Mayor connects to freshmen

first_imgSouth Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg emphasized politics, conversation and cooperation when he addressed Notre Dame students Wednesday night as a part of the First Year of Studies’ First Year Challenge lecture series. Notre Dame plays a critical role in the economy and industry of the city of South Bend, Buttigieg said, especially in the era after South Bend’s industrial peak, the Studebaker automobile era. “Just as [South Bend’s] industrial economy began to shrink, Notre Dame became a prominent institution,” Buttigieg said. Though Notre Dame does not employ nearly as many people as the Studebaker industry once did – roughly 20,000 people before it closed its doors in 1963 – it plays a critical role in the development of local businesses and city culture, Buttigieg said. After a brief lesson in history and a look back at the culture of South Bend before its intimate relationship with Notre Dame began, Buttigieg said he recognized the benefits associated with living in the city, in addition to the challenges. “On the one hand South Bend is a very cost-efficient place to live,” Buttigieg said. “On the other hand, however, the city is facing a significant problem with vacant and abandoned properties, poverty, racial gaps and anti-modernity attitudes.” Much of South Bend’s difficulties stem from the high number of its residents living in poverty, Buttigieg said. “We have more houses than people and 24 percent of the city’s population lives below the poverty line,” Buttigieg said. “And we have a whole generation of people that have been lead to believe that the only role they had to play in globalization is that of the victim.” The young mayor said he is hopeful of the city’s ability to adapt to today’s conditions. “South Bend has a curious ability to take old things and turn it into something new,” Buttigieg said. The city’s economy is not the only thing that has changed over the decades. A new wave of immigrants has created an increasingly diverse population, giving the city what Buttigieg said is a distinct “new flavor.” This cultural shift did not come without its problems, but Buttigieg said the community can and has found common ground to embrace new cultures and new citizens. “That’s what makes us so interesting! I’m not interested in segregating the problem. I just try to make sure that there are spaces for people to interact,” Buttigieg explained. “That’s why I like food so much. People from different cultures will like each other’s food so long as it’s good.” While Buttigieg lectured on South Bend’s evolution historically, economically and culturally, the students ultimately guided the conversation. Students, posed questions concerning education, gun control and students’ role in the community. A South Bend native, Mayor Buttigieg said he realized through his business ventures abroad that a need for his talents and skills existed in his own hometown. He encouraged students to viewySouth Bend as their home, too. “I hope that you would find that engaging in your community will be beneficial to you,” Buttigieg said. “I bet I can show you some places on the west side that will be no less exotic to you than Uganda. It’s a lot better than those places, don’t get me wrong, but the adventures you will have … will expand your horizons.” Contact Vicky Moreno at [email protected]last_img read more

MLK Jr. dinner fosters conversation

first_imgStudent leaders charged to “bring home” the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. to Notre Dame met Thursday in the Alumni Stadium press box to discuss contemporary issues during a dinner organized by the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee.  Senior and committee member Armani Sutton said the group developed the topic in response to current issues the University and its students face, including the Call to Action program meetings.  “We tried to think about how we can ‘bring it home,’” Sutton said. “From that point, we tried to come up with topics within that theme, … topics we’re faced with every day on campus.” Attendees sat at randomly assigned tables for the meal and participated in discussions facilitated by student moderators.  Campus Ministry’s Multicultural Ministry Officer Judy Madden said Thursday’s dinner marked the event’s 10th anniversary.  “There was a majority student, a Caucasian student, 10 years ago, who was really bothered when she talked to some of her friends who were minority students who said that their experience at Notre Dame was not positive and she wanted to do something to create a more positive environment,” Madden said. “She came up with the idea of this dinner and bringing people together to build relationships, build bridges and get to know each other personally to hopefully improve the relationships among all students at Notre Dame.”   Sophomore Demetrius Murphy said the best part of the evening was the diversity among the students in attendance. “We’re all coming from different aspects in our lives, we’re all coming from different majors and we’re all passionate about different things, so when you get us together and we discuss [issues.] … It’s amazing to have that open dialogue and it’s very necessary,” he said. “I’m so happy they do this every year and this is something they should continue.” Murphy said his table discussed whether social media networking impedes quality communication or makes it better, and if social media allows legitimate connections to form. “It was cool to see different people’s perspectives because some people thought you could build a lasting relationship but that at some point you would have to meet in real life,” Murphy said.  “Others said ‘No, it’s not possible to build any type of meaningful relationship because people don’t present their true selves online.’” Sophomore Shanice Cox said her group discussed the delineation between power and privilege, the situations when they coincide and if the coexistence of power and privilege can be healthy. “It was nice to hear other people’s sides, especially those of some of the Latin-American students who brought up politics in their home countries,” Cox said. “I totally agree with [the conclusion] we came up with, which was basically that either you’re in power with someone, or you’re in power against them.” Cox said the evening’s theme helped her realize how much the diversity of minority students offers the University. “I’m in Shades of Ebony, and we talked about the social networking problem that we’re having where people are not showing their true selves,” she said. “I feel like I can go back to those ladies and express the different sides [of that issue] that we talked about here.” Sophomore Amanda Peña said she was excited to learn the topics for Thursday’s event after attending last year’s dinner. “I especially loved my table [this year],” Peña said. “We talked about politics and people’s different opinions about politics and about how bipartisanship is really necessary.” She said the increased number of people at the event excited her.  “There were a lot of faces this year that I didn’t recognize and last year I knew a good majority of them, so this shows that a lot of people are starting to recognize more leaders on campus and that there are a lot more passionate people that are willing to step out,” Peña said. Peña realized there is a sense of solidarity among the students present who are willing to agitate for social justice.  “It’s a beautiful feeling to know that there are other people on this campus who care about social justice and really big issues,” Peña said. “There are a lot of issues that I am really passionate about but don’t know where to go with them or who to talk to about them, but seeing these people and seeing what they represent … it gives me an outlet and a place to look forward to going and networking and collaborating on issues.” Sutton said he lead a discussion at his table about the difference between words and actions, analyzing what it means to practice what you preach. “My topic was private versus public representation of the self,” he said. “I wanted to highlight that issue and address how we can solve it and get back to Dr. King’s dream of everyone getting together and everyone having good character. … It’s important to know what your character is and how you’re exhibiting that character.” Sutton said his group concluded social media outlets are only bad if used the wrong way. They decided relationships require physical interaction, though social media can help begin communication.  Madden said the dinner offers a venue for students to talk about issues of substance. “This gives them an opportunity to dive a little deeper and a safe place to talk about things that make people uncomfortable,” she said. “And I think being uncomfortable – we don’t like it – but sometimes it’s a sign that growth is happening, and a great opportunity.”last_img read more

Keurig founder explores inequality, leadership, success at ACC leadership symposium

first_imgMendoza College of Business adjunct instructor Christopher Stevens delivered the keynote address at the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Leadership Symposium on Sunday morning at Legends of Notre Dame.The symposium focused on promoting a welcoming and tolerant atmosphere via strong leadership. Stevens’s remarks touched on a variety of topics related to these issues and the broader theme of what determines successful leadership.Stevens said inequality is growing problem. He cited the rising incomes of the wealthy and the stagnant and even declining incomes of the poor as well as underrepresentation of women in leadership positions at major companies. He said these issues need to be addressed by the next generation of young leaders.“You’re not going to do it alone,” he said. “Your success will be determined not by how high you climb or many mountains you conquer, but by how many people that you bring with you.”Stevens said his own experience as one of the founders of Keurig Premium Coffee Systems taught him about the driving forces behind success as a leader in the business world and beyond.He played of a video clip of retired Gen. Colin Powell describing the essence of leadership after a reporter asked him to distill leadership into one word. Powell answered this question by saying trust was the most important component of leadership in his life. Stevens said this illustrates the value of working and serving those you lead with humility.Disagreement and debate, however, are crucial to cultivating cultures of success, Stevens said, in order to avoid complacency.“If two partners always agree in business, one of them is unnecessary,” Stevens said.According to Stevens, leaders need to have a powerful vision behind what they are doing. He used the examples of Walt Disney, Mary Anne Radmacher, Eleanor Roosevelt, Dolly Parton and Henry David Thoreau to illustrate the importance of this kind of creative dreaming and commitment to a cause.“People don’t buy what you’re selling,” he said. “They buy why you’re selling it and what you believe in.”Stevens said finding success in sales and business requires channeling these values into a recognizable brand. He said examples of this abound, including McDonald’s, GEICO and BMW.Stevens said building a strong reputation is not a simple task, however.“Creativity can make the difference between an acceptable solution and an exceptional one,” Stevens said.Failure is a universal experience but too many lose hope after stumbling at first and not learning from their mistakes, Stevens said.“’No’ is an invitation to dialogue,” he said. “It means you haven’t given me enough reasons to say ‘yes’ yet.”Stevens said he learned this lesson from his work growing Keurig against competitors ranging from the standard cheap coffee that most offices previously bought and the ubiquitous luxury option of Starbucks.Stevens said the three rules of former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz simplify many of the themes he discussed: Always do the right thing, do the best you can at whatever you’re doing and show people you care.Tags: 2015 ACC Leadership Symposium, ACC symposium, Christopher Stevens, Keuriglast_img read more

Surveys assess campus diversity, student health

first_imgThis semester has been characterized for Notre Dame students not only by snow flurries, but also question flurries — from Google surveys for classes posted on Facebook groups to detailed questionnaires administered by the Division of Student Affairs. The Diversity and Inclusion Campus Climate Survey and the National College Health Assessment (NCHA) survey were sent to both undergraduate and graduate students, Lissa Bill, senior counselor to the vice president for student affairs, said in an email.This is the first time the Diversity and Inclusion Campus Climate Survey is being administered to students, Bill said.“At Notre Dame we would like students from all backgrounds regardless of color, gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, social or economic class and nationality to experience and contribute to a community where they feel welcome and included,” she said. “This assessment is a step in identifying areas where that is happening and where we need to improve. The NCHA survey has been administered in previous years, most recently in 2013, and allows us to better understand general health behaviors of our students.”Individual responses to the surveys will remain private, Bill said.“The surveys are administered by national organizations, EBI MAP-Works and American College Health Association,” she said. “Survey results that Notre Dame will receive will not contain identifying information for individuals. For the Diversity and Inclusion Campus Climate Survey, aggregated results will be shared with University administrators and two advisory committees to the vice president for student affairs that are comprised of students, faculty and staff.“The aggregated results for the NCHA Survey will be shared with University administrators and the Healthy Campus Coalition, a coalition facilitated by the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being, also comprised of students, faculty and staff,” Bill said.Each survey was sent to 5,860 students, Bill said. Both surveys are national surveys that are being administered at other institutions.“We will receive aggregated peer results, which will allow us to benchmark ourselves against other universities and, in turn, our aggregated results will be shared with peer institutions,” she said. “Notre Dame will not be identified by name in any shared reports. American College Health Association publishes a national summary of NCHA results describing general health behaviors of American college students.”Data and feedback collected in the stories will “enrich student life, programming and resources at Notre Dame,” Bill said.“… We will use your feedback to enrich student life, programming and resources at Notre Dame,” she said.  “These surveys are the best opportunity the University has to allow students to share information about their experience at Notre Dame and provide candid feedback. The more students that participate, the greater confidence we have in moving forward and improving the campus experience for all students at Notre Dame.”Tags: campus climate survey, diversity and inclusion campus climate survey, national college health assessment, nchalast_img read more

NDVotes, League of Women Voters aim to increase voter turnout with registration training

first_imgTags: League of Women Voters, NDVotes, Pizza Pop and Politics, registration training To counter the national, steady decrease in voter turnout throughout the United States, NDVotes — a campaign led by the Center for Social Concerns — and the South Bend chapter of the League of Women Voters tried to help students learn how to register to vote Tuesday afternoon in Geddes Hall as part of the Pizza, Pop and Politics lecture series. A study done by PBS showed that in the 2014 midterm elections, Indiana had the worst voter turnout of any state, with only twenty-eight percent of the eligible voting population casting ballots. Junior Prathm Juneja, who led part of the discussion and works with NDVotes to participate in door-to-door canvassing throughout South Bend to encourage voter registration, said he is passionate about raising South Bend’s voter turnout numbers.“Voting rights and voter turnout are the closest things we have to fundamental democracy rights,” Juneja said. “They govern all aspects of politics, and that’s what’s going to govern the rest of people’s lives. I think the passion comes from this being the best way to give power to the people on issues that affect everyone.”Juneja, along with sophomore Steven Higgins, spoke to a room of around 30 students about the recent purge of Indiana voters from the Secretary of State’s office. “Eleven thousand voters were purged in South Bend last year, and the population is only about 101,000,” Higgins said. Purged voters are given minimal notice through mail, and the purge disproportionately affected communities of color in South Bend, Higgins said.Two members of the League of Women Voters, Dianna Schmitz and co-director of the League’s voter registration program Nancy Johnson, encouraged students to get involved in registering voters in the community. According to the League of Women Voters website, the non-partisan organization was founded in the 1920s and has led campaigns for equal access to education and employment, as well as leading efforts toward voters’ education programs. The South Bend chapter hosts events throughout the year to push for voter registration and spread accurate information to the local community about their voting rights, Johnson said. She said their voter registration program began in 2011 with a mission of expanding voter equality and as of this week they have registered over five thousand voters. According to the state of Indiana’s website, the deadline for Indiana midterm elections voter registration is April 9, and students who live in other states can file for absentee ballots. “We encounter a lot of urban myths and incorrect information that people pass to each other,” Johnson said. “For example, in Indiana, if you are currently not incarcerated and living in your new address for at least a month, you can register to vote and vote for the rest of your life. People are listening to these wrong urban legends. That is one of our barriers to voting. We also find that people wondering about their citizenship status, that is another barrier.”last_img read more

Lecture explores connection between wellness, altruism

first_imgThe external benefits of volunteering can be obvious, but what about the internal? Rebekah DeLine, the director of the Office for Civic and Social Engagement at Saint Mary’s College, explored this idea during her lecture Tuesday afternoon called “Health and Altruism: the Benefits of Volunteering.”Before DeLine spoke of the sometimes unseen benefits of service opportunities, she said her goal is not to guilt people into volunteering.“My goal here is not to make you feel bad about yourself — like you should be doing more, and you should serve, and you should make time for it,” she said. “You’re a student, and I get that, and I respect that. We have different seasons in life, and there might be a semester where you’ve got a pretty light load, and this is great, or you could be a student-athlete and maybe no semester is really great. But we want to meet you where you are.”She said that the goal of the Office for Civic and Social Engagement is to “promote a life of social responsibility and to help people respond to the complex needs of the contemporary world,” and this is done through students engaging with the community and the community speaking on how it can be helped.“Our first goal in our office is actually not to serve, serve, serve, or volunteer, volunteer, volunteer, but it’s to engage the students, engage the community and connect the two,” DeLine said. “From that relationship, hopefully, will come the opportunity to serve or the opportunity to accompany or advocate for those in need. That’s sort of where we come from. I think it’s very aligned with the mission of the college as well as the Sisters of the Holy Cross, who are more interested in justice than service. More interested in walking with and helping.”It is through this engagement with the community, DeLine said, that students can grow and promote their own well-being.“It is working with others, focusing on serving them, in and of itself promotes inner health, because you’re not necessarily focused on your problems and your worries, which can be very challenging,” she said. “You are giving yourself a break from worrying about yourself and taking time to learn about others’ hopes and needs.”DeLine said volunteering also provides an opportunity for students to learn skills that cannot be taught in a lecture hall.“A lot of students will use volunteering, and not in a negative way, to build their resume. It is definitely skill building,” she said. “There is a difference between learning what you learn in a classroom and applying that in real life. When I was at the Red Cross, one of our interview questions was always about flexibility. You don’t learn about flexibility in a classroom. You learn flexibility by having to deal with complicated situations and responding.”The Office for Civic and Social Engagement offers many opportunities for the Saint Mary’s community to work with the outside community, DeLine said. Some opportunities include Beyond the Belle, an after-school tutoring and mentor program; Adopt a Family, a seasonal opportunity to donate Christmas gifts to families requiring assistance; and helping with on-campus composting and edible food recovery for the Center For the Homeless in South Bend.There are also one-day opportunities available throughout the semester called Days of Service.“We’re trying to do one a month, where it’s just one day of service, easy to sign up, low barrier to entry. We provide transportation and food,” DeLine said. “The next one is October 27, 11 [a.m.] to 2 [p.m.] That’s at Greenbridge Growers, which is a sustainable farm. It’s awesome in and of itself, but their goal is not necessarily sustainable farming and aquaponics, but it’s actually employing adults with autism.”DeLine said the office works to keep in contact with organizations throughout the greater community to be able to provide opportunities for a variety of interests.“On a regular basis, we try to maintain contact with about 80 community partners, so that any student who walks in, and they’re interested in a specific population — say individuals with disabilities or mothers in crisis pregnancies — we can connect them with a specific agency and help them to sign up and volunteer,” she said. The office sends out a weekly email highlighting the week’s service opportunities and contact information for a community partner. DeLine said she is always willing to discuss volunteer possibilities.“They could definitely [come to our office],” she said. “I am always happy to meet a student for coffee and just talk about it, or if they don’t drink coffee, we can find a different beverage.”Tags: Days of Service, OCSE, Office of Civic and Social Engagement, Rebekah DeLinelast_img read more

Holy Cross alumnus, Saint Mary’s student design card game

first_imgA Saint Mary’s student and Holy Cross alumnus are taking advantage of Kickstarter to launch their card game idea, “Top Dog,” June 1.2018 Holy Cross alumnus Emmanuel Asencio designed the game in high school as a way to meet people, he said.“I grew up having to move around to different schools,” Ascencio said. “I attended three different high schools and decided to develop a card game to bring people together and to find new friends. It was a way for me to interact with other students.”Through playing the game in high school, he met Saint Mary’s senior Jessica Clark, who has also contributed to the game.“I have aided in the development process, formatted the instructions of the game and have financially supported this game,” Clark said. “I pushed to continue bringing people together to play in a college environment.”According to Ascencio, the game was originally robber-baron political themed. However, he switched it to dog-themed to be appealing to more players, he said. The website markets “Top Dog” as a game for everyone, but especially dog lovers.“When determining rankings of this game, I wanted to make it seem like the players were living in a dog’s world,” Ascencio said.After changing the theme, Ascencio said he decided to include his own dog in the game.“The cover of ‘Top Dog’ is my Border Collie, Duff,” Ascencio said. “I wanted to incorporate Duff in the game somehow, so I decided he would be on the cover as a grown-up version and in the game as one of the cards as a puppy version.”Official rules to this game will not be posted until the launch of the game on June 1, Ascencio said.According to the “Top Dog” website, the game can be played by people who are 7 years old and older, with two to six players at a time. The game only takes around one minute to learn and 15 minutes to play, the website said.“This is a game that is simple and can be played repetitively without boring the players over time,” Ascencio said. “This game can be played in quick rounds of two to five minutes, so there is no lengthy time commitment.”The Kickstarter launch will last 60 days, with a goal of $5,000, the website said. The launch will include a promotional and instructional video along with different opportunities for backers to own “Top Dog.” While Ascencio and Clark hope for the success of this product, they said that more than anything, they want others to have the chance to play and experience this game.“The goal of Top Dog is to bring people together with an interactive and competitive card game,” Clark said. “We ultimately want people to have fun. Now that Emmanuel has graduated, and I am about to, we have made this game into a product so others can enjoy.”Tags: card game, Kickstarter, Top Doglast_img read more

Bill Allocates $40 Million To Combat Coronavirus In New York

first_imgShare: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) MGN ImageALBANY – New York’s Senate and Assembly has voted to allocate $40 million toward fighting the Novel Coronavirus in New York State.New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a news conference Wednesday that there are six cases so far in the state.Since the outbreak, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave the state additional funding to conduct its own testing, but the Governor says he wanted $40 million allocated toward combating the virus.“I think first, as a piece of legislation, it was critical, these quarantines, when we say someone has to be quarantined or we have to set up a congregate quarantine facility, you need the legal authority to do that,” said Governor Cuomo. Cuomo says the federal funding allows the state to conduct 1,000 tests per day within the week.Not everyone in the state agrees though, Local Senator George Borrello says the legislation excessively expands the duties of the governor.Speaking to other lawmakers in the state capital, Borrello says the allocation is more like a “power grab” by Governor Cuomo.“While I fully supported the funding appropriation, I could not support handing the Governor the power to act unilaterally during any event he deems an ‘emergency.’ The bill would have given him sweeping and sole authority to suspend and alter any state or local law or rule and issue directives,” explained Borrello. “It unnecessarily added language to allow the Governor to declare a wide spectrum of events as ‘disasters’ – even blight — giving him ultimate authority.”Borrello says during his time as county executive, he had several crises arise that required quick action by the county legislature to approve emergency appropriations, not the executive office.“Those occasions were never used as opportunities to expand the power of the executive and diminish the role of lawmakers,” said Borrello. “Had I attempted such a move, my colleagues would have voted “no” and rightly so. Many of my fellow legislators in both the Senate and Assembly, and from both sides of the aisle, expressed serious concerns with the overreach in this bill. That is why I could not, in good conscious, vote in favor of this measure.”The U.S. outbreak began in January. Since then, six people have died from the disease; all of them were from Washington State.last_img read more

Wingin’ It: Blue Jays Win Buffalo Debut, Top Marlins In 10th

first_imgShare: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) Image via @BlueJays / Twitter.BUFFALO — Bo Bichette, Travis Shaw and the wandering Toronto Blue Jays felt just fine in their new nest.In the first major league game in Buffalo since 1915, Shaw hit an RBI single with the bases loaded in the 10th inning as the Blue Jays settled into refitted Sahlen Field with a 5-4 win over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night.“We’re still staying in a hotel, but it almost felt like the first game of the year. To go out and say, ‘All right, this is our spot,’ I think we did well,” said Bichette, who hit a three-run homer.Barred from playing in Toronto by the Canadian government over concerns about the coronavirus, the Blue Jays spent nearly three weeks on the road before moving into the ballpark of their Triple-A affiliate as their temporary home this year. And in the city famed for wings and beef on weck sandwiches, Toronto made it a tasty home opener. The downtown park, a couple blocks from Lake Erie and seating nearly 17,000, was empty because of the virus outbreak.“It’s definitely a little different,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.Francisco Cervelli’s three-run homer with two outs in the Miami ninth made it 4-all.Logan Forsythe then nearly put the Marlins ahead with a long drive in the 10th that originally was ruled a two-run homer, then reversed to a foul ball on review — the replay cameras were among the upgrades made at the park to get it up to big league standards.There had not been a major league game in Buffalo since Sept. 8, 1915, when the Blues swept a doubleheader from the Baltimore Terrapins at Federal League Park. Those teams were part of the short-lived Federal League.Baseball in Buffalo did get major play in the 1984 film “The Natural” starring Robert Redford. Playing Roy Hobbs for the New York Knights in the movie, the game action scenes took place in old War Memorial Stadium, the place that hosted football’s Bills and minor league ball.Shaw’s hit might not have had the same drama as Hobbs’ film-closing homer, but it produced the same result — a win.“We’ve lost a couple of games late, so it was nice to come back,” Shaw said. “My job was just to try to get the ball to the outfield, and thankfully with two strikes, I was able to do that.”Shaw’s hit with one out came off Stephen Tarpley (2-1).Bichette, one of many Blue Jays who played in Buffalo in the minors, homered in the sixth to give Toronto a 3-1 lead. Cavan Biggio added an RBI single in the seventh. A.J. Cole (1-0) got the win.Sahlen Field, opened in 1988, was the first in a movement of “retro” ballparks personified a year later by Baltimore’s Camden Yards. In the early 1990s, the stadium was a key piece of Buffalo’s push for a big league expansion team, but franchises were instead awarded to Miami and Denver.Built for the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons, an affiliate of the Blue Jays since 2013, the park is aesthetically the opposite of Toronto ’s futuristic Rogers Centre, the first retractable-roof stadium opened in 1989.Despite the differences between the two facilities, the Buffalo ballpark in the last two weeks was revamped to capture elements found less than 100 miles away in Toronto.Rogers Centre’s “in the action” seats behind home plate have been replicated and advertisements on the outfield walls are the same as found in Toronto. Those walls, which have been green for 32 years, are now blue, a color which now dominates much of the stadium, along with the omnipresent presence of the Blue Jays logo.One aspect went unchanged: the ballpark dimensions. It’s still 325 feet distance to the corners (though now designated with a maple leaf instead of a bison), 371 to left-center, 367 to right-center, and 404 to straightaway center field.Extensive renovations included a new infield, the home clubhouse being placed in the area where batting cages once existed, the visiting clubhouse being housed in a large temporary tent behind right-center field, and the Blue Jays’ weight room and practice batting cages taking up space in what is normally a public concourse. The work enabled the Blue Jays to occupy their familiar third base dugout, as in Toronto.“Nobody was complaining about anything,” manager Charlie Montoyo said. “The field was playable. Everything was fine.”Toronto starter Hyun Jin Ryu allowed two hits in six innings and struck out seven.Brian Anderson also homered for Miami. Starter Elieser Hernandez struck out five over 5 1/3 innings.Miami, too, has been no stranger to the road, spending the last three weeks away from home, including a quarantine spell in Philadelphia while combating a spate of coronavirus diagnoses.TRAINER’S ROOMMiami still has 19 players on the injured list, but has gone three straight days without a transaction. Toronto has three players on the IL: outfielder Derek Fisher, and pitchers Ken Giles and Trent Thornton.UP NEXTMarlins: Jordan Yamamoto (0-0, 9.00) will make his second start this season for Miami. He allowed four runs in his first start on Aug. 6 at Baltimore.Blue Jays: Nate Pearson (0-0, 2.70 ERA) will make his third career start when Toronto wraps up the two-game series against Miami. He has 10 strikeouts in as many innings.last_img read more

Rebecca Hall, Blythe Danner & Joe Manganiello Will Star in the Film Tumbledown

first_imgWhen it comes to playing a widow, Rebecca Hall is your gal! The Golden Globe nominee, who’s currently starring as a woman who’s been accused of murdering her husband in Broadway’s Machinal, will appear as another grieving widow (this one sounds like she’s actually grieving, BTW) in the film Tumbledown. Directed by Sean Menshaw, the rom-com will also feature Tony winner Blythe Danner, Joe Manganiello, Jason Sudeikis and Beau Bridges. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tumbledown follows a young widow (Hall) who’s unable to move on after the death of her husband, an acclaimed singer and the subject of a biography she’s trying to write. She teams with a brash New York academic (Sudeikis) who forces her to confront her loss and the strange circumstances of her husband’s death. No word yet on how Danner, Manganiello and Bridges’ characters fit into the story. Machinal Star Files View Comments Related Shows Rebecca Hall Show Closed This production ended its run on March 2, 2014 Written by Desi Van Til, who was an associate producer on 13 Going 30 (yay!), Tumbledown is set to start production in late March in Massachusetts. Before she heads to The Bay State to start filming, you can catch Rebecca Hall in Roundabout’s revival of Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal, playing at the American Airlines Theatre.last_img read more