To celebrate Halloween this year, the Student Activities Office (SAO) and Campus Dining will co-sponsor a “Halloween Spooktacular” event on Saturday. After the success of the Fall Fest, the two organizations are excited to host another evening of festive activities for students.Alicia Bates, assistant director of student programming for SAO, explained that this event will serve as a way for students to come together to celebrate Halloween, as well as to unwind in a fun, stress-free way.“Part of SAO’s mission is to enhance the overall student experience through exposure to and participation in recreational and social opportunities that allow students to maintain existing and create new connections,” Bates said. “It is our hope that by planning these events during a time when students are looking to celebrate not just a holiday, but a season, we are offering fun and healthy events that assist in creating community for our students.”In the spirit of Halloween festivity, students and staff are encouraged to come to the Spooktacular dressed up in costumes that are safe and appropriate. Available activities include a Jack-O-Lantern contest, hall-to-hall trick-or-treating, a fog photo opportunity and various crafts. McWell plans to sponsor an Apothecary with essential-oils, and two movies, “Haunted Mansion and Ghostbusters (1984),” will be played on North Quad and Library Lawn, respectively. A full schedule of events can be found on SAO’s website.SAO has been working closely with Campus Dining to prepare for the event and align the planned activities with the menu in an effort to make the Spooktacular an enjoyable experience for all. Beginning at 5 p.m., Halloween-themed meals will be served outside North Dining Hall, followed by beverages and desserts served from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. across campus.Senior director for Campus Dining Chris Abayasinghe expressed his goal to make the event a wholesome, fully-encompassing experience.“Halloween is a fun time to be able to celebrate everything ghoulish and delicious about the holiday, so from our perspective, it’s to really host an event that provides an opportunity for students to enjoy a version of trick-or-treating,” Abayasinghe said. “We also looked to activate other festivities around campus so that way it’s a more holistic experience than just celebrating with a meal.”Meals will be pre-packaged in “takeout pumpkin” baskets that allow students to use them for trick-or-treating afterwards. This method of distribution upholds the necessary COVID-19 guidelines that Campus Dining has been adhering to all semester.In pre-pandemic years, Campus Dining has celebrated the holiday a bit differently, Abayasignhe explained.“In years past, we would celebrate Halloween in the actual dining halls,” he said. “We played to some of the architectural specifics in some of these spaces. For example, South Dining Hall obviously looks very much like Hogwarts, so we had butterbeer and things along those lines. This year, given both the meal service style as well as the need to maintain physical distancing, we had to get creative.”With this goal in mind, Campus Dining held a chili cookoff this week to identify the best chili recipe. The winning chili will be featured in the Halloween meal package.Additionally, executive pastry chef Sinai Vespie recently won the Food Network’s Halloween Baking Championship, and the Halloween Spooktacular will feature Vespie’s desserts from her victory.Abayasinghe hopes that this event will help bring a sense of fun and entertainment to a semester that has been stressful for many community members.“I understand truly that everything is a part of a new normal,” Abyasinghe said. “I would say that our students have been through one of the most dynamically changing semesters thus far, and just being able to celebrate a holiday like Halloween is incredibly important. I think it’s important for us to acknowledge the semester as it has been and also to help students appreciate Halloween and eat candy. I mean, how cool is that?”Tags: Chris Abayasinghe, COVID-19, Halloween Spooktacular, notre dame campus dining, SAO
Boys Area Basketball ScoresFriday (2-22)Jac-Cen-Del 66 South Ripley 64 (OT)Greensburg 61 East Central 52Milan 83 Union County 63North Decatur 57 Rushville 53Knightstown 71 South Decatur 48SW-Hanover 94 South Dearborn 68Hauser 59 Rising Sun 55SW-Shelby 77 Medora 33Morristown 73 Tri 23Franklin 53 Jennings County 44
FOR Jeremy Garrett, Monday was a bittersweet one in Portugal, as he found out that despite impressing while on trial for Sporting Clube de Portugal, he would have to wait until next July to rejoin the club. The 17-year-old central midfield defender of Fruta Conquerors FC has been on trial for the past two weeks and according to his club president Alex Bunbury he has performed exceptionally well.“He (Jeremy) did well enough that they want and like him, unfortunately because of the FIFA ruling about international players under 18 they could not keep him and what they’re offering is for him to return in July for preseason work on his visa,” stated Bunbury.He also added that if everything goes well Jeremy could be signed in January of 2018.The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) ruling Bunbury is referring to is Article 19 of FIFA rules and regulations which relates to ‘Protection of Minors’. The article states that “International transfers of players are only permitted if the player is over the age of 18”.The article does, however, allow three exceptions to the rule: a) The player’s parents move to the country in which the new club is located for reasons not linked to football; b) The transfer takes place within the territory of the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) and the player is aged between 16 and 18; and finally the player lives no further than 50km from a national border and the club with which the player wishes to be registered in the neighbouring association is also within 50km of that border.The maximum distance between the player’s domicile and the club’s headquarters shall be 100km. In such cases, the player must continue to live at home and the two associations concerned must give their explicit consent.So for Jeremy, the future is bright and the youngster has from now until July of 2017 to improve his game, but for now, he has already made Guyana and himself proud.
Ovolo Hotels have announced the establishment of their first international headquarters in Melbourne, Australia.The move marks a new era for the independent hotelier as it grows outside its Hong Kong home market and takes on Australia, and the world’s hotel scene.The Victorian Government provided investment facilitation services to Ovolo Hotels to secure the placement of the Group’s regional headquarters in Melbourne.Ovolo Hotels chief operating officer Dirk Dalichau said that Ovolo is excited about the new home in Melbourne.“Ovolo Hotels has found a home in Melbourne, we were very encouraged by the Victorian Government’s commitment. Now we will get to work growing our business and contributing to Melbourne’s buzzing tourism sector,” Mr Dalichau said.Ovolo Hotels first entered the Australian hotels market 2 years ago with the launch of Ovolo Laneways in 19 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne, which was recently named Australasia’s Best City Boutique Hotel at the 2014 World Boutique Hotel Awards.Over the past year, Ovolo Hotels has been ramping up its developments in Australia, where it now owns four properties, and is now exploring more investment opportunities in other major urban centres in Australia.Recent hotel acquisitions follow a landmark year for the Group which has seen it open Hong Kong’s first warehouse conversion hotel and third member of Design Hotels, Ovolo Southside.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman