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Welcome Week engages first-year students in residential, academic activities despite social distancing challenges

first_imgCourtesy of Katrina Vogel Members of the Farley Hall Welcome Week team prepare to introduce first-years to their dorm community.The team tasked with planning all of the welcome events included the Welcome Week Steering Committee (WWSC), hall staff and individual dorm teams composed of upperclassmen residents. The teams struggled with recreating the welcoming experience of previous years while adhering to the new protocols around campus.“It took a lot of time and a lot of ideas that didn’t end up working, but in the end, I think we did the best that we possibly could have considering the circumstances,” junior Katrina Vogel, who served as Farley Hall Welcome Week co-captain, said.After much deliberation, the Welcome Week planning committees settled on a plan to create a hybrid experience for the first-years. The events were to be half in-person and the other half on Zoom. Logistically, this posed a challenge. On top of the individual dorm activities organized by their respective teams, the WWSC utilized new spaces such as the stadium, several ballrooms and lecture halls, the Stepan Center and numerous quads for orientation events.“While utilizing new spaces presented challenges, it also served as an incredible example of the collaboration across campus. Departments and teams from every corner of the University worked in a particular way to welcome new students,” Donahue and Whittington said.With Welcome Week over and the first week of classes underway, the first-years are experiencing their first taste of college life. Through their experience this week and beyond, Vogel said she would encourage first-years to talk to everyone.“It will be hard this year, but when sitting in socially distant classes, [they should] just turn to the person next to them, introduce themselves and start a conversation [that] could make a world of difference,” Vogel said. “You truly never know who could turn out to be one of your best friends for life.”Tags: 2020 fall semester, class of 2024, Welcome Week 2020, Welcome Week Steering Committee Members of the class of 2024 were introduced to campus last week with a revamped Welcome Week meant to mirror previous years’ programs while also fostering a safe environment in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.The first-years were separated into two groups — blue and gold. The blue group arrived Monday, Aug. 3, with the gold group moving in behind them Wednesday, Aug. 5. The separate arrival dates allowed for increased distancing and safety during move-in. Although the gold group had less time on campus, the programming was nearly identical for the two groups, according to the co-directors of welcome activities, Lauren Donahue and Andrew Whittington.Over the course of the week, students had the ability to hear from Campus Ministry, the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being and the Center for Social Concern. Every college –– with representatives from every major — and many more campus centers and organizations. Donahue and Whittington said the programs are meant to give first-years a chance to explore.“We seek to share the unique characteristics of a Catholic, Holy Cross undergraduate education with our new students to set initial expectations for being members of a safe and inclusive community, to introduce and inspire engagement in academic and residential life at Notre Dame, and to facilitate the exploration of University resources available to students and their families,” Whittington and Donahue said.While Welcome Week certainly looked different from what returning students might remember, first-years still got to experience annual, though slightly-altered, traditions such as the Welcome Mass, watching Rudy in the football stadium, visiting the Grotto for the first time and taking a class photo in the stadium. For all of these events, adjustments were made to maintain students’ health and safety. For the Welcome Mass and the movie, each student received an assigned seat located next to either their family or their roommate and distantly surrounded by other residents of their dorm.The grotto visit was staged in waves and organizers enforced a strict six-foot social distancing guideline during the service. In addition, two class photos for the class of 2024 were taken Sunday in the stands of the football stadium, rather than on the field, with the intention of merging the two images together after the fact.Even in this time of uncertainty and adjustment, many freshmen and transfer students were able to have a memorable welcome to Notre Dame. First-year Aiden Robertson said that watching Rudy in Notre Dame Stadium and partaking in his dorm’s traditions were his two favorite parts of the week’s activities.“Everything played as normal,” Robertson said when asked about his thoughts of the effects of the COVID-19 adjustments.“It’s been fantastic,” Robertson said. “I don’t think I’ve been somewhere where people have been this nice. Everyone here seems to have a vested interest in the success of everybody else.”last_img read more

 

The Fans Have Spoken! Your Pick for the Best Song in Grease!

first_img“There Are Worse Things I Could Do” “Born to Hand Jive” “You’re the One That I Want” “Beauty School Dropout” “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee” “We Go Together” View Commentscenter_img “Hopelessly Devoted to You” “Greased Lightning” Grease is totally definitely 100% the word! If you’re like us (and we know you are), you’re counting down the days until Aaron Tveit, Julianne Hough, Vanessa Hudgens and more knock our socks off with Grease: Live on Fox. The live broadcast on January 31 has us shoobopping everywhere we go. This made us wonder what you think the best song is in Grease. It’s not an easy question to answer, so we asked you to give us your top 10 on ranking site Culturalist.com. The results are in. Look below! “Grease” “Summer Nights”last_img read more

 

Alexandra Silber Enlists Santino Fontana for Book Celebration & More

first_imgAlexandra Silber(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Alexandra Silber Will Preview Her Fiddler NovelAlexandra Silber will tease her upcoming novel After Anatevka at Symphony Space on March 28. At the event, Silber will read selections from the book, which will be released this summer and imagines Fiddler on the Roof’s Hodel as she searches for her fiancé following the events of the musical. The event will also feature a special introduction from lyricist Sheldon Harnick and a performance of eight songs inspired by the text. The roster set to perform the numbers includes Broadway favorites Santino Fontana, Ryan Silverman and Tony winner John Cullum.Julia Murney, Lauren Molina & More Set for Yale Rep’s AssassinsA handful of stage favorites will head to Connecticut this spring, because everybody’s got the right to be happy. Yale Repertory Theatre will present Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Assassins from March 17 through April 8, and the cast will feature Julia Murney (Wicked) as Sara Jane Moore, Lauren Molina (Rock of Ages) as Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme and Robert Lenzi (Tuck Everlasting) as John Wilkes Booth. Also in the lineup are Stanley Bahorek, Stephen DeRosa, Lucas Dixon, Austin Durant, Dylan Frederick, P.J. Griffith, Richard R. Henry, Fred Inkley, Courtney Jamison, Jay Aubrey Jones, Brian Ray Norris, Sana “Prince” Sarr and Liz Wisan.Full Cast Announced for The Hairy Ape with Bobby CannavaleThe cast is now set for Park Avenue Armory’s production of Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape. Joining Tony nominee Bobby Cannavale (who will star as Yank) in the inventive staging by Richard Jones will be David Costabile as Paddy, Becky Ann Baker as Mildre’s Aunt and Catherine Combs as Mildred, as well as Chris Bannow, Tommy Bracco, Emmanuel Brown, Nic Bruder, Phil Hill, Cosmo Jarvis, Mark Junek, Henry Stram, Jamar Williams, Isadora Wolfe and Amos Wolff. Instead of a proscenium stage, the production will feature a conveyer belt set that will revolve around the audience. Performance will run from March 25 through April 22.Williamstown Theatre Festival Announces New SeasonThe Williamstown Theatre Festival has announced its 2017 summer season. The lineup begins on the Main Sage with Jen Silverman’s The Roommate; the Mike Donahue staging will star Emmy winner S. Epatha Merkerson and Emmy nominee Jane Kaczmarek. Jessica Hecht and Priscilla Lopez will star in a new production of Sarah Ruhl’s The Clean House, directed by Rebecca Taichman. Lonny Price will helm Timothy Prager and Geoff Morrow’s new musical A Legendary Romance. On the Nikos stage, WTF will present four world premieres: Jason Kim’s The Model American, Harrison David Rivers’ Where Storms Are Born, Helley Feiffer’s Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow and Anna Ziegler’s Actually.last_img read more

 

Straight from the Barrel

first_imgI don’t know why my ancestors decided to settle in the Southern Appalachians, but I’m glad they did. Because of their decision to head south after getting off the boat from Italy, I get to enjoy the bounty of life in the South. Fried chicken. Pisgah’s singletrack. and of course, whiskey. If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that, like me, you’re within a half-day’s drive of some of the greatest distilleries on the planet–operations that are making bourbon, rye and Tennessee whiskey. It’s true that most of these distilleries distribute their whiskey all over the country and beyond, but there’s something special about going straight to the source for a taste. I recently had the chance to visit Jack Daniel’s in Lynchburg, Tennessee. I got to tour the facility and walk through one of their barrel houses, where assistant master distiller Chris Fletcher tapped into a barrel on the seventh floor and let us take a few sips straight from the vessel. The whiskey was dark, smelled a hell of a lot like oak, and tasted good as hell. Yeah, the spirit was hot—out of the barrel, Jack Daniel’s is anywhere from 129 to 140 proof—so there was a little burn, but beyond that heat there were big notes of caramel and vanilla, along with stone fruit like cherry and even banana. And of course, the oak was all over that whiskey. Imagine your last Jack Daniel’s experience, then multiply it by 100. That’s what it’s like to taste it straight from the barrel. While we’re closer to Jack Daniel’s distillery than most people in the country, it’s still a haul. The 2,000-acre property sits in the middle of Tennessee. Drive all the way to Nashville, turn south and keep on driving. It’s not exactly convenient. Luckily, Jack Daniel’s has taken some of the legwork out of the process of barrel tasting with their Single Barrel Barrel Proof whiskey. It’s big and oaky, with a hefty 130 (ish) proof, and as close as you can get to tasting whiskey straight from the barrel, on the seventh floor of one of their barrel houses.last_img read more

 

Uruguay Disrupts Human Trafficking Network of Chinese Victims Bound to Argentina

first_imgBy Dialogo December 20, 2012 Uruguayan police disrupted a human trafficking network, whose victims were Chinese nationals. The victims were to be transported to Argentina through the Uruguay River, which borders both countries, and were probably destined to work in Buenos Aires, informed police sources on December 17. Among the arrested individuals, there is an official from the Argentine Gendarmerie, as well as officials from the Uruguayan National Migration Office. “It is likely that the Chinese individuals, who entered Uruguay illegally on several occasions, were supposed to work in Buenos Aires,” said an official involved in the investigation. On December 17, José Izquierdo, head of Interpol Uruguay, said, “we are confronting a very important organization; this is not an isolated event, but a criminal organization that perpetrated human trafficking activities using Chinese people.” “The victims are seven Chinese nationals; one of them a minor aged 16, while the rest are between 20 to 30 years old,” the director added, explaining that the operation took place in the Uruguayan town of Fray Bentos on the Uruguay River’s coast (300 km northeast of Montevideo).last_img read more

 

Chilean Armed Forces Conduct Joint Training Operation Huracán 2015

first_img Huracán 2015’s tactical operations portions were held at Armed Forces’ training camps in the cities of Iquique, Pozo Almonte, and in the coastal area of Pisagua, all in Tarapacá. Meanwhile, Army Special Forces Troops conducted a joint airborne and amphibious drill with the Navy in Punta Pisagua on the Pacific Ocean. “They are the culmination of a series of training sessions that are held throughout the year,” said Lieutenant General John Griffiths Spielman, Commander of Chile’s Joint Command North. “In order to subsequently achieve the use of this force in a joint environment, wherein we learn important lessons.” “Huracán 2015 is coordinated by Chile’s Joint Staff in its role as the driver of force in case of external or internal conflict,” explained Lieutenant Colonel Augusto Scarella Arce, the Secretary General of Chile’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, in an interview with Diálogo. The Huracán program, which has been held annually in November since its inception in 2000, is a major part of new Chilean service members’ training. From March to July, the new personnel complete basic training and are inducted as Soldiers before going through skill-specific “maneuvers” training and assigned to Squadrons, Battalions, Brigades, and Divisions. Service members who complete maneuvers training participate in joint training exercises. Major part of new service members’ training Tanks, frigates, submarines, and combat and transport aircraft were used during the exercise by more than 2,500 Troops from the Army, 2,000 Sailors from the Navy, and 1,000 personnel from FACh. The final joint aerial-terrestrial operation – a counter-ground forces offensive, during which the Army created a task force – was at the Army’s training camp in Pampa Perdiz, located 30 kilometers to the north of Iquique. Training ended with all personnel eating a traditional meal known as a “rancho.” center_img Huracán 2015, directed by the country’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, is considered the most important exercise the Chilean Armed Forces conduct, given the large deployment of staff and vehicles. The operation tests interoperability capabilities and force procedures. Fifty-five hundred Chilean Army, Navy, and Air Force (FACh) service members participated in Huracán 2015, a series of joint sea, air, and land exercises conducted from November 8-13th in Tarapacá’s Region I, in northern Chile. The training was designed to teach Troops how to protect civilians during natural disasters, conduct national defense operations, and promote international cooperation. “(We are seeking) to train the participating forces from a joint point of view, so as to achieve a synergy among the capabilities of each of the participating bodies,” said Lieutenant General Arturo Merino, Chairman Chilean Joint Chiefs of Staff. By Dialogo December 29, 2015 Well THAT’S being prepared physically, above all mentally, best regards to all the forces of every nation and may you have a Happy New Year 2016. Best regards comrade in arms. VERY GOOD ARTICLES. CONGRATULATIONS. This is what it means to be courageous. Congratulations to all the military forces of the world who make an effort to do a decent job especially those from my country the Dominican Republic. Keep it up, boys last_img read more

 

Port Jefferson Doctor Accused of Forcible Touching

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A neurologist has been arrested for allegedly forcibly touching a female patient in his Port Jefferson office two months ago, Suffolk County police said.Dr. Jacob Mathew was charged Wednesday with forcible touching.Police said the 58-year-old doctor forcibly touched the victim during a treatment visit at his Oakland Avenue office in February.He will be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip at a later date.Sixth Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on this case to call them at 631-854-8652.last_img read more

 

Postexposure Marburg vaccination protects monkeys

first_img The authors conclude, “These results evidently have important clinical implications, and offer a new treatment approach for [Marburg] haemorrhagic fever and perhaps for other viral haemorrhagic fevers.” The Marburg vaccine is based on a modified version of the vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV), which causes mouth inflammation in livestock. Researchers made the vaccine by inserting a surface glycoprotein gene from the Marburg virus into a live but weakened recombinant form of VSV (rVSV). In a previous study, the vaccine protected four monkeys when they were exposed to the virus 4 weeks after vaccination. May 2, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – An experimental vaccine protected monkeys from the deadly Marburg hemorrhagic fever virus even though they weren’t vaccinated until after exposure, according to a report published in the April 29 issue of The Lancet. The finding suggests that the vaccine could be effective for postexposure protection of laboratory or healthcare workers accidentally exposed to the Marburg virus, says the report by a team of US and Canadian researchers. In assessing immune responses after 10 days, the researchers found low to moderate amounts of immunoglobulin M (IgM) against Marburg in four of the five treated monkeys and moderate amounts of IgG in all five. However, no cellular immune response was detected. The authors write that the Marburg virus dose they used represents a worst case for a needlestick accident. Because many human exposures probably involve much smaller amounts of virus, the “window” for postexposure immunization is probably longer than 20 to 30 minutes, they suggest. Future animal studies, the report says, should focus on how long after exposure the vaccine can be used successfully and whether the vaccine used in this study, based on the Musoke strain of Marburg, will work against other strains. There is no licensed vaccine and no specific treatment for Marburg fever, which resembles Ebola hemorrhagic fever and is fatal in most cases. A Marburg epidemic in Angola in 2004 and 2005 killed 227 of 252 people infected, according to Angolan government figures. The vaccine’s protective mechanism in rhesus macaques remains to be determined, the article says. However, the same is true of postexposure protection conferred by rabies and smallpox vaccines in humans. See also: Although three of the five immunized monkeys had a fever by the sixth day after exposure, all five of them survived, the report says. In contrast, the three control monkeys all died by the 12th day, after showing signs of Marburg fever. The controls all had high levels of Marburg virus in their blood by day 6. Polymerase chain reaction testing showed transient viremia in four of the five treated monkeys on day 3, but plaque assays revealed no Marburg virus in their plasma at any point. Jun 7, 2005, CIDRAP News story “Ebola, Marburg vaccines work in monkeys” Daddario-DiCaprio KM, Geisbert TW, Stroher U, et al. Postexposure protection against Marburg haemorrhagic fever with recombinant vesicular stomatitis virus vectors in non-human primates: an efficacy assessement. Lancet 2006 Apr 29;367:1399-404 [Abstract] In the new study, eight rhesus macaques were injected with 1,000 plaque-forming units (pfu) of Marburg virus. About 20 to 30 minutes later, five of the monkeys were injected with the experimental vaccine, and the other three were injected with nonspecific rVSV formulations for control purposes. The time interval was assumed to be about how long it would take to vaccinate someone after an accidental needlestick exposure. The experiment was conducted in a biosafety level 4 lab at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) in Maryland. The research team included Kathleen M. Duddario-DiCaprio of USAMRIID as first author, along with other scientists from USAMRIID, the Uniformed Services Universtiy of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md.; Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, Man.; the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg; and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Bethesda, Md. May 25, 2004, CIDRAP News story “Russian scientist dies of Ebola after lab accident”last_img read more

 

Germany ramps up coronavirus tests to 500,000 a week

first_imgGermany has boosted its coronavirus test rate to 500,000 a week, a virologist said Thursday, adding that early detection has been key in keeping the country’s death rate relatively low.”The reason why Germany has so few deaths compared to the number of infected people can be explained by the fact that we carry out an extremely large number of laboratory diagnostic tests,” said Christian Drosten, who heads the Institute of Virology at Berlin’s Charite University Hospital.”Estimates from the last days show that we are carrying out half a million tests a week,” he added. Topics : Drosten also highlighted Germany’s dense network of laboratories spread across its territory as a factor contributing to early detection.Meanwhile the research ministry said it would commit 150 million euros (US$164 million) to improve communication between hospitals and laboratories about coronavirus patients’ health data, hoping the information exchange could feed into development of a vaccine.Official data compiled by the disease control agency Robert Koch Institute show that 36,508 people have been infected in Germany, including 198 who have died from the disease.At 0.54 percent, Germany’s death rate is far lower than the 7.3 percent in Spain where 4,089 deaths were recorded for 56,188 confirmed cases. center_img France has also recorded 1,331 fatalities of 25,233 confirmed infections — a death rate of 5.2 percent.Besides the large-scale testing, experts in Germany also said that the virus has largely affected a younger, healthier section of the population compared to elsewhere.At the same time, experts have repeatedly warned that in the country where almost a quarter of the population is over 60, the number of deaths could still skyrocket if people do not stick to measures to help halt contagion. Lockdown measures are in place across Germany, preventing people from leaving their homes except for essential trips, while most shops, restaurants and bars are closed. last_img read more

 

Rights group welcomes draft rules that could end China dog meat trade

first_imgDraft rules by Chinese authorities that specify dogs as “companion animals” rather than livestock were hailed by a rights group Thursday as an “encouraging” step towards ending the dog meat trade in the country.China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs published a list of animals that can be traded for meat Wednesday that included pigs, cows, chickens and sheep, but excluded dogs and cats.The new list also specified that livestock refers to animals that have been domesticated and bred by people for a long time in order to provide products such as meat, eggs and fur. Humane Society International said in a statement Thursday that the latest draft document “could signal a critically important shift in China’s desire to see an end to the dog and cat meat trade”.”Coming so soon after Shenzhen’s dog and cat meat ban, it is incredibly encouraging,” said its international media director Wendy Higgins.”This is the first time the national government in China has explicitly explained why dogs… are excluded from the official livestock list, stating that these are companion animals and not for eating,” she added.The animal protection group estimates some 10 million dogs a year are killed for China’s dog meat trade.According to activists, thousands are killed for a festival in the town of Yulin in southern Guangxi province every year, and eaten to mark the late-June summer solstice. China in recent weeks banned the sale of wild animals for food, citing the risk of diseases spreading from animals to humans. The illegal animal trade has been blamed for the emergence of the new coronavirus outbreak that has spread across the globe and killed more than 87,000 people.While trade and consumption made a comeback despite similar measures taken after the 2003 SARS outbreak, there are signs that such moves are being taken more seriously this time.The southern city of Shenzhen passed a law last week banning the consumption of wild animals, including dog and cat meat, a step also welcomed by animal rights activists.center_img Topics :last_img read more