The $400m project is scheduled to commenced operations in the second half of 2022 The project will replace, upgrade and modernize ANR Pipeline Company (ANR) natural gas transmission system. (Credit: Free-Photos/Pixabay) Canada-based energy company TC Energy is planning to go ahead with the Elwood Power/ANR Horsepower Replacement Project.The project will replace, upgrade and modernize certain facilities along a highly utilised section of the company’s ANR Pipeline Company (ANR) natural gas transmission system.The ANR natural gas transmission system is expected to provide approximately 125,000 Dth/d of firm transportation service to an existing power plant as part of the long-term agreement.TC Energy president and CEO Russ Girling said: “The facilities are designed to enhance the safety and reliability of our ANR pipeline system while reducing emissions.“This investment will serve to reinforce a key portion of our ANR pipeline network in the Midwest allowing us to maximize its capacity to support increased power generation, and highlights the opportunities for organic growth along our existing right-of-way.”TC Energy expects to complete the project in the second half of 2022In additional to compression and ancillary upgrades, the facilities work includes other modifications along ANR’s existing infrastructure.The $400m project is scheduled to commenced operations in the second half of 2022.In May this year, TC Energy has completed the sale of a 65% equity interest in the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline project to private equity firms KKR and Alberta Investment Management Corporation.The Coastal GasLink pipeline project is a 670km of gas pipeline, which is being developed in British Columbia, Canada.It is being developed by LNG Canada, which is a joint venture between four major energy companies that include Shell, PETRONAS, PetroChina, Mitsubishi Corporation, KOGAS.
By John KrullTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Like spring flowers, teacher strikes seem to be blooming all over.West Virginia.Kentucky.Arizona.Oklahoma.There even are mutterings from teachers here in Indiana.Trying to determine why so many teachers have left the classroom in protest has become a growth industry.Some argue that it’s because state courts have refused to enforce state constitutions, all of which have provisions requiring quality educations for the state’s children. Others contend that the issue is generational – because there now are greater costs associated with caring for the elderly in an aging population, we’re taking funds from the young to pay for the old. Still, others assert that the problem is class-driven – we’re starving schools and school children so we can offer tax cuts to the wealthy.There’s truth to all these analyses, but the real point of contention is much simpler than that.It comes down to what Aretha Franklin sang about.R-E-S-P-E-C-T.I talk with a lot of teachers. I know they’re frustrated, even angry these days.Their frustration doesn’t spring from a desire to make more money.Yes, if they could be paid more for doing a hard job, most teachers would love that. But most teachers didn’t go into education because they thought the classroom was the path to riches.No, most teachers became teachers because they care about children, about children’s educations, about children’s welfare, about children’s lives.That’s why teachers are willing to spend 50, 60 or 70 hours a week working with children, even when some of those children are poorly behaved or just difficult to deal with.All that time with children ought to earn teachers some credibility in our discussions about how we ought to educate our young people.Too often, though, that hasn’t been the case.Too often, when we gather to talk about how students might perform better, or schools might function more effectively, there just isn’t enough space at the table for teachers.There is room, of course, for politicians who preach accountability, but who never seem to take responsibility when a problem arises – say, a teacher shortage or a failure to hit promised test-score targets.There also is room for self-proclaimed education “reformers,” many of whom are focused less on making school a productive and satisfying experience for students than on some other agenda – such as, rerouting tax dollars to religious institutions or finding ways to break teachers’ unions.And there is room, of course, for the education reform experts – also often self-proclaimed – whose expertise doesn’t seem to extend much beyond directing public funds to for-profit education corporations or not-for-profits with administrative staffs so lavishly funded that a concubine would blush at the largesse.But not, all too often, teachers.There is the stuff of tragedy here.The concerns – a need for better student performance in an increasingly competitive world and a desire to grant parents larger voices in their children’s schooling – that gave birth to the education reform movement were valid ones.The way to meet those concerns was old-fashioned. It would have involved bringing everyone involved – students, parents, administrators, elected officials, business leaders and, yes, teachers – together to share concerns, work through differences and find common ground.Instead, in too many places – including Indiana – far too many political leaders and the self-proclaimed education reform crowd made the arrogant and ignorant assumption that teachers couldn’t possibly be concerned about children and their schooling.Instead of making the education reform movement a collaborative effort designed to solve shared problems, they transformed it into a struggle. Instead of making teachers their partners, they made them their adversaries.Instead of seeking solutions, they went looking for fights.And they got them.Now, everyone – students, parents, teachers, communities, and states – suffers.So much of this could have been avoided.Should have been avoided.If the people who thought they knew it all just had listened to Aretha, this spring would be a happier for students and in schools in a lot of places.FOOTNOTE: John Krull is director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism, host of “No Limits” WFYI 90.1 Indianapolis and publisher of TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Construction work will cause detours on Bay Avenue. The Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority is replacing and rehabilitating the force mains that carry wastewater to the treatment plant on the bay at 45th Street. The work will be done on 31st Street from Haven Avenue to Bay Avenue and Bay Avenue from 31st Street to Eighth Street.Work for Jan. 6-11:As of the end of Friday, the contractor’s south crew will have installed new PVC pipe, backfilled and temporarily paved from 31st Street heading toward 22nd Street. The contractor’s north crew will have completed similar work from 15th Street heading toward 18th Street.From Monday to Friday, the work will continue in the same direction for both crews. It is anticipated that the north crew will cross 18th Street near the Intermediate School in the latter part the week. Traffic: On Monday, Bay Avenue will again be closed from 24th to 14th streets. Traffic detours will be established to divert motorists to West Avenue. The CMCMUA will be coordinating with city and school officials early next week to finalize traffic patterns for school motorists. See full project update.
IndianaLocalMichiganNationalNewsSouth Bend Market By Tommie Lee – November 19, 2020 0 409 Break out the popcorn, pretzels and toast!Charlie Brown and the gang will be on regular TV for the holidays after all.After public outcry about the Great Pumpkin Halloween special moving exclusively to Apple TV+ this year, hundreds of thousands of people signed petitions and a new deal was struck between Apple and PBS.Wednesday it was announced that “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” will appear, ad-free, on PBS stations this year.Most PBS stations, including WNIT Channel 34, will air the Thanksgiving show this Sunday evening at 7:30. WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Twitter Pinterest Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving coming to PBS this weekend Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Google+ Previous articlePlans move forward for Tolson Center renovationNext articleSt. Joseph County Jail has become a COVID-19 hotspot Tommie Lee
IndianaLocalNews TAGScrashIndianainjuriesLincolnway WestMiddleboro AvenueMishawakamotorcycleseriously injured (95.3 MNC) A woman is seriously injured after she was struck by a vehicle while riding a motorcycle in Mishawaka Tuesday.The crash happened just before 2:30 p.m. near the intersection of Lincolnway West and N. Middleboro Avenue.Police report a Nissan Altima was traveling eastbound on Lincolnway West and attempted to turn left into a parking lot when it collided with a westbound motorcycle.The motorcyclist was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, including several broken bones.The driver of the Nissan was uninjured and remained at the scene.The investigation remains ongoing. Twitter By Brooklyne Beatty – April 7, 2021 0 350 Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Woman seriously injured in motorcycle crash Tuesday Facebook Pinterest Google+ Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleNappanee Public Library hosts Centennial Creative Writing ContestNext articleTwo people recovering after shooting on North Frances Street in South Bend Brooklyne Beatty
Last week Minister Burt saw first-hand UK funded shelters which are offering enhanced and sturdier protection to the Rohingya people during the inclement weather. He also met with UK-funded aid workers who are providing vulnerable children in the camps with psychosocial support and witnessed the life-saving work to ensure malnourished Rohingya children have access to food high in nutritional value.The UK Government continues to lead the way in the speed and size of its response to this latest crisis and one year on the focus is on making sure the Rohingya have access to the further support they need while they are living in the camps.UK aid will provide access to skills training to improve the prospects for Rohingya men and women, better equipping them for the future. In his visit to the camps Minister Burt witnessed first-hand the skills being provided to Rohingya at a small activities centre, where men and women are being taught to sew.International Development Minister, Alistair Burt said: Bangladesh is in the midst of the rainy season and there are almost one million Rohingya people depending on the international community during this precarious time. Seeing first-hand the UK-funded work to construct sturdier and more resilient structures is a positive sign and demonstrates that we are doing all that we can to protect them. The realities of the camp have become even more real for me but I have been reassured that our support to this persecuted community is helping them to rebuild their lives. Email [email protected] Telephone 020 7023 0600 General media queries (24 hours) Minister Burt will appear before the International Development Committee (IDC) in September and will use his evidence session as an opportunity to clearly demonstrate how UK aid is playing an integral role in ensuring the safety of vulnerable Rohingya people, especially during the monsoon and cyclone season. If you have an urgent media query, please email the DFID Media Team on [email protected] in the first instance and we will respond as soon as possible.
Trey Anastasio‘s new Ghosts of the Forest project is set to hit the road for their inaugural show on Thursday, which will be followed by the release of the group’s debut LP, Ghosts of the Forest, on Friday, April 12th. Trey recently caught up with Rolling Stone‘s Patrick Doyle to give his insights on the new project, Phish‘s illustrious year in 2017, coping with losing loved ones, and much more.Trey begins by discussing his lifelong friendship with the late Chris Cottrell, the inspiration behind Ghosts of the Forest’s inception. He explains,My friend Chris, who a lot of those songs kind of allude to, passed away at the end of February. He was a nature lover. He loved the mountains. He always would take me hiking. One of the things that was sort of extra sad about the loss was that he was my friend outside of all this — a long-before, boyhood friend. When we were a young band and we would drive out to Colorado from somewhere overnight, he would always grab me and make me hike up the Flatirons, or go skiing, or go fly-fishing, which I sucked at. He would always take me out of the tour. It just dawned on me recently that he was sort of my tether to childhood and to a life before Phish happened — somebody that kind of understood who you could talk to that didn’t work with me.Trey moves forward with some insight on Ghosts of the Forest’s live show configuration, noting,Are you’re familiar with the New York City theater scene? You know ‘Hadestown’? ‘Hadestown’ was written by some Vermont composers and interestingly enough it debuted at Higher Ground. It was like a nine-song folk record. The album sort of developed into a show. Now, that went on to be a Broadway show. This is a concert, this is not a Broadway show or anything like that, but it has definitely grown into something that feels really unique from anything else I’ve done at least in quite some time. It’s going to be completely based on the album, expanded greatly — a little scary, but it feels good to be letting this thing grow organically, and it’s only eight shows.Trey also expressed his thoughts on Phish’s illustrious year at Madison Square Garden in 2017 and how grateful he is for the fans that helped make it a success. He emphasizes,The Baker’s Dozen, people honored us with their presence. It’s hard work to go to all those shows. We really cared, and it was so much fun. But then it’s like, ‘Oh, four more nights for New Year’s,’ so we did 17 nights at the Garden that calendar year. I said, ‘We have to end the year with a new song,’ which was “Soul Planet,” with the pirate ship and all that. The reason was because they just came for 13 nights, and we owe everyone in a way. I mean, it’s our friends. It’s our family. It’s become, really, a family feeling, as you know. You’ve probably been there. That particular New Year’s Eve was designed as a specific message of, ‘Thank you. We’re on the boat, but we’re not driving it. The wind is blowing and the wind is the music and you are the ones who are keeping us afloat.’ That was the message.Head here to read the entirety of Trey Anastasio’s recent Rolling Stone interview.On Monday, Trey officially revealed the title track from Ghosts of the Forest’s eponymous debut album. He also revealed the full album tracklist. Ghosts of the Forest is set to be released on Friday, April 12th. You can listen to the first track from the album here.Trey’s new Ghosts of the Forest band features his Phish bandmate Jon Fishman, Trey Anastasio Band members Jennifer Hartswick, Tony Markellis, and Ray Paczkowski, and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Celisse Henderson, who was featured alongside Hartswick as a backup singer at Phish’s 2016 Halloween performance of Ziggy Stardust. Tickets are still available for both Greek Theatre shows via Ticketmaster. For a full list of Ghosts of the Forest’s upcoming shows, see below.Trey Anastasio’s Ghosts of the Forest Tour Dates:APRIL4 – Portland, ME – State Theatre5 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met Opera6 – Washington, DC – Anthem9 – Albany, NY – Palace Theatre10 – Boston, MA – Orpheum12 – New York, NY – United Palace Theatre13 – New York, NY – United Palace Theatre19 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre20 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre at UC BerkeleyView Tour Dates[H/T Rolling Stone]
The signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by President Obama on March 23, 2010 in no way ended the debate over health care reform, and the issue may be a big factor in the next presidential election.During a Harvard Kennedy School discussion Wednesday (Feb. 23), those points were underscored by predictions of action in Congress and the Supreme Court and disagreement among panelists over the impact of the legislation.“A year ago, it seems as though this country had reached some kind of resolution in this long and rancorous conflict over health care in this country,” said Paul Starr, professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton University and co-editor of The American Prospect. “But whether the legislation really resolved anything at all seems unclear. The conflict goes on and it’s as bitter as ever.”The panel, sponsored by the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy, focused on one of the act’s least popular and most problematic aspects — the mandate that people buy health insurance.Starr said that the law should have allowed individuals to opt out of the mandate as long as it didn’t allow them to opt back in whenever they wanted. He suggests that a person could, for example, opt out if he or she waives the right to get back in for five years.“The mandate communicates the wrong message,” he said. “Many people simply do not understand why the government should fine them for failing to purchase health insurance when it does not require them to buy other products.”Yet if you don’t buy insurance, what will happen?“Actually nothing,” Starr said. The mandate is difficult to enforce, he said. A person might get a warning letter from the Internal Revenue Service, but “The IRS can’t garnish your wages; it cannot put a lien on your property. And there are no criminal penalties for refusal to pay.“The law ultimately relies on a norm of law abidingness,” he added.Still, the act is a “remarkable milestone,” comparable to the Social Security Act of 1935 and the expansion of Medicare in 1965, said Theda Skocpol, the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology and co-author of “Health Care Reform and American Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know.”Downplaying the impact of the individual mandate, which she called a “toothless tiger,” Skocpol said the act “sets up new rules of the game for private insurance industry, which says they can continue to make profits but must do so by expanding the ranks of patients they serve.”The act expands Medicare and Medicaid and delivers more care to more people. Liberals may lament the lack of a public option but the law is a major redistributive piece of social legislation, she said. Moreover, even if the mandate were eliminated, “the hatred of the law would still be there,” she said.A crucial element of the bill is that it requires states to set up exchanges on which private insurance policies will be compared and sold. States may complain about the law “but they are also taking the [federal] money to plan the insurance exchanges,” Skocpol said.Paul Starr: “The mandate communicates the wrong message. Many people simply do not understand why the government should fine them for failing to purchase health insurance when it does not require them to buy other products.”Panel moderator Amitabh Chandra, an economist and Harvard Kennedy School professor of public policy, said that while he supports the act, it does little to improve the actual quality of health care or to curb rising medical costs. “This is a fiscal train wreck waiting to happen,” he added.Chandra cited expensive medical technology that increases costs but which can’t be denied to patients under the act; to drive home the point, he showed a cartoon of patient bodies as human ATM machines for doctors.The panelists noted that academics are buzzing about possible action by the U.S. Supreme Court on the act, but Skocpol predicts the high court will shrewdly delay taking any action until after the 2012 election, saying, “They’re in a position to stall.”But Democrats, whether they like it or not, will be forced to defend the bill in the next election cycle, Starr said. On the other side of the aisle, Mitt Romney, a possible Republican presidential candidate who oversaw health care reform at the state level as governor of Massachusetts, will be hard-pressed to “attack Obama care when it is, in fact, Romney care,” Skocpol said.During the question-and-answer period, Arnold S. Relman, former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, challenged panelists, saying the powerful health insurance lobby was critical in maintaining the mandate.Starr, however, countered that the health insurance industry did not support the act. In fact, the five largest companies spent $80 million through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to oppose it, he said.Skocpol said that the politics that lead to a law are not the same as politics that emerge from a law. “The Tea Party crowd and the insurance company crowd will come to blows” about the act, she predicted.
Beginning today, Notre Dame’s campus will be the site of an epic battle between humans and vampires.Tuesday marks the first day of the annual Humans vs. Vampires game, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures (CSLC). According to Joachim Castellano, technology and administrative program manager for the CSLC, the game will run through Saturday and ends with an awards ceremony Sunday.“Basically, it’s a game of tag,” Castellano said. “There are two teams, the Humans and the Vampires, and every student who participates will be assigned to one team. [Each team] has to kill each other. There are five missions throughout the games that take place at night, so [students] will see a lot of people running around shooting NERF guns at each other.”According to Castellano, this is the second year the CSLC has sponsored the event. Before the CSLC took over the event, it was sponsored by the Student Activities Office (SAO), he said.Denise Ayo, assistant director for academic programs for the CSLC, said after the center took over the game, they began to incorporate foreign language elements into game play.“For example, [players] receive clues or directions in, for example, German or another foreign language offered at Notre Dame,” Ayo said. “Last year, they had [a mission] where you had to take a big heavy box of dirt across campus. When the humans arrived to figure out their mission, the person there to describe the mission only spoke Korean. So they were sitting there talking in Korean. Also, there are hidden items that will help [members of the team] and give [players] immunity, but the riddles to find [these items] will be in a foreign language.”Originally Humans vs. Zombies was played on Notre Dame’s campus, Ayo said. However, after the CSLC became involved with the game, the center changed the game to Humans vs. Vampires, as Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” is one of the most widely translated texts in the world.“You can find ‘Dracula’ in Catalan, German, French — all the languages we teach and have instructors here that speak the language,” she said. “That’s why we made the switch from zombies to vampires.”According to Ayo, the “Dracula” aspect of the game and the foreign language aspect of the game intersect throughout play time and during the awards ceremony.“[The game] culminates in a public reading of Dracula in the various languages, which is really exciting,” Ayo said. “It’s the biggest event where students can really interact with the professors. We have professors reading from the texts, we have peer tutors reading from the text, we have foreign language teaching assistants reading from the texts. It’s a great way to integrate students who don’t come into [the CSLC] normally and they come to get their awards and pizza and talk about the game and then they are exposed to foreign language.”Castellano said the main goal of the CSLC is to get students involved with foreign languages. Though the foreign language requirement varies depending on a student’s college, the CSLC wants to engage all students in the study of languages, and this game is a way for the CSLC to reach out to every student, regardless of their language requirement, or lack thereof.“We want students to be passionate about learning a foreign language, so we try to expose students to learning and practicing a language outside of the classroom,” Castellano said. “For anyone who really takes up a foreign language, there are a lot of opportunities to fall in love with it when you are using it in real life. It becomes less of an academic exercise and more like something that is part of everyday life.”By incorporating elements of foreign language into a fun game, Castellano said he believes the center can reach more students.“This event creates a space to use languages in a game-like environment, and we are basically trying to say to Notre Dame students that learning a language is a lot of fun — it is more than what you do in the classroom, and it can open up your world to different opportunities in your life,” he said. “It might start with a Humans vs. Vampires game, but hopefully it will inspire students to study foreign language more deeply and it may lead them to a future career or future life.”Tags: CSLC, Dracula, German, language, vampires, zombies
Former President Jimmy Carter, television host David Letterman visit University for opening ceremony of Work Project — Aug. 26, 2018Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and former late-night television host David Letterman visited Notre Dame to commence their annual home building endeavor, the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project. The project — which runs through Habitat for Humanity — gathers a group of workers of spend a week building houses in a different geographical region of the U.S. each year. In 2018, the former White House couple, along with volunteers and future homeowners, helped to build a total of 22 new homes in Mishawaka. During the ceremony, Rosalynn said the Carters held a long-term friendship with former University President Fr. Theodore Hesburgh. “When Jimmy was president, there were refugees in Thailand coming from Cambodia, I think,” Rosalynn said. “I went to see them, and when I got home I had a phone call from Fr. Ted saying, ‘Let’s raise money and help those refugees.’ And of course, I was thrilled. And we raised a lot of money and became very close friends with Fr. Ted.”US Poet Laureate visits Saint Mary’s — Sept. 5, 2018United States Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith visited the College in September to speak at the annual Christian Culture Lecture. Smith spoke on the connection between poetry and spirituality, seeing both poetry and Christianity as a way to navigate the world. In the lecture, she said she recognized both creative pursuit and faith require submission to something greater than oneself and living outside the confines of logic. Smith read from her Pulitzer Prize winning book of poetry, “Life on Mars,” along with some excerpts from her other works. She said poetry is one of the most powerful ways she connects with spirituality and her faith. “Poetry, like the language of belief, puts us in touch, if we let it, with our eternal selves,” Smith said. “Spiritual belief has given us a vocabulary for wonder, for the miraculous and indescribable. In so doing, it has argued compellingly for the necessity of metaphor as a means of making familiar and intimate what we otherwise could not comprehend.”Jan Cervelli resigns as president of Saint Mary’s, files civil suit against College — Oct. 5, 2018Board of Trustees chair Mary Burke announced then-Saint Mary’s President Jan Cervelli’s resignation in a letter to the College community Oct. 5. Burke said Cervelli resigned for personal reasons and former provost and senior vice president for academic affairs Nancy Nekvasil would assume the position of interim president. On March 12, 2019, Cervelli filed a civil suit against the College alleging Saint Mary’s failed to honor her employment agreement and breached a settlement agreement that stated she could continue working at Saint Mary’s as a tenured professor. In the suit, Cervelli claimed she was forced out by members of the Board of Trustees, including Burke. On March 22, the College filed a counterclaim to the suit that stated Saint Mary’s was not in breach of contract and acting within its rights as an institution. The legal proceedings and the search for a permanent replacement for Cervelli are ongoing. University announces it will revoke McCarrick’s honorary degree, forms task forces to address Church crisisIn response to the sex abuse scandal, University President Fr. John Jenkins created two campus task forces — the Campus Engagement Task Force and the Research and Scholarship Task Force — on Nov. 1, 2018. The Campus Engagement Task Force, led by director for the Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights and associate professor of law Jennifer Mason McAward and Fr. Gerry Olinger, University vice president for Mission Engagement and Church Affairs, hosted a series of listening sessions about the abuse crisis in November, in which students, faculty, staff and Notre Dame community members were invited to share their thoughts about the crisis. In a March 4 press release, Jenkins announced further University plans to address the crisis: making Church reform the focus of the 2019-2020 Notre Dame Forum, offering up to $1 million in research grants to “to fund research projects that address issues emerging from the crisis” and adding sexual abuse prevention and education to ministry formation programs. Jenkins announced Notre Dame would revoke a 2008 honorary degree of laws awarded to former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick on Feb. 16. The decision was made after a Vatican canonical trial found McCarrick had broken his vows as a priest and sexually abused minors and adults. A report the Archdiocese of New York received brought forth allegations of sexual abuse against McCarrick more than six months earlier in June of 2018, and an archdiocesan review board found the allegations to be “credible and substantiated” following an investigation. Still, the University held off on rescinding until the Vatican announced its verdict. The University received national attention for holding off on revoking the degree. In a November letter to The Observer, a Notre Dame law student criticized Jenkins for comments he made regarding the nature of McCarrick’s abuse in an interview with Crux Magazine. Jenkins personally responded to the student’s criticism in an Observer letter to the editor later that month. The decision follows a precedent set by the University on April 26, 2018, when Notre Dame waited to revoke comedian Bill Cosby’s 1990 honorary degree until his conviction.Saint Mary’s hosts 175th anniversary celebrations2019 marked the 175th anniversary of Saint Mary’s founding. Anniversary celebrations began in January of 2019 and will extend throughout the rest of the year. Festivities kicked off Jan. 20 with service events, an opening Mass and dinner to commemorate the Feast of Blessed Basil Moreau, the founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross. The events aim to remind students of Saint Mary’s core values of learning, community, faith and spirituality and justice established by the Sisters of the Holy Cross 175 years ago.Jenkins announces Columbus murals will be covered — Jan. 20, 2019In a Jan. 20 email to the student body, University President Fr. John Jenkins announced Notre Dame’s decision to cover the Luigi Gregori’s Christopher Columbus murals in the Main Building. The murals had long been the subject of controversy on campus for what some view as historically inaccurate depictions of Native Americans. Still, the University’s decision to cover the murals was met with national backlash from those who believe the murals to be of high artistic value and integral to Notre Dame’s Catholic identity. The decision sparked student activism on both sides of the controversy that would last for weeks. On Feb. 14, Jenkins announced the members of a committee which would advise the University on how to display the murals “in the appropriate context, as well as on related issues,” according to a Notre Dame press release.Tri-campus community closes due to extreme weatherThe tri-campus community canceled class the week of Jan. 28 in one of the most severe cold fronts to hit the Midwest in years — the “Polar Vortex.” Amid temperatures that neared -20 degrees, Notre Dame closed from 6 p.m. Jan. 29 to 1 p.m. Jan. 31. Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross closed Jan. 29 through Jan 31. During the closure, Holy Cross experienced a power outage from approximately 6:25 a.m. to noon Wednesday. During this time, on students were evacuated to North Dining Hall at Notre Dame. After the University reopened, there were also several pipe leaks across campus — in Duncan Student Center, the Main Building and Fitzpatrick and Cushing Halls of Engineering — caused by the extreme temperatures.University announces new men’s dorm will be named Baumer Hall — March 6, 2019The University announced in a March 6, 2019 press release Notre Dame’s newest residence hall will be named Baumer Hall in honor of John and Mollie Baumer, graduates of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s, respectively, who donated the $20 million which made the new men’s residence hall possible. Baumer will first serve as the temporary home for the residents of Dillon Hall, which will be undergoing extensive renovations throughout the 2019-2020 school year, prior to beginning its own community in the fall of 2020. Located just south of West Quad, next to Ryan Hall, Baumer is set to become Notre Dames 31st residence hall and will be joined by a new women’s residence hall currently under construction on east of Dunne Hall set to open in 2020.Condoleezza Rice, John Kerry speak at Notre Dame — March 19, 2019 Former secretaries of state Condoleezza Rice and John Kerry visited Notre Dame on March 19, 2019. Rice — the 64th secretary of state who served under President George W. Bush and graduated from Notre Dame in 1975 — and Kerry, the 66th secretary under President Barack Obama, were brought to campus by the Common Ground Committee, a non-profit that invites leaders to discuss national issues in public settings. The two diplomats discussed and debated public policy issues such as climate change, North Korea and voter suppression, among other topics. Kerry said the only way to change politicians’ tendency toward “the hard policy of orthodoxy thinking” was through voting for more moderate representation, and Rice ended the panel by calling the audience to “own your democracy.”Office of Residential Life announces residential life updates, incentives for seniors to stay on campus — April 11, 2019The Offices of Student Affairs and Residential Life released a list of changes to Notre Dame’s residential policy an email to the student body April 11, 2019. In an April Observer article, vice president for student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding called the changes a “bookend” to the University’s six-semester policy rolled out in fall of 2017. In the email, Hoffmann Harding and associate vice president for residential life Heather Rakoczy Russell announced plans to provide stipends for seniors who stay on campus, new meal plans, free laundry for on-campus residents, the elimination of the $500 occupancy fee for singles and improvements for kitchen facilities in residence halls. A final update will bar off-campus residents from certain on-campus activities, including attending dorm dances and participating in interhall sports. The decision was met with dissent of many in the Notre Dame community — on April 12, over 1,000 students gathered to protest the policy outside of the Main Building. Hoffmann Harding met with student senate April 30 to discuss the policy updates further.Mayor Pete announces official bid for presidency — April 14, 2019South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg announced his decision to run for president of the United States in an April 14, 2019 rally at the Studebaker building in downtown South Bend. Buttigieg, who has been mayor of South Bend since 2012, launched his exploratory committee Jan. 23. In his official announcement speech, Buttigieg said his presidency would focus on promoting ”freedom, security and democracy.” In this speech, he focused on several contested issues, including climate change activism and electoral college reform. If elected, Buttigieg would become the youngest president to hold office, as well as America’s first openly gay president.University announces leprechauns for 2018-2019 school year — April 16, 2019On April 16, 2019, Notre Dame announced the students chosen to represent the University as the official leprechaun mascots for the 2019-2020 academic year. The Notre Dame cheerleading program called the lineup the “most diverse roster” ever, as junior Samuel Jackson and sophomore Lynnette Wukie will be the second and third African Americans to hold the role, with Wukie becoming the University’s first female leprechaun. Sophomore Conal Fagan, returning for his second year as a leprechaun, is also the University’s first native Irishman to hold the position.Tags: Commencement 2019, year in review