Students run 5k to fight homelessness

first_imgA group of Saint Mary’s students, faculty and administrators participated in the Homeward Bound 5K for St. Joseph County on Saturday. The Homeward Bound run/walk contributed to local organizations to fight homelessness and provide housing.Saint Mary’s Student Government Sssociation (SGA), organized a group of more than 40 members of the Saint Mary’s community to participate in the event. Saint Mary’s senior Kat Sullivan, who organized the event, said it was fun to dress up as superheroes and help local organizations.“We’re supposed to represent the superheroes of South Bend, the organizations that really give back to the community, so we were representing Center for the Homeless and Hannah’s House, so all the funds that we raised will go to those organizations,” Sullivan said.Duane Wilson, chair of Homeward Bound for St. Joseph County, said this is the seventh annual Homeward Bound 5K in St. Joseph County and the third year the Robinson Community Learning Center has hosted the event.“The Homeward Bound 5K is to bring awareness and raise funds for affordable housing and to support the homeless,” Wilson said. “Last year we raised $16,000 and [the money] gets divided up between five agencies that support the needs of homelessness, specifically Bridges out of Poverty, Habitat for Humanity, Hannah’s House, Center for the Homeless, Hope Ministries and the Robinson Community Learning Center.”First year student Elizabeth Chandler said she had a great time participating in the race with her friends and was happy she could contribute to helping Hannah’s House and Center for the Homeless.“The Homeward Bound was my first 5K I’ve ever done, and it felt so great knowing I not only completed this race, but I also helped fight homelessness and poverty,” Chandler said. “It was a really rewarding experience”.First year student Maureen Daday dressed up as Batman.“I thought the atmosphere was awesome because everyone was so excited to help the local organizations in South Bend,” Daday said. “People from Saint Mary’s really wanted to help out, and it was cool seeing all the students come together and run for a good cause, I will definitely participate in the Homeward Bound next year.”Bethel College, Notre Dame, Holy Cross and Saint Mary’s were asked to form groups for the event. Senior Kat Sullivan said that participating in events that benefit local organizations have made her realize how important it is to give back to the community.“I see firsthand what the Center can do for the South Bend community by working with the guests at the Center for the Homeless, so I realize how important events like the Homeward Bound 5K are,” Sullivan said. “… These organizations do so much for the South Bend community, and it’s important for us to give back.”Tags: Homeward Boundlast_img read more

Syracuse has ‘a lot of work to do’ after blowing 2-goal lead in 3-2 overtime loss to Providence

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Abbey Miller slouched into a sitting position, eventually falling forward to lay down. As the Providence bench spilled onto the ice, Miller took her time to right herself and rise to her feet. After 65 minutes in goal, the senior lethargically positioned herself for postgame handshakes.It wasn’t the first time Syracuse seemed sluggish on the ice.The Orange (1-4-1) lost, 3-2, to the Friars (4-2-0) in overtime, on Saturday at Tennity Ice Pavilion. Following a pair of goals in the opening two minutes of the second period that gave Syracuse a 2-0 lead, the Orange appeared to ease off defensively. Providence promptly tied the game with two goals of its own in the third period, and a miscommunication by the Orange allowed the Friars a breakaway with 1:34 left in the extra period. After a shot made its way between Miller’s legs, the comeback bid was complete.“Our defense got caught napping,” SU head coach Paul Flanagan said. “I don’t know if it’s us just not understanding what we have to do physically or what.”Flanagan explained that a poor decision on the blue line led to the puck not being contained, allowing the Friars to leak out in transition. Syracuse had no one back to defend the puck, and Providence capitalized on the one-on-none opportunity.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe final goal encapsulated a lackluster final 25 minutes for the Orange, which, after nearly blowing its 2-0 lead in the first game this weekend, couldn’t stop the Friars’ second charge.“We went up 2-0 then sat back a little,” said freshman Victoria Klimek, who scored her first career goal in the loss. “We didn’t really play as hard as we should’ve. I think because we had a lead it got to our heads a little bit.”After taking six shots in Friday’s win, Klimek ended a frustrating, goalless stretch in the second period. It gave Syracuse its second goal in as many minutes, thanks to Kelli Rowswell’s prior score on a successful deflection that put the Orange on the board 17 seconds into the period.A successful two periods by the Orange were followed by a poor third as Syracuse turned apathetic and content. After managing only 10 shots on goal in the first 40 minutes, Providence put 11 attempts on target in the third.“A 2-0 lead is the worst lead in hockey,” said Rowswell. “We kind of put our feet up and thought the game was over.”Instead of maintaining its aggression and persistence on both ends of the rink, the Orange gave the Friars open lanes to shoot and opportunities to steal the puck. Syracuse has to be a “three-period team,” Klimek said, and “play 100 percent the game.” It needs to keep its focus and stay positive on the bench, and the mental difference will translate into a change on the ice, the forward said.Whether Syracuse’s problem is physical or mental, it has to find a remedy before conference play begins in a few weeks. If not, the season will “spiral out of control.”“That’s a terrible loss for us,” Flanagan said. “We have a lot of close games in this sport, and if we can’t play 60 minutes or 120 minutes on a weekend, we’re going to struggle. As a coach, you think you’re doing everything right in practice, but obviously we’re going to have to train harder.“We have a lot of work to do.” Comments Published on October 14, 2017 at 7:39 pm Contact Eric: | @esblack34last_img read more

Man jailed for allegedly punching a man 12 times in downtown Mason City

first_imgMASON CITY — A Mason City man has been jailed after being accused of punching a random person in the face several times in the downtown area. On Monday, 30-year-old Deleon Spann allegedly was standing near the victim’s vehicle, with the victim opening the door to talk to them. Spann is accused of opening the door further and started punching the victim’s face approximately 12 times. When officers arrived and began talking to Spann, he allegedly walked away and then started swinging his fists at the officers. Spann was taken to the ground where he continued to resist being arrested, with an officer suffering a bruised lip and pain in his right hand. Spann was charged with assault causing bodily injury and interference with official acts causing bodily injurylast_img read more