Dorms find innovative ways to build community during pandemic

first_imgWhile COVID-19 has limited the variety of activities dorms can host, halls are trying to keep their traditions and allow the students to immerse themselves in the dorm life in safer and socially distant ways.Sophomore Danny Brennan, a resident of Fischer Hall, reflected on the pandemic as an opportunity for dorms to be more creative about planning events.“It’s definitely been tough so far,” Brennan said. “With all the restrictions, what we’ve traditionally done is a lot of barbecues and a lot of outdoor events with the dorm community, trying to tie people together in that way. But this year it’s been a little bit tougher than that, so we’ve had to be a little creative.”Fisher Hall has been fundraising for St. Adalbert Catholic School for many years. This year, Fisher planned a tournament with an entry fee that supports St. Adalbert.Brennan said it is important continue donating to St. Adalbert.“[Fisher residents] love the idea of not only them being able to have fun and a little competition, but also being able to give to St. Adalbert because we do have a commitment. I would say everyone, I mean I can’t obviously speak for everyone, but we really care about St. Adalbert,” Brennan said.The mood of competition also keeps residents active in Stanford Hall, who are participating in “Cross-Sectional Olympics,” Stanford president junior Allan Njomo said. Courtesy of Allan Njomo Stanford residents compete in Spikeball during the Cross-Sectional Olympics.“Cross-Sectional Olympics is a big competition we are all having as a dorm,” Njomo said. “We have a variety of big events and smaller events. For example, everybody goes out on the field and does a quick 40-meter race. We also have games of the iPhone pool, checkers or ping pong. Over time, these points are adding up to see which section is going to win on all of it.”Another signature event, ND 110, is organized by Duncan Hall. President, junior Jason Wanamaker described the event’s success this year.“ND 110 is a stair climb that honors first responders that climbed the Twin Towers during 9/11,” Wanamaker said. “We got about 370 students to participate this year. Last year, only about 100 students participated, so we upped the participation a lot. At the end of the day, we got to write a check for $10,000 to the charity for disaster relief.”Duncan also hosted a Yoga SYR with a certified yoga instructor. Courtesy of Jason Wanamaker Students gather outside for Duncan’s Yoga SYR.“We have a certified yoga instructor in our dorm,” Wanamaker said. “He had people bring dates to the lawn behind Duncan. It was very fun. We got about 150 people total.”The dorm presidents realize the difficulties for new students in meeting new people and making friends. Pasquerilla East president Meghan Bolinger shared how Zoom makes it easier for students to engage.“The Zoom events could have helped with that as people were able to tune into things without necessarily taking that initial step right away,” the junior said.Pasquerilla East Hall teamed up with the Spreading Positivity and Radiating Kindness (SPARK) Commission which allows freshmen to connect with upperclassmen.“Upperclassmen and freshmen could sign up to help plan events and facilitate things together,” Bolinger said. “They were put in their SPARK groups, as an opportunity to meet new people who weren’t necessarily their roommates, go get dinner with them and plan events. It’s more freshmen targeted just because it’s a really difficult time this year.”Lewis Hall and Walsh Hall have also created similar programs that could help freshmen get outside of their comfort zone and meet new people.Lewis president, junior Claire Wilson commented how her dorm’s Big Little program is connecting freshmen with upperclassmen.“This coming Friday is our Big Little reveal,” Wilson said. “This year, it is huge. We have so many littles that everyone has two littles.”Walsh chief of staff, junior Caroline Bice said the hall has altered its traditional events to adhere to new safety guidelines.“We have a lot of events that are Walsh traditions which we had to adapt for this year,” Bice said. “We have this thing called Soul Sisters which is basically a Bible study format discussion, where you just talk about your faith in a super informal way, its application to current situations so how you’re changing and how that affects you and your mental health.”Tags: COVID-19, dorm community, Duncan Hall, fisher hall, lewis hall, Pasqueriila East, Stanford Hall, Walsh Halllast_img read more

Sri Lanka suffer ODI series defeat despite Gunathilaka century

first_imgDANUSHKA Gunathilaka’s century was in vain as Sri Lanka slipped to an ODI series defeat in Pakistan.The opener scored 133 from 134 balls in the third and final match in Karachi, but Sri Lanka could still manage only 297-9 from their 50 overs.Fakhar Zaman (76) and Abid Ali’s (74) opening partnership of 123 laid the platform for Pakistan to overhaul the tourists’ score with 10 balls to spare.Pakistan therefore won the three-match series 2-0 and focus now shifts to the three-match T20 series, which starts tomorrow.Gunathilaka hit 16 fours and a six in an innings that was finally ended in the 45th over when he was removed by a Mohammad Amir yorker.That his dismissal reduced Sri Lanka to 243-6 was indicative of the lack of support he received.Lahiru Thirimanne (36), debutant Minod Bhanuka (36) and Dasun Shanaka (43) were the only other players to pass 13, while Pakistan’s bowlers all kept things relatively tight with the exception of Wahab Riaz (1-81 from 10).Pakistan quickly set about making light work of the target, with 123 runs on the board by the time Abid fell to Wanindu Hasaranga in the 20th over.Haris Sohail struck a 46-ball 50 as he and Sarfraz Ahmed (23) comfortably guided Pakistan towards victory, which was secured with successive fours from Iftikhar Ahmed after poor deliveries down leg from Nuwan Pradeep. (Yahoo Sport)last_img read more

MAN UNITED VS TOTTENHAM

first_imgMANCHESTER UNITED (4-3-3)DE GEA, DARMIAN, SMALLING, BLIND, SHAW, SCHNEIDERLIN, CARRICK, DEPAY, MATA, ROONEY, YOUNGTOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (4-2-3-1)KANE, CHADLI, ERIKSEN, LAMELA, MASON, BENTALEB, ROSE, VERTONGHAN, WIMMER, DIER, LLORISThis is first game of the Barclays Premier League season; the Old Trafford game kicks off at 12:45BST to begin the exciting PL marathon.It is also a huge season for both clubs with Manchester United hoping to improve on fourth place last term – when they finished 17 points adrift of winners Chelsea – and Tottenham (who finished fifth and a massive 23 points behind the Blues) desperate to break back into the top four of the Barclays Premier League.Spurs will be hopeful of improving on a record of just one defeat (and three draws) in their last six home and away league games against the Red Devils.And United boss Louis van Gaal will not need prompting that he began his league career at Old Trafford on the opening day of last season with a shocking 2-1 reverse against Swansea City. Indeed, that was United’s first opening-day defeat since 1972.United have been busy in the summer, signing winger Memphis Depay (PSV Eindhoven), Torino right-back Matteo Darmian, midfielders Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin, from Bayern Munich and Southampton respectively, and Sampdoria goalkeeper Sergio Romero. Most should be involved against a Spurs side that were keen on Schneiderlin last season.United are without Marouane Fellaini, who is banned after receiving a red card against Hull last season. They also give tests to Marcos Rojo, Javier Hernandez and Anders Lindegaard, while Angel Di Maria left United on Wednesday for Paris St-Germain.Spurs signed Cologne’s Kevin Wimmer, Kieran Trippier of Burnley and Toby Alderweireld, who spent last season on loan at Southampton before moving to White Hart Lane permanently from Atletico Madrid.last_img read more

‘Vineland Boys’ lead defendant gets life

first_imgThe lead defendant in the federal racketeering case against the Vineland Boys street gang was sentenced Monday to life in prison without possibility of parole. Rafael “Sneaky” Yepiz of Reseda, a leader of the Sun Valley-based gang, was sentenced during a hearing in U.S. District Court. Yepiz was convicted in October of 21 charges, including violating the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, drug trafficking and money laundering. He was the last to be sentenced among the nine Vineland Boys members or associates brought to trial so far in the law-enforcement probe aimed at squashing the street gang. Authorities said the gang terrorized parts of Burbank, North Hollywood and Palmdale for more than a decade. Prosecutors said the Vineland Boys trafficked in cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana in Los Angeles, Hawaii, Indiana and the East Coast. The group also is linked to four homicides, including the slaying of rookie Burbank police Officer Matthew Pavelka, who was killed in a shootout with alleged Vineland Boys member David Garcia, who is awaiting trial on murder charges. Meanwhile, trial for defendants Jose Ledesma, Raul Robledo and Javier Covarrubius, who face the death penalty in a 2003 witness-slaying case, is slated to begin in June. [email protected] (818) 546-3304 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

‘I tend not to listen to pundits on Match of the Day’ – Steve McClaren hits back at Newcastle legend

first_img1 Newcastle manager Steve McClaren has responded to widespread criticism about his managerial style and the mental state of his players.The Magpies are languishing in the Premier League’s bottom three after 14 games and have conceded eight goals in their last two league games against Leicester and Crystal Palace.Former captain Alan Shearer was withering in his Match of the Day analysis last weekend, suggesting his former club has too many “Monday to Friday” players and bemoaning the lack of an obvious plan.But McClaren responded: “I tend not to listen to pundits on Match of the Day or any other programme. People make me aware [of their comments] and they’re interesting.“I’ve been a pundit myself and it’s a great job. It’s the best job in the world. Football’s about opinions. There are lots of TV and radio programmes. When you’re asked, you have to give an opinion. It’s what you’re paid for.“You respect that opinion from people who have played football at the highest, highest level. I’ve got no criticism of that. But we tend not to focus [on them], though one or two things are very interesting.”The heavy 5-1 defeat at Palace last Saturday led to claims that McClaren’s players were losing interest with some even accused of not trying.However, the former England boss, who will lead his troops into battle with a rejuvenated Liverpool on Sunday, said: “You cross that white line and you play in front of 52,000 people, believe you me, you have got to try.“When you are lacking in confidence and you are lacking in belief, you are not getting results and performances and you are a young player coming into a new situation, or an old one that’s always there, it’s very difficult to turn that around, very difficult.“It looks like, from the outside, they are not trying, they are not running, they are not working. I thought that and we looked at the stats and they are exactly the same. But it looks like they are not trying.“But they are and we see that. We are trying to build it every week and I see it in training, and we need to transfer that confidence that we have and that belief that we have in the week into a Saturday.” Steve McClaren last_img read more