CSEM celebrates 10th anniversary

first_imgThis week, the College Seminar, the College of Arts and Letters’s signature interdisciplinary requirement, is celebrating its 10th anniversary.Implemented in 2005, the College Seminar requirement was initially intended to provide students with a traditional “Great Books” style of education and serve as an integration of the liberal arts. Now, the College Seminar serves as a course that both enhances students’ oral presentation skills and offers a variety of unique topics centered on a faculty member’s specific field.“[The] idea behind [the] College Seminar really was to give people an introduction to the three areas of the College [the arts, humanities, and social sciences],” Professor Essaka Joshua, professor of English and director of the College Seminar, said. “The idea was to take the classroom to the dorm and get people fired up about interesting issues connecting with what they were reading.”As part of the Seminar’s 10th anniversary, the College of Arts and Letters, in conjunction with its Department of Communications and Finances, is hosting a 10-day Twitter competition for students to share their personal lessons and experiences from their College Seminars. From April 10 to April 19, students can respond to questions tweeted by the College of Arts and Letters on its Twitter (@ArtsLettersND) using the hashtag #CSEM10 and receive prizes for the best answers. Prizes for the best tweets range from coffee mugs and campus gear from the College of Arts and Letters to Starbucks, Au Bon Pain and Hammes Bookstore gift cards.“Doing it on Twitter was a way to include everybody,” Joshua said. “We decided, in conjunction with the Office of Communication for Arts and Letters, on a Twitter competition that would be open to all current students.“The aim was really to get people talking about CSEM, sharing their experiences of it and, for those students who were not in Arts and Letters or who had not yet done it, to let them know what it is [that] we do that is distinctive within the College.”Several students have already participated in the competition, Joshua said.College Seminars have become unique for their interesting and diverse topics and focuses, Joshua said. Courses taught by Professors Andrew Weigert and David O’Connor are known to be especially popular, Joshua said.“CSEM gives you that opportunity to go for something outside of your discipline, because it is interdisciplinary by nature, and to go out of your comfort zone, which is nice because you end up with exploration as well as engagement,” Joshua said.Joshua views the genuine interest, engagement and bonding between students and professors as a measure of the success of the College Seminar, she said.“I measure success in whether ‘Are the students engaged? Do they love it? Do they come out talking about it afterwards and are they talking about it before they get to class?’” Joshua said.Tags: College of Arts and Letters, college seminar, CSEM10, Essaka Joshua, tenth anniversarylast_img read more

Quetta Gladiators cop their first PSL title

first_imgKARACHI, Pakistan, (CMC) – West Indians Darren Sammy and Kieron Pollard made little impact as their Peshawar Zalmi went down by eight wickets to the Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final here Sunday.After losing the toss and being sent in to bat, the Zalmi were restricted to 138 for eight in their 20 overs, with Pollard scoring just seven while skipper Sammy made 18 from 16 balls.Umar Amin’s knock of 38 was the topscore of a disappointing batting performance, which saw just two other batsmen score 20 or more.Mohammad Hasnain was the pick of the Gladiators’ bowlers, finishing with 3-30 from his four overs, while fellow West Indian Dwayne Bravo snared 2-24, including the wicket of Sammy.The Gladiators made light work in chasing the below par total, as they eased to 139 for two off 17.2 overs.Ahmed Shehzad was the main destroyer, stroking an unbeaten 58 from 51 balls and he was well supported by Rilee Rossouw who made an unbeaten 39 and Ahsan Ali who blasted a quickfire 25.Shehzad and Rossouw shared an unbroken 73-run partnership for the third wicket to lead the Gladiators to their first ever PSL title with 16 balls to spare.last_img read more

Tom Strand rues poor defending for the defeat to Sundowns

first_imgMedeama SC coach Tom Strand admits it was painful to see his side lose concentration in the dying moments of his side’s first leg CAF Confederation Cup game with Sundowns in South Africa on Saturday.Medeama were leading 1-0 up to the 80th minute but the Brazillians scored 3 goals under 10 minutes to finish off the game with a 3-1 victory.Many expected the Tarkwa based side to hold onto that 1-0 lead but mistakes on the part of goalkeeper Muntari Tagoe and the defenders caused them This Tom Strand says it is hurting but hopes to make amends in the second leg which will be played at the Essipong stadium on May 18.“It was very painful to see my team go through what happened in the last minute of the game, I thought we could have hold on but poor defending caused us,” he said“Unfortunately we got tired and we were out of position but I hope in all these we are able to change things in the home game. “That is the only chance we have now, we must ensure we get a good result at home, one that will ensure our passage to the next stage of the competition.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Zika experts say quitting Olympics an ‘over-reaction’

first_imgWorld Health officials have stepped up awareness to discourage Zika boycott of games. FILE WHO PHOTOParis, France | AFP |Only pregnant women and people planning a family need fear Zika, disease experts said Wednesday after golfer Rory McIlroy became the latest athlete to withdraw from the Olympics over virus fears.The mosquito-borne virus, which can also be transmitted via sex, is thought to cause a form of severe brain damage, called microcephaly, in babies.It has also been linked to rare adult-onset neurological problems such as Guillain-Barre Syndrome, which can result in paralysis and death.Should Rio-bound Olympians and sports fans be concerned? We asked the experts.Q: Who needs to be concerned about Zika?A: Women who are pregnant or planning a baby imminently, as the virus targets the foetus in the womb, said Cardiff University infectious diseases expert Andrew Freedman.Men who contract the virus in Brazil can pass it on to their partners through sex, so would need to use condoms for several months after their return.Unless McIlroy and his wife were planning a baby, “I feel the decision to withdraw from the Games is an over-reaction,” said Freedman.Q: Is there a risk to the athletes themselves?A: In most people, the Zika virus causes mild disease — many never even notice the symptoms. Those who do fall ill, usually with a rash and flu-like symptoms, recover within days.“Rarely, complications such as Guillain-Barre syndrome may occur,” said Jimmy Whitworth, a professor of international public health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.But he called for “perspective”.“The most credible estimates suggest no more than 10-20 infections with Zika among the half a million athletes and visitors going to Brazil for the Olympics.” The World Health Organization said last week there was a “very low risk” of Zika spreading further internationally as a result of the Games.Olympics host Brazil has seen 1.5 million people infected, and nearly 1,300 babies born with abnormally small heads and brains since the outbreak started last year.Q: What precautions can be taken?A: For most people, the main thing is to protect oneself against mosquito bites by covering up and using a good insect repellent, said the experts.But pregnant women should not travel to Rio at all.Those considering a baby, who do not fall ill, should delay conception for two months after their return as a precaution, said Whitworth.“In the unlikely event of a woman or her partner getting infected with Zika, they should delay pregnancy for six months, by which time all traces of Zika infection will have been cleared from the body.”Q: Is the decision to withdraw scientifically sound?A: The chances of contracting Zika on a golf course are very low, said Whitworth, as infecting mosquitoes live mostly around houses and rarely venture more than 50 metres (160 feet) from their breeding sites.“Obviously I don’t know the reasons for this (McIlroy’s) decision, but it does strike me as being extreme,” added virology professor Jonathan Ball of the University of Nottingham.But Peter Barlow, an infection expert at Edinburgh Napier University, said the long-term effects of Zika are poorly understood.“It is completely understandable that an elite athlete such as Rory McIlroy is putting his own and his family’s health first in this instance, particularly if he has plans to start a family in the near future.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

ThurstonTalk’s Weekend Event Calendar For Olympia

first_imgIt’s the weekend.  And, ThurstonTalk is ready to help you relax and enjoy some time off with friends and family.  Here is a list of fun activities happening throughout Thurston County this weekend.The next speaker in the National Geographic Live series will arrive at The Washington Center on Friday.  Read more here.Engaged couples can check out the South Sound Wedding Show.  Event information can be found here.  Couples planning their wedding will also enjoy reading this story about how Hartley Jewelers crafted the perfect engagement ring.Local youth can sign up for Capitol Little League on Saturday which is the second day of in-person registration.  Check out the league’s philosophies and coaching model in this article.Families may enjoy a trip to Lions Park to hunt for 11 hidden lion statues throughout the park.   Or take a winter walk at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.Looking for an adventure?  Try one of these snowshoe routes – just a quick day trip from Olympia.Or head out to Ocean Shores and coastal Washington for a razor clam dig.ThurstonTalk aims to be your source for positive information and events happening in Olympia.  If you have a suggestion for a post, send us a note at submit@thurstontalk.com.  For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here. Facebook15Tweet0Pin0last_img read more