While many students spent yesterday afternoon in class or at lunch, junior Laura Corrigan and senior Cat Cleary advocated for equal pay. The Saint Mary’s students stood on the steps of the South Bend courthouse with Mayor Pete Buttigieg as he declared yesterday “Equal Pay Day.” “Equal Pay Day” is a recognized day across the nation intended to promote awareness for the fact women are paid less money than man, Cleary said. “It takes a woman 15 and a half months to earn what a man makes in a year,” she said. “Women earn 77 cents for every one dollar men earn. People will brush this issue off and say it isn’t relevant, but it is.” Corrigan and Cleary, sponsored by a grant provided by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), have been working all semester on projects and programs that promote the mission of the AAUW. “The mission of the AAUW is to break through barriers for girls and women,” Cleary said. During Spring Break, Cleary and Corrigan decided they wanted to devise a way to promote “Equal Pay Day” in the South Bend community. After reaching out to the local AAUW branch, the League of Women Voters of the South Bend area, the South Bend Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) and the Gender and Women’s Studies Department at Indiana University South Bend, Corrigan and Cleary drafted a letter to Mayor Buttigieg. The letter requested the mayor commemorate April 17 and bring awareness to the issue. “We wanted to draw attention to this issue,” Corrigan said. “[Women] have a lifetime of earnings ahead of us. Think how much money that is – the wage gap really adds up.” At noon on Tuesday, the mayor honored the letter’s request. During a press conference with reporters, business men and women and other community leaders, Mayor Buttigieg declared April 17 “Equal Pay Day.” The declaration was in sync with other organizations, protests and events throughout the nation also dedicated to promoting equal pay. “We were one small part of a larger movement,” Cleary said. “There were larger movements occurring all across the country.” Corrigan and Cleary said the process was relatively smooth and they were not worried about making their hopes of “Equal Pay Day” in South Bend a reality. “I know Buttigieg is very committed to social issues,” Cleary said. “I wasn’t worried; I knew we would have his support for this issue.” Corrigan agreed with Cleary, saying Mayor Buttigieg was a valuable assets to their work to promote “Equal Pay Day” in South Bend. “[Buttigieg] said it was important that men should care about this issue, too,” she said. “It’s not just a woman’s issue. It is important that everyone is aware about this problem.” Contact Bridget Feeney at email@example.com
Troll TunesThe Oscar-winning songwriters also showcased two earlier drafts of the Troll number (which eventually became “Fixer Upper”). “Maybe one day, someone will have an LSD trip to it,” joked Anderson-Lopez (at, let us remind you, a Disney event). On the subject of things that don’t belong in a Disney animated film, the second song involved dermatitis. Yeah, we think “Fixer Upper” was the right way to go. GiganticThe Lopezes aren’t letting go of their Disney ties just yet. “We jumped at the chance to stay in the family,” Anderson-Lopez said during a panel for Gigantic, the studio’s upcoming take on Jack and the Beanstalk. The flick is set to premiere in 2018; “Let It Go” will might be out of our heads by then. August 14 was a big day for Disney and Broadway enthusiasts, as the studio announced at the annual D23 Expo that some musical theater favorites are at work writing songs for their upcoming films. Lin-Manuel Miranda is on the team for Moana, while Frozen couple Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez are collaborating on Gigantic. At a series of panels, the Lopezes (joined by some very special guests) gave a taste of some of Frozen’s biggest hits, as well as some songs that didn’t quite make the cut. Also on tap was a tease of the highly-anticipated Beauty and the Beast film and a perfectly nightmarish performance from an Aladdin Tony winner. Check it out below! James Monroe Iglehart Beauty and the BeastDisney President of Production Sean Bailey teased the live action Beauty and the Beast film, starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Emma Thompson, Josh Gad, Audra McDonald and a host of equally exciting names: “One of the very best casts we’ve ever assembled,” he teased. “And yes, it is a musical.” Though Watson herself couldn’t be there, she did send a quick video message, and audiences even got a quick shot of her in the iconic gown. “Let It Go”It’s not a Frozen panel if you’re not belting your face off by the end. So the Lopezes, Gad, Bell, executive producer John Lasseter, directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee and their daughters led a rendition of the icy anthem—complete with a snow machine. “Hot Hot Ice”Before “In Summer,” the Lopezes had another song in mind for Olaf, the sun-loving snowman voiced on screen by Josh Gad. The two shared a demo recording they made of the first go, a maraca-filled up-tempo number titled “Hot Hot Ice.” “We did that demo in the morning,” said Anderson-Lopez, and it got cut that afternoon. It lived for one day.” View Comments Star Files Oogie Boogie IglehartSadly, there are no announced plans for a live action or staged Nightmare Before Christmas, but if there ever were, we now have our top pick to play the Oogie Boogie. The Aladdin Tony winner went seamlessly from affable and boisterous sidekick to insect-laden villain, performing “Oogie Boogie’s Song” by Danny Elfman, who was inducted as a Disney Legend over the weekend.