SMC club holds Sociology Week

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s sociology department is holding its annual Sociology Week — which kicked off Monday and runs through Friday. According to Colleen Lowry, a member of Sociology Club, the week began with a viewing of the movie “Love Actually” in Vander Vennet Theater with a discussion afterwards about the topics in the movie. Tie-Dye day is Tuesday in the vending machine area of McCandless Hall. Dr. Carrie Erlin, an assistant professor of sociology at the College, will discuss her research over lunch in Conference Room A of the Student Center from noon to 1 p.m. Her research is centered around “extreme [Chicago] Bears fans,” Lowry said. Thursday is Sociology Appreciation Day. “Look for girls on campus wearing their Sociology T-shirts and ask them anything you have ever wanted to know about Sociology,” Lowry said. To wrap up the week, there will be breakfast in the sociology department from 8 to 11 a.m. where students can talk to professors about a major in the subject as well as classes offered by the department. Events were chosen based from response to activities in previous years. “The club members held a meeting and chose the events for the week together based on what has been popular in previous years and what we were all interested in putting on this year,” Lowry said. The club wanted to bring together what would be enjoyable for students, but also informative for them as well. “These events were picked because they are all fun ways to incorporate sociological discussions into activities that everyone can enjoy,” Lowry said. “The movie was followed with a sociological discussion about family dynamics and the Sociological Awareness day was promoted by hanging flyers all over campus to educate students about other sociological topics and current events.” The festivities are an attempt to raise awareness for the major and courses offered at the College. “We are hoping to get our name out there more as a major and just to generally promote the classes taught by our great professors,” Lowry said. “The club hopes that everyone that attended even one of our events will begin to use their sociological imagination to see the world.” Lowry said the week is important for students because it “is about them.” “We want [students] to love and appreciate sociology and get insight into the great classes they can take here at Saint Mary’s,” she said. In addition to promoting the department, the club also wants students to learn about basic topics covered in sociology. “We also want to spread the message of our great club, great department and great classes,” Lowry said. “Getting students to enjoy learning about these topics with a variety of sociological learning experiences is the main goal of this week.”last_img read more

Dominic Romeo | Philip Hootsmans

first_imgWho they are: While junior Dominic Romeo, a resident of Duncan Hall, lacks student government experience, his involvement at Notre Dame has ranged from walking onto the football team, leading marketing for The Shirt Project, going on an ISSLP in Tanzania and spending the fall semester in Beijing. Junior Philip Hootsmans, former vice president of Keenan Hall, also studied in Beijing and is a member of the rugby team. The candidates said they plan to build off their simple platform with ideas garnered directly from students. “We picture ourselves more of a pipeline, I guess, for students to get what the want,” Hootsmans said.  First priority: Romeo said he would pick students’ brains through three avenues in his first week in office: open office hours, student focus groups and a combination of an online forum and a blog.  “At the end of the week we’re going to put all these issues that were posited on a ballot,” Romeo said. “We’re going to send that out to the student body and we’re going to have them give us their feedback as to which they find most important. Based on a ranking, we’re going to develop a plan of action.” Top priority: Romeo said he does not see one issue as his top concern because his ticket intends to prioritize based on student feedback. “I don’t have a concrete [top priority] because if I’m going to give you one it’s going to disregard the whole premise of our platform, which is to get the students’ feedback to find out what that is,” Romeo said. “ Hootsmans said there was one issue the candidates would insist be addressed. “I think equality is a very big thing for us. It’s hard to avoid the issue because you have [GLBTQ] friends and you hear those stories,” he said. “That’s a big thing for us, making sure the [student organization] gets pushed through.” Best idea: Open office hours, student focus groups and a concert the day of a night football game. Worst idea: Decentralizing an already large and complex entity like student government could successfully empower interested students to tackle issues directly but could also result in greater inefficiency and more red tape. Most feasible: Expanding printing to all academic buildings, putting battery recycling bins in all dorms. Least feasible: Bringing bigger acts to B1 Block Party – programmed through Legends, not student government – and distributing weekly student government newsletters. Memorable quote: “There’s nothing more beautiful than driving down ND Avenue, looking at the Dome and feeling at home. People being excluded from that community because of factors outside their control, be it the fact that they’re members of the LGBTQ community, be it that they’re ethnic minorities, be it the fact that they’re from foreign countries, be it the fact they’re from economically less privileged families or they’re handicapped or for whatever reason, it’s tragic to us.” – Romeo Fun facts: When Romeo and his family (recently) went to Disneyland, his family wore a different matching t-shirt each day. Hootsmans has three passports: one South African, one Dutch and one American. Bottom line: While the ticket’s lack of student government experience may be a concern, the candidates bring a refreshing level of enthusiasm. With a broad range of experiences on and off campus, they have exceptional insight into the broad interests of students. Their vision for student government serving as a purely representative system offers an opportunity for students to reengage with the sometimes-removed organization.last_img read more

SMC establishes Comedy Creators improv club

first_imgSaint Mary’s recently established an improvisational club called Comedy Creators, or C-Squared.  This club stands as the new sister club to the Notre Dame Humor Artists, co-creator and junior Megan Steron said.  The founders’ love for making others laugh inspired the club, Steron said.  “Comedy Creators was developed to be a low-key, approachable and self-esteem-building opportunity for anyone interested – with or without experience,” Steron said.  “It is a misconception that improv is extremely difficult and scary, so I wanted to diminish that idea.”  Steron said there is a strict open-door policy at C-Squared, as well as a good community environment. The meetings are started with warm-ups and simple exercises to make the improv games easier for their new attendees. “It does not matter if your schedule only allows you to come once a month, for an hour only, or even the last 30 minutes,” Steron said. “We are an optional stress reliever.” Junior and C-Squared member Payton Moore said she has thoroughly enjoyed the club so far, since it is a fun way to expand her acting skills.  “There is no such thing as a stupid idea or a failed improv here,” Moore said. “It isn’t about performance; it is about improvement and having fun. Feeling stressed? Go to Comedy Creators. Feeling sad? Go to Comedy Creators. You really can’t go wrong by attending.” Junior Claire Stewart said the best aspect of the club is the overall atmosphere.  “The impression is meant to be silly, goofy, undignified and most importantly, wonderful,” Stewart said.  Freshman Kimberly Orlando said attempting  improv was scary at first, but the positive atmosphere of the club allowed her to step out of her comfort zone and open up to a new community on campus. “I saw the booth for Comedy Creators and Megan [Steron] explained it to me as being a bunch of students having fun and playing improv games like those seen in ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’” Orlando said. “The first meeting, I was a little nervous, but after a few ice-breakers, everyone opened up and was having a lot of fun.” Orlando said the meetings are a good, alternative way to relieve stress. “The whole meeting was two hours of games and laughing, which is pretty awesome,” she said. “Some people put it all out there, and no one was judged for how far they went. It’s just a fun way to let loose for a few hours and get over the stresses of tests and upcoming midterms.” Contact Chelsey Fattal at [email protected]last_img read more

ND competes in blood drive

first_imgNotre Dame students will have an opportunity to provide a lifesaving resource while also besting a rival during next week’s Notre Dame versus USC blood drive competition. James Mancino, blood drive coordinator for the Notre Dame Red Cross Club, said the club is partnering with the St. Joseph County Chapter of the American Red Cross to organize a series of three blood drives.  The drives will take place on Monday from noon to 5 p.m. in LaFortune, Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in a Red Cross bus outside the Joyce Center and Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Pasquerilla Center.  “It’s always good to compete against USC in any way, shape or form, and this has the added bonus of being life-saving,” Mancino said. Mancino said USC would have five drives throughout the week, so the winner will be judged by average units of blood per drive. Mancino said there is no physical reward for the winning school, though they hope to eventually have a trophy. “We tried to get a trophy to go back and forth, but we don’t have one yet,” he said. “For now it’s about bragging rights – and a good cause and healthy conscience.” This is the first time the Red Cross Club has hosted such an event, but they hope to make it a tradition, he said. “We usually have one drive per semester, so this was a way to establish something a little more permanent,” he said. “We’re working to start a new tradition and establish our club a little more.” Mancino said USC has held a similar annual competition with UCLA for several years, but this year UCLA was unable to participate. This prompted the president of USC’s Red Cross club to call the president of Notre Dame’s club over the summer and begin planning this year’s competition, he said. Mancino said the club hopes to repeat the competition next year and beyond. In the future, he said the club hopes to be able to offer free T-shirts and to expand the event to match USC’s five blood drives in order to compete on the basis of total units of blood collected. To register, go to http://www.redcross.org/. Walk-ins are also welcome.  Contact Christian Myers at [email protected]last_img read more

Alum details ND relations in D.C.

first_imgTuesday evening, Notre Dame alum and lobbyist John Sturm hosted an informal dialogue with students in the Coleman-Morse lounge, which highlighted the relations between the University and Washington.Sturm, Notre Dame’s Associate Vice President for Federal and Washington Relations, said he acts as a lobbyist for the University in Washington, where he has chosen to reside after attending Indiana University for law school. Throughout his career, he has worked as a lawyer for NBC, a lobbyist for CBS and for the Newspaper Association of America, the latter of which he was also CEO.The goal of the dialogue was to discuss his goals in advancing interest in Notre Dame in Washington, Sturm said. He works with associations focused on higher education, such as the National Association of Independent Colleges.“One of the most important aspects of my job is to be informed,” Sturm said. “In order to maximize benefit of what Notre Dame does, it is good to have advanced knowledge of what is going on.”Specifically, Sturm described his work with Notre Dame professors Bill Evans and Joe Sullivan and the Lab for Economic Opportunities at Notre Dame.  The lab has a contract with Catholic Charities that allows it to access valuable antipoverty data, Sturm said.“The human resources subcommittee took special interest in this research [and] I helped to connect them with [professor] Evans and [professor] Sullivan,” Sturm said.Sturm said he is also part of a science coalition and a sports coalition in Washington.“As a representative of a major research university, I work to help the [public relations] aspect of research at Notre Dame and to remind the federal government of the importance of funding science,” he said.As a member of the sports coalition, Sturm said he works with the University of Michigan and the NCAA to keep an eye on legislation that affects sports.Sturm described another project that he is working on, which involves a task force in the U.S. Senate that focuses on making universities more efficient in accreditation processes.In response to one student’s question, Sturm offered advice for Notre Dame students who are interested in a career in Washington.“If you are interested in Washington, look at the government, look at the hill, and get an area of expertise that you can call your own, a sort of home base. This will help you in the long run.”Tags: Federal relationship, John Stern, ND alum, notre dame and d.c., Washington D.C.last_img read more

Assembly focuses on safety

first_imgStudent body vice president and senior Matthew Devine said he has been very proud of the “work and commitment” of the senators during the semester.“I have loved meeting and working with Senate this year,” he said. “Its members are some of the brightest and most enthusiastic leaders of the campus community. We are all working together to better our University.”Senate has already taken serious steps in addressing widespread issues this semester with the rise of campus safety concerns.“Campus safety has been at the forefront of our conversations most recently,” Devine said. “Following the Safety Summit at the beginning of this year and in response to the most recent off-campus crime reports, Senate began to discuss ways to both protect and educate students about how to live and work safely both on and off campus.”To address these issues, Senate has “enhanced interactions” with the South Bend police and Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) to increase student awareness of safety resources and is in the process of making a campus safety video. Most noticeably, the implementation of O’SNAP at the beginning of the year has taken serious steps to improve campus safety.At the beginning of the semester, Senate met with the Office of Information Technology (OIT) to discuss the new printing quota system and concerns that were voiced by the student body.“[Senate] functions simultaneously as a forum for discussion and conversation about some of the most important aspects of student life and the University at large, while also acting as a podium to voice student opinions,” Devine said.In response to student concerns revolving printing quota, there is now a working group of Senate members tasked with creating a new system.Devine said Senate plans to continue addressing issues related to campus safety and mental health of students and to continue discussing some of the more short-term goals such as University’s policy towards auditing courses, revision of the DARTing and class search processes, sexual assault prayer services, national engagement and the distribution of daily press clips and library renovations.Senate has taken steps to address the issues a majority of students find most important to campus life. The group has also shown strong commitment to meeting the needs of students and making changes that directly affect the quality of their time at Notre Dame.Grade: A-Tags: Matthew Devine, NDSP, Senate, South Bend, Student governmentlast_img read more

Students, faculty share personal thoughts and experiences on Paris terror attack

first_imgIn the wake of the Jan. 9 terrorist attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and the hostage situation at a grocery store in Paris, Notre Dame students and faculty shared their experiences and thoughts surrounding the violence and subsequent global response.Several students — including juniors Sheridan Rosner, Madeline Rogers and Annalise Burnett — are currently studying abroad in Paris and were in the city on the day of the attack.Rosner, studying at the Université Paris Diderot, said she was initially unsure of what had happened.“I was walking on Rue de Rivoli parallel to the Louvre about two hours after the attack when I noticed a huge police presence at every corner, directing traffic and surveying the area,” Rosner said in an email. “Several shop-owners were gathered around TVs, so I checked the news on my phone. I was alarmed and concerned, wanting to know more about what had happened.“I was in the middle of exams the week of the attacks and would check the news while studying. The grocery store hostage situation was taking place a few stops down the tram line from my university although the tram was only blocked off two stops beyond where I get off.”Rogers, also a Université Diderot student, said she tried to stay as informed as possible about the attacks.“My initial reaction was to learn as much about the story as possible, and I kept thinking that I should feel more afraid, but I didn’t. I felt a bizarre sense of security, which I still can’t quite explain,” she said.Rogers said she was most struck by the Parisians’ support on the streets in the days following the attacks.“More than anything, I was moved by the amount of French citizens eager to show their solidarity,” Rogers said. “Immediately, ‘Je suis Charlie’ signs appeared everywhere, in store front windows, on banners in front of museums. Thousands of people poured into the streets the night of the attack to participate in demonstrations.”The study abroad student was also impressed with the response in the States.“I was also incredibly moved by the amount of people in the United States that were so concerned with my safety,” Rogers said. “Because I never felt a sense of fear or alarm, I didn’t think I merited much concern, but I was very touched by the amount of people who contacted me ‘just to make sure I was ok.’”Burnett, who is studying at the Sciences Po in the seventh arrondissement, expressed her frustration that Notre Dame did not send information regarding safety in the wake of the attacks.“I received ZERO communication from Notre Dame regarding the attacks, which I was very disappointed about,” Burnett said in an email.“Sciences Po, my university here, sent out emails that they would be putting new security measures in place in line with Vigipirate. Vigipirate is France’s national security alert system and essentially their protocol in case of an emergency.”Freshman Therese McCarry, who lives approximately 20 minutes outside of Paris with her American family, described her experience, as well.“I do think our experience was different because we do live outside the city, and … we aren’t French, but it was just interesting because we tried to keep up with the news, but with this, you’re keeping up with the news in a daily almost hourly way because it’s happening right next to you, and I think there’s just a different sense of connection to what’s going on,” McCarry said.Burnett also described the effect of the attacks on her experience abroad as increasing her awareness of global issues.“The attacks have impacted my study abroad experience so far in the sense that they have shown me that being in Europe means you are not so isolated from the unrest currently going on in the world,” Burnett said. “Throughout my time here I have felt this, even before the attacks, in terms of the ISIS attacks and threats. Everything is closer, and you can tell that you’re not as far removed from dangerous situations. Specifically in Paris, there is a very visible tension between the French and the Arabs.“There is a lot of racism, social divides and complaining about Middle Eastern and North African immigration.”Professor Alison Rice, who teaches in French and Francophone literature, said she thought the attacks would have a lasting effect on cartoonists and writers around Paris and France.“The outpouring of support for Charlie Hebdo in France, both for the victims of the attack and for the ongoing activity of the weekly paper, is indicative of a widespread belief in the importance of freedom of speech,” Rice said in an email. “France is a country with a centuries-old tradition of playful mockery, and the millions who took to the streets of Paris stood up for this right to poke fun at a variety of topics.“However, I think that in the future, many writers and cartoonists will pause and carefully consider the impact that their depictions might have. I hope that the massacre at Charlie Hebdo will not result in a paralyzing fear that serves to repress the freedom of expression in the future. But it will undeniably have an effect on those who touch on contentious topics in their writings and drawings. It will necessarily play a role in the decisions all artists make in their work because the memory of these attacks will not quickly fade.”Rice said the potential cultural and political outcomes of the attacks on France were particularly interesting.“What I hope most fervently is that the attacks will not result in greater prejudice against Muslims in France,” Rice said. “Those who are quickly categorized as Black or Arab already face tremendous difficulty in France because of widespread racial stereotyping. It is hard for those who hail from (or whose parents or even grandparents come from) Sub-Saharan or North Africa to find good jobs and live in desirable locations in France, and it would be tragic if the attacks led to even greater suspicion and less respect for them.“… The solidarity that was shown when millions took to the streets to peacefully unite in a march that included Muslims, Jews, and Christians of various backgrounds is a gesture toward a future that I truly and desperately hope will be the most significant outcome of the attacks.”News writer Jack Rooney contributed to this report.Tags: Charlie Hebdo, France, Paris, terrorism, Terrorist attacklast_img read more

Notre Dame tuition to rise by 3.7 percent

first_imgThe University announced Thursday that undergraduate tuition and fees will go up by 3.7 percent for the 2017-2018 academic year, from $49,358 to $51,505. The average room-and-board rate went up by about $500 to reach $14,890, bringing the total cost of attendance at Notre Dame to $66,395.The tuition increase matches that of the previous two years.“Student charges were set by the Board of Trustees at its Feb. 3 meeting,” the University stated in a press release.According to the 2016-2017 Bulletin of Information, the basic fee for an on-campus student currently ranges from $32,021.50 to $32,271.50 per semester. For a full-time, off-campus student, the fee is $24,842.50 per semester.Tags: Money, Tuitionlast_img read more

University announces parking changes, Eddy Street expansions at town hall meetings

first_imgWith the opening of Campus Crossroads, Jenkins Hall and Nanovic Hall scheduled for later this year, the Notre Dame campus is undergoing large-scale changes. However, the expansion of the University continues beyond even these projects.Lindsay Meyers | The Observer Throughout the week of Feb. 20, executive vice president John Affleck-Graves discussed various University issues and projects at a series of town halls.In a town hall addressing the human resources department Tuesday in McCourtney Hall, Affleck-Graves began by addressing one of the areas of greatest faculty and student concern: parking.Affleck-Graves said that there will be three major upcoming changes to parking — a new shuttle service, a parking garage and a paved lot on the current site of O’Hara-Grace graduate-student housing.These recommendations came from a parking committee assembled by Affleck-Graves, who said he wanted to preserve the University’s atmosphere while still expanding parking.“The whole idea here is that we want this to be a pedestrian campus,” he said. “ At the same time, we all work here, and we want to be able to get to our buildings, and the weather isn’t always great.”One of the central elements to expanding parking, yet maintaining a pedestrian atmosphere, is a shuttle service, he said. “The basics of what they want from the shuttle service are no more than a 10-minute wait during peak time and no more than a 15-minute wait at other times,” Affleck-Graves said. “We’re going to put technology up so that you are at least able to see where the shuttles are. So you can sit in your office and see when you wanted to go down.”The second major parking project the University hopes to undertake is the construction of a self-funded parking garage near Legends, Affleck-Graves said.Finally, Affleck-Graves said a temporary lot will be built on the east side of the University.“In the next year or so, we’re scheduled to take down O’Hara-Grace, so they asked that when we take that down, we convert it into a parking lot,” he said. “When that comes down, we will pave it, and it will become a surface parking lot, but the long-term plan for the University has that scheduled for a research building sometime in the future.”The second major project the University is undertaking is the expansion of Eddy Street Commons from its current end at St Vincent Street to Howard Street. The project is scheduled to take 12 to 18 months. This area will include retail and apartment spaces, with one of the key innovations being a new “flex space” on the first block of expansion.“The rents in Eddy Street are very high, so there is a way to make a lower price point for young entrepreneurs or people who want to start a business, and that’s what the flex space is,” Affleck-Graves said. “There’s a big window in the front that can be used for a store … it’s a kind of mixed apartment-business thing.”Affleck-Graves said the second block of expansion will also include a revamped Robinson Community Learning Center, a grocery store and graduate-student housing to coincide with the demolition of the O’Hara-Grace residences.“The next block down will be pretty much a mirror image, except the first level will be apartments, not businesses,” he said. “We’re hoping at least one of those, in the southernmost block, will be a graduate housing complex.”Affleck-Graves also touched on plans to open up Campus Crossroads briefly to the public during Welcome Weekend 2017. “We’re opening it up to the whole community,” Affleck-Graves said. “In a sense, it’s a dry run. The idea is, open it softly … test the video board, test the seating.”At the Athletics town hall on Thursday, athletic director Jack Swarbrick and University President Fr. John Jenkins discussed inclusion and specific goals for the athletic department and the University as a whole.Swarbrick spoke on Jenkins’ recently deceased mother and how she acted as a model for inclusion.“[The Jenkins home] was the place where friends and strangers and, it seems like, half of Omaha gathered. It was in a very natural way a place of inclusion — a place where everyone was welcome,” he said. “That’s the essence of the mission of inclusion and building diversity, and I think it exists best when it exists naturally in the lessons of someone like Helen Jenkins.”Jenkins then outlined his three major goals for the athletic department.“The first thing is integrity,” he said. “That’s absolutely critical for everyone at the University, but because athletics is so prominent, it’s critical. What I mean by that is, compliance with NCAA regulation and other regulations, but also to act in a way that you can be proud of and Notre Dame can be proud of you.“Second, we’re about these kids, our students … and help[ing] them grow as people — educationally, morally, spiritually — and grow into responsible adults,” he said.Jenkins’ concluding goal for the department was to win championships. Jenkins said these three goals must all be achieved and none left out in the pursuit of excellence.“If we do the third and not the first two, we’re not Notre Dame,” he said.The University will hold one more town hall Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Washington Hall.Tags: athletics, Campus Crossroads, Construction, development, Eddy Street, town halllast_img read more

Graduate student launches podcast, opens dialogue about social justice

first_imgBack in May, graduate student Emorja Roberson penned “Stop Killin’ Me,” a song inspired by the protests that began after the killing of George Floyd. Now, the singer, composer and program director for Voices of Faith, is again using his creativity to elevate social justice issues at Notre Dame — this time, through a podcast.“I thought, ‘why not create something where it’s not just about me — I’ll host it, but I needpeople who are going to come on the show to not only tell us the truth about the situation, but also educate people who don’t know,’” Roberson said.Thus, Black @ ND was born.The show, which airs every Thursday at 7:45 p.m. on YouTube and can also be found onInstagram, is a conversation that, as the name suggests, touches upon “the experiences, the successes, the challenges of being a Black Domer,” Roberson said.However, the podcast not only focuses on the present, but also revisits the past by showcasing the experiences of alumni from several decades.“A lot of the things that they saw then are still things that we see now,” Roberson said. “We still deal withbeing the marginalized community, with still crying out, but yet no one’s listening. Exceptnow people want to listen.”Roberson said attending a Black Lives Matter (BLM) protest in South Bend and becoming a member of the city’s chapter catapulted his inspiration to create Black @ ND. The statements made by different businesses and organizations — off and on campus — in support of Black lives made him seek consistency in actions and the opening of dialogues to address the situation.“I’m going to make sure that you will hear our stories every day as much as you can,” Roberson said. “Allthose stories that you hear, that’s going to be your moment to learn. We have said these things for so long, but I want to make sure we’re represented 12 months out of the year and every day of the week.”The podcast’s objective, Roberson explained, is to make people feel uncomfortable and to have the courage to discuss topics that are too often “swept under the rug.”“My main goal is for Notre Dame to not be afraid to dive into territory that is sticky because I do believe that just because a topic is difficult, it doesn’t mean that it’s not worthwhile to talk about,” Roberson said. “You have to find ways in which that conversation can be effective.”Senior Lynnette Wukie, the show’s co-host and first female Leprechaun mascot, echoed Roberson’s aspirations.“It’s real people talking about the issues that sometimes are avoided because they’re uncomfortable or there might not be an easy solution,” Wukie said. “I’m most excited about asking people in positions of power who’ve had real experiences as people of color on Notre Dame’s campus to speak freely and honestly so that we as a community can get to a place of equity.”Another one of Black @ ND’s goals is to facilitate a learning process for people who might not be acquainted with the Black community, Roberson said.“A lot of white people grew up with habits that they saw their parents perform and that they just picked up,” Roberson said. “So not everybody knows that what they do can also be detrimental, it can be hurtful, it can be offensive, and people just do it out of habit.”Roberson not only aspires to accomplish these goals at Notre Dame, but also in South Bend. He said he hopes to bridge the gap between the oftentimes closed-off University and the city where it is located.“Outside of the ND community there’s this air about Notre Dame because it’s Notre Dame, Indiana,” Roberson said. “It’s not South Bend. So I’m trying to build relationships with people who are outside of the Notre Dame circle.”He said Black @ ND would feature topics beyond residential life and the Notre Dame experience, such as gentrification and redlining in South Bend, Black people in the arts, BLM and the Black agenda for 2021.As a musician and member of BLM South Bend chapter’s arts branch, Roberson said he would like to incorporate music into Black @ ND. His voice is featured on the podcast’s opening song, but he is planning to organize a talent show in the future.By merging the arts with an open dialogue, Roberson yearns to come together as a community to further social justice and try to find solutions — even if “we’re not going to have the answers right away,” he said.“The end goal is for us to be at the table when these discussions are being [had], or when these decisions are being made — not just being the ones getting the leftovers … For those who don’t know about the Black community, I want them to more so listen rather than jump into a quick solution,” Roberson said. “For Black people, I want us to embrace our differences. A lot of times we try to be somebody else that we’re not just to fit in.”Tags: Black @ ND, Black lives matter, BLM, Emorja Roberson, Podcastlast_img read more