University and College respond to executive order; Jenkins urges Trump to rescind

first_imgThe presidents of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College both responded over the weekend to an executive order Donald Trump signed Friday, banning the entry into the U.S. of nationals of Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Libya for 90 days.University President Fr. John Jenkins responded to the executive order in a statement Sunday morning, calling it “sweeping, indiscriminate and abrupt.”“If [the order] stands, it will over time diminish the scope and strength of the educational and research efforts of American universities … and, above all, it will demean our nation, whose true greatness has been its guiding ideals of fairness, welcome to immigrants, compassion for refugees, respect for religious faith and the courageous refusal to compromise its principles in the face of threats,” Jenkins said in the statement.“We respectfully urge the president to rescind this order.”On Sunday, Saint Mary’s College President Jan Cervelli sent an email to the Saint Mary’s community vocalizing the College’s support to all members of the community.“President Trump’s recent executive order banning citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States threatens the core values that make our nation a beacon of hope and freedom for people around the world,” Cervelli said in the email. “At Saint Mary’s, and at colleges and universities across America, the contributions of international students and faculty have been immeasurable. Many endure great hardship or personal sacrifice for the opportunity to build a better life and develop their talents here. Saint Mary’s has only benefited from these valued members of our campus community, and the College will continue to support them in their work.”According to Cervelli, the executive order violates principles that the College aims to uphold.“To issue a sweeping denial to refugees fleeing war and oppression, on the basis of religion or national origin, goes against the founding ideals that so many have fought and died to preserve,” she said. “Catholic teaching also calls on us to respect the dignity of all people and to welcome the stranger. Saint Mary’s will continue to strive to heed that call.“Immigration strengthens our campuses, our communities, and our country. We must never let unfounded fear and prejudice weaken our compassion and our commitment to fulfilling the hope that America represents to the world,” she said.Notre Dame has advised students from the countries listed in the executive order not to leave the United States, according to a message sent by vice president for internationalization Michael Pippenger that was released to the media Saturday night.“Throughout the weekend, a few clarifications have been made by U.S. government officials, but there remains uncertainty about whether nationals from these countries will be admitted into the United States for the next 90 days, even those holding green cards or those who hold dual citizenship,” Pippenger said in the message to international students.“We are closely monitoring developments relating to the full impact of this order. Until further notice, we advise any individuals from any of the seven named countries to suspend all planned travel outside the United States,” Pippenger said in the message.Vice president for public affairs and communication Paul Browne said in a statement that roughly 30 Notre Dame students are affected by the executive order. Tags: Donald Trump, executive order, Syrialast_img read more

Saint Mary’s sophomore talks about human rights work, advocacy

first_imgSaint Mary’s sophomore Annie Maguire spoke out in support of human rights throughout the year. However, because December is Universal Human Rights Month, the importance of advocating for others is especially relevant. “It is our right as humans living on this earth to use our voices for the good, and as college students we are taught to question our realities and use our voice in ways that we may not feel comfortable doing but are very important,” Maguire said. One major way that Maguire is currently working in support of human rights is through her work to have revisions made to the new policy regarding student assembly at Saint Mary’s, she said.The student assembly policy was put into effect Nov. 13. According to the written policy, students must submit an application at least 72 hours prior to the assembly, and the reason for assembly must align with the College’s mission. “When that was proposed, that immediately kind of struck me because throughout my life I have attended a lot of protests,” Maguire said. “It’s something that’s important to me and it seemed like an infringement on our rights to assemble as students.”In response to this policy, Maguire said she had a few critiques she wished to point out to the administration. “I had critiques about the specifics of the policy itself — it seemed like there weren’t many students who had much to say in opposition to the policy, which I think is why it went through so easily,” Maguire said. Maguire spoke with administration recently about these critiques, and said that the administration is open to potentially revising the policy to meet some of the critiques raised by Maguire. “I wanted to bring it up to Karen Johnson, which I did, and she was open to what I had to say,” Maguire said. “Overall I think I was received well because after the meeting she said that the points that I brought up, specific criticisms to the policy, would allow her to enter into the process of revision of the policy.” Being able to peacefully assemble on campus is important to Maguire because of her involvement in peaceful protests in her youth, she said. “Assembling has always been a way I could express my voice in a peaceful manner, that people would pay attention and listen and I think the cause gains great awareness when people come together collectively in a commitment to peace,” Maguire said. The assemblies that Maguire participated in during her childhood gave her the opportunity to see peaceful assembly as a form of showing solidarity in a visual fashion, she said. “I felt such a strong sense of solidarity to the cause and to the people I was standing with,” Maguire said. “So I wasn’t speaking for anyone but I was speaking with people, and just that visual representation is so powerful and so moving.”Maguire said she believes that these demonstrations are helpful in supporting causes. “If we are coming together to make a change, one of the most effective ways we can be heard is to peacefully demonstrate what we believe in,” Maguire said. The peaceful assemblies that Maguire has been a part of both in the Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame and the greater South Bend community have been “peaceful and effective,” Maguire said. She said that she feels that a successful peaceful assembly raises the public consciousness about issues that may cause some discomfort, but that is a productive feeling. “Overall, I think the responses were mixed,” Maguire said. “But I think that’s a good thing to stir a certain amount of discomfort. That’s kind of the goal sometimes is to encourage people to question their realities.”In addition to her work regarding the student assembly policy, Maguire has also been participating in other human rights related causes. These include advocating for fair trade and for the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, she said. Each Tuesday, she partakes in “Call for All,” a meeting where students call their representatives to advocate for a DREAM Act to be passed, she said. These meetings began occurring last academic year, when President Donald Trump rescinded the DACA program. “Just standing with them I think is really important, especially in a way that’s a sustainable campaign,” Maguire said. “We have been doing this every week since last year in an effort to keep pushing until we see change.”Maguire said the continuing of this campaign is important. “The reality is this is not something you can stand up for one day but then the next day be silent, because it’s a constant fight for those people who face a serious threat of being deported everyday and living with that fear,” Maguire said. Her commitment to human rights is not just an interest, but is more of a duty, Maguire said.“I can’t live with myself if I’m not trying to make a change for others and trying to make a change in this world,” Maguire said. “I just feel like I’m not doing it right if I’m not fighting for human rights.”Tags: advocacy, human rights, Protestslast_img read more

Saint Mary’s College students attend national theater festival

first_imgFor the seven Saint Mary’s students who attended the week-long Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), there’s no business like show business.The festival, which ran from Jan. 8 to 14, aims to celebrate college drama programs and give students special opportunities. Though KCACTF festivals happen across the country, the Saint Mary’s students attended the festival that took place at the University of Indianapolis and Marian University in Indianapolis.“The festival offers a variety of workshops for multiple fields in theater, shows from participating colleges, as well as competitions which can provide scholarships and performance opportunities,” junior Stephanie Johnson said in an email. “I attended the festival because it gives me the opportunity to strengthen my skills and meet new people who are also interested in my field.”Johnson said her continued participation in the festival has contributed to her learning and growth as an artist. She also said her Saint Mary’s education has played a key role in her theater experience.“I feel my Saint Mary’s education impacts me in everything I do, from how I interact with others to how I perform as an artist,” Johnson said. “Specifically, I feel my education pushed me to pursue opportunities such as these.”Sophomore Sandy Tarnowski said in an email the College has given her the courage to get involved in the theater program and ultimately attend the festival.“Saint Mary’s gave me the confidence to go to something like this,” she said. “I’m usually very shy, and I’ve definitely grown away from my shyness at Saint Mary’s. The theater classes and shows here have helped me improve for the next year’s American College Theater Festival and helped me feel confident enough to be part of it. I had more courage to talk to strangers and proudly explain why I liked going to an all-women’s college.”Tarnowski auditioned for the Musical Theater Intensive, a performance that took place near the close of the conference. Though she did not make it past auditions, the personalized experience the judges offered encouraged her to continue developing her skills.“One of the judges stopped me as I was leaving because she remembered me from last year and told me she was so proud of how much I’ve improved from last year,” she said. “That felt great and has motivated me to work even harder for next year’s ACTF.”Tarnowski said these interactions with the judges are the basis of her improvement and are one of the biggest benefits of attending the festival.“I’ve improved in ways I didn’t know I could,” she said. “What I think is awesome is that the judges of the auditions take the time to talk to every single person that didn’t make it and tell each person what they personally can improve upon and what they did great on. It gets you excited to show them next year how you’ve improved with their advice.”Citing the encouragement she received at the festival, Tarnowski said students should attend ACTF even if theater is not something they typically enjoy.“Everyone should go,” she added. “Even if you think theater is not your ‘thing,’ you never know. This festival exposes all the different areas of theater you may not know about. You may end up discovering more of yourself at ACTF.”Tags: drama, Kennedy Center, Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, Theaterlast_img read more

Professor argues for new approach to institutional development

first_imgYuen Yuen Ang, associate professor of political science at the University of Michigan, presented a lecture titled “A Hammer Is Not a Second-Best Screwdriver: Taking Institutional Fit Seriously in Development,” on Tuesday. Ang detailed the argument of her 2017 book, “How China Escaped the Poverty Trap,” focused on the case study of China, where modern institutions have spurred the country’s development despite being regarded as weak or backwards based on first world standards.In recent years, Ang said, there has been a shift in the idea of institutional fit from the argument that “one-size-fits-all” countries to the adaptive “one-size-doesn’t-fit-all.” This modern, developed approach at looking at institutions is better than the old way but still has room for improvement, Ang said.“I think it’s great; it’s very encouraging to see that we have made this big shift, but I have some complaints,” she said. “I think that the idea of institutional fit is used and evoked, but it hasn’t been taken seriously.”The problem, Ang said, is that many theorists using this new approach to institutional fit are lacking theory, evidence and examples, and they often equate these poorer countries’ success with “second-best institutions.”“If you can’t have something that is the best institutions, then make do with something less good,” Ang said.In studying regional Chinese governments, as well as several other nations, Ang rejects this notion, arguing that there is historical evidence that alternative institutional systems — systems that are not necessarily inferior to the normative standard — can bring sweeping development.Her case study centered around the idea that in order to understand institutional fit seriously, the way the topic is thought about and measured must be changed. Ang also said that she found evidence that institutions for building markets does not equal the same institutions for preserving markets and that even in early stages, these seemingly “weak” or “wrong” institutions can be functionally strong.Ang said much of institutional ideology is surrounded by the chicken and egg conundrum of whether normatively weak institutions or economically poor countries came first. She agreed with contemporary authors who say it is difficult to make poor countries prosperous; however, China has provided insight into the feasibility of this objective.“We have misunderstood that causal process of the government,” Ang said. “It’s not a two-step process; it’s not just one big arrow. We can synthesize development into a co–evolutionary process.”The institutional steps Ang prescribes are for societies to harness these supposedly “weak” institutions in order to build markets, for emerging markets to stimulate strong institutions and for strong institutions to preserve markets.“It is a simple, but not simplistic view of development,” Ang said. Tags: China, development, Development Models, International Developmentlast_img read more

Students share their experience as twins at Notre Dame

first_imgAs for Connor and Ryan Powers, campus life does not include as many mix-ups — they are fraternal twins. So, although they have the same majors and career aspirations, the two are not identical in appearance.The pair has never spent more than a week apart, Connor and Ryan Powers said.“We’re closer than pretty much any two people could be,” Connor Powers said.While they did not plan on attending the same college, the Powers said the right choice for both of them just happened to be Notre Dame.“Connor has always been the one that likes to match more, clothes or things we do, but as far as I’m concerned we each made our own decision,” Ryan Powers said.Both Ryan and Connor Powers participated in the Appalachia Seminar, worked at Camp Sweeney and studied abroad together in London. The two science business majors also both hope to attend medical school after a gap year working with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.“I always make my class schedule and then Connor texts me ‘okay, what are we taking this semester,’” Ryan Powers said.Although the Powers twins have the same goals for the future, Ryan and Connor said they think it’s unlikely that they will end up with the same Jesuit Volunteer Corps placement or at the same medical school.The Greens, however, are both headed to Chicago and plan on living together. They do not foresee a move apart happening for five to ten years down the line — a move that might be hard considering Connor Green’s philosophy of “you don’t leave the other one, you can’t.”The Greens said they have many memories that prove they both live by such a philosophy.“Freshman year I was super sick at the end of September … I was sitting in bed, watching TV just feeling terrible and I get a knock on my door,” Ryan Green said. “It was Connor [with an Einstein’s bagel] and he was like ‘Hey, I just wanted to drop this off. Hope you’re doing well.’ For me that was huge, having someone to support you in that way so early in school.”Tags: Class of 2019, College experience, Twins In October of their freshman year, twins Connor and Ryan Powers and Connor and Ryan Green initially met due to a set of odd coincidences. The two sets of twins shared the same first names, birth month and future commencement ceremony.Now seniors, both sets of twins are reflecting upon their unique college experience.Not only do the Green twins share identical DNA, but they also share their major, friend group and some extracurriculars too. The pair of computer engineering students did not plan on attending college together. Connor was “dead set” on Northwestern with only two weeks until decision day.“I’m not exactly sure what changed my mind,” Connor Green said. “I just sat and thought about it and ended up here.”Although they are identical twins, Ryan and Connor Green said they have never switched places in class at Notre Dame, despite doing it a couple of times as children.The Greens said they estimate now that it takes two to three weeks to be able to tell them apart. They think they look similar — like brothers would — but no longer view themselves as identical.“I never really believed we could switch places,” Connor Green said.last_img read more

Student Union Board hosts annual AnTostal event in hopes of creating on-campus bliss

first_imgThe Notre Dame Student Union Board (SUB) is hosting AnTostal, its annual spring festival full of food, giveaways and events this week.Senior Bethany Boggess, outgoing executive director of SUB, said in an email that she “had very little to do with the nitty gritty planning of AnTostal,” as the responsibility for panning the event fell largely upon junior Eric Kim, the outgoing co-director of programming for SUB, who will serve as SUB’s executive director for the 2019-2020 academic year, as well as senior Bridget Naylor-Komyatte, who has served as lead programmer of AnTostal during the 2018-2019 academic year. Mike Dugan | The Observer Student Union Board serves breakfast Tuesday as a part of its annual AnTostal celebration happening throughout this week.This year’s edition of AnTostal, dubbed “BlissTostal,” focuses on what the email sent to the student body described as “all things bliss” — five different food giveaways throughout the week, a Zumba Class in the Duncan Student Center on Tuesday, mindfulness meditation Wednesday, inflatables and a zip line on South Quad on Thursday and stress relievers Friday.Naylor-Komyatte said the title “BlissTostal” was chosen to the focus on wellness in this year’s AnTostal programming. “We kinda realized that [for] a lot of our events we wanted to focus on wellness, so, we really tried to fit a theme centered around that,” she said. “We narrowed it down to a few choices, and ‘BlissTostal’ was the one that kind of stuck. We think that our events speak to bliss — well-being, happiness, joy — from different areas of wellness.” Naylor-Komyatte said the theme of “bliss” was not determined until well into the second semester, which is unusual for AnTostal — an event that takes over seven months to plan.“[BlissTostal] wasn’t our original theme,” Naylor-Komyatte said. “We had decided on a theme in September and then, because of difficulties coordinating with different clubs and different vendors, the events basically didn’t fit with that theme anymore. So, we had to change our theme, less than two months before [AnTostal]. … Typically, you stick with the theme from the first semester into the second semester.”Naylor-Komyatte said there were other SUB events budgeted for at the beginning of the fiscal year that failed to materialize. As a result, she said there was more than enough money to put on AnTostal without worrying about tight budgetary constraints that she otherwise would have expected.“At first, AnTostal had a bit of a more limited budget,” she said. “But then, due to some events that fell through in other [SUB] committees, we ended up having some extra resources that we were able to allot to AnTostal. That’s been really helpful in terms of being able to expand some of our events, like the one on the quad with the zip line and the inflatables, and not being worried about how much food we buy for breakfast and stuff. We kind of ended up with more money than we thought we would. Definitely, budgeting was a big concern when planning up to the event, but now actually executing it we ended up with more money — more resources — than we thought we were going to have.”Naylor-Komyatte said the theme of bliss and late changes in planned programming served as two key distinguishing factors from previous years’ AnTostals.“I think there’s just something special about this — our theme arose from our events,” Naylor-Komyatte said. “I think our events are really centered on student needs and trying to create a memorable experience at the end of the year for students — and I know that’s what AnTostal does every year, but I think something about this year is just how much it changed so rapidly at the end … how much we had to rework it, but then how it still came together.”The goal of the AnTostal committee’s work was to put on one of SUB’s longtime signature events in a way that would make students’ lives a more blissful experience, Naylor-Komyatte said. “AnTostal has been a tradition for over 50 years,” she said. “There’s something special about this just in the very name, ‘BlissTostal.’ I hope everyone comes away a little happier from the events. Come out, enjoy AnTostal — we’d love to see you there.”Tags: Antostal, BlissTostal, Student Union Board, SUBlast_img read more

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice talks foreign policy

first_imgFormer National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke Thursday evening about global affairs and America’s role in the world at a lecture co-hosted by the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy and the Notre Dame International Security Center (NDISC). Professor Michael Desch, director of NDISC, moderated the discussion.Rice spoke at length about current events in the international sphere, commenting on Middle East politics and North Korea. She also offered broader analysis of the current state of the international order.This order is currently in a state of flux, Rice said, identifying three major changes since the post-World War II order was established that have made the world more complicated. First, she said conceptions of security have changed, particularly as they relate to mutual defense under the terms of the NATO alliance, which has underpinned the global system. Members of the alliance regard an attack on one member state as an attack on all member states.“Security is just different than it was in 1945. … I was National Security Advisor on 9/11,” she said. “ … The problem was not marching armies, it was ungoverned spaces. Afghanistan was the fifth poorest country in the world at the time. And so we have to worry about the high mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan. We’d have to now worry about Mali, or Libya, the area in Syria where people worry ISIS could be reborn again. And that makes you wonder, what does ‘an attack upon one means an attack upon all’ mean?”Second, Rice said “great powers” such as Russia and China are behaving more belligerently again.“Great powers [are] behaving badly again,” she said. “Whether it’s the Chinese … in the South China Sea, the Chinese in cybersecurity threats, trying to force — it seems — the United States out of the Asia-Pacific. A rising power. But then a declining power in Russia [that’s] mostly disruptive. Interfering in other people’s elections, taking their neighbor’s territory, propping up [Syrian dictator] Bashar al-Assad. Great powers are challenging the system.”On the whole, Rice said recent populist movements are presenting a particular challenge to the post-1945 international order.“Finally — and most importantly from my point of view — we’re experiencing what I call the rise of the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse: populism, nativism, isolationism and protectionism,” she said. “They tend to ride together. We’re seeing that people who didn’t succeed in globalization …are saying — as a friend of mine said about the 2016 election but you could say it about the Five Star Movement in Italy, you can say it about the Alternative for Germany, you can say it about Brexit — ‘Do you hear me now?’”Rice said those left behind by globalization search for scapegoats and, in so doing, weaken the international system.“And they’re turning to populists who have an answer for them about why they’re not doing well,” Rice said. “If you’re on the left, it’s big banks. If you’re on the right, it’s immigrants. If you’re on the left or right, it’s China. And so populists are appealing to people and it’s undermining the foundations of that system, which actually believed in free trade, believed in a U.S. that was very involved in promoting and sustaining democracy and I think that’s why this feels so unstable.”In response to a question from Desch about whether President Trump was “wrong” to withdraw American forces from Syria after declaring victory against ISIS, Rice responded in the affirmative. Earlier this week, Turkey launched attacks against American-allied Kurdish forces after seeming to get Washington’s blessing for such a move.“Yeah, he was wrong,” Rice said. “There’s no other way to say it. I don’t think it was particularly well-thought out. I think he actually fell into a trap that [Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan] set. Erdogan is a very clever man, and I think he probably said something like, ‘I know you want to bring your troops home. This is the chance to do it.’ And the president took it. I’m quite sure afterwards his aides said to him, ‘Do you know what you just did?’ and he probably said ‘No I didn’t,’ and they probably said, ‘Yes you did.’”Rice said the administration’s decision could threaten progress made against ISIS on the ground in Syria.“They’ve been trying to backtrack on it ever since, because it was 100 American soldiers,” she said. “The whole idea was that you were just saying to the Turks ‘Don’t go after the Kurds.’ The Kurds in return were keeping the jails for the 1,500 or so ISIS soldiers and their families. The Kurds are fighters, so if the Turks come after them the Kurds are not going to lay down. They’re going to fight. They’re going to leave those ISIS fighters right where they are and go fight. Then, you will have released 1,500 ISIS personnel into that very unstable region. So I think it was a big mistake. But maybe now — I hope — that what is happening is that underneath is someone is going to Erdogan and saying, ‘Don’t go any further.’”In response to a question regarding recent tensions between the United States and Iran, Rice praised the Trump administration for showing military restraint in the face of increased Iranian aggression in the region. Iran is accused of attacking oilfields in Saudi Arabia last month and of shooting down an American drone over the summer. In response to the second incident, President Trump approved a retaliatory strike but called it off before it could be carried out.“I don’t see the circumstances in which the use of military force in a large-scale way against Iran is either possible, necessary or appropriate,” Rice said. “I will not say that a time may not come when one has to use more limited force against Iran. I don’t think that time has come now. First of all, you certainly wouldn’t use force against Iran for shooting down an unarmed American drone. That makes no sense. But when Iran decided to go after the Saudi oil supply, they also didn’t make anything go boom in the night, and I think that was a very smart ploy.”One of the administration’s responses to Iran that Rice praised was the imposition of financial sanctions on Tehran.“So what did they do? They used what we used to call the ‘nuclear weapon of financial sanctions,’” she said. “Which is Treasury 311 sanctions, which when you list an entity under Treasury 311 sanctions for either money laundering or nonproliferation or for terrorism, no entity that does business with it can do business in the United States. So, who did they list? The Iranian Central Bank. That means that nobody will do business with the Iranian Central Bank and the Iranians are now frozen out of the international financial system.”Over the course of an answer to a question about the proliferation of nuclear weapons, Rice cited North Korea’s nuclear program as a continued cause of international concern.“You have a regime in North Korea — a crazy regime, right?” she said. “Do you really want this regime to have nuclear weapons? One of the things that really has frightened people about North Korea is despite all the efforts to stop their program — I tried diplomacy with them, everybody’s tried diplomacy with them — their program seems to be continuing to march forward. At the beginning of this term for President Trump, there were actually people who were talking about a North Korean weapon that could reach the West Coast of the United States.”While Rice acknowledged the frightful nature of that scenario, she said there are ways to hinder the North Korean program through inspections and testing moratoriums.“That’s a scary prospect,” Rice said. “But I will say, if you can do two things you might prevent that from happening. The first thing is get inspectors on the ground. I know we want them to denuclearize. They’re not going to give up their weapons of mass destruction, but get inspectors on the ground. I would actually be willing to give up on some of the sanctions to get that done. Because inspectors can teach you a lot about what’s going on. The other issue is if you can keep them from testing. Nuclear testing is actually binary. You can fail, fail, fail, fail, fail and then one day you succeed. It’s not that you get 10% better, 20% better … so if you can keep them from testing, perhaps they’ll never get to the place where they can threaten the United States.”While Rice said Trump’s first meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un brought some benefit, she was critical of the president’s choice to sit down with the autocrat a second time.“I do think that the administration did something that at the time I didn’t think was very smart, which is when President Trump decided to meet with Kim Jong Un. I thought ‘Oh goodness, what are you doing?’ Then I thought ‘You know, nothing else has worked,” Rice said. “Might as well try it. That first meeting was actually pretty useful. They should never have had the second meeting … what you saw was a Kim Jong Un who I actually think believed our press that Donald Trump wanted a Nobel Prize so badly he would do anything. Then, to his credit, when the president walked away, Kim Jong Un was furious.”Tags: Condoleezza Rice, Foreign Policy, international affairs, Iran, North Korea, populism, Syria, turkeylast_img read more

Saint Mary’s announces move out plans

first_imgIn a Thursday email to students, Saint Mary’s Residence Life staff said the College has finalized the move out plan for all students residing in residence halls.“The move-out process will begin May 6 and continue through May 31,” the email said. “Residence Life will continue to monitor and assess the evolving pandemic situation for any potential impact on the move-out process. We will keep you informed of any updates to the process or timeline.”The email said it is imperative students follow directions and adhere to social distancing guidelines, as well as acknowledge challenges given limited and small elevators.“Please be patient and remember we are all in this together,” the email said. Returning to campus to move out is an individual decision for students to make, and Residence Life encourage students to make their decision based on what “supports the health and safety of themselves, their family and the entire Saint Mary’s community,” the email said.“Before traveling to campus, we suggest that you familiarize yourself with the appropriate local, state and federal COVID-19 guidelines regarding social distancing, essential travel, public gatherings and other activities so you can make your best decision given your specific situation and location,” the email said. “Please take all of these factors into account when selecting a move out appointment.”Students must sign up for a move out time slot to return to campus using the link for their residence hall listed in the email.“Students will only have card access to enter their building on the day that they have signed up for,” the email said. “Those who arrive on campus outside of their move out day will not have access to the building. Only the student and one person to assist will be permitted to enter the halls. Others may remain with the car to load up as items are brought from the room.”In the email, Residence Life reminded students they are required to bring their keys and student ID to campus with them.In order to minimize contact, moving supplies such as moving carts and personal protective gear, including masks, gloves and hand sanitizer will not be provided. Residence Life encourages students to bring their own supplies.According to the email, students are asked to park in a parking lot and wait until they are completely packed to move vehicles in front of their residence hall. “Once you have finished moving out, drop your key off in the key bucket located at the front desk of your residence hall, scan the QR Code at the front desk, submit photos of your residential space to and depart from campus,” the email said.According to the email, Residence Life understands students may want to arrange meetings or gatherings with faculty members and others while on campus but asks students to refrain from doing so. This includes Saint Mary’s Convent, financial aid and student accounts. Students who are not able to return to campus to collect their belongings are asked to fill out a form found in the email.“We are assuming all will return, but if you have a compelling reason not to return we will evaluate your other options and will communicate with you,” the email said.The Residence Life team will be available by phone each day during the move out process as an effort to maintain social distancing, the email said.Tags: COVID-19, move-out, Residence Lifelast_img read more

Local Officials Asking Residents To Journal Locations, In Event They Become Infected

first_imgMAYVILLE – Another person in Chautauqua County has recovered from COVID-19.The Chautauqua County Health Department’s COVID-19 map reports Tuesday 12 cases in the northeast part of the county, three cases in the southeast and four cases in the south.Of those cases, eight people have recovered, nine remain under active care and two have died.No new cases of the virus were reported Tuesday, according to the county map. “If you go out, please start to journal the details about where you go,” said officials. “Coronavirus is out there, and you will encounter it.”“Every time you come within six feet of someone, you are increasing your chances of contracting the virus,” they furthered. “When I call you, because you have come in contact with someone who has COVID-19, I am going to ask details about where you have been, so be ready. Or, better yet, JUST STAY HOME.” 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)last_img read more

Local Leaders Distribute Hand Sanitizer, Face Masks To Farmers

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) Photo Caption: left to right CCE Executive Director, Emily Reynolds; Cornell Lake Erie Regional Grape Team Leader, Jennifer Russo; Field Assistant, Madonna Martin.JAMESTOWN – Local leaders are distributing hand sanitizer and face masks to area farms in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s Agricultural Program, in conjunction with the NYS AG and Markets, have so far given away more than 600 gallons of sanitizer and over 1,000 face coverings.The supplies were provided by New York State.This program is available for farm owners to distribute to their employees and for themselves. Farm owners interested in learning more are asked to visit or call 716-664-9502.last_img read more