Students protest University investment

first_imgSophomore Roman Sanchez and junior Liz Furman were two of several students who distributed flyers outside the Junior Parents Weekend Mass to raise awareness about the University’s investment in HEI Hotels and Resorts — a hotel chain with alleged unfair labor practices.“Parents were there and a lot of them are alumni,” Sanchez said. “A lot of them give money to the school.”Furman added, “And they should probably know where their money is going.”But Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) stopped the students in their campaign and the flyers were confiscated. The disciplinary actionAssistant Director for NDSP Dave Chapman said the demonstration was terminated because the students did not have permission from the Office of Residence Life and Housing (ORLH).Du Lac, the student handbook, states, “All demonstrations must be registered in writing with the Associate Vice President for Residence Life.”“They were asked if they had permission and they said no, they did not. They said they didn’t know that they needed permission,” Chapman said. “The report was filed and forwarded to ORLH, as we always do. The flyers were confiscated.”As a result of the incident, the students were disciplined by ORLH and are awaiting the University’s decision regarding their punishment, Sanchez and Furman said.“We understand that as a private institution, Notre Dame can do whatever they want, basically,” Furman said. “But our question is, is that really in line with the kind of learning experience they want students to have here, with having freedom of expression so restricted? The lack of freedom of expression on this campus is unreasonable.”The incident inspired several alumni to write a Letter to the Editor in the March 18 edition of The Observer.John Lavelle, of the Class of 1987, who was one of the authors of the letter, said the University should not apply its policies to discourage student expression.“My perspective as a lawyer and a graduated alumni is that there ought to be a space at Notre Dame to express these views,” Lavelle said. “The University shouldn’t be cracking down on students who express views just because they take a position that might be embarrassing to [the University].”Lavelle also questioned whether the policy requiring permission was universally enforced.“I think that you would look at the way this policy is kind of selectively enforced or creates the opportunity for selective enforcement, where the University is simply exercising it in a way to prohibit expressive conduct,” Lavelle said.Chapman said the only reason the policy would not be enforced is if NDSP was not notified of a demonstration.“If we were not called about it or we don’t know what’s going on, then we can’t do anything about it,” he said.The concerned students are currently persisting in their mission to promote awareness about the University’s investment in HEI by wearing orange jumpsuits to classes this week.Issue behind disciplinary actionHEI is an investment firm that acquires, develops and operates hotels under well-known names such as Marriott, Sheraton and Hilton. The company has more than 5,000 employees, Chief Investment Officer Scott Malpass said.Notre Dame’s real estate portfolio is invested in many properties, such as office, retail, residential and hotels, which includes HEI. The University assesses every firm it invests in and their commitment to social responsibility, he said.“They are very good. They are a very good company. Their reputation in the industry is fabulous,” Malpass said.Sanchez said he and other students are protesting against the University’s investment in HEI because the company does not align with Catholic Social Teaching, which calls for workers’ rights and the right to unionize.Malpass said HEI is not “anti-union” in any way, and currently owns hotels that have unions.“The union has come to campus and fed the students all kinds of information that isn’t true about HEI,” he said. “Our students think that HEI is a terrible place, that they are abusing their employees. We are not against unions. HEI runs union hotels.”Malpass also said HEI had a third party survey their employees’ job satisfaction. The industry average score is 75 percent satisfied, while HEI scored in the 80 to 90 percent range, he said.“I have spoken to  …  employees, including general managers of the hotels, wait staff, housekeeping staff and front desk personnel,” Malpass said. “They were all complimentary of the company.”In the past, the labor union UNITE HERE has targeted HEI for allegedly disallowing employees to join a union. UNITE HERE has filed multiple allegations against HEI, but none have proven, Malpass said.“The filing of multiple allegations is a typical practice from UNITE HERE and HEI is one of many companies the union has unfairly targeted,” Malpass said. “To date, there have been no findings by any court, government agency or arbitrator against any of HEI’s hotels.”Malpass said he encourages students to pursue their mission in other areas.“I applaud our students’ interest in the issues and concern for workers and workers’ rights to organize,” he said. “I continue to support efforts to raise awareness about unfair labor practices in general, but we have done a thorough review [of HEI] and it is clear that issue is simply the union.“UNITE HERE has got to our students and convinced them the HEI is a bad company even though the evidence doesn’t support that at all,” he said.The bottom line — according to Sanchez — lies in Catholic Social Teaching.“[Malpass] is going to say we’re biased and we’re going to say he’s biased, but the bottom line is Catholic Social Teaching says we should be biased to the worker,” Sanchez said.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s valedictorians reflect on college tenure

first_imgThree Saint Mary’s seniors will represent the Class of 2020 as valedictorians during the virtual commencement ceremony on May 16. Courtesy of Anna Bilse Biology major Anna Bilse is one of three valedictorians selected to represent the class of 2020 during Saturday’s virtual commencement ceremony. Courtesy of Sarah Hautzinger Sociology major Sarah Hautzinger is one of three valedictorians to be honored at Saturday’s virtual commencement ceremony.center_img Courtesy of Nicole Aggarwal Sociology and communication studies major Nicole Aggarwal is one of three valedictorians selected to represent the class of 2020.The three honorees are Nicole Aggarwal, Anna Bilse and Sarah Hautzinger. Aggarwal is a sociology and communication studies double major with a minor in gender and women’s studies, and Bilse is a biology major with a concentration in molecular/cell biology and a minor in dance. Hautzinger is also a sociology major with a concentration in criminology and a minor in psychology.All three recipients will be continuing their education after graduation. Aggarwal said she plans to attend University of Colorado Boulder to pursue a doctorate in sociology. Hautzinger said she will be attending law school at St. John’s University in Queens, New York, while Bilse will attend Elon University in North Carolina to pursue a master’s in physician assistant studies.Aggarwal learned of the possibility of receiving the honor at the end of her junior year.“I felt some pressure, but I didn’t care too much about the title,” Aggarwal said. “I thought ‘I’ve made it this far, I can continue to work hard to achieve the goal and finish what I started.’ It acted as a strong source of both pressure and motivation to finish the job and do the best work I can.”Bilse shared a similar sentiment of the title being an external motivator to continue the hard work. “I was sitting on my couch when I received that email and my jaw dropped, I was just floored and it made me feel so proud and validated for the hard work that I have done,” she said. “When I first came to school I came in with the mentality that I was going to try my best and I would be happy and proud with whatever that turned out to be. Learning I could potentially be a valedictorian fueled the fire in me to continue to work as hard as I could.”Hautzinger used the word “unforgettable” to describe her college experience. “It was truly the best experience I could have asked for,” she said. “I am a student ambassador for the Office of Admission so I get to give tours to prospective students, and I just love being able to share and tell [prospective students] how much I love Saint Mary’s and how much it means to me. I always say that you hear about this sisterhood and it sounds cliche and cheesy but it is 100 percent true — everyone has been so supportive and collaborative really creating an incredible undergraduate experience.”Bilse shared a similar sentiment that her opportunities and experiences were unique to Saint Mary’s. She said the experience was likely not something she would have received if she had gone anywhere else.For Aggarwal, her college experience was defined by the personalized attention she received in the classroom. Small class sizes allowed students to succeed and allowed for professors to get to know her and her passions, she said. “I just followed my majors where they took me, I had no idea what I was getting into but it shaped me into an academic, it has expanded my horizons and my opinions,” Aggarwal said. “I know who I know am now and that’s something I didn’t know four years ago when I stepped on campus.”Bilse advised current undergraduate students to stay true to themselves as they finish their degrees. “I started undergrad anxious and confused and by staying true to myself and choosing my path for myself it helped me to find who I was as an individual rather than grouping myself with a crowd,” Bilse said. “I think [staying true to yourself] is how you are able to be the best version of yourself and make the most out of this experience.” Tags: Anna Bilse, commencement 2020, Nicole Aggarwal, Sarah Hautzinger, valedictorianslast_img read more

Trump: Face Mask Deal Reached With 3M

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) Photo: CDC / Debora CartagenaWASHINGTON – President Trump says manufacturer 3M will produce more than 166-million masks for healthcare workers fighting the Coronavirus outbreak.Administration officials said trump did enforce the Defense Production Act with the company.Trump made the announcement at the Coronavirus Task Force briefing Monday evening.“I can also announce today that we have reached an agreement, very amicable agreement, with 3M for the delivery of additional 5.5 million high-quality face masks each month, so we are going to be getting over the next couple of months 166.5 million masks for our frontline healthcare workers, so the 3M saga ends very happily, we are very proud now to be dealing now with 3M,” said the President. President Trump had blasted the company last week for continuing to sell some masks overseas.3M had said it was necessary to do so to maintain overall supply levels in the United States, fearing retaliation from international companies the U.S. relies on for imports of masks.The company can now use the DPA to explain to foreign clients why they have no choice but to divert their supply to the United States.last_img read more

Police Scanner Now The Most Popular Paid Mobile App

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) Image via the Apple App Store.JAMESTOWN – Police scanner apps are surging in popularity after days of riots across the United States.5-0 Radio Police Scanner is one of the top downloaded apps for iPhones.It costs five dollars to download, making it the top paid app in Apple’s App Store on Tuesday.The police scanner apps give real-time information about incidents involving the deployment of police, fires, shootings, and looting. Some scanner apps also let protesters listen to live police radio feeds. The developer for 5-0 Radio Police Scanner says the app has had more than a half a million active users tune in since Sunday.last_img read more

A Drag Icon as Peter Pan! A Tony Winner as Captain Hook! Peter Pan Goes Live for NBC SCTV

first_imgWhile NBC (and P!nk?!) prep for the just-announced Peter Pan Live!, maybe they should check out this vintage parody of the 1954 tuner for some inspiration. In this sketch from legendary comedy show SCTV, the late great John Candy portrays the boy who won’t grow up as played by iconic drag queen Divine (Hairspray). Candy makes for a superb doppelganger and his attempts to “fly” around the set are hilarious. Tony winner Martin Short joins Candy as TV director and Broadway vet David Steinberg playing Captain Hook. And the best part of this relic? They sing songs from the actual score like “I’m Flying” and “I Won’t Grow Up.” Seriously, if NBC wants to consider a drag queen for the role—we know just the gal! View Commentslast_img read more

Patina Miller is Heading to Capitol Hill!

first_img View Comments Patina Miller is heading to Capitol Hill! The Pippin Tony Award winner has just joined the cast of the CBS pilot Madam Secretary, a drama series exploring the personal and professional life of a female Secretary of State, played by Tea Leoni. Miller joins the ensemble cast as press coordinator Daisy. Miller is finishing her whirlwind run as the Leading Player in Pippin on March 30 and will be seen on the big screen later this year as Commander Paylor in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. On Broadway, she previously starred in the musical comedy Sister Act. Related Showscenter_img Pippin Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015last_img read more Summer Camp, Day 25! Sarah Brightman: Soprano, Actress, Disco Astronaut

first_img OVERALL CAMP FACTOR One GIANT leap for soprano-kind. We’re gonna be honest: Things around the offices have gotten really boring the last few weeks. It’s sweltering, it’s humid, and worst of all, no new Broadway shows open until after Labor Day. But never fear, dear readers, we’ve got a great way to spice up the month of August: Summer Camp! Each day for 31 days, we’re highlighting the campiest, craziest, wildest—and did we mention campiest?—videos we can find. Put on your gaudy bathing suit and dive in! WHY WE LOVE IT This intergalactic video was submitted by reader Maryellen D. “What’s hotter than disco? SPACE DISCO!” she writes. Sarah Brightman’s fascination with outer space goes back further than we thought. A long time ago (in a galaxy far, far, away,) the West End and Broadway star made her singing debut alongside the dance troupe Hot Gossip with “I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper.” This was before she was hanging out with Buzz Aldren, and even before she was hitting high Es in The Phantom of the Opera. Maryellen says, “I love the choreography, costumes, catch disco beat, and how they incorporated all sorts of science fiction references,” which range from Star Wars, to 2001: A Space Odyssey to Flash Gordon. All that’s missing is some space food. MOST GIF-ABLE MOMENTcenter_img LOOK OUT FOR… 3:18. Hey, that pose looks just like something out of Phantom! You know, if the Phantom were a gyrating, shirtless spaceman. View Commentslast_img read more

Hit-Making Jersey Boy Bob Crewe Dead at 83

first_imgMusic legend Bob Crewe, whose work can be heard in the Broadway musical Jersey Boys, died on September 11, 2014, according to Frontiers LA. He was 83 years old. In 2009, Crewe launched The Bob Crewe Foundation, which funds fellowships, scholarships, training and mentorships for aspiring young artists and musicians. The Trust also supports AIDS research and promotes LGBT rights and initiatives. Though Crewe rarely spoke openly of his sexuality, he is considered to be a gay icon in the music industry and beyond. Crewe was born on November 12, 1930 in Newark, New Jersey and despite a natural talent for music, he initially attended Parsons School of Design in New York. Throughout his music career, he still remained active as a visual artist, having designed various album covers. In 1953, he partnered with Frank Slay Jr., and in 1957, their song “Silhouettes,” performed by The Rays, became a recognized doo-wop hit. The album’s B side, “Daddy Cool,” was covered by The Diamonds and climbed to Billboard’s top 10. Beginning in the early 1960s, Crewe worked with Bob Gaudio on many singles for The Four Seasons as both a producer and co-lyricist. Among the memorable numbers that Crewe collaborated with Gaudio and are featured in the Tony-winning musical are “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Bye Bye Baby,” “Rag Doll” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” In addition to his contributions to The Four Seasons, Crewe co-wrote Patti LaBelle’s “Lady Marmalade” with Kenny Nolan, which became a #1 chart-topper in 1975. He also produced hit singles for artists including Diane Renay, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, Michael Jackson and more. View Commentscenter_img In a statement, Frankie Valli and Gaudio said, “Bob Crewe’s lyrics have meant so much—to so many—for so long; it is hard to imagine they will ever be forgotten. Bob had a way about him in life as he did in the studio, a charismatic personality, an ability to draw the best out of everyone and a limitless joy of music, art and life…We will never forget Bob Crewe: our partner—our brother, in music and our good friend in life.” Crewe is portrayed in Jersey Boys by Peter Gregus, who originated the role at La Jolla Playhouse in 2004. Gregus, who continues to play Crewe at the August Wilson Theatre, told, “What you see in Jersey Boys is the tip of the iceberg of not only what he contributed to The Four Seasons and the music industry. If we told his part of the story, we’d be there until four in the morning.” He added, “I feel like [playing Crewe] is less of an illumination and more of a tribute now.” Mike Doyle portrayed Crewe in Clint Eastwood’s film adaptation of the musical, which was released earlier this year.last_img read more

Looking Star Jonathan Groff to Finish Off-Broadway Run of Hamilton

first_img View Comments Related Shows Hamilton (Off-Broadway) Show Closed This production ended its run on May 3, 2015 Jonathan Groff How’s this for a royal entrance? Jonathan Groff will assume the role of King George in Hamilton off-Broadway beginning March 3, taking over for Tony nominee Brian d’Arcy James, who leaves to star in Broadway’s Something Rotten. The Public Theater production will conclude its run on May 3.The musical, written by and starring Lin-Manuel Miranda, recently announced that it will play Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre this summer following its off-Broadway run. Performances are scheduled to begin on July 13. Groff is not currently confirmed for the show’s Broadway run.Groff won three Audience Choice Awards and was nominated for a Tony Award for playing Melchoir in the Broadway musical hit Spring Awakening. For the Public Theater, he previously starred in Hair at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park and The Bacchae. Other off-Broadway credits include The Submission, The Singing Forest and Prayer for My Enemy. He was also see in Deathtrap in London’s West End and Red at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. This summer, he will headline William Finn’s A New Brain at City Center. He can currently be seen in the second season of the gay-themed drama Looking on HBO.Directed by Thomas Kail, Hamilton is inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. The new musical follows the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America, from bastard orphan to Washington’s right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country’s first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy.In addition to Miranda, the cast includes Christopher Jackson as George Washington, Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton, Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton, Daveed Diggs as Marquis De Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson and Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler. Star Fileslast_img read more

Henry Winkler & Kristin Chenoweth Advised Marlee Matlin to Take Spring Awakening Role

first_img Star Files Spring Awakening Related Shows View Comments Oscar winner Marlee Matlin is set to make her Broadway debut in Spring Awakening in a few short weeks, but the decision to come to the Great White Way was not one she took lightly.“My mind’s been blown,” Matlin told about her experience in rehearsal with the Deaf West production. She added that before she took the role, she consulted some of her Broadway pals for guidance: “I talked to Henry Winker and Kristin Chenoweth long and hard, two hours both,” the actress told us.Apparently, the Fonz and Glinda gave her a thumbs up; all Matlin had to do was ask to her family for a green light.“I asked my husband and my family and my four kids, ‘Have you ever heard of Broadway?’” Matlin recalled. “They looked at me like, ‘What?! Are you crazy or something? Of course we know Broadway!’ Matlin told them, “‘Well, that’s where I’m going, is that OK with you?’ When they said yes, the actress said her “whole world turned around.” She added, “It’s such an honor, and it’s great to be working with everybody. It’s been 30 years since I’ve been on a stage, so we shall see how it goes.”The revival of Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s Tony-winning Spring Awakening begins performances at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on September 8 and opens on September 27. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 24, 2016 Kristin Chenowethlast_img read more