Alum starts soccer foundation

first_img2011 Notre Dame graduate Jeb Brovsky plays soccer for a living in Major League Soccer. Rather than only play for his own paycheck, however, Brovsky hopes to use the sport to create change the world over. To do so, he founded Peace Pandemic, a foundation to promote cross-cultural understanding through soccer camps. Brovsky said the group was in India last December to host a soccer clinic for children,. The foundation not only affected the children, its work affected several others as well, he said. “One day towards the end of the trip, [Manoj, the group’s taxi driver] approached me with a soccer ball wrapped in a plastic bag and tears in his eyes,” Brovsky said. “My translator told me Manoj was so inspired … that he saved up 250 rupees to buy his son his first soccer ball. He saw the influence of this sport and wanted his son to feel what these kids [in the clinic] felt.” This weekend, Peace Pandemic will host a two-day 3-on-3 co-ed soccer tournament at Reihle Field next to the Stepan Center to raise funds for camps similar to the one held in India. Brovsky said the tournament is open to all Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students. “The goal of the tournament is to raise awareness and funds for our camps abroad,” he said. “This particular tournament [is for] our camp this winter for boys and girls in Guatemala.” Senior Will Walsh, the project coordinator, said planning for the event began over a year ago. The Notre Dame Brazil Club as well as men’s and women’s soccer teams will volunteer at the tournament, he said. “The tournament itself is set up like the World Cup,” he said. “Teams will compete in a bracket on Saturday, and the top ones will advance to finals. On Sunday, those teams will play in a single elimination tournament.” The winners will receive t-shirts and gift cards to a local restaurant, Walsh said. The victors will also have the chance to play in a separate game against five Notre Dame soccer players. “Soccer is one thing that really permeates through different cultures,” he said. “We hope a lot of kids come out and play for a good cause.” Brovsky said the idea for this event and for Peace Pandemic originated during his studies at Notre Dame. Peace Pandemic blended his passion for social change, peace studies, soccer and entrepreneurship into one, he said. “I saw the enormous potential of soccer to bridge cultural, national, social, economic, ethnic and religious gaps in the world today,” Brovsky said. Peace Pandemic hosted its first international camps in the India this past December, he said. The clinics combined sport and health to teach children basic soccer skills and illness-prevention hygiene. Brovsky said the camp coached boys in the morning and girls in the evening. At the end of each session, children met with staff in individual health sessions. “With the boys, we want to focus more on the messages of nonviolence and responsibility. We talk about the equality of women with them and the importance of treating [girls] with respect and love,” he said. “We want the boys to feel like their aspirations in life are attainable and that they can change the world for the better.” Brovsky said the message for girls is tailored toward empowerment. He said he hopes the clinics open them to opportunities in the future. “The girls were astonished to see Caitlin [Phelan], the manager of our Peace Pandemic medical staff, and hear her speak with such confidence and direction,” he said. “They had no idea that a woman could hold that position, let alone go to school for medicine.” Brovsky said running an international foundation has its challenges, the rewards are greater than he ever expected. “After coaching and staying in the slums with these boys and girls, it not only changes their lives but it changes yours as well,” he said. “I know that anyone who is involved internationally with Peace Pandemic walks away with a new perspective, skill and more compassionate outlook on the world.” Brovsky said as the number of soccer camps and tournaments held worldwide increase, the impact they make will grow as well. The tournament at Notre Dame is one small step in building momentum for this progress, he said. “The more understanding and unity that we bring just through conversation and the sport of soccer moves the world one step closer towards peace,” he said. “Obviously this one soccer tournament won’t change the course of history, but this one soccer tournament will certainly change at least one young child’s life for the better.” Registration will take place this week in LaFortune Student Center on Wednesday and Thursday. Teams of three to five people can register for $20. More information on the foundation can be found at Contact Nicole Toczauer at [email protected]last_img read more


Students to research abroad

first_imgFor some Notre Dame students, the holidays are a break from academics. But for others, the upcoming vacation affords a chance to expand upon their academic interests abroad. Senior Kalyn Fetta will travel to Italy for one week over break to conduct research on poverty alleviation in the country. “I’ll be interviewing different program directors of non-profits and NGOs in Italy, specifically religiously affiliated ones, and then I’ll actually be doing service and helping out with one of them,” she said. Fetta, a poverty studies minor who studied abroad in Rome last fall, said her research focuses on comparing and contrasting the different ways the United States and Italy attempt to address poverty and related issues. “I’ll look at the extent of services they provide, why they serve, why different members of the organization are there, their mission, their accomplishments and how they measure the effectiveness of the program,” she said. Fetta will spend the majority of her time and efforts in Rome, where she has several contacts from her time abroad at John Cabot University. She will mainly work with the Community of Sant’Egidio, an international Christian organization that serves the poor. Fetta said she met a program director of the group at Notre Dame a few weeks ago, and she will meet with him again while in Rome. “They have daily prayer services in [Basilica di] Santa Maria in Trastevere so I will meet and experience the community there,” she said. “They also focus a lot on serving the elderly so I think I’ll be making some sort of house visit with them.” She will also travel to Florence and Assisi to meet with additional organizations that assist the impoverished. A few countries west of Fetta, senior Ellen Brandenberger will spend 10 days of break researching her senior thesis in England and Wales. “I’m conducting a thesis for my history major on understandings of cultural nationalism in Wales during the Industrial Revolution,” Brandenberger said. Like Fetta, Brandenberger said she developed the idea for her research when she studied abroad in London last spring. “While I was there I did the parliamentary internship, and my boss really encouraged me to pursue research in Welsh History, with a special focus on the Industrial Revolution,” she said. To finance her research, Brandenberger applied for funds via the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement website. She was approved and received a substantial grant from the Nanovic Institute for European Studies shortly thereafter. “I submitted a research proposal – a detailed list of expected costs and a recommendation from my thesis advisor,” Brandenberger said. “I wouldn’t say it was a difficult process, but it did force me to clarify the objectives of my research and align these goals to my advisor’s understanding of my work.” Brandenberger said the majority of the funds will subsidize her visits and access to the Parliamentary Archives and archives at the National Library of Wales, where she will use primary documents to support her thesis. Fetta also received a grant from the Nanovic Institute to support her international research. She said once she started applying for approvals and grants, she found a full support network of individuals able to provide further assistance. “Anyone I contacted would have three or four more contacts for me, even just other people around campus,” she said. “They were definitely very helpful.”last_img read more


Theology professor to deliver Madeleva Lecture

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Center for Spirituality recently announced that Christine Firer Hinze will speak at the 29th annual Madeleva Lecture, which will occur April 24 in Carroll Auditorium.According to a press release from director of media relations Gwen O’Brien, Hinze is a professor of theology and director of the Francis and Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies at Fordham University. This lecture will address gender issues in relation to Catholic social thought.The lecture, titled “Glass Ceilings and Dirt Floors: Women, Work, Catholic Social Teaching and the Global Economy,” is meant to build on statistics regarding women’s market and household work in order to argue that 21st-century economies must pursue sustainable sufficiency for every household and the “world house,” O’Brien said.Hinze’s interests focus on issues in Christian social ethics that emphasize work, justice, women and families, O’Brien said. Hinze earned her master’s degree in theology from the Catholic University of America and a doctorate in Christian social ethics from the University of Chicago.The press release stated that Hinze is the author of the books “Comprehending Power in Christian Social Ethics” and “Radical Sufficiency: The Legacy and Future of the Catholic Living Wage Agenda.” Her numerous scholarly essays have also appeared in books and journals including “Theological Studies,” “The Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics,” “The Journal of Catholic Social Thought” and “Studies in Christian Ethics.”Director of the Center for Spirituality Elizabeth Groppe said she is pleased Hinze accepted the invitation to speak at Saint Mary’s.“Professor Firer Hinze’s work in the tradition of Catholic Social Teaching gives special attention to the experience of women and families,” Groppe said. “Her lecture will bring this experience and the wisdom of the tradition to bear on the challenging economic realities of our time.”Junior Amanda Gilbert said she is looking forward to the lecture, though she has not attended the Madeleva Lecture Series in the past.“I think professor Firer Hinze will be a moving speaker with many interesting points about Catholic social thought, which is a topic that really doesn’t get discussed outside of religious studies courses here,” Gilbert said. “It’s always a great opportunity for students to hear such an accomplished woman speak at Saint Mary’s, and I think there will be a great take-away for our entire community.”The Madeleva Lecture Series is well-known both nationally and internationally. Some of the most influential female scholars of the past 25 years have visited as Madeleva lecturers, O’Brien said.The Madeleva Lecture Series is named after the legendary Sr. Madeleva Wolff, president of Saint Mary’s College from 1934 to 1961, the press release stated. The series wishes to carry forth her inspiration as visionary, educator and woman of deep spiritual conviction.Tags: Center for Spirituality, Madeleva Lecturelast_img read more


Speakers remember stories of Hesburgh’s life

first_imgBrian Lach | The Observer Condoleezza RiceTwelve invited speakers — including President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and one current and two former U.S. Senators — recounted stories, shared Hesburgh’s words of wisdom and reflected on his legacy.The tribute was the final event in the series of official memorials and services celebrating the life of Hesburgh, who died last Thursday.Anne Thompson, a correspondent for NBC News and a member of the Notre Dame Board of Trustees, emceed the program, which included music from campus choirs and musical ensembles.University President Fr. John Jenkins delivered opening remarks, Holy Cross Provincial Superior Thomas J. O’Hara said a convocation prayer, and Superior General Richard V. Warner ended the evening with a benediction.Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States Carter said he first spoke to Hesburgh while he was a presidential candidate and often took Hesburgh’s advice after he was elected.“Once when I asked him, ‘How can you advise anybody to be a leader of a great nation?’ he said, ‘be human,’” Carter said. “I took that advice as well.”During his presidency, Carter appointed Hesburgh to be ambassador to the UN Conference of Science and Technology for Development, to a commission to create the Holocaust Museum and to the Select Commssion for Immigration and Refugee Policy ReformThat led Carter to offer Hesburgh a favor in 1979. Hesburgh, an airplane lover, asked for a ride on an SR-71 Blackbird, the fastest plane in the world.“I said, ‘Fr. Hesburgh, it’s not customary for civilians to ride on a top-secret airplane,’” Carter said. “He said, ‘That’s all right. I thought you were Commander-in-Chief.’” Michael Yu | The Observer Jimmy CarterCarter said he called the Secretary of Defense and then a pilot of a Blackbird, asking him to go faster than the 2,193-mile-per-hour record for the plane.“On the last day of February 1979, Fr. Hesburgh went up in an SR-71 Blackbird airplane, and he and the pilot went 2,200 miles an hour,” Carter said. “He set a new world record for the fastest any human beings have ever flown, except the astronauts in a rocket.“We all know that Fr. Hesburgh has an almost indescribable list of achievements in education and human rights and service to others. But in his autobiography, he gives me credit for arranging this fast ride. And he says that was one of the greatest achievements he ever accomplished.“Well, I’m proud that I was able to do that for him, because he did so much for people everywhere.”Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. Secretary of StateRice met Fr. Hesburgh in 1970 when the Civil Rights Commission came to the University of Denver to hold hearings.“Now, the great civil rights legislation was already done,” Rice said.  “But for this little girl, still a teenager, but whose memories were of life in a segregated Birmingham where her parents couldn’t take her to a movie theater or a restaurant, where she had gone segregated schools until she moved to Denver, Colorado. For this girl, Fr. Ted’s clear understanding and belief that America had to be so much better than it was reassuring, and it was inspiring.”While studying at the University, Rice said Hesburgh frequently interacted with students, always happy to discuss current issues with them.“Somehow his touch was so personal, that even those who met him once, or maybe never at all, knew him, and they loved him,” Rice said. “Just as he loved Notre Dame.”Rice said she and Hesburgh remained friends after she left Notre Dame and eventually joined the faculty at Stanford University.“Throughout the years that followed, my life was truly enriched and my spirit was refreshed by that friendship with Fr. Ted,” she said. “As Provost of Stanford, we would sometimes talk about higher education … . But the note that he sent me most proudly was the one that told me that for the first time, Notre Dame’s valedictorian was a woman.”Eventually, Rice left Stanford to work in the government, serving as both National Security Advisor and Secretary of State. During her time in the latter position, she dedicated an immense amount of time to negotiating peace between Israel and Palestine.After she returned from one visit to the region, she said, she received a call from Hesburgh, who told her she sounded tired. He suggested she invite the Israeli Prime Minister and the Palestinian Authority President to the University’s cabin in Land O’Lakes, Wisconsin, to talk about peace.“I would have loved to have done it,” Rice said. “I never quite got them that far. But somehow, I was encouraged and spurred ahead to try. Because Fr. Hesburgh understood that you can never accept the world as it is, you have to work for the world as it should be.”Rosalynn Carter, former First Lady of the U.S. Mrs. Carter met Fr. Hesburgh when they served on the national crisis committee formed in response to the Cambodian genocide.As part of the administration’s initial response to the conflict, Mrs. Carter and several other officials went on an official visit to Cambodian refugee camps. She said she was struck by the immense poverty and suffering she witnessed.“All the way home I felt this great responsibility for me and Jimmy and the whole country to do something about this tragic situation,” Mrs. Carter said.When Mrs. Carter returned to the White House, she had a phone call waiting for her, she said.“And guess who was calling me?” Mrs. Carter said. “Fr. Ted, eager to go to work. Two days later, he was in the White House, having formed a national crisis committee which raised a large fund from private donors to support refugees.“He was a most effective leader and integral in the committee.”Later, Hesburgh invited Mrs. Carter to serve on the Advisory Board of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and to co-chair the DeBurght Conference on religious freedom in Soviet Russia, she said.The most striking thing Mrs. Carter remembered about Hesburgh was his enduring commitment to human rights for all, she said.“He continued until his last days to be an optimist who saw the world as he would like it to be, with his help,” Mrs. Carter said.“Fr. Ted is one of the greatest humanitarians I have ever known, and I am honored to have been and always will be honored to have had a wonderful friendship with him.”Barack Obama, President of the United StatesIn a pre-recorded address, Obama described Hesburgh’s work and leadership on the Civil Rights Commission and praised his initiative and desire to do good.“There’s a story that I love from the early years of that Commission, back when Fr. Ted was a founding member,” Obama said. “As you can imagine, those discussions were often long and difficult because, as he later wrote, the Commission agreed on very little outside of the Constitution.“So when it came time to write their final report, Fr. Ted had an idea. He took them all to the Notre Dame retreat up in Land O’Lakes, Wisconsin, and there he said, they realized that despite their differences, they were all fishermen. In the literal sense. So they fired up the grill, caught some walleye, and ultimately the report they produced served as a major influence on the Civil Rights Act of 1964.“That’s the spirit that we celebrate today. A leader, a thinker, a man who always saw that we are all children of God, and that together we can do incredible things that we cannot do alone.”William Bowen, President Emeritus of Princeton University Bowen said Hesburgh always valued “openness and mutual respect,” particularly when President Barack Obama was invited to give the commencement address in 2009. When the University faced criticism for the invitation, Hesburgh said Notre Dame was both a lighthouse for Catholic teaching and a crossroads for different beliefs.“As always, Ted said what needed to be said courageously and clearly,” Bowen said. “A beautifully blended image of the lighthouse and the crossroads will always stay with me.”Bowen said Hesburgh was also compassionate on an individual level. When Bowen lost touch with his mother after she refused to move out of her home, Hesburgh arranged for her to move to an assisted living facility connected to Notre Dame.“Believer as he was in the need to be active on the world’s largest stages, Fr. Ted was every bit as committed to helping an aged lady he did not know,” Bowen said.Joe Donnelly, U.S. Senator, IndianaDonnelly, class of 1977, said openness and acceptance characterized Hesburgh’s life, through the admittance of women to Notre Dame, his love of South Bend and the Navy and his availability to students.“The light in his small campus room here in Corby Hall was always on,” he said. “Midnight, 2 a.m. It was for students who may have lost a parent, who were wondering, ‘how am I ever going to pay the rest of the tuition bill? How am I ever going to pass my test? I’ve got a broken heart, and it will never heal.’ Fr. Ted was our pastor, and he wanted us to all know how loved we were.”Fr. Paul Doyle, Rector of Dillon HallDoyle, who helped take care of Hesburgh as he aged and his vision deteriorated, said he possessed innate goodness and a rich spiritual life, saying Mass daily and often talking with the Blessed Virgin Mary.Doyle said Hesburgh stopped going to his office on the 13th floor of the Hesburgh Library regularly after Christmas, but recently decided to make one last visit.“He wanted to talk to Our Lady on the Dome one more time from his office,” he said. “Those who helped Fr. Ted make that visit to his office report that Fr. Ted talked to her from his gut, thanking her and entrusting this place and us to her continuing care.”Lou Holtz, former Notre Dame football coachHesburgh regarded his decision to admit women to Notre Dame as one of his greatest achievements, Holtz said. Holtz said he would ask Fr. Hesburgh why he had decided to make the University co-educational.“His answer was, I always knew Notre Dame could not be a great educational institution if we continue to eliminate one half of the most talented people in this country,” Holtz said.According to Holtz, Hesburgh was the embodiment of a great leader.“I asked him, ‘What is a leader, Father?’ and he said, ‘If you’re going to be a leader, you have to have a vision of where you are and where you want to go and how you’re going to get there.’ Well, I can tell you, for sure, Fr. Hesburgh had a vision, where he wanted to go and how to get there,” Holtz said.Hesburgh is irreplaceable, but we can repay him by living in a manner worthy of him, Holtz said.“I always had a saying, ‘If you didn’t show up, who would miss you and why? If you didn’t go home, would anyone miss you and why?’” Holtz said.“Put that question on Fr. Hesburgh. Think of the difference he made in people’s lives.… But I think if we really want to show the positive influence he had on our lives, we must live the way Fr. Hesburgh would want us to do. This is the only way we can ever repay him.”Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, D.C. McCarrick said through his devotion to Mary and the Eucharist and his service to popes, Hesburgh “knew what it was to be a faithful priest.” He said Hesburgh’s writing and priesthood were faithful to both the Church and the Second Vatican Council.“We are judged by the fruit of our labors, and this beloved University is his gift — his gift to the church, his gift to our nation, his gift to ourselves, his gift to the future of the world,” McCarrick said.Mike Pence, Governor of IndianaPence said while Hesburgh was a “giant on the world stage,” he always returned home.“Fr. Hesburgh always came home to Indiana, to South Bend and to his beloved Notre Dame. This community and this state held an unequivocally special place in Fr. Ted’s heart, and I [rise] to say tonight that Fr. Ted held a special place in the heart of people all across this state.”Harris Wofford, former U.S. Senator, Pennsylvania, and Martin Rodgers, Member of Board of TrusteesIn an interview with Thompson, Harris Wofford and Martin Rodgers, class of 1988, spoke on Hesburgh’s role in the Civil Rights Movement, both in the U.S. and at Notre Dame.Wofford, who served as Hesburgh’s legal counsel while Hesburgh was on the Civil Rights Commission, said that Hesburgh’s biggest challenge while on the Commission was John Battle, the Governor of Virginia, a fellow member of the Commission and a strong supporter of segregation.“Only Fr. Hesburgh and John Battle thought at the end of the day to drink bourbon, so they began to take turns bringing it at the end of each meeting,” Wofford said.“They never fought over civil rights but became friends. They talked about family and friendship.“When it became time to see if they could agree … they unanimously came together and John Battle said, ‘I can’t know Fr. Hesburgh and the Constitution together and not see that something must be done.’”Rodgers, who as a student helped the Department of Admissions increase the number of minority students admitted by more than 15 percent, spoke of Hesburgh’s impact on integration on campus.Rodgers’ father was one of the first African-Americans to enroll at Notre Dame and he revered Hesburgh, Rodgers said.“Back then, when he enrolled and he showed up, his roommate refused to room with him because of the color of his skin,” Rodgers said.“My dad was alone, he was scared, he was uncertain what would transpire, but he needn’t have been. He needn’t have been because Fr. Ted Hesburgh, who assumed the presidency the year later, his values and the values of the Holy Cross priests were already in the bricks and mortar of this place.”“He needn’t have been scared and worried because this is the University of Notre Dame, the University of Our Lady, and so the University, back in 1951, told my father’s roommate that he would have to be the one to pack his bags, not my dad.”Alan Simpson, Former U.S. Senator, WyomingSimpson, who worked with Hesburgh on the Immigration Reform Commission, said Hesburgh never “got any soft issues to deal with in America” but approached all his tasks with reasonableness and good humor.“He was fair, firm, prepared, principled, productive, patriotic and had a grand sense of himself and the world around him, and even the ability to chuckle at himself,” Simpson said. “He served in the trenches — actually down in the foxholes sometimes, when verbal shells were being lobbed in.”Often drawing laughter from the audience, Simpson told stories about his and Hesburgh’s dealings with minister and activist William Sloane Coffin, Hesburgh’s friendship with Ann Landers and Simpson’s own honorary doctorate and law degree from Notre Dame.“To me, he was the epitome of grace in man,” Simpson said. “The torch he carried for 97 years lighted many a path and lightened many a burden, and what we already saw in this magnificent life lived was the true essence of religion lived out. Truly we are all children of God; few of us become men of God. He was.”Tags: Alan Simpson, Barack Obama, Condoleeza Rice, Harris Wofford, Hesburgh, Jimmy Carter, Joe Donnelly, Martin Rodgers, Memorial Tribute, Mike Pence, Paul Doyle, Purcell Pavilion, Rosalynn Carter, Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, William Bowen Nearly 10,000 members of the Notre Dame community gathered in Purcell Pavilion to remember University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh at a memorial tribute Wednesday.last_img read more


Sr. Eva Hooker reads from newly published poetry book

first_imgThere’s a winged godwit walking along a lake shore on the cover of Sr. Eva Mary Hooker’s newly published book of poetry.Hooker performed a reading of “Godwit,” which was released this month, in Rice Commons on Thursday night.Hooker, a 1963 graduate of the College and faculty member of the English department, spoke about her experiences with the book’s namesake bird.“My first encounter with godwits was at Crane Beach and Plum Island, both in Massachusetts,” Hooker said. “My next encounter was in the prairie grasslands of Minnesota. Godwits with wet feet, godwits making themselves fat for the long flight from Minnesota to South America by way of the Atlantic coast.”Hooker said the bird’s name comes from the old English word meaning good creature and that the name itself is also a glorious pun. The godwit is famous today for its long migration, with the bar-tailed godwit making an unbroken 7,257 mile flight from Alaska to New Zealand by way of China each year, she said.The first section of the book is called “Godsalt,” in reference to a metaphor used by Cormac McCarthy in his novel “The Road,” she said.“I want to move that possession of salt, which is in the deep of God, into the possession of the soul as what I call inflorescence blooming of the soul,” Hooker said.A poem titled “Solomon’s Seal” is named after a protected flower Hooker came upon behind Riedinger House on Saint Mary’s campus one day, she said. The white space of the printed poems is used for a variety of purposes and, in this case, is used “to imagine the touch of the spirit,” she said.“The middle section [of the book] is called ‘Dark is the shadow of me,’ which is a sequence of poems which explore dark as shadow, a place where soul is a verb, not a noun,” Hooker said. “… In the heart of the sequence, soul is a place of danger.”The third part of the publication is “There is work to do within nothingness,” she said, and one poem in the section shares that title.“At last the day has come when I have a book in my hands that I made,” she said. “Carl Phillips writes that a lyric poem is always, at some level, a testimony at once for a love of the world we must lose, and to the fact of loss itself — and how in that tension between love and loss that the poem enacts there is a particular resinous that he calls mercy. …“… In Godwit, that was my being,” she said. “Mercy as a kind of respite, a geography of heightened consciousness that is within us, as if bodily shaken.”Junior Leah Alday attended the poetry reading and said she appreciated the references Hooker made to outside literary influences.“I really enjoyed that she had a lot of Hildegard references, because not many people I know talk about her,” Alday said. “I learned about her in Germany, so hearing about her in Sr. Eva’s poetry was really beautiful.”Hooker is also the author of “The Winter Keeper” and “Notes for Survival in the Wilderness.” Her poems have been published in journals such as Barrow Street, Cincinnati review, Drunken Boat and many others, assistant professor of English and creative writing Dionne Bremyer said.The reading was part of the spring season’s visiting writer series at the College, sponsored by the English department.Tags: creative writing, English, Godwin, Poetry, Sr. Eva Mary Hookerlast_img read more


Writing Center gives students opportunity to work with tutors

first_imgChris Collins | The Observer A student consults with a tutor in the Coleman-Morse location of the Writing Center, which is open to students of all ages, skill levels and areas of study.Junior Evelyn Heck, also a tutor for the Writing Center, said its methodology focuses on ideas and communication. Taking cues from the way writing works in a real world academic environment, it focuses on improving a student’s writing through organic discussion with tutors, Heck said. At the Writing Center, she said, a student can receive constructive criticism about their writing as well as discuss, debate and order their ideas. “The purpose of the Writing Center is to promote discussion about various topics, and also to help writers shape their ways of thinking, and that’s the first step in writing a good paper,” Heck said. “It’s much less about editing and grammar or ‘What does the professor want?’ and it’s so much more about really shaping the way the writers can narrow in on what their ideas are on a given subject and express it in their own words.”Matthew Capdevielle, director of the Writing Center, oversees the selection and training of the student tutors. To be a tutor for the Writing Center, a student must be recommended for the position by a professor, submit an application and go through an interview process. Students who have been selected as tutors take a class during their first semester as a tutor, which exposes them to the basics of teaching, tutoring and different types of rhetoric.While its focus is to improve student writing, the Writing Center is far from a remedial program. John Duffy, director of the University Writing Program and former director of the Writing Center, said the main thing people don’t understand about the Writing Center is it’s not just for bad writers — it offers all students, regardless of age, skill level or subject an opportunity to improve their writing at any stage of the process.“Good writers understand that they can always be better, and one of the ways to get better is to talk about your writing and to talk about the ways you can improve,” he said. “So the main misconception, I would say, is that to go to the Writing Center doesn’t mean you’re a bad writer — it means you want to be a better writer.”Duffy said the best way to utilize the resources the Writing Center has to offer is through their online portal at On the website, clients can create an online account and schedule a 45-minute meeting with one of the Writing Center’s tutors.  In the midst of midterms and application season, those looking to improve their writing skills can visit the Writing Center to discuss their work and receive constructive criticism. The center is open to anyone, regardless of skill level or area of study, senior Kathryn Minko, a tutor at the center said, and allows clients to work on any form of writing with trained student tutors.“The Writing Center is a tool for undergraduate, graduate students — pretty much anybody to come in and just work on their writing and have a conversation about it,” she said. “There’s an emphasis on collaboration, not just the tutor telling the student what’s wrong with their paper.” Tags: Midterms, tutoring, Writing Centerlast_img read more


State Senate Votes To Extend Window For The Child Victims Act

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) MGN ImageALBANY – The New York State Senate unanimous voted Tuesday to extend the lookback window for the Child Victims Act.Victims will now have until August 2021 to bring about any civil action.The vote was the first time in two months that the New York State Senate was back in session. Many members tuned in remotely.The Child Victim’s Act was signed in to law last year and gives victims time to file lawsuits in cases involving abuse that may have surpassed the statute of limitations. last_img


Two Jamestown Residents Sentenced Following Witness Retaliation Conviction

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) Stock Image.BUFFALO — Two Jamestown residents have been sentenced to prison after being convicted of conspiracy to retaliate against an informant, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.Bobby Hunt, 27, and Amy Dean, 31, were sentenced to serve 24 months in prison and a period of time served (approximately three months) respectively by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo.Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua A. Violanti, who handled the case, said that in October 2018, the defendants conspired to intimidate and/or retaliate against an individual (the victim), whom they believed was sharing information with investigators regarding the drug trafficking activities of Ramael Fields, Jr.Hunt and Dean believed the Victim might also share information about Hunt’s possible involvement in a narcotics conspiracy. Fields was previously arrested in connection with a federal investigation of a large-scale methamphetamine distribution operation in Jamestown. On October 17 and October 25, 2018, Hunt posted a series of Facebook messages regarding individuals “snitching” on the defendant’s “brother,” Ramael Fields, Jr., officials said. On October 25, 2018, Hunt posted a copy of the cover page of the indictment that charged Fields. The cover page included a list of individuals whom Fields and Hunt believed to be federal informants who provided information that led to the arrest of Fields. Hunt received the indictment cover page from Fields, who instructed the defendant to post the page on Facebook. Also on October 25, 2018, Hunt and Dean left the victim several threatening Facebook voice messages, including:Hunt: You know if I go to jail for conspiracy there’s going to be a lot of females after you!Dean: That’s right [expletive] and his sister is one of them so go ahead and try [expletive] cause I live at 124 Barrows and you can come get yourself some, don’t you threaten my little brother!The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Robert Guyton.last_img read more


Police Identify Man Killed In Wednesday Crash

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) Stock Image.DUNKIRK – Police have identified the man killed in a one-vehicle crash last week in Dunkirk.The City of Dunkirk Police Department says Harley Smith, 41, of Fredonia, died after his vehicle struck a tree in the 600 block of South Roberts Road Wednesday afternoon.Not much is known about the crash other than that Smith died at the scene.Dunkirk Police were assisted at the scene by Dunkirk Fire Department, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department accident reconstruction team, Chautauqua County Coroner’s office and Chautauqua County Fire Police. last_img


Governor Warns Of ‘COVID Fatigue,’ Asks Residents To Watch Family Mental Health

first_imgPixabay Stock Image.ALBANY – New York’s Governor says COVID-19 is affecting more than just physical health; it’s impacting people’s mental health too.Governor Andrew Cuomo during his press conference briefing on Wednesday called it “COVID Fatigue.”Cuomo says he is hearing stories of people dealing with emotional stress and anxiety as a result of the pandemic, but stressed that while people are getting tired, the virus isn’t.“COVID in the early stages, I think, was almost a form of adrenaline that kicks in and you do what you have to do, and you function and that gets you through,” Cuomo explained. “The adrenaline phase, and now you have this overwhelming sense and people are feeling it.” The Governor now wants New Yorkers to come together to battle COVID fatigue.He’s asking everyone to take a few minutes to call their loved ones and check in on them. 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