College hosts senior picnic

first_imgSaint Mary’s seniors gathered on the west lawn of Opus Hall on Thursday to celebrate the start of their last school year with a picnic that featured free food, games of cornhole and volleyball matches. Senior Sydnie Corso said the event, sponsored by the Senior Class Board, is a final laidback activity before the pressures of the school year set in. “[It’s] just a great way to kick off a year of hardcore studying,” Corso said. “It has been a smooth transition from summer and it’s good to be back. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else right now.” Senior Nicole DeRoche said she is glad she set aside this time to rest before the school year becomes more stressful. “It feels good to just take it easy and relax in the sunshine with my friends,” DeRoche said. Silvia Cuevas, senior class president, said this event is just one of the many ways she intends to nurture the tight-knit bond among her class through student government-sponsored activities. “We want to encourage class participation at school functions,” Cuevas said. “So many connections are made during Senior Week, the week before commencement. I don’t want to wait that long this time.” Cuevas said she has already started work on the annual Dance Marathon and began collaborating with the Student Diversity board to prepare more events for the year. “[The] school year’s definitely starting with a bang,” she said. “Two weeks in and I am fully immersed.” Students were also able to sign up for Senior Dads Week, a week when seniors invite their fathers to spend time with them on campus. Corso said she wants to make the most of her last year at the College, especially through extracurricular events. “My biggest worry is that I will not live my last year here to its fullest,” she said. “I’m literally joining every club.” Senior Bridgett Fey said she has mixed feelings about the beginning of the school year. “I love being a senior, but I don’t want to leave SMC,” Fey said. In the meantime, Fey said she is enjoying the “good food, good people, good times.” Senior Sarah Huser said she also does not want to rush her senior year. “I speak for everybody when I say that every moment we have at Saint Mary’s right now is bittersweet because we know it’s the last,” Huser said. “So we’re trying to take advantage of every moment we have. Events like the Senior Picnic and activities night and the amazing things that make Saint Mary’s, Saint Mary’s are so much more special now because we know that they are not going to happen again.” Senior Caila Poythress said the senior picnic marks the beginning of the end of seniors’ careers at Saint Mary’s. “This afternoon was sort of a reflection of the Saint Mary’s community,” Poythress said. “As we arrived we were all greeted by name by everyone we saw. We all know each other or are friends with friends. We are all always going to be looking out for each other. These are the friends we’ll have for the rest of our lives but it just won’t be the same.”last_img read more

SMC club studies immigration

first_imgLa Fuerza, a Saint Mary’s club representing Latina culture on campus, is holding a Week of Action titled “Education Without Barriers” explore the intersection of immigration issues and education. This year’s events will “to expose the community to the issue of immigration and its relationship with education in the U.S”, sophomore club president Dara Marquez said. The first event, a panel titled “What Does it Mean to be Undocumented?” will be held tonight in the Student Center Lounge from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. “We want to improve how students on campus see immigration and Latino students in general,” Marquez said. “Discussion panels, lectures and a featured art gallery are some of the events we have planned for the week and these events will work to expose the issue to our community here at Saint Mary’s.” La Fuerza’s Week of Action began in 2006. Marquez said its creators wanted it to be an annual event focused on different issues tied in with immigration. “This year we chose to look at how immigration affects education within the Latino community,” Marquez said. “We wanted to look at it from both a national and local level.” To bring the issue closer to home, Marquez said the group decided to collaborate with La Casa de Amistad, a non-profit community center with several programs serving the Latino community in the South Bend area. “When we first contacted La Casa de Amistad about collaborating with them this year we wanted to know what the center thought was important to focus in on,” Marquez said. “They said application fees for the ACT, SAT or even college applications can be very burdensome on families.” After learning of this burden, Marquez said the group decided to focus on raising donations to help local Latino students cover these fees and “help take these monetary strains off some of the families.” “We will be hosting a table in the student center atrium all week asking for donations to help cover these fees,” Marquez said. Growing up in Elkhart, Indiana, Marquez said this week of action means a great deal to her personally. “I grew up listening to stories of undocumented family members and friends,” Marquez said. “If you are undocumented it is difficult to find financial aid and other resources.” This week is about changing the face of immigration on campus, she said. “I believe there is a misconception of immigration on our campus,” Marquez said. “Catholic Social Thought says human dignity is directly tied in with immigration and I think that is often forgotten. I want students to attend this week’s events and next time they hear of a student being deported or someone talking about immigration they can put a face to the issue.”last_img read more

SMC gives Doctor of Humanities to entrepreneur

first_imgJennifer Mathile Prikkel, former Saint Mary’s Board of Trustee member and alumna, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from the College during the commencement ceremony Saturday. Prikkel is a partner at Mathile Family Enterprise, founder and president of Bridging Hope Farms and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Mathile Family Foundation. She said she is thankful for her Saint Mary’s education because it has shaped her many successes. “My Saint Mary’s education has shaped all aspects of my life: my work, spiritual and family life,” Prikkel said. “My time at Saint Mary’s in the past and present isn’t something that goes away when you leave. It is ever-present in all I am and all I do.”  She said receiving this honorary degree means the world to her, because of the unique path that led to her time at Saint Mary’s. “In 1991, I was I was deferred and was asked to wait until the end of my third quarter grades before I would hear whether I was accepted to the College,” Prikkel said. “So, in the mean time I was going to do everything I could to put a good word in for myself. I made my parents drive me up one Friday and I met with the vice president of college admissions. I had a private meeting with her and insisted she accepted me to Saint Mary’s.” Prikkel said after graduating in ’95 with a degree in religious studies, Prikkel said she her education at Saint Mary’s nurtured her heart as well as her mind. Saint Mary’s taught me to trust in the gifts I was given and to use them to change the world,” Prikkel said. “I have tried to do that in all parts of my life.  I have especially tried to do that at Saint Mary’s because the College has given me so much.” She said receiving this honorary degree has taught her the meanings of ‘hard work’ and of ‘reward.’ “For someone who almost didn’t get accepted to someone who is now getting her doctorate from her beloved Saint Mary’s, I am not sure I can put words on what my heart feels every time I think about it,” Prikkel said. “In fact, if I think about it too much I might cry. I just hope I can make it through the hooding without slobbering all over President Mooney.”   Prikkel said Saint Mary’s “never forgets her own,” so, after she graduated she wanted to make sure she never forgot Saint Mary’s.  According to a College press release, Prikkel and her parents are significant benefactors to the College, supporting the campaign to build the Spes Unica Hall academic building and to renovate the Science Hall.  “I am a firm believer of ‘paying it forward’,” Prikkel said. “I stay connected and engaged with the College because Saint Mary’s has given me so much and has enriched my life. I want to help her in any way I can. I want Saint Mary’s to be around for the next generation of women.”  Prikkel said she is proud to support a college with such “pure intentions.” “Saint Mary’s wants the best for its students,” Prikkel said. “No place can be successful and stand strong without a strong foundation. That foundation of course comes from the Sisters of the Holy Cross. Still today the charism of the Sisters is alive because they laid a very good foundation for this College to stand upon.”  She said she is thankful because so many Saint Mary’s women have continued after their graduation from the College to work toward making the world a better place.  Contact Kaitlyn Rabach at [email protected]last_img read more

Lecture links water privatization and protest

first_imgTuesday afternoon at the Hesburgh Center for International Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison assistant professor of political science Erica Simmons analyzed the social dynamics of protests over water privatization in a lecture entitled “Water, Community and Privatization in Cochabamba, Bolivia.”Emily McConville | The Observer “Starting in January of 2000, thousands of protesters from every class, occupation, age and ethnicity spoke out against the privatization of water in Cochabamba,” Simmons said. “This includes people not directly hurt by rising water bills.”Simmons quoted a commander of a Cochabamba army unit assigned to monitor the protestors who noted the diversity of the demonstrators: “My wife, my child, my empleada [employee] — they were all in the streets.””Water is not just a biophysical commodity, but a material and ideational resource,” Simmons said. “… Water’s ideational meaning is seen in both imagined and quotidian communities.”Simmons said imagined communities refer to the invisible groups people form based on “regional, national and ethnic identifications,” while quotidian communities form as a result of “face-to-face interactions and everyday relationships.” The imagined communities demonstrated heightened patriotism and allegiance to the country, she said.“Flags were everywhere at the protests representing patira or ‘the homeland,’” Simmons said.Simmons said many locals she interviewed emphasized the importance of uso y costumbres, or customs and traditions that relate to indigenous customary law in Latin America. She said interviewees also stressed the need to maintain a “connection to the past.”“This helps to explain the puzzle of middle and upper class participation in the protests,” Simmons said.Simmons said within quotidian communities, water access was a vital part of daily society and order.“Water structured social interactions in local communities,” she said. “… Water councils formed by local governments and regular meetings at water wells formed a sense of community.”Simmons said the city of Cochabamba was significant to the water protests across Brazil because of its presence as a large, well-known city.“Cochabamba is the breadbasket of the country and gained economic importance from silver and tin mining booms,” Simmons said. “It has also been a hotbed for mobilization … People [in Cochabamba] valued independence from federal state intervention in local government.”Ultimately, the water protests became a uniting factor for residents of Cochabamba, Simmons said.“Water serves as a connection to community,” she said.Tags: Brazil, Kellogg Institue, lecture, water privatizationlast_img read more

College names co-valedictorians

first_imgElise deSomer, a studio art and English literature double major from South Bend, and Brianna Kozemzak, a computing and applied mathematics major from Eagan, Minnesota, have been named co-valedictorians of Saint Mary’s class of 2017, according to a College press release.The two will deliver a joint address at this year’s Commencement on May 20. According to the release, deSomer studied object-oriented ontology with professor of art Krista Hoefle, and her work was featured in the summer 2016 edition of Courier, a College publication. She will also earn an English writing minor.Kozemzak, a chemistry minor, plans to pursue a Ph.D. in bioinformatics with the help of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, which provides three years of tuition for promising science and engineering students. Kozemzak is the second Saint Mary’s student to receive this fellowship, according to the release.Kozemzak’s senior comprehensive project analyzed DNA sequencing data to identify new approaches to understanding genetic factors that increase susceptibility to diseases such as cancer, according to the release.Tags: Courier, National Science Foundation, valedictorianlast_img read more

Saint Mary’s hosts fair to promote students’ physical, mental wellness

first_imgSaint Mary’s hosted its first student health and wellness fair, called “Win with Wellness,” on Friday in the Angela Athletic and Wellness Complex. Funded by a gift from alumna Kristine Anderson Trustey (’86), the fair was intended to generate more health and wellness programming on campus, Julie Schroeder-Biek, Saint Mary’s director of athletics, said. “[Trustey] gave a gift to the College, and with that gift she has charged us to do some more programming for health and wellness, so we thought that we would start it off with a wellness fair,” Schroeder-Biek said. Schroeder-Biek said this will be the first of many programs to provide students’ health and wellness education, which will begin to be introduced this academic year and will be kicked into high gear in the 2018-2019 academic year.The student health fair was structured around five prongs of health and wellness, Schroeder-Biek said. “We are focusing on five basically: mind, body, spirit, emotional and financial,” she said. “Those are kind of the prongs that we are really focused on.”Schroeder-Biek said in terms of focusing on the wellness of the mind, her goal was to provide students with methods of handling the stress they may be facing. “Because we are an institution of higher learning, we definitely wanted the mind and all the stress that you all deal with and try to give you guys options on how to calm down, how to deal with stress,” she said. In order to provide spiritual resources, Schroeder-Biek said she called on campus organizations for their assistance. “With the spirit, we have all these partners on campus, so we could pull in Campus Ministry and have them help us,” she said. The most unique aspect to the wellness prongs was promoting financial wellness, Schroeder-Biek said. In order to give students the tools to succeed financially, campus organizations such as Career Crossings attended the fair. “The other prong that we did add which was interesting was financial, because as our women are leaving Saint Mary’s we want you all to have those tools in your toolbox on how do you know what insurance to get, how to fill out your tax forms and there’s a lot that we’ve got resources on this campus that we could help you with,” Schroeder-Biek said. Due to the inclement weather Friday, there were concerns about the amount of people who would attend, but the fair ultimately did not see much of a setback, Schroeder-Biek said. “We were pretty nervous with the weather, we did have some vendors back out on us understandably because of the weather,” she said. “We didn’t almost know what to expect on a Friday afternoon, so I’ve been happy so far to see the people come through.” The fair had over 25 booths set up advertising the five prongs of wellness, and Schroeder-Biek said she was particularly excited about the Save a Life Tour booth that addressed distracted driving. “I love the distracted driving [prevention] that we have, the Save a Life Tour, because it’s dealing with distracted driving — being texting or drunk driving — and I think that these are really important booths to safely see how distracted it actually is,” she said. Schroeder-Biek said she would like to host this fair annually, and hopes to see it improve over the years.“We’d love to have feedback from the students,” she said. “We want to continue this annually, we would love to hear feedback on how we can make it bigger and better every single year.”Tags: funding, health, wellnesslast_img read more

Saint Mary’s Love Your Melon Crew aims to help pediatric cancer patients

first_imgOn October 22, campus crews and hospitals across the country celebrated National Love Your Melon (LYM) Day. LYM is an apparel brand that aims is to put a hat on the head of every child battling cancer in America. LYM donates 50 percent of profit from all LYM products to support pediatric oncology research and fund charitable programming initiatives.The Saint Mary’s crew celebrated National Love Your Melon Day with an informational table, set up in an attempt to raise awareness for LYM and their mission. Additionally, the group had the opportunity to visit local hospitals and celebrate with patients there. The SMC crew arrived in full superhero garb to do crafts, handout beanies and share smiles.The mission of LYM has always been meaningful to Bridget Julian, a junior at Saint Mary’s and the president of the College’s crew.“It is just a really awesome national celebration of LYM and their mission,” Julian said.Both crews and hospitals continue their celebrations throughout the week in an effort to support LYM and its associated partners and their contributions to pediatric cancer research. An Instagram post from SMC LYM said, “A children’s smile reminds the SMC Love Your Melon Crew how rewarding it is to make a difference”.Julian said the easiest way to stay up to date on LYM related events is by following Love Your Melon SMC on social media. The crew utilizes Instagram and Facebook to share its messages.While National Love Your Melon Day only lasts 24 hours, the LYM crew has events planned for the rest of the semester as well.“We are really excited to collaborate with Saint Mary’s sports teams, as well as the Office for Civic and Social Engagement to further spread the mission of LYM” Julian said.Engagement and involvement is a cornerstone of this club’s identity, Julian said, and she hopes involvement will spread beyond Saint Mary’s.“This year we want to focus on community involvement, not only with Notre Dame but with the greater South Bend community as well,” she said. “One of our main goals this year is to encourage everyone on campus to send in and tag SMC LYM in photos of them in Love Your Melon products”.While the Saint Mary’s crew is at maximum capacity for members this semester, there are still plenty of opportunities available to get involved with LYM, Julian said. All members of the greater Saint Mary’s community are invited to support the crew at on-campus events.“We always welcome melon seeds to help plant the seed of LYM around campus and the community,” Julian said. Tags: cancer, Love your Melon campus crews, Love your Melon Daylast_img read more

College announces three valedictorians for upcoming commencement

first_imgSaint Mary’s students strive for academic success, but every class has students whose academic devotion puts them at the top of their class. On March 25, the College released the names of the three young women who will be the class of 2019’s valedictorians.Though all three students wanted to excel academically, none of them set out to receive this honor. Communicative science and disorders (CSD) major Elizabeth Priester was simply looking for individual success in each of her classes.“I just wanted to be really successful in all of the classes I was in. It just kind of led to being valedictorian,” Priester said.A similar sentiment was reiterated by fellow CSD major and valedictorian Natalie Dock.“I definitely didn’t think that I would be valedictorian coming into Saint Mary’s — I was just looking to get the most out of my experience,” she said.Monica McGrath, the third valedictorian, also said she did not seek the title of valedictorian but instead had more personal motivators.“[I am] always looking for self-improvement,” she said.In the summer between their junior and senior year, the students were told there was a possibility they would be named valedictorians of their class.Dock said she tried to make sure this possibility did not change the way she went about her day-to-day life.“I tried not to let it affect me, because I didn’t want to be motivated by that,” Dock said. “I wanted to do the best that I could. … I didn’t want that to be on my mind.”Although honored to receive the title, Dock tried not to place much value on the award. Though she considers it an accomplishment, she said she wanted to evaluate it against some of the other things she has done in her life both academically and personally.“I think in terms of a title it is a great accomplishment,” Dock said. “I guess I try not to be too proud of titles and those big things but also the little things in my life, but this is definitely one of my greatest accomplishments.”All three women recognized they did not get to the top of their class without help. McGrath said she wanted to share her pride with the people who surround her life.“I am really proud for my friends and family who supported me,” McGrath said. “I am almost more proud for them than for me. My parents and my friends were always pushing me helping me when I was struggling just being there when I was stressed or just helping me.”All three valedictorians said being at Saint Mary’s was crucial to their success, and it means something different to each of them. Priester appreciated that the College allows for all students to express themselves and their talents, and said the school offers them a place to show what they have to offer.“One thing that I really cherished about my Saint Mary’s education is Saint Mary’s is a place that truly recognizes all the gifts and talents that we bring to the world, and it’s a place of community,” Priester said. “It sets up a network of belonging where students feel recognized as both who they are and who they plan to become. I just love this environment and how they allow us to explore and dream and discover our passions.”Though all of the students said that they focused on academics throughout their career, McGrath said the College also helped them to grow as individuals and people.“I feel like there was a very good balance here,” she said. “Saint Mary’s helped me grow academically and I definitely feel very prepared for any challenges that I am going to face. I feel educated as a whole. That is something that Saint Mary’s always said on the tours — ‘We don’t just educate academically but as a whole person.’ I have grown to be a better version of myself than who I was when I came here.”When describing themselves, none of the valedictorians used the words intelligent or smart — they instead focused on traits that helped them get to where they are. They spoke about patience, focus and drive.“I’m pretty positive, I like to reflect on things that I am grateful for … I’m pretty patient,” McGrath said.Dock said her grades have always been a primary focus.“I have always considered myself a very detailed-orientated person. I have always been fairly focused on my grades — maybe that is just in my nature, I always wanted to strive to do my best,” Dock said.Priester said her academic career has taught her important life skills. McGrath, Dock and Priester will deliver a joint address to their class during commencement on May 18.“[The road to becoming valedictorian] definitely has given me a good work ethic and a drive for success,” Priester said.Tags: 2019 commencement address, Saint Mary’s College, smc valedictorian, valedictorianslast_img read more

Notre Dame’s robotic football team builds their perfect play

first_imgAlthough varsity football is a prominent aspect of Notre Dame culture, there are many other kinds of football teams and leagues present on campus, from women’s flag football intramurals to men’s tackle interhall. Notre Dame is also home to the reigning national champions robotic football team. The team builds robots to play eight-on-eight football against other universities, senior Zach Kowalczyk, who serves as president, said. The league consists of four schools that compete every spring for a national championship trophy, and the teams often schedule scrimmages for fun, experience for new members, to test out new projects and practice, Kowalczyk said. The team’s first scrimmage of the school year was Nov. 9 against Purdue. “We ended up winning in overtime, which is pretty exciting,” Kowalczyk said. “I’m pretty sure it was the first overtime ever in robotic football history.”New member freshman Angela Rauch said she really enjoyed the scrimmage. “It wasn’t like anything I had seen before,” Rauch said. “It was a lot of fast-paced robots moving back and forth and people yelling. It was very exciting.”Kowalczyk said the league includes Notre Dame, Valparaiso University, Ohio Northern University and Purdue Kokomo. Notre Dame’s team has about 50 to 60 members this school year, mainly from the college of engineering. He said it is bigger than usual this year due to recruiting efforts and the high number of interested freshmen. “Having that many people means we can get a lot more done,” Kowalczyk said. Games are played on basketball courts with teams on the sidelines. Each team member drives their own robot and plays their own position via playstation controllers. “All the robots are specialized for their positions,” Kowalczyk said. Kowalczyk used the quarterback robot that can take snaps and hand-off the ball to the running back as examples of the specialized robots. The rules are pretty close to collegiate football rules, Kowalczyk said. He said the main difference is how the scoring process works. “Because throwing passes is such a difficult engineering feat, you end up getting points for completing passes, and depending on how far the pass, and whether or not you retain the pass, you get a different number of points,” Kowalczyk said. In robotic football, completing a pass doesn’t mean catching it. “Completing a pass is throwing a ball from your quarterback robot and having it hit a receiver robot, anywhere on the robot,” Kowalczyk said. On a week-to-week basis, the team does a lot of engineering work on the robots with several design projects. “Right now we are building a new center [robot] and a new quarterback [robot], as well as repairing our old robots in different ways,” Kowalczyk said. “We have a lot of members of the club that don’t necessarily play the games, but they are there to help do the design work.”At every practice, the team breaks into smaller teams concentrating on specific robots. Rauch works on the quarterback robot team, and within it, she works with a smaller group developing a ranging system for the robot. “The three of us working on that project take what the leader says we need to work on and then we go and we do research. We just got our censors in, so we are starting to implement things and tests,” Rauch said. At the end of practice, the teams goes over what they accomplished in their areas.As for new members, not much experience is necessary to join the team. “We teach them all the things that they need to know, and it’s a great way for them to learn things they might not learn in classes, or get to use the things they are learning in their classes in a hands-on, productive way,” Kowalczyk said. Rauch spoke to her experience as a new member. “It’s a lot of new information. Obviously because I am a first year I don’t really know a lot of the technical side of things,” Rauch said. “The team I’m working on is mostly seniors and they’ve all been very welcoming and very willing to explain even the littlest terms to me.”Tags: College of Engineering, Robo football, robotic footballlast_img read more

Administrators, students discuss suspension of Hong Kong study abroad program

first_imgIn a Nov. 20 press release, the University announced its decision to suspend Hong Kong study abroad programming for the 2020 spring semester, citing concerns for student safety as violence surrounding pro-democracy protests in the region has escalated. Fourteen students had planned to study at one of Notre Dame’s three Hong Kong study abroad programs, based at the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Following the announcement, Notre Dame International (NDI) worked with affected students to offer them alternative study abroad experiences at different sites around the world, said Michael Pippenger, vice president and associate provost for internationalization.Cristina Interiano | The Observer “We are always monitoring events around the world. Our first and primary responsibility is to make sure our students are safe,” he said.Hong Zhu, senior director of global education, said this semester, one Notre Dame student was studying abroad in Hong Kong. As the protests escalated and began to disrupt classes, the institution the student was studying at, HKUST, announced it was allowing international students to leave early and complete their classes online. Zhu said NDI gave the student the option to either leave early or finish the semester in Hong Kong. The student ultimately opted to leave early, she said.Pippenger said the student’s return led NDI to have “a natural discussion” about the study abroad program in the spring, and the issue was considered from multiple angles.“We watched the events unfold in Hong Kong, and we saw that the protests and the government’s response to the protests was getting closer and closer to the heart of the university communities there,” he said. “We looked to see what was going on in the global education community with our peer institutions to see whether or not they were closing their programs and getting a sense of where and why.”Of the three Hong Kong universities affiliated with Notre Dame, only HKUST decided not to accept international students for the spring semester, but Notre Dame chose to suspend programming for all three institutions, Zhu said.“Based on all these facts, together we decided the best decision is to suspend all of them, not just one, and then try to place [the Notre Dame students] in other locations when it is still possible,” she said. “There’s too much uncertainty to continue in 2020 with the situation in Hong Kong and with what we have benchmarked.”The 14 students who had committed to the Hong Kong program for the spring semester were given four options for alternative study abroad sites. Zhu said six students chose to study in Galway, Ireland, four chose Rome, one chose Jerusalem and no one chose São Paulo. Three students opted to stay on campus for the spring semester. Although the official deadlines for enrollment in the other programs has passed, all students who chose an alternative site were enrolled in their program of choice within a week of the decision.Pippenger said Notre Dame’s decision to suspend the Hong Kong study abroad program came after Duke, the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan and other American institutions suspended their study abroad programs for the semester.The decision to suspend the program currently applies to only the spring 2020 semester, Pippenger said.“We would look jointly at what’s going on later in the spring to see if we would suspend the program again in the fall or if we would reopen it,” he said.Pippenger said NDI has cancelled study abroad programs in the past, such as a program in Egypt during the Arab Spring and a program in Japan following the 2011 earthquake, but neither he nor Zhu recalled a cancellation during either of their times with NDI.Junior Bradley Batas is one of the students who had planned to study abroad in Hong Kong in the spring. Batas said he and the other students planning to study in Hong Kong were informed of the suspension by email Nov. 16.“We didn’t really expect it to be officially cancelled, but we kind of had the feeling in the back of our minds that if things do get any worse, with all the things happening in the news, it was definitely a possibility,” he said. “It kind of did make things a pain, looking back at all the preparation we did, the flights that I booked, all the excitement which ended up building up, and then to have that all falling down in one day. At the same time, we got placed in other programs, so things kind of worked out.”Batas said he will be studying abroad in Galway, Ireland, next semester.Tags: Hong Kong, Notre Dame International, study abroadlast_img read more