On Sunday, the legacy of former Saint Mary’s student Lizzy Seeberg was honored at a blessing and dedication of a memorial garden in her name. The ceremony was held in Riedinger Garden, and students, faculty and members of Seeberg’s family were in attendance. “These young people are always going to have a place to remember Lizzy,” her father, Tom Seeberg, said. “It gives us a neat little place. To me, she is everywhere, but it is nice to have little spots where you can just sit and reflect.” He said the family has thought about donating the bench for the past two years, but until now, the timing was never quite right. “We think this turned out to be perfect timing,” Tom Seeberg said. “It allowed time for life messages of Lizzy to sink in to her classmates. It worked out well because her friends who are now seniors can enjoy the spot for a couple of weeks and then her friends that are now juniors will have the spot for another year.” Junior Carolyn Backes, who was Seeberg’s roommate at the time of her death in September 2010, said this spot is symbolic of the strong commitment both the College and the family have to ensuring the legacy of her former roommate. “I think it was a big tragedy, but both the College and this family grew out of it,” Backes said. “It did affect a lot of people and was very sad, but it also amplified the College’s commitment to mental health awareness. We want to prevent things like this from happening again, but this spot helps us remember the good things about Lizzy. “Everyone is more aware of these real issues. Remembering Lizzy makes it real for us.” Backes said the spot is a place where those dealing with anxiety, depression or similar mental illnesses can go to reflect and “get away from all the little worries in life”. “Lizzy obviously struggled with anxiety and things,” Backes said. “I think this new bench and spot is such a serene place. It can be one of those places someone can go to think or to not think, deal with anxiety or really just calm down. “ Senior Megan Carey, a former friend of Lizzy’s, said this bench depicts the strong sisterhood that accompanies every Saint Mary’s Belle. “At Saint Mary’s we always say, ‘Once a Belle, Always a Belle,’” Carey said. “Even though Lizzy had only been here for a little over two weeks ,she really embodied being a Smick chick.” During the memorial, Carey shared one of her favorite Lizzy memories. “One of my favorite stories of Lizzy is looking back at the first week of school when she marched into the bookstore and bought herself a French cross necklace,” Carey said. “She wanted to show the world how much she loved Saint Mary’s and how much it meant to her.” Carey said she is thankful Lizzy’s family has done so much to continue her legacy. “I think it is wonderful that her family created something at Saint Mary’s to remember her,” Carey said. “Even if someone didn’t know Lizzy, they could go to this spot and embrace its beauty.” Tom Seeberg said Lizzy had strong feelings of affection for the College, emphasizing how important it is for the family to have connections to the place she once called home. “Saint Mary’s has such fantastic women and we know that Lizzy knew she was in the right place,” Tom Seeberg said. “She loved this College.” He said this dedicated spot is a place where her peers could stop by for a moment and reflect on their short time with Lizzy. “It is a nice spot to just stop by for a moment,” Tom Seeberg said. “This is great because it can represent the moment she was in some of these girls’ lives.” It is important for the family to stay in touch with Lizzy’s classmates, he said. “We enjoy staying in touch with the young women Lizzy came to call her friends,” Tom Seeberg said. “As a parent the death of a child is different than coping with other deaths. You have hopes and dreams for your child and those dreams died. It is nice to see her friends go forth and pursue their dreams.” The College’s Student Government Association would like to continue to work with the family and raise more awareness about issues of mental illness, sexual assault, violence and stalking, Kat Sullivan, 2013-2014 class president, said. “This fall, we want to place a metal ribbon tree in the Student Center for victims and their loved ones to tie ribbons on it,” Sullivan said. “It will be a permanent, architectural display in the center of campus.” Carey said the College must continue to take steps to raise awareness of mental illness. “We should feel responsible as a College community to help our fellow sisters,” Carey said.
Strutt & Parker has bought hotel and leisure specialist William Hillary to beef up its leisure team.The new leisure and hotel department, headed up by Strutt & Parker’s Roger Pryor, will operate as a niche section of Strutt & Parker and will quadruple the size of its existing leisure team. Pryor said: ‘Until now we have been limited in our ability to give advice on leisure. This move will allow us to branch out and give the sector proper representation.’ William Hillary, established in 1982 has five surveyors, while Strutt & Parker employs more than 500.
Schmidt’s men might be favourites in theory, but the former Leinster coach warned against ruling out Les Bleus. Former New Zealand schoolteacher Schmidt is also adamant France’s patchy 19-17 victory in Scotland last weekend will not hinder their performance on home soil. The ex-Clermont backs coach admitted Ireland must beware the typical Gallic l’esprit de clocher – the ‘clock tower spirit’ – that underpins the French dominance at home. “It’s a bit trite, this is our patch this is what we defend: they take immense pride in that,” said Schmidt. “Often when a player is fatigued they will mentally just switch off a little bit. “But it’s a lot less likely to happen when you’re on your home patch. “They dig a little bit deeper to make sure you do what’s required of you. “There’s more of an edge, because you just can’t afford to lose at home. “A lot of people have overlooked the fact they have an outside chance to win it.” Head coach Schmidt believes Ireland’s veteran centre pairing will face a culture clash with France’s wrecking ball crew, led by Toulon beefcake Mathieu Bastareaud. Iconic centre O’Driscoll will make his 141st and final Test appearance at the Stade de France on Saturday as Ireland chase their first Six Nations title since the 2009 Grand Slam. Press Association O’Driscoll and D’Arcy will extend their world-record international centre partnership to 56 caps, with Schmidt already labelling the wily duo the “last bastion” of creative midfield play. The Ireland boss has challenged his seasoned campaigners to deny 25-year-old Bastareaud and friends lethal offloads out of the tackle this weekend. “I’m not sure that Bastareaud ever gets taken in the first tackle, he breaks those tackles,” Schmidt said. “Gael Fickou, Bastareaud, Remi Tales, they are all massive offload threats. “If you don’t wrap them up, you can be chasing the next guy who has run a good line off the offload and the game turns around very quickly. “France just have pace and the ability to accelerate into space very quickly, they are all looking to do it at any stage, and they anticipate any break that comes loose. “They will seize any opportunity, when they chance their arm they have some of those athletes with the skills to make something happen.” Ireland, France and England can all still claim the Six Nations title heading into the final weekend. Brian O’Driscoll and Gordon D’Arcy must dominate the generation game to guide Ireland to RBS 6 Nations glory in Paris, according to Joe Schmidt.
NOTTINGHAM, England (CMC) – Fuelled by a desire to prove their many detractors wrong, a confident West Indies will launch an ambitious bid to win the ICC World Cup when they take on enigmatic Pakistan at Trent Bridge here today.Winners of the first two World Cups back in 1975 and 1979 West Indies’ star has since fallen and are no longer considered one-day powerhouses. And with just a single series win in the last five years, their tag of underdogs is perhaps justified.Yet, their performance against world number ones and tournament favourites, England, in the Caribbean this year pointed to somewhat of a rejuvenation, giving players and fans alike the faintest of hope that the side could put together a formidable World Cup challenge.Written off before the start of the England series, the Caribbean side managed to pull off a 2-2 draw, doing so while brandishing a bold, audacious brand of cricket not seen in recent years. The result also instilled a new level of self-belief in the squad and there is now a quiet confidence the Caribbean side can now put the lean years of under-achievement behind them.Captain Jason Holder, leading West Indies for the second straight World Cup, said the squad was settled and in a good place mentally heading into the opening clash against Pakistan.“One thing I like coming into this tournament is that every player is in a good frame of mind,” he told media here yesterday.“Everybody is playing with a smile on his face, and I think that’s how we play our best cricket. We’re fearless, we enjoy what we’re doing and we enjoy one another’s company. I can safely say within the group we’ve got that.“We’ve got an atmosphere that we would like to create, and we’ve got the energy going into this tournament that we would want to have.”He added: “I think the rest is left to us on the field. We’ve just got to execute whatever plans we formulate, and I think execution is key in this tournament, you know, whether it’s West Indies, England, India or whoever.“I think the teams that execute their plans and are as disciplined as they can be more often than not they’re going to come out on top.”West Indies will have to buck recent history against Pakistan, which has seen them lose 11 of their last 16 ODIs in bilateral series. The Caribbean side have had better luck against Pakistan in World Cup match-ups, however, winning six of their eight meetings – including in the 2015 edition when they crushed their Asian opponents by 150 runs.For their part, Pakistan enter the contest on the back of a poor run of form that has seen them lose 13 of their last 18 ODIs. Earlier this month, they were creamed 4-0 in a five-match series by hosts England.But Pakistan are mercurial, lurching from mediocre to brilliant in the blink of an eye and Holder said his team would be taking nothing for granted against them.“We’ve obviously looked at their players, tried to formulate our plans towards them and obviously our mode of attack,” he explained.“We’ve had a few discussions as the team and a few team meetings just to formulate whatever plans we’re going into tomorrow’s game with. But yeah, it’s just a normal thing. It’s nothing different depending on who the team is.“We just want to be as professional as we possibly can, not take anything for granted. I don’t think we’re in a position to take anything for granted; to just be in a situation where we just assess who we’re playing against, formulate our plans or look to execute them.”West Indies’ batting is to be feared. Headed by veteran talisman Chris Gayle, it boasts the likes of the classy Shai Hope and Darren Bravo, as well as the brawn of Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer and the spectacular Andre Russell.Against England earlier this year, they twice scored in excess of 350 – including an all-time record 389 in the fourth ODI in Grenada. Their mammoth 421 against New Zealand in their last official warm-up in Bristol last Tuesday served as a timely reminder of the Caribbean side’s ability and at Trent Bridge where there have been several large totals this season, expectations are already high.However, Holder reminded that cricket was played on the day and depended heavily on conditions, and there was no guarantee of consistently high totals.“I don’t want to sit here and try to predetermine what’s going to happen, but I just think in this situation we play a normal cricket game,” he stressed.“We assess the conditions as early as possible and we play to suit. I think where the game has gone now, especially in England here, there have been some high totals, but there have been totals where I saw one or two games lately that were relatively low-scoring. It can happen.“That’s the way cricket is played, and that’s the nature of the game. I just don’t want to sit before a game and say we’re looking to score 500 or 600, I just want to play it as we see it and assess the conditions like any other game.”SQUADS:WEST INDIES – Jason Holder (captain), Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Nicholas Pooran, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas.PAKISTAN – Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain), Asif Ali, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz.