Thousands enjoy “Rudy” on field where it happened

first_imgOn 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, Rudylast_img read more

Who is Junior Firpo? The Arsenal and Man City-linked left-back who scored vs Barcelona

first_imgThere is little doubt that Real Betis full-back Junior Firpo has been one of the revelations of the season in La Liga.The 22-year-old Dominican Republic-born player was only handed his first-team debut in February but he has quickly made himself at home and has attracted the interest of many of Europe’s top clubs. Having spent the first half of the 2017-18 season with the ‘B’ team, he was promoted to the senior squad for a Primera Division encounter with Deportivo La Coruna and provided the assist for the only goal of the game.A week later, he was handed another start, this time against Real Madrid, and another assist followed, albeit in a 5-3 defeat.“I still can’t believe I played in that match,” he said in the aftermath to El Decano Deportivo.Until he sustained a ligament injury a fortnight before the end of the season, he played every minute for the Seville side, showing formidable versatility by turning out as a defender and a midfielder on the left, while also starting four games as a centre-back in a three-man rearguard.“Dani Carvajal seems like a good player to mirror my game on: he attacks, defends and is very intense,” he said. “He’s what I’d like to become someday… And in the 2010 World Cup I really liked Brazil defender Michel Bastos because he was a winger turned into a full-back. These are my references.”After a rather slow start to the new season, he has burst back into consciousness thanks to three goals in four matches. Indeed, he particularly stood out in Betis’ stunning 4-3 victory over Barcelona at Camp Nou, opening the scoring then providing the assist for Sergio Canales to score that proved the winner.WHICH CLUBS ARE INTERESTED IN JUNIOR FIRPO? A glut of clubs have taken an interest in the rangy runner, whose desire to get forward makes him ideal as an attacking left-back or wing-back. Indeed, he has admitted that his defensive work is not entirely polished as he must improve his positional sense.Arsenal and Manchester City have both been linked with a potential swoop, but perhaps more realistic is the interest coming from Newcastle and Crystal Palace on a player who has a release fee of €50 million (£45m/$57m) written into his contract.Firpo, meanwhile, has committed his future to his current employers, signing two new deals in 2017 and yet another in 2018, and indicating that he enjoys the lifestyle in Seville.“My thoughts are now with Betis and I am very happy in Seville,” he told Real Betis media.“My girlfriend is pregnant, we are going to have our child here in Seville, I am close to my family and my parents who are from Malaga – that is where I grew up.“And Seville as a city, today in December with 18- or 20-degrees Celsius training, it is a marvel. Betis fans should be relaxed – I am very happy, calm and I want to continue here for a long time.“It is true that there is interest from other clubs, but this does not concern me.”CAN JUNIOR FIRPO PLAY FOR SPAIN?As for his international future, that would appear to lie with Spain, despite the fact he has turned out with the Dominican Republic national team once in 2015 against a Brazil Under-23 side and that he became the first player born in the country to play in La Liga.“I’ve dual citizenship because I’ve been here for 15 years. It’s not that I consider myself more Spanish that Dominican – I’m very proud of my country – but I’ve been here a long time and also consider myself Spanish,” he said. Indeed, his entire education in the game came since moving to Malaga aged seven. Getty Images “When I arrived in Spain, I didn’t know what football was,” he said, having pointed out that baseball and basketball are the two crazes in the Dominican Republic. “My father pointed me towards football to make friends at school.“I had problems integrating at school because I was very shy. My father’s friends told him to sign me up for football. In the first few months I used to go home crying because I didn’t like it, I didn’t know how to play.“I had to see a lot of my first coach, whose name is Vera. He integrated me very quickly and taught me how to play. And in the end, I loved it and it’s what I do!”last_img read more