Saint Mary’s screens ‘Band of Sisters’

first_img“Band of Sisters,” a documentary produced and directed by Notre Dame alumna Mary Fishman, screened at Saint Mary’s on Wednesday and was followed by a panel discussion about the film. The film highlights various groups of nuns across the country and shows their work outside of the physical church after hearing the calls of Vatican II. In the movie, sisters campaign for housing, food sustainability and gardening for the poor. They also work in jails, assuring that inmates had the pastoral care they deserved. Sr. Veronique Wiedower said the film reflects the priorities of Holy Cross sisters at Saint Mary’s. “Although the sisters of the Holy Cross are not specifically singled out in the dialogue of the film, those of you familiar with the sisters, will recognize the sisters’ charisma and ministry in the words and examples of other congregations and visually in the pre-Vatican footage of religious life here on Saint Mary’s campus,” Wiedower said. During the panel discussion, Fishman said she wanted to combat stereotypes about nuns in ” Band of Sisters.” “I wanted to set the record straight,” she said. “… I was inspired by the more than 300 year history of religious sisters and I wanted to inspire other people.” Sr. Betty Moyer, a former campus minister at Saint Mary’s, said she hopes people gain a deeper understanding of human dignity and justice from watching this movie.  “[I hope] you feel anger where there is injustice,” Moyer said. Moyer said the documentary portrays well the “real world issues” sisters face in the world outside of the physical church.  “We must address ourselves, and involvement in social justice is what this movie calls us to,” Moyer said. “We do not know what He calls us to; [it is] literally a journey into the unknown.” Holy Cross Sr. Elena Malits, professor emerita of religious studies at Saint Mary’s, said sharing personal stories is important among the religious community.  “A very wise Holy Cross religious recently told me, ‘Someone’s truth is an invitation to a bigger heart and a bigger mind,’” she said. Malits said interacting with the larger community is also part of their vocation.  “That’s really our vocation, to live out that sense of gratitude and sense of participation in this beautiful world, and as I meet these different people and learn different stories, I begin to have a bigger heart and a bigger mind,” Malits said.last_img read more

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Bristol office take-up breaks 1m sq ft barrier

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An uneven college path led Ryan Guthrie to Syracuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ UPDATED: Nov. 11, 2018 at 4:15 p.m.On a cold and windy December morning in Iowa Falls, Iowa, Ryan Guthrie sat in the office of Ellsworth Community College then-head coach Jesse Montalto and thought about New Orleans.It was national signing day for junior colleges and Guthrie had his National Letter of Intent ready to fax to Tulane, where he planned to play his final two years of college football.He ignored two Division I offers the year prior for a better opportunity — he wanted a Power 5 look. Still, it eluded him. Syracuse had come on strong late, spurring Guthrie to decommit from the Green Wave two days before signing day, but there was no offer from the Orange. He had resettled on Tulane.Then his phone rang. Guthrie doesn’t remember exactly who was on the other end of the line, but it was Syracuse, offering him a scholarship.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He’s a pretty stoic kid,” Montalto, who had been told of the offer the night before, said, “so he doesn’t say a ton. But you could tell he was excited about it and he was happy … It was almost relief.”For Guthrie, it marked the end of a two-and-a-half year pursuit that took him from the familiarity of north Georgia and dumped him in the middle of Iowa cornfields before he advanced him to Syracuse. He bet on himself and with one last game remaining in the Carrier Dome for the Orange, he won.“It probably wouldn’t have happened any other way,” he said recently, half joking. “There’s no easy way for me to do things.”Paul Schlesinger | Staff PhotographerLike so many high school athletes, Guthrie promised his sophomore self that he’d play college football. He started at West Forsyth (Georgia) High School undersized and bounced around different positions. He played safety until settling at outside linebacker his senior year. He had gotten taller, but not more muscular and was “still stringy,” he said.In his senior season, Guthrie played for first-year head coach Adam Clack, who had been promoted from offensive coordinator. Guthrie was one of Clack’s most mature players, he said, and that Guthrie’s voice held weight in the locker room. When Clack had an idea for the team, it went through Guthrie first. They’d talk constantly — in the hallways, in Clack’s office after practice or his classroom during the school day.“I’d throw some things at him and he’d throw some things at me and it was a really, really beneficial relationship to have,” Guthrie said.Local Division I-AA schools like Mercer and Kennesaw State offered walk on spots. Guthrie kept searching. When the Wolverines missed the playoffs on a tiebreak on the last day of the season, Guthrie had no scholarship offers and no time left to earn one.National signing day passed. Guthrie remained unoffered and unsigned. Was walking on his only option?On a late April evening, Guthrie groomed the Sawnee Mountain Park baseball fields. As he rode a John Deere Gator, dragged the infields smooth and painted baselines, Mike Minikwu, then a coach at Ellsworth, called. He tried his best to sell Guthrie on ECC and central Iowa.“I got off the phone and said, ‘Oh I’m not going to do that. It’s in Iowa? Whoa,’” Guthrie said.But Ellsworth stuck with him, as did the encouragement from his high school coaches, who for a few months had sporadically mentioned the junior college route. Guthrie liked the notion of going so far away: he could do his own thing. Ellsworth offered Guthrie a scholarship when no one else had. If he wanted to play college football, this was the path forward.Without visiting Ellsworth or even consulting his parents, he took what he had.“If it didn’t work out,” Lisa, Guthrie’s mother, said, “it didn’t work out, you can always come back home. But Ryan does not have that mindset.”“He was going to be important,” she continued, “and he wasn’t going to come home with his tail between his legs. He was going to be somebody.”Courtesy of Kelly GuthrieIn June, Guthrie and his father, Steve, packed a rental car and departed Georgia around 5 a.m. for the 16-hour drive that is now famous within the Guthrie family. Plodding through the heart of the United States, Steve and Guthrie encountered a massive thunderstorm and ate at a “weird Denny’s truck stop” outside of St. Louis, Ryan said.About two miles from Ellsworth, going 80 miles per hour in the rental, Steve said, they hit a large deer. They got out, surveyed the damage, thought about how close they were to where they needed to be — where Guthrie needed to be — and kept going.At Ellsworth for the first time ever, Guthrie was on an island. “Corn for miles, and miles and miles,” Lisa said. He was lonely and found it difficult to meet people. So, he immersed himself in football, working constantly with defensive coordinator Matt St. Germain.St. Germain loved coaching Guthrie. He wasn’t a usual JUCO case of poor grades or misconduct holding him back from a Division I offer. St. Germain struggled to comprehend how no one offered Guthrie in the first place. He took good notes, studied film constantly, asked for clarification when he didn’t understand things and spent extra hours talking with St. Germain in his office. When an injury took down the incumbent middle linebacker during fall camp, Guthrie seized the job.He flourished and became a quasi-coach. Against Independence Community College in 2016, Guthrie called plays from the middle of the defense. ICC had a dual-threat quarterback and played fast. Knowing he wouldn’t get the calls in, St. Germain spent the week preparing a wristband for Guthrie to wear. A 12-box matrix, featuring 24 different defenses, was Guthrie’s reference. He made calls based on ICC’s offensive alignment. Ellsworth allowed 10 points in the win.“I was really stressed that week in practice,” Guthrie said. “He got me right, time and time again.”“I completely trusted him,” St. Germain said.Laura Angle | Digital Design EditorA second-team All-American in 2015, Guthrie had offers from Akron and Eastern Michigan. Division I football was a signature away. But he returned to Ellsworth for his sophomore year.Guthrie had come to Ellsworth to get out and to earn a Division I scholarship. He did that, then spurned both, betting that the work ethic and dedication that got him this close would net him a Power 5 offer.“I took a chance on myself when I went to junior college,” Guthrie said. “Nobody ever thought I would be where I am right now.”His sophomore year, Guthrie led the National Junior College Athletic Association in sacks and earning first-team All-American honors. His two offers ballooned to nearly 20. None of them were Power 5.After Thanksgiving 2016, Syracuse started calling. Then-linebackers coach Tom Kaufman visited Guthrie in Iowa. Guthrie visited Syracuse. He fell in love with the coaches and players. Having his mom’s side of the family in New Jersey was an added bonus.But he went back to Iowa without an offer.“It was heartbreaking,” Guthrie said.Then, on signing day morning, Dec. 14, 2016, Syracuse called. The “stringy” kid who had won his varsity team’s “Ultimate Wolverine Award” his senior year achieved his ultimate goal. Guthrie’s promise to his 15-year-old self went unbroken and the past 12 months hadn’t been wasted.“He went on his own and it took a lot of courage and he never faltered,” Steve said. “He never complained. Not one time. And he was out there in the middle of nowhere. All in all, it was a great man-making kind of experience for him.”In the past two years at Syracuse, the same things that endeared Guthrie to previous coaching staffs have stood out. He willingly played defensive end last season, aiding a thin group while buried beneath established linebackers Zaire Franklin, Parris Bennett and Jonathan Thomas. He lives with Eric Dungey, who said “you can always trust him.” In recent voting for captains, Guthrie was the defensive runner up, Dino Babers said.Reflecting on his journey on Tuesday, Guthrie said he wouldn’t change a thing. He cherishes relationships with Clack, Montalto, St. Germain and his Ellsworth teammates. He wouldn’t be the player he is now without disappearing to Iowa.Guthrie didn’t always know what was next and he doesn’t now. He might attend graduate school. Maybe he’ll try the NFL if the opportunity arises. He’s embraced the unknown on his journey, conquering obstacles whenever he encountered them in his pursuit of something he promised himself long ago.“Don’t really have a plan,” he said, shrugging, “just kind of let it happen.”CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, the division of Mercer and Kennesaw State was misstated. The Daily Orange regrets this error.  Commentscenter_img Published on November 7, 2018 at 11:41 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Grahamlast_img read more

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Brothers charged with purchasing stolen items

first_imgTwo Danielstown Village, Essequibo Coast brothers found themselves on the wrong side of the law when they reportedly purchased stolen items.Ricardo and Winston Chester appeared before Magistrate Sunil Scarce on Wednesday at the Anna Regina Magistrate’s Court.According to the prosecution, between April 15 and April 18, 2016 at Danielstown, they received from Albert Bharrat a 32-inch Samsung TV and two gas cylinders knowing same to be stolen. The items are valued at 2,700 and are the property of Sarwan Kumar.The two men pleaded not guilty to the charge. Ricardo Chester told the Court that Bharrat approached him and asked him to pay a taxi for him and in return, he asked to keep the items.Winston Chester on the other hand told the Court he had no knowledge that the items were stolen.The VC, who was also in Court, told the Magistrate he had settled the matter with the two brothers. Magistrate Scarce cautioned the brothers about the seriousness of the offence and told them to be vigilant next time. The case was then dismissed and the brothers walked out of the courtroom, free men.Meanwhile, Bharrat and a friend of his, Pollard (only name given), appeared before Magistrate Scarce on a break and enter and larceny charge.The charge states that between April 15 and 16, 2016, the Richmond Village duo broke and entered the dwelling place of Kumar thereby stealing the Samsung TV, gas cylinders, a transformer, a pair of long pants, an electrical iron and groceries, valued in total 4,200.Both Bharrat and Pollard pleaded not guilty to the charge. Police Prosecutor Haimraj Ramsewack informed the Court that some of the items were recovered when Police swooped down on the two brothers that purchased several of the items. The VC informed the Court that the parents of the duo pleaded with him to settle the matter and he has agreed. He then asked the Magistrate to dismiss the matter.Magistrate Scarce, in cautioning the men about their behaviour, said that it has become a norm for Bharrat’s parents to settle matters of this nature for him. As such, he placed Bharrat and Pollard on a bond to keep the peace; any breach of the conditions of the bond will result in jail time.last_img read more

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Russian MP: Avoid sex with foreign men during World Cup

first_img0Shares0000Female volunteers, seen here at Mordovia Arena in Saransk which will host four World Cup matches, are among those to have been warned about having flings with fansLONDON, United Kingdom, June 14 – A prominent Russian MP has been heavily criticised after urging women not to have sex with foreign men during the World Cup.Communist Party MP Tamara Pletnyova told a Moscow Radio station that she was “not a nationalist” but believed Russian women should avoid sex with people “of a different race” because “their children suffer”. She was responding to a question about the “kids of the Olympics” – referencing the claim that there was a spike in births of mixed-race children in Russia after the 1980 Summer Olympics.Ms Pletnyova said that these children were “abandoned” by their foreign fathers.“It’s not so bad if the fathers are of the same race,” she said. “But if they are of a different race, then that’s it.“[The children] are abandoned, and they stay here with their mother. We should be giving birth to our children.”Pletnyova has been widely condemned online, with some people drawing parallels between her comments and Fifa’s Say No to Racism campaign.Recalling how a former ice skater defended a racist tweet by claiming her Twitter account had been hacked, radio presenter Tayana Felgengauer wondered if Ms Pletnyova might claim something similar had happened to her.“I wonder what Pletnyova will say when they remind her of Say No to Racism,” she tweeted.Further critics of Ms Pletnyova have included one who called for her to be “thrown out of the Duma” (Russian parliament).One Twitter user wondered if the Russian MP intended to “monitor the behaviour of female Russians of reproductive age”, while another pointed out the irony in the fact Ms Pletnyova had previously been “the head of the Committee for Nationalities”.But not all the comments have been negative.Some people have agreed with Ms Pletnyova that “we should bear our own Russian children”. And one asked: “What is wrong with what she said?”While others have come forward to defend her right to free speech, with one person saying: “I believe that everyone can freely express their views, including MP Pletnyova.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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