Workers paint the A-10 logo on Baujan Field the site of the 2013 A-10 Men’s Soccer Championship. On Thursday, Nov. 14 the first of four games begins at 11:00 a.m. with St. Joseph’s v George Mason. UD will play in game four when the Flyers take on La Salle at 8:00 p.m. that day. Two more games will be played on Friday, Nov. 15 with starting times at 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The championship game will be played Sunday, Nov. 17 at 1:00 p.m.
11-13-13 by Larry Burgess
“I was afraid to be a woman,” said Jonterri Gadson, the University of Dayton Herbert W. Martin Post-Graduate Fellow in Creative Writing, as she described her writing process; a process that would eventually lead to poems written about Anarcha, a slave woman who was subject to experimentation in the pursuit of gynecology research.
Gadson was presenting her research and poems as part of the Campus Cultural Connections program along with Tereza Szeghi, assistant professor of English, and Jamie Longazel, assistant professor of sociology. Each speaker presented their work on writing and theorizing human rights.
Szeghi’s research focused on the issues and dangers migrants and indigenous people face in the U.S., and how literature can be used to show the atrocities committed against them.
“One in five Native American women have been raped, most of them with no way to pursue legal justice against their perpetrator,” said Szeghi on the state of the court systems on reservations.
Longazel’s research examined how the law and human rights can work together to change immoral practices. He looked specifically at Hazleton, Pa.
When discussing how discriminatory laws are passed, he said, “We can see how the white majority controls law by their use of rhetoric of white innocence and Latino abstraction.”
Each speaker highlighted ways in which human rights could be upheld with any given profession, whether through law, literature or even a poem. But their most powerful advice was to say what you are afraid to say; it can often lead to social change.No Comments
“Thoughts and prayers are with you, Baeslack!”
“I know you’ll get through this Binky, stay strong!”
“You’re the man. This thing has nothing on you. Couldn’t be happier to help such a great cause.”
These comments from University of Dayton alumni, along with many more, adorn Brandon Baeslack’s ’13 fundraising page to support his fight against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, as well as, to support the Light the Night Walk benefitting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Baeslack was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in early August and began chemotherapy treatment later that month. As of Thursday, his treatment is halfway completed, scheduled to end in late January. Armed with the support of fellow flyers, Baeslack has managed to stay positive throughout this process.
“I hadn’t really told anyone what was going on throughout the preliminary tests, scans and doctor appointments,” Baeslack said. “The day I was officially diagnosed, I told one or two friends and the next day my phone was blowing up with texts and Facebook and Twitter notifications.”
However, that was only the beginning of the outpouring of support Baeslack would receive.
In a group text conversation with his old UD roommates, Colin Schrier ’13 said, “I’m going to start the ‘Binky Strong Movement,’” referring to the nickname the group bestowed upon him in college.
While Baeslack paid no more thought to Schrier’s seemingly offhanded remark, his roommates were busy striking a deal with a T-shirt company; a deal that would result in all T-shirt proceeds being donated to the LLS. Baeslack’s roommates made the T-shirt link available to fellow Flyers, and through a Facebook group, alumni collectively conspired to post pictures in their newly purchased shirts on a certain date with the hashtag #BinkyStrong across social media.
“I got an Instagram notification of a picture of someone in this shirt and I said, ‘What the heck is this?’” Baeslack said. “Within 10 minutes, my phone just started blowing up and I got 70 other notifications of people posting similar pictures.”
Baeslack was surprised again when approximately 200 people — instead of the 15 friends he originally expected — were waiting for him in a Cleveland restaurant on Oct. 13, to support him and help raise money for the LLS the weekend before the Light the Night Walk.
“Brandon was so surprised to see all his friends and family as he came down the stairs,” said attendee Sarah Payne ’13. “It was such an incredible experience to be a part of so many friends and family members coming together to support Brandon.”
That night alone, attendees raised $4,000 for the LLS. Overall, Baeslack has raised almost $11,000.
“I’ve always thought while it might be a tough situation for me, it’s kind of funny how $11,000, that may never have come to be, was raised. I was thrilled that we could do something positive with my situation,” says Baeslack.
While community spirit is always strongly emphasized within the walls of UD, Baeslack’s story proves that the phenomenon still occurs, even after graduation.
“It’s awesome to know how so many people have my back,” Baeslack said. “I’m never truly alone.”No Comments
Green beans and mashed potatoes will feed hungry families, but one student sees the campus food drive as bigger than the baskets to be delivered for Thanksgiving.
Danielle Pohlman, a junior, is majoring in human rights and Spanish. As one of the student workers in campus ministry’s Center for Social Concern, she is coordinating the annual Thanksgiving food drive. She has learned that hunger and homelessness are growing human rights issues.
“[A]s college students, we tend to go about our daily tasks forgetting that one in seven people will go hungry in the world tonight and it’s happening in our communities,” she said.
The annual Thanksgiving basket drive is tied into hunger and homelessness week at UD; students can participate in service events like donating a meal or packing meals for hungry kids. UD provides the 600 collected Thanksgiving baskets to six nonprofit organizations who distribute baskets to their clients. Each basket includes your typical Thanksgiving meal items and a $15 giftcard to Kroger for a turkey. University students, staff, community partners and faculty have come together to raise the funds for the baskets.
“Last year I helped organize the baskets for the food drive during a Service Saturday and was able to see the mass amounts of baskets and food being put together for the Dayton community,” Pohlman said.
Last year, donations were so great she could put more than one can of green beans and one box of mashed potatoes in each basket. She hopes this year to see even more food, more baskets, less hunger and more awareness of human rights problems in the Dayton area.No Comments
Students participated in a gaming classic Friday, Nov. 1, during an evening “Battleship” tournament at the RecPlex.
But this isn’t their parents’ version of the game. Rather, participants wielding big buckets as weapons and exercise mats as shields pile, four at a time, into canoes in the recreation center’s pool.
“The goal is to sink all the other ships,” says first-year discover engineering major Brandi Gerschutz, who had engaged in this version only once prior to the tournament.
“I like this one [better than the board game],” she says. “It’s full of action, and I haven’t played the ‘real’ game since I was a kid.”
Gerschutz’s group placed third in the championship round, which was won by a Titanic-attired group of sophomores.
Calling themselves “Seas the Day,” an alliteration to an often used aphorism, group members draped in nightgowns outmaneuvered the five other championship contenders.
Henry Bourassa, a physics major, was the lone male on the team, but says he was happy regardless.
“It all worked out … I got a free dress and a free [championship] shirt,” Bourassa says.
Bourassa’s teammates were Gabrielle Gum, an early childhood education major, Elizabeth Hertz, in chemical engineering, and Sydney Flora, who studies electrical engineering.No Comments
On Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Victoria Theatre, philanthropist and musician Peter Buffett will be performing “Life is What You Make It: A Concert & Conversation with Peter Buffett,” an interactive, multimedia show about philanthropy and how anyone, anywhere can transcend status and circumstance, making a difference in the world — no matter how seemingly small.
Though he’s the son of immensely successful American investor and business magnate Warren Buffett, Peter Buffett has certainly made a name for himself. To accompany his worldwide performance, his best-selling book, Life is What You Make It, has been translated into 15 languages and has sold more than a half-million copies. Prior to Buffett’s success as a speaker and author, he established a successful musical career, releasing 16 records and winning an Emmy Award for his score in the documentary, Wisconsin: An American Portrait, in 1999.
After growing up in a household that was heavily involved with civil rights in the 1960s, Buffett found his way into music.
“I found I was most inspired by ways to give voice to someone that may not have one,” he said. “Philanthropy is so much more than big gestures and money. People get caught up in traveling and organizations and money, but we can practice it every day. It can be your time, your expertise. That’s way more valuable than money.”
Buffett said the show in its totality starts out personal, filled with funny anecdotes.
“[Then it] arches toward lessons I’ve learned, choices I’ve made, my career, and ultimately, things I’ve seen because of philanthropic work.” He said the performance gradually becomes more intense, and is the heaviest at the end.
“I came up with the approach of taking questions through the whole show. This makes it much more interesting and interactive, like a dialogue. People can say what’s on their mind,” he said. “It’s a conversation.”
Buffett said he reminds audiences that the “intense” problems in others’ lives are not exclusive to Third World countries.
“It happens down the street. People aren’t able to live their full lives due to their system,” he said. “There’s a journey we go through together — that’s what people take away most. It helps people reflect on their own life.”
Buffett said that the show specifically speaks to human rights and the act of writing to help shift people’s perceptions and behavior.
“I overtly use my music to spread messages in terms of changing what seems to be a world still stuck. We all have the same blood running through our veins,” Buffett said. “We have to step back and see we’re all connected.”
Tickets cost $10 and are available through Victoria Theatre Ticket Center Stage.No Comments
With Christmas carols playing and an oversized, inflatable snowman dancing in the wind, one thing is for certain: KU plaza is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And everyone is invited to campus to join in the festivities.
On Nov. 7, hoards of students gathered around sign-up tables for the chance to be a part of the magic that is Christmas on Campus. However, this year’s revelries, slated for Dec. 6, may have an added appeal as UD celebrates 50 years of the event.
The 28 Christmas on Campus committee members have already put approximately 400 semester hours into planning this year’s 50th celebration, according to co-coordinators Jessica Nelsen and Taylor Stern. Additionally, the committee added another subcommittee to focus solely on the 50th festivities and preparation of the Mass.
This year, attendees can expect a Nativity scene complete with real animals, extensive decorations and a memorable entrance by Mr. Claus. Mass will be held at Holy Angels Church instead of UD’s Immaculate Conception Chapel, with a vigil and candlelit walk from the chapel to Holy Angels.
“The vigil will start outside the chapel with a prayer service led by Father Fitz,” says Kevin Krucki, a member of the new subcommittee. “He will then lead the procession to Holy Angels, since Mass will be there this year in order to accommodate for the large number of people expected for the 50th celebration.”
With the milestone year, co-coordinators Nelsen and Stern expect a larger alumni turnout than usual, with an alumni party at The Hangar prior to the event. They are also conducting a hat and mitten drive and raising money for the transportation subcommittee.
“We just want alumni to come back and truly enjoy the night,” Stern says.
According to Nelsen, this year’s Christmas on Campus will celebrate UD’s core value of community enacted on a larger scale.
“It’s a celebration of what UD’s all about,” Nelsen says.No Comments
This morning near the Kennedy Union fountain, about two dozen Christmas on Campus student workers were signing up UD students wishing to adopt a child for the Dec. 6 event and selling T-shirts commemorating the 50th year of the event. Here, Ashley Goodridge, a senior communications major from Lima, Ohio, checks the size of a T-shirt for a customer.
11-7-13 by Larry Burgess
People say that you will meet the friends you have for life in college. This is certainly true for Mary Murray Bosrock and the friends she made while living in Marycrest in 1963.
After reuniting five years ago, the friends — including Bosrock, Judy Dattilo Stelzer ’67, Mary Ann Tayloe Love ’67, Diane Delahunty Clarke ’68 and Karen Elberson Tubbs — vowed to reunite every year, traveling a combined 1,420 miles to meet up where it all began.
“I think we were all nervous when first reuniting because we didn’t know whether or not it would be the same, but we picked up right where we left off,” Bosrock said.
The women went their separate ways after their Marycrest days, starting families or moving across the country. But they always wondered how the others were doing.
Said Stelzer, “The great thing about this group of women is that not one of us is a judgmental person. It wasn’t 30 seconds after we saw each other that it was like we were in Marycrest again. We could open our souls and say anything.”
Their reunion location spurred nostalgia: The group celebrated their fifth reunion in the Marycrest cafeteria. The conversation showed no signs of slowing, despite being awake until 2 a.m. chatting the night before.
Some of the reminiscing was brought on by Mary’s recent memoir, Mortal Sin On My Soul, which includes a few chapters about experiences the women had in Marycrest.
They commented on how much the University has changed since their college days.
“We can’t believe the dorms are co-ed now,” Love said. “We would not be as close as we are today if the dorms had been co-ed. We could walk around in our pajamas with rollers in our hair if we wanted.”
They entered as strangers, but left as friends.No Comments
Brother Tom Pieper, S.M., washes the outside of a window at the Marianist house at 301 Kiefaber. The room where Brother Tom is working is the house’s chapel.
11-5-13 by Larry Burgess