The Notre Dame Humor Artists see funny business as no laughing matter. Senior co-presidents Alec Vanthournout and Stephen Elser are gearing up for an upcoming show at Legends on Oct. 3 and one in Washington Hall on Oct. 11, and Elser said their experience alleviates their stage fright. “Our flexibility of improv helps,” Elser said. “We can do so many shows because it’s a lot of fun for us and it seems like the audience enjoys it.” Elser said he and Vanthournout are working on recruiting more members for the 30-person group. “There is a six-week training program. Each week, Meghan Brown, rectress of Lyons [Hall], runs a focus program on some particular aspect of humor,” Elser said. “[The students auditioning] then will present a show and people are invited back.” Vanthournout said the group doesn’t have much time to prepare for most of its shows. “Legends shows are known in advance, but we do a lot of shows on short notice,” he said. Vanthournout said the group performs four times per semester at Legends, which are the biggest in terms of campus audience. They also do shows in dorms, before football games, in the library, in front of the Fisher Roof Sit and with Hannah and Friends, an organization that works to improve the quality of life for children and adults with special needs, he said. For two years now, Vanthournout said, 480 seats out of 500 in Washington Hall were filled for their shows there. “We like to check out the venue, attendance and how many games we can play, and then see how many people can be in the games based on the chemistry in the group,” Elser said. At one of the group’s Washington Hall shows, Elser said the Humor Artists performed with the a cappella group Halftime. “The crowd has an immense energy. Being there and having a show that goes as well as it does is exciting,” he said. “We wrote a script and learned lines. Having everything come together and the audience loving it feels really rewarding.” Elser said his responsibilities as co-president include meetings with the Student Activities Office and other officers, on top of eight hours of straight improv per week, but the role isn’t necessarily work for him. “It’s a great time to relax and just laugh,” he said. Vanthournout said he enjoys the group’s practices. “I never think, ‘Oh dang! I have to go to improv practice,’” he said. “It’s a lot of fun and I look forward to it every week.” The Humor Artists earned the distinction Club of the Year last year because of its hard work, but Elser said the group only received a certificate for the honor. “We didn’t even get the concession stand [Humor Artists] was promised,” Vanthournout said. Elser said the group is still proud of the award. “We remind our audiences of it constantly,” he said. Vanthournout said the group is branching out beyond live improv by making digital shorts on YouTube under the account “HumorArtistsofND.” Elser said the group also manages a Facebook page and a Twitter account under the handle @HA_ND. Even though students can watch Humor Artists’ skits online, Elser said he still recommends they attend the group’s shows. “If you like laughter, and general merriment, come to Humor Artists’ shows, because that’s what we provide,” he said. “I’ve never talked to anyone who said that they hated the show,” he said. “How could they? We’re the Club of the Year.”
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JEFFERSON, S.D. – Park Jefferson Speedway will open its 2017 racing season on Saturday, April 8 with Salute to Jimmy Cole Night.Popular racer Cole is fighting cancer and this night will see Park Jefferson donate $1 from every ticket to his recovery fund.This night will also be the kickoff to the 2017 IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing season and thanks to fan donations, the IMCA Modified winner will earn $1,255 along with a berth of the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.Second place in the Modified feature pays $555. Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks will run for $355 to win and the Mach-1 Sport Compacts for $155 to win.Anyone interested in contributing to the opening night purse can contact promoter Rod Olson at 712 267-3278. Spectator admission will be $12 for adults, $5 for seniors 70 and over and $2 for students ages 6-16. Pit passes will be $30.The “fab five” will race the first 2 weeks before being joined by the Championship Sprint Cars on April 22.On Friday April 7, Park Jefferson will host a season opening test and tune for any drivers who wish to attend in any class of cars that will compete during the 2017 season. Cost is $10 per car and pit passes are $10. The grandstand will be open.Gates open both days at 5 p.m. For more information go to www.parkjeff.com, call 712 202-5540 or email email@example.com.
To say that Jonah Mathews went out with a bang in his last game at Galen Center would be an understatement. “We’re playing great defense,” Enfield said. “To hold Arizona to 48 last week, UCLA to 52, Arizona State to 61, we’re a really good defensive team. We’re very tough.” “Our [conference] is very, very deep this year, and anybody can beat you,” Enfield said. “The Pac-12 Tournament is wide open. [The win] means a lot for us … But at the same time, any team can win games in Las Vegas.” “UCLA is a really good defensive team … and they [were] shoving [Okongwu] on every possession and grabbing him and pushing him and they tried to keep the ball out of his hands,” Enfield said. “He played a great game [today], had 16 points and he did get 12 shot attempts, but his biggest thing is his turnovers. When he gets pressure, he gets sped up.” USC rose to fourth in the Pac-12 and earned a first-round bye in the upcoming tournament by virtue of the win and a Colorado loss to Utah. USC will start its campaign for a conference tournament title Thursday against Wednesday’s winner of Arizona vs. Washington. With the win, the Trojans completed a season sweep of the rival Bruins. Perhaps more importantly, they put a halt to a seven-game UCLA winning streak and ended the Bruins’ hopes of being the No. 1 seed in the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas. Mathews went 5-for-9 from downtown on the game. He reached 247 career 3-pointers, breaking the previous USC record of 245 set by former Trojan Elijah Stewart. Okongwu struggled to convert on his high-pressure free-throws, missing a pair in the final minute to allow UCLA to gain possession and take a 1-point lead with nine seconds to go. Although the spotlight was on USC’s graduating class, freshman forward Onyeka Okongwu showed up to play in what may have been his last game at Galen Center, pending a potential NBA Draft declaration. The big man had 16 points, six rebounds and two assists but often struggled to maintain control of the ball, conceding four turnovers on the game. Offensively, the Trojans remarkably shot 41% from the field, from behind the arc and from the free-throw line. USC was especially outshot from the line, as UCLA made a near-perfect 14 out of its 15 free-throw attempts. “[Head coach Andy Enfield] told me before that free-throw even [happened], ‘I’m putting the ball in your hands, and we’re going to live or die,’” Mathews said. “So I was like, ‘We’re going to live today. We’re going to live and celebrate.’” It was the first game-winning 3-pointer for the Trojans since Bennie Boatwright’s deciding shot against Arizona State last season. “It’s very fitting that [Mathews] can end his career with the 3-point record [and] a big shot like that that he’ll remember,” Enfield said. “I can’t say enough positives about how he’s developed as a player and what he means to our program.” Rakocevic was quiet in terms of scoring with just 6 points but picked up seven rebounds, adding to his resume as USC’s second all-time leading rebounder. Along with Mathews, the Trojans also honored seniors forward Nick Rakocevic and McKay Anderson as well as redshirt senior guards Daniel Utomi and Quinton Adlesh in the pregame Senior Day ceremony. USC’s defense played well in its own right, as the Bruins were held to under 65 points for the first time since their Jan. 19 win over Cal. UCLA’s leading scorer on the game, sophomore forward Cody Riley, had just 13 points. Senior guard Jonah Mathews’ game-winning 3-pointer against UCLA Saturday was the 247th of his career, a USC record. The Trojans beat the Bruins 54-52. (James Wolfe / Daily Trojan) “I had a lot of emotion going through my head at that point,” Mathews said. “I made [the shot], my teammates came and swarmed me. The gym was going insane.” The senior guard missed a pair of free-throw attempts with 1:41 remaining, but he more than redeemed himself shortly after. Mathews hit a stepback 3-pointer with one second left to seal USC’s 54-52 victory Saturday over crosstown rival UCLA.