Local 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.
By Bodie PennisiUniversity of Georgia Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus) was a popular plant in my grandmother’s garden. Today, thanks to the introduction of the Amazon series, this winter annual winner is making a dramatic comeback. Its cousins in the Amazon series of dianthus were named the 2008 Georgia Gold Medal winner for winter annuals. They were the result of crossing Sweet William with Chinese pinks (Dianthis chinensis). The first introduction, called Neon Duo, made its debut in 2002 and was an instant sensation among landscapers and home gardeners. It bears clusters of bright cherry red to purple flowers on the same plant and makes a dazzling statement wherever it is planted. Other introductions in the Amazon dianthus series soon followed, including Bouquet Purple, Neon Cherry, Neon Purple and Rose Magic. They are prized for their unique variations in flower color, often on the same plant. Rose Magic, for instance, bears a profusion of rose, pink, cherry and white hues within a single flower cluster. The flowers are sweetly fragrant, and they attract hummingbirds and butterflies. The Amazon dianthus series are cool-season annuals, so it’s best to plant them in fall for winter and spring color. They make good companion plants for pansies, parsley, ornamental cabbage and ornamental kale. In some locations, the plants may live two years, but it’s best to grow them like an annual. Amazon dianthus is excellent for cut floral arrangements. They have strong stems easily reaching 24 inches in height and can last up to two weeks in a vase.All the plants in the Amazon dianthus series prefer full sun and well-drained soil. Like other annuals, they benefit when organic matter, like compost, is added to the planting area. Fertilize in late winter and spring with a granular fertilizer such as 10-10-10, 16-4-8 or 12-4-8. Amazon dianthus also adapt well to containers. To ensure a continuous display of blooms, remove old flowers when they fade. Volume XXXIIINumber 1Page 13
Former Black Starlets and Black Stars head coach, Otto Pfister, believes bad football agents ruined the career of former Ghana youth star Nii Odartey Lamptey.Lamptey was hailed as the next Pele in his formative years, and age limit rules in Belgium were changed to allow him to debut at the age of 16 for Anderlecht. Lamptey signed his first contract at Anderlecht when he was 16, becoming the youngest-ever player to play in the Belgian league.But his career never quite took off, with loan spells at PSV Eindhoven and later Aston Villa, all proving unremarkable.Lamptey, 45, was shuffled around the globe, from South America where he played for Union Sante Fe in Argentina, to Asia where he played for Shandong Luneng of China and Al Nasr of Dubai, and South Africa where he also played for Jomo Cosmos.According to the 82-year-old Pfister who coached Odartey Lamptey when Ghana won the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 1991, Lamptey’s career never reached the apex because of the bad choices agents made for him.“Nii Odartey was a young lad with great talent. He has had so many bad transfers in his life as he was in the hands of agents who were not seeking his interest.“Till today, I cannot believe he didn’t have an amazing career like Sammy Kuffuor, Antony Yeboah and Abedi Pele,” he told Fentuo Tahiru Fentuo in an interview on Citi TV“Bad agents did that to him. He made so many transfers in his career. Moving to China, move to Germany in the second division, Argentina to play for Union Santafe. I don’t know why.“I believe he has played in all the continents of the world and I don’t think he can pick a team he can say he played for long and that was his problem. He also had problems with his family and he has a very tragic story to tell,” Pfister concluded.BackgroundNii Odartey Lamptey featured in Ghana’s team that won the U-17 FIFA World Championships in Italy beating Spain in the final and was named the best player of the competition.Odartey Lamptey finished the tournament with four goals and was judged the Best Player of the tournament ahead of Brazil’s Adriano.