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Austin O’Brien | Nick Boggess

first_imgWho they are: Student body presidential candidate Austin O’Brien is a freshman resident of O’Neill Hall from Granger, Ind., who plans to study political science and economics. He is currently creating a community service project as part of the First Year Challenge. Vice presidential candidate Nick Boggess, a freshman accounting major and Education, Schooling and Society minor, is a South Bend native living in Zahm House. First priority: O’Brien and Boggess would take advantage of their full-time residency in the South Bend area to begin working immediately and over the summer to strengthen the relationship between the city and the University to make South Bend a “college town Notre Dame students want to be a part of.” Top priority: To continue the pair’s first priority of improving South Bend as a college town, Boggess said working with the city to “blur the lines” between campus and the greater community to expand the University’s influence would be a primary goal.  Best idea: O’Brien and Boggess propose creating a council of local university student body presidents to work directly with Mayor Buttigieg to integrate student needs with the greater South Bend community. Worst idea: Creating a “learning commons” to house all academic resources in one facility for all students. Attempting to centralize vaguely specified resources for students in five colleges under one roof makes little logistical or practical sense on Notre Dame’s compact campus.  Most feasible: O’Brien hopes to engage directly with students regularly in meetings modeled after South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s “Mayor’s Night Out” sessions.  Least feasible: A continually popular yet unsuccessful platform point of prospective student body presidents, O’Brien and Boggess want to expand Flex Point acceptance to include Eddy Street Commons. Nothing in their platform implies they could reverse this trend of rejection.  Fun fact: O’Brien and Boggess, friends since their time at St. Joseph’s High School, won a local Battle of the Bands competition last summer with their pop-rock cover group The Excellence Stops Here.  Notable quote: “As local residents, we have the benefit of seeing all the angles that you can possibly take, so that’s what I feel like would give us a big advantage when it comes to working especially with students here as well as those in the community.” – Boggess, on the merits of living in South Bend year-round Bottom line: The O’Brien-Boggess ticket expresses an admirable desire to integrate Notre Dame with the greater South Bend community, but their ideas are too broad and contain few specific plans of action to achieve the overarching goal of making South Bend a better college town. Though their perspective as local residents is unique, it diverted the pair’s focus too far from on-campus concerns. That said, their initiative in running as freshmen holds promise for future campaigns.last_img read more

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Bills’ Victory Was Allen’s Way Of Honoring His Grandmother

first_imgImage by Sara Schmidle / BuffaloBills.com.ORCHARD PARK (AP) — The crying would have to wait. Josh Allen wasn’t going to let the pain of his grandmother’s sudden death get in the way of him taking the field against the Seattle Seahawks last weekend.“Grammy,” as the Bills quarterback affectionally called Patricia Allen, wouldn’t have had it any other way.“All I kept telling myself was she would’ve wanted me to play,” Allen said Wednesday, in his first comments since coach Sean McDermott revealed the news of Allen’s 80-year-old grandmother’s death following a 44-34 win on Sunday.“And she would want me to play how I usually play, with the fun that I have out there, and with the sense of pride I have when I put on that uniform,” Allen said. “That’s all I kept telling myself that I’m doing this for her. I knew she was with me on the field.” Allen, who would occasionally look to the sky and point during the game, provided a fitting remembrance for a beloved grandmother, who never missed a Bills game either on TV or in person, and attended every one of his high school games in Firebaugh, California.He finished 31 of 38 for 415 yards passing, matching a career high set in a win over Miami in Week 2, and scored four touchdowns, including one rushing. The outing earned him his second AFC offensive player of the week honor of the season.It wasn’t until he reached the locker room and saw offensive coordinator Brian Daboll that an emotionally spent Allen collapsed in the coach’s arms and broke down.“My parents didn’t want to tell me. They didn’t want to burden me with a heavy heart before the game,” Allen said of finding out about the death on Saturday night. “But to go out there and play for her, to do it in her honor, while my family was all together watching, I don’t think it could’ve been a better tribute.”The quarterback had even more cause to grow emotional. He was awestruck by the outpouring of support the Bills Mafia fanbase showed in topping $300,000 in donations to Allen’s favorite charity, Buffalo’s Oishei Children’s Hospital.“Words can’t really describe how I feel,” he said. “I can’t thank them enough. It’s overwhelming for sure. So much good is coming out of such a tough situation, you can’t help but smile at it.”In three years since being drafted in the first round out of Wyoming, Allen is enjoying his full share of what the community likes to call “Buffa-Love.”Daboll, who grew up in Buffalo’s suburbs, wasn’t surprised by how the fanbase has adopted the quarterback as one of its own by noting how Allen’s blue-collar, unpretentious approach fits this rust-belt town.“That’s him. He’s just a genuine, genuine person,” Daboll said.The support is also a reflection of Allen emerging as the franchise quarterback the Bills have lacked since Hall of Famer Jim Kelly retired following the 1996 season.Under Allen, the pass-happy, AFC East-leading Bills are 7-2, matching their best record through nine games since 1993. Buffalo, which plays at Arizona (5-3) on Sunday, is in contention to earn its third playoff berth in four years, and win its first division title since 1995.Allen has captivated the community much like he has his teammates, many of whom didn’t know about his family’s loss until after the game.“He took a moment to put his feelings to the side and put his team first,” receiver Stefon Diggs said. “You’ve got to respect it. You’ve got to love him for that because not a lot of guys could’ve done that.”For McDermott, Allen’s performance reinforced what the team saw in the raw, strong-armed quarterback who played at Wyoming because it was one of only two Division I schools to offer him a scholarship.“He’s continued to grow. He’s continued to put in the work, acknowledging that he’s not a finished product,” McDermott said. “Even though he’s experienced success prior to this season, he stays committed to working his tail off to get better and improve.”Allen joined Drew Bledsoe in 2002 in becoming the second Buffalo player to top 400 yards passing twice in one season. His 2,587 yards passing are 502 short of matching his 16-game total last year. And his current completion percentage of 68.9 represents a 10.1-point jump over last season, when he finished 32nd among NFL starters.The statistics and awards are secondary, Allen said, though he acknowledged producing them in honor of his grandmother made him feel better. He was more pleased with how Buffalo responded in his time of need.“It’s truly a special place,” Allen said. “I don’t ever want to leave, obviously. I want to play here for as long as I can, and give back.”NOTES: CB Tre’Davious White did not practice after hurting his ankle in the final minutes on Sunday. … CB Josh Norman, who’s missed three games with a hamstring injury, was listed as limited in practice. … C Mitch Morse cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol and practiced fully. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Rising from the ashes

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Georgia running back D’Andre Swift injured vs. Georgia Tech

first_imgMORE: Week 14 college football schedule Georgia running back D’Andre Swift was injured in the Bulldogs’ game at rival Georgia Tech on Saturday.Swift was tackled near the goal line in the third quarter, fumbling on the same play. He later left the field and was seen on the trainer’s table holding his left shoulder. He appears to have been ruled out for the remainder of the game. Luckily for Georgia, it appears Swift’s injury will not extend past Saturday’s game against the Yellow Jackets. He was seen on the sideline telling offensive lineman Solomon Kindley that his injury “wasn’t that bad.”D’Andre Swift appears to say regarding his shoulder “…they said it wasn’t bad.” #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/SIZDsTmvpD— SicEmDawgs.com (@SicEmDawgscom) November 30, 2019The Bulldogs will likely need Swift for next week’s game against No. 1 LSU in the SEC championship game in Atlanta. Swift leads the Bulldogs with 1,203 rushing yards and seven touchdowns, including the stats he compiled against the Yellow Jackets.Meanwhile, the Bulldogs will take a 38-7 lead into fourth quarter.last_img read more