Tags: building, Campus Crossroads, Construction, weather, WInter Construction crews for the Campus Crossroads project made progress on initial construction steps and excavations around the stadium after the least snowy December in South Bend’s recorded history.“The construction team took advantage of this great fortune and worked six to seven days a week in anticipation of the onset of more typical winter weather, which, of course, began last week,” Associate vice president and University architect Doug Marsh said. “Formal construction work has proceeded well in the 50 calendar days since the end of the home football season.”Marsh said the winter work involves several “major earthwork activities.” Crews are relocating many underground utilities such as sewers, water service, electrical feeders, chilled water and drainage, and they are constructing new utilities tunnels along both the west and east sides, he said.Excavation of the student center basement began, and they installed “an extensive span of permanent earth retention system” on the west and east edges of the existing stadium system to secure the existing foundations, Marsh said. They have also installed temporary earth retention walls that will provide a platform for the mobile cranes which will be built later in the winter to erect the structural steel frames for the student center and academic buildings on the west and east sides.As the crew works on initial construction of the buildings’ foundation walls and footings, Marsh said the design team is still working out the details for the interior portions of the project.So far, construction is right on schedule and in line with the budget, University spokesman Dennis Brown said.“The ebbs and flows of weather are built into construction timelines,” he said. “This year’s pattern has made no significant difference on the time frame or budget for the project, one way or the other.”The website construction.nd.edu provides updates on parking and pedestrian/vehicle traffic. According to the site, the University’s two free campus shuttles have expanded their hours as of Jan. 5 to run continuously from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays to help people “navigate several major construction projects across campus and related parking adjustments.”The limited pedestrian walkways on the east and west sides of the stadium remain the same as those set before break. On the east, a temporary walkway allows access to Gates 1 and 2 of the Joyce Center, and on the west, pedestrians can use the DeBartolo Quad walkways or walk through the Mendoza College of Business and DeBartolo Hall.
The football world is bracing itself for some typically brutal observations when Sir Alex Ferguson’s biography is released. With an afternoon press conference to follow, Ferguson will again capture attention in a way successor David Moyes can only dream of. In an article on Saturday, journalist Paul Hayward, who was responsible for committing Ferguson’s words to print, stated: “Ferguson decided several years ago to revisit the upheavals of the past decade, and to examine how he maintained control in the face of changes in United’s ownership, the rise of player power and the new threats posed by Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea and the Middle-Eastern wealth of Manchester City.” Hayward also stated Ferguson “recalls the great players he has managed”, listing Roy Keane, Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham, and “shares his thoughts on Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho and Rafa Benitez”. The last name itself gives an idea of what to expect. In both public and private, Ferguson rarely had a good word to say about Benitez. He once described the Spaniard as “a baby” and will doubtless find many reasons to undermine Benitez, currently boss at Napoli, not least the failed attempt to prise Gabriel Heinze out of Old Trafford. That is just one of a number of reasons to anticipate the book getting a frosty reception at Liverpool. The fall-out from the racism row that ended with Luis Suarez getting an eight-match ban for abusing Patrice Evra should be covered, and that will not reflect well on Kenny Dalglish, with whom Ferguson had previous history anyway. Although his relations with Wenger eased considerably during the latter days of his Old Trafford reign, it will be interesting to see whether Ferguson touches on Arsenal’s failure to secure any silverware since the Gunners beat United in the 2005 FA Cup final, or the ‘Pizzagate’ row from 2004. While the contents have been kept a closely guarded secret, few expect Ferguson’s view of life since Manchester United’s historic 1999 Treble triumph to be bland. Indeed, there is so much ground to be covered that barely a page will be turned without some fascinating insight from the man whose managerial career ended in May with a record 13th Premier League title. Ferguson’s view of Keane will be significant, with an expectant public really wanting to know the content of that infamous MUTV interview in 2005 which got pulled from the schedules because of the damning criticisms of so many young team-mates and eventually led to the Irishman’s abrupt exit. And then there is Beckham, the most recognisable face of English football, scarred by a boot Ferguson sent flying across the Old Trafford dressing room, and his relationship and subsequent marriage to a member of the Spice Girls. Peter Kenyon’s part in failing to secure the services of Ronaldinho in 2003, the Football Association and referees are all fertile ground, and then there is Wayne Rooney. Had Ferguson remained at Old Trafford, Rooney would surely have been shown the exit door. As it is Ferguson will need to tiptoe round the matter carefully so as not to cause Moyes any problems. Press Association
Reid Lidow, a senior majoring in international relations and political science, received a Gates Cambridge Scholarship this past week, which grants him a full scholarship at the University of Cambridge starting this fall.International researcher · Dornsife senior Reid Lidow discussed his independent research trip in Burma for his senior thesis in 2012. – Courtesy of Reid LidowA total of 40 scholars were chosen from 800 U.S. applicants. The scholarship program’s goal is to support leaders who are committed to “improving the lives of others,” according to Lidow.Lidow is the second Trojan to receive this award. A Dornsife College of Arts, Letters and Sciences student, Lidow is currently participating in the Teaching International Relations Program at USC and has been a volunteer teacher in the program since his freshman year.Lidow said students are fortunate not just because of academic programs, but also because of the many opportunities to make an impact on and off campus.“Here at USC, we are not blind to the fact that the community surrounding USC is — socioeconomically — a little bit down on its heels,” Lidow said. “We don’t live in a bubble. TIRP is a great way to make a difference in the community surrounding USC.”Steven Lamy, professor of international relations, initially introduced this program to Lidow. Lamy remembers him as one of the students completing all of the assignments and attending all class sessions.“When you see a student who takes his education very seriously, it’s important to work with those students and help them to develop as scholars,” Lamy said. “We are looking for students sitting in [the] first few rows that’s really interested in subject matter. These students ask great questions and are not overly concerned about grades. They are more concerned about learning and understanding.”Lidow has been Professor Lamy’s research assistant for three years.In 2012, Lidow went on an independent research trip to Burma to answer the question, “Why is Burma opening up to the world?” His senior thesis explored both the external and internal factors that motivated Burma’s reforms.“Burma today is cut from the Tale of Two Cities image — it’s the best of times and the worst of times,” Lidow said. “Right now in Burma, there are people who never had it better, who are feeling the reforms and benefiting considerably. And there are some people who never had worse — some of the ethnic minorities.”Professor Lamy emphasized the importance of participating in global action, and how having a mentor can help.“What students need to do is find a faculty member who you can identify with; that can not only help answer questions, but also point out the opportunities,” Lamy said.Lidow believes undergraduate research should arise naturally and not be forced.“If you want to do an independent research [project], that requires a lot of patience,’ Lidow said. “I recommend waiting for that ‘Aha!’ moment.”Lidow emphasized the importance of continuously asking questions when conducting academic research.“I think the most important thing is to be curious,” Lidow said. “Those questions then usually lead to someone seeking to conduct their own research — And there is always a research channel or road you can take.”
Shane Lowry’s secured his first top-10 finish of this year’s PGA golf season. A final round 67 has seen the Offaly man close at 15-under par and take a share of seventh at the Wyndham Championship. Lowry came agonisingly close to reaching the FedEx Cup playoffs, but has missed out by just two places. Sweden’s Henrik Stenson has won the event in North Carolina by one stroke at 22-under. Photo © – Tipp FM