Tags: NDSP, Notre Dame Fire Department, South Bend Fire Department A 77-year-old Pennsylvania man went into cardiac arrest Monday at 8:15 a.m.at the bus stop by the University’s main gate, University spokesman Dennis Brown said in an email to local media that morning.“The Notre Dame police and the Notre Dame and South Bend fire departments responded immediately. The South Bend Fire Department transported the man to Memorial Hospital. Notre Dame has no other details to report,” the email stated.
“Hi, I’m Paul and I’m an alcoholic.”“Hi Paul,” the attendees greeted in unison.At Wednesday night’s Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, six recovering addicts took turns sharing stories of their struggles to overcome alcoholism and drug addiction. The meeting — the second weekly meeting at USC after a hiatus of more than two years — began at 6 p.m. in University Religious Center room 205 with the reading of the AA preamble. Together, the members recited the Serenity Prayer.“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”Paul S., a senior majoring in health sciences, attended his first AA meeting three years ago at USC. He explained that unlike other addicts, he had no legitimate reason to start drinking alcohol.Anonymous · Recovering alcoholics meet at the University Religious Center once per week to share their struggles in overcoming addiction. USC has not hosted regular meetings in more than two years. – Amaresh Sundaram Kuppuswamy | Daily Trojan“I come from this perfect Leave it to Beaver family and Beaver’s got a drinking problem,” he said. “My mom is the sweetest person — she makes Martha Stewart look like an amateur. There was nothing that made me start drinking.”During his childhood, Paul’s family often added wine to their drinks as a Croatian cultural tradition, he said. As he got older, Paul began to understand that the good feeling, which came with consuming those drinks, was because of the alcohol mixed in.“The last time my drinking was pure was when I was 9 years old,” he said. “After that, I was sneaking into the liquor cabinet.”Paul said he started drinking and smoking marijuana every day. He also took pills every day when he began working at a pharmacy.He reached his “bottom” — the low point in which he realized he needed help — when he was regularly injecting heroin to the frequency that his parents began noticing it. Yet he did not want to become sober, he said.“The only reason I got sober is because I started going to the AA meetings that [my rehabilitation center] told me to,” he said. “I’ve been sober almost five years now … I’m really grateful to be sober. I mean it.”Wednesday’s meeting was the second AA meeting USC has hosted this year. Several years ago, AA meetings existed on campus but the program disappeared until this semester.The USC Office of Religious Life recently revived the meetings, though the office is not involved in the program. The office solely provides a location for the meetings and the staff does not sit in on meetings or necessarily know the students who attend.Unlike most groups on campus, there is no one leader at the AA meetings. Each member is able to vocalize his stories equally, and as one member tells his story, the group is silent and listens.Also, because USC provides a location for meetings, students do not need to pay any fees to come, nor must they sign up to join. Meetings are open to both students and non-USC attendees. Donations are optional and recovering addicts are allowed to attend whenever they want, without inquiry. The program accepts donations so that members can provide coffee or food at some meetings. In other AA meetings around the world, groups collect donations in order to pay for minimal costs, such as toilet paper in the bathrooms or food; however, dues are never required at any AA meeting.Associate Dean of the Office of Religious Life Jim Burklo said that he expects many students to attend the meetings.“We’re going to have a lot of alcoholics. It’s true in any university,” he said. “AA is a very powerful, spiritually grounded program for maintaining sobriety. It’s not a magic pill … But it’s great for people trying to maintain sobriety.”Anthony B., 39, another AA member, said he was homeless at one point because he spent all his money on drugs.He said he initially challenged the AA’s principles and attempted to prove them wrong because he did not believe that they would be effective. He finally decided to try out AA, he said, because he preferred his AA peers’ lifestyles to his own.“It was hell where I was. I don’t ever want to go back there,” he said.A junior majoring in mathematics and economics who helped bring AA meetings back to USC, and who preferred to remain unnamed, said AA is based on a 12-step process that helps develop a relationship with a higher power. Members put their faith in a higher power to end their obsession of drugs and alcohol.The junior attends meetings all across Los Angeles and said each meeting usually ranges in attendance anywhere from three to 500 people. More than 3,000 registered meetings take place in Los Angeles per week, he said.“A meeting is a collection of people with the common goal of staying sober today, that meet together and share their experience, strength, and hope,” he said. “[AA] is very surrounded around a spiritual source to keep us sober.”AA meetings are held in URC 205 on Mondays from noon to1 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Freshman defenseman Justin Schultz has helped lead UW\’s impressive penalty kill so far this year.[/media-credit]Colorado College went just 1-for-10 on the power play against Wisconsin. Minnesota State, 1-for-14. New Hampshire, 0-for-8. All in all, the men’s hockey team has killed 30 of 32 penalties, ranking it second in the nation in penalty kill percentage.Although it is just six games into the season, UW’s 93.8 percent conversion rate is right around where it was last season, when it posted an 88.4 percent success rate. The Badgers were fifth in the nation in that category last season and have killed 86.6 percent of their total penalties since the 2005-06 season. Anything over 85 percent can be considered exceptional.“Well, we kind of picked up where we left off last year; we thought it was one of our strengths at the end of last year,” UW head coach Mike Eaves said. “Coach [Mark Osiecki] and [assistant coach Kevin Patrick] have done a great job at getting our group of guys, the penalty killers, to play as a unit when they’re on the ice.”Last year Wisconsin allowed just 27 power play goals in 232 attempts, and sophomore forward Derek Stepan attributes this season’s success to experience. The Badgers return 21 players from last season’s roster.“We didn’t really lose many guys that are on the penalty kill. Coming from last year, we know what we’re supposed to do and we have a good group of guys,” Stepan said. “We’ve got a really good penalty kill, and with the help of Coach Os and video, we can get the job done.”The real key to a successful penalty kill is simple though, in Stepan’s mind.“I think it’s just outworking them,” he said. “As a group of four, obviously you’re a man down, so you really got to work hard to make sure you out work every single one of their guys on the ice and get the puck 200 feet down to the other end.“So I think that’s probably the biggest key, just to outwork the other team.”Part of the reason the Badgers have had such success on the penalty kill is the amount of opportunity they’ve gotten. UW is third in the nation in penalty minutes, averaging 21.2 PIM per game, though Eaves said that average is “skewed” due to some major penalties Wisconsin took against Minnesota State.Interestingly, Wisconsin is one of just two teams in the nation — along with North Dakota — to rank in the top 10 nationally in both penalty kill and penalty minutes. Stepan said those rankings show UW’s resilience — and also the need to stay out of the box.“I would say, a little bit of both. You gotta stay out of the box, you gotta be smart, you gotta play hard,” he said. “But it also says that we’ve got guys in the locker room that, we can get the job done. If a guy takes a penalty, we can kill it off for him and he can come out and know not to make the mistake again.”Somewhat lost in UW’s 10-goal, 96-shot domination of New Hampshire last weekend was that the Badgers shut out the Wildcats’ power play. Wisconsin looked especially good Saturday, playing aggressively on the penalty kill and not allowing UNH to get set up offensively. As a result, the Wildcats had just five total shots in its five power plays that night.Stepan also noted the momentum that can be gained with consistently successful penalty kills. UW withstood three UNH power plays in the first period Saturday, and after killing a short penalty to start the second, promptly got its own power play and opened scoring on a Jordy Murray goal.“It’s a huge momentum swing, especially when the atmosphere has died a little bit, and the life on the bench is a little down. It can definitely turn your team around,” Stepan said.”“We’ve been pressuring hard, not giving them a lot of time and space to make plays, and that’s obviously what they want to do,” freshman defenseman Justin Schultz said. “We’re continuing to get better and better, you can never get too good at it, so we just keep working hard in practice.”Practice has been important for UW, as the competition for playing time is tough. The Badgers’ deep roster has meant Eaves has had to sit players who haven’t put forth enough effort — Michael Davies was third on the team in goals last year, but was a healthy scratch against Colorado College.And just as much as there’s competition to make the roster, there’s competition to be a member of the special teams units.“[We’re] competitive within the group. It’s like the [whole] team, if [the penalty killers are] not doing the job, then you’re going to find yourself not doing that part of what we have there,” Eaves said. “It helps make a competitive situation, and hopefully it will keep us sharp.”The Badgers will look to keep their success on the penalty kill going against Minnesota this weekend. The Gophers are next to last in the nation on the power play, going 1-for-29 on the season.“You look at that and you say, well, they’re due then. They’ve got too many good players, that’s going to change,” Eaves said. “We need to be intelligent about our play, stay out of the penalty box and not give them a lot — as few opportunities as we can give them, we need to do that.”“As a penalty killer, we know that they have lethal weapons,” Stepan added. “And we just gotta make sure we shut it down and make sure that they don’t get that chance to break out of their little slump here.”