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Notre Dame Scholars serve as student body president and vice president

Author: Grace McDermott (HY '21) & Joe Andrews (Devine '21)

In a school year unlike any other, two senior scholars have been leading the way at the helm of the student body. Rachel Ingal (Brennan ‘21) and Sarah Galbenski (Scott ‘21) were elected student body president and vice president last February after an election filled with far more candidates than usual, four ticket sanctions, a postponement, and ultimately a runoff. The two seniors were excited to start implementing the platform positions on which they had run; instead, they were thrown one curveball after another from the very start of their term.

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Francie Shaft, Scott '22, thought her theology and Japanese majors would never intersect — until she went abroad. Now the connections keep appearing. 

Author: Carrie Gates

Francie Shaft, Scott Scholar, '22

Francie Shaft has discovered intersections between her theology and Japanese majors through her classes and research — both on campus and in Japan. Those opportunities would not have been possible, she said, without the support she found at Notre Dame. “Notre Dame wants you to start pursuing what you’re passionate about, even as a freshman. If I didn’t have these people who have believed in me from the start, I don’t think I would be as creative and as bold in the sorts of experiences I want to have.”

 

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Across three continents, research and languages are the keys to Trevor Lwere's, HYSP '22, success in economics and global affairs

Author: Sophia Lauber

Trevor Lwere In Africa

Whether he’s studying in Uganda or France, South Africa or South Bend — or speaking English, Luganda, French, or Swahili — Trevor Lwere has one topic at the forefront of his mind. No matter where he is, the economics and global affairs major is driven to investigate what different cultures and perspectives can teach each other about forming the best society. “Every time I move to a different place, I get curious about how different societies imagine how they should be organized and how they approach life,” he said.

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Summer Experiences and COVID-19: Scholars Pursue Virtual Opportunities to Advance Post-grad Plans

Author: Grace McDermott (HY '21) & Joe Andrews (Devine '21)

For many Notre Dame students, the idea of summer “vacation” is a relic of the past, even during a pandemic. June, July, and August provide a valuable chance for students to pursue research opportunities, volunteer at nonprofits, or work relationship-building internships. COVID-19 challenged many scholars to take these opportunities online or coordinate new arrangements altogether; however, they still found unique ways to put their talents to use and continue molding their future careers through summer experiences.

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ND Scholars share passion for Notre Dame as members of Cheerleading Team

Author: Grace McDermott (HY '21) & Joe Andrews (Devine '21)

Senior leprechaun and Hesburgh-Yusko scholar Conal Fagan treats every game as though it is his last and someone else’s first. Conal has been wearing the famed Notre Dame leprechaun mascot’s green suit since his sophomore year and has defined many fans’ experiences along the way. After meeting one family from New Mexico visiting for their first game, he kept in close touch with them and has watched their children grow up. At another game, he fulfilled one lifelong fan’s wish of meeting the Notre Dame leprechaun before he passed away. 

The leprechauns are always at the center of football game days, as well as other athletic events. This year more than ever, though, all eyes have been on them as public examples of mask-wearing, social-distancing, and keeping a positive attitude in the ever-changing campus environment. What hasn’t changed is their commitment to the position and their passion for representing Notre Dame. 

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Devine Scholar MacKenzie Isaac '20 Studies Culture of Skin Bleaching in the Caribbean

Author: Ashley Rowland

Through the Kellogg International Scholars Program (ISP), MacKenzie Isaac (Devine Scholar, '20) has focused her undergraduate research on the issues of culture, identity, and race that first caught her attention as a teenager. Working for two years with Faculty Fellow Karen Richman, a cultural anthropologist at the Institute for Latino Studies and her ISP advisor, Isaac studied migration patterns of Afro Latinos from Haiti and other parts of the Francophone and Anglophone Caribbean.

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Sofia Carozza, HY '19, gives valedictory address

Author: Notre Dame News

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Ms. Noonan, Father Jenkins, Dr. Francis, distinguished faculty and guests, dear friends and loved ones: Welcome and thank you for celebrating with us today, especially those of you who traveled a long way to be here.

 

Now, to my fellow members of the class of 2019: We are invited today to step forth from this institution. We are invited to exit this arena, and greet what lies ahead. It’s an invitation to respond to what we’ve been given by putting our learning in the service of justice. Will you say “yes”?…

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