If Notre Dame has its way, the road to the White House may take a pass through South Bend. Notre Dame announced Monday that University president Fr. John Jenkins and student body president Brett Rocheleau have extended invitations to President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to speak on campus during the fall election campaign, according to a University press release. Continuing a 60-year University tradition, Jenkins and Rocheleau addressed letters to each candidate offering the University as a “forum for serious political discussion,” the press release stated. The invitations are also open to both of the candidates’ running mates, Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), according to the press release. The invitations are intended “to provide the campus community a firsthand impression of the contenders and their messages,” the release stated. University spokesman Dennis Brown said any appearances on campus would help continue the tradition of political discourse on campus. “Universities provide for the free exchange of ideas, and that’s especially important when it comes to electing our president,” he said. “We have a 60-year tradition of inviting candidates to Notre Dame every four years, and we’re hopeful that one or both campaigns will send either their presidential or vice presidential candidates to our campus.” Rocheleau, who also reached out to both campaigns earlier in the year via email, said he does not anticipate any timeline for a response. However, should any of the candidates accept, he said they will find a politically-balanced student body and an exceptional venue for political dialogue. “I think it would be interesting to have the candidates speak at Notre Dame because we are a place of intellectual curiosity,” he said. “We’re pretty evenly mixed [between political parties]. I think it would be an interesting opportunity to spark intellectual conversation and I’d love for them to come visit and speak.” Rocheleau said colleges and universities, especially a school like Notre Dame, offer a unique and important political avenue for the candidates to explore. “I think they can hear what students and younger voters are interested in, and the issues that we truly care about,” he said. “I think it would be beneficial for them to visit colleges, especially Notre Dame, where we can talk about some of the issues we really care about.” Notre Dame would benefit from a visit from any of the four candidates as well, Rocheleau said, as such an event would offer a means to spark important conversation. “I think it would, overall, go to fostering intellectual curiosity and intellectual conversation on campus,” he said. “I think having one or both of the candidates speak at Notre Dame would be a great opportunity for students, undergrads as well as graduates, to hear and to think about things that are social and political.” Notre Dame in particular has always been an academic institution heavily involved in the American political sphere, Rocheleau said. “[Look] back to [University President Emeritus] Fr. [Theodore] Hesburgh working for civil rights with Martin Luther King Jr., involvement with all the different presidents we have had in the past,” he said. “I think we have always had a tie to politics and the President of the United States.” Hesburgh started the tradition of inviting presidential and vice-presidential candidates to speak at Notre Dame during election years, according to the press release. He invited Dwight Eisenhower and Adlai Stevenson in his first year as University president, and both accepted. According to the press release, other candidates who have accepted the invitation to speak at Notre Dame include Richard Nixon, Henry Cabot Lodge, Warren Miller (a graduate of the University), Edmund Muskie, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Joe Lieberman. Notre Dame already has one significant election season event on the calendar. On Oct. 17, the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center will host one of the three Indiana gubernatorial debates. Libertarian Rupert Boneham, Democrat John Gregg and Republican Mark Pence are expected to participate in the event.
CoreMarine and Spain’s National Renewable Energy Centre CENER have signed a consortium agreement to collaborate on engineering services for the floating offshore wind industry.The agreement focuses on floating foundation design, mooring and dynamic cable analysis, transport and installation, wind turbine modeling, coupled analysis and scale model testing.The combined offering will support projects from research and FEED studies to the simulation of components, detailed engineering and installation support.“Currently it is necessary to implement the latest tools for simulating wind components and validation tests in industrial processes,” said Antonio Ugarte, Director for the Wind Energy Department at CENER.“The alliance between CoreMarine and CENER makes it possible to combine precisely the engineering processes with the most advanced methods for the design, construction, transport and installation of innovative solutions for offshore wind energy.”According to the parties, the collaboration will combine their expertise in a one-stop-shop for the development of floating wind projects.“As far as we can see, this is the first offering to the floating wind market from front end engineering and model testing through to detailed design and installation. This is a first for the industry and represents a significant strengthening of our capabilities in the floating wind sector,” said Carlos Lopez, Director of CoreMarine Spain.
With the world’s fastest man running on the same track, Syracuse is chomping at the bit to run at this year’s Penn Relays.Bernard Bush is a part of a four man 4×100-meter relay group that has a chance of competing in the same race as Usain Bolt, Olympic champion and world-record holder. Bush knew all along that he would be competing in the relay this weekend. Banter at practice this week shifted to talk about competing in the same event as the star of the track and field world. ‘The environment is electrifying,’ Bush said. ‘It’s crazy ? there’s maybe 30-to-40 thousand plus (people). It’s definitely by far one of the biggest environments we jump in here at SU.’The Penn Relays is now the longest uninterrupted collegiate track meet in the United States. Through its first 115 years, the event has drawn more fans than any other track and field meet in the world other than the Olympics and World Championships. This weekend, athletes will run an average of one race every 5 minutes over 35 hours of competition.And Bolt, a Jamaican, will be competing there for the first time since he ran as a teenager at the relays from 2001 to 2005.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith several Team USA runners also competing alongside the best collegiate talent in the nation, there will be a unique mix between pro and amateur this weekend. Add in Jamaica’s biggest star to the group, and the three-day showcase looks like it will exceed expectations.Bush, a native of Tacoma, Wash., has experienced the rivalry between the United States and Jamaica before. And with Bolt’s arrival, it will reach a fevered pitch. ‘They say he’s supposed to be there,’ Bush continued. ‘There’s always this big rivalry between USA and Jamaica. It’s pretty intense.’Bolt is currently scheduled to compete as part of ‘The USA vs. The World’ series Saturday in the men’s 4×100 relay. Bush, a returning All-American, ran the 4×100 relay last year against a Jamaican team and will quickly attest to how hard it is to compete. ‘It’s definitely intimidating going up against the best talent,’ Bush said. ‘And the crowd is just as intimidating. Once you get past those mentally, then you might be ready to perform.’With half of the crowd split between the two dominant track and field countries, the Penn Relays sets the standard for the ideal collegiate meet.From the Penn Relays, every time Bush or any of his teammates compete, they are preparing themselves for a higher level of competition in the latter parts of the outdoor season. Beginning with last week’s Princeton Larry Ellis Invitational, SU head coach Chris Fox has continuously instilled this into the mindset of the team. ‘What we look for is another positive step,’ Fox said. ‘Each two-to-three week period when we race, we expect to get a little bit better. I don’t see any indication that we’re going to be off our game.’While still understanding the magnitude of the event, Bush specifically has a few names on his mind that he’s looking to track down this weekend. Beyond Bolt.‘Pretty much all the guys I faced at nationals last year,’ he said. ‘You got Tyron Stewart (Texas A&M), you got Reindell Cole (Cal State-Northridge), just the top jumpers in the nation.’Tito Medrano, a sophomore long distance runner, will also be making this weekend’s trip. Medrano will be running the second leg of the mile relay with Jeff Scull, Dan Busby and Brad Miller. Unlike Bush, however, Medrano has never been to the Penn Relays and is ready to see what all the hype is about.‘It’s an honor to be able to run on that relay team with three seniors as a sophomore,’ Medrano said. ‘It’s pretty exciting.’Medrano can remember hearing about the relays as a senior in high school when he was being recruited by SU. That year’s team shocked many surrounding schools when Kyle Hughes shot the team to third place. This weekend, coming off a year that included several key injuries, Medrano is looking to regain a similar level of expectations for SU and help out in any way possible.Even if there is no shot he can compete against Bolt.‘There’s not too much pressure on the second leg. It’s just don’t screw up.,’ Medrano said. ‘I’m not leading off, and I’m not leading off to the anchor guy. Just keep us in there — that’s my job.’firstname.lastname@example.org Comments Published on April 21, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+