SMC students return from study abroad

first_imgFrom the streets of Seville, Spain; Rome, Italy; and Ifrane, Morocco, a wave of Belles have returned home to Saint Mary’s this week. Despite the snow and ice, many Belles say they are happy to be back.Sophomore Cassidy Miller said she always knew she wanted to study abroad, but it was not until she heard from a Belle who had spent a semester in Italy that she knew she wanted to go to Rome.She said the hardest part about coming back to campus was the overcast and frigid temperatures.Besides the language barrier, Miller said the hardest part about studying abroad in Rome was doing her homework.“It’s a lot busier, because there’s a lot of people in the city — not that they’re always in a rush or anything, but there’s always things to do, a lot of shops and restaurants,” she said. “It was a different experience for me to try and finish schoolwork while still trying to experience and see everything in the city. When you’re here [at Saint Mary’s], you do your schoolwork and then go back to your room. There, I was sitting in my room until I realized that I should be out exploring things.”The best part about studying in Rome was her proximity to the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica, Miller said, and that there was always something to do in Rome. However, coming back to campus has been difficult because she has to find more ways to keep herself occupied, she said.“Living in Rome, there’s something new to do everyday,” Miller said. “Here, I’ve been trying to find some things to do in order to keep myself busy so I don’t have so much downtime that I start to miss it.”Junior Sophia McDevitt, who studied in Ireland last semester, said sharing her study abroad experience with her friends was difficult at first.“The most obvious challenge to me was that all my friends had met all these new people and so many relationships had subtly shifted and I had missed it,” she said. “I suddenly showed back up and had to figure out everything that had and hadn’t happened, while also digesting what I had just experienced.”McDevitt said opening up to fellow Belles who did not or will not study abroad was also challenging.“I knew a lot of my friends had wanted to study abroad, but because of their scholarships or their majors they couldn’t,” she said. “So, I wanted to make sure it didn’t sound like I was bragging when I talked about the Spanish friends I made at dinner in Alicante or how beautiful the Swiss Alps were or how I loved sitting around and talking with my European friends from all different countries. Instead of talking, I found myself holding it all in.”But McDevitt said once she started sharing her experiences abroad, she found students were interested and encouraged her to open up more.“Once I started sharing, I was reminded that those who care about me cared about hearing what was on my mind,” she said. “Now, I find myself sharing random tidbits more often as things pop back into my head.”Although the weather may be dismal, the friendships may have shifted and the days may be monotonous, Miller said the best thing about being back on campus is reuniting with her fellow Belles.“Coming back can be a little bit scary because you do get so accustomed to the culture over there, but as long as you keep yourself busy and have supportive friends, that makes the transition back to campus a lot easier,” she said. “There’s comfort in the sisterhood here.”Tags: Saint Mary’s study abroad, SMC study abroad, winter breaklast_img read more

08 Fruits vs. veggies

first_img Volume XXVIII Number 1 Page 8 By Mike Isbell University of Georgia Sometimes I have to go digging through the books on my bookcase to prove things to people. Such was the case when my friend Willie dropped by to see me.The big question”Mike, when I have a question about something, you’re very good at helping me come up with the answer,” he said. “I got to arguing with a fellow about a tomato. He says he learned in school that a tomato is a fruit, and I told him it’s not — it’s a vegetable.””Well, Willie,” I said, “I’m afraid he’s right — it is a fruit.””Now, I always believe what you tell me,” Willie said. “But you’re wrong this time.””Let’s see what old Webster says,” I said as I pulled my dictionary off the bookshelf. But the dictionary definition didn’t do anything but confuse me and Willie both.So I pulled my “Georgia Master Gardener Handbook” off the shelf and looked up “fruit.” That was a mistake, too. The fruits it mentioned were the ones Willie expected: apples, peaches, plums, grapes, blueberries — everything but tomatoes.I was losing Willie’s confidence in me really fast.Finally, I saw “The Wise Garden Encyclopedia” among the scores of books on the shelves. And I looked up “fruit” in it.And this is what it said: “Botanically and strictly, fruit is the ripened ovary of a flower, including its contents and any closely adhering parts. Examples are cucumber, pepper, tomato, apple, plum, raspberry.”Yes!A social conundrumBut that wasn’t good enough for Willie. He launched into a tirade of the problems you would have if you called a tomato a fruit.”Now, Mike,” he said, “if you go into a restaurant to get some tomato soup and you say, ‘Give me some of that fruit soup,’ they’re going to tell you, ‘This isn’t fruit soup — this is tomato soup’ and look at you like you’re crazy!”Or, if you’ve got a little child, and he asks you for a piece of fruit, you’re going to give him a piece of apple, or a pear, or a grape — not a piece of pepper!”After several minutes, Willie finally said, “Mike, let’s say you’re standing in a food buffet line, they’ve got all the meats — the chicken, pork chops, meat loaf — they got all that together. And then you get to the vegetables — the potatoes, turnip greens, carrots — they got all that together.”And then you get to the fruits,” he said. “You ain’t going to find tomatoes!”last_img read more

Arrest in Hempstead Teen’s Slaying

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Pedro Merchant, 20, was arrested for the alleged fatal shooting of a Hempstead teenager on Sept. 11, 2013.A North Valley Stream man will be arraigned Friday on murder charges for allegedly gunning down a Hempstead teenager last week.Nassau County police arrested 20-year-old Pedro Merchant Thursday in Hempstead around 1:30 p.m., police said. Merchant was charged with second-degree murder.Dante Quinones, 17, was shot several times outside a home on Dartmouth Street on Wednesday, September 11, police said. He was pronounced dead at 11:01 p.m. at Winthrop University Hospital, police said.Quinones’ slaying immediately sparked outrage in the Hempstead village where he lived.Two days after the incident, the teen’s family joined activists to decry violence in the neighborhood as they pleaded for change in the community.“What I would like to say to the person who did this is you committed physical homicide against Dante but emotional manslaughter against all of us,” Quinones’ uncle, Eddie Gordon, said near a memorial for his nephew. “We hope for your capture. I will ask that no one retaliate because we want mother justice to do what she does best.”Community activists said they would begin holding monthly crime meetings to educate Hempstead residents.Merchant’s arraignment will take place at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

Big name out of Cheltenham feature

first_imgChampagne Fever has been ruled out of the Queen Mother chase.The Willie Mullins runner which was due to be ridden by Ruby Walsh got injured on the way to the festival and hasn’t recovered in time.2014 victor Sire de Grugy remains the favourite for the feature ahead of 2013 champion Sprinter Sacre. The feature race goes to post at 3.20 while the opener is away at 1.30.last_img