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

Olympics: Brazil, Mexico to play for gold medal in men’s soccer

first_img LONDON – Mexico and Brazil have a chance on Aug. 11 to accomplish something neither has been able to do in their illustrious soccer histories: win an Olympic gold medal. Both teams secured a berth in the final at Wembley Stadium by soundly disposing of Asian countries in the semifinals on Aug. 7. Mexico, which has never medaled in soccer at the summer games, is assured of ending that streak and earning no worse than a silver after rallying for a 3-1 win over Japan. Meantime, Brazil, which has won two silver and two bronze medals in its Olympic history, continued its dream of occupying the top spot on the medal podium by pounding South Korea 3-0. By Dialogo August 08, 2012 “The President of Mexico, Felipe Calderón, has called the players and congratulated them,” Mexico coach Luis Fernando Tena told reporters. “This is special, this is emotional, but the most important match is yet to come. Is it the best result in Mexico’s history? I don’t know. But I understand the happiness of Mexico, which is a football country, and they must be partying tonight.” Mexico found itself trailing early to a team that had yet to concede a goal in the tournament, but midfielder Marco Fabián headed home the equalizer, snapping Japan’s shutout streak at 408 minutes. In the second half, forward Oribe Peralta put his team ahead for good in the 65th minute with a blast from just outside the 18-yard box. Forward Javier Cortés secured the win in the third minute of stoppage time when he pushed the ball past the keeper and into the far side of the goal to cap the scoring. “I have never scored a goal that went so close to the top corner,” Peralta told reporters of his game-winning goal. “That goal represented everything we tried to do today because I fought for the ball, I got it back and I shot with all my strength.” Meantime, Brazil took a lead against South Korea into halftime thanks to a close-range score by midfielder Rômulo. Forward Leandro Damião added goals in the 57th and 64th minutes to leave no doubt about his team’s third trip to the final with a 3-0 win. “I know what I’m here and it’s what I’ve always done – and that’s to help the team score and keep on running, regardless of whether I’m finding the back of the net or not,” Damião told reporters.last_img read more

Region 6 remains free from ASF – DA

first_imgRecoterdid not say when the result of the laboratory analysis on the siomai – orshumai, a type of traditional Chinese dumpling – would be released. “Angappeal sang regional director nga mag-careful ang media kay verysensitive ina nga issue didto. Nakalugmok sila didto because of ASF tapos unfair nga ma-concludedayun sa news,” said Recoter. ILOILOCity – A national television reported the other day that the siomai from Rizalprovince confiscated here tested positive for the African swine fever (ASF)virus. “Carefulgid dapat ang aton media people sa pagbalita,” said Recoter, becausewrong information could adversely affect the local hog industry. ASFcauses high fever, loss of appetite, hemorrhage, and death among domestic andwild pigs. Specimensfrom the seized siomai were transported to Metro Manila for laboratory analysisonly yesterday, clarified Regional Director Remelyn Recoter. WesternVisayas thus remains ASF-free, according to Recoter. Elevenpacks of pork siomai from Antipolo City in Rizal province were confiscated atthe Iloilo Terminal Market, popularly known as “Super”, on Oct. 30 by personnelof the city government’s Local Economic Enterprise Office (LEEO). Thereis an ASF outbreak in Rizal. center_img Thisis a billion peso industry, she stressed, “kagdiri sa Western Visayas mga 80percent ang backyard hog-raisers.” Shethen appealed to local government units to be vigilant on the entry of pork andby-products from ASF-hit areas, especially the smuggled ones, via seaports. Accordingto Recoter, the regional director of DA-Calabarzon or Region 4-A called herabout the national television report on the confiscated siomai. “Kon sudlan kita diri, ano na lang?” said Recoter. “Kon kis-a,may batasan ang Filipino nga konmakalusot, malusot gid. Amo gani sa tanan, kabalo naman kita sang epekto sangASF, mapalusot pa gid sang mgaginabawal.” Nottrue, stressed the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Western Visayas. CitingDA Region 6’s inventory, Recoter valued hogs in the region at over P6 billionin total. Makinga broad public appeal, Recoter said, “Ginahinyo gid naton nga indi magdala pork and pork products diri sa Western Visayas from ASF-hitareas.”/PNlast_img read more