ND 88′ subpoenas former V.P.

first_imgA St. Joseph County judge is allowing the deposition of former associate vice president for Residence Life Bill Kirk in the case of 88 protesters, known as the “ND 88,” who were arrested for trespassing on campus during President Barack Obama’s visit in May 2009. Judge Michael Scopelitis overruled a motion by the prosecution to prevent the subpoena of Kirk’s testimony, but did not allow the defense access to documents regarding Kirk’s employment status at the University, according to St. Joseph County Superior Court documents filed Sept. 20. “The deposition of Bill Kirk was contested because much of the information the defendant sought related to Mr. Kirk’s departure from the Office of Student Affairs, which is irrelevant to the trespass cases,” University spokesman Dennis Brown said. Kirk’s position as associate vice president was eliminated this summer. Vice President for Student Affairs Fr. Thomas Doyle told The Observer earlier this month that Kirk’s position was removed as a result of restructuring in the Office of Student Affairs. During the demonstrations protesting Obama’s visit, Kirk oversaw the Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) and was in charge of approving campus demonstrations. The court order stipulates that the defense can ask Kirk why he no longer holds his administrative position at the University, but Kirk is not required to bring documents that deal with his employment status at Notre Dame. The court document states that the Court reviewed Kirk’s and the University’s confidential separation agreement and found that it says nothing related to the criminal proceedings. Scopelitis ruled that Kirk is not obligated to disclose the document. The Thomas More Society, a pro-life law center, is overseeing the trials of the 88 protesters, who are being charged with criminal trespass. A Thomas More Society press release states that the defense is seeking testimony from Kirk in order to ask questions about different treatment given to protesters involved in various protests on campus. The defense has argued that the ND 88 were subject to “viewpoint discrimination,” which the defense is claiming is a violation of the First Amendment, according to the release. ND 88 attorneys contend that the University did not file charges against protestors in past demonstrations. In a statement released in April, University President Fr. John Jenkins said NDSP gave the protesters several warnings to disperse, as the University has clear rules for campus demonstrations. “Some have incorrectly suggested that having the protestors arrested means we are hostile to the pro-life position. But, the University cannot have one set of rules for causes we oppose, and another more lenient set of rules for causes we support. We have one consistent set of rules for demonstrations on campus — no matter what the cause,” Jenkins said in the statement. The student handbook, du Lac, states that campus demonstrations must be peaceful, non-disruptive and registered in writing with the associate vice president of Residence Life — who was Kirk at the time. Kirk’s deposition will be taken at a date to be determined.last_img read more

Soler, Bell prepare for end of term

first_imgAs student body president Catherine Soler and vice president Andrew Bell’s administration nears the end of its term, Soler said she plans to continue pursuing their objectives and initiatives. Soler and Bell are set to leave office on April 1 and will concentrate on finalizing an agreement with local law enforcement, building on the Campus Life Council’s (CLC) recent work with sexual assault prevention and continuing efforts with campus renovations. Soler said a formal agreement with law enforcement — the product of a year of community relations work through the beND campaign — is expected shortly. “We definitely want to continue our push for the agreement with the local law enforcement, the University and student government to have regular conversations,” she said. “We have meetings coming up with the Indiana State Excise Police to get them on board, but basically making that a legitimate agreement is definitely something we want to finish.” Soler said while the work with law enforcement has been slower than the administration had originally hoped, she is pleased with how relations have progressed this year. “One of the things we were surprised with is the amount of time it takes to create something like our agreement with the police. To us, it seemed like it should be automatic, with everyone being so on board,” she said. “But we’ve seen the process of getting things completed, not for lack of interest, but just the difficulty of navigating through administration and community affairs that students don’t normally get involved in.” Bell said he thought the beND campaign had made an impact on the larger problem of yearly fluctuations in student arrests. “We think this is a really important step toward ending a problem that comes up [every few years],” he said. “In the time we’ve been here, there hasn’t been a spike in arrests until this year, but as we’ve done our research and gotten a more historical perspective, we see this is a recurring problem.” Soler said she hopes, despite the short period left in her term, to make significant headway with CLC’s sexual assault prevention work. “Our focus on sexual assault [with] CLC is sort of a new project, but definitely something we want to make a lot of progress on in the time we have left, considering CLC goes until the end of the year,” she said. Also in collaboration with CLC, Soler said she anticipates changes in how the administration serves off-campus students. “On CLC, we’re pushing for more administrative attention to off-campus students, and that will be coming through a resolution,” she said. Bell said he also hopes to continue working toward ongoing campus improvements, such as the addition of lights to McGlinn Fields and further renovations to the DeBartolo Lounge. “Those things obviously won’t be done before April 1, but we really just want to lay the groundwork so that even when we’re out of office those things will happen,” he said. Soler said she thinks the administration’s efforts have accelerated both projects. “I think that we were ambitious in our DeBartolo Lounge goals as far as the timeline,” she said. “But we’re pleased where things are in terms of getting that pushed up in the order of renovations at the University, and I’d say the same thing about the lights in McGlinn Fields.” After turnover, Soler said she hopes the next administration will build off the progress made throughout the year, especially with regards to community outreach and dialogue with law enforcement. “The beND campaign did a lot to further those initiatives, and I just hope there’s a lot of emphasis and focus from the next administration in continuing and improving those relationships even more,” she said. “We hope that since it’s been such a help this year and we’ve received such a positive response, that it will be a priority.” Soler said it was important for student government to stay true to the basic services students expect from it. “We hope that a lot of the programs we started that really served student needs, but may not be as elaborate or grand as some other things, do continue,” she said. “I hope that our work with Transpo, the discount program, giving input on Rent-a-Text, and other things like Whine Week will continue, because they’re important and it’s what students expect of their student government.” Soler said she sees the last month of her term as an opportunity to complete or advance some of her administration’s objectives while also assisting the next administration’s transition. “We want to finish our term strong, to continue to work until the last day, doing the best we can to prepare the next administration to continue the work we’ve done while being able to complete the newer goals we’ve set for ourselves,” she said. Junior Pat McCormick and sophomore Brett Rocheleau assume the roles of student body president and vice president, respectively, April 1.last_img read more

SUB hosts literary festival

first_imgFour renowned authors will visit campus this week for the annual Notre Dame Literary Festival (NDLF).  Sponsored by the Student Union Board (SUB), the 45th annual festival begins today and ends Thursday. The event is organized by a committee of students and co-chaired this year by junior Arnav Dutt and sophomore Aubrey Butts. Dutt, who worked on the committee last year before becoming co-chair this year, said he was pleased with this year’s lineup of writers.  “We are very excited because we were able to get all of the people we invited, and that’s a big deal to us because it’s not easy to do,” Dutt said.  The set includes poet Daniel Borzutzky, novelists Jaimy Gordon and Blake Butler, and Bonnie Jo Campbell, novelist and short story writer.  Dutt said the NDLF committee selects which writers to invite by reading a variety of literary works and then consulting with professors. “We took a lot of recommendations from professors in the English department, and read stuff by the authors to try to determine who we’d be able to bring,” he said.  Dutt said English professor William O’Rourke helped bring author Jaimy Gordon, winner of the 2010 National Book Award for fiction, to campus for the festival. Gordon won the award for her best-selling novel, “Lord of Misrule”.  “The professors here are well-connected with other authors, so they’re a big help,” Dutt said. O’Rourke, who teaches “Lord of Misrule” in his fall graduate fiction workshop, said he had first intended to bring Gordon to campus for a reading sponsored by the Creative Writing Program.   “I’ve known Jaimy Gordon for over thirty years, and since she won the 2010 National Book Award for fiction, I knew she would be getting a lot of requests for readings,” O’Rourke said. “In the fall, I mentioned to [Dutt] that I had arranged for her to come in the spring and suggested, because of her prominence, that we could share her with the literary festival if they were interested.” Borzutzky’s Tuesday night poetry reading will take place in the Geddes Hall coffeehouse and the other readings will be held in the Eck Visitors Center.  Dutt said that he hopes the readings will have appeal for non-English majors as well. “We expect to get the reading major types in the audience, but we like to think that we’re serving the whole student body, that there’s something in these authors that anyone can get behind,” Dutt said. Gordon and Campbell will also hold a panel discussion, titled “Writing and Weathering the Literary World in the 21st Century,” in the Notre Dame Room of LaFortune Student Center on Thursday. Dutt said the panel will emphasize taking questions from students.  “They’ll talk about what it’s like to be a writer and really focus on connecting with students,” he said.   Dutt said he expects the Borzutzky and Butler readings to be very accessible, even to students who are not familiar with their work.  “Gordon and Campbell are more of ‘writers’ writers’ in the sense that you appreciate them more if you’ve read their novels, but Borzutzky and Butler are very accessible for someone who just wants to go on a lark,” Dutt said.last_img read more

Zuckert earns achievement award

first_imgPolitical science professor Michael Zuckert recently won the Jack Miller Center Chairman’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his extensive work in political theory. The award recognized Zuckert for his outstanding scholarship and his work as a classroom teacher. Zuckert provided generations of students with a profound knowledge of American constitutional heritage, according to a statement released by the prize committee. Zuckert said he feels privileged to join the illustrious ranks of past recipients. “My predecessors in this award are very distinguished people, and I’m proud to be in their company,” he said. Zuckert said he didn’t know he would receive the award until a colleague surprised him with the news the day it was given. “I didn’t actually find out I was getting the award until the day it was supposed to be handed out,” Zuckert said. “Somebody slipped the news to me at lunch on accident.” In addition to writing and teaching in his main fields of political theory and constitutional studies, Zuckert organized a new constitutional studies field that will begin next semester. He also edits the journal ‘American Political Thought.’ Zuckert said the responsibility that came with editing the journal played a key role in receiving the award. “The award is definitely in some degree for me editing that journal, which makes contributions to the understanding of the American political tradition,” Zuckert said. Zuckert said it was ultimately his college experience at Cornell University that motivated him to pursue a career in political science. He said he was influenced by the quality of his teachers and the political climate of the time. “I was in college in the ‘60s when there were a lot of exciting things going on politically, and I was also fortunate enough to go to a college where we had really good faculty in political science,” Zuckert said. “They reinforced my interest in the subject.” Aside from making the new constitutional studies field a success, Zuckert said his other major goal at the moment is to finish a trilogy of books on constitutional theory spanning ancient Greece to the modern era. “I’ve been working on it for a long time, and at this point I just want to get it off my desk,” he said. The opportunity to teach and interact with students on a daily basis is the most rewarding part of his job, Zuckert said. “I very much like working with the students here,” he said. “That would be my number one thing.” Ultimately, Zeckert said he is grateful for the assistance and the opportunities Notre Dame has provided him over the course of his career at the University. “The administration has been extremely helpful in facilitating the work that I’m trying to do,” he said. “This is a university that I think is committed to keeping alive the tradition of political theory and making sure it thrives, and I think they’ve done a great job of supporting us.”last_img read more

Group extends GRC reforms

first_imgStudent Senate discussed the complete overhaul planned for the College Hookups, Alcohol and Sexual Assault education program, known as College HAS Issues, at Wednesday’s meeting. Student body vice president Katie Rose said the Gender Relations Center (GRC) wanted to foster a spirit of care on campus with the reformation of the program. “The GRC is basically planning to change everything about it,” Rose said. “They want to focus on community safety within the dorms, being our brother’s or sister’s keeper. The overall goal is to illustrate a positive, healthy social life, define sexual misconduct, identify risky behavior and make known the resources that are available.” Class of 2014 president Lizzie Helping said educating students about Indiana state laws in College HAS Issues would help to create a safer environment at Notre Dame. “With regards to the state laws about alcohol, is there any way we could give the freshmen a packet with the rules?” Helping said. “It’s one thing to hear about them, but it’s another to actually remember them.” Rose said she shared this concern because many students coming from other states are unaware of Indiana state laws pertaining to alcohol. “The state laws and rules about alcohol are not explicitly talked about [in the program],” Rose said. “A portion of the content of College HAS Issues is actually federally mandated, but we’re making sure to get that and additional state information to students without it being so stigmatized.” Pangborn Hall senator Emily Pollard said the GRC plans to make a short video about Indiana state laws to address the issue. Pollard is currently working with the center to implement changes to College HAS Issues. Looking ahead to the upcoming turnover, student union treasurer Alexa Shaw announced her search for a successor. “We are looking for a new treasurer, so I encourage all of you and your friends to apply,” Shaw said. “It is more skewed towards finance and accounting majors, but we’re opening it up to all majors.” Student body president Brett Rocheleau encouraged the Ssenate to recruit candidates for the position. “This is a great opportunity, especially for business majors, to run a budget of about $850,000,” Rocheleau said. “This year is unique because you could become the student union treasurer right away without having to be an assistant treasurer first.” Rocheleau also reported a positive meeting with the Community/Campus Advisory Coalition (CCAC) on Jan. 29. “[Tuesday] I went to the CCAC meeting to talk to police forces and neighborhoods,” Rocheleau said. “Everything is going good, everyone’s happy.” Department of community relations director Kelsey Eckenrode asked senators to encourage their neighbors to attend CommUniversity Day, which is set for Saturday, April 6. “It’s a day-long event, and we’re trying to get well over 1,000 participants,” Eckenrode said. “Previous years have had from 700-1,000 participants in the past, so it shouldn’t be too difficult if you spread the word in your dorms.” Contact Maddie Daly at [email protected]last_img read more

SMC hosts night of games and giveaways

first_imgSaint Mary’s Student Activities Board (SAB) will host the annual Midnight Madness event on Thursday night in Regina Hall, a change of location from where the event is traditionally held because of the construction being done on the Angels Athletic Facility.SAB President Emma English said even though the location had changed, Midnight Madness will still be as fun as it was in the past. “It was a little bit of reconfiguration, but we’re going to have it in Regina this year, both sides,” English said. “We’re incorporating a lot of smaller games as well as the classic bigger games like freshmen-senior tug of war, so those will still be involved.”English said this year’s theme for Midnight Madness would be Mardi Gras.“Fat Tuesday is the following week so we thought this is perfect timing,” English said. “Midnight Madness is usually in March, but since we didn’t have Angela anyway, we’re just kind of moving everything around, so this year it’s earlier.”English said there will be the return of certain activities that were a hit in past years. “Last year we had a karaoke, finish the lyric game and that was super successful and really fun, so we’ll be bringing that back,” English said.Traditional Committee co-chair Zoie Clay said the Mardi Gras theme will be incorporated into the games and activities. “We’ll actually have one game where you have to throw beads onto a mannequin to kind of mimic parades,” Clay said. “Then we’re going to have some fun carnival-style games.”Clay said games are a nice way to bring the Saint Mary’s students from all grades together. “It’s competition between grades but I think it builds teamwork, not just within your grade, but between all grades,” Clay said. Each Saint Mary’s class year is assigned a different color to wear to support their class as they compete, honoring the Mardi Gras theme. First-year students will be asked to wear silver, sophomores will wear green, juniors will wear purple and seniors will wear gold or yellow.SAB vice president Lily Freund said in an email there will be a lot of fun prizes to be won.She said Jimmy John’s and Einstein’s will be donating food, and there will be Mardi Gras cupcakes.  English said she remembers her experiences with Midnight Madness throughout the years and how it brought her together with her classmates. “As a freshman you don’t really know a lot of people, but you have to volunteer each other to represent your class,” English said. “And then as a junior it was fun because you know everyone’s names and you’re all super close. So it’s really about community and class pride.” Clay said Midnight Madness is something all Saint Mary’s students should be a part of. “It’s a Saint Mary’s experience,” Clay said. “It’s something that has been going on for a while now and I think it’s a tradition that needs to be experienced. It’s a really good time.”English said she doesn’t see a reason for Saint Mary’s students to miss Midnight Madness. “Free food, fun games, free giveaways. What else do you need to say?” English said.Tags: Games, Midnight Madness, SMClast_img read more

Panelists discuss refugees, far-right in Germany

first_imgIn the late summer of 2015, Germany opened its borders to a large number of Syrian refugees who were fleeing their country for Europe. That policy choice has had many ramifications in the nearly three years since. In recent weeks, the city of Chemnitz in eastern Germany has seen an acute backlash against foreigners after two refugees allegedly stabbed a German man to death.A panelist of six Notre Dame faculty members explored the forces at work in Chemnitz, Germany, and the West in a Tuesday panel discussion entitled “Lessons from Chemnitz: Right-Wing Radicalism in Europe Today.” Annie Smierciak | The Observer Six Notre Dame professors participated in a panel discussion Tuesday titled “Lessons from Chemnitz: Right-Wing Radicalism in Europe Today.” The panel focused on the issues of refugees and the far-right in Germany.Maurizio Albahari, an associate professor of anthropology, noted the trend of illiberalism sweeping Europe. While he said the European far-right, with the help of former White House advisor Steve Bannon, is increasingly effective at campaigning, there are underlying issues that make Europeans susceptible to these arguments.“Concerns about immigration often illuminate issues that predate immigration — regional hierarchies and inequalities, youth emigration, multiple forms of socioeconomic precariousness and nationalism,” Albahari said.To demonstrate his point, Albahari described the situation in Saxony, the state in which Chemnitz is located. Though he said many residents cite the influx of foreigners as society’s biggest problem, most people have not had major interactions with foreign-born individuals. Most Saxony residents are also relatively satisfied with their lives. These facts, he said, point to the “saliency” of racism. However, Albahari expressed hope for the future, as he noted the many active anti-racist and anti-fascist groups in Chemnitz.“If it is at the local and everyday level that national and supranational racism materializes, it is also at that very level that egalitarian integration and anti-racist engagement emerges with equal force,” he said.Rüdiger Bachmann, an economics professor, explored how migration and related issues have affected the German political scene, particularly regarding the electoral ascendancy of the far-right, anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) Party.In exploring what kind of people vote for the AfD, Bachmann suggested history could play a role.“Who votes for AfD? Who votes right-wing populist in Germany? That’s actually a bit surprising. A famous, current study … they actually find something super interesting, something that’s also slightly deviating from experience in other countries,” he said. “They actually found that the biggest explanatory variable for AfD vote shares is the vote shares of the Nazi Party in the early 1930s. This is controlling for influx of immigrants and unemployment rates, which sort of approximate local economic conditions, which actually didn’t have much explanatory power. So, this, if you believe these numbers, that shows there’s a deep undercurrent cultural streak of racism, anti-Semitism, in the vote shares of the parties.”In discussing the current state of other major German political parties, Bachmann said longtime Chancellor Angela Merkel, who opened the borders in 2015, is in a weak position. He also said Germany’s two largest parties, the center-right Christian Democratic Union and center-left Social Democratic Party, are both in a precarious position. The AfD, he said, has placed second in recent opinion polls.Bill Donahue, the director of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, said overall German attitudes toward immigration have soured in the years since 2015.“When I compare mainstream news reports from a year ago to now, what you see is people who were basically pro-immigration, pro-integration are largely abandoning that stance. They’re abandoning it by taking cover under bureaucratic and logistical arguments,” he said.While at one point many Germans saw the influx of immigrants as an opportunity, that idea has lost much of its popularity, Donahue said.“In 2015-2016 … there was a bit of a honeymoon for German national identity. Contrary to what Fritz Stern argued about unification being Germany’s great second chance, it was really Merkel’s immigration policy that gave Germany its great second chance,” he said. “It revived German popularity, German reputation and essentially erased to some extent the image of Germany of former Nazis. That no longer seems to be paramount in the minds of Merkel’s critics, for all kinds of reasons.”American studies professor Perin Gürel discussed the implications of these current problems for Germany’s Turkish community, which continues to be Germany’s largest ethnic minority. While the Turkish-German community has been vocal in its opposition to the backlash in Chemnitz, Gürel drew parallels between Germany’s experience with refugees and Turkey’s, noting that the latter is home to the largest number of Syrian refugees.“In an online discussion, I was surprised to see — I don’t know why I was surprised — but it was shocking to see Turks express some anti-refugee sentiments that really parallel the German far-right,” Gürel said.Vittorio Hösle, the Paul Kimball Chair of Arts and Letters, expressed a concern that it is becoming more difficult to have a rational conversation about the politics of refugees in Germany, noting there are “objectively” some issues that have been caused by the influx.“What worries me is that it has become very difficult to discuss rationally the pros and cons of different policies,” Hösle said. “On both sides, there are certain stereotypes there. If you are critical of some of the decisions of Merkel, then you are adamantly a neo-Nazi, and on the other hand, if you are for universalist politics you are a traitor to your nation.”Hösle offered some criticisms for how Merkel had handled the refugee situation, noting she did not consult the German parliament before deciding to open the country’s borders. He was also critical of the chancellor’s failure to set an upper limit on how many refugees she was willing to admit at the height of the crisis.Jim McAdams, a political science professor and the director emeritus of the Nanovic Institute, said German political parties need to make changes in how they operate in order to connect with the types of people who vote for the far-right. He cited the example of people living in formerly communist East Germany, whose plight, he argued, is not well understood by those living in former West Germany and has led them to support the far-right.“I think they need to do is begin to redefine themselves,” he said. “The challenge for parties in Germany is how to redefine their relationship with people who no longer trust them.”Tags: far-right, germany, Nanovic Institute, nationalism, Refugeeslast_img read more

Revived Feminist ND aims to discuss identity

first_imgIn the hopes of engaging with feminist ideas consistent with the mission of the University, the recently-revived Feminist ND will host their first general meeting of the year in the McNeill Room in LaFortune Student Center from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday.Senior Dinuka Cooray, president of Feminist ND, said she wants the club to provide a space to discuss all topics relating to feminism.“Feminism is a word that has a rather negative connotation, and one that has been historically difficult to define,” Cooray said. “… One definition is that it is the movement to achieve social, economic and political equal opportunity on the basis of the sexes, which generally sums up the motivations of our club … We don’t want to limit our discussion because of the political weight carried by the term ‘feminism.’”The club was founded in the 2016-2017 academic year, Cooray said, and its founding students graduated in 2018.“With the busy timing of the spring semester, and with these three wonderful women graduating, the club struggled to transition to the next academic year,” she said. “… I worked with SAO to restart the club for the 2019-2020 academic year.”Junior and vice president of the club Yuanmeng He said the club serves the need for feminist conversations and ideas for the tri-campus community.“This club is all about promoting feminism within the student populations of Notre Dame, Holy Cross and Saint Mary’s,” she said. “Feminism benefits everyone … the term ‘feminism’ is incredibly important, because in the end, what we are fighting for is the sexes to be treated equally and to have equal opportunity.”Cooray said she hopes to create a unique identity for the club outside of existing groups that speak on issues of feminism.“As a new club, we are working through what sort of events to host,” Cooray said. “We don’t want to overlap with similar organizations such as College Democrats or the Gender Relations Center, etc.,  but want to fill spaces that may not be filled, and to collaborate with other organizations when necessary.”The club has no political affiliation, He said, and she wants to retain an apolitical stance.“We do not have a political agenda, but want to serve as a resource for education and advocacy on these topics, hoping to promote intellectual discussion and progress,” He said. “These discussions are hard, but crucial. The point of conversations is not for everyone to agree.”Feminism is not just for women, He said, and members of any gender are welcome.“Our club advisor is male, and we really appreciate the help from him,” He said. “It is a general misconception that feminism is only about female empowerment — it is more about giving equal opportunities to all genders, about freeing all genders from the biases and injustice perpetrated by patriarchy.”Cooray said she believes the Notre Dame community has the potential to foster feminist discussion and thought.“Being a Catholic university, of course, brings about a — I don’t want to say challenge — but it is a unique atmosphere to a lot of colleges,” Cooray said. “But the two terms don‘t have to be exclusive. It is possible for students to be both Catholic and feminist.”Tags: Feminism, Feminist NDlast_img read more

Swing dance club welcomes amateurs, teaches lifelong skill

first_imgWhen Notre Dame junior Ruth Hughes visited the University’s Activities Fair her freshman year, she felt a little nervous to join the Notre Dame Swing Dance Club. However Hughes, the current president of the club, quickly learned the community was very welcoming to newcomers and amateurs alike.“Nobody ever made me feel judged even though I was such a shy, awkward freshman. I came and learned how to dance which is a miracle,” Hughes said. “I had never danced to any capacity when I joined, so it’s definitely for people looking to learn.” Photo Courtesy of Mary Coleman Two members of Notre Dame Swing Dance Club dance in the Dahnke Ballroom. The club allows members of the community to indulge in their love of dance.The club holds lessons Tuesday and Thursday nights in the Rockne Memorial and invites students of any skill level to join. Attending a single lesson costs $5 until a dancer has attended four practices. After four practices, dancers do not have to pay for any more sessions.Saint Mary’s senior and club vice president Mary Coleman said the practice sessions are a combination of instruction and flexibility.“To start each lesson, two of the more experienced club members will teach whatever skill we’re learning that night, and then we turn the lesson over to social dance, so that would be practicing the moves and [getting] to dance with each other,” Coleman said.During lessons, the club focuses on four styles of swing dancing: East Coast, Lindy Hop, Blues and Charleston. Coleman said that although each style has its own unique flare, her favorite is Lindy Hop.“Lindy is quick footwork and a little more upbeat, and I like that aspect of it. I think it’s more exciting than East Coast, which is a bit more technical,” she said. “On the other side of the spectrum, blues dance is danced to blues music, so it’s a totally different style and you have a bit more freedom.”In addition to swing lessons, the club holds a bi-annual dance where people can come dance and have a good time even if they do not regularly attend practices, Hughes said. “A lot of people do come to our events who already know how to dance, and they don’t feel like they have to come to a lesson and learn, so at the dances, our community really comes together,” Hughes said. As part of the club, members have the opportunity to participate in a variety of events that take place on campus and in the South Bend area. Thursday night, the club will be dancing as part of the Collegiate Jazz Festival on campus near Hagerty Cafe.Coleman said she has enjoyed her time with Swing Dance Club because she likes to dance. “[It is] enjoyable because you find people who really like to dance … and you have songs that you dance to with certain people, and it’s really great,” she said.She also said the experience is relaxed and social.“It’s a good way to meet people and because it’s social dancing, it’s not super awkward,” Coleman said. Since swing dancing styles have common features that keep it distinguishable from others, Hughes said she hopes she can continue to use her skills beyond college.“I really like having it in the back pocket,” Hughes said. “It’d be so fun to go somewhere and be able to dance with strangers.”Tags: activities fair, Dance, Swing Dancinglast_img read more

Frewsburg Woman Hurt In Crash

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) Stock Image.FREWSBURG – A Village of Frewsburg woman was injured following a crash over the weekend on West Main Street in Frewsburg.The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says that Maddison Howrd, 23, was traveling eastbound on Main Street when she lost control of the vehicle and struck a utility pole just before 11:30 p.m. Sunday.Howard was transported to UMPC Chautauqua Hospital in Jamestown via Frewsburg Ambulance for evaluation of apparent minor injuries.Deputies say charges are pending in the case. last_img