first_imgEditor’s Note: A version of this story appeared Aug. 10 on ndsmcobserver.com A former Notre Dame student from Michigan was charged with open murder Aug. 9, less than 24 hours before a search team recovered the body of his missing father, police said. Patrick Mikes Jr., 21, pleaded not guilty to the charge Aug. 9 through his attorney at his arraignment at the 52-4 District Court in Troy, Mich., according to court records. Mikes Jr. would have begun classes as a senior this week. University spokesman Dennis Brown said Mikes Jr. is no longer enrolled at Notre Dame as of Aug. 2. Brown did not comment specifically on this case, but he said the administration reserves the right to immediately suspend any student charged with a felony. Mikes Jr. and his younger brother reported their father missing July 29, according to a press release from the Troy Police Department. The brothers told police they had last seen their father the morning of July 27 as he left for a bike ride. As police began to investigate the disappearance, they found evidence of a violent encounter in the family’s basement and named Mikes Jr. as a suspect in the case. Capt. Robert Redmond of the Troy Police Department said DNA recovered from the basement prompted his officers to arrest Mikes Jr. in what had at that point turned into a murder investigation. Based on that evidence, police arrested Mikes Jr. on Aug. 8 for his father’s murder. An “open murder” charge allows the trial jury to decide whether the crime is first- or second-degree murder. “You have to go through a huge burden of evidence to show a murder charge when you don’t have a body,” Redmond said. “We met that burden. … So finding the body wasn’t necessary for the trial or [a possible conviction], but we continued looking for the body obviously because it was the right thing to do.” Redmond said Tuesday he still does not know of a motive in the case. In an earlier press release on the investigation, he stressed Mikes Jr.’s younger brother is not a suspect in the case and is cooperating with police in the investigation. Redmond said the nearly two-week search for a body ended Aug. 8. A search team recovered Mikes Sr.’s remains, as well as his bike, from a cornfield in Oakland County. Autopsy results determined the cause of death to be blunt force trauma to the head, Redmond said. Mikes Jr. is scheduled to appear in court again to address the murder charge Monday. He is current being held at the Oakland County Jail without bond. Mikes Jr. was also charged Aug. 1 with three felony counts of illegal use of a financial transaction device, meaning he illegally used a credit card that did not belong to him. Media reports from the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press stated Mikes Jr. used his brother’s credit card without his knowledge Aug. 26, the day before he reported his father missing. Police have not indicated that any connection between those fraud charges and the most recent charge for open murder. Brown said Mikes Sr., was a 1979 Notre Dame graduate. “The University’s thoughts and prayers are with the Mikes family in this difficult time,” Brown said.last_img read more

first_imgThe Notre Dame Forum kicked off its panel series “A More Perfect Union: The Future of America’s Democracy” last night at Leighton Concert Hall at DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. The forum aims to challenge the Notre Dame community to reflect on ways to bring positive change to the American democratic system and find solutions to the nation’s most pressing problems. Fr. John Jenkins welcomed the crowd and said he hoped the forum would help leaders discuss today’s political and religious challenges. “It is indisputable in the history of the U.S. that religious faith has been an extremely important factor to help this nation be vibrant and strong and creative,” Jenkins said. The panel was titled “Conviction & Compromise: Being a Person of Faith in a Liberal Democracy.” One of the moderators, political science professor David Campbell, the founding director of the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy, said it was a good time to be airing these topics at Notre Dame. “It is a truly historic event because tonight we will model what it means for Notre Dame to be ‘Catholic’ and ‘catholic,’ in both cases … because we brought together leaders of many American religions,” Campbell said. M. Cathleen Kaveny, the John P. Murphy Foundation law professor at Notre Dame Law School and theology professor, opened with a question for each panelist about how their religious role guided their politics. Dallin Oaks, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints (LDS), said that while the Church of LDS encouraged church members to participate politically, it did not endorse any political party, platform or candidate. “On very special occasions, we take a position on a public issue that has important moral implications,” Oaks said. He also said that religious unity would preserve religious freedom. “We must … [ensure] our ability to act out and exercise what we have in common,” Oaks said. Rev. Joseph Kurtz, the archbishop of Louisville and vice president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, said he and the other bishops sought to educate people in a rational but passionate way. Kurtz said it was a moral obligation to seek the common good. “Faith is citizenship,” he said. “The work that we’re about is the lifelong formation of our conscience … [which] is the most important exercise you will do in your lifetime.” Kurtz said certain moral issues carry more heft than others. “The taking of innocent life will always be an issue that is intrinsically evil,” he said. “We don’t endorse candidates or coerce voters, [we want you] to inform your conscience.” Kurtz said religious freedom is something to cherish because it fosters reasonable and effective discussion. “[Religious freedom] is in the fabric of how a nation deepens its moral character,” he said. David Saperstein, representative for the Reform Jewish Movement to Congress, said social justice was the focus of all types of Judaism. “At the center is a passion for the perfection of the world,” he said. “Jews are to be a light to the nations, fulfilling the charge to be a prophetic witness.” Saperstein said America’s freedom of religion allowed all faiths to flourish. “Every human being has basic equality,” he said. “[A person’s] rights as an individual are not dependent on [their] religious identity. … America is an extraordinary country.” Rev. Richard Cizik, president of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good, said that after working on his ministry for 28 years, he was asked to resign from the National Association of Evangelicals after a radio interview on NPR. “I said I voted for Obama in the Virginia primary,” he said. “I support civil unions, [and] the religious right had a conniption fit. It was deeply hurtful.” After he left the association, he formed the New Evangelical Partnership with 100 other top evangelical leaders. “We agreed to see and think more clearly, care more deeply about this country and where it’s going,” he said. “[We are] assuming responsibility for the polarization which we have contributed to.” Rick Warren, pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., and author of the book, “The Purpose Driven Life,” said the key issue was civility. “We live in a pluralistic society where no one wins all the time,” he said. “Jesus said, ‘My kingdom is not in this world.’ … I don’t place all my faith in the government to change.” Warren said that although he knew every president since Carter, he never offered policy advice. “If I thought I could change the human heart through politics, I would be a politician,” he said. “No law is going to turn a bigot into a lover. [Law] can change behavior, but not attitudes.” Warren said he believed in the separation of church and state, but not the separation of faith and politics. “We are moving away from freedom of religion to freedom of worship,” he said. “You’re free to do what ever you want during that hour at Mass, but it involves more than just the service. Jesus was a preacher, teacher and a healer – one-third of his ministry was health care.” Saperstein said voters should never endure coercion. “If you have to ask for forgiveness for the way you voted in the voting booth, [like] Catholics withholding communion, you have one narrow exception in balancing [freedom of choice],” he said. Kurtz said coercion had to do with how people act in public, while a personal relationship to a faith community was a choice. “As a Catholic I desire to be formed by the moral teachings,” he said. When the panelists discussed political candidates’ faith, Warren said he focused on electing a president, not a pastor. “I want him to have presidential skills, [and be] competent to lead,” he said. Kurtz said he took into account a candidate’s public virtue. “[I want him to be] willing to be courageous,” he said. “But the quality of the character of that person often flows with religion.” Oaks said he would support a person for public office if they felt answerable to a higher power. “Integrity is how the person adheres to their belief,” he said. Oaks said political candidates should be able speak about their religion because it reveals their personality. “How can you understand Mitt Romney or Joe Lieberman without understanding the role religion played in them?” he said. “The U.S. inches closer to a truly inclusive society. We’re not there yet, but we’ve made enormous strides.” The panelists talked about how those who are more religious are more likely to be involved politically. “Those without belief cause me concern,” Oaks said. “[They are a] threat to free exercise of religion because they do not value [religious] expression or participation.” The panelists also touched on the HHS mandate and its effect on moral principles. “[It is the] fundamental rights of women to have access to healthcare,” Oaks said. “[We need to] find a reasonable compromise that embodies core principles that both sides can live with without giving up a central principle.” Cizik said he did not believe the mandate violated religious liberty enough to pose a problem. “I am not persuaded that … the public good is so minimal,” he said. “[It is] sufficient enough to balance.” Kurtz said that political and religious figures had to carefully analyze the mandate to find that balance. “We have to find what is required in order to maintain the public good,” he said. “[The mandate] is restricting our religion.”last_img read more

first_imgRecently, the Cushwa-Leighton Library at Saint Mary’s has taken numerous steps to update the research functions and promote new technological advances, including a delivery service for requested books shared between the Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s, Holy Cross and Bethel College libraries, library director Janet Fore said.“Starting Monday, this new delivery service will allow students and faculty to click on a ‘Request’ button in the online catalog shared by the libraries,” Fore said. “Unless it is already checked out, you can request a book from one of the other libraries and have it delivered and held for you at your home library, usually within one to two days.”Another improvement that has been available since the fall semester is the OneSearch box from the Cushwa-Leighton Library’s home page, which is similar to the OneSearch box on the Hesburgh Library’s home page. This function searches the four libraries’ catalogs, a growing collection of articles from the library databases and most of the Cushwa-Leighton Library’s online journal subscriptions, Fore said.Junior Mandy Gilbert said this function has been useful to her in searching for articles related to her nursing major.“Whenever I have to do research or look up a book, I go immediately to the OneSearch box instead of looking for it at just one of the campuses,” Gilbert said. “I find the results I need almost instantly.”The Cushwa-Leighton Library has also implemented an online chat box on the website, which puts students in contact with a librarian to answer all questions during reference hours, Fore said.“Chat reference [allows students to] get help from across the room, across campus or across town,” she said.In addition, the Library has subscribed to three new databases of streaming videos, including Academic Video Online, Films on Demand: Master Academic Collection and psychotherapy.net so more professors can use videos in their classes, Fore said.In addition to multimedia, the Library has also been working to increase the number of journal and periodical subscriptions in electronic format.“Currently, students can access over 7,000 eBooks,” Fore said. “More and more of our periodicals are online and accessible from anywhere, and we are looking at collections in archives that can be digitized and made available for use more easily.“More students are being asked to find primary documents as a way of studying history and culture and archives collections are treasures awaiting deeper discovery.”Gilbert said she is particularly excited about accessing the archives more easily.“I don’t like eBooks as much, but I think that having the option to view the archives digitally will benefit many students,” Gilbert said. “The archives collection has so much to offer; every time I go to the basement of the Library, I can’t help but search around in all of the old medical journals and newspapers. There are some super fascinating things that go unnoticed by many students.”Fore said she thinks the advancements are crucial to ensuring the College is consistently adapting to each student’s skills and needs.“Using technology effectively in the educational and cultural experience is an essential part of preparing our students to be successful in her Saint Mary’s College life as she prepares herself to make a difference in the world,” she said.The Library is also planning a remodel in the near future, a project in the Saint Mary’s fundraising campaign.“The preliminary plans include updating the study space [on the first floor] to help students collaborate together in groups with their laptops and library computers in a more flexible space,” she said. “Additional group study rooms on the second level of the library will include large screens and allow students to display their multimedia projects and rehearse and edit presentations.“We hope to better support the various devices that students already have as well as updating the campus technology to support the way student learn and study together.”Gilbert said she thinks these changes will benefit collaboration between students in a significant way, while also reinforcing the importance of academics in the community.“The Library has been essential to my learning experience here, and I am excited for all of these changes that will help more students to utilize all it has to offer,” she said.Follow the Cushwa-Leighton Library on their new Twitter account, @Cushwa-Leighton for updates and news.Tags: Cushwa-Leighton Library, eBooks, multimedia, renovation, saint mary’s, technology, updateslast_img read more

first_imgIn spring 2014, Notre Dame’s Haiti Program, whose purpose is to fight neglected tropical diseases, received a $375,000 grant from an anonymous donor to support the growth of its salt program, and which will create the largest growth in the program’s history, according to a press release.Earl Carter, managing director of the Haiti Program, said the grant is from a long-time supporter of the Haiti Program. The money will be used to expand the salt program, which is produces salt that will also serve as a drug to fight disease.“The Notre Dame Haiti Program, working through several local organizations in Haiti, provides the nation’s first supply of purified, iodized salt that is also fortified with a drug that kills the mosquito-borne parasite which causes lymphatic filariasis (LF), or elephantiasis,” Carter said.Carter said the salt program has had two major advances in the past year.“We entered into a partnership with Carribex, S.A., the nation’s largest producer and distributor of branded food products, which distributes to approximately 99 percent of food outlets in Haiti,” Carter said, “And because of the significant increase in potential demand for this important product, we have procured new facilities, and are in the process of outfitting them so that we can increase our salt fortification capability by almost an order of magnitude over that of the recent past.  We currently produce over 40 metric tons of purified, iodized salt per month.”Carter said this salt production helps Haitians in a number of different ways, particularly through its disease-fighting capabilities.“The purified, iodized salt improves intellectual capability of the population, and it also acts to eliminate the dreaded, disfiguring disease lymphatic filariasis,” he said. “The new processing capacity and capabilities will also provide a new market outlet for Haitian raw salt producers, a positive factor for the local economy.”Carter said the Haiti Program is immensely thankful for the donation and for the support of the entire Notre Dame community.“We are deeply grateful for the sustained support of this benefactor, and other supporters of our Program,” he said. “While from our earliest discussions, we were hopeful for a grant of this magnitude, we were nevertheless thrilled to see it finalized.”Carter said students can get involved in the work being done in Haiti in various ways.“Students can also tell their families and friends of the important work that the University has led in Haiti for some two decades, through the selfless example and leadership of the Program’s founder, Rev. Thomas Streit, CSC.  We encourage students to track new program developments at www.haiti.nd.edu and www.BonSelDayiti.com, or follow us on Facebook.”Tags: grant, Haiti Program, salt programlast_img read more

first_imgWednesday night, the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) held its second annual “ACE Night” information session for students considering applying for the post-graduate teaching organization. Students who participate in ACE teach during the school year and attend graduate school at Notre Dame during the summer to earn their Master’s degree in education.Senior Margaret Prakel works for ACE as a student intern, and has committed to teaching for two years after graduation.“ACE is a two-year graduate program started by Fr. [Tim] Scully, and it’s a way for recent college graduates to get into the education system and take their education and affect those who are younger,” Prakel said.Fr. Tim Scully, CSC, and Fr. Sean McGraw, CSC, co-founded ACE in 1993, according to the organization’s website. McGraw spoke at Wednesday’s event, recalling his early involvement in the founding of ACE.“Fr. Scully asked me to help him with a ‘little project,’” McGraw said. “I didn’t know him well enough at the time to know he didn’t have ‘little projects.’”In its first year, ACE sent 40 teachers to eight cities in the South, according to McGraw. This year, between 90 and 95 students will be accepted for the program; roughly half of these students will be from Notre Dame, while the others will come from other universities, according to Matt Gelchion, ACE’s recruiting coordinator.Gelchion, who graduated form Notre Dame in 2009 and went on to teach social studies and religious with ACE, spoke briefly about the purpose of “ACE Night.” He said the goal was more to help students ascertain why they would be interested in joining the program, rather than the intricate details of how it works.“We’re hoping tonight not to so much answer the what and where of ACE, not necessarily the locations or exactly what an ACE teacher will do during the summer; we’re trying to answer the why,” Gelchion said. “In other words, why do we believe ACE is so important? Why has this changed our lives? Why do we believe so strongly in this mission?”Gelchion said that the staff hopes to identify students who would be good matches to join the seven seniors who have already committed to ACE through the internship program.“There are three pillars of our program: teacher formation, community and spirituality,” Gelchion said. “We’re looking for candidates who are well-rounded in those three areas. But more than that we’re looking for students who are able to form k-12 students in those same areas, so to form them as learners; to form them as citizens; to form them into people who are going to grow closer to God.“We’re looking for people who will put these students on the path to college and heaven,” he said.John Schoenig, director of teacher formation and education policy, had a specific vision for how to measure the success of the ACE Teaching Fellows.“Everyone has a story,” Schoenig said. “What we do here is change stories, in little and big ways. The one thing we should be measured by is, in 100 years, how many saints came out of this program both from its teachers and from its students.”The presentation also included a video, showcasing several Notre Dame graduates who are first-year “ACErs.”Alumna Mary Kate Veselik, ’14, who is teaching second graders in New Orleans, said that every day brought a unique experience.“It’s fun and challenging,” Veselik said of ACE. “Not matter what, at the end of the day you’ll be challenged, and you’ll come out of it a different person.”Senior intern Grace Carroll ended the evening by describing her own journey that led her to join ACE, citing several teachers whose dedication inspired her to “be for someone else who those people were to [her].”“You cannot help but be inspired by the zeal and enthusiasm of present and former ACErs,” Carroll said.Tags: ACE, ACE Night, Alliance for Catholic Educationlast_img read more

first_imgSaint Mary’s students partook in a roundtable discussion to reflect on women’s limited depiction in the media after a public screening of the 2011 documentary “MissRepresentation” in the Student Center Wednesday evening.Jessica Richmond, a senior social work and political science major, facilitated the screening and following discussion.Richmond said she applied for the Dooley Grant last spring in order to screen the film.“The Dooley Grants are for Saint Mary’s students who find their passion in justice education issues,” Richmond said. “I am interested in redefining feminism and eliminating the derogatory persona it’s associated with.”Richmond said she watched “MissRepresentation” for the first time in one of Dr. Sonalini Sapra’s political science classes and couldn’t get enough.“I’ve probably watched it 10 times since,” she said.Richmond said she felt compelled to share the film and its message with as many members of the Saint Mary’s community as possible.“My goal is to educate people to simply think about this issue,” Richmond said.Bri O’Brien, a junior also awarded the Dooley Grant for a project regarding ethical consumption, said just thinking about feminism seems to be an obstacle even some women struggle to overcome.“[The misogynist mindset] seems inherent,” O’Brien said. “Are [people] aware that they are embracing patriarchy?”O’Brien said this embrace is especially apparent in women’s perceptions of other women in political power.“Look at Hillary and Sarah Palin and how they are labeled as the ‘bitch’ and ‘the dumb one,’” O’Brien said. “What’s so crazy about seeing women in power?”Sophomore Emma English said men are more likely to discredit women when they classify the physical aspects of the female sex — periods and pregnancy — as handicaps.Junior Anna Gainey said both men and women are hormonal but a violent surge in testosterone is more socially acceptable than premenstrual syndrome (PMS).“If boys act uninhibited, they’re told ‘boys will be boys,’” Gainey said. “Boys are excused from doing impulsive things. If women do something impulsive they are deemed incompetent.”English said the media’s influence exacerbates the double standard on a personal and public level.“You can’t be what you can’t see,” English said. “We grow up thinking of certain jobs — firefighter, policeman — as masculine careers.”Sophomore Emily Rush said she wanted to know if the United States is the only country struggling with the media’s portrayal of women.“I wonder what our standard of beauty would be if Hollywood was in another country?” Rush asked.Gainey said depictions of hyper-effeminate women in anime suggest that patriarchy pervades Japan, or at least Japanese culture.“All the girls in manga look like they are literally eight years old,” Gainey said. “And they’re all drooling over men who are at least 18.”Richmond said this plotline was emblematic of the misogynistic idea that women are accessories to men.“Women are ornamental,” she said. “Women have forever been seen as an ornamental piece that belongs to men.”Richmond said women who claim the feminist movement asks for “too much, too fast, too soon” perpetuate oppression onto their own gender.Richmond said she looks forward to “The Mask You Live In,” another documentary set to be released in 2015 that explores the patriarchal media’s affect on boys and men in American society.“I doubt that Wabash, an all boys school, discusses these issues,” English said. “They should be.”Tags: Dooley Grant, female image, MissRepresentationlast_img read more

first_imgProfessor Kasey Buckles, Brian and Jeannelle Brady Associate Professor of Economics, delivered a talk to the Economics Club on Tuesday evening titled, “Are Your Siblings Making You Dumber? Evidence from Economics,” about the effects of family size and birth order on the academic achievement of children.Buckles said there are many dynamics of a family that can have effect on the formation of the children.“You may have lots of siblings, or you may have very few,” Buckles said. “You can also consider birth order, which is whether you’re one of the older or younger children in your family. There’s even the question of how close you are in age to your siblings.”Buckles said she has found results through her research that indicate certain factors of sibling and family structure can affect academic outcome.“So are your siblings really making you dumber? Well, their number and gender probably is not, but if you’re the youngest of a lot of siblings, or your younger siblings are really close to you in age, then probably yes,” Buckles said. “Your siblings may make you have less academic attainment.”Buckles said her area of research is one a lot of social scientist pursue but that has been neglected by economists.“I think there are really good reasons for economists to be interested in these questions,” Buckles said. “We think about the problem in different ways, considering things like resource constraint and peer effects. We also have different tools when we begin to try to establish causal relationships.“The fundamental question of economics is, ‘How do people allocate scarce resources?’ Well, families are a situation where resources can be scarce. If you think about families having budget constraints for their time or their finances, you have to question how those resources get distributed among the different members of the household, and these are the decisions that can affect how people turn out.”Family size can affect the shaping of the child’s life in a lot of ways, but there are two main channels, Buckles said. Family size can affect how much time parents are able to spend with each child and how much money they are able to allocate for each child’s education and growth.“The data shows someone from a family of two children is getting one and a half years more education than someone coming from a family of 10 children,” Buckles said. “However, we don’t know whether the big families are causing these differences or if there is something about these families that would indicate the children would get a worse education anyway.”However, Buckles said, family size is only one of the many types of dimensions that affect family outcomes, and there is evidence other characteristics of families may have a significant effect on the formation of children.“The question then becomes whether or not being one of the youngest kids in the family is making you dumber, and there is data that suggests that children that are higher in their birth order tend to do worse,” Buckles said. “Looking at families of six, the sixth kid in the family tends to have one year less education than the first-born child inside the same family.”Buckles said her research is inspired by her own life and its implications extend to almost everyone.“That’s what I like about researching economics of the family, that almost everyone has a family or family experience,” she said.Andrew Kuhn, senior co-president of Economics Club, said he thinks professor Buckles takes real world problems and puts them into economic terms.“She really looks for causation in the things that are happening around the world, and she poses questions that can be applicable to anybody,” Kuhn said.Guillermo Roque, senior co-president of Economics Club, said Buckles makes sure people realize how things relate to economics, in this case with family outcomes.“[Her research] is not always something in economics that people research, but she relates it to economics and public policy,” Roque said. “When you get into the real world and you have to vote for president or Congress, you want to make sure you’re choosing someone that’s advocating for what the research actually shows.”Tags: Economics Clublast_img read more

first_imgThis month, Notre Dame International Study Abroad program released a new podcast called BeyoND. Hosted by senior Sofia Perez, the podcast releases new episodes every Friday accessible on iTunes, Spotify and SoundCloud.Perez began her journey with the study abroad office when she applied in 2018 for the fall 2019 program in London.Perez said that she selected her potential programs based on the classes that were offered for her major and for the accessibility and location of the programs. Finding a program that would fit her class schedule and allow her to graduate on time, as a biochemistry major, was challenging, she said.“I knew I wanted to go to Europe, and preferably a place that didn’t have a language barrier,” Perez said. “I also knew I really wanted to travel a lot, not just stay in the country that I was studying abroad in. Both of those programs [London and Dublin] are in countries that are very accessible to other countries.”Although she was excited, Perez said that she experienced some second thoughts prior to leaving.“What I was most apprehensive about was being away for so long and not seeing my family,” Perez said.  “But also, just living in the middle of a different city, which is scary because I’ve never lived by myself in a big city.”Perez said that in the end, she was so happy she was able to overcome her challenges and experience studying abroad in an area that was out of her comfort zone.Like many students, Perez said that her time abroad involved making new friends and a lot of traveling.“I really love traveling, and when you’re in Europe, there’s Ryanair flights that are literally 60 euros, so it’s really cheap,” she said. “London has a Eurostar underground train that you can take, which is also really cheap.”Perez said she took advantage of the affordable travel options and planned a trip every single weekend.“It was super fun because you could go with a bunch of different friends that were in different programs,” she said. “And then when we got there, I made so many new friends, so we would all be like, ‘Do you guys want to go to Budapest?’ ‘Oh yeah, absolutely. Let’s plan this weekend.’”While very fun, Perez said traveling every weekend has its challenges. It could get costly at times, Perez explained, but she said she was always cost-conscious, and it helped that transportation and Airbnb’s were affordable.Perez said that she originally got involved with the podcast when she responded to an email put out by ND International Study Abroad.“They sent out an email saying, ‘We’re doing a podcast or some kind of social media thing’ because of the circumstances with this year, of study abroad getting cancelled both spring and fall semester, they were worried,” Perez said. “Usually kids get notified about study abroad from other kids that have studied abroad. I applied to the position because I loved my time abroad and I love talking about my time abroad.”Perez said that during the time of planning out the podcast, she took charge and helped shape the podcast into a student-based interview approach that she hoped would be more relatable to listeners who are apprehensive about going abroad.Moving forward, she plans on interviewing people who have studied abroad all over the world.This week’s new episode will highlight summer abroad programs, which Perez said would be an amazing option for any student who was planning to study abroad this school year.“This episode talks a lot about summer programs, the diversity between them and how great your experience can be, even though it’s only like a month or two, as opposed to a full semester one,” Perez said. “[The] Study Abroad Office is really pushing for summer programs because they’re hoping that a lot of kids that either were supposed to study abroad this fall or the spring, will maybe still get a chance to over the summer.”Overall, Perez hopes that the message students take away from her new podcast is that study abroad is whatever you make of it.“My whole goal of interviewing a bunch of different students to get a bunch of different perspectives and different experiences on study abroad,” Perez said. “There’s a lot of freedom, and whatever you want to get out of your abroad experience you can.”Tags: BeyoND, Ireland, Notre Dame International, study abroad, United Kingdomlast_img read more

first_imgImage by the Chautauqua County Humane SocietyJAMESTOWN – In an effort to help animals find their forever home, WNYNewsNow is partnering with the Chautauqua County Humane Society to showcase animals’ part of our pet of the week segment.Smokey is a fun-loving cat that enjoys pretty much everything, including but definitely not limited to, food, treats, a comfy bed and especially lots of attention.To learn more about our pet of the week, contact the Chautauqua County Humane Society at (716) 665-2209 or visit chqhumane.org.The Chautauqua County Humane Society is also kicking off the Holiday season with the Season of Hope adoption event at their store in the Chautauqua Mall this weekend. The event, brought to you by Happy Hounds Hotel and Day Spa, will run on Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. with a variety of dogs and cats available for adoption.There will also be Chautauqua County Humane Society T-shirts and pet goods available for purchase.All CDC guidelines will be strictly enforced and masks will be required for entry. 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

first_img The Village Bike Screen star Greta Gerwig has been tapped to replace Maggie Gyllenhaal in the American premiere of Penelope Skinner’s The Village Bike. As previously reported, Gyllenhaal left the off-Broadway production due to scheduling conflicts. Performances of the MCC Theater production will begin May 22 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. Opening night is set for June 10. Show Closed This production ended its run on July 13, 2014 Gerwig will play Becky, a pregnant woman who can’t seem to get the attention of her husband while preoccupied with preparing for the baby’s months-away arrival. Becky takes the matters into her own hands and sets out on an adventure that starts with the purchase of a used bike from a man in town and takes her further than she ever expected she’d go. Gerwig will be making her stage debut. Her film credits include Frances Ha, Greenberg and the upcoming adaptation of The Humbling. She has also signed on to star in the pilot of How I Met Your Dad, a spinoff of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother. Related Shows View Commentslast_img read more