BEIJING (AP) — Ten panda cubs made their debut in China’s leading panda reserve Wednesday morning to mark the coming Lunar New Year. One appeared shy and covered its face with both paws when it saw the crowd. Another went rogue and crawled away from its keeper before being caught. The black-and-white fluff balls made their first public appearance in a playground with New Year’s decorations including lanterns, traditional Chinese knots, paper cars and flags at the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Panda in southwest China’s Sichuan Province.
With the State Department’s recent release of a general travel alert for all Americans in Europe, Notre Dame’s Office of International Studies (OIS) took extra precautions to enhance awareness of the alert and to ensure the safety of its students studying or traveling abroad. The travel alert, released on Sunday, alerted U.S. citizens to the increased potential for terrorist attacks in Europe and recommended U.S. citizens take safety precautions when traveling abroad, particularly in public places like tourist sites and airports or while riding public transportation. The alert, a step below a formal “travel warning” which advises U.S. citizens to avoid traveling to particular places, was issued after an assessment of information that terrorist groups appeared to be plotting attacks on cities in Europe. There are presently 235 Notre Dame students studying in Europe, according to Kathleen Opel, director of OIS. OIS is in close contact with its students who are studying abroad and the program directors urged students to listen to the warnings of the State Department and adopt appropriate safety measures. “The Office of International Studies has notified students in Europe of the State Department’s advisory,” Opel said. “We have advised them to follow the tips from the State Department and have provided them with various strategies to do so.” Opel said she would tell Notre Dame students in Europe to increase their awareness when in specific locations or settings. “Students need to be vigilant and always be aware of their surroundings,” she said. “They are aware that they should not be attending political rallies or wearing clothing that draws attention to them as Americans.” Students in the Notre Dame London Program were made well aware of the advisory. “The London program has reviewed the travel alert with students both by email and verbally,” London program director Greg Kucich said. “We are emphasizing the alert’s precautions regarding vigilance, especially at transportation centers and large public gatherings.” Kuchich said the London Program urged students to follow the security procedures already established by the program, which include always filling out electronic itinerary travel forms and carrying the operational cell phones provided by the London program, as well as the emergency phone numbers. Both Kucich and Opel emphasized that students should use common sense and listen to and heed their instincts. “Students seem to be taking this in stride,” Opel said. “Most remember 9/11 and have grown up and live in an environment where travel vigilance is required.” Kuchich said Notre Dame students should even increase their awareness in their daily activities. “Students are paying due attention to the travel alert and recommended precautions while proceeding in a cautious, calm way with their academic studies, their daily routines in London, and their travel plans,” Kucich said. “Students are responding intelligently and maturely to the travel alert and are following all recommended precautions without disrupting their travel plans.” Junior Alex Study, who is abroad in London, is aware of the advisory and necessary precautions. “The recent travel advisory has not significantly affected my fall break thus far,” Study said. “I have made travel plans and I intend to keep those plans.” Study said most students are cautious but not allowing the advisory to negatively affect their academic and traveling experiences while abroad. “Most people don’t seem to be taking any real precautions, but some people are a little concerned and will be trying to avoid public transportation for a while,” he said. “As for myself, I won’t be taking any specific precautions, but will just exercise common sense and be aware of my surroundings.” The Office of International Studies will continue to work closely with students and program directors in monitoring and communicating the heightened threat. “We are looking out for what is best for the students,” Opel said. “We want to make sure the locations are safe and we will continue to monitor information as it develops and reassess from there.”
John Galloway came to Wohl Field for practice Tuesday afternoon with a lot to say. As he approached senior attack Chris Daniello, the chirping began.‘Oh my God, player of the week, Chris Daniello,’ said Galloway, a grin on his face. ‘Nike Player of the Week, Chris Daniello.’But the soft-spoken Daniello had a retort of his own.‘You are the player of the year candidate,’ Daniello said. ‘I just have the weekly honor, you are going for the whole year award.’And with that exchange, the depth of the Syracuse University lacrosse team came through. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange boasts seven players who have at least 15 points this season. Through 11 games, six different players have led the team in points. SU is tied with Virginia for the most Tewaaraton Trophy nominees with four. But this Saturday, when the No. 1 Orange (10-1, 3-0 Big East) take on a winless Providence (0-11, 0-3) squad on Senior Day at 2 p.m. at the Carrier Dome, the team hopes a new dimension of their depth will have a chance to shine. Junior long-stick midfielder Joel White said he hopes some other players get a chance to show they can play, too.‘We have a bunch of seniors on this team who have done a lot, and they work so hard every single day,’ White said. ‘Hopefully we can get a couple goals up on Providence, and they can get in and have fun out there.’Of the 10 seniors on the Syracuse roster, only four players — Max Bartig, Matt Tierney, Cody Jamieson and Daniello — have seen consistent playing time this season. Bartig only appeared in 10 games last season and Cody Jamieson in six, after transferring from Onondaga Community College. But it is the rest of the seniors — Al Cavalieri, Joe Coulter, Gavin Jenkinson, Tyler Hlawati and Brandon Conlin — that have limited game experience.Jenkinson has taken the most faceoffs on the team and has won 57 percent of them. Coulter and Hlawati have appeared in all 11 games this season and each has scooped up nine ground balls. And if you ask Galloway, his backup Cavalieri could start just about anywhere else. ‘The group has come a long way,’ said SU head coach John Desko. ‘They didn’t help us immediately as freshman. They had to pay their dues and stick with the system and work hard to get better to be able to help this team this year.’Though on paper the seniors are contributing the most this season since their arrival at SU, they have provided advice and guidance all along. None was more important than what they told the class below them after they experienced a 5-8 season in 2007. White said he still feels the effects of what these seniors told his class after that year.‘I am really proud of how they brought us freshman up,’ White said. ‘We wouldn’t be the team we are right now without them. They said we don’t want another 5-8 season so we better turn things around.’Since then, the senior class has gone a combined 42-5 and won two national championships. Galloway is a member of the class with White, who heard the advice loud and clear. Three years later, it is about giving back to those seniors.‘We are excited for the seniors to have their last day in the Dome,’ Galloway said. ‘We want to send them off the right way.’And hopefully for the Orange, that way will show another dimension of the SU depth. A dimension that goes beyond Tierney, Bartig and the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Player of the Week in Daniello. ‘The whole class has really come on hot this season,’ Galloway said. ‘There are a lot of key guys in that group like Bartig and Tierney. But those are just to name a few. We are going to send them off the way they deserve.’[email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on April 21, 2010 at 12:00 pm