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.
New Delhi: Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock had helped South Africa recover from a precarious position and were putting pressure on India. De Kock was nearing a century while Elgar was set to break some records when he reached 160. However, Ravindra Jadeja had other ideas. The left-arm spinner floated a flighted delivery outside off that landed on the rough, Elgar attempted the slog sweep but because the ball bounced unevenly after landing on the rough patch, the batsman top-edged the shot. Cheteshwar Pujara ran in from deep midwicket and took the catch to break the 164-run stand and give India hope.The wicket of Elgar was Jadeja’s 200th in Tests and he took it in his 44th Test match. He is the second quickest Indian to get to the landmark behind Ravichadran Ashwin, who took 36 Tests to get to the landmark. Yasir Shah of Pakistan holds the record for the fastest to 200 wickets, having achieved the feat in his 33rd Test during the game against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi in 2014. Also Read | Quinton de Kock Smashes Fifth Century, Continues Great Form On India TourHowever, among left-arm bowlers, Jadeja is the quickest to reach the landmark. Sri Lanka left-arm spinner Rangana Herath took 47 Tests to reach 200 wickets while Mitchell Johnson and Wasim Akram took 49 and 50 Tests respectively to get to double figures. Among Indians, Jadeja broke the mark set by Bishan Singh Bedi, who took 51 Tests to reach 200 wickets.When Jadeja got the wicket of Dane Piedt on the first day, that was his 199th wicket and the scalp of Elgar got him into the list of bowlers who have taken 200 wickets. It has been a Test of records for the Indian and South African players. Mayank Agarwal notched up his first double century while Rohit Sharma notched up his maiden century as an opener. The 317-run stand between Agarwal and Rohit was the best stand in Tests between India and South Africa.Also Read | Elgar Hits Maiden Ton Against India, SA Fight In Vizag TestThis was also one of the rare instances when three or more players have scored 150+ in the same match. It was the fourth instance in Test cricket while it was the first time that such a feat had taken place in India. Thanks to Elgar’s 160 and Quinton de Kock’s ton, the match is evenly poised and both teams will have to avoid a slip-up if they have to register a win in Vizag. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.