Saint Mary’s freshman Megan Steron is one of two million people in the United States living with celiac disease, a digestive disorder that damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. Her intolerance to gluten, a protein in wheat, rye and barley, makes eating on a college campus a challenge. “About two weeks into school, I was sitting in the dining hall by myself, trying to eat a measly salad since there was nothing else agreeable for me to eat that day,” Steron said. “After about five minutes, I knew I had to do something about it, not just for myself, but for all the girls at Saint Mary’s that want and need more options for their food sensitivities.” Steron decided to establish Dining Hall Divas, a club for Saint Mary’s students suffering from celiac disease, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome and food allergies. “This club is for those who share common [lists] of food that they can and cannot eat,” she said. Steron and the Divas will be working closely with the dining hall staff to ensure the needs of students with special dietary requirements are met consistently. They will also be communicating with the College’s food providers to ensure ingredient information is accurate and clear. Steron said she hopes to program tutorials for the dining hall staff focusing on basic food safety, covering topics such as changing gloves after working with allergy-triggering foods. In the long term, she hopes to also expand options available to those with restricted diets. “I really wanted to start this club up because I’m one of those girls who has a hard time finding something substantial enough to eat in the dining hall without having a bad reaction to it,” Steron said. The club has established a website to keep students informed on the group’s work and the progress of dietary accommodations at the College. “We have a website for the Dining Hall Divas, which is linked to the Saint Mary’s page, where any student, prospective or current, can see the strides we are making for a more gluten-free environment here,” she said. Steron said the club has met with dining hall staff three times and has already drawn out some possible improvements. Interested students can contact Steron at email@example.com.
0Shares0000Loris Karius had a night to forget as two costly errors ruined Liverpool’s hopes of a sixth European Cup triumph © AFP / Sergei SUPINSKYKIEV, Ukraine, May 27 – Devastated Jurgen Klopp admitted he was shell-shocked by Loris Karius’s costly mistakes in Liverpool’s 3-1 Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid on Saturday.Liverpool goalkeeper Karius played a huge role in his side’s misery in Kiev as he gifted Madrid two goals. The 24-year-old handed Karim Benzema the opening goal when he threw the ball against the France forward and it rebounded into the net.Then, with Liverpool hoping to snatch a late equaliser, Karius let Gareth Bale’s long-range effort slip through his grasp and into the net.Karius was in tears afer the final whistle, but tellingly not one of Liverpool’s shattered players went over to immediately console him.Only Madrid’s jubilant stars acknowledged the German’s angst before, still sobbing uncontrollably, he went toward Liverpool’s supporters to hold his hands up in an attempt to apologise for his blunders.While he wouldn’t publicly condemn Karius, Reds boss Klopp made it clear the difference in the match was the mistakes made by the man he signed from Mainz in 2016.“Yeah, what can I say? Loris knows it, everybody knows it. It’s a shame, in a game like this and after a season like this. I really feel for him, he is a fantastic boy,” Klopp said.“The first one…I don’t know. The second one came because of the first one.“It is really difficult to get rid of bad thoughts in your mind in a game like this.”Aside from Karius’s woeful display, the other crucial turning point was the first half injury suffered by Mohamed Salah.The Liverpool forward was forced off after suffering a suspected dislocated shoulder in a challenge with Real defender Sergio Ramos.Klopp admitted the loss of Liverpool’s 44-goal star was a huge blow to his team’s confidence.“The situation with Ramos and Mo was really bad a shock for the team. You could see that, Madrid immediately came up,” he said.Bale’s brilliant overhead kick had put Madrid 2-1 ahead as Klopp endured his sixth successive final defeat — a painful run that includes losing the 2013 Champions League final with Borussia Dortmund against Bayern Munich.“Finals are for winning, nothing else. We started well, exactly like we wanted,” Klopp said.“But the Bale bicycle kick was unbelievable. The boys did their best, but it was not the best script for us tonight.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)