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State clubs help students feel at home at Notre Dame

first_imgThough Notre Dame is located in Indiana, it caters to a national population with students from many different states. At Notre Dame, student-run state clubs perform the function of bringing together students from their home areas. According to SAO, there are clubs representing nine states: California Club, Connecticut Club, Hawaii Club, Louisiana Club, Minnesota Club, Montana Club, New Jersey Club, New York Club and Texas Club. Each state’s club has a slightly different focus, from helping arrange transportation at breaks to organizing events reflecting their state’s culture.Junior Danny McMaster, vice president of the New Jersey Club, said his club’s main purpose is serving as a link between students, alumni and New Jersey, as well as social opportunities.“We organize rides back, both by organizing a major bus back … [and] in coordination with some of the Philadelphia [alumni] clubs,” McMaster said. “We are the liaisons between New Jersey students on campus and the four New Jersey [alumni] clubs. … We’re just basically a social club where, you know, all the New Jersey kids can get to know each other, get some cool T-shirts, get some good pizza and good breakfast sandwiches.” Junior Rosie Crisman, co-president of California Club, said her club’s major focus is helping Notre Dame students network with professionals in California. She said a large number of California Club members are not actually California natives.“We help students connect to professionals in California, including Notre Dame alumni and recruiters,” she said. “If I had to guess, around 25 percent of our club is not from California.”Senior Iliana Contreras, president of Texas Club, described her club’s mission as both connecting students to alumni networks and helping Texans adjust to life in South Bend.“Alumni networks within the Texas Club are huge. We have the Alumni Barbecue in the spring where actual alumni from Texas come and they host a huge barbecue for all of our students, be [they] from Texas or not,” Contreras said. “We also want [Texas Club] to be a safe haven for people on campus; we recognize that moving to South Bend, Indiana, from any place in Texas … [puts students in] an entirely different culture, environment and weather. We want to make sure that people know where to buy the right jackets, get the right snow boots. … Texas Club is supposed to be a place where you can come and you can combine your two homes: your love of Texas and your love of Notre Dame.”These clubs allow for students to express their love of their home state, even while so far away from home. McMaster said, in his experience, state clubs build up community among the members of their state, and that those involved enjoy their work.“One of the biggest draws for us is that New Jersey is one of the biggest states at Notre Dame, especially considering how far away it is,” McMaster said. “There’s just a matter of state pride … [because] a lot of people rag on our state. Everyone who’s from it really loves it and we all have a good time with it.”Tags: California, Geographic Diversity, New Jersey, State Clubs, Texaslast_img read more

Shane Lowry prepares to resume NedBank Challenge

first_imgShane Lowry is waiting to start his third round at the Nedbank Golf Challenge.After an improved second-round yesterday in Sun City, Lowry will resume from 1-over par this morning at the Gary Player Country Club.He’s 10 shots behind out-right leader Henrik Stenson – the Swede is one clear of the field on 11-under par.last_img

Brahim’s Blank Year

first_imgBrahim Díaz was one of the great victims of Real Madrid’s elimination cup. This competition was one of the main reasons given by the person from Malaga for not accepting an assignment during the past winter market. He was convinced that the Cup would serve as an opportunity to shine and also earn minutes in the rest of competitions.Brahim’s predictions were fulfilled, since 76% of the minutes he has played have been in the Cup (130 ’of 170 total). Despite this, he also had to earn the title: in the first two games (Unionistas and Zaragoza) he was a substitute. His good performances earned him his presence in the eleven against Real Sociedad, where he distributed an assist but the team was eliminated. And at that juncture, the white quarantine of the coronavirus arrived, which slows it down even more and also adds competition: Marco Asensio was close to reappearing after his serious knee injury. The Balearic Islands occupies the same demarcation as Brahim and his return, which would now be at an earlier stage of the season (provided the course ends, which is not clear at the moment), closes the door even more on the young footballer who arrived in January. 2019 from Manchester City. With only 170 minutes played (in which he has scored a goal and given an assist) Brahim had practically said goodbye to one of his goals for the season: the Olympics. In fact, it has not even entered any of De la Fuente’s lists yet in the new cycle of the Sub-21 (the one born from 1998). Brahim is from 1999 and was called to be one of the stars, but he has not yet played.FutureIn the summer, Madrid will insist once again that they accept a loan to gain experience. At the club they have high hopes for him, they are convinced that he will be an important footballer at the Bernabéu for many years. But you must follow the path of others like Achraf, Odegaard or Reguilón. He needs minutes in some demanding team to return Madrid in one or two years and fight for a place in the starting lineup. That hard defeat against those of Imanol Alguacil at the Bernabéu (3-4) alighted Madrid from the Cup and ended with the illusions of Brahim, who returned to ostracism. Since then, the white team has played six games (five in the League and one in the Champions League) and the malagueño was out of the call in all. Not even Hazard’s injuries have given him a chance.last_img read more