Registration opens for Holy Half Marathon

first_imgThe time for training season has officially begun for people running in the Holy Half Marathon this year. The Student Union Board (SUB) has opened registration for the ninth annual half marathon that will take participants on a scenic route through Notre Dame’s campus March 23. “The Holy Half is one of the biggest student-run events on campus and has quickly become a Notre Dame tradition,” Maria Murphy, an SUB representative, said. Murphy, who is also a Holy Half programmer this year, said the best part of the Holy Half is that runners not only get to train and compete in a 13.1 mile race, but also get to make a difference in the South Bend community on behalf of the University. “All proceeds from the race go to the Women’s Care Center (WCC) and the Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County,” Murphy said. “Our goal this year is to raise $40,000 for these awesome organizations.” This year the Holy Half will include a new course for runners, Murphy said. She said the event will also feature Mike Collins, the voice of Notre Dame Stadium, as the emcee. “Runners will get a 2013 Holy Half t-shirt and a bunch of other free goodies from our sponsors,” Murphy said. “All volunteers will get lots of food and our undying thanks.” Sponsors for the 2013 Holy Half include GU Energy, Blistex, Jimmy Johns, Dunkin’ Donuts, Harper Cancer Research Institute, Hagerty, Zone Perfect and ABRO Industries, Murphy said. For those runners who aren’t prepared to run 13.1 miles, there is also a 10k race option that will take place 15 minutes after the half marathon begins. Murphy said there is a capacity for 1,300 runners. For students who aren’t runners but still want to get involved, there are plenty of spots open for student volunteers to help set up the race, run water stations and cheer on runners. “By volunteering I gained so much respect for people who were able to run that long,” Ann Kebede, a 2012 volunteer for the event, said. “It was especially cool to watch the girls who kept such a fast pace. I also liked seeing people I knew run past while I cheered them on.” Kebede said volunteering was a great way to get involved in the event because she knew she wouldn’t want to participate as a runner. “A lot of what I did was cheer people on and give them motivation to keep going,” Kebede said. The Holy Half is a great way for Notre Dame and the surrounding community to be able to physically participate in the athletic culture of the school, she said. “It is an athletic event that the whole campus can do, as well as the outside community,” Kebede said. “Since athletics is such a big part of Notre Dame, this is a great thing that is open to everyone and gives people the opportunity to be active for a day.” Murphy said SUB has given the Holy Half a lot of freedom this year. She added that SUB plans to make the race fun for all and, most importantly, raise money for WCC and the Family Center of Saint Joseph’s County. “We are so happy with how the race is coming together and cannot wait for March 23,” Murphy said. The deadline for registration is on March 14.last_img read more

Students spend break in Europe

first_imgBefore he was Pope, John Paul II was Fr. Karol Józef WojtyÅa, a priest living and working in Poland under communist rule. Junior Christina Serena, a Notre Dame philosophy and theology major, wanted to know what impact this Church leader had on his native country. Through a grant from the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, Serena traveled to Poland over fall break and interviewed 23 people there. Some were priests; some were ordinary citizens; some knew the Pope personally and called him “uncle” at a time when it was dangerous to identify a Catholic priest as “father,” she said.   “One summer, [the Pope] invited them to the Vatican … and Pope John Paul was making up songs about their memories back in Poland,” she said. “They still called him uncle then – they said it was like he was still their uncle – like he was the Pope, but he wasn’t the Pope … he was still their friend, even as Pope.” Dr. Anthony Monta, associate director of the Nanovic Institute, said the group granted $31,786 allowing 14 students to go to European countries conducting research in a variety of fields. Monta said the Nanovic Institute has a long history of working with the College of Arts and Letters, but recently it has encouraged students interested in science and business topics to apply for grants as well. This year, he said “about half” of the students conducted research related to international economics or topics outside the College of Arts and Letters. “The economic situation in Europe affects us all, so we’re interested in sending students who are interested in those types of problems,” Monta said, “and the scientific community is global.” Alex Yaney, a senior majoring in Science Preprofessional Studies and Italian, said he spent his fall break in hospitals and on the streets of Rome, asking both health professionals and ordinary people about their opinions on Italy’s public healthcare system. “It really gave me the chance to practice my Italian and [learn] about the medical system there,” Yaney said. “That was why I came, to incorporate my two majors together. … It was a good reminder of why I came to Notre Dame and why I’m studying what I’m studying.” The Nanovic Institute, Monta said, encourages seniors in particular to travel to Europe to gather material for their theses. “We always earmark funds for seniors, because we want very much to promote a culture of the senior thesis in concert with the College of Arts and Letters,” he said. “We had five seniors working on theses receive funding to do the kind of original, experiential research that take their theses to the next level … to find bits of research that really amplify the significance of their research.” For his thesis, Matt Cook, a fifth-year architecture student, said he traveled to the Cinque Terre region of Italy for the second time, speaking with community leaders and studying wineries, a significant source of revenue in the area. His goal, he said, is to design a winery and town center for the town of Vernazza. Cook said he hoped to contribute to the discussion about reviving the town, which in recent years has struggled with tourism, environmental degradation and a 2011 flood. “I don’t think there’s a lot of money in Vernazza for a project like this, but it at least gives them some kind of idea about how they can respond to the needs of tourists, how they can accommodate a growing number of visitors, and how they can get people back out into the territories outside of town and respond to the environmental pressures so that people can live safely in Vernazza,” Cook said. Monta said the Nanovic Institute also encourages students to work on philosophical and theological projects, such as Serena’s study of Pope John Paul II’s impact on Poland, which she intends to turn into a research paper and video compilation. “As an institution we like to build connections to the Vatican,” Monta said. “We like to build connections to all the great Catholic universities in Europe, and we have very nice partnerships set up with these.” In addition to gathering insights about John Paul II’s personality, Serena said she found the Polish public, while they didn’t know much about his theological teachings, “loved him in the way that you love your father” and considered him a national icon. “Pope John Paul really became not a direct leader but definitely a spiritual leader for the solidarity movement, which is a movement in Poland of the common people to fight against the power of the Soviet Union in Poland,” Serena said. “… It’s like, ‘We have the strength as Poles to be able to finally become independent.’ They have a lot of respect for him.”last_img read more

Florida man costs pizza restaurants thousands pretending to order for police officers

first_imgA Florida man is being accused of costing several pizza restaurants thousands of dollars by placing large orders over the phone and never picking up the orders.Police say that over the course of a month, 34-year-old Sudeep Khetani targeted restaurants in three counties in New Jersey by placing large orders and reporting that they were going to be donated to police departments.He then would not show up to pick up the orders leaving the pizzieras with a surplus of cooked food. When the restaurants contacted Khetani about the orders, he would make insensitive comments about Italians or say that he wished they were infected with the coronavirus.Authorities say Khetani reportedly used a service to mask his real number, however, investigators were able to track him down in the Orlando, Florida area where he is currently on probation for selling fake Disney tickets.He has since been charged with theft but authorities say they are also looking into whether the crimes were “bias in nature” and whether Ketani’s actions could constitute as a cyber harassment charges.Since the story’s release, several of the pizzerias have either donated the food themselves or residents have stepped up to pay for the food and donated it to hospitals and first responders.last_img read more

England are third at Women’s Home Internationals

first_img11 Sep 2013 England are third at Women’s Home Internationals England finished in third place at the Women’s Home Internationals at Scotscraig, Scotland, after losing 4-5 to Ireland on the final day. The championship was won by Wales, who beat Scotland 7-2 to regain the title they previously won in 1998, 2008 and 2009. Today’s England/Ireland match was close throughout, with the morning foursomes shared with 1½ points apiece. In the singles, British champion Georgia Hall quickly put England ahead with a 7/6 win over her opponent. Gabriella Cowley added another point to the leaderboard when she won her match on the 18th and English champion Sarah-Jane Boyd secured a half, but otherwise the Irish edged ahead in a close encounter. Alex Peters was beaten only on the 18th, Rachael Goodall was three-under par when she lost on the 17th while Sarah-Jane Boyd just missed a birdie on the last which would have squared the overall result. Final placings: 1 Wales, 2 Ireland, 3 England, 4 Scotland England v Ireland results Foursomes Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak) & Lauren Taylor (Woburn) beat Olivia Mehaffey & Paula Grant 3/1 Sarah-Jane Boyd (Truro) & Rachael Goodall (Heswall) halved with Lisa Maguire & Leona Maguire Annabel Dimmock (Wentworth) & Alex Peters (Notts Ladies’) lost to Maria Dunne & Emma O’Driscoll 4/3 Singles Taylor lost to Leona Maguire 3/2 Hall beat Mehaffey 7/6 Gabriella Cowley (Brocket Hall) beat Mary Doyle 1 up Peters lost to Amy Farrell 1 down      Goodall lost to Grant 2/1 Boyd halved with Lisa Maguire        12th September 2013 England beat Scotland at Women’s Home Internationals England returned to winning ways when they beat Scotland 5-4 on the second day of the Women’s Home Internationals at Scotscraig, Scotland. But, Wales are favourites to win the title after they recorded their second success of the tournament. They followed up on yesterday’s win over England by beating Ireland 5-4 today. If they defeat Scotland tomorrow the title will be theirs. England will play Ireland tomorrow and, to keep alive hopes of successfully defending their title, they must win by a large margin – and hope that Wales falter. In today’s match, England were 2-1 up after the morning foursomes, with the team’s two new internationals playing their part. Cheshire’s Rachael Goodall continued her successful partnership with English champion Sarah-Jane Boyd, while Surrey’s Annabel Dimmock paired up with Alex Peters of Nottinghamshire for her winning debut. In the singles, British champion Georgia Hall was quick to score England’s third point with a 6/5 win in her match – conceding only one hole during the game. Gabriella Cowley and Annabel Dimmock secured the team’s win when they both closed out their singles opponents. Results Foursomes Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak) & Lauren Taylor (Woburn) lost to Alyson McKechin & Eilidh Briggs 2/1      Sarah-Jane Boyd (Truro) & Rachael Goodall (Heswall) beat Lauren Whyte & Heather Munro 2/1 Annabel Dimmock (Wentworth) & Alex Peters (Notts Ladies’) beat Megan Briggs & Gabrielle MacDonald 2/1 Singles Hall beat McKechin 6/5 Boyd lost to E Briggs 2/1 Cowley beat M Briggs 4/2 Amber Ratcliffe (Royal Cromer) lost to Connie Jaffrey 3/2 Dimmock beat Whyte 2/1      Goodall lost to Hannah McCook 2/1     11th September 2013 England lose to Wales at Home Internationals England’s defence of the Women’s Home Internationals began with a 6½-2½ defeat by Wales on the first day of the tournament at Scotscraig, Scotland. Despite the scoreline the match was very close, with five of the day’s nine games going to the 18th. But time and again, England were on the back foot after the 17th, and this hole proved to be the team’s downfall. In the morning foursomes, Lauren Taylor and Georgia Hall lost the 17th to go one down – and could only halve the 18th. In the singles, exactly the same fate befell Lauren, Gabriella Cowley and Alex Peters. Georgia Hall was the exception in the afternoon. The British champion birdied both 16 and 17 to close out her game against Amy Boulden and provide England’s sole singles win. English champion Sarah-Jane Boyd held on well against Becky Harries to provide a half – and was unbeaten on the day. In the morning she combined with new international Rachael Goodall to provide England’s only foursomes win. The momentum in the match ebbed and flowed between the two teams as the singles unfolded. The Welsh took the early initiative before England fought back – only to founder too often at the 17th. England coach Steve Robinson commented: “The score doesn’t reflect the quality of the play or how close the match was. “Now we’ve got to reflect on our performance and see what we can improve. We’ve got to pick ourselves up for tomorrow – we’ve got a few points to prove to others and to ourselves.” In the day’s other match Ireland and Scotland halved. Tomorrow, England will play Scotland while Wales take on Ireland. Results England v Scotland   Foursomes Lauren Taylor (Woburn) and Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak) lost to Amy Boulden and Becky Harries 1 down Alex Peters (Notts Ladies) and Gabriella Cowley (Brocket Hall) lost to Chloe Williams and Katie Bradbury 3/2 Sarah-Jane Boyd (Truro) and Rachael Goodall (Heswall) beat Sam Birks and Kath O’Connor 4/3. Singles Hall beat Boulden 3/1 Taylor lost to Williams 1 down Peters lost to Bradbury 1 down Cowley lost to Birks 1 down Amber Ratcliffe (Royal Cromer) lost to Jess Evans 3/2 Boyd halved with Harries Caption – The England team, back row from left: Amber Ratcliffe, Gabriella Cowley, Rachael Goodall, Sarah-Jane Boyd, Georgia Hall. Front row: Lauren Taylor, Alex Peters, Lynn Booth (captain), Annabel Dimmock.last_img read more

Shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth, Sameer Varme progress to second round of Korea Open

first_imgAdvertisement acrsNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vssj6aWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E68wjq( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) y0c8Would you ever consider trying this?😱c6iuzCan your students do this? 🌚ksj0w0pRoller skating! Powered by Firework It has been a promising start for India in the ongoing Korea Open with both Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer Verma progressing to the second round of the men’s singles competition on Wednesday. Srikanth, the sixth seed of the tournament beat Wong Wing Ki Vincent of Hong Kong by a 21-18, 21-17 margin in a tie which lasted 37 minutes.Advertisement With this victory, the former world no.1, Srikanth will face Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan in the second round.Advertisement Sameer Verma also made it to the second round after his opponent Japanese Kazumasa Sakai gave a walk-over midway through the match with an injury, even though Verma was leading the game 11-8. In the second round Sameer will take on Kim Donghun of Korea who defeated another Indian shuttler Sourabh Verma, by a score of 21-13, 12-21, 13-21.However, there is no Indian participating in the women’s singles with the world number 9 Saina Nehwal, who made early exits in a number of tournaments recently, decided to skip the event. The Hyderabadi star is likely to feature at the Syed Modi International World Tour Super 300 in Lucknow next week.Advertisement   Advertisementlast_img read more

GRADE I WINNER STELLAR WIND HEADS FIELD OF 10 IN SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 SUMMERTIME OAKS AT SANTA ANITA; IDLE SINCE FINISHING FOURTH AS FAVORITE IN GRADE I KENTUCKY OAKS MAY 1, SADLER TRAINEE TO AGAIN BE RIDDEN BY ‘TRIPLE CROWN MAN’ ESPINOZA

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (June 17, 2015)–Idle since running a disappointing fourth as the favorite in the Grade I Kentucky Oaks May 1, Hronis Racing, LLC’s Stellar Wind heads a field of ten 3-year-old fillies going a mile and a sixteenth in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita. A winner of the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks two starts back on April 4, the John Sadler-conditioned daughter of Curlin will again be ridden by racing’s “Triple Crown Man,” Victor Espinoza.Dispatched at 3-1 in a field of 14 in the mile and one eighth Kentucky Oaks, Stellar Wind’s chances were significantly compromised in the early running, as she steadied at the break and fell 10 lengths off the lead over a strip that was conducive to speed. Despite getting hung nine-wide turning for home, Stellar Wind called upon her considerable class and rallied to be beaten 4 ¾ lengths.A winner of three consecutive races prior to her defeat in the Kentucky Oaks, Stellar Wind, who ran her first two races before being purchased privately at Laurel Race Course in Maryland, is 5-3-0-1 with earnings of $373,200.Trainer Phil D’Amato’s Sheer Pleasure, who comes off a pair of state-bred tallies in the 6 ½ furlong Evening Jewel Stakes April 4 and the 1 1/16 miles Melair Stakes May 23, tries graded stakes competition for the first time and retains the services of Tyler Baze. A California-bred filly by Birdonthewire, Sheer Pleasure sat close to the pace and rambled to a 7 ¼ length win in the Melair at odds of 4-5.Owned by Little Red Feather Racing and R/M Racing, Sheer Pleasure has three wins from five starts and has earnings of $257,450.Bob Baffert’s Fantastic Style comes off an impressive gate to wire win in the seven furlong Angels Flight Stakes May 16 and could pose an elusive target as she tries two turns for the first time on Saturday. Owned by Kaleem Shah, Inc., the Kentucky-bred filly by Harlan’s Holiday took the Angels Flight by 3 ¼ lengths and was third, beaten 3 ½ lengths in the Grade II, seven furlong Beaumont Stakes two starts back at Keeneland on April 12.With an overall mark of 5-3-1-1, Fantastic Style has earnings of $152,000.Second as the 3-5 favorite in the Angels Flight on May 16, Stonestreet Stables, LLC’s Tara’s Tango will also “two-turn” for the first time Saturday and will be ridden back by Mike Smith. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Tara’s Tango, a daughter of Unbridled’s Song, has a win and two seconds from three starts.Trainer Mark Casse’s lightly raced Conquest Curlgirl comes off a gate to wire one mile maiden win at Santa Anita on May 7 and rates a “live” look with Joe Talamo set to ride back. Owned by Conquest Stables, LLC, the Kentucky-bred filly by Curlin broke her maiden by a half length at odds of 9-5. She’ll make her third career start in the Summertime Oaks.The complete field for the Grade II Summertime Oaks, to be run as the eighth race on a nine-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: All Star Bub, Rafael Bejarano, 118; Sheer Pleasure, Tyler Baze, 118; Danette, Fernando Perez, 118; Guild, Flavien Prat, 118; Roksana, Felipe Valdez, 118; Tara’s Tango, Mike Smith, 118; Conquest Curlgirl, Joe Talamo, 118; Scat Means Go, Gary Stevens, 118, Stellar Wind, Victor Espinoza, 123, and Fantastic Style, Martin Garcia, 118.                First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more