Graduates of the College will receive their diplomas Saturday, but this year’s Outstanding Senior Eleanor Jones said she has already earned the most valuable gift possible — a Saint Mary’s education.Jones, a global studies major, said she was surprised to learn that her leadership, service and academic achievement qualified her for this award.“It was really unexpected just because I know how many people in our class are so passionate about what they do,” she said. “We’ve got a great student body with a lot of people who do different activities across the board, so honestly I wasn’t expecting it because we have so many incredible people. Knowing that makes it an even bigger honor.”Jones said her involvement with the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership enhanced her college experience by encouraging her to appreciate other lifestyles while recognizing a common humanity.“There are universal issues that we can all revolve around,” Jones said. “You get to realize more of your similarities and your differences and how you can celebrate them.”Jones said she spent two summers at Saint Mary’s working for the Study of the United States Institute (SUSI), where women from North Africa and the Middle East develop action plans they want to implement in their home countries. Through her work with SUSI, as well as her year-long study abroad experience in South Africa, Jones said she learned the importance of intercultural leadership and sensitivity. In 2014, the Jordanian team proposed a company called SheCab, in which all passengers and drivers are female.“I got to go to Jordan to give them moral support, and we went to the embassy with them when they presented their business plan,” Jones said. “We decided we wanted to start a fundraiser on campus to show that Saint Mary’s still supported them even though they weren’t here anymore.”Marc Belanger, Global Studies professor, said in an email Jones’s desire to understand and improve the world around her is evident in her superior work.“As a student, [Jones] has first rate writing and analytic skills comparable to other outstanding students, but what makes her different is that [Jones] really cares about the human dimension of the issues we are discussing and asks questions that always push the discussion to a deeper level than it might normally go,” Belanger said. “While her GPA shows that she gets A’s most of the time, it is this level of what I would call ethical seriousness that makes her so interesting to work with.”According to Belanger, Jones’s desire to respond to global challenges makes her deserving of the Outstanding Senior Award.“I don’t think I have ever had a student any more determined to figure out the best way for her to make a difference in the world or more willing to question her own motives and goals with more honesty,” Belanger said. “I think she can do that because she never forgets that it’s not about theories or ideologies, but about human beings.”Jones said the support of Belanger, along with other faculty and staff, enables her to be her best self.“Most of the things I’ve done are because a professor has tapped me on the shoulder and said ‘Hey, I think this would be a good idea,’” she said. “Saint Mary’s has kept pushing me to get outside my comfort zone. I feel like I’m always presented with different opportunities, and it’s been hard for me to say no.”Jones said one of her most meaningful accomplishments is helping to pioneer the Food Recovery Program, which donates leftovers from the dining hall to the Center for the Homeless.“We’ve saved about 5,100 pounds since last year,” Jones said. “You can see the initial impact of everything that you’ve done.”Though Jones has contributed to the community, she said her classmates’ success is most impressive to her.“I think that we have a lot of students who found what they are passionate about and have started applying it,” Jones said. “We’ve got a well-rounded student body.”Jones will return to South Africa for a year of service at a children’s home. She said students should view every challenge as a path to success and make the most of their college years.Jones said Saint Mary’s shapes its students into goal-oriented, compassionate leaders capable of changing the world.“In a world where women are often times pitted against each other, here we’ve got this community of people constantly trying to support each other,” Jones said. “It has taught me to be strong and confident in what I say, and I think that’s pretty special.”Tags: Commencement 2016, Outstanding senior award, saint mary’s
FAGAN: Hype around Phillies about more than Harper”OOTP” sees Harper putting up a batting line close to .257 with 33 home runs and 96 RBIs. That’s nearly identical to his production for the Nationals last season.It will certainly be a challenge for Washington to come out of the NL against quality division opponents and the likes of the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers, and then prevailing over the Astros, Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees — all teams currently perceived as having a better chance to win the World Series.”OOTP” definitely made an interesting call with the Nats rather settling on a safer choice. There will be no doubting the prediction ability of the video game series should it come to pass. AL predicted win totalsBoston Red Sox: 100Houston Astros: 98New York Yankees: 93Cleveland Indians: 93Tampa Bay Rays: 86Minnesota Twins: 82Los Angeles Angels: 82Toronto Blue Jays: 79Oakland Athletics: 76Seattle Mariners: 76Kansas City Royals: 74Texas Rangers: 74Detroit Tigers: 69Chicago White Sox: 64Baltimore Orioles: 58 “Out of the Park Baseball XX” is available now for PC and can be purchased through Steam or downloaded directly through the developer’s web store.Bryan Wiedey posts sports gaming news and analysis daily at Pastapadre.com, hosts the Press Row Podcast and can be reached on Twitter @Pastapadre. OOTP Developments https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/c6/18/out-of-the-park-baseball-xx-al-playoffs_wim2891gix471f9nwzm7lmkom.jpg?t=-904241807&w=500&quality=80 NL predicted win totalsWashington Nationals: 96Los Angeles Dodgers: 95Atlanta Braves: 89New York Mets: 89St. Louis Cardinals: 87Chicago Cubs: 85Philadelphia Phillies: 84Milwaukee Brewers: 83Arizona Diamondbacks: 81Colorado Rockies: 80Cincinnati Reds: 79San Diego Padres: 78Pittsburgh Pirates: 76San Francisco Giants: 71Miami Marlins: 56 OOTP Developments https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/81/c3/out-of-the-park-baseball-xx-nl-playoffs_1c203ffzcszkb1he7lw83pt5fg.jpg?t=-904216383&w=500&quality=80 The “Out of the Park” video game series has long been recognized for its award-winning simulation engine. It has an impressive track record with short- and long-term prognostications. In the past two years alone, the game has correctly called the World Series participants and eventual winners.With the 20th entry in the franchise just released, the team behind the game unveiled its official predictions for the 2019 MLB season; they include a team that lost a prominent free agent overcoming the odds to win the World Series.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNOne of the biggest stories of the offseason was where Bryce Harper would sign as a free agent. Rather than return to the Washington Nationals, he chose to join the division-rival Philadelphia Phillies on a $13-year, $330 contract. That one transaction could shift the fates for both teams this season, but “Out of the Park Baseball XX” believes Washington will not just overcome the loss of Harper but thrive without him and capture the franchise’s first World Series crown, beating the Houston Astros.”OOTP’s” predictions are based on more than 1,000 season simulations.Many observers are looking forward to a battle between the Nats and the Harper-led Phillies for the NL East title, but “Out of the Park Baseball” doesn’t see the Phillies even making the postseason. The game predicts the team will finish fourth in the five-team division.