Saint Mary’s Dance Marathon hosts first-ever virtual marathon

first_imgCourtesy of Jessie Snyder Jessie Snyder virtually participates in the Saint Mary’s annual Dance Marathon following the cancellation of the in-person event.The marathon, originally planned for April 4, was canceled as a result of Saint Mary’s move to remote learning through Easter break and eventually the rest of the semester. The decision to move the marathon virtually was made by the executive team who felt there had to be a marathon, no matter the conditions, senior club president Clare Carragher said. According to Carragher, the team utilized social media platforms like Instagram, FaceBook, TikTok and an updated website to provide sources of entertainment and information throughout the day.“We went live on Instagram at 10 a.m. with an opening ceremony — similar to the one held during a traditional marathon — explaining how people can participate throughout the day,” she said. Social media posts ran throughout the day on the same schedule as the traditional marathon. The posts consisted of Riley kid — patients at Riley Children’s hospital — miracle stories, video features of alumni nurses, pictures of participants’ 80’s decor to fit the theme of “Back to the ‘80s” and mini fundraising challenges. “The website was designed so people could come and go as they please and just provide some different forms of entertainment while we’re all quarantined in our houses across the country,” Carragher said.  The virtual marathon allowed for dancers, committee members and executives to participate in and experience a marathon from across the U.S. Carragher said the virtual marathon allowed for the message and mission of Dance Marathon to be spread to an even greater audience as it was all over social media all day. “A lot of good things came out of the day and a lot of things that, I hope, can continue moving forward,” Carragher said.  “Who knows where I will be a year or two down the road — so I would love for the option to check into the website and see the Riley family stories or watch the morale dance.”The committees worked in conjunction throughout the day to provide entertainment and keep the energy high, Carragher said. The morale dance, an eight minute line dance, is typically taught in segments throughout the day until it is performed by all participants at the end of the marathon. In lieu of this performance, the morale executives recorded themselves doing the dance all the way through. The morale committee girls then divided the dance into 11 mini tutorial videos that were posted throughout the day to social media. Participants were then invited to film themselves performing the morale dance and email the clips to the technology committee who then formed the final line dance with all the video submissions at the end of the night. Senior alumni relations executive Jessie Snyder was awarded this year’s Exec of the Year title by the president’s board for her success in leading the new committee. “Since it was a brand-new committee it gave me the opportunity to build into my own, I got to build it up from nothing,” Snyder said. The committee was formed in an effort to show thanks to alumni — many of whom have a passion and love for Riley that just doesn’t go away after graduation — and give them a way to still participate in Dance Marathon, she said. Participation in a virtual 12 hour event proved to be the biggest obstacle of planning the marathon, but both Carragher and Snyder commented on the pleasant surprise of seeing the community come together during an unprecedented time. “It wasn’t something we could have planned for but we were able to to turn a traditional marathon into something way bigger that was able to reach so many more people,” Snyder said. “If anything it brought us closer together and really proved the big impact that a small school like Saint Mary’s can have.”Tags: COVID-19, Riley Children’s Hospital, saint marys dance marathon, virtual The 15th annual Saint Mary’s Dance Marathon looked different from years past, as tri-campus community members gathered virtually Saturday rather than in Angela Athletic and Wellness Complex. The 12 hour marathon raises money for Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.last_img read more

Denzel Washington to Bring All 10 August Wilson Plays to HBO

first_img Denzel Washington Star Files Get ready for a whole lot of August Wilson on the small screen. Oscar and Tony winner Denzel Washington, during a Q&A at University of Southern California, revealed that he will executive produce all ten of the Pulitzer winner’s plays for HBO, Deadline reports.Last month, Viola Davis confirmed that she will star in the screen adaptation of Wilson’s Fences, reprising her Tony-winning role from the 2010 production. Washington, who appeared opposite Davis in the revival and also won a Tony, is set to star in and direct the HBO venture.“I’m really excited that [the estate] would put that in my hands and trust me,” Washington said during the event. “That’s good enough for me. It doesn’t get any better than that.”The premium network would roll out one film a year, Washington said. In addition to Fences, Wilson’s ten-play collection consists of Radio Golf, King Hedley II, Jitney, Two Trains Running, Seven Guitars, The Piano Lesson, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone and Gem of the Ocean.Washington won Oscars for his performances in Training Day and Glory, and was last nominated in 2013 for Flight. In addition to Fences, he has appeared on Broadway in Checkmates, Julius Caesar and A Raisin in the Sun.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Colombian Man Extradited to Ecuador for Money Laundering

first_img A Colombian man was extradited by his country to Quito, where he will serve a 12-year prison sentence for the crime of money laundering, the Ecuadorean Ministry of Interior announced on July 15. In February 2008, the foreign national identified as 31-year-old Andrés P.C., was sentenced when he was unable to justify the origins of his properties in Ecuador, which were seized by authorities, the institution said in a statement. “These properties were transferred by his father, Hernán P. C., who is currently detained in a U.S. prison for drug trafficking charges. When Andrés P. heard about his father’s arrest, he fled the country,” he added. He was detained in June 2012 in Colombia, where the courts accused him for money laundering and authorized his extradition last February. In August 2006, Ecuador disrupted an organization aimed at money laundering, headed by Hernán P. C. The money came from Panamanian companies, according to the Ministry. After this operation, Chile, Colombia, Argentina, Panama and the United States started legal actions against the organization. By Dialogo July 16, 2013last_img read more

Black Meteors winger Yaw Yeboah targets 2020 Olympics

first_img–By: Nathan Quao/citinewsroom.com/Ghana Black Meteors winger Yaw Yeboah says he is driven by the target of sending Ghana to the Olympic football tournament in Japan in 2020.Yeboah is part of the team that coach Ibrahim Tanko has called up for Saturday’s second round first leg U-23 AFCON qualifier against Gabon in Accra.The team has been in camp for some days getting ready for the match and Yeboah told Citi Sports on Wednesday that he and his team mates were encouraged by the fact that they had the chance of sending the nation to an Olympic football tournament for the first time since 2004 in Greece.“I think we are more motivated than pressured when we talk about going to the Olympic football tournament. It is our main target.We have not been there for 14 or so years. For us, the only thing is to do our work and get there and the rest will follow. That is our plan in terms of qualifiers.”The Numancia winger added that he was pleased with the preparations of the team and he was very delighted with what he had witnessed so far in the team’s camp.“We are getting ready and the preparations are going well. I like the attitude and mentality of my colleagues and I think we have a good and confident team.”Victory for Ghana over Gabon will set them up with the winner of the tie between Algeria and Equatorial Guinea in the third round.last_img read more