Editor’s note: This is the second installment of a three-part series about Terrence Rogers, a 1979 Notre Dame graduate who has returned as a graduate student with the goal of winning Bengal Bouts. Terrence Rogers plans to become the oldest boxer ever to compete in the Bengal Bouts, after three attempts to win the boxing tournament as an undergraduate in the 1970s — and he could not have come this far without the influence of a few key people. Rogers’ story begins as a 10-year-old with dreams of following his oldest brother to Notre Dame and being a boxing champion like his hero, Muhammad Ali. “Me and my best friend were pint-size, but we thought we were Muhammad Ali,” Rogers said with a laugh. “We had our own boxing gloves, and we would go around the neighborhood beating up the other kids in boxing matches.” Rogers kept that passion alive as an active athlete in high school. Rogers was a varsity wrestler at Chaminade High School, where he won the New York state championship for all private and Catholic schools in his senior year. When college time came, despite Rogers’ Notre Dame dreams, his parents pushed him to attend West Point instead, he said. So Rogers was appointed to the United States Military Academy, where he continued to wrestle — and finally tried out boxing for the first time. “West Point has a full boxing program, required for all first-year cadets,” Rogers said. “Most cadets wanted nothing to do with it, but I got an ‘A’ in the class.” Rogers didn’t join the West Point boxing club, but instead continued with varsity wrestling. Rogers’ dream of attending Notre Dame refused to die — but transferring schools was much harder than it sounds. “I had family pressures keeping me at West Point, and the military had invested in me so they wanted me to stay,” Rogers said. “Most of all, West Point is paid for by a government scholarship. Who was going to pay for Notre Dame?” Despite the pressures, Rogers finally transferred after his junior year at West Point, but maintained close connections to his West Point classmates. “The West Point community has been very supportive, giving me advice on how to box, and especially on how to box at my age,” Rogers said. “I have some distinct advantages and I intend to use them.” Rogers paid for his entire Notre Dame education out of his own pocket. Although he had earned 116.5 class credits at West Point, Notre Dame’s rules required Rogers to enter Notre Dame as a junior, so he used those extra credits to graduate with two degrees – in electrical engineering and psychology. Earning two degrees at Notre Dame took five years total at that time. Because not all of Rogers’ credits applied to either the electrical engineering program or the psychology program, he had to spend two-and-a-half years at Notre Dame to get both degrees. “That was fine with me, because it gave me an extra semester at Notre Dame and an extra year to fight in the Bengal Bouts,” Rogers said. After graduating, Rogers pursued a business career, but that was not enough, he said. As early as 1987, he became interested in a law career. “I was doing it all for me, with my corporate career and as a bachelor for all those years,” Rogers said. He kept thinking of his father, an FBI agent, who worked to protect civil rights in the 1960s South. “As an FBI agent, my dad was the enemy in some of those Southern states,” Rogers said. Rogers’ dad helped keep the peace during the Little Rock, Ark., school integration, Rogers said, and in 1952 he was in a gunfight on the streets of Manhattan with a criminal on the 10 Most Wanted list. “My dad had a very colorful career,” Rogers said. “This was dangerous work. It was about fighting abuse of authority and protecting human rights. So as a law student, civil rights became my focus.” Rogers’ dad inspired him to go to law school and to use his boxing skill to help the Holy Cross Missions in Bangladesh, Rogers said. But after several rejections, Rogers gave up on Notre Dame Law School. He instead graduated from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas in 2007. “It was so hard to get back in. I was competing with a pool of greater talent,” Rogers said. “I was accepted three times in the 1970s, then rejected 11 times. Then I came back strong like a fighter and got in.” Rogers is now a student in the Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Human Rights. That’s not the only change in his life — Rogers married for the first time in August 2009. “I met Michelle at my 30-year West Point reunion,” Rogers said. “As a former Marine, she has the spirit to back me in this somewhat unusual endeavor. She’s a part of my story now.” Muhammed Ali, West Point classmates and Rogers’ dad all influenced his quest to win the Bengal Bouts tournament — but today, his wife is his biggest support, Rogers said. “She believes in me,” Rogers said. “She believes that I’m going to achieve what I want to achieve.” After the influence that others have had on his quest, Rogers says it is his turn to inspire others. “I will be fighting on behalf of the missions, on behalf of myself and on behalf of every 40-plus-year-old guy that wants to get a vicarious thrill out of this,” Rogers said. “Life doesn’t end at 40 or 50.” The third and final installment of this series will examine Rogers’ current life as a Notre Dame graduate student and his goal of winning Bengal Bouts in 2011. It will run in tomorrow’s Observer.
Witches, goblins, vampires and princesses ran through the dorms at Saint Mary’s on Sunday night as faculty and members of the local community brought their children to trick-or-treat at the College. The Resident Hall Association (RHA) sponsored the event through the dorms. Junior Gina Althoff, a resident advisor and RHA all-school formal chair, greeted the trick-or-treaters at the front desk in Regina Hall on Sunday night. “We extended a special invite to the Saint Mary’s trick-or-treating to our service partner, South Bend’s Center for the Homeless,” Althoff said. “We saw a large turnout from the Center and were excited to be able to provide a safe and fun event for those children. It was also a unique opportunity to see professors and other staff members with their families.” Biology professor Ryan Dombkowski and his wife brought their 2-year-old son Reece to trick-or-treat around the College campus. “It’s nice to not have to worry about weather, cars, crossing the street and other safety issues,” Dombkowski. “It’s great to see all the students get involved.” Welcome Center receptionist Ann Sheldon brought her daughter, Lauren Sheldon Ogren ’07, and grandson to LeMans Hall for candy. “My daughter is Saint Mary’s graduate,” Sheldon said. “She always gave out candy to the trick-or-treaters as a student, but now it’s her first time bringing her son around. It’s part of continuing the tradition.” Eight-year-old Zach Toul sported fangs and a cape for his vampire costume. “Vampires are so cool and scary,” Toul said. “I came to Saint Mary’s last year and got lots of candy, so that’s why I wanted to come this year. Oh, and my grandma works here.” Students said they enjoyed trick-or-treating just as much as the children. Junior Caroline Keep opened her door and dressed as a peanut M&M for trick-or-treat night. “When I was little, I went trick-or-treating at the college my mom worked at,” Keep said. “I knew I wanted to give out candy to the kids.” Junior Liz Kraig enjoyed decorating her room in celebration of Halloween. “I love giving out candy and seeing the kids’ costumes,” Kraig said. “It’s just a really fun event for all of us.”
At Wednesday night’s student senate meeting, student body president Alex Coccia said student government would introduce a new sexual assault prevention campaign next semester called “One Is Too Many.” “When we come back next semester, we’re going to increase conversation about this on campus,” he said. “What we’re planning on doing is a door-to-door pledge campaign within the dorms, and when we get back there will be bystander training to help those involved learn how to have this conversation with people in their dorms.” The pledge campaign will focus on inciting conversation in the dorms about sexual assault and students’ attitudes and thoughts on the issue, Coccia said. Also at the meeting, new food services director Chris Abayasinghe and the University’s senior executive chef Don Miller spoke about upcoming changes in the food services program. Abayasinghe said he wants students to be more involved in food choices on campus. “What I was thinking was that we could start a student dining advisory committee made up of 10 or 12 students who would meet monthly to help food services,” he said. “Committee members would have to love food and be engaged, and to know that those on this committee would have the power to impact every person on this campus.” Miller said he has plans for several new on-campus eating options in the coming year. Most notably, Miller said Grab and Go is going to get an update for second semester. “I can tell you next semester that you’ll see a lot of variety, lots of kinds of sandwiches, lots of different breads,” he said. “We’ve made every effort to move it in that direction. “We’ve done something as well from a quality perspective. … We’ve changed our working shifts around it so we can have fresher food at Grab and Go. Prior to this semester the food was usually a day old by the time it got onto shelves.” Abayasinghe said Food Services is working on acquiring more local produce as well as promoting sustainability. “Sustainability is very important to me personally,” he said. “We have several places where you can use reusable things for coffee and such, but we have some very valid concerns about how students take food out [of the dining halls] and how it is thrown away.” Contact Margaret Hynds at [email protected]
Notre Dame professor of physics Boldizsár Jankó’s work with quantum properties of a nanoscale superconductor-ferromagnet system was recently published in “Nature Scientific Reports.”“It’s an example of taking two materials that are very different ⎯ superconductors have zero resistance, they expel magnetic fields, [and] they get weaker,” Jankó said. “Ferromagnets are anything but that ⎯ they have strong magnetic fields. So the question was, ‘What happens when you take some substrate and you put a nanometer-sized magnet on it?’”The basic design of the system Jankó’s team investigated involved a superconductor laid out like flat film with a pancake-shaped nanomagnet disk on top of this substrate, with the north and south poles of the nanomagnet corresponding to the top and bottom of the disk, he said. Given the antagonistic nature of these two materials, the team was curious to see what the result of this clash would be at such a small scale.“What the superconductor does [is] shield this magnetic field, so you basically induce a current in the superconductor,” Jankó said. “So the total magnetic field is almost zero in the superconductor, but there is a spontaneously generated current.”The result of this induced current is a weakened state in the superconductor wherever it flows, and a plot of the strength of the superconductor over different regions revealed a “Mexican hat”-shaped potential, Jankó said. The geometry of this potential is characterized by a peak signal directly under the nanomagnet, surrounded by a valley of weaker strength that gives way to a strong signal on the circular boundary.“When I looked at this ‘Mexican hat’ potential I said, ‘That’s just amazing, I haven’t seen anything like this,’” Jankó said. “So my first thought was that this ‘Mexican hat’ potential is going to trap exotic particles, and that’s what we saw.”The striking part of the microscopic materials medley investigated by Jankó’s team is that it behaves as a quantum analog to the classical rotor model, which is equivalent to tying a string to a rock and swinging it around in a circle, Jankó said.“The other thing we noticed is that you can put a supercurrent on to the superconductor, and [it] results in tilting of the ‘Mexican hat,’” Jankó said. “It weakens the superconductor on one side so that you have a deeper well and strengthens it on the other.”Jankó said this happens because the current flowing through the superconductor induces its own magnetic field, which changes the existing field around the nanomagnet.“That’s the classical view. What we found, quantum-mechanically, is that is true ⎯ but there are also more particles on the other side as well,” Jankó said. “It turns out that you are basically breaking the left-right symmetry, and these states are an equal superposition of left-rotating and right-rotating particles. So the quantum mechanical rotor goes in both directions.”The classical analog in this situation would be that of a billiard ball rolling back and forth in the groove of the tilted side of the Mexican hat ⎯ but now also rolling back and forth on the other side as well, similar to two oscillating pendulums instead of the single rotor, Jankó said. This dual-pendulum model prompted Jankó’s team to explore possible relations to chaos in the system.“We immediately thought of a connection to chaos because a kicked pendulum is chaotic,” Jankó said. “Its motion is extremely sensitive to a kick. Luckily, quantum mechanics makes things a lot simpler in this case. For a quantum mechanical particle that’s spread all over the place, it couldn’t care less about being chaotic. There are no initial conditions; it just has maybe a slightly different structure of the wave function.”In general, it is possible to go from a chaotic classical system to a quantum mechanical analog, but going back the other way is a far more difficult question, he said.“Here what we are saying is that we discover rotor states, pendulum states, and the pendulum can be made chaotic if you put impulses into the current to start driving the system,” Jankó said. “And in fact, we managed to describe the quantum-mechanical analog of this inverted pendulum ⎯ basically you have a rod and an object at the end of this rod, and you can stabilize this otherwise classically unstable inverted position. So if you perform the drive of this hinge, you can stabilize this state and have a stable inverted pendulum, called the Kapitza pendulum.” Tags: academic research, Physics
Throughout this week, the Saint Mary’s Dance Marathon fundraising committee will host various events for Riley Week on the Saint Mary’s campus, including a pizza party and yoga, according to junior Marissa Galloway.“This year, we tried to incorporate new events that would be popular among the student body,” Galloway said. “We are really excited about our pizza party. We got a lot of support from the South Bend community.“We are inviting the entire student body for $5, and the registered dancers get in for free. We will have tons of food from different restaurants like Domino’s, Jimmy Johns, Chipotle and Hacienda.”Sophomore Maranda Pennington said Riley Week is a push to promote the Dance Marathon, which is set to take place March 28, as well as support Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis.“[Riley Week] is important because it is a whole week dedicated to an amazing cause,” Pennington said. “It is a chance for more students to learn about what exactly Dance Marathon members do and also how they can contribute. One of our main goals this year is to increase participation.”Galloway said Dance Marathon is, above all, about the patients at Riley. She said students who attend Dance Marathon will find that they are taking part in something greater than themselves.“I know that when I look back on my childhood, my favorite memories consist of swimming in my pool with my sisters, having sleepovers with my friends and playing kickball with the neighbors,” Galloway said. “That isn’t the case for the kids at Riley. Their memories consist of treatments and hospital visits.“We do all of this for those kids. Throughout Riley Week, we want to create awareness for Riley’s Children’s Hospital and how raising money can enhance their [patients’] quality of life because they truly deserve it. We don’t realize how lucky we truly are.”“All of our funds go directly to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis,” Pennington said. “The money raised assists children and families in need and improves the quality of care experienced at Riley.”Galloway said students should become involved with Dance Marathon because it brings people together for a worthy cause.“I think that a huge part of college is becoming involved in clubs and organizations,” Galloway said. “With Dance Marathon, you realize that what you are doing is for a much greater good. I have developed incredibly close relationships with other students that I wouldn’t have even had the privilege of meeting.“We all work very closely together. We are like puzzle pieces and when one is missing, things start to fall apart. We all rely on each other, and it creates an amazing atmosphere. Each year, we strive to become better and better and to raise more money for Riley Children’s Hospital.”Pennington said the Dance Marathon committee will be holding registration for the event throughout the week.Tags: Dance Marathon, Riley Children’s Hospital, Riley Week, saint mary’s, SMC
Saint Mary’s students hoping to improve their teamwork and business skills can now look no farther than across the street, as Notre Dame announced this summer that it will guarantee four seats in its Master of Science in Management (MSM) program for graduates of the College.Tori Wilbraham, a 2015 Saint Mary’s graduate who earned acceptance to this year’s MSM program, said she enjoys collaborating with her 48 classmates.“One of the best parts of the program is the cohort atmosphere,” Wilbraham said. “Just like the business world, teamwork is essential for being successful. Working with a team and learning from one another has been one of the most exciting and rewarding parts.”According to Wilbraham, this particular 10-month program offers a unique educational experience because it teaches technical skills that will make students more marketable.“Getting to be a part of the Notre Dame family while pursuing a graduate degree is something that makes Notre Dame’s MSM program so special and really so valuable,” Wilbraham said. “The reputation of the Mendoza College of Business and alumni network at the University of Notre Dame made my decision a no-brainer.“I knew that if I wanted to enter the business world, going to Notre Dame would give me a great network of supporters.”Saint Mary’s provost and senior vice president of Academic Affairs, Dr. Patricia Fleming, said this program distinguishes itself from others like it because it does not require an undergraduate business degree.“Knowing that this program exists for a Saint Mary’s student four years down the road can make Saint Mary’s very attractive, especially to those parents who worry a bit about their daughter following her passion in a non-business major,” Fleming said. “We are very confident that the combination of studies proposed by this partnership will be ideal for some of our students.”Fleming said both Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s will benefit from this new policy.“Saint Mary’s students are already familiar with Notre Dame because of the co-exchange program. There would be an easy transition for our students who wish to stay in the area for their graduate education,” Dr. Fleming said. “Notre Dame’s MSM program will be blessed with smart, articulate, confident graduate students with an eagerness to learn a very new field.”Wilbraham also said students who receive undergraduate degrees from Saint Mary’s are prepared to take on the challenge of the MSM program.“Having a liberal arts background is such a valuable thing, and with my new business acumen, I will be more marketable,” Wilbraham said. “Programs like the MSM are so valuable because they are full of students who have studied what they loved and want to enhance their education by spending a year doing something completely different.”Wilbraham said she recommends this program to any Saint Mary’s students who wish to enter the professional world.“Through teamwork, networking and problem solving, I know that the MSM program will give me the tools I need to be a powerful leader who will inspire change,“ Wilbraham said. “Just as Sister Madeleva promised us the discovery of ourselves, our world and our place in it, the MSM program will take you on a journey where you will learn more about yourself than you could have ever imagined.”Tags: co-exchange program, MSM, saint mary’s
Observer File Photo Jan Cervelli, pictured, resigned as Saint Mary’s College President on Friday. Former Provost Nancy Nekvasil will act as Interim President of the College until the summer of 2020.“I wanted to make you aware of an immediate change in our Saint Mary’s family,” Burke said in the letter. “Earlier this week, President Cervelli informed the Board of Trustees of her intent to resign. We appreciate all that she has contributed to Saint Mary’s during her tenure here and we wish her the best. We are grateful for her leadership and devotion to the Belles. Her on-campus camaraderie and interactions will be missed.”Interim President Nekvasil, who will serve in this role until the summer of 2020, said her focus will be to promote the values that encompass Saint Mary’s during this transition. “I am humbled and inspired to work with our entire campus community to uphold and strengthen Saint Mary’s and ensure continuity in this time of transition,” Nekvasil said in an email. “In my three decades as a faculty member and administrator, the constants have been the educational and spiritual values that distinguish the College, creating a supportive environment in which students can meet the challenges inherent in an excellent education.”This is the second time in the College’s history that an interim president has been appointed, the first being Sister Alma Peter. Peter served as interim president from 1970-1972 following the sudden death of College President Emeritus Monsignor John J. McGrath, the College’s sixth president. Cervelli took over the role of president in the fall of 2016 after the retirement of College President Emerita Carol Ann Mooney. Cervelli was known on campus for her connection with students. In an article published May 19, 2017, at the end of her first academic year in office, Cervelli told The Observer, “I have fallen in love with the Belles here.” Cervelli did not respond to a request for comment following her resignation.This year, Cervelli established office hours to give students the opportunity to speak with her individually in 10-minute sessions. The first of these sessions occurred Sept. 20, and the second was set for Oct. 2. However, the Oct. 2 session was abruptly canceled “due to unforeseen circumstances,” according to an email from the President’s Office that day. Burke spoke with The Observer on Saturday regarding the resignation of Cervelli and the future of the College. Burke said the Board of Trustees was made aware earlier this week of Cervelli’s intent to resign and the board was not aware that her resignation was a possibility prior to Cervelli making her decision. Rather than having one specific answer, Burke said there are likely several reasons for Cervelli’s departure, and the Board of Trustees is choosing to respect her privacy rather than divulge those reasons. “Why does anybody resign?” Burke said. “I just think she probably had a number of different factors that she weighed, and this worked best for her. So we have to respect that. If we didn’t respect her as a person, and as a woman, we could’ve handled things very, very differently.”However, Burke did address several rumors regarding Cervelli’s resignation. Burke said it was solely Cervelli’s decision and not the result of internal pressure to resign. “There’s probably lots of different pieces to it,” Burke said. “So, it was her decision, her decision alone to resign, and we respect her privacy as to why the reasons were.”Burke said while she cannot say with certainty Cervelli did not leave due to health reasons, she appears to be in “good health.” “I’ve spoken with her, she sounds in good health, she says she’s in good health, but who knows why?” Burke said. “There’s probably a thousand reasons to pull together, and I think we have to respect her privacy on it as well.”Cervelli was formerly a dean at the University of Arizona’s College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture from 2008 to 2016. In March 2018, Cervelli joined another former dean in filing a lawsuit against the University of Arizona alleging discriminatory pay. Cervelli argues she did not receive a single pay raise during her time as dean while the men working as deans received $80,000 more on average per year than she did. Burke said she finds it extremely unlikely this lawsuit would have factored into Cervelli’s decision.“I would be really surprised if that had something to do with it,” Burke said. “I could be wrong, but that would surprise me. That was a separate decision to get involved with that she had.”Burke also said the College is in good financial shape and has been during Cervelli’s tenure as president. She does not believe this related to Cervelli’s decision. “[Cervelli] brought in a really good class this year,” Burke said. “You know, 406 [students] is a really good entering class. So the budget’s in good shape. Financially, we are in strong shape.”Saint Mary’s does not make full financial reports publicly available.Along with the Interim President, the College has appointed Jill Vihtelic as Interim Provost and has asked vice president of student affairs Karen Johnson to postpone her retirement in order to assist with the transition. “I am grateful to be able to support Saint Mary’s and Interim President Nekvasil,” Johnson said in an email. “Retirement can be saved for another time.”While Johnson had already announced her intention to retire, Burke said Nekvasil was also considering retirement. However, both women decided to continue working at the College in order to ensure a smooth transition after the departure of Cervelli. “Think about how strong of a school we are that we have two women who were thinking of retiring — Karen and Nancy — who have said, ‘I want to be here, I want to help. I want to keep moving us forward,’” Burke said. “And they came back. I think that speaks volumes, they’re long-term employees.”As for policy initiatives and goals for Cervelli’s administration, Burke said all milestones reached at the time of Cervelli’s resignation were met. Nekvasil will be working on her own goals in the weeks to come. “There were no milestones that were not met by President Cervelli,” Burke said. “I think over the next couple of weeks you’ll hear some milestones and some initiatives that Interim President Nekvasil will be launching, and then we can measure those.” The College is not currently in the search for a new president, Burke said. The search for a new college or university president is formulaic and takes place over the course of a year. Due to Cervelli’s departure mid-semester, Saint Mary’s is unable to complete a search for a president until the summer of 2019.“We are not on the cycle right now, because it’s October,” Burke said. “So that’s why I announced yesterday that Interim President Nekvasil will be here until the summer of 2020. So we’ll start a search in the summer of 2019, we’ll then have us a new president by the spring to summer of 2020.”In the summer of 2019, the College will begin the search process. This includes posting an advertisement in higher education periodicals, collecting resumes and conducting interviews with potential candidates, Burke said. The search will be open to all — both current Saint Mary’s faculty and administration, and those outside of the Saint Mary’s community. “There will be characteristics and qualities, skill-sets that we are looking for, and it will be open,” Burke said. “Anybody can apply, as we did the last search.” Assistant director of media relations Haleigh Ehmsen said the two-year process Saint Mary’s is utilizing with their search for a new president is standard within the world of higher education. “It’s kind of like a formula process that everyone follows,” Ehmsen said. “It’s the same with hiring faculty.” (Editor’s note: Ehmsen is a former Saint Mary’s Editor of The Observer.)Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame both have Board of Trustees meetings this coming week, Burke said. The immediate goals for the transition are to prepare Nekvasil to meet with both boards. “We’re making sure that Nancy is prepared for the board meeting, comfortable with the agenda,” Burke said. “[We’re] working with her on the agenda because she is the president and just kind of business as usual to move us forward.”Tags: Jan Cervelli, Jill Vihtelic, Karen Johnson, Mary Burke, Nancy Nekvasil, resignation, resigned For the second time in the last three years, Saint Mary’s has a new College president. In an open letter to students Friday, chair of the Board of Trustees Mary Burke announced the resignation of President Jan Cervelli and the appointment of former Provost Nancy Nekvasil as the Interim President of the College.
Photo courtesy of Chandler Crane Keough Hall’s annual chariot race, which will take place Saturday, has been the dorm’s signature event since the late 1990’s. The event raises money for the Holy Cross Missions in Kitete, Tanzania.Keough provided all the materials for its sections and other dorms to build their chariots and had building days Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. One of the goals for this year’s race was to push building earlier in the week so the builders had time to plan ahead and create the most efficient vehicle possible. “It has a really rich, fun history,” event organizer and junior Conor Fitzpatrick said. “We’ve built the chariots over the course of this week. They’re these funny looking things. Really simplified, bare bones structures. It’s a short, high-intensity sprint with four people pushing and one person stands on top as the champion of the chariot.”The petting zoo has also become an integral part of the chariot race. “It will definitely have kangaroos,” Crane said. “This year we’ll also have a goat and an ox. Last year, we had a turtle. It can be all different things, but for sure kangaroos.”In anticipation of tomorrow’s race, Keough has had events within the hall each day this week such as the toga dinner at South Dining Hall, toga dodgeball, an eating contest and a Mario Kart tournament. The week will culminate in Keough’s SYR the night of the race. “Most of Keough goes out to South and we don our bedsheets and go and feast together,” Fitzpatrick said.All proceeds from the race will go to Holy Cross Missions in Kitete, Tanzania. Each summer, a Keough resident will engage in an ISSLP in Kitete to further strengthen the relationship between the town and the University.“The education being administered there is powerful and is impacting lives in Kitete,” Fitzpatrick said. “Supporting Holy Cross Missions across the globe is wonderful, especially as a University.”The race’s organizers also hope that the scope of the event will continue to increase each year as more dorms begin to participate. “We’re always trying to reach out and get to the size of the Fisher Regatta where we can get a mass-scale of dorms to participate,” Crane said. “We’ve been thinking of different ways we can advertise and lower the barrier to entry because it’s pretty time consuming.”Keough has advertised the race at dorm hall council meetings and outside the dining halls and by hanging up posters around campus. This is the first year the chariot race is taking place on South Quad. Fitzpatrick hopes this location can increase attendance and enhance the race’s publicity.“A big focus is to try to get more exposure,” Fitzpatrick said. “It will be more visible as we’re actually racing this year. What we have is a really cool event that not necessarily a lot of people know about. This year we’re really trying to get the word out so people can see all the cool stuff we have going on. From that, hopefully we can get more involvement in the future which can turn into additional funds being raised for Holy Cross Missions.” Tags: Holy Cross Missions, Keough Chariot Race, Keough Hall, Keough Hall Chariot Race, petting zoo The unlikely duo of chariot racing and petting zoos will unite again this Saturday for Keough Hall’s signature event. The chariot race starts at 12:30 p.m. and will feature homemade chariots from each of Keough’s sections and several men’s and women’s dorms, along with a petting zoo, pizza and sno cones. The annual chariot race has been Keough’s signature event since the dorm was established in the late 1990s. All of Keough’s seven sections will be represented in the race. The dorm is expecting one to three other men’s dorms to compete and three to five women’s dorms to compete. The races will be single elimination and each member of the winning team will receive a chariot race t-shirt.“It’s a good way to come together on South Quad and have some fun,” event organizer and junior Chandler Crane said. “Things made by hand is not something you see a lot in signature events and it’s not often you see kangaroos or other animals here too.”
Callie Patrick | The Observer Saint Mary’s seniors Taylor Strong and Carey Dwyer, left to right, study in the newly renovated Trumper Center.But space was often hard to come by — one issue the renovations sought to remedy.Simpson said she would only visit Trumper by necessity.“I like the new renovations, I think they’re really cool,” Simpson said. “It definitely helps getting a little more study space down here. I feel like whenever the girls were kicked out of the library at 12 [a.m.] they had nowhere to go, so it’s really nice.”The renovations included new equipment and decor, which Simpson said may draw in those who traditionally avoided the space.“You know you can come to Trumper and it’ll be quiet, and it’s nice,” Simpson said. “People will come here even more when [they] have to do things late at night but the library’s not open.”Senior Taylor Strong said the new amenities changed her mind about Trumper.“I would come down here to print and get snacks and hot chocolate, but that’s about it,” Strong said. “Now definitely I will come down here more often because it’s really nice.”The additional equipment made the center much more practical for students, sophomore Elizabeth Ciupinski said.“The only time I ever came to Trumper was to use the computers … I like how there’s more dry erase boards,” she said. “It’s more spacious, there is more privacy and the furnishing is more comfortable.”Senior Carey Dwyer also said she would certainly venture down to the basement more often now that the space has been renovated.“I didn’t really study in Trumper,” Dwyer said. “I stuck more to the first floor of the library. But now that this is down here, I think I will come down here more.”Dwyer said she particularly liked the new TV and study spaces.“They look really nice,” she said. “All the lights, too, I think it helps when you’re studying. It seems like a nice place to practice presentations and have group meetings.”Tags: 24-hour study space, Cushwa-Leighton Library, library renovations, Trumper With decor of blues and greens, fresh whiteboards and comfortable new furniture, Trumper has received a facelift to start the new year. Part of Saint Mary’s recent library upgrades, the study space in the basement of the Cushwa-Leighton Library has become a popular space for students to study at all hours of the day.As a 24-hour space, Trumper has long been a venue for late-night studiers.Senior Hannah Simpson said she would regularly frequent Trumper before the upgrades, as she was often “pushed out of the library” when it closed at midnight.“I think personally I have different study places on campus and having those options really helps me to focus,” she said. “If I get bored at one place, I know I can get up and go to another place. So just having a study place at Trumper is just helpful. So if I can’t get my study places upstairs I can come down here.”
Two tickets officially announced their candidacy for the 2020 Saint Mary’s Student Government Association president and vice president election at midnight Monday.Juniors Giavanna Paradiso and Kelsey O’Connor announced their bid for president and vice president, respectively.“I’m Giavanna Paradiso, and I’m running for Student Government Association president with Kelsey O’Connor,” Paradiso said. “We would like to encourage the student body to check out our social medias, to look at our platform and our campaign material. And if they have any questions, they can contact us.”For the second ticket, juniors Deirdre Drinkall will run as presidential candidate and Brianna Kinyanjui as vice president.“We are excited to announce that we are running for student body president and vice president of Saint Mary’s College,” Drinkall said. “Brianna and I are thrilled to celebrate the spirit and sisterhood of Saint Mary’s this week. We have a platform full of ideas to make Saint Mary’s more Saint Mary’s, and the practical experience and unparalleled passion to make it happen.”The two tickets will campaign on campus throughout the week, and the student body will vote Thursday.Tags: Drinkall-Kinyanjui, Election, Paradiso-O’Connor, Saint Mary’s SGA