Charity work empowers girls abroad

first_imgSaint Mary’s junior Mileva Brunson hoped to bring global education from the halls of the College to women in need around the world. As president of the Saint Mary’s College chapter of She’s the First, Brunson is now able to do just that. She’s The First is a non-profit organization that sponsors girls’ education in the developing world through social media and student leadership so they can be the first in their families to graduate from secondary school, Brunson said. “I found out about She’s the First through my women’s studies course last year,” Brunson said. “For my final paper I researched girls’ education in developing countries which is how I learned about She’s The First.” After conducting research, Brunson said she wanted to get Saint Mary’s involved with the organization. “Notre Dame already had a chapter so I knew it was possible for Saint Mary’s to create a chapter with She’s the First where students would be very interested,” she said. “While I was abroad in Rome last spring, I began the process of creating a chapter on campus.” Speaking with the Student Involvement Office at Saint Mary’s led Brunson back to her women’s studies professor, she said. Brunson said her professor helped her to find an advising faculty member for the club while Brunson worked on getting together a small team comprised of herself as the president with a vice president and secretary to assist her while she was abroad. “I had sent out a school-wide email through the Student Government Office on campus and received such a great response from the students here,” Brunson said. Every semester, the Saint Mary’s chapter of She’s the First will hold an event to raise funds for the girls they sponsor, Brunson said. “Our first fundraiser will be a cupcake bake-off, much like the one that Notre Dame’s chapter holds, in October,” she said. “Lindsay Brown, the president of the chapter at Notre Dame, began the cupcake bake-off which has become a national campaign for She’s the First.” Brunson said she and Brown have been in contact with hopes to combine efforts with She’s the First to create larger events between the two campuses. Tammy Tibbetts, founder and president of She’s the First, said she was impressed by the work Brown and Brunson have done on their campuses. “I’m so proud of the global impact students in Indiana are making through She’s the First. Both Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame, led by Mileva Brunson and Lindsay Brown, respectively, are using social media (and creative fundraising ideas, like cupcakes) to collectively change girls’ lives around the world,” Tibbetts said. “They are using their own access to higher education to pay it forward to girls who are simply striving to complete a basic education – an idea we hope continues to spread across their campuses and the state.” Brunson said she wants to see her chapter succeed. “With this being our first semester, I hope to have a good response from the girls so we can create a strong club foundation,” Brunson said. “My goal for She’s the First is to raise campus-wide awareness for our cause.” If even one girl can receive a chance for education, the boundaries are limitless, Brunson said. “Not only [is She’s the First a] great opportunity to reach out to global students, but to take the opportunity of our education at SMC and educate other girls around the world,” she said. For more information on She’s the First, contact Mileva Brunson at [email protected],Editor’s Note: This article has been edited to correct an incorrect quote about Brown’s work to establish a girls’ soccer team in Cambodia. The next cover girl for Seventeen magazine might be a familiar face. Senior Lindsay Brown has been named a finalist for Seventeen’s second-annual “Pretty Amazing Contest,” and the winner will be put on the cover of the magazine’s October issue. Brown said the contest rewards girls who have been doing exceptional work. “Each year Seventeen puts a real girl on the cover to celebrate the accomplishments of one of the readers that has done something that they say is ‘pretty amazing,’” Brown said. “It can be anything from … charity work or an athletic accomplishment or dance.” In addition to appearing on the cover of Seventeen Magazine, the winner also receives $20,000 toward her work and tours the world giving speeches on behalf of Seventeen, Brown said. Brown said she found out about the contest from the president of the non-profit She’s the First, an organization that sponsors girls’ tuition in impoverished areas; she was working for She’s the First at the time. “My friend in New York City who’s the president of She’s the First found out about it on Twitter …. and she forwarded it onto me,” she said. “It was due April 30th, and I never really got around to it until the last day.” Brown said she started working for She’s the First her sophomore year by running a simple bake sale with the help of her then-teammates on the Notre Dame women’s soccer team to raise money for tuition at a girls’ school in Nepal. “I went on the Nepal website and emailed the founder,” she said. “It was really cool talking to her and telling her, ‘Oh, my soccer team helped me raise the money,’ and she used to play soccer. We instantly hit it off.” This experience led Brown to start her own non-profit, the S.E.G.W.A.Y. project, which stands for “Soccer Empowering Girls Worldwide and You.” “It kind of worked out that it stands for that because when I got to Nepal, the girls … were just so timid, reserved and shy,” Brown said. “I was telling my mom, ‘What good is it to have them in the classroom if they’re not leaders in the community?’ That’s when I realized soccer can be used to teach confidence and leadership so they can segue into community leaders.” Brown said she was amazed by the impact the soccer team had on that Nepali village. “The boys really started respecting the girls when they realized, ‘Oh, they can play soccer,’” she said. “It was weird. [These are] things we don’t think about, but in their community it’s ground-breaking.” So far, the S.E.G.W.A.Y. project has launched three girls’ soccer teams in Nepal and is expanding to other countries, Brown said. “I’m creating one in Cambodia,” she said. “We’re also partnered with a team in Kenya. Our goal is to help them fund their team trip to a tournament in Minnesota next July.” Brown said she hopes the Pretty Amazing Contest will create publicity for her organization and inspire other girls to make efforts to perform service. “I hope girls can realize that something as simple as a bake sale can make a huge impact on a girl’s life,” she said. Brown said the contest’s results should be announced within the next two weeks.last_img read more

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LA Clippers can’t keep up the pace in loss to Indiana

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> A sports car runs just fine until the fuel needle slips to the left of “E.”The exhaustion that didn’t keep the Clippers from a decisive victory in Cleveland and from a gutty back-to-back win in New Orleans, maybe that’s what showed up Sunday night at Staples Center. If not, the alternative is fairly ugly.The Clippers squandered a 15-point first-quarter lead and turned the ball over 20 times, losing 111-102 to the Indiana Pacers.It’s the second time the Clippers have lost to the Pacers this season, and just the fourth time Indiana has beaten a team with a record better than .500. The Clippers lost to the Pacers 90-71 on Nov. 27.“They got us,” Chris Paul said.If they weren’t tired, they were complacent – a problem Rivers pointed to after their loss to Brooklyn last Tuesday when they blew a massive second-half lead.The Clippers opened the game by storming to a 25-10 lead, running as smoothly as they did in Cleveland and New Orleans – maybe even better.But at the end of the first quarter, the early signs of trouble appeared. Raymond Felton committed a silly foul, sending Aaron Brooks to the free-throw line for three shots with virtually zero time left on the clock. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The Clipper bench, which has been uneven for much of the last three weeks, struggled in the second quarter after an initial burst, and the Clippers led by only six by the time the starters returned.“It’s difficult,” Blake Griffin said. “We never want to make excuses. We played very poorly. …We didn’t look like we had it tonight.”Any energy in the building or on the floor vanished as the Pacers kept chipping away at the Clipper lead. In the second quarter, free-throws attempted, an easy sign of aggression, were 12-0 in Indiana’s benefit.Things violently swung early in the second half when the Pacers opened the third quarter with a 19-2 run that lasted nearly six minutes.“I don’t think we attacked enough,” Rivers said.The Clippers eventually trailed by as many as 20 in the fourth quarter before finally finding some fuel for a comeback.Paul, Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford helped the Clippers climb back, and the team had a chance to make it a one-possession game with 1:23 left, but DeAndre Jordan’s couldn’t complete the three-point play, as his free throw rattled out.“We just never got over the hump,” Rivers said.Paul finished with 18 points and 11 assists, Griffin led the Clippers with 24 points and 16 rebounds, and Crawford scored 14 points off the bench, but the Clippers just didn’t have enough on the defensive end to win Sunday.Seven difference Pacers scored at least 12 points led by Thaddeus Young’s 17.The Clippers, who have now lost four of their last six, host Golden State for the first of four meetings with the Warriors Wednesday night.last_img read more

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