Junior George Pinchok is going home to Philadelphia after classes end tomorrow, but he plans on returning to Notre Dame early so he can take advantage of the relative quiet on campus to get a head start on his class work. Hackner and 10 of her friends are renting two condos in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico for the week. She said she has been looking forward to the trip since they planned it before the beginning of winter break. “It’s a training trip so we’ll just go there and practice two or three times a day, every day,” Baffa said. “I’m coming back here early to have some time to myself,” Pinchok said. “I’m excited to be back early because then I’ll have motivation from being home and I’ll use the time wisely.” Halloran said she has wanted to sign up for Appalachia since freshman year, but had never gotten the chance to do so before. “I’m really excited to just lay out and tan, but the weather forecast says it’s supposed to rain a lot next week,” Perone said. “I hope it doesn’t rain. If it does, I’ll be outraged.”Some students are counting on a more low-key spring break than Hackner and Perone are sure to have. Once she arrives in Puerto Rico, Hackner said her top priorities are unpacking, finding out where the beach and bars are, and buying plenty of Pop Tarts to eat for breakfast.Senior Michelle Perone will join Hackner in Puerto Rico. She said she is also looking forward to spending time with her friends, as well as for the chance to spend time on the beach swimming and tanning. “This is my last chance to really spend time with my friends before we’re all separated next year,” Hackner said. “I’m just really excited to get away from the stress of our last semester and just relax.” Other students plan on immersing themselves in service over the weeklong break. Junior Katie Halloran will be participating in Notre Dame’s Appalachia Program and traveling to West Virginia to work at Community Development Outreach Ministries (CDOM) in West Virginia. Freshman Patty Walsh will also be returning home for Spring Break. “Service is part of my Christian identity,” Halloran said. “I’ll have plenty of chances to go to tropical places, but after I graduate, it won’t be as easy to find service opportunities as it is at Notre Dame.” “I’m going back home to Chicago,” Walsh said. “I’m going to see some friends and get a lot of sleep. That’s basically all I’ve got planned right now.” Sophomore James Baffa’s Spring Break will likely not be as low-key as Walsh’s or Pinchok’s. He will be traveling to Tennessee with the men’s crew team. “I’ve always seen the little fliers around campus,” Halloran said. “It’s always attracted me and I’m running out of semesters so I thought I should take advantage of the opportunity.”Although she will not be spending her week relaxing in the tropics or at home, Halloran said she does not regret choosing a more strenuous spring break activity. Spring Break holds different meanings for different Notre Dame students. Some view it as an opportunity to jet off to tropical locales, while others use it to participate in service projects — and some simply jump at the chance to return home for a week of relaxation after midterms.For senior Michelle Hackner, Spring Break is a chance to spend some quality time with her friends before the real world sends them all to different places.
2. Syracuse will reach a bowl game if …C.L.: … You stop asking me this question. I don’t know whether SU will. It’s easy to fire off hot takes about how Syracuse is a fringe bowl team, but the reality is that no one has seen what this team will look like within the schemes that Babers rolls out. The secondary struggled last season, but it will be playing within a new scheme. Although the offense should improve, it is also playing in an entirely new scheme. I find it unlikely Syracuse makes it to a bowl but it could with a few breaks going its way.J.M.: … It wins six games. And for that to happen, a lot will have to go right. Eric Dungey will have to emerge as one of the top passers in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Dontae Strickland and Jordan Fredericks will have to lead a consistently good rushing attack. The defense will have to master the art of bending, but not breaking. And that’s just the beginning of the puzzle. But that’s not going to happen. Success this year should not be measured by a bowl game appearance or win. Four wins should be good enough.M.S.: … Nope, I couldn’t even think of a good joke to put here. Babers himself has said give this team a year to get its feet under them in his tenure, and I wouldn’t consider it an underachievement if SU won four games this year. Right off the bat there are four losses to top 20 teams, and the rest are toss-ups, if that. I will say if the defense pulls the wildest trick out of its back pocket, maybe the Orange pulls off a miracle and wins six games. But I don’t see that happening.John Williams | Contributing Photographer3. Who is a dark horse player that could step up for the Orange?C.L.: Sean Riley. Generally, Syracuse’s depth isn’t great. That should give Riley a shot at playing time at inside receiver when Syracuse subs off Brisly Estime or Ervin Philips. Riley is built in the mold of those two players, and he definitely has the speed to replace them without much of a drop off. We’ll see whether his skills are up to par, but I tend to think Riley will fit in well.J.M.: Syracuse is going to run through a lot of players because of its pace, which leaves plenty of options for a dark horse. My pick is Riley. He’s the smallest player on the team, but Riley earned plenty of praise and looks throughout training camp. He has the speed and agility, but a breakout year will depend on how refined his route running and catching ability are. Expect to see Riley at inside receiver plenty when Estime or Philips need a blow.M.S.: He’s a dark horse now, but won’t be for long once people get to know him. Maryland grad transfer Amba Etta-Tawo will start at wide receiver for the Orange and likely be Dungey’s secondary target behind Steve Ishmael. Dungey has vowed to stay in the pocket more which means more passing. And it’s the team’s second receiver who may get the most looks if teams are honed in on Ishmael. Etta-Tawo is fast and big, and should make a name for himself early. Comments Published on August 30, 2016 at 9:42 pm Related Stories THE SPREAD: From Texas to Syracuse, Dino Babers brings the Baylor-style offenseTHE CHOICE IS YOURS: Run-pass option plays key role in Dino Babers’ Baylor-style offense Syracuse’s season kicks off on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome against Colgate. Dino Babers will make his Orange head coaching debut as SU begins its 2016 campaign in search of its first bowl game appearance since 2013.With the season just days away, beat writers Chris Libonati, Jon Mettus and Matt Schneidman answered three questions about Syracuse.1. What is the biggest storyline to watch in the Colgate game?Chris Libonati: Will Syracuse get Villanova’d? I personally don’t think they’ll have to grind out a win over the Raiders like SU had to against ‘Nova in the 2014 season opener, but I think that’s the worry this week. Colgate has a solid run game and teams that can grind down opponents and play keep away are effective against faster-paced teams. That said, I don’t think that’s the way the game will go. If Syracuse does get “Villanova’d,” I generally don’t think the rest of the season will be headed in the right direction.Jon Mettus: Tempo. Tempo. Tempo. Just exactly how fast is this offense with these players? And how good will it be? A great performance against Colgate has to be taken with a grain of salt. But a flop is major cause for concern. This team is going to rely heavily on the success of its offense and a bad performance against an FCS team in Babers’ first game would signal a long and painful year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMatt Schneidman: The biggest storyline to keep an eye on is if Babers’ offense can open eyes as much as it’s been advertised to be able to. Is Orange really the new fast? Even if it’s against Colgate? To squelch any doubt about whether Syracuse’s players can fit into his Baylor-style system, SU will need to trounce Colgate through Eric Dungey and the passing game. Players have been saying all camp “you’ll just have to wait and see” when asked about how fast the offense is. Well, the time is here. Now let’s see it.MORE PRESEASON COVERAGE:Dino Babers’ first in-season press conferenceSyracuse’s Week 1 depth chart before its game against ColgateSyracuse football roster updates Facebook Twitter Google+
Donegal Sinn Féin TD, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has demanded answers from the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar on the reported costs of €110,000 every 13 weeks to recruit agency consultants.Deputy Padraig Mac LochlainnDeputy Mac Lochlainn had described the costs as “outrageous” and demanded clarification if these costs were coming from the hospital’s already much reduced budget.He said “For months now, I have sought clarification from the management of Letterkenny General Hospital about the challenges they face in recruiting consultants and non-consultant hospital doctors (NCHDs). Indeed, over recent years I have repeatedly raised the issue of how Letterkenny General Hospital is discriminated against in terms of the allocation of medical staff from our training colleges and the failure of the HSE to address this neglect”. The Sinn Fein TD added that inevitably the outworking of this failure is that Letterkenny General Hospital has to foot the bill for much more expensive agency staff.“I suspect that millions of euro is being spent unnecessarily every year just in LGH alone.“I have probed how much more they have to pay and I have not received the answers. Now I learn of these outrageous reports of tax payer’s money paying out in 13 weeks for a consultant what normally would be paid out per annum. In other words, four times more”.“I have today made representations to Minister Varadkar, seeking clarification if these costs were taken from the hospital’s budget and demanding a solution from the Minister. It is bad enough that the hospital has been so neglected but if these costs were taken from an already much reduced hospital budget, then it is just adding insult to injury.” MacLOCHLAINN DEMANDS ANSWERS ON “OUTRAGEOUS” HOSPITAL CONSULTANT’S BILL was last modified: September 24th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:ConsultantsCostDeputy Padraig Mac LochlainnLetterkenny General Hospital