Just five days before the Indiana presidential primaries, Ted Cruz paid a visit to South Bend to rally voters in pursuit of a crucial win in the race for the Republican nomination.Junior Dylan Stevenson, who attended the rally for the Texas senator at the Century Center on Thursday, said the place was “buzzing” with excitement and enthusiasm.“You had elderly people there, people with families,” Stevenson, vice president of College Republicans, said. “You had men and women, people of all shapes and sizes. It was a really diverse group. I’m guessing there were several principles that united the crowd, but if you were to see these people wandering around the store, you wouldn’t think they necessarily were to share political beliefs.”Fresh off a series of losses on the East Coast, Cruz seeks to defeat frontrunner Donald Trump in what has been deemed a deciding state primary by analysts. If Trump wins Indiana, he will likely secure the 1,237 votes needed the win the Republican delegate majority.Freshman Isabel Teixeira said Cruz discussed the unusual amount of power and responsibility held by Hoosier voters, as the Indiana primaries are often held too late to have a significant effect on national level.“The fact that Indiana is such a big deal this year shows what a weird election this is and what a divided election it is,” she said.Teixeira and freshman Lizzie Cameron said their biggest reason for attending the rally was to see Carly Fiorina in one of her first public appearances since being named Cruz’s running mate this past Wednesday.“There’s no one I really feel strongly about voting for, so we decided to go check out Cruz to see what he’s like,” Cameron said. “I like Carly a lot, and she talked about how close [she and Cruz] have grown and how he’s a really good, hardworking guy.”Cruz’s speech was catered for an Indiana audience and focused on three main points — jobs and wages, freedom and security, sophomore John Kill said.“At the moment, he was speaking to people in South Bend, but I think his audience at large was the people of Indiana,” he said. “The points he spoke to are the things Indiana conservatives, generally really care about and want to protect.”Junior Pat Crane, president of College Republicans, said Cruz put an emphasis Indiana jobs, particularly manufacturing jobs, which are being outsourced to other countries.“Touching on what really has been Trump’s line this whole time, we really want to bring these jobs back,” he said. “He was laying out an effective strategy for that.”In terms of freedom, Crane said Cruz promoted a return to a “Constitutional outlook” on life. Cruz also touched on religious liberty, a relevant topic in light of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed in 2015, Kill said.Stevenson said the senator looks to increase and strengthen national security in line with typical Republican platforms.“He’s going to rebuild the military so it’s not depleted, so it can take on radical Islam,” he said. “It’s a peace through strength sort of strategy.”Kill said Cruz made a point to differentiate himself as the “true conservative” candidate.“Not only did he say Donald Trump wasn’t a conservative, but he said he was just the masculine version of Hilary Clinton,” Kill said.“I think that was his point — not just to the people in South Bend that were there, but to his general audience in Indiana — that look, you know, the election is coming down to here,” he said. “You’re either going to vote for me, or you’re going to vote for Donald Trump. And a vote for Donald Trump is basically a vote for Hilary Clinton.”Kill plans to intern for the Texas senator this summer in his Houston office. Although he will not be involved in the campaign process, Kill said he will support Cruz in the presidential race.“I resonate with a lot of the things he said. … He’s a good family man, comes from a background that shows the importance of hard work and dedication to your family, to your country, to values and principles that I support,” he said.Stevenson said roughly 25 College Republicans members volunteered at the rally.“The energy was great. People started chanting ‘Ted’ part-way through,” he said. “There was really good energy, just overall a really good event. I don’t know what the Trump event will be like, but it’ll be tough to top that.”Cruz is not the only candidate targeting South Bend — Bernie Sanders will host a rally at Century Center on Sunday, while Trump is set to visit the same location Monday.Crane said he hopes to get a similar Notre Dame crowd for the Trump campaign.“That volunteer work is something we want to keep up, whether or not the nominee is Cruz,” he said. “You know, either way, we really want to support the nominee.”Kill said the University’s political atmosphere is sure to provide a stimulating forum for students as the 2016 election draws nearer.“Being here at Notre Dame, the combination of being Catholic and being millennials, that whole mix of things makes it a very interesting political climate. We’re not a left-leaning school, we’re not a right-leaning school — we’re somewhere in the middle,” he said.Associate News Editor Rachel O’Grady contributed to this story.Tags: 2016 Election, Indiana primary, Ted Cruz, Ted Cruz rally
2014 Commonwealth Games: the value will be the sameI, Afi, may be described as a prophet of doom or an unpatriotic citizen of Ghana in my quest to be frank and sincere with my motherland. I dare say the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, at which Ghana will definitely participate, will be no different from previous ones when it comes to performance and winning of medals. Infact – the value will be the same! Infact, we may not win more than five medals or nothing at all because we have over the years, not made any frantic efforts at winning any medal when it comes to preparation of athletes for the competition. For countries which have won medals, it has not been just a matter of days, but years of preparation and I don’t know whether mother Ghana has embarked on any such preparations to merit a medal at the Games. Why am I saying so? For the whole of 2013, not a single pesewa had gone to any of the Associations to organize local competitions or participate in international events, whilst other countries prepare their athletes for a period of four years. All the associations that have organized local competitions and participated in international events have done so at the benevolence of their chairmen or presidents or other philanthropists or corporate organizations, whilst those who have not been able to organize anything are the unfortunate orphans. With this, how does government or the nation expect any medal from any of the athletes going for the Commonwealth Games? For those, who may care to know, it is not possible to win medals at international games with just one or two competitions as preparations. Athletes who have won medals at international competitions such as the Commonwealth Games have before the games, competed in several competitions to improve their timing, fitness level and competitiveness. What about the case of Ghana? we have limited competitions for almost every event, and yet, we want to win medals at the Commonwealth Games as hoped by the Minister of Youth and Sports during the inauguration of a 25-member committee to plan Ghana’s participation. A little research conducted by advanced countries show that, athletes who win medals at the Olympic Games and other international events are prepared over a period of four years with special attention given to training schedules, dieting, personal management and all. It is based on this that I find no justification in the expectation of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC), the National Sports Authority (NSA) and the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOYS) that we win more medals at the games. I know deep down the hearts of the GOC and NSA that, they are aware we may be coming home either empty-handed or with very minimal number of medals. So if the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the National Sports Authority (NSA) think Ghana can make any significant impact at the games, then it is definitely a mirage. Ghana is not in a position to make a major breakthrough at the Games because we did not, and have not prepared for the event. I have taken great pain to study the medal trend of Ghana at the Commonwealth Games and it is obvious we may be heading for the worse competition ever.From the records, Ghana’s best performance at the games had been 1962, 1966 and 1974 where we ended the competition with a total of nine medals each, then 1970, where we had seven medals. These modest successes could be attributed to the fact that, they were the golden moments in Ghana Sports, but on the contrary, we have seen a constant decline since 1978, with five medals as the best so far. In our last participation, which was Delhi 2010, we only managed four medals, with the disabled team contributing two out of the four. What is even more disheartening is that, our disabled athletes have since the Paralympic Games in London, become training horses without competition, and so how would they be in a competitive state to deliver? Our mainstream athletes have been engaging in some competitions but for obvious reasons,may not be enough to put them in the right frame for medals. I am not ruling Ghana out of the competition but I strongly believe our impact will be insignificant. Yes we may win some few medals in Athletics, Weightlifting and Disability Sports, but it will be the same story of; “what happened?” “What did we do wrong?” After which we shall go to bed for another four years. I urge Ghanaians to manage their expectations. We have to accept the fact that, we are going as a commonwealth nation and next, for political reasons, other than participating to win medals. I rest my case! Afi Xorlali will be back next week!