Service dogs improve quality of life for students

first_imgAs a junior in high school looking ahead towards college, senior Amy Mansfield said she was determined to move away from home and live a normal, independent life as a college student. She has been able to live out this goal with the help of her service dog, Juniper. Mansfield has Type 1 Diabetes with hypoglycemia unawareness, meaning that often times she does not exhibit symptoms of low blood sugar. Improving her own safety and independence were key factors in Mansfield’s decision to get a service dog. “A dog offers things that a piece of technology can’t,” she said. The pair found each other with the help of an organization called Medical Mutts which primarily trains shelter dogs for service — a mission that was particularly appealing, Mansfield said. “The idea that a shelter dog can become a service dog is really important for people to know,” she said. “Even if they have traumatic histories, they can be really great dogs.” After signing a contract with the organization, Medical Mutts set out to find the perfect match for Mansfield and her needs as student. Eventually, Juniper became that match. “When they first found her, she was super emaciated and had some cracked teeth … they think she might have tried to gnaw herself out of a poor situation,” Mansfield said. After being rescued from her own life-threatening situation, Juniper has taken on a life-saving role herself. She is trained to pick up on fluctuations in Mansfield’s blood sugar levels and alerts her when those levels get dangerously low. “It’s hard to say how many emergency situations she’s saved me from because she caught it before it got to that emergency situation,” Mansfield said.  Having Juniper by her side reduces stress in Manfield’s daily life, she said. “[She makes] daily tasks a lot less anxiety inducing,” Mansfield said. “College especially being so busy, it can be hard to remember to sit down, breathe, take your blood sugar.”While Juniper essentially could be considered “a piece of medical equipment,” the role Juniper plays in Mansfield’s life is much more complex, she said, acting as “an extension” of Mansfield herself.Before she had Juniper, Mansfield found herself restricting her social life out of fear. “I would limit myself and what I would allow myself to do for safety reasons, but I think Juniper has restored some of that freedom that has allowed me to live my life and study abroad and be an RA,” she said.Juniper’s presence benefits more than just Mansfield, however.  “I think she offers my mom a lot of peace of mind that she wouldn’t have if I were living alone,” Mansfield said. “That fear of something happening to me behind closed doors and nobody knowing about it for days is alleviated.” Though Juniper is a working dog, strangers often want to treat her like a pet, saying things like, “You have no idea how hard it is for me to not pet your dog,” Mansfield said. While she recognizes people’s positive intentions in saying such things, by the end of the day, getting so much attention can be exhausting. “It is hard to give people universal advice about how to approach a service dog because every handler is going to be different, every dog is going to be different,” she said.While no two experiences of having a service dog are exactly alike, senior Lauren Boutros also said her service dog Arlo is “like an extension” of herself. After taking a semester off of school for health-related reasons, Boutros said she knew having a service dog would allow her to live a more independent life as a student and eventually graduate.Arlo is new to the Notre Dame community, but loves everything about campus life — especially the snow and squirrels, Boutros said. The pair met for the first time in August of 2018 when Arlo was eight weeks old. He moved in officially a month later. Arlo is still in training — he and Boutros work with three different trainers on a weekly basis. Boutros said she is an active participant in training her service dog. By doing this, she is developing valuable skills that will be helpful to her in the future, as she will likely live with a service dog for the rest of her life, she said.        “If I didn’t have Arlo, my mother would have to be living here with me … I really would not be independent,” she said. “I don’t think that I could confidently graduate, I don’t think I could get a job. With Arlo, I have more confidence in doing those things.”As a prospective service dog, Arlo helps Boutros with her daily routine. He wakes her up in the morning and reminds her when to take her medication. He is also training to perform deep pressure therapy — something his sheer size helps him do well. Training might sound like hard work for a puppy, but Boutros ensured that Arlo is living the normal dog life. “Working is not work for him, it’s fun,” she said. “He lives such a happy life doing enriching things. He also gets to live out a life that is intellectual — he has to think about what he is doing and when to do it … there is a lot of opportunity for him to use his brain, which a lot of dogs do not get to do.”Navigating campus with a service dog is not always easy — from people making kissing noises at Arlo to other’s misunderstandings of the laws associated with Americans with Disabilities Act, Boutros and Arlo’s time training together has had its ups and downs. Service dogs have access to public spaces that other animals do not. Seeing dogs in these spheres can be surprising and exciting for onlookers. Boutros said she is often asked by strangers if they can pet Arlo. “I don’t blame anyone,” she said. “I mean it makes sense. Of course you want to pet him, he’s adorable …  It’s hard for me to say no.” However hard it is to say no, Boutros explained there is an appropriate time for petting, but when the pair is out among strangers is not always that time. “I’m training him to know when on is on and off is off,” she said. “Don’t let it ruin you day if we say, ‘No, please don’t take a picture.’ It’s okay, we don’t mean any harm … we just want some privacy. It’s hard to do this and not feel like you haven’t become a recognized figure on campus, and that can come with a lot of intrusiveness.”While privacy is often sacrificed when walking around campus with a dog, Boutros said that she has not had to make any sacrifices unwillingly. “I feel like I have gained a part of my identity, not in terms of being the girl with the dog on campus, but in terms of being Lauren who now has a service dog and lives a more full life,” she said.An initial concern for Boutros before getting a service dog was how having such a responsibility would affect her social life, she said, but she soon learned that the effect would only be positive. “It’s never stopped me from doing something that I’ve wanted to do socially … having a service dog has only opened up my life to actually living an experience that is good here,” she said.As students with service dogs on a college campus, both Mansfield and Boutros have received their fair share of stares, they said, in addition to support from peers. Seeing service dogs on South Quad or in Starbucks can be a source of joy for many students. To these two girls, however, their dogs mean much more. “In the long run, it’s important to remember that there is still a human being attached to that dog,” Mansfield said. Tags: accessibility, americans with disabilities act, service dogslast_img read more

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‘It keeps us young’: Faculty-in-residence discuss living with students on campus

first_imgBustling with hundreds of students, residence halls at Notre Dame are usually distinguished for their distinct senses of community. What’s less discussed, however, are the few yearly returning members not typically associated with dorm life.In an effort to foster more interaction between students and faculty, the Division of Student Affairs launched a faculty-in-residence program in 2013. Participating faculty members live with their spouses in student residence halls and are encouraged to engage with the dorm community.John Deak, an associate professor of history, and his wife Karen Deak, academic advancement director for research innovation and the IDEA Center, have been living in Dunne Hall for four years.The couple tries to stay involved in the Dunne community, Karen said. This includes helping to organize food sales in Dunne Hall and establishing Dunne’s student-run restaurant, “Pizza Dunne Right.” The couple has also assisted with the annual Dunne Fun Run.“Because neither of us are alumni, we didn’t fully understand the Notre Dame student experience so it was very helpful to learn what the students’ lives are like,” Karen said.John said the experience has changed his understanding of student life outside the classroom.“I think some of the faculty think students drink too much, party too much and don’t study enough,” he said. “There’s this perception that students are less mentally fit than they used to be. Living with them [and] seeing how hard our students work, how much they really study and how much pressure they put on themselves has changed my perspective on how to teach students well. It’s helped me be an advocate for them as well as [be] more sympathetic in the classroom.”Ed Hums, a professor of accountancy in the Mendoza College of Business, and his wife Shirley Hums, an IT support associate, have been living in Lyons Hall for six years.“We feel we are an integral part of the community — of the campus as a whole, but especially in Lyons,” Ed said. “We try to socialize and get together with the girls as much as we can.” Chelsey Boyle Accounting professor Ed Hums and his wife, Shirley, an IT support associate, live in Lyons Hall through the Faculty-in-Residence program. The couple sponsors several hall events, including Pancakes in the Lair, Welcome Weekend ice cream socials, trivia nights and cooking and baking parties. Additionally, the duo holds a speaker series and hosts a spring trip to the Art Institute of Chicago.The Hums also attend the Lyons Hall dances, where Shirley said they learn a lot of new pop music.“However, they always save a slow dance for us — last year it was ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ by Elvis,” she said.The faculty in the dorms also strive to be a source of guidance for the students in the hall.“We come through the common area to see who’s studying and have a talk with the girls,” Shirley said. “We tell them to get an extra hour of rest because you have to take care of yourself — you can’t burn out studying. We try to make sure the girls stay healthy.”Ed also offers academic advice to the residents of Lyons. He said young students sometimes need folks with gray hair to visit and talk.“It’s tricky trying to fit in their lives in meaningful ways, so part of what we do is just be there for them,” John said. “When the anxiety spikes, they know they have someone to talk to. You can’t expect a professor to answer an email at 9:00 at night, but that’s when our door is open.”Most of the week, Shirley said, it’s quiet in the dorms — other than a few rowdy days.“On Saturday night or a Friday before a football [game], you’re going to get excited,” Shirley said. “So we grin and bear it because you got to have fun with your friends. It’s probably not for everyone, being surrounded by teenagers all the time, but it keeps us young.”For Ed, the faculty-in-residence program holds an especially significant meaning given his history with the University.“It’s very special because I came to Notre Dame in 1971 and lived at home because I couldn’t afford room and board,” Ed said. “I never thought that I’d live at Notre Dame. Well, guess what? Now I do.”Tags: division of student affairs, Faculty-in-Residence Programlast_img read more

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Cuomo Says Trump Should Wear Mask And Require Them In Public

first_imgApp users, tap here to watch video.ALBANY — New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday called on President Donald Trump to sign an executive order requiring people to wear a mask in public and to “lead by example” by wearing one himself.“We did it two months ago in this state,” said Cuomo, a Democrat, adding that other states that initially resisted mask mandates are now requiring them. “Let the president have the same sense to do that as an executive order and then let the president lead by example and let the president put a mask on it, because we know it works.”The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing is difficult. Trump has said mask-wearing was fine, but not for him. At the governor’s Monday briefing, Cuomo also said officials are reconsidering a plan to allow indoor dining at New York City restaurants to avoid undoing progress in reducing coronavirus infections.“Outdoor dining has worked very well,” Cuomo said, but indoor dining has been shown to be “problematic” in other states. He said state officials will consult with restaurant owners and make a decision on Wednesday. Indoor dining is allowed in other parts of the state that are further along with reopening.Mayor Bill de Blasio has said the city was on track to allow indoor dining with limited capacity beginning July 6 as part of the next phase of reopening.Meanwhile, Cuomo said high-efficiency HEPA filters that can block the virus will be required in the air conditioning systems at any malls that reopen and will be recommended for other businesses. Such filters will be installed at the Barclay Center when it holds the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 30, he said.Cuomo said there were seven COVID-19 deaths on Sunday and 853 people hospitalized, the lowest since the pandemic hit the state. He called on local officials to enforce mask-wearing and social distancing rules, noting a lack of compliance seen on street corners and outside bars around New York City. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo wearing a mask. File image by Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Photo date: 06/24/20.last_img read more

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Gerry Man Arrested After Allegedly Threatening To Kill Woman

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now Stock Image.GERRY – A Town of Gerry man was arrested after allegedly threatening to kill a woman on Sunday.New York State Police say James Spitale, 43, violated an order of protection by visiting a woman at a residence in Gerry.Through investigation it is alleged that Spitale threatening to assault and kill the woman.Troopers say Spitale was placed under arrest and charged with second-degree criminal contempt. Spitale was processed at the New York State Police Jamestown Barracks and taken to the Chautauqua County Jail pending arraignment in the case.last_img

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COVID-19 Update Reports Increase In Positivity Rate, 32 New Cases

first_img50-59229 14787- Westfield0 0.9% 33 80-8969 0.9% No200 0.4% 14781- Sherman0 20.4% 90+26 2 14782- Sinclairville0 9 14063- Fredonia4 1 326 17 14712- Bemus Point0 2 14752- Lily Dale0 40-491 14747- Kennedy0 14775- Ripley1 2 2.0% 366 70-79131 0.0% 60-69236 Fatality Rate Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) 1 0.8% 5 33 452 14701- Jamestown9 20.19% 3 60-693 14716- Brocton1 8 19 84 Number 15 Age Group 2 70-797 90+1 2.0% 0-390 New Cases 2.0% COVID-19 Cases by Presence of Symptoms at Time of Interview 1.27% 24.30% 4 14769- Portland0 0.9% COVID-19 Cases by Known Age 14710- Ashville1 1.7% Percent of Total Cases 14728- Dewittville0 10 14048- Dunkirk3 8 WNY News Now / MGN Stock Image.MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County’s COVID-19 seven-day average percent positivity rate climbed as officials reported 32 new cases of the virus on Thursday.The Health Department’s COVID-19 dashboard reports there are now 199 cases active with 33 active cases in Jamestown.The seven-day average percent positivity rate is 4.2 percent, that up from 4.0 on Wednesday and 3.7 on Tuesday.There are also 1,015 residents and 10 travelers quarantined. Furthermore, there remain 14 people hospitalized.Since the outbreak started there have been 1,793 cases of the virus with 1,574 recovered and 20 reported deaths.A full breakdown of the day’s stats are posted below:COVID-19 Cases by ZIP Code of Residence Percent 0 1 14166- Van Buren Point0 1.9% 0 13.16% 14136- Silver Creek1 2 4 14726- Conewango Valley0 2 14736- Findley Lake1 39 14723- Cherry Creek0 6 14738- Frewsburg1 13.16% 0.44% 12 35 2 All Ages20 Symptoms 14722- Chautauqua0 3center_img 20-29362 0.4% 14750- Lakewood0 16 0.6% 14784- Stockton0 40-49229 0.0% 25 14724- Clymer1 0.2% 14767- Panama0 5 2.8% 5.34% 1 12.77% 14 22 0 14062- Forestville1 0 13 Symptoms Known823 0-19248 30-39204 0.1% 47 4.7% 0 36 0 3 Active Cases 2.6% 31 75.70% 0.8% 0.7% 25 2.2% 35 3.2% Age 1.12% 34 14718- Cassadaga0 18.2% 1 0.1% 5 Percent Zip Code 25.2% 0.7% 13.83% 16 8 14720- Celoron0 7.31% 0.00% 0.3% Total Cases 1.2% Yes623 0.5% 10 58 Fatality Rate by Age Group 0.4% 17 0 3.85% Total Deaths 0 14733- Falconer3 0.44% 11.38% 14757- Mayville2 51 14081- Irving0 1.1% 0 50-591 3.85% 1.45% 3 6 14740- Gerry1 80-897 10.14% 14138- South Dayton1 Number 0last_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Mark Rylance to Star Opposite Johnny Depp & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Mark Rylance to Star Opposite Johnny Depp in Through the Looking GlassMark Rylance, recently seen on Broadway starring in the all-male productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III, is in negotiations to star with Johnny Depp in Disney’s Through the Looking Glass. According to Variety, the three-time Tony winner would play the Mad Hatter’s father in the sequel to 2010’s Alice in Wonderland.Oh What a Night! Jersey Boys Breaks Another RecordThe Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical Jersey Boys will become the 13th longest-running show in Broadway history on April 9. It surpasses 42nd Street with 3,487 performances. The show is playing at the August Wilson Theatre, where it opened on November 6, 2005.Bad Boys of Dance are Coming to the West EndRasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance are to make their West End debut in Rock the Ballet, a fusion of classic ballet, hip hop, tap and acrobatics performed against a backdrop of animated scenery and stadium rock lighting. They will play a three-week London season at the Peacock Theatre, Sadler’s Wells’ home in the West End, from June 10 through June 28, with opening night set for June 12.Shakespeare Turns 450 in StyleIf you happen to be in the U.K. on April 23, the Royal Shakespeare Company is marking Shakespeare’s 450th birthday with a free fireworks display outside the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in the Bard’s hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon. Festivities will start after the evening’s performance of Henry IV, Part I. Star Files Mark Rylancecenter_img View Commentslast_img read more

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David Van Asselt’s A Fable Officially Bows

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 28, 2014 A Fable takes into question how each choice we make can drastically change our ending. The adventure of Jonny, an idealist spurred on by love to right a long-forgotten wrong, A Fable follow his encounters with a whole cast of characters—colorful and corrupt, lucky and ill-fated—as they each grope their way through a landscape of nationwide strife and corporate greed. Related Shows David Van Asselt’s A Fable celebrates its opening night on May 22. Under the direction of Daniel Talbott, the play will run through June 28 at the Cherry Lane Theatre. A Fable View Comments The cast includes Edward Carnevale, Liza Fernandez, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Maxwell Hamilton, Jerry Matz, Hubert Point-Du Jour, Eileen Rivera, Pamela Shaw, Samantha Soule, Alok Tewari, Sanford Wilson and Gordon Joseph Weiss. The play features music by Elizabeth Swados, sets by John McDermott, costumes by Tristan Raines, lighting design by Joel Moritz, projection design by Kaitlyn Pietras and sound design by Janie Bullard.last_img read more

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Buyer & Cellar Sets Closing Date Off-Broadway; Eyes London Run

first_img Related Shows Buyer & Cellar Written by Jonathan Tolins and directed by Stephen Brackett, Buyer & Cellar tells the story of Alex Moore, a struggling actor in L.A., who lands an offbeat job working in the basement of Hollywood legend Barbra Streisand. When the Hollywood mega-star makes a rare appearance one day, the show launches into an outrageous look at fame and the price that accompanies it. View Comments Buyer & Cellar had its world premiere in April 2013 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, where it played a sold-out run before transferring to the Barrow Street Theatre. The play opened at its current home on June 24, 2013 starring Michael Urie, who is currently performing the show on tour. It went on to win the Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Solo Performance. Time to exit the basement. Buyer & Cellar will play its final performance on July 27 at the Barrow Street Theatre. The comedy currently stars Broadway alum and NCIS: Los Angeles star Barrett Foa. At the time of closing, the show will have run for eight preview performances and 458 regular performances. The play is also planning to cross the pond for a London engagement in Spring 2015, with further details to be announced later. Show Closed This production ended its run on July 27, 2014last_img read more

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Full Cast Set for the West End’s King Charles III

first_img View Comments Additional newly announced cast members include Katie Brayben and Miles Richardson. They join Richard Goulding, Nyasha Hatendi, Adam James, Margot Leicester, Tom Robertson, Nicholas Rowe, Tafline Steen and Lydia Wilson. In the future history play by Mike Bartlett, the Queen is dead, and after a lifetime of waiting, the Prince Charles ascends the throne. The controversial play explores the people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of our democracy and the conscience of Britain’s most famous family.center_img Oliver Chris will reprise his role of Prince William in the West End transfer of the Almeida Theatre’s King Charles III. He will star opposite the previously announced Tim Pigott-Smith, who plays the titular role. The show, directed by Rupert Goold, will play a limited engagement at the Wyndham’s Theatre from September 2 through November 29. Opening night is set for September 11.last_img read more

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Anna Camp Will Lead World Premiere of Verite Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on March 15, 2015 Verite Joining Camp in the cast are Damian Young, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Robert Sella, Jeanine Serralles, Danny Wolohan and Oliver Hollmann.center_img In Verité, stay-at-home mom and struggling writer Jo (Camp) is offered an unusual deal for her memoir: she has to make her life exciting enough to publish. As mysterious and sinister events begin to unfold around her, she must question how far she is willing to go to make her life into art, and if someone is determined to make sure her memoir is a best-seller—at any cost. Camp, perhaps most known for her performance in Pitch Perfect and The Help, appeared on Broadway in Equus and The Country Girl. Young, whose Broadway credits include Sacrilege and All My Sons, has appeared on screen recently in Birdman and Unbreakable. Moss-Bachrach’s off-Broadway credits include Three Sisters, The Glass Menagerie, On the Mountain and Fifth of July. Sella has appeared on Broadway in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Cabaret, Side Man and My Fair Lady. Serralles returns to LCT3 after performing in 2009’s Stunning; she has also appeared in The Muscles in Our Toes, The Jammer and Paris Commune. Wolohan’s stage credits include An Octoroon and Patron Saint. Verité marks Hollman’s professional stage debut. Broadway alum and Pitch Perfect star Anna Camp will lead the cast of Nick Jones’ Verité. The world premiere production, presented by Lincoln Center’s LCT3 program, will begin performances on January 31, 2015 at the Claire Tow Theater, where it will run through March 15. Opening night is set for February 18. Moritz von Stuelpnagel will direct.last_img read more

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