Dillon Hall named 2017 – 2018 ‘Hall of the Year’

first_imgKelli Smith | The Observer From left to right: Representatives from Dillon Hall, Walsh Hall and Dunne Hall accepted their awards at a banquet Tuesday night.Though there was “tight competition” for all of the awards, Ryan said Dillon Hall did an incredible job at being a good candidate throughout the entire year.“A big thing that we like to make sure is that ‘Hall of the Year’ leadership is really catering to everyone in the hall instead of just the easiest people who kind of get involved,” Ryan said. “And [Dillon] just did such a good and natural job of having so many events that were well attended and that hit so many different types of people.”Alongside building strong community through “a diverse and impressive regimen” with events such as monthly multi-cultural discussions, Lyon said Dillon’s commitment to the greater South Bend community was its most noteworthy accomplishment — particularly with its “Red Bag Day,” in which residents send bags of utilities to the homeless, and its partnership with Dismas House of South Bend, which provides support services for individuals returning from incarceration.“In addition to catering to a variety of resident’s needs, [Dillon] also sought to reinvigorate the spirit of its hall’s government by encouraging open forum meetings and empowering all of its residents to be leaders within the community,” she said. “This dorm truly carries out the Notre Dame mission of building selfless, well-rounded residents.”Dillon Hall president junior Danny Crooks said what makes Dillon special is that residents feel welcome in any room and with “any guy of any grade.”“Every guy in Dillon loves Dillon,” Crooks said. “And we had great participation at all of our events and people really get into our dorm events so I think just the spirit throughout the dorm is why we won it.”Sophomore Chris Lehman, Dillon Hall’s vice president, said the great inter-class relationships in Dillon contributed to building that spirit.“We just really went into this year wanting to bring the entire dorm together so our goal was just to plan a bunch of events that catered to everyone in the dorm and we’re really happy that they recognized [that],” Crooks said.As a dorm established in 2016 taking home its first ever ‘Hall of the Year’ award, Dunne Hall president junior Peter Seidner said HPC’s recognition highlights Dunne’s theme — “everything seems impossible until it’s ‘Dunne’” — and end goal of creating a culture.“We had the awesome opportunity of being able to start events that had never been done before compared to other dorms,” Seidner said. “But talking to [other dorms], getting what worked for them and creating, as our dorm, our own ideas and create a platform is really what our administration did.”By inaugurating Dunne’s signature events — the 3k relay race “Dunne Funne Run” and the “Dunne Dance Film Festival” — as well as hosting what Seidner said was the largest retreat on campus in 10 years, Dunne Hall vice presidents juniors Brendan Watts and Wynn Root said Dunne had a goal of establishing itself on the campus map. “I think it was really important for us being a new dorm that we cement ourselves on the campus and I thought this was a great way to do it,” Root said. “We had a lot of signature events that won us the award so I’m really happy about it.”Walsh Hall president senior Katie Santanello and vice president junior Erin Embrey said winning Women’s Hall of the Year wasn’t as much of a priority for Walsh going into the year. “It’s all about making sure that everyone feels included and making sure everyone really feels that they’re involved and I think that that’s goal of Hall President’s Council programming is that we get everyone involved,” Embrey said.As a dorm that moved into a newly-renovated building this year, Santanello said Walsh focused on inclusion as well as improving mental, physical and emotional well-being.“Another one of our goals was re-establishing those old traditions from the old building and then making some new ones because it’s not exactly the same,” Embrey said. “I think we had a unique opportunity to get the sophomores and freshmen who never really lived in the building involved but I think that was just part of our overall thoughts.”As a whole, Lyon said HPC was impressed by all dorms this year but the three dorms that won were especially creative with their events.“These three dorms really listened to what their residents wanted, thought outside the box [and] were consistent throughout the year,” she said. “There were no times of not a lot of events or not really developed events, they were just in total really consistent throughout the whole year in making sure their community is strong and that people weren’t feeling left out of it.”Tags: Dillon Hall, dunne hall, Hall of the year, Men’s Hall of the Year, Walsh Hall, Women’s Hall of the Year The Hall Presidents Council (HPC) designated Dillon Hall the winner of HPC’s overall “Hall of the Year” award Tuesday during the Notre Dame Student Leadership Awards Banquet at Legends. Dunne Hall and Walsh Hall took home the Men’s and Women’s “Hall of the Year” awards, respectively.Co-chairs of HPC seniors Brandon Ryan and Alyssa Lyon emphasized the strong cooperation between dorms that differentiated the competition this year.“Halls are better when they all try to cooperate and do things together,” Ryan said. “We really think it’s not so much about the competition but more about how halls treated each other this year through their dorm presidents — it was a much better year than it has been in the past of inter-dorm cooperation.”last_img read more

January 1, 2004 Letters

first_img Briefy: How not to write one I was rather amused to read the November 15 article “Briefly: How not to write one.” I found it even more amusing, and rather ironic, that at the end of this article you cited the full text of the Texas decision as “ Bradshaw v. Unity Marine Corp, Inc., 147 F. Supp. 2d 6678, 2001 A.M.C. 2358 (S.D. Tex., 2001).”When I went to obtain a copy of this case I discovered that you had cited a non-existent page in the Federal Reporter. The opinion cited actually begins on page 668 of the 147th Volume of the Fed. Supp. 2d reporter.Judge Kent would be disappointed with your editors.Spencer T. Kuvin West Palm BeachMy heart goes out to the lawyers who must practice in the Southern District of Texas, Galveston Division, where the only sitting U.S. district judge is the Honorable Samuel B. Kent. Judge Kent wrote the opinion which was the subject of the intended-to-be-amusing article “Briefly: How not to write one” in the November 15 News.Maybe your readers smiled as they read Judge Kent’s words about how the attorneys for both sides in a Jones Act case must have had a secret pact to use crayons on paper bags to write their pleadings. If you enjoyed Judge Kent’s writing, Steven Lubet, professor of law at Northwestern University, suggests that you are like the crowd in the saloon, which is entertained when a gunslinger uses his six-shooter to make a tenderfoot “dance.” Professor Lubet wrote an insightful article about Judge Kent’s same opinion in the Autumn 2001, issue of The Green Bag, available on the Internet at www.greenbag.org.It is unfortunate that the federal judiciary, enjoying lifetime appointments, lacks a meaningful mechanism to address the problem of judicial bullying.Fortunately, Florida has a mechanism to rein in the abusive judge. Our Judicial Qualifications Commission and the Florida Supreme Court provide a highly effective remedy for judges whose behavior debases the concept of “Dignity in Law” which we as members of the Bar seek so hard to promote. The Florida Supreme Court acts promptly and decisively when a judge’s routine includes abuse of counsel, even removing judges from the bench who are unable to maintain their judicial temperament.The editors of the News doubtless got a chuckle out of watching Judge Kent use the lawyers in the Bradshaw case as a piñata, but the article did very little to advance our goal of dignity in law. It would have been a far better use of printer’s ink to publish the excellent standards of professionalism which the judges of the 20th Circuit have promulgated, available on the Internet at ca.cjis.org. These are so important in that circuit that counsel for the plaintiff is required to serve a copy of these standards on defense counsel in all civil cases.Remember that the justice system is not about us — the lawyers and judges who tend the judicial vineyard — it’s about those people whose conflicts the justice system is supposed to resolve. Any time a judge is tempted to bully a lawyer, he should remember how the seriously injured seaman, Mr. Bradshaw, whose case was thrown out of federal court, must have enjoyed reading Judge Kent’s witty opinion.Gaylord A. Woods, Jr. Ft. Lauderdale Payday For attorneys, time is their most valuable commodity. Following the law of supply and demand, the less time that an attorney has to offer, the higher value an attorney will place on that time. What is ironic about the legal profession is that sometimes even a little time spent on a project can result in a big payday. While I could list a number of instances while practicing law that can support this statement, a number of bar activities have also resulted in very big paydays.One of my favorite paydays occurred shortly before last Christmas. Stan Klett, president-elect of the Palm Beach County Bar Association and the attorney who established the holiday party 11 years ago, asked if I could perform a favor for him and deliver three bicycles to children who were unable to attend the Guardian Ad Litem holiday party. Having watched Stan and his father unselfishly donate so much of their time to the event, it was a request I could not turn down.Unfortunately, the delivery date fell on a day that I had absolutely no time to spare. Unable to reschedule the delivery, I loaded the bikes onto a truck and headed out only to be stuck in I-95 traffic. Taking side roads to avoid further traffic, I got lost in the darkness and showed up at the delivery address nearly two hours late. Nearing a peak of frustration, I softly knocked on the door to offer my apologies when the door opened to three little girls who asked if I was Santa’s delivery boy. Taken aback, I nodded my head and watched three of the biggest smiles emerge from the doorway.My heart dropped when I watched them roll the bicycles into a crowded garage having three beds that obviously doubled as their sleeping quarters. The smallest girl dealt the final blow when she turned to me and said, “I hope Santa is as good to you as he was to us.” I wished them all a Merry Christmas as I stumbled back to the truck feeling like a deer caught in the headlights of a car.When asked to donate your valuable time, just remember that you never receive a big payday if you don’t participate.Oddly enough, this very big point was made very clear to me by three very little girls.Michael Slavin President of the North County Section of the Palm Beach County Bar Association January 1, 2004 Regular News January 1, 2004 Letterslast_img read more

Aussies on top despite Younus unbeaten 136

first_imgAUSTRALIA 1st innings 538 for 8 decl. (M. Renshaw 184, D. Warner 113, P. Handscomb 110)PAKISTAN 1st innings (o/n 126-2)Az. Ali run-out 71Sh. Khan c Renshaw b Hazlewood 4B. Azam lbw b Hazlewood 0Y. Khan not out 136Misbah-ul-Haq c sub b Lyon 18A. Shafiq c Smith b O’Keefe 4S. Ahmed c sub. b Starc 18M. Amir c Warner b Lyon 4W. Riaz b Lyon 8Y. Shah not out 5Extras: (b-3) 3Total: (for 8 wickets, 95 overs) 271Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-6, 3-152, 4-178, 5-197, 6-239, 7-244, 8-264.Bowling: M. Starc 21-5-65-1, J. Hazlewood 25-7-53-2, S. O’Keefe 18-3-37-1, N. Lyon 27-2-98-3, H. Cartwright 4-0-15 -. By Nick MulvenneySYDNEY, Australia (Reuters) – Pakistan’s Younus Khan notched his 34th Test century but Australia had reduced the tourists to 271 for eight, still 68 runs short of avoiding the follow-on, at close of play on the rain-disrupted third day of the third Test yesterday.The 39-year-old reached the milestone for the first time in Australia in the hour after tea to complete his career set of centuries in each of the Test-playing nations.He was unbeaten on 136 at stumps alongside tail-ender Yasir Shah (five not out) but Australia will be confident of securing a 3-0 series sweep with a lead of 267 on the back of their first innings 538-8 declared.“Hopefully, (the wicket) will start playing some tricks,” Australia bowling coach David Saker told reporters.“I would assume that we will go out and have another bat and put some more wear in the wicket and have a bowl in the last day and a bit.”Persistent rain sweeping in from the Pacific Ocean had prevented Pakistan from resuming on 126-2 until four hours after the scheduled start at the Sydney Cricket Ground.Younus had forged a 120-run third-wicket stand with Azhar Ali to stall Australia on Wednesday and the home side were desperate to make a breakthrough once play eventually got underway.The pace attack failed to do the job and ultimately it was a breakdown in communication between the batsmen that ended the key partnership on 146 runs.Nathan Lyon had just come on to huge applause from a crowd largely bedecked in pink for Glenn McGrath’s breast cancer charity and Younus slapped the spinner’s second delivery past a close fielder and called for a run.Azhar hesitated and was left stranded as Mitchell Starc swooped and hurled the ball to Peter Handscomb, who was standing in behind the stumps for the sick Matt Wade.AZHAR’S MILESTONEThe 31-year-old Azhar was clearly disappointed to depart for 71 but can take pride from the fact he had surpassed Mohsin Khan’s 33-year-old record for a Pakistan batsman in a Test series in Australia.Azhar’s 395 runs in five innings over three Tests, with one more to come, bettered the 390 Mohsin managed in five matches in 1983-84.Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq departed shortly after tea, holing out in the deep for 18, and Asad Shafiq followed for four when Steve Smith, at slip, brilliantly caught a Steve O’Keefe ball that went off bat, pad and wicketkeeper’s thigh.Younus had hammered a huge six over long-on to move to 98 and completed his century by sweeping the ball to deep square leg for his 12th four.“It’s probably his last tour to Australia so it’s a really happy, happy moment for each and every one of us,” Azhar said.“He’s been part of the team for so long and he’s done so well for so many years for Pakistan. He’s mentally very tough and keeps working hard on his game.”Younus’ partnership with Sarfraz Ahmed (18) lasted only until the new ball was taken when the wicketkeeper almost immediately got a thick edge on a Starc delivery which flew to Jackson Bird at gully.As the evening shadows crept across the field, Lyon removed Mohammad Amir for four and Wahab Riaz for eight to finish with figures of 3-98.Bird took two catches while on as a substitute fielder for Wade, who retired to the team hotel after two overs suffering from diarrhea.His teammate Matt Renshaw also left the field complaining of a headache and will be assessed overnight after taking a second ball to the helmet in three days while fielding at short leg.last_img read more

Dalex Swift Hoops lights up Pent Hall Week celebration

first_imgDalex SWIFT Hoops basketball tournament took centre stage at the just ended Pentagon Hall Week Celebration at the University of Ghana.The fast-paced 3-on-3 basketball tournament brought together 16 teams of lively young men from the various halls and created the stage for the long-standing inter halls rivalry to be put to rest. On the court, it took no time for the ‘weaker’ teams to succumb to pressure from the more tactical and skilful ones like City Ballers, Bad Boys, Vandal Mavericks and Sabah Raiders who eventually progressed to the semifinal stage of the contest. Of the four semifinalists, ‘Bad Boys’ from the Kwapong Hall shone the brightest; they crashed the other contenders, annexed the coveted trophy with cheeky ease and went home with goodies including a cash prize and branded souvenirs.  The bragging right remains theirs until the SWIFT Hoops train makes a return to campus. Sabah Raiders placed second and also went home with a cash prize and other amazing items. Product Manager for Dalex SWIFT, Beauty Olerkie Larbi, said, “…sports is an essential discipline in the development of young people. Through engagements like this, Dalex is instilling in the youth positive attributes like confidence, hard work, commitment and teamwork.  “We are also providing them our SWIFT platform which allows them to save and take control of their future. When young people cultivate a saving habit, they become confident of their future…”. Emmanuel Wolf, the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the day said, “…it feels great winning the MVP award and leading my team to win the tournament. Last year, I led ‘The Guerillas’ from the University of Ghana to beat teams from the other universities in a similar SWIFT Hoops tournament at the Aviation Social Centre here in Accra. SWIFT Hoops is a great platform; it is helping me hone my basketball skill and I am excited about that…” Team Bad Boy showing off their cup and other prizesDalex SWIFT is a smart investment account that allows you to make regular contributions from the convenience of your phone. Your phone number is your account number and the minimum contribution is ¢5.last_img read more