‘I make trouble to move change’: Saint Mary’s student speaks out about campus inaccessibility

first_imgSaint Mary’s has a long history of accommodating many students with disabilities who pursue an education at the College, but Natalie Davis, a senior who navigates Saint Mary’s campus in a wheelchair, feels the College is not doing enough to make the campus accessible for students with physical disabilities. For four years, Davis has been vocal about what she feels is miscommunication between the College administration and herself, often taking to social media to document and bring awareness to the struggles she faces in navigating campus. Before she applied to the College, Davis was promised by the administration that accessibility would not be an issue.  “There’s a lot that they do and then there’s also a lot that they don’t do,” Davis said of the administration. While the College is in accordance with the rules and regulations stipulated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Davis feels that miscommunication has inhibited her independence on campus and caused her to predominantly rely on the help of others. As such, the ADA also stipulates that institutions should contribute to an “… increase in one’s personal sense of dignity that arises from increased access and the decrease in possibly humiliating incidents due to accessibility barriers.”Throughout her time at Saint Mary’s, Davis has worked with Iris Giamo, director of the Disabilities Resource Office. The office provides students with disabilities certain accommodations in order to ensure accessibility, either physically or academically.Davis said she is provided with several academic accommodations that allow her to be a better student. “For me specifically, I get extra time on tests and then … if I have class in Regina [Hall] and then have a class in Spes [Unica] right after, I can put in an accommodation to have [the Disabilities Resource Office] let my professors know that might be an issue,” she said. But in other areas of campus life, Davis asserted life can be difficult for students with disabilities, especially students with physical disabilities. When Davis interned at Ave Maria Press in 2019, there were days she had to rely on campus resources for transportation. Occasionally, she was able to rely on resources from the Office of Civil and Social Engagement (OCSE), but that was as far as campus resources were extended to her. “One day, my friend couldn’t drive me, so I contacted disability services,” she said. “My email to disability services was then forwarded to [former director of campus safety Robert Post] who emailed me back and said ‘we can’t do this for you.’”In an email obtained by The Observer, Post, then the chief of Saint Mary’s Department of Campus/Public Safety, said “the Campus/Public Safety Office can not pick [up] or take a student to work. The only services we offer is to students that fall under the ADA who need transportation from hall to classes.” Post also wrote the “walk” from Saint Mary’s campus to Ave Maria Press was “not that far” and “can be done in 15 minutes.” He then apologized for not being able to help more. Linda Timm, current interim vice president of student affairs, reiterated the point that Campus Safety is only available to provide cross-campus transportation to those in need. “While we do not have vehicles that provide specialized services such as lifts or handicapped accessible doors, South Bend Transpo does provide services to those individuals who are unable to easily access standard vehicles,” Timm said. “We’re more than happy to assist connecting students with Transpo.”Rides from the South Bend Public Transportation Corporation must be scheduled in advance. Davis said she feels the need to speak out about her experiences because many may underestimate the types of challenges students with disabilities have to overcome. “Before I got this motor on the back of my chair, I would wake up at 5:30 a.m. if I had a class at 9:30 a.m. just so I could be ready on time,” she said. “Normally, for an able-bodied person, it would take them 10 to 15 minutes to walk, but it would take me 30 to 40 minutes to get where I needed to go.”During the winter, Davis said it is almost impossible for her to get around campus. On Jan. 27, 2019, Davis took to the “Saint Mary’s Class of 2020” Facebook page to amplify her voice. She posted about the inaccessibility of Le Mans Hall as “both accessible entrances were blocked off with barricades and not shoveled.” Former vice president of student affairs Karen Johnson commented that “the ramp [was] closed because the ice that falls off the roof is life threatening.” Johnson also commented that a ramp on the south side of Le Mans was open, although Davis commented that both ramps were closed off. The thread of comments concluded with Johnson encouraging Davis to speak with her about the issue offline. However, when Davis scheduled an appointment to speak with Johnson — an appointment that Davis’s mother drove from Chicago to attend — Johnson cancelled the meeting the same day. Davis decided to post about her mobility struggles online because it was a way to reach the most students and make them aware of the inaccessible nature of campus in the winter. “When I couldn’t get up the ramp [because of the snow], I posted about it on social media and the first time no one was taking me seriously, which happens a lot in general if you have a disability,” Davis said. “But then the posts started to make students aware of these issues because it is more than just an individual problem, but there’s no one else on campus who really understands what my experience is like.” On behalf of the College, vice president of strategy and finance Dana Strait said certain pathways to buildings must be blocked off to protect students from unsafe conditions.“The ramp on the West entrance of LeMans Hall is occasionally barricaded due to falling ice and snow from the roof, similar to a section of sidewalk outside of Cushwa-Leighton Library,” Strait said. “At the library, we have a sign to indicate the safety concern. … We are in the process of obtaining additional and more detailed signage.”In her full statement, Strait emphasized the College’s commitment to accessibility and convenience while also prioritizing student safety. She said the College took time to make sure the current maintenance project — reopening the Le Mans Hall tunnel to the Cushwa Leighton Library — was accessible to all students, and that the College continually evaluates new ways to accommodate students with mobility concerns. “Safety always has to be our top priority,” Strait said. “When an entrance is closed due to safety concerns, we are very sorry for the inconvenience but we do ensure that an alternate, and accessible, entrance is provided. Because the historic buildings on our campus were not constructed with accessibility in mind, we continue to make improvements; in cases where those improvements are not sufficient, we also accommodate mobility needs at an individual level when requested.”Davis said her goal is to make students realize that her challenges as a student with disabilities are a reality and they are no less real at Saint Mary’s. “Regardless if you’re a part of it, you need to pay attention to it,” she said. “I’m not speaking out to be difficult, I’m speaking out so changes can be made and something can be done. I make trouble to move change.” Tags: accessibility, ADA, campus transportation, disability, security, WInterlast_img read more

Saint Mary’s annual Dance Marathon canceled as result of COVID-19

first_imgAs members of the tri-campus community were sent home due to COVID-19 concerns, organizers of the annual Saint Mary’s College Dance Marathon (SMCDM), scheduled to take place April 4, canceled the event. Senior Clare Carragher, the president of SMCDM, said the event is part of a national, student-run organization hosted by hundreds of colleges to benefit their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.“[SMCDM] support[s] Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis … [that] provides medical treatment for critically or chronically ill children, regardless of a family’s ability to pay,” Carragher said.Members of SMCDM spend the whole year preparing for this event. Sophomore Hannah Memmer, a member of the design committee, said members raise money for Riley Hospital for Children by sending letters to family and friends as well as asking for donations on social media. The 12-hour long event is a culmination of the fundraising throughout the year.The theme for this year’s Dance Marathon was the ’80s.“A traditional Dance Marathon consists of a day filled with dancing, raising funds and awareness [and] playing games,” Carragher said.Participants are on their feet for 12 hours, Carragher said, and have the opportunity to meet patients and their families treated at Riley Hospital.Another member of SMCDM, sophomore Tatiana Boehning, said they aim “to make the day as hype as possible for the kids of Riley Hospital and for the students who attend.”Carragher said the event is important to the tri-campus community because it makes a difference for the kids and families at Riley Hospital.“During the Marathon each year, we are reminded of how important it is to dance for the kids,” Carragher said.Given the circumstances, however, members of SMCDM knew this year would have to be different.“Given the fact that school will be taking place online for the remainder of the semester due to COVID-19, we will not be having a traditional in-person event,” Carragher said. “The decision to cancel the traditional Marathon itself is [also] based on the CDC’s recommendations against gatherings of 50 people or more.”SMCDM is currently exploring virtual options for events for the rest of the year.“We’d like to thank our entire Dance Marathon family, our execs, advisors, sponsors and Riley families,” Carragher said. “We are so incredibly grateful for the countless hours spent working and supporting SMCDM. This year has been a huge success, and we are so proud of everything that we have accomplished together for the kids.”Tags: coronavirus, COVID-19, Riley Children’s Hospital, Saint Mary’s College Dance Marathonlast_img read more

Baseball Players Respond To MLB On Virus Protocols

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) Cropped Photo: Eric Molina / CC BY 2.0NEW YORK — The baseball players’ association gave management a wide-ranging response Thursday to a 67-page proposed set of protocols for a season to be played during the coronavirus pandemic.Management had presented the union and the 30 teams the proposed draft last Friday.The union said this week it addressed: protections for high-risk players, access to pre- and postgame therapies, testing frequency, protocols for positive tests, in-stadium medical personnel and sanitization procedures.Players viewed many of the concepts in the original draft as over-the-top, such as arriving in uniform at the ballparks, a prohibition on them leaving without team permission and a ban on guests other than immediate family members. Players also objected to a ban on the use of showers and hydrotherapy. The union wants more frequent testing than management’s proposed “multiple times per week.”MLB is expected to make an economic proposal to the union within a few days. MLB hopes to start the season by early July.last_img read more

Five-Year-Old Killed In Cattaraugus County Law Mower Accident

first_imgStock Image.CONEWANGO – New York State Police say a 5-year-old died following a law mower accident this week in Conewango.Troopers in a media release Friday evening say they were dispatched Wednesday night to a report of a child unresponsive under a lawn mower on Route 241.Through investigation police believe that the child riding lawn mower without an adult and was thrown from the mower.The lawn mower then drove over the child causing fatal injuries, police said. The 5-year-old was pronounced at the scene and the trooper’s investigation remains ongoing. Share: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),WTF! Remove this from your site now! Show some respect,How is this disrespectful?!? They didn’t even use the word dead in the sentence they simple said pronounced….thats how respectful they were! Take your anger out on those responsible for a 5 y.o. on a mower not those reporting about it!!!,Is this guy an idiot ?? Show some respect?? What did I miss,Who allows a 5 year old to operate a riding lawn mower??,A 5 year old shouldn’t even be near a lawnmower and should be taught to stay away from them because they are dangerous!!last_img read more

Man Arrested For Allegedly Striking Officer, Released Under Bail Reform Law

first_imgWNY News Now Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – A City of Jamestown man was arrested and later released under the bail reform law after allegedly striking an officer during a domestic dispute this week.Jamestown Police say Cameo Stockwell, 39, was arrested on Thursday evening following a dispute on Newland Avenue.Officers report Stockwell locked police out of a residence while a person on the second floor called for their help.When police attempted to unlock the door, they said Stockwell allegedly struck an officer on scene. Stockwell was removed from the residence and taken into custody. He is charged with second-degree obstructing governmental administration and second-degree harassment.Police say Stockwell was released from custody on an appearance ticket because of New York’s bail reform law. Share: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),Assault a cop….. free to go…. THANK YOU CUOMO AND HIS FELLOW DEMOCRATSWhat’s the point of having law enforcement if there are no consequences?,Cameo is a womanlast_img read more

Meet the Newbies! 5 Tony-Nominated Fresh Faces You Need to Know

first_img Mary Bridget Davies, A Night with Janis Joplin Davies has been wailing Janis Joplin tunes since appearing in a touring production of Love Janis in 2005, and her soulful take on the music legend’s hits finally paved the way to Broadway in 2014. Before hitting it big on Broadway, she loaded trucks for UPS and studied improv at Second City. When she’s not singing the blues in her living room with her two dogs, Davies loves spending quality time with her “boyfriend, Netflix and popcorn.” Lauren Worsham, A Gentleman’s Guide She plays a classy (and OK, a little weird) ingenue in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, but in real life, Worsham isn’t quite so dignified—she can stick her tongue in her nose and she has a tattoo of the Lone Star State on her rear end! Plus, this renaissance woman has a “backup” degree in Spanish literature and a rock band with her husband, composer Kyle Jarrow, called Sky-Pony. Sarah Greene, The Cripple of Inishmaan Direct from the West End by way of Cork, Ireland, Inishmaan’s Sarah Greene gets to taunt, tease and (spoiler alert!) eventually fall for co-star Daniel Radcliffe in the dark comedy by Martin McDonagh. Although she’s sworn off eggs after hurling so many onstage, Greene has officially been bitten by the Broadway bug—she’s hoping for an extended stay in New York City. Bonus secret talent: She can light cigarettes with her toes! Paul Chahidi Nick Cordero, Bullets Over Broadway After stints in Rock of Ages, The Toxic Avenger and a real-life rock band called Lovemethod, Bullets standout Nick Cordero never thought he’d be a tap-dancing gangster. In fact, he almost gave up his Broadway dreams for good to become a real estate agent. But now that he’s a Tony-nominated star, he has other plans. “I hope to have a continued relationship with real estate,” he told Broadway.com with a laugh. For a Broadway newcomer, just getting the chance to perform on the Great White Way is a huge thrill—but these five new stars not only nabbed the role of a lifetime this season, they also received Tony nominations for their stellar breakout performances. Broadway.com photo editor Caitlin McNaney hit the town with Bullets Over Broadway star Nick Cordero, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’s Lauren Worsham, The Cripple of Inishmaan standout Sarah Greene, Twelfth Night player Paul Chahidi and A Night with Janis Joplin headliner Mary Bridget Davies. Check out our cheat sheet on these fabulous first-time nominees!center_img View Comments Star Files Paul Chahidi, Twelfth Night The 44-year-old Twelfth Night standout is getting lots of attention for his gender-bending turn as witty maid Maria, but he first performed in drag at the age of 13. “I never played a woman again until Maria,” he told Broadway.com. “I don’t want people to think that’s all I do!” The Oxford native is having a blast in New York with his wife Kate and son George (no, not the royal ones), and they love hanging out in the Central Park Zoo and at the Bronx Botanical Garden. Mary Bridget Davieslast_img read more

Odds & Ends: James Corden’s Late Late Show Start Date & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. James Corden’s CBS Start Date James Corden’s reign as host of CBS’ Late Late Show will begin on March 9, 2015. As previously reported, the Tony winner and Into the Woods star is set to take over from Craig Ferguson, who will complete his run on December 19. According to The Wrap, the show will rotate guest hosts in the interim. With the news that Neil Patrick Harris will emcee the Oscars, we’re still speculating here at Broadway.com that Corden is a prime candidate to host the 2015 Tonys, which also happen to be telecast on CBS. Get the Inside Scoop on Broadway Albums First we had special audio commentary for The Bridges of Madison County cast album, and now thanks to Ghostlight Records’ new series Ghostlight Shines On… we’re going to be getting it on more Great White Way recordings. Check out the discussion here about Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, featuring, among others, Jessie Mueller and songwriters Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann. Some kind of wonderful news, indeed! The Shuberts Join Forces with Craig Zadan & Neil Meron This sounds like a match made in theatrical heaven. Broadway bigwigs The Shuberts (they own 17 Great White Way theaters and have produced hundreds of shows) have signed a three-year development deal with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the powerhouse producing team behind The Sound of Music Live!, How to Succeed…, Smash, the Chicago film adaptation and the upcoming Peter Pan Live!. Under the agreement, they will team up to develop and produce original plays and musicals, as well as revivals. Wonder if this means the boy who wouldn’t grow up will be flying from our television screens to Broadway sometime soon?center_img Norbert Leo Butz is a Tease Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz’s Netflix drama now has a name, Bloodline, and an approximate air date—the 13-episode psychological thriller drama will premiere in March 2015. Check out the below, which puts the tease into teaser trailer. We’d actually like to SEE you in the next one, Mr. Butz, please, and maybe a glimpse of Steven Pasquale as well… View Commentslast_img read more

Villainous Company Starts Preview Performances Off-Broadway

first_imgThe world premiere of Victor L. Cahn’s Villainous Company begins performances at off-Broadway’s Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row on January 9. The production, directed by Eric Parness, will open officially on January 12 and run through January 31. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 31, 2015 Related Shows The cast of Villainous Company features Alice Bahlke, Julia Campanelli and Corey Tazmania. Villainous Company explores the suspenseful game of cat and mouse between three women after one of them, Claire, returns from an afternoon of shopping and discovers that one of her packages is missing. Villainous Company View Commentslast_img read more


first_img An Act of God View Comments David Javerbaum says he’s the “adaptor” of Broadway’s An Act of God (claiming the Almighty wrote the text), but we’re going to go out on a limb and call him the author. Javerbaum is a 13-time Emmy-winning former head writer and executive producer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He is the co-author of America: The Book and Earth: The Book and the sole author of The Last Testament: A Memoir by God and What to Expect When You’re Expected: A Fetus’s Guide to the First Three Trimesters. His Twitter account @TheTweetOfGod has nearly two million followers. He is also a Tony-nominated lyricist who co-wrote the musical Cry-Baby. He also co-wrote the opening number of the 2011 Tony Awards with Adam Schlesinger and the opening number of the 2016 Tony Awards with Gary Barlow. Broadway.com caught up with Javerbaum at the Booth Theatre just as An Act of God, starring Sean Hayes, opened on the Great White Way.What time of day do you get your best work done?I don’t have the regularity I should have as a writer. I don’t have a time of day or time of the week or a time of the month. The time restraint I need is that of a deadline. If I’m being made to do something I will do it. I’ve learned over time to put myself in positions in which I have no choice but to write something. What’s the first thing you do when you sit down to write? I just think about the task that has to be done. I think about the specific context. I like to think of it as a process of discovering what was already there rather than creating something from scratch. I know that sounds pretentious.Where do your best ideas come from?I could be anywhere and then something clicks in my subconscious or unconscious. It just pops into my head and all of a sudden its there. I know one thing that happens to me when writing a joke is that the joke will pop into my head and pop out of my mouth completely correctly. Every time I repeat it, it gets worse and worse. That’s because I’m putting more of my intellect and second thoughts into it, where the first pass was the instinctive, correct, unthinking verbiage. I’ve tried my best over the years to be more instinctive and not to overthink too much.What inspired An Act of God?It was based on two previous things of mine: One being the book and one being the Twitter account that stemmed from the book. Which came first?The book—or the idea of the book. The Twitter account started as I wrote the book and by the time the book came out, the Twitter account had already developed a following. It developed more and more of a following over the subsequent years. Jeffrey Finn, the producer, approached me and said he’d love to put those things together into a play for a star of some kind. So that was the basis for it. Then I retired the Twitter account for reasons of personal sanity.Did you write drafts for your tweets?No, but I would often delete tweets very quickly if I didn’t think they would get enough hits. One thing about Twitter that is both a blessing and a curse: It is very easy to get a metric of how it’s doing. You can do a statistical analysis of it, which is a very rare thing in the world of writing comedy. Usually, it’s a more subjective thing, but that’s very objective. Which writers inspire you?What was on your mind as you were writing this play?I was thinking about making it something that—even though I knew I was going to have to be essentially a monologue—had an arc. It needed that to be an alive theatrical experience. It had to have a shape and a character that changed over the course of it. And it had things that made you feel like the equivalent of being in the presence of God in some way. And I knew that if God came down in the form of Sean Hayes and actually did this play, the budget per night would be 10 trillion dollars, given what God could actually do. So how then it was: What do you do to maintain the tension of the night that’s produce-able but also feels like there’s some kind of powerful force on stage—even with someone seemingly benign looking as Jim Parsons or Sean Hayes.How did you decide to solve the problem?With audience interaction—with having two angels, one of whom goes through the audience as the spokesmen of humanity. It gradually goes from a friendly back and forth to a more hostile back and forth, where God takes his anger out on the angel and vicariously on humanity.What play changed your life?You’ve had a terrific career in comedy writing. Were you a funny kid?I was always inclined to at least try to be funny. As the years went on, I was lucky enough to get paid to do it professionally. It became a muscle, and I became better and better at it and my hit-to-miss ratio got better. I learned to rewrite and to cut. One of the many lessons I learned from The Daily Show specifically is that jokes are not my children: they can be killed. I’m not attached to anything. If something doesn’t work, you just cut it or you change it. I just want the overall thing to work. Who are your comedy gods?All the usual suspects: I think. Monty Python, Steve Martin, Matt [Stone] and Trey [Parker]. I’ve recently fallen in love with Tim [Heidecker] and Eric [Wareheim]; I think they’re amazing. Bill Murray—all those guys. People I’ve worked with: Jon Stewart, [Stephen] Colbert; they’re not gods because I know them, but that makes them even more impressive. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received about writing?A general one that everyone knows is the ultimate truest thing: Show, don’t tell. That is the ultimate thing. If you can show something rather than telling it, then you’re engaging the mind a spirit of the audience in a way that telling doesn’t.What’s the nitty, gritty hard work of being a writer no one ever told  you?That it’s just a whole lot of getting nothing done. It’s amazing how much of the time I spend writing is actually writing: It’s about one percent. I’m also amazed at how much of it is failure.What’s something you think all aspiring writers and comedy writers should do or see or think about?I think in one way or another they need to allow their work to be seen and criticized and beaten down until they realize—after years—that you are not your work. Also, you will realize that you can write something that’s not perfect and it doesn’t mean you’re not a good writer. Once you can separate yourself from your work a little bit, it improves both you and your work. What’s your favorite tweet of God?”Never let the fear of failure keep you from failing.”What’s your favorite line in An Act of God? David Javerbaum (Photo: Caitlin McNaney)center_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 Related Showslast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Bryan Cranston Circling Broadway Musical & More

first_imgBryan Cranston(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed from today and over the summer weekend. Bryan Cranston Circling Broadway MusicalCould Tony winner Bryan Cranston (All the Way) be returning to Broadway….in a musical revival? “Yes, it’s going to be fun,” Cranston told Ipso Facto with Robert Wuhl. “I think it’s going to come together, I really do.  And I’ve got some ideas about it that I’ve pitched, and those are going over very well… it’s like, ‘Wow, this would be a really, a reimagining of an old chestnut.’” We’re intrigued…Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 21 Chump Street to Bow in LondonLin-Manuel Miranda is conquering London! The Tony-winning scribe’s 21 Chump Street, a new 14-minute musical based on a true story as reported in the series This American Life, will play London’s Tristan Bates Theatre October 11 through October 19. The tuner will be one of four distinctively different pieces to play in one evening; 21 Chump Street premiered in a showcase at the Brooklyn Academy of Music back in June 2014. Miranda’s In the Heights has been playing successfully at London’s Kings Cross Theatre, while his mega hit Hamilton is set to open in the West End in October 2017 at the Victoria Palace Theatre.John Lithgow & Nina Arianda to Team Up on ScreenTony winners John Lithgow and Nina Arianda will appear in indie movie Beatriz At Dinner. Directed by Miguel Arteta and penned by Mike White, Deadline reports that the film will follow a holistic medicine practitioner who ends up at a wealthy client’s dinner party after her car breaks down. The cast is also set to feature Chloe Sevigny, Salma Hayek and more.First Look at Megan Hilty’s Warren Beatty ProjectWe now know what Megan Hilty’s secret Warren Beatty project is! Check out below a trailer for Rules Don’t Apply, which is set in 1950s Hollywood and follows the forbidden romance between two employees of Howard Hughes. The film, which along with the Broadway bombshell also features Tony winner Matthew Broderick, is scheduled for release on November 23. View Commentslast_img read more