Lewis Hall prepares for annual LHOP fundraiser

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Dana Plagenz Residents of Lewis Hall volunteer for their signature event, Lewis Hall of Pancakes, an annualall-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. The event raises money to support the Food Bank of Northern Indiana.“[Our goal is] to raise more money than we have in the past,” Plagenz added. “I just want to get as many people to come as possible, because it’s a really good cause.”Organizing the event is no small task. Residents of Lewis Hall are asked to submit applications, which the hall president then reviews. Those deemed the most qualified earn a commissioner position on the Lewis Hall council to coordinate the intricacies and details of the event.“The responsibilities [of being an event organizer] include … getting everyone to sign up for shifts, publicity, order the food and getting all that prepared … and being there on the night of for every time that something goes wrong,” sophomore Kelly Kolleck, the event’s other organizer, said.Ordering and keeping track of the food has proven to be the most stressful task, the co-organizers said. With hopes of 1,500 attendees, those in charge are tasked with ordering the correct amount of food, storing and preparing the the food.“There’s just so much [food],” Kolleck said. “Feeding maybe 1,500 people, it’s just huge quantities.” For the first time in event history, Lewis Hall will open up a gluten-free kitchen to accommodate those with dietary restrictions who would like to participate. The gluten-free kitchen will be open for a limited time during the event because organizers have no frame of reference for ordering the correct amount of food. Plagenz and Kolleck said they were excited to be able to offer the experience to those who would not have been able to partake in the past. Unlike in previous years, the Lewis Hall of Pancakes will be cash-only due to high club activity this year. The event will take place from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. in Lewis Hall, right behind the Dome.“There are people in chicken suits,” Plagenz said. “You go in, you pay and you can go to any floor and eat your food and meet new people. It’s crazy, but a lot of fun.”Tags: Food Bank of Northern Indiana, lewis hall, LHOP On Friday, Lewis Hall will open its doors for the annual Lewis Hall of Pancakes, called LHOP by students. At this event, the women of Lewis provide an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet throughout all four floors of the building. For $5, students from all across campus will have the chance to experience Lewis Hall’s signature event. The organizers of the event will donate all proceeds to the Food Bank of Northern Indiana, just as they have in the past.“It started because students in Lewis wanted to have a cool event to raise money,” sophomore Dana Plagenz, one of the event’s organizers, said. “We’re a really unique dorm in that we have kitchens on every floor, so it just worked out for us to cook food for people. And I think Lewis is kind of secluded in location, so it’s nice for people to show their friends where exactly Lewis is.”last_img read more

The importance of the closing statement

first_imgBank and credit union training programs tend to spend a lot of time talking about the introduction between a consumer and a staff member. This makes sense, as first impressions are vital. However, the way a staff member concludes the consumer interaction is just as important. After all, this is a critical marketing touch-point and potentially the last thing the consumer will hear from his or her financial institution.One of the more famous retail closing statements comes from Chick-fil-A. As part of their branded experience, every employee is trained to use the phrase “my pleasure” whenever a customer says “thank you” or otherwise expresses a need or desire. This phrase has become such a ubiquitous part of the Chick-fil-A culture that some customers, so used to hearing “my pleasure,” will actually ask an employee “aren’t you supposed to say something now?” if that employee fails to follow the brand script.Banks and credit unions should pay similar amounts of attention to the closing statements used by their staff when interacting with consumers. Financial institutions primed for success typically map out the consumer interaction process, complete with scripting to guide employees through both the verbal and nonverbal interaction that comes with every consumer encounter. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Mueller ready to hit long ball

first_imgJunior third baseman Michelle Mueller provided a consistent batting presence for the Badgers last season but has since focused on fine tuning the more powerful side of her game: hitting home runs.[/media-credit]Her nickname is “Giggles.” One of her hobbies listed on the Wisconsin Athletics website is laughing. That’s not exactly the personality you’d expect from a player who crushed Big Ten pitching for a .400 average just a season ago.But the Wisconsin softball coaching staff hopes to change the at-bat demeanor and performance of junior Michelle Mueller, one of many big bats in the Badgers’ lineup that looks poised to explode onto the scene in 2013.“I think she’s such a nice kid, but she hasn’t had that swagger necessarily and she really could,” Wisconsin head coach Yvette Healy said. “She’s a beast out there with how strong she is. She doesn’t intimidate people yet, she’s so nice. … She can be a scary hitter if she wants to, and I think that’s something that she’s embracing.”Mueller has the frame to support the big-time swing that the Badgers are looking for. Standing at 5-foot-11 with an athletic frame, Mueller made her name in 2012 by hitting not for power but for average, consistently putting the ball in play for a .326 batting average on the year and 45 hits, a statistic that tied for the third-best total on a team that was the most successful offensively in UW history.Going off the classic saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” the Wisconsin coaching staff is reluctant to go too far in changing Mueller’s swing to one tailored for power rather than one that produced 37 singles a year ago.“She has as much power as anybody in our program,” assistant coach Randy Schneider said. “But for us to get that power we’re going to give up her batting average a little bit. We’re going to have to let her swing away and she’s going to go back to missing the ball a little bit. But when she hits it, yeah, you’ll start seeing the kid hit home runs.“For us it’s more of a tradeoff sabermetrically, do you want the home runs or do you want the on base? And at this stage, we just want the on base percentage.”Mueller still put an added emphasis in the offseason on adding power to her swing. With help from her three older brothers who all played Division 1 baseball, one of whom is currently in the Atlanta Braves minor league system, the junior infielder put in the time and repetitions necessary to become stronger physically and mentally.“I worked a lot with my brothers, doing different drills where they’d put a band around my back leg so I could feel myself going forward,” Mueller said. “Coach Schneider also got a power drive tool that we use now so you can feel when your weight goes forward. Basically, those two things and watching film have really helped.”The extra work and focus on adding a new aspect to her offensive game have already paid dividends for the Badgers in their early part of the nonconference season. Playing No. 26 Notre Dame in the First Pitch Classic in Charlotte, N.C., on Feb. 9, Mueller showed her first sign of a newfound power.After getting behind in the count against the Fighting Irish’s junior ace Laura Winter, the reigning 2012 Big East Pitcher of the Year, Mueller teed off on a pitch that caught the heart of the plate. The ball traveled over the 220-foot marker in center field, proving to be all the offense Wisconsin needed in a 1-0 victory.“Coach Schneider just kept talking about how she throws a really good curveball,” Mueller said. “A couple batters before that went up were swinging at it. My goal was to just put the ball in play, especially after I got down in the count.”“She happened to leave one over the middle of the plate, and I got a hold of it.”Coincidentally, Mueller had actually seen Winter before, when the pair were both freshman in 2011. Notre Dame visited Wisconsin at the Goodman Diamond and blew the Badgers out 9-1.Finishing 1-for-2 her first time against one of the country’s best up-and-coming pitchers, Mueller led the Badgers by going 2-for-2 on the day against one of the best proven arms in the nation, personifying the improvement she’s made over her three years in the program.And although she has the seventh best average on the team currently at .313 in 2013, Mueller cites that she is gradually settling in to the adjustments of her changing swing and an added personal desire for an All-Big Ten nod and conference title in 2013.“My batting average was up there, but I know as far as being an All-Big Ten player like Karla (Powell), like Cass (Darrah) or even like Mary (Massei) was her freshman year, I need to put up the power numbers,” Mueller said. “And that’s something the coaches have really emphasized for me.”“I have the size to do it, I just have to figure it out and put it all together.”last_img read more

Burney drop down the table following loss

first_imgIn the Premier league, Burnley manager Sean Dyche says his side did exactly what they should not have done in last nights 4-0 defeat away to West Brom.Ireland internationals Stephen Ward and Jeff Hendrick both started in the Irons loss at the Hawthorns with first half goals from Philips, Morrison and Fletcher before Rondon scored in the second half.The victory moves West Brom up to 9th while Burnley drop to 12th. Dyche says they played the game on West Brom’s terms.last_img

Aubameyang stars as Arsenal fightback stuns Spurs

first_imgThis stirring comeback was exactly the kind of statement Arsenal needed as they moved above Tottenham into fourth place on goal difference.Ending their hated neighbours’ six-match winning run showed Arsenal aren’t content to let the balance of power in north London remain with Tottenham.But Emery warned his side not to get carried away with another big test looming at Manchester United on Wednesday.“We are happy and enjoying. But Tottenham beat Chelsea but then they lost to us. That is a big example for us as we think about the Manchester United match,” Emery said.“We know it is very difficult in Manchester. We are going to prepare as best we can. It is a big challenge for us.”Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admitted his players suffered mentally and physically at the end of a draining week that included vital victories over Chelsea and Inter Milan.“It was complicated from the beginning of the game. After the third goal it was tough to come back mentally, to find the energy to go again,” he said.“We started to feel the effort we made in the Champions League and the Chelsea game. It was a big week.”Biting into challenges and harrying Tottenham into panicked mistakes, Arsenal made a blistering start and their relentless tempo paid dividends in the 10th minute.Vertonghen jumped with Shkodran Mustafi as they challenged for a corner and the Belgian’s raised arm clearly made contact with the ball as he tried to block the Arsenal defender’s header.– Fever pitch –Referee Mike Dean awarded a penalty and Aubameyang sent Hugo Lloris the wrong way from the spot for his 11th goal of the season.This TEAM These FANS That FEELING #ARSTOT pic.twitter.com/Gva1LlpYEh— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 2, 2018Tottenham snatched a 30th minute equaliser as the derby reached fever pitch.Christian Eriksen’s inswinging free-kick caught Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka flat-footed and Dier nipped in to head past Bernd Leno’s weak attempted save.Dier celebrated by holding his finger to his mouth to indicate the Arsenal fans should keep quiet.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 London, United Kingdom | AFP | Unai Emery hailed Arsenal’s explosive 4-2 win over bitter rivals Tottenham as a statement of intent from his revitalised side.Emery’s team extended their unbeaten run to 19 matches in all competitions after fighting back from 2-1 down in arguably the Premier League’s game of the season so far.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty had put Arsenal ahead before Eric Dier’s header and a Harry Kane spot-kick gave Tottenham the lead at half-time at the Emirates Stadium.Dier’s gloating celebration had triggered a touchline brawl involving Arsenal substitutes.But the fireworks were far from over as Aubameyang’s superb long-range equaliser sparked a second half surge from the Gunners.Alexandre Lacazette came off the bench to put Arsenal ahead and Lucas Torreira sealed the points with his first goal for the club.Capping a miserable day for Jan Vertonghen, the Tottenham defender was sent off in the closing stages after earlier giving away Arsenal’s penalty.“It is a very big match for our confidence. Now we have to continue our process,” Emery said.“It is a very big victory. We give this to our supporters because it’s a very special match against Tottenham.”It was only Arsenal’s second win in the last nine league north London derbies and, while stealing local bragging rights is always sweet, this felt like a significant moment for Emery’s team in the bigger picture. Emery has revived Arsenal since the depressing final years of Arsene Wenger’s reign.But losses to Manchester City and Chelsea and a draw with Liverpool had raised questions about Arsenal’s ability to compete for a top four finish.last_img read more

Elijah ‘Lucky’ Miller passes at 104

first_imgELIJAH MILLER Elijah Daniel “Lucky” Miller was such a fixture at Homestead’s Second Baptist Church, it is doubtful anyone will surpass his 65-year attendance record. He was remembered there in a home going ceremony Oct. 18. Miller passed away Oct. 12 at West Penn Hospital’s Forbes Hospice. He was 104. In 1926 he moved from his native Virginia to work at U.S. Steel’s Homestead Works. Until his death, he was still collecting a pension. “If they’d known I was going to live this long, they’d have cut my head off and gave it to the chickens,” he joked during a 2002 interview with the New Pittsburgh Courier.Miller worked in the chimney yard, which he said paid more money than a lot of mill jobs, but there was a reason for that—noise.“The doctor told me to get out there because with all the hammering and noise, I’d go deaf,” he said. “So I drove a truck after that, hauling the dolomite around the mill to clean out the furnaces.”Though some knew Miller was U.S. Steel’s longest surviving pensioner, most knew him as the last person directly associated with the greatest team in Negro League baseball history—the Homestead Grays. He was their back-up batboy.Featuring legendary players like Josh Gibson, “Cool Papa” Bell, Buck Leonard and Satchel Paige, the Grays dominated Negro League baseball for nearly 50 years. And between 1935 and 1947, they won every championship series played.“I was there when Satchel Paige told the outfielders to sit down because no balls were coming out there, then struck out the side,” Miller said. “And at the Grays’ field over on West Run Road, I saw Josh (Gibson) hit one that went over the mill and into the river—550 feet.”But Miller wasn’t just remembered locally. In 2003, when John “Buck” O’Neil, the legendary former Kansas City Monarch’s first baseman and coach and chairman of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum visited the Hill District for the first time in 60 years, before signing a single autograph, he wanted to see “Lucky.”Asking, “Where’s the old man,” the (then) 91-year-old O’Neil made his way through the crowded lobby at One Hope Square to find Miller.“Lucky Miller,” O’Neil shouted as he sat down. “The last time I saw you was at the Crawford Grill, with Satchel (Paige) sitting on one end of the bar and Josh (Gibson) on the other.”Following the service, Miller was interred at Homewood Cemetery.Miller is survived by his children Annie J. Reeves (Bill), Ruth L. Hines (Joseph) and Daniel E. “Billy” Miller, 10 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.(Send comments to [email protected])last_img read more