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First female undergraduates recall fall of 1972

first_imgClass of 1976 alumna Diane Bourke didn’t know what to expect when her parents dropped her off at Notre Dame in the fall of 1972. Not only had she enrolled at the University sight-unseen, but she would be a member of the first freshman class to include women. “I was very naïve,” Bourke said. “I was the first person in my family to go to college. I kind of walked in with no preconceived notions and no clue what this was supposed to be.” Bourke arrived on campus in the wake of failed discussions to merge Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s, which led to the University’s decision to admit women directly. Adapting campus to house female newcomers did lead to some tension with the male students, Bourke said. “At the beginning it was a little awkward … especially among the men who had been displaced,” she said. Men from Badin and Walsh Halls were required to switch dorms or move off campus to open up campus housing for the newly admitted women, which left some existing male students feeling dejected, she said. “I think for a lot of the men, this is not what they bought into,” she said. “The dorm system at Notre Dame is really important as far as your social network.” Much as it is today, Bourke said eventually groups within certain residence halls developed into social circles. “As it evolved, groups of women became friends with men in different dorms,” she said. “I got connected with Holy Cross Hall because my good friend’s brother was there, so I became friends with the Holy Cross Hogs.” But female students generally tended to keep to themselves in those early years, Bourke said, as a little more than 300 women integrated with approximately 5,000 male students. “There weren’t a lot of women, so I think that kept a lot of the women close,” Bourke said. “For example, no one wanted to go to the dining hall alone. I think everyone thought we were dating every weekend, but in a lot of cases we hung out with each other.” Bourke was a member of the first class of women to attend Notre Dame for four years, but she was not the first female student to receive an undergraduate degree. Under unique circumstances, Mary Davey Bliley was allowed to graduate from Notre Dame in the spring of 1972, the semester prior to the official beginning of coeducation. Bliley, initially a history major at Saint Mary’s, changed to the business program under the pretense of a pending merger between Notre Dame and its sister school. “My junior year was when the merger talks started, and I decided I wanted to be a business major and wanted to get a Notre Dame degree,” she said. When the two schools called off the merger, the Saint Mary’s administration told her she could not graduate, as the College did not offer the degree she had been qualified to receive at Notre Dame. While she had completed all her major courses at Notre Dame, the University would not be accepting female students in time for her to transfer. “I was basically a day student, I went to Notre Dame all day and came back to Saint Mary’s at night,” she said. “In April, [Dean Vincent Raymond of the College of Business] called me into his office and said, ‘Mary, we’re going to let you graduate from Notre Dame. You’ll be the first female and the only one in the class.’” Bliley never lived on campus and had a different Notre Dame experience than the women to follow in her path, but she said she never had a negative vibe from male students or professors due to her gender. “I didn’t feel animosity,” she said. “All my friends were dying to have the school merge. They wanted more girls to choose from.” Bliley, who went on to a career in investment banking in New York and Europe, said the willingness of the University to confer her degree before officially going coed was essential to her success. “I’m really fortunate to be the first one, that I got a Notre Dame degree,” she said. “Coming from Columbus, Mont., I never thought I’d be working in London.” Like Bliley, Ann Cisle Murray started her college career at Saint Mary’s but today holds a Notre Dame degree. While Murray was also pursuing a business degree under the planned merger, she was only a sophomore when it fell through. She was given a choice. “I could apply to Notre Dame and keep my major, I could stay at Saint Mary’s or I could transfer out,” Murray said. With many Belles facing this decision at the time, Murray said this was the most difficult part of the transfer process. “The hardest part was leaving most of my friends back at Saint Mary’s,” she said. “It split our class. Most of my friends didn’t even apply [to transfer]. They were happy in their majors and I think they were, truth be told, probably a little disappointed [the merger failed].” Once she transferred, Murray coincidentally followed in the footsteps of her father, a former resident in her new home, Walsh Hall. Due to the rushed transition, the building had not changed much since her father’s time there, and the new residents didn’t do much to modify it. “They didn’t really have a whole lot of time to modify the dorms,” she said. “As I recall they just boarded up the urinals. Not much else changed. The women when we arrived would put up curtains and that sort of thing.” While the female residents displace the men formerly living in Walsh Hall, Murray said their resentment was minimal. “I thought they were very gracious about it,” she said. “When we arrived the first there, there were a lot of them who helped up move in. To this day I’m still in contact with some of those guys from Walsh Hall. They welcomed us as the first women.” Murray quickly engaged the Notre Dame tradition, joining the cheerleading squad in time for the Irish’s defeat of Alabama at the Orange Bowl and the men’s basketball team ending UCLA’s 88-game winning streak. “It was kind of a charmed year,” she said. Traveling to away games gave Murray the opportunity to meet a number of alumni, many of whom were opposed to the idea of coeducation at Notre Dame. “There were a few people who weren’t really happy about it and they let me know it,” she said. “I felt it was sort of my job to be a good representative of the University.” Alumna Betsy Brosnan, a member of the Class of 1976, said the experience of being a woman at Notre Dame changed substantially over her four years. “When we came as freshmen, we had never experienced college life before, so as it might have been awkward sometimes, that seemed normal,” Brosnan said. “Certainly by the time I got to senior year, I would expect there might have been 1,000 or 1,200 women by that time. Looking back, we kind of laugh. We thought freshman year was normal … but things were different back then. So often we were the only female in class.” While the women of the first classes at Notre Dame had different experiences along their paths to graduation, their stories bore one common thread – gratitude to University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, the impetus of coeducation. “It was his vision that brought coeducation to Notre Dame,” Brosnan said. “The Air Force Academy went coed a few years after us. … This was an era when a lot of this was happening, but we owe him a great debt.” Bliley, who was the first graduate to receive a kiss from Hesburgh at graduation, said the entire Notre Dame community owes the former president for his transformative decision. “Every student ought to thank Fr. Ted for not only the vision he had, but when he had it,” she said. “I walk around today, and campus is vibrant and exciting. … The school’s a better place for it.”last_img read more

6 ways vision will inspire your employees and culture

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Even as kids, we developed radar on leadership. Consider the classic schoolyard game, Follow the Leader. Everyone has to do exactly what the leader does, or they’re out. Growing up, I remember watching that game dissolve time after time. The leader would start doing scary climbs or huge leaps, and the followers felt put at risk. The leader would make seemingly pointless changes in direction, the followers got frustrated. Finally someone would yell, What are you doing? You’re a terrible leader! And set off a culture mutiny.Since we left the playground for the workplace, what’s changed? Not much. Though these days, vision’s become a buzzword — to the point where She’s a leader with a real vision can simply mean Nice marketing strategy. But still: effective leadership, particularly at the juncture between the old ways of working and the new, requires far more than a charismatic, alpha personality, and far more than a good PR team.Here’s how to hone its critical ingredient, Vision, To Stay On Pace With The Future of Work:1) Vision Is Mission Plus Tech Strategy continue reading »last_img read more

EPL: Spurs, Arsenal duel in London derby

first_imgTottenham vs. Arsenal Venue: Tottenham Stadium Kick off: 4:30PMTottenham Hotspur and Arsenal meet in a unique North London derby today’s afternoon with the sides separated by one point and one place in the Premier League. The famous fixture will be staged behind closed doors at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the first time owing to the coronavirus pandemic.Arsenal enter the fixture in better form than their local rivals and are a point better off in the final Europa League qualifying spot.Far sooner than many had predicted, Tottenham supporters already appear to be losing faith in head coach Jose Mourinho following a poor set of results.Spurs have won back-to-back home matches, against West Ham United and Everton, but those are their only two victories in 11 matches stretching back to mid-February.Losing 3-1 to Sheffield United last week was a tough one to take given the VAR furore surrounding the match, but the stalemate with Bournemouth could well prove Mourinho’s nadir. Against a side horribly out of form and fresh on the back of shipping five to Manchester United, Tottenham failed to register a single attempt on target.Not only have the results been disappointing, with Spurs exiting two cup competitions in the space of a week before the lockdown, the performances have arguably been even worse.Matters boiled over on the field earlier this week, too, with Son Heung-min and Hugo Lloris squaring up just before half time in the slender win over Everton.Jose Mourinho possesses an array of attacking talent, not least prolific striker Harry Kane, but getting the most out of those players is proving very tough.One positive for Mourinho has been an increase in clean sheets – three in their last four games – and he has called on his side to find a balance between attack and defence. That is the only way Tottenham are going to keep their Premier League season alive, with a top-five finish now out of the question and the Europa League the best they can aim for.Bitter rivals Arsenal are in a similar position, having been made to pay the price for a slow start to action last month when losing their first two games back.In truth, the Gunners’ problems go a lot further back than that, but it was after the 2-1 loss at Brighton & Hove Albion that Mikel Arteta seemed to realise the size of the task that he has inherited.The Spaniard has gained a reputation for being a good tactician and Arsenal have certainly showed real signs of recovery in the three weeks since that loss on the South Coast.RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians In fact, Arsenal had won three games in a row without conceding before being pegged back in a late 1-1 draw with Leicester City in their most recent outing.Their upturn in form has seen them climb above Tottenham into eighth, which will be enough for a European spot assuming Manchester City’s continental ban is upheld by CAS.Not since October 2018 have Arsenal won three away league games in a row, however, while Tottenham are seeking three successive home league wins for the first time in 15 months.With more than just bragging rights on the line this weekend, both teams will be desperate to prolong those respective runs.Tottenham possible XI: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Sissoko, Winks, Lo Celso, Lucas, Kane, Son. Arsenal possible XI: Martinez, Mustafi, Luiz, Kolasinac, Bellerin, Xhaka, Ceballos, Tierney, Saka, Lacazette, Aubameyang.Tags: Arsenal FCCoronavirusCOVID-19Jose MourinhoMikel ArtetaTottenham Hotspurlast_img read more

L.A. Clippers sign guard Nate Robinson to 10-day contract

first_imgRivers was asked specifically if this signing was related to Crawford’s injury.“Yeah, yeah, no doubt,” said Rivers, also president of basketball operations. “We were playing well and we had Jamal and you lose a guy and you need to sign … you don’t have to, but I felt we did.”Robinson is a point guard, but he’s just as likely to shoot as he is to pass. In his best season – in 2008-09 with the Knicks, he averaged a career-high 17.2 points and 4.1 assists.No worries, Rivers said, when asked if a score-first mentality could be disruptive.“I know Nate, I’ve coached him, so I have a comfort there,” Rivers said. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Robinson, who is just 5-foot-9, has a career scoring average of 11.1 and assist average of 3.0. He played 33 games this season for the Denver Nuggets, was traded to Boston and then had his contract bought out.Robinson has not played since Jan. 9 – for Denver – as he did not play a game for the Celtics. Robinson said the Cleveland Cavaliers also showed interested in him.“Just waiting patiently,” Robinson said of the process. “Doc contacted my agent, let me know that they were interested, so I’ve just been working out, going back to my L.A. to Seattle, trying to stay in the best shape as I could.”Robinson said he has been doing some track work at UCLA. He could play Sunday at Golden State.“I’m just coming in to bring my energy and just be ready whenever my number is called,” he said.With Crawford out for an undetermined time, Robinson believes the bench could use him.“They could use a spark, but for them, they know exactly what they need to do,” Robinson said. “I’ve been watching them. They’re a great team, they have great chemistry and I’m just trying to add to that.”The Clippers (40-22) on Friday signed wing Jordan Hamilton to a second 10-day contract. Robinson’s signing brings the roster to its maximum of 15.Injury updateRivers said ahead of practice Saturday that Blake Griffin – out the past 11 games with a staph infection in his right elbow – did not practice Friday and probably wasn’t going to Saturday. Asked if Griffin could be back Sunday, Rivers said, “No, I don’t think so.”Rivers said Matt Barnes – out the past two games with a hamstring injury – will probably play. Crawford won’t.Crawford had a left calf injury last season and missed 13 games in a 19-game span.“Well, I just know from last year, he was out 10 or 15 days – maybe longer, I think,” Rivers said. “And so it’s the same injury, so why not bring another guy in until he comes back?”Same injury, different leg.Scouting the WarriorsSteph Curry continues to lead Golden State with a 23.8 scoring average; the point guard also averages 7.8 assists and he’s shooting 41.7 percent from 3-point range. Shooting guard Klay Thompson is averaging 21.7 points while shooting 43 percent from beyond the arc. … After losing 121-104 Nov. 5 at Golden State – after which Rivers called his team “soft” – the Clippers came back Christmas Day and defeated the Warriors 100-86 at Staples Center.”center_img Clippers coach Doc Rivers reunited himself with Nate Robinson on Saturday when he signed the 30-year-old free-agent guard to a 10-day contract. Robinson will be eligible to play Sunday at Golden State (48-12) and will wear No. 8.Rivers said there were other players who played other positions he had interest in, but Robinson seemed the way to go partly because Clippers sixth-man Jamal Crawford is out with a right calf injury and there is not yet a timetable for his return.“Yeah, we needed another guy and to me he has the most experience,” said Rivers, who coached Robinson at Boston in the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons. “We would have rather had a 3, someone like that, probably. But when I look at it, I don’t really care about positions sometimes. I’d rather get a guy that’s been in the league, can score and has experience.”last_img read more

Peyton Adams signs with Cowley to play tennis with her grandfather at SRMC

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (6) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +8 Vote up Vote down Glenda Wright · 289 weeks ago Congratulations, Peyton! What a great way to sign! Best wishes for a wonderful future. Report Reply 0 replies · active 289 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down A Fan · 289 weeks ago Congratulations Peyton. Wonderful family and such a touching story. Thanks for sharing. Report Reply 0 replies · active 289 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down WHS MOM · 289 weeks ago BEST story of the year!! Congrats Peyton!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 289 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down The Givens family · 289 weeks ago Congratulations Peyton!! Wishing you all the best at Cowley! Report Reply 0 replies · active 289 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down LENNY · 289 weeks ago NOW THESE ARE THE KINDA OF STORIES ARE THE BEST THANKS CUEBALL Report Reply 0 replies · active 289 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down guest · 289 weeks ago We also like positive stories about WHS grads and what they are doing with their lives! Report Reply 0 replies · active 289 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Peyton Adams, a Wellington High School senior, had a rather unusual signing Thursday evening.She signed to play tennis at Cowley County Community College next fall. That’s not unusual. What is unusual is she did it at Sumner Regional Medical Center.Peyton signed it with her grandfather, Kenny Adams, who is at SRMC fighting esophageal cancer. Kenny, as all Crusader fans know, is one of the most ardent Crusader supporters in Wellington and has rarely missed a girls tennis, basketball football or girls softball game in the past five years – especially those that featured his grandchildren.Peyton had an outstanding high school tennis career. She placed 11th overall in the Class 4A State Tournament in Winfield this fall. She played doubles for most of her high school career, switching to singles her senior year. Peyton is also a member of the Wellington High School girls basketball team and will be playing softball for the Lady Dukes this spring.A group of family supporters came for the signing ceremony with Steve Sturgis, Wellington.cc CEO, taking the photo. Notice the picture of Peyton signing with Kenny in the left corner.Those in attendance with Peyton and Kenny, from left, include, his wife, Cindy; grandparents Linda and Gary Fair, Wellington assistant tennis coach Daphne Adams; Wellington head tennis coach Brian Aufdengarten; and Eric and Coni Adams.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more