Indiana excise police meet with community

first_imgWhen the Indiana State Excise police were founded during prohibition 97 years ago, they were known as the “liquor police.” Now, they still handle alcohol-related cases, but one of their main goals is to make their presence known within the community, master officer Michelle Traughber said at a community relations meeting Wednesday. The University’s Office of Community Relations held a meeting with the excise police in downtown South Bend not to discuss a recent spike in alcohol-related arrests, but to learn more about the excise police and their place in the community. The force, which works to provide support to local task forces and special investigation units, employs 90      officers who cover six districts across the state. The excise police run the Fatal Alcohol Crash Team, which assists at accident scenes involving alcohol. They also assist at DUI checkpoints, investigate private areas of alcohol establishments and issue permits to individuals and businesses that sell alcohol. One of their main goals, however, is to make their presence known in areas of the community where offenses become a major problem as a deterrent to violators. “If people don’t fear being arrested, they will continue to break the law,” Traughber said. After the presentation was over, Traughber opened the floor to questions, at which point the topic turned to the recent wave of underage drinking arrests of Notre Dame students. But Notre Dame Crime Prevention Officer Keri Kei Shibata, who oversaw the presentation, said that topic was not the purpose of the meeting. “We are not going to comment on the recent incidents. We are here to talk about what the excise police can do for our community,” she said. Still, audience members asked questions related to student drinking. Chip Lewis, an attorney with Lewis and Wilkins, asked how officers determine when to arrest students and when to cite students. “Underage drinking is a misdemeanor for which you can be arrested,” said Corporal Chris Bard of the excise police. He said officers take on a certain liability when releasing intoxicated people into the community and some officers are not willing to take that risk. “Regardless of arrest or just being issued a citation, you will still have to appear before a judge,” Bard said. He said the best way to avoid arrest and other consequences is to cooperate with the police. “You still have to appear in front of a judge, but in the report the officer writes if you cooperated or not,” Bard said. “That affects the judge’s decision.”last_img read more

Lease fair provides off-campus information

first_imgStudents who are considering moving off campus can explore their living options today at student government’s Lease Fair. “We decided to have a Lease Fair largely in part because we think students are unaware of what’s out there in terms of off-campus housing,” junior Emily LeStrange, the Off-Campus Concerns Senate chair, said. “We wanted to create an event where students could learn about lease agreements and get some information about what living off campus is like.” LeStrange said the Lease Fair will feature 16 landlords and leasing agencies, including Irish Crossings, Kramer Properties and Stadium Club. “Students can meet with different landlords and learn about their leasing policies and see what properties they have available for rent for the next academic year,” she said. “They’ll be able to compare what certain properties offer and what others don’t in order to come to a more informed decision about off-campus housing.” LeStrange said it is important to learn what to look for when signing a lease. “We want to show students that it’s important to ask questions about the landlord’s renting policies before signing a legal and binding contract with him or her,” she said. Student government decided to host the Lease Fair because many students start making decisions about living off campus with friends during the fall semester, LeStrange said. “Some houses are coveted by students and can be swept up pretty quickly if you’re not thinking about your senior year plans yet,” she said. “I also think it’s a time when students are considering their abroad options and may be thinking about living plans for junior year too.” LeStrange said student government sees the Lease Fair as a community event, which is central to their beND community outreach campaign. “The Lease Fair is another way student government encourages students to explore housing options in the community, with the hope that we can strengthen the South Bend community by integrating ourselves deeper in our surroundings,” she said. “South Bend has a lot of great places and people to rent from, and this event allows students to get to know them.” The Lease Fair will take place today from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the LaFortune Ballroom and will feature a variety of giveaways.last_img read more

Students travel to Kansas for Design/Build/Fly Competition

first_imgTags: cessna/raytheon missile systems student, design/build/fly competition, eliseo miranda, notre dame engineering, wichita kansas A group of Notre Dame engineering students travelled to Wichita, Kan., this past weekend to participate in the Cessna/Raytheon Missile Systems Student Design/Build/Fly Competition.Senior captain Eliseo Miranda said the group began preparations in August to build a plane fit for competition according to this year’s guidelines. The team consisted of about 30 people, spanning mechanical, electrical and aerospace engineering, but he said only seven were able to travel to Wichita.“The interesting thing about Design/Build/Fly for Notre Dame is that it is for no credit, it is a straight-up club,” Miranda said. “For other schools at the competition, they use it as their senior design project.“That’s a big difference between us and other schools. [Design/Build/Fly] requires a lot of work and a lot of effort and a lot of time too, and I’m really impressed with Notre Dame students specifically because everyone puts in so much time and effort into the project just to see a plane fly.”Despite all of their work, Miranda said the Notre Dame team encountered a few problems at the competition.“The first day of the competition, we were having a lot of trouble flying, the reason being that they decided to limit the amount of current each plane could use,” he said. “[We], as a team, really wanted to push the amount of power we could get from our motor, but we were really close to the limit, so the first day of flying, we kept blowing the fuse.”The problems continued the second day with high wind speeds reaching more than 30 miles per hour, Miranda said.“You’re not recommended to go over 15 mile per hour winds to fly because the planes are so light,” he said. “I have never seen so many planes crash … however, we got in the air and did two laps in four minutes.”These two laps put the team in 34th place, but prior to a second attempt, the wind flipped the plane and broke its tail, Miranda said. The team returned to the hotel and fixed the tail to prepare for the next day.“Then the third day came and we knew it was crunch time,” he said. “We needed to get in two flights in order to get on the board. Going around and seeing everyone’s planes, we knew that we had a better plane, that we could beat them.”Miranda said a thunderstorm then delayed the flights, so the Notre Dame team went to test their plane before their last flight.“We started to fly and the wind picked up,” he said. “Everything went gray, 35 [mile per hour]-plus gusts, but we put it up anyway.“The plane went up and started shaking because of the wind. We tried to control it … The pilot knew it was bad and tried to land it, but the plane nosedived into the ground. He almost pulled it out, but it just hit the ground and shattered.”The team was upset, finishing in 42nd place out of 80 teams, but Miranda said they have already set their sights on next year.“As a team, we realized that, even though we got unlucky with the wind and everything, we still did better than last year and we have a strong team for next year,” he said. “We have a bunch of juniors and sophomores that all know what they’re doing now. Notre Dame is a really new school in the competition, so we think that we really have a shot at doing extremely well next year.”Contact Kayla Mullen at [email protected]last_img read more

BridgeND mitigates political gap on campus

first_imgSeniors Sean Long and Alex Caton sat on Long’s dorm room couch in St. Edward’s Hall last year and dreamt of a student club that would shrink the partisan gap on campus and give politically active students a place to discuss politics in a constructive way. Their vision was realized this year with the creation of BridgeND, for which Long serves as the president and Caton as vice president.Long said the traditional campus party model leaves little room for both sides to connect productively with one another, a problem BridgeND seeks to rectify.“We noticed a gap on campus in the way people talk about politics,” Long said. “We found that, traditionally on college campuses, what you have is the College Democrat-College Republican model.“We found a gap in that there’s no real connection between the two. It’s not that they need more competition; it’s just that they need connection, both between College Democrats and College Republicans and Democrats and Republicans.“What BridgeND sees is, to tackle that gap, we offer a place to talk about politics in new ways. And by new, we mean ways that are both constructive­ — in that we bring students from the left, right and anywhere in between to talk about politics constructively — and we talk about politics in a way that is actionable — in that we try to generate our own proposals for a debate and actually have students see themselves as change agents.”Long said the club’s goals are threefold: to foster constructive and actionable debate, to promote a sense of camaraderie between members, regardless of political ideology and to connect politically interested students to their ideas.“The goal for BridgeND is for students to see themselves as change agents in politics,” he said. “For example, our primary meeting structure revolves around bridge negotiations. We take one issue area and extend it to about a six-week period and over a period [of] three to four meetings, we actually dive into the issue.”Long said the club currently is addressing the issue of student debt in the context of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s, D-Mass., student loan refinancing bill that fell two votes short of being able to survive a Republican filibuster.Long said members, also known as “bridgers,” set out to define the issue and hear from an expert either on-campus or via video call during the first meeting. Members then divide into three “beams” — Democratic, Republican and mediator — and discuss the issue from these points of view. Finally, members of each beam develop a concrete proposal to the issue at hand and in the next meeting, present the proposal to the larger group before holding a vote to decide which of the proposals will receive the club’s “Bridge endorsement.”Long said this process might not always lead to a consensus, but the respectful dialogue it creates ultimately will help people from anywhere on the political spectrum better understand important issues and how to talk about them practically.“It’s almost taking partisanship and seeing how we can still transcend that,” he said. “It’s ambitious. We talked to our members [at our last meeting] about how you define success, and we realize that we might not come to an agreement, but that doesn’t mean that we failed. The most important part is that we got people talking — both inside the meeting and outside the meeting.”Long said the club also sponsors events, such as an Oct. 2 lecture presented by Philip K. Howard, which BridgeND co-sponsored with the Potenziani Program in Constitutional Studies. Additionally, Long said the club will promote any event held by other campus clubs so long as they can develop questions about the event that inspire constructive, actionable dialogue.Long said the club plans to hold an election-night event in November to “unite people socially in a way that doesn’t normally unite politically-inclined people.” The next night, he said BridgeND hopes to host a professional politician to analyze the election results from his or her point of view.BridgeND meets Thursday nights at 8:00 p.m. Any students interested in joining should email [email protected]: Bridge, BridgeND, College Democrats, College Republicans, moderate, nonpartisanlast_img read more

Siegfried hosts 10th annual Day of Man

first_imgThe Ramblers of Siegfried Hall braved below-freezing temperatures in just shorts, tank tops and flip-flops Wednesday as part of the 10th annual Day of Man.The dorm’s signature event came into existence 10 years ago, when a resident of Siegfried realized how prevalent the problem of homelessness in South Bend was, particularly with the harsh Midwest winters, according to Siegfried sophomore Mark Cerutti.Annmarie Soller | The Observer Cerutti said he spent the day outside the LaFortune Student Center, South Dining Hall and DeBartolo Hall asking passersby for donations for the South Bend Center for the Homeless.“Physically, the cold here at Notre Dame could kill you or at the very least could get you pretty sick, but mentally, I can’t fathom how someone homeless could really withstand the cold, knowing that there’s no end,” Cerutti said. “The South Bend Center for the Homeless is such a worthy cause for donation because the donations of students and faculty can directly affect the lives of the needy, who live so close to us even though we seldom, if ever, see them.”Sophomore Elek Wellman said the worst part of his day was not the temperature, but the wind.“The biggest challenge of the day was the freezing wind,” Wellman said. “It felt like the wind was cutting my skin. … Hopefully, Day of Man shows the Notre Dame students to be grateful for the utilities we have which make the cold winter bearable.“The point of the day is to make people think about the struggles homeless people encounter on a daily basis during these winter months.  People see us struggling to merely walk from class to class, but many homeless people have the same struggle throughout the entire day.”Senior event organizer Alex Campbell said the idea behind Day of  Man is that, by braving the cold for one day, Siegfried students might help alleviate some of the cold the city’s homeless experience, particularly at night.“The high today was around 33 degrees, which is actually relatively warm as far as Day of Man is concerned,” Campbell said. “Nevertheless, it’s still pretty cold, and I think gives us a small amount of insight into what the homeless go through on a daily basis. It certainly isn’t easy, and some of the freshmen do take some convincing, but I think afterward we all definitely feel it’s worth it.”Campbell said the Day of Man typically raises several thousand dollars. “The several thousand dollars raised during Day of Man is largely a sum of small donations,” Campbell said. “There’s the notion that ‘Nobody has to do everything, but everybody has to do something,’ and I like to think of a problem like homelessness in the same way. It’s a large, complex and difficult problem, but every little bit helps.”In his last year participating in Day of Man, Campbell said he has learned a lot. “Over the past four years, I think Day of Man has taught me a lot — it’s taught me to be more mindful of the blessings in my life,” Campbell said. “Specifically with regard to the problem of homelessness, it’s taught me that people can end up without a home for a variety of reasons and that the consequences can be much farther reaching than one might think. … I think we all learn to be a little more grateful, a little more humble and a little more compassionate.”Tags: Day of Man, Siegfried Hall, Siegfried Hall Day of Man, South Bend Center for the Homelesslast_img read more

AnTostal celebrates 50 years with a decades themed week

first_imgBefore finals week every spring, Student Union Board (SUB) has attempted to alleviate some of students’ stress by coaxing them outside with a week of events and activities titled AnTostal.AnTostal — Irish for “the festival” — boasts various signature dorm events, decade-themed activities and free giveaways all culminating in a Decade Dance on Bond Quad on Friday night. In honor of its 50th anniversary this year, AnTostal made its theme for the week #TBTostal to celebrate its history, junior director of AnTostal programming Aline Irihamye said.“It’s a nod to our Irish heritage,” Irihamye said. “We just kind of imagine it as Notre Dame’s spring festival.” Photo courtesy of Fiona Williams Students eat Rise’n Roll Bakery doughnuts outside of DeBartolo Hall on Monday as part of the week-long AnTostal celebration.Aside from the events SUB has planned, Irihamye said, this year’s AnTostal is even more jam-packed with iconic dorm events such as Keenan’s Muddy Sunday and Fisher Regatta. One typical AnTostal staple that will be missing this year, however, is the spring concert at the end of the week.“In a sense, no one’s more upset than the concerts committee that there isn’t a concert,” Irihamye said. “But so far, the outpouring has been positive. The idea is that more people will be excited about what we do have planned this year as opposed to the lineup of artists that we ended up with.”This year, AnTostal offers giveaways for students such as gift cards to various restaurants on Eddy Street, an iPad, travel vouchers through Anthony Travel and Lollapalooza tickets, Irihamye said.Sophomore and lead programmer Fiona Williams said they tried to incorporate a little bit of the throwback theme in the events. Some examples are the tie-dying event and Decade Dance, she said, and the shirts this year also have more of a retro design and are based off of an Ireland stamp.As for the planning process, SUB has been working on the logistics since September, Williams said. She said the theme was decided right before Christmas break, but the final details were not solidified until last week. The planning committee, consisting of about 20 people, did plenty of research on the theme in order to perfect the events, she said.“We went to library archives and [dug] through all of the AnTostal and SUB things that we have on file,” Williams said.According to Williams, there will be free food offered throughout the week, supplied by many of the community’s favorite vendors such as Rise’n Roll, Krispy Kreme and Flamingo’s tacos. Williams said she encourages students to participate in the various AnTostal events, as everything is free and they are a great way to come together before final exams.“I think it is one of the best traditions at Notre Dame,” she said. “It’s a great way for students to get outside and enjoy their time together before the end of the school year.”Tags: Antostal, decades, SUB, TBTostallast_img read more

Law school dean emeritus dies after long illness

first_imgThomas L. Shaffer, former dean of the Notre Dame Law School and the Robert and Marion Short professor emeritus of law, died Tuesday from a long-term illness, the University announced in a news release Thursday. Shaffer was a teacher and scholar who took interest in studying the intersection between law and subjects such as religion, communities, humanities and literature, the release said. “Tom Shaffer’s work and thought were, for me, hugely inspiring and influential, ever since I encountered them in law school,” law professor Rick Garnett said. “He showed me, and many others, that it was possible — and worth doing — to incorporate one’s faith with one’s law practice and scholarship.”Shaffer graduated from the University of Albuquerque in 1958 with a Bachelor of Arts. In 1961, he graduated cum laude and first in his class from the Notre Dame Law School, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Notre Dame Law Review.After two years practicing law with Barnes, Hickam, Pantzer & Boyd in Indianapolis, Shaffer joined the Notre Dame Law School faculty in 1963, where he went on to serve as dean from 1971 to 1975. After visiting the University of Virginia School of Law and working at the Washington and Lee University School of Law, he returned to teach law at Notre Dame in 1988. As a professor, Shaffer taught classes in legal ethics, estate planning and religion and law. He also authored such works as “On Being Christian and a Lawyer” and “Faith and the Professions,” where he wrote about teaching faith in practicing law. “I do not get my morals from the law, and I do not want my students to,” Shaffer said during a 2003 round table discussion published by the Pepperdine Law Review. In 1991, Shaffer began working with students in the Notre Dame Clinical Law Center, where law students can receive academic credit for providing free legal services to individuals and organizations. Shaffer taught clinical ethics to students serving low-income residents in South Bend. “Tom was the spiritual center of the Legal Aid Clinic and regarded as a beloved mentor by every clinician who served there,” Bob Jones, clinical professor of law, said in the release. A visitation will take place at 10 a.m. Friday at Little Flower Catholic Church in South Bend. The funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. and interment will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery on campus. A reception following the internment will be held at the Morris Inn.  At the request of the Shaffer family, contributions may be made to the Thomas L. Shaffer Public Interest Fellowship at the Law School, a two-year fellowship supporting students who provide legal services to the poor in a government or nonprofit setting. The Law School is planning a memorial service in honor of Shaffer’s life and work taking place later this spring.Tags: law and faith, Notre Dame clinical law center, Notre Dame Law Schoollast_img read more

Power feeder malfunctions, causes second outage of day

first_imgA power feeder malfunction occurred around 4:45 p.m. Saturday, causing 13 buildings on Notre Dame’s campus to lose power, University spokesperson Dennis Brown said in an email.This is the second power outage of the day, with an earlier outage occurring at 12:25 a.m. from the same cause. The malfunction affects 13 buildings, five of which were residence halls.According to an email from the University, affected residence halls are Carroll, Alumni, Lyons, Dillon and Pangborn. Other areas without power include Columba Hall, Sacred Heart Parish Center, Rockne Memorial, Notre Dame Golf Course, Holy Cross Annex, West Lake Hall and road lighting on St. Mary’s Road between campus and Indiana 933.“University utilities personnel and electricians are working to correct the issue as soon as possible,” the University email said. “However, there is currently no estimated time for when power will be restored.” Editor’s note: Story updated at 10:30 p.m.Tags: power feeder malfunction, power outage, Rockne Memoriallast_img read more

ND adjunct law professor confirmed as federal judge

first_imgNotre Dame adjunct professor of law Damon Leichty was confirmed as a federal judge for the U.S. District Court for northern Indiana in a 85-10 vote by the U.S. Senate on Wednesday.Nominated by President Trump in July 2018, the South Bend lawyer will replace Judge Robert L. Miller Jr.As an adjunct professor at the Law School, Leichty teaches classes in product liability. He graduated from Wabash College and Indiana University Maurer School of Law and is a partner at the Barnes & Thornburg law firm.Tags: Damon Leichty, Federal judge, ND Law school, Senate, US Senatelast_img

Mendoza dean emeritus, John Gorman Keane, dies

first_imgJohn “Jack” Gorman Keane, who served as Martin J. Gillen dean emeritus and Korth professor of strategic management in the Mendoza College of Business, died Thursday at the age of 89, the University announced in a Monday press release.Keane served in the former role from 1989 – 1997 and in the latter from 1989 – 2010. According to the release, his key priorities as dean were “strengthening the college’s academic reputation” with an emphasis on “business ethics and international business” and increasing the diversity of the student body and faculty of the business school.University President Emeritus Fr. Edward Malloy said Keane’s work centered on ethics and synthesizing the “theoretical and practical” elements of a business career.“Jack Keane was a devoted Notre Dame dean and a consummate professional who always emphasized the moral dimension of business and the need for creative and effective leadership,” Malloy said in the release. “He sought to integrate the theoretical and practical as manifest in government service and the world of business.”Keane graduated with undergraduate degrees from Notre Dame and Syracuse University, the release said. He earned his MBA from Indiana University and his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. He also studied at Sophia University in Tokyo.Before joining the Notre Dame faculty, Keane served as the 18th director of the Census Bureau during the administration of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan from 1984 – 1987. During his time as director, Keane testified before Congress more than 40 times and signed agreements with a number of different nations, including the Soviet Union, China, Mexico and Canada, among others.Keane was also an Air Force veteran who served in the Korean War with private sector experience at J. Walter Thompson, Booz Allen Hamilton and Managing Change Inc., the latter of which he founded. His academic areas of expertise “included corporate strategy, strategic management, family enterprise, business history and international management.”Professor emeritus of finance Frank Reilly praised Keane’s dedication to his family and his efforts to obtain a new building for the College of Business.“In his personal life, Jack was a fabulous family person who was an incredible husband and loving father,” Reilly said in the release. “During his professional career as the dean, he was devoted to the construction of a new building that enhanced the teaching environment for a rapidly growing student body and attracted outstanding faculty from nationally renowned universities. Clearly, this building has contributed to our growth in prestige among major business schools, and for that we will be forever grateful.”Keane is survived by his wife, Rosemarie, as well as his children John W. Keane, Janmarie Keane Schnabel and Sharon Keane.A visitation will occur from 1 – 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday at South Bend’s Kaniewski Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place the same afternoon at 3:30 p.m. in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on campus. Keane will then be buried in Notre Dame’s Cedar Grove cemetery.Tags: Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Fr. Edward Malloy, mendoza college of businesslast_img read more