College students to make trip to see Stacey Abrams at University of Illinois at Chicago

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL), gender and women’s studies, political science and Career Crossings departments are sponsoring a trip to the University of Illinois at Chicago Saturday to hear Stacey Abrams speak about her book, “Leading from the Outside.“Sophomore Grace Clucas said she decided to attend the event because of Abrams’ inspirational political career.“I am attending because women in power in our government really interest me. It is a dream to one day maybe find myself in a similar position within politics,” Clucas said. “But [Abrams] specifically is pretty cool, and since I am currently in this American South class where we are talking about the civil rights movement, an African-American women representative from Georgia, her accomplishments are definitely to be admired.”Abrams, who served for 11 years in the Georgia House of Representatives, was the first black woman to win the gubernatorial nomination for a major party in the United States and was the 2018 Democratic nominee for governor of Georgia. Clucas said Abrams’ success is a model for the professional careers of young women.“I think Belles should attend things like this because seeing women … in positions of power remind us our potential,” she said. “Most of us are probably attending college in order to better ourselves and seeing examples of women who did the work is always good to see.“[Abrams] in particular has her book about being on the outside, and while I have to acknowledge my privilege as a white individual, as women sometimes we have to work harder for what we want” Clucas added. “ … Ultimately that’s why SMC and being a Belle is so beneficial; because we are awarded opportunities like this where we are shown our potential is pretty much limitless.” Abrams’ book is a sort of how-to guide for women, people of color, people from the LGBTQ community and “other” future leaders. Clucas said those future leaders are fortunate to live in a time with so many opportunities available to them.“I think we are very lucky to be growing up in this time period honestly. For me, being a history and political science major, it is evident that what I aspire to accomplish in my life hasn’t always been possible or greeted with support. I mean my grandma needed a man’s signature to take out a loan like only 40 years ago,” Clucas said. “I think it is important to recognize our power as individuals. It is easy to be an observer in many aspects of our lives. Sometimes that is really scary to think about, but even here at SMC we are surrounded by many passionate, talented women who are ready to take on the world in a few short years.”The trip is scheduled for the evening of April 27 at the University of Illinois. Saint Mary’s will be providing a round-trip bus ride and a ticket to the event. Clucas said she was initially reluctant to make the trek to Chicago, but eventually realized how important the experience was to her personal growth.“I was reflecting on my week and reminding myself maybe I should just miss this trip due to the never-ending amounts of homework, yet I was reminded of the opportunity this truly offered,” she said. “For me, especially through SMC, having a community is almost essential and very beneficial and fun to have. The people you surround yourself with and learn from help shape who you are and if there is anything this world need mores of is collaborating, communicating and being open-minded, not being afraid to be wrong and trying to better oneself through our experiences.”Tags: Empowerment, Future Leaders, Leading from the Outside, Stacey Abrams, Women in Politicslast_img read more

Profile : Dan Tyminski

first_imgListen to the Dan Tyminski Band here.When Alison Krauss decided to take some time off from bluegrass and tour with rocker Robert Plant, Dan Tyminski was faced with some downtime. Instead of cooling his heels, Tyminski—best known as the voice of “Man of Constant Sorrow” from the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack—called on some old friends, including Union Station mate and bassist Barry Bales, Mountain Heart mandolin picker Adam Steffey, banjo stalwart Ron Stewart, and Blue Moon Rising’s Justin Moses, to cut a record and hit the road. Wheels, the Dan Tyminski Band’s June release, entered the Billboard Bluegrass charts at #1, and the band has been getting rave reviews for their live performances.———-BRO: How does a boy from Vermont get hooked on Appalachian music?DT: I had parents who were music enthusiasts. My parents went to a lot of fiddle contests and square dances, so any time there was live bluegrass or country music around, I got to go with them to hear it. And I spent a lot of my youth traveling from festival to festival throughout the summer. I made new friends and played music. I got to do that from the time I was six years old, and I still do it when I can now.BRO: You have been an integral member of Union Station for over a decade and now you are on the road leading your own band. How are those roles different?DT: The biggest difference is that off the stage there is a lot more responsibility with caring for band members, logistics, and making sure everyone goes to where they need to be. Once I take the stage, the roles are very similar. I want to make great music with the people I am on stage with.BRO: Compared to what you do with Union Station, are you flexing any different musical muscles with your band?DT: The stuff that this band does really focuses on the heart of what bluegrass is to us. We venture in more directions than Union Station, which has lot more pop flavor there and is not quite so centered in traditional bluegrass.BRO: Tell me about recording Wheels.DT: This record was born out of the opportunity to play with these guys. It wasn’t done with any particular theme in mind; we didn’t gather songs to express any certain views or opinions. The five of us just wanted to make music. With that in mind, we tried to find songs that suited us as a combination of players that were album worthy. If we are trying to say anything, it is that this is what we think bluegrass music is to us.BRO: I know that you are an avid golfer. What is more difficult—writing a classic bluegrass tune or sticking a five iron pin high?DT: That’s funny, because I’m at the golf course right now. I’ll be teeing off in about an hour. Both of those things are very difficult, but both are immensely rewarding as well.Catch the Dan Tyminski Band at the Three Sisters Music Festival in Chattanooga, Tenn., on October 4 and at the Richmond Folk Festival in Richmond, Va., on October 10-11.Listen to the Dan Tyminski Band here.last_img read more

Balotelli not surprised by Mancini exit

first_img Press Association Balotelli, who was signed by Mancini for City before being sold to AC Milan in January, insisted his fellow Italian is a “great manager”. Asked about Mancini being sacked, Balotelli told CNN: “I am not really surprised but when I was with him he was a great manager and we had one of the best teams I have played with, the best players. I don’t know why they didn’t win. But obviously there were some problems inside. I am here [Milan] so I don’t know.” Mario Balotelli is not surprised that Roberto Mancini was sacked by Manchester City because of internal problems between his former manager and the club.center_img City said on Monday that Mancini had been sacked after failing to meet all “stated targets” apart from qualifying for next season’s Champions League. The club added: “This, combined with an identified need to develop a holistic approach to all aspects of football at the club, has meant that the decision has been taken to find a new manager for the 2013-14 season and beyond.” Reports in Spain said Malaga have opened the way for Manuel Pellegrini, whose representatives have already held talks with City, to move on at the end of the season and he is favourite to replace Mancini. The Malaga Hoy newspaper said the Qatari-owned Spanish club has waived the release fee in the Chilean’s contract which would allow him to leave when it expires on July 1, and that he has already agreed a two-year deal with City. However the club are unlikely to announce any appointment before next week’s short end-of-season tour to the USA where Brian Kidd will remain in charge of the team. last_img read more

An introduction to Curling

first_imgTHE Guyana Curling Federation (GCF) last Tuesday hosted its first public event, held at the Giftland Mall, in an attempt to properly introduce Guyanese to the new sport.However, many were still confused as it relates to the objective of the game and how it’s played.What is Curling?Curling is a sport in which players slide stones on a sheet of ice towards a target area which is segmented into four concentric circles. It is related to bowls, boules and shuffleboard.How is it played?Two teams, each with four players, take turns sliding heavy, polished granite stones, also called rocks, across the ice curling sheet towards the house, a circular target marked on the ice. Each team has eight stones. The purpose is to accumulate the highest score for a game; points are scored for the stones resting closest to the centre of the house at the conclusion of each end, which is completed when both teams have thrown all of their stones. A game usually consists of eight or ten ends.The curler can induce a curved path by causing the stone to slowly turn as it slides, and the path of the rock may be further influenced by two sweepers with brooms who accompany it as it slides down the sheet, using the brooms to alter the state of the ice in front of the stone. A great deal of strategy and teamwork go into choosing the ideal path and placement of a stone for each situation, and the skills of the curlers determine how close to the desired result the stone will achieve. This gives curling its nickname of “chess on ice”ORIGINS AND HISTORYCurling was invented in medieval Scotland, with the first written reference to a contest using stones on ice coming from the records of Paisley Abbey, Renfrewshire, in February 1541. Two paintings, “Winter Landscape with a Bird Trap” and “The Hunters in the Snow” (both dated 1565) by Pieter Bruegel the Elder depict Flemish peasants curling — Scotland and the Low Countries had strong trading and cultural links during this period, which is also evident in the history of golf.The word curling first appears in print in 1620 in Perth, Scotland, in the preface and the verses of a poem by Henry Adamson. The game was (and still is, in Scotland and Scottish-settled regions like southern New Zealand) also known as “the roaring game” because of the sound the stones make while traveling over the pebble (droplets of water applied to the playing surface). The verbal noun curling is formed from the Scots (and English) verb curl, which describes the motion of the stone.In the early history of curling, the playing stones were simply flat-bottomed river stones, which were of inconsistent size, shape and smoothness. Unlike today, the thrower had little control over the ‘curl’ or velocity and relied more on luck than on precision, skill and strategy.Today, the game is most firmly established in Canada, having been taken there by Scottish emigrants. The Royal Montreal Curling Club, the oldest established sports club still active in North America, was established in 1807. The first curling club in the United States was established in 1830, and the game was introduced to Switzerland and Sweden before the end of the 19th century, also by Scots. Today, curling is played all over Europe and has spread to Brazil, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, China, and Korea.The first world championship for curling was limited to men and was known as the Scotch Cup, held in Falkirk and Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1959. The first world title was won by the Canadian team from Regina, Saskatchewan, skipped by Ernie Richardson.PURPOSEThe purpose of the game is to score points by getting stones closer to the house centre, or the “button”, than the other team’s stones. Players from either team alternate in taking shots from the far side of the sheet. An end is complete when all eight rocks from each team have been delivered, a total of sixteen stones. If the teams are tied at the end of the game, play continues for as many ends as may be required to break the tie. The winner is the team with the highest score after all ends have been completed. A game may be conceded if considered unwinnable.International competitive games are generally ten ends, so most of the national championships that send a representative to the World Championships or Olympics also play ten ends. However, there is a movement on the World Curling Tour to make the games only eight ends. Most tournaments on that tour are eight ends, as are the vast majority of recreational games.In international competition, each side is given 73 minutes to complete all of its throws. Each team is also allowed two-minute long timeouts per 10-end game. If extra ends are required, each team is allowed 10 minutes of playing time to complete its throws and one added 60-second timeout for each extra end. However, the “thinking time” system, in which the delivering team’s game timer stops as soon as the shooter’s rock crosses the t-line during the delivery, is becoming more popular, especially in Canada.This system allows each team 38 minutes per 10 ends, or 30 minutes per 8 ends, to make strategic and tactical decisions, with 4 minutes and 30 seconds an end for extra ends.The “thinking time” system was implemented after it was recognised that teams playing aggressively (using draws and other low-weight shots which take more time for the stones to come to rest) were essentially being penalised in terms of the time they had available compared to teams which primarily use hits which require far less time per shot.SCORINGThe winner is the team having the highest number of accumulated points at the completion of ten ends. Points are scored at the conclusion of each of these ends as follows: when each team has thrown its eight stones, the team with the stone closest to the button wins that end; the winning team is then awarded one point for each of its own stones lying closer to the button than the opponent’s closest stone.Only stones that are in the house are considered in the scoring. A stone is in the house if it lies within the 12-foot (3.7 m) zone or any portion of its edge lies over the edge of the ring. Since the bottom of the stone is rounded, a stone just barely in the house will not have any actual contact with the ring, which will pass under the rounded edge of the stone, but it still counts. This type of stone is known as a biter.It may not be obvious to the eye which of two rocks is closer to the button (centre) or if a rock is actually biting or not. There are specialized devices to make these determinations, but these cannot be brought out until after an end is completed. Therefore, a team may make strategic decisions during an end based on assumptions of rock position that turn out to be incorrect.The score is marked on a scoreboard, of which there are two types; the baseball type and the club scoreboard.last_img read more