ROTC honors graduating seniors

first_imgNotre Dame’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), held its annual Pass in Review Ceremony on Wednesday on a rain-shrouded South Quad. ROTC honored its members for a year of excellence in academics, leadership and service.“The military Pass in Review is a formal ceremony rooted in the tradition of a commanding officer inspecting the men and women serving beneath him for their appearance, technique, precision and battle readiness,” junior Chris Ruflin said.Notre Dame’s full Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine units, in dress uniform, lined up in formation for the inspection of University President Fr. John Jenkins and Colonel James E. Bowen of the United States Air Force. The ceremony honors all ROTC members, who will go on to serve in the U.S Armed Forces after graduation, as well as students who have gone above and beyond their duties.“Notre Dame men and women have served and will continue to serve in our country’s battles with honor, courage and integrity, and are proud to reflect the true essence of that powerful motto of our service — God, Country, Notre Dame,” Ruflin said.Following the National Anthem, Fr. Peter Rocca, rector of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, gave the ceremony’s invocation. Rocca expressed gratitude for the selflessness of the ROTC students and their professors, leaders and administrators.Jenkins and commanding officers recognized ROTC students from each unit for achieving higher levels of excellence, whether in leadership, academics, character, optimism, piety, compassion, loyalty or for four years of distinction. Cadets and midshipmen were presented with officers’ sabers, plaques and a tactical watch.The awards were followed by a brief speech by Jenkins, in which he expressed his pride in the ROTC members and their commitment to a greater purpose, rooted in Notre Dame’s rich military history dating to the 1850s.“At Notre Dame and in the military one finds a commitment to integrity, service and leadership,” he said. “Wherever you go, you will bring that spirit of Notre Dame with you.” Jenkins finished with a message to the ROTC seniors who will soon assume their positions as active-duty officers or reserve officers.“As you go forth into military service and unity, I ask that you remember the values that you learned here, that sense of leadership, of selflessness, of community … you have contemplated the morality of warfare and embraced the virtues of peace,” he said.Finally, Jenkins presented the President’s Cup to the winner of the annual tri-military competition, comprised of a football tournament in the fall, basketball in the winter and soccer in the spring. This year’s winner was the Army ROTC.After a closing prayer from Rocca, in which he asked for God’s protection of the ROTC students as they become a force for good in the world, each ROTC unit marched past toward Main Building.Tags: Pass in Review Ceremony, ROTC, tri-militarylast_img read more

Nicholas Korn’s Delirium’s Daughters Set for Off-Broadway

first_img The production will feature costume and prop design by Jamie Nicole Larson, lighting design by Alana Jacoby, sound design by Sam Kusnetz and fight choreography by Chris Michael Burke. In Delirium’s Daughters, a kind old gentleman believes his deceased wife has forbid their three daughters to marry, until one of the suitors plays a series of tricks that helps him deal with his loss and recover his sanity. The show is a kindhearted farce based on the Italian Commedia Dell’Arte, with a touch of magical realism. View Comments The cast will include Brandon Beilis as Timidio, Nick Bombicino as Giovio, Kerry Frances as Celia, Stephanie Nicole Kelley as Marina, Jackson Thompson as Pomposa, Branislav Tomich as Di Lirio, Brenda Withers as Terresa and Evan Cory Zimmerman as Serio. Four suitors, three daughters, what’s a father to do? Nicholas Korn’s Delirium’s Daughters will play a limited engagement off-Broadway from February 26 through March 14. Directed by Kathleen Butler, the production will officially open at the Studio Theatre at Theatre Row on February 28.last_img read more

Trump military plan is set in old ways

first_img“Generals prepare to fight the last war.” An old saying that reflects our proposed military budget for 2018 by a president who gladly pursues the “old days.” The administration has requested $686 billion for the Defense Department, an $80 billion, or 13 percent increase, from 2017. Let’s not forget that the United States spends more each year on defense that the next eight nations combined. The United States represented 36 percent of total world military spending in 2016 before this proposed 13 percent increase.The controversial F-35 fighter jet is a good example of our military thinking. Each jet costs about $100 million, one of the greatest boondoggles in military purchasing history. Projections say the F-35 project will cost $1.5 trillion over its decades-long life. Contrast this current style of military thinking with a modern-day opponent. That opponent might be sitting comfortably in a small room in front of a computer. He or she is termed a hacker, and the scope of damage the hacker can do to our country and military is vast.For instance, they might hack computer chips embedded in weapons systems so our service members mistakenly fire at each other rather than the enemy. Disabling propulsion systems on multi-billion-dollar aircraft carriers is another tactic. And, of course, there’s disabling civilian infrastructure such as the electrical grid, transportation and financial activities, not to mention the greatest threat of all to our democracy, compromising our election process.Comparing the money we spend on the “old way” to fight a war, contrasted with what a modern-day hacker must invest, is a deafening shout that our proposed defense budget is based on misplaced priorities and a denial of the future. But what else would one expect from a president who refuses to accept science and modern thinking? Don CooperAmsterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationThree seniors who started as seventh-graders providing veteran experience for Amsterdam golfEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Zamora returns to secure Fulham point

first_imgFulham 1 Blackburn 1Bobby Zamora’s equaliser secured a point for Fulham, who still await their first Premier League victory under manager Martin Jol.The Whites dominated much of the game but were unable to find a winner after Zamora cancelled out Ruben Rochina’s spectacular opener.AdChoices广告Zamora made a welcome return from injury and was partnered up front by £10.6m signing Bryan Ruiz, who made his debut following his pre-deadline move from Dutch club FC Twente.It was a tough introduction to English football for Ruiz and the Costa Rican was taken off at half-time having struggled to get into the game.Scott Dann made his debut for Blackburn following his £6m move from Birmingham and the centre-back almost presented Fulham with the opener on 22 minutes.Dann gave the ball straight to Zamora, who then appeared to be fouled in the area by Michel Salgado only for referee Howard Webb to award Rovers a free-kick because the Fulham forward handled the ball as he was felled.The decision was harsh on Jol’s men and came shortly after Whites defender Aaron Hughes limped off and was replaced at right-back by Stephen Kelly.And the home side’s afternoon took another turn for the worse when they went behind to a stunning strike by Rochina in the 32nd minute.Junior Hoilett teed up the young Spaniard, who let fly with a brilliant 30-yarder that flew past keeper Mark Schwarzer and went in off the underside of the bar.But Fulham hit back only five minutes later. Danny Murphy’s ball found Zamora, who breezed past a weak challenge from Gael Givet before curling his shot in off the post.Zamora was partnered by Moussa Dembele in a second half Fulham bossed in terms of possession but struggled to create clear-cut chances.Aside from his first-half aberration, Dann was hugely impressive at the back for Rovers, helping them secure their first point of the season.That may ease some of the pressure on former Fulham assistant boss Steve Kean amid speculation about the Scot’s future as Blackburn manager.Striker David Goodwillie wasted an opportunity to ease even more of that pressure on Kean when he dragged a late shot woefully wide after finding himself through on goal.Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson, on the other hand, did his beleaguered boss proud by superbly tipping away Clint Dempsey’s 90th-minute effort.Blackburn ended the match with 10 men because they had used all three of their substitutes before Hoilett went off on a stretcher following a sickening collision with Schwarzer in stoppage time.It happened after Kelly’s error meant Schwarzer had to rush from his line to prevent Hoilett latching onto Robinson’s long kick.last_img read more