Amazon asks for block on shareholder hate speech proposal

first_imgSEATTLE (AP) — Seattle-based Amazon.com, Inc. has asked federal regulators to block multiple shareholder proposals addressing criticism of the company’s stances on curbing hate speech, diversity in hiring, workplace conditions and surveillance technologies. The Seattle Times reported Wednesday that shareholders would not have an opportunity to vote on the proposals at the company’s shareholder meeting this year if the request is granted. Last year, none of the shareholders’ proposals were approved. The Securities and Exchange Commission declined to comment on whether it planned to allow Amazon to drop the proposals from the shareholder meeting docket.last_img read more

Israel to give some coronavirus vaccines to Palestinians

first_imgJERUSALEM (AP) — Israel Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s office says Israel has agreed to transfer 5,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine to the Palestinians to immunize front-line medical workers. The announcement Sunday is the first time that Israel has confirmed the transfer of vaccines to the Palestinians. Israel is one of the world’s leaders in vaccinating its population after striking procurement deals with international drug giants Pfizer and Moderna. The Palestinians have not begun to vaccine their people.last_img read more

Students choose post-grad service

first_imgGraduating senior Beth Neiman said the opportunity to volunteer after graduation just fell into her lap.“I heard about Americorps through the [Center for Social Concerns],” Neiman said. “I’ll be teaching at an Indian reservation.”Neiman is one of about 10 percent of seniors going into the volunteer force upon graduation and one of five Notre Dame students who will be teaching on the same reservation.“This year-long program will give me time to decide what to do,” Neiman said.Neiman said she hopes the time she will spend volunteering will teach her life lessons.“This volunteering isn’t really in my field, but it will teach me good life skills,” Neiman said. “I’ll be more able to understand life.”She said the Center for Social Concerns (CSC) aided her search for a volunteering spot.“The CSC is so helpful in sending out lists. I applied to many different things,” Neiman said. “It was a lot of trial and error.”Michael Hebbeler, director of Senior Transitions at the CSC, said volunteer service can be beneficial because it is a way to learn more about the world before pursuing a more permanent career path. “Some students are pretty set on medical school, but they want to do some pretty meaningful work for a year, or they want to gain some sense of focus or direction with their work,” he said. Hebbeler said he sees volunteer service as in agreement with Notre Dame’s mission statement.“In the mission statement, there’s that line about service becoming learning and justice. We’re looking toward building a just world. This is a very hands-on, concrete way of doing it,” Hebbler said.Senior Mary Kate Battle said she wants to go into international development, and her service work at Farm of the Child in Trujillo, Honduras will help.“I wanted to do service before graduate school, not as a break, but as giving back,” Battle said. “The best way to do a job in [international development] is to do service in it.”Battle said the Notre Dame atmosphere fosters a call to service.“Notre Dame is educating the mind in the classroom and the heart through loving service,” Battle said.last_img read more

Eddy Street provides off-campus jobs

first_imgThe new additions to Eddy Street to the Notre Dame community provide not only places to eat, shop and live near the University, but jobs as well. While Notre Dame strives to provide on-campus jobs, some students find they prefer working off campus. Cedric Strickland, a sophomore computer science major who worked at Hammes Bookstore on Eddy Street over the summer, found the job while living off-campus for a summer semester. “I needed a job, and I liked the environment off campus better,” he said. “I didn’t want to be a student worker. I wanted a real job.” Senior Katrina Corcoran also found summer employment at Eddy Street. “I was here over the summer for summer classes and saw that Kildare’s was opening,” Corcoran said. “I knew that working at an Irish pub would be a lot of fun, or ‘craic’ as the Irish say, and, on the more practical side, more lucrative than continuing to work on campus. It is very convenient and adds balance to your life as an ND student.” When it comes to balancing school with work, though, on-campus jobs win out, Strickland said. “Working at Kildare’s is more intense than where I have previously worked [on campus] because you are constantly waiting on customers and helping out in the kitchen. Fridays before game days I normally go seven to eight hours without taking a break,” Corcoran said. Off-campus jobs can also be used as a supplement to on-campus jobs students already have. In addition to being a waitress at Kildare’s, Corcoran still works at the Center for the Study of Language. Strickland said he also worked at The Huddle and Legends in addition to the bookstore on Eddy Street. “I ended up having two jobs — I worked at Legends as well as the bookstore — and that meant balancing everything with coursework,” Strickland said. “On campus is more flexible. Off campus would work around my school schedule, but they wouldn’t work around Legends.” In spite of this, students still like working off campus. “My favorite part has been meeting more people from the South Bend area,” Corcoran said. “I feel like I am finally learning more about South Bend after being here for three years. I have also had the chance to meet [football] coach [Brian] Kelly, [former Irish football player Daniel] “Rudy” [Ruettiger] and [former Irish football player] Jim Flanagan while working at Kildare’s.”last_img read more

Holy Half runners conquer campus

Saturday morning, 1,120 runners toed up to the starting line for the eighth annual Holy Half Marathon and 10k race before most on campus had even eaten breakfast.   Sponsored by the Class of 2014, the event raised approximately $30,000 in support of Hope Ministries, the St. Joseph County Public Library and the Literacy Council of North Central Indiana.   Student organizer Carolyn Green said the event planning team was pleased with the race’s turnout. “The goal was to make an opportunity for students to interact outside of [normal] campus events … this was a really unique way for doing that,” she said. “Really, it is a physical accomplishment, but it becomes something bigger than yourself, because it’s not only fulfilling something that is a part of the Notre Dame tradition, but we also raised $30,000 for local charities.” The biggest challenge for race coordinators was overcoming the negative effects of the scorching heat during last year’s race, Green said. “The administration was kind of reluctant to have the race this year because of all the injuries last year,” Green said.  “Over fall break, we made this appeal and presented to them, focusing on how the race has become something on Notre Dame bucket lists, and such a big tradition.” Green said the Holy Half team was prepared to give medical attention to runners at any point during the race, but the cool, cloudy weather minimized medical emergencies. “This year, we partnered with the medical team from the Sunburst Marathon (a local marathon event), that way we’d have ambulances and a medical tent, all the necessary precautions,” Green said.  “We were so lucky with the weather this year.” Sophomore participant Vincent Burns said this year’s weather made for a more enjoyable race experience.   “I think that the weather this year made it tremendously more fun,” he said. “I wasn’t worried that I was going to faint, whereas last year people were falling left and right.” Burns said he also enjoyed the new course designed by this year’s event planners. “I really liked the course this year,” Burns said.  “It was basically the reverse of the course they had last year and it made for a much more enjoyable race … because the lakes were towards the end instead of running around the edge of campus [at the end of the race].” The new course design treated racers to a view of the golden dome as they ran down Notre Dame Ave., finishing on Irish Green.    Green said the 13.1-mile course is popular because it is run entirely on Notre Dame’s campus. In addition to organizing the event, Green ran the race the last two years, giving her unique insight into the experience.   “The whole time I was running I could see when we did a good job marking this, or that that spot was clear, I can follow that,” Green said.  “I’m not sure how big [this race] can get because it’s all on campus, and it depends on the course’s capacity.” University administration capped the race at 1,000 racers, but allowed the organizers to open the waiting list because around 200 people indicated late interest in participating, Green said.   She said the event is unique because it attracts both experienced racers and more casual competitors.   “It’s tricky that there are all these alumni coming in and it might be their first [half] marathon … right next to graduate students who have been training really hard,” Green said. Graduate student Tyler Kreipke, who won this year’s Holy Half with a time of 76 minutes, said he used the race as an indication of his fitness level as he prepares for the upcoming Indianapolis Half Marathon and Chicago Marathon. “This race was [an opportunity] to go out and gauge where my fitness level was at, and to get into a competitive race to prepare and see where I’m at going into the Indianapolis Half Marathon,” he said. Kreipke said he planned to start with the lead pack of runners and play the rest of the race by ear. “I started out with a few people at the front of the race – about three or four when we started off – and just hung with them,” Kreipke said. “At about four or five miles, the group started to spread out and then [I] was kind of in no-man’s land and settled into my own pace.” Kreipke said he was happy with his first-place performance, despite an in-race injury. “My fitness was better than I expected to see at this point, so that was promising,” Kreipke said.  “But right towards the end, I was running on the edge of the sidewalk to try to get the shortest line when my foot slipped off and I sprained my ankle.” Kreipke said he was lucky enough to be about 600 meters from the finish and finished the race on adrenaline.   “At the end I wasn’t absolutely exhausted. I still had a little gas left in the case,” Kreipke said.  “It was a really fun course and really nice to get to run around campus.” Sophomore Erin Hanratty said she enjoyed the on-campus race and the challenge it provided.  She said the training plan provided by the Holy Half organizers prepared her well for the race. “Everyone hits a wall at ten miles, apparently, and so did I,” Hanratty said.  “The last three miles were the hardest.  At 10 miles it was kind of hard, but I kept going and didn’t stop.” Looking ahead to next year, Green said she wants to build on the momentum created by this year’s raffle, expanding the event to include a weekend for the alumni interested in attending. Green said the event’s capacity to strengthen Notre Dame’s connection with the surrounding community is one of the important features of the race. “The Holy Half Marathon directly engages part of the University’s mission: to engage the greater South Bend area,” Green said. read more

CSC hosts vigil supporting Solidarity for Racial Justice

first_imgIn response to recent events involving racial tension and violence throughout the United States, the Center for Social Concerns and Multicultural Student Programs and Services held a Solidarity for Racial Justice vigil Friday afternoon at Geddes Hall. Melissa Marley Bonnichsen, the Director of Social Concerns Seminars and the main organizer of the event, said racial justice will be a focus this year on campus.“Today kicks off our own campaign for racial justice,” Bonnichsen said. “In the Center for Social Concerns, this year’s Catholic social teaching theme is solidarity, the soul of development. We believe this is part of our ongoing dialogue about what is at the heart of solidarity and what is at the heart of development.”The vigil began at Geddes Hall and then continued to the Sacred Heart of Jesus statue. Twelve candles bearing the name of a victim of racially charged violence were lit at each location, including candles for Alton Sterling, Trayvon Martin and the three Baton Rouge police officers killed July 17.“We will be mindful of those who are suffering from the senseless violence, those continuing to deal with the harassment and excessive force and those facing oppression in local communities,” Bonnichsen said during the prayer.The vigil ended at the statue of Father Sorin. Bonnichsen said she hoped students would continue to make Notre Dame a force for good in the world, as Father Sorin predicted.“Today, our world is torn apart with prejudice, arrogance and pride,” Mylan Jefferson, a senior and a co-chair of the Diversity Council, said during the prayer. “Help us all to love and understand one another better. Give us the courage to work fiercely for racial justice.”Bonnichsen said the prayer service had been requested by the president of U.S. bishops, who reserved Sept. 9 as a Day of Prayer for racial issues and the newly formed bishops’ task force on race.“The president of the U.S. bishops commissioned a task force, such that the task force would work together and talk to communities, especially minority communities to think about how parishes and the church as a whole in the United States could figure out how do we promote racial justice, how do we improve the dialogue and how do we participate in the dialogue,” Bonnichsen said.Sept. 9 was chosen specifically because it is the feast day of St. Peter Claver, who according to Catholic.org ministered to African slaves and worked tirelessly for the abolition of the African slave trade. The date also conveniently fell on the Friday before Notre Dame’s first home football game.“I think awareness is what Notre Dame needs, especially since it’s a football weekend, so a lot of people will see us,” Marissa Browne, a sophomore attending the vigil, said.Bonnichsen said there are many more events planned for the Solidarity of Justice Campaign in the near future, including book groups, panel discussions and a Racial Dialogues Week in late October.“We need to find really plausible and helpful places for action that students can participate in on a daily level,” Bonnichsen said.Tags: Center for Social Concerns, CSC, Solidarity for Racial Justice Vigillast_img read more

Prayer service celebrates life of Martin Luther King Jr.

first_imgBundled in coats and scarves with candles in hand, members of the Notre Dame community crowded into the Main Buidling to commemorate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. at a prayer service Monday evening.University President Fr. John Jenkins opened the ceremony with a prayer, calling for the Notre Dame community to be more inclusive and welcoming.“May our celebration tonight, and this week, propel us,” he said. “May it motivate us. May it energize us. May it unite us in a commitment to respect and admire and learn from what makes each of us unique.”Assistant director of multicultural ministry Becky Ruvalcaba delivered a speech calling for a return to forgotten moral principles and renewed awareness of God’s presence, referencing King’s sermon “Rediscovering Lost Values.”“As Martin Luther King Jr. stated, the real problem is that through our scientific genius, we’ve made of the world a neighborhood, but through our moral and spiritual genius, we have failed,” she said. “We have failed to make of it a brotherhood.”Referring to a passage in the Gospel of Luke, Ruvalcaba said that just as Joseph and Mary left Jesus behind in Jerusalem, so too has society left behind an awareness of God’s presence, which she described as a “mighty precious value.”“We have become too complacent and we have not taken the time to stop and look for what we have left behind like Mary and Joseph,” she said. “Because we have not taken the time, man’s issues and the world’s ills continue to exist.”Ruvalcaba said that in addressing these issues, King drew from his relationship with God and others.“All that he did for civil rights and for all humanity was realized not just because of his scientific genius, because the man was smart — it was realized because of his desire to live in brotherhood in and through his moral and spiritual genius,” she said. “[It was] realized in his constant search for God, our brother, who with Mary and Joseph walks with us in justice, kindness, honesty, truth and love.”Ruvalcaba concluded her speech with a call for individuals to reflect on their own shortcomings.“We must begin by asking forgiveness from God and from one another for our own sins of indifference and hate, for fear and lack of trust, for our selfishness,” she said. “From this place of humility, God’s love will move us to stretch out our hands to one another and to build beautiful communities of brothers and sisters.”After the service ended, attendees processed to the center of God Quad and placed candles at the foot of the statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.Freshman Haley Wooton said she was impressed by the number of students at the service.“I was really inspired by the amount of students who were passionate about this event and were excited to come and join in this expression of faith for such an important issue,” she said.Junior Carlos Grosso said he was struck by Ruvalcaba’s speech and the ways in which it highlighted underlying problems in society.“To me, what stood out the most was the way that lack of communication is what has led to a lot of the hot button issues that are contentious,” he said. “It’s about the lack of people with power and influence willing to put themselves in the shoes of those who aren’t in their position.”Tags: Campus Ministry, Fr. John Jenkins, Main Building, Martin Luther King Jr., Walk the Walk Weeklast_img read more

Student Government Association candidates deliver campaign speeches before election

first_imgThe three tickets for Saint Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA) president and vice president presented their platforms to the College community Wednesday evening.Diane Park | The Observer Juniors Madeleine Corcoran and Kathy Ogden’s platform focused on ways to help Saint Mary’s students grow during their time at the College.“Our platform is specifically designed to help students discover themselves best,” Ogden, who is running for vice president, said. “We plan to do this through a mentorship program with alumnae from Saint Mary’s and current [first years].”Ogden said the ticket plans to invite the Sisters of the Holy Cross to Mass with the students, and to extend an invitation to a priest from the Brothers of the Holy Cross to say Mass at the College. They also plan to include a day of service in the South Bend community, Ogden said.“We hope to extend the Saint Mary’s campus to the Holy Cross, tri-campus and South Bend communities, and ultimately lead Saint Mary’s students to the discovery of the universe,” she said.The ticket also focused on healthy living, which Ogden said she and Corcoran plan to promote by “offering additional workout classes to accommodate students’ busy schedules.”In addition, Corcoran said the ticket hopes to expand healthy food options.“In order to reach peak academic performance and overall well being, students must live a healthy lifestyle,” Corcoran said. “By improving the food options and hours in Spes [Cafe] and Cyber Cafe, students will be able to live a healthier life and eat more regularly even on busy days.”Corcoran said she and Ogden hope to decrease the number of all-campus emails while increasing student attendance at campus events by initiating an email newsletter.“This email will contain all the events on campus for the following week, including everything from academic and campus ministry events to workout classes,” Corcoran said. “This will … put everything in one place. It will also help clubs communicate and collaborate to create a bigger impact on our campus and greater community.”Juniors Teresa Brickey and Mar Y Selva Albarran, who are running for president and vice president respectively, emphasize building diversity at the College with their platform.“You have heard the word ‘diversity’ multiple times,” Brickey said. “It is more than just race, it is more than just class, it is more than just political thought. It is all of these things and more. As your representatives, we want to support club initiatives and events who identify who you are as a Saint Mary’s woman.”The ticket wants to increase meetings with multicultural leadership representatives on campus, Brickey said.“We want to further meet with leaders every month regarding issues they face and how SGA can further help progress their clubs,” she said.Brickey said she wants to increase interaction with the greater South Bend community and to improve service in the area.“There is a high rate of homelessness in South Bend, there’s a high rate of domestic violence and sex trafficking,” she said. “It is our responsibility as students to tackle these issues while in school, to be in communion with the people surrounding our schools because through this, we learn who we are as women, we gain confidence and we learn how to have intercultural relationships.”The ticket also plans to increase initiatives to help students, including additional GreeNDot trainings and having a counselor on call so students have access to mental health resources during evenings and weekends, Brickey said. She also said she wants to increase healthy options both in the on-campus cafes and in the dining hall.“Students should have access to mental health resources in order to live a healthier lifestyle, in order to be sustained here at Saint Mary’s,” she said. “We also want to talk to Kenneth Acosta to lower [prices] in Cyber [Cafe], especially for healthier options. A burger should not cost less than a salad.”Brickey also said the ticket hopes to expand Munch Money options on Eddy Street, but said it is still investigating the possibility of this and will not promise new options.Juniors Anna Mullek and Ashlyn Maes focused their platform on increasing opportunities available to Saint Mary’s students.Maes, who is running for vice president, said the ticket stresses sustainability on campus.“We would like to increase campus involvement in the community gardens and to introduce hand dryers,” she said.The ticket also wants to increase SGA meetings with administration, Maes said, and to increase involvement with BAVO.Mullek said she and Maes want to increase awareness of campus events.“Saint Mary’s offers so many events, workshops and speakers,” Mullek said. “Since reminders tend to get lost in our email, we want to initiate the use of Google Calendar in order to share campus activities. Students will be able to select specific calendars they would like to receive notifications from.”Mullek also said the ticket is seeking to increase the amount of service the College completes in the South Bend community.“We want to begin providing semi-annual meals to the families at the Ronald McDonald House at Memorial Hospital,” she said.Students can vote in the elections Thursday on OrgSync, and graduating seniors remain eligible to vote.Tags: Diversity, Saint Mary’s Student Government Association, service, sga student government elections, Student Government Association, sustainabilitylast_img read more

College hosts student panel on political involvement

first_imgCollege students and political activism have historically been linked. On Tuesday, Saint Mary’s seniors Zoie Clay and Ashley Hovorka spoke about their participation in the nationwide tradition of student political involvement through a panel discussion.The students participated in the College’s internship program in Washington D.C., and while there marched in two demonstrations. Clay said she participated in a third after she returned home.The students first participated in the Women’s March in January 2018. Both said that the March helped them to dispel stereotypes and empower them.“It was an incredible experience and it felt that we were taking part in a historic movement of our time,” Hovorka said. “It was an empowering place to be.”She was impressed by the variety of people who marched and got involved with the cause.“There were a lot of young women there, families there as well, older people, couples especially and that surprised me because I made the assumption that there would just be a lot of young women there,” Hovorka said.Hovorka also discussed how the march was an extension of her work on campus in the Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO).“Coming from Saint Mary’s, I was involved in BAVO so it was nice to be able to put my actions from here on campus and take that out and be politically active as well,” Hovorka said.The second march that both students attended was the March for Our Lives in March 2018. This march was personal for Clay, she said.“I have been an advocate for gun control since I was 8 years old, which was the age I lost my mother to a senseless act of gun violence,” Clay said.Clay said the March extended political change and also affected her emotionally.“This march showed me, especially how important it was to talk about these details and that it is okay to talk about them,” Clay said. “The March for Our Lives — it was energy that was very comforting and respectful. Just an indescribable feeling of support on solidarity, from feeling alone on my position on gun control because I grew up in the conservative South.”Clay encouraged more people to find and participate in this process of solidarity and said that the marches become existential.“At that moment, I realized the power of a movement and a march, not just the power of that movement in particular, but the power of a movement in general, and what it can be to the people who are a part of it and that the power to bring people together when they feel alone and separated and the power of being able to find support in a movement,” Clay said.Clay participated in the local Families Belong Together March in southern Mississippi as well. While she said it was smaller than those she attended in D.C., she still found similarities.“The energy was actually very close to the energy that we felt in D.C, these people still cared, they were still there for a reason,” Clay said. “It did affect them even if it meant putting themselves out on the line, people did throw things at us and yelled not nice things, but they also honked to show their support.”The experience with this March also encouraged Clay to participate in marches in the South Bend community, she said.“This March was a reminder that we can still be an activist and a student activist in a small town like South Bend, your voice does still matter,” Clay said. “Even if you feel defeated, because you are in a small town or your campus doesn’t reflect how you feel that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t speak out against it.”Both of the girls were inspired and moved by their experiences. They recognized the benefits of a Saint Mary’s education and encouraged their peers to participate in movements across the nation.“Being a part of something that is greater, this is a movement, and it is really important for people in our community to take part and realize the importance of being a part of this,” Hovorka said. “It is really empowering. Saint Mary’s really pushes you to do something greater with the education that you receive here. It can’t just apply to the classroom you have to take it out into our lives as well, and part of that is activism and standing up for something.”Tags: department of political science, political activism, saint mary’slast_img read more

Gas leak reported near Corby Hall

first_imgA section of Holy Cross Drive was closed for about 45 minutes due to a gas leak near Corby Hall on Thursday morning, according to two campus-wide emails.The gas leak occurred when “a crew working on Corby Hall punctured a gas line while digging,” Dennis Brown, University spokesperson, said in an email.The section of Holy Cross Drive is west of the Grotto, the initial campus-wide email said. Campus safety and utilities officials had responded to the leak at the time of the email, and campus visitors were asked to avoid the area.About 45 minutes after the original email, the University sent out a update on the situation. The email said the gas leak had been “capped and Holy Cross Drive had been reopened.”Tags: Corby Hall, gas leak, holy cross drivelast_img read more

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