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

Mikel Arteta convinces key Arsenal staff member Gary O’Driscoll to reject Liverpool move

first_imgMikel Arteta convinces key Arsenal staff member Gary O’Driscoll to reject Liverpool move Advertisement O’Driscoll looked set to leave north London in January (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has convinced head of medical services Gary O’Driscoll to snub Liverpool and stay in north London, according to reports. The highly rated doctor was tipped to replace Andrew Massey at Anfield, who has taken up a role as medical director at FIFA. O’Driscoll handed in his resignation in January, with the club even advertising for his successor, but has now had a late change of heart. Comment O’Driscoll was formerly the medic for the Ireland rugby union side (Picture: Getty Images)According to The Athletic, Arteta and technical director Edu pleaded with him to remain in the position he has held for over a decade. ADVERTISEMENTO’Driscoll’s work during the coronavirus pandemic, which has seen the Premier League suspended, has been internally lauded.AdvertisementAdvertisementSince manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for the virus last week, no other players or staff are known to have contracted Covid-19. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalFootball.London report that O’Driscoll’s decision to stay at Arsenal is due to personal and professional reasons, with his family preferring to stay in London.The doctor was flattered by the offer from the Premier League leaders, but is excited by the project the Gunners are building with Mikel Arteta at the helm.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.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 Metro Sport ReporterMonday 16 Mar 2020 11:08 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.2kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

New deal imminent for Hart

first_img Manager Manuel Pellegrini has hinted the England number one is ready to commit himself to the club and fresh terms could even be finalised within the next day. Hart, 27, has reportedly been in discussions with the club over a possible new five-year deal since the summer. His present contract, worth a reported £80,000 per week, is due to expire in the summer of 2016. The Chilean said: “Joe is having a very good season. The arrival of Willy Caballero was very important for the club, for Joe, for Willy, for everyone – because he is a very good goalkeeper. “I think the best way for players to have high performance is when they have important competition. I think that was very useful for him and I am very happy about that.” City will be without their influential captain, Vincent Kompany, for the visit of Everton. The Belgian missed the midweek trip to Sunderland with a hamstring injury and is facing a battle to be fit for next week’s decisive Champions League trip to Roma. It is merely the latest of a long series of muscular injuries to have affected the 28-year-old in recent seasons. He missed the draw at QPR and an international last month with a calf problem and had spells out last season with a thigh and groin injuries. Pellegrini accepts that problems will occur because of the ferocity with which Kompany plays, but is hopeful issues can be controlled. He said: “Vincent, maybe in the way he plays, is more exposed to having injuries because he plays always with 100 per cent intensity and he works every day in the same way. “But we hope for the same that happened last season – he will manage those injuries. They are important injuries but not very long injuries.” The former Shrewsbury trainee has been in fine form this season, underlining his status as first choice for club and country after a spell out of Pellegrini’s side last year. Pellegrini, speaking on Friday at a press conference to preview Saturday’s home clash with Everton, said: “I always said it is important for this club to keep Joe with us. “He is a very good goalkeeper and not only a very good goalkeeper, he is a very important player for the squad also. So – maybe – in the next day you will have good news.” Asked if that meant within 24 hours, Pellegrini said: “I can’t say exactly the amount of hours, but the next day.” Hart has recovered well after a testing spell a year ago. He was axed by Pellegrini in favour of then number two Costel Pantilimon in October 2013 after a series of high-profile mistakes. He did not regain his place until December and even then continued to sit out domestic cup games. He went on to finish the season well, but Pellegrini still decided to increase the competition for his place by signing a new goalkeeper in Willy Caballero from his old club Malaga in the summer. Hart has responded to the challenge from the Argentinian by producing some fine displays and Pellegrini is pleased with the current situation. Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart is poised to sign a new contract with the Barclays Premier League champions. Press Associationlast_img read more

ESM, J-D football look to bounce back in 2019 season

first_img Tags: ESMfootballJ-D The reasons were simple enough. Lineman Logan Cowell said that the Spartans were “playing as individuals, not a team,” while running back Josh Gilkey said it was physical and mental mistakes that proved the main culprit.Head coach Kevin DeParde echoed those thoughts. “”We had a lot of leadership issues and suffered the consequences,” he said.Now, though, said Gilkey, things are fixed. “We’ve got a lot of new guys, and we’ve got everyone in the right spots on the field,” he said. Whether at East Syracuse Minoa or Jamesville-DeWitt, the mission for the varsity football programs at both schools in 2019 is clear – return to a regular habit of winning games.They’re just trying to fulfill that mission in vastly different ways.ESM is taking the conventional route. Having won plenty this decade, reaching at least the Section III Class A semifinals six out of seven years, the 3-6 campaign the Spartans went through in 2018 was jolting.center_img Another key, said Justin Smith, is “getting all of the younger kids to buy into our system. If we do that, we should be set.”One of those younger players takes a central role right way. Tyler Bell, just a sophomore, is ESM’s new starting quarterback, and while he’s just 5-foot-9, DeParde said he has “a high football IQ” and has all the respect of his teammates, newcomers and veterans alike.To make things easier for Bell, much will be put on senior running back Josh Gilkey, who will often be the single back as the Spartans will feature more of a spread offense than in seasons past.That means more work for receivers like Mike Combs, Nolan Palmer and Nate Pullano, with lots of excitement for what sophomore Rocky El can do with pass catches and returns after a standout spring as a freshman on ESM’s track team.They’ll work with an offensive line that has two converted skill players. Joe Copp moved from fullback to tackle, while Logan Lemelbaum switched from tight end and also will play at tackle. They flank sophomore center Chris Todd and Logan Cowell at guard, with Michael Cole and Dakota White rotating at the other guard spot.Cowell returns on ESM’s defensive line, as does Lemelbaum and Cole, while Gilkey anchors the group at linebacker with Copp, Palmer and Jack Hager. Smith and Joe Derby work at cornerback with safeties Warren Canone and Jack Meloling.Over at Jamesville-DeWitt, the Red Rams are also looking to rebound, this after winning just one game in 2018. But it won’t do so in the chief Class A division.Along with Fulton, J-D has moved into Section III’s “Developmental League” for rebuilding programs. PSLA-Fowler, Oswego and Phoenix are the other teams in the division.This means the Rams won’t be going for a sectional title, but there are plans to have a playoff for the top teams in the Developmental League in late October or early November.Head coach Eric Ormond said his players, especially the veterans, have readily accepted this new challenge. “The seniors were very mature in understanding the situation,” he said. “They’ve accepted and embraced it.One of those veterans, Ryan Vespi, returns at quarterback, surrounded in the backfield by the likes of Evan Dougherty and Marcus Payne and throwing to a receiver corps that includes returning starter Logan Wing, though many spots remain up for grabs.Up front, Caleb Patterson and James Richer make for a talented pair of guards, while wrestling standout Alikhan Abdullayev takes over at one of the tackle spots and Jason Pritts lines up at center.Patterson, Richer and Abdullayev will do plenty on the defensive line, too, while at linebacker many players are in the mix, including Scott Reeves and Mo El-Hindi. Vespi goes both ways, too, starting in the secondary with Wing and Dougherty.J-D’s opener is not until Sept. 13 – against none other than  ESM, who it’s beaten each of the last two years, this after the Spartans get underway this Saturday against visiting Rochester Edison Tech.Ormond said success for J-D would get measured as much by the effort it puts out as the wins it might record. As for ESM, DeParde said his team must play tough up front in order to succeed against most of its Class A opponents, and also stay injury-free.“It’s a physical league and the kids understand the challenge,” said DeParde. “If we stay healthy, we can compete with them, and if we can compete, anything is possible.”Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

‘He’s an alien’ – Reaction to Ronaldo’s fourth hat trick in seven games

first_img Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo has been at it again.The superstar might have endured a disappointing season with Real Madrid, but his individual form has been unaffected.When Portugal went a goal down to Armenia in a Euro 2016 qualifier on Saturday evening, it looked like it was going to be a long and embarrassing night for Fernando Santos’s side.But then Ronaldo stepped up to the plate, smashed in a stunning hat trick and, once again, saved his country’s skin.How did football fans react to the 29-year-old’s latest achievement, you ask?Well, as you might expect, there was quite a few compliments flying around… 1last_img