South Bend Cubs look to draw Notre Dame students to games

first_imgLast year, Michiana’s baseball team changed affiliation and became the South Bend Cubs, a Single-A affiliate of Chicago’s National League team of the same name. The Cubs try to offer students an opportunity for a fun outing off campus in the general South Bend community.The Cubs play 70 home games between April and Labor Day at Four Winds Field at Coveleski Stadium in downtown South Bend. The team is deeply involved in local charities, including the Children’s Hospital, team president Joe Hart said. “We really service a community of 75 miles, not just South Bend,” Hart said.Hart said the atmosphere of the game can appeal to anyone.“You don’t have to be a baseball fan to come out and enjoy yourself,” Hart said. “There aren’t a ton of things to do in the South Bend area, and we’re just three miles from campus.” Hart said the relationship between the Cubs and the University is growing, despite the fact that the vast majority of the Cubs’ games are while the University is out of session. “During the summer, Notre Dame brings out different departments — employees, clients, et cetera, and in April, August and September we get a pretty good student following,” he said. Examples of this relationship included a residence hall outing to the ballpark for a tour on the Day of Community preceding the first day of classes. Later, on Aug. 25, the Senior Class Council sponsored a trip for 300 members of the class of 2017 to see a game. The team has had several interns and employees who were also students at Notre Dame. In the past, the Cubs have played a preseason exhibition game against the University’s baseball team. Half of the proceeds went to the Cubs’ charity and the other half went to the Fighting Irish’s charity of choice.To encourage attendance, the Cubs offer a range of promotions not specifically targeted toward students, including Saturday nights, when the team gives away a free 50-inch TV every inning. “It’s one of the only places where you can pay a few bucks for a ticket and walk out with a brand new, 50-inch TV,” Hart said.The team’s most popular night is Thursdays, when all beverages in the ballpark cost $2 for the entire game.Cubs games are “always fun,” senior Daniel Burns said. “The tickets are only $10, and they have great outfield grass seats where you can just sit and relax,” Burns said. “I don’t follow the team during the year, I just go to have fun. I recently bought a Cubs jersey. Best purchase in four years at Notre Dame.”Because of students like Burns, Hart said attendance does generally increase while school is in session, particularly on Thursday nights.“We always feel like the biggest issue is letting Notre Dame students know we’re here,” he said. Tags: Baseball, South Bend Cubslast_img read more

In Margibi, Health Workers Top Ebola Death Rate

first_imgHealth officials in Margibi County have expressed disbelieved and frustration over the alarming rate of the death toll among health workers in the county due to the deadly Ebola virus disease.Speaking to the Daily Observer Monday, August 11, in Kakata, the Community Health Director of Margibi County, Mr. Joseph J. Korhene, said 26 persons have been so far diagnosed with the disease. Out of the 26, he said 17 have died with 14 of the dead being health workers.The Margibi County Community Health director explained that among the 14 health workers, 12 of them were working with the Charles H. Rennie Hospital, the only public referral health facility in the county.He said two other health workers in the county died with three non-health workers, making the total Ebola death recorded rate to 17.According to him, out of the 26, who had been diagnosed positive with the virus, at least 22 are health workers.Mr. Korhene noted, because of the hard increase in the death toll of health workers, others are now afraid to return to work, as the result almost all of the health centers in the county are closed including the only refer hospital — C.H. Rennie Hospital.He described the death related to the virus in Kakata, the main city in the county, as alarming and that they as local heath workers are arranging workable programs to help protect health workers in the discharge of their duties.According to him, the Margibi County Health Team has begun training health workers across the county in various disciplines as the means of strengthening the workforce in the county.The Margibi County Community Health boss also advanced that plans are on the way for the constructing of what he termed as holding centers for suspected Ebola patients in the county.Mr. Korhene noted that the high death rate among health workers in the county was due to the lack of their capacity to earlier detect Ebola related cases. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more