January 26

SMC leadership builds during ‘transition year’

first_imgLearning, leading and listening have been and will continue to be the goals of what Saint Mary’s student body president and vice president have labeled the “transition year.” President Nicole Gans and vice president Jacqualyn Zupancic began the year tweaking the Student Government Association’s (SGA) constitution and bylaws. “This year [Nicole and I] felt as though we came into our positions ready to go and fired up,” Zupancic said. “Everyone had all these great things they wanted to do, and then we slowly started to realize that our time was being consumed with financial things, with different policies and mending the bylaws.” After restructuring the Student Government Association (SGA), Gans and Zupancic researched how to make the board more effective. Recently, the voting members of SGA agreed to transition into a Student Senate structure that will be in full effect next school year. “Next semester we will be working in an interim between the two structures, and we’re going to be working very closely with the Office of Student Involvement and the Multicultural Services (SIMS) to get our policies laid out, so for April first, the new board can start running on that,” Zupancic said. The new structure will call for student councils rather than student commissioners, thus opening new positions for greater student involvement, Gans said. “[Restructuring SGA will] allow [for] even greater student input and more student representation,” she said. “That is the greatest change in our platform from last year.” Zupancic is also happy with the changes, but said the board will have to work hard to keep the process moving. “We definitely have our work cut out for us, and we want all of this to be in place as soon as possible,” she said. However, Zupancic said the process has also been exciting. “Our board is doing a great job of getting the word out there and still staying motivated through all these changes,” she said. “Everyone is very adaptable, and we’ve had a lot of positive feedback. “Everyone is very enthusiastic about the changes, and they want their opinions to be heard. It’s great. In our meetings, no one can stop talking about it.” Gans and Zupancic said these “transition projects” have made them realize the many facets of leadership. “[This semester], Nicole and I realized how long the path is to becoming leaders,” Zupancic said. “We’re still becoming leaders and still honing our leadership skills everyday because problems come up, and we have to exactly be on our ‘A’ game and problem-solve every day.” For this reason, Zupancic and president Nicole Gans began a monthly leadership program this semester. “We wanted to create some sort of series that [teaches] students who may not be in leadership positions, who are aspiring to be in them or who are currently in them … about the different components of leadership and how to motivate and organize different structures and focus on your goals,” Zupancic said. The program started in November and will run through March. It consists of talks held by current Saint Mary’s professors, coaches, staff and alumnae. “We don’t really have leadership classes, so we wanted to bring in different alum, or different professors from the school,” she said Zupancic said the program has been a success thus far. Looking toward next semester, Gans and Zupancic both said a major goal would be better communication with the student body. Gans said she wishes SGA would have administered more student feedback programs to allow students to voice their concerns this semester. However, Zupancic said this process is difficult because not many students find new problems at Saint Mary’s. “There aren’t very many issues here at Saint Mary’s that we have to deal with. Still, I think we have a long way to go to making Saint Mary’s the best place possible, and the hardest thing to do is to make something good better,” she said. “It’s not that we hope students will find something to complain about, but feedback on day-to-day issues if it’s a class, or even if it’s (that) people want to get paid every two weeks instead of monthly, is beneficial.” Ultimately, Gans and Zupancic said their biggest goal for next semester is to spread awareness that SGA values the needs of the student body, Zupancic said. “I wish students saw SGA as their ally and us fighting for them,” she said. “But if there aren’t fighting issues, it’s tough to make students aware. We want to change their interests into tangible things that make them grow.”last_img read more

September 17

Yelin gives players opportunity to participate in fun activities before match

first_imgBefore the Syracuse volleyball team took the court against Virginia last Friday, head coach Leonid Yelin gave his players the opportunity to do something they had not had much of all season before and during games: have some fun.Before the match started, Yelin instructed the players to compete in fun activities such as sprinting races and other things to ease their minds before the match.“We would compete between each other, like run races, like the weirdest things ever,” sophomore outside hitter Gosia Wlaszczuk said. “It makes us not focus so much about the game.”This differs from the mentality the team usually has right before a game. According to Wlaszczuk, before a match, the team normally focuses on techniques and tactics to use in the match instead of the fun competitions they did last week. Although it might make more sense to focus on tactics rather than playing games before a match, changing the pre-match routine seems to have helped the team last weekend.While Yelin declined to be interviewed for this story, sophomore middle blocker Monika Salkute said she expects a similar pregame approach when the Orange (6-12, 1-5 Atlantic Coast) travels to Maryland (10-8, 2-4) on Friday and to Pittsburgh (11-8, 3-3) on Sunday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think we will do the same thing,” Salkute said. “Last time it worked. Why not now?”Before last weekend, the Orange had yet to record its first-ever ACC win. After the weekend, the Orange had accomplished that goal, defeating Virginia on Friday.Sophomore outside hitter Silvi Uattara said the “stupid kids games” came as a relief, and made it easier to start the match. Those games strike a sharp contrast to Yelin’s aggressive practice routines.Typically in a practice, the team will play practice matches and train competitively. When a player makes an error, Yelin forces that player or that scrimmage team to do push ups or run laps around the court.While that practice routine hasn’t been their pre-match routine this season, after going through hard practices like that, players said it felt relieving to have some fun before the match.“I really like how Coach made our before the game, like we had a lot of games and competition between each other,” Wlaszczuk said. “He made us loose and have a lot of fun, which we actually enjoyed all this time.”After a six-hour bus ride to Maryland on Friday morning, the team may need to be loosened up before the game at 7 p.m. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 17, 2013 at 1:12 am Contact Ryan: [email protected]last_img read more

August 13

The Premier League’s longest winning streaks

first_imgSpurs ended Chelsea’s runLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Chelsea fell short of becoming the first team to win 14 consecutive matches within the same English top-flight season after losing 2-0 at Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday.Here are the longest winning streaks since England’s top division was relaunched as the Premier League in 1992:11 wins: Chelsea (April-September 2009)The 2008-09 season was a tumultuous one for Chelsea, with Luiz Felipe Scolari sacked as manager in February after only seven months in charge. But the team recovered form under interim manager Guus Hiddink and finished the season with a run of five successive wins. Scolari’s permanent successor, Carlo Ancelotti, picked up where Hiddink had left off, overseeing six straight wins at the start of a season that would end with a free-scoring Chelsea team crowned league champions and FA Cup winners.11 wins: Manchester United (December 2008-March 2009)Beginning with a 1-0 victory at Stoke City on Boxing Day, Alex Ferguson’s United went on a run of 11 consecutive wins that shot them to the top of the table. They kept clean sheets in the first nine games, won six matches 1-0 and only conceded two goals over the entire run. The sequence came to a juddering halt in a 4-1 home defeat by Liverpool, which was followed by a 2-0 loss at Fulham. But a burst of seven wins carried Cristiano Ronaldo and his team-mates to a third consecutive title.11 wins: Liverpool (February-April 2014)Liverpool’s 24-year wait for the league title appeared destined to come to an end as a team spearheaded by Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge rattled off a series of thrilling victories in the English spring of 2014. Their victims included Arsenal (5-1), Manchester United (0-3) and title rivals Manchester City (3-2). But Brendan Rodgers’s side were to come unstuck in a 2-0 home defeat against Chelsea, Steven Gerrard’s unfortunate slip gifting Demba Ba a goal that opened the door for City to claim the title.11 wins: Manchester City (April-September 2015)City lost their title to Chelsea the following season, but they finished that campaign like a train, winning their last six fixtures. Manuel Pellegrini’s men began the subsequent campaign in equally impressive fashion, winning their first five games without conceding a goal, but would ultimately finish fourth. 13 wins: Chelsea (September 2016-January 2017)The seeds for Chelsea’s storming run of wins were sown during a 3-0 defeat at Arsenal in late September, when new manager Antonio Conte switched to his preferred 3-4-3 formation. It proved the catalyst for a stunning winning streak, with Chelsea notably beating Tottenham Hotspur (2-1), Manchester United (4-0) and Manchester City (1-3) before their run came to an end in a 2-0 defeat at Tottenham on Wednesday.14 wins: Arsenal (February-August 2002)Arsenal set a record for the most wins within a single Premier League season (13) — since matched by Chelsea — and the most successive wins in the history of the English top flight (14) as they romped to a second league and FA Cup double under Arsene Wenger. Fourth in the table in early February, Arsenal tore to the front with a run of 11 wins on the spin before securing the title with a 1-0 success at the home of title rivals Manchester United. They finished the season by beating Everton 4-3 at Highbury and opened their title defence with a 2-0 win over Birmingham City before drawing 2-2 at West Ham.Share on: WhatsApp 12 wins: Manchester United (March-August 2000)United roared to the finish line in the 1999-2000 title race, winning their final 11 games and ending the campaign with a record 18-point advantage over nearest rivals Arsenal. They scored 37 goals in the process, including seven in a 7-1 demolition of West Ham United in which Paul Scholes claimed a hat-trick. The following season began with a 2-0 win over Newcastle United and would once again end with United top of the pile.last_img read more

August 12

PBSO Searching for Driver Involved in Fatal West Palm Hit-and-Run

first_imgThe Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help to locate the driver of a car that was involved in a fatal hit and run crash in West Palm Beach on Friday night.According to a crash report, 67-year-old Natalie Tripodi was struck and killed by an unknown vehicle while trying to walk across the eastbound lanes of Okeechobee Blvd. at Meridian Rd., just east of the Turnpike, around 9:45 p.m.A witness told deputies the traffic light for the unknown vehicle was green when the crash happened.Deputies add the unknown vehicle fled the scene, and Tripodi was pronounced dead at the crash site by Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.Anyone with information is being asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (561) 688-3400.last_img read more

August 2

SANTA ANITA GEORGE WOOLF MEMORIAL JOCKEY AWARD WINNER MIKE LUZZI TO RECEIVE PRESTIGIOUS WOOLF TROPHY ON SUNDAY, APRIL 12

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 13, 2015)–Santa Anita Park has announced that 2015 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award winner Mike Luzzi will travel west from his home in New York to receive the prestigious Woolf Award trophy in a ceremony between races on Sunday, April 12.Sidelined due to a broken leg and fractured pelvis sustained in a paddock accident at Aqueduct on Nov. 2, Luzzi has undergone reconstructive surgery and is now rehabbing for a return to the saddle at some point this year.Presented annually by Santa Anita since 1950, the Woolf Award is one of the most highly coveted honors in all of racing as it recognizes those riders whose careers and personal character have earned esteem for both the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred racing.America’s Eclipse Award-winning apprentice jockey in 1989, Luzzi, by a vote of his peers, outpolled four other finalists; James Graham, Leslie Mawing, Corey Nakatani and the recently retired Rosie Napravnik.It is expected that Luzzi, who has won 3,420 career races, will be accompanied on April 12 by his wife, Tania, daughter, Larue, 14, and son, Lane, 16.–30–last_img read more

December 21

Daniel admits he prefers The Chase than Love Island!

first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has admitted that he has never watched huge television hit Love Island and doesn’t even know exactly what it’s all about.The Donegal singing star says he watches lots of television but Love Island isn’t his thing.Instead, the 57-year-old millionaire entertainer says he loves quiz shows and similar programmes. And instead of watching Maura in a bikini by the poolside, he prefers to watch brainbox Anne Hegerty on The Chase which he revealed is his favourite show.He told Donegal Daily “I am not watching Love Island at all, is it good? I do watch television but I love quizzes. They are my thing.“I watch The Chase and all these kind of things. I love The Chase and it’s probably my favourite.”But Daniel said he hasn’t got around to watching the show that is topping all the ratings. He added “I haven’t watched Love Island at all. There’s a lot about it and I know there is an Irish girl in it, isn’t there?“To be honest I’m not even sure what it’s about. Is it couples? I would watch it but I just haven’t got around to it.”Daniel admits he prefers The Chase than Love Island! was last modified: July 11th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:daniel o’donnellLove IslandThe Chaselast_img read more

December 20

Decision time: Giants’ direction remains fluid after loss leads into trade deadline

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — As the Giants and Phillies opened a three-game series that promises to have significant implications in the National League Wild Card race, San Francisco’s highest-ranking front office executives watched from nearly 3,000 miles away.President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi and many other club officials remained at home on this trip, electing to run the franchise’s trade deadline operations from the Bay Area.One game against the Phillies will not significantly alter the …last_img read more

November 16

French Open 2019: Roger Federer plays down title chances

first_imgHaving won 20 grand slam titles during a glittering career, one might think that Roger Federer has seen it all.Yet the 37-year-old Swiss admits he is stepping into the unknown as he returns to the French Open after a three-year hiatus.The former world number one won his only Roland Garros title back in 2009, and he wanted to give it another go after skipping the last three editions of the clay court major.Asked if he thought he could lift the Musketeers’ Cup on June 9, Federer replied: “I don’t know. A bit of a question mark for me. Some ways I feel similar to maybe the Australian Open in 2017. A bit of the unknown,” Federer told reporters on Friday referring to his comeback to the season’s first major in 2017 after being out of action for six months.”I feel like I’m playing good tennis but … is it enough against the absolute top guys when it really comes to the crunch? I’m not sure if it’s in my racket.”But I hope I can get myself in that position deep down in the tournament against the top guys. But first I need to get there and I know that’s a challenge in itself. Yeah, it’s definitely going to be an exciting tournament mentally to go through.”Federer will kick off his campaign against Italian Lorenzo Sonego and has a relatively easy path until the quarter-finals, where he could meet Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas before a potential semi-final against 11-time champion Rafael Nadal, whom he has never beaten at the French Open.advertisementFederer won the title in 2009 after Nadal had been beaten by Swede Robin Soderling midway through the event. Federer then defeated Soderling in the final to complete his career slam.Looking back to that tournament 10 year ago, Federer said he was happy he managed to handle the pressure as expectations could have crushed him following Nadal’s exit.”This is where these expectations started when the journalists started saying it’s this year or never,” he explained.”From then on, the next nine or 10 days felt like forever. (When) Soderling had beaten Rafa… I knew that instead of the tournament becoming easier, it was going to become more difficult because of the pressure,” added the Swiss, who was stretched to five sets in his fourth round and semi-final matches after news of Nadal’s demise had already hit the headlines.”But it was nevertheless interesting and I felt better, and I feel proud that I was able to manage the pressure.”last_img read more

October 18

MS Dhoni to serve in Kashmir to perform patrolling and guard duty

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Indian captain MS Dhoni will undertake duties like patrolling, guard and post duty while he serves with his battalion in Kashmir, the Army said Thursday.In a statement, the Indian Army said,”Lieutenant Colonel (Honorary) MS Dhoni is proceeding to 106 TA Battalion (Para) for being with the Battalion from 31 Jul-15 Aug 19.” The statement said that the unit will be posted in the Kashmir valley as part of Victor Force. “As requested by the officer and approved by Army Headquarters; he will be taking on the duties of patrolling, guard and post duty and would be staying with troops,” the statement said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Dhoni had ruled himself out of India’s upcoming series against West Indies due to his commitments with the Territorial Army. As this piece points out, the former Indian captain will be among the few Indian cricketers to see active duty with the armed forces despite multiple cricketers receiving honorary ranks. The former Indian captain holds the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army unit of the Parachute Regiment (106 Para TA battalion). This is an honour he was accorded by the Army in 2011. Dhoni was given this honour along with Abhinav Bindra and Deepak Rao, a leading expert in close combat warfare. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday In 2015, Dhoni became a qualified paratrooper after having completed five parachute training jumps in the Agra training camp. Dhoni has been seen in his Army greens on many occasions. In the recent World Cup, there was a controversy over a military logo he sported on his wicketkeeping gloves, something that the ICC objected to and was later covered. When he had been given the honorary rank in 2011, Dhoni had said, “Since childhood, I had wanted to join the Army. I used to visit the cantonment area and seeing the soldiers I used to think that one day I will also be among them.” (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more