Trial team heads to Nationals

first_imgNotre Dame’s Mock Trial Team 925 will compete with the best teams in the country at the American Mock Trial Association’s National Championship Tournament April 16-18 in Memphis, Tenn.In February, Notre Dame hosted the South Bend Regional from which the top teams advanced to the Opening Round National Championship series recently held in Illinois.The Mock Trial Team 925 was among the top six teams from that competition to advance to nationals. The top six teams from each of eight opening round tournaments around the country advance to the nationals in Memphis, representing the top 48 teams from across the country.The team consists of 10 members who have been preparing for the upcoming competition.“We have spent countless hours preparing for the case, and I am really proud of our team for advancing this far,” co-captain Puja Parikh said. “We have almost lived and breathed Mock Trial this year, so this is definitely rewarding.”The Notre Dame Mock Trial Association began in 1989 and includes both classroom work and competition experience.“Basically, we simulate what occurs during a real trial,” Parikh said. “We get to be attorneys, both for the prosecution and defense, we put on witnesses that the attorneys direct and cross-examine in order to receive testimony, and as attorneys, enter in evidence, make objections and do opening and closing arguments.”According to the association’s constitution, the purpose of the organization is “to stimulate reasoned and analytical thinking, to improve public speaking, to further individual experience in the legal field and in the courtroom, and to succeed in intercollegiate competition at the regional and national levels.”Mock trial classes, which have been offered for credit by the College of Arts and Letters since 2002, provide an introduction to the fundamentals of arguing a case.“Mock Trial class teaches students how a criminal or civil trial is carried out by using a hands-on approach,” team member senior David Crisostomo said. “With the exception of the presiding judge, all parts in a trial are played by students who act both as witnesses and the attorneys.”Mock Trial Team 925 is expecting tough competition at the Nationals.“Nationals is an opportunity to go against the best schools in the country and will be a very competitive environment,” Crisostomo said. “I am especially excited since this is the first time I have participated in the later levels of competition and it provides a great end to my mock trial career.”Crisostomo also said he enjoys the commitment and camaraderie of the team members.“The people involved in Mock Trial are some of the most dedicated people I’ve ever met and have become some of my closest friends,” he said. “By the end of each year, the team feels more like a family.“I guess the best evidence of the affinity for this program among Mock Trial members is that the alumni of the program will often visit to help coach or even judge in the competitions.”last_img read more

Syracuse rises in AP Poll after two ACC wins

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 7, 2019 at 3:09 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @MikeJMcCleary After two wins to start conference play, Syracuse (13-2, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) jumped two spots to No. 12 in the Associated Press women’s college basketball poll.The Orange won their seventh straight game Sunday against Virginia Tech behind a 27-point performance by star point guard Tiana Mangakahia, who’s averaged 15.7 points per game during the winning streak.The Orange additionally received a bounce-back performance from Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi: she scored 18 (second on the team behind Mangakahia) and hit important jumpers down the stretch of the game after she was scoreless in SU’s ACC opener against Clemson.Syracuse returns from a four-game road trip Sunday for a matchup with North Carolina at 3 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

EA beats PES to La Liga signing

first_imgIf you are a FC Barcelona or Real Madrid supporter, then it seems like you’ll have to stick to EA SPORTS FIFA over Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer if you want the authentic La Liga experience.EA SPORTS and La Liga recently announced a 10-year exclusive partnership that begins with FIFA 21, ensuring that EA SPORTS have the exclusive authenticity of the league in-game. This allows players to make use of their biggest stars in every mode.The announcement also confirmed that EA SPORTS will continue to be the exclusive Official Video Games Partner of the league, and they will be working together on pushing the FIFA brand to become the leader in football entertainment.They have also pledged their commitment to growing the esports, with focus on the eLaLiga Santander competition – the official esports competition of the league.There has been quite a tussle for the biggest stars and leagues behind the scenes on a football front, with Juventus have crossed over to the opposition when they ended their partnership with EA SPORTS in favour of a new deal with PES. This is why you’ve come to know the Italian giants as Piemonte Calcio in the current version, FIFA 20.Although FIFA Ultimate Team still boasts their top star in Cristiano Ronaldo, the unofficial version of Juventus in the game does not have the authentic kit or crest. This could potentially have increased the pressure on EA Sports in securing long-term deals.Though PES has not struggled to compete on a gameplay level, acquiring authenticity rights has been a long-term struggle for Konami’s brand, and for the next decade, EA SPORTS FIFA will be the only video game that offers the authentic El Clasico.According to the Liverpool Echo, Javier Tebas, President of LaLiga, said, “This renewal enables us to grow the reach and popularity of LaLiga to more and more fans around the world that play EA SPORTS FIFA every day.“We have built a collaborative partnership with EA SPORTS for more than 20 years that has seen both organizations become leading international brands. Our new agreement signifies our commitment to maintain this growth and create the best entertainment for football fans worldwide.”last_img read more