College community gives back through Adopt-a-Family program

first_imgAs Christmastime grows near, the Saint Mary’s community is gathering donations for the Salvation Army’s Adopt-a-Family program. Individuals and groups contacted the Office of Civic and Social Engagement to express interest in participating in the program and received the information for an individual who will receive their donations. Senior resident assistant (RA) Taryn Van Horn said she has been participating in the program since she was a first-year student and wanted to bring the tradition to her section.“I have just kept doing it,” Van Horn said. “Since I am an RA, I included my section. Even when I was little my family would do it, too. Just giving back around the holidays, I was like, ‘Oh it’s a good opportunity, so let’s do it.’ I signed up my section as a program for justice and diversity to help residents know more about the community to help people in need during this holiday season.”Van Horn said her residents have contributed greatly to the program in the past. She attributes this bout of giving to the holidays.“A lot of residents get excited because everyone loves shopping, especially since it’s Christmastime so everyone likes giving people gifts,” she said. “There are organizations and clubs that are doing Adopt-a-Family. It’s kind of hard to get a lot of people to donate because they have something else to donate with.”Campus organizations have been encouraging members to contribute to the program. Senior Sheridan Sims first heard about Adopt-a-Family through word-of-mouth.“I heard about it through Lambda Pi Eta, the Communication National Honors Society and Dance Marathon, and I decided to participate to give back to the community, especially those in need,” Sims said in an email.Participating in the program made Sims feel thankful for all she has during the holidays. She said this inspired her to donate.“It is a wonderful way to help others in need and make them feel loved,” Sims said.Adopt-a-Family provides an avenue for the Saint Mary’s community to connect to the greater South Bend community in which the campus is placed. By donating, Sims said she feels like she is applying what it means to be a student at the College by helping those beyond the tri-campus bubble.“It reflects being a Belle because Saint Mary’s is a sisterhood where others look out for one another,” Sims said.Similarly, Van Horn believes Christmas is the perfect time for the College’s core values to be applied to life beyond school. She said Adopt-a-Family is a great way to make sure these values become apparent.“The four core values are community, learning, justice and diversity and faith and spirituality,” Van Horn said. “I feel like with Christmas, you get a really good experience with faith and spirituality because you’re celebrating the birth of Christ. Then the community comes together to give the kids these gifts, and then justice — you’re having students learn that there are people in need and having them have a voice. You’re just learning how you can be there for your community.”Van Horn said passing the tradition of giving to other students is exciting and provides a way to get into the holiday spirit.“It’s just a tradition; you just keep giving back,” Van Horn said. “When we’re little, we always want the gifts, but when we’re older, we always just want to give the gifts.”Even if people aren’t able to give much, Van Horn still encourages anyone to give what they can.“Every gift counts,” she said. “Even if you can’t donate a lot, just some small little thing will always be better than nothing.”Tags: Salvation Armylast_img read more

20 days agoBen Chilwell hails spirit inside Leicester squad

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ben Chilwell hails spirit inside Leicester squadby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City fullback Ben Chilwell has hailed the spirit inside the current squad.Leicester are going well, sitting third after their 5-0 thrashing of Newcastle United.“We’re very confident, especially off the back of 5-0 win against Newcastle and the five great goals that we scored,” Chilwell told the Foxes’ official website.”The confidence is very high in the club, the training is very good.“We’ve made sure that we’ve trained very hard. Just because we’ve won 5-0, we’ve not relaxed.”The manager (Brendan Rodgers) came in the changing room after Newcastle and while he was very happy, he doesn’t show it with us.” last_img read more

2 days agoReal Madrid keeper Courtois on 5-star performance: I never doubt myself

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid keeper Courtois on 5-star performance: I never doubt myselfby Carlos Volcano2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was delighted with his performance for their Champions League defeat of Galatasaray.Real won 1-0 thanks to Toni Kroos’ goal, with Courtois making three exceptional saves.Courtois said, “Tonight’s was an important match, we had to win to get some breathing space in order to stay alive in the Champions League. It’s a stadium with a big atmosphere and they really get behind their team. We were in the match from the start, although they had two big chances at the beginning that I saved well. In the second half we controlled the match more, but we failed to kill the game off.”Everyone was really up for it and that’s the sort of intensity we have to produce in every game to win. We had chances that could have ended up in goals, we didn’t manage to score a second, but are happy to have got the win, although we need to improve on that. We’re going to keep on working and let’s hope we win more games.”He added: “I never doubt myself, but we know just what a club we’re at and I’m only interested in constructive criticism from my teammates and the coach. I’ll keep on training hard to keep performing to this standard.” last_img read more

Video: Nick Saban Won’t Escalate Beef With Michigan: “Jim Harbaugh Is Fine With Me”

first_imgJim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines runs onto the field prior to the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions.STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 21: Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines run onto the field prior to the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)When someone says something about Michigan football, Jim Harbaugh can’t help but respond. We saw it yesterday, when a Rutgers secret society played a prank on Michigan at its camp in New Jersey, and a few weeks ago, Harbaugh fired off a pretty heated tweet in the direction of Alabama’s Nick Saban after the Crimson Tide head coach criticized satellite camps. He later doubled down, calling Saban “hypocritical.”Saban, on the other hand, wants nothing to do with the largely-manufactured controversy. He was asked about Harbaugh’s comments once again today, and refused to get in the mud with the Michigan Man.Alabama HC Nick Saban on his thoughts regarding perceived beef with Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh:— Alex Byington (@abyingtonTD) June 9, 2016That’s not quite as fun, but we wouldn’t expect Saban to handle it any other way.[Saturday Down South]MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more

SRC Science Fair Registration Deadline Extended to May 18

first_img The deadline for schools to register for the Scientific Research Council’s (SRC) Science Fair has been extended to May 18.The fair, which is open to students at primary, secondary and tertiary institutions, will be held in Kingston on June 12.Categories under which schools can participate include Education; Agriculture; Food and Agro-processing; Energy; Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Electronics; Health; Security; and Sports.The event will be staged in collaboration with the Youth Employment in the Digital and Animation Industry (YEDAI) programme under the theme ‘Youth-centred Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development’.Prizes will be awarded for best use of indigenous materials, most innovative project, best use of digital media, and best commercial application.Coordinator for the SRC’s Science and Technology Education Unit, Amanda McKenzie, told JIS News that the fair aims to identify, produce and commercialise products and services geared at improving national growth and development.She said persons who have projects not falling in any of the designated categories may submit their entries under the ‘other’ category.The Coordinator said that in addition to school displays, there will be exhibits from other organisations showcasing new and innovative products.“This will encourage persons to seek a career in those areas or to develop products and services that can improve on those existing,” she said.Ms. McKenzie further said that there will be a Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) symposium as well as numerous science and technology-based competitions.She pointed out that the competitions “will allow students to apply the knowledge that they have in a fun way that will challenge and show them that science and technology can be used for just about everything, as it… is used in everyday life”.Meanwhile, Ms. McKenzie said the SRC is encouraging persons who study other subjects, such as business, to participate in the fair as “you also need persons who will examine the feasibility of the project from a marketing standpoint”.“At the end of the day, you want to ensure that the projects that they come up with can be commercialised,” she added.For more information, persons may send an email to [email protected] or call 876-927-1771-4. Categories under which schools can participate include Education; Agriculture; Food and Agro-processing; Energy; Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Electronics; Health; Security; and Sports. Coordinator for the SRC’s Science and Technology Education Unit, Amanda McKenzie, told JIS News that the fair aims to identify, produce and commercialise products and services geared at improving national growth and development. Story Highlights The deadline for schools to register for the Scientific Research Council’s (SRC) Science Fair has been extended to May 18.last_img read more

Eldorado receives more approvals in Greece still waiting for others

first_imgVANCOUVER – Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD) says it has received another permit and the approval of a technical study for the closure of its Old Olympias mine in Greece.The company has been embroiled in a fight with the Greek government over its gold mining operations in the country.The approvals follow comments by the company that it planned to suspend investment at its mines in Greece amid what it said were delays in the issuing of permits and licences.Eldorado received two other permits earlier this week, but the company said there are still issues outstanding including a permit for its Skouries flotation plant.The Greek government served formal notice that it would initiate an arbitration hearing regarding the company’s Madem Lakkos metallurgical plant alleging a technical study is deficient. Eldorado denies the claim.Eldorado said once it receives the Skouries permit and the Greek government is willing to engage in constructive discussions, it will be in a position to reassess its investment options.last_img read more

Head of Indias central bank resigns amid government split

first_imgNEW DELHI — The head of India’s central bank resigned Monday amid a growing split between the Indian government and the independent monetary policy authority.Reserve Bank of India Gov. Urjit Patel said in a statement posted on the bank’s website that he was resigning for personal reasons.The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has disagreed with some of the central bank’s decisions under Patel, including a move to restrict lending by debt-ridden banks.Government officials said the central bank had excess reserves that should be transferred to the treasury.Modi’s government issued a sweeping demonetization order in 2017 to try to reduce black-market dealings. But a central bank report in August showed that most of the currency banned by the order had been deposited into various banks, undermining that move.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Only 2% automotive firms in India implementing AI

first_imgMumbai: Just two per cent of major automotive companies in India are implementing artificial intelligence (AI) projects compared with 25 per cent in the US and 9 per cent in China, according to the French technology services major Capgemini. Globally, just 10 per cent of major automotive companies are implementing AI projects, with many falling short of an opportunity that could increase operating profit by up to 16 per cent, said the report. Since 2017, the number of automotive companies that have successfully scaled up AI implementation has increased only marginally, from 7 per cent to 10 per cent. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalHowever, more significant has been the increase in companies not using AI, from 26 per cent to 39 per cent, the findings showed. According to the report from the Capgemini Research Institute, just 26 per cent of companies are now piloting AI projects, down from 41 per cent in 2017. “These findings show the progress of AI in the automotive industry has hit a speedbump,” said Markus Winkler, Executive Vice-President, Global Head of Automotive at Capgemini. “While some companies are enjoying considerable success, others have struggled to focus on the most effective use cases, vehicle manufacturers need to start seeing AI not as a standalone opportunity, but as a strategic capability required to shape the future which they must organise investment, talent and governance around,” Winkler said.last_img read more

Ohio State womens soccer uses late goal to top Purdue 32

The OSU women’s soccer team participates in ‘Carmen Ohio’ following a 3-2 win over Purdue on Oct. 8 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.Credit: Anbo Yao / Lantern photographerThe Ohio State women’s soccer team (7-3-3, 2-2-2) tallied its first victory since Sept. 25 on Thursday evening after the Buckeyes topped the Purdue Boilermakers 3-2. The Buckeyes were first to score when sophomore forward Sammy Edwards finished from 10 yards in the center of the box off an assist from junior forward Lindsay Agnew in just the third minute of play. OSU came out of the gates with a lot of energy, evident by the quick score. “I think we know we are in a tough spot in the standings right now, so we needed to come out this weekend and get two wins,” junior forward Nichelle Prince said. “So today was the first day of that and we just really bought it and everyone was on their game today.”OSU maintained its lead for the next 10 minutes before the Boilermakers leveled the match on sophomore midfielder/forward Erika Arkans’ shot from 10 yards out. The half continued with back and forth play with multiple opportunities for both teams to score. OSU coach Lori Walker said she was pleased with the improvements her team made to find success in Thursday’s matchup. “I’m really proud of the effort that they put in tonight, and it’s something that we’ve really been asking them to raise every single game, every day,” Walker said. “We’ve tried to make practices as enjoyable as possible the last week and a half, and I really think that it really started to show today.”Senior captain midfielder Michela Paradiso scored the Buckeyes’ next goal in the 34th minute, her second goal of the season.The Scarlet and Gray headed into halftime leading the Boilermakers 2-1, while also holding an 8-5 advantage in shots, including 5-1 on goal. While holding the edge, the Buckeyes knew at halftime that the game was far from over. “It’s a 90-minute game. Forty-five minutes we have given our heart and our soul, but we’ve got to come out and do that again,” Walker said. “We haven’t really done that; this is one of the first games I feel like we’ve put all the pieces together over the 90 minutes.”Prince played an aggressive and dominant game, which earned her effusive praise from Walker.  “She has so many just special, God-given talents, and what we really try to do is encourage her to utilize them,” Walker said. “Just seeing her with a smile on her face because she’s back at her full pace, if you will, I was just really pleased with what she has been giving our team.” The Boilermakers tied the game in the 61st minute when junior forward Maddy Williams shot from 20 yards out, deflecting off the hand of OSU freshman goalkeeper Devon Kerr and into the back of the net. Prince said this was the Buckeyes’ time to show what they’re made of. “It’s hard when you’re under pressure. You can either crack or step up to the plate, and I think that’s what we did,” Prince said. “We came to play today and we weren’t afraid. We just played our game and came out really hard.”Despite giving up the tying goal, OSU did not back down. In the 67th minute, sophomore midfielder Nikki Walts netted her fourth goal of the season after she curled a shot from 25 yards inside the right post to give the Buckeyes the lead.With the lead in hand, OSU continued to bring pressure and intensity until the very end. “We challenged them and basically tried to treat this like a championship game,” Walker said. “This game really matters, not that any other game doesn’t matter, but this one was a critical one.”The Buckeyes will look to continue their winning ways on Sunday, as they are set to play host to the Maryland Terrapins at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. read more

Commentary Buzz about Ohio State basketball not the same

The Ohio State men’s basketball team is coming off arguably its biggest win of the season, taking down archrival Michigan, 56-53, but I still don’t care. OK, it’s not that I don’t care, but I just am not nearly as interested as I have been in previous years. Teams led by Jared Sullinger, Evan Turner and Greg Oden were the things my life revolved around. School, work, even relationships took a back seat to watching these teams play. Whatever the record, although they were typically fantastic, I would find the Buckeyes on television and shut out all else. But this season I have found it harder and harder to get really into OSU basketball games. Although the turnout at Woody’s for those students who couldn’t attend the Michigan game might tell you otherwise, there are many students who are dealing with the same indifference. The passion and pure unadulterated joy that came to campus last year after home victories against Duke and Indiana just has not been matched this season. But what is it that is keeping this talented team from garnering the following that previous Thad Matta-led squads have had? It is hard to pinpoint an exact reason as to what has changed from such a short time ago since there are so many factors contributing to the decline in interest. Potentially most clear of all is the inflated expectations this team has suffered from. Ranked No. 4 overall in the preseason AP poll, OSU hasn’t quite lived up to these lofty beginnings, dropping three games to some very talented teams in Duke and Illinois and at home against Kansas. But the drop-off from where they began to where they are now has been a rude awakening for fans who have become accustomed to a consistent top-10 team. Add the lack of new recruits this year, a perfect football season stealing the spotlight from basketball and what I am terming as the Jared Sullinger hangover, it is no wonder fans are showing a lack of enthusiasm this year. With the depth of the conference this year, every game is going to matter and home-court advantage will play into the Buckeyes’ chances at competing for the Big Ten Championship. The fans could by key down the stretch for OSU. Looking ahead, the Buckeyes will travel to Michigan State for another tough test against the Spartans Saturday at 6 p.m. before returning to Columbus to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes. read more