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Coccia, Joyce share vision for next year

Coccia, Joyce share vision for next year

first_imgOne day after finding out they would be Notre Dame’s 2013-14 student body president and vice president, juniors Alex Coccia and Nancy Joyce said they are ready to hit the ground running. “[We’re] still very excited and humbled to have won but also very aware of the fact that day one is tomorrow for me,” Joyce, who will begin sitting in on Student Senate meetings tomorrow, said. “I think that’s really where the work starts.” In the weeks leading up to the April 1 student government turnover, Coccia said he will focus on obtaining as much input from students as possible. “It’s going to be a lot of talking with as many people as possible,” he said. “We got a really good sense of what students are interested in just by going door to door, but I think having more in-depth conversations with people should be [helpful].”‘ A primary method for facilitating this continuing dialogue will be instituting the town forum outlined in the Coccia-Joyce platform, Coccia said. “One of the biggest things in our platform is the town hall idea, which is something – if we want to get done – we need to get going on now,” he said. “So we’ll be in talks with Student Affairs about that to see logistically what can be done.” Coccia said the impressive voter turnout in this year’s elections added to his confidence in the student body’s willingness to contribute ideas. “In both the primary and the runoff [elections], you had over 4,000 students vote,” he said. “That within itself is impressive, the level of student engagement. … Last night [student body presidential candidate Dominic Romeo] and I talked about how special that was, for students to be engaged like that.” He said he will look to Romeo and other candidates for feedback moving forward. “We’ll be reaching out to the other candidates shortly to talk with them and see what kind of ideas they definitely want to have incorporated in student government next year,” Coccia said. In the weeks remaining before turnover, Coccia said he and Joyce will use a thorough application process to assemble a qualified support team. “One thing we had in our platform is opening up [appointed positions] as an application process for whoever wants to be involved in student government,” he said. “I think it will be a comprehensive and intensive process for positions because we definitely want to make sure … that we’re getting people based not only on their interests and passion but on their ability to get stuff done that students care about.” Part of the pair’s promotion of a rigorous application progress is a result of their experience running for office against five other tickets. “We’ve learned from this election that competition is a really good thing,” Coccia said. “It brings out the best in any system.” While they will be looking to add some fresh faces to student government, Joyce said the pair will seek to retain some of the talent and ideas from the previous administration. “We are going to open that application process up, and yes, we want it to be competitive,” she said. “But at the same time we do want to have some sense of continuity in certain aspects, and that’s something we’ll hope to do as we make the transition.” Leading up to and continuing through the summer months, Coccia said he will keep close tabs on diversity-related efforts on campus. “We definitely want to begin conversations with people involved in the Call to Action rollout, just making sure we can back that as much as possible,” he said. “I’m currently looking with [outgoing student body president Brett Rocheleau] to find a home for [the GLBTQ organization] in the Student Union Constitution and also funding, which I think is going to be the biggest creative challenge.” Regardless of the challenges the new administration will face in the coming year, Joyce said she is eager to tackle them right away. “We’re ready to work,” she said. Contact John Cameron at [email protected]last_img read more

Ellsworth basketball teams sweep Orono to cap 5-game home stands

Ellsworth basketball teams sweep Orono to cap 5-game home stands

first_img Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Latest Posts Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020center_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Bio ELLSWORTH — As the Ellsworth boys’ basketball team dribbled the final seconds of 2018 off the clock, a chant from the Ellsworth student section said it all.Leading by 10 points in the dying moments of Monday’s encounter against Orono, the home team and its fans were in a celebratory mood as it closed out the second game of a doubleheader against the Red Riots. Clinching the second of two wins, shouts of “This is our House!” echoed throughout Katsiaficas Gymnasium.“We want to protect our home floor,” senior Devin Grindle said. “Nobody is going to come in here and have an easy time against us.”As the visitors learned firsthand, the Eagles’ defense of their home floor is something they do quite well. With a new calendar year now upon them, both the boys’ and girls’ squads are positioned as Class B North contenders following their home success in the old.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Ellsworth boys’ and girls’ basketball teams came back from early deficits Monday to earn New Year’s Eve victories over visiting Orono at Ellsworth High School. The girls’ team’s 51-45 win and boys’ team’s 46-36 triumph capped off strong home stands for both Ellsworth teams, which are now a combined 9-1 since Dec. 14.Ellsworth’s Sara Shea possesses the ball as Orono’s Alyssa LaBelle defends during the second half of a high school girls’ basketball game Dec. 31 at Ellsworth High School. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLIn the opening game, the Ellsworth girls fell into a 6-0 hole to the visiting Red Riots before a Trinity Montigny 3-pointer put the Eagles on the board. Yet Orono (2-5) would continue to make matters difficult for Ellsworth, which trailed by as many as nine points as it dealt with early foul trouble and struggled against the size of Riots forward Ellie Sockabasin.Orono could not extend its lead, though, and the Eagles (6-1) fought their way back to cut their deficit to 25-24 at halftime. Ellsworth then took its first lead when it went ahead 29-27 with 5 minutes, 33 seconds left in the second half, and the team maintained its advantage for good with key baskets from Samantha Carter and Sara Shea in the third quarter and an eight-point effort from Montigny in the fourth.Montigny and Carter led Ellsworth in scoring with 18 and 13 points, respectively. The Eagles also got a strong defensive effort from their tallest player, forward Autumn Paul, who secured six rebounds after coming off the bench to guard Sockabasin in the post.“The thing about our depth is that any one of our players can be the first one off the bench or the fifth based on what we need in any situation,” Ellsworth head coach Andy Pooler said. “Against bigger teams like Orono today and Caribou, [Autumn] takes a lot of pressure off the other players with her rebounding and defense because of her size.”The win was the fifth in a row for the Eagles, who had earned home victories against Belfast, Presque Isle and Caribou in previous games over the school’s winter break after a blowout win against George Stevens Academy on Dec. 15. Beating Presque Isle was a particularly important achievement for an Ellsworth girls’ team that had not beaten the Wildcats in Pooler’s eight-year tenure as head coach.“That was a long time coming,” Pooler said. “For a program like ours that’s been building something for all these years, it was a good feeling to beat a top-level program like that and go to the locker room afterward and say, ‘Finally.’”In the boys’ game, junior Jackson Curtis scored the first 13 points for Ellsworth in an opening half that was riddled by turnovers. With the two teams exchanging leads throughout a tight contest, the Eagles (5-2) held a 21-20 edge through the first 16 minutes.Ellsworth’s Jackson Curtis drives to the basket during the second half of a high school boys’ basketball game against Orono on Dec. 31 at Ellsworth High School. Curtis scored a game-high 26 points for the Eagles, who avenged their season-opening loss to the Red Riots with a 46-36 victory. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLAfter a neck-and-neck third quarter, Ellsworth went up five points to start the fourth with a Connor Crawford basket before stretching it to 38-28 with a Curtis 3-pointer and Devin Grindle layup. Although the Red Riots (4-3) cut the Eagles’ advantage to four points in the final two minutes, the home team responded with another run of its own to avenge its season-opening loss in Orono.Curtis finished with 26 points for Ellsworth, which also received eight from Grindle. Grindle’s defense against Orono’s Connor Robertson, the Big East Conference’s fourth-leading scorer at nearly 20 points per game, was also a significant factor in the victory.“Devin did a terrific job guarding him, and then Norman came in off the bench and did a good job as well,” Ellsworth head coach Peter Austin said of his players’ defense against Robertson, who scored just 13 points. “He [Robertson] is just one of those players who can go off at any time, and we needed to be on top of him every time he was on the floor.”The win catapulted Ellsworth to fourth place in the Class B North standings. The Eagles are currently positioned behind Hermon, Mount Desert Island and Caribou, the latter of which beat the Eagles 70-56 on Friday to hand them their only home loss of the campaign.“We knew the winner of this game would go top four, and that was just extra motivation for us,” Grindle said. “I think we were also motivated to come back from the Caribou game and show we could play better defense.”The Ellsworth boys’ next game will be on the road against Hermon at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5. The Eagles will then travel to Washington Academy and MDI at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, and next Thursday, Jan. 10, before closing out their road stretch against Belfast at 2:30 p.m. next Saturday, Jan. 12.“We’re going to have to play really, really well to get some more wins,” Austin said. “This is getting into the meat of the schedule, and all of the games are on the road.”The girls’ team will go for its sixth straight win when it plays on the road against Washington Academy at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3. The Eagles will face Hermon at 1 p.m. Saturday and MDI at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, before taking on Belfast at 1 p.m. Jan. 12.last_img read more