Breen–Phillips Meal Auction to build community

first_imgThe Notre Dame community has the opportunity to support the South Bend community by participating in the Breen-Phillips Hall 32nd annual Meal Auction on Thursday. During the event, students will have the chance to bid on dining with various “campus celebrities,” as well as gift baskets, gift cards and several other prize items. All profits from the auction will go to Meals on Wheels of St. Joseph County.Janice Chung | The Observer Co-chair and sophomore Jennifer Flanagan said the event is centered around the theme of community.“Meals on Wheels is a local charity, so we’re giving back to the South Bend community, and it’s also branching out to the Notre Dame community with all of these professors and coaches that are taking students into their homes or out in South Bend and treating them to dinner,” she said.Flanagan said other prizes being raffled or auctioned off include gift certificates to local restaurants such as CJ’s Pub, Le Peep and Rocky River Tap & Table. Other items available at the auction include Bose wireless speaker, a $100 Lululemon gift card, tickets to this summer’s PGA Tour, tickets to multiple Chicago Blackhawks games and tickets to a Chicago Cubs game.According to the Breen-Phillips Meal Auction Facebook event, several celebrity meals being auctioned off are with various Irish head coaches, including football coach Brian Kelly, women’s basketball coach Muffet McGraw and men’s basketball coach Mike Brey.Other prizes being auctioned off include a private tour of the two new residence halls led by vice president of student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding, a home cooked meal or Irish tea at the Fiddler’s Hearth with Assistant Director of Social Concerns Seminars Kyle Lantz, a class with True Balance Yoga founder Steve Krojniewski and a home-cooked, traditional South African dinner at professor Anré Venter’s home.Students can pay for auction items with Domer Dollars, Venmo, cash or checks.Procuring donations from local restaurants “has been a lot of work, but it’s definitely been worth it,” Flanagan said. The auction has evolved since its early years, and up until last year, only celebrity meals were auctioned off, and the event was a live two-hour auction.“That was hard because it’s hard to get students on a school night to commit two hours,” Flanagan said.This year, the auction will last from 4 to 9 p.m., during which students can stop in to the Dooley Room at any time and fill out bid sheets and raffle tickets. At the end of night, if any events are still being bid competitively, the auction will go live.“Typically it raises a couple thousand dollars, so we’re hoping it’ll raise that for Meals on Wheels again,” Flanagan said.Flanagan said there will be special events throughout the night to entertain those who come to the auction. From 4 to 5 p.m., campus representatives from Rockstar Energy Drinks will be at the auction distributing free drinks and merchandise. From 5 to 6 p.m., campus representatives from KIND Snacks will be giving out granola bars; from 6 to 7 p. m., students who buy raffle tickets will get free berries donated from Meijer’s grocery stores; and from 7 to 8 p.m., campus representatives from Vineyard Vines will be giving out free merchandise.“The most important part is that it’s for a really great charity; I think that’s why we’ve gotten so many awesome donations, and I’ve been surprised at how generous South Bend has been,” Flanagan said. “It’s brought BP together, it’s brought some really cool professors together, so ultimately we hope it raises a ton of money for Meals on Wheels.”Tags: Breen-Phillips, meal auctionlast_img read more

Wisconsin to tackle Terriers, ‘Wingbone’

first_imgJunior quarterback Scott Tolzien will look to provide his defense with a big cushion against FCS opponent Wofford Saturday.[/media-credit]With FCS opponent Wofford (1-1) coming to Madison this Saturday, the Wisconsin football team is simply hoping to learn from last year’s battle against FCS opponent Cal Poly.“If you don’t learn from history, you are bound to repeat it,” sophomore defensive tackle Patrick Butrym said, “which makes Cal Poly an advantage going into Saturday. We have a scheme that is a little different from last year.”The Terriers, who are being paid $500,000 to head to Camp Randall, come to town with a triple-option offense similar (though not the same) to the one Cal Poly employed so effectively against the Badgers last year. For those who have forgotten, Cal Poly put up 35 points against the Badgers defense and took UW into overtime.“The biggest thing [Cal Poly] does is (they) give you just another chance to see how this style of offense is going to attack your scheme,” UW defensive line coach Charles Partridge said. “We can get some suggestions from just how did they attack that scheme, so it’s good, valuable experience.”According to Butrym, the option offense — nicknamed the “Wingbone” — doesn’t change much in preparation, but being assignment sound is key.“Fundamentally, you have to play the same. If you aren’t playing with fundamentals, you are going to get exposed,” Butrym said. “Though it’s a different scheme, you still just can’t beat yourself.”Although this is the first option offense the Badgers have come across this season, preparing for an option is not that new for the Badgers. To practice, UW has inserted freshman wide receiver Jared Abbrederis as the scout team quarterback this week.With Michigan running a zone-option offense and Ohio State using quarterback Terrelle Pryor in option situations, Wofford could prove a nice warm up for Wisconsin.“Fortunately, with all the spread offenses and zone options that have come into play, we do a lot of option-style defending,” Partridge said. “There is a lot of carryover from that standpoint. It is a challenge but something that we are excited about.”Option offenses often generate big plays when teams abandon their assignments, but they can also be effective if teams play tentative within those roles. For the Badgers to be successful this weekend, the team must be confident and comfortable in its defensive scheme.“As long as you are aggressive through your responsibility, then everything is going to be fine,” Partridge said. “If you’re the quarterback, play the quarterback. If you are the dive player, then play the dive player. You play your man aggressively, then you are going to be fine. When guys get aggressive to the point where they try to do more then their job, you start to have problems.”“You can’t press to make plays because that is when you make mistakes and that is when you get exploited,” Butrym added. “You just have to maintain your gap, and when an opportunity comes, take hold of it.”Through two games this season, the Terriers have run on more than 85 percent of their plays. With such a low passing percentage, play-action plays become particularly effective.“You have to be on [for their pass game],” UW head coach Bret Bielema said. “They are averaging something like 12, 14 throws per game. They pound you, they pound you and pound you and then try to go play action over the top. I know in their first two games they scored on their opening possession and had some connections in the passing game.”On the offensive side of the ball, fans can expect more of the same from UW. With John Clay starting the first game of his career, a run heavy battle between both sides can be expected.If things are going well for the Badgers, however, freshman quarterback Curt Phillips may see the field after sitting against Fresno State last Saturday.“Scott has done a good job through the two games, and Curt has continued to do some good things,” Bielema said. “The part that we have is we have a couple of options. If [the Fresno State game] had kind of flowed a little bit different on Saturday, there is a very good chance we would have saw Curt. So, the same thing going into this week.”With most preseason polls predicting Wofford to finish second in the Southern Conference to four-time defending champ Appalachian State, Wisconsin certainly won’t be taking anything for granted.“The one thing that they bring is they are very, very tough and they are competitive,” Bielema said. “They are used to winning. They went to the playoffs the last two years in their division and have a lot of successful coaching over the last several years.”last_img read more

Bairstow says will take confidence of ODI triumph into Tests against ‘motivated’ Kohli’s team

first_imgLondon, July 21 (PTI) Wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow says England will look to carry forward the momentum of their come-from-behind ODI series triumph against India into the Test arena. The 28-year-old said: “There’s an overlap of players between the Test and the one-dayers so coming off the back of a series win is going to naturally boost your confidence.” After the T20 series defeat and the drubbing in the ODI opener, England registered convincing wins in the next two matches to claim the rubber 2-1. “Playing against the number two side in the world when you’re ranked at one there’s always pressure on it and to win that series was something we set out to do. “We will take confidence from that into the Test team but at the same time it’s something that we know with Test cricket is completely different. “It’s a different formula, a different game and different personnel within the team,” Bairstow told Sky Sports News. The five-Test series against India follows England’s 2-1 ODI series win over the tourists which helped them cement their place as the world’s top-ranked one-day side. Eoin Morgan’s ODI team have won their last eight series but it’s been a different story for England’s Test side who are ranked fifth in the world and have failed to win any of their last three series with just one match won. England’s Test captain Joe Root starred with the bat in the ODI series against India and hit the headlines for his ‘mic-drop’ celebration after scoring a match-winning century at Headingley.advertisement “I know he’s copped a lot of stick for it,” Bairstow said, smiling. “I don’t think that’ll be coming out anytime soon! It was good fun and he deserved to get man of the series the way that he went out and guided us through, especially at Headingley. “Hopefully he goes out and keeps scoring the runs that he’s scored in the last two games.” PTI AHAHlast_img read more