Diners at the Noble Family Dining Hall were treated to the song “MMMBop” by popular 1990s boy band Hanson during lunch hours Feb. 11 – all of the lunch hours. Junior Annie Kennedy, morale committee chair for Dance Marathon, was the driving force behind the Marathon’s new fundraising event, “Stop the Bop.” “We’re playing Hanson’s song ‘MMMBop’ on repeat until we meet our fundraising goal,” Kennedy said. “The premise of the fundraiser is that people will get so annoyed with the song that they will be willing to donate in order to turn off the song.” Senior Bridgid Hurley, morale committee member for the marathon, also worked toward the implementation of “Stop the Bop.” “Between this past ‘Stop the Bop’ and the next one, which is scheduled for the Monday before the marathon [which is schedule for March 23], we hope to collectively raise $500,” Hurley said. “Once we reach $500, the song will stop playing on repeat.” Kennedy said the Dance Marathon organizers wanted to try something new to garner the attention of the Saint Mary’s community members who had yet to donate to Dance Marathon. The first “Stop the Bop” kicked off Dance Marathon’s Riley Week, and Hurley said its proceeds will go toward Riley Hospital for Children. The event also contributes to the Dance Marathon’s Zero Zeroes effort, she said. “Zero Zeroes is a campaign to encourage all dancers to donate money so that no person at the marathon will have zero donations next to their name,” Hurley said. “‘Stop the Bop’ accepts any and all donations, so it really helps Zero Zeroes since people can donate loose change.” Kennedy hopes “Stop the Bop” brought more attention to Dance Marathon for students who were unsure of what the event is all about. “It is something different from what we’ve done in the past, so hopefully it will not only help Dance Marathon as an organization, but will prompt girls at [Saint Mary’s] to get more involved in [the marathon],” Kennedy said. Kennedy said the community definitely heard the message the Dance Marathon organizers were trying to convey by playing “MMMBop” on repeat. “People were tweeting and putting up Facebook posts about ‘Stop the Bop’ during the event, and even now some people still talk about it,” Kennedy said. “Students were commenting that it was annoying, and that was the point.” Hurley said diners were confused when they first entered the hall for lunch, but the confusion resulted in many questions regarding the marathon. She and other Dance Marathon members approached tables of girls to spread awareness, but Hurley said students sought out the organizers as well. “There were girls who were coming up to our table to learn about Dance Marathon and Riley Hospital, to ask what ‘Stop the Bop’ was and to help us with our goal,” she said. “The fact that it got so much attention was a great thing for Dance Marathon because we were able to spread awareness.” As Dance Marathon’s main event draws nearer, Kennedy, Hurley and the other committee members are looking forward to more people wanting to get involved in any way they can. “Ultimately we hope to raise awareness and get people excited about the marathon,” Hurley said. “‘Stop the Bop’ is a fun and creative way to raise awareness and raise money.”
August 15, 2003 Letters August 15, 2003 Regular News Year of the Child Congratulations to Miles McGrane on his becoming the new Florida Bar president. I have known Miles for over 10 years and consider him a good friend and mentor. I have no doubt that his unbounded energy and enthusiasm will serve this Bar and state very well, at a time that we continue to require strong and dedicated leadership.I am equally thrilled that Miles has chosen the “Year of the Child” as his term’s focus. As a school mentor and volunteer, I pledge to double my commitment to this crucial cause. I would also like to encourage fellow practitioners to take just a half-day or day a month to mentor, volunteer, or participate in the Great American Teach-in, which is in early November of each year. Trust me, you’ll get in return much more than you give.For assistance, please contact the Florida Law Related Education Association, which is funded in part by The Florida Bar Foundation. They have been invaluable to me in providing material and guidance for my school volunteering. I have even had the privilege of a visit by Florida Supreme Court Justice Fred Lewis, through this organization, to my kids’ school.Justice Lewis has a unique and spirited gift to share and the kids truly benefitted immensely.Congratulations, Miles — I look forward to your tenure and focus of your presidency.Jeffrey Wm. Pearson TampaJQC On page 20 of the July 15 News, there is an article about the impending award of the ABA Medal for 2003, the ABA’s highest honor, to my distinguished law school classmate, Sandy D’Alemberte.Sandy, an outstanding trial lawyer who has served with great distinction in the Florida Legislature, as president of the American Bar Association, and as president of Florida State University, deserved more than page 20. The news of the ABA Medal award is at least as newsworthy, if not more so, than the swearing in of Miles McGrane as the new Bar president, and far more important than anything else on the front page (or pages 2-19).I suggest that when the award is made in August at the ABA annual meeting, you should headline it on your front page with a photograph of Sandy receiving the medal.Charles J. Cheves Blairsville, GAPublic Confidence After reading the article headlined “TV advertising dilutes public confidence in the profession,” I can’t help but think that there is more to it than just poorly produced television commercials.Lawyers are attacked from every angle because we are a scapegoat for special interests such as the insurance lobby (medical malpractice, workers’ comp, no-fault, bad faith) big business (products liability), the American Medical Association, and anybody running for public office on a crime control ticket. The result is never-ending advertising by these special interests that slowly erodes the public confidence in our profession. This erosion has a snowball effect as public confidence goes down, it becomes much harder for our legislators to fight against the special interests.Who wants to return to their home office after yet another special session and have to explain to their constituents that they are not supporting those greedy lawyers; they are fighting hard for the rights of Florida’s citizens? It becomes easier and easier for legislators to take those contributions and join the bandwagon, i.e. , parroting “greedy lawyers, inflated jury verdicts, good doctors,” equals full campaign coffers and re-election.The article goes on to say that “[T]wo thirds of the polled lawyers. . . rate The Florida Bar as either an excellent or good advocate for the legal profession.” Why doesn’t The Florida Bar use television as our advocate? Why not produce public service announcements with various clients telling how badly a product injured them or how their insurance company low-balled them and how much the lawyer they hired helped them? Every plaintiffs’ lawyer in Florida has several clients that are overwhelmingly indebted to the service they received and cannot believe how poorly they were treated by their insurance company, employer, etc.I honestly believe that the real tragedy is not the loss of public confidence as a result of the ceaseless special interest attacks, but that we have horrible stories to tell about those special interests and we are not doing it in a public forum. I will gladly pay higher dues if The Florida Bar will take a more proactive approach to rehabilitating our profession’s public image.Lorca Divale NaplesCitizen Smith A recent letter to the editor strongly chastised the Judicial Qualifications Commission and described them as “.. . good old boys who have run our Bar and its appendages into the ground since day one of integration.”I had the privilege and pleasure of serving on the JQC for six years.I can personally attest to the fact that the JQC is anything but “good old boys” who “protect their brethren while throwing the books at anyone who dares to question or to look cross-eyed at them and their labyrinth of knuckle headed excuses for conduct unbecoming officers of the courts of this state.”It is my experience, and was during the entire six years I served on that commission, that the members of that commission, to a person, have only one agenda and that is to preserve the integrity of Florida’s judiciary and the quality of same.As in the dispensation of justice everywhere, it must be tempered with common sense, compassion and, in many areas, rehabilitation.Sometimes, good judges make mistakes. Those mistakes do not, in every instance, warrant removal from the bench. Sometimes, an intervention by a mental health care provider, a substance abuse counselor, or a fellow judge as a mentor really does the trick. In those instances, you have not only salvaged a good judge, but you have in reality, salvaged a life.The responsibilities attendant to a commissioner on the JQC are heavy. The consequences of the decisions of the JQC are far reaching and, in some instances, could be life altering.The commissioners on your JQC approach their duties in a thoughtful, deliberative, and compassionate manner. Although one may not always agree with their conclusions, there should be no disagreement with regard to their commitment, their compassion, or their impartiality.Dale R. Sanders Ft. LauderdaleSandy D’Alemberte I never worked with Chesterfield Smith and fortunately I never tangled with him in court, so he never actually put a dime in my pocket. But I am richer for all that he did for my profession and for the people of our state. He exemplied the phrase “pro bono”—doing good for others.We are blessed to have had him among us because of all the good that he did. In thanksgiving for his life and in recognition of the legacy he left behind, we should each perform an extra act of service for the good of others — Chesterfield would like that.Layton Mank Miami
Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has warned the Blues’ title rivals that summer signing Pedro is hungry to cap his maiden Premier League season with silverware.The winger – one of five Spaniards in the Blues’ first team – was named man-of-the-match in Sunday’s 3-2 win over West Brom just days after arriving at the club from Barcelona for a reported £21milllion.Pedro marked his debut with a goal as well as an assist, as he set up international team-mate Diego Costa for his goal against the Baggies.And Azpilicueta, who scored Chelsea’s third and winning goal at the Hawthorns, believes there is even more to come from his fellow countryman.He said: “He has trained for one week, he played his first game, he is discovering the Premier League and I’m sure he will get better.“I know him very well and he fits into the team very well. I know his ambition, he is hungry to help the team, win trophies and I know the way he started the first game is amazing.“I know from the national team he is a top player. He played for Barcelona for so many years and he fits into our team and the Premier League.” Chelsea winger Pedro celebrates with his fellow Spaniards 1
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. alexander zverevATP Tourdominic thiemGrigor Dimitrov First Published: October 31, 2019, 10:37 PM IST Paris: World number one Novak Djokovic had to dig deep in the opening set as he reached the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters with a 7-6(7), 6-1 win against Britain’s Kyle Edmund on Thursday.The 16-times Grand Slam champion, who has been slightly ill lately, was kept on his toes before racing to victory to set up a meeting with seventh seed Stefanos Tsitsipas after the Greek beat Australian Alex De Minaur 6-3, 6-4. Serbian Djokovic bagged the first set on his seventh opportunity and he did not look back after breaking for 2-1 in the second with a booming forehand winner.The 5️⃣0️⃣ Club is getting bigger! @DjokerNole beats Kyle Edmund 7-6(7), 6-1 to record his 50th win of 2019 Tsitsipas awaits…. : @TennisTV | @RolexPMasters pic.twitter.com/jE49nDCfvn— ATP Tour (@atptour) October 31, 2019 Fifth seed Dominic Thiem was knocked out in the third round when he lost 6-3, 6-2 to Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov who will play his first quarter-final at a Masters event since Canada 2018.Dimitrov, who had been struggling since reaching the semi-finals at the US Open, played brilliantly throughout, taking advantage of Thiem’s fading condition after the Austrian won the title in Vienna last Sunday.Dimitrov next takes on Chile’s Cristian Garin, who beat local favorite Jeremy Chardy in three sets.Great players. Greater mates. @GrigorDimitrov | @ThiemDomi : @TennisTV | @RolexPMasters pic.twitter.com/6lTN2bu5VY— ATP Tour (@atptour) October 31, 2019 Later on Thursday, world number two Rafael Nadal, looking to lift the trophy at Bercy for the first time, takes on old foe Stan Wawrinka.The Swiss, along with Frenchman Gael Monfils, De Minaur and Italian Matteo Berrettini, is vying for the remaining spot for the season-ending ATP Tour finals.