Single occupancy students allowed to sit with others during football games following petition

first_imgNotre Dame students who were going to be forced to sit by themselves at football games this fall learned Thursday that they will no longer have to be alone. A petition to change the seating policy including more than 300 student signatures was sent to the administration last week, eliciting a rapid response from the Murnane Family Ticket Office.The petition began circulating through the student body Monday night after student football tickets went on sale earlier in the evening. The Aug. 31 email from the ticket office stated that students would be seated by room assignments, with a maximum of four tickets per residence group. Students are expected to stay at their assigned seat the email said.The petition expressed concerns about students living in single residence rooms and students whose roommates are not purchasing football tickets, who would be left to sit alone in Notre Dame Stadium during the games. The petition called for single-occupancy students to have the option of choosing additional students to sit with during football games.Many students were forced into single living spaces this fall for reasons out of their control, the petition stated, including students with medical needs who required special accommodations in the wake of COVID-19 and students whose original fall roommates moved off-campus.The petition was first sent to the Notre Dame administration and then forwarded to the ticket office. On Thursday, the ticket office sent a response email to students who did not have the opportunity to purchase tickets with roommates. The email stated that these students would have the opportunity to sit with up to three other single-occupancy peers of the same residence hall.The petition was started by senior Ashley Panousis, a resident assistant in Ryan Hall.“When I saw the current policy and talked about it with other students living in single rooms, we were all very concerned,” Panousis said. “Football games are one of my favorite experiences at Notre Dame, and I didn’t want myself and other seniors to be isolated for our last games as students.”College football Saturdays normally bring energy and excitement to Notre Dame, with large groups of students joining together to cheer on the Irish in Notre Dame Stadium. With the number of students that can sit together now restricted, watching games with friends will be more difficult for students. However, Panousis is glad that the ticket office quickly devised a solution for single-occupancy students ahead of Saturday’s home opener.“I am definitely satisfied with the response to the issue we raised,” she said. “I personally have friends in other dorms that I would love to sit with, but I understand why students would need to sort by residence hall. [The Ticket Office] has allowed every student to sit near people they know without increasing risk. I am grateful they listened and enacted a policy with single rooms is mind.”Senior Dunne Hall resident assistant Steven Cascio, also appreciated the cause of the petition.“When I saw the petition going around, it gave me a lot of hope for those of us living in single rooms that we would get to enjoy Notre Dame football with our friends one last time,” he said. “I wasn’t going to buy tickets initially with everything that’s going on, but I’ve definitely become more optimistic about the situation after this decision.”With social distancing and mask wearing in effect, the game will certainly look and feel different in Notre Dame Stadium. Only students and some faculty and staff will be allowed in the stands, making the in-game experience a far cry from the normally packed house of 80,000. Cascio however, wants to make the most of this strange 2020 season.“I will definitely miss the crowd and the traditions like touchdown pushups, but I’m just going to try and enjoy the games as much as I can,” he said. “It might not be a perfect season, but I am glad that the students will at least have the opportunity to be together in the stands.”Tags: COVID-19, football opener, Notre Dame vs. Duke, single residence petition, Social distancing, student ticketslast_img read more

Hamilton’ Thomas Kail will Co-Direct Fox’s Live Grease Telecast

first_imgHamilton director Thomas Kail and Dancing with the Stars’ Alex Rudzinski will helm the Fox live broadcast of Grease. As previously reported, the project will star Gigi’s Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo and Julianne Hough as Sandy. The Rydell High crew will hit the small screen on January 31, 2016.Kail, a Tony nominee for In the Heights, will handle the staging, while Rudzinski will tackle the technical elements of the telecast. Marc Platt, who is no stranger to producing musicals on the Great White Way, will serve as executive producer for the Fox and Paramount Television project. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.The popular musical, which features a score and book by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, follows teenagers in love during the soda shop culture of the 1950s. The show premiered on Broadway in 1972 and has been revived on Broadway twice since. The 1978 film adaptation starred John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John and Stockard Channing. View Commentslast_img read more

Farmingdale: Long Island’s Hub For Food, Fun, Flight

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Farmingdale has long served as one of Long Island’s key “hub” destinations, first for rail and stagecoach travel, and later, for all things aviation, bringing with it a steady stream  of visitors.Countless businesses have sprung up over the years, making the greater Farmingdale area a perennial hot spot for dining, retail and entertainment. A cruise down the Route 110 corridor — especially if you’re headed to the movies or Adventureland — is a quintessential part of the Long Island experience.“Farmingdale has something for everyone,” says Dave Saul, a spokesman for Farmingdale village. “There’s a historic Long Island Rail Road station, a thriving Main Street with all types of dining and entertainment, and we cherish our Village Green, where during the summer you can relax and enjoy music by the Village Pops, or bring the family to enjoy a classic ‘Movie on the Green.’ We also have great outside activities, like Music on Main and Cultural Arts Day, parades down Main Street, great shopping, our own breweries and speakeasy, and we’re just minutes away from the famous Black Course at Bethpage State Park.”The region was settled in 1687 by Thomas Powell, who acquired 15 square miles from three native tribes in 1695 in a deal known as the Bethpage Purchase. Developer Ambrose George built a general store and acquired substantial acreage in what was called Hardscabble in 1841. He renamed it Farmingdale and that moniker was then cemented in 1841 when LIRR service began at a stop named Farmingdale on the Greenport line.The Village of Farmingdale was incorporated in 1904, the future Republic Airport was born in 1927 and Bethpage State Park opened in 1932, and Farmingdale has kept growing ever since.These days, there’s truly no shortage of reasons to spend some quality time in Farmingdale, whether for food, fun, furniture, or higher education. Some of our favorite Farmingdale hangouts include:A B25 Mitchell on display at the American Air Power Museum at Republic Airport in Farmingdale.Farmingdale classicsFor those that grew up on LI, Farmingdale is basically synonymous with Adventureland (2245 Broadhollow Rd., 631-694-6868,, the classic amusement park you can’t help but gaze at nostalgically every time you pass it on Route 110. Since 1962, Adventureland has been the go-to place for local roller coaster riders, and there’s still plenty to love about this local gem. In addition to classic favorites like the Pirate Ship, Wave Swing and Bumper Cars, this spring the park will debut its new two-story Mystery Mansion ride, replacing the 10-year-old Ghost House. Adventureland opens again for the season on March 24.“We’re creating a happy place for generations of family fun,” says Steve Gentile, the general manager at Adventureland. “We’re creating memories.”Another Farmingdale institution that gives the village its unique character is the historic Republic Airport, a smaller regional field now mostly used for private flights and flying schools, but also home to the American Air Power Museum (1230 New Hwy., Hangar 3, 631-293-6398,, which houses numerous heritage aircraft, many of which still fly. The museum is especially noteworthy for its deep collection of World War II planes, and hosts multiple special events and airshows throughout the year. And for the truly intrepid, there are even special ride experiences, where you can see firsthand what it was like to fly in some of the museum’s legendary warbirds.You might also find yourself visiting Farmingdale to tour Farmingdale State College (2350 Broadhollow Rd., 631-420-2000,, a.k.a. “SUNY Farmingdale,” which seems to expand by leaps and bounds each year. The tech-focused college provides weekly tours of its 380-acre campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3 p.m., with stops at the new student activities building, campus center and bookstore, academic buildings, residence hall, Nold Hall Athletic Complex and Greenley Hall Library. Special tours of the Aviation Center are also available.The Farmingdale street fair is known to draw a crowd.Fun, food & drinkA popular Farmingdale hangout for food, drinks and conversation is the Library Café (274 Main St., 516-752-7678,, housed in the former Farmingdale Public Library Main Street Branch building. Patrons flock there for the unique ambiance, but inevitably fall for the upscale pub fare and creative mixology, featuring cocktails named for famous authors and books. And don’t worry, the village still has an actual library, too: The current Farmingdale Public Library has stood at 116 Merritts R.d since 1994 (516-249- 9090, beer aficionados simply can’t get enough choices, and that’s where the venerable Farmingdale hangout Croxley’s Ale House (190 Main St., 516-293-7700, truly shines. The pub offers a dizzying array of 51 brews on tap and another 33 varieties available in bottles in cans, as well as a full menu of mouth-watering food options, from wings and mussels to burgers and sandwiches, to shepherd’s pie. They even do Sunday brunch, so start early and maybe you’ll be able to drink your way through a fraction of Croxley’s suds.Off of Main Street, one of the few brew pubs on Long Island calls Farmingdale home. Black Forest Brew Haus (2015 New Hwy., 631-391-9500, features an extensive menu of German delicacies of both the food and beverage varieties. They also regularly host live music, dualing pianos and host a month-long Oktoberfest party.Farmingdale is such a hub for commerce these days, it’s even home to one of just two of the Island Stew Leonard’s locations (261 Airport Plaza, 516-962-8210, The famed New England grocery store chain — born from a small dairy business — offers the antidote to the massive supermarket experience, carrying only 2,200 items, “chosen specifically for their freshness, quality and value,” according to the company, as opposed to traditional supermarkets, which sell an average of 30,000 various products. Enjoy a fresh-made Maine lobster roll, or sample the vast cheese selection and fantastic ice cream, both made with milk from Stew’s own legion of prized cows.The PGA Tour has made a recent stop at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale in 2016 (Photo by Kevin Kane) (1)Active pursuitsThere are also great options for working off all that food and drink. Although a good portion of it is located in Old Bethpage, the 1,477-acre Bethpage State Park (99Quaker Meeting House Rd., 516-249-0700, is officially part of Farmingdale. It is best known for its five world-class golf courses, including the legendary Bethpage Black Course, which hosted the U.S. Open Championship in 2002 and 2009. The park is also highly popular for its picnic facilities, playing fields, tenniscourts, bridle paths and hiking, biking and cross-county skiing trails. In addition, the park offers a restaurant and catering facilities, a golf pro shop and a driving range.But hey, if a day on the links sounds too relaxing for you (or frustrating, depending on your handicap), you can make those golf cart riders eat your dust at RPM Raceway (40 Daniel St., 631-752-7223,, an all-electric indoor go-kart track and entertainment complex guaranteed to satisfy your need for speed. Drivers of all ages and ability levels can race state-of-the-art Italian-made go-karts, including no-hassle “arrive and drive” races, group head-to-head racing (by reservation), leagues and more. There are even 1-on-1 clinics and summer camps available for future racing pros.And finally, to really travel the Farmingdale area and beyond in style, consider joining the long list of Farmingdale-based aviators, and take a flying lesson (or many) at Academy of Aviation (7150 Republic Airport Main Terminal, Room 101, 631-777-7772, which trains students for private pilot licenses all the way up to commercial certifications. It may cost a few bucks, but soaring in the air over the Long Island Expressway — especially during rush hour — is a sure-fire way to feel like LI royalty.That’s how they do it in Farmingdale.WHERE TO STAY Courtyard Republic Airport Long Island/Farmingdale2 Marriott Plaza, 844-631-0595, marriott.comTownePlace Suites Republic Airport Long Island/ Farmingdale1 Marriott Plaza, 844-631-0595, marriott.comHollywood Motel400 NY-109, 631-694-7100, hollywood-motel.comWHERE TO DINEVespa Italian Kitchen & Bar282 Main St., 516-586-8542, vespaitaliankitchen.comVinoco East223 Main St., 516-927-8070, vinocoeast.comFarmingdale Diner17 Hempstead Tpke, 516-777- 3377The Rolling Spring Roll Shop189 Main Street, 516-586-6097, therollingspringroll.comCaracara Mexican Grill354 Main St., 516-777-2272, caracaramex.comRPM Raceway is billed as “America’s ultimate all-electric indoor go-kart and entertainment destination.”last_img read more

CFPB should increase relief in ‘rural’ definition rule

first_imgThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) proposal regarding rural and underserved areas is a positive step, but CUNA urged the agency to take further regulatory relief steps, in a comment letter filed Monday.The CFPB in January proposed a broader definition of “small” credit union and bank, as well as an expanded designation for what comprises a “rural” area.  If finalized, the proposal would, in part, increase the number of financial institutions able to offer certain types of mortgages in rural and underserved areas by exempting more small creditors from the CFPB’s tough new mortgage rules.CUNA generally supports the proposal, calling the bureau’s overall approach “positive and appreciated.”However, CUNA offered a number of changes to make the proposal more favorable toward credit unions and other small servicers.This includes providing favorable regulatory relief to creditors that manage their lending programs, in addition to the thresholds of asset size and loans originated. This could be achieved by considering the default rates on covered loans, CUNA suggests.CUNA also recommends the small creditor thresholds, which can exempt institutions from certain requirements under Regulation Z (which implements the Truth in Lending Act), be analyzed. The new threshold proposed by the CFPB would raise the thresholds to 2,000 loans originated in a year, up from 500. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Lyceum backs up hype, slays San Beda for 2-0 start

first_imgEl Nido residents told to vacate beach homes FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ The Red Lions still had chances to close in on the Pirates, but AC Soberano and Robert Bolick botched point-blank shots in the final 20 seconds.It was Lyceum’s first win over San Beda since NCAA Season 89, still under coach Bonnie Tan.Robert Bolick paced San Beda with 21 points, eight rebounds, and six assists, while Clint Doliguez added 19 markers and seven boards.The Scores:LYCEUM 96 – Perez 24, Nzeusseu 18, Caduyac 16, Jc. Marcelino 14, Baltazar 9, Jv. Marcelino 7, Ayaay 4, Tansingco 2, Liwag 2, Santos 0, Ibanez 0, Pretta 0, Cinco 0.SAN BEDA 91 – Bolick 21, Doliguez 19, Soberano 12, Mocon 10, Noah 9, Presbitero 8, Potts 4, Bahio 4, Adamos 2, Tankoua 2, Carino 0, Tongco 0, Abuda 0.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Reymar Caduyac also fired 16 markers, five of which coming in the last 1:48 to hold off the Red Lions. He also netted seven assists and three boards in the win.“To play against San Beda, it’s gonna take a lot of grit, a lot of perseverance, and never giving up,” said coach Topex Robinson. “But it’s not about me, but it’s about the players. We just kept on playing and we just kept on grinding.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMike Nzeusseu chipped in a double-double with his 18 points and 13 rebounds, while rookie Jaycee Marcelino nabbed 14 markers, six boards, two dimes, and two steals.Lyceum’s defensive stance in the end game did the trick as it held San Beda without a field goal for the last 2:47 to break off from an 89-all deadlock before Javee Mocon drilled two freebies with 56.7 seconds remaining. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congresscenter_img LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLyceum welcomed the challenge and proved the hype was real, toppling San Beda, 96-91, in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.CJ Perez steered early season shocker, dropping seven of his 24 points in the fourth quarter while registering four rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Teodoro rises to Meneses challenge after disappointing opener MOST READ Quarters: 24-18, 50-46, 73-75, 96-91.last_img read more