SMC to host international film festival

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) will host the World Cinema Festival from Jan. 27-Jan. 29 in Vander Vennet Theatre.Associate director of CWIL Mana Derakhshani said the College had offered a film festival to the community for over 10 years, beginning with a French film festival and transitioning to a variety of international films.Derakhshani said the film festival complements the work of the College to internationalize the campus.“[The festival] brings to campus major films from other countries that we don’t usually get to see in the U.S., particularly outside of a large metropolis such as New York or Chicago,” Derakhshani said. “In addition, screening foreign films on campus supports the larger college-wide learning outcomes of intercultural competence and global learning.”The festival will feature three films in their original languages, with English subtitles, over the course of three nights. Each film will start at 7 p.m., beginning with the Arabic-language film “Wadjda”, directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour on Tuesday. On Wednesday, “Queen”, a Hindi-language film directed by Vikas Bahl, will be screened. The festival will conclude with “So Young”, a Mandarin-language film directed by Wei Zhao.​Derakhshani said she hopes students will attend and learn something about the perspective of other cultures.“Films are windows into particular cultures and allow us to gain some understanding of certain aspects of these cultures,” she said.Derakhshani said viewing these films is a way to engage with the larger world and prepare oneself to interact with different cultures.She said there would be much in the films that differ from the realities of Saint Mary’s students, though there may be some experiences that are similar.“These three films specifically portray young women or girls’ quest for agency and voice in three different cultures and in three different contexts,” she said. “Noting both differences and similarities will increase the audience’s ability to encounter difference with an ethnorelative perspective rather than a judgmental ethnocentric attitude.“Seeing the world through someone else’s cultural lens helps us understand our own culture and norms better.”Two of the films are in languages taught at the College, Arabic and Mandarin, Derakhshani said.“I hope students learning these languages — or wanting to learn them — will come to hear the language in an authentic context,” she said.Derakhshani said she hopes many students will take advantage of the opportunity to watch the films. The event is free and open to the public.For the complete schedule and more information on the films, visit center for women’s intercultural leadership, Haifaa Al-Mansour, Mana Derakhshani, Saint Mary’s College, Vander Vennet Theatre, Vikas Bahl, Wei Zhao, World Cinema Festivallast_img read more

Offensive struggles cost UW pair of matches

first_imgThe highly-anticipated opening of Big Ten play at home for the Wisconsin volleyball team turned into a struggle for offensive consistency this weekend, as the team lost to top-ranked Penn State and No. 22 Ohio State.The Badgers (13-4, 1-3 Big Ten) fell to Ohio State (11-5, 2-2) Saturday night in four sets, but the team was hard-pressed to find a sense of offensive rhythm throughout the first two sets. Wisconsin racked up 18 errors in the first two sets and had a total of 26 in the match, a season high.Head Coach Pete Waite said the lack of team chemistry on the court led to offensive frustration against Ohio State.“Those first two sets were tough,” Waite said. “There might have been some hangover from the match last night as far as not being in rhythm, not being confident. It took them a while to become a team again. … We’re fighting each other more than we were fighting the opponent.”While the Badgers improved their passing significantly from Friday’s match against Penn State – picking up 11 more assists against Ohio State – the Buckeyes boasted solid play from senior Amanda Peterson and sophomore Taylor Sherwin, who combined for 49 assists at a setting clip of .389. UW could only muster a team passing percentage of .253, 98 points below its season average.Wisconsin struggled to find good looks on its attacks in the first two sets, posting attacking percentages of .067 and -.091, respectively, with the season average at .246. Only sophomore Ellen Chapman had a hitting percentage above .160 for the match.Senior Alexis Mitchell, who contributed 12 kills but had seven errors, said she needs to be more aggressive on first-ball-kill situations.“Just putting the ball away when you get set,” Mitchell said. “When I am getting set, I need to put the ball away and just be smart. Not every ball is bangable, so you’ve got to hit shots, use your tips and just kind of play a [mental] game with the other team.”The Badgers discovered a renewed sense of energy on the offensive end in the third set, posting 14 kills and committing just two errors off a .316 hitting percentage. With the set tied at 16 apiece, Wisconsin closed the set on a 9-3 run, with three of those points coming on Mitchell kills.The third set was also the only set of the match in which the Badgers held a lead past 1-0. Wisconsin struggled to put up points early in sets, falling behind 1-6 in the first set and 3-7 in the fourth.According to junior libero Annemarie Hickey, the team needs to find its chemistry faster to be successful in the beginning of sets.“I think that we’ve shown in the past that we can start out strong, we just recently have been struggling with that, and I think it starts with everybody coming together as a team,” Hickey said. “It all starts off with the pass, which we did a lot better tonight.”The Nittany Lions – the top squad in all of college volleyball – swept the Badgers Friday night. Penn State (14-1) is a perfect 4-0 in Big Ten action, most recently defeating No. 10 Minnesota Saturday, and has only dropped one match all season.Penn State nearly doubled Wisconsin’s kill total with 54 at a .370 attack percentage. Junior Deja McClendon led Penn State with 14 kills and 16 digs, one of three Nittany Lions with double-figure kills.Waite said aside from its clear talent, Penn State’s height posed a difficult challenge for Wisconsin, especially 6-foot 6-inch middle hitter Katie Slay and 6-foot 4-inch outside hitter Ariel Scott.“It’s an extremely tall lineup,” Waite said. “They found the sidelines. … These players hit a lot of shots in different directions on the court, so it was hard to defend.”Sophomore setter Micha Hancock also gave Wisconsin difficulties, as she led her team with 46 assists and three service aces. She ranks third in the country with .60 services aces per set.With the score 11-11 in the second set, Penn State won five consecutive points, riding Hancock’s powerful left-handed serve.Hickey said despite Hancock’s serving abilities, the team must have more energy when facing a tough opponent.“She’s a really great server,” Hickey said. “I think that we just let up a little bit at the end. We really needed to stay positive and have a little more confidence.”last_img read more


first_imgSinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD gave the main address today at the annual Easter commemoration in Drumboe, County Donegal, and launched a scathing attack on the Government over its austerity measures.In a wide ranging address the Sinn Féin leader slammed the Irish government’s policy of austerity and the way it is kow-towing to the interests of golden circles and elites in Irish society and acting in their interests as opposed to the interests of Irish citizens.He said: “The record of this government in its two years in power has been appalling. Fine Gael and Labour were elected to undo the damage of Fianna Fáil but have chosen instead to implement Fianna Fáil policies. “The government’s austerity policies are driving up poverty and disadvantage. Emigration and unemployment are at record levels; public services, particularly health, are in crisis; the economy has flatlined and another new tax – the Property Tax – has to be paid by struggling families in the summer.“Sinn Féin is introducing a Bill to reverse the Property Tax and will campaign for its repeal.”Mr Adams also challenged those who are exploiting the controversy over flags and emblems in the North. He said: “Unionists leaders have to face up to the reality that the old ways and the old days are gone.“Playing party politics with this issue is dangerous and counterproductive. “There are many genuine loyalists and unionists, including former combatants, working in disadvantaged communities who realise the dangers and risks involved.“They also know that it is citizens from these disadvantaged communities who will bear the brunt of any violent or disruptive actions.“These communities have more in common with their republican neighbours than they may realise.“Dialogue between them and Sinn Féin is essential and I commit our party, without preconditions, to be part of such discussions both in the short term as we face into the Orange matching season, and in the longer term to find, not only solutions to contentious issues but to tackle economic disadvantage.“The vast majority of citizens want to live in a fair society based upon equality and Sinn Féin is committed to bring that this about. That’s why we are calling for a border poll on Irish unity to be held in the next term of the Oireachtas and the Assembly. The people should decide on the future direction of the island of Ireland.” Mr Adams said that there is also a need to face up to legacy issues. Charlie Daly, Sean Larkin, Daniel Enwright and Timothy O Sullivan who are honoured at Drumboe, were republican volunteers who were summarily executed by Free State forces during the civil war.Mr Adams said: “Seventy-seven republicans were executed during that period.“There was never any process of reconciliation put in place after those catastrophic events.“They still cast a shadow over Irish society today and shape political life in this state. “Other republicans died in this state as a consequence of the conflict. Tom Smith, a republican prisoner, was killed in Portlaoise prison and Hugh Hehir was shot dead in County Clare.“During the era of the heavy gang many citizens were brutally assaulted. Beatings were also common place within the prison system. And there was collusion between elements of the Irish establishment and the British forces in the North.“Republicans also inflicted great hurt. Members of the state forces here, including Gardai were killed.“These matters need to be faced up to. Sinn Féin believes that the best way of doing this is through the establishment of an Independent International Truth Commission.“The two governments’, former combatants and those in leadership across Ireland and Britain need to part of such a process. There can be no hierarchy of victims.“The people of this island need a genuine process of national reconciliation.“I am prepared to meet with victims’ families and others as part of this.”‘GOVERNMENT IMPLEMENTING FAILED POLICIES OF FIANNA FAIL’ – ADAMS TELLS DONEGAL COMMEMORATION was last modified: March 31st, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:’GOVERNMENT IMPLEMENTING FAILED POLICIES OF FIANNA FAIL’ – ADAMS TELLS DONEGAL COMMEMORATIONDrumboeStranorlarlast_img read more