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
Image source: EPAThe next meeting of the Hudson River PCBs Superfund Site Community Advisory Group (CAG) will take place on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at the Saratoga Town Hall, 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville, NY. During the meeting, EPA will provide an update on status of various current project activities and the long-term monitoring activities (water, fish, sediment, and caps).The CAG meeting will also consist of EPA’s update on Hudson River Project Status Update, including:Floodplain Comprehensive Study (2019 activities update);General project tasks and status;Removal actions and repairs;Old Champlain Canal sampling;Flood mud sampling;Data and information collection;Supplemental studies;Other activities.The purpose of the CAG is to provide a way for members of communities and stakeholders to present and discuss their needs and concerns related to the site design and cleanup decision-making process. It offers EPA an opportunity to hear and consider community input on the design and impacts of the selected remedy.
1 Jose Mourinho Jose Mourinho’s future is the subject of intense speculation after Chelsea slipped to a SIXTH Premier League defeat of the season on Saturday.The Blues are sitting 15th in the table, just four points above the drop zone, following the 3-1 loss to Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.Mourinho’s face dominates the back pages of Monday’s newspapers, with many suggesting he faces a make-or-break week.Here’s what the leading papers say about the Chelsea boss…The Times:Mourinho will be given more time to revive Chelsea’s season, but the club’s patience in their under-pressure manager will not extend indefinitely. While the Portuguese will be permitted to take charge of this week’s fixtures against Dynamo Kiev and Stoke City his position will be reviewed during the forthcoming international break if his players are unable to emerge from a slump that has brought five defeats from their past seven matches.Daily Express:Roman Abramovich is agonising over the prospect of sacking Mourinho. The Chelsea owner, normally quick to act, desperately does not want to axe the manager he brought back to the club in 2013. But the Chelsea manager has to turn results around quickly – and also heal damaging rifts in his dressing room.The Sun:Abramovich is still hoping Mourinho can turn a horror season around. And he will be given at least the next two games in charge, against Dinamo Kiev in the Champions League on Wednesday and Stoke on Saturday. Former England and Real Madrid boss Fabio Capello has joined Guus Hiddink and Carlo Ancelotti as possible short-term replacements — with all three ready to listen to offers – should Mourinho go.Daily Mirror:Mourinho will be given a stay of execution as Chelsea manager – but must win back the players. BBC presenter Garry Richardson alleged on Radio 5 Live that one first-team player’s relationship with his manager was irreparably damaged, stating: “One player said recently, ‘I’d rather lose than win for him’. It may have been said in the heat of the moment, but perhaps gives an insight into the mood of some of the players.” But Mourinho will be given until at least the international break – against Kiev and then Stoke next Saturday – and possibly beyond to turn results around.Daily Mail:Chelsea continued to back Mourinho over the weekend, but it has become clear that he is now managing the club on a game-by-game basis as they wait for Abramovich to make his next move. Morale and confidence within the dressing room is at an all-time low and there are rumours that a number of the players are being sounded out by the hierarchy for their views on Mourinho’s disintegration. Guardian:Chelsea remain reluctant to sack Mourinho despite Saturday’s defeat by Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, which left them in 15th place, 10 points off the top four and four above the teams in the relegation zone, there are indications that they will re-evaluate the position if the champions continue to struggle amid persistent rumours of discontent within the dressing room.
A top aide to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands, got $1.96 million in severance payments last year from a lobbying firm with ties to Lewis, according to documents released Friday. Lewis’ connection to the firm, Copeland, Lowery, Jacquez, Denton & White, is under federal investigation. The amount of the payment to Jeff Shockey, who left Copeland Lowery early last year to become deputy staff director of the Appropriations Committee, was contained in his 2005 financial disclosure form which congressional lawmakers and top staff must file each year. Attorneys for Shockey and his wife, Alexandra, a lobbyist, released the form Friday. It was already known that Shockey got at least $600,000 when he left Copeland Lowery because that figure was reported in his 2004 financial disclosure form. The full amount of the payments under the separation agreement were completed last year. The payments were based in part on revenue that Shockey – who had joined Copeland Lowery in 1999 after an earlier stint working for Lewis – would have brought in had he stayed with the firm. Based on the figures, his revenue estimate jumped from about $1.7 million in 2004 to about $3 million in 2005 as he added new clients to his roster. That period coincided with speculation that Lewis, then chairman of the Appropriations defense subcommittee, would take over the gavel of the full committee, which happened in January 2005. Attorneys for the Shockeys said that the separation payment to Shockey was a buyout of his ownership stake in the lobbying firm and that he was legally obligated to divest all interest in the firm so as to avoid any conflict of interest when he returned to Capitol Hill. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!