Students foster awareness of illnesses

first_imgBagels, hot coffee and educational brochures about neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) welcomed students filing into DeBartolo Hall on Monday morning. ND Fighting NTDs is raising awareness this week about diseases that plague undeveloped countries around the globe. Club president Emily Conron said these diseases do not receive enough attention because people are not educated about their severity. “When people watch the news, they hear about diseases like AIDS and malaria, not schistosomiasis, and so they think that NTDs are obscure,” Conron said. “Actually, NTDs affect more people than AIDS and malaria combined.” The most common NTDs include leprosy and trachoma, according to the World Health Organization. Approximately 1.4 billion people in developing countries suffer from these illnesses, which could easily be treated in a wealthier country like the United States. “All seven NTDs that we focus on can be treated with safe and effective drugs that already exist and which cost about 50 cents per person,” Conron said. Lymphatic filariasis, a parasitic disease that causes grotesque swelling of the limbs, has already infected more than 120 million people worldwide, Conron said. Treatment is limited in some of the areas that need it most. “The problem is getting these drugs to the people in need,” Conron said. The club’s work on campus is a reminder of the global mission to eliminate NTDs, Conron said, and Notre Dame students can advocate for change. “If the global community makes NTDs a priority, then there is no reason why we wouldn’t be able to eliminate them,” Conrod said. “NTDs are the equivalent of a best buy in global health.” ND Fighting NTDs is putting on a series of events and lectures this week to educate students about ways to fight NTDs. “Our goal is to try to get people talking about NTDs who might not have known or cared about them before,” Conron said. To raise awareness, Five Guys at Eddy Street Commons will donate 15 percent of Wednesday’s profits from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. to NTD charities. Fundraisers around campus this week will include a dessert sale in the LaFortune Student Center on Thursday, a face-painting booth on Irish Green on Friday and a collection at all Masses on Sunday. “Donations are important, but outreach is key,” Conron said. “Contact your government representatives, advocate to pharmaceutical companies and spread the word however you can.” Conron said the club wants to engage the student body in new ways during NTD Awareness Week. “NTDs are an issue that we take very seriously,” Conron said, “But as college students, we recognize that in order for people our age to become fully invested in a cause, they need to be able to approach it in creative and unforeseen ways.”last_img read more

NBA Draft: Brandon Ingram expected to fit in well with Lakers

first_imgIngram’s expected selection could signal another feel-good for a franchise eager to recapture championship glory. “I’m looking forward to it,” Russell said. “The draft is definitely exciting, especially when you assume something is going to happen and it doesn’t happen. That opens it up for everybody else.”After all, the Lakers wrestled with a debate last year on whether they should draft a big player (Jahlil Okafor or Kristaps Porzingis) or a point guard (Russell or Emmanuel Mudiay). The Lakers chose the latter. Few anticipate any surprises this year. The Philadelphia 76ers are expected to select LSU forward Ben Simmons because of his superior playmaking ability. The Lakers may have also hosted workouts for Oklahoma shooting guard Buddy Hield, California forward Jaylen Brown, Marquette forward Henry Ellenson and Kentucky forward Skal Labissiere, Yet, those around the NBA believe the Lakers only did it out of due diligence in case they acquired another first-round pick in a trade. Meanwhile, NBA talent evaluators have complimented Ingram’s defense, outside shooting and ability to play multiple positions after he won ACC’s Freshman of the Year award during his lone season at Duke. Those close to Ingram have raved about his work ethic. Case in point: Ingram’s recent promotional video revealed that he skipped his senior prom so he could train more at the gym. “The way the game is being played right now, he’ll fit right in,” said Donald Ingram, Brandon’s father. “He’s so offensive-minded. He can dribble. He can pass. He can shoot. He’s a team player.”The Lakers received that impression both when they interviewed Ingram at the pre-draft combine in Chicago in May and when he dined with members of the Lakers’ front office and coaching staff before his workout. “Nice, young kid,” Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw said of the 18-year-old. “I was left with a good impression. He was very well mannered and he was respectful.”Shaw then added that Ingram arrived with a heavy appetite, eager to add more weight and muscle on his listed 6-foot-9, 190-pound frame. Ingram has revealed his hope to weigh 210 pounds before the 2016-17 season started. Yet, some NBA evaluators argued Ingram can easily overcome that weakness with his other skills. “He’s going to be one of the leading guys at some point in time,” Atkinson said. “He will get that franchise back to where it wants to be.”That presumes the Lakers will select Ingram, of course, a decision that could become official later Thursday night. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error It seems inevitable Mitch Kupchak’s phone will ring and vibrate constantly on Thursday, filled with multiple trade proposals. It symbolizes the job description the Lakers’ general manager has on the day of the NBA Draft.Ever since the ping-pong balls bounced the Lakers’ way last month, however, those within and outside the Lakers organization have strongly suggested a foregone conclusion. The Lakers will draft Duke forward Brandon Ingram with their No. 2 pick. “He’s not going to say it publicly,” said Anthony Atkinson, who coached Ingram on an AAU team in Kinston, N.C. “But I’m sure that’s what he’s hoping for.”That should not be surprising. In a recent promotional video documenting his basketball journey, Ingram received a haircut at a barbershop while watching Kobe Bryant play in a Lakers’ game last season. center_img Others close to Ingram, however, reiterated the diplomatic message he stressed following his pre-draft workout with the Lakers earlier this month. As Kinston High School coach Perry Tyndall said, “Whoever wants him, he’s ready to go and embrace it. “He’s ready to prove to be a bigger player on any organization. If it is L.A., there’s no doubt he will be tickled to put on that purple and gold and try and help the Lakers organization.”The Lakers sure could use the help.They finished with their worst record in franchise history for two consecutive seasons. For the first time in 20 years, the Lakers also cannot lean on Bryant to ratchet up the intensity and make a game-winning basket. Yet, Lakers coach Luke Walton said this week that “the future is bright” for numerous reasons. The Lakers have an intriguing young core, including a playmaking D’Angelo Russell, a bruising Julius Randle, a prolific Jordan Clarkson and an athletic Larry Nance Jr. The Lakers will have about $60 million to spend in free agency. Walton’s pleasant personality and quick rise in the coaching ranks as a Golden State Warriors assistant could also jumpstart a Lakers team that fielded mixed reception toward Byron Scott’s more stern approach. last_img read more