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

Get jiggy

first_imgBy Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaIf you just can’t turn your back on Irish-American St. Patrick’s Day traditions like corned beef and green beer, counteract it with some Irish exercise.Many cities have St. Patrick’s Day parades, join in the fun.”If you walk one hour at a brisk pace of one mile every 15 minutes, you will burn 280 calories if you weigh about 150 pounds,” said Connie Crawley, a Cooperative Extension health and nutrition expert with the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences. “Naturally, you’ll burn more or less if you weigh more or less.”Multiply the number of calories you burn per mile by the number of miles in the parade route. Then see how much fun you can have waving at the crowds and waiving goodbye to excess calories.If you must hit the Irish pubs after the parade, take the opportunity to get jiggy with it.Many pubs and parties bring in live music and Irish dancers for the day. Join in the fun, learn a new skill and work off a whopping 420 calories an hour. Not that you could actually do it for an hour on the first go. But divide the hourly burn number by the number of minutes you can keep it up, and it’s still a great calorie-burner.”Both are excellent aerobic exercises,” Crawley said.Most Irish dances you can just jump right into are called ceili, or ceilidh (pronounced “kaylee” either way), or figure dances. They’re similar to American square dances or line dances.At a St. Patrick’s Day ceili, someone will usually give basic instruction and turn you loose to have fun doing traditional Irish dances.”These dances were brought to America by Irish immigrants,” said Karl Drake, dance master of the Drake School of Irish Dance. “They’ve been passed down through the generations. Some have mutated into American-style dances like clogging and square dancing. The traditional style is still performed by Irish dancers around the globe. Almost every weekend, somewhere in America, you can find an Irish dance competition.”Figure dances follow a set of steps in a pattern. Ceili or progressive dances have a few set steps in a pattern. Then you move on to a different set of partners, as in American line dances or reels, until you’ve danced with everyone in the room.”It will definitely make you work up a sweat to burn off the extra calories you take in on St. Patrick’s Day,” said Jan Best, an instructor for the Drake School. “It’s great fun and exercise for all ages.”last_img read more

Arsenal hero Charlie Nicholas questions Manchester United’s transfer move for Harry Maguire

first_imgArsenal hero Charlie Nicholas questions Manchester United’s transfer move for Harry Maguire Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 1 Dec 2019 12:01 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have endured a miserable season (Picture: Getty)Despite spending almost £150m last summer, the Red Devils have made a underwhelming start to the 2019-20 campaign and sit 11th in the Premier League ahead of Sunday’s meeting with Aston Villa.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked about United’s struggles, Arsenal hero Nicholas told Sky Sports: ‘What has Harry Maguire done since he came in? Has he helped stabilise [the team]? Is there a decent centre-back partnership there?‘You could see that Manchester United would struggle against Sheffield United because they missed the physical presence of Scott McTominay.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘That’s how low United have fallen…‘I mention Maguire because they spent a fortune on him. They can’t find a partner for him. They’re all over the place at the moment.’Manchester United could only draw 3-3 with Premier League new-boys Sheffield United last weekend and suffered a defeat to Astana in the Europa League on Thursday.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been without a number of key first-team players in recent weeks but provided a positive injury update ahead of the clash with Villa. Solskjaer post-Sheff Utd 3-3: The boys have learned a lessonTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:22FullscreenSolskjaer post-Sheff Utd 3-3: The boys have learned a lesson is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘We’ve got players coming back,’ he said. ‘We’ve suffered from injuries badly and now we’re getting more and more back that will only help us.’Villa have taken 14 points from their first 13 Premier League matches this season and are currently three points above the relegation zone.Ahead of their trip to Old Trafford, manager Dean Smith said: ‘You’re playing against top talent in this league and if you stop concentrating you’ll struggle.’MORE: Eric Dier sends warning to Manchester United ahead of Jose Mourinho returnMORE: David de Gea bemoans ‘lack of quality’ at Manchester Unitedcenter_img Arsenal hero Charlie Nicholas has questioned Man Utd summer signing Harry Maguire (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas has questioned whether Harry Maguire has improved Manchester United since his £80million transfer move from Leicester City.England international Maguire, 26, became the most expensive defender in history when he completed a lucrative and high-profile move to Old Trafford in July.Maguire is rated as one of the best defenders in the Premier League but Nicholas has questioned his contributions for Manchester United this season. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgMeanwhile, Inspector Jivba Dalvi of Porvorim police station told PTI that the meeting was adjourned after GCA officials were informed about the possibility of a law and order problem. “We had kept enough force to handle the situation but it was advised that the meeting be called off considering that the tempers were running high in the crowd,” he said.Goa Sports Minister Ramesh Tawadkar said the state government cannot interfere in the matter and termed the issue as an “internal problem” of the cricketing body.”Government has no role to play in GCA affairs as it is their personal issue. GCA itself have to solve their matter internally,” he said. PTI RPS NRB AHlast_img