Political clubs prep for fall campaigns

first_img NICD will hold phone banks Monday through Thursday each week up until elections and will also canvas around neighborhoods on Sundays, Lowry said.  “We’re really just focusing on campaigning for candidates in northern Indiana,” she said.  “We want to bring awareness to their campaigns and get our name out there as well.” NICD, which includes students from Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s, Holy Cross, Indiana University South Bend, Ivy Tech Community College and Bethel College, recently set up a campaign headquarters on South Bend Avenue, said Lowry, a senior at Saint Mary’s.   Both the College Republicans and College Democrats will sponsor ND Votes, a campus-wide bi-partisan voter registration drive that is scheduled to begin Tuesday. Senior Josh Varanelli, president of the Notre Dame College Republicans, said his organization is keeping its efforts on campus.   “We were considering door to door campaigning, but it just didn’t seem feasible,” he said.  “Our big focus this election is on increased voter registration among students, as well as phone banking for swing states.” College Republicans will run phone banks every Thursday and Friday until the elections are over, Varanelli said.  The Notre Dame College Republicans are supporting Dan Coats for United States Senate and Jackie Walorski for Congress.center_img Lowry said NICD is sharing the space with St. Joseph’s County Prosecutor Michael Dvorak, who is seeking reelection in November.    “We’re fired up and ready to go,” Northern Indiana College Democrats (NICD) Chair Colleen Lowry said.  “We have more than 3,000 people in the area working harder than ever on these campaigns.”  Meanwhile, NICD is working to support Dvorak, Congressman Joe Donnelly, Rosemary Mandrici for St. Joseph’s County Assessor and Dwight Fish for Indiana State Representative in District 21.    “It’s really close to campus, so students can walk or ride their bikes,” she said.  “The headquarters is College Democrats-run and the entire community participates, so it’s very collaborative.” As the country gears up for mid-term elections in November, the College Democrats and College Republicans of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s are making preparations of their own.   Varanelli said he wants the group’s work to make maximum impact.  “This year, we’ve developed a campaign committee designed to research candidates and determine where Notre Dame students can be most efficient,” he said.  “We really want to maximize our effectiveness.”  last_img read more

C-Store changes location

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s C-Store moved locations within the College’s Student Center over fall break — a change that was met with mixed reviews from students upon their return to campus this week. The C-Store is now located in the space that was formerly occupied by the Cyber Café. It still serves the College community as a convenience store, offering food, medicine and personal care products. “I don’t like the fact that they took away the tables,” Saint Mary’s junior Sarah Korbonits said about the new location. “It was a nice place to meet and eat with friends. However, it looks like it has potential to add a greater variety of food.” Junior Aileen Hurd agreed. “It looked a little cramped, but it seemed to be pretty good,” she said. Follett Higher Education Group, which now manages the Shaheen Bookstore, is using the space previously occupied by the C-Store for bookstore expansions. According to a Saint Mary’s press release issued earlier this semester, this renovation will occur during Christmas break. “Follett is proud to have Saint Mary’s College as our newest partner,” Follett president Tom Christopher said in the press release. “Together, we can make the Shaheen Bookstore the chief resource to students and the entire Saint Mary’s community.” Sodexo is managing the C-Store — which was previously managed by the College — at its new location, according to the press release. “The new convenience store seems to offer the same items as the old convenience store, minus the movies for rent and balloons,” sophomore Cassie Fill said. “The new setup will take awhile to get used to.” According to the press release, the tables and chairs previously located in the Cyber Café will be dispersed throughout the Student Center atrium and lounge. Additionally, the C-Store will now remain open until midnight. Karen Johnson, vice president of Student Affairs, said she believes students will appreciate the changes made to the C-Store and bookstore, according to the press release. “I think students will be happy with many of the upcoming changes to the Student Center, which include expanding the hours of the Café and convenience store to midnight,” she said. “The Student Center is their space, and we want them to feel at home in it.” Some students, however, remain unimpressed with the changes. “Disappointing,” junior Kate Simon said about the new store. “They didn’t have Arizona Tea.” Fill was also disappointed with the change. “My friends and I always enjoyed renting more recent movies from the C-Store last year,” she said. “But I’m interested to see how the new convenience store in the Cyber Café competes with the old one.”last_img read more

Former Notre Dame student charged with open murder in father’s disappearance

first_imgA former Notre Dame student from Michigan was charged with open murder Thursday, less than 24 hours before a search team recovered a body today believed to be that of his missing father, police said. Patrick Mikes Jr., 21, pleaded not guilty to the charge Thursday through his attorney at his arraignment at the 52-4 District Court in Troy, Mich., according to reports from The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News. Mikes Jr. would have begun classes as a senior in just a few weeks. University spokesman Dennis Brown said Mikes Jr. is no longer enrolled at Notre Dame as of Aug. 2. Brown did not comment specifically on this case, but he said the administration reserves the right to immediately suspend any student charged with a felony. Mikes Jr. and his younger brother reported their father missing July 29, according to a press release from the Troy Police Department. The brothers told police they had last seen their father the morning of July 27 as he left for a bike ride. As police began to investigate the disappearance, they found evidence of a violent encounter in the family’s basement and named Mikes Jr. as a suspect in the case. Media reports stated DNA recovered from the basement tied Mikes Jr., to what had at that point turned into a murder investigation. Based on that evidence, police arrested the son Wednesday for his father’s murder. An “open murder” charge allows the trial jury to decide whether the crime is first- or second-degree murder.  Capt. Robert Redmond of the Troy Police Department said today he does not know of a motive yet in the case. In an earlier press release on the investigation, he stressed Mikes Jr.’s younger brother is not a suspect in the case and is cooperating with police in the investigation. Redmond said the nearly two-week search for a body ended this morning. “A body, believed to be that of Mr. Mikes, was found several feet inside the edge of a cornfield on Morrish Road north of Lake Road. A bike matching the description of the bike being searched for was found about 15 feet away from the body,” a press release stated. The Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office is now working to officially identify the body. Mikes Jr. is scheduled to appear in court again to address the murder charge Aug. 27. He is currently being held at the Oakland County Jail without bond. “When we recently arrested and charged Patrick Mikes Jr. with murder, we did not give up the search for his father,” the release stated. “We continued to search because it was the right thing to do.” Mikes Jr. was also charged Aug. 1 with three felony counts of illegal use of a financial transaction device, meaning he illegally used a credit card that did not belong to him. Media reports stated Jr. used his brother’s credit card without his knowledge July 26, the day before he reported his father missing. Police have not indicated that any connection between those fraud charges and the most recent charge for open murder. Brown said Mikes Sr., was a 1979 Notre Dame graduate. “The University’s thoughts and prayers are with the Mikes family in this difficult time,” Brown said.last_img read more

Scholar discusses Catholic education

first_imgJohn Haldane, professor of philosophy and director of the Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, spoke Tuesday in the Eck Hall of Law on “The Future of the University: Philosophy, Education and Catholic Tradition.” University President Fr. John Jenkins introduced Haldane, who is the chairman of the Royal Institute for Philosophy in London and consultant to the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture in Rome. “I have known John for a long time,” Jenkins said, “He is a prolific scholar of philosophy … who combines the serious rigor of argument that characterizes analytic philosophy with an expansive imagination, seriousness about issues of faith and aesthetics – things that really characterize Catholic tradition at its best.” Haldane focused on the philosophy and theology behind traditional modes of Catholic education and these modes’ futures in modern institutions. “This is no small topic,” he said. “If you ask the question, ‘What is a Catholic university?’ It seems to me you can answer that question in a variety of ways.” Haldane said a university might consider itself Catholic through its origins, liturgy or sacrament. “A Catholic university can also operate on the principle that grace perfects nature,” he said. “[The principle] organizes educational activities from this perspective of human nature.” Haldane said Saint Augustine’s views on education continued a secular, Greco-Roman concern with the practice and cultivation of wisdom.   “Human excellence and happiness require self-understanding and virtue,” he said. “This is the proper end of philosophy and education. It must also include the study of history, culture and politics.” Haldane said philosophy practices the love of wisdom and clarifies concepts and arguments and therefore corrects post-modernist postures within the humanities. “Higher education is in a state of flux,” Haldane said. Economic hardship and pragmatist approaches to education challenge classical methods of education, he said. “Until recently, education was a privilege of the few, but increasingly it seems the right of the many,” he said. Haldane said this change came from 19th-century progressive thought and radical philosophers Jeremy Bentham and Herbert Spencer. Matthew Arnold saw education as an essential means for the transmission of high culture, Haldane said. “This kind of intensive education formation involves a relatively small amount of students in each class tutored by a widely-read teacher, which cannot be substituted for by online PowerPoint presentations,” he said. Haldane said there was a distinction between knowledge and understanding. “Newman was concerned that as well as coming to know the particular and the contemporary, humans need to understand the general and the permanent,” he said. As the situation in public finances worsens, hard choices about education will have to be made, Haldane said. “Theologians tell us that God does not will evil, but permits it for the sake of the good that may come from it. Due to that perspective, the financial crises … may yet bring forth benefits for the university if it causes us to engage in this conversation about the value of education,” he said.last_img read more

Alumna founds clothing company

first_imgWith multiple duties of being an entrepreneur, a wife, a mom, a daughter and a sister, Courtney Schultz, a 2010 graduate of Saint Mary’s College, is expanding her design company to include collegiate wear for women across the nation. Schultz, who began Courtney Bock Designs (CBD) after graduation and lives in South Bend, discovered her passion for designing while she was still in school. “CBD originally started in 2009 when my niece was born. I was a senior at Saint Mary’s and living in LeMans Hall,” Schultz said. “I had never sewed a day in my life until I was 20 years old. I started it and it was just this hidden passion and gift that I didn’t even know I had. I uncovered it and was obsessed.” With her sister in labor, Schultz frantically tried to finish the gift she was making for her niece. “I was up in my room with my grandma’s sewing machine until two in the morning while my sister was in labor, and I kept telling myself that I had to make this for the baby before she came,” Schultz said. “So CBD really started with baby gifts for my niece, and then it just kept tumbling into more things.” Schultz’s mom, also a graduate of the College, owned her own boutique shop called Orange Tree where Schultz began selling some of her creations. “While I was in school, I was my mom’s manager at Orange Tree. I was still doing CBD on the side during that time,” Schultz said. “When I got married after graduation, I moved out to Arizona with my husband. I didn’t have a job because it was a very short-term move, so that is when I pursued CBD 100 percent.” Schultz moved back to South Bend after about five months, and she said the company has grown quickly since then. While Schultz’s baby gifts sparked her interest in creating her own designs and apparel, she first learned how to sew by making an apron. “I always thought that cute, frilly aprons were really adorable. Even to this day, cleaning and cooking and doing chores are just not some of my favorite things to do, but I always kind of felt that some of those mundane things should be made pretty,” Schultz said. “I think that’s the driving force of my philosophy for what I make now. The entrepreneur said the aprons marked her first large, popular collection. Although she now focuses more on children’s apparel again, she continues to form her collections around these niche populations. Schultz, whose younger sister currently attends Saint Mary’s, is now launching a collegiate line that focuses on everyday apparel and monograms. She polled college girls to discover what they were looking for in clothes. Monogrammed items have become a huge trend across the nation, which Schultz said intrigued her when she was researching. “This trend of monogramming has been so huge in the South forever and it is making an appearance now in the North,” she said. “I wanted to be one of the first in the area to really grasp onto that and put my own spin on it.” While she can make any type of school pride item, Saint Mary’s products have always been a huge piece of Schultz’s lines. “I love doing the Saint Mary’s College products. It holds such a place in my heart because I went here and it’s in my hometown. I love this place,” Schultz said. “I would love to kind of have a partnership with Saint Mary’s as far as apparel with them and having events here.” Schultz said she is also looking to branch out to sororities and other organizations with a three-letter monogram. Schultz said her Saint Mary’s education provided her with the confidence to begin her own company at such a young age, she said. “The fact that I come from a family where my mom, a Saint Mary’s grad, was also an entrepreneur, and there is just this empowerment where if you want to do it, then go do it,” Schultz said. “I do feel very well equipped to ask all of the right questions, be a business owner, be running my own successful brand and I don’t know if I would have had that confidence had I not gone to a women’s college where they really instill that kind of confidence into their students.” Using the code SMCND15, customers can take 15 percent off of any item off www.courtneybockdesigns.com now through Friday, Jan. 25. For more information about Courtney Bock Designs, visit http://www.facebook.com/Courtneybockdesigns/ Contact Jillian Barwick at [email protected]last_img read more

ROTC seniors commission as officers

first_imgAs most members of the Class of 2013 move on to employment and further education, the participants of Notre Dame’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) will commission as officers in the United States Military. Saint Mary’s senior and Navy ROTC midshipman Devon Graham said because of ROTC, her post-graduation plans are very different from those of her friends. “A lot of my friends are considering medical school, graduate schools or figuring out if they want to take a year off,” Graham said. “It is so nice to know that I have a job when I graduate and it isn’t just a job.”   Senior and Army ROTC cadet Ted Spinelli said officer commissions place a burden on him and his fellow cadets that most men and women their age do not carry. “There is an immense weight of responsibility that comes with [officer commissions] because many of us will be in charge of the lives of others in less than a year’s time,” Spinelli said. “In this line of business, to give anything less than 100 percent effort to physical and mental preparation on a daily basis could be catastrophic or fatal. That is a responsibility that I do not take lightly.” Senior and Navy ROTC midshipman Brian Van Metre said the level of responsibility is humbling, but he and his fellow officer candidates welcome it as an opportunity to make an impact on their communities. “I don’t believe that there is any job outside the military where I would have as much responsibility at 22 years old,” Van Metre said. “I think all of us who are about to commission are both humbled by that fact and extremely excited to start making a difference.” Spinelli said the bonds he formed with his fellow cadets through their commitment to the program enriched his ROTC experience. “I loved ROTC here at Notre Dame,” Spinelli said. “The young men and women I have had the privilege of working with are fantastic students, leaders, and individuals.  On a personal level, the Army ROTC program at Notre Dame surrounded me with people who share my same ideals. It provided an immediate, loyal group of friends that I now consider to be my family.” Graham said she greatly enjoyed her experience in Navy ROTC [NROTC], and the friendships she gained more than made up for the difficult times. “There are always hard times, and we all go through a time that we question if this is the right path for us, which you should because it is a huge decision,” Graham said. “I couldn’t be happier that I am in the NROTC program at Notre Dame. The friends and contacts I have made are unforgettable.” Van Metre also said the friendships he made with his fellow midshipmen helped sustain the rigors of participating in ROTC. “It’s a very big time commitment during the school year. Waking up early for [physical training] and having an extra one to two classes every semester can drain you towards the end,” Van Metre said. “Luckily, you’re generally not alone and can rely on friends in the same boat to help get you through.” Graham said Navy ROTC provided her with exciting opportunities, such as “driving a submarine or flying a C-130,” while  Courtney said he shadowed a field artillery lieutenant in Hawaii for three weeks. Van Metre said through the Navy ROTC summer training program, he performed aerial acrobatics in planes, fired guns with the Marines,  trained with Navy SEALs and flew in a V-22 Osprey Van Metre said he and the other Navy ROTC seniors will commission May 18, after which he will report to the USS Mobile Bay, a cruiser stationed in San Diego, Calif. Courtney said beginning July 19, his commission will take him to Fort Benning, Ga., where he will participate in the Armor Basic Officer Leadership Course), Army Reconnaissance Course and Ranger School on his way to a post in an armored unit. Once she receives her commission, Graham will attend flight school in Florida, where she hopes to receive her wings as a naval flight officer. Spinelli said beginning in the fall, he will attend the Engineer Officer Basic Course and the United States Army Airborne school. He will then report to Fort Bragg, N.C. in April 2014. Courtney said commissioning is not an end for ROTC seniors but rather, a meaningful moment in their continued efforts to become accomplished leaders. “[Commissioning] represents a big honor as well as a tremendous responsibility to continue to work and prepare ourselves so that we can be the best leaders of soldiers possible,” he said By Christian Myers at                         [email protected]last_img read more

Health services warns students about cold

first_imgWith temperatures plunging into the negatives this week, University Health Services advised students to protect their health against the risks posed by adverse conditions.Dr. Kevin McAward of University Health Services said the most basic preventative measure students should take is to dress warmly and in layers.“Cover your skin and dress in layers,” McAward said. “Avoid your clothes or socks getting wet.”In such extreme cold temperatures, it does not take long for the body to be at risk for frostbite or hypothermia. McAward said it is important for students to be aware of the symptoms of these serious health problems.“Pale, painful, burning skin is a sign of frostbite,” McAward said. “Skin that doesn’t pink [or] red up after going inside is concerning. Hypothermia is a state of full body cooling. Mild hypothermia presents with lethargy, confusion, shivering and then worsens to delirium and finally coma and respiratory depression.”McAward said the key to preventing frostbite is warming the affected areas in the right way.“To avoid damage from frostbite, run areas of concern under warm water. Do not rub them to try to keep them warm. That can damage them more,” he said. “Also it is very important to keep an area of potential frostbite warm after it has been rewarmed. Do not go back out into the cold.”According to McAward, the amount of exposure to cold is an important factor for the onset of health conditions like frostbite and hypothermia.“More important than the amount of time, is the amount of exposure [to the cold]. It depends on how cold the temperature falls. At -15 F it will only take 5-10 minutes before exposed skin is subject to frostbite,” he said.McAward also advised caution with regard to exercising outside in dangerously low temperatures.“Staying covered again remains the most important consideration when exercising in the cold,” McAward said. “While exercise will keep your core temperature up, it will not help your skin to stay warm and may make [you] at greater risk if sweat accumulates in clothing.”McAward also said it was important for students to be aware that the most common cold-related injury is falling due to slippery conditions.“Notre Dame does a fantastic job clearing sidewalks and parking lots, but there are still a lot of slippery spots. Being aware of your footing is extremely important,” he said.Tags: Dr. Kevin McAward, frostbite, hypothermia, Polar Vortex, University Health Serviceslast_img read more

Former ambassador Roemer defines ‘civility’

first_imgOn Friday afternoon in the Hesburgh Center auditorium, former Congressman and ambassador to India Timothy Roemer spoke about the current state of political discourse in a talk entitled “Civility in the Public Square: A Strong Leadership Principle.”Roemer, a South Bend native with masters and doctorate degrees from Notre Dame, began by explaining how he defines civility and how the public often misperceives it.“There’s a perception that civil people are afraid to speak their minds and stand on their principles,” Roemer said. “I couldn’t disagree more.“Civility is not the same thing as compromise. It’s treating your opponents with a measure of respect.”Quoting President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address, Roemer reminded the audience “civility is not a sign of weakness.”Roemer then listed strong historical leaders who embodied civility. He said the efforts President Abraham Lincoln and General Ulysses S. Grant made to treat the South with respect after the Civil War showed the tremendous power of civility. He also said Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. exemplified the same virtue in his actions of peace and restraint toward those who viciously attacked him.Roemer said the current lack of civility in public discourse stems from a few factors. The first, Roemer said, is “political apathy and indifference,” shown by record-low voter turnout and overall decreasing participation in the democratic process. Roemer said this allows more extreme voices on both sides of the spectrum to gain power while moderate voters stay home on Election Day. Voter disenchantment with political polarization fuels even lower voter turnout and the vicious cycle perpetuates itself.“No one is going to come along and make politics work for you,” he said.The influence of “big money” also leads increased incivility, Roemer said. After the Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission Supreme Court decision, the “the price of reaching voters skyrocketed,” he said. Roemer noted that the cost of an average Congressional campaign today is 300 percent greater than it was in 1990.Roemer said the media also contributes to the brutal political discourse.“Outlets like Fox News and MSNBC need to have a pre-packaged cast of good guys versus bad guys in order to attract viewers,” he said.Addressing the power of newer forms of media, Roemer said “people are able to say things online they would never dream of doing in person.”Roemer concluded with a few more examples of civility he sees in the world today, including Malala Yousafzai, the winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy for educational rights of women in the face of violent oppression, the democratic protesters in Hong Kong, who take great pains to clean up after themselves while being attacked by the police, and Pope Francis, who has spread the message of the Church effectively without changing fundamental doctrine.Tags: ambassador to India, Congressman, Hesburgh Center auditorium, Public Square, Timothy Roemerlast_img read more

CSC Fair to highlight organizations

first_imgThe Center for Social Concerns (CSC) will host its annual Social Concerns Fair on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. in rooms B035 and B036 of Geddes Hall. Representatives from over 40 organizations, all of which offer students opportunities for outreach in the South Bend community, will be in attendance.Some of the groups at last year’s fair included the Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County, the American Red Cross and Hope Ministries.“[The fair is] an opportunity for agencies like ours … to meet students directly interested in service, give us the chance to explain what we do and how we serve the poor and the marginalized in our community and give the students the chance to see how their particular talents and passion might be used in the furtherance of the University’s mission and our mission to break the cycle of homelessness,” Peter Lombardo, director of community involvement for the Center for the Homeless in South Bend, said.The Center for the Homeless is the largest provider of homelessness service in the community and is home to over 200 men, women, children and military veterans, Lombardo said.“They are striving to return to the community where the rest of us lives, free of the challenges that made them homeless, with a good and safe place to live, a job with dignity and connections to family and friends,” he said. “We are looking for students to help us in all aspects of our work, students who wish to live out their University’s mission and our Catholic social tradition.”Lombardo said that the Center for the Homeless hopes to welcome a variety of student talents. Volunteer positions needed include tutoring children at the center in order to give them a role model and improve their classroom performance, teaching computer literacy skills to adults helping adults learn a foreign language or gain their GED, serving meals and helping at the front desk, he said.Sam Centellas, an executive director at La Casa de Amistad, a community center in South Bend that aims to assist and encourage the Hispanic community, said his organization will also have a table at the fair this year.“It is always great to see so many Notre Dame students that want to be involved in the local community,” Centellas said. “We love working with Notre Dame students. Whether in a community-based learning class, getting some career-related experience outside of campus or just spending some time mentoring kids, we know Notre Dame students take their commitments seriously and work hard to make an impact.“We want students to know they can come just once a semester, come once a week all semester or do an internship with us. We work hard to make sure your experience with us at La Casa not only benefits the community but provides you with a meaningful experience.”Students who can’t attend the fair are invited to view the CSC’s 2014-2015 Civic Engagement Guide, found on the CSC’s website, for outreach opportunities.Tags: CSC Fair, La Casa de Amistad, South Bendlast_img read more

Notre Dame partners with Life is Good

first_imgThe Life is Good Company recently announced that it will partner with Notre Dame. Through the partnership, the Hammes Bookstore will start carrying Life is Good apparel and products, and Life is Good will create products that are a hybrid brand between the two institutions.“This new partnership has introduced a well-known and popular lifestyle brand to students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends that shares many of the same core values as the University,” David Werda, director of the Hammes Bookstore and retail operations, said. “Life is Good apparel has a relaxed fit and comfortable feel, and the graphics evoke a laid-back, young vibe that differentiates itself from many of the other brands that we carry.“The initial product launch has included men’s and women’s t-shirts and long sleeves, but based on the overwhelmingly positive feedback, we anticipate the product line to not only become part of our core assortment but expand to include fleece as well as gift and novelty items in the future,” he said. “The company [Life is Good] has been very receptive to customer feedback on which products they like best and which they would like to see in upcoming lines.”“We are proud to carry Life is Good products at the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore because of the power of optimism that the brand promotes,” Caitlin Kinser, marketing manager for Notre Dame retail operations, said. “Life is Good uses the catchphrases ‘Go do good,’ and ‘Enjoy the ride.’ Both of these are important messages for Notre Dame students, the first because it supports the Catholic mission of service on which the University is built, and the second because it serves as a reminder to appreciate and savor the opportunities that we are all given as members of the Notre Dame community. Overall, we feel that the Life is Good brand reflects the zest for life that is apparent here on the Notre Dame campus.”Michael Low, director of licensing at Notre Dame, said the University was introduced to the Life is Good brand last February during an annual trade show, and that Life is Good was a particularly good candidate for co-branding with the University.“Co-branding needs to be a thoughtful process,” he said, “When allowing another entity to use your trademarks on commercial products, you want some assurance that their brand is strong, well thought of and capable of building friends for the university.”Low said that launching the campaign has involved a lot of preparation, including presenting the concept of the partnership to the Notre Dame licensing committee and obtaining approval; “agreeing upon common language and terms for the actual license”, and “approving the graphics which would include both the (Life is Good) and (Notre Dame) trademarks.”“We hope to work in concert to encourage [Life is Good] to have a larger presence on campus,” Low said, “Not just their apparel, but their people and creative staffs. They have a great story to share with out students, and we will encourage them to share with our campus community.”The University launched the brand partnership Saturday with a number of events in the morning before the football game against the Naval Academy. According to Werda, the events included the following: “an official Life is Good hangout at the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore as part of an 8 week, 40 community tour focusing on raising funds for kids in need through the Life is Good Kid’s Foundation. Both Bert and John Jacobs, company co-founders, were in attendance for the weekend where they interacted with campus guests promoting the newly formed partnership and the sale of (Life is Good and Notre Dame) apparel as well as their book, Life is Good: The Book.”Low said the partnership will allow Life is Good to sell Notre Dame licensed apparel across “multiple distribution channels,” including owned and franchised Life is Good stores.“Notre Dame can learn a lot from Life is Good,” Low said, “They can certainly learn from us as well. I hope in the coming months that we generate a significant level of sales and that the strength of our brands will raise the bar on positive messaging.”Tags: brand partnership, Hammes Bookstore, Life is Goodlast_img read more