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Vol. 23, No. 28 July 23, 2014 www.oakwoodregister.com World Cup 2014: With lots of pride, with much love Oakwood alum Tristan Schnader (OHS '09) was in Fortaleza, Brazil, for the recently concluded World Cup soccer competition. He offers the fol- lowing perspective on the games, his 10-day stay in the host country, and Brazilian culture. Joining him on the trip to Brazil was his brother, Jonathan Schnader, also an Oakwood grad. Both brothers played soccer for the Lumberjacks. Tristan now works for Conservation International, a non-profit in Washington, D.C., while Jonathan is a lawyer in Rochester, N.Y. By Tristan Schnader I arrived in Brazil full of excite- ment, but also with some skepticism. I hardly knew a word of Portuguese. I have friends who were robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro. My most frequented news sources reported air- port unpreparedness and the likeli- hood of stadiums not being built on time. Friends reminded me about riots and strikes over FIFA's dealings with the Brazilian government. And to fuel my worries, I was staying in Fortaleza, a northeastern city that had recently been ranked the seventh most dangerous city in the world. However, I soon discovered that there was no other place on earth that could embrace the quintessential World Cup spirit as well as Brazil did. The Brazilians have a song. "Eu sou Brasileiro, com muito orgulho, com muito amor," which means 'I am Brazilian, with lots of pride, with lots of love.' The streets whispered it, and, during games, the stadiums shouted it. It is a mantra that perfectly encompasses the spirit of the country. But more importantly, it served as a beacon that guided the mood the entire tournament. The convergence of national pride and love of self, oth- ers, and the game set the perfect stage for the 2014 World Cup. It is without question that the Brazilian spirit fuels the fire that makes soccer the beauti- ful game. Years ago, Fox Soccer Channel hosted a television documentary series that tied Brazil's tremendous pool of soccer talent and style of play to an intrinsic ability Brazilians seem to have to dance and move. It is what Brazilians call 'ginga.' The series, sure enough called Ginga, captured the fulfillment soccer provides to the people. And the show wasn't wrong. When I was in Fortaleza, music touched every corner of the city, pick up soccer lasted until 4 a.m. on weeknights, martial arts classes were everywhere, and the people danced at every opportunity. It was an approach to life that I have never seen before in a people. During the England vs. Uruguay game, I sat in a restaurant near the beach sipping on a cold beer. A live band with samba rhythm played on a stage beneath the match, which was projected on the wall behind them. The entire restaurant was transfixed on the screen, including two women who were also ferociously dancing. I turned to one of my travel buddies, Bjorn Blomgren — a Swedish sports journalist — and nodded toward the dancing women, who wore enor- mous smiles with their beach clothes. "Yeah," he said. "The people here are happy the same way children are happy. There is nothing fake to it, and that's what makes Brazil special." But the Brazilians represented the game in other ways. For one, the international community was wel- comed. Contrary to what I suspect- ed, security was tight, and police- men wanted to help you. Fortaleza Photos by T.O. Schnader Estádio Castelão in Fortaleza, Brazil, during the Germany vs. Ghana group stage match. The match ended in a 2-2 draw, Germany's only tie of the tournament. Officials hear new plans for Pointe Oakwood condo development Oakwood City Council started off Monday night's meeting by swear- ing in the city's newest public safety officer, and appointing three residents to city committees. Oakwood Mayor William Duncan administered the oath of office to Ryan Rump, who was joined by his wife, Stacy, and father, Steve, an assistant fire chief in Norwood. Rump comes to the public safety department already certified as a firefighter, police officer and emer- gency medical technician. He was previously employed by Amberley Village, the only other municipality in the state besides Oakwood which consolidates fire, police and emer- gency medical services into a single public safety department. Council on Monday also approved the appointment of Leigh Turban to the Budget Review Committee, Linda Weprin to the city Board of Zoning Appeals, and Geoffrey Owens to the Environmental Committee. In his staff report, Assistant City Manager Jay Weiskircher advised council members that all three con- tracts representing the city's public safety officers, dispatchers, as well as public safety lieutenants, are due to expire in October and November. He said that the city has approached all three collective bargaining units seeking a second year of wage freezes for union members. Weiskircher said that city public safety officers have already voted to accept a second wage freeze in the upcom- ing contract negotiation and that department dispatchers who have yet to vote on the proposal but "have indicated their willingness to accept a wage freeze." Weiskircher noted that the city Planning Commission last Wednesday heard proposed revi- sions to the condominium devel- opment envisioned at Pointe Oakwood. The proposal would amend a plan originally approved See Pride on page 6 u See Council on page 3 u The Oakwood Register delivers OCC program guide The Oakwood Community Center Fall/Winter 2014 activi- ties and program guide will be delivered with The Oakwood Register next week. Both pub- lications will be tucked inside a special light blue bag and deliv- ered, as always, to your doorstep. Look for it Wednesday, July 30. 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