Sarah Mervosh, Adriana Pratt and Chris Masoud have been chosen to help oversee The Observer’s editorial operations in 2011-2012, incoming Editor-in-Chief Douglas Farmer announced Thursday. Mervosh will assume the position of managing editor, the No. 2 spot at the paper, and Pratt and Masoud will serve as assistant managing editors. A junior majoring in Psychology and Arabic with a minor in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy, Mervosh will assist Farmer in managing all departments of The Observer’s print and online editions. A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Mervosh is currently studying abroad in London after initially beginning the semester in Cairo. She served as News Editor in the fall semester, and covered a variety of topics for The Observer, including student government, the controversy surrounding an influx of student arrests in the fall, and the tragic death of junior Declan Sullivan in October. “I’m very excited for this opportunity and look forward to working with a talented and dedicated staff to put out the best paper possible every day,” Mervosh said. Pratt, a resident of Howard Hall, is a junior majoring in Political Science with a minor in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy. She is a native of Carmel, Ind., and currently serves as Associate Scene Editor. Pratt spent last semester studying in London, where she developed an online video blog, “Scene Around the World,” featuring clips from her travels across Europe. “I’m thrilled to take on this position at The Observer and look forward to working with a driven and dedicated staff,” Pratt said. Masoud served as an Assistant Sports Editor over the past year. A native of San Francisco, Calif., Masoud is a junior pursuing a Finance major with a supplementary major in Economics. He spearheaded The Observer’s coverage of the Notre Dame women’s soccer team’s national championship run this fall. The Observer is in a great position thanks to the current editorial staff,” Masoud said. “We have the talent within all of our departments to make the paper even better, and I am excited to be a part of that.” Farmer will begin his duties as Editor-in-Chief on March 7, and the rest of the Editorial Board will assume their roles March 21.
For freshman Blair Arbuckle, becoming a cast member of “Loyal Daughters and Sons” (LDS) helped her understand the reality of sexual assault at Notre Dame. LDS, an annual show written, directed and performed by students, is based on Notre Dame students’ true experiences with sexual assault. “The play makes it real,” Arbuckle said. “And especially because these stories are true stories from past Notre Dame students or current Notre Dame students, it’s just very personal.” This year’s show, made up of 36 skits, runs tonight, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Carey Auditorium at the Hesburgh Library. Kelsie Kiley, a junior and co-director of LDS, said the show gives a face to sexual assault and a voice to survivors. “These characters are a person at Notre Dame,” she said. “To put a face to all of these stories [shows] people that it does happen at Notre Dame, but that doesn’t mean it has to continue to happen. There are measures we can take to start preventing it.” Kiley said she and co-director Matt Mancini aimed for the performances to show solidarity with survivors of rape and sexual assault. “I think coming into the show we took an approach that was never taken before, and that was more a solidarity with survivors,” Kiley said. “Just to be there for the person. And I think that’s what we were kind of going with. We think that’s a more effective route.” Mancini, also a junior, said LDS is especially relevant this year due to recent criticism of the University’s handling of sexual assault cases. “The student organizers and actors of Loyal Daughters and Sons are demonstrating that, in fact, sexual assault is taken very seriously at all levels and is addressed not only by the administration and NDSP, but by the students themselves,” he said. “I think the main thing we want to do is educate people. This isn’t a propaganda piece. This isn’t a politically-driven piece that has a side.” When current cast member Elliot Pearce, a sophomore, saw LDS last year, he said its presentation of various perspectives caused him to feel angry during some skits, but also made him want to get involved with the show. “They’re good about presenting a lot of different opinions on things and some of them I vehemently disagreed with and just made me feel really sad and depressed that something like that could happen to somebody, especially at a wonderful place like this,” Pearce said. Pearce said acting in the show this year has caused him to think more about the issue of sexual assault. “And I think this year it sort of reminded me of all the feelings I had the first time I saw it,” he said. “And in a way it’s enabled me to think more deeply about it.” Kiley said the process of directing the show has been an emotional experience, but the range of emotions in the show is an important part of dealing with its subject matter. “Actually listening to the stories was really difficult,” she said. “It’s presenting the gray area in sexual assault. There is no black and white. Being able to present the emotions that go into this huge realm of gray area is important.” LDS began in 2006 when Emily Weisbecker, an undergraduate student at the time, received a grant to conduct interviews and write the show, according to Elizabeth Moriarty, assistant director of Notre Dame’s Gender Relations Center. New writers conduct interviews and add material each year, and each year’s show has new directors and producers. Sophomore Jessie Bretl, a current cast member, said beyond showing the reality of sexual assault, the true stories in the show are important because audience members remember details and specific stories. “Once you hear a detailed story … it sticks in your mind and you remember it,” Bretl said. “People are always asking what they can do to help, and this is something you can do. Educate yourself. Be aware of what’s going on. Tell you friends to be aware. Literally one person saying something to one person could save someone.” Mancini said LDS is powerful because it mixes theatricality and social awareness while remaining true to the original stories. “I think the biggest thing is we don’t want to tarnish the integrity of these stories,” he said. “And Kelsie and I think the theatricality we’re bringing to this production is really going to flourish.” Sophomore cast member Jack Hough said he auditioned for the show at the recommendation of his sister, a Notre Dame graduate. But once he heard some of the script during auditions, he decided he wanted to help people understand the issue of sexual assault. “And if they go to this show, well, they have to sit around and say ‘well, who knows, it could have been one of my friends who had this story’ … and there’s a lot of mystery,” Hough said. “Everyone wants to believe that we live in a perfect little dome, but we don’t.”
Notre Dame alumnae gathered in Bond Hall to celebrate 40 years of coeducation at the School of Architecture on April 5 and 6. The alumnae were invited by the Student Association for Women in Architecture (SAWA), which hosted “Beyond the Drafting Board: 40 Years of Women in Architecture at Notre Dame,” a conference showcasing the achievements of female architecture graduates. Fifth-year architecture students Kaitlin Veenstra, SAWA president, and Rebekah Wierson, SAWA vice president, organized the conference under the guidance of professor Aimee Buccellato, Veenstra said. The conference was open to students, faculty and guests, featuring five speakers who reflected on their experiences at the School of Architecture and recounted their contributions to the field, Veenstra said. “We wanted women from different decades to speak at the conference,” said Veenstra. Martha Lampkin Wellborne, a 1975 Notre Dame graduate and executive director of Countywide Planning, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority delivered the keynote address, Wierson said. “Wellborne and only one other student were the first female graduates of the School of Architecture,” said Wierson. Wellborne’s work has included both individual building designs as well as large-scale projects, Wierson said. She said Wellborne is credited with the Los Angeles surface transit project, which led to the creation of the countywide Metro Rapid bus system. Another prominent guest speakers was Melissa del Vecchio a 1994 graduate and the principal architect of Notre Dame’s Stayer Center for Executive Education, Veenstra said. The speakers engaged in a career panel discussion April 5, Wierson said. She said the roundtable discussion provided setting for architecture students and professionals to interact with one another. “It was a great opportunity for female architecture students to network and learn how to build their careers,” said Wierson. Veenstra said the purpose of the discussion was to help students find the right places for them in the architecture profession. “The purpose of the panel discussion and the conference in general was to provide students with advice on how to find their niche in architecture,” Veenstra said. Wierson said the main focus of the conference was the experiences of the alumnae speakers. “The goal was for the speakers to talk about their journeys. They just followed what they love to do,” said Wierson. Both Veenstra and Wierson said they hope the success of the conference will lead to increased student involvement in SAWA. “The conference was a good way to catapult the club into the future,” said Wierson. According to the club’s website, SAWA was founded in 2007 by students Mollie Ponto and Danielle Potts through a grant from the Beverly Willis foundation. The club was created to promote the presence of women, gender equality and diversity in both the design and construction industries, according to the website. SAWA hosts lectures, sponsors professional development workshops and fosters inter-class mentoring relationships between students, Veenstra said. She said the club is open to all students, regardless of gender or major. “The club is not exclusive to women,” Veenstra said. “It’s used to talk about issues that professionals face in balancing career-building and family life. We invite anyone to join.”
Why would you call the police?It’s an important question that South Bend Police Chief Ron Teachman and his department face, as they seek to stimulate civic engagement and strengthen relationships between police and the community.The answer is a simple word, but it expresses a state of confidence difficult to achieve — trust.“Trust is our goal,” Teachman says. “It’s our destination.”Developing positive relationships that lead to trust in a community can be challenging when most of the department’s contact with citizens involves responding to crisis and conflict.“Most people don’t engage with us in a positive way, and we need to find ways to amplify those positive or at least non-adversarial contacts because most of our contact is adversarial,” Teachman said. “We pull you over for a traffic violation. We go to your house and do a drug raid. We go to Notre Dame houses to squelch loud parties.”That last relationship, at least, has started to change in recent years, Teachman said.“Before I came here, there was a shift in our relationship between this department and the Notre Dame students that live off campus,” Teachman said. “I’m told it was rather adversarial, confrontational, not long ago.”Teachman and other representatives of the department meet with student government officials and campus police to have “conversations about our expectations of each other” in an effort to better interact with students, Teachman said.Strengthening trust remains an ongoing process for the department. When people don’t trust the police, they won’t consistently call to report certain crimes.People tend to report property crimes because of the insurance incentive to do so, Teachman said.“The relationship the individual victim has with the police department is almost irrelevant because you have an insurance motivator that requires you to report,” Teachman said. “You could hate the police. You could hate the chief. … But in order to get your insurance premium, you have to file a police report.”But with other crimes, that’s often not the case. In instances of assault or rape, a victim’s perception of the police matters, particularly when the assault was committed by someone the victim knew, Teachman said.“You’re just going to see a male uniform, and he’s going to ask you these very personal questions about your relationship with this guy, and maybe you’ve had intimate relations before, so why is it rape tonight?” Teachman said. “And society’s judging you, and what were you wearing, and what did you do and were you drinking, were you leading this guy on? And all that stuff going through your head, why would you call?“If you didn’t believe that the police department was empathetic, professional and competent, why would you call?”Because of this, the department has worked with organizations such as the YWCA to improve its response to such incidents, Teachman said.Gun violence also often goes unreported. After the department installed ShotSpotter, a program that uses an acoustic system to detect gunfire, it discovered that instances of gunshots recorded by ShotSpotter often weren’t reported by the public.Teachman describes four reasons why people wouldn’t report gunfire: recognition (unsure whether they heard a gunshot), redundancy (they think someone else will call), retaliation (they fear retribution for being a “snitch”) and resignation (they are desensitized to gunfire).In an effort to combat these problems, the South Bend Police Department has engaged in “collaborative policing,” efforts to better serve and protect by increasing community involvement.“There’s never going to be enough money to effectively police a community without community involvement,” Teachman said. “There can never be enough police officers, and we’re never going to arrest our way out of this. The answer is that the community engages in its own public safety program.”The department has adopted a number of strategies to ignite this kind of community engagement. For example, in schools, the department has sought to increase positive, “non-adversarial contact” by taking time to read with kids or play sports at recess.“When kids see the officer who comes to school, whether it’s the police chief or a captain or the officer on that beat, regularly comes to school and engages with them, now when they see that same uniform after school and out of school, it’s not an adversary, but it’s a friend,” Teachman said. “It’s a supporter. It’s someone who cares about them. We think that translates. That’s why we wear a uniform in the first place.”A change in departmental practice — the regionalization of beats — has played a key role in the collaborative policing strategy, Teachman said. Officers are assigned to beats based on geography rather than time of day so that they become familiar with the areas they police. Knowing neighborhoods keeps officers safe and helps residents get to know their police.“You get to have a relationship,” Teachman said. “You’re not just some guy driving by in a squad car with tinted windows, [and] you never get out of the car unless you’re going to arrest somebody or yell at them.”Quantitatively measuring the success of such measures can be difficult. The crime rate might even seem to increase as people feel more comfortable reporting crimes they wouldn’t have before, Teachman said.But so far, the department has seen positive outcomes, including an increase in citizens reporting gunfire. Public reporting of gunfire has increased to over 25 percent, more than the national average, Teachman said.Strengthening trust in a community requires participation from all its parts, and Notre Dame students can contribute as well, according to Teachman.“Regardless of your field of study, citizenship requires community engagement,” Teachman said. “There are innumerable opportunities to volunteer here in South Bend. There are also unlimited possibilities of expanding your study field by using South Bend as a petri dish, as a laboratory, whether it’s entrepreneurship, whether it’s working with a nonprofit to help with their business model.“… If you want to say, ‘Let me prove my model, let me experiment, let me do some research, let me volunteer,’ lend your expertise and your skill sets to the city, and I think you can find a way to engage.”Tags: Notre Dame and police, reporting crimes, Ron Teachman, SBPD, South Bend Police Chief, South Bend Police Department
In response to student and faculty feedback, Notre Dame convoked an expanded committee in February to reform student parking on and off campus.According to an email sent to the student body Monday night from University Vice President John Affleck-Graves, the committee is composed of a diverse selection of members representing several groups on campus.“I have asked the committee to put together a holistic recommendation for parking solutions long term that balances the needs and desires of the faculty, staff, students, and visitors, with the environmental and economic impacts to campus,” Affleck-Graves said in an email to The Observer. “I am hopeful that they will be able to put together a set of recommendations that will address the overall needs of the campus community.”Affleck-Graves said he has heard growing frustrations from the Notre Dame community in regards to the parking situation. “Parking impacts almost everyone on campus and I know that it is becoming more and more of a challenge during this period of historic growth,” Affleck-Graves said. “It was important to me to put together a long term parking plan that was developed and vetted by representatives of all of the key campus stakeholders, to ensure that multiple viewpoints and considerations are taken into account.”According to the email, the committee met for the first time as a larger group in February, after increasing pressure from the community to reform the current parking system. “The University had a smaller parking committee that would meet a few times a year to consider changes to parking lots, the on-campus shuttle system, and game day parking. It also had undergraduate and graduate student, faculty and staff representation, but it was a smaller committee with a proportional scope of influence,” Affleck-Graves said. Affleck-Graves said he anticipates the new, larger committee will give him their final proposals by the end of the summer. “I asked them to consider the following components of campus parking in particular: The reserved parking pilot program for faculty and staff, the campus shuttle system, ground parking and a parking garage,” Affleck-Graves said. “I also asked the committee to balance the environmental, social, economic and aesthetic impact of its recommendations.”The committee has created an online form for concerned parties to submit feedback on the parking situation situation, according to the email.“When considering each of these separately or in combination, the committee is also considering costs, locations and routes for implementation, as well as all of the varied constituent groups that utilize parking services, including faculty, staff, students and visitors,” a statement from the new website said. “The committee welcomes your feedback to help form and recommend constructive and implementable solutions to parking on campus,” Affleck-Graves said.According to a committee roster on the website, the group includes faculty from all of the colleges, as well as two representatives from student government, who will change April 1 when student government turns over.“I know that it will be difficult to find a solution to parking that satisfies everyone, however I hope that you take this opportunity to offer feedback to the parking committee and help to craft a viable plan that will be equitable and addresses the overall needs of all,” Affleck-Graves said.Editors Note: News Editor Katie Galioto contributed to this report. Tags: John Affleck-Graves, parking, Student government, Student Life
In the world of Facebook, Instagram and other forms of photo-based social media, the social justice issue of facial recognition technology and an individual’s privacy is at hand, Saint Mary’s senior Kimberly Orlando said during last week’s Justice Friday event.Orlando said she first became aware of the issue after reading about Download Festival — a music festival in the United Kingdom — where many attendees unknowingly had their faces scanned and cross-examined with the UK’s digital base and criminal records.As she learned more about the issue, Orlando read about the 2001 Super Bowl in Tampa Bay, Fla. — an event called the “Snooper Bowl” by some.“They scanned everyone in attendance at that Super Bowl … and from that, 19 people were identified for very petty crimes,” Orlando said. “No one was arrested, nothing came of this, but people went insane when they found out this happened. There were mixed reviews as to whether fans knew they were under surveillance.”Such events raise the question of how much consent should be required to use facial recognition technology, Orlando said.The issue is becoming more and more prevalent as the technology gets increasingly accurate, she said, because the idea behind the technology is not super new. In fact, people have been playing around with computer recognition since the 1960s.The Viola-Jones algorithm allowed this area of study to take off in the 2000s, Orlando said. The results of this algorithm and deviations of it are present in everyday examples, such as the tiny square that identifies a face when taking a picture through a digital camera.“It’s a rough estimate of how computers will map a face by taking little points on your face. Supposedly these distances between points will be different on every person’s face,” she said. “With that, you can run an algorithm to give you a unique number based on the proportions of your face. … If you like crime shows, this is usually what you see when they have a face in their database and they take a sample image and try to compare the two. That’s basically what this algorithm tries to do.”Since its development, the algorithm has been widely used. Now, Google has an algorithm that can identity you with 99.63 percent accuracy; Facebook is at 97.25 percent, and the U.S. government’s accuracy is somewhere between 50 percent and 85 percent, Orlando said.The difference between the government, Facebook and Google stems from the data these entities are using, she added.“Google and Facebook have a lot of images of us,” Orlando said. “Facebook has around 250 billion photos — as of a year ago — with 350 million more uploaded every day.”Orlando said the U.S. government only has straight-on mug shots, while Facebook has photos from all directions, in different light settings, with odd shadows and across wide ranges of time. In this way, Facebook is provided with everything needed to match a random photo to a face.“We only have a Fourth Amendment against search and seizure,” Orlando said. “If the U.S. government wants, they can ask Facebook to protect photos of you in order to make their facial recognition better.”On a positive note, this technology can be used in helpful ways, Orlando said. Casinos can use it to track gambling addicts; companies such as Master Card, which develop credit cards, can use the face associated with each credit card number to limit fraud and track down criminals.However, this technology could also mean law enforcement uses information and tagged photos from Facebook to issue warrants, Orlando said.“And with the U.S. government, there are no laws that once they take the photos, they can’t keep them,” she said. “Those photos are in their database in case you do something again.”Orlando said this technology isn’t just limited to high ranking citizens. It can be used by anyone — including two individuals in Russia who developed a mobile app called FindFace using information from a Facebook-like Russian social media site.“FindFace lets you take a photo of a person passing by, checks it against the database and then you can discover that person’s real name,” Orlando said. “There were people who would try to find a girl’s name so they could ask her on a date … silly things like that, that could change into stalking.”In the U.S., the big concern is the lack of federal laws regulating scans being taken of your face, Orlando said, although Illinois and Texas have laws against using this technology to identify people without their informed consent.“Illinois is trying to lobby right now to change their existing law to make it so only in-person scans need consent,” she said. “So, Facebook wouldn’t apply anymore, Instagram wouldn’t apply anymore. … A lot of people are guessing Facebook is behind the lobbying because if this change were to happen, the person with the most to gain would be Facebook.”In connection with this issue, someone sued Facebook and the case will be going to trial, Orlando said.People need to be aware of the permissions they grant when agreeing to the fine print on app contracts, she added, and also need to be aware of this issue to consider if and how this technology violates a balance of security and liberty.Tags: Facebook, facial recognition technology, Google, Justice Friday
Just over a week after Amy Ziering, documentarian and producer of “The Hunting Ground,” spoke at the University, the Notre Dame College Democrats will host Kamilah Willingham, a lawyer and author whose story is featured in Ziering’s film, Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in DeBartolo Hall.Willingham’s lecture, entitled “Courage Through Controversy: Standing Up to Rape Culture,” comes in the wake of the University releasing the results of the 2016 Campus Climate Survey results on March 29. The results revealed that 5 percent of female respondents and 1 percent of male respondents reported experiencing non-consensual sexual intercourse while a student at Notre Dame.Senior Grace Watkins, co-president of the College Democrats, said while the fact that bringing two people involved with “The Hunting Ground” to campus was a coincidence, the group invited Watkins with the goal of addressing sexual assault on campus was a timely event in light of the survey results.“I sit on [the Committee for Sexual Assault Prevention], so I knew that the results were coming out, and I knew that April 12 was Denim Day, as well, so that was part of the decision for scheduling it then,” she said. “My personal background is in sexual assault advocacy, so I knew about Kamilah’s work for a long time before and really respected her, and admired her.”After opening up about surviving sexual assault while she was a student at Harvard Law School and the counterproductive manner in which Harvard handled her case in “The Hunting Ground,” Willingham also co-organized the #JustSaySorry campaign on social media. The campaign brings together survivors of campus sexual assault and their allies “in demanding apologies from the schools that failed them,” according to Willingham’s website.Her courage in sharing her story, as well as her work following the release of “The Hunting Ground,” Watkins said, has made Willingham a prominent figure in combating sexual assault on campus.“I think her story is really important to hear,” she said. “She’s also brilliant and has a lot of ideas about how sexual assault advocacy should be moving forward.”Watkins said the College Democrats’ decision to host Willingham was not a partisan decision, but was prompted by various instances throughout the 2016 presidential election.“In terms of the decision for bringing her as the College Democrats speaker — given what’s she’s talking about isn’t a partisan issue, it was just kind of the language we’ve seen — it was a response to the language we’ve seen about women from the Republican party during the election season,” she said.This rhetoric, Watkins said, contributed to the rape culture that is prevalent in today’s society, something Willingham is working to shine a light on.“[I hope students] just [learn] what rape culture is — because it’s a working definition — and realizing that it’s not partisan,” she said. “It’s something that we should be using to explain why sexual assault is so prevalent on our campus and off, and what kind of conditions lead to that kind of sexual violence being possible.”Tags: Notre Dame College Democrats, sexual assault awareness, The Hunting Ground
The completion of the Saint Mary’s Angela Athletic and Wellness Complex has provided many opportunities for students to engage with athletics, health, counseling, events and more. The second annual Student Health and Wellness Fair will take place in Angela Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Student volunteers and the wellness committee are hosting the event, including assistant athletic trainer Katie Knisely, director of athletics Julie Schroeder-Biek and director of health and counseling Izzy Fourman. The fair began last year with the help of the Kristine Anderson Trustey Wellness Program. Knisely said she thought this was the perfect way to kick off the creation of the wellness program.“The goal of this fair is to promote health and wellness to the students of Saint Mary’s College to help foster lifelong habits of wellness,” Knisely said.Throughout the event, there will be breakout sessions with certified speakers giving talks on CPR, general safety and how to correctly use a foam roller. There will also be over 25 vendors, clubs and organizations with informational booths for students to visit. The vendors are different from last year’s contributors.“We invited clubs and organizations from around campus that we thought embodied our five pillars — mind, body, spirit, emotional and financial,” Knisely said.The Sisters of the Holy Cross will also have a table to emphasize one of their slogans: “Sound mind in a sound body.”Erin Maloney, a senior, is assisting with the Love your Melon booth, an organization whose profits go towards fighting pediatric cancer.“I decided to get involved because it’s important to promote being healthy, and there’s so many different ways to be healthy,” she said. “The Health and Wellness Fair is a great opportunity for people to see new ideas for how they can be healthy, and I want to be a part of that.”Knisely said students are encouraged to attend the fair to learn about healthy habits, but are also incentivized by the opportunity to win prizes through drawings every 30 minutes.“The prizes include fitness equipment, such as foam rollers and yoga mats along with munch money,” she said. “Different vendors are also bringing prizes.”Students can get tickets for the drawings by visiting and talking to different booths and tables or by attending breakout sessions, Knisely said. The more sessions and tables students visit, the more tickets they can earn.Sophomore Giavanna Paradiso said she attended this event as a freshman, but this year, she is helping to work the Student Activities Board booth. Paradiso said the booth is focusing on informing students about upcoming events along with tips on how to stay healthy in college.“[Knisely] and the rest of the wellness team at Saint Mary’s College have put in so much thought and work into this event that I think it will be fantastic and beneficial for the student body,” Paradiso said. “That is why I decided to get involved.”Tags: angela athletic and wellness complex, health, Student Health and Wellness Fair, wellness
Observer File Photo University President Fr. John Jenkins speaks in a file photo from 2018. Jenkins announced a new fundraising initiative Sunday, aimed at increasing planned gifts.In announcing the initiative, Jenkins extolled the importance of planned gifts throughout the University’s history, saying they are critical in allowing the school to operate.“In anticipation of the needs, hopes and aspirations of those who will carry forward Notre Dame’s mission in the years to come, I am pleased to announce the beginning of a new, three-year gift planning initiative known as Love Thee Notre Dame,” he said in the email. “Throughout Notre Dame’s history, planned gifts made by alumni, parents and friends have sustained and strengthened the University. These generous gifts allow Notre Dame to plan with confidence for tomorrow’s needs and opportunities.”The initiative’s webpage echoed Jenkins’ message in the email.“[The initiative] is an invitation to all who love Notre Dame to be among those who, through planned gifts, allow Our Lady’s University to plan confidently for the future,” the webpage said. “Thoughtfully structured planned gifts are uniquely powerful in sustaining and growing the University’s ability to carry forward Her mission, while often affording exceptional financial and tax benefits to benefactors.”According to the webpage, the “simplest” way to give a planned gift to Notre Dame is through the terms of either a will or a revocable trust, or “to designate Notre Dame as the beneficiary of a retirement plan account.”Tags: development, fundraising, University President Fr. John Jenkins In an email to parents and donors Sunday, University President Fr. John Jenkins announced the start of a new fundraising initiative. The gift planning initiative, entitled “Love Thee Notre Dame” will last three years, the email said.“Today, because of the extraordinary generosity and dedication of so many, we are able to advance Notre Dame’s distinctive Catholic mission to be a healing, unifying and enlightening force in many important and exciting ways on campus, across the country and around the globe,” Jenkins said in the email. “And yet, there is still much work to be done, in a world that grows ever more complex.”
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 Image.MACHIAS – New York State Police say a Cattaraugus County man is charged with vehicular assault following an incident Sunday on Franklin Street in the Town of Machias. Police say they investigated an ATV accident with injuries to two parties. During the investigation, police say Corey J. Feldman, 39, of Freedom, allegedly operated the ATV in an intoxicated state.Feldman was released with appearance tickets for Machias Town Court where he is due to appear in August.Injuries to the other unidentified party were undisclosed by police.