Teams representing Notre Dame’s cultural clubs shot to score on Stepan Fields in a soccer tournament Saturday to raise funds for relief through the Haiti Fund and the Chilean Red Cross, African Students Association (ASA) president Brigitte Githinji said. “A soccer tournament was just a great way to fundraise without necessarily placing a cloud of sadness over everyone,” Githinji said. “At the end of the day, the purpose of the tournament was to bring people together in celebration of the World Cup.”The tournament was the kickoff event for Africa Week 2010, and the tournament entry fees as well as T-shirt sales throughout the week will form the basis of fundraising efforts for victims of natural disasters.The theme of world unity promoted both by Africa Week and the World Cup inspired the ASA and other multicultural clubs to serve others in the global community, African Students Association vice president Odara Omusi said.“With unity comes solidarity,” Omusi said. “I think that is something that is important for countries like Haiti and Chile that have been affected by earthquakes in recent times.”The organizers also hoped to spread awareness of the options that students have to join cultural clubs on campus. By promoting these organizations through the tournament, they believed they could expand membership and interest.“The event was inspired by a vested interest in soccer as well as a desire to see more collaboration among clubs and organizations that otherwise don’t interact,” Githinji said.As South Africa prepares to make history as the first African nation to host the FIFA World Cup this summer, Githinji that a miniature World Cup was a natural project for the ASA.The African Students Association, German Club and the Italian Club collaborated to plan a world soccer tournament in order “to raise awareness and participation in each of the cultural clubs,” Italian Club president Kathleen O’Connor said.Githinji and O’Connor worked with German Club president Aaron Steiner to bring teams representing Germany, South Africa, the Philippines, Italy, Spain and India together on Stepan Fields. The Spanish team emerged as the gold medalist after the final match with Italy, O’Connor said.“There were also several students not involved in cultural clubs who played,” O’Connor said. “Hopefully the tournament will inspire these students to join a cultural club in the future.”After Saturday’s success, the organizers would welcome plans for another tournament in the future.“Italian club would definitely be interested in continuing the tournament in the future,” O’Connor said. “Given the success we had this year, I think we will have even more participants next year and in years to come.”Githinji encouraged students to participate in other Africa Week events, including the World Unity Banquet on Thursday with international food, multicultural performances, and an address from Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves.“Hopefully, we can keep that enthusiasm and collaborative spirit going as we continue with the rest of Africa Week 2010,” Githinji said.
Jack Hofsiss(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Jack Hofsiss, a Tony Award winner for directing the original production of The Elephant Man, has died at the age of 65, according to Deadline. His death was confirmed by the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office.Hofsiss was born in 1950 in Brooklyn, where he attended a Jesuit high school. It was there that Hofsiss learned to find a balance between faith and his sexuality. In a 2000 interview with The Advocate, he said, “They shared the fact that ultimately your relationship to God is your own thing, that you can be gay and have a relationship with the God of the Catholic church.” Similar themes appeared in the 2000 off-Broadway play he directed, Avow.While studying at Georgetown University, Hofsiss created the show Senior Prom, which ended up running locally at the O Street Theatre and was briefly considered for a New York transfer.After directing the TV mini-series The Best of Families, Hofsiss helmed The Elephant Man on Broadway, earning him a 1979 Tony and Drama Desk Award at the age of 28. He went on to direct Total Abandon and The Shadow Box on the Great White Way. He returned to the screen to direct an episode of 3 by Cheever, as well as The Oldest Living Graduate and the 1982 film I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can.In 1985, Hofsiss suffered a severe spinal cord injury after diving into a shallow pool, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. While the incident left him in a wheelchair and in a period of severe depression, it ultimately did not stop his career, beginning with his return to stage work the following year with All the Way Home at the Berkshire Theatre Festival View Comments
In the field of alpine skiing for persons with disabilities, 19-year-old girl from Sarajevo, Ilma Kazazic, is the first competitor from Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to reach the norm for the next “Paralympic Games 2018”.This young Paralympic skier won two European medals in alpine skiing last year. Even cerebral palsy, for which she says is a condition not a disease, which was most likely caused during the birth, did not stop her.“We think that it happened during the birth or it was innate, we are not sure. Mainly, it was a greater fate and a nerve damage happened. In the third year I was diagnosed with a mild form of cerebral palsy, ” Ilma said at the beginning of the interview.Her parents who never gave up on the exercise played a key role in her success, and before the skiing, Ilma was involved in various sports to improve her health.“My father tought me how to ski. He had the courage to put me on skis when I was four years old. Besides skiing, I was training rhythmic gymnastics and swimming. My coach Senad Turkovic, who recognized my potential, urged me to start skiing more seriously, thus I am professionally engaged in this sport today, “ this young and brave skier emphasized.Besides skiing, her first love was a computer science, and that is why she enrolled at the Faculty of Information Technology in Mostar.“Besides skiing, my love is also the computer science which I am studying. Honestly, it is hard to coordinate everything, but when you like something, you can always find time. I think anyone can succeed in life, because it is all about will and desire, “ said Ilma, adding that she has also graduated from Primary Music School, and that she likes to play the piano.The secrets to Ilma’s success are: persistence, hard work, a lot of sacrifice, and parent support.“My biggest motivation are my parents who were, above all, responsible for my success and financially supported my skiing, together with my sponsors who later became involved in all of this. The Paralympic Committee of BiH has supported us this season before IO, by funding equipment and races. Now, I would like to thank them and all my sponsors who have helped us to realize all of this,“ our snow heroine stressed out, and advised young people not to give up on their dreams, because they can accomplish anything they truly want.Her goal is, as she says, to make a great achievement at the “Paralympic Games” , and to graduate, since the college is high priority for her.Ilma Kazazic is currently doing workouts, in order to prepare for the upcoming “Paralympic Games” to be held in the South Korea. (Source: radiosarajevo.ba)