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 Three points from a possible nine in the Christmas fixtures represents a disappointing return, especially considering their displays at the Etihad and Stamford Bridge. Beating Hull was the very minimum expected and allowed the Reds to return to the top four. Henderson feels they more than deserve to be there and with a bit more luck could have had a much better return of points. “It was very important that we beat Hull after suffering the two defeats,” he added. “I think we can’t be too disheartened with the performances away to Man City and Chelsea. “I felt we played well and definitely deserved something out of both games. “We didn’t get the bit of luck that we deserved but we had to forget about all that, put it right against Hull, get three points and try to kick on for the rest of the season.” Henderson has played every league match this season – and lasted the full 90 minutes in their last six games – and is a prime candidate to be rested for Sunday’s FA Cup visit of League One Oldham. However, resources in central midfield are not that healthy with Joe Allen injured and Steven Gerrard playing half an hour against Hull after a month on the sidelines with a hamstring tear. “We have a good staff here who help us to recover well: plenty of massages and ice baths,” Henderson said when asked about the physical demands he has to cope with. “They help ensure that when the next game comes along you are ready and feel 100 per cent.” Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson believes grinding out results may be equally important to their top-four aspirations as sweeping aside teams in a flurry of goals. Press Association The Reds may be the second-highest scorers in the Premier League behind Manchester City, fuelled by a red-hot Luis Suarez, but not every team will cave in under the weight of their attacking. Hull showed that in their 2-0 defeat at Anfield, where Liverpool had previously scored 23 in their last six appearances. Having played well at City and Chelsea but returned pointless the win was vital and Henderson believes getting those results when their game is not at the highest level could be pivotal in the quest for a top-four place. “It was important to get the year off to a good start. The most important thing was getting the three points and we got that,” he said. “On performance level, I thought we matched them (City and Chelsea) if not were better than them in the two games but you have got to get results and we weren’t able to do that. “It was important to get back to winning ways. Maybe we didn’t play as well as we have done in certain games when we have won by four or five but we showed we can grind a result out when we’re not at our best. “Our aim is to make Anfield a fortress – to make it really difficult for teams when they come here. “We’ve been doing that and hopefully we can keep doing that and pick up points away from home too. “I definitely believe we can stay in that top four. “We want to keep it going against Oldham (in the FA Cup) and then Stoke.” last_img read more

first_imgAfter a rise in emergency medical transports, physical conflicts and loud noise at parties on The Row, the fraternity and sorority presidents on the Inter-Fraternity and Panhellenic Councils voted unanimously to enact a three-week social probation for its chapters, according to IFC President Michael Madden. The ban, effective immediately, is scheduled to end Oct. 7.Probation · Presidents of fraternities and sororities voted to enact a temporary social probation as they institute new-member education, the Inter-Fraternity and Panhellenic Councils announced Wednesday. – Austin Vogel | Daily TrojanDuring the probation, the organizations are planning to create new-member programming that focuses on preventing sexual assault, alcohol and physical altercations, Madden said.“We are looking to partner up with other on-campus organizations and collaborate with them to educate our members,” Madden said.In a letter to IFC and Panhellenic members, Madden and Panhellenic Council President Megan Lambert wrote that the probation was self-imposed to avoid further sanctions from the university, which expressed concern about recent incidents.“The administration is considering a zero-tolerance policy regarding our weeknight social events moving forward,” the letter said. “In effort to avoid this outcome, the Greek leadership created proactive measures to address these issues.”Beth Saul, assistant dean for student affairs and director for fraternity and sorority leadership development and parent programs, said she is hopeful that the probation is effective and the administration does not have to seek further recourse.“We hope this period will better educate our members about their social responsibility and prevent any future incidents,” Saul wrote in an email.Saul did not comment about what other actions the university might take should the probation not be successful.With a large freshman class, Dept. of Public Safety Captain David Carlisle said there has been more activity on The Row this semester.“This year, there seems to be greater activity on The Row, so we are spending a lot more time up there,” Carlisle said.Carlisle said there have also been more medical transports to hospitals this year. DPS has recorded more than 20 hospital transports this year compared to 14 at the same point last year, Carlisle said.The self-imposed ban prohibits all social events except those registered with the university, such as invites, exchanges, philanthropies and registered weekend parties.“The Presidents voted and agreed to suspend all official social events, both at fraternity houses and at annex houses [half-way houses], for the next three weeks, ending on October 7th,” Madden and Lambert wrote in the letter. “In addition, the presidents voted not to hold off-campus social events, including bar tabs at the 9-0 Bar and Grill.”Carlisle said that when DPS devotes so many resources to The Row, it distracts from the department’s other security responsibilities.“DPS would prefer that the leaders of the Greek community police themselves,” Carlisle said. “We would prefer to be reducing theft, reducing robberies and focusing on crime rather than focusing on social events that get out of control on The Row, uninvited guests or underage drinking.”Both DPS and the Los Angeles Police Department have increased their enforcement of The Row, Madden said.LAPD’s senior lead officer for the USC area did not respond to a call for comment.Madden said he is confident that the probation will achieve its goals.“We are very hopeful and optimistic that we are going to get through this and that the programming is going to be successful,” he said.last_img read more