Dorms celebrate Christmas traditions

first_imgAcross Notre Dame’s campus, there’s an unmistakable feeling that Christmas is in the air. Many dorms are celebrating the holiday season with their own unique traditions. Last week, many Carroll Hall residents could be seen sporting elf costumes, advertising Carroll’s highly-anticipated Carroll Christmas, which was held Saturday, Dec. 1. Junior Garrett Rethman, who is serving as Carroll’s president this year, said he looks forward to bringing students together every year during the event.“It’s a good event to get people to come to Carroll,” Rethman said. Observer File Photo O’Neill Hall’s Christmas “O” wreath brightens the days of students during the Christmas season.Carroll’s Christmas tradition, which is a signature event for the dorm, first began with a tree lighting but has since expanded to include indoor activities. The event now offers visitors cookies, Santa’s Workshop, karaoke and a horse and carriage.“When I found out I was in Carroll, one of the things I read about was [that] Carroll Christmas is the big tradition,” Rethman said. “It’s like the last big, fun event before finals start. We put a lot of work into it leading up to the event, and then it’s really rewarding to have lots of people come from across campus to enjoy the work we put on for them.”The women of Cavanaugh Hall share many Christmas traditions, including a tree lighting and a section-decorating competition, but their biggest event is Cavanaugh’s annual Christmas pageant. Junior Emma Brady, Cavanaugh’s president, says that faculty families and South Bend residents come to watch Cavanaugh’s largely improvised and entertaining performance of the Nativity.Cavanaugh junior Emily Black says that the pageant is a great opportunity to connect with the South Bend community.“There are a lot of families that will come every year … so you get to see kids grow up,” Black said. “They come back the next year and they’re like a foot taller than they were the year before.”At O’Neill Hall, the trademark O’Neill “O” wreath glows from the dorm’s third floor. Junior John Desler, O’Neill’s president, believes the wreath is a fun way to celebrate the holidays. “I love coming back from fall break and seeing all the Christmas decorations up everywhere,” Desler said.This year, the unveiling of the O’Neill “O” was a pleasant surprise for many O’Neill residents.“One day we woke up and our B-side stairway was closed and we were like, ‘Oh, what’s going on?’” Desler said. Once he realized that the stairs had been closed for the wreath-hanging, Desler said he “was really happy with having to walk an extra minute to go around.”In the weeks before finals, the “O” wreath provides students with a much-needed boost of holiday cheer, Desler said.“It’s a good reminder of the Christmas spirit,” Desler said.Tags: Carroll Christmas, Carroll Hall, Cavanaugh Hall, christmas, dorm community, O’Neill Hall, The Nativitylast_img read more

China reports 1,300 asymptomatic virus cases after public concern

first_imgTopics : The National Health Commission (NHC) said 1,367 asymptomatic patients were under medical observation, with 130 new cases newly added in the last day.The NHC announced Tuesday that it would respond “to public concerns” by starting to publish daily data on asymptomatic cases, which it said were infectious.There were mass online calls for the government to reveal the number of asymptomatic cases after authorities revealed over the weekend that an infected woman in Henan province had been in close contact with three asymptomatic cases. However, asymptomatic cases are not being added to the official tally unless they later show clinical symptoms. China on Wednesday said it has more than 1,300 asymptomatic coronavirus cases, the first time it has released such data following public concern over people who have tested positive but are not showing symptoms.Health officials also reported the first imported case from abroad in Wuhan — the epicenter where the virus first emerged late last year — heightening fears of infections being brought into China from other countries.Of 36 new cases reported Wednesday, 35 were imported from abroad.center_img Historical data on those infected without showing symptoms has not been published.Beijing has announced a series of dramatic measures to curb arrivals into the country and control imported cases — including a ban on foreigners entering China and testing those arriving from overseas — making it easier to determine those who are infected but don’t show symptoms.China says all detected asymptomatic cases and their close contacts must undergo 14-day centralized quarantine.Experts agree that asymptomatic patients are likely to be infectious, but it remains unknown how responsible they are for spreading the deadly virus.Chinese respiratory expert Zhong Nanshan said in a state media interview last week that asymptomatic carriers could potentially infect “3 to 3.5 people each”.Many other countries including South Korea and Japan count asymptomatic cases in their national tallies of confirmed diagnoses.There have now been 81,554 infections in China, with 3,312 deaths — mostly concentrated in the epicenter of Wuhan and surrounding Hubei province.The first imported case confirmed in Wuhan, a Chinese national studying in Britain, arrived in the city last week as it starts to gradually lift travel restrictions imposed to control the outbreak.last_img read more

Sunderland extend Brown deal

first_img Brown has made more than 80 appearances for the Black Cats since moving to the Stadium of Light in 2011, with his new deal the Dutch manager’s first big move after agreeing to remain in the North East. Advocaat succeeded Gus Poyet as Sunderland boss in March on a deal to run until the end of the season. After guiding the Wearside club to Premier League safety, the former Holland manager opted to leave, only to reverse that decision last week. Press Association Defender Wes Brown has signed a one-year contract extension with Sunderland, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.center_img The former Manchester United and England player would have been out of contract in July and was included on a list of free agents recently released by the Premier League. Black Cats head coach Dick Advocaat has moved to ensure Brown will extend his stay on Wearside beyond his 36th birthday, however. last_img read more