SGA candidates present platforms

first_imgThe three tickets running for Saint Mary’s student body president and vice president presented their platforms in the dining hall Wednesday night.Juniors Nicole O’Toole and Marissa Pie’, who are running for president and vice president, respectively, shared a platform based on increasing communication and voicing students’ concerns.O’Toole, who is currently the junior class president, said she was inspired to run in the election after she heard the quote “honor tradition and pioneer change.” She said her ticket seeks to serve as a liaison between the students and College administration. “I firmly believe that my experience has prepared me to take on this role,” O’Toole said. “We will work hard to improve communication. We promise [that] students’ voices are heard.”Pie’ currently serves as market research and media committee co-chair for the Student Government Association (SGA). She said placing a suggestion box in the dining hall could benefit communication between SGA and students.Juniors McKenna Schuster and Sam Moorhead, who are running for president and vice president, also spoke about their platform. Schuster, currently the vice president of internal affairs for SGA, said she aims to emphasize the College’s mission statement.Moorhead, currently the Social Concerns Committee chair for SGA, said her ticket also plans to explore administrative transparency, an increased role for Senate, improved communication and the use of Dalloway’s Coffeehouse as a study space or café. She said Senate meetings enable students to provide input on major decisions. “Our priority is to promote meetings and ensure students have a way to make their voices heard,” she said.Moorhead said she and Schuster also want to enhance the Saint Mary’s community by increasing attendance at sporting events.“It’s important to support each other in endeavors outside of the classroom,” she said.Junior presidential and vice presidential candidates Anna Ulliman and Elizabeth Kenney presented a platform focused on the legacy of each Belle. They have no prior SGA experience, but they said one of their goals is to foster a more connected community.Ulliman said her ticket plans to implement Belle Legacy Days for students to engage in service one day per semester. Ulliman and Kenney said they also plan to host a dinner symposium during the school year that includes a weekend of alumnae visits as a networking experience for current and past Belles.Kenney said another of her ticket’s priorities is placing a physical calendar of campus events in the lobby of each residence hall.Ulliman said each student should be able to make the College her home.“We hope we can make [Saint Mary’s] a place that is great for the next four years, but also far into the future,” she said.Voting opens Monday morning and ends at 11:45 p.m. Students can submit their vote on Belle Tower through OrgSync.Tags: Student Government Associationlast_img read more

Boca Raton businessman, Giuliani associate to comply with Trump impeachment inquiry

first_imgA dramatic turn in the impeachment inquiry may come from the possible rat’s mouth who is also from Boca Raton.Associate of Rudy Giuliani and Ukrainian-American businessman Lev Parnas is reportedly ready to work with impeachment investigators in Congress.“Mr. Parnas was very upset by President Trump’s plainly false statement that he did not know him,” Joseph A. Bondy, a new lawyer for Parnas, told The New York Times. “We are willing to comply with the subpoena to the extent that it does not violate any appropriate privilege that Mr. Parnas may properly invoke.”Parnas is described as a key figure in the inquiry into whether President Trump abused his office for political gain.Investigators believe Parnas helped Giuliani look for dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.Parnas and his business associate Igor Fruman were arrested in early October on a four-count indictment, which includes charges of conspiracy, making false statements to the Federal Election Commission, and falsification of records.Both co-defendants have plead not guilty in the case.Parnas was initially unwilling to cooperate after receiving a letter from House Democrats requesting documents and deposition in connection with the inquiry just a week before his arrest.He then hired John Dowd, a former attorney for Trump, who called the congressional requests overly broad and said Parnas would not cooperate.But Parnas seemingly had a change of heart, as well as legal representation after president Trump denied knowing him or his business associate.“I don’t know them,” Trump told reporters, according to the Times. “Maybe they were clients of Rudy.“You’d have to ask Rudy,” Trump added.It is unclear at this time whether the latest development in the impeachment inquiry will affect Trump or his administration.last_img read more

Herbert Addo takes a swipe at Premier league referees

first_imgHead coach of Inter Allies Herbert Addo has taken a swipe at referees claiming they influence results of games.The torrid performance of Inter Allies continued as they lost to Medeama SC at the Tarkwa T&A Park to a late Bernard Ofori strike butHerbert feels poor refeering decisions cost his side.“The away matches that we have played have been really difficult for us because in the first half you see the players playing very well but because the results are already there no matter how you play you can’t win as an away team,” he told Asempa Sports.“We lost against Medeama but the way and manner the goal came in the 97th minutes, it really sad because we as an away team did anything possible to win but since you are playing away you can’t.”The 2010 league winning coach further added such decisions could speed up his retirement process. “Most coaches will make every effort to win because there is a possibility that you can lose away in football but the trend here in Ghana football is very bad and if it continue like this, I will retire because the referees are not helping to promote our league.”“The authorities in our football should wake up and punish referees who don’t officiate matches properly because we want Ghana football to move forward and not because Inter Allies lost to Medeama but we want the best out of our league.”After nine matches played, Inter Allies have 8 points and lie 15th on the league table.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Trail Blazers rally around injured Jusuf Nurkic after locker room FaceTime

first_img. @Enes_Kanter talks about how the team brought @BosnianBeast27 into the huddle pregame ❤ pic.twitter.com/4Sh7iKQ7I5— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) March 28, 2019Before the game, Kanter told The Oregonian he and other players “couldn’t really sleep” Monday night after Nurkic’s gruesome injury. Wednesday’s virtual interaction, however, brought some sense of peace to the team, even if the 24-year-old Nurkic wasn’t quite himself. Portland went on to beat Chicago 118-98, and Nurkic’s impact from afar wasn’t lost on his team.“Just to see his face and just to hear his voice gave us so much positive motivation,” Enes Kanter told reporters. “It meant a lot to us.” Related News Jusuf Nurkic injury update: Trail Blazers C has no nerve, muscle damage in leg, report says Instead of making the trip to Chicago with his teammates, Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic has spent his week in a hospital bed after suffering a compound fracture of his left tibia and fibula on Monday.However, Nurkic made an appearance in the team locker room via FaceTime before the Blazers took the court against the Bulls. “It was tough to see him down like that,” Damian Lillard said. “Nurk is an upbeat-type dude. He’s always joking and is always in a good mood. But he was hurting. It hurt me to see him like that. I just let him know I was praying for him, thinking about him and that it was going to be all right. I told him, ‘You’re going to come back. Just don’t put any extra stress on yourself. What’s done is done. The happier you are, the better spirits you’re in, you heal better.’ I really believe that.”Zach Collins added: “It was so cool. That was kind of a surprise for us. He was able to hear us, he was wearing a Rip City shirt and he got in the huddle with us, too, on FaceTime. So it was really special. … It was cool to see him in good spirits, especially after what happened. It was only two days ago. I think he was pretty heavily medicated. But we got a smile out of him and a laugh, so it was good.”Wednesday’s win kept Portland (47-27) in third place in the Western Conference at a half-game ahead of Houston. The Blazers have eight games left on their schedule.last_img read more