Fire dept. installs new alarms

first_imgThe Notre Dame Fire Department (NDFD) recently upgraded 16 residence halls with new fire alarm systems, in hopes of creating a safer and more hospitable environment on campus, and will install better alarms in other buildings as well, Notre Dame Fire Department Chief William Farhat said. Mike McCauslin, assistant director for Risk Management and Safety, arranged funding of the project. “Concerns had been expressed by both students and rectors about actually hearing the fire alarms,” McCauslin said. “Older dorms only had alarms in common spaces and corridors throughout the residence hall, not in individual rooms.” The new system is built with sounder-based technology, McCauslin said. This technology placed an actual alarm in every room in these residence halls, and residents will be able to hear the alarm at all times. “The newer West Quad residence halls were built with sounder-based technology enhanced fire alarm systems,” McCauslin said. “We recently identified the halls that did not have those types of alarms. The Office of Risk Management and Safety then went to the University to ask for funding, which was then granted.” Farhat also played a major role in the efforts to upgrade the fire systems in various dorms. “This is a progressing project which got its start in August and will be going on until March,” Farhat said. “It is difficult to upgrade systems when the halls are occupied, but this project, while expensive, is one that the University felt was necessary.” The 16 dorms across campus to received newer systems recently tested the new alarms recently to ensure their effectiveness, Farhat said. During the test, NDFD did not find a flawed system in any of the dorms. The 16 residence halls were merely the first goal of Notre Dame’s fire alarm renovation project. “In addition to the 16 dorms that were upgraded, University Village and other off-campus apartments associated with Notre Dame will also be revamped,” Farhat said. Farhat said NDFD does more work on campus than respond to fires. The majority of calls received per school year do not concern fires. “NDFD takes about 13,000 calls per school year,” Farhat said. “While not all of them deal with fire-related issues, it is important all on-campus residents understand the importance and severity of a potential fire. The four fire drills required by the Indiana Fire Code are an essential aspect in creating a safe, emergency-free atmosphere.” McCauslin said he believes students and staff should be elated to have these new alarms. “The Notre Dame community should be thrilled that the University continues to invest in their safety,” McCauslin said. “When you look across the country at the number of fires that occur on college campuses, Notre Dame continues to make great strides in reducing the chances of potential disasters and promoting the lifestyle and safety of its residents.”last_img read more

Football home opener marred by arrests

first_imgAs the Fighting Irish started their home football season on the right foot with a win over Purdue Saturday, the fan experience went smoothly to begin the 125th season of Notre Dame football, director of Game Day Operations Mike Seamon said. “We thought the weekend was a huge success,” he said. “Compared to the South Florida game a year ago, it was night and day. It was remarkably better.” Saturday’s unseasonably cool weather was a major factor in the success of the 2012 home opener, Seamon said. Saturday’s unseasonably cool weather was a major factor in the success of the 2012 home opener, Seamon said. “Last year was a really uncomfortable weekend,” he said. “We had excessive heat leading up to the storms. This year was the exact opposite. The weather cooperated. It wasn’t too hot and it wasn’t raining, so that was a pleasant surprise.” Seamon said the 125th anniversary pep rally, held Friday evening in front of the Knute Rockne Memorial Gymnasium, started the weekend’s festivities on a high note, with an estimated 15,000 attendees. “Everyone we spoke with, including students, fans, the team and football administrators, liked having it in front of the Rock,” he said. “There was a great energy, and we got it in just before the rain started. It was also good because we got to kick off our 125th year in front of the building named after the man responsible for the birth of the Notre Dame football tradition.” In addition to the nearly 3,000 visitors to the stadium tunnel on Friday afternoon, more than 1,500 people visited the LaBar Practice Fields on game day, and the Glee Club performed on Library Quad before the football team walked to the stadium, Seamon said. “That was the first time they performed on game day, and they performed for several thousand people,” he said. “It was a really nice change. The fans loved it.” In response to the high volume of cell phone usage on game day, Seamon said the University made “significant investments” in improving cell phone coverage during the offseason. Cell phone chargers were also placed in several campus locations and moved to the Guest Services booth inside the stadium Saturday. “Early reports tell us that cell phone coverage was better this year,” Seamon said. “People kept using the cell phone chargers around campus as well.” Seamon said medical calls were down from last year due to the cooler weather. Considering the large scale of the day’s operations, Seamon said the game “couldn’t have gone better.” “For the first game, we couldn’t be more pleased,” he said. “We had wonderful weather and good, positive energy. People were excited to kick off the home season coming off the win in Dublin, and we’re looking forward to the Michigan night game in two weeks.” Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) director Phil Johnson said police arrested eight people on campus outside the stadium on game day and issued two citations or tickets for underage drinking. Johnson said three were arrested for false informing and liquor law violations, one arrest was made for public intoxication, one for resisting law enforcement and public intoxication and one for disorderly conduct. Additionally, police arrested one person for criminal trespass and one man for outstanding warrants and apprehended a juvenile for shoplifting. Inside the stadium, Johnson said police made one arrest for public intoxication. After announcing the implementation of its Intensified College Enforcement program at Notre Dame, Indiana State Excise Police officers cited two and arrested three minors on nine total charges in Legends and the C1 parking lot in front of the stadium during the game, Cpl. Travis Thickstun said. One female was cited for minor possession, and another was cited for minor consumption and false informing, Thickstun said. He said excise officers arrested two females and one male for minor consumption and false informing after providing repeated false names and birthdates to officers. They were then turned over to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Office for transportation to jail. Contact Kristen Durbin at kdurbin@nd.edulast_img read more

CEO to address Saint Mary’s graduates

first_imgSocial entrepreneur Kyle Zimmer will speak at the commencement ceremony for the Class of 2013 at Saint Mary’s College on Saturday. Zimmer, a 1986 graduate of the George Washington School of Law, is the president and CEO of First Book, a non-profit organization that provides books to children in need. According to a College press release, she founded and became president of First Book in 1995. Under her leadership, the organization has distributed over 100 million books to children nationwide. “I think we each have an obligation to [support] social justice,” Zimmer said. “It is critical for each of us to leave a positive mark on the world. In my case, I left my career as a lawyer to tackle the lack of books and resources available to kids in need, co-founding First Book with two friends more than 20 years ago. And we’ve been working ever since to develop innovative, market-driven models to address that need.” Silvia Cuevas, senior class president, said she is looking forward to Zimmer’s address. Cuevas said she expects Zimmer’s accomplishments will allow her to craft a memorable commencement address. “The excitement beams from my face when I think of commencement and what’s to come after Saint Mary’s,” Cuevas said. “Kyle Zimmer speaking during our commencement will be extraordinary – I am excited to listen about her path to leave a positive mark on the world and become a pioneer for change.” Cuevas said she hopes Zimmer’s success in business and “inspiring” career will motivate her peers to work for social justice. “My peers and I are hoping to be in her shoes someday, as women who know their potential to create something for the greater good of all,” she said. “The college made an excellent choice, the class of 2013 will be itching to go out and be the change ourselves after we hear Zimmer speak.” Senior Dani Haydell said she expects Zimmer’s speech to be inspiring because of Zimmer’s career as a woman working for change. “I am excited for Zimmer to speak at commencement because she is a good example of what women can accomplish when they put their time, effort, and heart into something,” Haydell said. “Also, the fact that the company she is president of is working to make the lives of others better is a good example that women definitely are responsible for a huge part in changing the world and making it better.” Zimmer said she is happy to be speaking at an all-women’s institution where women have had the opportunity to develop their unique skills and to collaborate with one another. “What makes an all-women’s education unique is the opportunity to celebrate and develop each woman’s leadership abilities and to gain an understanding of our own value systems – what’s important to us, what drives us … and the opportunity to make our voices heard and the mutual support we provide each other as we learn together.” She said she values each person for her unique contributions and will encourage graduates to collaborate with one another. “I value collaboration over competition,” Zimmer said. “We can make a bigger impact and develop better solutions together than we can on our own. I also believe there is huge creative power in fun – and so fun has played a role in my work.” Zimmer said she plans to address the world’s need for smart and innovative thinkers in her speech. She said she hopes to encourage graduates to work for social justice by supporting a cause that drives them like her passion for education reform pushes her to action. “We need Saint Mary’s graduates to make their impact felt in the world,” Zimmer said. “The important thing to remember is that we all have contributions to make and we can create positive change on multiple levels: through our families, in our communities, in our places of worship, through our work, and through our volunteer efforts. The critical thing is to take action and not sit on the sidelines.” Zimmer will receive an honorary doctor of humanities degree from the College, according to a College press release. “Saint Mary’s’ focus on the importance of social responsibility makes this honorary degree particularly meaningful for me,” Zimmer said. “Knowing that I’m associated with accomplished women of all ages who take this charge to heart, to address problems at home and abroad, is both inspiring and profoundly humbling.” Contact Kelly Rice at krice02@saintmarys.edulast_img read more

Alumnae commemorate Hesburgh legacy

first_imgIt has been one year since University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh died, but his legacy as one of the most influential figures in higher education and social issues continues.Mike Cloonan, a 1995 alumnus, said in an email that Hesburgh included the decision to allow women into the University among his greatest achievements.“In an interview with him, he told me that making Notre Dame coed was his greatest accomplishment and when he would eventually meet the Blessed Mother, he would have had some explaining to do, if he had not done so,” Cloonan said.Every year, the Thanking Father Ted (TFT) Foundation provides a copy of the 2007 book “Thanking Father Ted” to all Notre Dame freshmen women. Ann Therese Palmer, one of the first female alumna of Notre Dame and chairman of TFT, said the book consists of a collection of letters to Fr. Hesburgh. “This is the last year our foundation will be donating books to the freshmen women,” Palmer said in an email. “With Father Ted’s death, our foundation’s reason to exist has ceased. So, we’re folding our foundation. Notre Dame Women Connect will pay for and distribute the books starting in Fall 2016.”In the past, the book was distributed by Hall President’s Council (HPC) in the fall. This year, the distribution was postponed to coincide with the one-year anniversary of Hesburgh’s death. Senior Meredith Fraser, co-chair of HPC, said she has been working with Palmer to prepare for this “celebration of coeducation and book dispersal.” The women of Notre Dame’s freshmen class will receive their copy of “Thanking Father Ted” today.Fraser said she gained glimpses of Fr. Hesburgh’s legacy while participating in his funeral procession last year. She said partaking in this legacy with those closest to him made her feel out of place as well as part of a community at the same time.“Those minutes of displacement and somehow simultaneous belonging will remain with me for my life,” Fraser said. “I thank Fr. Ted for his welcome to this home.”TFT also put together a video of a panel that Kathleen Cummings, director of the Cushwa Center, chaired for the fortieth anniversary of Notre Dame coeducation four years ago. Cloonan, who produces the “What Would You Fight For?” spots during Notre Dame football games, edited the video. “I offered to do the project for free, but was told they needed to empty their foundation’s account and it contained $100,” he said. “Like Fr. Ted, I enjoy a fine cigar once in a while and was told to spend the money on remembering him with a fine cigar and beverage or two, which I intend to do.”The 26-minute video features Hesburgh’s audio reflection on the coeducation of Notre Dame, as well as Cummings’s analysis and remarks by Kathy Cekanski-Farrand, the first female rector of Badin Hall, and Palmer.Cekanski-Ferrand, now an attorney for the South Bend City Council, spoke at Breen-Phillips Hall Wednesday night to commemorate Fr. Hesburgh. She will also speak at Howard Hall, Pangborn Hall and McGlinn Hall through Monday night. “Several female halls are using the video as the centerpiece for their celebrations of Father Ted this month,” Palmer said.“Our Foundation has established a YouTube channel and put the video on it so generations of Notre Dame women to come can hear from him and us what it was like.” Cloonan also said he hoped future generations of Notre Dame students would be aware of all that Fr. Hesburgh accomplished. “Fr. Ted was a hero of mine and symbolized all that is good about Notre Dame and the potential we all have to make a positive difference in the world,” he said.Tags: Fr. Hesburgh, Fr. Ted book, Thanking Fr. Tedlast_img read more

Snite Museum premiers temporary art exhibits

first_imgThe Snite Museum of Art, home to more than 28,000 pieces of art and one of the top university museums in the country, has recently added five new exhibits, according to Gina Costa, director of marketing and public relations for the Snite. ”We’re like a mini art institute,” she said. “Notre Dame students can own the fact that their University art museum is one of the top in the country, which is really important.” Of the five current temporary exhibitions, “New to the Collection,” “African-American Voices” and “The Portage Path” are the three most popular with students, Costa said. “New to the Collection: Twentieth-Century Photographs” is an exhibit of more than 60 photographs acquired by the museum since 2013, she said. The pictures span across many of the century’s artistic styles and technological developments, according to Costa.Costa said photography and contemporary art exhibits are the most popular with students, with this display being especially popular.“This exhibition really reveals the ongoing activity to refine the holdings of the Snite’s permanent collection of photography,” she said. “We have over 10,000 photographs — some of the most important [photos] in the history of photography are here at Notre Dame.”“New to the Collection” will be displayed through March 13, Costa said.“African-American Voices” features multimedia pieces by African-American artists pulled from the museum’s permanent collection, Costa said. One of the featured artists, Vanessa German, will be visiting campus from April 12 to April 14, Costa said. According to Costa, German is one of the most important American artists at the moment, especially “when you think about social justice.”“She has an ‘art house’ near her home in Pittsburgh,” Costa said. “ … It’s a safe place for women, for kids to go and make art. What’s coming out of there is just so empowering and so awesome.”“African American Voices” will also continue running until March 13, Costa said.“The Portage Path” is a collection of photographs commissioned by the Snite as part of South Bend’s 150th anniversary.“Kay Westhues was commissioned by us to photograph some aspect of the local area, and she selected the St. Joseph-Kankakee River portage,” Costa said. “This path was used by the explorers, the fur trappers, and she’s visually documented this whole path, which is really why South Bend grew along the river.”“The Portage Path” will be on exhibition through April 3. Although those three exhibits are the most popular currently on display, Costa said she hopes even more students will take an interest. “They’re three really exciting shows,” Costa said. “Everyone on campus will find something they love and [to] be inspired by.” Tags: african american voices, new to the collection, Portage Path, Snite Museum of Art, temporary exhibitslast_img read more

Hall rectors’ pets brighten dorm life

first_imgOf all the tearful goodbyes between students and their friends and family at the beginning of a new school year, one of the saddest is saying goodbye to the family pet.But sometimes, students are welcomed to their on-campus phones by a furry friend, for rectors have the privilege of keeping a pet. Photo courtesy of Noel Terranova Keenan Hall rector Noel Terranova and his wife Jaclyn pose with their dog, The Goose, who lives with them in the dorm.“People will walk past him, stop, turn around and suddenly say, ‘Can I pet the dog?’” Carol Latronica, rector of Welsh Family Hall, said about her six-year-old labradoodle, Lucca.In many dorms, dogs are some of the most popular residents.“Everyone knows The Goose — he’s just one of the guys in Keenan,” Noel Terranova, the current rector of the hall, said of his dog.If Terranova had to guess, he said The Goose is probably a mix of a boxer, a lab and a shepherd. Over the years, Terranova has trained a number of seeing-eye dogs for the organization Leader Dogs for the Blind — Bacon and Champion were well-loved by Keenan residents.Students will often come by to spend time with The Goose, even taking him for walks, Terranova said.“I’ll write a note on the whiteboard and leave the leash outside the door. … And they take him out — and it works great,” he said. Visits to see The Goose often coincide with visits to see the rector.“They stop by to see the dog, and then they end up talking to me,” Terranova said, The same is often the case in Welsh Family Hall, Latronica said.“People will come by and say ‘I need a dog fix, can I come in and see Lucca?’” she said. “Also, he’s good [for comfort], if people need to come in and talk to me about something.”Amanda Springstead, the rector of Howard, has a special situation with her standard poodle, Lola. Since Springstead has family in South Bend, Lola stays with them and visits Howard every other week. “I host ‘Cookies with Lola’ whenever she is here,” she said. “People come and pet Lola and chat about their days.”Rules need to be set when rectors have pets, Terranova said. Certain issues, such as allergy concerns, need to be addressed.“If [The Goose] wants to roam the building, I trained him not to go into students’ rooms,” Terranova said. “I never allow the dogs in my office, so it’s a space where guys can meet with me.”Although Lucca and Lola are hypoallergenic, hall staff still needs to be considerate of residents, Springstead said.“Lola is always on a leash,” she said. “She’ll go in the other room if someone needs to see me, or I’ll meet [them] in my office.”All three of the rectors said any student who feels uncomfortable about the dogs is encouraged to come and speak with them to find a resolution.As for whether other rectors should get pets — often a request made by residents — it’s all up to the rector, Terranova said.“A dog is a lifetime commitment. … At the beginning and the end of the entire proposition, there is one human that will take care of [the dog] for its whole life — not a group of students,” he said. “When it gets cold, I don’t see guys taking the dog for a walk.”Despite the difficulties, animals bring something special to the dorm community, Terranova added.“[The Goose’s] best buddies in Keenan are the housekeepers,” he said. “He knows exactly when their breaks are, and he runs [to each] and gets a treat, and they love it.”It’s just one more thing that makes the residence halls feel like home, Springstead said.“Every time [Lola] leaves, she is so exhausted. This is more excitement than she’s used to,” she said. “She’ll go home to my family and sleep all the next day.”And for many, a little time with a dog makes the day a little brighter, Latronica said.“[Lucca] loves to smile,” she said. “I’ll have him in the lobby, and people will go up to him and say, ‘Do you have a smile for me?’”Tags: dog, dorm, pet, rectorlast_img read more

Panel explores sanctuary status implications

first_imgEmma Farnan | The Observer Professor Luis Fraga speaks on a panel discussing what it means to be designated a sanctuary campus. Fraga began by defining sanctuary and noted it is not technically a “legal jurisdiction.”Fraga began the panelists’ remarks by defining sanctuary. Though not technically a “legal jurisdiction,” Fraga said groups that declare themselves as sanctuaries promise to not devote their resources to “enforce national immigration laws or inquire as to a person’s immigration status.”While the idea of sanctuaries began as a religious term, Guardado said, it began to be used in a more secular sense around the 1980s in Los Angeles when some churches declared themselves sanctuaries regarding the immigration statuses of Central Americans fleeing from civil wars.  Currently, according to Fraga, four states, 364 counties and 39 cities are classified as sanctuaries. In addition, some universities have begun to follow suit, with between 150 and 200 universities applying the term to themselves.The negative consequence of declaring a campus a sanctuary campus is that it could subject the university to a loss of federal funding. For this reason, some colleges, according to Guardado, prefer not to use the term, while they may still identify with the ideas of being a sanctuary campus.Guardado said he sees great benefit in using the term, however. “I think the greatest importance comes in the message that it communicates to … future students,” Guardado said. “That single word strategically conveys to a whole generation of students who may be applying to college, who may be undocumented … this is an institution that will protect you to the fullest degree possible with resources, with lawyers, with whatever else is needed.” Ultimately Guardado said he believes it is a “strategic choice” to use the word sanctuary. The issue of sanctuaries is especially relevant given that a new president is about to be sworn into office. Koop said under the new administration, residents might see an increase in home raids, collateral home arrests and fast-track deportation.“There is already an enforcement apparatus in place. This is all happening under the current administration. What we expect to see in the coming months and years is potentially significantly more aggressive enforcement and maybe increased enforcement and increased criminalization of non-citizens,” Koop said.Garnett concluded the panel by citing the implications of using religious freedom in declaring sanctuary. He said recently, there has been a resurgence in communities invoking religious freedom.“If that development continues, I think that could be really fruitful for religious institutions, particularly universities,” Garnett said.Tags: Center for Social Concerns, Immigration, Institute for Latino Studies, Sanctuary campus A panel convened by the Center for Civil and Human Rights and co-sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns and the Institute for Latino Studies discussed what it means for a city, state, university or faith-based organization to be declared a sanctuary, and what the implications of using the “sanctuary” designation might be. The moderator, director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights Jennifer Mason McAward, led the panelists, who included co-director of the Institute for Latino Studies Luis Fraga, professor of law Rick Garnett, graduate student Leo Guardado and professor of law Lisa Koop.last_img read more

Community members participate in call-in for immigration advocacy

first_imgCourtney Becker | The Observer A student calls his representatives Wednesday to advocate for immigration awareness in response to President Donald Trump’s decision Tuesday to rescind the DACA program, effective in six months.According to a DACA fact sheet SCIA gave those who attended the call-in, DACA is a Department of Homeland Security policy signed into effect by former President Barack Obama, and it allows certain undocumented immigrants under 30 years old who are either enrolled in or have graduated from school without a felony conviction to delay their deportation for two years at a time and obtain a work permit. DACA recipients were brought into the United States as children, pay federal taxes and are not allowed to vote or receive federal benefits.Junior and DACA beneficiary Kevin Perez, the marketing director of SCIA, said it is heartening for him and other DACA students at Notre Dame to see support for the DACA community.“It means a lot. We’ve already had over 100 people in the first hour,” Perez said. “And it’s good to know that we have this support from our fellow classmates because some of us are in this situation — me, personally, I have DACA — and it’s just very encouraging to see students and faculty coming out.”Junior and DACA beneficiary Gargi Purohit, the president of SCIA, said the call-in was a chance for allies to “put their words into action.”“It’s a great way to see people actually taking action, because so many of us have said, you know, they support us and that they’re here for us, but we also need people to put their words into action,” Purohit said. “So it’s coming out to these events and calling representatives. And also, it’s great to see people continue to have interest in it. So we’re giving them other resources and tools to continue to do this by themselves as well.”Rescinding DACA would be problematic, junior Jackson Hignite said, because several DACA beneficiaries can’t remember living anywhere other than the U.S.“DACA is an important program,” he said. “Even if it’s not an executive program you’ve gotta, in some way, protect the 800,000 kids that came here — some legally, some illegally — that are documented through this program, who don’t know any other country besides America.”Sophomore Amber Grimmer said the call-in was important not only in terms of reaching out to representatives, but also creating a conversation about DACA on campus.“This is all in the spirit of democracy,” she said. “First of all, just the solidarity — I’m incredibly thankful for everyone just showing up to support the students at our school. That means a lot to be in solidarity. And also [we want] to create discussions. Because now everyone is talking about it in this room and maybe in other places, too.”Purohit encouraged all DACA allies to consider the entire undocumented community in their advocacy.“A lot of allies, when they’re talking about DACA, at times they will demonize our parents and I think that’s just the completely wrong message,” she said. “ … Not to mention, not all dreamers came here illegally. I came here legally — I think through LaGuardia — on a visa with my mom, so there’s just a lot of things that people need to keep in mind when they’re using their language.”Those affected by the Trump administration’s announcement may also still be processing the information, Purohit said.“Honestly, I didn’t really have time to process my feelings yesterday because I was so busy running this that I still don’t think it has completely hit me yet on the severity of this decision,” she said. “I’m trying to run around and make sure that we get something done before something really awful happens, like some dreamers get deported. So I’m still kind of in a bit of shock.”After University President Fr. John Jenkins released a statement Tuesday vowing to support DACA students at Notre Dame, discernment and advocacy director at the Center for Social Concerns Mike Hebbeler said it was the kind of Catholic leadership needed at the moment.“For Fr. Jenkins to make that statement, that demonstrates that commitment to leadership rooted in gospel values and Catholic social tradition that animates our campus community and extends into our local South Bend community,” Hebbeler said.The easiest way for people to get involved and fight for DACA recipients, Perez said, is to educate themselves about the program.“We don’t really know what the future holds at this point, but the first thing is just awareness,” Perez said. “Just letting people on campus know that there are students like us here and kind of educating them about immigration law programs like DACA. Because I think a lot of people on this campus don’t really know what it is or think they do but don’t know all the facts or details about it.”Hebbeler said he would encourage people to not only educate themselves about what DACA is, but also to try to get to know one of the community members with DACA status.“My response to people who are unfamiliar with it, or may be apathetic about it or who even oppose it, is to get out into the community or, on campus, find a way to connect to people who are directly affected by it and meet them,” Hebbeler said. “And in that relationship building, there can arise an understanding of a shared humanity … and in that encounter, I think, not only can minds be informed, but hearts can be changed.”Tags: DACA, Donald Trump, Student Coalition for Immigration Advocacy Notre Dame students, faculty and other community members rallied around those at the University affected by Tuesday’s announcement that President Donald Trump will phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in six months’ time by contacting representatives around the country at a call-in Wednesday.The Student Coalition for Immigration Advocacy (SCIA) hosted the call-in to support undocumented immigrants and used it as an opportunity to educate the Notre Dame community about DACA, which affects over 800,000 undocumented immigrants in the U.S.last_img read more

Lecture focuses on racism, systematic oppression

first_imgRunjie Pan | The Observer Dr. Carol Anderson speaks as part of the Race and Ideas Lecture Series Wednesday. Her talk, “White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of our Nation’s Divide” focused on resistance to racial progress in America.“White rage is not about the way we often think about racism,“ Anderson said. “White rage is not overtly violent. It’s not a [Ku Klux] Klan cross burning. White rage works smoothly, calmly, efficiently, through the legislature, through the courts, through the White House, through Congress, through school boards, through zoning commissions. It works subtly, it works corrosively. And I also began to realize that for white rage to become operational, it wasn’t the presence of black people that did it … Black advancement is the trigger for white rage.”While the seed of Anderson’s understanding of white rage was planted by the 1999 shooting of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed, 23-year-old black man, by four New York City police officers, it was not until the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, following the death of Michael Brown that her ideas fully formed. Part of it comes from the narrative of black pathology.“It didn’t matter if it was MSNBC, CNN, or Fox. It didn’t matter. They were all saying the same thing: look at black people burning up where they live … because when you begin to think about it, underneath all of that is a key element that lives vibrantly in American society,“ Anderson said. ”And that is the narrative of black pathology, that there is something systemically wrong with black people.”Anderson said this perspective fails to consider the crippling of the African-American population through policy.“I saw the way that African-Americans’ rights were systematically undermined, but what I also saw, being in this nation, is that we are so focused in on the flames that we miss the kindling. We see the fire and we don’t see what started that fire. And that fire, that kindling, are the policies,” she said.Anderson went on to describe that “kindling,” from policing strategies and voter ID laws to apathetic school boards and mass incarceration. Many of the policies that disenfranchise the African-American population, Anderson said, are couched in patriotic terms that are difficult to argue with. One such instance is the War on Drugs, which many studies show disproportionately targeted African-Americans, Anderson said.“What the War on Drugs actually does is that it eviscerates the Civil Rights Act of 1964 … The rights that are protected under the Civil Rights Act do not apply to felons. So if you have mass incarceration of African-Americans, you have just reversed the gains of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. And, as an added bonus, you have permanent felony disenfranchisement, which means that if you have a felony conviction, you cannot vote,” Anderson said.Anderson pointed to the recent focus on voter identification laws following the 2008 election and the subsequent state policy changes that make it virtually impossible for many African-Americans and other minorities to obtain the appropriate identification. In reality, voter fraud is an incredibly rare occurrence, according to a study conducted by Justin Levitt of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.“He looked at voter impersonation fraud because this is what voter ID laws go after … he looked, and what he found, from the years 2000 to 2014 or 15, out of one billion votes there were 31 cases. Yet we have 33 states that have implemented voter suppression laws using the language of protecting the integrity of the ballot box,” Anderson said.Anderson then traced the history of white rage, linking every gain for the rights of African-Americans to a massive pushback from white supremacy embedded in governmental institutions. Anderson finished with a reading from her book, calling for honest conversation and a refusal to stand by and allow oppression to continue.“Not even a full month after Dylann Roof gunned down nine African-Americans at Emmanuel AME, Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump fired up an audience of thousands in July 2015 with a macabre promise: ‘Don’t worry, we’ll take our country back.’ No. It’s time, instead, that we take our country forward, into the future. A better future,” Anderson said.Tags: Africana Studies, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Dr. Carol Anderson, Race and Ideas Following the backlash against a lecture given by political scientist Charles Murray last spring, the department of Africana Studies initiated the Race and Ideas Lecture Series in partnership with several other academic departments. The second speaker in that series, Dr. Carol Anderson of Emory University spoke on Wednesday night about her most recent book, “White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Nation’s Divide.”Anderson explained that racism does not always manifest itself in expected ways.last_img read more

Rape reported to NDPD

first_imgA rape was reported to the Notre Dame Police Department (NDPD) on Sept. 28, according to Wednesday’s University crime log.The alleged incident took place in a men’s residence hall in September 2017, according to the crime log.Information about sexual assault prevention and resources for survivors of sexual assault are available online from NDPD and from the Title IX office.Tags: crime log, Notre Dame Police Department, rapelast_img