Pep rallies refocused on students

first_img A priority for the pep rallies should be bringing the team and the student body together before the game, Oliver said. Bell said pep rallies should to be a time for the students and the football team to share their enthusiasm about the upcoming game. The student body will help launch a new era of pep rallies when it marches down Notre Dame Avenue and into the Irish Green tonight in preparation for the Michigan game Saturday, student body president Catherine Soler said. Soler said the student walkover will begin at 5:45 p.m. from Main Circle. Seamon said Kelly was excited about the new attitude about pep rallies from the start of the discussions between the football team, Game Day Operations and the Athletics Department. Seamon said the walkover could be the “newest Notre Dame student tradition.” “We made sure pep rallies will have no lag time now,” Doyle said. “When the students arrive the pep rally will start.” The University will close Notre Dame Avenue for 15 minutes while the student body follows a procession consisting of the Notre Dame Security Police, the Notre Dame Fire Department, the cheerleading and pom squads, the leprechaun and the marching band into a designated student section next to the stage at Irish Green, Seamon said. “This is the year where students can prove which pep rally locations they like the most so we hope students embrace this chance,” Bell said. “It will be hard to persuade those involved in planning the pep rally to go to a certain location if there was not a huge student showing.” “We wanted to make students a bigger focus of the pep rallies,” Seamon said. “What a better way to do that than announce their arrival and have them march down the avenue into a huge reserved space for them?” Kelly will host each pep rally in order to deliver his message from the week of practice, and to take the entire team before the student body to introduce the captains to the fans, Seamon said. The first pep rallies of the year will be hosted in a number of different locations including Irish Green, the Purcell Pavilion and Stepan Center to test the benefits and drawbacks of different campus venues, Bell said. Seamon said 25 to 30 thousand fans are expected for the Michigan pep rally. “We were very pleased with the opportunity given to us by the athletic department in hearing our ideas for restructuring,” Bell said. “We appreciate their openness.” Soler and Bell approached Game Day Operations last spring to present the idea of a student walkover and to emphasize the need for more student-oriented pep rallies, Mike Seamon, director of Game Day Operations said. “We are trying to reinforce the relationship between students and the football program that makes Notre Dame so special,” Soler said. “Coach Kelly totally gets Notre Dame,” he said. “His enthusiasm is contagious, and it rubs off on everybody.” This year’s pep rallies will be “short but with high intensity and lots of spirit,” Soler said. “Residence halls have a huge role in the success of the pep rally because of the walkovers when they coordinate students going to the pep rallies,” Bell said. “The groups that are our biggest focus are the team and the student body,” Seamon said. “With a new coach and a new era starting, we thought it was a perfect time to reengage the student body.” “The morale and student perception of pep rallies last year was low and negative,” Soler said. “All of us in student government knew that pep rallies were an important part of life here and wanted to make that a priority this year.”  “When the team comes to the pep rally and see thousands of students there, they will be electrified,” Oliver said. “They will see how much the students are behind them.” Student government teamed up with the Athletic Department, Game Day Operations and Hall Presidents’ Council (HPC) to coordinate pep rally changes, Soler said. “We are very excited about the idea of the walkover,” Bell said. “It will eliminate dorms just standing around with a huge group of alumni waiting for the pep rally to start.” HPC co-chairs Alexa Doyle and Mike Oliver said the student body powers the football team’s spirit during the season. HPC arranged a competition for the most spirited residence hall during each pep rally. As an extra incentive, the winning hall will win a visit from head coach Brian Kelly.last_img read more

Great week goes wrong

first_imgWhat a sad, sad week for sports.Oh sure, there was Separation Saturday, one of the most exciting 24-hour periods of the year in college football. The MLB divisional races are heating up, with the Mets celebrating their first division title in years and the Padres-Dodgers clashing in L.A. And then, of course, there was the start of the NFL season (which kind of speaks for itself there).But every once in a while, you hear about those awful stories where people begin to take their sports too seriously. Some moron flies off the handle for one ridiculous reason or another and goes too far, in one respect or another.This week, quite unfortunately, was one of those even rarer weeks … a week that saw three such occurrences.First, there was the highly publicized case out at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, where five Duquesne basketball players — none of whom reportedly were doing anything illegal or out of the ordinary — were shot. Two have been left seriously injured, with one, Sam Ashaolu, fighting for his life in the days after the incident. Thankfully, a report says he is gaining strength at this point, though he remains in critical condition.Apparently, at least two non-students at Duquesne crashed a campus dance party and resorted to putting bullets in half the basketball team after a seemingly harmless altercation. The saddest part is, from what it sounds like, this wasn’t exactly Miami Beach. Students and faculty alike call Duquesne a very safe campus.On the other hand, the great news (besides the improvement of Ashaolu’s condition) is that the perpetrators are being arrested one by one, and justice will be served with Duquesne expecting to have a normal basketball season this winter.However, there’s the lesser-known shooting in Dandridge, Tenn., from Monday evening. While each of the players from the Duquesne travesty is expected to survive, this next story does not have such a satisfying ending.As a youth baseball game ended in Dandridge, a small town 30 miles east of Knoxville, at the baseball diamond locals call the “Field of Dreams,” the scene turned into a field of nightmares as three people were killed with a fourth wounded at the scene.An interesting oddity of the story: the three fatal victims were each over the age of 60. You don’t see that every day, a bunch of old-timers getting violent in a sports situation.But police say the event came simply out of an “ongoing family dispute, and it wasn’t related to anything there at the ballfield.” Well, then what was it related to? My money says that a questionable call happened on the field, the game ended, and competitive spirit got the best of the fans, resulting in three confusing deaths.Folks, this ain’t the Little League World Series. And it ain’t the Pop Warner Super Bowl, either. This isn’t one of the three events I’m referring to, but I’m sure most people have seen or heard of the overzealous parent/coach who left the bench and cold-cocked a 13-year-old kid on the opposing team on Sept. 7.I’m all for protecting your kid and all, but is body slamming another young kid, putting his life in jeopardy, really the solution? Seriously, dude, use your head.So then the third of these incidents … well, it wasn’t really an incident, but the fact that one of the officials of the Oregon-Oklahoma catastrophe has received death threats is an embarrassing example of how we let our sports get the best of us all too often.Here’s my disclaimer, before you shoot off those angry e-mails: Those miscalls were up there with the worst of all time. I’m not going to advocate any conspiracy theories that the Pac-10 refs were favoring their team, but I’m not exactly going to shoot them down, either. It’s a real possibility (and if it’s true, well, that’s a whole other issue).That said, I think the president of the University of Oklahoma, David Boren, may be exaggerating a tad when he proclaims the refs’ mistakes an “outrageous injustice” and calls for the result of the game to be voided, aiding the Sooners in the BCS race.I’ll give you an outrageous injustice: Even though Gordon Reise made a mistake — OK, a really big mistake that never should have happened — the instant replay official of the game should not be receiving death threats over the phone. College football’s a big game, sure, but it’s just a game.There aren’t many times that I feel saddened when it comes to sports (well, the Yankees officially clinched the division yesterday; that brought me down a bit … but I digress), and I hate seeing sports fans unable to handle their competitive sides.It’s gotten to the point where even Sooners head coach Bob Stoops — after consistently beating on the Pac-10 repeatedly since Saturday — has asked the fans to let it go. Reise says that one call was directed at his wife and kids.The fact that these callers are also threatening Reise’s family for a mistake he made? That’s an outrageous injustice, President Boren …One outrageous injustice, among many, many more. For this week, too many.Share your thoughts on Duquesne, OU-Oklahoma or anything else on your mind at read more

MLB wrap: Cubs finish 3-game sweep of Brewers to pad lead in tight NL Central race

first_imgSchwing!— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) August 4, 2019Yu Darvish picked up the win, allowing only one run and striking out eight through five innings of work. Chicago pitchers ended up with 15 strikeouts, the most by the team in a nine-inning game this season. Adrian Houser was tagged with the loss.Studs of the NightIndians right-hander Shane Bieber threw a complete game, giving up two runs and striking out eight in a 6-2 win over the Angels.Stud? More like Rangers’ hero. Willie Calhoun hit a tiebreaking three-run triple in the seventh inning to push Texas past Detroit, 9-4.Kyle Freeland is seemingly back on track after he earned his first win in almost four months as the Rockies topped the Giants 6-2. Duds of the NightThe Royals laid a goose egg against the Twins. In Kansas City’s 3-0 loss, the team was only able to put together two hits.Joe Musgrove had a rough outing against the Mets. The Pirates righty was handed the loss after giving up eight runs on 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings. Gerrit Cole ‘flattered’ by John Smoltz saying Astros rotation better than ’90s Braves: We have a ways to go The Cubs completed a three-game sweep of the Brewers with a 7-2 win Sunday.They now have a 1 1/2-game lead over the second-place Cardinals in the National League Central and lead the third-place Brewers by four games. Robinson Cano injury update: Mets put second baseman on IL with torn hamstring Jason Heyward, who settled into the leadoff position in the first game against Milwaukee, continued his hot hitting. The right fielder hit his second leadoff home run of the series to tie the game after one frame.J-Hey’s feeling the leadoff spot!#EverybodyIn— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) August 4, 2019But Heyward didn’t stop there. He hit an RBI triple in the second and brought in another run in the sixth inning on a ground out. Kyle Schwarber added a home run and Anthony Rizzo had four hits. Related News Astros’ Justin Verlander makes insane MLB history with 200th strikeout this season HighlightsKetel Marte with a great slide to finish off an inside-the-park home run for Diamondbacks.INSIDE-THE-PARK HOME RUN FOR KETEL MARTE :scream:— FOX Sports Arizona (@FOXSPORTSAZ) August 4, 2019Max Muncy walks it off for the Dodgers.Max Muncy walks it off for LA, as they beat the Padres! #LosAngeles #Dodgers— The Life of Baseball (@LifeofBaseb) August 5, 2019What’s Next?Cardinals (58-52) at Dodgers (74-40), 10:10 p.m. ET — After winning nine of 10 last month, the Cardinals have dropped five of seven and are losing ground to the first-place Cubs. Things don’t get any easier Monday as the Cards begin a series with the Dodgers, who boast the best record in the NL. St. Louis will start Michael Wacha (6-4, 5.15 ERA) in the opener. Los Angeles will counter with Tony Gonsolin (0-1, 5.63).last_img read more


first_imgSiobhan: Missing – Can you help?Gardai are seeking the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of a woman missing in Co Donegal.Siobhan McGread, who is 51, is missing from Bundoran.An extensive search operation has already taken place along the coast involving helicopter and land-based Coast Guard teams. “Siobhan was last seen at approximately 6.30 pm on the 19th February 2014 on Rougey Walk, Bundoran,” said a Garda spokesman“Siobhan is described as about 5’3″, with dark grey hair and blue eyes. When last seen she was wearing a blue tracksuit and white runners.”Gardai in Bundoran are appealing for members of the public who may have seen Siobhan to contact them on 071 984 1203, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.  GARDAI APPEAL FOR HELP IN TRACING MISSING DONEGAL WOMAN was last modified: March 5th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bundorandonegalgarda appealmissingSiobhan McGreadlast_img read more