Dining halls cater to students’ special diets

first_imgFor sophomore Katie Pryor, the worst thing about having celiac disease on campus is being locked into eating at the dining halls. “If I miss a meal at the dining hall,” she said, “I miss a meal.” Pryor was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease freshman year. She cannot have any gluten — a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, oats and hydrolyzed oils. “For the first three weeks, I had fruit and vegetables for every meal because I didn’t know what to eat,” Pryor said. Jocie Antonelli, manager of nutrition and safety for Food Services, said her department uses many mediums, including a website, signs and e-mails to reach out to students with dietary needs. “We want to keep students safe,” she said. Measures to keep students safe range from specially prepared meals and shopping for specialty foods to rearranging cereals and salad bars for nut and egg allergies. “Eating is a part of the college experience,” she said. “We want all the students to be able to participate.” Antonelli works one-on-one with students to teach them what is available in the dining halls for different food sensitivities and allergies. “We want students to have as close of an experience as other students have,” she said. Antonelli introduced Pryor to Chrissy Andrews, a 2010 graduate who founded Gluten-Free ND (GFND). “She took me out to lunch three days in a row and went through the whole dining hall menu and what I could eat at the Huddle and other places,” Pryor, now secretary of GFND, said. GFND meets weekly in Walsh Hall to discuss problems and solutions to eating on campus. The group sends e-mails to Antonelli about any concerns or ideas the group has and also sends e-mails to the Huddle with lists of gluten-free products to stock. “We are trying to get more fresh food on campus,” Pryor said. She said on-campus eateries are getting better at adapting to gluten-free foods, little by little. Other special food needs on campus include lactose intolerance and religious requirements. Amanda Bremer, a senior and resident assistant (RA) in McGlinn Hall, has learned to live with lactose intolerance, a sensitivity to milk and milk products. “At first I just couldn’t have ice cream. Then it was sour cream, then yogurt, then cheese,” she said. “This was slow, through the first half of the semester freshman year.” But Bremer said she didn’t turn to help from Food Services. “I made a list of what I couldn’t have through trial and error,” she said. Some times of the year are harder than others, Bremer said. “During Lent [is the hardest time],” she said. “To substitute protein, the dining hall puts cheese on everything. By the end you don’t have many choices.” Bremer said problems also arise with club events, including pizza or ice cream, or when the Huddle discontinued selling soy ice cream. Nevertheless, she has found creative ways to enjoy places on campus. “I don’t want to make a big deal out of it because there are worse allergies and intolerances,” she said. “[On-campus eateries] do have enough variety that I can enjoy myself.”last_img read more

BFA students integrate technology into art theses

first_imgHidden away in Riley Hall, eight senior design and art studio majors are in the progress of completing their thesis projects for their Bachelor’s of Fine Arts (BFA) degree. The BFA degree differs from the Bachelor’s of Arts degree due to the amount of time required for studio art, according to the Art, Art History and Design website. Though paint, photography and programming compose an expected mix of media, many of this year’s seniors decided to integrate technology into their theses as well. Senior Ryan Geraghty, an industrial design major, delved into the world of audio technology to develop his senior thesis, titled “HUSH.” “HUSH stands for Honed Ultra Sonic Harmonies,” Geraghty said. “Essentially, I’m making a cone of silence.” Geraghty said the original focus of his project was to help people fall asleep. “I dealt with insomnia in high school, so that was important to me,” he said. “Later, when I interned through ISSLP in Nepal with the Fair Trade Company, I was exposed to Tibetan singing bowls. They create a powerful noise that immediately relaxes you. It was then that I realized how little we know about sleep.” Geraghty researched the topic further and found noise pollution to be a major factor in relaxation and focus. “By 5 years old, we learn to tune things out,” he said. “This actually inhibits the amount of processing you can do. Silence is important.” Geraghty decided to combine parametric speakers, ultrasonic frequencies and noise masking to create his own white noise. “Instead of sound going all directions, these cause them to become muted or directed into a beam,” he said. “With HUSH, you point it at yourself and everything gets muffled.” Though the initial idea was meant to address sleep issues, the project would be most applicable in the work place, he said. Geraghty said HUSH would be useful for a library in an urban environment. While Geraghty focused on the combination of audio and art, senior Amanda Carter decided to work with visual media. Carter, a graphic design and German double major, decided to create a children’s video game. The game, “Stray,” focused on a sheep that walked with two legs instead of four and was designed to discourage bullying among younger children, she said. “The sheep realizes along the way that his boring four-legged sheep friends actually have their own unique skills that help him solve puzzles and rescue other sheep,” Carter said. “Children can empathize with someone who is different and realize these differences are what make each of use a unique and contributing member of a community.” Carter said the interactive world of video games was the perfect way to reach her target audience. She worked with two software developers, Notre Dame senior Brian Rockwell and Duke University senior Daniel Koverman, to make the game a reality. “We don’t have a game development program here, but the fundamentals I learned in various programming and interactive design classes gave me a head start,” Carter said. “Through this project, I’m learning how to work together with programmers and how to adapt my graphics to an interactive environment.” Nicholas Gunty, a painting major, also used visual technology as the foundation of his senior thesis. His paintings highlight the dynamic between photography and painting in photo-realistic renderings of light, he said. “It’s a matter of dichotomies ⎯ the dualistic characteristics of photography and painting, but also of light,” he said. “We often see light as an instant, but it’s temporal and can be also somewhat linear with long exposures in photography.” Gunty said he thought of the idea one night while photographing cars traveling up a hill in Toledo, Spain, while studying abroad. “I looked at the LCD screen and thought it would be a cool painting,” he said. “It was then that I began to flesh it out and figure out where it could go.” Gunty said crafting a thesis is difficult, especially in art, because the further a student progressed, the more narrow the scope of the project became. The positive aspect however, was a more coherent, articulate image. This image was essential to communicating the artist’s message through visual media, he said. “One thing in the back of my mind as an art student has been that there is a lot of value in studying images and visual rhetoric that’s important to human culture,” he said. “In this thesis, and as a senior, the lessons have become much more evident.” The seniors’ theses will be displayed in the Snite Museum this spring. Geraghty, Carter and Gunty said they would encourage others to visit the exhibit. “We put a lot of work into these, so I’d tell everyone to go check them out,” Geraghty said. “You can see some really interesting things there.”last_img read more

Hall puts wheels on the court

first_imgThe wildcats of Ryan Hall will continue their history of supporting people with disabilities Sunday during their second annual Wheelchair Basketball Tournament. Sophomore Emily Voorde, who founded the event last year, said the five-on-five tournament is open to all undergraduate students and registration costs $25 per team. The tournament promotes disability awareness on campus and raises funds for the Wheelchair Foundation, she said. Junior Ali Quinn, co-planner of the event, said the Wheelchair Foundation is an international organization that provides wheelchairs to people with disabilities who cannot afford them. She said for every $150 raised, the foundation will be able to provide one chair to a person in need.  Through the Wheelchair Foundation, Ryan Hall can provide one wheelchair for every six teams that participate in the tournament, Voorde said. The chairs provided by the Wheelchair Foundation often enable people to participate in school or professional occupations when they otherwise would not be able to do so, she said.  “In some countries, children are unable to attend school and adults are unable to attend work, simply because they are physically unable without access to a chair,” Voorde said. “Providing chairs to over 152 countries, including the [United States], the Wheelchair Foundation truly does fantastic work.” Voorde said the most important aspect of the tournament for her is helping at least one person access a needed wheelchair. “Even if we only help one person, that is enough for me,” Voorde said. “Everything becomes worthwhile.” Quinn said the Wheelchair Basketball Tournament holds special importance for the completely handicap-accessible hall she calls home. Corbett Ryan, a Notre Dame alumnus and a member of the family that funded construction of Ryan Hall, relies on assistance from a wheelchair and a walker.  Corbett Ryan aimed to build a completely accessible dorm, Quinn said. Accordingly, Ryan Hall has two elevators, wide hallways and accessible rooms. “Emily [Voorde] came up with the [wheelchair basketball] event idea last year,” Quinn said. “It fit right into the spirit of the dorm and why it was built: to be accessible for everyone. It is a unique event but holds immense importance to the history of the dorm as well.” Aiding people with disabilities is a personal cause for Voorde, who was born with Osteogenesis imperfecta, or brittle bone disease, and has relied on a manual wheelchair since birth. She said she is a wheelchair basketball player and enjoys the game for the competitive aspect and the friendships it fosters. “I began casually playing wheelchair basketball with a local team about eight years ago,” Voorde said. “I immediately loved the game because it allowed me to remain athletically competitive while bonding with other individuals in chairs. Wheelchair basketball is not all that different from able-bodied basketball: same rules, same game, just on wheels.” Voorde said Ryan’s tournament is especially exciting because anyone can participate, disabled or not. “The beauty about able-bodied, wheelchair basketball is that everyone is suddenly on the same playing field,” she said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re athletic or not, everyone has to learn to adapt.”  Voorde and Quinn said they hope to register 32 teams for the tournament, which is 14 more teams than participated last year. Quinn said registration for the tournament ends today.last_img read more

Executive MBA program leaps in 2013 rankings

first_imgNotre Dame’s Executive MBA program jumped to the 15th spot in Bloomberg Businessweek’s biennial ranking of best executive MBA Programs as “the biggest mover” of the 42 programs included, the Businessweek website states.  Suzanne Waller, director of Degree Programs at the Stayer Center for Executive Education in the Mendoza College of Business said the ranking key factor is the student satisfaction aspect. “I think [the ranking] validates, to some extent, the experience the students have while they go through this program,” Waller said. “Really, our emphasis isn’t on the ranking but the student satisfaction piece. We want to make sure that students leave the Executive MBA at Notre Dame feeling that it met or exceeded their expectations.” Cortney Mayfield, admissions and student services assistant director at the Stayer Center, also said the student experience was the most important factor. “My number one goal is to have happy students,” she said. “So having a [No.] 15 ranking is great, but I think it’s completely because they had a great experience.” Waller said improving student experience involves making each second in the classroom valuable.  “One of the crucial pieces is the proper management pieces is the proper management of their time,” she said. “Knowing that the average student is about 37 to 38 years old, they are really pressed for time.” Businessweek reported that the program in the Mendoza College of Business jumped up 12 spots to hit its current place, largely due to the student satisfaction response. Mayfield said she credits the significant move in rank and recognition to their rigor and faculty. “We have a lot of rigor balanced really nicely with the Mendoza backdrop,” she said. “We provide a great opportunity to students who didn’t go here as [undergraduates] to get a Notre Dame degree. “It’s rigorous but it’s balanced by great faculty and a great dean. You can’t beat that.” Waller said the program is “continuing to grow” and plans to expand in the future. “As [University President] Fr. John [Jenkins] shared with us, ‘Never let us be accused of dreaming too small.’ So it’s global for us. “We are planning continue to share with students around the world the Notre Dame experience and make sure the composition of our class [mixes] individuals all over the world. we’re going to spend time in South America, Africa [and, a number of different places sharing the Notre Dame executive experience.” Contact Alex Cao at [email protected]last_img read more

SMC switches to eco-friendly graduation gowns

first_imgIn 2010, a commencement speech by marine biologist Sylvia Earle inspired the use of environmentally-friendly graduation caps and gowns. More eco-friendly adjustments will be incorporated into this year’s Saint Mary’s class regalia, executive assistant to the president Susan Dampeer said. “We are very pleased with the new robes and hoods — they are both environmentally friendly and beautiful,” Dampeer said. This will be the first time Balfour has provided caps and gowns for the College, although the the two have had a partnership for 50 years, Balfour representative Edward O’Neil said. Balfour and partner Oak Hall Cap & Gown also supply gowns for Notre Dame and Holy Cross College, O’Neil said. “Previous gowns were made from unfriendly acetate, which is not recycled nor recyclable,” he said. “Even rentals have a large carbon footprint because of much higher transportation costs, plus the toxicity of dry cleaning fluid.”According to the Oak Hall website, both carbon dioxide gas emissions and petroleum usage are reduced by more than 50 percent through the manufacturing process. The process begins when processed plastic bottles are broken into flakes and chips to be melted down and reformed into a filament yarn, which is then dyed and used to weave the GreenWeaver gowns, the website said. The plastic bags and boxes which transport the gowns are also made from recycled cardboard, the website said. Unwanted gowns can be turned in to be recycled after graduation, O’Neil said. “GreenWeaver gowns are manufactured from recovered water bottles, approximately 23 per gown, and can be again recycled afterward,” O’Neil said. More than 41 million water bottles have been recycled as a result of the GreenWeaver gowns, O’Neil said. Using recycled water bottles provides not only a “green” gown alternative but also gives a gown a more luxurious feel and look than in the past, O’Neil said. “Isn’t it all of our responsibilities to keep the earth more as God created it and maintain a small carbon footprint, while at the same time recognizing and celebrating human achievement?” O’Neil said.Dampeer said the College is committed indefinitely to using environmentally-friendly regalia for future commencements. More information about the new gowns can be found at www.oakhalli.comTags: 2014 Commencement, environmentally friendly, graduation robeslast_img read more

Professor explains gravitational waves findings

first_imgA long time ago, in a galaxy far away, two black holes merged into one. Their collision sent out waves of energy that moved across the universe. However, these waves were not detected until Feb. 11, when scientists of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Scientific Collaboration heard them for the first time. “They’re basically ripples in the fabric of space-time,” associate professor of astrophysics Jay Christopher Howk said. “You have to think about space as being pliable. It’s sort of like if you put a bowling ball in the middle of trampoline, it warps the space. Mass does the same thing.”In this case, that mass is two black holes that orbited each other until they merged into one. According to Howk, these black holes were about 30 solar masses each, or 30 times the size of our sun. “If you add the two black holes’ masses before they merged, the number was 65 solar masses,” Howk said. “After they merged, you had 62 left over. So where did that mass go? Well, it turns out it was converted to energy, and that’s the energy of the ripples that propagate out.” Those ripples are the gravitational waves detected last week by LIGO. According to its website, LIGO is a world-wide collaboration of more than 80 scientific institutions, with two laboratories in the United States – one in Louisiana and one in Washington. The group used specialized lasers to detect the energy waves, the website said. “Effectively what they have are two sets of masses, and they can measure the distance between them very precisely using lasers,” Howk said. A gravitational wave will make these masses move closer or father away from each other, Howk said.“That’s what we’re measuring here, is the wiggling of these masses,” Howk said. Einstein’s theory of relatively predicted the presence of these waves in 1916, and astronomers discovered a set of neutron stars whose orbit confirmed their existence in the 1970s. “Of course, we knew gravitational wave existed,” Howk said. “But this is definitely the first direct detection.”Howk said the detection is exciting because it offers a new way of studying black holes and other phenomenon. “Any time you have some new way for gathering information about the universe, it just opens up whole new fields,” Howk said. “So now we’re going to be able to ask how often do black holes merge, how does that work … Even this event tells us something we didn’t know before — we had an inkling that that there were black holes more than 25 times the mass of the sun, but we certainly never had any evidence. “Now we have two of them, and now they’ve made an even bigger one,” he saidThis technology can also be used to study neutron stars, the leftover cores of stars that are large enough to supernova but not large enough to form black holes, Howk said.“Now we can learn about various types of supernova that we think are driven by neutron star merges,” Howk said. “And that’s very important for making some of the final elements on the periodic table, as one of the potential places they get made is in these neutron stars.”Tags: Albert Einstein, gravitational waves, theory of relativitylast_img read more

Professor explains Pope Francis’ ‘Amoris Lætitia’

first_imgIn Pope Francis’ new document “Amoris Lætitia,” he reflects on families and places an emphasis on the complexities of the different lives people lead. In this document, Francis reminds the Church to avoid judgment where there is a lack of understanding of these complexities.Candida Moss, professor of theology, said one of the goals of the document, which translates into English as “The Joy of Love,” is to give spiritual guidance to members of the Catholic Church.“The most important take away is that Francis is profoundly pastoral,” Moss said in an email interview. “He wants to meet people where they are, and he is especially attentive to the problems that affect Catholic families in the developing world.”According to an article titled “Top Ten Takeaways from ‘Amoris Lætitia’” in America Magazine, an important theme in the document is that divorced and remarried Catholics should be more integrated into the Church.“This seems to me to be primarily about tone and about signaling to the divorced and remarried that they are welcoming,” Moss said. “This isn’t a blanket invitation to participate in the Eucharist, but Francis is especially concerned with encouraging the divorced and remarried to bring their children to church.”In “Amoris Lætitia,” Frances focuses on family, saying all members are invited to live good, Christian lives because no one is excluded from God’s love. Moss said though the document highlights the theme of acceptance, this does not mean an obliteration of traditional Catholic values.“Francis is all about inviting everyone into the Church, but this doesn’t mean that it’s an ‘anything goes’ era,” Moss said. “As has been widely reported, he speaks about respecting the dignity of LGBT people and says that discrimination and violence must be rejected, but he followed these statements with strong denouncements of same-sex marriage.”Other important points the document covers include the denouncement of the term “living in sin” and Francis’ advice that children should be educated in “God’s plan” for human sexuality. Francis also emphasizes a theme of cultural relativism by saying that the magisterium — the church’s teaching office — does not have an answer for every question because solutions vary between geographic locations based on the area’s cultural and traditional needs.Moss said among this theme of acceptance, the Catholic definition of a family still remains unchanged.“The only time when he talks about the shape of the family is when he talks about the family as more than the nuclear family as incorporating uncles, cousins, grandparents, etc.” Moss said. “This isn’t a new model of the family for any South American Catholic like Francis, and it’s not a new model for the Church historically.”Moss said while “Amoris Lætitia” sheds light on some new elements of Catholic teaching, overall Francis is mainly reemphasizing Catholic thought.“Certainly there are elements — like his disapproval of helicopter parenting and promotion of sex education — that are new,” Moss said. “But while it is lengthy, broad and detailed, it doesn’t mark a profound shift in church teaching. Francis’s compassionate tone might seem novel, but I’m sure Jesus would like the credit for the spirit of the statement, ‘Who am I to judge?’”Tags: Amoris Laetitia, family, Pope Francis, The Joy of Lovelast_img read more

Exoneree Roosevelt Glenn shares story of wrongful conviction

first_imgThe Notre Dame Exoneration Project partnered with the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) on Tuesday to host a lecture by Roosevelt Glenn, who was convicted for a rape he did not commit in 1993. The lecture kicked of NLG’s annual Week Against Mass Incarnation, which, according to its website, serves to promote the organization’s call for “the dismantling and abolition of all prisons and of all aspects of systems and institutions that support, condone, create, fill or protect prisons.”Glenn said his story began in 1989, when Northern Indiana experienced a string of “bump robberies” and rapes. Men would stage a car accident with a victim, attack them and steal their car, he said. Investigators found green coveralls from Glenn’s place of employment at a crime scene and made arrests at a factory safety meeting.“People walked in, dressed nice in shirts and ties. I thought I was getting an award because I had pulled a guy out of a conveyor belt,” Glenn said. “When they said Roosevelt Glenn, I said, ‘Hey, that’s me,’ then [heard], ‘Get on the ground.’”Police did not tell Glenn what he was being arrested for until they reached the station, he said.“I kept thinking, ‘What was going on?’” he said. ”I always believed in the system. I told them I didn’t need an attorney. I hadn’t done anything.”Glenn said DNA evidence could not link him to the crime scene, but he was still taken to court one month later. After a hung jury could not reach a verdict, the prosecutor secured hair from the crime scene similar in appearance to Glenn’s, as well as three witness testimonies from men in jail who claimed he had confessed to them.“I would have convicted me,” he said. “They got the blood type, they got the hair, they got the overalls. I just kept thinking ‘How could it happen to me?’”Glenn was convicted and sentenced to 17 years in prison. After 10, a class of law students led by Indiana University (IU) professor Frances Watson took on his case. Glenn said her attitude was completely different than the lawyers he had dealt with in the past.“The professor gave me new life,” he said. “She said I didn’t have to convince her of my innocence.”A retest of the hair from the crime scene took over five years due to intervention from the State, Glenn said. The IU law students also learned the prosecutor withheld evidence misrepresenting the case, yet still the judge denied their petition for Glenn’s release.“The judge said it’s not enough — petition denied,” Glenn said “I heard my mom crying, so I had to be strong. I told her, ‘Don’t worry. I’m coming home in another year anyway.’ I completed my sentence and came home.”Glenn’s team continued to work on the case and, on Jan. 30, 2017, he was exonerated.Glenn said the experience changed the way he looked at the legal system, which he said he had always respected and admired before.“It’s really hard,” he said. “When you’re growing up in the neighborhoods I grew up in, no one really trusted the police. But I never had a bad encounter, so I believed the system would work. And I got a reality check.”Glenn said his wrongful sentence and registration as a sex offender was equally hard on his family.“You can ask my sister, who put her life on hold to defend her brother whom she knew was no rapist,” he said. “You can ask my wife, who had to tell the children that Dad won’t be home for 17 years. You can ask those little children, whom I left at eight, seven and two, how hard it was for them to hear about their dad being a rapist.”Young lawyers need to change the way society thinks about the courtroom, Glenn added.“It’s not everybody, it’s just some people,” he said. “The mindset has to be changed … it’s not about winning. It’s not a game, it’s not notches in a belt. You’re destroying family lives, real people.”In light of his experience, Glenn said he is hopeful for the future of law in this country.“Professor Watson, she’s the only one in this state trying to help people,” he said. “But the state of Indiana has [been] put on notice. The Notre Dame Exoneration Project is up and running.”The Week Against Mass Incarceration continues Wednesday and Thursday. Students can visit the Eck Law School Commons from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to write letters to exonerees.Tags: national lawyers guild, Notre Dame Exoneration Project, wrongful convictionlast_img read more

Boyle, McGuire begin term with student senate session

first_imgNewly elected student senators took office Monday evening, creating new executive departments and approving executive cabinet nominees in their first meeting of the year.Monday marked the first day of the 2019-2020 session of Notre Dame’s student government, and incoming student body president, junior Elizabeth Boyle and vice president, sophomore Patrick McGuire officially began their term. McGuire presided over Monday’s senate meeting, outlining the administration’s new initiatives and their vision for the year.Senators approved Boyle and McGuire’s resolution, creating two new standing executive departments: the Department of Sustainability and the Department of Student Empowerment.Currently, the Department of Social Concerns handles sustainability initiatives in the executive cabinet, but after speaking with former directors of the department, Boyle and McGuire determined sustainability needs its own department.“We really noticed a need for creative specialization,” McGuire said. “Focusing two departments — one on social concerns and one on sustainability — [will] give greater focus to two really important areas.”Boyle and McGuire hope the new Department of Student Empowerment will help them better serve student needs, McGuire said. McGuire explained many student needs don’t fit neatly into a single department, and the Department of Student Empowerment “could act as a resource for students and more effectively address some of those intersectional issues.”The new Department of Student Empowerment will supplement the work of the Department of Student Life, which handles individual student concerns and requests. Student Empowerment will oversee issues pertaining to study abroad, arts outreach, student clubs and opportunities and international student experiences.“The goal is not to take from the Department of Student Life manpower but to bolster it,” McGuire said. Specifically, the Department of Student Empowerment will facilitate communication between students and the Club Coordination Council (CCC), which decides how to allocate funding between student clubs.“We’d love to reach out to the broader student body instead of just to existing club officers,” senior Samantha Scaglione, outgoing president of the CCC, said. ”In order to do that, we [need] to work with existing branches of the Student Union with access to that big listserve of all of [the undergraduate students] on campus.” The senate also approved Boyle and McGuire’s nominees for their new administration. Senators confirmed the 2019-2020 chief of staff, Student Union secretary, executive controller and Judicial Council parliamentarian. Senators also confirmed the directors of the departments of Academic Affairs, Athletics Representation, Communications, Diversity and Inclusion, Faith and Service, FUEL, Health and Wellbeing, Social Concerns, Student Empowerment, Student Life and Sustainability.However, Boyle and McGuire left four department director positions unfilled: Campus Technology and Integration, Community Outreach and Engagement, Gender Relations and University Policy.Boyle and McGuire’s nominees for these unfilled positions are studying abroad this semester. The undergraduate Judicial Council informed Boyle and McGuire on March 5 that a provision in the Student Union constitution prohibits these students, who will return to campus in the fall, from serving as cabinet directors. This constitutional provision was the subject of a lengthy debate at last week’s senate meeting, the last meeting of the 2018-2019 session. Boyle and McGuire said they will propose an amendment changing this provision in the coming weeks, but they want to give senators time to adjust to their new positions.“We don’t want to force a very important resolution on a brand new senate,” McGuire said to the group. Next week, the CCC will be presenting before the student senate. The CCC’s presentation will continue the discussion about club funding, a defining issue of the outgoing McGavick-Gayheart administration. As the meeting came to a close, McGuire signaled his excitement for the term ahead.“This is going to be the start to a great year,” McGuire said. Tags: 2019-2020 senate, Boyle-McGuire, Notre Dame Student Senate, Senatelast_img read more

Lecturer discusses violence against women

first_imgDr. Nancy Pineda-Madrid spoke regarding the current crisis of feminicide in Latin America as a part of the 34th annual Madaleva Lecture series Thursday in Carroll Auditorium.Madrid, the T. Marie Chilton Chair of Catholic Theology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, defined feminicide as the systematic assassination of women because of their gender.“While there are diverse forms of violence against women — rape, domestic violence, gender mutilation, sex trafficking and many others — I focus on feminicide because it remains the most serious and extreme form of violence against women,” she said. Madrid said feminicide is tragically escalating around the globe. In Latin America, the issue of feminicide is on the rise.“We live in a time of distressing paradox,” she said. “On the one hand, women in large numbers and around the globe have stepped into significant positions of public leadership. On the other hand, women are being brutally assassinated in increasing numbers in our time.”The most widely studied feminicide takes place in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, Madrid said. “Feminicides are also ongoing in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Peru, Colombia and Argentina among many, many other countries,” she said. “These feminicides demand the attention of Christology today.”Only by remembering the victims as part of Christ’s body, Madrid said, can hope in salvation be plausible.“If we do not recognize feminicide as a contemporary crucifixion and if we do not recognize our need for a message and vision that impels us to see that all humanity is essentially interconnected, then we render our belief in a God who saves limp and irrelevant,” she said. “The ongoing crucifixion of many women and girls represents a grossly misformed social imagination.”Feminicide identifies the most extreme form of gender-based violence against women, she said, which is also a form of sexual violence against women.“On the one hand, some scholars have used the term femicide,” Madrid said. “Femicide is synonymous with homicide, except that it refers to the killing of women exclusively. Like homicide, it can be used to refer to one murder.”However, feminicide is a term that is growing in scholars’ discourse, Madrid said.“Feminicide has become the preferred term of use by an increasing number of scholars and activists, including myself,” Madrid said. “It refers to the brutal killing of women by men, a large number of assassinations and feminicide also refers to a system of impunity for the perpetrator or perpetrators.” Pineda-Madrid said that when the character of a society deteriorates resulting in the violation of women’s health, wellbeing and freedom, then these violations contribute to the assumption that women are usable, abusable, dispensable and disposable. “Over time, this contributes to a climate in which feminicide can erupt and develop,” she said.Madrid said the eruption of feminicide makes clear the need for a more gripping vision of human oneness. A vision that confronts any hierarchical stratum that assigns human beings to various levels of value and dignity is necessary. Pineda-Madrid said activists draw attention to this vision by using pink crosses as a symbol of protest against feminicide.“At the most basic level, the protestors of feminicide link female humanity to the cross and crucifixion every time they paint a victim’s name on the crossbar and every time they organize marches on days that recognize female humanity,” she said. “When protestors denounce feminicide in their public practices, they subordinate evil. Their protests represent a radical fidelity to God’s name in our time.”Tags: Genocide, homicide, women’s rightslast_img read more