After a year’s hiatus, the Notre Dame Forum will return to campus this fall, focused on the economy, human development and the role of ethics in rebuilding the global marketplace, the University announced Monday. Prominent New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman has been confirmed as one of the guest speakers.The 2010 Forum is titled “The Global Marketplace and the Common Good” and is scheduled for Nov. 3. According to a press release, the Forum will examine “the inherent demand for an essential moral framework in the quest for human development.” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in a statement that the Forum comes after the world was “shaken” by the current economic crisis.Jenkins said the Forum will “create a year-long discussion on the role of ethics, values and morals in the rebuilding and reshaping of the global economy.”Jenkins referenced Pope Benedict XVI’s most recent encyclical, “Caritas in Veritate,” which discusses global development and economics.“Pope Benedict issued a reminder [in his encyclical] that ‘the economy needs ethics in order to function correctly — not ethics whatsoever, but an ethics which is people-centered,’” Jenkins said in the statement. “That encyclical comes out of a long tradition of the Church’s social teaching which asks us to reflect on the moral dimensions of individual and collective economic choices, and evaluate them with regard to their contribution to justice and the common good.”The annual Forum, which was launched in 2005, was not held this past year. University spokesman Dennis Brown first told The Observer last September the Forum would be delayed until the spring semester, and then administrators announced in January a scheduling conflict with a major speaker caused the planned Forum to be canceled.University spokesman Dennis Brown said Monday the topic announced for the 2010 Forum was not the one planned for the past year. Next fall’s Forum will be the fifth at the University. Past Forum topics have included sustainability, global health and immigration. According to the press release, the Forum topic was decided after discussion with the Dean’s Council. A working committee comprised of faculty, students and administrators will be formed and charged with planning the 2010 event, the release said.Friedman will be one of a number of notable guests to be featured at a Notre Dame Forum. Past speakers include GE Chief Executive Officer Jeff Immelt, Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, economist Jeffrey Sachs, Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles and others. Friedman is a Pulitzer prize-winning columnist and author of several bestsellers, including “The World Is Flat,” and most recently “Hot, Flat and Crowded.” As a writer and media commentator, Friedman has examined a variety of topics, including globalization and economic issues, religious fundamentalism and terrorism and conflict in the Middle East.
“All students are welcome to come even if they don’t plan to participate in on-campus interviews,” Jeffirs said. She decided to start the program after she noticed how many students were coming into the Career Crossings Office (CCO) with specific job-related questions. Students who are unable to go to the meetings can come to the Career Crossings Office for personal assistance with building a resume, writing a cover letter or obtaining graduate school information by making an appointment with Stacie Jeffirs or Maureen Baska, assistant director of the CCO. The office also has many professional resources available, including book and study tools. “You’re eating lunch, so why not just come and join us?” she said. Her plan is to host a meeting once a month from noon to 1 p.m. in the Saint Mary’s dining hall. The idea is to reach a broader audience by offering the sessions during lunchtime. Saint Mary’s students can now get career advice over lunch. During the first meeting, she explained the Go Belles job search database, which is available to Saint Mary’s students. This database has students set up a profile so interest-specific information can be sent to them. The website provides listings of jobs and internships currently available in the South Bend area as well as different events going on through the career center. Jeffirs said she plans to talk about items like the professional database Linkedin.com, networking with alumni and alumni clubs available to students. Projected meeting dates are scheduled for Oct. 12 and Nov. 16. Jeffirs said everyone is encouraged to join and learn about what options and resources they have available when going through the stressful search of finding a job and building a resume. Jeffirs said she hopes to answer many of these questions in a format that makes sense to students. Stacie Jeffirs, Director of the Saint Mary’s Career Crossings Office, has initiated a program called Hot Topic Tuesdays, which invites students to sit down during their lunch and discuss career-related topics. Even though the Go Belles website is reserved for Saint Mary’s students, Jeffirs said Hot Topic Tuesdays can be helpful for anyone interested in either finding a part-time job for the school year or for starting their career.
While students may be aware that certain businesses offer discounts for college students, student government’s recently initiated Students for South Bend Discount Program aims to expand awareness and use of these discounts. Student body president Catherine Soler said that, in addition to requests for the ability to use Flex Points and Domer Dollars off campus, students commonly inquired about a discount program. Students expressed their desire for a discount program during this year’s Whine Week, an event through which students could voice their desires and concerns about student government programs. “We got it again at Whine Week, to get Domer Dollars and Flex Points off campus,” she said. “While that’s popular, we decided based on student opinion that we’d focus instead on an off-campus discount program, and what it’s become is the Students for South Bend Discount Program.” Student Senate Off-Campus Concerns chair Emily LeStrange said that, while the idea of a student discount program is not new, the Students for South Bend program is the first at Notre Dame that does not require the purchase of a discount booklet. “Previous student government discount initiatives have all required students to purchase a discount booklet,” she said. “We feel that this time around, a free discount program that all students are welcome to participate in encourages greater use of the program.” Soler said student participation in the program hinged on not having to go out of the way to use it. “We knew it would never work if you had to buy something to get into it, and it would never work if you had to carry around something extra,” she said. “The stipulation for joining the program is that you must be eligible for the discount just by showing ID.” Soler said students who present a Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College or Holy Cross student identification card could receive the discounts. “The way we’ve done this is to work with Holy Cross and Saint Mary’s so it’s not just a Notre Dame [program], but a college program,” she said. Many businesses were invited to apply, and there was immediately a strong response, LeStrange said. “We were able to send out over 100 invites to local businesses asking them to join the Students for South Bend program, and within the first month we have gathered about 35 participants,” LeStrange said. “All participants will receive a window decal marking their participation in the program at the start of next semester.” The group of businesses committed to the program includes restaurants like Studebagels and Main St. Grille as well as service providers like the South Bend Museum of Art and Hair Crafters Day Spa Salon. LeStrange said the focus on local businesses could help strengthen the relationship between students and the community. “I think that a stable, commercial relationship between local business and students is a crucial component of strengthening community relations,” she said. “I think that ultimately, this is a great way for Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross to bridge the gap between college students and South Bend residents that is positive and supportive of what South Bend has to offer.”
The 2012 Hesburgh International Scholars Experience (HISE) will bring 60 accepted international students to the University on Saturday. Julie Denkler, Assistant Director in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, said Notre Dame is greatly benefited by the Hesburgh International Scholars program and its ability to continue the diversification of the student body. “A campus community is always benefited by diversity,” she said. “We see diversity in numerous ways, [such as] geographic diversity, cultural and ethnic diversity, racial diversity, as well as religious diversity among others.” Denkler said this is the fifth year the Office of Undergraduate Admissions has brought international prospective students through the Hesburgh International Scholars Experience. This year the Office of Undergraduate Admissions accepted the most international students to date, with students from 22 different countries. “Two years ago, we expanded the program to include students from Europe, and this year, we invited students from Canada as well,” she said. “We are trying to give more of our top admitted international students the opportunity to visit campus and see for themselves whether Notre Dame is a place they might want to spend the next four years of their lives.” Sophomore Paulina RullÃ¡n, an undergraduate leader for the HISE planning committee, said the diversity international students bring to campus is essential for an optimal college experience. “Notre Dame puts a huge effort to bring the best international students and be part of our family,” she said. “This not only gives international students the opportunity to grow in another culture and have a great education from Notre Dame but it also brings diversity and makes the campus a more interesting educational institution for both faculty and students.” RullÃ¡n said one of the events includes a meeting with University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh. “The program was created in honor of Fr. Hesburgh’s interest and passion for international students,” she said. “We have an incredible group of scholars coming to visit this year, and we thought that meeting with Fr. Hesburgh would just epitomize their visit.” Sophomore Ignacio Aranguren, a 2011 Hesburgh International Scholar, said the HISE weekend prepared him for his time at Notre Dame. “I remember feeling very thankful in the beginning of freshman year for HISE weekend,” he said. “It was really a great way not only to see life at Notre Dame first hand, but I was also able to meet the community that would be the essential part of my college experience.” Aranguren said he hopes prospective students will take full advantage of the opportunities this university will offer to them. “I hope [the Hesburgh scholars] understand how important they are to the University,” he said. “If they choose to be part of Notre Dame, they’ll be representing their family, country and culture at this school. Thanks to HISE, when they return in the fall, they’ll hit the ground running.”
It is no longer a secret that the best way to turn your campus event from siesta to fiesta is to include a performance from Mariachi ND. In its first year as an official club, Mariachi ND is drawing more attention than ever before, senior Briana Cortez, Mariachi ND president and director, said. The group has already performed at a tailgate hosted by Multicultural Student Programs and Services (MSPS), the [email protected] series, the Fiesta del Sol and the NDream Immigration Celebration, Cortez said. Sophomore Maggie Schmid, Mariachi ND secretary, said Mariachi ND is and should be enjoyed for their cultural connotation and their talent. “You can celebrate a culture you grew up with or learn about a new culture,” Schmid said. “We also have some very talented people in our group and everyone should want to hear them.” Schmid said joining Mariachi in college has been a way to reconnect with her heritage. “I didn’t necessarily grow up around it, but my mom’s family loves mariachi music. [Mariachi ND] allowed me to get back to my roots,” she said. “And everyone in Mariachi is like family now.” Cortez said gaining club status made it easier for the group to contact and be contacted by those requesting a performance. She also said they began providing a Valentine’s Day serenade service last year and have benefitted from the publicity it generated. Although this is their first year as a club, the group has been around since 1995 as a subdivision of the Coro Primavera, a Spanish-language liturgical choir for Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s students, Cortez said. She said in past years the group has performed annually at the Kellogg Institute’s Dia de los Muertos celebration, Latin Expressions and the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe mass in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Sophomore Samantha Rosas, Mariachi ND social media representative, said a future goal for the group is to play during halftime of a football game. Cortez said one of her favorite things about Mariachi ND is exposing people to Mexican culture and the mariachi tradition. “I love the people and I love the music, but I also love just walking around campus and seeing the reactions of people,” she said. “They stop us to ask questions and take pictures, and it’s really fun. Our club is about sharing the culture and what mariachi stands for.” Cortez said she came to the University fully intending to join Mariachi ND after seeing a performance while visiting as a high school senior. “I wasn’t that into mariachi before I came here. It was just always in the background growing up,” she said. “I came for spring visitation weekend and saw Mariachi play. I thought it was so cool. I came as a freshman looking for this band, and was once I was in it I thought it was amazing.” Cortez said the group offers new experiences both musically and socially. “It’s a perfect opportunity to explore musical creativity. It’s a chance for musicians to challenge themselves and expand their horizons,” she said. “You also get to meet people you wouldn’t otherwise meet. Every Tuesday you can come to relax and play music with your friends.” Rosas said performances provide a great way to communicate a cultural heritage to those who are unfamiliar with it. “You can reach out to people who don’t even understand what you’re saying. The music breaks down barriers,” Rosas said. Rosas said Mariachi is her favorite activity on campus because the group is like a family. “I joined freshman year looking for that sense of family that is sometimes lacking in college,” she said. “The group provides this because it is centered on a love for the same type of music, a commonality that brings us together. It is my favorite thing that I’m part of that does have a sense of family.”Senior Fernando Lozano, Mariachi ND librarian, said he joined the club because it represents a connection to his family, especially his grandfather. “The reason I joined Mariachi is mariachi has always been a big part of my life,” Lozano said. “I wanted to stay connected to my grandpa who loved mariachi – he would have mariachi music playing all the time and sang well himself. It’s also a connection with all of my family back home. We always have mariachi music at family gatherings.” Lozano said the club encourages all interested musicians to join Mariachi ND. He said he recommends joining because they are very creative and experimental. “People should join us because we try a lot of new things and experiment – it’s very spontaneous. We’re even considering doing some covers of non-mariachi songs this year,” he said.
First-year orientation, or “Belles Beginnings,” at Saint Mary’s ended Saturday with the powerful tradition of closing the circle.Senior and vice president of internal affairs for the Student Government Association (SGA) Kelly Gutrich said closing the circle is the last event of orientation, where first-year students form a circle on Le Mans Green as a way to welcome them home for the next four years.Gutrich said she spoke about the Saint Mary’s core values of faith and spirituality at closing the circle.“I remember how scary the start of my first year was, so I was excited to share any bits and pieces of encouragement I could with them,” Gutrich said.Gutrich said the intent of events like closing the circle is to help first-year students feel like part of the Saint Mary’s sisterhood from their very first weekend.“Your first year of college can be such a scary time and we hope Belles Beginnings helps ease that scariness, and helps them start to find their niche at Saint Mary’s,” Gutrich said. “We truly care about our first years, so we want to make them love Saint Mary’s as much as we do.”SGA academic chair Shannon Schalk, a junior, helped girls move into their dorms during Belles Beginnings and also spoke about the core value of learning. She said she felt the interconnectedness of the Saint Mary’s community when she spoke to the class of 2018.“Looking at the young and nervous faces surrounding me from inside the circle brought back the memories of me over two years ago, [when] I was that young and nervous face,” Schalk said. “Learning is not just happening in the classroom, it is happening within them.“In their four years here at Saint Mary’s, they will learn to unlock potentials and passions deep within themselves. Whether these passions are for their major, their best friends and this community, or volunteering, et cetera, by opening their hearts and minds they will be led down a path of discovery that can hold quite a few surprises.”First-year student Jenny Indelicato said Belles Beginnings helped her transition to life at Saint Mary’s and inspired her to take advantage of the opportunities within her first year.“It gave me hope that we will makes friends that will be with us for a while,” said Indelicato.First year Dani Meersman said the passion Saint Mary’s students have is obvious and the upperclassmen were very welcoming throughout the weekend.“It almost made me tear up when I got to campus and a girl was waving a sign that said ‘Welcome home, class of 2018,’ Meersman said. “I immediately felt like I was home.”First year Abbie Spica said closing the circle brought feelings of care and compassion, and she could tell how much the upperclassmen really care.“It was the first moment I had on campus that made me feel like part of a community,” Spica said.Tags: Belles Beginnings, saint mary’s, sga, SMC
On Friday, 2014 alumnus Michael Bradley, current managing editor for Ethika Politika and editor of The Whole Story, discussed the effects of pornography on relationships in a lecture titled “Passionless Love, Erotic Healing” as part of the 10th Annual Edith Stein Project conference.Bradley first defined pornographic consumption and production, stating that discovering the intention behind an action is the most important part of actually understanding it. He gave the example of murder versus self-defense to illustrate his point.“Self-defense and murder, as we know, can look identical physically, and yet are radically unlike morally,” said Bradley.With this in mind, Bradley defined pornographic production as separate from the consumption of sexually explicit material.“I want to say that pornographic production is simply the production of material intended for pornographic consumption; that is, production is a function of the intentional structure of that consumption,” Bradley explained. “Every directorial decision, if you want to call them that, that goes into making pornographic material aims at providing a sexual stimulus for the viewer.”Bradley said pornographic consumption is strictly pornography used with the intent to sexually arouse. As he explained, a law enforcement official who must watch hours of child pornography in order to identify victims is not consuming porn, regardless of whether or not he or she is sexually aroused.“The actual arousal of the viewer is neither necessary nor sufficient to a proper understanding of the definition of pornographic consumption.” Bradley said. “[The law enforcement agent] may be aroused by what he views, but it’s not pornographic consumption precisely because he doesn’t mean to be aroused by what he views.”After offering his definitions of pornographic consumption and production, Bradley turned to St. Augustine’s teachings on sexual pleasure, which he said are noteworthy despite their apparent harshness.“In Augustine’s view, sexual pleasure and the drive for it are irrevocably enmeshed and warped by what Cavadini calls ideologies of power and domination,” Bradley said, referencing Notre Dame professor of theology John Cavadini.“For Augustine, pride is the sin of illusory elevation of self, over God. It’s that tendency or inclination to replace God with oneself, the irrational privileging of oneself over everyone else including God,” Bradley said. “… The heart that is configured by [pride] will take great pleasure in its own use of power.”“The essence of pornography is domination, is control,” he said. “The viewer controls the subject, who responds to his wishes and can be appropriated without concern for his or her personhood.”Bradley said lust and pornographic consumption are closely linked.“This appetite for lust is deeply embedded in our culture.” Bradley explained. “It finds expression not just in images, but in written words, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ and in popular narratives about relationships and expectations as well. Pornography is, sadly, for us at least, a cultural project. Lust imbues pornographic consumption with a horrible and deep boredom.”Bradley discussed what a person who seeks to engage in sexual activity must do in order to heal himself or herself of the tainted perspective that results from being in a culture that is surrounded by pornographic images. He pointed to prayer and the Eucharist and encouraged the audience to seek the humility of Christ instead of pride.Bradley said the way to overcome the boredom that porn eventually causes is to fully appreciate the humanity of the person with whom one is in a relationship. In doing so, a person is thereby doing exactly what porn does not, which is appreciating humanity. He concluded with a final reference to the hope that lies in the Eucharist.“We may not have supposed it, but the most humane response to the problem of pornography may ultimately rest in the joyful hope and humility afforded by a sound ecclesiology and in the consumption of a body after all, be it one of a very different nature,” Bradley said.Tags: Edith Stein, Edith Stein Project Conference, John Cavadini, pornography, Theology
Saint Mary’s Social Work Club with sponsorship from the Student Government Association, will screen the film, Alive Inside, Thursday, March 5 from 7-9 p.m. in Vander Vennet Theater. The film documents the effect of music on the brains of those suffering from various forms of Dementia — primarily Alzheimers. The mission is to raise awareness and to strengthen support on campus for the Music and Memory program at Healthwin Specialized Care Facility. In conjunction with the Social Work Club, Saint Mary’s junior social work majors are also heavily involved in this program. According to junior and President of the Social Work Club Bri O’Brien, each junior social work student is paired with a resident and then the pairs work together to figure out the resident’s music preferences and needs.“Working with persons who suffer from varying forms of dementia has been challenging, but there is always something new to learn about our residents, ourselves, how to effectively and authentically communicate with our resident partners, and how to adapt to changing, complex circumstances,” O’Brien said. “I think for many students it was intimidating at first to meet with our residents. Growing old, falling ill and dying are all life events that many are fearful of — especially the young, much like ourselves.”O’Brien said the neurological effects of music are apparent in cognitive-behavioral changes of patients she has worked with in person.“Often times, when we enjoy listening to a song, we also attach certain feelings, memories and thoughts to that song,” O’Brien said. “When I played Mozart for my resident, she became much more communicative regarding her family and how she used to play the piano”Music’s utility in work with Alzheimer’s patients transcends the external self, O’Brien said.“Furthermore, the program is not designed to only trigger memory recollection, but to also improve the overall well-being of the residents and allow them to express themselves through music,” O’Brien said.Music helps spiritual health as well, junior social work major Ashley Watkins said.“My resident likes spiritual music, I’ve made a list of songs she likes and what she responds to,” Watkins said. “This program is important to me personally because I had a grandmother who had dementia and I really just wanted to learn more about the disease — spending time with them and making the end of their life the most memorable.”O’Brien said the screening of Alive Inside intends to inspire students to become passionate and conscious about the subject. The Social Work Club is holding a donation to help the Music and Memory program by collecting iTunes giftcards, used or new iPods, CDs and new headphones. Monetary donations are also being accepted. The goal of the donation is to allow for each resident to have their own personal iPod, stocked with their favorite memory and response stimulating songs.According to O’Brien, engagement in the Healthwin community has been a very rewarding experience to all who have worked with their resident for numerous reasons. O’Brien said part of her and her classmates fulfillment comes from working with a very diverse population which allows for an acquirement of new perspectives on life and knowledge of how to work with those different than oneself.“If we do not get out of our SMC bubble, how can we possibly learn about the diversity all around us? We see the world through the lens of our youth,” O’Brien said. “When we engage with the residents of Healthwin, we are privileged to listen to a perspective of the world unlike any we have every experienced ourselves.”Tags: news
Speaking to a maximum-capacity crowd in DeBartolo Hall on Thursday evening, former Ivy League professor William Deresiewicz challenged the status quo of American higher education and the effect it has on students.His lecture, “The Failures of the Elite Education System,” was based on his essay, “The Disadvantages of an Elite Education” and his book, “Excellent Sheep,” which examines negative trends he had seen in his career in academia.“When people say, ‘Where should I send my kid?’ First of all, don’t send your kid. Let your kid decide,” Deresiewicz said.Deresiewicz said towards the end of his 10 years as a faculty member at Yale, he wrote an article titled “The Disadvantages of an Elite Education,” which went viral online.“Students would write to me saying, ‘Thank you for putting what they were thinking into words,’” Deresiewicz said.According to Deresiewicz, the elite education system has led to a culture of empty ambition where students struggle to get to the top but fail to understand why they are trying so hard. Accompanying this, Deresiewicz said, is a counterintuitive strain of anti-intellectualism. Students are too busy studying and jumping through hoops to focus and think about what they are studying, he said.“I tapped into a hunger that so many students are feeling not just at selective colleges, but across many colleges,” Deresiewicz said.According to Deresiewicz, these effects go beyond simple dissatisfaction with college life.“What I didn’t realize was just how much psychic distress, how much mental illness, to be brutally frank about it, this system is causing,” Deresiewicz said.Deresiewicz said it is still important to craft a positive vision of college education. Citing columnist David Brooks, Deresiewicz said education can be divided into three purposes: vocational, cognitive and moral. He said colleges currently focus too much on the vocational and, to a lesser extent, the cognitive. Instead, they should be focusing on the moral purpose: the cultivation of an ability to make choices and self-reflect.Deresiewicz said he sees this purpose from a secular perspective but believes it can coexist and even complement a religious motivation, especially at a school like Notre Dame.“This is a system that forces you to choose between fulfillment and success,” he said.Deresiewicz said University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh and University of California regent Clark Kerr provide excellent examples of how college administrators should act. However, he said the paradigm of public intellectual college leader is dead, replaced by the model of business managers who treat schools like corporations and students like customers.“The classroom and the dorm room ought to be two ends of the same experience,” he said. “The first puts ideas into your head, the second makes them part of your soul.”Deresiewicz said college education should help answer the question, “What is the good life?” and how to live it.Tags: Deresiewicz, education, lecture
Many high school students across the U.S. have come to see the college application process as a numbers game. Associate Vice President of Undergraduate Enrollment Don Bishop challenged this mentality when commenting on the newly-admitted class of 2020 and said that Notre Dame’s process is uniquely holistic rather than just a quantification of ability.Susan Zhu “We’ve chosen to use the SATs less and the ACTs less to identify talent,” Bishop said. “It’s not that we don’t use it, we just don’t use it as as much of a separator as we did ten years ago. Class performance remains the top factor – those test scores are a part of that academic view of you, but then we set that aside and we look at your personal attributes, your motivation for accomplishment. Notre Dame’s tried very hard to identify students that don’t want to just be singularly successful. They want to embrace the responsibility of forming themselves more for the benefit of others. So how do you evaluate that when they’ve applied? We read the essays, we read the other statements that they make. We look at their activities, the school recommendations. We do our very best on multiple reads and discussions on applicants to see what motivated them to do what they did and what they’ve done stronger, and give more evidence to this sense of reaching out, helping others and feeling you’re there for others, not just for yourself.”According to Bishop, Notre Dame is more selective now than at any time in its history. Undergraduate applications to Notre Dame are up by “about 5,000” over the past six years, marking a 34 percent increase. This year, applications rose by 1,342, marking a seven percent increase, and over half of this increase in applications was comprised of applicants “who presented academic credentials that place them in the top one percent of the nation – an 18 percent increase over last year’s pool with similar credentials.”The admitted class is 52 percent male and 48 percent female. Forty-eight percent ranked in the top one percent of their high school, while 94 percent of all admitted students ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school. The middle 50 percent of admitted students presented best SAT scores between 1420 and 1540, and best ACT scores between 33 and 35.It was also a year of record numbers for diversity: The admitted class was 13 percent Hispanic, nine percent African American, 11 percent Asian, and one percent Native American.Ten percent of admitted students are first generation college students.This year’s admitted class makes Notre Dame the most geographically dispersed admitted first-year class among national research universities. Twenty-three percent is from New England and the Mid-Atlantic; 15 percent is from the South and Southeast; 33 percent is from the Midwest and central Midwest; 23 percent is from the West and Southwest; and six percent is from outside of U.S. states.As academically competitive and diverse as the admitted class is, however, Bishop said that the numbers were not nearly as competitive as they could have been had Notre Dame employed admissions strategies used by other schools looking to improve their university’s ranking.“There are colleges being criticized for going out there and getting a large number of applicants that they’re going to reject,” Bishop said, “A group of schools that seemingly are recruiting students they’re going to turn down. Notre Dame has not engaged in that practice. We don’t need a lower admit rate to feel good about what we’re doing, or try to be rated higher in some guide book. We’ve chosen not to play that strategy … We have a higher responsibility to not just over-encourage students that are not going to get in to apply. So that’s why you can have a seven percent rise in applications but an 18 percent rise in students that five years ago were being rated at a 50 percent rate or higher with those credentials.”“The metrics on academics are easy to track and provide — so we have done so,” Bishop said, “However, even more impressive are the service, leadership, creative and entrepreneurial accomplishments and attributes of our students. Theses attributes have become more important in choosing our vastly talented applicants.”About 50 percent of admitted students were viewed as a top leader in their school and community. An additional 45 percent were viewed as a strong leader in their school and community, and were most likely rated by their school to be in the top two to five percent of leadership and service.“We’re trying to not be overly impressed with an applicant who posts good numbers,” Bishop said, “Our bet is they’re going to be a stronger, better community servant and leader than other students who have singularly good numbers, but [whose] motivation is just producing good numbers and don’t seem impressed with the opportunity for formation. Who say ‘Whatever, but what grad school am I going to get into if I go to Notre Dame? How much pay do your grads make in ten years?’ If that’s the way that they’re measuring success, they’re really just not open to this broader philosophy of what Notre Dame intends to do to you.“So our goal is to find 2,040 freshman that are open to formation as much as possible. That they’re highly motivated, energetic, creative, but that at their core, they want to be there for others, not just their own success. We think that will make them more successful.”Although this has been a record-breaking year for Notre Dame admissions in many respects and although selectivity for Notre Dame is at an all-time high, Bishop said the greatest selectivity that determines admission to Notre Dame is more than just a numbers game.“We’ve been more selective on match,” Bishop said, “We’re not really interested in being a generic top ten university. We think we’re number one at who we are, and we want to keep getting better every year at being that, and not really caring about ‘where does this SAT average or admit rate put us?’ We’re looking for that fit, and fit here means mission. Notre Dame has a strong sense of who it is, and what its mission is., and we’re looking for students that we think will take full advantage of that.“It is the philosophy by which we’re trying to engage the right kids to apply, for us to admit the right students and for them to decide whether to come or not. … What they get is, ‘I’m coming here to keep forming who I am, who I want to be, and how I’m going to be the best version of myself.’ But a part of that is not this external validation of success. And I think too many students in America today, no matter what highly selective college they go to, seem to be under a lot of pressure to conform to a certain status of what they think is impressive to others, but doesn’t impress them internally.”Tags: Admissions, Class of 2020, regular admissions, statistics