University diplomas now printed on paper

first_imgSheep of the world are breathing a sigh of relief, now that the University will no longer be printing diplomas on sheepskin. As of last year, Notre Dame was one of only five schools in the nation who printed diplomas on sheepskin. Beginning in 2012, the University will change to printing diplomas on high-quality paper. University officials knew that this change would come in the next few years, but the official decision for the immediate switch was finalized earlier this week, catalyzed by the closing of the company that supplied the sheepskin prints, according to Associate University Registrar Chuck Hurley. Hurley said that the switch will benefit Notre Dame in the long run. “If you look back at Notre Dame’s history, both sheepskin and paper diplomas have been offered since the turn of the century,” Hurley said. “It has varied from time to time when sheepskin was unavailable, so we’ve had kind of an odd history where we went back and forth between sheepskin and paper.” At times, the spotty availability of sheepskin has caused problems with the uniform printing of diplomas. “In the 1960s, you’d see students with same degree at graduation, but some would have it on sheepskin and some had paper,” Hurley said. “In the late 1960s, Notre Dame switched to a sheepskin default but offered paper as well upon request.” The sheepskin vendor used by the University is the last of its kind remaining in the United States, a fact that speaks to the decreasing popularity of the material. Last week, the vendor told University officials that it will no longer be printing sheepskin diplomas. “The unique printing process [for sheepskin] involves lead type, and industry regulators were very concerned,” Hurley said. “The company told us that due to lower order volumes and to avoid causing problems for their employees, they decided to no longer make sheepskins.” The switch coincides with the trend observed by the Office of the Registrar that more and more students have been asking for paper over sheepskin over the years. According to Hurley, the new paper should prove far more durable than the sheepskin. “Each year, the registrar’s office gets requests from students for reprints of diplomas that had been damaged by the sun, humidity, etc.,” said Hurley. “Sheepskin, as a biological entity, can fade, shrink, and wrinkle, but paper is less inclined to do those things.” The overall expense of printing diplomas should remain fairly constant — the paper itself costs slightly less, but now the Office will invest in software and high-quality printers to prepare the diplomas. An added bonus for the University is the shifting of resources from paying a third-party printer to using printers inside the Office of the Registrar. “We worked with student government last year to select a new paper diploma for the University,” Hurley said. “It uses the same typeface, the same seal and looks exactly the same to the untrained eye, but now it will be on the same high-quality paper that is used by Harvard, Princeton and Oxford to print diplomas.” The change has been finalized and will be in effect in time for the graduation ceremonies in January 2012.last_img read more

Group discusses medical amnesty

first_imgMembers of Campus Life Council (CLC) discussed medical amnesty and the avenues Notre Dame can take to combat the use of conflict minerals in electronics during their meeting Monday. Student body president Pat McCormick asked council members if they believe the University should include some form of medical amnesty in its policies. Medical amnesty protects students in need of medical assistance, and the related Good Samaritan policy protects the student who seeks assistance for the student in need. CLC has spoken in favor of medical amnesty in the past, McCormick said. Ed Mack, O’Neill Hall rector, said the student body of Notre Dame is held to a higher standard of helping others, even if it means facing disciplinary risk. “It always strikes me that it would seem better if the student body said, ‘I stand first for my brother or sister,’ rather than the perception of ‘I’ll worry about myself and maybe take care of one in need,’” he said. “I think more highly of you.” Ronald Vierling, rector of Morrissey Manor, said in two instances this year, students were not punished for helping other students, even though they themselves were intoxicated. These situations place the Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) in a difficult position, he said. “Did we penalize the student? Of course not,” he said. “Frankly, our NDSP often casts a blind eye, but it’s state law. There will be things they have to do to follow through with that.” Vierling said a policy of medical amnesty is not needed if students uphold the level of honor expected of them and take appropriate action in difficult situations. “Do we need something legislating an obvious standard?” he said. McCormick said some students still hesitate to help peers in need for fear of punishment, despite the standard of integrity they are generally held to by supporting their fellow students. “We believe this standard is innate and honor it, but from a student perspective, there are cases where there is no mercy shown,” he said. “Instead, there’s punitive measure taken against the student that runs counter to our higher aspirations as a community.” McCormick said the issue will be addressed in Wednesday’s Senate meeting. CLC also discussed the issue of conflict minerals and how it relates to the Notre Dame student body. McCormick said student advocates raised Student Government’s awareness of the devastating effects of the mining of conflict minerals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Regional scrambles for natural resources like these conflict minerals are the principal driver for human abuse and armed conflict in Congo, he said. McCormick said Notre Dame has used its investment portfolio to influence global justice in the past, and it can do so now to make a statement about its position on this issue. “It would advance compliance in companies to source where their minerals are coming from,” he said. “Minerals are making their way from places with human atrocity and into our cell phones and electronics.” Students can take responsibility on the issue of conflict minerals by writing their congressmen and purchasing electronics from certain companies over others. “Students can assign grades to congressmen and congresswomen to increase awareness,” McCormick said. “And they can use consumer purchases as a way of voting for particular supply chains.” He said student advocacy can be a powerful form of leverage for broad issues like the problem of conflict minerals. “The choices we make downstream to the extraction process are contributing to violence and human atrocity,” McCormick said. “If we can get students involved, that creates a sense of broader solidarity beyond borders that Notre Dame aspires to.”last_img read more

Students celebrate Mardi Gras holiday

first_img Traditionally children get the entire week off of school, Owers said. “In New Orleans, we have debutante balls, known as Mardi Gras balls,” Degan said. “A lot of the Mardi Gras organizations who put on parades have Mardi Gras balls, or just balls alone.” “I hadn’t been home for Mardi Gras since I was a freshman,” she said. “I forgot about the whole season. In New Orleans, it’s not just one day. There are three or four parades every weekend. It was fun being home.” Degan said this family atmosphere and sense of community are the best things about the Mardi Gras season, which runs from the Epiphany in January through Fat Tuesday, or the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Though she won’t be returning home for Mardi Gras, her family will be making a trip to campus to spend time together. Degan said she had almost forgotten what it was like to celebrate Mardi Gras, New Orleans-style. After the ball, she was able to attend some parades before she returned to campus. Degan said she will not be able to celebrate Mardi Gras today in true fashion as she normally does due to an untimely exam. “I will wear my beads and eat some New Orleans-style food at the dining hall,” she said. “For us ­­­­­— my sister and myself — we always marched in parades,” she said. “You also get to spend time with your family, and it’s a great showing of community.” “I’ll miss being a part of [the celebration in New Orleans],” she said. “I didn’t realize how much I miss being there. Notre Dame doesn’t really do anything to celebrate, beyond the dining halls. But my family will visit, so I’ll see them.” “It’s definitely not just Bourbon Street and craziness,” she said. “It can be a family atmosphere. You can pick your own Mardi Gras. It’s a strong misconception that it can’t be fun for all ages.” Each parade is different from the next, Degan added. From throwing beads to attending multiple parades in one day, the parade culture of New Orleans is an integral part of the Mardi Gras celebration. “Everyone on the floats is masked,” she said. “There is this big culture around the parade. Floats are often satirical, making fun of local politicians or controversial topics. Different crews put on different parades, and each is known for something. One might be the political one, while one has just male or female riders.” “It’s more than just what you see on television,” the New Orleans native said. “I’m lucky that I got to spend time before coming here as both a spectator and participant in Mardi Gras parades.” Sophomore Elizabeth Owers said she didn’t appreciate the glitz, glam and community generated by a New Orleans Mardi Gras until she came to Notre Dame. “You spend all day at the parades,” she said. “Or sometimes you go on vacation. It’s about spending time with your family.” Owers said the Mardi Gras season offers something for everyone. At Mardi Gras balls, female college juniors are presented into society at the ball as “maids in court,” she said. When most people think of Mardi Gras, they probably imagine raucous parades down Bourbon Street filled with music, floats and the infamous Mardi Gras beads. “The people in the ball were masked, but I was unmasked and wearing a white, large gown,” she said. But junior Emily Degan said one of the misconceptions about Mardi Gras is that it is scandalous or full of misbehavior. “Everything is so much fun and everyone is in such a good mood,” the New Orleans native said. “There is good food everywhere.” Degan said she returned to the Big Easy for a Mardi Gras ball last Wednesday.last_img read more

PostSecret founder speaks

The secret that impacted PostSecret founder Frank Warren the most was the secret he never saw. “The only reason I know this secret exists is because of an email I received from a woman who said she wrote her secret on a postcard, thinking it was going to make her feel better, but when she saw it staring back at her, she felt horrible,” said Warren, the founder of PostSecret, a community art project to which people send in postcards with secrets. “She tore the postcard in half and decided in that moment that she would never be the person with that secret again.” Warren founded PostSecrets in 2004 and has toured for the last five years with PostSecret Live, which took place in Washington Hall on Wednesday night. SUB Ideas and Issues coordinator Tricia Corban said the event was cosponsored by the Student Union Board (SUB), the Junior Class Council and Notre Dame’s chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness. At the event, Warren shared secrets that did not make it into the five PostSecret books, as well as some secrets of his own. Students also had the opportunity to share secrets via four microphones set up around the auditorium. Warren said the tour is special for college campuses. “I think the project resonates with young people more than anyone else, and so I feel like the conversation I have on college campuses is so much more meaningful because young people are just more aware of what’s happening online,” he said. “But more than that, I think that they are at a place in their lives where they are more authentic with themselves and trying to figure out what’s true in the world.” Frank said he doesn’t like to think of himself as a performer, but because he’s given hundreds of lectures, he notices differences and similarities with each new place he visits. “One thing I noticed abocoming here is how ideal that theater [Washington Hall] is,” he said. “It’s a wonderful theater. It’s just set up so well. In a lot of ways it’s a more beautiful theater and better accustomed for events than modern theaters are.” Warren said he has more than half a million secrets in his home, coming from countries all over the world. “The fact that seven years later I’m still getting about 100 postcards every day from around the world for a total of over a half-million still surprises me to this day,” Warren said. Warren posts around 20 new “Sunday Secrets” to the PostSecret website every Sunday. The website receives more than seven million hits a month. “Every postcard comes to my house, and I read every secret and I keep them all,” he said. “I think it’s a singular, precious archive.” With so many secrets arriving, he said it’s difficult to select the weekly secrets he chooses to display. “It’s harder than you think, to select the weekly secrets,” he said. “And not just to select them, but to arrange them. I try and tell a different story every week with people’s secrets, connecting them so that they’re not just twenty voices, but this complete conversation that’s greater than the sum of the postcards.” Including the website and all of the books, he said he has shared less than five percent of the secrets he has received, but he hopes the secrets he has shared make an impact. “If you open up your heart and mind to a secret, you’ll see a kernel of the truth that you can learn from,” he said at the event. Warren said he is now trying to find a way to share the secrets from the now-defunct PostSecret App, which ran for three months but was shut down after misuse in the comments portion of the application. The application allowed users to submit secrets digitally, and more than 2 million secrets were shared in its limited time. “I just received a drive with all of the PostSecret App secrets on it,” he said. “It’s got three terabytes, and it took three days to transfer. I hope to have a book or a searchable database of the secrets.” No matter how the secrets are shared, Warren said the program has given him and countless others the ability to finally look at the secrets within themselves. “I think a part of the beauty of PostSecret is the courage people see in these vulnerable secrets every week. I think that kind of courage is contagious,” he said. “When you see it, you feel it, and it inspires you to join the conversation.” For more information on the project, visit To mail Warren a secret, address a postcard to: Frank Warren, 13345 Copper Ridge Rd., Germantown, MD 20874. read more

‘To Write Love on Her Arms’ founder speaks

first_imgNotre Dame’s chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) closed Irish State of Mind week Friday afternoon with guest speaker Jamie Tworkowski, founder of the nonprofit organization To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA), and singer Steven McMorran, lead singer of the alternative rock band Satellite.NAMI-ND president Maggie Skoch said TWLOHA has gained national prominence through social media and coverage on NBC Nightly News, CBS Sunday Morning, MTV and Rolling Stone Magazine.“Founded by Jamie Tworkowski in 2006, To Write Love on Her Arms is a nonprofit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide,” she said. “TWLOHA has given over $1 million directly to treatment and recovery.”Tworkowski, who invited McMorran to open the event with music, said the group almost always begins with music.“We believe that… [music] has the unique ability to remind us, all of us, that we’re alive, it’s okay to feel things, it’s okay to ask questions,” Tworkowski said.McMorran played guitar and sang several songs from Satellite’s 2013 album “Calling Birds,” prefacing each with a brief statement of its connection to personal obstacles. After about 30 minutes, Tworkowski took the stage.“Normally I feel like it’s implied, when someday stands in the front of the room, or on the stage, and they have a microphone, it’s implied that he or she, this person, has some answers,” Tworkowski said. “But I think … in a way, these events are more about the questions than answers.“I think what a lot of us need … [isn’t answers, but] just some other person, or maybe a small group of people who might meet us in our questions and tell us, remind us, show us that we are not alone in those places, especially those places that hurt … where I think we buy into some lies that suggest that we’re alone, especially if it’s something we haven’t talked about.”Tworkowski shared his personal experiences with mental health issues, the founding and growth of TWLOHA and statistics on mental illness in America.“Two out of three people who struggle with depression, they never get help for it,” he said. “The majority of people who live in this place, they live alone.”Whether or not an individual pursues professional counseling, community is paramount to moving through the tough times, Tworkowski said.“People need other people,” he said. “You and I, we find ourselves on this planet in a way where we are wired to know people and love people, to be known and to be loved.“When it comes to our pain and the stuff we’re not sure about, the stuff we’re not proud of, the tendency is to isolate, to hide out. … You just don’t want to talk to anyone, you don’t want to be seen, but we’ve come to believe that it doesn’t matter how busy you are, introvert, extrovert, what your major is, how you’re wired — that community, that support system, that group of friends is something we all need and deserve.”Junior Michael Dinh said he felt the event was the perfect conclusion to the week.“Hearing TWLOHA founder Jamie Tworkowski share his experiences in helping people fighting against depression, substance abuse and thoughts of suicide was an enlightening and inspiring opportunity,” he said. “Many of our fellow students at Notre Dame face these challenges during their time here, and we all have the chance to be their light in dark times.”Tags: Irish State of Mind, Jamie Tworkowski, Mental health, mental illness, NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Satellite, Steven McMorran, To Write Love on Her Arms, TWLOHAlast_img read more

Community reflects on Pence’s Legacy

first_img“Notre Dame’s a really interesting and unique place in that we have these conversations and we have a platform to do that,” Galo said. “I think it’s cool that we’re able to discuss and grapple with them. I think that’s one of our strengths and it will continue to be our strength in the next four years. “It’s not a time to keep looking backwards, we have to look forward.”Tags: DACA, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, RFRA Photo courtesy of Dylan Stevenson Former governor Mike Pence joins College Republicans for a luncheon event last school year.Senior Andrew Galo, co-president of College Democrats, said Pence’s legacy as governor was “not one to be proud of.”Stevenson said Pence’s legacy was “primarily economic.”“A lot of what fiscal conservatives wanted to see, he put into practice, and a lot of it worked,” Stevenson said.Galo, however, said Pence’s term as governor was not good for Indiana. “It’s been one of setbacks and turning us back in the progress we’ve made,” he said. “ … He’s shown every indication of continuing to do that in the next administration.”Senior Gracie Watkins, co-president of College Democrats, said the status of minority groups, including students who identify with those groups on campus, was threatened by Pence as governor and would continue to be threatened as he begins his term as vice president.“I think Notre Dame is kind of a microcosm of the United States, where marginalized communities on our campus will be targeted the same way they are across the states, specifically [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival] students and their families, come to mind,” she said.Stevenson said another point of controversy of Pence’s term was the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which was intended to protect religious liberties. Galo said all RFRA did was “codify bigotry and [establish] a precedent for legal discrimination.”“As a Catholic university, there’s something to be said for a Catholic identity, but that also means we don’t discriminate and we don’t hate others,” Galo said. “[RFRA] was a bill of hate. “Thankfully, South Bend came out and said ‘We’re going to be a community for all,’ and if you look downtown, all the businesses say ‘We’re open to business for everybody.’ It’s hard at a school like this to kind of walk that fine line, but this bill was pretty explicit in that it was thinly veiled religious freedom covering up this idea of discrimination and hatred and this malpractice to others.”Stevenson said that because Pence was pressured to sign an amendment negating much of the act, he wasn’t sure what kind of impact it would have on Indiana businesses and the Indiana LGBT community. “Do I think [RFRA] will tarnish his legacy? No,” Stevenson said. “ … Those on the left would not view him favorably [because of RFRA], which is legitimate if you’re very vocal on LGBT rights — then you’re obviously not going to be OK with that sort of thing. But if you’re like me, which is where the economy and the budget come ‘uber alles,’ I think your opinion of him then is always going to be quite high.”Galo said regardless of a person’s opinion of Pence, students have ability to express that opinion in a productive way at Notre Dame. Hundreds of thousands of people — including protesters — will descend on the Capitol on Friday to watch Donald Trump take the oath of office to become the 45th president of the United States. For the students of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s, the inauguration will also see former Indiana governor Mike Pence being sworn in as the vice president. “I think that before Donald Trump announced him as his running mate, if you asked most Notre Dame students what they thought of Mike Pence, they’d say ‘Who?,’” senior College Republicans vice president Dylan Stevenson said.last_img read more

Jenkins announces University plans to address Catholic Church sexual abuse crisis

first_imgOffer presidential research grantsThe University will set aside up to $1 million over the next three years to fund research on the crisis. Instructions on how to apply for the grants will be sent out to faculty, and a committee will be formed to develop criteria for awarding them, Jenkins said in the statement. Redouble efforts to create a culture of accountability and transparency around sexual assault and misconduct on our own campus, whether perpetrated by laypersons or clergy Jenkins said the University is committed to continue efforts to improve sexual assault prevention, reporting and responding at Notre Dame across campus.“My office will monitor progress on these efforts and other relevant initiatives that may emerge and report back on progress toward the end of the 2019-20 academic year,” he said in the statement.Tags: Campus Engagement Task Force, Research and Scholarship Task Force, Sexual abuse scandal, vatican summit Ongoing Efforts: 2019 and beyondEncourage and share relevant research and scholarshipNotre Dame will support ongoing programs and research initiatives serving the Catholic Church. Among these include the The McGrath Institute for Church Life’s study on preventing sexual abuse in seminaries, its conference on “co-responsibility of laity and clergy in the Church,” taking place in early 2020, and the deNicola Center for Ethics and Culture’s research on how canon law can better protect against sexual abuse, Jenkins said in the statement. Immediate Steps: 2019-2020Initiate prominent, public events to educate and stimulate discussion In accordance with both task forces’ recommendation and Pope Francis’ call for a synodal Church, the University will host further opportunities for campus-wide discussion about the crisis, Jenkins said in the statement. The sex abuse scandal will be the main topic of discussion for the 2019-20 Notre Dame Forum, he said. Other campus events on the subject have also been planned.“My office will host two campus-wide events — one in fall 2019 that will offer perspectives on where the Church is now, identifying steps that have been taken and problems that must be addressed,” Jenkins said in the statement.The second event will focus on next steps for the Church — not only sexual abuse prevention, but broader issues the crisis has brought to light, including “structures of accountability in the Church, clericalism, the role of women, creating and sustaining ethical cultures and the continued accompaniment of survivors,” he added.center_img Train graduates for effective leadership in the Church during and beyond the crisis Notre Dame’s Master of Divinity, Alliance for Catholic Education and Echo lay leadership programs will continue to train their students in sexual abuse prevention and awareness, Jenkins said in the statement. The theology department has also held internal discussions on how to better educate its students on sexual abuse in the Church as well as help better form students entering ministry, he added. University President Fr. John Jenkins announced Notre Dame’s plans to address the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal in a statement to the campus community Monday.“I have heard from many in the campus community how the stories of the past months disheartened and challenged their faith,” Jenkins said in the statement. “True faith calls us not to be discouraged by human sin, but to focus more completely on the hope offered by Christ. … If we do this, we can deepen our prayer, strengthen our commitment to live good and holy lives and foster a hope that will shine more clearly. Our response, then, demands prayer and reflection, but we must also act.”The statement, which follows both Jenkins’ original response to the crisis in October and the Vatican sex abuse summit, outlines a number of steps the University plans to take to address and prevent clericalism and sexual abuse both in the Notre Dame community and the Catholic Church as a whole.“Real progress will be achieved by initiating with other processes that include careful thought, study, continual improvement of laws, policies and practices and sustained support for survivors. Most of all, it requires a change in hearts that leads us to a common and dedicated effort to prevent sexual assault, harassment and abuse in any form by anyone,” Jenkins said in the statement. “ … To the extent we can do this, the dark night of the current crisis will lead us to a hopeful dawn.”The University’s next steps were planned with the help of two task forces formed by Jenkins last semester, a Campus Engagement Task Force and a Research and Scholarship Task Force, which worked to gather feedback from the community and assess research initiatives on the scandal, respectively.last_img read more

Reed Introduces Bill To Help Jamestown Regional Airport

first_imgWNYNewsNow File Image.WASHINGTON — A new bipartisan bill proposed by Congressman Tom Reed seeks to help smaller airports across the nation, including the one near Jamestown.Reed’s “Restoring Essential Service to Small Airports Act”, would help smaller but economically essential airports across the country, like the Jamestown Regional Airport, rejoin the Essential Air Service (EAS) program. The bill would also provide a much-needed boost to local economies while guaranteeing access to commercial air service.“We care about our region’s access to national air travel because working families and businesses depend on the availability of affordable commercial flights,” said Reed. “The Essential Air Service Program must restore its role as a facilitator of air services in communities like Jamestown, New York to ensure the local economy of Western New York is not unfairly left out of new economic development opportunities.”“The Essential Air Service program is an important part of growing our Chautauqua County Jamestown Airport and breathing new life into the operations,” said Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel. “Small airports like ours are a critical piece of infrastructure for business retention and economic development efforts. Not only is this important for corporate and business travel, but having commercial service available offers a local, no-hassle flying opportunity for our residents and visitors, boosting our tourism and hospitality industry. I thank Congressman Reed for introducing this bill and his continued efforts to get commercial air service back in Chautauqua County through the Essential Air Service program.” The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Essential Air Service (EAS) program provides critical air service to smaller regional airports, connecting local communities to major hubs, and supporting economic growth. In January of 2018, the U.S. Department of Transportation terminated the EAS agreement with the Chautauqua County Jamestown Airport. Many efforts have been made by Chautauqua County government officials, as well as Rep. Reed, to get commercial flight service reinstated.Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Outstanding.,Let’s pump millions more $ into an airport NO ONE uses …… Buffalo is only 1.5 hrs away, Erie is 1hr…..NY is BROKE, this is a complete waist of $$$$$$, 10-26-2006 = $2,067,000 grant8-2020= $274,000 (this includes Tree Removal)2019= Jamestown realized about $97,435 in income last year with over $685,000 in expense. No business owner in their right mind would keep open a business with these numbers.Cost in 2019 to keep open the Jamestown Airport $685,000Income generated= $97,435For those not good in math, They operated at a loss of $587,565…………..STOP BAILING OUT FAILING BUSINESSES……………….. NYS IS BROKElast_img read more

Great-Granddaughter Of Lucille Ball Dies Following Fight With Breast Cancer

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Desiree Anzalone via Instagram Photo (left) / Lucille Ball via U.S. Army Photo (right).NEW HAVEN, CT – The great-granddaughter of Lucille Ball has passed away following a battle with breast cancer.Desiree Anzalone died on September 27 at Smilow Cancer Center in Connecticut where she was treated for stage four breast cancer.Anzalone was the daughter of Julie Arnaz and Mario Anzalone and was described by Arnaz as her “mini-me.” Anzalone was the grandchild of Desi Arnaz Jr., the son of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz Sr.Julia Arnaz spoke to People Magazine and said her daughter was “something else”. “She was so beautiful, just so so beautiful inside and out,” Arnaz said. “She really, really reminded me a lot of my grandmother, more so than I.”Arnaz said she went “peacefully” but “watching her slip away was just, I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. No mother should have to watch that.”An obituary described Anzalone as “an old soul who loved 60’s and 70’s music.”“Her talent was prolific including her art, song writing, poetry and playing piano,” it reads. “She was a talented photographer and enjoyed playing guitar with her father, singing and modeling photography.”Anzalone was first diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer at 25, according to People. Anzalone underwent chemotherapy and eventually a double mastectomy. She was in remission before learning that her cancer had returned and advanced to Stage 4.“She probably would have been with us for a few more years…it was starting to spread a lot more, and the tumors were getting bigger. We expected her to stay at least through the holidays,” Arnaz told reporters.She went to say that Anzalone kept getting fluid around her heart which required her to undergo numerous surgeries. “The cancer would come back two weeks later. And this time, it came back 12 hours later…you’ve got days, if hours.” said Arnaz.Anzalone made it her mission to educate awareness on breast cancer in young woman. ” It’s rare, but it does happen” Arnaz explained. “And Desiree wanted to put awareness out for if you feel anything, just because you’re a certain age doesn’t mean that it can’t happen to somebody.”Since March, Arnaz and Anzalone didn’t have enough time to spend with each other due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “I wasn’t able to see her as much as I usually do because she was compromised and I didn’t want her getting sick in any kind of way,” Arnaz said.Anzalone is survived by her fiancé and caregiver, Chris Reynolds. her father, Mario, and his wife, Nancy, her mother, Julia, and her husband, Halbert Massey, her maternal grandmother, Susan Callahan Howe, grandfather Desi Jr,  paternal grandmother, Carol Anzalone, paternal great grandmother, Marjorie Broadhurst, stepbrothers Sammy and Joe, and AJ and Nick.last_img read more

Jon Robin Baitz’ The Substance of Fire Added to Second Stage’s Season

first_imgJon Robin Baitz’ The Substance of Fire has been added to Second Stage Theatre’s 35th anniversary season. Directed by Trip Cullman, The Substance of Fire will begin performances on April 22, with opening night set for May 12. Casting and the full creative team will be announced at a later date. The Substance of Fire follows the story of a family united by a proud past but facing an uncertain future. Isaac Geldhart, the volatile and brilliant patriarch of his family publishing house, is stubbornly holding on to his place at the head of the company while his three children try to convince him to publish a desperately needed best-seller. Confronted with a changing literary landscape and potential takeover of the company, the Geldhart children must either come to terms with their father and band together or break apart and forfeit the legacy he risked everything to build.  Baitz received a Tony nomination for Other Desert Cities. Other work includes The Film Society, The End of The Day, Three Hotels, A Fair Country, an adaptation of Hedda Gabler and TV’s Brothers & Sisters, Alias and The West Wing. This will be the first New York staging of The Substance of Fire since its original off-Broadway production 23 years ago starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Ron Rifkin and directed by Daniel Sullivan. It subsequently transferred to Lincoln Center’s Mitzi Newhouse Theatre and was also made into a 1996 film starring Tony Goldwyn, Parker and Rifkin.center_img View Commentslast_img read more