first_imgThe winning tickets for the Notre Dame student body class councils were announced at midnight in the third floor of the LaFortune Student Center.The winning senior class council ticket, which ran unopposed, consists of president Martin Walsh, vice president Briggs Hoyt, secretary Robert Reed and treasurer Devin Nagendran.Senior class president-elect Walsh said he and his running mates, all from Keenan Hall, devised a peculiar strategy to come up with ideas for class events.“Briggs and I will get our best ideas right before we go to sleep, ideas tend to just flow, so we’ve found that’s the time to best come up with ideas to serve our class,” Walsh said. “Barn dance, for one, was a product of [late-night discussion], as was the idea to have a concert featuring local South Bend talent.”Senior class secretary-elect Reed said seniors can expect other new events as well.“We’re looking forward to planning a 24-hour dance marathon, a charity event common at other universities,” Reed said.The winning junior class ticket also ran uncontested, with Zachary Waterson as president, Michael Fliotsos as vice president, Miranda Herrara as secretary and Andrew Stoker as treasurer.Junior class president-elect Waterson said he looks forward to collaborating with groups around campus.“I think that there’s a lot of opportunity given that the junior class is in a special position because there are fewer juniors on campus,” Waterson said. “The official program of each student body council is to bring together their respective class through activities like dances, study breaks and class apparel. We want to focus on co-programming between multiple clubs and dorms.“No ticket won a majority of the vote in the sophomore class council election, which will result in a runoff election on Friday, Feb. 21.Out of four original tickets, the two tickets remaining tickets will be that of Noemi Ventilla, Michael Markel, Neil Joseph and Eva Niklinska, which received 43.03 percent of the votes and that of Andrew Galo, Michaela McInerney, Vincent Vangaever and Daniel Barabasi, which received 24.49 precent of the votes.Ventilla, presidential candidate of the leading ticket said she and her running mates plan to simply wait and see.“At this point, both tickets would do a great job, so we’re just going to wait to see what will happen,” Ventilla said.Galo, presidential candidate of the second-place ticket, said he and his running mates were glad to be part of the run-off.“We’re excited to move on,” Galo said. “Obviously, either one of us will do a great job.”Tags: Class Council, electionslast_img read more

first_imgThat might not be enough. Scott has two years left on his contract worth around $8.5 million. Though he is guaranteed salary for the 2016-17 season, financial concerns have not stopped the Lakers from experiencing splits from recent coaches.The Lakers fired Mike Brown five games into his second season (2012). Mike D’Antoni also resigned following his second year (2014). Yet, Bryant downplayed the scrutiny Scott has received in developing the team’s core young players. “I’ve seen Phil (Jackson) win 67 games here and get criticized,” Bryant said. “What does that tell you? It doesn’t make a difference. People are always going to criticize. You just continue to do the job the best way you know how.” The fanbase mostly has become frustrated with coach Byron Scott’s every move. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak also has declined this week to offer any vote of confidence. But with Scott serving both as his rookie mentor and strong advocate during his 20th and final NBA season, Kobe Bryant offered some sympathy for the Lakers’ embattled coach.Bryant credited Scott for “channeling his inner Zen” while overseeing the Lakers (11-45) field the Western Conference’s worst record entering Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bulls (28-26) at United Center. “It’s been very tough. But I think he’s managing it very well,” Bryant said of Scott. “He’s remaining consistent and continuing to try to bring the best out of these young guys and demanding the best from them. He’s doing the best he can in the situation.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Memory laneThe Lakers technically listed Bryant as probable to play on Sunday in Chicago after dislocating the middle finger of his right hand. But it seems all but certain Bryant would play. X-rays turned out negative and revealed no fracture. Bryant has “many great memories” in playing in the arena that Michael Jordan built. “There’s an energy to the arena and unbelievable history that they have there,” Bryant said. “It’s a special significance to me personally growing up watching Michael, Scottie (Pippen) and all those guys play and having learned so much watching them perform there.”• RELATED: Who’s better? Breaking down Kobe vs. MJThat included when Bryant attended an NBA Finals game in 1996 between the Bulls and Seattle Supersonics with Jermaine O’Neal following rookie camp. “Somebody tricked us and said they had great tickets,” Bryant said. “We were up in the nosebleeds. I felt like we were going to fall. That’s how high up we were. We needed binoculars to see.”Rave reviewThe antsy feeling grew for Lakers rookie forward Larry Nance Jr. for two reasons. He became frustrated he sat out of the NBA’s Dunk Contest last weekend amid soreness in his right knee. Nance could not keep his eyes off the screen as Minnesota guard Zach LaVine and Orlando forward Aaron Gordon kept trading jaw-dropping dunks.“It was obviously very impressive. But I’m biased. 1984 is the best dunk contest,” said Nance, mindful that his father won that contest. “But they were up there. They were flying.”That left Nance eager to top that presuming he appears in the NBA dunk contest next year.“I’ve been brainstorming for a while,” Nance said. “I have a pretty good repertoire. But after that last dunk contest, I got to tune it up.”last_img read more