Notre Dame’s student government began its annual Race Relations Week on Thursday and is working with various groups across campus to host educational and cultural events through Tuesday.Junior Mita Ramani, student government’s director of diversity and inclusion, said in past years, Race Relations Week events often conflicted with other programming.“This year, we decided, ‘Let’s do something different,’” she said. “So, essentially, we reached out to a bunch of organizations on campus and were like, ‘What programming are you already having in November?’ We tried to find a time that included a lot of different groups.”The week kicked off with a Dia de los Muertos altar dedication, the SUB movie “Crazy Rich Asians” and a Latino Film Series showing of “Coco.” Other events include “Beautiful 2018 — Respect, Protect, Honor the Black Woman,” Asian Allure, Black Catholic History Month Mass and a screening of “Selma.” Additionally, Multicultural Student Programs and Services (MSPS) is sponsoring a talk by Megan Red Shirt-Shaw, an advocate for Native American rights.Iris Outlaw, director of MSPS, commended the efforts of student leaders in planning Race Relations Week.“It also shows the vested interest or commitment that student government has toward diversity and inclusion, which I think is important when we’re talking about creating an environment that is welcoming and embracing of all members of the community,” she said.Though many students may not see how race relations impact them, learning to have conversations about race and other sensitive topics is an important part of a college education, Outlaw said.“Being able to have challenging conversations and a form of civil discourse, this is an opportunity to have those when you have the safety net,” she said. “You’ve got faculty and administrators who are here, wanting to see you succeed and giving you the skill set to do such. But when you’re out in the real world, people will just step on you and keep on moving.”Ramani echoed these sentiments, saying it is often easy to ignore real-world issues while on campus.“We do go to Notre Dame. We live on an 80 percent Catholic, predominantly white, low minority, low marginalized group campus,” she said. “Sometimes it’s easy to just get absorbed into the bubble, even as a person of color myself. You forget what’s going on in the real world.”Overall, Ramani said, student government hopes to combat this lack of awareness and spark conversations through Race Relations Week.“Have these tough conversations about respecting other people’s cultures, being very aware of the way you speak to people,” she said. “[Talk] to your diverse friends and [ask] them if you’ve ever said something that has offended them, but they haven’t brought it up to you in the past because they feel uncomfortable because they’re your friend. Sometimes we get wrapped up when it’s like, ‘Oh, it’s just my friend,’ but it does matter. So sometimes having these tough conversations is the best way to spark dialogue that is really necessary, especially on this campus.”Tags: MSPS, Multicultural Student Programs and Services, Race relations, Race Relations Week, Student government
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe message on Thomas’ screen referenced none of that. Ball simply wanted to know if on days off his new teammate liked to get in the gym.“I told him there is no days off,” Thomas said.He would be at the Lakers’ practice facility the next morning at 11. Ball asked if he could join him.“That says a lot about the type of person and player he is,” Thomas said. “He wants to be great. He wants to get better. I’m all for helping him. I’ve been in the league seven years and I know a little bit about the NBA. But at the same time I’m pushing to be great as well.”Ball said he “was just trying to get a feel” for Thomas. Starting Friday against Dallas, the Lakers (23-34) will spend the final 25 games of their season navigating the tricky and potentially awkward pairing of their two point guards. One is an established star, the other an unproven rookie to whom the Lakers have tethered their future.Thomas and Ball have not yet shared the court in a game, with Ball missing the 15 games before the All-Star Break due to a sprained left MCL, but are so far saying the right things.“Opposites attract,” Ball said. “I like to pass, he likes to shoot. So I think we’re going to work well. And he can definitely help me on the offensive end, just the way he comes off screens. How he gets to his spots on the floor so he definitely helps me a lot.”At the end of each practice this season, Ball has wrapped up by shooting on one basket with fellow rookie Kyle Kuzma, engaging assistant coaches Miles Simon and Brian Shaw in shooting games before heading to the locker room.On Thursday, Kuzma shot with Josh Hart, while Ball shared a basket with Thomas. Coach Luke Walton said he wants the two spending as much time together as possible, although, he added, “I don’t mandate it.”“I don’t tell Isaiah and Zo you guys have to go shoot at the same basket together,” Walton said. “They’ve got their own rooms still on the road. Whether they go to dinner together or not is going to be up to them. Hopefully it’s a bond that they build from playing the same position and Zo can learn from him.”The on-court chemistry is expected to be put to the test on Friday, the Lakers’ first game since losing 119-111 at Minnesota eight days ago.Ball is listed as questionable for Friday, one day shy of six weeks since he first suffered his knee injury, which generally has a recovery time of one-to-three weeks. He was, however, a full participant in Thursday’s practice and a night session on Wednesday that Walton said was running intensive “to get … the All-Star break out of” the Lakers.Before the break, Ball said he expected to play against the Mavericks.“I’m not 100 (percent) but I feel I could definitely play,” Ball said. “I don’t think it’s going to get any worse from me playing so I feel I should be out there.”When Ball returns, it will make for some interesting decisions with the starting lineup, where Brandon Ingram has filled in capably at point guard while Thomas has served as sixth man in his three games with the Lakers. Walton said if Ball is on a minutes restriction he will have to decide whether Ball will “be able to hit that easier if he comes off the bench or starting.”Ball has started all 36 of the games he has played, averaging 10.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and 7.1 assists.Thomas is recovering from his own injury. A torn labrum in his hip limited him to just 15 games in Cleveland before the trade, and while other stars headed to tropical locales for the All-Star break – Ball himself jet set to Miami – Thomas said he spent the week trying to get back into form.“It’s going to take some time,” said Thomas, who said his hip has “for the most part” healed.Thomas finished fifth in MVP voting last season in Boston, but does not seem like a long-term fit for the Lakers, due both to their commitment to Ball and his ball-dominant style of playing point guard. Despite those stylistic differences, Walton said Ball can absorb plenty from two months around Thomas.“Isaiah plays the point guard very effectively, his way of playing it,” Walton said, “and (Ball) can pick his brain and see what that’s like. Pick and choose things that he wants to add to his game. … There’s always stuff to learn from no matter if they play the position the same way or not.”It’s a mentorship program with an expiration date. Barring an unexpected run for the eighth seed in the Western Conference, the Lakers’ season will end on April 11 and Thomas will head into free agency while Ball moves into his first full offseason as a pro.Until then, Ball said, he intends to “just make the most of” his time with Thomas.And when the two step on the court together, the rookie said, “I think it’s going to be easy. … We know how to play the game. I think it will be fun.”For the 27-year-old Thomas, it’s too early in his career to put him out to the pasture that is “mentorship” and “veteran influence.” He is striving for a toehold among the league’s biggest stars, seeking a maximum contract.He is happy to take Ball under his wing, but it isn’t why he’s here.“Whether he sees it or not,” Thomas said, “I’m going to be in the gym.”NOTESChanning Frye will miss at least the next five games after undergoing an appendectomy on Feb. 16 in Cleveland. The Lakers hope he will be able to rejoin the team after their upcoming four-game road trip, which concludes March 3 in San Antonio. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error EL SEGUNDO — It was late on a Saturday night when Isaiah Thomas, fresh off his 22-point Lakers debut in Dallas earlier this month, landed in Los Angeles for the first time after being traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers.With three days between games, the next practice was not scheduled until Monday morning, giving the All-Star point guard and free agent-to-be a brief respite to process the latest career twist.Thomas’ phone lit up with a text from Lonzo Ball, the Lakers star rookie and the incumbent at point guard. The trade seemed to put the two playmakers at odds. Both were accustomed to big minutes. Each needs the ball in his hands to be effective. The Lakers were bombarded with questions about the fit.Would Thomas start over Ball? Could they play together? Would Thomas demand a buyout?