The Sisters of the Holy Cross are central to Saint Mary’s College’s history and identity. Every year, the College’s community comes together for Heritage Week to celebrate the past that created today’s Saint Mary’s.The Mission Committee, part of the Student Government Association and the Alumnae Relations Committee, runs Heritage Week. Senior Kayse McGough, student representative to the Alumnae Association Board of Directors, said heritage helps create the identity of a Saint Mary’s woman.“Heritage to me, in terms of Heritage Week at Saint Mary’s, is celebrating the history and mission of Saint Mary’s College,” she said. “We try to create a week that incorporates events that are very nostalgic of past Saint Mary’s traditions and events that speak to the mission of the College. The reason we have Heritage Week and the reason I think it’s important is because it helps us remember and define what it means to be a Belle through service and through remembering our alumnae and the foundation that they built for us.”McGough said being a Belle encompasses many different meanings, such as being compassionate and seeking justice for others. She said Heritage Week events, like a service event and a panel of alumnae speakers, emphasize these characteristics.“This is the first year we’ve incorporated a service event, which I’m very excited about,” McGough said. “We’re making tie blankets that we’ve had alumnae from all different clubs across the country donate fleece to us. We’re making the tie blankets for the South Bend community, for children’s hospitals and the South Bend homeless center.”The final event of the week reflects the community’s appreciation for the Sisters of the Holy Cross.“The last [event] is making thank-you cards for the Sisters” McGough said. “We always try to incorporate something that we can do to give back to the Sisters for all that they’ve given us, especially the rich heritage and history that we celebrate during Heritage Week.”Mission Committee co-chair Madeleine Corcoran, a junior, said in an email she has a great appreciation for the Sisters of the Holy Cross and what they’ve done for the community.“We are celebrating the people and faith that has built Saint Mary’s College,” Corcoran said. “The Sisters of the Holy Cross have built the strong foundation of our school that we call our home away from home and our community that we consider our second family.”Corcoran said the importance of remembering the College’s heritage includes remembering the Sisters of the Holy Cross and what they’ve done for the community.“These women have paved a path before us: a path of faith, strength and perseverance,” Corcoran said. “They remind us to be strong and independent, while staying true to our values and faith.”McGough said she hopes to continue to contribute to the heritage of Saint Mary’s College after she graduates. It is remembering this heritage, she said, that will allow the College’s continued growth.“Progressing as a college means that we have to build on remembering and celebrating our history and mission,” she said.Tags: Heritage Week, Memory, saint mary’s, Sisters of the Holy Cross
Junior quarterback Scott Tolzien shut up the naysayers with an 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage in 2009.[/media-credit]Wait — Scott Tolzien?That was the recurring question in Madison heading into the fall as head coach Bret Bielema listed Tolzien ahead of Dustin Sherer and Curt Phillips on the quarterback depth chart.But on the first play of the 2009 season, the junior had an answer for all his doubters.The first-year starter connected with Isaac Anderson on a play-action pass for an 80-yard score as Camp Randall erupted. That would be the first of many big plays from the new signal-caller, who broke the UW record for single-season completions. Tolzien led the Badger offense to the top of the conference in scoring this past year, while O’Brien Schofield led the way for an improved UW defense that finished at the top of the Big Ten in run defense.UW took down Northern Illinois in the home opener but found itself in a dogfight with Fresno State in week two. But a 72-yard touchdown run from eventual Big Ten offensive player of the year, John Clay, helped push the game to overtime where a Chris Maragos interception paved the way to victory.Wofford and Michigan State proved to be no match for the Badgers, but week five presented a challenge in Minneapolis with Paul Bunyan’s Axe on the line.A three-touchdown performance from Clay helped provide the Badgers with a late lead, but the Gophers had the ball down three in the final minute. Once again, the defense stepped in to secure the win as Big Ten freshman of the year, Chris Borland, recovered an Adam Weber fumble.At 5-0, UW knew its conference title hopes were on the line in weeks six and seven. The Badgers had to travel to the Horseshoe before coming home to take on Iowa in critical back-to-back weeks.But in week six, the ninth-ranked Buckeyes returned two Tolzien interceptions for scores, and those mistakes proved to be devastating in a 31-13 loss. A week later, more mistakes led to another defeat.This time, with Clay sidelined due to injury, Tolzien threw three interceptions as No. 11 Iowa made a second-half comeback to earn the win in Madison.After a bye week, the Badgers regrouped and let out some frustration at home against Purdue. Behind a relentless defensive effort and 266 yards on the ground, the Badgers got back on track with a dominating 37-0 victory.Following a close win at Indiana, UW returned home for Senior Day to take on Michigan for the final home game of the year, and the Badgers did not disappoint. Tolzien threw four touchdowns, two to wideout Nick Toon, as the offense exploded in a 45-24 win.The Badgers suffered from a bit of a letdown the next week in Evanston. A slow start was too much to overcome as Northwestern held on for a late win, but there was more work to be done. UW traveled to Hawaii and blew out UH to earn their ninth win of the year.The 9-3 regular season sent the Badgers to Orlando for the Champs Sports Bowl against 15th ranked Miami and UW was determined to get to double-digit victories. Tolzien, Clay and co. controlled the game throughout, and the UW defense forced a late turnover on downs to clinch UW’s first bowl victory since 2006 as the Badgers finished the year ranked 16th nationally.
It was slow. It was muddled. It was frustrating.But it was a win.Taking off · Freshman tailback Dillon Baxter made his USC debut Saturday night, rushing for 49 yards on nine carries. He backed up junior tailback Marc Tyler and helped to complement a passing game led by sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily Trojan The USC football team (2-0) came out on top Saturday night with a 17-14 victory over Virginia (1-1), despite failing to establish much consistency throughout the course of the game. The Trojans were outgained in yards and repeatedly hurt themselves with penalties on both sides of the ball, but mustered just enough offensive firepower to put the Cavaliers away.“[I am] really disappointed in our performance,” said USC coach Lane Kiffin after the game. “They outcoached us. We just had better players and made some plays. I hope you can tell the disappointment in our team and coaching staff. We’re not getting it done.”Although last week’s game in Hawaii featured a plethora of scoring and a noticeable lack of defense, Saturday’s matchup turned the tables; defense controlled the pace of play, as neither team was able to get on the scoreboard until just less than four minutes were left on the clock in the second quarter.Sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley was able to complete 20 of 35 passing attempts for 202 yards, but a lackluster running game stalled the Trojan attack, as redshirt junior tailback Marc Tyler was only able to manage 67 yards on 18 rush attempts. Freshman tailback Dillon Baxter’s debut as a Trojan was promising, as the rookie gained 49 yards on just nine attempts, but USC’s rushing corps could not break out of a sluggish start to contribute a score.“[Running the ball] felt really crowded, like there were bodies everywhere,” Tyler said. “Their defensive line was doing a lot better.”After a fit of scoring at the end of the half that featured three touchdowns — two by the Trojans to senior tight end Jordan Cameron and redshirt junior wide receiver Brandon Carswell with a Virginia score sandwiched in between — the offensive lull returned in the third quarter as the sides traded possessions with little to show until senior kicker Joe Houston’s field goal late in the fourth quarter put the Trojans up 17-7. A score by the Cavaliers with four seconds left in the game cut the differential to three, but USC was able to fall on an onside kick and run out the clock to seal the victory.Despite the victory and a perfect start to the season, the mood in the USC locker room remained dampened.“It’s probably the most miserable 2-0 locker room I’ve ever been in,” Kiffin said. “But that’s good, because it means the players understand our expectations and what we want from them.”Penalties remained a major area of concern for the Trojans, as they were flagged 13 times for 140 yards. A 47-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Ronald Johnson was negated by a holding call, as was a fourth-and-two conversion early in the second half.“Penalties killed us,” Barkley said. “A lot of crucial plays were called back because of penalties. Our game plan was fine; we were rolling, but we weren’t executing and moving the ball, especially on third down. I definitely think that hurt us. We just need to become more disciplined.”If there was one positive USC can take from Saturday’s game, it is in the substantial defensive improvement the team made since last week. The Trojans repeatedly stopped the Virginia attack in key situations, including on two red zone trips that could have swung the game in Virginia’s favor. In one instance, with the Cavaliers looming on USC’s four-yard line, sophomore safety T.J. McDonald intercepted a Marc Verica pass in the end zone to return possession to the Trojans and keep the game knotted at 0-0.“We came into this game with a chip on our shoulder and we stressed the whole week that we were going to finish our plays and tackle. I thought we did that pretty well but there’s still stuff to work on,” McDonald said. “It comes down to preparation. I’m happy with the win and with the way our defense played, but at the same time, you can never be satisfied.”The Trojans will now have another week to prepare for their last non-conference game at Minnesota and to work on the problems they have identified thus far.“We need to go back to work, get in the film room [Sunday] and back to the field on Tuesday,” Kiffin said. “We need to improve before we lose a game like this because we play so poorly.”