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Former Saint Mary’s student dies in accident

first_imgThe death of former first year Madelyn Stephenson has weighed heavily on the Saint Mary’s community in recent weeks. Stephenson is remembered fondly by friends and faculty, and a memorial service for Stephenson will be held Friday at 4 p.m. in Regina Chapel.Stephenson, 19, died Friday, Jan. 3 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.According to The South Bend Tribune, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department said Stephenson was southbound on U.S. 31 near 7B Road in Plymouth, Ind., just after 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 3.  Stephenson’s Honda was struck on the driver’s side after turning into the path of a semi-tractor.The investigation is ongoing with assistance from the Indiana State Police, according to the Tribune. Alcohol was not a factor in the incident, the Tribune reported.Though Stephenson was planning to attend Indiana University in Bloomington this spring, she completed her fall semester at Saint Mary’s while living off campus in Granger, Ind., her hometown.Fellow first year and friend Elizabeth Renner said she especially enjoyed sitting next to Stephenson and listening to all the funny jokes she would utter beneath her breath in their Arabic course last fall.“Madelyn was shy, but once you got to know her, she was someone very special. She was bubbly and had great enthusiasm for the Arabic language,” Renner said.  “After moving seats towards the end of the semester, I was able to get to know her better.  She was so helpful whenever I did not catch a phrase or if I missed class. She was always ahead of the class and a very smart girl.  I wish the rest of the class had a chance to hear her hilarious jokes. She will be missed by our Arabic class so much.”Her teachers from the College remember her as a quiet but friendly student with a passion for the sciences and learning.Stephenson’s advisor and associate professor of biology Ryan Dombkowski said she was passionate about science and had plans to pursue a degree in environmental science.“Madelyn was a quiet and reserved young woman, yet full of enthusiasm about science, especially with regard to the environment,” Dombkowski said. “From the short time I knew her, she was quite pleasant to have in class. I am sure she brought a lot of joy and happiness to her family, and our thoughts and prayers are certainly with them during this difficult time.”Another of Stephenson’s professors, Professor Soraya Wirth, remembers her as passionate about her studies and medicine in Wirth’s Arabic course.“I found her to be very studious, to be a person with a very legitimate passion for learning … and to thoroughly enjoy the culture and traditions of Middle-Eastern countries.” Wirth said, “Madelyn shared with me and her classmates her dream of becoming a doctor, and she was very excited about it.”Wirth also said Stephenson stood out academically and respected by her classmates.“She was one of my best students and had not missed any Arabic class throughout the semester. Madelyn was highly respected and regarded by all of her classmates, and she was always in control over any adverse situation,” Wirth said. “I am so sad that her journey came to an end with this horrible accident … she was a truly enjoyable student.”Saint Mary’s President Carol Ann Mooney expressed her sympathy to the College’s community in a Jan. 7 email.“On behalf of the entire Saint Mary’s College community, I would like to express our heartfelt condolences to Madelyn’s family,” Mooney said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with them. Death is never easy, especially when it is a young person with so much life ahead of her.”Grief counseling is available to students through Saint Mary’s Women’s Health Center, Campus Ministry and Residence Life and Community Standards.Tags: Automobile Accident, Madelyn Stephenson, Memorial Service, president carol ann mooney, South Bend Tribunelast_img read more

Osaka vows to block out negatives after ‘toughest year’

first_img Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe7 Train Stations In The World You Wish To Stay At LongerCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Best Cars Of All TimeFascinating Ceilings From Different CountriesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-Flow5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks Loading… But she then exited Roland Garros in the third round and Wimbledon in the first round, and her defence of her US Open crown similarly fell flat.The Japanese roared back with titles in her native city of Osaka and then in Beijing in the autumn, and in December hired the Belgian Wim Fissette as her coach – her fourth in less than a year.The world number three, who faces Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic in her opener in Melbourne, said she was “in a better head space” compared to 12 months ago, and playing better tennis.“But honestly, last year was the toughest year of my life, so I would hope it gets better,” Osaka added.Pushed as to what she meant, she said: “I guess just before everything (success), if I lost, it wouldn’t be an (news) article.“Now if I lose, like, there’s news. It was tough adjusting to that.”Osaka described herself as “a bit more seasoned” compared to a year ago and hopes feeling more relaxed can bring success, starting with the defence of her Australian Open crown.“Last year I feel like I was young,” the Japanese said was a smile.“I was just this young kid that was going out. My goal was to win and I wasn’t going to let anything stop me.“I feel like now I appreciate more every single win because I know what it took to get it.“Of course I want to win every match and I want to go out there and do that.“That’s what I’m here for. I think maybe last year I was a little bit more fearless.” The 22-year-old began last year in spectacular fashion, winning in Melbourne for back-to-back Grand Slam titles and soaring to the top of the world rankings.center_img Read Also: Serena Williams, back in the wins, aims to end long Slam record questOsaka, who has been open about her struggles with the pressure that comes with success, says she is trying to ignore what is said and written about her.“I’ve been training my whole life for this (tennis),” she told reporters.“I shouldn’t let outside noise – no offence to you guys, love you guys – but outside noise dictate how I’m feeling.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Defending Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka said Saturday that 2019 was the “toughest year of my life” after the Japanese ploughed through several coaches and suffered a major dip in form.Advertisementlast_img read more