first_imgIt was a place junior Declan Sullivan crossed dozens of times performing his duties as a student videographer for the football team. It was a place the Sullivan family chose as a meeting point after Notre Dame football games. It was a place within sight of Sullivan’s fatal accident almost one year ago. Now, it is a place of memorial. About 75 people gathered Saturday afternoon before the football game against USC to dedicate a memorial to Sullivan, who died last October after a scissor lift from which he was filming football practice fell. A plaque, two benches and some trees now sit between the Guglielmino Athletics Complex and the LaBar Practice Field. Sullivan’s mother Alison addressed the group gathered to honor her son’s life. “We didn’t envision anything that could be more perfect,” Alison said. “I think if [Declan] could see this, he would be in awe. He would say, ‘Gee, this is amazing. I love this. It’s epic.’” The group chuckled at the use of the word “epic,” a word that Declan strived to embody in his life. “He always wanted to be epic, and I think he would look at this and say, ‘Indeed, it is epic,’” Alison said. University President Fr. John Jenkins led the ceremony and asked God to bless the memorial. “Lord God, we ask your blessing,” Jenkins said. “May it be a place of memory, a place of prayer, a place of consolation and a place of hope, so that all who spend time here remember Declan and be inspired by his life.” Jenkins then joined members of the Sullivan family and Vice President for Student Affairs Fr. Tom Doyle in sprinkling holy water on the memorial. Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick also presented the Sullivan family with the flag they helped raise at the opening football game of the year, and representatives from video services gave the family a framed photomontage in the shape of the Notre Dame monogram. Inscribed on the plaque is a poem written in honor of Declan and a shamrock logo with Declan’s initials inside. Alison said both components are particularly meaningful. The poem was written by a family friend and refers to Declan’s life as “never ordinary.” Alison said Declan often quoted a line from the movie “American Beauty” when a minor character said, “There is nothing worse than being ordinary.” “That was kind of his mantra,” Alison said. “The reference in here to ordinary is something I think Dec would really get a kick out of.” Alison said Declan would also appreciate the shamrock logo. “From the time Declan was a little boy, he was enamored with shamrocks,” she said. “It’s very significant because it’s a symbol that he really liked.” Jenkins told The Observer the memorial was an opportunity to honor Declan’s memory. “The loss of Declan was a tragedy to all of us in the Notre Dame family,” he said. “This [dedication] was a chance for all of us to come together in a place dedicated to his memory, to memorialize it and to give thanks for his life.” Jenkins also expressed gratitude to the Sullivan family. “The Sullivan family, from the day Declan died to today, have been such an inspiration to all of us, and it is particularly meaningful for me to bless this place with them,” he said. “We are grateful to them for helping us work through the tragedy of Declan’s death.” Alison also thanked Jenkins and Doyle for their help with the memorial and throughout the year since her son’s accident. “I wanted to thank [Jenkins] for giving us a lot of leeway with this and really letting us do what we thought would best memorialize our son and brother,” Alison said. “And [Doyle] for really helping us every inch of the way with everything from the moment of the accident through the past year.” Megan Doyle contributed to this report.last_img read more

first_imgSUNDEEP MALLADI/Herald photoChoosing to leave a remarkable career of 13 years behind, Paula Wilkins is about to embark on a new beginning. The launch point: Madison.Wilkins took the position as head coach of the Wisconsin women’s soccer team last month — replacing the recently resigned Dean Duerst — despite having so much success as the skipper at Penn State, perennially a top-ranked program nationally. During her six seasons there, she compiled an impressive 119-19-11 record (.836) and coached the team to six NCAA berths and two College Cup appearances.Yet, even with all her accomplishments, Wilkins wanted a change. She wanted Wisconsin.”I always loved Madison, it’s a great area, and the university here I think is doing a great job with their athletic department right now,” Wilkins said during her first UW press conference Monday. “I thought it was one of the best places that I had visited in all my journeys.”Not lending the city or university as her only reason for wanting to coach here, Wilkins also desired a challenge.”I had great success at Penn State,” Wilkins said. “But [I] want to come here and see if I can do it in another place and prove to myself if I’m a really good coach or not. I think that’s the task ahead of me right now.”While Wilkins coached her former team to a 18-5-3 finish last season and the Big Ten regular season title, Wisconsin finished just 7-9-3. Still, with the attitude and style Wilkins brings to work everyday, she envisions the women’s soccer program developing into a perennial powerhouse once more. Back when she played in the early ’90s, UW was extremely talented. Her first goal in that direction is to compete for a Big Ten championship.”I think if you’re competing for a Big Ten championship, you’re putting yourself on the map nationally to be a soccer power,” Wilkins said.In order to become a top team, the players need to respond to change and what Wilkins referred to as a different culture with regard to what she is trying to do.”I think it’s very important that they embrace change and the different atmosphere and the different culture that I’m going to bring with me in the sense of work rate [and] competitive attitude, and that’s what we’ve started off with,” Wilkins said.When asked about a timetable for her goals, Wilkins said the attitude and culture begins the moment the team begins practice. She also stressed to her players that they were the only people who can do anything about Wisconsin’s success. They need to take ownership.”I tell them every day, ‘I can’t score a goal,'” Wilkins said. “No coach can change and be a magic pill. … We lose sleep about it, but they have to be the difference in what we’re doing right now. And these are the players I have, and I’m going to give them that challenge.”According to the coach, in just the week since she has arrived on campus, the players have already bought into this system and seem up to the challenge. For that, the former Nittany Lion is pleased.”They’ve been very receptive and I’m very excited about them,” Wilkins said.Not everything has gone as smoothly as the players’ acceptance of her, however. Due to the unexpected resignation of longtime head coach Dean Duerst, a gap formed in the recruiting process. Wilkins is working tirelessly to try to get the 2008 recruits in order. “With Dean resigning, there’s been a little hiccup there, but that’s why I’ve been in the office really late, trying to call people and get them organized,” Wilkins said. “So recruiting is a focus right now along with the team. … Those are two of my biggest focuses right now.”Additionally, since she only recently arrived, Wilkins doesn’t have a complete staff, something she hopes will be addressed in the coming weeks.last_img read more

first_imgJessica Sibley’s pair of second-period goals led Syracuse (6-7-1, 4-1-1 College Hockey America) to a 5-1 victory over RIT (3-11, 0-6), its second victory over its conference rival this season.Nicole Ferrara led the way for the SU in the first period. The captain’s breakaway goal 10 minutes into the contest gave Syracuse a 1-0 lead, and the Orange wouldn’t look back.Sibley scored her first goal of the game with 11 minutes remaining left in the second period, beating RIT defender Haley Northcote with a goal that trickled through goalie Jenna de Jonge’s legs.Stephanie Grossi scored her sixth goal of the season on a backhanded shot with four minutes remaining in the second period, while Sibley would score again with five seconds left before the second intermission.Syracuse’s four goals matched RIT’s four shots on goal at the end of the second period.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTwo freshmen scored their first collegiate goals in the third period. SU’s Allie Munroe found the net four minutes into the final period, while RIT’s Brooke Baker scored with 10 minutes left in regulation.Sibley had a game-high three points on two goals and one assist.The Orange plays its 12th road game of the season on Friday, facing Colgate at 7 p.m. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 18, 2015 at 9:36 pm Contact Chris: cfthomse@syr.edulast_img read more

first_imgA popular local priest has revealed how he literally fell into becoming a member of the RNLI.Fr Liam Boyle is the latest member of the lifeboat service based on Arranmore Island.Fr Boyle, who is originally from Fanad, had never been at sea before until curiosity took him to inspect the Arranmore lifeboat at the local pier several months ago. “I literally went over to have a look at the boat. I almost fell down the steps of the pier and the lads showed me around the boat.“I joked about becoming a member and the lads said “why not?” I thought nothing more of it then but as the months passed I thought a little more about it and decided to undertake the training.“And now I am a full volunteer and ready to answer emergency calls,” revealed Fr Boyle.To date the curate has been out on four emergency calls as part of the dedicated 21 member lifeboat crew based in the island who are all kitted with emergency pagers. He has missed a number of calls due not to responding as quickly as other responders as is the case.Fr Boyle with fellow RNLI crew members on Arranmore.The last which Fr Boyle took part in was to a stricken yacht belonging to a Canadian couple which had gone aground off the coast of Donegal a few weeks back.Thankfully Fr Boyle and his fellow crew members, assisted by the Rescue 118 helicopter and the Killybegs lifeguard, managed to lead the couple to safety.“It a real rush of adrenalin to be woken by your emergency beeper at 4.15am and to take to rough seas and not to return home until 10am the following morning.“Thankfully it ended well and everyone returned home safely in the end,” he said. Fr Boyle said he had absolutely no seafaring experience before he became curious about becoming a member of the RNLI on the island.In fact, the only time he had been on water was on a paddling lake “in a tub” in the nearby lake in Dunlewey.He says that people understand that his duties are to his parishioners on the island first and foremost but he also recognises the responsibility he now has to the RNLI.On the boat he says his fellow lifeboat crew members do not give him any special treatment and he is not always referred to as Fr Boyle. “They sometimes call me different names than that but I can’t repeat those,” he laughed.Fr Boyle says due to his vocation he does not know where his future postings will take him but he is looking forward to the immediate future on the island among its 550 strong population and fulfilling his role as a member of the RNLI.Popular priest finds his ‘sea legs’ with challenging RNLI role was last modified: November 9th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more