With finals approaching, many students will begin to receive packages of study snacks and treats not only from their family, but also from their hometown’s Notre Dame Club. The Notre Dame Clubs, located in major areas around the country, are largely made up of alumni. Aside from the highly anticipated finals packages, many students do not know the scope of what these clubs actually do. Susan Darin Hagan, an administrator of the Notre Dame Club of Pittsburgh, said that their send-off event for incoming freshmen each summer is key to teaching students about the Club’s existence. “We try to connect with students at the very beginning of their experience,” Hagan said. “That way the students start realizing there is such a thing as an alumni club and it’s active.” For sophomore Jill Giunco, the send-off she attended for the Notre Dame Club of the Jersey Shore helped ease some of her fears about attending school in the fall. “I really felt more comfortable about the ND community after seeing other kids in the same position as I was,” Giunco said. “I even met some people I’m still friends with today.” Hagan said the Pittsburgh club’s most popular service is the buses that they provide for the five school year breaks. “I think the students like it, but I know the parents love it,” Hagan said. “Cleveland is on the way to Pittsburgh, so I’ll even have students from Cleveland asking if they can pay the full amount and be dropped off along the way.” Another service the Pittsburgh club provides for the parents is assisting them in buying tickets for football games. Hagan said parents are only offered tickets for certain games, so the club tries to help them find tickets if the would like to visit the University a different weekend. Another main event for the Pittsburgh club is its networking evenings. The club brings in professionals from various fields to meet current students, Hagan said. “It’s not solely to find jobs but really more to make some contacts, maybe pass out a business card and get some questions answered,” Hagan said. Katherine Piscopo Stein, president of the Notre Dame Club of Long Island, said her club also tries to help students with networking. “If students want internships or jobs, we encourage them to contact us,” Stein said. “It really depends on what the student needs, but we’ll do what we can.” The Notre Dame Clubs are also involved in organizing the University’s Summer Service Learning Programs. Hagan said this is one of the most time-consuming activities the Pittsburgh Club organizes. “We tailor our SSLP to the actual students and what their desires are,” Hagan said. “We spend time convincing places to allow our students to come in and work for eight weeks.” For the Long Island Club, Stein said most of their SSLP students are Long Island natives. “We can’t really dorm someone here so in the past we’ve usually gone with students who have a place to stay,” Stein said. Additionally, the Long Island Club sponsors pizza breaks during study days and activities for students to participate in while at home, Stein said. These events in New York take place not only over the summer but also over breaks. “Two years ago when Notre Dame [basketball] played St. John’s, we did a big event since it was over winter break,” Stein said. “All the current students were invited.” While still at school, students are looking forward to pizza from the clubs during finals week. Sophomore Chris Carr said he enjoys receiving packages from the Notre Dame Club of Detroit during finals. “It’s just a nice thing to get rid of some of the stress from finals and studying,” Carr said.
September 19, 2020
SIX teams will compete against one another in the annual Roy Fredericks Cup, billed for this Sunday at the Blairmont Estate ground. The defending champions, home team Blairmont Blazers, will face a strong challenge from D’Edward Sports Club, Young Warriors, Cotton Tree Die Hard, Metamorza CC (WBD) and Blairmont Under-19 – the other teams set to participate in the one-day tournament.Apart from the Roy Fredericks Cup tournament, the club has planned a complete day of sports.The day’s activity will see teams compete in 10/10 cricket, table tennis, volleyball, football and dominoes competitions.The table tennis competition will be played in the Under-15, Under-19 and Open categories. The volleyball will be a four-a-side tournament, while the football will be played with five players per team on short goal format.Interested individuals and team who wish to be a part of the activities can contact Shabeer Baksh on 628-6767 or Greens Massive on 627-5215.
September 17, 2020
After losing back-to-back overtime games for the first time in school history, the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team hits the road Saturday to take on Illinois at Assembly Hall.The Badgers (12-6, 3-3 Big Ten) — who haven’t lost four straight Big Ten games since the 1998 season — will have a tough matchup against the No. 24 Illini (16-3, 4-2 Big Ten), who boast four players that score in double digits.“They deliver well, they’ve got guys that shoot it pretty well,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. “The only thing you can do to take them out of that rhythm is to make them work harder and take them out of their comfort zone just like we do against every team.”Ryan’s squad has not had much experience with losing streaks. When the Badgers lost to Minnesota on Jan. 15, it was their first time losing consecutive games since the 2006-07 season.“We have to keep getting better and working hard every day,” junior guard Jason Bohannon said. “We’ve been in all those games, but just weren’t able to pull them out. With tough games, you try to learn from them and we’re learning every day.”“We know we’re in a hole right now,” sophomore forward Jon Leuer said. “We just need to work hard, keep preparing every day and keep improving.”One of the issues plaguing Wisconsin in its past three losses has been its inability to withstand pressure defenses. Against Minnesota, the Badgers turned the ball over 18 times, six of which were courtesy of junior point guard Trevon Hughes.In their match against Iowa, Hughes turned the ball over three more times before being lifted in favor of freshman guard Jordan Taylor, who didn’t commit a single one. Nevertheless, Ryan believes Hughes will play up to par against Illinois.“He’ll be ready to play,” Ryan said. “He just has to be careful with his decisions and make sure that the game is out there in front of him. … As an artist, if you use too much paint, it ruins the canvas.”In their past two contests, the Badgers have been in the lead in the waning minutes before surrendering the losses. Against Iowa, Wisconsin led by as many as seven points in the second half.“It’s really tough to see how close we are and not pull it out,” Bohannon said. “We just need to find a way to get the things done that we need to accomplish and take everything one step at a time.”While Wisconsin has been struggling over its last few games, the Illini are coming off a big win over Ohio State at Assembly Hall. Following their season trend, Illinois characteristically had four players score in double digits en route to its 67-49 home victory.“[Assembly Hall] is definitely a hostile environment and the way they’re playing this year, we know it’ll be a tough challenge for us,” Leuer said. “We’re just going to stick to our rules and our principles and hopefully we can get the job done.”Although Wisconsin is currently struggling, a trip to face Illinois may be exactly what the team needs. The Badgers have defeated the Illini in their last five meetings, including two consecutive wins at Assembly Hall.“We’re gonna go to practice and we’re going to work,” Ryan said. “Just get ready for what we always do.”“They’re pretty solid — they shoot it well, they’re very athletic,” Ryan said. “But we were pretty much the one team that gave them trouble. … If you have a good record, then it’s been fairly consistent, and there’s a reason for that.”With six losses on the season, the Badgers have already surpassed their mark of five losses all of last season. While NCAA Tournament hopes aren’t fading, Bohannon and the rest of the team realize the importance of the upcoming stretch of conference games.“We have to treat every game like a must-win game, regardless of who we’re playing,” Bohannon said. “The Big Ten is tough this year and every game we have to bring our ‘A’ game if we want to compete.”
August 31, 2020
ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – In-form all-rounder Windies Keemo Paul has replaced suspended West Indies captain Jason Holder in the 14-man squad for the final Test of the three-match series against England starting in St Lucia on Saturday.The 20-year-old Paul has played two Tests, the last coming against India in Rajkot last October. The Guyanese batsman was also a member of the one-day and Twenty20 side which toured Bangladesh last December.Excellent form Since his return to the Caribbean, Paul has been in excellent form, taking 20 wickets in his three appearances in the first-class tournament for four-time reigning champions and current leaders Guyana Jaguars.He also lashed a whirlwind unbeaten 66 against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in Port of Spain last weekend, in Jaguars’ sixth round encounter.“He is having a good showing in the West Indies first-class championship at the moment,” chief selector Courtney Browne said.Holder banned for one matchHolder was slapped with a 40 per cent fine of his match fee and a one-match ban, after West Indies found themselves two overs short of their quota in the second Test in Antigua.The hosts crushed England by 10 wickets inside three days to take a winning 2-0 lead and reclaim the coveted Wisden Trophy for the first time in a decade.Fast bowler Alzarri Joseph, meanwhile, remains in the 14-man squad despite the death of his mother, Sharon, last Saturday.Browne praised the 22-year-old’s strength for continuing to play in spite of his grief.“Our heartfelt condolences to Alzarri and his family on the passing of his mother. His heroics in the Test match were outstanding and shows a player of great character,” he said.In Holder’s absence, opener Kraigg Brathwaite will lead the unit.SQUAD – Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas, Jomel Warrican.
May 14, 2020
With a contract until June 30, 2021, Benfica already tried to sell the player last summer, but without success in his attempts. In what we have of course, Fejsa has played only five games, mostly in September, due to the injury of Gabriel Pires. The absence of the expepinero in the spinal cord opened a temporary gap in the eleven that, recovered the Brazilian, closed. Fejsa still does not count for Luis Filipe Viera.Signed in 2013, the situation is new for this pivot since in previous courses it was a basic piece in the Eagles. Since 2015 their participation has not dropped from 28 games per season. Last year he came to play 33. In the seven and a half seasons he has been incarnate player, he has scored only two goals, good proof of its eminently defensive profile.The Leganés seeks for the current winter market a half center, a band footballer and a central, although it is the first two positions that most urgently need a club to make more additions as a goalkeeper or a center forward depending on the options offered by the market. The Leganés has asked about the situation of Ljubomir Fejsa, 31-year-old Serbian defensive center currently in the ranks of Benfica. The blue and white club does not dislike the profile of the Balkan, but it generates many doubts its physical conditions. Tending to suffer muscle problems, in Butarque they are suspicious that the player can perform at the level demanded by the elite in Spain.It is these doubts that, right now, makes the Lega see nothing clear of its incorporation despite the fact that Benfica would not accept his departure with bad eyes. As told by the Portuguese newspaper O Jogo and has been able to confirm AS, in case of leaving, the player would do so as a loan, although it is not ruled out that the Lisbon were granted the freedom letter, an aspect for which the fundamental impediment is their high salary, higher than the gross million euros per season.