Saint Mary’s valedictorians reflect on college tenure

first_imgThree Saint Mary’s seniors will represent the Class of 2020 as valedictorians during the virtual commencement ceremony on May 16. Courtesy of Anna Bilse Biology major Anna Bilse is one of three valedictorians selected to represent the class of 2020 during Saturday’s virtual commencement ceremony. Courtesy of Sarah Hautzinger Sociology major Sarah Hautzinger is one of three valedictorians to be honored at Saturday’s virtual commencement ceremony.center_img Courtesy of Nicole Aggarwal Sociology and communication studies major Nicole Aggarwal is one of three valedictorians selected to represent the class of 2020.The three honorees are Nicole Aggarwal, Anna Bilse and Sarah Hautzinger. Aggarwal is a sociology and communication studies double major with a minor in gender and women’s studies, and Bilse is a biology major with a concentration in molecular/cell biology and a minor in dance. Hautzinger is also a sociology major with a concentration in criminology and a minor in psychology.All three recipients will be continuing their education after graduation. Aggarwal said she plans to attend University of Colorado Boulder to pursue a doctorate in sociology. Hautzinger said she will be attending law school at St. John’s University in Queens, New York, while Bilse will attend Elon University in North Carolina to pursue a master’s in physician assistant studies.Aggarwal learned of the possibility of receiving the honor at the end of her junior year.“I felt some pressure, but I didn’t care too much about the title,” Aggarwal said. “I thought ‘I’ve made it this far, I can continue to work hard to achieve the goal and finish what I started.’ It acted as a strong source of both pressure and motivation to finish the job and do the best work I can.”Bilse shared a similar sentiment of the title being an external motivator to continue the hard work. “I was sitting on my couch when I received that email and my jaw dropped, I was just floored and it made me feel so proud and validated for the hard work that I have done,” she said. “When I first came to school I came in with the mentality that I was going to try my best and I would be happy and proud with whatever that turned out to be. Learning I could potentially be a valedictorian fueled the fire in me to continue to work as hard as I could.”Hautzinger used the word “unforgettable” to describe her college experience. “It was truly the best experience I could have asked for,” she said. “I am a student ambassador for the Office of Admission so I get to give tours to prospective students, and I just love being able to share and tell [prospective students] how much I love Saint Mary’s and how much it means to me. I always say that you hear about this sisterhood and it sounds cliche and cheesy but it is 100 percent true — everyone has been so supportive and collaborative really creating an incredible undergraduate experience.”Bilse shared a similar sentiment that her opportunities and experiences were unique to Saint Mary’s. She said the experience was likely not something she would have received if she had gone anywhere else.For Aggarwal, her college experience was defined by the personalized attention she received in the classroom. Small class sizes allowed students to succeed and allowed for professors to get to know her and her passions, she said. “I just followed my majors where they took me, I had no idea what I was getting into but it shaped me into an academic, it has expanded my horizons and my opinions,” Aggarwal said. “I know who I know am now and that’s something I didn’t know four years ago when I stepped on campus.”Bilse advised current undergraduate students to stay true to themselves as they finish their degrees. “I started undergrad anxious and confused and by staying true to myself and choosing my path for myself it helped me to find who I was as an individual rather than grouping myself with a crowd,” Bilse said. “I think [staying true to yourself] is how you are able to be the best version of yourself and make the most out of this experience.” Tags: Anna Bilse, commencement 2020, Nicole Aggarwal, Sarah Hautzinger, valedictorianslast_img read more

49 and Holding the Cache – A Gold Miner’s Delight GC202RG GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – December 12, 2011

first_imgPella, Iowa – Near ’49 and Holding the Cache’The iconic village of Pella, Iowa in the United States boasts a quaint downtown, a working wind mill and the geocache with the most Favorite Points  in the entire state. ’49 and Holding the Cache – A Gold Miner’s Delight’ (GC202RG) has more than 100 Favorite Points. jstrout & cjandbj created and placed the cache in 2009. The special instructions on the difficulty 2.5, terrain 1 geocache page are written as a poem:A GOLD MINER’S DELIGHTNO NEED FOR A SHOVELNO NEED FOR A MULENO NEED FOR ANY SPECIAL TOOLA NICE ALL WEATHER PARK AND GRABThe creative cache draws adventure seekers from around the region. Geocachers often choose ’49 and Hold the Cache’ to celebrate milestone finds. Cachers log about the challenge of the hide and the unique cache container.Celebrating milestones at the geocacheA geocacher who logged this cache writes, “To say this is the best geocache I’ve ever seen would be an understatement. This is mind-bogglingly fantastic! The creativity, work, money, craftsmanship, and awesomeness that has been put into this cache is just plain amazing… I’ve seen and made a few pretty darn cool caches, but this one takes the cake.”Check out this Presents video to see inside the cache. The video was shot with cache owner permission. You can see the “49 and Holding Cache” at 1:00 into the video.[vsw id=”AhuX7N8b3xw” source=”youtube” width=”425″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”]Continue your exploration of some of the most engaging geocaches from around the globe. Explore all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on If you’ d like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache and the GC code to [email protected] with your Friends:More SharePrint Related”Vermont 1″ GC86 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – May 2, 2011May 2, 2011In “Community”The Ultimate Hiding Tool — Swiss Army Knife of Geocache Containers (GC53TZQ) — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 17, 2014In “Community”S.P.D. #1 – Welcome! — Geocache of the WeekApril 26, 2017In “Geocache of the Week”last_img read more

Man sues police after claiming he was left naked and in pain

first_imgA man who claims he was deprived of medical care and left naked in an Ontario jail cell overnight two years ago has filed a lawsuit against several Brantford, Ont., police officers, alleging they treated him differently because of his race.The lawsuit filed by Philip Alafe also names Brantford Police Chief Geoff Nelson and the Brantford Police Services Board as defendants, saying they are responsible for the actions of officers on the force.Alafe, 27, is seeking $2.5 million in damages, alleging the officers abused their power and used excessive force, and the chief and board were negligent in their oversight.The Toronto man, who was born in Nigeria and came to Canada in 2010, was arrested on July 3, 2015 on charges related to an alleged dangerous driving incident that the claim says he believed had been withdrawn.An Ontario judge stayed the criminal charges against him earlier this year after finding that the officers involved had treated him egregiously and breached his constitutional rights.The allegations laid out in Alafe’s lawsuit have not been proven in court and a statement of defence has not yet been filed.The chair of the police services board said they are looking into the allegations.“We will be undertaking a review of all material presented in context, and we have directed the chief of police to report to the board any findings he has as it relates to police service policy and training practices with respect to prisoner care and handling,” Deb Cockerill said in a statement.The force could not immediately be reached for comment.In his statement of claim, Alafe says he suffers from sickle cell anemia, a congenital condition that causes chronic pain and fatigue and can lead to the death of tissue due to lack of blood supply.Episodes of acute pain are often triggered by cold and stress, among other things, and require hospitalization, the document says. Alafe requires regular treatment and “significant doses” of medication, including painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs and muscle relaxants, the claim says.“Without these medications, even for a short period of time, his pain becomes unbearable,” the claim says.Alafe alleges the officers took away his medication and refused or ignored his multiple requests for medical attention, allowing him only two tablets over the course of the night — far less than the prescribed amount.“At all material times over the course of that night and morning, the plaintiff continued to be in extreme pain due to his sickle cell disease,” the statement of claim alleges.Instead of calling a doctor or taking him to hospital, the officers “maliciously, intentionally, unlawfully and/or without justification subjected the plaintiff to an escalating course of punishment, deprivation of basic needs, physical assault, infliction of mental anguish and other infliction of harm,” the statement of claim alleges.Alafe was stripped of most of his clothes during his detention and two officers eventually took away his jail-issued jumpsuit using “extreme and unreasonable force,” including punches and body chops, the statement of claim alleges.“The force used upon him was not justifiable at law and was excessive and unreasonable in the circumstances. The force was applied in circumstances where the plaintiff posed no safety risk to himself or others and offered no provocation,” the document says.It further alleges that the officers treated Alafe “differentially and discriminatorily” due to his race and his disability.One of the officers, Staff Sgt. Cheney Venn, also took away his mattress and blanket after declaring that Alafe’s attempts to get the officers’ attention constituted misbehaviour, the claim says.Hours later, Alafe — who had never been suicidal before — attempted to hang himself with his socks, his only remaining piece of clothing, it says. Though the officers would have been able to see him through the jail cell camera, they did nothing to intervene or help him, it says. The socks were taken away shortly afterward, it says.About an hour and a half later, he was taken out of the cell to video bail court.Alafe alleges that on top of the physical pain, mental distress and humiliation he suffered that night, the incident has caused lasting damage, including a worsening of his chronic condition, post-traumatic stress and nightmares.He argues police had a fiduciary duty to him as a person in custody, particularly one with medical and mental health issues, which they knowingly or recklessly breached.last_img read more

The Most Impressive Run to the Final Four And Its Not Kentuckys

Which team had the most impressive run to the Final Four?The question might seem like the sports equivalent of “Which of your children do you love the most?” Any team that wins four straight games in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament has a lot to be proud of. Papa Brackets thinks all the Final Four teams — Florida, Connecticut, Kentucky and Wisconsin — are very special.But conventional wisdom appears to hold Kentucky’s path in ever-so-slightly higher regard than the other schools’. The Wildcats defeated an unbeaten No. 1 seed (Wichita State) and both of last year’s finalists (Michigan and Louisville) en route to Arlington.Kentucky has been great. Despite entering the tournament as a No. 8 seed, it has a 19 percent chance of winning the NCAA championship, according to the FiveThirtyEight forecast model. That’s up from only a 2 percent chance before the tournament began.Still, Connecticut’s run has been slightly more special than Kentucky’s so far. And Wisconsin’s, even more so.The FiveThirtyEight model has a particular way of answering our question. It evaluates teams not in any absolute sense, but relative to its expectations. And it accounts not only for wins and losses (by definition, any team that makes to the Final Four has won at least four straight games), but also for margin of victory.To be more specific, the model calculates not only the win probability for each game, but also an implicit point spread. For example, it gives Florida a 69.9 percent chance of beating Connecticut on Saturday. That translates into Florida being 5.5 point favorites. The model has Wisconsin with a 58.2 percent chance of beating Kentucky, which would equate to the Badgers being favored by two points.How a team fares relative to this point spread affects how the model evaluates it going forward. Why? Tournament results are quite predictive of future tournament results: A team that is terrific in the early rounds often does well in later ones.Occasionally, a team can end up in worse shape despite winning its game. This happens when the model expects a blowout and the team wins by a smaller margin.A case in point is Florida in its opening-round game against Albany. The model had the Gators as 24-point favorites, but Florida won by 12 points (in fact, the game was a little closer than the scoreline implies).What about Florida’s three other wins? It was clear that the Gators were the favorite in each game, but they performed about in line with the model’s expectations — beating its point spread by six points against Pittsburgh and four points against UCLA, and underperforming it by two points in their win Saturday against Dayton. To be clear, the Gators have been great — and the model has them as the plurality favorite to win the tournament. But Florida was a great team going in. It has performed roughly as expected against a relatively easy draw.How about Kentucky? If viewed as a No. 8 seed, the Wildcats have been extremely impressive — not least on account of the quality of competition they’ve faced. But Kentucky was no typical No. 8. The Wildcats ranked first in the country in the preseason AP and USA Today Coaches polls, a factor for which the FiveThirtyEight model accounts. They took 10 losses in the regular season, but they faced a tough schedule; all but two of the losses, both to Florida, came by single digits.Kentucky was badly underseeded to begin with, in other words. The FiveThirtyEight model actually had Kentucky as slight favorites against Michigan, despite the Wildcats’ inferior seed. The Wildcats were underdogs against Louisville and Wichita State, but only modest ones, and both games were close. Kentucky outperformed the FiveThirtyEight point spread by two points against Michigan, four points against Wichita State and 10 points against Louisville.By this standard, both Connecticut and Wisconsin have done more to exceed expectations. The Huskies were the narrowest of favorites against Iowa State on Friday, in part because Madison Square Garden is a de facto home court for them. (Geographic distance from a team’s home campus is another factor that the FiveThirtyEight model accounts for; the author of this article went to the games at MSG for “research purposes” and can confirm that there was a lot of Huskies love there.) But Connecticut also won as underdogs against Michigan State and Villanova. The Villanova win, which came by 12 points, was relatively emphatic.The improvement in the model’s esteem for Wisconsin is partially the result of the Badgers’ upset of No. 1 seed Arizona on Saturday. But it has more to do with the their performance in earlier rounds. Wisconsin thrashed Baylor by 17 points Thursday, and the Badgers beat American University by 40 points in their opening game. On average, Wisconsin has outperformed the FiveThirtyEight point spread by 12 points, as compared with nine points for Connecticut and four for Kentucky.Evaluating teams by their margins of victory is unpopular; it may seem as heartless as rating your kids by their SAT scores. We’re fans of systems such as the Basketball Power Index (BPI) that account for the scoring margins throughout games and not just at the final buzzer. But margin of victory predicts future performance reasonably well — better than ratings based on wins and losses alone do. By that measure, Wisconsin heads to Texas with the most momentum.(Nerd alert: The point spread can be derived through the formula NORMSINV(WINPROB)*10.36 in Microsoft Excel, where WINPROB is a team’s probability of winning.) read more

The Royal Wedding San Diego fans celebrate at local tea shop

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSaturday morning, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said “I do.” Elizabeth Alvarez joined excited fans at Shakespeare’s Corner Shoppe to have a cup of tea and watch the wedding broadcast. The Royal Wedding: San Diego fans celebrate at local tea shop Elizabeth Alvarez, May 19, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img Updated: 8:50 AM Elizabeth Alvarez Posted: May 19, 2018last_img read more