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Michael Berra blocked a shot as he helped St. Mary’s win over rival Bishop DuBourg High School. St. Mary’s swept the first two games in the three-game volleyball match on March 29.

The St. Mary's High School varsity volleyball team went cold after taking a big lead against Bishop DuBourg High School March 29. Michael Berra helped put the Dragons back on track, jumping high at the net and spiking the ball into the corner. Later, he used a soft touch to put the volleyball out of the reach of an opposing player, and St. Mary's won the game.

Climate summit considers ‘the new norm’

The Meramec River flooded Fenton and Valley Park in December, 2015. “These are no longer 500-year floods. These are the new norm,” said Jack Fishman, who is organizing the St. Louis Climate Summit at St. Louis University.

St. Louis had two 500-year floods — December of 2015 and April of 2017 — within 16 months. "These are no longer 500-year floods. These are the new norm," said Jack Fishman, the organizer of the St. Louis Climate Summit at St. Louis University later this month.

WINE encourages women to form a spiritual sisterhood in developing a relationship with Christ

Tina Coleman, from St. Gabriel the Archangel, and Sandy Hauser, from St. Justin Martyr Parish, prayed during The Gateway WINE (Women in the New Evangelization) Book Club April 4 at Pauline Books and Media. The group meets each week for spiritual discussions on the books they are reading.

On a Wednesday afternoon, about a dozen women spread out among several tables, embellished with purple tablecloths, bottles of wine and chocolate. The atmosphere was relaxed, almost retreat-like, as they discussed the lives of the saints and how to pray with them.

Fund helps SLU students ‘accompany’ Nicaraguans

Suzy Kickham visited with a 7-year-old friend she made while volunteering in a children’s program in a village in Nicaragua. Kickham, a St. Louis University student, said she appreciated the beauty and challenges she found in the Central American country thanks to a program in memory of a 1985 graduate of SLU, Mev Puleo.

Last summer, St. Louis University student Suzy Kickham volunteered on a project in Nicaragua in an impoverished rural community without paved roads or running water. Kickham doesn't speak much Spanish but connected with a 7-year-old child who made her comfortable and became a friend.

"She showed me how to accompany others. It's wild to think that someone that age can teach you something that profound," Kickham said.

State-of-the-art for history

Madeline McDermott, associate archivist for collection management at the Jesuit Archives, pulled an unsorted box from the archives on April 2. The Jesuit Archives and Research Center holds collections for researchers from around the world.

To say the new Jesuit Archives and Research Center has "room to grow" would be an understatement ... make that, a vast understatement.

Consider that its new headquarters is more than six times larger than its old space. The archives now have 32,000-square feet of climate-controlled storage space, whereas they used to be crammed into about 5,000-square feet at the provincial offices in the Central West End.

Also, its storage area has room enough for 51,000 letter-size boxes, whereas only 6,000 boxes are needed for the entire current collection of artifacts, documents and books.

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