Class 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 naÃ¯ve,” 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.”
Press Association Sport understands the Eredivisie side has accepted an improved offer for the 23-year-old United States international and the Black Cats will now attempt to thrash out personal terms with him. Sunderland’s initial bid was rejected by AZ, but such is manager Paolo Di Canio’s interest in the player that a second approach was always expected. Press Association The Wearside outfit’s interest in Altidore became apparent on Friday night when a statement connecting him with a move to the Black Cats appeared on the player’s official website, only to be removed within hours. Altidore has previous Premier League experience having spent the 2009-10 season on loan to Hull from Villarreal. He scored one league goal as the Tigers were relegated, and his English experience came to a premature end when he was sent off against Sunderland in the penultimate match of the season. The American had joined Villarreal from New York Red Bulls in 2008 but spent much of his contract with the Spanish side on loan elsewhere, with Xerez, Hull and then Bursaspor. The striker agreed a permanent move to AZ in July 2011 and finished his first campaign in Holland with a haul of 22 goals in all competitions before adding 23 goals for the 2012-13 Eredivisie season, helping the club to a first KNVB Cup in 31 years. Altidore has also scored 17 goals in 60 appearances for his country after making his senior debut in 2007. Having failed to score since November 2011, he ended a lengthy goal drought in an international friendly victory over Germany in Washington DC last month. Should the move go through, Altidore will join goalkeeper Vito Mannone, defenders Valentin Roberge and Modibo Diakite, midfielder Cabral and winger David Moberg Karlsson as part of Di Canio’s new-look squad at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland and AZ Alkmaar have reached agreement over a deal for striker Jozy Altidore.
New Delhi: The 2018 Asian Games that was comprised of a total of 572 athletes compete for honour and glory in Asia’s biggest sporting extravaganza across 36 different sports. The Indian contingent shattered medal records as they bagged their best ever medal haul by winning a total of 69 medals comprising of 15 Gold, 24 Silver and 30 Bronze.ALSO READ: England vs India 4th Test, Day 3: Top 5 talking pointsAs wrestling and boxing contingent which were expected to bring the most number of medals ended up in major disappointment as they managed just three and two medals respectively. However, it was overshadowed by the brilliant performance from the Athletics department as they clinched the most number of medals for India (19) as well as the most number of Gold (7).While the Squash, Table Tennis and Badminton players lived up to the hype and brought laurels for the country, the Hockey and Kabaddi contingent were subject to major shocks as the men’s team were eliminated in both the sport in the semis while the women’s team settled for silver in both.ALSO READ: Son Hueng-min, South Korean team exempted from military serviceHere is the complete list of Indian medal winners from the 2018 Asian Games:HockeyIndian Men’s Team – Men’s Tournament (Bronze)Indian Women’s Team – Women’s Tournament (Silver)BadmintonPusarla Venkata Sindhu – Women’s Singles (Silver)Saina Nehwal – Women’s Singles (Bronze)BridgePranab Bardhan, Shibhnath Sarkar – Men’s Pair (Gold)Sumit Mukherjee, Debabrata Majumder, Jaggy Shivdasani, Rajeshwar Tewari, Ajay Khare, Raju Tolani – Men’s Team (Bronze)Bachiraju Satyanarayana, Rajeev Khandelwal, Gopinath Manna, Himani Khandelwal, Hema Deora, Kiran Nadar – Mixed Team (Bronze)Table TennisSathiyan Gnanasekaran, Achanta Sharath Kamal, Anthony Amalraj, Harmeet Desai, Manav Thakkar – Men’s Team (Bronze)Achanta Sharath Kamal, Manika Batra – Mixed doubles (Bronze)SquashSaurav Ghosal – Men’s singles (Bronze)Joshna Chinappa – Women’s singles (Bronze)Dipika Pallikal Karthik – Women’s singles (Bronze)Dipika Pallikal Karthik, Joshna Chinappa, Tanvi Khanna, Sunayna Kuruvilla – Women’s Team (Silver)Saurav Ghosal, Harinder Pal Sandhu, Ramit Tandon, Mahesh Mangaonkar – Men’s Team (Bronze)Archery Muskan Kirar, Madhumita Kumari, Jyothi Surekha Vennam – Women’s Team Compound (Silver)Abhishek Verma, Rajat Chauhan, Aman Saini – Men’s Team Compound (Silver)AthleticsTajinderpal Singh Toor – Men’s Shot put (Gold)Neeraj Chopra – Men’s Javelin Throw (Gold)Manjit Singh – Men’s 800m (Gold)Arpinder Singh – Men’s Triple Jump (Gold)Swapna Barman – Women’s Heptathlon (Gold)Jinson Johnson – Men’s 1500m (Gold), Men’s 800m (Silver)M. R. Poovamma, Saritaben Gaikwad, Hima Das, V.K. Vismaya – Women’s 4x400m Relay (Gold)Hima Das – Women’s 400m (Silver)Muhammad Anas – Men’s 400m (Silver)Dutee Chand – Women’s 100m and 200m (Silver)Dharun Ayyasamy – Men’s 400m Hurdles (Silver)Sudha Singh – Women’s 3000m Steeplechase (Silver)Neena Varakil – Women’s Long jump (Silver)Rajiv Arokia, Muhammed Anas, Hima Das, M. R. Poovamma – Mixed 4 x 400 metres relay (Silver)Dharun Ayyasamy, Kunhu Mohammed, Rajiv Arokia, Muhammed Anas – Men’s 4x400m Relay (Silver)PU Chitra – Women’s 1500 m (Bronze)Seema Punia – Women’s Discus Throw (Bronze)KurashPincky Balhara – Women’s 52 kg (Silver)Malaprabha Jadhav – Women’s 52kg (Bronze)BoxingAmit Panghal – Men’s Light Fly (49kg) (Gold)Vikas Krishan Yadav – Men’s Middle (75kg) (Bronze)RowingSawarn Singh, Dattu Baban Bhokanal, Om Prakash, Sukhmeet Singh – Men’s Quadruple Sculls (Gold)Dushyant Chauhan – Men’s Lightweight single sculls (Bronze)Rohit Kumar, Bhagwan Singh – Men’s Lightweight double sculls (Bronze)EquestrianFouaad Mirza – Individual Eventing (Silver)Fouaad Mirza, Rakesh Kumar, Ashish Malik, Jitender Singh – Team Eventing (Silver)KabaddiIndian Men’s Team – Men’s Tournament (Bronze)Indian Women’s Team – Women’s Tournament (Silver)ShootingSaurabh Chaudhary – Men’s 10-metre air pistol (Gold)Rahi Sarnobat – Women’s 25-metre pistol (Gold)Deepak Kumar – Men’s 10-metre air rifle (Silver)Lakshay Sheoran – Men’s trap (Silver)Sanjeev Rajput – Men’s 50-metre rifle three positions (Silver)Shardul Vihan – Men’s double trap (Silver)Ravi Kumar, Apurvi Chandela – 10-metre air rifle mixed team (Bronze)Abhishek Verma – Men’s 10-metre air pistol (Bronze)Heena Sidhu – Women’s 10-metre air pistol (Bronze)SailingShweta Shervegar, Varsha Gautham – 49er FX women (Silver)Harshita Tomar – Mixed Open Laser 4.7 (Bronze)Varun Thakkar, Ganapathy Chengappa – 49er Men (Bronze)Sepak takrawIndian Men’s Team – Men’s Team Regu (Bronze)TennisRohan Bopanna, Divij Sharan – Men’s Doubles (Gold)Ankita Raina – Women’s Singles (Bronze)Prajnesh Gunneswaran – Men’s Singles (Bronze)WrestlingBajrang Punia – Men’s freestyle 65 kg (Gold)Vinesh Phogat – Women’s freestyle 50 kg (Gold)Divya Kakran – Women’s freestyle 68 kg (Bronze)WushuRoshibina Naorem – Women’s Sanda 60 kg (Bronze)Santhosh Kumar – Men’s Sanda 56 kg (Bronze)Surya Bhanu Pratap Singh – Men’s Sanda 60 kg (Bronze)Narender Grewal – Men’s Sanda 65 kg (Bronze) For all the Latest Sports News News, Asian Games News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
… Tackling Sports Policy key criteria under new administrationBy Clifton RossMINISTER of Culture, Youth & Sport, Charles Ramson Jr, has promised a bright future for athletes and media operatives as his new administration plans to holistically reshape sports, thus broadening Guyana’s spectrum for the future.Yesterday’s media debriefing held at Duke Lodge in Kingston was the first of its kind in recent history as the recently appointed Sport Minister sought to familiarise himself with the senior core of Guyana’s sport media faction.The highly interactive session touched on a wide range of topics, including those plaguing sports as well as endeavours, future objectives and short-term plans to reshape the totality of how sports is run in Guyana for the next few years going forward.Meeting with Sports AssociationsMinister Ramson, who grew up as an avid cricketer playing for the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC), took off his ministerial cap, as he recently met with a number of local sport bodies to have an idea of the current state of things and potential progressive ways forward.“I have to meet with more associations, because sports is not in good shape, it’s very disorganised,” said the minister who admitted that he had been trying to make assessments from the outside looking in, but his reality was confirmed following taking up his new post as Head of Sports in Guyana.He stated that ‘talented persons’ are needed to take things into the international level and as such he plans to do a full assessment of sports and organisations while calling for those bodies to further share in the responsibility as it is now time for all stakeholders to be heavily involved in the affairs of the sports sector.Minister Ramson also assured associations that no form of mistreatment will be handed out, referring to admittance by some about being treated unfairly in the past by the previous administration.“Sports is not just a hobby or a pastime, it’s a business”Regarding the current role of sports in Guyana, the minister believed that the evolution had already begun and had eclipsed being just a way to pass the time or just a fad for some. Rather, Ramson was firm on Sports playing a huge role in the business world here locally with the possibility of going international.“Sports is not a hobby or a pastime it’s a business, it’s also an antisocial deterrent. Big money that comes from sports is sponsorships. We have to become an event-driven ministry. We need to have mass engagement and in order to change the trajectory of sports we have to give sponsorship avenues to local and overseas sponsors.”Social Media was also identified by the minister as a key platform of boosting the level of sports locally. He believed that the government along with associations should team up and have a social media outlet where they can properly and transparently market themselves for sponsorship, but on a much larger scale.SPORTS POLICY AND MORE CULTURAL INVOLVEMENT With regard to the Sports Policy which has been on the table for a number of years under all the previous administrations, Minister Ramson was adamant that the policy was crucial and revealed that the draft will be shared in the near future with the media – something he said will help to make better decisions for the future of sports in Guyana.Speaking on the other responsibilities of the ministry, Ramson said, “It’s not just sports we will be dealing with, it is culture, youth and sports. It’s a cross pollination of all sector heads, we want to tap into the cultural aspects along with sports. It’s a good fusion to create and one which will entertain Guyanese and help up appreciate each other and relish in our country’s diversity”.SHORT-TERM GOALS As for plans leading up to the weeks to come, the minister noted that he will have his hands full tackling a number of sports-related issues as he looks to fully get himself acquainted with what has been happening in Guyana’s sport world.“We are in discussions with all sports associations to see how their facilities are and how they can be used in the best optimal way. We also want to examine which sports can and cannot be played amidst the pandemic,” he stated.Minister Ramson further revealed that the identity of the new Director of Sport will be confirmed in the weeks to come as they are currently in the process of interviewing persons.Plans to meet with media personnel at least twice a year in order to strengthen ties were also part of the new administration’s short-term policies.