Graduating students celebrate Senior Week traditions

first_imgFor one class-free week, seniors have the opportunity to stay on campus and celebrate their four years at Notre Dame with their friends.  Senior class president Anne Huntington said Senior Week is a perfect way for seniors to have fun and spend a great week together.  “The way we saw Senior Week and what we wanted to do was to get as many members of the Class of 2012 together to celebrate our four years of friendship, fun and studying,” she said. “It is a way for us to try and hit on all the different aspects of our time here together one last time.” Some Senior Week traditions are carried over from year to year, but this year’s schedule of events has changed slightly, Huntington said. This year, the kick-off barbeque was moved off campus to the College Football Hall of Fame, she said.  “We thought a change of venue would be cool and since the College Football Hall of Fame is leaving, and we’re all leaving, we thought we would rent out the space and check it out,” she said.  On Tuesday night, the Senior Class Council hosted ‘Margaritaville’ at Legends nightclub on campus. Huntington said previous Class Councils have planned trips to Cedar Point and the Indiana Dunes. However, these trips have not been well-attended due to weather and costs, so they were removed from the Senior Week schedule this year, she said.  “We were trying to cut costs and thinking about what was best for 2,000 people and not the 350 that could go,” she said.  Despite these changes, Huntington said most traditions continued, including Monday’s Commencement Ball. Senior Class Council estimated there were more than 1,500 attendees at the ball, Huntington said. “[The Commencement Ball] is a really fun night where your classmates show up at a dance, all dressed up and have a really good time,” she said.  Senior Ryan Geraghty attended the Commencement ball and said it exceeded his expectations. “The ball was surprisingly fun,” he said. “It wasn’t all fancy and too high-strung … I got to see all my friends and people who I haven’t seen since Frosh-O.” The senior class also traditionally attends a Chicago Cubs game each year, and that tradition continued this year, Huntington said. She said the trip would be expanded upon, offering seniors time to enjoy the city outside of Wrigley Field. On campus, seniors had the chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at some famed locations they could not access as undergraduates, Huntington said.  “We offer seniors a chance to see places on campus … like the tunnels, the 14th floor of the library, the stadium press box and locker rooms,” she said.  Huntington said the final traditional Senior Week event is the seniors’ last visit to the Grotto and Basilica.  “This is always the Thursday night before Commencement,” she said. “It’s time for the class to come together one last time to pray and reflect before Commencement.” Huntington said the last Grotto trip can be a very emotional experience for graduating seniors. “It’s usually the kicker. If you haven’t cried yet, you’re going to cry there,” she said. “I cried last year and I wasn’t even graduating.”last_img read more

Warner shatters 28-year-old Australian record

first_imgIT may go slightly unnoticed in the wake of Australia’s unprecedented batting blitz in Mumbai, but David Warner smashed a 28-year-old Australian record during his breathtaking century yesterday.On his way to his 18th ODI hundred, Warner became the fourth-fastest man in history to score 5 000 one-day international runs, reaching the mark in just his 115th ODI innings.That puts him behind only Hashim Amla (101 innings), West Indian legend Sir Vivian Richards and Indian skipper Virat Kohli (both 114 innings) among males in one-day international cricket.Among Australians, Warner is streets ahead of the pack, reaching the milestone well ahead of Dean Jones, who broke through 5 000 runs in his 128th innings way back in 1992.Matthew Hayden (133 innings), Michael Bevan (135) and Ricky Ponting (137) are the only other Australians to reach the mark in less than 140 innings.Warner pushed on and finished unbeaten on 128 last night as he and Aaron Finch (110 n.o.) shared a record-breaking 258-run stand in a crushing 10-wicket win.Warner has spoken at length in the past about his early struggles in the 50-over format, despite making an instant impact in both Test and T20 cricket at international level.Up to and including Australia’s 2015 World Cup triumph, the left-hander averaged less than 35 with the bat in 62 matches, scoring just four hundreds in that time.But since that World Cup final, he has averaged almost 60 in 56 games, adding 13 more hundreds and striking at better than a run a ball.“I think first and foremost it’s probably been the format I reckon I struggled at early in my career,” he said in 2016.“The last 18-24 months I’ve really worked hard on trying to construct my innings and build an innings and not play too many big shots early on.“And just relay that Test match attitude into the one-dayers because you do get a few more balls in your area in one day stuff where you can actually play through that line.”Underlining his improvement in the past five years, Warner was the equal-56th fastest man to reach 1 000 career runs, equal-42nd fastest to 2 000 and the 20th fastest to 3 000.But having raced from 3 000 to 4 000 runs in just 12 innings during a golden period in 2016-17, he’s added another 1 000 runs in just 22 innings. ( innings to 5000 ODI runs101 – Hashim Amla (South Africa)114 – Viv Richards (West Indies)114 – Virat Kohli (India)115 – David Warner (Australia)116 – Joe Root (England)118 – Brian Lara (West Indies)118 – Shikhar Dhawan (India)119 – Kane Williamson (New Zealand)last_img read more

Van Gaal says Man Utd conceded ‘cheap’ goals in Liverpool loss

first_imgLouis van Gaal criticised the way Manchester United conceded twice in the Europa League defeat at Liverpool.The Red Devils were beaten 2-0 in the first leg of the Europa League last 16 and United have given themselves a mountain to climb if they are to progress to the last eight.Roberto Firmino stabbed in the second goal to make sure of a win which had seemed a formality during the first half, when Liverpool played United off the park but somehow had only Daniel Sturridge’s penalty to show for it.The final result was greeted with huge cheers from the Anfield crowd. Van Gaal said Liverpool deserved their win, but called both goals “cheap” from the visitors’ point of view.“Liverpool created an atmosphere that was fantastic,” he told BT Sport.“They played very good in the first half and we could not cope with their pressure. David de Gea was fantastic, but I think it was a cheap penalty.“In the second half we changed the shape and had much more of the game but we didn’t create many chances and they scored another cheap goal.”Asked to expand, Van Gaal claimed there was an offside in the build-up to the second goal, while suggesting the contact Memphis Depay made on Clyne was outside the area and not enough to bring the Liverpool player down.“The referee cannot see that, but the hold is outside the box and then he is falling down,” the Dutchman said. “You have to be sharp when you give it. It is a cheap penalty. They deserve the win, but the goals they got are cheap.”In the dying stages of the game Emre Can went down holding his face after an off-the-ball clash with Marouane Fellaini, but Van Gaal said he did not see the incident which could yet land his midfielder in trouble.“I haven’t seen that,” he said.“I have to say Fellaini was one of the best players on the pitch tonight and I’m very sorry when he makes mistakes like that. But I do not know about this because I have not seen it.” 1 The Red Devils were beaten 2-0 at Anfield in the Europa League last 16 last_img read more