Five new and two returning department heads will complete The Observer’s 2017-2018 Editorial Board, incoming Editor-in-Chief Ben Padanilam announced Wednesday night. The new department editors will join Padanilam, incoming Managing Editor Katie Galioto, and Assistant Managing Editors Marek Mazurek, Rachel O’Grady and Megan Valley in running the paper’s editorial operations.Juniors Chris Collins, Adam Ramos and Martha Reilly and sophomores Courtney Becker, Mary Freeman, Elizabeth Greason and Lauren Weldon will take over their respective departments March 19.Collins hails from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and has been working in the Photo department since his freshman year. Collins will now run the department for a second stint, after previously having done so in the fall before leaving to study abroad in Dublin this semester. He is junior pursuing a degree in marketing with a supplemental major in applied and computational mathematics and statistics. Chris’ favorite thing to photograph is football, specifically games played during a hurricane.Ramos, a native of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, will assume the role of Scene Editor after returning in the fall from his semester abroad in Santiago, Chile. A Scene contributor since his freshman year, he is currently pursuing a degree in international economics with a minor in the program of philosophy, religion and literature.Reilly, the incoming Saint Mary’s Editor, began writing for The Observer her freshman year and has covered topics such as student government and energy conservation. She is pursuing degrees in English literature and political science. She is from Libertyville, Illinois, but currently resides in Le Mans Hall.Becker, a resident of Pasquerilla West Hall, will head the News department. She began her work with The Observer in fall 2015 and has since covered a variety of topics, including the student government entrepreneurship and innovation initiative and the Football Friday features. Becker hails from New York City and is pursuing a degree in film, television and theatre.Freeman will be taking on the position of Viewpoint Editor. She began working for The Observer this fall as a copy editor for the department and is a current member of the Walsh community living in Pangborn Hall. Hailing from Kansas City, Missouri, Freeman is a program of liberal studies major and secondary education minor. Greason has been writing for The Observer since her freshman year and will take over as Sports Editor. She is currently covering Notre Dame women’s basketball and women’s lacrosse and has previously covered volleyball and men’s golf. She is a native of New York City currently living in McGlinn Hall and pursuing a degree in civil engineering.Weldon, originally from Los Altos, California, will continue in the role of Graphics Editor, which she has held since the start of this semester. A resident of Breen-Phillips Hall, she has been a graphic designer for The Observer for two years. She is a business analytics and visual communication design double-major and also works for the Alumni Association and the Gender Relations Center.Tags: department editors, Editorial Board, Observer editorial board
Edwin van der Sar believes successor David de Gea is one of the key reasons behind Manchester United winning last season’s Premier League. His performances after joining from Atletico Madrid were heavily criticised, but he has risen in stature and shone as Sir Alex Ferguson capped his final season with the league title. De Gea’s performances saw him selected for the PFA Premier League Team of the Year and Van der Sar is full of praise for the man that replaced him. “It is unbelievable,” the ex-goalkeeper, now Ajax marketing director, said. “He came from different league, he was young. He was 20 when he came. “He came from Spain, he didn’t speak the language. There is different food, different tactics, different methods of training. “Corners and free-kicks, balls in the box – that is different to the Spanish league. It was normal he could have some troubles in the beginning. “I think the way he turned the corner from January onwards has been a real benefit for United and one of the two or three reasons they won the league. “His physique is better. He worked really well with (former goalkeeping coach) Eric Steele and the physical coaches and that is the way you improve. “He is still so young but already experienced. Hopefully he will get a chance in the national team also.” Van der Sar closed out his career in style at Old Trafford, winning four league titles, two FA Cups and a Champions League before hanging up his gloves. De Gea was given the unenviable task of the replacing the former Holland international two years ago, with United making him the world’s second most expensive goalkeeper aged just 20. De Gea is already impressing this season, pulling off a world-class save in United’s 2-1 win at Sunderland on Saturday. It was just their third league win of the season and leaves them ninth in the standings, a point off newly-promoted Hull. That is hardly the position David Moyes will have wanted to be in after replacing Ferguson, but Van der Sar is not concerned. “We have had so much success over the years with Ferguson and not even he won the league all the time,” he said, speaking at the Leaders in Football conference. “There is a chance that he might not win in the first season or even the second season, but hopefully they have faith in what he can do. “I know the directors and the owners are not panicking quickly, so I don’t see a problem. “Of course they are realistic contenders because they have great players, a lot of experience. “They have a lot of young players coming through as always because United are a team that give young players a chance. “Maybe a little later than clubs like Ajax, but there is always a chance for the likes of Danny Welbeck, Jonny Evans, Rafael.” Press Association
Peter Silk was at the match for Tipp FM Sport.Elsewhere, Nenagh Ormond hosted Queens University at New Ormond Park. That game finished all square on a full time score of Nenagh Ormond 15 Queens University 15. And in the Guinness PRO12, two tries in the last five minutes from Felix Jones and JJ Hanrahan saw Munster draw 25-points apiece away to the Scarlets. Cashel travelled to Stevenson Park to take on Dungannon in the Ulster Bank League Division 2A. The Tipp club however failed to secure a four try bonus point as the Dungannon defence held tough. The full time score was Dungannon 0 Cashel RFC 22.