first_imgBefore coming to Notre Dame, assistant band director Justin McManus said he thought working for the Band of the Fighting Irish was one of the “wonder” jobs.Now the band’s assistant director, McManus said belonging to the organization has been an experience unlike any other.“It’s unique because you get a different appreciation for [Notre Dame],” he said.In order to share this experience with current students, as well as provide them with a chance to learn more about the program, the Notre Dame Band will be hosting an open house Thursday at 5 p.m. in the Ricci Band Rehearsal Hall. The event will give students a chance to familiarize themselves with the opportunities the band offers as well as talk to current band members.McManus, who first proposed the open house, said the event was developed to improve the program’s recruitment of non-freshmen. The band has no trouble recruiting students who are new to campus but struggles to draw in upperclassmen and graduate students, he said.Many students interested in band are hesitant to join freshman year because they’re concerned about the time commitment and would rather focus their energy on adjusting to college life, McManus said.“Then they think they just can’t join after freshman year,” he said.McManus said he hopes the open house will both help to dispel this assumption and provide students with the information they need to get involved.The open house will commence with a brief overview of the program, which will include a description of the different types of bands and ensembles it offers as well as their respective time commitments and skill requirements, McManus said. In addition, the event will have 17 different instruments available for students to try and there will also be a tour of the band facilities.Junior MacKenzie Cavanagh and senior Brynn Alexander, the two band ambassador coordinators, will be joining McManus to provide a student perspective on joining the band.Alexander said she hopes the event will provide students with a “fun way to get to know the band and see if it’s a good fit.”Students do not need to be well-versed in an instrument to join, McManus said. The sheer breadth of the band program provides a place for all students, from beginners to long-time experts, he said.For example, several bands are better suited for beginners, such as the basketball band and hockey band, Cavanagh said. After becoming well-acquainted with an instrument, students can audition for programs requiring more skill, such as the marching band, she said.Cavanagh said the band is eager to work with individuals of all skill sets and works to accommodate each individual in their specific needs.“Everyone is very welcoming,” she said. “Everyone is very supportive.”Tags: Band of the Fighting Irish, Open House, Ricci Band Rehearsal Halllast_img read more

first_imgFollow Sareen on Twitter @sareenie The USChangeMovement, the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs and Undergraduate Student Government came together to host an event on Tuesday titled “Think Tank: 21st Century Activism.” The students convened in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center ballroom to discuss the intersectionality of race, gender and class within various societal issues.Serving the community · Students discussed how to develop solutions to policy, wellness, relationships and stereotypes on Tuesday. – Uracha Chaiyapinunt | Daily TrojanShana Redmond, a assistant professor of American studies and ethnicity, delivered the keynote address at the event. In her speech, Redmond emphasized the importance of forming coalitions within social movements in order to effect change in the face of injustice.“So many of us become stalled because we have no idea how to best be that change we want to see in the world,” Redmond said. “Prepare and fight for a world that does not yet exist. It’s yours to make, it’s ours to make — so pick up the pieces of the past and move it forward. Change and make what doesn’t yet exist.”Following the keynote speech, the audience was split into four groups to address issues in stereotypes, policy, wellness and dating, as well as suggestions to start resolving these problems in the local community. Topics that were brought up included housing bubbles, food injustice, hookup culture and problematic depictions of people of color in media.Many students in attendance said the event raised their awareness to sensitive issues to which college students can relate.“I think the most interesting thing I learned was the media portrayal of minorities relationship-wise, including hookup culture and how it relates to The Row,” said Briana Savage, a sophomore majoring in international relations. “We need to create a space with a positive dynamic that challenges norms and changes minds, otherwise these stereotypes are perpetuated.”Reyna Harvey-Bell, a senior majoring in political science, said she felt her ideas did not fall on deaf ears.“Tonight’s event was more than just eye-opening; it sparked a deeper interest in me to find out about what I can do to incite change in my area and any community I can encounter,” Harvey-Bell said.Others were excited to meet students with similar interests to their own.“My main takeaway is that there are people who want to change the cultural expectation of ignorance and privilege on this campus, and that there are events like this to bring us together,” said Andy Su, a junior majoring in astronautical engineering.last_img read more