26 Jan

Junior Parents Weekend chairs reflect on event planning

first_imgObserver File Photo Students and parents enjoy brunch on the Sunday morning of last year’s Junior Parents Weekend (JPW). JPW offers parents an insight into their children’s lives at Notre Dame over a weekend in February. The 2020 iteration will take place this weekend.Events begin Friday night and continue almost nonstop until Sunday morning. Although no event is required, they all bring something unique to the weekend. Notably, there is an Opening Gala on Friday night, academic open houses, Mass and a President’s Dinner on Saturday and a Sunday Brunch. Each event is planned by one of the JPW chair members.“Going through the whole process is challenging, but very rewarding,” junior Devon Ngo, College of Engineering chair, said. “Seeing it all come together is humbling in a way, because you begin to see how much work it takes to run an event smoothly that, as an attendee, you don’t really get to see.”While the weekend does not change much year-to-year, Ngo tried to bring something new to the College of Engineering Open House.“One of the things that I’m doing this year is making it feel a little more personal,” he said. “I’m having a slideshow with engineering pictures. The one thing that our junior chemical engineering class has kind of developed over the past two and a half years is this really close connection with one another. It’s so rewarding to see and be able to display that to the parents.”Junior Shantae Harris, Gala Chair, said she was also excited to be a part of the process, especially because she was responsible for picking out every detail of the gala.“I get to be a part of the process, but also all the fun things that are associated with it, like planning the events, picking the menus, figuring out who’s going to be the homilist,” Harris said. “I feel like the gala was the best for me. I love finger foods, and I love cooking, so I had all these ideas for it.”While most of the events involve mingling, like the academic open houses and the gala, the President’s Dinner is unique in that it facilitates conversation, junior and dinner chair Beverley Watson said. The dinner is also the only time that University President Fr. John Jenkins directly addresses students and their parents.“Dinner is the time to sit down and really get to know people. You have this sit-down environment where you can have a nice conversation with people, and the Glee Club will perform right beforehand,” she said. “I feel like a meal is always a great way to experience the people you’re surrounding yourself with, and I’m so excited to help make that happen.”Although there are many details involved in JPW, they all come together to give parents the big picture of what their child’s Notre Dame experience has been like so far. But, Reddy said, JPW is not just a time for parents; the students should also take the opportunity to look back on all that they have accomplished in their two and a half years at the University.“I hope students enjoy looking back on their growth since freshman year, cherishing all of the relationships they’ve cultivated, and celebrating with their parents all of the work they’ve done,” she said. “I also hope they get the unique chance to introduce their family to the larger Notre Dame family they’ve created for themselves since freshman year.”Tags: Junior Parents Weekend, parents, University President Fr. John Jenkins This weekend, hundreds of parents will stream onto campus — not to see a football game, but to immerse themselves in the community and to discover the reality of their children’s daily lives at Notre Dame.Ever since its beginnings in 1953, Junior Parents Weekend (JPW) has been an opportunity for juniors to show their parents the lives they have built for themselves, the friendships they have forged and all of their achievements, junior Sara Rani Reddy, JPW co-chair, said in an email.last_img read more

20 Oct

Bargain hunt

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27 Sep

The insane message legalizing ‘death with dignity’ sends to the suicidal

first_imgLifeSiteNews 16 November 2015I’d like the defenders of euthanasia and so-called “death with dignity” to explain something to me. How is the legalization and relentless promotion of “assisted suicide” not the “glorification of suicide”?I’m tired of all of transparently mindless babble about how “assisted suicide” is not a slippery slope. The phrase itself screams with denial: “Wanna kill yourself? Here, let us help you with that.” When helping people kill themselves is referred to as “end-of-life care” rather than “accomplice to murder,” who will be picking up the phone at the other end of the suicide prevention hot line?Here’s the thing. I know many people who struggle with depression. I would wager that everyone does. If we’re honest, we can admit that many people who struggle with mental illness would, in a particularly black moment, consider suicide if it was easily available and relatively painless. That is the reason the number one cause of death by gun in Canada is suicide—because many people who would not have ordinarily taken their own lives do so in a fit of palpable darkness.The idea that our government, our health care system, our society, would send such mixed signals to those contemplating suicide is criminally negligent and outright disgusting. Suicide is never the answer, campaigners used to say. Now, I suppose, they’ll have to qualify. Suicide is never the answer—except sometimes. It’s complicated!That’s already happening.Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.Consider Laura, a healthy 24-year-old from Belgium. Doctors recently approved her request for euthanasia, because she had “suicidal thoughts.” The solution to suicidal thoughts is now suicide, apparently. One of Laura’s friends, who was also suicidal, had died by euthanasia some time previously.The story hasn’t caused much of a stir, though. Five people a day die by euthanasia in Belgium, and reports have emerged that many elderly people are increasingly being killed without their consent, like aging house pets being put to sleep. For some reason, we’ve managed to abolish the death penalty for rapists and serial killers but approved the needle for the old, the sick, and the depressed.And then there is the Netherlands, where a report noted that a minimum of 50% of those killed by euthanasia were suffering from depression at the time. The Dutch researchers didn’t find this a big deal, stating that there was no reason to believe that the death requests by these people were not thought through properly, as if requesting death was not in and of itself a sign of warped thought processes.This is not some conspiracy theory, either. In 2013 the Dutch Health Minister Edith Schippers admitted that there had been at least 45 “psychiatric euthanasia deaths” in that year alone.The impact of families can be tragic, as Tom Mortier can attest. He filed a lawsuit with the European Court of Human Rights to challenge Belgium’s euthanasia laws after doctors killed his mother because of “untreatable depression”—and nothing else. The heart-broken Mortier, who wasn’t even contacted by anyone, said his mother was depressed because of a recent break-up—and the doctors who killed her didn’t even have any psychiatric qualifications.https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/how-is-assisted-suicide-anything-other-than-the-glorification-of-suicidelast_img read more

24 Sep

Robert “Bob” Fehrman

first_imgRobert “Bob” Fehrman, 80, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, August 30, 2017 in Milan, Indiana.He was born December 16, 1936 in Boston, Massachusetts, son of the late Harold and Clara Fehrman. Bob was a lifelong resident of Aurora being raised by his grandmother, Caroline Meyer Fehrman. Bob served his country as a member of the United States Air Force from 1960-1966.He started Fehrman Realty in 1976 as the Principal Broker and Owner, retiring after over 40 years of service.He was a member of First Baptist Church of Aurora. Bob was a lifelong native of Aurora and was part of the Aurora “Red Devils” basketball team before going on to play at Purdue University where he was an Honorary Team Captain his senior year. Bob was inducted to the 2005 South Dearborn Athletic Hall of Fame. Bob was a member of the Southeastern Indiana Board of Realtors and was previously a part of the MLS Committee, Budget and Finance Committee, and Program Committee. Bob also served as a past Director and President of the Board of Realtors. Bob was named the 2008 Realtor of the Year for Southeastern Indiana. Bob also served the South Dearborn Community School Corporation as a Board Member for 20 years. Bob had dedicated his life to helping others and building the schools into what they are today.Surviving are son, Brett (Jennifer) Fehrman of Aurora, IN; daughter, Holly (Scott) Allen of Aurora, IN; grandchildren, Brooklynn & Grant Allen and Amber Fehrman.He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Dorothy, and his loving wife of 56 years, Jan Fehrman.Friends will be received Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the First Baptist Church of Aurora, 6060 Blair Road, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the Church on Wednesday at 11:00 am with Tom Fehrman and Bill Secrest officiating.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.Contributions may be made to the Aurora Boy Scout Troop 637, Our Hospice of South Central Indiana and First Baptist Church Aurora. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.last_img read more

16 Sep

U.S Olympic gold medalist Kelly Catlin passes away

first_img“There is not a minute that goes by that we do not think of her and think of the wonderful life she could have lived, there is not a second in which we would not freely give our lives in exchange for hers. The hurt is unbelievable,” Velonews quoted the father of Kely Catlin, Mark Catlin as saying. Last Updated: 11th March, 2019 12:27 IST U.S Olympic Gold Medalist Kelly Catlin Passes Away Kelly Catlin, a member of the U.S. women’s pursuit team that earned a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, has died at age 23 WATCH US LIVE Kelly Catlin, a member of the U.S. women’s pursuit team that earned a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, has died at age 23. First Published: 11th March, 2019 12:27 IST Written By LIVE TV Asia News International COMMENT Catlin earned three consecutive world championship[ titles with the U.S. women’s pursuit team from 2016-2018. She also raced with the Rally UHC Pro Cycling team on the road. In addition to her cycling career, Catlin was pursuing a graduate degree in Computational Mathematics at Stanford University. FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US “The U.S. cycling community suffered a devastating loss with the passing of Kelly Catlin, our USA Cycling National Team member,” our thoughts and prayers are with the Catlin family. Kelly was more than an athlete to us, she was and will always be part of the USA Cycling family. This is an incredibly difficult time for the Catlin family and we want to respect their privacy while they support each other,” USA Cycling said in an official statement.last_img read more