Faculty reflect on experiences living in campus residence halls

first_imgOver the past few years, the Division of Student Affairs has sought to draw students and faculty members closer together through their Faculty-in-Residence Program. The program got going in 2013, when accounting professor Ed Hums and his wife, Shirley, moved into Lyons Hall. In 2016, Drs. John and Karen Deak moved into Dunne Hall and became the second married couple currently living in residence.“I really felt like I would appreciate an opportunity to get to know you guys,” Karen Deak said. “You’re so smart, you’re so driven and I felt like I didn’t know what I think is the best part of the student body here. The undergrads are the heart and soul of this place, and I hadn’t had a great exposure to them until I lived here.”Karen Deak, formerly a professor of patent law, now works at the Idea Center and teaches part-time. Her husband, John Deak, is a full-time history professor. While he sees plenty of undergrads throughout his day, he said living in residence is a completely new way of interacting with them.“College was the point when my horizons expanded to as far as I could see,” he said. “It was the first point in my life where I felt like I could go someplace, like my world wasn’t bounded. And living in a dorm, I get to see that replicated hundreds and hundreds of times over. … It can be really beautiful. I wanted to be a part of that.”Ed Hums and his wife, whom he calls “Saint Shirley,” have been at Notre Dame since the 1970s, where they met at work in the ticket office. In the past 45 years, Ed Hums said, they’ve watched Notre Dame evolve from a small, all-male college into a much larger university.“What’s happened as it has gotten bigger and the professors have moved out, you pass each other all the time but you don’t really get the relationships with the professors that you did in the old days,” he said.“And being here, there’s much more opportunity to visit and socialize with everyone rather than working and going home at the end of the day,” Shirley Hums said.Shirley Hums, who works in the Office of Information Technologies in the Athletics Department, graces the Lyons residents with cookies every week, while both she and Ed Hums attend the Hall Masses every Sunday and Wednesday night. Both the Hums and the Deaks have made it their goal to simply be there for the residents of their halls — not as an intrusive or dominating presence, but as a part of their community. The Hums host a barbecue for Lyons each year, bring friends’ dogs on campus around exam time and organize a speaker series on everything from financial planning to auto mechanics. The Deaks, still relatively new to campus, have organized an etiquette dinner, attend Dunne mass and game watches and open their apartment to the residents of Dunne to stop by and check in.“This Friday we’re watching ‘Knute Rockne All-American’ and I’m going to bake cookies — small things like that kind of make it feel like home,” Karen Deak said.For the Deaks, one of the best parts of living in Dunne has been seeing that community develop over the past year.“The best part, for me, was all of move-in weekend this year — watching people come back and have others saying ‘hey, how are you, good to see you, how was your summer,’ and actually realizing there’s a community here this year in a way that didn’t happen last year,” Karen Deak said.The Faculty-in-Residence program has the benefit of making faculty members more approachable, John Deak said, as well as the opportunity for professors to gain an understanding of their students’ lives.“A lot of our first year was explaining to our colleagues how the dorms are actually pretty safe spaces and community is built there, studying happens, the chapel is full on Sundays for Mass,” John Deak said. “My colleagues couldn’t believe it. I brought one colleague in and walked him by the study rooms at 4 in the afternoon and people are studying and he said, ‘I’ll be, I didn’t know our students were this good.’”The Hums also expressed their wonder at students’ full schedules, and mentioned that they have a somewhat unique perspective in an environment where it is rare to find a permanent resident much older than 30 years old.“Sometimes you have to talk to somebody with a little grey hair,” Ed Hums said. “We always try to make sure the students are studying healthily and not burning themselves out, just visiting students to gently remind them to take care of themselves.”Both the Hums and Deaks have found their place in their halls’ communities, and look forward to continuing to build the relationships that make living beside undergrads so rewarding.“The community know who they are now, and we have a place where we fit,” Karen Deak said.“Number one mission?” said Ed Hums. “Have fun.”Tags: dunne hall, Faculty-in-Residence Program, Hall community, Lyons Halllast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgNewman is still recovering from his crash on the last lap of the Daytona 500, bringing an end to his streak of 649 consecutive starts. Among those in the field Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be Ryan Blaney, who hooked Newman’s car into the alarming spin.Rain washed out qualifying Saturday, so the starting field for the Pennzoil 400 has been set by the rule book, with the cars set to line up according to final 2019 owner points. However, series champion Kyle Busch will drop to the back of the field at the start because his car failed a Friday inspection.MLB-BREWERS-HOLTBrock Holt guaranteed $3.25M by BrewersPHOENIX (AP) — Utilityman Brock Holt is guaranteed $3.25 million under his one-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. The deal includes a club option for 2021 and performance bonuses that could make it worth $8.25 million over two seasons. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNASCAR-LAS VEGASDaytona crash means Newman will miss 650th consecutive startLAS VEGAS (AP) — When NASCAR runs its second race of the season Sunday, it will be the first one without Ryan Newman in the field since the 2002 season opener. February 23, 2020 Update on the latest sports Holt has a $2.5 million salary this year, and the Brewers have a $5 million option for 2021 with a $750,000 buyout. He can earn $750,000 in performance bonuses this year based on plate appearances for up to 450. Holt hit a career-high .297 last year with three homers and 31 RBIs while playing every position except pitcher, catcher and center field.  A 31-year-old left-handed batter, Holt spent his first eight major league seasons with the Boston Red Sox and was an All-Star in 2015.WORLD CUP-WOMEN’S COMBINEDBrignone tops World Cup overall standings with combined winCRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) — Federica Brignone (feh-deh-REE’-kah breen-YOH’-nay) now leads the World Cup overall standings ahead of Mikaela Shiffrin after winning an Alpine combined event on Sunday.center_img Associated Press By earning 100 World Cup points, Brignone opened a gap of 73 to three-time defending champion Shiffrin who has taken an extended break from racing after the death of her father in Colorado.Brignone ended 0.92 seconds ahead of runner-up Franziska Gritsch. Ester Ledecka, the double OIympic champion in skiing and snowboarding, placed third.TENNIS-OBIT-JEANNE EVERTJeanne Evert, former tennis pro and sister of Chris, diesDELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jeanne Evert Dubin, a former world-ranked professional tennis player and a younger sister of 18-time Grand Slam champion Chris Evert, has died. She was 62. Evert Dubin died Thursday after a 2 1/2-year struggle with ovarian cancer, according to an online obituary posted by Lorne & Sons Funeral Home in Delray Beach, Florida, where she lived.One of five tennis-playing children raised by teaching pro Jimmy Evert and his wife, Colette, Evert Dubin had a standout junior career in which she was the nation’s top-ranked player in her age group.Evert Dubin turned pro in 1973 at age 15 after having already beaten established stars Rosie Casals and top-ranked Margaret Court. For two years, she teamed with sister Chris in doubles, and they were ranked as high as No. 4. Evert Dubin was the youngest to represent her country in Wightman Cup competition in 1973. She didn’t lose a match in helping the U.S. reach the Fed Cup final in 1974.She reached a career-high 28th in the world in 1978, when she retired from competition.A funeral will be Monday in Fort Lauderdale.last_img read more

Student protests voice anger with Trump victory

first_imgProtests have erupted on campus and in the greater Los Angeles community in the wake of Tuesday night’s election results, which propelled Donald Trump to the presidency.Early on Wednesday morning just after the results were announced, nearly 150 USC students held a spontaneous protest near Tommy Trojan. One student called for students to oppose an oppressive system that discriminates against minorities.“We’re not against white people – we’re against white supremacy, the white supremacists and patriarchy,” one student said. “We’re going to have to wake up and take back our country for the people, not for these political parties, not for Democrats and Republicans, to free people from oppression.”On Wednesday night, hundreds of people circled around the Los Angeles City Hall, going on the freeway, waving anti-trump posters and chanting “F-ck Donald Trump,” drowning out car honks. The event organized by individuals from the Answer Coalition was aimed at protesting Donald Trump’s presidential win.After circling the City Hall building, the crowd, composed mostly of students and young adults, stopped in front of it and began chanting slogans such as, “Hey hey ho ho Donald trump has got to go,” “Not my president” and “No KKK, No fascist USA, No Trump.” Posters contained messages such as “Stand with immigrants, black lives, Muslims, LGBTQ people, and low-wage workers.”One protester sported a Guy Fawkes mask, while others brandished pig masks and even Trump’s decapitated head on a stick. A few people climbed on top of the traffic pole, waving the Mexican and American flags, almost lighting the latter on fire before someone else in the crowd stopped them, saying that the protest was about love and not hate.A megaphone was passed around, giving people a chance to voice how they felt.“I’m the child of immigrants, and I got pregnant at 16, and I was lucky enough to get an abortion, and I didn’t have anyone challenge my rights,” said one young woman present at the event. “But I still had [people] follow me to my mother’s car and scream in my face when I was having the worst day of my life. I have never ever regretted that decision. [Support] reproductive rights!”Several USC students attended the rally as well, including senior Beatrix Lu.“I think it’s really important to show that Trump is not a president for all the people like he said he would be,” Lu said. “Even though a democratic transition is the hallmark of our democracy, that’s why we’re here protesting, as is our right, as opposed to violently being in the streets. We are here to show him that love does trump hate,” Lu said.According to Lu, the goal of the protest was to show that people Trump has insulted throughout the campaign would not allow his win to silence them.“The problem with Trump is that no one knows what his policies actually are, because he is a demagogue and he tended to flip-flop on everything, but we reject that our lives do not matter to him, as women, as queers and as people of color,” Lu said.Junior Michelle Montepiedra, who majors in international relations, also voiced her opposition to Trump’s presidency.“I and a lot of students have more knowledge than Donald Trump, and I don’t think that’s right, where we’re college students and we know more than our president,” Montepiedra said. “I hope I can make my voice heard and amplify the other voices here.”last_img read more


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES      JOEL ROSARIO, RAGING BULL, WINNER: “He broke well and it looked like there was a good pace, he was very controlled. He just came with his run like he does all the time. He put in a nice run.“It is beautiful, nice to be back here and be back in action.”     JOHN VELAZQUEZ, NEXT SHARES, SECOND: “The plan was to be mid-pack with this horse, but we got wiped out at the start, so we were way back.  He still ran a great race.”TRAINER QUOTES   JUAN HERNANDEZ, ASSISTANT TO CHAD BROWN, RAGING BULL, WINNER:  “He ran a super race and he always runs good.  He had trained well here and he was acting good.  He’s just a very special horse.”NOTES: The winning owner is Peter M. Brant.last_img