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Museum unveils Knute Rockne exhibit

first_imgFans of Notre Dame football may be surprised to learn legendary coach Knute Rockne’s professional life extended well beyond the game he helped define. The South Bend Studebaker Museum recently opened the exhibit “Knute Rockne: The Rest of the Story,” detailing Rockne’s involvement with the automobile manufacturer Studebaker from 1928 until his death in 1931. Museum archivist Andrew Beckman said the exhibit highlights Rockne’s role as a motivational speaker and celebrity spokesman for Studebaker, working during the football offseason so as not to interfere with his coaching duties. Beckman said the exhibit celebrates the 125th anniversary of Notre Dame football by acquainting people with an interesting, yet lesser-known aspect of the University’s past. “We thought this would be a great opportunity to reintroduce people to a part of Studebaker and Notre Dame history they may not have been aware of before,” he said.   Rockne was Studebaker’s prized spokesman, he said, using him in advertising campaigns and as a representative at sales and industry meetings across the country. The exhibit features old photographs from these sales meetings, as well as other advertising memorabilia. “Studebaker would use Rockne in their promotions, in [public relations] photos, so we have a number of those from the late ’20s, including ones showing Rockne with his players hunched around a Studebaker,” Beckman said. The exhibit also contains one of the “Rockne” line of automobiles Studebaker produced for two years after Rockne’s death in 1931. “Very few people are aware there was an automobile named after the coach, so we have an actual 1933 Rockne five-window coupe as part of the exhibit,” Beckman said. Based on past success with Rockne-themed exhibits, Beckman said he expects a tremendous response for the museum’s current offering.  He said most of this successncould be attributed to widespread curiosity about Knute Rockne’s life. “Every time we do something regarding Rockne, the response is usually surprise followed by fascination,” Beckman said. “That’s what we have traditionally observed.” Beckman said he hopes people visiting South Bend for Notre Dame football weekends will continue their support of the Studebaker Museum. “We try and get as many people down here before the football game starts as we can,” Beckman said. “We’ve traditionally been very busy on game Saturdays, so we anticipate that carrying through this year.” Contact Dan Brombach at [email protected]last_img read more

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Championship lottery opens to students

first_imgThe Notre Dame Athletic Ticket Office sent an email to the student body Sunday night detailing the process for entering the ticket lottery for the Notre Dame vs. Alabama BCS National Championship Bowl Game in Miami, Fla., scheduled for Jan. 7. 2,500 tickets will be randomly allocated to eligible full-time undergraduate, graduate and professional students at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College, according to the webpage linked in the email. Students may enter the ticket lottery for a single ticket and must pay the $150 student price as well as a $20 service fee upon entry. Unsuccessful applicants will be reimbursed the ticket price but will not be refunded the service fee. This student ticket rate comes at a steep discount to regular tickets with a face value of $300. The email attributed the lowered price to an anonymous donation. “Due to the overwhelming generosity of a concerned alumnus, student tickets for the BCS Championship will be half-price, $150 each,” the email stated. Unlike other away game student ticket lotteries, tickets will only be redeemable by the winning students and may not be used by others, including other Notre Dame or Saint Mary’s students. “Tickets are non-transferrable and may only be used by the winning student,” the email stated. “The winning student must present their valid ND/SMC student ID at the pickup location beginning approximately 36 hours prior to kickoff.” There is no grouping process available and seating will be assigned at random. Unlike the faculty and alumni lotteries, there is no weighting in the student lottery and all entrants stand an equal chance of attaining tickets.last_img read more

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ND alumni included in ‘Best American Essays’

first_imgThe editors of the 2013 “Best American Essays” collection, an annual anthology showcasing exceptional essays by American authors, recognized works by three contributors to “Notre Dame Magazine” in this year’s installment. “His Last Game,” by Brian Doyle, editor of the University of Portland’s “Portland Magazine” and a 1978 Notre Dame alumnus, will appear in the newest volume of “The Best American Essays.” “Wintry Rooms of Love,” by Mel Livatino, a longtime writer, and “My Life in Clothes,” by Kerry Temple, editor of “Notre Dame Magazine” and a 1974 alumnus, will be included in the “Notable Essays” list. Doyle said “His Last Game” depicts two brothers playing a game of pickup basketball and going on a drive through familiar neighborhoods. “[The essay was written] to connect, to tell a story that sings of my brother and all brothers and grace and courage and hoops and pain and laughter and attentiveness and love and loss,” Doyle said. Doyle said he was shocked the selection committee chose his essay for the collection. “You want to be read, you want to connect, you want to startle hearts, and I think the essay is the coolest most direct, naked and honest form, the one closest to the speaking voice, closest to how we think inside,” Doyle said. As a student at Notre Dame, Doyle said he studied English and enjoyed hearing and sharing stories.”I had to read lots of voices and sorts and styles of tale-telling and not just reportage,” Doyle said. “I also loved history and theater as forms of storytelling. English is a great major in that it is really story-catching and story-sharing.” Doyle said he was not surprised two additional essays from “Notre Dame Magazine” were recognized in “The Best American Essays.” “‘Notre Dame Magazine’ is not only one of the 10 best in the nation every year, but it has superb writing,” Doyle said. “Kerry Temple is a very fine editor, indeed. I sometimes wonder if Notre Dame appreciates him as much as the rest of the world does.” Temple said for more than 30 years, he has been deeply involved in the creative process of “Notre Dame Magazine,” reading, writing and reviewing the work of artistic, contemplative and brilliant minds concerning subjects from spirituality to scientific breakthroughs. “Our subject matter is as wide-ranging as the conversations found on a college campus, at a university that cares about the great questions of the day,” Temple said. “That’s one of the best aspects of ‘Notre Dame Magazine,’ of working here. And when we take on those questions, we reflect Notre Dame’s guiding lights – the moral, ethical, spiritual dimensions of all issues.” Temple said his essay, “My Life in Clothes,” explores how clothing can define people, for better or for worse. He said knowing a reader has appreciated his work is comforting. “It’s always great to get the affirmation, especially in that venue,” Temple said. “It’s the 10th time something I’ve done has been cited among the ‘Notable Essays,’ and this was especially fun because it was an offbeat topic.” Livatino said he is also happy to have his essays recognized, as he views each essay as an adventure with an unknown payoff, not the least of which is the writing process itself. Livatino’s essay, “Wintry Rooms of Love” explores the hard-hitting tragedy of losing parents and other loved ones to death while embracing the love that brings ‘summer’ to counteract the cold feelings of ‘winter.’ It was Livatino’s first essay to be included in “Notre Dame Magazine,” he said. Livatino said the process of writing is  steeped in emotion and centered in communicating life’s important messages. “I don’t really set goals when I write,” he said. “I catch a sight of something out of the corner of my eye, something that intrigues me and that I really want to see fully, and then I begin writing. That initial shiver of emotion pulls me in.” Doyle said stories have a powerful, communal dimensiot. “The best stories are not about you. They are about us,” he said. “Ask people about their joys and pain and grace and listen carefully to their stories. Stories are food. Stories are holy.” Contact Charlie Ducey at [email protected]last_img read more

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Saint Mary’s appoints vice president for strategy and finance

first_imgInterim College President Nancy Nekvasil announced Dana Strait as the new vice president for strategy and finance in a press release Tuesday. Strait will assume her position March 4.“Strait is dedicated to our mission of empowering women through an education of the mind and the heart,” Nekvasil said in the release. “I am excited to have her join Saint Mary’s and know that her expertise will help us bolster and broaden our investments in our students and campus with compassion, strength and purpose.”Currently the principal of corporate strategy and new product development at the Education Advisory Board, Strait has researched the “affordability and enrollment trends at U.S. colleges and universities, including sustainable strategies for revenue growth,” as stated in the release.She has utilized this knowledge to provide guidance “for advancing college access, financial sustainability and student success” at hundreds of universities throughout the U.S., the release said.“I could not be more grateful to be welcomed into the Saint Mary’s College community, to work together with President Nekvasil and her cabinet to meet and exceed the many goals before us,” Strait said in the release. “It only took a few minutes on campus to discover that this is a very special place, with an outstanding faculty, a robust history and deeply invested students and graduates. Together, I have no doubt that we will see increased growth and opportunity for both the college and for the mission it serves.”Strait attended Whitworth University, gaining a Bachelor of Arts in Music, and later attended Northwestern University to receive a Ph.D. in neuroscience.Tags: Dana Strait, Nancy Nekvasil, Vice president for strategy and financelast_img read more

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‘Non-consensual sexual contact’ incident reported on Eddy Street

first_imgThe Notre Dame Police Department (NDPD) announced in an email to the campus community Wednesday a report of “non-consensual sexual contact.” The alleged incident took place on Eddy Street Commons outside of Brothers Bar & Grill early Sunday morning, according to the email.The reported incident involved a male, who has not yet been identified, “inappropriately and non-consensually touching” a female student. The male is thought to be of student age and was described as “a white male with sandy blonde hair, no facial hair, blue eyes, 5 feet 7 to 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a slender build,” according to the email.The email said the victim reported the assailant had an Australian accent, but it is not clear if it was genuine. He also reportedly approached several other women in the area around the time of the incident.The NDPD has been in touch with the Saint Joseph County Special Victims Unit regarding the incident. Any individuals with information are encouraged to report it to the Saint Joseph County Special Victims Unit.Information about sexual assault prevention and resources for survivors of sexual assault are available online from NDPD and the Title IX office.Tags: Eddy Street Commons, NDPD, Non-consensual sexual contact, St. Joseph County Police Department, Title IXlast_img read more

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Off-Broadway’s Making an Offer You Can’t Refuse! Tickets Now Available for Philosophy for Gangsters

first_img The most wanted cast features Courtney Romano, Tom White, David Demato, Tally Sessions, Bruno Iannone, Shabazz Green, Kyle Robert Carter and Leajato Amara Robinson. Mafia heiress Callie Rizzoli has a lot on her plate. A street gang is fighting to take over her territory. She wants to make someone pay for her parents’ deaths. To top it off, she and the philosopher she’s kidnapped are lifted to top slot on the FBI’s Most Wanted List. Philosophy for Gangsters is a clever, provocative comedy about ideas and messy deaths. Philosophy For Gangsters Related Shows View Comments Think ABC’s Revenge meets The Godfather, with a splash of comedy! Tickets are now on sale for the off-Broadway mobster comedy Philosophy for Gangsters. Written and directed by Barry and Reparta Peak, performances begin January 31 and the show will play through March 1. Opening night is set for February 4. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 1, 2014last_img read more

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London’s Once Follow’s B’ways Lead, Will Also Shutter

first_img View Comments The current London cast stars David Hunter and Jill Winternitz who are joined by Fiona Bruce, Jamie Cameron, Mark Carlisle, Matthew Ganley, Mathew Hamper, Daniel Healy, Loren O’Dair, Miria Parvin, Tim Prottey-Jones, Jez Unwin, Juliana Cotton, Demi Lee, Gemma Loader and Ruby Payne. Following the news that Once will close on Broadway, comes the announcement that the West End incarnation will shutter on March 21, 2015. Irish pop superstar Ronan Keating is set to join the London production on November 17 at the Phoenix Theatre and will remain with the musical for the rest of its run. Based on the 2006 film, Once features a score by the movie’s stars and Academy Award-winning composers for “Falling Slowly,” Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. The show premiered at New York Theatre Workshop before opening at Broadway’s Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on March 18, 2012. Once won eight Tony Awards, including honors for Tiffany, as well as Enda Walsh for his book for the romantic musical. The West End production of Once opened in April 2013.last_img read more

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Jeff Kready Begins Performances in A Gentleman’s Guide on Broadway

first_img A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Written by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder follows Monty Navarro, a long-lost member of a noble family who stands to become the next Earl of Highhurst—if he can eliminate the eight other relatives (all played by Jefferson Mays) who precede him in line for the title. The tuner received four 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Additional cast members include Lisa O’Hare, Catherine Walker and Carole Shelley. Related Shows View Comments Kready made his Broadway debut in Les Miserables, and has also appeared on the Great White Way in Sunday in the Park with George and Billy Elliot. His additional stage credits include Tokio Confidential and Carousel. Fun fact: he’s married to Broadway favorite Nikki Renee Daniels! Jeff Kready will temporarily assume the role of Monty Navarro in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder on January 20 at the Walter Kerr Theatre. The Broadway show’s original Tony-nominated headliner, Bryce Pinkham, is taking a leave of absence to star in The Heidi Chronicles. Kready, who currently appears in the ensemble of the tuner, understudies Monty. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 17, 2016last_img read more

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Chilina Kennedy on Why Her Beautiful Debut Is Like Mountain Climbing

first_img Related Shows Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Chilina Kennedy Stepping into a headlining role in a hit musical is tough—just ask Canadian actress and Broadway alum Chilina Kennedy, who is succeeding Tony winner Jessie Mueller in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on March 7. But try doing it with a five-month-old baby. And 15 costume changes. And only one pee break (which we learned from Mueller is during “The Locomotion”). checked in with Kennedy right before her debut to find out if she’s ready to become the Great White Way’s new “Natural Woman.”Well?! Are you ready for Saturday night?I will be! I don’t think I could ever feel truly ready, but I’m ready to jump in with an open heart.Carole barely leaves the stage and has about 5 million costume changes—how are you navigating it all?When I first saw the show, I was overwhelmed. If she’s not onstage, she’s probably doing a quick-change. There’s one bathroom break in the entire show, and that’s it. So you really have to be focused. But when you’re looking at a mountain, you can’t think of it as a mountain. You climb a mountain one step at a time. You don’t take over the whole mountain at once, right?Who’s coming to cheer you on at your first show?My wonderful partner [actor Jacob James], who I’ve known for over 20 years. We’re getting a babysitter so that’ll be fun. And his godmother, who just turned 80 yesterday, is flying all the way in from Canada.You were pregnant during your Beautiful audition. Is it tougher to sing when you’re expecting?It was harder to sing earlier than it was later on, ironically. I worked all the way through my pregnancy—I was a pregnant Nellie Forbush in South Pacific [at the Huron Country Playhouse in Ontario] in a bathing suit! But Carole has a five-month-old in the show, and I have a five-month-old now. It’s funny how it works out that way.How’s your son doing?His name is Henry Benjamin Kennedy James. We thought he could be a writer…or whatever he wants to be. We had all these rock star names picked out, but then he was so quiet when he was born! He’s a contemplative little boy.So he’s a quiet kid…[Henry crying.] He’s hungry, but he’s usually quiet! I love being a mom. Truly, being a mom is the best thing I’ve ever done. It’s my favorite role.How else do you identify with Carole?I’m also a singer-songwriter and I have my very first album coming out next month, What You Find in a Bottle. Carole King is such a gifted songwriter and such a big influence on me. And I’ve been married and divorced, so I can relate to some of the troubles she’s been through.Carole King came to the opening night of Beautiful in the West End a few weeks ago—what if she comes on Saturday?I haven’t heard if she is and thank god, because I think I might fall down [laughs]. Oh gosh, if she does show up, meeting her would be at the top of my list. I just hope I don’t know about it until later!Let’s say you’re onstage and spot her in the audience, what’s your plan?Once when I was on tour with Mamma Mia!, Tom Cruise was in the front row with his two bodyguards—it was really obvious it was him, there was no one else in the whole row! I had a butterfly moment, but then I caught my breath and just continued. So if Carole came, I’d probably just have a little heart attack and then keep going.See Chilina Kennedy in Beautiful at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. View Comments Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 27, 2019last_img read more

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12 Gorgeous Photos That Make Us Hope Carousel Comes to Broadway

first_imgJenn Gambatese and Laura Osnes play besties Carrie and Julie. View Comments The Grease and Cinderella alum is a fabulous choice for sweet Julie Jordan. The new production definitely has a dark, eerie feel… We can’t wait to hear opera star Denyce Graves sing “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” Steven Pasquale may play a rough guy in the new revival, but we can’t help falling for him, too. If his performance in The Bridges of Madison County was any indication, Steven Pasquale’s “Soliloquy” is gonna be epic.Check out bonus video clips from Carousel! OK, first can we talk about this gorgeous set? …And Side Show alum Matthew Hydzik shows off a new beard as Enoch Snow.center_img Ooo, that dock looks creepy. Be careful, guys… Chicago and Pippin favorite Charlotte d’Amboise is a vision in pink. Steven Pasquale and Jarrod Emick play pals Billy Bigelow and Jigger Craigin. Laura Osnes looks absolutely adorable as a strawberry blonde. Laura Osnes Star Files Do you hear that music? Listen carefully—it’s coming all the way from Chicago. It’s the beautiful songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, starring Laura Osnes as Julie Jordan, Steven Pasquale as Billy Bigelow, Jenn Gambatese as Carrie Pipperidge, Matthew Hydzik as Enoch Snow, Jarrod Emick as Jigger Craigin, Charlotte d’Amboise as Mrs. Mullin, Tony Roberts as Starkeeper and more Broadway vets. Rob Ashford’s Lyric Opera of Chicago production looks so amazing, we’re crossing our fingers it heads to Broadway next. Please?! Don’t make us beg. Check out 12 beautiful moments from the musical (and a bonus video!) that make us swoon…and if you’re lucky enough to live in Chicago, see Carousel April 10 through May 3!last_img read more