Love one another. Celebrate diversity. Extend hospitality. Strive for unity. These are the four guiding principles of the Saint Mary’s College Mission Statement, values that students and faculty will have the opportunity to thoroughly reflect on this week. Junior Silvia Cuevas, mission commissioner for Saint Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA), said the Mission Council has set up displays in the Student Center atrium and the Cushwa-Leighton library to remind the Saint Mary’s community of the College’s mission in education, faith and service. Students can sign their names on a sheet next to the displays, affirming their support of the mission statement. “The Mission Council and myself thought it was important to promote the mission statement, especially toward students, to know what we stand for and what we believe,” Cuevas said. “We are given the mission statement freshman year, but we tend to forget about it.” Students may be unaware that the core values of the mission statement are all around them as they hurry to class each day, Cuevas said. “All of the banners [on the light poles] promote this year’s core values,” Cuevas said. “Each banner has one of the four different values of either ‘love one another,’ ‘celebrate diversity,’ ‘extend hospitality’ or ‘strive for unity.’” Cuevas said she hopes this week’s new displays around campus will help get students and faculty interested in continuing the College’s mission. “The two displays each have a poster of the French cross with the mission statement and our core values, along with sheets for students to sign their names,” Cuevas said. “There are also booklets and bookmarks for students to take.” The displays are not the only way students can reflect on the College’s mission statement, Cuevas said. “When I look around, our girls are always doing something, they are always on their feet,” Cuevas said. “Whether it’s with their clubs or in the community, they are always promoting the core values even if they don’t know it.” Cuevas said she hopes the initiative will extend to other aspects of Saint Mary’s life. “I hope this project will be expanded in the future and in a way where we can promote the mission at our events around campus,” she said. “I also hope that for those who work in the community and are a part of clubs will keep the mission in mind as they do these activities.”
Share Share LocalNews CariMAN to host symposium on violence by: – April 10, 2012 Tweet Photo credit: browardprevention.orgThe Caribbean Male Action Network (CariMAN) Dominica Chapter Inc; an affiliate of the regional Caribbean Male Action Network, is getting prepared to host a one day symposium next week on violence in Dominica.CariMAN which is a male organization aims to create an avenue for boys and men to discuss issues that affect their lives and also to share best practices. The Dominica Chapter which was established in December 2012, launched in June 2011 and registered on February 3, 2012 also collaborates with female groups and organizations to reduce and eliminate all kinds of violence, including gender-based violence.According to a press release issued by the local chapter of CariMAN the organization “recognizes, with great concern, the increase in criminal and violent activities in our homes, schools and communities, particularly among our young males”.They also “acknowledge that many concerned individuals, groups, organizations and institutions have individually and collectively facilitated solution-oriented discussions so as to identify practical ways to reduce and ultimately eliminate crime and violence that affect, not only our citizens, but essentially visitors to our God-gifted land”.The organization therefore “firmly believes” that to “realize success in fighting crime and violence society must amalgamate its efforts and resources”.Therefore they have organized a one day symposium and have invited various individuals, groups, organizations and institutions to participate in.The symposium is scheduled to take place on Friday 20th April, 2012, from 8: 30 am to 4: 00 pm at the Public Service Union Conference Room (downstairs) on Valley Road. The release also indicates the organization’s intention “to merge our defined plans and together develop a resolute and workable National Plan of Action to address, reduce and eliminate anti-social behaviours in our nation”.The symposium will climax with a panel discussion which will “address violence and crime in relation to Youth and Education, the Law and Citizens, Spirituality, Violence against Women and the Role of Men in Ending Violence”.Dominica Vibes News 10 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Share
Before the Wisconsin women’s hockey team (27-4-1, 22-3-1 WCHA) faces off against North Dakota in the first round of the WCHA playoffs, the Badgers have one final road trip to make when they travel to Columbus this weekend for a showdown with Ohio State.After an inauspicious start to the season in which the Badgers lost their first game to Minnesota-Duluth, UW has not looked back — running off 12 straight victories following their opening day loss. The Badgers surpassed that total later in the season with a 13-game unbeaten streak.With the hoopla from clinching the WCHA crown resting in distant memory, the Badgers will dig deep and look to gain momentum before the playoff push.”Momentum is a big thing in hockey,” UW head coach Mark Johnson said. “We know that these games are important to us in order to keep on the stretch we got going, [so] we just need to play our game and not worry about anything else.”The Badgers clinched the WCHA title on Feb. 11th, and with what is expected to be a long playoff run for the Badgers, conventional wisdom would say to rest up the big guns before the big playoff push.But Johnson is anything but conventional.”I know coaches sometimes give players [time] off in these kinds of games, but we don’t have anyone to rest. So they’re all going to play and they’re going to play hard,” Johnson said.While the Badgers’ playoff scenario is set, the same cannot be said for the Buckeyes. Ohio State (13-14-5, 10-13-3 WCHA) is just two points behind St. Cloud State for the fourth seed in the conference and home-ice advantage in the first round.While the Buckeyes’ record isn’t exactly jaw-dropping this season, they are a very physical team who took the Badgers to overtime earlier in the season.”They are a tough team, there’s no doubt about that,” Johnson said. “But if they’re playing physical, we expect to match them and draw some penalties.”While the two teams meeting this weekend may be the same as they were in January at the Kohl Center, the elements will be quite different at the Ohio State Ice Rink in Columbus.”It will be different because the rink is different,” Johnson said. “Our rink is a lot bigger and has a lot of space. Theirs is just the opposite. It’s very small, so things happen real quick. So when you’re on the ice, there’s a lot of action and you always have to be ready.”We practiced in a lot of small situations and talked about how to move into open space, and hopefully it will pay off.”Offensively, the Badgers have scored goals regardless of where they are playing. UW’s prolific offensive attack is averaging just fewer than four goals per contest and has four players — Sara Bauer, Jinelle Zaugg, Sharon Cole and Bobbi Jo Slusar — with more than 30 points on the year.While the offensive attack for the Badgers has been nothing short of spectacular, the blueliners and netminders have been the steady hand guiding the No. 3-ranked Badger ship. UW is giving up a miniscule 1.5 goals per game while playing three goaltenders that have all made significant contributions on the year. Together, the triumvirate of Meghan Horras, Christine Dufour and Jessie Vetter have a 1.39 GAA along with a save percentage of .941.While the Badgers have the lead in the all-time series (21-3-5), the Buckeyes are coming off two-straight wins against North Dakota, including a shutout victory on Sunday. Also adding fuel to the Buckeye fire is the recent contributions of OSU goaltender Erika Vanderveer, who earned WCHA Defensive Player of the Week honors after stopping 69 out of 72 shots this past weekend.At this point in the season, it seems that nothing can stand in the way of the Badgers and their championship dreams.But as the old sports adage says, “You got to take it one game at the time,” and that’s exactly what the Badgers plan to do.