Any Notre Dame football fan knows the excitement and chaos of game day in South Bend. From tailgating to watching the band, from the end zone to the press box, it is impossible for one person to see it all — unless that person has a smart phone with access to the free LiveShare application by Cooliris. Through a partnership between the Notre Dame Alumni Association and the computer software and online media company Cooliris, Notre Dame fans around the world can now experience game day in real time by uploading, sharing and viewing game day photos in an online gallery. The project, spearheaded by senior Ashmi Pathela, enables fans without tickets to participate in the excitement by keeping a finger on the refresh key of their computer and watching updated shots of the game. Photos of all game day activities are streamed online and are available through the mobile application or through the Alumni Association’s Facebook page, Pathela said. “The app is really awesome because game day is so busy and you want to be everywhere at once, so it gives you a chance to see what’s going on all over,” Pathela said. “It connects the students, alumni and fans at a higher level.” Pathela said that LiveShare gives fans a chance to be everywhere at once on campus. “For example, Rudy was visiting and signing his book at the bookstore [during USC weekend], and so people got to see photos uploaded of him in the stream and could head to the bookstore if they wanted to see him in person,” she said. Notre Dame is the second university in the United States, after Stanford, to utilize LiveShare in this way, Pathela said. “It’s a good way to keep up our ranking as number one in social media usage,” she said. The app was launched during USC weekend and 230 photos were added to the stream on game day, Pathela said. Fans uploaded photos from high in the stands, showing the band formation, as well as shots from the student section and the field. Statistics from the Alumni Association reveal that the number of weekly active users increased by 5,306, and post views during game week increased by 98 percent. The application was initially publicized most strongly to alumni, but Pathela said there are plans to spread awareness to students. “For the USC game we focused on publicizing to alumni mainly — especially those attending the game — to upload pictures if attending or view the photos if not,” Pathela said. “In the future, we would like to extend more marketing to students.” In order to get the word out to alumni, the project relied on other forms of social media. “We sent an email about it to all alumni ticket-holders for the game as well as an e-newsletter via ND Today,” Pathela said. “We also posted about the app on the official Facebook pages of the Alumni Association and the University.” Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist also tweeted about the LiveShare app Oct. 21, spreading the information to his 12,000 Twitter followers. The free application can be found by searching “LiveShare by Cooliris” in either the Apple or Android application markets.
The manager of North Dining Hall at Notre Dame has been arrested and charged with incest and sexual misconduct with a minor, according to an ABC 57 report published Monday.The manager, Jose Cortes, allegedly had inappropriate sexual contact with “a relative under the age of 16,” according to the report, which also claimed Cortes admitted to several instances of “inappropriately touching” the girl. The report said the girl is either 14 or 15 years old.University spokesperson Dennis Brown said in an email that Notre Dame has placed Cortes on leave while the case progresses.Tags: arrests, North Dining Hall, sexual misconduct
After an anonymous whistleblower reported a concern in August to the House of Representatives and Senate Intelligence Committees about U.S. President Donald Trump soliciting foreign interference to better his chances in the 2020 election, the complaint was eventually passed along to the Justice Department.From there, on Sept. 24, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry into Trump for his dealings with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.The anonymous whistleblower claims Trump threatened to cut off Ukraine’s foreign aid if the government did not cooperate in the investigation of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. The possibility of impeachment has elicited strong responses throughout the political world, not excluding Notre Dame’s campus.Though the charges facing the president are serious, Dominic Ferrante, senior and president of Notre Dame’s College Republicans, said he is not worried for Trump. “It’s going to come to nothing in the end. I don’t think the House will even end up taking an impeachment vote on it,” Ferrante said. ”On the off chance that the House does vote on it, I think the vote will fail.” First year John Ferletic, a College Republicans officer, said he doesn’t see the recent attempts to impeach the President as legitimate or threatening to his presidency.”Even if the President is impeached by the House, I don’t see an outcome at the moment where the Senate would remove him from office,” Ferletic said.Before voting on impeachment articles, the House of Representatives must investigate the claim regarding the president’s alleged misconduct and determine whether an impeachable offense was committed.If the House votes to impeach Trump, he will then be tried in the Senate. While former U.S. Presidents Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were both impeached by the House of Representatives, both were acquitted by the Senate and thus remained in office.Though no official vote has been held on the matter, the House Intelligence Committee is currently conducting an official investigation into the whistleblower’s claims. The impeachment process is long and complicated, and requires both the majority of the House and two-thirds of the Senate to support the action.Ferrante said he is unconcerned about the allegation having a negative effect on Trump’s chances in the 2020 election.“It certainly won’t do any harm. It could potentially ignite the President’s supporters,” Ferrante said. ”I think most of President Trump’s supporters see this as more of the same, more constant attacks by the Democrats to delegitimize President Trump in any way they can.” Ferrante criticized Pelosi and the Democrats for initiating the impeachment inquiry. “They are afraid that none of their candidates can beat President Trump in the 2020 election,” he said. ”I think this is just an attempt to weaken the President and make him vulnerable in that year.”Senior Sheila Gregory, president of Notre Dame’s College Democrats, believes the investigation will reveal damning evidence against President Trump.“Any number of actions President Trump has taken could have been impeachable offenses” Gregory said. ”I think we are on the verge of an avalanche of information.”Gregory said she believes the impeachment inquiry could negatively affect the President’s chance of re-election. “I think an investigation like this will only serve to hurt the president,” Gregory said. ”He is incapable of staying on message in situations like these and when what people see on the news every night is that the President of the United States committed crimes, that will not bode well for his chances.” Gregory said the Democratic party opened the investigation not to gain any advantage in 2020, but instead to “uphold the laws of this nation, and investigate and punish wrongdoing when they occur.”“The House Democrats are fulfilling their duty to this country by holding the President accountable for his crimes,” Gregory said. Sophomore Brigid Harrington, vice president of College Democrats, said the issue of impeachment is of grave importance.“As such, any action must be taken with considerable caution,” Harrington said. ”At the same time, the American people deserve to know what transpired during President Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian President, and if there was any potential wrongdoing. I believe that Speaker Pelosi has been effective in taking both of these important considerations into account.”Tags: College Democrats, College Republicans, President Donald Trump
The student body senate passed a resolution Wednesday formally requesting that the University eliminate single-use plastic on campus. The resolution was drawn up by junior student body vice president Patrick McGuire and sophomore director of sustainability Juliette Kelley. The resolution calls on the University to permanently halt the sale and provision of all single-use plastics across campus. This includes single-use plastic containers, water bottles, straws and bags available at facilities such as Grab ‘n Go, Duncan Student Center restaurants, the Hammes Bookstore and other locations. The resolution reasoned the University has already begun the process of eliminating single use plastic through the distribution and use of Ozzi reusable food containers and reusable water bottles. Before the resolution passed, senior and Keough senator James Bathon recommended adding a period of time for the University to phase out the current structure to the resolution.“Just putting a hard stop [to the use of single-use plastic] could be very, very drastic on the system,” he said.Sophomore and Keenan senator Luke Sheridan-Rabideau agreed the transition would be difficult but said the transition period is not as important as the issue itself.“I feel like we are not necessarily imposing a hard stop on them,’’ Sheridan-Rabideau said. “I think we are sending a message that this is something we want to happen,”After further questioning, the resolution passed. In an interview after the senate meeting, Kelley said the changes peer institutions have recently implemented really prompted the drafting of this resolution.“Vanderbilt was a big one,” she said. “They got rid of all plastic wattle bottles on campus.”Further statistics and sources used in the drafting of the resolution came from research reflecting action at Purdue University, which is piloting a reusable silverware campaign, and Princeton University, which has eliminated the use of plastic straws. Kelley also wanted to engage the senate and the student body with this resolution.“So the hope is to bring [the resolution] to the forefront of people’s attention, that this is something that is going on on campus, and we can keep moving forward with it,” she said.Kelley has spoken to members of the administration regarding the issue, conversing with departments such as Campus Dining, including Campus Dining senior director Chris Abayasinghe, as well Office of Sustainability personnel such as senior director of sustainability Carol Mullaney and associate program manager Caitlin Jacobs. “They’ve been working really hard to take some steps like getting rid of plastic straws and introducing reusable containers in places like Garbanzo,” Kelley said. “So hearing from them and the stuff they have been working towards with this was really cool. I thought it would be great to advertise some of it in senate and put forth in trying to support more of these initiatives.” This resolution would mainly apply to food services on campus. Chain restaurants such as Starbucks would be impacted differently should the University implement this change.“This would primarily affect places that are Notre Dame Campus Dining,” Kelley said. “So Modern Market and Grab ‘n Go are kinda the two big places where I see this having an impact. Whereas those places [chain restaurants], because they are under a third party contractor, would be more difficult to influence.”Kelley also said these dining options are currently being affected as the University works toward the elimination of plastic straws and taking up more sustainability initiatives. Additionally, the Office of Sustainability’s comprehensive sustainability strategy includes the goals of “decreasing unnecessary individual water bottle use on campus” and “increasing single-stream recycling rate to approach the overall University 2030 waste diversion goal of 67%.” Kelley said she hopes the resolution itself will inspire change on campus from the University and also the student body.“I have seen resolutions like this make waves,” she said.She spoke of the “Meatless Mondays” resolution that came from last year’s Department of Sustainability, which suspended the serving of meat in dining halls on Mondays but “fell off.’’However, Kelley has hope this resolution will catch on.“I think the most important thing is it starts the discussion in the administration,” she said. “Whether anything will come of it, I don’t know. If it does, it will probably be a very slow process, but we’ve already seen them making progress so hopefully this will help that continue.”Tags: Senate, single-use plastics, sustainability
A Notre Dame employee has been charged with first-degree murder while armed in Washington, D.C., court documents state.Prosecutors allege Nijinsky Dix shot and killed her ex-boyfriend, 44-year-old Terry Hickman.Dix serves as the director of TRiO programs at Notre Dame, which coordinates tutoring and educational resources to South Bend schools.Paul Browne, vice president for public affairs and communications at Notre Dame, confirmed Dix’s employment at the University to The Observer.“The University is aware of her arrest and will cooperate with law enforcement as appropriate,” Browne said in a statement to The Observer.The Metropolitan Police Department responded to a report of a woman with a gun and the sound of gunshots around 5:30 p.m. Saturday on 1001 4th Street Southwest in Washington, D.C., according to court documents.Witnesses at the scene stated they heard sounds of gunshots and then a woman yelling, “Help, help, oh my God.”While searching the building, officers entered an apartment and found Hickman unresponsive with multiple gunshot wounds. Court documents state he was pronounced dead at the scene.When officers entered the residence, they found Dix kneeling at Hickman’s feet, holding a handgun in her left hand. Officers ordered her to drop the weapon, and she dropped the firearm.Officers heard another voice while on the scene and realized a cell phone was making a call. The person on the line said she was Dix’s mother. Court documents state Dix’s mother said Dix had called her and said, “He pushed me, and I shot him.”Dix’s cell phone case, which officers obtained at the scene, contained her driver’s license and a Notre Dame identification card.EMS staff reported Dix had an abrasion to her inside lower left lip but otherwise appeared to have no injuries. A medical examiner told officers Dix complained of pain in her back but did not report trauma. According to court documents, Dix also told the medical examiner she blacked out for a period and reported loss of memory.When questioned by detectives, Dix could not answer questions about her date of birth, age, address, which state she resides in or how she came to be in Washington, D.C. Court documents state Dix asked detectives several times for information to help jog her memory.Detectives showed Dix a photo of Hickman, to which she began crying and responded, “Please make sure he is gone, make sure he is not near me, make sure Terry not near me,” court documents said.Hickman’s next-of-kin told officers Dix was stalking Hickman after a three-month relationship between the two ended in May. Court documents state Hickman’s next-of-kin told detectives Hickman was in the process of moving to Chicago and found someone new.Tags: first degree murder, Metropolitan Police Department, TRiO programs
Breakfast with Mugabe officially opens on January 12. The off-Broadway transfer, directed by David Shookoff, will play a limited engagement through March 2 at The Lion Theatre (at Theatre Row). The show previously appeared at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center. Written by Fraser Grace, the production is inspired by accounts that Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, who was severely depressed, sought treatment from a white psychiatrist. Breakfast with Mugabe explores the tension between contemporary ideas and ancient beliefs and the question of whether those who were colonized can live with their former subjugators. The cast features Ezra Barnes, Michael Rogers, Rosalyn Coleman and Che Ayende. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 2, 2014 Related Shows Breakfast With Mugabe View Comments The Breakfast with Mugabe creative team includes set design by Lee Savage, costume design by Teresa Snider-Stein, lighting design by Joyce Liao and sound design by Colin Whitely.
Tony and Oscar nominee Kathleen Turner will return to London’s West End this spring to headline the European premiere of Stephen Sachs’ Bakersfield Mist. Turner will star opposite Tony and Olivier winner Ian McDiarmid in the two-hander comedy. Directed by Polly Teale, the play will run at the Duchess Theatre from May 10 through August 30. Opening night is scheduled for May 27. Turner received Tony nominations for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, which transferred to London’s West End after its 2005 Broadway run, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. She has also appeared on Broadway in The Graduate and Indiscretions and directed the off-Broadway revival of Crimes of the Heart. Turner received an Oscar nomination for her performance in Peggy Sue Got Married. Her other screen credits include Monster House, Serial Mom, Prizzi’s Honor, Body Heat, War of the Roses and Californication. Inspired by true events, Bakersfield Mist is about Maude, a fifty-something unemployed bartender, who has bought a painting for a few bucks from the thrift store. Despite almost trashing it, she now thinks it’s a Jackson Pollock worth millions. In fact she’s certain it is. But when world-class art expert Lionel Percy flies over from New York and arrives at her trailer park home in Bakersfield to authenticate the painting, he really has no idea what he is about to discover. McDiarmid is most famous for his role as Darth Sidious/Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars film series. He received a Tony Award for 2006’s Faith Healer and an Olivier Award for his performance in Terry Johnson’s Insignificance. McDiarmid appeared most recently in the title role of John Gabriel Borkman at the Donmar Theatre in London. Bakersfield Mist will feature scenic design by Tom Piper, lighting design by Oliver Fenwick and sound design by Jon Nicholls. View Comments
Related Shows The hit Broadway jazz revue After Midnight is packed with toe-tapping Duke Ellington songs—so it seems apropos that West 47th Street, where the Tony-nominated musical plays, should be renamed Duke Ellington Way! This is exactly what happened on June 4, and in honor of the unveiling of the new street sign, Ellington’s granddaughter Mercedes and the company invited the whole audience outside for an impromptu parade. Check out these snapshots of the stars celebrating, then see After Midnight on Duke Ellington Way! Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014 View Comments After Midnight
Matthew Morrison is intending to return to the Great White Way in 2015 after he finishes up with the last season of Glee. “We’re working on something. It’s a brand new show,” the Tony nominee revealed to E! Online. This only fuels speculation that Morrison will be leading the upcoming production of Finding Neverland, which will open on April 8, 2015 at the Lunt Fontanne. “I’m looking forward to getting back on stage,” Morrison admitted. “Those are my roots. My heart is on the stage.” Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016 Related Shows View Comments Finding Neverland The recently married Morrison was Tony-nominated for The Light In The Piazza. His other Broadway credits include Footloose, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Hairspray and South Pacific. He starred in an industry-only workshop of Finding Neverland in New York in late March.
Performances will run through December 31. This year Radio City Music Hall will be decked out for the season and the Rockettes will shine in a new finale that transforms the theater into a glistening winter wonderland. The Rockettes modern SNOW choreography combined with crystalline costumes is inspired by the snowflakes swirling over the audience, in a whirling dance of their own. Christmas Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes View Comments Related Shows That most wonderful time of year is officially here! The Rockettes begin performances in the 87th anniversary of Radio City Christmas Spectacular on November 7. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 5, 2020