Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) is investigating a sexual assault reported over the weekend, according to an email sent to students Sunday evening. The reported sexual assault occurred in a residence hall during the early morning Sunday, police said. The victim knew the person who committed the assault. In the email, police warned students of the risk of sexual assault. “Sexual assault can happen to anyone at any time,” the email stated. “College students are more likely to be assaulted by an acquaintance, which means that the person perpetrating the assault could be part of the campus community. Being aware of your own safety and watching out for your friends are important steps you can take to reduce the risk of sexual assault.” Information about sexual assault prevention and resources for survivors of sexual assault is available online from both NDSP and the Committee for Sexual Assault Prevention, the email stated.,Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) said campus police are investigating a sexual assault reported to the department Monday. Police notified students of the assault Wednesday evening in an email. The victim told police the reported assault was committed by an acquaintance in a residence hall Sunday during the early morning. “Sexual assault can happen to anyone at any time,” the email stated. “College students are more likely to be assaulted by an acquaintance, which means that the person perpetrating the assault could be part of the campus community.” The email warned students to be vigilant about the possibility of a sexual assault. “Being aware of your own safety and watching out for your friends are important steps you can take to reduce the risk of sexual assault,” the email stated. More information about sexual assault prevention is available from NDSP at ndsp.nd.edu or through the University’s Committee on Sexual Assault Prevention.
Reading for Life, the largest diversion program for juvenile offenders in St. Joseph County, will celebrate World Book Day on Tuesday by donating books to youth at the Juvenile Justice Center (JJC). A diversion program is a form of sentencing designed to enable offenders of law to avoid criminal charges by completing various requirements, such as education, restitution or completion of community service hours. Dr. Alesha Seroczynski, the program’s director, said program leaders chose to distribute John Green’s “Looking for Alaska” because they felt it was a relatable story that would easily generate discussion. “It’s a really serious coming-of-age story, something we knew would really resonate with these youth,” Seroczynski said. Seroczynski said many of the youth at the center do not have their own personal libraries, so she likes that each participant will receive his or her own copy of the book. “It’s a really deeply moving experience to give a young person a book and have them look at you with these wide, almost tear-filled eyes, and tell you this the first time someone has ever given them a book to keep, ” she said. “It’s a powerful moment.” Participants in the program are often first-time offenders and learn virtue theory while reading, Seroczynski said. “We operate from a perspective of virtue ethics,” she said. “We use the stories to get students to talk about personal life applications of virtue theory.” Leaders place participants in groups of no more than five people and assign two mentors to each group, Seroczynski said. The group meets in the community twice a week for 10 weeks. “Together, they choose from several different genre options consistent with their reading ability,” Seroczynski said. “They choose one or more books to read together and they spend the week learning, discussing and journaling on virtue theory and personal-life applications of being virtuous, which, of course, involves emotions, ethical decision-making, being courageous, and having self-control.” Caroline Kelleher, a program student mentor, said she has volunteered with the program for two years and is in her third mentoring group this semester. “One of the reasons I love Reading for Life is the involvement with the South Bend commutity,” Kelleher said. “It’s a rewarding experience to work with high-schoolers and watch them change over the course of our nine-week session.” The books are vehicles for discussions about life and issues the kids face, Kelleher said. “The students I have worked with have started the program guarded and unwilling to share their thoughts, but by the end bond with each other and develop aspirations for their futures,” she said Each group must also perform community service together. The service typically relates to one of the books the group has read, Seroczynski said. “A group that might read ‘The Boy in the Striped jajamass or ‘The Book Thief,’ they would probably go to the Jewish Federation of St. Joseps Valley and do community service there,” she said. Seroczynski said, “Last summer the program expanded from only serving people in the diversion program to also servino boys in the detention facility. She said a lack of funding prevented the program from extending to girls in the detention facility “The effect is actually stronger for boys than for girls in the diversion program,” Seroczynski said. “Based on that, when I was approached by the director for the JJC to take it into detention, we chose to work with boys.” Seroczynski said the groups in the detention program have been very successful in the past year. “We’ve had excellent attendance and no behavior problems,” she said. “They actively read and participate in groups, and we’ve had some wonderful experiences with those boys.” Many participants in the detention program enjoy realistic stories, Seroczynski said. “We find that our boys in detention pick true stories or novels that could be true, like Holocaust novels, biographies, and biographical fiction.” Seroczynski said 99 percent of participants in the program have not been prosecuted for re-offense. “We want to dissolve the label they have been given by becoming a juvenile delinquent,” she said. “We don’t want them to believe that just because they have walked through those doors at the JJC at one time that that’s where they’re going to spend the rest of their life.” Seroczynski said the Reading For Life program aims to maintain participants’ hope for the future “We want them to imagine a different kind of possible self,” she said. “Just because they committed one crime doesn’t mean that’s who they are or that’s they’re going to be doing for the rest of their life.” Contact Catherine Owers at firstname.lastname@example.org
A $25 million gift was made to the University as part of the Campus Crossroads project making O’Neill Hall the newest member of the Crossroads collection, according to a press release from the University. The new building will join Corbett Family Hall and the Duncan Student Center as the three structures surrounding Notre Dame Stadium. The donation was made by Helen and Charles Schwab in honor of her brother, Notre Dame alumnus and trustee Joseph O’Neill III; the building will be called O’Neill Hall in his honor, the release said. According to the press release, O’Neill Hall will be a six-story, 100,000-square-foot building for the Department of Music, the Sacred Music at Notre Dame program and hospitality space; the completion for O’Neill Hall is scheduled for August. “We are deeply grateful to Helen and Charles for their many years of support and, in particular, for this remarkable gift and what it represents for the future of music and the arts at Notre Dame,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in a statement.The new structure will include two 2,200-square-foot halls for rehearsals and concert performances, a library for both of the music departments, a music lab for studio production, a lecture hall, classrooms, rehearsal rooms, four organ practice rooms and faculty offices, the press release said.The O’Neill family has also provided gifts to underwrite a men’s residence hall — O’Neill Family Hall — and a longitudinal sundial on the south side of Jordan Hall of Science, according to the press release.Tags: Campus Crossroads, O’Neill Hall
Emmet Farnan | The Observer Matt Walsh, a columnist for The Blaze, discussed the impact of liberalism on Catholicism Tuesday evening.A topic of persistent conversation at the University has long been how Notre Dame adheres to its Catholic mission — with guest speakers such as former President Barack Obama and former Texas state senator Wendy Davis often being used as examples of a departure from this mission. Tuesday evening in Nieuwland Hall, Matt Walsh, a columnist for The Blaze, spoke on what he believed to be the University’s departure from its Catholic heritage and what he saw as the political left’s corruption of Catholicism.“Notre Dame has provided us a helpful demonstration of what the consequences are when a Catholic institution loses its Catholic heritage,” he said. “ … This institution calls itself Catholic but proceeds to betray that identity, and in doing so has scandalized the public.”Walsh cited Obama’s speech and certain University policies as evidence of this departure.“Recent history speaks for itself,” he said. “ … We know that in  Notre Dame hosted the most radically pro-abortion president in history. … A few years ago, management decided to provide marriage benefits to employees in same-sex relationships, citing a legal obligation that does not exist.”The invitation for Davis to speak was key evidence for his case against Notre Dame’s Catholicism, Walsh said.“Last year, this to me is the most egregious of all, … the Notre Dame gender studies department invited Wendy Davis to speak,” he said. “Wendy Davis is known for — and only known for — her extremist pro-abortion views. Davis is a fierce disciple of the abortion death cult and has devoted her entire life to ensuring the right to kill children.”Walsh said Notre Dame’s Gender Studies Program also helped push the University away from its Catholic mission.“The very fact that this university has a gender studies program is a problem,” he said. “Gender studies programs exist to create unemployed people, and second, to indoctrinate students into a radical left-wing notion of gender.”These actions, Walsh said, were enough for the University to draw heavy criticism.“Notre Dame must be admonished and rebuked for what it’s done,” he said.Walsh then moved from his critique of Notre Dame to a discussion of his belief that liberalism is corrupting Catholicism.“This is liberalism, it is indistinguishable from satanism — it is satanism,” he said. “ … Pope Leo [XIII] saw this before liberalism would claim the right to kill children, the right to redefine marriage.”There were three key areas, Walsh said, in which liberalism was attacking Catholic teaching — family, gender and marriage. Walsh spoke especially passionately against abortion.“How could a pro-choice catholic believe that an unborn child is worthless and subhuman when unborn humans possess an identity not only created by God but shared with him and experienced by him?” he said.Walsh said the responsibility for the pervasive nature of these ideas fell somewhat on the shoulders of people of faith.“We as Catholics and Christians, we drop the ball big time on this discussion,” he said. “We did a really bad job of explaining it. Even more so, we did a bad job demonstrating what a sacred marriage looks like to the outside world.”While many of these teachings may be hard to argue for in the contemporary context, Walsh said, one must have faith in their truth.“We may not understand it, we may find it hard and difficult … but although it can be interesting to talk about why the Bible says this or why the Church says this, we need to establish first that they do say it, period,” he said.Tags: Catholicism, Matt Walsh, The Blaze, The Left
During the Lenten season, Howard Hall set forth a bold goal for hall residents and other University students — attend Mass in every dorm chapel on campus over the 46-day period of Lent, covering all 30 residence hall chapels as part of their “Chapel Crawl.” The Crawl allows students to visit and experience different chapels on campus, but sophomore Erica Vossen said visiting every dorm is not the main highlight of the event.Vossen, who serves on Howard’s Spiritual Life Committee (SLC), has been involved with the event since she came to campus.“Being able to see the other chapels on campus is interesting, but that’s not why I do [the Chapel Crawl],” she said. “It’s about the time we get to spend with other members of the community that we might not have ever met otherwise.”Howard’s SLC is responsible for the event’s organization, which includes schedule planning, walk-overs, reaching out to other dorms’ rectors and promoting the event. By the end of the crawl, participants will have attended 32 Masses and prayer services in total.The crawl leads a walk-over to a Mass every day of the week but Saturday, Vossen said, and Fridays are usually a prayer service instead of a Mass.“Both are great ways to build community and interact with residents from other dorms,” she said.Another key aspect of the event is the intimacy of the Masses that participants attend.“A lot of the weekday Masses we go to are really small and intimate, especially the men’s halls that have weekly Mass every day,” Vossen said. “You get to meet a lot of people that are really dedicated.” Many chapel crawl Masses only last around 20 minutes — a short duration for many students who are too busy to devote a large portion of their time to a weeknight event.The experience of each Mass itself is especially distinctive, Vossen said.“Some of the priests have such unique styles,” she said. “In the smaller Masses before communion we’ll all stand around the altar, right there, and it’s just a small circle of us. I really do love the intimacy of it.”Participants often attend residence halls’ signature Masses to experience the unique culture of each dorm.“We also try to hit everyone’s special feature Mass instead of their regular Mass,” Vossen said. “It’s fun to see their dorm spirit.”Howard’s SLC has high hopes for the future of the chapel crawl, one of the dorm’s signature events.“It’s a challenging event to make successful,” Vossen said. “Students are usually busy on weeknights, studying or relaxing after a long day.”Still, Howard’s SLC hopes to make the event a bigger deal in the future, Vossen said.“We hope to put more intention into it in the coming years,” she said. “We want to get people excited about it.”Tags: dorm mass, Howard Hall, Howard Hall Chapel Crawl, Lent, Mass
Image via the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.JAMESTOWN – A scholarship has been setup to honor the life of a Falconer High School graduate that was killed in a crash last year.Matthew Eskeli IV, 20, was killed after his Ford Focus overturned following a crash on I-70 in Ohio last July.Officials with the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation say the 2017 Falconer Central School graduate and valedictorian excelled in math and science and put the two together when he began exploring technology.Encouraged by many of his teachers, but one in particular, his high school technology teacher, Steve Bower, Eskeli was able to work on a variety of projects, applying math and science to real life problem solving. This was something Eskeli had already been doing for years with his dad. “As a child, I was my dad’s shadow,” Eskeli wrote in 2017 for a college scholarship essay. “I loved to follow him around all day and watch him work on cars, tractors and anything else mechanical. This is what sparked my interest in figuring out exactly how things work.”Following Eskeli’s death, his parents Matt and Stephanie asked that memorial gifts be directed to the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation to support a scholarship in his memory.The Billy Eskeli Scholarship Fund will be presented annually to a graduating Falconer Central School senior, with preference given to students studying mechanical engineering at RIT.Consideration will also be given to students majoring in STEM related fields at four-year colleges and universities.According to parents, this award is intended to honor students who, like Eskeli, are humble, have good character, are well-rounded, participate in extracurricular activities and have proven excellent academic achievement.“Bill would be so proud to know that he is helping other students with their education,” Stephanie Eskeli said. “His passing has impacted all of us and we are proud that he will be positively impacting the lives of future Falconer students.”For more on the scholarship, visit the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation’s website. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
MGN Image Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) LITTLE VALLEY – Cattaraugus County saw its 31st confirmed case of COVID-19 Wednesday, according to officials from the County Health Department. Officials say the case was reported from the Wadsworth Center- Biggs Laboratory in Albany. A female resident who resides in the southwestern part of the county reportedly tested positive. She has no significant travel history, who was a close contact of a known positive COVID-19 person. She developed shortness of breath and was tested by the department on Monday because she was symptomatic and a direct contact. The results of her test on Tuesday indicated that she was positive for COVID-19.The patient is resting at home, and now under quarantine with her family. She and her family will be assessed for any medical support that we can provide and we will monitor their symptoms closely.The department has begun a thorough contact tracing investigation for those individuals that they have been in contact with and the places that they have visited. Officials continue to ask our residents to hunker down, and avoid any non-essential travel, especially to areas where there is community wide spread of COVID-19 otherwise, you place your family and other Cattaraugus County residents at risk. If travel is necessary, please wear a homemade cloth face mask while in public and maintain social distancing, at least 6 feet away from other people.Officials reiterate that if any resident experience fever, cough, shortness of breath or whole body aches they should contact their health care provider (avoid going directly to an Urgent Care facility, or the Emergency Room before calling).Finally, wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important after using the bathroom, coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains a minimum of 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, especially with unwashed hands.Disinfect commonly touched surfaces with a cleaner that is approved by the EPA against COVID-19. Please stay home if you are sick (at least 24 hours after fever ends.)Questions or concerns, please contact the Cattaraugus County Health Department at 716-373-8050, or visit CattCo.org.
WNY News Now / MGN Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – Two new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Chautauqua County on Saturday.The county health department says the new cases involve two women, one in her 40s and the other in her 60s.There are now 24 active cases of COVID-19 in the county.As of Wednesday there are no hospitalized cases of the virus. So far, 71 recovered from COVID-19, with six fatalities reported since the outbreak began. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Image via Schuyler’s Kitchen / Facebook.LAKEWOOD – Another local business has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and will close at the end of the month.Schuyler’s Kitchen will be closing as a restaurant on Sunday, August 30, as posted on social media.“Sunday, August 30 will be our last day open to serve you. COVID-19 restrictions has changed how we do business and we will be unable to survive. Once our big tent outside comes down and the weather changes, it will not be lucrative to stay in business,” the business said in its post.The restaurant owner went on to say the small size of the building may leave customers I’ll at ease. “We feel that several of our community members will not feel safe eating in such a cozy atmosphere, no matter when the restrictions end.”They will continue to serve ‘To Go Breakfast’ on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. until August 30. Chicken BBQ’s will continue if the numbers support it, on Saturday’s in August from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.To order call 716-456-5888 or 716-526-4233.The owners said they will be pursuing a different business in place of the restaurant. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
View Comments Russia’s top actors will headline the West End transfer of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya and Three Sisters. Directed by Andrei Konchalovsky, the plays will run in repertory April 23 through May 3 at the Wyndham’s Theatre, with opening night set for April 24. They were originally produced at Moscow’s renowned Mossovet State Academic Theatre. In Three Sisters the Prozorov family, frustrated by their small-town life, long to return to Moscow. But as relationships, duty and misguided optimism take hold, the family find their dreams drifting further away. The plays with be performed in their original Russian with English subtitles. The cast includes Aleksandr Domogarov, Julia Vysotskaya, Pavel Derevyanko, Aleksandr Filippenko, Vladas Bagdonas, Natalia Vdovina, Alksandr Bobrovsky, Larisa Kuznetsova, Galina Bob, Aleksey Grishin,Vitaly Kishchenko. Uncle Vanya is set on a dilapidated, remote farm. Uncle Vanya and his niece Sonya have worked slavishly for years to sustain an estate in decline. Now Professor Serebryakov and his wife Yelena have returned to visit, bringing with them chaos and disruption. Constant visits from the charismatic Astrov are not helpful. Lunch is no longer served at lunchtime—now it is procrastinated until dusk—work is forgotten and the long, cool nights have become sleepless. From this hotbed of disarray grow three consuming love affairs, each of which is destined to wither in disappointment before it has reached bloom. It is in this climate of frustration and thwarted hopes that the Professor chooses to announce a shocking plan.