SMC club inspires Catholic dialogue

first_imgFour Saint Mary’s students introduced a new club last semester, called Christ Lights. Junior club president Sofia Piecuch said she started the club with fellow juniors Clare Lambert, vice president, Olivia Beck, treasurer, and Brianna Noll, secretary, with hopes to strengthen her Catholic faith during her time as an undergraduate.“The idea for the club originated when I found myself wanting to go much deeper into my faith and strengthen my Catholic identity,” Piecuch said, “Quite often, I would turn to Notre Dame to find spaces to cultivate my faith, as they have a plethora of extremely wonderful clubs and worship groups to choose from. I quickly found my niche, [but] wished that Saint Mary’s could offer similar student groups.”Piecuch said she found that other students shared her desire to learn more about Catholicism and share their personal faith struggles with one another.“I think college is a critical time in a person’s life; your parents aren’t there to make you go to mass so it is easy to let that slide and neglect things,” Lambert said. “It is also a good opportunity to grow in your faith, and I think that’s really important.”Noll said starting Christ Lights was a good opportunity to meet with other Catholics on campus to share in their faiths and help each other better understand the teachings and beliefs within Catholicism.Piecuch defined Christ Lights as a student-run Catholic initiative, which seeks to bring students together in community and fellowship as well as help students grow in their understanding of faith. Piecuch said the patron saint of Christ Lights is Blessed Chiara Luce Badano.“Christ Lights is a place to ask questions, to pray, as well as seek emotional and spiritual support over a cup of coffee,” Piecuch said.  “We also wish to respond to Pope Francis’ call to all Catholics to evangelize by providing resources to train Catholics to be loving explainers and defenders of the faith.”Christ Lights hopes to both host faith-building events at Saint Mary’s as well as go on trips to Catholic conferences, Piecuch said.“Our two long-term goals are to host a retreat in the fall with the theme of ‘Catholic Apologetics,’ as well as to apply for a grant to fund travel and registration for the Catholic Answers National Apologetics Conference in San Diego in September,” Piecuch said.Piecuch said Christ Lights is open to students from Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame and Holy Cross.“I wanted to start something that could also be attractive to Notre Dame and Holy Cross student, encouraging them to visit our campus and thus foster greater tri-campus friendship,” Piecuch said. “We seek to take this knowledge [of our faith] and put it into action in order to unify our tri-university community with respect and love.”Piecuch said Christ Lights plans to hold weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in Dalloways Clubhouse at Saint Mary’s. Between discussion weeks, Piecuch said the club hopes to host speakers who will talk about subjects pertaining to being Catholic in a modern world.“Every other week, the meeting will serve as a faith sharing group in which people can raise questions they have about the Catholic faith, share situations where their beliefs were challenged, ask for prayer intentions, and so on,” Piecuch said. “Turning to resources, such as the catechism of the Catholic Church, we will seek to collectively find answers and support one another.”Christ Lights will be hosting a snowman building contest on Wednesday, February 4th, open to all members of the tri-campus community.Tags: Brianna Noll, Catholic faith club, Christ Lights, Clare Lambert, new club at Saint Mary’s to focus on Catholicism, Olivia Beck, Sofia Piecuchlast_img read more

Belgium Joins 8MW+ Club as First Norther Turbine Rises

first_imgThe first MHI Vestas 8.4MW wind turbine has been installed on the 370MW Norther offshore wind farm in the Belgian North Sea, Norther NV, the owner and developer of the project, said.Source: Norther NVThe wind turbines are being transported in sets of four by Van Oord’s installation vessel Aeolus from Vlissingen in the Netherlands and installed at the site some 23 kilometres off the coast of Zeebrugge.The wind farm comprises 44 MHI Vestas 8.4MW units scheduled to be commissioned in the third quarter of 2019.Norther is the first Belgian wind farm to feature wind turbines with a capacity of 8MW or above and will be the largest offshore wind farm in Belgian waters once operational.Norther NV is a partnership between Elicio and Boreas, which in turn is a joint venture between Eneco and Diamond Generating Europe.last_img read more

Mid-season report card: Beat writers grade Syracuse position-by-position after 6 games

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 16, 2013 at 12:26 am Midway through Syracuse’s first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Orange is 3-3, coming off its first-ever conference victory – a 24-10 win over North Carolina State. Beat writers Stephen Bailey, Trevor Hass and David Wilson provide their mid-season grades for each position.QuarterbacksWith the Drew Allen era a distant memory, Terrel Hunt has stepped in and been solid for Syracuse. After torching Wagner and Tulane, Hunt has struggled with throwing the ball against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents. His ability to scramble and pick up yardage has been key, though, and will be critical against Georgia Tech.Bailey: B-Hass: BWilson: BAdvertisementThis is placeholder textWide receiversComing into the season, the Orange needed a wide receiver to step up. So far, no one has. The group went without a catch against then-No. 3 Clemson two weeks ago, and caught only four balls against North Carolina State. Jarrod West broke out against Wagner, but has been otherwise quiet. He seemed to be off the field for more plays than usual against the Wolfpack.Bailey: D-Hass: D+Wilson: DRunning backsThe Syracuse ground game has improved through each contest this season. Led by Jerome Smith’s 482 yards and eight touchdowns and Prince-Tyson Gulley’s 316 and four, the Orange is third in the ACC in rushing yards per game. Devante McFarlane has proven a reliable speed option while George Morris II is expected to miss his second straight game with an upper-body injury.Bailey: A-Hass: AWilson: A-H-BacksAshton Broyld and Brisly Estime are two of the Orange’s most talented playmakers. Broyld has emerged as Hunt’s favorite target, using the uniqueness of the H-Back position to get open frequently. Estime has slowly eased into the role as SU’s second H-Back. He’s been inconsistent, dropping catchable balls, but he’s also snared some difficult throws.Bailey: B+Hass: A-Wilson: B+Tight EndsBeckett Wales was bugged by an ankle injury early in the season. Kendall Moore, who came to Syracuse as an offensive lineman, caught a touchdown pass against Northwestern. The Orange’s tight ends all have size and good hands, but none of them have shown the ability to get open consistently.Bailey: C+Hass: C-Wilson: D+Offensive LineMacky MacPherson and Sean Hickey are two of the best linemen in the ACC. The line has done a stellar job of late opening holes for Smith and Gulley, who dominated against Clemson and North Carolina State. Rob Trudo and Ivan Foy’s athleticism has been an asset for SU as well.Bailey: B+Hass: A-Wilson: BDefensive lineJay Bromley has helped the line to exceed expectations through six games. His six sacks, nine tackles for loss and three forced fumbles are big reasons why Syracuse is ranked second in the conference against the run, allowing 120.3 yards per game. First-year starting defensive ends Robert Welsh and Micah Robinson have played well, too.Bailey: BHass: B+Wilson: B-LinebackersAn ankle sprain has Dyshawn Davis’ level of effectiveness questionable going forward, but Josh Kirkland stepped up nicely in Davis’ absence, who is currently day-to-day. Marquis Spruill and Cameron Lynch have been two of Syracuse’s most consistent playmakers this season, combining for 57 solo tackles and anchoring the defense.Bailey: A-Hass: A-Wilson: BCornerbacksThe loss of Keon Lyn leaves a gaping hole in the Syracuse secondary. Ri’Shard Anderson and Brandon Reddish have also struggled against No.1 receivers as SU has allowed 268 passing yards per game, which is the most in the ACC. The cornerbacks have shown improvement lately, as Julian Whigham and Wayne Morgan grow accustomed to their expanded roles.Bailey: C-Hass: B-Wilson: CSafetiesWhile Durell Eskridge is coming off arguably the best game of his Syracuse career, the Orange safeties have struggled against the deep ball. Eskridge followed three different Clemson receivers into the end zone during SU’s ACC debut, while Jeremi Wilkes’ most glaring gaffe came in the season opener against Penn State when he allowed wide receiver Allen Robinson to run by him for a 51-yard touchdown.Bailey: C+Hass: C+Wilson: C+KickersSyracuse lost one of its most experienced players when Ross Krautman’s season ended prematurely due to a hip-related injury. Since then, Ryan Norton has stepped up and tried to fill the void. He’s 17-of-18 on extra points and 4-of-6 on field goals, with his long being a 34-yarder against Wagner.Bailey: CHass: B-Wilson: C+PuntersRiley Dixon’s 75-yarder was the longest in Syracuse history. That speaks for itself. Otherwise, Dixon has been average, but that punt was one of the highlights of an otherwise lopsided SU-Clemson game. Dixon has booted 10 of 29 punts inside the 20-yard line and is averaging 43.4 yards per punt.Bailey: B+Hass: B+Wilson: A-Return menMorris had been the main man on kickoff duties, but an upper-body injury has moved McFarlane into the primary role. Gulley filled in for Morris against NC State on Saturday. Ritchy Desir has been reliable in the punt game, showing confidence in catching the ball on the run.Bailey: BHass: BWilson: A-ShaferA bevy of new challenges met Scott Shafer when he took over as head coach. A new conference, a largely new coaching staff and a new quarterback were among them. Shafer has responded well. The Orange picked up its first ACC win last week after getting pummeled the week before, and is back at .500.Bailey: BHass: A-Wilson: B Commentslast_img read more

LEEWARG Warns Against Speculations

first_imgAmb. Tunde Ajisomo (center) reading the group’s press statement.The Liberia Elections Early Warning and Response Group (LEEWARG), has warned all political parties, candidates and voters in general, to avoid speculations if the peace should be maintained.Addressing journalists yesterday at a press conference at its offices in Monrovia, the Chairman of LEEWARG, Ambassador Tunde O. Ojisomo said inasmuch as the country has once again demonstrated its resilience as a democratic nation, there is no need to cause chaos by speculating information not intended for the public.“It is our firm wish that all political parties and supporters remain calm as the results are being announced and avoid speculations,” Ojisomo said.He added, “It is important that supporters of political parties avoid early celebrations and look up to the NEC for official results as announcing unofficial results has the potential to ignite unnecessary tensions during this critical period of our nascent democracy.”He admonished that as the country has entered a crucial phase of counting, collating, verification and announcement of the results, let everyone, including national and international observers, be mindful of what they let out to the public.“LEEWARG is interested in seeing that the country continues her forward march to prosperity and harmony in diversity. Be ambassadors of peace,” Ojisomo emphasized.He noted that in spite of some isolated cases such as the late arrival of voting materials and commencement of polls, congested polling centers, poor understanding of some poll workers of the process among others, the voting was generally peaceful.“Let us continue to consolidate our democracy by respecting the legal, institutional, and administrative frameworks governing our electoral process,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more