Boyle, McGuire win student body government election

first_imgAnna Mason | The Observer President elect junior Elizabeth Boyle embraces a supporter following news of her victory. She ran alongside sophomore Patrick McGuire.Junior Elizabeth Boyle and sophomore Patrick McGuire were elected student body president and vice president after winning 53.27 percent of the student body’s vote Thursday.Boyle and McGuire defeated juniors Mario Markho and Charlie Ortega Guifarro, juniors Eduardo Luna and Haley Coleman and freshmen Carlston Chang and Kevin O’Leary.The Markho-Ortega ticket drew in 30.09 percent of the vote, followed by Chang-O’Leary with 10.04 percent and Luna-Coleman with 6.60 percent.Total voter turnout was 40 percent.Shady Girgis, president of the judicial council, said he expected the election to result in a run-off.“We had four tickets, so I think one ticket getting more than 50 percent was kind of a shock to all of us,” he said. “So that was kind of cool, I think the Boyle and McGuire ticket were really good candidates for it and I think they’ll do a good job.”Boyle said she felt “really, really lucky and grateful” for those on her campaign and others who supported the ticket.The pair’s first concern is putting together a team to work in their administration, McGuire said.“One thing we’ll do, first and foremost, is looking into assembling a team and really reaching out to a lot of people, seeing the best things we can do on that end,” he said. “ … Just really hitting the ground running with the things we want to do.”“We’re pumped to reach out to all areas of campus and get new people involved in student government and hear new voices and really make this year amazing,” Boyle echoed.The pair said they hope to integrate the other candidates’ ideas into their own.“One of the first things we said in there was that we really wanted to work with the other tickets and their great ideas and, you know, the ways they want to impact the student body,” McGuire said.McGuire said he thanks each of the candidates for a smooth election process.“[We’re] so grateful for all the tickets and the team and also that it was just such a clean and respectful campaign on all fronts,” he said.“There is so much happiness and joy and passion here tonight and that’s what the entire next year is going to be [like] … so, I’m excited for that,” Boyle said.Ortega said he’s thankful for his running mates, Markho and Rojas, for their work throughout the election season.“I would like to say that I am very proud of my team,” he said. “Mario [Markho] and Tiffany [Rojas] did a hell of a job, and so did the rest of our team. I personally am not crying because I know there’s absolutely no shame in giving it your all. We gave 110 percent. I am very proud of that.”O’Leary said the Chang-O’Leary ticket surpassed its goal of 10 percent.“I’m ecstatic,” Chang said.Both Luna and Coleman declined to a request to comment.Tags: 2019 Student Government Election, Boyle-McGuire, Judicial Councillast_img read more

College students to make trip to see Stacey Abrams at University of Illinois at Chicago

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL), gender and women’s studies, political science and Career Crossings departments are sponsoring a trip to the University of Illinois at Chicago Saturday to hear Stacey Abrams speak about her book, “Leading from the Outside.“Sophomore Grace Clucas said she decided to attend the event because of Abrams’ inspirational political career.“I am attending because women in power in our government really interest me. It is a dream to one day maybe find myself in a similar position within politics,” Clucas said. “But [Abrams] specifically is pretty cool, and since I am currently in this American South class where we are talking about the civil rights movement, an African-American women representative from Georgia, her accomplishments are definitely to be admired.”Abrams, who served for 11 years in the Georgia House of Representatives, was the first black woman to win the gubernatorial nomination for a major party in the United States and was the 2018 Democratic nominee for governor of Georgia. Clucas said Abrams’ success is a model for the professional careers of young women.“I think Belles should attend things like this because seeing women … in positions of power remind us our potential,” she said. “Most of us are probably attending college in order to better ourselves and seeing examples of women who did the work is always good to see.“[Abrams] in particular has her book about being on the outside, and while I have to acknowledge my privilege as a white individual, as women sometimes we have to work harder for what we want” Clucas added. “ … Ultimately that’s why SMC and being a Belle is so beneficial; because we are awarded opportunities like this where we are shown our potential is pretty much limitless.” Abrams’ book is a sort of how-to guide for women, people of color, people from the LGBTQ community and “other” future leaders. Clucas said those future leaders are fortunate to live in a time with so many opportunities available to them.“I think we are very lucky to be growing up in this time period honestly. For me, being a history and political science major, it is evident that what I aspire to accomplish in my life hasn’t always been possible or greeted with support. I mean my grandma needed a man’s signature to take out a loan like only 40 years ago,” Clucas said. “I think it is important to recognize our power as individuals. It is easy to be an observer in many aspects of our lives. Sometimes that is really scary to think about, but even here at SMC we are surrounded by many passionate, talented women who are ready to take on the world in a few short years.”The trip is scheduled for the evening of April 27 at the University of Illinois. Saint Mary’s will be providing a round-trip bus ride and a ticket to the event. Clucas said she was initially reluctant to make the trek to Chicago, but eventually realized how important the experience was to her personal growth.“I was reflecting on my week and reminding myself maybe I should just miss this trip due to the never-ending amounts of homework, yet I was reminded of the opportunity this truly offered,” she said. “For me, especially through SMC, having a community is almost essential and very beneficial and fun to have. The people you surround yourself with and learn from help shape who you are and if there is anything this world need mores of is collaborating, communicating and being open-minded, not being afraid to be wrong and trying to better oneself through our experiences.”Tags: Empowerment, Future Leaders, Leading from the Outside, Stacey Abrams, Women in Politicslast_img read more

J-D boys, girls soccer carve path to sectional Class A finals

first_imgHaving already vanquished no. 3 seed East Syracuse Minoa 1-0 in the quarterfinals on Oct. 24, the Rams now met a Whitesboro side that, for most of the game, would keep J-D quiet.And for a long while, it looked like the goal that the Warriors’ Jacob Tardugno converted late in the first half would hold up, Whitesboro deftly protecting a 1-0 advantage while the Rams probed for an equalizer.Just in time, J-D saved its season when, with 1:36 left in the second half, Zach McBennett, author of so many important goals for the Rams, put one in the net, sending the game to overtime. What has turned into an annual occurrence for one varsity soccer team at Jamesville-DeWitt – namely, appearing in the Section III Class A championship game – is not quite the case for the other.Yet this weekend, both the girls and boys Red Rams will go after sectional titles after they both emerged victorious from tense sectional semifinal games on Tuesday night.And it was the J-D boys that made the most dramatic splash, rallying late in regulation and prevailing 2-1 in overtime over no. 2 seed Whitesboro in its semifinal at Liverpool High School Stadium. Tags: Bishop GrimesJ-Dsoccer What happened in OT may have further marked J-D’s place as a team of destiny. Defender Will Quackenbush, who had not scored a goal in his entire varsity career, sprinted in from the right side and, from an odd angle, put one into the net for the game-winner.And now J-D, whose last sectional title took place in 2014, will return to Liverpool on Saturday at 2 p.m. to face top seed PSLA- Fowler in the sectional final after the Falcons handled Watertown 5-0 in the other semifinal. The Rams lost both of its regular-season meetings with the Falcons.Later on Tuesday night, it was the no. 2 seed J-D girls in its Class A sectional semifinal against no. 3 seed New Hartford at Chittenango High School, a game that had its own tension before the Red Rams were able to oust the Spartans 1-0.This, more than any other game this season, proved a tribute to J-D’s defense, which had a lead to protect when Megan Baker scored in the 25th minute to put the Rams out in front.The back line of Ava Brazie, Grace Bridge and Denise Yaeger had to withstand a series of New Hartford pushes as the Spartans controlled possession for most of the night, especially in the second half.New Hartford continually put pressure on J-D goalkeeper Katie Cappelletti, but the senior stepped up in a big way, stopping all 13 Spartans shots she faced.So on Friday night at 5 p.m at SUNY-Cortland., J-D will face top seed Central Square (who beat Cortland 3-0 in the other semifinal)  to try to earn its 11th consecutive sectional title – and to try and avenge a 3-2 overtime defeat to the Redhawks late in September.A night later, the only other local boys soccer team still in the sectional playoffs moved one step closer to a championship when Bishop Grimes defeated Bishop Ludden 3-0 in the sectional Class C semifinals at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill’s Sheveron Field.Plenty of emotions were stirring as this game got underway. Part of it was the long-time rivalry between Grimes and Ludden, who had each won two early-round sectional games – the Cobras over Otselic Valley and Thousand Islands, the Gaelic Knights over LaFayette and Waterville.A lot of it, though, stemmed from the fact that Ludden’s long-time head coach, Oscar Vergara, was retiring at season’s end, having coached more than 40 years in Central New York and earning all kinds of respect and accolades for his leadership and character.Having split two regular-season meetings, Grimes, the no. 2 seed, and Ludden, the no. 3 seed, battled through a scoreless first half, each side probing and waiting for the other to crack.Then, after intermission, the Cobras’ star trio of Byam Mugushu, Deng Mawien and Jack Gutchess took over, each of them putting shots in the net as Mawien also earned an assist. Earning the shutout, goalie Matt Tarby recorded six saves.On Tuesday night, Grimes will face top seed and defending champion South Lewis in the sectional Class C final, also at VVS, after the Falcons survived penalty kicks to beat Westoremland/Oriskany in the other semifinal. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

CRANES: Micho calls Werder Bremen’s Lorenzen for AFCON

first_imgDETAILS TO FOLLOW******Updates via twitterBREAKING; @michocoach has called Lorenzen Melvyn (Werder Bremen-Germany) & Kasirye Davis (Rayon Sports-Rwanda) to #UgCranes squad.— KABUURA (@andrewkabuura) May 18, 2016BREAKING; @michocoach has called Lorenzen Melvyn (Werder Bremen-Germany) & Kasirye Davis (Rayon Sports-Rwanda) to #UgCranes squad.— KABUURA (@andrewkabuura) May 18, 2016Team profile photo of Lorenzen. PHOTO BY WERDER BREMEN Midfielders:Kizito Luwagga WiliamFeirense-Portugal ,Walusimbi Godfrey-Gor Mahia-Kenya @OfficialFUFA @michocoach— Uganda Cranes (@UgandaCranes) May 18, 2016 Share on: WhatsApp Born to a Ugandan father and German mother. He apparently can play for #Uganda, #Germany and #England. Micho called.— KABUURA (@andrewkabuura) May 18, 2016 @michocoach names squad for Botswana @AFCON_2017 qualifiers .Goalkeepers: Onyango Denis ,Jamal Salim ,Odongkara Robert @OfficialFUFA— Uganda Cranes (@UgandaCranes) May 18, 2016 Twenty-one year-old Lorenzen, who is eligible to play for Uganda as he is yet to feature for any other national team, was born in England but plays in Germany for giants SV Werder Bremen.He has mainly come on as a substitute since joining in 2013, and has this year made 9 appearances. Werder Bremen finished 13th in the 18 team Germany Bundesliga.Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic, who announced the full squad today to prepare for the qualifiers, told The Independent that he was confident the Germany-based player will make it. He asked soccer governing body FUFA to get the necessary documentation for him and FIFA approvals.“I am confident about this and I have spoken a lot with him already. His father is actually from Fort Portal but his mother is German,” said Micho.Micho (right) was joined by FUFA press chief Ahmed as Cranes squad was named. PHOTO BY FUFAThe winger will join Geoffrey Massa and Belgium based Farouk Miya upfront as Uganda searches for a first visit to the Nations Cup finals since 1978.Group D         P W  D  L F A   Pts B. Faso             4   2   1    1 3   1  7 Uganda            4   2  1     1 3   1   7 Botswana        4   2   0    2 3  4   6 Comoros          4   1  0     3 2  5   3Full Uganda Cranes Squad called:Goalkeepers: Dennis Onyanyo (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Robert Ondongkara (St George, Ethiopia), Salim Jamal Magola (El Merriekh, Sudan)Defenders: Denis Iguma (Al Ahed, Lebanon), Joseph Ochaya (KCCA, Uganda), Isaac Isinde (St George, Ethiopia), Murushid Jjuuko (Simba, Tanzania), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Al Shorta, Iraq),Midfielders: Mike Azira (Colorado Rapids), Moses Oloya (Becamex Binh Duong, Vietnam), Aucho Khalid (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Tonny Mawejje (Thottur, Iceland), William Kizito Luwagga (Feirense, Portugal), Godfrey Walusimbi (Gor Mahia, Kenya)Strikers: Geofrey Massa (Bloemfontein Celtics, South Africa), Emmanuel Okwi (Sondyerske, Denmark), Lorenzen Melvyn (Werder Bremen, Germany), Farouk Miya (Standard Liege, Belgium), Davis Kasirye (Rayon Sports, Rwanda), Edrisa Lubega (Proline, Uganda), Erisa Ssekisambu (Vipers, Uganda)VIDEO: When “Uganda’s” #Lorenzen scored in Werder Bremen  3-0 charity match win against RB Leipzig  in October 2015. SV Werder Bremen striker Melvyn Lorenzen has been called to the Uganda national soccer team Cranes for their penultimate African Cup of Nations qualifying match June 4 away against Botswana. Lorenzen’s father is Ugandan while mother German.Werder Bremen posted on twitter and their facebook page the news of the call up, saying “Melvyn Lorenzen has received his first call-up to the Uganda national team ahead of their CAF / Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers!” Strikers:Miya Farouk-Standard Liege- Belgium,Lorenzen Melvyn-Werder Bremen-Germany,Massa Geoffrey-Bloemfontein Celtics-SA @OfficialFUFA— Uganda Cranes (@UgandaCranes) May 18, 2016 **********MAY 18, 10am – CRANES TEAM BEING ANNOUNCED Mfileders:Azira Mike-C Rapids-USA,Aucho Khalid- G Mahia-Ken,Mawejje Tony-Thottur-Iceland,Oloya Moses- B Duong-Viet @OfficialFUFA— Uganda Cranes (@UgandaCranes) May 18, 2016 Uganda Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic is at an ongoing press conference to announce his squad for the penultimate 2017 AFCON qualifier against Botswana.The Serbian coach will also release details of the team’s preparations for the June 4 fixture .‘A meeting was held this morning at FUFA House in regard to the technical part of the Uganda Cranes preparations. The Head coach will unveil the necessary details during the press conference for public consumption’ said Ahmed Hussein FUFA Communications Manager.last_img read more