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SMC holds bonfire to celebrate ‘every form’ of diversity

first_imgA bonfire held by the Student Diversity Board (SDB) at Saint Mary’s will celebrate cultural diversity and raise money for victims affected by recent storms in Mexico. The bonfire will take place Wednesday from 8 to 10 p.m. on the soccer fields. Sophomore Vanessa Troglia, SDB member and event coordinator, said music and food will be key parts of the event, “Students can expect great music and performances from different clubs and associations around our community,” Troglia said. “There will also be yummy fall treats to munch on by the bonfires and various activities for everyone to participate in. We invite students to come take a study break and enjoy the crisp, fall evening by the fire.” Senior Carmen Cardenas, SDB president, said the board’s mission is to “unite the Saint Mary’s College community in celebration of the cultural diversity of every woman on campus.”  Junior SDB member Taylor Etzell said she hopes students will bond at the bonfire.   “The [bonfire] will be a fun event where students can come together to enjoy the talents and experiences of diverse students on our campus and in our community,” Etzell said. “The bonfire highlights that diversity comes from more avenues than just ethnicity; it comes in every form of our human behavior.” Cardenas said the bonfire will provide fall foods in addition to live entertainment by Troop ND, Bella Acapella, Irish Dance, Saint Mary’s Dance, La Republica and St. Aldaberts Ballet Folklorico. Cultural clubs will also attend the event, including the Chinese club, Korean club, Sisters of Nefertiti, La Fuerza and other organizations. “What is really amazing this year is that we will have two different performances done by international students,” she said. “Yaqi Song will be playing live traditional Chinese background music and Liangiun Wang will be dancing to music.” A unique addition to this year’s event is a humanitarian relief fund for the people affected by the recent storms in Mexico, Hurricanes Ingrid and Manuel. Troglia said there will be a raffle and a donations table for this year’s Mexico fund. “Recently deadly floods have devastated a large population in Mexico. With the help of our community, we can raise awareness for this cause and give aid and resources to some affected victims,” she said. “We feel that it is important to help people within our community as well as others around the world. After all, that’s what the celebration of diversity is about.” SDB hopes to raise awareness of the plights of the Mexican victims of recent natural disasters, and to mobilize support on campus, Cardenas said.        “The devastation caused by the storms in Mexico has left the region of Tierra Caliente, inSsouthern Mexico, in a deep humanitarian crisis,” Cardenas said. “People from Altamirano City and Coyuca de Catalan have lost everything due to the floods. Their entire communities are now gone. Some of the victims have been left without communication, food, or water. “Urban areas have received government relief, however, Tierra Caliente, a marginalized region plagued with extreme poverty, has not received any aid from local, state or federal authorities. “ SDB is working with local community members at this year’sBbonfire to join forces and help those who have been impactedd Cardenas said. The donation table will be collecting money to buy items such as bottled water, canned foods, rice, crackers, soap, shampoo, baby formula, baby bottle, and diapers. “No amount is too small,” Cardenas said. “Donations will help provide the most basic needs.”  For more information on the relief fund sponsored at this event, visit https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/cz33/tierra-caliente-emergency-relief-fun. Contact Samantha Grady at [email protected]last_img read more

Badgers sweep Golden Eagles

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoMILWAUKEE?? — Wisconsin’s volleyball team learned how to close out a match the hard way this weekend.After beating American University 3-0 Saturday morning, the Badgers came out on the losing end of a thrilling five-set match Saturday night to Oregon State. With a night to dwell on their mistakes, UW beat Marquette University on Sunday 3-0, but they had to earn every point.“Our passing was awesome today,” junior outside hitter Katherine Dykstra said. “Both Nikki [Klingsporn] and Janelle [Gabrielsen] were having an awesome day setting, and the ball would just hang up there for us to hit. Our team really responded to that.”Head coach Pete Waite predicted the Marquette Cheese Bowl would be difficult for the No. 13 Badgers (10-2), and unfortunately, the Beavers proved him right.“That is a tough match to lose,” Waite said. “Oregon State played very, very well.”Sunday afternoon, MU challenged UW in every set, but the Badgers prevailed 25-23, 25-23 and 25-15.“Even in the first game we got down,” Waite added. “That could have been a long layover from last night as far as not having the emotion. We didn’t come out with as much emotion as I would have liked, but when our backs were against the wall, they stepped up.”In the first set, UW woke up when Gabrielsen, the freshman setter from Menomonee Falls, served for four straight points, including two aces. Near the end of the match, with the set tied at 23-23, Dykstra told her team they were going to “finish it off.” Dykstra then took it upon herself and won the final point with a solo stuff block.“I just didn’t want to give Marquette the opportunity to come back,” Dykstra said. “It is something that we really need to work on, in terms of finishing the game when we are that close. Everybody is always talking about finishing the game, finishing the game, and when we are two points away we need to just get after it.”The second set was well played, with neither team leading by a large margin. The Badgers took control at 21-20, and senior Audra Jeffers won the set with her sixth kill of the match.“We started a little slow,” Waite said. “But once we got that first game under our belt, we were a little smoother, and the second game was much stronger.”The third set was competitive in the beginning, but the Badgers reeled off eight straight points and closed out the match 25-15.“I think we did a much better job today with the serve receive,” Waite said. “I think everybody was more solid, they were playing better as a group, and that really helped start our offense.”Saturday night against Oregon State, the Badgers lost the first game 23-25. They proceeded to win the next two, 25-19 and 25-16, then lost the final pair, 16-25 and 13-15.“I think that we had our opportunities in there,” Waite said. “In the first set, I think that we had them. We had the lead and we kind of let it slip away. We came back in the second and third … but we couldn’t quite hold them off in the fourth. Even in the fifth we had our opportunities, but we made a few errors at the end.”The Badgers fell victim to the talented outside hitters Rachel Rourke and Jill Sawatzky. The two had 26 and 20 kills respectively and were the only Beavers with more than five kills.“Rourke really went off (with) 26 kills and hitting .353, and also Sawatzky; the two left sides did very, very well,” Waite said.Saturday morning, UW handled American University 25-21, 25-14, 23-25 and 25-18. The win was dampened, however, because the Badgers lost in a lackadaisical third set.“Obviously, I am glad that we got the win,” Waite said. “We were hoping to get it done in three, but that is something we have to learn as a team, to close teams out and play stronger in the third so they don’t gain the momentum back.”The Badgers received a lot of help from their block, totaling 18.5 blocks, compared to American’s two.“Our blocking game was fantastic; 18.5 blocks opposed to two for American is fantastic,” Waite said. “That type of thing gets in the heads of their hitters, and that is why their hitting percentages were down.”last_img read more

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