Closets and drawers are being thrown open today as students make room, all in anticipation for the unveiling of the 2013 iteration of The Shirt. Irish coach Brian Kelly will reveal The Shirt for the 2013 football season at approximately 5:45 p.m. as part of The Shirt Unveiling Ceremony, which will begin at 4:30 p.m. today. The Shirt Committee 2013 president Dan Ogg said a big part of the event is, alongside the Blue-Gold Game, building excitement for the upcoming football season. “It’s just an exciting thing to get the school excited for football season all over again,” Ogg said. Ogg said the Unveiling Ceremony will include performances by student groups and appearances by players, and will culminate with the actual unveiling by Kelly. The committee would like to see students at the unveiling ceremony, with the student discount, as well as fans in the South Bend community and visitors who are on campus for the Blue-Gold Game, Ogg said. According to The Shirt Project’s website, The Shirt Project began in 1990 as a way to raise funds for the Student Union Board’s activities and to show unity in the student body for the home football game against Michigan on Sept. 15, 1990. A statement released by The Shirt Project said the unveiling ceremony began as a press conference in 2002. The statement said the event has progressed from simply dressing mannequins in The Shirt, to having students unveil The Shirt, to now including key members of the Notre Dame football program. Recent unveilings have drawn upwards of 5,000 fans, according to the statement. The committee tries to give the unveiling ceremony as much publicity as possible because The Shirt Project receives a larger portion of the profit from the sales at the unveiling ceremony, Ogg said. He said The Shirt Committee is anticipating increased sales this year in light of the football team’s success last season. “In terms of pre-sales, as of [Sunday] we had 2,025 units sold online through the bookstore, compared to last year’s pre-sales of 1,195,” Ogg said. “In terms of alumni sales this year, we have sold an additional 4,000 plus units.” Half the profits of The Shirt sales go to The Shirt Charity fund, which helps students pay medical bills, Ogg said. He said the rest of the profits are used to support student organizations. Ogg said every year the committee works to create a design that will please the student body, alumni and all other fans. “Although we have 10,000 students who will wear the Shirt in the stadium, the fact [is] that over 160,000 are sold,” he said. “The majority of the sales go to the general fan base and alumni. So it’s just kind of trying to find that balance between what students will like and what different generations will find appealing, as well.” Ogg said the committee also strives to keep the Shirt design timeless. “If you look back at all the shirts over the years, it’s not like it highlights anything specific from that year,” he said. “It’s always a timeless shirt, no matter what the phrasing is, no matter what the images are.” Ogg said the committee begins discussing shirt designs over winter break, with the committee designers creating numerous designs. “All of us will mention what we liked, what we didn’t like, and what we’d like to see expanded on,” he said. “So the designers really have to get all our feedback and put their own twist to the Shirt design.” After the Shirt design is chosen by the committee in late January, Ogg said the month of Feb. is spent getting approvals from players and University officials. “The final design is completed by late February,” Ogg said. “That’s when we start getting into the heavy marketing and planning the unveiling ceremony.” Ogg said working on The Shirt committee requires dedication, but the effort is validated by the end result. “It’s a lot of time, and it’s a lot of work, but it’s definitely worth it when the final project is unveiled.”
More than 80 Notre Dame women will face off under the lights in the Joyce Athletic and Convocation Center (JACC) for the 12th annual Baraka Bouts tonight.Baraka Bouts takes its name from the Swahili word for “blessing,” because funds raised through the tournament support the Holy Cross missions in Uganda. According to women’s boxing team captain Colby Hoyer, last year’s tournament raised around $25,000.In addition to selling tickets, Hoyer said the team also fundraises through the “Power 24 Hour,” ad sales for the tournament’s program and team merchandise.“The ‘Power 24 Hour’ is our main fundraiser, which is when we work out in front of South Dining Hall,” Hoyer said “We do that, and this year we had a really rainy day — rainy and cold — so we didn’t get as many donations as we had in years past, but it was still really fun and all the girls came out.”Team captain Nikki Murgas said boxers must attend at least four of the eight practices each week since September to qualify to compete. She said the first week of training is dedicated solely to first-year boxers.“We have a week that’s just for novices and we do beginning workouts, and we start by teaching them basic punches and combos,” Murgas said. “… Everyone in the club is an amateur boxer, so we start at the beginning.”Second-year boxer sophomore Mercedes de la Rosa, whose nickname for the bouts will be Mercedes “Merciless” de la Rosa, said the practices focused on strength and skill equally.“As far as actual practice, it’s split half and half,” de la Rosa said. “One of the halves you do will be workout and one will be technique. What we do for workout varies, but you can always count on about 100 burpees, lots of core, lots of legs.”De la Rosa said although she “has literally put blood, sweat and tears” into the workouts, personal growth trumps competition in terms of physical ability.“If you can’t do a plank for 50 seconds at the beginning of the year, they won’t kick you out,” de la Rosa said. “If you can’t do a plank for 50 seconds at the end of the year, they won’t kick you out. It’s all about personal growth and where you’re at, and doing the best that you can personally do.”Hoyer said her responsibilities as captain include coaching girls during spars and helping them to hone in on what they need to improve in terms of their technique, but everything changes during the bouts.“It’s incredible to me to see just a completely different person on fight night than I’ve been cornering on spars the whole season,” Hoyer said. “Your friends are there, and you’re under the lights, and there’s the pressure. … I’m excited to see how the girls respond to that and the improvements they’ve made.”Murgas said she is excited to see the novice boxers demonstrate what they have learned thus far.“I know a lot of them are nervous, but I think they know a lot more than they think they do,” Murgas said. “… I am just so excited to see them have that moment and be able to realize that they have come so far since our first practice. I can’t wait to see everyone’s efforts come to fruition.”De la Rosa, who endured the training but did not box in the tournament last year, said she enjoys boxing because of how it makes her feel.“Honestly, my favorite part is putting on wraps and putting in the mouth guard,” de la Rosa said. “When you put them on you just feel like such a pro. You feel like a cool kid.”Tags: Baraka Bouts, Holy Cross, Power 24 Hour, Uganda
In an effort to encourage students from a variety of backgrounds to meet, work together and have fun, the Unity Games will kick off Jan. 24 and run until Jan. 30. Sponsored by Multicultural Student Programs and Services (MSPS), the Gender Relations Center, RecSports, the Student Activities Office, the Student Union Board, the Division of Student Affairs, the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being, Campus Ministry and the Career Center, the Unity Games hope to promote multicultural collaboration and friendship among the student body.The Unity Games represent an opportunity to motivate students to interact with other students they might not have met otherwise and to get involved in the efforts of MSPS and other sponsoring organizations, junior intern for Multicultural Student Programs and Services Summer Bernard said.“We want everyone to get to know each other and come together as a community,” Bernard said.According to the Unity Games’ website, students need to register online in order to participate. They will then be placed in teams to compete in a variety of games throughout the week, including a trivia night hosted by Campus Ministry, a RecSports Day and a Family Feud-style competition. Points will be awarded to teams based on their rates of participation during the entire week, as well as their performances in individual competitions. Even if students cannot commit to being on a team for the whole duration of the Games, they are encouraged to still show up, watch and participate in events when possible, Bernard said.“The team with the most points at the end of the week will get a prize as a kind of incentive,” Bernard said.While the focus is having fun and building community, events sponsored by Campus Ministry and the Career Center may also help educate students, Bernard said.The Unity Games began last year and found success with approximately 60 student participants, a number they hope to match or exceed this year, Bernard said.“There wasn’t anything exactly like this before,” Bernard said.The spirit of the Unity Games follows in same vein as other programming hosted by Multicultural Student Programs and Services, Bernard said. In particular, she said the event shares the same goals as First Fridays, an ongoing series of relatively unstructured social events aimed at bringing students together to promote community with food and games.Tags: Campus Ministry, division of student affairs, Gender Relations Center, Multicultural Student Programs and Services, RecSports, Unity Games
Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Moore Students participate in a wheelchair basketball organized by Ryan Hall to benefit Whirlwind Wheelchair International.“ … Mr. and Mrs. Ryan have a son named Corbett, who went to Notre Dame but had a disability,” Fernandez said. “The reason they built Ryan Hall was because they wanted to make a handicap-accessible dorm.”The fact that Ryan Hall is a handicap-accessible dorm is something their community is proud of, Fernandez said, and there was a lot of intentionality with how Ryan was built — from the type of carpet chosen to the wheelchair ramp going up to the altar in the dorm’s chapel.Caitlyn Clinton, freshman and incoming Ryan Hall president for the 2017-2018 academic year, said this event has been a huge success in the past.“It’s a great way to be competitive, but still give back to the community and give back to those who cannot afford something they need,” Clinton said.This year will be Clinton’s first year playing in the tournament, and she said she encourages everyone to participate, regardless of athletic ability.“I am awful at basketball,” she said. “I can’t even play basketball standing on my two legs, let alone in a wheelchair.”The event provides an opportunity for participants to view the sport from a different perspective, Fernandez said.“Wheelchair basketball kind of puts everybody on an equal playing field,” she said. “And at the end of the day it’s the same game, same rules just on wheels. You’re angled differently to shoot … but you have a team, and it’s a great opportunity to look silly but have fun and join together to support a really good cause.”Each game is five-on-five with two rolls of the wheelchair for one dribble. It is a bracket style tournament with free Chik-Fil-A available during the event, and students can register teams of five for $25 on the online Student Shop. The first year it started, Fernandez said, 16 teams participated. Last year, 70 teams registered.The event was started by Emily Voorde, a member of the Notre Dame class of 2015 who was in a wheelchair, Fernandez said, and last year was the first time Ryan Hall put on the event without her.“Last year was a unique opportunity because we had the opportunity to push forward the event and carry on her legacy,” Fernandez said. “The games are short, but they are so much fun and it is so much harder than expected. It’s a great opportunity to bring campus together.”Tags: Ryan Hall, signature event, Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Members of the Notre Dame community will head to the Bookstore Courts this Sunday at noon to play basketball with a twist — they will all be playing in wheelchairs.Ryan Hall is hosting the sixth annual Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, their signature event benefitting Whirlwind Wheelchair International, an organization that provides wheelchairs to those who need them but cannot afford them. Senior Christina Fernandez, last year’s president of Ryan Hall, said she has been involved in planning wheelchair basketball since her freshman year.
The Observer | Kathryne Robinson Students participate in the annual Social Pledge Signing Wednesday. The annual event, sponsored by the Gender Relations Center, aims to foster inclusion as part of StaND Against Hate WeekSara Agostinelli, assistant director of LGBTQ student initiatives for the GRC, said she believes the Social Pledge Signing was an outlet for students to establish goals of inclusion for the Notre Dame community.“Our hope is that this week is not just a week of education and awareness but it is about moving into action and helping students think beyond one week and more about their entire Notre Dame experience,” she said.StaND Against Hate week has been taking place for several years. This year, the GRC co-sponsored the week with other campus organizations such as Student Government, the Center for Social Concerns, PrismND and Notre Dame Right to Life. Agostinelli said students who attended yesterday’s signing were enthusiastic about becoming engaged and committed to their campus community. “Students were really committed to it and wanted to be involved,” Agostinelli said. “They wanted to show their solidarity. It’s the education and awareness and the opportunity to learn from their peers that’s important for the event.”A primary goal for StaND Against Hate week is to make Notre Dame a safe and welcoming home for all students.“Whether they live on or off campus, this is their community and we want all students to feel valued, welcomed and celebrated,” Agostinelli said. Student organizer Kaleem Minor, a sophomore, noted the importance of educating students on issues of hate. T-shirts provided at the signing included facts about hate in America.“We want to illuminate the issues that plague America, which consequently plague our campus,” Minor said. “We want students to think about these issues and be aware of them. By handing these shirts out, we hope to get students engaged in conversation about something they might not be educated on.”Agostinelli hopes that the Social Pledge Signing and the week as a whole will have a lasting effect on students and their attitudes towards hate. “I hope that this is a good reminder to students,” she said. “I know the University is really committed to the spirit of inclusion. The pledge is something that is visible, and putting it in front of students is always helpful. I also hope that this shows students how many of their peers also value this spirit.”The signing also provided the opportunity to promote the week’s other events, which are discussion-based and aim to engage students in meaningful conversation.Freshman Elena Esteve, who signed the pledge, noted the importance of hate issues, both on and off campus, and commended student groups and the GRC for their dedication to inclusion.“There are many important facts that people do not know about hate issues, and it’s excellent that these organizations are drawing attention to it through the pledge,” she said.Tags: Fieldhouse Mall, Gender Relations Center, inclusion, Social Pledge Signing, StaND Against Hate Week On Wednesday, community members signed a pledge indicating their intention to create a more inclusive Notre Dame as part of the Gender Relation Center’s (GRC) annual Social Pledge Signing on Fieldhouse Mall. The signing was part of StaND Against Hate Week. The event was designed to encourage the spirit of inclusion across different ethnic, racial, sexual and socioeconomic backgrounds. Students, staff, faculty and alumni were able to sign the poster, which will be hung in the LaFortune Student Center as a visual representation of Notre Dame’s commitment to this issue.
WNY News Now File Image.MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Public Defender’s Office remains open during the global COVID-19 pandemic but, like other “essential” businesses, has made changes in an effort to keep the community safe from the virus while also providing the accused a proper defense.The department offices in Mayville and Jamestown will remain operative to assist those who need urgent legal representation during the crisis. Legal assistance will also be given by phone or video conference. An online version of its Application for Representation is under development.The Public Defender’s Office maintains hours in both locations, Mayville and Jamestown, from Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The phone numbers are (716) 753-4376 (Mayville) and (716) 661-8880 (Jamestown).The day-to-day operations within the courts in New York State are different during the crisis. The Office of Courts Administration (OCA) of New York State mandated all Courts within the state to postpone all non-essential matters for a term up to 90 days. All courts located in New York and Chautauqua County are temporarily entertaining only emergency criminal, family, and subrogate appearances and procedures. Many local town, village, and city courts have adjourned the bulk of their criminal proceedings until at least early May. Judges in County Court hear essential matters such as arraignments during regular hours. Off-hours, the Centralized Arraignment Program still functions to conduct arraignments during evenings and weekends. Attorneys from the Chautauqua County Public Defender Office continue to appear remotely to the Centralized Arraignment Program.The Public Defender’s office also says that defendants and defense attorneys appear more frequently in court via Skype or by phone rather than in person. In addition, the office says defendants frequently consult their attorneys by phone, rather than person, before appearing remotely to court. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) DUNKIRK – A 33-year-old Dunkirk man was arrested after allegedly hitting a man in the head with an axe over the weekend.Dunkirk Police say Brian Nowak was arrested Saturday afternoon following the alleged assault.Nowak is charged with felony second-degree assault and was remanded to Chautauqua County jail on $20,000 bail.Officers report the victim was treated at Brooks Memorial Hospital for his injuries. The Dunkirk Police were assisted by the Village of Fredonia Police and U.S. Border Patrol.
Sweeney Todd will feature Borle as Pirelli, Blumenkrantz as The Beadle, Mackey as Johanna, Johnson as Anthony Hope, Quast as Judge Turpin and Brenn as Tobias Ragg. Sweeney Todd follows a wronged barber who takes to slitting throats while seeking revenge on the corrupt judge who destroyed his life and family. The concert production will be conducted by Alan Gilbert and directed by Lonny Price, who also directed the Philharmonic’s 2000 staging of Sweeney Todd. Star Files Christian Borle Borle is slated to star in Little Me as part of the 2014 City Center Encores! season. He received the Tony Award for his portrayal of Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher, and recently appeared in NBC’s live telecast of The Sound of Music and Smash. Borle’s Broadway credits include Mary Poppins, Legally Blonde, Spamalot, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jesus Christ Superstar and Footloose. View Comments Ladies and gentlemen you can’t imagine the rapture in store! Tony winner Christian Borle, along with Jeff Blumenkrantz, Kyle Brenn, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Erin Mackey and Olivier winner Philip Quast, will take to the stage in the New York Philharmonic’s sure-to-be-rousing presentation of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. Starring Grammy winner Bryn Terfel as the titular demon barber and Oscar winner Emma Thompson as Mrs. Lovett, the show will run from March 5 through 8 at Avery Fisher Hall. Erin Mackey Jay Armstrong Johnson Blumenkrantz has appeared on Broadway in Into the Woods, Threepenny Opera, Damn Yankees, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and A Class Act. Mackey was last seen on Broadway in Chaplin. Her previous Broadway credits include Anything Goes, Wicked and Sondheim on Sondheim. Johnson’s Broadway credits include Hands on a Hardbody, Catch Me if You Can and Hair. Quast has won three Olivier Awards for his performances in Sunday in The Park with George, The Fix and South Pacific. Brenn’s Broadway credits include West Side Story and Leap of Faith.
Lena Hall View Comments ALSO: Lincoln Center’s American Songbook 2014 season opens with a free concert in the David Rubenstein Atrium. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22 SEX TIPS! SEX TIPS! GET YOUR SEX TIPS HERE! The theory that gay men give better advice than women is being put to the test in the off-Broadway comedy Sex Tips for a Straight Woman From a Gay Man. Adapted from the book of the same name by Matt Murphy and Jim Brochu, the stage show at 777 Theatre follows authors Dan Anderson and Maggie Berman as they deliver sage advice to the audience with the help of a friendly and hot male model. Hey, if it worked for Meryl, it’ll work for you! ALSO: Kenita R. Miller, Michael James Scott, Stephanie Umoh and more star in a one-night-only benefit performance of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens’ Once on This Island at the Lucille Lortel Theater; Constantine Maroulis, Jason Gotay, Alex Brightman, Molly Ranson and more celebrate the music of Jeff Thomson in Go Where the Love Is at 54 Below; Ariana DeBose (Motown The Musical) does mash-ups, medleys and more in Typed Out at 54 Below. Justin Matthew Sargent Debra Messing THURSDAY, JANUARY 23 DEBRA MESSING IS LOVESTRUCK IN MULLINGAR Interior designer Grace Adler Famed lyricist Julia Houston Emmy winner Debra Messing makes her Broadway debut in Tony, Oscar and Pulitzer Prize winner John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar, opposite Tony winner Brian F. O’Byrne. In the new rom-com, Messing plays an eccentric Irish farmer who’s trying to make a romantic connection with her shy neighbor. Go for Messing’s charming debut and stay for the show’s last-minute quirky curveball. If you’re a fan of famous faces, the week of January 20-26 is your time to get busy! On tap on stages around NYC are Carol Channing, Annie Potts, Debra Messing and Sutton Foster, plus a star-studded concert special. Read on to get the scoop on the most exciting happenings in theater, TV, concerts and films in our calendar of events for Broadway lovers. TUESDAY, JANUARY 21 ANNIE POTTS STARTS SWINGING IN PIPPIN Oh, it’s time to start livin’! Annie Potts, best known for her role as Mary Jo Shively on TV’s Designing Women (go ahead, go treat yourself to that saxophone-heavy intro for a minute) joins the Tony-winning Broadway revival of Pippin. Potts takes on the high-flying role of grandma Berthe in the show, so don’t miss your chance to see her on the trapeze and belting “No Time at All.” View All (10) Zak Resnick Stark Sands ALSO: Kim Pirrella, sister of Real Housewives of New Jersey star Melissa Gorga, returns to My Big Gay Italian Wedding and My Big Gay Italian Funeral at off-Broadway’s St. Luke’s Theatre. Star Files FRIDAY, JANUARY 24 SUTTON FOSTER BIDS CAFE CARLYLE ADIEU Sutton Foster (a.k.a. the world’s best character actress with the vocal chops of a musical leading lady) wraps up her enchanting cabaret show at the swanky NYC nightspot. Featuring an eclectic evening of standards, pop and Broadway, including her rousing medley of “Not for the Life,” “NYC” and “Astonishing” from Thoroughly Modern Millie, Annie and Little Women, Foster unleashes her powerful pipes like no one else. ALSO: Donna Vivino’s witty and delightful show It’s Not Easy Being Green returns for one night only at 54 Below. Sutton Foster ALSO: Tony winner Victoria Clark goes back to granting wishes as the fairy godmother in Cinderella; Broadway vet Edward Hibbert returns to 54 Below with his hit show Can’t Something Be Done?; The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner opens at Atlantic Theater Company; Tim Federle’s follow-up to Better Nate Than Ever—Five, Six, Seven, Nate!—is available at bookstores; Jennifer Holliday: The Song Is You and Isabela Moner’s (Evita) Isabela are released on CD; Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen’s update on A Streetcar Named Desire starring Cate Blanchett, gets the DVD treatment. Billy Porter MONDAY, JANUARY 20 CAROL CHANNING & JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND CALL ON DOLLY! Hello! Hello there, how are you? Oh hello! On this cold winter night, you’d do best to go see three-time Tony winner Carol Channing, who’s returning for a one-night engagement celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of Hello, Dolly! A Man’s A Man star Justin Vivian Bond hosts the celebration at Town Hall, which includes celebrity tributes, video questions from fans and footage from Channing’s illustrious career. Holy cabooses! Victoria Clark Annie Potts SUNDAY, JANUARY 26 STARK SANDS HANGS UP HIS KINKY BOOTS This is time for a shake-up! Since Kinky Boots opened last April, Stark Sands has been turning in a gangbusting, Tony-nominated performance as Charlie Price, the contemplative counterpoint to Tony winner Billy Porter’s colorful drag queen, Lola. Celebrate Sands’ final performance by hearing him belt Cyndi Lauper’s Tony-winning pop score one last time. SATURDAY, JANUARY 25 DON’T LEAF THE SKIVVIES OUT IN THE COLD Spring has (almost) sprung! Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley are The Skivvies, and they know how to get your attention. The undie-rock, comedy-pop duo returns to 54 Below for a concert titled One Giant Leaf for Mankind, featuring special guests Lena Hall, Morgan James, Justin Matthew Sargent, Zak Resnick and Grammy nominee Sophie B. Hawkins. Don’t miss the show, or you’ll be saying, “Damn, I wish I was in your audience.” ALSO: The Commons of Pensacola, starring Emmy winner Sarah Jessica Parker and Tony winner Blythe Danner, ends its off-Broadway run at MTC’s New York City Center Stage I; The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Kandi Burruss plays her final performance in NEWSical the Musical; Broadway Bares: Winter Burlesque heats up XL Nightclub; Sondheim Unplugged returns to 54 Below. Constantine Maroulis
View Comments Postponed! Recent Big Fish co-stars two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz and Tony nominee Kate Baldwin had been set to reunite for a one-night-only concert of The Goodbye Girl on April 7. However “due to a late-breaking change in the availability of its headliners” the concert will be rescheduled for Fall 2014. Perhaps Butz’s new Netflix role had something to do with it? Norbert Leo Butz Kate Baldwin Star Files The original Broadway production of The Goodbye Girl opened on March 4, 1993 at the Marquis Theatre and starred Bernadette Peters and Martin Short (in his Broadway debut). Directed by Michael Kidd with choreography by Graciela Daniele, the show ran for 188 performances and garnered five 1993 Tony nominations including Best Musical. Penned by David Zippel, Neil Simon and Marvin Hamlisch and based on the Oscar-winning film, The Goodbye Girl chronicles the unlikely romance between Paula (Baldwin), a single mother who has been jilted one too many times by one too many actors, and Elliot (Butz), another actor, who shows up at her door—out of the blue—with a lease to sublet her apartment.