Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Horse Sport Enews Email* SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Great Britain won the second leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ Dressage 2013 series at Rotterdam, The Netherlands where team member, Charlotte Dujardin, produced the biggest score of the competition with a strong performance from her London 2012 Olympic Games double-gold medal winning partner, Valegro. Just over 1.5 percentage points gave the British the edge over the host nation in the final analysis, while, despite fielding only three riders, Sweden lined up third.However it is the Dutch who hold the advantage at the top of the league table as the four-leg pilot season moves on to Aachen, Germany next week. The British failed to start at the opening round in Vidauban, France last month when, having arrived with only three riders, one horse didn’t pass the first horse inspection.This time around they brought the full complement of four horse-and-rider combinations, and although two of the side, Daniel Watson (Fideramber) and Gareth Hughes (DV Stenkjers Nadonna) were considerably less-experienced, the combined scores of the best three team-members secured success. Dujardin finished at the top of the individual rankings with 82.191, Carl Hester was fourth with Fine Time on a mark of 71.532 and first-timer Hughes was most impressive when slotting into seventh with DV Stenkjers Nadonna when posting 70.149. British pathfinder, Watson, scored 67.830 with Fideramber.Highest Individual MarksSome of the highest individual marks of the day however were collected by The Netherlands’ Edward Gal and Glock’s Undercover who filled runner-up spot on 79.660. This pair’s passage/piaffe work was often sensational, but they were penalised by a big mistake in the tempi changes. Dutch Chef d’Equipe, Wim Ernes, said afterwards that the partnership “is getting better and better, but there is still plenty more room for improvement. I’m very pleased with Edward’s progress” he pointed out.A total of seven nations competed, with Denmark slotting into fourth ahead of Germany in fifth, France in sixth and Belgium in seventh place. The competition brought the FEI Nations Cup™ Dressage pilot season to the half-way stage.First to GoMadeleine Witte-Vrees was first to go for the home team and scored 68.404 with Blom’s Wynton while Hans Peter Minderhoud and Glock’s Tango posted 69.681. Patrick van der Meer and Uzzo raised the bar higher when awarded 69.766 but it was Gal’s result that boosted The Netherlands’ position and ensured they remain in front going into the next leg in seven days’ time.They are only four points ahead of Sweden at the top of the league table while the British lie third, another four points further behind. Today’s Swedish performance was all-the-more creditable for the fact that there were only three riders in the side. And Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven’s score of 75.788 with Don Auriello proved crucial when Mads Hendeliowitz (Weihenstephaner) posted 63.447 and Cecilia Dorselius (Lennox) registered a mark of 68.660.Less than two marks separated the remaining four teams, with the average scores between 66.00 and 68.00. Germany was the only other country to field three riders.FabulousOlympic champion, Dujardin, said afterwards that the concept of the FEI Nations Cup™ Dressage series is “fabulous! We had two new riders on our team, so to pull off the win with them, and to give them their first experience at this level, is a great opportunity for everyone”.She talked about her own performance today. “I’m really happy. Obviously there were a few blips, but Valegro has not been out since December” she explained. “His last competition was at Olympia, so to come here and perform the way he did, and with such confidence, was brilliant. I had a really good ride, but I know there are a few things I need to sharpen up” she added.It seems Valegro’s success hasn’t gone to his head. After setting a new world record in the Grand Prix at London Olympia with a score of 84.447, the 11-year-old Dutch-bred gelding had “a bit of a holiday, he went out in the field a lot” according to Dujardin. “When he came in he went hacking a lot with a friend of ours, Trish Gardner who is 76 years old – although actually she probably won’t be too happy with me for mentioning that!” the British rider said with a laugh.Next Big TargetThe European Championships at Herning, Denmark in August are the next big target for the gentlemanly horse and his talented rider who will turn 28 next month. “We made a plan to get going here in Rotterdam, and after this I’m not quite sure yet what we’ll do. We may go to Hickstead, but it’s all up to Carl (Hester) to decide” Dujardin said.If the British want to win the inaugural FEI Nations Cup™ Dressage series however they still have plenty of work to do with an eight-point gap between them and the leading Dutch at this stage.The FEI Nations Cup™ pilot series takes place over four events. CDIO 3* Vidauban, CDIO 5* Rotterdam and CDIO 5* Aachen all took the option to stage a Grand Prix competition as part of this trial FEI Nations Cup™ Dressage season, while CDIO 3* Hickstead has chosen to stage a Freestyle to Music competition to bring the test series to a close.Results1. Great Britain 74.624: Fideramber (Daniel Watson) 67.830, Fine Time 13 (Carl Hester) 71.532, DV Stenkers Nadonna (Gareth Hughes) 70.149, Valegro (Charlotte Dujardin) 82.191.2. Netherlands 73.035: Blom’s Wynton (Madeleine Witte-Vrees) 68.404, Glock’s Tango (Hans Peter Minderhoud) 69.681, Uzzo (Patrick van der Meer) 69.766, Glock’s Undercover (Edward Gal) 79.660.3. Sweden 69.291: Weihenstephaner (Mads Handeliowitz) 63.447, Lennox (Cecilia Andren Dorselius) 68.660, Don Auriello (Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven) 75.766.4. Denmark 68.638: My Lady (Mikala Munter Gundersen) 67.426, Loxana (Maria Anita Andersen) 68.170, Jonstrupgardens Raneur (Lisbeth Seierskilde) 68.362, Mariett (Lars Petersen) 69.234.5. Germany 68.113: Nymphenburgs (Johanna Von Fircks) 68.043, Der Hit (Benjamin Werndl) 67.383, Darjeeling 5 (Stephan Koberle) 68.915.6. France 67.986: Talitie (Pierre Subileau) 65.277, Florentino (Karen Tebar) 67.128, Noble Dream Concept (Marc Boblet) 67.213, Riwera de Hus (Jessica Michel) 68.574.7. Belgium 66.730: Wipsy V Heihof (Delphine Meiresonne) 66.128, Pari Lani (Wim Verwimp) 66.277, Wodan (Francoise Joux-Hologne) 66.149, Vradin (Simon Misslaen) 67.766.Detailed results here Tags: Carl Hester, Charlotte Dujardin, Daniel Watson, Gareth Hughes, FEI Nations Cup™ Dressage, More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.
Released by Boston Police(BOSTON) — The body of Jassy Correia, a young mom, who police said was killed after leaving a Boston nightclub, was found bound, bruised and naked in her suspected kidnapper’s car, according to federal prosecutors.When suspect Louis Coleman III was pulled over in Delaware on Thursday, police asked if anyone else was in the car, and Coleman allegedly said, “‘she’s in the trunk,’ or words to that effect,” U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling told reporters on Sunday.In the trunk was a body wrapped in a sofa cushion cover, that was inside a trash bag placed inside a suitcase, said Lelling. The body was covered with what’s believed to be baking soda, Lelling said.Correia, 23, appeared to die from blunt force trauma and strangulation — there’s no indication that she was sexually assaulted, Lelling said.“It appears she put up a struggle,” Lelling said.Coleman, 32, is charged with federal interstate kidnapping resulting in death, which carries a mandatory life sentence and is also death penalty eligible, Lelling said. He is expected to appear in court on Monday.Correia, a mother of a two-year-old daughter, was kidnapped early Sunday after leaving Venu Nightclub, where she was celebrating her birthday with friends, authorities said.Cameras showed Coleman arriving at his Providence, Rhode Island, apartment building Sunday morning and carrying a body from his car to his apartment, Lelling said. Video also showed Coleman leaving his apartment with a suitcase, that he hoisted into the trunk, Lelling said.Coleman bought duct tape, electrical tape, a mask, surgical gloves, safety goggles and bleach at a Walmart, according to Lelling.It appears Coleman did not know Correia, Lelling said.Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins told reporters on Friday that Correia “was right where every woman has every right to be — celebrating her birthday on a night out with friends.”“Let’s not fall into a discussion about whether we should walk home alone or how many people we should call when we’re leaving the club,” Rollins said. “If anything, let’s remind the men in our lives that violence against women isn’t a women’s issue — it’s a problem that men take responsibility for in their lives.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Interim Student Recruiter and AdvisorJob no: 525730Work type: Officer of AdministrationLocation: Eugene, ORCategories: Academic Advising/Support, Communications/PublicRelations/MarketingDepartment: Knight CampusAppointment Type and Duration: Interim (OA),LimitedSalary: $40,000 – $55,000 per yearCompensation Band: OS-OA04-Fiscal Year2020-2021FTE: 1.0Application Review BeginsOctober 26, 2020; position open until filledSpecial Instructions to ApplicantsComplete applications will include a cover letter and resume.Department SummaryThe Knight Campus Graduate Internship Program (KCGIP) trainsstudents in real-world knowledge and skills necessary to besuccessful in the industrial or clinical research laboratory – andat the interview table. The KCGIP seeks to provide high quality,efficient instruction in market-engaged, applied science programsleading to career success after graduation. KCGIP is committed topromoting an inclusive environment, which attracts, develops, andvalues the talents of all individuals.Position SummaryThe KCGIP is seeking an enthusiastic, people-oriented, motivatedindividual to recruit and advise students who are focused onbuilding professional opportunities in biology, chemistry, physics,and related technical sectors. All job responsibilities willconnect to the successful recruitment, retention, and internshipplacement of students enrolled in the KCGIP.This position requires strong interpersonal and communicationskills to engage people of all backgrounds while promoting a uniquecareer-focused graduate program. Modes of program promotiontypically include face-to-face meetings, group presentations, phoneconversations, and e-mail correspondence. In person activities willbe substituted with remote meetings whenever possible. Additionalkey responsibilities will include oversight of student retention,diversity and inclusion initiatives, and working with students ondeveloping their scientific communication skills.This position will report to the Director of the Life ScienceTracks, with additional mentorship and collaboration opportunitiesprovided by KCGIP team members. This position will fulfill thegrowing need for recruitment and mentorship as the program expandsand adds new tracks. The Interim Recruiter will be instrumental inmanaging, developing, and implementing recruitment endeavors anddeveloping other program goals and strategic plans. Primaryresponsibilities will pertain to the recruitment and retention ofMaster’s students within the KCGIP, with a focus on theBioinformatics & Genomics Track and new programming in datascience.The Interim Recruiter should demonstrate exemplary customer serviceby working respectfully and collaboratively with prospective andcurrent students, alumni, faculty, program directors, andadministrators. Successful applicants should be able to work wellboth independently and within a team – and enjoy buildingrelationships with students, program staff and faculty, both at theUniversity of Oregon and external institutions.Additional Expectations of Position:Ability to travel up to 30% during recruiting season(October-December) when conditions allow.Ability to obtain a valid driver’s license and a UO Driver’sCertification; Recruiter may occasionally provide studenttransportation to recruiting events and conferences.Minimum RequirementsA Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, publicrelations, physical sciences or related field; OR an equivalentcombination of skills and experience.Two years of experience in recruitment, sales, relationshipdevelopment, customer service, workshop development, or relatedprofessional experience.Professional CompetenciesDemonstrated ability to distill and communicate information toaudiences with varying degrees of subject matter knowledge(beginners to experts).Strong work ethic and self-motivated approach toward achievingresults as part of a team.Ability to create and implement trainings to improve theprofessional and scientific communication of others.Ability to represent the program in a professional manner andfollow all university policies and procedures.Demonstrated ability to identify and implement best practicesfor creating an inclusive community for student retention andsuccess.Demonstrated organizational, time management, multi-tasking,and planning capabilities.Computer skills including proficiency with the Microsoft OfficeSuite and the ability to learn new systems quickly.Experience giving formal presentations to groups.Strong attention to detail.Preferred QualificationsAdvanced degree in journalism, communications, publicrelations, physical sciences or related field.At least three years in recruiting, sales, customer service orsimilar position requiring communication to diverseaudiences.At least one year of academic advising and/or career counselingexperience.Prior work and understanding of diversity, inclusion, or equityinitiatives.Experience in event planning.FLSA Exempt: YesAll offers of employment are contingent upon successfulcompletion of a background inquiry.The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefitspackage to eligible employees, including health insurance,retirement plans and paid time off. For more information aboutbenefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits. The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmativeaction institution committed to cultural diversity and compliancewith the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individualsto apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protectedstatus, including veteran and disability status. The University iscommitted to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants andemployees with disabilities. To request an accommodation inconnection with the application process, please contact us [email protected] or 541-346-5112.UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex,national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status,disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity,and gender expression in all programs, activities and employmentpractices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, andpolicies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may bereferred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil RightsCompliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information,related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on thestatement ofnon-discrimination.In compliance with federal law, the University of Oregon preparesan annual report on campus security and fire safety programs andservices. The Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report isavailable online at http://police.uoregon.edu/annual-report. To apply, visit https://careers.uoregon.edu/en-us/job/525730/interim-student-recruiter-and-advisor jeid-1e3bdb6311e8cb4091106a7416565ef7
Larry Silverstein and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (Credit: Getty Images)UPDATED, September 18, 9:45 a.m.: Israeli investors are once again jumping at the opportunity to buy bonds backed by New York City real estate.Silverstein Properties, which disclosed earlier this month that it would be issuing up to 230 million Israeli shekels (or roughly $65 million) worth of new bonds on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, received nearly triple that amount in bids from institutional investors at an auction on Monday, according to an announcement filed with the exchange on Tuesday.The new series of bonds will have a longer duration of 6.5 years. The institutional bids totalled $651 million shekels (or $183 million) and resulted in a closing interest rate of 3.49 percent, which is the maximum rate the bonds may carry once they are issued to the public. The issuance of Silverstein’s Series B bonds is still pending approval from the relevant authorities.“We are happy with the results of the issuance and the fact that almost all the institutional investors participated in the offering,” said Dara McQuillan, a spokesman for Silverstein Properties. “This is another step in strengthening the relationship of our company with the Israeli market.”The developer’s existing Series A bonds carry an interest rate of 3.38 percent. An expansion of that bond series in February was also heavily oversubscribed, with $130 million worth of institutional bids coming in for an offer of $51 million.Silverstein was the first of three New York developers to announce plans for new bond issuances this month, with Joel Gluck’s Spencer Equity and David Lichtenstein’s Lightstone Group declaring their intentions soon after, following months of quiet after American-issued real estate bonds collapsed early this year.Lightstone Group’s Series A bonds carry an interest rate of 6.05 percent, while Spencer’s three bond series carry rates of 3.9, 5.15 and 7.23 percent, respectively.Update: This story has been updated to include a statement from Silverstein Properties. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now
Email Address* Full Name* Ron Perelman and 35-39 East 62nd Street (Getty, Google Maps)Buyers are getting a big break on Ron Perelman’s properties and loans backed by them.Citigroup has sold loans secured by three of Perelman’s Upper East Side properties at a discount of approximately 40 percent, Bloomberg News reported.The loans, scooped up by an undisclosed party for $115 million, were in default with a balance of $193 million, according to the outlet. They mature in 2023. A Cushman & Wakefield capital markets team shopped the loans secured by Perelman’s properties.Read morePerelman’s $193M in defaulted Citi loans are for salePerelman seeks $75M for Upper East Side townhouseGot $180M? Ron Perelman may sell you his East Hampton estateADVERTISEMENTCiti’s move comes as two of the three buildings securing the loans were sold this month — at least one far below what Perelman paid for it, according to documents filed Thursday.The offices of Perelman’s investment firm MacAndrews & Forbes at 35 East 62nd Street sold for $25 million, and the company’s adjacent building at 39 East 62nd Street went for $10 million. Perelman’s firm bought the latter building in 2004 for $14.5 million.The Chapman Group bought both buildings.Perelman has been on a liquidation spree, selling his stake in Humvee-maker AM General, shopping a pair of Upper East Side homes on 63rd Street for $75 million and putting his private Gulfstream 650 aircraft, a 257-foot yacht, and artwork worth hundreds of millions of dollars on the market.Some proceeds from the art will reportedly pay down loans from Citigroup. JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and UBS hold loans related to the artwork, according to Bloomberg.Perelman, who is 78, said in September that he planned to “clean house, simplify and give others the chance to enjoy some of the beautiful things that I’ve acquired.”Contact Orion Jones Message*
Offering a novel clue about the basic biology of pancreatic cancer, researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have confirmed a decades-old discovery of a link between blood type and the risk of developing the disease.The finding, published online by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute on March 10, is based on an analysis of blood type and pancreatic cancer occurrence in participants of two large health-tracking studies, the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study.The new study demonstrates that while people’s overall risk of pancreatic cancer is relatively low — with nearly 40,000 new cases diagnosed annually in the United States, compared with nearly 150,000 new cases of colorectal cancer — people with blood types A, B, or AB were more likely to develop the disease than those with type O.“Except for several rare familial syndromes, the genetic factors that raise or lower an individual’s risk for pancreatic cancer are largely unknown,” said the study’s lead author, Brian Wolpin, an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Studies done several decades ago suggested a link between blood type and the risk of various malignancies, including pancreatic cancer, but they were limited by the fact that they ‘looked back’ at cancers that had already occurred and involved relatively few cases. We wanted to see if the association held up using modern patient cohorts and research techniques.”They found that, compared to participants with type O blood, those with type A had a 32 percent higher chance of incurring pancreatic cancer, those with type AB had a 51 percent higher chance, and those with type B had a 72 percent higher chance.Within the entire group, 17 percent of pancreatic cancers were attributable to inheriting a non-O blood group. But because the lifetime risk of developing the disease is relatively low (estimated at 1.3 percent) and the increased risk associated with blood type relatively modest, screening tests for pancreatic cancer risk are unlikely to be based on blood type alone. The real value of the findings is what they suggest about the inner workings of the disease, the authors say.The four human blood groups are defined by the type of glycoproteins — confections of sugar and protein — found on the surface of red blood cells and other cells, including those in the pancreas. A gene known as ABO helps construct these glycoproteins by ordering the placement of sugar molecules on a protein “backbone” called the H antigen. The pattern formed by these sugars determines whether an individual’s blood type is A, B, AB, or O. (In the O type, no sugars are attached to the antigen.)Experiments by other investigators have shown that normal pancreas cells carry a different pattern of these blood-type antigens than pancreatic tumor cells do, suggesting that changes in the ABO gene’s activity may occur as the cells become cancerous. Researchers speculate that alterations in the antigens may interfere with the cells’ ability to signal and adhere to one another, and with the immune system’s ability to detect abnormal cells — potentially setting the stage for cancer.Blood-type antigens may also affect the level of inflammatory proteins in a person’s blood. Chronic inflammation has been linked to pancreatic cancer risk.Intriguing as these findings are, they don’t necessarily prove a direct link between blood-type antigens and pancreatic cancer development, the authors assert. It is also possible that the ABO gene is merely a marker for other, nearby genes that are more directly involved in cancer development.“The association between blood type and pancreatic cancer risk provides a new avenue for getting at the biological mechanisms that underlie the disease,” Wolpin says. “Understanding the biology will put us in a better position to intervene so the cancer doesn’t develop or progress.”The study’s senior author is Charles Fuchs of Dana-Farber and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). Co-authors include David Hunter and Edward Giovannucci of BWH and the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH); Andrew Chan of BWH and Massachusetts General Hospital; Patricia Hartge and Stephen Chanock of the National Cancer Institute; and Peter Kraft of the HSPH.
Editor’s note: This is the eighth in a series of 14 team previews on NASCAR.com. Next up: Chip Ganassi Racing on Feb. 12. A list of team previews already published is at the bottom of this story.Wood Brothers RacingManufacturer: FordEngine: Roush-Yates Drivers: Paul Menard, No. 21Crew chiefs: Greg Erwin2017 standings: Menard, 23rd in final standings (with Richard Childress Racing); Ryan Blaney piloted the No. 21 Ford to a ninth-place finish in the standings in 2017.What’s new: Menard joins up with Wood Brothers Racing as Blaney moves to Team Penske to be the team’s third Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver after his breakout 2017 year. Menard had spent the past seven seasons at RCR. Veteran crew chief Greg Erwin moves over from Team Penske – with that technical partnership still in place – to serve as the pit boss. He most recently served as the crew chief for the No. 22 Team Penske Ford, which won the Xfinity Series Owners’ title in 2017. The team also reached an agreement to secure a charter from Go Fas Racing for the 2018 season and beyond.What to watch: Wood Brothers is one win away from 100 wins in the storied organization’s history. The Daytona 500 will serve as Menard’s 400th start in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. After seven years at RCR, Menard joins a new organization that is fresh off a run to the Round of 8 of the playoffs.Key question(s): Can Menard carry forward the momentum established by Blaney with Wood Brothers? Is a fresh start just what Menard needs for a career resurgence? Will Menard snap his 232-race winless drought and earn win No. 100 for the Wood Brothers?DRIVERSJared C. Tilton | Getty Images Paul Menard, No. 21 Menards Ford: After making the playoffs in 2015, Menard is coming off two straight seasons outside the top 20 in the standings. A move to Wood Brothers could serve as a catalyst for a resurgence for the veteran driver whose lone premier series win came at Indianapolis in 2011. “It’s going to take a little bit to work out a few bugs like it does with any new situation,” Menard said of his new team. “These first few races will be pretty important to open up communication and just be totally honest with each other, push each other and learn each other so that when the summer rolls around we’re ready to continue for top 10s, top fives and wins.”PREVIOUS TEAM PREVIEWSFeb. 1: Front Row MotorsportsFeb. 2: Richard Petty MotorsportsFeb. 3: Leavine Family RacingFeb. 5: JTG Daugherty Racing Feb. 6: Germain Racing Feb. 7: Roush Fenway RacingFeb. 8: Richard Childress Racing
Mequel PhillipsChester, Va.Virginia State UniversityFootball Terry McCrayPompano Beach, Fla.University of MiamiFootball Dasmond TautalatasiConcord, Calif.Arizona State UniversityFootball Name HometownUniversityPrimary Sport DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Following a national talent search at universities across the country, NASCAR and Rev Racing have invited 12 collegiate athletes to compete for roles as tire changers, carriers and jackmen at the fourth annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity National Pit Crew Combine in Concord, North Carolina, on Friday, May 24.The annual event will be held at the NASCAR Research and Development Center and features athletes from colleges and universities across the nation with aspirations of a professional career in NASCAR. This year’s competitors include football, soccer and baseball student-athletes.Led by Phil Horton, Rev Racing director of athletic performance, the four-hour combine will test the athletes in a series of strength, agility and flexibility exercises to assess their fitness for a NASCAR pit crew. Additionally, each athlete will learn how to perform tasks required of over-the-wall crew members.“We’re excited to witness the impact this year’s competitors bring to NASCAR and the overall pit crew development program,” said Jusan Hamilton, NASCAR director of racing operations and event management. “Each athlete possesses something special and has demonstrated the potential to work in a fast-paced, highly competitive environment. Rev Racing’s recruiting efforts have identified some phenomenal athletes who can translate what they’ve accomplished in their respective sports to success on pit road. We look forward to training those selected to the program and positioning them for successful NASCAR careers.”Top performing athletes will earn a spot in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Development program where they will spend six months training as pit crew members at Rev Racing, with hopes of one day pitting for a national series team.“We couldn’t be prouder of the journey both our pit crew development program and program graduates have taken from its inception,” said Max Siegel, owner and CEO of Rev Racing. “With the expansion of our recruiting efforts across the country, the talent level rises, and our program continues to evolve and create more opportunities for advancement at a higher level. We’re energized by the opportunity to work with these talented athletes and foresee a very impactful future on pit road for those selected to participate in our program.”Since the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Development Program began, more than 100 athletes have participated, and 65 graduates are now working in NASCAR. Thirty-five crew members have reached and competed in the sport’s national series, including the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™.Program alums include Raphael Diaz, rear tire changer for Roush Fenway Racing, and Jordan Paige, now a jackman for Richard Childress Racing. Earlier this season, Breanna O’Leary and Brehanna Daniels became the first female graduates of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Development Program to go over the wall in the DAYTONA 500. Both women participated in the 2016 pit crew combine and now pit regularly across the national series.As part of the recruiting process, NASCAR and Rev Racing traveled to host student-athlete workouts at Alabama A&M University, Alcorn State University, Arizona State University, Coppin State University, Virginia State University and the University of Miami.This year’s combine will feature Dalanda Ouendeno from Paris, France, a former University of Miami women’s soccer player. Ouendeno played for the Paris St. Germain soccer club from 2009 to 2015, won the Gothia Youth World Cup and the IberCup Portugal, and was part of five Isles of France championship teams.Dasmond Tautalatasi will join the pit crew combine from Arizona State where he played safety for the Sun Devils football team. Hadji Gaylord, an undefeated high school wrestler and defensive lineman at Norfolk State University, returns for his second combine with hopes of earning a spot in the development program.The 2019 NASCAR Drive for Diversity National Pit Crew Combine participants include: Hadji GaylordNorfolk, Va.Norfolk State UniversityFootball Dalanda OuendenoParis, FranceUniversity of MiamiSoccer Matthew SawyerBaltimore, Md.Coppin State UniversityFootball Following Friday’s event, the pit crew combine participants will attend the NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco 300 on Saturday, May 25 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.NASCAR Drive for Diversity also offers a driver development program, operated by Rev Racing, and fields vehicles for six drivers in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, as well as legend cars for four youth racers in the US Legend Car Series. Successful graduates now competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series include drivers Kyle Larson, Daniel Suárez and Bubba Wallace.The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ Coca-Cola 600 will be broadcast live from Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 26 at 6 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90, with additional coverage on NASCAR.com. Leishaun EaleyJacksonville, Fla.Alcorn State UniversityFootball Alvin WilsonLexington, Miss.Alcorn State UniversityFootball Deonte ParkerHuntsville, Ala.Alabama A&M UniversityBaseball Robin LozaCharlotte, N.C.Central Piedmont Community CollegeFootball Josh PokrakaHonolulu, HawaiiArizona State UniversityFootball Raynard RevelsRichmond, Va.Norfolk State UniversityFootball
President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney debated domestic policy Wednesday evening in the first of three presidential debates during an evening that seemed to focus more on style than substance at the University of Denver. In a reversal of the usual pattern, Romney’s poised, polished performance seemed to outshine Obama’s lackluster appearance, political science professor Michael Zuckert said. “Romney knew exactly how he wanted to put things and he put them pithily, he put them smartly and sharply ⎯ he was very smooth,” Zuckert said. “Obama was still looking for words and ways to formulate things … He should have had better formulations right at hand that he could have relied on and spoken more forcefully, instead of groping around for ways to express things that he could have had on the tip of his tongue.” This impressive showing from Romney won him the debate, at least stylistically, Zuckert said. “In terms of overall impression, Romney carried a lot of the debate, but in terms of issues, I think Obama carried it,” Zuckert said. “I saw the polls afterward and they said that they thought Romney could handle the economy better, that Romney could handle jobs better.” The thermometer measuring audience reaction on the bottom of the CNN broadcast of the debate seemed to indicate that the audience was reacting more to style than substance, Zuckert said. “It isn’t clear to me how much of the content of what they actually said made an impression, but I do think that style counts a lot,” Zuckert said. “That’s an example of why rhetoric is important – people react more to the impressions things leave on them rather than the substance of what is there … and the impression in this performance was that Romney is ‘presidential.’” Film, Television and Theatre professor Susan Ohmer said Romney’s structured answers helped him retain attention. “It was striking to me that he numbered his points,” Ohmer said. “That’s a strategy that you see in formal debate that helps keep listeners organized – a very smart strategy on [former] Governor Romney’s part.” Moderator Jim Lehrer, executive editor and former news anchor of PBS news hour, told the candidates that the debate would be divided into six units of 15 minutes, each structured around different focal points. The first question asked the candidates to speak to their plans to create jobs, which focused the debate on differences between two disparate plans to stimulate the economy. Economics professor Eric Sims said this beginning gave Romney a lot of momentum starting the debate. “I think people vote with their pocketbooks,” Sims said. “People want to ask the question ‘Are you better off now than you were four years ago?’ and I don’t think many people can say yes to that question – the president is taking a hit for that.” Rarely has an incumbent candidate been reelected to the presidency after presiding over a downturn in the economy, Sims said. “Historically speaking it is surprising that a president would be running this well with the economy in this shape,” Sims said. “To be fair it is hard to tell how responsible President Obama is or is not for that… he did walk into a bad situation but it is very unusual that we are in a recession and he is polling so well.” Both candidates have very different visions on how to solve the jobs problem, but Romney’s points were more salient because he was able to put Obama on the defensive, Sims said. The president failed to refocus the discussion of the economic progress and job creation during his term as an analysis on improvement, rather than focusing on its current status, Zuckert said. “Bill Clinton gave Obama a script that he could have used more effectively on that issue, and though Obama did try, he didn’t push it as forcefully as he might have done as a ‘Look where we started from and look where we are type of thing’ as opposed to ‘Look where we are at the absolute moment,’” Zuckert said. “Obama didn’t emphasize the trends, some of the trends are not great but they’re better than Romney portrayed them.” Zuckert said the focus on the economy played right into Romney’s hands. “Criticism of Obama on unemployment is still Romney’s best technique, but I’ve been waiting to hear more details about how he would actually change [unemployment],” Zuckert said. “I just haven’t heard a policy to me that sounds persuasive enough yet, to me it’s just not enough detail.” Romney was able to contrast his experience with business and economic policy with the relative lack of progress made in those areas in the past four years, Sims said. “That’s Obama’s weakest point. Barack Obama has a lot of pluses: he’s very likeable, at least four years ago he brought this attitude of hope and change to Washington, but the reality is that the economy stinks,” Sims said. “I think this was playing to Romney’s wheelhouse, domestic and economic policy: That’s where he has experience… In their discussion Romney came across as having a very good grasp of economics, in contrast I thought the President looked a little timid at times.” One of the strongest points Romney made was a criticism of the timing of Obama’s health care law, Sims said. “Romney’s point was that he was surprised that Obama was going to move this healthcare reform through [Congress] so fast right in the middle of an economic downturn, and that though we do need that kind of legislation – some kind of healthcare reform in the long term – when the real issue should have been jobs, President Obama was pushing through healthcare reform that created a lot of uncertainty,” Sims said. “Uncertainty is not conducive to a healthy labor market on both ends.” Ohmer said the differences in policy between Romney and Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan were highlighted during the debate and by the work of fact checkers after the debate. “Ryan has endorsed legislation that will [end] Pell Grants, while Romney has said he wouldn’t do that,” Ohmer said. “Romney has also said that he won’t cut five trillion dollars when fact checkers said he would.” The degree to which each candidate moved toward the middle was striking, Zuckert said. “Even though people have said the issues were really strongly defined, they moved back towards each other,” Zuckert said. “Romney did maybe more than Obama, but both did substantially: Obama did in his litany about small businesses and job creation, and Romney in how he tailored his position from what we have heard before.” The fundamental difference between the candidates is the role that each envisions for the government within the economy, Sims said. “They characterize each other as free market capitalism and socialism, but on the broad level it is really that one side wants less government intervention and more power and choice in the hands of the individual, while the other side wants more government involvement – I think at the end of the day that’s the main difference here,” Sims said. The debate has changed America’s perception of the choice to make in November, Sims said. “Last night Romney came across as in control of the debate, and looked presidential: He helped himself a lot,” Sims said. “I think the Obama camp will have a different strategy next time around … as they move away from domestic policy to foreign policy it will be interesting to watch – we have a much closer race today than we did 24 hours ago.”
The Identity Project of Notre Dame (IDND), a student club that addresses issues of sexuality and human dignity through the lens of Catholic Church teaching, is in the midst of planning its annual Edith Stein Project Conference.“The Edith Stein Project Conference is the largest student-run conference in the United States,” Hailey Vrdolyak, club co-vice president and junior, said. “The conference brings together 30 speakers to discuss what the Catholic Church can offer to the discussion of issues faced on college campuses, such as the hook-up culture, pornography and other topics regarding human sexuality.”Vrdolyak said past conferences have been attended by more than 300 people, including Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students and professors. This year’s conference, to be held Feb. 6-7 in McKenna Hall, will address the theme of “Radiant Image: Cultivating Authentic Identity in the Modern World” and will focus on the central idea of living in God’s image, according to the IDND website.The conference namesake, Edith Stein, was canonized in 1998 as St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross and “fought for the truth and the dignity of women through her writings and frequent letters,” according to the IDND website. Working as a teacher, nurse and philosopher and eventually as a cloistered Carmelite nun, she was martyred at Auschwitz in 1942. The club website states: “We look to Edith Stein for inspiration as a model of turning one’s heart to God and as someone who lived her vocation with the genuine spirit of self-gift.”This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Edith Stein Project Conference.“The club was founded in 2004, and the first conference was held in the spring of 2005,” IDND president and senior Mary Kate Martinson said. “The Identity Project has hosted an annual conference every spring since its founding.”Although the annual conference serves as the club’s main event, IDND co-sponsors other campus events that promote the Catholic identity of Notre Dame and help students develop as Catholic leaders, Alexandra DeSanctis, IDND co-vice president and junior, said.The club meets on Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. in the McNeill Room of LaFortune.“We foster fruitful conversation about issues of identity … and healthy relationships,” DeSanctis said. “We often read articles on these topics and discuss in a group. The meetings are also often used as a time to plan for the conference.”Contact [email protected] or visit the club Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/identityND for more information about the club or the conference. Register for the conference online at www3.nd.edu/~idnd/. Registration is free for Notre, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students.Tags: carmletine nun, Edith Stein, Edith Stein Project Conference, Identity Project, Identity Project Notre Dame, IDND, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross