Fans gear up for ‘GameDay’

first_imgStudents will showcase their dedication to Notre Dame football on national television Saturday during filming of ESPN’s “College GameDay.” A pit for 200 students will be located near the commentators, and many fans will camp out the night before to ensure a spot in the crowd.   Senior Kristen Stoutenburgh, executive vice president of Leprechaun Legion, said the group wants as many students as possible to come to the filming. “We want the nation to know that the Legion is the best student section in the country and we’re supporting our team 100 percent,” Stoutenburgh said. “We want a Legion green invasion for ‘GameDay,’ so we want students to come early and wear their green Legion gear.” Leprechaun Legion will sponsor sign making in the JACC Fieldhouse after the pep rally Friday so students can hold up creative posters during the telecast, Stoutenburgh said. The group will also give out free McDonald’s breakfast sandwiches Saturday morning to the first 200 students to show up, she said. “Notre Dame football weekends are special to begin with, but having ‘College GameDay’ on campus adds another level of excitement and energy on campus,” Stoutenburgh said. “We have an awesome opportunity to show the nation that Notre Dame football is back, and the fans couldn’t be more excited about it.” Junior Matt Cunningham, president of Leprechaun Legion, said being featured in “College GameDay” signifies that Notre Dame is a top contender in college football.   “With the national spotlight on Notre Dame, beating Stanford gives us a chance to announce our presence as a legitimate top-10 team,” Cunningham said.   Junior Mark Ambrose said he plans to camp out with friends to be “front and center” for “College GameDay.” “Something like this only comes around once in a while,” Ambrose said. “I remember watching the show as a kid and in high school and always wanting to be a part of the festivities and craziness that goes along with it. It’s really great that they decided to come to ND for once and give us this opportunity.” Ambrose said he doesn’t want to reveal the contents of his sign before the taping, but it pokes fun at “notorious ND haters Mark May and Rick Reilly of ESPN.” Sophomore Conor McCarter said he will hold up a sign that reads, “Even the Lorax won’t save these trees,” referring to the Stanford Tree, a feature of the school’s marching band.   “It bothers me how no one’s heard about Notre Dame,” McCarter said. “I hope [being featured on ‘College GameDay’] can help to make us relevant again.” Junior Ben Finan said bringing College GameDay to Notre Dame calls into question ESPN correspondent Rick Reilly’s pre-season assertion that Notre Dame football is irrelevant. “ESPN just ran the Rick Reilly article about Notre Dame, and for them to then turn around and have his company choose to come here contradicts their highest-paid journalist,” Finan said. “[‘College GameDay’ has] only got 13, 14 appearances a year. Notre Dame’s clearly relevant. It is a benefit because it does say, ‘Notre Dame’s back on the map.’” But Finan said he does not plan to attend the taping because he went the last time “College GameDay” came to Notre Dame for the 2005 game against USC. “I was kind of underwhelmed by the production,” he said. “It was just so many people and very hard to hear and understand what was going on while you were in the crowd, and basically all it is anytime they come back to a commercial or go to a commercial, they show the crowd and you hold up your sign.” Finan said he fears the presence of “College GameDay” on campus will disturb the traditional pre-game atmosphere. “People generally are wandering all around campus,” Finan said. “I feel like this will create a gravitation point of something that will take away from people going to the Grotto and the Basilica, and it will take away from people cooking out on the quad because people are going to be so drawn to this national name of ‘College GameDay’ and going to Library Quad, which is where people already are.” Finan said he is more excited for “Mike and Mike in the Morning” to film on campus Friday. Ambrose said the publicity will make the football weekend better for fans. “I think it’ll add to the overall game atmosphere,” he said. “Obviously with Michigan being a night game, that in itself made it a crazy atmosphere, but with GameDay on campus it’s only going to make the game atmosphere even crazier for this huge game. It also doesn’t hurt to have the nation pay attention to us in light of our undefeated start, [which is] hopefully a good sign that Notre Dame football is indeed back.” While the hype before the game may draw positive attention to Notre Dame, Finan said he fears it may contribute to an unfortunate result. “There’s always a let-down game,” Finan said. “I feel like [because of] the amp up for the Miami game, despite being awesome and playing a great game, we could experience a hangover this weekend, and GameDay is contributing to that.”last_img read more

Decoupled debit – Threat to credit unions, bonus for merchants

first_img 52SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lou Grilli Lou Grilli is a Senior Innovation Strategist. Lou is tasked with building and shaping a superior payment and member experience capability for PSCU and its Owner credit unions. Lou’s … Web: Details Merchants are always looking to reduce the cost of payment acceptance without inconveniencing shoppers. A few have found a solution in decoupled debit cards, which offer a significantly cheaper alternative for the merchant since payment bypasses the traditional payment rails, and instead uses ACH (the automated clearing house) for payment from any of the shopper’s bank accounts. Whereas a merchant would typically pay its processor a 3% fee for the cost of processing a bank’s card, the fee to a third-party provider to handle the ACH is 0.8% and is capped at $5 and larger merchants can get even lower rates. A decoupled debit card is “issued” by a department store or gas station for use only at the particular merchant and is not connected to (that is, decoupled from) any specific credit union or bank. Target, by far the biggest example of decouple debit cards with their successful REDcard, also found two other major benefits, loyalty and increased spend. Target offers shoppers an instant 5% cash back, which keeps Target shoppers coming back again and again. More importantly, Target found that REDcard shoppers increased their shopping carts by 50%, according to Sarah Grotta, director of debit advisory at Mercator. Spend on REDcard contributes over $8.9 billion in volume annually, accounting for 12.1 percent of all Target sales.These merchant-specific decoupled cards, which are also known as closed-loop debit, or private label ACH cards (because they use ACH to draw from the consumer’s account), have found their way into other verticals as well, primarily gas stations. Cumberland Farms rewards users of its decoupled debit program with a 10-cent per gallon discount. The loyalty of its users has been proven over the span of 4 years during which $2 billion has been processed over Cumberland’s decoupled debit program, returning $75 Million in rewards back to its customers. Using the CITGO Debit Plus Card grants Citgo customers an instant, 1% discount on all purchases—both at the pump and in-store. The Speedy Rewards Pay Card from Speedway works like a typical rewards program, with points earned for purchases in-store or for fuel, and rewards can be redeemed for merchandise or in-store discounts – this at a time when many debit card issuers are dropping rewards on debit. There’s another cost savings benefit to merchants for getting more consumers to use their closed-loop debit cards – chargebacks. Since these cards settle via ACH instead of needing an authorization like credit or debit cards, the transactions are not reversible. While there are no chargebacks, most merchants do offer a dispute process. Decoupled debit represents a threat to credit union and bank debit issuers, replacing interchange income from what would be a debit or PIN transaction with an ACH transaction that costs the credit union or bank to process. If decoupled debit were to gain a foothold in grocery stores and other high-volume categories, it could have a serious impact on debit income for debit card issuers. For now, decoupled debit is not exhibiting rapid growth and has found success only in a few niche categories, but remains an area to watch.last_img read more

Local construction company fined nearly $50,000 after worker death

first_imgAccording to WorkSafeBC, an earth scraper had gotten stuck in the mud, and was chained to a bulldozer to try and get it out. The worker was removing the chains when a second bulldozer that was also being used struck them from behind, causing fatal head injuries. The subsequent investigation found that D. Loewen Enterprises made a number of errors and “failed to ensure the health and safety of all workers at its workplace.” The firm didn’t use the safety tools and guidance detailed in its own safety program and the prime contractor’s safety program when planning the earth scraper’s recovery. It also didn’t provide the information, training, and supervision required to ensure its employees’ health and safety during the operation. The work area wasn’t arranged in a safe way for people and equipment to move safely, and lastly, the company didn’t make sure that the earth scraper was able to do the work it was used for safely.- Advertisement -A penalty of $47,250.89 has been issued to the firm.last_img read more

Everton complete loan signing of Chelsea winger

first_img1 Everton have completed the signing of Chelsea winger Christian Atsu on a season-long loan.The Ghana star will be available for Saturday’s Premier League opener at Leicester City after he passed a medical on Wednesday and secured a work permit.Atsu joins Gareth Barry, Muhamed Besic and Romelu Lukaku in making the switch to Goodison Park and hopes are high on Merseyside of a good season for the Toffees.“I’m very happy to be joining Everton because it’s a great club, which likes to play football, and it’s a great pleasure to be here,” Atsu told Everton’s official website.“Playing in the Premier League has always been a dream for me and I have achieved that dream. This is the biggest level for me to play at. I know that it’s a very competitive league and I believe with hard work we’re going to be successful this season.”Everton boss Roberto Martinez had admitted his wish to add a winger to his squad ahead of the new season and confirmed on Tuesday that a deal for Atsu was in place.That transfer has now gone through and the Toffees chief added: “He’s a player who fits in with the culture and the way we want to play. He’s a very gifted technical footballer and he’s got the right personality and character to fit in with the group, which is vital.“He will excite fans because he brings something completely different and a different way of playing to what we’ve got in the squad. He’s a left-footed player who loves taking people on and he’s got a really good understanding of the game for such a young man.“He also brings extra competition in a position in which we felt we needed a player full of desire and hunger, who really wants to make things happen in the final third of the pitch.”Atsu joined Chelsea last September, but spent last season on loan in Holland with Vitesse Arnhem, scoring five goals in 28 league appearances, before starting all three of Ghana’s games at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.Martinez added: “For Christian, at 22, to already have played in a World Cup, to have been able to adapt into Portuguese football and into the league in Holland is a really good accumulation of experiences that will be very beneficial, especially with us playing in the Europa League this season.” New Everton winger Christian Atsu last_img read more