Drawing upon Notre Dame’s Catholic mission, University President Fr. John Jenkins delivered his annual address to a theater full of faculty at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on Tuesday afternoon. Jenkins celebrated the diligence of Notre Dame’s professors, deans, advisors and officials, while also calling attention to the University’s progressive aspirations. Jenkins said the contributions of faculty members are of substantial importance for the University’s mission. He commended faculty for creating real, tangible value through academics, while reflecting upon an excerpt from the late Seamus Heaney, an Irish poet and holder of an honorary degree from Notre Dame. “Like Heaney’s poetry-writing, your work as faculty is generally not strenuous physical labor, but the work of the mind and imagination,” Jenkins said. “Yet it is as demanding and productive as [the work of] those engaged in physical labor.” The University is seeking more funding to pursue its greatest aspirations, while being fiscally responsible and respecting the University’s Catholic mission, Jenkins said. Among these aspirations are newly proposed additions to Notre Dame Stadium, which Jenkins said are designed to enrich academics and student life. Jenkins said the Central Campus Planning Project has made great strides in planning potential stadium renovations. “The group has made great progress and considered the possibility of a student center adjacent to the stadium, buildings to house one or more academic departments and space for a digital media center,” he said. In response to a question about the potential addition of sexual orientation to the University’s anti-discrimination clause, Jenkins said law mandates everything that is already detailed in the clause and he saw no need to tamper with it. He also said all specific matters of discrimination, no matter the cause, should be brought to his attention. Jenkins’ address also touched upon key changes in the digital world. He said the University plans to create a modifiable website for tracking developments. He also discussed the reallocation of funds toward engineering and the sciences to prepare Notre Dame students for this changing world. However, in an age of online courses and virtual degrees, Jenkins said Notre Dame must continue to offer something more. “I do not believe it will ever be possible to deliver the richness of a Notre Dame education wholly on-line,” he said. “An essential part of a Notre Dame education is the community that comes from physical proximity, the relationships that are developed among students and between students and professors, and the serendipity of critical insights through unplanned interactions.” Jenkins said an example of Notre Dame offering more than an online experience is the University’s student satisfaction statistics. “The percentage of Notre Dame seniors who report being ‘very satisfied’ with the ‘overall quality of instruction’ at Notre Dame stands at 57 percent, more than 20 points above the national average among other highly selective private universities,” he said. Similarly, 98 percent of Notre Dame undergraduates consistently report satisfaction. Even with this level of student approval, Notre Dame’s true standard of education is not easily quantified, Jenkins said. “Although a Notre Dame education makes sense in financial terms, its value cannot and should not be reduced to an analysis of our graduates’ future earning potential,” he said. Jenkins said the moral formation and social efficacy instilled in students by the Notre Dame experience is what ought to be emphasized. “As we undertake the curriculum review, we must do so with those educational ideals at the center of our concerns,” he said.
The Bears’ throwbacks, which are part of the team’s season-long centennial celebration, will be worn again Dec. 5 against the Cowboys.Some of the throwback jerseys worn Sunday against the Vikings will be auctioned off on the Bears’ app to raise money for Chicago social justice organizations.Sporting News in the offseason ranked some of our favorite NFL throwback looks, including one for the Bears. As for Chicago’s standard set of home and away uniforms, we ranked the Bears’ set 24th among 32 NFL teams. As is the case for all NFL throwback uniforms, the look the Bears donned against the Vikings on Sunday was met with differing opinions. Some liked Chicago’s ode to 1936, a year in which the Bears went 9-3. Others wondered why the team would deviate from its classic home threads.Regardless, at least the Bears preemptively addressed the elephant in the room when it comes to their throwback uniforms. In 1936, the NFL was a segregated, all-white league. To address that truth, the Bears last week dispatched its social justice committee, which was formed last year and consists of tight end Trey Burton, defensive tackle Akiem Hicks, linebacker Danny Trevathan and quarterbacks Mitchell Trubisky and Chase Daniel, plus team chairman George H. McCaskey.MORE: Ranking the NFL’s throwback uniforms“That was from a time when unfortunately African-Americans were not included on the Bears or other NFL rosters,” McCaskey said.”Integration of the NFL and the Bears was too long in coming. But we’re proud that this year’s Bears will be the first African-Americans to wear these jerseys.”Added Hicks: “The importance of wearing this jersey goes way beyond this moment. Wearing this jersey is a sign, a symbol for the people who came before us that weren’t allowed to wear this jersey. And now on our shoulders is the opportunity to represent not only our culture but our city and our team by wearing this jersey and being the first African-Americans to do so.”The Bears’ 1936 throwback look was unveiled in June. The uniforms feature unique striping on the helmets, jersey sleeves and socks. Naturally, replica Bears throwback jerseys are available for purchase on the team’s website.NFL UNIFORM RANKINGS:The league’s best and worst looks in 2019
MASON CITY — Montana governor and Democratic presidential candidate Steve Bullock stopped in Mason City today as part of his second campaign swing through the state of Iowa. Bullock is in his second term as governor, being elected twice to lead a state that Donald Trump carried by more than 20 points in 2016.Bullock says Iowans are telling him a number of different things that are concerning to them. “I think their biggest concerns are being able to stay in their communities, good jobs, what’s happening to with tariffs and prices, and ultimately making sure that, you know, I said that we are at a challenging time in this experiment called representative democracy where things are working. They want Washington DC to work and they want to be able to believe that they have a fair shot at doing better for the kids and grandkids and they do for themselves.”Bullock says he’s troubled with Trump’s foreign policy, including his latest statement that he’s not bothered about North Korea’s latest missile test. “The thought that President Trump would talk about a dictator from North Korea and references to the (former) vice president (Joe Biden) is appalling. Look, the president’s own staff have expressed concerns about the short-range missile tests. What he’s done is he’s taken this idea of ‘America First’, it’s now ‘America Alone’. Iran had been being consistently good on allowing inspections and stopping any further growth. Japan should be concerned, all of us should be concerned.”Bullock says healthcare should be accessible and affordable for all, saying there’s a number of things that could be done building off of the current system. “What I’ve done in Montana is expanded Medicaid. A hundred thousand more Montanans have coverage. We’ve actually gone after pharmacy benefit managers to reduce prices. I think that you could actually have universal access and more affordability by doing a couple different things. A public option for people to buy into. Automatic enrollment, there’s about 15 million folks that would automatically enroll in Medicaid everywhere. We ought to be able to negotiate for prescription drug prices which is up to about 17% of the overall costs.”Bullock says tax credits should be continued for ethanol and biodiesel. “The tax credits are going away and the extenders aren’t passing. We should continue those tax credits, because at the end of the day, if we’re going actually going to address climate, the greenhouse gas emissions are about half of what they’d be with other petroleum products.”Bullock is also making stops in Ames, Des Moines and Indianola today.