RecSports kicks off race

first_img The competitors for the biathlon are divided into 10 different divisions based on gender, involvement as a team or as an individual, and differentiation between varsity athletes and non-varsity participants to accommodate for the wide range of skill level, Novak said. The safety precautions set in place by RecSports, the Notre Dame Fire Department, and the Sailing Club include boats, lifeguards and medical personnel ready for emergencies, Novak said.  “A lot of people know about the race and look forward to it every year,” RecSports program coordinator Tim Novak said.  Junior Laura Philipp won the individual women’s division in 2008 and 2009. As the academic year begins, RecSports will host its annual biathlon  Saturday morning to kick off a year of athletic events to provide refuge outside of class for active students on campus.  Competitors will swim a half-mile in St. Joseph lake and then proceed to a two-mile trail around both campus lakes. Teams of two can split these sections of the race between the individuals. The feeling of confidence after completing the biathlon is valuable especially for new competitors, Novak said.  Novak said the biathlon helps RecSports coordinators back into “the race mentality” after the less eventful summer season. “As a freshman, seeing information on the biathlon just made me realize that there were a lot of different RecSports events,” she said. “It opened me up to different athletic events on campus.” “The biathlon is an event to kick of our year and get people aware of our programs,” Novak said. “We especially use the biathlon to encourage people to compete in the Domer Run, which is much larger and reaches out to a larger number of people.” Philipp said she appreciated that the biathlon gives individuals a chance to race and compete outside of many of the team activities also hosted through RecSports.  From the first biathlon in 1999, RecSports has continued to use the event to welcome the Notre Dame community back at the beginning of the academic year, Novak said. “This is really friendly towards all levels of ability,” Skube said. “I do not get a feeling that everyone is out to win it. … Everyone just wants to go out and have fun.” “We get a lot of encouraging feedback from people who did not think they would be able to complete it,” Novak said. “The swim is the more daunting task to most people.”  “It is a pretty great event to open up the school year,” physical education faculty member Josh Skube said. “RecSports does a really nice job.”  Students and other members of the Notre Dame community can participate in the Domer Run on Sept. 18 to benefit cancer awareness and research, according to the RecSports website.  Skube won the individual men’s non-varsity division in 2009. He said that even though the event is well supported by the varsity swim team it is still open to competitors at all stages of experience. Novak said that any anxiety about competitors’ safety during the race has been thoroughly addressed by RecSports in its preparation. Free registration especially entices students and other members of the Notre Dame community to participate, he said.  Registration for the biathlon is free and available online at or at the St. Joseph Beach beginning at 9 a.m. the day of the event. The race begins at 10:30 a.m. “The only real complaint we ever have is that the lake water is a little cold,” Novak said. “And we cannot really change that so I think we do alright.”last_img read more

Mendoza considers possibility of capping future enrollment in business programs

first_imgThe recent surge in enrollment in the Mendoza College of Business may lead to the employment of an algorithm that will limit the number of students who may declare each major in the college, Assistant Dean Samuel Gaglio said. An algorithm has been in place for the past three years but the college has not yet had to force students to take their second choice of major. Gaglio said some of the majors, such as finance, are currently close to their capacity. Senior A.J. McGauley, chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, said he is concerned about students leaving Mendoza if they are not able to study their first choice. McGauley said the college denied an appeals process he suggested. “They refused to set up an appeals process on the premise that if you set it up, everyone will use it,” he said. “I completely understand, but from my point of view, I’m trying to defend the students.” McGauley said while the committee does not agree with all aspects of the algorithm, they recognize it is the only solution under current circumstances. “We need to have the problem of over-enrollment actually manifest before we can start dealing with long-term solutions,” McGauley said. The college will determine whether the algorithm will be used next year after current sophomores in Mendoza declare their majors by Feb. 18. Difficulties began last spring, when a larger-than-expected number of students entered the college and quickly filled a number of required introductory-level classes. Gaglio said he builds class capacities before freshmen are asked to declare a major. As a result, a lot of predicting goes into creating a schedule and cap for the following fall semester. “We use the history to predict the future,” he said. “But last year’s class didn’t follow the usual pattern.” The staff at Mendoza worked diligently with the students who were not able to register for necessary classes, and Gaglio said his office was able to accommodate everyone. Gaglio said one likely reason for the growth of Mendoza is the college’s ranking as the No. 1 undergraduate business school in the country, according to BusinessWeek. Last year’s ranking was published shortly before freshmen were asked to declare a college. “It’s a real possibility,” Gaglio said. “We’re planning for some additional capacity for this coming fall based on that possibility.” McGauley said the economy could be an influence on students’ decisions to enter Mendoza. “It’s not as much business is up, as it is arts and letters is down,” McGauley said. “People feel the need to get, for lack a better word, a more useful degree.” Gaglio said that because the University cannot control the rankings or the economy, it is difficult to predict the number of students who are going to declare Mendoza as their chosen college. “Is this pattern going to continue or is it going to stabilize or is it going to decline?” Gaglio said. “We can’t change the factors, so we have to be prepared.”last_img read more

NDSP arrests four, Excise issues tickets

first_imgNotre Dame Security Police (NDSP) arrested four individual Saturday in the midst of festivities surrounding the Notre Dame football team’s season opener against Rice, Police Chief Phil Johnson said.“Police made three custodial arrests Saturday at or near the stadium,” Johnson said. “One man was arrested for theft and public intoxication, the other two for public intoxication. Postgame, a man was arrested for shoplifting, [or] theft.”Indiana State Excise Police officers issued tickets to 17 people in South Bend during the weekend, according to an Excise police report. Police also cited Belmont Beverage on South Bend Avenue for two counts of allowing a minor to loiter, the report stated.“Three minors were ticketed for illegal possession, consumption or transportation of alcohol. Two adults were charged with furnishing alcohol to minors,” the report stated. “Excise officers also issued 13 traffic tickets, including two for open container violations.”Johnson said NDSP saw no traffic-related incidents.“Traffic ran smoothly and there no reported crashes,” he said.Despite “challenging weather” throughout the weekend, the University welcomed thousands of fans to campus starting Friday, according to Mike Seamon, associate vice president for campus safety.“It was great home opener weekend capped off by a big victory for the Irish,” Seamon said. “…The weather on Saturday continued to be challenge as rain and storms continued to just miss campus all afternoon.“We felt that Our Lady on the Dome was watching out for us as we were able to get the game in without incident.”Seamon said more than 8,000 people gathered in front of the Rockne Memorial for the season’s first pep rally, which was held despite rain showers in the hours immediately before the event.“The first rally of the season has been held in front of the Rock for the past several years and it was great to see another strong student turnout to cheer on their classmates,” he said.Other football-related special events enjoyed similarly high attendance, Seamon said.“Despite the persistent rain on Friday afternoon we had over 3,600 fans and visitors go down the tunnel to catch a first glimpse of the new FieldTurf,” he said. “The traditional Friday football luncheon held in the North Dome of the Joyce [Athletic and Convocation] Center had over 850 people in attendance.”“Overall it was a very successful first home game weekend and we are eagerly looking forward to this upcoming weekend and the game against Michigan,” Seamon said.Tags: arrests, Fans, football, Mike Seamon, NDSP, Phil Johnson, weatherlast_img read more

Chili cook-off supports cancer research

first_imgKat Robinson Participants and taste-testers enjoy homemade chili during the Harper Cancer Institute’s second annual chili cook-off. Proceeds benefit the Institute’s Relay for Life team.Other featured chefs include last year’s cook-off champion Tracy Vargo-Gogola, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at IUSM-SB.“[I am here] of course to win again,” Vargo said jokingly. “It’s such a great cause.”First-time chef participant David Boone, IUSM-SB associate professor of microbiology and immunology, said: “I’m supporting cancer research here, and I think it’s important to be part of the community. We do social things together.”Boone made a sweet chili consisting of pudding, brownies and cherries with a topping of jelly beans and coconut shreds.“You can’t please everyone, though,” he said, just as a little girl exclaimed “I hate cherries.”“You should try my chili last, as a dessert,” he laughed.According to the Notre Dame Relay for Life website, this year will mark the fundraiser’s 11th anniversary. Apart from walking around a track, there will be a number of activities for adults and children at the Compton Family Ice Arena the evening of April 17, including a silent auction, ice skating, food and a luminary ceremony “to honor and remember those who have or have had cancer.”A press release dated January 30 stated the Notre Dame relay has already raised more than $1 million overall for the American Cancer Society (ACS). The ACS has awarded the University with 13 research grants, worth more than $4.7 million to date, to allow “faculty and students the ability to conduct innovative cancer research.”Tags: Chili cook-off, Harper Cancer Research Institute, Relay for Life, research The delicious scent of home-cooked food filled the air at Harper Hall on Monday afternoon as the Harper Cancer Research Institute hosted its second annual chili cook-off.With an admission fee of $10, attendees were welcomed to sample different varieties of homemade chili and vote for their favorites. A small bake sale ran concurrently to help taste testers take the heat out of the chili they consumed.Keri O’Mara All proceeds from the event will benefit the Harper team taking part in Notre Dame’s Relay for Life, a campus and community fundraising walk in April dedicated to fighting cancer.On the origin of the cook-off, Jenifer Prosperi, co-organizer and assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM-SB), said, “I wanted to have a chili cook-off with just my lab, and we were trying to decide where the funds would go to. It was about the same time we were talking about Relay for Life and needing a fundraiser.”Last year, the cook-off raised $400, Prosperi said.Co-organizer Jenna Bilinski, administrative assistant at the Harper Cancer Research Institute, said, “I would say last year we probably had 12 or 13 chili entries. This year we have 19.”Staff from the Notre Dame Fire Department were seen quickly dropping off their pot of chili at the venue before returning to work.“There are professors, students, researchers … even an eight-year-old,” Bilinski said, referring to the diversity of the chefs.That eight-year-old, Matias Jayden Dahl, said: “I wanted to make chili; Mommy helped me. [I wanted to make this] because it’s my Grandma Sandy’s homemade recipe.”last_img read more

Ban Ki-moon delivers Asia Leadership Forum keynote

first_imgBan Ki-moon, former United Nations secretary-general, led the keynote speech at the third-annual Asia Leadership Forum at Notre Dame on Wednesday evening. Ban, the South Korean native who served as secretary-general from 2007 to 2016, discussed the importance of developing global citizens.University President Fr. John Jenkins and Rotary International general secretary John Hewko expressed their gratitude for Ban, who they said had come to share with us how we can continue to make meaningful strides further in the world. Zachary Yim Ban Ki-moon, the eighth secretary-general of the U.N., speaks about the importance of cooperation at the Asia Leadership Forum Wednesday night.Throughout his career at the U.N., Ban, who was the first East Asian elected to the secretary-general role, was successful in expanding the humanitarian and global development agenda, working in the policy realms of poverty, education, climate change, gender equality and public health. Ban’s childhood experiences — specifically the Korean War — led him to this humanitarian work.“When the North and South began fighting, all the children recognized the blue U.N. flag as the hope,” he said. “They saved us.”Since his time as secretary-general, Ban has continued to raise awareness for the importance of developing global citizens and the idea that partnerships such as the connection between the U.N. and Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs and Liu Institute for Asia and Asian studies, can help remedy many of the world’s current problems.“It is a great honor and privilege to deliver this keynote speech at Notre Dame’s third leadership forum,” Ban said. “This is one of the most celebrated learning institutions in the United States and one rooted in the strong Catholic tradition of pursuing teaching and research focused on the common good.”Ban credited Notre Dame’s global influence and showed his support for Notre Dame football.“Indeed Notre Dame’s history, academics, culture and legendary football team are known all around the world, including in Korea,” he said. “Cheer, cheer for old Notre Dame.”Recognizing both the risks and progress of the world today — tariffs, climate change, artificial intelligence, block chain, robotics and biotechnology — Ban said people must come together to work on different issues.Even in a country as large as the U.S., he said, “you cannot do it alone.”In addition to global citizenship, Ban returned to another success of his career as secretary-general: the formation of the Paris climate agreement that was ratified by 195 countries around the world.“Climate change is no longer a debate,” Ban said. “It’s happening here.”Ban referenced a study specifically pertaining to Indiana temperatures, which are expected to rise five to six degrees Celsius by the middle of the 21st century. The Paris agreement, Ban said, is a plan to maintain the global temperature rise to two degrees Celsius or less.“The Paris agreement is the best hope to persevere over threats to our ailing planet, but we need to work together,” Ban said. “Bottom line, we don’t have a plan B because we don’t have a planet B.”He also expressed his disappointment with the the U.S. exit from the Paris Agreement in June 2017.“It was shortsighted and it isolates the United States from literally every other country in the world,” Ban said. “President [Donald] Trump is on the wrong side of history, and even though I don’t have a vote, I hope that he will change his mind.”Ban closed by reiterating the importance of global citizenship and giving a clear definition: Global citizenship is a concept that serves as a tool to solve challenge and achieve goals. Those who are global citizens are “not a member of a nation, but a citizen of the world.”He called on young people, saying they have the most legitimate voice to elevate global citizenship and continue to be problem solvers.“Despite challenges we currently face, partnerships and global citizenship can help us achieve our goals,” Ban said. “Let’s work together so no one’s left behind in this world.”Tags: asia leadership forum, Keough School of Global Affairs, Liu Institute, Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies.last_img read more

ND College Democrats shares plan to help congressional ‘blue wave’ in midterm elections

first_imgEditor’s note: Throughout the 2018 midterm election season, The Observer will sit down with various student organizations and professors to discuss political engagement and issues particularly pertinent to students. In this fourth installment, Notre Dame College Democrats discusses its plans to help Democrat politicians get elected.With the 2018 midterm elections drawing near, the Notre Dame College Democrats is ramping up operations to help make the Democrat “blue wave” in Congress a reality.Co-president of College Democrats senior Jack Grogan said following the Democratic Party’s lack of success across the board in 2016, members of the club are especially motivated to go out and work to help Democrats win.“I was working in field for the congressional candidate in 2016, and it was easily the most depressing night of my life when we lost that race and every race that night in Indiana, to say nothing of the presidential race, obviously,” Grogan said. “I guess the motivation is pretty high for those of us who’ve been around for that long not to see that happen again.”Grogan said the primary campaigns of interest for the club are Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly’s re-election campaign and Mel Hall’s campaign for Indiana’s second district — Notre Dame’s district.Junior Sheila Gregory, the College Democrats’ Chair of Volunteer Outreach, said Democrats hope to learn from the mistakes of the last election and do all they can to find victory in November.“A lot of people complained after 2016 about what happened … but a lot of people didn’t go out and do anything about it,” she said. “They didn’t knock on doors, they didn’t canvas and then they were shocked when things didn’t go in their favor. So, our biggest push is to be like, ‘Let’s do everything to be sure that we try to get the results that we want, and even if we don’t get the results that we want, then we know that we did something about it. We didn’t just sit there and talk about how we don’t like what’s going on with the current administration. We actually took measures into our hands to affect the change that we wanted to see.’ That’s our biggest priority right now.”Though 2016 may not have delivered the results Democrats were hoping for, Grogan said the resulting political climate of 2016 brought much more interest to the normally-quieter midterm elections.“The big difference [from 2016] obviously is that it’s not a presidential year and is a midterm year, so sometimes that makes it harder to generate interest,” Grogan said. “I’m not sure how much that’s true this year. I think the interest, at least among our core club members, is probably just as high, and the challenge is going to make everyone else care as much as we do.”Gregory said the club’s primary method of supporting Democratic candidates is going door-to-door in the surrounding communities to talk to people about the election — a method known as canvassing.“Our huge effort is getting people out there and knocking on doors because … Indiana, especially in this area, [went] Democrat in 2008 .. but swung really hard for Republicans in 2016,” Gregory said. “Studies show that the best way to get turnout, and especially turnout in your favor, is to get out there and have personal conversations with voters by knocking on doors.”Interest in canvassing amongst volunteers has risen since the 2016 election year, Gregory said.“I was a freshman on 2016, and I was probably one of six people that volunteered to do canvassing in the 2016 election,” she said. “Now on just [last] Sunday alone, we [had] about 25 people signed up to canvas, which is ridiculous. Not only [did] we have 25 people committed to Sunday, we have about 50 people committed to volunteering at least one day a week and that’s including weekdays after class. … That sort of effort is not something we saw at all last [election year].”Grogan said other events planned in preparation for the November elections include policy discussion nights and phone call campaigns. In the end, however, what really matters to the College Democrats is how many Democrats win their race, he said.“Obviously success on a broad level is winning top to bottom,” Grogan said. “I’d probably say Joe Donnelly’s re-election is top of the list. If we can achieve that, it’ll be a big night.”Tags: 2018 midterms, blue wave, College Democrats, Election Observer, Notre Dame College Democratslast_img read more

Notre Dame seniors look ahead to post-graduation plans

first_imgAfter spending four years receiving a Notre Dame education, the class of 2020 is celebrating via a virtual commencement, saying goodbye to the Golden Dome and looking ahead to the future. Whether it be employment, graduate school, community service or military service, this year’s seniors have a myriad of opportunities and experiences to pursue. Each year, the Meruelo Family Center for Career Development conducts a First Destination report to gather data on the post-baccalaureate plans for the recent graduating class. Information on the class of 2020 will be collected starting the week of May 18.According to the 2019 First Destination report, 65% of graduates were employed within six months of graduation with 21% pursuing further education and 7% participating in service.Ryan Willerton, associate vice president for career and professional development for the Meruelo Family Center, said the top job industries among recent Notre Dame graduates include financial services, consulting and engineering roles.“These are fields where businesses are positioned to and expect to hire many graduates every year,” Willterton said in an email. Willerton believes the trends in these industries will remain steady for the class of 2020 despite the current pandemic and economic downturn.“Because much of the recruiting for these roles was conducted in the fall semester and many of these job offers were already secured before COVID-19, I believe this trend will continue,” Willerton said.Senior Mandy Wall has a job lined up in New York City as a private equity analyst for GCM Grosvenor, a position she was drawn to because of her interest in learning how companies make money and improve. “It’s a cool intersection of how both macroeconomic factors influence individual companies and how those companies respond and make decisions,” Wall said in a text. “There are so many factors that go into valuing companies, from changing consumer preferences to political conditions. This job specifically is industry agnostic, [meaning] no specific industry, which I like because I love learning high level about different sectors.”A finance and economics double-major, Wall cited multiple organizations and resources at Notre Dame — specifically the Notre Dame Institute for Global Investing (NDIGI) — that influenced her decision for her first career step. “NDIGI brought in many industry professionals and most importantly introduced me to Girls Who Invest, a sophomore summer program that provides me with a strong network of females in asset management,” Wall said. “I think without Notre Dame I wouldn’t have been introduced to asset management at all.”Out of the 21% of the class of 2019 that went on to graduate school, 40% were pursuing a master’s degree while 19% were working toward a medical doctorate six months after graduation, according to the First Destination survey.Senior Miguel Romanello, an aerospace engineering major with a pre-med track, is planning to complete a master’s in science degree in bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania with hopes of attending medical school in the future. “What I want to do in my gap years is bridge the gap between the two fields of study I’ve been doing in undergrad — pure sciences and engineering — before I apply to medical school and to be able to use the knowledge I’ve learned in my bachelor’s degree in engineering in the medical field,” Romanello said. Romanello cited his experience in undergraduate research at Notre Dame as reassuring when it eventually came time to apply to graduate school. “Not only did it make me confident but also it made me realize I wanted to be engaged in research. In fact, one of the main things I focused on when choosing schools to attend for my master’s was finding a place with labs exploring research questions that I am passionate about,” Romanello said. According to Willerton, the career center has heard of some students’ employment start dates pushed back a few months due to the coronavirus pandemic, but interest from employers in Notre Dame graduates remains strong. Willerton and the Meruelo Center are encouraging students to remain active in the job search process during these times by improving their online presence, networking, seeking out remote opportunities and focusing on the things they can control.Willerton believes the graduating seniors can fully overcome the current challenges. Nevertheless, the resources and contacts within the Meruelo Family Center will continue to be available to recent graduates to assist in whatever way possible.“Although the current job market in some industries is uncertain and challenging, I am confident that our students will persevere and prove to be resourceful, adaptable and resilient,” Willerton said. “Of interest, career development support doesn’t stop at graduation; the Meruelo Family Center for Career Development provides career counseling services for up to a year after graduation.” Tags: Class of 2020, commencement 2020, First Destination Report, Meruelo Family Center for Career Development, NDIGI, post-graduation, undergraduate researchlast_img read more

Bush Elementary Student Tests Positive For COVID-19, Contact Tracing Now Underway

first_imgCredit sandbergkessler.comJAMESTOWN – A student at Jamestown’s Bush Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19.The Jamestown Public School District says the student last attended school on Monday.The School says they are working closely with the Chautauqua County Health Department to complete contact tracing so that any close contacts are notified and so that appropriate steps will be taken.The district would like parents to know that a confirmed case doesn’t mean that other children have been exposed to the student who has tested positive. Other students who may have been in close contact, as defined by the Chautauqua County Department of Health, will be contacted directly by the New York Department of Health contact tracers with pertinent information and next steps.“We want to remind our families, students and staff to keep our students and staff safe by wearing face masks, maintaining social distancing and continuing frequent hand washing whether at school or in the community,” said JPS Superintendent Dr. Kevin Whitaker. “As a parent, if you see your child exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms, please keep your child home and contact his or her health provider for a diagnosis. We appreciate our community’s efforts to work together to keep our school community safe and we will continue to keep our JPS community updated on any new information regarding the health and safety of our students and staff.”If your child has any symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, significant diarrhea, sore throat or a fever greater than 100 F or 37.8 C) officials say contact your health care provider and notify your child’s school health office.Those with questions are asked to contact a school nurse or email JPS Coordinator of Health Services, Jill Muntz at [email protected] or call her at 716-483-4376. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Happy Opening to the Dream Team at Bronx Bombers!

first_img Bronx Bombers Happy opening night to the Bronx Bombers! To celebrate the official opening of Eric Simonson’s Yankees-themed nostalgia-fest on February 6, resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this pinstriped portrait of the dream team, led by Peter Scolari, playing ball at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre. Have a great opening, Bombers! We’re cheering you on from the stands. Related Shows View Commentscenter_img The illustration features the whole roster of stars: Scolari as Yogi Berra, Tracy Shayne as his wife Carmen Berra, Bill Dawes as Mickey Mantle, Keith Nobbs as Billy Martin, Christopher Jackson as Derek Jeter, Chris Henry Coffey as Joe DiMaggio, C.J. Wilson as Babe Ruth, John Wenke as Lou Gehrig and Francois Battiste as Reggie Jackson—with Yankees legends Thurman Munson and Elston Howard represented as well. About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 2, 2014last_img read more

Tupac Shakur Musical Holler If Ya Hear Me Begins Performances

first_imgLet’s start! Holler If Ya Hear Me, the new musical inspired by the work of Tupac Shakur, begins Broadway performances on June 2 at the Palace Theatre. Tony winner Tonya Pinkins, award-winning slam poet Saul Williams and Christopher Jackson star in the tuner under the direction of Kenny Leon. Opening night is set for June 19. Related Shows Holler If Ya Hear Me Holler If Ya Hear Me features choreography by Tony winner Wayne Cilento, musical supervision by Daryl Waters, set design by Edward Pierce, projections by Zachary G. Borovay, costume design by Reggie Ray, lighting design by Mike Baldassari and sound design by John Shivers and David Patridge. View Commentscenter_img Featuring the music of the late rapper and written by Todd Kreidler, Holler If Ya Hear Me is an original story set in the present day on the inner-city streets of a Midwestern industrial city. The musical follows two childhood friends and their extended families as they struggle to reconcile the challenges and realities of their daily lives with their hopes, dreams and ambitions. Additional cast members include Saycon Sengbloh, Ben Thompson, Tony nominee John Earl Jelks, Joshua Boone, Dyllon Burnside, Tracee Beazer, Afi Bijou, Mel Charlot, Carrie Compere, Otis Cotton, Ryan Davis, Brandon Gill, Ariana Groover, F. Michael Haynie, Jared Joseph, Jahi Kearse, Muata Langley, Candace Maxwell, Valentine Norton, Christina Sajous, Charlene Smith, Jaime Lincoln Smith, Donald Webber Jr. and Joaquina Kalukango. Show Closed This production ended its run on July 20, 2014last_img read more