Badin Hall hosts ninth annual Polar Bear Plunge

first_imgTom Naatz | The Observer Students participate in Badin Hall’s annual Polar Plunge signature event.Cook said she estimated about 250 people usually participate in this Badin event, which is “not a big percentage of the school.” Cook said she hoped 300 people would participate this year.“We basically spent the whole year thinking about, ‘What are the ways we can make it a little more revamped?’” Cook said.The heavy-duty planning for the event began in November, as the directors began contacting the Student Activities Organization (SAO), booking the venue for the event and planning finances. Planning was complicated by several factors, namely that due to study abroad, the three event planners were never present on campus together.Weather is another potentially complicating factor, event director and sophomore Alicia Cristoforo said.“I hope we get a really good turnout this year,” Cristoforo said. “It might be hard because of the weather. It was pretty balmy last year, it was like a 50-degree day.”This year, for the first time, Badin Hall inaugurated Frog Week in the week leading up to the event, including an ice cream social with St. Edwards Hall — Badin’s brother dorm, a movie night and “Ms. Bullfrog,” a mock beauty pageant.“It’s been really fun to have more community building events this year. We’ve done more than ever before. Because we’re living in Pangborn, the hall government really took the initiative of preserving and absorbing the first years in the community, which would be a little more challenging than usual,” Cristoforo said. “A lot of who we are as a dorm is the building we live in, but it’s so much more than that.”Cristoforo said they hope to be able to make a significant donation to St. Margaret’s House. In the past, making a significant donation has been a challenge because many of the supplies for the event, notably heat lamps, are expensive. St. Margaret’s is especially in need of money as donations generally drop off after the holidays, Cook said.There was a steady stream of participants at the event itself, despite the brisk temperatures, and towels, heat lamps and hot chocolate were available to participants immediately after they left the water. Two firemen were stationed in the water to ensure no participants had medical problems. Yet despite the cold, participants expressed positive feelings about their experience.“It’s a great way for the community to come together. Everyone comes out from a ton of different dorms,” senior Zosia Zdanowicz said. “It was really cold, but the hot chocolate was worth it afterwards.”For some, their participation in the Polar Bear Plunge was an impulsive decision.“On the morning of, I woke up and said, ‘Kevin, how do I get you to do this with me?’” senior Robby Lucian said.Participants also noted the important cause the Polar Bear Plunge serves.“It’s a great way to show your Badin Hall spirit and support Saint Margaret’s House,” senior Maggie James said.Tags: badin hall, Polar Bear Plunge, Saint Margaret’s House, St. Joseph’s Lake Temperatures in the high 20s do not make for pleasant swimming weather. Nevertheless, community members gathered Saturday to take a dip in St. Joseph’s Lake as part of Badin Hall’s ninth-annual Polar Bear Plunge. The event aims to benefit St. Margaret’s House in South Bend, which helps women and children living in poverty.Saturday’s event culminated a year of planning, event director and junior Alyssa Cook said.“This is something you have to think about almost a year in advance,” Cook said. “We started talking with our rector last year … and basically what we said is we want to revamp it.”last_img read more

The Late Show With (The Real) Stephen Colbert Debuts

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York At 11:35 p.m. Tuesday on CBS, in a recently remodeled Ed Sullivan Theater, a rambunctious audience rallied a chant not shouted since December.“STEPHEN! STEPHEN! STEPHEN!”It’s the rallying cry of a nation – the Colbert Nation, specifically. The nation’s leader, dressed in a blue suit and polka dot tie, ex-Colbert Report host and famed TV personality Stephen Colbert returned to the silver screen on his new gig, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.“With this show, I begin to search for the real Stephen Colbert,” he said in a standard opening monologue. “I just hope I don’t find him on Ashley Madison.”It’s that same kind of goofiness everyone missed that added to a night – a day, really – audiences won’t soon forget.Earlier on Tuesday, before the show’s daytime New York City-themed opening credits rolled, random pedestrians were handed free celebratory Col’ Brews – a custom cold-brewed coffee featuring Colbert’s face. This was a clever and friendly tactic of CBS, determined to herd all eyes to the premiere, even if that meant caffeinating everyone past their bedtimes.If the coffee failed, The Late Show’s new band, Stay Human, kept the energy alive each segment. Bandleader John Batiste paraded, sang and clapped around the set playing a piano with his signature melodica to catchy beats that he labeled as “social music.” It really was just that. The mix of jazz, soul and R&B was friendly, spirited and well received by the audience. Performing “Everyday People” – a song by Sly and the Family Stone known for its message of social equality and acceptance – was a curious choice, too.After the opening monologue, the show transitioned to the now iconic image of Colbert behind a desk. His new late-night desk, that is, which Colbert assured everyone was, “carved out of a single piece of desk.”George Clooney was first to sit opposite Colbert. Celebrity interviews are typical of talk shows, and learning about the actor’s recent marriage and under-appreciated Darfur activism was interesting, but Jeb Bush’s appearance stole the attention. Not because anyone was particularly excited to see the Republican presidential candidate, but rather to witness Colbert’s post-Report approach to politics at his new home at CBS. We knew Colbert would drop the conservative act he presented on Comedy Central, but when he compared watching Donald Trump to the guilty pleasure of gorging on Oreos, Colbert seemed to suggest that he and politics are inseparable.The conversation with Jeb was nowhere near as aggressive as it would have been on The Colbert Report. Not as aggressive but not merciful, either.“Could you take a moment to tell the American people why you want to be president of the United States?” he asked.“Do you think you could bring people together?” Colbert pressed. “Because everyone says they want to bring people together, but when you get down to the campaigning or get down to what passes for governing, it often ends up being just a game of blood sport. And the other side can’t possibly do, say, or plan for anything good.”“Without in any way diminishing your love for your brother, in what ways do you politically differ from your brother George [W. Bush]?”Absent of sarcasm (okay, maybe that last question was a little sarcastic) and no insults to the conservative Republican’s intelligence or logic, the questions were serious but sincere, and rightfully so for a presidential runner. And that’s the extent of Colbert’s new interview approach: occasional humor minus a political agenda. The Late Show’s Youtube channel also uploaded a deleted clip of Jeb’s response to gun control.Jeb Bush provided some lengthy and arguably generalized and vague answers, even (sort of) complimented Obama at one point, but there was a mutual respect between Jeb and Colbert. No heated debates, no tension. Just two differing individuals, and Jeb mirrored the benevolence.“I’m just here to see you,” he said, “and I think that’s why everyone else is here.” And the audience agreed.Colbert tried to fight the reality, of course. “He’s the guest, not me!”In a sense, Colbert was a guest. Maybe to no one’s surprise, the real man of the hour was none other than the host himself.“Who is the real Stephen Colbert?” was the generalized media gossip that mystified Colbert after retiring his right-wing persona.Evidently, the man partially responsible for turning young heads to politics is – and always was – just a guy trying to make you laugh. The kind of guy who plasters his smiling face on bottles, promotes fake movie clips for celebrities, and playfully trolls politicians. Colbert genuinely wants to entertain while integrating his political beliefs into his nightly program, and that’s the most significant and unique aspect he’ll use to compete with his fellow late-night hosts in the years to come.The curtains closed 12 minutes after the show’s normal end time of 12:37 a.m. with a level of audience enthusiasm matched only by The Colbert Report and, in hindsight, Stephen Colbert’s entire career.last_img read more

Moyes thanks fans for support

first_img What had been billed as a difficult afternoon for Moyes turned out to be plain-sailing as a Wayne Rooney double and goals from Juan Mata and Javier Hernandez sealed a relatively comfortable win for Moyes. A group of disgruntled fans carried out their threat to fly a protest banner over Old Trafford. “I just wanted everybody to know that I am the manager of the club and you know where I am,” he said. “I stand on the edge of the pitch every week. That’s my job.” It looked like being yet another bad day at the office for Moyes when Ashley Westwood bent a free-kick over the wall and past goalkeeper David de Gea with just 11 minutes gone. Rooney equalised seven minutes later, though, before he converted a penalty in first-half injury time following a foul by Leandro Bacuna on Mata. Mata scored his first goal for the club to make it 3-1 and Adnan Januzaj set up his fellow substitute Hernandez for the fourth at the death. “We didn’t get off to a great start after 10 or 15 minutes but I thought we did a good job today,” Moyes said. “I thought the players played well, and did a lot of good things. “We scored some good goals which we have not done in a lot of games here. “I thought the fourth goal was (an) especially good goal.” Moyes was pleased to see club-record signing Mata finally score his first United goal since his £37.5million transfer from Chelsea. “Juan has deserved it. His play has been very good,” Moyes said. ” He has made a difference to the team.” The only downside for Moyes was a thigh injury to right-back Rafael, who had to come off at half-time. Moyes, who was without Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans and Rio Ferdinand, could do without more injuries ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League game against Bayern Munich. “Rafael has an injury and we will need to check it out,” the Scot said. “We had to juggle it around a bit as Antonio Valencia couldn’t play. He had a bit of tendonitis in his knee.” Villa beat Chelsea two weeks ago, and manager Paul Lambert felt his team missed another chance to pull off an upset on Saturday following a strong start. “There was never three goals between us,” Lambert said. “We started the game great, and Westwood scored a great free-kick. “We were comfortable at 1-0 and Manchester United were not creating too much.” Lambert’s side would have had a better chance of victory had Christian Benteke not fluffed three good chances to score, but the Villa boss refused to blame the big Belgian. “I can’t be too critical of Christian because he has scored some vital goals in the last 18 months and will continue to do so,” Lambert said. A plane buzzed over the ground for the first 10 minutes of the match with the message ‘Wrong One – Moyes Out’ behind it. Former United defender Gary Neville said the protest lacked class and most of the fans inside the stadium agreed. There were boos and songs of support for Moyes as the plane hovered above the stadium. Moyes received a warm welcome when he took his place in the dugout and there were supportive songs for the United boss in the second half as it became clear the hosts were set for victory. “The support inside Old Trafford has been terrific and if ever there was a show of support for their football club and for their team, it was today,” the United boss said. “Inside Old Trafford it was terrific, it really was.” Moyes insisted he took no notice of the plane, saying: “I was concentrating on the game.” Perhaps the most poignant moment of the afternoon was when Moyes came out of the tunnel early and took his place on the United bench well before his players emerged. The United manager, who has lost six home games this season, was pleased to see the response from the crowd. Press Association David Moyes thanked the fans inside Old Trafford for rallying around him as an airborne protest stunt back-fired and Manchester United ran out 4-1 winners against Aston Villa.last_img read more

Family Fun at inaugural R&A GolfSixes Challenge

first_img Tags: GolfSixes 2 Aug 2019 Family Fun at inaugural R&A GolfSixes Challenge Friendships, family and fun were the common themes as the inaugural R&A GolfSixes Challenge was hailed a success.Staged at Woburn ahead of the AIG Women’s British Open, the short format event was organised by The R&A in partnership with England Golf and proved to be popular for all involved.Played on the Marquess’ Course – where defending champion and R&A ambassador Georgia Hall and a world-class field competed – the GolfSixes Challenge saw 48 players tee it up, forming eight teams and representing 22 golf facilities.The Sixes format – an initiative created by The R&A supported Golf Foundation – helped to foster friendships and fun within a family atmosphere, while the day also involved a lunch and prizegiving.The winning team featured Paul and Dominic Hoskin (from Benton Hall), Adrian and Edward Stephenson (Leighton Buzzard) and Ray Ripsher (Bush Hill Park) and Fiona Llewellyn (Woburn). Fiona stepped in for Ray’s wife, who was unable to play, while six players from Woburn finished in 2nd place.The GolfSixes Challenge gives participants the opportunity to enjoy playing a world class venue on the eve of a major championship and mirrors The R&A 9 Hole Challenge, which was again held on the eve of The Open at Royal Portrush last month.Both The R&A GolfSixes Challenge and The R&A 9 Hole Challenge are central to the organisation’s wider drive to promote shorter forms of golf as ideal ways to enjoy playing the sport in less time, either recreationally or competitively.Duncan Weir, Executive Director – Golf Development and Amateur Championships at The R&A, said, “The GolfSixes Challenge played at Woburn was The R&A’s first venture using this format and we were delighted with the success of the event. It is a great addition to AIG Women’s British Open week and we received very positive feedback from all the players. The inaugural event gives us something to build on when staging it again at Royal Troon in 2020.”GolfSixes continues to grow in popularity, notably given its success in encouraging more young people into the sport. For example, GolfSixes Leagues reached 102 golf clubs in 2018 and will be enjoyed by more than 200 this year, with the Leagues proving highly popular with club management, PGA professionals, parents and children.GolfSixes has also been a popular addition to the European Tour schedule, with Ladies European Tour players also involved.last_img read more

It’s only August, but different vibe in Leafville as Training Camp ends

first_imgSaturday the coaching staff continued to evaluate the players before first round of cuts was made Sunday morning.The camp concluded Sunday evening.“We spent a lot of time finding the kind of players that we want to have here,” DiBella explained.“Players who can play the brand of hockey we want here . . . many who have been hand picked,” DiBella adds.The training camp determines the 14 forwards, seven defencemen and two or three netminders Nelson takes into the exhibition season, which opens August 31 against Castlegar Rebels.DiBella is optimistic that a handful of the players selected will be locals.“There’s always a few surprises filtering down from Junior A and there may be a few from the roster moving up from this level to Junior A but we’ve done our homework by talking to teams some of our players are going to camps with,” DiBella said.“We pretty much know what their status is and are pretty confident with out depth chart and how we plan to move forward.”One thing that is for certain, the Leafs don’t plan on wasting a whole lot of money transferring players on and off the roster, as was the policy last season.The roster posted on the bulletin board Sunday as training camp breaks won’t deviate much from the one Leafs take into playoffs come February.“It’s early. It looks good. It’s tough to say what the team is going to be like but I think we’re going to come out of the gates fine this year and have a really strong start to our season,” Chernenkoff said.DiBella said there would be a skeleton crew of players practicing for the next few weeks while others attend Junior A training camps.Chernenkoff is one of those players going to try his luck in the Silver City attending the camp of the Trail Smoke Eaters.“I’m going to Trail to try my luck there,” he said. “But if I end up back in Nelson, I’m going to battle it out and be the happiest kid on the team.”Ooooh. After last season, it’s too bad its only August.How many sleeps are left before the season starts?Too many for Leaf fans. The month on the calendar says August.Not really hockey weather as temperatures ranged in the low 30s C on the weekend.But that didn’t stop the Nelson Leafs from being the first Kootenay International Junior Hockey League franchise out of the blocks as the Green and White kicked off the season with its 2016 training camp at the NDCC Arena.While most everyone was thinking about cooling off from the late blast of summer, approximately 40 players battled for a spot on the new-look Leafs.“I think the camp is going very well,” returning Leaf defenceman Kyle Chernenkoff said following the morning ice session Sunday.Chernenkoff, who played 36 games for Nelson last season where the Crescent Valley native score five times and added 10 assists, will be counted on to help bolster a blueline that was a minus-35 last season.“We’ve got a great group of guys all competing for spots,” Chernenkoff said.“The tempo is high . . . which is good. So I think it’s going to be a great start to our season.”Leafs Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel Mario DiBella and General Manager Sean Dooley logged more miles than Greyhound during the off-season to recruit the right players to restore the Leafs to the glory years of the past.Starting the camp two weeks before most teams was another way to change up a franchise that has struggled to get out of the first round of the playoffs the past couple of seasons.“I’m really pleased the players we have here,” DiBella said.“They’ve come in shape, and they’re committed . . . showing us what they can do to make this hockey team.”The camp opened Friday with on-ice sessions as well as games and off-ice meetings.last_img read more

An Easy Morning for American Pharoah and Beholder

first_imgWith Wednesday bringing better weather to The Great Race Place, two of the superstar Thoroughbreds on the Santa Anita backside used the opportunity for an easy morning’s workout.Beholder proved an early riser, getting her workout in at 6:30 this AM, while the Triple Crown Champion, American Pharoah, enjoyed a bath after his easy jog.Did you know? You can see Horsemen listings like workouts, standings and more under our Horsemen section? Click here to check it out now!BeholderAmerican Pharoahlast_img

Photos: Former Giants star Aubrey Huff selling California beach house

first_img“Huff Daddy” won world … Former Giants star Aubrey Huff is selling his Solana Beach, Calif. home for $2.275 million, reports the L.A. Times.Click here if viewing from a mobile device.The three bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home a few blocks from the beach spans 2,684 square feet. It features three en suite rooms, a sundeck and exposed outdoor shower, among other amenities.Jeneane Mason with Douglas Elliman is the listing agent. Huff also sold another home in San Diego last fall.last_img

‘Hard Knocks’ teaser: ‘We don’t play with Roethlisberger no more’

first_imgHBO and NFL Films just keep dropping little bread crumbs — hoping they lead us to the premiere of “Hard Knocks:” Training Camp With the Oakland Raiders” tonight.Are you in?A few days ago, there was that clever remake of the iconic poem, “The Autumn Wind Is a Raider.” And now comes a short sneak peek that features a sequence with three of wide receiver Antonio Brown’s adorable children.The kids, of course, want to know why Daddy is not out running on the practice field (Brown has been …last_img

From Your Mouth to a Thousand Ears, New Apps Make Mobile Podcasting Easy

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Features#mobile#Product Reviews#Publishing Services#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Imagine if Tom Paine, or Benjamin Franklin, or Emma Goldman had the power to cast their passing thoughts, while walking down the street, to thousands or millions of people all around the world, with ease, in minutes. They would expel the building material of a mason, wouldn’t they?That power is now in all of our hands, thanks to a new class of mobile applications that’s maturing very quickly. Mobile podcasting apps are now powerful, easy to use, free and tied to big social networks for distribution. The latest to hit the scene is Cinch, from BlogTalk Radio, which landed in the Android marketplace this morning after several months on the iPhone. Cinch is a relatively simple app, and it has its technical issues on occasion, but it’s absolutely revolutionary and so far could be the best in its class. Users launch the app, hit record, speak into their phone, press stop, give their recording a title, aim it at their Twitter or Facebook friends, and then hit publish. Within minutes the recording is uploaded to the Cinch servers and a link to listen is pushed out to the designated social networks.I’ve been using Cinch on the iPhone for months now, to record my thoughts about art and the internet, about writing, or the soundscape from the train station in my home town. I marvel, every time, at the fact that I can publish my thoughts so effortlessly in audio out to the world now, from wherever I am. Just like blogging made text publishing and distribution more accessible and democratic than it had ever been before in human history, mobile audio publishing apps like this are truly world changing. The availability of Cinch on Android is an important event.Cinch isn’t the only mobile podcasting app available for today’s smartphones. AudioBoo is another one that you might enjoy on the iPhone. It’s far more attractive visually, has more features, more users and appears to have fewer bugs. It has a 5 minute time limit on audio recording, though. That’s very inconvenient, as the timer is usually out of sight up against my ear. I also regularly have 6 or 7 minute long thoughts. I haven’t hit the time limit on Cinch yet. Social media apps come and social media apps go, more launch every day than anyone can keep track of, but some of them are worth taking pause and considering the implications of. The power of instant, mobile, global audio publishing in your pocket, for free? That really means something. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img marshall kirkpatrick What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts last_img read more

The NRL Rookie

first_imgMissed our appearance on the NRL Rookie last week? You can watch the episode on the NRL Rookie website! Six of our Australian athletes travelled to New Zealand late last year to battle it out against the NRL Rookie contestants in a game of Beach Touch. Touch Football Australia and BLK Ambassadors Sam Brisby, Samantha Rodgers, husband and wife team of Dylan and Emily Hennessey, Peter Norman and Kylie Hilder all featured on the episode, showcasing their skills against the remaining NRL Rookie contestants. The NRL Rookie is the new reality show on Channel Nine/Gem offering a guaranteed NRL contract to the lucky amateur player who can prove to the respective judges he has what it takes to perform at the highest level and secure a lucrative contract.After starting with 28 players in late-May, the team was then halved to 14 in Episode One, with just a handful of players remaining in episode five. After a big game against the Warriors under 20’s Academy earlier in the episode, the Rookies head to Piha Beach for what they think is recovery. Enter the Australian athletes, for a recovery session with a difference! To watch the episode, please click here – read more