Students start Notre Dame disc golf club

first_imgWhile Frisbees are a common sight on college campuses, Notre Dame now has a club devoted to the game of disc golf. According to senior Michael Sizemore, president of the recently formed club, disc golf is a hybrid between Ultimate Frisbee and golf. It follows the rules of golf, but instead of using a club to hit a ball into a hole, players throw a disc into a metal basket. The object of the game is to get the disc into the basket in the fewest possible number of throws. Sizemore said Northern Indiana is a popular area for disc golf. “I’ve played probably 20 tournaments in the past year, and, with few exceptions, I’ve never traveled more than an hour or two to get to them,” he said. The disc golf world championships were held in South Bend in 1996, Sizemore said. There are a few courses in the nearby area for serious and beginning players. Rum Village Park is one such course, where Sizemore said the disc golf team frequently practices. He and the club recently helped renovate the park; they moved some of its baskets because there was damage from erosion. Bertrand County Park, another nearby disc golf park, is in Niles, Mich. Sizemore said it is older and shorter, and the cost of entry is $4. While there are several disc golf tournaments in the area, Sizemore said he hopes to schedule more. One event he plans to organize is called an “Ice Bowl.” This type of tournament is held during the winter months. “You can’t change the day no matter what,” he said. “Their motto is ‘no wimps, no whiners.’” He also said he also hopes to travel with a team from Notre Dame to the Collegiate Disc Golf Nationals in South Carolina. Sizemore said for beginning disc golf players, the rules are not difficult to learn, but the hardest aspect of the game is becoming familiar with the many types of discs.    “There are over 500 different types of discs, and each have a different flight pattern and can be thrown in a different way,” he said. For beginning players, Sizemore said he suggests getting a basic set of discs: a putter, a midrange and a driver. A putter disc looks like an Ultimate Frisbee disc, he said, while a driver disc is thinner on the edges and smaller in size. “That’s a little more dangerous; you can throw that a good long way,” he said.last_img read more

Dorms compete to reduce waste during Energy Week

first_imgThe Kill-a-Watt competition, the first dorm energy competition of the year, has officially begun on campus for Notre Dame’s annual Energy Week. Rachel Novick, who oversees the competition for the Office of Sustainability, said this week is held to encourage students across campus to reduce their energy consumption by hosting the events for the week. The competition began Sunday and runs through Saturday. “Dorms are judged by what percent they can reduce their electricity usage from the baseline, which is a typical week during the semester,” Novick said.    Novick said certain dorms seem to be taking the competition very seriously, namely Howard Hall, Fisher Hall and Carroll Hall – the top three dorms as of Tuesday. “There is a double prize for the winning dorm. They will receive a chalk-talk with coach Jeff Jackson of Notre Dame men’s hockey for the whole dorm plus $1,500 worth of Energy Star appliances from GE,” Novick said. Students can track their dorm’s progress online with Notre Dame’s energy dashboard, first put into use in the spring of 2011. This interactive site allows students to see real-time data, including comparisons with other dorms. The dashboard was designed with social media in mind and students can chat with each other about the competition.   One feature of the website is similar to Facebook’s “Like” system.  Students can “commit” to certain habits that will reduce electricity use.  Some of these include using a desk lamp instead of an overhead light, using natural daylight as much as possible and adjusting computer settings to reduce energy use during inactivity. The dashboard also allows students to view how much energy has been saved during the competition.  As of Tuesday, the campus has averted 21,128 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions and saved 15,091 kilowatt-hours of energy.    McGlinn sophomore Caroline Fullam said she sees the competition as a great opportunity for the campus to come together and try to change negative behaviors. “I think it is a great idea to have Energy Week to raise awareness. Also, since it is a competition, Notre Dame students will really get into it,” Fullam said. “Even though McGlinn is third to last in the competition right now, we still have time to spread the word around the dorm and win.” This is the University’s sixth annual Energy Week, which is co-sponsored by the Student Advisory Board for the Center for Sustainable Energy and GreeND.   In addition to the dorm energy competition, events for the week include guest speakers from energy companies, a tour of Notre Dame’s power plant, a faculty forum and a community Energy Day tour.  The tour also offers the option to travel by bike instead of bus to emphasize the importance of saving energy. “Notre Dame students have come together for so many great causes in the past,” Fullam said. “I am glad to see us focusing so much on waste reduction here on campus because we really do have the potential to make a difference.”last_img read more

I just want to be home so bad’

first_imgNotre Dame senior Luke Heneghan’s hometown of Point Lookout, N.Y., sits on a barrier island with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Raymond Channel on the other side. On Monday, the ocean and the channel waters met in the middle of the island. “The house is flooded real bad,” Heneghan said. “The basement is completely flooded, like above the waist.” Heneghan’s home was just one of thousands affected by Superstorm Sandy, which slammed into the East Coast on Monday. Sandy began as a hurricane-level storm and had downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it hit land, but its power has wreaked havoc on the northeastern coastline since Sunday night. “I just want to be home so bad,” Heneghan said. “My dad was there for 30 years, and it’s the worst he’s ever seen. … He was saying, like everybody in town, it looks like a war zone.” Heneghan’s parents stayed in their home through Sandy’s storm and have safely come through the worst. Their town, however, has seen significant damage. He described cars flooded in driveways and lost kayaks floating through the streets. The family will be without power for at least a week, he said. “It’s just amazing that everyone’s alive,” he said. Saint Mary’s senior Tara Fulton, whose family resides in Sicklerville, N.J., about 30 minutes from Atlantic City, frequently checked in with her parents and news reports throughout the day Monday. “My parents prepared for the storm by buying extra water and food that did not need to be kept cold in case of power outages,” Fulton said. “They took in all of the lawn furniture and anything that was in our yard that might blow away from the high winds the hurricane caused. My dad also went and bought a generator in the event the power went out during the storm.” Fulton’s father, who works at a UPS in Philadelphia International Airport, was shocked to find out that the store was closed and the airport was shut down. “No one is allowed to drive on the roads at home because there is a state emergency in New Jersey,” Fulton said. “All of the bridges in and out of New Jersey and Pennsylvania were closed down until the early morning.” Notre Dame senior Jamie Murray and Saint Mary’s senior Caroline Gallagher both said their neighborhoods in New Canaan, Conn., also felt the effects of Sandy’s storms. “A tree hit my dad’s house and also blocked the driveway so that my family could not leave their house,” Gallagher said. “My town has been okay so far, however, there are tons of electric lines down and everyone has been on a ‘curfew’ since Monday at noon. Almost everyone lost power, but by some miracle, my mom has not yet.” Gallagher, who spent her summer in New York City at her apartment on East 34th Street in Manhattan, close to where tremendous flooding has occurred since the hurricane hit the coast, was also nervous about what would happen to that neighborhood. “I could not find out any information other than what was being broadcasted on the TV on Monday,” she said. “All I could think about was my family and friends during the day. There are so many people that have been directly impacted by the storm and at different severities.” Murray said her father is unsure when he will be able to return to work in his New York City office. “The train lines are shut down, the city is shut down,” she said. Murray’s family in Connecticut will be without power for between 10 to 14 days, she said. “It’s important to remember that it’s still an island, and this was definitely a reminder of that,” Murray said. “[New York City] is still susceptible to the ocean and its storms. It’s such a heart of the East Coast for my area, and when it’s under stress everything can feel it.” Christina Grasso, a Saint Mary’s graduate, now lives in Lower Manhattan and was part of Zone A, the areas in which Mayor Bloomberg ordered a mandatory evacuation for residents. “I was cautious but truly did not expect it to be quite so disastrous having lived through Hurricane Irene here last year,” Grasso said. “As a result, I just stocked up on water and candles and made sure all of my electronics were fully charged as the power is out indefinitely.” Grasso, as well as others in her neighborhood, did not follow the mayor’s repeated urgings to partake in the mandatory evacuations established in her area. She, like many others, did not anticipate the damage to be so severe. “Throughout the day Monday, it was windy and rainy,” Grasso said. “Everything came to a head around 7 p.m. when Lower Manhattan began to flood severely. There were cars fully submerged and floating down surrounding streets in what looked like almost 10 feet of water.” As of Monday night, Grasso was stranded in her apartment building with her lobby under at least a foot of seawater. “I am hoping to regain power and have the ability to venture outside of my apartment building without having to swim to get to the nearest location,” she said. “The sooner I can get out, the better.” Grasso noted how extremely saddening it was to watch New York City, “a place that has been through so much, get hit by such a destructive storm.” “This city has the strength and resilience to rebound from just about anything, but it is disheartening to watch everything unfold firsthand and worry about others who might be in greater danger,” Grasso said. While friends and family of Saint Mary’s students on the East Coast are beginning to wade through the destruction, the College offered prayer services during Mass on Monday and Tuesday nights. Judy Fean, the director of Campus Ministry at the College, sent an email on Monday notifying students about the Masses as well as including links for those who want to make donations for hurricane relief. Fean added that Campus Ministry will take up a collection at Masses on Nov. 4. Notre Dame senior Mara Catlaw said she has only been able to text her family back in Interlaken, N.J., as the flood waters in her town recede. “The whole county is pretty much just a wreck,” she said. “Our house is about a mile from the ocean, the whole boardwalk is pretty ripped up.” Catlaw will be able to see the damage for herself when she returns home for Thanksgiving break. Her family might still be out of power then, she said. “[My mom] walked around a little bit and really can’t believe how horrible it is,” she said. “She said we’re lucky that our house is still standing.”last_img read more

Jenkins blesses new accelerator

first_imgUniversity President Fr. John Jenkins dedicated and blessed the new SU Pelletron nuclear particle accelerator Thursday, calling the occasion “a great step for Notre Dame.” The dedication ceremony was held on the first level of the new 4-level space within Nieuwland Science Hall that houses the accelerator. In attendance was physics professor Michael Wiescher, who played a key role in bringing the accelerator to Notre Dame and has worked in the department for 27 years. There are two other accelerators within the facility, but the new one has a “much more intense beam,” Wiescher said. “The accelerator is designed to test conditions at the center of sun, stars and supernova explosions,” he said. The tank that houses the accelerator was installed in Oct. 2011, and the actual accelerator was installed in March. The four-story tall instrument had to be lowered into its new home on the top of Nieuwland Science Hall by helicopter. In total, the accelerator cost about $8 million, $4 million from a National Science Foundation grant. The University paid the remainder for the necessary modifications for Nieuwland to house the new accelerator. The first beam from the accelerator was produced in April 2012, and since then, research has been under way. When asked about the South Bend community’s reaction on the project, Wiescher said concerns should be tempered by the fact the accelerator has a “number of applications.” “This accelerator is widely used for research on cancer treatments, smoke detectors, fire alarms, climate monitoring and is used extensively in archaeology and history,” he said. In addition, the machine can also be used to research nuclear waste. “The particles from the accelerator can help scientists tell how slowly nuclear waste will degrade in a shorter amount of time than traditional methods,” research faculty member Daniel Robertson said. This accelerator is one of five of its kind in the world, and the project is sustainable. When describing the accelerator, Robertson said it is “lower energy but more versatile” than the other accelerators in the laboratory. Furthermore, 20 to 30 universities around the world are involved in the project, sending user groups to campus from countries such as Brazil, Mexico and China. “International groups do experiments here, and we try to encourage international participation,” he said. The instrument has complex machinery that starts with an ion source, which accelerates charged particles and shoots them through a gas. Then there is a nuclear reaction in the gas, which forms new elements and mimics how energy is made within the sun, stars and supernovas. The instrument runs a test that models the change in elemental components of the center of the stars, and then compares the data to observations of the actual center of stars’ make-up.last_img read more

Hall to bring pig to campus

first_imgWelsh Family Hall is bringing a little bit of the family farm to campus Saturday with its “Kiss a Pig” fundraising event. The event will feature three teams, and whichever team raises the most money will have a chance to kiss an actual pig Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in front of Dillon Hall. Sophomore Kelly Huffman, who coordinated the event, said it was created in an effort to develop a signature event for Welsh Family Hall. “We were trying to come up with a new signature event for Welsh Fam and a girl in our dorm mentioned this idea,” she said. Sophomore Ellie Tumminello, who participated in a similar event in high school, proposed the idea.  The three teams participating are an Irish football team, an Irish hockey team and a faculty team. The football team, which will raise money for the Kelly Cares Foundation, will be represented at the event by Troy Niklas, Matthias Farley, Cam McDaniel and Andrew Hendrix. The hockey team will raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, and Irish coach Jeff Jackson will also participate. The faculty team will feature finance professor Carl Ackerman, psychology professor Anre Venter and chemistry professor Xavier Creary.  The team will raise money for Touching Tiny Lives, which benefits the children of AIDS victims in Africa. Donations can be made in either dining hall from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, as well as online through the “Kiss a Pig” Facebook page, Huffman said. Huffman said she hopes the online option will encourage donations from alumni. Huffman said various AcoustiCafe artists will perform at the event Saturday.  Along with Welsh Family Hall, the event is co-sponsored by the Student Union Board and the Pre-Vet Club, Huffman said. Huffman said she hopes the “Kiss a Pig” event will be successful and can be continued in future years.last_img read more

NDSP investigates attempted rape report

first_imgNotre Dame Security Police (NDSP) is investigating an attempted rape reported Monday, according to an email sent to students Monday evening. The reported sexual assault occurred in a men’s residence hall on North Quad late Friday or in the early morning hours Saturday, police said. The assault was committed by an acquaintance of the victim. NDSP said it has no evidence this case is connected with the incident described in the Crime Alert email it sent to the student body Saturday. In the email, police warned students of the risk of sexual assault. “Sexual assault can happen to anyone,” the email stated. “College students are more likely to be assaulted by an acquaintance than a stranger. This means that the person perpetrating the assault could be part of the campus community. “Being aware of your own safety and watching out for your friends are important steps you can take to reduce the risk of sexual assault.” Information about sexual assault prevention and resources for survivors of sexual assault are available online from NDSP and the Committee on Sexual Assault Prevention.last_img read more

Literary critic discusses the soul

first_imgDo badgers have souls? British literary critic Terry Eagleton framed his lecture around this question when he spoke at the Snite Museum of Art Wednesday afternoon.  English Department Chair Valerie Sayers introduced the topic of souls and literature with a short biography of Eagleton and his influence in contemporary literary criticism. “Though many literary critics draw their fan base from within their specified field, Mr. Eagleton is actually read by the public,” Sayers said. “His capacious understanding of the interplay between religious faith and leftist politics as well as his authority on aesthetics have led him to write more than literary criticism, including a novel, a memoir and a screenplay,” she said. To address the question of whether badgers have souls, Eagleton said inquirers should look at their bodies.  “Look at what they do. As the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein said, ‘if you want to look at the soul, look at the body – the body as practice, the body as project,’” Eagleton said. Eagleton said “practice constitutes the life of the body,” which gives it more significance than conventional understanding might hold.  “People are more than parcels of matter, not because they harness a soul, but because they are highly particular,” Eagleton said.  Souls, however, ought to be defined more tangibly, according to Eagleton. “You can see someone’s soul all the time, just as you ‘see’ someone’s rage or grief,” he said. “There is a confusion of language games, as if asking where the soul is amounts to asking ‘How close to my left armpit is my envy?’  The soul isn’t a ghostly liver or a spectral kidney. It’s the natural force of a being, as Thomas Aquinas writes.”  As a literary critic, Eagleton said language needs to be grappled with to understand the soul, and the question of whether or not badgers have them. He said a soul relates to a body like a meaning relates to a word, not necessarily attached, but the former in each pair is more profound.  Because bodies are tangible, Eagleton said the most suitable human language is metaphor because it is tangible, allowing readers to experience the world discursively.  “Some say that since badgers lack language, they lack souls. But if souls are understood as simply a natural driving force, then how to do we answer the question ‘Do badgers have souls?’” he said “Yes, badgers do have souls in this sense. Just look at them. Only because we have a misguided perception of the soul would we think otherwise. “But the possessive ‘have’ is a misleading word. You can’t just get rid of a soul, like you can a piece of rubbish,” Eagleton said.  Though badgers have souls by Eagleton’s definition, he said there are still differences between humanity and badgers.  “We are conceptual bodies and can do things that badgers can’t do, like build cruise missiles and fire them at each other,” he said. In this way, Eagleton said humanity is not unique in its possession of souls, but it does have its unique qualities. Human advancement was a move up, he said, but the destructive capabilities of modern society were anything but animalistic in his eyes.  “This ‘move up’ is biblically called the Fall, [but] not down toward the beast, that is, how animals act. They’re fine. They’re innocent. So, two cheers for badgers.”last_img read more

City official highlights South Bend sustainability

first_imgKrista Bailey, sustainability coordinator for South Bend’s Office of Sustainability, spoke to Saint Mary’s students Tuesday evening about environmentalism and innovation in the city.Emilie Kefalas | The Observer Her lecture, entitled, “How Students Can Create Success,” aimed to educate students and faculty about how they can join forces with various eco-initiatives in the greater South Bend community, assistant professor of political science and women’s studies Sonalini Sapra said.Bailey studied at Indiana University Bloomington and Indiana University South Bend, Sapra said. Prior to her work for the Office of Sustainability, Bailey worked as an environmental educator for more than 10 years.Bailey opened her discussion by addressing the topic of sustainability and the methodology of choosing to act on possible environmental, economic and social intitiatives both within city government and in the larger South Bend community.“Our approach to projects and the city is to look at them across the triple bottom line,” Bailey said. “So, [we don’t] just look at saving the trees, but to balance that economic need between cultures here in South Bend.”The Office of Sustainability looks to create a community in South Bend which fosters sustainability, strengthens its economy, has the capacity to bounce back from environmental stress and is inclusive to everyone, Bailey said.“One thing I realized is that the city is committed to sustainability,” Bailey said. “Sustainable communities are more inclusive, because people love where they live, and South Bend wants to be more of that kind of place. It’s not that South Bend has been doing that kind of sustainability before. It’s not just saving the quality of the river, but really having fun in the city we’re in and loving the city we’re in.”A sustainable program helps strengthen the community and helps the city government directly by reducing its operating expenses and improving relationships between the city and the diverse regions and residents within South Bend, Bailey said. She encouraged students and faculty to explore and discover what South Bend offers in terms of environmentalism.“[There are] lots of amazing things happening in the city,” Bailey said. “There’s a huge variety of nonprofits in the area. There’s a lot going on with sustainable food systems in the downtown. There’s a lot of great things happening in town but also energy efficiency endeavors as well.”The Office of Sustainability is currently overseeing several initiatives, including cutting its costs by enacting sustainable approaches, she said.“There’s a couple different things we’ve focused on already that people don’t realize are happening here,” she said. “… We’ve developed a whole new section on our website. It’s finding a hub for all these things that are happening in all the city departments.”“We have a yard waste composting program, a great service,” Bailey said. “It’s been in place for about 15 years. We have a community garden program. You can actually apply to use [a] piece of land as a garden. It’s a very easy process.”Another project currently in the works is the Smart Streets Initiative which will allow for more traffic to flow throughout downtown South Bend, Bailey said.“Maybe you have seen that the roads are changing in South Bend,” she said. “You’re not rushing through downtown, so you actually know what’s going on. To make it more of a downtown-feeling downtown, it’s adding social and cultural amenities. People are actually stopping and enjoying the businesses.”Bailey said receiving input and involvement from individuals and organizations will be essential to successful programs.“We work together both internally and with members of the community to find creative and innovative approaches to preserving our natural resources, ensuring social equity and cutting costs,” she said.Collecting and using government and community-wide data will be the cornerstone of the Office of Sustainability programs, she said.“When I first started the position, I didn’t think this was a big deal,” she said. “It’s been a really fun eye-opener … [to improve] on what we have and using our assets as a city to move forward.”Tags: environment, environmentalism, Office of Sustainability, South Bend, sustainabilitylast_img read more

Saint Mary’s hosts Junior Mom’s Weekend

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Maggie Crowe Saint Mary’s juniors enjoyed dinner with their mothers at the Gillespie Center at the Hilton Garden Inn.This weekend Saint Mary’s hosted Junior Mom’s Weekend, which allowed mothers and daughters to share a special weekend on campus together.Junior class president Corinne Craig said she began planning for this in September. The weekend helped moms and daughters grow closer, as it allowed mothers and daughters to experience Saint Mary’s together.“The main purpose of all the events is to show mothers how their daughters have fun during the weekend,” Craig said. “It’s very important to have this weekend junior year because at that time, students are older and more mature. They can have more fun with their moms.”Craig said one of the most memorable parts of the weekend was “Cupcakes and Canvas.” Art major students taught over 150 moms and daughters how to paint a picture of Le Mans Hall. She worked with a local bakery, Yummy Cupcakes, to provide snacks at this event.Junior Veronica McDowell said she served as an art instructor for this event, suggesting certain painting techniques and helping to mix different colors.“Art is a great way for people to bond,” McDowell said. “It is a low-pressure environment where you can have a conversation while also creating something beautiful.”This creative portion of the weekend attracted many mother and daughter duos, but Craig said other events included a wine and cheese reception, a yoga class, Mass and a dinner at the Gillespie Center.According to McDowell, the yoga event was especially fun for her because she and her mom love to exercise together but can never find the time. She said she enjoyed the scheduled activities, but she also recognizes the benefit of a weekend spent simply relaxing with loved ones.“It’s a time when you can put school on hold and focus on your family,” McDowell said. “Also it’s a chance to show your mom around school and give her insight on your college life. The weekend will be another great memory I can add to my time at Saint Mary’s.”Craig said one of the best parts of Junior Mom’s Weekend was the opportunity to meet her friends’ mothers and bond with them outside of the scheduled events.“It’s really fun to be with your mom and have your friends’ moms meet your mom,” she said. “You’re with a bunch of moms and daughters, so you can connect with everyone.”McDowell, too, said the social aspect of this weekend was especially meaningful to her because it reminded her of all her family has done for her.“Junior Mom’s [Weekend] is important because it strengthens appreciation for mothers and other family members who have taken care of you,” McDowell said. “It’s always nice to spend time with the ones you love.”Tags: Junior Moms Weekend, saint mary’slast_img read more

Asian Allure show combines Asian culture, showmanship

first_imgThe Asian American Association will host Asian Allure this Friday and Saturday in order to draw attention to Asian culture at Notre Dame. The show’s theme, “Step into the Light,” highlights the experiences and traditions of Asian students on campus, sophomore and director Eric Kim said.“Overall, our goal for Asian Allure, as an Asian community, is to bond,” he said. “[It’s] to continue to make that family. It’s to continue showing support for one another, through performance, through rehearsals.”The show aims to allow Asian students to connect with their cultures and educate non-Asian audience members about the culture, Kim said.“That’s what the theme ‘Step into the Light’ means,” he said. “Not only for the performers to literally step into the light, but also for them to showcase their talent and their appreciation for Asian culture. But in terms of the audience, I want them to see the light of how Asian culture is very diverse.”Asian Allure will feature over 20 student groups, Kim said. Sophomore Daren Sia, president of the Chinese Culture Society, said his club will perform a traditional water sleeve dance and a modern hot pot dance.“The hot pot song is just a really fun song to listen to,” he said. “When you look at people dancing to it, it looks like a really fun dance to do, so I wanted to do [it]. And I saw one of my friends perform it a while back, so I’ve always had a good opinion of it. With the watersleeve [dance], it’s something our club has done a lot in the past years, so I wanted to keep that tradition.”The event presents an informal way for participants to get to know people both within their clubs and in other organizations, Sia said.“In general, with Asian Allure, it’s a really great opportunity to get to know people within the different clubs,” he said. “ … It’s a great way to get to know the people in your club, to get more involved with it. It isn’t something that’s very serious, so you can afford to not feel that much pressure about it.”Sophomore Qiyu Zhang, a member of the Chinese Culture Society, also said she enjoyed the bonding aspect of Asian Allure.“I really like the cooperation between other peers at Asian Allure,” she said. “Last year — because I was a freshman coming in — I got intimidated, but that kind of helped me through a great transition because you really talk to people, get to know people.”Zhang said she hopes audience members leave the show with a better understanding of Asian culture.“I know sometimes if I take my friends to some Asian restaurant, some of them just refuse to try it because they feel like it’s too exotic or something,” she said. “So I feel like, especially with performances and music and dancing, it’s easier to get people together and appreciate different cultures.”Sophomore Mita Ramani, director of the Indian Association’s Asian Allure performance, said she hopes the audience recognizes how much the performers love their culture.“I hope they see how modern our culture can be because sometimes there a lot of misconceptions that Indian culture is very backwards, and it’s really not,” she said. “It’s really beautiful. It’s really colorful. It’s really modern.”Many of the students participating in the Indian Association’s performance have never danced before, Ramani said.“Helping them learn moves they’ve never done before or hand gestures they’ve never done before is definitely a challenge, but everybody’s been up to the challenge so it hasn’t really been difficult — it’s just been something to learn,” she said. “But it’s been pretty cool because I think everyone at this point kind of has it down and has had a lot of fun with it.”The event can help start dialogue and build common ground between students of different cultures, sophomore and treasurer of the Indian Association Jessica D’Souza said.“I feel like a lot of times when we talk about race or diversity, we talk about problems and ‘here’s what wrong with this’ or ‘here’s a struggle with that,’” she said. “But I hope for an hour or two people can come and just enjoy music and enjoy dance or enjoy song.“Having that experience of, ‘Hey, I really enjoyed this,’ or, ‘That’s got a really sick beat,’ just those moments make people more aware of the beauty in other cultures. … I think it’s small experiences like that, that help you start dialogue.”Asian Allure will take place from 7-9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday in Washington Hall. Tickets can be purchased in the LaFortune Student Center or at the door.Tags: Asia, Asian Allure, Asian American Association, Chinese Culture Society, Indian Association of Notre Damelast_img read more