MBA Marketing Club to host Symposium

first_imgThe MBA Marketing Club will sponsor the 4th annual Marketing Symposium March 25-26 at the Mendoza College of Business.The Symposium will emphasize the growing importance and implication of the use of social media in the modern business environment. Club president Jack Johnson said the event will be a bit different this year because it is free and open to undergraduates. “We’ve been doing Symposium for four years and in the past it always was focused toward MBA students,” he said. “This year we were able to open it up to undergraduate students as well. We also used to charge admission and this year we actually have sponsorship from DIF Solutions, which partners with big consulting companies.” Aside from the competition, executives from several businesses will be on hand to discuss with students their use of the social media.  The competition is open to students from any academic background, and students are encouraged to draw on their experience to draft a short proposal solving a specific issue. “Students are competing for a $3,000 grand prize, and there is a special prize for $1,000 prize for the best undergraduate team,” he said.  “Brandon Solano of Domino’s will come in and speak, as well as bring free pizza and lava cakes for everyone,” Johnson said.  “The president of Nielsen Online, Jonathan Carson, will speak about how people use social media for advertising. The company does a lot of tracking for Facebook advertising.” The competition is an opportunity for students to propose solutions to a real-world business application, Johnson said. Listed among events for the Symposium include an opening reception at Legends as well as a number of guest speakers and a Web Case 2.0 competition, which is open to both MBA candidates and undergraduates. center_img The first round of competition will take place on March 25, the first day of the Symposium, and the final round will occur the following day.  “A couple of the programmers, designers and salesmen will come in and give registered teams a brief demo of what the application can do and examples of how other companies have used it. Teams will have a week to come up with a way to take this application and bring it to market,” Johnson said. Teams of three to five students are encouraged to register by today. A panel of judges will assess the submitted proposals, and the chosen top teams have a chance to win $6,000 in prizes, Johnson said.  Johnson said the sponsorship enables students to register online for free to attend lectures as well as enjoy free food throughout the Symposium.  Also attending will be representatives from major corporations including MTV and Navteq. They will be on hand to participate in keynote lectures and panel discussions.Johnson said the Symposium usually has a turnout of 150 people, but he expects more this year because of the inclusion of undergraduates. “If you want to network, meet some Domers and get free food on Friday, then you should register for the Symposium,” he said. “It’s also a bonus that it’s free thanks to the sponsorship, so we don’t have to charge the students.”last_img read more

Runoff election scheduled for Monday

first_imgThe campaign for student body president and vice president will continue until Monday after the Judicial Council announced that no ticket succeeded in winning a majority of the total vote.A runoff election between junior Olivia LaMagna and her running mate, sophomore Rohan Andresen, and juniors Lauren Vidal and Matthew Devine will be held Monday, Judicial Council president and senior Michael Masi said.Zach Llorens “The rules are you have to receive over 50 percent of the vote; you have to have a majority,” Masi said. “Neither ticket tonight got a majority so it proceeds to a runoff between the two top vote-getters.”LaMagna and Andresen edged out Vidal and Devine by 15 out of 3,748 valid votes, according to the Judicial Council results. LaMagna’s ticket garnered 1,641 votes, 43.78 percent of the total, and Vidal’s won 1,626 votes and 43.38 percent.“Right now, we won by a margin of 15 votes so we’re going to have a runoff,” Andresen said. “Monday’s going to be the election. We’re going to start campaigning immediately.”LaMagna said she and Andresen were “ready to win.” Andresen said they would begin printing more posters tonight and updating social media with the news of the runoff.“We were exhausted about 10 minutes ago, and now we’re so pumped up,” he said.Vidal said she hoped the runoff would allow the student body extra time to read and better understand each ticket’s platform.“We’re excited to campaign,” she said. “We’re excited that people are going to have more exposure to our platform and some of our ideas. We feel that the students really need to take a look at the platforms and really compare and make an educated decision.”Freshmen George McCabe and Sean Campbell, the third ticket, earned 7.74 percent of the total with 290 votes.191 voters abstained, and 290 votes were discarded as invalid, according to the Judicial Council results.Voter turnout reached 45 percent, less than the “upwards of 70 or 80 percent” Masi said he hoped for. Students can vote again Monday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Masi said. The election took place online through a GoogleDoc system.“The same rules apply,” he said. “There’s a debate on Sunday in the LaFortune basement.”The runoff debate will take place at 8 p.m.Tags: Election, Student Body President, Student governmentlast_img read more

Club stresses sisterhood, women’s issues

first_imgA new club aims to create a space for women in the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College communities to discuss issues in daily college life and beyond.Senior Alison Leddy said she started the club, Notre Dames, after seeing a need to solidify the sisterhood between both campuses and foster a dialogue across students’ normal social groups.“I think sometimes in college it’s easy to stick to your comfort zone and have your dorm friends and have your study buddies and have that be it … I think we have a lot of really great girls on campus,” Leddy said. “In order to meet those girls, I wanted to be able to facilitate those types of discussions and make those connections, or at least create a space where it would be easy to make those connections.”Leddy said starting Sept. 9, Notre Dames will have weekly two-hour meetings where students can drop in at any time and discuss current events, popular culture and issues relating to women both in an out of college.“This acts as a safe space for people to talk and maybe think a little bit more critically about … the dorm party scene, or that song that plays on the radio, or the TV show they just watched, or the role of women in their lives and their female role models and that sort of thing,” she said. “They can have those conversations, and they can meet other women on campus and have a little bit more solidarity with women on campus.”Leddy said the club will also have social events and bring in female alumni to illustrate the diversity of opportunities available to women after graduation.“I want to see more women who have been in my shoes and see what they’ve done after graduation, whether that’s raise a family, do service opportunities, be the CEO of something, go to graduate school — there’s a whole slew of options out there,” she said. “I think it would be really cool to make those connections, to have networking events with more female alums and make it a priority to extend the sisterhood across the years. I think that’s a gap that can be filled.”Leddy said through the club’s discussion sessions, she wants to fight the idea that women are one-dimensional.“We’ll learn more about the issues themselves, but we’ll also learn more about the women who are discussing them,” she said. “So you’ll hear different perspectives from a girl who’s a biology major from Kentucky, and then there’s another girl who is a marketing major from Minnesota.“There’s all these different backgrounds and interests and everything, so we’re hearing what they have to say and hear from their experiences, and that can teach you a lot about yourself, I think, along the way.”Abby Palko, the director of undergraduate studies of the gender relations program and the club’s adviser, said the club will bridge some of these structural divides among women on campus.“In my decade at Notre Dame, I’ve noticed that some of most rooted traditions and our greatest academic strengths can at times be isolating,” Palko said. “People tend to build strong friendships within dorms and majors, but there is little crossing to other dorms/majors. And it seems to me that students miss out on deep friendships and challenging conversations that way.“When I think back to my undergraduate years, some of my very best friends neither lived in my dorm nor studied in my college. And my life today would be immeasurably poorer without their continued presence in my life.”Leddy said she began the club approval process with the Student Activities Office in February and recruited student leadership and garnered support of the Gender Relations Center (GRC) throughout last spring. She said initial interest in the club amongst female students was encouraging.“The first info session I had, I think there was a group of about 20 women who came,” Leddy said. “They just saw an email on the GRC listserv, and at the end of the meeting, I went over the mission, … and then I said, ‘Meeting adjourned, you can stay after if you have any questions or want to get involved, and if not, thanks for coming.’ And I said, ‘Meeting adjourned’ and pretended to hit a gavel, and no one left.“They all lined up to talk to me. I thought that was a really great sign, because I think that they’ll be a really good group of people who are passionate about this kind of thing and who are really excited about this.”Leddy said while the focus of the club will be to bring issues that many women face to light, anyone would be welcome to contribute to the discussions.“[The issues we discuss] also affect men, which is why I think it would be a good idea to have men involved in the discussion,” Leddy said. “I am as much of an advocate for maternity rights as I am for paternity rights, so those sorts of things are really interesting … although the primary focus is on women, it’s not limited to just women.” Tags: Notre Dameslast_img read more

Sexual assault reported

first_imgA sexual assault was reported to a University administrator Tuesday, according to the Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) crime log from Wednesday.The alleged rape occurred on Jan. 17 in a North Quad men’s residence hall, according to the crime log.Unlike in other cases this year, however, students did not receive an NDSP crime alert email detailing the allegations. The Jeanne Clery Act, originally known as the Campus Security Act, is the federal law that details how and what universities and colleges disclose in terms of crime on campus, according to the Clery Center for Security on Campus.The crime alert emails the Notre Dame community receives are sent out because of regulations in the Clery Act. According to the Clery Center, the act requires universities and colleges to “issue timely warnings about Clery Act crimes which pose a serious or ongoing threat to students and employees.”Clery Act crimes that are reported a significant amount of time after they occur may not qualify as timely. However, the Clery Act does not dictate the amount of time that disqualifies an incident from requiring a warning in the form of a crime alert.Therefore, NDSP judges on a case-by-case basis whether or not the reported incident necessitates an alert based on its timeliness and whether or not the offender in question poses a threat to the community at large.Because the sexual assault in question was reported roughly three months after it took place, NDSP determined it was no longer a timely threat, Keri Kei Shibata, deputy chief, said.Information about sexual assault prevention and resources for survivors of sexual assault are available online from NDSP and from the Committee for Sexual Assault Prevention (CSAP).Tags: NDSP, sexual assaultlast_img read more

SMC professors organize trip to New York City for ‘Heavenly Bodies’ art exhibit

first_imgSaint Mary’s students will have the opportunity to travel by bus to New York City on Sept. 22 to see The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” exhibition, a display of fashion and medieval art.The exhibition aims to examine the effects of fashion on Catholicism over time, the Metropolitan (Met) Museum’s website said. The trip is being organized by religious studies professor Margaret Gower and art professor Krista Hoefle, who said the event would be of little cost to students. The trip was dreamed up after Gower noticed the overwhelming interest students had in the Met Gala in May. Before and after her “Christian Tradition” course started for the day, students would discuss the fashion displayed at the Gala, Gower said.“I saw that students were excited about it, I was excited about it and there was this moment in my classes during the informal class chatter when we realized all of a sudden that these theologies and histories and practices that we’ve been discussing were alive and at work in this really enthralling arena of human life — fashion,” she said. “These ideas that usually might feel detached from social life or pop culture were at the center of it. Some people were provoked and there was some controversy and some people saw opportunities for evangelization. Into all those conversations, we had something to say.”Students factored heavily into the decision to design a trip that was both accessible and affordable, Gower said. Students will board the bus the night of Sept. 22, then will be dropped off at The Met Cloisters, a display of medieval European art, the next morning before traveling to The Met Fifth Avenue. “When the Met closes, we’ll board the bus again and drive through the night to get home,” she said. “It’s a very focused trip. The cost of admission is free to students and so is the cost of transportation. Students do have to pay for their own meals but we’re really encouraging students to bring snacks.” Tiffany Johnson Bidler, an art professor, said the Costume Institute at the Met is a long-standing institution that has one of the best costume collections in the country.“Anything that involves human creativity is something that is considered worth collecting as a way to understand how artistic forms have changed over time in relation to cultural standards and interests,” Bidler said. The “Heavenly Bodies” exhibition at the Met seeks to present different forms of religious artistic expression in a way that facilitates connections, Bidler said.“What they’re interested in doing is looking at how three different types of collections work together. There’s the collection of painting and sculpture, and within that collection is costume that is influenced by Catholic imagery, and then they also have the exhibition of pieces from the Vatican as a way to show the source material that the designers are working with,” Bidler said.The exhibition is presented as an ongoing conversation between art, religion and fashion, Gower said. “Part of what’s so exciting about this exhibit itself is that it was designed, consciously, to represent moments in a conversation,” she said. “It’s not like all the Christian tradition speaks in one voice, and it’s not like all of fashion or Haute couture has one relationship to the Christian tradition. So it’s like we get to peek in on different moments in an ongoing conversation.” The religious objects and themes, Bidler said, will be able to reach more people due to the accessibility of fashion. “It helps people to understand the relevance of those older objects,” she said. “Fashion is something that is easier for people to grasp because they are engaged with fashion everyday when they wake up — you have a sense of what fashion and what fashion does from a very young age. It’s an approachable art form and in this case, it could help people gain a new appreciation or understanding of the other objects in the exhibition.”The exhibition includes more than 50 holy pieces from the Vatican that would have otherwise never left Italy, The Met’s website said. All of the fashion on display has been influenced in some way by the Catholic imagination, Gower said. “At the Met Cloisters is a gallery that considers Catholicism’s seven sacraments as inspiration for garments, including a wedding gown made by Cristobal Balenciaga in 1967 that he designed in conversation with ideas of and representations of the garments of Jesus on the cross,” she said. Gower said she hopes students not only see the articles on display but also the messages those artifacts are trying to communicate. “I want [students] to be attentive, present and thoughtful and encounter, almost witness, a conversation between Christian and Catholic theological ideas and practices and beauty and fashion,” she said. “I’d like students to critically reflect. Whose voices were present? Whose voices were absent? I have been very influenced by the movement, ‘Museums Are Not Neutral,’ which basically challenges museum-goers to say, ‘Who is behind the scenes?’ Who’s at the margins?” The exhibition can appeal to all types of students, Bidler said, from those attending to see the Vatican objects to those who want to experience a major part of art history. “There’s historical value in seeing the objects from the Vatican as they’re part of the Catholic imagination, the Catholic artistic tradition,” Bidler said. “The Catholic visual tradition is both important in the Church itself for believers and it’s also important in the history of art as a whole, because the Catholic Church was a patron of the arts. Students will be able to learn about that tradition but then also about how it resonates with artists in the present.”Though students may not feel religion is relevant in contemporary art, Bidler said that’s a common misconception.“A lot of contemporary artists and designers are working with a Catholic imagination,” Bidler said. “Andy Warhol, the inventor of pop art, was Catholic and his work was very influenced by this Catholic imagination.” Some students may have concerns or issues with how the religious vestments were represented at the Met Gala, Gower added, but those issues should not dissuade them from attending the trip. “I want to separate the Gala from the exhibition,” she said. “By all accounts, the exhibition is respectful and reverent and serious.”Bidler said that students with concerns about the exhibition or about May’s Met Gala should definitely attend the trip. “The best thing to do is go to the source and evaluate it,” she said. “Look at the exhibition as a whole and how it comes together and see if it reinforces your view or changes it.”Gower said that although any concerns about the appropriateness of the exhibition are valid, followers of the Church should first find issue with some of the more topical scandals the Catholic Church is facing.“The other thing I’ll say is that I think the MET Gala is not what’s urgent in the Church,” she said. “This week, there are other things to take offense to or to take to be sacrilegious or blasphemous. Sometimes there are moments when we need a perspective check and this might be one of them.” This exhibition serves as both a conversation starter and a bridge extended from the Vatican to all those outside of it, Gower said. Students can sign up for the trip via email until Sept. 4.“The word ‘pontiff’ has always been so important to me because it comes from the Latin word ‘pons’ for bridge and ‘facere’ which is ‘to do’ or ‘to make,’ so the role of the Pope is to be a bridge-builder,” she said. “I think that this exhibition has the potential to be a bridge-building exhibition. I feel like this is the Vatican rooting itself in its theology and its devotional life and its practices and it’s offering a bridge to other folks.”Tags: Art, Catholic imagination, Christian Tradition, MET, religionlast_img read more

Saint Mary’s vice president of student affairs resigns

first_imgCollege President Jan Cervelli announced the resignation of Karen Johnson, the vice president for student affairs, in an email Wednesday. Her resignation will be effective Oct. 6. Johnson has served the College since 2006, according to the email. “Karen has played a critical role in the development and success of Saint Mary’s College,” Cervelli said in the email. “While we will greatly miss Karen and her leadership, we wish her the best of luck as she pursues another opportunity.”In her position as vice president of student affairs, Johnson has worked with various students and organizations. She also organized the peer mentors for first years and moderated the class and parent Facebook pages. Johnson announced her resignation to parents on their Facebook page, writing that she plans to “keep posting until the end.” According to the email, Cervelli will appoint an interim vice president of student affairs by the end of the month.Tags: Karen Johnson, resignation, vice president of student affairslast_img read more

ND student tests positive for COVID-19

first_imgA Notre Dame student previously studying abroad in London tested positive for COVID-19, Paul Browne, vice president for public affairs and communications, said in an email Wednesday.The student returned from the U.K. last week to their home without returning to Notre Dame’s main campus, Browne said, and self-quarantined prior to testing positive to the virus. “The student’s local health department is currently overseeing medical care in conjunction with local providers,” the email said. “These local health officials are authorized to notify additional individuals who may have been in recent, close contact with the student.”Notre Dame continues to endorse social distancing and hand hygiene to prevent the spread of the virus. In order to provide the campus community with information, the email said the University will circulate a weekly summary of COVID-19 developments starting Friday. Browne also asked all those who think they may have the virus or have been in close contact with someone who tested positive to call either their local health providers, the Notre Dame Wellness Center or the University Health Center.“We are grateful for your continued patience, flexibility and dedication,” Browne said. “Meanwhile, please pray for the health of members of the Notre Dame community or anyone who has been compromised by this disease.”Tags: coronavirus, COVID-19, Paul Browne, study abroadlast_img read more

Wish Granted! Victoria Clark Returns to Cinderella as the Fairy Godmother

first_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 Directed by Mark Brokaw, the classic fairy tale Cinderella originally aired as a TV special in 1957, starring Oscar winner Julie Andrews. The new production features a completely re-imagined book by Douglas Carter Beane and additional Rodgers and Hammerstein songs originally composed for other R&H musicals. Clark joins a cast that currently features Laura Osnes as Ella, Santino Fontana as Prince Topher, Tony winner Harriet Harris as Madame, Ann Harada as Charlotte, Marla Mindelle as Gabrielle, Peter Bartlett as Sebastian and Greg Hildreth as Jean-Michel. Clark is just one of many cast shakeups of the Great White Way production over the next few weeks, most notably pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen as Cinderella and Fran Drescher as Cinderella’s stepmother, Madame. Both Jepsen and Drescher will begin performances February 4 at the Broadway Theatre. Clark won a Tony Award for The Light in the Piazza and additional nominations for Sister Act and Cinderella. Her many Broadway credits include The Snow Geese, Cabaret, Titanic, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, A Grand Night For Singing and Guys and Dolls. It’s possible! Victoria Clark starts performances January 21 as Marie, Ella’s fairy godmother, in Cinderella on Broadway. Clark returns to her Tony nominated role, replacing current star Rebecca Luker.center_img Cinderella Star Files Related Shows Victoria Clarklast_img read more

Tovah Feldshuh & Bernadette Peters Visit Mothers and Sons Star Tyne Daly

first_img Bernadette Peters Related Shows Star Files Mothers and Sons headliner Tyne Daly had not one, but two very special guests stop by her dressing room on February 27—Bernadette Peters and Tovah Feldshuh! The talented duo congratulated Daly backstage after her funny and heartfelt performance in Terrence McNally’s new play. Fun fact: What do these three women have in common? They’ve all played Mama Rose in Gypsy—Daly on Broadway in 1989, Peters on Broadway in 2003 and Feldshuh at the Bristol Riverside Theatre in Pennsylvania in 2011. Check out this Hot Shot of the three Broadway showstoppers backstage at the John Golden Theatre, then see Mothers and Sons, opening March 24! Mothers and Sonscenter_img Tyne Daly Show Closed This production ended its run on June 22, 2014 View Commentslast_img read more

Is Common Coming to Broadway?

first_img Common played boxer Jack Jefferson. The role was originated by James Earl Jones, who went onto win the Tony award and also garner an Oscar nod for his performance in the 1970 film adaptation of the play. View Comments Howard Sackler’s 1967 play The Great White Hope may soon be returning to the Great White Way. According to the New York Post, Common, the rapper formerly known as Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr., headlined a recent industry reading of the show.center_img The Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, inspired by the real-life African-American boxing champion Jack Johnson, looks at how racism created the demand for a “great white hope” that would defeat him. The play initially ran at Arena Stage, transferring to Broadway’s Alvin Theatre in 1968.last_img read more