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first_imgThe Leprechaun Legion announced Wednesday they have changed the football seating policy for next season, sparking a wide range of strong feelings from the student body. In an email to the student body, the Legion said football tickets will continue to be sorted by class, but they will be first-come first-serve within each class section. “We believe that this system will allow the most passionate fans to sit closest to the field, giving our team a louder, more intimidating home-field advantage,” the email stated. Many students, including junior Jack Gardner, expressed displeasure with the changes. Gardner began a petition on Facebook citing problems with the new method, including a sense of animosity and safety issues. “Confrontation is inevitable as students line up hours before games, attempt to reserve spots in line, “cut” one another in line, argue about proper order, etc.,” Gardner said in the petition. Gardner wrote that large numbers of students cramming onto the front bleachers would create a safety hazard and could also potentially damage the stadium. Freshman Jenn Jaeger agreed with the petition and Gardner’s proposal of returning to the traditional method of assigning seats to students. “I am also worried about sitting with my groups of friends since space will be hard to come by,” she said. Sophomore Michael Junkins said the new policy gives football games an even more unorganized and chaotic atmosphere than they already had. “It is complicating something very simple,” he said. Sophomore Meredith Vieira proposed an alternative solution. “Other schools have a system to give the most passionate fans the best seats based on attendance to other sport events,” she said. “This allows everyone to enjoy other game-day activities.” Sophomore Wyatt Smith cited the high cost of a season ticket booklet and said he felt reassured knowing he had an assigned seat that was his and no one else’s. “We are already paying a lot of money for these football tickets,” Smith said. “However, now you lose that sense of security, knowing that you had a unique seat.” While they are in the minority, some students agree with the new seating policy. Freshman Donald Dye said the method will actually produce a less chaotic environment, since many students did not follow the assigned seating policy anyway. “For those who really care about the game, they would end up in the front and away from those who are intoxicated,” he said. “Those who decide to tailgate will be forced to sit in the back, allowing those in the front to have a more enjoyable time.” Sophomore Keali Bjork said she understands why people are unhappy with the new policy and acknowledges there are potential problems, but she remains in favor of the change. “I go to the games for the social aspect, so it really does not matter where I sit, and people get to sit next to unfamiliar people every time and you can potentially meet a lot more people that way,” she said. “Die-hard fans will be able to get good seating no matter what.” In response to the argument that people will fight for undesignated seats, senior Tom Oliver said it will not change much within the student section. “People still argue even when there is assigned seating,” he said. Oliver said he has experienced female students arriving to the game during the third quarter and asking for their seats back, which frustrates him. After Gardner sent his petition and its signatures to the Legion and the Ticketing Office, he said he received responses from both organizations that indicate only a small chance of a policy reversal. “I do not think the policy is going to be changed,” he said. “Hopefully, the new system works out and we all have a blast next year, as usual, but if not, I hope the Legion, Ticketing Office and anyone else with influence over the student section make the decision to return to group seating for future [Notre Dame] classes.”last_img read more

first_img Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff: Wimbledon support felt like playing in New York The 11th-seeded Williams passed a huge test to move a step closer to matching Margaret Court’s tally of 24 Grand Slam singles titles, setting up a showdown with Barbora Strycova or Johanna Konta.Riske had lost one of 14 grass-court matches this year and pushed her esteemed compatriot all the way before an 18th Williams ace ended a thrilling contest. Related News Last-year’s runner-up struck 48 winners in an absorbing match against the attacking Riske and will put her fitness levels to the test by returning for mixed doubles action with Andy Murray later in the day.A big victory deserves a big celebration…#Wimbledon | @serenawilliams pic.twitter.com/w4iAoilKbm— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 9, 2019Fired-up Pittsburgh native Riske beat top seed Ashleigh Barty to reach the quarterfinals and was clearly not overawed as she took a 3-1 lead, but Williams was level at 3-3.Riske took that setback on the chin, breaking with a searing backhand return but again failing to consolidate and the seven-time champion found another gear to win three games in a row and claim the opening set.A cushioned Williams backhand volley had Riske scurrying in vain during the first game of the second set, the veteran also firing down two booming aces to hold.Riske continued to come forward at every opportunity and broke to lead 5-4 with a majestic half-volley, then served out the set to love with no hint of nerves. Wimbledon 2019: Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff’s fairytale halted by Simona Halepcenter_img The underdog conjured up another winner to start the final set with a break after Williams had her ankle taped, but the former world No. 1 hit straight back, a rasping forehand return making it 1-1.Williams applied the pressure and a fourth double fault from Riske left her 3-1 down, but back came the world No. 55 to get back on serve following a couple of huge returns.Yet she was shaking her head after Williams showed great anticipation to get her nose in front at 5-3, before serving out the match to end Riske’s best major run. WIMBLEDON, England — Serena Williams fended off inspired fellow American Alison Riske in a fierce battle to reach a 12th Wimbledon semifinal on Tuesday.The unseeded Riske declared she was “ready for war” in her first Grand Slam quarterfinal and kept to her word on Centre Court before finally going down 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.last_img read more

first_imgAtlantic Travel are delighted to introduce their new cruise expert Donna Feeney.  With a wealth of experience in the industry specifically in cruises, she will be a fantastic addition to the wonderful team in the award-winning Letterkenny travel agency. Along with their long haul and honeymoon experts Caroline and Evelyn and family holiday specialists Mary T and Noreen Atlantic Travel is fast becoming the one stop shop for all your travel needs.Over the coming weeks we will have our top offers and recommendations here on Donegal Daily and look forward to welcoming new and existing customers into our new look store in December. To see the best offers from Atlantic Travel follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AtlanticTravelLetterkenny/We will let Donna tell you a little about herself and her top picks this week for cruising!Cruise Expert DonnaDonna Feeney: I have been in travel for almost 7 years now and have loved every minute of it! Whilst working most recently with a specialist cruise company, I have had the opportunity to go on lots of exciting trips and sample many different cruise lines. These included Fred Olsen, MSC, NCL, Princess and Celebrity, as well as a River Cruise on AMA waterways.Cruising is definitely one of the best (if not, the best) ways to experience the world. The ships just get bigger & better as time goes by and there is a wide choice of destinations to be visited. It’s the ideal all- inclusive holiday for all ages. I truly believe that once you have experienced a cruise holiday, you are a cruise client for life!If you are unsure if cruising is for you, why not try out a Mini Cruise!?These short breaks are often called “taster cruises”, because they’re the perfect way to give cruising a try if you’ve never done it before.Taster Cruises are a perfect way of introducing the first-time cruiser and families, who are short on time, to what the cruising experience is all about and Visiting some magnificent destinations around Europe and the Mediterranean. Mini cruises are usually 2 to 4 nights long, but can last up to a week.A cruise is a great opportunity to relax on deck and do very little but it is also packed with a large variety of entertainment, health and beauty venues, sport and fitness areas, restaurants, bars, facilities and services for children and much more. If you’re a family, first time cruiser or are just looking to experience something a bit different without having to dig too deep into your pocket, a mini cruise could be the perfect holiday for you.MINI CRUISENorwegian JadeTake this cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line on Norwegian Jade. Depart on the 29th June ’18 for 2 nights sailing from Southampton to Hamburg.€470 per person includes return flights from Dublin, transfers, interior cabin with all meals, all-inclusive drinks and pre-paid tips.Here are my top picks for Family and Honeymoon Cruising.HONEYMOON CRUISEDepart for this really special cruise on the 26th May 2018. Stay for 2 nights in Miami followed by a 7 Night Caribbean Cruise from €1615 per personMSC SeasideMSC SEASIDE – BRAND NEW SHIP featuring a custom-designed multi-storey aqua park!Itinerary: United States, St. Maarten, Puerto Rico, BahamasPricing includes: Interior cabin, Full Board, Flights, Transfers and Miami Hotel Stay includedFAMILY CRUISEOption 1(Based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing)Sail with MSC on MSC DIVINA on the 13th May 2018 from €919 per person staying in a balcony cabin.Ports of call: Civitavecchia, Palermo, Cagliari, Palma de Mallorca, Valencia, Marseille, Genoa, CivitavecchiaPricing includes: Balcony cabin, Full Board, Flights and Transfers.MSC DivinaOption 2The very popular P&O CRUISES offers families (Based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing) a 7 night cruise on Ventura from €980 per person staying in Ocean view cabinPorts of call: Southampton / Gijon / La Coruna, Spain / Leixoes (for Oporto), Portugal / Guernsey (St Peter Port) / SouthamptonPricing includes: Ocean view cabin, full board, flights from Belfast & Transfers P&O VenturaP&O VenturaFeel free to email me at [email protected] for all your cruise needs or call us on 074 9126193.Follow www.facebook.com/AtlanticTravelLetterkenny for more incredible offers from around the world.Atlantic Travel welcomes top cruise expert aboard was last modified: November 8th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:atlantic travelcruisesholidayslast_img read more