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

Fall Firewood.

first_imgLong-ago memories of a country fall in north Georgia pervade my thoughts about this time of year. The cool nights and crisp morning air take me back many years to Saturday afternoons.Back then, my dad and I would split firewood behind the barn while we listened to Larry Munson describe each play on the radio during Georgia Bulldog football games.Dad was a University of Georgia graduate back in 1932. He was a true Bulldog fan, so we had to listen to all the Bulldog games on the radio. Now mind you, we had a television, but not out at the barn.Munson MemoriesDuring those play by play commentaries on the radio, we would stop and listen to Munson describe the plays. It was easy to picture them in our minds. I can’t tell you who played for Georgia at the time, but Vince Dooley was the coach.Dad and I could get quite a bit of wood split during commercials, timeouts and halftime. We weren’t fortunate to have a gas-powered wood splitter. I don’t even know if they made them back them.We used a wedge, a sledge hammer and a tool my Dad called a “go-devil.” The go-devil was simply a splitting maul. It had a wedge on one side, a hammer on the other and a long handle.Even though Dad was in his 70s and blind in one eye from a car wreck around 1936, he would take the go-devil, and with a powerful swing, bury the wedge deep in the center of the short length of log we were splitting.Science of SplittingIf the log was straight-grained, like pine, oak or hickory, it would usually split into equal halves. If it had knots in it, splitting the log was a bit more difficult. And if it was wood with an interlocking grain, like sweet gum and elm, it was darn near impossible to split.We had a lot of sweet gum and elm.If Dad didn’t split the wood with the go-devil (sometimes it would just bounce out), he would leave the go-devil stuck in the log section and hold the handle steady, and I would use the sledge hammer to pound the hammer side of the go-devil completely through the log. Eventually, it would split.Sometimes we just gave up on the sweet gum and elm.We stacked the split wood under the barn so it could dry. It takes at least six to nine months for it to dry (then it’s called seasoned wood).Seasoned WoodIf it’s not seasoned, I can’t burn wood in the wood heater I have now. So I have to plan for the winter well in advance if I want to use my wood heater.Green wood will burn, but seasoned wood will have more heat value. That’s because heat is lost as the moisture in the wood changes to steam, which then escapes and allows the wood to burn. Green or wet wood sizzles, fizzles and spits as it burns.Green wood will often split more easily than dry wood. Red oak and locust split easier dry than green. On the other hand, white oak, ash and maple split easier green than dry.Splitting wood is a skill I learned from my dad. It was good exercise, a diversion for us at times. And it created some memories of my dad and football on Saturday afternoons, memories that seem to come back every fall. The old woodpile warms a body with the cutting, the splitting, the stacking, the burning and the memories returning year after year. Photo: Mike Isbelllast_img read more


first_imgSt Patrick’s Cavan 1-12 St Eunan’s Letterkenny 1-9 A GOAL in the 40th minute sorted out the first points of the Danske Bank MacRory Cup league in Drumragh, but it was a referee decision which swung this tie in favour of St Patrick’s.The goal came from a good move from Cavan with substitute Shane Fortune playing a super ball in for Brian Sheanon to shoot to the net from close range. After it however, Cavan seemed to lose their way a little and St Eunan’s came back to within a point with two minutes remaining.The Donegal lads then had an opportunity to score an equaliser from a free but, according to the referee took too long over it.He then threw the ball in, Cavan broke and Paul Leddy found the range. With Pearse Smyth adding another point in injury time, the Donegal boys were left disappointed.The star of the show from a Cavan point of view was Thomas Edward Donohue with three excellent first half points and another after the break. Those first half efforts came in response to a goal from Caolan McDaid in the 14th minute and helped Cavan edge ahead 0-6 to 1-2 at the break.David Tyrell tied the scores with a free on the resumption, only for Sheanon’s goal to split them again. Despite Tyrell’s accuracy from frees – he bagged six over the hour – it was to be a turnover from one apparently not taken quickly enough that ultimately denied his team a share of the spoils.St Patrick’s Cavan : Brian Sheanon 1-1, Thomas Edward Donohue 0-4, Ben Conaty 0-2, Thomas Galligan 0-1, Barry McKernan 0-1 free, Dara Kennedy 0-1, Paul Leddy 0-1, Pearse Smyth 0-1.St Eunan’s : Caolan McDaid 1-1, David Tyrell 0-6 frees, Michael Millan 0-1, Rory Carr 0-1. REF’S DECISION ROBS ST EUNAN’S COLLEGE IN MacRORY CUP BATTLE was last modified: October 9th, 2014 by John2Share 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:MacRory CupSt.Eunan’s Collegelast_img read more