College Republicans “support,” but do not endorse, Donald Trump

first_imgThe Notre Dame College Republicans announced Monday that the group would publicly support Donald Trump in his bid for President of the United States.Citing Trump’s opposition to abortion, his economic plan and his running mate selection, the club’s statement said Trump, despite his brash personality, “has a certain strength and a particular vision to see that these tasks are accomplished.” Rachel O’Grady | The Observer Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a rally in South Bend days before winning the Indiana primary in May.The announcement came after the club’s president, senior Pat Crane, told ABC News the club would be supporting the Republican nominee. Harvard University’s College Republicans and other GOP clubs had recently said they would not endorse Trump.But Crane said the Notre Dame College Republicans’ statement also did not constitute an “endorsement,” which he defined as agreeing with all of a candidate’s views. They instead chose to “support” Trump, acknowledging that not all members backed him or his views.“Endorsing would mean that we, as a total organization, are fully aligned with the candidate . . . Supporting means that we will provide any aid we can to the candidate, while the entire organization may not fully agree with the candidate,” Crane said.While the club’s officers wrote and released yesterday’s statement, vice president Dylan Stevenson said the officers and some members decided at a club meeting in April to support the as-yet-undecided Republican nominee.“We made a conscious decision as a club to support whoever that nominee was, and at the time it was uncertain as to who that might be,” Stevenson said. “But we made that conscious decision . . . so we kept that promise to our members in mind, and when we compared the policies of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, we came to the conclusion that we could very much keep that promise.”The Notre Dame College Democrats responded on Facebook today to the College Republicans’ statement, saying it was “unsurprising but nonetheless disappointing to see them embrace a wholly unqualified and dangerous presidential candidate.”The College Democrats had endorsed Hillary Clinton last month in conjunction with the College Democrats of Indiana. That group’s joint statement said Clinton “will fight to make progressive change a reality” and focused primarily on criticizing Trump and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.Co-president Grace Watkins said the club had debated the issue during the spring semester, hearing from supporters of both Clinton and Bernie Sanders, but she and fellow co-president Andrew Galo, both seniors, made the decision to endorse Clinton when a consensus emerged over the summer. Watkins defined endorsement as publicly supporting and campaigning for a candidate.“I think that we made the decision to endorse because we felt we were strongly in favor of Hillary Clinton, and we also expect a public endorsement, along with the cycle itself, to drive participation up,” Watkins said.For both clubs, endorsing or supporting their party’s nominee means galvanizing support and encouraging members to become more involved in national and local campaigns this fall.“We’re focusing on programming on the messages of inclusivity and effecting change on the local and federal levels, so in practice that means connecting students to opportunities involving candidates including Hillary Clinton, as well as to local races.” Watkins said. “… In addition, we’re planning meetings for members to debate and present issues they’re interested in.”Stevenson said College Republicans would work on behalf of Trump, as well as in local races.“We plan on being involved in as many of those campaigns as possible and helping members get involved in the campaigns they care about. We understand that not everybody’s going to be on board with Donald Trump. … But we want to make sure that everybody at Notre Dame who cares about individual and economic liberty — there’s a place for them in the Republican Party.”Tags: College Democrats, College Republicans, Donald Trump, hillary clintonlast_img read more

3 1st-period goals doom Syracuse in 5-2 loss to Cornell

first_imgSyracuse goalkeeper Jenn Gilligan skated away from the net to the corner of the rink before slowly looping back around and settling back in front of the net. Seconds later she smacked her stick against the goalpost.Two Cornell goals in 49 seconds had turned a 1-0 deficit into a blowout.“I felt bad for Jenn,” Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan said. “Kinda, (the defense) left her hanging. Out to dry so to speak.”Syracuse (5-7-1, 3-1-1 College Hockey America) struggled to contain a dynamic Cornell (2-4-1, 1-2-1 Ivy) offense that struck like lightning Saturday night at the War Memorial Arena. SU’s defense allowed five goals — tied for most on the season — on 13 shots en route to a 5-2 loss.“It’s really tough starting out a game like that …” Nicole Renault said. “It’s hard to get a lot of energy going when you’re already down a goal.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe avalanche began just one minute and eight seconds into the game. Cassandra Poudrier sent a slap shot from the right side of the ice that flew into the top left corner of the net unscathed.The Cornell attack didn’t let up, and Syracuse’s defense struggled to prevent the pressure down the middle of the ice and down the wings, an issue that plagued the Orange all afternoon.“We were backing off,” Flanagan said. “I know I looked up a number of times when they’d posted a player in the neutral zone, we were 10 or 12 feet away.”In the 13th minute, Kaitlin Doering found herself one on one staring straight at Gilligan and the nearest Syracuse defender a step behind her.The lack of defensive pressure allowed Doering to fire an uncontested shot that went just wide of the goal. It was one of many golden opportunities for Cornell that left Syracuse scrambling to regain its footing.“I think that stunned you,” Flanagan said. “That’s like going, it’s getting a left jab, right jab, left jab before you even know what’s going on. And so I think they were stunned.”Syracuse adjusted in the second period. The eight shots allowed in the first period were reduced to just one. Syracuse eliminated the long passes and deflections off the wall that had its defense retreating in the first period and replaced it with the production it had been lacking.But each time Syracuse shut down Cornell, the Big Red came back.In the fifth minute of the third period, Cornell’s Sydnee Saracco split two defenders and passed it up ahead to Pippy Gerace. Gerace pulled the puck in and out with her stick before flipping it past Gilligan on the right side of the net to push the lead back up to three.“It’s on my shoulders,” Flanagan said. “I didn’t get the team ready. That’s the bottom line I think. The team wasn’t prepared, I think Cornell was and we get 3-0 and we just couldn’t dig ourselves out of that hole.”Another goal by Brianna Veerman with four and a half minutes remaining and Syracuse down by two was just window dressing, as the Cornell lead was never in jeopardy.The slow start left the Orange dazed, and defensive miscues in the first period proved too much to overcome.“It’s one of those games where no matter what you try and do,” Gilligan said, “the puck just keeps going by you.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 14, 2015 at 7:52 pm Contact Matt: mralex01@syr.edulast_img read more