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26Jan/21

Seniors weigh options for class Legacy Fund options

first_imgAfter sifting through hundreds of suggestions from Notre Dame seniors, the final options for the Class of 2011 Legacy Fund focus on helping students who are in need of financial assistance. Each year, the Student Development Committee (SDC) chooses a few ideas for the fund and the senior class votes on them and chooses where they would like their donations to go. There are five choices this year, and the voting began about a week ago and will most likely extend until Wednesday, said SDC Co-Chairs Maggie Nettesheim and Maria Sellers. “Something we definitely thought about a lot is that we wanted it to be something that would continue to make a difference on campus,” Nettesheim said. “We wanted it to be something that would improve life on campus and would continue to do so.” This year’s choices focus on providing funds for students who are in need of financial aid for a variety of occasions. The first option is a study abroad assistance fund. This program would be designed for students on financial aid who wish to go to abroad, Nettesheim said. “If they choose to go abroad, it would give them a little more spending money,” Nettesheim said. The second choice is a partial tuition scholarship for incoming freshmen each year. Seniors’ third option is a stipend for students who would like to do summer service, but aren’t sure where their funds would come from. “The summer service one would be a fund for those who want to do service, international or national, but they don’t have funds for where they’re living,” Sellers said. Nettesheim said it would be particularly useful for students who do not feel they could give up a summer income, and it could apply to any service endeavor, even if it’s not through Notre Dame. The fourth choice is an emergency assistance fund. This money could be used at the discretion of rectors in the event of an emergency, such as a death in the family of a student who is unable to cover the price of a plane ticket home. The last option is a donation to RecSports, which would allow for the purchase of new uniforms or equipment. SDC used multiple sources to gauge where the seniors wanted the fund to go to, including booths at senior events and an online poll. Nettesheim said this year’s senior class was very enthusiastic in contributing ideas. “We got probably 200 suggestions from the senior class when we did the online poll,” Nettesheim said. “We in the committee then narrowed it down from those suggestions.” The final outcome of the vote will most likely be announced in December. Tim Ponisciak, the assistant director of the Annual Fund, said the Senior Legacy Fund can generate anywhere from $60,000 to $100,000. Contributing to the Senior Legacy is the first step into the Annual Fund, which is a general fund that accepts donations to support “virtually everything under the Dome,” such as financial aid for students or advancing Notre Dame’s Catholic mission, according to its website. “In the spring we’ll send out a letter and brochure telling them about the sponsored fund, but also telling them a little about the Annual Fund,” Ponisciak said. Ponisciak said seniors are encouraged to contribute to the sponsored legacy fund, but they are also welcome to make a donation to any other fund at Notre Dame. “For a senior to participate in the legacy they don’t have to give to the sponsored fund,” Ponisciak said. “They can participate in another aspect of campus that they feel strongly about.” Although it is targeted toward the current seniors, other members of the Notre Dame community can contribute to the legacy as well. “Through the phone center, we call their parents to see if the parents want to give on their behalf,” Nettesheim said. “Also, that fund stays in existence. Any alumni really could donate.” For Nettesheim, the Senior Legacy Fund is important because it gives seniors the opportunity to give back to the University that gave so much to them. “I think most of us leave Notre Dame feeling like it’s been the best four years of our lives,” Nettesheim said. “And if you can get seniors exciting about giving back to the university and start that commitment early then I think that’s great.”last_img read more

17Sep/20

Purdue downs Wisconsin

first_imgThe Badger women’s basketball team lost another heartbreaker — this time to Purdue — at the Kohl Center.All four Wisconsin seniors, including Kjersten Bakke, Ashley Josephson, Annie Nelson and Jordan Wilson, got to start the game, but they came up just short in the end against the No. 11-ranked Boilermakers 66-63 during Senior Night.The Badgers held the lead for much of the second half, but Purdue was the team that made the big shots and defensive stands late in the game to come away with the win.”It’s about making plays down the stretch. One word — it’s just resiliency down the stretch by us, and I’m really proud of them,” Purdue head coach Kristy Curry said.Purdue had nothing to play for but a boost in their confidence after they lost their showdown for the conference title against Ohio State last Thursday. But it was the Boilermakers who looked like they wanted it more, as junior guard Katie Gearlds hit a long jumper to break a 61-61 tie with just more than a minute to play. Gearlds led the Boilermakers with 19 points, including four 3-pointers, and was one of four Purdue players in double figures.Wisconsin’s Janese Banks tried to answer, but was blocked; Purdue guard Sharika Webb then made a lay-up and was fouled for a three-point play, which put Purdue up five.After a basket by Banks, Purdue had a chance to seal the game, but missed two free throws with eight seconds to go. However, Banks missed a 3-point try that would have sent the game to overtime as time expired.”[It was a] good effort by our team once again, a valiant defensive effort. [We were] great on the glass, which was something that was stressed,” said UW head coach Lisa Stone, whose Badgers lost both contests to Purdue on the year. “But we just came up short, and I thought we had a good look at it at the end to put it into overtime. Had that happened, I think the crowd would have gone nuts, and it would have been a whole different game.”They’re solid and they have people that can score. I thought that Katie Gearlds’ jumper over some tight defense … that was a big shot and a back-breaker for us.”Leading scorer Jolene Anderson had an excellent shooting day for Wisconsin, hitting 9-of-17 shots en route to a game-high 26 points. Anderson fell just one rebound short of a double-double and finished the season in double figures in every game this season.”We tried to keep the ball out of her hands and force her left because she likes to drive right,” Webb said. “We were trying to limit her touches, but she’s really good.”But once again, it was the Badgers falling just short, as they have struggled to come away with victories in the close games.”It is unfortunate for our seniors that we couldn’t pull this one off, but, again, a great effort,” Stone said. “We just had some trouble scoring inside. If points in the paint were even, then we would have been OK, but that is a great credit to Purdue.”I thought we had some good looks inside, and I thought Caitlin Gibson did a nice job for us, but we needed a little more balance offensively,” Stone continued. “Their defense is long, and our defense matched with them. It’s just tough that we came up short.”For the seniors, it is a disappointing end to the season, but there is still a chance for them to end on a happy note if they can muster a run in postseason conference play.”We’re not done yet. We have some damage to do in the Big Ten tournament, and those four are going to lead the way,” Stone said, referring to her seniors.Purdue finishes its conference season 13-3 and will now be the No. 2 seed in the tournament, which will take place in Indianapolis starting this Thursday.Wisconsin, meanwhile, will settle for the No. 9 seed in the Big Ten and faces the eight-seeded Penn State team that they defeated at the Kohl Center Feb. 16.last_img read more

16Sep/20

Gabby Cooper experiences struggles of Syracuse’s 3-point heavy offense

first_img Published on November 29, 2016 at 10:24 pm Contact Matt: mjfel100@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ In Syracuse’s home-opener against Rhode Island on Nov. 11, freshman Gabby Cooper threw up 18 3-pointers.She made just four.In the Orange’s next game, Nov. 14 in the Carrier Dome against Siena, Cooper again relentlessly heaved shots from beyond the arc, this time attempting 14 3-pointers.She made three.After the Rhode Island game, SU head coach Quentin Hillsman was asked whether Cooper needed to relax with the 3-pointers. He said he almost took her out a few times for not shooting enough. In his offense, Hillsman said, open shots need to be taken.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“That was one of the more difficult things to adjust to,” Cooper said. “Sometimes you don’t feel ready to shoot.”Shooting just 23.6 percent from the 3-point line in the first seven games of her freshman campaign, Cooper has experienced the tough love that comes with running as a guard in Hillsman’s deep-ball offense. She’s shot at least 10 3-pointers in four of SU’s (4-3) games this season but has made only 17 of her 72 attempts.When Syracuse recruited Cooper, she said she expected to receive significant minutes on the court. But after playing 194 minutes already this season, the third highest total on the team, even Cooper admits that she didn’t expect to be playing this much, and she didn’t expect to be shooting nearly as many 3s.Hillsman said at the beginning of the season that the Orange would have to rely on 3-pointers to survive this season. After the team’s national championship appearance last year — a by-product of its heavy reliance and success with 3-pointers — Hillsman said the team “has no other choice” than to live or die from 3-point range.But after losing guard Brianna Butler following last season, the SU staff knew it needed a third guard to complement Alexis Peterson and Brittney Sykes. That’s where Cooper came in.“(Cooper) can make shots, she’s athletic enough and she’s smart enough,” assistant coach Tammi Reiss said. “The biggest thing was, could she pick the schemes up quick enough to learn everything to play? Gabby’s a very smart player. “With Cooper tasked to replace Butler’s stellar numbers from the 3-point line, this reliance on 3s has been rough for SU in the early part of the year. Syracuse has lost three of its last four games and dropped nine spots to No. 20 from No. 11 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.In SU’s 62-61 loss at Drexel last Monday, the Orange shot just 28 percent from 3-point range, and it hasn’t shot above 34 percent since Nov. 11.Still, Hillsman said, when players such as Cooper are on the court shooting 3-pointers, even if the shooters don’t make every shot, it spreads out the floor and opens up the middle for inside players like center Briana Day.“Either they come and guard me and give the lane to (Peterson) and (Sykes), or they don’t guard me and I pull up and shoot it,” Cooper said.The 5-foot-10 Cooper said playing in Hillsman’s offense has taught her that if she isn’t ready to shoot, it’s her fault that she’s missing open looks on the basket. She said she has to get ready to shoot all of the time if she wants the number of looks from beyond the arc that Hillsman asks for.And even though Cooper’s numbers aren’t where she would like them to be right now, she’s learning that the more open looks, the better. The makes could come as the season goes on.“She’s doing well, she’s taking her shots when she has them and being aggressive for us,” Hillsman said. “We have to give her a lot of credit, she’s a freshman, she’s a baby playing in a huge environment.” Commentslast_img read more