For the past 25 years, the annual Breen-Phillips meal auction has allowed students to see professors, athletes and other campus celebrities in a new light by auctioning off meals with these various Notre Dame personalities. This year’s event will continue thattradition.Tonight’s “Meal or No Meal” auction will include live and silent auctions, and all proceeds from the event support Meals on Wheels, a charity that delivers meals to homebound senior citizens. Students can bid on dinners with a variety of prominent members of the Notre Dame community, such as University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, Irish football coach Brian Kelly, Vice President for Student Affairs Fr. Mark Poorman, student body president Grant Schmidt and student body vice president Cynthia Weber.In addition to the live auction, a silent auction will feature gift cards from several area restaurants, including Chipotle, Olive Garden and Hot Box Pizza. It will also include six gift baskets assembled by each section of Breen-Phillips. Each will have a unique theme, such as “Death by Chocolate” and “Luck of the Irish.”In order to offer students a variety of meals to bid on, event coordinators Susan Garabedian and Adriana Taylor, both sophomores, contacted regular participants and prospective personalities via e-mail during winter break. They also asked other residents of Breen-Phillips for names of popular professors to provide a good sampling from each college, Taylor said.According to Taylor and Garabedian, the campus celebrities decide how many students to take to dinner, where they will have the meal and how much they want to spend per plate. Some participants, such as Carolyn Woo, dean of the Mendoza College of Business, and Anre Venter, professor of psychology, treat students to home-cooked, ethnic meals, while others take winners out to expensive restaurants, including Sorin’s.Poorman traditionally gives students a tour of the Main Building and the tunnels around campus. A new offering this year is a meal in Chicago with Professor Candida Moss of the Program of Liberal Studies.“Certain meals earn a lot of money because of the number of students involved, whereas others make money because the meals are expensive,” Taylor said. “It’s a good way for people to donate money to a great cause while getting to see another side of professors and other people on campus.”Garabedian said the off-campus restaurants were willing to make generous gift card donations to the event.“The donations from Chipotle are like Christmas in February,” she said.Garabedian and Taylor said they were happy about the number of new and returning participants. “It’s very cool to see people at Notre Dame being so willing to participate in the event,” Taylor said. “It shows the amazing generosity on campus, and everyone is willing to help, from students to professors.”Professor Jim McKenna, chair of the anthropology department, and his wife, Professor Joanne Mack, traditionally take students to LaSalle Grille in South Bend for an evening of food and conversation.“We love every minute of it and the students we meet become our friends,” McKenna said. “It is just another wonderful reminder of the way Notre Dame, through its good works, helps us break the barriers between our students and us, the faculty.”Venter, who treats students to a traditional South African meal at his home, agreed with McKenna’s view of the event’s impact on student-professor relationships.“It is a great opportunity to get to know students, and we have been able to develop some wonderful relationships,” Venter said. “I think it is good for students and faculty to engage outside the constraints of the typical settings on campus.”Schmidt said he was surprised at his identification as a “campus celebrity” but nonetheless voiced his enthusiasm about the event.“Coach Kelly, Fr. Poorman, Professor McKenna and more blow us out of the water,” Schmidt said. “But we will be sure to take whoever is kind enough to bid on us to a very delicious meal and we’re looking forward to helping out.”The live and silent auctions will take place tonight from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Burger King and the Sorin Room in LaFortune. Students may pay for meals with cash, check or the new Domer Dollars option for charity events.
Growing plants from seed can save gardeners money and vastly increase the varieties that can be grown in a backyard garden. Gardeners can grow several transplants for the price of a few, store-bought plants, and the selection of varieties for sale is often limited. Seed should be started six to eight weeks prior to transplant time. For example, if the average last frost date in your area is April 15, sow tomato seed inside in late February or early March. To grow transplants, start with good quality seed from a reliable source. Quality seed is true to a cultivar or variety name and does not contain weed seed, insect casings, soil particles or plant pulp. Choose seed varieties that will mature before frost, survive heat and tolerate present growing conditions in your area. Purchase just enough seed for this season. (Seed can be stored from year to year, but germination and seedling vigor will decline with age and improper storage conditions.) Read the seed package closely and make sure the seed was packed this season. The packet will also provide information on how to space seed within a row, how deep to sow the seed, how many days it will take for the seed to germinate and more.Water is critical for germination, or the process of the embryo emerging from the seed. Without water, the seed will remain dormant. The amount of water is also critical; too much will cause seeds to rot and too little will cause them to die. Plant seed in a growing media that is fine, not chunky or lumpy. Growing media could be soil, sand, a soil-less mix or a commercial potting soil. Fine growing media helps the seed have good contact with the media. The growing media also needs to drain well enough to meet the seed’s oxygen needs. If the media is too heavy or too wet, the seed will not have the oxygen it requires, and germination may slow down or stop.Water seed with a mist nozzle or a hand-held spray bottle to provide light, even, gentle moisture without disruption. The seed can be covered with a thin layer of vermiculite or peat moss to help ensure good seed-to-media contact and to help prevent the embryo from drying out. Keep humidity high by covering your pots or flats with a clear humidity dome or plastic wrap, or enclosing plants in clear, plastic bags. Remove plastic when seedlings emerge. Some seed types require light to germinate, others require darkness and some have no preference. If a seed requires light, sow the seed on the soil surface. If a seed requires darkness, cover the seeds lightly with a layer of fine peat moss or vermiculite. Temperature affects the number of seeds that germinate as well as how fast the seed germinates. Some seed have a very specific temperature range for germination, while others will germinate over a broad range of temperatures. A good rule of thumb is to plant in soil that is 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit. Place a thermometer probe in the middle of the container or flat to measure the soil temperature. Any container can be used for starting seed as long as it drains, is deep enough for good root development and is sanitized prior to use. Plastic inserts, flats and trays with clear, fitted dome covers can be purchased at garden stores.Growing seedlings in individual cells or containers reduces damage to roots and shock to the seedlings when they are later transplanted in the garden. Place seed in a warm location that provides bright, indirect light and good air circulation. Most home gardeners don’t have a greenhouse, so once the seed germinates, supplemental light from a light stand positioned 2 to 3 inches above the seedlings must be provided. As the seedlings grow, raise the lights, keeping them 2 to 3 inches above the seedlings. Keep the lights on 16 hours a day. Without supplemental light, plants will grow weak and spindly and stretch toward a window or other light source. As they grow, seedlings will need to be thinned, leaving the remaining plants enough space to grow and develop. Crowded plants will compete for water, light and nutrients. Weak or unwanted seedlings can be snipped off with scissors or pinched off at the media level. After the first true leaves develop, the new transplants need to be prepared for their new home in the garden. This preparation process is called “hardening off.”Move the transplants outside to a shady location and gradually increase the amount of sunlight they receive over a period of several days. Repeat daily, extending the length of time by an hour that plants remain outside, until the plants have acclimated to the brighter, drier outdoor conditions. Start this process one to two weeks prior to planting the new plants in the garden. Transition plants gradually, as extreme changes can slow their growth or kill them.For more information, see UGA Extension Bulletin 1432, “Starting Plants from Seed for the Home Gardener,” at extension.uga.edu/publications/detail.cfm?number=B1432.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “He can score in so many different ways, so you have to defend him with the entire team.”Harden, who averaged 18.8 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists his senior season at Artesia, played his college ball at Arizona State before being drafted third overall in 2009 by the Oklahoma City Thunder, for whom he played three seasons.Paul: Defense let upThe Grizzlies on Monday scored just 38 points in the first half while being held to 36.2-percent shooting. They shot 0 percent from 3-point range as they missed all seven shots. They scored 52 points in the second half and shot 47.1 percent, 62.5 percent (5 of 8) from beyond the arc.To Paul, this was one big reason why his team came out on the short end. He knows that his turnover with 1.5 seconds to play was also a contributing factor. It doesn’t get any easier for the Los Angeles Clippers. On the heels of a heartbreaking defeat to the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday at Staples Center, they embark on a four-game road trip that begins today at 5 p.m. in Houston.Not only are the Rockets (38-18) in third place in the Western Conference standings, they have in their possession MVP candidate James Harden. The 6-foot-5, sixth-year shooting guard out of Artesia High is averaging a league-high 27.3 points as well as 6.8 assists and 5.8 rebounds. On Monday he had his second triple-double of the season when he came through with 31 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in Houston’s 113-102 victory over Minnesota. He threw in a steal and four blocks for good measure.Clippers guard Chris Paul was asked about Harden after the Clippers’ 90-87 setback to Memphis. Paul gave Harden the ultimate compliment.“Team defense,” said Paul, when asked what slows down Harden. “James is one of the few guys in the league that you cannot guard with one person. James is the leading scorer in the league right now. He is like one of those guys, like (Russell Westbrook), LeBron (James) and Kevin Durant. “We could have defended better,” said Paul, who scored 30 points Monday and surpassed the 12,500-point plateau; he now has 12,514. “This is what we talk about day in and day out, how a game comes down to a few plays and execution. I did not execute the last play.”Too much standing aroundThe Clippers (37-20) – now sixth in the Western Conference standings – had been moving the ball around very well of late, but coach Doc Rivers said that was not the case Monday and he believes that also played a role in the loss.“I did not like the way we played overall,” said Rivers, whose team is 4-2 without the injured Blake Griffin. “We had a lot of fouls, so it was hard to get a good pace. I did not like our movement offensively. This was more of a dribble game for us.“That is exactly the way Memphis wanted us to play. We did not move the ball. We did a lot of standing around and had a lot of (isolation plays).”BREAKOUTAfter Wednesday, the Clippers will play a rematch with the Grizzlies on Friday at Memphis.