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Badin Hall renovations continue as community reflects on their year in Pangborn

first_imgSince the beginning of the academic year, the 140 residents of Badin Hall have been living in Pangborn Hall on South Quad while their own dorm is renovated. Just like Walsh Hall last year, the women of Badin will have a number of changes when they move back into their home dorm next fall. Among these upgrades, the residents can look forward to a new chapel, a new air-conditioned lounge and kitchen area on every floor and an enlarged exercise room. Additionally, a room to house an in-residence priest and an elevator will be installed. Badin previously lacked both of these amenities.Senior Bridget Rickard, Badin Hall’s president, expressed sadness she will graduate before being able to live in the newly-renovated hall, but is excited for her fellow residents. Kelli Smith | The Observer Badin Hall, pictured here, is undergoing an extensive renovation during the 2017-2018 academic year. As a result of the construction, members of the Badin community will be living in Pangborn Hall for the year.“I think the girls are looking forward to actual kitchens — we don’t really have kitchens either here or in old Badin — and study spaces, which we were really lacking,” Rickard said. “We’re really looking forward to a bug-free dorm. We had a lot of problems with roach infestations and bats, and we’re also really hoping that the University will address the water problem, which is prolific across campus. … But I think what we’re most excited about is the new chapel. It’s an addition to Badin — a physical addition on the Howard side of the hall. And the University has procured, I think, six or seven, seven to nine–foot stained glass windows from a donor, and they’re valued over $500,00, so it’ll be a really beautiful place to worship.”Though Badin residents are living in a physically different space this year, their community and its traditions remain unchanged despite the news, sophomore Alice Felker said.“Badin has really thrived in Pangborn this year. Our hall leadership has worked hard to continue the traditions and tight community that that make Badin the amazing hall that it is. Badin really is about the people and the commitment to a family atmosphere,” she said. “In that sense, this year has been just like any other. I think it makes me even more excited for us to move into our old — now new — home. We all went through this process of moving together, now we’ve grown immensely as a hall community, and we’re ready to enjoy Badin 3.0.”The Badin community’s small size is one of its advantages, Rickard said, which makes it easy for everyone to know each other, even if they live in different sections.“I think the greatest benefit of this dorm actually is that it’s brought people together, because we have this adversity, so to speak, of being moved away from our home,” she said. “I think it’s proven to us that Badin is Badin, regardless of the structure.”Sophomore Ale Orellana–Muniz said that though she misses Badin’s community spaces in Pangborn and she hopes that post–renovation Badin will incorporate such gathering places.“What I miss the most of living in old Badin is the amount of common spaces we had available,” Orellana–Muniz said. “Hanging out in the second floor landing was such a fun and easy way to run into people you wouldn’t normally see around the hall. It really reinforced the sense of community. Hopefully, new Badin helps us foster a continued sense of unity through more places to gather and enjoy time together as we adjust to this new chapter in the history of our hall.”Sophomore Louise Gregory also expressed her excited anticipation for the opportunity to move back in.“I’m really excited [to move back in], because I miss my high ceilings,” Gregory said. “I couldn’t actually hit my head on anything in old Badin, now I can, even though my bed is … a foot shorter when it’s lofted now. I think we might even have more spirit this year, because we’re determined to not let the building get to us.”Badin Hall rector, Sister Susan Sisko, said that the renovations are on schedule and the new chapel is already visible outside. Other changes to the hall Sisko mentioned include an increased number of study spaces, repairs to the slant on the first floor, and the conversion of several singles to doubles. The old chapel, she said, will be repurposed for office space and the rector’s living quarters.“Badin is a building with a lot of character, a lot of warmth,” she said. “It will retain all of that, they’re not taking away any of that character.”Sisko said she was very proud of all her residents for embracing their experience in Pangborn hall.“Of course, they’d rather be in Badin — it’s their home and it’s the residence hall they love,” she said. “But they’ve embraced the challenge, they’ve come together as a community and I think it’s been a really good experience here. It’s also shown that the Badin community is more than a building, it’s a community — they can thrive anywhere, and they’ve certainly been thriving here. That said, I’m sure they’re looking forward with anxious anticipation to get back and see what the new building is going to be like.”News Writers Tom Naatz Kelli Smith contributed to this report. Tags: badin hall, dorm renovations, Pangborn Halllast_img read more

#TRASHTAG: Born in the Blue Ridge

first_img The idea was born by a Haywood Country, NC local Steven Reinhold. We asked the now social media hero how #trashtag all began.  Internet Challenges can sometimes cause trouble, but the ‘Trash Tag Challenge’ brings us nothing but positivity and inspiration for a cleaner Earth. How did you start it? Did it take off right away? Reinhold: This whole thing started in 2015 when my friend John Heyward and I were on a USA road trip. We lost a receipt out of our car window and vowed to pick up 100 pieces of trash to make up for the incident. As we traveled around picking up trash and tagging our locations the idea for #trashtag was born. Then, UCO Gear, one of my outdoor sponsors, jumped in to help springboard the #trashtag project into existence.  The campaign was created a few years ago in 2015 but was recently resurrected last week by an Arizona Facebook user. Boy, are we glad that he did! The challenge is spreading worldwide, and as of now, isn’t slowing down. Q&A with Steven Reinhold: the man who started it all Reinhold: I knew #trashtag was a great idea from the start but never dreamed it would go this far. By design, it had the potential to worldwide through social media but I don’t think the world was quite ready for it in 2015. After all of the ridiculous challenges that have been floating around the internet lately it was the perfect time for the #trashtag challenge to take off, which happened when a guy named Byron Román made the perfect #trashtag post at the perfect time.  What do you do in your day to day life? Is the outdoors a big part of your life? Have you thought of more ideas for a cleaner, greener future? Reinhold: I run the Appalachian Adventure Company which is based out of Western North Carolina. We take people on guided hikes, do photography workshops and shoots with our pro photographer, Steve Yocom. You can check us out at www.appadventureco.com Did you expect it to go this far? Lets keep #trashtag ALIVE Steven Reinhold Reinhold: Our original plan was to get the outdoor community to sweep our trails, parks and wild places clean of trash. The original audacious goal was to get a million pieces of trash picked up. Thanks to the recent viral craze the number of pieces of trash that we could pick up are almost endless. Now that everyone’s picking up the planet I hope it shines a spotlight on our pollution paradigm and begins to shift the discussion to how we can create less trash from the beginning. An internet challenge that puts a smile on yours and Mother Nature’s face – and it all started in our neck of the woods Do you have a favorite #trashtag post? This challenge has already motivated thousands of people to clean and go green. Posts are blowing up on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit. What inspired the idea for #trashtag? Reinhold: The #trashtag project was sponsored by UCO Gear, which I represent as a Brand Ambassador, and it showed great results at first! The outdoor community really embraced the challenge and we had over 20,000 posts of #trashtag’s in the first few years—most of which came from National Parks.  Reinhold: It is hard to pick a favorite, but one that comes to mind was with Cassius Cash, the superintendent of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I got to ramble around the park with him and he was so cool with us picking up #trashtag’s on our hike! I truly admire him so, it was great to clean up the Smokies with him!  The ‘Trash Tag Challenge’ dares people of all ages to take a “before” picture of a littered outdoor location, then clean it thoroughly, and share an “after” photo with the hashtag #trashtag. We want to bring this challenge to our beloved Blue Ridge and see how you #trashtag! The weather is warming up, so get out there, get cleaning, and post with both #trashtag and #bluerigdeoutdoors so we can share the progress. We’ll see you out there!last_img read more

Phelps claims 21st gold as US win 4x200m relay

first_img200m butterfly200m individual medley400m individual medley4x100m freestyle relay4x200m freestyle relay4x100m medley relayLondon 2012100m butterfly200m individual medley4x200m freestyle relay4x100m individual medleyRio 2016200m butterfly4x100m freestyle relay4x200m freestyle relayShare on: WhatsApp Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL | AFP | Michael Phelps bagged the 21st gold medal of his incredible Olympic career on Tuesday, anchoring the United States to victory in the 4x200m freestyle relay.Phelps, who barely 15 minutes earlier had produced a superb victory in the 200m butterfly, led the United States home for a win in 7min 0.66sec after Conor Dwyer, Townley Haas and Ryan Lochte built up a huge lead after the first three legs.Great Britain’s quartet took the silver medal while Japan’s men won bronze.A list of Michael Phelps’ 21 Olympic gold medals after winning the 200m butterfly and 4x200m freestyle relay at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday:Athens 2004100m butterfly200m butterfly200m individual medley400m individual medley4x200m freestyle relay4x100m medley relayBeijing 2008200m freestyle100m butterflylast_img read more

Blue Samurai to unleash ‘Japanese Messi’ on Copa America

first_imgJapan’s midfielder Takefusa KuboTokyo, Japan | AFP |  On a continent where “imitation” Galacticos are a dime a dozen, Japan’s Takefusa Kubo could just be the real deal.Snapped up by Real Madrid on Friday from under the noses of some of the world’s other top clubs, the teenage sensation is about to demonstrate why he is known as the “Japanese Messi” at the tender age of 18.The youngster, described by Real as one of the most promising players in world football, is set to create a buzz at this month’s Copa America in Brazil after earning his first senior call-up for the Blue Samurai.Rarely an Asian football tournament goes by without a “Thai Zico,” an “Iraqi Cristiano Ronaldo” or even a “North Korean Wayne Rooney” among the team rosters.But it was Kubo who was invited to Barcelona’s youth academy as a scrawny nine-year-old where he earned his nickname for his mazy dribbling skills.Though the Catalan giants were keen to retain him, Real Madrid took the plunge, heading off interest from Manchester City, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.The midfielder signed from FC Tokyo could come face-to-face with Argentina wizard Messi at the Copa America depending on results in the group stage.Kubo is one of 17 uncapped players in coach Hajime Moriyasu’s new-look Japan squad as the tournament guests look to build for next year’s Tokyo Olympics but is destined to attract by far the most interest.The world’s biggest clubs have been tracking his progress since he appeared in the 2017 Under-20 World Cup — at just 15.Earlier the same year he became the J-League’s youngest goalscorer, triggering the sort of hype once reserved for the likes of Japan greats Hidetoshi Nakata and Keisuke Honda.A YouTube sensation as a pint-sized toddler, Kubo none the less rejects comparisons to Barcelona hero Messi.– No fear –“I don’t like being compared to Messi,” he said. “But one day I hope to be able to play like him.” Slightly taller than Messi at 1.73 metres (5ft 8in), Kubo has a similarly low centre of gravity to the Argentina legend and an eye for a defence-splitting pass.Japan face Chile in their opening Copa America in Sao Paolo on Monday, while Uruguay and Ecuador, also in group C, meet Sunday.Kubo, who could become the face of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, insists Japan’s “Baby Samurai” will go into the competition with no fear.“Teams like Brazil will definitely be serious about winning,” he told local media.“We will have to match the desire of our opponents when we get on the pitch.”Earlier this year, Moriyasu left big-name players such as Honda, Shinji Kagawa and Shinji Okazaki out of the Asian Cup squad that were beaten 3-1 in the final by Qatar.“We are looking to bring in a new generation of players,” Moriyasu said of his Copa selection.“It’s a good opportunity for them to gain some valuable experience.”Kubo’s former club manager Kenta Hasegawa backed the midfielder to seize his chance to shine on the world stage.“Takefusa doesn’t need a babysitter, he has matured a lot,” the FC Tokyo boss told Japanese media.“This kind of opportunity might only come around once in a lifetime — he will only benefit from the experience.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

England face hosts after qualifying third in Denmark

first_img England, bidding to regain the title last won in 2010, qualified in third place in the European Men’s Team Championships at Silkeborg Ry in Denmark.With the best five scores to count in the two stroke play qualifying rounds, England scored 375 on day one and 368 yesterday for 23 over par, eight strokes behind top qualifiers France and two adrift of runners-up Ireland.That means England face Denmark in Thursday’s opening match play top flight, with two morning foursomes and five afternoon singles.No one beat the tough par of 72 on the opening day but Hampshire’s Neil Raymond (image copyright Tom Ward Photography)  and Kent’s Max Orrin matched it.  In the second day’s play Raymond’s golf continued to impress when he posted a two-under-par 70 and Orrin was again in form with 72. 11 Jul 2013 England face hosts after qualifying third in Denmark last_img read more

England finish Home Internationals on a high

first_img England finished on a high in the men’s Home Internationals, supported by Fairstone Financial Management, after fighting back to snatch an unlikely win against Wales. The team won 8½-6½ after a brilliant singles performance in which they won 7½ points from the 10 on offer. After the morning foursomes England trailed 4-1, with their solitary point scored by Sean Towndrow and Ashton Turner (Image © Leaderboard Photography). But in the singles they came out determined to do business. There was much red on the board and at the end of the session England had won seven matches and halved one – for a two point winning margin over Wales. The game winners were Ashley Chesters, Dan Brown, Alfie Plant, Sean Towndrow, Paul Kinnear, Jamie Bower and Ashton Turner while Jimmy Mullen halved. The Home Internationals title was retained by Ireland who beat Scotland 11-4. Final positions: 1 Ireland, 2 Scotland, 3 England, 4 Wales. England cptain Terry Casey said: “We were very poor in the morning, with all due respect to a motivated Welsh side, but in the afternoon we were excellent from the start and never looked anything but winners. All played their part and even the two losses were not given easily. “It’s a case of what might have been. We were only third but one more point against Scotland and we would have been first.” 14 Aug 2015 England finish Home Internationals on a high last_img read more

Sentinel girls eager to bump up game at KVC

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsIt was a downer weekend for the Mount Sentinel Wildcats on the High School Girl’s Volleyball circuit.Playing many of the top teams in the province, the Wildcats finished well down the standings at the Immaculata High School Girl’s Invitational Volleyball Tournament Saturday in the Central Okanagan, finishing the two-day affair with a 1-8 record. “This was one of those weekends where we can play really well and come home 0-6,” said head coach Joe Moreira.The Wildcats ran into a buzz saw in the form of top-ranked Kelowna Christian, number two Immaculata and fourth-ranked White Rock Christian, dropping all the matches to finish fifth in the five-team tournament.“Unlike the previous weekend where we played well, regardless of who we were playing, this time we were very inconsistent and we did a horrible job of taking are of the ball when it was on our side of the net,” Moreira explained. “Although I should have been totally surprised — we are a young team — it was a disappointing outing after a very encouraging start (the previous weekend) in Trail.”The Cats have little time to lick their wounds as the team plays host to the annual Kootenay Volleyball Classic beginning Friday at the Mount Sentinel gymnasium.Seven teams from the Okanagan and East Kootenay join host Wildcats for the two-day event.The tournament begins at 2 p.m. with Mount Sentinel meeting Osoyoos Rattlers and Selkirk Storm of Kimberley up against A.L. Fortune of Enderby. At 3 p.m. Fernie Falcons the J.L. Crowe Hawks from Trail and Immaculata battles David Thompson Lakers of Invermere.The teams roll into a power pool to determine seeding for the playoff round.The final is set for 3 p.m. [email protected]last_img read more

Six Questions with Leaf head coach and GM, Frank Maida

first_imgFrank Maida spent five seasons along side of Simon Wheeldon as the dynamic coaching duo of the Nelson Leafs.As coach of the defence, Maida and Wheeldon were part of a KIJHL pennant winner in 2009 as well as helping the Leafs to the league finals in 2010. During the magical 2009 run the Leafs came within a game of winning the Cyclone Taylor Cup, emblematic as the top Junior B team in B.C.When Wheeldon decided to resign from coach/GM position everyone in local hockey scene thought Maida was move up to the skipper’s position.However, the manager Rona Building Centre in Castlegar and father of two grown children decided the best place was a spot somewhere other than the NDCC Arena to enjoy life.That all changed when last year’s boss Chris Shaw decided to abruptly jump ship to the BCHL and the Leaf brass came calling.Now Maida, 47, is ready, even though he got a late start on the recruiting process having taken the job in July, to lead the Leaf back to the success experienced when he was an assistant.Maida, assisted by Stuart Linnen on the Leaf staff, sat down with The Nelson Daily Sports Editor Bruce Fuhr for a feature called Six Questions prior to the start of the 2011-12 KIJHL season.TND: You’re back in the saddle, this time as the skipper of the Good Skip Leaf. How does it feel?FM: It feels really good. But to help with the transition from assistant to head coach and GM, I’ve been talking to Simon all the time. TND: Last season was a little bit of a disappointment for Leaf fans after the exciting five-year success run by you and Simon Wheeldon. How do you return the Leafs to the upper echelon of the KIJHL? FM: I hope to have us playing an entertaining game for our fans, working hard game in and game out and show respect for the game and other teams in the KIJHL.TND: Has your philosophy changed from when you were the assistant coach to Simon Wheeldon? If not, why?FM: Not at all. Our team will work hard and play HOCKEY and continue a commitment to the players because our commitment on and off the ice was successful for us. TND: What has been your biggest challenge to start this season?FM: Getting ready in a very short time.TND: When Simon and you were coaching, many a player was recruited from the Okanagan, especially the Kelowna area. Now that Kelowna has a team of its own, where will the players come from? FM: Starting in the last week of July this has been hard to recruit. But we have players from the Okanagan, USA, Northern BC Lower Mainland to name a few. TND: Have you set any goals for your rookie season? If so, what are they?FM: For the first 15 games to become the hardest working team and playing our [email protected]last_img read more

Grease up those wheels for the 17th annual Fat Tire Festival

first_imgIts followed by Show’n’Shine where riders have a chance to show off their  – funkiest, clunkiest, prettiest, beefiest bikes and chances to win prized for the Best Commuter; Oldest Bike; Most “tricked out” and Cruziest Cruiser. The Kootenay Krawl and Wheelie competition followed before awards conclude the day. Saturday it’s the Double Up Cross Country mountain bike event starting from the Svoboda Road Parking lot at 9 a.m. Later in the day it’s the Kids Cross-country races at Rosemont Park. Registration is 11:30 a.m. with racing starting at 1 p.m. Sunday it’s Double Up Cross Country mountain bike event. Registration is at Gericks or Sacred Ride at 9 a.m. Shuttles up to Placenta begin at 10 a.m. with the best two runs and the best matched time winning. For more information check out the Fat Tire Fest website at http://www.nelsonfattire.com/,It’s time bikers to grease up the wheels, dust off the brakes and get ready for the 17th annual Fat Tire Festival this weekend in Nelson. The event, in honour of Cam Alexander, who was an avid cyclist who lost his life while riding his bike 17 years ago, begins Friday with the BikeFest on Baker. Riders are asked to meet at 5 p.m. at the 400 Block of Baker Street for the annual Bike Parade. The Parade begins at 5:45 p.m. Its followed by Show’n’Shine where riders have a chance to show off their  – funkiest, clunkiest, prettiest, beefiest bikes and chances to win prized for the Best Commuter; Oldest Bike; Most “tricked out” and Cruziest Cruiser. The Kootenay Krawl and Wheelie competition followed before awards conclude the day. Saturday it’s the Double Up Cross Country mountain bike event starting from the Svoboda Road Parking lot at 9 a.m. Later in the day it’s the Kids Cross-country races at Rosemont Park. Registration is 11:30 a.m. with racing starting at 1 p.m. Sunday it’s Double Up Cross Country mountain bike event. Registration is at Gericks or Sacred Ride at 9 a.m. Shuttles up to Placenta begin at 10 a.m. with the best two runs and the best matched time winning. For more information check out the Fat Tire Fest website at http://www.nelsonfattire.com/ It’s time bikers to grease up the wheels, dust off the brakes and get ready for the 17th annual Fat Tire Festival this weekend in Nelson. The event, in honour of Cam Alexander, who was an avid cyclist who lost his life while riding his bike 17 years ago, begins Friday with the BikeFest on Baker. Riders are asked to meet at 5 p.m. at the 400 Block of Baker Street for the annual Bike Parade. The Parade begins at 5:45 p.m.last_img read more

LVR Bombers need shootout to capture BC High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championship

first_imgPerkins, finishing the tournament as the winner of the Golden Boot with ten goals, converted the lone goal of the game off a corner kick from Laurel Halleran.Perkins, who also won LVR’s Commissioners Award as the team’s top player, finished the game with a “golf-ball-sizes” goose egg on her head after a collision during the game.The teams, tied at the half, played the entire second half and 15 minutes of overtime scoreless.In shootout both teams converted their opportunities before Ida stepped up to the penalty spot.Calmly placing her shot into the net, the score was advantage LVR.Bomber keeper Hanna Quinn then sent the Kootenay Reps into the winner’s circle, saving the next St. Thomas Moore shooter.The shootout was the second time in as many games St Thomas Moore was involved in a tie-breaker.St Thomas Moore edged out St. Michael’s University in shootout after the teams played through a scoreless game.The Championship win for LVR completes a Cinderella spring for the Heritage City school.Last week Bombers boys captured the 2016 BC High School Boy’s AA Tier II Rugby Championship with a thrilling 13-12 victory over Fraser Valley power Robert Bateman Timberwolves Saturday at Rotary Park in Abbotsford. Maya Ida scored the winning goal in shootout to spark the L.V. Rogers Bombers to a 2-1 victory over St. Thomas Moore of Vancouver in the final of the 2016 BC High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships Friday in Campbell River.Ida was the seventh shooter in the thrilling tie-breaker that decided the AA Girl’s Soccer title, the first for LVR since the 1997 and 1998 when the Bombers won back to back provincial titles under the guidance of coach Dave Simpson.”Unbelievable,” said Bomber captain Kyra Burkart when asked following the game about winning the provincial championship.”We talked about winning provincials all season, and as well as we were doing in our tournaments (winning the provincial title) didn’t kick in that it was a reality until I was running in to hug (keeper) Hannah (Quinn) after she saved the last shot,” Burkart added.”This team is the most wonderful group of individuals I’ve ever played with, and I could not be happier or more proud.”This contest was a lot tougher, and closer than the semi final contest won 6-1 over Okanagan Mission by LVR.However, it was once again striker Naomi Perkins leading the Bombers offence, scoring the only goal of the game for the Kootenay Reps.last_img read more