Eating disorders and body image issues are a major part of the competition and perfectionism present among Notre Dame students, panelists said Wednesday evening. The Gender Relations Center (GRC) held a panel discussion, “Perfectly Disordered: Eating Disorders, Body Image and College Life,” Wednesday night as a part of Body Image and Eating Disorders Awareness Week. The event featured a student panel of GRC peer educators who discussed the pressures facing different groups at Notre Dame. Junior Victoria Hadlock talked about major pressures facing all students and possible ways to alleviate those pressures. “There is certainly a sense of needing to be perfect or needing to be the smartest,” she said. Hadlock said she found a happier balance and moved away from her “type A” personality by getting involved in something she was passionate about. “Find a group of friends or a niche where you can really be yourself and feel comfortable,” she said. “Appreciate friendships because they are what get us through the constant pressures knocking on our door everyday.” Sophomore Elliott Pearce focused on the body image issues that face many male students. “Many people think eating disorders and body image issues only pertain to women,” he said. “They don’t realize that guys have a lot of pressures too.” Pearce said there is an idea that men are supposed to be in control all the time and many men choose to compromise their health in order to live up to this ideal. “Manhood is not about physical appearance,” he said. “It’s about what you do with the gifts you have.” Pearce offered the example of Rudy, who fought against all odds to make his dream come true. “Everybody has something that they do that makes them who they are,” he said. “And that’s where you should draw your strength from.” Senior Nate Geary, a member of the men’s swimming and diving team, focused on the pressures facing student-athletes. “We’re always told that we are students first and athletes second,” he said. “But a lot of times, this isn’t true or possible.” Geary discussed another stereotype that exists on campus: “Domers” and “dumbers.” “People think that only students are the actual Domers, while the student-athletes are the dumbers,” he said. “There is definitely an added pressure in wanting to prove this stereotype wrong.” Val Staples, a staff clinician in the University Counseling Center, concluded with solutions on how to create a healthy and supportive campus. Staples said the best thing to do is to sit down and talk to a friend that you think is having difficulty or feeling pressured. “There is no wrong way to let someone know that you care about them or are worried about them,” she said.
After the results were delayed for more than 24 hours due to campaign violations, the officers for next year’s Senior Class Council were named late Thursday night. Anne Huntington will serve as senior class president. Her council will include Mike Oliver, Brittni Alexander and Tyler Harmsen. Huntington’s ticket won 472, or 57.42 percent, of the votes, while the opposing ticket won 350 (42.58 percent) of the votes. The Judicial Council reported 822 total votes, and 50 voters abstained from choosing a particular ballot. Huntington and her ticket defeated Parker King, Ben German, Alicia Elliott and Brinya Bjork to win the election. Huntington said she was excited for the ticket to assume their positions. “In our campaigning, we really came together as a team and saw who worked where best,” she said. “We have a really good idea of what we want to do and how we want to do it.” “We want to do some small events to get our class ready to move off campus,” she said. She said these events might include a presentation from a South Bend law enforcement officer about local rules that might affect students. The ticket said they plan to host events to bring their class together during their last year at Notre Dame. Huntington said they would host a networking barbeque at the beginning of the fall semester and a senior tailgate, as well as smaller events at local restaurants. While the results of sophomore and junior class council elections were released Wednesday evening, the results of the senior class council election were held until Thursday due to an alleged violated of campaign rules. An allegation was made against King and his running mates German, Elliott and Bjork. The ticket sent a campaign e-mail using a dorm listserv, according to a Judicial Council press release. The student body constitution forbids the use of listservs in campaigning. The Election Committee decided Wednesday night to invalidate eight votes, or roughly ten percent of the rising seniors living in the hall in question, that were cast for King’s ticket. The ticket appealed the sanction, and the Election Committee met late Thursday evening to review the appeal. Vice president of elections Michael Thomas said the Election Committee reviewed the appeal and decided to change the sanction. “They must apologize to the other ticket in the runoff election for the violation of section 17.1(e) of the Student Union constitution prior to the results being announced,” Thomas said. “The ticket must also attend a Knott Hall government meeting at which they must apologize for the misuse of the Knott Hall e-mail list.” King said he felt the winning ticket would be a successful in their term. “It is unfortunate that there were so many complications,” King said. “But Anne is going to do a great job next year.”
South Bend community members from every inhabited continent gathered with Notre Dame students Saturday to participate in a soccer tournament to raise awareness for peace and diversity. Playing for Peace sponsored Saturday’s tournament, which was organized into a “miniature World Cup” format. Some teams, like team Rwanda, were comprised of members from that country, while other teams were made up of members of mixed nationalities. Teams composed of Notre Dame students chose a country to represent for the tournament. Kevin Dugan, manager of youth and community programs for the athletic department, said the tournament exemplified the focus of Playing for Peace this year — to build community relations around the platform of sports. “The idea of the tournament was to bring together people from all over South Bend from different ethnic backgrounds and to welcome and celebrate that,” he said. “You don’t realize just how beautiful and diverse our own community is.” Sixteen teams and four Special Olympics teams took part in the 7-on-7 tournament. Playing for Peace also held a youth soccer clinic for 80 South Bend children. “It’s such an enriching experience when you can get this many people from so many parts of the world all coming together to celebrate the game that they love, to celebrate soccer and develop new friendships and relationships and strengthen the sense of peace and friendship in the community,” Dugan said. Dugan said Playing for Peace partnered with Red Cross for the tournament to connect with the many international residents and refugees living in the South Bend community. The participants included players from every Central American country, Saudi Arabians, Rwandans and Egyptians, among dozens of other nationalities. “[The refugees] are so excited to be here playing the game they love in an organized way,” Dugan said. “At the same time they’re representing their country and really getting into the world cup format.” The four teams that advanced to the semifinals were Albania, Italy, South Africa and Rwanda. Albania and South Africa made it to the final round, and Albania won the game 3-2, scoring in the final minute. Olieir Ishimwe, a native of Rwanda who now lives in Mishawaka, played on a team representing his home country with other Rwandese. “We believe in peace and we believe in trying to come together and [the tournament] was all about that,” Ishimwe said. “It was all about peace and getting together and if we believe in that we should come and join the others in this tournament.” Sophomore Colleen Haller represented Sudan in the tournament. Haller said her team participated in the Co-Rec soccer league earlier in the year and wanted to continue playing together. “When we found out about the Playing for Peace tournament we liked the idea of coming out and representing a country for a good cause,” she said. Haller said she enjoyed playing against community members in the games. “I think it’s a great idea for the students to actually meet some of the people who live here in the community,” she said. “It’s a really great opportunity for us to be able to play sports together.” Some participants aimed to form teams of all different backgrounds rather than teams of a single nationality. Manar Jbara, a refugee from Iraq, organized a team of players from all over the world, including Sudan, the United States and countries from South America. “There are people from all continents here to play soccer and promote peace,” Jbara said. “They can just play and enjoy their time here today. Soccer and sports can do that, they can make magic.”
The Council of Representatives (COR) held a preliminary discussion Tuesday regarding streamlining student government by fusing the Council with the Student Senate. Student body president Pat McCormick said the restructuring would allow greater interaction between the policy and programming sides of student government. “There are many parts of the Student Union that are duplicative or have changed over time in ways that I don’t think are as transparent or accessible to students as they should be,” he said. “[The merge] would give all wings of Student Union a voice in the policy making, and there would be the opportunity for the whole group to come together and interact.” Oversight chair Ben Noe said the tentative change would eliminate the Council and add new positions to the Student Senate. “It’s being considered that the voting members of COR would be infused into Senate as voting members of Senate,” he said. “There are 15 voting members of COR, and five are already voting members of Senate. So, we’re talking about adding 10 new voting members to Senate.” Noe said a major problem with the current Senate is its limited representation, especially in regard to seniors and off-campus students. Each constituency currently has one voting member. “Just taking one group, like off-campus students, the way Senate is structured right now, is in no way fair to off-campus students,” Noe said. Senior class president Anne Huntington said the fusion — which would create a senate seat for each class president — would allow the presidents to more holistically serve their classes. “I feel like the class presidents are all pretty capable people,” she said. “We’re able to do more [than programming].” Gender Issues Committee chair Katie Rose said she is concerned the additional Senate members would give added weight to certain groups’ votes. “If we have a representative from every dorm, and a rep from all the main parts of COR, aren’t we sort of double counting certain votes?” she said. Sophomore class president Nicholas Schilling said student leaders’ roles were based on constituency rather than background. “There’s a difference between a sophomore representative from Keough and the sophomore class president who also lives in Keough,” he said. Chief of staff Claire Sokas said the change would not create more overlap between policy and programming bodies, but would instead facilitate greater collaboration. “The idea that there is a line [between the two roles] — I don’t necessarily agree,” she said. “I think [the restructuring] is more about giving everyone an opportunity to work together.” Student body vice president Brett Rocheleau said the measure would not perfect student government at Notre Dame, but he was confident it would improve its representativeness. “I don’t think with this new system we’ll reach every student, but I don’t believe there’s a system that could,” he said. “I believe fusing the two will represent more students.”
Guest speaker Aaron Moore invited Saint Mary’s students to join the movement titled “To Write Love On Her Arms” (TWLOHA) in a speech Wednesday evening for National Suicide Prevention Week. Maureen Parsons, president of the Student Government Association (SGA), introduced the night by giving the audience some background information on the organization. “‘To Write Love On Her Arms’ is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope to people struggling with addiction, depression, self-injury and suicide,” Parsons said. “This movement began as the simple attempt to tell the story of a friend in need but gained quick attention over the Internet.” TWLOHA has donated over one million dollars directly to treatment recovery, Parsons said. “The organization has been featured on news outlets such as NBC, CBS and MTV,” she said. “Supported by bands such as Switchfoot, Anberlin and Paramore, TWLOHA has also grown quickly through the music community.” Moore, a licensed mental health counselor with a master’s degree in counseling, works with adults and teenagers to help them find healing and recovery with the organization, he said. “We are really excited to be here tonight,” Moore said. “This is a big week for our organization since it is National Suicide Prevention Week, something that is near and dear to our hearts.” Before Moore’s talk got underway, he introduced a guitarist named Eric James, who treated the audience to a selection of songs from his band, The Last Royals. “Our organization is a big fan of music,” Moore said. “We love having an opportunity to take a musician with us on the road. The act of music has played a huge role with TWLOHA.” After James finished, Moore returned to the stage to give the audience more information about TWLOHA. “Things that TWLOHA talks about are typically things that most people are uncomfortable talking about,” Moore said. “Being with TWLOHA for the past six years has really opened my eyes to many more things within the realm of suicide, depression and addiction.” After reading a magazine one day, Moore said he found out about the organization and that it happened to be located down the street from where he was working. “I saw that the organization had been talking about suicide and it really hit home,” Moore said. “After getting in contact with Jamie Tworkowski, the founder of TWLOHA, I became involved with the organization.” Tworkowski created TWLOHA when a friend of his needed treatment for her addiction, Moore said. “Jamie wanted to tell his friend’s story and get these issues of addiction and self-injury out there,” he said. “TWLOHA was created by Jamie as a way to gain support for his friend in need.” During his talk, Moore said talking about issues like depression, suicide, self-injury and addiction is one of the bigger challenges in life. “Being honest in topics like this, we might feel as though there are complications to talking about our feelings,” he said. “We don’t want people to tell us that we are wrong feeling sad or depressed.” Turing to the audience, Moore asked the group why it is so hard to talk about how we feel to our loved ones. “It is so much easier to pretend it is not happening,” one audience member said. “Ignorance is bliss.” Fear of rejection was another common answer among the listeners. “People are afraid to go to someone and have them say, ‘Well that’s not important enough to be depressed about,’” another audience member said. Moore addressed these responses, tying them back to TWLOHA and the organization’s key points. “One of the worst lies that feeds the stigma about these issues is that if someone wants to commit suicide, then you cannot help them,” he said. Society does not do well with issues like depression and recovery, he said. “We only see these topics discussed in gossip magazines and blog sites,” Moore said. “Our society only sees these issues on reality television.” Moore closed his address with reminding the audience that more people in the world suffer from the issues of depression, self-injury, addiction and suicide than most people think. “At TWLOHA, we have learned that people need to be more aware about these issues and that by using the platform we have, people will learn,” he said. “I bet a lot of money that most of us can connect with the fears of being open about these issues in our lives. Our fears are very much like each other’s; we are far more similar than what we originally believed.” Moore said communities should support people dealing with these issues. “We believe that there is something powerful about a sense of community where sharing stories really helps others,” he said. “There is something really amazing when we get to know that our story actually matters to someone.”
Social entrepreneur Kyle Zimmer will be the commencement speaker for the Saint Mary’s College Class of 2013. According to a Saint Mary’s College press release, Zimmer, a 1986 graduate of the George Washington School of Law, is the president and CEO of First Book, a non-profit organization that provides books to children in need. She founded and became president of First Book in 1995, and the organization, under her leadership, has distributed over 100 million books to children nationwide, according to the press release. Senior Silvia Cuevas, senior class president, said she is looking forward to Zimmer’s address. Cuevas said she expects the commencement address to be memorable due to Zimmer’s accomplishments. “The excitement beams from my face when I think of commencement, and what’s to come after Saint Mary’s,” Cuevas said. “Kyle Zimmer speaking during our commencement will be extraordinary, I am excited to listen about her path to leave a positive mark on the world and become a pioneer for change.” Cuevas said Zimmer’s success in business and inspirational career will inspire the Class of 2013 to bring about change. “My peers and I are hoping to be in her shoes someday, as women who know their potential to create something for the greater good of all,” she said. “The college made an excellent choice, the class of 2013 will be itching to go out and be the change ourselves after we hear Zimmer speak.” Senior Dani Haydell said she expects Zimmer’s speech to be inspiring because of her career as a woman working for change. “I am excited for Zimmer to speak at commencement because she is a good example of what women can accomplish when they put their time, effort, and heart into something,” Haydell said. “Also, the fact that the company she is president of is working to make the lives of others better is a good example that women definitely are responsible for a huge part in changing the world and making it better.” In 2007, Kyle Zimmer was named the United States’ Outstanding Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Geneva-based Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. According to the press release, Zimmer will receive an honorary doctor of humanities degree from the College.
The Gender Relations Center (GRC) will be hosting Catharsis Production’s “Are YOU Getting the Signal?: The Real-Life Funny Sort-of-Improv Show about Dating, Relationships, Consent and Other Important Stuff” today in the McKenna Hall Auditorium.The show is an interactive, semi-improvised program aimed at exploring myths about dating, gender role stereotypes and sexual assault, Christian Murphy, founder of Catharsis Productions and a 1992 Notre Dame alumnus, said.“The program contains some laugh-out-loud scenarios surrounding the awkwardness of dating and first impressions, but also provides an opportunity for candid dialogue around the issue of sexual violence. No one will argue that rape or sexual assault is okay, but many people inadvertently contribute to a culture that perpetuates some dangerous attitudes about the way we treat one another,” Murphy said. “… We talk about what consent really is and how each of us as community members can look out for one another.”The program is aimed at college students, but Catharsis Productions now presents it to military audiences as well, Murphy said. He said the show is designed to foster dialogue and self-examination in an open and inclusive space.“College audiences generate a great energy around the program and many really thirst for a venue to have open dialogue about these issues,” Murphy said. “Our presenters are experienced in trying to create a safe environment for this kind of interplay … With some of the comedic elements in certain parts of the show, college audiences have enthusiastically responded to the way in which we do this—the method behind the madness.”The GRC chose this program in order to teach students about consent and bystander intervention in an innovative and effective way, Christine Gebhardt, GRC director, said.“We want to raise awareness that bystanders can intervene in situations so folks who are unable to receive or give consent do not make decisions that may violate another,” Gebhardt said. “… [Catharsis Production’s] use of improv and real life scenarios provide a way to not only create awareness but to foster dialogue about the complex and difficult issues of sexual assault.”The event is a kick-off to Sexual Violence Awareness Month, Gebhardt said, which will include events such as bystander intervention training, a mass of healing and a panel on the resources available to those impacted by sexual violence.“These events are meant to raise awareness of how sexual violence can be prevented and how victims can be supported. It is important that we speak out against those who would hurt others in our community, but also educate ourselves on how we can prevent harm. Programs such as “Are YOU Getting the Signal?” teach us all how to do our part, and will hopefully launch a year long conversation about violence prevention and active bystander intervention,” Gebhardt said.Murphy said he hopes the program will lead the Notre Dame community to be more aware of the issues of sexual violence.“I loved my time [at Notre Dame] and things like single-sex dorms, parietals, the Catholic traditions — all of the funky, frustrating, beautiful experiences that make Notre Dame unique—certainly helped shape me,” Murphy said. “I am proud that Notre Dame is bringing this program back to campus. I hope it can spark dialogue and direction in how we as a Notre Dame community can better inform, support and protect each other from sexual violence.“We can all continue to explore the clunky, confounding elements of interpersonal relationships, but do so with an agreed upon understanding of respect and consent.”Tags: Comedy, Gender Relations Center, Improv, Sex Signals, sexual assault awareness, sexual assault prevention
Early Sunday morning, 10 buildings centered around DeBartolo Quad, including one dorm, lost power for several hours due to “a fault in a circuit that supplies power to parts of the south side of the campus,” according to University spokesperson Dennis Brown.“The exact reason for the fault is still to be determined, but it does not appear to be related to previous outages,” Brown said. “The outage began at 12:03 a.m. and affected Stinson-Remick Hall, the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, Mendoza College of Business, DeBartolo Hall, Ryan Hall, Eck Visitors Center, Eck Hall of Law, McKenna Hall, the Hesburgh Center for International Studies and Legends.”The buildings regained power over the course of about seven hours, Brown said.“Power to a part of the circuit was restored at 1:42 a.m. to Ryan and Eck Visitors Center,” Brown said. “All but McKenna, DeBartolo Hall and the Hesburgh Center came on line between 3:30 and 4:10 a.m. Power was restored to those final three buildings at 8:18 a.m.”This is the second outage to affect campus within a week. Twelve buildings concentrated on the south side of South Quad lost power for about four hours Nov. 30.Earlier this year, more than 20 buildings also experienced a 10-minute power outage Sept. 3. The interior of a cooling cell in the Notre Dame Power Plant’s steam generation system partially collapsed Aug. 20, and a software failure caused a campus-wide blackout Feb. 27.Tags: power outage
A male student was robbed on the path around St. Joseph’s lake in the early hours of Sept. 27, Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) announced in a crime alert email sent to students Sunday morning.The student was on the path near the power plant at around 1:50 a.m. when he was approached by “a person or persons,” who then took his cell phone out of his hands and pushed him down, the email said.No injuries were reported in the email, and no description of the suspect or suspects was provided.“Community members are encouraged to travel in groups or contact O’SNAP for a safety escort at (574)-631-5555 or via the ND Mobile app Transit icon,” the email said.Tags: crime alert, robbery
Lauren Weldon The Saint Mary’s College department of communication studies, dance and theatre is sponsoring the performance of the Tennessee Williams play “The Glass Menagerie” Thursday through Sunday in the Little Theatre of the Moreau Center.Associate professor of theatre Katie Sullivan, who will direct the play, said the story tells of a family trying to survive despite the Great Depression, and focuses each family member’s different reactions to their circumstances. Amanda Wingfield adheres to her Southern ways to procure expectations for her two children after she is abandoned by her husband. Tom, the older son, itches to move out and follow his dreams as a writer, and Laura, the younger daughter creates her own world with her collection of glass menagerie. Sullivan said she has always loved Williams’ plays.“[‘The Glass Menagerie’ is] a beautiful play with haunting and lyrical music, and I think it’s timeless,” Sullivan said. “It’s redone on Broadway so often. I’ve loved his [William’s] plays since I was thirteen.”Sullivan said the events and scenarios in the play are somewhat parallel to Tennessee Williams’ personal life. As Tom narrates the play as an older version of himself, Williams is reflecting on his own perspective of leaving his family to become a writer. “It’s like all of you guys, you’re here in college to learn and choose what you want to do,” Sullivan said. “You’re ready to go out into the world. This is the maturation time. You learn, you get educated, you make goals, you make plans. And some of our goals change, or don’t happen because we’ve made other goals or life gives an obstacles and we have to work around it. You know, life happens, but this is the time when you’re ready to leave the nest. And we’re finding him itching to leave the nest.”Sullivan said the title, like many aspects of Williams’ work, is a metaphor.“Tennessee William writes poetically — he was a poet before a dramatist,” she said. “He writes with lyrical language, using metaphors. And Laura and the unicorn [in the play] are symbolic of each other.“The unicorn is a beautiful mystic animal — it’s different than everyone else, than the other horses — it has the horn. And she’s different than others.”Notre Dame senior Stephen Seitz said he plays the role of Jim O’Connor, the gentleman caller of shy Laura. “I find it very easy to relate to Jim O’Connor,” Seitz said.“He’s an ambitious, happy-go-lucky fellow who is always quick with a joke and a smile. Jim introduces some much-appreciated comedy and romance to an otherwise depressing story,” Seitz said. Seitz said he has enjoyed his role and being a part of the production.“It has been an absolute pleasure to be a part of such a great cast putting on a great production,” he said.Tags: saint mary’s, Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie, Theatre department