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.
By Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaWhether you are just late catching the Christmas spirit or all the new lead danger warnings have you concerned about putting up your old faithful artificial tree, University of Georgia experts say take time to inspect cut trees before you buy.”You have to consider that trees have been out for several weeks now,” said Bob Westerfield, a UGA Cooperative Extension horticulturist in Griffin, Ga. “Check it out closely to make sure it’s not too dry to buy.”There are several simple tests Westerfield recommends tree shoppers use:Bump it – “Hold the tree upright and bump it on the ground, if a lot of needles fall off, that’s a bad sign,” he said. “You might want to pass on that tree.”Bend it – “Find a limb near the top of the tree and bend the outer edges,” he said. “The branches should be flexible and pliable.” If the branches snap and crack when you twist them, “that’s a dry tree and one to avoid,” Westerfield advised.Grab it – “Grab a branch and run your closed-fisted hand down the branch,” he said. “You should not have a hand full of needles. If you do, don’t buy that tree.”Most varieties will last the holiday season given adequate water.”If you go for blue spruces or one of the firs, remember they have already come a long way to get here from the north or Canada,” Westerfield said. “Take extra care with them. If they weren’t taken care of on the truck here, the needles will all fall off and you’ll end up with an expensive Charlie Brown tree.”The Leyland Cypress varieties are more likely to have been grown closer to Georgia, Westerfield said. Fresh choiceA good bet, too, is to make a family outing to a local tree farm and cut your own tree. “It’s more of an experience for young kids if you do a choose-and-cut,” Westerfield said. “Many farms offer other fun activities like hay rides, and you are assured of a fresh tree that way. They are also usually cheaper that way.”The downside to cutting your own is Georgia growers offer limited variety choices.”Some farmers are now growing a few Virginia pines and red cedars, but Leyland is the king in Georgia right now,” he said.Water is keyBuying a fresh tree is the right start, then you must keep it fresh once you get it home.”The whole key to keeping the tree fresh, is water,” Westerfield said. “When you get the tree home, even if it hasn’t been cut long because you cut it yourself, the stump will scab over with sap. You should remove a half inch of the base with a sharp saw to make a clean cut and open up the channels to the trunk. Immediately get it in a tree stand full of water.”To make sure your tree gets adequate water, start with a good stand. “Go with the deep basin stands that hold at least a gallon of water,” he said. “The first day, the tree will drink it dry. The first few days you have to check it several times a day. Then it will slow down.” There are myths galore about adding aspirin or Alka-selter to the tree’s water, but Westerfield recommends using plan water.”There are no magic potions that will make it last longer,” he said. “The keys are the clean cut base and continuous watering.”If you allow the tree to go dry for any period of time, the base will harden over again. This causes excessive drying and creates a fire hazzard.
19C/62 Old Burleigh Rd, Surfers Paradise.A VACANT unfurnished apartment in the Glitter Strip has sold under the hammer for $3.05 million.Harcourts Coastal agent Tolemy Stevens took the property to auction yesterday where it attracted four registered bidders.“The auction started at $2 million and went up in $100,000 increments quickly,” he said.“Bidding stopped at $2.85 million“The vendor then gave us instructions for the property to be called on the market before the bidding took off again and eventually finished at $3.05 million.”The three-bedroom residence takes up the entire 19th floor of Surfers Manhattan and offers stunning views of the ocean, river, hinterland and city skyline.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago19C/62 Old Burleigh Rd, Surfers Paradise.Vendor Lynton Rose, who runs Motorline BMW, has owned the apartment since 1993.The building facilities include a pool, tennis court and gym.Mr Stevens, who also sold a penthouse in The Breakers building for $1.525 earlier this month, said there was huge demand for beachfront apartments in Surfers Paradise.“There is a massive demand and appetite from astute interstate buyers that I cannot fill at the moment due to the lack of filing,” he said.“Having four registered cashed-up bidders (yesterday) fighting for the property shows the market is extremely strong and showing no signs of slowing.” 19C/62 Old Burleigh Rd, Surfers Paradise.
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Facebook Twitter Google+ Boeheim likely tries leaning on his key cogs from last year while slowly incorporating his new assets. Roberson, Lydon and Coleman are near-locks to start, while White, Howard, Gillon and Battle could shuffle in and out of the starting five. With the number of players receiving significant minutes this year, the starting lineup could be a moot point.Boeheim has led on that SU’s depth will allow for “some more things” to happen on the floor. Topping that list is the press, which Syracuse has been reluctant to lean on. But the change of pace is what jolted the Orange past Gonzaga and Virginia in the NCAA Tournament, and now Boeheim has the personnel to afford supercharging his defense more often.Someone like Gillon, for example, a 6-foot speedster who moves as quick as anyone on the team, could enter for a short period to spearhead the press and then be swapped out for Howard at point guard. The permutations, at least on paper, allow the Orange to have several situation-oriented lineups.“You never know when you’re going to need (the press),” Boeheim said. “…We work on it every day for a reason, and sometimes it can be the difference in a game.”Of course, it’s just as plausible things don’t pan out exactly how players, fans or coaches imagine they could before the season tips off. One of the freshmen, likely Moyer more so than Thompson or Battle, could redshirt this year. Chukwu might not dazzle immediately in his 7-foot-2 frame after sitting out for a year.Gillon and White are no locks to perform the same as they did in their inferior conferences. In fact, Boeheim said he didn’t expect White to be the same player — one who led Nebraska in points and rebounds per game — with Syracuse.The puzzle will fit together somehow, and there’s only one absolute truth about it: It has plenty of pieces. Comments Published on October 28, 2016 at 7:26 pm Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossman Editor’s note: With Syracuse’s first exhibition coming up on Nov. 1, this is the second installment of a five-part series analyzing the most interesting questions surrounding the Orange entering the season. Read the rest of the series, here.When Malachi Richardson closed the door on his college career, foregoing three years of eligibility to roll the dice on life in the NBA, he inadvertently opened new opportunities for Syracuse.Andrew White bolted from Nebraska. In came John Gillon from Colorado State. A trio of dynamic freshmen already awaited the two fifth-year seniors, stacking SU’s deck at nine, or possibly even 10 players deep. Jim Boeheim made no secret about it: If Richardson stayed, White and Gillon wouldn’t be suiting up for their final seasons with the Orange.But Richardson took the plunge, and now Syracuse is looking deeper than it has in years.“Everybody brings something new to the table,” Tyler Roberson said at Atlantic Coast Conference media day on Wednesday. “I think when (the reserves) do get in it’ll throw teams off because we haven’t had this much depth in past years.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRoberson would know. He and Dajuan Coleman are the only two seniors on the roster to spend their entire career with SU. Gillon and White are imports, sophomore Paschal Chukwu redshirted last season, Frank Howard played sparingly as a freshman and Tyus Battle, Matthew Moyer and Taurean Thompson are at the infancy of their collegiate careers. Tyler Lydon is the biggest holdover from last season’s rotation that will figure into this year’s.He, along with Roberson and Coleman, comprised half of the Orange’s six-man rotation in 2015-16 that played 6,933 of the SU’s 7,475 minutes. That’s five starters and one bench player accounting for 93 percent of a Final Four team’s minutes, somewhat of a mind-boggling concept. But this year the lineup options are plentiful, and couldn’t read any more different than what Syracuse deployed six months ago.“We’ve never put five new guys in one year … that actually played a lot, which will happen this year,” Boeheim said at SU’s media day on Oct. 21. “… We have people at every position, a couple guys at every position, which we haven’t had in a long time.”