Protecting mission-critical data can be a big job for small and medium-size businesses, where resources of time and money are limited. Even for large enterprises, protecting the data of departments, remote offices and branch offices can be a juggling act. After all, data continues to explode from all kinds of sources, especially applications and infrastructure. At the same time, the need for economical, fast, flexible and scalable backup and recovery for data has never been greater, especially in times of increasing cyber threats, strict retention requirements and ever-tightening budgets.This market situation has created a big opportunity for our Dell EMC partners to help these customers with a superior, entry-level, data protection system: Dell EMC Data Domain DD3300. This newest member of the Data Domain family replaces the existing entry-level system DD2200, yet it provides much more value in terms of performance and capability. The Data Domain DD3300 is:3x more scalable1 than the closest competitor, with up to 4.8PB of logical capacity with cloud storageCloud-ready2, with support for Data Domain Cloud Tier software that natively tiers de-duplicated data to the cloud with up to 2x the capacity of its active tierDell EMC Data Domain DD3300 is small — just 2U — to minimize rack space requirements, but within that small frame it delivers powerful data protection capabilities for a wide range of workloads, including virtualized applications. For long-term cloud retention, DD3300 supports Data Domain Cloud Tier and does not require a cloud gateway. DD Cloud Tier takes advantage of Data Domain’s advanced deduplication, which delivers an average storage reduction rate of 10–55×3, depending on the data type. DD3300’s deduplication can reduce bandwidth requirements by up to 98 percent4 during replication.The DD3300 offers multi-site scalability for many application, even those virtualized with different hypervisors. It can cover many diverse workloads across different locations, whether branch offices or the cloud. Extensive API support can enable users to automate data protection for specific applications. What’s more, it offers a single point of management to simplify administration and conserve IT staff time for more strategic project work.Available in 4TB, 16TB and 32TB models, the DD3300 can be easily upgraded as an organization’s data protection needs grow. DD Cloud Tier allows users to expand capacity in 1TB increments, so they can adopt a pay-as-you-grow alignment of costs with growth. Together with affordable pricing, these financial options offer Dell EMC partners plenty of ways to tailor data protection solutions based on the DD3300 for the needs of just about any size customer.The Dell EMC Data Domain DD3300 can help Dell EMC partners’ open doors for three specific types of market opportunities:New users who need an affordable, entry-level data protection solution that can grow with them, or large enterprises needing to protect the data of remote and branch officesCurrent DD2200 users who want to gain faster throughput, more automation and cloud-tiering capabilities in their data protection infrastructureNew and current customers who need help in setting up Data Domain Cloud Tier software, in deploying DD Boost software and in replicating across multiple sitesIn addition, the performance of Dell EMC Data Domain DD3300 is maximized when paired with Dell EMC Data Protection software. Many small and medium-size customers might prefer Dell EMC partners to implement and optimize this solution for them, so they can maximize their deduplication benefits and take advantage of Dell EMC’s modern, intelligent user interface.To find out more about how the Dell EMC Data Domain DD3300 can help you win new customers and serve your current ones better, visit enablement center and Data Protection Partner Sales Plays.Additionally, access the Data Protection Partner Campaign Playbook for the latest English only marketing assets including; Infographics, a Social Media Kit, Customer Emails, an On-Demand Webcast and a short video around the new Data Domain DD3300._______________________________________________________________________1 Based on Dell EMC analysis of the publicly available specs for DD3300 and HPE StoreOnce 3540, October 2017.2 Based on internal analysis, November 2016.3 ESG Whitepaper sponsored by Dell EMC, “The Economic Value of Data Domain,” May 2017. Average deduplication rate based on analysis of 12 call-home support data for active Dell EMC customers, with environments ranging from 270TB to 90PT. Actual performance will vary.4 Based on internal analysis, July 2017.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s president says he understands the “despair” of people opening their businesses in defiance of the anti-COVID-19 lockdown to survive, but says they must keep to government-ordered restrictions. Andrzej Duda made the comments in an interview published Monday in the conservative weekly “Sieci.” He was reacting to a swelling nationwide movement of people opening restaurants, hotels and other businesses to avoid going under as a result of the prolonged social distancing and lockdown. They blame the government and say that the aid it has provided is insufficient. An opinion poll shows that their action is backed by majority of Poles.
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Four Tunisian soldiers have been killed when a mine hit their vehicle during a sweep for Islamist extremists in a mountainous region near the Algerian border. A spokesman for the Defense Ministry, Mohamed Zekri, said in a telephone interview Wednesday that the soldiers had been scouring a closed military zone where jihadis are hold up. He blamed the action on the Jound Al Khalifa brigade, close to al Quaida’s North African branch. The group has carried out numerous killings in Algeria, including in February 2019 when members beheaded a shepherd they suspected was giving their location to authorities. Tunisian troops carry out regular sweeps of the area.
Notre Dame’s Tri-Military Command hosted its first annual March Madness 10k Run Saturday and far surpassed its fundraising goal of $3,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).The three clubs — ATLAS (army ROTC), Arnold Air Society and Trident Naval Society — will donate the more than $3,700 it raised directly to the WWP, said Matt Zak, president of the Trident Naval Society. WWP has a stated mission “to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women, to help severely injured service members aid and assist each other and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of severely injured service members,” according to the organization’s Web site. According to the Web site, over 500,000 troops have been wounded in battle, and many have suffered traumatic brain injuries, amputations, severe burns and post-traumatic stress disorder.The race began at Clarke Memorial Fountain and wound around campus and the lakes on a cool, partly cloudy Saturday.“It was an enjoyable race despite the cold conditions, and I was happy to run for a good cause,” said senior Matthew Bartindale, who won the event by completing the 6.2-mile track in less than 36 minutes.More than 150 people participated in the event.“I believe in supporting our troops and I admire what they do to protect our country,” freshman Consuela Garcia said. “I enjoyed running the race for them.”Zak said he thought the event was a great success.“We put in a lot of hard work over the last three months and I have received nothing but positive comments,” Zak said. “Our goal was $3,000 and we almost made $4,000. I hope it will continue in the future.”
A new experimental classroom, B011 DeBartolo Hall, is redefining the classroom experience, and yes, anyone can write on the walls. Room B011 is the result of multiple groups on campus working together to create an innovative, imaginative and active learning environment. Several divisions within the Office of Information Technology (OIT), the Office of the Registrar, Academic Space Management, the University Council of Academic Technology (UCAT) and the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning collaborated in the design and funding of B011. Jason Railton and Tim Cichos of OIT’s Technology Enhanced Learning Spaces division designed the room based on recommendations from the various groups and similar classrooms at schools like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Minnesota and the University of Michigan. According to Brian Burchett, manager of OIT’s Technology Enhanced Learning Spaces division, the goal is for the room to be as flexible as possible and to encourage active learning. “The idea of active learning is that students need to be participants, not simply people who receive information,” Burchett said. The room features multiple viewing screens, eight Macintosh computers, a touch-screen control panel for controlling what appears on each screen, multiple sets of keyboards and mice, and a document camera. The computers and screens can be connected in any way — one computer screen can be displayed on all viewing screens, each viewing screen can display a different computer screen, or any arrangement in between. All four walls are painted with a dry—erase paint that allows students and faculty to write anywhere around the room. Also, all of the tables and chairs have wheels, allowing for a variety of seating arrangements to make use of the display screens and writing space around the room, Burchett said. The room can be used in many different ways, including as a giant white board, all depending on the needs of a particular class. “The point isn’t that we want people to use gobs of technology. We just want a room that allows faculty options, even traditional teaching methods,” Burchett said. During the fall semester, the classes in B011 gave feedback on the room’s features and corresponding changes were made over Christmas break. According to Burchett, the faculty teaching in B011 this semester completed an application process. Each of them submitted a proposal for how they would make use of the room’s adaptability in their respective class. The room is currently being used for an Irish Studies course, multiple foreign language courses, a first year composition course, a multimedia writing and rhetoric course, and a mechanical engineering course, among others, Burchett said. There are at least two or three classes in the room every day. There is also an opportunity for faculty to request the room once or twice for a specific class activity though there class is held in a different room. Sean O’Brien, assistant professional specialist in Irish Studies, teaches an Irish Studies course in B011. “We are using the tools in B011 to follow Ireland’s current economic and political crisis. With its open format and multiple configurations of computers and displays, B011 is an ideal space to follow events in Ireland as they unfold this spring,” O’Brien said. The multimedia writing and rhetoric course taught by assistant professional specialist Erin Dietel—McLaughlin is making use of the multiple display space and display options the room affords. “The classroom feels much more authentic to my more decentralized teaching style and to the learning process itself. The students just plain seem to be more engaged, more lively and more curious in this room,” Dietel—McLaughlin said. There will be an open house in Room B011 in the basement of DeBartolo Hall on Friday from 2 to 5 p.m.
Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry gave five students the opportunity to travel to Peru on a pilgrimage over fall break. Upon their arrival in Piura, Peru, the Saint Mary’s pilgrimage group was greeted by staff from the Santismo Sacramento parish, Assistant Director of Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry Regina Wilson said. “[The students] talked about feeling nervous, about what to expect, but being welcomed by smiling faces and a big sign communicated that there were people on that end happy to see us arrive,” Wilson said. “It was an important gesture of hospitality and helped put everyone a little more at ease. Sophomore Ambar Varela said the people they met helped her and the other students feel at ease. “No matter what their situation was all the Peruvian people I met were welcoming and excited to meet our group,” Varela said. The group built a bamboo house for a Peruvian family from the Santismo Sacramento parish, Wilson said. They were helped by several men from the parish and completed the project in one morning. Junior Kristen Millar said she felt the Saint Mary’s group developed a solidarity with the Peruvian people. “We had the opportunity to interact with Peruvian workers and we were able to meet the family whose home we were building,” Millar said. Wilson said working together as a group and working side-by-side with Peruvians was a rewarding experience. “We were sharing our gifts with in concert with other Peruvians who were serving too in a situation of need and we were providing someone with something that she needed. And we were working together as a group of pilgrims helping one another accomplish the work,” Wilson said. Fr. Joe Uhen, a 1980 Notre Dame graduate, is the pastor at the parish, Millar said. She said she was struck by one of his homilies during the week. “In one of the homilies at mass [Fr. Joe] said, ‘because we have been given much, we have much to give,’” Millar said. “Here at Saint Mary’s I may not physically see the poor as I did in Peru, but it is important to continue to educate myself on the realities of the world and to be conscious of what I can do for others.” Wilson said that the people they encountered were extremely poor, but it didn’t affect their faith. “We were surrounded by prayer, simple prayer, but it was just part of life there, everywhere we went,” she said. The group also visited the Sisters of the Holy Cross in an archdiocese of Lima, Peru, Wilson said. The sisters are currently serving in an area that has traditionally had little to no pastoral care due to their mountainous location. Millar said the work of the Holy Cross sisters and their joy in performing it was inspirational. “The Holy Cross Sisters were truly inspiring people devoted to caring for the Peruvian people,” Millar said. “There was an immense amount of joy everyone we met had in their work and service to the poor.” The students experienced Christ in the people they met, Wilson said. “I think most of all the students were impressed and moved by the warmth of everyone we met: the people, the pastoral staff at the parish, the sisters, “Wilson said. “The warmth of everyone from the poorest to the least poor person helped us make the journey with confidence because that hospitality was Christ meeting us in a very real way.” Millar and Varela both said that the pilgrimage was very humbling. Varela said now that she has returned she has a greater appreciation for her situation and wants to enrich her own community. “This trip had made me more conscious and appreciative of what I have here in the U.S.,” Valera said. “I hope to share my experience with Saint Mary’s students and others in hopes to raise awareness of what struggle people live with around the world. The pilgrimage has taught me that community is an important aspect for happiness and I want to take part in the joy of the community.”
Saint Mary’s hosted a panel on Tuesday night titled, “The Battle After the War: Veterans in Their Lives and Struggles,” to discuss veteran’s issues including PTSD, mental health, homelessness, employment, caregivers, services and policies.The event — which was organized by students in the Social Work 236 Human Behavior and Social Environment II class — included panelists such as South Bend Mayor Peter Buttigieg, who took a leave of absence to serve in Afghanistan in 2014; U.S. Representative Jackie Walorski, who is known for her services in the House Armed Series, Veteran’s Affairs and Agriculture Committees and Chairs the Nutrition Subcommittee; and Dr. Kent Laudeman, who served in the U.S. Army since 1968 and is currently as a retired Lieutenant Colonel.Despite the speakers’ variety of perspectives and personal experiences of working with veterans, they all advocated making a difference by working as a community first.“Regard veterans not as liabilities but assets. This will help more veterans to find a place in the community,” said Buttigieg. “We can do right by everybody who serves by welcoming them into the community more than just saying, ‘Thank you for your service.’”Laudeman currently serves as the Director of the Robert L. Miller Sr. Veterans Center, which is connected to the South Bend Center for the Homeless. The temporary housing hosts veterans in need of help for two years without having to pay a cent.“The goal of the facility is to get them back on their feet with shelter, food, a warm shoulder and a warm shower,” Laudeman said.Laudeman said his personal experience from fighting in Vietnam for a year inspired him to begin working with veterans.“There are some experiences that I don’t want to remember, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in my life,” said Laudeman. “I’ve grown.”Walorski went on to discuss the problems that veterans face after coming home from war. Twenty-two American veterans commit suicide per day, she said, and more than half of the suicides are due to sexual assault.“There are tens of thousands of veterans today that have suffered sexual trauma that have never been reported,” said Walorski. “The greatest catastrophe is the issue of suicide.”Laudeman agreed and said that another major issue of homecoming troops is drug and alcohol abuse. Most cases are the result of PTSD, of which one in every five soldiers is a victim because they are trying to numb the pain of their memories, said Laudemand.“There are mountains facing our veterans when they come home,” said Walorski. “I have such a profound respect for the American Reserves.”Buttigieg said although every veteran’s return home is different, they are all difficult. The South Bend mayor said civilians should set aside common assumptions that they have.“You come home, and you come to this radical change,” said Buttigieg. “There’s no question there are heroes — the things they did with no regard for their life or safety. In our rush to be complementary, we’ve created the T-ball effect, where everybody gets hit [with gratitude] — but not everyone comes back feeling like a hero. Not everyone is damaged either; most veterans don’t regard themselves as victims. Everyone has a very different experience.”Walorski said that whatever the condition the soldiers are in when they come home, they need help from civilians to advocate for them so that they can get as little or as much help as they need.“We have a half a million veterans and their families in our state [Indiana],” said Walorski. “It’s the greatest reward I’ve ever had to sit across from a veteran.“We want to do them right for the sake of right.”All three panelists said they were frustrated about what the government is doing to help veterans on a national level.“We are passionate about veterans because we are outraged,” said Walorski. “I think there’s a way that Saint Mary’s can rise up and be a part of a national model in a way that people have never seen.”Walorski said she wants to implement a new national program that more veterans could have advocates to get the help they need.“I think it would be incredible if we could start a national model through Saint Mary’s students,” said Walorski. “We could get social-work students at Saint Mary’s to be an advocate for so many of our veterans across the country.”Freshman Anna Riddle said she found Walorski’s idea appealing and inspiring.“I think it would be a good idea if we get Saint Mary’s involved in the National Program,” Riddle said. “I think it would show that it doesn’t just have to be the government providing aid. People have the power to provide aid.”Sophomore Abbie Spica said she was concerned about peers who were just entering the military.“Personally, I have community members I know enlisting, and they have concerns about problems coming back, I like the idea of first focusing on community involvement,” Spica said.Tags: Dr. Kent Laudeman, Jackie Walorski, Peter Buttigieg, South Bend Mayor, U.S. Representative, Veterans
Caitlyn Jordan | The Observer Catharsis Production actors Phillip Sheridan and Anne Dufault use humor to start discussions about sexual assault around campus.According to Regina Gesicki, assistant director of educational initiatives for Notre Dame’s Gender Relations Center, Christian Murphy is a 1992 graduate of Notre Dame. Murphy will also be on campus Oct. 12 to speak as part of Relationship Violence Awareness Month.Murphy will “speak about his personal history and the journey from Notre Dame to founding Catharsis, a production company with such a unique way of working against interpersonal violence,” Gesicki said.The show was performed by only two actors, Phillip Sheridan and Anne Dufault. The duo employed a medley of scripted material, audience suggestions and improvisation to enact a series of three scenes, each followed by open discussions among audience members.“The scenes are used to illuminate some of the ridiculous aspects of the stereotypes we assign each other based on gender and sexuality and help everyone think about all the assumptions we connect to dating, consensual sex and rape,” Kinney said. “The goal is to really dive into the unique issues of each campus by talking to and engaging with students.”During the first scene, Sheridan and Dufault narrated the thought processes of a man and woman at a party, highlighting how disinterest can be misinterpreted as “vibes.” Audience members were asked to decide the direction of the scene by volunteering a pick-up line for Sheridan’s character to use, choosing whether Dufault’s character should be “nerdy” or “ditzy” and deciding whether Sheridan’s character should show his sensitive or “macho” side.After the first scene, the actors led a discussion about the damaging impact of particular words society uses to describe sex, inequalities between genders and gender norms. The group analyzed conflicting cultural expectations for women to be passive and soft-spoken yet sexually confident, as well as pressures for men to be heterosexual, tough and emotionless womanizers.During the second scene, audience members were given red cards reading “STOP.” Whenever they thought the ensuing scene, depicting a stereotype-conforming man and woman at an off-campus party, became too embarrassing or difficult to watch, audience members held up their cards. The scene was followed by a discussion of the multiple aspects that made the depicted situation inappropriate.“It is our feeling that sexual assault, and most forms of interpersonal violence, are manifestations of larger cultural issues, like racism, sexism, homophobia, etc.,” Kinney said. “Our programs attempt to get at the heart of those issues and encourage everyone to intervene at all levels when oppressive behavior emerges — from when someone makes a sexist joke to when someone is being creepy at a party.”The actors stressed that sexual assault can take place along any gender dynamic and the importance of, and societal impediments to, bystander intervention.The third and final scene consisted of a talk show discussing the blurred lines that can confuse the distinction between consent and rape. Dufault played the host, while Sheridan played a college boy defending himself against accusations of rape. The scene was followed by a discussion identifying various “red flags” in the defendant’s version of events.“We use humor never as a way to make light of a serious issue, but as a way to illuminate the biases and hypocrisies of a culture where sexual assault is so prevalent,” Kinney said. “Through active participation and laughter, rather than lecturing, we find that our audiences are more engaged and motivated to step up and stop violence in their communities.”An SOS advocate, a representative from the Rape Crisis Center of St. Joseph County, was sitting in the back of the auditorium in a private area outside of the performance room, available in case audience members became upset or distressed during the show.Sheridan and Dufault ended the show by listing various local resources students can take advantage of in the case of sexual assault, including the counseling center in St. Liam Hall and the SOS Rape Crisis Center of St. Joseph County. They promoted support for victims of sexual assault, encouraging students to make sexual assault a more discussed and less victim-stigmatizing subject.“What we can say to make a huge cultural shift is saying, ‘I support you, here’s a counseling center; I support you, here’s the phone number for a support group,’” Sheridan said.“Here at Notre Dame, we are called to create a community where we honor the dignity of all and where we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers,” Gesicki said. “We should challenge one another to be active bystanders, to overcome our personal barriers to protect one another from harm. … I hope this year’s production continues the robust campus conversation around sexual assault and violence prevention. I hope “Are You Getting the Signal?” encourages our community to continue to hold each other accountable and to change our culture to one where everyone does their part to show that violence is not tolerated.”Tags: Catharsis Productions, improv comedy, sexual assault Chicago-based Catharsis Productions came to campus and performed “Are You Getting the Signal?” on Wednesday night in DeBartolo Hall, combining scripted and improvised scenes with audience participation. The show used humor to provoke discussion about common misconceptions and misunderstandings surrounding sexual assault.“Catharsis Productions was founded in 2000 when Christian Murphy and Gail Stern met at a one-act play festival and discovered they shared a passion for comedy, social justice and advocacy,” Maura Kinney, marketing and communications coordinator for Catharsis Productions, said in an email. “Our mission statement: To change the world by producing innovative, accessible and research-supported programming that challenges oppressive attitudes and shifts behavior.”
Professor Wolfgang Porod has been named the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Open Access IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Nanotechnology Express, a new online journal.In addition to serving as the Frank M. Freimann Professor of Electrical Engineering at Notre Dame, Porod also holds the position of Director of the University’s Center for Nano Science and Technology, known as NDnano.According to Porod, NDnano is one of the largest research centers on Notre Dame’s campus, with about 60 participating faculty in the Colleges of Science and Engineering.“It fosters interdisciplinary research on the nanoscale, ranging from advanced transistor concepts to nano particles for cancer diagnostics and treatment,” Porod said. “As director, I represent the center and set strategic directions and try to capitalize on opportunities.”According to a University press release, Porod has been a faculty member since 1986 and has produced more than 300 scholarly papers in that time. His research focuses “on solid-state physics and its application to electronics, quantum devices and architectures for nanoelectronics, reliability, degradation and breakdown, and the limits imposed by the laws of physics on computation,” according to the press release.Porod has also been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He has lectured for multiple IEEE societies, in addition to serving as an associate editor for other scientific publications, according to the press release.The Open Access IEEE Nanotechnology Express is known as ENANO and is a publication of the IEEE Nanotechnology Council. The IEEE, according to Porod, is “the largest engineering professional society.”Porod said the publication works to disseminate information quickly about new research.“[ENANO] aims to provide quick turn-around publication of important research that requires priority treatment,” Porod said.According to Porod, launching the new journal required a “lengthy process” of more than a year. The largest step to publication was obtaining the approval of oversight committees within the IEEE Nanotechnology Council.“I had been involved in the past with the IEEE Nanotechnology Council, and when they decided to start a new journal, they invited me to be the [Editor-in-Chief],” he said, “I saw it as a nice recognition and distinction.”As Editor-in-Chief, Porod will manage staff and production.“[My duties include] overseeing the creation of the all-electronic manuscript processing system, and I did appoint associate editors with expertise in the various topics of the broad field of nanotechnology,” he said. “From now on, I will oversee the handling and processing of manuscripts, making decisions about acceptance, revision or rejection.“I hope that ENANO will be successful by attracting high-quality papers, and that it will become a premier journal for [publishing] the very best research in nanotechnology,” Porod said.Tags: Editor-in-Chief, electrical engineering, IEEE, NDnano
The diving boards at the Rockne Memorial are only open Wednesdays from 9 p.m. until 11 p.m., but the men of Alumni Hall aim to take advantage of that time every week. Chris Collins | The Observer Sophomore Jack Waltrich prepares to jump off a Rockne Memorial diving board while pretending to study as part of the dorm’s event.“The official name of it is ‘Dive Night in America,’ but we usually just call it Dive Night,” junior Matthew Krach, Alumni Hall president, said. “We get a bunch of guys, and then a lot of their friends, and we just go do stupid stuff off of the diving boards at the Rock.” The tradition started when Krach’s older brother, Patrick, discovered the small window of availability for use of the diving boards at the Rock. “My brother discovered this like, four years ago, and back then, they called it the ‘Splish-Splash Crew,’ and he and a bunch of his friends on the track team would get together and go over over to the Rockne pool and just jump off the diving boards,” Krach said. “They would practice their dives and do flips and stuff, so it was a lot of fun.”Soon, Patrick Krach had a small group of people from Alumni going every week, so he started to make announcements at Sunday dorm Mass about the event. “There’s no better way to spend a Wednesday evening than with my fellows dawgs, and lady dawgs, jamming out to classic rock and flinging ourselves off the high dive of the Rockne pool,” Patrick Krach said in an email.Matthew Krach said his brother was responsible for making Dive Night an Alumni Hall tradition. “So [my brother’s] roommate was actually the guy who [was elected hall president],” Krach said. “[My brother] ended up — just for fun — making some announcements at Mass after his roommate made announcements [about the hall] and it caught on. I think it was because people really thought it was funny, and that’s what made it catch.”In the beginning, Krach said only a few people would show up, but his brother kept on making the announcements at Mass anyway. “He would mention it if that week there was a really small crew, but people didn’t want him to stop making these really funny announcements, so people would just show up to make sure he kept on making the announcements,” he said. Krach said he kept up the tradition because his brother started letting him make some of the announcements his freshman year. “So all sophomore year I made an announcement every Mass,” he said. “I think that helped contribute to me becoming president of Alumni. Because I definitely got to know everyone in the dorm with being outgoing and stuff, but I think that certainly helped just to show people that I was committed to doing something fun in the dorm every week.”Krach said the first Dive Night this year brought in over 40 Alumni men and their friends. “More people trickled in as the night went on, and it was just nuts,” Krach said. “The guys were throwing footballs and chucking volleyballs at each other and just doing the stupidest stuff.”Krach helps to maintain the Dive Night Instagram, which features photos and videos from the weekly event.“There’s some really good videos on there,” he said. “We try and do some trick-shot type things, so those are always fun. We also sometimes will do stupid contests, so like who can swim the longest underwater while holding their breath. But it’s all a lot of fun. ”A major change in the 2016 school year has been the addition of themes to each Dive Night, Krach said. “We have a different theme every week, but the most popular ones have been ‘Jorts’ and ‘America,’” he said. “We also have done corresponding themes, like one week was ‘Danger’ and another was ‘Safety’ because during the Danger week, the high dive almost broke, a few of the bolts popped out, so we had to do Safety the next week.”Krach said the best part about Dive Night was the camaraderie and brotherhood it creates amongst the men of Alumni. “I think people appreciate that it seems super immature and stuff, but I think people just think it’s so funny,” he said. “I mean, you’ve got 40 guys walking over to the Rock in jorts, and it’s just great.”Tags: Alumni Hall, dive night, Rockne Memorial, The Rock