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Pray for Peace

Posted on September 11, 2013 in ND News, Young Alum Life

Elle Metz

Young Alumni Programs Manager

Today marks the 12th anniversary of the September 11th attacks on the United States. This event, the ensuing violence in the Middle East and the constant threat of terrorism has defined our generation. We were young when this started. This is the world we grew up in. This is the world we are now responsible for.

As we look back on the tragedy of September 11th, we are unfortunately faced with another tragedy – the crisis in Syria. The violence in our world isn’t ending. Twelve years ago, we were the victims of an evil disregard for the sanctity of human life. Today, the Syrian people are being victimized by their own violent government. And every day, across the globe, innocent people are hurt and violated. We should not avert our eyes from them, but instead realize that we, too, know the pain of unwarranted attacks. The pain of losing loved ones. The pain of seeing evil in our world.

I hope this realization will increase our empathy for those who are still under attack around the world – those who must live under constant threat of violence and whose basic human rights are violated. Watching President Obama’s speech last night, I realized there is no easy solution to this situation. Do we do nothing or do we attack? Is violence justified? What are we willing to sacrifice?

I do not envy President Obama and the world’s leaders their decision. I do think the President made a vital point, though, when he explained: “Terrible things happen across the globe, and it is beyond our means to right every wrong. But when, with modest effort and risk, we can stop children from being gassed to death, and thereby make our own children safer over the long run, I believe we should act. That’s what makes America different. That’s what makes us exceptional. With humility, but with resolve, let us never lose sight of that essential truth.”

America holds itself to a higher standard. We expect courage in the face of moral violations. I think each of us can take this to heart in our daily lives. Have courage. Do what is right. Your actions may not solve atrocities taking place across the globe, but they will nonetheless improve this world. They will reduce the hatred that we too often see. The hatred that leads to all this violence.

As a Catholic institution, Notre Dame joins with Pope Francis in a call for peace in Syria and around the world. This past Saturday, September 7th, the University participated in a day of fasting and prayer for peace. A number of prayer services and events were held across campus.

As we look back on September 11th, we keep all those affected by the tragedy in our hearts. As we wait to see how America will respond to Syria, we pray for an end to and for the victims of the violence. We pray for those who act out of evil – that they may see how wrong they are. And let’s also pray for ourselves so that we may have the strength to end hatred and anger in our own lives and thus bring about a more peaceful world.

 

Football Season is Coming! Football Season is Coming!

Posted on August 15, 2013 in ND News, Young Alum Life

Elle Metz

Young Alumni Programs Manager

It’s that time again: Football Season. Or as I like to refer to it, the most wonderful time of the year. The excitement is palpable. Countdowns are popping up on social media (17 days). People are changing their profile pictures to throwback shots of them as babies wearing Irish gear. 700 young alums just bought tickets to the Shamrock Series game in Arlington, TX. Even the weather here in the Bend is predicting football. Temps are in the 50s. Fall is coming! I’m slightly excited.

What if the unthinkable happened though? What if you didn’t purchase tickets? Never fear! You can turn to a trusty scalper after a day of tailgating (I’m sure you’ll get an excellent deal) or you could utilize the Alumni Association’s ticket consignment program. You can easily buy and sell football tickets either online or on game day. See the excerpt below for details (and note that you need a myNotreDame account to utilize this program):

Game Day Ticket Sale

The Alumni Association holds a game day ticket sale for all Notre Dame home football games at the Joyce Center Gate 3 Box Office. Tickets are sold at the regular or preferred reserved seat price established by the Ticket Office and may vary from game to game.  A modest per ticket service fee is also charged.  All sales are cash only and subject to ticket availability. The ticket sale opens at 11:00 AM local time, with priority given to alumni and current ND students throughout the course of the sale. The ticket sale ends 30 minutes prior to kickoff or when all tickets have been sold. The ticket sale is held in conjunction with the Alumni Association ticket consignment program. Therefore, ticket supply and ticket locations vary.

Online Ticket Sale

The Alumni Association is providing – via myNotreDame – the opportunity to purchase tickets to Fighting Irish home football games. The ticket sale is held in conjunction with the Alumni Association ticket consignment program. Therefore, ticket supply and ticket locations vary.

Tickets will be sold at the regular reserved seat price plus a $10 per ticket service fee . Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis and purchase limits may apply . Purchased tickets will be available for pick up at the Alumni Association will call window in the Joyce Center on game day. 

 

Happy Birthday America

Posted on July 3, 2013 in ND News, Young Alum Life

Elle Metz

Young Alumni Programs Manager

The Fourth of July is quickly climbing my list of favorite holidays. Pros: no crazy expectations (I’m looking at you, New Year’s), fireworks, America, barbecues, wearing red, white and blue. Cons: the biker convention across the street from my house has been shooting off fireworks at 1 am every night this week.

Across the country, people are headed to beach houses or baseball games or cook outs. They’re wearing crazy America-themed outfits (re: jorts). Or if they’re like me, compiling “USA” playlists that consist of everything from the Counting Crows’ “American Girls” to Kanye and Jay-Z’s “Made in America.” We can’t help ourselves. We love the USA.

Our country has a rich and tumultuous history. Notre Dame was reminded of this when we commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg on June 22. At this battle, our own Father Corby gave a blessing to the Confederate and Union soldiers. He later described the scene: “I noticed that all, Catholic and non-Catholic, officers and private soldiers, showed a profound respect, wishing to receive at this fatal crisis every benefit of divine grace …. (My) general absolution was intended for all … not only for the brigade, but for all, North and South, who were susceptible to it and who were about to appear before their Judge.” 

Father Jenkins traveled to that very spot to honor this history and hold mass. Check out the video recap here. Being a film/television major, I was reminded of Coach Boone’s speech from Remember the Titans:

“Anybody know what this place is?  This is Gettysburg…Fifty thousand men died right here on this field, fightin’ the same fight that we’re still fightin’ amongst ourselves today…Listen to their souls men.  ‘I Killed my brother with malice in my heart.’  ‘Hatred destroyed my family.’  You listen and you take a lesson from the dead.  If we don’t come together right now, then we, too, will be destroyed.  Just like they were.  I don’t care if you like each other or not, but you will respect each other, and maybe, I don’t know, maybe we’ll learn to play this game like men.”

Chills. Gets me every time. But in all seriousness, Independence Day is more than fireworks and great food. As Father Corby and yes, Denzel Washington remind us, America is special because of our diversity. How wonderful that we’re a melting pot. And how wonderful that despite our differences, we can still relate to each other, person to person, as humans. We share similar fears, joys, needs and desires. So on America’s birthday this year, be thankful for our differences and similarities. Be tolerant and kind. And enjoy the fun times.

Tell the World Our Secret

Posted on May 22, 2013 in ND News, Young Alum Life

Elle Metz

Young Alumni Programs Manager

This past weekend was Commencement at ND. The Class of 2013 are now officially young alums–WELCOME! For me, the weekend marked one year since I graduated. These past 12 months may have been the quickest I have experienced. It was surreal sitting in the stands of the stadium at Commencement as I watched friends receive graduate degrees rather than bachelors. I swear I was just sitting down there in my cap and gown. Moments in time like this – the kind that cause waves of nostalgia and represent definite endings (and beginnings) – are always an excellent reminder that life passes so quickly. We need anniversaries like this to remind us how blessed we are and to remain present.

Speaking of rampant emotions, the ceremony itself was a tear-jerker. For those of you who couldn’t be there, check out this amazing 2 minute recap video. Highlights include Cardinal Dolan proving he has a bit of experience public speaking (all those homilies). His speech was genuine, succinct and pinpointed just what makes Notre Dame special. And Father Jenkins reminding all of us that we will always have a home at Notre Dame. If you don’t get chills while watching it, I would be concerned.

As Cardinal Dolan observed, “here our goal is not just a career but a call. Not just a degree but discipleship. Not just what we’ve gotten but what we’re giving. Not just the ‘I’ but the ‘we.’ Not just the grades but the Gospel….There indeed is the secret of Notre Dame….tell the world our secret. Congratulations!”

Think about these words. No matter how long it has been since we graduated, as Notre Dame alumni, it is indeed our duty to tell the world our secret. Notre Dame stands for something more. It grounds itself first in faith and service to others. It nurtures lifelong friendships and values intellectual growth. Remind yourself of that when the day-to-day grind gets tough or you feel lost or you’re getting too caught up in your own problems. Remind yourself of the Notre Dame spirit that you experienced during your four years on campus. Spread that spirit in your daily actions and interactions. Tell the world our secret.

Happy Belated Earth Day

Posted on April 23, 2013 in ND News, ND's Opinion

Elle Metz

Young Alumni Programs Manager

Yesterday was Earth Day. One of my coworkers told me this, but I didn’t want to post twice in one day. So today is honorary Earth Day on the blog. Hopefully, you were able to celebrate in some way – recycle, get outside for a walk, wear your green, make a list of ways to be more eco-friendly. I love Earth Day! It reminds me of elementary school when we would have an assembly and sing Earth Day-themed songs. I particularly loved these songs (which came with their own dances/hand motions). My favorite is probably “Ever Green, Ever Blue” by Raffi. Check it out. Seriously. (Bonus: check out these adorable kids singing it)

As Raffi tells us, “we can all do something.” And it’s true. Our generation should be acutely aware of the fact that the human race has and is continuing to damage our world. Since adolescence, we have learned about Global Warming and its adverse effects. We’ve also experienced them first-hand – colder, snowier winters, heat waves in summer, Hurricanes Katrina, Ivan and the recent Hurricane Sandy, the 2004 Tsunami. Thankfully, we have also witnessed a growing acceptance of green initiatives. Hybrid cars are more available and more popular. Recycling receptacles are more prevalent than trash cans in some places. And sustainable, organic food is widely desired.

  

It isn’t enough though. And Notre Dame knows this. I have long been proud of the campus-wide green initiatives. From the widely available recycling bins to Waste Free Wednesdays (an anti-food waste initiative started by Elizabeth Davis ’12). Last week, Notre Dame announced that the Global Adaptation Index (GAIN) would be moving to ND. GAIN “summarizes a country’s vulnerability to climate change” and is a “tool for disaster planning, infrastructure development and ecosystem management.” Billions of dollars have been pledged to help the world deal with climate change, but we aren’t always sure where to direct this money. GAIN helps decide the most necessary and important places to invest.

GAIN founding CEO Juan Jose Daboub notes that “Notre Dame is the best school to take GAIN closer to the people in need because of the University’s track record of putting the human being in the center of their actions.” Notre Dame professor David Lodge explains, “at Notre Dame, we want to be the researchers who help solve climate adaptation problems, rather than fiddling while people suffer.” Well, I couldn’t be more proud of our University and the part they are taking in helping the world adapt to climate change. Let’s do our part to combat it too! Commit an Act of Green – here are some ideas to live a more sustainable life and make the world better for us all.

Spring Updates

Posted on March 22, 2013 in ND News

Regular Action

Elle Metz

Young Alumni Programs Manager

The title of this post is misleading. Yes, I’m about to make a remark about South Bend weather. Who else will update you on the Bend’s bipolar climate? While usually a winter lover, I’ve had enough. It is supposedly “officially spring,” but this week was characterized by high winds, below freezing temps and shocker of shocks, snow. For all you living in warm climates right now, yes, I resent you. Oh wait, the sun just came out.

On to more important topics. If you’ve been on Facebook in the past couple days, you know that the Mendoza College of Business was once again ranked #1 on Bloomberg Business Week’s “Best Undergraduate Business School” rankings. Nothing amuses me more than the proud social media posts when these rankings come out. So bold. So earnest. All those years of being told that smart kids aren’t cool and don’t know how to have fun and that ND is just a bunch of nerds—vindication! Did you go to the #1 undergrad business school? Because I did. Some of my favorites:

“Four years running! Here’s to four more!”

“Tell everyone, then tell them to hire me”

“”I wonder what ND’s business school was ranked this year?” -Said no one facebook friends with anyone in the business school, ever. (four years=forever)”

“Proud to be 1RISH”

Like I said, we’re so cool. All jokes aside, this is a great accomplishment and something to be proud of. As a Mendoza grad, I took part in the bragging. I’ll admit it. Read the full story here.

In other news, the Morris Inn is still under construction, but man are those construction workers diligent–often working late into the evening by the light of a giant spotlight. And that ND flag waving from the top of the crane? Tugs at the heartstrings. I have a front row seat as the construction zone is conveniently located outside my window. I like to think of myself as somewhat of an expert on the project. So allow me to show you just what the newly completed Inn (set to open in August 2013) will look like with this sweet virtual tour. (Note: I did not create this virtual tour despite my expert status)

Finally, for all you who know ND hopefuls out there, you can now tell them that all regular action decisions are in the mail. I hear the University sends them out this week so they arrive before Easter (wouldn’t want to ruin Easter weekend with a rejection–makes sense). As per usual, ND went above and beyond in announcing this on their Facebook page by making this charming little graphic. Check it at the top of this post. You can almost hear Our Lady proclaiming “Everyone! I declare that the regular decision letters are. in. the. mail. Brace yourselves”