The Saint Mary’s Belles celebrated their across-the street neighbors Monday as they gathered to view the Notre Dame Irish Football game as a part of their Big Belle Little Belle event. According to club representatives, about 289 students have signed up for the peer mentorship program. The program partners a freshman or sophomore belle or, “little Belle,” with an upperclassman “big Belle” with intentions to facilitate friendship and mentorship. The game watch party was the first event of the year for the group.For some students, the Big Belle Little Belle experience can operate as a sort of pseudo-sorority. The Saint Mary’s students often speak on the values of sisterhood, and often refer to themselves as if they are one big sorority. The EMX logo on sweatshirts, pants and t-shirts, which imitates popular sorority culture, can be spotted around campus. Members of Big Belle Little Belle is sometimes seen as a substitute for Greek life by first-years and the club’s facilitators.“I think the sisterhood is really important, because we don’t have sororities,” Saint Mary’s senior and Big Belle Little Belle co-chair Moira LeMay said. “And I think a lot of girls want a sorority, but they don’t want the dues of a sorority or the commitments of the sorority. And this is one on such a small scale — by no means is it a sorority — but it’s a way for girls to feel like they have like an inner circle with people that they wouldn’t normally have.”LeMay pointed out the absence of dues as a reason for Belles to join, but the club did recently require a 10 dollar fee.“It is to pay for t-shirts,” LeMay said. “So girls can have the nice t-shirt, and we don’t have to worry about our annual budget. And we can put more into our activities, if we aren’t concerned about t-shirts. It’s something that we’re doing different this year, just because of the amount of girls that we have.”The appeal of meeting people and getting involved was a large driving force for first-year Caroline Jakalski making an appearance at the event.“I just signed up because I thought it’d be cool. [In a] small college, you don’t have sororities, but it’s like kind of like a sorority, so you have a big and stuff,” Jakalski said. “I decided that it’s a good way to get involved, especially freshman year not knowing a lot of people.”This year, Saint Mary’s’ Student Government Association and Big Belle Little Belle is reformatting the selection process to more closely that of a sorority. In years past, the board assigned “littles” and “bigs” based on things such as majors.“We’re going to do a ‘pref’ night this year to take away from having the committee chairs and the committee decide for students,” LeMay said. “We’re going to allow the big to choose their little.”The game watch is an event aimed at allowing bigs and the littles to get to know each other to facilitate the selection process.“It’s up to the bigs and littles who attend these events to connect with one another [and] get to know one another,” LeMay said. “So then they’re like, ‘OK, this is a good relationship,’ rather than, ‘Well, you randomly paired me with somebody,’ and think, ‘I’m not happy.’”LeMay said the organizers will step in if a little does not get appropriately matched with a big. Despite the changes and the movement towards sorority culture, the motives for the organization is the same: They seek to give younger students an opportunity to feel comfortable and welcomed on campus and to provide them with guidance, LeMay said.These events led toward reveal day when bigs will pick their littles.“Yeah, we are really excited for reveal day that will be on October 6,” LeMay said. “… That’s our biggest event of the year. We put the most money towards it — funding, activities, all of that. Reveal day [is] when our bigs reveal themselves to their littles. Last year, it was a lot of fun, but we’re hoping to be bigger and bolder. And our theme this year is Disney.”Big Belle Little Belle extends beyond the structured events and into everyday life and relationships. The organization encourages the students to participate and extend their relationships beyond the bigger all-club event.“We really tell girls, you make it what you want,” LeMay said. “So like my little and I, we do homework together. She comes and hangs out at my apartment with me. We do a lot together. But we also provide non-event events. So it’s not something as big as game day or reveal day. But it’s like, ‘Hey, if anyone wants to go.’”For first-year Hannah Shoemake, this guidance is why she is seeking out a relationship with a big.“I think, when adjusting to the college life, having a big sister figure is really gonna help me through some tough times,” Shoemake said.Tags: big little, saint mary’s, Sisterhood
Nicola Adams repelled the brave challenge of Belfast flyweight Michaela Walsh to claim Commonwealth Games boxing gold in Glasgow. The 31-year-old Olympic champion was simply too classy for Walsh, who will go home with a richly deserved silver medal after a promising week of performances. However, the three ringside judges remarkably did not quite see the fight the same way with one scoring in favour of Walsh as Adams triumphed only via split decision. Press Association Fearless Walsh went into the fight convinced of her ability to cause an upset and started well as she snaked home a right hand in the opening seconds. However, Adams stepped up a gear, landing a left and right combination which wobbled Walsh, and following up with a sharp right hand as she pursued the Northern Ireland fighter around the ring. Adams never let go of her dominance, relying on all her considerable experience to keep Walsh at bay and land shots on the button almost at will. After a tangle sent the pair rolling on the floor early in the third round, Walsh had some success with her left hand, but Adams responded with a good right and resumed command. At the end of a more competitive fourth both fighters raised their arms in triumph, but the reality was that Adams had once again proved herself a class apart .
Rising to the occasion · Junior forward Kristen Simon was named to the All-Pac-12 Team after leading USC in scoring and rebounding this year – Jo Danielle Esteban | Daily TrojanThree Trojans garnered All-Pac-12 honors on Tuesday as the women’s basketball team continued preparations for its conference tournament, which begins on Thursday with a game against Cal.Junior forward Kristen Simon was named to the All-Pac-12 Team, while senior guard Courtney Jaco was an honorable mention for the All-Pac-12 and All-Defensive teams. Freshman guard Minyon Moore rounded out the trio, earning a spot on the All-Freshman Team.Simon is USC’s leading scorer and rebounder this season, and her spot on the All-Pac-12 Team is the first all-conference honor of her career. Simon was named Pac-12 Player of the Week on Dec. 5, and she has notched 10 double-doubles so far this campaign, leading the Trojans in scoring in 10 games and pacing the team in rebounds on 19 occasions. Simon also won Most Valuable Player at the Great Alaska Shootout in November, as she led the Trojans to victories over Missouri State and Portland.Senior captain Jaco nabbed her second consecutive All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention this year (the All-Defensive Honorable Mention was the first of her career). The guard provides plenty of offense for the Trojans as the No. 2 all-time 3-point scorer in program history, and four more baskets from beyond the arc will tie her career high of 72 3-point makes in one season. But Jaco was also honored for her defense this year (she averages over a steal per game) and for her role as a workhorse, as she leads USC in minutes played.Moore is the youngest member of the trio of all-conference Trojans, and she has already made her mark at USC. Moore was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week twice this season — most recently last week — and was the first player in program history to be selected as the USBWA National Freshman of the Week. Her 15 assists against Sacramento State in December was the second-highest single-game tally in USC history, and Moore leads her team in both steals (2.0) and assists (4.0) per game.With this trio of stars in their lineup, the Trojans will now look to make a Cinderella run in the Pac-12 Tournament. Nine-seed USC will hope to edge Cal in the first round before upsetting top-seeded Oregon State in the quarterfinals. The Trojans’ tournament opener against the Bears tips off in Seattle at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday.