On Friday night, thousands of students and community members watched as a “five foot nothing, hundred and nothing” character slipped through a poorly secured gate and into the North Tunnel of Notre Dame Stadium. As he emerged from the tunnel, a wide expanse of green spread before him, anchored by two goalposts. Rows of bleachers ascended to the sky. The diminutive character, dwarfed by the arena that expanded around him, walked awestruck onto the field he was seeing in person for the first time.Previously, this scene was a dramatization that existed only in the film “Rudy.” Yet on Friday night, that changed. Thousands of moviegoers relived the title character’s experience and viewed events from his vantage point as they attended Flick on the Field, a screening of the iconic Notre Dame movie on the stadium’s new video board.For co-directors of student life on the executive cabinet of student government, Caitlin Murphy and Tim O’Connell, the event was a capstone to several months of planning and coordination between the administration and various student groups.“We were approached about the idea by a couple of people our first few weeks,” O’Connell said. “We started to push it up in the next few weeks to vice president for campus events and security Mike Seamon, who immediately brought in higher ups in the administration.”According to Murphy, collaboration was key.“Intense planning started last week,” Murphy said. “Casey St. Aubin with the Division of Student Affairs was integral in planning the event.”Most of the planning was handled by the administration and happened over the summer, Murphy said. He said he and O’Connell both envisioned an event reminiscent of last year’s presidential debate watch on South Quad.In creating the event, Murphy said she wanted to take advantage of the stadium’s new facilities.“The jumbotron is brand new, and we asked, ‘how can we use it to create a spectacular student event?’” Murphy said. “There was also no football game this weekend, so we thought it would be a good event to hype up football to the freshmen.”According to O’Connell, the event provided a bonding opportunity for new students.“The date was targeted for freshmen,” O’Connell said. “We wanted to make sure they had something Notre Dame related to do on their first Friday night here,” O’Connell said.Murphy said Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) and stadium ushers were using the event as a dry run for game day security protocol.The field was packed with groups of students, some of whom were seeing “Rudy” for the first time. Others were simply excited to be on the field.“I’ve never seen the movie before, and I feel like you kind of have to,” freshman Charlotte Schmidt said. “It’s even more cool to see it with everyone from the school.”“I think it’s awesome that they’re having this event on the field,” senior Zach Myszka said.For many students, the screening marked their first experience with the renovated stadium.“I really wanted to see the new addition to the field,” freshman Caroline O’Callaghan said. “I felt like it would be cool to sit on the field and watch the movie.”The movie was shown on the very field which takes a center stage throughout the film. O’Connell described the sensation of watching the stadium scenes as “stadium-ception.”With a large turnout, there was an undeniable sense of community amongst the attendees. Sophomore Alice Felker explained that this aspect of the event was what drew her to attend.“It’s a big community builder,” she said. “A lot of the student body came out to celebrate Notre Dame and be on the field.”The film was marked with several instances of cheering from the assembled crowd. During one sequence that featured the “Notre Dame Victory March,” the student body clapped as it would during a football game. During the movie’s final moments, as the on-screen student body began to chant “Rudy! Rudy!” some of its real-life counterparts joined in. But the loudest ovation of the evening came when Rudy, after being rejected from Notre Dame three times, was finally admitted to the University.“When Rudy got his acceptance letter and everyone clapped, that was really special,” Murphy said. “I think we all felt the same way when we got our letters and just bringing that community together was a great moment.”Murphy said it was “very touching” knowing that they had created such a special experience.O’Connell said one of the purposes of this event was to introduce students to the new Duncan Student Center — part of which is due to open in several weeks. Nevertheless, the two said that the event represented the best of Notre Dame.“We’d definitely like to thank all of those who helped us,” O’Connell said. “We’re not going to pretend we did this by ourselves or could do it by ourselves.”Murphy said she echoes those sentiments.“We’re very thankful to everyone who worked the event,” Murphy said. “This really was an event that exemplified the spirit of the Notre Dame community.”Tags: division of student affairs, Flick on the Field, Rudy
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Wolf Administration Announces Funding for Cleanup of 11 Former Industrial Sites October 18, 2018 Economy, Environment, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced 11 new approvals through the Industrial Sites Reuse Program (ISRP) that will clean up former industrial sites in Allegheny, Berks, Blair, Cumberland, Erie, and Montgomery counties to prepare them for occupation by businesses and residential properties.“These projects will not only protect the environment and remove harmful contaminants from these sites, but will also prepare them for development into residential or commercial property where people can live and work,” Governor Wolf said. “Eliminating blight is a crucial component of growing local economies and improving quality of life in these areas.”Because no redevelopment can occur at these properties if they still contain environmental contamination, developers must first undergo extensive environmental cleanup before the property can be put into productive reuse. The ISRP provides loans and grants to help offset the costs of environmental assessments and remediation to foster the cleanup of the contaminated material at these industrial sites.The 11 approved projects:Allegheny County: RIDC Southwestern Pennsylvania Growth Fund was approved for a $300,000 grant to perform environmental remediation on a three-story building located at Mill 19 in the city of Pittsburgh. RIDC is redeveloping the massive, long-abandoned mill that sits on the 12.6-acre Hazelwood Green site. Mill 19 is one of three existing structures that remain standing from when the site was used for steel production.Allegheny County: The Pittsburgh Trust For Cultural Resources was approved for a $297,750 grant to perform environmental remediation on the former Duff’s Business Institute in the city of Pittsburgh. Once developed, the site will be prepared for the development of a 400,000-square-foot office building.Allegheny County: North Side Industrial Development Company was approved for a $154,500 grant for a Phase II environmental assessment study located in the Lower Hill District of the city of Pittsburgh. The property is 12.4 acres and comprised of six tax parcels that were assembled and cleared in the 1960’s to become part of the former Civic Arena development, and will be developed for residential, office, hotels, and retail/recreational use.Berks County: Fleetwood Borough was approved for a $285,443 grant to perform environmental remediation at the former Garden State Tannery site in Fleetwood. The borough plans to develop the 2-acre lot into a public parking facility for businesses on Main Street.Berks County: Berks County Convention Center Authority (BCCCA) was approved for a $138,750 grant for environmental remediation costs at the Pearle Building site located in the city of Reading. BCCCA plans to remediate the contaminated building and construct a multi-level bar/restaurant totaling 33,000 square feet.Blair County: Altoona Blair County Development Corporation was approved for a $14,581 grant to assist with an environmental assessment at a former auto dealership located at 2300 North Branch Avenue in the city of Altoona. Once the site has been assessed, the site will be converted into a 35-bed shelter and 6 apartments for low to moderate income residents. Additionally, the developer will construct a new building which will provide administrative and support space for the Blair County Community Action Agency and Classrooms for Blair County Head Start.Cumberland County: REC DC, LLC was approved for a $48,855 grant to perform environmental remediation at the former Domestic Castings site in Shippensburg Township. Once remediated, REC DC plans to redevelop the property into a mixed residential, office, and retail property with five structures.Cumberland County: Real Estate Collaborative, LLC was approved for a $231,709 grant to perform environmental remediation at the former Tyco manufacturing facility in Carlisle. Once remediated, the site will be redeveloped into commercial, retail, and entertainment space.Erie County: Corry Area Industrial Development Corporation was approved for a $667,345 grant to perform environmental remediation work at the former Thermo-Fab Inc. site located in the Corry. The former 31,750-square-foot industrial building was built in 1953 and has sat vacant since 2008.Montgomery County: Renaissance Land Associates II, L.P. and Renaissance Land Associates III, L.P were approved for a $885,289 loan and a $415,510 loan for environmental remediation work of more than 20 acres on the site known as the former Alan Wood Steel Company coking facility located in Upper Merion Township. Once the site is remediated, the developer intends to redevelop the site for residential multi-family purposes.Montgomery County: The Municipality of Norristown was approved for a $31,500 grant for environmental assessment of the former Howie Corporation site located in Norristown. Once the site is remediated, the Municipality of Norristown will partner with the current owner to create a residential/mixed use property.“Assisting with the cleanup of these brownfield sites is vital for attracting business investment and job creation,” Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin said. “When brownfield sites sit vacant, they become eyesores, they lower property values, and hold back economic development in the area. These projects will ensure these sites become valuable properties that truly improve the communities in which they are located.”“Revitalizing brownfields and restoring them to productive use is critical to having strong vibrant communities,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “We’re pleased to collaborate with DCED on these brownfield redevelopment projects, and thousands more statewide.”For more information about the Industrial Sites Reuse program, visit the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube.
0Shares0000Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane (left) and Karim Benzema celebrate their Supercup victory over Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on August 16, 2017 © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Aug 19 – Zinedine Zidane has lifted Real Madrid to such heights in less than two years in charge as coach that the challenge now facing the Frenchman is simply maintaining the status quo.Real kick off their La Liga defence away at Deportivo la Coruna on Sunday as European and world champions and having added the UEFA and Spanish Super Cups to their trophy haul in the past fortnight. However, it was wresting the Spanish title back off Barcelona for the first time in five years last season that Zidane, a World Cup winner in his days as a player, described as the biggest achievement in his professional career.“Professionally by a long way, the greatest emotion I have felt was winning La Liga,” Zidane said on Saturday.“When you win it on the last day of the season as we did, having that consistency all year, for me it is fantastic.“To win any trophy is beautiful: the Champions League, the European Super Cup, the Spanish Super Cup, but I think there is a special flavour to La Liga.“This year the objective is to try to win it, but we have 38 games to play.”Madrid pipped Barcelona to the title by three points in May with victory at Malaga on the last day of the season.However, Zidane’s men are expected to ease to back-to-back titles for the first time in a decade with the gap between Spanish football’s two giants seemingly growing over the off-season.Barca lost Brazilian star Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain and, despite receiving a world record 222 million euros ($261 million) in return, have so far failed to find a replacement.Real have made a profit in the transfer market themselves following the departures of Alvaro Morata, James Rodriguez and Danilo.Yet, Madrid appear to have built on their success from last season with an impressively deep squad filled with rising stars such as Marco Asensio alongside established names like Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric.The stark contrast between Real and Barca’s depth was laid bare as a Real side without Ronaldo, Gareth Bale or Isco swept aside the Catalans 2-0 on Wednesday to complete a 5-1 aggregate win in the Spanish Super Cup.“I have a fantastic squad for sure,” said Zidane.“We can improve because they are players that are still very young and you can always learn.”Worryingly for Madrid’s rivals after a run of seven trophies in 16 months, Real’s reign of success shows no sign of letting up.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)