Notre Dame alumni clubs foster community through game watches

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Lauren Cooney A Notre Dame alumna and member of the Notre Dame Club of New York poses in a leprechaun costume at an NDNY game watch at the Public House.While standing for more than three hours in Notre Dame Stadium can occasionally be a grueling experience, McKenna said having much of the bar function as standing room only fosters a welcoming atmosphere.“It’s a lot of standing room only, so you kind of realize that New York City is a very transient city — people are always coming and going, and Public House is sort of that standard scene where you know you’re always welcome and you know can always see a friendly face,” McKenna said. “Even if you don’t know anybody, you’ll probably recognize someone or know a friend of a friend because it’s a small world. We all want to rally with our team together.”While the Notre Dame Club of Pittsburgh’s game watches draw a much smaller crowd — usually under 20 alumni — the atmosphere is no less spirited. The club does not have a set game watch location, instead choosing different bars around the city for each game, Katelynn Kelly, the club’s young alumni coordinator and a 2013 graduate, said.“We choose a different bar for every game so that we hit different neighborhoods around the city throughout the season,” Kelly said in an email. “This helps us make sure that there is a game watch that is conveniently located for most of our club members and encourages them to try new locations around the city.”Kelly said Pittsburgh’s club combines some of their game watches their “Helping Hands and Football Fans” program, doing community service projects in the morning before the games.“For the Boston College game, alumni from our club and the local BC club picked up litter with the Downtown Pittsburgh Beautification team before sharing drinks and watching a great game,” she said. “We plan to do another service event with the Miami Club later in the season and help with grounds maintenance at a local Catholic elementary school.”Despite the difference in size and setup, both clubs have Notre Dame pride in common, with the NDNY even singing the alma mater after every game.“Depending on the excitement of the game and the height of the ceiling, we’ve been known to do push ups in the bar,” Kelly said.Even Notre Dame fans who are not alumci express passion for their team during game watches, McKenna said.“People are Notre Dame fans inherently, whether they went to school there or not, so I’m always getting requests to be the official game watch bar for Notre Dame — they’d love to host us,” she said. “There’s so much excitement about Notre Dame because it’s really a school that people have a strong affinity for. Every weekend people gear up, you’ll see the official shirt from last year, you’ll see the shirt from ten years past; people really do engage.”Tags: Football Friday Feature, Notre Dame alumni, Notre Dame Club of New York, Notre Dame Club of Pittsburgh Photo courtesy of Katelynn Kelly Members of the Notre Dame Club of Pittsburgh gather to complete community service before a Notre Dame football game.Many Notre Dame Clubs host game watches to take alumni back to the days of doing an Irish jig on the bleachers of the student section and proudly singing the fight song. For the Notre Dame Club of New York (NDNY), club president and 2010 graduate Kelly McKenna said, these game watches are a must.“Looking back in club records, these game watches have been around since before our records begin,” she said. “It’s definitely been a long-standing thing. … I can’t officially say they’ve been around for 100 years, but they’ve definitely been a standing tradition.”NDNY hosts all of their game watches at Public House in Manhattan, a central location for a club that spans every borough of the city aside from Staten Island. While attendance depends on how well the season is going, McKenna said the game watches typically bring in well over 100 people.“It’s a very festive experience — people actually reserve tables at Public House a week or two weeks in advance, and then everyone else is standing room only,” she said. Every Saturday, Notre Dame alumni across the country gather at local bars to watch Notre Dame football and continue to foster the community formed during their years on campus.last_img read more

Breaking brand habits

first_img“So in the majority of other things, we address circumstances not in accordance with the right assumptions, but mostly by following wretched habit.”– Musonius Rufus, Roman PhilosopherHabit. Routine. The way we do things. The way we’ve always done things. It’s all too easy to fall into what the author above referred to as wretched habit. Sometimes routine is a good thing. But when it comes to the brand at your bank or credit union, doing something habitually may come at a price, especially when you’re doing it “just because we’ve always done things that way.”For example, if you’re running a used car loan promotion every April simply because you’ve always run a used car loan promotion every April, it might bear reconsideration. Similarly, if something as mundane as your dress code (let’s say coat and tie) no longer matches the look and attitude of your consumer base, you need to think about it.Most powerfully, if you haven’t taken a good, hard look at your brand and the experience consumers go through when interacting with your bank or credit union in a while, it’s time. Getting into bad brand habits is detrimental to your financial institution. You may be interacting with consumers in a way that doesn’t help grow and maintain your brand. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Commuter line to reduce services, trips amid COVID-19 concerns

first_imgCommuter line operator PT Kereta Commuter Indonesia (KCI) is set to change its schedule to curb the spread of COVID-19. For the next two weeks starting Monday, KCI will reduce its services, operating from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.“The number of trips will also be reduced from 991 to 713 trips a day,” KCI spokesperson Anne Purba said in a statement on Sunday.Headways will vary from a minimum 10 minutes to a maximum 30 minutes. Anne said KCI would operate trains with 10 cars and trains with 12 cars to encourage social distancing. Following the government’s appeal for people to stay at homes, the operator made several efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus by disinfecting trains, checking body temperatures, providing hand sanitizer and implementing social distancing measures both in trains and at stations.“The number of passengers decreased by 50 percent to 459,922 on Friday. Normally, commuter line passengers can reach 900,000 to 1.1 billion a day,” Anne said.She suggested that people download the KRL Access app as any future schedule changes would appear on the app. Information updates can also be tracked on KCI’s Twitter account @CommuterLine, its Instagram account @commuterline and on Facebook. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan declared a two-week state of emergency in the capital on Saturday in an effort to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.He urged all stakeholders – including corporations, social organizations and religious groups – to take drastic action to prevent the spread of the disease during the state of emergency.As of Sunday afternoon, Indonesia had announced 514 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 307 of which were in Jakarta. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

Tennis establishes virus player fund, raises $6 million

first_imgThe fund can also be donated to via initiatives including auctions, player donations and virtual tennis games, added the governing bodies, who last month announced talks about creating the program.The virus has caused havoc to the calendar, with Wimbledon cancelled for the first time since World War II and the French Open postponed until the end of September.The United States Tennis Association will decide in mid-June whether or not the US Open will take place in New York. A fund for tennis players hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic has been created, the sport’s governing bodies announced on Tuesday, adding that they had contributed more than $6 million (5.3 million euros).In a joint statement, the ATP and WTA tours, the International Tennis Federation and the four Grand Slam tournaments — the Australian Open, Roland-Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open — said the Player Relief Program will support those “who are facing unprecedented challenges due to the global impact of COVID-19”.With the tennis season suspended until at least July 13, some “800 ATP/WTA singles and doubles players” are in need of financial support, the statement continued, with eligibility for the fund determined by a player’s ranking and previous prize money earnings. Topics :last_img read more

Moscow slams US ‘police impunity’ over attacks on media

first_imgTopics : Russia’s foreign ministry on Tuesday demanded that Washington “take urgent measures” to stop police violence against journalists, including one for Russian state media.”We are outraged about the ongoing violence used by American law enforcement against international media covering the protests in the US, including Russian,” the ministry said in a statement.”We demand that the US authorities take urgent measures to prevent journalists from becoming targets of police impunity,” it added. Germany earlier also urged the US to protect press freedoms after a journalist working for German outlet DW reported being shot at by police.center_img The ministry said a producer working for state media outlet Sputnik, Nicole Roussell, was hurt when police fired rubber bullets and a grenade to disperse a protest in Washington DC.The ministry said Roussell received “many injuries, including from firearms,” and was then stepped on by an officer, condemning this as “an unfriendly act by the US authorities.”The “outrageous and illegal cruelty” happened right outside the White House, it said.There have been multiple incidents involving police violence against journalists — some during live broadcasts — at the protests rocking the United States following the killing of an unarmed black man George Floyd in police custody last Monday.last_img read more

Indonesia sees uptick in COVID-19 transmission in poorly ventilated offices

first_imgThe Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, Achmad Yurianto, has said that many of the new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Indonesia were found in office settings with poor air circulation.“Many working spaces rely on air conditioners only. In such settings, the air tends to settle instead of circulating, which increases the risk of transmission,” Yurianto said during a press briefing on Thursday, as quoted by poor ventilation in indoor settings, Yurianto added, transmissions were also rampant in offices due to people’s unruly behavior of refusing to wear masks or maintain physical distance because they assumed their coworkers were healthy. “Even in office settings where we know the people we encounter, we must remember that those people came from different places with possible COVID-19 risks,” he said.Yurianto emphasized that anyone could be a virus carrier, and that, therefore, wearing a mask was essential.As of Thursday, Indonesia had recorded a total of 81,668 confirmed infections with 3,873 deaths and 40,345 recoveries. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

RWE to Spend EUR 1.5 Billion on Renewables Annually

first_imgRWE, the renewables businesses of E.ON and innogy, is planning to set aside approximately EUR 1.5 billion net in annual funds for investment mainly in the offshore wind, onshore wind and solar PV sectors.According to RWE, the renewables business will focus on the Americas, key markets in Europe and new markets in the Asia-Pacific region.The company said it will pursue an integrated value chain approach in the renewables division, including development, engineering, construction, operation and commercialisation.RWE has also determined the basic set-up and the management team, with Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath as CEO, Holger Himmel as CFO and Tom Glover as CCO, who will be in charge of the commercial management of, and marketing electricity from, the renewable asset.The team will also consist of an additional three COOs, who will head the operational units and be responsible for project development, as well as construction and operations.“We are creating a globally leading renewables business and want to expand it further. We will achieve that with a diversified renewable technology portfolio and an integrated value chain. We have set the stage for this,” said Markus Krebber, CFO of RWE.E.ON and RWE reached an agreement in March 2018 under which E.ON would acquire RWE’s 76.8% stake in innogy in return for granting RWE effective participation of 16.67% in E.ON SE. E.ON will transfer to RWE most of E.ON’s renewables business, with RWE receiving the entire innogy renewables business.The next step in the transaction is the antitrust approval from the competition authorities, which is expected by the summer of 2019. The execution of the transaction is supposed to be completed by the end of the year.last_img read more

Smiles all round at St Mary’s

first_img He added: “We had some really good chances that we didn’t convert and then they went 1-0 up through a pretty lucky goal. But it was a really good comeback, Andy has got another goal for us so in the end a point is very satisfying when you have gone a goal down and haven’t scored as many away from home as we have. “I think that was only our 10th goal away from home. It has brought us a point and one nearer to the magic 40. We have six games to go, with four at home and two away, so we will see where we will finish.” Saints boss Pochettino cut a slightly more frustrated figure than Allardyce, although was pleased by his side’s performance in wet and windy conditions. “We had a feeling we could win the game, but were not able to,” the Argentinian said. “We put in a big effort to get the three points and conceded very quickly after we scored. “It was hard to play on a pitch that was so wet against an opponent that are physically very strong, so overall I think we did a very good job against them. I congratulate my players because they did quite well in conditions that actually favoured the rivals’ style of play. “Even though the conditions favoured them, we actually played well. I think we played the game as we wanted and should have. We imposed our brand of football. “I think we defended well, nullified their style of play and cancelled them out. It is just a shame about the result because our performance was really good.” Press Association West Ham manager Sam Allardyce and Southampton counterpart Mauricio Pochettino were both satisfied by the way in which their sides earned a point in a 1-1 draw in wretched conditions.center_img The Saints were on course for victory when Gaston Ramirez fired them ahead in the second half. That lead lasted just seven minutes, though, as Andy Carroll struck home via a slight deflection off Steven Davis to earn a share of the spoils. “I am happy with a point in the end,” visiting boss Allardyce said. “I thought we were more than comfortable. Our away goals have been our big problem all season and I think the chances we created today, it looked like we wouldn’t score again.” last_img read more

Cahill grateful to Villa

first_imgGary Cahill has seen off one of his former clubs with Chelsea this week and hopes the Barclays Premier League leaders can beat another on Saturday. “Any player will tell you that when you’re playing against your old club there’s that added bit of emotion,” he said. “You try not to let it affect you and play your normal game but I’m a professional and the most important thing is that we won the game. They made it tough for us but thankfully we won.” Kurt Zouma’s debut goal was cancelled out by Matt Mills before Oscar netted what proved to be the winner on a night when victory should have been more convincing and Andre Schurrle, in particular, should have scored. Cahill added: “Schurrle created a lot for himself, I thought he played well, cutting inside and firing shots at goal. “People expect you to win the game and it’s not that easy. There have already been a few shocks and thankfully we weren’t one of them.” Filipe Luis started in defence alongside Cahill, the left-back signed from Atletico Madrid making his second start after beginning the Schalke match a week earlier. The Brazilian is happy to bide his time, believing the team is what is most important. He told the London Evening Standard: “Everyone wants to play. If you don’t, normally you’re not happy. “But when I came here, I spoke with (manager Jose) Mourinho and I knew I’d come to Chelsea to be a champion, not to be the best left-back or best crosser or something. “When you work with Mourinho, you have to know that the group, the collective is above the individual. I don’t think about myself right now. “The team are doing a great job. We won the first four league games and drew the fifth one. “I have nothing to complain about. I have to wait for my chance and when it comes I must make sure I don’t go out of the first 11.” “I had a great time at Villa, more than anything with the youth team,” Cahill said on “I owe a lot to them, they brought me through and I had a great time, so I’m looking forward to it. “They’ve had a great start to the season, apart from their last result, so it’s going to be another tough test for us.” Villa are three points behind Chelsea in third place in the table after a 3-0 defeat at home to Arsenal followed their win at Liverpool in the previous game. Chelsea’s win over Sky Bet Championship strugglers Bolton should have been more emphatic, but for some wasteful finishing, but Cahill was satisfied with a fifth win in an unbeaten seven matches at the start of the season. “It’s great to have a winning mentality,” he added. “If you have a couple of sticky results it puts the pressure on going into games but at the moment we’re unbeaten, we’re going well and we should have confidence, especially playing in front of our own fans at Stamford Bridge.” Cahill was one of only two players retained from the starting line-up which drew 1-1 at Manchester City, alongside Cesar Azpilicueta, and enjoyed featuring against Wanderers. Press Association Cahill, who joined Chelsea from Bolton in January 2012, helped the Blues to a 2-1 Capital One Cup win on Wednesday night to set up a fourth-round tie at Shrewsbury. Now the 28-year-old central defender, whose influence at Stamford Bridge is growing by the game, faces Aston Villa, the side where he began his career. last_img read more

Dominant Wiggins named Student Athlete-of-the-Week at Munroe College

first_img… makes career-high steals ALTHOUGH he is a freshman, Guyana’s senior basketball player Kevon Wiggins is turning heads at Munroe College (Bronx Campus). For his recent dominant performance on the court, he was named Male Student Athlete-of-the-Week on Wednesday. On Tuesday night, Wiggins stormed to a career-high nine steals to help his team to their fourth consecutive victory when they tackled the Bronx Community College in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) league.The guard was all over the court and proved extremely important to the side in their victory.Along with his steals, he scored 13 points (three shots from downtown), pulled down seven rebounds and made five assists in the close 78-76 win.The 19-year-old told the Guyana Chronicle that he was focussed on the defensive aspect of his game and making stops, since his opponents were up to the challenge.In his 16 games so far this season (since November), the Berbician has constantly improved. Overall, he is averaging 16.1 points. He is shooting 42.4 percent from the field and 41.1 percent from the three-point line.For 2020, the youngster has had seven consecutive games with 10 or more points. His three 30-plus games have helped to push his average for this year to 22.8 points per game.The 6’3” sharp shooter had shot 37 threes this season – 26 of them have been scored in 2020.Overall, he has scored 257 points, 27 steals, 28 assists and 58 rebounds.Last night he was expected to play again for his college.last_img read more