ND students resurrect progressive blog

first_imgWith 247 posts by several regular writers, it was, as Stanton put it, a “liberal voice on campus.” In the next few years, however, the blog declined and became almost inactive, with a total of three posts in 2012, he said. Now, Stanton said Lefty’s, as it is often called, is back with a new staff and an updated design. The site relaunched Sept. 29 with a series of posts about the issues surrounding the recent federal government shutdown. With the reboot, Stanton said the staff hopes to expand the scope of the blog by creating an online forum and posting events and polls as well as regular opinion pieces from a liberal perspective. “We want to make it a resource that progressives across campus can turn to to know what’s going on, to know what’s on people’s minds,” Stanton said.  After interning in Washington D.C., Henry Vasquez, a 2010 Notre Dame graduate, started Lefty’s.  It was, Vasquez said, a reflection of the large amount of support for and discussions about progressive ideas at the time.  “During those years, there was a lot going on, not just on the blog,” Vasquez said.  “There were people getting together; there were social parties, tailgates, people getting involved in other activities. The line kind of blurred between other organizations on campus and Lefty’s as a separate entity. It effectively pulled all those together.”  After the first editors graduated in 2010, other staff members took over. However, Stanton, who worked as an editor briefly in 2011, said in the next two years, Lefty’s could not generate enough content to be sustainable.  “The editors that year sort of kept it alive, but they just didn’t get enough new writers and not enough people who could write on a regular basis,” he said.  In September, Stanton and his co-editor decided to revive Lefty’s in order to bring back a voice for liberal students.   “Among the Democrats, there’s definitely the feeling of not being able to speak your views, and so I think in the College [Democrats], there were some discussions about trying to start something like the blog  because it had been such a great avenue for people to speak their voice and make the progressive voice heard,” Stanton said.  After reworking the site’s design and pulling together a new staff, Stanton and his co-editor, along with writers Adam Newman and Tyler Bowen, began posting regularly for the first time in nearly two years.  During its first week, Lefty’s Last Cry posted new content daily.  According to Stanton, the goal is to post at least once every other day as it regains momentum. Several students have already signed up to write for the blog, and according to Bowen, the staff hopes to reach out to more writers, at Notre Dame and beyond.  “It’s not just limited to the Notre Dame community,” Bowen said. “When [the site] gets going, we could reach out to other people in other colleges.”  Contact Emily  McConville at emccon1@nd.edulast_img read more

Challenge accepted: St. Louis Blues’ Jordan Binnington will face Justin Bieber in breakaway competition

first_img“10 breakaways me vs. you,” Binnington commented on one video. “You score on me I’ll dye my hair platinum blonde @justinbieber.”Bieber’s videos iincluded a game of shinny with Toronto Maple Leafs players Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and Tyson Barrie and showed off some skill — he even scores a nice backhand goal in one of them, which prompted Binnington to challenge the pop star in the comments.The 2010s: Crosby named NHL Athlete of the Decade | NHL All-Decade Team The St. Louis Blues on Wednesday announced that goaltender Jordan Binnington will face pop star Justin Bieber in an on-ice breakaway competition — but the where and the when of it all still has yet to be determined.Binnington originally issued a publicly challenge to Bieber  on Jan. 1 in response to a series of videos the musician posted of him playing recreational hockey on Instagram. Budweiser Canada got in on the action by offering to double Bieber’s $10,000 charity donation if the two go toe-to-toe during the NHL’s All-Star Weekend in St. Louis, which Binnington will conveniently participate in as part of the Central Division’s roster.According to NHL.com’s latest update, that situation doesn’t seem likely. The two sides have yet to determine where and when the event will happen, as well as what charity will benefit from the two stars’ efforts — though the Blues said it’s most likely to happen during the NHL offseason.Bieber’s 2020 concert tour takes him to St. Louis’ Enterprise Center on July 13 — stay tuned. How bout 10 thousand dollars to charity I score and you donate to a charity of my choice and we film it. @binninerA post shared by Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) on Jan 1, 2020 at 7:30pm PST”How bout 10 thousand dollars to charity I score and you donate to a charity of my choice and we film it,” Bieber responded to Binnington’s initial challenge in another Instagram post. View this post on Instagramlast_img read more