Monday Morning Update
March 26, 2012
Storybook Season: The men's basketball team's dream season came to a close last Thursday when it fell to Western Washington University in the national semifinals of the NCAA Division II Tournament. The Skyhawks closed out the year with a 25-9 record after capturing their first Northeast-10 Conference Championship in 23 years and their second NCAA East Regional Championship in program history. The team's trip to the Final Four marked its second appearance in the national semifinals as the 2005-2006 squad earned the school's first-ever trip. For more about the Skyhawks' storybook season, visit their official website here.
Quote of the Week: "I have three beautiful kids and a beautiful wife and I get to coach these guys (the Skyhawk basketball team) for a living. Are you kidding me? You can't get any luckier than that," Coach Dave McLaughlin telling the Boston Globe what he said to his team after their winning streak ended.
Fitness for Life: When the Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex opened in 1988, it was designed to serve 1,930 students. Today, it is serving 2,500 students. What's more, student participation in club and intramural sports has skyrocketed, which means the Sports Complex is hard pressed for space and in need of an upgrade in facilities. To address this need, the College is committed to adding 50,000 square feet to the building for athletics, fitness and exercise. A campaign to raise $7 million in support of this three story expansion is underway. For more information and to see the campaign video, visit here.
Revisiting History: During the 12 years that both Hitler and Stalin were in power, 14 million people, including more than five million Jews, were killed in the lands between Berlin and Moscow. In his groundbreaking book, "Bloodlands," historian Timothy Snyder analyzes the crimes of both totalitarian regimes, arguing that their killing policies have to be taken together in order to understand the pivotal conflict of the 20th century. Hear Snyder's interpretation for yourself at 4 p.m. today in the Martin Institute when he gives this semester's Lawrence and Theresa Salameno History Lecture. For more, visit here.
Presidential Legacy: Few people had more contact or interaction with President Ronald Reagan than Joanne Drake who served as his Chief of Staff and is now the Chief Administrative Office of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation in Simi Valley, California. Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 27, Drake will speak in the Martin Institute at 7 p.m. on the legacy of America's 40th president. For more, visit here.
E-Readers: Students now have the opportunity to read some popular titles like The Hunger Games trilogy, Bossypants, and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy on e-readers borrowed from the MacPhaidin Library. With our new E-Reader program, the library has five Amazon.com Kindles and five Barnes & Noble Nooks that are available to students for a two-week loan. Students can call or visit the Circulation Desk (x1313) to inquire about borrowing an e-reader. To learn more about the E-Reader Program, including what titles are available, visit here.
Ballyhoo: Don't forget the Stonehill Theatre Company's production of The Last Night of Ballyhoo, which starts this Thursday and runs nightly at 8 until Saturday in Hemingway Theatre. Tickets ($8 adults & $5 students/seniors) are available at the door or call (508) 565-1458. For more, visit here.
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