Johnson said new closed circuit cameras were added to the Angela parking lot. These cameras were requested by students several years ago to create a safer environment in the parking facility. Regina Hall was the recipient of some new furniture. The College also repaired several sidewalks after requests from students last spring. The College applied it, Johnson said. In addition to the cameras, card access was added to Angela Athletic Center. Johnson said several buildings were upgraded. The roofs of Moreau Hall and the Science Hall are being replaced, and other building renovations include a new air handling system installed in Holy Cross Hall to better circulate fresh air throughout the building. The radiators in Holy Cross Hall were removed as well, allowing new convection heating units to be installed in every room. “All the work benefits the students, whether it is providing a more comfortable learning or living environment, or providing a safer campus,” Johnson said. Johnson said Lake Marian was cleaned during the summer as well. Silt was removed from the lake and will be used as filler around campus. After several severe storms during June, seven trees were removed from campus and will be replaced, Johnson said. Karen Johnson, vice president for student affairs, said most of the work was done during the summer, though students may still see some continuing into the fall. Many of the changes were made to directly benefit students, while others benefited students more indirectly and were designed to add beauty to the College. “I absolutely think these things improve the campus,” Johnson said. “Any time you make upgrades and repairs you improve the campus environment.” Students returned to the Saint Mary’s campus to find some changes. Additionally, the College changed the landscaping in several different areas on campus. Johnson said this was to remove old or overgrown plants. The Nature Trail received new markers, and foliage around the trail was trimmed.
(REOPENS FGN 23) (REOPENS FGN 23) A winner of eight gold medals, the Indian mens hockey team qualified for the quarterfinals for the first time in 36 years but could not progress further as it once again squandered a lead to go down 1-3 to Belgium. Tennis continued to have its share of controversies when Leander Paes, an 18-time Grand Slam doubles winner making a record seventh appearance, turned up late for the mens doubles campaign with Rohan Bopanna. The duos lack of practice was evident when they made a first-round exit, and the womens doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Prarthana Thombare also followed suit. Later, it was the mixed doubles pair of Sania and Bopanna who lifted Indias medal hopes before losing to the Czech duo of Radek Stepanek and Lucie Hradecka in the bronze play-off. It was a flop show in archery as Deepika Kumari once again failed to live up to the hype and made some costly blunders as the much-fancied womens team made a quarterfinal exit losing to Russia in a shoot-off. The biggest disappointment was in shooting which had earned India two medals in London 2012, a historic individual gold by Abhinav Bindra in Beijing 2008, in their total count of four medals from the last three editions but they drew a blank in Rio. World No.3 Jitu Rai provided the biggest hope to open Indias medal tally in the 10m air pistol on the second day. He started off under pressure in the 10m air pistol event and qualified for the final at sixth only to be the first to be eliminated, with an eighth position. Next came his pet event of 50m pistol, an event in which he had won the World Cup gold in Bangkok this year, but Jitus hopes were blown away by the wind. Amid the gloom, Bindra, in his fifth and final Olympics, came closest to a medal but finished fourth after being edged out by 0.5 points in the shoot-off against eventual silver-medallist Serhiy Kulish of Ukraine. There was disappointment from another senior pro Gagan Narang, who competed in three events of 50m rifle 3P, 50m rifle prone and 10m air rifle,. But the London Olympics bronze medallist failed to make an impression in any of them. The likes of Heena Sidhu, Ayonika Paul, and Apurvi Chandela also failed to live up to the hype losing in the elimination stage. National Rifle Association of India president Raninder Singh admitted in making a tactical blunder by allowing personal coaches for the athletes. Just when the wait for a medal was becoming an intense pain and shame with four days left for the Olympics, a 23-year-old little-known wrestler from Rohtak fought like a tigress, even as others, including Yogeshwar Dutt, disappointed. MORE PTI TAP SSR PMadvertisement