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SGA addresses College readership, renovations

first_imgThe Student Government Association (SGA) discussed the Le Mans Hall basement renovation and the Saint Mary’s Readership Program at Wednesday’s meeting. Student body president Rachael Chesley started the meeting by talking about a meeting with the designer who will be leading the project to renovate Le Mans Hall. “We presented her with all the ideas we talked about last week,” Chesley said. “There are a lot of possibilities that can be done down there.” Different ideas have included a television area, pool table and ping-pong table. Chesley said the basement would be split into eight zones, and SGA’s next steps would be to brainstorm what should go in those zones and to choose a theme color for the area. “We want it to be a really fun area that is engaging and interactive,” Chesley said. SGA will create a committee to discuss what should be done in Le Mans and they are trying to adhere to a particular time frame, she said. Chesley said they hope to have the project completed when students return from Spring Break. To meet that deadline, SGA will finalize the ideas at the beginning of spring semester. “First, we want to have the color we want down there,” Chesley said. “Then, after the color we pick the finish that we want down there. It’s a huge room so it all has to kind of connect still and off of that we have to think of furniture.” In addition to the discussion of the basement renovations, the Board also spent time reviewing the campus’ readership program, which SGA sponsors to supply students with free copies of USA Today, The New York Times and The South Bend Tribune. “We want to bring awareness to the program because it is a great thing we have here on campus so we looked at what other colleges are doing,” Chesley said. The Board discussed hosting “coffee-house style” meetings with professors at Dalloway’s — the campus clubhouse — and having the professor pick an article and present it to students. Chesley said students know about the free access to newspapers on campus, but they don’t always realize SGA sponsors it. The Board also talked about giving out prizes to students are “caught reading.” Students seen reading the newspaper could be given prizes by members of SGA, Chesley said.last_img read more

Cleveland Browns sports talk ready for ‘happy revolution’ after Odell Beckham trade

first_img #DawgPoundThe Odell promo is fittingly set to “O Fortuna” on 92.3 The Fan, only this is a different ode blaring across the airwaves.”The AFC North will never be the same now that OBJ will be wearing the colors of the Cleveland Browns.”This is the trade of a lifetime for a fan base that has been riddled with losing since the Browns’ return to the NFL in 1999. Carman and co-host Anthony Lima are taking turns asking ESPN analyst Damien Woody how this might not work. Other than saying, “There is only one ball,” Woody can’t find a substantial answer.”They’re explosive on every position on the depth chart,” Woody says. “For a fan base that loves football, it feels good to have the Browns back in the thick of things.”MORE: Timeline of Browns’ wild transformationQuarterback Baker Mayfield, the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, is developing into a franchise passer on an accelerated timetable. Jarvis Landry, last year’s big offseason get, was a college teammate of Beckham. The backfield features Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt (when and if the former Chiefs back returns from a probable suspension). The defense is padded with Sheldon Richardson and Olivier Vernon on a unit built around Myles Garrett, the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.The universal euphoria streams across both morning shows. Woody goes on to say what everybody is figuring out: The Browns will be the favorite in the AFC North in 2019.”Euphoria” is the word used most on the opening of “Browns Daily” show on later in the afternoon ESPN 850 WKNR in Cleveland. Browns senior media broadcaster Nathan Zegura and co-host Beau Bishop are wearing trademark Dorsey fleece sweatshirts. Bishop recounts the number of texts that poured into his phone when the news broke. He says his sons jumped on their bed in jubilation. He points out that Beckham has twice as many followers as Tom Brady on Instagram.Directly from #Browns GM John Dorsey’s closet. On loan for today from the man himself. Dont spill anything on them @BeauBishop @NathanZegura.— Browns_Daily (@Browns_Daily) March 13, 2019″This is a global, superstar, rock-star who has been the best player at his position the last five years, and now he’s wearing orange and brown,” Bishop says.Zegura compares the event to Christmas and points back to the Steelers, who have lost Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown this offseason. Cleveland is on the other end of the spectrum this time.”This doesn’t happen with Antonio Brown torpedoing his value,” Zegura says. “I think the Giants got scared by that.”Bishop ends the first two segments with “Odell Beckham is a Cleveland Brown!”Laughter — the kind that only comes with amazement — follows both. When was the last time the Browns were the model of upward mobility and the Steelers and Giants were being roasted?MORE: What Beckham does for Browns’ offense#TBTRizzo tries to slow the hyperbole after recounting a Tuesday trip to the dentist during which the hygienist asked him if Beckham would be coming to Cleveland. A few hours later, it happened.”I am giddy,” Rizzo said. “I’ve got to slow my roll now. Lord knows we haven’t played the Steelers, Ravens and Bengals with this kind of firepower in 35 years. You’d have to go back to Slaughter, Brennan and Ozzie, Mack and Byner.”Cleveland fans can fill in the first names there.Browns radio play-by-play announcer Jim Donovan can, too. He points back to the 1986 season, when Marty Schottenheimer brought in offensive coordinator Lindy Infante to a team that featured Bernie Kosar and all those names Rizzo rattled off.”That ’86 season they went 12-4 and were the top seed in the AFC,” Infante said. “But that team did it differently.”MORE: New York tabloids react to OBJ tradeThat Browns team reached the AFC championship and lost to Denver. Cleveland came within one game of the Super Bowl three times in four years in that stretch. Are those days coming back?Carman points out how much inept football Donovan and Doug Dieken have called over the years and asks him to put into perspective what it means for young Browns fans who cannot recall 1986 and have only experienced losing seasons.”It’s going to be a revolution,” Donovan said. “It will be a happy revolution. There will be times when the week flies by, and you can’t wait for Sunday to come.”#SB54Donovan closes his segment with Carman and Lima by going where the Browns have never been. The intent of the Beckham trade is to take advantage of a window that has not been in Cleveland since the 1980s. That is the organizational message Dorsey and owner Jimmy Haslem have sent.”There is no room for baby steps at this point,” Donovan says. “Let’s go get it.”Donovan signs off, and Carman beams at what is to come.”To see him have really good football to call, he’s going to be a great,” Carman said. “I hope Doug and him have a lot of fun.”On the “Really Big Show,” Dino the trucker is next. He wants to solute Dorsey one more time. As far as he is concerned, it is a national holiday.”I just got off the oxygen, Riz,” Dion says to Rizzo. “I want to have a national wear a sweater for ‘The Dors’ in Cleveland.” Ken Carman, the morning host on 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland, did what any rational fan would do after hearing about the trade that delivered Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns on Tuesday night.He set off a bunch of fireworks in his driveway. By the afternoon, Bishop, Zegura and producer Jason Gibbs are fielding a run of “Where were you when Beckham was traded?” calls on the air. Browns fans call in with their stories about texting their friends who root for Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. They bring in The Miz, a professional wrestler from nearby Parma, for the 2 p.m. segment. A caller orders up Browns vs. Patriots in the Thursday-night NFL season opener.Jim in Akron is next. He talks about his grandma making cookies for the “Kardiac Kids” and the pain of “Red Right 88.””I’m telling all my buddies we need to start planning on being in Miami,” he said. ” I’m probably getting a little head of myself …”That is the location for Super Bowl 54. Bishop lets him play along before Zegura points out what happens if the Browns deliver the AFC North.”Is this city ready for a home playoff game?”MORE: Will OBJ get a contract restructure?Bishop and Zegura sign off a few minutes later, and Bishop reels off the star power that has rolled through Cleveland across three sports for a city that spent 52 years as the easiest punchline. LeBron James. Francisco Lindor. Baker Mayfield. Now, Odell Beckham, Jr.All of that is big, but a Browns Super Bowl would trump everything, and then some. I wasn’t joking about the fireworks.— Liz C (@lizzy297) March 13, 2019Yep, that’s him. You can hear him screaming, “Super Bowl! Super Browns! Hell yeah!”Carman is the real-life hashtag for all those texts Cleveland fans sent and received after news of the Beckham trade broke. They spent Wednesday telling the stories about those texts and what it means for a franchise that has morphed from an 0-16 laughingstock to a Super Bowl contender in less than 15 months.To understand that, all you need to do is listen to analysts and fans on Cleveland radio Wednesday. It was a four-stage process that circles back to Carman in the driveway — and with good reason.MORE: Grading OBJ trade for Browns, Giants#OMG it’s #OBJWhere were you when Beckham was traded to Cleveland? That is a question Browns fans will ask for years — for better or worse. The “Really Big Show,” hosted by Tony Rizzo, Aaron Goldhammer and Eric Wiliams on ESPN 850 WKNR in Cleveland, takes a call from John in Strongsville.”I was in the shower,” John blurts out. “I haven’t stopped smiling. I’m in the shower. I live with my brother. My brother knocked on the door and screamed, ‘We got Odell!’ I get out of the shower. I had soap all over me. I couldn’t get off my phone for an hour.”This is the “I-can’t-believe-it” vibe that prevails the day after Browns general manager John Dorsey pulled off the trade. And it is accompanied by “I want more.”John finishes his story with what he and many Browns fans want next.”I cannot wait to play the Pittsburgh Steelers.” That explains why Carman lit off the fireworks in the driveway. It is the moment Cleveland wants now, and it was not a coincidence that it is how 92.3 The Fan signed off the morning show.”Super Bowl! Super Browns! Hell yeah!” Super Bowl.Super Browns.Hell Yea.— Ken Carman (@KenCarman) March 13, 2019Pin that tweet. Use whatever hash tag you want.last_img read more

County Partnerships inspire over 50,000 to Get into golf

first_img Almost 54,000 people chose to ‘Get into golf’ during the summer months of April to September, inspired by England’s network of County Golf Partnerships (CGPs).That’s an increase of 47 per cent on the same period in 2012. The challenge now is to convert the growing interest in golf into regular, once-a-week participation.The six-month results from 31 Partnerships, which work to increase participation at grass roots level, are detailed in the latest CGP Impact Report from England Golf.During the period, CGP activities involved a total of 53,940 people, aged 14-years and over. Of these, 15,250 (28%) were involved in structured coaching sessions with PGA professionals, and 7518 (14%) in regular, once a week activity.Encouragingly, 35% of all participants were female. This compares very favourably with national figures which show that just 15% of all golfers are female.Another highlight of the report was news of almost 2000 new golf club memberships, worth up to £1.4million in subscriptions to clubs across England.Richard Flint, England Golf’s Club Services and Development Director, commented: “These results reflect the hard work and commitment of our County Golf Partnerships, which has created great interest in playing golf. Now, their goal must be to work closely with golf clubs to encourage more people to play the game more often. We all want to see many more golfers playing regular, once-a-week golf and enjoying the benefits of club membership.”The Partnerships have focussed on the 26-plus age group and their activities have been underpinned by the national ‘Get into golf’ marketing campaign, promoting their low-cost taster sessions and structured beginner courses.In this age group, just over 37,600 people have been inspired to try golf, with 11,362 (30%) following structured activities and 3753 (10%) taking regular once-a-week activity.The CGPs are also being supported by the newly appointed England Golf Disability Officer and are running an increasing number of disability golf projects. These involved over 2600 people in the six-month period and these projects are set to grow, particularly as partnerships are developed with national and local disability groups.Another rapidly developing area is the new project to increase golf participation in universities and colleges. Numbers are already significant and are expected to rise as the project becomes established.The CGPs’ achievements have a positive impact on the golf club economy.  A total of 1963 new golf club memberships were reported by 26 Partnerships and, while these may include juniors, they have a value of more than £1.4m based on the average adult subscription.In addition, participants who go on to take further structured coaching, after their initial introduction, could be investing a further £2.5 million back into the game, based on a £200 spend per person.The CGP network is an integral part of the England Golf Partnership’s (EGP) Whole Sport Plan for golf, which is supported by Sport England National Lottery funding. The Partnerships received an investment of £528,294 from the EGP over the six months, April to September 2013.Image © Leaderboard Photography 17 Dec 2013 County Partnerships inspire over 50,000 to Get into golf last_img read more

Saint Martin’s University adds Two Minors for 2015-2016 Academic Year

first_imgSubmitted by Saint Martin’s University Saint Martin’s University introduces minors in French and physics for the academic year 2015-2016.These minors were approved by the University’s Board of Trustees and the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities. They bring the total number of minors offered at Saint Martin’s to 28.The French minor emerged from growing student interest over the years. In the past, students had to design their own study of French, typically through directed study courses; now, students can earn the French minor, which is 21 credits and includes courses such as French Literature and French Cinema. In addition, students can count their study abroad in a French-speaking country towards the minor.“Language in general is critical to students’ understanding,” says Kathleen McKain, professor of French and director of the minor. “People talk about global awareness and global citizenship but language plays a critical role in understanding the world.”The French minor is interdisciplinary and compels students to think critically about the world. It also contributes to students’ human development—as students struggle to learn a language, they gain a greater sense of empathy for people who are learning English. The French minor complements virtually any area of study; it increases students’ cultural awareness and makes them more competitive in the job market.The physics minor stemmed from the growing number of upper-division physics classes offered by the university. Stephen Parker and John Weiss, professors of physics, began the application process for the minor a year ago, presenting their idea to the faculty, the administration and the Saint Martin’s University Board of Trustees.The physics minor consists of 34 credits, including a 2-credit capstone project that allows students to explore an area of interest to them. Although the physics minor is especially useful for mechanical engineering students, it isn’t just for engineers. A wide variety of students can benefit from the problem-solving skills that are central to physics.“Physics isn’t just useful knowledge,” explains Weiss. “It’s a way of approaching problems.” Physics challenges students to think outside the box. Rather than plugging in numbers to solve a problem, students must take the ideas and concepts learned in class and develop their own solutions. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more