Month: January 2021

Dorm Drinks sold to new ownership

first_imgA popular campus beverage vendor is under new ownership.Dorm Drinks, the Notre Dame beverage supplier, changed hands in January, new Chief Executive Officer Marc Anthony Rosa said.“We took over in January, so it’s a relatively new thing for us,” Rosa said.Rosa, a sophomore, works with two sophomores — Chief Financial Officer Richard Gonzalez and Marketing Director John Paxton —  to lead the company.“Even during our lulls we’re still seeing growth, so it’s a really exciting time to be a part of it,” Rosa said.Rosa, Gonzalez and Paxton found out earlier this year that the previous owners, seniors Adam Heisman and Jack Jeffery, were selling the company, Rosa said.“Dorm Drinks was created [in 2007] essentially out of need,” Rosa said. “They and their buddies wanted drinks. They started delivering drinks to their friends and it turned out to be a very profitable company that worked out well.”The new owners have seen positive results, Rosa said.“It’s been extremely profitable,” Rosa said. “It’s profitable because we offer really low costs and people respond well to it.”Students place orders through dormdrinks.com and deliveries are made on Wednesdays and Sundays, Rosa said.“You come back to your dorm and you want a snack, and you have it right there at your door,” Rosa said.Rosa said dormdrinks.com, the group’s Web site, will soon be redone.“We’re going to make it easier,” Rosa said. “We want as few steps as possible for you to get your stuff.”The new Web site is slated for release sometime next week, Rosa said.Besides a new Web site, the company will also experience a new management style.“We found for what they did, it worked very well for them,” Rosa said. “It worked for now, but it’s not going to work in the future. For future plans we’re just going to have to change several aspects.”These aspects include the distributors the company uses and the ways its clients are handled.Dorm Drinks hopes to expand to other campuses, including Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross, as well as regionally, Rosa said.“By next year we should have at least four,” Rosa said. “I hope that’s something we stick to.”In addition to external expansion, Rosa said Dorm Drinks hopes to expand internally, offering services to student clubs and faculty.“Student clubs want to have events where they offer beverages with competitive prices, and that’s something these clubs don’t want to have to think about,” Rosa said.Rosa said the most popular item is Nestle Pure Life bottled water.“Something that people don’t know is that we have snacks, like chips and cookies,” Rosa said. “Soon we’ll be offering macaroni and cheese and other meal products.”This isn’t Rosa’s first experience with owning a business — Rosa also owns a media management company.“It started out as a side project. A couple of my buddies were in bands and they needed some business help. They needed to get their plans off the ground,” Rosa said. “One band turned into two and before I knew it I created a media management company.”The company manages the long-term career goals of collegiate bands, Rosa said.Rosa said proper time management is how he gets everything done.“Despite this economy, there is still money out there,” Rosa said. “You have to refine what you need and be very specific and on top of your game. There’s no doubt in my mind that you can get the resources, funding, manpower and products that you want.”last_img read more

Former HealthSouth whistleblower addresses ethics

first_imgWeston Smith, frequent speaker on ethics and integrity on business and former CFO-turned-whistleblower for HealthSouth, presented a talk titled “Crossing the Line: An insider’s story” at the Mendoza College of Business in the Jordan Auditorium.The talk, sponsored by the Center for Accounting Research and Education, focused on Smith’s time as CFO of HealthSouth Corporation, the United States’ largest owner and operator of inpatient rehabilitative hospitals and subject of a corporate accounting scandal. Smith spoke about CEO Richard Scrushy, the development of the accounting fraud and the impact it had on employees.“I’m not just talking about a business story, I’m talking about every day life. When I hear people say business ethics I cringe because I think ethics is ethics,” Smith said. “It’s just a question of where it’s played out.”Smith said Scrushy’s development of HealthSouth had an effective model for healthcare and the company’s accounting scandal was atypical for a company with that type of growth.“When I do talk about Richard it’s to illustrate the tone of the company,” said Smith “This company was a very, very good idea because the timing was perfect, the business model was very strong. It was a very fast growing company.”The accounting fraud was not a single, orchestrated event, but rather a progression of small accounting frauds that eventually developed over time, Smith said. Over the years, the fraud was so developed it was almost impossible to stop it.“The rationalization was one of fear — fear of getting caught. Stopping the fraud would have revealed the fraud at that point in time,” he said.Smith said one of his primary motivations to leave HealthSouth and to refuse to continue the accounting fraud was the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) of 2002. The act required corporations’ top management certify the accuracy of financial information.“I was ashamed of who I was and what I had become. I was part of a massive fraud. Sarbanes-Oxley was a wake up call,” he said.Smith said the most detrimental part of the HealthSouth accounting fraud was the toll it took on employees who were innocent of the actions of the company and whose reputations were later damaged by their association with HealthSouth.“When we think of corporate fraud we probably think of shareholders who lost a lot of money,” he said. “But it’s also the human toll on people. People who had nothing to do with the fraud lost their jobs.”“The value of ethics and integrity in business had both emotional and practical worth in business,” Smith said. “The key to becoming successful in business is maintaining a transparent, honest relationship with employees and company members and recognizing the responsibility leaders have towards others in business as well as other spheres in life.“A lot of people were hurt because I was focused on ‘the what’ instead of ‘the who.’ Never lose focus on who you are,” Smith said. “My definition of a good leader it a leader who will not be defined by his own successes but by the success of those he leads.”Tags: ethics, HealthSouth, integrity, Mendoza, whistleblowerlast_img read more

Senate discusses campus safety

first_imgStudent Senate gathered Wednesday evening to discuss safety on campus and how it is addressed. Many members of the senate attended the safety summit on Tuesday that collaborated with the NDSP.Student body president Lauren Vidal discouraged students from traveling in the South Bend area unaccompanied.“One of the most alarming things that we were presented with at the summit is that 80 percent of incidents happen when students are walking alone throughout South Bend,” Vidal said. “We need to watch out for each other and work to promote the overall safety of students.”Over the past five years, Student Senate has worked to strengthen the relationship between students and the South Bend police. According to Vidal, crime rates involving students, which usually involve alcohol-related incidents, have dramatically decreased.“The key is to have respectful interactions with the officers,” Vidal said. “Rather than running away or making excuses, be honest and show respect.”Other topics of discussion included the quad markets for Oct. 10. More details would be finalized as the event approaches, Vidal said.Ashley Calvani, representative for Cavanaugh Hall, brought up a concern about the allocation of financial aid for textbooks.“The textbook financial aid was moved from the jurisdiction of the rectors to the general financial aid office,” Calvani said, “However, many girls in Cavanaugh have stated that the financial aid for textbooks is no longer a part of their packages.”The group decided to look into the issue of financial aid changes and discuss it in the future.At the meeting’s end, Elle Huang, representative for Howard Hall, raised the concern of the limited display for 9/11 on the Notre Dame campus.“Many people, especially those from New York or Washington D.C., feel like a campus wide moment of silence or another act of respect would have been a good way to acknowledge the thousands of lives lost on 9/11.” Tags: Campus Safety, Senatelast_img read more

Student government brings farmer’s market to quad

first_imgNorth Quad will look like a farmer’s market Friday afternoon as part of a new student government initiative, Quad Markets, which brings locally grown produce, fresh pastries, handcrafted accessories and more to campus.“This is a great opportunity for Notre Dame as a whole to better connect with the South Bend community,” junior Lindsay Huth, Student Government communications director, said. “We’re hoping that through this, people will find interesting South Bend shops and restaurants that they’ll visit in the future and that they’ll discover all of the things the city has to offer.The markets will take place from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. Quad Markets, sponsored by Student Government, is the realization of an idea student body president Lauren Vidal and vice president Matt Devine, both seniors, introduced in their election platform last spring. Sophomore and director of community relations Jamie Grzybowski has been responsible for planning and executing the event and has worked closely with student government.“Quad Markets will feature 18 different vendors from the local South Bend area, including a number of vendors from the South Bend farmers’ market,” Grzybowski said. “We also engaged in a partnership with Whole Foods Market, who recruited additional local vendors and who will have its own booth at the market.”Grzybowski said the variety of products on sale will include locally made jams, salsas, flavored honeys, gourmet popcorn, coffee, juices, produce and handmade goods such as scarves and jewelry that respect a student budget.“Students, undergrads specifically, are our primary target,” Huth said. “But it’s also a football weekend, and we’re hoping to promote it to all of the visitors on campus as well.”Grzybowski said shopping bags filled with information cards about the vendors will be available to the first 500 shoppers. Shoppers can take their purchases to-go or sit and enjoy them at an inside seating area within the market. She also said shoppers should bring cash, as a limited number of vendors accept debit or credit cards.“Students can stock up on dorm groceries, buy an afternoon snack or treat themselves to a handcrafted good all from one convenient location,” Grzybowski said.Huth said the event is about more than just food and is part of student government’s hope to integrate Notre Dame and the greater South Bend community.“South Bend isn’t just a place for students to perform service projects,” she said. “It’s a great community with awesome resources and culture. Our thought was that if we bring some of the city’s great shops to the students, they’ll realize how great they are and want to visit in the future or even explore other South Bend options.”Tags: farmers market, North Quad, quad markets, Student government, whole foods marketlast_img read more

Labor Café fosters discussion on management

first_imgLast Friday, the Higgins Labor Studies Program hosted Labor Café, an event held multiple times throughout the semester to promote discussion on work-related social justice issues.Daniel Graff, director of the Higgins Labor Studies Program, opened Friday’s Labor Café discussion.“The Higgins Labor Program … is an interdisciplinary unit on campus that sponsors research, teaching and conversation on any aspect of the labor question, which is at the root of every society,” Graff said.This particular discussion was focused on the issue of abusive management, and Charlice Hurst, assistant professor of management in the Mendoza College of Business, served as the discussion’s facilitator.“What I wanted to facilitate today is discussion around the culture of work, especially in the United States and sort of exemplified by what we see in Amazon,” Hurst said.Amazon, Hurst said, was featured in a New York Times article that highlighted business practices that have promoted high levels of burnout among employees and an exceedingly competitive culture that undermines employee well-being and leads to high turnover rates.Hurst said these practices may “disproportionally affect people with family obligations … and negatively impact gender equity within the company. Additionally Hurst highlight the fact that Amazon is the only major tech company in that area that doesn’t have any female executives.While some companies believe that their employees thrive in a highly competitive environment, Hurst said, the emphasis on employees conspiring against one another, forced ranking systems and the idea that “conflict breads motivation and creativity” can create a culture with negative effects.“You hear a lot about the great HR practices of companies like Google and Facebook with paternity leave now, and video games at work, and they give you food, but at the same time, the people who work there are still working 80 hours a week. They’re still living for their jobs to a great extent,” Hurst said.The discussion then shifted to the culture’s effect on the managerial side of businesses.“One of the things we kind of know from the literature is that abuse cascade down,” Hurst said. “If you see abusive supervisors in the warehouse, it’s because of the pressure they’re getting from above them, and the pressure they’re getting. … There is really not much an employee can do to stop abusive supervision because it’s really part of the culture.”The discussion then broadened to the American culture as a whole and its emphasis on the need for hard work, competition and data-backed results to attain success. Colleges and universities were cited as an example.“Our students work, all the time,” Hurst said. “We create this mentality where they come to see it as normal. We pile a lot of work on, and we also expect them to do lots of extracurriculars, and I know in the business school, we have sort of a forced ranking system where they have to get a certain average.”“It’s almost like we’re creating this context to train people in the mindset that will lead them to accept these working conditions without question,” Hurst said.The questioning of the culture then led to a discussion on the topic of passion.“I question how we define passion. … Even in academia, passion is how many hours people put in basically and how many vacations they don’t take,” Hurst said. “If you’re 50 and have kids and an elderly parent to care for, does that mean you still can’t be passionate about your work? So I think we have to redefine how we define passion, and everybody can bring these different gifts to the workplace.”Looking to the future, the discussion then focused on data and data’s place in company management.“Data itself doesn’t tell a story; People tell a story around data,” Hurst said. “We’d like to believe, those of us who study management, that a company that treats its employees well should be able to be competitive … I don’t know why there is this disconnect here; it’s almost like a race to the bottom.”The Higgins Labor Studies Program will host a variety of events this semester, including Lunchtime Labor Research, Advocacy and Policy Series (RAPS) discussions and the next Labor Café, which will take place Feb. 5.Tags: Higgins Labor Studies Program, HR practices, Labor Cafelast_img read more

2016 Election Observer: Bill McGurn

first_imgEditor’s Note: Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, The Observer will sit down with Notre Dame experts to break down the election and its importance to students. In this 11th installment, Associate News Editor Rachel O’Grady asks former chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush, current member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board and 1980 alumnus Bill McGurn about the significance of American Catholics in this election. Rachel O’Grady: Starting off a bit on rhetoric, as a former speechwriter for President Bush, what are you noticing about speeches and rhetoric in this election?Bill McGurn: On rhetoric, I recommend the Lincoln-Douglas debates — remember, Lincoln lost that election. The speeches are long and vivid. It’s not likely they would succeed in the age of the televised sound-bite. In our day, few campaign speeches are remembered past Election Day. Whichever your party, in office you have it harder because you can no longer simply paint a flowery vision of your proposals or a dark picture of your opponent’s. Once president, your choices have real consequences and trade-offs. A great speech deals with these realities and transcends them, whether it’s the Gettysburg Address or [Lyndon B. Johnson’s Voting Rights Act] speech.ROG: What is the significance about Catholicism and, obviously, particularly American Catholicism in this election? Beyond that, what’s the impact and/or significance of the VP picks for both candidates?BMG: Tim Kaine embodies a decades-long effort, prominently encouraged by institutions such as Notre Dame, to make a safe space for pro-choice Catholic Democrats. Mr. Kaine is what you get: an affable man who treats as sacred a Supreme Court decision (Roe v. Wade) that a) outrageously short-circuited the democratic process and b) ushered in the killing of tens of millions of the most defenseless members of our society. Too often abortion is treated as a single issue. In fact, it has proved the beachhead for an entire ethic that is hostile to life, hostile to marriage and, as we see from the contraceptive mandate, increasingly hostile to religion, religious Americans and religious institutions.  So rather than leaven the American experiment, liberal American Catholicism has spent the last four decades accommodating itself to the secular zeitgeist, largely because of their surrender on abortion. When you point this out, the answer is almost never to defend their position but to raise phony claims of moral equivalence that Republicans are “just as bad.” It’s all very sad.ROG: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are arguably (and polls have agreed) the two most disliked presidential candidates in history. What’s the significance of that? BMG: Absolutely. Hillary Clinton’s negatives are sky-high. But Donald Trump’s are higher still. November’s election may well be decided by who turns off more rather than who attracts more. Meanwhile, Americans will watch the presidential debates the way they watched a Mike Tyson fight: to see if someone’s going to bite off the other side’s ear.ROG: Terrorism, and in particular ISIS, has been a major talking point in this election. With your experience under President Bush, what is your take on the importance of terrorism and war in this election?BMG: Barack Obama entered office with the view that the fight against terrorism is an issue of law enforcement, not war, and Mrs. Clinton supports that. Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump each talk tough on ISIS, but each has also campaigned against the “unnecessary” Bush wars in the Middle East. Mr. Trump talks tougher and will speak of [Islamic] terror, but thus far he has not offered a foreign policy that draws sharp and substantial distinctions with Mrs. Clinton’s, especially in the Middle East.ROG: Turning it back to students and campus here, what do you think is the most important issue for students? What is gong to impact students the most, post election?BMG: Students share the general interest in a safe and prosperous and hopeful America. But because students are young and starting out, they have a greater stake in a dynamic economy that gives people at the bottom hope and gives all citizens the confidence that they can make a better life for themselves and their families. Except for those who are already wealthy and well connected, you won’t get this with 1.1 percent economic growth we now have.Tags: 2016 Election Observer, Bill McGurn, Donald Trump, hillary clinton, Tim Kaine, Wall Street Journallast_img read more

Show Some Skin, student government to host Notre Dame: Unfiltered

first_imgShow Some Skin and student government have partnered to lead “Notre Dame: Unfiltered” to connect students with campus resources surrounding important issues, the organizations announced in a press release Thursday.According to the release, the event “will share stories of identity and direct students to the many resources regarding race, socioeconomic status, sexual violence, mental health, faith and LGBTQ+ life at Notre Dame.” It will take place Sept. 12 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the LaFortune Student Center. A student ID is required to attend.The show will combine previous Show Some Skin monologues with discussions, in four 30-minute sections. Leaders from various student groups will guide the conversations with small groups and discuss resources regarding the topics of the shows. A total of 14 additional organizations will sponsor the event alongside student government and Show Some Skin.Tags: Notre Dame: Unfiltered, show some skin, Student governmentlast_img read more

Hunter Heartbeat workshops bring Shakespeare to those on the autism spectrum

first_imgAll the world’s a stage and now Shakespeare at Notre Dame and the South Bend Civic Theater are partnering to make a stage for all the world. The two organizations are offering five Shakespeare performance workshops for people on the autism spectrum using the Hunter Heartbeat method.The Hunter Heartbeat method is a technique for working with those on the spectrum in a performance setting. It was developed by Kelly Hunter, a London-based actress and the director of the traveling Flute Theater company. Hunter has taught her method at theaters throughout the world.The method involves going through a specific Shakespeare show — in the case of the Notre Dame workshops, the show is “As You Like It” — through a series of drama games in which participants with autism are partnered with professional actors.“Hunter Heartbeat uses the spine of the story, and on the spine, we hang a series of theater games that make it non-traditional,” South Bend Civic Theater executive director Aaron Nichols said.The games are meant to incorporate social skills that people with autism tend to struggle with.“It’s amazing because the games don’t seem like they’re focused on eye contact or showing emotion,” Robinson Learning Community Center Shakespeare outreach director and founder Christy Burgess said. “The kids feel like they’re just playing the games, but those objectives absolutely come out.”The workshops will take place at the LOGAN Center, Hannah & Friends and the South Bend Civic Theater Warner Studio. Shakespeare at Notre Dame and the South Bend Civic Theater have been working together to develop this program for over a year. Scott Jackson, the executive director of Shakespeare at Notre Dame, first saw the Hunter Heartbeat program in action at a conference in 2016 when it was used by former students of Kelly Hunter.“I saw how brilliantly the different techniques were being adopted or co-opted for accessing autistic populations,” Jackson said. “The work really clicked with me. I came out ready to bring this to South Bend.”So began the long process of preparing for these workshops.“We brought Kelly over to South Bend in May of 2017 to present lectures at the LOGAN Center and lay the groundwork for what would be this production,” Jackson said. Hunter returned in January to train the actors of the Hunter Heartbeat workshops. Jackson serves as the director.“From that, we started meeting every few weeks as a company and devising new games, figuring out how to tell ‘As You Like It’ through drama games,” Jackson said. “For instance, to show the scene where Orlando and Rosalind fall in love, they’ll walk around the circle and when they see their partner, they take a step back and make the ‘OK’ symbol in front of their eyes, basically saying ‘I love you’ like you’d see in a cartoon. The actors will model the games, and then the participants are guided in a circle to play.”The participants and actors act out the basic plot points of the play in this way.“We took a few more that we thought were particularly effective from Kelly’s repertoire, and the company and I devised other games as well,” Jackson said. The workshops are closely engineered to each participant’s needs.“Everyone gets individual attention and individual welcomes, and it’s all to their own level of comfort,” Burgess, who will be an actor in the workshops, said.This production of “As You Like It” is an international original for the Hunter Heartbeat method. “We are the first company to make a new work using this method,” Jackson said. “Other companies will use the plays that Kelly has already developed.”The workshops are also aimed at local-first.“This is the first formal partnership between the South Bend Civic Theater and Shakespeare at Notre Dame,” Nichols said. “I think it’s a natural fit that we partner on this. Shakespeare at Notre Dame is the organization that has created this work; they’re the producers of the show.”As a follow-up to the drama workshops, there will be a sensory-friendly performance of “As You Like It” offered at the South Bend Civic Theater on Nov. 8, directed by the theater’s volunteer and guest services director, Grace Lazarz.“We are inviting the participants of the workshops to be in the audience,” Lazarz said. “We’ll have an environment that’s more comfortable. The house lights will be on, the doors will be open and there’s an understanding in the audience that we’re all on the same page and that it’s okay that there might be talking or wandering around in the audience.”In addition to Burgess, Lazarz and Nichols are also part of the cast for the Hunter Heartbeat workshops. The Hunter Heartbeat workshops and the sensory-friendly performance are both completely free of charge. The first workshop was Wednesday night.“This is another exploration of how theater arts and specifically Shakespeare engage all population through the versatility of the works and the innovations still surrounding his plays in the 21st century,” Jackson said. “I feel like this is one of the most important things I’ve ever done.”Tags: As You Like It, Hannah and Friends, hunter heartbeat method, LOGAN, Shakespeare, Shakespeare at Notre Dame, south bend civic theaterlast_img read more

Saint Mary’s STEM clubs partner with Campus Ministry to raise money for women’s education

first_imgSaint Mary’s Affiliates of the American Chemical Society has partnered with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Physics Club and Campus Ministry to co-sponsor a fundraising campaign with the international organization ME to WE. ME to WE works to provide resources for women in developing countries. Of the campaign’s five pillars of aid — food, water, education, opportunity and health — Saint Mary’s has decided to sponsor women’s education. “Saint Mary’s students believe in our mission to ‘Pay it Forward,’ and this campaign ties into that so well,” senior Heather DiLallo said. “As an all-women’s college, we have to support the development and enrichment of women in developing countries so that equal opportunity can be a reality for us all.”The STEM women participating in the ME to WE campaign said they found it relevant to Saint Mary’s core values to make more STEM positions available to women.“Women in STEM are the minority, so it is important for these women to feel supported, empowered and encouraged by other women,” said Elizabeth Innis, senior SWE president. “It is also incredibly important for STEM women to share this support with those in need. Beyond our own small groups and beyond our families, we belong to a rich, global community of women who need to support each other by whatever means possible.”The ‘We Are Rafikis’ campaign is selling local tribal bracelets to support women’s education in Tanzania. Each bracelet costs $10, and all profits made from the sales goes back to support African women and their education. “These bracelets are so cute and are an inexpensive way for each of us to make a difference,” DiLallo said. “It doesn’t impact most of us if we spend $10, but, for those women, that amount of money could be huge. It could help pay for their schooling or go into a seed fund for a new business idea they have.”This will be the second year Saint Mary’s is participating in the campaign. “I am hopeful that the ME to WE campaign at Saint Mary’s will continue on for several years, and that new service-based opportunities will become available,” Innis said. “There is never a shortage of need, and I am confident that future Belles — and future STEM women — will step [up] and continue to serve the global community.”Kate McMahon, of the class of 2018, and DiLallo decided to launch the campaign when McMahon had a communications class with one of the students who did a project on ME to WE.“When Kate was telling me about it, we both got so excited at what ME to WE was doing and decided to see if we could partner with them,” DiLallo said. “ME to WE has an established ‘We are Rafikis’ campaign and partnership with colleges, so it was a natural fit for us to join that.”The campaign began Feb. 8 and will run through March 8. Payments can be made by cash or check to either the Campus Ministry office in Regina 161 or professor Jennifer Fishovitz in Science Hall 162.There will also be an opportunity to purchase the bracelets in the Student Center Atrium on March 1 during lunch. Tags: me to we, Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry, Society of Women Engineers, We Are Rafikislast_img read more

Stocks Plummet, Trading Halted Amid Coronavirus Fears

first_imgS&P2,972.37-51.57-1.71% MGN ImageNEW YORK – The New York Stock Exchange briefly halted trading Monday morning as stocks plummeted amid Coronavirus fears and crashing oil prices.After a more than seven percent drop in the S&P 500 index, a series of “circuit breakers” automatically kicked in for 15 minutes to try and calm the market.Stocks resumed trading at 9:49 a.m. eastern. Here are Monday’s opening numbers:Dow 25,864.78-256.50-0.98% Nasdaq8,575.62-162.98-1.87%center_img Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more