Fourteen exemplary members of Notre Dame’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program received awards for integrity, leadership and community involvement at the 2013 Presidential Pass-In-Review ceremony yesterday. The formal military ceremony, held in the Stepan Center, gathered all cadets and midshipmen on campus. Midshipman Jason Koncsol spoke about the importance of Notre Dame’s ROTC program. University President Fr. John Jenkins opened the Pass-In-Review with an address. “The military has a long and historic involvement at Notre Dame, with members of the military attending the University as far back as 1858,” he said. “Notre Dame is one of only 56 universities with a ROTC program representing all four branches of the United States military.” Jenkins said he respects the dedication of the ROTC students and the work they do. “People will look to you for leadership. They will look to you for purpose,” he said. “I know that what you do as a ROTC participant is not easy. On top of the same responsibilities that every student faces, you have ROTC duties and activities.” Jenkins’ invocation emphasized the service aspect within the ROTC program. “I know you do this out of a great sense of commitment that resonates to your service in various branches of the military,” he said. Cadets Abigail Nichols and Edward Spinelli were awarded the prestigious Army Officer’s Saber. Spinelli was also honored with the Hendry Memorial Award and the Patrick Dixon Award, an honor he shared with Army Cadet Michael Dompierre. Other leadership awards given to ROTC members included the Dr. Michael McKee Award, earned by Cadet Sabina Fischer and the Edward Easby-Smith Award, awarded to Midshipman Katherine Griffin. Cadet Benjamin Coffey received the Captain Paul Roberge Memorial Award, which acknowledges the specific accomplishments of a pilot candidate. Naval ROTC Midshipmen Michael McCormick, Blake Weller, Kevin Hickey, Madeleine Anderson, Devon Graham and Elizabeth Schroff and Cadets Eric Wilde and Patrick Bowlds were honored with decorations recognizing their integrity, diligence and service. In memory of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, Jenkins commended the actions of Fr. Corby, a Holy Cross priest who accompanied the Union Army and whose statue stands outside of Notre Dame’s Corby Hall. “Fr. Corby stood on a rock and gave absolution to the troops, not simply for the Union soldiers, nor only for the Catholic soldiers, but for all soldiers,” he said. “[He] embodied this message of serving a just peace. I challenge all of you as participants of the ROTC program to pursue this cause of a just peace as well.” Contact Charlie Ducey at email@example.com
Ray White Surfers Paradise Group’s mega-auction The Event drew a big crowd at the weekend.PROPERTY on the Gold Coast is as hot as ever with almost $20 million worth of sales inked at the nation’s largest in-house auction The Event at the weekend.The success of Ray White Surfers Paradise Group’s annual mega-auction was on par with last year’s, which racked up $19 million in sales on the day.Hundreds of house hunters crowded into Royal Pines Resort on Saturday where more than 100 registered buyers engaged in frenzied bidding. By the end of the day, 31 properties had sold while many more were under negotiation.Several prestige properties were among those being negotiated, including a Sovereign Islands residence that received an $8.5 million pre-auction offer.Ray White Surfers Paradise Group chief executive Andrew Bell said they were pleased with the outcome and expected the clearance rate to rise in coming days. MORE NEWS: The Event: Last ditch attempt to buy pays off Ray White Surfers Paradise Group chief executive Andrew Bell led the auction.“The results came off the back of 176 registered bidders, which saw many properties the subject of strong bidding, and as often happens in a rising market, a gap occurs between the ambitions of the sellers and the comfort of the purchaser,” he said.“But the gap is so small in most cases we expect to see strong further outcomes in terms of sales.“Another observation from this year’s Event was the number of properties that sold well over the reserve price, which is a telltale sign of the market’s strength.”Mr Bell said the strong start to 2020 was a standout in the company’s 30-year history. “We’ve done just over 110 sales in the past three weeks so I’m very confident in what is ahead of us on the Gold Coast,” he said.“The real estate environment is very positive – the omens are very good with REA reporting searches and viewings up by more than 60 per cent on this time last year.“Similarly we are recording the highest number of inspections since 2017, so there is no doubt we have entered a very strong, positive market in 2020.” More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago MORE NEWS: Unusual water feature will make you think before approaching Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45 Aaron and Celeste Morgan were the first buyers of the day, snapping up a Southport duplex. A quick decision to bid an extra $1000 ensured the property was theirs. When $580,000 was called, the pair made a final bid of $581,000 when the hammer came down.While no strangers to buying property, their purchase was still a shock.“It’s the first time (we’ve bought) at auction, we normally do it through private treaty,” Ms Morgan said.“But we’re really excited, it’s like a new chapter.” Ray White Queensland chief executive Tony Warland said the Gold Coast had a buzz about it heading into 2020.“Making predictions can only come from past and present data but all indicators at present show a market that’s strong, as Queenslanders have always had a deep passion for a home and property investments, and we’re seeing that passion become more ambitious within the marketplace,” he said.