first_imgGrace Tourville Former resident of Walsh Hall and mayor of West Hollywood Lindsey Horvath speaks to students on her wide-ranging career including stints in activism, advertising and city politics.The Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy, the Gender Studies Program and ND Votes 2016 sponsored the lecture, titled “From Walsh Hall to City Hall.”“I am here to share with you that a degree in the Arts and Letters program is profitable. But more importantly, you can use that degree to make a difference,” Horvath said. “I had opportunities here that I would have never had anywhere. Here, we were able to talk about different issues, not only from an academic perspective, but from a values perspective. They really helped me understand how the lessons I was learning in the classroom can be applied to my real life.”After graduating from Notre Dame with a B.A. in political science and gender studies, Horvath worked in the entertainment advertising industry.“I was worried that I was contributing to the kind of culture we always discussed in my gender studies classes,” she said. “I was worried that I wasn’t contributing enough.”After moving to California from Los Angeles and beginning her career in creative advertising, Horvath said she met the mayor of Los Angeles while co-founding a local chapter of the National Organization for Women.“I knew from a very young age that I was called to be of service,” she said. “The government and law — that’s how I wanted to make a difference. I felt that I could use that to make a difference.”Horvath worked on multiple local commissions after serving a short term on the West Hollywood city council after receiving an appointment through a special election held among the other council members. At the end of her special term, she ran for the position in the 2011 election but lost. She continued to grow her career in entertainment by working at a tech startup in Los Angeles and starting her own advertising company.Horvath said during this time, she considered herself an activist and was very involved with her local community.“During that time, life was not very centered, not very balanced,” she said. “I didn’t know where I was going. My friend, the mayor, came to me saying ‘I’m not going to seek re-election,’ and I worried because she was the only woman on the city council. So I asked her, ‘Who is going to run?’ And she said, ‘You are.’”Horvath said her friend’s encouragement prompted her to once again run for city council. The West Hollywood city council elects its mayor, and on March 3, the same night Horvath was elected onto city council, she officially became the mayor of West Hollywood.Horvath said her policy focuses on helping the most marginalized sections of society, including LGBT homeless teens. She prides herself on bringing what she calls “new ways of thinking” to the political community.“Throughout that process, I came from someone who was outright rejected, to someone who was embraced by the community,” Horvath said. “Statistically, it’s proven that women needed to be asked about nine times before they consider running for office. So for the women in the room, consider this the first time you’re being asked.”According to Horvath, more than 50 percent of West Hollywood’s residents are less than 40 years old, but she is the only member of the city council that is under 40. She tries to encourage young people to get involved with the local government by creating task forces that younger generations can be involved with.“A new generation of leadership isn’t just important — it is essential,” Horvath said. “It is essential for the way our society works. Our generation has so much to offer. I see the potential for this generational divide to tear us apart — that’s one of the reasons that I want to create age-friendly communities.”Horvath encouraged all students to follow their passions, attributing her current to success to the passions she discovered at Notre Dame.“Pursuing your passion is always worth it. I worked hard [at Notre Dame], and here is where I learned how to be myself and that’s exactly how I am able to do the things I do,” she said. “Letting people know who you are and what you’re about not only helps other people figure out who they are, but helps you better understand who you truly are.”Tags: Arts and Letters, city council, Hollywood, mayor, West Hollywood Notre Dame alumna Lindsey Horvath has been called to do many things since her graduation from the University in 2004. Horvath, who spoke at Geddes Hall on Monday, has been an activist, an advertising executive and, now, a mayor over the course of her professional career.“You never know when you’re going to be called up to do the thing you’re meant to do,” she said. “But trust me, you’re ready to do the thing you are meant to do, no matter when you’re called to do it.”last_img read more

first_imgA subplot of the draft will be how the Lakers – or their rivals – improve their assets for summer trades. The Lakers notably made a hard push to try to acquire New Orleans big man Anthony Davis near the February trade deadline, offering several young players and draft assets. Getting a top-two pick in the draft, either Williamson or likely No. 2 prospect Ja Morant of Murray State, would sweeten the pot considerably for any potential trade package.On the other hand, Boston, which is rumored to be interested in making a run at Davis this summer, has the chance to gain some assets: The Celtics gain Memphis’ pick if the Grizzlies land ninth or further down in the draft, and they’ll get Sacramento’s pick unless the Kings get the No. 1 pick (1 percent odds). Philadelphia would get the pick if the Kings get the top spot – and the 76ers could be looking to shake up their roster with three key free agents (starters Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris and JJ Redick) after a second-round playoff loss to Toronto.With a front office shaken by change for the last month, a newly hired coaching staff that has the appearance of being the third choice after a tumultuous process, and a roster that has tried to roll with the punches ever since the season ended, the Lakers could use a turnaround in their fortunes. And while the odds aren’t particularly in their favor, the chance for a surprise remains a ray of light that the team hopes to guide them back onto a winning path. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed For the past season, the Lakers and luck have been poor bedfellows.When it comes to injuries, fate has been disproportionally unkind: from groin tears to broken hands to sprained ankles to pneumonia and even a blood clot. The Lakers were hit hard on their way to a second-half slide in which they finished 17-31 after LeBron James’ injury on Christmas day.If the same strings that guide such misfortunes also have some influence on the ping-pong balls that will be bouncing in 1,000 different possible combinations on the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night, maybe the Lakers should feel worried. Or maybe they should feel as though they’ve earned some good karma – because moving up in this year’s draft could help regain some sense of optimism for a franchise that has taken plenty of body shots, even since the season ended.It might not feel like much of a boost, but the odds that the Lakers land the No. 1 overall pick in the draft are twice as good as they used to be: Under the rules revised by the league two years ago, the Lakers, who finished with the 11th-worst record this season, have a 2 percent shot at the top spot.center_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThey’re not good odds, but that 2 percent represents consensus top prospect Zion Williamson from Duke – a 6-foot-7, 285-pound dynamo with sky-high athleticism and a tireless motor. For the franchise that covets him, he’s a potential foundational piece, one of the most exciting NBA prospects of the last decade. For the franchise that is looking for a more immediate path to winning, he’s the ultimate trade chip.This is the Lakers’ eighth appearance (and sixth in a row) in the draft lottery (they owed their 2018 pick, 10th overall, to Philadelphia), and they’ve only ever moved up twice: Both times they advanced (No. 2 in 2015 for D’Angelo Russell, No. 2 in 2017 for Lonzo Ball), they had a top-four position to begin with. Moving up for Williamson or any of the other top spots will require hitting on longer odds than any other lottery they’ve ever advanced in.Kyle Kuzma, the second-year forward who will represent the Lakers in Chicago on Tuesday night at 5:30 p.m. PT, said he will shun any good luck charms or trinkets.“I’m bringing myself,” Kuzma said in a video released by the team. “Knock on wood, but I’ve had a lot of luck in my life. So hopefully me being there will help.”The revised odds, designed to reduce the incentive for teams to tank, already help. For one thing, the NBA now draws for the top four spots, as opposed to just three. The odds for the worst teams in the league are lower than they used to be – New York, Cleveland and Phoenix all have the exact same odds (14 percent) at landing No. 1, whereas, in the old system, the Knicks would have had a 25 percent chance of picking first. Toward the back end of the lottery, where the Lakers are, the odds have improved. A  year ago, the 11th-place Lakers would have only advanced to a top-three pick in 2.9 percent of scenarios; this year, they can improve to a top-four pick in 9.4 percent of scenarios. Those are still worse odds than their chances of being jumped by one of the teams behind them (12.6 percent), but the improvement is representative of how the NBA hoped to reward the teams that were closer to the middle of the pack.The Lakers had something of a feel-good finish to the season, a 6-5 stretch powered by two-way contract players and G Leaguers who got on the court because of the slew of injured rotation players. It hurt the Lakers’ lottery odds, but not profoundly: Minnesota, which finished just one game behind the Lakers, has a 3 percent chance of picking first, and a 13.9 percent chance overall of getting a top-four pick.Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years last_img read more