Midnight march and prayer service honor Martin Luther King Jr.

first_imgHundreds of candles shined through a cold winter night as Notre Dame students, faculty and staff congregated at midnight to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. early Monday morning.The midnight march and prayer service was the kickoff event for the inaugural Walk the Walk Week at Notre Dame, a series of events designed to reflect on King’s legacy and promote diversity and inclusion at Notre Dame. Katie Galioto | The Observer Students, faculty and staff process from the Main Building with candles to the statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus following a prayer service reflecting on the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.As attendees entered the Main Building, they were handed candles and directed towards the rotunda beneath the golden dome. Members of the Notre Dame community crowded on the main floor and in overlook areas on higher floors.The march was originally scheduled to start outside of Hesburgh Library and finish with a prayer service at the Grotto. However, organizers modified the plan due to dangerous wind-chill conditions and expected snowfall, according to a University-wide email.University President Fr. John Jenkins began the prayer service by encouraging students to strive for courage and determination to follow King’s example.“It would have been nice to have a march outside, but there’s something special about being here, under the golden dome, the heart of campus, as we pray and as we start this celebration of Dr. King’s legacy,” he said.Eric Love, director of staff diversity and inclusion, delivered a speech examining the importance of King’s legacy, both from a global perspective and in relation to Notre Dame.“Arguably, the most profound reason we are here at midnight is because of King’s achievement of making the promise of the U.S. Constitution more true,” he said. “We claimed all men are created equal, but we didn’t practice that promise of our own Constitution.“We talked the talk, but we did not walk the walk.”Love said King’s legacy has a special meaning at Notre Dame because University President Emeritus Fr. Ted Hesburgh was an avid supporter of the Civil Rights Movement.“King wanted to be a pastor in a Southern Baptist church and simply raise his family. Fr. Hesburgh said if he had to do it all over again, he would still choose to be a priest,” Love said. “But neither one could stand idly by and let the injustices of the time go unchallenged.”Love encouraged members of the Notre Dame community to make others feel welcomed and comfortable on campus.“It doesn’t matter where you are from, your religion, your ethnicity, sexual orientation or family income,” he said. “Whoever you are, if you are here, you are part of our family, and you should be expected to be treated with dignity and respect.”Love concluded his speech by challenging students, staff and faculty at Notre Dame to make a difference in the world.“I have no doubt that we have the brilliance and tenacity of Dr. King and the political savvy and compassion of Fr. Hesburgh among us this morning — among us in you,” he said. “My question for you is, what will you do to walk the walk?”Following the prayer service, attendees were invited to place their candles by the statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Hundreds of paper luminaries lined the walkways from the Main Building.Sophomore Katie Hearn said she felt a strong sense of community and solidarity while standing and praying with her fellow Notre Dame students.“Everyone had their own reasons and motivations for going,” she said. “But these different reasons brought us all together and created an atmosphere of prayer and togetherness that, to me, was something special.”Junior Joe Etling said the only events he considers similar to the midnight prayer service during his time at Notre Dame were Fr. Hesburgh’s funeral and Holy Week.“I think it’s important for us and for anyone to celebrate Martin Luther King Day because of what he stood for and what he did for this country,” he said.Students, staff, faculty and other community members were invited to eat breakfast in South Dining Hall after the event.Tags: Hesburgh, march, Martin Luther King Jr., MLK, MLK Day, NDWalktheWalk, Prayer service, Walk the Waklast_img read more

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You don’t have to sacrifice having a garden with these homes

first_img36 Warana St, The Gap. Picture: realestate.com.auIt is listed for $549,000 through David Havig of Havig & Jackson — Clayfield.It is in an elevated position and has a leafy outlook which extends down the street and towards the surrounding hills. There are three bedrooms, open-plan living areas and a generous backyard with a level playing area. 15 Lunar Place, Bridgeman Downs. Picture: realestate.com.auThe five-bedroom home is for sale through Samantha Foster of Place — Aspley.The home is on 1580sq m and has leafy urban views. It is framed by established, landscaped gardens, with a native garden at the front of the home and tropical plants surrounding the pool.At the more affordable end of the market is 36 Warana St, The Gap. 753C Clear Mountain Rd, Clear Mountain. Picture: realestate.com.auGrowing populations and higher density living mean more families are growing up without their own garden.While inner-city living can be great, it’s a bit tough having an Easter egg hunt without a garden to do it in.This week we look at three properties, from high end to cheap and cheerful, which would be perfect for an Easter hunt and other games.There is plenty of room to hide an egg — or dozen — at a home at 753C Clear Mountain Rd, Clear Mountain.The four-bedroom home is listed for $3.79 million.center_img Plenty of yard at this Clear Mountain Rd, home. Picture: realestate.com.auIt has four bathrooms, parking space for 11 cars and is listed through Bryan Carmichael of Denovans Real Estate — Mitchelton. Described as a luxury acreage retreat, the home is on 1.06ha of landscaped grounds — plenty of hiding spaces there — and overlooks Lake Samsonvale, North Pine Dam and out to Moreton Bay beyond.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoThere are formal and informal living areas, large bedrooms, a gym room, library and a dedicated media room on the top level which also has views.In the middle of the market is a home at 15 Lunar Place, Bridgeman Downs, listed for offers over $929,000.last_img read more

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NBA free agency rumors: Grizzlies’ Jonas Valanciunas to decline option

first_img NBA free agency news: Pau Gasol wants to play another year The move comes with some risks for Valanciunas. The Daily Memphian notes that opting out of his deal and signing an extension would “likely mean a reduced salary next season.” And if he can’t work out a new deal, it’s unclear how much interest the 27-year-old would draw in free agency, given his role as a “traditional” center.Valanciunas thrived with the Grizzlies in 19 games last season after being acquired from the Raptors, averaging 19.9 points and 10.7 points per game, well above his career averages of 11.8 ppg and 8.4 rpg in his seven seasons with Toronto. Related News Yet new Grizzlies hcoach Taylor Jenkins is looking to open up the offense with more 3-point shooting, which would seem to limit the role of Valanciunas, who has attempted 0.3 3-pointers per game in his career. Memphis center Jonas Valanciunas will decline the option year of his contract to become a free agent, ESPN reported Thursday.However, the 7-foot Lithuanian player is declining the $17.6 million option so that he can negotiate a new contract with the Grizzlies, according to the report. If he does opt out, he can’t sign a new deal until the free agency period opens in early July. NBA free agency news: Kemba Walker willing to take less money to stay with Hornetslast_img read more

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No. 16 Pitt routs Bulls 41-14 behind Stull, Lewis

first_imgby Alan RobinsonPITTSBURGH (AP)—Bill Stull rarely hears himself mentioned in the same sentence as Dan Marino. He is now. Stull is one of college football’s biggest surprises and, if Pitt Panthers keep playing this way, they might be, too.Stull threw for two touchdowns, Dion Lewis ran for two and No. 16 Pitt scored on all five possessions in the first half to rout South Florida 41-14 Saturday and extend its best start in 27 years. MILESTONE—Pittsburgh freshman running back Dion Lewis breaks 1,000 yards on the season with this run past South Florida cornerback Jerome Murphy during the second quarter at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Oct. 24. The Panthers (4-0 in Big East) opened up a 31-7 lead at halftime in improving to 7-1 for the first time since 1982—Marino’s senior season and the last time Pittsburgh was ranked No. 1.“I don’t how it could have come together any better than what happened today,” coach Dave Wannstedt said.Pitt made what was expected to be a difficult game look easy as Stull completed his first 11 passes against a Bulls defense that appeared geared to stopping Lewis, a freshman who came in No. 3 nationally in rushing. After that, Lewis took over and ran for 111 yards in three quarters to push his season’s total to 1,029 yards.“A defense cannot serve two masters,” Stull said. “If you try to stop our running game, we’re going to be able to make some big plays through the air and vice versa.”Stull, whose senior season statistics to date exceed Marino’s, hit Jonathan Baldwin for completions of 40, 34 and 35 yards while repeatedly finding receivers open by several steps behind South Florida defenders. Baldwin made six catches for 144 yards, while Stull was 18 of 25 for 245 yards and two scores and wasn’t sacked once.Stull, a senior who played so poorly at the end of last season he was forced to compete for his starting job during spring ball, has 16 touchdown passes and only four interceptions. Marino threw for 17 TDs as a senior.“It’s his confidence,” tight end Dorin Dickerson said. “He goes out there every game, straight-faced, and doesn’t worry about nothing else but playing, and it shows.”Pitt leads the Big East and is in position to win 10 games for the first time since the 1981 Panthers went 11-1. However, the three biggest games of the season await in Notre Dame and No. 22 West Virginia next month and No. 5 Cincinnati on Dec. 5.“We always talk about wanting to get all cylinders rolling and today we took a first step toward that,” Stull said. “It’s great that we’re starting to play better and better toward the end of the season.”Lewis and Stull were pulled along with most of the Panthers’ regulars with Pitt ahead 34-7. Lewis, who has five 100-yard games, is only the fourth Pitt freshman to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, joining Tony Dorsett (1973), Curvin Richards (1988) and LeSean McCoy (2007).“It’s nice, but I’m not really thinking about that stuff,” Lewis said.“They just whupped up. They whupped us,” coach Jim Leavitt said. “They’re a better team than we are right now. We’ve got to play defense, and we didn’t play defense. “Stull was repeatedly given time to throw by an offensive line that effectively controlled Bulls pass rushers George Selvie and Jason Pierre-Paul. He found Dickerson for 20 and 22 yards on Pitt’s first possession to set up his 2-yard scoring pass to backup tight end Mike Cruz, the freshman’s first college catch. Dickerson later made his ninth TD catch of the season.By winning, the Panthers assured themselves of a second consecutive bowl appearance, the first time they’ve done that since 2003-04.last_img read more

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