first_imgDistance, steep ticket prices and a potentially hostile environment were not enough to keep some devoted fans from planning a trip to Norman this Saturday to witness a top-10 football clash between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Junior Peter Roemholdt said he is willing to endure the 30-hour roundtrip drive from South Bend in order to experience the renowned atmosphere at Oklahoma’s Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium. “The atmosphere is going to be electric,” Roehmholdt said. “I bet it’s going to be extremely loud, and especially if it’s a close game, it should be quite the experience.” Junior John Garry, who is traveling as part of the Notre Dame Marching Band, said he also is excited to support the team and be there for one of the most important games since the 2005 Notre Dame-USC showdown. Despite having to leave on Thursday and drive through the night, Garry said being a part of this game is still more than worth it. “It’s going to be rowdy, it’s going to be crazy,” Garry said. “[ESPN’s] ‘College Gameday’ will be there, so take what happened on our campus and multiply it. It should be a good day to be a college football fan.” Roehmholdt said he is also looking forward to getting a taste of the Oklahoma tailgating culture before the game. “The tailgating will be great,” Roehmholdt said. “A lot of these big schools pride themselves on their tailgates and pregame parties almost more than being at the game itself.” Garry said band members won’t have much time for activities before the game, occupied by a pep rally and with preparation for their halftime performance. “Basically we’re just there to be at the game,” Garry said. “Performing will be fun. Oklahoma fans are some of the rowdiest in the nation, so it will be great to get out there and be on the field for that.” Despite being behind enemy lines as a Notre Dame supporter, Roehmholdt said he is not concerned about having to deal with potentially abusive or belligerent Oklahoma fans. “It’s an 8:00 [p.m.] game, people will have been tailgating for a while so I’m sure there will be some rowdy individuals, but it will be fine,” Roehmholdt said. “I can handle a few ‘Notre Dame sucks.’” Garry said he expects the crowd environment to be intense due to the implications of the game, yet not as hostile as the atmosphere of Michigan. “The Notre Dame-Oklahoma rivalry isn’t quite as heated as other rivalries, and Sooner fans are known for being incredibly courteous outside the stadium,” Garry said. “Once you get inside the stadium, it will be a different story. Overall, Roehmholdt said he anticipates the trip will be one of the highlights of his time at Notre Dame. “At the end of the day you’re not going to remember the homework and the tests, you’re going to remember the experiences you had at Oklahoma for the biggest game in Notre Dame history for a long time,” Roehmholdt said. Contact Dan Brombach at dbrombac@nd.edulast_img read more

first_imgThe Notre Dame community will celebrate its Catholic tradition and Latin American ties by hosting Las Posadas from Dec. 2-4 at 9 p.m. The celebration, whose Spanish title translates to “lodging,” represents Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter before Jesus’ birth. This year, Las Posadas begins at The Grotto and ends in Keenan Hall, Farley Hall and the Coleman-Morse Center on each of the three respective nights.Multiple student organizations on campus including Campus Ministry, Coro Primavera and the Latino Student Alliance worked in tandem to plan and generate participation in this year’s Las Posadas, Farley Hall rector and Las Posadas organizer Elaine DeBassige said.“To see the diverse ways of how we come together as a spiritual community is really important,” DeBassige said. “We also have to remember to be like Christ in the season of Advent and have our hearts and doors open to all those who need a place of shelter.”DeBassige said the celebration brought back memories of her childhood in New Mexico.“Back in my hometown, it ended at midnight mass in the church and took place in 11 other houses,” she said.DeBassige said her mom volunteered her family’s house to be one of the destinations for Las Posadas in their small village every year.DeBassige said she too helps designate the path Las Posadas celebrants will follow through the University’s campus. She said Keenan Hall was a logical host of one of the nights because it is Farley’s brother dorm.“Last year the path from The Grotto to the two dorms worked really well,” DeBassige said. “What’s different this year is that we are ending at Campus Ministry.”DeBassige said that, although she was not disappointed with last year’s turn out, she hopes an increase in club involvement will translate to an increase in student attendance.“Last year, there were a total of about 150 people over the three nights which was great,” DeBassige said. “It was more than what I thought.”DeBassige said she anticipates a large turnout this year due to better publicity and relatively tamer weather.“I think it’s a good way to represent Catholic traditions and culture in a way that involves a lot more people than just Latinos,” Juan Rangel, multicultural senior intern for Campus Ministry, said.Members of the Notre Dame community will sing hymns, pray and eat food during Las Posadas in order to celebrate this journey.“Prayer and music and reflection demonstrates the colorfulness of the culture,” Rangel said.DeBassige said aside from prayers and songs of worship, Las Posadas incorporates a social element. The event provides opportunities to socialize over food and beverages served by the host location.“My favorite part growing up was helping my mom make the food for the event,” DeBassige said. “It was a time to welcome people into your home … and a time of hospitality.”Tags: Campus Ministry, Coro Primavera, Farley Hall, Keenan Hall, Las Posadas, Latino Student Alliancelast_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York SPONSORED CONTENTYou figure that doing eight projects for ABC’s Emmy Award-winning Extreme Makeover: Home Edition since the show premiered in 2004 might earn nothing but kudos but you’d be wrong.A few of Alure Home Improvements’ customers—not many but just a couple—weren’t happy that it took Alure about four and a half days to knock down a house and build a new one while they waited six weeks to get their kitchen done.But when the engineers at Alure thought about their concerns, it was decided that they had a point. Why drag it out if you don’t have to? Why not put what was learned doing these rapid makeovers on television to use for its customers in everyday life? And that’s how Alure came up with what it calls the “Extreme Department.” The idea gained so much traction internally, the company decided to make it one of its mottos: “We go to extremes to build your dreams!”“It’s not four a half days for a house,” explains Ron Benkin, Alure’s director of sales for kitchens and baths, “but five days for a bathroom and 10 days for a kitchen.”Click here to learn more about Alure Home ImprovementsAdmittedly, the timing doesn’t necessarily work for every project—it has to qualify for the extreme treatment. There are legitimate concerns about obtaining building department approvals (some towns work more efficiently than others), advanced scheduling and pre-planning, plus what materials are picked, and most importantly, the scale of the remodeling.As Benkin says, these accelerated projects only work if they are “direct replacements.” For the five-day bathroom, that means the new tub stays where the old one was so the pipes don’t have to be moved. The fixtures will be new, but the plumbing will be the same. For the 10-day kitchen, the appliances and the counters and cabinetry will be replaced but the parameters of the room can’t be altered.“Whatever that old space is,” says Benkin, “we have to put that new kitchen into that space.”But the team at Alure says customers whose projects qualify are genuinely happy with the results.“Instead of your life being disrupted by six to eight weeks of people working in the hub of your home—in your kitchen—it’s only 10 days,” says Benkin. “Why wouldn’t they want that? The quality and the workmanship are the same.”The key to Alure’s success is quality and efficiency, without cutting corners.“What normally takes two to three weeks, we get down to three days without giving up anything,” says Benkin.Click here to learn more about Alure Home ImprovementsTo meet the deadline takes advance preparation, but it also requires a large inventory and a special relationship with the major manufacturers, which Alure also has nurtured over the years, in case something unforeseen comes up.So, say the new vanity in the bathroom has a defective door that’s discovered only upon its installation. Rather than inconvenience the customer by making her wait for a new door, Benkin says, “We’ll go ahead and replace the vanity because we have it in stock and we can deal with it later.”Alure Home Improvements President and CEO Sal Ferro (center) directs workers during one of the company’s many projects for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. (Long Island Press)Having the experience and the expertise helps Alure earn its customers’ confidence.When homeowners purchase the five-day bathroom, for example, they know what day the project will begin and when it will end—even if the project is scheduled six weeks in advance.“In Nassau we start on Monday and finish on Friday,” Benkin says. “In Suffolk we start on Tuesday and finish on Saturday.”Not everything might qualify for a nationally televised unveiling, but for the homeowners who are tired of living with an outdated bathroom or kitchen, the transition can be a welcome extreme.last_img read more

first_img 40SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Every cent counts for budget travelers, and the internet is full of helpful tips for saving money. There are so many, in fact, that it’s easy to get overwhelmed by it all. Here we’ve pulled some of the most helpful suggestions for strategies and tech to use while you are out on your adventure so you can save up every last dollar (or Euro, or peso…)Before You GoFinancial Institutions and Credit Cards1. Open an account with a FI with no ATM fees or with international partners so you can withdraw money for cheap, wherever you are headed.2. Make sure you are using a credit card that gets miles that can be used easily — i.e. there are no blackout dates or restrictions on which airlines you can use. Travel-themed credit cards also often give huge mileage bonuses when you sign up, so be sure to do your research to see which one has the best deal. continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgWant to know why it feels like you have a leaky wallet? A whopping 85 per cent of Aussie homeowners don’t know their interest rate yet 94 per cent know their mobile number.Latest “Know your numbers” research by UBank has found homeowners could save tens of thousands of dollars if they reviewed their interest rates, especially for their mortgage.Ubank chief executive officer Lee Hatton said actively seeking the best rate should be a priority for homeowners.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours ago“While 94 per cent of Australians can remember their mobile phone number and 93 per cent can remember their PIN number for their debit/credit card, only 15 per cent can remember their home loan rate,” UBank found.The results were shocking given mortgages were the most expensive purchase of a person’s lifetime generally.“Of those surveyed, 44 per cent could only recall an approximate figure for their home loan rate while the remainder or 41 per cent simply didn’t know their rate at all” Men were twice as likely as women to know their mortgage rate “to two decimal places”, UBank found.Men were twice as likely as women to be accurate about what their rate was “to two decimal places”, and surprisingly Gen X (20 per cent) did better than both Baby Boomers (13 per cent) and Millennials (13 per cent) on that score too.UBank chief executive Lee Hatton said actively monitoring and seeking the best rate should be a priority for homeowners.“Buying a home is one of the biggest investments of your life, so it’s really important that you find the right loan that suits your individual needs. Simply knowing your exact home loan rate and managing it closely could save you thousands of dollars a year.”The research also found that 54 per cent of Aussies were feeling financially strained, while a third constantly worried about their financial future.“Unfortunately, more and more Australians are making significant sacrifices due to being financially overstretched. The better acquainted you are with your numbers, the less stress and more money you’ll have in your back pocket. It’s important Australians borrow less and live more.”last_img read more