Women of Pangborn Hall begin to establish traditions regardless of next year’s change of location

first_imgMeet the Valkyries, Notre Dame’s newest female community, currently residing in Pangborn Hall.Rector Amanda Springstead said the community has “a spirit of ‘we’re going to do this, and we’re going to do this together.’”Pangborn is unique in its student composition. The sophomores, juniors and seniors of Pangborn chose to move to the dorm this fall in order to launch the new community.Next year, the Valkyries will move to a new home that is currently under construction near Dunne Hall on the east side of campus. The women who opted to join this community last spring received a blank page: no dorm colors, mascot or traditions already in place.Springstead said building these elements comes with its challenges, but the residents of this hall have stepped up.“The great thing about the spirit of the women in Pangborn Hall is that they really want to be involved,” she said. “We’re all really excited about the creativity that comes from starting a new hall.”Springstead made the same choice her residents did, leaving her five-year post as rector at Howard Hall to participate in this new venture. She said she believed in the importance of a “really good start” when founding a new community such as this one.“Hearing the women and their stories about why they chose to come to Pangborn, it strikes me that they are running to something. They’re excited about creating something,” she said.Though these women will not remain in Pangborn, moving one year early helped alleviate a campus-wide need for housing for transfer students, according to Springstead. Despite the temporary nature of their current home, the Valkyries have flourished.“Our community isn’t the building, it’s the group of people,” Springstead said.Signature events are a typical part of Notre Dame dorm culture, and Springstead said Pangborn will be no exception. She said Notre Dame can expect to see a signature event from the Valkyries next semester. Dorm leadership and the residents will make this decision, like all others, together.“Similar to how we voted for our mascot, I think we’ll be voting on what ideas people like,” she said.These votes will help establish parts of the new dorm’s culture while continuing the growth of the community that has already begun forming.“We’re pretty feedback driven,” Springstead said. “People want to be involved in creating these traditions.”While all returning students chose their spot in Pangborn, incoming first-years and transfers were randomly assigned, just as occurs for other dorms. The building currently houses the fewest women of any female dorm on campus.Next year, capacity for the Valkyries will increase from its current 130 residents to 225. Springstead says she looks forward to that transition.“I’m excited to meet who else will be joining us there,” she said. “When I think about next year, I’m really excited that our community will have another year to grow on what we started.”Springstead said she hopes and believes the spirit of ambition and unity will remain with them next year and many years to come.Tags: dorm community, Pangborn Hall, valkyrieslast_img read more

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Johnson, Roberson combine to replace Grant’s minutes

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Despite Syracuse’s busy frontcourt, freshmen B.J. Johnson and Tyler Roberson were already expected to receive some notable minutes.But with sophomore Jerami Grant relegated to street clothes on the sideline for a reason head coach Jim Boeheim opted not to disclose, Johnson and Roberson were thrown into an even bigger role in their college debuts.But Johnson made one mistake that Boeheim didn’t forget about during his postgame press conference.“I don’t think, in Pennsylvania, they have those markings on the court,” Boeheim said, referring to out-of-bounds lines. “You have to stay in there. I’m not sure he quite has got that. But I think he does now.”Aside from stepping out of bounds in the process of making a 3-pointer, Johnson filled in admirably for Grant in No. 8 Syracuse’s (1-0) season opener — an 82-60 win over Cornell (0-1). Boeheim said Grant will play in SU’s game against Fordham on Tuesday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJohnson scored seven points in 12 minutes. Roberson, in 14 minutes on the floor, scored just four points but made his presence felt on defense and on the boards. Roberson hit a pair of jumpers — one in each half.At the end of the first half, Roberson was part of a defensive effort in the key to thwart a last-second shot attempt by Cornell’s Deion Giddens.Collectively, the two freshmen shot 5-of-11 from the floor.“I wasn’t hitting shots early,” Johnson said, “but I think I played solid defense and that kept me on the floor.”Midway through the first half, the Orange turned on its full-court press. Cornell point guard Robert Hatter eluded SU and snuck his way downcourt. He hauled in a long pass and elevated to finish at the rim, but Johnson retreated in time to record one of his two blocks on the night.Not long after, Johnson added a bucket from the inside to place the Orange ahead by a point. Late in the game, he found his shooting stroke, connecting on a step-back jumper and a 3.“I thought, off the bench, they gave us a little bit of a spark,” SU point guard Tyler Ennis said. “I think we’re going to need them throughout the season, so everybody’s got to keep their confidence up and move onto the next game.” Comments Published on November 9, 2013 at 3:47 am Contact Phil: [email protected] | @PhilDAbblast_img read more

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Odell Beckham Jr. gives Browns an offense that will compete with best in AFC

first_imgThis is the biggest splash of the NFL offseason — yes, it’s bigger than Antonio Brown to the Raiders. The Browns acquired Beckham from the Giants on Tuesday in exchange for their 2019 first-round pick (17th overall), the second of their two 2019 third-round picks (95th overall) and safety Jabrill Peppers.OBJ TRADE GRADES:Giants’ inept management proves costly, gifts Browns new luxuryIt is a master power play by Dorsey. It ignites a fan base looking to welcome new coach Freddie Kitchens, who leads a roster that will try to build on last year’s 7-8-1 season. It gives franchise quarterback Baker Mayfield a go-to receiver with four 1,000-yard seasons and 44 touchdowns in five seasons. It provides Beckham with a career-altering opportunity after his time with New York had run its course. All of that has the Browns moving at ludicrous speed toward goals that could not have seemed possible on Dec. 31, 2017.  That was the day Cleveland bottomed out and became the second 0-16 team in NFL history. The skill position leaders in that loss to Pittsburgh were Robert Griffin III, Isaiah Crowell, George Atkinson, Terrelle Pryor, Corey Coleman and Gary Barnidge. None of those players are on a roster that Dorsey has revamped in a year and change.Seriously, how good is the offense now? Mayfield set the rookie record with 27 touchdowns over 13 starts, and that doesn’t account for the on-field swagger he brought to the offense. Nick Chubb rushed for 996 yards and eight touchdowns and averaged 5.2 yards per carry as a rookie. Cleveland signed Kareem Hunt, who could face a lengthy suspension but would add multipurpose skill to the offense when, or if, he is given a chance. David Njoku is developing into a reliable tight end.MORE: Giants fans big mad on Twitter  Now, to the part you’ve been waiting for: Beckham and Jarvis Landry combined for 136 receptions, 2,345 yards and 18 touchdowns with LSU in 2013 — and that was with Zach Mettenberger and Anthony Jennings throwing the passes. What do you think they will do with Mayfield?All that adds up to the most exciting offseason in Northeast Ohio since the 1980s.Cleveland ranked 13th in yards (368.8) and 20th in points (22.4) last season, so there remains a lot of ground to cover to catch the Chiefs, who led the NFL with 425.6 yards and 35.3 points per game. The Patriots were a top-five offense with 393.4 yards and 27.3 points per game. Kansas City and New England are the standard in the conference right now, but on paper, the Browns have the personnel to run with them.   Of course, that’s on paper. The Steelers might not have Le’Veon Brown and Antonio Brown, but they will have a say in the AFC North. So will the Ravens. The Colts have a lot of pieces in place, too. So do the Chargers. The fact the Browns are in this conversation before the 2019 NFL Draft is a victory for Dorsey. Cleveland won’t have a first-round pick, but the easy question there is: Would you rather have Beckham or D.K. Metcalf?MOCK DRAFT: Predicting Giants’ selection with Browns’ 1st-rounderDorsey also unloaded Peppers, a 2017 first-round pick who was never embraced in Cleveland, for a multitude of reasons. The deal provides both a clean break. Beckham will be the story in OTAs, and there is a lot on the line for him, too. The Browns have been burned by highly viral players such as Johnny Manziel and Josh Gordon this decade. Beckham is the biggest addition to the roster since the team’s reboot in 1999, and the buzz will be even bigger than when Andre Rison left Atlanta for Cleveland via free agency after the 1994 season.   The Browns’ offense has the potential to be the best in the AFC — and perhaps the entire NFL — with Odell Beckham Jr. on board.   Cleveland has general manager John Dorsey to thank after yet another bold move that will put the franchise in position to back up that bold, yet objective, assessment.   Of course, that signing did not work out. In 1995, the Browns announced they were moving to Baltimore, and it has been a battle ever since to recreate that excitement.  That time is now. Cleveland is thinking AFC North, playoffs and maybe, just maybe, a Super Bowl.Now, let’s see if Mayfield, Beckham and this offense can back up that bold, yet objective, assessment.last_img read more

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