Dorm builds community between hall and home

first_imgLe Mans Hall has found a home in the South Bend-Mishawaka community-specifically, Hannah’s House.  The College’s largest dorm has paired up with this local organization, which provides shelter to pregnant women and new mothers. Junior Emma Derheimer, president of Le Mans Hall, said it was her goal for the year to find a service project for the women of Le Mans. “Every dorm on Saint Mary’s campus is paired up with a service agency in the community,” Derheimer said. “My board’s primary goal this year was to get more involved in the service aspect of Le Mans.” Senior Morgan Talamantes said she serves as the College’s first ministry assistant, a job that includes working as an official liaison between Hannah’s House and the Hall. She said the maternity home, originally intended for unwed teenagers, advises residents about how to raise their children and manage money. Though the women do not pay to live in the home, Hannah’s House expects them to work and contribute to the community. Talamantes said she worked with the dorm’s student board members to arrange a variety of opportunities for students to get involved with Hannah’s House. Students have participated in Mothers Support Group meetings each month, the Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser hosted by members of Hannah’s House and planning the organization’s annual Fall Festival.  Talamantes said the Hall also hosts events for the residents of Hannah’s House. During one such event, the residents painted clothes for their children. “The mothers came to [Saint Mary’s] to paint onesies and then took them home for their children,” Talamantes said.  Derheimer said last month, the dorm held a baby shower for a mother in Hannah’s House. Donations included basic necessities for the newborn and the mother. “As a social work major, I believe that we’re here to make a difference and we have the will to impact the South Bend-Mishawaka community,” Derheimer said. “We’ve shown the community beyond our campus that we do care and are interested in making an active difference.” Talamantes said both the Hall and the House benefit from working together to help these women.  “It’s been great meeting different mothers – and, of course, their babies,” Talamantes said. “We definitely learn from each other. Getting to know them builds students’ enthusiasm. We can build a community within the Hall and the home.” Students may sometimes act as role models for the members of Hannah’s House, Talamantes said.  “In a way, we show mothers that they can still fulfill their dreams,” she said. Derheimer said Saint Mary’s students can help the young mothers find ways to succeed. “We also bring support and show that that we care to give mom the feeling she is not alone. We know they want to succeed because they live there. All they need are the resources,” Derheimer said. “We can be a part of facilitating that.” Talamantes said her work with Hannah’s House has showed her the value of the partnership between the College and the organization. “Working with Hannah’s House has showed me the importance of continuing this partnership. We work well together,” Talamantes said. “I hope that once I graduate it grows into something bigger and blossoms.” Hannah’s House will celebrate its 20th anniversary by opening a new house May 10, Talamantes said. Bishop Kevin Rhoades will bless the home. Students are encouraged to attend.last_img read more

Mo Farah accused of missing two doping tests before London 2012

first_imgBritain’s double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah is alleged to have missed two doping tests in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics.The Daily Mail reports that the 5,000m and 10,000m Olympic and World champion missed one test in early 2010 and another in 2011. Missing two tests is permissible under the rules, but missing three is grounds for a ban of up to four years – indeed, it is this very rule which caught out British 400m world champion Christine Ohuruogu back in 2006.According to the report, Farah’s first missed test occurred, “several months before the double Olympic champion teamed up with Salazar and six months before he broke David Moorcroft’s 28-year-old British 5,000m record and became the first Briton to break the 13-minute barrier.”The second test seems to have been scheduled once Farah started working with Salazar. It should have taken place at Farah’s home in Teddington, London, but the athlete appealed to the UK Anti-Doping Agency, claiming that he did not hear his doorbell.”The superstar athlete was already reeling from the BBC’s accusations that his coach Alberto Salazar and training partner Galen Rupp have been involved in doping. Both men deny any wrongdoing.The Mail reports that Farah appealed to the UK Anti-Doping agency over his second test, saying that he was in his house in Teddington but did not hear the doorbell. The appeal was unsuccessful. “As part of his appeal, Farah’s agent Ricky Simms submitted video evidence filmed in Farah’s house in which he tried to show that it was difficult to hear the doorbell from his client’s bedroom.UK Anti-Doping lawyers dismissed it as evidence,” the Mail’s report adds. Under current rules any athlete who misses three doping tests in a 12-month period faces a ban of up to four years; before 2013, three missed tests in any 18-month period were sufficient.The Mail claims to have seen email correspondence dated June 2011 to Farah’s lawyers from UK Anti-Doping, explaining why his appeal failed: “‘I can understand why your client remains frustrated, but that really is born out of the fact that he feels he is being punished for something that he did not intend to do.”Intent and negligence are not the same thing, though, as I am sure you have advised him. The simple fact with this missed test is that your client says that he did not intend to miss the test, but it is clearly his own fault that he did.” –last_img read more