Month: January 2021

MBA competition begins

first_imgNotre Dame’s Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) program is providing prospective MBA students with an opportunity to showcase their business acumen through the third-annual Mini Deep-Dive Challenge, a competition asking students to solve a real-life corporate responsibility.According to a University press release, the grand prizewinner will receive a $25,000 fellowship if admitted to the Notre Dame MBA program, and the first 50 students to sign up will receive a $50 prize package. Bill Brennan, MBA initiatives program director, said the challenge is based on interterm intensive sessions in which MBA students participate twice a year. “What we do in those is in a four day period of time, we work with what I refer to as ‘big, sexy companies’ like GE, IBM [and] HP … [and] students tackle live business problems that the companies have yet to resolve,” Brennan said. This year’s partner for the Mini Deep-Dive Challenge is Sprint, who will post a business problem concerning corporate responsibility online, and students will have to draft a one-page explanation of their solution, Brennan said. “The real challenge to a lot of people is … creating a solution that’s refined to the point that it’s easily articulated and that it makes a lot of sense business-wise,” he said. “You’re looking at something that’s seemingly very complex, but your solution has to evolve in the rationality you use to the point where you have to explain it in one page.” Faculty at the Mendoza College of Business will choose the best proposals to send to Sprint executives, who will then determine the grand prizewinner and the top 10 finishers, Brennan said. “Understanding the problem or the opportunity, coming up with a viable solution – those would be heavily weighted elements of the judging process,” he said. Besides testing students’ business skills, Brennan said one goal of the competition is to give prospective MBA students an idea of what the Notre Dame program is like, which influenced the program’s decision to make corporate responsibility the challenge’s theme. “‘Ask more of business’ is our slogan here in the Mendoza College of Business, and we really believe strongly that corporate social responsibility is an important part of business,” he said. “Doing well is doing good, and it leads to good results not only for society but for the bottom line of the business … We think [this focus is] one of those things that makes Notre Dame a little bit unique, that we’re willing to show our values.” In addition to promoting the MBA program, Brennan said the competition is also an extension of the work the Mendoza College of Business does to raise awareness about corporate responsibility. “This is also a continuation of who we are. Fr. Sorin wrote that letter years ago about being a force for good in society, and this is one of the many little ways that we hope to do that as well, by providing exposure to people on corporate social responsibility,” he said. “Even something like this Mini Deep-Dive Challenge is … hopefully making for better citizenry, society and businesspeople all in one.”last_img read more

Professional athlete discusses humanitarianism

first_imgRuth Riley, a 2001 Notre Dame graduate and former Notre Dame women’s basketball player, came to the Eck Center last night to give the lecture “From Professional Athlete to Humanitarian: How I Became involved in the Fight Against Poverty and Disease,” an event organized by the Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity.         “It’s up to us as individuals how much we want to be engaged,” Riley said. “I learned very quickly that I wanted to utilize the platform I have [as an athlete] to make a difference.“People ask me what makes me different than most professional athletes — why do I spend time doing what I do? I would say it’s simply how I prioritize my time.”Riley said seeing the lives of those living in malaria-stricken countries left her overwhelmed after her time as a spokeswoman for Nothing but Nets, a charity dedicated to preventing the spread of malaria.“I’m in a clinic and there’s a mother there who is holding a child who is dying of malaria,” said Riley. “She told me she already lost one of her children.“For me, I’ve never been a mother. I didn’t know what it felt like, and I felt so inadequate in that moment to help her.”On a trip to Nairobi as a spokeswoman for a Global Business Coalition for tuberculosis, AIDS and malaria, Riley said her experiences opened her up to the terrible social impact of disease.“Nothing can prepare you for the reality of what life is like in the slums of Nairobi,” she said. “I got a crash course in the feminization of AIDS.“Women were being raped by a rate of 50 percent or more, largely by the rumor that raping a virgin [would cure AIDS], so women were being raped at a very young age. Women had no rights.”   There is a disconnect — a “spoil factor” — between those who are able to help and those who need aid keeping progress from going as quickly as possible, Riley said.          “A lot of professional athletes surround themselves with people that aren’t directed on the path of giving back to others,” she said. “We have things like health care and talk about things like movies.“Mothers [in these countries], they don’t expect their kids to live beyond the age of five. The leadership in a lot of these countries is so corrupt, and information and knowledge is power and they don’t even have access to that.”Even with the multitude of obstacles and countless variables in these countries that require consideration, Riley said maintaining optimism is vital to maintaining progress.“There are so many factors like corruption and ignorance that keep the cycle of crime and poverty in place,” said Riley. “It’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the obstacles and the contributing factors when you’re working with HIV…so it’s really necessary to focus and celebrate the small steps you make on the way.”Tags: Athlete, Eck Center, Humanitarianlast_img read more

SMC Love Your Body Week promotes self-image and healthy living

first_imgKeri O’Mara Saint Mary’s 5th annual Love Your Body Week (LYBW) takes place this week, with the goal of addressing all of the struggles students may have with their bodies in hopes to transform negative perceptions into positive self-images.Love Your Body Week event co-chair and senior Chloe Deranek explained how the main goal of the week’s events is to show support for achieving positive body images for all students in the best way possible.“The mission of the week is to help the Saint Mary’s community come together in a way that supports and loves positive body image through healthy eating and exercise,” Deranek said.According to Deranek, the main goal of the week is essential, but can also be expanded to include an emphasis on the importance of taking care of one’s self.“This includes treating yourself, because lots of things go into being a healthy person,” Deranek said. “The overall goal is to help girls love themselves for who they are.”The week kicked off Sunday evening with a mass in Le Mans Chapel, followed by a “Hairspray” movie-watch in Vander Vennet Theater in the Student Center with sundaes, Kaitlyn Tarullo, event co-chair and senior, said.On Monday, a student panel in which women shared their personal stories of eating disorders was designed to show students that they are not alone in the struggle with body image.“It puts a face to someone who may be struggling in silence to say, ‘Someone’s been there and this is how they’ve gotten help,’” Deranek said. “A lot of times, especially with eating disorders, it’s hard to acknowledge a problem, and you feel on your own, so a student panel is a very good way to show people they are not alone.”LYBW will continue on Tuesday with an event titled, “A Mother/Daughter Journey on ‘The Biggest Loser,’” featuring a former mother and daughter team on the popular weight-loss show.Marci and Courtney Crozier of Valapraiso, Indiana, will share their stories of each losing nearly 100 pounds on the program and how they have maintained healthy lifestyles that continue to inspire thousands of followers on social media since the airing of the show, Tarullo said.“[It’s] really exciting because sometimes obesity gets overlooked during Love Your Body Week and really the week is about being healthy as a whole, not just eating disorders,” Tarullo said. “We want to remind girls that it includes loving yourself overall, and we think that having the Croziers here to share their story will be a great addition to the week.”On Thursday, the popular event ‘Yoga and Yogurt’ will be held in Angela Athletic Center at 7:30 p.m., but Deranek said that they’ve added a slight twist this year.“We are continuing the tradition, but we are putting a little spin on it with a Throwback Thursday and 90s theme,” Deranek said.Love Your Body Week will conclude Friday with a “Treat Yo’ Self” event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second floor of the Student Center. There, students will have the opportunity to be pampered by local boutiques, salons and a bakery serving gourmet cupcakes, Tarullo said.Tarullo explained this year’s mission differs from previous years by addressing all of the ways positive body image can be affected in order to relate to a broader audience.“I think the emphasis used to be on a lot of eating disorders,” Tarullo said. “Getting this position this year, Chloe and I made it our goal to make it more well-rounded and include everybody who is fighting this battle.”Deranek added, “We are just trying to broaden what Love Your Body Week encompasses.” Tags: Body Image, Chloe Deranek, Crozier, Kaitlyn Tarullo, Love Your Body Week, LYBW, Marci and Courtney Crozier, self-image, The Biggest Loser, Yoga and Yogurtlast_img read more

Mary Galvin replaces Crawford as COS dean

first_imgIn the third grade, Dr. Mary Galvin said, she was told that she was not college material; last month, she succeeded Dr. Gregory Crawford as the William K. Warren Foundation Dean of the College of Science.A chemistry major who spent her undergraduate career at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York, Galvin said she tried graduate school for chemistry but left and decided to study polymers and materials science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Though her interest in science began in high school, she said MIT cultivated her love for the subject, specifically for materials.“It was … at MIT that I realized science was very interdisciplinary,” Galvin said. “It involved communicating with people, going to meetings. … I liked that aspect of science that people are unaware of. You really meet people from across the globe, and science unites you.”Galvin said her favorite aspect of science is that it is open to everyone.“I grew up very poor, one of seven children. My father had not finished ninth grade, but they wanted all of us to go to college, and we did,” Galvin said. “And science is an area that you can come from any background, and if you work hard and have talent, you can go really far in science. … There is a meritocracy in science that to me is very attractive.”Galvin took at job at Bell Laboratories after MIT and stayed there for 14 years, she said. From there, she spent eight years developing a materials science department at the University of Delaware. She has also worked for Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., and the National Science Fund.Galvin started the next phase of her career Aug. 17, as Dean of the College of Science at Notre Dame.“This a special place,” Galvin said. “I was impressed with the University’s commitment to science and to engineering and to research and how that can enhance undergraduate education, how it can make a difference in solving many of the problems we face in society from health to energy to sustainability.”Galvin said she believes she is a good fit for the dean position because she has dealt with different disciplines that fall under the College and that she hopes she can use the position to have a positive effect on students and faculty.“Really what I want to do is work with the faculty, who are very talented, to allow them to reach the dreams that they and the administration have set for being a really top research university,” she said.Tags: College of Science, galvin, mary galvinlast_img read more

University Registrar discusses plans for Commencement weekend

first_imgSunday, May 21 will mark the 172nd Notre Dame Commencement ceremony, where approximately 3,000 graduates will be presented with their degrees from the University. The Commencement ceremony will take place in Notre Dame Stadium and serve as the culmination of senior week, as well as the class of 2017’s time at Notre Dame.Lauren Weldon | The Observer While the ceremony officially starts at 9 a.m., University registrar Chuck Hurley said he recommends people arrive shortly after the stadium opens at 7 a.m., especially given the extra security measures that will be in place due to the presence of Vice President Mike Pence at the ceremony.“We have to open up on Saturday morning about half an hour earlier than we normally do,” Hurley said. “In 2001 when President Bush came, and in 2009 when President Obama came to Commencement … we had a number of folks who showed up at the last minute and thought they could just walk right in. In years where you have a President or Vice President, that’s just not the case. … You have to go through the magnetometers that the Secret Service has. It takes longer to get folks in.”In the case of severe weather, the Commencement ceremony will take place in Purcell Pavilion. As a result, each graduate would only receive three tickets to Commencement due to the smaller size of the venue. If this venue change becomes necessary, overflow locations will be available for additional guests in Compton Family Ice Arena, Jordan Hall of Science, DeBartolo Hall or the north dome of the Joyce Center. Hurley said Commencement will also be live-streamed for those who would prefer to watch the ceremony remotely.For the most part, Hurley said, the Campus Crossroads Project construction will not affect the ceremony itself.“There’s some areas they block off, and they’ll put fencing around things because certain areas of the facility are constructions zones,” he said. “ … But it’s important to remember, the stage is on the field and the students are on the field, so that doesn’t really change at all because there’s no work being done on the field itself.”Aside from the main Commencement ceremony, almost 100 other events relating to Commencement take place between Wednesday and Sunday, which include “everything from honor society functions to dinners,” Hurley said. Nineteen of the ceremonies are diploma ceremonies for programs and colleges within the University.Hurley said his favorite part of the weekend is the mass at 5 p.m. on Saturday evening in Purcell Pavilion. He said 11,000 to 12,000 people typically attend the event.“The Holy Cross priests do a wonderful job with the mass,” Hurley said. “It is a beautiful event, and it is really a culmination. All of our first-year students during orientation weekend come in and are in Purcell Pavilion together for opening orientation, and then four years later one of the last things they do is go to mass [on] Saturday night of Commencement weekend.”Planning for Commencement starts in October, Hurley said, and continues throughout the year, up until Commencement weekend in May.“It’s an event-filled several days for us where we only get to go home for a few hours at night and come back at four in the morning to get going,” he said. “There’s a lot of people who bring relatives to campus for that weekend. We want them to have a wonderful experience. … It really is a massive endeavor.”Tags: Class of 2017, Commencement 2017, Commencement ceremony, Mike Pencelast_img read more

LGBTQ resource fair promotes services for members of College community

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Sexuality and Gender Alliance Club hosted an LGBTQ Resource Fair, an event that allowed participants to meet with LGBTQ and ally organizations, groups and individuals who provide resources to local and college communities Thursday.Sophomore Susi Le, the 2017-2018 recipient of the LGBT Student Scholarship awarded by the Gay and Lesbian Alumni of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s (GALA), coordinated the event. In addition to providing financial resources for students who identify as members of the LGBTQ community, GALA also sponsors charitable, educational, spiritual and athletic activities that further the interests of community members and their supporters. Michelle Mehelas | The Observer Members of the Saint Mary’s community spoke with representatives from various LGBTQ support organizations about resources available in the Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame and South Bend communities.Along with GALA, the LGBTQ Center of South Bend; YWCA of Northern Indiana; Transgender Resource, Education and Enrichment Services (TREES); Graduate LGBTQ+ and Allies Student Society of Notre Dame (GlassND) and several other resource groups attended the event.Meghan Buell, the founder and president of TREES, Inc., an organization spreading transgender education throughout small-town and rural communities, has been involved at Saint Mary’s for the past five years, appearing as a guest lecturer and acting as a mentor to student organizations. Buell said TREES, Inc. hopes to connect with college students through events such as Thursday’s resource fair.“I think that sometimes there’s a disconnect between the community and the resources in the campus community, and we want to bring those together to let students know that there are resources in the community that they may not find directly through campus organizations,” Buell said.TREES, Inc. strives to teach the essential tools necessary to initiate respectful, productive conversations in and about the LGBTQ community, Buell said.“We are constantly having conversations and teaching communication skills that are involved in the transgender community: how to be respectful, how to use the right terminology, understanding that pronouns matter,” Buell said.Laura Ortiz-Mercado, a graduate student at Notre Dame, represented GlassND, a group founded by the graduate student union that works to create a sense of community within Notre Dame and is specifically aimed toward graduate students who identify as LGBTQ.“Our first goal is to create a sense of community and companionship, as well as a support group,” she said. “We know that, in a way, being in graduate school is like living inside a bubble in which you are disconnected from everything else. We’ve been trying to create connections across universities and, more importantly, with the South Bend community.”One of the largest parts of her role as group organizer, Ortiz-Mercado said, is to create visibility by spreading LGBTQ awareness through the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s communities.“The most important thing is bringing visibility to the different groups — support groups, student organizations and non-profit organizations around South Bend,” she said. “We want to bring visibility to the fact that we are here, and to let people in the LGTBTQ community know that they have a lot of resources and groups to join. We want to let them know that they are not alone here.”Tags: GALA-ND/SMC, LGBTQ, LGBTQ Resource Fair, Saint Mary’s Sexuality and Gender Alliance Club, TREESlast_img read more

Asian Allure aims to debunk conceptions about culture

first_imgThe Asian American Association of Notre Dame will host Asian Allure, its annual showcase celebrating Asian culture and heritage, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in Washington Hall. This year’s show includes traditional songs, dances and a fashion show.“Asian Allure is a multicultural performance where we gather and unite all of the Asian cultural clubs together to perform different acts — whether it’s a dance or a song — that highlight unique elements about their culture,” senior and president of the Asian American Association Sid Magdaong said. Observer File Photo Students perform a dance for Asian Allure in 2014. This year’s program aims to address misconceptions about Asian culture.While there are several, more specific cultural clubs, the Asian American Association (AAA) is a conglomerate of all of these clubs. Senior Alyssa Ngo, director of the show, said Asian Allure is an opportunity for the cultural clubs to come together and celebrate Asian culture in general.“There’s a number of different clubs [within the Asian American Association],” Ngo said. “Most of the clubs, since they’re more specific to their student demographic, they do most of their own events. … A lot of the events that [the Asian American Association] usually puts on are mostly social events or events for us like a movie watch or food or things like that. So there’s not that many events that the clubs put on for not just us. … In terms of events that we put on that wider campus audience and other people can come see what AAA is about — this is it.”This year’s theme is “Behind the Curtain,” which seeks to dispel common misconceptions about Asian culture, Ngo said.“Behind the Curtain is a play on the show theme — we’re all on stage behind the curtain,” she said. “The reason why Asian Allure is called ‘Asian Allure’ is because we recognize that to a Western audience the Asian continent is kind of mysterious — it’s mystery, it’s exotic, it’s foreign — this is allure. I wanted to express the show is this demystification of Asian culture, to kind of pull back the curtain and say, ‘This is what we’re really about and here are some things that you didn’t know about Asian culture, here are some things that maybe you thought you knew but you actually didn’t.’”Ngo said Asian Allure provides members with the opportunity to share their culture with their non-Asian friends.“A lot of people really look forward to it every year,” she said. “It’s meant a lot to a lot of people as the thing to invite other friends who are outside of the [Asian] community to say, ‘This is what I do, these are my people, this is my culture.’”For many members of the Asian American Association, sharing Asian culture with the campus through Asian Allure is one of the best parts of their year, Magdaong said.“Asian Allure is one of my favorite events that our organization puts on every year,” he said. “It’s really amazing to see all these different clubs gather for two nights this week where they can just showcase these parts of their culture that are very important to them and letting the audience and the broader Notre Dame community know more about that. I just think that’s fantastic.”Tags: Asian Allure, Asian American, Asian American Association, Asian Heritage, Behind the Curtainlast_img read more

Saint Mary’s Green Dot program aims to make student safety a shared responsibility

first_imgThe Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) partnered with the Green Dot Committee, which aims to educate students on violence prevention, in hosting “Welcome on the Island” on Wednesday evening to explain the benefits of bystander intervention education and introduce training coordinators.Students gathered on the island in Lake Marion to frost cookies and interact with representatives from BAVO, Green Dot and certified program instructors.Sarah Miesle, a Green Dot training coordinator, said Green Dot has been present at the College for about eight years.“We’re actually the first college of the tri-college community to start Green Dot on campus,” Miesle said. “It originally started in high schools, and also with some areas of the U.S. Armed Forces. … In Kentucky in particular, there’s been a lot of really good information and statistics that have shown that [Green Dot] has helped reduce the instances of power-based personal violence and other things because people feel empowered to be a bystander, whatever level they’re on.”In an effort to expand Green Dot’s resources beyond the committee and BAVO, Miesle said the group has paid special attention to involving faculty and staff from diverse departments on campus.“There was a big group of us that got certified in … I think it was 2015 or 2016,” Miesle said. “And it was very intentional with trying to get a variety of people. One of the messages with Green Dot is that there’s a lot of strength in the unexpected messenger. Everyone would expect Liz [Coulston] to be that person … overall the concept is that it’s not just one person in one place.”Miesle said she and other certified Green Dot training coordinators offers two types of sessions: A basic overview lasting between one and two hours, and the full bystander intervention training that can run up to five hours. While the training is a time commitment, Miesle said, the sessions are interactive and effective.Both the basic overview and the full training highlight Green Dot’s “three D’s”: Distract, direct and delegate, providing a plan for those involved in a potentially dangerous or uncomfortable situation, Miesle said.“It doesn’t have to be, you know, Clark Kent turns into Superman and goes in to save the day,” Miesle said. “But everybody has some ability to do something.”The full bystander intervention training also offers the opportunity for participants to anonymously share why they’ve chosen to attend the sessions, Miesle said.“You always hear something that you’re like, ‘Yes, this is why I’m here. This is why I do it. This is why we’re having this conversation,’” she said.Sergeant Phil Bambenek of Saint Mary’s Campus Safety said Green Dot offers peer-based training for dealing with real-world problems.“The thing I like about Green Dot … is it’s really more of a concept than a class,” Bambenek said. “And you know, the concept is that we’re just not going to accept that power-based personal violence is an unsolvable problem, and [that] we’re going to all come together and achieve some solutions.”In addition to contributing to Green Dot intervention training sessions, Bambenek said he and the rest of the campus safety department foster a safe environment for students by acting as a 24/7 resource. Both Bambenek and Miesle said they urge students to note the phone numbers of both Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame campus safety.“We like to tell our freshmen that once you become a Belle, you’re never alone,” he said. “Once you get [the campus safety] number plugged into your phone, you can call us anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.”While Saint Mary’s security shares self-defense and safety methods, in addition to providing escort services between the College and University, Bambenek said students should also make a personal effort to prepare and protect themselves.“It also comes to pushing people to take some personal investment in their safety,” Bambenek said. “I’m going to circle back around to things like Green Dot and the BAVO program because it really is helping them to become more confident in their ability to deal with situations.”Miesle, a Saint Mary’s alumna, said much of Green Dot’s success on campus is a group effort.“It starts with our community and our community is super strong,” she said. “And I think that’s why we’ve been successful with this because there’s that sisterhood here at Saint Mary’s.”By increasing awareness of power-based violence at Saint Mary’s, Miesle said she hopes Green Dot can change the “1 in 4” culture, citing the statistic that almost one in four — 23.1% — college-aged women will experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence or incapacitation.“We can do better than that,” Miesle said. “Yeah, we want to do better than that. But it’s not just going to happen by not doing anything. So there’s a lot of personal responsibility in that. … Nobody has to do everything. But everybody has to do something. That’s Green Dot in a nutshell.”Tags: BAVO, Green Dot Training, power-based violencelast_img read more

Siegfried residents raise money, awareness for homeless through Day of Man

first_imgDespite the forecasted high temperature of 32 degrees Fahrenheit this Wednesday, the men of Siegfried Hall will be wearing t-shirts, shorts and flip flops as part of their 14th annual Day of Man fundraiser for South Bend Center for the Homeless. In fact, the colder the better, sophomore Sean Butler said. Photo courtesy Sean Residents of Siegfried Hall pose outside South Dining Hall during the 2019 Day of Man. The men of Siegfried use the annual event—in which they brave the cold in shorts and t-shirts—to fundraise for the South Bend Center for the Homeless.“Last year it was in the 40’s and we were disappointed with that … we like the challenge,” Butler, one of the students involved in coordinating the fundraiser, said.Day of Man marks the start of a fundraising effort that continues online through the Notre Dame Student Shop until the end of February. In the past 13 years, Siegfried has raised over $145,000 for the Center for the Homeless. After raising over $15,000 last year, the hall hopes to increase that number to $20,000 this year. Senior Jess Hatfield, who has led the event since his sophomore year, said the personal nature of the fundraiser is part of its appeal.“The success of the event is really about getting as many Siegfried men as possible outside begging for money,” Hatfield said in an email. “It’s a really cool event this way because there is a direct correlation between the amount of participation we have from each and every resident and the amount of money we raise.”Despite the convenience of Venmo, the Student Activities Office has historically resisted its use in fundraisers due to security concerns. “Our rector, Deacon Joe Peterson, and other rectors are trying to push for hall Venmos for upcoming years so we’re hoping that comes through,” Butler said. “This year is probably more of a transition year.”Butler said he felt the focus of the fundraiser is on coming to a better understanding of the experiences of the homeless and emphasizing solidarity.“They [the homeless] have busy lives, too. Just like we have busy lives, they have busy lives, but they have to go through their lives without a lot of basic needs met,” Butler said. “I think at the core it’s a cause that everyone can get behind and recognize that, you know, we’re all so fortunate to be here at Notre Dame.”In the future, Hatfield said, Siegfried residents hope to expand their fundraising to companies that can contribute monetary or product donations. Last year, Patagonia donated winter clothes to the Center for the Homeless in response to Siegfried residents’ efforts.“In the future, getting winter clothes companies, or any companies, for that matter, to match donations could really improve total money raised,” Hatfield said. “This is a pretty unique event, so I think if we worked hard enough, we could definitely get some good sized corporate donations.”Throughout the rest of the year, Siegfried Hall has an active relationship with the Center for the Homeless, with residents volunteering every weekend in whatever capacity they are most needed.“We work with them a lot, so it’s more than just writing a check and then being done with it,” Butler said.The fundraiser allows for community members, whether living on or off campus, to get involved in different ways, from designing t-shirts and posters to creating hype videos. Small variations, Hatfield said, can be enough to increase excitement and awareness before the fundraiser.Day of Man has retained roughly the same form since its inception. Hatfield said the simplicity of the event combined with the light-hearted and yet sincere attitude of the participants makes it effective as both a fundraiser and community building event. The sense of purpose and community drew him to the fundraiser as a First Year.“Dorm spirit and a sense of camaraderie is huge,” Hatfield said. “The spirit is contagious and definitely necessary to get all of us to stand outside half naked in the freezing cold.”Tags: Siegfried Hall, Siegfried Hall Day of Man, South Bend Center for the Homelesslast_img read more

Bills QB Allen Stays Busy Despite Pandemic Restrictions

first_imgBuffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins, October 20, 2019 at New Era Field. Photo by Bill Wippert/ — Josh Allen has hardly spent this coronavirus pandemic-altered offseason in self-isolation.The Buffalo Bills quarterback, instead, kept himself busy in seeking advice from Peyton Manning and Brett Favre on Zoom calls, to gathering his teammates together for workouts on both coasts.It’s all been done with an intent to continue developing into a team leader entering his third season, and smooth the inconsistencies that have hampered Allen and the offense’s production.What fuels Allen is the still stinging memory of his up-then-down performance in a 22-19 overtime loss to Houston in an AFC wild-card playoff, in which the Bills squandered a 16-0 third-quarter lead. “I was talking about it last night, so I’m definitely not over it,” Allen during a Zoom conference call with Buffalo-area reporters Thursday.He was efficient in the first half by going 13 of 20 for 131 yards and catching a touchdown pass, before unraveling in going 11 of 26 for 133 yards and a lost fumble the rest of the way.“I know that we had opportunities to win that game,” he said. “That’s something that continues to drive me in knowing I could’ve played better and I could’ve done more, and I could’ve eliminated a mistake here or there that could’ve been super easy to eliminate and given us a better chance to win that game.”It was a performance which encapsulated the best and worst of Allen, the Bills 2018 first-round pick, who has yet to shed his pre-draft reputation of being a strong-armed, but raw product with accuracy issues.“I’ve got personal goals set out for myself,” Allen said, noting his 11-0 career record when completing 60% or more of passes in games he starts and finishes.“So I think that’s the goal every game to at least hit 60%,” he said. “I’m not going to try to force things and I’m not going to be Captain Checkdown either.”The test for Allen this offseason has been finding ways to improve without the benefit of on-field practices, with the pandemic wiping out the NFL’s entire spring schedule.He began by seeking advice from former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, whom he met at the Super Bowl. It continued with offensive coordinator Brian Daboll inviting Favre — Allen’s childhood idol — and Manning to provide tips during the Bills’ virtual quarterbacks meetings.Allen then took it upon himself to organize a workout with Bills offensive rookie draft picks in California in early May, followed by bringing together 19 offensive players for workouts in Miami a few weeks later.Allen’s take-charge approach drew praise from Daboll and coach Sean McDermott.“He’s our quarterback, but you can’t force leadership. You can improve it, you can learn about it. You can grow from it,” Daboll said. “But Josh has innate leadership qualities that guys gravitate toward, and he understands his role on the team.”Added McDermott: “It’s a critical step that he took it upon himself and his own initiative to put this together.”The Miami workouts were particularly important because they marked the first time Allen was able practice throws with receiver Stefon Diggs, the dynamic threat acquired in a trade with Minnesota in March.“It was very, very awesome to see just the amount of detail he puts into his craft, how communicative he was, how willing he was to learn,” Allen said of Diggs, noting they first got to know each other from afar by playing video games. “He’s such an explosive player and a great player, and he’s going to add a lot to our offense.”Scoring more points was general manager Brandon Beane’s objective behind acquiring Diggs, who joins a well-established group of receivers rounded out by John Brown and Cole Beasley. Despite a 10-6 finish, the Bills scored 21 or more points just six times and ranked 23rd in the NFL in scoring and 24th in yards offense.Allen made significant strides from his rookie season by showing poise and patience in the pocket, rather than sprinting off at the first sign of pressure. He did benefit from playing in front of a sturdier and rebuilt line, which featured four newcomers, including center Mitch Morse.Allen doubled his touchdowns passing total to 20 and threw only nine interceptions (down from 12 the previous year). Though he enjoyed a six-point jump in completing 58.8% of his passes, Allen still ranked last among NFL starters.Allen particularly credited Romo for providing tips that have improved his throwing motion, which he saw pay off during the Miami workouts.“I felt like it’s the best I’ve ever thrown,” Allen said, noting the next step is reproducing that motion once the Bills can begin practicing. “I feel good where I’m at right now.” 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