According to legend, when Holy Roman Emperor Otto III entered the tomb of Charlemagne in the early 11th century, he found the great medieval king’s personal copy of the four gospels, written with gold ink on purple pages, complete with paintings of the four gospel writers. Recently, the Hesburgh Library purchased a facsimile of the gospels for $22,000.The facsimile, held in the Rare Book room, is an exact copy of the original Coronation Gospels, made for Charlemagne in the early ninth century A.D. The original manuscript currently resides in the Imperial Treasury in Vienna, Austria.Marina Smyth, the medieval studies librarian who organized the funds to buy the facsimile, said it was “probably the most expensive purchase [she’s] been responsible for.”She said the library’s existing collection of 43 Carolingian facsimiles, or material dating from 800-900 A.D., motivated her to acquire the copy of the manuscript. The manuscript was made by Swiss publisher Faksimile Verlag, she said.“The way it happens is, I look at this thing, and I say, hmm, this would be a good thing to have,” Smyth said. “One of my pieces of reasoning would be, we actually already have a very strong collection of facsimiles of Carolingian material.“We also have two professors who specialize in Carolingian stuff — history, and then there’s an art historian who would be very interested in this.”Smyth said she raised $11,000 from the history, art and theology departments, the Medieval Institute and two medieval studies endowed collections. The other $11,000, she said, came from the library’s Special Acquisitions Fund, a competitive grant process. She said she ordered the facimile by Nov. 14 and it arrived in mid-February.“What I like about it is that it’s kind of is a crown on a very fine collection of facsimiles of Carolingian manuscripts that we have,” Smyth said.According to visiting paleography professor David Ganz, the original manuscript is important because it represents a rediscovery of a classical painting style, a recognition of the Gospel writers as historical figures. He said its purple pages and gold script denote the work of an extremely skilled scribe.He said the value of Notre Dame’s facsimile lies in how exactly it resembles the original manuscript, down to the holes in the page and the flakes in the paint.“The fact that the pages aren’t all the same size shows how carefully [the facsimile was made], and you can see the fold in the skin being reproduced — that’s what happens to the poor unfortunate cow on whom this was written,” Ganz said.Ganz said the original manuscript, because it has a sculpted gold cover, is inaccessible to most scholars. The facsimile, which Ganz said is one of three in the United States, will be used as a research and teaching tool. It is accessible to all students and faculty.“It’s not bought to sit in the Rare Book Room on the shelves,” Ganz said. “Just like the Dante collection, just like the Robert Creeley collection, it’s there for people to study, and therefore, from now on, everybody taking an art history course may have the chance to see it.”Tags: Fascimile
Donald R. Keough, chair emeritus of the University’s Board of Trustees and one of the most generous benefactors in Notre Dame history, died Tuesday morning at the age of 88 in Atlanta, according to a University press release.Keough, former president and Chief Operating Officer of the Coca-Cola Company as well as chair of Allen & Company, served on the University’s Board of Trustees since 1978 and as its chair from 1986 to 1991. The donations of Keough and his wife Marilyn, totaling more than $50 million, helped fund a host of programs, buildings and professorships at the University, including the Keough School of Global Affairs (to open in 2017), the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, three library collections and the men’s dorm Keough Hall.“Don’s decades of dedicated service helped secure Notre Dame’s reputation as one of the world’s great institutions of higher education,” Richard Notebaert, chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, said in the press release. “Don loved his family, he loved Notre Dame, and he inspired all of us who had the privilege to know him.”Professor Christopher Fox, director of the Keough-Naughton Institute, described a “hole that will not — and cannot — be filled” created by the death of Keough.“I am still stunned by Don’s death,” Fox said in an email Tuesday. “He was a great friend and mentor to me, to the Institute that bears his name and to those of us who who were blessed enough to come into contact with him at Notre Dame.”In addition to serving on the University’s Board, Keough received the Laetare Medal — the University’s highest award, given to prominent American Catholics — in 1993. Both he and his wife received honorary doctorates from the University, he in 1985 and she in 1998.“Don Keough was a celebrated business leader, a transformative philanthropist, a devout Catholic, a devoted husband and father and a friend to so many who today mourn his passing,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in the release. “Don’s visionary leadership and generosity has had a profound impact on the University.“He believed that we were put on earth to do good in the world, and his life tangibly demonstrated that faith. He has been a dear friend and cherished mentor whom I will miss terribly.”Tags: Donald R. Keough, Keough, Keough Hall, Keough School of Global Affairs, Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies
St. John Paul II’s approach to canonization and beatification was unprecedented in its scale, Valentina Ciciliot said during her lecture “John Paul II’s Canonization Policy: the Italian Case.”“Pope John Paul II declared a huge number of blessed, and more than half of all the saints proclaimed by the Catholic Church since the establishment of the Sacred Congregation of Rites in the 16th century,” Ciciliot said Thursday evening at Hesburgh Library.Ciciliot, a postdoctorate fellow at the University’s Cushwa Center, said his new canonization policy was helped by expediting the traditionally long, drawn-out process.“A direct consequence of the new legislation is particularly the possibility to start canonical processes after five years from the death of a candidate to sanctity,” Ciciliot said. “Before, it was 50 years.”Consequently, Ciciliot said John Paul II was able to canonize more modern and relatable figures.“Now the Church is able to compete with the heroes and stars proposed by civil society,” Ciciliot said.Ciciliot said John Paul II’s tendency towards frequent canonizations was an attempt to provide the world with models of morality and sanctity to whom all people should aspire.“John Paul II’s canonization policy has become one of the Catholic Church’s main instruments for the restoration of society,” Ciciliot said.The effect of John Paul II’s canonization policy was especially profound in Italy, since a disproportionally large number of Italians were beatified and sainted. Ciciliot said she believes this was an intentional move by John Paul II to reinstate Italy as a model of Christian behavior.“Italy is the country which more than any other has been in the past a stronghold of the Christian message,” Ciciliot said. “Now it has the task of rediscovering its evangelizing rule and representing it with all necessary force to a modern world.”Ciciliot said John Paul II is also unique in the attention he paid to laypeople and, in particular, laywomen.“During his pontificate, John Paul II led purely and powerfully, especially regarding women, maternity and family,” Ciciliot said.One very prominent example of John Paul II’s focus on women is seen in his canonization of Gianna Beretta Molla, a mother who died after refusing to terminate a pregnancy she knew could result in death.“The new saint was presented as an authentic layperson, as a woman who lived her life and her sanctity in a perfectly ordinary way, close to the experiences of any wife or mother,” Ciciliot said. “No mother of a family had been made a saint since the Middle Ages.”Through the canonization of Molla, Ciciliot said John Paul II hoped to create a modern, ordinary saint out of a mother during a time when pro-abortion movements were sweeping Italy.“The aim was to record a moral high ground through a wider dogmatization of moral principles to which contemporary society should refer, or else face the risk of a breakdown of civilization,” Ciciliot said.Tags: canonization, Hesburgh Library, John Paul II
The department of music will be putting on a brief concert at 12:10 p.m. Friday, as part of their “Bach’s Lunch” performance series. The performance will be held in the Penote Performers Assembly in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, and is scheduled to run until 1:10 p.m.“Bach’s lunch is a very informal casual concert that is intended to highlight some of the music students so they can get practice performing in front of a live audience. They’re very short — they’re about 50 minutes, and you’re supposed to bring your lunch,” Noelle Elliott, department of music publicity and concert coordinator, said.Elliott said different students perform each time, in groups ranging from two members to eight.“This Friday, four [students will perform] — three vocalists and one on piano,” she said. “It’s all classical. For this Friday, the majority of the lyrics that the students are singing are in German.”Flyers with translations will be distributed to the audience. Elliott said the performance will include works composed by Richard Strauss and Francis Poulenc. Elliot said the department holds “Bach’s Lunch” concerts four to five times a semester and the performances vary widely in audience attendance.“It depends — if students promote themselves, it can be from 50 – 60 people, and sometimes, there are four people,” Elliott said. “But four people are better than no people. That’s really what performance is about — having an audience. Because if there’s no audience there, then you’re just rehearsing. The energy from the audience is so important for the people performing.”She said that for the performers — all of whom are music majors — this performance experience is critical.“They’re going to be performing in front of a large audience eventually,” she said. “You go out and since you don’t have your music, you’re really performing, and the nerves are there, and it’s a way for them to learn to deal with their nerves. “But, also it’s supposed to be polished and performance-ready, just like they would for their senior recital, or if they’re planning on pursuing a career in music, to prepare them to do this as a career.”Elliott said she encourages anyone interested to attend the free but ticketed concert.Tags: Bach’s lunch, Department of Music
For a $5 fee starting Friday at 9:30 p.m., Lewis Hall will host their annual charity event, the Lewis House of Pancakes (LHOP), providing an all-you-can eat breakfast buffet with different foods on every floor. The residents serve not only pancakes, but bacon, eggs, juice and cinnamon rolls as well.All proceeds from LHOP go to the Food Bank of Northern Indiana, an organization that serves the South Bend community. According to the Food Bank’s website, they donated seven million pounds of food to local agencies in 2016 alone. Lewis’ involvement with the Food Bank doesn’t stop with LHOP.“It’s for a really good cause,” sophomore Amanda Bono, one of the LHOP chairs, said. “Last year, we had a group of girls volunteer there afterwards, to see what the Food Bank was like, and we’re going to try to do that again.”Bono and her fellow organizer, sophomore Sarah Duehren, estimated that about 1,000 people attended last year’s LHOP, and Duehren said they’ve set a goal to beat that number tonight.“It’s open to the public, but it’s mostly students that come,” Duehren said. “We’re hoping to exceed that number this year.”The residents of Lewis Hall are very passionate about this event, Bono said, which they believe builds dorm spirit.“The girls honestly love it,” she said. “The reason that I wanted to help run it this year was because I had such a great time last year.”Freshman Rachel Duffy expressed enthusiasm for the upcoming event, which will be her first LHOP. “I’m really excited that we’re going to get a lot of people to come out and beat last year’s record, and raise money for charity,” Duffy said.Duehren remarked that the participation and interest around LHOP represents a bigger part of Lewis Hall.“It goes to show how strong the community is, because everybody’s so excited to be a part of it,” Duehren said.Lewis is located northwest of the Main Building, near Saint Joseph’s Lake. The residents of Lewis highly encourage everyone to come with their friends and donate to a worthy cause.“If you’re on the fence about coming, I think that if you’re a person who appreciates breakfast food — and who appreciates charity, who appreciates community — then this is the place for you,” Duffy said.Duehren added that LHOP doesn’t have to be a night-long commitment.“I hope everyone can come out, and even if you’re there for five minutes, it’s worth coming out and seeing,” she said. “And it’s for a really good cause.”Tags: Breakfast, lewis hall, LHOP, signature event
As the semester comes to a close, a number of a cappella groups on campus — including Halftime, Harmonia, The Echoes, Unchained Melodies and The Undertones — are set to perform their seasonal concerts.Senior Anthony Caputo, Halftime co-president, said he is excited for people to attend their upcoming concert since it will truly showcase all of Halftime’s hard work throughout the semester.“This year we tried to arrange more based off of solo voice rather than just arranging songs and then putting a voice on it, and we have found this to be much more successful when making all of our songs,” he said. “We think people will see that in our concert, which we are really excited about.”Senior Rachel Warne, co-president of Harmonia, said she hopes Harmonia’s diverse mix of modern, alternative, pop and throwback tunes will provide songs everyone will enjoy.While all the a cappella groups on campus work toward their respective concerts, each group considers the relationships between members to be of great importance.“We’ve worked really hard to make sure the atmosphere in the club is one that’s tight knit and kind of familial,” Warne said. “It’s really nice to have group of people on campus that you have ties with automatically.”Senior Matt Williams, president of The Echoes, said the members of The Echoes don’t take themselves too seriously, and they look forward to Christmas caroling outside of DeBartolo Hall and O’Shaughnessy Hall to spread Christmas cheer in the upcoming weeks.“At the end of the day we’re not about competing,” Williams said. “We’re not even about necessarily performing; we’re just a group of people who really enjoy each other and who like making music together.”Senior Laura Eckert, president of Christian a cappella group Unchained Melodies, said being a part of an a cappella group not only provides a break from academic studies, but also allows students to enjoy music communally. She said because Unchained Melodies is a Christian a cappella group, the group uses music not only as a medium to strengthen the bonds between members, but also as a way to praise God. “Being in Unchained Melodies has really helped me grow musically. I’ve learned how to listen to other people and how to mend my talents to theirs so we become a cohesive group,” Eckert said. “I’ve also grown in my faith. We really try to support each other and push each other to grow closer to God.”Senior Kevin Warten, music director of The Undertones, also said a cappella groups offer more than just an opportunity to create music.“Whether in an officer position or a new member, a person can learn so much about teamwork, responsibility and commitment, not to mention confidence, by rehearsing and performing with a group,” he said in an email.Senior Daniel Bland, a member of The Echoes, said audience members should look forward to hearing the unique ways in which each of the a cappella groups arrange their songs in the upcoming concerts.Halftime has its annual winter concert Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m on the Mainstage in Washington Hall. Tickets are available for $5 at LaFortune Box Office or from any Halftime member.Harmonia has its end-of-semester show Friday at 7 p.m. on the Mainstage in Washington Hall. Tickets are available for $5 at the door or from any Harmonia member.Unchained Melodies have a Christmas concert Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lafortune Ballroom. Admission is free. The Undertones has its winter concert Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. on the Mainstage in Washington Hall. Tickets are available for $5 in the LaFortune Box Office, at the door or from any group member.Tags: a cappella, fall concerts, Halftime, Harmonia, The Echoes, Unchained Melodies
Kat Robinson Sophomore and president of the Muslim Student Association, Hosnia Somadi, read two verses from Quranic surahs in Arabic at a luncheon honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., which took place in the Joyce Athletic and Convocation Center on Monday.Ann Firth, chief of staff to University President Fr. John Jenkins, welcomed attendees to the luncheon with a description of the goal Walk the Walk Week hopes to attain.“As you know, this luncheon and the numerous campus events planned during Walk the Walk Week … are all designed to be occasions when we come together to reflect more deeply on who we are as a community,” Firth said. “These are also critically important opportunities to participate in the national and global conversations about diversity and inclusion. Conversations that are as important now as ever.”After reading a quote from King emphasizing love, community and reconciliation, Firth said Notre Dame aims to achieve King’s vision of an inclusive community.“Dr. King is describing the kind of community we seek to be at Notre Dame: one that recognizes the dignity of every member, welcomes each person fully, treasures their gifts as a reflection of God, supports them and shares their struggles,” Firth said. “As an academic community, we strive to explore, discuss and celebrate differences, as well as commonalities, thus enriching our grasp of truth and understanding.”Sophomore and president of the Muslim Student Association, Hosnia Somadi, offered the invocation. She read two verses from Quranic surahs in Arabic before explaining their significance. She said both verses related to justice, particularly the idea that all of humans, regardless of belief, can be united through God. Somadi said she encourages the audience to find peace.“I am very honored to be here today. I would like to end off asking of you all to keep in mind Islam, among all faiths, is one that encompasses peace and love,” Somadi said. “And I ask of you all today to keep this peace and love in all of your hearts, for we are all the children of God.”After a pause in programming for lunch, the ceremony continued with a video in which various members of the community, including students, faculty, administrators and staff, were asked, “What are you doing to advance Dr. King’s legacy on campus?”In the video, director of campus ministry Fr. Pete McCormick said King’s work certainly possessed a spiritual dimension.“He was a man who clearly had reflected on the scriptures, a man who deeply cared about what those scriptures led him to,” McCormick said. “As a priest certainly, as someone who is tasked with preaching on this campus, thinking about ‘How can I bring those very same words to life?’ But more practical for us all, ‘How is it that we can be invited into those same words, into those same texts that are so sacred, that led Dr. King to imagine a world that could be?’”During another segment of the video, director of admissions Bob Mundy discussed King’s legacy as it related to universities and higher education. Because he was the first in his family to attend college, Mundy said higher education is a great avenue for “social change and social opportunity” that King helped expand access to education.“Dr. King reminds us that that access is not always equally available” Mundy said. “An exciting part of my work at Notre Dame is I get to help students find that opportunity … and have them come here and enjoy the benefits of a terrific education.”The final segment of the luncheon then began as Fr. Jenkins took the stage to introduce Corey and David Robinson, the two keynote speakers. However, before he did so he took a few moments to offer his own remarks on King. Referring to quote from King in which the civil rights leader warned against the dangers of “social stagnation,” Jenkins said the purpose of the luncheon involves unity.“It is in the spirit of resisting social stagnation that we suspend classes today and come together to reflect on the King legacy and on the ways we continue to make progress in our community and in our world,” Jenkins said.The conversation between the Robinsons then commenced, and David Robinson said his father, who grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas in the 1950s, had the opportunity to be a member of the “Little Rock Nine,” who integrated the city’s schools, but declined the offer. Corey Robinson said David’s father, his grandfather, also had the opportunity to play basketball at the University of Arkansas but ultimately decided against it because of the school’s segregated facilities. David Robinson said his mother grew up in segregated Columbia, South Carolina, and had to be bused every day to an African American school on the other side of town.David Robinson, a graduate of the Naval Academy and community icon in San Antonio — where he played for the San Antonio Spurs — said he views grace and mercy as the most important parts of King’s legacy.“Martin Luther King is really an icon. For me, he is the perfect picture of a man who, motivated by his faith, stepped out into the world and moved and made a difference,” David Robinson said. “And he practiced grace and mercy. And that’s my challenge to my boys, to myself every day. Practice grace and mercy. Those are two things I think we’re having trouble with now in this country.”Asked by his son to offer a more specific definition of both “grace” and “mercy,” David Robinson said it was important to break expected behaviors in the two concepts.“To me, grace … is giving kindness to people even though they don’t deserve it,” David Robinson said. “And then mercy is not punishing someone for something that they actually do deserve. That’s obviously another concept that’s a challenge … Those two things I think are really key.”David Robinson said the difficulties his parents faced during their upbringings paved the way for grace and mercy to become critical parts of his life growing up. After David Robinson related the story of his own grandfather — who worked in a post office for decades but was never promoted because of the color of his skin and who ultimately sued over the issue — Corey Robinson reflected on the progress that has been made over the ensuing generations.“Within a couple generations, I went to Notre Dame and got this opportunity,” Corey Robinson said. “It’s just an unbelievable turnaround over three generations … and I think it has to do in part with my parents, my grandparents, my great-grandparents in choosing mercy and grace over hate and choosing to see the opportunity and building that environment.”David Robinson said he founded a private school in San Antonio, Texas, Carver Academy, with the goal of helping underprivileged students get into and enroll in college. Currently, after partnering with IDEA Public Schools, David has helped open 61 charter schools across Texas. He said he recently attended an event where graduates of these schools announced where they were going to college. He said watching the students, half of whom are first generation college students, was an “amazing deal.”As the talk drew to a close, David Robinson evaluated the progress American society as a whole has made on these issues.“America is an ideal — we’re not even close to what we say we are, ‘the home of the free’ and ‘the land of the brave,’” David Robinson said. “We’re not even close. But we’re getting there. We’re changing. We’re practicing. We’re getting better. We’re treating each other a little bit better. Over the years, we’ve grown up as a country. And we continue to grow up and we have a system that allows change. That allows us to grow into being America, being the bastion of the world. And we have the potential to be, but we’re not who we say we are. We have to continue to grow. So, for me it’s all about just day by day just … practicing grace.”David Robinson closed he believes this generation has the potential to change the world.“The world is changing so fast,” David Robinson said. “You guys have an incredible access to information and opportunity. I think your generation will impact this world more than all the generations past. And you have an opportunity to do some amazing, positive things. Or not.”Tags: Corey Robinson, David Robinson, Fr. John Jenkins, Martin Luther King, Walk the Walk Week Community members gathered Monday in the Joyce Athletic and Convocation Center for a luncheon celebrating the legacy Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Serving as a culmination of the University’s third annual Walk the Walk Week — which promotes diversity and inclusion on campus — the event featured thoughts and insights from a handful of community members. The keynote address was a conversation between former student body president and 2017 alumni Corey Robinson and his father, former NBA basketball player David Robinson, about King’s impact on the world.
Campus Dining at Notre Dame produces over 400 tons of food waste annually — 10 percent of the University’s overall waste. While in the past almost all of this food waste would end up in a landfill, Campus Dining has partnered with the Office of Sustainability to implement the Grind2Energy system, which converts food waste into renewable energy with reusable byproducts.Senior program director of sustainability Allison Mihalich said the project follows the lead of the Environmental Protection Agency’s hierarchy of reducing food waste: consume less, feed hungry people, feed animals and then use the waste for composting or industrial purposes. Inspired by this hierarchy, Grind2Energy will dramatically reduce Notre Dame’s waste, Mihalich said.“We’re estimating north of 400 tons, and that means we can avoid approximately 270 tons of carbon emissions being released into the atmosphere, which will have lasting effects,” Mihalich said.The project consists of three tanks — one at the Center for Culinary Excellence and one at each dining hall — that grind and hold food waste for two weeks before being emptied and transferred to Homestead Dairy, where the methane produced by the food waste will be harnessed for energy. The energy produced will be used to heat Homestead Dairy’s farm with excess energy being sold back to the electrical grid. The process’ solid and liquid byproduct will be used for dairy bedding and fertilizer, respectively.While the tank built for the Center for Culinary Excellence is already in use, director of Campus Dining Chris Abayasinghe said the dining halls’ tanks should be completed by summer.“We are in the process today of seeking the install for North and South by the end of April,” he said. “We’re actually waiting for the weather to cooperate … because in order to anchor the evacuation tank, we have to be able to pour the concrete.”For almost a decade, the University had been looking into ways to minimize waste and environmental impact, with faculty performing multiple research projects over that time. Mihalich said it was ultimately the work of students that pushed Notre Dame towards a solution.“It wasn’t until the student projects were presented to the University leadership that we realized this isn’t just a commitment we made for ourselves,” she said. “It’s something that the students are clamoring for and it helped accelerate looking at what the best option would be.”Senior Matthew Magiera, a chemical engineering major whose research into food waste and anaerobic digestion was fundamental to the project’s development into a reality, said he first began his work by chance when he became an intern at the Office of Sustainability in fall of 2017.“It was kind of just as a function of me taking a job there,” Magiera said. “I was interested in working at the Office of Sustainability and when I joined on, the then-director Elizabeth Westfall was a chemical engineer, so I think she kind of had a vision. … She kind of had an idea that this is a project for one person to do over a long period of time. So, when I joined on, that was kind of what I started doing right at the start of the semester.”Magiera said the University was supportive of Campus Dining and the Office of Sustainability’s efforts to implement the program.“I think the fortunate thing was it wasn’t at this point as much going through administration,” he said. “As soon as you can make the point that this a smart thing to do and financially it makes sense to do as well, at that point it didn’t become pushing stuff through administration as much as getting people on board.”The Grind2Energy system comes two and a half years after the University released its Sustainability Strategy in Sept. 2016. Mihalich said the food waste project marks a recommitment to the principles outlined in 2016.“A project like this reinforces Notre Dame as a leader, as a good environmental steward,” Mihalich said. “We are one of two universities doing this right now, and the beauty in the solution is its simplicity and its flexibility.”For Campus Dining, Grind2Energy is another evolution in its efforts to minimize waste and environmental impacts which stretch back decades, Abayasinghe said.“We began the process in the late [1990s] of really just identifying how much plate waste was being generated by each student,” he said. “A few years ago, we teamed up with GreenND, for example, to do waste-weighs, so it helped us kind of think through what is the impact, what are we trying to achieve.”Most recently, Campus Dining implemented a program called Leanpath, which measures food waste from the kitchen to identify trends and major sources of waste before food even reaches the consumer’s plate.Because Notre Dame has built an infrastructure capable of supporting Grind2Energy, other organizations in the greater South Bend area now have the ability to take advantage of the program as well. Magiera said this has the potential to snowball into a large-scale sustainability effort throughout northern Indiana.“The other thing that’s exciting is now that we have this mechanism in our region … that opens the door for grocery stores in the area because they have a lot of produce waste to send their produce waste there, instead of a landfill,” he said. “ … I think the most exciting part of this is the options it opens up for the local community on campus and the local community in the county in terms of making it easier on everybody to be sustainable.”Tags: Campus DIning, food waste, GreenND, Grind2Energy, Leanpath, Office of Sustainability, renewable energy, sustainability
Although the flowers around campus are currently buried under snow, and there might not be a bee in sight, the BeeND club is buzzing.Senior Kateri Budo, president of BeeND, said she started the club in the spring semester of 2019 after going on a spring break trip to Appalachia, where she and a friend got to meet a beekeeper in the Ohio Valley.“[His work] was really interesting, and I knew that Notre Dame didn’t have a club like that,” Budo said. “I came back and was talking to Alice, and she said she would start a bee club too, so we started it last spring.”Back in South Bend, Budo began reaching out to local beekeepers. She discovered two nearby apiaries: As It Should Bee and Peace Bees, an organization that employs disadvantaged workers such as the homeless, veterans and the previously incarcerated. Beekeepers from both groups have talked at club meetings, which are a mix of conversations and activities, Budo said.“Last fall, one beekeeper from Peace Bees came and gave an interactive presentation, where people dressed up and acted out the different parts of the bees’ journey through the hive,” she said. “And then we’ve also had our local beekeepers come and talk to us about harvesting honey. We actually have a meeting next Thursday — we’re going to watch ‘The Bee Movie’ and make beeswax.”Fr. Terry Ehrman, a visiting assistant teaching professor in the department of theology, is the club moderator and teaches a course on theology and ecology, which Budo had previously taken. He said he got interested when she approached him about starting the club, he said.“I have a great love of all things natural. … I’ve always been interested in how biology, geology and theology fit together,” Ehrman said. “Learning about that specific organism that has such an important ecological role — their organization, their social life and really just their interaction with humans — is important. It has connections even with theology.”Because the bee issue is so vast, the club tries to go beyond just educating students about bees and honey, Budo said. It also ties in theological ideas that relate to bees, as well as raise awareness about ethical farming.“I haven’t been a ‘save the bees’ person my whole life,” Budo said. “But they’re really important in terms of ethical farming. The club is just spreading awareness of the current bee issue and the importance of caring for creation in terms of doing our Catholic responsibilities.”And saving the bees isn’t only related to helping the planet, Ehrman said, as bees can have quite an impact on day-to-day life.“People take beehives, and they truck them out to California, and they pollinate all the almond trees — if they didn’t do that, we wouldn’t have almonds, or at least we’d have very few,” he said. “They’re related to all things ecologically, just because of their functions.”While keeping bees is not yet allowed on campus, Budo said the BeeND club may want to change that.“Where I could see this club going in the future is actually having bees on campus,” she said. “That’s something that I’m not qualified for — I’m not a beekeeper — but I hope it might move towards that in the future.”Tags: As it should bee, bees, Peace bees, save the bees
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) WNY News Now Image.JAMESTOWN – The National Weather Service in Buffalo says more lake effect snow is on the way to Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties.Forecaster dropped the Blizzard Warning that was set to expire Friday at 4 p.m. and replaced it with a Lake Effect Snow Warning that runs through 10 a.m. Saturday.Additional snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches in the most persistent lake snow bands are expected.The most widespread and heaviest snow will occur later Friday afternoon into the evening. Winds will also play a factor, gusting as high as 40 mph Friday morning near the Lake Erie shoreline resulting in blowing and drifting snow.Travel could also be difficult as areas of blowing and drifting snow could significantly reduce visibility.Viewers can submit weather photos and videos via email ([email protected]) or on social media.To track the storm, and for updates, download the WNYNewsNow Mobile App on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.