Roughly fifty students, led by Fossil Free ND, marched from McKenna Hall to the Main Building early Monday evening to protest the University’s current investment in fossil fuels. Freshman Adam Wiechman said the goal of Fossil Free ND is to push the University to fully divest from fossil fuels within the next five years. “We want the University to become an active voice in climate change and really take a look at those funds,” Wiechman said. The protest followed a talk by environmentalist Bill McKibben as part of the Hesburgh Lecture Series. “Bill McKibben, the inspiration for our movement, is the founder of the global divestment movement,” Wiechman said. “We decided to jump on the opportunity of him being here. We met with Bill beforehand; He gave us a shout-out during the speech. It was great.”Wiechman said they received bigger numbers than they initially anticipated. “We actually picked up a lot of people. We marched from McKenna to the Main Building, placing signs down along the way that were orange footprints that represented climate change impacts,” Wiechman said. Freshman Brittany Benninger said she was excited about the turnout and impressed by McKibben’s talk.“Bill McKibben is super influential right now, and we love that he was able to come out on campus,” Benninger said. “He gave a great lecture on climate change and the need to divest from fossil fuels, and that’s why we’re out here today.”Benninger said it is imperative the administration focuses on divestment in the next five years. “It’s really important that [the administration] understands that they need to take their money out of such practices and reinvest in some better, more sustainable and renewable income,” Benninger said. Freshman Abby Ferguson said she was also excited about the protest and the talk itself. “We had a lot of people join us from the talk, and I know we had a few people join us on the way,” Ferguson said. “We stopped seven times along the way to put down seven footprints for things that are the result of climate change, such as drought, sea level rise, ocean acidification and crop reduction.”Protestors were invited to sign a banner that had shamrocks in the outline of a globe. “We wanted people to sign to show individual support for the cause,” Ferguson said. According to Ferguson, the administration has been less than cooperative or responsive to any of the group’s protests. “I don’t know if Jenkins has had an official response to any of this, but if he has, I know it’s been basically to say, ‘Stop,” Ferguson said. “The administration has thus far, based on what I understand and know, has been really unresponsive, just kind of trying to ignore it and hope it’ll go away. But the goal is to not let that happen because this is important.”Tags: divest, Fossil Free ND, fossil fuels, protest
“Tsao was unavailable. We continue to evaluate him,” Roberts said. “He was evaluated this morning. Came in and didn’t feel right. So, with a day game, it’s hard to get somebody from Oklahoma City.”The game was long enough for Kenley Jansen to blow his second save in three days (after converting 25 consecutive save situations before that), both teams to waste scoring opportunities and A.J. Ellis to forget his starting pitcher.“When did he pitch? Was that today?” Ellis joked when asked by Japanese reporters about Kenta Maeda who went the first five innings.It was also long enough to encompass both kinds of Puig moments. In the ninth inning, he led off with a single, went to second on a wild pitch – and inexplicably stayed there when Ellis dropped an attempted sacrifice bunt.Hours later, Puig gained redemption with his bases-loaded single to break the stalemate in the 17th. “To lose three in a row, three walk-offs in a row – that wouldn’t have been very good,” Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said of something that hasn’t happened to a Dodgers team since 1991. “Especially when the game is going so long. Everyone’s tired. You don’t want to walk away with a loss.”Sunday’s game was such a marathon it will bleed over into Tuesday. Ross Stripling was scheduled to start that day. Instead, he went three scoreless innings in relief to get the win Sunday and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said afterward he would not start Tuesday.Sunday’s oddities even started before the game.Everyone got in the game except starting pitchers Alex Wood and Scott Kazmir – and Saturday’s goat, reliever Chin-Hui Tsao. He sat conspicuously on the bench in the dugout for the five-hour, 47-minute affair, rarely moving let alone leaving for the bullpen.Afterward, Roberts said he learned before the game from the Dodgers’ medical staff that Tsao had “some soreness” and was unavailable to pitch. There wasn’t time to get reinforcements from Triple-A Oklahoma City in time for Sunday’s game — or so they thought. An OKC-to-San Diego direct flight takes 4 1/2 hours. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error SAN DIEGO >> The Dodgers needed a hero. Badly. Anything to write a different ending to their Groundhog Day weekend in San Diego.It just took them a really long time to find one. A really long time.Yasiel Puig’s two-run single in the 17th inning opened the door for a four-run rally that sent the Dodgers to a 9-5 victory at Petco Park on Sunday afternoon — and evening — and allowed them to avoid a three-game sweep by the San Diego Padres and end a four-game losing streak.Freshly stung by walk-off losses Friday (on Melvin Upton Jr.’s ninth-inning home run off Kenley Jansen) and Saturday, (on a bases-loaded walk by Chin-Hui Tsao), the Dodgers walked the tightrope for their longest game since another 17-inning marathon with the Padres in April 2009, using 22 of their 25 active players, including Clayton Kershaw who appeared as a pinch-hitter.