Week explores ethics of financial sector

first_imgThe Mendoza College of Business (MCOB) is challenging members of the Notre Dame community to discuss the financial services industry and its role in the current economic crisis this week. Notre Dame’s Ethics Week 2012, which began Monday and continues through Thursday, offers a series of lectures that examine the risk factors large firms face and how ethics come into play in the financial services industry.  The talks take place each day at 12:30 p.m. in MCOB’s Giovanini Commons.  Jessica McManus, professor of business ethics, said MCOB chose this year’s theme of “Failed versus ‘Fantastic’ Financial Institutions” because the way financial institutions operate affects consumers, investors and citizens. “Mendoza has a strong tradition of looking at the ‘Ask More of Business’ framework, which involves individual integrity, organizational effectiveness and greater good at the macro level,” she said. “The financial services industry has relevance to all three areas.” McManus said accountancy professor Ken Milani founded Ethics Week to honor the late John Houck, who was a professor of management.  She said the event strives to take an in-depth look at ethical issues, giving students the opportunity to learn firsthand from people in the industry.   “While we have a required ethics course [in MCOB], this is a way to learn from people in the field who are kind of on the front lines of these kinds of issue in the business world,” McManus said. Brian Levey, professor of business law and ethics, said the financial services sector is particularly relevant to ethics studies because it goes through cycles of scandal and stability. “Maybe regulation isn’t enough,” Levey said. “Maybe we need to focus on not only what’s lawful, but also on what the right thing to do is.”  MCOB aims to offer a wide range of perspectives through the Ethics Week lectures, McManus said. Presenters include faculty members as well as practicing businesspeople.  “Typically, we look at alumni because a lot of graduates of the University or friends of the University are people whose careers have taken them into these industries, but who also connect with the University and speak well with the students who are here,” she said.  Levey said part of the goal of Ethics Week is to encourage people to discuss business ethics inside and outside the classroom. “It’s not necessarily to present a single point of view, but to present a variety of different ways of looking at a problem,” he said. Ethics Week presentations are purposefully designed to be more intimate than many academic lectures, and they provide an opportunity for attendees to ask questions, McManus said.   “I hope that people will get a good sense of the current trends and the status of some of the decisions that are being made right now, [and] that people will come up with [an] up-to-date, relevant understanding of the financial services industry and the relationship of ethics and integrity to these questions,” she said.   McManus said ethics is woven throughout MCOB’s undergraduate and graduate curriculums. The College focuses on creating human and social capital, as well as environmental innovation.  “Ethics is part of our DNA at Mendoza,” she said. “I think that thanks in large part to the leadership of former Dean [Carolyn] Woo, we really have this sense of asking more of business.”last_img read more

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NDSP investigates forcible fondling

first_imgNotre Dame Security Police (NDSP) is investigating a weekend report of forcible fondling that occurred at a student-sponsored event in the late hours of Friday evening, according to an email alert sent to students Saturday. Forcible fondling is defined in the email as “the touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or, not forcibly or against that person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental incapacity.” The definition is legally established by federal law, cited in the email as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics or the Clery Act. The incident, which was reported to NDSP on Saturday, occurred in a building on the north side of campus where a student-sponsored event was taking place, the email stated. “Forcible fondling … and other sexual assaults can happen to anyone,” the email stated. “Being aware of your own safety and watching out for your friends are important steps you can take to reduce the risk of sexual assault.” Information about sexual assault prevention and resources for survivors of sexual assault is available from NDSP and the Committee for Sexual Assault Prevention online. To report a crime in progress, suspicious activity or another emergency, dial 911 from any campus phone or 574-631-5555 from a cell phone.last_img read more

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ND, SMC students discuss women’s issues

first_imgFemale students from Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s gathered in the Stapleton Lounge of Le Mans Hall on Friday to lead a discussion about ending the 42-year division among women of the two schools.La Fuerza, the Latino Student Alliance (LSA) and the Gender Relations Center (GRC) hosted the event, named UniversiTEA.Caitlyn Jordan La Fuerza president Maria Hernandez said UniversiTEA helped connect the schools and promoted a discussion for students “to work together as women and as a community to make the lives of all people on the campuses more successful.”During the event, many common campus clichés were discussed, including ring by spring and the MRS Degree. In addition to campus stereotypes, the discussion broadened to the topic of women in film, particularly those in telenovelas.Notre Dame junior Kristal Quispe said she enjoys when women are the main actors in telenovelas.“We like us [women] to be seen as powerful and having leading roles,” she said.Saint Mary’s junior Ruby Velasco said film “is seen as a ‘girls show’ if it has more than one female protagonist.”During the discussion, students concluded there is no time for petty stereotypes and hostility toward girls across the street from each other when feminism is a global issue.“There is a need for sub degrees of feminism,” Velasco said. “It is not clearly a gender issue; its gender, race and background.”Notre Dame junior Daniela Nuñez introduced the topic of women embodying characteristics of men to better fit into the work force.“[Women are] not trying to take away the power of men [but are] just trying to earn some,” she said.“We will have to act as a community and a society to create change,” Velasco said.Notre Dame junior Annika Fling said she enjoyed getting to know the Saint Mary’s girls.“I think the unity of women is so much more important than our silly dividers between campuses,” she said.Nuñez said she really enjoyed this opportunity to converse about “the issues we face here locally and as women on a macro side.”“It is important to recognize the negative actions and stereotypes that occur here and take action to discontinue them so that we can really foster a community,” she said.Tags: division, Gender Relations Center, La Fuerza, Latino Student Alliance, UniversiTEAlast_img read more

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Jenkins calls on White House to end family separations at border

first_imgUniversity President Fr. John Jenkins condemned the Trump administration’s policy of separating families at the Mexican border as “cruel” in a statement Tuesday.“Central to the Holy Cross education Notre Dame offers is a sense of family, centered on the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, and in that spirit I call on the administration to end immediately the cruel practice of separating children from parents and parents from children,” he said in the statement.The practice stems from a “zero-tolerance policy” the Department of Justice announced April 6, which requires the prosecution of everyone who attempts to cross the border illegally. However, the department cannot prosecute any children detained at the border with their parents. As a result, those children are separated from their families while their parents face prosecution.The White House has been inconsistent in its reasoning for the practice. On Thursday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited the Bible as justification for it. Later that day, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said it is “very biblical to enforce the law.”In a series of tweets Monday morning, President Donald Trump attempted to shift blame for the policy onto Democrats, writing that it is the party’s “fault for being weak and ineffective with Boarder [sic] Security and Crime. Tell them to start thinking about the people devastated by Crime coming from illegal immigration. Change the laws!”Jenkins joins both Democrats and Republicans — including former First Lady Laura Bush — and Catholic leaders such as Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, in condemning the practice and calling for an end to it.Tags: border separations, Donald Trump, Immigration, Jenkins, University President Fr. John Jenkinslast_img read more

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GRC sponsors month for relationship violence prevention

first_imgFor its 15th annual Relationship Violence Awareness Month (RVAM), the Gender Relations Center (GRC) organized a lineup of events and activities to recognize the importance of violence prevention in the Notre Dame community. RVAM takes place in October to coincide with National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The sponsored activities range from educational programming to hands-on experiences to allow students to learn about the issue in different ways.John Johnstin, assistant director for student engagement and community outreach for the GRC, said the wide variety of events allows the GRC to achieve its goal of promoting dialogue regarding relationship violence.“As we look at the month, we’re trying to engage in the conversation about relationship violence, support, how to deal with the trauma [and] educational complexities,” he said. “… Having all of those elements try to come into a holistic conversation about the topic is the goal.”In planning the month of sponsored events, Johnstin and the GRC evaluated the atmosphere on campus regarding relationship violence.“Each year we look at the programs, we try to bring in new speakers, we try to adjust the topics, we try to look at what’s happening and say, ‘Are we having a conversation that will meet the needs of the students the best that we can?’” Johnstin said.FIREstarters, a group of student leaders at the GRC, also contributes to hosting events as part of RVAM. Senior Casey Cheyeon Kim, a program assistant at the GRC, said in an email October is an important month for the FIREstarters group to create programs to connect with Notre Dame students.“We aim to create healthy dialogue around the topics of interpersonal violence, relationships and authenticity, gender identity and intersectionality, and sexual identity,” Kim said.While the month as a whole is an awareness campaign, Johnstin and Kim highlighted other activities that offer support to those who have been personally impacted by relationship violence.On Friday, the GRC co-sponsored a healing program, “Kintsugi” with the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being. At the program, students broke ceramic pots for holding succulents and then reconstructed the pots based on the traditional Japanese ceramic art of “Kintsugi.” Johnstin described this activity as “symbolism of healing.”“It’s trying to get them to recognize that even though the symbolic pot might be broken, you can still work on it and put it back together,” Johnstin said. “You can still work through trauma, and there are supports and resources here for them.”In an effort to raise participation in the awareness aspect of the month, members of the RVAM team handed out purple shirts Monday morning to students at Fieldhouse Mall. The GRC is asking the entirety of campus to wear purple this Wednesday to honor victims and survivors of relationship violence.Johnstin spoke of his belief that small actions such as “Wear Purple Day” can contribute to a positive campus culture that promotes dialogue on difficult topics.“I think when we start to look at relationship violence, often it’s something that remains silent and in the shadows, whether it’s individuals that feel afraid to come forward or individuals that don’t feel like they’ll be believed for whatever the reason is,” Johnstin said. “Maybe it’s enough that they see somebody that has a t-shirt on, and they see that little bit of support on a topic that may be afraid to come forward with.”In addition to recurring events, the GRC looks to add new events to diversify the conversations taking place. New this year, sociology professor Mark Gunty will give a talk titled “Understanding Gender and Violence” on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. in Duncan Student Center. Johnstin said the educational lecture will focus on gender conversations.“This is the very first time that I’ve worked with [Gunty],” Johnstin said. “I had a couple of students that talked about his class, and so I looked him up and found that it was pertinent to the conversation that we’re having.”The GRC will end the month with the second annual Fall Festival on Oct. 31, which will also serve as a closing to LGBTQ History Month. Johnstin described the festival as “a fun social campaign where students and student-led groups like FireStarters come together” to wrap up the month of outreach.“Everybody has different experiences, and there are people that have come here that have experienced unbelievable strategies,” Johnstin said. “We want to make sure that they know that people will believe them and will support them and will help them get to the resources they need. So that’s really at the heart of what we’re trying to do.”Tags: FireStarters, Gender Relations Center, GRC, LGBTQ, LGBTQ History Month, Relationship Violence Awareness Month, Wear Purple Daylast_img read more

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Cardinale: County Health Officials Covering Up COVID-19 Outbreaks

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) JAMESTOWN – Democratic State Assembly candidate Christina Cardinale is charging county officials with intentionally covering up local COVID-19 outbreaks.In an exclusive interview with WNYNewsNow, Cardinale said County Executive P.J. Wendel and Public Health Director Christine Schuyler are hiding the truth about outbreaks from the public.“The current county executive and our current county health director have done everything in their power to withhold information and cover up COVID outbreaks,” Cardinale said. “The clusters that have happened in this county are way higher than we’ve been told.”Wendel responded by noting that the county has nothing to gain by misrepresenting the facts regarding COVID-19 rates in the area. “If there was a case of numbers being withheld or some sort of conspiracy, why are we waiting until now to bring this up,” Wendel said.Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel. WNY News Now File Image.He explained that when someone tests positive, the county doesn’t immediately get the information. It is sent to the state, which then informs the county to begin contact tracing.“The numbers we have are the factual numbers,” said Wendel. “It’s not county health that gets the results. The state posts the number of positive cases and tells us. We can’t cover up numbers, those numbers are listed with the state.”Cardinale says she personally knows of a business in Jamestown that had a cluster of positive tests in late March, but she said Chautauqua County Public Health Director Christine Schuyler froze the business from going public with the outbreak.“I’m absolutely disgusted with the way our county executive and our current county health director have covered up information and I will do everything in my power to ensure this doesn’t continue,” Cardinale said. “They are willfully withholding information and putting the public at risk.”Asked what motive the two would have to do so, she replied she doesn’t know why.“I really don’t know why they would play games with peoples’ lives,” she said.Wendel stressed that the county’s job is to get the facts correctly and not publish inaccurate figures.“We have eight more (positive cases) and it is adding our total to 82. It does us no good to hide this,” Wendel explained.“It is a health concern and I want this information to be right. If I were to come out and give wrong data and that sends a frenzy in the public,” Wendel furthered.He said one of his duties is to dispel potential panic by the public.“We’re making sure we don’t create that hysteria, we do not create that panic,” he said.Wendel says he is disappointed by the accusations.“I can tell you right now, it’s disappointing. Where was this statement prior to this,” he said. “If we’re hiding numbers, what would that do us. This is forth coming when you put 24 (cases) in a day. How is that helping us? We’re all in the same boat.”Efforts to reach Health Director Schuyler by WNYNewsNow were unsuccessful.If elected to the State Assembly, Cardinale said she would propose legislation to force county health departments to be more transparent than she feels they have been.“My legislation is intended to act on a state level to implement the transparency that’s need for our county and the rest of New York State,” Cardinale said.She said she has not gotten any responses from county officials, who she said she has e-mailed and also left messages.Cardinale’s proposal calls for county health departments to “provide the general public with clear, concise information regarding COVID-19 cases (or other infectious outbreaks such as E.Coli, Norovirus, H1N1, or Rotavirus). All Health Departments will be required to identify positive cases by exact geographic city or town. The use of “fire battalions” or “quadrants” or any combination of locations will be prohibited.”Democratic State Assembly candidate Christina Cardinale.Image via Christina Cardinale For State Assembly / Facebook.In addition, her bill would block county officials from stopping a business from going public with information about positive tests. Also, county officials would not be allowed to include political statements in health matters and be part of a strict social media conduct policy.“In the event one (1) positive COVID-19 case is linked to any business (employee) or public school (student or faculty member) within NYS, the business or school will be required, by law, to notify the County Department of Health immediately. The County Department of Health will then be required, by law, to release this information to the public within a timeframe of no longer than 24 hours,” she proposes.“If a “cluster” of positive COVID-19 cases is identified by a Department of Health within NYS, said Department of Health will be required, by law, to release this information to the public within a timeframe of no longer than 24 hours. “Cluster” will be defined as a group of five (5) individuals (or more) that are traced to the same source of infection.last_img read more

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Fight! Fight! Comedians Casey Wilson & June Diane Raphael Get Into A Les Miz Confrontation

first_imgWas it Victor Hugo who said, “Sh*t’s about to go down!?” Real life pals and funny ladies Casey Wilson (Happy Endings) and June Diane Raphael (Anchorman 2: the Legend Continues) take an original spin on “The Confrontation” from Les Miserables in what they call Les Miserables Translated for Young Viewers. The Funny or Die exclusive video shows the two comedians in hip-hop friendly swag at a house party with captions inserted to clue young viewers into the meaning behind the song. Watch the video below to see Wilson embodying a Jean Valjean who is super PO-ed that Raphael’s Javert has crashed the party at his crib. You must think me mad! Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 Les Miserables Related Shows View Commentslast_img read more

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Clinton the Musical Among Productions at NYMF 2014

first_img This year’s productions will be housed at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre and the Ford Foundation Studio Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center. These shows join a roster of eight readings, as well as NYMF’s 2014 Next Link Project selections, a series of ten musicals that were submitted anonymously from a variety of writers, from produced to unproduced and those with or without agency representation. An additional slate of concerts and other events will be announced at a later time.  Other NYMF productions include Bayonets of Angst, with a book by Rick Kunzi and Justin Zeppa, music by Kunzi & Adam Barnosky and lyrics by Kunzi; Coming of Age, with a book, music and lyrics by Jon Provan; Deployed, with book, music and lyrics by Jessy Brouillard; Madame Infamy, with a book by Jp Vigliotti and music and lyrics by Cardozie Jones and Sean Willis; Mr. Confidential, with a book and lyrics by Samuel Bernstein and music by David Snyder; Propaganda! The Musical, with a book, music and lyrics by Taylor Ferrera and Matt Webster; The Gig, with a book, music and lyrics by Douglas J. Cohen; The Snow Queen, with a book by Kirsten Brandt and Rick Lombardo, music by Haddon Kime and lyrics by Brandt, Kime and Lombardo and Wikimusical, with a book and lyrics by Frank Ceruzzi and Blake J. Harris and music by Trent Jeffords. View Comments Politics is show business for ugly people, after all. The 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) has announced selected productions and readings that will play the 11th annual program. This year’s Festival, which will run from July 7 through July 27, will include a production of Clinton The Musical by Paul and Michael Hodge.center_img Clinton the Musical is a not-so-familiar tale of a familiar presidential figurehead. The musical follows two (yes, two) Bill Clintons and Hillary on their quest to save their presidency, change America and prove that “politics is show business for ugly people.” The tuner comes to the states after being nominated for Best New Musical at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and transferring to London’s King’s Head Theatre in 2013. Since its inception in 2004, The New York Musical Theatre Festival has premiered hundreds of new musicals, 90 of which have gone on to award-winning productions in New York, in regional theaters in almost every state and in over 20 countries worldwide. Over 20 shows that saw NYMF productions and readings have gone on to enjoy off-Broadway runs, and three have appeared on Broadway: Chaplin, [title of show] and Next to Normal.  last_img read more

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Watch A Gentleman’s Guide’s Cast Get ‘Happy,’ Pharrell Style

first_img Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 17, 2016 Related Shows View Comments After picking up a whopping ten Tony nominations, more than any other show this season, everyone involved with hit musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder has every reason to be happy! In the below video, Tony nominee Bryce Pinkham performs Pharrell’s infectious hit “Happy” along with the musical comedy’s cast, crew and orchestra. Watch out for Jefferson Mays popping up in scene stealing fashion (of course he does), then go and see the cast killing it (get it?!) at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Imagine the fun this bunch will have if they walk off with a whole load of Tonys on June 8! A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Bryce Pinkhamlast_img read more

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Samantha Barks Will Star in London’s City of Angels

first_imgLes Miz movie favorite Samantha Barks will appear in the classic musical City of Angels at the Donmar Warehouse as part of the London theater’s 2014 fall season. Other new productions will include My Night With Reg and Henry IV. Kevin Elyot’s My Night With Reg will be directed by the Donmar’s current trainee Associate Director Robert Hastie. The comedy is set in London’s gay community in the summer of 1985 against the back drop of the mounting AIDS crisis. The production will star Julian Ovenden as John, along with Matt Bardock as Benny, Jonathan Broadbent as Guy, Richard Cant as Bernie, Lewis Reeves as Eric and Geoffrey Streatfeild as Daniel. The show will run July 31 through September 27, with opening night scheduled for August 5. View Comments Henry IV will be directed by Phyllida Lloyd, the second installment in a trilogy of all-female prison Shakespeares—her controversial production of Julius Caesar played at the Donmar before transferring in 2013 to New York’s St Ann’s Warehouse. The cast will feature Harriet Walter as King Henry, Jade Anouka as Hotspur and Clare Dunne as Hal and Ashley McGuire as Falstaff. The production will run October 3 through November 29, with the play officially opening on October 9. Donmar Artistic Director Josie Rourke will direct Cy Coleman’s City of Angels. The cast of the Tony and Olivier-winning musical will feature Barks as Mallory/Avril, Hadley Fraser as Stine and Rosalie Craig as Gabby/Bobbi. Olivier winner Stephen Mear will choreograph. The show will play December 5 through February 7, 2015. Opening night is set for December 16.last_img read more

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