Under the theme “Even Unto Death: Embracing the Love of the Cross,” the Identity Project of Notre Dame is hosting its 13th annual Edith Stein Conference, the largest student-run conference on campus. The event will start Friday at 1 p.m. and end Saturday with a banquet starting at 6:15 p.m. in McKenna Hall.Co-chair and senior Molly Weiner said the conference embraces a unique mix of academic and personal topics. The speakers range from professors at Notre Dame to students from other colleges across the country.“It’s a mix between a lecture from a professor, and then the next talk will be a self-help — this was my experience, this is how to change this part of your life,” she said.The event will feature two keynote lectures and various other talks on a range of topics relating to identity and relationships, Weiner said.“The conference in general was made for an opportunity for people on campus to come together and talk about topics related to relationships and friendship and personal identity and dignity that kind of isn’t really covered on campus because we’re more focused on our academics, and if we are in our friend group, sometimes we’re scared to talk about certain topics,” she said.Weiner said the conference tries to focus on the needs of students.“We do talk about things like dating, discernment, what you want to do with your life, sometimes how student life can be difficult,” she said.Junior Theresa Gallagher, who is in charge of fundraising, said the conference is relevant to students in the sense that it discusses issues that are directly applicable to their lives.“It just changes the way you think about relationships when all of the sudden you hear a talk about the cross as a gift of love,” she said. “It provides a space to hear those reflections, to think about them, to talk about them with other people, and it transforms the way you look at your everyday life. I’m not thinking about these things every single minute of every single day, but to have this place where it can provide that lens to see your whole life, your whole experience, in a different way.”For club president and junior Emily Hirshorn, the best parts of the conference are outside the formal sessions.“My favorite times are in between all the talks when there’s food out and students come together and really get to foster meaningful conversations about the speakers we just heard,” she said.While registration for the conference is open, Weiner said students can choose to attend the talks they want without registering in advance. She said the club itself is a continuation of the conversation at the conference, and Hirshorn said the club provides a lot of flexibility to discuss different topics.“It’s all about fostering conversations that matter,” Hirshorn said.Weiner said she began her role in April of last year and brainstormed topics over the summer. She began to book speakers and logistics in September.“It is a very difficult task to do something like this, but it’s worth every minute of it,” she said.Hirshorn said the conference is particularly important in that it encourages students to learn how to approach certain problems in life.“If we really take the time to learn how to approach difficult subjects, especially in light of the Catholic faith that a lot of us share, that can have a really transformative power,” she said. “… Suffering, in particular, is a topic I think we all struggle with in different forms, especially when it seems undeserved.”Tags: Edith Stein Conference, identity, Identity Project of Notre Dame, relationships
Comments Published on April 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: email@example.com | @mark_cooperjr Three weeks ago, Nerlens Noel narrowed his list of schools to Syracuse, Kentucky and Georgetown.Noel, the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2012, will make his decision Wednesday.The 6-foot-10, 205-pound center from Tilton School in Tilton, N.H., will choose where he will attend school and play basketball next season at 7:30 p.m. in a live telecast on ESPNU.Shabazz Muhammad, a small forward who is the No. 2 player in next year’s freshman class, will also make his decision during the telecast. Muhammad is deciding between Kentucky, Duke and UCLA, according to an article published by ESPN on Tuesday.Noel, who was compared to Anthony Davis, Kentucky center and NCAA Player of the Year this past season, is known most for his shot-blocking ability. He was originally a member of the Class of 2013, but reclassified in February to reach college next year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange has the No. 11 recruiting Class for 2012, according to Scout.com. Noel would be the third player in Syracuse’s incoming freshman class. Center DaJuan Coleman, of DeWitt, and power forward Jeremi Grant, from Hyattsville, Md., committed to SU in the fall. Coleman is ranked as the No. 6 center and Grant the No. 7 power forward in the class, according to Scout.comAlthough the Orange does have Coleman coming in next season, Noel would help fill the void left at center by Fab Melo, who declared for the NBA Draft on April firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook Twitter Google+
Roselle Catholic (N.J.) junior power forward Tyler Roberson will announce his college choice on ESPNU’s Signing Day Special Friday night.The 6-foot-8 210-pound forward is a four-star recruit and visited Syracuse on Oct. 5, Kansas on Oct. 19 and Villanova Oct. 26. The three school are considered to be his finalists.According to Rivals.com Roberson is the No. 7 power forward in his class. The ESPNU broadcast begins at 7 p.m. ET Friday night. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 15, 2012 at 11:53 pm
Published on March 19, 2019 at 10:56 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments One of my friends recently called Frank Howard “the player Syracuse fans love to hate.” That was true his sophomore year, when each turnover followed by a short leash led the fans to believe their presumed starting point guard wasn’t good enough.It lessened his junior year, but he still wasn’t NBA-bound Tyus Battle or phenomenal freshman forward Oshae Brissett. He was still Frank Howard: the point guard who turned it over too much.It’s still shown up this year, as Howard’s struggle to return from injury led to questions about his role in the Orange offense. But for all the hate and uncertainty, Howard has two chances to seize history this week.“He’s a tough guy, he’s not gonna give up for anything,” Buddy Boeheim said of Howard. “He’s taught me that, and he’s always been confident in me … It’s been great learning from him and great playing with him.”Howard has an opportunity to become the third Orange starting point guard to lead Syracuse to back-to-back Sweet 16s. If Howard, the only holdover from SU’s 2016 Final Four team, left that final mark on the SU program, he’d no longer be the player that Syracuse fans love to hate. Rather, he’d be cemented as the floor general that consistently stepped his game up when it truly mattered.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I just put it in every play, gotta take charge out there,” Howard said. “…That’s just what I need to bring every night … Just gotta be consistent with that and use what I’ve learned, not just from older seniors but our coaches as well.”Ironically, Howard entered ESPN and Scout’s high school recruiting lists as a shooting guard. But he fit the mold of a tall Syracuse point guard that Boeheim could use at the top of SU’s 2-3 zone. His first step was to make a crowded backcourt rotation as a freshman.Howard did that and more, backing up Michael Gbinije en route to the 2016 Final Four. There wasn’t much to hate then. Howard was just the unknown first-year guard who came in to make a few plays.Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerBut, in a flash, Howard was the known commodity on a very new team his sophomore year. Before the season began, it was Howard’s show to run. No one knew what John Gillon would accomplish in his one year as Syracuse’s point guard in 2017.That’s when the hate started. He missed all nine shots against UConn. He turned the ball over six times against Georgetown. He only reached double-figures once in conference play. His performance against the Hoyas prompted one fan to tweet, “Frank Howard is pretty much useless at this point. Get him out and keep him out.”But the grad transfer Gillon recently told The Daily Orange that he looked up to the sophomore Howard during his time at Syracuse despite playing ahead of him. Gillon saw what maybe no one else could see yet — that Howard’s work ethic could make the bad times better. And it did, as Howard averaged 14.4 points per game and led the Orange in assists as a junior.“The fact that he had to deal with people doubting him basically the whole time he was at the school and he still leads the team through big games says a lot about his character,” Gillon said via text.Then, in his first March as a key cog, Howard propelled a historic defensive run with three Syracuse wins in five days and a spot in the Sweet 16. With all five starters back and additions around them, Howard’s senior year was supposed to be even better.But he was injured in the preseason, an absence he called “hell.” Howard’s shooting touch didn’t come back right away even when he returned, and he seemed uninterested or unable to drive to the basket.All of a sudden, though, after months of looking not quite healthy or not quite good enough, Howard performed the best he has in his career in the ACC tournament. A late 3 against Duke gave him a career-high 28 points. The shot from the summer that Boeheim raved so frequently about during the season was there, and just in time.The career night pushed Howard to 992 points in his Syracuse career. He’s playing as well as he has all season, and he’ll likely hit the 1000-point mark on Thursday against Baylor.“Around this time of the year I finally got my body right to feel comfortable to attack,” Howard said, “and that’s just what I’ve been trying to do.”When Howard committed to Syracuse as a high school junior, he told The Washington Post it was because of a “family feel.” Maybe Howard’s role for three-plus years in the SU family has been to be that player that every family has, the one “everyone loves to hate.” But as the days wind down on Howard’s career donning Orange, he gets one more chance to shift the narrative.Another March run, this time as the feel-good senior who recovered from injury, could make him the player Syracuse fans simply love.Billy Heyen is a senior staff writer for The Daily Orange where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at email@example.com or @Wheyen3.