Landscape Services completes campus projects

first_imgStudents taking part in the mass exodus to and from classes each day have been treated to a newly beautified campus landscape. From South Quad and the Grotto to DeBartolo Quad and Notre Dame Avenue, projects were completed to accommodate students’ walking patterns and to streamline overall campus upkeep. Sarah Misener, associate vice president for Campus Services, said the project ideas originated from reviews conducted by Landscape Services and Facilities Design & Operations. Landscape Services and Facilities Design & Operations review areas of campus and prioritize landscape installation renewal projects on an annual basis,” Misener said. Misener said the Landscape Services team begins reviewing campus project possibilities in the winter months and sets completion dates for the summer months. Because shrubs and plants on campus require annual renewal, Misener said, Landscape Services must narrow down possible new projects to a manageable list that will then be added to the summer workload. “Summer months represent the best time to do much of the planting work on campus,” Misener said.  “Consequently, several projects are staged with completion dates that are prior to or near the start of the academic year.” Major projects this summer included the installation of brick sidewalk trim, perennial beds planted on South Quad, the placement of mulch around trees on South Library Quad and the realignment of pedestrian crosswalks near the Grotto, she said. DeBartolo Quad and the gazebo on Debartolo Quad, were refurbished, and visitor-friendly landscape was added, Misener said.  Notre Dame Avenue’s aging and damaged trees were replaced and more were planted along parts of the avenue’s gaps, she said.  Lyons Hall and the Morris Inn also saw completed renovations this summer, and work was done on the Center for Flow Physics and Control White Field Facility, Misener said. “[These projects] add to the students’ experience … by creating and maintaining beautiful spaces on which to study, pray, work and play,” she said. Misener said campus landscaping projects are funded by donations from benefactors, which was the case with this summer’s work on the Morris Inn, or managed within the annual landscape budget. Freshman Ian Flyke said he was pleased with the updates. “I really like the campus changes, especially the rock courtyard between DeBartolo [Hall] and the Snite [Museum of Art],” he said. Flyke said he began to follow Notre Dame’s landscaping team’s Twitter handle, @NDgroundscrew, to see updates on their work and pictures of continuing projects. “I really like seeing what they’re up to now,” he said. “They have entertaining tweets.” Senior Chris Ayala said he is impressed by the work done by the landscaping team. “I think the landscaping is nice, but I really miss being able to sit on the raised ledge outside DeBartolo [Hall],” he said. “It’s aesthetically pleasing, but beyond that I don’t see any tangible benefits.” Sophomore Ethan Muehlstein said he appreciated the improvements in front of Lyons Hall on South Quad. “In the future, I’d like to see more flowers on God Quad so you can walk along flower paths, and overall more lights so you can highlight the gardens at night,” he said. “Nevertheless, the work the Landscaping team does is phenomenal and I am proud to go here and see it daily.” Sophomore Haley Van Steenwyk said she is “still getting used to the changes,” especially by DeBartolo Hall. “I like that they’re doing something different, but I think they should have had it all completed before we got to campus,” she said. “I like that they have more plants everywhere, but I feel like we’re still waiting to see a finished product.” Contact Kyle Witzigman at [email protected]last_img read more

PBC Enters Phase Two Reopening as the President Visits Jupiter Today

first_imgPresident Trump is scheduled to discuss the Great American Outdoors Act today in Jupiter as Palm Beach County finally enters Phase two of reopening. The president has not visited Palm Beach County since the coronavirus pandemic began in March. Yesterday, however, he was well represented as hundreds of boaters took to the Jupiter inlet to fly their Trump flags in a “Trumptilla.” Palm Beach County officially enters phase two of reopening which means that restaurants with bars can open more fully with a mask of course. Entertainment businesses, like movie theaters and bowling alleys will be opening their doors for the first time in months.Palm Beach County’s plan to reopen will unfold in stages. For restaurants and food establishments, the plan calls for indoor service to remain at 50 percent, and after-hour restrictions between 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.Gyms, fitness centers and libraries would be able to open at full capacity with appropriate physical distancing and enhanced sanitation protocols.Palm Beach County schools are set to reopen on Monday September 21st. Parents have the next two days to enter the portal and designate your learning preference for your child.last_img read more

Thornton School of Music to install songwriter venue

first_imgUSC’s Thornton School of Music is set to introduce the first-ever venue designed to cater to the needs of songwriters.The new Songwriter’s Theater is a face-lift of a small 50-seat site built by the School of Cinematic Arts as a sound mixing stage in the early 1980s, according to USC News.This venue comes in light of the rapid growth of the popular music program over the past few years, from a small elective taken by 13 students to a nationally known program.The new 981-square-foot space will house state-of-the-art acoustics and lighting, as well as intricate curtains and lights to give it a retro feel.The theater will also include musical instruments such as a grand piano, a drum set and guitars donated by Taylor Guitars.Vice Dean of the Division of Contemporary Music and founder of the Popular Music Program Chris Sampson said the new venue was needed because of the importance that songwriting has in the study of music at Thornton.“For me, this room symbolizes the way that songwriting has become accepted within an educational environment,” Sampson told USC News. “We value the importance of the song as the place where it all starts. Without a great song, there’s nothing to record. There’s nothing to share with an audience.”Sampson is hoping that the theater will solidify the idea that all elements of the modern-day music industry begin with writing a song, and students’ time in the theater will further their passion for songwriting.The Songwriter’s Theater will open its doors to USC students and alumni from the popular music program, such as singer-songwriter Rozzi Crane, for its inauguration at 6 p.m. on March 24.last_img read more

Syracuse struggles to blowout another mid-major in 71-57 win over Niagara

first_imgIt started with 10 unanswered points. 3-pointers came easier than usual. The inside of Niagara’s defense was filled with forwards the same size as Buddy Boeheim, with one lineup featuring 5-foot-9 and 5-foot-10 guards together. Syracuse was bigger, more talented than a team with just two wins heading into 2020, so a 10-0 run to start the game came as no surprise. But that three-minute stretch was the only thing that separated Saturday’s game from being a close one. Because for the third straight time, the Orange struggled to blowout another mid-major opponent.“We never got back in the rhythm,” head coach Jim Boeheim said. “We won just because we’re ahead.”After back-to-back 12-point victories to Oakland and North Florida, Syracuse (8-5, 1-1 Atlantic Coast), favored by 22 points, struggled to dominate Niagara (2-9) like it was supposed to. There wasn’t an unloading of SU’s bench — in-part because of injuries plaguing the Orange — the way most of Syracuse’s peers do at home when facing mid-majors with 2-8 records. Niagara shot just 32% from the field and 22% from the 3-point line in a Syracuse 71-57 win that featured 16 Orange turnovers. The victory ends Syracuse’s nonconference play with five losses, one more than last season when the Orange were on the bubble for most of the year. The Orange haven’t beaten a team ranked in KenPom’s top 100. And against its last three opponents with a combined record of 15-24, SU hasn’t been able to pull away the same way it did against Bucknell and Georgia Tech earlier this season. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“When you get an easy lead, an early lead, it does sometimes take away from what you should be doing,” Boeheim said. “It shouldn’t happen but it happens.”Syracuse’s early scoring was a byproduct of its 3-point shooting, which at times has become the backbone of this season’s team. Buddy Boeheim nailed two 3s in the first three minutes. Elijah Hughes drove inside and hit an off-balance shot from the elbow. Then Hughes (19 points, nine rebounds, nine assists), off a cross-court pass from Buddy, swished a fadeaway 3-pointer, part of the Orange’s 17-2 start.Boeheim, as expected, went to his bench five minutes into the game. Maybe Jesse Edwards at 6-foot-11 could’ve bullied around smaller forwards on switches, but he was out with an ankle injury. Perhaps Howard Washington could’ve hit some shots to stop the run, but he was out with a knee injury. So Quincy Guerrier, coming off one of his best games of the season (10 points, seven rebounds), and Robert Braswell checked in and “completely turned the game,” Boeheim said. SU’s lead slowly dwindled. “You’re not thinking of that at the time,” Joe Girard III said of letting Niagara hang around, “But it is frustrating.” Double-teaming Niagara ball-handlers in the half court, which created two early turnovers in the opening minutes, backfired as six of the Purple Eagles’ first eight buckets were easy layups after breakdowns. Despite Syracuse’s size disadvantage on defense — 6-foot-10 Bourama Sidibe manning the middle — players like Greg Kuakumensah were most comfortable under the bucket rather than beyond the arc, as 22 of the Purple Eagles’ 28 first half points came in the paint.“We just need to do a better job on defense — help more, denying it,” Marek Dolezaj said.Niagara didn’t play like the team that had lost to Drexel and Purdue Fort Wayne. It played like the one that knocked off last year’s Patriot League champion, Colgate, earlier this season. At halftime, Syracuse led 41 to 28. Slowly, the Orange tried to pull out of the shadow of their early 10-0 run coming out of a media timeout with 12 minutes left. Up 20 points, a layup attempt in transition from Marcus Hammond was simultaneously blocked from Guerrier and Hughes. The next possession, another drive to hoop, happened early in the shot clock. This time, Brycen Goodine clipped the ball wildly off the backboard.Open in transition, Goodine went for a lay-up that only touched the glass, not the rim. On the other end, Kuakumensah dunked on Hughes. After 3-pointers from Nick MacDonald and Justin Roberts, Niagara came within 11 points with five minutes left. “They’re a small team, they were running a lot and scoring a lot of points in transition,” Guerrier said. “That’s one of the reasons why they were in the game.”There were moments where Syracuse wanted more, though. Hughes drove full-speed into the paint with two minutes left and threw a dart to Sidibe who would’ve had an easy lay-up. It bounced off his chest. The outcome had been decided, but the margin of victory was still in question. Boeheim, with 51 seconds left, called a timeout. He told his players on the court, four of which were starters, to stop hanging back despite a double-digit lead. Girard listened. With 12 seconds left, the freshman sprinted to a light inbound pass, the one players usually let roll to end the game. “I’m just trying to make a play,” Girard said. “If you steal that it’s over. It could be a dumb thing, as well, a foul or something.”He was fouled on the steal, his momentum taking him toward the courtside seats. It was a play he had to make, he said. The Orange were only up 12.  Comments Published on December 28, 2019 at 9:09 pm Contact KJ: [email protected] | @KJEdelman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more