Month: January 2021

 

Student government offers city bus tour

first_imgTo counteract students’ tendency to stay within the Notre Dame campus “bubble,” student government is offering a bus tour of South Bend.The bus tour, which has been offered for the past five years, will leave from the flagpole between the Joyce Center and the stadium at 5 p.m. Monday.The tour is meant to provide students an opportunity to see the city of South Bend as more than just home to the University.Junior Claire Sokas, chair of student government’s Community Outreach Committee, said students, especially freshmen, have much to gain from becoming better acquainted with the community outside the campus.“It will give them a better idea of the opportunities and activities off campus,” Sokas said. “I hope it gets them to get off campus a lot more than I did my freshman year.”Transpo, South Bend’s bus service, provided the buses and collaborated with student government in planning the event.“I hope it helps [students] realize how easy it is to get off campus with Transpo, and how many things there are to do, especially in downtown South Bend which is really thriving,” Sokas said.The bus tour will highlight the city’s shopping and dining areas — from the stores and restaurants along the campus’s perimeter at Eddy Street Commons to those at the center of downtown South Bend.The tour will stop downtown at the Morris Plaza for pizza and a brief presentation with Mayor Stephen Luecke before returning to campus, Sokas said.While incoming freshmen are especially encouraged to take advantage of the bus tour, all students are welcome to take part, and there should be enough space on the buses to accommodate all interested students.“The tour is open to anyone, but geared towards freshmen,” Sokas said. “Last year’s turnout was really good, so we’re hoping this year’s is too.”There will be a table set up at Domerfest tonight where freshmen can get more information about the tour.The tour is expected to take less than two hours and students can expect to be back on campus before 7 p.m. Monday.last_img read more

 

Athletic director speaks on moments leading up to student’s death

first_img The videographers are part of the broader football administration team, and they report to a video coordinator. Emergency personnel responded quickly following the collapse of the tower, Swarbrick said. NDSP responded in three minutes, followed by the Notre Dame Fire Department and a city ambulance. Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick entered the football practice field at about 4:47 p.m. Wednesday, and witnessed two completed passes. He said practice seemed normal, until he felt a powerful gust of wind, and saw objects that had formerly been stationary fly past him. “We’ll let the investigation thoroughly and completely run its course. And then we’ll have the ability to really understand what happened, to learn from it and to move forward from it,” Swarbrick said. Swarbrick also declined to comment on which channels of authority authorized an outdoor practice and who was responsible for clearing the videographers to tape practice from the tower. The Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) and a contracted accident reconstruction team are investigating the accident. The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) also launched an investigation. The state investigates all workplace fatalities, an IOSHA official said. Shortly after, Swarbrick felt the wind speed up and heard a crash. Swarbrick declined to answer questions about the possible effect of the day’s weather conditions on the accident until the investigation is completed. Winds reportedly reached 50 miles per hour when Sullivan, who was videotaping the football practice for the University, was on the scissor lift that collapsed. “There is no greater sadness for a university community than the death of one of the students. There is certainly no greater sadness for a family than the loss of a son or brother,” Jenkins said. “It is with the sense of that double sadness that on behalf of the whole University, I want to express our deepest condolences.” Sullivan’s parents and younger brother came to campus Wednesday evening. His sister is a freshman at the University. Vice President for Student Affairs Fr. Tom Doyle spent the evening with the family. During the press conference, University President Fr. John Jenkins said Sullivan was bright, energetic and dedicated. Swarbrick said no information will be released until the investigation is complete. He said he expects the practice field will be restored by this weekend. He described the minutes preceding Declan Sullivan’s death from his perspective in a press conference Thursday, where he told reporters the University is launching a full investigation into the video tower accident that caused the Notre Dame junior’s death.center_img Swarbrick and head football coach Brian Kelly told players and staff members to leave the accident scene. “Coach Kelly remained with me by Declan until the ambulance attendant had Declan up on a lift,” Swarbrick said. As Swarbrick walked through the north end of the west field of the LaBar Practice Complex, he said he saw items like towels and Gatorade containers fly by him. Officials estimate the tower fell about 4:51 p.m., he said. “I noticed the netting on the goal posts start to bend dramatically and heard a crash,” Swarbrick said. “At first, I couldn’t orient the location of the crash.” “It was an unremarkable journey in the sense that practice was normal and plays were being conducted with no difficulty,” he said. Before the ambulance reached the hospital, Sullivan was no longer breathing on his own, he said. Swarbrick said the investigation into Sullivan’s death began immediately. In response to questions about practicing in the weather conditions and allowing the videographers to use the towers, he said each individual sports program makes its own decisions about how practice will proceed. Investigators will examine the decisions made about that specific practice leading up to the accident, he said. At least one other videographer was on a tower taping practice Wednesday. Swarbrick said he has witnessed past practices in which the video towers were not used, possibly because of weather concerns, most likely, lightning, he said. “There is a lot to learn here, and we will learn it all,” he said. “I know there’s a lot of speculation about what may or may not have happened, but that’s what the investigation is for.” “It’s not one decision. There are multiple decisions made,” he said. “It’s not a decision to go outside. It’s a host of decisions relevant to ‘Do you go outside?’”last_img read more

 

Professors for Lunch’ panel discusses liberal arts

first_imgThe value of a liberal arts education was discussed Friday afternoon at the second installment in the “Professors for Lunch” series. The event, titled “Why choose the liberal arts?” was hosted at the Oak Room in South Dining Hall. The “Professors for Lunch” series is meant to enrich intellectual life at Notre Dame by engaging students and faculty in dialogue.  Diverging from the structure of the inaugural event on Feb. 24, the second meeting featured a panel of speakers from diverse academic backgrounds, followed by questions from the audience. Professor Mark Roche, professor of German language and literature and former dean of the College of Arts & Letters, was scheduled to speak about his book “Why Choose the Liberal Arts?” which inspired the topic of this Friday’s event. However, Roche was unable to attend, so senior event organizer Morgan Pino said the organizers worked to find a diverse group of panelists. “It went really well [because] they all had something different to bring to the panel,” Pino said.  “I enjoyed getting to hear multiple points of view on the issue.” Fr. Brian Daley of the theology department, Dr. Kevin Burke of the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) and Michael Zuckert of the political science department comprised the panel. The panelists addressed the purpose of a liberal education from varying disciplines. Daley said he drew on his Christian faith, especially his Jesuit background, to inform his analysis of America’s universities and its general academic culture. “One of the things that always struck me when I think about our universities is that they are very artificial institutions, that we create them for a specific purpose,” he said. Daley said these institutions are embodiments of a common culture, resting on specific assumptions, hopes and values.  He said this leads to questioning what type of person would be a successful Notre Dame graduate, and how the University’s vision differs from the general national opinion. “I suspect that many undergraduate institutions, Notre Dame among them, would also hope to have some consensus that at the end of four years, a graduate would be a virtuous person, a person who is trained morally, virtuously [and is working] to make the world a happier, more just place,” Daly said. Discussion of the Christian faith, particularly the Jesuit theology, enables students to engage in evaluation of the culture and faith from which they come, Daley said.   “I say this as a Jesuit because we have a long tradition of doing education,” he said. “The Jesuits happened into education by accident; the first Jesuits were pastoral ministers that happened into education because they shared the assumption that teaching young people … made them better Christians.” Burke said he also drew on Jesuit teachings to inform his opinions on undergraduate education and the search for personal vocation. “I’m going to go back to the Jesuits and their idea of the ‘magis,’” Burke said. “The magis [means] ‘more in the world,’ doing more, thinking more, spiritually being more. When you think about what your vocation might be, does it think about doing more for the world?” The ultimate goal for each individual’s undergraduate education is at the intersection of each individual’s answers to three distinct questions, Burke said. “The questions are ‘What are you good at?’ ‘What brings you joy?’ and ‘What does the world most need you to do?” Burke said.  “I’m going to argue that you figure out the answer to those three questions in conversation.” Zuckert said his definition of contemporary liberal arts depends on their basis in classical educational tradition. However, French political thinker Alexis de Tocqueville pointed out the tendency in modern democracies is for people to believe practical education is the only kind that makes sense, Zuckert said.   “In America, liberal education is always threatened by education that is not liberal,” he said.  “If there are kinds of human activities that are choice-worthy in themselves and not as a means for other things, then there remains a case for liberal education as the education conducive to engaging in those activities.” These sorts of activities are those that contribute to living well and rightly, Zuckert said.   “Liberal education helps us to answer these questions,” Zuckert said. “It goes beyond the necessities of living, answering the question of what the point of living is.” Pino said though the speakers only had a brief time to formulate their comments, the laid-back style of communication made the talk accessible. “With Professor [of early modern European history Brad] Gregory’s talk [at the last meeting], I think everyone was blown away,” Pino said.  “The problem was that we didn’t leave enough time to really get into it … This time we were going to try to make it a little less formal, and to leave more time for questions and answers afterward.” The shorter comments from the panel allowed for more discussion and engagement with the speakers’ ideas, Pino said. “I’m glad it was a little shorter and that we had more time to talk afterward,” Pino said. “I think students really got into it.”   Event organizer and political science professor Vincent Muñoz said h e is pleased the panel format successfully interested the audience.   “The turnout was very strong,” Muñoz said. “It seems to me that we have found something that is really resonating with the students. The panel format seemed to work well … It’s unfortunate that Professor Roche couldn’t be there, but the [resulting] format allowed for more voices and more conversation.” Pino said the organizers want to continue the series, and they are taking it one step at a time. “It’s really sort of up in the air,” she said. “I think we’re just going to take it topic by topic and see what professors come forward and what interesting work comes up. We are not set on particular ideas, more on what we think people would be interested in and what people want to talk about.”last_img read more

 

Notre Dame Club of Miami prepares for game

first_imgBill McCaughan, Jr., president of the Notre Dame Club of Miami, said he wouldn’t respond to calls or emails about a potential Irish berth into the BCS Championship Game in his city before Saturday’s USC game. “I’m really superstitious so when people started contacting me about planning, I didn’t respond,” McCaughan said. But as soon as the defensive line held the Trojans on the one-yard line on fourth down late in the fourth quarter, eliminating any chances of a USC comeback, the preparations began. For the first time since 1988, Notre Dame held the perfect 12-0 record and would have a shot at the national championship. And for McCaughan, the days leading up to Jan. 7 will be hectic in anticipation for the big game. “We had a meeting with board members on Tuesday to go over everything,” he said. “We began figuring people will get in town either on Jan. 3 or 4, the Thursday and Friday before Monday’s game.” McCaughan, a 2004 alumnus of the University, said one of the club’s 700 members is in the process of putting together a travel guide for the entire weekend to send to alumni and students. Preparations are also underway for those fans who aren’t able to snag a ticket to the big game. “The Notre Dame Club of Miami has partnered with Monty’s on South Beach to provide a site for a game watch for those not going to the game,” McCaughan said. “Monty’s is also providing drink specials and food specials to Irish fans all weekend.” In addition to hosting Notre Dame students and alumni, McCaughan said Monty’s would also provide other events. “On the Sunday before the game, they will be hosting a pool party starting at 1 p.m.,” he said. “There will be live music, drink specials, raw bar, bag pipers and other things all at their bar and restaurant right on the water and will be going until close.” McCaughan encouraged fans to frequently check the Notre Dame Club of Miami’s Facebook page for updates with events around Monty’s and transportation to and from the site of the game, Sun Life Stadium. “Miami is such a spread-out city and the commute is around 40 minutes to Sun Life Stadium from South Beach, about a $120 cab fare one-way,” McCaughan said. “We could look to set up a bus service to the stadium from the South Beach area.” Among the most frequent questions asked to McCaughan thus far deal with an official Notre Dame Club of Miami tailgate and ticket availability. “It’s just too expensive to hold an official tailgate,” he said. “And we believe we will not be receiving any tickets from the University.” The club does not have a rough estimate on the number of alumni and students traveling to the Magic City for championship weekend, but McCaughan said nearly every family member and friend of his is looking for a place to stay. “A lot of places are all booked up,” he said. “I have at least 12 people staying at my place, including one of my former roommates and cousins. “They are going to be fighting for pieces of the floor, maybe sleeping out on the balcony.” McCaughan said the club usually doesn’t draw many people to the game watches, but this year was different. “We had 100 people at a local bar wake up early to watch the Navy game,” he said. “One guy got so excited during the game, he jumped up and shattered a glass chandelier at the bar. “People have been fired up all year.” Contact Adam Llorens at [email protected]last_img read more

 

SMC music department hosts “Such Sweete Melodie”

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s music department invited students to a concert by guest Baroque ensemble “Such Sweete Melodie” in Le Mans Hall on Monday.Music department chair Nancy Menk, who organized the event, said it is important to learn about music from the 17th century in order to increase understanding of music today.“[Such Sweete Melodie is] fantastic and it’s great for our students to hear music of this quality on these original instruments, as well,” she said. The performance included experimental music from the early 17th century baroque era. Menk said she thought it was an educational experience for students and was very pleased with the performances.“We try to expose our students to as many different styles and types of music as we can,” she said. “We don’t have any early music performers on our faculty right now, so we bring them in from the outside.” Jeffrey Noonan, former Saint Mary’s professor and member of “Such Sweete Melodie, played both lute and theorbo during the performance. He said the group participates in a wide variety of music, including Broadway show tunes, medieval dance music, Argentine tangos and the standards of the classical repertoire.Erin Rice Although they have a diverse range, Noonan said the group gravitates to the expressively experimental music of the early 17th century.“Our program focuses on the early years of the baroque era, featuring the music and styles that came to define ‘baroque’ as a break with the old style and something clearly on the edge,” Noonan said. During the concert, Lindsey Adams performed as mezzo-soprans, Charles Metz played the virginal, Alice Culin-Ellison played the baroque violi, and Philip Spray played the violone, lirone and the baroque guitar. Metz said he found the virginal for sale in an antique shop eight years ago as a painted piece of furniture. He said he was happy to stumble across the instrument and had it restored to playing conditions. “Long story short … we can determine it had been built by Francesco Poggio who lived in Florence, Italy and died in 1634,” Metz said. “We believe [this instrument] was built in about 1590.“I firmly believe it’s important to not have [the virginal] sit in a museum, there are 18 of these in the world, all in museums except for three by this maker, this is one of the three.“I think it’s very important to take it out on snowy days … and have people such as yourself hear it and hear an instrument as Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth would have heard it, because they were both alive when this instrument was built.” Noonan said he has looked forward to returning to Saint Mary’s sincethis teaching days from 1977 to 1980. “Having taught here and knowing the kind of students and faculty that are here, how interested they would be and how appreciative they would be of what we’re doing was what I was really looking forward to,” Noonan said.“It is also very important to me that we bring an ensemble here fronted by two young professional women musicians who are making their living as professional players,” he said. I think it’s an important part of what Saint Mary’s does in terms of promoting women to get out and do what they love to do.”Tags: Sweete Melodielast_img read more

 

ND Dance Company presents Winter Showcase

first_imgThe Notre Dame Dance Company will bring winter to Washington Hall on Thursday and Friday night, as part of its annual Winter Showcase.The Winter Showcase takes the student dancers the entire semester to prepare, Doré said,“The ND Dance Company is a completely student-run dance group on campus,” Maura Doré, public relations officer for the Dance Company, said. “It serves as an outlet for dancers from Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross, and consists of the Blue Company (intermediate level) and Gold Company (advanced level). Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester.”Over 100 dancers will be performing at the showcase, Emma Lyons, secretary of the Dance Company, said. All dances are choreographed by students.“The dances are picked by the company’s votes after each choreographer shows a preview of their dance at the company meeting at the start of the semester … and then members of the company sign up for the dances they wish to learn and perform in,” Lyons said.The Company also performs in the Welsh Family Hall Dance Fest, the PFresh talent show and other events around South Bend, Doré said. The beauty of the Notre Dame Dance Company is that the dancers are able to pick their level of commitment, she said.“Students can commit however much time they want to the company, then, by signing up for as many or as few dances as they want,” Lyons said. “The purpose of this company is to allow students to continue doing what they love in college, but on their own time and with their own level of commitment.”The showcase includes 22 dances, Doré said. The genres being performed include lyrical, jazz, contemporary, ballet, pointe and tap, Lyons said.“This showcase offers a chance to perform what we have worked hard on all semester, a chance to show campus a great variety of dances and, also, a chance to show off our talented dancers and choreographers,” Lyons said.The showcase serves as a way for the dancers to display their hard work, Doré said.“It is truly an amazing representation of the talent on campus,” Doré said. “It is the time when we get to show off what we have worked so hard for all semester. I know that personally when all else fails, I turn to dance, and performing in this showcase gives me an opportunity to present my passion to anyone who cares to watch.”Winter Showcase will be performed Thursday and Friday in Washington Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 and will be sold at the door.Tags: dance company, dance company winter showcase, ND dance, Notre Dame dance company, winter showcaselast_img read more

 

Sgt. Tim McCarthy announces his retirement

first_imgFormer Indiana State Police Sergeant Tim McCarthy announced his retirement Wednesday, according to a statement released by John Heisler, senior associate athletics director for Notre Dame.Since 1960, McCarthy has delivered a safety tip in the form of a pun between the third and fourth quarters of home football games in order to intense enthusiasm and thunderous applause from the 80,000 people in the stadium crowd, Heisler wrote.In fall 2013, McCarthy told The Observer that in his first season giving the safety tip very few people listened to him, so in his second season he decided to change his approach.“I told [my superiors] … I’m going to start using a quip at the end and see what happens, and the following season — that was in 1961 — in the very first game there was a discussion among the referees for something and the crowd was unusually quiet,” McCarthy said.“So I gave the thing. The message gave a pitch on drinking and driving. And I said, ‘Remember, the automobile replaced the horse, but the driver should stay on the wagon.’ And I got a lot of groans and boos and things like that.”According to the statement, McCarthy served as safety education officer until his retirement from the state police force in 1979, when then-athletic director Moose Krause asked him to continue delivering safety tips during the games.In 2013, McCarthy was awarded an honorary monogram from the University’s Monogram Club, Heisler wrote.After 55 years on the job, McCarthy said the University’s students were a highlight of his experience.“For years, the stadium crowd never saw my face. After I began appearing at some University and student events is when I became recognized. Students saying hello while walking through campus is really a happy experience for me,” McCathy said in the University’s statement.“I appeared at a few pre-game rallies, some of the student hall rallies and always at the Dillon Hall rally,” he said. “It was always enjoyable to be at student events because those young men and women are the very best. Always number one in my book.”Tags: Notre Dame football, retirement, safety puns, Tim McCarthylast_img read more

 

Institute for Latino Studies offers program of service and immersion

first_imgThe Institute for Latino Studies (ILS) offers the Cross-Cultural Leadership Program (CCLP), an eight-week immersive program in the Latino communities of Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. The specialized leadership program started nearly 10 years ago by Center for Social Concerns founder the late Rev. Donald P. McNeill.“It’s really a transformative experience,” said program director Karen Richman. “The students are never the same. It helps many of them figure out what they want to do next, for many it consolidates their academic and career plans, and for others it shows I don’t wanna do this I’m gonna take a right turn.”According to the ILS website, the program, which takes place during the summer, primarily consists of students participating in internship and service opportunities in urban Latino communities in the United States. Different communities and service sites are tailored to unique students interests.Students interested in law are sent to sites like the Library of Congress in Washington, medicine students to sites like the Alivio Medical Center in Chicago and art students to sites like the Self-Help Graphics initiative in Los Angeles, Richman said.“We get pre-meds, business majors, arts and letters majors, occasionally an engineer,” Ms. Richman said. “It’s a mix — reflective of the diversity in our Latino Studies program.”According to the ILS website, on top of the internship and service requirement, the program also includes a three-credit summer service-learning course. Students are required to attend orientation sessions, keep up with weekly readings during the program, participate in weekly classes in their assigned cities, give a final presentation at the end of the summer and conclude with a paper synthesizing their studies and service project.In each city there is a Notre Dame professor and a “mentor” graduate of Notre Dame and the ILS working as a professional in the area that run the weekly class together for the students assigned to their city. In Washington, the mentor works on Capitol Hill assisting a congressperson, and in Chicago the mentor is engaged in the business world, Richman said.According to the ILS website, students participating in a CCLP receive a $1,100 stipend for food and transportation costs and a $2,500 scholarship towards their student account upon their return to school in the fall. Payment for travel is based on need and availability of funding.The application, which is live now on the Institute for Latino Studies website, is due Jan. 29. It is a fairly competitive program, Richman said, with about one out of every three students being accepted.“It’s a really great opportunity to grow, learn, give and get this hands on experience in a Latina community. It’s a great growth experience,” Richman said.Tags: CCLP, Institute for Latino Studies, servicelast_img read more

 

Edith Stein Project Conference explores healing, identity

first_imgThis past weekend, the Identity Project of Notre Dame (idND) hosted the 2019 Edith Stein Project Conference, entitled “Arise: Restoring Identity as Beloved.”The name of the conference was inspired by Edith Stein, a German philosopher who lived from 1891 until her 1942 death in Auschwitz.  Born Jewish, she became an atheist in her teenage years until she converted to Catholicism and became a religious sister. Senior conference co-chair Katherine Smith said Stein’s thoughts influenced Pope John Paul II, who also canonized her as a saint.“We look to her as our patroness because first of all, the club was founded by women so just somebody to look up to as an academic,” Smith said. “But also, she is a saint. Her life was a witness to holiness that we seek to follow … I think she especially just had a great desire to share and know the truth and she talks a lot about truth and love always being connected. Our goal in looking to her is how can we share truth.”Smith said this year’s gathering was focused on healing through God.“The goal of the conference was to focus on healing, specifically healing as restoring our identity in God — with us as his sons and daughters created in love — and then also looking at our patroness Edith Stein,” Smith said. “Her thought and one of her big thesis dissertation topics was empathy. So, looking at empathy as a way to encourage healing in other people’s lives. The whole goal of this is just to provide a space where people can come and learn about different aspects of healing and hopefully open a space in their own life for that healing and then open that space in other people’s lives through that empathy.”The conference featured several speakers talking about a wide variety of topics including Edith Stein’s empathy, mental health, disparities between the rich and the poor, purgatory, the feminine genius and LGBTQ issues. The keynote speaker was Jimmy Mitchell of Love Good, a subscription service created in 2013 to “promote media that transforms [consumers] from a passive consumer into a cultural influencer,” according to Love Good’s website.“I was particularly grateful for our opening and closing speakers. Beth Hlabse’s ‘And my Soul Shall Be Healed’ set a beautiful thematic and personal tone for the conference,” senior Grace Enright, the other conference co-chair, said in an email. “Fr. Nathan O’Halloran closed the conference with a presentation on his dissertation on the subject of purgatory, giving a moving eschatological vision to all of us attendees.”The schedule for the Edith Stein Conference also included a pizza dinner, ice cream social, adoration, paper readings and Mass.While the co-chairs worked diligently to make sure the event flowed smoothly, not everything went as planned, Enright said.“Some difficulties we faced were having last-minute cancellations of speakers, fundraising challenges and working to ensure that the conference always met the vision we were attempting to embrace,” Enright said.Senior Theresa Gallagher said she attended the conference due to its theme.“I went because it’s just a beautiful place to reflect on this year’s theme. … It’s so applicable. … There was beauty in and of itself in the conversations,” Gallagher said.The theme this year which centered around healing was largely inspired by Smith’s experiences this past summer, Enright said.“[Smith] had been on a pilgrimage to Lourdes with her family and had spent a month with the Sisters of Life in New York City, living and sharing life with the sisters and the pregnant mothers, many of whom were among the most vulnerable to the pressures of abortion,” Enright said. “The beautiful concept of healing through restoration of identity was something that had followed [Smith] throughout the summer and that began coming up frequently in our personal conversations. From our own experiences and with broader view of the Church and the world, we both felt that there was a serious need for discussion and reflection on the subject of healing.”Tags: Edith Stein, Edith Stein Project Conference, Identity Project Notre Dame, IDNDlast_img read more

 

Fraud via phone calls reported to NDPD

first_imgIn a campus-wide email sent Thursday afternoon, Notre Dame Police Department (NDPD) cautioned students against answering fraudulent phone calls that “[appear] to come from the main NDPD number (574-631-5555) or the South Bend Police Department.”According to the email, NDPD has gotten numerous reports of callers scamming Notre Dame students and asking for credit information or photographs.”The caller has warned the victims that they have been implicated in one of several scenarios including; their name has come up in a drug investigation; their bank account was used to launder money; or someone has stolen their identity,” NDPD said in the email.In the email, NDPD said the department does not call students or ”make notifications in this manner and would never ask for a credit card, money transfers, gift cards or other personal information over the phone or to meet in a remote location.”Scammers posing as NDPD officials may use titles and fake badge numbers, as well as false information, NDPD said in the email.Scammers also may offer a variety of false information in order to gain people’s trust, the email said —they may pose as someone in a position of power, demand pay without a bill, leave a voicemail message and threaten to bring in other law enforcement officers.According to the email, people who should receive a call like this should verify the claims the person has made with someone from the University, talk to a trusted individual or just hang up immediately.NDPD advises the campus community to report any suspicious calls.Tags: campus phone calls, NDPD, Scam Phone Calls, Scammerslast_img read more