Month: January 2021


Course innovates with Wii


first_imgNotre Dame’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering prides itself on keeping pace with the fast-moving technological world. Only recently, however, has the department branched out to the world of video games. Professor Aaron Striegel currently teaches a course in which students create software designed for the Nintendo Wii. The program, “WiiHab,” is intended to assist stroke victims in the rehabilitation process. Striegel said the use of video games in the classroom is an aim to generate an innovative learning experience. “The idea for this course came about from a freshman engineering class,” he said. “Wanting to make the class more interesting, the class decided they wanted to use the WiiMote, a nickname given to the remote used with the Wii, to come up with creative exercises for engineering labs.” Striegel’s idea to make class more interesting swiftly developed into a full-scale course. He said originally, stroke rehabilitation was a side project of the class, but the class decided to become more involved with the subject. “After putting our heads together, we decided to work with South Bend’s Memorial Hospital’s stroke rehab patients on their balance,” Striegel said. Graduate student Anne Martin, who was involved in the creation of WiiHab, said the program is helpful for stroke patients in the rehabilitation process. “I used a computer program to design a computer screen of where the center of balance was for the Wii Balance Board,” she said. “The patient can then stand on the board, and the Wii will be able to inform them instantly of their balance percentage.” Martin said the instantaneous results are beneficial for stroke rehabilitation patients. “WiiHab gives more information to stroke therapists than ever before,” she said. “Having an objective piece of technology like WiiHab allows the therapist to give live information to their patient to tell them how much progress they are making.” Striegel said developing WiiHab is an ongoing process. “We are continuing to research the impact the software has on its patients,” he said. Striegel said this continued research involves a wide variety of academic interests. “We are always looking for students who would be interested in helping with the research,” Striegel said. “Whether they are pre-med, computer science or engineering majors, we would love to have you on board.”last_img read more


CSC panel discusses missions


first_imgAs Fr. Ken Thesing rode his motorcycle to a sub-parish center on Christmas Day in Tanzania several years ago, he said people were plowing their fields and scattering seeds in the fields he passed. When he saw this, Thesing said he realized they were not celebrating the holiday because their religious communities did nothing to honor Christmas. This story was only one example of the cultural differences between missionaries like Thesing and the people they serve. Thesing and two other missionary priests at a panel discussion Monday discussed their work in Latin America and Africa as part of the order of Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers. The priests from the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers discussed their experiences as missionaries in Geddes Hall during a panel titled, “Going Where You Are Needed But Not Necessarily Loved.” Despite cultural divides, the missionaries said their work taught them how to address the specific needs in the communities they served. Fr. Robert Pelton, a former Notre Dame professor and a Holy Cross priest, worked with members of the Maryknoll order in Latin America. He said the work of Maryknoll ministers reflects the mission of the Church as a whole. “Maryknoll has an awareness of the Church and the role of the laity,” Pelton said. “As [French theologian] Yves Congar said, ‘It’s not the walls, but the faithful who are the Church.’” Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, a religious order of Catholic missionaries, began over 100 years ago, Pelton said. Thesing worked in Tanzania, Mozambique, Nairobi and Southern Sudan as a Maryknoll missionary. He said his time in Africa taught him how to serve a community with both political and religious conflicts. “Proclamation is one of the key elements of mission, but with that is the development of the human person,” Thesing said. One religious problem in Africa lies in the lack of an organized church structure to organize and inform the local people, he said. “Since 1973, the model for the Church in Africa has been small Christian communities,” Thesing said. “We need to respect their culture and simply offer an opportunity.” On a political front, Thesing said the biggest problems are the lack of the rule of law and an excessive concentration of power. “Africa faces the challenge of bringing power down to the lower levels,” Thesing said. While Thesing witnessed a fair presidential election in Mozambique, he said he thought it was unfair that the president then appointed all lower officials. The local people did not have the chance to elect governors, district administrators and mayors in their provinces, he said. Southern Sudan also tends to be more divided on ethnic lines than by its provincial boundaries, Thesing said. The area contains 42 different ethnic groups. “Many Africans put ethnic group above nation,” Thesing said. Fr. Stephen Judd spent his missionary career in Latin America, and his first missionary experience took place in Peru. Judd said Maryknoll first entered Latin America in 1942 and operated with traditional notions of creating parishes and building churches. However, when these missionaries entered rural areas, Thesing said they first needed to address the region’s poverty. After building a longstanding relationship with the local communities in Latin America, Judd said Maryknoll missionaries do help build churches around the region as they move from town to town. “Maryknoll was sensing a shift at that time in Latin America from people living in the country to living in cities,” Judd said. “Our mission is now generative.” Judd also acknowledged that they have had some trouble with more conservative church organizations. “We locked horns with Opus Dei and were thrown out of a place in Peru where we had worked for 70 years,” Judd said. As these priests manage conflicts in their work around the globe, Pelton said the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers are a good example for other missionaries. “They are not afraid to say what works and what doesn’t work,” Pelton said. “They are a wonderful example of the Church in mission yesterday, today and tomorrow.”last_img read more


Fulbright scholar describes hometown in China


first_imgYan Song, a Fulbright teaching assistant at Saint Mary’s, offered a firsthand account of life in Lanzhou, China in the Mother Pauline Room of Cushwa-Leighton Library on March 25.  The presentation, sponsored by the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL), gave faculty members and students a dose of Chinese culture.  Home to Song and three million others, Lanzhou marks the geometrical center of China and is the capital of Gansu, one of the country’s 34 provinces. “It’s a great tourist location because of the surrounding historical sites,” Song said. “With the Maiji Mountain Caves to the east and the Buddha Caves to the west, it attracts a lot of visitors.” Once a key point in the Silk Road, Lanzhou remains central to surrounding regions’ transportation and telecommunication, Song said. She attributed this reliance to the capital’s location on the Yellow River, the second largest river in Asia. “It’s vital because it’s the only provincial city that the river runs through,” Song said. Though motorboats are accessible, Song said many Lanzhou residents use sheepskin rafts to conveniently navigate the city’s veins. Unique to the Yellow River, these simple rafts are made of inflated sheep or pigskins. The floating devices are not the only interesting sights available on the Yellow River’s banks, Song said. The city is teeming with artwork. Song said she believes the Yellow River Mother sculpture, located symbolically along the river, is the most significant of expositions.  “The Yellow River is often referred to as the mother of China,” she said. Many other structures flank the river’s shore, Song said, such as Lanzhou’s Waterwheel Park, a water conservation system formerly used to irrigate local crops, and the Zhongshan Bridge, the Yellow River’s first iron bridge. “Lanzhou adds the grand beauty of northern Chinese cities to the quaintness of the south,” Song said. “It’s a harmonious combination of the modern and the old.”  Song said her hometown also offers religious diversity. Gansu Province is roughly 10 percent Muslim, she said.  Song said Lanzhou currently has 1,000 Muslim noodle shops that, combined, serve 1,000,000 bowls of hand-pulled beef noodles a day. The elastic noodles are boiled in beef-liver broth and have extra potassium carbonate added to them.  “It is the most loved food in China. It’s so delicious,” Song said. “Many people in China eat it, but it all comes from my city.” Although Song said she feels privileged to be studying in the United States, she admitted she missed the food of her city the most. Elaine Meyer Lee, director of the CWIL, said most of the “Chinese” food in the United States is Cantonese style, which is more common in the southern part of China. Song studied English for ten years in Lanzhou but said she had felt deprived of understanding American culture because she was not immersed in it. “I did not have a real vivid image of what Christmas was,” she said. “Now I have experienced Christmas and Halloween. It has furthered my education to see the different kinds of western festivals and celebrations.  “We cannot learn basic cultural differences from our textbooks. We must cherish diversity of all the people here, and respect their rights.”last_img read more


Director discusses racial roles in theater


first_imgNotre Dame Director of Theater Kevin Dreyer spoke with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of “Ruined” and “Intimate Apparel” Lynn Nottage about race and the representation of race in theater on Tuesday in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s Decio Theater.  Dreyer said the title “A Conversation about Race and Representation” was a result of a problem of race in theater the University has been trying to address. “It kind of grew out of some conversations that we’ve had on campus over the last several years about ‘how do we engage more performers of color,’ ‘how do we build an audience that comes to expect that of us.’ Not that they’re impressed that we do it, but that they’re disappointed when we don’t,” Dreyer said.     The conversation began with Nottage, an African American herself, discussing her interest in African American art. She said this interest began at a young age under the influence of her parents.  “My parents were deeply invested in art, in particular African American art,” Nottage said. “I grew up going to see plays at the Negro Ensemble. I saw all this sort of seminal work from the black arts movement and that was my foundation.” Nottage said as her interest in the arts grew she became deeply interested in playwriting. She has written many celebrated plays and has won several awards for her work.  Despite her success the journey has not always been easy, Nottage said. She spoke with Dreyer about an issue of race representation that arose when one of her plays was staged in Germany. “In Germany I know that they have the habit of producing black plays in black face and very recently they wanted to do [one of my plays], and I said ‘I have no problem with them doing it, they just can’t do it in black face,’” Nottage said.  Dreyer said Latino playwrights are currently dealing with a similar issue, in this case brown face. Nottage said it is incredibly unfair to not have Latinos or African Americans act in the roles of their own race and ethnicity.  “In America it makes no sense, where you have a huge pool of Latino actors who are desperate for work to put on a play where there’s a Latino cast and choose to cast white folks. I think that’s incredibly dismissive of an entire acting pool,” Nottage said.  Nottage said her piece of advice for students of color looking to go into theater is not to be afraid. “Don’t be afraid to take the full journey,” Nottage said. “You must be tenacious and you must have absolute belief in what you’re doing.”last_img read more


Week challenges all forms of intolerance


first_imgThrough StaND Against Hate Week, members of the Notre Dame community are aiming to raise awareness about and initiate the eradication of hatred on campus and nationwide. Sophomore Bryan Ricketts, co-president of PrismND, said the events are meant to foster an inclusive and loving environment on campus. He said the week is intended to raise awareness of the hatred faced by a wide variety of groups, including, but not limited to, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community. “We want to acknowledge the unjust hate and discrimination that many people undergo because of their race, socioeconomic status, gender or gender identity, or sexual orientation – parts of personhood that are attacked all too often,” Ricketts said. StaND Against Hate Week is sponsored by PrismND, the Gender Relations Center, and Multicultural Student Programs and Services (MSPS). The Week included a “What It Means to Be an Ally Dinner” on Tuesday, as well as a forum about “The Power of Kindness” and a talk discussing bisexuals and transsexuals titled “What About the ‘B’ and the ‘T’?” on Wednesday. The series of events will conclude Thursday with a candlelight prayer service at the Grotto. Ricketts said he is especially pleased with the Wednesday event that will address the concerns of bisexual and transgender students. “I am most excited about Wednesday’s panel, ‘What About the ‘B’ and the ‘T’?’ Too often, bisexual and transgender students are left out of the conversation when their concerns are lumped with those of lesbians and gays,” Ricketts said. The panel aims to create a space where these groups can share their experiences and answer questions about bisexual and transgender communities, Ricketts said. “With our panels, we’re addressing two controversial but salient topics: the involvement of allies in helping end discrimination, and the lack of discussion about bisexual and transgender students in both straight and LGBTQ communities,” Ricketts said. “Especially in the case of transgender students, this is a topic that campus has been silent on.” PrismND passed out T-shirts Monday to show support for all students. Ricketts said bringing people together to talk about issues of hatred will remind people that no one should be left out and that the University should continuously work to increase inclusion and respect. Student body president Alex Coccia said student government wants to ensure students feel welcome and safe on campus and have a sense of ownership of their learning environment. “We are very supportive of the efforts of PrismND, the Gender Relations Center and MSPS to host StaND Against Hate Week to promote an inclusive environment to all, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression,” Coccia said. “This week is an opportunity for us to make clear that we are a student body who are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.” PrismND is Notre Dame’s LGBTQ and Ally student organization, and this is its first year as a club, Ricketts said. “We provide a safe space for LGBTQ students and their allies to develop community, engage in programming and service, such as StaND Against Hate Week, and discuss things relevant to them and their lives, both on campus and outside it,” he said. Ricketts said he worked as part of the initial group of students who implemented PrismND on campus. “StaND Against Hate Week, for me, has been a time to talk about topics that are frequently left unaddressed by the LGBTQ community and by those who interact with it,” Ricketts said. “It’s a way to be honest and open with ourselves and others about how our actions have real and lasting effects, and the responsibility each of us has to be understanding and respectful.” Contact Meg Handelman at [email protected]last_img read more


SMC healing garden promotes community


first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Justice Education Student Advisory Committee (JSAC) will plant a healing garden on campus Saturday afternoon. Caylin McCallick, junior and student assistant for JSAC, said the creation of a healing garden is a practice in reappraisal.“It’s turning something bad into something good,” she said. “It can be really therapeutic, so I wanted to do the healing garden because there was a lot of negativity going around. It was something that I thought would help me and I thought maybe it would help other people to heal from things that have been bad and maybe see something good.The healing garden will be planted around the Lizzy Seeberg Memorial Garden, McCallick said. Seeberg, a first year at the College in 2010, killed herself after reporting that she had been sexually assaulted by Prince Shembo, who was at the time a Notre Dame football player.Sr. Eva Hooker, a faculty member of the English department, will say a prayer over the garden before the planting, McCallick said, and each student will then receive a packet of seeds and a piece of paper.“You can write down something really hard that you’ve been through. It could be sexual assault or sexual violence, or it could be something like anxiety or a really stressful money situation or anything that’s been bothering you,” she said. “We’re going to plant that and have something beautiful.”McCallick said there will also be wooden stakes in the ground where students can write something positive they learned from the hard situations they went through.“In the ground there’s something bad, and above ground is something good,” she said.JSAC is also sponsoring a screening of “The Hunting Ground” on Thursday night, McCallick said.“We recognize that the movie is kind of jarring for a lot of people and can bring up a lot of emotions,” she said. “We wanted to do a reminder that these issues are real and we are in a community in which we can support each other and grow in our healing together.”The healing garden will be a place for students to join in solidarity with each other, McCallick said.“It would be a good opportunity to be surrounded by people who have had struggles,” she said. “We need to build a community of survivors. We’ve all been a survivor of some trial in our lives. If we come together and bond over those issues, I think we can create a better community on our campus. … I want somewhere at Saint Mary’s to be a place of healing where you can see that other people have gone through problems and things have grown out of those experiences,” she said.Sophomore and JSAC member Morgan Matthews said all are welcome to attend, regardless of the perceived severity of the struggle they have been through.“It’s healing yourself if something happened to you,” she said. “You don’t even have to come and plant. You can come as a support system, just to be there.”Tags: Healing Garden, JSAC, SMClast_img read more


Fall SUB concert to feature Quinn XCII


first_imgThe Student Union Board (SUB) announced Tuesday night that Friday’s fall concert will feature Quinn XCII as the main act, with Odessa as the opener. The event will be the first SUB concert since Hoodie Allen and Sammy Adams performed on campus in November of 2016.Junior and lead programmer of concerts Bethany Boggess said the concert will be free for students this semester since it will take place in Legends.“We were unable to use Stepan this semester because athletics is using it, so Legends was the perfect alternative,” she said in an email. “Since Legends is a smaller venue, it allows us to offer free admission for students, which isn’t something SUB is usually able to do.”Legends will be an appropriate venue for Quinn XCII, Boggess said, because the nightclub has often hosted similar artists.“Legends often has up-and-coming artists — they had artists like Twenty One Pilots, Echosmith and Sam Hunt before they blew up — and we think Quinn XCII will fit that bill,” she said.Boggess said she hopes students who are unfamiliar with Quinn XCII and Odessa will take the chance to discover new artists.“Though not everyone will know Quinn XCII and/or Odessa’s music, we hope students will know that we chose them for a reason and will give them a listen and decide to come to the show,” Boggess said. “Quinn XCII is currently featured on Spotify’s Pop Rising playlist; we think he’ll only get bigger from here.”The process of choosing an artist for the SUB concert was a student-led effort, with Boggess and the concerts committee reaching out to agents and making offers, Madison McFarland, SUB co-director of programming, said.“With this one, because we went through Legends, they actually have contacts for us, so we go straight through them and they connect us with agents,” McFarland said. “And then Bethany and the whole concerts committee worked to just start contacting agents, and we just go from there — see what our price range fits with and the artists that will work for that, and then we get our top five, and we narrow it down from there. We start sending out offers and then contracts following that. It’s a long process — a lot of times things fall through, so we work really hard to try to do it really far ahead of time, and luckily, it worked out this semester.”During the spring 2017 semester, SUB decided to forego a concert because the concerts committee decided none of the artists available were worth the amount of money they were asking for, instead deciding to invest its budget elsewhere. Boggess said she was happy this year’s concerts committee was able to bring the event back with an artist about which the committee is excited.“We’re really fortunate to have the ability to be flexible in SUB and to try new ideas that we think the student body will like,” she said. “That said, we are excited to bring a concert back — and one we think the student body will really enjoy. We’ve also already started the process of planning next semester’s concert. For us, it’s all about starting early and responding to potential setbacks as opportunities to take a different direction.”McFarland said she is excited to be able to share the results of the committee’s hard work with the rest of the student body.“It’s a big deal when we can finally sign someone,” she said. “I don’t think a lot of students understand that we go through a very long process to get to this point, so there is a lot of effort that’s put into it.”Tags: Legends, Odessa, Quinn XCII, SUB, SUB concertlast_img read more


County Giving Away Free Narcan Kits Part Of Overdose Prevention Initiative


first_imgShare: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),Yep save the druggies and kill the babies.pathetic. Photo: Intropin / Wikipedia / CC BY 3.0MAYVILLE – Officials in Chautauqua County are giving away free Narcan Kits in an effort to help combat drug overdoses.Naloxone, also called Narcan, is an emergency medicine that can stop an opioid overdose.Last month, an increase in drug overdoses, and drug overdose deaths, was reported in part because of the COVID-19 pandemic.“Chautauqua County government and members of the Chautauqua Substance Abuse Response Partnership want to encourage those in the community who are actively using drugs and those who have a loved one using drugs to carry Naloxone,” said officials in a statement. Free training and Naloxone kits are available locally through:Evergreen Health, 320 Prather Ave., Jamestown – (716) 847-2441Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services – (716) 753-6724Officials say anyone using opioids, whether for recreational purposes or otherwise, can be at risk for overdose. Other risk factors include:Using or taking drugs alone;Mixing opioids with other drugs like alcohol, benzodiazepines (Xanax and Ativan) and prescription stimulants (cocaine and Adderall);Having lower tolerance due to recent detox/drug treatment, incarceration, or illness; andNot knowing what drugs one is consuming such as using heroin cut with fentanyl.“An overdose can happen when the amount of drugs ingested causes suppressed breathing in a way that oxygen cannot reach vital organs, and the body begins to shut down,” said officials. “It is important to note that an overdose can occur anywhere from 20 minutes to two full hours after drug use.”Signs of an overdose include:Face is clammy to touch and has lost color;Blue lips and fingertips;Non-responsive to his/her name or a firm rub to the sternum (Center of the chest) using the knuckles;Slow breathing, erratic breathing, or no breathing at all;Deep snoring or a gurgling sound, what would be described as a “death rattle;” andHeartbeat is slow or has stopped.If you suspect an overdose, call 911 immediately.last_img read more


New York State Expands COVID-19 Travel Advisory List By Ten


first_imgMGN ImageALBANY — Governor Andrew Cuomo has added 10 more states to his travel advisory list.Cuomo announced on a Tuesday conference call 10 more states were added to the coronavirus travel advisory, which requires incoming travelers from these states to self-quarantine for two weeks upon arrival.The new states are Alaska, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, Virginia, and Washington, making 31 states total after Minnesota was removed from the list.The full updated list of states on the travel advisory: AlabamaAlaskaArkansasArizonaCaliforniaDelawareFloridaGeorgiaIndianaIowaIdahoKansasLouisianaMarylandMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNew MexicoNevadaNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaSouth CarolinaTennesseeTexasUtahVirginiaWashingtonWisconsinThe advisory quarantine applies to all people who arrive from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents overnight a seven-day rolling average or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average.People caught violating the advisory risk civil penalties of $2,000 to $10,000. 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


Man Arrested Following Alleged Assault


first_imgWNY News Now Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – A 33-year-old Jamestown man was arrested after allegedly throwing rocks at a person at an East 2nd Street address Saturday afternoon.Jamestown Police say Travis Colley allegedly threw several rocks, breaking a front window to the dwelling and causing several hundred dollars in damages.Colley also allegedly threw a rock at a person at the residence, causing injury.Officers say this was an unprovoked attack and the victim was a protected party. Colley was arrested and charged with second-degree assault, third-degree criminal mischief and aggravated contempt.Police say Colley was taken to Jamestown City Jail and held without bail. 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