Robinson delivers state of the student union address to senate

first_imgAmid donuts and hot chocolate, Senate discussed last-minute business, planned for the new semester and heard from student body president Corey Robinson.The meeting began with the official swearing in of new senators: Sage Guynn from Knott and Michael Semanek from Seigfried. A resolution was also passed that edited the Student Union Constitution’s non-discrimination clause to include age and veteran status.Robinson then gave his State of the Student Address.“We are living in uncertain times,” he said.But uncertainty, he said, was not a setback.“Uncertainty leads to necessity and creates innovation,” he said.Robinson highlighted the successes of the senate during the past semester, including the creation of a sustainability committee and Race Relations Week.“The rule book has gone out the window,” Robinson said. “We have a choice. Go down the well-trodden path or blaze a new trail.”He called on the senators to consider how they can better represent the student body.“Are we really the united voice of our student body?” he said. “Do you represent your dorm or your section? This is the crucial crossroads.”He concluded by encouraging students to follow their ideas.“We can make the student government what we want,” he said. “Blaze your own path. Some will say you’re wasting your time, but many will follow you.”Afterwards, committees met to make some tentative goals for the next semester, including editing the Taxi Bill of Rights, getting better coffee in the dining halls and sending out information on new dining hall hours.Tags: Corey Robinson, Senate, State of the Student Union, Student Body Presidentlast_img read more

Postgraduate service fair to feature over 70 service organizations

first_imgThe Center for Social Concerns (CSC) will host a fair to introduce students to an array of postgraduate service opportunities Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at the Joyce Center Concourse.The fair will feature representatives from over 70 service organizations situated across the world. According to the event website, the organizations confront topics such as poverty, immigration and refugee resettlement, environmental justice, healthy food, wellness, housing and homelessness, youth development and elder care.“What’s wonderful is there will be organizations that need people to do all different kinds of work,” Karen Manier, postgraduate service administration lead coordinator at the CSC, said. “No matter what your background is or your interests, you can usually find something that would be of interest to you.”Manier said the goal of the fair never differs: It aims to both educate students about postgraduate service — what it is, what it offers and how powerful it can be — and facilitate the process for students who want to do postgraduate service.“If there’s a passion that you have around a particular social issue, [postgraduate service] allows you to not only do good work and help people but also to learn more about things so you can decide to get involved with something in a different way or level,“ Manier said.According to the CSC’s website, though postgraduate service is “basically a full-time job in a non-profit organization,” service members typically receive a stipend and benefits in exchange for working with individuals and communities in need.Though bringing a resume to the event and wearing business casual attire can be helpful, Manier said, the service fair is different from a regular job search in that such formalities are not necessary and any question students ask service organizations is “fair game.”“Everyone wants the same thing, which is to make the world a better place,” Manier said. “These are folks who prefer to have lengthier conversations with the people they’re talking to because it allows them to get to know you better.”About 7 percent of the class of 2016 participated in postgraduate service, totaling to about 150 students, Manier said. The largest portion of those students came from the College of Arts and Letters, which saw 17 percent of its graduates commit to service.“I hope people take advantage of this opportunity, because Notre Dame students are extremely well-liked by service organizations because they’re so well-prepared,” Manier said. “[Students] come in with so much service experience already, tend to do service while here and are smart, energetic and good leaders. Our students are ideal candidates, so these service organizations really want to meet them.”Manier said she would recommend all students, regardless of grade level, to attend the free event.“Even if [undergraduates] just start with conversations now and get a sense of the landscape, they’ll be in a much better position going into their senior year when they’re trying to make those decisions,” Manier said. “It’ll give them a chance to see what’s out there.”As an alumnus of Notre Dame and now the director and founder of the Ignatiun Service Corps, a service organization that will be at the fair, Tom King said he has worked with many students who found their gifts and life-long passions through service.“You can have great, experienced people who have done all kinds of justice work for four years, and they’re a perfect match,” King said. “But then you can have someone that was not engaged [in service] at all, and they can be a perfect match as well. I think that anybody could do it. Just have an open heart.”King said he considers college graduates to be in a privileged class that is required to help “those on the margins.”“The programs all want the student to find the program that’s best for him or her,” King said. “That’s the beautiful thing about a fair like that. The programs want you to find the right match, so they may even lead you to another program. I never feel a spirit of competition among the programs.”Junior spanish and music major Katie Ward, who helped run the service fair last year, said she felt uplifted seeing the positive impact the service organizations have in different communities and the roles that were available to students through them.“I would highly recommend attending the postgraduate service fair, even if you have not considered doing postgraduate service before,” Ward said. “The postgraduate service fair can help you discern whether you feel called to do postgraduate service and also help you see more specifically what organizations might interest you. It’s a laid-back atmosphere, and everyone just really wants to get to know you and build relationships.”Tags: Center for Social Concerns, CSC, postgraduate service, postgraduate service fairlast_img read more

The Cast of Incognito Celebrates Their Off-Broadway Opening

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on July 10, 2016 Let the mind games begin! Charlie Cox, Heather Lind, Geneva Carr and Morgan Spector play a whopping 21 characters between the four of them in Incognito, which opened at Manhattan Theatre Club on May 24. Nick Payne’s (center below) latest play explores three interwoven stories: a pathologist steals the brain of Albert Einstein; a neuropsychologist embarks on her first romance with another woman; a seizure patient forgets everything but how much he loves his girlfriend. Incognito weaves these mysterious tales into a whole that asks whether memory and identity are nothing but illusions. Helmed by Doug Hughes, the limited engagement will run through June 26. Take a peek at the opening night pics, and be sure to catch the Constellations playwright’s latest work! Related Shows View Comments Charlie Coxcenter_img Star Files Charlie Cox, Heather Lind, Geneva Carr & Morgan Spector(Photos: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Incognitolast_img read more

Trying poultry markets

first_imgAmericans like white-meat”The U.S. is such a white-meat market,” Joiner said in the 18th annual J.W. Fanning Lecture Dec. 11 on the University of Georgia campus in Athens, Ga.Former chairman of the U.S. Poultry and Egg Export Council and a current member of its board of directors, Joiner is one of the world’s authorities on U.S. poultry exports.In the lecture, Joiner noted three major challenges the poultry industry faces.Compounding the dark-meat export problem, he said, is the fact that the U.S. market demands large chicken breasts. That means large leg quarters, which aren’t appealing in the Asian markets that have a demand for dark-meat chicken.”The industry has to move over 6 billion large leg quarters this year,” Joiner said. “The export market can’t take it.” Brazil is our biggest competitorThe second major challenge, he said, is competition from Brazil, which is second only to the United States in worldwide broiler production.”(Brazil) is blowing the doors off production,” Joiner said. “They have an incredible ability to grow and harvest soybeans (a chief component in chicken feed). And their plants are first-class. Brazil’s exports grew by 38 percent in 2001.”While he expects Brazil’s export growth rate to eventually level out, Brazil poses a substantial threat to U.S. poultry producers, he said, because of lower labor costs and high production standards.”If Brazil is limited at all, it is only in market access,” Joiner said. Coan and students recognizedA luncheon and awards ceremony followed Joiner’s lecture. Gaylord Coan, who retired in 2001 as chief executive officer and chairman of the management executive committee of Gold Kist, Inc., received the 2002 Award of Excellence from the UGA CAES Alumni Association.Two CAES agricultural and applied economics students, Carol Spruill and Swagata Banerjee, were recognized for their induction into Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.The J.W. Fanning lecture series is named for a former vice president for services and professor of agricultural economics at UGA. Fanning was instrumental in developing public service and outreach at UGA. Industry needs more marketsThe third problem, he said, is market access. Making current markets more accessible and opening up new markets are crucial to the industry’s growth. “This is why everyone was so interested in Cuba opening its markets,” he said.After outlining the problems, Joiner offered possible solutions:”The U.S. could cut production, although that is very hard to do,” he said. “We need to develop more dark-meat products for the domestic market. We need to push hard to open up new markets and aggressively fund the industry fight for market access. We need to take food safety issues seriously and find a way to compete with the Brazilian labor market.”The picture isn’t pretty,” Joiner said. “But now you know what it looks like.”While the industry picture is grim, it’s ripe for study, said Glenn Ames, an agricultural economist with UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Ames specializes in the poultry industry.”Mr. Joiner has provided us with a tremendous menu of topics for further work and study here at UGA,” he said. “These are topics that are vital for Georgia’s economy.”Georgia is the top-producing broiler state in the U.S. Economists figure the economic impact of poultry in the state at more than $13 billion annually. By Cat HolmesUniversity of GeorgiaEvery time someone eats a chicken breast, it compounds the biggest problem the U.S. poultry industry faces.That’s because the U.S. poultry market has more dark meat than it knows what to do with, said Eric Joiner, president, chief operating officer and co-founder of food-distribution giant AJC International.last_img read more

Rachel Lee of Armistead Caregiver Services Wins a $20,000.00 Grant from the Eileen Fisher Clothing Company

first_imgShelburne, VT Rachel Lee, President of Armistead Caregiver Services, has been presented a $20,000.00 grant from the Eileen Fisher Company. The award to Armistead, one of five $20,000.00 Eileen Fisher Grants, was the only award given to a for-profit business. Armistead was singled out from over 250 other for-profit applicants nationally. The grant, for growth and development, will aid Armistead in service expansion to Addison and Franklin Counties. Armistead provides non-medical caregiver services to the elderly and adults with disabilities.I was really impressed that Eileen Fisher chose to award money to a for-profit business and, specifically, a business owned by a woman, says Lee. Ms. Fisher, President and owner of a successful womens clothing line, developed the grants as a means of promoting the growth of fledgling businesses and non-profit organizations that promote the health, independence and empowerment of women.The Eileen Fisher 20th Anniversary Grants were presented on October 20th at a luncheon in the home of Ms. Fisher in Irvington, New York.last_img read more

Do This: Long Island Events July 10-16

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York AerosmithThe bad boys from Beantown are back at it, with Steven Tyler flashing his pearly whites at the mic and the one and only mad-hatter himself, Slash, as he opens up for the band with his own hot licks on the jump-start of their 20-city “Let Rock Rule” tour. It’s a mutual musical appreciation society. The boys dig Slash, and he credits them with influencing him when he was just another alienated teenager with a pipe dream and an electric guitar. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh.$26-$750. 7:30 p.m. July 10.Huntington Arts FestivalThe summer-long, weekend parks performances continue with the Long Island Dance Consortium doing “Kaleidoscope of Dance, No.1” on Thursday night (second performance Aug. 6). Black Violin, a viola and violin duo featuring Kev Marcus and Wil B., blending classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, with a twist of bluegrass music plays Friday. Plaza Theatrical Productions perform “Young Frankenstein” on Saturday. And the Kristen Murphy, winner of “Got Talent! Long Island,” opens for the Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra on Sunday. Chapin Rainbow Stage, Heckscher Park, Huntington. Free. 8:30 p.m. July 10-13.O.A.R.The Maryland-based indie rockers headlining this show will play their hits, such as “This Town” and “Shattered (Turn the Car Around).” Opening up is Phillip Phillips, who’s touring to promote his second album, Behind the Light, released in May. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh.$49.50-$117.65. 6:30 p.m. July 11.The Band Perry (Facebook)The Band PerryKimberly Perry and her younger brothers Neil and Reid have notched a string of hit country/pop/rock singles as The Band Perry since the Alabama natives made their self-titled debut four years ago. They include chart-toppers “If I Die Young,” “You Lie” and “All Your Life.” With supporting country acts Austin Webb and Maggie Rose. Pennysaver Amphitheater, Bald Hill, 55 South Bicycle Path, Selden. $39.50-$89.50. 5 p.m. July 11. Spin DoctorsCasual listeners who recall their catchy ‘90s hits “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” and “Two Princes” may be surprised to learn upon seeing these New York City natives play live that the Spin Doctors fancy themselves a jam band. Just go ahead now. With supporting act, Circus Mind. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. $25, $30 DOS. 8 p.m. July 11. American Idol LiveAmerican Idol Season 14—14 (!!)—debuts next year, but auditions to the sing-for-votes reality show are in full swing. The next stop: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale. Hundreds, if not thousands, of fantastic and lousy singers alike will perform before the show’s celebrity judges for a chance of living their dreams and winning over the hearts of rabid American fans who still tune in despite the influx of similar (though lousier, oops, did we say that!?) singing competition shows. Don’t miss out on a chance to cheer on your fellow Long Islanders who have been waiting their whole life for this crucial, mind-numbing moment! Most importantly, tell J Lo and Rye-Rye we looove them!!! Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. $28.50-$80.05. 8 p.m. July 11.Ninth Annual Long Island Comedy FestivalWith about six comics at more than a dozen dates set at venues from Rockville Centre to Riverhead—never a repeat, 50 comedians total—this summer’s LI comedy fest is sure to include more laughs than a barrel of monkeys. OK, we’ll leave it to the professionals. Through Aug. 23. Opening Night at Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson 8 p.m. July 11; The Summertime Comedy Showcase, a slap-happy barrage of hilarity and can’t-stop-laughing euphoria that’ll leave you lying on the floor, gigglin’ and hollerin’ long past the actual performances (partnered with Bacardi !!) at the Paramount, 370 New York Ave, Huntington. $15, $20, $25. 8 p.m. July 12; Full schedule at LIComedy.comSummer of 1969 Exhibit DebutCelebrate the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, the Woodstock Festival and the amazing ’69 Mets World Series win at the Summer of 1969 exhibit’s opening weekend. For those who were alive, it’ll be a trip down memory lane. The rest will see why Bryan Adams sang in his hit “Summer of ’69” that “those were the best days of my life.” An evening with Apollo Astronauts Walt Cunningham and Fred Haise. $15 members, $20 public. 7:30-8:30 p.m., July 11. Meet Legendary Woodstock Festival Organizer Artie Kornfeld. Free with museum admission. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-4p.m. July 12. Apollo Space Program Dinner with Apollo Astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Walt Cunningham and Fred Haise. $100 public, $50 for former Lunar Module workers. 6-9 p.m. July 12. The Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City cradleofaviation.orgLong Island International Film FestivalTechnically, the 17th installment of this film fest started Wednesday, but the opening night party and tech awards don’t get underway until 5 p.m. Friday. There were screenings of shorts before that, although the panel discussions don’t get underway until this weekend. Read more about the woman behind the event in her Press profile. Bellmore Movies, 222 Petit Ave., Bellmore. Prices, times vary. July 9-17YesFounded in 1968, Yes has seamlessly overcome a generational alteration in their audience and are considered among the longest continuing and successful ’70s progressive rock groups. The English natives are renowned for their usage of cosmic and mystical lyrics combined with complicated instrumental and vocal arrangements. Despite the departure of key members over the decades, Yes is still producing top-charting music, including their 21st album, Heaven and Earth, which hits stands July 21. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $49.50-$84.25. 8 p.m. July 12Procol HarumWhat could be whiter than a whiter shade of pale? That’s a ghostly question only Gary Brooker, the smashing piano player and the spooky vocalist of this classic British rock band, could answer if the waiter would only bring in another tray of dreams. Those who miss this show can catch the band the following night at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. $40-$75. 8 p.m. July 12VANS Warped Tour 2014With about 100 bands performing on various stages during the nation’s longest traveling music festival—celebrating its 20th year!—there are simply too many performers to list here. Even the biggest music gluttons on Long Island would be hard-pressed not to walk away having heard some new tunes. The lineup, to name but a few, is set to include alt-hip hop group Air Dubai, pop-punk rockers Yellowcard and alt-metal band The Devil Wears Prada. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh. $39.50. 11 a.m. July 12Strong Island Ol’ Skool Summer Soul JamDust off the Kangol hats because the ‘90s are making a comeback. With various artists, including Melle Mel, Joeski Love, Oran “Juice” Jones, Brand Nubian featuring Grand Puba, Aly-Us and T-Ski Valley. Hosted by WBLS’ Doctor Bob Lee. DJ Legend spinning all night. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. $15, $20 DOS. 10 p.m. July 12The Original WailersAre you picking up now? The vibration is positive and the “riddim” is reggae. Bob Marley may have gone up in smoke but his band is still with us and for that we can only say: “Praise Jah! The legend lives on!” The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St., Amagansett. $30-$50. 9 p.m. July 12Summer Wings and BeerFestWing aficionados will go head-to-head at “one million scoville hot wing eating competition” while eight Long Island restaurants and four local breweries will duke it out as they vie for the Summer Wings and Beer Cup. With admission, spectators get 16 chicken wings and 42oz of craft beer. Among the competitors is celebrity chef Johnny McLaughlin from Food Network’s Chopped. Cannon’s Blackthorn, 49 N. Village Ave., Rockville Centre. $35 2-7:30 p.m. July 12First Annual Smithtown Blues FestivalThis is a mega Blues-arts & crafts-food explosion to benefit the Smithtown Historical Society in conjunction with the Long Island Blues Society. Long Island’s own Blue Roots, D.A. Blues Band and Dog House Blues Band will be supplying the tunes; you’ll be helping create the stellar vibes. So bring your lawn chair or blanket and get ready for some of the most soul-satisfying tunes and eats (for purchase from Famous Dave’s BBQ Truck & Grill) this side of the Mississippi Delta! Smithtown Historical Society, 239 Middle Country Rd. (Main Street), Smithtown. $30 SHS Members/$35 Non-Members. Gates open at 2 p.m. 3-10 p.m. July 12Peter Frampton (Facebook)Peter FramptonMan, it’s the 70s showing us the way! The rocking great Brit guitarist Peter Frampton has kissed his golden curly locks goodbye years ago—he can wig out if he wants to, considering he co-founded Humble Pie at 18—so here he is today, still hitting the high notes that shimmer all night long. And he’s doing it on the road with the Doobie Brothers, that hard-driving Grammy-winning American band of good old boys who keep on takin’ it to the streets and rockin’ down the highway. Just listen to the music, it’ll be all right. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh.$29.50-$117.65. 6 p.m. July 13The Long Island Battle of the BandsFeaturing Schoeffel, Typhon Rising, Reluctant Mortem, Rest Until It Needs Sacrifice, Them Poor Kids, Nexus Canvas, Bear Success, Orange No. 9 and Avale. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. $8, $10 DOS. 1 p.m. July 13Mash Up: Collages in Mixed MediaExhibit opening featuring the mixed media works of critically acclaimed Port Washington-based artist Jennifer Scott, who also is a professor of art at Long Island Post and Nassau Community College. Her work is also on view at the Second Avenue Fire House Gallery in Bay Shore. Runs through Sep. 14. The Islip Art Museum, 50 Irish Lane, East Islip. Free. 1-4 p.m. July 13Alive Inside: A Story of Music & MemoryMoviegoers will get a sneak peak of this documentary that followed social worker Dan Cohen, founder of Music & Memory, a Mineola-based nonprofit that trains elder-care professionals to create personalized playlists of memory-triggering music for people suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive disorders. Meet Cohen following the screening. Get $2 off ticket price by donating an old iPod to help the cause. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. $6 Members/$11 Public. 7:30 p.m. July 14The Who: The Early YearsWatch this iconic band’s then-controversial rise to fame as a part of the British invasion of the ‘60s. Aside from early live concerts of their hits, the movie includes TV performances and rarely seen promotional material. With guest speaker Bill Shelley, host of Rock Legends Live! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. $6 Members/$11 Public. 7:30 p.m. July 15Anthony Hamilton (Facebook)Anthony HamiltonThis Grammy-nominated North Carolina-native soulful R&B crooner, whose latest hit, “Freedom,” was featured last year on the Django Unchained soundtrack, is coming to town. With supporting acts Keke Wyatt and Shaliek. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $49.50-$84.25. 8 p.m., July 16—Compiled by Spencer Rumsey, Rashed Mian, Nick Crispino, Peter Chin and Timothy Bolger.last_img read more

West Babylon Woman, 23, Killed In Lindenhurst Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 23-year-old woman was killed in a two-vehicle collision Thursday morning in Lindenhurst, Suffolk County Police said. AlyssaMarie Gerbasio, 23, of West Babylon, was traveling north on Straight Path at 7:12 a.m. March 17 when her 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee was struck by a 2015 Jeep Liberty headed east on 49th Street that attempted to cross Straight Path, according to Suffolk County Police First Squad detectives. Gerbasio was ejected from her vehicle, said police, and pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner. The 17-year-old female driver who collided with her, of Lindenhurst, was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip and released, said police.The investigation is continuing, and First Squad detectives ask anyone with information about the fatal crash to call 631-854-8152.last_img read more

Thomaston Fatal Hit-and-run Driver Sought

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 43-year-old man who was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Thomaston on Friday morning has died, Nassau County police said.The victim was crossing Middle Neck Road when he was hit by a southbound vehicle that left the scene at the corner of Barstow Road at 9:53 a.m., police said.The victim was taken to a local hospital, where he died. His identity was not immediately released.Witnesses described the vehicle as being a gray or bluish gray Nissan Rogue.Homicide Squad detectives request anyone with information regarding this incident to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.last_img

US 36, Bethany open with IMCA points, spectators

first_imgAn open practice session is also planned Saturday, May 2 at Osborne from 2-8 p.m. Pit gates open at 1 p.m. Pit passes will be $25 and the grandstands will be closed.  Pit gates open at 4 p.m., the grandstand opens at 6 p.m., hot laps are at approximately 7:30 p.m. with racing to follow.  Racing both nights will be broadcast by Speed Shift TV.  Social distancing guidelines will be maintained in both the pit area and grandstand; track officials will ask each team to stay within their respective pit area and that everyone attending wear a mask or other appropriate facial covering.  IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, E3 Spark Plugs Missouri State and track points will be given for IMCA Modified, IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod divisions at both Friday and Saturday shows. Central and North Central Region points will be available to Modified drivers. “Response has already been great and we’re expecting tremendous car counts both Friday and Saturday,” said promoter Jon Boller Jr.  OSBORN, Mo. – US 36 Raceway will open May 8 and Bethany Speedway on May 9 with all IMCA points awarded both nights. Drivers are also asked to pre-register through MyRacePass or the track website. Pit passes are $35 while grandstand admission is $15 for adults and free for kids ages 12 and under. Questions about the season-opening weekend can be directed to Boller at 816 752-3645.last_img read more

UW crew seeks first win

first_imgIn Madison for the only home competition of the year, UW men’s rowing head coach Chris Clark actually has more to worry about than a typical race. “In a home race, there’s almost as much worry about just getting things set up and mak[ing] sure the officials are here, et cetera, than it is worrying about your own team,” Clark said at a press conference Monday. “But the only thing that makes that regatta successful is the weather, so I don’t have control over that, but I wish I did.” Forecasts call for temperatures in the 70s and partly cloudy weather Saturday, so that’s one less thing for Clark to worry about when No. 8 Wisconsin hosts No. 18 Michigan and Northern Michigan for the Midwest Rowing Championships at Lake Wingra Saturday. However, adding to Clark’s list of worries is the stiff competition his team has had to face to start off the spring season. Last weekend, Wisconsin’s varsity eight fell to No. 1 Washington, No. 2 Stanford and No. 4 California at the Windermere Classic in Redwood City, Calif. “In football parlance, it’s probably scheduling Michigan and Florida and Notre Dame in the first couple of weeks,” Clark said. “Which can really work well depending on the way it plays out, but it also wipes you out a little bit.” And this weekend won’t be any easier with Big Ten opponent Michigan in town. In recent years, the Badgers and Wolverines have squared off in the season opener. However, schedule conflicts this season pushed the rivalry meet back to this weekend’s regatta. Typically the Midwest Rowing Championships serve as a showcase to the Madison community and campus for the UW crew team, but this year will be different with Michigan lining up on the other side of the water. “There’s been a few years that the competition hasn’t been so stiff, but [Michigan’s] pretty good,” Clark said. “That’s our main competition in this race; there’s no question it’s Michigan. … It’s the real deal when it’s Michigan.” And Clark knows this weekend is the time for his team to start winning. Despite a strong showing in the Windermere Classic, Wisconsin has nothing to show for it. While Clark isn’t upset with the varsity team’s 0-3 start, he is optimistic about being a championship contender come the end of May. “You don’t usually win championships by losing a lot of races,” Clark said. “That’s what I’ve found. You know, you’ve got to. Somehow you have to win at some point. “The reality is we’re just not usually as good as we will be later in the year. That’s a fact,” Clark continued. “So when you can come out and be competitive right away, that’s a good thing. It’s a really good thing. But nonetheless, there’s only so many times you can spend losing.” This year will be the 35th time UW has hosted the Lake Wingra event that dates back to 1973.last_img read more