SSLP promotes community development

first_imgWhen it comes to making summer plans, many Notre Dame students look for opportunities beyond the pool deck or the basement couch. Each year, about 225 students participate in the spiritually-oriented Summer Service Learning Program (SSLP) sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns (CSC). The program invites students to interview between November and February, and if accepted, participants choose a site to volunteer at during the summer. A partnership between the CSC and Notre Dame alumni clubs across the country connects students with opportunities in a variety of fields and organizes the logistics of room and board for their summer experiences. Program director Andrea Smith Shappell said the program began in 1980 to give students opportunities to act upon their social concerns and experience service learning. “Our sites range from non-profit health clinics to Catholic Worker houses to schools and day camps,” Shappell said. “Students earn three theology credits in a course that centers on the immersion experience while also incorporating theological reflection and cultural competence.” The academic requirements for the program include weekly readings and writings throughout the summer, as well as a six- to eight-page paper at the end to synthesize the different aspects and lessons of the experience. Shappell said students return to campus in the fall and participate in three discussion meetings to close out the program. “Our goal is to engage students in a service learning project that integrates a community engagement piece with theological readings, particularly social issues as represented in Catholic thought,” Shappell said. “We also want students to have the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussion with alumni club members and site officials.” Shappell said the program looks for applicants with previous service experience, either in high school or college. “We require stuadents to have some understanding of what it means to be in service as a mutual relationship,” Shappell said. “It’s not that we want students with all the answers to go help the needy, but we want people who will be open to working together to solve the social problems we face. “We’re looking for students with good interpersonal skills and maturity. It’s not a highly competitive program, so if students meet the basic qualifications, they move on to the placement process.” Junior Ben Cooper and senior Linda Scheiber spent a summer on Lopez Island, Wash.n, just northwest of Seattle, at the Lopez Island Family Resource Center’s (LIFRC) Kids’ Summer Workshop program. Cooper said the Resource Center’s goal was to help underprivileged children in the Lopez community by providing them with a place to spend the day during the summer. “The program offered day camps and classes on a range of subjects all taught by talented locals, and I helped run some of these classes, including kayaking, swimmin, and painting,” Cooper said. “Additionally, I helped run the fundraising event for the LIFRC and helped stock their locally grown food bank called ‘Lopez Fresh.’” Scheibeh said the experience was “eye-opening,” and it changed the way she viewed life back at Notre Dame. “I would count my SSLP as one of the most significant experiences I have had at Notre Dame,” Scheiber said. “I grew personally by doing service for eight weeks on the other side of the country, and I was challenged by the contrast between my expectations and what I actually found at my site, particularly the fact that the poverty and marginalization of the people I was working with often wasn’t apparent.” Cooper said his summer on Lopez Island left him with a sense of gratitude, and he would recommend the experience to any student. “I came away from the summer with an understanding of how fortunate I am to be able to go to a school like Notre Dame and to be afforded all the opportunities I’ve had throughout my life,” Cooper said. “Lopez has a unique and laid-back culture of simplicity and humility that greatly impacted my life.” Shappell said SSLP exemplifies the Holy Cross approach to educating both the heart and the mind, connecting with the University’s mission. “The opportunity to develop relationships with people who are often on the margins of society can affect students on the emotional, ‘heart’ level, and then raise questions for them to take back to campus and address in the academic courses they take,” Shappell said. “Service learning is an opportunity for students to learn things they couldn’t learn in the classroom, and hopefully the questions raised through the experience can be explored in the required readings of the course and through the people that students work with.” Scheiber said her experience on Lopez Island helped open her eyes to the reality of life on society’s margins, changing the way she views social justice. “The readings taught me a lot about poverty and helped me think about the ways I can integrate Catholic social justice into my life,” Scheiber said. “One of the biggest impacts the experience had on me was helping me discern how I am called to live in solidarity with the poor.”last_img read more

ND students found service group

first_imgThe non-profit organization HANDS enables motivated students to connect with existing Central American organizations to volunteer in economically-stressed communities. According to the program’s website, three Guatemalan Notre Dame students who sought to help and impact the local communities in their home country started the group in 2008. Senior participant Ellison Griep said the program was eye-opening and taught her about service to others. “I loved volunteering over spring break, working my body and my heart as much as my mind, something I lose sight of sometimes at [Notre Dame],” Griep said. Griep chose to work with Constru Casa, an organization that builds houses in the mountains surrounding Antigua, Guatemala. The project included plastering, digging foundations, mixing cement and interacting frequently with the families who will live in the houses, Griep said. “Learning about the families gave a face and a heart to the project,” she said. “Something I have always loved about traveling is learning about how other people live: what they want and need, how they work and what they prioritize.” Junior Tong Zhao, a spring-break program participant in HANDS, said she believes the program aims to have a global influence. “I believe HANDS’ mission is to enable students at [Notre Dame] and other colleges to make an impact in the international community and publicize the idea of volunteerism,” Zhao said. Zhao spent last spring break at Esperanza Juvenile Middle School in Guatemala, teaching math and English to economically-disadvantaged students. She said the most memorable part of her volunteer experience was community immersion. “I learned the power of kids’ dreams, who have much more limited resources than other people around me,” Zhao said. “I benefited from a unique life experience, developing pure friendships with the students and just being in Guatemala and getting closer to the lives of its people.” Freshman Abby Shepard also spent her spring break at Esperanza Juvenile Middle School. She said the mission of the program was a perfect fit for her and piqued her interest in becoming involved. “I love traveling, I love service and I love children,” Shepard said. “I also wanted to do something meaningful over spring break, and HANDS looked like a very worthwhile cause. I immediately knew I wanted to be involved.” Shepard said the program’s work benefits everyone involved. “I think that bringing people together from different cultures always benefits both sides,” Shepard said. “Both sides can learn from the other in ways that you cannot achieve from a textbook.”last_img read more

GRC panel explores gender roles in Disney films

first_imgThe Gender Relations Center (GRC) hosted a panel discussion in The Oak Room of South Dining Hall on Tuesday that addressed the ways in which Disney positively and negatively establishes gender roles in its children films.Susan Ohmer, an associate professor of Film, Television and Theatre who specializes in Disney films; Kelly Cronin, a senior and peer educator for the GRC and Thomas Wintering, a 2014 alumnus and current assistant rector in Keenan Hall sat on the panel.To introduce the topic, the event’s host Maureen Doyle, assistant director for LGBTQ concerns for the GRC, played a video clip that parodied princesses as real life girls. The conversation then began with a discussion of Disney princesses and the image of femininity they portray.“There are a lot of flaws in Disney,” Ohmer said at the beginning of the discussion.Cronin referenced the limiting roles princesses often play in their own films, as well as the stereotypical activities they perform.“The first three princesses are Snow White, Cinderella and Aurora, and all three spend a great deal of time in the movies doing domestic work,” Cronin said.However, Ohmer said, it is important to note “the contexts in which [Disney princesses] were created.” These early heroines, whom Ohmer acknowledged as “first generation princesses,” were featured prominently in films produced in the 1930s through the 1950s.Cronin said in more recent Disney princess films — those that Ohmer called the “third generation princess films” — the princesses strive for loftier goals beyond finding a prince.“[Belle] has read basically every book in the bookstore,” Cronin said. “We see Tiana who is working hard to earn enough money to buy a restaurant.”Even though the first generation princesses hold domestic roles, they still maintain a complexity that depicts women as strong individuals albeit difficult circumstances, Ohmer said.“[Snow White’s] mother died, her father died, her stepmother wanted her to be killed and yet she maintains this sweetness … and she has a very, very strong desire to nurture,” Ohmer said.The men of Disney films are also represented in an obscure light, Wintering said.According to the Disney films, “the ideal man is a billionaire who comes riding in on a white horse and is jacked,” he said.Cronin said portrayals of Disney men reflect stereotypes and caricatures as well.“I feel like a lot of the male characters are either bland … or they are just [meant] to carry princesses or they are hyper-masculine or they are almost desexualized,” she said.The conversation ended with a discussion about male-female relationships within the films.“One thing I continue to find striking is how few female friendships there are and how few female-and-male relationships there are,” Cronin said. “If you are a girl, you can have a guy that’s your friend as long as you are a child, but once you grow up, you have to get married or you cannot be friends.”She said she noted “only two female friendships” in Disney films: one in ‘Pocahontas’ and one in ‘The Princess and the Frog.’These controversies surrounding Disney’s portrayal of men and women, however, are not enough to deter consumption, Ohmer said.“We are aware of the stereotypes, but we sing [the ‘Frozen’ soundtrack], we buy the merchandise, we watch the films. We just appreciate the limitations.”Tags: Disney, Frozen, FTT, Gender Relations Center, GRC, Pocahontas, princesses, The Princess and the Froglast_img read more

Sixth annual Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Hope Initiative

first_imgEmily McConville | The Observer Students plunge into the icy cold water of Saint Joseph’s Lake at last year’s Polar Bear Plunge.Hundreds of willing participants will pay $5 to submerge themselves in icy water for charity during the sixth annual Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday. The event, co-sponsored by Badin and Dillon Halls, will take place in St. Joseph’s Lake from 2-4 p.m.“We are hoping for record participation this year and would love to see over 500 plungers,” Corinne Sullivan, sophomore and president of Badin Hall, said. “The weather looks warm for Saturday, so that should help.”Every year, proceeds from the plunge go to the Hope Initiative, an organization founded by assistant professor of industrial design and Badin’s Hall Fellow, Ann-Marie Conrado. According to Sullivan, all of Badin’s signature events sponsor the HOPE Initiative.“HOPE Initiative works to build schools in Nepal and provides them with an innovative education that focuses on entrepreneurial thinking [and] creativity and helps lift children out of poverty by providing them [with] the skills they need to work,” Sullivan said.Sullivan said the HOPE Initiative’s commissioners have been instrumental in planning the Polar Bear Plunge.Mary Howard, sophomore and vice president of Badin, said she participated in the event last year.“The anticipation of standing in the snow is the worst part,” Howard said. “I am definitely doing it again this year. . . . The question is really just what outfit I will plunge in.”Junior Lindsay Dougherty said she has been doing polar bear plunges since she was 13 years old. She said the Plunge on campus is one of her favorite events.“Making yourself run into the water is the hardest part because the countdown feels so long, and you think you’re going to lose your nerve,” Dougherty said.Sullivan said every year, waves of people run screaming and laughing into the lake while wearing some kind of costume.“Last year, my friend Meg and I went in on tutus and tights and tank tops [with] bathing suits underneath,” Dougherty said. “On the walk home, the tutus froze and became rock hard.”Sister Denise Lyon, rector of Badin, said planning the event takes six weeks and involves everyone in both co-sponsoring dorms.“It takes a village, all of Badin and Dillon as our co-sponsor, to prepare all the details and make the event successful,” Lyon said. “We begin as soon as we return after winter break and start planning.”Sullivan said the event’s advertising included a Polar Bear Plunge shirt, a “backpack advertising” campaign, and a remake of freshman Henry Long’s “Chandelier” dance for a Polar Bear Plunge promo video.“It is a lot of work to pull off an event this size and temperature,” Sullivan said. “However, it is definitely worth it to hear everyone screaming in the water.”last_img read more

Professor awarded grant for work on obesity prevention

first_imgJulie Braungart-Rieker, professor of psychology and director of the William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families, has been awarded an Indiana Clinical and Translational Studies Institute (CTSI) grant for her new program “Undercover Mother,” a home intervention kit designed to study childhood obesity prevention tactics.Braungart-Rieker said study focuses on parents’ behavior instead of children’s behavior.“We’re not really so interested in what kids are eating, but rather what’s going on the home; how does the mother interact with the child, how’s the child’s behavioral functioning, all that kind of stuff,” she said. Along with associate professor of marketing Elizabeth Moore, Braungart-Rieker has been studying how preschooler’s impulsivity levels can correlate to their body-mass index (BMI). “We published an article in 2014 that basically showed this sort of this cascading effect with mothers,” Braungart-Rieker said. She said the study focused on the BMIs of low-income mothers and their children. Low income mothers are at higher risk for depressive symptoms and negative parenting strategies, such as being overly authoritarian or permissive. Braungart-Rieker says this negative parenting can be correlated to a preschooler’s high impulsivity levels, and her 2014 study took it a step further by linking impulsivity to food. “Kids who are more impulsive scored higher on this measure called food approach, meaning they’re very motivated by food,” Braungart-Rieker said. “They like sweet drinks, they emotionally eat. … And in turn, of course, kids that are higher in food approach have higher BMIs.” But Braungart-Rieker said just linking impulsivity with BMI wasn’t enough for her and Moore.The new CTSI award will allow the researchers to further explore the question. According to the Institute’s website, the Community Health Engagement Program grant aims to “improve the health of Indiana residents through community-university partnerships.” At Notre Dame, that partnership connects University researchers and the community chapter of Head Start, a national program designed to help low income preschoolers become school-ready.Braungart-Rieker said the partnership benefits the families and the researchers.“Head start already has a well-oiled machine,” she said. “They make sure families are educated about lots of different things about child development, and they have these home visitors to help with any questions parents might have with their child. So if you already have a system that has that in place, why not give some extra material that could promote health?”Braungart-Rieker said “extra material” is a carefully-planned home intervention designed by the research team, called “Undercover Mother.” Undercover Mother kits contain resources mothers use to make small adjustments in how their children eat. “It’s based on this idea that if moms could sort of just quietly make some small changes in their home environment, it could help reduce what’s known as an obesogenic home environment,” she said. She said an obesogenic environment is one that contributes to unhealthy living, such as having an abundance of junk food readily available.According to the project description, Undercover Mother attempts to educate mothers about five small steps they can take to change how their children eat. For example, the kit contains recipe cards with sneaky ways to put vegetables into a child’s favorite foods, as well as smaller plates and cups to help control portion size.“We may not be able to do a lot with controlling mothers’ depressive symptoms, but we may be able to work on the moms’ parenting, and that in turn might promote a more healthy food environment,” Braungart-Rieker said.The success of the program will be determined using pre- and post-tests measuring the eating habits and behaviors of the participants. If the program is shown to be successful and effective, Braungart-Rieker intends to develop it even further.“Our plan would be to then apply for a larger grant where we could implement [Undercover Mother] on a much larger scale, and also look at a lot more factors that could be contributing to why this program is really successful for some families but not as successful for other families,” she said. “And then the ultimate goal would be, if that was successful, that Head Start could take this on as a program.”Tags: CTSI Grant, Elizabeth Moore, Julie Braungart-Riekerlast_img read more

Saint Mary’s first years ‘a very strong class’

first_imgShortly after Saint Mary’s welcomed first-year College president Jan Cervelli, the College welcomed 435 first-year Belles into their community Thursday as the class of 2020.“Sharing their first year with President Cervelli — I see this class as the leaders of a new chapter in the history of the College,” Mona Bowe, the vice president for enrollment management, said.“They will fuel the president’s passion for women’s education, they will share their experiences with her and they will give her the unique perspective that only Belles can give,” she said. “This class, in a very unique way, will be her partners as she learns — like them — to be a Belle.”SUSAN ZHU | The Observer A total of 1,771 students applied for a spot in the class of 2020. Of the 1,450 students admitted, 56 were admitted Early Decision, Bowe said. According to Bowe, the class of 2020 is 4 percent larger — 16 more Belles — than last year’s class of 2019.“Based on the essays and letters of recommendation the Admission Committee read through this cycle, we know this will be a very strong class,” Bowe said.According to the admissions office, 287 students were varsity athletes, 63 were varsity captains and 103 students were in the National Honor Society. While the majority of students participated in community service, some traveled on mission trips to destinations such as Peru, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Haiti, as well as areas of the United States such as New Orleans, Miami, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Michigan and the Appalachian region. Along with their diverse interests, incoming students are ethnically diverse, representing Hispanic, Asian, Black, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Native American, White and multiracial groups. There are also 9 international students joining the first year class from countries such as China, Thailand and Vietnam.“There are a number of very accomplished leaders, athletes and students who have volunteered hundreds of hours to their community and their church [in the class of 2020],” Bowe said. “In addition to all of these accomplishments, they have very solid academic profiles.” Tags: Admissions, Freshman Orientation 2016, saint mary’s, SMC Class of 2020last_img read more

Senate asks administration to commit to ‘Dear Colleague’ letter

first_imgThe Notre Dame student senate discussed a resolution proposed by McGlinn Hall senator Morgan Williams and Duncan Hall senator Steven Higgins on Wednesday night. The resolution supports the “Stand 4 IX Campaign,” a campaign led by sophomores Isabel Rooper and Elizabeth Boyle, asking the administration reaffirm Notre Dame’s commitment to Title IX.According to the Stand for IX website, the campaign asks the administration to address four items: “one, commit to use the preponderance of the evidence standard in cases of sexual misconduct, regardless of changing federal guidelines; two, uphold a 60-day timeline of addressing Title IX cases; three, clarify new alternative resolutions policy and disallow mediation in cases of sexual misconduct, in accordance with previous federal guidelines; and four, create and publicize waivers from the six-semester housing requirement for survivors of sexual misconduct, violence or any other form of discrimination.”Tuesday night, Fr. Jenkins was asked about several of these concerns during an address to the Faculty Senate.Jenkins was asked if the University would continue to uphold the preponderance of evidence standard, as well as if survivors of sexual assault would be granted waivers for the policy requiring undergraduates to live on-campus for six semesters.“I think the answer to the first one … is yes,” Jenkins said in response. “And the second is I think we’re developing those waivers and certainly that’s critical.”Rooper, student government’s director of gender relations, answered a question about the value of alternative resolutions.“We think other alternative resolutions are great because it gives the survivor to choose what kind of process is going to best fit them,” Rooper said. “And so that’s part of what we’re asking the university for — to tell us what those alternative resolutions are and could be.”Higgins said the preponderance standard is fair to both parties in sexual assault cases.“Rather than presuming one party is guilty, the standard puts parties on equal footing,“ he said.Rooper was also given the opportunity to respond to whether the preponderance standard is fair to both sides and would be an adequate deterrent to possible false accusations of sexual misconduct.“Just saying someone assaulted you is not 50 percent of evidence, it’s no evidence,” Rooper said. “There has to actually be evidence available. Additionally, schools don’t have the power to subpoena or force someone to testify about something that happened … so it’s a lot harder for universities to take the same steps that police can take.”After discussion, the resolution was passed unanimously with no senators abstaining.Tags: gender relations, Senate, Student government, Title IXlast_img read more

City of South Bend shows support for Irish ahead of Michigan game

first_imgRunning through the city of South Bend on a typical week is a street labeled by the sign “Michigan St.” Located at the intersection of Michigan and Washington St., the sign can be found distinguishing one of the main downtown streets at the heart of South Bend.But this isn’t a typical week in the city.On Saturday, Notre Dame will be taking on the University of Michigan in its season-opening game for the 2018 football season. Football rivals since 1887, the teams are meeting for the first time since 2014, prompting even ESPN’s College GameDay to stake its football pregame show on Irish turf.In a display of solidarity with the Irish and in anticipation of the thousands of visitors soon to arrive to the city, the South Bend mayor’s office joined in the festivities — ceremoniously changing Michigan St. to “Fighting Irish Drive” on Monday.“It’s all in good fun but we thought that with the rivalry being brought back to life it would be appropriate,” South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg said. “That way, especially as we have guests and fans of both teams coming into our downtown area, it’s a good chance to remind them just how supportive we are of our Fighting Irish.”With tens of thousands of both Notre Dame and Michigan fans descending on South Bend for the game, Buttigieg said the city’s first priority is making sure everything runs smoothly. “You’ll see a lot of our folks from the South Bend Police and Fire Department helping out with traffic and even in the stadium playing a role there,” he said. “But there are tons of things going on in our hotels, restaurants and of course it’s a big economic booster for the city as well.”The city will also be celebrating the occasion by changing the color of the South Bend River Lights, a sculpture located alongside the St. Joseph River that is typically multicolored.“Ever since we’ve installed [the sculpture] in 2015, it’s become a great kind of touchpoint and shared public space that people from across the city enjoy,” Buttigieg said. “Once in a while for a special occasion we’ll switch it from its regular rainbow-colored program to a particular color, and obviously it seemed like the right occasion to turn those lights green.”Football season is a big part of the South Bend community and economy, Buttigieg said, so the festivities help the whole city get into the spirit of the season. Even so, he said the city’s relationship with the University is becoming stronger even without football season.“There’s so many students doing just really interesting, really important work that ties into life of the city in some way,” Buttigieg said. “ … The more of that we see the better, and when we do [partnerships with the University], it’s much more than just something like a service project but really an authentic relationship that’s getting stronger and stronger.”Buttigieg said the street sign renaming is a tradition that paused when Notre Dame temporarily stopped playing Michigan in football. After the series was revived, he said he wanted to renew the tradition.“Obviously [football is] one of the most special things about living in this area,” he said. “It’s difficult to believe that summer is coming to an end, but the great consolation of summer ending is the beginning of football season.”Though a festivity like the street sign renaming has resulted in a flurry of “amused” responses online, Buttigieg said the change is only temporary. “It’s a symbolic ceremonial thing,” he said. “We’ll be back to normal after our victory on Saturday.”Tags: 2018 football, Fighting Irish Drive, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Michigan Street, University of Michiganlast_img read more

School of Architecture moves into Walsh Family Hall

first_imgThis semester, the School of Architecture officially left Bond Hall — its home for more than 50 years — and relocated to the newly-constructed Walsh Family Hall.Michael Lykoudis, dean of the school of architecture, said while he enjoyed his time in Bond, its location felt estranged from other areas of campus.“I’d say, ‘We’re a little bit like Hawaii. We’re the smallest state in the Union, the furthest West and a little exotic,’” he said.Lykoudis said Walsh Family Hall’s position on the edge of campus makes the school easier to find and it offers better parking access.“The location of the building is a great advertisement, if you will, for the school,” he said.The new building’s floor plan also affords architecture students more opportunity to collaborate and mix, he added.“Studios were all broken up on different floors and in some cases, smaller rooms. So, it was hard to have communication of ideas between the studios,” he said. “Here we have big floor plates on two floors … so there’s going to be a greater sense of community, greater sense of what studio culture is about.”Professor of architecture Philip Bess said he will always have a nostalgic appreciation for Bond.“Bond is in a great section of campus, you know?” he said. “From my office I could see the Dome and the lakes.”While the new location offers access to many different parts of campus, Bess said he will miss the historic quarter of Notre Dame.“We’re further away from the heart of campus,” he said.Senior architecture student Patrick Keough said he looks forward to using the new spaces in Walsh Family Hall.“The new studios will be a new dynamic for our studio culture,” he said.Though the new building offers certain advantages, the move to Walsh Family Hall was bittersweet, Keough said.“I know many of my classmates will dearly miss Bond because of the great memories we had inside of it,” he said.While the future of Bond Hall is uncertain, it will likely house offices for other academic departments, vice president for facilities design and operations and University architect Doug Marsh said in an email.“[Bond] is being considered for a variety of academic space that will be centered on undergraduate teaching and learning,” he said in the email. “More information on the backfill planning for Bond Hall will be forthcoming in the early part of the Spring Semester.”Lykoudis said the building’s location and design works well as a representation of the Notre Dame academic mission.“Architecture really embodies the unity of knowledge, which is what we at Notre Dame talk about an awful lot,” he said. “I think the building symbolizes that.”Tags: Architecture Library, Bond Hall, Michael Lykoudis, School of Architecture, Walsh Family Hall of Architecturelast_img read more

New sophomore class council elected during special session of student senate

first_imgIn a close vote Monday evening, Judicial Council reported the votes of each undergraduate residence hall in the sophomore class council election, resulting in current freshmen Jordan Theriault, Devin Diggs, Lily Short and Timmy Gallagher winning the election after a failed runoff Thursday.The vote followed a tight race for the class of 2022’s sophomore class council last week. No ticket emerged with a majority of the votes in either the original or the runoff elections, so per section 17.5 (a.3) of the Student Union Constitution, the student senate convened a special session to decide the race.Junior and Judicial Council president Shady Girgis presided over the vote and explained the electoral college-like procedure: All votes were to be decided by a breakdown of the votes within each residence hall; if any dorm had a tie between two or three of the tickets, that dorm’s senator would decide the tie; if that senator was absent from the meeting and had not sent a proxy, that dorm’s votes were voided.Ultimately, the race came down to two consequential votes. The winning ticket received 12 votes, while the runners-up — freshmen Ronan King, Zoë Case, Matty Tighe and Quinn Hogan — received 10. The third-place ticket — freshmen Jack Looney, Alex Peyton, Tom Daly and MJ Haak — were close behind, with a final total of eight votes.As Girgis read through the results, he announced the first tie of the evening — Duncan Hall. Duncan’s senator, junior Steven Frick, however, was absent and had not sent a proxy.“Their vote will be voided,” Girgis announced.Junior Morrissey senator Patrick Paulsen decided the second tie, voting for King, Case, Tighe and Hogan.The off-campus senator, senior Natalia Yepez Frias, decided the final tie of the evening. The off-campus vote was a three-way tie because all members of the class of 2022 are freshmen and therefore, are required to live on campus. Frias, who had her pick of all three tickets, voted for Looney, Peyton, Daly and Haak. If Frias or a Duncan representative had voted for King’s ticket, the race would have been decided by senior vice president Corey Gayheart. With a two-point edge, however, Theriault, Diggs, Short and Gallagher prevailed. Theriault, the newly elected sophomore class council president, is currently president of the class of 2022’s freshman class council. He and Gallagher, current freshman class council secretary, are incumbents who said they are excited to move forward with their agenda next year.Freshman class council is still in full swing, however, and Theriault said he is focused on a wide variety of initiatives for the rest of his term this year. He and other council members are working on finalizing the class of 2022 apparel order and organizing a class Mass. Theriault said he’s especially excited about the Spring Fling dance that freshman class council is planning for freshmen this semester.“That’s something we’re really looking forward to,” he said.Next year, Theriault said he envisions more interaction between sophomores across campus. He hopes to strengthen community by connecting students from different dorms. Theriault said he is planning “events targeted for South Quad-North Quad meet up or West Quad-Mod Quad meet up with some kind of event, whether that be spiritual service or some kind of mini event during the day.”Additionally, Theriault said he wants to open up sophomore class council meetings to the public next year so members of the class of 2022 can see student government in action.Though the race was close, Theriault, Diggs, Short and Gallagher are moving full speed ahead. With the election behind them, the newly elected council is ready to carry out their vision for the class of 2022. Tags: 2019 election, Judicial Council, Notre Dame Student Senate, sophomore class councillast_img read more