Schmuhl selected to political office

first_imgOne eighth grade morning, Mike Schmuhl, ’05, woke up, got dressed and headed to Saint Joseph’s High School in South Bend to catch a glimpse of what his academic, athletic and social future might hold. Little did he realize that his day spent shadowing the life of a high school freshman would lead to a career 14 years later. Pete Buttigieg, now the mayor-elect of South Bend, greeted Schmuhl at the door to give him a tour. The rest … is history. Schmuhl was selected as the Democratic party chairman for Indiana’s 2nd District Sunday after managing winning campaigns for Buttigieg this year and U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly last year. He is also working as Buttigieg’s chief of staff, assisting Buttigieg with his transition into office. “I think we’re a great team and we’re very invested in the future of South Bend, and we want to get more young people involved in the process,” Schmuhl said. Yet, the ties between Buttigieg and Schmuhl run deeper, as both of their fathers are professors at Notre Dame. English Professor Joseph Buttigieg and Robert Schmuhl, the director of the John W. Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy, have known each other for years,Mike Schmuhl said. “Our dads are friends … I think they started [at Notre Dame] the exact same year,” Schmuhl said. While Buttigieg headed to Harvard after high school, Schmuhl decided to pursue a History major and European Studies minor at the University of Notre Dame. His involvement on campus ranged from playing football for O’Neill to writing for the school paper. “I was an Assistant Scene Editor for The Observer in — I believe 2001 and 2002,” Schmuhl said. “I used to do music reviews when I was at The Observer and I did Snoop Dog and I did a Battle of the Bands … music reviews and concert reviews and album reviews and it was really funny … I had no idea probably what I was writing about or anything like that.” As a junior, Schmuhl spent a semester in Washington, D.C., interning for “Meet the Press” with the late Tim Russert. The 2004 Democratic Primaries were the big news item at the time, and Schmuhl said the experience hardened his interest in politics and journalism. “One of the main reasons I got involved with politics and journalism was I did the Washington, D.C. program my junior year,” Schmuhl said. “[Interning with ‘Meet the Press’] was awesome and just a great experience.” After graduating in 2005, Schmuhl took a job as a journalist in Minneapolis, then became a radio and television producer for The Washington Post for three years. Schmuhl said while he enjoyed being a journalist, his interest in serving South Bend drove him back home. “I love the [Washington] Post and I love journalism but … I guess my interest to get involved in my hometown and my community was too strong,” Schmuhl said. He came back to South Bend in 2009 and has worked in politics ever since. “I think the fundamental reason … why Pete ran for mayor and why I moved back home was that a number of the people that we grew up with had a choice, … [and they] chose to leave South Bend,” Schmuhl said. “And Pete and I, through this election and hopefully through his service as our next mayor, hopefully we can change that because it’s a great place to live. It’s a great  place to grow up. There’s a lot more to South Bend than meets the eye.” Robert Schmuhl said he is proud of his son, who has worked on the district and municipal levels of government since he came back to South Bend. “Mike’s always been fascinated by the workings of government and politics,” Robert Schmuhl said. “He returned to South Bend in 2009 to become civically involved … Young people deserve their chance, and we’re proud of him.” Though he never took a class with his dad, Schmuhl said his father influenced his career pursuits. “When I was little, I had this great interest in news and politics because my dad and mom and I would watch ‘NBC Nightly News‘ before dinner every night,” Schmuhl said. “I just grew up with a great appreciation for … my dad’s interest in news and politics and culture, and the apple did not fall too far from the tree.” As the new Democratic chairman for Indiana’s 2nd District, Schmuhl coordinates Democratic events in North Central Indiana and serves on the state’s Central Committee, which is the governing body of the Indiana Democratic party. Schmuhl said he also recruits candidates to run for office and hopes that young people will get more involved in local politics. Anything that connects Notre Dame students to the city of South Bend is a great thing for the community, he said. “We want to make sure that there are no barriers between the universities and our communities and the city of South Bend, because when we have fewer barriers, then you’ll start to see that we’re a definitive college town,” Schmuhl said. “I think that South Bend residents and Notre Dame students need to think of their future collectively — that the community will be better off if Notre Dame succeeds in graduating young smart people that can serve the community, and Notre Dame succeeds if the city of South Bend has more jobs and economic growth and more prosperity for all of its residents.”last_img read more

Award-winning Alba Terrace in Ascot is almost a total sellout

first_imgAlba Terrace in Ascot.“The buyers to date have predominantly been local owner occupiers seeking a sophisticated and stylish lifestyle, close to the CBD, local cafes and restaurants, boutique shopping and renowned local schools,” she said.The building has a hotel-style lobby decorated with pendant lighting and feature wall artwork. The apartments are open by appointment at 9 Lapraik Street in Ascot. Alba Terrace in Ascot.“We have been looking for a long time and Alba Terrace was ideal for us due to the location and the boutique size of the development, it really has a homely feel,” Ms Fisher said. “Considering we work in high end construction industry, the quality of finishes were very important to us when choosing our next home, and we thought that this project was miles ahead of other developments in terms of quality.” More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoAlba Terrace in Ascot.Ms Fisher said the floorplan suited them, along with the large ensuite bathroom.“It just shows that they really had the owner occupier in mind when designing the apartments,” she said.“We chose a ground level apartment with a courtyard which has direct street access, and this was a big thing for us as we have a dog. The courtyard is spacious, great for entertaining and has a grassy area with a landscaped plant bed.“We never thought we would find something to move straight into that we were happy with and that would suit our lifestyle. This is pretty much exactly what we wanted.” Alba Terrace in Ascot.Developed by Effinity, Alba Terrace has 29 two and three-bedroom apartments starting at $548,000.The project recently won the Master Builders Queensland Brisbane award for “Medium Density up to 3 storeys and over 5 dwellings or multiple Class 1 dwellings”.Colliers International project manager Rachel Hutson said residents had been impressed with the final product and exceptional finishes delivered, some of which include bluestone tiled floors, Miele appliances, ducted air conditioning, free standing bath tubs and high ceilings. Rob and Davina Fisher, with their dog Toro, are loving their courtyard of their newly finished apartment in Alba Terraces, Ascot. Photo by AAP: Mark CallejaFIRST residents have moved into a luxury apartment development in Ascot with only seven residences remaining on the market.Davina and Rob Fisher, with their dog Toro, have recently moved into Alba Terrace, impressed with the quality of finish and spacious courtyard.last_img read more

Floyd Mayweather Suffers Second Family Loss

first_imgRoger Mayweather (right), uncle of boxing great Floyd, passed away at the age of 58 years Despite the pair being separated, the 43-year-old has spent the last few days posting to his Instagram page images of himself and Harris during happier times.The pictures were posted along with tributes calling her ‘my rock’ ‘my friend’ and ‘my angel and ‘my love’.Roger was a key member of Floyd’s training team, training the 50-0 boxer when he made his pro debut in 1996 until his father, Floyd Senior, was released from prison two years later.The pair reunited in 2000 and were an iconic fighter-trainer duo for 12 years as Floyd established himself as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet, as well as being a pay-per-view king.Owing to health problems, Roger retired from coaching and Floyd Senior took over as head coach for the twilight of his son’s career.Roger fought 72 fights as a professional, winning 59 of them over an 18-year boxing career. He held the WBA and super featherweight title and WBC light welterweight title during his career.His fighting career is best noted for his memorable bouts with Julio Cesar Chavez and Ray Mancini.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Floyd Mayweather has suffered a second personal heartbreak in a matter of days after his uncle Roger, who played an integral role in his fabled career, passed away aged 58 according to TMZ.The former boxer, who retired in 1999, reportedly had been suffering from poor health including diabetes, and had held the mitts for Floyd when he first set foot in professional boxing.Tuesday’s news follows from what has been a tough period for Floyd, after Josie Harris, the mother of his three children, was found dead in her car by police in California last week.last_img read more