University prepares for Notre Dame Day fundraiser

first_imgThe University will host Olympians, Super Bowl champions and two members of the “Hamilton” Chicago Company — in addition to other notable guests — this weekend as part of the fourth annual Notre Dame Day, which will take place Sunday and Monday.The event — a 29-hour fundraiser for almost every aspect of student life at Notre Dame, including residence halls, student groups and financial aid — gives community members who donate to the University the opportunity to cast votes to determine how money raised through Notre Dame Day will be distributed. Michael Yu | The Observer A Notre Dame Day team member speaks during the 29-hour live broadcast during the 2016 Notre Dame Day. Last year’s event broke a fundraising record with 21,478 gifts contributed throughout the day.For the first minimum $10 gift to the University community members make through Notre Dame Day, they receive five votes to cast for whichever registered area of the University they choose. With each subsequent minimum $10 gift, community members will receive one vote. Pablo Martinez, program director of Notre Dame Day, and member of the class of 2011, said this strategy — which was implemented in the event’s second year — allows every person who donates to make a significant impact on the University.“Notre Dame Day is different in that it allows anyone to have the same impact,” he said. “So even if you make a $1,000 gift on Notre Dame Day, you only get five votes — unless you decide to divvy up that $1,000 gift into multiple gifts. So the $10 gifts prove just as valuable in terms of the votes you get, and how you get to say who gets the Challenge Fund and who comes out on top at the end of the leaderboard. It’s equitable in that way.”The recipient of the Challenge Fund is determined by the percentage of votes a certain organization receives, tracked by the Notre Dame Day leaderboard. Community members receive updates about the leaderboard standings throughout a live broadcast taped in the LaFortune Student Center. Martinez said this broadcast ensures Notre Dame Day includes every member of the community in some way.“Notre Dame Day kind of divides out into two things,” he said. “It’s a celebration for all of our alumni, parents and friends. They celebrate by watching the broadcast and giving to and voting for what they love the most. But for students, it’s an opportunity for them to take advantage of, one, a little bit of extra funding, but also showcase the amazing work that they’re doing.”Students have responded so well to this opportunity, Martinez said, that the Notre Dame Day team is adding a Facebook Live stream to the event in order to accommodate more interviews with students.“We can usually fit about … 200 spotlights of students and interviews and stories, but the demand was so high that we decided to shift over to Facebook Live and have that as another option,” he said. “So what you see on the broadcast for 29 hours will be its own content, and then we’re going to have unique content that will accommodate all sorts of student groups to come in and talk about what they’re doing — or what they need funding for — during our Facebook Live segments. And that will all air on the Proud to be ND Facebook page.”Martinez is happy to see students respond to Notre Dame Day in an increasingly engaging manner, and said the Notre Dame Day team has come up with additional ways of including the student body this year, such as a Notre Dame Day Snapchat filter.“We’ve also gotten better at involving students,” he said. “I think the first year we did this we had like 500 groups, the next year we had 600, last year we had 800 [and] this year we had — when I first grabbed the list, there were like 940.”The limited availability for interview spots during the broadcast is largely due to the enthusiastic response from University alumni, something associate director of student philanthropy and 2015 graduate Ellen Roof said is valuable when reaching out to guests for the broadcast.“It’s a pretty good spot to be in,” she said. “ … [Often] you think of a backup option being less good, but here we’re never in that scenario because everyone we invite has a really compelling story and such a passion for Notre Dame that the way they say it and what they bring to the broadcast is really awesome. So it is great to know that we’re going to have phenomenal guests no matter what.”This involvement is possible, Martinez said, thanks to the hard work that goes into producing the broadcast each year.“The fact that [NBC News correspondent and member of the class of 1979] Anne Thompson was invited the very first year and she came in from New York to do this, and then was [so] blown away that she was like, ‘sign me up every year’ … just shows how people want to be involved,” he said. “ … But then even the local community that we bring in — and they do all the broadcasts for us, and they do a lot of the anchoring and interviews — they’re just blown away by the way that we set everything up and the way everything works.”Notre Dame Day also provides students with valuable experience in fundraising for various causes with the help of the University, Roof said.“I think it’s pretty great,” she said. “ … We’re pretty much saying this is your time for your campaign, these are some of the best practices that we can kind of highlight for you and help you as you’re thinking through what you want to tell the alumni and parents and friends, and what you want this money for, and everything like that.”As Notre Dame Day’s tagline emphasizes, Martinez said, the ultimate goal of the event is to ensure that “every gift counts, every vote matters and every student benefits.”“When I’m able to meet with students, I always tell them this is a chance for you guys to maximize your resources and tell people what you do at the University,” he said. “ … I think we do a really good job of that with Notre Dame Day.”Tags: Fundraising Campaign, Notre Dame Day, Notre Dame Day 2017last_img read more

NBA Draft: The case against picking Rakeem Christmas

first_imgBefore Rakeem Christmas’ senior season at Syracuse, few thought he had a shot to be selected in the NBA Draft.But with a breakout senior season in which he averaged 17.5 points per game and was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team, Christmas is in secure position to have his named called on Thursday night.The 23-year-old Philadelphia native measured nearly 6 feet, 10 inches and 243 pounds at the NBA Draft Combine in May, where a strong performance in the five-on-five scrimmages saw him ascend across mock drafts.Where Christmas is selected — most experts have him going early in the second round — will depend on a variety of factors. Based on research and conversations with people in NBA scouting, here are three reasons why teams shouldn’t select Christmas.Click here to see why teams should pick Christmas. Draft analysis on former Syracuse power forward Chris McCullough will be posted on Wednesday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA team should not draft Christmas because of his… 1. AgeChristmas, who turns 24 in December, is a day older than Suns guard Brandon Knight. And while Christmas prepares for the draft, Knight has played in parts of five NBA seasons and will soon sign his second professional contract.There could be a team that is attracted to Christmas’ age and subsequent experience. But as an expected early second-round pick there will be a lot of franchises looking for a younger project in that range — for example, someone like 20-year-old Chris McCullough, his college teammate.While teams are looking for talent at any spot in the 60-pick draft, the second round isn’t where they’ll be deliberately fishing for an immediate contributor. If a decision comes down to Christmas or a 19-year-old prospect, a franchise could consider that four years of NBA experience will put the 19-year-old on a brighter track than Christmas’ current one.2. Inexperience playing man-to-man defense There are two defensive responsibilities that stand out for NBA big men, and that’s protecting the rim and defending the pick and roll.Christmas, having played four years in the center of Jim Boeheim’s 2-3 zone defense, doesn’t necessarily lack the size, athleticism or ability to do these things. He just hasn’t defended pick and rolls in a man-to-man defense like he’ll have to in the NBA, and has only protected the rim while moving in a confined space in and around the paint.And since he’ll come off the bench and not get a lot of touches, he’ll have to excel defensively to stay on the court.Christmas’ athleticism and length could make him reliable defensively as a pro — he blocked 2.5 shots per game as a senior — but there’s little evidence of his ability in a man-to-man defense, and that’s troubling for an expected reserve big.3. Confusing college career If Christmas’ transition to college led to three lethargic years before a breakout senior season, why should NBA franchises feel that the start to his pro career will be any different?Before becoming Syracuse’s go-to option as a senior, Christmas was an offensive afterthought (SU’s fifth option whenever on the court) who never averaged more than 5.8 points in a season. He was an athletic body above all else, and it seemed that rebounding and playing defense wasn’t enough to rev any semblance of a scoring motor.There’s no way of knowing what exactly rendered Christmas offensively ineffective for the first three years of his college career, but a good guess is that he had trouble adjusting to the strength and speed of the college game and then fell behind.There’s a chance the professional game will be, at least at first, too fast and too strong for him to hedge early growing pains, and he’s too old to take another three years to acclimate himself.Christmas’ sharp, late turnaround made him a surefire draft pick but also raises a lot of questions about his longterm ability. It’s a problem if he’s only able to produce as a primary option, because he’ll likely never be one at the next level. Comments Published on June 23, 2015 at 1:11 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Chorale plans madrigal feast as fundraiser

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The ticket price may seem steep at $100 per person, Klahs said, but the event is the chorale’s main fundraiser for the year. Madrigals originated in 16th century Italy and were performed by small groups of unaccompanied voices, usually singing themes of love or nature. English composers later adapted the form, and since then madrigals have been associated with feasting and holiday revelry. The chorale will re-create the Renaissance feast in the great “baronial hall” also known as the Santa Clarita Activities Center. The bill of fare includes appetizers of chicken liver pate with calvados and hazelnuts, tomato and aged cheddar canapes, Old English spiced beef roast with assorted mustards, potatoes a la maitre d’hotel, roasted vegetables, and trifle, along with coffee, tea, and wine. Banquet revelers will be greeted by the jester before the entertainment begins. The wacky masque du jour takes off in several comedic directions at once as a motley troupe of actors tries to imitate a cast of thousands. To help pull this off, one character actually plays the parts of a father and a stepmother at the same time, wearing one costume in front and another on her back side. Each time the other character speaks, the actor turns around, so as the dialogue speeds up, so do her rotations. SANTA CLARITA – The Santa Clarita Master Chorale will present a re-creation of a 16th century royal banquet Saturday to raise money for future performances. The Midwinter Madrigal Feast will feature the farcical enactment of “Handel and Gretzky: A Tale of Two Kiddies,” presented by an assortment of dancers, troubadours and the Beverly Hills Players. The midwinter event is an opportunity for the community to show its support for fine arts in Santa Clarita, said Sherry Klahs, chief executive officer of the chorale’s board of directors. “For nearly seven years, the nonprofit Master Chorale has provided Santa Clarita with the finest in choral music,” Klahs said. The play, or masque, includes audience involvement, surprising sound effects and fast-paced dialogue, with singers performing authentic madrigals. An opportunity drawing is also planned for the evening, with drawings for numerous gift baskets. The grand prize is a seven-day Holland America Cruise. Tickets for the drawing are $50 and just 150 will be sold. The Midwinter Madrigal Feast will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the city Activities Center, 20800 Center Point Parkway, Santa Clarita. Individual tickets are $100, or preferred tables for eight are available for $1,000. Tickets may be purchased by telephone or mail order. Order forms are available on the chorale’s Web site, For information, call the chorale office at (661) 254-8886 or write to Santa Clarita Master Chorale, P.O. Box 800459, Santa Clarita, CA 91380-0459.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

CASEE program hosts student open house

first_imgBRUSH PRAIRIE — Battle Ground Public Schools will host an open house for the Center for Agriculture, Science and Environmental Education program at 6 p.m. Thursday at the CASEE Building B, 11104 N.E. 149th St., Brush Prairie.Prospective students are invited to the program’s Science Night to eat pizza, ask questions and get additional information about the half-day program, which offers a hands-on science curriculum for high school students.Applications for new students are due March 27.If you plan to attend, RSVP for the event at For information about the CASEE program or Science Night, call 360-885-5361 or email [email protected]last_img