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SUB improves visibility, promotes annual events

first_imgJunior Scott Copeland, executive director of the Student Union Board (SUB), said the organization’s main focus this semester was to improve student life on campus by enhancing traditional SUB events and introducing new ones.“On the most basic level, SUB exists to [plan] for the undergraduate student body – so, to provide entertainment, really just to enhance the student experience here at Notre Dame,” Copeland said. “We do that through a variety of ways, like we put on the spring concert; we do stress relievers during finals week. … We have kind of staple events like that, but we also try to branch out and target specific groups of students.”SUB began the school year with events Copeland said would both “enhance the first experience of campus” for new students and excite older students about their return to school. Popular events this time of year were SUB regulars – Comedy on the Quad, Movie on the Quad and Pups and Pumpkins, which brought dogs from the humane society to campus, he said.“Our overall [plan] … for the semester, in our eyes was to, at the beginning of the semester, have events that are all-inclusive, that welcome new students to campus, welcome returning students back to campus,” Copeland said. “So we were able to, I think, succeed in that. … And again, just trying to emphasize the open atmosphere of these events – like putting [them] out in places where students are going to walk by, students are going to notice.”SUB also hoped to branch out this semester, Copeland said. It worked with the Native American Student Alliance (NASAND) to celebrate Native American heritage month on campus and reached out to other underrepresented groups throughout the semester. SUB also introduced new events, including a bus trip to the Mockingjay premiere.“That was one of our goals this semester, to branch out, do some new things,” Copeland said. “We brought a spoken word artist, the Asia Project, to campus, and that was one of the first times we’d done that.”Coordinating the brand-new events this semester required additional planning and creativity from SUB members, Copeland said.“We try to prevent the reinvention of the wheel from year to year, so there are a lot of events that we put on every single year — Comedy on the Quad is one, Fall Mall, concerts, stress relievers, movies — there are a lot of events we do every year,” he said. “And so whenever you do branch out and try to do something new, you can definitely refer to longstanding programs for ideas on how to get it done, but there will always be challenges that come up and you’ve just got to work through them.”SUB recognized it was important to focus on its longstanding events, too, and make them more fun for students, Copeland said.“You’re always going to have movies in DeBart Thursday, Friday, Saturday,” Copeland said. “So how do you make it so students don’t get bored of them? How do we make it so that those types of events are better?”Copeland said spring semester events will include the Collegiate Jazz Festival, AnTostal, the spring concert and a comedian performance. Student recognition and involvement can be challenging, but SUB is working to create a bigger name for itself on campus, he said.“For events, you always have to think about attendance,” Copeland said. “That’s one of the ways the success of an event is judged — how many people came? How did they enjoy it?”“One of the strategies that we tried to use is almost to build the SUB brand,” he said. “… So we’ll give away pens or frisbees or T-shirts at SUB events, just to try to make people aware that we’re here. Because people kind of hear about SUB, but we’re almost kind of a ghost organization, I feel like. In other universities, their student programming boards are huge, you know, everyone knows them and they do super cool things. So that’s what we’re trying to build.”Overall, Copeland said he believed SUB accomplished what it set out to do at the beginning of the year.“We wanted to put on awesome events, of course, but we wanted to collaborate with other clubs, we wanted to incorporate more student groups in our events, again, getting back to our mission, which is to enhance the undergraduate experience,” Copeland said. “… I think we’ve done a great job of that this semester.”Tags: Student government, Student Union Board, SUBlast_img read more

Syracuse football opponent preview: What to know about No. 8 Miami

first_imgA week removed from one of the biggest upsets in college football this season, Syracuse will look for a second consecutive top-10 victory, this time against No. 8 Miami. The Hurricanes (5-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast) host the Orange (4-3, 2-1) at Hard Rock Stadium Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The game will air on ESPN. If Syracuse wins, it would mark the seventh time in the AP poll era that an unranked team had knocked off top-10 opponents in consecutive weeks and only the second time since 1972. Here’s what you need to know about the Hurricanes.All-time series: Miami leads, 15-7Last time they played: In November 2003, then-No. 14 Miami beat Syracuse, 17-10, in front of 48,130 fans at the Orange Bowl. SU junior running back Walter Reyes ran for the Orange’s only touchdown, surpassing the 1,000-yard rushing mark on the season. In 1992, Syracuse nearly beat No. 1 Miami in the Carrier Dome. In 1998, on senior day, Donovan McNabb helped SU cruise to a 66-13 win in front of 49,521 fans. The Orange has lost its last five meetings since. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Miami report: The five-time national champion Hurricanes are coming off a 24-20 victory over Florida State and a 25-24 win over Georgia Tech. Miami finished last year ranked No. 20 in the country and despite losing star running back Mark Walton to a season-ending injury are up to No. 8 in this week’s poll. The Hurricanes rank 21st in the country in total offense (472.8 yards per game). Miami ranks 20th in defense (only 18.6 points per game allowed) and seventh in red zone offense. UM runs a balanced run-pass attack, led by quarterback Malik Rosier, who can make plays with his legs.  Miami’s turnover total is tied with that of Alabama, North Carolina State and Wake Forest for lowest in the country. All three UM turnovers are interceptions by Rosier. But Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz’s side of the ball ranks 81st in takeaways. Where UM has historically thrived lies at the potent defensive line. The Hurricanes rank fifth in sacks per game (3.43) and third in tackles for loss (8.6). That could create a mismatch for Syracuse, which has allowed more sacks per game (three) and tackles for loss (6.86) than every ACC team except for FSU. Miami’s strength is speed and strength on defense. “Their speed, there’s so much speed on tape,” Syracuse head coach Dino Babers said. “You just can’t deny how fast that football team is, yet they are still physical.”How Syracuse beats Miami:  Diaz said this week that Syracuse runs “the fastest offense in the country.” Establishing the run will allow Syracuse to find gaps down field via the pass. Miami’s weakest link is its defense beyond its dangerous front four and Miami’s defensive backs are inexperienced. Diaz said the Hurricanes are five to six DBs shy of where they should be, per the Miami Herald’s Susan Degnan. Exploiting that, paired with another strong outing from the SU defense, could set up Syracuse for the upset. Additionally, Syracuse ranks third in third-down defense, while Miami’s offense is only 97th on third down and was a season-low 2-of-12 last week. A big reason SU upset Clemson was because of third-down stops. Player to watch: Travis Homer, running back, No. 24The sophomore back broke out in his first career start last week against Georgia Tech. He rushed for 170 yards and a 27-yard touchdown on 20 carries and added a 17-yard touchdown reception. He averages 8.4 yards per carry and is tough to bring down at 5-11, 195. Lately, Syracuse has given up a few big running plays, which Homer is more than capable of himself. Comments Published on October 20, 2017 at 3:17 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more