Positive Updates 3/29/21

LIZZY DERMODY
STAFF WRITER

Last weekend, the Loyola Ramblers beat the Illinois Fighting Illini 71-58 in the biggest upset of the tournament, all due to their biggest fan, and who the team considers their MVP, Sister Jean. Sister Jean, the 101 year old nun, made sure she had her vaccine and was able to attend the March Madness game, where she led the Loyola Ramblers in prayer and ultimately to victory. Social Media has gone crazy over Sister Jean’s pregame prayer which included a very analytical argument as to why the Ramblers deserved to win, highlighting their percentages of three-pointers and layups. Though the end result was a bracket buster for many, you got to hand it to Sister Jean for her unwavering support for the Ramblers!

Other upsets of last weekend include:
Oral Roberts vs Ohio State 75-72
ACU vs Texas 53-52
Oregon St vs Oklahoma St 80-70
Oregon vs Iowa 95-80

Let’s hear it for the underdogs!

Positive Updates 3/15/21

LIZZY DERMODY
PHOTOGRAPHER

This Wednesday celebrates the 390th St. Patrick’s Day, with the earliest known celebration being held on March 17, 1631 along with history dating the holiday back more than 1,500 years. As many already know, common symbols of this Irish holiday include the shamrock, the leprechaun, rainbows, pots of gold and, of course, the color green. Many of these symbols originated from Irish myths and religion. For example, the shamrock was a sacred plant that symbolized the arrival of spring, according to the Celts. But one symbol has an interesting and fun history, earning them their own holiday on March 13th – the leprechaun. Leprechauns are likely based on Celtic fairies, which are small bodied men and women who use magic for good and bad. Usually, these “fairies” were depicted as cranky old beings responsible for mending the shoes of the other fairies while using trickery to get the “pot of gold”. So remember to where green on Wednesday to show support for the “little guys”!

Positive Updates 3/2/21

LZZY DERMODY
STAFF WRITER

Last week, the frigid Texas weather, threatened not only the residents of South Padre but the sea turtles as well. Thousands of sea turtles were rescued by volunteers and Sea Turtle Inc., the South Padre Island Rehab center, who helped them warm and recuperate from cold shock. Thanks to the center, in partnership with other sea-life centers, over 2,000 of the sea turtles rescued have been released back into the Gulf of Mexico in what was a 24 hour process. Though the center is still working to rehabilitate and release the rest of the turtles, they are very optimistic each one will be back in the water very soon.

Positive Updates 2/15/21

LIZZY DERMODY
STAFF WRITER

This is a reminder that everything is temporary, and you are strong enough to persevere through the hard times. Though it is even more difficult now, take charge of your life and make the most of each and every day. Don’t sweat the small stuff but take note of the little things, remembering that but one second can change your life.

It only takes 14 muscles in your face to smile, as opposed to the 26 muscles it takes to frown – and it only takes a second to smile. Smiling, even when unhappy, has been proven to stimulate the brain to produce more dopamine, causing you to become happier. With everyone wearing masks, it may be a challenge, but a smile can be conveyed through the eyes or tone of voice as well. So let’s all find a spare second to share a smile – with a friend or even a stranger – and make our world a happier place.

“Use your smile to change the world; don’t let the world change your smile.”– Chinese Proverb

Positive Updates 2/1/21

LIZZY DERMODY
STAFF WRITER

Animals On the Comeback

Everyone knows the struggle of this past year, but some good may have come from it. As humans have been forced inside, this has made way for multiple species to thrive out in their natural habitats.

  • Almost all the koalas injured in the Australian bushfires have been released back into the wild after 10 months of care and rehabilitation.
  • The last 2 remaining Northern White Rhinos have high hopes for a baby with the help of scientists as their embryo has been found viable.

Stay tuned for more happy news in our next issue J

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