Students share immigration stories

first_imgLa Fuerza, the Saint Mary’s club that represents Latina culture, hosted Immigration Monologues Thursday as a part of Action Week. Club president Cristina Posadas began the lecture by addressing six myths commonly associated with immigrants.She said the myths are that immigrants do not want to learn English, do not pay taxes, increase crime rates, take jobs away from Americans, drain the economy and are a burden on the health care system.Posadas said she hopes by promoting the Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, people will become more aware of the potential of undocumented immigrants.“This would provide a pass to legal status so they can go to college, get careers and contribute to society,” Posadas said.A group of students from Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s, Holy Cross and Indiana University South Bend (IUSB) helped make up the panel that addressed the issues of immigrations they personally faced.Panel member Felix Marquez, an IUSB student, shared his own story of how he was forced to leave El Salvador after he was recruited by the military at age 16.“[The military] said they were going to make me into a man and I’d go represent my country,” Marquez said.Marquez said his mother had other ideas and sent him to the United States where he would not be forced into a war she did not support. Upon his arrival in the United States in 1990, Marquez said he has learned English and was the first of his family members to attain a high school degree.Notre Dame freshman Luis Huerta was born a citizen of the United States to illegal immigrant parents. As result, Huerta’s family was forced to move multiple times and suffer in poverty.At age 5, Huerta said he remembers his teacher saying he would amount to nothing because of his parents’ social standing in life. He said that moment would inspire him to denying his cultural heritage for many years.“It wasn’t until high school that I was finally able to be proud of my heritage,” Huerta said.Huerta is currently pursuing a degree from Notre Dame alongside his mother, who is hoping to earn a degree in management.“I just want people to know that anything is possible here in the United States, it just takes time,” Huerta said.last_img read more

Astros win 8th straight, pounding Rox with 2 5-run frames

first_imgRyan McMahon hit two homers for the Rockies, who lost all four games of a home-and-home set against Houston.Kyle Tucker, who homered and tripled twice the night before, had another triple among his two hits and two RBIs in the Astros’ ninth consecutive victory against the Rockies, including the four this week.“That’s what makes this team so special,” said Toro, who started in place of injured third baseman Alex Bregman. “We’re losing some key guys and we’re still winning. That just shows the depth of this team.”Brooks Raley (1-0) worked 1 1/3 innings for the victory and Ryan Pressly gave up an RBI groundout en route to his third save. Right fielder Josh Reddick made a diving catch of Trevor Story’s sinking line drive for the final out.McMahon had his fifth career multihomer game, hitting a two-run homer off Houston starter Cristian Javier in the second and another two-run shot off Raley in the fifth. Nolan Arenado had a solo homer in the third and Sam Hilliard had a career-high four hits for the Rockies. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditDENVER (AP) — Abraham Toro homered in the second of two five-run innings by the Astros and Houston extended its major league-best winning streak to eight games with a 10-8 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday.Jose Altuve had two hits, including a two-run double that fueled a five-run second inning, when the Astros batted around against German Marquez (2-4). It was Altuve’s second straight multihit game since being returned to the No. 2 spot in the batting order after three games in the No. 6 hole following early-season struggles.“He’s getting two hits a day since we moved him back into that second spot,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “Everybody here is pulling for Jose every time he goes up there and I’m sure Jose is proud of himself, the way he’s battled back, but he’s still got a ways to go to get off that interstate.” August 20, 2020 Astros win 8th straight, pounding Rox with 2 5-run framescenter_img UP NEXTAstros: RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (2-1, 5.47 ERA) takes the mound in the first of a three-game series at San Diego.Rockies: RHP Jon Gray (1-2, 5.74 ERA) is slated to pitch the series opener Friday night at the Los Angeles Dodgers as Colorado begins a seven-game trip. Gray went a season-high seven innings in his last outing and earned his first win of the season.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports WALK IN THE PARKRaimel Tapia drew four walks, the 10th time in Rockies history a player had walked four times in a game.TRAINER’S ROOMAstros: Bregman was placed on the 10-day injured list with right hamstring discomfort. Bregman left Wednesday’s game after sustaining the injury while running out a double. LHP Cionel Pérez was recalled from the team’s alternate training site. Rockies: INF-OF Chris Owings was placed on the 10-day injured list after aggravating a left hamstring strain while running out a grounder in the ninth inning Wednesday. INF Josh Fuentes was recalled from the alternate training site to replace him. … C Elias Díaz has been reinstated from the restricted list. He was placed on the list Monday for violating unspecified coronavirus protocols. “He satisfied what needed to be satisfied and he’s back on the team,” manager Bud Black said. LHP James Pazos was optioned to the alternate training site to make room for Díaz. “Guys are upset,” Arenado said after the Rockies lost for the ninth time in 11 games after an 11-3 start. “You’re never happy with what’s going on now. We’ve just got to continue to fight, continue to battle and that’s it. There’s not a whole lot to say, just play better baseball.”Marquez went five innings and allowed 10 hits and 10 runs, one fewer run than his career high against San Francisco on July 15, 2019. Toro hit a three-run homer in the fifth.Astros reliever Josh James appeared to turn an ankle while fielding an infield grounder for the last out of the sixth inning. He gingerly walked off the field with the assistance of a trainer. SCORING IN BUNCHESThe Astros got all their hits and scored all their runs in the second and fifth innings, when they sent a combined 17 men to the plate. They have outscored the opposition 48-21 during their eight-game winning streak. They totaled 23 runs in the two games at Coors Field.last_img read more

Erickson: Opening Day gives baseball new life

first_imgWhat’s more exciting than watching baseball all day?Well, probably watching football, hockey or basketball all day.In today’s sports world filled with adrenaline pumping, full-contact, grinding-it-out-for-the-win excitement, baseball’s classy, leisurely style just doesn’t have quite the same effect on the general public.Sure, baseball is “America’s pastime,” but the grandeur of the sport seems to have been tarnished as football rose to dominance and took the sports throne.In light of all this, opening day has become a contested day of the year – either people are head-over-heels for it, or they couldn’t care less.For those who couldn’t care less, they missed out on one of the more exciting opening days baseball has seen in awhile. Being a Twins fan, I’d like to see the Yankees die a slow, torturous death after what they’ve put me through the last two years. But upon watching their entire game today against the Tigers, entertainment ensued.While all my expectations consisted of the Yankees creaming the Tigers, baseball can’t get much more exciting with a 3-3 tie headed into the seventh. Sure, Curtis Granderson hit a bomb out to right field, securing a 1-0 record for New York, off Detroit lefty Phil Coke as soon as he took the mound (so it seemed), but the game single-handedly showed baseball at its finest.Originally, I was indifferent about opening day – mainly because the Twins didn’t play – but also because I wasn’t quite feeling up for baseball season quite yet, and I wasn’t expecting anything too exciting to happen upon looking at the schedule.I was seriously going to propose opening day should be filled with rivalries: Yankees-Red Sox, White Sox-Twins, Brewers-Cubs, and the list goes on. Sure, there’s one rivalry played each year to start the season off – this year the baseball gods have graced us with the San Francisco Giants and L.A. Dodgers.Even if these rivalries were just a one-day event and not a series, creating more hype about opening day and the start of baseball season would be more remarkable and more exciting.Initially, I was expecting these shortcomings without big rival games. I thought baseball would start without being remarkable or interesting.I was wrong.Besides the surprisingly entertaining Yankees game – which I despise myself for liking due to my Twins fandom – coupled with a rollercoaster Brewers-Reds game, opening day had that magic baseball has been missing lately.Now all you Badger-Brewer fans don’t fret; the Brewers loss was a hard blow, but the game as a whole was exactly what opening day needed.Starting off with back-to-back homeruns from Rickie Weeks and Carlos Gomez is probably the best way any team can start off a season, but then to add a third only four innings later seemed to seal the deal. How could Brewers fans not feel as if the Brewers were finally showing promise?Enter the ninth inning. Down 6-3, the Reds clearly did not want to start off on the wrong foot by taking the loss. The squad came back with a hot fury worthy of its name.Maybe the pressure for a save with a three-run advantage was too much for righty John Axford? Maybe it was opening day jitters? Or maybe Axford felt he had to give the fans something to remember, something to draw them – or the people who could care less about the day – in?Whatever was going through Axford’s mind, the Reds took advantage of whatever weakness they saw, and Ramon Hernandez hit a three-run home run after Jonny Gomes hit a sacrifice fly, giving Cincinnati four runs in the ninth for the win.Who saw that coming? Definitely not the Brewers.Understandably, the loss was tough, but that game helped make 2011 Opening Day into something glorious.Instead of being bored with the fact that baseball started and feeling a severe lack of fulfillment from sports – baseball just doesn’t do it for me the way football or hockey does – this season is shaping up to be a turning point.Yeah, it’s only been one day, but it’s been a day like no other. For once, sitting down and watching three hours of baseball was made possible without also doing homework or any other sort of activity.Even the Dodgers-Giants game had that special something that helped make one of baseball’s finest days even better.Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw and Giants righty Tim Lincecum fought it out in a true battle of the pitchers. The game was close throughout and forced you to want it to stay close, to see which pitcher could grind it out the longest.Baseball hasn’t been the sport of a nation as it once was by any means recently, but for once, there’s hope. For once, baseball held the captivating emotions, and grinding-it-out-for-the-win excitement made you glue your eyes to the TV rather than take a nap.Kelly is a sophomore intending to major in journalism. Did opening day captivate you as much as it did her? Let her know about your favorite baseball moments at kerickson@badgerherald.com or follow her on Twitter @kellyerickson4.last_img read more