first_imgPlaying in their second national championship game in as many years, the Notre Dame women’s basketball team ended their otherwise stellar season with a disappointing 80-61 loss to Baylor in Denver on Tuesday evening. To rally student and community support for the Irish, the Student Activities Office, the Leprechaun Legion and the Athletics Department hosted a game watch at Purcell Pavilion. Leprechaun Legion president Matthew Cunningham said the goal of the event was to show support for the team even though the game took place halfway across the country. “Our whole goal [as an organization] is to get people to go to games and support the teams, so this event helped support the team because not many people could make it to Denver,” he said. Legion executive vice president Kristen Stoutenburgh said the student turnout was impressive. Joyce Center officials said 1,038 people attended the game watch in Purcell. “We are so pleased with the turnout,” Stoutenburgh said. “We really didn’t know what to expect, especially with the short amount of time.” At last year’s national championship game in Indianapolis, Saint Mary’s junior Heidi Ryan accompanied the team as a member of the band’s drumline. She said attending the game watch in Purcell was much different from attending the actual game in person. “The crowd was more lively in Indianapolis, but we were actually there with the players,” she said. “With us not being there, they can’t hear the fans and they can’t see us supporting them. I just with I could tell them we’re behind the team.” Despite the Irish loss, Ryan said she would not have missed the game watch for anything. “I have so much work to do, but I though this was a really good idea and a way to experience the game that was better than just being in my room alone and screaming like a maniac,” she said. Sophomore Tom McGuire said the Irish women still had a great season, even though it ended on a note of defeat. “It was rough coming in [and then losing], hoping to win the national title, especially after last year,” he said. “They were a tough team to beat, but we still had a fantastic season.” South Bend resident and Irish fan Cathy Hall said she heard about the Purcell game watch on Facebook and decided to attend to unite with the Notre Dame fan community in support of the team. “I’m a huge fan and I have been for 14 years,” she said. “I have so much respect for this team and it has been a joy to watch them this year.” Hall said she is proud of the team’s efforts throughout the entire season. “I am so grateful they are all such wonderful human beings, besides such great athletes,” she said. Sophomore Tim Kenney said he was disappointed by the game’s outcome but still took pride in the team’s accomplishments this season. “We tried hard and we got into foul trouble early, and [Baylor center] Brittney Griner is a great athlete,” he said. ” But I’m still proud of our success; we have talents as a team and [Irish coach] Muffet [McGraw] really knows how to coach.” Sophomore Brian Scully said he was also saddened by the loss, but he focused more on Notre Dame’s excellent run in the NCAA tournament. “Really, we need to look at how we got here,” he said. “It’s still been a great trip and tonight’s event reminded me of how much community Notre Dame really has. It was great support tonight.”last_img read more

first_imgClaire Kelsey Two boxers engage in competition at the 2016 Baraka Bouts tournament, which raised $62,000 for Holy Cross Missions. This year’s tournament has already surpassed that total, having earned $90,000.Now in its 15th year, Baraka Bouts will feature 120 amateur fighters over the course of three days to raise money for the Holy Cross Missions in East Africa, third-year law student and vice president of Women’s Boxing Club Ashley Berding said. So far, the club has raised $90,000, surpassing last year’s total of $62,000, and all proceeds will be used to build a new dormitory for a secondary school in Uganda, she said.The tournament seeks to build camaraderie through boxing and charity, Berding said.“The camaraderie and sportsmanship of everybody there creates a very unique and all-encompassing experience,” she said. “It’s not just about you. It’s also about your teammates and the mission.”Berding said boxing gives participants the opportunity to gain confidence both in and out of the ring.“It’s so rewarding to see someone come in who says, ‘I can’t do this. I don’t think I can do this,’ and then by the end of the season they’re confident,” she said. “Seeing them build that confidence is something that, especially as woman, is hard to gain. Being able to get over that mental hurdle is something they can take to other aspects of their life that have nothing to do with boxing.”Club sports program coordinator Nathan Walker said he observes development and improvement in participants.“Seeing the growth and maturity over the course of a season and career, the self-confidence and personal drive that they have — those are experiences, and those are intangible things that they will be able to take with them beyond boxing,” Walker said.The amateur atmosphere of Baraka Bouts creates a friendly and encouraging atmosphere in a sport infamous for its individualism, senior and captain Joy Choe said.“We all start from the same point,” Choe said. “At first, you’re very scared — ‘I’m going to go into a ring and we’re going to start hitting each other.’ It’s scary, but it’s also very exciting.”The supportive environment propels participants to success, Choe said.“When we’re doing our workouts, we’re very encouraging of each other,” Choe said. “As your confidence grows, so does your confidence and trust in your partner. You know you can handle it, and you know your opponent can handle it.”Normally held at the fieldhouse in the Joyce Center, the Bouts had to be moved due to construction, Berding said. The new location of the Bouts is much smaller, but the size of the Dahnke Ballroom will add to the excitement of the fights, she said.“When the Duncan Center was put onto the table, we were really excited,” Berding said. “Everything is going to be set up a little bit different. It might be a little more intimate feeling because the fieldhouse is so huge. It’s going to be a very exciting feel.”Berding said participating in the tournament gives her an indescribable rush, though she will not be doing so this year.“It is an outstanding experience,” she said. “There is nothing quite like being under the lights in front of a bunch of you family, friends and teammates. We do a lot to prepare people, but the excitement and the and the anxiety is just a whole new feeling. It is very, very rewarding.”The quarterfinals of Baraka Bouts begin Monday at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at the door or from any boxer and provide admission to all three rounds of the tournament.Tags: Baraka Bouts, Boxing, Dahnke Ballroom, duncan student center, Holy Cross Missions Baraka Bouts, the annual women’s boxing tournament hosted by the Notre Dame Women’s Boxing Club, is slated to begin this evening at the Dahnke Ballroom of the new Duncan Student Center.last_img read more

first_imgAs Notre Dame strives to become a more globalized university, the Keough School of Global Affairs is officially launching its new Global Affairs supplementary major.“We are the poster child of that mission. We have always had Notre Dame International, but we represent a real integrative approach to that idea that being a global citizen doesn’t mean going to France for a semester. It means addressing this on a consistent level throughout your career here,” Denise Ayo, the associate director of undergraduate programs at the Keough School of Global Affairs, said.According to Ayo, the Global Affairs major aims to address contemporary global issues in an interdisciplinary manner. In order to emphasize the multidisciplinary nature of international issues, the Keough School decided to create a supplementary major, meaning that it must accompany another major.“I think philosophically [the Keough School] believes that we want to help students globalize their education, and we think that it’s very important that this Global Affairs focus is seen as something to augment students’ primary majors,” Ayo said. “We see this as something that could be paired with anything.”The Global Affairs curriculum consists of 10 courses and 30 credit hours — a greater amount than what is required by other supplementary majors, which usually consist of eight courses.Students must take five core courses, including an introduction to global affairs course, a global politics course, a global cultures course and two economics courses.The other remaining five courses are taken within the nine concentrations offered by the program — which include global Asia, transnational Europe, Irish studies, Latin American studies, African studies, peace studies, international development studies, global policy studies and human rights.Moreover, students are expected to accomplish the two co-curricular requirements of proficiency in a second language and a six-week-long cross-cultural immersive experience, which can be achieved through study abroad, independent research or an internship.Through this curriculum and requirements, Ayo said students would be able to develop and foster “a deep awareness of the world out there and a deep respect for other cultures, mindsets and perspectives.”Joanna Oliveira, a junior majoring in International Economics and Global Affairs, echoed Ayo’s statement about the program’s goals. She said she has found that, through her classes, she is able to truly delve into international issues as well as provide an international perspective.“I chose this major because you get to really see the application of the theoretical concepts into current affairs. Being Brazilian gives me more insight, as I have witnessed a lot of the systematic problems we discuss in class,” Oliveira said.Adriana Bodewig, a freshman majoring in Economics and Global Affairs, said she was looking forward to her classes, especially because of the supplementary major’s focus on integral human development.“I love the projects that you are able to carry out to help countries by working together with other nations,” Bodewig said. “I am very interested in studying about how countries are able to solve problems, because I feel that we can all learn about this, which is something that I find very important.” Currently, over 40 students are enrolled or are in the process of enrolling in the Global Affairs supplementary major. According to Ayo, the program is receiving a lot of interest, which is something she attributes to the students’ understanding of the importance of having a globalized education.“Students are smart and know that we can’t be myopic and ‘America first’, despite some of the rhetoric going on,” Ayo said. “It’s very important that students understand what is happening in the world and position themselves as global citizens.”Tags: Global Affairs, Global Affairs supplementary major, Keough School of Global Affairslast_img read more

first_imgOn March 16, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb announced the closure of bars, nightclubs and restaurants “to in-person patrons” due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, he stipulated that restaurants could still provide takeout and delivery services at least through the end of March. Upon this news, South Bend designer Jacob Titus realized the closures would greatly affect the small businesses he knew and loved in town.Titus and a group of friends were beginning to look for ways to help the community when Kevin Lawler, who owns local restaurant Baker & Rose, pointed them in the direction of locally owned restaurants. “Kevin was telling us just how challenging this was going to be for a lot of restaurants in South Bend, and that it was likely that some wouldn’t make it out on the other side,” Titus said. Titus and his group of friends, including Dustin Mix, Maria Gibbs and John Gibbons — decided to “forgo anything other than essential responsibilities for [their] own companies” and spend their time doing projects related to supporting small businesses.“All of our work outside of this — design work, photography work and stuff —  is centered around South Bend, trying to make something a dynamic place to work and live,” he said. “So the prospect of these small businesses suffering and then some not existing after this … I’m not very interested in that.” That’s when “Take out COVID-19,” a website which has now been shared across multiple platforms, from Instagram stories to Facebook posts, was created. The website lists a wide variety of restaurants and cafes in the South Bend area and surrounding regions in a database that are still offering social distancing dining options — such as takeout and curbside pickup — while their dine-in service as been closed.Graphic courtesy of Jacob Titus The tagline of the site reads, “COVID-19 is an international crisis –– but it’s also a local one,” and asks residents to show “how [the restaurants] how important they are to us.” Initially, Titus looked into building a website that would allow people to purchase gift cards but decided against it when thinking about the future following the pandemic. “With all the uncertainty for restaurants coming out on the other side, like us likely being  in a recession, and some may not open right away,” Titus said. “… The prospect of them having sold a bunch of gift cards for some is really challenging them. They would have to think about how to honor those.” So, Titus and his friends contacted as many local restaurants as possible through Facebook and phone calls to add their information to the website. “We’ve definitely heard that business is way down for them, and so we hear a lot of uncertainty,” he said. “But in terms of response to the site, we’ve heard a lot of like general, ‘we’re really grateful for this.’”Lawler, whose restaurant Baker & Rose is set to reopen in the old Dainty Maid location downtown sometime this year, said he hoped to do something to both support restaurants and also encourage people to social distance and stay home. “We wanted to make sure that people were doing things that we all need to do as a society to help,” Lawler said. “You know, make sure that it’s you people as possible are exposed to this virus and keep the general public as healthy as possible. But we also want to be supportive of all the small businesses in town. And without the walk in traffic, it’s going to be a really hard time for these restaurants.”Since the closure of dine-in restaurants in Indiana, Lawler said restaurants have been working hard to find alternatives to still serve the community. “A lot of them aren’t normally designed to be takeout or to be delivered, but they’re adjusting to that during this period, and we wanted to help highlight places that are doing that and encourage people in town to support some of these places that they don’t really go for takeout and delivery,” he said.The restaurants featured in the database offer options ranging from curbside pickup to ready-to-freeze family meals and includes information on how to order. Residents can also submit their own restaurants they would like to be featured in the database through a form on the website.Lawler said the experience of being a local restaurant owner helped him understand the gravity of the situation for other businesses.“For me, I think just understanding how challenging it is to own a restaurant to operate a restaurant,” he said. “It’s a tough business and … a lot of people that work in restaurants kind of get to know each other, and support each other.“We eat at each other’s restaurants and, and we know how important restaurants are to just the culture of the city. It‘s where you spend your time, it’s where you go to celebrate things.”The stay-at-home order for Indiana is currently in effect until April 7, but could be extended. In the meantime, Lawler said while it is good for people to cook food at home, residents could make ordering from a local restaurant part of their new routine.“I think it’s hard to know how long this is all going to go on and it’s a scary time for a lot of reasons, but as long as places are able to go in and make food, I thought the best thing we can do in the short term is to make it be a part of your routine to still order from places. “And obviously, people are stocking up and cooking at home, and that’s great too. But whether it’s a couple of meals during the week or you pick various times throughout the week that you’re gonna support some of your favorite local restaurants … I think that’s really important too.”Tags: COVID-19, delivery, Restaurants, Social distancing, South Bend, takeoutlast_img read more

first_imgWNY News Now File Image.MAYVILLE – A wanted City of Jamestown woman was arrested by Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Deputies at the county courthouse on Tuesday.Deputies say Raechel Connell, 28, had an active warrant out of Jamestown City Court.Connell was taken into custody while visiting the Family Court Office Building in Mayville.While searching Connell, deputies say they found suboxone that she did not have a prescription for. Connell was taken to Jamestown City Jail and charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.Deputies say she was issued an appearance ticket for the Town of Chautauqua Court. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgElection Commissioners Brian Abram and Norman Green demonstrate absentee ballot drop box that is available in Mayville and will be at Early Voting Sites in Dunkirk and Lakewood during operating hours. Submitted image.MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Board of Elections has received a record number of applications for absentee ballots.Election Commissioners Norman Green and Brian Abram say the Board has received 10,000 absentee ballot applications, easily surpassing the previous record of 4,000 applications.“We have received over 10,000 applications and true to our word, over 10,000 ballots have been mailed to voters,” Green said. “The same day we receive an application is the same day we mail a ballot to the voter. Our staff stays until the job is done every evening and fortunately the over time is being covered by grants that we have secured that is covering pandemic related expenses.”“We have easily passed our old record of about 4,000 absentee ballots issued. We are still a month from the election,” added Abram, “so the number of ballots issued will continue to increase.” Chautauqua County has 79,055 registered voters and expect a 70% voter turnout, or about 55,000 voters. A total of 5,147 of the 10,000 ballots have already been returned as completed to the Board of Elections.The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail is two weeks from Tuesday, on Oct. 27.The deadline to apply in person, or by agent, is 5 p.m. Mon. Nov. 2nd at the Board of Elections, 7 N Erie St. Mayville. Ballots must be returned to the BOE or postmarked by election day, Nov. 3.Ballots may be returned via the U.S. Mail delivered to the Board of Elections Post Office Box or dropped at the Board of Elections drop box located at the Mayville Board of Elections. A drop box will also be available during operating hours at Early Voting Sites at the Chautauqua Mall, Lakewood and at the County Fairground, Dunkirk. Voters or their agents may also drop absentee ballots at any of the county’s 49 poll sites on Election Day.“Agents who deliver ballots to the Board of Elections, early voting sites, or Election Day poll sites are generally neighbors, friends or relatives,” Abram explained. “Voters are using agents to bring ballots this year because of fears about the reliability of the U.S. Post Office. We find these fears to be unfounded, but it’s our job to deliver services that voters want.”Early votes and Election Day votes will be tabulated and posted unofficially at votechautauqua.com after the polls close at 9 p.m. on Election Day.The Board of Elections will be opening absentee ballots seven and thirteen days after the election and adding those votes to the Election Day totals, along with provisional affidavit ballots for voters who have moved. The reason for the delay is that Chautauqua County is part of the statewide voter registration database. The board must wait for the state to research millions of voters to determine if any county voter has moved since voting absentee and at the same time, absentee ballots have until seven days after the election to arrive in Mayville. Military and overseas voters have thirteen days for their ballots to reach the elections office.The Board of Elections will certify results before Thanksgiving, Nov. 26. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img Chicago Chicago currently stars Bianca Marroquin as Roxie Hart, Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, two-time Tony Award nominee Christopher Fitzgerald as Amos Hart, two-time Tony and Emmy Award winner Bebe Neuwirth as Matron “Mama” Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine. from $49.50 Set in the 1920s, Chicago follows Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her on-the-side lover. Desperate to avoid conviction, she hires Billy Flynn, Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer, much to the dismay of her rival cellmate Velma Kelly. Directed by Walter Bobbie, the Tony-winning revival is now in its 17th year. Star Files Olivier Award nominee Brent Barrett will once again assume the role of slick lawyer Billy Flynn in Broadway’s Chicago beginning January 20. Barrett replaces Ryan Silverman, who will play his final performance on January 19. Barrett previously played the role of the silver-tongued Prince of the Courtroom on Broadway as recently as 2012. Chicago continues its run at the Ambassador Theatre. Ryan Silverman Bianca Marroquín Related Shows View Comments Christopher Fitzgerald Bebe Neuwirth Barrett received an Olivier Award nomination for his starring role in the London premiere of the Tony-winning Broadway revival of Kiss Me, Kate. He also starred in the City Center Encores! production of The Pajama Game and as King Arthur in the Paper Mill Playhouse production of Camelot. Barrett’s Broadway credits include Annie Get Your Gun, Dance a Little Closer, Grand Hotel, Candide and West Side Story. His film and TV credits include The Producers, Hercules, Longtime Companion, All My Children, Another World and Guiding Light. View All (5) Amra-Faye Wrightlast_img read more

first_img View Comments Les Miserables In Broadway’s past, the actor playing Jean Valjean, the hero of Les Miserables, typically looks like the kind of guy who would steal a loaf of bread—off the next table in a restaurant. But the new revival of the beloved musical is throwing the notion that Valjean is a doughy rival to the more fit Inspector Javert out the window, giving Broadway the ripped musical theater hunk Ramin Karimloo in the iconic role. So how does that change the onstage fireworks between Karimloo and Tony nominee Will Swenson as Javert, which reaches its peak in the Act One duet “The Confrontation”? We asked the pair at a recent rehearsal, and heard talk of airborne actors, rehearsal bruises and a “fight scene” that just might blow our minds. Hear the duo reveal all in the video below! Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016last_img read more

first_img DVR This B’way-Bound Duo March 11, check local listings Don’t you love your DVR? Us too. Especially when Toni Braxton and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, the latest guest stars of After Midnight (who will debut March 18), visit Ellen. They’re slated to perform a song from their new album, Love, Marriage, & Divorce, and maybe they’ll even sing something from the show. Or, who knows, maybe they’ll belt a few tunes accompanied by a ska metal band. Daytime TV is an unpredictable beast, after all. Cheer For the Italian Stallion March 13 at The Winter Garden Theatre  The musical adaptation of the Oscar-winning boxing drama Rocky officially bows, starring Andy Karl as the Italian Stallion and Broadway newcomer Margo Seibert as his timid, beret-wearing gal, Adrian. It’s got all the grit and heart of the original film, plus some gorgeous songs and an in-your-face boxing ring that you have to see to believe. Also, ice skating, turtles, and lots of meat. Click for tickets! Make an Effort for Second Stage March 10 at Second Stage Theatre Hey, it’s a benefit! Wait, where are you going?! Unlike most benefits, which involve somber speeches, stuffy attire and snobby dowagers, this one for Second Stage’s 35th anniversary looks like a blast. Comedian Annabelle Gurwitch takes the stage in an adaption of her new book, I See You Made an Effort, a humorous look at turning 50. Even better, she’s brought Alice Ripley, Gina Gershon, Judy Gold and other talented ladies to juice things up. Click for tickets! Clink Glasses with Klendez March 10 at 54 Below Lindsay Mendez and Derek Klena (Wicked, Dogfight) are pairing up again, this time to “celebrate the music they love and their friendship.” That is too adorable, right? Oh, Klendez! The evening is directed Dogfight scribe Peter Duchan and features musical direction by Dogfight and Wicked alum Bryan Perri (Unfortunately, those guys don’t have a cool, blended nickname). Click for tickets! Have a Spanking Good Laugh March 12 at the Elektra Theatre So, you read Fifty Shades of Grey, (on your Kindle so no one the bus would know) and joined the scads of readers—including your grandma—who are gaga for it. The movie isn’t coming out for another year, and who knows when the theme park will open. What to do? Check out the official debut of the riotous parody 50 Shades! The Musical, featuring whips, chains and laughs. Don’t forget to bring Nana. Click for tickets! Hey, remember back in January when you made that New Year’s resolution to go out and do more stuff? It’s horribly cold outside for what seems like the millionth day in a row, but don’t settle for a bad TV movie when there’s so much to see and do in New York City. This week, Rocky enters the Broadway ring, Klendez reunites underground, and a sexy musical parody of a popular book opens off-Broadway (no, not the Bible). Here’s our must-see list! View Commentslast_img read more

first_img Related Shows Josh Gad Star Files View Comments Bullets Over Broadway Zach Braff This is it! Bullets Over Broadway may have some killer wigs, but nothing like this. Wish I Was Here, directed by and starring Bullets star Zach Braff and co-written with his brother, Adam Braff, has released a teaser trailer, below, and the opening shot could put the angels of Kinky Boots into a fit of jealousy! The film tells the story of a thirty-something man who finds himself at a major crossroads, which forces him to examine his life, career and family. The Kickstarter-funded drama-comedy, which also features stage faves Mandy Patinkin and Josh Gad, is set to release in July. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 24, 2014 Mandy Patinkinlast_img read more