Emma Farnan | The Observer Panelists Fr. Peter McCormick, senior Annie Kuster and junior Daniel Esparza discuss consent and the hook-up culture at Notre Dame.To frame the discussion, the panel began with a short video called “Tea Consent,” which provided a humorous perspective on the topic by using the act of serving someone tea as a metaphor for sexual consent.The panel initiated their conversation by talking about the purpose of dorm parties and the consequences that on-campus parties entail.Esparza said students often uses alcohol and parties as ways to release the stress of a long week, a mindset that can hold potentially damaging ramifications.“It’s very important that people don’t use things like dorm parties and alcohol as a crutch,” Esparza said.Because of the ubiquity of on-campus parties at Notre Dame and the strong connection between residence halls and social life, Kuster said students can sometimes be lulled into a false sense of security when they go to parties in dorms.“We don’t necessarily connect going down the hallway with a place where some problem could be,” Kuster said.McCormick said these thoughts are consistent with his experience as a rector. While Notre Dame has consciously preserved the culture of on-campus parties because it values making residence halls central to student’s lives, he said the prevalence of alcohol on campus does involves some risks.“If we want you to feel that the residence halls are home, you should be allowed to welcome your friends over, and you should be allowed to have parties,” McCormick said. “The mindset of why parties occur in dorms is very much rooted in the community mindset of Notre Dame.”The panel also discussed the differences in social life between men and women in college.Kuster said boys have more power than girls over almost every aspect of a party, from the alcohol they provide to the music they play, because most parties are held in boys’ dorms. Although this may seem like a trivial issue, Kuster said this means girls can feel more helpless in unfamiliar situations.“When you show up to somebody else’s party and boys are the ones throwing the party, they have the control,” Kuster said.However, McCormick said, girls have the ability to decide which parties to go to and can always leave when they feel uncomfortable.“Woman actually have more power and authority than what they think,” McCormick said.The panel then examined the question of why hook-ups and sexual assault seem to be so prevalent in college.Esparza said many students enter college with naive ideas about how sex and relationships actually work, and consequently, can make mistakes without realizing their errors.“Sometimes, especially in college, many people typically don’t see it as rape because they really don’t understand how mutual relationships work,” Esparza said.Additionally, McCormick said the media portrays college far different from reality, with an emphasis on casual sex, drinking and partying. In particular, McCormick said, movies embody this myth and give incoming students major misconceptions about college.“The thing Hollywood doesn’t show you, the thing popular literature doesn’t show you, is how it feels when an unwanted advance gets made on you,” McCormick said.In order to break free from this ignorance, McCormick said students need to be actively involved in both learning about sexual assault and being mindful of their own actions.“We need to be more informed … about the fact that our actions, whether they be subtle, quick or even unintended, have significant impacts on people’s lives,” McCormick said.Tags: Fire Starters, Fr. Pete McCormick, Gender Relations Center, GRC, Men against Sexual violence, sexual assault Dorm parties are a cherished part of student life at Notre Dame, but the abusive drinking and negligence that can often accompany them lead to devastating results, Fr. Peter McCormick, director of campus ministry, said.In an effort to spread awareness about sexual assault and promote conversations about alcohol, consent and dorm parties, the Gender Relations Center (GRC) sponsored a panel discussion Tuesday night at DeBartolo Hall. In addition to McCormick, the panel consisted of senior Annie Kuster, a GRC FIRE Starter, and junior Daniel Esparza, the president of Men Against Sexual Violence. Following the theme of “Let’s Talk about Hooking-up, Consent and Dorm Parties,” they answered questions directly from the moderator and anonymously submitted by the audience.
UW\’s Jason Bohannon was able to keep OSU\’s Jon Diebler under raps in their only meeting of the season.[/media-credit]Although the NCAA Tournament doesn’t start for another week, the real March Madness begins this weekend as the Badgers take on the Ohio State Buckeyes Friday in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament.The Badgers enter the tournament as the defending champions. Last year, they were able to defeat Michigan, Michigan State and Illinois en route to the 2008 title. This year, however, their success seems to have been forgotten due to their 19-11 record, which includes a six-game losing streak.“It seems to me like everybody forgot about that,” Wisconsin forward Marcus Landry said. “The way we have been playing, I truly believe a lot people forgot about that, that Wisconsin won the Big Ten championship. But, we have to go in there with that mentality and say, ‘Hey, we’ve got it done before, we are going to get it done again.’ And even though we didn’t win the conference this year, there is still a chance to win the [tournament] championship.”This year, Wisconsin enters the tournament as the fourth seed and received a first-round bye. Their first game against the Buckeyes in the tournament’s second round will be just the second game the Badgers play against Ohio State this year.In the teams’ first meeting, the Badgers were able to defeat the Buckeyes 55-50 at the Kohl Center. It ended up being a physical match between Landry and the Ohio State’s big men Dallas Lauderdale and B.J. Mullens.“They always have a guy in the middle and they have a tough team,” Landry said. “So, no blood, no foul.”Also against the Buckeyes, despite giving up 23 points to Evan Turner, the Badgers were able to keep Jon Diebler, who is third in the conference in three-point field goal percentage and second in three-point baskets made, to just two points thanks to UW guard Jason Bohannon.“I was just trying to get in his face and not let him get a clean shot off,” Bohannon said. “You know, he got a couple shots, but I’m just trying to make him not feel comfortable out there. You know, that’s the big thing. Anytime they are a shooter and you can make them uncomfortable, it’s going to be a tough night for them.”For both the Badgers and the Buckeyes, their play in their opening-round game and in the tournament could be a deciding factor not only in their seeding for the NCAA tournament but also if they make the Big Dance at all. But, Wisconsin assistant coach Gary Close said this is the time of year all the teams want to be making a push to make the tournament.“I thought they played well when they played here and I would expect the exact same thing,” Close said of the Buckeyes. “They’re playing very good basketball right now and they are talented. I think every team wants to be playing well. This is the time of year you want to be playing well so you can go as far as you can go.”With both the Badgers and the Buckeyes making the push to make the tournament, so are at least six other teams in the conference. While teams like No.1 seed Michigan State and No. 2 seed Illinois may have a lock on spots once the tournament starts in two weeks, teams like Michigan, Penn State and even Northwestern are going to try to make their case to the selection committee to be in the field of 65 come next weekend.“Obviously, the tournament is wide open,” Close said. “The depth of the league has been talked about. Since I’ve been here, there are more teams that are capable of winning this tournament then there have ever been. It should make for a heck of a weekend.”Even though there is the temptation to look to the national tournament, or even the next round of the Big Ten tournament, where Wisconsin may have the chance to redeem itself against Michigan State, the coaching staff and upperclassmen realize how important it is to remain focused on the first game.“The only 40 minutes we have guaranteed are these 40,” Close said. “If we lose, we are done. Then, that tournament is done, so we have to wait around to see who we play next. So, let’s just focus on Ohio State and try to play the best game we have all year, then try to advance.”