Alma Mater emphasizes student unity

first_imgOne of the most hotly contested debates surrounding the 2013 Notre Dame football team leapt once more to the forefront of conversation Monday as team leaders and representatives from student government met to finalize the players’ decision to sing the Alma Mater after every home game, regardless of outcome.“The fact that this decision was not made by football players alone or by the students alone is a testament to how unified we can be as a student body,” Irish sophomore receiver Corey Robinson said. “The Alma Mater is as an avenue where we can stand together as a unified body and celebrate our common bond: love for Notre Dame.”Observer File Photo Robinson and Irish senior cornerback Matthias Farley represented the Unity Council, a group of football players elected from all class years that acts as liaison between the team and its coaching staff, Robinson said. They met with student body president Lauren Vidal, vice president Matthew Devine and Campus Ministry representative Grace Carroll, all seniors.Robinson, who also represents athletics in student government, said the Unity Council voted unanimously to sing the Alma Mater after every game, a decision that was “nearly unanimously” supported by the team as a whole and reflected the team’s desire to continue a relationship of mutual respect with fans in the student section and beyond.“We were really thinking of the entirety of Notre Dame nation when we made the decision,” Robinson said. “We chose to sing because we appreciate that it’s bigger than just us football players, even us students.“The bottom line is the Notre Dame community is a family,” he said. “Regardless of whether we are celebrating a win or grieving a loss, the most important thing is that we stay together. I can think of no better way to demonstrate this unconditional bond then singing the Alma Mater together after every home game.”The Unity Council made its decision independent of Irish coach Brian Kelly and Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick, Robinson said. He said Kelly, Swarbrick and the coaching staff “encouraged” him to collaborate with student government in a “joint student effort” to address the issue.“Coach Kelly, his staff and Jack Swarbrick empowered us to make the decision as players,” Robinson said. “They were in communication with us throughout the decision making process and supported our decision as a team.”Farley said the team’s ability to freely determine this season’s Alma Mater policy demonstrated the commitment of players, coaches and administrators to honor the tradition as a way of connecting student-athletes to their peers.“I … think it’s incredible that Coach Kelly and Jack Swarbrick allowed us to make the decision for ourselves,” Farley said. “In my opinion, it makes the decision to continue singing the Alma Mater much more genuine and real coming from the team, especially when there could have been a lot of division amongst us.”Vidal, Devine and Carroll presented Robinson and Farley with a booklet containing student opinions on the Alma Mater to keep the players informed of their peers’ perspectives, Vidal said.“The books contain about 100 quotes from the students — each quote represents that student’s interpretation of the alma mater and what it means to them and our University,” she said.The statements in the booklet mirrored the enthusiasm for the tradition that Robinson and Farley expressed, often lauding the Alma Mater as a symbolic reminder of the values and community within the University as a whole.“Notre Dame values family, faith and community,” senior Shannon Hagedorn said in the booklet. “The players on the team are part of the family and the score at the end of a game played on a Saturday in the fall doesn’t change that fact.“… The Alma Mater is a symbol of our connection, our spirit and our strength in the light and in the dark. Allow the players to sing and sway with their brothers at the end of the day. We belong together.”Senior Kristen Parkinson, president of the Leprechaun Legion, likened the Alma Mater to “a celebration of the Notre Dame family.”“The Legion welcomes the return of this tradition, and we look forward to standing as a united student body, on- and off-the-field, on Saturday,” she said in an email.Controversy surrounding the singing of the Alma Mater first arose after several players left the field of Notre Dame Stadium following the team’s loss to Oklahoma on Sept. 28 without stopping at the student section to sing. The action sparked intense debate among students, alumni and fans, many of whom saw the former policy as equating community with winning alone.“To my understanding, the official policy last season was to not sing the Alma Mater after home losses,” Robinson said. “It was an issue that may have even been decided much earlier than last year, but since we hadn’t lost at home in two years, the policy was not well-known or practiced.”In a press conference Tuesday, Kelly said he raised the issue with the Unity Council and invited its members to revisit the policy.“I addressed it last year with the Unity Council,” he said. “We decided as a team that’s not what we wanted to do. This year we brought it back up to the Unity Council, and they voted that’s something that they wanted to do, so I’m all for what my team wants to do, and we will make that work.”Robinson said some players had expressed concern regarding previous incidents of students booing the team and throwing objects on the field, such as frozen marshmallows during the Nov. 23 game against BYU.“We understand that this is a intense game, but we hope to be treated with respect when we sing the Alma Mater with the student body and fans,” he said.Farley said the Unity Council primarily sought to promote “the respect of both the team for the fans and the fans for the team.”“I would hope that the student body will understand, just as we have, that the singing of the Alma Mater is bigger than all of us and really bonds us together,” he said. “I know that I can speak on the behalf of the team, and there won’t be any behavior issues on our part.”Tags: Alma mater, Brian Kelly, Corey Robinson, football, Jack Swarbrick, Lauren Vidal, Matthew Devine, Matthias Farleylast_img read more

Trojans rally against Cal State Fullerton at home

first_imgUSC baseball’s seven-game win streak to begin the 2012 season was aided largely by high scoring innings. On Tuesday night at Dedeaux Field, the Trojans got another big frame but had to withstand an early barrage of runs.They did, overcoming Cal State Fullerton’s  four-run fifth inning to escape with a 7-4 victory.  The Trojans scored the last seven runs of the ballgame, with the two biggest coming courtesy on Kevin Roundtree’s two-RBI single that gave USC its first lead of the night.Home sweet home · Sophomore infielder Nick Swick (above) is hitting .375 this season. He is a major reason the Trojans are undefeated at home. – Corey Marquetti | Daily TrojanThe win moves USC to 9-3 on the season heading into a weekend series with Cal State Bakersfield.“Even when we fell behind, we were confident,” USC head coach Frank Cruz said. “We felt like we were going to take good at-bats and get ourselves back in the game. The big thing is that everyone trusts their teammates, and we had to work as a team to come back.”Tuesday starter Brandon Garcia no-hit the Titans through four innings but fell victim to a string of singles and an RBI triple by Richy Pedroza in the fifth that gave Fullerton a 4-0 lead. Garcia finished the frame but gave way to the bullpen immediately following.“Brandon pitched real well to start off but he might have lost a little gas,” Cruz said. “If anything, it was my fault for leaving him in there a little too long. Once that happened, we needed to hold them the rest of the way.”USC’s relievers did just that, keeping Fullerton at bay while the offense finally broke through against Fullerton starter Koby Gauna and several arms out of the Titans bullpen. USC’s James Guillen, Brad Douthit (who picked up his first win of the year), Wyatt Strahan and Friday starter Andrew Triggs combined to shut out the Titans on one hit over the last four innings.“I put Triggs in because he begged me,” Cruz said of the decision to close out the game with his staff ace. “He told me his arm felt great and that he’d only need a few pitches.”The pitchers were aided by their defense, as well. Senior right fielder Alex Sherrod made a diving catch in the seventh to rob Fullerton’s Michael Lorenzen of extra bases, and junior second baseman Adam Landecker virtually went into the Trojan bullpen from his second base position to make a sliding catch in foul territory.“We’re a very good defensive team,” Cruz said. “If you look at the stats, we’re fielding at a very high percentage. And we played like it out there tonight.”The Trojans came into the game with a .980 fielding percentage, making only eight errors in the team’s first 12 games.At the plate, USC began to rally from the 4-0 deficit with two runs in the sixth. Senior catcher Kevin Roundtree’s fielder’s choice got the Trojans on the board, and Kevin Swick’s sac fly drew them to within two.Then the USC offense really got going. Freshman catcher Garrett Stubbs’ lone hit of the night scored Omar Cotto to pull the Trojans to within one. With one out, back-to-back singles from Sherrod and senior infielder Matt Foat set the stage for Roundtree’s clutch    at-bat.Roundtree, who had grounded into a fielder’s choice with the bases loaded the sixth, was determined to come through in the seventh against Fullerton’s freshman right-hander Willie Kuhl.“He threw me a good curveball first pitch, so I was actually thinking off speed the next pitch,” the Trojans’ catcher said. “Then he threw a fastball in, and luckily I was able to get a pretty good piece of it and pull it down the line.”Garcia, in the game as a pinch hitter after being removed from the mound, then knocked in Roundtree to close out the scoring. When all was said and done, USC had 14 hits, all but one of them singles.“We’ve been battle-tested this year, especially after going up against a team like North Carolina,” Roundtree said. “When we were behind, the atmosphere stayed the same, and that’s a strength of this club.”last_img read more

Kosgei, Fraser-Pryce Listed for Woman Athlete of the Year Award

first_imgAmerican Dalilah Muhammad, Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas and the Netherlands’ Sifan Hassan are also up for the award.Sprinter Fraser-Pryce won the world 100m and 4x100m titles in world-leading times of 10.71 and 41.44 in Doha, while Hassan broke the world mile record with a time of 4:12:33 in Monaco.Triple-jumper Rojas won nine of her 12 competitions, including gold at the World Championships with 15.37m, while Muhammad set a new world record of 52.16 in the 400m hurdles in Doha.Britain’s world heptathlon gold medallist Katarina Johnson-Thompson missed out on the shortlist, having featured among the initial 11 nominees.In the men category, two Africans are listed in the top five shortlist. They include; Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei who won world cross-country title in Aarhus and also picked the world 10,000m title in a world-leading 26:48.36. Cheptegei won the IAAF Diamond League 5000m title this season.The other African is Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge who won the 2019 London Marathon in a course record of 2:02:37. He also ran 1:59:40.2 to win the 42.195km marathon in Vienna.America’s Sam Kendricks who won world pole vault title and cleared a world-leading 6.06m to win the US Title is also on the list.Kendricks won 12 of his 17 outdoor competitions this season, including the Diamond League finalAnother American athlete, Noah Lyles, who won world 200m and 4x100m titles at the Worlds in Doha and also ran a world-leading 19.50 in Lausanne to move to fourth on the world all-time list is in the race for the top honour.He won Diamond League titles at 100m and 200m.Norway’s Karsten Warholm who won the worlds 400m hurdles title in Doha and was undefeated indoors and outdoors at all distances, including at the Diamond League final and the European Indoor Championships completes the list of nominees.He clocked world-leading 46.92, the second-fastest time in history.According to IAAF, the winners will be determined through a three-way voting process.“The World Athletics Council and the World Athletics Family cast their votes by email, while fans voted online via our social media platforms.“The Council’s vote counted for 50% of the result, while the Athletics Family’s votes and the public votes each counted for 25% of the final result.”Voting for the Female World Athlete of the Year closed on 5 November.The male and female World Athletes of the Year will be announced live on stage at the World Athletics Awards 2019 in Monaco on Saturday 23 November.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Marathon world record holder Brigid Kosgei is one of five finalists for the Female World Athlete 2019 award.Last month the Kenyan broke Briton Paula Radcliffe’s 16-year-old world record, running a time of 2hrs 14mins 04secs to win the Chicago Marathon.Kosgei, 25, also became the youngest winner of the London marathon in April.last_img read more

NHL free agency rumors: Sergei Bobrovsky, Artemi Panarin meeting with Panthers on Monday

first_imgThat may be enough to get the star to Florida. But he also reportedly wants to play in a big city, so Florida might not be exactly what he wants.That fact won’t keep Florida from pursuing him though.Panarin is coming off of a season in which he had 28 goals and a career-high 59 assists. The Panthers have two big meetings Monday.Blue Jackets free agents Sergei Bobrovsky and Artemi Panarin are meeting with Florida on Monday, according to TSN. The Blue Jackets’ goalie has wanted out of Columbus for a while, but that hasn’t kept him from producing as he has won the Vezina Trophy twice and been in the running several other times.Florida did take goalie Spencer Knight in the first round Friday in the NHL Draft, but he is going to Boston College next season so he is at least a bit of a ways away from contributing at the professional level.As for Panarin, the former Blackhawks forward has a connection to Florida in that his former coach Joel Quenneville is now at the helm for the Panthers. NHL trade rumors: Canucks acquire center J.T. Miller from Lightningcenter_img NHL trade news: Devils acquire P.K. Subban from Predators The team is prioritizing a goalie this offseason, but they’ll take both players if they can get them.NHL UFA speaking period opens Sunday. Coveted free agent goalie Sergei Bobrovsky and winger Artemi Panarin will be in FLA to meet with the Panthers on Monday. FLA would like to sign both but need a goalie more than a forward so the priority may be Bob.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 22, 2019Florida’s goaltending situation is up in the air next year as Roberto Luongo is contemplating retirement, but even if he wasn’t, the Panthers would be going after Bobrovsky. Related Newslast_img read more