Assembly approves resolution

first_imgStudent Senate passed a resolution amending the responsibility of the Executive Programming Board and discussed sustainability at its meeting Wednesday. The student government branch also examined gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning (GLBTQ) issues. The Executive Programming Board is the division of student government that facilitates the coordination of its various programming groups. The resolution stipulates that the Board will use an online programming calendar to improve communication between the Student Union groups and will be required to meet three times annually. The Constitution of the Undergraduate Student Body previously required the Board to meet weekly. Rachel Novick, education and outreach program manager for the Office of Sustainability, spoke to senators about the University’s sustainability strategy. Novick said the Office of Sustainability hopes to reduce carbon emissions by 50 percent per gross square foot and attain a recycling rate of two-thirds by 2030. The Office of Sustainability also aims to minimize waste on campus. Engaging in sustainable practices will ultimately save the University money, Novick said. “When we look at the University setting aside operational money for this, they recognize that over the course of 20 years there may be times when they’re going to have to pay more for fuel because it’s more environmentally friendly [for example], but overall, sustainability saves organizations money,” she said. Novick said the global Catholic community has made strides toward increasing sustainability. “There are universities like Santa Clara and Notre Dame and Fordham and a lot of other places with sustainability programs, but they don’t necessarily reach the broader Catholic community, and in order to really make a difference … we really need to reach out and communicate and share what we’re learning here,” Novick said. Senate also discussed the possibilities of creating a gay-straight student alliance and adding sexual orientation to the University’s non-discrimination clause. Katie Rose, gender issues director for student government, said both issues are intertwined with religion, civil rights and creating a culture of acceptance. “If we’re going to call ourselves the top Catholic university in the country, I strongly believe we should be leading the way on social progress,” she said. Rose said the University is concerned about the legal implications of adding sexual orientation to the non-discrimination clause. Student body president Pat McCormick said although sexual orientation is not included in the current non-discrimination clause, the University does not support discrimination on any basis. “My sense is that the University believes that any claim on the basis of sexual orientation should be taken seriously and should be addressed within the University,” he said. “Essentially, a non-discrimination clause invites the state to enforce discrimination claims.” Junior class president Kevin Doherty said the University allows the government to intervene in cases of discrimination on other bases, such as race and sex. “It’s almost a discriminatory position to say we’re going to handle [issues of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation] in-house, but we’re going to invite the state in on some [issues] and not others,” Doherty said. Doherty said if a student-run gay-straight alliance could articulate how it is different from the existing Core Council for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Questioning Students, it would be reasonable to conclude that each would contribute unique opportunities to campus. If an official, student-run gay-straight alliance existed, the club would have some autonomy with regard to the selection of its leadership, McCormick said. The current Core Council is run by both students and administrators. McCormick said it might also be possible to increase peer-to-peer support within the Core Council instead of creating a gay-straight alliance. This model would offer students significantly more resources than a student club would provide. The University has already made strides on GLBTQ issues, McCormick said. “For all those who want to try and expand inclusion within our community, there’s much to applaud about the University’s efforts,” he said. “So the goal is really not to say that we’re not moving on these issues because the University very much has been moving on these issues.”last_img read more

Weather fails to put a damper on Irish victory

first_imgNotre Dame’s victory in its second home night game in 20 years capped a “hugely successful weekend” of festivities celebrating the 125th year of Notre Dame football, according to director of game day operations Mike Seamon. “Being the second year in a row with a night game, we saw noticeable improvements this year versus even last year’s game against USC,” Seamon said. “As a campus, we’re getting used to having night games every season, and I think that showed between year one and year two.” The team’s undefeated record and the prime rivalry matchup against regional opponent Michigan drew an estimated 140,000 people to campus on game day, Seamon said, and fans descended on campus in high numbers throughout the weekend. “We had record crowds at the band concert, and there were a lot of people tailgating in parking lots and taking in all the pageantry,” he said. “We knew the Stadium was completely sold out, but a lot of people not attending the game were still leaving campus when the game started after spending the day there.” Seamon said the game’s crowd was one of the largest in Notre Dame history. Total numbers were unavailable at press time, though attendance was tallied at Notre Dame Stadium’s official capacity of 80,795. Despite the challenges a mid-afternoon storm front presented, Seamon said the game went off nearly without a hitch. “We were luckily able to dodge the lake-effect rain showers that popped up all around us Saturday night during the game,” he said. “They never made it to campus, which was a huge blessing.” As for challenges specific to a night game, Seamon said post-game traffic was more difficult to manage than at a normal afternoon game. “After typical home games with 3:30 kickoffs, people go to Mass, eat dinner, tailgate or go back to see their kids in their dorms. But getting done at 11:30 after a great game meant everyone was incentivized to stay until the end and wanted to leave at the same time,” he said. “It took a long time to clear the traffic, but we knew it would and we did it to the best of our ability.” Aside from being a night game, this particular game held special meaning in the context of the ongoing celebration of the 125th anniversary of Notre Dame football, Seamon said. Friday evening’s pep rally, featuring former Irish coach Ara Parseghian, the 1977 national championship team and ESPN commentator Dick Vitale, was a highlight of the weekend’s festivities. “The pep rally was incredible and had a great positive emotion. To be on such a historic site where Knute Rockne and his team used to practice way back in the day and for the team to come back there was really great,” Seamon said. “Having Ara Parseghian back and honoring him was very special, and people loved seeing him.” Thousands of fans in attendance at the game also honored current Notre Dame linebacker and Hawaii native Manti Te’o by wearing leis as a show of support in the wake of the deaths of his grandmother and girlfriend. “Everyone was surprised at the number of non-students wearing leis at the game to pay tribute to Manti,” Seamon said. “That was one of those special Notre Dame moments, so to witness that and be there to support one of our own is what being part of the Notre Dame family is all about.” In spite of the extended game day, Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) Chief Phil Johnson said his department did not arrest significantly more people than a traditional game day. NDSP arrested seven people outside the Stadium on Saturday, including three for liquor law violations, two for criminal trespass and two for public intoxication. Inside the Stadium, police arrested one person for public intoxication. Though night games require more collaboration on the part of everyone involved, Seamon said the payoff in showcasing the best of the University makes the hard work worth it. “[Night games] make longer days for everyone, but it’s a labor of love,” he said. “Whether you are a police officer, concession stand worker or usher, people enjoy the game and take pride and ownership of their jobs on game day.”last_img read more

Saint Mary’s reveals alarming data on Indiana girls

first_imgSaint Mary’s College became the fifth all-women’s college in the nation to release a report drawing together publicly available data on the status of girls ages 10 to 19 in its home state of Indiana, College president Carol Ann Mooney said in a press conference on Thursday.  A team of six Saint Mary’s faculty and 60 students spent well over a year compiling data for the 60 page report titled The Status of Girls in Indiana 2013 report (SGI), Mooney said.  “I am proud to unveil The Status of Girls in Indiana 2013 report,” Mooney said. “We believe that it is the first comprehensive study of the health and well-being of Indiana girls. The report highlights various aspects of a young woman’s life, including income, race, standardized test scores, graduation rates, obesity, depression, abuse, substance abuse and physical activity.” Over two years ago, Mooney said she attended a conference and learned about the state of Wisconsin’s SGI report. After learning about the report, she said she felt Saint Mary’s had the both the resources and obligation to compose a similar study for the state of Indiana. “It just seemed to me that we’re a women-serving institution … so we ought to be concerned about and understand what’s going on with girls who could be our future students,” Mooney said. “I also thought there was no other place in Indiana likely to undertake this comprehensive sort of compilation of data and that we could offer that service to the state, especially to the girls of the state.” According to a College press release, Mooney first proposed the report to Elaine Meyer Lee, Director of the College’s Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership. “When President Mooney came to us for help facilitating the administrators project, we thought it was a great fit for Saint Mary’s,” Meyer-Lee said. “The College has a long history of educating women in a variety of ways and this, of course, is about girls. So, we were delighted to mobilize faculty and students and we applaud their work, which takes seriously the intersection of gender, race and socioeconomic class affecting girls in Indiana.”  Both Mooney and Meyer-Lee said Kristin Kuter, assistant professor of mathematics, was the faculty member who took initiative to make this project a reality.  “I became involved in the SGI project when President Mooney challenged the College to take on the task,” Kuter said. “Four women’s colleges have done similar reports for Wisconsin, California, North Carolina and the District of Columbia. I saw it as an exercise in exploratory data analysis, something I teach my statistics students.” Although other states have published similar reports, Meyer-Lee said Saint Mary’s is the first institution to have its students contribute so profoundly in the report. “One of the beauties of a small college in general, but certainly at Saint Mary’s, is that we involve students in everything we do at every level, in many committees, in administrative projects and in research,” Meyer- Lee said. “For this project, whole classes contributed to aspects of the report. We found that students were not only engaged in different ways, but really found subjects there were passionate about and were serious about their contributions to the report.” Meyer-Lee said one student, Gina Deom, class of 2013, even chose to focus her senior comprehensive project on the Indiana girls’ education section of the report. “Every student at Saint Mary’s is required to complete a research project, body of work or exam in their major before graduation,” Deom said. “My senior composition dealt with applying a statistical technique to analyze the relationship between common characteristics of Indiana public school corporations. I was able to identify how characteristics such as enrollment, percentage of students on free/reduced lunch, percentage of special education students, ISTEP scores, end-of-course test scores, teacher’s salary, etcetera, were correlated.”  For Deom, a native of Evansville, IN, working on the report was not only about acquiring experience compiling, summarizing and drawing conclusions from data, but also about allowing her to work with data affecting her fellow Hoosier girls. “I gained insight into some of the challenges facing girls in my home state,” Deom said. She said she was particularly struck by data showing that girls’ performance in math and science wanes somewhere between grade school and high school. “Why are girls performing similarly on math and science on the ISTEP compared to boys, but significantly lower falling behind on AP, SAT and ACT testing regarding math and science?” Deom said.  Kuter said the most shocking statistics for her were centered around mental health and body image statistics. “I didn’t realize that the figures of girls affected by depression and suicide were as high as they are, and that girls in the eighth grade seem to struggle the most with these issues,” Kuter said.  President Mooney reacted similarly. She said the compiled data makes it clear there are a lot of stressors on girls in Indiana. “Depression, inactivity and obesity were significantly higher [for girls] in Indiana than the rest of the nation,” Mooney said. “Suicide rates were also statistically higher.”  As part of Saint Mary’s larger connection with organizations in the South Bend community, Meyer-Lee said the College asked several expert reviewers to examine the report prior to its release. Two of those reviewers include Kathy Schneider, executive director of Saint Margaret’s House, a community day house for women and children, and Linda Baechle, president and chief executive office of YWCA North Central Indiana, both of whom spoke at yesterday’s press conference.  “I have worked in this community with women and children struggling with poverty for 22 years,” Schneider said. “This report confirms much that we know about girls; that many are receiving great educations and moving toward productive lives that include higher education and work. Yet it also exposes that too many girls suffer from low self-esteem, are victims are sexual and physical abuse and struggle with poverty.” Schneider said three statistics in the report, strongly call for further action to be taken: according to the report, one-third of Indiana’s female students in grades eighh through teh reported feeling sad or hopeless almost every day, almost half of all black or African American girls ages six to seventeen are living in poverty and 14.5 percent of Indiana’s female high school students reported being raped.  “I think that statistics call us to do more with our programming,” Schneider said. “These numbers are a call to action and these numbers tell us that there are too many girls suffering from low self-esteem and we should be working at a younger age to help these girls build their self-esteem.” Meyer-Lee said the report is significant because contributors sorted through buried data in different studies and pulled together overwhelming demographic studies that educators, policymakers and others will be able to evaluate.  “Never before has this data been pulled together to form a true picture of what is happening with girls in our state,” Meyer-Lee said. “Not that a picture is formed, lawmakers, nonprofit leaders and activists can see the issues in a readily accessible format and address them. Data is very powerful and I believe this report will be an example of how decisions are driven by data.”  President Mooney said she hopes policy and decision makers will see the report as an additional tool to make informed decisions regarding girls in the Hoosier state.  “This report shows that gathering information into one usable document can have a strong impact when presented in a clear and understandable format,” Mooney said. “It is my hope that our faculty and students may have sown seeds for improvement in the lives of girls in Indiana.” To read the report online, visit saintmarys.edu/StatusOfGirls.  Contact Kaitlyn Rabach at [email protected]last_img read more

SMC hosts social media week

first_imgSaint Mary’s launched an initiative this week to engage students through the College’s social media sites and hosting educational events to help students use social media to enter the workforce. Director of Career Crossings Stacie Jeffirs said Social Media Week is modeled after a national initiative.“Several other colleges and universities have also implemented a week-long program to highlight various aspects and impacts of social media,” she said. “The Saint Mary’s Social Media Week planning committee felt as though these issues and topics are of great relevance to our students, and this led to us creating a week of programming to address these topics and issues.”Director of the Belles Against Violence Office Connie Adams said the planning for Social Media Week was a collaborative effort across campus, including groups such as Marketing Communications, Career Crossings, Athletics and Recreation, Residence Life and Community Standards, Student Affairs, Belles Against Violence, Dining Services, Admissions, Cushwa-Leighton Library and Alumnae Relations.“Those [who were] part of the [original] committee identified other departments on campus which use social media extensively and faculty who oversee department social media sites and extended the opportunity to collaborate on this week,” Adams said. “We also included students who are connected to departments as interns and student workers who use social media for more than just social use. They had some great contributions. It’s been an incredibly collaborative effort and great fun.”McCandless hall director Kelley McCarthy said she is excited about Social Media Week because of how prominent social media has become.“I love the influence social media has in today’s world,” she said. “You are able to connect with people from anywhere. My favorite use for social media is using it in my field of higher education.”Jeffirs said she is looking forward to bringing the power of social media to the attention of students this week.“Social media is a way for students to connect on a personal level, but it also impacts them on a professional level,” she said. “Students need to be ahead of the curve when it comes to knowing how to use social media in a professional way.”Nearly everyone is integrated with social media today, Adams said.“It seems that everyone’s mom and grandpa and dog are connected in some way,” she said. “An Egyptian man even named his son Facebook due to the critical role it played in the revolution there a few years ago. It’s the first thing many college students look at in the morning and the last thing they scan at night.”Adams said the Social Media Week events are both practical and fun.“With social media being in nearly every aspect of our lives coupled with the reality of its permanence and the opportunity for positive change or negative impacts, we must be conscience consumers,” Adams said. “The impact is real on our lives, regardless of whether we are students, faculty or staff.“What we are doing now, or not doing now, has an impact on things three months, three years and 30 years down the road. And how can you turn down a chocolate fountain, large posters of memes featuring beloved [College] President [Carol Ann] Mooney or other fabulous prizes, such as gift cards, t-shirts and travel mugs?”McCarthy said students should attend Social Media Week not only for the great prizes but also to better understand the impact their social media profiles have on their futures.Jeffirs said Social Media Week will feature an alumnae panel, a visit from a Google ambassador and a panel on cyber-bullying, as well as other events.“There are a broad range of topics and issues all related to various aspects of social media that we’ll be touching upon,” Jeffirs said.McCarthy said Mooney will also be taking part in the week’s events. To stay updated, students can follow the hashtag #BellesgetsocialTags: Connie Adams, Kelley McCarthy, Social Media Week, stacie jeffirslast_img read more

Researchers develop new method and strain of bacteria to study TB

first_imgNotre Dame researchers have developed a new strain of Tuberculosis (TB) as well as a new method to study the disease in an effort to increase the global health community’s understanding of the disease, according to a University press release.The National Institutes of Health funded the study in which Notre Dame researchers improved upon analytical techniques that measured the mass of proteins. Before their efforts, the proteins were unsuitable with current analytical methods. After this study, scientists were able to study the functions of the EsxA protein more thoroughly.Matthew Champion, research associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry in the Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics Facility in McCourtney Hall, and Patricia Champion, associate professor of biological sciences, improved the analysis of the EsxA protein along with their research team. The bacteria mycobacterium tuberculosis causes TB and secretes the EsxA protein, a key protein enabling the bacterium to cause disease, Matthew Champion said.The study attempted to support the scientific community’s efforts to block the secretion of the EsxA protein which would then mitigate a TB infection and reduce the need for the bacterium to develop a resistance to antibiotics.Tags: research, science, TB, tuberculosislast_img read more

Saint Mary’s seniors reflect on Black Women’s Activism panel

first_imgOn March 8, three Saint Mary’s seniors spoke on a panel entitled “Black Women’s Activist: Living and Learning from Audre Lorde” at the Niles Public Library in Michigan. The panel, which featured seniors Taylor Thomas, Nina Steele and Alexandria Shambery, was organized in honor of Women’s History Month.Thomas said in an email that the trio previously discussed Audre Lorde on a panel in the fall semester of 2017.“All of us are very passionate about gender and women’s studies,” she said. “To be completely honest, Nina and I, on pulling up to the Niles Library, were extremely nervous and skeptical about the talk. Niles appears to be a predominantly white area. Plus, the library was very open, and patrons could walk by and hear what we were saying and that made us nervous. Not many people in our current political climate are open to listening to people discuss black activism and critiques of white academia.”Despite her initial reservations, Thomas said the audience was welcoming and encouraging. She said their insights were welcomed and some audience members shared stories of their own.“I was very surprised by the willingness of these women to listen to what I had to say,” she said. “It was a very inspiring experience listening to these older women and their experiences in the 1960s and watching the generations now go through similar situations that they had to endure. They asked us questions that made us feel like they truly believed that our ideas could change the world.”In her speech, Thomas encouraged people and institutions to study the work of Audre Lorde.“She stuck up for what she believed in and that was a powerful thing,” Thomas said. “Her words and poetry help implement change not just in hearts, but in classrooms as well. Simply discussing an Audre Lorde poem [on] predominantly white campuses can help expose students to subjects they may have never had to confront: police brutality, sexuality, classism. This is crucial because anti-blackness has always been seen in higher education.”Thomas said she believes it is important to discuss women’s history, especially that of black women because they are underrepresented in the American political and social sphere. She said as a black student she feels Saint Mary’s should do more to include and represent black voices on campus.“I want to see more black presence on this campus,” she said. “I want more black women. More black music. More black history, and not just in February. I want more black food — properly cooked and seasoned. I need Saint Mary’s to start reflecting that if they want to claim ‘diversity’ and ‘inclusivity.’”In the concluding statements of her speech, Thomas said Audre Lorde and black activism remind us that despite recent societal strides, there is still much progress to be made.“I believe it is important for us to continue fighting for what is right, but we will become the monster that we are fighting against if we aren’t addressing those same demons within ourselves,” she said.Steele said in an email that for her, the panel was a positive occasion.“I feel that every time people are able to come together and speak about the injustices in our world, everyone involved learns something and this causes a shift in thinking,” she said. “Whether the shift is big or small, it makes a difference, and to me, that difference is of utmost value. We should always be listening to those who are oppressed, and not [let] privileged voices tell the stories and experiences of the individuals who they marginalize.”Steele said she was inspired by the stories of women in the audience. She said she believes that for any major change in society to occur, dialogue is necessary.“The audience’s reaction somewhat shocked me because I was expecting more negative responses, but everyone in the room [was] happy with our speeches,” she said. “Many of the audience members shared their own experiences, and that was the best part of my night. We need people to come together so that we can see actual progress in the world and on our campus.”Tags: Audre Lorde, Black activism, Diversity, inclusivity, Niles Public Librarylast_img read more

Registrar to continue using DART for class registration

first_imgNotre Dame will continue using the DART registration system over NOVO for the upcoming class registration period, the Office of the Registrar announced in an email to students Monday.DART and NOVO have been the University’s class registration systems for over two years. In 2015, the Office of the Registrar announced NOVO would be replacing DART as the primary system for class registration. Following a NOVO system malfunction during class registration in fall 2017, however, the registrar reverted back to utilizing DART last spring. “The DART registration performs better at higher volumes than NOVO does,” Chuck Hurley, the University registrar, said. “So just like last April, we’ll have DART on in class search during the six business days of peak registration there, and then NOVO will be off during those days.”“Peak registration” period will take place Nov. 12-19, when all students taking courses at Notre Dame next semester will register for classes according to class level. Seniors register Nov. 12, juniors on Nov. 14, sophomores on Nov. 16 and freshmen the following Monday, Nov. 19.Registration time tickets will remain the same as last semester as well, Hurley said, with the first registration wave at 6:30 a.m. each day and the last at 8:20 a.m., with 10-minute intervals in-between.“Right now we’re pretty standard with the registration practices that the University has been utilizing for the last several years,” Hurley said. “We receive a lot of input on that from the advising deans of the University, and they like the system that we have at this point where we have advising going on for a couple of weeks and then the registration taking place over about a week and a half.”In Nov. 2017, the Office of the Registrar tested a new class registration planning tool called “ND Academic Planner.” Created collaboratively with student government, the feature allowed students to add entire schedule plans to their official schedules on registration days with two clicks.Though the tool was scheduled to be implemented this fall, Hurley said ND Academic Planner will not be implemented yet because it uses NOVO, which will be turned off during peak registration period.“[The Academic Planner is] a very good tool, but the vendor has to fix the challenges with NOVO first before we could implement the Academic Planner,” he said. “The Academic Planner is something we built here at Notre Dame in-house, but it requires NOVO to function at higher load levels than it is currently.”Though DART hasn’t brought up any problems, the plan is to eventually transition into using NOVO again, Hurley said. However, that goal is on hold until the vendor for NOVO, Ellucian, provides a fix to the system’s low tolerance for “higher loads.”“The schedule display within NOVO is very nice; you can see a grid schedule across the week kind of like a Google Calendar,” Hurley said. “So the look and feel of it is a little bit better but … the functionality doesn’t operate as well at higher loads.”Coursicle is a third-party vendor providing an additional academic planning tool for Notre Dame students. Even so, Hurley said Coursicle has “nothing to do with” Notre Dame contract-wise and can be a source of potential registration problems. “If students want to utilize that information, then they can, but it’s not up-to-date information, either,” Hurley said. “We often see a delay — a student will say, ‘Well it looks to me like Coursicle says this about a class.’ Well, it had been changed days before that in our system, and so Coursicle just doesn’t update theirs as much as ours.”Most challenges arise from lack of preparation, Hurley said. He advised students to check their desired classes beforehand for prerequisites and co-requisites and to be on the “eduroam” WiFi network if registering on campus. Should any problems with class registration arise, the Office of the Registrar can be contacted at [email protected] or 574-631-7043.“The more prep work that students do beforehand — checking prerequisites, co-requisites, recording the CRNs that they want to register for — the better off they are once they get to the registration time,” Hurley said.Tags: Chuck Hurley, class registration, DART, NOVO, Office of the Registrar, registrationlast_img read more

Biden elected president, defeating Trump

first_imgDemocratic candidate Joe Biden was elected the 46th president of the United States on Saturday, after days of ballot counting and uncertainty. Biden received more votes in the 2020 election than any other presidential candidate in the country’s history.Biden, 77, defeated President Donald Trump after he was projected to win Pennsylvania and secured 290 votes from the Electoral College, according to the Associated Press. He is the oldest president-elect in American history.Senator Kamala Harris, Biden’s running mate, will be the first woman and the first woman of color to take on the role of vice president.Biden has been vying for the presidency for decades, and after his third attempt to take on the position, he has been elected in the midst of a surge of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and a national movement calling for racial justice. Biden spoke Saturday night at a drive-in rally for supporters in Wilmington, Del., his home state, to accept the win.“I’m humbled by the trust and confidence you’ve placed in me,” Biden said to supporters who honked in response.After Trump’s repeated tendencies to sow division throughout his presidency, Biden called for unity among Americans in his address. He also addressed Trump supporters directly at times, promising to be a president for all.“I pledge to be a president who seeks not to divide, but to unify and doesn’t see red states and blue states, but only sees the United States,” he said.Acknowledging the pandemic and the economic crisis within the country, Biden pledged to prioritize the COVID-19 pandemic and draft a plan to be put in place when he takes office in January.“That plan will be built on a bedrock of science,” Biden said. “It will be constructed out of compassion, empathy and concern. I will spare no effort — or commitment — to turn this pandemic around.”Biden won the popular vote with more than 74 million votes, while Trump clocked in at about 70 million votes. While the Associated Press and other news organizations called the election in favor of Biden Saturday, Trump said he and his team will continue to seek out lawsuits to challenge the results. Trump is the first incumbent president to lose a re-election bid since 1992 when George H.W. Bush lost to Bill Clinton.During her acceptance speech Saturday night, Harris thanked the women who came before her and addressed the women who will come after her.“But while I may be the first woman in this office, I won’t be the last,” Harris said. “Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities.”While Biden won the presidency, Republicans will likely remain in control of the Senate and several Democratic candidates lost their seats in the House.Cities around the country erupted in celebrations on Saturday. People cheered and danced into the night, as cars honked their horns and music played.Tags: Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Kamala Harrislast_img read more

Jamestown Man Takes Plea In Federal Meth Case

first_imgShare: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) Stock Image.BUFFALO – A Jamestown man has plead guilty to a federal methamphetamine distribution charge.Jacob M. Komenda. Image By JPDThe U.S. Attorney’s Office says Jacob Komenda, 24, of Jamestown, NY, pleaded guilty Thursday  before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and distributing, five grams or more of methamphetamine.The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, and a $5,000,000 fine.Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua A. Violanti, who is handling the case, stated that on April 27, 2019, members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force executed a New York state search warrant at the defendant’s residence on Partridge Street in Jamestown. Officers recovered methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia throughout the residence, as well as a 12 gauge shotgun and a stun gun. On September 5, 2019, investigators executed a second state search warrant at the defendant’s residence, this time on Fairview Avenue in Jamestown, and a federal arrest warrant. Komenda had $3,182 in cash in his shorts pocket, which was proceeds of his drug trafficking activities. Investigators also recovered methamphetamine and various drug paraphernalia from the residence.The plea is the result of an investigation by the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Acting Chief Timothy Jackson; the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan, New York Field Division; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. Devito, New York Field Division.    Sentencing is scheduled for November 9, 2020, at 12:30 p.m. before Judge Arcara.last_img read more

Warmer, More Humid Weather Returns For The Weekend

first_imgJAMESTOWN – Our taste of Fall is over, heat and humidity with a chance of rain returns for the weekend. Today will be another beautiful day with mainly sunny skies and highs in the mid-80’s.Tonight, mainly clear skies with lows in the lower-60’s.A weak system along with an increase in humidity will provide for a chance of a few pop-up showers or storms in the afternoon tomorrow, these storms will be mainly to the north. Otherwise it will be partly cloudy with highs in the mid to upper-80’s. Monday and Tuesday will be near repeats of each other. Partly cloudy skies with a chance of a shower or storm. Highs both days in the mid-80’s.After a very brief cool down on Wednesday with highs near 80, the  hot and humid conditions could potentially return and increase into the end of this week with chances for some thunderstorms. A strong cold front will pass by later on Friday. Severe weather is possible, though it’s too early for specifics.WNYNewsNow is a proud Ambassador for the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation program.Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more