Despite great uncertainty and sudden changes that cut their senior year short, the Saint Mary’s class of 2020 had no shortage of great memories to share about their college experience as they reflected on their time as Belles. For business administration major Maggie Cloud, her favorite Saint Mary’s memory happened during her first week of freshman year. “We would play card games every night that week, and that is how I met my best friends,” she said in an email. “Since that first week, we have been inseparable, and I always remember that week as the first time I really fell in love with Saint Mary’s and it became home.”These were the moments that solidified her friendships and contributed positively to her experience at Saint Mary’s.“It was small moments like playing cards on the floor of my dorm room with my friends that really shaped my entire experience at Saint Mary’s, and I am forever grateful for that time,” Cloud said. Rebecca Strom, a humanistic studies and English writing major, said in an email that her favorite memories of college include both her earthly and supernatural college friends. “The ghost in our Le Mans dorm, Paul, liked to play Cards Against Humanity with us,” Strom said. “Sometimes, he even won.” The pandemic is not the first unprecedented circumstance the senior class experienced during their four years. Psychology major Olivia Rake’s favorite memory took place during the temporary cancellation of classes during the Polar Vortex of 2019.“It was so fun just being able to spend all that time with my best friends,” Rake said in an email. “We were living in Le Mans at the time. We spent a solid two days binge-watching shows, laughing and eating way too many snacks. It was great.”Rake said her time at Saint Mary’s was made special by the amazing people she met. “Having these close friendships has enabled me to have a ’family’ at school, and I think that’s what I will miss most,” she said. “I can’t wait to come back for football games and see all my friends again.”In addition to the extreme cold, warm weather has also contributed to many great memories for students. History and political science major Molly Donegan said in an email that her favorite memory is playing frisbee outside Le Mans.“One of my most favorite memories at SMC occurred the spring semester of my junior year,” she said. “One of my friends had a frisbee in her backpack, and it was such a beautiful day, so she suggested we go throw it around on Le Mans Green. We made our way to the iconic side of Le Mans and just threw it in a circle for a couple of hours with not a care in the world.” Donegan said experiences like this one and the welcoming community made Saint Mary’s feel like a second home for her. “The friends I’ve made here are lifelong friends,” she said. “I truly feel I am somehow a part of this giant extended family. I am going to miss barging into my friends’ rooms to see what they are going to wear on a night out and our late Steak n’ Shake outings. Most of all I’m going to miss living right down the hall from my best friends. This tight-knit community is what I’m going to miss the most.”Despite all of the changes that occurred this semester in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional hooding ceremony still was a highlight for chemistry major and engineering student Andrea Ruiz-Montoya. “My favorite memory is the hooding ceremony,” she said in an email. “Even amid a global pandemic and having it virtually, the people who I cared about were there and that was enough for me.”Ruiz-Montoya spoke on behalf of her class, stating that experiencing this virtually helped provide her with the closure she needed. “I was able to speak on behalf of the class of 2020 and express our gratitude towards the people who made this possible,” she said. “Although it was last minute, I was happy to see it resonated with many people. There was something about putting my feelings into words that gave me the sense of closure a live ceremony probably wouldn’t.”Biology major Kassidy Jungles said in an email that her time at Saint Mary’s was defined by moments that made her understand what it means to be a Belle. “I have so many special memories of Saint Mary’s, but I will never forget walking over with fellow Belles to attend Domerfest,” Jungles said. “A few hours earlier, I remember saying tearful goodbyes to my parents and in a matter of hours, I felt so welcome and as though I truly belonged at SMC. When we walked past Le Mans, juniors and seniors opened their windows to display SMC posters and shouted, ‘Belle Yeah!’ to the first-year students below. In this moment, my entire college journey existed right before my eyes and I would do anything to be able to experience it all again.”Becoming a resident assistant and participating in the Study of the United States Institutes for Student Leaders (SUSI) had had a positive impact on gender and women’s studies major Genesis Vasquez’s experience, she said in an email. “I was a RA 2017-2019 and in the SUSI program summer 2018,” Vasquez said. “I met amazing people and some of my best SMC friends that have been with me through a lot of different phases in my college career and personal life. They have shaped me into the person I am today, and I thank them a lot for really having my back.”Abigail Seubert, a psychology major, said in an email that she will miss the wonderful people she has met during her time at Saint Mary’s.“The friendships I made in the first weeks of my freshman year that have become my lifelong friends,” Seubert said. “From Domerfest and dorm parties to spring breaks, sleepovers, holiday gift exchanges, wine nights, 21st birthday celebrations, all-nighters studying for exams, you name it … I’ve had my best friends by my side. I will miss living with my best friends, but I know the relationships I have formed during my four years at Saint Mary’s have foundations to last us a lifetime.”Tags: commencement 2020, dorm life, friendships, Graduation
Leeds: Banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for two years, former Sri Lanka skipper Sanath Jayasuriya was at the Headingley Cricket Ground on Saturday to watch the World Cup match between India and Sri Lanka. He was seen in the stands, watching the game along with another former Sri Lanka skipper Aravinda de Silva.Jayasuriya was in February banned from all cricket-related activities for two years after he admitted to breaching Articles 2.4.6 and 2.4.7 of the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Code. The first breach was failure or refusal to cooperate with any investigation carried out by the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU), including failure to provide accurately and completely any information and/or documentation requested by the ACU as part of such investigation. The second breach was obstructing or delaying any investigation that may be carried out by the ACU, including concealing, tampering with or destroying any documentation or other information. IANSAlso Read: Fake News Of Jayasuriya’s Death Shocks R. Ashwin
While making the announcement, StarTimes Director of Marketing and PR Japhet Akhulia noted that for every monthly subscription made on the Nyota bouquet, subscribers will access Basic bouquet, customers enrolling to Basic will automatically be upgraded to Classic.Subscribers enrolling to the Classic bouquet, will access Unique bouquet while those enrolling to Unique will have access to ten extra days at no extra cost.“Subscriptions are key in our ability to retain our strong subscriber base, we have therefore introduced this initiative to enable our subscribers to access more premium channels at no extra cost thereby extending more value for less,” Akhulia said.“We continue to enable more and more households across Kenya to enjoy affordable digital television and are committed to growing our service offering going forward,” noted Akhulia.The same will be extended to subscribers on the satellite television platform where upon enrolling to the Smart bouquet they will be upgraded to Super while Super bouquet subscribers will have access to ten extra days for every monthly subscription made.StarTimes has also extended a 25% and 10% price drop for the company’s terrestrial and satellite set top boxes respectively. The company’s terrestrial pay television set top boxes will now retail at Sh1, 499 down from Sh1, 999 inclusive of one month classic bouquet subscription while satellite Combo set top box will now retail at just Sh1, 599 down from Sh1,999 inclusive one month super bouquet subscription.With the introduction of the StarTimes digital television sets, the company has equally dropped the price of the 32 inch set from Sh 26,499 to Sh 23,999 representing a 9.5% drop while customers who acquire the 42 inch set which will be retailing at Sh 39,999 will now have a complete dish kit, accessories and access to one month super bouquet at no extra cost.“We have adopted this strategy being an effort to not only appreciate our loyal subscribers but also to grow our subscriber numbers and encourage retention through account re-activations during the campaign period which will run between 10th November 2017 and 31st January 2018,” Akhulia added.The company recently extended its digital terrestrial technology reach to over 30 counties thereby enabling more than 70% of Kenyans access its affordable television service while complementing the satellite offering that covers 100% of the country enabling Kenyans to have more affordable digital television service options.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000StarTimes Director of Marketing and PR Mr. Japhet Akhulia (left), the company’s brand ambassador Mr. Stephen Oduor popularly known as DJ Shiti (centre) and Vice President Mr. Mark Lisboa display the StarTimes 42 inch digital television set during the launch of an upgrade campaign that will see customers enjoy upgrades to higher bouquets at the cost of a lower bouquet upon renewal of their monthly subscriptions.NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 9 – Pay Television Company StarTimes Media on Thursday announced an ambitious subscriber retention strategy that will see customers enjoy upgrades to higher bouquets at the cost of a lower bouquet upon renewal of their monthly subscriptions.The move will see StarTimes subscribers on the terrestrial and satellite television platforms automatically upgraded to the next higher bouquet upon renewal of their bouquet of choice at no extra cost.