first_img Does it feel like twice the work? It really doesn’t. When we started this, I had no history with Beckett or Pinter—I’d never read any of them. That served me well, because people I talk to say, “Oh, Waiting for Godot, I remember reading that in college, I had no idea what was going on.” But I had no preconceived notion. And what’s great about these two plays is half of what you’re given is stuff that happens between the lines, in the pauses and non-verbal moments. Tell me about the Shuler Hensley Awards in Georgia—how cool is that to have an award named after you? Six years ago, the guys who created the awards said, “We want to start a Georgia version of the Gene Kelly Awards in Pennsylvania and the Tommy Tune Awards in Texas.” I agreed to help in any way I could. That’s when they said, “We’d like to call it the Shuler Awards.” But I wasn’t thinking, “Finally, I have an award named after me!” To me, it’s kind of crazy, but if it helps, it’s fine with me. I remember so vividly the magic of high school theater. That’s when I got hooked. To come back and see kids having these moments, it completely reenergizes you as a performer. Related Shows Are you more at home belting out an 11:00 number or doing a drama? Over the years, I’ve learned that singing is just an extension of acting, and well-crafted musicals understand that. It can become a really magical experience. To have an orchestra and all the people working together to create these scenes and these moments—there’s nothing like it. That’s why you have Hugh Jackman and these guys who have had a taste of musical theater coming back to it. There’s just no substitute. Shuler Hensley really knows how to stick out in a crowd—he stands six feet, three inches tall, and his booming voice and hearty laugh overpower a room. But despite being an amiable guy in real life, these larger-than-life attributes often get him cast as the bad guy: a Tony-winning turn as Jud Fry in Oklahoma! and Javert in Les Miserables on Broadway, and Jigger Craigin in the New York Philharmonic’s Carousel concert, just to name three. In No Man’s Land and Waiting For Godot, playing in repertory at the Cort Theatre, Hensley takes on two very different types of bad guys—in Godot, a pompous fat-cat, and in No Man’s Land, a mysterious bodyguard. Below, Hensley chats about getting a “shot of stage” with Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart, his acclaimed performance as an obese tutor in The Whale, being the namesake of the Shuler Hensley Awards and more. Shuler Hensley How did you manage to make Godot’s wealthy, egomaniac Pozzo such a funny (and even sometimes sympathetic) character? From day one, Sean was very specific about us wanting to experiment with accents, because there is no setting for this play. It’s just an abandoned road in the middle of nowhere. So you have the freedom to explore and use your characters in a way that’s very personal. I was born and raised in Georgia, and having this giant circus type character with a Southern accent really struck me. Beckett flows nicely with a Southern accent. It allowed me to connect with this character deeper than trying to mimic some other production of it. See Shuler Hensley in Waiting For Godot and No Man’s Land at the Cort Theatre. You’re immersed in Waiting for Godot and No Man’s Land—what is it like to alternate between the two plays? It’s challenging. At first, I was like, how is this gonna work? It starts with having trust in your fellow actors; they help immerse you in the play at hand. Like a song, once you get into that rhythm, everything starts coming back. It’s overwhelming to think about logically: “I’m gonna do these two giant pieces of theater in one day,” but it’s also wonderful. Ian calls it “the shot of stage,” when you get a B-12 shot or something—you feel overwhelmed until you get in front of the footlights, and then it’s quite exciting. Care to weigh in on the GOD-oh versus God-OH debate? I try my hardest to say GOD-oh, because that’s what they want. I find it fascinating, because it’s a typical example of what the play is about. What is the answer? What is the meaning? What’s the pronunciation? What’s going on? Just the fact that the title of the show is debatable makes me giggle. But I will say GOD-oh until the Brits leave and then if I do another production with Americans and they want God-OH, I’ll do God-OH. Guh-Dot, whatever you want. God-O.T. Go-daht! Are the Sirs as silly in real life as they are on Twitter? Oh yes, that’s exactly the way they come across in real life. Most of the comments I’ve had at the stage door are that they’re overwhelmed by Godot because they never realized how funny it was. Ian and Pat have such a humanity. They’ve worked together for 40 years; they’ve grown up together in this business. There’s a real love between them and you can feel it!center_img You had one of the most acclaimed performances of 2012 in The Whale. Looking back on it, what was that experience like? I love characters who are outsiders, and initially my agent said, “They want you to do a reading of this play, and it’s a guy who’s a 650-pound morbidly obese gay online tutor,” and I said, “I am doing it.” [Laughs.] As a character actor, you can’t ask for a more challenging, juicy role. We’re excited to see you in The Most Happy Fella at Encores! this spring. Is this a role you’ve always wanted to play? It is! My first summer job at a music festival up in Bay View, Michigan, was The Most Happy Fella—I played one of the chefs. It’s a beautifully written show, but it’s dealing with some pretty heavy issues for 1956. It’s a wonderful classic musical, just one hit after another, and a lot of times you don’t get the chance to hear the lushness of the music with the full orchestra. When you were in Oklahoma! with Hugh Jackman in London, did you have any idea he would go on to be one of the world’s biggest stars? The first time I saw him, he came into the rehearsal studio with no shoes on. I was like, who is this guy? He’s been a friend of mine since that first day, and he’s still the same guy. I went with him for his first audition for X-Men, for moral support. Talk about the randomness of becoming a star: He didn’t get the role! The guy who was originally supposed to do Wolverine was doing Mission Impossible II in Australia and they had a monsoon or something that delayed filming. Then they came back to Hugh. So, you just never know. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on March 30, 2014 No Man’s Land What was it like to rehearse with Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen? When you’re dealing with Sir Ian and Sir Pat, and you’re like, “Oh my god…” But once you get to know them, you see that what makes them so great is the fact that their energy and enthusiasm for theater has never waned. It’s like it’s the first play they’ve ever done! Star Files You play a more mysterious bad guy in No Man’s Land—are people at the stage door surprised to see how jovial you really are? Yes, they always are—I think it’s my size and my voice. I find it interesting to play characters that are preconceived as the villain and try to find parts of them that everyone can relate to. There’s nothing more unsettling than to come to the theater and say, “Oh god, here comes this big bad guy,” and then come out thinking, “I feel for him.” You realize that those people are in all of us.last_img read more

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first_img Related The Trek-Segafredo World Tour men’s and women’s teams chose the Rouleur Classic show in London for the official unveiling of their new kits for 2019. Trek-Segafredo’s technical cycling wear partner Santini developed both the women’s team as well as the men’s team kit.The presentation was attended by three Trek-Segafredo team members, German rider John Degenkolb and Dutchman Koen de Kort from the men’s squad, and British cyclist Lizzie Deignan from the women’s, all of whom were modelling the new Santini-designed and manufactured kits.“Dressing the teams and supporting the athletes both in training and in competition, listening to their needs and then creating technical kit designed around those needs has always been a priority for Santini,” said Monica Santini, CEO at Santini Cycling Wear. “We are proud that our partnership with the Trek-Segafredo team has now also been extended to supplying the kit for the new women’s squad.”Both men’s and women’s teams will be supplied with all the kit they need to tackle a year of international racing and an intensive training schedule. The cyclists will all be receiving full kits and accessories for ‘all the seasons and latitudes they will encounter’.Santini adds that it paid particular attention to the technical materials used for the winter kits… ‘The teams will receive a broad range of garments made using innovative fabrics and technologies to allow them train and compete efficiently and comfortably in even the chilliest of weather.’John Degenkolb said “You just got to love our new kits, I wouldn’t be able to choose between them. The retro style is truly amazing. They make me long for the new season to start. 2019, bring it on!”His Dutch team-mate Koen de Kort was equally enthusiastic about the new Trek-Segafredo kits, adding “I really like the new red race kit. The black bib-shorts are very stylish and I personally love the sleeves of the kit. I think it will stand out in the peloton and we might take best looking kit (again) this year!”British cyclist Lizzie Deignan said “I’m really excited about the new Trek-Segafredo kit from Santini and can’t wait to start wearing it for training and racing. Trek and Santini have done a great job designing something that is both functional and stylish. The team are excited about wearing it because it looks good and it is technically second to none so it will be brilliant for performance too.”Men’s team kitThe main kit that the men’s team will be using in competition focuses on the Trek-Segafredo colours of black and red. However, in light of the need to boost cyclist safety during training, the training kits will be made from fluorescent yellow to make the wearers more visible to other road users. Fluorescent yellow will also be used for the women’s team’s training kits.The aerodynamically-cut jersey is made mostly from ultralight yet ultra-tough Bodyfit fabric with perforated Rudy fabric used for the front, pockets, collar and sides to boost breathability.The coordinating shorts have a large area made from Impact, a Sitip fabric incorporating Dyneema fibres which are claimed to be 15 times stronger than steel for abrasion and tear resistance. The fabric, which was also used in the 2018 kit, is particularly popular with the team members who reportedly asked for it to be used again in 2019.Impact fabric was also chosen in the development of the road skinsuit that will be provided to all team riders.Women’s team kitColour-wise, the women’s team kit is in a mix of navy blue and lighter blues. Made from the same fabrics as the men’s version, it is specifically cut and tailored for the female body. The navy blue shorts incorporate the C3 Woman chamois which is ‘light and comfortable with guaranteed shock absorption.’All the Santini cycling wear supplied to the Trek-Segafredo is made entirely in Italy by the company’s staff and using materials sourced primarily in Italy. Trek-Segafredo replica team kits will be available online from the Santini site as well as in all Trek stores and selected cycling retailers worldwide.www.santinisms.ittreksegafredo.comlast_img read more

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first_imgExperiencing shared reality Whatever it is, you strike up a conversation and within minutes you’re exchanging recommendations, riffing off each other’s jokes and making up stories together. Before you’ve even found out what the other person does for a living or where they’re from, you’ve established a feeling of mutual connection. Your conversation partner just seems to get it – and get you. You’ve clicked. Most of us have experienced it at least once: you meet someone, and within minutes you know you are going to be friends – or more. Often, discovering shared opinions sparks the connection; you might find you both love the paintings of Paula Rego, or that you had exactly the same reaction to today’s headlines or that you both hate the music at this party. Many of our best conversations, whether with a new acquaintance or an old friend, are about the world around us rather than ourselves. They are also often the conversations that bring us closer to each other. Columbia University psychologist Maya Rossignac-Milon calls this “making sense of the world together”. And she thinks it is the secret of good relationships. Although we’re encouraged to look for people who meet our preferences, shared reality theory suggests we may not know what our preferences are until we meet the other person. Many online dating sites are designed around the principle that if you can gather enough data on an individual, you figure out a perfect match. If a new relationship is an act of mutual creativity, however, the right match may be very hard to predict. Along with her co-researcher E Tory Higgins, Rossignac-Milon developed a questionnaire that measures the extent to which couples experience shared reality. A researcher asks each partner to rate their agreement or disagreement with statements such as, “We frequently think of things at the exact same time” or “Through discussions we often arrive at a joint perspective”. Using this method, Rossignac-Milon has found evidence that people who experience more shared reality with their partner also feel more committed to each other. Indeed, on the days when couples experience more of this cognitive merging, they also feel emotionally closer. …center_img Rossignac-Milon’s research challenges the conventional wisdom about new relationships: that we are mostly attracted to people who are similar to us. According to Paul Eastwick, a professor of psychology at the University of California at Davis who studies close relationships, “What is especially fascinating about Dr Rossignac-Milon’s work on shared reality is that it serves as a reminder that similarity is often a thing that two people create or discover together in the moment. It wasn’t ‘there’ on paper before the interaction took place.” But why, exactly? The secret to what makes our conversations with some people so magnetic and telling, while others fade in passing, may be not just with whom we’re talking – but what we’re talking about. Rossignac-Milon cites the writer CS Lewis, who remarked that, “What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truth. They share it.” In a long-term relationship, she says that sense of shared reality can become like a single lens through which the partners filter the world around them; minds meet, synchronise and merge. In the field of relationship psychology, most research has focused, as you might expect, on how people feel about each other. What those studies often miss, says Rossignac-Milon, is the third partner in any relationship: shared reality. … Read the whole story: BBC More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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first_img Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Protect World from Sliding into Global Recession, Urges UN… Statement by the Chairman of the Caribbean Community… Jun 30, 2020 You may be interested in… Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Dr the Honourable Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis leads a delegation from the Community to meet with United Nations (UN) Secretary-General His Excellency Antonio Guterres on Monday morning to discuss the crisis in Venezuela. The meeting will take place at UN Headquarters, New York USA. Prime Minister Harris will be accompanied by the Honourable Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados, Dr the Honourable Keith Rowley, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, the Honourable Peter David, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Grenada and Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Secretary-General of CARICOM. The meeting is a follow-up to the decision of CARICOM Heads of Government at their Special Emergency Meeting on Thursday which discussed the on-going situation in Venezuela. The CARICOM Leaders agreed to request a meeting with the UN Secretary-General which he accepted. Tribute to Sir Everton Weekes: Climbing to the Top –… center_img Jul 2, 2020 Share this on WhatsApp Sep 30, 2020 Jul 10, 2020 CARICOM Heads Meet Friday – Handover of Chairmanship to… last_img read more

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first_imgNature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU), a Germany-based environment association, has launched a campaign for a cleaner cruise industry.“The ‘swimming hotels’ run by Carnival, Royal Caribbean, MSC and other shipping companies contribute massively to the air pollution that threatens our climate, our environment and our health,” NABU claims.According to the association’s cruise ship ranking 2015, presented on Thursday in Hamburg, even though the cruise ships of leading cruise lines are becoming cleaner, there are still too few ships integrating technology aimed at cutting emissions.The ranking examined the planned ship newbuilds until 2020 and was based on an analysis of recent developments on the European market with a focus on the environmental performance of ships. The key factors examined were the fuel used, the planned emission abatement techniques as well as other emission reducing measures.NABU representatives welcomed at the presentation of the ranking the willingness of some providers such as AIDA and Costa Cruises to get a handle on the massive emission problem of their ships following their announcement on construction of the industry’s first LNG-fueled cruise ships.On the other hand the association criticized big market players such as Royal Caribbean and MSC that installed scrubbers across their fleet and are still using heavy fuel oil (HFO) that should be abandoned across the shipping industry as it pollutes the air massively and can also cause huge environmental disasters.“Companies that still dread to invest in emission abatement techniques and better fuels today act completely negligently. It is unbelievable that a big part of the cruise industry makes good money at the expanse of environment, climate and human health but ducks away when it comes to taking over responsibility,“ says NABU CEO Leif Miller.Click to enlargeMalte Siegert, Head of Environmental Policy at NABU Hamburg commented: “The city of Hamburg decided, in order to somewhat handle the increasing air pollution from cruise ships especially near residential areas, to equip the cruise terminal in Altona with an onshore power supply (OPS) that cost several million Euros and to finance the infrastructure on land for an LNG barge at the cruise terminal Hafencity.”Siegert added that the ship owners now need to make use of the energy provided so the ships engines can be shut down during berthing time.“An OPS of course only makes sense if the energy comes from renewable sources. Still ships need to be equipped with SCR catalysts and diesel particulate filters in order to reduce diesel soot and PM the same way it is a standard for cars and trucks since many years. That is still needed because once the plug is pulled from the OPS a ship continues to emit health impairing emissions in the port and on the river Elbe.”NABU’s findings come in the wake of a recently unveiled study from the Helmholtz institute that showed the massive impact of ship emissions on deterioration of human health.Image: NABUlast_img read more

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first_imgWhen law firms first started to promote themselves online, their websites were little more than brochures: ‘This is who we are, this is where to find us and you can phone or email us for more information.’ Many firms have at least moved on to a more interactive experience for clients and potential clients, but for others the only advance has been to create an online form for an enquirer to complete by way of indicating their needs. I suggest that this does not really advance such firms’ offerings. Nonetheless, such an online presence does get you noticed by prospective clients searching for a local solicitor, or a solicitor with a particular expertise. So it should go without saying that, when an enquiry from such a search is received, the firm must respond quickly to capture the enquirer as a client. After all, yours may well not be the only firm to whom an enquiry has been submitted. Regular readers of my blog will be bracing themselves for a story about how law firms have failed to rise to this modest challenge, but on this occasion you can relax a little, because my anecdote is this time about accountancy firms. Don’t get too complacent though, because there may be a sting in this little tale. I recently had cause to seek the services of an accountant, so I did some research and narrowed down my choice to three firms. All of them had online forms and I duly submitted my queries to each of them. Only one produced an automated email response advising me that I would hear from them within one working day, and they duly contacted me within that time. The second took two days to respond, and even then only after I emailed them to ask whether I might hear from them. As for the third, well, I’m still waiting six days later. I suspect that, in the case of the firms that have been slow to respond, it was not a case of the person in receipt of the online form simply not being bothered. Or at least I hope so. It is more likely that they do not have a simple mechanism in place to ensure that all online expressions of interest are immediately routed to one or more persons tasked to respond immediately, with backup systems in place to deputise for absentees. This really isn’t rocket science and yet, in failing to have such systems in place, these firms have caused their reputations more damage than by not having a website in the first place. The sting in the tale? Do you know how your firm manages online enquiries? When I ask partners in firms with management responsibilities, often they don’t know…last_img read more

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first_imgSome 98% of new laws introduced by the government in 2009 were brought in as statutory instruments without full parliamentary debate, research has revealed today. Data from legal information provider Sweet & Maxwell showed that the number of laws introduced by the government during the last year rose by 16% to 2,492, up from 2,148 in the previous 12 months. This is the equivalent of almost 10 new laws per working day, and was the largest number of new laws introduced since 2001, the study said. Alina Lourie, director of Enterprise-Wide Solutions at Sweet & Maxwell, said: ‘Historically there does tend to be a spike in new legislation following an economic crisis. ‘There is pressure to introduce new laws both to deal with the fallout from the recession and to try to tackle the causes of the crisis.’ Examples of specific credit crunch related laws introduced in 2009 include: The Value Added Tax Regulations 2009; Northern Rock Transfer Order 2009; Northern Rock (Tax Consequences) Regulation 2009; Landsbanki Freezing (Revocation) Order 2009; and the Bradford & Bingley Compensation Scheme Order 2009.last_img read more

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first_imgThe debate about which legal services should be regulated and which should not is not new. Over the years, reserved activities have been added in an ad hoc fashion and the result has been: confusion for consumers; firms being set up to undertake activities that are entirely unregulated with no redress for their clients when something goes wrong; and a complex and expensive regulatory framework. Though well intentioned, the narrow debate on which activities should be reserved has not been helpful to the public whom we seek to protect. The public need is for clarity and simplicity, not for additional complication. It is our view that consumers should receive proper protection and right of redress for any legal service. We therefore believe that all legal services should be regulated, to provide better protection for consumers. In our detailed response to the Legal Services Board’s recent consultation on the scope of regulation we have called for a fundamental review of the regulation of legal services in England and Wales, setting out our vision for a system which can offer greater consumer protection through a single, coherent and readily understood regulatory framework. Our rationale is clear. We believe there are a number of fundamental problems with the current regulatory arrangements in England and Wales. In particular: Charles Plant is chair of the board of the Solicitors Regulation Authority We do not believe that a review of the current reserved legal activities, on an activity-by-activity basis, will address the significant problems that the current system exacerbates. To use the analogy of a patchwork quilt, over the years patches have been added in an unplanned way, leaving holes where the interests of consumers have been allowed to fall through the net. A regulatory gap exists whereby consumers are only protected if they choose a regulated lawyer to carry out activities such as will-writing. Regulation and redress for those purchasing will-writing services only exists where those supplying the services are (like solicitors) regulated for other purposes. Often consumers, when purchasing a legal service from an unregulated individual, have no idea they are not protected. Consumer research commissioned by the SRA demonstrated this point, with the public having little understanding of which legal services are currently regulated and which can be offered on a completely unregulated basis, such as will-writing. This current system compromises consumer protection and overall confidence in the legal services market. The SRA supports the role that competition plays in benefiting consumers. Competition, however, is unlikely ever to be the sole answer to ensuring that the legal services market operates fully in the public interest. The Legal Services Act 2007 brought about some significant improvements to regulation, particularly the liberalisation of the market, ensuing independent regulation and providing a single body (the Legal Ombudsman) to consider consumer complaints about the provision of regulated services. However, it has not simplified the structure of regulation. It is our firm view that all legal services should be regulated, in the public interest and in the interests of consumers. We do not favour an approach, suggested by the Legal Services Board, which results in extending the list of regulated activities on a case-by-case basis, with numerous regulators each responsible for a narrow range of activities linked to a title (such as solicitor, barrister or legal executive). This will only lead to further confusion and complexity. We hope that our response will encourage a new debate on the scope of regulation of legal services. We do accept that in the short term there is a case for the extension of reserved legal activities to include specific activities such as will-writing, while a wider review is undertaken. The full copy of our response to the LSB’s consultation, Enhancing consumer protection, reducing regulatory restrictions, can be found at the SRA consultations page. A lack of clarity for consumers about which legal services are regulated and which are not; A lack of consistent consumer protection and redress; A lack of focus on quality, standards and ethical behaviour across all legal services; and Increased regulatory cost in the system (which is ultimately borne by consumers) as a result of the large number of regulators with different regulatory remits, and the level of resource required to manage the interactions between them.last_img read more

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first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInStaff, patients and visitors can now use their phones to make calls and connect to data services using EE and soon to be VODAFONE providers.Of the possible four Major Network Operators (MNOs), only Vodafone and EE have contracted with NHS Dumfries and Galloway.Graham Gault, General Manager ICT, says: “We have been working with suppliers for many months before the opening of the New Hospital and have now overcome all major obstacles (legal and technical) to get these services available.“We are pleased to announce that the signals from EE are now live and expecting VODAFONE to be live this week (11th June) offering 2G/3G voice and 4G Data services throughout the hospital.“The design is for both VODAFONE and EE: 2G, 3G and 4G services to be fully available across the new hospital.“Patients will be able to use their personal phones for contacting relatives including in the bedrooms and across the wider hospital and staff will also be able to be contacted by family etc as required on their personal devices.“This development is complemented by the already available Free of Charge Public Wi-Fi environment, which has recently gone through a major upgrade to improve performance.“Patients will have a choice to either use Public Wi-Fi with some corporate restrictions (streaming movies etc) for data applications/services, or directly access the internet via 3G and 4G services unrestricted as per their supplier terms and conditions.“This is a major achievement by NHS Dumfries & Galloway supporting patients and staff which we are pleased has been delivered despite significant challenges.”last_img read more

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first_img Meghan Toney hit .500 (5-for-10) and stole three more bases in the season’s first GSC series. Through 12 games, she leads the league in hitting (.615) and on-base percentage (.643), and she ranks in the top five in hits (24) and stolen bases (8). In addition to her efforts with the bat, Toney moved into the UWF record books by being hit by a pitch for the 10th time in her career at the Gulf Coast Invitational. That ranks her 10th in program history in times hit by pitch. ***FULL PDF NOTES*** Sass, Man Who is Valdosta State? It was a clean sweep over the Lady Blazers in the regular season for UWF last year, winning 5-0, 3-2, and 4-3 at the UWF Softball Complex. Valdosta State got the better of West Florida twice in the GSC Tournament before falling 19-9 in a five-inning loss to eventual national champions North Alabama, but UWF extended revenge on VSU in the NCAA Tournament with a 6-2 win to end the Blazers season in Valdosta. West Florida was firing on all cylinders against Valdosta State last year, with a .311 team batting average in six games. Meghan Toney and Caitlin Steel led the way offensively, with Toney’s .474 average, 9 hits and 8 RBI leading the team. The pitching put together a 2.21 ERA, with Becca Taylor posting a 2.04 ERA in 24 innings. West Florida got off to a bit of a slow start in GSC play last weekend, going 1-2 against Mississippi College. The Argos will have a great opportunity to make up for that over the next three weekends, however, with series against No. 6 Valdosta State, No. 24 North Alabama and No. 19 UAH. 2016 marked UWF’s highest winning percentage in conference play (.697) since 2006, when the team went 22-9 (.710). The Argonauts have historically been one of the strongest teams in the conference, holding the third-most wins in GSC history (383) and the fourth-best winning percentage (.668) in conference play, out of 21 current and former member institutions. Kathleen Smiley tore up GSC pitching as a freshman last season. The Pensacola native led the team in batting (.367), OBP (.451), slugging (.561), home runs (4), RBI (32), and total bases (55), while totaling 14 walks and just 8 strikeouts. She homered in Saturday’s conference opener and is slugging .667 in conference play through three games. Valdosta State University has a bit of interesting history behind it, dating back to its inception in 1913. It began as South Georgia State Normal College, a two-year school that was an option for female students, because the University of Georgia permitted only men at that time. SGSNC started as a two-year teaching college, and became a four-year school in 1922, taking the name Georgia State Women’s College. The school began admitting men in 1950 and became Valdosta State College, and it finally became Valdosta State University in 1993. State senator William Stanley West was instrumental in starting the university. On the diamond, VSU won the 2012 NCAA DII Softball Championship, with a 4-1 win over UC San Diego. That team featured 2012 GSC Player and Freshman of the Year Courtney Albritton, as well as Samantha Posey, sister of San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey. VSU jumped to No. 6 in the national rankings this week, after starting conference play with a sweep over Christian Brothers, in which the Lady Blazers averaged 14 runs per game, and splitting with Florida Tech on Wednesday. Offense has been the major highlight for VSU, as the team leads the GSC in virtually every offensive category. The pitching has been a bit of a different story since VSU lost two-time GSC Pitcher of the Year Caitlyn Calhoun, who graduated at the end of last season. VSU ranks seventh in the GSC in ERA (3.40) and eighth in opponent batting average (.294). Jessica Mohl and Chelsea Canara are each hitting better than .500 on the year, so those will be two Blazers to watch out for. Mohl is the reigning GSC Player of the Week and Canara was a first-team selection last year. Through three weeks of action, UWF is near the top of the conference standings in hitting (.374, 2nd), on-base percentage (.422, 2nd), slugging (.507, 2nd) and strikeout percentage (9%, 4th). We Played VSU a Lot Last Yearcenter_img Rhiannon Sassman has picked up right where she left off in last season’s freshman campaign that saw her bring home first team NFCA All-American honors. She leads UWF with 15 runs scored, 2 triples, 31 total bases and a .721 slugging percentage through the first 12 games of the year, and her .442 average is the second highest on the team. She has at least one hit in each of her last five games and has reached base in every game this season, with seven multi-hit games on the year. Sassman went 5-11 against Mississippi College last weekend with a double, a triple and three runs scored. Conference Play Continues #ARGOS#Print Friendly Version PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida softball team will continue Gulf South Conference play this weekend with a series at No. 6 Valdosta State. UWF is 9-3 on the year with a 1-2 mark in conference action. Oh Dang, Meghan Toney Saturday’s doubleheader is scheduled for a 2 pm ET start, and the Sunday series finale will begin at 1 pm ET. All three games will be expected to have an audio broadcast and live stats, and links for each will be available on GoArgos.com. Some Valdosta State History Wow, We Are Good at Hittinglast_img read more

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