When March Madness comes, Between the Buns will have every game along the way, Pestrak said. Between the Buns is also famous for its build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, which starts at 8 a.m. on home football Saturdays. “If you’re from New Jersey you can easily come down and tune in to the Giants game,” he said. “We have a full NFL package, so you’re guaranteed to see any game you want to at our bar.” “We have TVs in every booth, so you can tune in and listen to your game of choice,” he said. “For being a local sports bar, we do have a quite a bit to offer.” Notre Dame has students from all over the country and at Between the Buns they can come and support their local teams from back home, Pestrak said. “If you were to look up sports bar in the dictionary, there would most definitely be a picture of Between the Buns,” Pestrak said. He said the sports bar is grateful for the community. “The bartenders pour the vodka and the customer does the rest,” Pestrak said. “The place is one hundred percent packed when we do this.” “We do a lot of stuff a good sports bar should do and we do it right,” Dave Pestrak, corporate representative for Between the Buns, said. Pestrak, who was responsible for entering the bar into the ESPN contest, said he submitted a one-page essay explaining why he thought Between the Buns should be crowned the best sports bar in North America. “There’s a specialized kids menu,” he said. “We also have a seating section for families that’s separate from the rowdiness of the bar.” The ESPN contest has led to a noticeable increase in sales, especially during the first football game this weekend, he said. According to Pestrak, Between the Buns is also very family friendly. “We’ve gotten a lot of local, and even some national, publicity,” Pestrak said. “This past week Between the Buns was featured on WNDU’s morning show and WSBT did an evening news piece on us.” Although Between the Buns, a South Bend hotspot on Notre Dame home football Saturdays, was not voted as the No. 1 sports bar on the continent, ESPN did select the 25-year-old establishment to be a part of the top eight finalists. While many students may be more familiar with places like The Linebacker Lounge, Club Fever or Corby’s Irish Pub, it was another local bar that recently gained national attention in ESPN’s Search for North America’s Best Sports Bar.
According to DeCleene, walkers meet each day at the mailbox outside of Holy Cross Hall. Walkers then proceed to walk one mile around campus. DeCleene said walking can be just as effective as jogging and can improve physical fitness. According to DeCleene, about 12 to 15 people have participated in walks each day thus far. “Most people already know the importance of exercise for a healthy life, but still fail to get started,” DeCleene said. “It is a well-documented and accepted fact that exercise is essential for ensuring that body systems and functions work properly. People who do not exercise on a regular basis suffer from various ailments and diseases as they grow older, including the problem of obesity.” “Let’s face it, everyone tries to begin each year in a healthy, positive light,” DeCleene said. “What better way than you take a few minutes out of your day to enjoy the beauty of the Saint Mary’s campus, meet new people, get some exercise and break your day up.” DeCleene said the walks will increase to two miles as the weather improves. “Walking burns approximately the same amount of calories per mile as does running, a fact particularly appealing to those who find it difficult to sustain the jarring effects of long distance jogging,” she said. “Brisk walking one mile in 15 minutes burns just about the same number of calories as jogging an equal distance in eight and a half minutes.” DeCleene encourages everyone to attend the walks, emphasizing the importance of exercise for a healthy lifestyle. “We began the walks because walking at a moderate pace for 30 to 60 minutes burns stored fat and can build muscle to speed up your metabolism,” she said. “Walking is also associated with cutting your risk of heart disease, breast cancer, colon cancer, diabetes and stroke.” Women’s Health held the first walk on Monday. For some fresh air and exercise, Saint Mary’s College Women’s Health created a program offering students, faculty and staff the opportunity to come together for a community walk each weekday at 12:15 p.m., Catherine DeCleene, director of Women’s Health said. “Often dismissed in the past as being too easy to be taken seriously, walking recently has gained new respect as a means of improving physical fitness,” she said. “Studies show that, when done briskly on a regular schedule, it can improve the body’s ability to consume oxygen during exertion, lower the resting heart rate, reduce blood pressure and increase the efficiency of the heart and lungs. It also helps burn excess calories.”,As the weather grows colder and the second semester begins, more students are working out, according to Jennie Phillips, assistant director of fitness and fitness facilities at Rolfs Sports Recreation Center (RSRC). On Tuesday, 1,900 students worked out at Rolfs. Phillips expects that number to rise to at least 2,000 people by next Monday, the beginning of the first full week of classes and Rolfs’ usual peak day of the year. The RecSports staff reminds its supervisors this is the busiest time of year in all of their facilities so they need to be sure to pay attention to even the smallest detail such as cleaning up the snow and salt that gets tracked into the facilities. “Our goal is to make our facilities a welcoming place for the entire campus community,” Phillips said, “Since August we’ve installed new fitness equipment, new televisions and new flooring in the RSRC fitness room. Other areas of the RSRC have new flooring or carpet and we are awaiting the delivery of new furniture for the lounge area.” In addition, many students attended free fitness classes this week during the “Try It You’ll Like It” program. The most popular class this year is “zumba,” which is a hot trend throughout the United States. Phillips said students appreciated the chance to try out instructors and classes before making any commitments. Stephanie Prince, a freshman planning to major in biology, said, “I loved trying out “Step N Sculpt” because it was a fun way to exercise and had good music. It inspired me to exercise more this semester.” In addition, Rolfs offers free training for students wishing to do their first 5-k or first half marathon. Throughout the semester, there will also be other free services, such as body composition tests, blood pressure measurements and strength equipment orientations. Students can also sign up for small personal training groups of two to four people. Students can find more about the free fitness services and all of RecSports’ programs at recsports.nd.edu. Students can also receive a weekly e-newsletter detailing upcoming events and programs. Phillips said she anticipates the number of students will taper off after spring break as students become busier, Bookstore Basketball gets underway and the weather gets warmer. “It is really helpful to talk to a professional just so you are making the most out of your time and your workouts are safe and effective,” Phillips said. “Do what you like. Schedule exercise in your planner or phone. Find a buddy to work out with. We have so many things to get involved with, including intramurals, club sports, late night Olympics and fitness classes.” read more
Saint Mary’s senior Anabel CastaÃ±eda received this year’s Outstanding Senior Award at the Alumnae-Senior Champagne Brunch on Monday. A political science and communication studies double major, CastaÃ±eda was recognized for her involvement in the Student Government Association (SGA), her studies abroad and her service as the president of the Political Science Club. Selected by the College’s Alumnae Association Board of Directors, the Outstanding Senior Award recipient is nominated by peers, faculty and staff and exemplifies the values and spirit of Saint Mary’s. According to a College press release, CastaÃ±eda carries out the beliefs of her faith in daily living and is distinguished by scholarship, leadership and outstanding dedication to Saint Mary’s, evident through her participation in curricular and extracurricular activities. “Everyone here is outstanding, that’s what makes Saint Mary’s unique,” CastaÃ±eda said. “Receiving this award is a great way for me to look back at my time at Saint Mary’s and know I left a piece of me behind.” CastaÃ±eda’s award citation notes that her beauty is shown through her everyday interactions, including encouraging words, a hug, a smile or lending a hand to others, according to the release. CastaÃ±eda’s peers nominated her for her commitment to enhancing the Saint Mary’s experience. “She is committed to making Saint Mary’s the very best for all students. She actively recruits prospective students, hosting them overnight and giving them a wonderful experience. It is clear that she holds the College close to her heart,” a student nominator said. Since her first year on campus, CastaÃ±eda has served in several leadership roles, including her positions as international commissioner for Student Government Association and as president and treasurer of Al-Zahra, a club that celebrates North African and Middle Eastern traditions. CastaÃ±eda also earned an Intercultural Leadership Certificate through the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership. “When they describe the award as the heart of Saint Mary’s, it’s a lot of pressure,” CastaÃ±eda said. “It’s incredible to be honored with this award, especially considering they only choose one senior per year.” CastaÃ±eda said her Saint Mary’s experience and future goals were influenced by the work of College President Carol Ann Mooney. “President Mooney is my inspiration. I’d love to be president of the College one day,” CastaÃ±eda said. “I love that she is a Belle and a strong part of the College like us.” After studying abroad in Ireland during her time at Saint Mary’s, CastaÃ±eda will return to the country after graduation for a three-month internship at the U.S. Embassy this summer.,Saint Mary’s senior Anabel CastaÃ±eda received this year’s Outstanding Senior Award at the Alumnae-Senior Champagne Brunch on Monday. A political science and communication studies double major, CastaÃ±eda was recognized for her involvement in the Student Government Association (SGA), her studies abroad and her service as the president of the Political Science Club. Selected by the College’s Alumnae Association Board of Directors, the Outstanding Senior Award recipient is nominated by peers, faculty and staff and exemplifies the values and spirit of Saint Mary’s. According to a College press release, CastaÃ±eda carries out the beliefs of her faith in daily living and is distinguished by scholarship, leadership and outstanding dedication to Saint Mary’s, evident through her participation in curricular and extracurricular activities. “Everyone here is outstanding, that’s what makes Saint Mary’s unique,” CastaÃ±eda said. “Receiving this award is a great way for me to look back at my time at Saint Mary’s and know I left a piece of me behind.” CastaÃ±eda’s award citation notes that her beauty is shown through her everyday interactions, including encouraging words, a hug, a smile or lending a hand to others, according to the release. CastaÃ±eda’s peers nominated her for her commitment to enhancing the Saint Mary’s experience. “She is committed to making Saint Mary’s the very best for all students. She actively recruits prospective students, hosting them overnight and giving them a wonderful experience. It is clear that she holds the College close to her heart,” a student nominator said. Since her first year on campus, CastaÃ±eda has served in several leadership roles, including her positions as international commissioner for Student Government Association and as president and treasurer of Al-Zahra, a club that celebrates North African and Middle Eastern traditions. CastaÃ±eda also earned an Intercultural Leadership Certificate through the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership. “When they describe the award as the heart of Saint Mary’s, it’s a lot of pressure,” CastaÃ±eda said. “It’s incredible to be honored with this award, especially considering they only choose one senior per year.” CastaÃ±eda said her Saint Mary’s experience and future goals were influenced by the work of College President Carol Ann Mooney. “President Mooney is my inspiration. I’d love to be president of the College one day,” CastaÃ±eda said. “I love that she is a Belle and a strong part of the College like us.” After studying abroad in Ireland during her time at Saint wMary’s, CastaÃ±eda will return to the country after graduation for a three-month internship at the U.S. Embassy this summer. read more
It was the Saturday night before Halloween when senior Kevin Hottinger, a Sorin resident assistant on duty, heard the screams.He raced up to the third floor of the dorm, where he found the cause of the commotion — a bat. After grabbing the designated “bat net” in his rector’s office, he captured the animal and put it in the dorm’s work out room until Sue Beth Laskowski, a Rose Pest Solutions technician, could come. Observer File Photo Sorin Hall, pictured, is one of many residence halls at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s that have encountered run-ins with bats inhabiting dorm rooms and other living areas.“When pest control finally did come, it was the lovely Sue Beth, our close friend, and coincidentally, she was coming from a Halloween party,” Hottinger said. “Of course, she was dressed as a bat.”Between Aug. 14 and Oct. 30, Notre Dame received 11 reports of bats in residence halls, including Badin and Sorin, Kim Kolk, assistant director of space planning and logistics, said in an email.Sorin residents also keep an unofficial count of bats in their dorm, and totaled 21 bats between Aug. 17 and Oct. 30, sophomore Ben Walter said.“It’s kind of become a part of the Sorin tradition, I guess,” he said. “At the Keenan Revue last year, they had a guy dress up as Batman and he was like ‘I’m from Sorin’ so we just kind of take it as a Sorin trait, like the one thing people from other dorms know about Sorin since we’re so small, just like ‘Oh they have bats.’”Howard Hall residents have also found bats in their dorms in past years. When she was a freshman, Howard resident and current junior Hannah Dutler encountered a bat while preparing for a dance.“I was sitting on the ground doing my makeup and my friend was behind me doing my hair so there was two of us in the room and all of the sudden we saw this thing come at us in the mirror,” she said. “People started screaming. I thought it was a bird and it hit the mirror and went on the ground. He was crawling on the ground and I was like ‘What is that?’ It was bat, so we were both screaming and ran out of the room and locked it in the room.”Saint Mary’s also has incidences of bats in their residence halls. Seniors Annie Clare and Sarah Wehby had a bat in their room in Le Mans Hall during the first week of classes. After waking up at 5 a.m., Clare said she felt a presence on her head. “I touched my head, and [the bat] started like flying in my hair,” Clare said. “So I freaked out … I don’t know what I thought it was, because I just felt its wings. And then I started to take it out and it started screaming.”Eventually, Clare was able to detach the bat from her hair and it flew into her window between the glass and the screen. Clare and Wehby alerted the front desk attendant, and security was able to capture the bat before releasing it later.“One of the biggest issues was after they caught the bat, they let it go,” Wehby said. “And everyone was like, you’re supposed to keep it and test it for rabies because if it didn’t have rabies, we didn’t need the shot. But they just let the bat go.”The administration released the bat from Clare and Wehby’s room rather than testing it because they were not aware it had come into contact with the students, Saint Mary’s vice president of student affairs Karen Johnson said. “The student that came and said the bat that had been on her, we did not capture that bat because we did not know until the bat had been taken out that it had [been on her],” Johnson said. “But from now on if a student says they have been touched by a bat we will try to capture that bat.”Saint Mary’s director of security Dave Gariepy said while the incident in Clare and Wehby’s room occurred before Saint Mary’s had bat protocol, in the future the school will capture bats for rabies testing to ensure students’ well-being. “If it’s a situation in which it would be in a student’s room and the student is sleeping and so we wouldn’t really know if there was close contact, then we would want to capture the bat, send it to the health department for testing to see if it’s rabid — which it’s very rare that they are,” Gariepy said. Saint Mary’s bat protocol was adopted this fall, Gariepy said. Johnson said it came from existing Notre Dame protocol.“We’ve never had a student who felt like the bat had been on them, so we just took Notre Dame’s protocol,” Johnson said. “They sent it to me and we did what they do.”Notre Dame’s bat protocol involves contacting Rose Pest Solutions, a pest management vendor, “to immediately capture the bat for release or testing” when one is found in a building on campus, Kolk said.“When this happens, Rose Pest also analyzes the residence hall or building and reports any visible potential cause for bats, which is addressed by the University’s Facilities staff or the building manager,” she said.Kolk said the University also takes several steps to decrease the number of bats in dorms. These efforts include “building bat houses around campus in an effort to keep bats in bat houses and out of halls/academic buildings,” tightening screens and fan filters and running vents in buildings to keep bats out of them, “installing door sweeps, metal cages, and other mechanisms on halls to deter bat entry” and instructing students to keep doors and windows shut to prevent bat entry.Last April, Walter wrote a Letter to the Editor in The Observer, addressing the bat issue in Sorin. He said he feels the University’s response to the issue has improved drastically since then.“At the beginning of this year, there was a huge group of people out there for probably four days,” he said. “They had this thermal drone trying to detect holes in the building, they flew around. So they really kicked it into gear at the beginning of this year to try to get [the bats] all kicked out. They went into everybody’s room and sealed their windows and made sure their screens were good so I really felt like they did a lot to combat it this year.”Johnson also said Saint Mary’s looked to biology professor Laura Kloepper for advice, due to her extensive research of bats. Kloepper’s focus is in echolocation. “I’m trying to understand how bats are using this special sense they have, which echolocation is a sense that when they use sound, they make a picture of their environment,” Kloepper said. “So they send a really loud sound out into the environment, it comes back as an echo to the bat, and that’s how they can make a picture.”The majority of the incidents of bats in living spaces is due to the bats being startled or finding difficulty with getting out where they came in. Bats can go into spaces as small as a dime, Kloepper said. “As long as we’ve had buildings as humans, bats have been finding their way in there,” Kloepper said. “Most of the time it doesn’t cause a problem whatsoever, they tuck up in the attic, and we don’t even know they’re there. But what happens is when they take up residence in the summer, and then students start to come back into the dorm, and they’re moving around and making all these sounds, and that wakes up the bats and the bats get confused.” Gariepy said Saint Mary’s security has not received a call reporting a bat in a residence hall since Sept. 5. “The buildings are just old, and they’re large, and bats really can just find easy access to buildings when they’re such big buildings,” Gariepy said. “Usually, it’s the beginning of the season when we would start getting a little bit of cold weather, where we’ll get some of them entering the building.”The majority of bats reported on campus are not in students’ rooms, Gariepy and Johnson emphasized, but rather in the hallways. Rabies is “100 percent fatal,” Kloepper said, so if there is a possibility of contact, preventative measures must be taken. However, testing the bat for rabies requires killing the bat, so the ideal course of action is to avoid contact. “If any individual has had an encounter with a bat, it’s recommended that the bat try to be caught to bring [it] in for testing,” Kloepper said. “Unfortunately, it means that the bat has to be sacrificed or killed for the test because you have to kill the bat to do the test.”While the risk of contracting rabies is small, Kolk said, if a person touches a bat, or wakes up to one in their room, Notre Dame encourages students to visit University Health Services or a physician.“Only a very small percentage of bats carry rabies; however, if a person is bitten by a bat with rabies, once the symptoms begin to manifest, it is too late to treat the disease and it is nearly 100 percent fatal,” she said. “As such, we strongly recommend students who may have had potential exposure to seek proactive treatment, but we cannot require them to do so.”Students need only worry if they came in contact with a bat, Kloepper said. Otherwise, they do not pose any risk. “As long as you’re not touching it, and you’re not interacting with that bat in any way, having it just flying around the dorm, it’s no reason to be concerned,” Kloepper said. “It’s natural that we kind of panic if we see something flying in our house. The best thing to do is be as calm as possible, separate yourself from the bat and then call security.”Tags: bats, pest control, rabies, Rose Pest Solutions, Sorin Hall read more
In January of 2002, when the Boston Globe Spotlight team released an article exposing the sexual abuse crisis in Boston parishes, the Catholic Church entered a state of deadlock. In response to the mass allegations, Church leaders met in Dallas that June and created the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. The charter established several stipulations, including a key way for lay communities to check their clergies’ power: the creation of review boards. “Article II of the charter asked that every dioceses and group form a review board, and that the majority of its members are to be laypersons not in the employment of the diocese or the religious order,” Fr. Peter Jarret, assistant provincial and vicar of the Congregation of Holy Cross, said. “So pretty much every entity — all the dioceses, religious communities which are broken up into provinces — formed review boards.” The lay review board lives on in the Congregation of Holy Cross to this day. Its current purpose is to review allegations of sexual assault made against Holy Cross priests and brothers.The board is mainly made up of lay people who have some expertise in law or psychology, Jarret said. The board includes a psychologist, two attorneys, one former prosecutor, an education [worker] and a mother and Holy Cross parishioner, among others. “It’s a consultative body to the bishop — or in our case, to the provincial of the United States Province of Priests and Brothers of Holy Cross,” Jarret said. “If one of our members were to receive an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor about one of our members, we would of course inform the authorities right away and remove that person from ministry. But we would use the board to help us investigate, or they would be kind of our sounding board in terms of how to proceed.”The board members are appointed, not elected, and serve for a six-year term. Jarret said the Holy Cross provincial, or head of the order, is also elected for a six-year term, and another three-year term if he is re-elected, so leadership often tries to coincide board member terms with the term of the provincial. Jarret said the congregation has very specific procedures to follow when a person comes forward with an accusation against a Holy Cross clergy member. “We would respond immediately and remove the person from active ministry,” he said. “And then if the person is currently a minor, or it happened when the person was a minor, we would notify the police, the authorities and then work with them to do an investigation. We would usually meet with the person making the allegation and listen to their story, and all that would get written up, and if there’s other people that were involved in terms of someone who witnessed it or had knowledge of it … we write all that up and we would call the review board together and we would present all that to them and they would help us think through it.”The role of review boards proved particularly influential last year. When allegations against Cardinal McCarrick surfaced in June, the review board in the Archdiocese of New York found the allegations against him “credible and substantiated.” The Pope soon called for McCarrick’s resignation, who forfeited his position as Cardinal later that month.Jarret said many of the cases the board receives are from many years ago, which he attributes to the Catholic Church’s work to reduce clerical abuse since 2002.“The Church has done a good job since 2002 in terms of its protection of minors, so many and most of the cases are previous to  and some are back from the 1950s and ’60s, so the priests are deceased,” he said. “Now, we’ll still do a full investigation, but the board is helpful in how to think through that … I think both for us and for most dioceses, really, since the Dallas Charter, there haven’t been many cases, and for us, none since 2002. Even if you look at the Pennsylvania report, they’re pretty much all before 2002. So I think the system is actually working.”Terry McKiernan, president of BishopAccountability.org, a website that seeks to document all cases of clergy sexual abuse, said new cases of sex abuse are still emerging.“[While] it is true that I think there are fewer cases, it’s also wise to be wary of that rhetoric — that ‘Oh, these are all old cases.’ There are plenty of new cases,” McKiernan said. “The Church will say, ‘Oh, things have gotten a lot better,’ and that’s to some extent true, but it’s not thanks to them. All of these dioceses that are putting out lists now are putting out lists because the grand jury report in Pennsylvania resulted in all of these attorneys general investigations, and the bishops are really worried about that. There’s also a federal investigation going on right now. So there’s high anxiety among the American bishops.”McKiernan said it is also necessary to consider how information about sexual abuse is passed from clergy to the boards.“The second important question is, how do they get the cases, and how do they get the evidence that they are deliberating on? … When the news [of the 2011 Philadelphia abuse scandal broke] there was a grand jury report that revealed that the review board had really performed terribly and there were dozens of accused priests still in ministry,” he said.McKiernan pointed to a work written by Ana Maria Catanzaro, head of the Pennsylvania review board, in 2011 in which she said her board was alarmed to find they were not already familiar with all the cases the grand jury had reviewed.“Until the grand jury report came out, the board was under the impression that we were reviewing every abuse allegation received by the archdiocese,” McKiernan said in the work. “Instead, we had been advised only about allegations previously determined by archdiocesan officials to have involved the sexual abuse of a minor — a determination we had been under the impression was ours to make. The board still doesn’t know who made those decisions.” Fr. Richard Wilkinson, former assistant provincial and vicar of the Congregation of Holy Cross, said the only documents the Holy Cross review board would not have access to would be the medical documents from the examination priests receive at medical facilities made confidential under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, which protects patients’ health information.“I would share with the board the general observations and recommendations, for instance, if … their initial recommendation is, ‘Yeah, we think he needs long-term [treatment] and this seems not only credible, but very likely, that there are other issues going on with this person — whether it be codependency or co-addiction with alcohol or drugs or something like that,’” Wilkinson said. “But that’s industry standard now … because both pedophilia and hebephilia … that’s a disease that’s usually accompanied by other [markers such as] personality disorders. You want people on your review board that can understand that kind of context of psychological, medical, legal issues.” Review boards have also received criticism because they’re set up to be strictly advisory — meaning bishops, or provincial in the case of Holy Cross, ultimately have control over the boards’ decision-making.“Once you set it up that way, where the bishop is picking the people and the bishop is getting their advice — but they’re not in any sense an independent body — they are advisory to the bishop,” he said. “Number one, who’s on the review board? Usually the aspiration is these days to make them majority lay, but even if they’re majority lay, if there is a powerful monsignor on the board, what are the dynamics? Some survivors were put on these boards in the early days, and generally they kind of resigned in disgust.” Kathleen Cummings, associate professor of history and American Studies and director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, also said makeup of the review board members are an important factor to consider. “Who is the bishop appointing to the lay board?” she said. “Are they people that are going to want to tell him what he wants to hear? Are they going to be people that are going to challenge him on decisions? My guess is most bishops would go with the former. So, people who might be very talented, very faithful Catholics but do not have a history of criticizing the bishop [could be appointed], and I think that is a flaw in the system.”Wilkinson said in his six years as vicar — in which he attended lay board meetings in place of the provincial — he never once went against the recommendation of the review board, however.“I found them incredibly helpful, as I often told them, ‘Your questions are very challenging, but that’s what I need to hear,’ because they were very straightforward, they would challenge me. And so number one, you have to have confidence in the board and they have to have confidence in you,” Wilkinson said. “They know the standards, they know the process, they know Holy Cross, they’re committed to Holy Cross — but in a good way of not trying to protect us, but to hold us accountable.”Jarret echoed Wilkinson’s claim.“I would say that it’s pretty rare, I don’t even know if I know any case in which, at least in our situation, where we’ve kind of gone against the recommendations of the lay board,” Jarret said.There has also been some question as to whether the problem of clergy sex abuse is worse in religious orders than with diocesan priest, McKiernan said.“How can it not be?” he said. “Often the charism of religious orders has to do with the education of young people.”On the contrary, Wilkinson said he believes the community-oriented culture of religious orders allow clergy to watch for warning signs of abuse, as compared to diocesan communities, which are more isolated.“I think there’s some built-in accountability, safety in living with others,” Wilkinson said. “Whereas a diocesan priest, oftentimes today they live alone … Years ago, they lived in a rectory with maybe three, four more priests, sometimes in the city, and they all had their little suites and came together for meals. But they didn’t pray together, and so there wasn’t as much accountability, unless your pastor had a good eye, I guess.”Wilkinson said keeping priests accused of sexual assault in a community will ensure they stay supervised.“I would err on the side of ‘keep [accused priests] accountable’ … so that we can make sure that [they are] never around kids,” he said.Religious communities also routinely send these clergy members to neighboring dioceses across the globe, making them difficult to keep an eye on, Cummings added.“A lot of the religious communities have missions abroad in developing countries,” she said. “Imagine, if it’s so hard to figure out where an abuser went within the U.S., imagine if you’re shipping him to … Bangladesh, Uganda?”Ultimately, Cummings said, much of the problem resides in a Church trapped in a culture of clericalism — in other words, excessive deference to the authority of clergy. “A lot of people hear clericalism and think only clerics can be guilty of the sin of clericalism,” she said. “But actually, lay people can be, too, when they defer too much to the bishops and priests and things like that … I think one thing is for lay people to realize their own clericalism. When are they giving the priests and the bishops a pass just because they’re priests and bishops?”McKiernan echoed Cummings’s belief.“There’s still a smugness, there’s still an insularity,” McKiernan said. “… We have to acknowledge that we all participate, in a way, in this clerical culture.”Tags: 2011 Philadelphia abuse scandal, BishopAccountability.org, Holy Cross, lay board read more
WNY News Now Stock Image.JAMESTOWN — In the face of comments by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that local governments are failing in COVID compliance enforcement, Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist said he is proud of the city’s efforts.Asked to respond to Cuomo’s comments by WNYNewsNow, Sundquist said his administration has been dealing seriously with ensuring safety within the community.“I’m very proud of the work we’ve done here in the City of Jamestown,” Sundquist said. “We have been a municipality that has enforced the governor’s pause order.”“I’ve received a lot of heat for that,” he added, listing yard sales and business noncompliance as concerns for which he was criticized. While he admits other areas have been lax on enforcing Cuomo’s directives, he said Jamestown’s safety is paramount.“The health and safety of our residents is the number one priority and I take that very seriously. I cannot say that for other areas, I’m obviously not in charge of those other areas.”Seeing people not wearing masks in public is disheartening to him, the mayor said.“I’ve been proud of our businesses and residents,” he said.Sundquist is convinced Cuomo was not referring to Jamestown in his critical remarks.“He wasn’t meaning specifically the City of Jamestown. There are a lot of municipalities across the state who are refusing to act on any part of the governor’s pause order,” he said.A few weeks ago, Cuomo held a conference call with mayors and county executives from across the state and urged them to strengthen enforcement of his pause order, Sundquist said, adding that at the time he hoped Cuomo’s message had gotten through,but apparently hasn’t.Locally, most complaints and noncompliance issues were settled easily and quickly, he said.“In the majority of complaints we’ve sent an officer or a code enforce officer and 99 percent of the time the case is resolved right there,” Sundquist explained. 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),Brian sundquist walked into salloon, past the big sign in front of door. With no mask. Only two people in there without mask. ???????? I was a customer read more
Image by Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.NEW YORK — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing blistering criticism over an internal report that found a controversial state directive that sent thousands of recovering coronavirus patients into nursing homes was “not a significant factor” in some of the nation’s deadliest nursing home outbreaks.Scientists, health care professionals and elected officials assailed the report released last week for flawed methodology and selective stats that sidestepped the actual impact of the March 25 order, which by the state’s own count ushered more than 6,300 recovering virus patients into nursing homes at the height of the pandemic.And some accused the state of using the veneer of a scientific study to absolve the Democratic governor by reaching the same conclusion he had been floating for weeks — that unknowingly infected nursing home employees were the major drivers of the outbreaks.“I think they got a lot of political pushback and so their response was, ‘This isn’t a problem. Don’t worry about it,’” said Rupak Shivakoti, an epidemiologist at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. “It seems like the Department of Health is trying to justify what was an untenable policy,” added Charlene Harrington, a professor emerita of nursing and sociology at the University of California at San Francisco.Cuomo, who has been praised for leadership that helped flatten the curve of infections in New York, has also been criticized over his handling of nursing homes, specifically the order that told homes they could not refuse to accept recovering COVID-19 patients from hospitals as long as the patients were “medically stable.” The order barred homes from even testing such patients to see if they still had the virus.The directive was intended to free up hospital beds for the sickest patients as cases surged. But relatives, patient advocates and nursing home administrators have called it a misguided decision, blaming it for helping to spread the virus among the state’s most vulnerable residents.Cuomo reversed the order under pressure May 10, long after New York’s death toll in care homes had climbed to among the highest in the nation. To date, nearly 6,500 deaths have been linked to the coronavirus in the state’s nursing home and long-term care-facilities.But the 33-page state report flatly says “that nursing home admissions from hospitals were not a driver of nursing home infections or fatalities.”Instead, it says the virus’ rampant run through New York nursing homes was propelled by the 37,500 nursing home workers who became infected between mid-March and early June and unknowingly passed the virus on.The report noted that the number of residents dying at nursing homes peaked on April 8, around the same time as COVID-19 deaths statewide, but nearly a week before the peak of coronavirus patients being transferred from hospitals.It also said 80% of the 310 nursing homes that admitted coronavirus patients already had a confirmed or suspected case among its residents or staff before the directive was issued. And it contends the median number of coronavirus patients sent to nursing homes had been hospitalized for nine days, the same period that the study said it likely takes for the virus to no longer be contagious.“If you were to place blame, I would blame coronavirus,” Dr. Howard Zucker, the state health commissioner, told reporters last week.Cuomo said in a later news conference that “ugly politics” were behind “this political conspiracy that the deaths in nursing homes were preventable. And now the report has the facts, and the facts tell the opposite story.”But several experts who reviewed the report at the request of The Associated Press said it has fatal flaws, including never actually addressing the effect of the order.Among the questions not answered: If 80% of the 310 nursing homes that took coronavirus patients already had cases before the order, what was the effect of the released patients on the other homes that were virus free? If the median number of patients were released into nursing homes for nine days, that means that by the study’s own count more than 3,000 patients were released within nine days. Could they have been infectious?Denis Nash, an epidemiologist at the City University of New York School of Public Health, also noted that New York’s nursing home death toll doesn’t include nursing home residents who died at a hospital, a “potentially huge problem” that undercounts the virus’ toll and could “introduce bias into the analysis.”Among the holes in the study highlighted by University of Texas, Houston, epidemiologist Catherine Troisi was a lack of data on what happened at dozens of nursing homes that had no COVID-19 infections before those sick with the virus were sent to them.“Would this get published in an academic journal? No,” Troisi said.Shivakoti said he thinks the report may be correct in concluding that the major drivers of the outbreaks were nursing home workers who were sick without knowing it. But that’s not the same as saying the discharges played no role.“If they didn’t infect other patients directly,” Shivakoti said, “they still could have infected a worker.”Dr. Mark Dworkin, a former Illinois state epidemiologist, said the finding that people don’t transmit the virus after nine days of illness applies in the population at large, but it’s not clear whether that’s true of nursing home residents who may have weaker immune systems and shed the virus longer. He said the state’s report used “overreaching” language.“They really need to own the fact that they made a mistake, that it was never right to send COVID patients into nursing homes and that people died because of it,” said Dr. Michael Wasserman, president of the California Association of Long Term Care Medicine.New York Department of Health spokesman Gary Holmes said the study was intended to “measure the strength of the variables. … The strongest factor in driving the nursing home infections was through staff infections.”The Cuomo administration report will likely not be the last word. New York’s Legislature plans to hold joint hearings next month, and Republicans in Congress have demanded Cuomo turned over records on the March 25 order and its effects.“Blame-shifting, name-calling and half-baked data manipulations will not make the facts or the questions they raise go away,” Louisiana U.S Rep. Steve Scalise, Republican leader of a House subcommittee on the COVID crisis, wrote in a letter to Cuomo last week.Asked to respond, Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi said: “We’re used to Republicans denying science but now they are screeching about time, space and dates on a calendar to distract from the federal government’s many, many, embarrassing failures. No one is buying it.”AP investigative news researcher Randy Herschaft and reporter Jennifer Peltz in New York, and reporter Marina Villeneuve in Albany, N.Y., contributed to this report. 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) read more
CDC Stock Image.MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Health Department says they are looking into a new potential cluster of COVID-19 cases at a large employer in the north county.Officials did not release many details about their investigation, however, say four employees have tested positive but appear to be linked to social activities outside of work and not interconnected.As a precaution, health staff is working with the employer to ensure all required COVID-19 protocols and preventive measures are in place.Thirteen new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Chautauqua County on Friday. The county Health Department says of the new cases, five are in Dunkirk, three in Fredonia, two in Forestville and Westfield, and one in Falconer.There are now 1,165 total cases with 143 active and 1,007 previously recovered.In the Tanglewood Manor and Memory Gardens outbreak, officials say four employee cases remain active with 23 recovered and 14 resident cases remain active with 75 recovered and one death.Officials say the state health department will continue to monitor the Tanglewood outbreak and new data will no longer be reported to the public.Twenty people are now hospitalized with COVID-19 in Chautauqua County, that up by four. 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) read more
Patrick Page Star Files View Comments Broadway Bares: Rock Hard!, directed by Nick Kenkel, will feature more than 150 of New York’s sexiest dancers as they disrobe for a good cause. Since 1992, the annual benefit has raised more than $11.3 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Broadway Bares was created by Tony winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), who also serves as executive producer. Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s foremost industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. Additional special guests will include Broadway’s Morgan James, Matthew Saldivar, Joey Taranto and Syndee Winters, as well as Marine-turned-model Alex Minsky. Alan Cumming Get ready to bang your head/whatever other body parts are exposed at Broadway Bares. Cabaret star Alan Cumming and RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Bianca Del Rio are among the stars to make special appearances at the previously reported Broadway Bares: Rock Hard!. The sizzling tribute to rock ‘n’ roll will heat up the Hammerstein Ballroom on June 22, with proceeds going to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Joining Cumming and Del Rio are Rocky knockout Andy Karl, Matilda hotties Lesli Margherita and Christopher Sieber, Casa Valentina star Patrick Page and Constantine Maroulis (you need at least one bona fide rocker!). Lesli Margherita Constantine Maroulis Christopher Sieber View All (6) Andy Karl read more
View Comments After a long, grueling summer of pool parties, barbecues and non-Broadway-related beach trips, fall is finally, finally just around the corner. And you know what that means—a whole crop of new Broadway shows! From buzzed-about revivals like This Is Our Youth and It’s Only a Play to new stuff like The Last Ship and The Country House, there are some seriously amazing sounding shows coming up in the next few months. So we want to know: Which new fall show are you the most excited to see on Broadway? Cast your vote below!