FYS hosts quilt tribute for Rebecca Townsend

first_imgStudents gathered in the Sorin Room of LaFortune Student Center on Sunday afternoon to honor the memory of Rebecca Draper Townsend, an incoming member of the Notre Dame class of 2019 who died July in a traffic accident before she arrived on campus.Between 1:30 and 5:30 p.m., members of the class of 2019, as well as students from all classes, wrote messages on 4-by-4-inch squares of fabric as part of the Rebecca Townsend Tribute Quilt Project, a Welcome Weekend event sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and First Year of Studies (FYS).Junior Maggie McDevitt, a member of the student-run Orientation Steering Committee involved in planning the programming for Welcome Weekend, said the squares, when stitched together, will form two quilts – one to be presented to the Townsend family and the other to remain in Badin Hall, Townsend’s designated dorm.“It’s part of a solidarity thing, to remind [Townsend’s] family that no matter what, she’s still part of our Notre Dame family, and she’s part of the class of 2019,” McDevitt said. “We’re missing her as well.”McDevitt said there was considerable turnout from students of all classes for the event, which was originally scheduled to be held on North Quad, but which moved to LaFortune Student Center at the last minute due to rain.“We’ve had lots of people. And especially a lot of dorms have done walkovers for other freshmen to come in, so we’ve had whole dorms coming in,” she said. “And students that aren’t freshman too.”Cecilia Lucero, an academic advisor in FYS who helped come up with the idea for the tribute quilt, said the project was meant to introduce incoming freshmen to the importance of community and service at Notre Dame during their first weekend on campus.“[It’s] a nice way to bring people together, connect people and do it in remembrance of somebody that is important to people,” Lucero said. “We wanted to get students thinking about serving others and doing good and being kind.”Lucero said part of the inspiration behind the project was the number of recent deaths in the Notre Dame community, including those of University President emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, associate dean in the College of Engineering Cathy Pieronek and three students during the spring semester.“In the spring there were so many tragedies,” she said. “Some of that was still very raw.  And I think anytime there is a death in the Notre Dame community it affects everybody. Because you know people who are connected in some way.”Although Townsend passed away before she was able to attend Notre Dame, Lucero said she was nonetheless a valued member of the Notre Dame community.  Lucero said she hopes the quilt project will aid in the healing process of all who have been touched by Townsend’s death.“I think people have been very affected by the fact that Rebecca Townsend died this summer, and we just wanted to commemorate that in some way,” she said.Lucero said the time and effort invested by students into the quilts astonished her.“I was thinking people would just sign their names, or say what dorm they were in,” she said. “But people got really artistic and it was really cool.“I was just touched by how people really put their heart into creating something.”Tags: quilt project, Rebecca Townsend, Student death, Welcome Weekendlast_img read more

Rainy season to start at end of October: BMKG

first_imgThe Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has predicted that the rainy season will gradually begin at the end of October for most of Indonesia following the current transitional period from the dry season.BMKG head Dwikorita Karnawati said the first rains were expected to fall in the western parts of the archipelago. She also said the rainy season would reach its peak in January and February next year.”Most of Indonesia is expected to see the peak of the rainy season in January and February 2021,” she said in a written statement on Monday as quoted by kompas.com.The BMKG’s climatology deputy Herizal explained that out of the 342 seasonal zones (ZOM) in Indonesia, around 34.8 percent would start the rainy season in October, namely parts of Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan and Sulawesi.Meanwhile, 38.3 percent is predicted to see the rainy season in November, such as other parts of Sumatra, Java, Nusa Tenggara, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Maluku and Papua, and the remaining 16.4 percent would see rains in December.Read also: BMKG warns of extreme weather during transition to rainy season”154 seasonal zones, or around 45 percent, are predicted to see a later rainy season this year than in the 1981-2010 period,” Herizal said.”The rainy season would start earlier in 68 ZOM, or 20 percent.”He also said around 27.5 percent of ZOM would experience a wetter rainy season this year.The BMKG has warned the public to remain alert to extreme weather and other potential disasters, especially in regions predicted to experience an earlier and wetter rainy season.”We advise the public to be more vigilant about the impact of the rainy season, especially those who reside in areas prone to hydrometeorological disasters such as floods and landslides,” the head of the BMKG’s Climate Change Information Center, Dodo Gunawan, said.Dwikorta also urged regional administrations to implement disaster mitigation plans by setting up integrated water systems from upstream to downstream such as saving water in embankments, dams or other water retention pools as well as preparing the river capacity to anticipate a higher volume of water. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

Pakistan bowlers have wicket-taking mindset: Bowling coach Azhar Mahmood

first_imgPakistan bowling coach and former all-rounder Azhar Mahmood believes his team is blessed with a bunch of bowlers with amazing mindset, who are completely capable of executing the plans on the field effectively.When quizzed about the wicket-taking approach of the Pakistan bowling attack in limited overs cricket, the 42-year-old said, “It’s not rocket-science to realise that in the modern-day limited overs game, where boundaries are small and bats are big, it is absolute madness to think that you can simply contain a top-quality opposition team by drying out runs. The only real way to stop runs from being scored against you is by taking wickets.””In this regard, we are very blessed that we have a bunch of guys who are wicket-takers and are able to effectively execute the plans given to them and deliver on the field. There is an amazing mindset among these bowlers that they need to get the batsmen out and not just worry about containing them, which is very important for the team as a whole,” he emphasised.Giving example of his side’s recent performances in the ODIs, Azhar stressed that his bowling line-up are confident of taking wickets at every stage of the game regardless of the opposition. He further emphasised on the rapid improvement in their bench-strength.”With this bowling line-up, we are confident of taking wickets at every stage of the game regardless of how well the opposition is doing at that time. The proof of our recent progress is in the fact that in the last nine ODI games, the most any team has scored against us is 236 which is a great sign for Pakistan cricket. On top of that, our bench-strength is improving rapidly with each back-up player performing really well when given the chance,” he said.advertisementMeanwhile, Azhar also reflected his disappointment on Pakistan’s recent two-match Test series defeat to Sri Lanka 0-2 in Dubai.The former all-rounder admitted that his side failed to bowl well in both innings of the Tests which cost them defeat.”Obviously, we were thoroughly disappointed by the loss of both Tests in the home series against Sri Lanka, but the fact of the matter is that we did not bowl well in both innings of the Tests. Again, this is not an attempt to look for excuses but the guys were playing Tests after a long time as our last game had been in May of this year and that rustiness showed up against Sri Lanka,” he said.Pakistan are now slated to play against West Indies in a three-match T20 series this November. However, the Caribbean side’s tour to Pakistan might get postponed due to adverse weather in Lahore.last_img read more