Rather than shaming one of their staffers for making an expensive mistake in their restaurant, the managers opted to show her love and forgiveness instead.It was a busy night at the Hawksmoor Manchester steakhouse last week when the accident took place. A few walk-in patrons sat down at the bar and ordered a bottle of the Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2001, which costs about £260 ($330). The server then asked one of the restaurant managers to fetch the bottle in question – but since the manager was visiting from another branch of the restaurant, she accidentally grabbed the wrong bottle of wine.Instead of the wine that was ordered by the customers, she served the Chateau Le Pin Pomerol 2001 – a rare French wine worth almost $6,000.RELATED: Sarah Silverman Befriends Troll Who Insulted Her and Pays For His Medical TreatmentWill Beckett, who is one of the co-founders of the Hawksmoor steakhouses, told The Guardian: “Some time later another member of staff said ‘ooh, someone is drinking a very impressive wine, and at the bar!’ That’s when we realized.“They ordered a second bottle and the manager tactfully suggested they order a different one, without letting them know what had happened.”The restaurant staffers thought it would be amusing if the patrons who received the wine were informed of the mistake through social media – and they wanted to send an encouraging message to the manager who served the expensive wine.MORE: Woman Dials Wrong Number, is Stunned When Jimmy John’s Delivery Driver Says He’ll Pick Up Her Sick BrotherThe restaurant then tweeted: “To the customer who was accidentally given a bottle of Chateau le Pin Pomerol 2001, which is £4,500 on our menu, last night – hope you enjoyed your evening!”“To the member of staff who accidentally gave it away, chin up!” they added. “One-off mistakes happen and we love you anyway.”The tweet has since been shared thousands of times, and social media users are praising the restaurant for forgiving the manager’s mistake.Beckett told BBC that the manager in question is a “brilliant” staffer. That being said, he says that he is “going to tease her for this when she stops being so mortified.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Serve Up This Sweet Story Of Forgiveness With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
The carrying case is then filled with water through a small hole; all the user has to do is place their finger over the hole, give the case a few shakes, and then dump out the water through the very same hole.LOOK: Rather Than Plastic or Bird Feathers, These Winter Coats Are Filled With Wildflowers to Help Butterfly HabitatsIf that isn’t enough, the case is also equipped with a UV light system that can reportedly sterilize 99% of the remaining bacteria.California-based tech company Elretron has been developing the straw for the last year prior to its launch on Kickstarter this week. Since the crowdfunding campaign was published, however, it has already surged past its original goal and raised more than $17,000 for manufacturing.The first of the Penna Straws are expected to be delivered in April 2020—and the developers hope to deliver thousands more during the year to come.(WATCH the explanatory video below)Clean Up Negativity By Sharing The Intriguing News With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSwapping out single-use plastic straws for a reusable alternative is an easy way to reduce your environmental impact—but reusable straws are notoriously hard to clean.That’s why innovators have developed the Penna Straw: a collapsible, self-cleaning reusable straw that could save hundreds—if not thousands—of disposable straws from ending up in a landfill every month.The straw is comprised of four separate stainless steel segments that can magnetically snap together when it’s time for the user to enjoy a tasty beverage. When it’s time to be cleaned, the pieces can be broken down and placed inside of a convenient carrying case equipped with four separate brushes to clean the straw segments.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreNot many people would celebrate their mailbox getting taken out by a car, but when Crystal Collins experienced the valor and kindness of the particular youth who hit it, she knew she wanted to shout his praises in public.The teenager rang her doorbell while she was at home in Lincoln, Nebraska and told her that he had accidentally hit her mailbox with his truck due to the snow and icy conditions on the road.Not only did the youngster offer his most heartfelt apologies for the incident, he also offered her every dollar in his wallet. RELATED: Man Finds $43K Inside Used Couch and Returns it All to Woman Whose Grandfather Hid it in SecretCollins told him to keep his money, but he returned to her house two days later with a plate of homemade cookies.Collins was so touched, she published a Facebook photo of the young man from her security camera last week in hopes of identifying him and his family.“I’m looking for his parents,” she wrote. “They should know what an outstanding young man they have raised!” After the post was shared several thousand times, the young man was identified as Owen Sullivan. It also reached the social media feed of his mother Jamy—and she was extremely touched by her son’s honesty.“I honestly got teary-eyed, because it was so, it’s just nice to know your kids do good things when you’re not around,” she later told KOLN.(WATCH the heartwarming interview below)Be Sure And Share This Sweet Story Of Kindness With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
For two weeks, study participants spent a few minutes a day jotting down the things, people and events they were grateful for—and as a result, their coworkers reported that they engaged in fewer rude, gossiping, and ostracizing behaviors.“Gratitude exercises are becoming increasingly popular products to improve employee attitudes and well-being, and our study shows managers can also use them to foster more respectful behavior in their teams,” Taylor says.PASS On The Positivity And Share The Story With Friends–And Your Boss.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore “That simple action can change your outlook, your approach to work, and the way your co-workers see you.”Workplace mistreatment can cost organizations millions of dollars each year—because gossip, exclusion or ostracism results in productivity loss, employee turnover, and even can lead to litigation.RELATED: Microsoft Japan Recently Gave Their Employees a 4-Day Work Week—and Productivity Skyrocketed by 40%“While organizations spend quite a bit of time and money to improve employee behavior, there are not a lot of known tools available to actually make the needed changes,” Locklear said.“We found the gratitude journal is a simple, inexpensive intervention that can have a significant impact on changing employee behavior for the better.”MORE: Survey Finds Working From Home Has So Many Benefits, 48% of Workers Would Take Pay Cut to Continue AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreResearchers suggest employees should take a cue from Jimmy Fallon’s Thank You Notes segment on “The Tonight Show” to improve workplace behavior.QuoteCatalog.comA recent University of Central Florida study suggests employees who keep a gratitude journal exhibit less rude behavior and mistreatment of others in the workplace.“Gratitude interventions are exercises designed to increase your focus on the positive things in your life. One intervention involves writing down a list of things you are thankful for each day,” says management Professor Shannon Taylor, who teamed up with fellow management Professor Maureen Ambrose and doctoral student Lauren Locklear for the study, published in the leading peer-reviewed journal Applied Psychology.
While most students left Notre Dame thinking of lazy summer days last May, the students in the Navy ROTC battalion were preparing to learn more about what life will be like as an officer in the U.S. Navy after graduation. Depending on class year and option, the midshipmen had different summer plans. Rising sophomores embarked on a month-long excursion called cortramid to a naval base where they spent a week working in each community within the Navy: aviation, submarine, surface and Marine. These midshipmen are split between an east cortramid on the base in Norfolk, Va., and a west cortramid at the San Diego base. Sophomore Kelsey Hutchinson said she spent her month in San Diego, participating in exercises meant to provide a clearer picture of the responsibilities of a Naval officer. “While you’re at Notre Dame you don’t get that much of a taste of the particulars of life in the Navy … this gives everyone a taste of what future careers might be after graduation,” Hutchinson said. Hutchinson said she most enjoyed her Marine week rotation because the activities were incredibly realistic, beginning with exercises in a skeleton town using paintball bullets. “They took us out to this place where they had built a skeleton town, gave us M-16s that had paintballs instead of bullets, and taught us how to clear a building, work as a fire team in a squad and other exercises like that,” Hutchinson said. “Then, on Friday we hiked out to this building and inside the building they had literally built Afghanistan… they even had Afghan people [inside the town] working as actors.” Hutchinson said the exercise gave soldiers and midshipmen the chance to participate in a firefight against Afghani forces before they face actual fighting in Afghanistan. “They sent our squad in with a mission and showed us the outline of the building before we went into the building,” Hutchinson said. “We had to talk to the townspeople, get information and then someone started shooting.” Hutchinson said she would like to switch into the marine option, but overall she was grateful for the chance to learn more about the different communities in the Navy. “We hadn’t even signed our contracts yet, but they went through so much to give us this training and it really was a lot of fun,” Hutchinson said. “I’m really, really grateful for all these opportunities.” After sophomore year, Navy option midshipmen attend an enlisted cruise, while Marine option midshipmen study mountain warfare. Junior Michael Falvey studied mountain warfare in Bridgeport, Calif.,with the other marine options, where he said he learned the general principles of mountain warfare and military survival. “There’s a good amount of hiking because you’re up in the mountains … your daily schedule normally consists of a couple of evolutions [significant events of the day], with one big evolution each day,” Falvey said. “The evolutions range from rappelling and climbing rock faces to taking classes on survival like building a hut or purifying water.” Falvey said he most enjoyed learning how to tie knots and snare game. “I personally liked the skinning and cleaning small game after catching them with snares,” Falvey said. “I also enjoyed tying knots… it’s not something you’re taught, previously it was only glossed over, but once you know how to make a good knot it is an incredibly useful skill.” Mountain warfare aims to accomplish entirely different objectives for the Marine options than the summer cruises for the rest of the midshipmen, Falvey said. “Mountain warfare wasn’t that difficult, but its goal was to accomplish something totally different than what the Navy cruises seek to accomplish,” Falvey said. “Navy cruises are orientations to what active duty life is like in the naval fleet, while mountain warfare is more about teaching skills that can be utilized once in the Marine Corps.” Junior Kendall Johnson, a Navy option midshipman, said she spent her enlisted cruise on board the U.S.S. Roosevelt, a destroyer based in Mayport, Fla. “I was on my summer cruise for a month: I was in port for two weeks of that time, and then we went underway for ten days … after that we came into port in Key West, where I stayed for three days before coming straight back to school,” Johnson said. After she arrived on the ship, Johnson said she was assigned to a running mate, an enlisted sailor that she shadowed. “Most of the times the running mates were pretty relaxed with us and allowed us to explore the rest of the ship so that we could spend time in each department, not just the department of our running mates,” she said. She said this freedom to explore the ship was one of her favorite parts of the trip. “I was in the weapons department, and my guy was a CWIS technician, which means he took care of the huge guns on the front and back of the destroyer that look like R2-D2,” Johnson said. “We did a lot of maintenance, but when we actually got to shoot them it was fun.” Johnson said the most valuable learning experience was realizing just how hard the enlisted sailors work. “Spending time with the enlisted people was so eye-opening; it was incredible to see the amount of work that they put in and the sacrifices that they make,” Johnson said. “They make it through it all without having a bad attitude … you can’t understand what they do unless you actually get in there, get your hands dirty and do it with them.” After junior year, Navy options spend time on an officer cruise, where midshipmen shadow an officer and learn his or her daily duties. Marine options attend Officer Candidate School, where candidates are screened to see if they possess the ability to be an officer in the Marine Corps. Senior Quinn Kilpatrick, a Navy option, said he was based in Pearl Harbor for his officer cruise, which he spent shadowing the officer in charge of the combat systems and electronics on the U.S.S. Chafee. “The guy that I shadowed was a really good guy, he was just about to leave the ship so he was turning over duties to his replacement and got to spend a little extra time taking me around the ship,” Kilpatrick said. “Being with him was definitely the highlight, he was very good at getting me engaged in various activities around the ship.” These activities spanned a wide range, Kilpatrick said. “I got to drive the ship when they were refueling it, toured the helicopter hangar and got involved with the teams that board the pirate ships for drills,” Kilpatrick said. Kilpatrick said one of the most interesting parts of his time on the USS Chafee was being in Pearl Harbor for RIMPAC, an event planned by the US Navy that brings together forty foreign allies of the U.S. Navy to participate in “naval war games” every two years. “It’s about making sure we are still able to work together if the situation arose where that would be necessary,” Kilpatrick said. “It was surprising, I didn’t know we’d get a chance to participate … meeting foreign navies, touring other ships and participating in exercises was pretty cool.” Kilpatrick said even though he would like to go into explosive ordinance disposal or aviation, he enjoyed experiencing a different part of the Navy. “It was good training for learning how to work with enlisted people and experiencing the life of an officer,” Kilpatrick said. Contact Nicole Michels at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Leprechaun Legion announced Wednesday they have changed the football seating policy for next season, sparking a wide range of strong feelings from the student body. In an email to the student body, the Legion said football tickets will continue to be sorted by class, but they will be first-come first-serve within each class section. “We believe that this system will allow the most passionate fans to sit closest to the field, giving our team a louder, more intimidating home-field advantage,” the email stated. Many students, including junior Jack Gardner, expressed displeasure with the changes. Gardner began a petition on Facebook citing problems with the new method, including a sense of animosity and safety issues. “Confrontation is inevitable as students line up hours before games, attempt to reserve spots in line, “cut” one another in line, argue about proper order, etc.,” Gardner said in the petition. Gardner wrote that large numbers of students cramming onto the front bleachers would create a safety hazard and could also potentially damage the stadium. Freshman Jenn Jaeger agreed with the petition and Gardner’s proposal of returning to the traditional method of assigning seats to students. “I am also worried about sitting with my groups of friends since space will be hard to come by,” she said. Sophomore Michael Junkins said the new policy gives football games an even more unorganized and chaotic atmosphere than they already had. “It is complicating something very simple,” he said. Sophomore Meredith Vieira proposed an alternative solution. “Other schools have a system to give the most passionate fans the best seats based on attendance to other sport events,” she said. “This allows everyone to enjoy other game-day activities.” Sophomore Wyatt Smith cited the high cost of a season ticket booklet and said he felt reassured knowing he had an assigned seat that was his and no one else’s. “We are already paying a lot of money for these football tickets,” Smith said. “However, now you lose that sense of security, knowing that you had a unique seat.” While they are in the minority, some students agree with the new seating policy. Freshman Donald Dye said the method will actually produce a less chaotic environment, since many students did not follow the assigned seating policy anyway. “For those who really care about the game, they would end up in the front and away from those who are intoxicated,” he said. “Those who decide to tailgate will be forced to sit in the back, allowing those in the front to have a more enjoyable time.” Sophomore Keali Bjork said she understands why people are unhappy with the new policy and acknowledges there are potential problems, but she remains in favor of the change. “I go to the games for the social aspect, so it really does not matter where I sit, and people get to sit next to unfamiliar people every time and you can potentially meet a lot more people that way,” she said. “Die-hard fans will be able to get good seating no matter what.” In response to the argument that people will fight for undesignated seats, senior Tom Oliver said it will not change much within the student section. “People still argue even when there is assigned seating,” he said. Oliver said he has experienced female students arriving to the game during the third quarter and asking for their seats back, which frustrates him. After Gardner sent his petition and its signatures to the Legion and the Ticketing Office, he said he received responses from both organizations that indicate only a small chance of a policy reversal. “I do not think the policy is going to be changed,” he said. “Hopefully, the new system works out and we all have a blast next year, as usual, but if not, I hope the Legion, Ticketing Office and anyone else with influence over the student section make the decision to return to group seating for future [Notre Dame] classes.”
A recent survey by the Community Campus Advisory Coalition (CCAC) gathered information on local college students’ perceptions of South Bend, which CCAC said will be used “to improve the student experience in South Bend and increase the city’s ability to retain students after graduation.” The data was collected from more than 3,500 students at Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s, Holy Cross College, Bethel College, Indiana University South Bend, Ivy Tech Community College, Purdue College of Technology South Bend and Indiana University School of Medicine (South Bend). On a scale of one to seven, students rated South Bend 3.64 as a city, the survey results stated. They gave a 4.17 when asked how well they feel they know South Bend and a 4.31 about whether they feel South Bend is a positive place to receive an education. The lowest number, 2.53, corresponds to whether students would consider living in South Bend following graduation. Notre Dame student body president Alex Coccia said he thinks of the relatively small survey as “a first snapshot” and a starting point for continuing to organize student feedback mechanisms. Coccia said his administration has been planning to emphasize community engagement, especially with the incoming class of 2017. “Obviously, the more time students spend in South Bend, the better perception they have of the city,” he said. “That’s why we really want to focus on freshman engagement in South Bend, whether that’s the freshman bus tour we want to do or a student government night out at the Silver Hawks game solely for the freshmen in that first week when they’re here. “We figure if freshmen and sophomores have good experiences with South Bend then when they move off campus as juniors and seniors, they already know about being good neighbors [and] they already know what’s available. It just creates a better environment.” The survey said the top three reasons for students not residing in South Bend after graduation were employment, entertainment and safety. Timothy Sexton, Notre Dame’s associate vice president for state and local public affairs, said the results seem consistent with his previous experiences at the University. “On a daily basis, we hear about what people want in a ‘cool’ community – they want jobs, safety and a fun atmosphere,” he said. “All those things come together to make a really nice community, and it’s not a surprise [to me] that it was articulated in this survey.” Sexton reiterated Coccia’s thoughts on engaging freshmen in the community, pointing to the bus tour guided by community leaders as a primary example of outreach he believes will be beneficial. “We need to expose them to [South Bend] and show them what’s beyond just the campus here at Notre Dame … and at all the local higher-education institutes,” he said. “There’s more than just the campus. There are a lot of opportunities to take advantage of.” The results of this survey are a “good benchmark” in the city’s ongoing efforts to keep graduates around, Sexton said. According to Coccia, retaining recent graduates from the area schools is one of South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s major projects, preventing what Buttigieg calls “brain drain.” “Part of the takeaway and action items from this survey is [asking ourselves], ‘Okay, how can we get thorough student feedback … about what it is that’s going to make South Bend this increasingly cool place so they’ll want to stay in the city?,’” Coccia said. Sexton said the survey results concerning economic development align with Notre Dame’s focus on research and innovation. “These results affirm the direction we’ve been taking … in the last few years, with the University’s research becoming a growing focus,” he said. “A lot of the economic development comes from the research done on campus and cultivating that in the businesses that are expanding in our community. They’re always looking to hire new people and bring in new innovation.” Thirteen percent of respondents said they do not spend any time in the city, while 30 percent spend 1 to 2 hours, 22 percent spend 3 to 5 hours and 11 percent spend 6 to 10 hours. The survey said 24 percent spend more than 10 hours per week in South Bend. According to the CCAC’s analysis, “the hourly breakdown of activities [reported] truly shows the immense impact of students in the South Bend community.” The data showed that with approximately 30,000 students in the South Bend area, students contribute more than 45,000 hours of community service per week and spend more than 60,000 hours supporting local restaurants. There is a difference between students’ perceptions of the city and the reality beyond campus, Coccia said. He plans to review the data with his administration and the Co-Campus Council, which gathers representatives from Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s, Ivy Tech and Indiana University South Bend, and “make positive suggestions for the city using this data.” Coccia said student government’s efforts to promote projects and commitments that go beyond ordinary service activities have the potential to affect students’ perceptions of the city and its residents in positive ways. “It’s all about building relationships with people and building this mutual commitment with residents of South Bend, so it’s not just a one-and-done service project,” he said. “It’s about building those relationships and working on something with meaningful impact, … and I think Notre Dame students would be especially prime for that kind of interaction.” Contact Ann Marie Jakubowski at email@example.com
Students will pledge to give up their shut-eye this Friday to learn about the crisis in Syria, to raise money to help Catholic Relief Services (CRS) bring aid to those in and around Syria and to stand in solidarity with those who are suffering, junior Sharia Smith said.Sleepless for Syria, an event organized by the Solidarity with Syria Coalition, will take place from 7 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday. The Solidarity with Syria Coalition is a committee comprised of representatives from various student organizations and individual members.“I think what’s so cool about what we’re working on right now is that this was something started by Matt, myself and other students just at the beginning of the year when we really realized that this was an issue that was striking a chord with us and that we were concerned with,” Smith said.Smith said the Solidarity with Syria Coalition provides its members with an opportunity to have conversations about the pressing issues affecting Syria and enables them to act through the planning committee.Junior Matthew Caponigro said since the unrest began in 2011, the Syrian civil war has killed over 140,000 people, stranded over 4.5 million Syrians without homes inside the country and forced over 2.5 million refugees to flee to countries surrounding Syria. Factions from both the government and opposition forces have been accused of war crimes, consequently affecting Syria’s innocent civilians caught in crossfire, he said.An inter-faith prayer will kick off the night, Caponigro said. He said Fr. Daniel Groody, associate professor of theology and director of the Center for Latino Spirituality, and Imam Rashied Omar, research scholar of Islamic studies and peace building at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, will offer prayers to commence the vigil.Caponigro said Groody also will speak about some of his experiences on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops delegation that observed the situation of Syrian refugees in fall 2012.Caponigro said a living rosary will take place at midnight, during which participants will hold candles to represent each bead and place the lit candles on the ground at the front of the group to represent the group’s continued prayers as the participants enter an hour of silence.Throughout the night, hourly reflections will feature guest speakers and their stories, as well as readings from the Bible and the Quran that pertain to traveling populations and displaced citizens, Caponigro said.Manuel Rocha, a senior involved with GlobeMed, will talk about of some of the health issues in refugee camps that plague Syrian refugees in particular, Caponigro said.Caponigro said Jennifer Betz, the Midwest coordinator for CRS, will present on the organization and its work with refugees in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, including the education programs they offer displaced children and the medical services they provide.The event will also feature musical performances from various artists such as Ameer Armaly, a graduate student who will play the traditional Levantine oud, which is a precursor to the guitar, Caponigro said. He said Notre Dame alumnus and local singer-songwriter Peter J. Hochstedler will also be performing during Sleepless for Syria.The Center for Social Concerns, Center for Civil and Human Rights, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Campus Ministry, World Hunger Coalition, Peace Fellowship ND, Human Rights ND, Red Cross Club of ND, GlobeMed, CRS Student Ambassadors, St. Edward’s Hall, Duncan Hall, Pasquerilla West Hall, Keough Hall and Sorin College are co-sponsoring the event.Elia’s Mediterranean Cuisine will provide food for the benefit dinner, which will include midardara, hummus, falafel and baba ghanoush, Smith said. Studebagels will also provide breakfast the next morning, she added.Smith said Sleepless for Syria not only brings the Notre Dame community together but also Holy Cross College, Saint Mary’s College and the entire South Bend community to stand in solidarity with Syrians.Caponigro said people can donate either at the event or online through Notre Dame’s online student shop. He said the goal of Sleepless for Syria is to raise at least $1,500.The planning committee was able to cover all the operating costs due to the support of the many co-sponsors and local businesses, so every penny earned will go towards the CRS, Caponigro said. Smith said the event had a large potential for fundraising and for drawing attention to the crisis.“Every drop in the bucket counts; when we pool it together it really makes an impact,” Smith said. “It gives me hope that my one little act can join with everyone else’s.”Tags: Center for Social Concerns, GlobeMed, Kellogg Institute, Kroc Institute, Sleepless for Syria, solidarity, Syria
University of Pennsylvania professor of political science John DiIulio gave a lecture Friday afternoon titled “The ‘Silent Epidemic’ Revisited: Can Catholic Educators Reignite the Fight to Improve Urban Schools?” in which he argued Catholic schools can help solve the pressing education issues in the United States, but only if Catholic leaders wholly dedicate themselves to the cause.The lecture was the first in the Father Tim Scully, CSC Lectures on Education in the Service of Citizenship, named in honor of the founder of the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE). DiIulio said more people must approach educational shortcomings with the same intensity as Scully.“If we had more Catholic leaders and educators at all levels like our own [Fr. Tim Scully] … if we had more Catholic leaders who practiced, as Fr. Tim does everyday, what Pope Francis has preached about combatting the sinful inequalities in education and other domains,” DiIulio said. “Then I submit to you we would not still be coping with the species of problems [we have in American education].”In addition to the high dropout rates for minority students and the well-documented achievement gap, DiIulio said the “achievement trap,” which arises out of income disparity, often dooms low-income students.“The only variable that you can point to in the lineup of suspects to why this is happening is the fact that they are low-income children,” he said. “In other words, they’re at the top of their class in grades one, two, three and even into [fourth], but only 56 percent of these high-achieving, low-income students maintain their status as high-achievers through fifth grade.”DiIulio, who also served as the first director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives under President George W. Bush, said the statistics surrounding the achievement trap are shameful.“The rate at which these high-achieving, low-income children are in that ‘silent epidemic’ population is astounding,” he said. “It’s convicting. We ought to feel convicted by it.”The problem is well documented enough, DiIulio said, that educators know how to combat it.“We know, for example, that in addition to the three R’s, we need the 4 R’s: reading, writing, arithmetic but also relationships and relationship building,” he said. “We know that school-based mentoring, whether it’s done by Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America or by any credible, decent, up-close-and-personal mentoring organization … we know, in theory, that it makes a demonstrative positive difference in closing the achievement gap, in disarming the achievement trap, in turning 10th graders who might drop out who don’t.”DiIulio said the present day is a “Gettysburg moment,” and in order to win the figurative war, Catholic educators must shake old mindsets.“The Catholic leadership approach to the silent epidemic, to the achievement trap, to the achievement gap which has hovered over us for 50-plus years, can be reignited,” he said. “They can be a major force for addressing the problems of urban education at large. They can do that … [with] less talking, more doing, less Catholic chauvinism and romanticism about parish days gone by.“The great sadness is that way too many Catholic leaders and educators, at least in the University business, … are either not interested, not in the fight or are in it in a narrowly, institutionally, self-interested way. The problem is that too many of them approach the effort to support and strengthen Catholic schools as if it were a Catholic world end in itself.”In order to effectively use Catholic education as a universal educational career, Catholics must work with those who most need help, DiIulio said.“Catholic schools which have been lost cannot be saved, supported and strengthened without saving all those who need those schools,” he said. “I’m not just talking morally and spiritually, I’m talking practically [and] I’m talking politically. Catholic schools cannot be saved unless the effort to save them involves an effort to save all the children who could benefit the most, most particularly in urban America, from those schools.”Tags: Alliance for Catholic Education, Catholic Education, Silent Epidemic
Earlier this month, Mendoza College of Business seniors Mary Cornfield, Alisha Anderson and Caitlin Crommett launched BlueBucket, an organization that forms partnerships with restaurants to collect donations for local charities.“It had originally come up last semester, and then this semester, I’m in a class called Design & Entrepreneurship … so I’m working on BlueBucket in that class,” Cornfield said. “We keep getting positive feedback from customers and restaurants, so we thought we might as well try it out.”Restaurants participating in the program decide which items on their menu they want to list as BlueBucket items. Then, whenever a patron purchases one of the designated BlueBucket items, a portion of the price is donated to a charity chosen by the customer.Mary McGraw | The Observer “It’s nice to see something we’ve been doing in class actually make it into the community,” Cornfield said. “It’s nice knowing that the products we bring into market is actually helping charities raise money.”Anderson said the creators of the BlueBucket organization envisioned the program as a community-building agent, linking local restaurants and charities. She said BlueBucket is a different kind of fundraiser because of one key element.“BlueBucket is unique in that it incorporates the concept of consumer choice,” Andersen said. “There are lot of fundraising techniques out there — round-up, coin collection, credit card-point donations, etc. — but very few incorporate the idea of consumer choice.”However, the process of launching BlueBucket did not come without its challenges. Cornfield said they underestimated the difficulty of spreading the word about the organization, and Anderson said the process of getting restaurants on board with the program proved to be not as easy as they had predicted.“The BlueBucket concept seems obvious to us, yet to a customer that is walking into a restaurant, it is not so simple,” Andersen said. “We need to make sure the restaurants and their employees can effectively and clearly communicate the idea to the customer.”BlueBucket works exclusively with independent restaurants. Currently, there are five restaurants on board: Sassy’s, Indulgence, Rohr’s (at the Morris Inn), Rein Juicery and Thyme of Grace.Andersen said that from a charitable perspective, she hopes that BlueBucket serves as more than just a fundraiser for the charities involved.“We hope BlueBucket will be able to not only raise money for several extremely deserving local charities but also bring attention to the great work that they do and perhaps inspire community members to get more involved with such charities,” Andersen said.“From a restaurant perspective, we hope BlueBucket serves as a way for restaurants to appeal to millennials and the community at large,” she said.Tags: BlueBucket, mendoza college of business