first_imgCommunity CommitteeCommunity committee co-chairs Kelsey O’Connor and Giavanna Paradiso hosted many events throughout the semester, all of which were new besides pre-Domerfest and Bellesgiving. Even so, the juniors took pre-Domerfest a step further by improving the event with a theme, food and more giveaways. The community committee has hosted at least one event per semester and has successfully revitalized Dalloway’s Coffee House. The co-chairs are looking to make Dalloway’s a more permanent student space and hope their work will help all Belles feel as if they are part of the community. There are more events being planned for next semester. The increase in events and recreation of traditional campus events has created a successful semester for the community committee.Grade: AFood Services CommitteeJunior Giavanna Paradiso has continued her work from last year as the food services committee chair. The committee worked closely with Sodexo representative Jim Raischer and junior community committee co-chair Kelsey O’Connor to enhance Food Week events as well as to create new events. Paradiso said she is hoping to continue promoting events in Dalloway’s as well as gathering more student feedback on the dining hall. The committee’s events have brightened campus, and dining services has taken student input into greater consideration this semester.Grade: AMission Committee The mission committee is led by senior Kathryn Stalter and sophomore Tatiana Boehning. The committee works to emphasize the mission of the College through community events that focus on faith and spirituality. The chairs of the mission committee also have a seat on the mission council, which allows them to work directly with faculty and staff to develop more opportunities on campus to enhance the College’s mission. This semester, the mission committee has furthered the previous chairs’ goals through the expansion of “Lemonade and Le Mans” Mass, which now includes other community events after individual dorm Masses such as cookies after McCandless Mass and hot cocoa after Holy Cross Mass. Stalter and Boehning have also hosted holiday-themed events with the Sisters of the Holy Cross, including “Let’s Spoon FroYo Social” in Loretto on Halloween, and “Hot Chocolate Social” on Thanksgiving. While the mission committee has increased community involvement and spiritual awareness to an extent, they have done little to appeal to those who practice non-Catholic faiths.Grade: A-Sustainability CommitteeThe sustainability committee, chaired by seniors Kassidy Jungles and Courtney Kroschel as well as junior Rebecca Cesario, attempts to educate Saint Mary’s students about sustainability and ways to be environmentally consciousness on campus. Most of the funds the committee raise go towards providing recycling bins on campus, although the committee has hosted yoga events and a “Brain Food and Bagels” event. Through working with the Office of Civic and Social Engagement, the committee has been able to increase on-campus composting initiatives with the introduction of paper towel composting bins in the Student Center bathrooms. The sustainability committee has continued its efforts to provide students with viable ways in which to reduce their ecological footprint; while they may seem subtle, in the end, these efforts successfully encourage a more sustainable campus.  Grade: A-Big Belle Little BelleSGA’s Big Belle Little Belle program is co-chaired by senior Moira LeMay and junior Sarah Austin. While September was a busy month for the committee, very few events have been scheduled for the end of the semester. November’s only event included the campus-wide “Lip Sync Battle,” which was hosted in conjunction with the Residence Hall Association. One of the highlights of Big Belle Little Belle’s semester was “Reveal Day,” which was hosted at the newly reopened Dalloway’s Coffeehouse and brought much attention to the Saint Mary’s iconic clubhouse. However, Big Belle Little Belle has not done much to increase total Saint Mary’s community involvement. Grade: B-SOPHIA Oversight Committee: This semester, the SOPHIA oversight committee, chaired by junior Addie Bobosky, has worked on soliciting feedback from students about the SOPHIA Program in Liberal Learning. The program is the core of Saint Mary’s Liberal Arts education and the linchpin of all first-year education at the College. Bobosky sits in on SOPHIA program planning meetings and advocates for a better system. The SOPHIA oversight committee will release a survey next semester to add students to the conversation and gather insights about the program. While the committee does not know what a re-imagined SOPHIA program would look like, they are eagerly moving towards improving the program with student feedback. Grade: BMarket Research and Media Committee The market research and media committee, led by sophomore Elizabeth Zaczyk, aims to inform students about events occurring on campus through means such as emails, posters and social media. Its biggest initiative is to create a platform —such as a website or singular email — with weekly updates to inform students of everything occurring that week, rather than flooding inboxes with numerous emails, Zaczyk said. The initiative is a work-in-progress, but Zaczyk maintained that progress truly is being made, and the committee hopes to be utilizing this soon.Grade: BTags: Saint Mary’s SGA, Student Government Insider 2019last_img read more

first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. >> Angels pitcher Garrett Richards was getting questions about his velocity Tuesday as quickly as a fastball left his hand at Salt River Fields: 100 mph, according to Pitch f/x data. Like a crafty veteran, Richards was content to foul them off nonchalantly.Maybe Richards genuinely didn’t care, or maybe he’s used to it. He said his fastball cracked 100 at the University of Oklahoma, though it hasn’t happened on any of the 9,673 pitches he’s thrown in the regular season (he’s hit 99 on several occasions). Velocity data is less reliable at the minor league levels, so maybe it happened there.“I’m kind of a grip-it, rip-it type of guy,” Richards said.For his part, Richards sounded more excited about his his secondary pitches than his fastball. “I can’t tell you how much more normal it feels this spring, to get out there and be able to repeat a delivery, not worry about whether my landing leg’s going to collapse, go left or go right,” he said. “I can use my rhythm, tempo, timing, drive the ball downhill, and be confident that I’m going to be able to repeat every time.”While Richards was recovering from knee surgery, his lower body workouts were understandably limited. This offseason has been normal, so a bump in strength is to be expected. But 100 mph?“You take whatever the day gives you, I suppose,” he said.Minor leaguer arrestedAngels minor league pitcher Geoff Broussard was arrested early Friday morning in Scottsdale for driving under the influence. Broussard, 25, prepped at Alta Loma High School and pitched for Cal Poly Pomona from 2009-12. He split last season between Single-A Inland Empire and Double-A Arkansas, going 2-2 with a 2.74 ERA in 41 relief appearances. He was not invited to the club’s major league camp.AlsoDodgers pitcher Julio Urias reported no pain one day after throwing a 30-pitch bullpen session and manager Dave Roberts told reporters that the 19-year-old left-hander will make his Cactus League debut Friday against the Angels at Camelback Ranch. The game will be televised locally on Fox Sports West. … MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told reporters that the league’s investigation into a possible domestic violence policy violation by Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is nearly complete, and an announcement is expected “soon.” … Angels closer Huston Street threw a simulated game at Tempe Diablo Stadium. He’s being held out of Cactus League action while he recovers from a minor calf injury.Box scoresArizona 5, Angels 3Ji-Man Choi and Carlos Perez hit home runs off the Diamondbacks’ Josh Collmenter, sparking a rally from an early 3-0 deficit. Mike Morin, Cam Bedrosian and Cory Rasmus all threw a scoreless inning for the Angels (3-5), and Craig Gentry went 3 for 3.Dodgers 7, Chicago Cubs 3Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Dodgers (4-1-1) rallied to score three runs in unconventional fashion: two singles, a walk, a wild pitch, and a two-run triple by Trayce Thompson. Clayton Kershaw allowed five hits and one run in three innings. A.J. Ellis, Micah Johnson and Andre Ethier each had two hits. Making his second start of the Cactus League season against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Richards threw one changeup and induced a swing-and-miss. He praised his command of his curveball, sinker and cutter.Carlos Perez, who caught the majority of Richards’ starts last year, believes that’s where Richards has the most room to improve. So far, so good: Perez said Richards’ confidence seems higher ever since his first bullpen session in February.“When he threw that sinker,” Perez recalled, “he said ‘That’s what I did in ‘14.’ The other day he wanted to work on his sinker, because that was his strength in ‘14: fastball away, sinker in, fastball away, sinker in, and bounce the slider. I told him, now you have two pitches to put ‘em away. The hitter’s going to think, ‘Sinker or slider?’ It’s going to be better for you if you have two instead of one.”Richards posted a 2.61 ERA in 26 starts in 2014, putting him in the conversation with the American League’s best pitchers. Last year his ERA rose by more than a full run, to 3.65.The difference might just be a question of health. Richards missed the end of the 2014 season with a torn tendon in his left knee that required surgery. He recovered in time to make 32 starts last year, but it wasn’t until August that Richards said the injury was out of his head.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more