Le 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.
Once upon a time there was a little West contender that nobody could see, or cared to.For years it had a wacko owner who got all the press, even at the end after his people miraculously neutralized him long enough to take his team from laughingstock to legitimate.Unfortunately, the little contender played in a city owned lock, stock and barrel by a once-great NBA team.Local fans were so devoted to the once-great team, when it fell on hard times and cable ratings cratered, they stopped watching NBA games altogether. The little contender’s ratings slid, too, even as it finished in the West’s top four annually. Nor was it just local fans who didn’t like the little contender. It had a spectacular, high-flying star but he got lots of endorsements and dunked on everyone’s head, prompting opponents to maul him at every opportunity. The little contender lodged constant complaints with the referees, getting a reputation as the NBA’s biggest hype/crybaby.The little contender had a little big man to run the point, not that it brought credibility. Instead, the media asked every spring, “Does he have to win a title to validate his greatness?”With local fans busy rooting for the once-great team all season, nothing counted for the little contender but the playoffs … so despite never having won anything, the team is held to the Lakers’ old nothing-counts-but-a-title standard that the current Lakers are no longer held to.Of course, the little contender was — aw, you guessed it — the Clippers.Giddy as local fans are with the Lakers at 7-6, the Clippers have long been what the Lakes yearn to be again one day, an exciting contender. In Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, the Clippers have two of the brightest upcoming free agents but with the Lakers as far away as they are, you don’t hear much from their fans about stealing away either.Not that free agency is predictable a year out, or a day out. Ask Oklahoma City about Kevin Durant … or Dallas about DeAndre Jordan who agreed to terms with the Mavericks before the Clippers stole him back.Despite years of reported coolness among the Clippers’ Big Three, they’re in their sixth season together. All three re-signed in that time, Griffin in 2012, Paul in 2013 and Jordan in 2015. With all that has happened, it may no longer matter to anybody if this was Blake’s team before Chris took charge or if Deandre is upset because he hasn’t been an All-Star.The media narrative has the Clippers as the next Thunder, waiting to be torpedoed by free agency. Happily for the Clippers, they’re not in Oklahoma City but Los Angeles, the glamor market that still acts as a lure … if more for them than for the Lakers.It’s not clear how big Clipper Nation is, but it’s enough to fill Staples Center (however soft their figures that showed them playing to 101% of capacity last season) and get a new cable deal reportedly worth $50 million annually from Fox, half of what the Lakers get from Time Warner but still one of the NBA’s biggest.There have been no financial constraints since Steve Ballmer bought the team for $2 billion … about $400 million more than the second highest bid by David Geffen, Larry Ellison and Oprah Winfrey.For what it’s worth, insiders say both Griffin and Paul are inclined to stay, loving the area and, in a total break from Clipper tradition, the Clipper organization.If it will be the last long-term deal of Griffin’s prime at 28, he’s not excited, noting that “true friends and family” who understand how much he loves the area and the team “pretty much know not to bring that up.”The elephant in the room no one talks about is Griffin’s comeback after duking out his friend, Matias Testi, the equipment manager who no longer works for the team. Whether or not there was a settlement, it effectively cost Blake a season of his career, showing him how precious it is. He’s playing that way, defending as never before—a big reason they’re No. 1 in points allowed per possession–rebounding better than he has in years.In the good news and the bad news for the Clippers, they haven’t underachieved. They’ve never been higher than a No. 4 seed and have never made the conference finals.Aside from 2015 when they blew a 3-1 lead over Houston and a 19-point lead in Game 6 when they were 15 minutes from their first West Finals, they’ve largely beaten the teams they were better than … and lost to the teams they weren’t as good as.There are fewer great teams in the West but the Warriors still look the Warriors, even with two losses before Thanksgiving.“It is about us getting to a title,” says Coach Doc Rivers, embracing the expectations. “The Lakers have won titles. Everybody here has won titles.“If we weren’t as good, our narrative would be different. Because of the talent we have, we have pushed ourselves into the conversation.“That talk doesn’t get old for me — ‘Hey guys, you going to do it this year?’ I’m fine with it. We have a realistic chance so let’s be in that discussion.I don’t want to be in the situation where they say, ‘You won 45 games, you had a good year. That’s not why I’m coaching.“I’ve been in this league for 34 years. Twenty-nine of them, the Clippers were not held to Laker standards. That’s a great standard to be held to.”If it’s the hard way to go, think of where they came from. For the Clippers, these are the good old days.Mark Heisler has written an NBA column since 1991 and was honored with the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award in 2006. His column is published weekly for the Southern California News Group throughout the NBA season. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error