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Voices of Faith choir sings a song of community

first_imgMusic, community, fellowship and faith are four words that immediately come to the minds of Voices of Faith gospel choir members when asked why they enjoy spending time together. “We’re more than just a choir. It really is a community,” junior Nicole Campion said. “Yes, we practice singing, but it is also a time of faith and fellowship.” Director Eugene Staples, a senior and four-year member of Voices of Faith, invoked the group’s motto when discussing its communal and spiritual atmosphere, his favorite aspect of the choir. “We are a student-run, faith-based choir,” Staples said. “Singing is my favorite part, but it’s definitely not more important than the fellowship and community. I really enjoy the group’s union of singing with doing something good for our Christian faith.” Senior Amanda Meza echoed Staples’ remarks when asked about her favorite part of participating in the choir. “The fellowship you develop would have to be my favorite part. It’s more than just singing,” Meza said. “We grow together in our faith, and this is something I really cherish and wouldn’t change.” Voices of Faith, a choir marked by cultural, religious and ethnic diversity, provides a home for those searching for alternative ways to grow in their spirituality outside of an exclusively Catholic context. “We provide a home for those who feel alienated,” Staples said. “I come from a Baptist church, and I still feel alienated by some of the Catholic structures. Voices of Faith really is a home away from home for those who don’t understand the Catholic traditions.” Meza, also a member of the Baptist Church, wanted to continue singing and focusing on her spirituality as she had at home. She said she quickly discovered Voices of Faith during her freshman year. “I’m not Catholic, but I wanted to sing Christian music,” she said. “I went to the concerts my freshman year, and they were extremely moving with their incorporation of Bible passages and prayers. I was looking for the Christian identity at the core of the Catholic identity. I was looking for something like home, and I found it with Voices of Faith.” While the music initially grabbed Campion’s attention, she said the community’s diversity is one of the most rewarding parts of participating in the group. “I really like having the opportunity to be friends with such a diverse group of individuals, especially considering Notre Dame’s relative lack of diversity,” Campion said. “I sometimes get bored with the mainstream culture, so the diversity at Voices of Faith almost represents a different culture to me.” While diversity has always characterized Voices of Faith, Staples, Campion and Meza all remarked on how this year’s group has brought religious, ethnic and cultural diversity to another level. “This is our most diverse year ever,” Staples said. “We are so much bigger and so much better. I guess we’ve done great marketing through our performances.” Campion said the group’s constant clapping and cheering during performances often surprises people, but ultimately leads to an enjoyable experience. “Energy is one of the hallmarks of our music,” Campion said. Voices of Faith will host its winter concert this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Washington Hall. Student tickets are $5.last_img read more


Mourinho: I cannot match Sir Alex

first_img “I have a long way to go, but Sir Alex left the bar in an impossible position for anyone. I cannot win 13 Premier Leagues,” Mourinho told BT Sport. “I can win 13 championships. I can. I have eight, I think I can go to 13. But 13 Premier Leagues, no, no chance.” Mourinho needs five more championships to reach 13, after two wins with Porto in Portugal, two with Inter Milan in Italy and one with Real Madrid in Spain, plus his three with Chelsea. Asked if he planned on staying in England long enough to reach that target here, Mourinho added: “When I came back, I put myself in (Chelsea owner Roman) Abramovich’s hands. My family is super happy to be here, so I have nothing to push me away from England. It’s up to him. When he wants me to stay I stay, when he thinks its the right moment for me to leave I’ll go somewhere else.” The Premier League came in for plenty of criticism this season when Chelsea followed Manchester City and Arsenal in being knocked out of the Champions League before the quarter-final stage. But Mourinho insisted the overall standard of the English top flight remained higher than that on the continent. ” Sometimes I laugh when people compare a few numbers from different leagues and I can laugh because I was in all of these leagues,” he said. “But when you see a 7-0 or a 6-0 in Germany, in Italy, in Spain, people don’t know the difference between the top teams and the other teams. In England this is the reality, even for the top teams to win is very difficult. The self-proclaimed Special One led Chelsea to his third Premier League title with Sunday’s 1-0 defeat of Crystal Palace. Ferguson was 51 when he steered Manchester United to the inaugural Premier League title in 1992/93. Mourinho is 52 and has this season’s trophy to go along with the 2004/05 and 2005/06 wins from his first spell. Press Association Jose Mourinho has dismissed the prospect of matching Sir Alex Ferguson’s haul of 13 Premier League titles as “impossible”. “T o do what my boys did is amazing. To lose on the first of January, a heavy defeat in a London derby (5-3 to Tottenham) and be with the same points as Man City, and since January not one defeat, to go to from same number of points (as Man City) to 10, 13 15 points (clear)… We know what we had to do for this.” That achievement was not universally applauded with Chelsea being branded ‘boring’ not only by rivals fans but also some pundits – a view which left Mourinho baffled. ” It doesn’t bother me – it doesn’t change me,” he said of the criticism. “I’m stronger than that. I know that it takes to be in the position we are. It doesn’t affect me. I think the players deserve more. “I think it’s a bit strange. Normally a pundit with a higher voice is the pundit that comes from the pitch – a former player, a former legend, somebody that was a fantastic player, so somebody who has a complete understanding of what it takes. It’s strange when these people don’t go in the direction they should go.” Mourinho was able to defend the first title he won with Chelsea a decade ago, but warned against making any assumptions for next year, with the priority being to secure a top-four berth. ” When I meet my board I used to say, especially at the beginning of the season, if you want to be in the top four you have to think about being champions because to be in the top four in this moment in England is really hard,” he said. “Always there’s a big risk of a big team to stay out. Man United stayed out last season, this season it’s Man United, Liverpool… they are on the limit and why not us next season? We must be very strong again.” last_img read more


Golf News Women’s British Open golf: Diksha Dagar all set for maiden appearance

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Golf News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Woburn: Diksha Dagar will be the lone Indian in the fray at the 2019 AIG Women’s British Open, this year’s fifth and final Major, which begins here on Thursday.The Haryana golfer, who turns 19 in the second week of December, will be playing her second Major, after making a maiden appearance at the Evian Championships last week.It was a tough Major debut for Diksha who missed the cut with rounds of 77-78.”I think I played alright, but just did not score. Sometimes that happens in golf, but I enjoyed my maiden Major appearance,” said Diksha.However, she is even more excited about the British Open.”This is the major all of us love to follow, so to be able to play in that is indeed a honour. Winning the Women’s South African Open was a big step forward and it has got me here,” said Diksha, who will once again have her father Col Naren Dagar on the bag as the caddie at the Woburn Golf Club.”It has been raining and the course is soft. But it is a lovely course,” said the father-cum-caddie.  Diksha’s 2019 performances have ensured that she is currently ninth in the LET rankings and the Top-25 are exempt into the British Open.Aditi did not make the field directly this season and therefore she did try the qualifiers earlier in the week but could not make it.Last year, Aditi achieved her best result in a Major at Women’s British Open by finishing Tied-22nd. Two shots better would have seen her finish T-15 and earn a spot in the 2019 Open.Woburn’s own Charley Hull continues her quest for her first Major title at her home course. Hull also played unofficial host when the championship was last played at Woburn in 2016 when she finished T-17.She will play alongside major champions Hannah Green and Shanshan Feng, who has returned to form in the second half of the season. She picked up her first win in two years at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic in July and followed that with a runner-up finish at the Evian Championship. She has been in Top 10 last two years.So Yeon Ryu, a two-time Major champion, arrives at the final Major of the season in search of her first win of the year, while Ariya Jutanugarn, who won the championship in 2016, also remains in the hunt for her first win of 2019.Defending champion Georgia Hall looks to keep her success at the AIG Women’s British Open rolling. In addition to her victory in 2018, Hall finished T-3 the year before at Kingsbarns. She will play alongside fellow Major champion Brooke Henderson, who is already a two-time winner in 2019.Jin Young Ko will continue her chase for history as she looks to become the fifth woman to win three Majors in a single season. Ko captured the ANA Inspiration and Evian Championship.She is making just her third appearance at the AIG Women’s British Open where she missed the cut last season but finished second when the championship was played at Turnberry in 2015. last_img read more