The Observer wins ICPA awards

first_imgThe Observer received 30 awards at the 2019 annual Indiana Collegiate Press Association (ICPA) awards in Indianapolis Saturday, including second place in the Division I Newspaper of the Year category and second place for Best Overall Website Design.The News department took home five awards, including first place in the Best Feature Story category for former Managing Editor Katie Galioto’s feature piece about Club Fever closing. Additionally, News also took first in the Best News or Feature Series for the Election Observer series covering the 2018 midterm elections, written by Editor-in-Chief Kelli Smith, former Assistant Managing Editor and current senior news writer Lucas Masin-Moyer, incoming News Editor Tom Naatz, current Assistant Managing Editor Mary Steurer and news writer Gina Twardosz. The Observer News department also won second in the same category for The Observer’s coverage of low-socioeconomic status students’ experiences by former Saint Mary’s Editor Jordan Cockrum, current Assistant Managing Editor Natalie Weber, former Assistant Managing Editor Megan Valley and news writer Gina Twardosz.Smith, along with Weber and Naatz, also took first place for Best Continuous Coverage of a Single Story for their coverage of Irish 4 Reproductive Health on Notre Dame’s campus. Additionally, former Editor-In-Chief and senior news writer Courtney Becker won second place in the Best In-Depth Story category for her analysis of the 2018 student government elections. The Sports department took home three awards. Former Managing Editor and current senior sports writer Tobias Hoonhout won first place for Best Sports Column for his breakdown of the Notre Dame hockey team’s loss in the Frozen Four.  Former sports writer Daniel O’Boyle won third place in the same category for his column about Notre Dame women’s basketball. The sports department also received third place in the Best Sports Page category for page 12 of the print edition for March 27, 2018.  The Scene Department received six awards, including first place in the Best Review category awarded to scene writer Nick Ottone for his review, of both “Nanette” and “The Tale.” Scene Editor Mike Donovan received second place in this category for his review of Mount Eerie’s album “Now Only.” Former Scene Editor and senior scene writer Nora McGreevy and former Scene Editor Adam Ramos also won a first prize for Best Entertainment story for their feature on Jacob Titus, a South Bend photographer. McGreevy, along with former Associate Scene Editor Brian Boylen and scene writer Carlos De Loera won second place in Best Entertainment Story, for their preview of the Garth Brooks concert.  Current Associate Scene Editor Ryan Israel won third place in the Best Entertainment Column category for his piece on the Wendy’s rap.As for multimedia, McGreevy and scene writer Adrianna Fazio won third place in the Best Video category for their video about rapper and Notre Dame student Ladibree. In the Viewpoint section, the Observer Editorial Board won first place for Best Staff Editorial for the editorial calling to remove Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s honorary degree. The Observer Editorial Board also won second place in the same category for “Observer Editorial: Belles deserve better.” Cartoonist Bailee Egan also received first place in the Best Editorial Cartoon category for “Wingin’ It” on page 8 of the edition for Nov. 2, 2018. For the photo department, former Photo Editor and current Associate Photo Editor Ann Curtis received first place for Best News Photo for her photo of President Donald Trump speaking in Elkhart, Ind.Curtis also won second place in Best Sports Photo for her photo of Irish quarterback, Ian Book, in the Syracuse game. Current photo editor Anna Mason received third place in this category for her photo of Jafar Armstrong. Photographer Michelle Mehalas received third place in the Best Feature Photo category for her photo of the “Rudy” movie watch on the football field.The Graphics Department received two awards. Current Graphics Editor Diane Park received first place for Best Feature Page — along with Brian Boylen and Carlos De Loera — for page 5 of the Sept. 21, 2018 edition. Park — along with Nora McGreevy, Charlie Kenney and Carlos De Loera — also won third place for Best Feature Page for page 5 of the Oct. 5, 2018 edition. For the advertising department, Alexandra Pucillo and Dominique DeMoe received third place in the Best Rate Card category for The Observer’s rate card. The Observer also received third place in the Best Themed Issue for the 2018 Welcome Weekend edition. They also received second place in Best Overall Design edition for April 16, 2018 and third place for the edition for Oct. 8, 2018. Tags: Awards, ICPAs, Indiana Collegiate Press Associationlast_img read more

Tomato Diagnosis

first_imgEven when you seem to have done everything right, tomatoes can fail in the garden. Here are a few of the reasons why. Failure to set fruit. The causes: cool night air and soil (below 55 degrees), abnormally hot weather, low soil moisture, too much shade or overfertilizing. For early tomatoes, use varieties that will set well during the cold of April. Blossom end rot. This disorder causes the fruit to have a dark, sunken area on the blossom end. You can prevent it by maintaining even soil moisture. Other causes: root damage limiting the uptake and movement of calcium. Mulches help moderate soil moisture fluctuations as well as eliminate the need for cultivation. Improper pH can keep the plant from absorbing enough calcium, too. Mosaic diseases. Several viruses will produce mottling and curling of leaves and disfiguration of tomatoes. Insects (often aphids), animals and people spread these diseases. Don’t let anyone smoke in your garden. If you smoke, always wash your hands before touching the plants. Tobacco mosaic virus from an infected cigarette can be spread to tomatoes as well as to cucumbers, squashes, asters, roses and many other plants. Wilt. Both Fusarium and Verticillium can cause tomatoes to die early. They cause the plant to wilt even with good moisture. If you cut the stem, the vascular tissue will be discolored. Both wilts are soil-borne and widespread in the South. The only solution is to use resistant varieties. Leaf Roll. With this disorder, older leaves roll upward. Symptoms usually are seen when plants have a heavy fruit load. Environmental factors reported to promote symptoms include high heat, drought and prolonged times of wet soil. Blights and Other Fungal Diseases. A number of fungi are important on tomatoes. Most can be controlled by regular sprays of recommended fungicides. For early and late blights, anthracnose and fruit rots, use a fungicide once each week when the disease first appears. Herbicide Injury. Hormone-type herbicides such as 2,4-D or Banvel D used near the garden can cause serious damage on tomatoes. The symptoms are downward-curling leaves and twisting new growth. Don’t spray these products on a windy day or near the garden. Don’t use grass clippings for a mulch or in a compost pile, either, if the lawn was recently treated with a herbicide. Aphids. These can cause a loss of plant vigor and may carry disease. Many chemical products will control aphids. Read and follow label directions. Insecticidal soap is an organic spray that controls many soft-bodied insects, too. Whitefly. Whitefly has become a major problem in tomatoes. Many times touching a plant will send up a cloud of white. They feed on the plant, causing weak growth. Tomato Hornworm. This large green worm has a horn on the back end. Hand-pick these large insects from small plantings. Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) can be used as a biological control for hornworms when they’re small. Root knot. Affected plants usually are stunted and may wilt in hot, dry weather. An easy-to-see symptom: the roots contain elongated and round swellings (root knots). Nematodes — tiny, usually microscopic worms — are the cause. Rotate crops and buy resistant transplants (the letter N will follow the variety name) from a reputable nursery.last_img read more

Outdoor yoga helps bring community together

first_img“I think our bodies’ stress levels are really high right now,” Aingworth said. “I think there is a lot going on environmentally, politically, healthy-wise, and it is so great to get people out.” Owner Lindsey Aingworth said the classes help to bring the community together in a fun outdoor event. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – First Ward Park served as a place of peace and tranquility on Sunday, as Collective Space for Growth held an outdoor yoga class at Veterans Park. Collective Space for Growth began their company in March right before the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. With yoga shops able to reopen, the shop is taking things outdoors, and teaching classes every weekend. last_img read more