Hammes readies for big game

first_imgA 2012 undefeated Notre Dame football season has resulted in excitement, celebration and anticipation for the BCS National Championship Game. At a time when students and fans want to show support and represent their home team, it is no wonder that the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore has stepped up to fill those demands.    “Our main strategy is to ensure that all of our customers’ merchandise needs are addressed,” director of retail operations Keith Kirkpatrick said.   In order to ensure a positive shopping experience, the Hammes Bookstore hired additional staff to meet increasing demands over the next month. Kirkpatrick said a number of items highlighting the undefeated regular season schedule are currently available and a focus has been placed on potential products related to the National Championship Game.  “The release of those products cannot actually begin until the matchup is officially announced on Sunday,” Kirkpatrick said.   There are currently select items available for sale both online and in the store, and additional goods will be introduced during the course of the next week. The bookstore wants to ensure that anyone who wants something can purchase it.   With the Irish victory against USC on Saturday, Notre Dame became the only eligible undefeated team in the BCS. This game caused an increase in online bookstore traffic, but sales actually picked up much earlier, Kirkpatrick said. “It’s been ramping up steadily over the course of the entire season,” he said. “In-store traffic also is stronger than normal at this point in the season than in years past.” Several off-site bookstores were also constructed at away games this year. The first of these was at the game in Chicago against Miami and the second was at the USC game. These chosen locations are based on the criteria of fan-demand and local alumni support. Kirkpatrick said the sales from the off-site bookstores were quite favorable to comparable years.  “The USC game produced the best results we’ve ever had out there,” he said. Sales are strong and the biggest seller over the course of the year is still The Shirt, Kirkpatrick said. Player-jerseys are also favorites among fans in the store, and as a result they can now be personalized at the Varsity Shop.  “Notre Dame fans are some of the most consistent in college football today,” he said. “They don’t need undefeated seasons to support their University.” Contact Caroline Huytra at chuytra@nd.edu,A 2012 undefeated Notre Dame football season has resulted in excitement, celebration and anticipation for the BCS National Championship Game. At a time when students and fans want to show support and represent their home team, it is no wonder that the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore has stepped up to fill those demands.    “Our main strategy is to ensure that all of our customers’ merchandise needs are addressed,” director of retail operations Keith Kirkpatrick said.   In order to ensure a positive shopping experience, the Hammes Bookstore hired additional staff to meet increasing demands over the next month. Kirkpatrick said a number of items highlighting the undefeated regular season schedule are currently available and a focus has been placed on potential products related to the National Championship Game.  “The release of those products cannot actually begin until the matchup is officially announced on Sunday,” Kirkpatrick said.  There are currently select items available for sale both online and in the store, and additional goods will be introduced during the course of the next week. The bookstore wants to ensure that anyone who wants something can purchase it.   With the Irish victory against USC on Saturday, Notre Dame became the only eligible undefeated team in the BCS. This game caused an increase in online bookstore traffic, but sales actually picked up much earlier, Kirkpatrick said. “It’s been ramping up steadily over the course of the entire season,” he said. “In-store traffic also is stronger than normal at this point in the season than in years past.” Several off-site bookstores were also constructed at away games this year. The first of these was at the game in Chicago against Miami and the second was at the USC game. These chosen locations are based on the criteria of fan-demand and local alumni support. Kirkpatrick said the sales from the off-site bookstores were quite favorable to comparable years.  “The USC game produced the best results we’ve ever had out there,” he said. Sales are strong and the biggest seller over the course of the year is still The Shirt, Kirkpatrick said. Player-jerseys are also favorites among fans in the store, and as a result they can now be personalized at the Varsity Shop.  “Notre Dame fans are some of the most consistent in college football today,” he said. “They don’t need undefeated seasons to support their University.”last_img read more

Reversing The Brain Drain

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island is in the midst of historic change. For years, as other regions invested in areas like quality, affordable rental housing, mixed-use development, and public transit, LI was content with the status quo.We sat silent as we watched droves of young people — educated in our outstanding public schools at significant expense — leave home and help create economic growth in other regions of our country.The Regional Plan Association recently issued a report that called for a new approach to suburban growth, one that centers on transit-oriented development. It calls for better transit, more inclusive communities, more housing in downtowns — things that make our region more competitive for the young, high-knowledge, high-skill workers we need to grow our economy.My administration has championed this approach for years through Suffolk County’s Connect Long Island Plan. The plan champions innovation, collaboration, and smart- growth policies to make us a more attractive place to work, live, and raise a family.Today, a new suburbia is on the horizon, and Suffolk County is leading the way.In Wyandanch, we are close to completing the first phase of development for the $600 million project near the Long Island Rail Road station. Governing magazine recently profiled the project as a national model for suburban revitalization.Last November, we broke ground on the first phase of the $650 million Ronkonkoma Hub mixed-use project. When this project is fully built out, it will deliver a true walkable downtown and create 18,000 jobs. And this is all happening right as the LIRR Double Track Project nears completion.Recently, I joined Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman to break ground on a $30 million affordable housing project for middle-class families that is only 300 feet from the Speonk LIRR station.These critical projects for our region are supported by the investment in transportation infrastructure by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The Double Track and LIRR Expansion Project along the mainline, combined with East Side Access, will be game changers.These projects collectively will significantly reduce commuting times to the city for thousands of Long Islanders. They also open up the Island for real reverse commuting that will make our region more attractive for businesses to locate here because they can now access the talent they need from the broader region. It will also open up the possibility for real intra-island commuting for the first time.Our ambitious regional transportation and development plan, Connect Long Island, will spur economic growth while creating new north-south connections from one train line to another. And as the first suburban county in the state outside of New York City to embrace ride sharing, Suffolk residents are already enjoying additional transit options while providing the last mile connection to our train stations.These are the types of projects that will reverse the brain drain and bring people back to LI. This is about protecting the suburban communities that we love by adapting to the transformative change happening in our world. As a parent of three young kids, I believe that this is about building a better future on LI for all our families.Steve Bellone is the Suffolk County Executive.last_img read more

Kings blow 28-point lead vs. Nets, continue march toward tough summer

first_imgThe Sacramento Kings do not show restraint in their play, instead operating with the intensity of a group not yet tired of the NBA’s incessant grind.Their boundless energy left the Nets gasping for air at times Tuesday night, as the Kings sprinted out to 28-point lead in the third quarter. In other moments, though, it left them vulnerable, allowing Brooklyn to storm back to claim an unlikely 123-121 win on a last-second Rondae Hollis-Jefferson layup. For the league’s fastest-paced team, it was another uneven night of work. And while many peg the Kings to eventually transform into a playoff contender, this coming summer could stall the fun.Center Willie-Cauley Stein will be a restricted free agent and Sacramento’s first-round draft pick is almost certainly headed to Boston from a trade completed in 2015, meaning there will be few avenues to meaningfully improve a roster that has yet to reach the playoffs in a difficult Western Conference.Adding forward Harrison Barnes and his $25 million player option for 2019-20 before the trade deadline made additional maneuvers more challenging.MORE: Our shifting view of KareemWhether Sacramento is able to come away from the summer a better outfit than before will depend on whether its front office has finally gotten itself together after decades of malpractice.The best-case scenario for the organization is obvious: lightning-quick point guard De’Aaron Fox and 2018 first-round pick Marvin Bagley develop into a legitimate stars, and Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic offer consistent supplemental shooting from the wings to form a satisfactory supporting cast. Harry Giles perhaps also becomes an NBA starter, having offered glimpses of his two-way potential.Such an outlook was visible most of Tuesday night, starting with a 38-point first quarter in which eight different players scored. The Kings passed the 100-point mark with 2:08 left in the third quarter. Fox finished with 22 points and nine assists. Bagley had 28 points and seven rebounds.But you don’t need to squint to see the worst-case scenario with this franchise unfold. It was right there as the Kings allowed D’Angelo Russell to ignite in the fourth quarter to torch what had been a stellar performance. It’s possible the current crop of up-tempo youngsters never develops the defensive acumen necessary to truly compete in the brutal Western Conference, and the team’s cap space and draft capital ultimately proves insufficient to bolster a group seemingly one piece away from clicking.As exciting as the Kings have been for parts of the season and even parts of individual games, the lingering concern is difficult to completely stuff away.The key for Sacramento, at least in the short term, may be unlocking the full talent of a player Golden State and Dallas failed to open up. Barnes, who has not come close to living up to the hefty salary Dallas gave him three summers ago, could be boosted by a better fit with the Kings.At 26, there is still flickering hope he can salvage his career and become at least a positive contributor. In a small, 16-game sample with Sacramento this season, he has posted his best net rating since he was with the Warriors. Barnes has also improved his shooting numbers. Crucially, he has done those things with a usage rate down significantly from when he was in Dallas, perhaps signaling he is best suited as a complementary player rather than a key offensive cog. His best stint in the NBA, of course, came when he was part of a young, ascending Golden State team.For the Kings to make the playoffs next season, Barnes won’t need to be a first or second scoring option. That’s what Fox, Hield, Bogdanovic and Bagley are there for. What he will have to be is an efficient shooter who can space the floor on offense while defending at a high level.If Barnes can’t do that, there might not be many other avenues for Sacramento to find answers.last_img read more