Month: January 2021

January 26, 2021

Dance Marathon raises $77,000

first_imgSaint Mary’s and Notre Dame students gathered to “Dance for a Chance” at the fifth annual Dance Marathon at the College’s Angela Athletic Facility Friday and Saturday.The event, which was hosted by the College with the help of Notre Dame’s Pre-Professional Society, raised $77,328 and will donate $72,000 to the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.“This year, we were focused on fundraising, making our presence known and trying to raise awareness,” said Dance Marathon president Kelly Deranek, a senior at Saint Mary’s.Approximately 350 people attended this year’s event, which ran from 8 p.m. Friday until 8 a.m. Saturday.The night included live performances by the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s Irish dance team and bands such as South Jordan. In addition, raffles, crafts and card games were among the many activities of the night.Children from Riley attended the event, including Marty Manges, who said arm wrestling with a Notre Dame football player was one of the coolest things he had ever done. The Saint Mary’s College Morale Committee also came to teach volunteers how to dance.Steve Bariteau, a representative of Riley Hospital for Children, was in attendance and shared his thoughts on the positive impact the College has made on the hospital. He said Saint Mary’s had raised over $245,000 for the hospital since the inception of the Dance Marathon.“Because of you, we have been able to serve over 8,000 patients from South Bend, a young girl from California was able to be treated and 66 percent of pediatricians are becoming more educated,” Bariteau said. Guest speakers made appearances throughout the night, including Sheila Fraser, a current Marian High School student, who was diagnosed with cancer two years ago.The doctors later determined Fraser suffered from osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. Fraser was named a Riley Champion from 2008-09.Fraser shares her story through public speaking engagements at events such as Dance Marathon throughout the state to raise awareness for Riley. Fraser said she lives by one simple motto: “Never give up because there is so much hope.”Fraser presented a check for $12,758.49 to the Saint Mary’s College Dance Marathon from her fundraising at Marian High School over the past two years.Riley Hospital for Children is considered among the best children’s hospitals in the country because it strives for excellence in caring for young patients.Five-year-old Abbie Gorski, who suffers from a heart defect, said Dance Marathon is the best part of her year.last_img read more

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RAs prepare for year of duty, residents’ arrivals

first_imgAs many students packed boxes of clothes and shopped for dorm furniture this weekend, a handful of seniors in each residence hall prepared themselves for another side of dorm life on campus. The resident assistants (RAs) for the 29 dorms on campus arrived days before the rest of the student body to learn to address their specific concerns for the upcoming year.“I always looked up to the RAs as good examples of a Notre Dame student,” Zahm Hall RA Tim Woodward said. “I liked having relationships and friendships with them because I have always felt they are cool guys.”The training process began two weeks ago when the RAs moved into their dorms on Aug. 8.Senior Liz Davis, an RA in Lyons Hall, described the training process as multi-faceted and said the future RAs spent time not only with the rest of Notre Dame hall staff discussing general policy, but also on a more direct level with only their dorm staff.“My expectations for the training were mini-lectures, hall staff dinners, late nights and great chats,” Davis said. “All were met.”She said her past experiences with RAs in Lyons motivated her to reach out and provide the same guidance to younger students.“I want to be that RA that not only sees the change but is the change,” Davis said.Hall staff training provides not only insight into handling possible situations inside dorm life but also a network of people to respond should an individual RA not directly understand how to act, Davis said.“Everything is great in theory but the practice is really what defines our job,” Davis said. “You cannot predict what will happen.”Senior Rebecca Sharbaugh said she met an RA during her freshman year in Pasquerilla East who helped her transition to life at Notre Dame, and this first taste of dorm life inspired her to apply for the position herself to help students “through the highs and lows of their year here.”“The first part of training included all the RAs in all the halls,” she said. “And we basically heard a lot of talks about the resources on campus, how those resources can help and how we can encourage students to use those resources.”The training process was broken into discussions on general policy and conversations within each residence hall staff, Sharbaugh said.“We also went through exercises where we did role-play and acted in difficult situations that we might encounter,” Sharbaugh said. “It gave the confidence to go into a situation when I do not know what to expect.”Senior Jim Maslar applied for an RA position in order to be a “big brother” to the undergraduates in his dorm.“[ORLH] did a good job of addressing the diversity of the students in our sections,” he said. “We talked about how to make people feel comfortable and make our sections welcoming.”Nick Mancinelli said he spent his freshman year in Morrissey Manor living in a section of upperclassmen, but his RA was critical in getting him involved with the other freshmen in the dorm.“I thought before we went into the training that it would be more about how to bring in someone feeling left out in the group,” Mancinelli said. “But the training in reality was much more serious than that.”Mancinelli cited suicide prevention, homosexuality, gender relations, fire safety and CPR training as issues that were among the wide range covered during the training.“I can really make or break their experience,” Mancinelli said. “I am excited for that responsibility.”last_img read more

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Judge dismisses lawsuit against HHS

first_imgA federal judge has dismissed the University’s religious liberty lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a mandate that requires employers to provide contraceptive services in their minimum health insurance packages. The lawsuit, filed last May, states the mandate would go against Church teachings and therefore violates the First Amendment, the Religious Freedom Act and other federal laws. The mandate is part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, passed in 2010. U.S. District Court Judge Robert Miller Jr. ruled Jan. 2 that the lawsuit should be dismissed because the University’s claim is not yet “ripe,” meaning it is not ready to be litigated. Notre Dame argued the University needs to set aside significant funds for the costs it would incur in connection with the regulations, and those budget decisions need to be made now. But in a compromise announced last year, the federal government had granted Notre Dame and other religious employers a year-long “safe harbor” before any regulations would take effect. In Miller’s written opinion on the case, he stated the defendants have announced they are working to refashion the mandate and its exemptions, and he dismissed the case because Notre Dame remains under the safe harbor for the time they believe is needed for those changes to be made. Court documents list the defendants as Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and their respective departments. “Notre Dame lacks standing to attack the present regulatory requirement because it isn’t subject to that requirement, and, taking the defendants at their word, never will be subject to the present regulation,” Miller wrote. University Spokesman Dennis Brown said the administration is still examining the judge’s ruling. “We are reviewing the opinion and considering our options, but it is important to note that this is not a ruling on the merits of our claim that the challenged mandate infringes on religious liberty,” Brown said. Law professor Rick Garnett, an expert on religious liberty cases, explained that the judge’s reasoning was based on the fact that the mandate has not yet begun to directly affect Notre Dame’s operations. “Simply put, the district court concluded that because the mandate has not yet actually been applied to Notre Dame – and because the mandate might be changed or revised before it is applied to Notre Dame – the legal challenges to the rule are premature,” he said in an email interview. “If Notre Dame is not yet being harmed by the mandate, the reasoning goes, it is not yet time for Notre Dame to challenge its legality.” Garnett said he respectfully disagreed with the judge’s ruling, citing the decision of another judge presented with a similar suit. “In my view, and with all due respect, the judge considering another challenge to the HHS mandate – this one brought by the Archdiocese of New York – got it right, noting that, ‘There is no “Trust us, changes are coming” clause in the Constitution,’” Garnett said. “The mandate, in its current form, is the law and Notre Dame is facing substantial financial costs associated with preparing to comply with that law, if and when the mandate goes into effect.” While protecting everyone’s right in such a diverse society is challenging, Garnett reiterated the Constitution commits the government to passing laws placing a burden on religious freedom only when necessary. “In this case, the burden is not necessary and my hope is that this case will both vindicate the religious freedom rights of the various challengers, but also inspire current and future officials to be more mindful of our foundational commitment to religious freedom that the Administration [and the Department of Health and Human Services] was here,” he said. In an interview with The Observer last fall, University President Fr. John Jenkins explained he felt Notre Dame’s case would eventually be successful as it moves through the legal system. “I saw a few headlines after we filed, ‘Catholic bishops, Notre Dame and 62 other institutions file lawsuit,’” Jenkins said. “That Notre Dame is picked out, and I don’t say this with arrogance, but it just shows I think people look to us for leadership on these issues. If I didn’t feel it was a fundamental issue, an issue of the limits of government as against religious organizations, I wouldn’t have done this.” As an outside observer, Garnett said he expected the ruling to be reviewed and reversed, but the University’s lawyers and administrators are responsible for deciding their next step. The ruling does not preclude another lawsuit after the issue has become ripe. Contact Megan Doyle at [email protected]last_img read more

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CEO shares international business experience

first_imgCEO of Acumen Fund Jacqueline Novogratz gave a lecture Thursday titled “Patient Capital and Human-Centered Development in an Interconnected World” as part of the Burges Lecture series on Business Ethics. The lecture in the Jordan Auditorium of the Mendoza College of Business was conducted in a question-and-answer format, witr professor of business Patrick Murphy,interviewing Novogratz onstage and thenpallowing students in the audience to ask questione. Novogratz shared her first business experiences as a banker in South America and a microfinance banker in Rwanda. After the Rwandan genocide, Novogratz recognized that many who would remember Rwanda before the genocide were gone. This realization led her to write her book “The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between the Rich and the Poor in an Interconnected World,, whichsrecounts her experiences in Rwanda..  After her work in Rwanda, Novogratz said she wanted to do more to change the world. This desire caused her to develoe Acumen Fund, a no-profit venture capitalist firm that serves developing countries.  “You can have all these plans in your head, but there will be times in life when your body says ‘go,’ and you need to go,” Novogratz said.  These opportunities won’t always happen again.” Acumen has invested money in developing regions such as Mumbai, Pakistan and many countries in Africa, and its investments have impacted more than 100 million people, Novogratz said.eSheecredited Acumen’s success to itr commitment to its clients. “Being able to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and find solutions from their perspective is why Acumen is successful,” Novogratz said.  While sometimes it is difficult to make the right choice and not the easy choice, Novogratz said it is worthwhile to try to do what is right. “One immutable value one should have is integrity, but also generosity and accountability,” she said.  Encountering corruptionnin the business world is not uncommon, Novogratz said..  “Corruption is endemic in our times,” she said. “It is corrosive, exhausting, and those who are most hurt by it is the poor.”  Novogratz encouraged students to have the drive and the desire to positively impact the world. “You have to accept how hard it is, but also have the audacity to believe we’re going to change the world,” she said.  “Find those experiences that give you tools for the world. And finally, choose joy.” Contact Kayla Mullen at [email protected]last_img read more

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Senate discusses ‘One is Too Many’ campaign

first_imgIn Wednesday night’s student senate meeting, the group discussed student government’s “One is Too Many” anti-sexual assault campaign, potential options for study abroad students, and other upcoming events this week.Coccia said the campaign has received support from students.“We had about 2800 signatures,” student body president Alex Coccia said.“And around 1100 students indicated that they would be interested in becoming more involved in some form or capacity. … We’ve been discussing various video series ideas among other things.”Student body vice president Nancy Joyce said approximately 50 students have applied for the Food Services Student Advisory Board. Applications are due this Friday. The advisory board will be announced at next Tuesday’s town hall meeting run by Food Services. Senate debated a resolution penned by Department of Academic Affairs director Max Brown, which seeks to simplify the process of obtaining credit for courses taken while studying abroad.After studying abroad last summer, Brown decided to attempt to simplify the process. “It was really complicated for me to get credit accepted, and it seemed strange to me that there should be such a complicated process,” he said. Emanuele Barrufaldi, who presented the resolution with Brown, added that the University as a whole is becoming increasingly international with more and more students choosing to study abroad.However, every college has a different method of applying for transfer credit, as well as different policies for accepting it, Barrufaldi said. Additionally, many students—especially engineers—choose to study abroad during the summer because their curriculums allow little to no room for electives.The goal for the Department of Academic Affairs is two-fold. First, they aim to standardize the process of applying for credit across the colleges. Second, the department will try to follow in the footsteps of peer institutions such as Vanderbilt University and Duke University by establishing an online database to supply data on courses that the University has pre-approved for transfer credit. That way students taking a class previously approved by their college would not have to re-submit its syllabus for approval.“The first thing we’re going to do is look at the last 4-10 years where students have studied abroad and received credit. The idea is to encourage students to go to really competitive international institutions, places we can be sure that we can give transfer credit for,” Brown said.Classes that aren’t pre-approved would be subject to a standardized approval process and, if approved, would have their information added.The resolution, which officially requests the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Internationalization work with the Deans of the Undergraduate Colleges and Schools to establish the database and begin the process of standardization, passed unanimously.Tags: Senatelast_img read more

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Visiting professor relates family history in 20th century

first_imgProfessor of anthropology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, Alisse Waterston addressed a crowd at the Geddes Hall Auditorium on Monday night, discussing her new book, “My Father’s Wars.””My Father’s Wars” chronicles the life of Waterston’s father, who was born in Poland, survived The Great War and immigrated to Cuba, New York City and finally San Juan, Puerto Rico.Waterston said her book was multi-layered and personal with a strong foundation in social history.“My Father’s Wars” is a journey through family memories that are interwoven with some of the key historical events of the 20th century, Waterston said. It is a daughter’s account of a Jewish father whose life was shaped, framed and torn apart by the upheavals on his age.Waterston said because her father’s story is so heavily rooted in the major historical events of the 20th century and the resulting massive reconstruction, “My Father’s Wars” is hardly a narrow narrative memoir of Menachem Mendel Wasersztejn.“‘My Father’s Wars’ is a hybrid work, making it difficult to place in a single genre,” Waterston said. “[It] is a work I see as firmly centered in anthropology even as it is intensely interdisciplinary.”Waterston, along with her friend and colleague Barbara Rylko-Bauer, coined the term “intimate ethnography” to describe “My Father’s Wars.” Waterston said she believes this term suits the “two inseparable roles” she took on as she approached this project.Waterston discussed the research process that went into the book as a daughter and an anthropologist.“Like my father’s life, his perception of it and his narrative, my motivations are layered, complicated, involving who I am as a daughter and as an anthropologist,” Waterston said. “Who was this man with whom I had such difficulty? I [came] to this project not just as a daughter, but also as an anthropologist seeking to understand violence in its various forms and how it is implicated in individual lives.”Waterston said she was guided in her work by questions and statements posed by other authors, such as Eva Hoffman, who asked, “Why remember? And why not just remember, but remember strenuously?” She said she was also inspired by Howard Zinn, who said “The most crucial issue with regard to writing is: “Why am I doing this?”“As an anthropologist, I am also concerned about how to bring scholarly knowledge into the public conversation on the critical issues of our times,” Waterston said.Waterston said that her father would often repeat stories from the Great War, which she thinks is a sign of the trauma caused by the war.“War shaped his first perceptions, dead bodies and ruined houses.” Waterston said. “The repetition has meaning. It underlines the shock he experienced at a tender age and the fear that would always haunt him. Telling the story over and over again highlights the destructive trauma that is caused by war.”The book follows the life of Wasersztejn who fled his hometown of Jedwabne, Poland, before WWII and the Jedwabne Program, a massacre of 340 Polish Jews in 1941, Waterston said.Wasersztejn immigrated to Manguito, in the Cuban province Matanzas, where he changed his name to Miguel Waserstein. He later changed his name two more times, to Michael Waterston when he moved to New York and ultimately to Don Miguel in Puerto Rico.“At the intersections of my father’s complicated journey, he created, adopted and adapted to multiple identities across time and place, identities shaped by larger structural and political forces,” Waterston said. “[‘My Father’s Wars’] follows my father’s reflexive attachment to the experience of Jewish suffering, the way he viewed his life as if it were always being lived under the sign of extermination.”“My Father’s Wars” is a vertical slice of life in the 20th interconnections across the masks and illusions of culture, race, nation, society, citizenship and civilization, Waterston said. To end the lecture, Waterston quoted American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who wrote “If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s sorrow and suffer enough to disarm all hostility.”Tags: My Father’s Warslast_img read more

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Professor analyzes sexuality in Taiwan

first_imgKathleen Donohue Saint Mary’s hosted Amy Brainer, assistant professor of women and gender studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Thursday night to present her recent research on LGBTQ people coming out in Taiwan.Brainer is currently working on a book manuscript tentatively titled “Gendering Home: Queer Kinship and Family Change in Taiwan,” and her research focuses on families in East Asia.The term “coming out” is largely a term used in the West, Brainer said, and outwardly identifying oneself as LGBTQ is uncommon in Taiwan. Brainer spent 16 months in Taiwan doing ethnographic fieldwork. She said she attended support group meetings for parents of LGBTQ children, workshops on queer family issues and other LGBTQ gatherings, such as the annual pride parade. In addition to the gatherings, she was able to have extended visits in family homes. “The visits allowed me to get a feel for family life that I couldn’t catch through an interview,” Brainer said. Brainer interviewed 80 Taiwanese families during her visit and discovered that members of the LGBTQ community would participate in heterosexual marriages. These marriages were based on the need to relieve family pressures and to carry on the paternal line of the family, she said.Oftentimes, families in Taiwan would have strategic silences in which a family would know or assume that a member is LGBTQ, but wouldn’t say anything or acknowledge it, Brainer said.Brainer recalled one middle aged man named Bing, who struggled with the pressures of being gay and coming out to his family. Brainer said Bing told her, “You worry that if they come in and know this thing about you, it will sadden them. So you have to lock yourself behind the wall.”“In Bing’s case,” Brainer said, “silence represented distance, a wall and a burden, separating himself from his family members.”Brainer said Bing told her he felt a great relief after coming out to his family.Coming out is part of accepting one’s own identity and contributes to better relationships, Brainer said.“Then you become willing to share yourself with others and others become willing to share themselves with you also,” she said.Brainer said researchers need to change how they study LGBTQ individuals and their families.“To understand these families, we must start from scratch and build new theories,” she said. “There’s an urgent need for ethnographically grounded research. I do think comparisons are fruitful, but we do need to move [away] from a Taiwan and U.S. comparison.”Sophomore Liana O’Grady said she found Brainer’s presentation compelling due to the different pressures LGBTQ men and women face in Taiwan’s culture. “I thought it was interesting how they were more concerned about their family and didn’t want ‘coming out’ to hinder their role,” O’Grady said.Editor’s Note: This article was edited from its original version to distinguish between Brainer’s ideas and those of her informant, Bing.Tags: coming out, LGBTQ, Taiwanlast_img read more

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Game day concession stands provide fundraising opportunities for student groups

first_imgWhen fans from across the country visit Notre Dame’s campus for home football weekends, many stop at food stands run by students to pick up something to eat on game day. Around 20 clubs have the opportunity to raise funds through concession stands on game days, Erin Riordan-Dye, assistant director of clubs for the Student Activities Office (SAO), said. The Club Coordination Council (CCC) oversees allocation of the concession stands, Riordan-Dye said, and bases its decisions off of the funding each club has requested.“It’s pretty competitive because there’s only a certain number of spots,” she said. “So they look at need, and how much clubs are needing to raise money and have money to do the things they want. If the CCC can’t fund that right out, they’ll give them a concession stand, knowing that that’s a great opportunity to raise the rest of their money themselves, in order to do the things they want to do.”After clubs are chosen to run concession stands, they participate in a training session, to learn how to run the stands, Riordan-Dye said.“You know, we’ve even had clubs come up to us and say, ‘I asked for a concession stand and we got one, but I don’t know how to grill,’” she said. “And you know, if that happens, then we teach them how to grill. And we go over safety protocols and they’re basically given every tool that they can to be successful.”Before game day, clubs must also order their food from the University’s catering service and submit money orders to purchase any additional items they need, senior Dino Swan, president of the Adopt a Family Christmas Initiative, said.“The day of [the game] is when things are kind of crazy,” he said. “You have to show up to [LaFortune Student Center], pick up your money you’re going to use, as well as a tent. You also have to make sure you acquire grills from a dorm, so you set those up and then you get your tables and you go.”Swan said his organization earned around $2,400 last year and nearly $1,600 this year at concession stands.“For our club, it’s an easy sell because we help families for Christmas who might not otherwise have it,” he said. “So, you know, we have a big speaker [and] we’re playing Christmas music the whole time. We’re all wearing Santa hats. We have stockings hung up on our tables.“All the tables are gift-wrapped and then we’re handing out candy canes to kids who walk by. So, for our club at least, we really embrace the fun part of club, which is the Christmas holiday spirit.”When the concession stand ran out of food last year, Swan said, customers continued to donate to the club.“We had sold out of everything and people would walk up and try to order,” he said. “And then they’d ask a bit more about our club and just leave like $200 and say, ‘Adopt some families,’ so it was really cool in that respect.”Senior Christian Flynn, co-director of Camp Kesem at Notre Dame, said the concession stands also allowed the organization to inform others about its mission. Camp Kesem aims to support local children whose parents have been diagnosed with cancer.“My favorite part has been telling people about what we do,” he said. “ … They get so happy when we tell them, and they become inspired and ask for other ways they can help out instead of just donating $10 here, $10 there.”One aspect of the concession stand process that can be frustrating for the organizations, Flynn said, is that clubs do not have a say in when and where their concession stands will be held.“[The] first year we did it, I was a sophomore and we had the Texas game,” he said. “We had a great spot and make several thousand dollars. The last year that we did it was this previous year at the Michigan State [game], which is a game that doesn’t bring as many out-of-state fans. It was later in the year. … There’s less people at the games, the colder it gets, I think, and we had a terrible spot. So we didn’t lose money, but it paled in comparison to the performance of our Texas game.”Still, Flynn said the University is very thorough in providing training and supplies for students.“It’s really streamlined,” he said. “So from that sense it’s kind of a relief that with a lot other fundraisers that we run we’re taking a little bit more of a risk because it’s all on us, but Notre Dame provides great assistance and great support.”The Knights of Columbus council also runs a steak sandwich concession stand on game days, though it is not directly under the jurisdiction of SAO, sophomore and officer of the council Mark Spretnjak, said.“It’s a huge part of the game day tradition that a lot of people aren’t aware of,” he said. “I’m from here and I kind of knew it was there, but I wasn’t like always on top of it — going every week — but there will be alumni and people who have been part of the council or who have been coming to steak sales every day, game day, for 30 years.”While most clubs only run one concession stand per year, the Knights of Columbus steak sales take place at every home football game, Spretnjak said.“Kind of the layout for what we do is each week, we’ll pick a charity of the week and a certain percent of that day’s profits goes specifically to that charity,” he said. “We try to keep it pretty current or pertinent to the team we’re playing. So last week when we played USC, the charity of the week was relief for the wildfires in California.”The remaining profits from the sales are pooled at the end of the year and divided between a few different charities, junior Andrew Rebholz, chancellor of the council, said. Rebholz said one of the most fulfilling parts of the steak sales is counting the money afterwards.“It’s fun, also, just to have that much money in front of you and to be able to say we worked hard enough to get wads and wads of cash,” he said. “It feels fulfilling and then you remember all of it’s going to amazing causes. We’ve got all of that for charity.”Though it can be exhausting, working the steak sales stand is ultimately worth it, Rebholz said.“You find yourself at halftime at the game and you realize you’ve been standing for 12 hours,” he said. “And at the steak sales, we’re just taking in constant smoke from the grills and also screaming to stay enthused, so it’s a lot of energy and a lot of using your voice and then you go to the football game. It’s a blast to be with all the guys though, so it pays off for sure.”Tags: concession stands, Football Friday Feature, Knights of Columbus, SAO, Student Activities Officelast_img read more

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SMC Investment Club hosts financial advisor

first_imgOn Monday, the Saint Mary’s Investment Club hosted Megan Hamand, a 1st Source Bank financial advisor, to discuss female empowerment in business and her experiences as a woman in finance.Hamand said she never planned on entering the financial world. She graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in English and went on to receive a master’s degree in business administration.“I was going to be a journalist, I was going to work for a newspaper, I was going to write the next great American novel,” Hamand said. “Well, I didn’t write the novel, but I worked for a newspaper right out of school.”After moving back home and reviewing haunted houses for a local magazine, Hamand said, a non-compete clause prevented her from writing for any other local publications, forcing her to consider any other options she could find.Hamand’s husband, also a financial advisor, was enrolled at Indiana University South Bend at the time, and applied for a banker’s position at Key Bank. Because he had not yet graduated from IUSB, he was not qualified for the position, but the bank manager had worked on a Relay for Life campaign with Hamand and offered her the job instead, she said.“I started in banking in October, 2008, right in the middle of the recession,” Hamand said. “I didn’t really have much of a clue what was going on, I was an English major. … From there, I really evolved. I liked it.”A background in English helped Hamand communicate effectively with clients, she said. Most of her clients lived off the interest from certificates of deposit (CDs), and were hit especially hard by the 2008 financial crisis.“When the Great Recession hit, CD rates, along with everything else, plummeted,” Hamand said. “So within the first two months of working at the bank, our CD rates went from 4 to 5 percent, to less than 1 percent.”This situation inspired Hamand to explore other areas of investment that might ease the financial stress on her clients at Key Bank, she said.“Within the first year of working at the bank, I went and got my Life and Health licensing, which allowed me to sell fixed annuities,” Hamand said. “It was a little bit different, and took some explaining to the clients, took some licensing on my part, but for the most part it was something that they were comfortable with and was giving them just a little bit better interest rate.”Hamand said her branch manager recognized her interest in fixed annuities and encouraged her to pursue further licensing in investment.“Things really took off from there,” Hamand said.After finishing her licensing process, Hamand left Key Bank for her current position as a full-time financial advisor in the Trust and Private Banking department at 1st Source Bank. Hamand said she began to develop a specialty for retirement planning.She said having a female branch manager was a source of inspiration and solidarity.“For me, being a financial advisor and having a manager who is a woman is kind of amazing,” Hamand said. “There’s not very many female advisors, let alone managers for the programs.”Hamand said she has experienced gender discrimination from colleagues and other professionals. For example, when working with male financial partners, as either a junior or senior advisor, she said she has often been confused for a secretary or administrative support.“You go into client appointments and the female is always automatically assumed to be the assistant,” Hamand said. “That can be really frustrating.”Despite these encounters, Hamand said her gender has also been beneficial, as many clients intentionally seek out a female financial advisor.“There’s something about the maternal instinct,” she said. “I think clients relate to me a little bit better. I’ve had quite a few clients, male and female, say that they feel more comfortable working with a female advisor, and I’ve had a lot of referrals from different parts of the bank. I think it comes down to the perception of having a little more empathy.”Tags: corporate finance, finance, saint mary’s, SMC Investment Club, women in financelast_img read more

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St. Edward’s Hall residents continue long-held game day tradition of storming reflection pool

first_imgAt 7:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning, Notre Dame’s campus prepares for the coming football game. Tailgates are set up, families are walking around campus and students are planning for the long day to come, hopeful for another Irish victory.But outside Hesburgh Library, a different type of spectacle can be observed: St. Edward’s Hall residents emerge wearing swimsuits and storm the reflection pool. A crowd gathers to grab some photos or high-five the swimmers, and after a few chants to get the energy high, the men dive in. Ashton Bieri | The Observer St. Edward’s Hall residents run through the reflecting pool in front of Hesburgh Library, taking part in a long-held dorm tradition.Junior Josh Gambardella, president of St. Edward’s, explained how this unusual, memorable tradition got started at Notre Dame.“It all began with Bobby Weltner during the 2010 football season,” Gambardella said. “It started off as a small and quickly put together event with only about 10 to 15 other guys participating. The Notre Dame Security Police eventually arrived and kicked them out of the reflection pool.”Over the years the tradition has only grown, Gambardella said.“We now have about 50 to 100 people showing up,” he said. “We continue the tradition today for the same reason Weltner started it: To rally the troops early in the morning to cheer on the Irish.”Residents of St. Edward’s Hall continue the tradition even in the bitter cold later in the season; by November, the relaxed dip in the pool turns into a full sprint in and out, followed by a swift return back to the dorm. Despite the cold, they remain dedicated throughout the football season and will continue to wear swimsuits as temperatures drop, Gambardella said.Freshman Marcus Braun said the event is a bonding experience for the hall because residents get to “share the fun” and “misery” with the rest of the residents, particularly as it gets colder.“They drain the reflection pool after the November games, so we just run out on the concrete and a lot of the guys will wipe out,” Braun said. “The pool will also stain your clothes blue if you’re not careful, especially if you’re wearing white.”Senior Josh Blossfeld said the tradition is a great opportunity for dorm residents to get closer.“It’s hard to get a whole hall together on a game day, but everyone in Sted’s wakes up and is encouraged to join no matter what grade they are in,” he said. “It really brings the entire hall together, we get the music going and it almost makes tailgates seem relaxed after such a start to the morning.”Recently, the residents have been joined by a mystery man who wanted to join in on the morning swim.“We’re not exactly sure who he is, but a middle-aged man now shows up every time we float, every single weekend and none of us know him,” Gambardella said.Braun said he shared a funny encounter with the honorary hall member.“It was pretty funny,” Braun said. “He was standing right next to me and he just hopped up on the step, took his shirt off, and ran through with the guys.”In addition to the mystery man, many returning St. Edward’s Hall residents also run through the pool with their former dorm.The tradition has produced some great memories and funny stories students can pass on, Blossfeld said.“We’ve been on College Game Day twice,” he said. “The ESPN crew was all set up and when the cameras turned on we ran through. Someone once brought a giant inflatable horse, guys will bring an inflatable canoe out, someone once even rode a lime bike through the reflection pool.”Tags: dorm traditions, ESPN, Game Day, Hesburgh Library, St. Edwards Halllast_img read more

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