Artist opens exhibit at Saint Mary’s

first_imgLocal artist Janet L. Johnson discussed her icon exhibit on display at the Cushwa-Leighton Library at Saint Mary’s on Thursday. The exhibit features portraits of Christ and the saints painted in traditional icon style. Johnson, a former teacher of the year at the Elkhart Area Career Center and mentor to 27 award-winning students in the National Skills/USA design competition, said she turned to painting as a way of achieving deeper spirituality and relaxation. “I came to doing icons to give me a state of relaxation and meditation,” she said. “It gives me time for prayers and thoughtfulness. Growing up in a Catholic church, being surrounded by ornate imagery, going to Mass every day of the week … had a very big impact on my life.” Even though painting icons is a way to relax, it does have its difficulties. “Icons are very difficult because they have to be perfect,” Lynn Edison, a fellow painter and friend of Johnson’s, said. Doni Hoevel, another friend, said the challenge of painting icons does not lie in the need to be creative. “Icons don’t require a lot of creativity – it’s basically repetition from the icons in the past,” Hoevel said. “It’s very difficult to repeat something so perfectly.” Johnson said a lot of time is spent on technique because each icon is painted with 80 to 100 layers of paint. “Every brushstroke has a prayer,” she said. In her artist’s statement, Johnson said she takes a spiritual lesson away from each of her paintings. “Whether it is Mother and Child, Jesus or a saint, I have much to learn from [the icons],” she said in her statement. “With every brush stroke I am able to focus with a special intention for someone, a small prayer or mantra or a kind of divine obedience to be quiet in the presence of the image on which I am working.” Johnson said she is not the only one who can learn from the icons. “By looking into the face of an icon, a relationship may develop and will assist others on their spiritual journey.”last_img read more

CCUSA, ND partner to combat poverty

first_imgUniversity President Fr. John Jenkins and Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) President Fr. Larry Snyder met yesterday to sign a memo of understanding between the two institutions, pledging to work together to reduce poverty wat a national level. Snyder said CCUSA, the national office of more than 160 Catholic charities nationwide, has a long-standing partnership with the Mendoza College of Business through the annual Commission for Service program. At the signing, Snyder said CCUSA wants to engage with the University on another level, strengthening cooperation with each other. “When you look at the mission statement of the University and the mission statement of Catholic Charities, it’s amazing how similar they are in what we are trying to do as Catholic organizations,” Snyder said. “We both want to have an extreme impact on building community and building lives in this country.” CCUSA’s social service work and the University’s academic focus are an ideal combination, Snyder said. “What’s exciting about this [partnership] is that we’re some of the first groups to come together and use our resources, our talents, and our creativity to have a greater impact in lowering the amount of people living in poverty in this country,” he said. Snyder said the help provided by the University’s academic skills and economic guidance is an essential tool in helping Catholic Charities to effectively use its resources. “We’re social workers. [Catholic Charities] needs economists who are going to look at what we do and say ‘this is really having an impact,’ so that we can take that and run, or ‘this is not having an impact’ so that we can take that and shut it down, putting our resources where they are needed,” he said. Jenkins said the partnership between CCUSA and the University is a great opportunity for the Notre Dame community because helping those in need is at the core of a Catholic institution. “You can’t claim to be a genuine Catholic university if you don’t serve those in need,” he said. “It’s one thing to have good intentions, and it’s another thing to make something actually happen. I believe, that with this partnership, we can find innovative ways to actually help people in need rise out of poverty.” Jenkins concluded by emphasizing the uniqueness of this partnership, calling it “extremely exciting.” “As we continue to build this partnership between these two institutions, I think we will have a powerful effect in helping people rise out of poverty,” Jenkins said. “This is a great opportunity for us to be more of what we say we are, a Catholic university being of service to people in need.”last_img read more

Pilot DART reform launches

first_imgIn an email to the sophomore class last week, the student government Department of Academic Affairs said the Class of 2016 will take part in a pilot program for the DART registration process that condenses course registration into one three-hour time window this March.“A proposal has been brought forth for an adjustment to the registration period for sophomores in March 2014,” the email said. “Instead of the normal spread of two days, all sophomores would register on a single day within a succinct three-hour period.“Additionally, the sophomore class time tickets would be scheduled from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. to minimize conflicts with classes, department exams, etc. Time tickets are spread out across the three-hour window to avoid system overload.”ERIN RICE | The Observer Junior Max Brown, the director of Academic Affairs, said the course registration process will remain the same, aside from the shortened registration period.“It’s going to be exactly the same as it was before, but the time slots [for registration] will be compacted,” Brown said. “Absolutely nothing is changing about the DARTing process other than the time slots being closer together.”Brown said the decision to try this new system came from a close analysis of the current system and the feedback student government received regarding time conflicts with the DART system.“We asked ourselves, ‘How can we make this system administratively more efficient and operationally more user-friendly so that students get the best possible outcome?’” Brown said.“Some of the feedback we’ve gotten about the DART process was that there were conflicts with class, exams or other activities.”Brown said student government has analyzed the DART system via student comments over the past few years.“Students clearly feel that two days for registration time tickets is outmoded,” the email said. “Specifically, minimizing time tickets between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day for two days due to frequent conflicts with a variety of activities would benefit students.”Brown said a student population as large as Notre Dame’s will inevitably have conflicts whenever the University holds registration, but student government felt it could still improve upon the current system.“The fact of the matter is that whenever we DART, there will be some conflicts,” Brown said. “[Student government] has really analyzed the system, and it’s an imperfect system, but we want to make it as fair as possible for as many students as possible.”Brown said student government chose the sophomore class for the new pilot program because second-year students have enough experience with the process, but still have enough room in their schedules to take a wide variety of classes.“This is probably the best group to give [student government] good feedback,” Brown said.He said new technology, specifically additional software, allowed student government to try the new registration process.“Now that we have the software, we can condense the times and not worry about overloading the system,” Brown said.The email said the registration process will remain the same for all non-sophomore students, but if the pilot program is successful, it may expand.“If the sophomore registration in March is successful, then the Office of the Deans, Registrar and Student Government shall consider expanding the concise window to other classes for Fall 2014,” the email said.Tags: Class of 2016, DART, Department of Academic Affairslast_img read more

SMC students recognized for STEM work

first_imgSaint Mary’s College seniors Mary Kate Hussey and Kate Bussey earned recognition from the Huffington Post for their STEM-related work this summer. Hussey took part in an internship at General Electric Aviation in Massachusetts while Bussey spent time at Saint Mary’s working under chemistry professor Kayode Oshin.Bussey, who worked as a teacher’s assistant for Oshin her sophomore year, said Oshin asked her to join his research team after a conversation about looking for summer lab opportunities. The 10-week summer project involved synthesizing catalysts for atom transfer radical addition reactions, she said Photo Courtesy of Kate Bussey Saint Mary’s senior Kate Bussey“[Oshin] had very high expectations for us,” Bussey said. “I remember the first day we sat there during our initial welcome, with him telling us what we were going to be doing, and we were all kind of overwhelmed … but actually achieving the goal in the time we had was very rewarding.”The research team, which included juniors Annie McGlone and Jennifer Connell, usually worked seven-hour days on complex material, Bussey said. She said tasks such as measuring the activation energy rate of each catalyst were hard to accomplish with common instrumentation and often required calculations or time in Notre Dame’s labs.Despite some frustrations, such as trouble syncing lignans and reactions not going properly, Bussey said problem solving was a key part of the learning process.“Just trying to not get frustrated, and keeping up the momentum and staying encouraged to try the next thing [was important],” she said. “That’s what research is. It’s not supposed to work the first time.”Bussey, a chemistry major and math minor, intends to use the research as part of her senior comprehensive formal presentation. She said she would like to get her master’s in education and teach high school chemistry. The research program in which she participated was funded by the Marjorie A. Neuhoff Summer Science Research Communities.Mary Kate Hussey also had an enriching 11-week summer internship at a General Electric Plant in Lynn, Mass. with the Environmental Health and Safety department, she said. Hussey said she was able to tour GE sites and learn skills that related to her chemical engineering major.“Lynn is a manufacturing site and one of the few where you can see a jet engine start as a sheet of metal and end when it is assembled, tested, and shipped to the consumer,” Hussey said. “The sky was the limit at this site, you could learn as little or as much as you wanted about the process.” Photo courtesy of Mary Kate Hussey Saint Mary’s senior Mary Kate HusseyThe internship arose after talking to a General Electric Aviation representative during a career fair at Notre Dame, she said. Hussey worked with about 100 fellow interns and plans to apply lessons learned in the near future, she said.“[Working in the industry] is definitely the sort of work I can see myself doing after college,” she said, “I have always had a passion for the environment and working for a company like GE.”As a member of the varsity soccer team at Saint Mary’s, and after experience working as a teacher’s assistant in an organic chemistry lab, Hussey said she feels the College has helped her develop time management, determination and leadership qualities. She also encouraged fellow students to also seek out their passions.“Experience comes from putting yourself out there and networking,” she said. “One of the most important qualities that a company like GE looks for in their employees is if they are well-rounded.  Of course your GPA is important, but personality and involvement is almost more important … it is ok to do your best and spend some time bettering yourself in other ways.”Tags: GE, Huffington Post, research, STEMlast_img read more

Freshmen to receive Thanking Father Ted e-book

first_imgEach year, the Thanking Father Ted (TFT) Foundation provides a copy the 2007 book “Thanking Father Ted” to all female Notre Dame freshmen. The Hall Presidents Council will distribute the book, which consists of a collection of letters to University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, in e-book form within the next week, Michael Wajda, co-chair of Hall Presidents Council, said.The TFT Foundation was founded by a group of early women Notre Dame graduates to pass along the story of coeducation at Notre Dame, Foundation secretary Sheila O’Brien said.“The TFT Foundation was the brainchild of one of Notre Dame’s first women alumna, A.T. Palmer, who conceived the idea after we wrote the TFT book to honor Father Ted’s 90th birthday,” TFT director Tara Kenney said. “A.T. had asked me early on to contribute to the book and help solicit other letters from my ND women’s network. With the book, we wanted to thank and honor Father’s commitment to coeducation. Without his support and perseverance in the early 70s, [women] would not be here today.”The legacy of coeducation is still very strong at Notre Dame, O’Brien’s daughter sophomore M.K. Andersen said, as women are very involved on campus.“I think for coeducation purposes, Notre Dame is on the right track,” Andersen said. “If you look at the stats, it is roughly 50-50 with men and women students, in contrast to other schools … I think there are weird gender problems here, but that comes more from separate dorms.”Fr. Hesburgh still remains in support of the women of Notre Dame, Kenney’s son sophomore Jack Grassey said.“Fr. Ted, in particular, feels very strongly for the first woman classes that were here, but also is really proud of the fact that women do so well here,” Grassey said. “Every time I see him, he mentions that the last four valedictorians here have been women.”It is important to give the book to freshmen girls to let them know that they have an equal place at Notre Dame, Andersen said.“Notre Dame is a daunting place in general, and there may still be some strides to still go [in coeducation],” she said. “There has always been a bunch of things for the guys to do, while there are some girls’ dorms that are new and still don’t have their own traditions. It’s kind of nice to have that reassurance that it will be fine, it will be good, and you will have that awesome Notre Dame experience.”“The book is a way of welcoming girls and letting them know, ‘Okay, this is the history that women have here, that people before you have this great history at this school, and we want you to know you’re as much a part of the community as any guy here,’” Grassey said.The book and the Foundation both strive to remind women that they are part of a sisterhood as women of Notre Dame, Kenney said.“We have given birth to a legacy of sisterhood, inspired by Our Lady, to be the best mothers, sisters, daughters and friends to those women around us,” Kenney said. “As Fr. Ted often says, when we look up at the Golden Dome, we see Mary, the Mother of God, watching over this great University. How fitting that women now make up half of the Notre Dame student body. She would be most proud of Father, and the good work we are achieving, for God, country and Notre Dame.”Tags: Coeducation, Thanking Father Tedlast_img read more

PEMCo performs “The Wedding Singer”

first_imgPhoto courtesy of PEMCo The cast of “The Wedding Singer” rehearses a scene from the production. The show opened Thursday and will continue through the weekend.Pasquerilla East Musical Company (PEMCo) will perform its spring musical,“The Wedding Singer,” at Washington Hall this weekend.“The Wedding Singer” follows Robbie Hart, New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer, as he intentionally ruins weddings after his own fiancée leaves him at the altar. He falls in love with Julia, a waitress, who is already engaged and has to pull off the “performance of a decade” in order to win the girl of his dreams.Sophomore Maggie Moran, an actor in the show, said Notre Dame audiences have a lot to look forward to with the upcoming run of the musical.“From neon sets to catching music to ‘80s hairstyles, it really is the full experience,” she said. “And I don’t think people understand exactly how funny this show is — we’re talking out-loud, possibly rolling-on-the-floor laughter.”PEMCo is run entirely by students, and according to Moran, this is the best part about working with the group.“What begins as one student’s vision is brought to life by a collection of driven individuals who are able to pool their talents and create something truly special,” she said. “Leadership is always changing, bringing a new energy to each production and giving opportunities for students to try different roles.”Senior Shannon Kirk, the musical’s producer, said PEMCo is special because students from all fields contribute.“Of course, some members of the team study [Film, Television and Theatre], but where else would you find the lead actors of a production be a civil engineer and a theology major?” she said.Moran said she loves the variety of the cast and crew.“The group is a mix of all majors, talents and types of experience,” she said. “As a non-FTT major, I feel incredibly lucky to work with this group of people who have a diversity of gifts and interests, but share a passion for theater and a desire to grow and learn from one another.”Senior Caitlin Schlehuber directs the musical, with sophomore Sonia Urquidi as the music director and senior Maggie Miller as the choreographer. Senior Chris Siemann plays Robbie and sophomore Victoria Pereira plays Julia.Auditions were held at the beginning of the semester, and rehearsals were held for several hours each week. Moran said the time the cast and crew invested in the production will be well worth the effort.“The time and talent that has gone into bringing this musical to the stage has truly paid off, and I can’t wait to join this cast and crew in showcasing it,” she said.“The Wedding Singer” will be performed Friday in Washington Hall at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $7 for students and $10 for non-students, and are on sale at the LaFortune Box Office and at the door. Tags: Chris Siemann, Maggie Miller, Maggie Moran, PEMCo, Shannon Kirk, The Wedding Singer, Victoria Pereiralast_img read more

Student connects technology and social justice

first_imgThe final installment of this school year’s Justice Friday series took place this past Friday. The discussion was led by Saint Mary’s junior Kimberly Orlando and focused on informing students about Apple’s recent involvement with the FBI and the social justice issues that come alongside technological advancement.Orlando started the discussion by explaining a timeline of events surrounding the San Bernardino shooting.She said on June 8 the Information Technology Industry Council and the Software and Information Industry Association wrote a letter to President Obama asking him not to pursue any policies that would weaken the encryption of digital products or servicesOn July 8, FBI director James Comey asked the Senate to consider inserting backdoors into encryption technology, Orlando said.“‘Back doors’ is a figurative term most people are familiar with. If a robber was to break into a house they would go through the back door, so it’s technology used to break into electronic devices,” Orlando said.On December 2, 2015, Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik killed 14 people and wounded 22 in a mass shooting and bombing attempt at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California.The next day, the FBI opened a counterterrorism investigation into the couple, Orlando said.“It gets a little controversial because I don’t think they ever proved that he had any part in or had any connections to the Islamic State,” Orlando said, “ … But people go back and forth [about the issue] and the government might have just not wanted to release the information or they might be currently trying to figure it out.”James Comey told a Senate panel in Feburary that FBI investigators are still attempting to unlock Farook’s phone, Orlando said.“Two months had passed with no progress, so that was a little bit suspicious,” she said.Orlando said United States Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym then sent out a mandate that Apple create a software program with the intention of helping the FBI break into the phones of terrorists.“They wanted Apple to write software where the phone’s memory won’t erase and there won’t be an escalating time between trying to guess the passcode so they [the FBI] could try as many combinations as possible,” she said.Orlando said if a phone was locked by a six digit alphanumerical code, even with the desired software, it could still potentially take the government five and a half years to open the phone.“I think one of the biggest issues with this case is why the government would need Apple’s help, this seems like something government should be able to do by themselves,” she said.If Apple complied with this order, the government could have access to a person’s phone content including their photos, contact information or credit card numbers, Orlando said.“One of the issues people have is figuring out how the government can do this,” Orlando said. “There is a piece of legislation written in 1789, when George Washington was still around, where there is a script of command saying if the government finds it so necessary for you to do something, you have to do it. Somehow it hasn’t been nulled in 200 years and so people got pretty riled up about that.”Orlando said the FBI was able to unlock the phone with outside help March 28.“It’s scary because it took the government three months to unlock an older iPhone,” Orlando said.Orlando said any phone with the iOS 8 update is automatically encrypted and access to user information is nearly impossible; even Apple does not have access to their phone user’s information. The only way to access the phone’s information is by physically unlocking the phone.“This is one of the first times we’ve had a secure network and that’s scary,” she said.Orlando said US legislation is nearly 30 years behind technology.“We don’t have any legislation covering technology in the U.S. right now,” she said. “We don’t have anything on the internet or phones, it’s all very vague and so I understand why we had to use this [old] legislation but we shouldn’t have to.”Orlando said technology-based social issues need to be addressed in the future.“Because you can’t break into an iPhone, we are creating a secure network for terrorists,” she said. “Yet is it worth having to downgrade all of your security for these potential risks?”Tags: apple, FBI Investigation, Justice Fridaylast_img read more

Married authors discuss work, inspirations

first_imgMarried authors and Florida State University professors Elizabeth and Ned Stuckey-French visited Saint Mary’s on Thursday as part of the English department’s Visiting Writers series.Mrs. Stuckey-French has written several novels and short story collections, including her recent book “The Revenge of Radioactive Lady,” which received critical acclaim from The New Yorker and The New York Times.Mr. Stuckey-French is an essayist who has contributed to many books on writing, as well as creative nonfiction pieces.“Everybody believes the nonfiction essay is dying, but I think a new essay is being born to replace it,” Mr. Stuckey-French said. “Op-eds and editorial columns are all essays, and the writing program is starting to take these writings seriously.”The essay Mr. Stuckey-French read at the event, “Backyards,” describes his first time discovering social classes.“I’ve written some personal essays about moments in my childhood where I first realized things that had to do with social justice,” he said.Mr. Stuckey-French said he realized his father felt embarrassed to have been caught working on a tree house when he heard his father swear for the first time.“I wrote an essay about the swearing for the ACT to use, and how that moment was an entry into adulthood,” he said. “Later in my life, I came back to that essay and started thinking about how I felt about the backyards mentioned in it. This was a class difference within the middle class.”Mrs. Stuckey-French read her short story titled “Interview With a Moron,” which was originally part of a novel set in 1920. Mrs. Stuckey-French said the piece had several inspirations, including an article she read in the Indiana Historical Society Magazine, her early career as a social worker and Stuckey-French’s daughters, the older of whom has autism.“I witnessed the conflict between the two of them, and how the younger envies the older for the attention she got for this disorder,” she said.In “Interview With a Moron,” the interviewer is actually the subject’s older brother, and harbors a grudge about the extra attention his brother receives. At first, the story is told in third person point-of-view, but then switches to first person.“The interviewer gets more and more personal. He begins to reveal his true feelings about his brother as he goes along, and I switch to first person to emphasize that,” Mrs. Stuckey-French said.Mrs. Stuckey-French also discussed her novel, “Revenge of the Radioactive Lady,” inspired by experiments done involving giving Americans radioactive iron to study its effects.“My agent said the character was too mean,” she said. “I thought, no, I can see someone being this angry after this was done to her. There’s an expectation that female characters won’t be mean or villainous, but I like complex characters.”According to Mrs. Stuckey-French, an emotional connection with the character can make or break the story.“The more a character is unlike you, the harder it is to figure them out,” she said. “But once you find that connection, they spring to life.”Tags: English Department, Visiting Writers series, writinglast_img read more

Students dedicate fall break to funded research

first_imgDuring fall break, Notre Dame undergraduates will explore a wide range of research topics through funding from entities such as the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE), the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, the College of Science and the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (ISLA).The Nanovic Institute will send 11 students to 10 countries, including France, Spain, England, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, Ireland, Switzerland and the Netherlands, Christine Stump, student coordinator of the Nanovic Institute, said.Independent research can be a transformative experience for students, Stump said.“It increases so much their own understanding of the context of the particular thing they’re trying to find out,” she said. “There’s just so much learning that goes on through that process.”Jeffrey Thibert, director of CUSE, said in an email that conducting research offers opportunities for growth in more than just scholarly knowledge.“In addition to gaining experience that is relevant to a particular field of study, planning and implementing a research project teaches students how to be clearer writers (so they can produce a strong grant proposal), how to prepare a budget, how to adapt to unexpected challenges that inevitably arise in the pursuit of research and how to disseminate their findings in a way that has an impact on a field of study and, hopefully, on a community,” he said.Stump said students have the ability to contribute to the global conversation about their topic.“Student projects can actually add to the wealth of understanding about a particular topic because they’re researching things that are pretty new,” she said. “We even see students’ work being referred to by others and it actually becomes part of the body of knowledge about that topic.”While limited funding makes it impossible for Nanovic to award grants to every applicant, Stump said the institute wants to fund as many students as possible.“We are very much in the business of wanting to support students …” she said. “We are here to cheer them on, and we want to empower students to do incredible things.”Stump said a strong research proposal incorporates three main components: a strong, feasible research question, a methodology structured to answer that question and a driving purpose.“We want to see what the fruits of the labor are,” she said. “What does the student propose to do with the learning?” Stump also said students can gain cultural insights from their time abroad.“Students come back with a new compassion, oftentimes a new appreciation, for those … who see the world differently,”  she said.Kati Schuler, student programming coordinator of CUSE, said thus far, CUSE has awarded four grants for research over fall break, and the selection process will continue into the coming week. “The hardest part of reviewing grant applications is that there are more good projects than funding available” she said in an email. “We can therefore only fund very high-quality proposals.” Senior Nicolle Ho will travel to Paris during fall break on a Nanovic grant to continue the work she did with the Institute Pasteur over the summer. She will continue writing computer programs that analyze data for a lab studying mycobacterium tuberculosis.  “I very much enjoy getting to mix my interest in math and modeling and telling stories with data with also using French,” she said.Ho said she has also examined tussock plants in the Arctic and deeply studied the presence of Vietnamese communities in France through grants from both ISLA and CUSE. “The first grant that I wrote was very difficult; the second and third and so forth became much easier,” she said. “I think you learn a lot from designing that methodology from the beginning. This is your problem. This is your vision. This is what you want to solve. How are you going to do that?” She said her research abroad has been a transformative experience.  “I’ve been very much changed by the people I’ve met in France, and I’ve been very much changed by the people I’ve worked with here,” Ho said.Senior Emily Gust, will travel to both London and Edinburgh during fall break in order to study the origins of the unsuccessful 2014 referendum on Scottish independence.She spent the spring semester in London as part of the Kennedy Scholars program, which is designed to help students refine their research topics for their senior theses.Gust said she is looking forward to the greater freedom that comes with delving into her independent research, but is also aware of the planning it requires, compared to the more structured Kennedy Scholars program.“I think it’s a really good way to learn how to structure your time and move forward with a goal by making plans for yourself rather than having a curriculum making the plans for you,” she said.Tags: CUSE, fall break, Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement, Nanovic Institute for European Studies, research grantslast_img read more

McGlinn Hall prepares for annual Casino Night fundraiser

first_imgThe women of McGlinn Hall will be taking on South Dining Hall’s Oak Room as blackjack, roulette and Texas Hold ’em dealers for Casino Night, the hall’s signature event, starting at 10 p.m. Friday.Open to all Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students for $5, Casino Night is McGlinn’s annual three-hour fundraiser for St. Adalbert Catholic School, a grammar school in South Bend. Junior Rachel Belans, co-commissioner of the event, said all proceeds will directly benefit the school.“The money we make at this event goes a long way in helping [Saint Adalbert’s] do all that they do to support their students,” she said. “Beyond that, Casino Night will be a ton of fun — all the games are easy to learn, there is the potential to win some awesome prizes and there will be lots and lots of food.“ Photo courtesy of Marisa Lucht Women of McGlinn Hall gather at last year’s Casino Night. This year’s event will be held Friday, and all participants will be given $2,000 of fake money to gamble for various prizes that will be awarded.To start the night, Belans said attendees will receive $2,000 in fake money and can gamble away the money for a variety of prizes to be showcased at the end of the night.“The winner gets a $50 bookstore gift card, and we also have lots of other cool prizes up for grabs: a Pure Barre starter pack with five free classes and some Pure Barre gear, a pound of fudge from Kilwins and gift cards to a number of Eddy Street establishments,” she said.With a new location as well as a variety of decorations and prizes, Belans said she hopes to draw record attendance to the event and raise as much money as possible for St. Adalbert’s.“The night will be a lot of fun — there will be music, food and fun photo-ops, plus everyone will receive plenty of [fake gambling] money to use any way they’d like,” she said.Along with co-commissioner junior Elizabeth Greason and other McGlinn residents, Belans said the event organizers have prepared for the night by ordering decorations, collecting prize donations from Eddy Street businesses, publicizing the event across campus and running blackjack training sessions.[Editor’s note: Greason is the Sports Editor for The Observer.]“There will be people with all levels of experience with roulette, blackjack and Texas Hold ’em, so everything will be very laid back — we can go as slow or as fast as anyone wants to go,” Belans said.Sister Mary Lynch, the rector of McGlinn, said Casino Night has been a strong tradition of the dorm, predating her arrival 13 years ago.“When we do things on this campus that are fundraisers, I think it’s important that students as much as possible participate in those types of events especially,” Lynch said. “I think the other thing is that it helps reinforce and build the whole dynamic of community — working together to put the event on, working together during the event and then knowing that we’re benefitting children who might not have some of the things they could get if it weren’t for our contributions.”Lynch said McGlinn treats Casino Night as a high-class event, with some women dressing up as they would for a semi-formal.“It always has intrigued me that a women’s hall has a gambling event, but it’s a success,” she said.Tags: Casino Night, McGlinn, Saint Adalbert Catholic Schoollast_img read more

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