Welsh Family Hall focuses on community building, charity events

first_imgFounded in 1997, Welsh Family Hall serves as a West Quad home to around 267 women. The 2019 Women’s Hall of the Year features four floors, 132 rooms, and a chapel dedicated to St. Kateri Tekawitha. The Whirlwinds are known for what many of its residents call its strong community.Hall president sophomore Maegan Rose Dolan said the dorm’s spirit makes its community a welcoming environment for all.“I think we have a very strong dorm community,” Dolan said. “Everybody is really proud to be a Whirlwind and everybody tries to get involved in every way that they can, whether it’s through dorm sports, or service or faith … There’s just so many aspects that they can choose from and get involved in their own way to make their own impact on the dorm.”Sophomore Bridget Murphy, who serves as vice president, said Welsh Family Hall’s involvement in the greater Notre Dame community is also worth noting.“A big part of Welsh Fam, too, is having the girls represent Welsh Fam outside of the dorm,” Murphy said. “I think that our really strong relationships have a presence outside of the dorm — whether it be at other dorm events or other sporting events — I think that there’s a network that’s always expanding to give girls the opportunity to be a part of that.”Dolan said the dorm has close relationships with its namesakes, Robert Welsh Jr., who graduated from Notre Dame in ’56 and his wife Kathleen Welsh. Dolan said all Welsh were once invited to attend a formal dinner with the Welsh family.“Our dorm is 21 years old now — last year was our 20th anniversary and we had the opportunity to have dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Welsh, which was a really awesome opportunity,” she said. “We got to have dinner with them in the Dhanke ballroom and it was open to all girls in our hall … Everyone got to get dressed up and it was a great time.”Dolan said Welsh Family boasted particularly successful signature events this year.“We have DanceFest … dance groups from all over campus come and perform at Washington Hall, and all the proceeds from that go to Unity Gardens,” Dolan said. “This year, we had a new signature event, which actually won in HPC this year as best new signature event — the Hoedown Throwdown — earlier in the year in the fall. … That was a lot of fun, and a miniature pony came.”Next year, Murphy said she and Dolan plan to include additional hall events, returning to old Welsh Family Hall traditions that had been abandoned in recent years. “Something we used to do was a signature event called ‘Kiss the Pig,’ she said. “We’re really hoping to bring that back — it would just be another fundraiser for women’s education in Bangladesh. But we’re hoping that, again, we’re … trying to create a bigger presence on campus.”Tags: dorm community, Dorm Culture, dorm features, Welsh Family Hall, Women’s Hall of the Yearlast_img read more

UAE postpones Mars mission again due to weather at Japan launch site

first_imgTopics : The United Arab Emirates has postponed the launch of its mission to Mars for a second time due to weather conditions at the launch site in Japan, the government’s communications office said on Wednesday.A new launch date in July will be announced soon, the statement on Twitter said.The UAE has said the launch window extends until Aug. 3. Its Hope probe was due to set off from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Centre early Wednesday for a seven-month journey to the red planet, where it will orbit and send back data about the atmosphere.But storm clouds around the site delayed the initial launch, a statement from the Mars mission said.”The launch window has been set after careful study of the earth and Mars orbits to ensure the Hope probe arrives in the shortest period of time consuming the least levels of energy,” the statement said.The UAE, an oil-exporting nation, first announced plans for the mission in 2014 as part of efforts to diversify away from hydrocarbons and develop a knowledge economy, aiming to reach the planet by 2021.With a population of 9.4 million, most of whom are foreign workers, the UAE lacks the scientific and industrial base of the big space-faring nations. It launched a National Space Program in 2017 to develop expertise in space science among Emiratis.Hazza al-Mansouri became the first Emirati in space in September 2019 in a flight to the International Space Station.last_img read more

Chelsea leading Manchester United and Arsenal in race to sign Stoke City defender Nathan Collins

first_imgChelsea are leading the race to sign Nathan Collins from Stoke City (Picture: Getty)Chelsea are ahead of Premier League rivals Manchester United and Arsenal in the race to sign Stoke City defender Nathan Collins, according to reports.Collins, 18, is regarded as one of the most talented and promising players outside of the Premier League.The teenager made his first-team debut at the start of the season and has gone on to feature 12 times for Stoke, who are currently 17th in the Championship.Manchester United expressed interest in signing Collins last year but he ended up signing a new contract at Stoke as the Red Devils stalled over launching a move.ADVERTISEMENTUnited are still monitoring Collins’ situation ahead of the summer transfer window, while Arsenal have scouted the Republic of Ireland U21 defender regularly this term.AdvertisementAdvertisementBut The Sun say Chelsea are showing ‘strong interest’ in Collins and are currently at the front of the queue to secure his signature.It is claimed a number of Premier League clubs believe Collins has the physical attributes to compete at the highest level despite his inexperience. Chelsea leading Manchester United and Arsenal in race to sign Stoke City defender Nathan Collins Advertisement Advertisement Frank Lampard’s Blues face competition from Man Utd and Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Collins was named in Mick McCarthy’s Ireland squad last summer but is yet to feature for his country.Chelsea look set for a spending spree this summer if the coronavirus crisis settles down and Frank Sinclair says his former club need to strengthen in two areas.‘There are two obvious positions in which Chelsea need to improve their squad – left back and a striker,’ ex-Chelsea defender Sinclair told GentingBet.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Both left backs this season, Emerson and [Marcos] Alonso, haven’t really grasped that position and played a lot of games consistently.‘Lampard will also need to address the centre forward situation at the club.‘Tammy Abraham has been excellent, but he has really had to carry the baton on his own all season.’MORE: Gary Cahill blasts former Chelsea manager Maurizio SarriMORE: Barcelona set price for Philippe Coutinho amid Chelsea links Metro Sport ReporterSunday 5 Apr 2020 5:38 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShares Commentlast_img read more