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German court convicts Tajik man of membership in IS group

first_imgBERLIN (AP) — A German court has convicted a Tajik man of membership in the Islamic State group for co-founding a cell of the extremist organization in Germany and supporting two planned attacks. The Duesseldorf state court on Tuesday sentenced the defendant to seven years in prison. The court said that the man, who lived in the western German city of Wuppertal and has been in custody since March 2019, founded an IS cell along with other suspects of Tajik origin. It said that he gave another cell member a semi-automatic pistol to shoot a man in Germany who had made critical comments about Islam — an attack that was foiled by authorities.last_img read more

Lavrov to Blinken: Respect Russia’s legal system

first_imgMOSCOW (AP) — In his first conversation with new Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Russia’s top diplomat has slapped down U.S. criticism of opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s jailing and of the massive arrests of protesters seeking his release. A Foreign Ministry statement Thursday said Sergey Lavrov “gave detailed explanations about the need to respect (Russia’s) legislation and judicial system.” Russia has called US criticism over Navalny interference in its domestic affairs. Both diplomats welcomed the recent five-year extension of the New START nuclear arms treaty, the Russian statement said.last_img read more

UN kicks off selection of next secretary-general

first_imgUNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations has kicked off the selection of its next secretary-general. A joint letter from the presidents of the General Assembly and Security asks the 193 U.N. member states to submit candidates to be the world organization’s chief diplomat and operating officer. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, whose current term expires on December 31, announced last month he is seeking a second five-year term. Honduras’ U.N. Ambassador Mary Elizabeth Flores Flake also sent a letter to all U.N. member nations saying there has never been a female secretary-general and asking them to present women candidates.last_img read more

Group reviews ImproveND survey

first_img“We asked the question how much time an individual student spends on academic activities outside of class and there was a huge difference based on the College,” she said. Hoffman Harding asked COR members to take in what the survey revealed and think of ways how student leaders can address the issues of concern. “The University officers weren’t very happy with these results,” Hoffman Harding said. “They want to make sure they’re serving the students in their academic endeavors.”Soler said she was also surprised by the results. According to the results of the survey over 60 percent of Arts and Letters and Business students spend 15 hours a less on academic work outside of class. This is a huge contrast to the School of Architecture, where 80 percent of students said they spend 25 hours or more a week on academic work. The survey had 51 percent participation of the undergraduate students, which Hoffman Harding said “was really good considering the survey wasn’t mandatory.” The Council of Representatives (COR) was given a presentation about the results of the ImproveND survey and what the implications are for student government at its meeting last night.  “I’m pretty shocked especially being a Business major,” she said. “We do a lot of group projects and still over 60 percent say that they spend less than 15 hours a week studying.” “This survey was one big effort,” Hoffman Harding said. “We’ve never really done a comprehensive student services survey before this.”center_img The results of the survey were examined in the context of gender, class year and College and focused on three main categories of academic services, extra and co-curricular activities and campus environment and services.  “This survey was really extensive about everything at Notre Dame,” student body president Catherine Soler said. “This is about what students want.” Hoffman Harding said the survey showed many students are upset by the lack of diversity on campus, something Hoffman Harding said has become a “high priority for the University.” Associate Vice President for Strategic Planning Erin Hoffman Harding said the ImproveND survey, administered to the student body in January, was different than previous surveys given to the student body. Hoffman Harding said many of the resulting figures from the survey fit with the results of past services in regards to specific subjects and areas. But she said some of the results were “shocking.” “The one big question we have for you coming out of this is what do you student leaders think is important,” she said. “We did this for a reason. We want to better ourselves and make Notre Dame better for you.”last_img read more

Saint Mary’s to host blood drive

first_imgBy donating about an hour of time and a pint of blood, students, faculty and staff of Saint Mary’s College can help those in need, Olivia Barzydlo Critchlow, assistant director of the Office for Civic and Social Engagement (OCSE) said. The College will hold an American Red Cross blood drive Wednesday from 12 to 6 p.m. in the Earley Conference Rooms in the Student Center basement. “Blood drives are a very important way for individuals to give back to their community,” Critchlow said. “There is always a need for blood, and what better way could you think of giving to someone during the holiday season than to donate blood to possibly save a life?” Critchlow said the College holds four blood drives each academic year. “As [blood] cannot be manufactured, the only place to get it for those in need is from healthy donors. I believe that if someone is able to donate blood they should definitely consider doing it as it truly does save lives,” she said. Critchlow said the entire donating process takes about an hour. Donors must answer screening questions before they donate. They will then have their blood pressure, temperature, pulse and iron levels tested. According to Critchlow, the actual donation time is around 10 minutes. Donors are asked to stay for around 10 to 15 minutes to rest and eat snacks after donation. Critchlow encouraged students to try giving blood even if they are afraid. “Give it a try, even if it’s just once,” she said. “It’s definitely not as bad as you may think, and the staff from the Red Cross is excellent at working with those who are donating for the first time.” If students do not wish to donate blood but still wish to volunteer, Critchlow said there are other ways to help with the blood drive. “Volunteers are needed to help staff the check-in table as well as the refreshments table,” she said. According to an e-mail sent to the Saint Mary’s community, students, faculty and staff can sign up for a donation appointment by visiting givelife.org with the sponsor code of smcnd. “Blood is always needed,” Critchlow said. “Please consider giving something incredibly special to those in need during this holiday season.”last_img read more

Mendoza earns No. 1 ranking once again

first_imgMove over, Notre Dame football. There’s a new Fighting Irish dynasty in town. For the third consecutive year, Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business was named the top undergraduate business school in the country by Bloomberg Businessweek magazine. University President Fr. John Jenkins commended the College for its focus on academic excellence and social responsibility. “To achieve the No. 1 ranking even once is outstanding, but three straight years is truly remarkable,” he said. “The high academic standards of our faculty and students in combination with our particular focus on using business to impact the greater good is what makes Mendoza stand out.” Roger Huang, interim dean of Mendoza, said he attributes the school’s continued excellence to the unique “Notre Dame spirit.” “I think [the Notre Dame spirit] is the ‘secret sauce’ we have here,” he said. “It’s the spirit that faculty has for helping students, the spirit of career services and student services at the University level and ways they go out of their way to help students, the spirit of Mendoza students to work hard and the spirit of alumni and friends of Notre Dame for the College.” These intangible qualities of the College’s undergraduate business program do not directly factor into Businessweek’s ranking system, which includes surveys of senior business majors and employers, median starting salaries for graduates, the number of alumni sent to top MBA programs from each school and a calculation of academic quality. Of the 142 undergraduate business programs included in Businessweek’s 2012 rankings, Mendoza ranked No. 1 based on student surveys and No. 2 according to recruiter surveys. Huang said he believes that “secret sauce,” combined with the mission statements of both Mendoza and Notre Dame, provides the real key to the success of the undergraduate business program. “Our mission statement is to educate students to be good academically, prepare them for professions and hold them accountable for what they do,” Huang said. “Since the school was founded, we have been teaching students not only what they need to know how to do but also how to go about doing that in the right way.” This consistency in the College’s teaching mission also applies to its emphasis on promoting ethical business practices among its students, Huang said. “The focus on how to do [business] in the right way comes through in courses in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, sustainability and social entrepreneurship,” he said. “We’ve been teaching that forever as part of our mission and our views of our position here.” Although the College appreciates being recognized for its excellence, Huang said maintaining the No. 1 ranking comes second to doing the “right thing.” “We’ll keep doing whatever it is that we believe is the right thing to do for our students, the College and the University, even if it has a negative impact on our ranking,” he said. With increased national attention on Mendoza’s undergraduate business program comes increased student interest and enrollment, but Huang said the College is equipped to handle short-term spikes in those areas. “In the short run, I think we’ll be able to accommodate the increased enrollment demands set by the ranking,” he said. “But if enrollment increases unabated, we might need to address more permanent long-term solutions by working together with the University as a whole.” At the same time, national recognition of Mendoza’s standard of excellence also places a sense of responsibility on the College, Huang said. “Being No. 1 is a responsibility because we are in the limelight,” he said. “It’s an opportunity to show the world who we are and what we stand for, which is that you can be good professionally and academically while being true to your values and traditions at the same time.” Contact Kristen Durbin at kdurbin@nd.edulast_img read more

Senior awarded scholarship

first_imgSenior Catherine Reidy will take the Notre Dame tradition across the pond next year to study for her master’s degree in African Studies on a Clarendon Scholarship at Oxford University. Reidy, a psychology major and member of the International Scholars Program at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, was offered a scholarship by the Social Sciences Division of Oxford to further develop her interest in international affairs and related fields. “I see myself heading along an academic, scholarly path, but one that informs policy and engagement in international affairs,” she said. “I have a lot of strong interdisciplinary interests I haven’t been able to engage in a classroom format at Notre Dame … and I think Oxford will help with that.” Oxford awards Clarendon Scholarships to 100 students each year, with 25 awardees coming from each of the University’s four academic divisions – humanities, medical sciences, mathematical, physical and life sciences and social sciences. The scholarship, which pulls candidates from the general pool of accepted students, covers full University tuition, additional college costs and a living expense stipend. Reidy’s interest in policy prompted her to apply to Oxford’s Masters program in comparative social policy as well.  She was accepted to both programs but offered a scholarship for African Studies. Reidy, who was also a Rhodes Scholar finalist, said she hopes to defer the comparative social policy program for one year and then pursue that Masters degree after she completes her first. “Ultimately, I’m seeking to apply what I learn in the classroom to some form of active engagement or policy concerns,” she said. “So I see these two departments as very complementary.” Reidy’s involvement with the Kellogg Institute sparked her interest in international affairs and policy, she said. As a research assistant for Catherine Bolten, assistant professor of anthropology, Reidy traveled to Sierra Leone to conduct independent research during the summers of 2011 and 2012. Reidy said in the west African nation, she worked with university students to explore their hopes and fears for the future as a potential peace-building mechanism. Their hope was their desire to engage in development might lead to a more stable society, Reidy said. Unfortunately, their dreams for a peaceful future are not always enough, she said. “While this is nice in theory, … how are they actually going to make that happen?” Reidy said. “They need policy. How can we develop the mechanisms or outlets by which students can actually realize their dreams?” In addition to her ground work in Sierra Leone, Reidy works as a student coordinator for Kellogg’s Africa Working Group, a forum for scholars to discuss research on Africa. Through this, she has worked with professors from all disciplines with ties to Africa – including sociology, political science and anthropology. “It is very interdisciplinary, I mean, I’m a psychology major,” Reidy said. “How do you apply all these things to debates about Africa? I’ve never been able to incorporate those into the classroom setting, and I’m hoping Oxford will allow me to do that.” Although Reidy said she always planned to pursue a Ph.D., she is now entertaining the idea of spending time in the field prior to that. “That could take the form of consulting for international organizations or doing more engaging in think tanks and doing research in that capacity,” she said. “As I continue to develop my particular interests, it could lead into a future doctoral discipline. It’s a little unclear right now, but that’s kind of exciting.” Contact Mel Flanagan at mflanag3@nd.edulast_img read more

Record number of guests visit campus on game day

first_imgThough players and fans may not have been satisfied with the results of last weekend’s football game against Oklahoma University, the people working behind the scenes to coordinate the weekend events said despite the influx of visitors, the weekend went well. Mike Seamon, director of game day operations, said more than 120,000 visitors made their way to campus last weekend, the highest total yet this year. “The near-perfect weather was a welcome change and added to the festivities of the weekend,” Seamon said. “As expected, we saw an increase in visitors to campus on both Friday and Saturday.” This increase was especially apparent in the parking lots on campus, which filled early in the day, Seamon said. “Given the spectacular weather, we found that people wanted to get to campus early and experience all of the various game day activities,” he said. Seamon said the tunnel tour of Notre Dame stadium had 4,752 visitors last Friday compared to 3,890 on Michigan State weekend and approximately 5,000 for Temple weekend. The pep rally had 7,500 people in attendance, compared to 7,000 before Michigan State and nearly 12,000 for the home opener. Additionally, the Friday football luncheon had more than 1,300 attendees, and students operating the campus pedal cab service provided more than 250 rides for guests on Friday and Saturday, Seamon said.  Phil Johnson, chief of police for Notre Dame Security Police, said his staff made no custodial arrests Saturday but issued two citations for underage drinking.  Seamon said no estimates were available on the number of Oklahoma fans who made it to the game, though they had a noticeable presence both on campus and in the stadium. “They obviously traveled well, but it’s impossible to guess how many bought tickets,” he said.  Seamon said he and his staff are currently preparing for this weekend’s “away-home game” against Arizona State University at Dallas Cowboys Stadium as part of the annual Shamrock Series. Contact Ann Marie Jakubowski at ajakubo1@nd.edulast_img read more

Notre Dame launches year-long commemoration of Fr. Sorin’s bicentennial

first_imgFr. Edward Sorin’s legacy at Notre Dame is so profound that his 200th birthday celebration will last right up until the day he would have turned 201.On Feb. 6, the University launched a year-long celebration of its founder, with a Mass celebrated in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and 19th-century French cuisine served in South Dining Hall. Chuck Lamphier, lead advisor for the Office of Mission Engagement and Church Affairs, said the events planned for the bicentennial celebration are intended to help students understand Sorin’s lasting legacy.“We all stand in that legacy, and all of us who are part of the Notre Dame community are part of that,” he said. “Understanding Fr. Sorin and what he wanted to do is an important part of being at this university.”The majority of the celebration will center on the feast date of Sorin’s patron saint, Edward the Confessor, on Oct. 13. Lamphier said this decision was made to respect Sorin’s own wishes.“When Sorin himself was alive, he discouraged the students of the University from celebrating his birthday. He didn’t want to bring attention to himself,” Lamphier said. “He did allow the students to celebrate on the day of St. Edward the Confessor.“We were faced with a dilemma, because what we’re celebrating is his 200th birthday, but we wanted to do so in a way that really honored him. And, it would be a lost opportunity to celebrate his bicentennial on one day. This gives us the chance to do it over a couple months, and the two dates are nice bookends.” Photo Illustration by Steph Wulz and Emily McConville Members of the Notre Dame community would send handmade greeting cards to Fr. Edward Sorin for Founder’s Day, celebrateed annually on Oct. 13. This card, from Eleanor C. Donnelly, dates from 1890.Fr. Robert Loughery, rector of Sorin College, said Mass in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on his hall’s namesake’s birthday. This community celebration of Mass was the most obvious way to mark the occasion, Lamphier said.“In commemorating Fr. Sorin, we knew that we had to celebrate the Eucharist in Mass, which was so central to his spirituality,” he said. “We wanted to gather the campus community in the Basilica to celebrate his legacy in the way he would have. He’d have said Mass in that building, too.”Also on Feb. 6, the dining halls served authentic 19th-century French cuisine, including poulet sauté chasseur (chicken sauté, hunter style), matelote a la mariner (fish stew) and estouffade á la provencale (braised beef pot roast). Lamphier said the meal’s purpose was to engage undergraduate students in the celebration, and there’s no better way to do that than the dining hall.”“The staff at Food Services were just terrific and willing to design a meal much like what Fr. Sorin would have had himself,” Lamphier said.Lamphier said groups across campus already have events lined up for the fall to continue the celebration.“The University Archives is launching a major effort to digitize Fr. Sorin’s papers so they can be more available to scholars and researchers,” he said. “They’re launching a new website they hope to have completed by October. The library will also be displaying Fr. Sorin’s artifacts in the concourse.”The Institute for Church Life will sponsor a lecture in the fall by theology professor John Cavadini about Sorin’s spirituality and how that is shown in the way Sorin designed the Basilica, Lamphier said. The Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism will also host a lecture about missionaries in the United States in the 19th century, including, but not limited to, Sorin.Lamphier also said because Sorin was an educator at heart, the Alliance for Catholic Education at Notre Dame will host a lecture to explore how Sorin’s zeal for education can inspire today’s educators. Campus Ministry’s annual preached retreat will focus on Sorin’s spirituality, as well.Beyond the specific events to celebrate the bicentennial anniversary, Lamphier said students will be encouraged to visit Sorin’s burial site on campus in the Congregation of Holy Cross cemetery.“When I think of Fr. Sorin’s legacy at Notre Dame, I think of that letter he wrote to Fr. Basil Moreau just after he arrived here, when he said that Notre Dame would be a means for good in this country,” he said. “As Notre Dame has grown, it has become exactly that. You can see it in the students that we graduate, the research done here and the service that students undertake.”Although Sorin was French by birth, Lamphier said many of his goals for the University reflect his understanding that it should be a “distinctly American institution.”“He understood that the United States was going to be a great superpower and an important place for the growth of the Church,” he said. “And he wanted Notre Dame to be not just a great Catholic center, but an outstanding university, the best university of its time.“I’d encourage students to participate in the events, but also to spend a bit of time at the Basilica or at the Log Chapel to realize that a great American figure was here within this community. Sometimes, we should take a minute to stand in awe of that.”For more information about specific events and plans, see sorin200.nd.eduTags: Bicentennial, Fr. Sorinlast_img read more

Conference explores development, business, service

first_imgKeri O’Mara | The Observer The sixth annual Human Development Conference at Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies will take place this weekend from Feb. 28 to March 1.The theme of this year’s student-led conference is “Transforming Development: New Actors, Innovative Technologies & Emerging Trends,” according to conference co-chair and senior Eddie Linczer.“No matter if your interest is healthcare or gender issues, failed states, emerging technologies, there is a wide range of panels,” he said. “There’s really something for everybody.”A main goal of the conference is to encourage discussion on the theme of forming development, Linczer said. He said he hopes the conference engages all the participants, who will come from Notre Dame, around the country and around the world.“I think a lot of Notre Dame students are involved in development, very interested in social justice and [they] have also been involved in Kellogg student programs, in the Center for Social Concern’s programs or in study abroad programs in the developing world,” Linczer said.Delegations will travel from places as far as India and Uganda. Dennis Haraszko, associate program director of the Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity, said Notre Dame maintains partnerships for research initiatives and programs with universities in these countries.“One of the ways we think we can support their work and support our interest in building a community of scholars interested in development is to partner with them and bring people from their university to participate in this conference,” Haraszko said.According to the Kellogg website, the theme of this year’s conference was inspired by the evolution of development and the constant introduction of new technologies. Linczer said he and his fellow co-chair, senior John Gibbons, were inspired by their time spent studying abroad in China.“In our time in the developed world, we really were fascinated by new inventions like SMS banking … and how these low-cost technologies are really transforming the way business can be conducted,” he said. “We’re really interested in new methodologies to measure the effectiveness of aid in development programs.”Linczer said the committee chose a broad theme in order to demonstrate inclusion to all forms of research, including science, engineering and policy.“Eddie and John basically wanted to think about how, what’s the best way to present new trends in development and what are some of the factors that are at play in international economic development,” Haraszko said.Haraszko said about six to seven subthemes revolve around the theme of transforming development, he said. These themes focus on collaboration, mobile technology, community interactions and projects with NGOs.“I just think it’s great to hear what the experience students have had, what research questions have sort of peaked their interest and then what they learned as they investigated those questions,” Haraszko said. “I think one of the main reasons to put on this conference is to encourage passion and interest in international development and in community development.“This conference provides a forum for students to become excited about the whole field. And I think to the extent that we can promote that, that’s what’s exciting.”The Human Development Conference allows students to gain interest in topics and issues of concern that then merit further investigation and further conversation, Haraszko said. If students gain interest and passion as a result, they can then pursue further training to answer their questions in greater depth, he said.“That’s the great piece of it in my mind,” Haraszko said. “I see this as the first step.”According to Therese Hanlon, events program manager of the Kellogg Institute, the conference averages around 200 to 300 students each year, and in the past, the administration has had to cut off registration due to capacity concerns.“We’re actually exceeding previous years right now in the pace of registrations and building at a fairly steady rate,” she said.The conference, which includes panel sessions, documentary screenings, posters and meals, begins at 2:30 p.m. Friday.To register for the conference, visit kellogg.nd.eduTags: business, development, Ford Program, Human Development Conference, Kellogg Institute, servicelast_img read more