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Tri-campus discusses accountability, prevention after posts detail alleged sexual assault cases

By Genevieve Coleman and Liam Price

Editor’s note: This story includes mentions of sexual assault. A list of sexual assault reporting options and on-campus resources can be found on the Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross websites. 

Last Tuesday, a group of students protested on God Quad in the wake of a post from a student on social media claiming the University mishandled their Title IX case regarding an alleged instance of sexual assault.

Following the initial post, at least four more students at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s posted their stories of alleged sexual assault on their personal social media accounts. The posts have sparked discussion, both online and offline, of how tri-campus students and administration can best handle this topic.

“We were here because … a student posted a very concerning post on Instagram detailing their experience with SA, going through the Title IX office and not being supported or represented the way that they had hoped to,” fifth-year Tony Perez said of the protest. 

The protest had a small turnout, Perez acknowledged, but he said the support was still present.

“There are a lot more people who stand with us physically and metaphorically, that are more than happy to believe survivors and are more than happy to make sure that justice is spelled out,” he said.

In response to the social media posts, University spokesperson Dennis Brown stated Notre Dame cannot discuss specific cases of student discipline. 

“In compliance with federal privacy laws, we cannot and do not discuss specific student disciplinary cases, nor do we confirm whether a specific matter is being or has been investigated,” Brown said.

He continued by discussing Notre Dame’s efforts to combat sexual violence. 

“Sexual assault and other forms of sexual violence can occur anywhere, and Notre Dame is not exempt from that reality,” Brown stated. “The University works tirelessly to combat sexual violence through numerous initiatives that seek to educate our students, heighten their awareness and support victims and survivors. Rape and sexual assault are unacceptable and are not tolerated in the Notre Dame community.”

Saint Mary’s vice president for student enrollment and engagement Lori Johnson also commented on the resources the College has created. 

“We are aware of our student’s posts on social media and understand the heartfelt reaction it has generated on campus,” Johnson said. “However, we cannot comment on the specifics of our student or her story. The College has worked diligently to put resources in place to support our students. These resources and initiatives are available to all students through the Office of Student Involvement & Advocacy and BAVO (Belles Against Violence [Office]).”

Student leaders respond to multiple claims of sexual violence

Earlier this week, Saint Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA) posted a statement on Instagram to show their “love, support and advocacy for anyone who has endured hardships pertaining to sexual assault and sexual violence.”

The post also acknowledged that SGA leaders were in communication with the Saint Mary’s administration about these issues, though it would be “​​a process that takes time.”

SGA vice president Josie Haas said she takes pride in the strength of tri-campus community members.

“[SGA president] Angela [Camacho Martinez] and I wanted to make sure that our Belles felt supported by our SGA, wanted them to feel heard and wanted to bring as much attention to their strength as possible because their stories are worth being heard and we need others to see the gravity of this issue in our tri-campus community,” Haas said.

Notre Dame student government also posted a guide to supporting survivors on their Instagram page this week. 

Notre Dame’s student body president Patrick Lee said the student government’s stance is centered on survivor support, encouraging students to be active bystanders and bringing student concerns to the Office of Institutional Equity.

“Since everything has been going on, student support has always been on the front of our minds,” he said.

Belles Supporting Belles (BSB) president Annie Maher discussed her anger about reading how survivors claimed a lack of support from tri-campus institutions. 

“When I first read some of the survivors’ stories, I was angered by the lack of support these students felt,” Maher said. “Not only did these students go through an extremely traumatic experience that no person should ever have to go through, but then they received little to no support after that experience from institutions that are supposed to have their backs.”

Maher also reflected on what she perceives to be a lack of change in how the tri-campus handles sexual assault cases. 

“It pained me to see another group of students have to share their story to try to ignite some action in the tri-campus community,” she said. “Talk to pretty much any student on all three of the campuses and you will understand that this is an issue.”

Leaders plan initiatives to support students

Camacho Martinez noted that SGA’s social concerns committee has been working on the annual Support a Belle, Love a Belle (SBLB) week and adapted their plans to highlight campus resources. 

“There have been plans on adjusting a few days of SBLB to center more on resources made available to campus, like Callisto,” Camacho Martinez said. “I think this is a valuable resource that assists in the encounter of sexual assault and/or sexual violence faced by not just SMC students but also Notre Dame and Holy Cross students.”

Haas also emphasized SBLB is a time where students in the community can support each other.

“Overall, the purpose of this week is to show the support and love we have for one another as Belles,” she said. “By being an uplifting community, we give each other strength and inspire ourselves to be the amazing Belles I know we are despite negative circumstances. We can help each other overcome whatever is placed in our pathway.”

Lee said student government has been addressing the situation for the past two weeks. He outlined plans for a survivor mass at the Basilica, a speak out event supporting survivors, GreenDot training for students and a survey gathering information to evaluate the reporting process for harassment and discrimination on campus.

Student Government is also co-sponsoring the panel “Walking Hand in Hand: Navigating the sexual assault support system on campus,” with the Gender Relations Center, director of gender relations Lane Obringer said.

Saint Mary’s Feminists United president Madison Mata said the organization will continue to serve as a place for students to feel safe and become more educated about relevant issues. 

“I think for Feminists United as a whole, it’s gonna be being able to open up the floor to people who want to share their stories — whether it’s sexual violence or assault or anything like that,” she said. “In general, just being able to be a safe space for them, sharing resources, staying educated and making sure that like-minded people are in the club for the right reasons.”

In addition, Feminists United is inviting local female politicians to speak to Saint Mary’s students on Saturday about their experiences in politics and the importance of voting. 

Like Mata, Maher is organizing specific events but encouraged students to use the student concern form on the BSB website to discuss sexual violence on campus. 

“Belles Supporting Belles is working towards creating an event to address these stories. Our main priority right now is to make sure that students’ voices are heard,” Maher said. “Right now, we have created a student concern form that is in our Instagram bio that students can fill out regarding their concerns about sexual violence and safety on campus.”

Student leaders call for accountability

Camacho Martinez referred back to SGA’s initial communication with College administrators and called on them to keep creating ways to support Saint Mary’s students. 

“For any SMC administrators who will read this story, I know we are already working through this process with you, but let’s see what more we can do to be supportive of our SMC students, inspire other tri-campus administrators to be supportive of their respective students and hopefully evoke change in the system that fails to believe our survivors,” she said. 

Lee said the issue of handling sexual violence better will require the whole Notre Dame community, both students and administration, working together. 

“If Notre Dame really is going to be this really amazing community that we all want it to be, we all know it can be, as inclusive as possible, as supportive as possible, then everybody needs to take accountability for the safety of others,” Lee said. 

It is a large task, but one Lee believes the community can do. 

“It’s my belief that we absolutely can. I’ve seen it a number of times,” Lee said. “From my point of view, three plus years of being a student leader here, it really does start with us. We can all be responsible for our own actions.”

Maher also called for administrator accountability, as well as implementing more comprehensive action steps during an ongoing investigation. 

“I am tired, as I am sure many students are, of basic apologies from administrators. Students deserve positive action from the administration,” Maher said. “Comprehensive action plans for when a student reports a sexual assault, immediate probation/academic suspension when a perpetrator is identified, and other solutions are vital in maintaining a safe campus while the investigation is underway.”

She also claimed that based on the recent narratives of survivors, administrations are not believing their stories.

“The stories we heard last week are just a few of many survivors who have endured violent acts on our campuses,” she said. “Our institutions need to believe survivors, and based on the stories that were shared last week, that isn’t happening.”

Contact Genevieve Coleman at gcoleman01@saintmarys.edu and Liam Price at lprice3@nd.edu

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Senate amends constitution, previews on-campus events

The Notre Dame student senate convened Wednesday night in DeBartolo Hall to discuss upcoming campus events and pass an amendment to the constitution.

Student body vice president Sofie Stitt began the meeting with executive announcements, where she reminded senators that they are required to get GreeNDot certified. Stitt also asked all senators in men’s dorms to fill out a survey for the department of health and wellbeing to understand the availability of period products in unisex bathrooms in men’s dorms.

Sophomore Jessica Vickery, the senator from Ryan Hall, spoke about involving first-years in student senate. She brought along two first-years to shadow her and learn how to act as a proxy for future senate meetings.

After approving the minutes, Stitt moved to general orders. Jared Schlachet, the student union parliamentarian, introduced a memo from the Committee on the Constitution. After reviewing a proposed amendment to Article XIV of the constitution — which deals with petitions, initiatives and referendums — the committee recommended that the senate split the amendment into a divided order.

The senate passed the first part of the amendment order, SO 2223-10a. The order changes the signature requirements for undergraduate students signing petitions and initiatives. Previously, the constitution mandated that students include their name and local address, but the amendment stipulates that students include their name and email address. Schlachet said local address was already interpreted to mean email address, but this formalizes that practice.

After a brief discussion on the parliamentary process, the amendment passed unanimously.

The senators then discussed their plans for upcoming resolutions. Sophomore Keough Hall senator Derick Williams updated the group on his work to give band members and ROTC students access to early registration.

Williams met with Chuck Hurley, the University registrar, but he said most of the decision making power lies with the provost’s office.

“I think having a little bit more concrete details could help us put together a resolution [and] help us get a better footing if we were to go in and try to present a plan to the provost and or whoever else could make the final decision on that,” Williams said.

Senior Megan Mikuen then updated the senate on her research into “design-your-own-major” programs at other universities, with the ultimate goal of passing and writing a resolution to implement a similar program at Notre Dame. Mikuen found that most self-designed majors are hosted in the equivalent of the College of Arts and Letters at other universities, but that more research is necessary to understand what university and college course requirements are applicable.

Finally, students involved in various organizations across campus previewed upcoming campus events.

Senior Connor Patrick, the president of the Club Coordination Council, asked senators to stop by the ND Cultural Showcase on October 14. The event will take place from 8:30-11 p.m. on Library Lawn and will showcase many of the cultural and performing arts groups on campus.

Junior class council president Paul Stoller previewed the junior class game watch Saturday. Chicken nuggets, wings and an Elvis-themed halftime show will be provided.

Finally, sophomore class council president Patrick Smart asked sophomores and other interested students to stop by Duncan Student Center and sign thank you cards for the dorm housekeepers. Sophomore class council will have a table set up from 12 to 4 p.m. and will provide free Insomnia cookies.

After closing announcements, the meeting was adjourned.

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Notre Dame announces three new research grants with Ukrainian Catholic University

Notre Dame is launching three new collaborative grants with the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) that expand the active partnership between the two schools, according to a University press release.

The main goal of the new grants are to “offer academic and educational continuity … in a place where people are undergoing so much national and personal trauma,” director of faculty engagement Geraldine Meehan said.

Meehan said the instability and vulnerability in Ukraine resulting from Russia’s invasion has carried over to academia. The grants are an attempt to offer stability within a period of unpredictability in Ukraine and coincide with University President Fr. John Jenkins’ overall commitment to displaying solidarity with Ukraine.

The first two grants provide compensation to help UCU and Notre Dame faculty members in their research. These grants range from $10,000 to $25,000 of assistance towards a joint research project, Meehan said.

The relationship between UCU and Notre Dame was first forged by professor A. James McAdams at the Nanovic Institute, she said.

“The Nanovic Institute have been a very hospitable host to UCU over many, many years, so that when the war broke out and the invasion [by] Russia happened, there was already an established relationship,” Meehan said.

These new grants follow a partnership expansion between the two universities announced back in March, which offers up to $2 million in 2022-2023 to help encourage UCU students to study at Notre Dame and to sponsor faculty fellows at UCU. These news grants focus on academia in Ukraine, rather than just on campus at Notre Dame.

“We’re hoping by this support that faculty will be able to either continue research that they have already established with a partner at the other institution, or they’ll be able to start a new line of research based on, unfortunately, the social and personal traumatic changes that are occurring in Ukraine at the moment,” Meehan said.

The first two grants focus on four key themes: war and resilience, religious dimension, moral and legal considerations and integral human development and sustainable reconstruction.

Faculty are encouraged to explore the themes further, Meehan said. The third grant offers faculty at UCU access to Notre Dame’s extensive online library in order to help with research.

“Faculty would apply and identify what the specific project is and what materials they need for it,” Meehan explained. “Maybe they’re writing on an article, maybe they’re doing a thesis, maybe they’re going to present their findings at a conference. If they have a specific goal
and additional materials, they will be available at our library.”

Contact Gracie Eppler at geppler@nd.edu

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Notre Dame alum leads startup aimed at offering sustainable food options

After working on agricultural policy issues for then-U.S. Sen. Max Baucus and in the agricultural industry in Zimbabwe, Sara Andrews realized there were more sustainable ways to produce food.

As a result, Andrews — who graduated from Notre Dame in 2001 — founded Bumbleroot, a company that bridges the gap in the food industry between farmers and consumers by using regenerative agricultural practices to help consumers eat healthier while fighting climate change. 

Andrews said she started Bumbleroot because there were not markets in the U.S. for regenerative products.

“I created Bumbleroot as a brand that would rethink the food system and feature regenerative ingredients,” she said.

Her goal was to create a company that provides nutrient-rich food with full supply chain transparency for consumers and producers.  

Bumbleroot uses methods that work with nature rather than against it, Andrews explained.

“Regenerative methods allow us to use good soil methods, do good things for the community and the environment and also create more nutrient-dense food,” she said.

Regenerative methods are chemically intensive processes that include holistic grazing, using cover crops and practices that mimic nature to create better soil health. These types of methods are replacements for harmful practices like the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers and factory farming, Andrews said.

Some benefits of regenerative agriculture practices are that “we have more diversity, better soil health and sequester more carbon, which could be a solution to mitigate climate change,” Andrews said.

Approaching food systems in this way helps to create a sense of reciprocity between the environment, agricultural producers and consumers, she said.

“We have more value for our agricultural producers [and] they’re more profitable because they’re spending less money on chemicals and other inputs,” she said of the impact of regenerative practices.

Bumbleroot supports consumers with active lifestyles, Andrews said.

“There is data that shows that food grown with regenerative practices is more nutrient dense than organic or conventional food,” she said.

Bumbleroot’s most popular product is a hydration drink mix that features coconut water sustainably sourced from India and organic baobab from Zimbabwe. Andrews said she thinks this is the healthiest hydration drink because it has natural electrolytes and nutrients.

“It is a better way to hydrate for you and the planet,” she said.

Future products will include an alternative coffee drink and regenerative meat snacks, both of which will be sustainably sourced and produced with regenerative processes. 

Andrews said most of Bumbleroot’s customers are women, but they hope to expand to other markets going forward. 

Andrews said her education at Notre Dame helped her solidify her beliefs about sustainability and environmental responsibility. She said values she adopted at Notre Dame are reflected in Bumbleroot, such as celebrating practices that are best for the planet. 

Bumbleroot’s mission is to “connect the dots between showing that food grown with regenerative methods is more nutrient-dense and that these practices can be a solution to many issues we have in society, from climate change to health, to environmental issues,” Andrews said. “We hope to create the ecosystems that we need [for] more resilient food systems.”

Contact Caroline Collins at ccolli23@nd.edu

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Saint Mary’s event highlights South Bend’s Covid-19 Struggles

Monday night, Saint Mary’s looked to highlight the struggles of the height of the Covid-19 pandemic with a program titled, “Listening to Pandemic Narratives: Selections from Covid-19 Oral Histories in the South Bend Area”. The oral program featured audio clips from interviews conducted with members of the South Bend community to get different accounts of what pandemic life was like for residents.

“No one’s collecting our stories here in South Bend,” Jamie Wagman, a history and gender studies professor said. “Julia and I had noticed that other oral historians were doing these collections but no one was documenting South Bend. So we thought, would the stories of people here be mirroring national trends?”

The program was started a year ago by Wagman and Julia Dauer, an English professor, as well as her students from the spring class ‘Doing History.’

This course focused on different historiographical methods and students put their new knowledge to use by interviewing South Bend residents about their pandemic experiences.

“We were thinking a lot about what humanities perspectives can offer in times of Covid-19 as we continue to process the events,” said Dauer. “We were also thinking about how we could better understand and record and preserve some accounts of experiences in our specific local community of the past two years.”

The unusual presentation took its shape from the audio medium. “It’s so powerful hearing people say things in their own words,” said Wagman.

Jaden Daher, research and administrative assistant, concurred, saying “You can hear the emotion in everybody’s voices of like going back to this time and having to almost relive it by retelling it.”

The presentation started with two minutes of photography from the New York Times that highlighted pandemic life, with pictures of hospitals, social distancing, the Black Lives Matter protests and other sights associated with early pandemic times. “I feel like we’ve forgotten so much of what happened,” said Daher. “This makes it all come back to the front of our mind like, ‘Oh my gosh, we did live through that.’”

The audio program began with people recounting the early days of the pandemic, with messages of realization of the horror to come. It then moved on to different people relating how they had to change their lives once the pandemic hit South Bend. A nurse talked about changes in the healthcare field and starting with the Covid unit. A teacher talked about sending children home, not knowing that they were never going to be back in that classroom, as well as the adjustment that came with virtual teaching.

The program continued with sessions called ‘Caretaking and Equity’ and ‘Sociality and Isolation’. The people in these audio clips talked about the struggle and loss of community that came with isolation. A few parents in these clips expressed concern for not only their child’s physical but also mental health. 

If you were not able to attend Monday, the program will be publicly displayed for free at the Civil Rights Heritage Center on Tuesday, October 11 at 6 p.m. Additionally, Saint Mary’s students and staff contributed to an exhibit at The History Museum in South Bend. ‘Fight Fear: Pandemics Past and Present’ addresses historical illnesses and the fears that came with them as we experienced Covid-19. The display is open until July 2023.

You can contact Katelyn Waldschmidt at kwaldschmidt01@saintmarys.edu.

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Make-A-Wish Club fundraises for children with medical conditions

Notre Dame’s Make-A-Wish Club is a small organization of about 20 to 30 active members who share a collective hope to enrich the lives of children in the South Bend area that face life-threatening medical conditions.

Club members, who call themselves “WishMakers,” works to raise money to fulfill the wish of one child each year. On average, this requires funding of about $7,000 per wish.

But the wish is only part of the package, according to senior Lainey Teeters, the club’s chief of staff.

“Basically our inspiration is just to make a kid’s wish [come true] in the dark time in their life that is sickness. And so, sometimes we get to meet the kids, we get to, like, communicate with them throughout their wish. For example, we’ll send them cards and also little things just to get them excited,” Teeters said. “We really just want to give them something to look forward to.”

Senior Megan Campbell, the club’s Wish Kid liaison works more directly with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, organizing the physical wish details, as well as creating events for the local children waiting for a wish. Campbell mentioned her own experience that drove her to join the club.

“I know it sounds cheesy, but basically one time my family was at Disney World and we happened to be in line… we were up next and [a family] popped right in front of us. We started talking to one of the Wish Kids who was there getting their wish granted with their parents. I just always wanted to support the cause ever since,” Campbell said.

For senior Tyler Knapp, secretary for the club, Make-A-Wish is a cause near and dear to him.

“My inspiration for joining it was because I was actually a Wish kid,” Knapp explained. “So, in my junior year of high school, I was diagnosed with leukemia. And I just know, from going through that experience, how tough it is on all those kids, there’s no, like, good days for that. So I really just wanted to give back to everyone who helped me out in my experience.”

Knapp described feeling grateful that Notre Dame has an opportunity for him to get involved with the organization on campus.

“I’m honestly really thankful for the opportunity to be able to do something like this,” Knapp said. “I’m so glad that Notre Dame has a club like this where I can give back so easily. I don’t even have to reach outside of campus to be able to help out.”

Among the various inspirations of members for joining, all agree on a common theme of “direct impact.” Members enjoy knowing how they are helping out. Sophomore Kaitlyn Leshak, the club’s publicist, explained what she feels is unique about Make-A-Wish.

“[Make-A-Wish] is such a big organization, and even though we’re such a small branch, you know that your fundraising is out there working and that people are getting something out of it,” Leshak said.

Sometimes, members even get to experience the effects of the club’s work first-hand. Teeters recalled a couple of the wishes she has gotten to witness as part of the club.

“My freshman year we granted the wish of someone and it was a Best Buy shopping spree. And so the club members went to Best Buy with him and he got a computer, a TV, a bunch of video games, like all sorts of electronics because that’s what he really liked,” Teeters said. “Another one we did, her dream was to be an artist. And so she got to go to the Chicago Art Institute and she got a year membership and then also had a day where she worked with the team to create art.”

Wishes look different for every kid. For some, their dreams and role models are actually here on the Notre Dame campus.

“We’ve granted wishes for people to come to a Notre Dame football game. And they get to experience the entire Notre Dame game day. They get to walk out with the team. They get to experience the locker room, they get to go on the field, they get to do all of that,” Teeters said.

As far as the funding goes towards ensuring these wishes can be granted, the club’s two biggest fundraisers every year are typically Notre Dame Day and their football concession stand. The Make-A-Wish club also plans various bagel stands, holiday events and restaurant fundraisers throughout the year.

Coming up this semester, the club has a few additional fundraisers in the works. On October 14th, they will be hosting an “egg roulette,” where a couple of professors and students have volunteered to have an egg cracked on their heads — whether it will be hard-boiled or regular is up to luck.

Another event on the books for the club is a Halloween Party on October 29th. Teeters explained that there will be a bunch of Wish Kids there enjoying trick-or-treating, face painting and fun games.

The club meets every other Wednesday and if students are interested in joining Make-A-Wish, the club’s leadership encourages them to reach out to mawnd@nd.edu.

“We always get a lot of signups for the club, but then people don’t feel like they can get as involved,” Knapp explained. “But, [there are] so many little things that you can do that take up very little of your time, but have such a big impact on us in our fundraising efforts and what we do.”

Leshak reiterated the same message.

“This is like so little time, but so much meaning,” Leshak said.

Lainey Teeters ended by describing why, out of all the available clubs, she chose to join Make-A-Wish her freshman year.

“I think it’s important because you really do make a direct impact on these kids’ lives,” Teeters said. “In the end, like that is something they’re going to remember for the rest of their lives.”

You can contact Kelsey Quint at kquint@nd.edu

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Drainage issue termed ‘Lake Dillon’ fixed by University

This semester, the office of facilities and design repaired the section between South Dining Hall and Dillon Hall, commonly known as “Lake Dillon.” 

During heavy rain, the area would cause flooding which made it difficult for students to go across the area between the entrance of Dillon Hall and the exit of South Dining Hall.

“When [Lake Dillon] would flood, it would practically fill that entire sidewalk area,” Derick Williams, a sophomore and Keough Hall senator, explained. “It would become this little pond that would form, and everyone would have to walk completely around past other dorms, or they would just kind of brave the water and walk through.” 

The flood posed a greater danger to people with mobility issues and individuals who ride on bikes and scooters, Hunter Brooke said. “For certain groups, I think, it was especially a hazard, especially those with mobility issues, [and] those who have trouble getting around. And the last thing we wanted to see was someone slip and fall and hurt themselves,” Brooke, a sophomore and Carroll Hall senator, said.

Both senators explained how the improvements make the university more inclusive for everyone. “We really tried to make sure we’re not forgetting anyone and we’re not leaving anyone out,” Brooke said. “It’s just a continual process of making sure everyone has a good opportunity to enjoy their time here.”

Brooke and Williams worked closely on the issue once they were elected as hall senators last year, after much discussion regarding Lake Dillon.

“For me, it was huge,” Williams said. “It’s definitely something that continually got brought up to me by people that live in Keough.”

The sophomores spoke with Anthony Polotto, director of construction and quality assurance at the University. “I think one of the biggest things that we can take away is to say that Anthony and his crew over in the construction world for the University are very receptive to students,” Williams said.

The issue regarding the flooding was the lack of drainage structure. As Polotto said, “After hard rains, we discovered that we lacked some drainage structures to be able to effectively remove the water when we did have hard rains, instead of just letting the ground beside it soak it up.” 

To repair the issue, Polotto explained, construction installed catch basins tied to the sewer, “to make sure that when it does rain that we can collect the water and divert it away from the site.” 

Originally, repairs would have been finished before the start of fall break, but the deadline was pushed back to the end of fall break. “We have to identify resources,” Polotto said. “So there’s a little bit of planning and then you have to do the design work to understand what needs to happen.” 

In addition, the price of procurement deliveries has increased. “Right now we have to order material and material procurement deliveries are triple, quadruple, what they were a year ago with the current market,” Polotto said. “But there was a full commitment to get it done as quickly as possible.” 

Brooke and Williams sponsored Senate Resolution SS2223-08, cosponsored by Pangborn Luca Ripani thanking the Office of Facilities Design and Operations for the work they did. The resolution passed unanimously. “This was, I’d say, pretty solid unanimous,” Brooke said. 

A complication both senators had to procure was coordination with the student government.

“There’s so many different branches, there’s so many people and there’s also much of the university,” Williams said. “The University has so many different departments, so many different administrators, that it’s hard to identify who in the university handles what issue.”

But motivation came from the short time they will spend in the university. “We only have four years to make an impact,” Williams said. “[Student government] is so big,” Brooke said. “So sometimes it can be hard to reach people. And there’s so many organizations to it. So what we’re trying to do is just bring people together so that we can get a lot of people who kind of work hard on stuff like this in one room.”

Nonetheless, the senators sat they are thankful for the work that student government did to repair the flooding.

“We are very thankful for everyone in student government,” Brooke said. “Everyone in student government really understands or really wants to try and help students and improve conditions for the student body.” 

Constructions on the flooding have already finished and the only issue remaining is dressing up landscapes, which are expected to be completed before fall break. 

You can contact Sam Godinez at sgodinez@nd.edu.

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Congresswoman Liz Cheney to deliver lecture at Notre Dame

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney will visit Notre Dame on Oct. 14 to deliver a lecture on the future of democracy, according to a University press release.

Her speech, titled “Saving Democracy by Revering the Constitution,” will be held in Washington Hall at 2:30 p.m. and sponsored by the Center for Citizenship and Constitutional Government.

Cheney, who has served as Wyoming’s sole member of the House of Representatives since 2016, lost Wyoming’s Republican primary in August to Harriet Hageman, whose campaign was endorsed by former president Donald Trump.

Currently, Cheney serves as the vice chair of the January 6 Committee and is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. Previously, she served as the third-ranking Republican in the House when she was Chair of the House Republican Conference, according to her Congressional profile.

The event is free but ticketed for any students, faculty, staff or alumni of the tri-campus. Students can pick up tickets ahead of the event at the LaFortune box office, and leftover tickets will be distributed at the Washington Hall box office at 1:30 p.m. Alumni can request tickets through a form online.

The event will also be livestreamed on the center’s YouTube channel.

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Ansari Institute awards Australian Scholar with Nasr Book Prize

The Ansari Institute awarded the first annual Nasr Book Prize to Australian scholar Tyson Yunkaporta Sunday night for his book, ‘Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World.’

The award, according to executive director of the Ansari Institute Mahan Mirza, was created to “recognize an author who’s written a remarkable work and contributes to fresh thinking about global issues.”

Yunkaporta, a member of the Apalech Clan in far north Queensland, Australia, said he explores global issues from an indigenous perspective in “Sand Talk.”

“I’m not sure the book was arguing anything so much as just really trying to speak from an indigenous worldview,” Yunkaporta told The Observer. “But I didn’t bother trying to explain myself and what it meant. I just looked at the world and spoke… from who I am.”

Yunkaporta, in his book, ponders the importance of intergenerational relationships. The practice of sand drawings in his culture, he said, creates traditions that can remain for far longer than physical data.

“Long after all the books crumble into dust and all the computers are just a geological layer, my children’s children’s children’s children’s children will still be drawing the same thing in the sand,” he said. “That’s the only way to safely store data, it’s in a story, intergenerational relationships.”

Mirza said temporary art, such as sand drawings, best capture how knowledge is contextual. The permanent nature of western textual knowledge, he said, can be damaging because “it’s removed from its point of origin.”

The book passed the new award’s four eligibility requirements, St. Olaf College professor of religion and philosophy Anantanand Rambachan said at the dinner. 

The award required the author to have an authentic voice, be academically informed, engage in contemporary issues of global affairs and have been published within the past five years. After listing each requirement, Rambachan quoted “Sand Talk” to show how the book qualified.

The Ansari Institute had over 30 submissions for the prize, Rambachan said, and the selection committee narrowed the pool of contestants down to five books.

“Then, we read all the five, and we unanimously said this book,” he said.

Along with honoring Yunkaporta, the dinner featured a “yarn” in which Yunkaporta conversed with Carolyn Brown, the board chair of the Fetzer Institute, about his book’s message. 

Yunkaporta demonstrated the art of sand talks for the audience at the end of the discussion, drawing symbols in a small sandbox on stage representing indigenous ideas. 

The award dinner, held at the Smith Ballroom in the Morris Inn, was part of a two-day symposium in which scholars from different religious and cultural traditions engaged with Yunkaporta’s text in different panels.

While the prize dinner focused on the book itself, the symposium’s panels sought to foster engagement with the text, Mirza explained.

“The larger project is to generate a multifaith conversation around those issues that can somehow be convened by the book that has been published,” Mirza said.

Mirza noted his belief that Notre Dame is distinctly capable of flourishing an event like the symposium.

“Such an event really is possible only at places like Notre Dame that are both committed to academic research and at the same time, where faith is important,” he said.

Contact Liam Price at lprice3@nd.edu.

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11 popular off-campus housing options near the tri-campus

By Alysa Guffey and Maggie Eastland

As October arrives, sophomores and juniors (and even first-years) begin to think about their off-campus migration. A variety of apartment and townhome complexes in the South Bend area offer leases for students, but it can be difficult to navigate all the information available.

The Observer has compiled a guide to off-campus housing with information accurate as of Oct. 1. Prices and other facts are subject to change, but this guide provides an overview of the various off-campus leasing options, compared to the cost of living on campus as a senior. 

This year it costs $16,710 per year to live on campus at Notre Dame with a meal plan. That breaks down to over $2,000 per month, or about $504 per week. Notre Dame offers a $2,000 incentive to the first 250 sophomore students who commit to living on campus as seniors. The incentive closed Sept. 30 this year. The base rate for room and board at Saint Mary’s is $13,580, averaging out to about $1,500 a month, or $425 per week. The College charges fees for certain living arrangements such as single rooms or Opus Hall rooms. Living on campus with a meal plan at Holy Cross College costs $12,000, which is roughly $1,333 per month, or $375 per week.

Editor’s Note: Costs used to create this graph are high-low averages that encompass 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 prices when listed. Prices are subject to future change.
Credit: Maggie Klaers | The Observer
  1. Irish Row

Monthly rent and units available

2 bed, 2 bath: $1020 per bed, $2040 total

3 bed, 3 bath: $980 per bed, $2940

Note: Monthly rates increase by $50 as each new lease is signed. Rates published are correct as of Sept. 20. Two-bedroom units for the 2023-2024 term cost $1070 per bed or $2140 total.

Lease term

June to May

August to July

When to start applying

There are limited units remaining for 2023-2024 lease terms. Leasing for 2024-2025 opened Sept. 19.

Location

Irish Row is a mile east from the Notre Dame campus. The commute is about 20 minutes by foot or 5 minutes by car. 

Utility costs

Residents are billed monthly for electricity, water, sewage, gas and trash.

Monthly rent and units available

4 bed, 4.5 bath: $1340 per bed or $5260 total

Note: Rent increases $50 with each lease signed.

Lease term

June to June

August to August

When to start applying

Now leasing 2024-2025 units. No 2023-2024 units are listed as available.

Location

East of campus and just north of Irish Row, these units are part of the Irish Crossings neighborhood. The commute to Notre Dame’s campus is 1 mile — about 20 minutes by foot or 5 minutes by car. 

Utility costs

Residents are billed monthly for electricity, water, gas, sewage and trash.

Monthly Rent and units available

4 bed, 4.5 bath: $1500 per bed or $6000 total

4 bed, 3.5 bath: $1400 per bed or $5600 total

Lease term

June to May

When to start applying

Now leasing 2024-2025 units.

Location

East of campus and north of Irish Row, these CES-owned units are part of the Irish Crossings neighborhood. The commute to Notre Dame’s campus is 1 mile — about 20 minutes by foot or 5 minutes by car. 

Utility Costs

Residents must independently contract and pay for electric, gas, cable and wifi.

Monthly rent and units available

2023-2024:

1 bed, 1 bath: $1365

2 bed, 2 bath: $1010 per bed or $2020

3 bed, 3 bath: $990 per bed or $2970

2024-2025:

1 bed, 1 bath: $1420 

2 bed, 2 bath: $1030 per bed or $2060

3 bed, 3 bath: $1010 per bed or $3030

Lease term

May to May

August to July

When to start applying

Now leasing 2023-2024 and 2024-2025.

Location

The Irish Flats are east of Notre Dame’s campus and just north of the Crossings neighborhood. They are 1 mile from campus — a 20-minute walk or 5-minute drive.

Utility Costs

Residents are responsible for electric costs, parking and insurance. Wifi and basic cable included in monthly rent.

Monthly rent and units available*

1 bed, 1 bath (renovated and furnished): starts at $1060 

2 bed, 2 bath (renovated and furnished): starts $659 per bed or $1318 total

2 bed, 2 bath (basic and unfurnished): starts at $609 per bed or $1218 total

3 bed, 2 bath (renovated and furnished): starts at $599 per bed or $1797 total

3 bed, 2 bath (basic and unfurnished): starts at $494 per bed or $1482 total

*Rates are based on 2022-23 lease terms. Renovated/unfurnished options subject to change.

Lease term

Aug. 20 to July 31 

When to start applying

Applications for fall 2023 open Oct. 20.

Location

Campus Court is 1.1 miles from the Notre Dame campus and a little further east than Irish Row. It is a 5-minute driving or 20-minute walking commute.

Utility Costs

Residents pay for electric bill.

Monthly rent and units available

6 bed, 3.5 bath: $1400 per bed or $8400 total

Lease term

June to May

When to start applying

Now leasing for 2024-2025

Location

The Legacy neighborhood is about 1.5 miles northeast of campus. It takes 7 minutes to commute by car or half an hour walking.

Utility Costs

Residents pay for water, electricity, trash pickup, internet, cable, telephone, sewer and gas.

Monthly rent and units available

1 bed, 1 bath (3 floor plans available): ranges from $1,455 to $2,264 

2 bed, 2 bath (3 floor plans available): ranges from $958 to $1,132 per bed, or $1,916 to $2,568 total

3 bed, 3 bath (4 floor plans available): ranges from $878 to $1,205 per bed, or $2,635 to $3,615 total

Note: Undergraduates cannot sign leases in the Foundry South buildings.

Lease term

One year, residents choose the start and end date

When to start applying

Applications opened Oct. 1, official pricing comes out in 1-2 months

Location

The Foundry apartments are just south of Notre Dame’s campus above Eddy St. Commons. The location offers a short 10-minute walk or 2-minute drive to common Notre Dame academic buildings.

Utility Costs

All utilities paid separately.

Monthly rent and units available

4 bed, 3.5 bath: $1,400 per bed

Lease term
June to May

When to start applying

Leasing now for 2024-25. No units shown as available for 2023-24. 

Location

Wexford Place is nestled between several other common student housing options located just east of Notre Dame across Twyckenham Drive and offers a 5-minute drive or 22-minute walk to campus. It is across the street from Irish Crossings.

Utility Costs

Utilities included in rent are water, trash and monthly house cleaning.

Tenants are responsible for gas, electric, cable and wifi.

Monthly rent and units available

3 bed, 3.5 bath: $850 per bed

4 bed, 3.5 bath: $825 per bed

4 bed, 3.5 bath (deluxe model): $875 per bed

Lease term

One year 

When to start applying

Leasing 2023-24 now

Location

These CES-owned properties are located north of Saint Mary’s campus off State Road 933. Approximate distance from Notre Dame is 1.4 miles, or a 30-minute walk and distance from Saint Mary’s is 0.6 miles, or a 14-minute walk.

Utility Costs

Utilities included: water, trash and monthly house cleaning

Extras: electric, gas, cable/internet

Monthly rent and units available

1 bed, 1 bath: $1,200

2 bed, 2 bath: $889 per bed, or $1,778 total

3 bed, 3 bath: $785 per bed, or $2,355 total

4 bed, 4 bath: $680 per bed, or $2,720 total

Lease term

August to July 

When to start applying

Now leasing for 2023-24 term.

Location

Located north of Douglas Road off State Road 933, University Edge is a 7-minute drive or 30-minute walk to the heart of Notre Dame and a 2-minute drive or 18-minute walk to Saint Mary’s.

Utility Costs

Utilities included in rent (except electric)

  • 11. The Landings (Restricted to Married or Parenting Students)

Monthly rent and units available

1 bed, 1 bath: $865

2 bed, 1 bath: $915

3 bed, 1 bath: $1,125

Lease term

August to July

When to start applying

January to April is a priority window for married and parenting students. After that, leases are opened up to post-graduate students. 

Location

The Landings offers a convenient 6-minute drive or roughly 28-minute walk to Notre Dame with its location two miles north of campus.

Utility Costs

All utilities paid separately.

Contact Alysa Guffey at aguffey@nd.edu and Maggie Eastland at meastlan@nd.edu