Tuesday afternoon’s teatime at the Riedinger House offered Saint Mary’s College students an opportunity to see some of the school’s traditions brought to life. Director of Alumnae Relations Kara O’Leary said graduates of the school are crucial in keeping the College’s traditions alive. “The Alumnae Association works to keep alumnae connected to each other as well as the College,” she said. “It represents decades [of alumnae] and geographical locations of the alumnae population at large.” Tea in Riedinger House during Heritage Week began three years ago and has grown in popularity each year, O’Leary said. Along with the Student Government Association (SGA), she has had to schedule additional times for students to attend. There will be two more sessions held on Wednesday at 4 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. O’Leary said the strength of the school’s alumnae is considerable, noting Saint Mary’s College possesses the top women’s Catholic alumnae association in the nation. “Students realize their time here [at Saint Mary’s] is short, but they will be alumnae the rest of their lives,” O’Leary said. SGA chief of staff Emily Skirtich said the events of the week serve to evoke the history of the school. “The goal of Heritage Week is to remind veteran students and tell current students about the College and the rich traditions we celebrate here,” she said. Skitich said SGA chose Riedinger House because of the building’s rich historical tradition on campus. “It reminds students of what life here used to be like versus what it is now,” she said. “We are celebrating one of the storied places on campus.” Adaline Crowley Riedinger, Class of 1864, was responsible for donating the majority of the funds to construct the house. Riedinger was also the first alumna to send her daughter, Mary Adalaide Riedinger, Class of 1889, to Saint Mary’s College. O’Leary said the rich tradition of the house serves as a reminder of what it means to be an alumna of the College. “We open Riedinger House because it is the first mother-daughter legacy connection at Saint Mary’s,” O’Leary said. “One of best parts of the tea is educating our students on what being post-Saint Mary’s means.” Junior Madeline Meckes said she was initially unaware of the historical significance of the building, but appreciated the opportunity to learn more about the traditions of the College. “I learned a lot about the history of the house and the alumnae association. I thought it was really cool that it used to be used as a practice house for home economics majors,” Meckes said. Skirtich said students’ thirst to understand more about their school means Heritage Week gets stronger each year. “Each year SGA (Student Government Association) strives to highlight all the really important parts of the College and its history,” she said. “Each year keeps getting better and better. The students appreciate where we came from and all the College has to offer.”
Even though he was not selected in the 2017 National Basketball Association draft, former University of Wisconsin Men’s basketball player Nigel Hayes will get a chance his summer to play with the New York Knicks.The Knicks announced Friday afternoon that they signed Hayes, Vanderbilt University’s Luke Kornet and the University of Florida’s Canyon Barry to their summer practice team. While this is not a guarantee that any of the players will get an NBA contract at the end of August, they will be given partial guarantees for training camp selections come September.After going undrafted, Hayes to sign with New York KnicksAfter going undrafted, former University of Wisconsin men’s basketball forward Nigel Hayes has officially signed on with the New York Knicks. Read…Knicks are signing Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes to a training camp deal. https://t.co/rnp2fL5L6D— LegionHoops.com (@LegionWebsite) June 23, 2017Back in March, when the Badgers headed to New York for the East Regional Round of the NCAA March Madness tournament, Hayes admitted during a press conference that he was rather unimpressed with the Big Apple, calling it “too big,” “too dirty” and having “trash everywhere.”While the Ohio native might have to get used to the crowded streets of Manhattan, he admitted that this situation might just be something he has to get used to if he wants to continue playing basketball.“You’d have no choice [where you get drafted],’’ Hayes said. “It’s just something you’d have to live with it.”Hayes’s agent Kevin Bradburry admitted to the New York Post that this was just another one of Hayes’ attempts to make a crowd laugh. Bradburry said that Hayes is looking forward to playing in the Garden and getting a change to continue his career.I played Nigel Hayes in HORSE today…it went about as well as you’d expect for me…. pic.twitter.com/151mR8a0NF— Jordan Strack (@JordanStrack) June 21, 2017Hayes comes to the Knicks having played 37 games his senior season at UW, with an average of 32.4 minutes played per game. Hayes had a .457 FG percentage on the season, and a .314 from the 3-point line.Hayes will also be joined in the NBA by his fellow Wisconsin teammate Bronson Koenig, who has been selected by the Milwaukee Bucks. Their former teammate Zak Showalter has also been working out with the Bucks over the summer.Germantown native and former @BadgerMBB star @ZShowbball333 talking to media after workout with @Bucks today. pic.twitter.com/FDIVFek8Sk— Stephanie Sutton (@Steph__Sutton) June 19, 2017Along with Kornet, Hayes will be joined this summer by Frank Ntilikina, Daymean Dotson and Ognjen Jaramaz. The starting date for this year’s summer practice team has not been set yet by the Knicks.