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Activist lectures on low-wage workers

first_imgSocial justice activist Kim Bobo discussed the injustices commonly faced by low-wage workers in a lecture titled “Making a Difference for Low Wage Workers” Thursday at the Vander Vennet Theatre.Bobo, executive director and founder of Interfaith Worker Justice, focused on addressing the issues of benefits, fair pay, equal treatment and healthy working conditions for low-wage workers. “These problems are not somewhere else, they’re here,” Bobo said. “We’ve got to stop the bleeding of wages in society … to dramatically change things.”Bobo said wage theft is an activity where employers illegally underpay workers for the work they have already completed. She said this activity is left largely unreported and unnoticed throughout the nation.“It’s just not enough to barely make ends meet,” Bobo said.Bobo suggested one small, yet significant, way of changing injustices to low-wage workers is by leaving cash tips.“Tip stealing is a pretty common way of employers stealing from workers,” said Bobo.However, said the best change can only come in the form of young adults getting more active in the cause to help low-wage workers.“It’s not the elders and it’s not the faculty … it’s the younger leaders,” she said.The younger generations should involve their friends and family members in the cause, as well as apply for internships within the community that help to address issues of low wage workers.“We just have to love our neighbor as we do ourselves,” Bobo said.last_img read more

Italian president knights Saint Mary’s professor

first_imgChivalry may be dead, but the honor of knighthood still recognizes individuals for their work, like Portia Prebys, director of Saint Mary’s study abroad program in Rome. Italian President Giorgio Napolitano knighted Prebys on May 24 in Rome, bestowing her with the title “Cavalier of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.”This Order of Merit of the Italian Republic is the highest-ranking honor in the country and is awarded for “merit acquired by the nation” in literature, the arts, economy, public service and social, philanthropic and humanitarian activities as well as for distinguishable civilian and military careers.Prebys is among a handful of women who have been given the title of “Cavaliere” by the Republic of Italy. This makes her title all the more important to her, she said.“Italy’s prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, is sometimes referred to as “Il Cavaliere” and when I hear the term, I just kind of smile to myself and chuckle away at the irony of politics,” Prebys said.The title is a sign of great respect in Italian society, Prebys said.“I am thrilled at the honor that recognizes international cultural exchange as a goal for Italian society and recognizes my work at the university level in trying to sustain this goal,” Prebys said.Prebys was awarded for her service to the nation through her committed career in international education. The knighthood recognizes Prebys’ contributions in the field of international cultural exchange on the university level, especially through the founding and development of the Association of American College and University Programs in Italy (AACUPI) over the past 35 years. Prebys is president of the AACUPI and therefore represents 25,000 North American students studying in Italy in any given year in 150 academic programs. As president, she has designed and passed legislation through the Italian Parliament in regards to North American study abroad in Italy. Her other work promoting cultural exchanges between the United States and Italy include serving on the Italian Board of Trustees to the Fulbright Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange between the United States of America and Italy from 1992 through 2002. She was chair of the Fellowship Selection Committee from 1996 to 2000.This is not Prebys’ first time receiving recognition for her work for education between the United States and Italy. At the College’s Sesquicentennial Convocation in 1994, Saint Mary’s awarded her with the President’s Medal for her contributions to the Rome Study Abroad Program. Prebys was living in Italy doing research after graduating from Saint Mary’s. When Saint Mary’s contacted her to assist them in founding the Rome Program. She has been working with the program since 1969. Prebys has also been awarded a doctorate in Letters honoris causa in 2003 and the President’s Medal in 2009 for her leadership with AACUP, both from John Cabot University in Rome. The United States Embassy to the Republic of Italy recognized her work with a Certificate of Appreciation “for work promoting international educational exchange and commitment to strengthening the bonds of friendship between the United States and Italy” in 2008.Prebys is an advocate for international education traveling widely and lecturing, in both English and Italian, on international education and on the Italian literature. She has published articles and books, in English and Italian, and her latest titled “Educating in Paradise: 30 Years of Realities and Experiences of North American Colleges and Universities in Italy” was published by Centro Stampa 2P and released in Florence in 2008.last_img read more

Fictional competition to come alive on campus

first_imgBringing fictional stories to life through events and competition is not an uncommon trend on college campuses. The game of “Quidditch” from the Harry Potter series has been seen at schools across the country, “zombies” have been seen darting across Notre Dame’s campus this past September and this month, 30 lucky Notre Dame “tributes” will bravely compete in their very own version of “The Hunger Games.” Residence halls will pin students against one another to showcase skill, bravery and survival on Sunday, Oct. 28 from 1 to 5 p.m. during the first annual competition. As any “Hunger Games” fan knows, the ultimate goal of the tournament is to kill off opponents and to be the last one standing in the arena, a rather morbid concept.   Luckily for these tributes, event organizer and Howard Hall tribute Clare Robins has found a more humane way of determining the true victor. “We certainly weren’t going to replicate the games,” Robins said. “So paintballing seemed the closest way to simulate them.” The arena, located in White Field, will be encased in netting and receive a new smattering of color, as tributes dodge paintballs and obstacles on their quest for victory. During the competition, the games will play out as a series of tournaments. The first set of smaller tournaments will consist of six tributes representing three districts, where each district is a combination of a brother and sister residence hall. The victors from each round will then compete in the championship round, which involves not only tributes, but also any fellow Hunger Games fanatics who would like to participate. Along with confidence, extra support from previous attendance at the Hunger Games events will pay off in sponsorship. Tributes may receive extra paintballs, or early entry in the arena, based on previous points scored. As the games draw nearer, tributes have starte  showing their excitement for the competition. “I plan to dominate,” Kevin Katalinic, a tribute from St. Edward’s, said, when asked about the upcoming games. Katalinic said he has no plans to strategize, but will go into the games riding on the confidence of his raw talent. Carroll tribute, William Murra, said he was “Nervous” but “confident in [his] archery skills.” Rivalries have already worked their way into these games. When asked if any tributes looked particularly threatening, Sorin tribute, Johnny Whichard said Walsh, Zahm and Fisher pose as threat, and will be the first ones to be “taken out.” However, not all tributes are as impressed by their competition “I looked in a mirror and decided that the only competition was myself,” tribute Paul Barron said.last_img read more

FTT screens student films

first_imgFor some undergraduate film students, this weekend’s 24th annual Notre Dame Student Film Festival will be the first time their work is shown to the public. But others, like senior Film, Theater and Television (FTT) student Kathleen Bracke, have displayed their work publicly before. Bracke participated in last year’s Film Festival and said the experience was extremely rewarding. “The film program at Notre Dame is completely unique from bigger, more well-known film programs,” she said. “Unlike at those schools, you can actually put your name on a film [here] and point out exactly what you did. And you get to watch it in a sweet movie theater like Browning [Cinema].” The Film Festival began yesterday. It will continue today and tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. in Browning Cinema inside the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC). Bracke’s film, “Journey of a Pen,” follows a pen as it travels between diverse students and faculty in a high school. “Through the pen, we get to see all these different lives and how they interact,” Bracke said. “We learn some things about each character, but it is always through the pen.” Bracke, who collaborated on the film with 2012 graduates Kelsie Kiley and Brendan Fitzpatrick, said she was attracted to the script because its features the unique perspective of an inanimate object, rather than a person. The group produced “Journey of a Pen” over the course of a semester for an advanced film production class. Bracke said she finished editing the film just this week. “I think that’s one thing a lot of people not familiar with FTT don’t realize about the program, how time consuming it is,” she said. “There were five people in DPAC last night pulling all-nighters, and it’s only the second week of school.” Senior Erin Moffitt is participating in the Student Film Festival for the first time this year. Moffitt partnered with senior Nicole Timmerman and junior Elizabeth Kellogg to create the documentary “Amie’s Image.” The film follows a day in the life of Amie, a handicapped middle-aged woman who lives at a YMCA in Chicago and sells her photography to support herself. “It’s a character piece about her and the struggles in her life, and yet she finds so much happiness through art,” Moffitt said. “It keeps her going, and it’s what she enjoys most even though her life isn’t the best.” Timmerman, who participated in the festival last year with a short narrative piece called “Soles,” said the weekend is an excellent opportunity for students in the FTT department. “It’s really exciting to be a part of it,” she said. “It represents FTT in a very positive light. It’s amazing how many talented filmmakers there are, and it’s really cool to see your peers’ work.” Tickets to the festival are $7 for regular admission, $6 for faculty and staff, $5 for seniors and $4 for students. Tickets are available on the DPAC website or by calling the center’s ticket office.last_img read more

Pope-Davis to leave ND

first_imgNotre Dame’s vice president and associate provost Don Pope-Davis will leave the University in July to serve as provost at DePaul University, according to a Wednesday press release. Pope-Davis was elected to his current position in 2007 and worked closely with undergraduate scholarship and research throughout his tenure, the release stated. He is the second Notre Dame vice president and associate provost to leave the University in the past two years to accept a position as chief academic officer at another Catholic university. “From his research accomplishments to faculty support, diversity initiatives, leadership in graduate education and athletics, and resolute commitment to Notre Dame’s Catholic mission, Don has made significant contributions to the life of our University over the past 13 years,” Notre Dame provost Thomas G. Burish said in the press release. “I am immensely grateful to him and know that he will serve DePaul well as its chief academic officer.” Pope-Davis also serves as a professor of psychology and oversees the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Office of Student Financial Services. He implemented the Undergraduate Academic Code of Honor and is involved with the University’s ROTC programs, the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement, the Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program, the Office of Disability Services, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, the Snite Museum of Art, First Year of Studies, the Institute for Church Lif, and the Center for Social Concerns, the release stated. Pope-Davis headed the Provost’s Office’s efforts to address various faculty concerns.Before his election as vice president, he spent five years leading the Graduate School. He was assistant vice president from 2002 to 2004, associate vice president from 2005 to 2007 and interim dean of the Graduate School for one year. During his time at Notre Dame, Pope-Davis coordinated the Multicultural Research Institute, directed the TRIO programs to mobilize students from disadvantaged backgrounds and led the Moreau Academic Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. He chaired Notre Dame’s Faculty Board on Athletics for three years and served as its NCAA faculty athletics representative.iHis specific interests lie in the development of cultural and racial identities, cultural competency training, development and assessment. Pope-Davis earned his doctorate in counseling psychology from Stanford University and holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and theology from Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill.last_img read more

Girl Scout Cookies Arrive In WNY

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) Cropped Photo: Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar / Flickr / CC BY 2.0 JAMESTOWN – Ahead of the Mega Drop event, 1.6 million packages of Girl Scout cookies have landed in Western New York.Now, the time has come for locals to receive those delicious cookies they crave every year.The Mega Drop dates run from Feb. 26 through the 29.The Girl Scout Cookie Program allows Girl Scouts to raise funds for the organization, and teaches them leadership skills like goal setting, decision making, money management, communication and business ethics. Anyone who missed their shot at ordering cookies early still have a chance to buy them through March 29.To find a seller near you, use the Cookie Finder app or visit GSWNY.org.last_img read more

Investigators Release Cause Of Lakewood House Fire

first_imgStock ImageLAKEWOOD – Fire investigators from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office have revealed the cause of a house fire that occurred at 40 Ohio St. Friday morning.Investigators say the fire was accidental and that it started in the wall next to the fireplace which spread to the walls upstairs. Authorities add that none of the residents were injured.The Lakewood Fire Department and Lakewood-Busti Police Department responded to the scene. 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

Allan Loeb to Pen Disney Film Bob the Musical Alongside Frozen’s Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez

first_imgWith the new movie musical Frozen shattering box office records left and right this winter, Disney is making the wise decision to move forward with another onscreen tuner they’ve had in the works for years: Bob the Musical. Allan Loeb, who penned the 2012 film adaptation of Rock of Ages, has signed on to write screenplay for the new animated movie musical, joining Frozen composing duo Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who will write the music and lyrics, according to The Hollywood Reporter. No casting or filming dates have been announced. Bob the Musical tells the story of a regular guy (named, uh, Bob) who, after getting hit in the head, can suddenly hear the inner songs sung by the hearts of all of his family and friends. He’s not happy about it, but Bob’s life has become a musical. That all sounds awesome, Disney, but where does Idina Menzel fit in (hey, we can dream, can’t we)? Disney has been brainstorming Bob since 2004, with a variety of composers, directors and writers attached. Adam Shankman, Phil Lord and Chris Miller have been rumored to be involved with the film throughout the years. In addition to Rock of Ages, Loeb has penned the screenplays for 21, Things We Lost in the Fire, The Switch, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, The Dilemma, Just Go With It, Here Comes the Boom and So Undercover. Lopez is the Tony-winning co-creator of Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon. His wife, Anderson-Lopez, wrote songs for Disney’s Finding Nemo: The Musical. View Commentslast_img read more

Broadway Grosses: Beautiful and Twelfth Night/Richard III Make Music at the Box Office

first_img UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)
 5. Chicago (70.12%)
 4. Jersey Boys (69.95%)
 3. A Night with Janis Joplin (61.22%)
 2. Cinderella (58.99%) 
1. Bronx Bombers (54.79%)**

 * Number based on 8 preview performances
 ** Number based on 4 preview performances Read below to find out who was on top and who was not for the week ending January 12:
 FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)
 1. The Lion King ($1,714,261)
 2. The Book of Mormon ($1,709,586)
 3. Wicked ($1,679,996)
 4. Kinky Boots ($1,463,770)
 5. Matilda ($1,138,576)

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 5. Rock of Ages ($371,622)
 4. A Night with Janis Joplin ($331,705)
 3. Outside Mullingar ($208,084) 2. Machinal ($197,634)
* 1. Bronx Bombers ($128,209)**

 Beautiful: The Carole King Musical opened on Broadway this week and with it playing at 96.03% capacity we have a feeling that fans will still be loving the show tomorrow. Meanwhile, Mark Rylance’s Twelfth Night/Richard III is doing the bard justice as the only non-musical show to make the list for top capacity, while fan favorites The Lion King, The Book of Mormon, Wicked and Kinky Boots took the lead once again in grosses, joined this week by those revolting Matlidas. Star Files Mark Rylance FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)
 1. The Book of Mormon (102.63%)
 2. Twelfth Night/Richard III (101.83%)
 3. Matilda (97.95%)
 4. Wicked (97.38%)
 5. The Lion King (97.28%)

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Daniel Breaker Will Raise His Middle Finger to the Sky as Mafala in Broadway’s The Book of Mormon

first_imgTony nominee Daniel Breaker is taking over the role of Mafala Hatimbi in the Broadway production of The Book of Mormon, replacing original cast member Michael Potts, who will depart the show in February. Breaker will join Mormon alum Nic Rouleau, Pitch Perfect’s Ben Platt and American Idol’s Syesha Mercado in the production. No exact dates have yet been confirmed. The Book of Mormon Related Shows View Comments Breaker announced the news on January 29 via his Twitter account. “I’m pleased to join the @BookofMormon this Feb on B’way!!! Come see me play Mafala in this absolutely hilarious show!!! #LoveMormon” he posted. Breaker received a Tony nod for his performance in 2008’s Passing Strange. His other Broadway credits include The Performers, Shrek the Musical, Cymbeline and Well. Nic Rouleau Ben Platt Matt Loehr Star Files Daniel Breaker Featuring a book and score by Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez, The Book of Mormon follows two mismatched Mormon missionaries as they are sent to Uganda to spread their religion. Upon arrival they learn their training may not have quite prepared them for the many challenges they are about to face. In addition to Potts as Mafala, the show currently stars Rouleau as Elder Price, Platt as Elder Cunningham, Matt Loehr as Elder McKinley and Mercado as Nabulungi. View All (4) from $69.00last_img read more