ROTC helps clear stadium

first_imgBefore Notre Dame fans packed the football stadium last Saturday to cheer for the Irish, the Notre Dame ROTC units – Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps – spent 12 hours shoveling snow out of the stadium to prepare for game day.Master Sergeant Marshall Yuen said the shoveling, which lasted from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, was part of an agreement made between Notre Dame ROTC and stadium staff in 2008.“Back in 2008, before a Stanford game, the campus got hit by a really big snowstorm,” he said. “It was on a Thursday and Friday, and [Facilities Manager] Dan Brazo had a hard time getting all the snow cleared for the game. So after that, he called over here to coordinate a community response with us for the next time something like that happened.”Yuen said last Friday was the first time since 2008 that the ROTC was called to help clear the stadium, and in all, about 75 percent of students involved in the Notre Dame ROTC program helped shovel snow.“Quite a few of our cadets were [shoveling] in between class periods,” he said. “[Some of them] went to class at eight o’clock in the morning. They had an hour break, so they walked over to the stadium and did some shoveling and then went to their next class. Some did it over their lunch breaks.“Every one of the ROTC commanders was out there shoveling snow, and some of them were out there for six or seven hours.”Sophomore Naval midshipman Ian Tembe said involvement in ROTC service like this is personally important to him.“I like to participate in everything the battalion does,” he said. “For me, Navy ROTC (NROTC) is the main part of my life as far as my future and my career. … Another thing that I really like is the relationship between NROTC and Notre Dame, and I wanted to help further that [by participating].”Shoveling snow in the stadium also helped strengthen the bond between the four different ROTC units, Tembe said.“It’s important for the cadets to do [service for the University] so that [ROTC] can instill that ‘God, Country, Notre Dame’ kind of ideal and that service to community,” he said. “It’s important to strengthen the relationship between the Navy, the Army, the Marine Corps, the Air Force and Notre Dame.”Senior Elizabeth Terino said the relationship between the four ROTC branches extends beyond shoveling snow together on Friday. The units have multiple events with each other throughout the year, she said. Tembe said this relationship between the branches is an important one.“The camaraderie between the units, we have kind of a sibling rivalry,” Tembe said. “But we’re really more tightly involved than you might think. And that’s important because once we graduate and become officers, joint relationships between the branches are very important to the military objectives of the United States. Each service would like to say they’re the one that does all the work, but really the work can’t be done without all the armed services.”Shoveling snow on Friday was a way to show ROTC’s appreciation for Notre Dame, Terino said.“Notre Dame is so supportive of the ROTC program,” she said. “Shoveling the stadium is just a small act of service that we can perform to give back to a University that gives us so much.”Ultimately, though, Yuen said the service Notre Dame ROTC provides to the University also benefits the cadets.“What it really teaches our cadets is that if somebody asks for help, you go out there and help them without expecting necessarily a monetary reward or a pat on the back,” he said. “When your community calls you to help, if you have time to do it, you go out there and do it.”Tags: Football Friday Feature, ROTClast_img read more

Batesville at EC Indoor Track Meet

first_imgSaturday opened up the beginning of the 2014 track season with the annual EIAC Indoor Track Meet hosted by East Central. All conference teams were present except Rushville.   This is not a team scored meet, but individual awards are given.Batesville brought home four first place finishes. Two were by Ginny Westerfeld in the 55 meter dash and the 200 meter dash. Ginny also set new meet records in both of these events. She broke her own record in the 55m dash of 7.83 with a time of 7.56 and in the 200m dash she broke the old time from 2008 of 28.40 with her time of 28.26. Way to go Ginny! Other first place finishes go to Peter Heil in the 400m dash with a time of 57.46 and Mary Poltrack in the 1600m run at 6:11.45.Several Bulldogs turned in runner up performances and they went to:Kelsey Gausman-800m run (2:45.62)Grace Yeaton-1600m run (6:12.15)Peter Heil-55m dash (7.03)Tom Chaffee-high jump (6’0″)…this was also a new personal record for Tom…way to go Tom!4 x 800 team of Grace Yeaton, Mary Poltrack, Sarah Poltrack and Kelsey Gausman (11:18.27)Sprint Medley team of Madeleine Robben, Alison Muckerheide, Beth Werner and Ginny Westerfeld (2:03.45)3rd place finishes were:Cassie Reverman-shot putClayton McKinley-high jump4 x 400 team of Garrett Yorn, Caleb Moster, Trevor Gartenman and Peter Heil4 x 800 team of Garrett Yorn, Connor Bell, Chris Riffle and Caleb MosterSprint Medely team of Jacob Koehne, Cody Reer, Tom Chaffee and Peter Heil4th places goes to:Michaela Westerfeld-400m dashMary Poltrack-1600m runJessica Wagers-pole vaultSamantha Heidlage-shot putZach Mears-200m dash4 x 800 team of Sarah Canady, Lauren Eckstein, Taylor Meyers and Maria Wessel5th place:Michaela Westerfeld-55m dashAlex Wirth-pole vaultJacob Koehne-200m dashConnor Bell-800m runThe only 6th place was the Sprint Medley team of Zach Mears, Caleb Pierson, Alex Jorgensen and Trevor Gartenman7th place finishers were:Beth Werner-200m dashSarah Canady-800m runMaria Wessel-1600m runCaleb Moster-1600m runKevin Bedel-high jumpGraham Hunter-shot putSprint Medely team of Clare Bruns, Libby Stenger, Lupe Blanco, Jodi JohnsonFinishing out the awards at 8th place were:Lauren Eckstein-1600m runJacob Koehne-55m dashKevin Bedel-long jumpClayton McKinley-shot putSubmitted by Batesville Coach Lisa Gausman.last_img read more

Dodgers fans react to Kershaw injury announcement

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers fans immediately reacted to Wednesday’s news that two-time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw would miss his scheduled Sunday start because of injury.Viewing on mobile? See reaction here: http://storify.com/InsideSoCalSpts/dodgers-fans-react-to-news-of-kershaw-injury/embedlast_img

Alexander: Lakers’ extra-pass mentality is working

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Frank Vogel calls it “extra-pass basketball.” It seems like a risky concept on a team with two dominant superstars, but consider: When the best player is also the best passer, the idea of making that extra pass to get a better look becomes cooler.Thus, there was this sequence early in the second quarter of Friday night’s 95-80 victory over Miami, with the ball zipping back and forth across the court: LeBron James to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to Alex Caruso to Kyle Kuzma for a layup. If there is justice, that sequence will have a prominent place in the Lakers’ end-of-season highlight film, no matter how this season ends.It wasn’t an anomaly. There were a lot of “hockey assists” flying around Staples Center on Friday night, the term for the pass that leads to the pass that leads to the score. The Lakers finished with 30 assists on 40 made field goals, and they only shot 44.9 percent and just 8 for 32 from the 3-point line.“If we shoot the ball well, we’ll probably have 40 assists, and Anthony (Davis) is looking at probably a triple-double,” Vogel said. “But he’s sharing the ball well. LeBron’s sharing the ball well. Everybody’s trying to buy into extra-pass basketball, and it’s going to work for us.” Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe obvious highlight in the Lakers’ seventh consecutive victory after their opening night loss to the Clippers was a defensive effort that held Miami to 80 points, including 34 in the second half, and 35 percent shooting.But offensive struggles often bleed onto the other end of the court and result in a lackluster defensive effort. Yet Friday night the ball was moving efficiently around the court, everybody was involved and everybody was getting good looks, and that energy carried over to the defensive end.“They were playing that zone, trying to muck up the game coming off a back-to-back,” guard Alex Caruso said. “I had an open three. I think Quinn (Cook) had an open three. We were getting great shots, we just weren’t making them, and the hardest thing in basketball is to try to fight through that, that mental block or mental fatigue, and not let it affect you on the other end. We did that (bogged down) for a couple possessions, but then we got back into it and finished the half out.”Attention, young basketball players: It can be a fun environment when the ball is moving, everybody’s involved and nobody is obsessed with who gets the shots or the points.“Very fun,” Danny Green said. “Especially as a shooter, a guy who’s a floor spacer, when it (the ball) is moving I know that it’ll find me at some point. But everybody gets a fair share, fair looks. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed center_img “… Even when we’re not clicking or making shots, we’re still finding the open look and the uncontested look, which gives us a better shot at making two points for our team.”At some point, of course, those shots had better go in. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed his first five (including an airball layup) and was 0 for 3 from 3-point range Friday night, which meant he was getting booed in the arena and getting savaged on Lakers Twitter. When he broke the spell with a layup off a JaVale McGee pass late in the third quarter, the fans roared, and the suspicion was that it was facetious.Meanwhile, Caruso is the Laker fans’ cult hero, a Kurt Rambis for the 21st century. The third-year guard from Texas A&M with the receding hairline energized the crowd with every positive play he made Friday night, and he brought the house down with a first-quarter dunk off a Caldwell-Pope pass.“I’ve always been obsessed with dunking,” Caruso said. “As a kid, I used to jump off a folding chair when I was in fifth, sixth, fourth grade and dunk on a 7-foot hoop. … If I dunk it, it’s not like just puttin’ it in there. I try to go after it. For me, it’s just a way to get myself going and kind of keep the energy going.”Caruso also understands that unselfish play works best when the stars buy in.“We have so many intellectual players on our team, and the best player on the team is … I think, one of the best passers if not the best passer in the league in Bron,” he said. “So he starts that team mindset and culture of sharing the ball and finding the open man.Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs “When we do that, A.D. and Bron create so much attention that it’s pretty easy to just make the pass, another pass, because we’re going to have somebody open. And we have an unselfish team. Nobody on the team is gunning for theirs, everybody’s trying to win, so it makes it real easy to play like that.”The caveat, of course, is that the offense will run through the stars, because they’re two of the game’s top five players.“They’ve got green lights – they’ve got double green lights – to shoot whenever they want, and we want them to,” Caruso said. “It’s our role to make sure they’re comfortable and (that) we put them in good spots to do that.“Whenever I’m out there, I just try to play with pace. … A lot of times, even if I don’t get the assist, as long as I get it to where it needs to go I did my job.”You know what? Forget the highlight film. May we suggest the Lakers instead put together an instructional video full of great passes and offer it, free of charge, to every youth and high school basketball program in Southern California.Come for LeBron and A.D., stay for the teamwork.jalexander@scng.com@Jim_Alexander on Twitter Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers last_img read more

Reputation of Digicel continues to be tarnished by “Top Up’ agents

first_imgDear Editor,There is something amiss at Digicel, the international service provider which boasts of the high quality of service it provides to its clients in Guyana. While it may be true there are some areas of its service which it can take comfort in, for as long as the big wigs in the company continue to deny the existence of a scam within the organization, which has seen a number of its clients being denied the benefit of “Top Up” credit purchased for their individual phones, the credibility of Digicel will, in my estimation, be forever tarnished.It is known that I regularly appear as a guest on a programme – Walter Rodney Groundings (WRG) – which is aired on HBTV CH9 on Sundays at 17.30h.A number of viewers of the programme have on occasion raised with me their concerns in respect to the purchasing of Digicel credit and not being able to benefit from it. I have been assured that complaints have been made periodically to Digicel, and these have been ignored. Along with other commentators on the WRG programme, calls have been made to Digicel to examine its operations and to remedy faults wherever they exist.Seemingly, nothing has been done by Digicel, and the complaints of being robbed of credit purchased from Digicel continue with some degree of regularity.Editor, if I had harboured any doubts about the validity of the complaints made to me, they would have disappeared as a result of having suffered the same experience and being exposed to the most unprofessional response by Digicel’s representatives at its office in Barrack Street, Kingston, on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.My experience had its genesis in a purchase I made at approximately 9.15 am on Friday, May 4th, at one of Digicel’s authorized dealers on Regent Street Bourda, near to Light Street. I requested and received a receipt, #18834.After waiting several days for the credit and not receiving it, I rather foolishly assumed that the delay had to do with technical faults Digicel may have encountered, hence their inability to credit my account in a timely manner.I returned to the place of purchase, (Digicel on Regent Street), on Tuesday 8th May for an explanation for the delay in crediting my account. Some checks were made, and I was asked to visit the Kingston Office, where the problem would be rectified.When I arrived there, I was directed to an enclosure, and spoke to five members of staff, who did some initial checks and advised that within two hours of the purchase on Friday, May 4th, instructions were given by someone at Digicel to reverse the charges. I spent nearly two hours there, and tried unsuccessfully to speak with the senior staff member who I was told was looking into the problem.Eventually, I was told that within an hour, the credit would be sent to my phone. That was about noon on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. It is now more than nine days since I purchased the credit and five days since I was told by a representative of Digicel in Kingston that the “Top Up” would have been credited to my account, and nothing has been done. What is wrong with Digicel? Is it that they are fortified in their belief that genuine complaints made against them by aggrieved Guyanese clients will not be addressed by the competent authorities here? Digicel’s behaviour to their clients on this matter borders on contempt. I sense that in all of the complaints made against Digicel, none was accompanied by a receipt to prove the claim of wrongdoing on the part of Digicel officials, their staff and or franchise holders, who by their behaviour have made themselves complicit in what is taking place.My case presents a different scenario for Digicel. I have a receipt, which was shown to them, and they cannot ignore its existence, yet they refuse to act. It seems that Digicel have decided that the way to resolve this problem is to ignore it.In the process, they are saying, ‘To hell with those clients who have suffered as a result of the acts of dishonesty on the part of their members of staff or franchise holders’, if that is what the outlets are. This is the entity which is laying claim to greater market share in the industry. For what purpose? To further rip off Guyanese?I want to use this opportunity to signal to Digicel that I will not rest until I receive the credit I have purchased from their entity. I am warning you, Digicel, that I will do whatever I can, including picketing your Kingston office, to ensure I receive what is mine.Best regards,Desmond Trotmanlast_img read more