Stepan Center heated up Saturday night with Hawaii Club’s annual Lu’au celebration of Hawaiian culture. The event featured Hawaiian food, music and hula dancing amidst an extensively decorated arena, freshman club member and Hawaiian nativeMatt Matasci said. “Parents back home pick flowers and have them sent [for decorations],” he said. Parents of natives also sent Hawaiian shirts and necklaces for the Lu’au’s merchandise table, Matasci said. The efforts of the club members and their parents did not go unnoticed at the Lu’au. “It’s a great atmosphere,” junior attendee Tony Lefeld said. “Stepan Center is surprisingly well decorated.” Sophomore Camille Muth, secretary of the club, said the key function of Hawaii Club is to provide a supportive community for Hawaiian students making the tough transition from tropical sunshine to blustery permacloud. “This is one of those groups that really makes me feel at home here,” Muth said. The club forms its close bonds by recruiting members early, she said. The club holds meetings for incoming freshman the summer before they begin at Notre Dame to welcome them to the club and the University. These extensive efforts have translated into strong membership. “Most people from Hawaii tend to join the club,” Matasci said. “There are some things that you can’t understand unless you’re from Hawaii. It’s nice to have people from Hawaii to relate to.” Although the Lu’au is the club’s largest event, Muth said the Hawaii Club will continue to be a fun outlet for Hawaiian students on campus. “We all just get along really well, and have fun no matter what we’re doing,” she said.
The Batesville High School Wrestling team hosted the Greensburg Pirates tonight for the Bulldog’s 22nd dual match of the year.The night opened with two JV matches where both Mason Green and Jon Vincent of Batesville earned wins. Green defeated his opponent by a 7-5 decision and Vincent earned a pin in the 2nd period. Varsity wins for the Bulldogs came from freshman JT Linkel in the 126 lb class beating his opponent by pin in the 3rd period; and from Senior Chris Schene in the 160 lb class beating his opponent by major decision of 18-4. Caleb Bischoff-Niese and Jon Kurtz both put points on the board for the Bulldogs by accepting forfeits from Greensburg.Additional Batesville wrestlers competing tonight in the varsity lineup falling to their Greensburg opponents include Michael Deal, Jackson Wooldridge, Ethan Meyer, Nick Schneider, Axel Garcia, Drew Garbarini, and Max Foutch.The final team score was Batesville 22 and Greensburg 45.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Chris Deal.