Notre Dame students began this year’s football season with ponchos and umbrellas, cheering the Irish to victory in the face of stormy weather and recent game-day changes made by the University.This weekend, Notre Dame not only debuted uniforms from Under Armour and a new turf field, but also instituted a system which allows students to forgo the traditional ticket booklet in favor of electronic tickets on their smartphones.Emily McConville Freshman Enrique Pajuelo said he appreciated the convenience of the “etickets,” even though the new procedure was not completely foolproof.“I’ve been told by sophomores that [in the past] you had to carry all the tickets with you all the time, so with the phone it was easier, but the main problem was that almost all iPhones run out of battery really fast,” he said.Although she agreed the electronic tickets were convenient, senior Annie Plachta said she was disappointed that she would now be unable to have a booklet as a reminder of her last football season at Notre Dame.“I have three ticket booklets from freshman, sophomore and junior year, so I kind of wanted the fourth one to complete the four years,” Plachta said. “It’s kind of sad to have the eticket instead of the booklet.”The new Under Armour uniforms, on the other hand, were a good change, junior football captain and defensive lineman Sheldon Day said.“[The new uniforms were] excellent, especially with the nice, tight fit around the body. You’re just feeling good,” he said.The changes made to the uniforms were not obvious from the student section, however, junior Abbey Dankoff said.“I don’t think there’s that much difference,” she said. “If there was, you couldn’t tell. I’m pretty pumped about the Shamrock Series uniforms though. I think Under Armour has taken the design to a new level.”While the switch to Under Armour is not necessarily apparent from the student section, it is very clear while shopping at the bookstore, Plachta said.“What’s in the bookstore this year is so much better than what they’ve had in the past,” she said. “I don’t remember Adidas having anything cool like [what they have now], especially for women. The women’s stuff tends to be subpar to the men’s, and I thought Under Armour did a really good job.”As for field changes, Day said the new turf made play easier.“Definitely, feeling faster, quicker, more explosive is a good feeling,” he said.Freshman Ivan Carballude said it was unfortunate that Notre Dame had to give up the traditional grass.“I liked having the grass,” he said. “We have such an old stadium, and it’s so traditional … having the grass, and being one of the last teams to have grass was really nice.”Dankoff, though, said the switch to turf was long overdue.“I think that it just allows for a better-played game,” she said. “The athletes don’t have to worry about slipping in mud, don’t have to worry about puddles on the field. … It’s kind of ridiculous. We were one of the only teams to still have grass, and it’s just the way the game is evolving. It’s not that it takes away from the tradition of the stadium.”Junior Megan McCuen echoed the thoughts of many students regarding the new turf and game-day changes in general.“I thought it would look worse with the turf instead of the grass since grass is such a tradition, and it’s so natural — a Notre Dame kind of thing,” she said. “But I guess it proved that even though there are changes, change can be good.”Tags: 2014, Changes, etickets, football, Under Armour
Roy Frank Bohman, age 77, of Napoleon, passed away Thursday, February 28, 2019 at the Morning Breeze in Greensburg, Indiana. He was born August 12, 1941 in Batesville, the second son of Harry and Marie (Young) Bohman. Roy graduated from New Point High School in 1960 and then served two years in the US Army, including a tour to Korea.Roy is survived by three children, Joann (Jose) Dominguez of Pasadena, Texas, Albert Bohman and Anna Teckela (David Garza) Bohman of Clear Lake, Texas. He also leaves behind three grandsons, three granddaughters, two great grand grandsons and four great granddaughters. In addition, he survived by four brothers, Arthur (Roberta) Carl (Lois) George (Jane), and David (Rita) as well as one sister-in-law, Agnes Bohman and several nieces and nephews.Preceding Roy in death were his parents, older brother, Paul, and three children, Denise Marie, Lester Gene, and Renee Joan.Roy was a member of the St. Maurice Catholic Church in Napoleon and the Greensburg American Legion Post 129.Family and friends will gather at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home for a prayer service. Visitation will follow until 5:00 p.m. at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg. The family will also receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until the funeral mass at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 4, 2019 at the St. Catherine of Siena St. John’s Catholic Church in Enochsburg with Rev. John Geis officiating.Interment with full military services will be held in the St. John’s Catholic Cemetery.Memorials may be made to the Premier Hospice or to the American Legion Post # 129.Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.com
DES MOINES — The convictions of two north-central Iowa men in separate murder cases have been upheld by the Iowa Supreme Court, but they each could get a new trial after their cases have been sent back to district court to see if their constitutional rights to a fair trial due to the make-up of the jury pool have been violated.Peter Veal of Lake Mills was convicted of first-degree murder in July 2017 by a Webster County jury for the November 2016 murders of Caleb Christensen and Melinda Kavars in Mason City. Veal’s trial was moved from Mason City to Fort Dodge after a change of venue request was granted due to pre-trial publicity.Antoine Williams of Charles City was convicted by a Floyd County jury in October 2017 of second-degree murder for the June 2017 murder of Nathaniel Fleming outside a Charles City apartment complex.In both cases, appeals were made because of the lack of African-Americans in the jury pool. The Iowa Supreme Court in their written rulings say it appears there were no African-Americans on the jury panel for Williams’ trial, while Veal’s pool only had five African-Americans out of 153 potential jurors, below the percentage of adult African-Americans in Webster County.The Supreme Court affirmed both men’s convictions and sentences, but remands their cases back to district court to allow further consideration of their claims that the juries were not drawn from a fair cross-section of the community in violation of the Sixth Amendment. The Supreme Court says if the district court rejects their claims, their convictions and sentences shall stand. If the district court accepts the claims, the defendants would receive a new trial.