first_imgBefore coming to Notre Dame, assistant band director Justin McManus said he thought working for the Band of the Fighting Irish was one of the “wonder” jobs.Now the band’s assistant director, McManus said belonging to the organization has been an experience unlike any other.“It’s unique because you get a different appreciation for [Notre Dame],” he said.In order to share this experience with current students, as well as provide them with a chance to learn more about the program, the Notre Dame Band will be hosting an open house Thursday at 5 p.m. in the Ricci Band Rehearsal Hall. The event will give students a chance to familiarize themselves with the opportunities the band offers as well as talk to current band members.McManus, who first proposed the open house, said the event was developed to improve the program’s recruitment of non-freshmen. The band has no trouble recruiting students who are new to campus but struggles to draw in upperclassmen and graduate students, he said.Many students interested in band are hesitant to join freshman year because they’re concerned about the time commitment and would rather focus their energy on adjusting to college life, McManus said.“Then they think they just can’t join after freshman year,” he said.McManus said he hopes the open house will both help to dispel this assumption and provide students with the information they need to get involved.The open house will commence with a brief overview of the program, which will include a description of the different types of bands and ensembles it offers as well as their respective time commitments and skill requirements, McManus said. In addition, the event will have 17 different instruments available for students to try and there will also be a tour of the band facilities.Junior MacKenzie Cavanagh and senior Brynn Alexander, the two band ambassador coordinators, will be joining McManus to provide a student perspective on joining the band.Alexander said she hopes the event will provide students with a “fun way to get to know the band and see if it’s a good fit.”Students do not need to be well-versed in an instrument to join, McManus said. The sheer breadth of the band program provides a place for all students, from beginners to long-time experts, he said.For example, several bands are better suited for beginners, such as the basketball band and hockey band, Cavanagh said. After becoming well-acquainted with an instrument, students can audition for programs requiring more skill, such as the marching band, she said.Cavanagh said the band is eager to work with individuals of all skill sets and works to accommodate each individual in their specific needs.“Everyone is very welcoming,” she said. “Everyone is very supportive.”Tags: Band of the Fighting Irish, Open House, Ricci Band Rehearsal Halllast_img read more

first_img continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The CFPB on Wednesday issued a request for information to help the bureau assess the efficiency and effectiveness of its enforcement processes. This RFI is due to be published in the Federal Register Monday and will be open for comments for 60 days.CFPB Acting Director Mick Mulvaney recently announced that the bureau will issue a series of requests to obtain public feedback on how to improve its functions and outcomes for consumers and the entities it regulates. Two other RFIs have been released so far on civil investigative demands (CIDs) and administrative adjudications; the next RFI set to be issued next week will be on supervisory processes.The bureau, in its new request, said it would like feedback “on how best to achieve meaningful burden reduction” or other improvements to its enforcement of federal consumer financial law, while still meeting statutory objectives and being fair and transparent in its actions.last_img read more

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionGrateful to motorist who helped after fallAs I was preparing to cross Route 236 after walking in the beautiful Halfmoon Town Park, I lost my balance and fell. I could not get up.A young man stopped his car and got me back on my feet. He helped me to his car and drove me back to my apartment about 2 minutes away.Age and illness are taking some of my independence away, but my heart is stronger today because of this wonderful act of kindness by a stranger. Thank you.Janet GlynnHalfmoon Country is in trouble if Trump doesn’t winIn response to Gary Philip Guido’s Oct. 20 letter (“Praying for Trump and his speedy trial”), you and the rest of the Democratic liberals are so off base.Did you want Hillary in there when she had our men killed. The deal she and Obama made with Iran was bad.I’m a 100 percent disabled World War II vet and can see what Trump is trying to do. You Democratic liberals should let him do what he said he would do if elected. I’m a good Democrat.The Democratic Party used to be a good party. They did what was good for the people and the country. Trump doesn’t need the money, he loves this country and is trying to protect us. What have you done for this country?This country is in trouble if he doesn’t get elected again. Freedom is not free.Vincent BelardoAlbanyRiggi, Perazzo serve all of city’s residentsMembers of the Schenectady City Council are ‘members-at-large,’ which means ‘as a whole,’ as opposed to divided into districts.Candidates are voted in to represent the best interests of all city residents.Having attended City Council meetings or watched the meetings on channel 1303 over many years, I am extremely impressed with two council members who are running for re-election.Leesa Perazzo and Vincent Riggi are the ultimate of what a ‘members-at-large’ City Council member strives to be and have shown their love and dedication for the city and its residents.Both return calls, listen attentively, attempt to resolve the concerns of residents (or instruct them where to go for answers), speak out for those who feel too intimidated to come forward, and ask for more time when deciding important issues (when deemed necessary).Leesa Perazzo has been to numerous neighborhoods bringing along groups of volunteers to clean up graffiti and garbage on multiple occasions. Both have shown the courage to think outside the box with innovative ideas.I believe that Mayor Gary McCarthy is pointing the city in a positive direction with new initiatives.      Flora L. RamonowskiSchenectadyOstrelich an honest, pragmatic legislatorI have known Michelle Ostrelich for about 12 years. When I met her, she was involved in many community organizations.Since I met her, she has played several important roles in the Schenectady community.She was an outstanding president of the local community center I belong to, a PTO member and president in Niskayuna, and most importantly a good, caring friend.Michelle has always been kind, compassionate and caring, but she is also pragmatic and honest.These are qualities that I would look for in a colleague, partner, friend, family member and most certainly elected representative I spent a day campaigning with her in her state Senate quest. We traveled hundreds of miles through Hamilton, Herkimer, Saratoga  and Fulton counties in one day.She knocked on lots of doors and met hundreds of citizens. She listened to their concerns and created a platform to best serve those constituents.Her pragmatic and ethical approach to life will serve Schenectady County well.Vote for Michelle Ostrelich for county legislator, Schenectady deserves her.Christopher OgnibeneNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

first_imgFORMER England batsman Kevin Pietersen says he will not be playing in next season’s Big Bash League as he moves closer to retirement.The Twenty20 specialist, who has been playing with Melbourne Stars, will line up in this year’s Pakistan Super League and Cricket South Africa’s events.But the 37-year-old has strongly suggested that he is unlikely to play beyond the end of the year.“I’m done and dusted [with my] playing days,” he told Australian media.“You come to the end of your time and you get to a time in your career where you just think, ‘Do I want this?’. I want this desperately at the moment, but I don’t think I’ll want it in 10 months’ time.”Pietersen’s international spell ended when England sacked him in 2014. and his career in England finished with Surrey’s quarter-final defeat in last year’s T20 Blast.He also said he wanted to stay involved with the Stars, where he has played for four seasons.“I love Melbourne. To have some sort of [Stars] involvement going forward would be immense value for me,” he said.last_img read more