Saint Mary’s committee builds on Monthly Mingle initiative

first_imgThe topics of Saint Mary’s Monthly Mingles — which take place on the first Monday of every month — vary from political issues to self-care. Sophomore Terra Nelson and junior Francesca Cervone, members of the Community Justice Committee, are Monthly Mingle co-chairs and responsible for planning each event. The goal of the Monthly Mingle, Nelson said, is to gather everyone together in a comfortable environment to talk about the topic at hand. “We try to get as many girls together as possible, of all different class years, and just talk about something on campus that we feel is a hot conversation or something that people need to discuss in a safe space,” she said. “Sometimes, it’s just about spreading awareness about the topic.”Cervone said Monthly Mingles are centered around reaching out to everyone in the community and making sure they feel welcome and free to share their opinions. “The Monthly Mingles focus on inclusion, and everyone is welcome to attend,” she said. “They’re important because, given the climate of today’s world, I feel all students at Saint Mary’s should know that they are welcomed and have a space where they can talk and share their opinions without being judged.” Nelson said Monthly Mingle discussions focus on giving everyone a voice and making sure everyone is engaged. “We like to engage everyone in the discussion so that when you come to a Monthly Mingle you’re not just sitting there listening to two people, but you’re actively listening to everyone’s opinions,” she said. “Most students come and share their stories. The first half of the Monthly Mingle is always giving everyone a basis of information on the topic. It’s definitely a space where Belles can come in, share their stories and experiences or ask questions.”The topics are decided based on “need in the community,” Nelson said. “When we sit and brainstorm about the topics, it’s from our perspective, which is the point of view of students,” she said. “We decide the topics based on what we hear people talking about.”The most successful Monthly Mingle so far, Cervone said, has been the November discussion on healthy relationships and dating violence. “November’s Monthly Mingle was very successful because we got to work with [director] Connie Adams and [the Belles Against Violence Office] and talk about healthy relationships,” she said.Nelson said she felt November’s Monthly Mingle was successful because not a lot of students are able to recognize the signs of dating violence alone. “Connie Adams from the Belles Against Violence Office came, and she did a lot of role playing and provided handouts,” she said. “We just kind of talked through what dating violence looks like, and through this we were able to open up a space for girls to be vulnerable and honest and ask questions.”December’s Monthly Mingle topic, Nelson said, came about as the result of a participant’s suggestion. “We’re doing December’s Monthly Mingle on self-care because one of the girls from the last Monthly Mingle asked us if we could,” she said. “If anyone has an idea, we’re more than happy to listen to them. We really want students to stay in tune with what happens on campus.”The best part of the Monthly Mingles is seeing people go beyond their own biases and listen to the group’s differing opinions, Nelson said. “Our own biases can drop by the wayside after the Monthly Mingles, and any pre-connotations can hopefully be proven wrong,” she said. “Then, we can all realize that some issues might be more complex than initially thought. Hearing other girls’ stories, becoming more aware, makes us better and more empathetic community members.”Nelson said she wants future Monthly Mingles to be more inclusive and reflect what the community needs. “The goal is to make the Monthly Mingles, not larger or more flashy, but make them more about what our community members need and craft them into a space where all Belles can come and feel heard and listen to other Belles,” she said. Tags: 2017 Student Government Insider, Community, Diversity, inclusion, Saint Mary’s SGA, Student Government Associationlast_img read more

Sergio Salcido erases ‘God awful’ shooting this season for game-winner at No. 17 North Carolina

first_imgCHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Sergio Salcido was always going to shoot. It didn’t matter that he hadn’t scored since the first quarter. It didn’t matter that he had a tough, roughly 55-degree angle on a red-hot goalie. It didn’t matter that he entered the game with a .150 season shooting percentage — “God awful,” by his standards.Brad Voigt swung him the ball and Salcido didn’t hesitate.“The guy who had rotated onto me ran about 10 yards up from the crease,” Salcido said. “That’s a long rotation.”North Carolina opened Fetzer Field in 1935 and Salcido closed it for good on Saturday afternoon. His overtime man-up bullet capped an improbable run in which the No. 1 Orange (10-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) overcame a five-goal, second-half deficit to topple No. 17 North Carolina (6-6, 1-2), 12-11, and clinch the ACC regular-season title and No. 1 conference tournament seed. It was an improbable run Syracuse has been making all season, embodied perhaps no better than by Salcido.The former walk-on had only five assists in two years entering last season, then broke out for 29 goals, 24 assists and a second-team All-American nod — something ESPN analyst Mark Dixon said is one of the most surprising things he’s ever seen in lacrosse. But this season, the redshirt senior said he did not practice for the first seven weeks of the season with an undisclosed injury. He left an early February scrimmage hobbling. Sometimes he worked out a day before the game, but seldom.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“When you’re not practicing during the week,” SU head coach John Desko said, “it’s hard to get in rhythm.”On Saturday, Salcido showed he might be fully recovered. He matched his season-high goals (two) in the first quarter alone on just two shots. The first on a wide-open man-up can around the crease. His second infuriated Tar Heel defender Jack Rowlett, UNC’s second-best defender, when he dodged from behind the goal and suddenly stopped his full run. Salcido spun and Rowlett, fooled, kept running and the crowd gave its approving, “Oooh.” A flick of the wrist pocketed the shot and dispatched flailing Tar Heel goalie Brian Balkam.Rowlett was a downgrade from top defenders that teams have regularly thrown at Salcido all season. That added attention, for an unassuming walk-on just 18 months ago, startled Salcido into his poor start. The pressure of facing a top defender made Salcido realize that he may only get one or two good looks at the goal per game. In the beginning of the season, he shot his shot anyway. He attempted seven against Siena (no goals), 13 against Albany (two) and 11 against Virginia (two).“Right now, I think I’m trying to aim a little bit too much,” Salcido said last week. “I analyze my game probably more than I should. I think that’s kind of hurt me, as far as shooting goes. In practice, I let it fly and it seems to go in. In the games, I’m trying to pick a corner instead of picking a spot. It’s something I’m working on.”The Winter Park, Florida, native has been able to practice for the last two weeks and used that time to re-hone his shooting mechanics, wary of any bad habits he picked up while compensating for his injury.“Fortunately, he was on today,” Desko said, “because that’s when we needed it the most.”Yet after his initial burst, Salcido remained quiet. He missed his next two shots — including one when North Carolina midfielder Justin Anderson got caught in transition and ended up guarding his counterpart. Salcido hesitated at first, looking to pass off, but then he squared up Anderson, shimmied and went left as Anderson’s ankles went right. His second “Oooh” of the day left him alone about 18 yards out, from where he promptly pushed the shot wide right.North Carolina frustration boiled over well after the halftime whistle, when Rowlett ran up behind Salcido and tomahawked his stick out of his hands. Flags flew immediately and Salcido slowly turned with his hands out. Then he seemed to shrug and turn back to his team.In the second half, Salcido mostly directed the offense from the top as his teammates mounted a 7-1 run to force overtime.“Teams slide to (Salcido) much quicker this year,” attack Jordan Evans said. “If they’re not going to get there (fast enough), he’s going to put it in the back of the net.”With about a minute gone in the overtime period, UNC defender Jack Lambert pushed SU attack Nate Solomon and sent the Orange on a man-up.SU worked the ball methodically around the top as Salcido sat on the backside and waited. Then it came to him. This time, the redshirt senior said he didn’t try to shoot it as hard as he could. He didn’t try to force it into a specific spot. He looked at an area — just over the goalie’s right shoulder — and let it fly. Comments Published on April 15, 2017 at 8:34 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

How Spurs can spend the £60m – Barca striker, competition for Alli and more

first_img 6 With Mauricio Pochettino signing a new contract with Tottenham, the rebuilding process will now start ahead of next season.By the looks of their brave battle this campaign, Spurs could be again challenging for the Premier League title if they get their transfer business right.POCHETTINO: WE MUST IMPROVE SQUAD TO COMPETE IN CHAMPIONS LEAGUEReports in the Daily Mail suggest manager Pochettino will have £60million to spend on players this summer, plus a little extra if those who are surplus to requirements are sold.So who could the Lilywhites sign to bolster their bid for silverware and to ensure they can cope with the demands of Champions League football.Click the arrow above, right, to find out… 6 6 Florian Thauvin (Newcastle) – Magpies relegation could see attacking bought on the cheap – Marcelo Bielsa is doing plenty of work to help protégé Pochettino’s transfer plans for the summer. As well as giving him the lowdown on Batshuayi, he has also been advising him on possible signing Thauvin, who he managed at Marseille. Newcastle will be keen to sell and Spurs could even get him on the cheap. Saido Berahino (West Brom) – in case they can’t get Batshuayi – A year on and it appears Tottenham are still interested in signing the England striker. Berahino’s value has dropped on the back of a disappointing campaign with the Baggies, but Spurs could be ready to rescue him should they fail to land Batshuayi from Marseille. Sandro Ramirez (Barcelona) – the forward could cost less than £10m – Told by Luis Enrique he is not in the club’s plans for next season, Ramirez will be available for transfer. Likely to be sold for around £7.8m, the 20-year-old forward has been watched by Pochettino before and could a be cheap alternative to the likes of Batshuayi and Berahino. 6 Adam Lallana (Liverpool) – to provide depth in midfield – The England international has begun to look the part again after some initial struggles at Liverpool but, with Jurgen Klopp plotting raids for players like Mario Gotze, Lallana could be left fighting for a first-team spot. A £20m move by Spurs has been rumoured by The Sun, and would give them great depth in midfield. 6 6 Michy Batshuayi (Marseille) – Click to see more players Tottenham could sign in the summer… – It’s now quite clear the Belgian striker will be leaving the Ligue 1 side this summer. He’s rated at around £30m by Marseille, and has been the subject of reports by Marcelo Bielsa, who is giving his advice to Pochettino. West Ham are also in the battle to sign the striker but the lure of Champions League football could be what makes his mind up. Yunus Malli (Mainz) – attacker to battle Alli for the no.10 spot? – Mauricio Pochettino and his scouting team clearly have a thing for Bundesliga stars. Having snapped up Kevin Wimmer from Cologne and Heung-Min Son from Bayer Leverkusen last summer, the manager could go back for Mainz attacking midfielder Malli this time. Worth around £10m, the Turkish star is also being looked at by Borussia Dortmund, and will battle Dele Alli for the no.10 spot if signed. last_img read more