The Board of Trustees re-elected its chair, Richard C. Notebaert, to a new three-year term at the group’s Friday meeting, according to a University statement released Monday. An alumnus of the University of Wisconsin, Notebaert has been a member of the board since 1997, and has led it since 2007. He is a University Fellow and former chairman of the University Relations Committee. Prior to attaining his position at Notre Dame, Notebaert was chairman and CEO of Qwest Communications International Inc., and had previously served as CEO of Tellabs Inc. and Ameritech Corp. In the release, University President Fr. John Jenkins praised Notebaert’s commitment to Notre Dame’s mission. “We are blessed with trustees of great talent and accomplishment who are deeply dedicated to Notre Dame,” Jenkins stated in the release. “For six years, Dick Notebaert has been a tremendous chair of the board who had shown unqualified dedication to serving Notre Dame. I look forward to continuing to work with him and benefit from his wise counsel.” The Board of Trustees has been a governing body of the University since the Congregation of Holy Cross transferred governance in 1967. It currently has 47 active members and 47 emeritus trustees.
Dr. Christopher Pramuk, associate professor of theology at Xavier University, presented a lecture titled “Crossing the Color Line: A Catholic Perspective on Racial Justice and Responsibility” on Thursday evening.Caitlyn Jordan | The Observer The lecture was sponsored the Center for Spirituality and held in Stapleton Lounge in Le Mans Hall.Pramuk addressed Sr. Madeleva Wolff, former president of Saint Mary’s, and her decision to integrate Saint Mary’s in 1941. Though the decision received a firestorm of controversy, Pramuk quoted Wolff as saying, “If it emptied the school, we would enroll Negro girls in residence.”Pramuk said there are doorways to address the topic of race relations in America, from the patterns of racial profiling and police brutality to the Ebola crisis currently provoking xenophobic reactions.“Often people say that problem of racial justice becomes more urgent when you have your own skin in the game,” Pramuk said. “Whites have the luxury of not seeing because they have no skin in the game.”But as people of faith, Catholics often don’t see the problem as racism, he said. Instead, Catholics see fighting racism as an invitation from Jesus to stand in solidarity and see the dignity in our neighbor.“Racism is a human problem, crippling something far deeper inside us,” Pramuk said. “[Often] we act from self-justification and the message of Jesus becomes unsettling.“Jesus seems to be saying if you cannot find me in your neighbor, you will not find me in Church. God has skin in the game.”It’s important to look at race through the “doorway of faith,” Pramuk said.“From a Catholic perspective, the root of justice lies in the story of Road to Emmaus,” he said. “How do we learn to recognize the Christ that lives in others? Even in the one we have been taught to fear?”Pramuk said blindness is a pervasive theme in the Gospels, which provide fitting metaphors of current race relations in America. He said it is important to give people space to talk about race.“Each of us comes in the conversation about race or refuses it,” he said. “But it’s important to give each other space to grow.”Pramuk said his book, ‘Hope Sings, So Beautiful: Graced Encounters Across the Color Line’ is a starting point and a way to make the conversation about racism accessible. Racial hatred is harsh and often looks like the eclipse of blacks of blocking out their light, he said, which calls for intimate conversations.Pramuk said there is hope in the leadership of Pope Francis and in the universality of the Catholic church.“Universality is not the as same uniformity,” Pramuk said. “Universality is welcoming.”Pramuk said young people desire to give their gifts and their lives meaningfully.“The Church has the opportunity to turn their gazes to the poor and the marginalized,” Pramuk said. “Our physical presence is the best gift we can provide to society.”Tags: Bible, Gospel, race, Race relations, saint mary’s, SMC
The 86th Blue-Gold Game will be held at LaBar Practice Complex this Saturday, marking the end of the spring football season.The Blue-Gold Game is a football scrimmage between Notre Dame’s offense and defense. John Heisler, senior associate athletics director, said the game is the last of Notre Dame’s 15 practices permitted during the spring and serves as a way for coaches and fans to see how the team is doing.“In the past, it’s been a great opportunity for families to bring their kids and see how our football team is coming along,” Heisler said. “For our fans, young or old, it’s an opportunity to see some players that they haven’t seen before. This is kind of the first look into next season, in terms of the personnel.” Michael Yu | The Observer Graduate student Quarterback Everett Golson, pictured in red, looks to pass during last year’s Blue-Gold Game. Saturday, members of the football team will compete in a friendly matchup in preparation for the 2015 season.Sophomore receiver Justin Brent said he is excited for his family to be able to come watch him play football again.“There’s only one time in the spring when our families get to come see one of the main reasons we’re here at Notre Dame,” Brent said. “I’m excited for them to see all the hard work we’ve been putting in. It’s a time for my teammates and I to really display everything we’ve been working on this spring.”Heisler said a unique scoring system is designed for the game to award points for both offensive and defensive plays.Sophomore Nick Jones said the Blue-Gold Game represents the start of a new Notre Dame football season for fans.“While it doesn’t carry the clout of an actual football game, the scrimmage gives those who want it a look at new players, formations and plays,” Jones said. “For those who don’t care for football strategy, it’s a reason to cheer and be excited about the upcoming season.”“It’s a really cool way to see where the team’s headed and who’s playing what position,” freshman Mary Shea Kelly-Buckley said. “I think Notre Dame is for sure going to win this one.”Heisler said this year’s game had to be moved from Notre Dame Stadium to the team’s outdoor practice facility, LaBar Practice Complex, because of Campus Crossroads construction. This change of venue significantly limits the number of people able to attend the game.“We’re going from an 80,000-seat venue to something we’ve kind of built from scratch around our practice fields because there really is no permanent seating there,” Heisler said. “We’ve managed to build some temporary seating for about 4,000 people to be utilized by the University and the football departments. That’ll be the biggest difference about this year’s game.”The University considered hosting the game at a variety of venues, including some off-campus locations, but ultimately decided to use LaBar Practice Complex in order to minimize expenses, according to Heisler.“We looked at some other options, but if you go somewhere else there’s obviously some potential significant costs involved,” Heisler said. “Maybe it’s not perfect because we aren’t able to offer the public the access that everybody’s used to, but it just seemed to make the most sense in terms of what we could do in terms of the event itself.”Heisler said this year’s Blue-Gold Game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network as in years past. Additionally, a live telecast of the game will be shown in Purcell Pavilion for football fans on campus that are unable to watch the game in person.Jones said he was disappointed he would not be able to attend this year’s Blue-Gold Game.“While I understand that the new construction makes the stadium an impractical venue for the Blue-Gold Game, I wish that they had chosen a venue that allowed students and fans the opportunity to attend the game, such as Soldier Field in Chicago, as had been rumored earlier this year,” Jones said.Brent said the game will be different without most of the student body.“It’s not as fun as being on the practice fields, of course, but it’s for a good cause because they’re trying to expand the stadium,” Brent said. “I know a lot of people want to go and be a part of the game. I feel bad for them, but hopefully we’ll get this out of the way, play on the practice fields right now and return to the stadium where all the students can enjoy it.”Heisler said he is not sure if Campus Crossroads will affect next year’s Blue-Gold Game.“We certainly knew this was going to likely be the situation based on these several years of construction,” Heisler said. “We could be facing the same decisions a year from now. There are no guarantees what will happen.”Heisler said he hopes fans will show their support for other Notre Dame sports teams this weekend, almost all of which will have free admission.“There’s a lot happening on campus this weekend,” Heisler said. “We’ve eliminated admission charges for most of the home events. With the understanding that the general public isn’t really going to have access to the Blue-Gold Game, we’re thinking maybe people will watch it in Purcell in between attending other Irish athletic events.”An email sent to students Thursday night said there are a limited number of tickets for the Blue-Gold Game. Tickets will be distributed on Friday beginning at 9 a.m. at the LaFortune Information Desk and Box Office.Tags: Blue-Gold Game, Campus Crossroads Project, Football stadium, Notre Dame football
The Speak Up! campaign is challenging Notre Dame students to help end religious persecution. The project, sponsored by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and the Center for Civil and Human Rights, calls for students to “create effective and creative communication tools that will raise awareness and call for solidarity with one or more religious community that suffers from religious persecution,” according to the campaign website.Zahra Vieneuve, project manager for the international conference “Under Caesar’s Sword: Christian Response to Persecution,” said the campaign was prompted by the lack of media coverage on issues of religious persecution.“Usually, most of the stories of systematic religious persecution go unreported until there is a full blown crisis. Without media coverage of these stories, there will be no public interest in the issue of religious freedom, and so the voices of many people will remain silenced,” Vieneuve said. “And somehow [we must] ensure that these stories are shared and told whether or not there is interest from the mainstream media.”Vieneuve said students can submit works of any medium, as long as the work effectively raises awareness for religious persecution.“We’re not just asking for videos or essays. You can submit a song or a calendar that somehow reflects the stories of the groups being persecuted, a poster or an illustrated short story. Anything that will raise awareness of groups being persecuted and propose an action on behalf of these communities,” Vieneuve said.Students do not have to focus on religious persecution as experienced by Catholics, she said.“This challenge is about systematic persecution that is happening anywhere against any religious community,” Vieneuve said. “This is about choosing a certain persecuted religious group, researching the persecution they face in a certain country, and finding a medium — any medium — and expressing their stories in a way that would encourage in solidarity with them and action on their behalf.”The deadline for students to submit their work is Oct. 26 at noon, according to the Speak Up! website.“Speak Up! is part of a bigger initiative we hope to implement at Notre Dame to engage our community in showing solidarity with all religious communities who are facing serious violations of their right to religious freedom. Speak Up! is the first activity that we’ve launched under this initiative,” Vieneuve said. “The idea is to come together as a community to learn about the different violations that are happening to many religious groups world-wide. One of the questions that is most frequently asked is ‘What can we do about religious persecution?’ The idea is to invite students to respond to this question and come up with different strategies through which we can raise awareness of the violations that are happening and raise awareness of the right to freedom of religion and belief.”A committee comprised of five Notre Dame faculty and staff members will judge the entries, Vieneuve said, and the final results will be announced by Oct. 29.“Members of many different religions and faiths are oppressed. [This contest] is about showing how this oppression is multifaceted, how this oppression is happening in many different countries and how each and every one of us has a responsibility to do something and stand in solidarity with those who are persecuted for their religious beliefs,” Vieneuve said.According to the website, a first selection will be made to choose the entries that will be displayed first in O’Shaughnessy’s Great Hall and then at the Pontifical Urban University in Rome during the three-day “Under Caesar’s Sword” international conference that will take place Dec. 10 through 12. Conference participants will include Christian leaders, government officials, scholars, human rights activists, representatives of world religions, students and other stakeholders.Vieneuve said the competitions submissions of Notre Dame students will be displayed at the Pontifical Urban University in Rome during the conference to encourage a conversation between Notre Dame students and religious freedom advocates present at the conference.“We want to share a few strategies, a few ideas, that the students of Notre Dame have developed to share information about what’s happening or how to act on behalf of persecution communities. This will be a great opportunity for students to be in a conversation with different experts who will be in Rome for the conference,” Vieneuve said.Tags: Center for Civil and Human Rights, Nanovic Institute, Speak Up!
The “serious sex offender” arrested Friday on campus was identified as 70-year-old James Renick, Jessica McBrier, the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office’s director of media relations confirmed in an email.“The St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office has charged James F Renick, 70, with Unlawful Entry by a Serious Sex Offender, a Level 6 Felony, in connection with a January 24, 2020 arrest on the University of Notre Dame’s Campus (Rolf’s Aquatic Center).” McBrier said. “Charges were filed on January 27, 2020.”In the email, McBrier said Renick’s first bail hearing was on Monday. He was arraigned the same day. His bail was set at $2,000 cash, or $20,000 surety. He remains in custody at the county jail. If convicted, “the sentencing range for a Level 6 Felony is ½ to 2 ½ years,” McBrier said.According to a court document obtained by The Observer, two Notre Dame Police Department (NDPD) officers responded to a call last Friday after receiving “a report of suspicious individual taking pictures of participants in swim meet” at Notre Dame’s Rolfs Aquatic Center. The officers approached the individual—Renick—and questioned him.In response to a question as to why he was taking photos, Renick—who told officers he had driven to Notre Dame from Beach Grove, Indiana, near Indianapolis—responded that he “liked to take pictures,” according to the court documents. When asked if he had ever been arrested, the accused mentioned a previous arrest in Ohio. Officers then called dispatch and confirmed that Renick was a sex offender and listed on Indiana’s sex offender registry.“Renick had been convicted in Pennsylvania of multiple counts of sexual abuse of children, corruption of minors, and endangering the welfare of a child,” the court document said.Renick will have his first hearing before a judge on Feb. 4 at 9:00 a.m., McBrier said.The alleged incident originally appeared on Tuesday’s NDPD crime log, where it was listed as having occurred between midnight and 6:20 p.m. Friday. The offense was listed as a “sex crime/unlawful entry of school property by a serious sex offender.”Tags: crime log, Rolfs Aquatic Center, sex crime, sex offender
JAMESTOWN – The first part of the upcoming week will be a bit cooler, but by mid week the heat and humidity will begin to return. For Sunday, partly cloudy with a very slight chance for a shower or two. Highs in the upper-70’s.Heading into Sunday night we will be mostly cloudy with comfortable temperatures with lows in the upper-50’s.For Monday, partly cloudy with a chance for a few showers or storms and highs in the mid-70’s. High Pressure begins to build in Tuesday which will allow for plenty of sunshine and highs near 80.As mid to late week approaches the heat and humidity will return as highs for the second half of the week will approach the mid to upper-80’s. Another heatwave could be in the works for the 3rd week of July. This will be something to keep an eye on as time gets closer.WNYNewsNow is a proud Ambassador for the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation program.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)
WNY News Now Stock Image.LITTLE VALLEY – A City of Salamanca man is back in behind bars after escaping from the Cattaraugus County Jail this month.The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office says 36-year-old Matthew Krysick allegedly escaped custody while in a sally port at the jail in Little Valley on December 21.After a foot chase, deputies say Krysick was located hiding in a storage closet at the nearby HomeCare and Hospice.Krysick is charged with first-degree escape and third-degree criminal trespass. Deputies say he was arraigned in Cattaraugus County Court and remanded to the jail on $10,000 bail for his original charge. 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)
Joining O’Connell as Mary Murphy will be Cassie Beck (The Whale) as Emily Mancini, Quincy Dunn-Baker (The Wayside Motor Inn) as Sal Murphy, Charlotte Maier (Act One) as Andrea Carter, Tom Pelphrey (End of the Rainbow) as Brian Murphy, Ethan Phillips (All The Way) as Philip Carter and Vyto Ruginis (The Real Thing) as Marty Murphy. By the Water takes place after Hurricane Sandy has ravaged the lifelong home of Marty and Mary Murphy. The storm has ripped apart more than just the walls: with their neighbors too devastated to stay, the couple’s beloved Staten Island community is in danger of disappearing forever. Determined to rebuild, Marty wages a campaign to save his neighborhood and his home, but when the Murphys’ sons arrive to help their parents dig out, past betrayals come rushing to the surface. The MTC production is in association with Ars Nova. Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 7, 2013 Related Shows View Comments By the Water Deirdre O’Connell (Circle Mirror Transformation) and more will appear in the previously announced world premiere of Sharyn Rothstein’s By the Water. The production will be directed by Hal Brooks and begin off-Broadway performances on November 4 at Manhattan Theater Club’s New York City Center—Stage II. Opening night is set for November 18.
View Comments On the Town Related Shows Three adorable sailors are dancing their way back into New York City in the new Broadway revival of On the Town! The 1944 musical is chock full of tunes paying homage to the Big Apple, the best city in the world (in our humble opinion, anyway). But On the Town isn’t the only tuner with a big crush on New York—Annie, Wonderful Town, Funny Girl, Newsies and so many more musicals have catchy New York-centric songs, too. So we want to know: What is the ultimate Broadway song about the city that never sleeps? Cast your vote below! Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 6, 2015
The 2013-14 Tony Awards Administration Committee announced their decision following their final meeting three days after the 2014 Tony Awards. They noted that while the two categories would be eliminated, a special award may be given to a production when the committee determines that extraordinary sound design has been achieved. Reactions ranging from disappointment to outrage erupted online, prompting the hashtag #TonyCanYouHearMe. Tony winners Hugh Jackman, Stephen Sondheim, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Diane Paulus are among those who have have signed a petition to reinstate the categories for Best Sound Design of a Play and Musical. According to The New York Times, the petition has now been submitted to the Tony Awards Administration Committee. The committee voted this summer to eliminate the two categories, just six years after the awards were first presented in 2008. View Comments Tony nominee John Gromada, sound designer and composer for the current revival of The Elephant Man, formed the online petition shortly after the ruling had been made public on June 11. He had collected the 32,495 signatures by July 30. In it, Gromada noted, “Sound designers are an important part of the theatrical community whose vital contributions cannot be ignored or dismissed.”