The fifth annual Arabic Culture Night this evening offers the Notre Dame community an opportunity to explore foreign cultures through student performances entirely in Arabic. Ghada Bualuan, director of the Undergraduate Studies of the Department of Classics and Program of Arabic Languages, said the event offers an important dimension to the study of Arabic beyond learning in the classroom. “We do teach culture in classrooms, but this is a small cultural experience to engage [students] with the culture so they can connect,” she said. “Culture is not only history and civilizations that they read in class, but it’s also the language they speak, the songs they sing, the poetry they recite.” This years’ program offers a special focus on the Arab Spring protests, she said. Senior Joe Dufour, president of Arabic Club, said multiple performances address this significant international development. “This year the biggest influence has been the Arab Spring,” he said. “We incorporated this major political, cultural and social event.” Dufour said his contribution, “The Dictator,” is a ten-minute play that addresses the revolutions of last year in a lighthearted manner. “The Arab Spring was very big this year, and we thought it would be relevant to do a satirical play on life under dictatorship,” he said. “It has a powerful message in addition to being comedic.” Bualuan said the poetry readings selected for tonight will also address the Arab Spring with controversial Syrian poetry. “It’s the poetry of revolution,” she said. One poem was banned in Syria because it spoke against the dictator, a harsh regime, and a lack of freedom of speech and expression,” she said. “The other poem is a cry calling Arabs to unite together.” Students participating in the event have taken leadership in writing, choreographing and film editing, involving themselves with the event more than ever before, Dufour said. Dufour also said solo and duet vocal performances will showcase the advanced language ability of students. “To have three students singing in Arabic, which is hard enough to speak, but to sing and do it well, is amazing,” he said. Bualuan said she hopes both students and families enjoy the event. “We try to reach out to the community because there is a large community of native Arabs in Michiana,” she said. Even those who do not speak Arabic or study the Middle East can appreciate tonight’s performances, Bualuan said. “Anyone who has any interest in the Middle East, is intrigued by the culture and politics of the Arab World or just wants to get a better sense of what it means to be Arab should come,” she said. “Arabs never cease to produce music, literature and other forms of culture infused with life experiences in time of prosperity and in hardship.” She said the interconnectedness of societies is best learned from immersion in another culture. “We all share the same humanity. We all seek happiness, peace and fulfillment,” Bualuan said. “We want people to connect with … what they’re feeling, facing and what challenges they have.” The Arabic Culture Night will begin tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Jordan Auditorium at Mendoza. Admission is free.
Press Association Mackay’s statement, released through Slater & Gordon Lawyers, read: “Today I have reached a settlement agreement dropping all claims I have made against Cardiff City Football Club. I did not want to be in litigation and believe that it is in the best interests of all parties to have a clean break and move on.” The statement continued: “I have enjoyed my time at Cardiff City and I am most grateful to the board of Cardiff City and Vincent Tan for giving me the opportunity. The club’s owner Mr Vincent Tan invested heavily in the club and supported our decisions in our push for promotion to the Premier League. Without him this would not have been possible. “My thanks to all those at the club and the fans who have supported me during my time in Wales. If I have caused any offence to anyone during this time, especially to Vincent Tan, then I apologise without reservation. “I wish everyone associated with Cardiff City FC all the best for the future and thank them for their support. “I will not be commenting further on this matter.” Despite winning promotion last year as second-tier champions, Tan and Mackay clashed over the club’s summer recruitment drive, with disagreements over the nature and deployment of the agreed budget. There was also an ugly episode in October when Mackay’s trusted head of recruitment Iain Moody was sacked and the inexperienced Alisher Apsalyamov briefly hired before visa problems struck. Once Mackay followed Moody out of the door on December 27, Tan was quick to praise his successor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s methods even though the Bluebirds were ultimately relegated under the Norwegian. Former Cardiff manager Malky Mackay has dropped his legal claim against the club after reaching a settlement on his sacking. The club responded with a brief statement of their own, echoing Mackay’s comments and seeking to draw a line under the row for good. “Cardiff City Football Club can confirm that Malky Mackay has dropped all legal claims against the club, bringing a number of issues to an end and allowing both parties to move on,” it read. “The agreement represents a positive outcome for the Club. We now look forward and focus fully on planning for next season and the challenge of regaining Premier League status.” The terms of the agreement are being kept closely guarded but it is understood Mackay was seeking substantial compensation for his dismissal, which came in December after a difference of opinion with owner Vincent Tan about the direction of the club. Tan has since criticised Mackay’s efforts in preparing the side for the Barclays Premier League, but the Scot issued a conciliatory statement through lawyers on Friday in which he apologised “without reservation” to the Malaysian businessman.
Liverpool have sacked manager Brendan Rodgers with immediate effect, the Premier League club have announced.Speculation about Rodgers’ future has been a near daily occurrence but he leaves Liverpool only three points off fourth place heading into the international break.“Liverpool Football Club has announced that Brendan Rodgers will leave his post with immediate effect after having his contract terminated,” read a statement on the Liverpool website.“The process to appoint a new manager is underway,” added the statementRodgers joined Liverpool in 2012 and came agonisingly close to winning league in 2014. However, since the sale of Luis Saurez Liverpool have struggled to replicate that kind of form.The move comes less than five months after owners Fenway Sports Group gave their backing to the Northern Irishman after a woeful end to the 2014-15 campaign. “We would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Brendan Rodgers for the significant contribution he has made to the club and express our gratitude for his hard work and commitment,” owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner and president Mike Gordon told the clubs website via a joint statement.“All of us have experienced some wonderful moments with Brendan as manager and we are confident he will enjoy a long career in the game.“Although this has been a difficult decision, we believe it provides us with the best opportunity for success on the pitch. Ambition and winning are at the heart of what we want to bring to Liverpool and we believe this change gives us the best opportunity to deliver it.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
“He said he wanted to play through it,” D’Antoni said. “In retrospect, it might have been better to just come on out.”Nash’s setback also contributed to the team’s never-ending injured list that includes Kobe Bryant (fractured left knee), Pau Gasol (strained right groin), Xavier Henry (bone bruise in right knee), Jodie Meeks (sprained right ankle) and Jordan Farmar (left hamstring). None are expected to return until sometime after next week’s All-Star break.Nash has played only nine games this season, leaving it possible that the Lakers could benefit financially from his absence. If an NBA-appointed official determines Nash couldn’t play another game, the Lakers wouldn’t have the final year of Nash’s contract counted against their cap. But neither Nash nor the Lakers are thinking that way.The Lakers (18-33) still had a chance to ensure a three-game winning streak. Chicago also remained shorthanded without Derrick Rose (right knee) and Carlos Boozer (left calf). Seldom-used center Chris Kaman remained two points of matching his career-high, posting 27 points on 13-of-23 shooting and 10 rebounds. Jordan Hill (15 points) and Kendall Marshall (13 points) also cracked double figures.The Lakers also trailed only 88-84 with 48.9 seconds left after Wesley Johnson’s fast-break dunk. On the next possession, Lakers guard Steve Blake ran a pick-and-roll with Kaman and tried threading the needle with a bounce pass. D.J. Augustin swiped the ball and converted on a one-and-one. “Steve (Blake) is a great player and does a great job for us,” Kaman said. “It was just one play, but it happened to be at the important time of the game there.”Kaman found no solace with his play either, even if it could open up more playing time. Though D’Antoni described Kaman as “very good offensively” and rated his defense as “okay,” he said giving playing to Kaman once Gasol returns will be “tough.”“The whole season has been a frustrating year for me personally,” Kaman said. “Part of that is having injuries. Part of that is a lot of guys are on one-year deals not knowing what they want to do and not knowing where they’re supposed to be. The more time we have together as a unit out there, the better it is. But with guys getting hurt and guys being in and out, it’s not easy.”With Nash joining that list again, the Lakers’ job just became more difficult.See box score | Follow Mark Medina’s Inside the Lakers blog Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “It’s a gut feeling. It wasn’t like I broke it again,” said Nash, who finished with eight points on 3-of-4 shooting and two assists in 21 minutes. “I just kind of irritated the nerve. I’m pretty hopeful all the stuff I’ve been doing can overcome the irritation. It’s kind of transient. Hopefully when I wake up tomorrow, I’ll feel better.”Nash had displayed encouraging signs during his two-game stint last week, including a 19-point effort on 8-of-15 shooting and five assists in the Lakers’ win Friday in Philadelphia.But Nash showed discomfort after committing a turnover with nine minutes left in the third quarter, however he didn’t leave until nearly four minutes later.“I wanted to play. Especially when you’re losing, you want to fight through it,” Nash said. “I’ve been through that before and I know where it goes. I didn’t want to risk it and honestly let the guys that were able to carry the load. I think it was the smartest decision to come back and not have a major setback.”D’Antoni wondered if that should’ve happened sooner. LOS ANGELES >> A familiar image emerged surrounding Steve Nash, and it didn’t involve the dazzling passes he recaptured recently after staying sidelined for nearly three months.Instead, the Lakers’ 92-86 loss Sunday to the Chicago Bulls at Staples Center provided an awfully familiar storyline that never seems to end. Nash left midway through the third quarter after a collision with Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich sparked nerve irritation in his leg. Nash suffered the same damage last season when he fractured his left leg Oct. 31, 2012 against Portland, an injury that sidelined him for 24 games. The subsequent nerve issues eventually affected his back and hamstrings, keeping him out for eight games, including two playoff appearances.Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni also said Nash’s back tightened up. Yet, Nash expressed optimism he could still play Tuesday against the Utah Jazz, insistent that the nerve damage in his back that sidelined him for all but eight games this season won’t suddenly emerge.