Rector provides details on Walsh Hall renovations

first_imgAs the fall semester drew to a close, the Walsh community girls gathered for a meeting with the Walsh Hall renovation team to discuss the changes to the building. According to Liz Detwiler, the Walsh Hall rector, the building will have a number of updated features including expanded rooms and new common areas.“For the new renovations, I know that all of the piping and plumbing in the building is going to be new,” Detwiler said. “Some of the rooms are going to be resized to be more appropriate to the amount of people in them. … We’re going to have lounges on every floor with full kitchens.”The dorm will have a new elevator and the private restrooms connected to individual dorms will be replaced with public restrooms. The renovated residence hall will also include new apartments.“We’ll be getting a new apartment space for in-residence priests, or faculty members and probably most importantly, it’s going to be accessible for people of all physical abilities now,” Detwiler added.Walsh Hall president Aly Sonnen said before the meeting, the Walsh community girls did not know much about the renovations.“We had a ton of questions,” Sonnen said. “Until the presentation, we really did not know much about what was going on. You can’t see that much from outside the building.“There were a lot of questions just about what it’s going to look like and what our lives next year are going to look like as a result of the renovation. They answered them all really well, though.”Freshman Sammie Escamilla said she thinks Pangborn Hall is a nice building, though she has not lived in Walsh Hall yet.“I was never in Walsh, so I know nothing different,” Escamilla said. “To me … [Pangborn is] nice. Other people say it’s not so nice. When you tell people you live in Pangborn, they kind of give you the ‘Oh, I’m sorry face’ but I mean, I think it’s a nice building. The rooms aren’t too small. We have no headroom but other than that, it’s not too bad.”In Walsh Hall, each floor consisted of one long hallway and there weren’t any sections. Junior Shea Kelly-Buckley said she first noticed Pangborn’s hallways when moving into the dorm, as they were very distinct from Walsh’s.“It was different,” Kelly-Buckley said. “It felt a little bit smaller. There were sections, which was new. Just having corners was something kind of different. But my room in Pangborn is actually bigger than the rooms in Walsh, so it’s been very comfortable.”Pangborn’s smaller hallways have been an adjustment for the community, according to Sonnen.“I think the biggest thing is that Walsh as a building made for community really easily,” Sonnen said. “Pangborn has a lot narrower hallways and a lot less common space that, when we’re throwing events or even just meeting new people, it’s harder to do that.”Sonnen said the “non-physical” aspects of Walsh have not changed.“We talk about ‘Walsh Love’ a lot and we have three main tenets of our being,” Sonnen said. “They’re safety, inclusion and community, so that’s really what we’re trying to cultivate in Walsh.”Kelly-Buckley said in some ways, moving to Pangborn has not changed the feeling of dorm life for the Walsh community.“Because they kept the whole Walsh community together, it feels the same to me inside the dorm,” Kelly-Buckley said. “Obviously the physical location is different, but you know, we’re still Walsh.”Tags: Construction, Pangborn Hall, Walsh community, Walsh Halllast_img read more

Newcastle break losing run

He was even more aggrieved four minutes later when the striker fired the home side level, reacting first when Williamson turned Cheick Tiote’s cross back across goal to beat Robles. Martinez replaced James McCarthy with Ross Barkley before the restart, and it took the newcomer just three minutes to embark upon a trademark run upfield, although his pass to Kone was poor. But it was Robles’ goal which came under threat two minutes later with the keeper turning the ball aside after it ricocheted off Gouffran’s shins, although his relief was only momentary as Tiote picked out Perez on the left and he cut inside Distin before thumping a shot through Coleman’s legs and into the bottom corner. The home side were growing in confidence, but they could not afford to relax and they were grateful to see Samuel Eto’o sky a 64th-minute effort high over after Leighton Baines had out-fought Tiote on the sideline. But the visitors fell further behind three minutes later when Barkley failed to cut out Daryl Janmaat’s cross and Colback stabbed the ball past Robles to make it 3-1. Mirallas reduced the deficit with six minutes remaining when he got behind a static Newcastle defence to stab Baines’ long ball past the advancing Jak Alnwick, but that was as good as it got for the Merseysiders as they slipped to a third successive defeat. But if it was Cisse who started the ball rolling, it was Ayoze Perez and Jack Colback who completed the job with the Spaniard’s fifth goal for the club giving them a 51st-minute lead which was cemented by Colback’s first in a black and white shirt 16 minutes later, although substitute Kevin Mirallas’ late strike made for a tense conclusion. Newcastle ran out in front of a crowd of 52,313 having lost their last four games in all competitions, three of them in the Barclays Premier League, a run which included a 1-0 derby defeat by Sunderland in their last home fixture. With some bookmakers having stopped taking bets on Alan Pardew being appointed the next Crystal Palace manager, there was an air of uncertainty around St James’ Park before kick-off, although the 53-year-old and his players were concentrating simply on the 90 minutes ahead. They were boosted by the Everton team-sheet, which showed seven changes, many of them enforced by injury and suspension, to the side which lost 1-0 at home to Stoke on Boxing Day, although it was the visitors who started much the brighter. They got their reward with just five minutes gone when Aiden McGeady slid the ball into the space where full-back Paul Dummett should have been for Seamus Coleman to leave Yoan Gouffran in his wake and cross for Kone to convert from close range with central defenders Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson looking on in horror. The Magpies were simply not at the races as Gareth Barry was allowed to orchestrate from the middle of the park, and when they finally managed to string two passes together, Moussa Sissoko’s touch deserted him in spectacular style as he ran on to Cisse’s 12th-minute flick. However, they gradually worked their way into the game, although without being able to find the required quality in the final third with keeper Joel Robles untroubled. Coleman was left on his backside and claiming bitterly to the referee after clashing with Cisse as the pair awaited the delivery of a set-piece, and replays suggested the defender might have had a point about the striker’s swinging arm. Papiss Cisse’s fifth goal in six games launched a Newcastle fightback as they ended a four-match losing streak with a 3-2 victory over Everton. The Senegal international cancelled out Arouna Kone’s fifth-minute opener – his first for the club on his first Barclays Premier League start for the club he joined during the summer of 2013 – with a close-range finish 11 minutes before the break . However, Toffees boss Roberto Martinez may feel the African Cup of Nations-bound frontman was lucky to still be on the pitch after appearing to catch full-back Seamus Coleman with a flailing arm four minutes earlier, and there may yet be repercussions with referee Craig Pawson having taken no action at the time. Press Association read more

Kwadwo Asamoah:Ghana ready to end Afcon drought

first_imgInter Milan and Ghana full back Kwadwo Asamoah has expressed confidence over Ghana’s chances of winning the ultimate prize at Afcon 2019.The Black Stars have made the semi-finals of the last six editions whilst also falling at the final hurdle twice in that period.The four-time African champions have been unable to win the trophy since 1982 when the Black Stars beat Libya in a penalty shootout.The veteran, Asamoah, proclaimed “We strongly believe this is the time, we have been expecting this moment for a long time”.The trophy drought was also on his mind as he added “It is something we have been lacking for a long time”Asamoah though confident made it very clear the Black Stars knew the scale of the task ahead adding, “It’s not going to be easy as always, but we are going to start the tournament with a great attitude”He also assured Ghanaians he knew how much winning a 5th continental title meant to the black stars and the nation.“We want to make history for ourselves and our nation” he concluded.Despite playing almost the entire season as a left fullback for club side Inter Milan, he has made it clear that following conversations with head coach Kwesi Appiah, featuring in midfield during the Afcon will maximize his talent.The Black Stars have been drawn in group F and start their campaign against fellow West African side, Benin, on the 25th of June in Ismaily before facing Cameroon and Guinea-Bissau in their final Group F fixtures. By: Susu Graham/ read more