Members reflect on past year, look forward

first_imgThe Campus Life Council wrapped up discussions for the year Monday with closing comments on the academic environment on campus and the Council’s effectiveness as a part of student government.Former student body president Grant Schmidt presented an executive summary of the previous weeks’ talks on intellectual engagement. “The point of this document is really a transition piece so the ideas that we have worked on do not get lost in conversation between this year and next year,” former chief of staff Ryan Brellenthin said. The summary included setting up an online debate forum for students to share their ideas in a blog format, keeping lecture topics general and more appealing, encouraging more dorm events and connections between the academic commissioners and televising lecture and events through NDtv. “One of the great blessings of this University that I have experienced over a period of time is that people are not cutthroat with each other,” Sorin College rector Fr. Jim King said.The suggestions that the Council members will pass on to the incoming student government focus on extracurricular competition that is fun for students and unique toNotre Dame, said former senator Chase Riddle. The Council also reflected on other discussions from the span of the year and provided feedback for future Council members. “The great part of this Council is that it is not just students,” Schmidt said. Rectors and administrators on the council are able to check some student opinions, but also provide affirmation for others, he said. King said he hoped to see the Council hold future discussions on the role, importance and quality of hall government. “What attraction do I have to join hall government if I am made to feel like a gopher?” he said.The government inside residence halls needs to be more autonomous and less directed by outside groups, King said.Over-programming on campus has led to hall government taking the role of liaison for different agencies, and dorm events fall from the precedent, former director of external affairs Gus Gari said. “Hall government should be student-based and student-run rather than agency-based,” he said.Former Hall Presidents Council co-chair Brendan McQueeney emphasized the need for tangible goals to bring action to student government rather than turning meetings into lists of announcements. “By having these simple conversations we are really making a difference and improving the University,” Schmidt said.last_img read more

Meet Gayle Rankin, Cabaret’s Cheeky Fraulein Kost!

first_img Hometown: Glasgow, Scotland “I learned to play the accordion for this role. Once I started on the wrong finger, and had an onstage existential crisis: ‘Why am I blonde? Why am I speaking with a German accent?’ I recovered, but I was seriously seeing dark spots.” “I was a really girly girl when I was younger. I only wore pink until I was at least 12. Think of me in culottes with a Bagpuss T-shirt and frizzy hair. Oh, and I was a fat child. It was bad news.” Current Role: A stunning Broadway debut as the Nazi-sympathizing, accordian-playing prostitute Fraulein Kost, who rents a room in the same boarding house as central characters Cliff Bradshaw and Sally Bowles in Cabaret. “My boyfriend lives next door to Scores. I watched the girls going in and out of the club as research [for Kost]. You know what’s f*cked up? They’re like actors. They carry so much crap and pound the pavement. There’s nothing sexy about it.“ “I’m a terrible driver. I learned last year when I did Tribes in L.A., and I crashed on Sunset Blvd. There I was in blue Lululemon sweatpants, crying, not knowing what to do. So maybe I’ll stay in New York.” “Naiveté is the real reason I applied to Juilliard. I wanted to study drama and not musical theater because I have a hard time dancing. I only applied there. I’m the only Scottish person to ever get in.” Age: 24 Related Showscenter_img Stage Cred: After graduating from Juilliard, Rankin quickly nabbed roles off-Broadway in The Illusion and Tribes. Her credits also include the Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Seagull at Lake Lucille and Law & Order: SVU. “I didn’t think I was right for Cabaret. The breakdown said, ‘Mid-30s, blowsy German prostitute.’ I was like, ‘I don’t think so.’ Then I watched the movie. After 10 minutes, I realized I had to do this.“ “Calamity Jane inspired me to be a performer. I still want to be her. I mean who doesn’t want to be Calamity Jane? She’s such a badass.” Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015 Cabaret View Commentslast_img read more

Trautner triumphs on record-setting night three of Sanders Mod Tour at Jamestown

first_imgBy Mike SpiekerJAMESTOWN, N.D. (Aug. 20) – The penultimate night of the inaugural Sanders Modified Chal­lenge Tour brought a new record 54 Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds to Jamestown Speed­way for the Saturday night special.Compared to the standard of the first two nights, Saturday’s event was a bit offbeat. After failing to transfer out of the heat race, point leader Austin Arneson made a big charge in the “B” feature but came up a half-car length short of finishing in the top four and moving on to the main event.Jamie Trautner led the 25-lap feature wire to wire to score the victory in the $2,000 to win Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying headliner. “This is outstanding. When I started racing I ran Jamestown and Norman County Raceway and I’ve never won here. I’ve been close a few times here, but I finally got one and this is the biggest one of my career,” Trautner said from victory lane. “I knew there was so many good guys behind me that if I didn’t hit my mark, they were going to be rolling by.”Trautner started outside the front row and ran the cushion to beat pole sitter Jerry Lamb off turn two. Riding right in Trautner’s tire tracks was Ryan Mikkelson, who started in fourth.The first caution flew on lap three when Hunter Marriott and Hank Berry made contact in turn three, which sent Marriot to the back. On the restart, Darin Duffy challenged Mikkelson for the runner-up position but Mikkelson withstood the threat. On the following circuit Marriot was in trou­ble again as he was spun in turn two, bringing out the caution. He would rebound to finish eighth.Restarts were the key for Trautner as he was able to not only fend off Mikkelson and Duffy, but pull away from the pack on most occasions.“I’m not a very good restarter,” admitted Trautner. “Every time we had a restart I kept thinking, ‘When do I hit the gas, when do I hit the gas? I have to protect the bottom, then get to the top. If I get passed I guess it’s just not my night, it’s theirs,’ but it worked out.”The final caution of the race flew on the lap six restart when Tyler Peterson and Mikkelson made heavy contact in turn two. As a result, Peterson spun exiting the corner as several other cars also spun out trying to avoid getting caught up.One driver that wasn’t as fortunate was Friday night’s Out-Pace Racing Products hard charger, Dave Shipley. Shipley had no where to go and made significant contact with the left front of Peter­son’s machine, which sent the rear end of Shipley’s car airborne. Shipley landed on all fours, and was unharmed in the incident, but both he and Peterson were done for the night.Trautner was able to hold on for one more restart and went on to lead the final five laps as Duffy sneaked by Mikkelson on the final lap to take second. Tyler Hall wheeled his way from 14th to fourth, while Rich Pavlicek rounded out the top five after starting ninth.John Nord was the Out-Pace Racing Products hard charger, advancing from 22nd to 10th to score the $100 bonus.Feature results – 1. Jamie Trautner; 2. Darin Duffy; 3. Ryan Mikkelson; 4. Tyler Hall; 5. Rich Pavlicek; 6. Hank Berry; 7. Rob VanMil; 8. Hunter Marriott; 9. Greg Friestad; 10. John Nord, 11. Tim Thomas; 12. Tory Heupel; 13. Tom Silver; 14. Bob Banish Jr.; 15. Jerry Lamb; 16. Andrew Michel; 17. Jeff Odden; 18. Jarrett Carter; 19. Cody Peterson; 20. Dave Shipley; 21. Mike John­son; 22. Josh Eberhardt; 23. Tyler Peterson; 24. Marlyn Seidler; 25. Michael Griffin.last_img read more