Last week, the College of Arts and Letters named theater professor Peter Holland the recipient of the 2012 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award. Holland will be formally presented with the award at a Dec. 5 ceremony. Last year’s Sheedy Award winner, history professor Thomas F.X. Noble, will introduce Holland, who will then deliver a brief reflection on his pedagogy. The award, named for former dean Fr. Charles E. Sheedy, is the most prestigious faculty honor in the College of Arts and Letters. Since 1970, it has been given to one professor each year who “has sustained excellence in research and instruction over a wide range of courses,” according to the Arts and Letters website. “It recognizes what’s unique about Notre Dame and Arts and Letters in that it combines the best of a liberal arts college with the best of a research university,” associate dean JoAnn DellaNeva said. “We expect professors to be excellent in both teaching and research, and our students are beneficiaries of that.” Holland, one of the world’s foremost authorities on Shakespeare in performance, was chosen to receive the award based on “extraordinary” nominations from both students and faculty members that praised his engaged teaching style and informed scholarship, DellaNeva said. “We had some wonderful letters of nominations for him that talked movingly about him as a concerned professor who goes out of his way for his students, particularly the undergraduates,” she said. “We also had nominations from faculty working with him who were also really impressed by his truly exceptional undergraduate teaching.” In one nomination, a student praised Holland for channeling his passion into the classroom. “Holland continually stunned me and my friends with his knowledge and a contagious passion for Shakespeare,” the nomination stated. “When describing him to students who haven’t taken a class with him, I always say, ‘He knows more about Shakespeare than Shakespeare did.’” Jim Collins, chair of the Department of Film, Television and Theatre and the 2010 Sheedy Award recipient, said Holland’s concern for the ideas of his students and his passion for Shakespeare create a decidedly unique classroom environment. “What really makes Peter’s teaching so exceptional is not just his erudition. It’s how he values student voices at the same time he shares his vast knowledge of Shakespeare,” Collins said. “Students find his classes mesmerizing because they know they’re generating new knowledge together. It’s that spontaneous combustion in the classroom … that makes the learning so exhilarating.” The College solicits nominations for the award from the Arts and Letters community in February, DellaNeva said. Professors nominated by students and faculty are then considered by a committee consisting of DellaNeva, three former Sheedy Award winners and two undergraduate students. “All the nominees are outstanding and deserving of the award,” DellaNeva said. “It’s a very difficult process to name just one, and we would name five each year if we could. The people who aren’t named for the award this year will be reconsidered next year because they are such outstanding candidates.” DellaNeva said Holland’s breadth of teaching also set him apart from other candidates. “He also works very closely with some graduate students,” she said. “His work with graduate and undergraduate students and his outreach in bringing Shakespeare to the general public were all unique to his nomination.” Holland, who served as director of the Shakespeare Institute at Stratford-upon-Avon before coming to Notre Dame in 2002, said teaching at the University has been a transformative experience due to the high level of engagement of his students. “Before I came to Notre Dame, I was getting burned out as a teacher, but teaching here has revivified the experience for me,” he said. “It’s fun to teach Notre Dame students. I get a deep pleasure every time I go to class, and my heart goes up on the way there. This is what I got into the profession to do.” His students also strengthen the relationship between his teaching and research, Holland said. “My teaching informs my research because smart students ask smart questions that push me to rethink what I’m doing and how I do it in my research,” he said. “My research informs my teaching because it is entirely on Shakespeare, which is what I spend my time teaching here.” Without engaged, curious students, professors cannot exercise their full teaching potential, Holland said. “You can be a good teacher with bad students, but I don’t think anyone would know about it,” he said. Although the pool of nominees for the Sheedy Award was quite competitive, Holland said he thinks one intangible quality gave him an advantage over other nominees. “I do have one built-in advantage over other faculty, which is that I can’t help the fact that I have a British accent,” he said. Above all, Holland said he is thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the Notre Dame community. “I really do feel lucky to be working, teaching and researching at Notre Dame,” he said. “The accident that brought me here shows some kind of good luck and good fortune. It’s a pretty good place to be.”
While immigration reform proposals work their way through Congress, representatives of the all-volunteer humanitarian group No More Deaths (NMD) visited Notre Dame as part of a national speaking tour Thursday. NMD is a faith-based coalition formed in 2004 that is focused on addressing human rights issues taking place at the Mexican-American border, NMD representative Kate Morgan-Olsen said. Morgan-Olsen said NMD provides immigrants with much-needed medical assistance and material goods, both by walking along desert paths to find migrants and leaving supplies in various sites where migrants hopefully will find them. “What we do is effective. We walk the trails that migrants walk. We don’t run into everyone, but for those we do run into, it changes their lives,” she said. NMD operates at two sites along the border: a Desert Aid project camp near Arivaca, Ariz., and a site in Nogales, Ariz. Nogales site is a city split by the border wall and NMD provides services on both the American and Mexican sides. Morgan-Olsen said the group provides medical treatment for many minor injuries that can prove deadly in the harsh desert environment. “To treat more serious injuries we have to call 911 and that means deportation. We consider it an abuse of human rights that someone is forced to consider walking through the desert instead of receiving adequate medical attention,” she said. Morgan-Olsen said government immigration and immigration-related policies contribute to the conditions underlying the many deaths that occur in the desert along the border. “The Secure Fence Act is the nail in the coffin on border militarization. … There are seven mountain ranges in the portion of the desert where we have our Desert Aid camp and checkpoints on all paved roads,” she said. Morgan-Olsen said Operation Streamline is especially problematic because it does not give immigrants the legal rights they deserve, including a chance to apply for asylum. She said the program involves presenting immigrants 10-at-a-time before a judge, asking them if they plead guilty and sentencing them on the spot. “One of the worst policies on the border is the Department of Justice’s program called Operation Streamline,” she said. “It’s something we really believe is not an example of justice.” Morgan-Olsen said NMD used motion sensor cameras to document border patrol agents vandalizing an NMD aid drop sight. “We consider destroying lifesaving supplies in this hostile environment to be murder,” she said. She said there are also cases in which Border Patrol agents shoot or taze migrants to death. She cited one such case when a young man was killed on the Mexican side of Nogales when he was not attempting to cross the border. Morgan-Olsen said her group’s efforts to work with the Border Patrol are thwarted by the high turnover rate among agents – especially among the leadership – and the lack of independent oversight. Sophomore Lucas Garcia shared his own experience during the question-and-answer portion of the lecture. Garcia said he was pulled over in his car while traveling in New Mexico with his family for “driving a little too fast.” Garcia said the behavior and the questions asked by the police officer indicated the stop was a case of the profiling Morgan-Olsen had mentioned. “He wouldn’t tell us how fast we had been going, and he seemed to be searching for a reason to ask us to step out of the car. He asked us if we had any weapons, he asked how we got the car, where we were from, where we were going. … This really does happen. It’s not just that thing going on down in Arizona,” Garcia said. Junior Shannon Lewry, who worked with NMD in January as part of the Center for Social Concerns’ Border Issues seminar, said she was glad the speaking tour included a stop at Geddes Hall and found the plight of migrants affected her as powerfully as ever. “It was great to see No More Deaths at Notre Dame after working closely with them in January. Even after seeing the human rights violations firsthand in Tucson, it’s still just as disturbing and troublesome each time you hear about them,” she said. Contact Christian Myers at [email protected]
This week, the College’s annual “World Cinema Festival” will emphasize women directors and strong female characters.Hosted by the Center for Womens Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) at Saint Mary’s, the weeklong series will feature five films in the Vander Valet Auditorium.Mana Derakhshani, associate director of CWIL, said a grant from Franco-American Cultural Exchange program called Tournées originally made the event possible. Since then, CWIL has been hosting this event every year.“This effort supports the internationalization of the campus in the curriculum with the Global Learning outcomes of the Sophia Program, in the increase in our study abroad opportunity in the expansion of exchange programs with international colleges and university,” Derakhshani said.According to a poster advertising the event, “The World Cinema Festival” will include the following films: “La Mujer sin Cabeza,” “The Indendies,” “A Separation,” “Talentine” and “Autumn Gem.”“La Mujer sin Cabeza” (the Headless Woman) is an Argentinean psychological-thriller film focusing on social class systems, and follows the life of a woman who after being impacted by an event becomes psychotic. The film records changes in Veronica’s psychological state after a life-changing incident.“The Indendies” is a Canadian film adapted from the play The Incendies focuses on the final wishes of a mother to send her two sons to the Middle East in search of their roots.“A Separation” is an Iranian film centers on the lives of an Iranian middle class couple who separate and have to deal with lower class care giver who cares for his father with Alzheimer’s.“Talentine” is a Malaysian comedy film about a group of young students who attempt to find their footing before stepping out into the real world. “Autumn Gem” is a Chinese documentary that explores the life of China’s first feminist Qiu Jem and her challenging traditional gender roles and demanding equal rights for women.Following the screening of “The Indendies,” first-year Melissa Mendez spoke highly of the film. “I like the plot twist and the war that became part of the story,” Melissa Mendez said. “I loved the war and revolt attacks.” Each film shown in the Festival aims to expose viewers to issues faced by international countries and step into the shoes of unique characters, according to advertising for the event. “I hope that this provides students with the opportunity to learn about other parts of the world, hear languages other than English and discover the cinematic art beyond Hollywood-type films,” Derakhshani said.Tags: CWIL
This week, Shades of Ebony hosts its second annual Women’s Week, a series of presentations, discussions and other events designed to celebrate women at Notre Dame.Carina Reich, secretary of Shades of Ebony, said the intent of this year’s event is to continue a discussion about the role of women on campus, in the workforce and in society.“We see Women’s Week as our little Shades of Ebony meetings at large, because we get together as a women’s group every other weekend to discuss topics on women that are important to us, and we want to share it with the rest of campus,” Reich said.The first Women’s Week in 2013 coincided with the 40th anniversary of the introduction of coeducation at Notre Dame and consisted of a dinner, a prayer service and a service event at St. Margaret’s House. Ray’Von Jones, President of Shades of Ebony, said the positive response the club received last year prompted them to expand the number and size of the events this year.Many of the week’s events are co-sponsored by other organizations including Campus Ministry, the Gender Relations center, several individual alumnae and a number of residence halls and other student clubs. Rachel Wallace, Shades of Ebony’s Marketing Director, said the club saw an increase in the number of people involved, both in terms of sponsorship and student interest.“We’ve got a lot of other student organizations,” Wallace said. “For our prayer service we have Harmonia, since they’re an all-women’s choir, coming to sing . . . for our final event on Friday we have Wabruda, our brother organization, helping us with our cake walk on Friday. We try to reach out to a lot of other organizations around campus.”The week will kick off with a prayer service Monday in Ryan Hall, featuring the a cappella group Harmonia as well as student reflections. On Tuesday, there will be a screening of “Miss Representation,” a documentary about women’s portrayal in the media. In addition, the topic of the Gender Relations Center’s regular Sister Jean Roundtable will be “Different Paths to Womanhood: the Intersection of Career and Family.”“We want people to know that there are a lot of prominent women on campus and prominent women who graduated from Notre Dame,” Shades of Ebony historian Chizo Ekechukwu said. “Bringing those people in to speak and having them at our roundtable about different career paths on womanhood [will let] women know on campus that there are different outlooks on life, because a lot of women at Notre Dame focus so much on academics that they forget about family and forget about the intersections between the two.”On Wednesday, a group of students will have an ice cream social at St. Margaret’s House, a day center for women in downtown South Bend.“[The week is] not only just focused on Notre Dame but also on the outer community and how as Notre Dame women we can incorporate those worlds,” Reich said.Shades of Ebony will host the Celebration of Women Dinner in McKenna Hall Thursday night. The formal event will feature Grace Watkins, a freshman at Notre Dame; Frances Shavers, former chief of staff to President John Jenkins; and Katie Washington, Notre Dame’s first black valedictorian. Ekechukwu said the presentations will explore National Women’s History Month themes of “character, courage and commitment.”Jones said even though the group moved the dinner to a bigger location this year the event is still over capacity.“The RSVPs were crazy,” Jones said. “There was a point where we were like, ‘Oh, we need to get people to RSVP, and then it was like, maybe we shouldn’t.’ It was really great to see that; the last day just jumped.”The week, which also consists of a display in the library Fishbowl, a toiletry drive for St. Margaret’s House and posters around campus, will conclude with a cakewalk fundraiser on Friday, which Jones said will benefit the Robinson Community Learning Center.Jones said the events are open to the public and meant for students of both genders.“By coming, people are saying that they want to celebrate women and that women are important on this campus, and it’s something important for us to be promoting,” she said.Tags: Women’s Week
The Latino Student Alliance (LSA) is hosting a quinceañera-themed formal tonight from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Jordan Hall of Science galleria.LSA president Enrique Lorenzo said the dance is open to all Notre Dame students, and tickets are available for purchase both at the door of the event and at the La Fortune Student Center until 7 p.m. tonight.“We’re really trying to pull the Latino community on campus together while at the same time introducing non-Latinos to the culture, which I think is part of the drive for the theme being quinceañera,” Lorenzo said.Club treasurer Kaylee Calles and vice-president Daniela Nuñez said the quinceañera theme, which was decided upon in April, is essentially the equivalent of a sweet-16 party.“It’s a very traditional thing within our culture to have a 15th birthday party, and that’s what a quinceañera is,” Calles said. “A girl is now considered a woman in society.”Since the LSA hosted salsa night at Legends last Friday, Nuñez said this formal provides another opportunity to expose students to Spanish music as well as different styles of dancing and Latin American foods from Mexico, El Salvador and Venezuela.“For Latinos it’ll remind them of what they’ve experienced in the past, but for non-Latinos it’ll be something new that they can take part of,” Lorenzo said.Nuñez said the club decided to go all out with the quinceañera theme, including an announcement of the secret quinceañera identity at the formal and a father-daughter dance.“There’s also the ‘baile sorpresa’ (surprise dance for the birthday girl) which is a choreographed dance with a certain number of couples,” Nuñez said.This formal marks the first LSA dance, Lorenzo said, as the club is technically in its first year.“[LSA] used to be La Alianza and MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan),” Nuñez said. “Then last semester both executive boards kind of saw that we were overlapping in terms of goals. Really you couldn’t distinguish between the two of them, and so that’s why we decided to converge and just have LSA.”Planning is already underway for LSA events next semester, Nuñez said. Upcoming 2015 events include an all-class retreat, a Latin Expressions talent showcase and a dance at the Morris Inn.Tags: Formal, Latino Student Alliance, LSA, quinceañera
Tags: flooding, holy cross drive, power outage, saint mary’s drive After historic rainfall hit South Bend late Monday night, Notre Dame faced a power outage to about ten percent of campus, according to the University Twitter account. Power was restored to all of campus of 4:30 p.m., according to a Facebook post from the University, after personnel in the utilities department and the risk management and safety department pumped out flooded electrical vaults and dried electrical systems throughout buildings across campus.Additionally, the University was able to reopen Holy Cross Drive, by the Grotto, which they had closed earlier that day, according to the post. “Until the standing water on Saint Mary’s Drive subsides, it will remain closed. Notre Dame Security Police will closely monitor and open as soon as the road is safe,” the post said. The University closed several campus buildings Tuesday, including Fitzpatrick Hall, Moreau Hall and Ave Maria Press, but campus safety expected to clear all of the buildings to reopen Wednesday morning, according to tweets from the University.
Caitlyn Jordan | The Observer American flags were planted on South quad on Sunday, representing the 2,977 lives lost 15 years ago in the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and Flight 93.Several minutes later, a prayer service in memory of the victims began. The Notre Dame Marching Band played the National Anthem. University president emeritus Fr. Edward “Monk” Malloy welcomed the several dozen who ringed the sidewalks around the quad, including Notre Dame police officers and firefighters.Malloy recalled the events of 9/11 on Notre Dame’s campus: how thousands people had come to South Quad for a Mass, how 350 people had sung in a choir, how members of the Muslim Student Association had attended together, and how at the next home football game, against Michigan State, fans were given American flags to wave, and a collection had raised “a very substantial sum of money” for the victims.“It’s important that we remember this pivotal event in American history, that we celebrate the lives of those who were lost, that we remember all those who put their lives at risk trying to save those who were affected by the incidents in the various locations,” Malloy said.The he led the group in prayer.***Many of the Notre Dame students who attended the service were toddlers on Sept. 11, 2001, when another hijacked plane crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Indiana Congressman Tim Roemer drove there later that afternoon.“There were first responders, there were volunteers, there were people bringing food by literally the truckload and the carload,” Roemer said. “Right away America was responding in the best possible fashion to pitch in to patriotically help out and show that terrorism would not prevail.”In the next several months, Roemer, who earned his Ph.D. at Notre Dame and served on the House Intelligence Committee, sponsored legislation to establish and then served on the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks on the United States, known as the 9/11 Commission.The Commission investigated the causes of the 9/11 attacks and made policy recommendations to prevent future attacks. Many the resulting policies reverberate today, like the creation of a Director of National Intelligence and a national counterterrorism center, as well as increased funding for intelligence. So do other policies, such as the PATRIOT Act, which expanded surveillance.“We’ve seen 9/11 and the aftermath be one of the defining issues and moments in American history,” Roemer said. “I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say our Revolution, our Civil War, World War II, our civil rights struggle and the 9/11 attacks have been events that [most] impacted our culture, our sense of safety, our politics, our budgets and our foreign policy.” ***Law professor Jimmy Gurulé was also in Washington, D.C. in September of 2001. He had taken a leave of absence from Notre Dame to serve as undersecretary for enforcement of the U.S. Treasury Department. He felt the plane’s impact on the Pentagon, he told a group of students and alumni at the Eck Center auditorium Friday.Gurulé’s talk, organized by the Alumni Association, was about his work stopping the financing of terrorist organizations, a job he said began hours after the attacks. He was at the White House when George W. Bush told the country the U.S. was now fighting a new kind of war, one with a non-state actor, a terrorist organization.“At that time the concern was, ‘Is there another imminent terrorist attack, and are we doing everything that we possibly can within our power and control to prevent another terrorist attack and save innocent human lives?’” Gurulé said. “That was the mission.”Gurulé spent the next two years identifying individuals and businesses who could be reasonably suspected of sending money to terrorist organizations like al-Qaeda and Hamas, trying to undermine their infrastructure and freezing $125 to 150 million in assets.Now, Gurulé said, blocking funds to suspected terrorists is still a priority, though methods have to shift since ISIS, unlike al-Qaeda, controls territory and funds itself internally, meaning there are fewer donors with accounts to freeze.Gurulé said he continues to speak and write about counterterrorism financing, as well as about financial and legal issues that those affected by 9/11 face today: He recently testified to Congress in favor of legislation that would allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue the Saudi government for information. That bill was recently passed by both the House and Senate, though President Barack Obama has threatened to veto it.In the meantime, Gurulé teaches courses on national security and international criminal law, areas directly affected by 9/11. He said helping students who were children when the attacks happened understand their significance is priority.“[Students] need to be informed,” Gurulé said after the talk. “[9/11] is affecting the exercise of governmental power, and they need to be informed to make sure that the governmental power is being wielded and exercised in a way that is responsible and in accordance with the Constitution and in a way that doesn’t violate civil liberties.”***After Malloy finished his prayer Sunday, the assembled walked silently to the Grotto where they lit candles and prayed. Many linked arms and sang the “Alma Mater.”“We all have our own stories about where we were on that day, but it’s good to look back and reflect on the things that happened and pay tribute to them like we did today,” Kimmy Sullivan, Notre Dame student government’s director of constituent services and the organizer of the prayer service, said.As those at the Grotto dispersed, sophomore Jordan Schilling returned to South Quad, where thousands of small flags surrounded the large one at half-mast. Schilling had attended the service to pay her respects and said she appreciated the Grotto procession and “Alma Mater.”Schilling’s school in Minnesota had opened its doors — and she, at four years old, had started attending — just a few days before the attacks. She said she and her school had always felt a sense of solidarity with those affected.“I grew up living in a world like this, in a world that’s affected by [9/11],” she said. “It’s important to feel like this is connected to our lives, because it is. … We should honor and keep this in the forefront of our minds.”Tags: 9/11, 9/11 Remembrance, Fr. Monk Malloy, Tim Roemer Notre Dame’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter started early Sunday morning, planting 2,977 American flags on South Quad in memory of the 2,977 people who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. As they worked, the bell of the Basilica tolled, ending at the moment a hijacked plane struck the South Tower of the World Trade Center in New York 15 years earlier.
Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) received four reports of sex offenses Jan. 18, according to Monday’s NDSP crime log. Two of the incidents allegedly took place in 2014 and one allegedly occurred in 2015, while the date of the fourth alleged incident is unknown.University spokesman Dennis Brown said in an email that NDSP received the reports anonymously and does not know if they came from one person or multiple people.The first complaint is an incident of indecent exposure, which occurred in March of 2014 in the Main Building, according to the report.The second and third complaints are reports of rapes that allegedly took place in the Main Building during November of 2014 and December of 2015, respectively.The fourth is an account of sexual battery that, according to the report, occurred in Flanner Hall.All four incidents are under Title IX investigation.Information about sexual assault prevention and resources for survivors of sexual assault are available online from NDSP and from the Title IX office.Tags: NDSP, NDSP crime log, Notre Dame Security Police, rape, sexual assault, Title IX, Title IX investigation
Courtesy of Roisin Goebelbecker Students rehearse for the production of “American Roulette,” which is part of this year’s ND Theatre NOW! production.However, Harrabi said that, as an absurd comedy, “WASP” plays with these stereotypes and brings some darker themes into the play. For an example, Harrabi said the wife knows her husband is most likely cheating on her and the daughter is being molested by her choirmaster. There are even some supernatural elements such as when the son has an imaginary friend from space that he sometimes talks to and the mother has a female voice that she talks to. The play also touches themes with the treatment of race in the U.S.“I think that the ‘WASP’ specifically gives you a look not only into a WASP family of the times, but also a look into your inner self and encourages you to think about it and relate with the characters and to see how their struggles reflects your inner struggles,” freshman Alexis Moskala, who plays the mother in “WASP,” said.“[‘WASP’] talks about familial issues in a very lighthearted sense, so it takes a look at what people depicted as the ideal family in 1950 and then kind of pokes fun at how that’s not really true and that there’s so much more,” sophomore Declan Grogan, who plays the father in “WASP” said. “The characters are all very real even though they’re all trying to live the stereotype of the ideal family. So, it’s kind of showing how we are real people who can’t be put into this … perfect home.”“American Roulette” is the story of a white male and a white female interviewer who are interviewing a black applicant for a position at “the firm,” junior Eileen DiPofi, who plays Hillary, the female interviewer, said.“Things take a turn, so it’s definitely not a conventional interview but it’s more or less like a commentary on how race is a barrier to the American Dream,” DiPofi said.The productions are not unique just in their take on the American Dream, but also for the opportunities these productions provide to students. Both productions are student-directed, which Grogan said was a fascinating process.“It’s really cool because we are all learning at the same time so the director, he was so different,” Grogan said. “He was literally just like thinking about the play as we were rehearsing it. … It was just a very improvisational rehearsal. He did a great job.”Harrabi said his acting professor encouraged him to apply because of his interest in comedy and directing.“Basically the whole idea of the program is to get students to direct an entire project, have a say to the first thing, casting, to the last thing,” he said. “It’s such a great opportunity because a lot of the time, students do act. You rarely find a student directing.”Harrabi said it still makes him nervous to be a director.“I’m a senior; I’m a foreigner,” he said. “I grew up in Tunisia my whole life basically and then trying to take on a comedy in a foreign language in a foreign country. … I was very scared. I have never directed and I have never directed on this scale and I have never directed this many people. The more you get going, though, you understand why you shouldn’t be scared … because it’s a collaboration and you’re not supposed to do everything on your own. … [It’s] a lot of teamwork.”Harrabi said that his professors were a huge help with fixing any problems that arose. He also said Adel Emam, an Egyptian actor, is an inspiration for his interest in theatre and comedy.“I grew up watching these black and white and very old plays that were recorded and they always showed them over and over the years because they didn’t have much programming and those were really hilarious,” he said. “To this day I watch those plays and I just laugh, which is crazy because I’ve been watching them ever since I was a kid and the jokes are just as funny and it sounds so unreal because you watch a lot of specials and eventually you stop laughing because you know the jokes. Like I know the jokes by heart, and I still laugh at them. And that’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to make comedy and theatre just the way they did it because it blew my mind. … I want to make theatre for the people.”Goebelbecker said one problem came from a lack of actors of color auditioning for ND Theatre NOW.“That was definitely a challenge because one of the characters needs to be black,” she said in an email. “It all ended up working out, though, because we have an amazing actress playing the role. We also had some difficulty at the beginning piecing apart the script and figuring out a motivation for each character that made logical sense. We spent the first week all together asking questions and brainstorming possible solutions and so that challenge actually ended up being really exciting and fruitful in the long run.”DiPofi said both shows will make people think.“I think [‘American Roulette’] tackles issues that we talk about a lot in our society in a way that maybe we don’t like to talk about,” she said. “Like the idea especially that, ‘Hey, American Dream isn’t necessarily something that’s achievable for everybody.’ I think its really going to force the audience to think critically about their own role in maybe perpetuating racism in the U.S. … It will definitely make people think and then turn that critical eye that the play is suggesting on themselves.”“American Roulette” and “WASP” have performances at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.Tags: american roulette, film television and theater, FTT, ND Theatre NOW!, WASP Starting Sept. 27 to Oct. 7, the Notre Dame Film, Television and Theatre (FTT) department is presenting two one-act plays through ND Theatre NOW! FTT will be presenting “WASP” by Steve Martin and directed by senior Najmeddine Harrabi and “American Roulette” by Tom McCormack and directed by senior Roisin Goebelbecker. Both plays present an absuridist take on the American Dream.Harrabi said “WASP” is the story of a white family living in suburbia in the 1950s. The family is a stereotypical nuclear family and seems to caricaturize similar families from classic TV shows like “Leave It to Beaver.”
Notre Dame announced plans regarding COVID-19 testing, contact tracing and daily health checks in an email sent to the campus community Friday.According to the email, all students who reside outside of St. Joseph County, as well as St. Joseph County residents who will live in Notre Dame residence halls will undergo testing prior to the start of fall semester. The University has partnered with a third-party test provider to distribute tests to students, and for University Health Services to receive said results prior to students arrival on campus.Additionally, any students who test positive for the virus are asked to delay their return to campus until being medically cleared to do so.The University is developing a COVID-19 Response Unit — consisting of medically-trained and administrative personnel — which will be fully operational by July 20. This team will oversee the daily health checks required of all students, faculty and staff, in addition to operating the on-site testing center “for those with symptoms of COVID-19 or for those who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.”The testing will be free for all currently enrolled students, all faculty teaching or conducting research and all staff members.In regard to contact tracing, the COVID-19 Response Unit will be able to do so through the daily health check system. The email said Bluetooth-enabled electronic notification systems will not be used in the contact tracing process.Tags: 2020 fall semester, contact tracing, COVID-19, covid-19 response unit