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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

Briana Day struggles down low as Syracuse offense sputters in loss to No. 24 ASU

first_img Published on December 12, 2015 at 5:59 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Briana Day sprinted straight toward the hoop. With no one in front of her, she was open for a layup after making a block on defense. But Alexis Peterson’s pass went over her head and out of bounds, wasting a rare open look Day had at the basket.A minute later in the third quarter, Day picked up her dribble in the corner, split-seconds before being trapped. She frantically passed to Jade Phillips, who was standing a few feet beside her. Before Day could get inside, Phillips passed the ball into the paint where no one was standing.Again, the ball flew out of bounds. Again wasting a play that, had it developed, could have gone back to Day. Again, the Arizona State lead stayed out of reach.“We weren’t aggressive enough as far as getting me the ball and playing inside-out,” Day said. “I don’t think it had to do with (Arizona State). They weren’t playing that great defense on me. It was just our offense.”The No. 19 Orange (6-3) got beat up inside for the second consecutive game against a ranked opponent — this time outrebounded 44-23 — in a 61-54 loss to No. 24 Arizona State (5-3) on Saturday in the Carrier Dome. And the junior center Day, who finished third in the Atlantic Coast Conference in rebounds last season, couldn’t salvage SU’s worst offensive performance of the season, finishing with six points and seven boards.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDay anchored the middle of SU’s 2-3 zone defense, a scheme that lends itself to rebounding opportunities and resulted in 18 ASU offensive boards.“I don’t know if it’s more about (ASU’s dominance) than it is more about us having to do a better job in our scheme with rebounding,” Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said.With the Orange trailing 34-28 early in the third quarter, Day was called for a three-second violation. On SU’s next possession, ASU’s Kelsey Moos ripped the ball out of Day’s hands at midcourt. When Day went to grab it back, she was called for a foul.Day came off the court about five minutes later with a disgusted look on her face — nose pinched, eyebrows pushed together, mouth open.“Gotta get loose balls,” Day said as she walked down the Syracuse bench after being subbed out.The Orange eventually cut the lead to four with 9:25 to play off a Brianna Butler 3. But Arizona State answered Syracuse’s press with a three-quarter-court heave to Quinn Dornstauder. The pass flew over Day’s head and Dornstauder beat her all the way to the hoop for an uncontested layup. Another loose ball followed by more Sun Devils points. The lead was back to six and SU got back within four just once the rest of the game.Though Day and Dornstauder are both listed at 6 feet, 4 inches, Dornstauder had a considerable size advantage. She said her plan was to not let Day get the ball comfortably in the post, something that was well executed.“The best defense is not letting the player catch the ball at all,” Dornstauder said.Against No. 5 Maryland nearly two weeks ago — the last time Syracuse played a ranked team — Day’s 10 points and seven rebounds paled in comparison to UMD center Brionna Jones who scored 18 and contributed to the Terrapins’ 24-rebound advantage.The Orange has been outrebounded six times this year but twice in the past four games. SU got dominated inside by more than 20 boards, which Day said falls on her shoulders.“I definitely feel like I didn’t rebound like I know I can, so I do take a lot of personal responsibility for that,” Day said. “That’s what I do and hearing that we got outrebounded by 21, that’s not acceptable.”Even with the disparity on the glass, Syracuse lost by just seven. But Day’s production wasn’t good enough in any facet to give the Orange a victory. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

3 Tipp schools record wins in Harty Cup action

first_imgPhoto: Stephen Gleeson The second round of Harty Cup games were held Wednesday with all three Tipp schools coming out on top.Our Lady’s templemore were comprehensive 6-27 to 1-9 winners over Castletroy College..Nenagh CBS edged out Gaelcholaiste Mhuire Thuaigh by a single point – 1-15 to 3-8 the final score in Ballymacarbery. Thurles CBS were 4-19 to 9 point winners over Doon.Meanwhile extra time was needed to separate the sides in the B hurling competition.Clonmel High School eventually beat Abbey CBS of Tipp Town by 17 points to 1-13.last_img read more