TEL AVIV (AP) — Israel’s military chief is warning the U.S. against rejoining the Iran nuclear deal even if the Biden administration succeeds in toughening it. Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi also told a think tank in Tel Aviv on Tuesday he’s ordered his forces to step up preparations for possible offensive action against Iran during the coming year. Kohavi says rejoining the deal would be a “bad mistake” strategically and operationally because the deal would again allow Iran to enrich uranium and spark nuclear proliferation across the Middle East. Under President Trump, the U.S. withdrew from the 2015 nuclear accord, a move supported by Israel’s leaders.
HONG KONG (AP) — A 72-year-old bottle of Glen Grant single malt whisky from Scotland is expected to fetch more than $38,000 in an auction in Hong Kong on Friday. It is the first time that the 1948 Glen Grant whisky, by independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail, is being offered in an auction. Despite economic uncertainty brought by the pandemic, interest in rare whiskies remains high. Auctioneer Bonhams says collectable whisky has done well in the past 10 years with a four-fold increase in prices. Bonhams expects to fetch a total of about $1.3 million) from Friday’s auction.
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — A Virginia university president apologized Tuesday for hosting a campus snowball fight where attendees were seen not following coronavirus protocols. Liberty University Acting President Jerry Prevo says the school made “a mistake” by not enforcing coronavirus guidelines, which includes wearing face masks and practicing social distancing. Prevo organized the snowball scuffle, encouraging students to join him Sunday afternoon. The event snowballed into community fury as since-deleted photos show some students clustered together and maskless. The News & Advance reports the Central Virginia Health District received at least 118 formal complaints about Liberty. A health district spokesperson says it’s unclear whether actions would be taken against Liberty for the alleged violations.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office has issued revised guidelines for indoor church services after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the state’s ban on indoor worship during the coronavirus pandemic. The new guidelines limit attendance at indoor services in areas with widespread or substantial virus spread to 25% of a building’s capacity. Indoor services in areas with moderate to minimum spread are limited to 50% capacity. In the most significant legal victory against California’s COVID-19 health orders, the high court told California it can’t continue with a ban on indoor services during the coronavirus pandemic, but it can limit attendance to 25% of a building’s capacity and restrict singing and chanting inside.
“There are a lot of complaints that there’s not a lot of dating going on here at Notre Dame, yet we see a lot of undergraduates getting married. What’s going on?” senior Nella McOsker said as she introduced “It’s Complicated,” — a presentation held Wednesday at Legends.Questions such as why relationships on campus are so hard to find and maintain were examined as part of the Gender Relation Center’s Signature Series and Theology on Tap.Three speakers offered relationship advice through personal anecdotes, published research on relationships and their own observations on healthy relationships.Senior Laura Lauck, a psychology major, spoke about making a relationship on campus work. Tom Patterson, a graduate student, discussed making a relationship a vocation through marriage and Megan Brown, a University Counseling Center staff psychologist discussed the indicators of a successful relationship.“The reality is that not everyone is hooking up, not everyone is getting a ring by spring and some people are dating,” Lauck said. One audience member called Lauck the “success story of Notre Dame” and asked for her secret. She cited the importance of respect in any relationship. “I want to emphasize the importance of balance in a relationship by showing how my significant other and I have exercised balancing in navigating our own relationship,” Lauck said.Patterson, an engaged graduate student at Notre Dame, discussed the choice to get married and highlighted the vocation of all human beings to love. “Think about when we say, ‘You’re the one,’” Patterson said. “I think that is wrong because there is not just one person in the world to love us. God is the source of all love so we want to hold that unique place for God. Thus the goal for us in our relationship should be how to participate in God’s love in a special way.”Both Patterson and Brown stressed humility as a necessary characteristic of a working relationship.“I think that part of that freedom in bringing God into a relationship is having that sense that I’m just a person, I don’t have all the answers,” Patterson said, “There is that humility piece that we have to have.”Brown offered factors of good relationships and bad relationships based on research done on couples over the past 48 years.“How we speak to each other, how we treat each other is important in relationships,” Brown said, “Rolling of the eyes or putting somebody down is poison to relationships. If somebody is doing this, they have got to go. It is unhealthy and it is not right.”There are seven keys to making marriage work, according to Brown. She stressed factors such as friendship, connecting every day, having a positive attitude and recognizing that some problems cannot be solved and need to be managed.“It is difficult to walk way from a relationship that isn’t bringing us closer to God, but it’s something we all need to be able to do,” Patterson said.
As a continuation of the celebration of Heritage Week at Saint Mary’s College, students met for tea in Riedinger House, the residence for official friends of the College who visit campus. Tea was offered at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday. The event was restricted to 25 students per session, said Kara O’Leary, director of Alumnae Relations. Students were provided with fresh fruit and cookies, as well as soft drinks, tea and water. At the sessions, students had the opportunity to learn about Saint Mary’s College history, particularly about the Alumnae Association and Riedinger House. The event was part of Saint Mary’s College Heritage Week, which celebrates the history and founding of the College. O’Leary detailed the history of the creation of the Alumnae Association. “During the early days of the Association, the alumnae worked closely with the sisters, and then every two years [came] to visit with old friends and to watch the progress of the current students,” she said. O’Leary said the Association was the oldest Catholic women’s alumnae group in the United States. The group is the seventh oldest alumnae association for women’s colleges in the United States. The Alumnae Association began in June 1879 as a way for graduates of the College, then called Saint Mary’s Academy, to reunite. “The stated purpose was, ‘to preserve the bond of affection existing between our alma mater and her children,’” O’Leary said. Since that time, the Alumnae Association expanded and now includes more than 18,500 members with 60 different clubs, O’Leary said. O’Leary also said the Riedinger House played an interesting role in College history. “The house was built in 1939, and it was the practice house for Home Economics majors,” she said. Students lived in the house for a semester to learn how to manage a budget, plan meals, buy food, cook, keep house and entertain guests, O’Leary said. O’Leary said the house was named after Adaline Crowley Riedinger, the first alumna to have her daughter graduate from Saint Mary’s College. “The Riedinger family donated the major portion of the funds for the construction of the house,” she said. According to O’Leary, the interior of the house was designed on 7/8th scale in order to save money during construction. The house cost around $21,000 to build, with $4,500 used for equipment such as the refrigerator, sewing machine and stove. The house now houses official guests of the College when they visit campus. Sophomore Meghan Feasel gave students a tour of the house. Events continue throughout the week including the Heritage tour and tour of the convent at noon and 2 p.m. and Moreau Dinner held in the Nobel Family Dining Hall from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 pm. Wednesday. The Heritage Dinner will be held in Stapleton Lounge in Le Mans Hall from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, and s’mores and a meet-and-greet with the Sisters of the Holy Cross will take place at 2 p.m. in the Lillie O’Grady Room Friday. Heritage week will conclude with the All School Formal on Saturday.
The Notre Dame Development Office will construct a large board on South Quad on Wednesday in an effort to say “thank you” to the many beneficiaries of the University.Louis Nanni, vice president for university relations, said the idea came from the development team and started last week with the delivery of 29 boards, each 3 feet by 8 feet, to each residence hall.“The phrase ‘Thank you for the gift of Notre Dame,’ has 29 letters and we have 29 residence halls,” Nanni said. “So we worked with Student Affairs and the rectors [of each residence hall] to get each of the 3-feet-by-8-feet panels into the halls this past week for students to write ‘thank you’ messages.”The letters will be displayed on a wall on South Quad on Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Nanni said.“We are building a 119-foot-long wall that will stand a little more than 8 feet tall,” Nanni said. “The wall will be featured in a thank-you message we’ll be sending out to all of the University’s donors next week, just prior to Thanksgiving.”Nanni said the idea for the wall came from a desire to thank Notre Dame’s donors in a more visible way.“A couple of years ago, we created a 24-foot-long ‘thank you’ card that more than 1,000 students signed,” Nanni said. “We have a lot to be thankful for here at Notre Dame. We want to thank our donors for their generosity in a more visible and meaningful way.”“We wanted to thank our more than 100,000 donors,” he said. “The goal is to simply say thank you. Our students are the biggest beneficiaries of gifts to Notre Dame, and I think it means a lot to the Notre Dame family to see the gratitude of our students.”Students will have the opportunity to sign the letters and thank all the members of the Notre Dame family that have donated to the University, Nanni said. Many students have already signed their residence halls’ letters, he said.“We have already seen more than 2,000 Notre Dame students write a note of thanks on the panels that will make up the ‘thank you’ wall,” Nanni said.Despite recent adverse winter weather conditions on campus, Nanni said the event will still be held outside on South Quad.“We are embracing the elements,” Nanni said. “We will have the snow plows and shovels ready and will serve hot chocolate to all who want to visit the wall and write a note of thanks.”In addition to those that have already signed the letters, Nanni said he hopes for even more students participation Wednesday.“We hope many more will join us, along with faculty, staff and members of the Notre Dame community, who can visit the wall and write a note of thanks for the gift of a Notre Dame education and all that comes with it,” Nanni said.Tags: development, donors, Notre Dame, Thank you, thanksgiving
University President Fr. John Jenkins discussed faith, politics and civil discourse at “Pizza, Pop and Politics,” a platform for political engagement sponsored by NDVotes ’16, Tuesday afternoon in Geddes Hall.Jenkins’ leadership in the topic of civil discourse led him to be elected to the Commission on Presidential Debate’s board of directors, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that sponsors presidential and vice presidential debates. “They [the commission members] are really fine people,” Jenkins said. “What they care about is the country – I have my opinions, I have my beliefs, I have my perspective, but simply advancing my own interest doesn’t necessarily help the health of the country. This is a group that, clearly, their first priority is the health of the body of politics. That’s what the discussion is like.”The national discussion is not always on that level, Jenkins said, as there is a “tendency to vilify the opponent” in discussion and especially in debate. “We are pretty polarized,” he said. “There was some recent research that shows people who are liberal tend to assign malicious motives to conservatives and conservatives tend to assign malicious motives to liberals … that tendency, not simply that we disagree with people, but that we tend to vilify the opposition, I think, is a dangerous tendency. It undermines the real discussion.”Jenkins advised students to avoid this “media trap” of vilifying opposing views by keeping their opinions of a person and their politics separate. “You have a political perspective and you should advance that,” he said. “But you should be careful about what you think of the opposite view. If you think they’re wrong, that’s one thing. But if you find yourself thinking that they’re evil people, do an examination of conscience. It’s a very Catholic idea — it’s fine to disagree but are you disparaging them as human beings? There just isn’t room for that.”Regarding the role faith plays in politics, Jenkins said values shaped by faith must still make sense in the context of the country’s health. “My views are certainly influenced by my faith and I don’t think that disqualifies them,” he said. “But obviously, I can’t assume them. I have to appeal them — I have to appeal to the person who doesn’t have faith, not just the person who does. I have to make them on a basis that doesn’t assume my faith. You have to make a case for those values that makes sense in the public domain.”Sophomore Sarah Tomas Morgan, a co-chair of NDVotes ’16, said the organization is a nonpartisan campaign sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns and the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy to promote “voter education, registration and mobilization.”“Our aim is to foster conscientious engagement in political and civic life amongst students,” she said. “NDVotes is grounded in the U.S. bishops’ call to political responsibility.”Tags: election 2016, faith and politics, fr. jenkins, NDVotes, Student government
Monday afternoon, two Saint Mary’s alumnae discussed the formative impact that their Holy Cross education had on them in a discussion entitled “Landscapes of the Spirit.” Galicia Guerrero, ’14, and Angie Hollar, ’11, spoke in Stapleton Lounge of how they found their vocation during their time at Saint Mary’s and afterward. Guerrero said she experienced God’s presence throughout her time at the college and this fact made her preparation for this lecture difficult. “When I was asked to share my Saint Mary’s story, I felt overwhelmed,” Guerrero said. “There are so many things that I could say about how Saint Mary’s formed me. It felt like such a huge task to summarize numerous ways I was touched by God during and after my time at Saint Mary’s.”However, this reason was exactly why Guerrero felt it was important to speak about her time at Saint Mary’s and the effects her education has had on her life. She said College President Jan Cervelli spoke of Saint Mary’s mission in the beginning of the school year. “President Cervelli … echoed what makes up this goal of Saint Mary’s,” Guerrero said. “The current Saint Mary’s goal is ‘an education that defines success by virtue and spirituality, that inspires students to maximize their talents.’ … She [describes] Saint Mary’s women as those with a deep desire to learn and listen, to see one another as brothers and sisters in Christ.”Guerrero said this goal was actualized during her time at Saint Mary’s, as she was able to develop her sense of self during her four years at the College. “As a student, I was given opportunities and space to explore every aspect of my identity and gain a sense of strength in myself,” she said. “This, without question, was not due just to academics, but the opportunity to be immersed in a transformative community. At Saint Mary’s, I was given the gift and opportunity not only to learn but to put my faith into action, to make it alive, to make it active in the world. It was challenging, exciting and incredibly empowering.”However, the empowerment that she received at Saint Mary’s did not always translate into her life after graduation, Guerrero said. “At Saint Mary’s, I was treated as if my gifts, talents and voice were valuable, and this was invigorating,” Guerrero said. “However, after Saint Mary’s, this was not always the case.”However, Guerrero said she finds this challenge as inspiration to use her voice to teach others to approach the idea of identity from multiple perspectives.“I am often challenged on how my identities lack alignment,” Guerrero said. “It has motivated me to embrace each and every challenge with this awareness.”Hollar, who took over as the new rector of Breen-Phillips Hall at the beginning of the school year, discussed a similar themes of her Saint Mary’s education. “Saint Mary’s instilled within me a confidence to all of my experience,” Hollar said. “I didn’t need anyone’s permission to find God within that. The overarching gift that Saint Mary’s gave to me, a gift that I try mightily every day to pay forward, was the charge to value and trust my own experience.”After graduating from Saint Mary’s, Hollar first pursued education in the Seattle area and worked to give students confidence. “Everything I did as an educator was, at the surface, helping students to realize that their experiences matter and have the power to connect them to other people,” Hollar said. “Those students … they are Saint Mary’s, but they just don’t know it.”However, although she enjoyed her time as a teacher, Hollar said she found herself wanting to return to a job that would utilize her academic focuses at the College: social work and religious studies. Hollar found this job when she became the rector of Breen-Phillips Hall. “Rectors are at the heart of students’ personal developments and formation,” Hollar said. “Rectors live among students in residence halls and know them better than anyone else on campus. They know the students in their halls by name and work tirelessly to foster a close-knit community for students where students grow spiritually, succeed academically and thrive socially.” Tags: confidence, education, identity, saint mary’s
On Wednesday, the Saint Mary’s Student Diversity Board (SDB) hosted its annual Mosaic event from 5 to 6 p.m. in Rice Commons of the College’s student center. Senior Jazmin Herrera, who is the president of the board, said the group aims to promote tolerance at the College.“The Mosaic is an important kick-off event for [Student Diversity Board] because of the message it shares. Diversity is like a mosaic; everyone is a unique piece that co-exists together to create a harmonious image,” she said. “In order to co-exist together, we must support each other regardless of our differences.”Herrera said the Diversity Board has been preparing for the event since last semester.“[We have] been planning the Mosaic event since last spring,” she said. “We chose to have to the Mosaic at the beginning of the year so our first years are introduced to allies on campus right away.”Mackenzie Kersten, a junior and secretary of the Residence Hall Association, said the event offers an opportunity to create an atmosphere of inclusion.“What I think is super interesting about the Mosaic event is that it’s students, faculty as well as board members of all these different associations and organizations so it’s a great way to start conversation about how it’s so important here at Saint Mary’s for everyone to feel included and to have diverse organizations and opportunities,” she said.Interim College President Nancy Nekvasil said she hopes students can learn from each other’s experiences.“My hope is that more and more we all see each other just as human beings and that we treat each other in the right way as human beings,” she said. “That we don’t negate our personal experiences because that’s what makes us who we are, but that we are willing to be in dialogue with others who have different experiences and we want to find out about them.”Kersten said she hopes students use the event to start building a support system.“I hope attendees learn that SDB is an ally and that we are here to serve our community in whatever they need,” she said. “I hope students network with at least one person whom they feel they can count on here at SMC. I think the greatest outcome would be for all of the Saint Mary’s students to feel like they have a voice as well as feeling comfortable with joining all the different clubs on campus and just feeling welcomed.”Iman Omar, a junior and member of the Better Together club, said she attended the event to help develop a sense of community.“I’m representing the Better Together club, which is basically an interfaith club where we bring together people of different worldviews and belief systems,” she said. “And I think that this event is really great to connect with people that have a common goal on this campus. We’re here to establish community because there aren’t that many opportunities on this campus, or in the tri-campus community.”Nekvasil said she hopes attendees learn to appreciate their fellow Belles.“For me, this event means progress toward inclusion, And that’s a big thing for me, thinking about inclusion across campus,” she said. “That starts with just gratitude for people and for who they are, where they are, what they do, and just thinking about people as human beings.”Nekvasil also expressed a hope that all students will feel welcome at the College.“[I] want all students to know that they’re welcome no matter who they are, no matter their faith tradition, no matter their sexual orientation, no matter their ethnicity. I want them to feel welcome here and I want them to feel like their potential for growing and developing here is the same as every other student,” she said.Tags: Diversity, saint mary’s, Student Diversity Board