first_imgOn Thursday, the Saint Mary’s Class Gift Campaign paid homage to the ghostly inhabitants of Saint Mary’s with its Sweet Treats and Scary Stories event. It is rumored that various ghosts, including the spirit of Sister Madeleva, former president of the College, roam the halls of Saint Mary’s after hours. At the event, staff and students read excerpts from “Quiet Hours: Revealing the Mysteries,” a book written by three Saint Mary’s alumnae. This collection of short stories tells actual experiences of Saint Mary’s students, faculty and staff with ghosts around campus. Participants listened to ghost stories while enjoying a spread of sweets including a chocolate fondue bar, apple cider, hot chocolate, pumpkin pie and candy apples. “I had read ‘Quiet Hours’ before, but my favorite story is of the girl walking down the avenue,” first year Madeline Haverilla said. “A murderer sees her on the road, but doesn’t attack her because he sees someone walking with her, even though she was alone. It gave me the chills, but it also made me feel like there is someone looking out for us.” Continuing the scary theme of the night, students participated in a costume contest that awarded the scariest, creepiest costumes. First prize was a bobblehead figure of Dr. Carol Ann Mooney, president of Saint Mary’s College, and her husband George Efta. Due to cold temperatures, very few students dressed up. “I would have dressed up if it wasn’t so cold outside,” sophomore Kira Terrill said. The Class Gift Campaign also raffled off $50, $25 and $10 of munch money in a drawing. Students entered the drawing by picking up tickets at the dining hall and student center throughout the week and by presenting them upon arrival at the event. This year, the Class Gift Campaign co-sponsored the event with the Resident Hall Association (RHA). “RHA has always hosted an Autumn Harvest, an event with fall themed treats, for students. But this year, Class Gift Campaign approached us with the idea of working together on this event,” RHA President Kat Nelson said. “The event has had a great turnout. We had canoe races around the lake earlier, and then everyone came over afterwards. Some faculty and staff members brought their families, and it was great to see some professors with their kids.” The event also gave students the opportunity to make individual donations. “We hope that students will see how much tradition there is at Saint Mary’s and how important it is that everyone give back to the College,” Amy Dardinger, assistant director of Phonathon, said.  “It’s a fun event to host around Halloween time, but its also a way to remind students that many people before them made a Saint Mary’s education possible.”last_img read more

first_imgPHOENIX — For the highlight shows featuring the NBA’s latest gaffes, look no further than the past few Lakers games.Kobe Bryant threw the ball five rows into the stands. Nick Young lobbed a shot that didn’t even hit the rim. Xavier Henry dribbled behind his back, only for the ball to brush off his foot and roll out of bounds. “Dumb moves and dumb errors,” Lakers center Chris Kaman recently said.And they partly explain why the Lakers (13-14) enter tonight’s game against the Phoenix Suns (16-10) at US Airways Center averaging 15.6 turnovers per contest through 10 games in December, the seventh worst mark out of 30 NBA teams. Long-term injuries to Steve Nash (nerve issues in back), Steve Blake (hyperextended right elbow) and Jordan Farmar (strained left hamstring) have left the Lakers without a true point guard for the past five games. Before he fractured his left knee and became sidelined for the next six weeks, Bryant averaged 5.7 turnovers in six games after spending the previous eight months healing his left Achilles tendon.The Lakers have also listed Pau Gasol as day-to-day tonight against Phoenix because of a respiratory illness, potentially leaving the Lakers without any playmakers for the second consecutive game.“We’re not used to being point guards in this league,” Lakers forward Young said. “I haven’t really been a point guard in bringing the ball up. I bring it up on fast breaks, but that’s about it. We got to get comfortable.”Farmar could return when the Lakers host the Miami Heat on Christmas Day, but the timelines for Nash (three weeks) and Blake (five) seem distant. The Lakers’ 24 turnovers in a loss against Golden State on Saturday tied a season high. In the past two games, the Lakers’ ball-handling has mostly diminished when Young (4.5 turnovers) or Henry (three turnovers) mans the point. It didn’t help that Kendall Marshall’s debut with the Lakers against the Warriors entailed four turnovers in only five minutes. “We don’t make excuses. Those guys are very important to our team, but we should look at it as an opportunity for the other guys to step up,” said Lakers guard Jodie Meeks, who also posted four turnovers Saturday against Golden State. “We’re good players and we have some new guys to help out. We have to be ready for everything.”When it comes to handling the ball, the Lakers have shown that remains easier said than done. Lineup shuffleChris Kaman has gone from sitting out of games completely to ascending into the starting lineup.That might happen again should Gasol sit out against Phoenix. But after Kaman played in two consecutive games following a string of missed appearances in 12 of the past 13 contests, Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said “he’s going to play some.”Kaman has averaged 8.3 points on 47.2 percent shooting and 5.7 rebounds in 17.5 minutes through 15 games. But aside from Kaman’s back spasms, D’Antoni sat him because of his preference for a stronger interior defender (Jordan Hill, Robert Sacre) or a smaller forward (Shawne Williams). “It’s a numbers thing,” D’Antoni said. ”It has nothing to do with players. You look and see who plays well with each other and try to figure it out.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! IN politics, it’s never too early to start handicapping a big race, and half the California media are well into their assessments of the chances that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will be re-elected come November. I have tried to ignore the horse race, and focus on loftier issues like preschool for California’s vast population of disadvantaged small children. But like an ex-smoker surrounded by hard-core partiers, I have succumbed. Lately, a few things have made me suspect the governor is on the road to recovery, even in this heavily Democratic state, even after his free-falling approval ratings. First, as I predicted recently, the gloves came off between Democratic gubernatorial candidates Steve Westly and Phil Angelides. Westly is an appealing guy, a former Stanford professor who helped found eBay and who is rich enough to finance his own race. Already, Westly who as state controller is the official check-writer for California has spent several million dollars of his own on his campaign. Angelides is state treasurer and a rich former developer. He’s also a loud-mouthed unionista who can’t wait to raise taxes. His ambition to be governor is so raw that he looks desperate on camera. Several days ago, these two rich and powerful Dems engaged in their first debate, and it wasn’t pretty. During the increasingly nasty fur-pulling we’ll probably see before the June 6 primary, Angelides is likely to attack Westly for backing Schwarzenegger’s stellar efforts to reform workers’ compensation, or for traveling California with Arnold to pass Propositions 57 and 58, which saved us from our junk-bond fall toward insolvency. For his part, Westly will also utter nasty things about Angelides, probably pushing the idea that Angelides, an incessant campaign fundraiser with his hand outstretched, is some sort of wholly-owned subsidiary of rich Indian tribes or big unions. This gives Arnold a couple of months to look good if he chooses. A year ago at this time, he made all the wrong moves. Flush from his three victories fixing workers’ comp, halting the issuance of drivers’ licenses for illegal immigrants and reversing Davis’ fat increase of the hated “car tax,” Schwarzenegger jumped into ill-advised battles with the nurses’ union, firefighters and teachers. He was the subject of endless, unflattering news coverage. But look at things now. The front page of the Los Angeles Times recently offered up a positive, non-snarky feature about Schwarzenegger’s policy of lowering the state flag to half-staff at the Capitol every time a California soldier dies. A positive story in a newspaper that worked hard to trash the governor when he ran to unseat Gray Davis is something no amount of money can buy. To me, it’s another indicator that Arnold’s new political advisers are helping him turn a corner of sorts. The governor fired his old advisers, the same ones who convinced him before his State of the State speech in January of 2005 to take on nurses and firefighters but who had no plan for what might happen once he did. The Times story depicted how the governor has been honoring the fallen soldiers from California, how his office issues a formal press release with each death, and how much the families appreciate it. Some people don’t believe in media bias. Grow up. If the editors at the L.A. Times were as peeved at the governor as they were a year ago when the paper gleefully covered his tussles with firefighters and nurses those editors would not have assigned an endearing story in which Arnold gets to play the role of mensch. And that brings us to the polls. Several days ago, another poll was released containing the fascinating information that, although Schwarzenegger is in the doghouse with some Californians, many voters hope he will succeed. In short, people like him. So let’s add up what we have so far: Angelides and Westly have already begun sniping at one another. The media are not nearly as furious with Arnold as one year ago. Voters want Schwarzenegger to succeed. Those three truths put Schwarzenegger in a nice spot. His greatest threat is probably is from President George W. Bush, who is such a divisive figure that Democrats dream of winning back a majority in Congress on Bush’s “not-coattails.” There will be perhaps 30 congressional seats in play nationwide. If the Dems could stop acting like the Gang Who Couldn’t Shoot Straight which I doubt is possible they could win back Congress, a shift that would reverberate through every contested gubernatorial race in the land. But I’m getting ahead of myself. The horse race is just getting started. I’ve dipped my toe in, merely sized up the ponies. I’ve seen a couple of decent nags. I’ve started to lay down a few very modest bets. Jill Stewart is a print, radio and television commentator on California politics. She can be reached via her Web site, www.jillstewart.net.last_img read more