CLEVELAND (AP) — Two people who used megaphones during a protest outside a Cleveland restaurant are accused of causing permanent hearing loss to an employee and have been charged with felony assault. Cleveland.com reports 25-year-old Josiah Douglas and 21-year-old Sydney Yahner were indicted last week on charges related to a protest in July about lax pandemic safety practices at the restaurant and others under the same ownership. Both have pleaded not guilty. Their attorney has called the charges an “outrageous attack” on their First Amendment right to engage in peaceful protest.
President Joe Biden says he’s ending U.S. support for a Saudi-led military offensive in Yemen. Biden made the announcement Thursday in his first visit to the State Department as president, calling the Yemen war a “humanitarian and strategic catastrophe.” The grinding five-year Saudi-led air campaign has killed numerous civilians and deepened suffering in the Arabian Peninsula’s poorest country. Biden’s move comes as a rebuff to Saudi Arabia, a global oil giant and U.S. strategic partner. Biden says ending involvement in the Saudi military offensive in Yemen is part of restoring U.S. emphasis on democracy and human rights.
Registration is now open for Notre Dame’s Bookstore Basketball tournament, the largest five-on-five outdoor basketball tournament in the world. The not-for-profit tournament is in its 41st year and has grown from an initial 40 teams to more than 700 teams. According to the tournament’s website, it is the largest extracurricular event on campus and open to all Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students, faculty and staff. Senior Matt Lynch, tournament president, noted much planning goes into organizing such a large event. “We have an eight-person executive team…each person has a different role. One person is making sure that all of our apparel gets in, another person takes care of the marketing side, and we have around 36 other commissioners that help us do the game-by-game stuff,” Lynch said. “I’ll be doing the bracket of all the teams in a couple weeks, talking to Jumpball which is our charity that we give all our money to, and any other logistical things like reserving court. I oversee our group, and our group does all of that.” Lynch said the main goals for this year’s tournament are to register more teams and to improve the [tournament] atmosphere to draw more spectators to the games. “Our big goal is to eclipse that 800 number on teams. We realized that a lot of students don’t play. The faculty and staff might not even know they can play,” Lynch said. “Besides the teams, we just want to make sure everyone has a fun, successful tournament. One of our big goals is, for the championship game, to make it more of a festival atmosphere.” Lynch is looking to add food and entertainment to the games in hopes of attracting bigger crowds this year. “Last year we estimated that we had about 400 people come out to watch the finals, but we definitely think we can have more,” he said. All proceeds from the tournament benefit the Jumpball Basketball Programme, which partnered with Bookstore Basketball in 2002 to raise money for youth basketball camps in Jamaica. “We made it a not-for-profit tournament where we give all the money to Jumpball. They run camps throughout the whole country of Jamaica for the youth, completely free of charge for them. Basketball is a really up-and-coming sport down in Jamaica,” Lynch said. “The biggest [camp] is in Kingston, and every year, two bookstore basketball representatives go down there.” Last year, Lynch said he had a profoundly moving experience when he visited the Jumpball camp in Kingston. “It was an unbelievable experience, kind of hard to put in words right away. Just to see how happy and excited the kids are just to have a basketball and dribble around and play,” Lynch said. “It’s different around here. Everyone here cares more about winning and trophies and all that, which is great, but down there just the fact that they were there and doing something was just amazing to see. It’s one of those really unique, once-in-a-lifetime things.” Lynch said above all he is excited to see the tournament unfold over the next two months. Come gametime, fans can see him out on the courts with his own team, the Firm. The other members of the executive staff are each on their own teams as well, he said. “To be honest, I just like being out there. Our executive staff is out there every day, from the beginning of the tournament to the end,” Lynch said.
Saint Mary’s College held a special ceremony Friday to dedicate a tree on campus in memory of Ziqi Zhang, the international student who was killed travelling between Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame last year. Elaine Meyer-Lee, director of the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL), said she knew the death had, and still continues to have, a big impact on members of the Saint Mary’s community. “For those of us who knew her, and even for some who didn’t, it was a very tragic event last fall.” Meyer-Lee said. Meyer-Lee said Zhang was active both at Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame, as a participant in the dual-degree engineering program. “She jumped into things and got involved right away,” Meyer-Lee said. Although Saint Mary’s did not have a public memorial to mark the anniversary of Zhang’s death, Meyer-Lee said Notre Dame held a candlelight vigil in Zhang’s memory at the Grotto. She said that Saint Mary’s students and faculty were looking to honor Zhang’s memory as well. “As the weather changed and got closer to what it was that night, I think a lot of us … were thinking about her,” Meyer-Lee said. “As the anniversary approached, quite a few of us… started talking about an appropriate way to mark that as a community.” She said the idea for a lasting memorial to Zhang had been discussed more immediately after her death last year, but the anniversary caused the idea to resurface. The Saint Mary’s Student Government Association took the lead, Meyer-Lee said, in conjunction with some of Zhang’s closest friends, to make the memorial a reality. Saint Mary’s chose to dedicate a hawthorn tree near Regina Hall, where Zhang lived during her time on campus. “It’s strong like she was, and living as we want her memory to be,” Meyer-Lee said. “Somebody also pointed out that for an international student, the way a tree has its roots in land and its branches in the air was a nice symbol for the way [Zhang] crossed cultures.” A number of faculty and students from the Saint Mary’s community attended the blessing and dedication, which began at 4 p.m. The ceremony opened with a prayer and reading, then those in attendance were invited to share favorite memories of Zhang. Several of Zhang’s friends and members of faculty shared stories about their times with her. Alice Siquin Yang, assistant director of global education in CWIL, read the letter from Zhang’s father that was shared at her memorial service last October. Those in attendance were invited to extend their hand and join in the blessing of the tree as it was watered from the font of the Church of Our Lady of Loretto The ceremony concluded with a closing prayer and the sign of peace. Participants were invited to congregate in the lobby of Regina Hall to share refreshments and continue to trade memories of Zhang. “It was beautiful,” Saint Mary’s junior Claire Stewart said. “It was wonderful to see [everyone] coming together to cherish the life of a wonderful member of the Saint Mary’s community.” Despite not knowing Zhang very well on a personal level, Stewart said she really felt the loss, and thought attending the dedication was an important way to honor Zhang’s life. “I had one class with her freshman year. The accident happened while I was abroad in Rome … all of us were really shaken up, just knowing that there was a loss in the Saint Mary’s community,” Stewart said. “Even people that we don’t know well are so vital to what our life is here, and every member is integral to our happiness.” Contact Tabitha Ricketts at firstname.lastname@example.org
Noemi Ventilla, Michael Markel, Neil Joseph and Eva Niklinska won Friday’s Sophomore Class Council (SCC) run-off election and will serve as the 2014-15 officers, according to an email from the Judicial Council.They received 482 votes, or 73 percent. The other ticket, comprised of Andrew Galo, Michaela McInerney, Vincent Vangaever and Daniel Barabasi received 178 votes or 27 percent, the email stated.Ventilla will serve as president, Markel as vice president, Joseph as treasurer and Niklinska as secretary.Editor’s Note: Barabasi is a staff writer for the Scene section of The Observer.Tags: SCC
Over the summer, four Student Independent Study and Research (SISTAR) grants were awarded to Saint Mary’s student-faculty duos for projects ranging from researching patterns in TV shows to studying the reaction of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) with metals.Senior philosophy major Tess Siver said the SISTAR grant provided her with one of the most fulfilling experiences of her Saint Mary’s career.Siver began her senior thesis on empathy, other minds and the use of metaphor and questioning with the aid of the SISTAR grant.“The SISTAR grant is intended to allow a student and faculty member to work together as equals, usually on parallel, but distinct projects,” Siver said.Beyond the content she was studying, it was a rare opportunity to work side-by-side with a professor, Siver said.“One of the most important things to me about receiving this grant was the opportunity to go above and beyond and to learn about being a philosopher by watching and working with Professor Sayre as she went about being a philosopher,” Siver said.Senior sociology major Kelsey Collins received a SISTAR grant to research with professor of sociology Dr. Susan Alexander on representations of masculinity in television shows, specifically Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead.Collins said her summer research experience helped her realize her dreams of being a career researcher.“[I] plan on going to graduate school to be a criminologist,” Collins said. “The project gave me the necessary experience in research that I need to flourish in my future endeavors.”Senior biology major Colleen Quigley spent her summer studying the susceptibility of a clinical strain of MRSA to various metals.Quigley said the SISTAR grant allowed her to do research that wouldn’t have been possible during the regular school year.“There were many days when I had to take measurements at specific times or do hours of prep work which would have been difficult with classes placed throughout my day,” Quigley said. “[The grant] allowed me to carry out my research from start to finish without large interruptions or other classes taking more of my focus.”Quigley said her faculty partner was assistant professor of biology Dr. Reena Khadka, who specializes in microbiology. Together, they compared the growth of the strain of MRSA to two separate control strains when exposed to metal compounds.“I was able to work closely with Dr. Khadka in a way that would be difficult when she has other students to advise and teach at the same time,” Quigley said. “We were able to work very collaboratively which was … a great experience.”Quigley said she will write up her results from the summer research to contribute to her senior composition.Siver said she appreciates the opportunity her SISTAR grant allowed her because it is unique to Saint Mary’s.“By virtue of the sort of college Saint Mary’s is, students have an almost infinite number of opportunities to get to know their professors as more than just teachers and learn from both their explicit instruction and their more subtle cues,” Siver said.“I would encourage any student looking to pursue a career in academia to apply for a SISTAR grant with one of their professors.”Tags: grants, research, SISTAR
To commemorate the month of the rosary, Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry will host a weekly Traveling Rosary in each of Saint Mary’s dorms every Tuesday during the month of October, Fr. John Pearson said. The first rosary was held Tuesday evening outside McCandless Hall, marking the start of what Pearson hopes will become a tradition long after October.“It’s the first time we’ve ever tried this in my nine years [at Saint Mary’s],” Pearson said. “We just wanted to jump start it. The month of the rosary seemed like a good time, a natural time. We thought, ‘Why not do it in every dorm every week?’”Pearson came up with the notion of the “traveling” rosary, not to be confused with praying the rosary while walking in a group.“We actually thought about that,” Pearson said. “I’ve been in places where we’ve tried to do that, and it’s very hard. You’ve got the people in the front who know what’s going on, and then the people in the back are just trying to keep up.”Campus Ministry hopes to make each rosary at every location special in some way. By holding the service at 7 p.m., students will be available after dinner for prayer, Pearson said.“We’re starting right on the feast of the Lady of the Rosary,” Pearson said. “We’ve had the rosary for a long time on Tuesdays. My hope is that we’ll have established a group that will by the end of the year will want to pray the rosary.”For those who don’t have a rosary with them on campus, Campus Ministry and Pearson provide rosaries with prayer cards.“We have a whole bunch of rosaries the sisters gave us,” Pearson said. “Most students have a rosary their grandmother gave them. I’m going to have a bag of rosaries in general and a bag of prayer cards in case people freak out at the Apostles’ Creed.”As a reminder for students and a promotion for the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, the Noble Family Dining Hall prepared and served a special themed cake during lunch and dinner hours.“We’re serving a cake tomorrow for Our Lady of the Rosary,” Pearson said. “We have table tents set up in the dining hall to try to remind them, and get a leader from each dorm who will do a set of mysteries each night. We’re going to rotate through the mysteries on Tuesdays. We’re going to mix them up.”With the help of hall ministry assistants and flyers across campus, Pearson has received a positive response to this month-long series of prayer.“I’m looking forward to it,” Pearson said. “I love to pray the rosary. Nobody prays the rosary as much as they ought to. This is an exciting thing, a chance for people to take part in something special.”All of the previous student leaders who led the rosary last year have graduated, Pearson said. This offers a chance for a fresh start in a different way, and many students have already contacted him saying they would like to participate, he said.“I’ve been interested in praying the rosary since I got here,” Pearson said. “… Praying the rosary … is a very [critical] part of Catholic culture.”Tags: Campus Ministry, rosary, saint mary’s, SMC, smc campus ministry
Students from different nationalities came together to celebrate the unique cultures of China, Japan and Korea yesterday at the fourth annual Celebrate Asia event in the LaFortune Student Center Ballroom.Associate professor Michael Brownstein headed the Celebrate Asia planning committee, which included professional specialist Noriko Hanabusa, associate professor Yeonhee Yoon and assistant professional specialist Weibing Ye, representing the Japanese, Korean and Chinese language programs, respectively.Wei Lin Cindy Zyniewicz, the administrative assistant of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, said the event showcased the culture of each country represented in the department. She said Celebrate Asia brought together students with an interest in the study of Asian languages to celebrate all of East Asia.The goal is to give students a cultural context for the language they study by exposing them to cultural activities and foods of East Asia, Zyniewicz said.Students were required to participate in at least eight of the 14 event activities, which included practicing calligraphy, paper folding (origami) and paper cutting (jianzhi). Students practiced taekwondo and tai chi, tested their hand-eye coordination with a ping-pong challenge and challenged others to a traditional Chinese board game (wuzi qi).Hibachi Grill catered Chinese food, including dumplings, sesame balls and spring rolls. Zyniewicz said the committee bought sushi from Martin’s Supermarket and Korean food from Sunny’s Korean Restaurant.Zyniewicz said she expected a turnout of around 200 participants, and most of the attendees were majoring or minoring in one of the three languages offered by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures.Junior Jeffrey Wang, an international economics major, said the event was a great way to learn about different Asian cultures at Notre Dame.“Its can really help student gain a global perspective while having fun at the same time,” he said.Junior and Chinese minor Teri Dye said that, although all Asian cultures have similarities, they are also very different.“Through this event we can identify the parallels between the cultures and make out the differences by having firsthand experiences with the cultures,” she said.Freshman Dennis Zheng said he would definitely attend the event next year.“It really allows me to explore the cultures outside of my own, and [it’s] entertaining at the same time,” he said. “One thing I would suggest changing is maybe the location of this event. A lot of people showed up, and it’s a bit crowded for the number of activities available.”Celebrate Asia was sponsored by the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures, Kellogg Institute For International Studies, Teaching Beyond the Classroom grant and the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures.Tags: Celebrate Asia, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, East Asia
Dave Finocchio, founder and general manager of the sports website Bleacher Report and Notre Dame graduate of the class of 2005, returned to campus Thursday to deliver a lecture in which he traced the brief history of the company and explained how his Arts and Letters education contributed to his success as an entrepreneur.Finocchio majored in history and economics — the same departments that sponsored the event — and spoke in the McKenna Hall auditorium in a lecture titled “From Alumni Hall to the World’s Biggest Sports Website.”While he was still a student at Notre Dame, Finocchio said he did not know what he wanted to do for a living, but his education inspired him to chase his passions.“As I went through my college, like I’m sure a lot of you are going through right now, I actually had no idea what the hell I wanted to do with the rest of my life, including my profession,” he said. “A lot of my friends, especially here, seemed to have a much more grounded sense of what they wanted to do.“In the context of studying history, I think [my education] just gave me a broader context on what my place on earth was, how fleeting it was and how most people who made an impact throughout history took chances and took risks. I just started to feel strongly that I didn’t want to go down the same path as everyone else. I wanted to go off on my own and kind of create my own path. … It all just helped to shape my perspective and push me toward trying to do something that I was actually really passionate about.”After graduating from Notre Dame, Finocchio said he took a job with a private equity firm in Chicago and worked between 60 and 80 hours a week, but used his spare time to launch Bleacher Report. He said he was motivated by a belief that sports fans “deserve to read something insightful, something that makes them really think about their team, something that’s entertaining.”“The idea was that we would go and source writers all over the country who were actually honest-to-God experts about maybe the top three to four hundred teams across all professional sports in the U.S. and then some collegiate sports,” he said.“We had absolutely no idea what the hell we were doing. None whatsoever. This was just an idea, and we really had to do things step by step.”Finocchio said he noticed most sports media outlets catered to an older audience, so he wanted Bleacher Report to tailor its content to fans in their mid-20s.“I thought a lot of the sports websites that were out there were really speaking to my dad’s demographic [more] than they were to mine,” he said. “Even if you turn on some of the broadcasts today, at times I feel like it’s my grandfather talking about sports. It’s not how I would be talking about them with my buddies in a bar.”Through its data-driven approach to user analysis, Finocchio said he and his team were able to generate a large enough audience to attract investors and advertisers. Turner Sports then acquired Bleacher Report in Aug. 2012 for a reported $175 million.“Today we are the second-largest sports site in the United States. We are both a publisher of content, but we also aggregate other content,” he said. “That’s kind of part of our secret sauce — we create our own original content but we’re also really, really good at curating other peoples’ content. We’ll link to ESPN; we’ll link to ND Nation; we’ll link to anyone who has good content.”Finocchio also highlighted Bleacher Report’s mobile app, Team Stream, which is the most widely used sports app with more than 10 million global downloads, and the website’s expansion to include offices in New York and London in addition to its headquarters in San Francisco.He concluded with advice for the mostly-student audience to pursue their interests rather than settle for a steady job after graduation.“You spend so much time trying to get through high school and trying to get into Notre Dame, it’s worth the time to try to figure out what job would probably make you happy or what job would help you actually feel good that you’re chasing some of the passions in your life,” Finocchio said.Tags: Alumni Hall, Arts and Letters, Bleacher Report, Dave Finocchio, economics, history, McKenna Hall
Alumnus Richard Corbett has gifted $35 million to the University to endow the head football coach position and to fund the construction of a new building that will house the psychology and anthropology departments, as well as a new media center, according to a Notre Dame press release.Twenty-five million dollars of the gift will be put toward the new Corbett Family Hall, located on the east side of the renovated Notre Dame Stadium, while the remaining $10 million will endow the coaching position, the press release said.“For many generations of Notre Dame faculty and students to come, Corbett Family Hall will represent a full integration of teaching, research and advanced technology on our campus,” University president Fr. John Jenkins said.“Likewise, the endowment of the head football coaching position will underwrite salary, provide stability and resources for the long term and create funds for use within the department and across campus.“We are humbled by and tremendously grateful for these extraordinary gifts from Dick.”Construction of the new building will begin in November and will be completed in August 2017, the press release said. The digital media center will occupy the first floor of the building and will include a main studio with audio/visual control rooms, editing and mixing studios and classrooms, the press release said.The Department of Anthropology will reside on the second floor, consisting of classrooms, offices for faculty and staff and labs for teaching and research, the release said.The third through fifth floors of the new Hall will house the Department of Psychology and will include teaching and research labs, classrooms and departmental offices, according to the press release.The top three levels will have hospitality space for football games, including food and beverage service, a press box for media, premium seating and open-air terraces, the release said.“This remarkably generous gift will help the University continue its commitment to provide its students with the finest college experience,” Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick said.Irish head coach Brian Kelly will be the first Corbett Family Head Coach; the head football coach position is the third athletic coaching position to be endowed at Notre Dame, after women’s basketball and men’s lacrosse.“I’m honored and quite humbled to be a part of this incredible gift from Dick,” Kelly said. “He has offered the University of Notre Dame and its football program an incredible gesture that will help so many people on this campus.“His generosity, vision and unyielding support reinforce our University’s commitment to provide all of its students with a truly unique and exceptional college experience. “Corbett earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Notre Dame and was class president his senior year, and he went on to earn a master of business administration from Harvard, the press release said. Corbett worked on John F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign, financial manager for the Kennedy family, business manager for Robert F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign and in the White House, according to the press release.Corbett is now chief executive officer and president of Concorde Companies, a real estate investment firm in Tampa, Florida, the release said. He is also a supporter of the Notre Dame Sorin Society and MBA program.Tags: Brian Kelly, Corbett Family Hall, football, Richard Corbett