Editor’s note: A version of this story appeared in the print edition of The Observer on March 20.Notre Dame will award Sister Norma Pimentel — head of the Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley — the 2018 Laetare Medal, the University announced in a press releaseSunday.Each year, Notre Dame awards the Laetare Medal to an American Catholic “whose genius has ennobled the arts and sciences, illustrated the ideals of the Church and enriched the heritage of humanity.”According to the release, both of Pimentel’s parents immigrated from Mexico to the United States and she spent much of her childhood traveling between the two countries. After completing her final vows and entering the Missionaries of Jesus, she worked closely with immigrants, who were often brought to the sisters’ convent.Pimentel said this experience shaped her understanding of her faith in concrete ways.“Scripture comes to life and our faith becomes flesh,” she said in the release. “It is not until you find yourself in front of the face of the immigrant child or mother that you will understand this. It is a moment of realizing we are all one human family.”Since 2008, Pimentel has directed charitable programs for the Diocese of Brownsville, Texas, including “emergency food and shelter, housing assistance, clinical counseling and pregnancy care to all four counties in the Rio Grande Valley.”University President Fr. John Jenkins said Pimentel has lived out the call to recognize Christ in the marginalized through her work with refugees and migrants.“Jesus said, ‘when I was a stranger, you invited me in.’ Sister Norma Pimentel has given her life to welcoming Christ in the immigrant and refugee,” Jenkins said in the release. “In awarding her the Laetare Medal, Notre Dame celebrates her witness of seeking and generously serving Christ in the most vulnerable.”Pimentel said in the release that she was grateful to receive the 2018 Laetare Medal.“I am truly honored to receive this award,” she said. “This year’s Laetare Medal brings forth the cries of the suffering for the world to hear. I would like to thank the University of Notre Dame for this recognition and for being a voice for immigrants in our midst.”Pimentel will be awarded the medal on May 20 at commencement.Tags: 2018 Commencement, Commencement 2018, Immigration, Laetare Medal, Sister Norma Pimentel
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Statewide — At least 16 colleges will waive college application fees during Indiana’s College Application Week, September 21-25, according to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. Another 24 institutions of higher learning have reported free applications year-round.College Application Week is part of Indiana’s annual “College GO!” initiative taking place each August through November with information and resources designed to help Hoosiers plan for education beyond high school.Locally, IUPUC is waiving their application fee for high school seniors this week. Application fees at Franklin College, Ivy Tech, University of Indianapolis, Butler University, Indiana Wesleyan University, and many more have been waived for the year. Click here to view the complete list of participating colleges online.
Show ‘n shine and car sound events have grown in number and stature over the years in Ladysmith and Northern KZN.What has made these events become so popular is the type of people who attend on a regular basis.Two of these guys, Rajesh Somai and Morgan Gopaul, have been stalwarts of this “pastime” for over a decade now.Rajesh is well known for his vehicles and has a reputation for great car sound as well.He has been attending these events for the past 15 years in Ladysmith and around the country. Back in 2006, Rajesh broke the South African record in the stock category, hitting a powerful 153.3 decibels, proving that he is one of the best around.Rajesh says he and Morgan have come a long way with their vehicles, with their passion for cars starting back when they were at school.Rajesh has a 1991 Ford Bantam bakkie which is orange in colour with gull wing doors, a 1600 engine with throttle bodies, dictator and management system and a Super Boss electric cluster. On the sound side of things, the bakkie has 2×15-inch Targa subs powered with a DD amp and two screens, one under the bonnet and one in the bin of the bakkie.Rajesh explains that all the above amounts to about 10 years of hard work on the bakkie and now his son Kevaal is following in his footsteps.Morgan Gopaul owns a mean machine in the form of a 1971 Ford Capri which is yellow in colour. Speaking to Morgan, he says that 90% of the work on the car has been done by himself. “I can remember loving cars when I was still at school!”He has a passion for working with his hands to build magnificent vehicles when it comes to engines, bodywork and even turbo conversions.Morgan’s Capri has a powerful Ford V8 engine with a twin turbo conversion.Morgan also owns a Datsun Stanza and a Datsun 1200 GX Coupé which he has kept original.His sons Rihaan and Rahil have caught the “bug” and also love flashy vehicles.At all shows, both Rajesh and Morgan get hundreds of people flocking to their vehicles and they are amazed to see what the cars have under the hood! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite