Saint Mary’s organizations host Black History Month events

first_imgGina Twardosz | The Observer Junior Healy Keenan gave a presentation on the contributions of black women throughout history as part of the College’s History Club’s Black History Month programming.“When I grew up, I took AP U.S. History and talking about slavery took a week, max,” she said. “We’d breeze through it like it was nobody’s business. And I didn’t understand why — maybe it’s a difficult discussion from the educator side or maybe people just didn’t care enough to have the discussion. But we’re going to have these discussions now during Black History Month and make it a spectacle — we want you to see just how important these people are to American history because they affect our lives today.”Simpson said Black History Month is a celebration of those who struggled to advance the rights of black people in America.  “The reality is that we get to celebrate those who came before us and have done so much to pave the way because they didn’t have the same rights as we do now,” she said. Kwapong emphasized that the struggles of black individuals are not over just because Black History Month has become mainstream in popular culture.  “I think it’s important to take into consideration that a lot of people think racism is dead or that injustice was so long ago,” she said. “Racism is a systematic thing and it doesn’t change just because it’s 2020.”In honor of Black History Month, the Black Student Association hosted a trivia night Monday evening in Regina Hall. The questions were full of history about the achievements of black people and the contributions they have made to American society. Sophomore Akpedze Balo, who serves as treasurer for the Black Student Association, said that she planned for the trivia night to educate students about black scholars.“I’m really focused on black intellectuals or scholars and scientists that people may not know at all because our history and textbooks are almost all whitewashed of all these famous people,” Balo said. “There are all these black people who have had great contributions to our intellectual thought within society — but not many people know about them.”Kwapong said she feels these events are relevant because even though Black History Month has become popular, many who do not take part in the celebration of black history during February remain ignorant about the issues affecting black people in America. “People who don’t show up to events during Black History Month are not getting educated, so I feel that we should continue to host these events during Black History Month until people start to educate themselves on black history,” she said.  On the other side of campus, history club hosted its own event Monday evening in honor of Black History Month. Junior Healy Keenan presented on the contributions of black women in Spes Unica Hall in order to educate and empower the students of Saint Mary’s.“This was actually inspired by a rector at Fisher Hall who pointed out to me that black women aren’t really known for their accomplishments as we often study black men during Black History Month, so I figured it would be a good idea to represent black women in history,” she said. “I’ll be talking about the first established poet, the first nurse, the first college graduate, the first fastest women in the world and the first bank president.”Because women are often removed from the historical narrative, Keenan said that through this presentation on representation, she wants to remind students they have the ability to do anything, despite the challenges and obstacles they may face. “I want students to take away from the presentation that we, women, are empowered and we can do anything we set our mind to through passion,” Keenan said. Ferry said that students who study history have a responsibility to advocate for the teaching of black history and the black experience. “It’s the historian’s job to listen and record the stories of underrepresented groups and make them known,” she said. Senior Mary Stechschulte, secretary of History Club, said that as an education major, she said celebrating black history is an important way to facilitate discussions between black people and white people. “History is so whitewashed — I want my students to see history as something that represents them as well,” she said. “Not a lot of schools really talk about non-European history, so I think having events where we really do focus on the history of black people is important because a lot of the time their historical contributions are skipped over.”  Representing black people accurately in the classroom is also a crucial part of being an educator, Stechschulte said.   “I’ve taught history to fifth graders who are black and showed them black historical figures and they’ll tell me that that’s the first time they’ve seen someone from history who looks like them,” she said.  The takeaway from all these events, Simpson said, is that all people are encouraged to educate themselves on black history, regardless of their race. “We want people who aren’t black to show up to Black Student Association events because these conversations must happen and must continue to happen,” she said. “Come out to our events because we want to share our knowledge with you and socialize with you and engage in conversation and dialogue. Whether you agree or not, we understand that there are different perspectives in the world, that maybe you didn’t understand something then but you do now — if anything, you can learn.”Tags: Black History Month, culture, history, society Black History Month is an important time to celebrate the achievements of black people while adding to a renewed sense of visibility and awareness for the black experience in America. Two Saint Mary’s organizations, the Black Student Association and the History Club, held events on Monday night to celebrate the historical and cultural contributions black people have made throughout history. History club president and senior Elizabeth Ferry said that while Black History Month is important, there should be a celebration of black achievement every day. “We should be amplifying black stories all year round,” she said. “But using February to focus on the contributions of black people and get their stories out there is really important.” The concept of a single month being devoted to black history has been debated for years. Junior Jazzlyn Kwapong said that while black history should be integrated with other U.S. history teachings, Black History Month forces all Americans to focus on the contributions of black Americans until they become as well known as those contributions from white Americans. Senior Hannah Simpson, president of the Black Student Association, said she feels that Black History Month is crucial, especially since the history classes she took in high school barely covered history pertinent to the black experience like slavery or the Civil Rights Movement.last_img read more

Syracuse fails to defend the run in 44-37 overtime loss at Pitt

first_img Comments PITTSBURGH — Dino Babers strode onto the field near the 10-yard line, beckoning his defense over for the timeout he just took.Babers waved off the rest of the bench and assistants trying to join the huddle as all 11 defenders knelt in front of him. He shed his headset, then his orange, block “S” adorned hat, looked around at the 11 tired faces staring back, bent down and rested his hands on his knees. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPittsburgh had covered 67 yards in the previous 2:39 without throwing a single pass. Guarding their end zone and a seven-point lead from their 8-yard line in the fourth quarter, Babers sensed his defense needed a rest. “It was kind of like a deja vu thing,” Babers said, referencing SU’s loss to Clemson a week ago and his rationale for the timeout. “If we keep them out, obviously we’re not going to overtime.”The 20-second pep talk that accompanied it — Babers kept private what he said — was inevitable. Same for the outcome of the ensuing plays.Two snaps later, the Panthers’ (3-3, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) Darrin Hall took a wildcat run untouched for the game-tying touchdown in an eventual 44-37 win over Syracuse (4-2, 1-2) in overtime at Heinz Field. Hall and his backfield counterpart, Qadree Ollison, ran roughshod over the Orange on Saturday, combining for 299 net yards and three touchdowns. For the second-straight week, Syracuse lost in large part due to an inability to defend against the run.A week ago, No. 3 Clemson squeaked by Syracuse, 27-23, mostly because of Travis Etienne’s 203 yards and three touchdowns rushing. After the loss, players and Babers mentioned poor tackling as being at the root of the Orange’s ire. They knew when they played Pitt in a week, the same issues could haunt them.With an early 14-0 lead, Syracuse quickly approached potential blowout territory. The offense cruised down the field. Alton Robinson had forced a fumble. Then, on the Panther’s second series, out of an I-formation, Kenny Pickett handed to Ollison. Following his fullback, Ollison took the left-side handoff 69 yards to the end zone. Linebackers Ryan Guthrie and Kielan Whitner got eliminated from the play in the box by well-executed blocks. Freshman free safety Andre Cisco should’ve forced Ollison out of bounds, but he took a bad angle and got run past. Chris Fredrick didn’t disengage from a block. All Scoop Bradshaw could do, pursuing from the opposite side of the field, was dive at Ollison’s ankles.“When the ball breaks to the secondary, we need DBs and we need safeties to make tackles. Just get ‘em down. Just get ‘em down,” Babers said. “Now on the flip side of that — our linebackers — they (the Pitt running backs) shouldn’t get to the secondary. Our linebackers should make those plays.”On Hall’s touchdown after Babers’ pep talk, the Panthers went to a wildcat look, putting Hall in the shotgun and flexing Pickett out wide. Syracuse, Babers said, had not prepared for that look. Hall’s touchdown marked one of the handful of times Pitt went to the wildcat, and the third time, it worked. The Panthers never passed out of the look, and Hall kept the ball on all three plays. Even on Hall’s touchdown, a play removed from a timeout, Guthrie and safety Evan Foster bit on the motion man, got sealed off by an offensive lineman and watched as Hall tied the game at 34. “It’s not like that guy is going to throw the football,” Babers said. “That’s pure run, 100 percent. “We need to be able to stop that.”After back-to-back weeks of getting shredded on the ground, Syracuse knows it’s an area teams will look to exploit. Against Clemson and Pittsburgh alone, the Orange has given up 558 yards and six touchdowns against the run, to the tune of 5.6 yards per carry.With that visible weakness, the Orange can expect to be attacked on the ground moving ahead, and players know that.“It’s shown that that’s been getting the better of us,” said SU defensive lineman Kendall Coleman. “I would expect a lot of teams to come out and try to run against us.”Pat Narduzzi, Pitt’s head coach, recognized the same weakness on Saturday. “I wanted our running backs to win it for us,” he said postgame. “I wanted our offensive line to win it for us.”They did.In the overtime period, Pittsburgh got the ball first. To that point in the game, Pickett had been serviceable, completing 11-of-20 for 137 yards, a touchdown and an interception. But Narduzzi never put it in his hands. For five-straight plays, Pickett turned and handed it off, and for five-straight plays, Pitt moved forward, eventually ending up in the end zone.Syracuse knew it was coming and it didn’t matter.“I’m not going to talk bad about my guys,” Babers said, “but it’s a matter of getting people down.” Published on October 6, 2018 at 7:24 pm Contact Andrew: | @A_E_Graham Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Bar manager hit to head, shoots rowdy customer

first_imgGunplay between three men and a bar manager on Friday morning resulted in one man being shot to his leg while the others are in Police custody.Reports are that at about 01:30h, three men went to a bar at Nigg Village, Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), to purchase alcoholic beverages. This newspaper was told that as the men drank their beverages, they started to harass a waitress at the bar.After being warned by the manager to desist, the men continued and the manager again went to the rescue of the waitress.This newspaper was told that this led to an argument with one of the men picking up a bottle and hitting the bar manager on his head.A police source told this publication that the bar manager left the establishment, went to his home, which is nearby, and returned with a loaded unlicensed firearm.It is alleged that when the trio saw him return with a firearm, they hurriedly returned to their vehicle to leave but one of them whipped out a gun and pointed it in the direction of the bar manager.According to a police source, the bar manager is a deportee who returned to Guyana after serving close to 20 years in an overseas prison for murder.Both the bar manager and the other armed man fired shots towards each other. One of the men was shot to his leg as he was about to enter the car. He was rushed to the New Amsterdam Hospital where he is presently a patient under Police guard.This publication was told that the hospital notified the police that a man had been admitted with a gunshot wound.The police went to the hospital, where they also saw the injured man’s two friends. As such, they too were arrested and a search was conducted on the car.Two spent shells were recovered inside of the vehicle. The police also arrested the bar manager. An investigation has been launched.last_img read more


first_imgIt’s that time of year again, when the people of Inishowen come together to help spread sunshine and happiness across the peninsula as part of Feel Good Fortnight.The annual event, which is now in its third year, kicks off this Saturday, June 21 and runs until July 5. Last year Insight Inishowen, who organise the now-famous fortnight, won the judges’ special award in the all-Ireland Pride of Place competition for Feel Good Fortnight, which brings together individuals, community groups, local business, schools and artists from across the peninsula. And with a packed programme of events, this year’s FGF looks set to be bigger and brighter than ever.Ruth Garvey-Williams, Chairperson of Insight Inishowen, said: “We hope everyone will get involved, the more people who take part the better. It’s all about putting a smile on someone else’s face, which in turn makes you feel good. That ‘pay it forward’ attitude is at the heart of Feel Good Fortnight.“As well as lots of events in Buncrana, there is also a great programme in Moville this year, and we are hoping to make it a truly peninsula-wide event. The concept is about the community doing things and creating things together so we’d encourage anyone with a creative idea during the two weeks should just go for it.”What’s Happening From concerts to craft fairs, heritage walks to healthy living talks, the programme for this year’s Feel Good Fortnight is simply brimming with creativity and community spirit.There will be Teddy Bears picnics, Random Acts of Kindness, reading and story telling in Swan’s Park, the Forest of Intentions, window displays, healthy eating and living events for young and old alike, clothes swap, arts and crafts workshops and projects, yoga sessions, free complementary treatments, beach creativity, Irish conversation groups, art displays, Inishowen’s Got Talent and much, much more.The fortnight kicks off in the early hours of this Saturday morning (June 21) by encouraging people to support the wonderful Feile Grianan Ailigh Summer Solstice Dawn Chorus. Also on Saturday is the Feel Good Craft Fair at The Exchange, Castle Avenue, featuring the best of locally made arts and crafts, refreshments, home baking and more.Next Saturday, June 28, sees one of Feel Good Fortnights biggest events – Take it to the Streets in Buncrana. nRuth said: “This will be a really wonderful day. So many different business and individuals get involved and there will be fun projects for the whole family to enjoy.”Taking place all day in Buncrana town centre, the event is sure to bring a smile to the faces of locals and visitors alike, and includes games and competitions, arts and crafts on the street, live music, as well as ice cream and a barbeque. There will even be an attempt at making Inishowen’s longest (paper) daisy chain, while the Feel Good Fairy will also be making an appearance!The final weekend of Feel Good Fortnight will be just as eventful, culminating with the massive Mad Hatters Tea Party on the Shore Greens, Buncrana on Saturday July 5. With a barbeque featuring the famous Gallagher’s Feel Good Sausages, sports and games, music, birds of prey, and fancy dress, the Alice in Wonderland event will be a day to remember for the young and young at heart. There will be a hat parade with prizes for the craziest and most imaginative hats, as well as an attempt to build Buncrana’s biggest ever sandcastle, so bring your own bucket and spade! For more on these and all the events, download the FGF brochure from, from the Feel Good Fortnight Facebook page, or pick one up from shops and libraries around the area. Volunteers are always welcome to join the amazing feel good team – call 087 795 5401 to sign up for one or more events.Artsy InishowenAs in previous years, the peninsula will be once again ablaze with colour during FGF, particularly in Buncrana where local artists will add a splash of creativity to the town. Young and old have also been flexing their creative muscles again with the now famous Yarn Bombing, which has become synonymous with Feel Good Fortnight and will see local trees adorned with knitting and crocheting.New this year is the exciting makeover of the Buncrana Mental Health Unit. Ruth said: “One of the projects we’re most excited about is our partnership with the HSE mental health unit in Buncrana. This is a way to acknowledge the great work of all the staff at the Mental Health Unit. Lukas Barber is heading up a small team of artists to do a bright, colourful makeover of the waiting area.” Volunteers (especially anyone with experience in painting and decoration) are needed to help with the makeover and donations of paint, etc would be most appreciated. To offer your help simply email, send us a message on Facebook, or call 087 795 5401.Feel Good SongAlso new this year is the official Feel Good Fortnight song! Penned by local singer/songwriter Emmet Shinners, “Colour Me Blue” is a catchy tune written especially for FGF.Ruth said: “Emmet caught the Feel Good Fortnight spirit right from the start, bringing a smile to people’s faces through his performances at the Coffee Cup and other venues. This year he wrote a song specifically for Feel Good Fortnight, called ‘Don’t Colour Me Blue’. It’s a lovely feel good song to get everyone in the mood. We have a link to it on our Facebook page and website, and we’re hoping people will share it and spread that feel good feeling.”Listen to it here:’S FEEL GOOD FORTNIGHT KICKS OFF NEXT WEEKEND was last modified: June 16th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalFeel Good Fortnightlast_img read more