January 2021

first_imgSaint Mary’s has experienced 12 bicycle thefts since August, David Gariepy, director of security said. Gariepy notified students of the thefts via e-mail Nov. 22. The e-mail, which stated thefts usually occurred near resident hall bicycle racks, encouraged students to report suspicious activity to campus security, especially “anyone near our bicycle racks, not fitting the description of a typical Saint Mary’s College student (female, late teens to early 20’s) should be viewed as suspicious.” Gariepy said more bicycles have been stolen than in previous years — “an unusually high number,” he said. Some of the thefts occurred to bicycles that were locked to the racks, Gariepy said. “Some bicycles were locked to bicycle racks and the locks were cut, while some bikes were not locked and simply taken,” he said. “Most were taken from or near bike racks located near our resident halls.” The e-mail said the bicycle locks, which were cut, were discarded where the bicycle was parked. Gariepy said campus security currently has no leads to particular suspects, but has been carefully watching for suspicious activity to prevent further thefts. “Officers are aware of the thefts and are keeping a closer watch for suspicious activity near bicycle storage areas,” he said. According to Gariepy, one bicycle was stolen in August, three in September, four in October and four in November. Gariepy encouraged students to make sure their bicycles were secured. He said students could prevent theft by registering their bicycles with campus security and purchasing tamper-proof locks to secure the bicycle to the rack. “Student may also take advantage of the indoor winter storage that security provides at no cost,” he said. Gariepy also reminded students to “be aware of suspicious persons or activity on campus and always report your observations to security.” To report suspicious activity at Saint Mary’s College, call campus security at 574-284-5000.last_img read more

first_imgTo the average person, the mind-boggling size and expansion of the universe can be more than difficult to grasp. Schmidt explained the theoretical effects of the creation of dark energy in relation to the universe’s expansion as a “battle of the universe.” Some current predictions about the universe based on Einstein’s theory of gravity include the impact of the relatively unknown phenomena of dark matter and dark energy, the latter of which Einstein himself conceptualized by inventing the cosmological constant in 1917, Schmidt said. “[Finding supernovae] was like sifting for a needle in a haystack because these type 1a supernovae only appear about once every 250 years,” he said. “We found supernovae by taking two images at different times and comparing them, enabling us to do an experiment [Edwin] Hubble did and look back 10 million years into the past.” Schmidt, a distinguished professor at the Australian National University who was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on the acceleration of the universe, spoke about his team’s discoveries to a packed house in the Jordan Hall of Science on Monday in his lecture, “The Accelerating Universe.” “There’s a battle between dark energy and dark matter, or the push and pull on the universe,” Schmidt said. “The big question in physics now is whether or not this [dark] energy gets created exactly with space, or a little slower or faster.” The 1998 discovery that earned Schmidt and his colleagues Adam Riess and Saul Perlmutter worldwide recognition occurred when two teams of physicists used advanced telescopes to take images of faraway objects, such as supernovae, effectively allowing them to look back millions of years into the universe’s history. Schmidt said Hubble’s theory was supported by Einstein’s “real big hit” of scientific theories ⎯ the idea that gravity and acceleration are indistinguishable in space. Schmidt said both his High-Z Supernova Search Team and Perlmutter’s Supernova Cosmology Project drew on the principles of Hubble’s 1929 experiment that used a telescope to compare the brightest star in our galaxy with the brightest star in another galaxy in order to demonstrate the relationship between a star’s brightness, the motion of its galaxy and its relative distance from Earth, which provided the first evidence of the expansion of the universe. “If dark energy is created exactly as space is created, dark energy wins the battle of the universe, the cosmos accelerate and the creation of space happens more quickly than even light can travel,” he said. “As the universe expands, the light emitted by those galaxies will never reach us, and eventually we will live in an empty universe except for our super galaxy.” “Einstein had to predict a lot of things to prove this idea, and it took him eight years to do it, but he just thought it must be true,” he said. “The idea changed our fundamental view of how the universe works because it allowed us to make predictions about the universe on its whole.” Though this theory led Einstein to commit his “greatest blunder” in predicting that gravity pushes, rather than pulls, the universe, Schmidt said the idea of dark matter led to later discoveries about the makeup of the universe and what causes its acceleration and expansion. “The universe must be a mix of normal gravitating matter and material that can push on the universe, or dark energy,” Schmidt said. “It was like saying, ‘Hey guys, we didn’t know about 70 percent of the stuff in the universe, and that stuff [dark energy] pushes on the whole universe.’” Schmidt’s team collected cosmological data from 15 such objects and analyzed the light spectra of each object to “see how much the universe is stretching,” which in turn allowed the team to conclude after several months that the universe accelerates and expands and will continue to do so for billions of years to come, he said. This model of universal composition has predicted almost every cosmological phenomenon “on the money,” Schmidt said, and a major focus of cosmology today is predicting the future of the universe, especially in terms of dark matter and dark energy. “[This experiment] enables you to measure the geometry of space directly, and it was first done in 2001,” Schmidt said. “It was determined that one percent of the universe is flat, and the universe is composed of 72 percent dark energy, 24 percent dark matter and four percent atoms.” But for Nobel Prize-winning physicist Brian Schmidt, thinking over the biggest of questions about the existence of the universe is all in a day’s work. Based on data collected from analysis of the Cosmic Microwave Background, a picture of the universe that shows “all the sound waves sloshing around” in it, scientists determined the relative makeup of the universe by substance. Schmidt said much of his team’s prize-winning work depended on several experiments measuring the positions of different galaxies, the total gravity of the universe and the amount of “stuff” contained within it. Notre Dame physics professor Peter Garnavich was part of the same research team and was invited to attend the Nobel Prize award ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, in December to support fellow members of his team who won the prize. The key to predicting the future of the universe lies in discovering and understanding what accelerates the cosmos, Schmidt said. “Until we understand what dark energy is or what accelerates the cosmos, anything is possible,” he said. “If dark energy is created more quickly than space itself, it will eventually accelerate everything down to the subatomic level to where everything is an infinite distance apart, and the universe will expand and fade away at an ever-increasing rate.”last_img read more

first_imgJosé E. Limón, one of the country´s foremost scholars of Latino literature, has been named director of Notre Dame´s Institute for Latino Studies (ILS), the University announced in a press release Tuesday. As director, he will hold the Julian Samora Chair in Latino Studies. Timothy Matovina, an expert on Latino Catholicism, will serve as executive director of the institute, which is part of the College of Arts and Letters. Both appointments take effect July 1. “I am extraordinarily pleased and grateful for the opportunity to lead the Institute for Latino Studies to even greater prominence and to place it at the center of the intellectual life at Notre Dame,” Limón said in the release. “I look forward to working with Executive Director Timothy Matovina as well as the College of Arts and Letters and its departmental chairs.” “I look forward to working with my colleague José Limón to build on the strong foundation that Gilberto Cárdenas has laid at the Institute for Latino Studies,” Matovina said. Limón is the Notre Dame Professor of American Literature in the Department of English. He has authored three major books in the field of Latino studies: “American Encounters: Greater Mexico, the United States and the Erotics of Culture,” “Dancing with the Devil: Society and Cultural Poetics in Mexican-American South Texas” and “Mexican Ballads, Chicano Poems: History and Influence in Mexican-American Social Poetry.” The University of Texas Press will publish his fourth book, “Américo Paredes: Culture and Critique,” in fall 2012, according to the release. Limón teaches and writes on the literature of the American South. His academic interests include cultural studies, Latino literature, anthropology and literature, Mexicans in the United States, U.S.-Mexico cultural relations, critical theory, folklore and popular culture. Matovina, a professor of theology, is completing a 10-year term as director of the College’s Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism. His new book, “Latino Catholicism: Transformation in America’s Largest Church,” published by Princeton University Press, analyzes the five-century-long history of Latino Catholics in America and how that history has affected them and their Church. Arts and Letters Dean John McGreevy said Cárdenas led ILS commendably since its creation in 1999. Cárdenas is a distinguished scholar of Mexican immigration and Latino art and serves as an assistant provost and sociology professor. “Gil Cardenas’s achievement is to place Notre Dame at the center of Latino studies in the U.S. through his visionary leadership of multiple programs, in fields as diverse as Latino health, immigration and Latino art,” McGreevy said. “We are deeply grateful for his efforts.” Latino studies is a key element of the academic mission of both the College and the University, McGreevy said. “The stakes for Notre Dame in Latino studies are unusually high. Latinos are already a central part of American culture, business and politics, and this influence – important for all Americans, not just Latinos – will only grow in coming decades,” he said in the release. “At the same time, Latinos will soon number half of American Catholics, a development reflected in Notre Dame’s rapidly growing number of Latino students. I look forward to working with two eminent scholars … in helping us to become preeminent in this area.last_img read more

first_imgAt Wednesday night’s student Senate meeting, members discussed NDSP’s SafeWalk program, as well as student readership programs.Student body president Lauren Vidal co-authored and presented a resolution during the meeting.“Student government would like to work with the Notre Dame Security Police to revitalize the current SafeWalk program in an effort to institutionalize safe, efficient and expedient transportation during the evening hours,” she said.Revitalizing SafeWalk, which was a part of Vidal and student body vice president Matt Devine’s campaign platform, includes the initiation of a program similar to those at several other universities around the country, including the University of Florida (UF).The UF police department currently uses a “Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol” (SNAP) to provide students with vehicle transportation between locations. Notre Dame hopes to integrate this concept by adding golf carts to the present SafeWalk program in order to increase efficiency and accessibility to the student body.Devine said in addition to the integration of golf carts, student government also hopes to make SafeWalk more popular among students, emphasizing safety.Freshman Cavanaugh Hall senator Ashley Calvani suggested highlighting SafeWalk during freshman orientation.“I think it would be really important … if you could get it in freshmen’s faces so that they would know exactly what it is and what its for,” she said.When taken to a vote, the resolution passed.At Wednesday night’s meeting, Senate also discussed the student readership program. Each year, student government purchases subscriptions to three newspapers ­— the New York Times, USA Today and the South Bend Tribune — for the student body. The print copies of the papers are available in North and South Dining Halls, Hesburgh Library and LaFortune Student Center.Currently, student government is evaluating the program, questioning if the three newspapers currently supplied are the best choices for students and if print newspapers are necessary if online access is supplied.Freshman Alumni Hall senator Scott Moore spoke in favor of maintaining a print subscription.“A lot of people still do like a print copy in their hand in the dining hall,” he said.Although less well-known, online access is currently available for students through the student readership program, Devine said.Sophomore Keenan Hall senator Ryan Rizzuto expressed concern over the choice of newspaper subscriptions stating that improvement could include the addition of The Wall Street Journal.“In my finance class, my professor tells us that we should read The Wall Street Journal every single day, and it’s kind of frustrating that we don’t have access to it,” he said.Vidal said to manage the high cost of The Wall Street Journal, the readership program would have to exclude another paper. She also said Notre Dame receives a discounted rate for The New York Times through USA Today’s collegiate readership program.“If we scrap USA Today, we’re looking at a higher price for The New York Times,” she said. Tags: readership programs, SafeWalk, Senatelast_img read more

first_imgNotre Dame has been given a $25 million gift to establish the Lucy Family Institute for Data & Society, according to a University press release Friday.The institute will expand Notre Dame’s data-based academic programs and serve as “an interdisciplinary, university-wide hub that will connect faculty, students and research across existing data science and analytics programs on campus,” according to the release.University provost Tom Burish said the Lucy Family Institute will work with University’s existing data-driven academic and research programs to bring data science to a broader range of disciplines, including health, business and the social sciences. The institute will also be host to academic publications and conferences, and seek partnerships with outside entities.Alumnus Robert Lumpkins and his wife, Sara, who graduated from Saint Mary’s, donated the $25 million gift.“We are exceedingly grateful to Bob and Sara for their past generosity in helping Notre Dame keep pace with emerging trends in data science and business analytics,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in the release. “With this latest gift, they have ensured that our undergraduate, graduate and professional students will wield the latest tools, knowledge and innovations to better society and the world.”The Lumpkins have previously helped fund endowed faculty positions, scholarships and business, science and mathematics programs.“We are pleased to support Notre Dame’s vision in this endeavor, which meshes with our values,” Sara and Bob Lumpkins said in the release. “We believe data science and analytics offer a powerful opportunity to enhance interdisciplinary collaboration and learning at the University, and that Notre Dame is uniquely positioned to bring an ethical perspective to its use for the good of society.”Tags: data analytics, data science, Lucy Family Institute, Lumpkinslast_img read more

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 – A new scavenger hunt is seeking to raise awareness about stopping the spread of Coronavirus in the Jamestown area.Known as the Harry the Hygiene Hound Children’s Scavenger Hunt, the campaign takes place outside of 50 businesses located throughout Jamestown and Lakewood area.Launched last week, the brainchild of Jamestown resident Rebecca Rosen calls on kids 14-years-old and younger equipped with mask and gloves to find hygiene reminders posted around the community.Rosen says local artist Gary Peters helped create the mascot. “I had the concept of Harry the Hygiene Hound, I knew what he wanted to look like, but, I am not an artist by anyway, shape or form,” explained Rosen. “So I contacted Gary, because he does wonderful murals for the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Center, and I asked him if he would like to become involved in helping the community during the pandemic, and he stepped right up to the plate.”The signs, remind everyone to wash their hands, stay six feet apart, tell someone if they are sick and remind them not to touch their face.Once contestants find all the locations, they’re asked to email them to Harry with their name, address and phone number to [email protected] total, there is $200 worth of prizes donated by local businesses. The contest ends on Friday.Rosen also thanks the Jamestown and Lakewood Mayor’s office, and the 50 businesses, for helping launch the campaign.last_img read more

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) MGN Stock Image.WARREN – Police in Pennsylvania are looking for a suspect who robbed a local bar while wearing a Halloween costume.Warren-based Pennsylvania State Police were dispatched to the Tidioute Pub on September 16 for a reported burglary.Investigation believe that the unknown suspect stole money from the business while dressed in a Halloween outfit with a mask, dark pants and Addidas shoes.Anyone with information is asked to contact the State Police in Warren County at (814) 728-3600. last_img read more

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 9, 2015 Related Shows Sierra Boggess David Hyde Pierce Tony and Emmy winner David Hyde Pierce stopped by Late Night on November 11 to chat with Seth Meyers about returning to New York for his stint on The Good Wife and directing the upcoming Broadway show It Shoulda Been You. The new musical will light up the Great White Way this spring at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre—where he made his Broadway debut in 1982. It was a different time back then, he explains. A time when Times Square was just lots of “whores and dead people.” OK, maybe off-brand Elmos aren’t so bad. Pierce describes the tuner by Barbara Anselmi and Brian Hargrove as a “farce with a heart,” with an all-star cast to boot. Watch as he sings the praises of Tyne Daly, “great Broadway star” Sierra Boggess, David Burtka and fellow Frasier alums Harriet Harris and Edward Hibbert.center_img Star Files It Shoulda Been You View Commentslast_img read more

first_img 6. REESE WITHERSPOON 2. BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH 9. MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY 4. MATT BOMER 5. MARTIN FREEMAN 10. JENNIFER ANISTON 7. STEVE CARELLcenter_img 3. AMY ADAMS 8. JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS The Golden Globes are now a distant memory, and despite a few obvious snubs (Into the Woods, hello?!?) we’re thrilled so many Broadway stars were recognized at the ceremony. On the other hand, did you see all of the talented Golden Globe-nominated actors (and now, some winners—we’re looking at you, Amy Adams) who have yet to make their Broadway debuts? From Benedict Cumberbatch to Bill Murray, the untapped talent is unbelievable! We asked you to rank the top 10 Golden Globe nominees you want to see on the Great White Way on Culturalist. See which stars came out on top below. 1. EMILY BLUNT View Commentslast_img read more

first_img Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 12, 2015 Sometimes that’s just the name of the Broadway game. After almost 14 years on the Great White Way, first at the Winter Garden Theatre, where it opened on October 18, 2001, and then at the Broadhurst Theatre, where it began performances on November 2, 2013, Mamma Mia! will shutter on September 5, 2015. At the time of closing, the ABBA-tastic musical will have played 5,765 performances. Mamma Mia! currently stars Judy McLane as Donna and Elena Ricardo as Sophie.The long-running tuner tells the story of Sophie Sheridan (Ricardo), a young bride who invites three possible dads to walk her down the aisle at her wedding—unbeknownst to her mother, Donna (McLane). Directed by Phyllida Lloyd, the show features music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus and a book by Catherine Johnson.In addition to McLane and Ricardo, the cast of Mamma Mia! includes Mary Callanan, Alison Ewing, Jon Jorgenson, Paul DeBoy and John Hemphill.Broadway.com customers with tickets to canceled performances will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges. Mamma Mia! last_img read more