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Duncan Hall hosts tower climb in honor of 9/11 first responders

first_imgHaving lived in New York during their childhoods, sophomores Conor Milligan and Patrick Creaven were both directly impacted by the events of 9/11.Creaven’s dad, who lived in New York at the time, watched the plane fly into the south tower and had friends who were killed in the tragedy. Milligan’s family knew a police officer — Ramon Suarez — who died while rescuing people.So the two Duncan Hall residents came together last spring and started planning a new dorm signature event to honor first responders — particularly those who sacrificed their lives in the aftermath of the terrorist attack. On 9/11, this Wednesday, Duncan Hall will host ND 110, a “9/11 Tower Climb,” to raise money for Heart 9/11, a charity founded by New York first responders.CLAIRE KOPISCHKE | The Observer “There’s a lot of talk going on now about how the police are terrible and disrespecting them, but they put their lives on the line every time they go on the clock [and] even if they’re off the clock, because [they] keep our communities safe,” Milligan said.Participants will climb 110 flights of stairs, the number that firefighters had to climb in the Twin Towers. The event will be held in Jordan Hall, and organizers estimate it will take about 45 minutes to complete the 24 laps of the front, south-side staircase which equals 110 flights of stairs.“It’s not a race — it’s in honor of the firefighters,” Milligan said. “Not everyone starts at 5 o’clock. People come in and it takes about 45 minutes, but you come and do it at your own pace.”The event will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with participants staggered in waves of up to 100 at a time. The event took inspiration from Storm the Stadium, an annual University event sponsored by the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs. Milligan and Creaven met with firefighters who said they felt the event was more focused on honoring members of the military and wanted to create an event specifically geared towards recognized first responders.“I know a decent amount of them went to Storm the Stadium but … it’s not for them specifically,” Creaven said. “So for them to have something for them [specifically], they appreciate it a lot.”Milligan said he and Creaven discussed the event with firefighters from the South Bend Fire Department in April and began looking at ways to recognize first responders in particular on campus.”We met with them and sort of asked them, ‘Do you guys feel like an event like Storm the Stadium really accommodates first responders?’” Milligan said. “And they mentioned that, especially in a community like South Bend, there’s sort of a disconnect between the community and first responders, and then also that divide between campus and South Bend. So they were like, ‘Yeah, Storm the Stadium is great, but it’s for military and veterans.’“So a first responder event was something that they really wanted. … We thought this would be a good way to bridge the campus-community divide and sort of unite us with first responders.”About a dozen first responders have already signed up for the event, amongst 55 pre-registered participants. Creaven and Milligan said they hope to have at least 200 participants in order to raise around $2,000 for Heart 9/11.Milligan said the tower climb is the only event of its kind within a two-hour radius of campus. As such, he said he hopes the event will have even more of an appeal in the local area.“The closest one might be in Chicago,” he said. “So, it’d be a good draw to get an event in the Michiana area. And Notre Dame is really good at hosting large events, with football and everything so [it] can very easily tack on something like this.”Creaven and Milligan spent months planning the event, submitting their SAO request during the summer. This is the first year Duncan Hall will host the tower climb. In past years, the dorm considered the Bald and the Beautiful to be its signature event, though the popular event is now run through a club.Milligan said he looks forward to honoring firefighters and first responders at Wednesday’s event, as the community comes together to remember 9/11.“It’s a defining moment for our country,” Milligan said. “A lot of us on campus now were very, very young when it happened, but it shaped our daily lives, so we never forget that it happened.” Participation in the event is free for first responders and costs $15 for other members of the community. Event t-shirts can also be purchased for $15. Registration is available online and at the time of the event.Tags: 9/11, climb, Duncan Hall, honorlast_img read more

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‘I’m no cry baby!’ Sunderland boss reacts to touchline spat with Steve Bruce

first_imgSunderland head coach Gus Poyet has played down a touchline spat with Hull manager Steve Bruce during the sides’ 1-1 draw on Tuesday night.The Black Cats boss was sent to the stands for protesting a yellow card shown to Jack Rodwell for diving, and was involved in an altercation with the Tigers chief on his way from the dugout.But when asked for his take on the bizarre events, the Uruguayan insisted it was all over nothing.“I kicked a bucket…a water bottle,” said Poyet.“Unfortunately some of the water came out and it didn’t look right, so I was sent off…simple as that.“The referee sent me off and by the rules I suppose that is the decision, so I need to accept that. Yes I did kick the bottle, and a little bit hard, but that was my strength when I was a player!”But what happened with Bruce?“I’m sorry but I’m old fashioned, so what happens on the pitch stays on the pitch,” he added.“I never come out and cry like a baby, so I keep that to myself.“There hasn’t been time to see him after the game, because we get fined if we don’t speak to the press 20 minutes after, so I will probably see him later.”The 1-1 draw leaves the Black Cats just four points clear of the bottom-three, but Poyet insists the point earned against the Tigers could prove vital in their battle to avoid the drop.“It’s an important point in a difficult game,” said the coach.“For a long period it looked like the game was getting away from us, but we didn’t stop.“We didn’t create too many chances, but we tried as best we could and never gave up.”last_img read more

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