Law student to run London marathon

first_imgWhile many Notre Dame students make final preparations for the Holy Half Marathon this weekend, one Notre Dame law student across the pond prepares for another, much longer run. Second year law student Beth Scarola plans to run the London Marathon next month to raise money and awareness for the International Justice Mission (IJM), a cause she said she strongly supports. Scarola, who is studying abroad in London this semester, said she wanted to get back into running this year.  After learning she would be in London, she began searching for an organization that would sponsor her participation in the marathon. “I came across the International Justice Mission and read their mission statement, which was all about human rights and trafficking,” Scarola said. According to the IJM’s mission statement, the organization is “a human rights agency that brings rescue to victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression.” IJM’s lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local officials to secure “immediate victim rescue and aftercare.” The IJM also aims to prosecute perpetrators and monitor the integrity of local public justice systems. “It was really cool to me because these were lawyers globally who were fighting to help,” Scarola said. Scarola said she felt the organization’s mission paralleled the Notre Dame Law School’s mission, which strives to prepare “a different kind of lawyer.” The London Marathon allows charities to apply for ballots, which are used to sponsor runners. “I approached the organization with the hope of attaining their one ballot,” Scarola said.  “I was interviewed, and was offered the ballot.” Scarola said she believes her time at the University, both as an undergraduate and later as a law student, has fostered a yearning to utilize her talents for the greater good. “Being a different kind of lawyer meant using my talents to help people,” Scarola said.  “I was really inspired by the attorneys that work for the International Justice Mission that spend their entire careers utilizing their talents to fight these atrocities.” Scarola, who plans to raise $6,500 for the organization, said the IJM embraced the Notre Dame Law School’s mission statement as well as her background doing human rights work in the Dominican Republic. Although Scarola plans to practice healthcare law, she said she the opportunity to raise money for a just cause is still relevant to her. “This cause is very near and dear to my heart,” Scarola said.  “I’m not going to stop fighting for it, even if that means just running a marathon as opposed to being able to dedicate my entire career to fighting these atrocities.”last_img read more

13 Things Your Marriage Counselor Won’t Tell You.

first_img1) I love couples who fight in the waiting room. At least they still care about each other. If one or both of you seem indifferent, my job is a lot harder.2) When you say your feelings “just aren’t there anymore,” I know you’re probably cheating.3) Sometimes I’ll tell a couple “no sex until the next session. Don’t touch each other, period.” What I’m really hoping is that they’ll fail and feel a sense of unity from their mutual rebellion.4) It may make you feel better to talk about your marriage issues with a good friend, but it will just make things worse. Never talk to outsiders about things in your marriage that you haven’t already talked about with your spouse.5) I’m not going to tell a couple that I have no idea why they’re together. But take the hint if I say something like “You both have to make a decision about whether this is going to work long term.”6) What do I wish I could say? “Grow up!” “Stop whining!” “Get a life!” When I feel this way, I know I need a vacation.7) Don’t try to convince me you’re the good one. In most marriages, there isn’t a good one.8) Yes, you should go to bed angry. If you try to resolve everything before you hit the sack, you’ll both be sleep-deprived and cranky the next day. Instead, get a good night’s sleep and talk once you’re rested.9) Three signs that a couple is not going to succeed: name-calling, finger-pointing, and when one or both partners fail to accept even the tiniest bit of responsibility for the situation.10) Sometimes two people love each other but have such different styles of living that I recommend they live together in a duplex. It sounds strange, but it works for some people.11) I’ve seen couples I thought didn’t stand a chance end up staying together. Often it’s because they’re both willing to try. But sometimes it’s just that they are too dysfunctional to leave each other.12) The big thing most women don’t understand: Men are not mind readers. If you don’t tell him how you feel, he’s not going to know. The big thing most men don’t understand: If you hardly acknowledge your wife all day, she’s not going to want to get intimate with you at night.13) If I ask you how long you’ve had problems and your answer is “ten years,” you’re not going to change things in ten minutes or ten sessions.Sources: Jeff Palitz, a marriage and family therapist in Chula Vista, California; Susan Fletcher, PhD, a psychologist in Dallas; Tina B. Tessina, PhD, a psychotherapist in Long Beach, California; Nancy Mramor, PhD, in Pittsburgh; Karen Sherman, PhD, in New York; Lawrence J. Levy, PsyD, a licensedpsychologist in Boca Raton, Florida; Meghan L. Reitz, LCPC, NCC, in Schaumburg, Illinois; and a marriage counselor in Pennsylvania.By Michelle CrouchSource: Reader’s Digest Magazine Share Tweet Share 55 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share LifestyleRelationships 13 Things Your Marriage Counselor Won’t Tell You. by: – July 11, 2011last_img read more

Ross explains departure of 4 members from softball program

first_img Published on September 4, 2014 at 3:19 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+ Four members of the Syracuse softball program have left the school, head coach Leigh Ross confirmed Thursday afternoon.Sophomore catchers Nicole Lundstrom and Ellie Forkin and sophomore pitcher Christina Clermont have all transferred, while pitching coach Jenna Caira has returned home to school in Canada to study corporate communications, Ross said.Lundstrom transferred to Providence and Clermont to Long Beach State, while Ross was unaware of where Forkin chose to go and if she’s going to continue playing softball. Lundstrom and Clermont are both from around the areas where they chose to transfer, and Ross said Forkin was getting “homesick.”“It’s hard in college athletics anymore. Kids, you kind of expect that someone’s going to leave,” Ross said. “You never know, and kids are committing to schools so early without really knowing how they’ll feel once they get there on campus, being away from home.”Lundstrom was the Orange’s starting catcher in her freshman season, ranking first on the team in at-bats (154), second in runs batted in (32), third in runs scored (29) and home runs (6) and fourth in batting average (.312). But Ross said she developed a medical condition called the “yips,” which not many people were aware of. It caused her to jerk her arm back and forth multiple times before throwing the ball back to the pitcher after catching it.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRoss said that hypnosis and sports psychology techniques were used to try and fix the issue, but since they didn’t work, Lundstrom wouldn’t have been able to catch even if she did return.Clermont was the team’s No. 2 pitcher, posting a 5-6 record and 67 strikeouts in 97 innings. Forkin went 7-for-27 with three RBIs in 20 games played while serving as the backup catcher, but Ross said Forkin wasn’t considered as a catcher who’d take over.Caira served as an assistant coach specializing in pitching from 2012-14 after an illustrious playing career with SU. This past season, Caira worked with pitcher Sydney O’Hara, Syracuse’s first freshman to earn first-team all-conference honors since 2005. Ross added that Caira wasn’t totally sure if her heart was in coaching.With the loss of the team’s only two catchers from last season, Ross is forced to choose from several position players from 2014 to fill the spot behind the plate.The head coach said she’ll go with sophomore Alyssa Dewes or senior Julie Wambold, both of whom have had prior experience behind the plate. Dewes was recruited as a catcher before she had to have shoulder surgery, which restricted her to the outfield, and Wambold is just an “all-around” athlete, Ross said.The Orange has an incoming class of six, which includes three outfielders, a shortstop, a second baseman and a pitcher. Combine those with the eligibility of Washington transfer and pitcher Jocelyn Cater, and Ross says the Orange should be good to go in terms of numbers despite losing three from the same class.Said Ross: “We’re at 18, which is perfect.” Commentslast_img read more

Eight feared dead in cloudburst in Ukhand

first_imgDehradun: At least eight people were feared dead and several others injured on Sunday as cloudbursts triggered heavy rains at various places in Uttarakhand, officials said. Cloudbursts in Mori block of Uttarkashi district wreaked havoc in several villages flattening several houses in Arakot, Makuri and Tikochi villages. Eight people are reported to have gone missing in these incidents so far, the State Emergency Operations Centre (SEOC) here said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ A woman was also washed away in Dehradun district when her car fell into a seasonal river, they said. State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) teams have been rushed to the affected areas but rescue operations are being hampered by incessant rains, the SEOC said. Uttarkashi District Magistrate Ashish Chauhan is monitoring the situation while senior administrative and police officials have left for the rain-hit villages. Chardham Yatra routes are also blocked by debris of landslides at various points affecting the yatra partially, the SEOC said. The Rishikesh-Badrinath National Highway was blocked at Lambagad and Tangri, the Kedarnath highway at Banswada and Jamu Nursery, Gangotri NH at Harshil, Badeti and Helgugad and Yamunotri Highway at Dabarkot, they said. Landslide on the Kailash-Mansarovar route has also affected the pilgrimage with devotees being moved to safer places, the SEOC said.last_img read more