools.”Freshman Mario Earnest said he thinks the drop in rankings could be in part the result of the University’s public position.“Recent events that have happened in relation to the University were handled very publicly and there were some mixed reactions,” he said. “But that goes along with being a dream school. We’re in the spotlight so what we say matters.”Of the 10 schools listed in the survey, Notre Dame is the only college with a religious affiliation.Notre Dame is the only top-10 institution with a religious affiliation, and Saracino said he believes Notre Dame’s Catholic presence on this survey is a very “positive” indicator. “Notre Dame is recognized as being one of the schools that is clearly dedicated to nurturing the mind, heart and soul,” he said.Freshman Natalie Baumann said she is happy religion is still considered an important factor when it comes to selecting an institution of higher learning.“Being the sole Catholic school on that list shows that faith is still important for some people, which is a good thing,” she said.Freshman Kelly Sullivan said certain aspects of Notre Dame matter more than others to students.“Rankings on substantial matter, such as Mendoza [College of Business] being the best business school in the country, are what really matter to students,” Sullivan said.Sophomore Eileen Gillespie, who agreed with Sullivan said, “students don’t really care about lists like this.”While Baumann said Notre Dame’s consistent ranking was a good thing, she said parents’ opinions of the University shouldn’t be of major concern to students.“Who cares if someone else thinks it’s a dream school,” she said. “It only matters what I think of the school.”Whether or not students care about these rankings, Saracino said the University has been receiving more undergraduate applications each year and that “the quality of the student body is stronger than it has ever been.”“Notre Dame is always going to be a top school in the eyes of students, parents and the public because in their minds, Notre Dame is what an ideal college should be like,” Saracino said.
As part of Saint Mary’s mission, the College strives to be a hub for service both in the local community and throughout the world. To this end, senior Kristen Metzger, founder and president of Invisible Children at the College, has been working toward helping the children of war-torn Uganda. “We are young activists working to restore Northern Uganda to peace and prosperity,” Metzger said. The club started in fall 2009, when Metzger decided there was a need on campus for a group like Invisible Children. The club is actually a branch of the global organization that began with the making of a documentary of the same title. The Invisible Children organization uses film, creativity and social action to end the use of child soldiers in Uganda, according to its website. Metzger held a showing of the film early last year, and has been working to increase membership since then. “We want to make a tangible impact in Uganda,” she said. Metzger said she is looking forward to the group’s upcoming event, which will bring Ugandans to campus to discuss their experiences in northern Uganda. “There’s a tour of unparalleled authenticity — allowing the people of northern Uganda to tell their stories face-to-face at screenings across North America,” Metzger said. The screening will be on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. in Carroll Auditorium on Saint Mary’s campus. It will be open to Notre Dame, Holy Cross and Saint Mary’s students as well as the South Bend community. Metzger said she is also hoping to join the global organization’s Schools for Schools program, which helps encourage higher academic standards and provides aid to northern Ugandan schools. These stories will also be told during the screening. “The people from Uganda will be sharing how Invisible Children’s programs are rebuilding education for a region recovering from over 20 years of war,” Metzger said. The screening will show students what is going on in Uganda, and hopefully inspire activism, Metzger said. “These students have overcome all odds,” she said. “They are night commuters, child mothers, displaced persons and orphans by war. They refuse to be defined by their past, pushing forward to define their own futures.” Ultimately, Metzger said she hopes the group will be able to travel to Uganda and help first-hand. As a senior, she said her short-term goal is to bring more students into the club and raise awareness on campus. In the spring semester, Metzger is working on hosting a week of events including guest speakers, alumnae and volunteers to help raise funds and awareness for the organization. “The people of Uganda are asking for a future beyond the conflict, and their pleas have inspired this organization,” Metzger said. “Our main goal is enable children to take responsibility for their destiny and the fate of their country.”
As a way of enriching their faith experience at Notre Dame, Jewish students have started clubs that allow Jewish and non-Jewish students to come together to experience the Jewish culture in a deeper and more meaningful way. Fourth year graduate student Jonathan Silver is a member of the unofficially titled Irish Jews Pizza Social, sponsored by the Midwest Torah Center in South Bend. “The goal of the group is to bring Jews together,” Silver said. At their Monday meetings in LaFortune Student Center, the club brings Jewish students together to discuss Judaism, Jewish heritage, important moral topics and any other subjects the group wishes to discuss, Silver said. The group consists of four engineering grad students, and Rabbi Gred Nebel of the Midwest Torah Center leads a discussion. “I bring some materials to start with, but the discussion goes wherever the students want to go. It’s an open ended lunch time discussion,” Rabbi Nebel said. “We’re not stuck with the topics I bring.” Silver said these groups have the potential to be very influential in Jewish students’ lives. “The schools that Rabbi Nebel and I went to as undergraduates had such groups and we both found them to be very influential in our lives,” Silver said. “This is something he and I have wanted to start at Notre Dame for a few years now.” Silver said the Pizza Social is an important part of his Notre Dame experience. “Having this group allows me to bond with other Jewish students in a way I never thought was possible when I first decided to come to Notre Dame,” Silver said. Sophomore Ben Finan is the president of the Notre Dame Jewish Club, a similar group but with slightly different goals. “The Jewish Club is around to allow Jews and non-Jews alike to explore Jewish religious practices and Jewish culture. We are open to all students, and currently have about 75 members — about 10 of [whom] are Jewish,” Finan said. Like Silver, Finan said he recognizes the importance of the Jewish Club in his life. “I see the Jewish Club as a way for me to share my faith and religion with people who are interested,” Finan said. “I very much enjoy showing others how I practice my religion and the influence that Judaism has on my everyday life.” First year graduate student Zachariah Silver, the younger brother of Jonathan Silver, said Notre Dame is a comfortable environment for him to practice his Jewish religion. “It’s nice to come here and be unique. Everyone is nice about me being Jewish and wants to understand the religion. I’ve made friends here and most of them are not Jewish,” Silver said. Despite some difficulty, Finan said his experience at Notre Dame has been a positive one. “Being a Jewish student at Notre Dame has had its struggles, but I have overall really enjoyed it. It has lead me to grow more faithful within my religion,” Finan said.
What do the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), The Cooking Channel and Saint Mary’s College have in common? Annie the Baker. A 1991 graduate of Saint Mary’s, Annie Baker is a pastry chef who specializes in cookies in Napa Valley, Calif. and has been featured on the show “FoodCrafters.” “My accounting background in combination with my baking and pastry certificate at the CIA Greystone and five and a half years experience as a pastry chef helped me to start my own little cookie company,” she said. “I am exactly where I should be and loving every minute of it.” Baker was an accounting major while at Saint Mary’s and said she, like many of her classmates, ended up in Chicago after graduation. “All the companies would come in from Chicago, so it was just an easy place to go,” she said. “About 10 of us ended up there and I worked in some of the big banks.” Baker worked in the finance sector and said she realized she really did not want to be like her coworkers. “People were there as lifers and they didn’t look happy,” she said. “It’s one of those things where you graduate in accounting and it is a great position to have, but you get to the point where you are like, do I really want to do this for the rest of my life?” Baker realized that during her free time and days off, she was turning to her passion, baking, as a way to de-stress. “It’s kind of like my yoga,” she said. Because she was making so many baked goods, Baker began to bring her sweet treats into the office. She said her coworkers loved them. “They would tell me I was in the wrong business and that I should start my own bakery,” she said. In 2009, Baker did just that. After leaving Chicago, where she had lived for 10 years, for the Napa Valley in Northern California, Baker attended the Culinary Institute of America and became a pastry chef. After graduation, she got a job at Mustards Grill. “When you’re in culinary school you go around to different restaurants and different wineries and you get to try all these different things,” she said. “And every time I would have a friend come into town, I would say we have to go to Mustards.” Baker said she wanted to work at Mustards because they make the kinds of desserts she wanted to make. “I wanted to make a dessert that was comforting and good and just something that was good for the soul and had really good flavor,” she said. After working at Mustards Grill for about five and a half years, Baker decided to leave to try and figure out the next step in her career. It was then that she started to experiment with cookie recipes. “I took a break and left Mustards,” she said. “Within a month I missed being in the kitchen so I started playing with this cookie. I’d always said how come the cookie doesn’t taste like the cookie dough?” Baker wanted to make the cookie more doughy and less flat and crispy. “Finally, I got the cookie that still tasted like the cookie dough and is baked so it’s safe for you,” she said. “And that was really how it started, I was always looking for that perfect cookie.” After having her friends and colleagues taste the cookies, one of them encouraged her to sell her cookies at the Napa Farmer’s Market. “One of my best friends, was the president of one farmer’s market and said you are getting a booth and you are going to sell your cookies,” she said. Baker’s four original flavors have grown into 13. She now sells her cookies at two farmer’s markets and through the website Foodzie.com. Due to her unique cookie that is more like cookie dough, Baker was even featured on The Food Network. “I was on ‘FoodCrafters.’ They came out to Napa Valley and they filmed me. They spent the whole day… It was like a 10-hour day,” she said. “It was very exciting and I got a lot of online orders from it.”
Saint Mary’s has named 1998 graduate Jennifer Winnett Denniston as its new director of gift planning, according to a College press release. Denniston returned to her alma mater for the sense of community she remembers on the campus. “There is something intangible about Saint Mary’s,” Denniston said. “No words can truly describe this sisterhood. I am very blessed to be back and to be working with alumnae from across the country on setting up trusts for the College.” Denniston majored in mass communications and political science at the College. After a few years working in the financial industry, she attended Indiana Maurer School of Law. Denniston also has a master’s degree in business management from Indiana Wesleyan University. In this position, Denniston will be responsible for soliciting financial gifts from alumnae. These gifts are usually in the form of a trust and are given to the College over time. “When I was in private practice, I actually wrote these trusts for my clients,” Denniston said. “This background has really helped my transition into this new position.” Denniston succeeds former director of gift planning Jo Ann MacKenzie, who retired earlier this fall after 24 years of service to the College. “I was able to work with Jo Ann for a couple of months,” Denniston said. “She also graduated from the College and we were able to travel together to meet with other alumnae from across the country. She really set me up for success in this position.” Denniston credited much of her success to her Saint Mary’s education. “Saint Mary’s helped me understand that I am truly capable of anything I put my mind to,” Denniston said. “This new understanding allowed me to take risks and jump on new opportunities as they came to me. Law school was a risk, but Saint Mary’s taught me if I could find a way to get there I could handle it. I thought the same thing when I took this job opportunity and moved my family from Indianapolis to South Bend.” A former resident of Le Mans Hall, Denniston said she is happy to be back in a familiar setting. “I love Saint Mary’s College,” Denniston said. “Our students are so involved with the world around them. I am always hearing of the different projects and activities they are involved in. I truly enjoy this type of work and I am thankful I can do the work I love for a college with a good cause. This job allows me to help more young women pursue some of the same educational opportunities that I did.” Contact Kaitlyn Rabach at [email protected]
As part of the Notre Dame Forum on Women in Leadership, Dr. Rita Colwell, distinguished university professor at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, gave a lecture titled “Oceans, Climate and Human Health: the Cholera Paradigm.”Colwell prefaced her talk on cholera by borrowing Hippocrates view, which stated that in order to understand medicine, one must understand the seasons of the year.Jodi Lo “In other words, the environment plays a major role in human health, and I think that is the underlying theme of my talk tonight,” Colwell said.Cholera is often referred to as pandemic, but it is actually a very local disease in terms of how it arises, Colwell said. The cholera bacteria is found in aquatic systems — from rivers to oceans — the world over, although she said a deep understanding of the bacteria’s habitat was not present until work done by her lab in the 1970s.“In fact, it was considered 150 years ago that miasma — bad air — was the cause of disease,” Colwell said. “This is before we understood that bacteria and viruses actually cause disease.“And so you talked about miasma. Washington D.C. was rife with yellow fever, typhoid fever, malaria, cholera, until 1900. In fact, it was known as a miasma swamp.”Unlike many other pathogens, the cholera bacteria is intrinsically linked to environmental processes, Colwell said.“Not only does it have the ability to cause disease when ingested in large numbers by humans, but it has a role in the environment,” she said. “Ten percent of strains we’ve tested are luminescent, many of them fix nitrogen, they play a role in the carbon cycle — so they have a very important role to play.“We know that it’s unlikely that we can eradicate cholera because it’s part of the natural environment. But you can prevent cholera by providing safe drinking water.”Colwell found over the course of her research in places like India, Bangladesh and Haiti that the above-average temperatures and rainfall combined with poor water systems and large social events, such as religious festivals, significantly contribute to outbreaks of cholera.This has particular implications for climate change, Colwell said. During the past few decades, she said her team has demonstrated that as sea surface temperatures have risen, so have cholera bacteria populations in those regions.Highlighting the span and diversity of her research, Colwell also talked about DNA profiling of individuals to construct microbiomes, or genomes of bacteria and other microbes that live inside humans, of different regional populations.She said her team found a huge discrepancy between healthy Indian and healthy western microbiomes, with the Indian samples having a much larger percentage of pathogens despite the comparable well-being of the individuals from which the samples were taken.When certain bacteria are present along with cholera bacteria, Colwell said they actually produce more toxins. Hence, there are insidious implications for individuals that contain a mixture of seemingly innocuous bacteria in their microbiome.Colwell said her lab also investigated different methods and paradigms of providing safe drinking water for communities in a cost-feasible manner. One method targeted copepods, a small crustacean about 300 micrometers in size, which carries the cholera bacteria.“So if we could eliminate the copepods and the debris from the water, we should be able to reduce cholera,” she said. “So we did the experiments in the laboratory, we tried all kinds of really inexpensive stuff — sari cloth that the women wear, men’s t-shirts that they would wear in Bangladesh — and we found that if we folded used sari cloth about 4 or 5 times, you could get a 20 micrometer mesh filter and that would trap all the particulates and the copepods and all of the other little critters. And you could reduce the numbers of cholera bacteria by 99 percent.”When Colwell applied for a grant from the National Institutes of Health she was initially rejected because they did not believe men would drink water filtered from a sari — even though, as Colwell found, they were already using sari cloth to filter flies from their beer.“So young scientists and young discoverers, when you get that rejection, don’t go in a corner and cry; just read it, revise it and resubmit it,” Colwell said.In the end, Colwell’s team was able to get funding from the National Institute of Nursing for the study and found that villages taught to use the inexpensive sari cloth filter reduced cholera incidence by 50 percent from control.She said this method worked better than the plastic mesh filter costing a month’s salary, which was provided to members of other villages. A follow-up five years later found that 75 percent of women were still using the cloth method, and former control villages could not be used as a comparison because they had heard about the technique and began using it as well, Colwell said.“I really like the words of John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club,” Colwell said. “He said ‘when one tugs at a single thing in nature he’ — and I would add ‘she’ — ‘finds it attached to the rest of the universe.’”Tags: Cholera, Public Health
The Saint Mary’s Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) hosted Fulbright Chinese teaching assistant Zhenman Ye to present a discourse on the cultural differences and stereotypes of the East and West on Monday.Ye said when she was initially asked to give a presentation, she had many ideas she wanted to bring to light because China is such a diverse nation.“There are so many aspects that interest people about Chinese culture such as calligraphy, painting, music, dance, art, Chinese food and well, Chinese everything,” Ye said.Much of her discourse was inspired by illustrations from the infographic portrait book, “East Meets West,” by Yang Liu.“[Liu] drew pictures to show the cultural differences between East and West,” Ye said. “I’m showing [these] pictures now because they involve every aspect of our differing lives.“In each picture she tries to express or show an idea.”Ye displayed illustrations from Liu’s book and asked the audience what they thought Liu was trying to portray. The first illustration showed a thin straight line on the west side and a jumbled up and complex line on the east side.“This is how we express ideas. The western way is more direct or straightforward when it comes to communication, whereas the eastern way has many other aspects involved,” she said.“For example every time my friend and I go to the dining hall, I ask her if wants something to drink, ice cream or dessert. My asking her shows that I am the one who actually wants it.”Ye said this is a way for her to be polite and humble by putting others needs before her own.“Being direct can sometimes be good, but most of the time [it] is offensive,” she said.The next illustration Ye showed was a single person on the west side and a group of people on the east. She said this represented the individualism western cultures have and the collectivism the Chinese have.“We are very group-oriented people [in China],” Ye said. “We value collectivism and group work very much.”Another illustration Ye used represented the differing authoritative roles between east and west.“Since westerners value individualism, they often like to be the center of attention, but since easterners so much value collectivism, we try to minimize ourselves,” she said.Another aspect Ye finds unique to the west is the dynamic between students and teachers.“At first, I was shocked by the interaction [between] students and their teacher. Students challenge the teacher, whereas in China, students are submissive because they want to show respect to the teacher,” she said.Other cultural differences Ye brought to light were the significance of the weather on peoples’ moods in the west, and the amount of noise westerners enjoy while eating.“Our fancy restaurants [in China] are very noisy, [but] it is the opposite in America,” she said.Ye also noted how many easterners view beauty much differently than westerners.“In China, we have the opposite notion of beauty,” she said. “We think the paler your skin is, the more beautiful you are. You will find self-whitening products instead of self-tanning.”The major thing Ye will miss about living in America is the fresh air and enthusiasm for environmentalism. Although many people may judge others based on these stereotypes, it is important to be compassionate towards all cultures and aspects of humanity.“You need to show your respect and understanding of different cultures,” she said.Tags: China, east meets west, easterners, fulbright scholar, united states and china, westerners, ye
Andrew Polaniecki will serve as dean of students and director of residence life and housing at Holy Cross, the College announced in a press release Thursday. Polaniecki steps into the role after having worked as Holy Cross’ director of campus ministry since 2009.The role of director of campus ministry will be filled by Andrew Ouellette, Holy Cross announced Aug. 8.“It has been an honor to continue growing with this community,” Polaniecki said in the release. “I am fortunate to have this opportunity to further my engagement with our young men and women as we continue to provide them a formative Catholic education.”A graduate of Notre Dame and former seminarian at Old College, Polaniecki received a master’s degree in education from Loyola University, New Orleans and an MBA from the University of Saint Francis in Joliet, Illinois, the release said. In addition to his responsibilities as director of campus ministry, Polaniecki also directed the Saints & Scholars Summer Theology Institute at Holy Cross, a program for high school students.“Andrew’s transition from campus minister to dean of students speaks to his leadership and commitment to our students and this institution,” Holy Cross senior vice president Michael Griffin said in the release. “His faith, experience and longtime devotion to the College will fortify our distinctly Catholic mission and be a service to each one of our scholars.”Tags: Andrew Polaniecki, Dean of Students, Director of residence life and housing, Holy Cross College
Cristina Interiano | The Observer Student body president Elizabeth Boyle, a senior, and vice president Patrick McGuire, a junior, campaigned on promises to make Notre Dame more equitable and inclusive for all students. Now as the academic year begins, they’re working to implement their agenda and facing the challenges of governance.As part of their platform, Boyle and McGuire said they want to represent student interests by paying attention to issues that, in previous years, have been overlooked. After taking office this past April, they created a new department of student empowerment to oversee student-related needs, including club funding, international opportunities, student art and arts engagement. “We noticed there were a lot of needs … that were kind of in-between, and kind of falling through the cracks of different departments,” McGuire said. “We wanted a department that would be flexible and able to adapt to the needs of students in order to generally serve to empower students.”Particularly, the pair said they are focused on the needs of underrepresented students. For example, their director of gender relations, senior Anne Jarrett, has previously worked on issues related to the LGBTQ community on campus. Boyle said Jarrett is bringing a fresh perspective to the department.“We have members from all communities represented in [Jarrett’s] department in particular, which has been incredibly exciting to see,” Boyle said. “There’s definitely a lot of exciting movement including voices that Notre Dame perhaps hasn’t seen before.”McGuire added senior Kenzie Isaac, who directs the department of diversity and inclusion, is pushing a variety of projects.“[Isaac has] been working really hard on the creation of a civil rights commission, as well as a lot of other intersectional programming and events,” McGuire said. “For instance, she’s very passionate about the intersection of mental health and race. I’m really excited to see the changes she makes on campus.”Boyle and McGuire also commented on the recent changes made to the University’s housing policy. Last May, University administrators several residential life policy changes. Under these proposed changes, off-campus students would be excluded from on-campus community programming, including interhall sports and dorm dances.Boyle and McGuire said they feel the policies could further isolate students vulnerable to exclusion on campus. For instance, Boyle said members LGBTQ community may find dorms to be “too heteronormative and not safe spaces.”Boyle said she and McGuire are also encouraging administrators to add sexual orientation and gender identity to Notre Dame’s non-discrimination clause, which they say would foster inclusion and sensitivity.“I think when we begin to legally recognize that our family members who may be LGBTQ — and [all] members of that community — are fully welcomed and respected here, then we can shift the culture [so that] asking those … policy questions isn’t taboo, and isn’t thought about last, but is at the center,” Boyle said.Additionally, Boyle and McGuire are concerned about students who move off campus for financial reasons. While McGuire said he appreciates the financial incentives the University is offering students who stay on campus, he believes they still have a long way to go. “I think [the incentives are] a start to try and address the really fundamental challenge [that] … it’s so much cheaper to live off campus. How are you going to keep kids on campus?” McGuire said.Regardless of why students choose to move off campus, Boyle and McGuire say they’re committed to representing those students’ perspectives to administrators. “I think there’s a general sense from off-campus students … that they feel like they’re being forcefully disengaged from some of the community here,” Boyle said. “I think when you step out of the bounds of the Notre Dame zip code and Notre Dame, it doesn’t mean that you sever your ties as a Notre Dame student, and it should never mean that, quite frankly.”Junior Aaron Benavides, student government’s press secretary and communications director, said the discussion about housing will be ongoing. “We want students to continue to provide feedback,” Benavides said, “This policy was announced at the end of last semester but this is going on for months and years to come.”Although Boyle and McGuire said they disagree with some administration policies, they want to collaborate with administrators on a variety of issues. “I think we can still have a really good working relationship with administrators even though we can acknowledge our points of disagreement,” McGuire said.On the issue of sustainability, Boyle and McGuire said they plan to support the University’s existing initiatives, such as the Grind2Energy system that will convert food waste into usable energy. They’ve also taken other steps: switching the school’s print New York Times subscription to digital and working to make recycling more effective and accessible on campus.“It’s good to have a grand, strategic vision of sustainability,” McGuire said. “In order to have as grand an effect as possible, we’ve tried to start as small as possible.”Boyle and McGuire have a number of additional policy changes planned, like expanding Green Dot sexual assault bystander training to local bars. In September, the team plans to hold a voter registration guide on campus. They are also focusing on community-building initiatives, organizing the “Friday Flick on the Field” screening of “Rudy” which is scheduled for Aug. 30.As they look forward to the year ahead, Boyle and McGuire said they feel hopeful their team will be able to make real changes. “There will be roadblocks you don’t always expect, but I think we’re ready to take them on, and I think we’re ready to work with as many people as possible to find solutions,” McGuire said.Tags: Elizabeth Boyle, Housing, inclusion, Patrick McGuire, Student government
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