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Exxon Mobil rep discusses the future of energy

first_imgVice president and treasurer of Exxon Mobil Corp. Robert Schleckser spoke at the Mendoza College of Business on Friday as the first of seven lecturers for the one-credit course “Notre Dame Ten Years Hence Speaker Series: The Future of Energy.”The series aims to “explore issues, ideas and trends likely to affect business and society over the next decade,” according to Mendoza’s website. Schleckser, a Notre Dame graduate who earned a degree in chemical engineering, said investments his oil company makes will cause effects well beyond the year 2040. Gas companies are looking and planning ahead in a world suffering from an energy crisis and unprecedented human population growth, he said. “There is no purpose in us to be self-serving … because we look at the prospect of getting a good return over time,” Schleckser said. Schleckser said Exxon believes in “letting market force dictate the solution” to the environmental issues. Since “global progress drives demand,” he said he considers the world’s expected population growth. There are approximately 7 billion people in the world right now, but by the year 2040, the world population is expected to be 9 billion, Schleckser said. Energy consumption is also expected to change due to global urbanization and the growth of major cities. The energy consumption for a person living in an urban area is about three times as high as it is for someone living in a rural area, Schleckser said. As the world continues to become more urban, Schleckser said energy use is expected to increase.“[The goal is] to grow the economy without changing the amount of energy used,” he said. “[Because] as much energy as the world uses today in total … the largest source of new energy is saving the energy that we are using today.” Schleckser said this goal is achievable by making the process of transmitting energy more efficient and by increasing the percentage of energy that comes from cleaner sources. He said vehicle efficiency is expected to increase to 45 miles per gallon by 2040. Projections that extend to 2040 show that energy demands will increase along with population growth and urbanization, Schleckser said, but saving energy and increasing the efficiency of technology are important to creating a sustainable future. Tags: Ten Years Hencelast_img read more

Domestic violence service promotes healing, awareness

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) is raising awareness about violence against women, particularly domestic violence, as part of October’s Domestic Violence Awareness month.BAVO member and senior Payton Moore said the office held its first event Thursday, a prayer vigil to support victims and create awareness about domestic violence.Emilie Kefalas “We all know the statistics [that] one in four women are victims of sexual assault,” she said. “That one in four women are sexually assaulted in their college years … We at SMC want to show that one is too many.”BAVO and Campus Ministry co-hosted the vigil for those impacted by violence so that the community could come together to address and acknowledge the issue, Moore said.“The one-in-four statistic represents the fact that one in four women are victims of domestic violence, and one in four college-aged women are victims of sexual assault,” she said. “This was a vigil for both statistics.”Although scheduled to be held outside, the vigil was moved indoors due to weather conditions.“While I prefer the event being outside, the vigil still was nice indoors,” she said. “Having it indoors created a sense of intimacy.”BAVO also teamed up with the Saint Mary’s volleyball team for an awareness event Friday during one of the Belles’ home games.“We thought it would be a great way to come together to raise awareness for an important issue,” she said. “This year we decided to continue the effort.”Senior Paige DeRouin and Moore helped organize the coalition after BAVO and the team decided to plan an awareness event last year.“Paige DeRouin and myself are co-chairs on the Awareness and Outreach Committee for BAVO,” Moore said. “The domestic violence awareness volleyball game is an event listed under our committee. After seeing the turnout at the game, I say we did a pretty good job.”The entire game was a “purple out,” complete with purple desserts for those who donated and purple “one is too many” buttons for those who donated a dollar, Moore said. All of the proceeds will benefit the Young Women’s Christian Association.“The volleyball game is a fun way to create awareness and to help a local organization,” Moore said. “Purple is the color of domestic violence, so everything in the gym will be that color, from decorations to the desserts.”BAVO hopes to become a larger presence on social media including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to further show students the resources and events it promotes.“Seeing a BAVO event happen is rewarding in every aspect,” Moore said. “We plan these events months ahead of time and pour a lot of hard work into them. Seeing students come to an event is rewarding in every way. It shows that our efforts reach the student body, and it shows that our students care about these issues.”By educating the Saint Mary’s student body, the awareness-month events have the potential to benefit students beyond their college careers, Moore said.“I would just like to reiterate to students that these issues will probably impact your life at some point, whether it be you, a friend or a family member who goes through it,” she said.  “Furthermore, in all likeliness, you probably already know someone who has gone through this experience, but you just don’t know about it. People tend to see this statistic and think it can’t happen to them or someone they know, but it can, and it does.”Tags: Awareness and Outreach Committee, BAVO, domestic violence, prayer vigil, Saint Mary’s Belles Against Violence Office, sexual assault, SMC volleyball teamlast_img read more

SMC club raises money for orphans

first_imgOver 6,000 miles separate South Bend from Beijing, China, but members of Saint Mary’s China Care Club — which donates money to medically fragile Chinese orphans — prove they can go the distance to raise awareness about an underrepresented global cause.Sophomore Grace Haase, founder and president of China Care Club, said all funds raised from events go toward OneSky, a foundation that sponsors an orphanage in Beijing and aims to enhance children’s quality of life.“The money we send to OneSky provides caretakers for the children because they’re very understaffed,” Haase said. “Another thing it does is fund surgeries for clubfoot and cleft palate, which are deformities that can be fixed with a simple surgery, which really heightens a child’s chance of getting adopted.”According to Haase, joining this club can expand members’ worldviews while helping them gain new perspectives and avenues of understanding.“It’s a great opportunity to learn about China in and of itself,” Haase said. “Having service oriented causes … sort of teaches [students] that there’s more to life than the bubble they grew up in.”Gabby Kooi, junior club member, said she was adopted from China and feels compelled to give back to children who are not as fortunate.“There are other girls who are not so lucky and who have severe medical issues that are not treated properly,” Kooi said. “There are some cases of malnourishment and abuse depending on where they are.”According to Kooi, a high percentage of orphans in China are female, which should motivate Saint Mary’s students to fulfill the College’s mission and help other women.“It’s the idea of women empowering one another,” Kooi said. “Saint Mary’s key goal is to raise an independent woman to have values. What the OneSky organization does is try to bring equal rights to those girls who don’t have the ability to get them.”Kooi said China Care Club offers her the opportunity to bond with other students through organized events — such as teaching members hip hop dance and listening to Korean pop music — but her membership also reminds her of her roots.“To me, it gives me another connection to where I’m from,” she said. “Even though I’m not there, I’m trying to give them a way out. There’s an organization out there that wants to help.”According to sophomore member Riley Harber, belonging to China Care Club allows students to fight for a cause without engaging in intense activity.“If it’s more accessible, people will be more willing to do it, so I think this a really great way to … make a change in a way that people will be able to do at whatever level of commitment they can,” Harber said. “This is a really good way to get involved with something that doesn’t get a lot of awareness but is still a really important cause and is also a lot of fun.”China Care Club strengthens the College’s comprehensive mission to instill values of service and selfless love in its students.“As a Catholic women’s college, we’re very focused as an institution on helping other people,” Harber said. “If you’re a better person, you can go out and be good at helping other people.”According to Harber, several friendships have evolved among members of China Care Club, as it unites like-minded individuals.“I think this is a cause that people really want to get behind,” she said. “[The club] builds community not only in that we’re reaching out and helping people who need it, but also that we’re connecting Belles.”Kooi said witnessing the dedication of her peers to such a worthy cause reminds her how powerful women are.“Saint Mary’s women say ‘Even though we’re women, we’re not going to be held back,’” Kooi said. “We’re going to help others.”Tags: Beijing, China, China Care Club, womenlast_img read more

Professor analyzes challenges facing journalism

first_imgSarah Olson | The Observer Professor Richard G. Jones discusses the challenges facing journalists, including erosion of trust in the media and accusations of “fake news.”Though aspects such as ideas and facts are important components, what journalists really sell, Jones said, is credibility. However, especially following President Trump’s election, there has been an erosion of trust in consumers trusting the media, he said.“This is a moment you should really be paying attention to and, I think, you want to be concerned about,” Jones said. “This erosion of trust in journalists, this erosion of trust in the facts, this erosion of trust in the truth.”Jones said fake news has emerged as a recurring topic this year. President Trump addresses the term often ­— using it to promote the idea that you can’t believe everything you read from journalists and, Jones said, thus further contributing to the erosion of trust in the media. Jones said, however, that despite Trump’s definition, fake news really began as a term to describe news that is slanderous and doesn’t operate from a neutral position.“This is the definition that the industry has used for years about what is fake news,” Jones said. “President Trump and other artists have taken that definition, and they define fake news as something else. Fake news is a story that others might consider wholly legitimate and newsworthy.”Jones said there are seven forms of disinformation that are disseminated widely today, according to “First Draft News,” including satire or parody, false connection, misleading content, false context and the three more dangerous forms: fabricated content, imposter content and manipulated content.One of the major changes that has occurred in the journalistic realm in terms of trust is blame attribution, Jones said. At a rally earlier this year, the president said journalists were “sick people,” according to a video Jones showed the audience. “We’ve gone from a moment where if you didn’t like the message, you just discounted it — that was once upon a time,” he said. “Now, it’s if you dislike the message, you attack the message and you attack the messenger, and you call them ‘sick people.’”There are changes people can expect and hope to expect coming soon in journalism, Jones said. He said social media platforms need to be more responsible for monitoring their content, which could prevent the aforementioned categories of disinformation. Given the changing nature of journalism in the past year, Jones said, people can expect to see a greater emphasis on fact checkers, as well as the publication of full transcripts and raw footage.Tags: Donald Trump, Journalism, NDVotes, Pizza Pop and Politics Richard G. Jones, Annenberg Director of the Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy, analyzed the state of journalism in the era of President Trump in the latest installment of Pizza, Pop and Politics on Tuesday.Jones, a former editor and reporter at “The New York Times,” discussed the challenges facing journalism today, many of which have been prompted by the election of President Trump, who has taken a staunch position against the mainstream, established media. Journalism plays an important role in informing the public, Jones said.“Journalism is so important,” he said. “It is, I believe, a form of public service to inform the decisions people make when they choose their elected officials, and the role that we as journalists play to, as they say, comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.”last_img read more

Saint Mary’s Student Diversity Board reflects on fall semester, looks forward to future events

first_imgThe Student Diversity Board (SDB) at Saint Mary’s has a busy spring semester ahead of it, all culminating in its biggest event of the year — the annual diversity conference.The conference, originally called the Diverse Student Leadership Conference, will now be called the Diversity and Leadership Conference, SDB vice president and senior Megan Uekert said.(Editor’s note: Megan Uekert is a former News writer for The Observer.)“We are trying to make it more student-friendly this year with both workshops and keynote speakers,” she said.Uekert said the specific workshops and speakers cannot be released yet, but planning is going well. In addition to the conference, she said, SDB will also host a screening of the historical film “Selma” this semester.“‘[Selma]’ puts an emotional and strong emphasis on black history month, and it is always important to remember the struggles and endurance of those who fought for civil rights before us,” Uekert said.SDB also celebrated Valentine’s Day with a “Love is Love” table event Tuesday to show that love comes in all forms, SDB president and senior Victoria Ernsberger said.“[SDB] and the Gay Straight Alliance wanted to advocate for and celebrate all different types of love,” she said.Uekert said the goal was to support the LGBTQ community at Saint Mary’s. A sign prompted students to write down who they love, and students wrote down everyone from parents to roommates, Ernsberger said.While the group hosted a large number of events last semester, Uekert said the group hopes to increase the attendance at events this spring.Last semester, SDB held its annual Hunger Banquet, an event to raise awareness and understanding for food insecurity and poverty. This year, the event was also a partnership with the Office of Civic and Social Engagement for Food Justice Week, which Ernsberger said was her favorite event last semester.“The Hunger Banquet is usually held in November, which is a great time before the holidays to really reflect on how fortunate we all are and, hopefully, to be inspired to give back and make a difference in our community,” she said.Ernsberger said she hopes to see open-mindedness in SDB’s upcoming leadership team in the 2018-2019 school year after she graduates.“Diversity comes in all shapes and sizes, and I believe that it is important to remember that and showcase that throughout our programming,” she said.Uekert said she hopes SDB’s future leaders continue to involve the South Bend community, offering words of wisdom for them.“Plan ahead and reach out into the community,” she added.SDB sets goals each semester, Ernsberger said. While these goals typically include specifics such as planning more events, raising awareness for issues on campus or creating an inclusive environment, Ernsberger said the most important goal to her is making a difference.“Honestly, I believe that as long as we reach at least one student, we have met our goal,” she said. “If our events and programming make just one student at Saint Mary’s feel included and valued, that’s exactly what we want.”Tags: Diversity, Diversity and Leadership Conference, inclusion, Student Diversity Boardlast_img read more

Annual volleyball tournament looks to foster community and help veterans’ causes

first_imgLyons and Carroll Hall will host the annual Volley for the Vets volleyball tournament Saturday, with proceeds benefiting the Notre Dame Veterans Fund, providing support to veterans who wish to pursue an education at Notre Dame.All students are welcome to form teams of six for the event, and can enter the tournament for a donation of $10, which will go towards the Notre Dame Veterans Fund.Junior Aidan Cook, Carroll Hall president, said the competition will be different from previous years, taking place at the Stepan Center beach volleyball courts instead of the ones near each residence hall.“This year we are trying to centralize things and our hope in doing that is to get some lawn games set up and play music so that people are not only there to play, but also to watch,” Cook said.In addition to the games, students will be able to buy T-shirts for $10 with the proceeds also benefiting veterans. Sophomore Dora Leonardo, president of Lyons Hall, said the tournament will use the same T-shirt design as last year “to create unity.”Representatives will be outside both South and North Dining Halls helping students sign up to participate. Pre-registration is not required, and teams may also just show up to the event on Saturday. Last year, the event brought out 25 teams, and this year, the organizers would like to see even more.While students will compete against one another, the tournament’s deeper goal is to give back to veterans. The Notre Dame Veterans Fund helps to alleviate the cost of tuition and housing for the service men and women who are students at Notre Dame. The Volley for the Vets tournament raises a substantial amount of money for these causes.The annual event was started by a Lyons Hall student who felt passionately about giving back to those in the military and in honor of her relative who served.“It was really strong in her heart that there needed to be some sort of event whether it was for veterans or those actively in the military,” Leonardo said. “And she took the initiative and started it.”While the event not only strengthens the relationship between students and the Notre Dame’s initiatives for veterans, it also bolsters the community between Lyons and Carroll Hall, who are brother and sister dorms. Maggie Griffin, a sophomore in Lyons, said events like Volley for the Vets can bring people together under a common cause.“I love Volley for the Vets because it brings together students on campus to recognize the importance of veterans causes,” Griffin said. “Lyons and Carroll Hall have a great relationship and this fosters an even better sense of community.”Tags: Carroll Hall, Lyons Hall, Veterans, Volley for the Vets, Volleyball, volleyball tournamentlast_img read more

Man Charged For Allegedly Pointing A Shotgun At Power Company Workers

first_imgWNY News Now Stock Image.BEMUS POINT – A Bemus Point is facing charges after allegedly pointing a shotgun at power company employees parked on along a roadway last week.New York State Police and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residential area in Bemus Point for a report of a disorderly person with a firearm on Friday the 13th.Through investigation, troopers allege that 42-year-old Edmond Shults III approached a National Grid truck that was parked on the roadway and pointed a shotgun at the two employees that were seated inside.Shults was later arrested and charged with two counts of second-degree menacing. Police say he was processed at the State Police Barracks in Jamestown and released with an appearance ticket.Shults is scheduled to appear in the Town of Ellery Court at a later date. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tickets Now Available for Riding the Midnight Express Off-Broadway

first_img Riding the Midnight Express First he wrote the best-selling book. Then came the Oscar-winning film. Now, with Riding the Midnight Express, comes a solo show performed by the man who lived it. Billy Hayes recounts his time in a Turkish prison and his amazing, harrowing escape. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 23, 2014 Tickets are now on sale for Riding the Midnight Express, written by and starring Billy Hayes, which begins performances off-Broadway on January 22. Directed by John Gould Rubin, the one-man show will play a limited engagement through March 23 at St. Luke’s Theatre. Related Shows View Comments Hayes’ autobiographical book, Midnight Express, was released in 1977 and adapted into a film a year later, starring Brad Davis, Randy Quaid and John Hurt. It won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. last_img read more

Will Fox Give Romeo & Juliet the Glee Treatment?

first_imgHollywood being Hollywood, the success of Glee and The Sound of Music Live! could only mean one thing: a rush to jump on a bandwagon that we already know is fabulous: musicals. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Romeo & Juliet: The Pop Musical is currently being developed for Fox. While we wait for all of this to turn up on our TV sets, let us re-live Audra McDonald’s rendition of “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” for The Sound of Music Live! Just because. Romeo & Juliet is just one of a number of classic titles that Boardwalk Entertainment Group and RCA Records have teamed up to produce as event TV series and possibly staged musicals (if everything works out). Other musical adaptations, with original songs, being worked on include Robin Hood, King Arthur and Jack the Ripper.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Ollie Jochim Joins West End Cast of Billy Elliot

first_img Directed by Stephen Daldry and featuring music by Elton John and a book and lyrics by Lee Hall, Billy Elliot is based on the Oscar nominated film and is an inspiring story of one boy’s dream to know his ambitions against the odds. Set in the North East of England alongside the backdrop of the historic 1984-85 miners’ strike, Billy follows his passion for dance in secret to evade disapproval from his struggling family. The cast of Billy Elliot currently includes Ruthie Henshall as Mrs Wilkinson, Deka Walmsley as Dad, Chris Grahamson as Tony, Ann Emery as Grandma, Howard Crossley as George, Barnaby Meredith as Older Billy, Claudia Bradley as Dead Mum and David Muscat as Mr. Braithwaite. Jochim will alternate the role of Billy with Elliott Hanna, Bradley Perret , Mitchell Tobin and Matteo Zecca. The cast also includes Tomi Fry, Zach Atkinson and Zak Baker, who play the role of Billy’s best friend Michael, and Kyria Cooper, Dayna Dixon and Demi Lee, who alternates the role of Debbie. The West End has a new ballet boy! Ollie Jochim will start performances as Billy in Billy Elliot on July 14 at the Victoria Palace Theatre. He becomes the 75th boy to perform the role worldwide.center_img View Commentslast_img read more