Baseball gathers behind home plate to honor Hammerin’ Hank

first_imgATLANTA (AP) — Emotions ran high today as baseball came together at Truist Park to honor the life and legacy of Hank Aaron. The one-time home run king and Baseball Hall of Famer died last week at age 86. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, Braves manager Brian Snitker and Hall of Famer Chipper Jones spoke emotionally about Aaron’s humble demeanor and the enormous legacy he leaves behind. Snitker, especially, choked back tears as he remembered Aaron’s affection for those who didn’t possess his unparalleled talent. And Jones credited Aaron with helping persuade the Braves to take him with the No. 1 pick in 1990.last_img read more

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Sierra Leone man on trial in Finland for Liberian war crimes

first_imgHELSINKI (AP) — A trial has started in Finland for a Sierra Leone man charged with committing serious war crimes, including several murders, and crimes against humanity during Liberia’s bloody second civil war from 1999 through 2003. Gibril Massaquoi, who has been living in Finland for more than 10 years, is alleged by Finnish prosecutors to have held a leading position in the Revolutionary United Front, a rebel army in Sierra Leone that was involved in the Liberian civil war in West Africa. The mask-wearing Massaquoi was at the court Wednesday in the southern Finnish city of Tampere. He has denied all the charges.last_img read more

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India has high hopes ties with US will deepen under Biden

first_imgNEW DELHI (AP) — India has high hopes its ties with the United States will deepen under President Joe Biden. He was a key proponent of the 2008 civil nuclear deal between the countries and his administration includes several Indian Americans. The nuclear accord let India get hi-tech gear and technology it wanted and ended India’s isolation after it conducted nuclear tests in 1998 and refused to sign the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty. Relations between the world’s two largest democracies are driven in part by their desire to maintain strong ties as a counter to China.last_img read more

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As Trump prosecutor, delegate gets her say on impeachment

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Stacey Plaskett couldn’t cast a vote last month when the House impeached former President Donald Trump. But she can help prosecute him. The non-voting delegate from the Virgin Islands is among the impeachment managers selected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to argue the case that Trump incited a deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. It’s an extraordinary moment that places Plaskett in the center of just the fourth impeachment trial of an American president. But there will also be a familiar dynamic when Plaskett walks into the Senate chamber, one that she’s experienced before. She’ll be one of the only Black women in the room.last_img read more

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Brian Kelly to build on community

first_imgNow that the players knows what is demanded of them off the field, Kelly said they are more committed to their job, which, he said, is not being just a football player but being a Notre Dame football player.  Hoping to redefine what it means to be a football player at Notre Dame, Kelly gave a description of what he hopes people see when they look at the team.  “The number one thing I talk to my players about is whether or not they care,” he said. “If you aren’t excited to play for the University of Notre Dame then you are not going to play here.” “My job is to reconnect some of the things that I believe haven’t been emphasized in the proper manner,” Kelly said to the students. “This is not a relationship of separation. It should be all of us together.” Kelly said he saw a divide between student-athletes and the rest of the student body when he arrived on campus this past winter. He said he believes football is the best way to “get the bridge between students and athletes back.”  “The kind of guys that I am recruiting here now are going to be hardworking and they better recognize the value of the Notre Dame education,” he said. “Not all of them will be on the same elite level as the students in this room, but they are going to work their butts off.” Kelly said he doesn’t want to have players who don’t understand the importance of the University they represent when they run out onto the field.   Irish head football coach Brian Kelly told students that the football team needs to “get back to a collegiate sense of community” at a meeting with student government Tuesday.Speaking to members of the Hall Presidents’ Council (HPC) and the Council of Representatives (COR) at the Guglielmino Athletics Complex, Kelly described the overhaul the football team recently underwent — and he wasn’t talking in terms of offense and defense. Instead, Kelly said he was expecting the football team to get rid of the attitude of “us” and “them” and become a part of the student body.center_img Elaborating on what he thought was the right personality for his football team, Kelly told the students the players they will be seeing will bear little resemblance to some of recent years. “We’re not going to be bringing in guys who want to hang out here while they wait for the NFL. Those days are over,” he said. “I want guys who want to play for Our Lady — I usually get what I want.” In a personal attempt to have his players engage more with the student body, Kelly said he is looking for some different characteristics when it comes to recruiting.  “My players should understand that if they’re going to come to Notre Dame, it’s going to be about being at a unique place,” he said. “There is a uniqueness to us that doesn’t make us better or worse, but it makes us different. The right kinds of guys understand that.” “At the end of the day, I am looking for tough gentlemen — tough on the field and gentlemen off,” he said. “I want the players to reengage with something that is really unique to Notre Dame,” he said. “Part of that is the community and the love students have for what happens on this campus.”last_img read more

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Professor emeritus dies at 86

first_imgJoseph Brennan, professor emeritus of English, died in his South Bend home on Oct. 25. He was 86. A funeral Mass was celebrated Monday in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the University announced in a press release Tuesday. Brennan taught at the University of Notre Dame from 1955 to 1993. The press release said he was a “soft-spoken” professor of American literature. Among his students was University President Emeritus Fr. Edward “Monk” Malloy, who was an English major as an undergraduate and took two courses with Brennan. In his autobiography, “Monk’s Tale,” Malloy called Brennan “one of the most articulate people I have ever met,” the press release said. A native of Providence, R.I., Brennan graduated from Providence College, earned a master’s degree in English from Brown University and then obtained his doctorate from the University of Illinois. Before coming to Notre Dame to teach, Brennan was a Fulbright scholar and did post-doctoral work at the Universita degli Studi in Florence and the University of Gottingen in Germany. His wife, Sheilah, associate professor emerita of philosophy at Notre Dame, survives Brennan. He is also survived by his sons, Ciaran and Kevin, his brothers, James and William, and five grandsons.last_img read more

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Dining halls join meatless campaign

first_imgToday marks the second week of Notre Dame Food Services’ participation in Meatless Mondays, a nationwide campaign to encourage healthy, sustainable and cruelty-free dining. Lisa Wenzel, assistant director of catering and special events at Food Services, said the movement aims to offer a wider range of meatless options, which she hopes will give students exposure to both new foods and new ideas. The Monday Campaigns, a campaign that dedicates the first day of each week to health, and the Humane Society of the United States coordinated the movement, which is co-sponsored at Notre Dame by the Office of Sustainability. “The Humane Society actually approached us first about starting Meatless Mondays” Wenzel said. “They introduced us to the concept, and we really liked its educational benefits and its benefits for nutrition and sustainability.” While the dining halls will continue to serve meat on Mondays, consistent with other universities implementing the program, Wenzel said it is important that students learn about the nutritional and environmental advantages of eating less meat. These include decreased rates of heart disease, obesity and several types of cancer, as well as a reduced carbon footprint and of course the promotion of animal welfare. “You might not be worried [about the health risks] as students, but later in life, it’s good to be aware of,” Wenzel said. In order to keep the new options appealing to students, Wenzel said the dining halls would try to serve meatless versions of familiar dishes, such as fajitas and burgers, along with some unique ethnic options. “Last week we had vegetarian sliders, like veggie burgers and falafel burgers on a smaller scale, and people seemed to like them,” she said. “It’s all about having something you like and enjoying it without meat.” Some meatless dishes in store at the dining halls today include portabella fajitas, along with goat cheese and asparagus pasta, quinoa rice corn cakes, savory vegetable pancakes and an Indian stew. In regards to the relationship between Meatless Mondays and the Catholic tradition of meatless Fridays, Wenzel said Monday was designated as the dining halls’ day to incorporate less meat because of the support from the national program. The Monday Campaigns organization promotes various movements to make Monday a day of increased commitment to health because, at the beginning of the week, it is a logical day for starting new habits and resolutions. Meatless Fridays in Lent would continue unchanged alongside Meatless Mondays next semester, Wenzel said.last_img read more

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Peace Corps veteran reflects on time in Thailand

first_imgIn 1961, the senior class of St. Francis Xavier University sat in their gaps and gowns and listened to President John F. Kennedy state he was going to start an organization that would send young volunteers overseas to help other people.  Roger Parent, author of the newly released “The Making of a Peace Corps Volunteer: From Maine to Thailand”, was among the graduates that day, and said he was incredibly struck by President Kennedy’s new proposal. On Thursday, Parent held a book-signing in the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore to promote his new book.  “I thought to myself, ‘Hey, I want to do that,’” Parent said. “So I wrote President Kennedy a letter right away and I said I want to be a part of this thing that you have started. Well, lo and behold, six months later I was invited to be a part of the Peace Corps in Thailand.”  Parent said he was a part of the first group of Peace Corps volunteers who were sent to Thailand in 1961. The group volunteered until 1963, he said.  Parent said is originally from French-Speaking Lille, Maine where he learned English as a second language.  “They probably thought that [attending college] in a foreign country would be an asset,” Parent said. “But what I don’t think they understood is that I grew up a couple thousand yards from the Canadian boarder.”  While in Thailand, Parent said he taught locals about carpentry and the English language.   “I was teaching Thai people to speak English with a French accent,” he said.  When his services ended in 1963, Parent said he explored options for Peace Corps returnees in the states.  “[The Peace Corps] is what brought me to the University of Notre Dame,” Parent said. “Father Ted Hesburgh had a Return Peace Corps Scholarship and since I was one of the first Peace Corps volunteers to go to the Peace Corps and get out, it had to go to somebody.”  Parent used his scholarship to receive a master of education degree from Notre Dame in 1967. After receiving his degree, Parent said he and his family decided to stay in South Bend, where he served as a city councilman from 1972 to 1979 and served as mayor from 1980 to 1987.  “It turned out South Bend was a great place for me”, said Parent. “I got accepted in the community really early here … I joke that I thought I would live on the east coast or the west coast and ended up living on the west coast of Lake Michigan.” Parent said his experience serving as a Peace Corps volunteer helped him to become a better politician. “In the Peace Corps I had to put myself in someone else’s shoes … when I got elected mayor I had some experience doing that,” Parent said. “As a politician you always have to try to figure out what people are thinking.” Overall, Parent said the Peace Corps taught him much about life and he said he would recommend it to anyone.  “We are never called ‘former Peace Corps Volunteers.’ Once a Peace Corps Volunteer always a Peace Corps Volunteer,” Parent said. Contact Wendy Hatch at whatch@nd.edulast_img read more

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Sociologist analyzes KKK impact on modern politics

first_imgProfessor Rory McVeigh, chair of sociology at Notre Dame, co-authored an upcoming article to be published in the American Sociological Review with professors David Cunningham from Brandeis University and Justin Farrell from Yale University.The article, titled, “Political Polarization as a Social Movement Outcome: 1960s Klan Activism and its Enduring Impact on Political Realignment in Southern Counties, 1960 to 2000,” discusses the activities of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) in its heyday, its influence in modern politics and the motivations behind actions from a near half-century ago that are still felt in the world today.“There are really two different core puzzles,” McVeigh said. “One is kind of a substantive puzzle … how has the South, which used to be solidly Democratic and supportive of white supremacy … how has it transformed into a Republican stronghold? … Historians have looked at that but not really paid attention to the role of extremist movements like the Ku Klux Klan.“It kind of fits in with a general academic question about whether or not social movements make a difference,” McVeigh said. “For many, many years, sociologists were studying how [the KKK] emerged in the first place. It’s only been in recent years that people have been turning that question around and asking, ‘do they make a difference?’”McVeigh, Cunningham and Farrell worked with nearly half a century of voting data since one of the peaks in Klan activity during the 1960s. The trio observed changes in voting habits in counties across 10 states in the South that have and haven’t experienced Klan influence, McVeigh said.“We have a measure of Republican voting in 1960 before the emergence of the Klan, and we look at measures of Republican voting through various elections after the emergence of the Klan going all the way to 2000 and we look at Klan activism as something that intervenes within that time period,” Mcveigh said. “Here we are in the 1990s after the Klan has dissolved … and we found that people who hold conservative attitudes towards integration … are more likely to vote Republican. But here’s the important part: that was only true in counties where the Klan were active.”McVeigh said the longest lasting influences of the KKK were sustained through subtler, more mundane means, rather than emphasizing disparity between races. The KKK’s actions brought to light the unwillingness of the general public to discuss and resolve race-related issues, he said.“Our personal networks are more diverse in attitudes than we think they are.” McVeigh said. “Let’s say … we don’t agree on some issue. I could drop you as a friend but more commonly we change the topic that we’re talking about — something we have in common like music or sports.“Then sometimes there’s such an issue that could be a ‘hot topic’ of discussion … and we argue in our paper the Klan was like that. They were so controversial … it became such a hot topic of discussion that you couldn’t just avoid it. In the process people started to choose side and the Klan played a role in bringing the race issue out into the open and aligning racial attitudes with party platforms. … In other words, this kind of radical action can disrupt social networks and place people in different networks that are sustained for so long through social interaction,” he said.Tags: american sociological review, chair of sociology, kkk, klu klux klan, mcveigh, rory mcveighlast_img read more

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University Board of Trustees announces new members

first_imgNotre Dame appointed Dorene Dominguez and James Parsons to its Board of Trustees during meetings Thursday and Friday, the University announced in a press release.Dominguez graduated from Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in finance and currently serves on the Institute for Latino Studies’ advisory council. She chairs the Vanir Group of Companies, an organization based in California focused on renewable energy, real estate, construction and finances. The release said Dominguez is the “first and only” Latina to have ownership of a team in the National Basketball Association, owning a partial share of the Sacramento Kings.Parsons also graduated from Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in finance. He went on to earn a master of business administration from Harvard University. Along with his wife and fellow Notre Dame alumnus Carrie Quinn, Parsons contributed to “the establishment of the Notre Dame Institute for Global Investing at the Mendoza College of Business,” the release said.In 2014, Parsons founded Junto Capital Management, a New York City hedge fund focusing on the technology industry, finances and business services. He now serves as portfolio manager for the company, after having previously served in this capacity at Viking Global Investors.The Board of Trustees also appointed Rev. Thomas J. O’Hara to emeritus status during its spring meetings, the release said. O’Hara joined in the Board of Trustees in 2010 and in 2012 began overseeing the Congregation of Holy Cross — United States Province of Priests and Brothers as provincial superior. He also served as president of King’s College, another Holy-Cross-founded school, from 1999 to 2011, the release said.Tags: Board of Trustees, Dorene Dominguez, James Parsonslast_img read more

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