I was pleasantly surprised to see that my IT as a Service Broker discussion at the recent 2014 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium drew a standing room only crowd.The Symposium brings together MIT thought leadership with the real world experience of CIOs across a host of industries ranging from retail and healthcare to public sector, telecommunications, and financial services—the kind of senior IT managers I meet and talk with every day. Their interest in the services broker topic reflects a growing sense among those on the front lines that IT is at a watershed moment.As every company, in every industry, becomes more IT centric, now is the time for IT to increase its connection to the business — or risk losing that connection completely.Raising the Services Bar It may seem counter-intuitive—with the ever wider choice of pay-per-use public cloud services and consumer devices available to business users—to say that CIOs are in a stronger position than ever before to redefine and augment the relationship between business and IT.But it’s true for CIOs who see external service providers as more than a threat. They are also a resource—and an opportunity to lift the covers on rogue activities.After all, it’s not just IT that loses control when internal users purchase cloud services on their company credit cards. Enterprises are increasingly aware that this unmanaged “shadow IT” paradigm exposes their business to potentially harmful security threats, data loss, regulatory non-compliance, legal infractions, and added expense.Companies are coming to realize that achieving success requires more than better, faster, cost-efficient IT. Rather, it requires more strategic and intelligent business use of IT.A survey of both business and IT executives, commissioned by EMC and VMware and conducted by IDG, found more than half reported business use of outside providers for IT services. The main drivers? Faster service delivery and technical expertise.Consultative IT Service BrokerMore than ever before, internal IT organizations are uniquely positioned to embody a trusted expert and consultative role. They can help businesses identify and “right-source” the technology enabled business services needed to achieve strategic objectives, while making the best possible use of internal and external resources.Technically, IT services brokering is practical, using proven technologies available today. New virtualization and cloud management technologies, for example, can automate the dynamic movement of workloads to the ‘best’ infrastructure and middleware environment—internal or external—seamlessly and securely.What’s pacing the transition of most IT organizations to service brokering models is no longer the availability of suitable technology – it’s the people and process side of this change. To succeed as an enterprise services broker, IT must become: IT must become a professional services organization delivering a superior ‘customer’ experience while also retaining elasticity to help manage cost requirements (what do I need to buy; what am I currently using; will I be able to scale) for their growth trajectory.Start with the User ExperienceThis shift from a technology to a service-oriented outlook begins by looking at the needs of business users. These users seek agility, speed, and time to market for their new ideas. It is the historical lack of such attributes that has business users looking to alternate sources of IT like public cloud.Leading edge IT organizations – embracing the tenants of IT services broker models – are matching or exceeding the agility, security, and cost point of public cloud alternatives. IT organizations can begin by offering basic IT as a service platform provisioning through a self-service portal (see image right) that “consumerizes” and simplifies access to services.In addition to providing compelling and unified point of access for business users, the portal and underlying service catalog becomes a powerful point of control for IT.It’s how IT establishes and enforces enterprise standards, keeps internal what needs to be internal, aligns investments with emerging business needs, technologies, and industry standards, and leverages what third parties do best.How to broker external and internal IT services for business advantage and reinvent the relationship between business and IT will vary from enterprise to enterprise.What’s clear is that it’s a conversation that needs to begin now.The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium posted video of my presentation to YouTube: Front-office rather than back-office oriented – meaning IT must learn to market its capabilities and not wait (as monopolies might) for orders to come in the door “P&L focused” – meaning IT appreciates that its business users DO have a choice about where they source IT today, and if internal IT is not providing a cost effective solution, P&L driven business units may find other sources of IT supply Market-driven – meaning responsible to its business unit’s services needs rather than designing services backwards from those needs
Agile Management – Helps companies increase efficiency by creating policies and workflows, and automating them via software tools. The new Dell EMC OpenManage Enterprise Modular Edition helps:Control administrative costs and streamline management by replacing multiple enterprise-level systems management tools with a single unified platformIT departments simplify and automate administration while still providing the bandwidth needed to build and manage entire data centersFrees up IT staff, so they can focus on more strategic tasks that benefit the overall businessExtend management to all Dell EMC PowerEdge servers with OpenManage Enterprise The Dell EMC PowerEdge MX PortfolioPowerEdge MX is designed to support a combination of dense virtualization, software-defined storage, software-defined networking, AI and big data projects. Users can tailor compute and storage configurations to their own requirements. This “on-the-fly” hardware capacity helps reduce stranded assets and overprovisioning, greatly improving performance and efficiency.Customers have the flexibility to customize their PowerEdge MX with a robust portfolio of components. Designed specifically for this modular infrastructure, the technologies range from a new 7U chassis, to server and storage sleds to networking, all backed by Dell EMC Services as well as Dell Global Financing options. Get an overview of PowerEdge MX and our other modular infrastructure solutions here.Server infrastructure plays a key role in a company’s IT transformation, and PowerEdge MX can help customers grow their business for years to come. It handles both traditional and transformational workloads, is efficient, easy to manage, and provides a foundation for other Dell EMC solutions such as HCI. As Ashley Gorakhpurwalla, president and general manager of Dell EMC Server and Infrastructure Systems described, “PowerEdge MX enables organizations to transform their IT in a way that optimizes their resources and offers investment protection for future generations of technological advances.”You can’t predict the future, but you can plan for it with the PowerEdge MX.PowerEdge MX. IT UnboundCan’t wait to learn more, or just have to see it in person? We don’t blame you! Dell EMC PowerEdge MX will be on display at VMWorld in Las Vegas August 26-30, and available globally on September 12, 2018. Learn more about PowerEdge MX and our other modular solutions at dellemc.com/servers, and come visit our booth (#1276) in the center of the VMworld exhibition hall.Join the conversation and stay up to date on all things PowerEdge at @DellEMCServers. Process traditional and transformational workloads with Dell EMC’s newest innovationIn today’s fast-moving world, companies must continuously evolve to stay competitive and relevant in their industry. They need to prepare for uncertainty, reacting quickly to sudden change. To meet these demands, innovative organizations are turning to data-fueled workloads such as AI and IoT to help them dynamically respond. But first, they need to ensure that their data centers are up to the challenge. Because transformational workloads have different hardware requirements, they need a modernized, dynamic infrastructure to be successful.This need for flexibility and agility is the reason we’ve spent years researching, developing and refining a solution that can support a variety of traditional and transformational workloads while easily adapting to new technologies as they become available. Today, we’re thrilled to launch PowerEdge MX, the first modular server designed for the emerging category of disaggregated data center infrastructure, or kinetic infrastructure.PowerEdge MX enables optimal use of various IT resources, dynamically adjusting as workload and business needs change. This way, customers can focus on the things brings value to their business – both now and into the future.Its unique, no-mid-plane design enables PowerEdge MX to support multiple generations of technology releases (microprocessors, new storage types and new connectivity innovation) well into the future. This purposeful design makes PowerEdge MX ready to support fully disaggregated components, down to memory-centric devices such as storage class memory, GPUs and FPGAs, to offer full composability.PowerEdge MX: The Foundation for Transformation PowerEdge MX allows users to break free from traditional boundaries, transforming their infrastructure to a dynamic pool of instantly responding, adapting and evolving resources.Key benefits of PowerEdge MX include:Flexible Architecture – Disaggregated systems leverage a shared pool of compute, storage and networking assets to dynamically respond to changing needs via:Elastic Resources: non-disruptive provisioning, on-demand allocation of compute, storage and networking resource poolsScalable SmartFabric: cost-effective multi-chassis architecture with open networking options and upgrade simplicity for future I/O flexibilityGranular Storage: dense, highly flexible, swappable, scale-out direct attached storage sled with easy front access Responsive Design – Helps companies protect infrastructure and lifecycle investment for improved ROI and a greater overall business impact, and:Assures support for at least three sever processor generationsControls algorithms for dense configurations with future compatibilityProtects, detects and recovers underlying infrastructure from cyber attacks
When it comes to implementing digital transformation, most companies naturally focus on the wealth of potential today’s emerging technologies offer them to expand their corporate reach. But for such a transformation to be truly successful and give organizations the greatest return on their investment, a solid strategy based upon their specific needs is the key to unlocking the power that lies in helping these solutions work together. To achieve this, a solid foundation capable of supporting these new tools is essential. To devise a plan that takes their personal needs into account, they need to find an IT partner who knows how to integrate these new technologies and is capable of helping them orchestrate their individual strengths into a unified goal for tomorrow.Collaboration is the key to creating a successful visionIn the Digital Age, businesses are evolving rapidly, as every organization in every field now essentially offers IT services at its core, from finance to sales, from healthcare to retail, from science to manufacturing. IT has become fully woven into every business model of every company whatever their activities, customers and size, as both B2B and B2C customers are now demanding more in terms of service, capability and outcome.This means that today’s businesses are driven by advances in modern IT to offer their customers the most efficient, personal experiences possible and delivering employees access to the most pertinent information in real-time on which to base their business decisions. This is especially true for enterprise customers and many of the major industries in today’s global marketplace.With this in mind, the success of an IT provider relies on being able to see the potential of digital transformation through the eyes of each individual company. Just as no two business models are alike, the needs of today’s clients are specific to their individual makeup, and emerging technologies are only as potent as their ability to be customized to achieve an organization’s unique vision. A focus on customer satisfaction and sound strategic planning are what makes visionary companies stand out from the crowd.To achieve this, organizations need to trust that their infrastructure is both capable and fluid enough to handle the demands of an ever changing workplace and has the robust datacenter capabilities to support the ever-increasing volumes of data brought to light by such cutting-edge solutions as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, augmented and virtual reality and flexible cloud alternatives.Many of today’s most powerful organizations are both intrigued by the potential of emerging technologies to increase their reach, improve efficiency and focus their workforce – and confused as to which solutions are best suited to deliver the greatest return on investment for their particular needs. At Dell Technologies, our unique ability to deliver products that focus a company’s vision, rather than simply highlighting the technology itself, is what makes us among the most trusted leaders in our field.Evolving to meet the needs of a new workplaceDigital transformation has the power to drive a culture of entrepreneurship, ownership and accountability never before seen in the workplace. But as business models change, jobs take on new responsibilities and the workforce grows more tech savvy, the companies who thrive are those who recognize the need to give their employees the most up-to-date tools capable of enabling them to achieve their objectives in a work environment that is growing increasingly more mobile, fluid, collaborative and hyper-connected.To find the spot where cost and efficiency meet power of innovation for a particular customer, this calls for a new type of infrastructure designed not only to provide services, but to promote opportunities to seek out better ways of working. Collaboration, information sharing, mobility and speed of access to information have become the greatest priorities for organizations looking to expand their reach. For the solutions of tomorrow to do their work, they need a sound architecture on which to thrive.As the workforce changes, so have the priorities of today’s workers. Generation Z is now entering the job market fully connected and prepared to stand as ambassadors of technology. They are expected to be as much as 20% of the workforce by 2020.Like myself, they have great interest in Corporate Social Responsibility and are environmentally active, preferring to work for likeminded companies. Hiring and retaining the best and brightest relies heavily on ensuring they have the right tools at their disposal to think in innovative new ways, share ideas with colleagues and do their jobs from anywhere, at any time. For them, teamwork and interaction are essential. To achieve this, smart companies recognize the need to transform.Designing data to deliver new insightsWith data as the new gold, smart organizations are focusing on how best to store, manage, protect and analyze their newfound information and turn it into actionable insights for addressing a quickly changing marketplace. Scalability, dependability and security make up the blueprint for translating data and drawing new connections from a diverse range of sources, from edge to cloud to core.Today’s forward thinking companies want access to the right data in the right place at the right time. Improving an organization’s ability to collect and make sense of their data in near real-time from edge to cloud to core is a key element for staying ahead of its competitors. Greater data integration throughout a company’s structure provides:More reliable data for decision makingIncreased speed to marketFaster ability to integrate acquisitions and modificationsImproved agility, scalability and flexibilityEnhanced analytical potentialExtended customer reachDeveloping a top of the line ecosystem drives business value improves operational efficiency and grows revenue. It is the heart of any successful digital transformation.When it comes to turning the chaos of digital transformation into customized capability, the Dell EMC sales force uses its tested field experience to fully examine the specifics that make up a customer’s business structure. In this way, we help to devise new ways of implementing the latest technologies to allow organizations to work more efficiently, research new methods for production and operations, intelligently manage data and ultimately streamline corporate IT strategy. In this way, Dell becomes the facilitator for our customers’ success, rather than just another provider.And that is how we like it.
Every day, more and more organizations are using various cloud models to drive their digital transformation. The recent Dell Technologies Global Data Protection Index 2020 Snapshot shows most actually prefer a cloud-based deployment environment, be it private, public or hybrid, for their newer applications. Dell has responded to that in some exciting ways.While the benefits of a multi-cloud approach are growing, clouds are not immune to costly disruptive events including down time, data loss and cyber-attacks. According to the 2020 Snapshot, down time and data loss were up last year to 82 percent, from 76 percent in 2018.The 2020 Snapshot also showed that eight out of ten respondents believe their current data protection technologies won’t meet future business challenges. More than half are struggling to find data protection solutions for cloud-native applications, SaaS applications and containers.So, many are turning to Dell Technologies to not only safeguard their data across public, private and hybrid clouds, but to leverage clouds for added business benefits. More than 1,000 customers have chosen to trust Dell to protect their data in the cloud – covering more than 2.7 exabytes of data! ¹Data Protection is an essential part of our Dell Technology Cloud solution that delivers consistent infrastructure, operations and services across all of your clouds. Whether you are well into your cloud journey or just beginning, Dell Technologies’ Data Protection portfolio provides options for a wide range of deployment models and use cases. One clear trend we are seeing is organizations choosing integrated appliances that combine data protection software and storage in a single solution. In fact, according to IDC, these are the fastest-growing segment of the Purpose-Built Backup Appliance (PBBA) market. ²Last year, we introduced PowerProtect X400, a scale-out integrated appliance driven by PowerProtect Data Manager software, our next-generation data management platform. These two products support modern workloads and benefit from our partnership with VMware, delivering data protection for VMware Cloud on AWS and for VMware Cloud on Dell EMC. PowerProtect Data Manager is one of the first and only enterprise protection solutions for VMs, applications and Kubernetes for the discovery, protection and management of production workloads in Kubernetes environments. And PowerProtect X400 recently added support for long-term retention to AWS and expanded capacity to 1 petabyte (PB). All of this helps us to extend our lead in data protection.Dell EMC’s Integrated Data Protection Appliance (IDPA) momentum is increasing, delivering powerful data protection for mission-critical apps and support for a broad cloud ecosystem with long-term retention and cloud disaster recovery. It continues to gain traction across small, mid-size and enterprise organizations, with revenue growing by over 90% YOY in 2019 according to IDC. ²No matter where customers are deploying apps or how they are consuming them, they need to have the same confidence that their data is protected. Be confident. Get your cloud on with proven and modern data protection from Dell Technologies.1 Based on Dell analysis, February 20202 2019Q4 Quarterly Purpose-Built Backup Appliance Tracker
Since Michael shared his thoughts with the company last week (you can read his full letter below), there have been many powerful conversations across our teams in response to the murder of George Floyd – and the many acts of violence before and since perpetrated against Black men and women. On Thursday of last week, more than 20,000 Dell Technologies team members from around the world gathered on a call hosted by Reshenda Daniels (you can read her note below) and our Black Networking Alliance employee resource group. We listened and shared our own thoughts, feelings, rage, heartache, and hope in response to the systemic racism that plagues the United States, and many other parts of the world. It was an intense conversation, yet shockingly intimate considering the sheer number of people on the call. It gave me tremendous hope for our company and for our future. But as a society we have a long way to go indeed.I’ve shared the full text below of two LinkedIn posts from members of our Dell Technologies community, in addition to Michael’s letter to our team originally posted on LinkedIn last Monday. I hope you read them in full. Especially resonant guidance comes from Deonte Thompson, who asks all of us to educate ourselves and others, ask questions, seek to understand others’ experiences, know when to be quiet and listen, and stand up for what you believe in. I hope we can all take a personal pledge to be “dirt movers” like Deonte, as we do the hard work in front of us to change the world.—Deonte Thompson, Chief of Staff, Client Solutions Group:It’s 3:19 pm and I’m sitting in my home office in quarantine staring at 44 unread e-mails that I can’t seem to open. The walls are starting to feel like they’re closing in on me and what once felt like freedom now feels like incarceration. My mind is distracted because it keeps drifting off to our social climate. I have decided to sacrifice a moment of corporate responsibility to willingly succumb to a moment of social reflection.There’s a lot that’s going on in the world from the pandemic of Covid-19 to the ongoing pandemic of overt, covert and systemic racism. Interestingly enough, I’m not distracted by any of that at the moment. My mind keeps drifting to a simple question that I can’t seem to answer. The question echoes in my mind like a voice that cries out in an empty room. The question is, “How can I help? I want to make a difference and be part of the solution, but I don’t know what to do.” I’ve been asked this question from people at multiple levels of the workforce ranging from Senior Vice Presidents to Individual Contributors. It’s distracting because it’s one of the most powerful questions that a person can ask. To not have an answer is to not have an understanding. My countenance slowly morphs from distraction to frustration. I’m telling myself, “I’m a black man who understands many of the struggles of my community, why don’t I have an answer?” I realize that there are a million possible responses, but my mind is disturbed because I need meaningful solutions.I rarely engage in social media discussions relating to race, religion and politics because past experiences have proven them to be unfruitful. However, I had a recent discussion on social media with an old friend who just so happened to be a white female. She posted about her frustrations with all of the rioting and looting. She was tired of people saying “Black Lives Matter” because she believed “All Lives Matter.” The post was so emotionally charged that I decided to respond to her via a private message. I had a point of view but as I typed I felt a need to abandon my point of view and just listen. I decided to ask questions and follow up questions in order to gain an understanding. By the end of the conversation, she told me that I made her think about her position in a way that she has not done so in the past. She wanted to think about the discussion and continue it the next day. I did not challenge her position nor did I agree with it. I simply walked her through a journey of self-exploration that forced her to challenge her own point of view.At that moment, I gained a little more insight. It started to make sense. This is not a moment of change, this is a moment of introspection. Change will come but we must first challenge our way of thinking, our beliefs and our actions. The answer to the question, “How can I help?” must start with a serious meditative self-evaluation before any meaningful action can be taken. The first step is to take ourselves on a journey from introspection to self-awareness. This is not a time to passionately voice your point of view. It’s a time to silently question it.When I was in elementary school in the 80’s, my dad took me outside of the house to teach me a valuable lesson. He told me to pick up a handful of dirt from our yard and place it on the other side of the street. I completed the task and returned to him, not understanding why he’d asked me to do it. He then looked at me and told me, “You have just changed the world. The world will never be the same.” It would take me years to really understand what he was saying and decades until it resonated to a point of insight. No matter how insignificant you think your actions are, you have the power to change the world. Changing the world doesn’t start when the world is watching, it starts when you decide to take small, silent, isolated baby steps. It’s now 3:45pm, I have 51 unread e-mails, my action items are increasing but I have a little more peace and the picture is becoming more clear. We must become students of listening and learning while asking probing questions. By listening, we gain a better understanding which is a prerequisite for empathy. You do not have to agree. In fact, everything that you know and have learned in the past is unimportant in that moment. When you ask questions, with no thoughts of contrary rebuttals, you help others in their own introspective journey.I read a great article on CNN entitled “A guide to how you can support marginalized communities”. The key points were:Educate yourself and othersDo your research, Ask questions when needed, Brush up on history, Influence people in your own group, Teach your children, Own up to your mistakesListenPay attention, Know when to talk less, Understand others’ experienceStand upBuild networks, Use your privilege to help others, Know your rights when you are videotaping, Voice your concerns to those in power, Stand in solidarity, Donate your time and money, VoteEducate yourself, listen and stand up. Those are 3 things we all can control. Imagine a world where every person took this approach in areas of gender bias, racism, age discrimination, etc. The world would be a better place with unlimited potential to innovate and progress. I’ve learned that when we try to do too much, too fast, we become overwhelmed by the moment. However, if we focus on taking a handful of dirt from one side of the street to the other then we can maximize the moment.Where do we go from here? It’s now 4:05pm, I have 62 unread e-mails and I’m getting closer to an answer. It will take the collective whole to look introspectively at their thoughts, biases and actions. Although a vision is set by leadership, it must be enforced and demonstrated by middle management and sustained by everyone. Change will not happen overnight but I’m optimistic that we can change the narrative to one that our children will be proud to read about in the history books. They’ll say, “my parents made a difference.” Not by marching externally but by marching internally. Not by being a decision maker that changed policies and legislation but by being a drum major for change in their thinking. Not by civil disobedience but by moral obedience. There’s nothing wrong with marching and moral acts of civil disobedience but the journey to change starts with the person in the mirror.What I call being a dirt mover, Dell Technologies describes as “Every little thing is everything.” The answer to how we continue to evolve our diverse culture is found in the development cycle of our products. Learn your customers’ needs and focus on the little things that create an awesome experience.I do not have the answer to systemic racism but I do have 3 focus areas that can help us in this journey.1. Be an upstanderAn upstander is a person who speaks or acts in support of a cause. We should show our solidarity by holding ourselves accountable. By doing this we will build a greater awareness of our actions. In order to be an upstander you must educate, listen and stand up.2. Participate in listening sessions or encourage your organization to have them. I recently conducted a listening session for 15 women at my job who may be our future leaders. As a man, I gained valuable actionable insights and also realized that I had blind spots. These are extremely valuable.Have a series of small group (10-15 people) listening sessions with black employees to understand their point of view of the issues faced. This session should be conducted by a leader who is not black.These listening sessions will serve as an input into brainstorming exercises to ideate solutions that will advance your corporate culture of inclusion.3. Encourage your organization to provide unconscious bias training.Providing the training is only half of the challenge. You must also work with your training department to ensure that the training includes a section for “systemic racism.” I’ve found that its easier for companies to talk about gender and talent diversity than it is to talk about race (especially the issues that African Americans face in corporate America).Fight to make this class mandatory for ALL employees.It’s now 4:31pm, I have 71 emails and I have a little more peace. I have a little more understanding. I have a little more direction and I have a little more optimism. We can’t do everything, but we can do a series of little things together that will lead to great things. This is how movements happen. This is how cultures shift and it’s also how successful companies thrive in the face of controversy. Let’s move dirt together, no shovel required, your hands are good enough.—Reshenda Daniels, Project/Program Consultant:Yesterday almost 28,000 team members in 78 countries joined Dell Technologies Black Networking Alliance Employee Resource Group to acknowledge and take a moment to reflect on some of the lives unfortunately lost. I had the pleasure of hosting this incredible event with Michael Dell and our Executive Leadership Team. I am proud to work for a company that made time to reflect and take a stance against racism, and pledge to do more as a collective Dell Technologies family, and look forward to the work we will continue together to drive change.Additionally, I would like to thank all the individuals who helped make this event happen. Your leadership and support is why I am proud to say #iwork4dell. Let’s Stand Strong Together!—Below is a message Michael Dell shared initially with Dell Technologies team members, and then published on LinkedIn to share with our customers, partners, and friends:To: All Dell Technologies team membersThis has been an incredibly difficult time in America – troubling and sad. The murder of George Floyd is an atrocity. We all stand in horror, grieving as a nation alongside his family and his community. To see a man killed, a life ended cruelly and senselessly is something that will haunt me forever. But for people of color in communities all over this country and around the world – that footage is not a surprise, it is all too familiar. The fault lines of our society are laid bare. From the devastating and disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 to the devastating impacts of police brutality, the long-standing racial injustice in America that began 400 years ago is impossible to ignore. And the people who have been ignored are now demanding to be heard. We are listening.I recently spent some time with a group of black team members – mostly listening. How are we doing? Have we succeeded in creating a company where all our team members feel safe and valued? How can we do more? How can we do better? What was supposed to be a one-hour meeting lasted much longer. I’ve been thinking about that conversation a lot, about our team members, our friends and our families. The main thing I heard was we need to create space for tough conversations, have greater leadership accountability and take actions that drive positive socio-economic change for communities of color. I am optimistic about what we’ve built at Dell, of our culture that’s designed to support every team member in reaching their full potential, and of our vision for where we’re going. I’ve always believed diversity is power. It’s how we win and win the right way. We can lead by example and lean into our inclusive culture. We can lead by example and surround each other in love and support when we need it most.Later this week, our Black Networking Alliance ERG will hold a moment of reflection to recognize and hear from those who are most affected by recent acts of violence. I’d ask that everyone please join with us in this moment. Additionally, our Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Brian Reaves, is talking internally and with our partners to see where additional investment is needed. We need to do things differently now so that we can lead measurable change and truly be an employer of choice for all. I encourage you to get involved. Because for all the work we do within our own company, there will never be true justice or equality until we root out the rotten underbelly of racism that is eating away at the most cherished values we hold dear. Real change requires us all to actively participate in the hard work that lies ahead… the hard work that has to be done for our nation and our world to heal, grow stronger, and for us to move forward as one people with a shared voice.I am thinking about my role. I hope you are thinking about yours. This is a time to stand strong together. Let’s be kind. Let’s be loving. Let’s stand up for each other and be the change.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri senator is trying to pass a bill that would allow the use of deadly force against protesters on private property. Members of a state Senate committee on Monday debated the change. The legislation also would give immunity to people who run over protesters blocking traffic. It would make demonstrations blocking traffic a felony crime. Republican supporters of the bill said blocking traffic can be dangerous if it blocks ambulances or police from responding to emergencies. Activists said enacting the bill would encourage vigilantism.
This week, student groups are sponsoring Heritage Week, and students are encouraged to rediscover the campus’s history. The theme of the week is “The Avenue Always Leads You Home.” According to Student Activities Board (SAB) chief of staff Kelly Zenere, the Avenue is a universal symbol of Saint Mary’s. It sends students on new journeys, and welcomes them home, she said. The groups sponsoring the weeklong celebration include Campus Ministry, Resident Hall Association, SAB, Student Diversity Board and Student Government Association. Cassandra Palmer, SAB’s mission commissioner, said this week is all about remembering the history of Saint Mary’s. Palmer said the college stemmed from the Sisters of the Holy Cross, and it is important to keep them in mind when students think of Saint Mary’s heritage. “[The Saint Mary’s students] are the ones who keep our heritage alive,” Palmer said. Zenere said Heritage Week is held so the students don’t forget where they come from. For these reasons, each day’s events are centered on educating the students about Saint Mary’s rich history. On Monday the college archives will be on display in the Student Center. According to Palmer, there will be 24 large poster frames of photos from past to present, including a photo of the class of 1907. There will be a long sleeve T-shirt give-away on Monday in the Student Center, and archivist John Kovach will give a talk in the lounge from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. According to Zenere, Kovach will be hosting a questions and answers session. “[Bring] your ghost story questions,” she said. The Reidenger House will be open for tours and tea from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Space is limited, so students must sign up for times in the Student Center. On Wednesday, Sister Mary Louise “ML” Gude will be hosting three tours of the convent, and providing information on the history of the Sisters and the College, according to the schedule. Thursday, students are invited to share a meal with the nuns at the Heritage Dinner at 6:30 in Stapleton Lounge. At the dinner students are encouraged to ask questions, and listen to the stories of the Sisters themselves, Zenere said. Heritage Week will wind down with a S’more Meet and Greet with the Nuns in the Lillie O’Grady Room at 2 p.m. Friday. Zenere said this event is special because they are taking the event to the nuns. Since so many nuns are unable to leave the convent due to health issues, SAB thought it was important to move an event to a location the nuns could attend. “After all, they are the reason for the week,” Zenere said. Zenere and Palmer could not stress enough the importance of the week. “We are trying to, in a sense, abridge the ignorance of our heritage,” Zenere said. “We have such a rich history that we should be aware of.” “Saint Mary’s prides itself in forming strong, independent women … without these past strong, independent women, we wouldn’t be where we are now,” Palmer said.
Behind every sports team, there is a legion of coaches and staffers that makes sure everything goes according to plan. Senior football managers Justin Cullen, Nathan Feldpausch and Claire Kueny are Notre Dame’s 12th men both on and off-season. Cullen oversees the essentials to all football games — equipment. “I’m the head student in charge of the equipment room and the locker room on both a day-to-day basis and on game day,” he said. Cullen’s job involves coordinating the laundry service with St. Michaels, issuing apparel and gear to the players and fixing any equipment malfunctions that occur during practice. Cullen said his role behind the scenes on game day often goes unnoticed. “What people don’t know is when the team goes out for practice, we set up white boards where different positions meet with their position coaches before the game,” he said. “We do this at halftime too.” Away games make his job a little more challenging, he said. “For away games, after halftime we immediately start moving stuff to our semi because the buses and the semi pull out within an hour of the end of the game,” he said. “That process usually takes through the end of the third quarter and sometimes the beginning the fourth quarter.” While Cullen oversees the equipment, Feldpausch is in charge of administration. Feldpausch works under Chad Klunder, director of football operations. His main job is to monitor the players’ whereabouts, he said. “I actually get issued a work phone that has the player contacts and figure out where they are when they aren’t on time,” he said. “I always jump a little bit when I hear the [work] phone. [I think,] ‘Uh, oh what do I have to do now?’” His most unique job is watching over Irish coach Brian Kelly’s bag, he said. “I got Coach Kelly’s bag [and] I have to keep it with me at all times,” Feldpausch said. “I carry it on the plane with me and make sure it does not leave my sight.” Kueny oversees personnel involved in making the football game days run smoothly. “I’m the personnel manager, so I’m the person responsible for organizing, scheduling and training all the sophomore and junior managers,” she said. During practice, Kueny makes sure the junior and sophomore managers set up the field properly and know what drills are being performed. She is also responsible for setting up the field before the game and helps run the pre-game warm ups. While the program is fairly fluid now, it is in the midst of changes, she said. Next year, the number of football managers will decrease. Only those who express a deep interest in the football program will work with Irish football, while the other managers will specialize in the Olympic sports, Kueny said. “We’ll have a football pool for people who really want to do football and an Olympic sports pool, so people really go towards their interest,” she said. Cullen said the managers support the team both on and off-season, but their hard work comes to fruition 12 Saturdays a year. “We work for about eight months of the year, [but] when you really think about it, it comes down to 12 football games,” he said.
Saint Mary’s Music Department will usher in the Christmas season this weekend with its 39th annual Madrigal dinner, a medieval-themed feast and musical performance. Junior Toni Marsteller, who scripted and directed the performance and is cast as the Wench, said the theatrics and music are interwoven in the meal rather than preceding or following it. “[The dinner features] Renaissance and medieval-style music, and there are actors who provide a little comedy throughout the dinner,” she said. Music professor Nancy Menk, who will direct the Madrigal for the 28th time, said the choir performances will include a combination of traditional songs with a few fresh selections. “Some songs are standards,” Menk said. “We always sing the Wassail Song when we bring out the Wassail bowl, we always sing ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas,’ and each year I try to add one or two new songs.” First year Katie Corbett plays the role of the Jester, who taunts the other characters throughout the performance. “I’m an acting major, so I read for the Jester role, and it sounded really funny,” she said. “I’m really excited, but I’m also a little nervous. I hope everyone enjoys the show.” Corbett’s Jester conspires with junior Sophie Korson’s character, the Cook, to play tricks on the Wench. Korson, who has never participated in the Madrigal dinner before, said she decided to take part simply for the fun of it. “It sounded like fun, and I was open to trying it out,” she said. Sophomore Lauren Murphy, a member of the Women’s Choir performing at the dinner, said the performance helps spread the Christmas cheer around campus. “I like dressing up and getting into character,” she said. “The show really helps set the tone for the Christmas season.” Over her nearly three decades at the helm of the Madrigal, Wenk said the tradition has evolved significantly. “Before my time, they actually stopped the show and did an opera right in the middle of the show,” she said. “One of the major changes was to change from a co-ed to an all-women’s choir, about seven or eight years ago, to better represent Saint Mary’s College.” Menk said she is amazed by the transformative effect the show has on Regina Hall, where it is presented. “The girls look so beautiful in their dresses and the room looks amazing,” she said. “By the time we’re done with it, it’s amazing to think it’s just a dorm lounge.” The Madrigal dinner will be celebrated Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
For some students at Saint Mary’s, class time on Thursday is now spent in a different type of environment – teaching guests at the South Bend Center for the Homeless. “Public Communication,” holds classes for the guests at the Center and teaches them the basics of communication studies. After only three weeks spent at the Center, some students are already feeling a sense of learning for themselves and their guests. Senior Tara Fulton said has already noticed how working at the Center is a wonderful experience for herself and her group members. “This Thursday will be our fourth class visit, and we are very excited to continue on with the process. The veterans that come to our class every week are very enthusiastic, and always willing to participate,” she said. “I think that the veterans’ participation and enthusiasm has really made us the students as a group feel good about teaching the class. It seems like the veterans truly enjoy the class, and are gaining better communication skills after every class.” Throughout the weekly lessons for the veteran’s group, Fulton and her fellow classmates have been teaching different aspects of communication to their guests. “My group hopes to gain more personal experience with our communication skills, and insight into how others communicate,” Fulton said. “We want to help our guests communicate better, where they can take what we teach in our class to the outside world and use that information to better their communication interactions. “Two main aspects our group will focus on with the veterans are how to control their humor and sarcasm better when communicating with people.” Overall, Fulton said she is happy to be enrolled in the class and looks forward to continuing the work her group has begun at the Center for the Homeless. “The veterans are a great group of guys, and are very eager to learn, which makes my group and I happy and willing to go teach every week,” she said. Senior Caroline Gallagher is part of a group that teaches the children at the Center. “Our group is called Club P.S., which includes the kids,” Gallagher said. “Although our class has only been at the Center for three weeks, we have had such a great experience so far.” Before arriving, Gallagher said the group was a bit nervous, as they did not know what to expect from the experience. “After the first day with the kids, any sense of being nervous was completely gone,” she said. “The children are extremely vibrant and excited to learn new things- plus they love having older kids to hang out with for an hour every week.” Gallagher said, she believes her group has already gained a lot from being at the Center for the Homeless. Although they have faced a few hurdles, Gallagher said the group is thrilled to be working with Club P.S. “The biggest thing that I hope our students gain from my group being at the Center for the Homeless is how important communication is in every aspect of every person’s life,” Gallagher said. “I hope that the curriculum we teach them is something that they will remember for the rest of their lives, and will help them to be successful in communicating with the different people that they will meet throughout their lives.” While Gallagher and her group know teaching children is a lot of responsibility, she said they feel capable of providing the necessary tools for their students to thrive. “As a group, I feel we are capable of doing exactly what we have to in order for the students to get the most out of their Thursday afternoons with us,” Gallagher said. “While the semester progresses, I am excited to see where our lessons take us with the kids.” Contact Jillian Barwick at firstname.lastname@example.org