Students to Receive Local Discounts

first_imgLocal businesses will offer more discounts for students shopping and eating in the South Bend community as early as fall break in an effort to engage students better with the surrounding area, off-campus concerns chair Emily LeStrange said. “We are taking a step towards acknowledging the possibility for embracing the college town environment in South Bend while respecting the community at the same time,” student body president Catherine Soler said. The program, officially titled Students for South Bend, will allow Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students to find discounts at local venues after presenting their student IDs, Soler said. “This is our cohesive attempt to reach out to the community in all different ways,” LeStrange said. “Students for South Bend is definitely a key component of the beND program.” The beND campaign is student government’s initiative to foster better community relations between South Bend and the Notre Dame student body. Student government began a list of more than 60 businesses it approached to offer discounts, and that list will continue to grow as student representatives work with Downtown South Bend and the Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph’s County, Soler said. “We are looking especially for local places so students really have the chance to go into the real South Bend community,” LeStrange said. LeStrange said the vendors will display a window decal in their storefront to let students know that they offer discounts. “This program really benefits smaller local places,” LeStrange said. “It gets their names out and attracts student business that might not otherwise be there.” Some proposed venues include Studebagels, Ritter’s Ice Cream, Five Guys, Granite City, Papa John’s and Uptown Kitchen. Student government from Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross will also present the discount plan to businesses such as Target, Isabella’s Boutique, Meijer and Ten Thousand Villages, LeStrange said. “We can let [South Bend] know that the student body does not just want to stay on campus,” LeStrange said. “We want to be in the community too.” Advertising these discounts through offcampus.nd.edu, the student government website, and hall staff in residence halls would be a critical part of the project so students can know what is available to them, LeStrange said. “A lot of places like Between the Buns already issue discounts but students do not really know about them,” LeStrange said. Discounts would not apply to alcoholic beverages because of standard University policy, LeStrange said. The idea behind Students for South Bend began when student government tried to investigate applying Domer Dollars and Flex Points to off-campus venues, Soler said. Students overwhelmingly preferred discounts at local businesses than having Flex Point access in these restaurants and shops, she said. Past programs sold discount ticket booklets with coupons that students could present at local venues but the Students for South Bend program would avoid this option, LeStrange said. “Students do not want to pay for a discount,” LeStrange said. “And to a certain extent I feel like you should not have to in a college town.” LeStrange said vendors would have the option of choosing when and how to offer the student discounts so they can participate in the program on their own terms. “We want the vendor to feel comfortable too in this program,” LeStrange said. “We do not want them stuck in something that they do not want.” Sophomore Catherine Hermann said accessing these local business and restaurants would present a challenge for some students. “Finding transportation is time-consuming for me,” Hermann said. “But for students who have a car here [off-campus discounts] would be really nice.” Underclassmen that do not have cars on campus would be less motivated to go into South Bend to use the discounts, she said. “If discounts were applied to deliveries then I would definitely be more inclined to take advantage of them,” Hermann said. Junior Jack Dobmeier said he thought discounts in local restaurants would be beneficial to him because he lives off-campus and eats out for many of his meals. “I never used fourteen meals in a week when I had a regular meal plan,” Dobmeier said. “I would order pizza or Jimmy John’s when I got sick of dining hall food.” Incorporating the University in local business by offering student discounts would definitely continue to develop an atmosphere of a college town, he said. “During my freshman year I did not think of [South Bend] as a college town, but it does seem to be becoming more of that now,” Dobmeier said.last_img read more

Matt Richards joins talented IMCA RaceSaver field at US 36

first_imgBy Rick StaleyOSBORN, Mo. – Matt, Cade and Jessica Richards are truly a racing family, competing on the highest level at tracks throughout the Midwest.Calling Eagle Raceway his home track, we will also see Matt behind the wheel of an IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car at US 36 Raceway this season, adding to a loaded field of competitors.Matt is from Lincoln, Neb., and pilots the no. 1R, the same number as his son Cade, who drives an E-modi­fied at US 36 weekly. Married to Jessica, who also can wheel a racecar, winning her powder puff feature on fun night, they all travel and race as a close knit family and are respected by all.Matt is self-employed, running Richards Machine Shop and is passing his skills to his son. To say Matt has raced everywhere would be an understatement, so let’s name a few of the tracks he has competed:Belleville, Kan., Eagle Raceway, Lee County Speedway, Atchison County Raceway, Iowa State Fair­grounds, Rocky Mountain Speedway, Junction Motor Speedway, I-80, US 30, Beatrice Speedway, Butler County Speedway, Crawford County, Shelby County, North Platte, Kossuth County, Lakeside Speedway, Heartland Park Topeka, Thomas County, Audubon, Iowa, Elmwood Park, Sherman County, Byers, Colo., and US 36 Raceway.Matt has found victory lane on many occasions at many different tracks and divisions as he has raced Sprints, Modifieds and Late Models. Career highlights for Matt are many as he was IMCA Modified track Champion at Butler County Speedway, NASCAR track champion at Junction Motor Speedway, ASA cham­pion at Audubon and Whelen NASCAR All American.I have watched Matt compete and he never disappoints and is one of the cleanest drivers you will witness and is the same humble person in victory or defeat. A special moment for Matt was when Cade won his first E-modified feature at US 36, holding off three track champions and six former winners to capture the win. I still think he may have had to go to the doctor to get the smile removed from his face.Sponsors on the always fast and competitive no. 1R Sprint Car are Richards Machine and Husker Car Wash as he always brings a beautiful hot rod to the track.Something fans may not know about Matt is his work ethic is second to none. On Fun Night at US 36, Jes­sica would race the Powder Puff and Cade would race the Winners Series. Between each race Matt would go to work changing the seat, steering sector and making any other adjustments needed. He would do this a total of five times during the night just so his family could compete.Jessica won the Powder Puff and Cade saw a great second place run in the Winners Series. I like to pick on Matt and remind him that both Cade and Jessica are winners at US 36 Raceway and he is the only family member not to have won there. He just smiles and continues to work.Respect from his fellow racers, love and respect from his family, and a crowd favorite is the words I would use to describe Matt Richards. 2018 will see Matt behind the wheel of an IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car and we look forward to seeing him compete and put the no. 1R in Lake Road Warehouse Winners’ Circle at US 36 Raceway, the only problem being there will be about 24 other competitors in this class wanting to stamp their mark in victory lane as well.Hopefully Cade and Jessica can give Matt a few pointers and secrets on getting the win at US 36 Race­way. What a year this will be at US 36 Raceway with this caliber of drivers doing battle on the fast High Banks. Good luck Matt Richards!last_img read more

Beware robo-scam calls

first_imgStatewide—You get a call from an unknown number. You let it go to voicemail and then you hear this message, “Hello we are going to charge you as per your request direct debit from your bank account for disputed or cancel please call us on our toll-free number 833-466-9218. I repeat again 833466921 and talk to our expert customer care or else you will be charged this year subscription. Thank you.”Now what? Well before you panic, this is a fake “your anti-virus subscription will be auto-renewed” scam by criminals robo-dialing. The scam begins with a pre-recorded stiff robotic person. This scam bait message is designed to lure you to respond back and tell the scammer that you are not aware of the fake anti-virus subscription and you need a refund.Never give an unknown caller your credit card number or Social Security number. Companies who already have your information may ask for the last four digits for verification. Some scammers ask for your bank account and routing number or ask you to wire transfer them a payment, giving a fake explanation that they cannot accept a credit card or personal check. This is an instant scammer alert because scammers can withdraw money if they know your bank account and routing number (e.g. counterfeit cashed checks) and illegal wire transfers are far less traceable than unauthorized credit card charges.last_img read more

Revised ATP calendar not safe for players, says Murray

first_imgRelatedPosts Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Thiem claims his first Grand Slam title after thrilling fightback in US Open Naomi Osaka wins US Open women’s title Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray said on Saturday that the ATP’s revised calendar, which includes seven tournaments in as many weeks, is not safe for players, who will be forced to skip major events due to the crammed schedule.The ATP tour, which was suspended in March due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, is set to restart on August 14 with the Citi Open, followed by the Cincinnati Masters, which will be held at Flushing Meadows before the US Open. The men’s claycourt swing will start on September 8 in Kitzbuhel, followed by Masters tournaments in Madrid and Rome on September 13 and Rome Masters on September 20, with the French Open set to begin a week later.“It’s not safe for players to go from the semi-finals or final in New York… and then play in Madrid at altitude on clay when they haven’t competed for a long time,” Murray told a news conference during the “Battle of the Brits” charity tournament.“You’re going to have the potential where a lot of top players are not competing at many of the biggest events.”The 33-year-old said with events coming thick, fast changes would need to be made with respect to players’ ranking points.“It might be worth looking at a two-year ranking for the time being maybe so that guys who have done well last year and are sort of not really able to defend their points properly aren’t kind of punished,” the twice Wimbledon champion said. Murray suggested he will skip the tournament in Cincinnati to get his preparations for the US Open in order.“I would rather play Washington and miss the event the week before at the US Open if they all go ahead,” he added.Murray returned to action following a seven-month injury layoff at the charity event organised by his brother Jamie this week, progressing to the semifinals before losing 1-6 6-3 10-8 to Dan Evans.Reuters/NAN.Tags: Andy MurrayATPUS Openlast_img read more