It has been an exciting year for both Dell Technologies and PowerProtect Cloud Snapshot Manager. At Dell Technologies World, we introduced a new brand and suite of data protection products under the name PowerProtect. As part of this launch, CSM was rebranded and became part of PowerProtect software family.CSM is a SaaS solution making it easy for customers to protect workloads in the public cloud without requiring installation or infrastructure. Customers can discover, orchestrate and automate the protection of workloads across multiple clouds based on policies for seamless backup and disaster recovery. CSM breaks cloud silos, allowing customers to use one tool to protect workloads across multiple clouds seamlessly.CSM has a proven track record of delivering customer value quarter over quarter with new features and capabilities, this quarter is no exception. In this release, CSM introduces several new reports and dashboards which help enterprises gain visibility and insight regarding the status and cost of data protection across all of their cloud accounts and help enterprises achieve operational efficiency and cost control over their cloud environments.Highlights of this Release:Snapshot summary and detail reports for AWSSnapshot summary report gives customers insight into total CSM and non-CSM snapshot counts and storage used across every cloud accountSnapshot detail report for CSM and non-CSM snapshots gives customers the ability to get information about each snapshot so they can control their snapshot sprawl Last quarter we announced the CSM promo for new PowerProtect Software and Data Protection Suite customers. If you are a new customer who has just purchased either of the two software suites you are entitled to 20 instances of CSM for 6 months, free! Make sure to follow up with your account team to learn more.If you are considering trying CSM for your cloud-native workloads feel free to take advantage of our free 30-day trial. Make sure to follow us on social for updates in the future and feel free to check out our other data protection blogs. All for now and we look forward to hearing from you, have a great holiday season! Enhanced DashboardThe dashboard will now display an aggregated view of the protection status of resources across AWS and Azure with the ability to drill down to individual accounts and regions Search snapshots across all regions using tagsCSM has been enhanced to enable search for particular instances with specific tags across all regions. This is important if customers have replicated snapshots across multiple regions and need to quickly find the restore point for a particular instance or VM to restore. Blob level restore of AzureCustomers will be able to restore individual blobs from their container snapshots saving them time and cost of restoring an entire container object Rest API AccessCSM REST APIs can be used to manage cloud accounts, policies, plans, snapshots, and restores in AWS and Azure. Access to the APIs is controlled using credentials.Customers can now generate the credentials to access CSM APIs from the Access Management page of the CSM portal.
The global pandemic has changed life for everyone, from how we work, to how we live and communicate with one another. But for the heroes on the frontlines supporting the needs of those most impacted, life has especially changed. Now more than ever, our collective support is needed. This is why this #GivingTuesdayNow, we are focused on meeting the needs resulting from COVID-19.As a company, we have prioritized our COVID-19 efforts where we can make the greatest positive impact to the immediate health, safety and sustainability of our communities and the frontline organizations working to treat and contain the virus around the world. We are committed to making this difference through our technology, our reach, our donations, and the remarkable efforts of our 150,000 team members.And it is the efforts of these team members that I want to recognize and celebrate this GivingTuesdayNow.3D printing for protection With an increased demand for personal protection equipment (PPE) to support healthcare workers, our teams around the globe have leveraged our 3D printing facilities to produce masks and visors.In Austin, Texas, a group of engineers is working with Dell Medical and teaming with Austin Public Health to distribute visors to first responders in the Austin area.With the help of our True Ability Employee Resource Group (ERG), the team quickly scaled the development of more visors through injection molding, with plans to deliver over 13,000 visors this week. We’re seeing similar grassroots efforts led by our team members around the world – from France, to Ireland, to Brazil.Funding food for those in needRecognizing the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable populations, our global team is working to address food shortages within their communities.One of our team members in India and his wife have been volunteering their time to feed those with limited means to support themselves. He started by driving around the city distributing food and provisions and has expanded to organizing over 500 meals per day and also providing shelter to 100 individuals in need.In Minnesota, our team members started a fundraiser to help feed families in need and children who rely on school lunches for one of their primary meals. They raised more than $25,000 (including funds provided by our ongoing Dell match program) for a local food bank, helping to feed thousands of people in the community.Lending digital skills to enable continued serviceWith many of our non-profit partners needing to adapt quickly to a remote work environment, our team members have stepped up to provide technology expertise and to enable our partners to continue serving their communities.Barnardos Ireland is one of our strategic non-profit partners, with a mission to transform the lives of children affected by traumatic or adverse experiences. When stay-at-home measures were activated, Barnardos needed to adapt their services to continue support for the children and families who depend on them. In addition to creating a fundraiser to provide critical supplies, experienced work-from-home volunteers from our Dell’s Ireland team are lending their expertise in remotely managing teams, setting-up conference calls, enabling security best practices, communicating with donors, and supporting call center activation and coaching. These efforts are helping over 400 Barnardos team members leverage digital capabilities to better serve their constituents.In this together, for those who need us The spirit of Giving Tuesday – generosity that has the power to unite and heal communities in good times and bad – is one I’m so proud to say our entire Dell Technologies family has always embraced.The sense of optimism and pride our team members feel by being able to contribute is core to who we are as a company. Fueled by our purpose of driving human progress, we will continue to be a champion for those who need it most as we get through this, together.
iDRAC has become an essential part of many of our customers’ management toolkits. Frost Science in Miami, Florida, relies on iDRAC to manage everything from basic infrastructure to workloads including ticketing, building operations and security using one system,while the small IT team works remotely.Infrastructure management is mission critical as Taboola, delivers 30-40 billion online content recommendations a day. iDRAC provides powerful capabilities to remotely deploy, update, and monitor servers across nine global data centers.Please check out the iDRAC Enterprise Extended Trial License page to learn more and take advantage of this generous Dell EMC offer.For more information about the iDRAC, I encourage you check out Storage Review’s independent review of iDRAC9.1 Group Manager feature is not available on iDRAC8*For a limited time, Dell EMC is making the integrated Dell Remote Access Controller 8 & 9 (iDRAC8, iDRAC9, iDRAC9 X5) Enterprise license FREE TO USE for up to two hundred forty (240) days Learn more here. Considering the changing nature of the workplace, reliance on cloud-based services has increased dramatically. They have become fixtures in our daily lives. But it’s easy to forget that behind these resilient services is an unseen array of IT infrastructure located in data centers across the globe.This infrastructure is never completely autonomous, requiring skilled IT professionals to perform critical maintenance duties. These professionals have become unsung heroes, ensuring the reliability of these important services. Most governments see this infrastructure as mission critical and allow IT professionals to continue their work in the data center when needed, but many still have safety concerns and desire to limit travel. Also, many businesses employ multiple, regionally located infrastructures varying in size from a large data center to a small server closets. This puts even more demand on IT staff.Because Dell EMC believes that none of our customers should be without the advanced remote management and automation capabilities during this difficult time, we have decided to offer a free iDRAC Enterprise 240-day Trial License*.All Dell EMC PowerEdge servers come equipped with an integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) designed to provide remote access. When equipped with the iDRAC Enterprise license, the remote management and automation capabilities are vastly expanded. The license provides access to secure remote control, automation capabilities, rich troubleshooting, and enhanced monitoring. This allows IT professionals to manage the full server lifecycle, including monitoring, deployment, configuration, update, and remediation, “as if they were there” and most importantly, from the safety of their own home. Check out the features offered by iDRAC Enterprise.iDRAC Enterprise features:Virtual Console & Media with Remote File ShareLDAP and Active Directory IntegrationGroup Manager1Power CappingPerformance MonitoringScheduled Firmware UpdatesConfiguration BackupSyslog SupportCrash screen, video and BIOS capture Editor’s Note, October 5 2020: The iDRAC extended trial license (240 days) will no longer be available for download as the offer has expired. The standard 30 day trial license will remain available.
Listen to a group of “green thumbs” talk about growing tomatoes and you’ll quickly realize how competitive an endeavor this is. Each gardener has their own special tricks for coaxing the best tomatoes off their vines. They’ve taken years to uncover these secrets, watching countless plants grow or die based on varying conditions and techniques.Such information is valuable, but human experience comes at a high cost, both in terms of the years and extended effort required to earn it. Even with experience, people are limited in their ability to observe thousands of plants with a high attention to detail. People also get tired and can make mistakes both in what they observe and the conclusions they arrive at.Infinite PatienceNature Fresh Farms, one of Canada’s largest independent greenhouse produce growers, is an industry leader in their work with cutting-edge technology by utilizing video and artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze its greenhouses and drive better business decisions.“Ideal greenhouse conditions are easier to maintain with constant observation of plants. Computers never tire of watching nothing happen.ShareOne of the critical advantages with this approach is that AI systems are infinitely patient. Ideal greenhouse conditions are easier to maintain with constant observation of plants. Computers never tire of watching nothing happen. They are also capable of immediately catching small changes. For example, a person may fail to notice holes in leaves for a few days. A computer will be able to observe bugs eating the plant as it is occurring. This information can be acted upon quickly, bringing in robots to inspect the plant. AI can also distinguish different bug types, recommend good bugs to bring in to control an infestation, and assess when the bad bugs have been eliminated.A smart organization like Nature Fresh Farms can build on its expertise for growing plants at a highly accelerated rate. With recorded video-based data, growers can review the lifetime of different plants to determine which factors most likely impacted their growth. AI takes what is called “intuition” in an expert grower and creates concrete rules and methods for achieving desired results. These systems learn at an exponential rate compared to humans. This information can also be shared among different deployments, further accelerating the learning process. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Advanced Senior CareMany of the lessons learned in the greenhouse can carry over to other applications. Consider senior care, where computers with AI can be used to assist with our older population. One of the primary purposes of senior care is to help elders maintain their autonomy.Frequently, seniors at risk are moved out of their homes into facilities where it is easier to watch them. For seniors who stay at home, someone needs to check in multiple times a day to ensure their safety. Today, systems have been developed comprising sensors and cameras to collect information about seniors living at home. With infinite patience, these systems watch seniors and learn their routines and behaviors. The more they learn, they more accurately they can automatically verify seniors are all right. An AI-based system can take over much of the burden of watching over seniors. For example, the system could verify that the senior got out of bed and made coffee. When an expected behavior is missed, the system can then perform further assessment, potentially leading to an alert for outside aid.The extended freedom and autonomy this gives seniors is not the only benefit. Their quality of life is also improved. For example, instead of calling several times a day to make sure their parents are all right, children of seniors can reach out and share their lives. This is because they can be confident that care details are all under control and let their worries go.There is also the benefit of community learning. Systems that observe seniors learn about individuals but also learn about elder care in general. These lessons are expensive for caregivers to learn as they require years of experience. With computers, we will be able to learn so much more about taking care of our parents with dignity and excellence.MemoriesA system watching thousands of subjects has a lot of “memories.” It isn’t always immediately clear which of these “memories” will be important later. As a consequence, learning based on video data requires a great deal of local storage that can scale-out to meet increasing capacity demands. In tandem with storage requirements is the need for accelerated compute options, such as those available from NVIDIA.Dell Technologies is perfectly placed to guide OEMs through their AI journey with specialized services like developing an Artificial Intelligence strategy and a portfolio of industry-leading AI solutions including the Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI and Reference Architectures for AI. These AI solutions combine flexibility and Dell Technologies’ expertise to deliver NVIDIA GPU accelerated compute complemented by Dell EMC Isilon’s high performance, high bandwidth scale-out storage solutions. The result is simplified data management for training the most complex deep learning models, no matter how large a “memory” your system needs to have.Dell Technologies is at the forefront of AI innovation to help you make tomorrow possible. Learn more about how AI is changing how we care for ourselves and others from our interview with theCUBE TV at Dell Technologies World as well as from the on demand session on Platform considerations from Proof-of-Concepts to Large Scale AI Deployments.<span style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” data-mce-type=”bookmark” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>
While many students dedicated their time off from classes to some much needed rest and relaxation, a number of them took the time to conduct research abroad. Seniors James McClay and Tre Carden jetted off to India to work in a Tibetan refugee community called Mainpat, assisting in the development of an artisanal handicraft business. Their work consisted of product design and development, marketing and business strategy. McClay said the pair spent a week in the village speaking with locals about their daily routines to gain insight for the project. When not working on the business project, they spent time studying Mainpat’s architecture, culture, and resources, all while living in the Mainpat monastery. After the week in the village, McClay and Carden traveled to Mumbai, Varanasi, Dharamsala and Jaipur in India, as well as Kathmandu, Nepal. “We chose these cities because they are unique and offered new perspectives on handicraft, Buddhist, Tibetan and Indian design,” McClay said. McClay said he and Carden constantly interacted with local Indian people because their research required learning about local culture. “The experience was incredibly eye opening and very beneficial for the [project],” McClay said. “I learned so much while also immersing myself in a new and different culture. My expectations were exceeded and my personal experience has changed the way I view things.” Senior Katherine Damo, an account and Italian Studies major, spent a week in Trastevere, a historic neighborhood in Rome, researching how cultural differences between Italy and the United States affect business. Damo said the opportunity to visit the PricewaterhouseCoopers Rome office was a highlight of the trip, having previously worked at the company’s offices in Ohio and Edinburgh, Scotland. “Researching corporate culture of the same multinational firm in three different countries has allowed for a side-by-side comparison which will be the foundation of my research project,” Damo said. Although busy, Damo said she still had some time for fun while in Italy. “I conducted informational interviews throughout the week to obtain research but still had time to enjoy Italy – the sights, the food and the culture,” she said. Senior Kalyn Fetta also traveled to Italy and conducted research on non-profits and non-governmental organizations in Italy. Damo said she and Fetta had several chances to interact with local Italians. “One person I interviewed later invited Kalyn and me out to dinner,” Damo said. “He picked a local restaurant and gave us a truly authentic Italian dinner experience. It was a wonderful opportunity to talk to him about life in Italy, and not just about the research project.” Damo said she was happy to pursue a topic that interested her for the project. “I’d say my trip exceeded my expectations because I was asking people questions about a topic I was genuinely interested in and I really enjoyed myself,” she said. “It wasn’t like most school projects.” Senior Ellen Brandenberger spent a week in the United Kingdom to complete research for her history thesis. Despite the vast array of information available online, she had to go to the source for certain resources. “I needed to access primary documents from U.K. archives that are unavailable elsewhere,” she said. Brandenberger said she was productive during her trip, largely thanks to extensive planning. “I’d say my research experience went very smoothly,” she said. “I spent a lot of timing planning, and as a result knew exactly where I was going and what I was looking at.” Because she was sourcing her information from documents rather than interviewees, Brandenberger said she did not have many chances to interact with the locals beyond the confines of her hotel. “I had little free time because of time limits placed on me by my grant budget,” Brandenberger said. “Therefore I was overwhelmingly at libraries and archives working alone.” Although her trip was a busy one, Brandenberger said she enjoyed the experience and would recommend research abroad to other students. “Though research requires a lot of hard work, it is very rewarding to produce a large project as an undergrad. Notre Dame does a great job of making these opportunities available to students,” she said. “We just need to be smart enough to take advantage of the opportunity.” Contact Joanna Lagedrost at email@example.com
The Notre Dame Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) battalion outperformed the other 272 collegiate ROTC programs across the nation to win the Order of the Founders and Patriots of America Award, according to a University press release. The Order of the Founders and Patriots of America Award is considered the “Heisman Trophy” of Army ROTC and honors one outstanding ROTC battalion each year for success in military science and academic programs, according to the press release. The Fightin’ Irish Battalion also won the award in 1986 and 1988. Lieutenant Colonel John Polhamus, professor of military science, said the battalion’s cadets are the reason ND Army ROTC received the award. “We always say that this is truly a cadet-driven battalion, and to me this award really validates that and it goes to show how well-rounded our cadets are,” Polhamus said. “The award is really about them. “To earn the first place honor out of [273 programs] speaks volumes. That goes to show how well our cadets are performing and how well respected they are once they’re commissioned.” Master Sergeant Marshall Yuen, senior military science instructor, said he was glad the cadets were honored for all the work they put in above and beyond their regular courses. “It’s nice to see [the cadets] get recognized on a national level for that hard work that they put in there because they do put in a lot more work than the average college student does,” Yuen said. “They have all their academics and normal Notre Dame things that they have to do on top of all of this Army stuff they have to do.” President Emeritus Rev. Edward A. “Monk” Malloy presented the award to Polhamus and senior cadet and battalion commander Chris Lillie during the men’s basketball game versus Army on Nov. 24, Lillie said. “We actually requested Father Malloy. He’s been a big proponent of ROTC on campus,” Lillie said. Polhamus said having the ceremony during the Army game highlighted the fact ROTC cadets are peers of those studying at West Point. “I’m an Army grad,” Polhamus said. “I’ve always preached, having been on both sides of the fence now – West Point as well as ROTC – that Notre Dame cadets are absolutely on par with West Point in every respect. “So I thought it was very appropriate to be recognized at the Notre Dame-Army game to show that there are others out there, other than West Point, who have volunteered to put themselves in harm’s way and be America’s future leaders.” All members of the Fightin’ Irish Battalion marched onto the court during the halftime event, which included a presentation by the color guard and a video highlighting the battalion’s current members and alumni. Notre Dame Army ROTC has a history of distinction among ROTC programs. The Fightin’ Irish Battalion earned the U.S. Army’s Cadet Command MacArthur Award, which recognizes to the top school in each of the eight regional ROTC brigades, in 2012 and 2013, Polhamus said. Notre Dame is one of only two schools ever to win the MacArthur Award twice in a row. “I have a suspicion that the reason we were nominated [for the Order of the Founders and Patriots of America Award] is that we won back-to-back MacArthur awards,” Polhamus said. “Those designate us as the top program in our brigade, so of the 40 schools in our brigade we earned that designation.” Senior cadet and company commander Macklin Wagner said winning a MacArthur Award helps, but does not guarantee, success with the Order of the Founders and Patriots of America Award. “It’s more like a BCS than it is a playoff system,” Wagner said. “I’d say it’s definitely more likely to be from one of those schools [that win a MacArthur Award].” Lillie said the potential for recruiting new members was a positive byproduct of winning the award and receiving it at a public event. “It’s kind of a recruiting tool on campus,” he said. “We don’t have very good visibility … so these kinds of things [help us with] getting our name out there and showing the campus that we actually have a good program here.” ROTC cadets receive scholarships once they commit to serving in the Army after graduation, and one way the Army ranks battalions is by measuring how many scholarship students continue in their ROTC programs, Wagner said. “Part of the criteria in the award is how many cadets you retain that are on scholarship,” he said. “If people quit and get rid of their scholarship then that reflects poorly on the program in general but also in terms of the award.” Wagner said physical fitness of the overall battalion also counts heavily in determining the award recipient. He said the battalion must submit physical training (PT) scores to the brigade leaders once per semester for each cadet. “There are three events: pushup, situp and two-mile run,” Wagner said. “It boils down to a 300-point score.” The rising senior class attends an intensive four-week evaluation course during the summer, Lillie said. More than 5,000 cadets are ranked from first to last based on their performance in activities testing their physical, tactical and leadership skills. “Our program had one of the highest averages in the nation with these last summer’s scores,” Lillie said. Despite the accolades, preparing cadets to enter the army and serve their country remains the chief priority, Yuen said. “These cadets, they have an awesome responsibility once they leave college,” Yuen said. “They’re going to be leaders in the Army, what we call the nation’s greatest resource. “We try to impart on them that it’s not just about them once they get out there and start serving as officers in the army. It’s about the Army, their soldiers, soldiers’ families and their country all rolled up into that awesome responsibility that they’ll have in a very short amount of time from now.” Contact Lesley Stevenson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Throughout the fall semester, the “Show Some Skin” production team will present videos of past shows followed by group discussions, according to team member and junior Geraldine Mukumbi. Videos of the first-ever production, entitled “The Race Monologues,” will kick off the series Wednesday in the Andrews Auditorium of Geddes Hall at 7:30 p.m. The 2013 production, “It’s Complicated,” will be shown and discussed Oct. 30, and Nov. 13 will feature the 2014 production, “Be Bold.”Mukumbi said the performances originated from the desire to spark conversations about diversity on campus.“A group of people came together and decided that there were some voices on campus that were not being heard,” she said.“The Race Monologues” debuted in 2012 as a series of monologues based on anonymous submissions from the Notre Dame community, Mukumbi said. “It’s Complicated” broadened its scope to issues of identity. Mukumbi said the viewings of past shows will allow students who have not seen the original performances a chance to participate in important conversations.“For a lot of students who come in, they don’t have an idea of how ‘Show Some Skin’ functions,” she said. “Our shows are very different each year, so we wanted to go back in the past and show some of the monologues that were very touching and give people … that never got to see them a chance to watch them.“And at the same time, we want to open it up to discussion because a lot of people don’t get to talk about the monologues after the show. So ‘Show Some Skin: Revisited’ will give people the opportunity to hear other people’s stories and then also talk about them, talk about why certain experiences happened to certain people and delve deeper into the stories.”Mukumbi said the discussion panels after the viewings will include some of the actors who performed in the ‘Show Some Skin’ productions.“We find that a lot of students have questions on the acting process itself, because that’s also part of the story, how different people connect with the monologues and how they grow from that experience as well,” she said.The viewings will allow students to see the monologues that have generated the most conversation, Mukumbi said.“After every show we have a survey that we pass out, and there’s always the monologue, every year, that everyone talks about,” she said. “We always have that type of monologue that resonates with everyone … Maybe [it is] because of the story, or how it’s written — there’s always a different reason why some monologues stand out.”The Notre Dame community needs to continue conversations on the issues that the ‘Show Some Skin’ productions address, Mukumbi said.“We want people to feel comfortable to talk about what they think about these issues. A lot of times, either people want to talk about it and they don’t have the space to do that, or they don’t want to talk about it and they don’t realize why it’s important,” she said.“I’m an African international student, and I feel that sometimes people don’t realize that for some people, the ND experience isn’t as pleasant as it is for other types of students,” she said. “We need to have these conversations because there are some people who really don’t understand that that is an issue on campus.”Mukumbi said she hopes all members of the community will feel welcome to watch the productions and, more importantly, to participate in the conversation.“Everyone is welcome to all of these events,” she said. “They are not just for students, or minorities, or people who are interested in these issues. We really want this to be the type of event where everyone feels welcome. We just want to start the conversation and get it going, so that we can actually get working on how to fix some of these issues because we can’t fix them unless we talk about them.”Tags: gender, It’s Complicated, race, Race Monologues, show some skin
Billy Meckling was “a soft-spoken person, super selfless and always asking how others are doing. He has the biggest heart,” junior Nicole McKee said.Meckling, who was set to graduate Sunday with a degree in mechanical engineering, died in the early hours of Saturday after falling off the roof of the Joyce Athletic and Convocation Center (JACC).“He really didn’t have much to say but when he did talk, he always said the right things at the right time,” McKee, who met Meckling three years ago as a member of the fencing team, said. “And he was a great person to go to or talk to and just a genuinely fun, positive person to be around when he decided he was comfortable enough to open up to you.” Photo courtesy of C.J. Condon Candles at the Grotto are arranged to spell “Billy” in honor of Billy Meckling, who died early Saturday.Senior Audrey McMurtrie had class with Meckling as underclassmen. McMurtrie described Meckling as a “sincere and a kind-hearted person.”“He was very dedicated to his studies and always very helpful,” she said. “He always seemed to know what he wanted and was a hard-worker.”Meckling was a four-year member and two-time monogram winner on the Irish varsity fencing team.“Billy was a wonderful friend and teammate who left a tremendous impact on our fencing family,” sophomore epeeist Eva Niklinska said. “The warmth of his smile, his charisma and positive energy and dedication to our team will always be remembered.”“He took on the role of being a huge support system, being the loudest cheerer,” McKee said. “I wasn’t on his squad — I fence foil and he fenced sabre — but from what I could tell from his squad, he always gave advice and be there for support. He was such a good energy to be around, and I’m really going to miss him.”Two members of the fencing squad have died in the past four months. Daniel Kim, 21, was found dead in his off-campus residence Feb. 6.“We’re going to band together, say prayers for him and talk about the memories on the Facebook messenger group,” McKee said. “There just a lot going on with our team, but we have a great support system so it’s nice to have each other.“He had a good soul,” McKee said. “He was genuinely a really, really good person with good intentions for everybody. He’d never wish badly on anyone. He always wished the best for everyone. We’re losing a really great person and my prayers go out to his family.”Head fencing coach Gia Kyaratskhelia described Meckling in a press release as “an invaluable member of our sabre squad who left such a massive impact on all of us as a fencer and a human being.”“On the strip, Billy was a talented fencer and a determined worker on a very competitive sabre squad – evidenced by his earned monograms during the 2012 and 2014 seasons.” Kyaratskhelia said. “More importantly, he was a great friend to all members of our program. A true Notre Dame man, his kindness and warmth impacted each and every one of us – and make his loss all the more difficult.”Photo courtesy of UND.com Meckling was also a resident of Knott Hall until his senior year, when he moved off campus. Brother Jerome Meyer, former rector of Knott, said Meckling was a dedicated member of the dorm community who was friendly to all.“He quietly went about his life with cheerfulness which made him a pleasure to know,” Meyer said. “I remember him as being serious while being able to enjoy his friends and surrounding. It was a privilege to have him as a member of the Knott Hall community.”McMurtrie said the news of a student death so close to Commencement made the loss all the more difficult to bear.“I think the biggest impact was that it was a very sobering moment,” McMurtrie said. “We were having a great time with our closest friends and the people we consider family. We are all on such a high right now, about to graduate and enter the real world, and something like this, where it’s such a horrible unnecessary tragedy, happens. It really sobering, and it reminds us that we are all human, and we’re not invincible.“ … We’re never more unified as a class than we are now right now, and so I think in that way it makes a loss like this feel very profound. We’re all on the verge of this big, exciting moment, so it’s horrible.”Meckling will be remembered at the Baccalaureate Mass at 5 p.m. Saturday at Purcell Pavilion. The University Counseling Center and Campus Ministry will be available to students on campus and throughout the Mass.
It wouldn’t be fair.This mantra is the reasoning John Affleck-Graves, executive vice president of the University, gave to residents of The University Village for Notre Dame’s plans to shut the Village down in June of 2018. Chris Collins University Village, which provides graduate students and their families with housing, will be officially shut down in June of 2018. In response to this announcement, the ‘Save the Village’ movement has petitioned for alternate family housing.The University Village is subsidized, on-campus housing provided for married graduate students and their families. The community has existed for more than 70 years, and for many of the residents, attending graduate school at Notre Dame with their families by their sides would not be possible without the Village.In response to the University’s plans to shut down the Village, residents have started a Save the Village campaign, which has included the circulation of a petition to provide an alternative form of family housing, demonstrations to get word of their situation out to other members of the Notre Dame community and meetings with University administrators.These residents believe the history, affordable cost, supportive community and diversity of the Village are vital benefits that would be lost if the University were to follow through with its current plan.The historyAccording to the Save the Notre Dame Village website, The University Village evolved out of Vetville, a place for veteran families to live after World War II. In the 1960s, University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh created the Village to replace Vetville and build Hesburgh Library in its original location.Graduate student Tyler Gardner, a current Village resident, said Hesburgh made sure to provide replacement housing for the community that was being relocated before moving residents and knocking down the old buildings — something the University is not doing this time around.“That’s the Hesburgh way,” Gardner said. “If you knock down the Village, kick people out of the Village and then try to restart it … you killed something. A 70-year tradition died.”For some members of the Notre Dame community, a connection to the Village spans generations.Brian Collier, a supervisor for the Alliance of Catholic Education (ACE), said he remembers visiting his grandmother while she was a resident of University Village in the 1970s and 1980s. Despite being a white woman, Collier’s grandmother identified as Korean after being born and raised in Korea. When her husband began his graduate program at the University, Collier said, his grandmother gravitated toward University Village because she felt more at home among its diverse population.“She moved to South Bend and she immediately began looking for the Korean population, and that Korean population — at that time, there was a pretty decent-size Korean population living in the Village, the University Village,” Collier said. “It was super international.”Collier said his grandmother helped to implement Village traditions that are still in place today.“Those people babysit for each other while others are in class, they pass toys down from one group to the next — this is something my grandmother helped facilitate, too,” he said.Graduate student Crystal Spring, who lives in the Village with her husband — also a graduate student — and baby and wrote a letter to the editor describing the Save the Village Movement, spent five years of her childhood living in the Village while her father completed his physics doctorate program at Notre Dame after immigrating to the United States from Korea.“We didn’t know anything really about how to find housing or what resources were even available,” Spring said. “And so the University hooked us up with University Village, the graduate family housing, and we lived in the building D for five years — all five years of his PhD.”When she and her husband were deciding where to live as graduate students with a child, Spring said, she remembered her family’s positive experience with the Village.“I don’t think we would have survived without that community and without the resources and without the proximity that the University Village had to campus,” she said. “And coming full-circle for me, after doing the ACE program at Notre Dame I got married to my husband who also did ACE, and we are both grad students here. And when we found out that I was pregnant as grad students, we decided that we couldn’t live in the apartment that we were currently living in — one, because it was far from campus, and two, because it didn’t seem very safe.”Experiencing the Village as both a child and a parent has made her appreciate the resources it has to offer even more, Spring said.“As a kid I just thought that this was a normal community,” she said. “I thought everyone had access to this kind of support and be able to have a safe place to go trick-or-treating. After having lived in a lot different cities and as an adult, I know that that’s actually a very rare experience. And as a parent at the Village, I really appreciate everything that’s there specifically to support families.”Rose Dougherty, the wife of an architecture graduate student who lives in the Village, said the history of the Village made a big impact in the Save the Village movement.“We’ve had so much fun looking back at the history,” Dougherty said. “How Fr. Hesburgh started it, how much he clearly loved it and it’s been going for over 70 years and it has been so important to so many families. Just when you read back some of the quotes and the experiences over the years that these families have had, it’s such a great thing.”The community With the University’s deadline for the relocation of Village residents looming, Notre Dame administrators announced Sept. 13 that undergraduates will be required to live on campus for six semesters in order to emphasize and build community.Using this logic, Gardner said it does not make sense to disrupt a “thriving” community in the Village.“What I’ve understood is the main reason for [the six-semester requirement] is not to gain the money that it would cost all of [the undergraduates] to live here, but the main reason for that is to increase campus community life,” Gardner said. “Not everybody’s excited about that. You have on the flip side a community that has been thriving since the 40s, yet you’re going to say ‘I’m sorry, there’s no longer space for you.’ So people that are getting kicked off of campus that are dying to stay.”Spring, who lived on campus for all four years of her undergraduate experience at Notre Dame, said her time at the Village has been even more essential for her than her time in an undergraduate residence hall.“The logic that they are giving to back up the decision about the Village is just completely antithetical to the undergrad situation,” she said. “And having experienced both of those communities — the dorm community and the Village community — I think the Village community has been a lot more essential to my thriving as a student at Notre Dame. Dorm culture is great, and the Village is great for a lot of the same reasons. … All the reasons why Notre Dame could fathom to have this be a mandate — the six-semester thing — are also reasons that people love the Village and need the Village.”Village resident Sarah O’Brien, whose husband is a graduate student, said the Village community closely relates to that of a dorm community.“It’s very similar to an undergrad dorm in how tight-knit it is,” she said. “Since my freshman dorm experience I have not experienced something like this where everyone’s in a similar life stage. All of a sudden you just instantly belong to a place like you do in an undergrad dorm, and the fact that they get that value because they’re trying to keep students on campus … doesn’t make sense at all.”Naomi Burton, another Village resident whose husband is a graduate student, said she does not know how she would have made it through the transition to life at Notre Dame without the support of the Village community.“The first year we were here was really hard,” Burton said. “I was pregnant, we had two kids, it was Rob’s first semester at school and the winter was long. And my friend was across the hall, and we would just spend time at each other’s houses every day, all the time. Or we’d send our kids over and I’d take a nap and it was like this life-saving friend that helped me get through that first year of being sick and everything else.”The isolation parents feel as a result of their spouses constantly studying and working is offset by the support they find in the Village, Dougherty said.“Being a stay-at-home mom can be very isolating,” she said. “And the fact that we have this communal green and playground in the back of all of our buildings — we can go out and all the other mothers come out there throughout the day and we’re just chatting — is just great. I loved it. So that’s probably been the biggest reason for our very positive experience here at Notre Dame. … I’m going to be really sad when we have to leave because I’ll have to start all over making friends, and that’s difficult.”If Notre Dame is truly interested in prioritizing community, Burton said, administrators should work to save a community that has consistently been one of the University’s strongest.“One of the former residents said routinely The University Village would come in as the highest-ranked residence hall as far as community and the sense of loving that and needing that for years,” Burton said. “ … The actual housing buildings have lot of issues, but the community — everybody’s always said we love this.”Spring said she and her family wouldn’t be as dedicated to Notre Dame without their experience in the Village.“I’m going for my third degree from this university, and I just know that if we just lived in some random apartment complex that was not a part of the University, that was not in a firm community, that we would not have retained those ties to the University,” Spring said. “That we wouldn’t have had a sense of loyalty to the University that they had given us a home. As a child, that community spirit was instilled in me mainly through University Village, not through my dad’s degree or department or anything like that.”The internationalizationAccording to the movement’s website, the Village’s population is made up of over 60 percent international families. The Village’s affordable housing, proximity to campus and tight-knit community is essential for grad students who travel across the world to study at Notre Dame, O’Brien said.“Because I knew moving in that it was going to be torn down I was just like, OK, yeah,” she said. “And it wasn’t until I heard the experience of international families that I was like wait a second — how is the University doing this? How are they just destroying this when it’s such a lifesaver for especially international families?”Collier said this internationalization of the Village has been a staple of the community for as long as he can remember.“They cooked meals together, they were like a little model U.N.,” he said. “And we lose something as a Notre Dame community when we lose this internationalization of the Village.”This internationalization is a major benefit for families whose kids might not otherwise be exposed to different cultures in South Bend, O’Brien said.“In our building there’s a family from Columbia across the hall, Saudi Arabia upstairs, Lebanon, Nepal,” she said. “So my kids are playing with kids from all around the world. We’re never going to get this experience again, this is amazing.”Aside from the diverse cultures blending together, Spring said the Village community helps provide for needs that international families wouldn’t be able to meet without its support.“Especially for international families who don’t have cars, the whole neighbor community thing is essential,” she said. “One of our downstairs neighbors right now, they came from Argentina just a couple of months ago, and within a few days of moving their son got croup … and our other neighbor was able to drive them [to the hospital]. Without that they probably would’ve had to call for an ambulance, which would’ve incurred a lot of medical fees that they just couldn’t afford.”Even benefits such as residents who don’t speak English being able to learn the language at a more manageable pace would be lost without the Village community, Gardner said.“A big part of this, too, is that while a graduate student might be versed in English, a lot of times their spouses aren’t,” he said. “But what they find in the Village is a community where a lot of spouses aren’t. And they have English classes … where they’re able to learn English. They also have Spanish classes where they’re able to come and teach Spanish to their other community [members].”Without the Village, Burton said, some international families will even be separated for the remainder of a graduate student’s program.“Since we started saying ‘save the Village,’ trying to move that direction, we’ve heard stories from international families that are just heart-wrenching,” she said. “One [student] said ‘I’ll have to go get a roommate and send my wife and child back to Uganda because we won’t be able to afford to live here.’”The movementOne of the criticisms of the Save the Village movement is that the University announced it would close the Village in the summer of 2014, but the movement to save it did not start until this fall. Dougherty said the lack of action in the past few years was due to a lack of information and a belief that there would be a replacement ready for residents as there was when Vetville was transformed into the Village.“It really was because they gave us very little information, but they led us to believe that they were going to offer us something else on campus … for affordable rates,” she said. “And as we were coming up on our last year and we still have not had any information given to us [since the 2014 announcement] then we went and started asking what’s the plan for us.”A WNDU article announcing plans for an $82 million commercial investment further spurred action, O’Brien said.“WDNU’s article came out about the plans, the $82 million retail plans for the Village,” she said. “So that kind of coincided and it was like, what? We need more information. So we gathered a group … and then from there, a few days later we got the petition started and going.”O’Brien said publicity for the movement picked up after the petition gained 2,500 signatures in about three to five days.“That led to a meeting with Heather Rakoczy Russell and Karen Kennedy,” she said. “And in that week where the petition had been circulating, we got WNDU to come and do a little piece on us and the South Bend Tribune wrote an article that was published that Friday. We met with Heather and Karen on Wednesday that week, and right after the WNDU came out John Affleck-Graves sent us an email saying [he’d] meet with [us].”When the residents met with Affleck-Graves, Burton said, he told them there is land for a replacement Village and plans to build it, but the cost of construction is too high for the University to justify building it.“When we talked to John Affleck-Graves about it, he didn’t say that a donor couldn’t be found, but they just haven’t tried that route,” she said. “So they have a place where it could be built, they have people who are willing to build it but it’s kind of this [question of] does the University have any duty to married families?”Affleck-Graves did not immediately respond to a request for comments.The argument that building housing specifically for families wouldn’t be fair to unmarried graduate students also doesn’t justify not building because of the different needs for students with families, O’Brien said.“That argument just doesn’t hold up,” she said. “A married student can’t have a roommate. And if they have kids, they have dependents to support on whatever stipend they’re getting or no stipend. … If you think about it for more than like 10 seconds you’re like, wait, that’s just common sense that a family would need a lower rate to be able to afford to be a student here.”Gardner pointed out that most resources the University offers do not apply to every member of the community.“Any resource that the campus provides doesn’t meet everybody’s needs,” he said. “ … If you think about any resource, it doesn’t meet all of the demands of the University’s population, but it meets a substantial demand that it’s willing to offer that service.”One example Burton offered is counseling specifically for married students.“They offer marriage counseling,” she said. “So they understand that there’s certain things that are unique to married families. Counseling is very helpful, but not 100 percent of the married population uses that, only a small part. But it’s still very important to have that service available to those who need it.”Burton said many residents believe the true reason for the University’s current plans is the revenue it would generate from a commercial endeavor — revenue the University does not gain from the Village.“It really is just the profitability,” Burton said. “We just think that as a university they’re not just a business. They’re a university — and a Catholic university at that — and so sure, families aren’t profit-making, but they have a duty to families to have affordable housing.”Spring said the University’s reluctance to provide for families shows “a very clear prioritization of commercial profits over its mission.”“The rents that we pay cover the maintenance of the buildings — the buildings are all paid for,” she said. “So the University is not losing money by having the Village as it stands right now. The problem for them is that it’s not making them money … but the University just keeps seeking these revenue-building endeavors. So in addition to not investing in family housing, they’re seeking commercial profits.”This is in conflict with the University’s mission, Spring said, because it goes against Catholic teachings.“I think it’s absolutely a pro-life issue,” she said. “The Catholic Church emphasizes that the parents are the primary educators of the child, etc., and so the mission of supporting those parents and supporting those families should be central to the University. And it [is] in a lot of ways already … but having a pro-life stance on something like abortion and not having a pro-life stance in terms of providing affordable family housing, that’s just completely contradictory.”Faculty members within the University are taking the Save the Village movement seriously, Gardner said.“We have internal support,” he said. “It’s not something where it’s just like, ‘Oh, these graduate students are complaining.’ No, a lot of people that have been around the University for a lot of years recognize the great resource that the Village provides and the great community that’s there. And I think that it’s been a tool in getting great graduate students here, and I think it’s been a tool in campus life.”Without this tool, O’Brien said, top potential graduate students with families might reject Notre Dame in favor of one of the many other universities that still offer graduate family housing — such as Stanford and Michigan.“They would lose out on key-contributing top grad students who are looking at different places and need to bring their families,” she said. “If there’s no good option for them, they’re not going to choose Notre Dame. If they really want top research coming out they need to have great grad students and they need to put some money towards that.”The main goal of the movement is to acquire an extension of the leases at the Village before relocating the community to a replacement location they are asking the University to invest in, Dougherty said.“At this point, essentially, housing for married students is not in the 50- or 100-year plan that Notre Dame has,” she said. “And John Affleck-Graves said that, and he said basically if we don’t provide housing for all graduate students we can’t provide housing for just some. We just think — and there are enough people who agree — we need to convince them that it is something that ought to be in their 50- or 100-year plan.”Ultimately, Gardner said, keeping the tradition of the Village’s strong community intact is the most important result that could come of this movement.“The reason for the extension is to keep the community intact,” he said. “Because if you close graduate housing for families right now and you close the community, you lose something. … It’s really difficult to start a community from scratch, so as a result you need to keep this community and just relocate it.”Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the number of signatures the petition received. The Observer regrets this error.Tags: affordable housing, graduate students, on-campus housing, Save the Village, student housing, University Village
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