This event is another way to CAT is working to bridge the gap between Saint Mary’s and the community. “It is a great way to bring food insecurity to the forefront during the Easter season, and provides support for a local food pantry — Little Flower Food Pantry — that is always in need,” Critchlow said. The walk will benefit the Little Flower Catholic Church Food Pantry. Saint Mary’s students, faculty and staff and the South Bend community will come together Sunday to walk for the hungry during the Yes We Can! Walk 2010. It will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, and will start at Saint Mary’s Student Center, head to the Grotto at Notre Dame and then end back at the Student Center. It will happen, “rain or shine,” and “children and dogs — on leashes — are welcome,” said Olivia Critchlow, assistant director of the Office of Civic and Social Engagement (OCSE) and coordinator of the event. Critchlow said events like these help to bring the community and the College closer together. Cost to participate is three cans of food or a $2 donation per person or $5 or three cans/person if you bring a team, Carrie Call, director of OCSE said in an e-mail to the student body. According to Critchlow, the walk is open anyone and people are encouraged to join. Those interested can register online at http://www3.saintmarys.edu/ocse/calendar/walk-for-hungry-form. There will also be a booth in the Student Center Atrium today and tomorrow during lunch and dinner hours. Even though last year’s event happened to fall on a rainy day, 75 walkers participated, Critchlow said. “I am hoping that we are able to at reach the same attendance this year, if not exceed that number,” Critchlow said. The walk was first held last year, and began when the College Academy of Tutoring (CAT) scholars decided to organize an event for the spring that would help connect the College with the greater community, Critchlow said. CAT is an organization of students from the College that began in 2006 to help tutor elementary-age children in need at local elementary schools. “Events that involve and benefit the South Bend community are great ways to keep the College in touch with the community’s needs and are excellent opportunities for our students to stand in solidarity with the poor,” Critchlow said.
With less than 24 hours before polls open, student political organizations are hoping their increased presence on campus Tuesday will serve as a reminder to get out and vote.Groups such as the USC College Democrats and Students for Meg will hold events throughout the day intended to increase student voter turnout.Phone banks will be held starting at 8 a.m. at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, which will become the base for Get Out the Vote activities on Election Day.“We want it to be impossible for you to be on campus and not know it’s Election Day,” said Micah Scheindlin, political director of the USC College Democrats.USC’s chapter of Students for Meg will be out rallying as well, beginning today and continuing straight through to the end of Election Day.“[We] specifically will continue with phone banking and precinct walking, reaching out to voters on a more personal level,” said Anjali Naskar, communications director for Students for Meg. “[Today], we will be on Trousdale [Parkway] informing students of Meg’s plan for California, especially her jobs plan. We will also be dorm storming to talk to students and connect with the undecided voters.”Naskar said the group will continue its efforts on Tuesday along Trousdale Parkway.USC College Democrats faculty adviser Marlene Towns said that she believes the reminders will help increase voter turnout.“When it comes down to it, it’s just a matter of remembering to go vote,” Towns said. “So having these reminders can make a difference. It also keeps people in the spirit of Election Day.”Scheindlin agreed, saying that if people are reminded, they’re more likely to cast their ballots.“I think that the reality is people do want to vote,” Scheindlin said, “but they’re busy and don’t know how to go about it.”Once people know, he said, all it takes is five minutes.“That’s a message that’ll resonate,” he said.The College Democrats will be monitoring polling places in and around campus throughout the day Tuesday to make sure voting goes smoothly.They’ve teamed up with the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics to hand out voter pamphlets and fliers, as well as Organizing for America to put on the GOTV events.