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Weather poses danger to homeless community

| Monday, January 28, 2019

Dear President Jenkins,

Temperatures in South Bend will drop to fatally dangerous levels this week — negative 30 to 40 with wind chill. The city’s homeless shelters, even the emergency shelters, are already full beyond capacity and are turning people away. Many of these people will die of the cold as a result.

We call on the University to use its resources to respond to this imminent humanitarian emergency. This could take the form of subsidizing extra beds in the downtown shelters, or temporarily opening buildings on campus to accommodate those who are turned away. The South Bend Police Department will certainly liaise with the university to facilitate transport, and the university community will not be short of volunteers to help prevent our neighbors from freezing to death on our doorstep.

Yours, in Notre Dame,

Barry McCrea

Department of English

Zyg Baranski

Professor of Dante and Italian Studies

Susan D Blum

Department of Anthropology

Tobias Boes

Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures

Cat Bolten

Kroc Institute and Department of Anthropology

Katie Boyle

Department of Romance Languages & Literatures

Pam Butler

Gender Studies Program

Elizabeth Capdevielle

University Writing Program

Geoff Cebula

Law Student, Class of 2021

Aedín Clements

Hesburgh Libraries

Brian S Collier

IEI

Mary R. D’Angelo

Theology

Margaret Doody

Department of English

John Duffy

Department of English

Amitava Dutt

Professor of Economics and Political Science

Carsten Dutt

Department of German and Russian Languages and Literature

Elizabeth Evans

Department of English

Steve Fallon

Cavanaugh Professor of the Humanities

Mary Frandsen

Department of Music

Stephen Fredman

Department of English

Agustin Fuentes

Department of Anthropology

Sonia Gernes

Professor Emerita, Department of English

Jill Godmilow

Professor Emerita, Department of Film, Television & Theatre

Karen Graubart

Department of History

Johannes Göransson

English and Creative Writing

Eugene Halton

Department of Sociology

Marius Hauknes

Department of Art, Art History, and Design

Peter Holland

Film, Television and Theatre

Vittorio Hosle

German and Russian Languages and Literatures

Romana Huk

Department of English

Frances Jacobus-Parker

Snite Museum of Art

Katie Jarvis

Department of History

Lionel M. Jensen

East Asian Languages & Cultures

Claire Taylor Jones

German and Russian Languages and Literatures

Michelle Karnes

Department of English

Steffen Kaupp

Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures

Mary Celeste Kearney

Department of Film, Television & Theatre; Gender Studies Program

Janet Kourany

Department of Philosophy

Catherine Kupiec

Department of Art, Art History & Design

Jesse M. Lander

Department of English

Sonja Mapes

Department of Mathematics

Sara Marcus

Department of English

Kate Marshall

Department of English

Sara L. Maurer

Department of English

Mary Ann McDowell

Department of Biological Sciences

Sarah McKibben

Department of Irish Language and Literature

Margaret Meserve

Department of History

Melissa Miller

Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures

Marisel Moreno

Rev. John A. O’Brien Associate Professor

Bríona Nic Dhiarmada

Department of Irish Language and Literature

Robert Norton

Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures

Mary O’Callaghan

Department of Irish Language and Literature

Diarmuid Ó Giolláin

Department of Irish Language and Literature

Catherine Perry

Emerita, Romance Languages and Literatures

Clark Power

Program of Liberal Studies

Sarah Quesada

Department of English

Francisco Robles

Department of English

Charles Rosenberg

Professor Emeritus, Department of Art, Art History & Design

Ingrid Rowland

Department of History and School of Architecture

Valerie Sayers

Department of English

Tiziana Serafini

Associate SPF, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

John Sitter

Department of English

Sarah Snider

Writing and Rhetoric

Jim Sterba

Department of Philosophy

Maria Tomasula

Department of Art, Art History & Design

Steve Tomasula

Department of English

Laura D. Walls

Department of English

Robert Walls

Department of American Studies

Emily Wang

Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures

Hannelore Weber

Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures

Henry Weinfield

Program of Liberal Studies

Matthew Wilkens

Ruth and Paul Idzik Associate Professor in Digital Studies

Marty Wolfson

Professor of Economics Emeritus

Victoria Woodard

ACMS

Jan. 27

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