New this week: ‘Resident Alien,’ Arlo Parks & ‘Palmer’

first_imgThis week’s new entertainment releases include new music from British singer-songwriter Arlo Parks, who can count former first lady Michelle Obama as a fan. If a wacky sci-fi series sounds appealing, check out SyFy’s “Resident Alien.” Alan Tudyk plays an alien masquerading as a small-town doctor — and a human — after crash-landing on Earth. In “Palmer,” Justin Timberlake takes a rare leading role in a predictable but tender redemption drama. In the film, debuting Friday on Apple TV+, a bearded Timberlake plays an ex-convict and former college football star who returns home from prison and strikes up a friendship with a boy.last_img

Couple slain after snow disposal argument; suspect also dead

first_imgPLAINS, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a northeastern Pennsylvania shooting stemming from an argument over snow disposal during Monday’s storm left two people dead, and the suspect was later found dead at his home. Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis said a husband and wife were shot in the street outside their Plains Township home just before 9 a.m. Monday. Police identified them as 50-year-old James Goy and 48-year-old Lisa Goy. Forty-seven-year-old Jeffrey Spaide was found dead in his home across the street of a self-inflicted wound. Chief Dale Binker of the township police department said the Goys had a 15-year-old son with autism who is now staying with his grandparents.last_img

Wu-Tang Clan or Wuhan? T-shirt ignites new China-Canada tiff

first_imgBEIJING (AP) — China has complained to Canada over T-shirts ordered an embassy worker that allegedly mocked China’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, in an apparent mix-up between the city of Wuhan and the hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan. A Foreign Ministry spokesperson says China called on Canada to “thoroughly investigate the incident and give China a clear explanation.” The incident arose after a T-shirt maker posted on the Chinese internet that a staff member from the Canadian Embassy in Beijing had ordered T-shirts with a bat print. The virus is suspected of originating in bats, and the illnesses first emerged in Wuhan. Canadian media said the T-shirt print instead was a homage to Wu-Tang Clan.last_img

Pep rallies undergo revisions

first_imgThis fall has seen the implementation of a multitude of changes to the format of pep rallies at Notre Dame, and while student participation fluctuated from week to week, student government is overall pleased with the results. “I think that we definitely saw a positive response to the changes for the Michigan pep rally,” student body vice president Andrew Bell said. “The walkover seemed to be very successful, and we think it solved the issue of dorms standing amongst a bunch of alumni an hour before the rally.” Bell said the changes helped with logistics and the overall atmosphere of the rallies. “We thought the atmosphere of the Michigan rally was great. Attendance was high, we thought the fact the walkover included the band made it more exciting,” he said. “We recognize there were some issues especially as students were entering the section, and we’ve addressed those for the coming rally, so students won’t get clogged in.” Student body president Catherine Soler believes the positive student feedback is evidence of the success of the changes. “We’ve heard positive feedback because of the various different locations we used for the rallies, and we’re really pleased with how athletics has worked with us and how students have responded,” she said. Bell believes the guest speakers have been central to the improved response from students. “I think the guest speaker mixes things up, so it’s not the same week to week,” he said. “So we are still working with athletics to continue to get prominent speakers.” Mike Oliver, Hall Presidents Council co-chair, thinks dorms have improved their display of school spirit in response to an incentive offered by head football coach Brian Kelly. “We’ve also provided the dorms with the incentive of whoever comes with the most spirit has the opportunity to have Brian Kelly come to the dorms, and it’s worked really well,” Oliver said. While the overall student response has been positive, Soler said she felt the student turnout at the student-only Boston College rally was lacking. “We were disappointed with participation in the Stepan rally, and we think it can be indicative of many things,” she said. “From a planning perspective, we really did all we could. It could have been the timing, maybe it wasn’t a good time for students,” she said. With the losing season, Soler recognizes that student government must work especially hard to encourage disheartened students to attend the rallies. “I think one of the things that has made a big difference this year, and hopefully will continue to … is our emphasis on keeping them short and sweet and encourage dorm participation,” Soler said. “We want to brand the rallies as a time for students to get excited, have fun and socialize. We want it to be something they can do for themselves as well as in support of the team.” Both Soler and Bell emphasized the pep rally format as being a work-in-progress. “I think thus far we’ve been to all the locations possible and now we’re in the evaluation period, where we want to determine the best location and format in the eyes of the students,” Bell said. “We’re honing in on what students really want.” Soler said student government has already taken steps to soliciting student advice on improving the rallies for the remainder of the season. “Right now we’re just working to improve them, we’ll be sending out a student survey to get concrete data about what they liked about rallies and where we can improve them,” Soler said. Bell said the key to improving the pep rallies will be to concentrate on the basics. “We’ve tried to make the emphasis from the beginning that pep rallies are best when focused on the student body and the football team.”last_img read more

Talk explores facts of Christmas Star

first_imgRather than exploring what the Church says the Christmas Star was, astrophysicist Grant J. Matthews took a look at what science believes it to be in his presentation, “What and When was the Christmas Star: An Astrophysics Prospective.” The presentation took place in the digital visualization theatre (DVT) in the Jordan Hall of Science Sunday. Matthews described the Christmas star as a question pondered by theologians, priests and even physicists for centuries. “The question is which star was the one that heralded the arrival of the Christ child?” Matthews said. Scientists can now attempt to answer this question with the help of the DVT, Matthews said. This computer and theatre has access to all of NASA’s satellites and databases. This access allows scientists at Notre Dame to view every star that has ever existed. “This is not your grandma’s planetarium,” Matthews said. When an event happens in the sky, physicists ask three questions to figure out what that event was, Matthew said. They ask when and where it occurred, what the characteristics were and if anyone else saw it. Using these questions, along with modern technology, has helped narrow down what astrological event the three kings may have seen. Matthews explained how historians and theologians think the Christmas star may have appeared in the spring. The gospel of Matthew says shepherds watching their sheep also saw the star, Matthews said, and shepherds traditionally only watched their flocks at night in the spring when lambs are born. The Christmas Star is also called the morning star, which means it was in the east. “This meant that the star moved, and then reappeared, because the Magi saw the star twice,” Matthews said. “The star could be one of three things: a comet, a nova or a super nova.” Most people agree the star was not a nova or a comet because these were seen as a bad omen in ancient times. Matthews said he believes the star was a planetary alignment. “The Magi were Zoroastrian priests and astrology was extremely important to them,” Matthews said. “They would pay close attention to the location of the planets and what it means.” Through his research, Matthews said he thinks the planets aligned sometime during 4 to 8 B.C.. He said he thinks the specific date of this alignment was April 17, 6 B.C., because the sun, Jupiter, the moon and Saturn all aligned in the constellation Aries, while Venus and Mars aligned nearby. “The Magi would have recognized the alignment in Aries as a sign that a powerful leader would be born,” Matthews said. “Jupiter and the moon represent a powerful leader that will die at a certain time.” Matthews finished up the presentation with a showing of the film “Season of Light,” which explains different Christmas traditions and where they began, along with what the Christmas Star may have been.last_img read more

Senate reviews OrgSync

first_imgSaint Mary’s student senate met Tuesday night and discussed all the possibilities available on OrgSync, the website used to facilitate club registration at Saint Mary’s.  The student involvement and multicultural services office (SIMS) conducted the presentation on OrgSync. Stephanie Bridges, director of SIMS, said the purpose of the SIMS office is to help and support Saint Mary’s students. “We provide support for 70 plus student organizations on campus, which is a huge, huge job,” Bridges said.  The SIMS office is in charge of OrgSync, which was created at Saint Mary’s last year to give electronic support for student organizations. Bridges said SIMS wanted to make things as paperless as possible and make it easier to manage all the different things for which the SIMS office is responsible. “It has been tremendously helpful for our offices to navigate the processes that we have,” she said.  Assistant director of SIMS, Bianca Tirado, explained what OrgSync is and how to operate it.  “OrgSync is a way to help students connect with your organization. It’s also a way to create online communication so that it hits a broader audience,” she said. “The belle tower is the home page of OrgSync which is accessible to everyone in the SMC community.  “It’s a great way for you to access your organization portals. If you’re a part of more than one club you can access those additional portals as well.” Not only is there an internal website, but there is also an external website of OrgSync, which allows students to control what the external world can see. Student organizations can create their own external websites by creating a portal, and every new club can have a new portal on Belle tower.  Students can also register events for their organization on OrgSync, Tirado said. In order to create an event, a student would need to fill out the event request form under the SIMS portal. This event registration spurs the merchandise request process as well. “It’s best you make sure you do have a table [for your merchandise] and do it in a timely fashion,” she said. “If you want to sell something next week, it’s better you get it in as soon as possible.”  Tirado said, when selling merchandise, anything with a French cross symbol has to be approved by the SIMS office as well. The French cross is a religious symbol, so it cannot be obstructed by anything.  SIMS assistant director Graci Martsching said OrgSync is new but has already had a lot of success. She said SIMS hopes to raise awareness about the opportunities OrgSync and their office offer for students.  “The most important thing to remember is we are your advocates, we are here for you guys,” Martsching said. “You can always come and knock on our doors.” Contact Alaina Anderson at aander02@saintmarys.edulast_img read more

Actress addresses effects of sexual assault in lecture

first_imgWhen actress, producer and philanthropist AnnaLynne McCord spoke to Notre Dame students Thursday evening in the LaFortune Ballroom, she had one very clear message: the importance of acceptance and forgiveness.At age 18, McCord, who has starred in “90210,” “Nip/Tuck” and “Dallas,” was sexually assaulted in her own home by a male friend, and she said the fact that she knew her attacker that made it harder to grasp.“[Knowing the attacker] is the part that makes it very shameful, very uncomfortable, and this is what keeps silence,” McCord said.As the assault took place, she said she was unsure of how to fight for herself. But it was when she thought of her boyfriend that she suddenly found a voice and stood up to her attacker.“For [my boyfriend] I had a voice … but I couldn’t do it for myself because I felt pushed down as a woman,” McCord said of the weakness she felt in the moment of the attack.She said instinctually repressed the memory following the attack and did not speak about it to anyone for many months.“[It was] denial, denial, denial,” she said, until she told a male friend 10 months later.“That was the first time I ever said it,” McCord said. “That was the first time I ever acknowledged that that’s actually what it was. That was the first time I even gave any kind of thought towards it.”That moment led her to a revelation: she was not reacting to her assault in the same vengeful and angered way that her friend was reacting.She couldn’t quite understand this difference, she said.“Why didn’t I feel that for myself? Why did I feel like I didn’t have a voice?” McCord said.After her many trips to Cambodia as part of her work against sex trafficking, McCord said she began to find her voice and heal.“These girls [in Cambodia] have been raped everyday. … And they were not suffering, and they were not angry,” she said, which was completely antithetical to the anger, frustration and depression that she felt after for years after her assault.However, it was not until McCord went back to the exact place where her attacker had confronted her not long after her assault that she was able to feel at peace with what happened.“I cried for myself,” she said. It was then that she felt she had moved on.As she stood in that spot, McCord said that she thought, “I’m done. I’m done with the cycle of abuse. I’m done with the suffering. … [He does not] have power over me. I’m no longer shackled.”Another big moment in her healing process came when McCord finally admitted her assault publically, she said.“I felt relieved,” McCord said. “Everyone knew I’m damaged, I’m tainted, bad stuff has happened to me … but I’m still kicking.“It was a weight off my shoulders.”Now, McCord said she forgives her attacker because her story of healing is not about him, it is about her. She said overcoming her sexual assault has led her to better forgive and accept others in her life today.“I can’t go back. I can’t undo it.” McCord said. “Now, when something happens to me, I own it, and I practice letting it go.”The event, entitled, “It Starts with Me: Healing and Forgiveness,” was sponsored by Sponsored by the Department of Film, Television and Theatre, the GeNDer Studies Program, Lyons Hall and Duncan Hall.Tags: 90210, annalynne mccord, Dallas, It Starts With Me, Nip/Tuck, sexual assaultlast_img read more

Conference explores diversity issues and community

In response to Saint Mary’s College’s selection of “community” as their core value this year, the Saint Mary’s Student Diversity Board has chosen the theme for their 11th annual Diverse Students’ Leadership Conference (DSLC) accordingly, molding the conference around the idea of “unity in community.” The conference will take place today and tomorrow, April 4 and April 5.Senior Angela Bukur, vice president and conference chair of the Student Diversity Board, said she hopes this year’s attendees will leave the conference with a new perspective on diversity.“I hope students take away something that they didn’t know from before,” Bukur said. “That they take a perspective in a different way, meet a lot of people and become leaders in their own communities, as well as realize that diversity is important.”Bukur said the fact that the conference is entirely student-run makes it more rewarding for students.“It helps start dialogue,” she said. “It helps students to attend events and talk about things they normally wouldn’t.”Bukur said DSLC’s mission is to provide awareness of diversity by educating and uniting the Saint Mary’s community.“It’s such a broad topic — you can’t get it all,” she said. “We have tried to bring together different aspects of diversity — different parts of religion, sexuality, race and social class.”The conference will tackle these aspects through seven different sessions in which faculty will lead discussions about diversity issues in their professions, Bukur said.Senior Cinthya Benitez, a Student Diversity Board member, invited not only students to attend the conference, but faculty and staff, as well.“Faculty and staff are also invited to learn about topics students are interested in,” Benitez said. “It brings the Saint Mary’s community together and builds unity, as our logo says.”There will also be three keynote speakers at the event: Mary Burke, Kristi Pellegrini and Bree Newsome.Burke ‘85, member of the Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees, is an experienced investment banker in the food industry and a founding partner of Lakeshore Food Advisors, LLC, a boutique investment banking firm in Chicago, according to the Saint Mary’s College website.Pellegrini ‘09 is a postdoctoral research assistant at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Bukur said. According to Bukur, her current research focuses on the chemistry of nuclear materials.The final keynote speaker to conclude the conference is activist and filmmaker Bree Newsome, Bukur said. Newsome is known for removing the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State House grounds. According to Bukur, she was arrested for her act of civil disobedience, but the publicity her act generated spurred state officials to permanently remove the flag in July 2015.As a member of the Board, Benitez said the conference is a worthwhile experience.“It’s always a great experience,” Benitez said. “I learn a lot and I come out of it more culturally aware and inspired as a multicultural student. I hope students gain awareness, learn new things and get inspired to make changes on campus and outside of Saint Mary’s.” Tags: Diverse Students’ Leadership Conference, Diversity, DSLC, leadership, Saint Mary’s Diversity Board read more

NDSP implements new K-9 program

first_imgNotre Dame Security Police (NDSP) implemented a K-9 program this semester to add another layer of security to its operations.The two black Labrador retrievers who were recently added to the police department — 3-year-old Skeet and 18-month-old Toxi — are NDSP’s first security dogs, Clark said. Clark is Skeet’s handler, while security officer Jarret Gilpin is Toxi’s handler.“I believe it’s pretty much an innovative thing,” Clark said. “We made the choice so we’d have another layer of security. The way the world is changing, people are exploding things — today’s suicide bombers, the Boston marathon run [and] what happened there. And you know, it’s easier for the dogs to detect explosives than it is for us with their sense of smell.”NDSP’s efforts to ensure safety during home football games was one of the driving factors that lead the department to implement a K-9 program, deputy chief Stephan Smith said.“We did our research and found that this is some of the best technology that’s out there, and it’s definitely a direction we wanted to go,” he said. “It’s important to say there is no imminent threat to Notre Dame or our community at this time. However, we just felt that this is something worth investing in because, you know, everybody’s safety — not only on game day but every single day here on campus — is our priority.”Clark said Toxi and Skeet are “vapor wake dogs,” which means they have been trained to detect explosives. The dogs underwent intensive training for about three months, Gilpin said.“ … Probably out of 100, two dogs had the qualities and stuff like that of a vapor wake canine that they were looking for,” Gilpin said. “They have high independence and a high drive and stuff like that, so [Toxi’s] been training since she was like 3 months [old] or so, I believe.”Though he has worked for NDSP for 27 years and seen three proposals for a K-9 program, Clark said Toxi and Skeet are the department’s first security dogs. Clark said the new K-9 program has been “a dream come true” for him.“My dad actually trained dogs in Compton, California, in the ’70s,” Clark said. “He was a carpenter, so he started training dogs to watch the property out after he had repaired it. He’s always had a love for dogs, so I guess that I got the fever, too.“So I’ve been involved in training them for a very long time — in obedience, in protection. To me, it’s like I’m not even working anymore. I’m just enjoying myself.”Clark said the dogs have contributed to a new routine within the police department.“If there’s any special events going on, they like for us to work the special events,” he said. “When dignitaries come, we will probably sweep the building they’re in before they return. We kind of do our lock-up differently now.”Gilpin added that since they have only been working with the dogs for about seven weeks, he and Clark are still adjusting to the changes.“We’re still learning and they’re still learning,” he said. “They’re from Alabama and now they’re in Indiana, and it’s just kind of a different atmosphere for them. I’m looking forward to seeing [Toxi] in snow because she probably hasn’t seen snow yet.”One of the biggest challenges to integrating the dogs into the police department is getting to know their personalities, Gilpin said.“Each dog is different. My issues are different than [Clark’s],” he said. “They’re similar but different. Each dog is a different personality. It’s getting used to where we work together better. We’ve only worked together for seven weeks.”Clark described Skeet as “an eager beaver” who enjoys work, while Gilpin said Toxi was “very playful and loving.”“When it comes time to work, she works, but it’s just one of those things where her personality is, ‘Hey, let’s play,’” Gilpin said of Toxi. “She wants to play tug-of-war, loves playing fetch like any other dog. She’s just very affectionate.”Students should not be afraid of the dogs, Clark said, as they are not aggressive.“Their basic job is to protect the University,” he said. “If you see us, you’ll notice they’ll smell garbage cans. Because they’re vapor wake dogs, they’ll hit on the backpacks and if they hit on it, they’re smelling it — their job is to make sure there isn’t explosives there.”The dogs have served as great outreach tools in the community, Smith said, and NDSP would like to continue to use the dogs to connect with people across campus.“You know, if somebody says, ‘Hey, I’m having this event, and it’d be nice to have one of the NDSP canines and the handler there,’ we’d love to do that,” he said. “We’d love to find new ways to connect with our community.”last_img read more