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  • Notre Dame, Navy students to contest universal basic income in inaugural debate

    first_imgNotre Dame and Navy will meet for the 93rd annual year on the football field Saturday. Friday afternoon, an entirely new rivalry between the two schools will begin in Hesburgh Library.Sponsored by the department of Film, Television and Theatre, the inaugural Notre Dame-Navy debate will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Carey Auditorium, and will be free and open to the public.Susan Ohmer, Notre Dame director of debate and the William T. and Helen Kuhn Carey Associate Professor of Modern Communication, said she was approached by Navy students in August to set up the debate. Ohmer said the debate will serve as a way to extend the relationship between Notre Dame and the Naval Academy. “We see this as another way for our schools to engage with each other off the field and really show the different talents of our schools,” Ohmer said. “The Midshipmen are smart and well educated as well, and they’re really preparing for this … and we really like the idea of extending the tradition of engaging with Navy in a new way.”Junior Conrad Palor and sophomore Patrick Aimone will represent Notre Dame in the debate, while junior Will Lewis and senior Nick Gutierrez will debate on behalf of the Naval Academy. The debate topic — chosen as a joint effort between the four participants — will be: “The United States should implement a universal basic income.”Lewis, a junior midshipman, said he views the universal basic income question as a useful topic in today’s society. “It’s not only a hot topic when it comes to the presidential election cycle, but also it’s a topic that a lot of economists are debating,” Lewis said. “Both [Gutierrez] and I are economics majors here at Navy, so it’s something that we’re interested in, and we’re glad that it’s something [the] Notre Dame debaters were also interested in.”To allow both debate teams to prepare adequate research for the debate, a coin flip determined the positions of the debaters, Aimone said. Notre Dame will represent the affirmative argument for the implementation of universal basic income, and Navy will rebut with the negative argument. To determine the winner, the audience will be polled before and after the debate. Whichever team sways more votes from the audience for their side, wins. Aimone said the structure of the debate allows the audience to leave the debate with a different mindset regarding public policies.  “I think it’s a really good practice for members of the American body to be listening to and participating in active debates over public policy because debate allows you to be exposed to a variety of different arguments, and also to start to refine your own,” Aimone said. “It’s the opposite of being an echo chamber. It’s a structured environment where you can guarantee that you will be exposed to both sides of an argument in a scenario that is hopefully going to lend itself toward the truth of the argument, as opposed to a shouting match.”Palor, a junior and president of the Notre Dame debate team, said the debate complements the historic football game by also demonstrating the rigor of Notre Dame and Navy students in the academic world.“I mean, it’s being held in the Hesburgh Library, and I think metaphorically that Hesburgh Library is known for ‘Touchdown Jesus,’ which is emblematic of football here on campus, but it’s also a home for a litany of academic resources,” Palor said. “Having conversations on the basis of public policy … really highlights some of the academic questions that both the Naval Academy and Notre Dame wrestle with on a daily basis.”Lewis shared his hopes of Notre Dame traveling to Navy next year and for the debate to continue in the following years.“I think it’s going to be a really great tradition between our two schools and something that I think everybody can really enjoy regardless of the outcome on Friday afternoon,” Lewis said.Tags: Debate, Navy, Universal Basic Incomelast_img read more

  • Barca swoops for Nigerian whiz kid

    first_imgRelatedPosts Kluivert returns to Barca  Liverpool wants Karim Adeyemi  Ghana: Five coaches shortlisted for Black Stars job Barcelona are set “to make January swoop” for 17-year-old Salzburg wonderkid Karim Adeyemi to continue their youth revolution.The youngster, born in 2002, has scored five goals in nine Austrian second division games for the Salzburg side feeder club FC Liefering and has reportedly been personally requested by Patrick Kluivert, academy director of FC Barcelona.The German underage international, who has also assisted on four occasions, has been compared to current Blaugrana prospect Ansu Fati.Reports claimed that Barcelona have confirmed to them their interest in Adeyemi.They say the forward, who is of Nigerian origin, could cost nearly £7million after Salzburg already dished out £3 million to German club SpVgg Unterhaching to secure his services in 2018.The Catalan club view the sum as very high for a young teen but are convinced by his talents after Kluivert made club directors aware of him.Like Fati, he is a centre forward who can also play on the right and left, and has already impressed for Germany at under 16 and under 17 levels, scoring two times and three times respectively, in six and seven games.Despite playing for the feeder club, Adeyemi trains with the senior side before dropping back down to play in the second division.He would fit into the current “operacion futuro” – or operation future –  currently being undertaken at the Nou Camp.Ernesto Valverde has handed debuts to 14 La Masia graduates since taking over as first team coach in 2017 and has ramped up his renovation plan, partly due to injuries, this season.The former Bilbao boss has already deployed the likes of Ansu Fati, 16; Carles Perez, 21; Ronald Araujo, 19; and Jean-Clair Todibo, 19, this season – a clear statement of Barcelona’s intent to bring through top youth talents.Tags: Karim AdeyemiPatrick Kluivertlast_img read more

  • VB : Syracuse improves in 2nd half of season under Morrisroe, has pieces in place for future

    first_imgWith the season in the balance, Kelly Morrisroe kept her speech before the fourth set short. Notre Dame rallied to take the third set of Syracuse’s last home match — one the Orange needed to win to make the Big East tournament — but the interim head coach didn’t need to highlight each error.‘Stay focused, limit distractions and close this team out,’ Morrisroe said to her team.When the Orange did as Morrisroe instructed — minimized on-court errors and played to the strengths of its strong blocking game — it played like a team deserving of that tournament berth. SU beat Notre Dame and moved on to the conference tournament, where it fell in the quarterfinals in a rematch with the Fighting Irish to end its season. It was an inconsistent year for Syracuse (19-12, 8-6 Big East), but the team still improved upon last year’s campaign, in which the Orange finished with a 5-9 in-conference record.Morrisroe expected those up and downs. Her team was composed of nine freshmen players.And the team had to deal with the midseason dismissal of Jing Pu in the middle of his 16th year as head coach.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSo even though SU lost that opening postseason match in a second game against Notre Dame, Morrisroe said the fact that the Orange was in a position to play postseason volleyball was an impressive feat.‘Our team had been against it with the coaching change, and obviously, going to the tournament was a huge accomplishment,’ Morrisroe said. ‘But even with that out of the way, this team proved a lot.’After two blowout losses to Big East favorites Louisville and Cincinnati in early November, SU won the two matches it needed to win against DePaul and the Irish at home to go to the postseason. The Orange hadn’t beaten Notre Dame since 1981.All-Big East Second Team outside hitter Noemie Lefebvre said that winning critical games and going to the postseason after such an up-and-down season benefits Syracuse’s young players going forward.‘You know you’ve already achieved that goal,’ Lefebvre said. ‘So next year’s goal is to go back (to the Big East tournament) again.’Though SU clinched a postseason berth behind the play of its freshmen, it almost choked away a chance at the Big East tournament because of its inexperience. On several heartbreaking occasions, the Orange lost games against weaker competition. These losses often came in five sets and on the heels of a freshman mistake.At home against South Florida on Sept. 23, freshman outside hitter Andrea Fisher couldn’t match up with Bulls outside hitter Valerie El Houssine. After SU jumped out to a two-set lead, El Houssine recorded 10 kills in the third set that keyed a USF comeback.Additionally, opposing hitters targeted freshman outside hitter Ying Shen in an upset loss against Georgetown on Oct. 9. Shen hit three Georgetown spikes out of bounds in the fourth and fifth sets, and in the fifth and deciding set, she had a critical service error that gave the Hoyas a late lead.When Pu was fired Oct. 18, it wasn’t a stretch to assume the Orange would continue its tailspin down the Big East standings. But behind Morrisroe, SU’s freshmen players eventually rounded out a team that made a run to the postseason. Syracuse’s solid finish was led by eventual All-Big East First Team middle blocker Sam Hinz and All-Big East Second Team selections Lefebvre and Lindsay McCabe.In that clinching Notre Dame match, freshman setter Emily Betteridge had a career-high 53 assists. Fisher tallied 14 kills and freshman outside hitter Nicolette Serratore had three blocks.Hinz said the freshman class knows how to overcome adversity after one season — an invaluable trait going forward.‘That’s been a theme with our team all season,’ Hinz said. ‘I think the fact that the freshmen got to witness us battle against good teams helps a lot.’One of those battles came in that crucial final home match against the Fighting Irish.And in the pressure situations, SU did as Morrisroe instructed. The Orange stayed focused, limited distractions and closed them out. Even with the adversity of Pu’s dismissal and later two teams in its way to a postseason berth, Syracuse made its way to Milwaukee, Wis., for the Big East tournament.And with the freshmen now having a year under their belts against Division I competition, Serratore, one of those youngsters, said she can’t wait to retake the court next year.‘They know that the more I play, the better I can be,’ Serratore said. ‘I think that holds true for all of us.’[email protected]  Comments Published on November 29, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nicktoneytweetscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

  • Stave shows youth, Groy experience in victory

    first_imgRedshirt freshman Joel Stave struggled at times in Saturday’s game, going 7-of-15 for 106 yards while missing several open targets.[/media-credit]In a game that saw the Badgers earn their ninth consecutive victory against Minnesota in the annual border battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe, the offense continued its ascension back to its 2011 form despite shaky play at times from redshirt freshman quarterback Joel Stave.While the running game maintained its resurgence to the form of years past – both Montee Ball and James White finished with over 150 yards each and scored a combined five touchdowns – Stave and the passing game continued to leave questions for the coaches to solve as they head into a key home matchup with Michigan State Saturday.Since his insertion into the lineup at halftime against Utah State, Stave has adjusted to his new starting role nicely. Coming into Saturday’s game, he led the Big Ten in passing efficiency with a 149.6 rating, which also ranked fourth among freshman quarterbacks nationally. Stave averaged 9.4 yards per pass attempt, also tops in the Big Ten.Despite completing seven of his 15 passing attempts against Minnesota, Stave only threw for a total of 106 yards and did not throw a single touchdown pass. A sign of his youth and inexperience, Stave underthrew a number of passes, which against a better defense might have cost UW more than just an incomplete pass on the box score.Still, head coach Bret Bielema said the redshirt freshman will continue to grow and develop his skills as he gets more comfortable running the Badgers’ offense.“Joel is just learning how to be a quarterback,” Bielema said. “Some of those things, he has got to get rid of the football, but you coach well on Sundays for a guy like that.“We will point those things out for him. We don’t want him to mishandle the game … the good news is he’s a freshman.”Early in the second quarter, after Stave orchestrated a 38-yard drive down to the Minnesota 26-yard line, the Gophers sacked Stave twice in three plays for a loss of 20 yards, moving UW back to the Minnesota 43-yard line. Out of field goal range, Wisconsin was forced to punt the ball away.“One of them, I saw him coming and my foot slipped out on me there, but [I] can’t let that happen,” Stave said. “Especially in the red zone, I can’t get sacked and keep pushing the ball back and back like that. So I’ve just got to be smarter with it, throw it away.”While ultimately the drive would have no repercussions in the eventual outcome of the game, it would have given Wisconsin a vital cushion at a critical point in the game as the Badgers clung to a razor-thin 7-6 lead at the time.Groy fills in at left tackle for injured WagnerDespite Stave’s personal struggles Saturday, the offense as a whole appears to have hit its stride in recent weeks.After averaging only 16.3 points per game in its first two games, UW has posted 34.2 points per game since and scored at least 27 points in each of its last five games.Most recently with Ball, White and Melvin Gordon at the helm of a surging running game, an injury to senior left tackle Ricky Wagner during Wisconsin’s Oct. 13 matchup with Purdue meant switching junior Ryan Groy from left guard to left tackle to fill in for the injured Wagner.With the exception of right tackle, Groy has now played every position on the offensive line. It’s a fact Groy says made the transition to left tackle an easy one heading into Saturday’s game.“Left tackle was fun, it was something I was prepared for going into the week,” Groy said. “Ricky helped me out with a lot of things during film, and we executed well.”Arguably the most important player on Wisconsin’s offensive line, Wagner’s absence in the lineup posed questions as to whether the running game would be able to continue its recent trend of dominating performances.Overall, the offensive line limited costly mistakes – helping earn Wisconsin 337 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns – one of the only imperfections being the two sacks it allowed on Stave in the second quarter.“To have Ricky Wagner, probably our best offensive lineman, out of there and to be able to do those things … we knew it wasn’t going to be easy,” Bielema said. “But we wore them down.”Bielema said he does not know yet whether Wagner will be healthy to play against Michigan State, but for now Bielema and the Badgers are pleased with a big win in college football’s oldest rivalry.“I think we take a lot of pride in that,” Bielema said. “I learned that when I first came here … it’s a representation of a victory for an entire year.”Follow Nick on Twitterlast_img read more