Hums delivers his ‘Last Lecture’

first_img “Professors actually live through their students,” he said. “You’ll never know how much your successes mean to us.” “Friends are there forever.  They will help you get through your journey,” he said. “And colleagues help you do the heavy lifting. They are the people who lift you up continuously when you have your down days.” Hums told students to pick out one professor each semester and to take the opportunity to really get to know that professor. Hums said he still remembers when he was first accepted to Notre Dame as an undergraduate and how his mother cried when she heard the news. “You should always take the time to recognize who is walking with you,” he said in the lecture at Washington Hall.  “The three ‘P’s,’ parents, priests and professors, are especially important in your journey here at Notre Dame.” Hums encouraged students to think about the little butterfly effects in their lives. Hums told the students it’s okay if they encounter difficulties with the material in their classes.  The student government-sponsored Last Lecture Series gives Notre Dame professors the opportunity to share their life lessons and experiences outside of the classroom setting.  “You never know what experiences you may share with him or her or what doors it will open to you in the future,” he said. Hums said he believes the priests at Notre Dame are great resources of faith for the students to turn to in times of need. He also discussed the relationship between the professors and the students, drawing from his personal experience as a faculty member at the University.  “You have to understand that not only can you learn, but you can also enjoy it,” he said. The gap between students and professors at Notre Dame has grown, and Hums said he is said about that. “Never underestimate your parents’ love for you and make sure you reciprocate your love for them,” he said. Hums also said students should have a strong support system of friends and colleagues.   Everyone is on a journey and the most important part of that journey is the path that you travel along the way, accounting professor Ed Hums said Thursday evening at the fourth installment of the 2010-11 Last Lecture Series.  “There are a lot of people out there who struggle, and it’s okay,” he said. “You may get B’s or C’s, but you will still turn out well.” “There are so many simple events that lead you to great things,” he said. “It’s important to recognize them.”last_img read more

Irish to visit Yankee Stadium

first_img “I’ve never been to New York City before. I’ve heard the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty take too much time,” Garry said. “So I might just wander around the city.” “I’m actually flying out early because I’m going to be on Live with Regis and Kelly on Friday morning,” Zimmer said. “Then I’ll be hanging out with the band for most of the rest of Friday.” Soler said the student unions had to really work to gain the right-center field section in Yankee Stadium for Notre Dame students. “We visit so many landmark places and represent who we are.” “This weekend’s events were built around five main pillars,” Seamon said. “Academics, faith, service, athletics and the celebration of the Notre Dame family.” After the game, Garry said the band will perform at McColm’s Park for anyone who couldn’t go to the game. She said these trips are an opportunity to inspire people, especially in young audiences. Yesterday, the Irish left South Bend to take over Manhattan. Tomorrow, Notre Dame will take on Army in Yankee Stadium — this year’s neutral territory.  “The University has a policy that students don’t get tickets to away games with distances that might be considered unsafe to drive. So we really had to push for this,” she said. “Bottom line: This is a unique and special opportunity.” The neutral-territory tradition will continue next year at FedEx Field in Washington, D.C., Seamon said. Student body president Catherine Soler said while Army is bringing many cadets, Notre Dame will have a good representation in the stands. “It really has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life. To share this experience is so different and exciting,” Garry said. “We’re very lucky.” “The online ticket lottery sold all 600 tickets right away. We actually ended up getting some more tickets since there was such a high demand,” she said. The Band will then gather at 5:30 p.m. for the Pep Rally outside at Lincoln Center. Seamon said the Pep Rally will also feature Coach Brian Kelly, Notre Dame alumni and former player Justin Tuck — currently with the New York Giants, — representatives from the Yankees, Notre Dame Football Radio voice Don Criqui and other special guests. Game day will begin with a Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, where University President Fr. John Jenkins will be the main celebrant, Seamon said.  At noon, the band will perform in Times Square, followed by a tailgate at the New York Sheraton Hotel. Garry said the concert will run 45 minutes, an extended version of the normal performance on campus. “We’re then going to Yankee Stadium on subway cars from Times Square that they’ve blocked off for the whole band,” Garry said. “Then we’ll quickly practice with the West Point Glee Club for our halftime show.” At 7 p.m., the game begins. center_img Some might take a break around 3 p.m. to watch Bob Bernhard, vice president for Research, close the bell at NASDAQ Stock Market. Though there were initially rumors that the leprechaun would be closing the bell, Zimmer and the cheerleaders will only be present as Notre Dame representatives, Seamon said. In order to support these goals, Notre Dame sent the Marching Band, leprechaun and cheerleaders to New York to accompany the football team. Senior Glynnis Garry, drum major of the Notre Dame Marching Band, said the Band left Thursday morning, stopped at Strongsville High School in Ohio for a rehearsal and then stayed in Glenn Point, New Jersey for the night. “We hope to bring kids to Notre Dame so they can see how great of opportunities Notre Dame music in particular can bring,” Garry said. “It’s a really positive experience for everyone to see that camaraderie in a totally different city,” she said. “There, we can see Notre Dame has a strong effect over the entire country. “We have so much momentum behind us. With such a big opportunity on the lines, Notre Dame’s going to be playing hard,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to the atmosphere, playing it up and getting everyone pumped up for the game.” Zimmer said this game is very special, especially after the big win against Utah. Mike Seamon, head of Game Day Operations, said this year’s eighth home game at an away location was revealed at last year’s neutral territory game in San Antonio, Texas with certain goals in mind. “It’s definitely a big thing. I talked to last year’s leprechaun, Dan Collins, about what it means to be a true Irish fan and about subway alumni,” he said. “They originated in New York and there’s a lot of history out there, which is really neat to be a part of.” Soler agreed, saying neutral territory games truly demonstrate the Notre Dame spirit. She said it has been an honor to be part of a group of such incredible people. Zimmer said he has mostly been looking forward to interacting with fans. However this year’s leprechaun, senior David Zimmer, beat the Band and football team to New York. Today, band members have the day to themselves to explore Manhattan. last_img read more

A terrific growth’

first_imgEditor’s Note: This story is the first installment in a two-part series on University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh’s legacy at Notre Dame. This series is also the final installment in the “From the Office of the President” series. He befriended popes and presidents. His name is on the University library. Time Magazine featured him on its cover. He served on the Civil Rights Commission and stood hand-in-hand with Martin Luther King Jr. during the 1960s. Women can earn a Notre Dame degree because of him. But at the beginning of it all, University President Emeritus Fr. Ted Hesburgh didn’t want the job. “[Being president was] the last thing in the world I wanted to do, and I was not aching to get these big jobs,” Hesburgh said. “I just wanted to teach and be in the hall and work for the students. That’s literally what I had in mind of what I was going to spend my life doing. And I come back here, and within six or seven years, I wind up being president. “That to me was not exactly a gift from heaven.” Hesburgh had begun his studies at Notre Dame in 1934 and completed his undergraduate degree in philosophy at the Gregorian University in Rome in 1939. When he returned to Notre Dame in 1945, he was a priest interested in teaching theology and working as a rector in Farley Hall. By 1952, he was the 15th president of Notre Dame. He was 35 years old. In a recent interview with The Observer, Hesburgh, now 95, reflected on the change of plans that took him from a young theology professor to the office on the top of a library that bears his name and towers over the campus he helped build. “We were not a very great university at that time,” Hesburgh said. “We had a miserable little budget of about $7 million. Today, it’s $7 billion.” When Hesburgh first assumed the mantle of University president, the job was much different. The Congregation of Holy Cross governed Notre= Dame and ran many of its daily operations. The University president also acted as the superior of all the order’s priests on campus, and he was limited to two three-year terms in office. After Hesburgh completed his two terms in office, he said the congregation removed him from the position of superior that could by canon law only be held for six years. But he remained in the Office of the President. “At the end of six years, they said, ‘Keep on going,’” Hesburgh said. “And I went on for almost 40 years.” In 1967, the congregation relinquished official control of the University and turned its leadership over to a Board of Trustees, a mixed group of lay and religious members. With the change, Hesburgh said Notre Dame truly became a “self-propelled” establishment. “[The Congregation of Holy Cross] owned the University, insofar as anybody owns the University, but they turned it over to become an autonomous corporation,” Hesburgh said. “They took it lock, stock and barrel and turned it over to this new corporation called the University of Notre Dame du lac.” The Board of Trustees was not the only addition to Notre Dame during Hesburgh’s term. “We needed all kinds of buildings,” Hesburgh said. “We needed arts buildings, we needed science buildings, we needed laboratories, we needed playing fields, we needed everything. While Hesburgh added 40 new buildings to campus during his time at Notre Dame, his first order of business was hiring new deans to lead the University’s academic life to a new level. “You need absolutely first-rate deans who can reach out and attract faculty to transfer to Notre Dame, and once they get here, they can work with [those faculty] to increase … in their fields,” he said. “And that’s what happened. I mean today, I’d say the people that were teaching when I first became president could never get a job here.” Grants from the Ford Foundation and other organizations began the growth in fundraising and financial development that would skyrocket during Hesburgh’s tenure. During his 35 years, Hesburgh grew Notre Dame’s endowment from $9 million to $350 million, according to the University website. “The Ford Foundation got into a developmental program developing some promising colleges to grow into great universities,” he said. “We were one of the original five or six picked out.” Hesburgh credited the work of his fellow administrators, especially former executive vice president Fr. Ned Joyce. “The best friend I had was Edmund P. Joyce, Fr. Ned Joyce,” Hesburgh said. “He was a superb companion because first he was very smart, and on top of that he had knowledge that I didn’t have. He was a [certified public accountant], and he was also a big sporting fan so he knew about athletics.” Joyce retired from his position in 1987, the same year as Hesburgh. When the two retired, Hesburgh was the longest-tenured university president in the United States, according to the University website. His long time in office, so different than the life he planned for himself as a young theology professor, has been a blessing in disguise, Hesburgh said. “With continuity, everything moves,” Hesburgh said. “With discontinuity, everything changing every three or four years, you’re not going anywhere. One guy just gets started, and he’s changed with somebody else, and he just gets started, and you don’t have that continuous thrust upwards. But we had people around so long that we were part of a continual upward effort. “By and large, we are a fully-built, equipped, manned – and womaned – university. And it’s been a terrific growth.” Tomorrow: University President Emeritus Fr. Ted Hesburgh on keeping the door open to students.last_img read more

Irish explore social entrepreneurship

first_imgThe Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and the Fellow Irish Social Hub (FISH) will host the inaugural Irish Impact Social Entrepreneurship Conference today and tomorrow in the Mendoza College of Business. The conference, which begins tonight with an opening reception, aims to teach students more about what social entrepreneurship is and how they can become involved in the field. Melissa Paulsen, program manager for the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and concurrent professor, said several entrepreneurs involved in both non-profit and for-profit work will attend the conference. “We really wanted this to be about connecting the Notre Dame community, specifically Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s students, with the social entrepreneurship practitioners,” she said. Paulsen said she hopes students understand the range of possibilities for social entrepreneurship. “We define entrepreneurship as starting a business but it doesn’t have to be that way,” she said. “It doesn’t matter what your background is or the interests you have or discipline of choice. You can use that experience to engage in social enterprises on many different levels.” Students are invited to attend several workshops Friday morning that will cover the basics of social entrepreneurship, Paulsen said. “The idea behind the workshops is to basically give the community an idea of what social entrepreneurship is, what are start-up issues and incubation issues, how do you start a social enterprise,” she said. Different panels will address the challenges of starting such an enterprise, legal issues surrounding social entrepreneurship, international development and more, Paulsen said. One key feature of the day will be a career panel for students interested in social entrepreneurship, which will be followed by an opportunity fair where students can personally interact with the practitioners present. “You can ask questions like, Tell me more about your organizations,’ Tell me about your beneficiaries,’ How are you raising money?, How do you sustain yourself?,” Paulsen said. “And also, Do you have career opportunities or internships for students?.” After the workshops, the conference will host a Taste of Michiana luncheon, where local food entrepreneurs will show off their creations. The lunch will be followed by a presentation from the conference’s keynote speaker, Rishi Jaitly, Paulsen said. Jaitly founded Michigan Corps, has worked for Google Asia and Kiba Detroit and has been engaged in policy work, all since he graduated from the Princeton University in 2004. His keynote speech is titled, “Choose Your own adventure: The power of embracing your social entrepreneurial self,” and will focus on the different ways students can become involved in social entrepreneurship. “You don’t have to start a brand-new organization to be engaged in social entrepreneurship,” Paulsen said.last_img read more

Basilica named most beautiful college cathedral

first_imgThe University’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart, arguably one of the most beautiful buildings on campus, received official recognition when it topped’s “30 Most Beautiful College Cathedrals” list. Fr. Peter Rocca, rector of the Basilica, said he was thrilled to hear the Basilica had received the highest honor. “To be perfectly honest, I was surprised that the Basilica was ranked No. 1,” he said. “There was a lot of stiff competition among those [listed.]” The Princeton University Chapel, the West Point Cadet Chapel and Yale University’s Battell Chapel were among the 30 churches also to make the list. The list honored 21 churches at American universities and nine churches at European universities. JD Arney, editor of, said he chooses churches for the list based on one simple criterion: He listed the churches he found most beautiful. “Ultimately, a list like this is very subjective. … I compiled a large list of possible churches and then narrowed it down with the help of a colleague,” he said. “The criteria [were] really just to pick the churches I found the most aesthetically pleasing. “Many beautiful churches didn’t make the list, I probably could have made an honorable mention list with another 50,” Arney said. Arney said that he visited Notre Dame as a child, and acknowledged the visit might have swayed his decision to put the Basilica at the top of the list. “I grew up in southern Ohio, and have family in Indiana. I attended a Notre Dame football game when I was a kid. … I’m not sure if it factored into the decision, but it probably did, as it left quite an impression on me,” Arney said. Arney said that the Basilica was a natural choice for the most beautiful college church in the world. “[The] Basilica of the Sacred Heart is one of the few churches on the list that is iconic as a national landmark, and from the start I knew it would be my top selection. It’s also one of the few churches on the list, I think, that is the symbol of the entire university,” Arney said. “It was an easy choice as our most beautiful church, and while I’ve gotten a great deal of feedback on the list, I haven’t had anyone complain about Notre Dame’s selection as No. 1 overall.” Arney said the list was compiled independently of any influence from the respective universities. “It just came as a complete surprise to me,” Rocca said.last_img read more

Mendoza earns top rank

first_imgNotre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business took first for the fourth consecutive year in Bloomberg Businessweek’s ‘Best Undergraduate Business Schools’ ranking released Wednesday. Mendoza placed first in student satisfaction and fifth in employer satisfaction, two of the ranking criteria, Bloomberg Businessweek reported. Students surveyed by Bloomberg Businessweek commended Mendoza for its “well-rounded business curriculum, strong liberal arts bent and focus on ethics” in the article accompanying the ranking. Roger D. Huang, Dean of Mendoza, said the ranking highlights the work of those who shape Notre Dame into a “special place.” “There is so much that goes into the educational experience of the educational experience of being part of the Mendoza College of Business , including the spirit of the students, faculty, alumni and University as a whole,” Huang said in a University press release.   University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce and Cornell’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management earned second and third honors, respectively. The report ranked 145 undergraduate business programs this year. Bloomberg Businessweek said it examined nine data points to rank the schools, such as surveys of the satisfaction of both senior business majors and employers, median starting salaries of graduates and the number of graduates to pursue masters degrees from top programs.last_img read more

Historian encourages students to value diversity

first_imgHistorian Verge Gillam, familiarly known as Brother Sage, offered his life story to Saint Mary’s students Thursday in order to challenge them to extend themselves culturally and to ask questions. “None of you will approach me, but I want to know each and every one of you individually,” Gillam said. “I come from the African-American Experience. Most Africans in this country come from a peculiar institution called slavery.”  At the lecture, titled “The Value of Otherness,” Gillam said his mother briefly attended Wilberforce University before dropping out to for financial reasons. After three kids and a series of divorces, she returned to school. Her degree allowed her to teach in New Jersey, Spain and Germany. Once she got her graduate degree from Ball State University, she went on to teach in Korea and Turkey.  “After everything, my mother came away from her experience speaking six different languages,” Gillam said. “When she died, she had artifacts from 37 different countries in her room.” Gillman said he pursued an upper-level education for non-intellectual reasons. “I was a college graduate because I wasn’t going to Vietnam,” he said. “All my friends came back [from the Vietnam War] either crazy or dead.”  Gillam said his daughter attended the University of Cincinnati, and if his granddaughter attends a university, she will be a fourth-generation college graduate.  “That’s not something many people can say,” Gillam said.  After sharing his family’s story, Gillam examined the ideas of otherness and sameness. The former causes people to proceed with caution, while the latter is ‘safe,’ he said. He asked the audience to participate in an exercise about otherness. He read off a list of attributes and preferences that differentiated attendees from each other.  “I learned that in some way, somehow, we are all different,” Roger Cox, an employee at Memorial Hospital of South Bend, said after the exercise. “I really feel like otherness is the key to world peace.” Catherine Pittman, a professor of psychology at the College, said Saint Mary’s aims to increase its diversity.  “It’s something we think is very important,” she said. “If you look at our community, it’s not very diverse compared to South Bend or Indiana or [North] America. We are preparing our students to be leaders and change agents in the world, and the world is a lot more diverse than Saint Mary’s.  Gillam said people should associate otherness with individuality and exceptionality. He added that sameness can become repetitive. “The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts,” he said. “Go out and meet someone not from Saint Mary’s. Establish a rapport with them that allows you to step beyond. “I don’t think you can develop wisdom if you don’t do something out of the ordinary. Experience difference.” Contact Rebecca O’Neill at [email protected]last_img read more

Lecturer reflects on life of influential theologian

first_imgHenri Nouwen’s search for meaning led the Catholic priest and theologian to a Trappist monastery, Latin America, and finally, the L’Arche community, Andrea Smith Shappell said in a lecture Tuesday morning. The lecture, which detailed Nouwen’s roles as teacher, searcher and pastor, was part of the Center for Social Concerns’Lecturer  research lecture series. Smith Shappell, associate director for theological reflection and summer service learning, said her interest in Nouwen began upon reading his works and meeting him while she was an undergraduate student at Notre Dame. “I then looked forward to his visits to campus when I was working for the Center for Social Concerns in the early years. I also served on the board of the Henri Nouwen Society from 2005 to 2010,” she said.  After his ordination, Nouwen asked for permission from his archbishop to study psychology, Smith Shappell said, which was an “unusual” request in 1957. “Many Christians at that time perceived psychology to be an enemy of the faith, largely due to Freud’s influence,” she said. “But Nouwen believed that psychology dealt with issues that were important to the Church, particularly understanding human behavior in order to respond to the pastoral needs of humans.” Nouwen completed his doctorate in psychology and received a fellowship at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas, Smith Shappell said. The clinic was the birthplace of the field of “clinical pastoral education.”“Nouwen drew upon his experience as a psychologist to bring the knowledge of counseling and human behavior into pastoral ministry. He also adapted the CPE model to serve a wide audience of Christians, from college students to parishioners,” she said.  Smith Shappell said although Nouwen taught at prestigious institutions, published dozens of books and was a popular speaker, he was restless. “He continually engaged in a process of discernment, a particular type of theological reflection in making decisions in light of faith,” he said. “For Henri, the continuing question was, what is God calling me to do?” Nouwen taught at Yale from 1971 to 1981, and during this time he took sabbaticals at the Abbey of Genesee, a Trappist monastery in New York. “Henri taught about solitude and inner freedom, but he struggled with his own compulsions to keep speaking, writing and teaching at a frantic pace. He needed to retreat from life at Yale to address his compulsions in prayer and solitude,” he said. “Nouwen was friends with the Genesee abbot, Dom Bamberger, and made the unusual request to become a temporary member of the monastery. … While at the abbey, Henri discovered the utter necessity of life in community as something he had craved. He reflected that his capacity for intimacy with God was his interrelated with his ability to love and live with other monks.”After a few months at the monastery, Smith Shappell said, Nouwen became frustrated by the isolation of the abbey. “Henri decided he wanted to return to Yale to write more and speak less, realizing that none of the problems he brought to the abbey had been resolved, nor would a longer stay help him,” he said. During his time at Yale, Nouwen developed an interest in Latin America, Smith Shappell said. “Through contacts with Maryknoll missioners, Henri made plans to spend six months in both Bolivia and Peru in 1981,” she said. ”He felt called to work in Peru, but after a few months, he recognized that he did not fit in, and those that lived with him, the Maryknoll missioners, recognized that as well.“Henri felt the Maryknoll missioners were intensely individualistic in their struggle for justice and peace. His longing for a community of prayer was not compatible with their lifestyle nor did he agree with their more militaristic strain of liberation theology.”Although few people have the ability to explore vocation by living in monasteries and traveling to South America, Smith Shappell said, “what we can learn from Henri is to continually listen to God’s call to deepen our attention to prayer and contemplation and to find ways to heed the call to action in response to injustice.”Nouwen returned to the United States, Smith Shappell said, when he recognized that he was not called to live in Latin America, but inform others what was happening there. “One way he did this was to join a Witness for Peace delegation, for a trip to the border of Nicaragua and Honduras. Witness for Peace was a movement against the U.S. involvement in the contra-war in Nicaragua in the 1980s,” she said. “Unlike the Vietnam War protests that were held in the United States, people traveled to Nicaragua’s war zones to see firsthand the effects of the war.” After meeting with women who lost their husbands and sons in the war, Nouwen shared their stories in lectures across the United States. “He wanted to show that what the U.S. was doing was, in his words, unjust, illegal and immoral,” she said. Nouwen also proposed the concept of communal reconciliation, Smith Shappell said. “Henri continually asked forgiveness for the sins that the U.S. government and citizens committed against the women and their country. His experience stretched the understanding of reconciliation: It wasn’t an individual sacrament, but there was need, in a way, to enter into communal reconciliation for social sin,” she said. “He toured the nation talking about this experience and the power of forgiveness. His lens, though, was always one of spirituality — a pastoral response.”Nouwen did not choose to write or lecture about reconciliation or social sin, but he expressed his concern though his actions, Smith Shappell said. “Nouwen is not known as a social justice activist, but he marched with Martin Luther King, Jr., in Selma. He protested against nuclear submarines Connecticut, and he toured the country to tell people what was really happening in Nicaragua,” she said. In the third phase of his life, Nouwen lived in a L’Arche community, Smith Shappell said. “L’Arche is a movement started by Jean Vanier in France, creating communities of people who have disabilities, who live with assistants. The assistants help them to reach the expression of their full humanity,” she said.Smith Shappell said Nouwen’s move to the L’Arche community “meant counter-culturally embracing ‘downward mobility,’” a concept that was grounded in his understanding of the Incarnation. “His experience living with the L’Arche community was the culmination of integrating his theology of downward mobility with his lived experience,” she said. “Downward mobility led Nouwen to a community where the core members did not read his books or know he wrote books. “The accolades Henri had received as a well-known speaker and author were replaced with a community that appreciated him as a human being, to love and be loved. This was the home — the earthly home — that Henri had been searching for.” Tags: Center for Social Concerns, Henri Nouwenlast_img read more

Mass remembers theology professor Fr. Elizondo

first_imgNotre Dame faculty, staff and students gathered in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart for Thursday afternoon for a Mass in memory of theology professor Fr. Virgilio Elizondo, who died March 14 in San Antonio. Elizondo, the University of Notre Dame professor of Pastoral and Hispanic Theology, is widely considered the founder of U.S. Latino theology and received the 1997 Laetare Medal. University President Fr. John Jenkins celebrated the Mass, and Fr. Daniel Groody, director of immigration initiatives for the Institute for Latino Studies, delivered the homily.Groody said Elizondo was a man who was devoted to relationships, gave generously and “greeted people with open arms.”“Wherever he went, he often could be found around a table, gathering people together, forming new relationships, discussing new ideas,” he said.Elizondo’s death was ruled a suicide, according to a South Bend Tribune report. Elizondo was named in a 2015 San Antonio civil suit alleging Elizondo sexually abused the unnamed plaintiff when he was a minor, according to a report originally run by WSBT. Elizondo last taught at the University during the spring 2015 term, University spokesperson Dennis Brown said in an email. The lawsuit was filed against the Archdiocese of San Antonio, Fr. Jesus Armando Dominguez and Elizondo in Bexar County district court. It alleges Dominguez repeatedly sexually abused the plaintiff, listed as “John Doe” in the 1980s. When the plaintiff asked Elizondo for help dealing with Dominguez’s abuse in 1983, the lawsuit alleges “Elizondo began to fondle the Plaintiff’s genitals, taking advantage of the same sexual liberties Plaintiff complained of with Father Dominguez.”In his homily, Groody spoke on the allegations of sexual abuse made against Elizondo last year.“In May of last year, a man came forward with allegations that he was sexually, repeatedly abused by a priest more than 30 years ago. If such allegations are true, it’s an egregious injustice against this human being. That priest, however, was not Virgil Elizondo,” he said. “These allegations [were] against another priest who fled the country and was never heard from again. Virgil later became connected to the allegations through one disputed incident of the plaintiff, which Virgil completely denied. He was brought into this case not because he was a serial abuser, but because he was a highly visible, accomplished, respected cleric. … This one accusation put the spotlight entirely on Virgil.”Groody said that Elizondo, who lived an “abundantly fruitful life,” but the weight of the allegations “eventually crushed him.” “During this time, Virgil became not only the embodiment of his Christological synthesis, but even our deepest fears as human beings. He became the reject,” he said. “To our eyes, he appeared to reject the last moment of his life — even those closest to him do not know the reasons why he took his life.” Those who gather to remember Elizondo “affirm in faith that even as he went through rejection in this life, God did not reject him in the world to come,” Groody said.“And as we have struggled in these weeks, ultimately realizing that the final question about Virgil can never be, ‘Why did he take his own life?’” he said. “The central question must always be, ‘How did he give us life?’”Tags: Virgilio Elizondolast_img read more

SUB discusses events for upcoming school year

first_imgWith events like Dogs and Donuts, weekly movie showings, AcoustiCafe every Thursday night and a concert each semester, Student Union Board (SUB), has a hand in many of the on-campus programs aimed at improving student life. Executive director Jackson Herrfeldt, who is starting his third year at SUB, said one of SUB’s main goals is to engage the student body as much as possible.“We’re working with different organizations on campus for big events in the spring semester and we’re also really spending time focusing on working with what students want. We’re trying to make sure every event we have is geared toward as many students as possible and what they would enjoy best,” Herrfeldt said.SUB is comprised of nine different committees: AcoustiCafe, Antostal, Collegiate Jazz Festival, Concerts, Movies, Festivities, Services and Special-E, or Special Entertainment. Sammy Meehan, one of SUB’s assistant directors, said she is looking forward to the flexibility Special-E offers. While the committee has mostly brought in comedians, Meehan said new programming is in the works.“Special-E is the miscellaneous committee within SUB and has a lot of freedom to bring a variety of acts to campus,” Meehan said in an email. “We have been talking about bringing mind-readers, hypnotists, improv troupes and magicians, so there is a lot to look forward to from Special-E this year.”Meehan also expressed her excitement to be involved in the planning of the Collegiate Jazz Festival, or CJF, at the end of February, which is the oldest college jazz festival in the country.“It is one of my favorite events on campus. It is a weekend-long festival that attracts college jazz bands from around the country,” Meehan said. “It is a unique event because many local residents also attend the event, so it helps connect ND students with their local community.”SUB committees start planning big events like CJF months in advance, Herrfeldt said, to ensure the contracts and logistics are in order. Planning is already underway for CJF and for the first semester concert. Both Herrfeldt and assistant director Madi McFarland said concert plans are kept quiet until they are finalized.“We always like to keep it a little bit secret just because if anything falls through we don’t want it to get out, but we’re definitely working on developing a new system for our concerts, dividing that up a little differently to really please as many students as possible,” Herrfeldt said.One such change to the concert plans is to book a bigger artist for the spring semester concert, McFarland said in an email.“Concerts is definitely our most confidential committee because there is a lot riding on who we bring to campus. We usually have one concert each semester but we decided to go for a smaller one this semester and have not made any plans for next semester yet,” McFarland said. “Planning for this event starts far in advance, so once we confirm the artist for our smaller concert this semester (which should be fairly soon) we will start planning for next semester.”On a smaller scale, SUB plays movies not yet released on DVD every week for just three dollars, while the Services committee hosts finals and midterms stress relievers, providing students with free food and an excuse to take a study break. The Festivities committee plans events like their free guacamole giveaway on National Guacamole Day during the first week of class. Both Herrfeldt and McFarland said Dogs and Donuts is by far one of SUB’s most popular programs.“My favorite event in the past that I have been a part of is Dogs and Donuts. It’s a Festivities event where we bring Rise’n Roll donuts and puppies from nearby shelters and just hang out on the quad. It is so much fun and a great stress reliever,” McFarland said. “This year, Festivities is looking forward to putting a fun new spin on this event, which is all I can say but get excited for that.”Herrfeldt said SUB’s cooperative and open-minded group dynamic is what has brought him back each year.“We always like to joke that we’re the fun side of student government because there’s a bunch of different divisions of the student union and we take the programming division,” Herrfeldt said. “I think because of that and because we do such unique and interesting events, we thrive on a fun, comedic team-bonding environment.”Tags: student events, Student Union Board, SUBlast_img read more