Country Hall of Famer, actor Kris Kristofferson has retired

first_imgNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson has announced his retirement after five decades and named a manager for his estate.,A press release issued Wednesday said that the 84-year-old actor and singer actually retired last year and his son, John, stepped in to oversee his father’s business, including special projects and his record label KK Records. His estate will be managed by Morris Higham Management, which also manages clients including Kenny Chesney, Barbara and Louise Mandrell and the Roger Miller estate.,Kristofferson, an Oxford scholar from Texas, brought introspective and poetic lyrics to country music with songs like “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” and “Me and Bobby McGee” and was a member of the supergroup The Highwaymen. He has starred in 70 films and earned a Golden Globe for his performance in “A Star is Born.”,He was inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame and was awarded the Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriter Hall of Fame. He also received a lifetime achievement award from the Recording Academy.,As for retiring, the release said Kristofferson will celebrate his 85th birthday this June with several special projects.last_img read more

Foundation funds College scientists

first_imgThe Henry Luce Foundation and the Clare Boothe Luce Program awarded Saint Mary’s $240,000 to provide scholarships to students studying in the physical science fields. Starting in the fall of 2013, two students in chemistry, physics, math or engineering who exemplify high-performance skills in their disciplines will be granted the scholarship. It will cover their full tuition, room and board for their final two years at the College. “These scholarships are granted to women the committee believes will become academic leaders in their particular fields,” said Christopher Dunlap, associate professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry and the project director of the Clare Boothe Luce program. “About four or five years ago, we had this scholarship program at Saint Mary’s. The program then had four recipients.” Henry Luce, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc., founded the not-for-profit to honor his parents who were missionary educators in China. The scholarship program was named after his wife, Clare Boothe Luce, the U.S. ambassador to Italy and the first woman elected to Congress from Connecticut. Dunlap said students must be U.S. citizens and have a grade point average of at least 3.5 to be considered for the scholarship. Those intending to pursue a career as a health care professional, however, will not be eligible, he said. “The students must be high-achieving individuals planning on going to graduate school,” Dunlap said. “After completion of graduate school, the student will hopefully take on roles of academic leadership, for example, teaching at colleges and universities.” Over the next few weeks, Dunlap, as well as his colleagues on the scholarship’s committee, will have more information about the application and scholarship ready for current sophomores to learn more about the program, she said. “Along with the application, students must receive a letter of recommendation from the faculty,” Dunlap said. “After the application process is complete, the committee will select who the recipients of the Clare Booth Luce Scholarship at Saint Mary’s.” Applications will be available in late January or early February and the selection process will be completed by mid-March. The math and chemistry departments will begin to target the current sophomores eligible for this scholarship over the course of the next semester, Dunlap said. She said the women who receive these scholarships will be involved in activities to encourage other young girls to pursue their education in science or mathematics. “This is a great opportunity for those women at Saint Mary’s looking to advance in academic leadership in the science and math fields,” Dunlap said.last_img read more

Observer wins awards

first_imgThe Observer earned third place in the Division I “Newspaper of the Year” category at the 2014 Indiana Collegiate Press Association (ICPA) awards ceremony Saturday at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Staff members took home 15 other awards.The Observer’s new website, launched in January and designed by Assistant Managing Editor Kevin Song and former Graphics Editor Steph Wulz, won first place in both “Best Overall Website” and “Best Overall Website Design.” The site, ndsmcobserver.com, won third place in “Online Publication of the Year.”The staff took third place in “Best Use of Facebook” in the online category.Viewpoint Editor and former Scene writer Gabriela Leskur won first place in “Best Entertainment Column” for her Sept. 10, 2013, column “How to avoid your ex on campus.” Associate Scene Editor Miko Malabute took first place in “Best Entertainment Feature Story” for “Breaking Bad’s R.J. Mitte talks disability” published Oct. 21, 2013.For “Best Entertainment Feature Story,” Scene Editor Allie Tollaksen won second place for her Jan. 22 piece “John Jeremiah Sullivan.” Columnist Matt Matt Miklavic took first place in “Best Opinion Column” for his April 26, 2013, column “Hold on to hope.”Two submissions placed in the “Best Video” category. Videographer Wei Cao won second place for “Thanksgiving at Notre Dame,” published Dec. 4, 2013, and former Multimedia Editor Colby Hoyer won third place for her Oct. 29, 2013, video “Notre Dame Women’s Boxing.”Former Assistant Managing Editor Marisa Iati won third place in “Best News Feature Story” for “My brother’s and my sister’s keeper,” which was published Oct. 8, 2013, as the second installment of a three-part series on mental health at Notre Dame.Former editor-in-chief Andrew Gastelum earned second place in the “Best Sports Column” category for his Nov. 11, 2013, column “Everything catches up to ND in crucial loss.”Two entries placed in the “Best Sports News Story” category. Former Sports Editor Mike Monaco and former Assistant Managing Editor Matthew DeFranks won second place for “Swarbrick talks apparel, stadium expansion and basketball practice facility.” Assistant Managing Editor Isaac Lorton took third place for “Thunderstruck.”The Sports Department earned second place in the “Best Stand Alone/Pull Out Section” for the Irish Insider “The Four-Year Plan.”Other Notre Dame publications represented at ICPA included Scholastic in the news magazine category, Dome in the Division I Yearbook category and Juggler in the literary magazine category.Scholastic took first place in “News Magazine of the Year” and brought home 27 additional awards. Dome shares first place in the “Division I Yearbook of the Year” category with Indiana University’s Arbutus and returned with 12 other awards. The Juggler tied for third place in “Literary Magazine of the Year” with Lighter from Valparaiso University and Red Cents from Goshen College and earned five more awards.The Observer’s award-winning submissions are available on its website.Tags: ICPA 2014last_img read more

Cardinal speaks on role of theology in ending poverty

first_imgCardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, came to McKenna Hall Friday to discuss the roles of Catholic teaching and liberation theology in alleviating poverty. The interview, titled “Poor for the Poor: The Mission of the Church,” was part of the weekend-long conference called “Your Light Will Rise in Darkness: Responding to Cries of the Poor.”“I am not an economist or a politician,” Müller said. “I am a theologian, and these theories and depositions come not from an expertise in economics and politics but from expertise in humanity.“The Church’s mission is not to be a social lever or economic link. The mission of the Church is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and part of that preaching is to call attention to and solve the denigration of the dignity of man.”Drawing on his recent book “Arm for the Poor,” Müller said his experience with poverty in the Andes was a sobering one and demonstrated the dehumanizing realities of poverty.“It is … difficult to imagine a German university professor living on the floor of a clay hut … being able to share the very real experience of poverty as it is lived every day by countless men,” he said. “Poverty leads to extremely difficult situations and emergencies and causes conflict within families, groups and entire societies.”Müller said first-world society is still plagued by some form of dehumanization, brought on by increasing distance from the Church.“Mechanical developments and the process of industrialization began to influence ideas about man such that he could be considered nothing more than a mere machine,” he said. “A machine only that would unconditionally serve to further productivity, guarantee deregulated efficiency and produce ever-high profits. In such, the role of man was relegated to an inferior position, and his role of machine exalted.”Müller said the Catholic Church could act as a powerful answer to poverty, playing an important role in protecting human dignity through the solidarity and teachings of the Church.“The mission of the Church is to free mankind from the poverty of our poor condition and remind us that we are made in the image and likeness of God,” he said. “In a very important encyclical from Pope Leo XIII, ‘The Church has consistently addressed the changing social situation of the world and its impact on man.’“So we must all recognize in ourselves our own poverty, our need for salvation, our dependence on God, and we must see in this the fundamental truth of our human nature.”Tags: Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Catholic, liberation theology, Poor for the Poor, povertylast_img read more

Rome International Scholars Program announced

first_imgThe Rome Global Gateway, a sector of Notre Dame International, will launch the Rome International Scholars Program in the spring of 2016. This program will facilitate a select group of undergraduate students to conduct independent research, participate in job internships and practice service learning while studying abroad.“The goal of the program is to offer to highly motivated Notre Dame undergraduate scholars the opportunity for a life-transforming education abroad experience in the Eternal City,” Theodore Cachey, inaugural academic director of the Rome Global Gateway, said.Cachey said the semester-long program will normally be comprised of five courses, including an elective at one of the universities working with the Rome Global Gateway, a foreign language course and the required on-site, “All Roads Lead to Rome” course. The international scholars’ remaining two courses will consist of an independent research project supervised by a Notre Dame faculty member and an experiential learning activity, usually involving service or an internship.According to Notre Dame International’s website, the Rome Global Gateway is located one block away from the Colosseum and serves as an academic and cultural center for the University in Italy. Although Notre Dame faculty will teach a majority of classes, elective courses can be taken at several of the universities in Rome, including Roma Tre University, John Cabot University, Pontifical Gregorian University and Sapenzia University of Rome.Students in the International Scholars Program will spend the spring semester of their junior year in Rome and receive funding to stay for up to six weeks in the summer.“I’m excited by the prospect that some of Notre Dame’s most capable students will be directly engaging the incredible intellectual, cultural and spiritual opportunities that Rome offers according to their individual academic aims and ambitions,” Cachey said. “I’m anxious to see what they come up with.”Cachey said the application process for next year’s Rome International Scholars Program is in progress from now until April 17. Anywhere from eight to ten applicants will be chosen to participate in the program’s pilot year.“Students in the new international scholars program will be selected from across the disciplines and departments,” Cachey said. “I would stress that this is a special program that is specifically designed for self-motivated students who would value the opportunity to undertake independent research during the spring semester of their junior year that would ideally lead to senior thesis projects or the development of post-graduate research.”According to Cachey, the program was made possible by a donation from the Ravarino Family Endowment for Excellence in Italian Studies. Over the past year, a steering committee co-chaired by Elizabeth Mazurek, associate professor of classics, and Christian Moevs, associate professor of Italian, designed this new opportunity for Notre Dame undergraduate students.Cachey said the Rome International Scholars Program advances the University’s mission by providing leadership opportunities to undergraduate students and advancing Notre Dame’s global reputation.“The program advances the University’s mission by pursuing its Catholic mission,” Cachey said. “Through the service and engagement opportunities offered by the program in Rome, home of the Holy See, students will be exposed to the challenges of contemporary social and political life in Rome, including immigration, poverty, ecological and urban cultural crises.”To learn more about the Rome International Scholars Program or to apply visit international.nd.eduTags: rome international scholars programlast_img read more

Physician investigates health care, gender

first_imgAs part of the Saint Mary’s Department of Justice Education symposium about different aspects of health care, Dr. Ellyn Stecker, a family physician, spoke on women’s health justice.   Caitlyn Jordan | The Observer Dr. Ellyn Stecker speaks at the Saint Mary’s Health Care Justice Symposium in the Rice Commons Student Center.Stecker started her presentation by emphasizing the importance of health care. Health care is a basic necessity for human survival, she said.“It’s special because it requires a certain educated cooperation of group members,” Stecker said. “Health management is not always obvious or intuitive. Moreover, achieving good health affects not only one individual but also the entire group.”Stecker said the U.S.has faced major problems with the way care has been divided in our health system.“In the United States we have a hodgepodge of our health care system,” she said. “We don’t insure basic healthcare for everyone nor do we insure catastrophic care. What you get depends upon your sex, ethnicity, marital status, status as a citizen, immigrant or undocumented, faith, age and the availability of medical providers near you.”The U.S. federal government offers programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Health Administration, Indian Health Service, volunteer clinics and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, she said, but does not have universal coverage.“What we do not have, however, is universal health coverage, we are one of the few industrialized countries that does not,” Stecker said. “Attempts to improve coverage have always been foggy. Our goal is to have all people covered. The plan is still being implemented even as there are political actions to dismantle.”Before the Affordable Care Act, the month after students graduated, they were generally not covered under a parent’s or school’s insurance, she said.“If you bought your own insurance as a woman, you often paid a higher rate then men,” she said. “Things are better for your generation than they were in the 1960s. Women now have a much better chance to enroll in college. … However, we are not yet finished with those years of prior, lame discrimination.“In your family or in your work, you might care for women who took time out of the labor force who cared for children or other family members and who did not have access to a college education, may have been forced to quit working when they married or lost their job when World War II ended and the men came back and took all of the jobs back,” Stecker said.“People do not get social security credits for society care work. Women have done a greater part of that work and both social security or competent pension is not as great as [for] a man in the same age group. Thus, older women have not benefited as much from the pay equity legislation that got passed and they are living out the reality of hundreds of thousands of dollars [in] pay difference.”Stecker said in the past year, LGBTQ partners have benefited from their partner’s pension, medical insurance and social security benefits.“When people are married and have those benefits, health is better,” Stecker said. “With these changes in the way we treat LGBT individuals, the most pressing argument in the medical community, and in the discussions that I had, it wasn’t a matter of what is right, what is wrong. Health is better for the families and for the children in those families.“Good health is a mixture of heredity, nutrition, nurture, location and avoidance of toxins. … And then there’s luck,” Stecker said. “Some things we have control over and those are the things we should manage in a good way. If we need less care, then there is more care for others. If we need more care, then we can be most grateful that we have access.”Stecker said the U.S. spends more money on health care than other countries but does not have the best health outcomes overall nor cover everyone that needs to be covered.“Is universal access necessary for justice? Yes I think so,” Stecker said. “Moreover I believe it’s the smart thing to do. … A healthy population makes a stronger country.”Tags: Affordable Care Act, gender equality, Health care, health care justicelast_img read more

Students aim to implement Callisto program at Notre Dame

first_imgMembers of student government are leading the charge for Notre Dame to a new option for students to report sexual assaults.Senior Grace Watkins and freshman Isabel Rooper said they hope the University will move forward with implementing Callisto, a new tool intended to better help survivors of sexual assault report the incidents to University officials, as its primary method of reporting sexual assaults. The implementation of this software — which has been adopted at peer institutions such as Stanford — is pending University approval, Rooper said.“Callisto is reporting software that is trauma informed, survivor-friendly and it’s a system that allows survivors of sexual assault to provide a time-stamped report immediately after their assault,” she said. “ … On average, survivors wait about 11 months to submit a report, so by having this time-stamped report immediately after the assault they are able to have better evidence to rely on if they do eventually choose to submit that report.”Joseph Han | The Observer Rooper said one of the unique features of Callisto is its matching software, which is aimed at preventing repeat offenders from assaulting another person.“You submit a link to the Facebook page of the perpetrator if you choose to opt in to this matching program,” she said. “If someone else submits that identical Facebook page, then those two matching reports are automatically submitted to Notre Dame’s deputy Title IX coordinator, Heather Ryan.”Those reports do not become public, Rooper said, unless a person’s Facebook page is submitted twice, at which time the appropriate officials who oversee sexual assault cases may view the joint report. This feature is critical because of the prevalence of repeat offenders, Rooper said.“Repeat offenders, on average, commit sexual assault or rape six times — and that’s a huge problem,” she said. “ … Often times people feel like their story is invalid if they’re the only one, but if you have someone else to stand with and saying, ‘Yeah, that person did this to me as well,’ it can be really helpful and feel more supportive and [make survivors] more willing to submit that report.”Callisto believes this feature and catching repeat offenders early will dramatically reduce sexual assaults, Watkins said.“By Callisto’s estimation, being able to intervene earlier on in a record of offending could prevent something like 56 percent of sexual assaults if everything is being reported properly,” she said.Another unique element of Callisto, Watkins said, is the methods it uses to prevent and report sexual assault.“Callisto is designed by survivors of sexual assault for survivors of sexual assault,” she said. “Jess Ladd, who is the founder of Callisto, is also an infectious disease epidemiologist by training, and so she’s coming at the issue from the standpoint that sexual assault is a public health crisis just like any disease would be, and we can use data and numbers and technology to track and ultimately try and prevent sexual assault from occurring in the future.”While the reporting of sexual assaults has increased with initiatives such as Green Dot, Watkins said implementing Callisto would be another step in making sure more sexual assaults are reported.“We want to make survivors feel even more empowered to report in the future,” she said. “I think Callisto is currently the best way of doing so with respect to the actual reporting device.”Watkins said a change is desperately needed based on how the current reporting system is structured.“Currently, the online reporting system that we have serves the purpose of both sexual assault reporting and racial discrimination reporting,” she said.  “ … I think that both racial discrimination and sexual assault deserve their own reporting systems that are tailored towards the specifics of the source of harm.”One potential attribute which could increase the frequency with which assaults are reported is integration with the Notre Dame mobile app, Watkins said.“Callisto has mentioned there’s the possibility of integrating it into schools apps that already exist on their phone,” she said. “So you don’t have to have a second wave of people trying to download the Callisto app. It would be on the app they already have, which is really exciting to me.”Rooper said she believes implementing Callisto will help create a better environment on campus concerning sexual assault.“[Callisto would create] a safer and more survivor-friendly process, because right now our process isn’t always super friendly to survivors,” she said. “So it would be great to make that process easier and more accessible and less emotionally harmful.”Tags: Callisto, Green Dot, sexual assault, Student governmentlast_img read more

Saint Mary’s senior receives Fulbright U.S. Student Program award

first_imgSaint Mary’s senior Louise Chetcuti has been selected as a recipient of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program award for the 2018-2019 school year, the College announced in a Tuesday press release.The Fulbright U.S. Student Program award is awarded by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Chetcuti is from Strasbourg, France, and is double majoring in global studies and Spanish, with a minor in business administration. She was offered an English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) award in Columbia, according to the release. “The Fulbright award is recognized for making an impact that matters around the world,” Provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs Nancy Nekvasil said in the release. “It supports important research and outreach activities that play significant roles in increasing intercultural collaboration. Louise’s success is both a testament to her talent as well as to Saint Mary’s faculty support in advancing her work.”In Colombia, Chetcuti will be teaching English and working with children in impoverished neighborhoods. She is one of 1,900 selected to participate in the program this year. According to the release, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program selects students based on academic or professional achievement and leadership potential. Chetcuti has a concentration in international development and studied abroad in Argentina during the spring 2017 semester, according to the release. “My time in Argentina triggered my desire to go back,” Chetcuti said in the release. “I am honored to have been chosen for this position, given the selective process. I am truly grateful, because it enables me to go back to Latin America within a framework that aligns with my professional goals. I hope this award will prepare me for a master’s in international development, which I will be starting in the fall of 2019, at Sciences Po in Paris, France.”Tags: Colombia, English Teaching Assistantship, Fulbright U.S. Student Program award, saint mary’slast_img read more

Clay Aiken Wants You to Vote for Him Again

first_img Best known for being the 2003 American Idol runner-up to Ruben Studdard, Aiken went on to release five albums and star as Sir Robin in Spamalot on the Great White Way in 2009, winning a Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for Favorite Replacement. Other stage credits include the title role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. TV credits include Scrubs, Drop Dead Diva and 30 Rock. Broadway alum Clay Aiken has officially announced that he is running for Congress in North Carolina. Before the Spamalot star challenges Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers he is likely to face two other Democrats in a primary for the state’s second district. View Commentscenter_img Ellmers doesn’t appear too concerned about the Aiken candidacy, recently commenting: ”As we know he doesn’t always fare all that well. He was runner-up.”last_img read more

Main Stem Stars of Aladdin to Record Cast Album

first_img Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, the Great White Way tuner is adapted from the 1992 Disney animated film and tells the story of a street urchin who uses the help of a magic Genie to win the heart of Princess Jasmine. Aladdin features a book by Chad Beguelin, music by Oscar and Tony winner Alan Menken and lyrics by Oscar and Tony winner Tim Rice and the late Oscar winner Howard Ashman. Numbers include “Arabian Nights,” “A Million Miles Away” and “A Whole New World.” Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed are going to be taking us “A Million Miles Away” in the comfort of our own homes! A Disney spokesperson has confirmed to Broadway.com that the Main Stem stars of Aladdin will record a cast album. Details will be announced soon. The show, starring Jacobs as Aladdin and Reed as Jasmine, is currently in previews at the New Amsterdam Theatre and is set to open March 20. Adam Jacobs View Comments Related Shows Star Filescenter_img Aladdin from $57.50 Courtney Reed The production also stars James Monroe Iglehart as the Genie, Jonathan Freeman as Jafar, Clifton Davis as the Sultan, Don Darryl Rivera as Iago with Brian Gonzales, Brandon O’Neill and Jonathan Schwartz as Aladdin’s sidekicks Babkak, Kassim and Omar.last_img read more