Over the summer, Saint Mary’s seniors Katie Franz and Katie Shaffer began collecting stationary. Their goal? To begin leaving handwritten “love letters” for students to find throughout campus.The letters are a part of a new club called Campus Cursive. The group stems from a larger organization called More Love Letters that allows students to start a chapter of this project at their own school. After being approved by the College and the More Love Letters company, Franz and Shaffer began their mission to promote kindness and positivity within the lives of students through the club. Franz and Shaffer said as seniors, they want to positively impact Saint Mary’s before graduating. As roommates last year, Franz and Shaffer said they used to write “little love notes” to each other throughout the school year. This experience of exchanging words of affirmation inspired them to bring Saint Mary’s its own chapter of Campus Cursive. Franz added that this club complements her major in education. “The creativity in writing letters is really exciting,” she said. “I hope to carry this over into a classroom setting one day. There has been a significant increase in bullying and violence in schools, and that’s a huge problem. I know that if I do this with my kids one day it will bring kindness into schools.”Similarly, Shaffer said the Campus Cursive chapter enriches her major in psychology. “I am a psychology major so I’m all about mental health,” she said. “It’s good for people to write letters and also be helping someone else. Mental health is something that is being talked about more frequently, and a small act can really impact one’s day when they are going through a rough time.”The More Love Letters movement began with the desire of one college student to spread more love throughout New York City by writing anonymous, kind letters, Franz said. This one student’s vision transformed into a movement, and the More Love Letters company was born. According to the organization’s website, over 250,000 love letters have been bundled into an envelope and delivered to “people in need.” In addition, over 100 campuses have a chapter of their own.Franz and Shaffer are planning to hold Campus Cursive meetings every other week. The two said the meetings are designed to be “stress free” and comprised of writing letters. They are also planning on holding other events throughout the semester, including writing letters to first-year students and leaving letters at Notre Dame on game days when a large amount of people are on campus. “I think one thing I’m most excited about is the community of girls who will be super passionate about this work,” Franz said.The Saint Mary’s chapter of Campus Cursive is open to students at Notre Dame and Holy Cross as well. Franz and Shaffer said no cursive handwriting is necessary for participation in this club. Students can follow @smccampuscursive on Instagram to stay updated on this club’s activities within the community.Tags: Campus Cursive club, letter writing, More Love Letters
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York More than 100 people rallied Thursday in support of a wind farm proposed off Long Island’s coast that was up for debate at a meeting of the Long Island Power Authority board.Calling it a “Let’s Turn, Not Burn” rally for renewable energy, Long Island ratepayers, community activists, labor and political leaders convened outside the utility’s Uniondale headquarters before the meeting. Once inside the building, they packed the conference room.“Governor [Andrew] Cuomo and LIPA promised us a greater commitment to renewable energy this year,” said Lisa Dix, senior New York representative of the Sierra Club, the national environmental organization. “Now, we’re counting on them to follow through with an historic commitment to offshore wind power that will create jobs, grow our economy and safely and reliably power Long Island.”The Deepwater ONE project would be the nation’s first 1,000 megawatt offshore wind farm, providing electricity to LI and New England. Plans call for 150 to 200 wind turbines within a 256-square-mile site more than 30 miles from Montauk, roughly 10 miles east of Block Island and about 15 miles southwest of Martha’s Vineyard. The project would produce enough electricity to power 150,000 LI homes and meet peak power demand without burning more fossil fuels, according to the advocates’ estimates.At the meeting, Assemb. Steve Englebright (D-East Setauket) brought a letter addressed to Cuomo that was signed by 14 Republican and Democratic members of the Island’s Assembly delegation to show “our strong support for offshore wind power generation for Long Island.”Engelbright pointed out that wind power “perfectly complements” PSEG’s announced long-range goal of relying more on “clean, renewable energy production” in the future as well as enabling the state to meet its own renewable energy goals to reduce carbon emission 50 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050.The project’s proponents urged the Cuomo administration to ensure that LIPA approve Deepwater Wind’s Deepwater ONE proposal, which is now under consideration, “no later than December 2014.”The demonstration was timed to coincide with the final LIPA Board of Trustees public hearing before they vote in December on the renewable energy “Request for Proposal,” as part of Gov. Cuomo’s LIPA reorganization legislation.“We look forward to working with your administration to bring about a better energy future by realizing the great potential of offshore wind power on Long Island,” said the Assembly members.In a separate letter supporting Deepwater ONE, Assemb. Fred Thiele (I-Bridgehampton) wrote that the East End faces “unique energy and economic challenges” in the coming years, but it can’t depend on the existing electricity grid to be sufficient, given its present limitations. He welcomed the new energy supply promised by the offshore wind turbines because it could meet the current challenge as well as future demands. The project has another advantage as well, the Assemblyman pointed out.“As the only offshore wind development near Long Island to have completed the necessary federal leasing process, Deepwater Wind’s project has the unique ability to be in service many years before other projects, ensuring that Long Island will be at the forefront of the U.S. offshore wind industry,” he said.Not only would the project create hundreds of jobs based on the Island, Thiele added, it would also “establish the infrastructure and skilled labor force necessary to give Long Island a long-term competitive advantage in the offshore wind industry.”At the meeting, energy conservation groups presented LIPA and the Department of Public Service with petitions signed by more than 20,000 people, urging that LIPA follow through on its commitment to invest in 280 megawatts of new renewable energy this year. And that commitment is part of a broader goal already on the table, as explained by Gordian Raacke, executive director of Renewable Energy Long Island.“When PSEG took over LIPA, Governor Cuomo and the Legislature assured Long Islanders that plans for 400 megawatts of renewable power projects already under consideration would not be abandoned,” Raacke said. “We now call on the governor, LIPA and PSEG to deliver on that promise by selecting the full amount of offshore wind power and solar farms under the current 280 megawatt RFP.”
The Rio Verde Country Club in Arizona is not a bad place for any student to spend a weekend in early March.The competition at Quail Run, one of two courses at the Rio Verde Country Club, will include 18 schools ? headed by 19th-ranked Notre Dame ? along with host Western Michigan and UW rival Minnesota.?The competition is going to be a mixed field,? head coach Todd Oehrlein said. ?We expect it to be very competitive.??Notre Dame is going to be very good. ? The field is one thing, but we really need to be concerned about what we?re doing.?The Badgers finished 16th at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, shooting 313 on both Friday and Saturday but going out with a bang, scoring 300 on Sunday.Senior Katie Elliot had a solid 228 (77-77-74) in Puerto Rico and placed 55th ? the best on the team.?In Puerto Rico we finished strong, and it really motivated us to do well this week,? said freshman Carly Werwie, who shot a 235 (79-70-76) and tied for 70th at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic. ?I think it will be a good week for us.?Oehrlein also talked about how the team hit the ball well two Sundays ago.?We need to build on that,? Oehrlein said. ?And go into this tournament and make sure we play improved, better golf.?See a few more greens hit than what we saw in Puerto Rico, something we?ve been focusing on, and hopefully putt a little bit better.??As always it?s a case for us when we?re coming off winter,? Oehrlein said. ?Our short games and just some of the stuff right around the greens ? it?s just not in midseason form.?Lacking nearby golf courses not covered in snow, they must divide up parts of the game and focus on different aspects one at a time and at separate facilities.At Vitense Golfland, the team is able to get some long distance swings in on the heated driving range, at the McLain Center they work on their short game and wedges, and at the Kohl Center there is an indoor putting green.While it is not made of actual grass, the indoor putting green gets the job done as best it can.?It?s comparable,? Katie Elliott said referring to the Kohl Center?s putting surface. ?It rolls ? right now with our setup; we?re able to focus on a lot of different aspects of the game.?Elliott tied for fifth at the Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational last year. She was also named to the All-Big Ten second team and led the Badgers in scoring, averaging 75.24 in 2006-07.Elliott was also named Big Ten golfer this past week.?We?re a little bit all over the place,? Oehrlein said. ?It?s just about repetition more than anything else.?Indoors in Wisconsin to outdoors in Arizona, the Badgers? ability to take the separate facets of the game and put them together on the course will prove to be more important than ever if they are to roll the ball well this weekend.
The Confederation of African Football, CAF have set a new date for the facility inspection visit to Kenya ahead of the 2018 Championship for African Nations (CHAN).Last weekend, CAF canceled the visit which was initially scheduled for 7th September to 12th September 2017 due to the political and security situation in the country following the annulment of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election by the Supreme Court of Kenya last Friday.According to the new development, CAF will now send an eight-man inspection delegation to Kenya on Monday, September 11, and depart the East African country on 18th September 2017.A statement credited to Communications Director Barry Otieno reads: “The CAF team will arrive on Monday, September 11 and will be here all through to September 18.“It will be led by Omari(CAF second Vice President) and will also include departmental heads who will come in to assess whether all aspects of the tournament are okay.”The 2018 CHAN would take place in Kenya From January 11 to February 2.Related
Paris St-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel has criticised Neymar over the Brazilian’s altercation with a fan after the club’s French Cup final defeat by Rennes.PSG, who had been 2-0 up, drew 2-2, before losing 6-5 on penalties.After the game Neymar lashed out at a supporter who was filming the PSG players on his phone as they walked up to collect their medals.“You can’t get into a fight with a spectator. You just can’t do that,” said Tuchel.“It’s not easy to go up the steps after a defeat. It’s very difficult for me, for everybody – but we have to accept it. If we lose, we have to show respect.”The defeat ended PSG’s four-year reign as holders of the French Cup and means that, while they have retained the French league title, they have won none of the cup competitions they entered this season, and lost to Manchester United in the last-16 stage of the Champions League.“Did I act badly?” Neymar asked in an Instagram comment. “Yes. But no-one can stay indifferent.”In a separate post on Sunday, the 27-year-old forward said “nobody likes to lose, so I …” before failing to finish the sentence.He added: “Anyone who knows me knows how competitive I am and how much defeat shakes me.“But losing is part of an athlete’s life, makes us grow, makes us think, makes us better. Happy to be able to play again, to score again and feel good on the pitch, but the biggest feeling today is one of sadness.”Neymar was making his first start since January, having returned from a serious foot injury in last week’s Ligue 1-clinching win over Monaco.However, he is now waiting to see if France’s football authorities take any action.On Friday, Neymar was given a three-match ban by Uefa for a foul-mouthed tirade at officials following PSG’s 3-0 home loss to United in the second leg of their last-16 tie.It means he will miss three of the six Champions League group matches in 2019-20.
Dmitry Bivol is one of the best fighters in the world at 175 pounds. The 28-year-old showed made his case by outclassing Joe Smith Jr. to win via unanimous decision (119-109, 119-109, 118-110) and successfully defend the WBA light heavyweight championship at Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, N.Y. Sporting News had the fight scored 118-110 for Bivol. MORE: Join DAZN and watch Canelo vs. Jacobs on May 4For the majority of the contest, Bivol (16-0, 11 KOs) used his superior boxing skills to offset Smith’s slugging style. He kept Smith at distance with the jab and when Bivol saw an opening, he would attack the head and body of Smith. The Russian had Smith in trouble in the seventh round when he staggered his overmatched opponent with a left hook. Then, in the final moments of the fight, Bivol stunned Smith with a right hand, but the champion ran out of time to close the show.Smith (24-3, 20 KOs) didn’t have many moments aside from an occasional right hand. His finest moment in the fight came at the end of the tenth round when he stunned Bivol with that patented overhand right. Bivol was clearly hurt by the punch and needed the assistance of the ropes to make it back to his corner. Unfortunately, Smith was unable to capitalize in the following round against a dazed Bivol as he was unable to land another flush shot. It’s hard to see what’s next for Bivol as all of the other champions at 175 pounds are affiliated with different promoters. Bivol is willing to take on IBF titlist Artur Beterbiev, WBO champion Sergey Kovalev or WBC titleholder Oleksandr Gvozdyk to see who the best is in the division. If not, Bivol isn’t against a drop down to super middleweight for a fight against WBC champion Callum Smith. Only time will tell for one of boxing’s best.Here is what happened at Bivol vs. Smith (all times Eastern):Dmitry Bivol vs. Joe Smith Jr. resultsDmitry Bivol beats gritty Joe Smith Jr. to defend WBA title for the sixth time11:50 p.m.: Bivol def. Smith by unanimous decision (119-109, 119-109, 118-110) to retain the WBA light heavyweight title. A good test for Bivol against a tough opponent. Bivol’s skills are on another level and they proved to be too much for the New York slugger. 11:48 p.m.: Round 12 to Bivol (10-9, 118-110 Bivol). Shocked Smith didn’t come out more aggressive. Instead of going for it all, he decided to box and Bivol almost finished Smith off with a hard right hand to stun Smith. Bivol went for the finish when he uncorked a litany of punches but ran out of time.11:44 p.m.: Round 11 to Smith (10-9, 108-101 Bivol). Smith made the most of what he did at the end of the tenth. He stayed the aggressor, landed a couple overhand rights that caught Bivol’s attention. You know Smith is going to lay it all out there in the last minutes. 11:40 p.m.: Round 10 to Bivol (10-9, 99-91 Bivol). Just when it looked like Bivol was coasting, Smith hit him with a hard overhand right at the end of the bell that staggered Bivol and caused him to slowly walk to his corner on wobbly legs. Can Smith capitalize?11:36 p.m.: Round 9 to Bivol (10-9, 89-82 Bivol). Smith tried to get inside Bivol’s head by nearly body slamming him to the mat. Why a point wasn’t taken away is beyond me. Bivol stayed composed and went back to what he’s been doing for the entire fight. Smith needs to walk through the jab and start going for broke. He’s got nothing to lose at this point.11:32 p.m.: Round 8 to Bivol (10-9, 79-73 Bivol). It was a quiet round until the final minute when Bivol connected a hard left hand. Bivol uncorked a couple of lefts and rights to end the round. Bivol’s relentless pace is a thing of beauty. He’s got a non-stop motor, which is starting to frustrate Smith.11:28 p.m.: Round 7 to Bivol (10-9, 69-64 Bivol). The champion nearly put Smith away when he buckled Smith with a flush left hook. To Smith’s credit, he survived, but barely. Bivol threw a series of left and right hands and Smith survived the round. Seeing what he did here, does Bivol try to finish Smith off and make a statement to the rest of the light heavyweight division?11:24 p.m.: Round 6 to Bivol (10-9, 59-55 Bivol). Really enjoy what Bivol is doing. He’s pounding the jab at will and making it look easy. 11:20 p.m.: Round 5 to Bivol (10-9, 49-46 Bivol). Smith is trying with everything he has and throwing everything with evil intentions. Bivol is casually slipping out of the way and popping the jab, keep Smith at distance, which is forcing him to lunge with those right hands. 11:16 p.m.: Round 4 to Smith (10-9, 39-37 Bivol). Smith found a way to get some space and hit Bivol with a flush right hand that caught his attention, as he immediately grabbed Smith. The challenger has some momentum. 11:12 p.m.: Round 3 to Bivol (10-9, 30-27 Bivol). Smith is in trouble, as Bivol is pulling away. Bivol is applying pressure and staying on the inside so Smith can’t tee off with the overhand right hand. He’s picking Smith apart second-by-second. Can Smith close the gap and force Bivol into some mistakes?11:08 p.m.: Round 2 to Bivol (10-9, 20-18 Bivol). Nice round by the champion. Bivol’s jab is a thing of beauty. It’s so powerful that it looks like a punch. The jab is helping him connect on combinations. You could see Smith was discouraged at the end of the round. Smith has to apply pressure like he did in the first round and not let Bivol dictate the pace.11:04 p.m.: Round 1 to Bivol (10-9). Very close round. You can see Smith is looking for the knockout and applying pressure while Bivol is looking to box and take it from there.11:00 p.m.: It is now time for the main event, as Dmitry Bivol puts the WBA light heavyweight title on the line against Joe Smith Jr. Bivol (15-0, 11 KOs) captured the interim WBA championship in his seventh career fight, defeating Felix Valera in May 2016. After making two interim title defenses, the sanctioning body made Bivol the full champion in fall 2017, when Andre Ward retired and Badou Jack vacated the belt.Smith (24-2, 20 KOs) has won 18 of his last 19 fights, including sending Hopkins into retirement with an emphatic eighth-round knockout in December 2016, when he infamously punched the future Hall of Famer through the ropes.Bivol hasn’t faced anyone with the power of Smith, but Smith hasn’t taken on someone with an all-around game like Bivol. Even with a struggle on the scale, Maurice Hooker cruises to easy win over Mikkel LesPierre to retain WBO title10:45 p.m.: Hooker def. LesPierre by unanimous decision (120-107, 119-108, 118-109) to defend the WBO junior welterweight title. Whoever gave LesPierre a round needs their eyes re-examined. Hooker won every round pretty easily even with struggling to make weight. Can see where people would commend Hooker for bouncing back from nearly missing weight to winning, but Hooker put it on himself for nearly losing the belt on the scale.Hooker fought a smart fight. He was very calculated in every round. He knew when to put the foot on the gas and try to put LesPierre and nearly did with one official knockdown in the ninth round (LesPierre got knocked down by a right hand, but was ruled a slip). The question now is, what does Hooker do? Does he vacate the belt and move to welterweight or stay at 140 pounds? If he continues to struggle with his weight, then a move up to 147 pounds wouldn’t be a bad idea.10:37 p.m.: Round 12 to Hooker (10-9, 120-106 Hooker). Give Hooker credit in this regard: He didn’t ride his bicycle in the last three minutes. Instead, he scored some body shots and tried to be the aggressor and go after LesPierre.10:33 p.m.: Round 11 to Hooker (10-9, 110-97 Hooker). Nothing wrong with Hooker going with the latter option that we stated in the previous round. The fight is well in hand and why take any more damage when you don’t need too.10:29 p.m.: Round 10 to Hooker (10-9, 100-88 Hooker). After an action-packed ninth round, Hooker’s foot came off the pedal a bit. Intrigued to see if Hooker tries to finish LesPierre off or coasts to the finish line.10:25 p.m.: Round 9 to Hooker (10-8, 90-79 Hooker). Hooker sent LesPierre to the canvas when he threw a left and right to the body and then connected on an overhand right and a sharp left to the body. Give LesPierre credit: He was knocked down, but came back with a flurry in the final 15 seconds to make Hooker smile. 10:21 p.m.: Round 8 to Hooker (10-9, 80-71 Hooker). While LesPierre put more of an effort in by going to the body and being more active, Hooker connected on the harder shots. Don’t know why LesPierre is going to the head more. Need to load and swing for the fences. Has nothing to lose.10:17 p.m.: Round 7 to Hooker (10-9, 70-62 Hooker). This is turning into a route. For all the talking LesPierre did during this week, he’s been awfully quiet and been nothing more than a body standing in front of Hooker.10:13 p.m.: Round 6 to Hooker (10-9, 60-53 Hooker). I like what I’m seeing from Hooker. He’s firmly in control and not slowing down. LesPierre has to figure something out here if he’s going to win and spring the upset. He’s not pressuring Hooker, which would wear the champion down. It’s time to do that because LesPierre doesn’t possess the one-punch knockout power to put Hooker away.10:09 p.m.: Round 5 to Hooker (10-8, 50-44 Hooker). Someone from Hooker’s corner must have read this, as Hooker put the pedal to the metal. He appeared to knock LesPierre down to the mat with a right hand. The referee said it was a slip, but was clear as day that it wasn’t the case. Near the end of the round, Hooker poured it on with a barrage to the body and then upstairs. LesPierre somehow survived. We are at the point of the fight where if the weight cut is a big factor, we will start to see it now.10:05 p.m.: Round 4 to Hooker (10-9, 40-36 Hooker). For someone who had difficulty making weight, Hooker is looking good and starting to get into a bit of a rhythm. He’s starting to connect on power combinations by staying on the jab. Interesting to see if Hooker will start to let the hands go and try to put LesPierre away.10:01 p.m.: Round 3 to Hooker (10-9, 30-27 Hooker). Good round for Hooker. Making it look easy thus far. LesPierre needs to come forward and start being aggressive or this will be a walk in the park for Hooker.9:57 p.m.: Round 2 to Hooker (10-9, 20-18 Hooker). Solid round for Hooker. Connecting on combinations and keeping the fight in the middle of the ring. Interesting that Hooker is loading up on his punches so early. If LesPierre can survive the early rounds, he can maybe capitalize on Hooker’s struggles on the scale.9:53 p.m.: Round 1 to Hooker (10-9). For most of the round, Hooker and LesPierre were feeling each out. In the last minute of the stanza, Hooker started to use the jab and let the straight right hand go. Some concern though as Hooker’s corner immediately asked if he was ok. Expect Hooker to not use up too much energy early on so he can conserve his stamina. 9:45 p.m.: It is time for the co-main event of Bivol vs. Smith, as Maurice Hooker defends the WBO junior middleweight title against Mikkel LesPierre. Hooker (25-0-3,17 KOs) retained the championship in a back-and-forth war, beating Alex Saucedo via seventh-round TKO. LesPierre (21-0-1, 10 KOs) earned the opportunity with back-to-back TKO victories over Gustavo David Vittori and Wilton Montero. There’s a cause of concern for Hooker since he needed four attempts to make the 140-pound limit. But, LesPierre is taking a giant leap in quality of opposition. He’s never faced anyone close to the caliber of Hooker.While it should be a cakewalk for Hooker, he’s making it more difficult than it needs to be.Callum Johnson overwhelms Seanie Monaghan to get back on track9:26 p.m.: Johnson def. Monaghan by TKO at 0:23 of the third round. Great bounce back win for Johnson. In the first round, you could see Johnson’s power was already taking effect on Monaghan. It all came together in the second when Johnson scored two knockdowns. The referee should have ended it after the second knockdown. Monaghan hadn’t shown anything up to that point. He was battered, bloodied and bruised. For some unknown reason, the referee let him make it out of the round. But, Johnson hit him with a barrage of shots to begin the third and the referee stepped in to stop it. Too little, too late, as those are punches Monaghan shouldn’t have had to take.A good win for Johnson. Now, he’s right back in the mix at light heavyweight and puts himself in a good spot to face the winner of the main event.9:12 p.m.: Kicking off the main card of Bivol vs. Smith will be Callum Johnson facing Seanie Monaghan in light heavyweight action. In his last time out, Johnson (17-1, 12 KOs) suffered the first loss of his career by fourth-round knockout to current IBF titlist Artur Beterbiev in October. Johnson did have his moment when he dropped Beterbiev with a left hook in the second round. Beterbiev roared back and finished Johnson off in the fourth with a blistering right hand.After going undefeated in his first 28 fights, Monaghan (29-2, 17 KOs) has lost two of his last three including his most recent outing, a November unanimous decision loss to Sullivan Barrera.Should be a fun fight between two exciting light heavyweights. They don’t get paid by the hour. 9 p.m.: Welcome to Sporting News’ live main card coverage of Bivol vs. Smith. We have three exciting bouts with two championship fights at the top of the bill. Grab the refreshments, kick back and enjoy our blow-by-blow action.8:50 p.m.: Sergey Kuzmin def. Joey Dawejko via majority decision (95-95, 96-94, 96-94) in heavyweight action. A closer fight than many expected considering Dawejko took it on two weeks notice. Kuzmin’s jab setup his power shots to finally break through when he needed in ninth and tenth round to win and remain undefeated in 15 fights.Dmitry Bivol vs. Joe Smith Jr. fight cardMatchupClassBeltDmitry Bivol vs. Joe Smith Jr.Light heavyweightWBAMaurice Hooker vs. Mikkel LesPierreJunior welterweightWBOCallum Johnson vs. Seanie MonaghanLight heavyweight…Sergey Kuzmin vs. Joey DawejkoHeavyweight…Junior Younan vs. Derrek FindleyLight heavyweight…Otha Jones III vs. Giorgi GelashviliJunior welterweight…Israil Madrimov vs. Frank RojasJunior middleweight…Nikita Ababiy vs. Cory DulaneyMiddleweight….Dmitry Bivol vs. Joe Smith Jr. latest news- Whether it’s at light heavyweight or dropping down to super middleweight, Dmitry Bivol tells Sporting News that he just wants the biggest fights possible.