SMC hosts international social

first_img At least five countries were represented at the event: Australia, Korea, Bolivia, Peru and Mexico. Students and faculty mingled from table to table, sharing ice cream and conversation with the new students. Some Saint Mary’s students shared their own stories about studying abroad. “I think it’s really important that the students hosted this event, so the international students wouldn’t feel shy to ask questions,” Morgan Gay, a senior on the Student Diversity Board, said. Conversation topics at the tables varied from weekend activities to questions about the international students’ experiences in their home countries. The international students discussed how life is different in the United States.   Sarah Power, an international student from Australia studying law, noted a big difference in the classes in the U.S. versus Australia. “It’s the little things that are different, like the other day when our teacher mentioned the First Amendment, we didn’t know what that was,” she said. “Or, it’s certain words like ‘Congress.’” Some international students said dorm life is significantly different, especially those who had lived at home. “We would never think about going to class in our pajamas back home, so I brought mainly dress clothes,” Power said. For some international students, Saint Mary’s is their first time in college. The College Student Diversity Board hosted its first ever international meet and greet and ice cream social Sunday. The event welcomed new and returning international students.  “I studied here my senior year of high school and am now studying as a college freshman here, but I did get to go home for the two months of break,” Carolina Tapia Nieto, a freshman international student from Peru, said. Kelly Reidenbach, the vice president of the Student Diversity Board, emphasized the importance current Saint Mary’s students play in helping these students, and she also mentioned the importance that international students play in helping Saint Mary’s students. “I’m a junior and have only met a few international students in my time here so far,” she said. “This event is a great way for students to learn about each other’s cultures.”last_img read more

Students March for Life in Washington

first_imgJunior Veronica Stafford said the March for Life in Washington, D.C., represents the power of people coming together to show their support of one specific cause — in this case, the repeal of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling on abortion. Stafford, along with other Notre Dame students, made the trip to Washington, D.C., over the weekend to show support in the repeal of the ruling in the annual march that brings together groups from all over the nation. Between 380 and 390 students from Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross attended the March held Monday, junior Kyle Clark said. Clark is the co-commissioner of the trip to the March For Life through Notre Dame’s Right to Life club (RTL). “It would be easy to just talk about pro-life issues. It’s altogether different to actually stand and walk outside in freezing temperatures for hours,” he said. “The March is a way for all of us here at Notre Dame, particularly in RTL, to stand together and proudly stand up for the basic right to life that is guaranteed in our nation’s founding documents but more importantly is a hallmark of our Catholic heritage.” In this sense, the March fits perfectly with Notre Dame and its mission, Clark said. “As a Catholic institution, we have to stand up and expose the injustice of abortion, and there is no better way to do that than to travel and express that in the nation’s capital,” he said. Stafford said groups at the March join together in praying the Rosary, cheering and singing. “RTL offers the opportunity for students to cooperate and march to prove through their actions that they value all human life, no matter how small,” she said. “I love to see all of the groups on the March for Life interact, especially all of the university groups from across the country.” During the weekend of the annual March, Stafford said Washington, D.C., colleges hold open panels and discussions relating to issues of life. “While exploring the city, several people came up to me and asked about my Notre Dame affiliation and commended me on participating,” she said. “Even on the bus, the driver took time to thank us for supporting a cause that he believed worthwhile.” The March for Life has been held since 1974, and this year marked the 38th March, according to Clark. “For the past two years we have been honored and grateful to have University President Fr. John Jenkins march with Notre Dame students,” he said. “His commitment to the pro-life cause is, in my opinion, beyond reproach, and his presence demonstrates that.” Students attending the March had several options on transportation and lodging, Clark said. The longer trip option, which put students in Washington, D.C., from Friday to Tuesday, cost $60, while the shorter, Sunday to Tuesday trip cost $45. “Chris [Stare, junior and co-commissioner] and I began organizing the March back in early October. It’s a huge undertaking,” he said. “… At times the organizational aspect of it could get to be quite a headache, but of course it is worth it in the end. We were fortunate this year to have been provided funding that allowed us to lower costs for students.” Junior Ashley Logsdon said this was her sixth time at the March for Life, which she has previously attended with her family. “I think that the March for Life fits in perfectly with the standards that Notre Dame upholds as a Catholic institution — the witness of so many Notre Dame students, staff and faculty at the March for Life is truly amazing,” she said. “I don’t think anything less than this witness should be expected of such a great Catholic University.” A highlight for many attendees was the Mass celebrated by Fr. Jenkins and the other Holy Cross priests that traveled to the March at St. Agnes’ Parish in Arlington, Va., Logsdon said. “It was such a beautiful moment of solidarity as we prayed together as a community and prepared ourselves for the climax of our pilgrimage,” she said. Stafford said after Mass, the group traveled to Washington, D.C., by the Metro to the National Mall to listen to speakers. “Once the March begins, everyone funnels slowly onto the street to march up to the Supreme Court building and the conclusion of the March,” she said. “While I cannot attend every event offered, the general experience of the weekend makes me both proud to travel with so many other Notre Dame students and also to support my beliefs.”last_img read more

Notre Dame takes down Air Force

first_imgStudents relished a record-setting 59-33 victory over Air Force on a balmy Saturday afternoon at Notre Dame Stadium. En route to the triumphant Irish win, spectators bore witness to the most combined scored points in Stadium history and the most points scored by the Irish since 1996. Junior Kevin McDermott said he was ecstatic to see the offense let loose and blow out an opposing team. “Our offense performed really well, but we continued to struggle on defense defending the option as we did last year against Navy,” McDermott said. “I was a bit disappointed that Air Force continued to draw the game out, and I do not think the score is representative of how much we dominated the game.” The comfortable atmosphere inside the student section was something never experienced before, McDermott said. “Finally being able to win comfortably was awesome,” McDermott said. “From doing push-ups on just about every offensive drive to participating in the wave in the third quarter, a cheer generally reserved for the fourth quarter if we are well ahead, [the experience] was amazing.” With the convincing performance Saturday, McDermott expects a victory against archrival USC. “Seeing our offense perform at a high level this week, I think we should win,” McDermott said. “I just hope our secondary can stand up to USC’s high-octane offense.” Saturday’s victory was one of the most important of the year because of the upcoming night game with the Trojans in two weeks, sophomore Mara Stolee said. “A blowout victory was exactly what we needed,” Stolee said. “It has been a while since we had an exciting football experience.” Stolee said it is imperative for both the team and student body to keep up the high emotions in preparation for the Trojans. “Because we did so well early in the game, the excitement level went way down as the game progressed because the outcome was clear,” Stolee said. “I hope the atmosphere will be just as electric for the USC game as it was for Air Force because of the importance of it and its historical significance.” Notre Dame’s convincing victory impressed sophomore Michael Vella. “It was nice to see Notre Dame finally put away an opponent convincingly,” Vella said. “Moreover, it was also huge for the fans so we can have a confidence booster going into the USC game.” Vella enjoyed seeing second-string players, including quarterback Andrew Hendrix, find success on the field. “Everybody was in high spirits the entire game because there was no doubt in our mind that we were going to win, which is rare,” Vella said. “Because of this, it was nice to see [Irish coach Brian Kelly] put in some of the guys who do not see the field that often.” Freshman Cailin Gillespie was pleased with the positive outcome of the game. “I fully expected the Irish team to win, and it was nice for me to see them finally follow through,” Gillespie said. “The first half was especially exciting, as it was the first time this season I heard people complain about the number of touchdown push-ups we were doing.”last_img read more

Students to travel to Uganda to promote youth sports

first_imgTwelve Notre Dame students will travel to Uganda for two weeks in May to share their athletic passion and talents with the country’s youth. Kevin Dugan, manager of youth and community programs for the athletic department, said the trip, co-sponsored by the Institute for Educational Initiatives and the athletic department, is focused both on educational research and promotion of youth athletics. “The purpose of the whole effort is to work with the Catholic Church and the [Ugandan] Ministry of Education and Sports to share ideas on how sport can be used as a platform for positive social impact,” Dugan said. Students will visit the towns of Fort Portal, Masaka, Jinja and Kampala to promote physical education and youth sports ministry programs, run a sports camp and discuss potential research of sports’ impact on children, Dugan said.   The effort comes in the wake of advocacy organization Invisible Children’s “Kony 2012″ campaign. The movement calls for the arrest of Joseph Kony, the head of a Ugandan rebel group who ruthlessly recruits child soldiers. The film that accompanies the campaign, which went viral this month, received international backlash from critics who publicly claimed the video oversimplifies a complex issue. Dugan said Notre Dame’s trip will expose students to a different side of Uganda than that portrayed in “Kony 2012.” “I think our students will be really encouraged by the talents and gifts of the Ugandan youth,” he said. “The course will be about celebrating the incredible human potential of the country.” The trip will count as an Education, Schooling and Society course for one credit, Dugan said. He said participants will also take two separate one-credit courses beforehand to prepare them for their experiences in Uganda. Dugan said the trip coordinators consulted with the Ministry of Education and Sports, the National Council of Sports and the Uganda Catholic Secretariat to discuss how the Notre Dame group could best collaborate with them. “We don’t want this to be a neo-colonial effort and have been very thoughtful about engaging people in Uganda about how we can complement what they are already doing on the ground there to improve physical education in schools and providing more outlets for personal and moral development through sport,” Dugan said. Dugan said the group will work with the Uganda Catholic Secretariat to develop the sports component of the Secretariat’s youth ministry programs. “The student group, which includes several student-athletes, will be running a Notre Dame sports camp in the village [of Masaka] to complement the Church’s athletic ministry,” he said. Dugan said professor Clark Power of Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives, who also coordinated the trip will share his “Play Like a Champion Today” educational series that uses sports to promote moral development. He said Power had the Notre Dame player handbook adapted for young Ugandan athletes. “Power will also be spending time running a two-day workshop with the education faculty at Uganda Martyrs University, where he is working on a joint research project to study the impact of sport on child development,” Dugan said. The Catholic Church and the Ministry of Education and Sports welcomed the group’s initiative, Dugan said. “The Church sees sport as a way to engage young people in healthy activities,” he said. “The government sees it as a form of human and community development that will also lead to national and economic development.” Dugan said he wants the group to approach their work humbly. “If we walk humbly and serve passionately, then our presence can help support the work of the government and the Church to use sport as a form of growth and development for children in Uganda,” he said. Dugan said he hoped the trip to Uganda would become an annual effort. “[The Congregation of] Holy Cross and Notre Dame have been committed to Uganda for years,” he said. “Let’s hope that this is just the beginning for ND Athletics and the Institute for Educational Initiatives.” Contact Marisa Iati at miati@nd.edulast_img read more

Nanovic Institute grants support student research

first_imgAfter taking a class on French philosophy, sophomore Sheridan Rosner pursued her interest in the work of Albert Camus, an Algerian-French existentialist fiction writer, through a Nanovic Institute grant that sent her to see materials on Camus in Aix-en-Provence, France.Rosner said she received a winter break research grant from the Nanovic Institute for European Studies to travel to Aix-en-Provence in early January and study manuscripts and displays in an exhibition there.“Most of [Camus’] stuff is published, but I wanted to look at the originals,” Rosner said. “There was a lot of stuff that was published but you would never be able to find here — like random articles, random journals, Algerian journals that you would never find here that were on display.”The Nanovic Institute provided $36,530 to 16 students to conduct one-week research projects over the break in areas ranging from literature to philosophy to architecture, according to associate director Dr. Anthony Monta.Courtney Rae Haddick, a senior studying architecture, said she received around $2,500 to travel to Switzerland to study the architecture of towns in the Alps. A native of Salt Lake City in the Rocky Mountains, Haddick said she wanted to understand how Swiss towns were able to develop while respecting the mountain landscape around them.“The places that going into it I expected to study a lot were the big cities like Interlaken and Lugano, but they’ve been overdeveloped almost as much as these places in the U.S.,” Haddick said. “Not that I wasn’t expecting it, but I didn’t realize I would actually learn more from the tiny towns that I went past on a train from Lugano to Interlaken.“As far as where would be ideal to site a residential development or something like that, the examples might not be to look at these cities that every tourist that wants to go to Switzerland knows about, but actually it might be these small towns.”Monta said the Nanovic Institute offers grants every break, and students who receive those grants generally work with faculty members to craft their proposals and research methodologies.“We find, break after break after break, that the students who work closely with a professor on their research project have more focused, more fully developed, more concrete proposals, and those typically are funded,” Monta said.Dr. Julia Douthwaite, a professor of French who has worked with many students on European and French research, said meeting with faculty in the weeks before the application deadline is crucial to developing a plan that is specific and detailed enough for the students to execute well.“It takes a little bit of time to come from a big idea, like, ‘I’m interested in Hugo,’” Douthwaite said. “You need to work on the influence of Hugo’s frustration with the Catholic church in 1829 as seen in ‘Les Miserables’ and then look at pamphlets published in 1829 in a church in France and see how that might be echoed in the character of Quasimodo or something like that.“The way I help them is basically paring away by saying, tighter, tighter, make it more focused so it’s something you can accomplish in one week.”Tags: Europe, grants, Nanovic Institute, research, winter breaklast_img read more

Hoop-a-Thon raises funds

first_imgA hip-shaking Hoop-a-Thon at the State Theater in South Bend on Friday will benefit the Girls’ Summer Club, a day camp Saint Mary’s junior Sarah Hossfeld intiated last summer, according to Annie Eaton, assistant director of assessment and education in the Office of Alcohol and Drug Education at Notre Dame.Eaton said she decided to organize a fundraiser after hearing on the news about the camp Hossfeld started at St. Margaret’s House, a day center for women. The idea of the Hoop-a-Thon came out of Eaton’s own love of hula hooping and passion for working with girls, she said.“I have always had a place in my heart for adolescent girls and their struggles,” Eaton said. “When I saw the news [on the Girls’ Summer Club] it just felt right.“I had no start-up money to organize the fundraiser and so everything that will happen that night came out of the good hearts of those involved.”Hossfeld said she received a grant in the summer of 2013 as a student intern to start the Girls’ Summer Club for the daughters of women at St. Margaret’s House, but this summer the funding is uncertain.“We are hoping that [the Hoop-a-Thon] can help us start raising the funds that are necessary to keep the program running and to let us do some really fun things,” Hossfeld said.The idea behind the Girls’ Summer Club was to build the girls’ self-esteem in a variety of ways, Hossfeld said.“I initially wanted to do Girls’ Club so that we could talk about things like body image, healthy eating habits and self esteem because I believe that these are very prevalent problems in woman of all ages,” Hossfeld said. “I also think addressing these topics young can help girls to have positive ideas.”Hossfeld said the program incorporated having fun and learning about issues the girls are facing in a way that encouraged the girls to enjoy coming to the Girls’ Summer Club and making friends.“The girls made journals so that they could have a positive outlet for their feelings,” Hossfeld said. “We did things on body image such as the Barbie project and compared the dimensions of what Barbie would be if she was real, and how that compares to our bodies.”Eaton said she hopes students will realize the value in the Girls’ Summer Club and come join in the hula hooping fun.“I hope that we get a good student turnout to support the event, hoop and have fun,” Eaton said.Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame students should attend the Hoop-a-Thon to support the local community, Hossfeld said.“I think it is very easy to get caught in the SMC and ND bubble and forget about the community around us,” she said. “Just down the street there are families who are struggling to put food on the table or provide essential daily things for themselves or their children.“It would be a great experience for people to come out and meet these wonderful women and their daughters. Plus all of the money goes to a good cause.”Tags: Hoop-a-Thon, saint mary’s, SMC, St. Margaret’s Houselast_img read more

University celebrates science sesquicentennial

first_imgIn 1865, 23 years after Notre Dame was founded, the study of science was introduced to the University. To celebrate 150 years of Notre Dame science, the College of Science is hosting a yearlong series of events with the local community and national sponsors, Gregory Crawford, dean of the College of Science, said.“We think it’s important, especially considering the vast expansion of our work and its value for society, to let the rest of the world know about our wonderful inventions and discoveries,” Crawford said. “We’re looking for more ideas from students, faculty and staff to help us celebrate and showcase this remarkable history that has led to where we are today.”Marissa Gebhard, assistant director of marketing and communications for the College of Science, said the celebration will commence during Science Week, which will take place Oct. 6-10, with one event held by each science department during the week.“Chemistry and biochemistry are hosting an ‘ACS [American Chemical Society] on Campus’ event, geared more toward graduate students for networking on October seventh to eighth,” Gebhard said. “The physics department will also host a DVT [digital visualization theater] show on Oct. 8 as well, which would be a great study break.”Gebhard said the week’s schedule includes lectures in applied and computation mathematics and overlaps with the “Math for Everyone” lecture series. Science Week will conclude in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center with a taping of the national radio show “Science Friday,” Gebhard said.“Ira Flatow, the host of ‘Science Friday,’ will be interviewing science faculty on stage about their research,” Gebhard said. “It will be edited, and then it will be broadcast that Friday, the 18th.”Gebhard said early lab equipment, molecule models and fossils from Notre Dame’s science history collection is on display in the Raclin Gallery of Notre Dame History as an ongoing exhibit.“It is very important that Notre Dame, as a leading Catholic university, has a reputation for rigorous scientific research because we are respected when we bring our virtues and values into conversations on issues like bioethics,” Crawford said.The historical milestones of the science department at Notre Dame coincide with breakthroughs in scientific knowledge, Crawford said.“Fr. John Zahm, for example, was an early voice who insisted that the theory of biological evolution was not in conflict with Catholic teaching,” Crawford said. “He was also an early champion of women’s involvement in science.“Fr. Julius Nieuwland discovered the basis for synthetic rubber and worked with DuPont to carry the idea into commercialization, an early example of the kind of innovation and translation that is an important part of our work today. In 1904, Fr. Nieuwland, who was also a botanist, established the irreplaceable collection of 268,000 specimens in our herbarium in our Museum of Biodiversity.”Crawford said the University’s involvement in research for the atomic bomb was due in large part to its investment in and commitment to new technologies.“Research for the Manhattan Project during World War II was conducted on campus because we had one of the most advanced accelerators in the country,” Crawford said.Science was an integral component of Fr. Sorin’s vision for Notre Dame, Crawford said.“Science is obviously a necessary component of any well-rounded education, and Fr. Sorin’s vision to become a force for good in the world called for such a curriculum,” Crawford said. “Of course, science has become even more important today as we look for answers to big human problems in such fields as health, energy, and the environment.”For the updated information on events planned for the 150th College of Science, visit http://science.nd.edu/events/150Tags: American Chemical Society, bioethics, College of Science, Ira Flatow, Math for Everyone, Science Friday, Science Weeklast_img read more

Board studies campus mental health concerns

first_imgThe Campus Life Council (CLC) has focused on student mental health issues on campus, according to student body president Lauren Vidal, chair of the CLC.“There is a national upward trend in student stress, and we have seen this spike mirrored in the lives of Notre Dame students,” Vidal said. “We began the year with a preliminary report to the Board of Trustees on student stress, and we decided, through our findings, that Notre Dame was in fact a unique environment, with a more unique structure that we can capitalize on to become a university with an exceptional level of wellness resources and support.”The CLC, a forum for students, faculty and administrators to discuss student affairs, created three task forces to dive more in-depth into student stress and mental health, Vidal said. Each task force focuses on academic climate, social climate or benchmarking.“The academic task force has looked at specifically what our learning environment looks like and how our curriculum affects our students,” Vidal said. “This force has spent time speaking with students and faculty about the in-classroom and out of classroom demands, and they have also decided to look at if and why students overload on credits [or] pick up double majors.“This force has also looked at the idea of excellence as an ND student and how a perception of perfection takes a toll on student stress levels.”The social climate task force, consisting of rectors, Student Union Board leaders and student senators, has looked at the larger picture of a student through the lens of their social environment, Vidal said. The group concentrated on extracurricular activities and other free-time pursuits but also considered ways that the residence life system could impact social climate.“[The social climate task force] has looked into the benefits of a no-program time bracket, which some universities have adopted,” Vidal said. “This policy essentially eliminates the option to program any organized event during a certain block of time, with the intended purpose to provide students with legitimate free time for personal purpose.The third task force is benchmarking, which Vidal said is essential to the functioning of the other two task forces.“It serves the purpose of using comparative data to strengthen the research and the findings of our other forces,” she said. “Benchmarking is looking into everything from ​academic statistics to data on how many of our students pick up double and triple majors, in comparison to our peer institutions.”CLC’s goals for next semester involve more action on the data they have collected within the task forces, Chris Tarnacki, rector of O’Neill Hall, said.“Our goal is to thoroughly understand and potentially provide recommendation on policies or services that might be put in place to better serve students,” Tarnacki said.Sophomore Helen Hathaway, Badin Hall senator, said CLC is tackling the issue of mental health on campus in response to a widespread awareness that students are feeling increasingly stressed and anxious. She said the number of different perspectives from diverse members of CLC has helped discussion of the issue.“Students, rectors and faculty are all able to offer their two cents,” Hathaway said. “So far in the year it is very evident from the richness of our discussions that each member is passionate about addressing mental health.”Vidal said next semester CLC will put their work into action.“We will hold meetings with the new team from the McDonald Center [for Student Well-Being] in an attempt to craft a Center that serves as an ideal addition to Notre Dame, and one that is centered specifically around enhancing the Notre Dame experience,” Vidal said. “We will also be making recommendations for the new First Year of Studies course, backed by our deep dive into ND culture and student climate.”With regards to their goals next semester, Hathaway said the CLC has established a timeline of points to accomplish.“We have devoted this school year to discussing and researching mental health so that we can present a report at the end of the year that will be useful to the University as its health and wellness programs grow and develop,” Hathaway said. “We will continue discussing and gathering evidence — be it data or anecdotes — so that we can use the second half of the second semester to construct a comprehensive and telling report.”Tags: Campus Life Council, CLC, Lauren Vidal, Mental health, mental health awareness, mental health issues, mental illness, Student governmentlast_img read more

Ricketts, Ruelas discuss plans for upcoming term

first_imgBryan Ricketts and Nidia Ruelas, who take office as president and vice president today, intend to leave their own unique mark on Notre Dame.Ricketts and Ruelas have waited nearly two months to assume their positions – the pair was elected Feb. 5 on a ticket that focused on student identity and well-being.The president and vice president hope to address campus sexual assault through programs that will especially emphasize the education of the freshman class, Ruelas said.The pair will also create an ad hoc department that addresses mental health at Notre Dame, Ricketts said. This new resource, combined with a confrontation of the climate that surrounds students struggling with mental illnesses on campus, aspires to increase the ease with which these students can pursue help.“We have to say, ok students with mental illness … are we in a climate where they feel comfortable seeking treatment and talking openly about it?” Ricketts said. “And students, when they recognize someone [struggling with mental illness], are they ready to respond? We don’t think we’re there yet. And that’s going to be our goal to make that a reality.”Ricketts said the team also plans to create an online forum which they hope will allow greater communication between students and campus administrators.“[The forum will] create a way to bridge the gap between students and administrators, so people know what’s going on and can appreciate the work that administrators are doing for the students, and students have a way to say, ‘These are our concerns,’ and know that they’re being heard,” Ricketts said.Ruelas said she and her partner are especially looking forward to talking to the students themselves. The team’s office is open “for whoever, whenever, all the time,” she said.“I think the question [of what will be most exciting] is always so overwhelming, because there are so many things to get excited about,” Ruelas said. “I’m really excited about Senate and chairing Senate – that’s one of my bigger responsibilities. And I’m really excited to get to meet all the representatives from the dorms. But in addition to that, just all the day-to-day things, like interacting with people — that’s really my passion, I think, and why I ran for this position.”Although the pair’s distinct vision for the next year in office separates them from outgoing student body president Lauren Vidal and vice president Matt Devine, Ricketts and Ruelas hope their term will have a similarly positive effect on campus, Ruelas said.“I feel that we have a very distinct vision, that’s the one we articulated throughout our campaign, and we firmly stand by that,” she said. “We want to carry that out through the entirety of our term. And in terms of meeting with Matt and Lauren, they’ve been great resources; they’re wonderful leaders. And we just hope that we can fill their shoes and hopefully come with new initiatives to student government and also have the same effect that they had.”Tags: Student government electionslast_img read more

NDSP investigating potentially threatening social media posts

first_imgUpdate Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 5:35 p.m.: A person with knowledge of the situation has confirmed that earlier today the person in question voluntarily surrendered himself for psychiatric evaluation at an area hospital. The source also confirmed that there was no direct or imminent threat to students. After a surge in posts on campus social media Tuesday night, Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) is monitoring potentially threatening social media posts from a recent Notre Dame graduate.In the early hours of Wednesday morning, University spokesperson Dennis Brown said NDSP had spoken with the individual in question.According to NDSP, officers were monitoring the individual’s Facebook page, where there were several threatening posts. As of 1:15 Wednesday morning, NDSP officials said the department was also performing routine patrols of campus, and reiterated that student safety is always their top priority.In an email to students sent at 3:02 a.m. Wednesday morning, NDSP said the investigation was ongoing.“NDSP initiated an investigation of a complaint about Facebook posts by a recent graduate that raised concerns by a number of people,” the email stated. “This is an ongoing investigation. NDSP has identified and has been in contact with the individual and his family.”“As always, if you are aware of any criminal or suspicious behavior on campus, please immediately report to NDSP by calling 9-1-1 from a campus phone or 574-631-5555 from a mobile phone,” the email concluded.Editor’s Note: As a matter of editorial policy, The Observer chose not to release the name of the individual in question. Tags: NDSP, social medialast_img read more