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.
NEW YORK — Tucked away in the bowels of Madison Square Garden, desolate Syracuse players filled the lavish home locker room typically occupied by the New York Knicks. As reporters hurled questions about the team’s third loss in four games, SU scrounged for any possible explanation to how Monday night unfolded the way it did.Andrew White honed in on the number of open shots that didn’t fall through. Frank Howard noted how tricky it was to navigate UConn’s zone. Taurean Thompson agreed with head coach Jim Boeheim that Tyler Lydon needs to shoot more.The common thread was clear: Syracuse’s offense isn’t where it needs to be.“Our offense is horrendous,” Boeheim said. “… (It) has not been good enough to win any games. Literally any games.”The veteran head coach discounted his team’s harrowing six-point win over North Florida on Saturday, but his sentiment still held true. Plagued by a dismal 25.9 percent shooting night, Syracuse (5-3) fell to Connecticut (4-4), 52-50, in a game it nearly squeaked out. The Orange has done it before this season against teams perceived much weaker than itself. But on Monday night, despite only eight Huskies healthy enough to dress, Syracuse didn’t pick up any of the wake-up calls it received.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe loudest came with more than 6:18 left in the game, when UConn’s Rodney Purvis sunk a go-ahead 3 to cap off his team’s furious second-half comeback. After SU led by as many as 11 in the second stanza, Connecticut trimmed the entirety of that lead in about six minutes. And once it was gone, the Orange never got it back. SU made just two field goals after Purvis sent Madison Square Garden into delirium as UConn went ahead, 45-44.MORE COVERAGE:What we learned from Syracuse’s loss to ConnecticutTyler Lydon’s offensive struggles continue in two-point lossGallery: The best photos from SU’s matchup at Madison Square Garden “If we were at least average on offense,” White said, “we would’ve had a chance.”But from the start of the game, Syracuse never was. It couldn’t have looked much worse in a 20-minute stretch than it did in the first half Monday night. The Orange shot 6-of-26 (23 percent) from the field and made only one of its 12 3-point attempts, a Tyus Battle 3 for his team’s first points of the game. The narrative never really flipped in the second half, when Syracuse shot 28.6 percent but managed to make 5-of-13 3-point attempts.The last 3 to go in was the one that gave Syracuse its last fibers of life. With nine seconds left and SU staring at a 3-point deficit, the ball was in the hands of the team’s best — and arguably only — deep threat. White found a brief window behind the arc to throw up a shot, and the fifth-year transfer converted on the biggest moment of his fleeting career with the Orange.But it took no more than seven seconds to negate White’s heroics. Battle fouled UConn’s Christian Vital with 2.2 seconds left to leave the game hanging in the balance on the free-throw line. With the Connecticut student section rumbling behind the basket, the freshman guard hit both foul shots to seal the final script. UConn’s comeback was done, Syracuse’s freefall was complete.Jessica Sheldon | Photo Editor“You don’t want to go in and have a loss like this,” Howard said. “It hurts.”White said after the game that he yearned badly not for a win, but just another chance in overtime. It would be a fresh start, he said, one that could possibly recalibrate his teammates. But SU was out of opportunities.It was left to wonder how the offense essentially shut down in the game’s most crucial minutes. How its best scorer came up with one big shot, but missed a handful more. How after going down with 6:18 to go, it proceeded to miss a layup, get dinged on a 3-second violation and miss an open 3 in successive possessions.How this team, one ranked No. 19 before the season started, is staring at three losses before encroaching on conference play.It’s still trying to find the answer. Comments Published on December 5, 2016 at 11:49 pm Contact Connor: email@example.com | @connorgrossman Facebook Twitter Google+