Despite Wednesday’s expected high of 31 degrees, the Siegfried Hall Ramblers will be wearing only T-shirts, shorts and flip flops as part of their annual Day of Man. The event aims to promote solidarity with the homeless — many of whom do not have adequately warm clothing during winter months — and collect funds for the South Bend Center for the Homeless, junior Michael Hernick, Day of Man co-commissioner said.“Last year we raised $22,000, so I mean, our goal for this year is to beat that again,” junior Isaac Althoff, Day of Man co-commissioner, said. “That was $9,000 over our previous record, so [to] just keep pushing the record up there is always the goal.”Siegfried Hall president, sophomore Sam Bishop, participated in the Day of Man last year and said the event is “a lot of fun” despite the cold temperatures.“Probably my best memory is standing outside of South Dining Hall for an hour in the freezing cold, and I was dressed as a banana and we had some funny signs, and just having a lot of fun with the passersby and people laughing at us,” Bishop said. “It hurts because it’s very cold. Your fingers and toes start to hurt, but it’s worth it.” Hernick said when he participated in the Day of Man during his freshman year, the temperature was between 15 to 20 degrees, and it was “snowing sideways.”“I remember I was standing outside [LaFortune Student Center] with one of my friends, and then on the way back, it was really cold out, obviously,” Hernick said. “We decided to sprint back to Siegfried, and then he slipped and dropped his cup, so I had to stand there in the cold helping him pick up all his money. … I felt like my fingers were about to fall off, and I was really mad at the moment, but it’s a good laugh now.”The Day of Man gives Siegfried students the opportunity to bond, Althoff said.“It’s definitely an event that everyone looks forward to,” Althoff said. “People wake up in the morning and they cut their shirts and make them even more scanty. It’s just a big group thing.”Bishop said suffering in the cold helps the men of Siegfried empathize with the homeless and gives them a sense of perspective.“It definitely bonds us because one of the main points of Day of Man — maybe the most valuable thing in it — is an expression of solidarity with the poor, with those who are exposed,” Bishop said. “In expressing that solidarity with them, we are also expressing it with each other. So we suffer together, we stand outside together. We do all of it together for others.”According to Hernick, raising awareness of homelessness is necessary, and a group from Siegfried volunteers at the Center for the Homeless every Saturday.“The goal of the whole day is obviously to raise some money, but it’s also to raise awareness and to work really hard this one day so that people think about homelessness, and think about the problems it poses a little more the other 364 days of the year,” he said.Tags: Center for the Homeless, Day of Man, Siegfried Hall
A bend in the Gauley River. Photo Courtesy NPS.“These challenges are direct attacks on America’s national parks,” said Nicholas Lund, Senior Manager of NPCA. “Each of these rules provides the commonsense protections for national parks that millions of Americans demand. If the Park Service’s drilling rules are repealed, national parks across the country would be subjected to poorly regulated oil and gas drilling, threatening parks’ air, water and wildlife.”Learn more here.Have an opinion? Let your legislator know! You can find contact information for your state’s representative here. It’s been just over a week since Congressman Jason Chaffettz (R) of Utah introduced a bill that seeks to sell off more than 3.3 million acres of public land, and Congress is already at it again.The newest threat to America’s public land is aimed at the National Park Service (NPS), and takes the form of a joint resolution that would lift crucial drilling restrictions in more than 40 national parks across the country.Last night, Congressman Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), introduced H.J. Res. 46 to the 1st session of the 115th Congress. If enacted the bill would roll back NPS safeguards that strictly regulate oil and gas extraction on national parks where the federal government does not own the sub-surface mineral rights.These national parks are commonly referred to as ‘split estate’ properties, and include such treasured parks as Grand Teton National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, The Gauley River National Recreation Area, New River Gorge National River, Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, and many others.The bill would make drilling more likely in Colarado’s Mesa Verde National Park and many others.It’s important to note that extraction activities are already taking place on 12 of the so-called ‘split estate’ parks. That includes one active well in the New River Gorge National Recreation Area, two in the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, and 284 in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.But the rule changes proposed in H.J. Res. 46 would transfer the responsibility of regulating extraction out of the hands of NPS and into the hands of individual state governments with minimal requirements for oversight and regulation.The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), a nonpartisan group that works to safeguard America’s national parks, breaks it down like this:If Congress repeals these rules, drilling could occur in national parks with little more than bare-minimum state regulations. The Park Service will have essentially no authority over oil and gas development proposed inside national parks. Leaks and spills could go unpunished without NPS authority to enforce safety standards. Companies would be able to build roads through national parks to begin drilling, such as the 11-mile road through the heart of Big Cypress National Preserve built to reach an oil and gas lease. Drilling companies would not be required to inform parks or park visitors about when or how drilling operations would occur.
NWS issued winter weather advisory for Nassau for the same time period. A high surf advisory was also issued from 1 a.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Tuesday due to large, erosion-causing waves on the ocean beaches. And a coastal flood advisory was issued due to high tides up to 2 1/2 feet above normal on both the south shore and the north shore, flooding low-lying areas.The same storm is expected to cause the same headaches for much of the tri-state area.Although the accumulation is expected to be less, the storm otherwise appears to be a repeat of the storm that hit Friday, when wet, heavy snow resulted in hundreds of school closures, thousands of power outages and countless travel delays.Once this storm clears, more snow is forecast for Tuesday. A chance of light snow is also expected Wednesday and Thursday before clearing up Friday. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Near-blizzard conditions of heavy snow and 35 mph wind gusts are forecast to hit eastern Long Island on Monday, causing blackouts, reducing visibility to 1/4 mile and a sloppy commute.Four to eight inches of snow are expected to blanket Suffolk County and forecasters predicted two to four inches in Nassau County, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).“The heaviest snow will fall from the Monday morning commute through Monday afternoon,” NWS said in a winter storm warning issued for Suffolk from 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.