University kicks off year with Frosh-O

first_imgAs members of the incoming Class of 2018 pack their last bags and begin to converge on campus from all over the world, groups of older students from each residence hall are hard at work behind the scenes, putting the final touches on what will be the freshmen’s first glimpse of life at Notre Dame.Commonly known as Frosh-O, the First Year Orientation is a whirlwind of new faces, speeches and events from Aug. 22-24. In addition to open houses, an official orientation program, academic advising and DomerFest, freshmen will participate in a variety of activities with their residence halls. These events often include icebreakers, learning Notre Dame and hall-specific traditions, and small service projects, sometimes in conjunction with other halls. Senior Deirdre Harrington, chair of the Student Campus Orientation Committee (SCOC), said preparations for the weekend began last April, when the 29 residence halls’ Frosh-O commissioners, the leaders of hall orientation events, gathered for a series of training sessions. Keri O’Mara | The Observer “[It] was basically going over what we expect of them and their staff and what kind of events they should have, and preparing them to be able to plan the events during the summer,” Harrington said. She said the Student Activities Office (SAO) had to approve all Frosh-O events. Commissioners for each hall began exchanging ideas for events with their staffs and with other halls in the spring semester, and, after consulting with rectors, submitted schedule proposals to SCOC. Harrington said SCOC then acted as an intermediary between commissioners and SAO staff, offering suggestions and improvements before submitting the final proposal to SAO, which then offered its own feedback based on a number of considerations, from risk management to what kind of food each event would need. Another dimension of the training process, Harrington said, was a renewed emphasis on inclusiveness, taking students’ differences in background and personality into account, so that all freshmen could feel welcome and comfortable. She said this involved keeping diverse ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations and ability levels in mind when planning events and adjusting existing traditions, such as designing an event students of all athletic abilities could enjoy. “The overall goal is to get people used to Notre Dame and what it means to be a student and part of this community at large, and understanding what it means to be a part of your dorm, or all the types of identities you might have as a Notre Dame student on campus,” Harrington said. Junior Josh Dempsey, a Frosh-O co-commissioner for Duncan Hall, said he and his staff decided to change serenades, a tradition in which male dorms sing to female dorms, by having the residents sing to other male dorms. He said he and his staff also worked to develop better events with female dorms. “It’s more about developing friendships early on and developing meaningful, lasting friendships,” he said. “So we try to avoid your 30-minute event with a female dorm … What we did instead was schedule an hour and a half block where the guys are in a low-pressure atmosphere and they can just mingle and talk and actually get to know [another hall resident] as a person.” The initiative also extended to personality types. Junior Maggie Schmid, a co-commissioner for Cavanaugh Hall, said she worked to make Frosh-O welcoming to both introverted and outgoing students.“We want to make sure we’re taking care of [the students],” Schmid said. “I love Notre Dame, and I want to make sure [freshmen] have a good first impression. The training helps me focus on people who I don’t [normally] focus on, and I like that, because we don’t want to let anyone slip through.” The result of all this work is a months-long, multi-step process of adjusting events and schedules and coordinating with other halls, so that it all fits together in the end. “We’re actually still today just getting approval for things that we submitted in May,” sophomore and Breen-Phillips Hall co-commissioner Melaina LaSalle said.  “It’s very long because I think Notre Dame just wants to make sure that everyone is safe and everyone has options that weekend, so it’s understandable, but it’s a long process.” LaSalle said her goal was to make the freshmen’s orientation experience as good as hers was. “Everyone in the moment is like, ‘oh, serenading, this is so awkward, DomerFest is so awkward … but I met my best friends that weekend, and I’m so thankful for that,” LaSalle said. “If I’m able to give that opportunity to someone else, even if it’s just one person, it’s worth it . . . . Our goal as BP students is to build both a sisterhood within our dorm and relationships outside of our dorm, because that’s what Frosh-O weekend is about, building relationships you’re probably going to know your whole life.” Dempsey said he wanted to emphasize a sense of community during Duncan’s Frosh-O. “Our goal would be really make them feel like Duncan is their hall,” Dempsey said. “That was a big thing for me, when I felt comfortable with the guys I was living with, going to dinner with, makes the guys excited to call their parents at the end of the weekend and say, ‘I had the best time.’ You really have kids who miss home, but are comfortable in their hall. It’s that welcoming aspect that is our main objective.” Tags: class of 2018, Freshman Orientation, Frosh-Olast_img read more

STATSCORE: Focusing on fully customised mobile betting services

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Related Articles Treating the diversified online betting business as one misses the proper scope, writes Jakub Myszkorowski, Chief Commercial Officer at STATSCORE, who thinks that while it would be an “obvious truth” to highlight changes in the market since it became digital, customer preferences are now more and more specific to mobile betting – a sector firmly on the rise.Let the numbers talk. According to the PEW Research Centre, 76% of adults in advanced countries own a smartphone (in countries such as South Korea, Israel, Sweden and the Netherlands this tops 85%), while even in emerging countries the median sits close to 50%. Real-time data from GSMA, a trade body that represents the interests of mobile network operators worldwide, suggests that there are over 8.98 billion mobile connections in the world – more than the total population – which confirms that many use more than one device.In 2018, 58% of websites were opened from mobile devices, accounting for 42% of the total time spent online. If this does not convince you that we are witnessing a real online revolution, let me just add that – according to the research by Tecmark – a typical smartphone owner picks up his or her device around 200 times per day or more than 1500 times per week.It should not surprise us, therefore, that this impacts the betting sector. Mobile devices make betting more accessible for the fans, as they do not limit them to a certain time or place to bet. In order to join the competition, all you have to do is to reach into your pocket and make sure that you are online, bringing about a closer and more immediate individual betting experience.This is why more and more betting-based companies are focusing attention on their mobile services, making sure that they don’t just replicate the desktop experience, but go beyond to offer a completely new and fully customised experience. This is a strategy familiar to both my colleagues at STATSCORE, and our high profile betting partners.Christophe Michel is the Head of Digital at Ladbrokes Belgium, a major operator that works with two of our leading products – LivematchPro and PrematchPro.“We have been increasing mobile services for betting for a long time as we see how many of the final users prefer to use their personal devices to bet,” said Michel. “For this, we need fast and reliable live trackers to display the sports events in a nice and easy to follow way. We decided to use STATSCORE widgets due to their format and responsive design.”This mobile-first preference is, of course, driven by millennials, the most demanding target group for many businesses (including for gambling) whose preferences continue to shape the market.Unlike their predecessors, they tend to be more solipsistic, seeking contact only with those mediated with the use of media. Shopping, watching movies, listening to music – all of these hold common features: immediate access, individualised offers, and computer learning used to recognise personal needs. Mobile devices make a perfect entrance to this world.Betting and gambling already follow this path, which seems to be the only way to remain in touch with the powerful target group, whose importance will keep on rising in terms of buying power. They already are overcoming baby boomers in this area. This is why the betting experience for mobile devices is now being reshaped to meet their needs. A good example comes with the aforementioned STATSCORE sports widgets, whose popular trackers have been totally redesigned to meet the needs of the mobile users.Dariusz Łęczyński, STATSCORE Chief Product Officer, explained: “All kinds of widgets on mobiles have to be smart, compact and practical. These features can be treated and understood by each client differently. The key issue here is to let the client express his or her ideas regarding the default widget upgrade and then make sure these meet their expectations.”PrematchPro is aimed at delivering the pregame insights, ranging from league standings to recent results, head to head, key stats, squads and even Twitter accounts of the competitors.Meanwhile, LivematchPro brings the same depth of data, but served as the game progresses. The heart of this product is a live sports tracker that consists of a representation of where the event is taking place e.g. soccer pitch, race track or even ice rink.Many STATSCORE clients have recognised the upgrades made to these widgets, especially those that built their betting platform specifically for mobile betting.Marcin Doszczeczko is the Head of Sportsbook at EnergyBet, an online sportsbook and casino who, like Ladbrokes, has been utilising the products.“STATSCORE LivematchPro and PrematchPro widgets offer all we needed for the mobile users to keep them inspired to bet with their devices,” said Doszczeczko.The world is changing. The question for betting companies is no longer whether to consider the implementation of dedicated mobile services, but when and how you will get started. 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Angels use eight-run burst to cruise past Giants

first_imgTHE GAME: The Angels delivered their highest-scoring game of the spring and all it took to hit that mark was an eight-run third inning in a 10-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday at Scottsdale Stadium.PITCHING REPORT: Dylan Bundy went two perfect innings, using only fastballs in the first inning and mixing in a curveball and changeup in the second frame. Bundy said his fastball had more life than his two-inning outing against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday. “What wasn’t to like?” catcher Jason Castro said. …  Right-hander Jacob Barnes, who is competing for a bullpen spot, followed Bundy with a scoreless inning, while left-hander Dillon Peters gave up one unearned run on five hits over 2 1/3 innings. … Right-hander Mike Mayers struck out the only two batters he faced in the sixth inning and has four strikeouts over 2 2/3 innings, tied for second on the club.HITTING REPORT: Using many of their regulars, the offense put on a show. Two mammoth home runs powered an eight-run third inning for the Angels, as Castro went deep onto a concourse in center field on a three-run shot and Matt Thaiss hit one onto the third story of a bar/restaurant structure in right field with a runner aboard. … The one inning alone topped the previous high for an entire game (seven runs on three occasions). … Mike Trout had a single and a run scored, while also striking out twice in three at-bats. … David Fletcher went 2 for 3 out of the leadoff spot and drove in a run.DEFENSIVE REPORT: In a scary moment for the Angels to end the fourth inning, first baseman Thaiss and third baseman Kevin Maitan converged on a popup on the infield. Thaiss tripped on the mound and crashed, face first, into Maitan, who made the catch. Both players managed to avoid injury. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield UP NEXT: The Angels have a pair of split-squad games Sunday. Angels (LHP Patrick Sandoval) vs. White Sox (LHP Bernardo Flores Jr.), noon PT, Tempe Diablo Stadium, Tempe. Angels (LHP Jose Suarez ) vs. Rockies (RHP German Marquez), noon, Salt River Fields, Scottsdale.Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros center_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros last_img read more

LA Dodgers’ Ryu, McCarthy, Bolsinger nearing rehab assignments

first_imgRoberts said Ryu threw between 50 and 60 pitches and “fared well” – but Cuban outfielder Yusniel Diaz did take Ryu deep at one point.“I don’t think we put too much credence in facing minor-league hitters,” Roberts said. “But it was a step in the right direction.”Ryu has had a few missteps during his recovery including a flareup of discomfort in his surgically-repaired shoulder during spring training and, more recently, a minor groin injury. But Roberts said he expects Ryu to throw to hitters one more time next week and then start a rehab assignment somewhere in the minors.McCarthy could be one step behind him. He is scheduled to throw to hitters in his next throwing session and will likely repeat that at least once more before going on a rehab assignment.While Bolsinger could progress rapidly after taking the mound in games, Ryu and McCarthy are likely to need most if not all of the 30-day maximum for rehab assignments. Ryu has not pitched in a competitive game since the 2014 playoffs. McCarthy made the last of his four starts in 2015 on April 25. TORONTO >> The on-again, off-again rehab of left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu might be nearing its final phase – and he could be bringing a couple other starting pitchers along with him.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Friday that Ryu (recovering from shoulder surgery a year ago), right-hander Brandon McCarthy (Tommy John surgery last April) and right-hander Mike Bolsinger (an oblique injury suffered this spring) could each begin minor-league injury-rehabilitation assignments in the next two weeks.Bolsinger would be the first to join a minor-league team and that could happen “probably later next week,” Roberts said. Bolsinger has been pitching in game situations at the Dodgers’ extended spring training in Arizona.Ryu, meanwhile, threw to hitters from Class-A Rancho Cucamonga in a simulated-game situation at Dodger Stadium on Thursday. The throwing session was held on the main field with the Quakes hitters in order to “get some more data” on where Ryu is in his recovery, Roberts said. “It’s No. 1 with their health and then necessity, where we’re at,” Roberts said of how long those rehab assignments might go. “And there has to be some build up. The full 30 days? Maybe not. But it’s going to be three or four full turns.”That would put the earliest return dates for Ryu or McCarthy well into June.When ready, Bolsinger could replace Ross Stripling as the Dodgers’ No. 5 starter. Since taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning of his major-league debut, Stripling has a 5.49 ERA, .313 batting average against and has failed to complete five innings in two of his last four starts.Tourist timeWith an off day between their series in Tampa Bay and Toronto, the Dodgers had some time on their hands for tourist activities – and Yasiel Puig indulged in every one.Puig and Adrian Gonzalez were part of a group that went out on Lake Ontario on a fishing expedition Thursday. They came back with a 24-pound salmon. The team will be treated to fresh salmon in the visitor’s clubhouse Saturday.Later on Thursday, several Dodgers attended the NBA playoff game between the Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors (with Puig and Kenley Jansen at courtside).Some members of the travel party also visited the top of the CN Tower on Thursday and Friday – and hung off it. Bench coach Bob Geren, infielder Charlie Culberson and, of course, Puig took part in the EdgeWalk feature which allows visitors to walk around the top of the restaurant 1,168 feet above the ground while attached to harnesses.Roberts said he did not participate – “I don’t do heights” – but was involved in a math session led by Geren during which they tried to determine if it was possible to throw a baseball from the top of the tower into the infield of the Rogers Centre, located near the base of the tower.Roberts said Geren’s math determined the ball would have to be thrown at 50 mph to reach the infield. But he neglected to include a variable. The mechanism that opens the Rogers Centre roof has been upgraded but not tested yet. The roof will remain closed for the three-game series against the Dodgers.Puig isn’t done yet, either. Next on his itinerary — a visit to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, also located next to Rogers Centre.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more