“Inequalities are unmistakable to anyone who walks into our public schools, but even more disheartening, black and Hispanic children — in the present moment, in the present year, 2010 — are more isolated mentally and more segregated physically than in any time since 1968,” Kozol said. “If it’s good enough for the son of a president or the daughter of a rich CEO, then it’s good enough for the children of the poorest mother in South Bend,” Kozol said. Kozol, who has been involved with the education system for more than 40 years, said segregation is back in American schools and he’s witnessed it “from both sides.” Kozol also said his “rich white friends” and politicians do not want to talk about these issues. He said many people do not like to hear what he has to say, but that isn’t going to stop him. “Life goes so fast — use it well.” During the lecture, he discussed his work with one first grade teacher whose class was made up of low-income, minority students. He said she was not going to always center her class on the standards, but rather try to make learning enjoyable. Kozol also discussed his frustrations with the standardized testing that is the driving force of most public school curriculums. The Office for Civil and Social Engagement (OCSE) at Saint Mary’s sponsored the lecture. According to Kozol, the conditions of the school were poor, and he taught class in an auditorium he shared with another fourth grade class. Kozol said the arts, and even recess, have been dialed back or removed from some schools that struggle to maintain student test scores. He said some schools in Atlanta no longer build playgrounds for their elementary schools. “I’m too old to bite my tongue, and I don’t really care what happens to me now and no matter what the price I have to pay, I intend to keep on fighting in this struggle to my dying day,” Kozol said. “All year long, everything is driven by the test. It excludes everything that won’t be tested, robbing urban children of the entire richness of curriculum and capaciousness of culture that won’t be on the test,” Kozol said. “It was of consummate importance to give her children opportunities to speak their minds, indulge their curiosities so that they would think of learning as an exciting pilgrimage rather than a forced march to a pre-established destination,” Kozol said. Kozol ended his lecture with a lesson he said he’s learned as time goes on. The need for social reform within the education system was the main theme of best-selling author and former educator Jonathan Kozol at his sold-out lecture in Saint Mary’s O’Laughlin Auditorium on Monday night. Kozol, who has written several books on segregation in the public school system, discussed the state of education in America using his own experiences. A Harvard graduate and former Rhodes scholar, Kozol started his teaching career in what he said was the poorest area of Boston, teaching fourth grade. “My students had had a string of 12 different teachers in the previous two years,” Kozol said. “This string of instability of faculty is still the case today in far too many of today’s inner-city schools.” Schools with students who are what Kozol referred to as privileged youth allow for a much less rigid education, he said.
Fast-food breakfast giant Dunkin’ Donuts opened its first South Bend location last week, and the restaurant is already seeing success. The South Bend franchise of the multibillion dollar coffee and donut chain, located on State Road 933 three miles north of campus, opened its doors Nov. 26, just down the street from its main competitor, Starbucks. But the competition has not slowed down the restaurant’s initial success. Store manager Beth Blaylock said the location has even exceeded expectations. “It’s much bigger than we expected. It’s going great though. … We’ve definitely surpassed what we thought it would be,” she said. “We have lines to the door pretty much every day. On Saturday we literally had lines out the door, people standing outside waiting to come in.” The owners of the franchise also own the neighboring Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, but although the experience helps in the management of the store, Baylock said it did not provide much data to use in forecasting the restaurants’ success. “[The franchise owners] own a store in Kalamazoo, so we were based a little bit off of that, but we didn’t really have any idea of how it was going to be,” Blaylock said. Though this is the first Dunkin’ Donuts in the South Bend-Mishawaka area, some Notre Dame students who know the restaurant from their hometowns eagerly anticipated the opening. “I’m really excited about the Dunkin Donuts opening. Dunkin Donuts was my drink of high school,” junior Maria Skorcz said. “We used to go through the drive-through in the morning before school. I’m excited to get back to my glory days of coffee drinking.” Thanks to the corporation’s well-known brand, some students who have never experienced the restaurant before are interested in the opportunity to try out a new coffee and breakfast place. “I’m a big coffee drinker, and we don’t have Dunkin’ Donuts in Minnesota, so I’m really excited to try their drinks and see how they compare to Starbucks,” junior Elliot Badar said. Dunkin Donuts’ website states the chain is the No. 1 coffee-by-the-cup retailer in America. Though there is a Starbucks across the parking lot, Blaylock said the franchise is not concerned about the competition. “I think that our customer service is going to bring a lot of people over, and our product mix is just different enough and the atmosphere and the attitude is different enough that I think that there’s room for both of us,” she said. “But I think that right now we’re definitely the busier of the two.”
Emily McConville | The Observer Hall Presidents’ Council co-chairs seniors Brendan Moran and Cristin Pacifico present Keenan with the Hall of the Year award at the 28th annual Student Leadership Recognition Banquet on Tuesday.“We want to make sure we reach out to any people that are having any difficulties and any residents that are having problems. We want to create that environment that allows them to come up and talk to any of us. We truly try to embody [Keenan Hall’s] motto of ‘being brothers in Christ.’”Hall Presidents’ Council co-chairs seniors Brendan Moran and Cristin Pacifico, who presented Keenan with the award, said events like multicultural nights and a new freshman “knighting ceremony” on the Main Building steps contributed to Keenan’s designation as Hall of the Year.“[Keenan] set lofty goals for themselves and tried to meet them throughout the course of the year,” Moran said. “Placing an emphasis on academics, community and faith, this residence hall displayed fantastic programming and created an environment of inclusion.“A few examples of [Keenan’s] programming included movie watches, cultural heritage nights and collaborative work-out sessions. On top of these successful programming initiatives, [Keenan] seamlessly planned and executed two of the most successful and messiest and funniest signature events on Notre Dame’s campus.”Duncan Hall president junior Michael Wajda said his dorm’s collaborative efforts and variety of programs inside and outside the hall led to a well-deserved award.“I think it’s phenomenal that we won, and … it’s well-deserved,” Wajda said. “We’ve had such incredible community participation this whole year from our hall councils to our Bald and the Beautiful initiative, to the Duncan Classic. The guys in Duncan have really stepped it up and made the community great.”Moran said Duncan’s collaborative efforts, responsiveness to student needs and events like their “Man Hour” speaker series and service initiatives set them apart from the rest of the male dorms.“[Duncan] exhibited excellent programming initiatives that were very well-attended,” he said. “They also showed great collaboration with various student groups and organizations and other residence halls that created fun events to meet the needs of their residentsPacifico said Ryan Hall sponsored consistent, well-organized events that fostered a strong sense of community within the dorm and in collaboration with other dorms and groups.“[Ryan] showed their consistency over the course of the year by hosting a variety of thoughtful, organized and well-attended events,” Pacifico said. “They did a tremendous job of expanding upon the traditional events their dorm has hosted, as well as introducing new events and ideas that had great success.”Ryan Hall president junior Tatum Snyder said the honor came from the friendship of the women in her dorm.“For the girls in our community and the work we’ve done, this is just a great honor,” Snyder said “Our big thing this year is that we are more than just a dorm and more than just a community, we’re actually friends. And I think … we really expressed how good of friends everyone in the dorm is. I think the friendships led to this award.”Moran said the selection committee for Hall of the Year bases its judgment on two components, Rockne submissions and 10-minute Hall of the Year final presentations. Moran said 30 percent of the final calculation derives from objectively judged Rockne submissions, with the remaining 70 percent coming from the presentations.The Rockne reports provide a succinct and descriptive account of a dorm’s activities, which the selection committee breaks down into mind, body and spirit components.“Rockne submissions are a snapshot into a dorm’s programming during any given month,” he said. “We’ve broken it down into three broad, main groups of programming. We have mind, which consists of academic events, multicultural events, body, which consists of athletic events … and then finally we have what we like to think of as spirit, which consists of liturgical initiatives.”Moran said the entire process is “totally optional,” though every female dorm participated in the Hall of the Year competition, while approximately 75 percent of male dorms submitted Rockne reports and final presentations. Keenan Hall claimed the coveted Hall of the Year award at the 28th annual Student Leadership Recognition Banquet on Tuesday, where Ryan Hall was named Women’s Hall of the Year and Duncan Hall Men’s Hall of the Year.Senior Keenan Hall president Kristian Hila said the honor was a tangible confirmation of the work Keenan puts into all of its campus events, especially the Keenan Revue and Muddy Sunday.“It’s one of those things where it’s so nice to be recognized for being able to put on events that the whole campus enjoys,” Hila said. “We have a difficult task of having successful events that we need to maintain every year, so it’s nice … being recognized for that. It takes a lot of time and hard work to put together two great events.”In addition to these two signature events, Hila said he felt his dorm’s attention to and cultivation of community resulted in the award. Tags: Duncan Hall, Hall of the year, Keenan Hall, Ryan Hall
The Campus Crossroads Project, the University’s $400-million plan to renovate Notre Dame Stadium to include classrooms, a new student center and other facilities, will commence after the final home football game in November, the University announced in a press release Thursday.The University unveiled the plan earlier this year with hopes of starting construction in November.“We announced this project in January with the hope – though not necessarily the expectation – that we could begin in November,” Notre Dame President Fr. John Jenkins said in the press release. “Thanks to the tireless work of many, plans have been finalized and funds have been raised so that we can, indeed, commence construction on facilities that will unite and inspire every member of our campus community for decades to come.”Work on the east and west sides of the stadium will begin after the Nov. 22 game against Louisville, though the press release did not give a specific date. The University plans to begin construction for the new building on the south side of the stadium in Nov. 2015, the press release said. The entire Campus Crossroads Project, which totals 800,000 square feet, will be completed by Aug. 2017.The building on the east side of the stadium will include classrooms, offices and labs for the anthropology and psychology departments, as well as a digital media center. The west building will include student facilities, such as a student center, meeting rooms and recreational spaces. The tops of both nine-floor buildings will hold stadium seating; the revenue from which will help pay for the project.The department of music and the sacred music program at Notre Dame will eventually move to the six-story south building.The press release said all the trees removed from around the stadium for construction will be replanted in other areas on campus, including the Cedar Grove Cemetery and the nine-hole Notre Dame Golf Course. Upon completion of the project, the University will replant trees surrounding the stadium. Tags: Campus Crossroads, Construction, Notre Dame Stadium
The Observer General Board elected current News Editor Margaret Hynds as Editor-in-Chief for the 2016-2017 term this Saturday.Hynds, a junior living in Pangborn Hall, is currently pursuing a major in political science with a minor in business economics.“Margaret is one of the most talented, resourceful and reliable reporters at this newspaper, and I can think of no one better to take on this position,” current Editor-in-Chief Greg Hadley said. “This coming year will be a busy one for The Observer, but under Margaret’s leadership, I am confident it will also be a historic one.”A McLean, Virginia native, Hynds has headed the News department since March 2015. Throughout her time in the News department, Hynds has written extensively about mental illness and sexual assault on campus. Prior to serving as News Editor, she served as an Associate News Editor in the winter of 2015.“I am delighted at the opportunity to lead The Observer for the next year,” Hynds said. “I’ve learned so much in my time on this staff, and I hope to keep up the energy and enthusiasm from this year’s Editorial Board moving forward.“I look forward to continuing coverage of issues that affect the student body.”Hynds will assume the role of Editor-in-Chief on Feb. 28.Tags: Editor-in-Chief, New Editor, Observer
Saint Mary’s students may be regularly exposed to toxic chemicals, according to a research project by senior Malia Hosoi-Gallucci.Shower curtains currently installed in Saint Mary’s dorms are made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which has been shown to give off a variety of volatile organic compounds and toxic chemicals.Hosoi-Gallucci, a global studies major, conducted the project for an anthropology class titled “Water, Culture and Sustainability,” taught by assistant professor of global studies Laura Elder. After learning about the toxicity of PVC, Hosoi-Gallucci decided to research the situation at Saint Mary’s regarding the school’s use of PVC shower curtains. She discovered PVC curtains were in wide use in the College’s dorms, despite the fact that vinyl chloride has been classified by the EPA as a Group A human carcinogen. However, the EPA — and all other federal agencies — does not have the authority to regulate the use of PVC plastics inside private homes.Hosoi-Gallucci said she alerted the administration, which was unaware that the shower curtains contained PVC. Benjamin Bowman, director of Saint Mary’s facilities, said in an email statement that the College is now looking into new curtain options.“At the last Going Green Committee meeting, Malia Hosoi-Gallucci shared her research on plastics and their impact on human health with the audience,” he said. “Members of the committee indicated that they should further explore alternative shower curtain options and my team has been working on this.“At Saint Mary’s, we educate and empower our students to address problems, seek solutions and make a difference in their communities. We are proud of Malia putting her research to action, and as a College, we are committed to a safe, sustainable solution. Currently, we are working with our supplier to identify a sustainable and durable replacement curtain.”A study by the Center for Health, Environment and Justice’s PVC Campaign showed that PVC curtains give off 10 different volatile organic compounds which, when inhaled, can cause health issues such as cataracts, nervous system depression, liver and kidney damage, narcotic effects, eye irritation, potential damage to fetuses and hematological disorders.“[These plastics] are not good for showers — especially for people who like to take hot showers,” Hosoi-Gallucci said. According to the EPA, inhalation of vinyl chloride fumes has been shown to increase the risks of a rare form of cancer, known as angiosarcoma. That “new car smell” people love is a result of these toxic fumes, Hosoi-Gallucci added. “New car smell is actually really bad because it’s off-gassing really bad chemicals,” she said. Notre Dame Building Services, when asked if the shower curtains at the University are the same as the curtains in use at Saint Mary’s, said in an email: “We’ve confirmed with Building Services that shower curtains used in the Notre Dame residence halls are made of 100 percent vinyl and do not include polyvinyl chloride (PVC) material.”Hosoi-Gallucci said the safest alternative to PVC curtains is hemp curtains, because “hemp is mildew and bacteria resistant” and doesn’t off-gas toxic chemicals. However, hemp shower curtains are significantly more expensive than the PVC variants — around $70 each, Hosoi-Gallucci said — and the cost of replacing every shower curtain at Saint Mary’s could be substantial. “[The administration] is definitely open to change. But again, the price is a factor, so they’re kind of like ‘maybe not,’” she said.Hosoi-Gallucci said she hopes that through her efforts working with the administration on this issue, more students will become aware of the situation and push for a healthier change.Tags: Chemicals, polyvinyl chloride, Saint Mary’s facilities, shower curtains
In order to educate the Notre Dame community about their faith, the Muslim Student Association (MSA) kicked off its annual Islam Awareness Week on Saturday and is hosting events through this Friday.“Generally, the week is here to raise awareness about Islam and answer questions about it,” sophomore and MSA vice president Douha Morchid said. “We’re inviting students to actually ask us questions. Where sometimes they might be shy to do so on a daily basis, this is an opportunity for everyone to actually come and ask us.”On Monday, the club hosted a “Hijab Day” and handed out free hijabs and donuts in LaFortune Student Center.“People usually have a lot of questions around hijabs, and I guess the best thing is to make them try it and see how it feels and also answer their questions,” Morchid said. “And as a hijabi on campus it feels good to see more hijabis around, at least for a day.”Last year, Morchid said, the event was so popular hijabs ran out by the early afternoon.“Last year, I remember at 1 p.m. I didn’t find any hijabs for my roommates,” she said. “So people actually interacted more with it than I expected. I think last year was the first time that I experienced this — which is a nice thing — and I feel like the Notre Dame community is open to trying things, which is actually nice.”The group aims to continue discussion throughout the week, Morchid said, with an Islam Awareness Week Dinner on Tuesday, a Quran halaqah — or study session — Wednesday and an interfaith discussion with the Jewish Student Association and Iron Sharpens Iron on Thursday.Morchid said the halaqah will allow students to learn more about the Quran, Islam’s sacred text.“[We] technically just get together with Muslim and non-Muslim students [to] just discuss some verses from the Quran,” she said. “It’s just an open discussion and everyone is invited if they have questions. It’s really open and we don’t really have someone who knows a lot about the religion, but we just want to [generate] discussion about maybe some controversial verses in the Quran.”Abdul AlJumaily, a graduate student and member of the Muslim Student Association, said his favorite event of the week is the Friday mosque visit.“We have a religious belief that if you attend Friday prayer and then you attend the following prayer, that if you follow the main commandments in our religion, all your sins for that previous seven days are wiped clean, as long as you abstain from major sins,” he said. “It’s also a great time for community to interact with our fellow students.”More than anything, AlJumaily said, MSA aims to engage the Notre Dame community this week and dismantle misconceptions about their faith.“Islam more than any other religion has been misrepresented in terms of extremism and violence, so it’s great to come out here and interact with the community and show a friendly face and do the Lord’s work,” he said.Tags: halaqah, Hijab Day, islam awareness week, Muslim Student Association
Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 10, 2014 Sutton Foster Related Shows View Comments They’re on their way! The forthcoming Broadway production of Violet has found its leading men. Colin Donnell and Tony nominee Joshua Henry have joined the Roundabout Theatre Company production as Monty and Flick respectively. The duo will star alongside headliner Tony winner Sutton Foster in the production, which will begin performances at the American Airlines Theatre on March 28. Directed by Leigh Silverman, the musical will play a limited engagement through August 10, with opening night set for April 20. The Roundabout production of Violet will be based on the New York City Center Encores! Off-Center concert in 2013, which also starred Foster and Henry and was directed by Silverman. Donnell has appeared on Broadway in Anything Goes and Jersey Boys. His other stage credits include Wicked, Mamma Mia!, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Merrily We Roll Along and Follies. Donnell’s film and TV credits include Every Secret Thing and Pan Am. Henry was nominated for a Tony for his performance in The Scottsboro Boys. Other Broadway credits include Porgy and Bess, American Idiot, In the Heights and Bring It On. His screen credits include Army Wives, Kings and Sex and the City. Full casting for Violet’s Broadway incarnation will be announced shortly. Violet Star Files Colin Donnell Violet tells the story of a young woman’s quest for beauty amidst the image-obsessed landscape of the 1960s. Facially disfigured in a childhood accident, Violet (Foster) dreams of a miraculous transformation through the power of faith. Convinced that a televangelist in Oklahoma can heal her, she hops a Greyhound bus and starts the journey of a lifetime. Along the way, Violet forms unlikely friendships with her fellow riders, who teach her about beauty, love, courage and what it means to be an outsider. Joshua Henry
Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 17, 2014 View Comments Bening earned a Tony nod for her performance in Coastal Disturbances. She has also appeared on stage in Medea and The Female of the Species. She received Oscar nominations for her roles in the films The Kids Are All Right, Being Julia, American Beauty and The Grifters. As previously reported, Oscar nominee and Tony winner John Lithgow will play the titular father figure in King Lear, which will run from July 22 through August 17 at the Delacorte Theater under the direction of Daniel Sullivan. The free Shakespeare in the Park season will also include a production of Much Ado About Nothing starring Hamish Linklater and Lily Rabe (which caused Rabe to drop out of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2). Related Shows King Lear Annette Bening could soon be appearing on stage as a “thankless child.” According to uncomfirmed reports from Showbiz 411, the Tony and Oscar nominee has agreed to appear in the Public Theater’s 2014 Shakespeare in the Park production of King Lear as Goneril, the monarch’s eldest daughter.
View Comments It’s Michael Keaton on Broadway! Sort of. The film star’s newest project, Birdman, puts him center stage on the Great White Way. In the flick, Keaton plays Riggan Thomson, a past-his-prime actor, known for his portrayal of iconic superhero Birdman. Overcoming family issues, including dealing with a fresh out of rehab daughter (played by Emma Stone), Riggan prepares for a big comeback…on Broadway at the St. James Theatre. Birdman, in addition to Keaton and Stone, stars Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Amy Ryan and Zach Galifianakis. Take a look at the trailer below (warning: there’s a bit of bad language) and see how many Broadway landmarks you can spot! The film is set to premiere on October 17.