Alumni, University pledge $50 million to support Corby Hall, Congregation of Holy Cross

first_imgAlumni donors, along with the University, have pledged $50 million to support Notre Dame and the Congregation of Holy Cross, the University announced in a press release Thursday.According to the press release, members of the class of 1979 Mary and Jay Flaherty — the benefactors of Flaherty Hall — will donate $20 million to Notre Dame for the renovations of Corby Hall, as well as “a separate $5 million gift to the Congregation [of Holy Cross] to benefit its aging religious.” The press release said Corby Hall’s name will remain unchanged.The University will supplement the Flahertys’ gift with an additional $10 million to refurbish Corby Hall and will donate $15 million to the Congregation as part of “a long tradition of supporting its founding order,” the press release said. Part of the donation will be put toward general needs, while $5 million will establish an endowment in the University’s Office of Mission Engagement and Church Affairs to “strengthen collaboration between the University and Congregation throughout the world.”Tags: Congregation of the Holy Cross, Corby Hall, donation, Flaherty familylast_img read more

Clinical Crusaders crush Highlanders

first_imgChasing their eighth title and first since 2008, the Crusaders will remain in Christchurch next week to meet either the Stormers or the Chiefs who play later on Saturday in Cape Town.RNZI reports driving rain and wind greeted both teams at a sodden AMI Stadium, but the conditions played into the hands of the home side’s dominant pack while dampening the Highlanders’ attacking firepower.Front-rowers Joe Moody and Codie Taylor rumbled over for tries to drive the Crusaders to a 17-0 lead at halftime that the Highlanders were unable to budge in the second half.”It wouldn’t have been the prettiest to watch but both sides just got on with it and didn’t complain,” a shivering Crusaders captain Sam Whitelock said pitchside.”The weather was great for us and we really embraced it, we knew if we could be clean on the penalty count we would give ourselves a great opportunity.”With severe flooding and three South Island regions under a state of emergency, the Highlanders’ preparations were thrown into disarray by the weather, their flight to Christchurch cancelled on Friday and their arrival delayed until seven hours before kickoff.The 2015 champions hardly laid a finger on the ball in the first half and committed a rash of penalties to give the Crusaders all the momentum.”I thought technically they were probably a bit smarter in the way they played,” Highlanders captain Ben Smith said.”Once they got down into our 22, they used the ball really wisely.”The Highlanders emerged after the break with renewed commitment and stopped their opponents from scoring but were unable to capitalise on their few drives forward.Crusaders flyhalf Richie Mo’unga slotted an early penalty but missed another shot 20 minutes later that would have stretched the lead to 6-0.The Crusaders’ forwards then flexed their muscles, however, winning a decisive scrum near the half-hour mark to win a five-metre line-out.A few minutes of bashing against the Highlanders’ defence along the try-line ended with referee Angus Gardner awarding a contentious pick-and-go try to prop Moody under a pile of players.Controversy threatened again five minutes later, when the Crusaders rumbled over from a line-out drive and were awarded the try on the field.It was cancelled moments later after the television match official was unable to see the ball grounded.It scarcely mattered, as the Crusaders rumbled forward again, allowing hooker Taylor to score another pick-and-go try on the stroke of halftime.Mo’unga duly converted and the Crusaders maintained their iron-willed discipline to close out a rousing win and warm the hearts of rain-soaked fans in the terraces.last_img read more