Juggling club offers campus entertainment

first_imgMichael Yu Sean Gleasom of the Notre Dame juggling club demonstrates his juggling skills with tennis balls. The club welcomes students who “wish to advance their juggling skills and those skills associated with juggling, i.e. unicycling,” according to the Student Activities Office website. Club president and junior Steven Brill said 15 to 20 people come to meetings regularly, depending on the time of year. When the weather is cold, the group meets Friday afternoons at the racquetball courts in Rockne Memorial Gym; when it’s warm, they “generally just hang and juggle” by Stonehenge, Brill said.“People like walking by and seeing us,” he said. “Kids are a lot of fun. We were juggling at the outdoor sports festival thing on South Quad that not many people knew about earlier, and a bunch of kids walked by, and the kids loved watching the juggling, so that’s pretty fun.”The club also performs at various events throughout the year — they’ve performed at Holy Cross intramural basketball all-star game and a parade at the Irish Fest of Manhattan, Illinois. On Sunday, they juggled at the unveiling of The Shirt.People join the juggling club with a range of levels of experience — some have only a basic knowledge of the craft and learn through the club, starting with a single ball and going from there.“There are people who will say, ‘Oh, I’ve tried this like once, so I have a little bit of knowledge on how to do it but I haven’t learned how,’” sophomore Mark Kinney said.Others knew how to juggle before coming to Notre Dame and use the club as a way to practice. Sophomore Cate Devey said she learned how to juggle in order to one-up her brothers.“I hate not being able to be better than them at things, so I taught myself how to juggle,” she said.Sophomore Andrea Ringer said she unsuccessfully tried to teach herself with a book but was able to learn eventually.“In high school, I went on a trip, and one of our leaders was in the circus, so he actually taught us how to juggle, and it finally stuck,” Ringer said. “So I learned, and I thought it was really cool, so coming here, I just went to the Juggling Club meeting, and I enjoyed it.”Brill said he and his brother started juggling when he was in fifth grade, and he kept up the hobby through high school, where he was his school’s juggling club president. Before he went to college, he worked for the Cincinnati Circus Company, which performs at events in the city.“I started working there, which made me better at juggling, and then I learned how to do balloon animals and stilt walking and things like that,” Brill said. “Then I came here, and I’ve been pretty outspoken in trying to get people to juggle.”Some members can juggle four or five objects at a time. They use different techniques — there’s the normal Cascade, and there are more complicated patterns like Mill’s Mess, Chops or the 5-3-1. Some can juggle clubs or rings as well as balls. Others, like Brill, have graduated to juggling knives and torches, something the club hopes to use next year.Brill said juggling performances can vary in style — there’s what he calls “strolling juggling,” or walking among the audience while juggling. There are more comedic routines and artsier, more musical performances.Most of the equipment the club uses belongs to Brill, he said, and next year, the group hopes to raise money to buy its own equipment so it can still have a range of gear after Brill graduates. Brill said juggling and the process of learning new techniques is a stress reliever.“I use juggling in between studying; I just leave [my stuff] in my backpack just for fun,” he said. “It’s something fun, and it is a very tangible way to see progress from repetition and see learning, where you start with one trick, and then you can keep learning new ones.”Tags: Juggling Club, North Quad, Stonehenge, The Shirt On warm Friday afternoons, among the hammocks, grill-outs and Frisbee games, the Notre Dame Juggling Club gathers on North Quad with bags of tennis balls, clubs and plastic rings. They put on impromptu juggling performances for passersby and teach anyone who is interested how to juggle.last_img read more

Miami student helps keep the peace in Kosovo

first_imgMiami student helps keep the peace in Kosovo Already a member of the U.S. Army Reserves, Janko called Army headquarters in Europe and asked to be assigned to Kosovo as a peacekeeper. Because he was a reservist, all that was required was additional brief training in Germany on how to search for land mines and vehicles for weapons, and how to react to sniper attacks.“I wished to do something unselfish at least once in my life by volunteering,” Janko explained. “There is a quote which says, `You have not truly lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.’ This quote made me think that we in the United States have many resources to help those in need around the world. It would be a waste not to help our fellow human beings.”About 40,000 troops from 40 countries participated in the United Nations mission, about 5,600 from the U.S. NATO was assisted by non-NATO countries, such as Russia and Ukraine, to help the region build lasting peace by encouraging Kosovo’s two major ethnic groups 88 percent Albanians and 10 percent Serbians to work together to secure peace.The Albanians had been pursuing a non-violent separation from the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia until the movement erupted into an armed rebellion in early 1999. Yugoslavia’s President Slobodan Milosevic launched a brutal campaign of “ethnic cleansing,” forcing 1 million Kosovo Albanian refugees to flee their homes and take refuge in Albania, Macedonia, and Montenegro. The United Nations forced Milosevic’s troops to withdraw from Kosovo, allowing the refugees to return to the province.“Virtually, the whole world showed up to help out,” said Janko, the son of Hungarian refugees, who added, “I never thought I’d ever be working with Russian soldiers.”Part of Janko’s mission was to help ensure that the first free elections in many decades — the October 28, 2000, municipal elections — were conducted safely.“Our work on the election project involved a lot of crisis management and making plans for such things as transporting ballots, response to possible terrorist attacks, and ensuring that the 80 polling places in the American sector were safe for voters,” Janko recounted. “It was also part of our job to ensure that the majority Albanians did not intimidate the minority Serbs.”Back at the UM School of Law, Janet Stearns, director of international and foreign programs, was on the receiving end of many post cards, pictures, and e-mails from Janko during his mission in Kosovo.“He is committed to the importance of the role of international law in the military’s work,” Stearns said. “He really taught me a lot from his commitment about the whole idea of peacekeeping and international law.”This summer, Janko is home in Hawaii, and will return to UM in the fall, where he will be writing his thesis on the role of the United Nations as a trustee-occupant to help foster newly created democracies.“My parents escaped from Communist Hungary in 1956 in hopes of finding a better life,” Janko said. “This dream of a better life is one which I would like to share with others in the world. I plan to apply for active duty with the Army JAG, so I may continue my peacekeeping duties.” Miami student helps keep the peace in Kosovo The words of Hugo Caminos, a professor of international law at the University of Miami School of Law, stuck with student Steve Janko long after he left the classroom.Caminos had told his students about the importance of putting politics aside in working with the international community to help refugees.And Janko, an LL.M. student in international law, grabbed the opportunity to follow his heart and do something to help. He took the fall 2000 semester off from his legal studies and joined a peacekeeping effort by over 40 countries to help refugees returning to their homes in Kosovo. Janko helped ensure elections went smoothly, protected churches from sabotage, searched vehicles for weapons, and promoted peace through interviews on Kosovo radio shows. July 1, 2001 Regular News Janko with children in Kosovo “I will never forget the children of Kosovo who have yet to be affected by ethnic hatred,” Janko said. “I visited a school one day and observed Albanian and Serbian children playing together. During my radio interviews on Kosovo’s airways, I encouraged the parents in Kosovo not to teach their children to hate. If I reached at least one parent, it was worth my trip over there.” last_img

Van Straten wins third straight at Shawano

first_imgBy Scott Owen Sawyer Haese looked to have the car to beat early on in the Northern SportMod feature until Ja­son Jach stormed past on lap four to grab the lead. Haese fell victim to mechanical gremlins on lap five, ending his night. Van Straten took the lead on lap seven working the lowest line on the track. Michonski took the lead back on lap eight running the highest line. They continued to battle door-to-door on lap nine with Van Straten holding the lead on the lap.  Cautions plagued the start of the Modified feature before Mark Weisnicht led lap one.  By lap three, Wilinski had worked his way to second and went to work on Weisnicht. Wilinski moved to the inside of Weisnicht on lap four and took the lead. Bartz moved to second on the grid at this time and set her sights on Jach. Bartz and Jach swapped the lead back and forth for the next few laps. On lap nine, Bartz took over for good and did not look back on her way to victory lane. SHAWANO, Wis. (July 13) – Halloween at the Half Mile had no tricks, just treats for Travis Van Streten, Konnor Wilinski and Jordan Bartz. Van Straten outdueled Dan Michonski for his third straight Shawano Speedway IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature win while Wilinski scored his first IMCA Modified feature of the season and Bartz got Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod win number three.   Over the next 11 laps, Van Straten had his hands full as Michonski worked high and low trying to a find a way back to the front. Van Straten was flawless, though, and held off Michonski for the win. Travis Van Straten raced to a third straight IMCA Sunoco Stock Car victory during Halloween at the Half Mile at Shawano Speedway. (Photo by Turn 2 Photos) Due to the early cautions the race was shortened as it reached the time limit. In the end it was Wilinski followed by Weisnicht, Matt Oreskovich, Jason Czarapata, and Rob Charapata. The Stock Car feature saw Kurt Olson lead the opening two laps before Michonski snuck past.  On lap five, Van Straten got around Olson and into second. As has consistently been the case lately, Michonski and Van Straten began a duel for the lead. last_img read more