SAB aims to foster community through comedy

first_imgComedian Aisha Alfa will fill the room with laughter Wednesday in Saint Mary’s Carroll Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. as she cracks jokes during her comedy performance sponsored by the Saint Mary’s Student Activities Board (SAB).SAB president, senior Colleen Michael, said SAB’s focus this year is to provide students with the opportunity to attend new and unique events.“Bringing performers and outside vendors allows students to experience something exciting and out of the ordinary,” Michael said. “Classes are starting to kick into high gear, if they have not already. This is the perfect opportunity to relax and have a good laugh, to take a break from the homework, the papers, the tests and do something fun.”Michael said she wanted to get students’ input on who to bring to campus. She and other members of SAB attended the National Association of Campus Activities Conference where a number of performers were showcased. After the conference, the SAB Entertainment Committee researched the various performers. After three performers were chosen as finalists, a survey was sent to students and hundreds of students selected Alfa, Michael said.“Students have and should have a voice on campus,” Michael said. “I really enjoyed receiving the input from the student body. It was great to see their enthusiasm by voting. It is important that we are providing the students with what they want to participate in; voting is a great way to ensure we are meeting their expectations.”Michael said the Board’s second goal for the year is to focus on the College’s core value of fostering community.“Bringing a comedian gives the student body, as well as the tri-campus community, the opportunity to come together,” Michael said. “When you ask a Saint Mary’s student what her favorite part about Saint Mary’s is, there is a high chance she will say community. Events such as [a comedy show] will foster this community.”Michael said by focusing on the community aspect of the event, students will have the chance to meet and spend time with other students who they regularly would not encounter.“It will bring students together for something fun and light,” Michael said. “It brings people together who normally do not see each other because of different majors or different class years. … What better way to bring people together than through laughter?”Tags: Aisha Alfa, Saint Mary’s College, SMC, Student Activities Boardlast_img read more

Bee draggled

first_imgBy Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaHoneybees can’t seem to catch a break in Georgia. While thisyear’s frequent rains have brought welcome relief for people andmost of the state’s plants and animals, it’s just another toughyear for the bees.”It’s been a bad year for honey production in Georgia,” saidKeith Delaplane, an entomology professor with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.The main culprit, Delaplane said, is an excessively wet yearcoming on the heels of more than four straight years of drought.”When there’s too much rain, there’s too much dilution of thenectar,” he explained. Honeybees convert the nectar they extractfrom flowers into honey.Sweet harvestThe honeybee hive survives over the winter on the rich energyreserves stored in the honey. Humans harvest the surplus honey,when there is a surplus, as a sweet crop that eventually ends upon your breakfast table.When there isn’t enough rain, Delaplane said, the lack of waterhinders the buildup of sugars in plants.So for honeybees, this year’s “monsoon season” in Georgia has hadthe same net effect as the previous years of dusty drought: notenough sugar to make the honey they need.As if that weren’t enough, all the rains have led to anotherserious problem for honeybees: mosquitoes.Mosquito woesNo, mosquitoes don’t bite bees. But they bite people, andsometimes they transmit diseases when they do, like West Nilevirus, eastern equine encephalitis and others.When mosquito numbers are high, as they have been at times thisyear, people tend to use more insecticide sprays to reduce therisk of these potentially deadly diseases.And the No. 1 pesticide used to control mosquitoes, malathion, isdeadly to honeybees. “It’s very bad on honeybees if it gets ontothe plants they’re foraging on,” Delaplane said, “or if it’ssprayed directly onto them.”The ultra-low-volume sprays used in most urban areas, he said,lessen the damage to honeybee populations. But malathion in anyform is hardly helpful to the bees, adding insult to the injurybrought on by the quirky weather.(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Compliance: NCUA releases MBL FAQs to aid implementation

first_imgNCUA’s revised member business lending (MBL) rule has been in effect for more than 6 months now, and according to the agency, it has received a number of questions about the rule and its implementation. In this quarter’s NCUA Report, the agency tackled some of the most frequently asked questions.Chief among those questions is: What are NCUA’s expectations under the new MBL and commercial loan rule?The answer: NCUA expects credit unions to offer commercial loans in a safe and sound manner and structured appropriately for the member’s needs and within the member’s financial abilities.The new rule requires active oversight by senior managers and the board, but also extends flexibility to credit unions to establish policies and program controls instead of prescriptive regulatory requirements.The rule now takes a more principles-based approach to managing a commercial loan program and allows management to tailor appropriate risk-management practices to suit their individual circumstances. 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Hyun-Jin Ryu, Adrian Gonzalez shine in Dodgers’ victory

first_imgPHOENIX — The Dodgers made a big splash in their return to Chase Field.They beat Arizona 6-0 on Friday night in their first visit to the ballpark since clinching the NL West title there last September and angering the Diamondbacks by celebrating in the ballpark’s swimming pool.One of the ringleaders of the pool assault, Adrian Gonzalez, drove in five runs Friday night to snap out of a slow start that had him batting .189 with four RBIs coming in.Hyun-Jin Ryu, pitching on an extra day’s rest, threw seven dominant innings, allowing two hits, striking out eight and walking one. He retired 18 of his last 19 batters and allowed only a pair of singles by Miguel Montero. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jamey Wright pitched two hitless innings to complete the shutout, which took just 2 hours, 26 minutes. The Dodgers had not blanked the Diamondbacks in Arizona since July 27, 2003, according to STATS.Ryu rebounded from a rough outing a week earlier against San Francisco, when he was tagged for eight runs six earned in two innings.He said the difference this time was he kept the ball down in the strike zone.“Because I got hit around last game,” Ryu said through an interpreter, “I was trying a little harder today.”He beat the Diamondbacks for the second time this season. He was the winning pitcher in the Dodgers’ 7-5 victory over Arizona in Australia on March 23. In another example of the Diamondbacks’ starting pitching woes, McCarthy allowed six runs and 10 hits in seven innings. His ERA stands at 7.78.“I haven’t really felt like I have thrown terribly this season,” he said. “It has just been a few pitches in there that have gone wrong and they happen to really hurt me. Whether it is a combination of bad luck and bad pitches, it is really getting old.”He retired his first two batters, then Ramirez singled up the middle. That brought up Gonzalez, who had been hitting the ball had lately with little to show for it. That changed in one swing that made it 2-0.The Dodgers got two more on Gonzalez’s two-run single in the third.McCarthy settled down after that, retiring 11 in a row before Dee Gordon’s one-out single in the seventh.Yasiel Puig doubled leading off the eighth and scored when Ramirez doubled into the left-field corner. Ramirez came home on Gonzalez’s single.Puig was back in the starting lineup after being sidelined by a sprained left thumb, the result of a headfirst slide into first base against San Francisco last Saturday. He missed two games and struck out on three pitches as a pinch hitter against Detroit on Wednesday.center_img Gonzalez hit a two-run homer off Brandon McCarthy (0-2) in the first inning, doubled in two more in the third and had an RBI single in the eighth. The Dodgers’ Hanley Ramirez was 3 for 4 with two doubles, drove in a run and scored three times.“You don’t get very many of these, where you score a few runs, everything goes good with your pitching, and there was really no true stress in the game,” Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly said. “It was just one of those games that kind of went our way.”Ramirez and Gonzalez, the Nos. 3 and 4 batters, were a combined 6 for 8 with six RBIs and four runs.“That’s what we’re there for,” Gonzalez said. “That’s what we’re out here for is to try to get rusn for our pitcher.”Gonzalez’s homer, on the first pitch he saw, landed in the right-field seats, not too far from the pool.last_img read more