Local food co-op helps relieve ‘food desert’

first_imgIn the spring of 2011, now-senior Erin Wright helped launch a South Bend food co-op for a community-based research course, and the quality of both the produce and neighborhood interaction has kept her going back ever since. The Monroe Park Food Co-op in downtown South Bend welcomes students and residents of any income level to purchase nutritious, low-cost fruits, vegetables and other staple food items. “I really like the personal interaction with the people that work there and its members,” Wright said. “And it’s really affordable, high-quality fruits and vegetables that I probably wouldn’t buy otherwise.” Professor Margaret Pfeil, a theology professor and staff member at the Center for Social Concerns, said the idea for the co-op was developed during the spring of 2011 after the Catholic Worker community asked residents of Monroe Park where they purchased groceries. “There really is no accessible grocery store nearby that offers healthy food at affordable prices,” Pfeil said. “Lots of people said they either borrowed a car or got a ride from a friend to Wal-Mart.” Monroe Park qualifies as a food desert, Pfeil said, which is a neighborhood that is located more than one mile away from a full-service source of food. “There are smaller markets, but they don’t offer a great variety and are relatively expensive,” Pfeil said. “It would be a place you would go in a snowstorm to get milk or emergency provisions.” After asking the residents what food options they would like to see nearby, Pfeil said most of the community wanted easier access to fresh vegetables and produce. Pfeil, along with Wright and other students in the community-based theology course Pfeil was teaching at the time, began to explore options among local farmers. Most of the farmers agreed they would support the co-op, Pfeil said. “They were in need of market venues in the city,” she said. Since then, the Monroe Park Co-Op has expanded from one day of sales to three days, Thursday through Saturday. Pfeil said the organization currently has 200 members, who include students, average-income sponsor members and low-income members who volunteer time rather than money to the co-op. “Members are self-selected,” Pfeil said. “If people self-identify as low-income, they can choose a neighbor membership or resident of Michiana membership, and they volunteer at the co-op three hours per month.” The collaboration between the community of South Bend and Notre Dame students has been vital to the launch and growth of the co-op, Pfeil said. “I can’t say enough about the enthusiasm, energy and thoughtfulness from the students who have become involved in the co-op,” she said. “Students with interests in economic and theological issues involved with food security have all been able to find an interesting connection at the co-op.” Wright, who held a student membership for one year and has volunteered as a worker-member since, said the co-op provides her with a great opportunity to work with, rather than for, South Bend community members. “It’s not Notre Dame students doing something for the community, but it’s working together with community members to create something that serves everyone,” she said. “It’s very much a collaborative effort, nothing we could have just done on our own.” Other students at Notre Dame have become involved with different sections of the co-op’s food chain. Freshman Tony Zhong is currently enrolled in a community-based writing and Rhetoric course in which he volunteers at the farms that supply the co-op. Zhong said he has already enjoyed the experience immensely and plans to become more immersed in the world of the Monroe Park Co-Op, particularly with trying to publicize the co-op. “I want to have more people shop there and to encourage more Notre Dame students to volunteer there,” Zhong said. “The farms produce inexpensive, high-quality, organic food. And it’s cheaper than Martin’s.” Contact Mel Flanagan at         [email protected]last_img read more

Phishing scam targets Notre Dame students, staff

first_imgMembers of the millennial generation current Notre Dame students are fairly tech-savvy, but the Office of Information Technology (OIT) has seen a significant increase in the number of students falling for phishing scams this year. According to the OIT website, phishing is the use of email or fraudulent web sites to trick people into disclosing their personal financial or identity information, including user names and passwords. David Seidl, director of information security for OIT, said instances of such scams that have succeeded in tricking students have increased during this academic year. “Historically it was mostly faculty and staff that fell for these scams, and the number of students scammed was next to nothing,” Seidl said. “This year there were 25 students scammed in one month.” Seidl said an increase at the very beginning of the year or when students and faculty are returning from vacation is expected, but this year the increase has been greater and more sustained than in the past. A new, targeted phishing technique is a big part of the reason for the increase, Seidl said. The new phish, which convinced at least 76 people to visit the web site to which it is linked, features an image of the Notre Dame seal and purports to be a security alert. Notre Dame is not the only university to be targeted by phishers using this new technique, Seidl said. “Other universities are also seeing an increase in these kinds of attacks, it’s called ‘spear pfishing,’” he said. Seidl said students, and anyone else with a Notre Dame account, should ignore any email request for their netID or password. “We [at OIT] will never ask for your password,” he said. Lenette Votava, director of internal marketing and communications for OIT, said protecting an individual netID is important for more than just the individual’s identity security. “It only takes one person to fall for a phishing scam, because once a pfisher starts sending from a legitimate Notre Dame account we get blacklisted by third parties,” Votava said. Because of these problems with third parties, Seidl said it is important that students are vigilant in protecting their Notre Dame netID’s and passwords against targeted phishing scams. “Students need to know they are the target and their netID’s effect more than just themselves,” he said. Seidl said it can take anywhere from two to four days to clear a blacklisting from a third party and in the meantime students, faculty and staff are seriously inconvenienced. In that situation, Dame accounts commonly become unable to communicate with people who use a certain email provider that has issued a blacklisting. This problem is compounded by the fact that phishers often sustain their attacks on third parties by using more than one corrupted account, Seidl said, and a longer attack means the subsequent blacklisting lasts longer. “They will collect compromised netIDs and then use them all at once to sustain their phishing assault. These corrupted accounts may send as much as 70,000 emails per hour,” Seidl said. Seidl said the first resource for anyone who may have exposed his or her account or other important information is the OIT help desk in Room 128 of DeBartolo Hall. “The OIT help desk should be your first point of contact if you think you may have fallen for a pfishing scam,” he said. Seidl said other steps an individual can take if he or she has exposed their Notre Dame account are to immediately change the account’s password and to visit the phishing help page on the OIT website. An individual who has exposed additional sensitive personal information should consult the identity theft help page on the Federal Trade Commission’s website. OIT is taking several steps to address the increase in the number of phishing victims this year, Seidl said. The first step is raising awareness, which involves letting students, faculty and staff know about the importance of netID security and the dangers of targeted phishing. Other preventative measures include reducing the number of messages an account can send in a given time period and limiting the number of simultaneous connections, Seidl said. The reason for limiting the number of messages is that the typical user sends no more than 100 emails per day, while phishers will send as many as 70,000 in an hour. Similarly, the average user never needs more than three simultaneous connections, but phishers link to computers around the world to create anywhere from five to 20 simultaneous connections, he said. Seidl said OIT will also continue their practice of using the Notre Dame network’s Domain Name System (DNS), which translates Internet Protocol (IP) addresses to the (Uniform Resource Locators (URL’s) users see, to divert users from known phishing scams that have been identified by OIT. Users who click on the links of these known scams will be diverted to a warning page of the OIT website, Seidl said. This OIT page receives an average of 1,500 to 3,000 visits each day. OIT became aware of the increase in phishing victims through a combination of complaints from third parties, spam to OIT email accounts, abusive behavior patterns in outbound mail from the Notre Dame network and self-reporting by victims, Seidl said. Seidl said the OIT Help Desk keeps statistics on compromised Notre Dame accounts, which allowed OIT to discern the recent phishing trend. Phishing may be a recent development in Internet security, but it will likely remain a concern because it is more profitable than types of spamming that are designed around selling products, Seidl said. “It used to be spam was used to sell things like Viagra,” he said. “Now spam is being used to get you to give up your credentials, which is much more valuable to the spammer than selling you anything.”last_img read more

Psychologist debunks myths of hypnosis

first_imgWorld-renowned clinical psychologist Dr. David Watson presented a lecture Tuesday about the history of hypnosis and the common characteristics of the hypnotic state.Watson’s lecture, sponsored by the Notre Dame Psychology Club, began with a detailed definition of what hypnosis is and what it is not.“A lot of [hypnosis] is shrouded in mystery and controversy,” Watson said. “There are a lot of misconceptions about hypnosis.”According to the Society for Psychological Hypnosis, hypnosis typically involves an introduction to the procedure during which the subject is told that suggestions for imaginative experiences will be presented, Watson said. Suggestion is at the core of hypnosis and is used by hypnotists to encourage and evaluate responses from subjects, he said.“When using hypnosis, one person, the subject, is guided by another, the hypnotist, to respond to suggestions for changes in subjective experience, alterations in perception, sensation, emotion, thought, or behavior,” Watson said. “If the subject responds to hypnotic suggestions, it is generally inferred that hypnosis has been induced.”Watson said hypnosis also involves the processes of conformity and social influence.“It’s sort of a social interaction, a very structured situation, that is based on some sort of altered fantasy-based form of consciousness,” he said.Watson deflated several popular myths regarding hypnosis and its effect on subjects. He said a person cannot be hypnotized against his or her will, nor can hypnosis be used to improve memory or permanently forget things or people.“These misconceptions all have a common theme, which is that hypnosis is seen as an incredibly powerful thing,” he said. “It is powerful [but] it’s probably not incredibly powerful.”Watson also offered insight into what he called the “weird, somewhat tortured history of hypnosis.”Hypnosis originated in the Middle Ages, where it stemmed from hysteria in people who were thought to be possessed by demons, Watson said. In the 18th century, German physician Franz Anton Mesmer studied these instances of demonic possession and the subsequent exorcisms. Mesmer developed his own theory that was eventually debunked by a commission led by Benjamin Franklin, Watson said.In the mid-19th century, Scottish scientist James Braid, who used hypnosis in therapy, coined the term “neuro-hypnotism” to describe his method.“The original application of hypnosis in medicine was for use in surgery,” Watson said. “This is still in our current day the most common use of hypnosis … [for] the relief of pain.”Today, hypnosis can be used similar to meditation to give subjects a heightened, intense sensory experience and focused attention, he said.Watson emphasized that the significance of hypnosis lies in the person who is being hypnotized.“People think of hypnosis… as somebody controlling somebody else,” he said. “It’s important to keep in mind the hypnotic subject is more important than the hypnotist.”Tags: clinical psychologist, dr. david watson, hypnosis, hypnotic state, notre dame psychology clublast_img read more

ND launches mobile app

first_imgNotre Dame students will soon be able to check dinner menus, find the nearest ATM, look up their accounting grades, confirm what time the basketball team is playing and even check if washing machines are free to use in their dorm with Notre Dame’s official app, MobileND, available for download now.The main goal of the app was to bring users what they needed quickly and easily, Matt Willmore, MobileND program manager for the Office of Information Technology (OIT), said.“We know that students have their smartphones with them 24/7 and want information quickly and often, and we have worked to deliver that to students,” Willmore said. “We also know that if the app isn’t useful, students won’t use it. Everything we build into the app is driven by the same question: How useful will this be?”Notre Dame partnered with Modo Labs, which has built similar apps for Harvard University and Princeton University, to design the app, which launched April 11.“Working with them allowed us to focus on the content and to bring this to campus much faster than building it from scratch,” Willmore said. “It also meant we could deliver the same experience for iOS, Android and to m.nd.edu simultaneously.”Willmore said usability was the priority when designing the app.“Things like how many taps it takes to get some information are really important for us, as well as how the app is arranged,” he said.At the bottom of the screen, app users can select their “edition,” and there is an edition designed specifically for students, Willmore said.The app opens to a menu page that links students to campus maps, dining hall menus and hours, news sources on campus, information about every athletic team, a campus directory, weather updates, a campus calendar and more.Willmore said the app will help improve the lives of students by helping to answer questions that come up throughout the day, such as “Where can I go study right now?” or “What’s happening on campus tonight?”“The most exciting feature to me, though, is the flexibility of the app’s platform,” Willmore said. “As the needs of campus change, the app can change with it. We can add modules for campus events like back-to-school just when they’re relevant.”Although there is a large array of options, Willmore said he hopes everyone on campus will make use of at least one feature within the app, especially since people’s needs vary over time.Much of this information is now scattered across webpages, but Willmore said he envisioned aggregating the information in one place that is “built for convenience.”“I can say from personal experience that an app like this would have been amazing when I was in college,” he said.Willmore said any cell phone with Internet capabilities can access the content on MobileND. While the app is mostly geared towards students, he said Notre Dame anticipates people using the app when they visit campus. To accommodate those interests, the app includes a visitor-parking map. He said MobileND plans to add content to enhance campus visits in the future.Visit the AppStore to download MobileND. Feedback about improvements and content can be mailed to [email protected] Tags: MobileND, Office of Information Technologylast_img read more

Campus reacts to new Irish Guard

first_imgThe Irish Guard led the Band of the Fighting Irish onto the new turf of Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday for the first time since the band directors replaced the entire group of former guardsmen with band members last April.“The Irish Guard are an integral part of the Notre Dame Band, and the whole band did a fine job on Saturday with only a short amount of time to get ready since arriving back on campus this fall,” Dr. Kenneth Dye, director of bands, said.The changes to the structure of the Irish Guard included the elimination of the six-foot-two height requirement and the addition of one mandatory year of service to the band as a musician or manager. Although members of last season’s Guard auditioned for this year, none were selected.“There is no longer a definitive height requirement for Guard members, and the selection process emphasizes stature, citizenship, band service, marching ability, attitude and poise,” Dye said. “All of the current Guard meet these requirements and have fulfilled a year of service in the band as either a musician or a manager as is consistent with the selection criteria.“Eight to 10 members may march on any given Saturday based on the precision marching routines,” he said. “The group continues to wear its traditional uniforms, marching before games as well as during pre-game, halftime and post-game, and continues to assist with the pre-game flag ceremony.”The changes met resistance, particularly from the ousted guardsmen as well as alumni who served in the Guard. The group has been in existence since 1949, according to the Notre Dame Band website.After Saturday’s opening game against Rice, current students noticed changes in the Guard. Junior Kim Mai said the new members did not project the same force they have in years past.“The Irish Guard … have a way that they hold themselves, and they’re supposed to be tall and stoic and poised,” she said. “That’s the tone that they set on the field, and now you don’t really get that. It’s kind of like the end of an era.”Junior Connor Quigley said he disagreed with the directors’ decision to change the composition of the Guard and considered it a needless break from a noteworthy tradition.“At a University that stands so much on tradition, why change such a big one?” Quigley said. “The Irish Guard is something that is very recognizable with Notre Dame football and is a big part of game days. I don’t like that they would change it … I would rather see the Irish Guard completely removed.”Other students, however, did not perceive any drastic changes in the Guard on the field Saturday compared to the groups of years past. Junior Kerry Walsh said although the new guardsmen appeared shorter than their predecessors, their presence was the same.“I didn’t see much of a difference between the Irish Guard this year and last,” Walsh said. “It’s hard to tell as a student in the student section that the members are different … I saw them at halftime and remembered that they had switched the policy, so I noted they were different only at halftime. I’m also no marching expert but they seemed like they were doing a pretty good job.”Current and former members of the Irish Guard did not respond to requests for comment.Last spring, Dye said he and the band staff, with the approval of the Office of Student Affairs, changed the requirements for new guardsmen in hopes of increasing the leadership potential of the group and the commitment of its members.“We’re trying to elevate the responsibility of the Guard so that they exemplify the best qualities of a Notre Dame student,” Dye said in May. “… If we pick from the membership of the [2013] Guard rather than from an auditioning membership at the beginning of the fall, then we know what their record and habits and citizenship are, and it gives us a stronger pool of applicants and participants to really put the best people that we have in front of the band.”Dye said Sunday he expects the tradition of the Irish Guard to continue as it has for the last 65 years.“The Irish Guard is certainly a valued and unique tradition at Notre Dame, and the University hopes that its presence will endure for years to come,” he said.Tags: football, Irish Guard, Kenneth Dye, traditionlast_img read more

Saint Mary’s initiates renovation of athletic facilities

first_imgLast Friday, Saint Mary’s broke ground on the new Patricia Wiedner Purcell Athletic Fields to be completed in the fall of 2016.Mary Burke, a 1985 graduate and chair of the Board of Trustees, said the fields will be used for three sports — lacrosse, softball and soccer.Burke said College President Carol Ann Mooney’s strategic plan “The Path to Leadership,” released in 2012, called for investment in the College’s athletic and recreation program.According to Burke, Paul Purcell and Patricia Wiedner Purcell, 1969 graduates of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s, respectively, are the leading donors in the College’s “Faith Always, Action Now” campaign and were a huge part of making the new fields a reality.Burke said the generous donation has helped to make Mooney’s dream a reality, and the groundbreaking is just the beginning.“At Saint Mary’s, we believe in the education of our students’ mind, body and spirit,” Burke said. “Well-rounded students are what the world needs and Saint Mary’s women are what this world needs.“Today we take an important first step in fulfilling that essential healthy environment for our students.”Similarly, Susan Rice, a 1961 graduate and co-chair of the Campaign Steering Committee, said the groundbreaking marks a significant benchmark in the focus of Saint Mary’s.“Sister Madeleva used to talk about the Saint Mary’s graduate as the whole woman, and today the College is digging in to demonstrate its lifelong commitment to nurturing the physical health of that whole woman,” Rice said.In order for Saint Mary’s to prepare the whole woman, their athletic facilities and wellness programs must adequately support the students, Rice said.“Today we are affirming that the beauty of our campus will be strengthened by new fields, a new athletic facility, that will nurture our young women to be that whole woman,” Rice said.Sarah Early, a 1972 graduate and co-chair of the Campaign Steering Committee, said Saint Mary’s had outgrown the current Angela Athletic Facility originally built in 1977.Early said 72 percent of the incoming class of 2019 have been involved in high school athletics, which demonstrates the need for up-to-date athletics fields and facilities.Additionally, Early said in the past eight years, three valedictorians have been student-athletes.Junior Krista Knapke, president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and a member of the basketball team, said all students, not just athletes, are excited about the new facilities.Knapke thanked donors for making the new facilities possible and assured them that “an entire campus of Belles thanks you.”After the ceremonial groundbreaking, director of athletics Julie Schroeder-Biek also thanked donors for making the new fields and renovation possible.“For so long we have been waiting to put that shovel in the ground for the expansion and renovation, and today we did that,” Schroeder-Biek said.Schroeder-Biek said despite the obvious facility limitations, all of the athletic programs have flourished due to the dedication, patience, perseverance, creativity and hard work of student-athletes and athletic staff.“It’s so exciting to think what our women will accomplish on these new athletic fields, and one day very soon, the new athletic facility,” Schroeder-Biek said.Mooney said to say that Paul and Patti are liberal with their time and financial resources would be an understatement.“We would not be standing here today if it were not for their generosity,” Mooney said.Patricia Wiedner Purcell said she lost touch with the Saint Mary’s campus as she was raising her family but as a member of the Campaign Steering committee she fell in love with Saint Mary’s again.“All we want to do is make sure [Saint Mary’s] continues to flourish,” Patricia Wiedner Purcell said.Paul Purcell said Saint Mary’s has been a huge part of his life because it is where he met Patricia.Additionally Paul Purcell said the success of the “Faith Always, Action Now” campaign should be attributed to the many women who lead the College, especially Mooney.“The world desperately needs places like Saint Mary’s,” Paul Purcell said. “It is a wonderful place for young women to come in an incredibly formative time of their lives and [the College] creates wonderful Christian leaders to go out and do good. We are thrilled to be a part of it.”Tags: Angela Athletic Facility, Faith Always Action Now, Fundraising Campaign, groundbreaking, Patricia Wiedner Purcell Athletic Fields, Saint Mary’s Athleticslast_img read more

Folk Choir concert to raise funds for Holy Cross Missions

first_imgThe talent and range of the Notre Dame Folk Choir will be on full display Friday evening at its annual charity event, the Concert for the Missions.The Concert for the Missions is an annual concert held in order to raise money for Holy Cross Missions, a foreign mission established by the Congregation of Holy Cross. Folk Choir president Ellyn Milan, a senior at Saint Mary’s, said it is the premier fall event for the choir.“It’s a way for people to engage in prayer and song in a unique way with a unique focus,” Folk Choir senior secretary Marisa Thompson said.According to the Congregation of Holy Cross’s website, the congregation began sending missionaries to international locations as early as 1840, just three years after its founding. As of now, Holy Cross has missions in several international locations, including Chile, East Africa, Peru, Mexico and Bangladesh.Milan said she estimates that over the years the concert has raised more than $100,000 for the Missions. Though she said she could not predict how much money the choir will earn this year, Milan said she is optimistic the funds will provide significant aid to the Missions.The money collected from the concert will be used by Holy Cross Missions to help needy children on three different continents.Milan said this event, which has been a part of the Folk Choir’s schedule for more than 22 years, began as a result of the choir’s desire to promote its goals of giving and outreach.The choir also has a special connection with the Missions, Milan said, as choir director Steve Warner holds personal relationships with many Holy Cross priests who have dedicated their lives to the Mission’s effort overseas.She said the music played at the concert each year varies according to the concert’s theme. This year, the choir drew inspiration from the visit of Pope Francis to the United States. As a result, Milan said, the name of this year’s concert is “In the Words of Pope Francis.”Thompson said the songs are taken directly from the choir’s repertoire or pieces written by the choir’s director.“We have quite a bit of music that has to deal with creation, the beauty of creation and songs about peace and unity.” Thompson said.In addition to the support it provides to the Missions, the concert also holds a special place in the hearts of its performers, Milan said. She said she chose to join the Folk Choir after attending the concert her freshman year.“That resultant decision [to join] has been one of the most profound of my life,” Milan said. “The Concert for the Missions is our biggest event of the fall semester and a way to share with the larger community the joy we find with each other in song. It is a beautiful way of using the gifts we have been given by God for a really good cause.”The 22nd annual Concert for the Missions will be held at 8 p.m. in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Admission is free and open to the public.Tags: Concert for the Missions, Congregation of the Holy Cross, Folk Choir, Holy Cross Missionslast_img read more

RecSports to host 37th annual Domer Run

first_imgNotre Dame RecSports will host the 37th annual Domer Run on Friday on the Irish Green. The run is staffed by a mix of employees and volunteer workers who help out with everything from manning water stations to crowd control. Kendra Bayne, the assistant director of RecSports, organized the run.“My favorite part of the Domer Run is seeing the wide variety of participants that cross the finish line on race day,” Bayne said in an email. “No matter if you’re a runner or a walker, the only thing that truly matters is that you’re up and out there on a beautiful morning on the campus of Notre Dame and being active.”The run follows three separate courses weaving throughout Notre Dame’s campus. These three courses consist of a 5K run, a 10K run and a two-mile “Fun Walk.”According to the Domer Run website, the five-kilometer run begins on the Irish Green and proceeds on a northbound route to Saint Mary’s lake, where runners will circle the body of water. After circling the lake, runners will travel south down Holy Cross drive until they reach Notre Dame Avenue, then make their way north and around University Circle. Participants will then run south on Notre Dame Avenue until they reach their original starting point, the Irish Green.The 10K run follows a similar course, with the addition of having contestants run around both Saint Mary’s lake and St. Joseph’s lake. This race also includes a mile long stretch where the runners go south down Twyckenham Drive before reaching the final stretch of the race and finally finishing at the Irish Greens. According to the site, the two mile “Fun Walk” is more focused on sightseeing than competition, and follows a very relaxed route through campus. The walkers begin at Irish Green, walking north around the main building, passing the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on their way. After that, the contestants will walk east to the Rockne Memorial, then finally follows the course back to where they began their great Odyssey, the Irish Commons. The main purpose of the run is to fundraise for the Gyna Girls of the RiverBend Cancer Services, Gyna Girls president Nancy White said. RiverBend Cancer Services seeks to improve the quality of life for cancer survivors as well as help those with cancer with managing their treatment, according to their website. “We feel so blessed to be partnering with the Domer Run to help raise awareness about gynecological cancers,” White said.Notre Dame senior Andrew Jarocki won last year’s five kilometer Domer Run race in the 18-25 division. “I love and do the Domer Run whenever I can because it is a beautiful course around the lakes and through campus,” Jarocki said. “For me, it is also really fun to run with and compete against folks from all over the tri-campus area.”Tags: Domer Run, Gyna-Girls, RecSports, RiverBend Cancer Serviceslast_img read more

MBA student, Navy veteran shares passion for painting

first_imgCourtesy of Jacob Mazurek Mazurek said he spent 950 hours over the course of a year to complete his painting of the vaulted ceiling of Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart.Mazurek said he started painting because of a girl from South Africa when he was in high school. There were several posters of color exercises hanging on his apartment and the girl asked if he could make her one.“I liked her, so I immediately bought a bunch of materials and asked people what type of painting should I start with, but eventually I painted something that wasn’t what she asked for at all,” he said. “I didn’t get her, but my painting life started.”Mazurek graduated from high school with a 2.0 GPA and was not able to afford university, he said. He decided instead to join the Navy where he served for 23 years, travelling to 29 countries over the course of his military career.“I brought my hobby with me on the ship,” Mazurek said. Jacob Mazurek, a second year Mendoza MBA student, stands out among his peers not only as a Navy veteran of 23 years, but also as a devoted and accomplished painter.Students may recognize him from around campus, where he can often be found painting in public spaces. His favorite spots, he said, include Modern Market in the Duncan Student Center, Starbucks in the LaFortune Student Center and the Hammes Bookstore.Mazurek completed his latest piece, a painting of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, two weeks ago. He said he spent over 950 hours painting it.“I was on the campus tour during orientation, and the moment I took the photo of Basilica, I thought it would be a good painting,” he said. “I went back over and over again to take more photos for details and get things right in their positions.” Courtesy of Jacob Mazurek Depicted is a self-portrait by Jacob Mazurek. Mazurek began painting in high school and cultivated his passion throughout his Naval career.After settling down in a base, he said he would check out local art museums, learn the culture and start to paint. Mazurek said he was stationed in Bahrain for an extended period, and cites the local art and culture as a major artistic influence.“There was the Bahrain Contemporary Art Association just across the street from my base,” he said. “I requested to hang out there, and I met some artists. In a separate room, we drank coffee, painted and talked about expressionism and local aesthetics.”One of Mazurek’s paintings, titled “The Bahrain Contemporary Art Association,” depicts the local art scene in Bahrain, showing the room with his artist friends’ paintings on the walls and floor.He also spent five years in Japan during his service, where he also engaged with the local art scene. An art museum was situated near the Starbucks where he used to paint, he said, and one day the museum staff struck up conversation with him.“I know five sentences in Japanese and they know five sentences in English, so we made the whole conversation happen,” he said. “We didn’t need to speak difficult words. I showed them the paintings. They pointed at some places and asked questions. We also shared about our backgrounds and life experiences. When they asked me where I am from, I brought up a map and pointed at the United States. Then I asked where they were from, and they turned the map around to show Japan,” he said. “The words were less important than the tone and attitude.”He even participated in an art contest there and received a prize, he said.“I was excited but when I looked around, there were 50 other people who got the prize too,” he said, laughing.Mazurek said painting helped him deal with the challenges of serving in the Navy.“My job could be stressful sometimes, so painting made me take a step back and just be myself, getting my mellow and enjoying the world in front of me,” he said.While painting helped Mazurek with his time in the Navy, his time in the Navy also helped his painting, he said.“I developed a lot of patience in the Navy,” he said. “I was a sonar operator in the beginning, and I spent hours and hours staring at the moving static. Sometimes we tried to check every area in the ocean. I gradually accepted that I might not accomplish so much work in one day. So when it came to painting, I started to admit that I had to draw without seeing it completed soon, and I need to be patient and positive with it.”Taking photos and turning them into paintings is Mazurek’s specialty. He said there is a file of photos piling up in his home that he may paint some day.Mazurek said his military training has informed his painting technique. When recreating paintings from photos, he uses a coordinate grid system to magnify the photo with correct proportions, painting objects to scale with precise detail.During his service, he said he also found time to study and completed his associate bachelor and master’s degrees, mainly through online courses.“On my first serving ship, I was taking an astronomy class,” he said. “One night, after my reading, I went to the deck and looked at the sky. When there was no light blocking me from seeing the starry night, I saw various constellations and the Milky Way. … I haven’t been in any action or hot war, and my paintings are also about the beauty of nature and humanity.”Tags: Art, Jacob Mazurek, mendoza college of business, Navy, Paintinglast_img read more

President Conboy to facilitate discussion with students of color

first_imgStudents of color are invited to attend a virtual meeting Wednesday with College President Katie Conboy to share their aspirations and stories, said Redgina Hill, executive director of inclusion and equity, in an email Thursday.“We are entering a new time at Saint Mary’s, and this is the perfect opportunity to dream together to create change,” Hill said.Students interested in participating are asked to register via a link within the email.Tags: inclusion and equity, president katie conboy, students of colorlast_img read more