first_imgBy NICOLE McALEE News Writer Students can join the women’s rowing team in the fight against pancreatic cancer at the team’s third annual Erg-a-Thon fundraiser today.  The Erg-a-Thon takes place between the Fieldhouse Mall and the LaFortune Student Center from noon to 8 p.m. “An erg [short for ergometer] is a rowing machine that the rowers use to train,” senior Kelsey Sekanick, co-chair of the Erg-a-Thon, said. “We will have several of them at the event and participants will be able to race both rowers and friends.” The team will sell T-shirts and bracelets at the event and will host a raffle, Sekanick said.  According to the event’s Facebook page, raffle prizes include pre-game field passes for Saturday’s football game against Oklahoma, men’s and women’s basketball tickets, basketballs signed by coaches Mike Brey and Muffet McGraw, football tickets, a football signed by Irish coach Brian Kelly and the right to name one of the rowing team’s racing boats.  Sekanick said the Erg-a-Thon was born three years ago when tragedy struck the Notre Dame rowing community.  “This event began three years ago after two women close to the heart of the rowing team were directly affected by pancreatic cancer,” Sekanick said. “The mothers of Sarah McShane, who is a former rower, and Kassen Delano, who was our academic advisor, both passed away of pancreatic cancer. In 2011, coach Marnie Stahl, hoping to encourage increased participation in service work, proposed the idea of an Erg-a-Thon for pancreatic cancer.” Senior Anna VanEgmond, co-chair for the event with Sekanick, said proceeds from the Erg-a-Thon will benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PCAN) and the Harper Cancer Research Institute (HCRI), a Notre Dame entity that supports undergraduate research on campus.  “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to impact the work being done by our peers in the Notre Dame College of Science this year, [and] we hope that this relationship with Harper Cancer Institute will continue to grow as the event continues in the following years,” VanEgmond said. Junior team member Victoria Ryan said 80 percent of funds raised will go to the PCAN and 20 percent will support undergraduate research at the HCRI.  The College of Science and HCRI both will match the donation the rowing team makes to HCRI.  In its first year in 2011, the Erg-a-Thon raised almost $3,00s, and last year, it raised more than $6,00s, according to Ryad.  VanEgmond said the women’s rowing teamebelievesyit can raise even more money this year for pancreatic cancer research.  “This year we started an o-line giving site through the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and due to the generosity of our Notre Dame family, we have already raised over $3,000 before the event has even begun,” VanEgmond said. “This is really a true testament to the spirit of Notre Dame.” Contact Nicole McAlee at nmcalee@nd.edu,Students can join the women’s rowing team in the fight against pancreatic cancer at the team’s third annual Erg-a-Thon fundraiser today.  The Erg-a-Thon takes place between the Fieldhouse Mall and the LaFortune Student Center from noon to 8 p.m. “An erg [short for ergometer] is a rowing machine that the rowers use to train,” senior Kelsey Sekanick, co-chair of the Erg-a-Thon, said. “We will have several of them at the event and participants will be able to race both rowers and friends.” The team will sell T-shirts and bracelets at the event and will host a raffle, Sekanick said.  According to the event’s Facebook page, raffle prizes include pre-game field passes for Saturday’s football game against Oklahoma, men’s and women’s basketball tickets, basketballs signed by coaches Mike Brey and Muffet McGraw, football tickets, a football signed by Irish coach Brian Kelly and the right to name one of the rowing team’s racing boats.  Sekanick said the Erg-a-Thon was born three years ago when tragedy struck the Notre Dame rowing community.  “This event began three years ago after two women close to the heart of the rowing team were directly affected by pancreatic cancer,” Sekanick said. “The mothers of Sarah McShane, who is a former rower, and Kassen Delano, who was our academic advisor, both passed away of pancreatic cancer. In 2011, coach Marnie Stahl, hoping to encourage increased participation in service work, proposed the idea of an Erg-a-Thon for pancreatic cancer.” Senior Anna VanEgmond, co-chair for the event with Sekanick, said proceeds from the Erg-a-Thon will benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PCAN) and the Harper Cancer Research Institute (HCRI), a Notre Dame entity that supports undergraduate research on campus.  “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to impact the work being done by our peers in the Notre Dame College of Science this year, [and] we hope that this relationship with Harper Cancer Institute will continue to grow as the event continues in the following years,” VanEgmond said.  Junior team member Victoria Ryan said 80 percent of funds raised will go to the PCAN and 20 percent will support undergraduate research at the HCRI. The College of Science and HCRI both will match the donation the rowing team makes to HCRI.  In its first year in 2011, the Erg-a-Thon raised almost $3,000, and last year, it raised more than $6,000, according to Ryan.  VanEgmond said the women’s rowing team believes it can raise even more money this year for pancreatic cancer research.  “This year we started an online giving site through the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and due to the generosity of our Notre Dame family, we have already raised over $3,000 before the event has even begun,” VanEgmond said. “This is really a true testament to the spirit of Notre Dame.” Contact Nicole McAlee at nmcalee@nd.edulast_img read more

first_imgOlympian Allyson Felix breaks world record held by Usain Bolt 10 months after having a baby Felix welcomed her daughter into the world last November via emergency C-section performed when she was just 32 weeks pregnant due to severe pre-eclampsia, a dangerous pregnancy condition that threatened the life of both the runner and her unborn child. She began competing again in July, when she was just 8 months postpartum. Randall Reeves, 57, of California, left San Francisco on September 30, 2018 in an attempt to circumnavigate both the American and Antarctic continents in a sailboat in one season. Reeves’ solo attempt has taken him through all of the world’s oceans and by the time he reaches home on his projected return date of October 19, 2019, Reeves will have sailed more than 40,000 miles, surviving for months alone at sea, often navigating by sextant and starlight. Reeves has made his journey in a 45-foot aluminum sloop nicknamed “Mo.” According to a press release, the vessel has no hot water or refrigeration and does not have powered winches or sails. Among other feats of endurance, Reeves has gone for months without regular phone contact and limited data uplinks and even went more than 200 days without changing his pants. Follow the final days of his record-breaking journey on Facebook @Figure8Voyage. There’s a new rule to protect Florida’s native songbirds American Olympic sprinter Allyson Felix, 33, has crushed a world record previously held by the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, and she’s done it just 10 months after giving birth. Felix competed for Team USA in the mixed-gender 4X400 relay at the World Championships last weekend in Doha, Qatar and won gold in the event. It was the 12th gold medal Felix has won at the world championships, edging her past Bolt’s record for most gold medals won by a single athlete at the world championships.  Illegal poaching of Florida’s native songbirds is a widespread problem in the state, especially in south Florida where trapping is thought to be widespread. Illegally captured birds are often mistreated or injured and killed when trapped. For more information on the new rule visit MyFWC.com/Birdtraps.  Man on track to become first person to circumnavigate American and Antarctic continents in one season The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has created a new rule to protect the state’s native songbirds from illegal trapping. The new rule is effective October 3 and provides a new tool for law enforcement to stop illegal poaching. The rule contains exemptions for lawful uses of traps and includes a permitting process for people that trap nonnative nuisance birds. The new rule requires all traps to be labeled, even if the trapper has a permit, other authorization or exemption.last_img read more