Flourish Boutique moves and improves

first_imgTags: Boutique, Flourish, saint mary’s Flourish Boutique, a favorite shopping destination among Saint Mary’s students, will move locations, and customers can expect many improvements to their shopping experience, store owner and Saint Mary’s alumna Vanessa Cooreman Smith said.Cooreman Smith said she opened Flourish Boutique in 2008 in a very small space and moved to the current location at Cleveland and Gumwood Roads in 2009. The store will relocate again because the land the house sits on has been sold to a developer.“The house [in which the store is currently located] is historic and can’t be torn down, so it has to be physically moved to a different site so they can develop this [land] into better use for the busy corner,” Cooreman Smith said.“We were offered the chance to move with the house, but I felt like we had outgrown it. I was also apprehensive about the down time it would to take to physically move it, so it felt like the right time to make a move I have already been wanting to make.”The new location will be just around the corner at Centennial Place, next to Gigi’s Cupcakes, Cooreman Smith said. The new store will allow Flourish Boutique to double its inventory, as well as to add more dressing rooms, check-out stations, phone lines and designers, like Free People and Betsey Johnson.“[The new store] will all be boutique quality and have a Flourish flair to it, but we will be expanding our product line,” Cooreman Smith said. “We are going to have more shoe selections and we’re also going to be offering gifts. … We will have a really fun selection of what you could expect at Flourish, but with cute gifts.”Flourish Boutique uses student models on the store’s website, Cooreman Smith said.“I think it’s really cool to use people [to model] that are essentially your customers,” Cooreman Smith said. “These real people, granted they are gorgeous girls that you know and love, are rocking out these looks and giving a credibility to the clothes. … It makes it more real.”First-year Saint Mary’s student Katlynn Kennedy is one of the models for Flourish Boutique. Kennedy said modeling was very new to her, but the experience has helped her to grow.“I love the environment at Flourish,” Kennedy said. “Everyone is so upbeat, so it was just an overall great time going there to model for them.”Audrey Kiefer, a junior at Saint Mary’s who worked at Flourish Boutique during the fall semester, said she loved the experience working with many other Saint Mary’s graduates. “It was fun to share stories in the offices from classes, study abroad experiences and overall Saint Mary’s life,” Kiefer said. “All of the staff was very friendly and welcoming to me.”Cooreman Smith said attending Saint Mary’s helped to give her the courage and dedication she needed to start her own business.“Throughout my four years at Saint Mary’s, everyone was pouring into you that there’s nothing you can’t do as a woman and the sky’s the limit,” she said. “That definitely gave me a lot of confidence to start my own business.“Life is short. … It’s really important to pick [a job] you’re passionate about and pursue it, even if you start small. … You never know where it’s going to lead.”last_img read more

SMC construction to continue throughout year

first_imgThis fall, construction continues on the Patricia Wiedner Purcell Athletic Fields and Science Hall at Saint Mary’s.According to the College’s website, both projects are funded through the completed $105 million Faith Always, Action Now campaign. According to the Saint Mary’s Facebook page, Patricia Wiedner Purcell and her husband Paul are significant benefactors of the new athletic complex. Purcell is a 1969 Saint Mary’s graduate and a member of the Board of Trustees.After initial planning in 2008-2009, the construction team broke ground on the fields in spring 2015 and plans to have them completed by late October 2015, Austin Stahly, manager of energy and facilities projects, said.“The concept for this project arose out of an inherent need to continue to make significant improvements to our athletic complexes while enhancing the experience for our student-athletes and fans,” Stahly said. Photo courtesy of Gwen O’Brien Austin Stahly, manager of energy and facilities projects at Saint Mary’s, stands with Ben Bowman, director of facilities.Stahly said when construction is completed, there will be new soccer, lacrosse and softball fields, as well as new lighting, scoreboards and press boxes for each field. Interconnecting sidewalks will lead from entry gates to various buildings and bleachers.“[Students should expect] an increase in the competitive nature and livelihood for all of our athletes with a positively correlated experience for the fans and spectators,” Stahly said. “This will also allow for multiple practices and games to occur simultaneously.”The construction directly impacts the Saint Mary’s soccer team this season. According to the the team’s website, all home games in 2015 will be played at the Jr. Irish Soccer Club’s Airport field six, near South Bend Regional AirportIn communication to College staff, director of Media Relations Gwen O’Brien said fourteen maple trees were removed during construction. The timber will be used in a future Angela Athletic and Wellness Complex, for which fundraising is still in progress, O’Brien wrote.Construction is also being done on campus to update Science Hall. According to Saint Mary’s website, the renovation for Science Hall was funded by Jennifer Mathile Prikkel, a member of the class of 1995, and her parents Clayton and MaryAnn Mathile.Plans for Science Hall have been in the works since 2010, with construction beginning in spring 2015. Stahly said the College plans to have the renovations completed by fall 2016.“This carefully planned phased renovation to the Science Hall will create new learning and study spaces that encourage collaboration between peers, not only in their own department but across disciplines as well,” Stahly said.Science Hall was originally built in 1956 and was renovated in 1985. Today, the two-story building houses undergraduate classrooms and research activities for 10 science departments, Stahly said.“In both professional and academic settings, scientific inquiry increasingly relies on active collaboration among colleagues who offer different skill sets and perspectives,” Stahly said. “Yet the majority of science students still learn in traditional classrooms built for isolated, passive student learning.”Stahly said collaborative learning will be encouraged with the installment of shared teaching and research areas on the first and second floors. Science Hall will also include multiple classrooms that seat more than 20 students, two research labs and four new faculty offices, in addition to more renovations.In the renovated basement of Science Hall, students will experience two new physics labs, a 48-seat classroom, new bathroom facilities, three offices, a lab prep room and a research lab. A three-zone automated controls greenhouse is already completed, he said.“We anticipate this design will reflect a highly adaptive facility which will support interactive, collaborative and experimental learning, enhancing the development of innovative approaches to teaching and learning,” Stahly said.“This project, with the right kind of classrooms, will allow students to begin thinking in ways that break down the walls between disciplines and help them understand the integrated nature of what they are studying,” he said.Tags: Austin Stahly, Construction, Faith Always Action Now, Patrica Wiedner Purcell Athletic Fields, Saint Mary’s Science Halllast_img read more

Mike Collins to announce 200th ND home game

first_imgFor many students in college stadiums across the country, the voice resounding through the stadium’s public address system is the most exposure to the public address announcer they’ll ever have. Rarely does the average student meet the person to whom that voice belongs.Let alone have him swipe their ID cards to get into the dining hall.But Mike Collins, entering his 34th season as Notre Dame’s public address announcer for football games, does just that.Monday through Wednesday every week, Collins sits at the entrance of South Dining Hall (SDH) doing a job he started six years ago.“I was bored [during the week]. I had a couple of offers to do something, and I heard about this,” Collins said. “It’s just a joy for me to be on campus and around the students. It’s rewarding to me.”Saturdays, however, Collins occupies quite a different post, wearing a set of headphones, sitting in front of a microphone and perched in the press box high above the field in Notre Dame Stadium.When Notre Dame and Texas meet Saturday night to kick off their respective seasons, Collins’s voice will sound throughout the stadium for the 200th time, 30 more games than any other PA announcer in Notre Dame history.“[Two hundred] means a lot to me. It really does,” Collins said. “It’s a milestone. I would imagine there can’t be too many Division I college PA announcers who have done more.”Collins’s first game was September 19, 1982: the first-ever night game at Notre Dame Stadium. The Irish defeated Michigan, 23-17.“And here I am doing this with no previous experience as a football PA announcer,” Collins said.Zach Klonsinski | The Observer Getting his start“I really got the job because, and I’m not kidding when I say this, there really wasn’t time to interview anybody else,” Collins said. “My predecessor retired 48 hours before kickoff of the 1982 season. They called me up out of the blue.”Collins had never called a football game before that night, but he was previously the PA announcer for the Irish hockey team.The spot for hockey opened up some years before his transition to football, and Collins, who was already at the games keeping stats, decided to inquire about the position.“I went to the coach at the time, Lefty Smith … and I said, ‘Hey, I’d like to have a shot at that,’ and I don’t think Lefty wanted to spend any time finding a PA announcer so he just gave me the job,” Collins said. “It was like he got it off his desk.”So, a few years later when former Notre Dame sports information director Roger Valdiserri asked Collins to announce the Michigan game in 1982, Collins said he “got all unnerved.”“I was so stunned when Roger Valdiserri called me up,” Collins said. “When he said can you do the game Saturday, my mind kept telling me, ‘Why are we having a hockey game in September?’ And he told me, ‘No I mean the football game.’”Originally Collins said it was only a one-game deal, meant as a place-stop to buy the University time to find a new announcer. Eventually, one game turned into one year and then another. Now, 34 years and 199 games later, he’s still at the helm.Preparing from a young ageMost elementary-age boys dream about becoming an astronaut, a firefighter, an elite athlete or a superhero. Not Collins.“I’m the only person I know who, when they were seven years old, actually wanted to be a PA announcer,” Collins said. “My dad took me to my first baseball game, and there are a lot of things that a kid can be fascinated with at his or her first baseball game, but I was stunned by this voice that seemed to come out of nowhere.”From that moment, Collins said, he was hooked.“I used to go into my basement in Pittsburgh and read starting lineups out loud for baseball. That’s how much it meant to me.”A member of Notre Dame’s class of 1967, Collins spent his first two years in Cavanaugh Hall and Morrissey Manor before landing a room in the old Fieldhouse.“There I was hanging out with all these athletes, so I thought I was a big shot even if I wasn’t,” Collins said.Collins said he owed everything to two men: sports information director Charlie Callahan, who got Collins his first two jobs in broadcasting, and Valdiserri, the man who hired him as the PA announcer that day in 1982.He also got his first job in the press box during his time as a student.“My job was getting the writers their cigarettes and booze and delivering it to them,” Collins said, laughing at the thought of his former position.“When you consider what the media was like then, I thought it was a very important job.”His own personal touchCollins lays claim to starting a couple of his own Irish traditions, including announcing the home team’s charge out of the tunnel before each game. He said the tradition began against Florida State at the start of a No. 1 vs No. 2 matchup in 1993.“I’m all pumped up, and the team came out of the tunnel and I just opened up the microphone and went, ‘Here Come the Irish!’ Collins said. “After the game my wife said, ‘I really liked that,’ and I had no idea what she was talking about. … She said, ‘You have to do that for every game.’“I haven’t gotten any kickback on the T-shirts that say ‘Here Come the Irish,’” Collins joked. “I should have taken out a copyright on that.”Matching the theme to the game, weather or time of day, Collins also reads off song lyrics before the pregame weather report, varying from Bruce Springsteen’s “Thunder Road” to Earth, Wind and Fire’s “September.”“Now I have people who stop and ask me what I’m going to do, so now I’ve put this incredible pressure on me,” Collins said.Although he could recall a number of lyrics over the years, one particularly stands out to Collins: Van Morrison’s “Moondance” before the night game against USC in 2013.“‘It’s a marvelous night for a moondance ‘neath the cover of an October sky,’” Collins said. “And I swear to God, in the first quarter a full moon came over the stadium, and I hadn’t even checked the phases of the moon.” New developmentsThe Campus Crossroads project is now radically reshaping the traditional picture of Notre Dame Stadium. Collins is far from the least affected, but he’s taking it in stride. He’s also already envisioning how to pair himself with a video board for the team introduction pregame.“The team’s now gathered in the tunnel, before they burst out. But right before that, on the video board we have that video we have of Knute Rockne in the locker room going, ‘Boys, you gotta fight, you gotta go, you gotta do this, you gotta do that!’ And then they burst out of the tunnel and then I say, ‘Here come the Irish!’“I’m telling you, people will be dancing in the aisles. Their tears will be flowing. … The video board … is going to be a great asset. I think Notre Dame is going to use it wisely, not like the debacle I saw in Dallas with their video board.”Collins got to live out one of his other lifelong dreams this spring: being an announcer for his hometown Pirates at their spring training park in Florida. Again, though, he said just happened to walk right into the opportunity.“It was a case of being in the right place in the right time and not enough time to interview anyone else,” Collins said.He had sent an email a few months prior asking to be kept in mind if the Pirates needed any help in the spring.“Eight days before the start of the spring season I got an email from them and it said, ‘Are you still interested in interviewing? The other guy just quit.’”Collins said he enjoyed his time with the Pirates, and got what he described as “a lot of swag” from the organization: all sorts of different articles of Pirates apparel. He also got an offer to come back next spring.“As far as I’m concerned, I’m a kid in a candy store with his parents’ credit cards,” Collins admitted. “I have my two dream jobs: the Pirates spring training and Notre Dame football.”As for his gig at SDH though, Collins again returned to the students.“My wife and I have made lifelong friends of students over the years,” he said, also mentioning the Thanksgiving dinner the couple hosts each year with students primarily from overseas.What’s more, Collins said, there’s another, expected perk of working in a dining hall.“I get a free meal,” Collins said.“Never underestimate the value of free food or beer.”Tags: football, football friday, mike collinslast_img read more

Appeals court rules in favor of ESPN

first_imgThe Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) is a public agency subject to public record laws, reversing a decision made in the trial court in Notre Dame’s favor.The University was sued by ESPN in January 2015, after Notre Dame refused to release incident reports related to student-athletes on two separate occasionThe St. Joseph County Superior Court issued a ruling in Notre Dame’s favor in April 2015. ESPN appealed the decision, and both parties presented their oral arguments to a three-judge panel on Feb. 25.The case hinges on NDSP’s status as either a private or public agency — under Indiana’s Access to Public Records Act (APRA), if NDSP is considered a public agency, it would be required to release certain records. ESPN reporter Maggie Smith argued the duties of NDSP are equal to those of any public police department.“What we know from Notre Dame’s own crime logs is they arrest, search, interrogate for crimes such as rape, burglary, larceny, aggravated battery, counterfeit, drug possession, DUIs — these are not the actions of your library security guard who is there to make sure that kids don’t take books,” she said, according to an audio recording of the oral arguments available on the Indiana Judicial Branch’s website.Notre Dame attorney Damon Leichty argued the law was never intended to apply to private colleges and universities. However, since October 2014, two state officials — Public Access Counselor Luke Britt and Attorney General Greg Zoeller — have said they consider NDSP to be subject to APRA.Zoeller said in a statement that he considers the appeals court ruling to be “a qualified victory for public access and transparency, concepts my office long has supported. The public has the right to transparency and accountability when police power is being exercised,” according to the South Bend Tribune.According to the Court of Appeals ruling, NDSP does qualify as a “public agency” under APRA’s definition of the term because it exercises public functions.“It would not be appropriate for the Police Department, having availed itself of its statutory right to exercise these public functions, to then be able to circumvent public records requirements to which all other entities exercising these same functions are required to adhere,” the ruling stated.The case will return to the trial courts to determine which records NDSP will be required to produce.“We do not, as ESPN requests, find that the trial court must order the Police Department to produce the public documents ESPN sought,” the ruling stated. “We instruct the trial court to determine which of the records the Police Department was required to produce under APRA and then order the Police Department to produce only those records.”Paul Browne, vice president for public affairs and communications at Notre Dame, said in an email that the University believes the Court of Appeals went “beyond the law.”“Since the opinion is not certified or final, it does not yet have effect, and the parties cannot act on it,” he said. “We will appeal to the Indiana Supreme Court.”The appeals court ruling may have a reduced impact if Indiana House Bill 1022, a bill to change the public record requirements for private universities, is passed into law. The bill would require police departments at private colleges and universities to only release information about incidents that result in arrests or incarcerations, exempting a large portion of cases occurring on college campuses.The bill passed Indiana’s General Assembly last week and is now being considered by Gov. Mike Pence.Tags: APRA, ESPN, ESPN lawsuit, Indiana Court of Appeals, NDSPlast_img read more

Flaherty, Dunne halls select mascots, colors

first_imgAfter several weeks of brainstorming and rounds of voting, Flaherty Hall selected the Bears as their hall mascot Tuesday night. Grace Tourville Residents of Flaherty Hall celebrate the selection of their new mascot, the bears.Flaherty Hall is the newest female dorm at Notre Dame, situated behind the library on the new East Quad. Dunne Hall, the newest male dorm, selected the Sentinels as their mascot last week. Additionally, they chose navy and green as their hall colors. The colors of Flaherty Hall — lavender and navy — were chosen last year by a vote from the women of Pangborn Hall. The two dorms are some of the latest additions to campus, along with McCourtney Hall, the research facility that also opened on East Quad at the start of this academic year.These are the newest dorms since Ryan Hall was built in 2009.Tags: dunne hall, flaherty hall, new dormslast_img read more

Saint Mary’s to host writers in lecture concerning different dynamics in writing

first_imgAuthors and married couple Elizabeth and Ned Stuckey-French will speak at Saint Mary’s on their work as well as their experiences of being married to and living with a spouse who is an author. The lecture will take place in Vander Vennet at 7 p.m.English professor Dionne Bremyer said Elizabeth and Ned are both established writers in their own right: Elizabeth is a novelist and Ned is an essayist. “Elizabeth’s most recent book is called ‘The Revenge of Radioactive Lady,’ but she’s also written a couple short story collections and a [young adult] novel,” she said. “Ned is an essayist who’s written about the form of writing essays, and also a couple personal essays.”Bremyer said by hosting the two authors, students can learn more about the different dynamics of writing, as well as meet prolific members of contemporary society.“We get to see the way two artists live and work together and think about what that dynamic is like, but we also get to think about the different paths we use to get to essay versus fiction, or think about what makes an essay versus what makes a short story and how we decide which is which,” she said. “As well, they’re just amazing prolific writers and teachers, so I thought they would be wonderful people to have on our campus. And they’re also from Indiana, so there’s a nice local connection there, too.”Bremyer said hosting visiting writers is a great way for students to obtain guidance for their own writing careers as well.“One thing that’s important for students to see is how the messy writing done in the classroom translates into a career,” she said. “It’s not always a straight line where the student graduates school and immediately becomes a writer. What does [being a writer] even mean, what does it look like, and how do we get from A to B? It’s important to see and talk about the process that artist’s have and for students to think about that as beginning artists and think about what they can learn from artists who have been practicing for a long time.”Bremyer said inviting a visiting artist or writer to campus can be an intimate experience and is rewarding for all those involved. “What other setting do you get that’s so intimate to talk with an artist one on one?” she said. “If you read an interview of them in a magazine, you might get some guidance from that but it’s nice to be able to ask questions and be in dialogue with the artist.”Bremyer said that while writing and English majors have the most to gain from attending the presentation, all majors can and will benefit.“Everyone should come,” she said. “It’s a chance to meet and interact with someone who is living and practicing in the world of art. Sometimes we look at writing or art as something that happens at a distance. We should think about what contemporary artists bring to the world and what it’s like to be living in this contemporary moment.” Bremyer said visiting artists allow students to open themselves up to contemporary culture.“Some of the value, too, for all majors is thinking about writing itself,” she said. “Students spend a lot of time in school where they’re assigned things and they have to read things, and they don’t necessarily think about the kind of citizens they’re going to be in the world after they get out into the world. Sometimes where I see students struggle after college is moving on without reading lists or some guidance in how to do things, and part of the process of being in college is learning about culture and learning about contemporary culture and how to interact with it. Even if a student plans on becoming a mathematician, there’s still value in thinking about contemporary art and contemporary culture and what is able to be gained from it.”Bremyer said visiting writers expose us to art in a way that can fulfill our innermost human desires and help us navigate the complexity of the world.“All good art speaks to what it means to be human,” she said. “Our essential desire is story, regardless of what we’re interested in. Constantly, we tell each other stories. If you think about conversations and interactions you have, it’s always storytelling. We’re always trying to get people to understand and empathize with our experience, or we’re trying to empathize with the experiences of others. We’re figuring out what it means to be human in this world — which is innately complicated and painful and sometimes joyous. It’s good to have art to filter that through. It helps us understand the experience of being human and couldn’t we all use a guide in that?”Tags: Art, authors, creative writing, Writerslast_img read more

Saint Mary’s welcomes alumna as Regina Hall director

first_imgWhen Emerald Blankenship graduated from Saint Mary’s in May, she did not anticipate moving back to Saint Mary’s the following fall. Blankenship returned to campus last month, however, as the new Regina Hall director. “All summer, I went and did sales, and it just didn’t feel right,” Blankenship said. “Then, I got their call to ask me if I could consider applying for the hall director position, and it just kind of felt like I wasn’t done with Saint Mary’s yet.” Blankenship said this felt like the perfect opportunity to expand her skill set at a community in which she is comfortable. “I came and I interviewed, and everything just kind of felt right,” she said. “It was the kind of work environment I was looking for and a safe space to grow more professionally.”During her time at Saint Mary’s, Blankenship spent two years as a Resident Assistant (RA) in Le Mans Hall. “My residence life background has prepared me a lot because I am kind of familiar with the processes that Saint Mary’s specifically has,” she said. In addition to working in residence life before, Blankenship’s time at Saint Mary’s also instilled confidence and values in her that aid her in leading Regina Hall, she said. “I think it would’ve been harder to have this role if I hadn’t been at Saint Mary’s first,” Blankenship said. “Knowing everything that the College stands for and having those values in me really helps me uphold them within the hall.”Blankenship looks forward to instilling these values into her new residents this academic year, she said. “We have a great group of girls here,” Blankenship said. “They were all super respectful, super chill and they’re just excited to be here.”She said she is impressed with her staff so far, as they are already proposing many ideas for programs for the first-year students. “I’m really excited about my staff,” Blankenship said. “My staff is just incredible so far. They’ve been really connecting with each other and with their residents.”Blankenship said that she hopes to help her staff develop as leaders as well. “We’re trying to change the way that RAs look at their job and try to look at it more as a leadership responsibility rather than just a resume builder,” she said. “And they’re all taking it on really well.”Another aspect of her job that she enjoys, Blankenship said, is getting to know the residents and their parents as they move in.“I was really into when parents were stressed about things that weren’t going how they planned or scared about leaving their daughters and stuff,” she said. “I got to really get to know the parents a little bit more and help reassure them that this is a really great place to leave their daughters and they’re in safe hands.”Blankenship is enjoying adjusting to the new experience of living in Regina Hall as her residents did, she said. “I think that it was good for my first year to be in a first-year residence hall, because I already know how it’s done in Le Mans and how it’s done in Holy Cross, but I’ve never done it here [in Regina],” she said. “It was good to see that for the first time while they were also seeing that for the first time. We got to kind of work through it together.” Tags: Hall Director, Regina Hall, residential lifelast_img read more

GRC to host educational events highlighting Relationship Violence Awareness Month

first_imgWith the start of October, the month dedicated increasing awareness surrounding relationship violence, the Gender Relations Center (GRC) is sponsoring a multitude of events. These Relationship Violence Awareness Month (RVAM) events will include art installations such as “What Were You Wearing,” hands-on experiences such as “Kintsugi” and educational teachings including  “Going to Court as a Survivor.”“I was inspired to have a diverse offering of programming in terms of being educational, interactive and restorative,” Kaitlyn Stankiewicz, program coordinator for healthy relationships and community outreach, said.Christopher Kozelichki, assistant director of career development at Notre Dame Law School and the speaker for “Going to Court as a Survivor,” discussed the importance of having diverse events to bring awareness to relationship violence. “Everyone is generally aware of the idea of domestic violence and relationship violence, but I think that there are a lot of misunderstandings still about the topic,” Kozelichki said.In light of the ongoing pandemic, both Stankiewicz and Kozelichki brought up the renewed importance of being aware about relationship violence.  “[The pandemic has] disproportionately affected people that have found themselves in domestic violence and relationship violence because … one of the more consistent aspects of domestic violence and the cycle [of] violence is isolation, and isolation is what we’re supposed to be, in a perfect world, doing,” Kozelichki said.Because of the rise in domestic violence due to COVID-19, more may be becoming increasingly aware that these issues exist for others, making it even more vital to share information and resources, Stankiewicz said.RVAM kicked off on campus on Oct. 1 with “Hamilton: Violence of our Founding Fathers,” a Zoom event featuring Notre Dame history professor Dr. Linda Przybyszewski, who explored the violence that occured in the founding of the U.S. The art installation “What Were You Wearing” is on display Tuesday through Thursday in the Duncan Student Center. The event showcases student responses at various college campuses on what they were wearing when they were sexually assaulted. “The purpose of the display is to show people that it really doesn’t matter what someone is wearing,” Stankiewicz said. “No one is ever asking to be assaulted [and] it’s always the fault of the perpetuator.”On Oct. 12, there will be an annual RVAM T-shirt giveaway to spread awareness, as well as the national “Wear Purple Day” on Oct. 15, a day during which students can honor victims, support survivors and sign a pledge against relationship violence. “Kintsugi” has become a particularly popular event over the years, Stankiewicz said, and is an example of the diversity of events offered during the month of October. “Kintsugi” offers a restorative process for survivors and is again taking place on Oct. 13. “The art of Kintsugi … talks about how breaking a pot doesn’t mean you need to throw it away, you can actually glue it back together with gold and it can actually be more beautiful than it was before,” she said. The GRC in partnership with the Multicultural Student Programs and Services (MSPS) is sponsoring the event “Digging up the Roots of Sexual Violence” on Oct. 21, which invites participants into a discussion on sexual violence through an intersectional lens of racism, classism and heteronormativity and how it develops historically. As RVAM coincides with LGBTQ history month, the event “LGBTQ GreeNDot Overview” on Oct. 22 will focus on the LGBTQ community.On Oct. 25, in partnership with Pasquerilla West and Siegfried Hall, there will be mass at the Stepan Center to pray for the victims and survivors of relationship violence. Finally, RVAM events will conclude with “Going to Court as a Survivor” on Oct. 27, featuring Kozelichki who has prosecuted cases that involve sexual violence. “[The event] talks about what the process even looks like and why that can be retraumatizing to survivors, which may lend itself to why sometimes people don’t report or go through that process,” Stankiewicz said. The goal of this event is to take the mystery out of the court process and provide essential knowledge, Kozelichki said. It’s important for students to attend such events, he added, as college is the time for students to set positive relationship patterns.”I wish I would have known more,” Kozelichki said about his years as a college student.Tags: court process, education events, Gender Relations Center, LGBTQ History Month, Relationship Violence Awareness Monthlast_img read more

State Senator Proposes Delaying Rent Payments 3 Months

first_imgPixabay Stock Image.ALBANY — A New York State Senator has introduced a bill that would postpone rent payments for 90 days.State Sen. Michael Gianaris, the Democratic Deputy Senate Majority Leader who represents part of Queens, says rent for certain tenants would be postponed as a response to COVID-19.The bill is currently in the Senate Judiciary Committee, about twenty additional state senators have co-sponsored the bill, and there is also a version in the Assembly.Last week, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo listed measures enacted for financial relief amid the pandemic, including: 90-day mortgage reliefWaive mortgage payments based on financial hardshipNo negative reporting to credit bureausGrace period for loan modificationsNo late payment fees or online payment feesPostponing or suspending foreclosuresWaive fees for overdrafts, ATMs, and credit cards 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

Local Man’s Movie Highlights Struggle, Understanding Of Mental Health

first_imgImage by Matt Hummel / WNY News Now.GERRY – A local filmmaker is producing an independent movie that will include taping at Heritage Ministries on Route 60 in the Village of Gerry. Travis Carlson says the movie, called Mothers Day, is based on a true story about his relationship with his mother, who he says suffers from mental illness. He tells WNYNewsNow that he decided to make the movie after a “difficult” conversation that he had with his mother.“Making a film that represents that and helps show my transition to appreciate that the world is different for different people,” Carlson said. “It might help others also have that reaction.”“Mental health and people having a different brain chemistry can really affect the reality that they experience.” The filmmaker says that “love can conquer” the challenges that mental illness can present.Carlson, a former Heritage employee, says his previous employment and the role the organization plays for the community played a critical part in his decision to film a scene at the property.“Heritage is a huge part of the Town of Gerry. Most of the people that I interact with in Gerry work here, have worked here,” Carlson adds. “It’s just a part of the landscape.”Carlson explains that the production was delayed for a time because of the COVID-19 pandemic. As production was allowed to be resumed, he says he instituted several measures in accordance with CDC and New York State guidelines.Senior Chaplain of Heritage, Larry Petry, says that the production will allow the organization to have its values displayed for the community to see.“This is a really wonderful opportunity to showcase the kind of stories that we experience every day with our residents and families,” Petry said.Petry says the organization had several conversations with Carlson on how to film on campus as Heritage was also working to comply with COVID-19 mandates.“Thankfully, the scene that Travis wants to film here, honestly it’s all worked out really well,” Petry said. “It’s simple enough, basic enough and just the layout of our facility. We’ve been really fortunate that in working together, thinking through some logistics, it’s something we’re able to pull off fairly simply.”The Chaplain, in addition, says that the filming in the Town of Gerry serves as a reminder that no matter how big or small a town may be, talent can be found.Carlson, meanwhile, advises the community not to fear asking for help in any venture that one might take.Carlson says the plan is to have production completed by this winter. 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