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SMC hosts mom’s weekend

first_imgSaint Mary’s Junior Mom’s Weekend is aimed to bring mothers and daughters together for a weekend of fun, junior class president Meghan Helmle said. “It’s definitely just a time to relax,” Helmle said.Mothers will visit campus today, Saturday and Sunday to spend quality time with their daughters.“Its also good to bond with our moms,” junior class treasurer Katie Brown said. Though the weekend was originally intended for just mothers and daughters, the Junior Class Board decided to open the event to all female relatives, but Brown said most of the relatives that will visit are mothers. More than 250 mothers and relatives are expected to attend, she said.“Our theme for the weekend is that daughters and mothers are friends,” Helmle said. “We’re definitely pushing and encouraging moms and daughters to form a friendship and making it a lasting relationship.”The moms are scheduled to arrive on campus and register between 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. today.  Registration will be held in the Gillespie Conference Center at the Hilton Garden Inn, where wine and cheese will be served from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.In addition to the wine and cheese, a silent auction will begin at 5 p.m. and continue until 7:45 p.m., when the winners will be announced. “We are doing a silent auction, and we had over 45 people donate baskets,” Helmle said.Events will continue Saturday, beginning with a Mary Kay Skin Care party in the Student Center Lounge from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A jewelry sale will also be held during the weekend with a special piece of jewelry designed just for Junior Mom’s Weekend. The sale will be held in the Student Center Atrium from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.Brown said many of the events will be held on campus to show off the College.“We wanted to keep it on campus, or as close to campus as possible, so the events, our two big events, are held at the Hilton,” Helmle said. “We really wanted to showcase our campus and show how nice our school really is.”Students and moms will have the chance to participate in a tie-dye event from 10 a.m. to noon in Conference Room C in the Student Center and a scavenger hunt, which takes place around campus. Wine glass decorating will also be available from noon to 2 p.m. in Earley Conference Room E in the Student Center.Moms and daughters can also participate in the game, “How Well Do You Know Your Belle.” Afternoon tea will be held in Haggar Parlor. The day will end with a showing of “A League of Their Own” with pizza and pop in Vander Vennet at 8 p.m.On Sunday, mothers and daughters will eat brunch together from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., and Saint Mary’s President Carol Ann Mooney speak at 10:15 a.m. Brunch will be held in the Ballroom at the Gillespie Conference Center at the Hilton Garden Inn.The weekend will conclude with Mass at the Church of Loretto at 11:15 a.m.last_img read more

Protests spark after Iran admits downing Ukrainian plane

first_imgFlowers and candles are placed in front of the portraits of the flight crew members of the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 plane that crashed in Iran, at a memorial at the Boryspil International airport outside Kiev, Ukraine on Jan. 11. REUTERS/VALENTYN OGIRENKO DUBAI – Iran’s admission that it shotdown a Ukrainian airliner, killing all 176 aboard, has provoked internationaloutrage and triggered growing protests against Iranian authorities in Tehranand other cities.  Foreign governments condemned thedowning of the plane, with Ukraine demanding compensation. Canada, Ukraine andBritain, however, called Tehran’s admission an important first step. In what President Hassan Rouhanicalled a “disastrous mistake,” Iran said on Saturday that a missile fired inerror on Jan. 8 by its air defenses while on alert after Iranian missilestrikes on United States targets in Iraq, brought down the plane. Ukraine International Airlines saidIran should have closed the airport. The carrier said it had received noindication it faced a threat and was cleared for takeoff.(Reuters)last_img read more

Buckeyes spoil Ball’s historic day

first_imgUW senior tailback Montee Ball played like a man on fire in his final home game at Camp Randall, rushing for 191 yards and a touchdown on 39 carries.[/media-credit]When Montee Ball took the ball at the 7-yard line, he cut left, leapt into the air and landed on his left foot before flopping into the Camp Randall end zone. The perfect Senior Day tale, the one where he would tie and then break the all-time NCAA touchdown record, seemed to be falling perfectly into place.But that tale quickly turned sour when Ball dove over a goal line pile-up with his arms fully extended, as Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier jarred the ball loose. The Buckeyes recovered the fumble at the 6-yard line and that second quarter score would be his lone touchdown of the game as Wisconsin (7-4, 4-3 Big Ten) fell to Ohio State (11-0, 7-0) in a 21-14 overtime loss Saturday. “Stupid play. Stupid decision,” Ball said of the play. “I just feel like I had to do something in that situation because they submarined our linemen, [the defensive line] kind of dove to the ground and it was clogged up.”A demoralized Ball returned to the sideline feeling as if he had cost the team not only the game-tying score, but a shot at handing the undefeated Buckeyes their first loss of the season.“He was pretty upset,” junior running back James White said. “Anybody in that position probably would be, so I just went over there, talked to him, was like, ‘Keep your head up, the game’s not over with, we have enough time to come back and win this.’”White’s words of encouragement held true less than three minutes of gametime later.A well-executed two-minute drill from UW quarterback Curt Phillips gave Ball another shot at career touchdown No. 79 – the record-breaker – but Ball’s two carries amounted to only four yards in Wisconsin’s only drive of extra period.“Extremely bittersweet,” Ball said postgame. “It would have been perfect for us to win with a touchdown in overtime and to break the record, but Ohio State played well and they deserve it.”The senior tailback finished the day with 191 yards on 39 carries, pushing and pounding his way to an average of 4.9 yards per carry. Redshirt senior center Travis Frederick described Ball’s physical style as “running as hard as I’ve ever seen him run today.”But after that fourth quarter mistake, it was difficult to recall the momentum-inducing excitement of the running back’s 78th career touchdown.As Ball climbed back to his feet after crossing the goal line, the neighboring student section erupting in cheers, he took a moment to soak in the situation before jogging to the sideline with the historic ball placed firmly in his right hand.The next stop was the bench, where he thanked the offensive linemen who paved the way for the impressive touchdown total that tied the NCAA career record.“It was just like, ‘Let’s keep going, let’s get the next one,’” Frederick said of Ball’s message to the offensive line after the touchdown. “You guys are doing great up there, and keep going.”Although his parents joined him on the field pregame and created what he described as the “ideal picture” for breaking the record earlier this week, the game did not pull together in picture-framed fashion for the senior tailback.But as it became increasingly apparent that the stars were not aligning for the senior’s big day and that he could not yet add his name to the NCAA record books, UW head coach Bret Bielema could not contain his emotion after the loss.“Seniors, those guys mean the world for me. I know Montee’s hurting, I know he wanted that [record],” Bielema said, his voice cracking as tears welled up in his eyes. “He was like a man possessed there in the second quarter, fun to watch. But the good news is it will make everybody stronger, just sucks to go through.”Picking up 41 yards in the first quarter, Ball’s day got off to a convincing start. In the second quarter on the drive that ended with his only touchdown, the senior tailback received the ball on four straight plays and rushed for 38 yards.Ball admitted that a swirl of frustration and disappointment ate at him in the locker room postgame. But looking surprisingly composed as a swarm of reporters gathered around him following the defeat, he twirled a certain football emblazoned with a red Motion ‘W’ in his hands. It was the record-tying football, a piece of history he said he still planned to hand over to his parents.Even after the difficult loss that made it impossible for the Badgers to officially win the Leaders Division crown, he acknowledged the magnitude of the moment when he tied former Miami (OH) running back Travis Prentice’s record.“It’s memorable,” he said. “It’s something that I’m going to look back on, cherish it for the rest of my life, so I just wanted to make sure to soak it all in.”Follow Ian on Twitterlast_img read more

Jets reportedly will audition kickers as Chandler Catanzaro struggles

first_imgThe Jets are apparently considering a change at kicker after one preseason game. Following Chandler Catanzaro’s rough showing Thursday night against the Giants, which included two missed extra points, the New York Daily News reports the Jets are bringing in kickers to audition Saturday.  Pat Shurmur hits brakes on Daniel Jones hype train after impressive Giants debut Packers’ Matt LaFleur after Aaron Rodgers criticizes joint practices: ‘I still think it was beneficial for us’ The group reportedly will include former Vikings standout Blair Walsh and Chris Blewitt, a former Pitt kicker who was in camp with the Bears this spring before being cut in June. Jets coach Adam Gase had indicated the team might bring in some additional options to push Catanzaro.  Related News Browns’ Freddie Kitchens on Antonio Callaway: ‘We’re not willing to put up with it’ “I don’t think there’s ever a downside to creating competition,” Gase said Thursday. “Where we’re at right now going through the spring, there’s been some really good moments where there’s been some consistency there. We just need to kind of get back to our rhythm with the snapper, holder, kicker.”Catanzaro, 28, previously kicked for the Jets in 2017 after spending three years with the Cardinals. He started last season with the Buccaneers but was cut in November before being picked up by the Panthers three weeks later to close out the season.  He signed a one-year, $2.3 million deal to return to New York this season. Walsh, 29, was a first-team All-Pro selection for the Vikings as a rookie in 2012 but saw his fortunes diminish over time, most notably missing a 27-yard field goal against the Seahawks in the playoffs after the 2015 season in a 10-9 Vikings loss to the Seahawks. Minnesota dumped him the following November and he landed in Seattle for the 2017 season but was out of the NFL altogether last year.last_img read more