The Notre Dame Coalition for Human Dignity formed this semester with the goal of fostering communication among clubs working on issues of human dignity, as well as raising awareness of the work these clubs do on campus. Freshman organizer Matt Caponigro said the coalition derives its strength from the cohesion and spirit of cooperation shared among its member groups. “We thought that maybe if we started a dialogue with each other that we could help each other to move forward on some of these human dignity issues, to be more effective and reach out to more people,” he said. Caponigro said the Notre Dame Coalition for Human Dignity was founded as a passionate answer to a heartfelt request from Father Jenkins. “The coalition is our response to Father Jenkins’ call to make this university a healing, unifying and enlightening force in a world that’s deeply in need,” he said. “That has been our rallying call.” Caponigro said the coalition is inspired and driven by Notre Dame’s special status as a university focused on social concerns issues. “We at [Notre Dame] have a unique calling, especially among other universities, to do some real good for our brothers and sisters to start serious dialogue about human dignity issues,” he said. Caponigro said the coalition hopes to become a powerful advocate for human dignity by bringing together a diverse spectrum of clubs and individuals from across campus. “We want to build a coalition that bridges the gap between students, administrators and faculty members so that we can be truly effective in restoring human dignity to all people,” he said. The coalition has already grown to include organizations such as Right to Life and the Black Student Association, and hopes to further expand as it becomes better organized, Caponigro said. He said the coalition is empowered by its diverse membership, but this diversity can complicate its ability to make unified decisions. “The coalition revolves around partnership, sitting down at the table and talking about what we’ve been working on,” he said, “But it’s tricky, because there are a lot of different people at the table.” In the future, the coalition hopes to host a signature event before the end of the year to raise awareness and encourage student participation in the fight for human dignity, Carponigro said. “We’re hoping to do something like a concert on South Quad that brings everybody together, that shows our classmates and the rest of the Notre Dame community that we really do care about human dignity issues,” he said. Caponigro said he is excited for the coalition to forge closer bonds with Notre Dame as it matures and expands as an organization. “We’re looking forward to developing stronger relationships with the administration and with our peers so that we can really work together as a unified front,” he said.
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Just in time, and against just the proper opposition, the Cazenovia football team rediscovered its winning form.Mired at 0-2 and concerned that a post-season berth was already slipping out of its reach, the Lakers made bold changes on offense that started to pay off in the second quarter of Saturday’s Homecoming game against Chittenango at Buckley-Volo Field.Three touchdowns in that period, combined with two more in the third quarter, broke Cazenovia out of its season-long struggles and produced a 34-13 victory over the Bears, the Lakers’ first under new head coach Kyle Martin. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Just as important was what the much-improved Lakers defense during the first quarter, twice stopping the Bears after Cazenovia had turned the ball over with a Nate Smith interception and a Nick Farr fumble recovery.So it was still 0-0 when, less than two minutes into the second quarter, Romagnoli took a snap at his own 37-yard line, found a hole on the left side and outran the Chittenango defenders to the end zone.It began an outburst of 34 points in less than 19 minutes, interrupted only by Warren Tedford’s four-yard touchdown pass to Nate Addison that got the Bears on the board minutes after Romagnoli’s first score.Getting more comfortable as a quarterback in a spread offense, Romagnoli threw deep and found Chris Sparks for a 35-yard TD pass. Then the first of Connor Wilson’s two interceptions set up another score in the final seconds of the half, Romagnoli converting from two yards out.Far from done, Romagnoli took the third snap of the third quarter and, helped by crushing blocks, ran untouched 58 yards for six points. Runs by Vito Borio and Ty Freyer set up a fourth Romagnoli TD late in the period.Before exiting early in the fourth quarter, Romagnoli had gained 204 yards on 14 carries, but he didn’t have to carry the whole burden since Freyer got 73 yards on 17 carries and Borio added 54 yards on seven carries.Chittenango was limited to 187 yards of total offense by a Lakers defense that featured Keegan Bailey, who had seven tackles. Frega (six tackles) and Borio (five tackles) were close behind.Now both teams are 1-2, but Cazenovia has major momentum as it visits Vernon-Verona-Sherrill on Friday, just as Chittenango hosts an Oneida side that is 3-0 after it knocked off the Lakers and rallied past VVS a week later. For a team accustomed to regular-season dominance, the Lakers’ defeats to New Hartford and Oneida, the latter of them a 6-0 shutout on its home turf, forced an urgency rarely seen in the Cazenovia program.And urgency produced an altered lineup to bring the offense to life. Senior Dylan Anderson moved from tight end to right guard, fortifying a front line that had gone through plenty of early struggles. Also, Ryan Romagnoli would take many more direct snaps.It also helped the Lakers to have John Frega back in the lineup on both sides of the ball after he had missed the Oneida game. Frega joined Anderson, Cameron Cunningham, Carter Polhamus and Gordon Wester, and together they would physically wear Chittenango down. Tags: CazenoviaChittenangofootball
Offshore outsourcing often takes valuable things away from the United States. While it may be money and jobs that are often the most noticeable and talked about of these losses, there is another item that has been taken from the States by outsourcing: baseball’s opening day.That’s right, the opening day of baseball season, once as great an American tradition as apple pie and fireworks on the Fourth of July, has been given away.For the second straight season the first official pitch of Major League Baseball’s season didn’t take place in Detroit, or Cleveland, or New York or even Toronto (which for all intents and purposes is part of America from April to October) but in Japan.Yogi Berra once said, “A home opener is always exciting, no matter whether it’s at home or on the road.”Berra wasn’t around to see one of them played in Japan because when the first home opener of 2008 occurred — Oakland “hosting” a 6 a.m game Eastern time in Tokyo — most people were fast asleep.For reasons that look good on paper, the MLB decided, for the second year in a row (and third time in the last nine years), to begin its season in Japan and with one of the league’s premier teams (last season it was the New York Yankees who got sent to Japan to take on Tampa Bay).It’s not the playing of a game in a foreign country that is the problem. Doing so brings the sport attention and revenue, and it probably promotes some sort of goodwill toward the United States, all things that it is hard to have a problem with. Why do these have to be regular season games though?Couldn’t Boston and Oakland just have played an exhibition game against each other instead? Would the folks in Japan not have cared if the games didn’t count as part of MLB’s standings?Japan has it own regular season going on right now anyway. I doubt they really pay attention to our opening day when they have their own games going on.And yes, America still has its opening day when 28 other teams kick off their seasons on March 31, but that doesn’t erase the fact that two games have already been put in the books.Maybe this is too much of a patriotic, pseudo-xenophobic, Stephen Colbert-influenced approach, but as far as I’m concerned, the opening day of the MLB season belongs in (North) America, not Asia.That’s not to say that our baseball league belongs only in America. Actually, the U.S. has been giving the Japanese the shaft when it comes to baseball for some time now; playing games over there is one way to mend that wall.Indeed, Japan has a laundry list of baseball-related grievances it could file against America. For years our country has stolen Japan’s best baseball players; the MLB has the audacity to call its championship the World Series even though only two countries are represented; the inaugural World Baseball Classic was held in the states; and the Little League World Series takes place in Pennsylvania every year, even though the Japanese have built a pint-sized powerhouse.These are all reasonable things to be upset about and are certainly things that should be fixed, but do we really need to offer them the start of our season to make up for it?And isn’t international relations a two-way street? Shouldn’t they show us a little goodwill too?Why can’t the Yomiuri Giants play the Hanshin Tigers at Fenway Park? Or maybe we could get a couple of the top sumo wrestlers to go at it in Madison Square Garden.In any event, opening day is one of the last great international traditions, and I don’t see how fans across the nation can sit back and outsource it to Japan any longer.It’s time to take a stand in defense of our pastime. It’s time to take back what is rightfully ours. It’s time to play ball.Mike is a sophomore majoring in political science. If you’d like to see a translation of “Smack Talk” run in Japanese from now on he can be reached at [email protected]