Saint Mary‘s professor publishes memoir of undergraduate years at Notre Dame

first_imgDepartment chair of humanistic studies Phil Hicks recently published a book entitled, “Old Notre Dame: Paul Fenlon, Sorin Hall & Me,” about a professor he became friends with when he was a history major at Notre Dame. “[It’s] a memoir of my undergraduate days when I befriended an 80-year-old professor who had lived in my dorm for 60 years,” Hicks said. “I wrote down everything he did and said — campus stories going back to 1915 — and helped him survive as the very last of the ‘bachelor dons,’” Hicks said. Hicks emphasized the importance of loyalty in his book, and he also discussed the uniqueness of friendships between the young and old. “One of its messages is that generations can be bridged in friendship more easily than we might think,” Hicks said. “The book also honors the value of history and tradition and of loyalty to institutions — in this case, Paul Fenlon’s loyalty to Notre Dame, Sorin Hall and the Catholic Church.“Hicks said he felt motivated to write about his professor because he was deeply involved in Notre Dame for decades. “Paul Fenlon had been a student at Notre Dame, a faculty member and a retiree, all the while living in Sorin Hall, and yet when I met him as a freshman in 1976, he seemed under-appreciated by the campus community, especially by my fellow Sorinites,” Hicks said.Even as a student, Hicks knew Fenlon’s story needed to be told. “I wanted to make a record of those stories and of Paul Fenlon’s daily life, because somehow I had become obsessed with the history of Sorin Hall, and I was convinced there was an audience for this material,” he said.For Hicks, writing this book wasn’t just about the history of the University and a narrative of Fenlon’s life. This book was deeply personal, as Hicks dug into parts of his own life as well.“Trying to set down on paper my own emotional response to his death was also hard to do because I’d never written anything so personal before,” he said.Writing this book took him around 44 years to finish, but the base of all of it was from his years as a student when he engaged directly with Fenlon. “By the spring semester, I was visiting him nearly every day, completely enchanted by his storytelling, and by the time I was a senior I had written a couple hundred pages on everything he did and said,“ Hicks said.Hicks elaborated on why, after all these years, he decided to write this book instead of donating his writings to the University Archives. “Originally, I thought I would just hand it over to the University Archives as a record of my undergraduate days,” Hicks said, “But it was so messy that I had to transcribe it first, and in so doing I recognized it made no sense without lots of explanatory context.” Once he decided that he wanted to turn his writings into a book, it took a few more years to find balance between writing, family time and work.“During the semester, I’m preoccupied with classes and departmental activities, so that leaves mainly summers and occasional sabbaticals for research,” Hicks said. “Don’t forget that my wife and four children are a priority for me, too. I don’t know if you could call my life a balanced one or not, because between family and work, I don’t have much of a social life.”Writing while raising a family and working a job was time consuming, but he was still able to publish his book. “It took about five years writing in my spare time to produce a good draft, then a few more years to get feedback on it, find a publisher and make final revisions.”Hicks hopes the book will resonate with many members of the Notre Dame community.“[The] book deals with so many facets of the school — the sports teams, dorm life, the professors and administration, the Holy Cross priests — that anyone with an interest in Notre Dame should enjoy it, whether they are current students, alums from the 1950s or just fans of the school,” Hicks said.Tags: department of humanistic studies, memoir, saint mary’slast_img read more

Vermont unemployment rate drops to 5.8 percent in September

first_imgSeptember2010August2010September2009August2010September2009 Source: Vermont DOL. 10.22.2010 Total Labor Force356,000355,800358,400200-2,400   Employment335,300334,500334,000       8001,300   Unemployment20,70021,30024,400-600-3,700   Rate (%)5.86.06.8-0.2-1.0Vermont’s labor force, employment and unemployment statistics are produced from a combination of a Statewide survey of households and statistical modeling.  The data are produced by the Local Area Unemployment Statistics Program (LAUS) a cooperative program with the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Vermont Department of Labor. Analysis of Job Changes by Industry State of Vermont Overview The preliminary ‘not seasonally adjusted’ jobs numbers for September show an increase of 6,850 jobs when compared to the revised August numbers. This reported over the month change does not include the 300 job increase between the preliminary and the revised August estimates due to the revision process and the inclusion of more sample data. As detailed in the preliminary September data, Total Private reports a decrease of 2,800 jobs and Government reports an increase of 9,650 jobs. The increase in Government jobs is related to the start of the school year and the increase of 9,050 Local Government Education jobs. In the private sector, Private Education Services added 1,550 jobs over the month. However this private sector job gain was negated by a decrease of -3,100 jobs in the Accommodation and Food Services industry. This time of year is notable for schools resuming normal activity and for falling between major tourism seasons as summer operations ramp down prior to the start of winter activities. Unfortunately, the survey reference period typically fails to accurately capture employment changes due to autumn tourist activity. The Vermont Department of Labor announced today the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September 2010 was 5.8 percent which is a decrease of two tenths of percent from the previous month’s reported level of 6.0 percent. Compared to a year ago, the September unemployment rate is lower by a full percentage point.  Since the start of the calendar year, the Vermont seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has been in continued decline. In January it was 6.7 percent. February and March were 6.6 percent. Then the next three months each saw declines of two tenths of percent to put the state rate at 6.0 percent in June, where it stayed for three consecutive months leading up to today’s announcement. The US rate for September was 9.6 percent.‘The Manufacturing Sector is reporting the highest level of employment since second quarter of 2009,’ said Valerie Rickert, Acting Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor. ‘This is an indication of increased confidence by employers. The Vermont economy continues to show positive trends as we gain distance from the trough of the last business cycle which occurred in June 2009.’        Changes From Vermont Labor Force Statistics (Seasonally Adjusted) Vermont’s September seasonally adjusted unemployment was 5.8 percent. The underlying data showed favorable movement with increases to the labor force (+200) and total employment (+800), and a decrease to total unemployment (-600). For comparison purposes, the United States seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September was 9.6 percent.September unemployment rates for Vermont’s 17 labor market areas ranged from 3.6 percent in Hartford to 7.0 percent in Newport. Local labor market area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. For comparison, the September unadjusted unemployment rate for Vermont was 5.3 percent, which was two tenths of a percentage point lower than the revised August data and down one and one tenth percent from a year ago. The annual rate of unadjusted job growth was -0.3%, which is unchanged from the revised August estimate.The seasonally adjusted data for September reports a decrease of 300 jobs from the revised August data. As with the ‘not seasonally adjusted’ data, this over the month change is from the revised August numbers which experienced a positive revision from the preliminary August estimates of 300 jobs. Similar to the national picture, when seasonally adjusted, Vermont’s Private Industries’ reported job gains (+100 jobs) were offset by larger job declines from Total Government (-400 jobs). State Government showed a decline of 500 jobs though the largest job decline came from Leisure & Hospitality (-1,500). For the second consecutive month, Durable Goods Manufacturing has a notable job increase (+400).last_img read more

East entrance to Woods Park to be closed today

first_imgSumner Newscow report — BNSF will be replacing track panels over the east entrance to Woods Park today and will be closing a section of the road near the Wellington Municipal Golf Course maintenance building for most of the day.  Entrance to Woods Park will only be open on the west end.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Raúl de Tomás, the goal that escaped Lopetegui

first_imgLaLiga Santander* Data updated as of February 13, 2020 Not surprisingly, that football that sometimes grants second chances could have brought together in January the reunion between the two, when the Hispanics were looking forward and had 20 million, just what Benfica asked for RdT. But Espanyol had anticipated, convincing him and the Lisbon club since mid-December, so those of Lopetegui ended up opting for Youssef En Nesyri for that same amount. Lopetegui numbers are not right. Not now, not last season. Until the dismissal of the coach at the head of Real Madrid, after the tenth day, only Karim Benzema had more goals (four) than the three of Thomas He had already harvested in the Rayo, where he would end up with 14 goals, the same ones that all the white team wore when the club turned to Santiago Solari to relieve him.“Benzema is Benzema and I am Raúl de Tomás, we are completely different“, the last season the perico striker resolved, fleeing (rather, showing his tiredness) from comparisons. Until August 24, 2018, very close to the end of the summer market, no Raúl de Tomás left Real Madrid’s discipline. His nth transfer, but not any one. And not because it would be the last one before being transferred a year later to Benfica, since he did not know it. But because the white coach did count on him. It was Julen Lopetegui.“I could have been there, Lopetegui wanted me to stay“, revealed the striker in January 2019. And added:”But I didn’t want my function to be just sitting all year“And hence he agreed to return to Rayo Vallecano, with which unlike Real Madrid he did make his debut in Primera. Now the player and coach faces will be seen, but with the equipment changed. Tomás, counting goals for matches at Espanyol. And Lopetegui, surfing a crisis of results in Seville.center_img LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of February 13, 2020 And this season, with the great caveat that there are still 15 games left to play, time is also proving RdT. He has four goals in as many days, as many as the ‘pichichi’ of his country, Luuk de Jong, throughout the season. For its part, In Nesyri has a loner both in Seville, yes, last day against Celta. And without forgetting that even in Leganés he stabbed Espanyol on December 22, with the 2-0 that meant the dismissal of Pablo Machín, a Sevilla coach a year ago.last_img read more

Irwin Defends Capital Square Vault Title Behind Event Record

first_imgFinal ResultsMen Andrew Irwin, Arkansas Vault Club, 19-1.5 (5.83) Devin King, unattached, 18-5.25 (5.62) Cole Walsh, unattached, 18-5.25 (5.62) Austin Miller, unattached, 17-6.5 (5.35) Garrett Starkey, unattached, NHWomen Irwin, the 2019 USA Indoor national champion, set a new Cap Square Vault record as he cleared 19-1.5 (5.83) on his first attempt. Irwin, who joined the competition at 18-0.5 (5.50), didn’t miss until an attempt until 18-8.75 (5.71). Later after his record jump, he attempted 19-4.25 (5.90) but missed on all three of his attempts. Grove defeated first-time participant Annie (Rhodes) Jonnigan by having more clean attempts by clearing 14-9.25 (4.50) on her first attempt. The pair each failed to clear 15-1.5 (4.61) on three attempts. DES MOINES, Iowa – Andrew Irwin defended his men’s title at the fourth-annual Capital Square Vault presented by Catch Des Moines and the Des Moines Register in downtown Des Moines Wednesday evening, April 24. Emily Grove, a four-time All-American and Summit League champion at South Dakota, claimed the women’s title in her first appearance at the event.center_img That one-of-a-kind event also featured, Devin King, Austin Miller, Cole Walsh and Garrett Starkey in the men’s field. The women’s Capital Square Vault event included Kortney Ross and Kristen Leland who were sixth and seventh at last year’s Drake Relays. Megan Clark also made her Capital Square Vault debut. Emily Grove, unattached, 14-11.5 (4.56) Annie (Rhodes) Jonnigan, unattached, 14-11.5 (4.56) Kortney Ross, unattached, 14-9.25 (4.50) Megan Clark, New York Athletic Club, 14.1-25 (4.30) Kristen (Hixson) LeLand, unattached, NHPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Terens Quick persona non grata in Australia says the PanMacedonian Federation

first_imgThe Pan-Macedonian Federation of Australia issued a strongly worded statement, deeming Greece’s Deputy Foreign Minister Terens Quick as ‘persona non grata’ in Australia.The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, in charge of issues of the Diaspora is scheduled to visit Australia in March.The main purpose of Mr Quick’s trip will be to attend the third annual edition of the ‘Nostos – Return to roots’ forum, an initiative bringing together the diaspora of Greece, Cyprus and Egypt. Developed as part of a signed a cooperation protocol of the three countries on diaspora issues, the forum aims to establish a common strategy and joint actions in different Greek diaspora centres. The ‘Nostos’ forum will take place in Melbourne on 25-26 March 2019. A day before the forum, the Deputy Foreign Minister will visit Adelaide to participate in the annual celebration of the Greek National Day.The Pan-Macedonian Federation urges Mr Quick to reconsider.Signed by Peter Jasonides, coordinator of the executive board of the Pan-Macedonian Associations (which includes the Pan-Macedonian Associations of Melbourne and Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland), the statement refers to “journalist and politician, former member of ANEL and appointed deputy minister of foreign affairs of the SYRIZA government, Terens Spencer Nicholas Quick,” stressing that he is not wanted nor welcome in Australia and demands the cancellation of his arrival, “in order to avoid any ridicule and outbursts.”The Pan-Macedonian Federation of Australia also states that organised groups of Macedonians and the Hellnism will stage intense protests wherever Mr Quick appears, “in public or even private space (churches, halls and buildings) and calls “the government of Athens not to provoke the Australian Hellenism’s public sentiment.”The Federation had moved to a similar declaration, in anticipation of the Greek President, Prokopis Pavlopoulos’ scheduled visit to Australia, which was subsequently cancelled.It is unclear whether this attitude is shared among the other Greek Australian Associations, or if it represents the views of the majority of the Greek community in Australia. So far, there has been no reaction by the organisers of the events in Adelaide and Melbourne. Neos Kosmos also approached the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs for comment, to no avail. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more