For Saint Mary’s junior Lindsay Ellis, summer break will be an opportunity to explore the cultures of young female leaders from around the world. After receiving an email from the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) regarding new employment opportunities on campus, Ellis said she was intrigued by the chance to interact with international female leaders. “I am really excited to share my culture with other women leaders,” Ellis said. “With this opportunity, I will be able to find out how different I am from these other young women and how our cultures compare and contrast.” Ellis will participate in a study at Saint Mary’s that examines undergraduate women leaders from Burma, Egypt, Libya, Mongolia and TunisiaUnited States State Department’s Ellis. Ellis said the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs selected Saint Mary’s for a grant to conduct the study. Titled “Educating Tomorrow’s Global Women Leaders,” the institute will consist of four weeks of intensive studies of American women’s history, leadership and intercultural skills. This will be followed by a week of educational travel, culminating in a conference in Washington, D.C., Ellis said. “I am participating in the four weeks as a student mentor on campus, beginning on June 16 and ending on July 14,” she said. “I will be sharing a room with two international participants where we will participate in all of the activities. I will basically be an American host to the participants.” Hosted through CWIL, the institute helps participants to learn about the United States and to get to know their peers, Ellis said. “The program is designed through CWIL to include student mentors like myself so that the participants will have us as their American tour guides and mentors during their stay here,” Ellis said. Strong leadership skills and excellent intercultural competence were prerequisites for becoming student mentors, Ellis said. “I am a resident advisor in McCandless Hall, and women’s studies is one of my minors,” Ellis said. “This opportunity seemed to fit right in with what I like to do.” Ellis said she thought her experience as a Resident Advisor strengthened her application for the CWIL program. “We do diversity training and are involved with a lot of conflict resolution,” she said. “We also plan many events throughout the year, so all of that sort of molds us into people who fit the job description perfectly. I can’t wait to meet the other girls in my section, because I know we all bring something different to the table.” In addition to learning about other female leaders and their cultures, Ellis said she and other mentors will receive room and board as well as a stipend for their participation in the study. “I found the incentive in applying was that I’d be able to be back on campus for a few weeks and get to travel around while meeting new friends,” Ellis said. “The opportunity to travel to places like New York, Boston and Washington, D.C. all in one summer will be amazing.” The participants and their mentors will also make weekend trips from South Bend to Chicago, Ellis said. “This opportunity to travel and get to know women from other countries is going to be an experience I will never forget,” she said. “I am really looking forward to meeting all the participants and learning more than I ever imagined … I think because I love Saint Mary’s so much, I always want to share that love with new people, so this is the perfect opportunity for me.”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York In her long and somewhat bumpy career, Rosie O’Donnell was never afraid to wear her heart on her sleeve. After all, it was the Commack native’s vulnerability that made her early work so memorable to audiences and producers alike.Almost seven years after her last stint of televised standup, on the short-lived variety program Rosie Live, O’Donnell will be returning to her roots to bare it all in the HBO special Rosie O’Donnell: A Heartfelt Standup.The special revolves around issues O’Donnell dealings with every day life—motherhood, marriage and health. While the comic may be naturally funny, there is more of a tell-all tone to her routine than typical standup. O’Donnell referred to it as a “heart-to-heart” on her Instagram.The special may have trouble finding an audience besides her most loyal fans because of the loftier issues, some critics have said.“She hasn’t shaped the comedy well enough to prevent a lot of this from feeling more like a public-service announcement than a stand-up performance,” Variety reported.But, the trailer of the special reveals some hilarious moments. O’Donnell entertains the audience with anecdotes ranging from the lesbian dating scene to her son masturbating.In the final 20 minutes of the show, O’Donnell openly discussed her recent heart attack. O’Donnell admittedly used this time to promote life saving and preventive measures for women with heart problems. She even performed a rap dedicated to the symptoms of heart disease.“When the doctor said I was having a heart attack, I’m like, ‘Shouldn’t that feel like Mike Tyson punched me in the tit?’” O’Donnell recalled.The special airs just two days after O’Donnell’s final appearance on The View. Viewers celebrated her re-taking a platform that enabled her to speak her strong opinions.O’Donnell was originally on The View in 2006, but left the show after multiple on-air disputes and an infamous celebrity feud with Donald Trump. Despite getting along with new co-workers and patching things up with Barbara Walters, O’Donnell made the decision to leave on her own this time.“The truth is I had a heart attack two years ago,” she said in a YouTube video, addressing her fans. “And stress is very bad for a heart attack.”In addition to the stress of hosting one of America’s most watched day-time talk shows, O’Donnell is also going through a divorce to second wife, Michelle Rounds.Fans hoped she would provide an explanation on The View this week, she said. However, O’Donnell rejected the idea and her departure was not mentioned.She used the video as a more personal address to her fans. O’Donnell also used it as an opportunity to continue spreading awareness of heart attack symptoms.“Survivors: You should minimize your stress, maximize your exercise and control your diet,” O’Donnell said. “That’s what you need to do for a healthy heart.”This new turn for O’Donnell may just be the next step of her evolution as a performer and a person. She’s played many roles in her life including comic, Star Search contestant, movie star, talk show host and gay rights advocate. No one’s career is certain, but for now O’Donnell is putting her family and her health first.Rosie O’Donnell: A Heartfelt Standup premieres 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14 on HBO and HBOGO.com.
Tom Brady will make his 40th postseason start when the Patriots take on the Rams in Super Bowl 53. Judging by the numbers, the 41-year-old future Hall of Fame quarterback continues to get better with age. He likely will not disappoint on the big stage he first took in Super Bowl 36 against the then-St. Louis Rams.Brady’s accomplishments through this run of nine Super Bowl appearances are almost impossible to believe. Here is a look at 40 postseason-related facts about the New England QB heading into his latest opportunity to add a sixth championship. 38. Brady is 29 of 47 for 311 yards in the Patriots’ last drive in those eight Super Bowls.39. In the game-winning drives against the Rams, Panthers, Seahawks and Falcons, Brady was a combined 24 of 29 for 241 yards.40. In the comeback against the Falcons, Brady was 21 of 27 for 246 yards in the fourth quarter and overtime. SUPER BOWL 53 PICKS:Predictions from SN’s team of expertsBrady playoff records1. Against the Rams, Brady will appear in his 40th playoff game for the Patriots — more playoff game appearances than 18 of the 32 NFL franchises. That includes the Bears, who have played in 36 playoff games.2. Brady has won 29 NFL playoff games as a starter. Only five NFL franchises have won at least 30 postseason games. That list includes New England (36), Pittsburgh (36), Dallas (35), Green Bay (34) and San Francisco (30).3. Brady has passed for 73 touchdowns in the playoffs. Joe Montana is second with 45. The next closest active QB is Aaron Rodgers with 36.4. Brady is the only NFL QB with more than 10,000 passing yards in the postseason (10,917 yards). That would rank 29th among active QBs in career regular-season passing yards behind Nick Foles (11,165).5. Brady has thrown the most interceptions in the playoffs (33), but it’s still just 0.85 interceptions per game in the postseason.6. Brady has thrown one interception or fewer in 29 of 39 playoff games. That includes 19 games with no interceptions.7. Brady set a personal postseason best with six touchdown passes against Denver in a 45-10 win against the Broncos in the AFC divisional playoffs on Dec. 1, 2014.8. Brady has passed for 300 or more yards in the postseason 16 times, and New England is 12-4 in those games.9. Brady owns a 20-3 record at home in the postseason. Only 14 NFL franchises have 20 playoff victories or more.10. Brady averages 279.9 passing yards per game in the postseason. The only Super Bowl-winning QBs with more are Drew Brees (317.3) and Kurt Warner (304.0).MORE: Best QB performances in SB historyTouchdown, Brady11. Brady scored New England’s only touchdown on a six-yard run in the Tuck Rule Game, a 16-13 win against the Raiders on Jan. 19, 2002, for his first playoff victory.12. Brady threw his first playoff touchdown pass in Super Bowl 36 against St. Louis with an eight-yard pass to David Patten.13. Brady threw his latest playoff touchdown pass to Phillip Dorsett in the AFC championship game. Dorsett was nine when Brady led the Pats to their first Super Bowl victory. 23. Brady has led New England to 11 playoff victories in the last five seasons. Only seven other NFL QBs have 11 or more playoff victories in their careers.24. Brady has 16 more playoff wins than the next highest active QB. Roethlisberger ranks second among active QBs with 13.25. Brady has a .744 winning percentage in the postseason. That ranks first among QBs with at least 10 playoff wins. Terry Bradshaw, who was 14-5, ranks second with a .737 winning percentage.MORE: Brady among Super Bowl MVP whiffsBrady Super Bowl facts26. Against the Rams, Brady will start his ninth Super Bowl. John Elway is the only other QB in in NFL history with at least five Super Bowl starts.27. Brady can become the first QB to win six Super Bowls. Montana and Bradshaw each won four Super Bowls.28. Brady can become the first player to be on six Super Bowl-winning teams. Charles Haley played on five Super Bowl winners with the 49ers and Cowboys.29. Brady is the first player to play in nine Super Bowls.30. Brady is the only four-time Super Bowl MVP, with the latest being the comeback against the Falcons in Super Bowl 51. 14. Brady has thrown a touchdown pass to 28 different players in the playoffs. Rob Gronkowski (12) has the most, followed by David Givens (seven), Danny Amendola (six) and Julian Edelman (five).15. Brady has thrown as many touchdowns in the playoffs to Randy Moss as he has Nate Solder, James Develin, Alge Crumpler and Bethel Johnson. All of those have players have caught one touchdown pass from Brady.16. Brady is famous for involving running backs, but only eight of his playoff touchdowns have been caught out of the backfield. That list includes James White (three), Shane Vereen (two), Kevin Faulk (one), Dion Lewis (one) and Danny Woodhead (one).MORE: Ranking all 52 Super Bowl winnersAgeless Brady17. Brady, 41, can become the oldest QB to win the Super Bowl. Peyton Manning was 39 when he and the Broncos won Super Bowl 50, slightly older than Brady at 39 when he won Super Bowl 51.18. Brady is 4-1 in playoff games since turning 40.19. Brady also is the second youngest QB to win a Super Bowl. He was 24 when the Patriots beat the Rams in Super Bowl 36. Ben Roethlisberger was 23 when the Steelers won Super Bowl 40 four years later.20. In those five playoff games since turning 40, Brady averages 364.6 passing yards per game with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions.21. In two playoff wins this season, Brady averages 345.5 passing yards per game and is completing 71.1 percent of his passes.22. Brady is 17 years and 72 days older than Rams QB Jared Goff, who is making his first Super Bowl appearance. 31. Brady has the career record for Super Bowl passing yards (2,576). He averages 322.0 passing yards per game with 18 touchdowns and five interceptions in the Super Bowl.32. Brady set the record for most passing yards in a Super Bowl with 505 in the Super Bowl 52 loss to the Eagles.33. Brady holds the Super Bowl record for consecutive completions in a Super Bowl with 16, which he set in Super Bowl 46 against the Giants.34. Brady has a 98.0 passer rating and 65.8 completion percentage in eight Super Bowl appearances.MORE: Ranking all 52 Super Bowl MVPsBrady in the clutch35. Brady led game-winning field goal drives against the Rams in Super Bowl 36 and Panthers in Super Bowl 38. He led the game-winning touchdown drives in Super Bowl 49 against the Seahawks and Super Bowl 51 against the Falcons.36. Brady is 82 of 127 (64.6 percent) for 879 yards in the fourth quarter of Super Bowls.37. Brady has six touchdowns and three interceptions in the fourth quarter or overtime of Super Bowls.