New book on late University President explores contributions

first_imgA new book shedding light on parts of University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh’s life that were previously unknown was published March 12. Written by Notre Dame professor of history Rev. Wilson D. Miscamble, “American Priest: The Ambitious Life and Conflicted Legacy of Notre Dame’s Father Ted Hesburgh,” explores the many roles and contributions of Hesburgh.His contributions range from higher education, to the civil rights movement and to his work as an advisor to popes and presidents. A Notre Dame faculty member since 1988, Miscamble said he wrote the book in order to gain a better understanding of Notre Dame’s evolution under Hesburgh’s influence. “It was both a desire to understand the Notre Dame story and also to track something of these amazing involvements he had beyond Notre Dame,” Miscamble said. “I was curious about how Notre Dame had developed and evolved, and I thought a good way to understand that story would be to study the person who had led it for such a long period of time.” Additionally, as a specialist in American foreign policy since World War II and the role of Catholics in 20th-century U.S. foreign relations and public life, Miscamble said he was excited by the opportunity to write about Hesburgh’s rich and extensive history. “I knew that Fr. Ted had been involved in so many activities beyond Notre Dame in American public life and in the life of the Catholic Church, so I knew it would be an interesting story to track him. To follow his life would allow me to look at his involvement in the whole range of issues — from the presidency of Dwight Eisenhower all the way up to to Bill Clinton’s — and to his connections to the various popes from Pius XII through to John Paul II,” Miscamble said.  Miscamble said he had been planning to write Hesburgh’s biography for quite some time. However, when he initially sat down with Fr. Hesburgh to discuss writing the biography, Miscamble said Hesburgh had misgivings.“At the outset Hesburgh demanded, ‘How could any single person, let alone a busy one like me, investigate with care the records of the various commissions and agencies on which he served,” Miscamble said in the preface of his book. Over time and many meetings with Hesburgh, however, Miscamble said he slowly accumulated the stories necessary for his work. Miscamble admitted it took an incredible amount of perseverance and work.“It was a matter of gathering my research, doing all of the hard work of research and then sitting down and having to write up a story. You’ve got to put yourself in your chair and go to work,” Miscamble said. One of the many benefits of Miscamble’s work is it uncovered some things which Miscamble said he had not previously known about Hesburgh. Hesburgh’s relationships with the Kennedy’s and Lyndon Johnson, for example, were not what Miscamble had anticipated.“You might think, ‘oh the first Catholic president, Father Ted would be enthusiastic etc.’ But he [Hesburgh] found that the Kennedys were not as supportive on civil rights as he had hoped and that there was some friction there… he had a great affection for Lyndon Johnson because he believed LBJ had actually pushed hard on civil rights and got the 1964 and 1965 legislation through,” Miscamble said. “And second, looking more at the internal operations of Notre Dame, were the challenges he felt in the late 1960s trying to maintain order on the campus. The extent of that and how it weighed on him surprised me a bit.” When asked whether some might have a negative reaction to his book, Miscamble acknowledged that a mixed reception was possible. “I’ve tried to write a serious book and an honest book, and my book is not a hagiography. I am trying to look at the strengths but also the limitations of Fr. Hesburgh and to weigh him as a real person not as an icon. I would think some folks might have reservations about that so I’m curious to find out what the reaction will be,” Miscamble said. “I’m excited now to get the book out and to hopefully have it discussed and for it to be something that stimulates further discussion.” Miscamble said this discussion is important to him as a Catholic professor of history, and he recognizes the importance of reflection and discussion of the past. “I think far too many people operate just in a present moment without having a good understanding of how things came to be as they are,” he said. “I believe history can provide us with a certain perspective and wisdom to address our contemporary circumstances, so I do hope students will pick up this book and realize something of how Notre Dame came to be the place that it is today — with its strengths, but also its limitations.” Tags: book, Fr. Hesburgh, history, Notre Damelast_img read more

Kings buy out contract of defenseman Dion Phaneuf

first_imgThe Kings have bought out the final two years of defenseman Dion Phaneuf’s contract, the team announced Saturday. NHL free agency rumors: Sharks may be preparing to offer Erik Karlsson 8-year extension NHL trade news: Capitals send Matt Niskanen to Flyers for Radko Gudas BOUGHT OUT: The Los Angeles Kings have bought out veteran defenceman Dion Phaneuf.He had two years left on his seven-year, $49 million contract originally signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2014. https://t.co/CTnr4z8dGo #TSNHockey pic.twitter.com/pBhWDMQcok— TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) June 15, 2019The buyout will save the Kings $2.8 million and will open up $4 million of cap space next year, according to nbcsports.com.#LAKings have bought out the final 2 years of Dion Phaneuf’s contract.As a result of the Retained Salary trade between the Kings & Sens on Feb 14, 2018 involving Phaneuf, the cap hit resulting from his buyout will be split between LA (75%) and OTT (25%)https://t.co/u0YNYgG1Qy pic.twitter.com/golsF8VigN— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) June 15, 2019Phaneuf was a first-round pick of the Flames (ninth overall) in the 2003 NHL Draft. He is a three-time All-Star and finished second in the voting for the Norris Trophy for the league’s top defenseman in 2007-08, his third season in the league. Related News At one time a premier defenseman in the NHL, Phaneuf, 34, appeared in 67 games for Los Angeles this past season and set personal lows in plus-minus (minus-21) and time on ice (15:00). He was acquired by the Kings from the Senators late in the 2017-18 season. He had four goals and 12 assists in 93 games with the Kings. He has 137 goals and 357 assists over his 14-year NHL career.last_img read more

Farah’s double hopes endangered after 10,000m battering

first_imgThe Mo Moment. PHOTO britishathletics.org.ukLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  Mo Farah’s hopes of winning his third successive world championship distance double could be in jeopardy after requiring medical treatment following Friday’s epic victory in the 10,000m.The 34-year-old British legend won despite being spiked twice in the final lap — the first saw him almost come to grief and fall into the infield — and which resulted in blood pouring from his left calf.Farah, who prior to Friday’s victory had racked up two Olympic and world doubles as well as the 2011 5,000m world crown, tried to shrug off the battering he had taken but still curtailed media committments so he could be attended to by medical staff.“I am hurt, I just have to be strong now and see the doctors,” said Farah. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Arsenal’s Lwobi fires Nigeria to 2018 World Cup

first_imgAbuja, Nigeria | AFP |  Arsenal forward Alex Lwobi sent Nigeria to the 2018 World Cup finals with the winning goal in a 1-0 African qualifying victory over Zambia on Saturday.The Super Eagles became the first African team to advance to Russia after taking an unassailable lead atop Group B. It will be their sixth World Cup finals appearance.Substitute Iwobi blasted home a pullback by Shehu Abdullahi 17 minutes from time to secure qualification.“We were lucky that Iwobi came off the bench to make the difference,” said Nigeria’s German coach Gernot Rohr.“It was a difficult game and we didn’t underrate Zambia. We knew it will be a tough game and that was the case.”Zambia coach Wedson Nyirenda felt his team had dominated for long periods.“They got a half chance and they used their experience to punish us,” he said.“But we acquitted ourselves very well. This was the best game of this group.”In a high tempo first half, Zambia thought they had taken the lead when Augustin Mulenga bundled home but his 23rd minute effort was disallowed for offside.In the 36th minute, Zambia striker Alex Ngonga, whose pace troubled the Nigeria defence throughout, forced goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa to parry the ball behind for a corner. The Super Eagles peppered the Zambian goal with shots in the closing minutes of the first half, but skipper Mikel Obi, Odion Ighalo and Moses Simon all failed to trouble Zambian goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene.Nigeria were the brighter of the two teams after the break as Wilfred Ndidi saw his looping header pushed away by Mweene.The Eagles carved out the better chances, although Zambia looked dangerous on the counter attack until Iwobi settled the affair and sent Nigeria to the World Cup finals.StandingsNigeria     5 4 1 0 11  3 13 – qualifiedZambia      5 2 1 2  6  5  7Cameroon    5 1 3 1  5  7  6Algeria     5 0 1 4  3 10  1 Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

FL police officer seen pushing teen off roof in bodycam video

first_imgA Florida police department is facing severe backlash after video of an officer pushing an 18-year-old car theft suspect of a roof has gone viral.Sgt. Anthony Amada and officer Plenio Massiah of the Kissimmee Police Department approached an unidentified suspect accused of taking his girlfriend’s car without permission.But when police arrived at the suspect’s door, he fled upstairs to the roof.They pursued the suspect on foot, which is seen in the police bodycam footage.The video reportedly shows the officers telling the suspect to “come down” from the roof, which was nine-feet from the ground.The officer on the roof then tells the suspect, “You’re going to get Tased, and you’re going to fall. So, you better jump.”Shortly after, the suspect is shown refusing to jump and asking the officer to exit out of the window instead.The officer’s partner is then heard screaming, “push him off the roof,” multiple times.Moments later, the teenager was shoved off and tased once he hit the ground.The suspect was unharmed from the fall and the Taser, according to an internal investigation by the Kissimmee Police Department.But Kissimmee Police chief Jeff O’Dell said the suspect could have been “severely injured” in the incident.Following the incident, Sgt. Amada resigned from the department in June, and officer Massiah was suspended for a total of eight hours.The police report also noted that officer Massiah feared that a struggle between him and the suspect could have led to them both falling off.No other information is available at this time.last_img read more

Evergreen Joins Prestigious Civic Engagement Organization, Project Pericles

first_imgFacebook73Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Evergreen State College The Evergreen State College recently joined the national consortium Project Pericles as a member institution. Founded in 2001 by educational philanthropist Eugene M. Lang, Project Pericles is dedicated to incorporating social responsibility and participatory citizenship as essential elements of college and university education.Project Pericles works with its member institutions as they individually and collaboratively develop model civic engagement programs in their classrooms, on the campuses, and in their communities.  Project Pericles encourages higher education to promote a more just, equitable, and compassionate society by facilitating student leadership at the undergraduate level.“At its core, Project Pericles is about collaboration and leveraging our collective expertise in order to build stronger and more coherent curricular programs incorporating civic engagement and social responsibility. We are adding campuses that can significantly contribute to and elevate our conversations.” said Jan Liss, Project Pericles Executive Director, “Our board decided to extend an invitation to Evergreen given their demonstrated commitment to civic engagement and their interest in working with Project Pericles and its member institutions. We are extremely pleased to have them join Project Pericles and we look forward to working with their (new) president, George Bridges, and the entire Evergreen community.”Evergreen’s Academic Grant Manager and Pericles Coordinator, John McLain has long worked with students on civic engagement as part of the Evergreen Student Civic Engagement Institute among other projects. He wants students to explore and cultivate “humility, empathy, persistence, hope, patience, self-reflection, and a commitment to embracing complexity,” or, as he puts it, “the virtues of civility and democratic engagement,” and he believes Project Pericles will provide an even greater support structure toward that end.Evergreen sends hundreds of volunteers and interns into surrounding communities through a robust internship and independent study programs and also its Center for Community Based Learning and Action, through which students have consistently volunteered over 5,500 hours a year.Evergreen joins a roster of 29   Periclean colleges and universities nationwide, which includes Hampshire, Pitzer, Occidental,  Skidmore, and Swarthmore Colleges.last_img read more

Port Blakely Tree Farms’ Forests Closed Due to Extreme Fire Danger

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Port Blakely Tree FarmsProlonged dry weather conditions have raised the risk of forest fires in the region. Until further notice, Port Blakely Tree Farms’ forestland in Washington and Oregon is closed to all public access. This closure applies to foot, horse, motorized and any other form of access. While we regret any inconvenience this may cause to recreational users, our decision to prohibit access reflects our priorities: public safety and the protection of our forests. Port Blakely employees and security officials are monitoring the weather conditions and unauthorized access.This closure to all traffic is temporary. Regular allowable access will be permitted once the risk of forest fires decreases and forest conditions are considered safe.To report fires, call 911.last_img read more