Student hosts book drive to benefit Center for Homeless

Senior Bridget Meade looks to harness the power of the written word, fighting poverty with the power of fairytales and nursery rhymes. Meade is hosting a book drive at Saint Mary’s to create a preschool library at the South Bend Center for the Homeless. “Reading can be both enjoyable and powerful. Education is such a great way to fight poverty, and reading is one of the best ways to educate children,” she said. Meade is the founder of Mommy and Me, a literacy class at the Center. The program encourages and teaches parents to read to their children. The library will be made available to both the students in her class and other guests at the Center, she said. Meade said she was inspired to create this class because of her own love of reading. “Reading was such a huge part of my childhood that I thought it was a tragedy that some kids aren’t being read to,” she said. Reading is a beneficial activity for both children and parents living in poverty, Meade said. The Mommy and Me class will help parents learn to enjoy reading to their children. “Many parents in poverty were not read to as children, which makes it uncomfortable for them to read to their own children,” she said. The Mommy and Me class teaches parents reading to infants and toddlers is a powerful activity, benefitting a child’s cognitive development and overall life trajectory, Meade said. Some parents living at the Center are illiterate and too uncomfortable to read to their children, she said. The preschool library will provide illiterate parents picture books. Those parents can still read and interact with their children by creating stories based off the illustrations, she said, something crucial to their maturation. “Reading to preschoolers is about helping them interact and hear words that will help with their cognitive development,” Meade said. Meade said preschoolers enjoy classic fairy tales and nursery rhymes the most. “The best books to donate are the old school classics,” she said. Books will be accepted at a drop box in LeMans Hall through the end of the year, or contact Bridget Meade with questions about the book drive at Contact Cailin Crowe at read more

No. 1 Wisconsin looking to exorcise Mariucci demons

first_imgMATTHEW KUTZ/Herald photoThe road to No. 1 was not an easy task for the Wisconsin men’s hockey team. To reach the top of the ranks, the Badgers (11-1-2) had to overcome difficult road contests against the likes of North Dakota, where they hadn’t won since 2001, and formerly top-ranked Michigan.This weekend, the Badgers will face another difficult contest when they head to Minnesota to take on the No. 4 Gophers.And just like the team’s trip to Grand Forks, the Badgers will face a 10-game losing streak at Mariucci Arena that dates back to Nov. 3, 2000. In those past 10 games, Minnesota has outscored Wisconsin 46-19.This time around Wisconsin and Minnesota come into the matchup riding the two longest unbeaten streaks in the WCHA. The Badgers’ 12-game unbeaten streak (10-0-2) is also the longest in the country, while the Gophers haven’t lost in their last six (4-0-2).”I’m hoping the experience of having a lot of guys who have played there will get it done,” Badger head coach Mike Eaves said.Experience should be on the side of the Badgers this weekend, as the Gopher roster is loaded with 16 underclassmen, including six freshmen.Wisconsin will also be aided by the emergence of forwards Ryan MacMurchy and Jake Dowell. Eaves has had the two playing on the same line as of late, and the result has been a resounding success.Dowell, who hadn’t scored a goal until he notched the game-winner against Minnesota State Nov. 20, currently has a three-game scoring streak. The notoriously streaky MacMurchy has found his groove as well, enjoying a similar three-game scoring streak, including two goals in his last two games.”They’re doing little things, and I think they’re just feeling a lot better about themselves and the way they’re playing,” Eaves said of the duo.Eaves has also put freshman Jack Skille on that line, which turned into an assist for Skille last Saturday after a three-game scoring drought.”I think we work together really well. It’s three power forwards on one line,” Skille said. “We work really hard together and we have some really good line chemistry there.”The Badgers will need all their lines working for them this weekend against the formidable Minnesota offense.Led by freshman standout and Madison native Phil Kessel, the Gophers lead the WCHA in scoring with 3.79 goals per game. Kessel has scored 21 points on eight goals and 13 assists, putting him second in the conference in scoring.Skille played with Kessel in the United States National Development Team Program before coming to Wisconsin. It was rumored that the two had a rivalry, although those claims have been denied by both parties. Whatever the nature of their relationship, Skille won’t let that distract him.”I’m going to worry about my game, and hopefully the team isn’t worried about Phil Kessel,” Skille said. “From the way it sounds, nobody is.”Kessel and the rest of the Minnesota offense have been extremely effective with power play this season. Head and shoulders above the rest of the conference, Minnesota has converted 23.5 percent of its power play opportunities this season. The Badgers, on the other hand, have killed 88 percent of opponents’ opportunities, good for sixth in the country.”They have a bunch of finesse players and skill players, and when you put them on a power play, you give them an advantage,” Skille said of Minnesota. “Our penalty kill is a huge thing for us this weekend.”The Gophers, with or without the man advantage, will have to contend with Wisconsin netminder Brian Elliott, who won his third WCHA Defensive Player of the Week honors this week. Elliott is second in the nation with a 1.41 goals against average and .942 save percentage and has yet to give up more than two goals in a game this season, all the while playing every minute of every game the Badgers have played to date.Minnesota is second in the conference standings with 14 points to Wisconsin’s 18 points, and a sweep this weekend would put them into first place along with the Badgers. To prevent that from happening, the Badgers would have to win at Minnesota for the first time since March 17, 2000.last_img read more

Kyrgios cruises into fourth round of Miami Open

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. His 6-3, 6-3 victory here Monday against the Italian world No. 18 Fabio Fognini certainly suggested a return to peak form is attainable.The Australian took just 29 minutes to win the first set and although Fognini battled hard in the second, it wasn’t enough to stop the 22 year-old who was powerfully crashing the ball around the court from all angles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownYet afterwards Kyrgios, who will face either David Ferrer or Alexander Zverev for a place in the final eight, insisted his injury problems are refusing to go away.“I came here not expecting too  much,” he said. “I have been having back spasms and am nowhere close to 100 percent. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina With the likes of Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka still out with injuries and Novak Djokovic desperately trying to return from a persistent elbow problem, Kyrgios isn’t alone when it comes to playing through the pain barrier.“I have had a couple of niggling injuries during my career though no surgery yet touch wood,” he added.“I am working hard in the gym but I still need to tick some boxes when it comes to professionalism.”Kyrgios began the match confidently, getting an early break to storm to a 3-0 lead.Fognini was cutting a frustrated figure in the afternoon sun, his inability to make inroads into the rapid fire Kyrgios’ serve causing the 30-year old to angrily lay bare his frustrations on more than one occasion.The Australian, however, was far more consistent and when he broke again early in the second set, the writing was very much on the wall for an opponent who simply didn’t have any answers.His serve was clocked at an impressive 137 mph but Kyrgios, who never seems too far away from a meltdown, had to dig deep in an attempt to close out the match.Fognini however was unable to pull himself back into the match and another break of serve put the seal on a good afternoon’s work for Kyrgios who was boosted by having Boston Celtics star Gordon Hayward in his box here in Key Biscayne.“It’s been great to have him around,” says Kyrgios, who is a huge NBA fan and follows the Celtics.Fellow Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis failed to build on his win over Roger Federer in the previous round, falling 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) to Spain’s Fernando Verdasco, while Canadian Denis Shapovalov outlasted American Sam Querrey 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Key dates for the upcoming baseball season Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback “So winning matches like this are a great confidence boost for me. I am only at 70 percent so I am just trying to get through and take it very slowly.“I haven’t been able to train hard. I am just slowly building myself up.”Kyrgios was serving and hitting powerfully, a sure sign that the elbow problem which has hampered him so far in 2018 seems to be on the mend.“I am trying to keep everything lose, the elbow was feeling better a couple of weeks ago.“I was feeling good and then I started having back spasms. I just have to keep my body moving and feel warm and loose.”ADVERTISEMENT Verdasco’s win was a fiery affair with the Spaniard accusing Kokkinakis’ father of talking between points in the deciding set.Verdasco also called out Kyrgios, who before the match suggested on Twitter that the Verdasco is “the saltiest dude” because of his past experience playing Australians.“When you have the courage to put a tweet insulting another player you need to have the same to don’t delete it,” countered Verdasco.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img KEY BISCAYNE, FL – MARCH 26: Nick Kyrgios of Australia celebrates his win over Fabio Fognini of Italy during the Miami Open Presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 26, 2018 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFPNick Kyrgios moved into the fourth round of the Miami Open despite admitting he’s lacking the match fitness to properly compete for the title.Kyrgios arrived in south Florida having not played for two months thanks to a troublesome elbow injury which forced him to withdraw from tournaments in Rotterdam, Delray Beach, Acapulco and Indian Wells in recent weeks.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img read more