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Dunne Hall community reflects on brotherhood, signature events

first_imgObserver File Photo Founded in 2016, Dunne Hall is one of the newest dorms on campus. Known for its signature events such as the Dunne Funne Runne and the DunneDance film festival, Dunne won Men’s Hall of the Year in 2018.Former hall president junior Manuel DeBrito said Dunne gives students freedom to be themselves and develop strong friendships.“A lot of dorms have a very specific culture set already. … But at least in Dunne, I felt as though I didn’t have to conform to a certain kind of a college student,” DeBrito said. “We were all from so many different backgrounds and from so many different cultures that it’s kind of just a mesh of all those different things and people. Because of that, people feel comfortable to be themselves and to find friends that have personalities similar to theirs or different from theirs without being judged by anyone else.”Spring vice president and sophomore Carson Richter said though its history is still developing, Dunne has a strong community.“I’d definitely say it’s a pretty tight-knit community,” Richter said. “As far as traditions and culture, it’s still developing, but there’s some pretty good guys there now and everyone gets along pretty well.”Dunne’s pioneer-like mentality, coupled with its drive to make a name for itself has created a community of motivated men, Kuczora said.“They’re generous when pitching in to put on an event and genuinely look out for one another,” he said. “They’re willing to put in the hard work to create something unique that will last for generations and they’re very creative.”The annual Dunne Funne Runne demonstrates the creative spirit and energy of the Sentinels, DeBrito said. The event, a 3k and three-person relay race held on East Quad, benefits Education Bridge, a school in South Sudan founded by a Dunne alumnus, Kuczora said.“Basically, you run around with three guys. It’s a relay and everyone is cheering you on in various stages, so everyone can see the other costumes,” DeBrito said. “ … We’ve had it twice now, and both years it’s been super successful. People just enjoy going out and having a good time on Saturday without necessarily having to demonstrate athletic ability — we’re just there for some laughs and that’s Dunne Funne Runne.”Hall president sophomore George Lyman said the run has potential to be the dorm’s signature event.“I think it’s something that could grow into something really big on campus, but I think there’s still room for it to grow,” he said.The DunneDance Film Festival — a student run film festival which takes place in April — demonstrates the creativity of student filmmakers from Dunne and across campus, DeBrito said.“We do like an Oscars kind-of award ceremony where we rank best actor, best supporting actor and best movie,” Brito said. “We also do best foreign films where other dorms can submit their movies to us and then we’ll watch them. It’s a great laugh.”This growth and interest in the event this past year is promising for the event, 2019 fall vice president Nicholas Spitzer said.“We also had a lot more foreign film submissions from other dorms, so that’s showing how it’s growing,” Spritzer said. “It’s a lot of fun to watch all these people with all these creative ideas get thrown together and watch them all be presented.”In a short time, Dunne has proved itself a rival to the more-established dorms, Spitzer said.“Dunne’s really shown to have a group of outgoing people who are really passionate. … I really enjoy being in it because there’s so many different directions it could go.” Spitzer said.Lyman said he appreciates the chance to build a community from the ground up in Dunne.“I love being in Dunne — you can ask anyone in Dunne, I’ll tell them that,” Lyman said. “I think it’s really interesting to be in a place where traditions are still forming and you get to really make your mark on a community. … I wouldn’t give up the chance to establish our own traditions for anything. I think that’s really awesome.”Tags: dorm features, Dunne Funne Runne, dunne hall, Dunnedance film festival, East Quad One of Notre Dame’s newest dorms, Dunne Hall has stood on East Quad since 2016.Named after donors Jimmy and Susan Dunne, rector Fr. Matthew Kuczora said some may be tempted to think Dunne lacks the tradition of older dorms. However, Dunne’s newness provides an opportunity to explore new ways of developing and fostering individual and community growth, he said.“Being a relatively new residence hall community, there is a warmth and openness here that is very strong,” Kuczora said in an email. “Because residents initially came from every men’s hall on campus, we’ve been able to create our own traditions and culture as the years have progressed. I think this allows everyone to feel a sense of belonging, since we’re not simply upholding traditions created by others in the past.”last_img read more


Johnson wants Britons to cycle way out of lockdown

first_imgTopics : The government’s efforts to tease people out of lockdown and into their old spending habits that can give shops and restaurants a boost are complicated by Britain’s inability to safely reopen its schools.Polls shows people are also worried about using public transport. Many trains and buses are running half-empty during morning and evening commutes.Johnson’s plan envisions more Briton’s biking and walking to work in the long term.It promises to build “thousands of miles of protected cycle routes in towns and cities” as part of a £2 billion ($2.6 billion, 2.2 billion euro) “cycling and walking revolution”.The government has also promised to start releasing the first batch of £50 “bike repair vouchers” to help people get old cycles fixed.Britain’s official virus death toll of 45,759 is the highest in Europe. “To build a healthier, more active nation, we need the right infrastructure, training and support in place to give people the confidence to travel on two wheels,” Johnson said.”That’s why now is the time to shift gears and press ahead with our biggest and boldest plans yet to boost active travel — so that everyone can feel the transformative benefits of cycling.”Johnson introduced a bike sharing program in London during his spell as the British capital’s mayor from 2008 to 2016.But the so-called “Boris bikes” stood largely untouched during a months-long lockdown that still sees swathes of central London stand empty during working hours.center_img The British government promised Monday to build thousands of miles of new bike lanes to get people moving and healthy after months of coronavirus lockdown.Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s pledge comes on the heels of a plan to force restaurants to display calories on menus as part of a broader effort to win the battle of the bulge.Government data show two-thirds of UK adults are above a healthy weight. Some studies suggests that the virus is especially deadly to people who are obese.last_img read more


Point-counterpoint: Winless or Undefeated

first_img11-7 PCPWhat’s more difficult, goingundefeated or going winless? That’s like comparing a marathon to awalk from Vilas to Humanities. Seriously, we’re debating this?Not winning a game doesn’t take anyeffort. Essentially, we are talking about the difference betweenRocky Balboa’s anal retentive workout routine and a Richard Simmons”let’s have fun” one. To go unbeaten you have to work extremelyhard, maybe even shed some blood every time out, whereas to avoidgoing winless, you have to merely go through the motions (“up,down, up down, come on now!”). Week in and week out, a team that’strying to remain perfect must come to play. There’s little room forerror. Week in and week out, you don’t even have to show up to gowinless. Tell me that that’s strenuous. To back up my argument with facts,there are very few exceptions to this rule. The 1976 Buccaneers wouldbe one. They had to try real hard to go 0-14 in their inauguralseason and 0-26 before picking up their first win. However, look at how many teams havebeen on the lip of perfection, but fall short. Any of the NFL’s topteams in recent years, particularly the Colts, are perfect examplesof this. Injuries, resting players up for the playoffs, what haveyou, great teams are still going to lose — it’s the nature of thegame. No team since the 1972 Dolphins has gone undefeated in theprofessional ranks on any of the four major sports levels.Pretty much college football andbasketball are the most likely of sources to find an undefeated team.Even in basketball, it doesn’t happen often. The last NCAA hoopsteam to go undefeated was again in 1976, when Bobby Knight’sHoosiers went 32-0. That was 31 years ago. College football isunderstandably different because although a handful of teams gounbeaten during the course of the year, a handful also doesn’t wina game.It’s pretty clear that losing iseasy. If I wanted to do that, I wouldn’t have written anything. Point: Perfection doesn’t come easy. 11-7 pcp voelkelA little more than halfway through theNFL season, two teams are on track for perfection. The undefeated Patriots and the winlessDolphins not only share a division, but also a potential date withdestiny when the two play Dec. 23. Should both maintain their currentways, that game would be the latest game in NFL history between somediametrically opposite teams.That backdrop begs the question: Is itharder to lose ’em all or win ’em all?On the surface it seems like aslam-dunk answer: Of course it is harder to win every game you play. Dig a little deeper, however, and youwill see the error in your ways. Sure, winning every week takes copiousamounts of effort, talent and luck, but so too does losing. When youwin like it’s your job, teams give you their best shot. Similarly,losing every time out gives teams a reason to more or less take agame off when they play you. Even Screech, universally recognized asprobably the biggest loser ever to grace the planet, got Lisa tosoften up a little bit and see the good in the curly-haired nerd.If being the best at losing wasn’t sucha difficult task, why would NBC focus an entire series around seeingwho could be the biggest loser? It just doesn’t make sense.Plus we’re not talking about tankinghere. Legitimately trying and losing every time out is a nearmathematical impossibility. Sooner or later, a bounce will go yourway, the opposing team will have a bad game and you will win.Plus, you’re talking about hard? Losingall the time is about as hard to handle as anything.When it comes down to it, going 1-0just doesn’t hold a candle to 0-1. Losing. Count it.last_img read more


Cartoon: June 3, 2016

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