Month: January 2021

Senate approves new members

first_imgStudent Senate passed a resolution Wednesday proposing the continuance of the Campus Bike Shop and approved three students for student government positions during the 2012-2013 term. Student body president Pat McCormick also delivered his third and final State of the Student Union address, as required by the undergraduate student body constitution. The resolution asked the University to “take definitive actions to provide or make space for a Campus Bike Shop” before the start of the fall 2012 semester. It requested the shop be a free service and “serve students sustainably by using salvaged parts and the labor of student mechanics.” Senate approved sophomore Elizabeth Garvin and freshman Anh Ta for assistant student union treasurers. The group also approved sophomore James Slaven for director of publicity of the Student Union Board. Senate approved junior and current student body secretary Katie Baker for chief of staff. The group selected two recipients of the Irish Clover Award from eight nominations. The award is given to students, faculty, staff or administrators who have demonstrated exemplary service to student government. Senate also chose one recipient of the Frank O’Malley Teaching Award from five nominations of four faculty members. The honor is intended for a professor who has had an outstanding impact on undergraduate education at the University. Student body vice president and president-elect Brett Rocheleau said the recipients of these awards will be announced Tuesday at the Student Leadership Banquet. In his State of the Student Union address, McCormick said his administration united the various branches of student government to increase cohesion. “Our Student Senate now brings every stakeholder within the Student Union together in one meeting to expand inclusion as fully as possible in the advocacy of student government,” he said. The administration enhanced constituent services and improved student safety, McCormick said. “This year, we held regular meetings with local law enforcement representatives, held a Safety Summit on campus and a variety of other events aimed at educating students about how to stay safe and serve as good neighbors in the South Bend community,” he said. “We are especially grateful to both Notre Dame students and local police for a dramatically improved relationship between the student body and law enforcement.” McCormick said the recently enacted Indiana Lifeline Law will make medical amnesty state law July 1. “This is a law for which students across Indiana have long advocated, and we are grateful to state legislators for their recognition that in emergency situations, student safety has to be the first priority,” he said. Student government also advanced an agenda “for students in charting a course for the Notre Dame project,” McCormick said. He said parts of this effort have included a sustainability initiative, the Playing for Peace tournament and food security in South Bend. “We have been united by our hope that something new was possible this year, something that has never happened before,” McCormick said. “It was the hope that students might write a new chapter in Notre Dame’s history.” read more

Convention draws national spotlight

first_imgAmerican eyes are trained on Tampa, Fla., today as the Republican National Convention comes to a close. The convention, traditionally held several months before presidential elections, marks the official nomination of presidential candidate Mitt Romney and vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan for the party’s ticket this fall. Sophomore Matthew Metzinger, secretary for Notre Dame’s College Republicans, said the convention was not only about finalizing the Romney-Ryan nomination, but also uniting party support. “National conventions are a great way to unite the party in the final two months leading up to Election Day,” Metzinger said. “Conventions allow the party to show the American people why their candidate should be president … in a manner that covers the important issues.” The most important issue in this election should be the economy, Metzinger said. While much of the recent media coverage of the race has focused on social programs and issues such as Medicare, he said the convention was an opportunity to refocus. “Without a doubt, the economy should be the main focus of this presidential election,” he said. “President [Barack] Obama has failed to bring the country out of the economic pit in which we have become entrapped as he promised.” College Democrats president and senior Camille Suarez said the party’s focus on economic issues was intended to incite anger rather than to facilitate positive dialogue. “The [Gov. Chris Christie] and Ryan speeches definitely reoriented the focus back to the economy,” Suarez said. “From the speeches I’ve heard, it appears that the main goal of the convention is to make the public upset with the state of the economy and vote for the Romney-Ryan ticket in November.” Metzinger said both presidential nominee Mitt Romney and Ryan successfully framed the dialogue on economic issues at the convention. “Ryan’s speech illustrated, with certainty, that he and Mitt Romney have the business experience and financial knowledge to bring the United States out of this economic mess,” Metzinger said. “Ryan’s speech focused on the necessity of job creation, especially for college students, who he said are ‘ready to use their gifts and get moving in life.’” Suarez said Ryan’s speech was somewhat of a success, but she claimed his statements were not all factual. “I think Ryan’s speech served as a successful introduction speech. … We all have a better idea of who Paul Ryan is,” she said. Ryan wasn’t the only convention speaker who made an impact. Party members such as Christie, Sen. Marco Rubio of Fla., Gov. Nikki Haley of S.C. and Mayor Mia Love of Sarasota Springs, Utah, all appealed to a broader constituency, Metzinger said. “The selection of speakers for this year’s convention illustrates the GOP’s desire to reach out to a younger, more diverse demographic,” he said. “Many of the speakers are up-and-coming members of the Republican Party. By choosing these speakers, along with party veterans … the Republican Party is proving itself as a united political party that can, and will, work for all people.” Metzinger said a Notre Dame grad’s speech offered a credible testament to Romney’s viability as a candidate. “I also thought former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, an ND alumna, delivered a powerful speech in which she showed that Mitt Romney will be a more-than-capable commander in chief in terms of national security and world relations, issues that are not receiving the coverage they probably deserve,” he said. Metzinger said the convention leaves the GOP well positioned for November. “I definitely think this convention will have a positive impact on the Republicans’ chances of winning the White House this November, and many other congressional elections, too,” he said. “This great party has a wealth of innovative thinkers and strong leaders, many of whom have spoken at this convention.”last_img read more

Senior receives award for research project

first_img “This past summer was where it all came together,” Montee said. “That project is being submitted for publication, and I also worked on a side project that has been submitted for publication as well.” “This past summer I was at the SMALL program at Williams College where I worked with Professor Colin Adams, a very well-known knot theorist,” Montee said. “I was in the group that was working with him, and we came up with some really surprising results that were not expected at the beginning of the summer.” “I just absolutely love mathematics; I love the rigor and the beauty of mathematics,” she said.  Senior MurphyKate Montee never questioned her decision to pursue a double major in honors mathematics and music, despite the intimidating course load. Montee said her summer experience researching at Louisiana State University after her junior year also encouraged her development to be the mathematician she is today. “I’ve known that I love math since middle school – it’s never been a question what I want to do with my life and where I’ve wanted to go with my life,” Montee said. “I’ve known since eight grade since I was going to be a mathematics professor … but [music and mathematics] are both equally important to me.” Montee currently is working on a senior honors thesis, titled “On the Construction of the Chern Classes of Complex Vendor Bundles.” The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) established the award in 1990.  Former winners have continued on to be distinguished mathematicians. Five Notre Dame students had placed highly in the competition in previous years, but Montee is Notre Dame’s first winner. Though the discipline is traditionally considered to be a male-dominated discipline, Montee said this has never stopped her. Her achievement in mathematics earned her the 2013 Alice T. Shafer Mathematics Prize from the Association of Women in Mathematics, a national award meant to honor an outstanding undergraduate female mathematician, Montee said.  “It’s an award that’s given out for excellence in mathematics to an undergraduate women majoring in math,” Montee said. “The point of the award is to encourage women in mathematics.” “It’s an interesting application process – they say [to] send a letter of nomination and anything else you want,” Montee said. “I sent in two recommendation letters: one from the assistant advisor here and one from a professor that I worked with this summer at Williams College. … I also sent in a personal statement, my CV and a copy of three papers that I’ve written for publication.” Montee said attention garnered by her recent research likely played a large part in her successful bid for the prize. Montee said she hopes to have all three projects published in the near future, two of which have been submitted to peer-reviewed professional journals and the ArXiv, an open e-print archive of preprint academic papers. She said she expects to submit the third project for publication soon. The application process for the award was unique, Montee said. Montee said her passion for mathematics has driven her far in the field. “Today I don’t think there is any disadvantage to being a woman in mathematics – I think everyone is really encouraging, especially here [at Notre Dame,]” Montee said. Montee said any student – male or female – considering mathematics should try the discipline. “I think people should do what they love. … If you love mathematics and have a talent for mathematics, we’re always looking for more mathematicians,” Montee said. “People tend to get scared away from mathematics, maybe from all the calculations people have to do, but in real life there are not a lot of calculations that go into pure math – there’s a lot of logic and rigorous thinking or reasoning. … It’s beautiful, an art form in and of itself.”last_img read more

O’SNAP to enforce student safety

first_imgLate-night student transportation on campus is about to get easier and safer as a result of the Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol (O’SNAP), the first major policy initiative from junior student body president Lauren Vidal and vicepresident Matthew Devine.Vidal said the program will utilize two new four-person golf carts, complete with hard doors, seatbelts, heating, radio and a safety beacon, to supplement and possibly replace the Safewalk program.“We’re all very open to the idea of [O’SNAP] possibly and hopefully replacing Safewalk in the future,” Vidal said. “In terms of increased efficiency, it’s just going to create a whole other level. Safewalk has done a fantastic job over the years, but we really hope that this is kind of going to be an amp up, and it will essentially encompass what nightly escort means on campus.”Vidal said the funding for the project, totaling $31,760 (approximately $16,000 per cart), came from excess money allocated for the 2013-2014 Coccia-Joyce administration, so the this project’s finances will not infringe upon student government’s budget for the upcoming school year. She said the Financial Management Board unanimously approved the funding at a meeting Tuesday evening.Vidal said the new service will act primarily as a late night responsive taxi service for students if they do not feel safe or do not want to walk back to their dorms in inclement weather.“These vehicles will kind of serve as a taxi service for students, so they will be a response team,” she said. “They’re not for abuse, [though]. They’re not for people who are like ‘Oh, I’m too lazy to walk to main circle.’ But really when it’s cold or really late at night, it would be a service for students to use.”NDSP Sergeant Tracy Skibins said both Safewalk and O’SNAP place a primary emphasis on student safety and going forward, she said she hopes O’SNAP will be a more popular, widely used system.“The current Safewalk program and the new proposed program both have safety as the [number one] goal,” Skibins said. “Getting students from one part of campus to another, safely. The main difference between the current program and the new program is that the new program should be more efficient and more easily accessible. We also hope that it will become popular and more students will want to utilize it, and use it more often.”Devine said the program is a tangible way to help fight violence and sexual assault and continue the work of student body president emeritus Alex Coccia and vice president emeritus Nancy Joyce.“Alex and Nancy made great headway with the One is Too Many Campaign and we thought this would be a way to not only popularize a service that’s already on campus, but really contribute to students feeling safe,” he said.Student government director of gender issues freshman Kristen Loehle said after researching similar transportation systems at other schools, she believes O’SNAP will help create a safer campus environment.“I think O’SNAP will be effective in reducing the occurrence of any type of late night violence, and it will help to maintain a safe night time environment across campus for now and the years to come,” she said.Through this branding, student government director of constituent services junior Jack McKeon said the new program aims to be more readily accessible to all students.“I think that with the right amount of exposure, the new program will be very successful,” McKeon said. “One of the main downfalls of the Safewalk program was that few people knew about it, and even fewer knew when and where they operated. With the new program we will ensure it will be easy to locate and contact.”Student government director of residence life junior Brent Murphy said increased use of the new program would also aid in creating a safer environment.“I think that O’SNAP especially grew out of this feeling that if we could introduce changes to the program that would increase its use, then it could be an extremely effective tool in promoting safety on campus,” Murphy said. “And so far, everyone that has heard about the project has seemed to agree.”Skibins said student government and NDSP still need to solidify the details of the program before its full implementation, but NDSP student employees will staff the new program, just as they do with Safewalk.Vidal said student government will continue to work on the project over the summer and hope it will be fully operational for freshman orientation and the beginning of football season.“We really want it to be available in the fall so we can show first-year students safety is a primary concern here, and so we’re addressing it and here’s how we’re doing it,” she said. “Hopefully it’s popular and it’ll be used a lot.”Tags: increased student safety, late-night student transportation, O’SNAP, SafeWalk, student nighttime auxiliary patrollast_img read more

Higgins Labor Program examines social justice, labor rights

first_imgTags: Center for Social Concerns, Dan Graff, Higgins Labor Program, Labor Cafe What are the origins of Labor Day? What is a just wage? How are racial justice and workers’ rights intertwined? These are all questions one might discuss for project or discussion group sponsored by the Higgins Labor Program, part of the Center for Social Concerns.According to the Center for Social Concerns’ website, the Higgins Labor Program “sponsors research, education and dialogue on issues involving work, opportunity, and social justice” and was named for Monsignor George Higgins, a priest and laborers’ rights activist.The program is sponsoring several projects and groups this semester to investigate both contemporary and historical labor rights’ issues. Dan Graff, professor of history and director of the Higgins Labor Program, said he and Clemens Sedmak, a visiting professor of community engagement at the Center for Social Concerns, are forming a working group to study the just wage. The program will also sponsor research about the past of the labor rights movement and its Catholic roots, he said.“The U.S. labor movement historically has had a really strong Catholic component to it, and still many labor leaders in the United States are practicing or raised Roman Catholic,” Graff said. “The Higgins Labor Program is in the very beginnings of undertaking a project to do an oral history of Catholic labor leaders.”In addition to these projects, the program sponsors the Labor Café, a discussion group that meets to discuss issues facing modern day laborers, Graff said.“The most casual program we run is called the Labor Café,” Graff said. “Every couple weeks on a Friday afternoon, anybody in the Notre Dame community gathers with interest in talking about a contemporary labor concern.”The program also brings in speakers to discuss various modern-day labor concerns and share their knowledge as part of the Research, Advocacy and Policy Series.“We ask a member of the Notre Dame community or sometimes a visitor to give a talk on a topic of their expertise over lunch, and we have two of those scheduled for each semester,” Graff said. “The two this fall both raise questions about the place of government in regulating in regulating the economy.”The program also plans on participating in the racial justice events happening on campus.“We’re going to do something, probably after the election — definitely after fall break — about some kind of black labor matters theme,” Graff said. “It’ll be participating in this broader campaign. I know student government is doing a bunch of stuff around race relations and promoting dialogue and equality, so it’ll be integrating with those efforts.”Overall, the program seeks to remind people of the importance of work and its human face, Graff said.“We cast our net widely,” he said. “A lot of our efforts are around educating folks, reminding people of the centrality of work to the human condition and raising awareness of that.”last_img read more

Columnists discuss Trump’s election

first_imgIn a discussion entitled “What does Trump’s election mean?” held Thursday night at the Hesburgh Center for International Relations, New York Times columnist Ross Douthat and Wall Street Journal columnist William Galston discussed the reasons behind Donald Trump’s election, as well as its implications.“The beauty of it is that you can reasonably link it to anything you please,” said Douthat.Douthat, a self-described “conservative writing at a liberal paper,” said there were three tensions that helped Trump get elected.“First, there was a tension within the Republican Party between ideological conservatism and populism,” he said.Douthat described how there has always been a battle in the Republican Party between ideological conservatives and “heartland populists.” He said this election marked the occasion where the latter overtook the former.“The party wanted to move in a libertarian direction, the heartland wanted a populist, right wing welfare state,” he said. “There was a split between what voters and party elites wanted. Large swathes of the electorate did not want a conservative.”Douthat’s second tension was within the Democratic coalition. He said there have been two main forces on the American left in recent years: cosmopolitanism — or globalization — and egalitarianism.“There was this idea that liberalism didn’t have to pick,” he said.Douthat said this approach didn’t work, and many egalitarian voters went for Trump.Finally, Douthat said, Trump benefited from a tension within western civilization itself — the idea that the end of the Cold War represented the triumph of liberal democracy and “the end of history” with “natural human discontent and boredom with stagnation.” Douthat specifically pointed to economic stagnation as a driving factor behind Trump’s win.“There was a willingness to upset the apple card,” he said.The conversation then turned to Galston, a self-described “liberal working at a conservative paper.”“The U.S. was part of a much broader populist trend,” he said. “The result was populist with American characteristics.”Galston pointed to economics as the driving factor behind Trump’s victory, and noted the American economy has been in a state of recovery since the mid-2009.“For middle-class Americans, this is a lost decade,” he said.Galston also noted that median household incomes haven’t risen since 1999.“For middle-class Americans, this has been a lost generation,” he said. “The American Dream is this idea that you live a little better than you started, but your children live much better than you did. Now, the American Dream is less credible.”Galston also discussed how America’s global role factored into the election. He described Trump’s ability to tap into feelings that other countries have taken advantage of the United States through trade and alliances.“There was a sense that Uncle Sam has become Uncle Sucker,” he said.Tags: 2016 Election, Donald Trump, New York Times, Wall Street Journallast_img read more

Harper Cancer Research Institute works in pursuit of cure

first_imgSince its formation in 2011, the Mike and Josie Harper Cancer Research Institute has been integrative and collaborative in its founding principles. Originally presented as an intentional partnership between the University and the Indiana School of Medicine – South Bend according to the Institutes’s website, the Institute has encouraged the fusion of differences in subject, education and background in order to create new and effective tools to fight against cancer. “Many Indiana School of Medicine – South Bend medical students have cancer research labs and request that Notre Dame post-doctorates and undergraduates actually perform the research,” Angela Cavalieri, the Institute’s external relations and special events program coordinator, said. Scientists from across disciplines — including biologists, engineers, mathematicians and psychologists — gather together at Harper in order to solve complex problems surrounding cancer investigation, Stewart Bullock, associate director of the Institute, said. He said the Institute prides itself on utilizing the combined knowledge of interconnected subject areas as it drives forward in innovation. “Here, we have biologists researching alongside engineers,” Bullock said. In practice, this multi-faceted association among different disciplines is crucial to cancer research innovation, Bullock said. For example, he said, detecting tumors in their earliest stages of development is necessary to terminating the cancer before it spreads throughout the body.“A biologist or biochemist may be able to detect a tumor in the body, but simply knowing it exists doesn’t help anyone,” he said. Likewise, Bullock said, an engineer has the capability to build machines that have the potential to detect these tumors early in their growth, but would need help from a biologist.“Without the biologist, the engineer does not know what signals their machine should look for,” he said. The connection between the biologist and engineer is essential to discovering the full solution to many cancer questions, and Bullock said the Harper Cancer Research Institute has always built their studies on this principle. “This is the direction toward which cancer research as a whole is headed, and since its opening, the Harper Cancer Research Institute has fostered this model,” he said. Founder Mike Harper provided funding for the institute in honor of his late wife, Josie Harper, who died after her own battle with cancer, Bullock said. “Mike Harper was a South Bend native, and actually used to sell hot dogs in the Notre Dame football stadium before becoming the CEO of Tulsa,” he said. “He was approached by the University to make a gift to the University which could be both privately and publicly funded.”Anyone who would like to become involved in the Harper Cancer Research Institute can attend the Notre Dame women’s rowing team’s annual “ergathon,”  which will benefit the Institute, Friday, Cavalieri said.“This event will be held from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, and the proceeds will fund pancreatic cancer research,” she said. In addition to student-led events, Cavalieri said faculty involved with the Harper Cancer Research Institute also offer lectures and presentations to share their findings. “On Sept. 13, we are hosting a community seminar series regarding breast cancer at the Indiana School of Medicine – South Bend,” she said. Any undergraduate student interested in supporting the Institute through research development can explore the Harper Cancer Research Institute website and find the faculty members who match their academic passions. “Undergraduates who strive to conduct research alongside their professors, postdoctorates and researchers can access them directly through our website,” Cavalieri said.Each person involved in cancer research dedicates themselves diligently to solve the complex issues surrounding the disease, Cavalieri said.“Our objective here is to go out of business,” she said. “If we cure cancer, we can all go home.”Tags: cancer, Harper Cancer Research Institute, research, sciencelast_img read more

Police investigating ‘potential homicide’ near off-campus rowing team boathouse

first_imgThe St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit is investigating a “potential homicide” near a Notre Dame rowing team boathouse off campus, an email Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) sent to the Notre Dame community Saturday said.The incident occured between 3:30 and 4 a.m. Saturday in the Governor Joseph Kernan Park parking lot. The lot is next to the McConnell Family Boathouse, which the University’s rowing teams use.According to a South Bend Tribune report, St. Joseph County metro homicide unit commander Tim Corbett said the victim was a black man who appeared to be in his 30s and died as a result of a shooting. The report also said police “apparently” have access to video of the shooting from boathouse cameras.An individual who was with the victim when the alleged homicide occurred “has not yet been located,” the email said, and there is no information on the suspect.Those with information can contact the County Metro Homicide Unit at 574-235-5009 or the Michiana Crime Stoppers at 574-288-STOP (7867).Safety tips are available at http://ndsp.nd.edu/crime-prevention-and-safety/Tags: homicide, McConnell Family Boathouse, ND Rowing, Notre Dame Rowing, St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unitlast_img read more

Student body presidential candidates: Carlston Chang and Kevin O’Leary

first_imgWho they are:After being revived last year, this year’s freshmen Zahm ticket for student body president and vice president features freshmen Carlston Chang and Kevin O’Leary. Chang, a finance major from Honolulu, Hawaii, is the candidate for president, and O’Leary, a theology and history major from Plainfield, Ill., is his running mate.Chang said his role on the campaign is mainly “reaching out to students, listening to their concerns and understanding what needs to be changed and how [they’re] going to do that,” while O’Leary said his job is a “combination of listening to what people have to say and blowing their minds.”Top Priority: Transparency and freedomFor O’Leary, the transparency goal is twofold — or two-ply, as it were. Not only did he note that transparency is key for any student government, he also pointed out “the transparency of our toilet paper situation is just despicable.” “I can see through the toilet paper, and that’s just a problem,” he said, explaining that the Chang-O’Leary ticket will continue the fight for two-ply toilet paper that sophomores Andrew Gannon and Mark Moran started last year. Chang’s top priority, he said, is freedom. That’s why he wants to create a free shuttle from campus to Meijer on Fridays “so students can access groceries,” he said.Best Idea: Replacing Columbus with Jenkins in the Gregori MuralsChang and O’Leary are running a crowdsourcing campaign, allowing students throughout Notre Dame to suggest what they feel will be the best ways to serve to community. One idea O’Leary said he feels would reduce tensions on campus would be “a compromise of sorts” about the Columbus murals in Main Building. “Rather than taking the murals down or fully covering them up, we suggest just replacing Columbus with a selection of tasteful selfies from [University President Fr. John] Jenkins,” he said. “Possibly called the ‘Dankins Murals,’ which — we’re still working on the name, but we think that would solve the problem.”Worst Idea: TIE — Trial by combat OCS hearings and introducing greater diversity in water-borne illnessesO’Leary explained that the seriousness of the suggested OCS trials by combat would depend on the seriousness of the situation, ranging from hand-to-hand combat to swordfights. “My hope is ‘Gladiator,’ but the University will probably talk us down to ‘West Side Story,’” O’Leary said. Chang said he believes “the main point for trial by combat OCS hearings is that something needs to change,” but it is highly unlikely that the University will re-evaluate the hearings given the chance for student injuries and deaths if it were to implement this idea. Another goal that poses a danger to student health is to increase the diversity in water-borne illnesses on campus. While advocating for greater diversity at Notre Dame is often a strong point of tickets’ platforms, in this case, Chang’s goal of “introducing salmonella so that the e-coli in our water are not lonely anymore,” is a terrible idea.Most Feasible: Numbered dining hall tablesO’Leary said he and Chang “think it would be cool if you [could] text your friends like, ‘Oh, hey, we’re sitting at Table 16, come join us.’ That would be so much handier.” Simple, and doable.Least Feasible: Fr. Pete McCormick as the next BachelorAlthough senior campaign manager Alex Bonino has already come up with a hashtag — #SweetPete — for the director of Campus Ministry’s run as the lead on the ABC reality show “The Bachelor,” this might be tough to accomplish. For example, the fact that McCormick is a priest complicates the relationship aspect of the show. However, Bonino said he believes this added drama is exactly what will convince producers to give McCormick a shot at love. “Obviously a big deal has been made about [current Bachelor Colton Underwood’s] virginity this season, and we think we could really even take that to the next level with Fr. Pete,” Bonino said. “Celibacy is the next virginity.”Bottom Line:Chang and O’Leary are trying to bring some levity to the annual student government election, and they are succeeding. Under the guidance of Bonino and sophomore campaign manager Andrew Gannon, last year’s Zahm candidate for student body president, the two have put together a platform that puts student desires first while also respecting the rules of an election campaign. “It’s really astoundingly easy to follow all the rules, we’ve found out,” Bonino said. “It’s kind of stunning that we were the only platform able to do that last year, and obviously we’re going to do the same this year because ‘good, clean fun’ is our motto.”Tags: 2019 Student Government Election, Carlston Chang, Kevin O’Leary, Student Government Elections Insiderlast_img read more

International Justice Mission hosts StandUP campaign to end world slavery

first_imgChristopher Parker | The Observer International Justice Mission at Notre Dame set up a table in LaFortune Student Center on Tuesday in order to spread awareness about the practice of modern slavery.Marshall said IJM takes many diverse approaches to combat slavery.“They work to get people out of slavery physically through rescue missions, but also through work with the justice systems in the countries that they’re in so that the people have the police on their side,” she said. “That way, those who have slaves are put into jail.”Marshall said she founded the club at Notre Dame after learning about IJM in high school and realizing the University did not offer anything similar. The Notre Dame chapter of IJM supports the greater organization in any way they can, Marshall said. IJM asks that its college chapters host at least two campaigns each year.“We help them through three main missions: advocacy, fundraising and prayer,” Marshall said. ”The SpeakUP campaign is our advocacy event for the year. We had a prayer service at the beginning of the year, and then we had something called Freedom Fast in November where people could fast for 24 hours and raise money while they fast.”Spring is budget season in Congress, which is why the timing of the SpeakUP campaign is so critical, Marshall said.“Every year, Congress has to vote on whether they’re going to fund the End Modern Slavery Initiative Act,” she said. “We’re trying to make it so that people at Notre Dame, either over Twitter or email, contact their congressperson and tell them to vote to continue to fund it. We want to make sure that that money is included in the budget every year.”IJM at Notre Dame has made it as easy as possible for students to contact their local representatives, she said.“We have a number that you can text that will bring you to a link that lets you tweet or email your congressperson,” she said. “You don’t even have to look them up. You just say where you’re from, and it’ll look up the person for you. It takes one or two minutes.”Students can text “ABOLISH” to 52887 to get in contact with their congressperson. The next event from the Notre Dame IJM club will be a showing of a new documentary about the organization’s work in the Montgomery Auditorium in LaFortune Student Center on March 27 at 6:30 p.m. Food will be served.Tags: human trafficking, International Justice Mission, modern day slavery The Notre Dame chapter of International Justice Mission (IJM) held their SpeakUP campaign against modern slavery and human trafficking in LaFortune Student Center on Tuesday.IJM is a nonprofit that advocates for the end of the practice of slavery worldwide while raising money for the cause. Sophomore Malia Marshall, co-founder and co-president of IJM at Notre Dame, said the organization advocates for justice for the poor.“The poor around the world are obviously the most vulnerable to the threat of slavery,” she said. “They’ve got fewer employment options and less power to use their voices. Around the world, there’s still millions of slaves.”last_img read more