Celebrating with Chick-fil-a
By Mary Henkels
Nothing says a 600th career victory celebration, then free chicken nuggets! Head Tennis Coach Rick McClure is in his 32nd year with the Greyhound tennis program. He has guided the women’s team for the past 22 seasons and the men for 31 seasons. With the combination of programs, this year, he celebrates his 600th victory, and what better way to do it than free Chick-fil-a.
The celebration was held at the last home match Thursday April 14th at the Butler Courts at 3 p.m. against Coppin State where the Greyhounds swept the Eagles. The Loyola University Maryland women’s team did not lose a one point and defeated Coppin State 6-0. The Greyhound men’s team also had a successful match, beating the Eagles 5-1.
Ryan Gordon, a freshman and biology major said, “I don’t know a whole lot about tennis, but it’s amazing how successful the Coach (Rick McClure) has made the program here.” Ryan, among many Loyola students and athletes came to support the tennis team. “It’s never bad to have some free food either” Gordon continued.
Reaching 600 victories is not the only commemoration Head Coach Rick McClure has celebrated here at Loyola University. McClure was also inducted into the Loyola University Athletic Hall of Fame in November of 2003 for his accomplishments as a coach and his generosity to the entire Evergreen Community.
The Greyhounds will end their regular season against Siena and Marist April 16th and 17th, hopefully adding to McClure’s victory count.
Open Day at Camden Yards
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Although Jeremy Guthrie missed opening for the Orioles due to pneumonia, the Orioles still managed to kick off the season with a win against the Tigers thanks to Brian Roberts and Jake Arrieta. Arrieta started for Guthrie and Roberts secured a three-run homer leading to a 5-1 win against the Tigers.
Camden Yards was sold-out with a crowd of 46,593 and the streets outside were crawling with hundreds of people dressed in orange. Fans who were unable to watch the game in the stadium stood outside all day going back and forth between popular bars, such as Pickles and Sliders, showing their support.
Dana Verona, a Junior at Loyola University Maryland, attended the same celebration. She said the crowds were so packed she couldn’t even walk through the crowd. “The fans and festivities outside of the stadium always make for a good time. Opening Day was no exception.”
Cassie Pearce, a fellow Loyola student, agreed. After three years attending Orioles’ games Cassie has a special place in her heart for them, despite being a die-hard Yankees fan. “They have some of the most loyoal, energetic fans no matter what their record is and I’ve made some of my best memories at Camden Yards.”
Many of the O’s fans expressed their excitement about the big win, including a man standing outside Camden Yards. “This win gives fans hope for the rest of the season. I have a feeling this is going to be a good year for the Orioles."
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One Song, One Message, One World
By: Jenna Meola
Kerran Sanger, Ph.D., presented the lecture, “We’ll Walk Hand in Hand: Protest Song and the Building of Community” on Tuesday at 5pm in McGuire Hall at Loyola University Maryland.
The theme of the address was communicating and Sanger examined the way in which songs can transcend time and unite the members of a community. Sanger believes that we “use communication to build communities.” Many of the songs that freedom singers sang are messages built on the concept of community.
Chosen Generation, Loyola’s gospel choir, opened the lecture with one of the most famous protest songs from the Civil Rights Movement, “We Shall Overcome”. Sanger used this song as a main example for showing how one song can have a worldwide impact.
The song “We Shall Overcome” originated from “I’ll Overcome Someday”, a folk hymn written by Reverend Tinley in the late 1800s. The song grew to become a political statement in the 1940s during the labor unions. During this time, the song shifted from singular to plural and eventually from will overcome to shall overcome. After the song’s message shifted to meet the needs of a wider audience, it became an anthem of the Civil Rights Movement.
Sanger concluded her speech by saying “right now, somebody somewhere in the world is singing “We Shall Overcome”.” At the end, Chosen Generation joined the audience in song to emphasize Sanger’s address and the power of one message.
This was the second lecture on the theme of “Communicating Injustice through Film and Music” hosted by Loyola’s department of communication. Co-sponsors include Education for Life, the office of student activities, the Center for Community Service and Justice, American studies, film studies, and African studies.
Chosen Generation Faculty singing along
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