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

Skaneateles gets revenge on Cazenovia behind Pat Hackler’s 4 touchdowns

first_img Comments Published on November 3, 2018 at 7:27 pm Contact Adam: adhillma@syr.edu | @_adamhillman Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Earlier this week, in preparation for Saturday’s rematch against Cazenovia, Skaneateles coach Joe Sindoni sat his team down in the film room. Instead of showing them highlights of this current iteration of Cazenovia, he rewound the clock to 2016, replaying the 51-0 Cazenovia win over Skaneateles in the first round of sectionals. “This group was formed by a very bad loss to Cazenovia two years ago,” Sindoni said. “They were freshman and sophomores and they played Caz, who won the sectionals that year, and they really put it on us. I said to the kids ‘That’s who you want to be. Here’s what you have to do to get there.’”On Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome, Skaneateles (10-0) enacted revenge against Cazenovia (8-2) in the Section III Class B championship, winning 41-10. From the first drive, when junior Nick Wamp caught a Pat Hackler 14-yard pass in the front right corner of the end zone, Hackler and Skaneateles dominated Cazenovia. The duo connected on another touchdown on the day, a 19 yard strike where Wamp “Mossed” his defender, Hackler said. “We’ve played together since we were six,” Wamp said. “We’ve always had that connection and we’re great friends.”On the second Skaneateles drive of the game, Hackler stood in the shotgun. He took a three step drop and fired a pass over the middle. Wamp outraced two Cazenovia defensive backs and hauled in the 52-yard catch, down to the Cazenova 27-yard line. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThree plays later, Hackler evaded multiple tackles on a quarterback draw, high-stepping his way into the end zone for the second Skaneateles score of the game.Pat Hackler (10) threw three touchdowns and ran for another in the Skaneateles win. Max Freund | Asst. Photo EditorOn its only three drives of the first half, Skaneateles scored three touchdowns. Yet Cazenovia still had an opportunity to cut the Skaneateles lead to one possession before the end of the second quarter. In the final minute of the first half, Cazenovia senior James Pavelchak hauled in a crossing route from senior quarterback Drew Johnson at the 28 yard line. The wide receiver outran two Skaneateles linebackers and sprinted toward the left side of the end zone. As he and Hackler converged near the out of bounds line, Pavelchak outstretched the ball toward goal line. The two seniors stared at the referee for a decision: Pavelchak was one yard short with only four seconds remaining. On the next play, Skaneateles smothered junior running back Ryan Romagnoli for a two yard loss, forcing Cazenovia head coach Jay Steinhorst to call a timeout. Instead of risking an empty possession to throw for the endzone, Steinhorst elected to kick a field goal, cutting the lead to 20-10.   “It looked like they had scored at the end of the half. To make that play and force them into a field goal there, that was a big win for us,” Sindoni said. “It saved them from having a little more momentum at the half.”In the second half, Skaneateles capitalized on a Cazenovia error. On the second Cazenovia drive of the half, Hackler stepped in front of a deep throw and returned it within 35 yards of the end zone. As he walked toward Sindoni to receive the ensuing play call, the Skaneateles student section shouted, “That’s our quarterback.”Skaneateles outscored Cazenovia 21-0 in the second half, a sign of his defense’s courage, Sindoni said.“I thought our defense showed a lot of resiliency,” he said. “My defensive coaches made adjustments and they worked.”As the clock ticked to zero, Skaneateles didn’t sprint on the field and rejoice. No one mobbed Sindoni or Hackler. Senior Will Frank, a few minutes after the game ended, remarked, “I just want the T-shirt.” Skaneateles didn’t want to celebrate the win. They were looking ahead to next weekend’s matchup against five-time state champion Chenango Forks. “We have a bigger look on the season,” Hackler said. “Our mindset is on Forks honestly.” last_img read more

Tipp victorious over Armagh

first_imgTipperary’s Senior Footballers have secured promotion to Division 2.Liam Kearns side overcame Armagh in a thrilling encounter this afternoon which saw the Premier trail for most of the match despite clocking up 2 goals early in the second halfWith 5 minutes to go and Armagh pulling away with a four point lead, Tipp secured 3 successive points followed by a goal by Michael Quinlivan in the dying seconds to secure victory for the county’s Senior Footballers. Tipperary now go on to play Louth in the League Final at Croke Park next Saturday evening at 5 pmMeanwhile – Tipperary CCC has confirmed that the planned first round of the county senior football championship will not take place next weekend due to the Division Final.Instead Round 3 of the County Hurling League will proceed and the County U 21 football semi-finals will take place on Saturday the 15th of April.Also in Division 3 action today.Laois have been relegated after a 3-15 to 4-11 loss to Offaly.Antrim are also relegated after they could only draw at home to Longford – the full-time score Antrim 1-13 Longford 0-16 and the already promoted Louth lost to Sligo by 1-11 to 0-17.ElsewhereIn Division 1Kerry have secured an unlikely final place in Division 1 of the Allianz Football League while Cavan have been relegated after they failed to beat Roscommon, losing by 1-13 to 1-10.In Division 2Galway have secured promotion to the top tier for the first time since 2011 after defeating already promoted Kildare by the narrowest of marginsThat meant Meath have finished in third despite a comprehensive 3-19 to 1-13 win over Clare.A late draw for Down has kept them safe in Division 2 for another year, at the expense of Fermanagh and Derry.It ended Cork 1-10 Down 0-13.Derry are down to Division 3 despite beating Fermanagh by 2-8 to 0-13.And in Division 4 Limerick defeated Wicklow 2-13 to 2-9, Westmeath had a dominant 3-26 to 1-9 win over London, while Carlow overcame Wexford by 2-14 to 1-7. Photo: © Tipperary GAA Twitterlast_img read more

Restored Seville Heritage Site Reopens

first_imgThe Seville Heritage Park in St. Ann has reopened after extensive restoration works by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT), just in time for the start of the winter tourist season. A popular heritage attraction for students and visitors, the site had been closed since April 2011 to facilitate rehabilitation of the great house and install a multimedia interactive attraction. Executive Director of the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT), Laleta Davis-Mattis, described the new exhibition as “first class” and is “the only one of its kind in the Caribbean.” The JNHT head explained that restoration of the site was of such importance that the Board of Trustees decided to utilize all available funds for the project. She expressed thanks to the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) and the Spanish Jamaican Foundation, which also provided funding, and Curator of the exhibition, Dr. Jonathan Greenland, who is also the Director of the Museums of History & Ethnography at the Institute of Jamaica. Tour operators and stakeholders were given a tour of the renovated site earlier this month. The 18th century plantation house has been beautifully restored, with roof, floor and bathrooms overhauled.  A new state of the art exhibition has been installed,  which exhibition features carved stone pieces from the 1500s uncovered in archaeological excavations of an artisan’s workshop on the property in 2002, as well as several other new pieces.  In addition, historical reconstructions of Sevilla la Nueva (the Spanish village), both in paintings by renowned British reconstruction artist Peter Dunn, and computer generated imagery (CGI), offer the visitor a glimpse into the rich history of the site. The artifacts on the site, from the Spanish sugar mill to the water wheel and replicas of the Taíno and African houses, trace the history of Jamaica from its earliest beginnings to the end of the British era. As with the previous exhibition, there is a room with artifacts dedicated to each culture (Taino, Spanish, African, English). Mrs. Davis-Mattis informed that the park is now open seven days per week with the exception of Christmas Day and Good Friday. She is encouraging persons to book their tours ahead of time. She said that the target audience is Jamaicans and visitors, as the agency seeks to educate persons about the nation’s heritage. The Seville Heritage Park, located along the north coast approximately four kilometres from St. Ann’s Bay, is regarded as one of Jamaica’s most significant cultural heritage sites. It includes the archaeological remains of the indigenous Taino village of Maima, the 16th century Spanish settlement of Sevilla la Nueva, and the post-1655 British sugar plantation known as New Seville. The encounter, co-existence, and intermingling  of Taino, Europeans and Africans at the site typifies the current Jamaican demography and gives credence to the National Motto, Out of Many, One People. The JNHT head informed that the heritage park along with the Underwater City of Port Royal and the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, have been placed on the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) tentative list for nomination as a World Heritage Site. According to UNESCO, to be included on the World Heritage List, sites must be of outstanding universal value and meet at least one out of ten selection criteria, which are explained in the Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention.last_img read more

Wayson Choy celebrated author of The Jade Peony has died

first_imgVANCOUVER — Wayson Choy, the celebrated author of “The Jade Peony” and a powerful voice for the Chinese-Canadian community, has died.His agent Denise Bukowski announced his death on Twitter on Sunday, saying that he died in his bed on Saturday night.Choy was born in Vancouver in 1939 and had an illustrious career that spanned decades, winning a number of awards and becoming a member of the Order of Canada.He is best known for his debut novel “The Jade Peony,” which is set in Vancouver’s Chinatown during the 1930s and 1940s and tells the stories of three children in an immigrant family.The novel won critical acclaim, sharing the 1995 Trillium Book Award with Margaret Atwood’s “Morning in the Burned House.”Choy is also the author of two acclaimed memoirs, “Paper Shadows,” and “Not Yet: A Memoir of Living and Almost Dying.”The news prompted a wave of condolences from authors on social media, with novelist Jen Sookfong Lee writing that everyone should aspire to be the kind of author and mentor Choy was.She wrote that he attended her “first big reading” in 2007 and whispered to her, “You did a good job. I’m proud of you.”“In the years following, he was unfailingly kind, always telling me he had read my latest book, always asking how publishing was treating me,” Sookfong Lee wrote.“I don’t say this much but my heart is broken. He was every possible good thing I could have ever imagined. I have always loved you, Wayson.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more