Performance sparks diversity dialogue

first_imgThis year’s performances of “Show Some Skin: It’s Complicated” aims to spark campus dialogue on normally taboo topics by dramatizing monologues submitted anonymously by members of the Notre Dame community. These provocative, deeply emotional and often humorous monologues focus on issues of sexuality, race and image, the show’s directors said. “Show Some Skin: It’s Complicated”  will be performed in the Carey Auditorium in the Hesburgh Library at 7:30 p.m. from Thursday through Saturday. While “Show Some Skin” is meant to entertain, sophomore Lucas Garcia, an assistant director for the show, said the performances try to impart deeper meeting.   “‘Show Some Skin’ is a way for students to tell each other their stories,” Garcia said. “Sometimes students don’t feel strong or courageous enough to share all of themselves face to face with other students.” Director Edithstein Cho, a junior, said this year’s performances show the intersection of individual identities with a special focus on feelings of exclusion. Last year’s show, “The Race Monologues,” centered primarily on racial or ethnic diversity. “Our production is about community-building,” Cho said. “The underlying framework is to have a place where we can talk about these issues of diversity.” Aside from issues of race, Garcia said gender, social status, sexuality, mental illness, multi-culturalism and many other categories will be addressed. “We are focusing on different facets of people’s identities that make them complicated,” Garcia said. “No one is simple. No one is just white, fat, black, gay. We’re complicated. It’s complicated … and that deserves recognition.” Senior actor Suzann Petrongolo said she sees the importance in recognizing these complexities. “We can fall into the trap of creating a generalized background. It’s good to bring to light that we all have our individual stories,” she said. “We can look at each other differently with these individual stories brought to light,” she said. Garcia said the actors themselves, charged with giving a voice to these stories, carefully work to construct their monologues with the author’s feelings in mind. “The actors must live with their pieces and work very hard to be faithful to the voice inherent in the text,” Garcia said.  Sophomore acting coach Nicole Sganga said the show transcends the ordinary limits of the stage, beyond a typical dramatic performance. “‘Show Some Skin’ is not just a performance, it is a real human experience,” she said. “By coming to the performance, students will see a side of the Fighting Irish they have never seen before and gain new perspectives.” Freshman actor Clarissa Schwab said the opportunity to perform in the show provides a chance to share personal experiences publicly. “Acting in ‘Show Some Skin’ created a safe place for me to discuss the issues brought up in the monologues, and even our own personal experiences, within a community that is founded upon love and understanding,” she said. Cho said ‘Show Some Skin’ aims to create a forum for sharing experiences for the entire campus community, opening a dialogue to discuss presumed differences that can actually unite a community. “Students come because they know this topic doesn’t have a real venue yet,” Cho said. “We want to create this space ourselves.”last_img read more

Three employees injured after aerosol can ruptures

first_imgTags: aerosol can, injuries, South Dining Hall Three South Dining Hall employees sustained minor injuries Thursday around 11 a.m. after an aerosol can ruptured in the kitchen of the dining hall, University spokesman Dennis Brown said.Brown said the employees were transported to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center for evaluation after the incident, which occurred when the can was accidentally exposed to heat.Brown said the kitchen was not damaged.Director of Notre Dame Food Services Chris Abayasinghe said the dining hall’s response procedure is to coordinate with other campus departments, such as the Notre Dame Fire Department, Notre Dame Security Police and Risk Management, and to review the incident afterwards.last_img

150 Miles To Delfest

first_imgSummer in the South often brings to mind the sound of cicadas, sultry nights and outdoor concerts. But, when that idealistic notion takes place among the lush Appalachian Mountains with a cold craft brew in hand after a long day of pedaling to Delfest, a nostalgic satisfaction takes root as the late night set walks on stage. A music festival featuring some of the best Bluegrass and Americana acts in the U.S., Delfest occurs in Cumberland, Maryland each year. The 150-mile bike ride across the Mason-Dixon line, however, begins in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania along the Great Allegheny Passage. Arriving at the event quickly diverges into a celebratory welcome to summer over Memorial Day weekend.While the concept of the rails-to-trails pathway began in 1995, the first 100 miles of the Great Allegheny Passage, or GAP, opened in 2001. Now in conjunction with the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath, the project connects Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C.. Once a trade route, the path follows alongside the Potomac River and is reminiscent of the western expansion George Washington once envisioned for the country. Today Cumberland, Maryland, dating to 1787, is a beautifully-preserved Victorian town that exemplifies the Appalachian culture, music, and lifestyle as the Potomac River Valley and its settlers grew.While the rise of rails-to-trails projects including GAP has drawn tens of thousands to the foothills region annually, slow travel has allowed travel-inclined cyclists to more deeply delve into their surroundings. Skittering along the packed, crushed limestone path in the shadow of the Appalachian Mountains, the trail never exceeds a two percent grade, which allows festival-going cyclists the opportunity to slip into a kicked back mindset before arriving at one of the region’s best music festivals.Photo: DelFestOnce immersed into the atmospheric landscape and refreshing temperatures en route to the festival, Delfest provides a unique way to experience the Potomac River Valley. The pickin’ begins at 10:30 a.m. each day and continues on three stages until the wee hours of the morning — 3:30 a.m. In a down-home atmosphere, the festival’s founder, Del McCoury, personally selected each of the 40 artists featured in the 11th annual Delfest.Things To Do At DelfestApart from the near round-the-clock performances, the festival brings guests an elevated experience. Morning yoga classes are offered daily, and the arts and crafts festival allows the chance to browse during a break from the stage. A wide array of globally-inspired dining options from vegan and vegetarian to Thai and locally made custard keeps crowds fueled and full.While on-site camping is classic, the event has added deluxe experiences including oversized pre-constructed tents or new, rented fully-equipped RVs. Guests opting for this festival package also receive VIP tickets, lounge access with complimentary snacks and beverages, drink vouchers, a festival shirt and even an invitation to the welcome party and farewell brunch.Bring your own instrument to participate in the “playshops,” or casual workshops which teach performance. Rather than focus on instruction, jump in jam sessions be they in the campgrounds or sitting in a picking session. For more musical instruction, plan to attend Delfest Academy, which occurs over four days leading up to the event. Select performers such as Frank Solivan, mandolin; Mike Munford, banjo; Chris Luquette, guitar; and Jay Starling, dobro, lend advice and instruction for their instruments.Planning your TripTo make it happen, select a nearby rails-to-trails project that connects to Cumberland. A friend or family member may drive a return car along the same route for support. Start the day early to complete the entire route in a single go, or divide the ride for a more relaxed descent into Delfest. Overnighting in a hotel provides a shower, but bikepacking is always a good option.Getting Ready To RideBe sure to gradually build up to a long-distance ride. Begin with a normal distance ride and add 15 to 20 miles each week. If splitting the ride over multiple days, attempt to ride several days in a row of approximately the same distance to ensure the body knows what the distance and multi-day rides feel like. Taper rides and workouts the week of the big day. Salt pills and magnesium tablets formulated for cycling, which replenish the salts sweated out and electrolyte levels, are very useful during particularly hot spells.last_img read more

Feds: 3 Drone Sightings Near JFK Since Sunday

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating three drone sightings near John F. Kennedy International Airport since Sunday, including one that was spotted by a JetBlue airline pilot two miles from the runway.All three sightings were reported by commercial pilots who noticed the unmanned aircraft while making their final approach to JFK, which is located on the New York City side of the Queens-Nassau County border, the FAA said.On Sunday, a Delta Air Lines pilot and a Virgin Atlantic pilot reported seeing a drone approximately 10 miles from Runway 22 Left after 8 p.m., flying between 2,000 and 3,000 feet, the FAA said.Nassau County police Insp. Kenneth Lack, the department’s chief spokesman, said the Aviation Bureau responded Sunday but did not observe any drones. Another drone was spotted on Wednesday, this time by a JetBlue pilot, who noticed the aircraft when the JetBlue flight was only two miles from Runway 31 Right at 1:50 p.m.The drones did not appear to pose a danger to the commercial airliners. The reports the FAA received did not indicate that any of the pilots took evasive action, and all three flights landed safely.Under FAA guidelines, unmanned aircraft are not to fly above 400 feet or near airports and air traffic, and must be within sight of the operator.The government is receiving near daily reports of drone sightings, according to a recent Associated Press report.The FBI, which also investigates drone sightings, could not be reached for comment.The agency is also investigating a March 2013 incident in which a drone nearly collided with a commercial airliner over southwestern Nassau County.last_img read more

Harrington in search of Open victory this weekend

first_imgPhoto © – Tipp FM Padraig Harrington believes he’s in contention to win a third Open title this weekend – nine years after his most recent victory.The Dubliner lifted the Claret Jug the last time the Championship was held at Royal Birkdale.Harrington’s feeling good on his return to the Southport course.last_img