Working it out

first_imgGarrett Sharp ’24 can’t wait to play football for Harvard, but these days the first-year is just happy to be able to get to know and work out with teammates.“All the guys bring great energy to every workout that contributes to an environment in which we can get better,” said the defensive back, who was among the student-athletes on campus to begin team workouts in late October. The teams, including lacrosse, soccer, water polo, and tennis, focused on strength and conditioning.,Sharp, who is from Carmel, Ind., said COVID rules, such as mandatory masks and social distancing, don’t hinder the exercise regimens.“The workouts are great every single day. While it is not normal times, I do not really notice the regulations anymore as they have just become the norm,” he said. “The team has adapted to the constraints and still finds a way to improve. Everyone still actively gets better.”Throughout Sundays in November, the network NESN will showcase classic Crimson games from the past four years. At 5 p.m. Nov. 8, it’s women’s basketball, Crimson vs. Princeton, Feb. 24, 2018. For a complete listing, visit the website.— Jill Radskenlast_img read more

Campus celebrates Christian Unity Week

first_imgChristian Unity Week, a series of events hosted by Campus Ministry and the Department of Theology, works to help students and staff embark on a communal journey to come together in the Body of Christ through conversation and prayer. “About 2.1 billion people claim the name Christian, but these followers of Christ are divided into a wide variety of denominations,” Karen Kirner, associate director of the Folk and Celebration Choirs, said. “Different ways we can work towards unity include prayer, common work, witness and open dialogue.” Events for the week begin tonight with an Ecumenical Lecture concerning Eastern Catholics and their relationship with the Orthodox Church at 7 p.m. in the Coleman-Morse Lounge. A talk sponsored by Four:7 Catholic Fellowship about unification of all Christians through the Body of Christ will take place Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. in the Cavanaugh Hall Chapel. History professors Mark Noll and Brad Gregory will lecture on the relationship between Evangelicals and Catholics Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Oak Room of South Dining Hall. Though there will be a prayer service at 8 p.m. Friday in the Keenan-Stanford Chapel, the pinnacle of the week will be the Christian Unity Prayer Service Thursday night at 10 p.m. in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Kirner said. Kirner has helped organize several choirs for the Prayer Service. Five choirs from across campus will be leading the music, including the Celebration Choir, Voices of Faith Gospel Choir, Totus Tuus Band of Four: 7 Catholic Fellowship, musicians from Iron Sharpens Iron Interdenominational Fellowship and Coro Primavera. “Each group will be highlighted individually, and we’ll also sing several joint pieces together,” she said. It’s important that members of the Notre Dame community share in all the similarities of Christian faith, have a chance to dialogue about differences with others and appreciate the nuances that each has to offer, Kirner said. An easy way to participate is to attend the Thursday night prayer service in the Basilica, she said. The organizers of Christian Unity Week hope, that with the time spent examining beliefs, all Christians can unite as one people. “We want students to realize that Christian Unity is something worth celebrating and working toward, even though we probably won’t see it brought completely to fruition in our lifetimes,” Kirner said. “We want students to appreciate the validity of a wide variety of Christian expression, to be inspired by fellow students of different Christian expressions, to learn from each other, and primarily to realize that we are all one in Christ.”last_img read more

Students run 5k to fight homelessness

first_imgA group of Saint Mary’s students, faculty and administrators participated in the Homeward Bound 5K for St. Joseph County on Saturday. The Homeward Bound run/walk contributed to local organizations to fight homelessness and provide housing.Saint Mary’s Student Government Sssociation (SGA), organized a group of more than 40 members of the Saint Mary’s community to participate in the event. Saint Mary’s senior Kat Sullivan, who organized the event, said it was fun to dress up as superheroes and help local organizations.“We’re supposed to represent the superheroes of South Bend, the organizations that really give back to the community, so we were representing Center for the Homeless and Hannah’s House, so all the funds that we raised will go to those organizations,” Sullivan said.Duane Wilson, chair of Homeward Bound for St. Joseph County, said this is the seventh annual Homeward Bound 5K in St. Joseph County and the third year the Robinson Community Learning Center has hosted the event.“The Homeward Bound 5K is to bring awareness and raise funds for affordable housing and to support the homeless,” Wilson said. “Last year we raised $16,000 and [the money] gets divided up between five agencies that support the needs of homelessness, specifically Bridges out of Poverty, Habitat for Humanity, Hannah’s House, Center for the Homeless, Hope Ministries and the Robinson Community Learning Center.”First year student Elizabeth Chandler said she had a great time participating in the race with her friends and was happy she could contribute to helping Hannah’s House and Center for the Homeless.“The Homeward Bound was my first 5K I’ve ever done, and it felt so great knowing I not only completed this race, but I also helped fight homelessness and poverty,” Chandler said. “It was a really rewarding experience”.First year student Maureen Daday dressed up as Batman.“I thought the atmosphere was awesome because everyone was so excited to help the local organizations in South Bend,” Daday said. “People from Saint Mary’s really wanted to help out, and it was cool seeing all the students come together and run for a good cause, I will definitely participate in the Homeward Bound next year.”Bethel College, Notre Dame, Holy Cross and Saint Mary’s were asked to form groups for the event. Senior Kat Sullivan said that participating in events that benefit local organizations have made her realize how important it is to give back to the community.“I see firsthand what the Center can do for the South Bend community by working with the guests at the Center for the Homeless, so I realize how important events like the Homeward Bound 5K are,” Sullivan said. “… These organizations do so much for the South Bend community, and it’s important for us to give back.”Tags: Homeward Boundlast_img read more

Scott McPherson’s Marvin’s Room to Bow on B’way

first_img Marvin’s Room Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 27, 2017 Related Shows View Commentscenter_img Scott McPherson Looks like Scott McPherson’s award-winning Marvin’s Room will be the first show of the 2017-18 Broadway season, when it makes its Main Stem premiere next summer. Directed by Anne Kauffman, the limited engagement is scheduled to run June 8, 2017 through August 27 at Roundabout’s American Airlines Theatre. Opening night is set for June 29.Marvin’s Room follows estranged sisters Lee and Bessie, who have never seen eye to eye. Lee is a single mother who’s been busy raising her troubled teenage son, Hank. Bessie’s got her hands full with their elderly father and his soap opera-obsessed sister. When Bessie is diagnosed with leukemia, the two women reunite for the first time in 18 years. Are Lee’s good intentions and wig-styling skills enough to make up for her long absence? Can Bessie help Hank finally feel at home somewhere…or at least keep him from burning her house down? Can these almost-strangers become a family in time to make plans, make amends, and maybe make a trip to Disney World?Marvin’s Room made its world premiere in Chicago in 1990, directed by David Petrarca, before going on to play off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons and at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. Its awards include the 1992 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play, the 1992 Drama Desk Award for Best Play and the Joseph Jefferson Award in Chicago for Best Original Work. Marvin’s Room was adapted for a film of the same name in 1996, starring Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio, Diane Keaton and Robert De Niro.The cast and design team will be announced later.last_img read more

Ski This Way

first_imgAn optimistic look at the ski season aheadThere’s no way to sugarcoat it: last ski season sucked. After a big snowfall in October, which dropped a foot of powder on Snowshoe Mountain, West Virginia (before the resort was open), Old Man Winter pulled a no-show. Virginia resorts were some of the hardest hit, reporting only 57 percent of their average annual snowfall. Worse yet, temps were so unseasonably warm, the mountains couldn’t get their snow guns going with any consistency.“It was one of the worst winters we’ve ever seen,” says Kenny Hess, ski operation manager for Massanutten Resort outside of Harrisonburg, Virginia. Mass, which usually averages 35 inches of natural powder a year, didn’t even reach double digits last season. And they weren’t alone. Even looking to the Rockies didn’t offer any solace. Many Colorado and Utah resorts failed to reach the 200-inch snow mark.“Everyone took their lumps last year,” says Rob Schwartz, general manager for Bryce Resort, Virginia’s smallest ski resort.Skiers and boarders took their lumps too, dealing with spotty conditions and hopeful forecasts that rarely panned out. Some simply took 2011-2012 off. We cross-trained. We mountain biked through winter. But as the saying goes, absence makes the heart grow fonder. As fall transitions to winter, we’re itching to hit the slopes hard. Here’s what you need to know to make the most of this ski season.How’s the Weather? Last winter was a bummer, but this winter should be a winner according to leading meteorologists. Long-range forecaster Paul Pastelok at Accuweather is calling for above-normal snowfall for the majority of our resorts and Mid-Atlantic cities, based mostly on the weak presence of an El Niño pattern. At press time, the Old Farmer’s Almanac agreed, also siting the weak El Niño.Want some less scientific indicators of a good winter? How about a couple of long-standing folklore indicators of a harsh (read: great) winter. 1) For every fog in August, there will be a snowfall in winter. 2) If the corn husks are thick during harvest, the winter will be cold and snowy.Cheapest Ski Digs: $20  A hotel is nice, but camping is cheap. Canaan Resort has the best winter camping situation in our region. For $20, you get a pad, showers, and full power hookup at Canaan Valley State Park. And it’s all across the street from Canaan Resort’s 180 annual inches of snowfall and 850 feet of vertical drop, not to mention the cross-country trails that traverse the park. canaanresort.com Ski When You Want Appalachian Ski Mountain is introducing a Flex Ticket this year, which allows your ski day to start when you start skiing, instead of having to adhere to a strict 9am-4pm or 6-10pm ski schedule. Massanutten, Bryce, and Wintergreen in Virginia have a similar Flex Ticket program, but App is the only North Carolina resort to offer this sort of flexibility. appskimtn.comScrew Mother Nature “Manmade snow is our product,” says Kim Jochl, marketing manager for Sugar Mountain. “And our product gets better every season, thanks to the evolution of snowmaking technology.”Sugar invested a quarter of a million in eight new state of the art guns for the 2012 season, which will mean deeper snow, faster and longer. All resorts make improvements to their snowmaking capacity each season, but Wintergreen took it to a new level by adding a new water tank that will double their snowmaking capacity this season. “This will help us open earlier in the season and get 100% of our slopes open sooner,” says Betsy Dunkerton, marketing for Wintergreen.There’s an App for That Wintergreen is introducing a mobile app this year featuring up-to-the-minute slope and conditions updates, special offers, trail map…wintergreenresort.com. Want something broader? On The Snow gives you surface conditions, weather, and general info for resorts all over the country. onthesnow.comCheapest Weekend Lift Ticket: $50At Canaan Resort, for a weekend day ticket during peak season. canaanresort.comGo Lumberjack Tree skiing has long been a rarity in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, but our legal gladed terrain is growing this season. North Carolina’s Cataloochee Resort is officially adding Wildcat Glades, a short tree run beside Short and Sweet that skiers have “poached” in previous seasons when there was enough natural snowfall. This season, the resort has cleared the brush from the trees and added snowmaking. cataloochee.com Snowshoe Mountain is also set to unveil some new gladed tree runs this winter. The resort opened Sawmill Glades (the first official gladed terrain on the mountain) a few years ago and skiers have been anxious for more trees ever since. The resort couldn’t be reached by press time, so details about the new tree run are scarce.Best Season Pass Perk: First Tracks, Wisp Resort Every Saturday from January to March, Wisp will open one of its chairs at 7:30am for season pass and multi-day ticket holders only. wispresort.comBy the NumbersYes, last season was rough, but there were some shining moments. Here are the highlights from the 2011-2012 ski season.Longest Ski Season, 2011-12110 days at Cataloochee, November 12 to March 18Most Snowfall, 2011-12110 inches, reported by Timberline ResortBiggest Single Dump  12 inches, Wisp, Jan. 3, 2012last_img read more

Mayday! Hiking to Plane Crash Sites in the Southern Appalachians

first_imgSome people hike for exercise; others are looking for views or waterfalls. Jeff Wadley hikes for plane crashes. The East Tennessee minister was a volunteer with the Civil Air Patrol for 30 years, leading search and rescue missions for downed planes throughout the mountains. Retired from the patrol, Wadley now hikes the Southern Appalachians looking for sites of planes that have crashed throughout aviation history.How did you get into hunting for plane crashes?Wreck chasing is sort of like geo-caching. For me, I started searching for planes as a volunteer cadet with the Civil Air Patrol when I was a teenager. The Civil Air Patrol started back in the 1940s. It’s all volunteers, made up mostly of pilots, who form ground search crews when a plane crashes.Are there a lot of crash sites in the Appalachians? Since the advent of the airplane, there have been 54 crashes inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park alone. I’ve uncovered 20 more stories about crashes in the mountains just outside the park. There are little pieces of airplanes all over the Southern Appalachians. And there are about five or six aircraft out there that have never been located at all, still waiting for hikers to stumble across them.That’s shocking considering our high population. Planes can be very difficult to find. One of the FBI agents searching for Eric Rudolph in the 1990s was turning 40 during the search. His dad decided to fly down from Ohio with a birthday cake and presents. He crashed on the border of Joyce Kilmer in 1998. We looked for the crash every day for four weeks. I personally flew over the area a dozen times. We didn’t find it, and after a month, we had to suspend the search. I looked for the site for six years on my own time, and still never found it. Finally, a bear hunter stumbled upon it in a rhododendron thicket.Is there something about the Appalachians that accounts for the high number of plane crashes? A lot of the crashes are private pilots coming from flatlands. The number one problem in private plane crashes is spatial disorientation. They’re flying along and all of a sudden it gets misty, then they’re in the clouds and you don’t know which way is up or down, and they hit a tree or a mountain. But we haven’t had a crash in the Smokies for five years now. I think crashes in general are becoming less frequent. Pilots are safer, and the technology inside private planes is better.Have any planes proved especially hard to find? Absolutely. There was a World War II bomber that crashed near Whig Meadow back in the 1940s. I spent two years looking for it, using old photos to line up the mountains to determine where it might have gone down. Last January, I finally found little pieces of the plane.Even though the planes have been down for decades, you can still find evidence of the crashes? Usually. Sometimes the crash debris is removed by the managing agency, and unfortunately, some hikers take them as souvenirs. Planes in the Smokies have literally disappeared over the years. If you find a crash site, leave what you find there and write down the “N” number from the side of the aircraft and report it to the land management agency or local law enforcement.What are you looking for now? I’m looking for a 1940s plane crash in the Slickrock Wilderness. Supposedly, some people survived the crash and walked out, but I haven’t been able to find the site yet. I’ll start looking after the first frost, after the yellow jackets are gone.How do you know where to look? I trace the plane’s flight plan. I also try to find weather and cloud cover data from that day. I can eliminate certain areas based on the flight plan. If the plane is flying north, there’s no reason to search the north side of the mountain, because it would have hit the south side.What else have you seen while hiking off-trail? Bear dens, marijuana patches, moonshine stills, people living in the backcountry…and a lot of plastic balloons. Those things are everywhere.  BROCHASE THESE WRECKSHere are two relatively easy wrecks you can find in your Blue Ridge backyard. But remember to be respectful. “To the families of the pilots, these crash sites are sacred ground,” Wadley says. “Treat them like a cemetery.”Snake Den Ridge Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tenn.The Snake Den Ridge connects Cosby Campground with the Appalachian Trail, climbing 5.3 miles to the Smokies’ high elevation peaks. Just before the connection with the A.T., at mile 5, the trail passes the site where an F-4 Phantom collided with the mountain in 1984. Wreckage was scattered over 20 acres, and you can still find pieces of debris near the trail.Appalachian Trail, Humpback Mountain, Va.In 1964, a T-28B Marine trainer crashed into the side of Humpback Mountain close to the Blue Ridge Parkway in Nelson County and Augusta County, Va. Bushwhack the slope of the mountain beneath the A.T. between the Humpback Picnic Area and the side trail to the summit. The debris from the military crash sits about 200 yards from the A.T., and large sections of the plane can still be found, including the tail.last_img read more

5 Steps to a Successful Road Trip

first_imgBy now, we have logged six cross-country road trips over the past two tours (two more trips to go this season!) We have driven over 30,000 miles in two different vans all over the country. We can clock up to 18 hours of driving in a day if we need to. We’ve got the “Road Trip” down. Usually, when you think ‘cross-country road trip,’ images of feet hanging out the window and hair blowing over crisp sunglasses float into your vision.  The romantic idea of ‘road tripping’ blinds you from the realities of being in a car for entire days on end. The glamour disappears after a few hours, and it’s far, far gone after the third or fifth trip across Kansas. See below how we make long hauls as easy and enjoyable as possible.Podcast and Audiobook Life HackWe devour podcasts and audiobooks on long drives. We’re currently on book five of Harry Potter, the narrator is enchanting, HIGHLY recommended. What we didn’t realize until a few trips across the country, is you can sign up with your public library and browse and download their audiobook selection FOR FREE. Our library, Denver Public Library, partners with the Overdrive app to download new titles. The only catch is the most popular titles usually have a waiting list. A few weeks before your big trip, get on the waiting list for the books you’re looking forward to. By the time you get on the road, they will pop up in your library.Bird food and Human foodClearly, everyone needs snacks when road tripping. We try to stay away from high sugar, low protein options and opt for what we call “bird food.” Seeds, nuts, and dried fruits are all go-to’s. To get a little fancier, find higher protein snacks like beef jerky or our personal favorite, deli meat cucumber sandwiches. Cut up those cucs and use them as sandwich ends for turkey and ham.When we need human food, we search “fast-casual” along our route using google maps. They’ve FINALLY updated the app to where you can “search along route” AND they give you the added time of making that stop. Avoid fast food at all costs, this “fast casual” search pulls up those in between restaurants that won’t take precious road time away, but still offer higher quality food. Chipotle is our go to because they are reliable and you can get a relatively healthy meal. Also, margaritas. Stretch it OutWe are forced to stretch it out because we have a dog, but this tip should be followed by dog parents and non-dog parents alike. Every gas station stop, get out of the car, use the bathroom, walk to the nearest grass (even if it’s a haul) and take a few laps. Your body will thank you at the end of the day. Even just a little bit of movement throughout the day can alieve symptoms of sitting for hours.This “stretch it out” applies to longer stops as well. We like to stop at State Parks close to the highway and go on a mile or two-mile walk/hike to get the blood moving and break up the hours on the road. Often there is an entry fee for State Parks but think of the four dollars as a deposit in the healthy body bank, and a guarantee of quality trails with accurate distances.After State Parks, our next choice is weird roadside attractions. These are harder to find than you think, and also are usually farther off the route then you want to drive. It is a delicate balance between the coolness of attraction, and time it takes to get to. Have a conference with your travel mates and figure out where everyone’s priorities lay.Timing and NavigationGoogle Maps doesn’t budget in time for gas stops, bathroom breaks, or seeing the largest ball of yarn twenty minutes off your route. Always, always, add in an extra few hours a day for miscellaneous happenings. We prefer to drive in daylight for safety and views (except in Kansas). Because of that, we hustle in the morning to get on the road, and then have time to decompress in the evenings when we make it to our destination.We use google maps on a phone held up with a NiteIze Steelie windshield kit for navigation. Allowing the driver to see the directions in a safe place really helps with staying on track and minimizing wrong turns. When we’re out of service or want to go old school, we use the Adventure Road Atlas atlas from National Geographic. To keep phones and other devices charged, we use an inverter. This one has served us well and lasted through the miles.Boring Safety ThingsThroughout the trip check your tire pressure, check your oil, and make sure your vehicle is in good running order. These are the boring things that make a road trip run smoothly. Take the few extra minutes at a gas station to fill up on air and you save yourself hours down the road with a flat. Make sure you have enough windshield wiper fluid for both summer and winter driving. These are things we didn’t think about a few years ago, but now that we are on the road constantly, we know a little bit of effort early can save a lot of trouble in the future. Stay safe out there!Please comment with any tips or your own, or questions. We love to hear feedback both good and bad. Any other long-distance travelers out there? Let’s meet up and have some company on the road!There is one way for this tour to be a reality, our sponsors! Sending a thank you shout out to our title sponsor Nite Ize, and all of our other awesome sponsors like Crazy Creek, National Geographic, Sea to Summit, Mountain House, Lowe Alpine, Old Town, Leki, HydraPak, UCO Gear and Wenzel. If you like the gear that keeps us groovin’ click here to enter for a chance to win our Grand Gear Giveaway!last_img read more

Olympics: Brazil, Mexico to play for gold medal in men’s soccer

first_img LONDON – Mexico and Brazil have a chance on Aug. 11 to accomplish something neither has been able to do in their illustrious soccer histories: win an Olympic gold medal. Both teams secured a berth in the final at Wembley Stadium by soundly disposing of Asian countries in the semifinals on Aug. 7. Mexico, which has never medaled in soccer at the summer games, is assured of ending that streak and earning no worse than a silver after rallying for a 3-1 win over Japan. Meantime, Brazil, which has won two silver and two bronze medals in its Olympic history, continued its dream of occupying the top spot on the medal podium by pounding South Korea 3-0. By Dialogo August 08, 2012 “The President of Mexico, Felipe Calderón, has called the players and congratulated them,” Mexico coach Luis Fernando Tena told reporters. “This is special, this is emotional, but the most important match is yet to come. Is it the best result in Mexico’s history? I don’t know. But I understand the happiness of Mexico, which is a football country, and they must be partying tonight.” Mexico found itself trailing early to a team that had yet to concede a goal in the tournament, but midfielder Marco Fabián headed home the equalizer, snapping Japan’s shutout streak at 408 minutes. In the second half, forward Oribe Peralta put his team ahead for good in the 65th minute with a blast from just outside the 18-yard box. Forward Javier Cortés secured the win in the third minute of stoppage time when he pushed the ball past the keeper and into the far side of the goal to cap the scoring. “I have never scored a goal that went so close to the top corner,” Peralta told reporters of his game-winning goal. “That goal represented everything we tried to do today because I fought for the ball, I got it back and I shot with all my strength.” Meantime, Brazil took a lead against South Korea into halftime thanks to a close-range score by midfielder Rômulo. Forward Leandro Damião added goals in the 57th and 64th minutes to leave no doubt about his team’s third trip to the final with a 3-0 win. “I know what I’m here and it’s what I’ve always done – and that’s to help the team score and keep on running, regardless of whether I’m finding the back of the net or not,” Damião told reporters.last_img read more

Crews respond, no injuries reported in Grand Ave fire

first_imgThe fire department says that the fire was brought under control in about 10 minutes. Fire officials say that while the fire did not directly affect the other apartments, they encountered smoke and water damage. The Johnson City Fire Marshal’s Office conducted an investigation, concluding that the fire was accidental in nature and electrical related. The fire department was called to 78-80 Grand Ave at around 11:19 a.m. Officials say the flames were coming from windows on the first floor of the two and a half story, five family structure. Officials say there were reports of an individual trapped inside. Upon arrival, firefighters entered the building and there were no victims inside. The fire department says they encountered the flames in apartment 102. Additionally, officials say that they remained on scene until around 3:00 p.m. to make sure the fire didn’t reignite. The Red Cross was called to the scene to help three individuals who were displaced by the fire. Officials say all residents and firefighters on scene were uninjured. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — The Johnson City Fire Department responded to a call regarding a house fire on Sunday.last_img read more

JV targets industrial

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