For the fourth straight year, Student Activities Board (SAB) held Midnight Madness, an event featuring games and inter-class competition, in Angela Athletic Facility at Saint Mary’s on Thursday night.SAB president Erica Chiarello said Midnight Madness is an event focused on developing a sense of community with classmates through games and other fun activities. The four classes earn points toward their respective teams, and the winner is announced before SAB announces the year’s Tostal performer at the end of the night.Chiarello said Saint Mary’s brought back the event four years ago as a way to unite the four classes. Announcing the Tostal artist at the end of the night is important to get students excited about spring activities on campus, she said.Chiarello said Midnight Madness also included giveaways, including free parking passes for next year and Saint Mary’s gear. The giveaways have been key to increasing turnout, but the Tostal artist is also a big draw, she said.The artist for Tostal this year on April 24 will be singer-songwriter Bonnie McKee.Each year, students vote on an artist they want to bring to campus. That protocol continued this year, but, unfortunately, the budget did not allow SAB to bring the selected artist to campus, so SAB selected McKee, Chiarello said.“SAB’s decision to have Bonnie McKee as the Tostal artist was one that the SAB committee made with the whole student body in mind,” Chiarello said. “Even if you do not know who Bonnie McKee is, you will definitely leave Tostal remembering her name.“Bonnie McKee is an artist that has written music for very famous musicians many of whom students listen to [including] Katy Perry, Britney Spears and Rita Ora,“ Chiarello said.McKee wrote “California Gurls” and “Last Friday Night” for Katy Perry as well as “Hold it Against Me” for Britney Spears, Chiarello said.Chiarello said students from Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame and Holy Cross should get excited for this year’s Tostal performance because it will be packed with energy and fun.“Tostal is SAB’s biggest and last event of the year, and we will go out with a bang, Chiarello said.Chiarello said SAB succeeded in bringing students together during Midnight Madness as part of the leadup to Tostal.“We had a really great turnout, especially from the first year [students],” Chiarello said. “We were hesitant, but all four classes showed up and participated.”SAB committee member Emily James said it is important for Saint Mary’s students to go to Midnight Madness and interact with their classmates.“[Midnight Madness] is a fun way to promote school spirit and have fun with your Saint Mary’s sisters,” James said.James said the games included a snack toss, during which a student from each class put a shower cap covered in shaving cream on her head, and another student threw cheese puffs at her head, trying to get the most cheese puffs in the shaving cream. There was also a dancing contest to see who could do “the worm” the best, James said.SAB vice president Allie Gerths said she was happy with the turnout from all the classes.“We’ve been planning for [Midnight Madness] for a few months,” Gerths said. “It gets bigger and bigger every year.”
Chelsea have completed the signing of Mohamed Salah from Basle. “We lose an experienced top player like Juan, but we bring in a young player with great potential. “Willian did that transition from his previous world to the top world of football. Hopefully, if Salah comes, he can do the same. “We are ready to help, we are ready to support. “He has some experience in Europe, the Europa League, Champions League, so he’s not a naive boy arriving in the jungle. “Hopefully he comes and hopefully with the talented players we have around in the same positions we all can develop together.” Mourinho believes Salah is joining the right club to grow as a person and as a player after he was caught up in controversy during his time at Basle. During a two-legged Champions League qualifier between the Swiss side and Maccabi Tel Aviv last August, Salah refused to shake hands – instead changing his boots in one instance and bumping fists with his opponents in the other – while there were also comments attributed to him expressing an anti-Israeli sentiment. Salah insisted the comments were fictitious and his actions were a result of external pressures. Yet Mourinho has promised to nurture the 21-year-old at Chelsea, who are owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, who is Jewish. “It’s not a concern, because we know the club Chelsea is, I know the manager I am,” Mourinho said. “I know that Chelsea’s capable of helping people and making people feel the way we think people should feel, which is in football and in life be open and respectful to every ethnicity, to every religion. “People has the right to be what they are. Chelsea as a club, and me as a manager, we will be more than ready to help him.” Salah has signed a five-and-a-half-year contract and will wear the number 15 shirt for Chelsea. He said: “I’m very happy to sign for such a big club. I hope I can make the Chelsea supporters happy.” Press Association The Blues announced on Thursday night the signing of the 21-year-old Egyptian winger, subject to the agreement of personal terms and the signing of a medical. And, before Sunday’s FA Cup fourth-round tie with Stoke, the club confirmed the deal has been concluded. The deal is for a reported fee of £11million as Chelsea signed the forward ahead of Liverpool. Once it was clear Juan Mata was to join Manchester United, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho began looking for a replacement and Salah immediately came to mind. Salah has played against Chelsea four times in the last 12 months, scoring three times, including in Basle’s two Champions League Group E victories over Mourinho’s men earlier this season. Speaking on Friday, Mourinho spoke of his admiration for Salah, the potential of the player and said the Blues made their move quickly. “I like the fact that he can play the same way our attacking players do, which is players with adaptability, to play right, left, or behind the striker,” Mourinho said. “He’s young, he’s fast, he’s creative, he’s enthusiastic. When we analysed him he looks the kind of humble personality on the pitch, ready to work for the team and to work and to adapt himself to a new life. “We believe if he comes that he will have a similar process to the Willian one. Willian needed two or three months to grow up and to feel comfortable playing for us (following his August signing from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala). “We think with him and (Andre) Schurrle, (Eden) Hazard, Oscar and Willian we will be fine.