Inn at Saint Mary’s holds student photography contest

first_imgPhotography by three Saint Mary’s seniors will decorate the walls of the Inn at Saint Mary’s even after they graduate from the College on Saturday. Seniors Julie McGrail, Elizabeth Munger and Guadalupe Quintana are the winners of a photography contest hosted by the Inn, and their work will decorate the walls of its guest rooms. The Inn at Saint Mary’s was renovating 11 guest rooms last fall when one of its owners decided to replace the existing photos with new images, general manager Kim Kudelka said. The contest opened in December. The owners of The Inn selected the three students’ photographs from over 150 photos submitted to the contest. The Inn announced the contest winners in March. “At The Inn, we felt that we needed to get back our strong relationship with the College,” Kim Kudelka said. “I have been working here for 10 years, and we all thought it was time to rebuild the relationship. This photo contest was a great way for us to begin.” The new photos capture scenes from the College campus, she said. “The old photos were pretty conservative and dated,” Kudelka said. “The ones that we have chosen bring light to the new rooms, and add more of the Saint Mary’s charm to each room.” Munger said she had already taken pictures of campus when she received the email about entering the photo contest. “My dad takes pictures, and I was given a big, professional camera for my high school graduation, so I also really enjoy taking pictures,” Munger said. “When I received the email, I already knew which pictures I wanted to send in.” Munger’s chosen photo, titled “Reflection on Lake Marian,” depicts Haggar Hall reflected on the lake on the Saint Mary’s campus. During a walk from Notre Dame to Saint Mary’s campus, Quintana said she decided to take a snapshot of the trees lining the Avenue. “I just happened to have my camera, a small digital one, and saw a perfect picture to capture of the fall leaves and trees,” Quintana said. “My photo is titled, ‘A Belle’s Walk Home.’” McGrail said she had a folder of photos taken on a walk from Saint Mary’s to Notre Dame last spring. “I sent in about five different pictures, and two of them were chosen to be displayed,” McGrail said. “They are titled ‘Spring at Lake Marian’ and ‘Spring at the Grotto.’” The seniors said they were all equally surprised to find out they won the contest. “I was excited because the Inn is so pretty and so many people stay there when they are in town,” Munger said. Quintana said she was surprised the Inn chose her photo out of from 150 submissions. “This was really nice because I am a senior and it is something that I can leave behind at Saint Mary’s,” Quintana said. The Inn honored the winners in April for their achievement. “There was a reception held at The Inn for each of the winners where we were able to see our photos blown up, framed and hanging up in the renovated rooms,” McGrail said. “There is a suite that holds all of the photos that won the contest. It was really amazing to see our work hanging up at The Inn.” So far, the Inn has received tremendous feedback on the new rooms with the new photographs, Kudelka said. “We plan on holding another contest for more photos to be displayed in more renovated rooms,” Kudelka said. “We really want the relationship between The Inn and the College to get back to the way it was.” As they prepare for Commencement on Saturday, the three seniors said they were glad to leave a lasting mark on Saint Mary’s. “This contest was such a great way to have a student’s perspective of their home they have lived in for the past four years,” McGrail said. “It is truly a wonderful collaboration.”last_img read more

Lecture featuring NPR executive discusses women’s right to vote in 2020

first_imgGabrielle Penna | The Observer Speaker Kenya Young, class of 1994, and executive producer of the Morning Edition at NPR, along with Notre Dame professors Christiana Wolbrecht and Dianne Pinderhughes led a discussion regarding the history of women’s voting rights in America.The moderator Kenya Young, Notre Dame 1994 graduate and executive producer of “Morning Edition” at National Public Radio (NPR), opened the discussion by addressing the session’s aim. “Now more than ever, it is time for us to wrestle with these difficult topics and difficult issues, but to do so respectfully and with an open mind,” Young said. Young introduced the two speakers for the series’ fourth session: Christina Wolbrecht, professor of political science and director of the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy, and Dianne Pinderhughes, presidential Faculty Fellow and professor of political science and Africana studies.Before diving into modern-day implications for women’s votes, Wolbrecht gave a brief history of how the 19th Amendment has increasingly impacted political turnouts over the years. “When women first got the right to vote in the 1920s, they were almost immediately described as a failure, and what that meant was that women did not seem to be taking up their right to vote,” Wolbrecht said. The turnout gap was not in favor of women as it is today, Wolbrecht said. “Black women have never stopped fighting for voting rights,” she said.For Black women, the 19th Amendment is a minuscule part of their fight for voting rights, Wolbrecht said.Pinderhughes elaborated on resistance Black women have faced in pursuit of a role in politics. “The 19th Amendment was passed, but when various state legislatures approved the amendment, the agreement was that there wouldn’t be an effort to permit Black women to vote,” Pinderhughes said. The point of legislation from the late 1890s, when southern states began to alter their constitutions, was to silence Black women’s voices, Pinderhughes said. Pinderhughes then turned the discussion to modern politics. “Now, with the decision by the Supreme Court in Holder v. Shelby County, the protection of the Voting Rights Act is no longer in place,” Pinderhughes said.  Pinderhughes said she sees issues with such actions. “There is no intervention on the part of the department of justice to monitor changes in voting laws,” Pinderhughes said. “[Southern states] have moved very quickly to put restrictions on, and change the law, again to make it more difficult and discourage Blacks from voting.”The discussion then pivoted towards the stereotypes around women voters. Pinderhughes noted there is a whole range of policy issues that affect how women function — they do not just care about one sector of politics. She noted everyday concerns such as nutrition, transportation and air quality, all of which impact a woman’s life. “We tend to narrow the orientation in terms of what it is that people think is important for women,” Pinderhughes said.Wolbrecht spoke about misconceptions and assumptions made regarding what actually concerns women. “We care about the economy, we care about healthcare, we care about the same issues that affect daily life that men do,” Wolbrecht said. “The reality is that women are placed differently in the economy. … Their evaluations of the economy, of what’s best for their family, of where they want to see government protection, is on average, slightly different from men’s.” After explaining the role gender differences have on political objectives, Wolbrecht turned towards speculations regarding the 2020 election. Policy changes, to Pinderhughes, negatively impact the Black voter community. “Access to voting rights is a concern in the sense that with Holder v. Shelby County, protection, under section four of the right voting act, is no longer offered,” Pinderhughes said. Young then turned towards Wolbrecht, asking what then needed to be done. “We are nowhere close to being done,” Wolbrecht said. She explained that the constitution does not include the affirmative right to vote, which does not require states, counties or municipalities to ensure the right to vote — accountability she wishes existed. Pinderhughes said that in addition to this legal framework, “what needs to happen at present is for the tensions that remain between and among women of color to be addressed.”Tags: bridging the divide, voting 2020, voting myths Two Notre Dame political scientists discussed the 19th Amendment and women’s role in elections over the past 100 years during a Monday evening lecture called “The 19th Amendment and the Myth that All Women Vote the Same.” The discussion was part of the Bridging the Divide lecture series sponsored by the Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights and the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy. last_img read more

Beat writers unanimous in picking Syracuse to beat Wake Forest on road

first_img Published on November 2, 2018 at 1:28 pm Editor’s note: On Tuesday, the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season listed Syracuse as No. 19. The Daily Orange will reflect the rankings of the College Football Playoff and not the Associated Press for the remainder of the season.No. 19 Syracuse (6-2, 3-2 Atlantic Coast), kicks-off with Wake Forest (4-4, 1-3) at noon on Saturday. Last week, Syracuse defeated North Carolina State, 51-41, qualifying for its first bowl game since 2013. The Orange also made their inaugural appearance in the College Football Playoff rankings. In the Demon Deacons most recent matchup, running back Matt Colburn thrashed Louisville for 243 yards in a 56-35 Wake Forest win. Below, The Daily Orange beat writers predict Syracuse’s Week 9 matchup with Wake Forest.Josh Schafer (7-1)Defeating DemonsSyracuse 41 Wake Forest 31This season has seen Syracuse buck the trend of many narratives. For the first time in 17 years, SU cracked the AP Poll. The Orange ended a five-year bowl drought and made their inaugural appearance in the CFP rankings. Now, they will take the next step and defeat an ACC opponent on the road for just the second time in three years. Wake Forest’s defense ranks 125th out of 129 teams in yards allowed per game. Syracuse’s offense ranks 14th in yards gained. Simply put, the Orange should have a field day on Saturday. As long as the defense provides some help with occasional stops on a strong Wake rushing attack, the Orange should prevail.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAndrew Graham (6-2)Clear cutSyracuse 37, Wake Forest 21Syracuse enters its noon matchup with Wake Forest already bowl eligible — for the first time since 2013 — and ranked No. 19 in the initial College Football Playoff rankings. Wake Forest picked up its first Power 5 win of the season last week. (Against Louisville, which doesn’t have a Power 5 win, yet.) Yes, Syracuse has struggled on the road under Dino Babers, particularly in conference games. But this year’s iteration of Syracuse is clearly different and clearly much better than whatever team Wake Forest can put on the field. Greg Dortch and Matt Colburn are the two WFU weapons SU needs to keep in check, but the offense should have little to no trouble marching up and down the field on a beat up and porous Demon Deacons defense. Syracuse gets out quickly and cruises to an easy win.Matt Liberman (6-2)Battle RoadSyracuse 38, Wake Forest 33If there is anything that has stuck with Syracuse this season from the past two, it is that this team somehow can’t figure out how to win on the road. The Orange should’ve beaten a more than disappointing Pitt squad in a game that about 7,000 people showed up for, not exactly a crazy 12th man. Yet this game feels different. SU is in territory it hasn’t been in for five years, and Eric Dungey is coming off the game of his life after being benched the week before. Wake has only beaten one Power 5 team in Louisville on the back of Matt Colburn’s career day. He should certainly see his fair share of touches to blow by the Orange, but the SU offense will keep pace and pull ahead when it matters most. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more