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

Outdoor Dining Now Allowed Under Phase Two Reopening

first_imgWNY News Now File Image.ALBANY – Outdoor dining at restaurants is now included in phase two of reopening in New York State.Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the news Wednesday afternoon.Cuomo says outdoor tables must be spaced six feet apart, all staff must wear face coverings and customers must also wear face coverings when not seated.The Governor says restaurants in regions that have already entered phase two, which includes Western New York, can reopen for outdoor dining beginning tomorrow. “COVID-19 is still a real threat and we’re still battling it. I know it’s not on the front pages today, but it is still in people and in society,” Governor Cuomo said. “But thanks to the people of New York and the nurses, doctors and essential workers, today we have the lowest number of hospitalizations ever and we have the lowest death toll ever.”“We are continuously evaluating activities that can be safely reopened, and today we are adding outdoor seating at restaurants to phase two.”Previously restaurants were limited to providing take-out or delivery services only.“This is great news for our area restaurants and local businesses,” said PJ Wendel, Chautauqua County Executive. “Chautauqua County entered phase two reopening yesterday and today’s announcement brings us one more step forward to safely reopening our economy.”“Not only will outdoor dining help our area restaurants who may have closed during the pandemic or been limited to takeout services, but it will help them make the transition from outdoor dining to full-service dining once we enter phase three,” furthered Wendel. “I encourage residents to support our local businesses while still practicing social distancing and taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”Wendel also reminded phase two businesses that they must complete New York State’s guidance documents before they can reopen.The Governor additionally announced that Erie County is now eligible to resume elective surgeries and ambulatory care.He previously said that the state will allow elective outpatient treatments to resume in counties and hospitals without significant risk of COVID-19 surge in the near term, and a total of 52 counties can now resume elective surgeries.Detailed guidelines for restaurants to follow are posted at forward.ny.gov. You can also view the specific PDF provided by clicking here. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kate del Castillo, Angelica Vale & More to star in Los Monologos de la Vagina

first_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 15, 2014 Based on interviews with a diverse group of women—from a Long Island antique dealer to a Bosnian refugee—The Vagina Monologues brazenly explores the humor, power, pain, wisdom, outrage, mystery and excitement hidden in vaginas. The original production played over 1300 performances from 1999 to 2003 at The Westside Theatre. Los Monólogos de la Vagina will be modeled after the current Mexico City production. Colón is the founder and artistic director of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre and the first Puerto Rican artist to be accepted at the Actors’ Studio. Del Castillo appeared in the film Under the Same Moon and the series La Reina del Sur; her upcoming film credits include Guillermo del Toro’s The Book of Life and The 33. Vale is perhaps most known for the role of Letty in the telenovela La Fea Más Bella, the Mexican Ugly Betty. María, referred to as “The Sweetheart of Mexico,” has performed in 61 films, 17 plays and on 63 albums and received the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Latin Grammys. Los Monologos de la Vagina Los Monólogos de la Vagina, a Spanish version of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, has announced the first members of the cast. Miriam Colón, Kate del Castillo and Angélica Vale will appear in the production from May 6 through May 11, with del Castillo, Vale and her mother, Angélica María, performing from May 14 through June 1. Additional casting will be announced at a later time. The play, directed by Jaime Matarredona, will open officially on May 18 at the Westside Theater. Related Showslast_img read more

Pea pups

first_imgCan’t wait for akara pea pups to show up in supermarkets andfast-food stores? Here’s a recipe to make a batch of these WestAfrican treats at home. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of Georgia Stir into the whipped paste:* 1½ tablespoons finely chopped onion.* 1½ tablespoons finely chopped bell or hot pepper.* 1 teaspoon salt. Transfer the paste to a mixer and whip it, on high speed, for 3minutes. The batter will become foamy during this step. Float off the separated seed coats under running water. Thendrain the dehulled seeds in a colander and blot them dry.center_img Drop the mixture by tablespoonfuls into hot oil (380 degreesFahrenheit) for 3 to 4 minutes, turning occasionally, until theyare golden brown.Drain them on absorbent paper, and serve them warm as a snackfood or as a bread-like accompaniment.Note: Cream peas with no pigmentation (white acre or Texas cream,for example) may be used without dehulling. But they need to soakfor 25 to 30 minutes to absorb the proper amount of water andsoften some before blending. Soak two-thirds of a cup of dry black-eyed peas in one and one-third cups of water. Rub the peas between your fingers when theseed coats begin to wrinkle (about 5 minutes), keeping thedehulled peas submerged in the water. Dehull the peas within 25to 30 minutes to keep them from absorbing too much water. Blend three-fourths of a cup of soaked, dehulled peas with one-third of a cup of water in a blender, on low speed, to form asmooth paste. This takes about 5 minutes. Use a rubber spatula toscrape the contents of the blender jar occasionally during thisstep.last_img read more

For Dunga, the Possibility of Ronaldo Playing For The National Team Looks Distant

first_imgBy Dialogo November 30, 2009 i think ronaldo is the best player ever to have had played for brazil , ronaldo should always have his spot reserved in the national team , he is a must have striker , you can never mess up having ronaLdo on your final list , the problem is that dunga does not want a team of stars like ronaldo and ronaldinho . to my understanding ronaldo has given brazil the best days , it is up to history to remember him as the best player that ever touched the ball , his awards and achievements already surpassed everybody including pele . dunga you have a great personality in soccer .you have to live ronaldo play in this team .wan i see ronaldo i see same thing spacal .for me ronaldo is the captin of the team and hi will make as 6 stars on the shert .a lot of teams tray to stady him but it is for noting he stil scores gols .and wan we lost wit francs it was an offsed .the taem is very good that you perfhormed but tere is same thing mising not adriano not ronaldiho. but ronaldo that can score from every angle in attak.dunga plsssssss let ronaldo play i wish i see ronaldo play he is the beast atteker ever i sen and let ronaldo score agen for as and for you.ronaldo you are the best and do the best Hi Dunga,im from Malta i wish that you ll see this comment. Ronaldo is not a legend cos he s story is not ended right here,and in my opinion you have to play him and give him the number 9 again for the last World Cup. Ronaldo is gonna sure bring back an other star on our Gold Brasilian shirt. And there he ll becomes a legend. Ronaldo does very nice goals and if you ll play him again im sure he ll do fantastic and wonderful goals. And pleassssse leave him play for the last World Cup and we ll be happy to see him score again. Ronaldo i wish that your dream comes true as i know its you re wish too and i know that you can do it. Cos you have a strong faith to do your wish. YOU RE THE BEST RONALDO! SHOW THEM THE FOOTBALL!!! What happened, Dunga? So much history, a brilliant career and run that Ronaldo can’t be kept out of the World Cup. He could be useful to Brazil. hey sir I hope you read this. Sir Dunga you are a very respected man as you have won the world cup for Brasil and you were the captain . I am sohail of 10 years of age I know this is your last year of coaching so won’t you want the beat sqad. Think about how it used to be, World Cup=Brasil= Trophy= Ronaldo, ronaldinio, Carlos. Pleas for me and thewhole world include Ronaldo if not Ronaldinio sir maybe you made the biggest mistake of your life by not adding the players. You should have rethought this b4 the worldcup……..now its too late! brazil is nothing with out ronaldinho the magican and the king of football he is my best player and iam feeling very sad that this fantastic player will not share iam with brazil till die but i like ronaldinho since he make me love football and meaning of football viva brasil viava ac milan The coach of the Brazilian soccer team, Dunga, left Brazilian striker Ronaldo, of the popular São Paulo Corinthians, with almost no chance to compete in the 2010 South African World Cup, claiming that he does not want to repeat “old mistakes.” During an event in São Paulo to announce the finalists for the prizes for ‘crack’ players in the 2009 Brazilian Championship, Dunga stood firm when asked by the press about the chances of giving the ‘Phenomenon’ Ronaldo (33 years old) a try-out before the World Cup, nearly ruling out the possibility. “There are some players who don’t need to be given a try-out, but I’m going to ask you something. Don’t give the fans unfounded expectations, and don’t try to get me to make the same old mistakes,” Dunga declared. Brazil will play its first friendly match of the year heading into the World Cup on March 3, against a still-undetermined opponent, and many fans and journalists have thought that Ronaldo might have a chance, after having displayed moments of brilliance in the Brazilian tournament. Nevertheless, his physical condition is also not the best, and so Dunga referred indirectly to the 2006 Cup, where Brazil arrived under the leadership of coach Carlos Parreira as the team most favored to win, with Ronaldo the subject of controversy and above his ideal weight. The star-studded team was eliminated in the quarterfinals. ‘R9’, a two-time world-champion striker (1994, 2002) and the holder of the World Cup record for most goals scored, made a triumphant return to soccer in 2009 after fourteen months of inactivity due to a serious knee injury suffered while playing for Italian team AC Milan. He won the São Paulo championship and the Brazil Cup and scored 23 goals in 37 games. Dunga took over Parreira’s spot in August 2006 and developed a new profile for the team, leaving out traditionally renowned players, Ronaldo among them. He now has men he trusts on offense, like center forward Luis Fabiano (Seville, Spain) and Robinho (Manchester City, England). “Playing for the Brazilian team is no longer only a technical question; rather, it’s a question of commitment. This isn’t just my demand, but also that of the group. In order to join, it’s necessary to be committed and competitive,” Dunga said. Recently, Ronaldo said that “I’m sure that if I have a great first half of the season, I have a chance to be called.”last_img read more

Everything you wanted to know about the faster EMV chip cards

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Following the switch to EMV chip cards last October, merchants that implemented chip card readers at the check-out lanes noticed something besides the initial confusion – that the time to process a transaction was taking much longer versus a simple card swipe. The time varied greatly by terminal type, but a study carried out by JDA Software Group claimed that it took an extra 8 – 12 seconds per checkout. In the retail world, those are precious seconds that can drive cost for extra labor to open additional check-out lanes.Luckily, solutions have been introducedThe initial implementation to process EMV (the standards body that dictates how chip cards are processed in terminals) had the cardholder keep the card in the terminal slot until the authorization response was received from the issuer. Depending on network speeds and the capabilities of all the entities between the store and the issuer that round trip accounted for almost all of that extra 8 to 12 seconds. However, other payment methods, such as using Apple Pay, did not require holding the phone near the terminal for the same length of time. So the card networks (Visa, MasterCard, AmEx and Discover) started working on a solution that worked more like the Apple Pay model. With the new solution, the chip card still needs to be inserted for the chip to be read, but can then be removed and put away while the authorization round trip occurs. Visa (as well as AmEx and Discover) called their version of the solution Quick Chip, while MasterCard labeled theirs M/Chip Fast, and it is offered to merchants and their acquirers free of charge. In all cases, the credit/debit/prepaid card does not have to be reissued, the card works on both the old and new versions. Also, the hardware at the checkout terminal does not have to be changed, and no new certification is required. New software does have to be downloaded to each terminal, which will take some time to complete, and the processors involved in the roundtrip of the authorization need to make changes to accommodate the faster process. But the faster process has already been implemented successfully in several very large retailers. continue reading »last_img read more

Relying too much on today

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr When you walked outside today, you saw the world as it is.It is remarkedly similar to yesterday. And tomorrow will be very similar as well.What we see today seems permanent.But much the way a puppy grows into a 100-pound dog, changes happen slowly. Often too slowly to see in a week or a day.Just this week, advertising publications are all abuzz with the news that television ratings for the NFL are down double-digits. Wait! Wasn’t the NFL a sure thing? continue reading »last_img

Canada launches public inquiry of deadliest mass shooting

first_imgBut in recent days there have been several demonstrations in Nova Scotia, supported by 37 senators, calling on authorities to go further and launch a public inquiry.A public inquiry will provide investigators with additional powers, including summoning witnesses and compelling them to appear for testimony or provide documents.In addition to the shooting, Wortman had a long criminal history, according to reports by a media consortium that had access to federal police documents.For several years Wortman had been dealing in weapons and drugs brought over from the US state of Maine that he hid in secret compartments at several of his properties. Canadian police were criticized for using Twitter to warn the public that an armed suspect was on the loose, rather than issuing a formal emergency alert.Topics : “We have heard calls from families, survivors, advocates, and Nova Scotia Members of Parliament for more transparency,” he said in a statement.The killing spree was carried out by a male dental health care professional identified as Gabriel Wortman, 51. Authorities said he was wearing a police uniform, driving a mock police car and had several guns with him, including at least one assault-style weapon.Police gunned down Wortman on April 19 after a 150-kilometer manhunt, during which time the gunman shot dead 22 people, including a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) constable.The government announced last week it was launching an independent probe to determine why police took more than 12 hours to stop the shooter. Canada said Tuesday it was launching a public inquiry into the country’s deadliest mass shooting to shed light on the tragedy and respond to demands for transparency by victims’ families.The Nova Scotia arson and shooting rampage that killed 22 people April 18-19 ended with police gunning down the shooter after a 13-hour manhunt.Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair said that Canadians “deserve answers to how such a tragedy could occur” as he announced the full public inquiry.last_img read more

Market locks in historic rate cut

first_imgA historic rate cut next week is expected to spur on homeowners if passed on by financiers. Picture: Liam Kidston.A historic rate cut come Tuesday is expected to save thousands for some homeowners, with the market now locking in a fall to 1.25 per cent — and the potential for more to come.In the past week, the market has dramatically thrown itself behind a drop of 25 basis points, with ASX’s 30 Day Interbank Cash Rate Futures June 2019 contract trading at 98.72 — which it said indicated “a 100 per cent expectation of an interest rate decrease to 1.25 per cent at the next RBA Board meeting”.According to RateCity, the current lowest home loan rate – for one year fixed – was 2.99 per cent from Greater Bank, while the lowest variable rate was 3.29 per cent from Mortgage House. Potential rate cut savings on different loan amounts: Source: FinderFinder has been telling borrowers “if you don’t get the full rate cut, vote with your feet” by switching to a different mortgage.“A lower cash rate will spur even further competition within the market so it is the perfect time to weigh up your options as you have the bargaining power — the best value home loan rates right now start with a ‘3’.”Griffith University’s Mark Brimble and Noel Whittaker of the Queensland University of Technology were among the minority experts who believed the RBA would hold come Tuesday.“I am probably wrong but I think dropping would be a very bad policy — hope the bank realises that,” Mr Whittaker said. 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Mr Brimble said “bias is clearly to the easing, however the RBA may choose to wait for the new financial year for a range of reasons including the finalisation of the budget bills and how geo-political issues play out on the global stage and markets”.Nerida Conisbee of the REA Group was among those who’ve now switched to a decrease after holding out for a while.“I’ve gone against popular opinion and have held off calling a cut until now. I think this month will be it,” she said. “While there has been a lot of poor economic data coming out, it looked like the RBA were holding on to the low unemployment rate as a sign that things were about to improve. With the unemployment rate ticking up in April, I think this will be enough impetus to make a decision to cut.”center_img Jobs figures were among the reasons RBA was said to have held out last month – something it can’t really justify this month according to REA Group economist Nerida Conisbee. Picture: AAP Image/Josh Woning.But he said the questions that needed answering were “how much will they cut by, and how many cuts will follow this one?”.Westpac expects three cuts by the end of the calendar year, a view that one in five Finder survey respondents (22 per cent) supported.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoAccording to Finder analysis, just one rate cut passed on could save someone on a $500,000 home loan more than $900 a year.“This snowballs to an annual saving of more than $2,600 should the three cuts come to fruition, with a reduced average variable rate of 4.16 per cent.” Thousands of agents flock to the Coast Baby boomer ‘house party’ goes off FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTERlast_img read more

Stadium renovation prompts venue change for Panaad fest

first_imgIn April last year, the Department ofEducation awarded to Negros Occidental, together with Bacolod City, the hostingrights for the 64th edition of the Palarong Pambansa in 2021. BACOLOD City – The provincial governmentof Negros Occidental is making adjustments in this year’s staging of Panaad saNegros Festival amid the scheduled renovation of the sports stadium for thehosting of the 2021 Palarong Pambansa. Entry to the facility is being regulatedespecially after office hours as the area for garden shows along the river hasalso been cleared for fencing. The Panaad Festival, now on its 27thyear, is usually held in April each year. Its major feature is the showcase of32 themed pavilions of each city and municipality of the province, includingBacolod. Negros Occidental last hosted thePalarong Pambansa in 2000, two years after the Panaad Park and Stadium wasopened for the hosting of the same event in 1998. Park facilities will also be improved,which involves organizing the kiosks for the annual Panaad sa Negros Festivaland the provision of parking space.(Witha report from PNA/PN) The provincial government has started totighten security at the Panaad Park and Stadium around November last year tostart the rehabilitation efforts for the hosting of the national sports eventnext year. Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said theprovince’s annual “festival of all festivals” will be held at the stage behindthe grandstand and other areas of the Panaad Park and Stadium located inBarangay Mansilingan in this city. The festivity’s main events, includingthe opening and closing ceremonies, are usually held inside the stadium.last_img read more