The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that autism affects one in every 110 American-born children. Senior Nicole Shea hopes through her research, she will be able to enhance the lives of those affected both socially and academically. “I am investigating how parental autonomy support plays out in the life of children with autism,” Shea said. “My thesis is looking to see if parental autonomy support is related to academic and social outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorders.” Shea said her interest in the subject sparked during her sophomore year when she began working in the Laboratory for Understanding Neurodevelopment (F.U.N. Lab), which is directed by Dr. Joshua Diehl, assistant professor of Psychology at Notre Dame. “During my junior year I took a class called ‘Motivation and Learning’ under [associate professor of psychology] Julie Turner,” Shea said. “The idea for my thesis came out of these experiences, as I combined ideas from Dr. Turner’s class with what I was learning in Dr. Diehl’s research lab.” Shea’s research reached a deeper level last summer when she worked on an autism study with Dr. Diehl. “For the study, I worked with four children with autism doing applied behavior analysis therapy, and we incorporated an interactive robot into their therapy,” Shea said. “The robot acted [as] co-therapists during therapy, and [my study] lasted for eight weeks, including 12 sessions of therapy for each child.” Shea said her experience at Notre Dame helped strengthen her interest in the topic. “The opportunities to get involved with research as an undergraduate psychology major at Notre Dame have been wonderful,” she said. “I have been able to become very involved and take on a leadership role in Dr. Diehl’s lab throughout my time here.”
The Student Senate invited Leprechaun Legion president Matt Cunningham to its meeting Wednesday to offer a question-and-answer session regarding the new football ticket policy. Student body vice president Nancy Joyce reminded the senators the session was informational and was not capable of changing the Legion’s decision. Cunningham said the new policy intends to give students more freedom to control where they want to sit during football games. “I did research at several universities, including University of Alabama and Ohio State University, which all implement a general admission policy,” Cunningham said. “We found that that this policy does not compromise the students’ game day experience in any way. We don’t think it will be as big an issue as people make it out to be.” Judicial council president Michael Masi expressed concern about safety. “I could see situations where the enforcement of this is very difficult,” Masi said. “For example, if I get up to go to the bathroom or get something to eat, what stops other people from taking my seat?” Cunningham said such incidents “probably will” happen, but the Legion hopes it will not be a major issue. “In the past, those front rows are packed – people without tickets end up there, [and] I know a lot of people move around,” he said. “That happened to me last year, where someone would take their seat. That’s just one of the issues. The last policy wasn’t perfect; this one isn’t perfect. That’s something we hope people don’t take advantage of.” When asked if students will be able to save seats, Cunningham said technically, no one is allowed to save seats, although enforcement will be difficult. “It’s the same with basketball. Technically, you’re not allowed to save seats, but it happens,” Cunningham said. “There’s nothing stopping people from coming to fill in those seats, but hopefully, everyone will be considerate.” Club Coordination Council president Maggie Armstrong asked what the Legion has planned for entertainment during the extra time in the stadium before the game. “This was something the whole Legion was really excited about,” Cunningham said. “We have an opportunity to engage more students and build the energy. If anyone has any ideas [about] how people going to games early would like to be entertained, let us know. I know at University of North Carolina they have body paint and music before the game, so that’s something we’re looking into.” As far as the timing is concerned, Cunningham said the gates will open 90 minutes before kickoff at each game. When asked how students can become a part of the decision-making process, Cunningham said anyone can apply to be on the board, but the president and vice president have to already have been on the board. “We want the leaders to have an understanding of how the athletic department works, but every year the applications are open to the whole student body,” he said. “The big thing for us and what we’re trying to improve on is outreach to the students because we’re open to feedback from everybody.” Contact Maddie Daly at [email protected]
This week marks the fourth annual Love Your Body Week at Saint Mary’s, a time for members of the community to reflect on positive self-image and a healthy lifestyle.According to Love Your Body Week event chair and junior Sam Moorhead, the week’s events are intended to provide encouragement to women who may be struggling with body image-related issues, such as eating disorders or pop culture’s portrayal of beauty.“We hope that people who are struggling with these sorts of issues can find encouragement through the events of the week,” Moorhead said. “We want to encourage women to see themselves as beautiful, despite our many imperfections.”Junior Kelly Gutrich, a former coordinator of Love Your Body Week, said it is one of the most constructive initiatives during the school year at the College.“When Laura Glaub started Love Your Body Week four years ago, the point was to inspire self-confidence in women, because it is such a controversy with the images in the media in our current world,” Gutrich said. “In continuing Glaub’s mission and recognizing that there are many positive ways to reinforce body image in young women, the week’s events can be beneficial for all members of our community.”Gutrich said she is also excited Notre Dame has followed the tradition of Love Your Body Week to cultivate the dialogue between communities.“I like when both Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame devote weeks to raising awareness of similar issues,” Gutrich said. “It’s uplifting when both campuses believe in promoting this issue, because it demonstrates how we are always striving to be supportive of one another.”According to Moorhead, the week’s events include a variety of speakers and fun events every night.“On Monday, Christina Grasso will speak about her battle with anorexia,” Moorhead said. “She spoke two years ago during Love Your Body Week as well, and we hope that in sharing her story once more, she can provide hope to women who may relate to her struggles.”Gutrich said she is excited for Grasso to return to campus once again.“[Grasso] has an incredible story and I can’t wait for more students to be moved by her courageous development of the organization Project HEAL (Help to Eat, Accept and Live),” Gutrich said. “Grasso is a true Saint Mary’s woman, empowered by her sense of self and dedicated to making a difference in the community. It will definitely be one of the most inspirational events of the week.”Moorhead said free yoga classes would be held on Tuesday and Wednesday to encourage exercise alongside healthy minds. On Thursday, the Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) will host a Self-Awareness and Familiarization Exchange (S.A.F.E.) event, where students can learn about self-defense.Moorhead said she hopes this week will increase dialogue related to prevalent issues that are seldom discussed amongst the women on campus.“We would love for students to come out of this week having learned ways to form a healthier and happier lifestyle for themselves,” Moorhead said. “If they are struggling with body image-related issues, we want them to know that they have the support of the Saint Mary’s community.“We hope that this will be a week that encourages each woman in the Saint Mary’s community to see the beauty in herself.”For a full list of events, visit the Saint Mary’s website’s event calendar.Tags: Love Your Body
In commemoration of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, the Rwandan American Community of the Midwest will honor the lives of victims and reflect on the causes of ethnic violence on Saturday in McKenna Hall from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.Alice Cyusa, a Notre Dame budgets and grants coordinator and a member of the local Rwandan community, said the Kellogg Institute for International Studies partnered with the Rwandan American Community of the Midwest to sponsor the event, which will feature speakers discussing topics from genocide prevention to forced immigration.Keri O’Mara “Fr. Bob Dowd of the Kellogg Institute helped us secure the venue for the event, which is mainly funded by the local Rwandan community,” Cyusa said.Immaculee Mukantaganira, the treasurer for the community organization, said the event will commemorate 20 years of recovery following the 1994 genocide, which claimed the lives of some one million Tutsi Rwandans.“This 20th commemoration is special,” Mukantaganira said. “In Rwanda, a flame of remembrance has traveled Rwanda since January of this year. It communicates a message of hope, telling Rwandans that the flame will never die. This year, we tried to educate the public about the genocide, its causes and its consequences.”According to Nxulalo Louis Ruhaya, who also helped organize the event, education and spreading awareness about the Rwandan Genocide carries great importance for preventing future atrocities.“The 20th anniversary commemoration gives us an opportunity to share our stories with the American people and bring awareness to the kind of atrocities that took place in our country so that together we can make sure it never happens again anywhere in our lifetime,” he said.Mukantaganira said the commemoration will build around a three-part theme that works toward renewal in the Rwandan community.“The theme of the commemoration is Remember, Unite, Renew. We remember our beloved we lost during the genocide against the Tutsi, we remember how they shaped our lives, how they blessed us with their love,” she said.Mukantagnira said the phrase “kwibuka20,” meaning, “remember 20” in the Rwandan language, embodies this spirit of remembrance and has the potential to unite Rwandans regardless of perceived ethnic divisions.“We are all Rwandans who speak the same language and bounded by the same culture,” Mukantagnira said. “As we stand together, we renew together, committing to continue building a new Rwanda where there are no divisions and where a lasting peace is the purpose of surviving.”Rwandan-Americans from Ohio and Illinois are expected to attend the event, Mukantagnira said.Ruhaya said he hopes Notre Dame students also join in the commemoration.“I hope we can have many of our Notre Dame students attend, as they are the future leaders of tomorrow,” Ruhaya said.Tags: 1994 Rwandan Genocide, Rwanda, Rwandan American Community
In a lecture titled “Globalizing Ireland: Emigration and Immigration, 1980-2020,” sponsored by the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, Mary P. Corcoran of Maynooth University discussed migration patterns in and out of Ireland over the last 40 years.Corcoran began by talking about a Latvian foreman whom she met shortly after the European Union had undergone its first major enlargement into Eastern Europe in 2004.Noting that these countries had just entered the European Union, and the associated free-travel area, Corcoran said the foreman “wanted to go to Germany, but Ireland was one of the only countries that would let him in.”The influx of immigrants that included the foreman was tied to the so-called Celtic Tiger, an Irish economic boom that took place in the early 2000s, Corcoran said.Corcoran also discussed Ireland’s 2015 referendum on the legalization of same-sex marriage, the first of its kind in the world.“Thousands of Irish expats came home to participate,” she said, noting that many of these people wanted to be part of a momentous national decision.“This ‘Home to Vote’ campaign was very significant,” she said. “People are still attached to Ireland.”According to Corcoran, Irish migration patterns are defined by transnationalism, which means “living life in one setting, maintaining ties with another.”Corcoran cited the example of the Home to Vote campaign as well as the Latvian foreman, who had an “hacienda” in Latvia and intended to return to his native country in the near future.Looking through this “transnational lense,” Corcoran discussed the specifics of migration to and from Ireland.“Over the past two centuries, Irish emigration has followed the ebbs and flows of the economy,” she said.Corcoran noted that Ireland saw large-scale emigration after its economy collapsed after 2008.“However, of the PIGS countries — Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain, the EU countries that melted down post-2008 — Ireland was the only one that saw large-scale emigration,” she said. “This was chalked up to the country’s link to Canada, the U.S. and Australia, but there is an interesting argument that has been made that Ireland is an emigrant culture.”Most immigrants to and emigrants from Ireland, Corcoran said, are highly educated. She said 62 percent of recent emigrants and 57 percent of immigrants have at least a university degree.Another group of emigrants is the so-called “Reserve Army,” Corcoran said. This group of emigrants’ actions are “dictated by economic circumstance,” she said.“They have less choice, and recently they have probably mostly been made up by the 125,000 who lost construction jobs.”The final group of emigrants is the “adventurers,” Corcoran said, many of whom come to America undocumented.Many eventually return to their country of origin.“For these people, emigration is a solution to boredom and a little bit of disaffection,” she said. “They often work below their qualifications,” said Corcoran. “Many eventually return to their country of origin.”Corcoran said the “Reserve Army” most closely resembles past Irish immigration patterns.“Many are there to provide for their families,” she said. “Emigration was chosen for them. Their position is the most precarious.”Corcoran cited the example of post-boom rise in unemployment, as immigrants were the hardest hit given the sectors that they worked in (namely construction).Corcoran said that Ireland, for the most part, has a vibrant and thriving immigrant culture but admitted discrimination exists.“If your ethnicity is visibly different, there is evidence of labor discrimination,” she said.
The annual Graduate Destination Survey administered by the Career Crossings Office at Saint Mary’s, in conjunction with the Office for Institutional Research, gave statistical data about the post-graduate plans for this year’s senior class.“[The survey] helps provide a ‘snapshot’ of where [graduating seniors] are at the time of graduation,” Stacie Jeffirs, director of the Career Crossings Office, said in an email.The survey demonstrated that 62 percent of graduating seniors who responded plan to pursue employment, 43 percent plan to pursue post-graduate studies, 11 percent plan to pursue internships and externships, nine percent plan to pursue service and one percent will be pursuing military service.Dominique DeMoe | The Observer “[The percentages] do not add up to 100 percent because graduates are pursuing more than one option—for example, grad school and employment,” Jeffirs said.These options are the most common for graduates, Jeffirs said, but there are others, such as gap year opportunities.“For most of our graduating seniors, they pursue employment and graduate [or] professional school,” Jeffirs said. “Post-grad service programs also continue to be valued by our graduates.”The Career Crossings Office conducts this survey of seniors’ plans to follow the guidance provided by the office throughout students’ years at the College, according to Jeffirs.“We work with students from the moment they arrive on campus to help set a solid foundation for students to build upon during the four years they are at Saint Mary’s,” Jeffirs said. “We start by helping them explore and discern their interests and how these relate to academic majors and potential paths.”From there, students can work with Career Crossings to create resumes and cover letters, and also use methods such as online resources and networking to help with preparations for their future plans, Jeffirs said.“[Career Crossings] assist[s] with the internship search process to help students gain experience,” Jeffirs said. “We help them as they enter their senior year with the job search process, applying to graduate and professional schools, exploring post-grad service options and more.”Jeffirs said Career Crossings aims to work with students as early as possible in order to provide guidance so students feel prepared for opportunities presented to them following graduation.Senior Fiona Van Antwerp plans to continue to put her business administration major to work after graduation.“I plan on going back to the Henry Ford Museum and continuing my hands on management experiences by being a food service supervisor,” Van Antwerp said. “I also have other opportunities I am exploring.”Van Antwerp said she feels her time at Saint Mary’s has prepared her for any endeavors she faces after graduation.“Saint Mary’s prepared me for graduation through the hands on projects my business professors gave me,” Van Antwerp said. “Saint Mary’s challenged me to think critically about problems which will allow me to come up with unique solutions. Saint Mary’s has made me a well-rounded individual and a strong, empowered woman.”Tags: Career Crossings Office, Graduate Destination Survey, Graduation, Office for Institutional Research, saint mary’s
Dominique DeMoe | The Observer With the class of 2022, Notre Dame has seen its highest yield rate since 2002, in the pre-Common Application days: of the 3,608 students admitted, 2,070 will enroll this fall, associate vice president of student enrollment Don Bishop said.The incoming first-year class will be about 20 students larger than previous years, an increase Bishop attributes to the University’s financial aid, additional recruitment and growing academic reputation.“With 2,070 students they don’t have to be alike at all,” he said. “So it’s not just socioeconomic [status], how many low income, middle income [students], or race. It’s also kind of a state of mind and the approaches students take.”This year, 20,371 students applied for admission to the class of 2022, Bishop said. Of the incoming freshman class, 38 percent were ranked in the top 1 percent of their class, and the middle 50 percent of the class scored between 1410 and 1540 on the SAT or between 33 and 35 on the ACT.Still, these numbers aren’t everything, Bishop said. Two-thirds of Notre Dame applicants with an SAT score between 1500 and 1600 or an ACT of 33-36 were not admitted.“We’re looking for students that are really interested in learning,” Bishop said. “So it’s not just their academic statistics — it’s their motivation for their success.”In choosing the incoming freshman class, the University sought intellectually curious students who made the most of their resources, Bishop said.“We’re really interested in ‘Did they maximize their opportunities within the environment they’re from?’ because our students come from many, many different backgrounds and we don’t want to have a cookie-cutter approach that only one type of background fits,” he said.With students representing 66 countries, seven percent of incoming freshmen are international students, Bishop said. The incoming class is 80 percent Catholic and 26 percent are students of color. Additionally, 23 percent of incoming first years are children of alumni. The largest metro area for enrolled students is the New York City area, followed by Chicago.“It really is part of the quality of education to have a diversity of backgrounds — socioeconomic, cultural, racial and even fields of study, even political backgrounds, people’s different points of view,” Bishop said. “There’s a very healthy view at Notre Dame and I think among the high school population now that the more diverse you are, the more aware you’re going to be of the world we’re going to set you out into in four years.”Notre Dame will provide $147 million in undergraduate financial aid this year and 47 percent of students will receive need-based aid scholarships, Bishop said. Among the nation’s top 20 national private research universities, he said Notre Dame ranks in the top 10 for percentage of students receiving institutional financial aid.Through increased recruitment efforts, the University attracted increased numbers of middle income and low income students, Bishop said. This year, 15 percent of incoming students are Pell grant recipients, first generation students and students with a family income of less than $60,000.“We identify more schools of lower income and middle income and make sure we’re visiting them,” Bishop said. “We’re making sure that when students identify themselves as coming from those backgrounds … we try to connect with those kids as often as we can.”The University also sought diversity of students’ academic interests and their varied approaches to learning, Bishop said.“Part of diversity is having students that don’t know what they want to study at all, but also having a group that have a kind of pointed view of what they want to study,” he said. “You don’t want all students to have the same attitude towards their careers or their way of learning.“There are some students that really want to walk into a field of study, find out what the requirements are and then just go do it and you have others that say ‘I don’t know what I’m going to do in ten years and I’m not worried about it. I’m just going to learn and take a broader look at my education.’”Ultimately, however, there are certain shared characteristics that define the class of 2022, Bishop said.“[We look for] kind of a sense of independence and drive but a healthy sense of drive, not this kind of self-inflicted ‘I have to be number one to be successful’ or ‘I have to be number one to be anything,’” he said.Furthermore, Bishop said, this year’s incoming freshmen exhibited a desire to improve the world around them and gratitude for what others have done for them.“I think that’s the Notre Dame brand,” he said. “I think our students, by self-selection, by recognizing the brand of the University, tend to be disproportionately interested in helping others, being kind.”In an email, Bishop added that the admissions team “uses numbers to describe each new class more than we use numbers to select every new first-year class.”“Notre Dame has a unique message that tends to cause students to self-select,” he said. “This is again the most qualified class statistically that we have ever enrolled. More important than their numbers that impress will be how the students joining our community choose to use their talents and how we engage them.”Tags: Admissions, Class of 2022, Notre Dame admissions, Welcome Weekend, Welcome Weekend 2018
On Feb. 19, Saint Mary’s announced in an email that it would open the Mother Pauline Pantry, which will offer nonperishable food and personal hygiene products for all students and will be named after the College’s first president. The pantry will open with a ceremony on March 4 at 4:30 p.m. in McCandless Hall’s Niner’s Lounge. Dean of students Gloria Jenkins said the division of student affairs led the initiative to open the pantry, with the decision being inspired by the growing issue of food insecurity across all college campuses. “A growing number of colleges and universities are opening food pantries as a resource for all students,” she said. “On our campus, we want all students to have access to food when needed specifically when dining services are closed but the college is still open.” In 2017, the University of Wisconsin conducted a multi-state survey of 33,000 college students at more than 70 institutions. The study found that as many as two-thirds of those students were food insecure, with surveys now suggesting that 20% to 33% of all students at four-year colleges experience food insecurity.In 2016, Ivy Tech Community College in South Bend opened POD 7 as a response to help their students in need. Part of this initiative included a food pantry on campus, in recognition of several of their students struggling with food insecurity. Lauren Dietz Gorski is a Client Services Manager at United Health Services and aided in the development of the POD 7 project at Ivy Tech. Gorski said in an email that having food insecurity is detrimental to a student’s education. “Living in crisis — such as having no food — creates a toxic high-stress environment that does not allow students to do their best,” she said.Gorski said even though there were food pantries and hot meals programs operating near to the South Bend campus, Ivy Tech students, and all college students, “needed a place geared to them.” In the email sent out on Feb. 19, Jenkins stated that, “Mother Pauline’s Pantry’s mission is to create a safe environment in which students can gain access to healthy, good food, to provide nonperishable food items and hygiene products to students and to lessen food insecurity on the Saint Mary’s campus.” Jenkins said the pantry will rely on monetary donations to purchase new supplies in the future and staff members from the Office of Student Involvement and Residence Life will oversee the daily operation of the pantry.One of these staff members is junior sociology major Anastasia Hite, who is an assistant for Le Mans Hall Director Nicole Hundt. Hite said she has been busy sorting and organizing the pantry before its opening Monday. However, Hite said the pantry is not a ‘walk-in’ pantry; rather, students can apply for access to the pantry — via the ResLife form attached to the initial email — and then boxes will be delivered to the front desks of the residence halls, with orders being filled on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. “Essentially, [the boxes] are checked in at the front desk like any other package,” she said. “We’re making it as anonymous as possible because it takes a lot for someone to go to a pantry and say, ‘I need food.’ There’s limited people fulfilling and handling orders, so it won’t be common knowledge that orders are filled for a specific student.” Hite said there is often a lot of food insecurity during academic breaks, as students who have no access to transportation are often left without food since the dining hall is closed and the cafes run on limited hours. The pantry will be stocked with feminine hygiene products and nonperishable, nutritional and filling food items, Hite said. “We have a breakfast section, a lunch shelf, then more of a meal shelf and a snack shelf, too … the people who bought food tried to pick things that had nutrition and weren’t just snack food,” she said. “There’s also a gluten-free section, and that was really important because even if you do have an allergy you can still get food.”A great number of students with food insecurity do exist on campus, Hite said, and the creation of the Mother Pauline Pantry is the first step in helping all students succeed. “We shouldn’t look down on students because they’re utilizing the pantry,” she said. “Food is a necessity and Saint Mary’s is providing a basic need. The college is great at feeding our minds but we also need to feed our bodies.”Tags: food insecurity, food pantry, health, Mother Pauline Pantry, nutrition, wellness
Photo courtesy of Nathan O’Halloran Fr. Nathan O’Halloran, seated, receives coaching from Fr. Brian E. Daley during Bengal Bouts. The 35-year-old priest is a two-time finalist in the annual boxing tournament.O’Halloran said his fellow Jesuit priest and Bengal Bouts coach Fr. Brian E. Daley encouraged him to get involved.“When I first arrived, he basically bugged me every day to get involved,” O’Halloran said. “I told him, ‘I’ve never thought about boxing in my life, I have no interest in boxing.’”Eventually, Daley wore him down.Daley, a Bengal Bouts coach, gives boxing pointers to O’Halloran. O’Halloran credited Daley for his involvement in the competition, citing him as a major source of motivation.“My first year, I got involved and competed in the tournament,” he said. “I competed last year, my fourth year, and this year, my last year.”In his first year of competition, O’Halloran advanced to the finals. In his final year of eligibility this year, his boxing career came full circle as he qualified for the finals for the second time.“This year, I had to box twice before making the finals, and my semifinal match was a really tough bout,” he said. “I felt like I earned my way into the finals this time.”On paper, however, O’Halloran does not fit into the typical description of a championship boxer.A native of Vado, New Mexico, O’Halloran grew up working with the poor on the Mexican border through his parents’ Catholic missionary program, the Lord’s Ranch.“That’s how I was raised, was working with the poor in Juarez, Mexico,” he said. “I was homeschooled so that we could go over into Mexico throughout the week and participate in the ministry, visiting shut-ins, visiting prisons.”The missionary group that O’Halloran grew up in was founded by a Jesuit priest named Fr. Rick Thomas, who he called his “hero.” O’Halloran said the life and work of Thomas inspired him to become a priest at a very young age, and this helped him discern he would become a Jesuit priest later on in his life. Currently, O’Halloran is a doctoral student at Notre Dame in his final semester working toward a Ph.D. in theology. He recently submitted his dissertation, which dealt with the inclusion of the healing of assault victims in Purgatory. O’Halloran’s vocation may not lead one to assume he is a skilled boxer. However, O’Halloran said boxing is a key part of his spiritual identity.“St. Paul talks about boxing. He uses boxing as a metaphor for spiritual training,” he said. “These last few years, I’ve felt like the Lord has been encouraging me to grow in certain areas, and boxing just happened to coincide with the growth I felt I was being pushed toward. When I confronted a weakness, a vulnerability, a struggle and didn’t ignore it, but was open about it and brought it to the surface, and worked on it — that’s where there was growth.”O’Halloran also explained that amateur boxing isn’t the violent sport that most people picture, but rather a point-based system. “I actually wrote an article for a Catholic magazine last year answering this question,” he said. “There’s no extra points given for hitting someone hard.” He said his article touched on how we define violence. “The way I understand violence is this intentional infliction of long-term injury on someone that is part of the sport,” he said. “That may be true of professional boxing, but it’s not true of amateur boxing.”However, O’Halloran did not deny the sport has been physically challenging for him. “The huge pain in my left rib right now reminds me of how hard [my opponent] can hit,” he said. O’Halloran hopes his involvement with Bengal Bouts will encourage other priests to participate in the future. He said he is extremely proud of his legacy here at Notre Dame. “For me, [Bengal Bouts] will always remain a great memory I have of Notre Dame,” he said.Tags: Bengal Bouts, Boxing, Jesuits When Fr. Nathan W. O’Halloran moved across the country to pursue a doctorate in theology at Notre Dame, boxing was the last activity he expected to pursue. Known by his competition names “The Exorcist,” “Priest Mode” and “Last Rites,” O’Halloran is the first priest to ever participate in Bengal Bouts, a campus tradition for 90 years.
MGN Image WASHGINTON – The federal government reports the United States Economy added 273,000 jobs in February.That’s far more than economists had predicted. Leading the gains were new jobs in health care and social assistance, food services and government.Meanwhile, the unemployment rate fell back to the historic low 3 ½ percent.The jobs survey was taken in the middle of February, before coronavirus concerns shook corporate America. Many expect the March report will reflect the damage the virus has done on business activity. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)