Bookstore offers ‘uNDefeated’ merchandise to celebrate Irish victory

first_imgKendra Osinski Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore at the Eck Center and on Eddy Street is stocked with gear advertising the undefeated football season.Stecz said the team started to work on the order for the shirts — as well as other merchandise such as a hoodie, gift items and children’s and women’s shirts — at the beginning of November.“Once we got Florida State, we talked about the shirt, and the vendors put together the product lines and [it went] through licensing and approvals, so it’s all sort of been set into place,” he said.After the Syracuse game, which Stecz said was “sort of the last big test,” the orders went in for the products. The only product to be produced, though, was the shirt that was offered in the bookstore on Sunday.While the other products were not offered in the store on Sunday, Stecz said they were posted online Saturday night and then went into backorder until the product was actually delivered. He said the products likely started the printing process Sunday and were shipped Monday to arrive in the store Tuesday.“The term is ‘hot-market product,’ so all the vendors like Under Armour and Champion and RFSJ and WinCraft all have a separate program built in their manufacturing capacity for these one-time things,” Stecz said. “ … They’re ready to go and can print that stuff super quick and get it turned around within a day and out to the retailer within the day. It’s a very fast process they have in place.”Stecz said the shirt that was originally sold on Sunday is called a “kill shirt” since the shirts get donated somewhere else if the team loses. They can either be sent back to the vendor or go to another company that will recycle them.The process to offer the products can be complicated with multiple decisions and multiple parties.“There’s a lot of decisions to be made on how much you purchase, whether you repurchase, the time frames you have to sell the product before people want the next thing, are people going to wait,” Stecz said. “There are a lot of fans who don’t want to jinx it and want to wait [to buy products] … and then there are other fans who want to celebrate every step along the way.”Since Follett operates the Notre Dame bookstore on the University’s behalf, Stecz said the people involved in the decisions range from employees at the store level, to licensing people on campus, to management at Follett.“Because of the magnitude of the store and the brand of Notre Dame, there’s a lot more at stake as opposed to maybe a smaller school that Follett operates,” he said. “ … Notre Dame is a big deal nationally, so there’s a lot of excitement and potential for people to purchase product.”A previous edition of this story incorrectly stated that Follett owns the Notre Dame bookstore. Follett is a third party that operates the bookstore on behalf of the University. The Observer regrets this error.Tags: Bookstore, Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore, shirts, undefeated Notre Dame fans celebrated Saturday night when the football team beat USC, earning the team an undefeated season. The next day, a T-shirt was available for purchase in the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstores on campus and Eddy Street, commemorating the season.“We buy it ahead of time, so if we win, we can offer it to fans the next day,” Justin Stecz, the Eck Center store manager, said. “We had it available Sunday morning for anyone who wanted to come in and shop after the game.”While the shirt has not yet sold out, Stecz said over 450 shirts were sold in the two bookstores on Sunday and the shirts have continued to sell.last_img read more

Documentary about Humor Artists of ND wins award, group builds friendships

first_imgLast weekend, senior Gretchen Hopkirk won the Audience Choice Award at the Student Film Festival for her documentary, “Don’t Be Afraid to F*** Up.”(Editor’s Note: Hopkirk is a video producer for The Observer.)Hopkirk’s victory was shared with the subjects of her film — the Humor Artists of Notre Dame. The Humor Artists are the only improv comedy team on campus. Each show is unique, but the performers said they develop close personal relationships with one another during practices in order to build trust on stage.Inspired by the members of the group, Hopkirk — a Humor Artist herself — said she created the film mainly to portray what the group means to her. Her work would be recognized as one of the standout pieces at the festival.  Courtesy of Isabella Garcia The Humor Artists team with Hopkirk at center holding the award for her documentary, “Don’t Be Afraid to F*** Up.”“My primary concern was making myself and my friends happy,” Hopkirk said. “I didn’t really think or expect that as many people would like it as they did.”She said the documentary’s title lets on to its message in more ways than one.“It’s supposed to be a reference to one of the main rules of improv,” Hopkirk said. “The two main rules are ‘Don’t be afraid to f— up’ and ‘Yes, and.’ It’s all about accepting what your partner gives you in a scene and building upon it.”In her eyes, the documentary is also supposed to about what it means to be the “perfect Notre Dame student.”“No matter what you see from the outside, pretty much no one at this school actually feels like the supposed ‘Notre Dame student’ that we all assume everyone else to be,” she said.Junior Jacob Neisewander said the club teaches its members to accept whatever challenge comes their way without letting the fear of failure hinder them. (Editor’s Note: Neisewander is a Scene Writer for The Observer)“We just kind of roll with whatever the crowd wants to throw at us,” Neisewander said. “The audience will give us a prompt to start the scene. So if I asked, ‘What’s something I can fit in the palm of my hand?’ and you say, ‘a marble,’ then a marble somehow has to factor into the scene that we do.”Teamwork is essential to make the scene work, Hopkirk said.“It’s all about accepting what your partner says and building upon it, and realizing that there are no bad choices you can make, you just need to make a choice,” she said. Neisewander said appearing confident on stage relies on the improvisers working together.“Every single scene is done with the help of other improvisers,” he said. “They can help catch you when you slip up, and you can help them when they trip up as well.”Freshman Isabella Garcia said she has grown close to her teammates since joining Humor Artists.“I have loved every second of being on the team,” she said. “The improv is great, but spending time with that group of weird obnoxious people is really awesome.”The club also serves as a stress reliever for many of the members, senior and co-president Ryan O’Callaghan said.“I love practice, especially because everyone here [at Notre Dame] is stressed,” he said. “It’s nice to know you have four hours a week that is set aside where you walk in and you’re pretty much not going to be thinking about homework.”He also said in addition to making friends through Humor Artists, the group is devoted to honing their craft. “Officers and senior members have really made an effort to kind of grow in the form,” O’Callaghan said. “We’ve been reading books on it and whatnot, because although improv is thinking on your feet and creating a show out of nothing, there are still certain principles and rules that govern scenes and should govern your actions and motivations that we have been trying to instill in all the members.”Garcia said she found the team’s leadership a major source of encouragement.“The upperclassmen have become really big mentors to everyone on the team,” Garcia said. “And I think that they’re not only great friends and great people — they really let you grow in your skill, grow your jokes and they support you through the process in a way that is so holistic.”These close-knit relationships and are what Hopkirk said she tried to capture in her documentary. “I basically interviewed a bunch of people in the club and I talked to them about why they like improv and why they like the Humor Artists,” she said. “Pretty much everyone said something along the lines of the fact that they felt that this club was their place on campus where they felt like they could be their true self.”Hopkirk said after interviewing her peers, she decided she needed to turn the camera back on herself.“I decided that I wasn’t really going to be getting anywhere if I just put a camera in other people’s faces and asked them questions, because that’s kind of asking them to do all the work,” she said. “I kind of interviewed myself in a way, in front of the dome, and I talked about everything that I was insecure about publicly at the most iconic spot on our campus.”Hopkirk’s documentary can be viewed on Youtube, and the Humor Artists can be found on Instagram at @thehumorartists or Facebook at @TheHumorArtistsofND. The group performs once a month at Legends.Tags: Humor Artists, Improv, Student Film Festivallast_img read more

Tix Now Available for They Call Me Q

first_img Written by and starring Qurrat Ann Kadwani, They Call Me Q is the story of a girl from Bombay growing up in the Boogie Down Bronx who gracefully seeks balance between the cultural pressures brought forth by her traditional parents and wanting acceptance into her new culture. Along the journey, Kadwani transforms into 13 characters that have shaped her life including her parents, Caucasian teachers, Puerto Rican classmates, and African-American friends. They Call Me Q Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 7, 2014 Directed by Obaid Kadwani and Claudia Gaspar, the production was developed with Ellery Schaar. View Comments Tickets are now available for They Call Me Q, which begins performances May 19 off-Broadway. The show, appropriate for those aged 13 and over, is scheduled to open on June 4 at St. Luke’s Theatre. Related Showslast_img read more

Andrew Lloyd Webber Will Take Legal Action Against Superstar Promoter Michael Cohl

first_imgIt’s a case of “I don’t know how to love him.” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group is taking legal action against promoter Michael Cohl, after he canceled the North American tour of Jesus Christ Superstar. In a statement, RUG said that it had “no option but to proceed with legal action to recover its costs associated with the project and in turn, satisfy outstanding payments to suppliers and contractors.” Cohl was one of the lead producers of Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and has recently announced plans to bring Rio and Alvin and the Chipmunks to the stage. View Comments Jesus Christ Superstar is based very loosely on the Gospel’s account of the last week of Jesus’ life. The show began life as a record-breaking album before it landed on Broadway in 1971. It was subsequently revived on the Great White Way in 1977, 2000 and 2012.center_img The American arena tour extravaganza of Tim Rice and Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar had been due to begin on June 9 in New Orleans. The production was set to star Brandon Boyd, N’SYNC’s JC Chasez, the Sex Pistols’ Johnny Rotten and Destiny’s Child and Broadway vet Michelle Williams and play 50 cities including Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles and the Big Apple. The UK and Australian versions of the arena tour played to capacity audiences in 2012 and 2013, starring Audience Choice Award Winner Tim Minchin and Spice Girl Melanie C.last_img read more

Medford Man Dies After Motorcycle Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 21-year-old Medford man died Monday, a day after he crashed his motorcycle into the back of a car on Sunrise Highway in East Islip on Sunday evening.Suffolk County police said Christopher Gonzalez was riding his Yamaha motorcycle eastbound on Route 27 when he rear-ended a Mitsubishi Galant near Exit 46 shortly after 7 p.m.Gonzalez was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where he died.His passenger, 21-year-old Samantha Negron of Patchogue, was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.The driver of the Mitsubishi, 63-year-old Mary Paniccia of Shirley, and her 13-year-old grandson, were not injured.Vehicular Crime Unit detectives impounded both vehicles, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with any information on this crash to call them at 631-852-6555.last_img read more

What’s fueling your mobile banking channel?

first_imgDigital marketing capabilities – Incorporate promotional messages into your mobile banking app with offers pinpointed to each member’s specific interests. The same technology that saves consumers time also becomes another touch point to deepen your member relationships.In its March 2015 study, “Consumers and Mobile Financial Service,” the Federal Reserve found that 39 percent of U.S. cell phone users with bank accounts use mobile banking. That number jumps to 52 percent for smartphone users, and are a whopping 60 percent Millennials. Mobile is taking over the Internet Highway, and the state of your mobile channel will fuel members’ needs or drive them away. Mobile e-statements – Today, fewer people view their account activity seated at a computer, so provide options. Choose an e-statement provider whose mobile statements are secure, easy to access and readable on any device. Secure delivery of sensitive documents – Consumers want private, timely information about balance alerts, late payment notices or overdrafts. Incorporate them into your mobile banking app so members can easily review them when they login. No one wants to learn about an unexpected charge a week after it’s assessed. 92SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jesse Boyer Web: Details Steve Jobs, who often knew what consumers wanted before they did, once said, “My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.”Members agree. Time savings and easy access are at the top of their lists … and, frankly, doing their “banking” is sort of near the bottom. They want to do it the quickest, most convenient ways they can and then get on to other activities. Today, that means fueling your mobile channel with the same functionality as you do with online banking.Mobile is driving the InternetAn April 2015 report from Internet analytics firm comScore revealed that 60 percent of the time people spend online is done using their mobile phones or tablets. And Chase Bank reports that a third of the its customers used mobile banking in 2014. Mobile banking is now a fully vested digital channel with nearly a billion users worldwide, so it needs to be full-service.In an Aug. 10 article in The Financial Brand (“Mobile Banking Usage to Double”), Jim Marous noted that the .8 billion users now using mobile banking is just the beginning. Citing the Global Mobile Banking Report from KPMG in partnership with UBS Evidence Lab, he said, “The number of mobile banking users globally is forecast to double to 1.8 billion over the next four years, representing over 25% of the world’s population.”After financial institutions offered limited functionality for many years, “the majority of banking organizations finally have some kind of mobile banking offering, either developed in house or in partnership with third-party solution providers,” Marous said. But is this enough?Make it premium gradeWith the number of consumers using mobile for all kinds of Internet activities growing exponentially, it makes sense that mobile banking should be more than just an “add on.” Yet, most U.S. financial institutions make just 20 percent of their online functions available through their mobile channels.In his article, Marous suggests using today’s technology to offer “value added mobile services, such as advisory services and virtual customer support [and] contextual cross-selling, leveraging both captured customer insight as well as locational data.” And the KPMG/UBS findings show that strong mobile strategies must be combined with good execution for success.From account alerts and loan apps to secure, private mobile e-statements and targeted, personalized offers, feature-rich mobile services take a lot of the hassle out of banking. And with a well-designed program that lets members move seamlessly from one device to another, they can balance a statement while waiting for the kids to finish Karate lessons or apply for a car loan in the dentist’s lobby.Give it a check-upYour mobile channel needs to be just as robust and up to date as your online channel, so give it regular tune-ups. Consider these tips:Responsive design – Have a consistent look and feel across all communication channels. Members should be able to easily recognize your brand, whether they are on a desktop, tablet, phone or wearable technology. Make sure the screen is optimized on any device for easy navigation and readability.last_img read more

How an Oregon Measure for Universal Preschool Could Be a National Model

first_imgAnother example: Public pre-K in places like New York and Washington, D.C., has ended up decreasing the supply of infant and toddler care programs. The Multnomah County measure aims to prevent that by paying providers to maintain those programs.The new measure also addresses two of the central debates in early childhood policy.First, it will be universal, not aimed at children from low-income families. (The program will start with children with the greatest need and take full effect in a decade.) Proponents of targeted programs say they’re most effective because children from low-income families benefit most from free preschool, and it costs less to make it free for a smaller group of students.- Advertisement – The Multnomah County measure will pay preschool teachers roughly the same as public kindergarten teachers — around $74,000 a year for lead teachers, up from $31,000. Teaching assistants will earn about $20 an hour. The measure will eventually raise $202 million a year from taxpayers. It plans to add an estimated 7,000 preschool spots and hire 2,300 teachers.“Teacher pay versus affordability is the major crisis all across the child-care landscape,” said Dan Wuori, director of early learning at the Hunt Institute, an education policy research group affiliated with Duke University. “We’ve had this broken system for decades, where quality is sometimes lacking and the affordability of the system for families is really subsidized on the backs of a low-income work force, many of whom are women of color.- Advertisement – “On paper at least, this measure addresses both of those concerns.”The policy draws on recent early education research and tries to avoid the unintended consequences that have befallen other universal preschool programs.For example, discrimination in discipline starts as early as preschool, research shows, and Black boys are much more likely than other children to be suspended or expelled. The measure forbids expulsions from preschool, and provides training for how to address challenging behavior instead.- Advertisement – Universal programs, though, are more politically popular and, research shows, have more benefits for children. They are less segregated, and children learn from spending time with peers from different socioeconomic and racial backgrounds. The programs are more effective, most likely because they are held to higher standards and families become more invested in them, according to research by Elizabeth Cascio, an economist at Dartmouth. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Beauty and character go under the hammer in Brisbane

first_imgThe living room at 95 Hows Rd, Nundah.The house has a wraparound porch, pressed metal ceilings, timber floors, and original VJ walls.There is also a double-sided brick fireplace to the kitchen and living room. The home has three bedrooms, with two opening to sleep outs that can be used as dressing rooms, and two bathrooms.There is a separate family room, open dining and lounge area and a big kitchen with timber cabinetry. The kitchen at 118 Bell St, Kangaroo Point.The master bedroom has a walk-through robe and ensuite, and there is a second bedroom with built-in robe. Both bedrooms look out to the front balcony. The home retains a number of original features including high ceilings, timber floors and breezeways. The restored Queenslander at 95 Hows Rd, Nundah.LOVERS of character homes will be spoiled for choice this weekend with plenty of Queenslanders going under the hammer in Brisbane. At 95 Hows Rd, Nundah, a beautifully restored home built in the 1900s is going to auction.Marketing agent Brandon Wortley, of Ray White New Farm, said the home had sense of grandeur.“The wide frontage, bullnose roof, lattice gate and feature balustrading are just a small sample of the extensive pre-war character charm that has been preserved throughout the home,” he said. The home at 118 Bell St, Kangaroo Point.The five-bedroom property at 118 Bell St has been redesigned by renowned architects Mode Design. Marketing agent Karen Pierce, of Ray White Brisbane CBD, said the home offered “modern contemporary living, with an abundance of natural light and airflow”.“This stylish character home is in a class of its own, with the perfect north facing aspect and (an address) in Kangaroo Point’s most sought after location,” she said. The spacious character home at 25 Bride St, Wynnum.The two-storey Queenslander at 25 Bride St has an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area opening to an outdoor living area. The kitchen has Caesarstone benchtops, stainless steel appliances and soft close drawers. There are also two bedrooms, laundry and bathroom on the bottom level of the home. A timber and glass spiral staircase leads to the second level with timber floors, ornate ceilings and VJ walls.The master bedroom has an ensuite, there is a bay window in the family room and the sunroom leads out to the front balcony. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North3 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by The master bedroom at 25 Bride St, Wynnum.Outside there is a shed and in-ground swimming pool. Marketing agent David Lazarus, of Belle Property Manly, said the property was moments from the bay in one of Brisbane’s up and coming suburbs. “The stately Queensland home offers the comfort and style of today with the ambience of yesteryear,” he said.In Hendra, the Queenslander at 18 Rous St is on an 839sq m block on tree lined street. The upstairs living area at 18 Rous St, Hendra.Upstairs, the modern kitchen has Caesarstone benchtops, breakfast bar, and a 1200mm freestanding, black enamel double oven with gas stovetop and teppanyaki plate. The open-plan living spaces flow out to the veranda and the master bedroom has a walk-in robe. There is also a bathroom on this level. The property will go under the hammer at 10am on Saturday. In Kangaroo Point, a completely made over character home will also go to auction at 10am on Saturday. The fireplace at 95 Hows Rd, Nundah.Under the house there is plenty of multipurpose space.The north facing home is on a 908sq m block with wide frontage and side access. The property is going to auction at 10am on Saturday, October 21.Head to the bayside and you will find a recently renovated five-bedroom beauty going under the hammer in Wynnum at 10am on Saturday. The interior at 118 Bell St, Kangaroo Point.On the ground floor of the home there are two bedrooms, study, bathroom, laundry and a patio flowing out to the in-ground pool and deck. Upstairs, bi-fold doors completely open the living, dining and kitchen area to the back balcony. The kitchen has stone benchtops, stainless steel appliances and an island bench with breakfast bar. The renovated Queenslander at 18 Rous St, Hendra.Marketing agent Jon Finney, of Ray White Albion, said the home was a perfect mix of modern luxury and original charm.“The polished timber floors and VJ panelling on the walls have been expertly blended with state-of-the-art inclusions such as commercial grade Wi-Fi, solar power and a kitchen that will take your breath away,” he said. The two-storey property has a wraparound veranda, a traditional facade and dual living. On the ground floor there is open-plan living, dining and kitchenette, three bedrooms, study, laundry and bathroom. last_img read more

Tesco to consult on closure of defined benefit pension fund

first_imgTesco plans to close its defined benefit pension fund to new accrual in an attempt to strengthen its balance sheet.The retailer, one of the UK’s leading supermarkets, has suffered financially in recent months after it revealed in October that an accounting error resulted in profits being overstated.In an announcement to the London Stock Exchange, the company said it would launch a consultation to close the fund, which reported a deficit of £2.6bn (€3.3bn) in its most recent annual report, to “all colleagues”.Following a valuation in May, it will launch the consultation in June, aiming to implement all changes by February 2016, the company said in a presentation made to shareholders. A spokesman was not immediately able to say whether it would set up a new pension scheme, potentially a defined contribution (DC) arrangement.It currently enrols its workforce into the DB fund, and, as one of the largest UK employers, was one of the first made to comply with automatic enrolment upon its launch.It is one of the few remaining large employers to still offer DB benefits, alongside fellow supermarket chain Morrisons.In an interview with IPE last year, Steven Daniels, CIO of in-house asset manager Tesco Pension Investments, said the fund would see its cashflows remain positive for a significant amount of time, even if it closed immediately.The £8bn career-average scheme had more than 335,000 members last year, with 200,000 actives and only 45,000 pensioners.For more on Tesco Pension Investments, see IPE’s interview with Stephen Danielslast_img read more

Minor injuries reported in rollover crash

first_imgVersailles, Ind. —A rollover crash blocked one lane of traffic on U.S. 421 Monday morning at 7:15.The Ripley County Sheriff’s Department says a truck driven by Jacob Kessler, 29, of Paris, Texas, rolled near the Decatur County line. Kessler was removed from the wreckage by first responders from the Napoleon Fire Department and treated for minor injuries. Traffic was reduced to one lane for about two hours.last_img