Dorms begin to decorate for Christmas season

first_imgIt’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on campus. Though there may not be snow on the ground, many dorms have already begun to get into the Christmas spirit by decking the halls with unique decorations.Rosie LoVoi From the outside, passersby can see Breen-Phillips Hall’s Christmas spirit shining through candles in the windows that are put out every year after Thanksgiving, Ashley Huffman — Breen-Phillips’ president — said.However, Breen-Phillips residents get more excited about competitive holiday-themed section decorating, Huffman said.“Each section will choose a theme, and everyone in the section decorates the whole hallway with that theme,” Huffman said. “We have judges come in and pick a winning section. … This year, we’re announcing the winner at a Christmas Party.”Past themes have included “Creaster” (a blend of Christmas and Easter), Harry Potter and naughty and nice. Most of the decorations are handmade, Huffman said.“The candles look really pretty when you see them on the quad, but [it’s] especially the decorations in the sections people really like,” Huffman said. “It’s cool to see, but it’s also cool to see all the sections because all the girls can work together and have fun doing that together.”Pasquerilla West Hall celebrates the holiday season with a tradition not to be found anywhere else on campus: a lighting and decorating ceremony of the bush located in the center of the roundabout in front of the dorm.“We have the ugly bush lighting ceremony every year around Christmas time,” Allison Huffman, Pasquerilla West’s president, said. “Everyone stands in a circle around the ugly bush, and we count down to the lighting of the bush. Once the lights are plugged in, everyone sings our ugly bush song to the tune of ‘O’ Christmas Tree.’ After singing, we go inside and have a memory night and look at all of the pictures from the past semester.”This year, Pasquerilla West will light the ugly bush Tuesday.“The ugly bush is unique to PW, so I think that a tradition only we have makes the girls in PW feel special and connected to something,” Huffman said. “It is also just a weird tradition, but it is fun and brings us all together.”The McGlinn shamrock shines as the dorm’s own Christmas star for the Christmas season. The shamrock was made by a student around 10 years ago to rival O’Neil’s signature “O wreath,” McGlinn president Madeline Petrovich said.“Around 10 years ago, a girl in McGlinn actually made it when she wanted to put something up for Christmas,” Petrovich said. “She made it with wires  and put the lights on. I guess it fell apart, but the workers who put it up fixed it, and they still put it up every year. … It goes up every year around Christmas.”Though the shamrock, made of garland, wires and lights in the shape of a giant shamrock, isn’t a traditional Christmas symbol, it has become one for the dorm over the years, Petrovich said. This year, the shamrock will be put up on Dec. 5.“Most people really appreciate it when you’re walking back from the library at an ungodly hour for finals and you turn around the corner on South Dining Hall and you see it,” Petrovich said. “It’s very nice, kind of calming. You’re like, ‘Alright, it’s Christmas.’”Tags: christmas, decorations, dormlast_img read more

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Brindisi announces ‘Congressional App Challenge’ winner

first_imgBrindisi says he is proud of Redmore’s accomplishment. The challenge was aimed to get students in grades six through 12 to think of an app and design it. Redmore’s app is described as a “one-stop shop” for Broome Catholic School students. It can provide students with lunch menus, grades, schedules and more. “His app is proof that New York State and the Southern Tier are leading in STEM education. We received impressive entries from students across our district, and it is an honor to have Luke represent NY-22 on the national stage,” he said. Brindisi’s office announced Luke Redmore won the challenge with his app, “Catholic Schools of Broome County.” BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — A Seton Catholic Central student is the winner of Congressman Anthony Brindisi’s “Congressional App Challenge.” It has become the official app of Broome County Catholic Schools.last_img read more

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Avery Bradley among early standouts as Lakers look for defensive energy

first_imgRelated Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersHoward was Defensive Player of the Year three straight times between 2008 and 2010. The group anticipates that will translate to defensive pride that could help put a stamp on the season.“We have so many guys that can play down the line one through four and guard all sizes, all positions,” Green said. “Also A.D., Bron, Dwight, JaVale [McGee] — all those guys are great defensive guys. So that the rim or the perimeter, you put that together.”Add Bradley to that list, too. On Sunday, he played alongside James, Davis, Howard and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in intrasquad scrimmages, helping that group dominate against two other teams. Any group that has James and Davis will have a leg up, but Vogel cited Bradley’s on-ball defense as one of the most impressive developments of camp so far.The last time Bradley was on the first All-NBA Defensive team was 2016, and injuries have plagued him since his glory years with the Boston Celtics. At least within the walls of the Lakers practice facility, Vogel said the 28-year-old is making good so far on his vow to prove, as he said Friday, “I’m the best perimeter defender in the NBA.”“If Avery’s on you, pass the ball,” Vogel said. “Just give it up. Because you’re not going anywhere with a bounce with Avery Bradley on you.” Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed While the outside world is eager to learn how the pairing of LeBron James and Anthony Davis looks, in Lakers practice, Frank Vogel said another player has captured his coaches’ attention.“We’ve got two of the best players in the world competing together and all anybody’s talking about is Avery Bradley’s tenaciousness,” Vogel said. “That speaks volumes about what he’s been able to show in the first couple of days.”It makes sense that with Vogel’s reputation for defense, the Lakers began training camp by working on that end on the floor. Vogel and players alike have lauded the opening energy of the preseason, with players committed to trying to become, in what Dwight Howard’s estimation, could be “the best defensive team in the league.”That might sound lofty, particularly given the Western competition the Lakers will face. But six Lakers — Davis, James, Howard, Bradley, Danny Green and Rajon Rondo — have all been on All-Defensive teams before.center_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Vogel said he’s continuing to “keep an open mind” about lineup combinations, which he could tinker with throughout the preseason as the Lakers hunt for a consistent starting lineup.JAMES’ PRESEASON MINUTES MONITOREDOne of the players who is unlikely to see many preseason minutes is James, 34, who Vogel acknowledged will play “not a ton” during the Lakers six-game preseason schedule.During last year’s preseason, James played chiefly in the first half of exhibitions. While sitting out of the postseason last spring has given him more time off  to recover, the Lakers aren’t expected to burn through minutes as he enters his 17th NBA season.“We want to be intelligent,” Vogel said. “We want to get him enough reps to get him familiar with his teammates and get everybody on the same page, some cohesiveness. But certainly going to be intelligent and not overdo it in the preseason.”last_img read more

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