SMC seniors promote type I diabetes awareness

first_imgNine Saint Mary’s seniors in communication professor Colleen Fitzpatrick’s non-profit public relations (PR) class will put the phrase “Once a Belle, Always a Belle” into action tonight when they host “Open Mic Night” to raise awareness for Type I diabetes in support of class of 2013 alum Katie Schwab.Schwab, who spent time working with the Notre Dame women’s basketball staff during her time at Saint Mary’s, entered a diabetic coma this summer as a result of Type I diabetes, senior Loretto Evans, a student in the class, said.Hearing about Schwab’s story encouraged Fitzpatrick, who was Schwab’s peer mentor during her time at Saint Mary’s, to re-structure her class in order to help raise support, Evans said.“I would definitely say this is unique to this year,” Evans said. “[Schwab] is no longer a student here, and yet we’re still doing everything we can to make [the event] successful. If you were to tell me a couple months ago I would be this into a class, I wouldn’t believe you.”In August, the hands-on class learned PR content such as fundraising and publicity, senior Nia Parillo said. Once the class covered all the necessary material, Parillo said they directed their focus to supporting Schwab.“Usually what [Fitzpatrick] does is take an already pre-existing local nonprofit group, and [the class] does PR for them,” Parillo said. “But this is a different case. She decided to change the curriculum, and we’ve been building ground up.”Through collaboration and brainstorming, Parillo said the class decided to host a bake sale and an “Open Mic Night.” The class exceeded their monetary goals during the bake sale, and she said they are hoping “Open Mic Night” will be even more successful.Senior Julia Dunford said the students selected an “Open Mic Night” format in order to create a unique event for Schwab that would provide opportunities for student interaction as well as discussion about Type I diabetes.“That’s part of the goal of the event, to not only fundraise for Katie and her family, but to raise awareness about Type 1 diabetes and the risks inherent with having Type 1 diabetes, especially as a young healthy woman,” she said.All fundraised money goes directly to a fund in support of Schwab, who is still in a diabetic coma, Evans said. Schwab’s family will attend the event as well, she said.“They are excited we’re doing this,” Evans said. “They’re all educators, so I think it’s even more impactful that [the support] is coming from a group of students who made this their mission.”Anyone is welcome to stop by to listen to music, share a talent, read some poetry, sing a song or share a good joke, Parillo said.There is a $5 admission fee, which includes two raffle tickets for an array of prizes, which are all donations from local companies and restaurants, Evans said.Dunford said she hopes attendees walk away with a better understanding of Type 1 diabetes and a greater sense of community.“We already have such a strong sense of sisterhood on campus, and this is a way to reinforce that, to help a fellow sister and learn a little bit along the way,” she said.Open Mic Night will take place Monday night from 7-9 p.m. in Rice Commons of the Student Center.More information about Katie Schwab can be found on her CaringBridge website.Tags: Colleen Fitzpatrick, Katie Schwab, Open Mic Night, Type I diabeteslast_img read more

Outdoor Updates: Olympic Super-G Medalist, Andrew Weibrecht Returns to Sugar Mountain Resort

first_imgOlympic Super-G Medalist, Andrew Weibrecht Returns to Sugar Mountain Resort for its Annual Preseason Ski Clinic The U.S House of Representatives passes the CORE Act to protect Colorado’s public lands For a second year in a row, two-time Olympic medalist and former U.S. Ski Team member, Andrew Weibrecht, joins Sugar Mountain Resort’s preseason ski clinic coaching staff, December 13-15. The 24th annual, three-day clinic coincides with SugarFest and includes daily and day-long coaching with Andrew and other notable and encouraging staffers, lift tickets, video analysis and Friday night dinner. The SugarFest celebration features the kick-off to Sugar Mountain Resort’s 50th season and the ceremonial ribbon cutting of the new, four-passenger, high-speed, detachable Easy Street chairlift which replaces the original, two-passenger, fixed-grip chairlift, built in 1969. A coyote conflict management workshop will be held in Charlotte on November 12 and is free and open to the public. The workshop takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, West Service Area Center, 4150 Wilkinson Blvd. Urban Coyote Management Workshop taking place in Charlotte Nov. 12 Coyote biology and behaviorPractical, non-lethal methods to prevent/reduce coyote conflictsResources for resolving pre-existing conflictscenter_img Photo of Andrew Weibrecht by Kevin Pedraja: Attribution 2.0 Generic To learn more about the preseason ski clinic or Sugar Mountain Resort’s opening day, please visit or call 800-SUGAR MT. If you can’t make it in person the presentation will be live-streamed on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control Division’s Facebook and Instagram pages (@animalscmpd). Attendees will learn about coyotes, human and coyote interactions around Charlotte, and effective methods for resolving and preventing conflicts. Biologists will discuss the following topics: The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy (CORE) Act on October 31. If successful, the CORE Act will protect approximately 400,000 acres of Colorado’s public lands, including backcountry in the Spraddle Creek Wilderness addition outside of Vail and backcountry ski and mountain biking terrain near Tenmile Mountain outside of Frisco. The legislation now moves to the U.S. Senate.last_img read more

Geno Thorpe, still not 100 percent healthy, bridges key Syracuse stretch in 80-67 win

first_img Published on November 18, 2017 at 11:02 pm Contact Sam: | @Sam4TR Geno Thorpe was trying to will Syracuse into the lead.With Tyus Battle, the team’s best player, on the bench with two fouls, Thorpe played shooting guard and fulfilled the job description. He hit a 3-pointer on a pass from Marek Dolezaj to put Syracuse up by one. Two minutes later, he cashed in a Paschal Chukwu steal with a jumper to put the Orange up by one again. Two minutes after that, he hit another 3 on a pass from Dolezaj to give Syracuse back a lead it never relinquished. On the sideline, Syracuse’s usually reserved head coach Jim Boeheim gave half a fist-pump.For good measure the grad transfer from South Florida, who missed about a month of practice this fall due to a lingering ankle injury, nailed another 3 on the next possession in Syracuse’s (3-0) eventual 80-67 victory over Texas Southern (0-4) on Saturday night in the Carrier Dome.“I’m still working my way back,” Thorpe said after the game. “(Tonight), I feel more comfortable than usual. … I just wanted to come in and do my role. Just making plays and coming in bringing energy and knocking down open 3s.”In all, Thorpe hit 5-of-6 shots in the first half, including 3-of-4 beyond on the arc, for 13 points in 14 minutes.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt was the exact half the Orange’s offense needed because it allowed another potential primary scoring option to get reps. It plugged Syracuse’s hole without Battle and ensured the Orange still entered halftime steadily in control. SU could’ve gone back to Battle if it needed to, Boeheim said, but “Geno got going.”“It hurt him to miss all that time,” Boeheim said. “He still doesn’t have the push that he had early in the year off his foot. But … I thought (Thorpe’s first-half play) was a good thing. I thought Frank (Howard) and Geno played well together during that stretch. It was good for them to get some time together.”Todd Michalek | Staff PhotographerWhen Thorpe entered, it enacted the plan the Syracuse coaching staff foresaw when assistant Allen Griffin called Thorpe over the summer. The Orange had two known commodities at guard in Battle and Howard, as well as an unknown in freshman Howard Washington. Adding a fourth guard provided some insurance and protected SU from stretching itself thin if one of the guards got hurt or if one found himself in foul trouble.Finding a combo guard of Thorpe’s skillset — he played some point guard at his two previous stops, South Florida and Penn State — eased the ball-handling burden on Howard when he entered. Howard said he felt like he could be more selective in shooting and move off the ball a little bit. It also gave him another scorer to pass to. Late in the half, from the top of the key, Howard found Thorpe cutting to the hoop, who finished as he was fouled for an and-1.“Overall,” Howard said, “(our offense) got a little stagnant and he showed what he can do individually. … We can just be a two-headed point guard out there.”For his offensive successes, Thorpe several times throughout the night drew the ire of the coaches from his perch at the top of the zone. Thorpe, at 6-foot-3, is the smallest of Syracuse’s regular guard rotation of Battle, Howard and himself. Late in the first half, after an entry pass into the high post led to an easy Texas Southern score, Syracuse assistant coach Gerry McNamara leapt off the bench and pointed at Thorpe: “Play big! Get long! Pick that off!”Late in the second half, Derrick Bruce of the Tigers shot a 3-pointer over Thorpe, who didn’t have his hand up to contest, and Boeheim looked at Thorpe and put his hand out.When asked what role the young players had in some defensive lapses, Boeheim said, “They have to understand. Geno’s not young. You can’t do that, doesn’t matter really who’s in the game. You’ve got to play, you can’t lose your focus on defense.”After his breakout first half on the offense, Thorpe quieted for the second. He played only seven minutes, missing all three shots, dishing out one assist and turning the ball over once. Battle erupted for 16 points and a thunderous dunk. But Thorpe had done everything he needed to do in bridging that gap. He had eased into what the Orange hopes will be his role all season.When asked about when he expects to be back to full health, Thorpe said, “I can’t put a timetable on that, I’m not sure. Tomorrow, I hope.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more