‘Chris is Notre Dame’: Notre Dame community remembers Chris Westdyk

first_imgCourtesy of Joe Everett Chris Westdyk (’19), pictured, was an avid runner and enthusiastic Stanford Hall resident. Westdyk died June 3 after a long battle with cancer.Westdyk died June 3 after a long battle with cancer. He was 22 years old.Throughout his four years at Notre Dame, Westdyk filled a series of roles within his dorm, including a two-time Welcome Weekend ambassador, designer of the Stanford flag and resident assistant (RA), among others. His fellow RA and former roommate Joe Everett (’19) said Westdyk was skilled at developing a sense of community.Editor’s Note: Everett is a former sports editor for The Observer.“Chris was extremely loyal to the places and people he cared about and would dedicate himself to them in any way he could,” Everett said in an email. “He found a home in Stanford Hall, and therefore gave of himself constantly to cultivate community. …Chris built community in a lot of small, everyday ways, whether through kind gestures or a willingness to help any way he could. He held everybody to the same standard he held himself to, and that was a pretty outstanding and inspiring goal for us all to live up to.”Liz Jakubowski (’19), a friend who got to know Westdyk through a series of shared classes, said it was impossible to think about Westdyk without immediately associating him with Stanford Hall.“I don’t think it’s possible really to separate Chris from Stanford,” she said. “It was so important to who he was and what he stood for which I think is really unique and it was really beautiful that he cared so much about the men there, and he would just mention that at different moments or show that through what he was talking about doing with his section and spending time investing in the people there. It was just such a gift.”In addition to his presence within Stanford, Westdyk was deeply engaged in the wider Notre Dame community. He interned at the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) and completed multiple Appalachia service trips. Lydia Piendel (’18) met Westdyk on an Appalachia trip she led.“It turned out we had a lot in common, and we became pretty good friends throughout the trip,” Piendel said.Outside of his academic and service commitments, friends also remembered Westdyk as an avid sports fan. Everett said the two once spontaneously drove to Buffalo, New York from campus to attend the Notre Dame men’s basketball team’s second round NCAA tournament game against West Virginia in 2017.“Chris called me out of the blue to say that he had a burning desire to watch the men’s basketball team play against West Virginia in the NCAA Tournament in Buffalo,” Everett said. “’Why not?’ I thought, ‘Let’s go on an adventure.’ The game was a day away, so we made plans quickly. I picked Chris up from Main Circle at three in the morning, and we drove seven hours to get to Buffalo on time for the game. … In terms of Notre Dame men’s basketball homes games, I don’t think Chris missed one throughout his four years.”Liam Gannon, a rising senior who knew Westdyk since the two were both students at Morristown, New Jersey’s Delbarton School, said Westdyk was also a dedicated baseball fan who loved the New York Mets. Piendel, too, said she will always associate Westdyk’s memory with his Mets cap.“He always wore his Mets hat,” Piendel said.Westdyk was a dedicated runner. Gannon said their friendship developed when they were cross country teammates at Delbarton.“We were both on the [cross country] team, but he was a year above me,” Gannon said in an email. “He was in the midst of a breakout season, and I was still trying to learn the ropes, but he was a very friendly guy, good to know in the class above. … We got to know each other pretty well.”Westdyk battled melanoma throughout both high school and college. He underwent various treatment regimens, though he largely kept it to himself. Piendel said she first learned about Westdyk’s fight with cancer during their Appalachia trip one night at a reflective campfire.“We got to a point in the reflection where we were talking about tough things we were going through, and when we got to Chris’ turn, he told us — and this was like halfway through the week — he told us he was battling cancer,” she said. “We were all shocked because we had no idea. He had not said that at any point; it was not disclosed to us when we were learning about any of the Appalachia members or anything like that. It was shocking, but he also clearly didn’t want it to be a big deal, so we didn’t really make it a big deal.”Westdyk’s choice to keep his fight to himself largely originated from his sense of humility, McDevitt said.“Chris was tough. You heard it again and again in the memorials of him, at his funeral, in conversations with the guys after the fact,” he said. “… He didn’t want to be exceptional or seen as a hero. He just lived his life with grit and hard work. When Chris finally told everyone, people were blown away not because he had kept it a secret but because of all he managed to do while also living with this secret. It was incredible.”Westdyk kept up all of his activities and hobbies throughout the course of his treatment — including running, and completing the New York City Marathon in fall 2018. Jakubowski recalled Westdyk taking his intense training regimen in stride as he prepared for the marathon.“He’d be like ‘Oh, I’m tired this morning,’ and I’d be like ‘I’m tired too,’ and then ask about his morning,” she said. “He’d say, ‘Oh I actually ran 20 miles in preparation for this marathon,’ and he’d show up to class and participate and everything and be fully present there and chat with me afterwards and then go to work in the afternoon. He was just so fully invested in it and everything. It was just so fun, he just invested himself in what he loved and invested himself in people.”Piendel ran with Westdyk on a handful of occasions and said she admired him for his accomplishments.“I mean going through a variety of treatments is not easy on someone’s body, but he’s still running and running fast,” she said. “You’re sitting there struggling to keep up and breathing hard, and he’s just ahead of you saying, ‘Come on, let’s go.’ He stayed with me the whole time and was very encouraging. It felt weird because it felt like it should have been the other way around, like I should be the one encouraging him, but it didn’t go that way.”Gannon also fondly recalled running with Westdyk.“Most of all though, my favorite memories are just running with him on the running traiIs, boardwalks, or on campus,” he said. “Even when it had been a while since we had seen each other, it was never hard to have a fun conversation during the run that continued for hours after, when we’d go to the bagel shop or the dining hall. It was impossible to run out of things to talk about with Chris.”Even as Westdyk’s battle reached its final stages, he was able to receive his Notre Dame degree from University President Fr. John Jenkins in a ceremony held in his hospital room, attended by family and Stanford Hall staff.“It was clear that the entire University was dedicated to seeing Chris through to the end, and he made it,” McDevitt said. ”… Chris is Notre Dame.”Westdyk’s friends said they hoped he would be remembered for his unassuming and humble nature, his positive impact on other people and the inspiration he provided throughout his health struggle.“He will be remembered for his perseverance, his dedication, his love, his commitment, and his running the race as well as anybody has,” Everett said. “To witness his strength in the face of adversity was life-changing.”Gannon echoed that sentiment in his reflections on Westdyk’s life.“He was always smiling,” Gannon said. “Things were hard for him a lot, especially near the end, but he had such an amazing energy and positive presence that was infectious. Chris always lived in the moment and gave all of himself to the people he was with, and I’m sure that everyone who knew him will remember him in that way.”Piendel said she hopes others draw inspiration from the fullness with which Westdyk lived his life despite his circumstances.“I hope that everyone who knew Chris or has heard about him can feel inspired to go out and still accomplish amazing things regardless of what you’re going through, but also be there to build other people up to accomplish what they want,” Piendel said. “It’s really amazing what he was able to do while also undergoing just horrible treatments and pain and worry. A lot of people would’ve just broken down in worry and dropped out of school, but he didn’t and he just continued. I think that it’s really inspiring for sure. He was very quietly inspiring.”Jakubowski said she hopes Westdyk understood his positive impact on the Notre Dame community.“I think his impact on this campus rippled, and I don’t think he would’ve ever predicted how far. And I think he deserves so much gratitude … for the way that he has contributed at so many different levels and different arenas,” she said. “… He was just very loved by a wide variety of people here and I’m not sure he knew the way he could make people smile, the way that he could make people’s days a little better, and that aggregated effect is something that is such a beautiful, beautiful thing.”A version of this story was published July 1.Tags: Chris Westdyk, Class of 2019, Stanford Hall Chris Westdyk was “a huge Stanford guy.”The class of 2019 alumnus was a devoted member of the Stanford Hall community, Justin McDevitt, Stanford Hall’s rector, remembered.“He lived and breathed Stanford, waved the flag at events, led walkovers to games, and was just all about the life of the hall,” McDevitt said in an email. “He would also do anything for anyone. He was always known as an all-in [kind of] guy.”last_img read more

Defensor highlights gains on children’s welfare

first_imgTo provide the children protection oftheir rights, Defensor said the province has also undertaken measures throughits Provincial Council for the Protection of Children (PCPC). The developmental rights of thechildren, or their right to special care, education, and training, should alsobe provided by the government, he added. “The Provincial Health Office providedbasic oral health services, fluoride varnish, dental pits, and fissures sealantapplication to 50,417 male and female children,” Defensor said in a speechduring his State of the Children’s Report during the 2019 Children’s MonthCelebration at the Provincial Capitol lobby on Friday. He also said the province was able toextend medical assistance to 75 children admitted to hospitals from January toOctober, through the Aid to Individual in Crisis Situation being implemented bythe Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office. The governor cited completedinfrastructure hospital projects to equip hospitals with quality health carefacilities through the Provincial Engineer’s Office (PEO). Defensor said the province hasguaranteed that the children have access to safe drinking water through theimplementation of the construction and improvement of water systems. Sixelementary and high schools in the province were provided with improved watersystems through the PEO. He said underscored that survival rightsof children are achieved by providing their needs on health care, safe drinkingwater, and nutritious food. Aside from this, the governor added thatthe province has partnered with the police force in conducting feedingactivities. The PSWDO has facilitated peer educationand youth development training, among others, to lead the children to becomeresponsible citizens, he said. He said the protection of the rights ofchildren-in-conflict with the law (CICL) shall also be provided by theprovincial government. ILOILO City – Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. has assured that children in theprovince enjoy their rights for survival, protection, participation, anddevelopment. “From January to June of this year, nineCICLs residing at the Regional Rehabilitation Center for the Youth in Guimaras,managed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Western Visayas,were provided with support through (the) local counterpart of the Iloiloprovincial government that amounted to P87,900,” he said. Participation rights of the children arealso provided by the province through awareness promotion activities thattackle the basic rights and laws protecting children. The province has 16,000 persons withdisabilities, including children. “Providing these children with access toeducation is a commitment of the Iloilo provincial government,” he said. “The Iloilo Police Provincial Officeconducted feeding activities to 2,900 children, 46 of whom were from the Aetacommunity,” the governor said. The PCPC has conducted training on LocalCouncils for the Protection of Children to impart knowledge to village chairmenand violence against women desk officers regarding women and family affairs. Indigenous peoples and members ofindigenous cultural communities are also not left behind as they are providedwith educational assistance. “Since it started in 2016, a total of 131 male andfemale IP students accessed the said assistance,” he said. Defensor said the PSWDO implements theScholarship Program for Qualified and Indigent Persons with Disabilities. To forward the province’s effortconcerning children, Defensor asked the support of the stakeholders present inthe program. (With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

Osimhen hits another hat-trick for Napoli

first_imgVictor Osimhen scored another hat-trick in the Napoli jersey as they beat Serie C side Teramo 4-0 in a friendly. After a treble on his debut in a mini-tournament, former Lille hitman Osimhen notched up another three goals. Osimhen opened the scoring chart in the 4th minute of the match before Hirving Lozano increased the tally in the 14th minute. The Nigerian later scored two more goals in the 61st and  65th minutes respectively. Hirving Lozano was also on target with a rocket into the top corner to round out the 4-0 result. Coach Gennaro Gattuso was again pushing the 4-2-3-1 formation, which allows his forwards to fan out and provide service for centre-forward Osimhen. Matteo Politano was particularly inspired in this system, providing two assists, while Amin Younes set up Osimhen’s second.Advertisement Loading… read also:Osimhen, others will be ready for the season, Gattuso assures The fans present at the Castel di Sangro training ground gave standing ovations to Osimhen and transfer-listed Kalidou Koulibaly. Napoli 4-0 Teramo Osimhen 4, 61, 65 (N), Lozano 14 (N) Napoli: Ospina (Contini 66); Malcuit (Mezzoni 83), Luperto (Manolas 46), Koulibaly (Labriola 88), Ghoulam (Bifulco 88); Demme (Palmiero 80), Gaetano (Prezioso 66); Lozano (Zerbin 83), Younes (Ciciretti 66), Politano (Tutino 75); Osimhen (Llorente 75) FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueThe Biggest Cities In The World So FarCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Mysterious Discoveries From All Around The World8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthMeghan And Harry’s Royal Baby: Everything You Need To Know6 Movies Where A Car Plays A Key Role7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffitilast_img read more

Cloudbet elevates crypto limits for Russian World Cup

first_img Related Articles Share Duma approves overhaul of Russian sports betting laws  July 23, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Fonbet builds betting experience through ‘Alice’ voice assistant July 7, 2020 Ilya Machavariani, Dentons – CIS regional dynamics will come to play prior to gambling take-off July 31, 2020 Share Bitcoin sportsbook, Cloudbet has detailed how it’s appealing to bitcoin betting whales at the Russian World Cup, with the introduction of high betting limits betting limits for the duration of the tournament.Affirming its approach of providing high crypto betting limits, Cloudbet is accepting wagers of up to 20BTC/140BCH on the World Cup Group and knockout stages, with limits rising to 100BTC/700BCH for the final in Moscow on July 15th [almost €600,000 at today’s exchange rate].Mirio Mella, Cloudbet’s Head of Acquisition commented on the offering: “With limits of 100BTC or 700BCH for the final, and 20BTC or 140BCH for the group and knockout Phase this could be the first World Cup in history where the highest betting limits are only available to those with bitcoin.” Not only are Cloudbet’s limits the highest within crypto betting – by some distance – they also dwarf the levels offered by established fiat sportsbooks. Such betting limits should satisfy the appetite for large wagers from the growing number of bitcoin high-rollers, and should any bettors want even greater exposure on the World Cup at Cloudbet, they can simply re-bet at the same amount.Though Bitcoin was born back in 2009, this year’s event in Russia is the first where World Cup bitcoin betting enters the mainstream. Cloudbet, established in 2013, is expecting unprecedented demand for those using football’s showpiece event as the perfect opportunity to join the bitcoin betting revolution.And it is bitcoin’s unique characteristics – such as low fees, fast transactions and no fraud – which enable Cloudbet to offer these kind of limits, in stark contrast to the policy of fiat books to limit the amount their players can bet or just shut down those who are successful.While Cloudbet’s upper limits undoubtedly appeal to bitcoin whales, the platform caters to all bitcoin bettors. New customers can bet with minimum World Cup stake requirements as low as 0.0001 BTC, and Cloudbet’s recently launched bitcoin betting blog offers helpful content to guide newbies through the world of crypto betting.last_img read more

Dzumhur: I expect Progress among the best 70 Players of the World

first_imgThe best BH tennis player Damir Dzumhur is to perform at the last Grand Slam tournament of the season, the US Open, at the end of this month in New York.Prior to the performance at the third Grand Slam of this season, he will play at the tournament of the series 250 in Winston Salem, and he will use this performance as an adaptation to the hard surface.As Dzumhur said at a press conference yesterday, he already completed a part of preparations for the mentioned tournaments and he is satisfied with the previous flow of the season, and he believes that, by the end, he will be even better and that he will make progress at the ATP rankings.„After Roland Garros and Wimbledon, I will perform at the US Open as well, so I cannot be disatisfied with the season. I am currently the 97th player on the ATP rankings, but I am not defending points in the coming period so I expect to achieve the best placement of the career at the ATP rankings, actually the progress among the best 70 players of the world“, Dzumhur said.Dzumhur added that he hopes for a favorable draw at the US Open, given that he wasn’t lucky at the past two Grand Slams as Roger Federer was assigned as his opponent by the draw both times.(Source: novovrijeme.ba)last_img read more