Natalie Weber | The Observer Participants of the 25th annual Mara Fox 5k Run sprint toward the finish line Saturday. The event is hosted by Lyons Hall in honor of Mara Fox, a former Lyons resident who was killed by a car in 1993.To honor Fox, who was a resident in Lyons Hall, former Lyons rector Sister Kathleen Beatty started a walk in Fox’s name. In the 25 years since Fox’s death, the event has grown into a campus-wide race to raise funds for a study abroad scholarship in Fox’s name. And on Saturday, Lyons Hall hosted the last official Annual Mara Fox 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk.“We had the first real official campus-wide Mara Fox Fun Run for two reasons — not just for the scholarship, but also to raise awareness about drinking and driving,” Beatty said. “So we had a lot of the campus dorms came and supported it and came out. We had people from the community.”More than 150 people attended this year’s race, sophomore Caroline Cooper, one of the race’s organizers, said. The scholarship funded by the race has grown to $300,000 and benefitted 51 students studying abroad in Toledo.“I think [the race] is important because it helps raise money for the Mara Fox scholarship which allows students to study abroad in Toledo, Spain, which was one of Mara’s dreams,” Cooper said. “Students — since the year she died — have been able to go and live out part of Mara’s dream, so we definitely feel very lucky that Mara’s watching over us in Lyons, too.”Senior Matthew Heeder is one such scholarship recipient. He said he participated in the race Saturday to support the scholarship that helped him achieve his goal of traveling to Spain.“Really, I wouldn’t be able to go without that [scholarship],” he said. “So [it’s] just unreal to come out here and give back in some tiny part of that and meet the family and thank them in person.”Of the race participants Saturday, freshman Michael Lee was the top male finisher and freshman Brianna Carlson was the top female finisher. Terry McCarthy, Fox’s stepfather, also participated in the race this year, a tradition he has kept up since the race was founded.“It has been the main motivator for me to keep running all these years,” he said Saturday. “I will be running the 5k today at 83, for the 24th time, and this year I’ve run 20 races so far. And the thing that has sustained me has been this wonderful devotion that we still have for Mara.”Teresa McCarthy, Fox’s mother, was also in attendance at the race. She said she remembers Fox for her spirit and love of the University.“She was our youngest daughter — youngest of three girls — and time comes, she was a military brat and had been moved around all her life, so when she came to Notre Dame, she knew it was going to be for a full four years and she loved it,” she said. “She loved her roommates, loved her studies.”Cooper also said in an email that Saturday’s run is not “necessarily the last run,” though Lyons Hall is looking into other possible fundraisers in honor of Mara.“The fate of the run and future fundraising events for Mara are still in flux at this time but there will still be events for Mara in the future,” Cooper said.Terry McCarthy said the University has promised to keep the scholarship fund going.“Now the family of Mara Rose Fox is completely assured that the scholarship will continue in perpetuity and that makes us feel just wonderful,” he said. “But we will continue to come back to Notre Dame for special occasions — either with the international studies or with Lyons Hall. We are eternally grateful to the fact that Lyons Hall, 25 years, has made this their signature event and brought all of these people together in memory of Mara Rose.”Beatty said she hopes the race leaves a lasting legacy that encourages people to take their decisions seriously.“It’s good that people keep learning and take responsibility and make better decisions in life,” she said. “That’s I think the goal for all of us as human beings is constantly growing and greater awareness of what we’re supposed to be doing in our lives.”Tags: Lyons Hall, Mara Fox, Mara Fox 5k Traveling to Spain with her parents, Mara Fox fell in love with Toledo. She hoped to study abroad there, and planned to pursue a minor in Spanish. She was enamored with the language and wanted to serve in Spanish-speaking communities.But she never had the chance to realize her dreams.In 1993, while walking back to campus, the then-freshman was hit and killed by a car. According to the South Bend Tribune, the driver “was still intoxicated at the time of his arrest,” though he was never convicted of drunk driving.
Germany launches first tender in country’s coal power phaseout FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Germany has launched a first coal plant closure compensation tender for 4 GW of hard coal capacity, the country’s federal network agency, BNetzA, said Aug. 4, as part of the country’s phasing out of the fuel by 2038.Germany’s coal exit law, approved by parliament July 3, calls for eight such tenders for closure compensation through to 2024, reducing hard coal capacity to 15 GW by end-2022 and to 8 GW in 2030.The first tender has a bid ceiling of €165,000/MW. Should the tender be oversubscribed, compensation would be awarded to the lowest bidders per metric ton of avoided CO2. The tender closes Sept. 1 with results expected to be announced by December, allowing for plants to close this year. The next tender deadline is set for early January 2021.“The tenders allow for a fast closure of hard coal plants without endangering security of supply,” BNetzA President Jochen Homann said.A second fast-track tender is planned for January with compensation for a further 1.5 GW on offer. For the next six auctions, the regulator is to set the capacity volumes for closure between 2022 and 2027.German hard coal capacity rose above 20 GW in May, with Uniper SE’s 1.1-GW Datteln 4 unit commissioned following delays since construction started a decade ago. Hard coal generation averaged only 3.7 GW in the first seven months of 2020, transmission system operator data shows, with hardly any units running this summer as generation margins declined due to rising EU CO2 prices. Output from hard coal plants has been falling sharply since 2016 and accounted for only 9% of German electricity in 2019, averaging below 6 GW.[Andreas Franke]More ($): Germany launches first compensation tender for 4 GW of hard coal capacity
With Wisconsin’s 55-50 victory Saturday night against the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Badgers have moved right into the thick of the NCAA Tournament race after winning their fourth-straight game.Their success Saturday night could not have come without the help of senior forward Joe Krabbenhoft.On the night, Krabbenhoft finished with nine points, eight rebounds, six steals and four assists. While he only went 2-for-4 from the field, he was 4-for-4 from the free-throw line, including hitting two at the end of the game, which helped cement the Badgers’ victory.“I love Krabbenhoft’s game,” Ohio State head coach Thad Matta said. “He has gotten savvy. He understands everything that is going on. He made some great reads both offensively and defensively. He took the ball up and knocked the three down there. The best I think he does is (being) the passer. Tonight, he gets six steals, and that’s what guys like that are supposed to do for you.”Krabbenhoft not only had a good statistical game but also hit shots when the Badgers needed them most. Down 48-47 with 2:06 left to go in the game, Krabbenhoft hit his only three of the game to put the Badgers up 50-48. Previous to that shot, a Jon Leuer jumper from the free-throw line was the only field goal the Badgers made in the last 6:41.“Well, how many big shots have I really made?” Krabbenhoft said. “That was a big shot. The shot clock was down, and I had to put it up. There were guys in there in rebounding position, so it wasn’t a bad shot.”Defensively, it was Krabbenhoft’s job to defend Ohio State guard Evan Turner, who entered the game averaging 17 points per contest, which ranks third in the Big Ten. He also averages 7.5 rebounds per game, which is third in the conference as well.“Evan Turner does a lot of different things,” Krabbenhoft said. “He goes to the post, he can ying-yang out on the perimeter.”While Turner did put up 23 points, Krabbenhoft also forced him to commit six turnovers and go 9-of-13 from the field without a 3-point attempt. While he played good defense, Krabbenhoft gave credit to his big men to help him defend Turner.“He was 9-for-13 and distributed the ball well, but we forced him into some things that he probably didn’t like so much,” Krabbenhoft said. “You have to give credit to the guys for helping me out.”Despite Krabbenhoft’s solid statistics, he had one error when he had a wide-open shot with the shot clock winding down but decided to bring it back out to the top of the key instead.“You know, I’d give him a 98 (percent),” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. “I would deduct two points for not knowing the amount of seconds on the shot clock, but he did OK. I’m not trading him. I don’t know if I have ever yelled ‘shoot’ louder in all my life, and I didn’t yell even when my kids played basketball. I always wanted them to play good defense.”Over the course of the four-game winning streak, Krabbenhoft has played exceptionally well, averaging 10.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game while playing strong on the defensive end of the court.“Joe is always the type of guy who delivers,” Wisconsin forward Marcus Landry said. “You can always count on him. We put him on Evan Turner today and he did a great job of forcing him into some shots he wouldn’t normally take. Joe has been that type of guy ever since he’s been here. He’s the type of guy you want on your team. He’s a winner.”