Month: January 2021

  • Saint Mary’s women to take alternative trip

    first_imgThe trip will also provide students an opportunity for spiritual reflection, the Web site said. “Students are always seeking new ways to help and to learn. This gives a great opportunity for both and it’s not too far away,” Call said. “The OCSE is committed to offering as many options as possible for students to discover their passions and interests. Plus, the Indianapolis Peace Institute is a fabulous organization.” “It’s a different way to spend your break time — one that helps others while enriching your own life,” Call said. According to the Web site, “this special house allows for building community through preparing and eating meals together as well as facilitating discussion and reflection.”The program will run from March 6-12, the Web site said.  The trip will provide students an opportunity to participate in service projects while on break.  According to the Saint Mary’s Web site, participants will have a chance to learn about a variety of issues involving women. The Web site said the 2010 Alternative Spring Break trip will focus on domestic and sexual violence against women, human trafficking, women’s health issues and women in the criminal justice field.  “Students will be involved in learning about a variety of social issues, especially those related to women, while also engaging in hands-on service,” Call said. Alternative Spring Break is a program coordinated by OCSE in conjunction with the Indianapolis Peace Institute (IPI). Saint Mary’s alumna Kate Williams is responsible for the program this year. The Web site said students will reside in a restored home owned by IPI.  Additionally, the Web site said, “Local leaders, representatives from agencies within Indianapolis and clients and those affected by the issues will provide information, insight and inspiration.” Instead of taking time out to rest and relax during Spring Break, several Saint Mary’s students will be spending the week helping others.The College offers an Alternative Spring Break experience each year designed to give students a chance to learn about social issues while participating in service.Carrie Call, director of the Office for Civic and Social Engagement (OCSE), said 12 students plan on attending this year. Call said 12 is both the ideal and suggested limit for attendance. last_img read more

  • Students attend forum, discuss suggestions

    first_imgThe Saint Mary’s College Student Government Association (SGA) held an open forum Wednesday to allow students to voice their opinions and share ideas. The forum, held in the SGA Office, offered students a chance to discuss suggestions for the future as to enhance their experiences at the College. SGA also offered a suggestion basket in the Noble Family Dining Hall this week to allow students who were unable to attend the forum to voice their opinions. “We wanted to make sure that the student body knew that we were open, visible, [and] we wanted to hear from them,” student body president Rachael Chesley said. A handful of students attended the forum, but SGA discussed the suggestions that were left in the Dining Hall. Karen Borja, a senior at the College and president of the Saint Mary’s Straight and Gay Alliance (SAGA), attended the forum. “You guys are doing a really good job this year and I’m really impressed,” Borja said. Borja also voiced her concern about the allotment of funding this academic year. “I want my money to go towards things that I want to see on campus,” Borja said. Borja asked the Board if they would be willing to consider allowing allotments in the Spring semester as well as the fall. “Since you brought it up, it’s definitely something we will discuss,” student body vice president Laura Smith said. Chesley read the suggestions from the suggestion basket and the Board talked about the issues. Student attendees also participated in the discussion. Chesley said the suggestions requested changes and additions to campus. “I think a lot of people looked at this like a wish list too, like a Santa wish list,” Chesley said. One suggestion was the addition of more bike racks on campus. “These are great ideas to jumpstart next semester,” Chesley said. In addition, SGA discussed printer availability on campus. “In Trumper [Computer Center], only one of the printers is ever working,” senior class president Kelly Lyons said. Students said the College should offer more printers for the student body’s use. “To have one printer servicing our entire school is a little absurd,” junior Jamie Schmidt said. SGA plans to discuss students’ ideas further at their next meeting and throughout the Spring semester. SGA will hold a Dec. 8 meeting. “Our meetings are always open,” Chesley said.last_img read more

  • SMC student body president, vice president reflect on year

    first_imgLast February, seniors McKenna Schuster and Sam Moorhead found out they would be the new 2014-2015 student body president and vice president, respectively. Schuster, a business administration major with a minor in psychology, and Moorhead, a chemistry and Spanish double major, had been previous acquaintances, but running together was not the original plan.“It wasn’t something we really planned on,” Schuster said. “One day Sam came up to me and said, ‘You’re running for president? Can I be your VP?’”The student body president and vice president positions are tasked with many responsibilities throughout their one-year term. Schuster and Moorhead said these tasks were not always what they expected but turned out to be rewarding all the same.“I expected it to be really busy but really fulfilling,” Schuster said. “We knew that other people were going to be counting on us to get things done.” Wei Lin | The Observer McKenna Schuster (left), Sam Moorhead, Lauren Vidal and Matthew Devine worked to enhance community on their respective campuses through the 29 for 29 program at Notre Dame and the SMC card initiative.Schuster also said being able to watch various plans come into action was exciting.“I think seeing what our committee chairs accomplished was really fun, especially Love Your Body Week and Support a Belle, Love a Belle in the fall semester,” Schuster said. “Sam and I didn’t work on that personally, but those were things we were able to encourage our other members of SGA to get going and be successful with.”Schuster and Moorhead said although they did not expect to be working with administration as much as they did, it ended up being an enlightening part of the job.“It was a cool experience to be able to work so closely with them and know things that are going on in our community,” Moorhead said.“It was mostly administrative work and team work,” Schuster said.During their time in office, Schuster and Moorhead accomplished many tasks previous administrations had begun work on. One of the achievements they were able to fulfill was a substantial revamp of the Saint Mary’s student body constitution.“One of our biggest goals was restructuring and formatting the constitution so that it was a more cohesive, concise document and was more applicable to all of the student organizations on campus,” Schuster said. “That was a big task that SGA has been working on for the past four years, and it wasn’t working. In a month Sam and I had brought members of SGA together to get that done.”Another task the seniors set out to accomplish was the updating of the finance guidelines.“It will now be way easier for students and organizations to understand how to apply for money, how to receive sponsorships and travel grants and work better with our vice president of finance and administration,” Schuster said.Schuster and Moorhead said they aimed to increase student involvement in activities over the course of the 2014-2015 academic year.“The SMC cards that we launched first semester were really successful,” Moorhead said. “There was a huge increase in involvement in events this year, which is really exciting for us to see.”Their advice for future student government leaders is to stay organized and work together.“Find someone you work well with,” Schuster said. “I could not have done this without Sam at all.”Both Schuster and Moorhead have plans for post-graduate life. In the upcoming year, Moorhead will be working for a company in Indianapolis, and Schuster will most likely be moving to Chicago to discover what’s next for her.“I’ll be working through the Orr fellowship in Indianapolis next year for a company called Apparatus,” Moorhead said. “That’s what I know for now.”Tags: McKenna Schuster, saint mary’s, Sam Moorhead, sgalast_img read more

  • Judicial Council announces tickets for student body presidential elections

    first_imgThe Judicial Council announced three tickets for the upcoming student government elections for the offices of president and vice president for the 2016-2017 term, set to take place Feb. 10.Susan Zhu Three tickets gathered the necessary 700 unique signatures to make the ballot: juniors Dominic Alberigi and Jennifer Cha; juniors Louis Bertolotti and Elizabeth Fenton; and junior Corey Robinson and sophomore Rebecca Blais.A debate between the three candidates is set for Feb. 8. If no ticket receives a majority of the vote, a run-off will take place between the top two vote-getters. Should a run-off election occur, a second debate between the remaining candidates is set for Feb. 14, with a final election to take place Feb. 15, according to the Judicial Council’s website.The winning ticket will take office April 1, succeeding current student body president Bryan Ricketts and vice president Nidia Ruelas.The Bertolotti-Fenton campaign emphasizes transparency, deliverability and unity, according to official platform materials.Bertolotti and Fenton include creating an accessible professor review system, improving Wi-Fi service and celebrating a “hey day” the first Monday after syllabus week, in which students would wear name tags and be encouraged to say “hey,” in order to get to know other students, as just a few of their goals.The Robinson-Blais campaign emphasizes leadership, connection and service, according to official platform materials.Robinson and Blais include overseeing Notre Dame’s divestment from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, designating space in Campus Crossroads as a “ThinkSpace” area in which students brainstorm innovative ideas and rerouting South Bend public transportation lines to better cater to the needs of students, while not inconveniencing Notre Dame staff or the residents of South Bend, as some of their goals.The Alberigi-Cha campaign is placing a “decisive focus” on mental illness, Alberigi said in an email to The Observer on Tuesday evening.“To address this, we are committed to expanding counseling services to better include students with specific needs. Other aspects of our campaign include promoting objective education on important social issues, through forums or debates with prominent public figures, and offering extra courses that align with student hobbies, from culinary courses to greenhouse botany,” he said.Editor’s note: Louis Bertolotti served as a Viewpoint columnist for The Observer last fall. Tags: student body government, student body president electionslast_img read more

  • Professor sheds light on increase in cyber crimes

    first_imgJohn D’Arcy, an associate professor of accounting and management information systems at the University of Delaware, delivered his presentation “Data Breach: Failures and Follow-ups” Monday afternoon in the Mendoza College of Business. The lecture was the first event of Mendoza’s annual Ethics Week and focused on data breaches.“We hear about these [data breaches] all the time, and there’s even a term that’s come up recently, ‘data breach fatigue’ – it comes up so often, it’s not even a big deal anymore,” D’Arcy said. “Every week, we hear about another organization that’s high profile that’s been attacked.” According to D’Arcy, a data breach is an incident in which “sensitive, protected or confidential data” is accessed by a party without authorization. This data includes personal health information, personal identifiable information, trade secrets, intellectual property and personal financial data, D’Arcy said. There is also a movement to expanding the definition to include emails, passwords and information specific to healthcare. Healthcare is an industry that’s especially vulnerable to cybercriminals, D’Arcy said.“Getting this information can be used to make fake insurance accounts — there’s a lot of money to be made,” he said. “Everything is being digitized in the health industry, and it’s a gold mine. In general, they’ve been a little lax in terms of security compared to other industries.” D’Arcy explained the idea of a “compliance mindset,” which infers that the minimum required by law is enough protection.“There’s plenty of laws in the book that require both notification and adequate level of security, but we’re still seeing more and more breaches,” he said. “The question is, is the law enough? Just to comply with legal requirements, is that enough? The obvious answer is no — companies have an ethical obligation to go beyond the requirements and to really protect its information.”Contributing to this “compliance mindset” is the lack of incentive for companies to “step up” their precautions against data breaches. “There’s concern for your personal information, but in terms of hardcore impact, it’s not really affecting companies negatively, from a shareholder’s perspective,” D’Arcy said. “They have litigation costs and all these other costs, but in terms of satisfying their shareholders, they’re not taking much of a hit. There’s not a hard case from a business standpoint to go above and beyond.”D’Arcy presented case studies for four major data breaches: ChoicePoint, Inc. and TJX Companies in 2005, Target in 2013 and eBay in 2014. Email addresses, encrypted passwords, birth dates and mailing addresses were accessed from eBay in 2014, and the company was very slow to react, taking weeks to notify customers who may have been affected, D’Arcy said. “Their argument was since it wasn’t credit card data or drivers licenses, they didn’t need to notify customers right away,” D’Arcy said. “Also, because the passwords were in an encrypted format, their argument was that it wasn’t sensitive.” D’Arcy said information security and ethics are complicated and past incidents should be viewed as learning opportunities instead of complete failures. “It’s easy to look at these cases and be all high and mighty, but the reality is, ethics is difficult, and they’re dealing with pressures and other factors,” he said. “We can certainly learn lessons from these cases moving forward and begin to apply that ethical lens and acting on our ethical obligations.”Tags: data breach, Ethics week, mendoza college of businesslast_img read more

  • “Grandfather of NFL analytics” educates students on innovative practices

    first_imgMike Eayrs, a data analyst for several college and NFL football teams, spoke about the innovative practices that earned him the name the “grandfather of NFL analytics” at Mendoza College of Business on Tuesday night. Eayrs started out as an assistant coach in the NCAA, where he said he and the other coaches were constantly arguing over new ways to gain a competitive advantage.“I was trying to think, ‘What’s the lowest common denominator we have in our staff room?’” Eayrs said. “The answer was everybody wants to win.”Emma Farnan | The Observer In response, Eayrs said he started to study game statistics and how they were connected to the team’s wins and losses. In this study, he said that turnovers were the factor that had the strongest impact on the outcome of a game.“For the first time since I’d been hired, we actually agreed on something,” Eayrs said. “Everybody agreed that if we could lower turnovers on offense and raise them with our defense and coverage teams, we would have a much better football team.”As a result, Eayrs said he began catering drills in practice towards ball security, so that players could become better at handling the football and would be less likely to turn the ball over.“The more you repeat something successfully, the better the neuroconnections become, so that you do it more effectively and faster,” Eayrs said. “Believe me, when it comes to ball security, we want our guys’ neuroconnections firing really fast.”Eayrs said he soon noticed the profound effect of what he termed “explosive gains,” which is a gain of 14 or more yards, on winning percentage.“All of the sudden I see the difference, which is long pass gains,” Eayrs said. “We had to get big chunks of yardage.”Eayrs’ innovative approach to statistics gained him attention in the football world, so much so that he was soon hired by the Minnesota Vikings, where he worked for 16 years before spending 15 years with the Green Bay Packers.Eayrs said analytics are of vital importance in the NFL, where the difference between teams in much narrower than in college, and consequently, any small edge can be the difference between a win and a loss.“An NFL team is going to have about six games per season where the team that won the game either scored on their final possession or had to stop their opponent from scoring on the last possession,” Eayrs said.To gain an advantage in the ultra-competitive NFL, Eayrs said he has studied everything from gameplay speed to limiting soft-tissue injuries to the tendencies of a particular referee.“Essentially, we’re simply trying to align our team with probability,” Eayrs said.The importance of football analytics could be seen in the Super Bowl in February, where Eayrs said the Atlanta Falcons could have increased their win probability by slowing down the pace of the game.“Shorten the game,” Eayrs said. “Narrow the window in which your opponent can get back in the game. They could have effectively shortened the game by at least one possession, which would have been enough for them to win.”Tags: football, football analytics, mendoza college of business, NFLlast_img read more

  • Students march for reproductive rights

    first_imgThe Graduate Workers Collective of Notre Dame hosted a demonstration Tuesday at Main Building to peacefully protest the University’s stance on a recent mandate by the Trump administration regarding health insurance.Titled “March for Reproductive Freedom,” the demonstration arose as a response to a statement released by University President Fr. John Jenkins on Friday. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced two mandates earlier that day, which reversed a rule created under former President Barack Obama’s administration. The rule required employers to offer health insurance — including all FDA-approved contraceptives — to employees with few exceptions, according to the HHS website.Jenkins’ statement said the University “welcome[s] the reversal” of the rule. Under the new ordinances implemented by the Trump administration, employers no longer have to cover health services to which they object for religious or moral reasons. Kelli Smith | The Observer Led by the Graduate Workers Collective of Notre Dame, students, faculty and staff from across campus gather to share stories related to reproductive rights and protest a statement released by the University.Undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and staff from across campus attended the hour-long rally in opposition to the statement. According to an event organizer, graduate student Kate Bermingham, the demonstration was intended to voice objections to Notre Dame’s “apparent intention to obstruct its employees’ ability to access contraception.”“Notre Dame does not have a just claim to saddle me or other individuals it employs with the expenses of its conscience,” Bermingham said in an email. “It is extremely important to voice opposition to our university’s patriarchal attempt to control the bodies and reproductive choices of its employees. Given the current political climate in the country, it is imperative to publicly resist the attempts of those in power to use their authority in ways that are inappropriate.”Bermingham said because Notre Dame is not paying for contraception, they have “no business” preventing their employees from obtaining it, and the University’s position is on “shaky theological, philosophical and moral grounds.”“While I believe that Fr. Jenkins is doing what he thinks is right, I would ask him to seriously consider whether, as a matter of practical faith, it is more in keeping with Catholic values to force women to make health care choices based on what they can afford rather than on what they deem to be best for their physical and emotional well-being,” Bermingham said.If the University gets to say what constitutes a violation of its conscience and religious liberty, Bermingham said, women should get to say what constitutes a harm to their persons.“It is impossible to overlook the gendered implications of Notre Dame’s claims to be exercising religious freedom in this instance,” she said. “Women who work for Notre Dame will disproportionately bear the burden of their employer’s attempt to live out its faith. Many of these women are low-income, earning hourly wages or living on graduate stipends. Let’s recall that in the broader American economy, women make 80 cents on the dollar, and that within academia, women are disadvantaged in a whole host of ways, which Notre Dame’s policy exacerbates, whatever its intentions.”When asked about the demonstration, University spokesman Dennis Brown said the University has tried to make clear that its position on the matter is not about contraception, but rather about religious freedom.“We are not trying to stop anyone from using contraceptives,” Brown said in an email. “If they want to, that’s their right. But we do think that the previous policy was a direct encroachment on the First Amendment right to religious liberty, with the government requiring organizations that oppose contraception on religious grounds to act as an agent in the distribution of contraception. That is why we support the change announced last week.”Brown said Notre Dame provides contraceptives in health plans when prescribed by a doctor for medical reasons other than birth control.“The University is committed to the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff,” Brown said. “We understand that many of them have made conscientious decisions to use contraceptives. As we assert the right to follow our conscience, we respect their right to follow theirs.”Graduate student Margie Housley said she heard about the march through social media and decided to attend because she believes it is important all people have access to “all the health care they need.”“Fundamentally, it is not the right of an employer to take their own religious beliefs and use that to force people to make decisions about their health care, which become economic decisions if they’re not covered by health care,” Housley said. “So really, it’s Notre Dame taking their religious beliefs and enforcing them on their employees.”Housley, who carried a sign reading “Bodily Autonomy For All,” said she spoke at the march about “corpses having more bodily autonomy legally than women do” when women are unable to make choices about their health care.“I think the most important thing for me was making sure that our voices were heard in some way,” Housley said. “I don’t expect that protests necessarily in and of themselves create change, but I think they’re a really important way to allow people to be heard and to make sure that the people who are in power understand how they’re affecting other people’s lives.”Freshman Derek Dellisola said he was alerted to the demonstration after hearing chants such as “Shame, Shame on Notre Dame” when walking from class. After approaching the gathering out of curiosity, he said he decided to pitch a question about the University’s rights as a private institution for clarification purposes and to participate in a “mutually engaging debate.”“The problem with this school is I see a lot of kids who, coming in, know that the school doesn’t really have policies that favor them but they come in anyway and then try to change it,” Dellisola said. “My logic is you knew when you applied to this school that it wouldn’t be a place for you. Even though it’s not half as hateful as you make it out to be, it wouldn’t be a place that you agree with, so why do you come here anyway? It’s like going onto a baseball team and saying, ‘Where the hell is the quarterback?’”Dellisola attended the event with his friend, freshman Ellis Riojas, who said he didn’t feel comfortable asking questions he had at the demonstration after observing what he considered an “aggressive mindset” and “emotional undertones” in the group’s response to Dellisola’s question.“We see this kind of aggression because they’ve received something from the University and they’re unsatisfied with what it’s giving them,” Riojas said. “Because of that, [ralliers are] coming up here and protesting, saying, ‘You need to give us more,’ but they have no right to demand that from a University that’s giving it to them in a contract that they mutually agreed to.”Dellisola said despite his difference of opinion on the topic as well as disagreement with some of the ralliers’ signs, including one he said read “F— Like a Champion Today,” he doesn’t regret attending the demonstration and believes he reached a better understanding of the matter through his attendance.“I was just looking to get clarification, because it’s something that I by instinct object to, but I was hoping to go and hear what they had to say and maybe learn from them, and I think I did,” Dellisola said. “I learned that the issue is not as simple as it seems, but I will say that I still do not agree with them. I was just interested because you don’t really see this every day.”Tags: HHS Mandate, religious liberty, reproductive rightslast_img read more

  • College to host annual holiday marketplace sale

    first_imgEvery December, the Lillie O’Grady Center at Saint Mary’s hosts the Sisters of the Holy Cross Christmas Bazaar, a holiday marketplace which sells handmade gifts. The proceeds of the bazaar benefit the Sisters of the Holy Cross. The 2017 Christmas bazaar will take place Wednesday from 1 p.m.–7 p.m. and Thursday from 7 a.m.–4 p.m. Sr. Rose Goodrow, director of development, said in an email that “the bazaar has a long history for the Sisters,” as there is even a record of the bazaar occurring in the early 1950s. She said the proceeds from the Bazaar are “split in half,” with the money divided evenly to support the Ministry with the Poor and the other half lending support to the Sisters Retirement Fund. Sr. Jeanette Fettig, Goodrow’s predecessor as the director of development, said the Christmas bazaar is popular with community members and students. “Always, in the first two hours, we have mobs of people — everyone is respectful of one another, however,” she said. “We have a lot of people from the community, some from South Bend, Holy Cross Village and a lot of Notre Dame students. The students love the cards and campus photos.”Fettig said the bazaar is well received because it is reminiscent of a traditional Christmas bazaar that many of the visitors are familiar with. “I had a man come up to me and say, ‘You know, this is a real old-fashioned Christmas bazaar,’” she said. Because the bazaar benefits the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Fettig said those who patronize the event develop a special connection with the Sisters.  “Some of the items are made by the Sisters, and all the proceeds go to the Sisters of the Holy Cross,” she said. “Everyone who comes [is considered] a friend of the Sisters.”Goodrow said many who visit the bazaar have faith the money spent will be put to good use.“Many of the people who come to purchase items at the bazaar had previously interacted with the Sisters somewhere in their personal lives,” she said. “They also know the Sisters will continue to serve the poor as well as support their retired sisters.”Even though Fettig is no longer the director of the event, she has maintained her involvement. “I spend the whole year pricing everything. … All those price tags are written by my pen,” she said.  The Christmas bazaar is run, in part, by volunteers. Volunteer Mary Blume said she got involved in the bazaar because she loves Saint Mary’s, where her granddaughter is a student.  “My granddaughter is a senior at Saint Mary’s, so I love to support Saint Mary’s and everyone in the community,” she said. Volunteer Sally Tobin said she volunteers because she wants to give back to the Sisters.“The Sisters do so much,” she said. “We like to give back.”Tags: bazaar, Christmas Bazaar, holiday marketplace, Lillie O’Grady Center, Sisters of the Holy Crosslast_img read more

  • Saint Mary’s changes academic schedule to observe MLK day

    first_imgIn an email to students Friday, Interim College President Nancy Nekvasil announced that Saint Mary’s will observe Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 21 as an official campus holiday. In observation of the national holiday, the College will close its offices and there will not be any classes. This change has been made “to allow students, faculty and staff the opportunity to engage in Dr. King’s commitment to justice, peace and equality in their communities,” Nekvasil said in the email. In order to accommodate the change to the academic schedule, what would typically be a study day on Friday, May 3, will now act as a “Monday” class schedule. Faculty are allowed to hold classes until 2 p.m. on this day, according to the letter.Final exams will not start until after 1 p.m. on Monday, May 6, to allow students to make up for the time lost on the former study day, according to the letter. “I’d like to thank the faculty, staff and students who have worked to provide an opportunity that allows us to honor Dr. King and celebrate his legacy,” Nekvasil said. Tags: academic schedule, Martin Luther King Jr., martin luther king jr. daylast_img read more

  • Pasquerilla East builds community among residents

    first_imgSince 1981, the Pasquerilla East (PE) Pyros have relished in a creating a vibrant community, helping students grow in faith and dedicating themselves service. Throughout the years, these women have bonded through spiritual retreats, athletics and daily class work. Pasquerilla East was the first dorm constructed with the intention of housing women. Initially the Pink Elephants, the residents of PE changed their mascot after the development of their flag football team. They chose red and black as their colors to stand out from the other dorms, thus becoming the Pyros.Junior Alexa Bradley, president of Pasquerilla East, said she is constantly impressed with the strong sisterhood she sees among residents. “The community is overall welcoming and we have similar lifestyles,” Bradley said. “We do work together and hang out together.”Junior Jackie Weinrich, vice president of PE, said she appreciates the work that all residents, and especially the RAs, have done in encouraging community, creating fun events and providing sweet desserts. “We like to work hard, play hard, if you will,” Weinrich said. Bradley also said that PE’s weekly hall council meeting brings residents together.“We always have substantial participation and attendance at hall council and people want to be commissioners every semester,” Bradley said. “Every meeting is pretty full and we always have snacks and fun activities.”One of PE’s signature events is Silent Night Silent Auction, an annual Christmastime celebration that encourages participation from students, but also professors and their families. Pasquerilla East donates the money raised from the auction and all of its other fundraising events to Hannah’s House, a charity for moms, expectant mothers and children. “This year we’re trying to get in more contact with the women and children and increase the bond with them,” Bradley said. One of hall council’s goals for the year was to increase dorm involvement by freshmen, Bradley said.“This was important so we tried to make the things that we did more fun,” Bradley said. “We wanted the upperclassmen to be excited for everything so that our freshmen would also be more excited. We’ve had a great response from freshmen this year.”Additionally, PE’s hall council is working on a new signature event to be revealed later this spring and is building stronger connections with weekly service opportunities. Both Bradley and Weinrich said that PE’s athletics are important to the identity of the dorm and are an easy way to get residents connected with the dorm community. “We have a strong flag football team, great dorm sports and a lot of spirit in PE,” Weinrich said. “People are always willing to get involved. Community is part of our tradition.”PE also boasts a strong spiritual life and a well-designed spiritual, reflective and meditative retreat every year, Bradley said. “It’s quiet time alone but you also get to be in community with others,” Bradley said. “There’s a lot of spiritual life in the dorm and we are welcoming to all faiths.”Weinrich said she believes that PE stands out among other Notre Dame dorms because of a sense of belonging among residents.“I wanted to give back a little more as vice president,” Weinrich said. “We’re the hottest dorm on campus and we have a strong community. It’s so easy to make a connection to the people I’ve met in PE and to feel at home.”Tags: dorm features, Pasquerilla East, PE, Silent Night Silent Auctionlast_img read more