ND listed as a top Peace Corps university

first_imgPlacing on the Peace Corps’ list of top universities nationwide for the 12th straight year, Notre Dame has established a tradition of expanding learning beyond the classroom. Notre Dame ranked 10th on the Peace Corps’ list of Medium Colleges and Universities to produce the most Peace Corps volunteers in 2011. According to a recent Notre Dame press release, 35 alumni currently serve in the Peace Corps around the world. Among that list is 2010 Notre Dame alumna Meghan Costello, who has spent the past 16 months in Rwanda.  Costello said her primary role in Rwanda is teaching English, yet her mission goes far beyond teaching itself. “Peace Corps is different from other organizations because it is so much more than the primary assignment,” she said. “It’s about integration into a community, learning about another culture and spreading American culture. Through these steps, you can find other ways to be useful in the community.” The prospect of joining the Peace Corps was something that Costello said she had always considered, and after joining, it became the perfect fit for her. “I think Peace Corps was always in my head, a little thing inside that I always wanted, but didn’t think I would ever actually experience,” she said. “When it became a part of my reality, I had the support of all my family and friends. It felt so right.” The atmosphere and the people of Notre Dame are what motivated Costello to join the Peace Corps, she said. In addition, a study abroad trip to Rome helped her realize a passion for applying her education outside of the classroom. “Studying abroad in Rome certainly helped in my desire to experience other cultures,” she said. “I wanted to understand what I was reading in class and to experience the reality of these situations, whatever the reality was.” Although Costello said life in Rwanda can be difficult and lonely at times, she finds comfort in her tasks and responsibilities. “The highlights always come with good work,” she said. “I have recently been plunging into projects in my community, and they bring me joy the kind of joy that comes after finishing a tough paper or a long run.” However, Costello said it is difficult for her to express in words how her time in Rwanda has been because she has yet to fully understand it herself. “My experience in Rwanda is impossible to describe,” she said. “It’s everything that you’d picture it would be ¾enlightening, challenging, life-changing, difficult, rewarding … it’s all those things, but different than you could ever imagine.” Looking toward the future, Costello said she is unsure of what her plans are, but her experience in the Peace Corps has broadened her perception of what careers are available in the business world.            “I am meeting fascinating people all the time here, and so many are doing great work,” she said. “There are so many cool jobs out there, and I want them all. We will have to see what life has in store for me.”last_img read more

Malachi Richardson bounces back after rocky 9-game stretch from behind the arc

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Richardson had his first bad game of the season against Elon on Nov. 21. He said afterward that he compensated by attacking the rim. When Syracuse defeated then-No. 18 Connecticut in November, Richardson said he’d played his “worst brand of basketball” by going 1-of-4 from the field, turning it over twice and committing three fouls in the first half. When he made none of his 11 attempts against St. John’s less than a month later, he said to reporters after the game that he knew shots would eventually fall.He’s owned up to his freshman season struggles every time they’ve manifested themselves. But with Syracuse hanging on by a thread against the nation’s current No. 5 (UNC) and No. 8 (Miami) teams, it’s largely been due to Richardson’s renaissance. When Gbinije shot 0-of-7 from 3 against Miami, Richardson shot 5-of-6. When Gbinije again scored just 10 points against the Tar Heels, 16 from Richardson proved to be clutch.It hasn’t been enough to beat the best teams, but it’s enough to make a statement.“We don’t look at Mali as a freshman now,” Trevor Cooney said. “He’s played enough minutes in enough big games. We have the trust in him and the faith in him to go out there and make plays. We believe that he can do it and he’s done it.” Comments Logan Reidsma | Staff Photographer Published on January 12, 2016 at 7:17 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3center_img Related Stories The best game of Malachi Richardson’s career was painfully incompleteMalachi Richardson pours in career-high 20 points against MiamiMalachi Richardson struggles in 1st half, thrives in 2nd as SU beats No. 18 UConnMalachi Richardson struggles from field against Elon but finds other ways to score Malachi Richardson cut across the baseline, curled around a Tyler Lydon off-ball screen and caught a pass. Richardson reset the offense out toward halfcourt along the sideline.Then, with 4:45 left and Syracuse facing a four-point deficit, Richardson powered through the teeth of North Carolina’s defense, switching hands with the ball and laying in a basket to cut that UNC lead in half.Richardson’s second-half scoring on Saturday had a knack for the dramatic. His first shot was a long, uncontested 3-pointer to end an 8-5 Tar Heels run that started the half. His second cut a three-point lead to one. And his final bucket gave the Orange a last-gasp chance at a comeback against the No. 6 team in the country.“I’m a confident kid and I believe in what I do,” Richardson said. “I’m always going to play hard no matter what. Whether the ball is going in the basket or not. I work hard. I know I can do it. That’s where my confidence comes from.”Before Syracuse played Miami on Jan. 2, Richardson hit a cold stretch in which he made 10-of-57 from behind the arc over a nine-game span. In the three games since, all against Atlantic Coast Conference competition, Richardson has made 15 of his 27 attempts from long range. As point guard Michael Gbinije struggled and consistency on offense was tough to find from others, Richardson experienced a breakout for the free-falling Orange (10-7, 0-4 ACC).AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe freshman, who had a career high in assists (five) on Saturday and a career high in rebounds (nine) the game before, will have a chance to continue to carry Syracuse on offense when it hosts Boston College (7-8, 0-2) on Wednesday in the Carrier Dome at 7 p.m.“He’s improved,” head coach Jim Boeheim said. “I think he’s become a better player and I think he still has a big upside. There’s still a lot of things that he can to get better. He’s having a tremendous year.”last_img read more

Champions League last 16 fixtures

first_imgLyon (FRA) v Juventus (ITA)Tottenham Hotspur (ENG) v Leipzig (GER)Napoli (ITA) v Barcelona (ESP)— First legs to be played on February 18/19/25/26— Second legs scheduled for March 10/11/17/18 Nyon, Switzerland | AFP | Full draw for the Champions League last 16 made on Monday:Borussia Dortmund (GER) v Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)Real Madrid (ESP) v Manchester City (ENG)Atalanta (ITA) v Valencia (ESP)Atletico Madrid (ESP) v Liverpool (ENG)Chelsea (ENG) v Bayern Munich (GER) Share on: WhatsAppcenter_img PHOTO via @ChampionsLeaguelast_img read more

Deputies attempting to secure shooting situation in Delray Beach

first_imgAuthorities in Delray are reporting that they are currently attempting to diffuse a shooting situation within the Kings Point community.The SWAT team was called to the retirement community on Monday due to the report of a man firing a gun from inside of his house on Normandy Lane.Deputies are reporting that they have made contact with the man and that they believe he is alone in the house.Authorities are asking residents to remain inside their homes and to avoid the area as they attempt to secure the situation.last_img read more

POTENT TEAM OF PRAT & MANDELLA TEAM FOR $60,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE WIN WITH BRAZILIAN-BRED BARUTA, WHO WINS BY HALF LENGTH AND COVERS 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF IN 1:14.65

first_img–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (June 11, 2015)–Under patient handling from Flavien Prat, Brazilian-bred Baruta sat a perfect trip down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course and went on to an impressive half length win in the track’s $60,000 allowance feature, covering 6 ½ furlongs on turf in 1:14.65.Conditioned by Richard Mandella, Baruta sat second early behind Mark of a Gem, angled four-wide at the dirt crossing turning for home and overtook eventual third place finisher Kool Kat a furlong out.“I had a good trip,” said Prat, who got his 21st overall win and his sixth from 25 in combination with Mandella at the current Spring Meet. “Usually she can be a little aggressive, but today the pace was good so I kept her covered and she was more relaxed. At the end, she finished very well.”Off as the 2-1 favorite in a field of seven fillies and mares three and up, Baruta paid $6.00, $3.00 and $2.20. Owned by her breeder, Rio Dois Irmaos, LLC, the 6-year-old mare notched her first win from six tries down the hill and improved her overall mark to 17-4-6-3. With the winner’s share of $36,000, she hiked her earnings to $186,508.“I needed that, I’ve got confidence now going into the weekend,” said Mandella, who will saddle two-time Eclipse Champ Beholder in Saturday’s Grade III Adoration Stakes and Bal a Bali in the Grade I Shoemaker Mile.Ridden by Tyler Baze, Rattataptap flew from off the pace to finish second, one length in front of Kool Kat. The narrow second choice at 2-1, Rattataptap paid $4.00 and $2.10.Kook Kat, who charged up the rail to wrest the lead from Mark of a Gem leaving the half mile pole, was no match for Rattataptap late and finished third, 1 ¼ lengths in front of longshot Meeting Waters. Off at 5-1, Kool Kat paid $2.80 to show.First post time on Friday is 4 p.m. Admission gates will open for simulcasting at 11 a.m.last_img read more

Thunder Bay inquest jury finds four First Nations students deaths undetermined three

first_imgWillow Fiddler APTN National NewsA coroner’s jury examining the deaths of seven First Nations students in Thunder Bay has come back with more than 100 recommendations.The students were all from remote communities and only in the city to go to school.After many delays, the inquiry got underway in Oct. 2015.The jury heard from dozens of witnesses who talked about everything from police indifference to the deaths, to racism in Thunder Bay.More on the Thunder Bay inquest.last_img