Saint Mary’s among top-ten economically diverse colleges

first_imgSaint Mary’s received the No. 8 ranking on New York Times’ list of Most Economically Diverse Top Colleges in the nation, published Tuesday.Sam Coughlin | The Observer According to the article, the colleges in the ranking have all made significant changes in recruiting policies and have made compromises elsewhere to ensure that a diverse student body is a top priority. Oftentimes, talented poor students who have traditionally excelled in high school, do not go onto top colleges, nor graduate from any college.Saint Mary’s College President Carol Mooney said it is the College’s goal to meet the financial needs of every student and ensure all students, regardless of socioeconomic background, have the chance to receive a Saint Mary’s education.“We do not want any student to be unable to attend Saint Mary’s because she lacks the financial means to do so.“As part of our Catholic mission to reach out to those with the greatest need, the College must find ways to allow these students to pursue a Saint Mary’s education,” Mooney said.President Mooney said the College is dedicated to educating all qualified students. In the College’s ongoing campaign, “Faith Always, Action Now,” the College has raised more than $23 million for such scholarships.Compared to the other colleges in the New York Times’ ranking, Saint Mary’s has a noticeably smaller endowment per student, at $80,000. As stated in the article, Vassar’s (no. 1) endowment per student is $340,000, Grinnell’s (no. 2) endowment per student is $880,000 and Harvard’s (no. 6) endowment per student is $1.52 million.Vice president for enrollment management Mona Bowe said the ranking accords with Saint Mary’s mission to enroll  qualified students who are ready to learn, work hard and make a difference in the world.“We first look for students with the academic background we feel will result in a successful academic performance at Saint Mary’s,” Bowe said. “But beyond the academics, we look for students who are well rounded: aware of the needs of others, strong in their faith, willing to go the extra mile, athletes, performers and artists.“A wide variety of backgrounds and interests makes for a rich community where learning happens outside of the classroom as much as it happens in the classroom.”Director of the office for institutional research Daniel Flowers said the article reflects the College’s ongoing efforts to provide education to students from all economic backgrounds, which began nearly 20 years ago.“[NY Times] calculated a ‘College Access Index’ that looks at the percentage of students receiving Pell and the net-price for low and middle-income families while taking into account our financial resources as measured by the endowment size,” Flowers said. “They found that out of the universe of top colleges with a four-year graduation rate above 75% (about 100 institutions) we were near the top of the list in terms of this access index.“We’ve also experienced one of the largest increases in students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds from 2007-08 to 2012-2014, from 14% to 24%,” Flowers said. “Only Vassar and American saw larger increases.”Bowe said the admissions team does not consider the ability for students to pay a requirement for admission.“After acceptance, the financial aid team works very hard to make Saint Mary’s a reality for as many students as possible,” Bowe said.As a member of the enrollment team for almost 20 years, Bowe said she is proud of the mission-driven, ethical approach to recruiting the next generation of Belles.“It is a team effort, from our colleagues that raise the funds for scholarships, to our professors and student life professionals, who tend to the needs of our students,” Bowe said. “And not only do we make it possible for students with less financial means to choose Saint Mary’s, we make it possible for them to stay and graduate on time.“We will continue to be good stewards of the resources that our amazing donors have made possible. We hope to continue to provide access to students who find Saint Mary’s to be a great fit for them.”Flowers said the ranking proves that Saint Mary’s is true to their mission of pioneering education.“In sum, we’re living our mission as there aren’t many other top-quality institutions out there doing more for low and middle-income students than Saint Mary’s College,” Flowers said.Senior Amanda Gilbert said she and many of her fellow Belles felt honored to discover the news of the ranking.“It’s just another great accomplishment for Saint Mary’s in our ongoing mission to be a well-rounded campus full of inspirational and confident women,” Gilbert said. “One of the things we students always say we love about Saint Mary’s is our sense of community.“This ranking came as no surprise to us, for we are constantly aware of our opportunities here to engage with a diverse student body and community.”Tags: Economic Diversitylast_img read more

Long Island New Year’s Eve 2014 Events

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York When thinking of New Year’s Eve parties, people often think of the world famous Times Square ball drop. But there are dozens of events on Long Island to ring in the New Year without the stress of getting into Manhattan. From afternoon family fun to late night galas, venues across both counties will be toasting to resolutions for the coming year and singing Auld Lang Syne for the year gone by.The All Star Family Happy New Year’s Eve PartyUnlimited bowling (min. 6), champagne. The All Star, 96 Main St., Riverhead. $25 (Children), $40 (Adults) 4:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 31.Family New Year’s Eve PartyThree-course meal or finger foods, dessert, meet-and-greet, champagne and sparkling cider, Holiday Express Train Ride and Yo Ho Holiday Light Show. Bayville Adventure Park, 8 Bayville Ave., Bayville. Lunch – $29.95 (Adults and Older Children), $18.95 (Children under 12). Dinner – $33.95 (Adults and Older Children), $22.95 (Children under 12) 12:30-3 p.m., 5:30-8 p.m. Dec. 31.Kosher Komedy New Year’s EveComedians, four course dinner, champagne, raffle. Brasserie HaLevi, 600 Central Ave., Cedarhurst. $95 plus service charge, tax and gratuity. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 31.NYE at the  BrokerageChampagne, comedy show. The Brokerage Comedy Club, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. $40-$75. 7:30 p.m., 10:15 p.m. Dec. 31.New Year’s Eve GalaCocktail reception, Live music, dinner, champagne. CM Performing Arts Center, 931 Montauk Hwy., Oakdale. $75. 8 p.m. Dec. 31.New Year’s at East Islip LanesFamily Party (3 – 7) – $24 per person (dinner, bumper bowling). Evening Party (9- 1) – $41 (adults), $31 (children 12 and under), (buffet, champagne, bowling). East Islip Lanes, 117 E. Main St., East Islip. 3-7 p.m., 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 31.Third Annual New Year’s Eve PartyFree champagne toast at midnight. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. $15. 9:30 p.m. Dec. 31.NYE at Governor’s Comedy ClubComedy show, champagne. Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. $40-$75. 7:30 p.m., 10:15 p.m. Dec. 31.52nd Annual New Year’s Eve PartyBlack and White Masquerade, five course dinner, dancing. Gurney’s Inn and Spa, 290 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk. $145 per person, $540 per couple with overnight accommodations and party packages. 7 p.m. Dec. 31.Champagne and ChandeliersHotel Indigo, 1830 West Main St., Riverhead. $150 per person, $495 per couple premium package plus tax and fees9 p.m.-2 a.m. Dec. 31.New Year’s EveWatch the new movie, Unbroken, the ball drop on big screen and toast champagne. Island 16: Cinema de Lux, 185 Morris Ave., Holtsville. $20.15. 9:30 p.m. – 12:15 a.m. Dec. 31.New Year’s at Lombardi’s on the Sound.Great Gatsy-styled gala. Lombardi’s on the Sound, 44 Fairway Drive, Port Jefferson. $140. 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Dec. 31.Fishes & Butterfly Wishes Family New Year’s EventDinner, Crafts for Kids, champagne. Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center, 431 East Main St., Riverhead. $60 (Children and Seniors), $55 (Children and Senior Members), $95 (Adults), $85 (Adult Members), Free (Children 2 and under) 6:30-11 p.m. Dec. 31.NYE at McGuires Comedy ClubComedy show, champagne. McGuires Comedy Club, 1627 Smithtown Ave., Bohemia. $40-$75. 7:30 p.m., 10:15 p.m. Dec. 31.New Year’s Eve Bash 2015Cocktail Hour, drinks, champagne, DJ. The Meadow Club, 1147 Route 112, Port Jefferson Station. $95. 8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Dec. 31.New Year’s Eve 2015 Holiday PartyDinner, champagne. Monsoon Asian Kitchen and Lounge, 48 Deer Park Ave., Babylon. $100 per person, $50 for open bar only. Dec. 31.Mr. Beery’s Annual Happy New Year 2015Champagne, food, drinks. Mr. Beery’s Pub and Music Night Club, 4019 Hempstead Tpke., Bethpage. $30. 11 p.m.-2 a.m. Dec. 31.Mulcahy’s New Year’s Eve partyOpen bar, DJ, buffet. Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. $35. 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Dec. 31New Year’s PartyThe Nest Bar and Lounge, 382 East Meadow Ave., Suite A, East Meadow. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 31.New Year’s Eve at Ocean RestaurantFive course dinner, champagne. Ocean Restaurant, 333 Bayville Ave., Bayville. $59 plus tax and gratuity. Dec. 31.Dark Star OrchestraContinuing the Grateful Dead Experiences – Cosmic New Year’s 2014-15. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $64.75-$145.25. 8:30 p.m. Dec. 30, 31.Leather and Lace Presents NYE Ball of ConfusionAlternative dance party, DJ. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville $15 advance tickets. 8 p.m. Dec. 31.New Year’s Eve PartyFamily games and activities. Safari Adventure, 1074 Pulaski Rd., Riverhead. $16 (children), $10 (toddlers), $3 (adults), plus tax. 5-8 p.m. Dec. 31.Rock ‘n Glow New Year’s PartyThree hours of bowling, champagne. South Levittown Lanes, 56 Tanners Lane, South Levittown. Twilight Family Party (5 -8) – $30 per person or $150 per lane (6 people). Moonlight Family Party (9:30 – 12:30) – $35 per person or $170 per lane (6 people)5-8 p.m., 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Dec. 31.Stephanie O’s New Year’s Eve Dance PartyDancing, champagne. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. $69 (Banquette Seating), $49 (General Admission) 9:30 p.m. Dec. 31.New Year’s Laugh, Dine, and Dance!Comedy show, DJ, champagne. Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. $45. 6:30 p.m. (Bar and Restaurant), 8 p.m. (Show) Dec. 31.7th Annual New Year’s Laughin Eve 2015 Comedy ShowTheatre Three, 412 Main Street, Port Jefferson 6 p.m., 8 p.m. Dec. 31.Family New Year’s Eve PartySkate rental, pizza, countdown. United Skates of America, 1276 Hicksville Rd., Seaford. $20. 5:30- 8:30 p.m. Dec. 31.Great Gatsby GalaVilla Lombardi’s, 877 Main St., Holbrook. $135. 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Dec. 31.Celebrate NYE with O El AmorChampagne, masks, first drink on the house. 89 North Music Venue, 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue. $30. 9 p.m. Dec. 31.last_img read more

Chch residents expect sex workers to return

first_imgRadio NZ News 27 November 2017Family First Comment: “Residents were already gathering pictures of condoms and needles in their gardens, video of sex workers shouting as well as pictures of business transactions taking place in front of their homes.”Poor families – having to put up with a flawed law and pathetic support from police and council.Some Christchurch residents are dreading the summer as they expect street based sex workers to return to their neighbourhood.Residents in St Albans, a suburb just north of the central city, said, for the last six years, they had been abused, they had seen sex workers engaged sex acts in their backyards and they frequently saw condoms and needles littered across the driveways.Christchurch City Council had been grappling with how to deal with it, although last month it threw out a potential bylaw which would limit where sex workers could work, proposed by the residents and their lawyers.The council believed enforcement would not be practical – instead they opted for a community-led working group, backed by the police and the New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective.But one resident, Matt Bonis, said he was sceptical it would change anything in the long run.The next stepChristchurch City Council voted for a community working group last month, partly due to the impracticalities it saw with the legal-framework and enforcement of a bylaw.But none of the sex workers RNZ spoke with said they had been spoken to by council staff, before it decided a community-based working group was the right approach.RNZ put this to the council, who confirmed no staff had been deployed to Manchester Street to consult with the sex workers directly prior to the council vote.The council’s head of strategic policy, Helen Beaumont, said there was no need to, as the focus was on the legal viability of a bylaw.“No, we didn’t speak to the sex workers, we used the Prostitutes’ Collective as their sort of union,” she said. “They have a very good understanding of the situation for the sex workers on the street, so they were able to provide that perspective to us.”Ms Beaumont said representatives from the working group would be sent out to Manchester Street in the coming weeks.READ MORE: read more

Fire breaks out in dorm room at New Residential College

first_imgA fire broke out at College Residence Hall on Sunday night, leading to an evacuation of approximately 60 students by the USC Department of Public Safety.According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, the fire took place in a room on the third floor of the residence hall, part of New Residential College, and was deemed “accidental” and caused by “carelessness with candles.” No injuries were reported, and after the fire was extinguished students were allowed to reenter the residence hall around 12:30 a.m., except for five students who were described by LAFD as being “temporarily displaced” by the fire. According to Annenberg TV News, the five displaced students have been offered a room at the USC Radisson Hotel.The LAFD reported $1,000 in damages to contents and $1,500 in structural damages. Students were informed of the fire through a campus-wide Trojan Alert that was sent out by DPS at 11:32 p.m. Another alert, saying that the issue had been resolved, was sent at 12:49 a.m.last_img read more