Gardens go green in more ways than one

first_img “The project has been in the works since the start of the semester, but fully got put into action at the end of October,” senior Celia Johns, product manager at Irish Gardens, said. Johns the project is for the entire Notre Dame community. Irish Gardens, Notre Dame’s student-run campus flower shop, is going green. The name of this new campaign, spearheaded by Johns, is “Making the Gardens Green.” “[Junior] Clare Mundy — one of the other managers — and I talked about encouraging recycling in the shop this year during a brainstorming session over the summer,” Johns said. “I got the idea for the composting program from a colloquium on Catholic Social Teaching and Sustainability, when a presentation from the Office of Sustainability talked about the community garden that was started over the summer, and that collections from landscape services makes up the compost for the garden.” Johns said she has heard positive feedback. Other Irish Gardens employees said they are pleased with the new compost program. The Notre Dame compost pile is located at the Food Service Support Facility. Waste from Irish Gardens is collected and deposited there. The shop has begun composting waste in an effort to become more eco-friendly. “I contacted LaFortune Building Services, and they were very supportive of our initiative, and helped us get new large recycling bins so the custodial staff would know of the policy change,” Johns said. “As a student run business, it was up to the student managers to lead the charge on policy changes.” “Other students and faculty have been very supportive of the idea [and] excited that we are taking initiative to help improve the sustainability of Notre Dame,” Johns said. “The employees have been quick to pick up on the new procedures with recycling and compost, as well as other changes such as unplugging unnecessary electronic devices as well as reducing paper use.” “The compost is added to the compost pile of other organic material that breaks down and provides natural fertilizer for the gardens that grow food used in the dining hall and by the community,” Johns said. “Our work at Irish Gardens involves such beautiful things that the world has created. We need to preserve that beauty and one way we can do that is by keeping waste to a minimum,” sophomore Krystal Hentges, an Irish Gardens employee, said. The project got rolling with help from the University. “As a Catholic university, I think it is important that we try to live out the Catholic Social Teaching principles, one of which is care for God’s creation,” Johns said. “By being more environmentally friendly, we can better take care of this gift given to us by God.”last_img read more

Club promotes family values

first_imgTo encourage students to build healthy relationships, members of the Rodzinka: Little Family club are promoting discussion about traditional perspectives on dating, marriage and the family. The club, whose name means “little family” in Polish in honor of a small group of college students Pope John Paul II ministered to when he was a parish priest in Poland, addresses alternatives to the college “hookup culture,” speaker coordinator Tim Kirchoff said. “You need to be able to examine the alternatives to it in a coherent way and in a way that allows people to share experiences meaningfully – give people an idea of what’s really possible with marriage and family life and how to go about achieving that,” Kirchoff said. Although Rodzinka has been operating on campus for approximately six years, Kirchoff said it became an official student club at the beginning of the fall semester and currently consists of undergraduate and graduate students. Kirchoff said a professor or other University community member speaks to the approximately 20 students over informal dinner conversations Thursdays in the Knights of Columbus Council Hall. The presentation typically lasts half an hour and is followed by discussion, he said. “The format we have now … empowers professors to be able to talk about these issues with students and lets them know it’s something we are willing to listen to them about,” Kirchoff said. Previous speakers presented about Christian dating, marriage preparation and infant development, Kirchoff said, and the group meets at the end of each semester to choose future speakers. “We generally have a list of people we know would be interested in speaking or from whom we’d like to hear,” Kirchoff said. “This is the officer board and generally people who would show up to any meeting anyway because they’re the people who show up to a planning session.” Speakers must have personal experience with the issues they discuss, Kirchoff said. “They have to have a story they can share,” he said. “It can’t just be totally speculative.” Knights of Columbus sponsors the discussion series, Kirchoff said, and the national Knights organization bestowed an award upon the Notre Dame chapter during the 2011-12 school year for its sponsorship of the Rodzinka discussion series.   The Love and Fidelity Network also sponsors Rodzinka by providing funding and advising the club about presentation topics, Kirchoff said. “Love and Fidelity is a national network of college students … trying to get people to reexamine concepts like dignity, romance and how they relate to college life, trying to foster lives of personal and sexual integrity on campus,” Kirchoff said. Kirchoff said Rodzinka will soon put up posters on campus on behalf of the Love and Fidelity Network to promote conversation about romance and dignity.    “It’s not judgmental,” Kirchoff said. “It wants to get people to honestly examine what they want out of a dating relationship or any sort of relationship on campus.” Kirchoff said he hopes to give students who are busy during the Thursday evening meeting time other opportunities to interact with professors. He said he is also interested in bringing professors of political science to speak to the club. “I’ve often heard it said that from the perspective of political theory, either the family is the base unit of society or it’s the school of charity,” Kirchoff said. “Every government has as its foundation the family unit.” Contact Marisa Iati at [email protected]last_img read more

DPAC receives top rating

first_imgPhoto courtesy of University of Notre Dame The Debartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC) was named one of the “25 Most Amazing Campus Arts Centers” by College Degree Search.College Degree Search selected the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC) as one of the “25 Most Amazing Campus Arts Centers” in a recent post on their website, writing that it “truly embodies the attributes of the University of Notre Dame” as a “world class institution that embraces a broad liberal arts spectrum.”Ted Barron, senior associate director for DPAC, said the center allows students to engage in a wide variety of artistic and performing experiences.“In terms of being able to experience the full range of the performing arts — cinema, dance, live theater, music, opera — students are getting an opportunity [at DPAC] to have access to major artists and really unique experiences,” Barron said. “One of the things that [DPAC] strives to provide is a way for people to get enrichment in their lives that they don’t typically have access to on campus.”Peter Holland, associate dean of the arts for Notre Dame, said the opening of DPAC completely changed the way the University taught the arts.“To be able to have a class on film in which every clip is up on a cinema screen with cinema projection … is absolutely extraordinary,” Holland said.The College Degree Search also described DPAC as a “majestic center,” with which Barron agreed.“I have been on many college campuses, and I have rarely seen a facility that is so well designed and so well cared for. That reflects the University’s genuine commitment to the arts as a priority on the campus,” Barron said.Holland said Notre Dame is “very, very lucky” to have an arts center that is so “brilliantly designed.”“It is the extent to which every detail of the building was thought through, not just as a performance space but also as a learning space,” Holland said, describing DPAC as a “massive teaching machine.”But, Barron said, DPAC does not just provide arts education for the film, television and theatre (FTT) majors or the music majors, but to the whole Notre Dame campus.“When [DPAC] shows a film and we have an opportunity to have a discussion after the film, I see people of all ages — student, faculty, retirees — are talking and engaging with the ideas that the film has presented.”“Those are the most exciting times and [we feel] like we are really making a difference in people’s lives,” Barron said.This impact extends to the South Bend community as well, Holland said.“This is a space that draws us closer to our community,” Holland said. “… [DPAC] was designed so it would be at the boundary of campus, so that when you come on to campus, what are you greeted by? The performing arts center.“That is the building that stands between campus and the community. It is quite a symbolic building in that way.”According to the College Degree Search website, DPAC is “dedicated to the proposition that the human spirit needs to be nurtured on all levels.”Holland said the arts contribute to that nurturing.“The arts shows us what is appalling and troubling and disturbing and subversive. It shows us what is terrible about human existence as well as what we can aspire to,” Holland said. “All of that is part of the human spirit … the arts opens doors. And DPAC is the space where we can do that as a community.”Tags: 25 most amazing campus arts centers, college degree search, debartolo performing arts, debartolo performing arts center, DPAClast_img read more

During Shooting Investigation Police Search Houses, Find Drugs, Cash, Guns

first_imgImage by Jamestown Police.JAMESTOWN – Several people are facing charges following a search of Thursday’s shooting scene on Jefferson Street and then subsequent raid of another house in Jamestown.Jamestown Police first responded to 707 Jefferson St. to investigate a shooting incident that occurred.During the course of the investigation a search warrant was obtained for the residence. As a result of executing the search warrant, detectives located four unlawfully possessed handguns inside the home along with over 200 rounds of ammunition, approximately 12 pounds of marihuana, 1.2 ounces of cocaine and around $4,000 cash.Anthony Burris, 29, was taken into custody at the scene charged with four counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and first degree criminal possession of marijuana. ANTHONY BURRISAs the investigation continued throughout the day, police say detectives from the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force and Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force worked collaboratively to gather information on a house at 438 Buffalo St. where it was suspected that individuals involved in the shooting from earlier in the day were currently hiding out.At around 10:30 p.m. two subjects who fit the description of individuals from the shooting exited the residence. Detectives approached them and attempted to speak with them. The two males fled from the police on foot and a foot pursuit ensued. ANDRE JONES The three are charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance.Police say the investigation into the Jefferson Street shooting is continuing and further charges are possible. Anyone with information in the case is asked to contact the Jamestown Police Department at 716-483-7536 or on the TIPS Line at 716-483-8477. MELISSA KESTLER EDDIE MELENDEZ TORRIE JONES Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MIKIAL MOORE As they ran, detectives could see the pair allegedly discarding items off of their persons. Both of the subjects were taken into custody within a block of where the foot pursuit began with the assistance of the Jamestown Police Department’s K-9 “Promber”. They were identified to be Torrie Jones, 21, and Mikial Moore, 26, both of Buffalo.Detectives allegedly located two handguns, marijuana and crack cocaine, all that were discarded by the individuals who ran. Jones and Moore were arrested and charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, tampering with physical evidence, obstructing governmental administration and false personation.A search warrant was then obtained for 438 Buffalo St where members of the Drug Task Force located approximately 7 grams of crack cocaine in several separate packages as well as 4.7 grams of fentanyl.Andre Jones, 18, Eddie Melendez, 47, and Melissa Kestler, 39, were all taken into custody.last_img read more

Humane Society Hosting Online Easter Egg Hunt

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Submitted image.JAMESTOWN – The Chautauqua County Humane Society says they are inviting the community to join them for their first ever CCHS Easter Egg Hunt: Social Distancing Edition.“Since traditional Easter egg hunts will most likely not be happening due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we thought having a virtual experience on our website would be a fun experience for families,” CCHS Director of Community Relations Brian Papalia said.Starting this week, the Humane Society placed five Easter eggs on One of these five eggs will be an eggs-tra hard to find golden egg.The first 10 people to find all five eggs by Monday, April 13 will get to choose the name of one of the Human Society shelter pets. CCHS will also send the people a picture of the pet they named when the pet adopted.To learn more about participating visit and the Chautauqua County Humane Society Facebook page.last_img read more

State Teachers Union: Counties Need To Mandate Mask Use In All Public Schools

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Pexels / Pixabay Stock Image.ALBANY — Saying that New York State has failed to respond, the New York State United Teachers union is calling on county governments to order the use of masks in all schools within the county.In what they call absence of statewide action, union leaders are turning their attention to local governments by urging counties to mandate mask use in all schools.“While some school districts are doing the right thing and requiring masks at all times, we still are seeing others who refuse to take this basic step to protect the health of students, staff and families,” NYSUT President Andy Pallotta said. “Orange County is taking a lead role in helping address the reservations that exist regarding reopening school buildings. We believe other county leaders should follow suit and address the concerns we’re still hearing from educators and parents.”Last week, NYSUT sent a letter to state Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker imploring the department to make the wearing of masks at all times indoors during the school day mandatory, except for appropriate break periods and in cases of medical accommodation. The union cited recent guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics that recommends the universal use of face coverings, as well as a recent change in Pennsylvania guidance to make the use of masks mandatory at all times during the school day.last_img read more

Matt Harrington & Christopher Sieber Join the Cast of Broadway’s Matilda

first_imgTony nominee Christopher Sieber and Matt Harrington will join the company of the hit Broadway musical Matilda as Miss Trunchbull and Mr. Wormwood, respectively, in March. Sieber and Harrington will replace Chris Hoch and Tony winner Gabriel Ebert in the blockbuster musical. Harrington will makes his debut in the show on March 4 and Sieber will join the company on March 18. Harrington is currently performing in the Shakespeare’s Globe productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III on Broadway. His also appeared in the 2012 production of Harvey on the Main Stem. Christopher Sieber Jill Paice Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 Matilda In addition to Hoch and Ebert, the cast of Matilda currently includes Paige Brady, Gabriella Pizzolo, Ripley Sobo, and Ava Ulloa in the title role, Lesli Margherita as Mrs. Wormwood, Jill Paice as Miss Honey and Karen Aldridge as Mrs. Phelps.  Star Filescenter_img Related Shows Gabriel Ebert Sieber garnered Tony Award nominations for Spamalot and Shrek the Musical. His additional Broadway credits include Pippin, La Cage aux Folles, Into the Woods, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Triumph of Love, Chicago and Beauty and the Beast. His film and TV credits include Two of a Kind, Pushing Daisies, The Good Wife, Elementary and It’s All Relative. View Comments Lesli Margherita View All (4)last_img read more

Driving Miss Daisy, Starring Angela Lansbury & James Earl Jones, Will Hit Movie Theaters

first_img Lansbury has won Tony Awards for her roles in Blithe Spirit, Sweeney Todd, Gypsy, Dear World and Mame and received nominations for A Little Night Music and Deuce. Other Broadway credits include Hotel Paradiso, The King and I and A Taste of Honey, and she is well known to TV audiences as the star of long-running series Murder, She Wrote. The Australian stage production of Driving Miss Daisy, starring five-time Tony winner Angela Lansbury and two-time Tony winner James Earl Jones, is heading to a movie theater near you. Screenvision and Broadway Near You have partnered up to make the Pultizer Prize-winning play available in more than 500 movie theaters in the U.S. and Canada June 4 through June 10. Directed by David Esbjornson, Driving Miss Daisy follows the relationship between an elderly, widowed Southern Jewish woman named Daisy Werthan (Lansbury) and her African-American chauffeur, Hoke Colburn (Jones). The play premiered off-Broadway on April 15, 1987, starring Dana Ivey and Morgan Freeman and ran for 1,195 performances before closing in 1990. It was adapted into a 1989 film starring Jessica Tandy and Freeman, which earned four Academy Awards including Best Picture. Jones starred as Hoke in the 2010 Broadway revival and subsequent West End transfer of Driving Miss Daisy, opposite Vanessa Redgrave. View Comments Jones earned Tony Awards for Fences and The Great White Hope, and nominations for On Golden Pond and The Best Man. His other Broadway credits include Othello, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Of Mice and Men and The Iceman Cometh, and his many film roles include Clear and Present Danger, Field of Dreams and The Man. He will return to Broadway in You Can’t Take it With You later this year. Watch a clip of the legends at work below!last_img read more

Kristin Chenoweth & Andrew Lippa Will Lead I Am Harvey Milk

first_imgTony winner Kristin Chenoweth and Broadway composer Andrew Lippa will star in the New York premiere of Lippa’s I Am Harvey Milk. Under the direction of Noah Himmelstein, the show will play Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall for one night only on October 6. The performance will feature the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and introduce the 120 member All Star Broadway Men’s Chorus.  Star Files Lippa received a Tony nomination for creating the score to the Broadway musical The Addams Family. His additional credits include Big Fish, The Wild Party, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Farnsworth Invention and john & jen. Kristin Chenoweth Chenoweth, who will return to Broadway in next year’s On the Twentieth Century revival, was last seen on the Great White Way in Promises, Promises. She won a Tony for her performance in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and received a nod for originating the role of Glinda in Wicked. Her many TV credits include an Emmy-winning turn on Pushing Daisies, as well as Glee and The West Wing. View Comments Part choral work, part theater piece, I Am Harvey Milk weaves the story of Harvey Milk’s life—from boyhood to his rise as the first openly gay man to hold public office in California to his assassination. I Am Harvey Milk includes orchestrations by August Eriksmoen and choreography by Michele Lynch. Joel Fram will conduct. The piece premiered last summer in San Francisco, led by Lippa and Tony winner Laura Benanti.last_img read more

B’way Theaters Will Dim Marquees for the Late Geoffrey Holder

first_img View Comments “No one who saw The Wiz will ever forget the memorable experience, in large part thanks to the direction and design brought to the Broadway stage by Geoffrey Holder,” Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League, said in a statement. “An incredibly talented artist seen in many mediums, his visual creativity and influence was unforgettable.” Holder made his Great White Way debut in House of Flowers, for which he also choreographed a dance piece. He would go on to reprise the role of Baron Samedi, a Haitian Voodoo spirit whom he portrayed in the show, in the 1973 James Bond film Live and Let Die. In 1975, following various stage and screen appearances, he made his directorial debut with The Wiz, taking home Tonys for his direction and for his costume design. He also directed, choreographed and costume designed 1978’s Timbuktu!.center_img Broadway theaters will pay tribute to the late Geoffrey Holder as they dim their lights on October 10. Marquees will go dark for one minute at 7:45 PM. The Tony-winning director and costume designer died on October 5 at the age of 84.last_img read more