Rather than heading out to their usual Friday night festivities, the American Cancer Society (ACS) and Notre Dame’s own ACS club are hoping students will take the opportunity to participate in the Relay for Life, a symbolic overnight fundraiser for ACS, going on inside Gate E at Notre Dame Stadium from Friday night until Saturday morning.“The Relay for Life is an all-night walk to symbolize the 24-hour fight people undergo when battling cancer,” Student Committee chair for the Relay for Life Adam Lamm said. “Notre Dame really is a family, and with our unique community, we wanted our own event.”Participants create teams to walk with and focus their efforts on fundraising money to be donated to the ACS for cancer research. “There is ACS grant money being used here on campus, so it’s a neat way to bring it all full circle,” Assistant Director of University Events and Protocol Jessica Brookshire said.Another incentive for students to raise money is that the best student fundraiser will receive a semester of free books and any team who raises $5,000 or more will get a VIP, all-access tour of the stadium after the event, Brookshire said.Lamm said the Relay’s focus is “to celebrate those who have overcome cancer, to remember those who fought cancer, and to fight back to find a cure.”Friday’s event will be Notre Dame’s sixth Relay for Life and its first at Notre Dame Stadium, Brookshire said. Previous years’ relays have taken place at Stepen and on South Quad, but they moved to the stadium “for bigger, better publicity,” Brookshire said. “The charges behind creating the event were to pull the whole university together and the stadium is a great place for that,” she said.Drew McKenna, Intern with University Events and Protocol, said the open nature of the event makes the Relay of Life a true community event.“It’s rare to have an event that’s open for everybody,” he said. “There are class or department events, but nothing is really open to everyone. This is something all students, staff, and members of the community can participate in.”Students should register in advance at relay.org/ndin, but are allowed to show up at Gate E of the stadium Friday night to register and participate. “We have events planned throughout the night,” Lamm said.There will be an official opening ceremony at 6:30 p.m., and food and games for kids will be available throughout the night. Hacienda will also be hosting a midnight fiesta complete with games and chips and salsa.Special events include football locker room tours available from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. for $5 a person where participants can get a picture with the famous “Play Like a Champion Today” sign and a silent auction from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. with prizes like football tickets, memorabilia, and a Brian Kelley meet-and-greet. “The silent auction should be amazing,” Brookshire said.Aside from hoping for good weather, McKenna hopes people take advantage of events like the locker room tour during the relay.Participants can also make luminaries in honor of people who have fought with cancer that will be lit later in the night. Notre Dame is officially honoring a couple of its own during the event, with Sophomore Kelsey Thrasher, who has been recuperating from chemotherapy at home in Indianapolis, as the relay’s honorary student chair. Rich O’Leary, a former lacrosse coach and the founder of the rugby program, is also being honored for his battle with cancer, which took his life last year, and his work at Notre Dame throughout his life. So far, the event has drawn 62 teams made up of more than 700 participants and expects to break attendance of 900 at the event. Lamm said the Notre Dame community has already exceeded $500,000 in donations.
As the veil from the top of Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore fell Friday afternoon to reveal the new design for the 2010 Shirt Project, head football coach Brian Kelly stood in front of the large crowd of students with one message to give:“We are the Fighting Irish!”As the crowd cheered back, this classic football phrase was now the theme to the 21st-Anniversary edition of The Shirt Project.With a kelly green backdrop, the phrase is featured on The Shirt’s front in blue letters while an image of Notre Dame Stadium’s student section is shown on the back. “Rally sons of Notre Dame,” the opening line of the Notre Dame fight song, is written above the image. Underneath the image is the song’s final phrase, “Onward to victory.”In an atmosphere bearing similarities to a football Saturday, with food, games, guest speakers, the glee club and the marching band, festivities began at 4 p.m. and continued until the much-anticipated shirt unveiling just after 6 p.m. Following the unveiling, fans and students had the chance to buy The Shirt. “We need to sell these shirts more than ever out there,” Kelly said, “We’ve already had 20,000 pre-sold, and the fans don’t even know what it looks like!”Beginning in 1990 under the leadership of AnTostal chairman Brennen Harvath, The Shirt Project has become in its 21 years one of Notre Dame’s most widely recognized traditions. In its first year, more than $17,000 was raised to support the AnTostal budget and other student clubs on campus.Today, part of the revenue from sales is given to rector funds and to The Shirt Project Fund, which supports students with serious accidents or illnesses.As former Notre Dame football player and ESPN radio show host Mike Golic said, the shirt has raised more than $7 million in its 21 years.“I love when The Shirt comes up,” Golic said, “It’s a new shirt to unveil, a new team to unveil.”Also among the guest speakers on Friday was also Notre Dame fan favorite, officer Tim McCarthy of the Indiana State Police.“Today’s unveiling marks a tradition to be worn with pride,” he said, “So remember, the statement on The Shirt makes a point, and I think that’s pretty sharp.”Besides The Shirt’s design, students also had a preview of next year’s varsity Leprechaun, Dave Zimmer.“How you all doin’ Irish fans?” he said on the stage, “Are you all ready for a new season and a new coach?”His words reflected the growing sense of hope with the start of a new football season in the fall, Kelly’s first as head coach after the firing of Charlie Weis last December.“There’s a lot of anticipation for next year,” sophomore Ronnie Kadykowski said. “Like with Mike Golic saying he likes the team’s offense, it’s kind of like a ‘Let’s get ready and put track shoes on’ kind of feeling. It’s also always exciting when you see a new coach. You want to see him do well.”Growing anticipation came directly from Kelly as well. Speaking of the new Shirt’s design, he said it reflected the need to get back to the roots of tradition of Notre Dame football. “The Shirt exemplifies exactly how we are going to play,” he said.Sophomore Ben Fuja said he also sensed Kelly’s excitement.“He got the fans fired up,” Fuja said of Kelly. “It was very cool. It’s nice to get a taste of what we’re getting next year.”As far as the design went, he said it worked for him, too.“Compared to last year, it’s a lot better,” he said. “I like the color, I like the front.”Other students also noted an improvement from the previous design.“I think last year’s shirt was too busy,” Kadykowski said. “This one is a lot more clean. It’s more stylish because of that.”
At least 20 cars were broken into and robbed in the D6 parking lots Sunday night. The cars’ windows were broken and any valuable items, such as computers or Global Positioning Systems (GPS), that could be seen were stolen, said Dave Chapman, assistant director for Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP). “Basically anything of value that people can see by looking through the windows are the cars they broke into,” he said. “You can break a window and take something out of a car in about five seconds.” Chapman said the cars were broken into between around 9 p.m. Sunday night and 1 a.m. Monday morning. Although security vehicles patrol campus, they were not in the D6 north or south lots during the time of the break-ins. “We can’t be everywhere all the time, unfortunately,” he said. NDSP is processing the evidence and taking fingerprints of cars in hopes to find the suspect. They are also helping students tape up their car windows and vacuum up glass, as well as directing students to shops where their cars can be repaired. Chapman advised students not to leave valuables in the car, even if it is just a GPS base. “If the GPS has a base on it, don’t leave the base sitting on the dashboard because that tells the person there is probably a GPS sitting in the car,” he said.
Sr. Barbara Reid said Tuesday reading the Scriptures from a feminist perspective can help illuminate realities of women in the modern world. The Center for Spirituality at Saint Mary’s College invited Reid, a Dominican Sister of Grand Rapids, Mich., and vice president and academic dean of the Catholic Theological Union, to lecture to the community Tuesday about reading the Scriptures from a feminist perspective. Reid began the lecture, “Reading the Scriptures with the Mind, Eyes and Heart of a Woman,” by describing how she became involved in reading the Scriptures from a feminist perspective. She said while she was teaching a course on the Gospel of Mark, one of her students had a very intriguing opinion on the middle of the text. “All of a sudden, one of my students told me to stop for a minute, claiming she hated the passage and would rip it out of the Bible if she could,” Reid said. “I was totally clueless on where her feelings were coming from, so she explained that she had worked in the shelter for abused women and how so many of these women would not come for help because they believed they must take up the cross just as Jesus had and suffer through their pain.” Reid said that when these women finally did seek help, they turned to their priests, who then just told them to return to their husbands. While on sabbatical in November of 2003, Reid had the opportunity to travel in parts of Latin America, where she asked her hosts to connect her with groups of women in the area so that they could converse about their approaches to reading the Scriptures as women. “Many of my experiences with women in Latin America took this interpretation literally as well, which made me think that there has to be a different way,” she said. Reid said she takes a seven-step approach to reading the Scriptures from a feminist perspective. Seeing and analyzing women’s realities is the first step. This includes the number of women living in poverty, the number that are illiterate, women’s wages and violence against women. “If we were to look at the realities of the women in our world, in general, these are realities that describe the way that it is for most women in the world,” she said. “These are just a few of the struggles and difficulties that many women in our world face on a daily basis.” Reid said the next steps include critical inquiry, critical evaluation, remembering and reconstruction, creative imagination and transformative action. The final step is seeing female images of God in the Scriptures. Reid said she believes there are many signs of hope and joy for women, and said she is very enthusiastic about reading the Scriptures through a feminist perspective. “The whole world is turning its eyes toward the reality of women,” she said.
Fr. Brian Daley first encountered Pope Benedict XVI when he was simply known as Fr. Joseph Ratzinger, a German theologian with a brilliant mind in the days after the Second Vatican Council. Daley, who was pursuing a graduate degree in theology in Frankfurt, received a copy of Ratzinger’s lectures as one of his texts. The texts had not even been published yet, but Daley said those writings inspired him as a student. “They were really hot stuff, they were not printed,” he said. “They were just kind of photocopied. … They were really exciting and wonderful stuff.” Now, as the 85-year-old pope prepares to step down from the head of the Roman Catholic Church, Daley recalled his first encounters with the German theologian. Daley, now a theology professor, met Ratzinger in person on a retreat during those early years as a student. As Ratzinger and another retreat leader led discussions on the person of Christ, Daley said the future pope spoke informally and without notes. “He said Mass for us every day,” Daley said. “That was a lovely meeting. He probably wouldn’t remember me … but I’ve always remembered him. He’s very personable, easy to get along with, not at all the figure the media sometimes presents.” Years later, Daley approached the same man again in October 2012. This time, they were in the Vatican, and Pope Benedict XVI was presenting the professor with the 2012 Ratzinger Prize in Theology. The award recognized Daley’s work on early Christianity, which he said is also one of Benedict’s interests. “It was a total surprise to me. … I was very moved to receive it, bowled over,” he said. When Daley approached the pope at the award ceremony, he said Pope Benedict spoke with him in German, as they had spoken years before. “He knew what I had been working on. … He knew about Notre Dame,” Daley said. “It was a very warm and cordial meeting. I was really delighted to meet him and humbled by the opportunity.” While the pope steps down, Daley said Benedict’s legacy as a theologian will remain a defining factor of his tenure at the head of the Church. “He is first and foremost a theologian, a really remarkable theologian, one of the great theologians of the Catholic Church,” Daley said. “People who know him well say this is what he loves to do.” Another Notre Dame theology professor also recently visited the Vatican – department chair John Cavadini. Cavadini presented Benedict with a copy of a book he had edited titled “Explorations of Benedict XVI’s Theology.” Cavadini described their meeting as “a huge honor” that he would never forget. “It was a beautiful moment,” Cavadini said in an email interview. “He smiled and grasped my hand with his and thanked me. He seemed genuinely pleased. “He seemed to smile too when he saw the imprint: University of Notre Dame.” Cavadini said Monday’s announcement was surprising but admirable as the pope grew older. Benedict attributed his resignation to a lack of physical and mental strength to continue the job. “I think it’s a beautiful example, to know when you can’t do a job to your own standards for the job, and not to cling to power,” he said. The pope’s decision to step down was in some ways “a welcome precedent,” he said. “After all, bishops are required to turn in their resignations at 75,” he said. “The pope is a unique case, so the policy should not simply transfer, but I think on the whole it makes it easier for someone to realize when maybe they are not performing at the level they themselves expect of others.” The pope’s neighbors Notre Dame students in the Rome study abroad program attend class approximately 15 minutes from the Vatican where the pope announced his decision Monday. The professors who lead their courses said the international shock at Benedict’s decision has been especially felt just outside his own doorstep. Ada Bertini Bezzi, an Italian professor at John Cabot University, said the announcement was unexpected for her fellow Italian citizens preparing for their own government election on Feb. 24 and 25. “This event is really incredible for everybody here in Rome,” she said. “We are in the middle of the election campaign, however this news was like a bomb for us. We are waiting for some more news.” Bertini Bezzi said the initial reaction of many Roman citizens has been one of cynicism. “People are asking, ‘Why?’” she said. “We do not believe he is really so sick, [so are] there any other reasons?” Pier Paolo Sarram, a media professor at John Cabot University, also noted the timing of the pope’s resignation may have an impact on Italian politics in the weeks leading up to an election of both new political leaders and the Church’s election of a new pope. He said he was caught off guard by the pope’s resignation, describing the event as “unsettling.” “It’s one of those ‘events’ that I think will be remembered as something truly out of the ordinary,” he said. Sarram described the reaction of the Italian media as a “scramble for information” in the wake of the pope’s decision. He said Italian media tends to be “subservient” to Vatican narratives, and thus coverage between international media and national media has been very different. “It is quite a shock channel surfing from the Italian channels to the BBC, CNN or even FOX as they speculate on possible scenarios for the resignation that would and are taboo on mainstream Italian media for the most part,” he said. A new precedent While the pope’s decision to step down from the head of the Church is not the first, there is no modern precedent for the decision. Pope Celestine V left the office in the 13th century, more than 700 years ago, and professor J. Matthew Ashley reflected in an email interview on this moment as an important one for the Church and the papacy. “I think what it means for the Church is a healthy recognition that the papacy, like every vocation and role within the Church, is a gift from God,” he said. “It does not belong to the person, and it can be given up in a recognition that ultimately it is the Holy Spirit that guides the Church and not any one individual.” Professor Scott Appleby, religious historian and director of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, said in a statement Monday that Benedict acted “courageously” with his decision. “He leaves behind a church still staggering from the sexual abuse crisis, weakened by bureaucratic infighting, curial scandals and papal gaffes, and facing a host of challenges – to which the pope alluded in his statement [Monday,]” he said. But even at the head of a tumultuous modern Church, Appleby said Benedict wrote three “profound” encyclicals and devoted his energy to “‘a new evangelization,’ which the Church desperately needs.” Theology professor Fr. Virgil Elizondo said the precedent Benedict sets when he steps down officially Feb. 28 can be a positive one for the Church. “With all the medical advances, [the popes] will all live longer. … When you look at the responsibilities that man has as pope, they’re unbelievable,” Elizondo said. “So it does take somebody with energy, that he doesn’t get tired.” Elizondo cited Benedict’s extensive theological writings as the pope’s most lasting legacy from his tenure. “He is a very good theologian who got elected pope, and in the process became an even better theologian,” he said. Benedict also paved the way for future popes to continue to embrace modern technology and changes, Elizondo said. “This pope’s done Twitter, he’s got an iPad,” he said. “What’s going to be the next pope?” Contact Megan Doyle at [email protected] and Sam Stryker at [email protected]
Tags: Construction, Student Parking Keri O’Mara Construction work on a new research building to the east of the Hesburgh Library has changed student parking options on campus, and the number of spaces in the D2 lots will continue to fluctuate for the next few months.Mike Seamon, associate vice president for campus safety, said while the University’s growth and expansion is good news, “one of the challenges of this growth is the stress that is put on various roadways and parking lots surrounding the new construction.”“We are very sensitive and are aware that the construction around campus, and particularly on the east side, is causing some issues for people in regards to traffic and parking,” he said.In D2, there are now 450 student spots in the North and Middle sections. In the nearby Library Lot and the Middle and South sections of D2, there are 900 faculty/staff spaces.The University constructed a new parking lot near Bulla Road and North Twyckenham Drive to compensate for reallocated student spaces in the three D2 lots, and with the additional Bulla lot spaces, Seamon said the ratio of faculty/staff to student spaces is “about the same as it was before the construction.”The current project is a utility construction process that is part of the infrastructure required to serve the new buildings, Seamon said. Work began in the summer and is scheduled to be completed on the east part of campus by the end of the fall.“Upon completion of the utility project, each of the lots along the east side of campus will see a slight increase in parking spaces,” Seamon said. “In the short term, however, over the course of the next few months as the utility project continues to unfold, some spaces will be lost on a temporary basis until the project is concluded.“Once the [utility] project is finished in late fall, the spaces will return in the respective areas. At that time, we anticipate the parking set-up to remain in place for the foreseeable future.”An email from the parking offices sent to all students this summer said the east campus construction is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2016.Seniors and juniors living in North and Mod Quad residence halls are “the priority” for the 450 D2 student spots, Seamon said, and an email from parking services said they can purchase passes specifically for those lots. Sophomores and all other students living on campus can park in the Bulla Lot or D6 on the west side of campus.Although the Bulla lot is farther east than D2, some students have found the situation better than they expected after reading the email announcement this summer.Junior Jessica Zic, of Breen-Phillips Hall, said the Bulla lot path is relatively accessible.“The walk from the new Bulla lot to [Breen-Phillips] was long, but it really didn’t feel that much longer than the walk from a far parking spot in the old D2 lot,” she said.Kim Sammons, another Breen-Phillips junior, said the Bulla lot is “a lot bigger than I expected.”“It isn’t as bad of a walk in the warm weather, but I know once it gets cold there could be a bigger issue,” she said. “[All of the lots] are a trek back to BP, but I’ve never felt unsafe. They could be better lit between the parking lots and Mod Quad.“It’s a straight shot from the [Bulla] parking lot through Mod Quad, so it isn’t too bad when there’s not snow.”Seamon said safety was a top priority when constructing the Bulla lot and its pedestrian pathways, so the lots and walkways are equipped with closed circuit television cameras, lighting and Blue Light emergency call boxes. NDSP is “routinely patrolling the lot,” he said, and O’SNAP and Safewalk will also provide services to the area. The area was fenced and cleared to enhance safety, he said.A free shuttle will operate weekdays from 7 to 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. with stops at the Bulla lot, Hesburgh Library, East Gate and the Main Building. Another shuttle will operate on the same hours between the C1 parking lot near the track and field complex and Main Circle, with stops at Eddy Street and Holy Cross Drive near Legends.The second shuttle anticipates more parking realignment on the south side of campus due to more construction, according to the email from the parking offices.Some students are interested in the shuttle options, but said the hours are inconvenient or that they end too early for the service to be helpful in the dark.“I’ve never seen the shuttle working, so I think they could advertise that better,” Sammons said.The current setup is based on recommendations from a 14-member committee made up of undergraduate and graduate student representatives, Faculty Senate and Staff Advisory Council members and staff from relevant departments. Seamon said Lauren Vidal, student body president, and Andrew Carmona, director of University Affairs for student government, represented the undergraduate student body on the committee. The group “placed a premium on preserving the pedestrian nature of the Notre Dame campus and ensuring convenience and safety,” the parking services email said.
As students cram for midterms in libraries, study spaces and dorm rooms, some students opened cardboard boxes and grabbed their favorite board games to play with their friends and peers. They gathered to take a break from studying and to learn and inform students about the Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO).Co-chair of the Green Dot committee for BAVO, junior Meghan McNamara talked about how BAVO changed the event to fit better to what they felt the student body needed.“It was supposed to be like a human life-size Game of Life and then we were going to have facts about what BAVO does, but with midterms and everything we did not want it to be too stressful and big,” McNamara said. “We thought it would be a nice break for people to just come and play games.”Students attended for a variety of reasons, including to relax.“I’m here to de-stress and also hang out with these cool ladies,” junior and BAVO member Jordan Gilchrist said.Others hoped to inform the Saint Mary’s community about BAVO’s mission.“I am here to play board games and to de-stress, but also to take the opportunity to educate others about BAVO and what we stand for,” junior Audrina Massey and BAVO member said.BAVO offered prizes for the winners, a variety of stickers, handouts and information about what BAVO does.McNamara said that Green Dot is a subcommittee of BAVO that focuses on bystander intervention. The event highlighted some of the new initiatives this year, under the new leadership of Liz Coulston.“[Coulston] is really trying to go towards the sisterhood and do more events that are inclusive,” McNamara said. “She wants BAVO to be known on campus, and she is doing a really good job at planning events that people want to go to and are better and interesting.”This event focused less on addressing sexual assault on campus and more on building community and reestablishing BAVO’s place on campus, McNamara said, though BAVO is still involved in issues surrounding sexual assault and relationship violence.“We are trying to be inclusive and there for everyone,” McNamara said. “It does not always have to be hard topics or all the time. We are trying to be inclusive and understand the stress that students are going to be feeling and give them a place to release it in public, and still give them the opportunity to learn about BAVO.”McNamara said that BAVO’s objective of building sisterhood and support extends beyond helping victims of violence, and towards building a community between all of Saint Mary’s women.“We are giving [the students] different ways to meet new people, or to connect with people, to strive and to learn new things,” McNamara said. “This is just people being there for each other and we are giving them different ways to look out for one another.”BAVO is hosting an event at Tuesday’s soccer game to raise awareness for Domestic Violence Awareness Month and encourages all to show up and wear purple in support of victims of domestic abuse. They are also hosting a candlelit yoga event Wednesday.Tags: BAVO, Belles Against Violence Office
Ryan Wigglesworth Sophomore Ryan Wigglesworth collected data on whether students would be willing to buy and sell textbooks prior to launching his service.Wigglesworth realized through the launch that quite a few students were willing to sell their textbooks but don’t simply because there isn’t an efficient method to do so.“You can sell back to Amazon … or you can sell back to the bookstore,” Wigglesworth said. “But the value isn’t great for people, and they would rather see if they could sell to a friend. They feel better about it, and they get a better price.”Wigglesworth believes that the bookstore’s advantage lies in the fact that “it’s easy, and that’s what people like.” He aims to make his service even easier by making it local, with different branches on different campuses.Novitch said he would use the service again not only because it earned him a little extra money, but because he could feel good about the fate of a retired schoolbook.“I hadn’t really thought about what I was going to do with it,” he said. “I just figured somebody else would have more use for it than I did.”Tags: Hammes Bookstore, startup, textbooks Sophomore Jacob Novitch had a problem he didn’t know what to do with: his almost brand-new copy of “Theological Foundations for Environmental Ethics.”“I had gotten this book last semester, and I was unable to rent it,” Novitch said. “I just kind of had it, and I didn’t need it anymore.”While the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore offers a renting option for some textbooks, many students find themselves stuck with a textbook they no longer need after the semester finishes.Novitch’s close friend and roommate, sophomore Ryan Wigglesworth, recently started a project creating an on-campus network for buying and selling textbooks. Wigglesworth said the idea was inspired by his own frustrations with buying textbooks.“Last winter break, when I was at home with my parents, we were looking for ways to save money,” he said. “They wanted me to sell my textbooks on an ND mobile service.”Wigglesworth created a survey that canvassed students across the country and received 160 responses, about half from Notre Dame and half from other schools.“I figured if I had this problem then other people probably would, too,” Wigglesworth said.Wigglesworth said his survey showed that people spend an average of around $520 a year on their textbooks. In fact, the average cost of books per year at a private four-year university is $1,240, according to research from the College Board. The University of Notre Dame factors a slightly lower $1,050 into its 2019-2020 cost of attendance.“I learned that there’s kind of a huge need for it. About half the people who responded have tried to sell textbooks, but only half of those actually succeed,” he said. “I figured I could maybe make this more efficient.”With money from the IDEA Center, Wigglesworth created a prototype version of this service, called BookSwap.“Basically, anyone can go on and post their books, and then if somebody else wants to buy it, they can buy it off the site,” he said. “It’s kind of like Craigslist for college.”Wigglesworth launched the service this past fall semester to some success.“I had about 50 postings up there, and five people were able to make sales,” he said, including Novitch, who parted ways with his theology textbook recently.
The IDEA Center, located just outside of campus, may be a long walk away for many students — but making the trip might be worth it.This semester, the IDEA Center has many opportunities for undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurs, including startup coaching and a pre-accelerator program. Students must apply to the pre-accelerator program, a six-week intensive curriculum where students focus their ideas and create an initial product, culminating in an opportunity to pitch a product to small-scale investors. Trinity Reilly | The Observer The IDEA Center, pictured above, allows undergraduate students to work with various design tools and creative strategies to create their own product.Among the programs offered, the most accessible is startup coaching. Patti Reinhardt, director of student engagement at the IDEA Center, said any student can simply go to the IDEA Center’s website to submit an idea and begin the coaching process.“Students who have an idea can actually submit their ideas through our pipeline,” Reinhardt said. “They can get startup coaching, access to workshops and pitching opportunities, which include connections, advice and small amounts of funding. And we take no equity in student ideas at the IDEA Center.”Sophomore Spencer Koehl is a senior startup coach with the IDEA Center this year. He began working with the IDEA Center last year as a venture coach. This year, Koehl said, the coaching program wants to focus on encouraging student entrepreneurs to truly take initiative themselves with coaches’ support.“We’re going to give you the tools to show and convince investors that you have something worth building,” Koehl said.During weekly coaching sessions, he said, students do anything from theorizing about a problem that needs solving to interviewing random people about their product in order to reach the ultimate goal of creating an idea ready to pitch to investors.“You learn a lot about how to interview and how to create value out of talking to people,” Koehl said. “And the program is great with public speaking — you have to learn how to pitch, how to design pitch decks and how to answer questions on the fly. And how to sell people on your vision.”As students figure out their vision and begin to craft their initial product, they often head to Matt Leevy, director of the IDEA Center Innovation Lab. There, students have access to industrial design services, 3D printing, laser cutting and more — all for free. The lab is only two years old, but its layout has already changed over 15 times thanks to giant Lego brick walls that lend to the dynamic environment.“Specifically within this Innovation Lab concept, we have created a number of resources to facilitate entrepreneurship within the physical product space, so anybody with a physical product — big or small, by the way — and we are here to pour gasoline on that fire and get it going,” Leevy said.All students need to do is email Leevy to get the process started. At the lab, they can tinker around, discover available tools and begin working.There is one catch: once students begin selling their products, they then have to pay for any equipment they use at the lab, like any real business. But, Leevy said, that is the point. Ultimately, the IDEA Center wants to get undergrads to a place where they can start their own business. So far, around 20 student businesses have begun in collaboration with the lab, he said.“The IDEA Center, really, is just a hub for driven, motivated people who want to make the world a better place,” Koehl said. “That’s why I get out of bed every morning and I’m like, ‘I love this job.’ It’s meeting all these different people and getting all this incredible experience.”Tags: design, IDEA Center, innovation lab, student businesses, venture coach
Star Files View Comments No, it’s not a real thing just yet. No stranger to singing live, Tony winner Hugh Jackman stopped by BBC Radio 1’s The Matt Edmondson Show, and was somehow convinced to perform the next best thing: a Les Miserables tune as the clawed mutant (or, rather, the Aussie behind the mutant). The Oscar nominee can’t seem to catch a break: first, Valjean is imprisoned for stealing some bread and now, he has to deny himself ice cream in order to stay buff for the upcoming film X-Men: Days of Future Past. No ice cream? We thought this parody was supposed to be funny, but it’s just as tear-jerking as its source material! Not bad for an impromptu first run, but we expect a fully staged performance of this at the Tonys on June 8, Mr. Jackman! Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 Related Shows Les Miserables Hugh Jackman