Members of the women’s boxing program, Baraka Bouts, directed their physical and mental toughness toward raising funds for East African Holy Cross Missions this past weekend in their signature event, the Power 24 Hour. With the hope of raising more funds and increasing awareness of the club and charity, the team changed and intensified the structure of this year’s event, senior captain Jen Coe said. “For a few years now, we’ve had a ‘power-hour’ where the boxers are split into two teams and try to beat each other in the number of pushups, sit-ups and jumping jacks that could be completed in the hours,” she said. “We wanted to double the amount of money raised, so we spread it over an entire day in the hopes of garnering more funds and raising more awareness about our club, the tournament and the Holy Cross missions.” The longer time period allowed the boxers to test their creativity and come up with unique approaches to their workout, senior captain Carleigh Moore said. “At one point we were doing push-ups for every dollar raised,” Moore said. “It was a great way to get in shape for the Bouts all in the name of a great cause.” Coe said there was an advantage to working out in one-hour shifts over the previous structure of one 24-hour period. “Since everyone had a one-hour shift, the energy was kept high as people were rotating in and out, then coming back later to visit and cheer their fellow team-members on,” she said. “We were working out for a good cause, so it wasn’t hard to keep up the spirit.” While the team has not yet totaled the funds raised from the Power 24 Hour, both Coe and Moore said they are extremely grateful for the outpouring of support. “The response was incredible. Students, faculty, alumni and fans were so generous and receptive to our cause,” Moore said. “Thank you to everyone who donated to help us support the efforts of the Holy Cross Missions in Uganda.” The women’s boxing team will fight in the Baraka Bouts tournament in the beginning of November to raise additional funds, which will benefit two secondary schools in Kasese and Jinja, Uganda. The women’s boxing team is changing the structure of the Baraka Bouts tournament this year as well, Moore said. “For the first time, women’s boxing will be holding a two-day tournament,” she said. “Our vision for this year’s season has been double the bouts, double the donations.” This year’s Baraka Bouts event will take place on Monday, Nov. 7, and Thursday, Nov. 10. Tickets for entry on both nights can be pre-purchased from any Baraka Bouts participant for $10 until the night of the tournament.
Barrett Doss(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Groundhog Day The Citizens of Punxsutawney have been announced! Barrett Doss and more will appear alongside Andy Karl in Broadway’s Groundhog Day. The much-buzzed about tuner is set to begin performances on March 16, 2017 at the August Wilson Theatre and officially open on April 17.Newcomer Doss (You Can’t Take It With You) will star as Rita Hanson. The ensemble company will feature Rebecca Faulkenberry (Rock of Ages), John Sanders (Matilda), Andrew Call (Found), Raymond J. Lee (Honeymoon in Vegas), Heather Ayers (Young Frankenstein), Kevin Bernard (Billy Elliot), Gerard Canonico (Spring Awakening), Rheaume Crenshaw (Amazing Grace), Michael Fatica (She Loves Me), Katy Geraghty (Shrek), Camden Gonzales (Matilda), Jordan Grubb (Mary Poppins), Taylor Iman Jones (American Idiot), Tari Kelly (Something Rotten!), Josh Lamon (Finding Neverland), Joseph Medeiros (Matilda), Sean Montgomery (Matilda), William Parry (Sunday in the Park with George), Jenna Rubaii (American Idiot), Vishal Vaidya (1776 at Encores!), Travis Waldschmidt (Wicked) and Natalie Wisdom (Billy Elliot).Directed by Matthew Warchus, the musical features a score by Matilda scribe Tim Minchin and a book by Danny Rubin (who co-wrote the original 1993 film). Karl originated the role of Phil in the world premiere at London’s Old Vic opposite Carlyss Peer as Rita.Groundhog Day follows TV weather man Phil (played by Bill Murray on screen), who reluctantly goes to cover the story of Punxsutawney Phil for the third year in a row. Making no effort to hide his frustration, he covers the story and moves on, expecting his job to be finished. However, he awakes the “following” day and discovers that it’s Groundhog Day again, and the fun happens again and again and again. He soon realizes he must take advantage of it in order to secure the love of a coworker. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 17, 2017 Related Shows
JOHNSTON — Top state officials say a new data point seems to indicate the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 may be working in Iowa.Iowa Department of Public Health director Sarah Reisetter said also they’re tracking other number — about when patients begin to show symptoms.“We have said all along that we anticipated last week was going to be a difficult week in terms of cases. Again, at the beginning of this week we said we fully expected to see our case numbers start to climb,” Reisetter said. “But, when we look at our onset of symptoms data, that appears to be flattening.”Governor Reynolds told reporters that data showing when Iowans who’ve gotten a positive COVID-19 test first began showing symptoms of the virus will be released to the public this week.