McGlinn residents, rector discuss developing community and Hall of the Year

first_imgMcGlinn Hall was named the 2018-2019 Hall of the Year, the first time it has been named Hall of the Year since its establishment in 1997. Sophomore and dorm vice president Isabella Schmitz said McGlinn has come a long way in recent years.“When I first arrived at ND I think they had gotten like last place in all of the Hall of the Year stuff, but then last year we got most improved, and this year we won it all,” Schmitz said.Junior and former dorm president Colleen Ballantyne said this year McGlinn made an effort to reach outside the dorm by planning events with Keough Hall and Lyons Hall, their brother and sister dorms.“Last year was a lot of building our community more internally after a year where our hall council didn’t do as much to really build that community,” Ballantyne said. “This past year we were able to focus on letting the McGlinn community shine throughout campus and even sometimes off campus.”McGlinn’s signature event, Casino Night, was also incredibly successful this year, Schmitz said.“Our event coordinator got all the McGlinn girls really excited about making it as best as it could be,” Schmitz said. “She set a goal for us and said we need to make more money than we ever have, and people were excited by that.”Ballantyne said the dorm broke its record by raising $3,150 for St. Adalbert Catholic School in South Bend. McGlinn sends students to tutor at the school every weekday.Rector Sister Mary Lynch said the dorm’s relationship with St. Adalbert began during the first few years in her job as rector of McGlinn, a position she took on in 2005.“I wanted someplace in South Bend where the students could actually go and be there and help and do service,” Lynch said.McGlinn sought to improve their dorm’s sustainability this year through a partnership with the Office of Sustainability and TerraCycle, an organization that collects non-recyclable waste and partners with corporate donors to turn it into raw material to be used in new products.“We’ve only been doing it for about two months now, but we’ve been able to collect a ton of stuff that otherwise would’ve been going to the landfills,” Ballantyne said. “We’re hoping to work with the Office of Sustainability to branch this out throughout campus in the near future.”McGlinn also prides itself on their interhall sports participation. The hall has held the Kelly Cup since 2010-2011, which Ballantyne said is largely due to the hall’s unofficial official motto: McGlinn never forfeits. The Kelly Cup is for the overall women’s interhall sports championship, and is awarded based off of interhall participation and performance.“My thing is that, first of all, interhall sports are to help relieve stress, so I don’t want any stress in trying to win the Kelly Cup,” Lynch said.  The second thing is, I always tell them, if we say we’re gonna put a team on the field, we put a team out, so no forfeiting.”An unexpected event this year that brought the McGlinn community together was Lynch’s cancer diagnosis in the fall.“I think the way the women here responded and rallied around me, and how we were still able to continue all the programs hall government and hall council had planned — things went along pretty much as normal — was one of the main reasons for winning Hall of the Year,” Lynch said.The dorm organized a spreadsheet where people could sign up to bring Lynch dinner from the dining hall as she could not eat there among so many people.“The spreadsheet would fill up within an hour—it would be completely full,” Ballantyne said. “And it was like not the same girls every month — it was different people all the time.”The dorm also made fanny packs to show their support of their rector.“I had slow drip cancer treatment that I wore a fanny pack for 48 hours every other week,” Lynch said.Lynch discovered that her chemo pack was able to fit in the McGlinn fanny pack and was able to use it instead of the oncologist issued one.When Lynch was declared cancer free, the dorm surprised her with a party and a video containing messages from former students and former Residential Assistants of McGlinn, as well as messages from Fr. Jenkins and Muffet McGraw, Schmitz said.“I just have been absolutely amazed at the women here this year,” Lynch said. “If good can come out of a tough situation, I think that’s what happened. Just the spirit and the sense of community that evolved this year more so than some other years — and I don’t know if it was the rallying around me and my situation or what — but the women have just been amazing, absolutely amazing.”Tags: Community, dorm features, dorm life, Hall of the year, McGlinn Halllast_img read more

Opatija American Gardens opened after renovation

first_imgThe opening was also attended by Margit Grassinger, director of the Vienna Parks, who donated about thirty bushes of original Viennese roses to Opatija. From the Hungarian city of Balatonfured, they provided young pepper seedlings to American gardens. The city of Opatija has decided to restore the gardens after years of neglect, and yesterday marked the completion of the first phase of restoration. The second phase involves the renovation of the upper entrance to the gardens, the arrangement of the garden house and the cactus bar with herbal drinks. Opatija’s American Gardens, in the renovation of which almost four million kuna was invested, were officially opened yesterday. These are historic gardens that cover over nine thousand square meters, and whose first phase of restoration has been officially completed, reports HRT. The City of Opatija points out that the American Gardens are another content in a series that agencies and hoteliers can offer to guests and that they are suitable for holding various events such as cultural evenings, fashion shows, weddings and similar celebrations. Kuczor married Hilda von Hortenau, daughter of the Viennese ballerina Maria Schleizer and Archduke Otto of Habsburg, nephew of Emperor Francis Joseph. The couple planted gardenia, camellias, magnolias and various Mediterranean plants in the gardens.center_img American gardens are also botanical, and were built by Hungarian entrepreneur Mihaly Kuczor. After visiting Opatija in 1926, a merchant who made a fortune selling Hungarian peppers decided to buy land and build a terraced garden with a monumental entrance and a colonnade of fifteen pillars and fifteen cypresses to delight in the view from the park. “We are obliged to take care of the rich park heritage we have, but also to revitalize it and convert it for tourist purposes so that everyone can enjoy the beauty of the landscape. That is why we started arranging this area, for which in the first phase we provided about two million kuna with the funds of the Ministry of Tourism and the city budget and another 600 kuna for the construction of a pedestrian bridge in accordance with the requirements of the conservator.”, Said the mayor of Opatija, Ivo Dujmić. Source / photo: HRTlast_img read more