Notre Dame names Stephen Schafer first salutatorian in 45 years

first_imgSenior Stephen Schafer, the University’s first salutatorian in 45 years, said he never had a preconceived notion of what he was going to do during the four years leading up to graduation.“I would say if anything defines my time at Notre Dame, it would be embracing uncertainty and diving into unknown places,” he said.Hugh Page, vice president and associate provost, dean of the First Year of Studies and chair of the valedictorian selection committee, said naming a salutatorian allows the University to “recognize in a more formal way two outstanding seniors” who will “represent the virtues and ideals animating a Notre Dame undergraduate education.”Schafer, a native of Edgewood, Kentucky, has a 4.00 cumulative grade point average and will graduate with degrees in finance and economics, according to a University press release. Schafer was also a Malpass Scholar, a merit-based award that provides students with the opportunity to learn and be involved with the process of managing the University’s endowment, the press release said.Schafer was a project leader for the Student International Business Council (SIBC) and Investment Club and a senior mentor for the Wall Street Club, the press release said. He spent the summer of 2013 studying abroad in China and participated in the two-week Ireland Inside Track program in the summer of 2014.After graduation, Schafer has plans to travel to Asia and Europe, he said. He will then go to work in investment banking at Goldman Sachs in New York City, where he interned during his undergraduate career.Before college, Schafer said he knew he wanted to go into finance, but he did not know what type of job he wanted to do.“I think that I came in and was open to a wide variety of experiences and took part in a lot of different events, a lot of different clubs,” he said. “Through that, I was able to experience basically everything in finance from wealth management to sales and trading, to investment banking and private equity.”Schafer said he learned early on how to manage his time efficiently and effectively.“I hit my athletic prime back in seventh grade — and since then, I started focusing on academics,” he said with a laugh. “If I wanted to just get away, I do that by studying.”A defining part of his time at Notre Dame, Schafer said, was his friendships with Notre Dame football players Sheldon Day and Ronnie Stanley.“We all met freshman year and ended up becoming roommates,” Schafer said. “… Last week, both of them got drafted into the NFL, and I was named salutatorian. … It’s a uniquely Notre Dame story.”Schafer said he strove to divide his time equally between his academics and his social life.“A lot of it just comes down to time management, which I think I did very successfully throughout college,” he said. “It may have been at the sacrifice of some sleep, but I would say I have a pretty balanced life in terms of going out and going to sporting events and what not.“ … Throughout my time here, it was more like I was jumping into everything — and wherever it takes me, it takes me,” he said. “It’s something I’m very happy I did and something I want to continue to do.”Tags: Commencement 2016, salutatorian, Stephen Schaferlast_img read more

Weekend Poll Top Three: Fans Want Menzel to Sing Wicked at Radio City

first_img View Comments 3. “The Wizard and I,” Wicked — 7% Guys. “Defying Gravity” and “The Wizard and I?” How about “No Good Deed,” “I’m Not That Girl” and “Something Bad” while we’re at it? We kid; fanzels love their Wicked, and there’s nothing wrong with that! This song may not scream “one-night-only concert” material like the two choices above, but it’s a powerhouse vehicle nonetheless, and Menzel sounds just so darn good singing it. She’s delivering a Tony-nominated performance eight times a week in If/Then. She’s appearing on magazine covers like it’s no big deal. She’s saving the world. So, what does Tony winner Idina Menzel do in her downtime? Just what we all would: make her Radio City Music Hall debut in a one-night-only concert. The show is sure to have a stellar setlist, so we asked fans to choose the one song they think Menzel must sing live on June 16. The results are in, and here’s what you had to say! Spoiler alert: Tony-winning performances and Oscar-winning tunes are very popular choices! Idina Menzel 2. “Let It Go,” Frozen— 20% The number of times we’ve heard this song in the past month never bothered us, anyway. We’ve come across countless covers of the Frozen pop anthem, from Mr. Jeremy Jordan, to a couple dozen international beltresses to everything in between, but let’s face it: no one beats the Frozen queen herself. What we would give to hear Menzel perform the Oscar-winning, Billboard-topping, bath time favorite live! 1. “Defying Gravity,” Wicked— 27% A surprise victory! OK, not at all. But hey, that’s fine. Menzel won a Tony for her performance as the greenified, misunderstood witch Elphaba in Wicked, and the act one finale has become a musical theater staple, so it makes sense that fans want to see her perform the showstopper live at Radio City. However, which version should Menzel sing? How it appears in the show? Her acoustic solo version? As long as she’s belting her face off, it doesn’t matter to us. Star Fileslast_img read more