Tom Herbert is a fifth-generation baker and director of Hobbs House Bakery, a multi-award-winning craft bakery based in south GloucestershireIt started with a bubble. A dough, just flour and water, put in a bucket and pushed to one side. This innocent mix is more than the sum of its parts and on how that bubble gets there, a lot has been said. What I do know, for certain, is that it happened. And when those first bubbles appeared, I nurtured them and they have become our most precious ingredient.Ten years later, we read in Matthew Fort’s column “Wild White loaf, the staple of my breakfast table”, a loaf risen with these magical bubbles. We then get a call – this same loaf has won best baked product at the Soil Association’s Annual Organic Food Awards… Woooohoooo!These pearls are magnificent, but knowing how to create edible alchemy from three ingredients, without sharing with anyone how great the bread tastes and how well it keeps, would be to keep our light under a bushel. As a craft bakery in a growing market we need to continually be on the look-out for new ways of tempting people back and ultimately selling more. For us, winning a national award with our provincial product has spurred us into action. We’ve enlisted the help of a local marketing company, which tells us to be brave and go where we’ve never gone before.So for us it’s about making great bread with ingredients that can be counted on one hand, being better but, more importantly, being different, it’s telling the story. So we combine five generations of experience with the best creative and contemporary professional nous we can muster and in mixing these few strong ingredients together we will endeavour to create something beautiful, equal to that of our Wild White and, in doing so, offer our customers a choice that can be trusted in the face of coming challenges, whether that be for fat-busting diets or eating well with thinning wallets.Now would be a great time to dust off the LJ Hanneman books and get your customers familiar with your regional baked specialities, if they aren’t already part of your USP. Nigel Slater has been extolling the virtues of this nubile facet of our cultural heritage with aplomb and he has been joined by the ’Hairy Biker’ Bakers. Save money and let this be our advert.There may not be time to study the minutiae of the bubbles, I’ll leave that to the team at Cern with their particle-smasher: if we all disappear into a black hole on 10 September, it probably won’t be my latest, a Spelt Sourdough – although that should rock the world.I’m looking forward to celebrating with the second-finest thing with bubbles in it.!
When University President Fr. John Jenkins was officially inaugurated on Sept. 23, 2005, Notre Dame — and the world — were much different places.Hurricane Katrina had just slammed into the Gulf Coast. Pope Benedict XVI was in his sixth month as pope, following John Paul II’s death in April. The Notre Dame class of 2019 was in third grade.At Notre Dame, construction on Duncan and Ryan Halls had not yet begun. Jordan Hall of Science would not open for another year. And Brady Quinn was the starting quarterback for an Irish team that would eventually fall to Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.Amidst all this, Jenkins stood at a podium in the Joyce Center, at the outset of his presidency, and laid out an ambitious vision for the University in the 21st century.“With respect and gratitude for all who embraced Notre Dame’s mission in earlier times, let us rise up and embrace the mission for our time: to build a Notre Dame that is bigger and better than ever — a great Catholic university for the 21st century, one of the pre-eminent research institutions in the world, a center for learning whose intellectual and religious traditions converge to make it a healing, unifying, enlightening force for a world deeply in need,” Jenkins said in his inaugural address, 10 years ago Wednesday.“This is our goal. Let no one ever again say that we dreamed too small.”Now, 10 years into his presidency, with at least another five to come, Jenkins said he is proud of the progress the University has made during his tenure. In a recent interview with the Observer, he said, from a personal standpoint, he is most proud of working to keep Notre Dame balanced and stable through challenging times.“I think the challenge with Notre Dame is to try to keep balanced a number of aspects of the University — one is excellent education, comparable to the best universities, another is research, another is Catholic mission, another is residential life. Athletics is important [too],” he said.“I think what I’m most proud of is that we … have been able to make progress on all those fronts and keep that balance together. I think if we lose aspects of that wonderful mix of things that make Notre Dame, we can lose the spirit of Notre Dame, and I don’t want to do that. So, I’m most proud of making progress by keeping all those aspects of the University moving forward.”In addition to maintaining balance between Notre Dame’s many facets, Jenkins has also instituted a variety of new programs that constitute a vision for the future of the University.As part of his inaugural ceremonies, Jenkins established the Notre Dame Forum, the first of which focused on religion and faith in a plural world and featured former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw as the moderator. Since then, the Forum has continued each year and provided a yearlong conversation on a different issue each academic year, ranging from global health and immigration to education and women in leadership.During his tenure, Jenkins has consistently emphasized Notre Dame’s research efforts for both students and faculty. Jenkins oversaw the creation of the office of vice president for research in 2007 and announced significant increases in research funding the following year.Jenkins and his administration continue to prioritize research today, with construction under way for McCourtney Hall, an interdisciplinary research facility on the east side of campus set to open in June 2016. In May 2014, alumnus and trustee John W. “Jay” Jordan donated a University-record $75 million for the establishment of a science and technology research program.In recent years, building projects, most notably the Campus Crossroads project, have become another defining characteristic of Jenkins’ tenure. In addition to Campus Crossroads, the University is currently building two new residence halls and several new class buildings, including Jenkins Hall, which will house the Keough School of Global Affairs, the University’s first new school in nearly a century.The new buildings, research programs and academic initiatives during Jenkins’ time as president have kept Notre Dame at the forefront of American higher education, but coming into the job, Jenkins said he didn’t have any real expectations of what it might hold.“I don’t think you can, for a job like this, appreciate the many aspects before you come in,” he said. “You can know about them abstractly, but I don’t think you can really appreciate them. So I don’t know if I had any really good sense of what the demands and pressures of the job are.“So I think I’ve acquired that, and it’s both more rewarding than I thought it would be and more challenging than I thought it would be. It is an intense job — there are a lot of things on your plate. But it’s just remarkable to be associated with a university like Notre Dame, that people love so passionately and they expect so much of, and they want to succeed.”That intensity of the job has been brought into focus several times throughout Jenkins’ tenure, and his time in office has not been without controversy. This was perhaps most clear in 2009, when President Barack Obama delivered the commencement address. In the face of the controversy surrounding Obama’s views on abortion, Jenkins responded by reiterating the University’s commitment to the sanctity of all human life and creating a Task Force on Supporting the Choice for Life.Citing Pope John Paul II’s idea that a Catholic university should foster “a fruitful dialogue between the Gospel and culture,” Jenkins welcomed Obama visit to campus as an opportunity to respectfully encounter opposing views.“More than any problem in the arts or sciences, engineering or medicine, easing the hateful divisions between human beings is the supreme challenge of this age,” Jenkins said at the time of Obama’s visit. “If we can solve this problem, we have a chance to come together and solve all the others. Difference must be acknowledged, and in some cases, even cherished.”Going forward, Jenkins said he feels he still has work to do. In January, the board of trustees elected Jenkins to a third five-year term as president. While he declined to say whether or not he would continue to serve as president after that term expires, Jenkins said he plans to continue to make Notre Dame an example for the world and a leader in the Church.“I think we need to continue to make progress,” he said. “I do think … our Catholic mission is something we need to continue to talk about, especially at this time. It’s a challenging time, but I think there’s no institution placed like we are to speak to really serious issues in the world about the environment, about economic inequality, global solidarity.“So if we can play that role — that role, that I don’t think it’s too strong to say, we are uniquely positioned to play — that will be a great thing, and it will go beyond me and go into the future.”Editor’s Note: Editor-in-Chief Greg Hadley contributed to this report.Tags: 10-year anniversary, Barack Obama, Campus Crossroads, Fr. John Jenkins, inaugural address, Notre Dame Forum, research, University President read more
Published on August 20, 2014 at 1:05 am Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Related Stories Custis features in Parris’ absence, Moore returns to practiceDefensive linemen hit the sleds and other defensive observations from Tuesday’s practiceDefensive back Mims leaves Syracuse football to focus on academics Parris injury opens hole for tight ends Moore, Custis As a 14-year-old high school freshman, AJ Long was given the keys to a varsity football team.He was short, wiry and had a 160-pound frame. Around him stood grown, 18-year-old men. Long was asked to lead Pius X (Pa.) High School before he’d ever played on it.Long’s first three weeks reflected that. Week 1, Pius X lost 27-20. Then 42-14, before a 49-14 loss dropped the Royals to 0-3. But the discouragement didn’t mount. Instead, each day, he’d go home and watch game and practice tape with his father, Ace Long.“If you didn’t know he was a freshman or you didn’t look at his face and see that he was a young kid, you would have never known,”said Phil Stambaugh, Long’s head coach at Pius X. “He played like he was seasoned.”Long went on to lead that team to eight-straight wins with the offense averaging nearly 54 points per game during that stretch. But as a dual-threat freshman quarterback for Syracuse four years later, playing time isn’t presenting itself in the same way.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter transferring to Friendship Christian (Tenn.) High School after his sophomore season, Long came to Syracuse with a goal of proving himself as a leader and player and snatching snaps right away. And while he may possess the raw capabilities and mentality of a starting quarterback, it’s almost a surefire bet that he’ll be on the sidelines when the Orange opens its season against Villanova on Aug. 29.“My goal won’t change,” Long said. “It can’t. If you change your goal then you become less confident in yourself. My goal still is going to be to become the starter and if that doesn’t happen, I’m going to be as close to being the starter as possible.”Long has been with the team since the spring after enrolling at SU in January. It was a move, he said, that he hoped would prepare him for a starting role in 2014 —a spot that will in all likelihood be occupied by incumbent starter Terrel Hunt.After the Orange’s intra-squad scrimmage at Fort Drum on Thursday, head coach Scott Shafer pegged Long as the flavor of the day for the team’s backup quarterback competition. Although Shafer also said the depth chart at quarterback is volatile, he put Long slightly ahead of sophomores Austin Wilson and Mitch Kimble for the backup quarterback position.“I would see a lot of quarterbacks when I was younger, that guys went on and they were successful in their first couple of years — they got playing time,” Long said. “Since I was younger, it was the main thing that I wanted to do. I saw the benefits of it.”Yet Long arrived at SU weighing just 165 pounds. His throwing motion was inconsistent. His footwork, by his own estimation, wasn’t as sharp as he’d like it to be.But his arm was accurate. At Friendship Christian it wasn’t the yards that he racked up that impressed his coach, but the lack of interceptions that he threw. Yet still he needed strength.Eight months later, Syracuse assistant athletics director for athletic performance Will Hicks put him on a training program and diet that enabled him to gain 20 pounds. On top of that, Hunt has helped Long’s throwing arm by helping him properly use his legs.“Really just little things like that,” Hunt said, regarding things Long can improve upon. “Hearing it from someone who’s went through it is a lot easier. He takes it in. He’s been working on it every day since.”For Long, mentality isn’t an issue. Throughout high school and his short college career, everything he’s done has been to become a college starter.“He doesn’t let his friends, family or distractions get in the way,”Ace Long said. “There’s an end goal to be reached.”It’s an end goal that doesn’t have a defined path. He sat out Thursday’s scrimmage because of shoulder irritation. And even if Long’s natural ability has pushed him ahead of Wilson and Kimble at times during spring training, he could potentially redshirt his freshman season for that very reason.When asked about competing for a backup spot rather than a starting role, Long smiled. He’s aware of the situation he’s in, but negligent of it as well. He understands that there’s another leader, but still believes he could win that spot even if no one else does.“You’re working as hard as you can to prove that you’re here for a reason,”Long said, “that you’re not just some freshman that’s coming in to sit behind whoever’s here.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ read more
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco The Dodgers will begin official workouts for the postponed 2020 season on Friday. They announced 51 of the players in their 60-man pool earlier this week.Related Articles The Dodgers have added a former All-Star closer to their player pool.The team reached agreement on a minor-league contract with right-hander A.J. Ramos. The deal is not official yet but Ramos is expected to join the Summer Camp workouts this weekend.Ramos, 33, has not pitched in the major leagues since May 2018 and has spent the past two years recovering from surgery to repair a torn labrum. He has been working out at his alma mater, Texas Tech, during the coronavirus pandemic.Ramos spent parts of seven seasons with the Miami Marlins and New York Mets, posting a 3.07 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings. He collected 99 saves in 111 opportunities during the 2015-17 seasons and was selected for the All-Star team in 2016. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies read more