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Week of November 25, 2013

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In This Issue:

News and Notices

Today: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Today NDMU commemorates the annual observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. If you attended the recent lecture by author Julia Alvarez, you know that the event was created to mark the 1960 assassination of the Mirabel sisters, whose story is recounted in this year's Common Campus Reading, Alvarez's In the Time of the Butterflies

The observance kicks of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, from Nov. 25 to Dec. 10, International Human Rights Day. During this time, we are encouraged to wear the color orange as a symbol of commitment to this vital issue. The U.N.'s Secretary General is inviting us to "Orange the World in 16 Days: End Violence Against Women and Girls!"

  • NDMU will mark the day with a prayer service at the Peace Pole at 4:30 p.m. We will also be distributing orange ribbons for all to wear,
  • Denene Yates, Executive Director of Safe House of Hope and Deputy Chair of the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force to speak tonight at 7 p.m. in Knott Auditorium. She will be speaking on the human trafficking of girls as part of events related to the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Toward Women.
  • Finally, please contribute to the Denim and Deodorant Drive for the Safe House of Hope (an agency aiding women who have been victims of sex-trafficking) by depositing toiletries and new or used jeans in the boxes located around campus until Dec. 10. This drive is being organized by the Non-Profit Management Students and Campus Ministry.

Please join in this effort to end all forms of violence against women and girls in all parts of the world.

Support Philippines’ Typhoon Survivors

The Notre Dame of Maryland University community stands in prayerful solidarity with the people of the Philippines as they struggle to recover from Typhoon Haiyan. If you would like to make a donation to support the emergency response work of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in the Philippines, please visit the CRS website or call 1-877-435-7277 between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. Catholic Relief Services, in cooperation with partners, is tirelessly providing 100,000 families with shelter, essential living supplies and clean water and sanitation. CRS will continue to identify the most vulnerable communities that need assistance. CRS desperately needs help so they can reach people and communities in desperate need – now and as they rebuild their lives. 

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Library "Stressbusters" Event—Therapy Dogs

Come hang out with therapy dogs to "de-stress" right before final exams. Pets on Wheels will provide the pets, who are guaranteed to cheer you up! The dogs will be in the library gallery on December 6th and 9th from 1-4pm.

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NDMU Competes in the Ethics Bowl

This past weekend, Notre Dame sent a team to compete in the Ethics Bowl Northeast Regional tournament.

The Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl (IEB) is a team competition sponsored by the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE) that combines the excitement and fun of a competitive tournament with an innovative approach to education in practical and professional ethics for undergraduate students. In September, each team receives a set of 15 cases and must prepare an analysis of each case. The cases cover a range of topics including law, medicine, business, public policy, and personal life.

At the competition, a moderator poses questions based on a case taken from that set. A panel of judges probes the teams for further justifications and evaluates answers. Rating criteria are intelligibility, focus on ethically relevant considerations, avoidance of ethical irrelevance, and deliberative thoughtfulness.

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LAF Community Service Project

LAF will be collecting yarn to send to the women of Section 19, in Swaziland. Section 19 is in the middle of some sugar cane fields and is a refuge for people who are social outcasts from their community and are essentially homeless. Some are women fleeing domestic violence. Some are also refugees from Mozambique.

The women of Section 19 already knew how to sew (they made bags and other items in order to support their families). But some Notre Dame students won the Davis Peace Prize and were able to travel to Swaziland to visit Section 19 and help these women  learn to crochet, thus adding another craft these women could use to support themselves and their families. The women began making all kinds of projects, especially scarves, bags, blankets, potholders, and hats. They ran out of all the yarn the students brought within two weeks and they can get only two colors in their country.  

LAF has decided to collect yarn for Swaziland women so they can keep more of the profit for themselves and make a better life for their families. Boxes (clearly labeled) will be located in all the buildings so you can make a donation at your convenience. 

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Eichner Award for Young Poets

The Eichner Award for Young Poets is open to any young woman between the ages of 14 and 18 who attends a secondary school in the U.S.The judge will be A.E. Stallings, an American writer who has received fellowships from the NEA, United States Artists, the Guggenheim Foundation and a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant." A prize of $500 will be awarded for first place, $200 for second and $100 for third. In addition, all winners will have their work published in Damozel, the literary magazine of Notre Dame of Maryland University. 

How to Enter

Please include the following in your submission:

1. A cover sheet that includes the following information:

  • the title of each poem submitted (maximum of three poems per poet)
  • your name, address, phone number and email
  • the name of your high school and your anticipated year of graduation

2. One to three poems, single spaced, one poem per page. Your name or contact information SHOULD NOT appear on the poems themselves, which will be judged anonymously. Please give each poem a title (ie., no “Untitled”).

3. There is no entry fee. You may submit by email or by U.S. Postal Service. To submit online, please use our free submission manager: https://damozel.submittable.com/submit. You will be asked to enter your cover sheet information, the title of your poem, and to upload each poem (up to three) as a separate file. To submit by mail, please send to:

Eichner Award for Young Poets
c/o Shelley Puhak
English Department
Notre Dame of Maryland University
4701 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21212

All entries must be received by Monday, December 2, 2013.

Entries will be initially screened by students and faculty; all semifinalists will be read by our judge, A.E. Stallings. Contest results will be announced on the Notre Dame website by the first week of February.

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Notre Dame in the News

The Baltimore Sun College Affordability: Local universities work against rising costs, article features interviews with NDMU junior Lynette Hodge and Financial Aid Coordinator Zhanna Goltser.

Maryland Daily Record Notre Dame Takes on Nursing Shortage, story on the RN to BSN program includes interviews with Dr. Katharine Cook, nursing school dean, and student Chandler Ramey.

City Paper Book Review: Shelley Puhak’s new collection sets the Arthurian Round Table in Baltimore a RAVE review of Shelley's new book, Guinevere in Baltimore.

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A Poem for the Season

November Evening

On the barberry bush the ripe fruit hangs
in hazardous suspense of wind and cold;
the yellow of the walnut tree
is some dim memory of spattered gold.
Enough for the gum tree—a runner spent
and silent from the chase—
it leans against the oak, with all its breath
spilt out in scarlet pools about its base.
A day or two the maple will be done
with crimson noons and dusks of Chinese red;
by hours now the end of autumn slips away.
With silhouettes alone the eye is winter fed.

Tonight, ankle deep in great oak leaves,
mocha and russet, fawn and brown,
vaguely moist and stiff from somber rains,
we crush the seasoned harvest down

Press the acorn underfoot, press the pod to earth,
knowing if this be death, this, too, is birth.

--Sister Maura Eichner, SSND

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