ROME (AP) — The office of Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte says the leader will tell his wobbly government he intends to offer his resignation. Conte survived two confidence votes in Parliament last week but crucially lost his absolute majority in the Senate with the defection of a centrist ally. The premier’s office said Monday night that Conte will inform his Cabinet at a meeting Tuesday morning of his “will to go to the Quirinale (presidential palace) to hand in his resignation.” Then Conte will head to the palace to meet with President Sergio Mattarella, who can accept the resignation, possibly asking the premier to try to form a more solid coalition.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Arab Emirates is calling for an urgent renewal of diplomatic efforts to end the conflict in Libya. Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh said Friday the UAE it is ready to work with the new U.S. administration and all other members of the U.N. Security Council to restore peace to the oil-rich north African nation. Her statement was issued a day after the United States called on Russia, Turkey and the UAE to immediately halt their military interventions in Libya as demanded in a cease-fire agreement, and accept Libyan sovereignty as it moves to hold elections and end years of fighting.
LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England has kept its key interest rates unchanged amid rising optimism over the British economy’s near-term prospects in the wake of the rapid rollout of coronavirus vaccines. The U.K.’s rapid rollout of coronavirus vaccines has improved the economic outlook and lowered expectations of another move imminently. The bank’s rate-setting committee said the economy is “projected to recover rapidly towards pre-COVID levels over 2021, as the vaccination programme is assumed to lead to an easing of COVID-related restrictions and people’s health concerns.” That reduces the need for more stimulus policies from the Bank of England in the short term.
Psychology professor Nicole McNeil has been nationally recognized in her field after earning the American Psychological Association’s (APA) 2013 Boyd McCandless Award for distinguished contribution to psychology. McNeil said she was surprised to be selected by the APA’s Division 7 for the prestigious award. “I was shocked,” she said. “The previous winners of the award are all well known, highly influential psychologists. It is a great honor to receive the award and be listed among them.” The APA Division 7 is the association’s subgroup focused on psychologists specialized in human development. The group’s award “recognizes an early career scientist … who has made a distinguished theoretical contribution to developmental psychology, has conducted programmatic research of distinction, or has made a distinguished contribution to the dissemination of developmental science,” according to the APA website. McNeil attributed her success in the field to her past teachers and peers. “It’s an award based on my entire body of research to date, so everyone I’ve learned from and worked with has helped me win the award – all of my mentors, collaborator and students,” she said. McNeil said her former advisor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison was most influential to her academic and professional development. “My most important teacher, mentor and collaborator is [psychology professor] Martha Alibali. She is the first person who got me interested in cognitive developmental research when I was an undergraduate and she was my advisor in graduate school.” While McNeil is being recognized for her research, she is deeply involved in other aspects of academia at Notre Dame, teaching cognitive development, developmental psychology and learning and instruction for the Alliance for Catholic Education. McNeil said her work as director of the University’s Cognition Learning and Development Laboratory has allowed her to bring together her interests in psychology, education and research. “One of our goals is to identify the best ways for parents and teachers to structure children’s environments to help them learn important math concepts,” she said.
Two prominent Catholic leaders will receive honorary doctor of law degrees from Notre Dame at the University’s winter Board of Trustees meeting in Rome on Jan. 27, a University press release stated.Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and Maria Voce, president of the Focolare Movement and the only female to lead a major Catholic lay movement, will be honored during the academic convocation at Notre Dame’s new center in Rome’s San Giovanni neighborhood, the release stated.“Though their energy and good works, our honorees personify the fact that God’s love knows no barriers,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in the release.Tauran, a native of Bordeaux, France, became a priest in 1969 and went on to work in the Vatican’s diplomatic service in the Dominican Republic, Lebanon, Haiti, Beirut and Damascus, the release stated. After Pope John Paul II elevated him to a cardinal in 2003, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI appointed him president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue in 2007.Tauran voted in the 2005 and 2013 papal conclaves, and he was the speaker who made the formal “Habemus Papam” announcement of Pope Francis’s election to St. Peter’s Square on March 13, 2013, according to the release.Voce, a native of southern Italy, began to lead the Focolare Movement in 2008, which promotes unity and universal brotherhood in 182 nations, the release stated. She was the first woman to practice law in Rome’s modern judicial system and is a consultor for the Pontifical Councils for the Laity and for Promoting the New Evangelization.While in Rome, Jenkins and other University officials will meet with Vatican leaders in papal congregational offices and pontifical councils related to Notre Dame’s mission as a leader in Catholic higher education, the release stated. The Board of Trustees will also conduct its regular business meetings in Rome.Tags: Honorary degrees, Rome
The St. Joseph County Coroner’s Office released its official findings Monday in the death of 21-year-old sophomore Daniel Kim, ruling his death in early February an accidental drug overdose.The coroner ruled that “the combined toxic effects of heroin and amphetamines,” caused Kim’s death, deputy coroner Dr. Michael O’Connell said.Kim was found on Feb. 6 in his off-campus residence, according to a University press release announcing his death.A native of Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, Kim was majoring in the Mendoza College of Business and a former member of the fencing team whose friends remembered him for his humor, kindness and love of philosophy.Kim was the first of two members of the Irish fencing team lost this semester; senior Billy Meckling died last Saturday after falling from the roof of the Joyce Center.Tags: Daniel Kim, Student death
Saint Mary’s president Carol Ann Mooney will take part in her final first-year orientation this week after an announcement in June that she will retire as the College’s 11th president when her contract ends May 31, 2016.Reflecting on her time at the College, Mooney said she will miss the students most.“One of the great joys of being president at a small college is to be able to interact with the students,” she said. “You are fascinating young women who really are preparing to make a difference in the world. You care deeply about the good of this community, and I trust that will expand to the various communities you will inhabit as you move through your lives.“You thrive on the challenges posed to you by your professors and leave here prepared to meet the challenges that await you. You are smart, thoughtful, ambitious, funny, faith-filled and joyous people. You are the evidence that the work being done here is important work. “Mooney said as an alumna and an administrator, Saint Mary’s has become a huge part of her identity.“It will be important, however, especially in the first year of my retirement to distance myself from the College and allow the next president room to establish her, or his, priorities,” she said. “Having a fresh set of eyes assess the needs of the College can only improve Saint Mary’s.”Mooney said she hopes students remember her as one person in a long line of dedicated individuals who work to spread and live the mission of the College.“So many people carry the responsibility to keep the special mission of the Sisters of the Holy Cross central to the College and [work] to ensure that Saint Mary’s continues to thrive because of the excellence of the experience that it offers to our students.“I hope you will look back on your time here and believe that Saint Mary’s has helped you to become the best possible version of yourself.”One moment Mooney will always remember was after a theatre production of “Macbeth.” She said she waited after the show to greet the actors, and one student saw her and ran back into the dressing room, returning with a library book.Mooney said the student opened the back of the book to show her the card, which listed the due dates.“She took out the card and showed me my signature, indicating that I had checked out the book. She also showed me the month and day that I was required to return the book and said she was due to return the book on the same date.“Then she looked at me and said, ‘Maybe someday I will be President of Saint Mary’s, too.’” Tags: 2016, President Mooney, retirement, saint mary’s
In an effort to raise awareness about different disabilities and their effects on every aspect of individuals’ lives, student government partnered with the LOGAN Center of South Bend to organize a sensory-friendly movie showing of “The Red Turtle” in DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s Browning Cinema on Sunday afternoon.Sabrina Battiston, a sophomore who was one of the event’s organizers, said the screening catered to attendees’ viewing preferences.“The idea is that we want to minimize sensory overstimulation in a movie,” Battiston said. “People might be sensitive to loud noises or might not be able to sit still for a long time, and this can be related to mental disabilities or just general sensitivities.” Sensory-friendly showings provide disabled individuals and their families with the opportunity to see a movie without worrying about the reactions of other moviegoers, Battiston said.“We had the lights halfway on, so people could see if they wanted to get up and walk around, and it was very casual,” she said. “If kids needed to talk to their parents, they could do that. There’s no judgment there. Also, the sound was lower than in normal movies.”The movie, “The Red Turtle,” is a critically acclaimed animated film from Studio Ghibli, the Japanese studio that produced such classics as “Spirited Away” and “Howl’s Moving Castle,” Battiston said. She said she met with Ricky Herbst, cinema program director at Debartolo Performing Arts Center, to get his opinion on the best movie for the showing.“It’s animated, it’s colorful, all ages like it. It was nominated for an academy award this year,” Battiston said. “[Herbst] thought it would appeal to all audiences.”The showing drew a variety of viewers, including families with young children, elderly couples and Notre Dame students, Battiston said. She said the event was co-sponsored by the LOGAN Center of South Bend, which supports individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.“It went really well, and we had a great turnout,” she said. “We’re hoping that this will become a regular thing, maybe once a month,” Battiston said.The showing was part of the student government policy department’s push to raise awareness and sensitivity toward the difficulties of living with all different disabilities, including developmental, physical and mental disabilities, Battiston said.“We don’t always realize the everyday things that people find difficult,” Battiston said. “They might have to accommodate themselves to the experience rather than the experience being accommodated to them.”Tags: debartolo performing arts center, movie, sensory-friendly, The Red Turtle
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Institute for Latino Studies (ILS) will be hosting six celebratory events on campus beginning Sept. 21.National Hispanic Heritage Month is a 30-day period starting Sept. 15 that is dedicated to recognizing contributions made by Hispanic and Latino American citizens. Though the ILS hosted unofficial celebrations for it in the past, this year the organization is formally acknowledging the dedication through a variety of official events.Luis Ricardo Fraga, the director of ILS, said the Institute’s formal acknowledgment is intended to help everyone at Notre Dame better appreciate and understand the presence of Latinos in local and national communities.“[The month] is very important given how much misunderstanding there often is of Latino communities and what their growing presence means in the United States,” Fraga said. “Hispanic Heritage Month is one way to try to focus on all of the positive contributions that Latinos and Latino communities can bring to Notre Dame.”According to the ILS’s website, the recognition will begin with a lecture on Sept. 21 titled “Agnostic Harmony and Transformation.” After four other events — including a special lecture with the Archbishop of Los Angeles and a musical performance by a Grammy Award-winning Chicano band — the campus-wide celebration will end on Oct. 12 with a theatrical performance centered on environmental justice in Central America, the website said.“By showing how many different events our Institute is sponsoring, we’re hoping to influence the University to consider formally acknowledging and celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month next year and for the foreseeable future,” Fraga said. “We think the University would be very supportive of this effort.”With about 11 percent of Notre Dame undergraduates identifying as Latino or Hispanic and the group’s growing presence both on campus and nationally, Fraga said he sees ILS’ celebration of the month as the “start of a tradition” he finds consistent with the origins of Notre Dame.“Notre Dame was established to ensure that all communities, and particularly Catholic working-class immigrant communities, were able to take full advantage of the opportunities that existed in the United States,” Fraga said. “Today the largest group of immigrant, predominantly Catholic communities in the United States are Latinos, so we see this as entirely consistent with the entire mission and call of Notre Dame.”ILS’ Communications Specialist Evelyn Gonzalez said the events will be open to all who are interested in attending.“We’re assuming most of our audience are going to be from the Notre Dame community, but we are actually reaching out directly to the local high schools, local parishes and Latino community in general,” Gonzalez said.Senior Gregory Jenn, president of the Latino Student Alliance, said he believes the ILS-hosted events are a wonderful representation of how rich the roots of Latino culture are.“I regard celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month as an essential component of being a Latino student on campus because I am able to share what I am most proud of with the wider community at large,” Jenn said. “It’s a way to construct a dialogue that is necessary for the continued cultural, spiritual and academic growth of the University.”Tags: Hispanic Heritage Month, Institute for Latino Studies, Latino Student Alliance
The Notre Dame student senate spent most of their weekly meeting discussing the new University housing policy, announced via email Sept. 13, requiring students to live on campus for six semesters beginning with the class of 2022.“As senate, since we’re the most representative body of the student body, we may not be able to change the University’s policy, but I think we can still do our job in stating our views and also potentially advise what it might look like,” King Fok, Club Coordination Council president, said.Patrick Paulsen, a proxy representing Morrissey Manor, said he has “not talked to a single person that likes this policy.”“In Father Jenkin’s letter, he says the intent of this policy is to keep seniors on campus, and I think it’s very obvious that this policy is going to drive more seniors off campus in the future,” Paulsen said. “… It’s appalling that the administration seems to not care for students.”Sibonay Shewit, student body vice president, said it was important to exhibit emotional restraint.“It’s much, much harder to get things done when we approach it with anger,” Shewit said.Ryan Hall senator Claire Saltzman, among others, also took issue with the method of announcement.“I think one of the things that upset me the most other than the actual content of the policy was how it was told to all of us,” Saltzman said. “We received an email at midnight and was told there was a town hall the next day. It came out of nowhere, and I think we should hold the University responsible and call them out on how awful it was.”Sophomore class president Joseph Witt said Student Affairs did not take the announcement lightly and considered many options before deciding on the email.Fok said he wondered if the policy was going to accomplish the goals of Student Affairs.“Having the three year policy, is that ensuring what they wanted in terms of dorm culture and dorm life?” Fok said. “I think if they want to be our landlord and be our university, then we should definitely make them accountable and even demand more as a student senate.”Many issues with dorm life must be addressed to make students willing to spend six semesters on campus, Fok said. Those issues include discrepancy in dorm and dining hall quality, the prevalence of sexual assault, fair enforcement of rules, dorm diversity, inclusion and drug and alcohol regulation.“There are so many avenues that we can approach this with, even if we are not tackling the policy head-on,” Fok said. “And I think this is where our role is. We need to voice what we want to make this look like. If we are staying on, what does the University have to do to meet us halfway?”The group discussed possible next steps, including a letter expressing their thoughts to Student Affairs, polls of student opinions, a report suggesting reviews to the policy and a peaceful protest outside of the Main Building. They said they hope to have a plan of action before Thanksgiving break.Tags: Club Coordination Council, Housing policy, Senate, Student Affairs