Advisory council hopes to bridge arts, academics

first_imgSeniors Ryan Belock and Hal Melia are hoping to bridge the gap between the University’s artistic and academic departments with the creation of a new student-run advisory council, Arts@ND. “There exists a communication and collaboration gap between departments, DPAC (DeBartolo Performing Arts Center), student groups and non-arts majors,” Belock said. “We are now brainstorming ways to fix that together. We’ve adopted a mission to ‘create, celebrate and collaborate.’” Belock said he first imagined Arts@ND during his freshman year, when he realized the programming department at DPAC and the music, art, art history, design, and Film, Television & Theatre (FTT) departments were independently trying to increase attention to arts on campus. Belock said he learned the University’s 2008 Strategic Plan for the Arts envisioned an Arts Advisory Council in support of the University’s “Decade of the Arts.” He found campus leaders, especially students, supported creating an advisory committee to serve academic and extra-curricular arts groups. “I feel students need to be part of those conversations,” Belock said. “I wanted to get peers, professors and professionals on campus working these issues out together, not just in their isolated circles, but finding ways to proactively collaborate and create.” At the start of the school year, Belock said he and Melia worked with student body president Pat McCormick to create a student-driven force for supporting arts on campus. McCormick advocated for enhancing campus arts in his campaign platform. Belock said he and Melia hosted the first meeting of the Arts at Notre Dame Student Advisory Group in November to brainstorm how the organization could work. Small groups of professors, staff members and students developed potential initiatives, Belock said. “The largest takeaway from the first meeting was that we have a lot of creative talent across many majors, not just arts majors, that can solve the most pressing issues for student activities arts groups, ensembles, classes and professional programming on campus,” he said.  Belock said the meeting also helped introduce students from across the academic spectrum. “This was the first time some FTT students met art, art history and design students,” he said. “It was also the first time some had been in the Regis Philbin Studio Theater [in DPAC].” Belock said he and Melia hosted the second meeting of Arts@ND, titled “WE ‘ART’ ND,” in February. The meeting used the slogan “create, celebrate and collaborate.” Belock said the group hosted the meeting in Riley Hall of Art and Design to set a standard that arts have several “bases” on campus that need to be fully integrated into thoughts and collaboration. At the meeting, he said Director of Bands Ken Dye presented examples of collaborative work in the arts, including projects by rock bands OK Go and U2. Belock said students recommended opening a café in Riley Hall, improving the “Arts” section of the University website, creating a publication to cover campus arts and instituting a College of Fine Arts. “We are narrowing down and voting on short-term projects to pursue this spring that will make a noticeable impact on the ‘aura of the arts’ at Notre Dame,” he said. Belock said Arts@ND’s primary progress has been the opportunity to encourage conversation between students and faculty. “They all share three things in common. They love Notre Dame, they love the arts, and they want to make them both better here,” he said.last_img read more

Solvay boys basketball defeats Westhill, 71-56

first_imgOn the second day of the new year, Solvay further established its credentials by making the short trip to Westhill and, leading from start to finish, earning a 71-56 victory over the Warriors.Much of it had to do with how the game started. Fueled by 12 first-quarter points from Justin Scott, the Bearcats jumped out 28-16 and, after the Warriors cut the margin to five, eventually built a 39-30 halftime advantage.All through the second half, Solvay thwarted Westhill’s many attempts to catch up, never letting the Warriors put together a sustained scoring burst. Tags: boys basketballMarcellusSolvayWesthill Part of it was Scott, who finished with 24 points, but another part was Jaimen Bliss steadily earning 17 points as Brock Bagozzi got 12 points and Elijah Wright added nine points.The Bearcats also contained Westhill’s 1,000-point scorer, Zach Brown, holding him to 11 points, though Elliott Rouse got 21 points and James Kelley contributed 19 points off the bench.On that same Thursday afternoon, Marcellus went to Cato-Meridian, and pulled away to beat the Blue Devils 69-54.Having not played a game in 13 days, the Mustangs had an up-and-down first half, ultimately trailing Cato 24-22. But with superior depth, Marcellus zoomed out in front in the third quarter and never looked back.Leading that charge, Jared Sammon put up a season-high 19 points and Matt Kershaw finished with 18 points. Luke Ingianni had nine points as Tristan Jarvi got six points.Two days later, at Oneida, the Mustangs looked to improve to 6-1, but instead saw its offense dry up in a 38-34 defeat to the Indians. Other than Kershaw’s 17 points, the team just made four other field goals.Jordan-Elbridge returned last Friday in the Fulton Savings Bank Tournament and held off Hannibal 65-60 in the first round,.This was largely due to Dakota Holbrook, who set a career mark with 31 points, many of them in the third quarter during a 23-8 run that erased a 32-27 halftime deficit.Some help came from Jeremy Meili, who gave J-E 11 points as Tyler Waldron got seven points. Hannibal got 17 points from James Somers and 16 points from Jack Smith.A 68-58 defeat to host Fulton followed in Saturday’s final, the Eagles not able to overcome a tremendous performance by the Red Raieders’ Seth Grimshaw, who piled up 35 points, including five 3-pointers.Holbrook, cooling off from his own big effort against Hannibal, had 14 points, with Alex Pond getting 11 points and Owen Barrigar adding 10 points.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Look anywhere in area high school boys basketball, and there’s reason to feel quite bullish about what might take place in 2020.Already, West Genesee is offering up a capable defense of its state and sectional Class AA titles with Bishop Ludden a worthy challenger, the Gaelic Knights moving to 7-1 on the season Sunday with a 57-37 win over St. Mary’s (Buffalo).And in Class B, Skaneateles, at 7-0, has risen to no. 7 in the state Class B rankings, with Marcellus and Solvay shaping up as prime contenders, too, for both league and sectional honors.last_img read more