The Saint Mary’s Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) will sponsor a new summer study abroad program in Jamaica, starting in May 2016.Dionne Bremyer, assistant professor of English, said she started the program because her family heritage is Jamaican, and she believes the island is full of culture most Saint Mary’s students can appreciate but do not know as well.“It’s a good place to go in terms of getting a different cultural experience and still being English-speaking,” Bremyer said. “I think some students might be intimidated by going places where there’s a language barrier, but they still want to have a cultural experience that’s different. … You can get a really different experience in Jamaica, but it’s still an English-speaking country.”Bremyer said she will be teaching a course on travel writing while in Jamaica.“We’re going to look at the dichotomy between being a tourist and being a traveler,” Bremyer said. “We’re going to talk about what it means to travel as opposed to what it means to engage in tourism. Jamaica is the perfect place to do that because its economy is so driven by tourism. Some of those questions about the ecological, the cultural, the financial impact of what tourism does to a country are really at large in Jamaica.”Bremyer said she wants students to have a better understanding of the world through their experiences in Jamaica.“It’s an amazing opportunity to experience a country that is so close to the United States and one that is so influenced by the United States, but one that people don’t really know a lot about,” she said. “[People] haven’t thought much about what this country is, who the people of this country are, and so much of that is defined by this tourist perception.“I think it will be a really unique opportunity to experience a place that is so close in terms of geography but so very different in terms of culture.”She said students in the program will gain a sense of how the cultures of the United States and Jamaica interact.“[It is] a chance to think critically about what it means when we spend our dollars traveling somewhere — what it means to make choices about the environment, about the world that we live in, about how we value other countries in relation to our own,” Bremyer said. “ … To experience the world and to think about the ways in which we can understand ourselves and the world and each other better by having an understanding of all the people who live on our planet.”The program will teach the history of the island to students through trips to a marine village and Port Royal, a hike in the Blue Mountains and visits to Jamaica’s Great Houses — plantation-style homes that used to be cotton and sugar farms. Students will also attend the Calabash Literary Festival, a three-day long festival with readings by published authors that celebrates the long literary tradition of Jamaica.Tags: CWIL, Jamaica, Saint Mary’s Center of Women’s Intercultural Leadership, SMC study abroad
National Issues, Redistricting, Round-Up, The Blog, Voting & Elections This past week, Governor Wolf held three non-partisan listening sessions as a part of his continued effort to hear from Pennsylvanians on gerrymandering and congressional redistricting. The governor visited State College on Tuesday, Philadelphia on Wednesday, and Pittsburgh on Thursday to receive feedback from constituents. The General Assembly has until February 9, 2018, to redraw the congressional map after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned the existing districts last month.The governor listened to the concerns of faculty and students, community officials, and constituents, and will use their comments to ensure that Pennsylvania’s congressional districts are fair for every voter in the commonwealth. Governor Wolf also invites every individual in the commonwealth to submit their suggestions and concerns online at governor.pa.gov/fair-maps.“It’s important that we engage in open and transparent conversation on gerrymandering,” said Governor Wolf. “This is not a partisan issue and I want to make it clear that the people of Pennsylvania are the ones leading this charge.”Take a look at the coverage below: By: Alyson Hogan, Press Assistant Governor Wolf Hosts Non-Partisan Redistricting Listening Sessions with Pennsylvania Residents (Round-Up) SHARE Email Facebook Twitter February 02, 2018 Daily Collegian: PA governor Tom Wolf addresses gerrymandering, potential changes to state’s political mapPennsylvania governor Tom Wolf visited the State College Municipal Building on Tuesday to address gerrymandering in the state and its effects on the current Congressional map. The panel was the first in a string of events Wolf will attend to discuss the current state of Pennsylvania’s Congressional map before the General Assembly’s redrawing on Feb. 9.WPSU: Gov. Wolf Asks Constituents To Chime In On Drawing Fair Congressional DistrictsGovernor Tom Wolf visited State College on Tuesday to talk with residents about ways to draw a new congressional map for the state. Joined by about 100 local residents, a panel of Penn State faculty and students and community leaders, Wolf said the goal is to have a fair map. State College was the first stop as Wolf makes his way across the state to take input from constituents.CBS Philly: Gov. Wolf Hears Feedback from Pennsylvania Residents On RedistrictingGov. Tom Wolf stopped at the campus of Saint Joseph’s University on Wednesday to hear from citizens and interest groups trying to help reshape Pennsylvania’s voting districts in the wake of a state Supreme Court ruling ordering a redrawing of voting maps. During a forum on the process of redistricting and the gerrymandering that went into the latest map thrown out by the high court, citizens registered their frustrations and urged the governor to bring about a non-partisan solution.CBS Pittsburgh: Gov. Wolf Hears Input from Pittsburgh Voters on Redrawing of State’s Congressional Map:A battle over Pennsylvania’s Congressional map has gone all the way to the United States Supreme Court. The state Supreme Court ruled recently that it is too partisan. State Republicans don’t want it to change; but on Thursday, at Point Park University, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf heard from some voters who disagree.The current map was drawn by a Republican legislature. “People, I sense, are really fed up with the way the map is, and they really want a fair map,” said Gov. Wolf.WESA: Gov. Wolf Seeks Public Feedback on Redrawing PA’s Congressional MapPennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf visited Point Park University Thursday afternoon to seek public input on creating a less partisan congressional map. About two weeks ago, Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court ruled that the commonwealth’s map is unconstitutional and must be redrawn by Feb. 9. Wolf sat on a panel of professors and community advocates, including Suzanne Broughton of Fair Districts PA and Point Park University political science professor Nathan Firestone. It was the third and last “listening session” held by the governor about redistricting.Times Online: Wolf hears pleas for fair congressional districts during Pittsburgh discussionIf court challenges fail and the state Legislature has to draw new congressional district maps by next week, Maureen Mamula, the president of the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh, knows exactly what she wants. “I want maps that will inspire people to vote,” she told a redistricting panel convened by Gov. Tom Wolf at Point Park University’s Center for Media Innovation in Pittsburgh on Thursday. “I want them to be inspired to vote by the maps that they have.”Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf
ST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC) – Two Twenty20 Internationals have been added to Pakistan’s tour of the Caribbean later this year, with the two sides now set to face off in four-match series.Kensington Oval in Barbados will host the first T20 on March 26 with the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain now hosting three games instead of two, on March 30 and April 1 and 2.“Twenty20 is an exciting format and this is another opportunity for our fans to indulge in the thrilling atmosphere that surrounds these matches,” said WICB cricket operations manager, Roland Holder.“We look forward to fans in Barbados and Trinidad coming out and cheering our team on to victory.”The additions to the itinerary comes after the West Indies Cricket Board snubbed an offer from the Pakistan Cricket Board to play a two-match T20 series in Pakistan later this month.Pakistan had also been invited by the WICB to play a similar series in Florida at month end.Outside of the amended T20 series, the remainder of the tour remains unchanged with three One-Day Internationals in Guyana from April 7-11 and three Tests – carded for Jamaica, Barbados and Dominica – from April 22 to May 14.Last year, West Indies played Pakistan in a full tour in the United Arab Emirates. They suffered 3-0 clean sweeps in the T20 and ODI series and lost the Test series 2-1.
BRYAN FAUST/Herald PhotoAs the offense broke the huddle to methodically set for another play, an unfamiliar sound sliced through the air.”Defense unite. Woo, woo, woo!”Throughout spring the creative minds of Wisconsin’s defense have come up with various chants to inspire its ranks and harass the offense.At last Saturday’s scrimmage, it was the heckling of linebackers DeAndre Levy and Jonathan Casillas that rang out amid the bone-jarring hits and sounds of the game. “Kaye, where’s your Rose Bowl ring at?” they called out to fifth-year senior offensive lineman Danny Kaye, one of the oldest players on the team.Of the spectacle of seeing the 6-foot-8, 327-pound Kaye turn his massive frame toward the defense’s sideline while the rest of the offense was preparing to start the play, strong safety Aubrey Pleasant, who also gets in on the fun, had a hearty laugh.”I have no idea what was going on,” Pleasant joked. “It’s just all fun and games.””That’s just a tradition, getting on Danny every practice,” the instigator Levy added. “It’s fun. Shaughnessy actually came up with the Rose Bowl thing, but me and Casillas kind of vocalized it.”Inspired by the movie “300,” defensive tackle Jason Chapman began using the defense unite chant about the midway point of spring practice.It has stuck ever since.”It’s just something, anything to all get us together to tell us ‘Let’s get back onto the field, let’s get our mind right’ because there are times that you can be on the sidelines a little low and you need to get back out there,” Pleasant said. “When I think about it, it picks up the offense too. It works on both ends.”But we have to keep that fire to get past them.”More than the individual chants, rants and smack talk handed out by both sides of the ball — distinctly heard from the mouths of the more “flamboyant” defense — is an underlying force that acts as a magnet to unify individuals and mold them into a team. There is togetherness in laughter, in jokes.It’s what Chapman’s chant is all about.”We get each other fired up and it’s something that gets us all going,” free safety Shane Carter said. “I think we tend to play better whenever we’re excited and things, so I mean it’s not a bunch of false rah-hah, but at the same time just letting people know that we’re excited to be out there.”And beyond that it conveys leadership.”I think it’s a way to show guys that we can be in front,” Levy said. “Trash-talking is part of the game, but they see that we’re confident enough to go over there and get in another guy’s face, and that shows the other guy that we have the confidence to lead.”As typically is the case, the spring game Saturday will be dominated by the cardinal team — which is why the white’s points count as double — and the defense. It will also be dominated by strong personalities, smack and chants.So as spring ball concludes Saturday with the final tick of the Camp Randall clock, the team’s progress will continue to move forward, united as one.Practice notes:Dustin Sherer continued to play well, completing numerous passes to various receivers. However, much of it was against the second unit, and he did not often check down. Donovan and Evridge played sporadically, as has been the norm all spring. Part of the problem was that the receivers weren’t always on the same page, or they fell down while running their routes. … The candidates for punt returner have been trimmed to five: Jack Ikegwuonu, Luke Swan, Maurice Moore, Niles Brinkley and Marcus Randle El, who is nursing an injury. … P.J. Hill and Andy Crooks wore green jerseys and participated in a few workouts Thursday. The two are recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. … Cornerback Allen Langford was back in practice after missing time with an ankle injury and seemed to suffer no adverse effects. And with wide receiver Xavier Harris out (illness), Moore has received many of the reps with the second unit. He dropped several balls, and for that, did several sets of pushups throughout practice. … ESPN showed up to film part of Thursday’s practice. … Saturday’s spring scrimmage is slated to begin at 3 p.m.