Club celebrates Arabic language, culture

first_imgMendoza’s Jordan Auditorium hosted the third annual Arabic Culture Night Friday, as students were able to experience a variety of forms of performing arts from the Middle East.The event consisted of several folkloric dances from Egypt and Lebanon as well as an oriental dance, a song, a poetry recitation, a comedy play and a slide show showcasing the program of Arabic Language and Culture.All music, reading and dialogue was in Arabic and performed by students, most of whom are Arabic majors or Mediterranean/Middle East Studies minors.Professor Ghada Bualuan, chair of the Arabic Department and director and producer of the event, said it was a great way for students to experience Arabic culture and for the performers at the event to showcase their talents.“It was a unique opportunity to engage and explore the Arabic culture and forge a deeper connection to its people,” she said. “It was also an outlet for students of Arabic to perform on stage in the language and the culture that they are learning in the classroom.”Sophomore Joseph Dufour, vice president of the Arabic Club, said the event was a special opportunity to share Arabic culture with the rest of the University.“Students were able to enjoy song, dance, poetry and imagery that they wouldn’t otherwise likely get to experience at Notre Dame,” he said.  “It’s really a one-of-a-kind event and has grown in performances and popularity every year.”Junior Victoria Braga, a member of the Arabic Club, said the format of the event has grown stronger with each passing year.“Students attending the event hopefully learned more about Arabic Language and Culture,” she said. “This is the ultimate goal of the event, and we are happy that it seems the event has met its goal not only this year but in all of the past three years of its existence.”Bualuan said the inspiration for an event to share Middle Eastern culture came from students and from her own husband.“I started it two years ago with the idea of creating an opportunity for Arabic major students to connect to Arabic history and culture through music and arts,” she said. “Also, my husband produced several international festivals over 15 years ago at Notre Dame as a student, and I knew that his experience would be very useful.”Dufour said the event was a success because it blended performance with education.“Everyone there seemed to really enjoy the night whether they study Arabic or not,” he said. “It showcased aspects of the Arabic culture that people may not know about or [to people] who don’t study Arabic, especially since the readings and song in Arabic all had English translations on an accompanying slideshow to the event.”Bualuan echoed Dufour’s sentiment, noting that attendance at the event was very strong, with Jordan Auditorium at standing room only capacity. She said over 350 students attended, and their response was positive.“They were very excited, and the event has grown each year. I’ve already received many emails from students who were in the audience saying that they want to be part of the show next year,” she said.last_img read more

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University delays Commencement ceremony

first_imgNotre Dame’s Sunday Commencement ceremony will be delayed one hour, according to an email sent to the community Saturday and to a University press release.According to the email, the ceremony will take place in Notre Dame Stadium, as originally planned, but will now begin with the procession of graduates at 10 a.m. rather than at 9 a.m. to avoid any storms passing through the area.Stadium gates will now open to ticketed guests at 8 a.m., and all graduates should report to the north side of Hesburgh Library at that time, the email said.According to the email, the schedules for all diploma ceremonies on Sunday afternoon remain unchanged.Tags: Commencement 2017, Notre Dame Stadiumlast_img

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Senate discusses Observer editorial

first_imgStudent senate discussed The Observer editorial “We deserve better” in senate Wednesday before holding a second, closed meeting to hear an appeal regarding a recent sanction placed on the Kruszewski-Dunbar ticket. “It’s not just this [editorial] but just how senate’s been talked about recently,” Sibonay Shewit, student body vice president, said. Student body chief-of-staff Prathm Juneja took issue with the portrayal of student government in the editorial.“When context is absent from something, it’s really easy to make assumptions,” Juneja said. “That [editorial] probably got thousands of views, so our goal is to see if we can reach that same audience.”The student government executive cabinet plans to write a response to the editorial and letter to the editor published in The Observer.“It’s not going to be an attack by any means,” Juneja said, referring to the Observer editorial as an attack against student government.“The purpose of the response is to focus on what context was missing in the pieces that were written about us,” Juneja said. “I agree that there are changes that can be made to Student Government, but there are also things that we do well.”Shewit did not disclose whether the response had been written yet or when it would be released, but did say that it would attempt the clarify the reasons why the three senate meetings were closed, as well as the separation between Judicial Council and Executive Cabinet. “We by no means mean to speak for you guys or any member of the Senate, we just think that there are facts that need to be added,” Shewit said. O’Neill senator and junior Sebastian Lopez delivered a speech, light-heartedly referencing his dorm’s history which led it to be deemed “the angry mob.”“Since its inception, O’Neill Family Hall has stood defiantly in the face of oppression and tyranny,” he said. “In 1996 when Grace and Flanner halls were going to be converted into administrative buildings, the men of Grace Hall stood up and in response they protested. And they lit bonfires all across the quads.”Lopez finished by motioning to “fight against tyranny” by closing the senate meeting.The proxy member for Sorin Hall, Mark Spretnjak, seconded the motion. Spretnjak, a sophomore, was standing in for Sorin Hall senator Nick Lucci. Lopez and Spretnjak were the only two members of senate to vote in favor of closing the meeting. Sophomore Zachary Spitzer, proxy for Dunne Hall senator and sophomore Patrick Quinn, said senators should discuss student government initiatives with their dorms.“One of the things that I feel really really helps out with Senate is when Senators individually speak to members of their dorm on these issues,” Spitzer said. “I know that Senate would like to make group statements on stuff that happens in the Senate meetings, but I really feel like when Senators really are transparent with people of their dorm on the individual level that really helps.”Associate news editor Natalie Weber and news writer Alexandra Muck contributed to this report.Tags: Observer Editorial, Senate, Student government, We deserve betterlast_img read more

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Saint Mary’s seeks to spark participation in annual fundraising event

first_imgSaint Mary’s is hosting its sixth annual 24-Hour Donor Challenge, an event during which students, alumnae and families associated with Saint Mary’s donate to the College.Christine Swarm, director of annual giving, said in an email the event primarily aims to garner revenue, but also hopes to foster community among individuals who support Saint Mary’s.“The 24-hour Donor Challenge is a single-day fundraising event for [Saint Mary’s],” Swarm said. “This is an opportunity for alumnae, students, parents, faculty, staff and friends to come together to support current and future Saint Mary’s students. This year, the 24-hour Donor Challenge begins at [midnight] Thursday … and concludes at midnight [Friday].”Swarm said the initial goals for the campaign are to have 4,000 people donate to Saint Mary’s before the end of the event and to have 1,844 people donate before noon.“The goals are to rally 4,000 donors in 24 hours,” she said. “If we reach that, the College will receive $100,000 in Annual Fund challenge gifts from four alumnae. And, if we secure 1,844 donors before noon EST, we have the opportunity to receive an additional $25,000 Annual Fund challenge gift.”Additional goals depend on who donates, Swarm said, for money from certain demographics can dramatically increase the overall total.”Even further, if by midnight on Thursday, 1,000 Belles of the Last Decade [BOLD] alumnae give, we secure $10,000 more,” she said. “If 2,000 BOLDer alumnae [graduates between 1900 and 2007] give, we secure $10,000 more. If 500 current students give, we secure $5,000 more. And if 500 parents of alumnae or students give, we secure $5,000 more.”Events around campus will promote the 24-Hour Donor Challenge and attempt to engage the community in direct participation, Swarm said.“With the help of our student volunteers from Class Gift Campaign, there will be refreshments and snacks available at our tables on campus throughout the day,” she said. “We will be present in the dining hall, the Great Hall in Le Mans, Spes Unica and the Angela Athletic and Wellness Complex.”Social media platforms offer more extensive information, Swarm said, in an attempt to reach individuals not currently on campus who still wish to contribute.“People can follow the Donor Challenge activity on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat @BellesGiveBack or donorchallenge.saintmarys.edu,” she said.The 24-Hour Donor Challenge is important because it encourages reflection about Saint Mary’s, Swarm said.“It is an opportunity for alumnae, students and friends to reflect on the value of a Saint Mary’s education and why this experience is worthy of support,” she said.The total amount of money will enhance Saint Mary’s overall, Swarm said.“Gifts to the Annual Fund support current operations of the College and allow for immediate delivery of the programs and resources that provide Saint Mary’s women with an excellent academic and intellectual experience,” Swarm said. “These gifts go to work where the need is greatest at the College and support scholarships and financial aid, excellent faculty, technology and learning, student life and faith development and campus renewal and preservation.”Tags: 24-hour donor challenge, Belles Give Back, BOLD, Class Gift Campaignlast_img read more

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Notre Dame initiates task forces to address Catholic Church sexual abuse crisis

first_imgNotre Dame is spearheading a Campus Engagement Task Force and a Research and Scholarship Task Force to help address the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse crisis, the University announced Thursday in an email to students, faculty and staff.“The charge of the Campus Engagement Task Force is to facilitate dialogue, to listen to the observations, thoughts, and recommendations of the Notre Dame community and to summarize feedback so that it can be directed constructively,” the email said.Rev. Gerry Olinger and Jennifer Mason McAward are serving as co-chairs of the Campus Engagement Task Force. The force will include seven other members: sophomore Aaron Benavides; Christine Caron Gebhardt, director of the Gender Relations Center; Fr. Pete McCormick, director of Campus Ministry; Karrah Miller, director of Public Affairs; Colleen Moore, director of formation at the McGrath Institute for Church Life; Ernest Morell, professor of English; and Stacey Noem of the Masters of Divinity Program.The Engagement Task Force will host a series of listening sessions for members of the community to reflect on the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church and how Notre Dame should respond, the email said. The task force will also be collecting feedback through an online form. All feedback is anonymous and the form will expire on Nov. 16 at 2 p.m.Listening sessions for students will take place Monday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the first floor lounge of Coleman-Morse Center and Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Downes Club of Corbett Hall.Faculty listening sessions will take place Nov. 9 from 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the first floor lounge of Coleman-Morse and Nov. 14 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. in the Coleman-Morse lounge.Staff listening sessions will take place Tuesday from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. in the Coleman-Morse lounge, Nov. 15 from 10 p.m. to 11:15 p.m. in the Hospitality Room of South Dining Hall and Nov. 16 from 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Coleman-Morse lounge.Tags: Campus Engagement Task Force, Research and Scholarship Task Force, Sexual abuse scandallast_img read more

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Saint Marys encourages student exercise with ‘Belles for Fitness’

first_imgAfter the completion of the Angela Athletic and Wellness Complex, Saint Mary’s has revamped an exercise incentive program titled “Belles for Fitness.”Athletic trainer and co-coordinator of the wellness program Katie Knisely, who restarted the initiative, said it was originally put on hold during the construction of the new center.“I’m glad that we were able to restart this program for the students, faculty and staff members to have more camaraderie between each other and encourage exercise on campus,” Knisely said in an email.According to Knisely, in this session there are 16 teams participating. Each team consists of five to 10 students, faculty or staff members, cultivating a tighter-knit Saint Mary’s community, she added.“I’ll admit, my chemistry lab professor, Mrs. Houser, had a few chats with us when we were beating her team on the leaderboard for the week, but all talk was lighthearted,” first year Elizabeth Zaczyk said.Each team is required to have a team captain and only one student-athlete is allowed per team. Zaczyk and her friends formed a team for the fall session and, according to her, after a tough loss to the “Enginerds and Your Moms,” they decided to try again in the spring session.Her team, “We Showed Up,” consists of ten girls.“There’s a variety of things that my team is a part of, which makes all of our workouts uniquely different,” Zaczyk said. “From dance, to marching band to cross country, we’ve got it all.”Teams compete against each other to see who can collect the most points at the end of the session. Points are determined based on the number of minutes teams exercise throughout the week, Knisely said.“Each member of the team is held accountable for 200 minutes of activity per week,” Knisely said. “However, each person may only claim up to 900 minutes per week to control any overtraining issues.”Exercise is allowed to be completed in or out of Angela. Each team is responsible for logging their own daily points, and at the end of each week the program director calculates the points for each team.“I think changing the tracking system from paper to online formatting really helped to increase the number of people and teams to sign-up,” Knisely said. “The fact that teams do not need to track minutes in Angela now is very convenient.”At the end of each session, one team will be named the winner — claiming bragging rights and a t-shirt,Knisely said.The current session goes through March 9 and the next one starts on March 10, she said.“I’m so glad [my friend] got our whole friend group active in this wonderful program, and I can’t wait to see if we win, but even if we don’t we still got our exercise in, so it’s a win-win,” Zaczyk said.Tags: Belles for Fitness, fitness, healthlast_img read more

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Warren County Park Closed Following Rabid Animal Attack

first_imgPhoto: Alan Vernon / CC BY 2.0 SHEFFIELD (Pa.) – Officials from the Sheffield Board of Health have closed the Covered Bridge Park due to a rabid animal attack on Sunday.The Warren County park is closed to all users, including strollers, hikers, pedestrians, dog walkers, bikers and kayakers/boaters, and all other members of the public, according to officials.Officials say the order will be in affect until rescinded at the guidance of the Sheffield Animal Control Officer. 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

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Downtown Jamestown Traffic Lights Lose Power Following Storm

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) JAMESTOWN – Several traffic lights are without power downtown on Thursday.Viewers also report that power is out in Randolph and Kennedy.WNYNewsNow will continue to provide updates as they become available.last_img

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Welcome to Hitsville, USA! Krystal Joy Brown Will Play Diana Ross in Broadway’s Motown The Musical

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 18, 2015 Related Shows Motown The Musical View Comments Brandon Victor Dixon Star Files Motown The Musical currently stars Tony nominees Brandon Victor Dixon and Charl Brown, as well as Bryan Terrell Clark, Ryan Shaw and Raymond Luke Jr. The show opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on April 14, 2013. Charl Browncenter_img Bryan Terrell Clark Valisia LeKae Krystal Joy Brown is coming out to play Diana Ross in Motown The Musical, and she wants the world to know! The Big Fish alum will take over the role of the iconic diva in the Broadway production on January 23 from Felicia Boswell, who stepped in when Tony nominee Valisia LeKae departed the show upon discovering she has ovarian cancer. Brown made her Broadway debut in Hair, and was most recently seen as Josephine Bloom in Big Fish. She also originated the role of Ornella Sturdevant in Leap of Faith. Her TV credits include Castle and Storyforia. View All (5) Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright and featuring a book by Motown founder Berry Gordy, Motown The Musical is a journey through the history of the world’s most famous record label. With a score that includes over 50 beloved hits from the Motown catalogue, the show tells the story of Gordy’s rise from small-town dreamer to big-time record mogul. Along the way, he discovers a slew of musical talent including Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and the legendary Diana Ross, with whom he sparks a romance. Krystal Joy Brownlast_img read more

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First Look at Downton Abbey Baddie Nigel Harman as Simon Cowell in London’s X Factor Musical

first_imgIf you haven’t seen the January 12 episode of Downton Abbey yet, stop reading now. Fans of the PBS drama got a shock when (spoiler alert!) a visiting butler brutally raped beloved ladies’ maid Anna Bates (Joanne Froggatt), who hid the crime from her protective husband. The assailant was played by Olivier Award winner Nigel Harman (Shrek, Guys and Dolls) who is headed to the London Palladium on February 27 as Simon Cowell in I Can’t Sing! The X Factor Musical. We’ve got the first photo of Harman as the infamous reality show judge, flanked by Victoria Elliot as pop queen Jordy and Alex Knight as Irish boy band manager Louis. As Cowell cheekily said when Harman’s casting was announced, “The hardest thing was: how do you find someone who’s good-looking, talented and can look like me? And then we found Nigel!”Directed by Sean Foley I Can’t Sing! is scheduled to open on March 26. View Commentslast_img read more

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