Puppies sniff out student stress

first_imgWet noses warmed student hearts at the first “Puppy Days” event, held at Notre Dame’s Knights of Columbus building Friday. The event, sponsored by student government’s Constituent Services Committee and Circle K, brought five dogs and a rabbit from the Humane Society of St. Joseph County to campus to relieve student stress, event coordinator Lizzie Helpling, a sophomore, said. “Because we live on a college campus, we’re isolated from ‘petable’ animals,” she said. “Talking to my friends, pets are what they miss most at college.” More than 500 students attended the event, five times the number organizers planned for, Helpling said. “From having a dog at home, I know how relaxing it is to pet an animal,” she said. “This gives students a taste of home and shows them the responsibilities of owning a pet just out of college.” The Humane Society welcomed the chance to come to campus, outreach coordinator Genny Carlson said. “I’m glad there are so many students who love animals,” she said. “We always look for events like this.” Carlson brought dogs she knew could handle a crowd, such as Jack, a chow mix known affectionately as “Happy Jack.” Another dog, a yellow lab and Shar Pei mix named Alex, spent the morning at a grade school before visiting Notre Dame. “I saw him coming in from the school and brought him right here,” Carlson said. “It gets them out of the shelter for an afternoon. They get lots of love and dog treats.” Many students said they attended the event because they miss their pets from home. Freshman Katie Bascom said she attended because she misses her golden retriever, who lives 600 miles away from campus. “I actually didn’t come because of stress,” she said. “I miss my dog.” Bascom said she would love to attend another Puppy Days event featuring another popular pet. “I would love to see kittens here,” she said. “Everyone loves to play with kittens.” The Humane Society saw the event as a chance to promotevolunteering opportunities to students, she said. “For volunteers, we want people who have the time to dedicate to [the animals,]” Carlson said. Sophomore Lindsay Rojas said the event helped her cope with being away from her pet Shih Tzu, Gizmo. “I couldn’t pick a favorite [dog],” she said. “It really helped with stress.” On-campus service organization Circle K volunteers support at the Humane Society, senior Jessica Choi, leader of that volunteering effort, said. “It means a lot to me that we got the Humane Society out to campus,” she said Friday. “The project died down, and I’ve been trying to revive it for the last three years. Bringing it back as a project and event, especially with all these people here, is amazing.” Choi said Circle K is always looking for more volunteers to add to the group, which trains the animals for adoption by walking them and spending time with them. “In terms of volunteers, we want dedicated people with lots of love for service and animals,” she said. “They have to have a lot of time.” For more information on the Humane Society and volunteering with Circle K, visit http://www.humanesocietystjc.orglast_img read more

Ben Arfa vows to prove his worth

first_img Press Association The former Lyon and Marseille man is keen to showcase his talents once more, but would be keen on remaining on Tyneside even if he is not playing. “I don’t know why I’m not playing,” Ben Arfa told the Daily Mail. “You have to ask the manager. After the (4-0) defeat against Manchester United, we had a strong exchange of words, but that is it. “He doesn’t want me to play. I respect it. If he wants, I will play. I’m here for the club. I enjoy training. I just want to play. I’m fit. “If the manager says to me he doesn’t believe in me for next season, I want to stay, but if the chairman wants to sell me I have to go. I want to stay here even if the manager doesn’t believe in me because I will show him I can play here.” The Magpies could do with having Ben Arfa back to his best, having lost their last six Barclays Premier League matches, with the mood among the Toon faithful turning ever more sour towards Pardew. “We have lost too many times, 3-0, 4-0, 3-0. It is hard when you love the supporters, it is hard to lose every time like that,” Ben Arfa added. “On the pitch I can offer my flair and my creativity. I try every time to do something. I think I can give a lot for the club.” Hatem Ben Arfa is desperate to remain with Newcastle even if he continues to remain out of favour with manager Alan Pardew.center_img The French playmaker has proved on numerous occasions in the past that he is capable of swinging a game in Newcastle’s favour, but injuries and a lack of fitness have combined to keep him on the fringes of the side this season. Ben Arfa admitted he had a frank exchange with Pardew following the 4-0 humbling by Manchester United on April 5, while it has been reported he was made to train with the reserves last week and was left out of the squad altogether for the 3-0 defeat at Arsenal on Monday. last_img read more

Asmir Begovic: The Match with Belgium will be a Big Test for Everyone

first_imgThe National Football Team of BiH is playing the penultimate match in qualifiers for the World Cup 2018 against the selection of Belgium on October 7 in Sarajevo.Goalkeeper of the national team of BiH Asmir Begovic believes that our team will have a difficult task against Belgium but he talks about the upcoming duel with optimism.“I believe in our triumph, especially with our fans, who will be the wind in our backs. We play better on our field and I am optimistic about this match, which is the test of all tests for us. Belgium is one of the strongest teams in the world. They have a great choice of players, which is really outstanding. Lukaku, Fellaini, Mertens, they are all great in their teams and we just have to prove that we also have the quality to deal with the best players in the world and to try to achieve three points, with which we would enchant the whole nation, and primarily ourselves, because that victory would mean so much for us,” said Begovic.This match will be played at the Grbavica Stadium, and Begovic believes that it will be a great substitute for “Bilino Polje” in Zenica.“I am honestly looking forward to the match at Grbavica. Zenica has been home to our team for many years and we had a great time there and we are very excited to play there, and Grbavica should be a great substitute, and I believe that the audience will come in a great number because everyone knows how much this match means to us. Moreover, a large number of players from our team have started their career at Grbavica, as well as our selector Mehmed Bazdarevic, and I believe that they will have additional motive in this match because, after all, we are all aware what would those three points against Belgium mean, since they would bring us closer to the World Cup in Russia and this is also a great chance for our generation to achieve placement on the World Cup once again,” said Begovic for the official website of the Football Association of BiH.(Source: N1)last_img read more

HBO head takes leave

first_img“Two years ago, I decided that I could handle drinking again. Clearly, I was wrong. Given that truth, I have committed myself to sobriety. I intend to take a temporary leave of absence from HBO effective today, in order to go back to working with AA.” Albrecht said he was “deeply sorry for what occurred in Las Vegas this weekend and for any embarrassment it caused my family, the company I love, and myself.” He called the weekend a “wake-up call to me of a weakness I thought I had overcome long ago.” While he wasn’t free to discuss the incident while authorities and his attorneys are “still determining the facts, it is my hope to do so in the near future,” Albrecht said in his statement. A call to the Clark County, Nev., District Attorney’s Office regarding the arrest was not immediately returned Tuesday. On Sunday in Las Vegas, the HBO chairman and chief executive was arrested for investigation of assaulting his girlfriend outside the MGM Grand casino. The arrest came just hours after Saturday’s Oscar De La Hoya-Floyd Mayweather Jr. boxing match aired on pay-per-view by HBO. Officers assigned to the match reported seeing Albrecht fighting with a woman identified only as his girlfriend in the MGM Grand’s valet parking lot shortly after 3 a.m., a Las Vegas police spokesman said. Albrecht was booked into the Clark County Detention Center and held for investigation of a misdemeanor battery-domestic assault. He was later released.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HBO chief executive Chris Albrecht said he was taking a leave of absence to regain control of his alcoholism following a weekend assault arrest in Las Vegas. Bill Nelson, HBO chief operating officer, will take over Albrecht’s duties “pending resolution of the police incident,” the company said. “We take these matters very seriously and will monitor this situation closely,” Time Warner chairman and chief executive officer Richard D. Parsons said in a statement. HBO Inc. is a division of Time Warner. In a statement sent to HBO staff members and released publicly Tuesday, Albrecht said he had been a “sober member” of Alcoholics Anonymous for 13 years. last_img read more