Kelli 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.”
University of Georgia researchers are studying management strategies for thrips, a pest that cotton and peanut farmers encounter every year.With an ability to stunt the growth of cotton plants and transmit tomato spotted wilt virus in peanuts, thrips are regarded as one of Georgia farmers’ most harmful pests.Thrips are insects that overwinter in native vegetation. The first generation occurs in weeds on edges of fields. Once a new generation emerges, there’s a large population that’s ready to feed on any new seedling, which coincides with planting of row crop agriculture in south Georgia.“Once the plants come up, thrips are there, and they’re looking for a new succulent plant,” said UGA entomologist Mike Toews.Thrips do the most damage to cotton and peanuts planted before May 10 using conventional tillage. Crops planted later in the month are less likely to suffer from heavy thrips pressure, said Toews.Suppress thrips with winter cover cropsFor the management of thrips, Toews suggests using cover crops in the winter. Cover crops are usually planted in the fall, grow all winter and are plowed under a few weeks before cash crops are planted. Farmers plant crops like cotton and peanuts into the residues left over from the winter cover crop. The presence of a cover crop cuts thrips infestation pressure by one-third to one-half, in addition to preventing soil erosion and providing organic matter to the soil, Toews said. He believes that’s a “win-win.”“The mere presence of accumulated biomass on the soil surface makes it more difficult for the thrips to find the green plants,” Toews said. Cover crops may include vetch, crimson clover, wheat or rye. Toews cautions, however, that there are costs involved in cover crop production systems. For example, weed control can be more challenging since the residues may bind or interfere with contact and residual herbicides, limit their effectiveness and reduce soil activity. “No doubt, conservation tillage suppresses thrips activity, but it’s just one piece of a complete production system. You have to have the right timing, a strip-till rig and row cleaners on your planter. Not everyone can do that every year. You have to be set up for it,” Toews said. “For those farmers that are making the investment, that will give them a great deal of thrips suppression that would not be seen by the folks that are growing crops on conventional tillage.”Use foliar insecticides to manage populationsToews also recommends applying foliar insecticides two to three weeks after planting. All cotton comes with a seed treatment, but that insecticide is gone within three weeks, he said. Supplementing with a foliar spray will help growers through the first few weeks of the season, regarded as the most critical stage for suppressing thrips pressure.Growers with a history of high thrips pressure should also consider applying a granular or in-furrow insecticide at planting time. An important change regarding the use of insecticides on cotton has been made to this year’s growing season, said Toews. “The EPA has denied our request to use Counter 20G granular insecticide on cotton. While disappointing, we must respect that decision and acknowledge that Counter20G applied to cotton in 2015 is an illegal application. That product was used last year to help mitigate nematode and thrips injuries,” he said.Instead, Toews recommends the use of Admire Pro or Velum Total in high-pressure situations.Toews is adamant row crop farmers will encounter thrips this year. “They’re our strongest insect pressure early on when the plants are just coming up. Our data shows you need to take action. It’s not a case where you can sit back and wait,” Toews said.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A married couple was found dead in a suspected murder-suicide inside their Mastic Beach home on Thursday afternoon, Suffolk County police said.When one of the couple’s six children was locked out of the Woodside Drive home, an adult found 29-year-old Wayne Street lying on the ground and called 911 at 4:40 p.m., police said.Officers who responded to scene found Street dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, and his 28-year-old wife, Jenni Lee Street, also dead from a gunshot wound, police said.Their children, who were not injured, were taken to a local hospital, where Child Protective Services interviewed them.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.