SMC playwright wins regional competition

first_imgWhile most students spent their winter break relaxing and recovering from the stress of finals, Saint Mary’s senior Emily Schmitt received some surprising news that made her break more interesting than usual. In December, Schmitt won the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival’s (KCACTF) Region III full-length playwriting competition for her play “San Luis, 1989.” The play was read at the Region III festival, held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign January 3-7. “My play, ‘San Luis, 1989′ is an example of staged journalism,” Schmitt said. “This means that it is based on a true story that I conducted extensive research on.” Her play addresses issues of racial bias and government corruption in regards to poaching in San Luis, Colo., in 1989. Schmitt first learned about the story of San Luis through Susan Baxter, professor of theatre and journalism at Saint Mary’s. Schmitt and Baxter were paired together through a Saint Mary’s Student Independent Study, Teaching and Research (SISTAR) grant project, a program that provides funding for teams of students and professors to conduct research. Schmitt and Baxter collaborated intensely in their research of San Luis, making two trips to Colorado and discussing ways to bring real life events to a stage. “I am working on a book which teaches playwrights to use journalism theory; Emily is my case study,” Baxter said. “We could not be more grateful to Saint Mary’s. If not for SISTAR, the play would not have happened.” Baxter said the selective honor has gone to a graduate student in an MFA playwriting program for the past 10 years. Despite the success of the play thus far, Schmitt said she encountered challenges throughout the process that sometimes made it difficult to persevere. “The biggest challenge for me writing this play was simply not getting discouraged,” she said. Writing a play is a very lonely process, and after the fifth or sixth draft, you start to feel like it’s never going to work.  I call that the ‘dark place’ of the writing process.” But Schmitt said pushing past the isolation and struggles strengthened her skills as a playwright. “After [the ‘dark place’], something always gives way and the words start flowing out,” she said. “That is the best part of writing for me.”­ Baxter agreed that in spite of the obstacles Schmitt met, she was still able to develop as a writer and learn throughout the writing process. “Emily is a self-starter, so I did not have to work very hard at all,” she said. “She jumped in and tried every technique I threw at her.  Not all was useful, of course, but both of us learned mightily from the process.” Schmitt applied to several schools to earn her MFA in playwriting but will not be informed of acceptances until late February. In the meantime, her work with “San Luis, 1989” is not finished, as the play is currently in consideration for two national playwriting awards. “My play is currently competing with the other regional winners for the [Michael Kanin] National Student Playwriting Award,” she said.  “I am also up for the National Partners for the American Theater Playwriting Award, which is granted to a new and original voice in playwriting.” Regardless of the outcome of these awards, Schmitt said she is pleased with how things have turned out so far. She said she hopes more people will become better informed about the issues surrounding San Luis addressed in her play. “The best part about winning this award has really been spreading the word about what happened in San Luis,” she said. “Winning this award is a huge testament to the political power of the stage.”last_img read more

What channel is Oklahoma vs. Baylor on today? Time, schedule for Big 12 showdown

first_imgBelow is all the information you need to watch Oklahoma vs. Baylor on Saturday, including kickoff time, TV channel and a full Week 12 college football schedule.What channel is Oklahoma vs. Baylor on today? TV channel (national): ABCOklahoma vs. Baylor will be ABC’s primetime game and the third matchup on the network’s slate for Week 12. It’s a strong schedule across the college football landscape, with four other games between ranked teams, including No. 5 Georgia visiting No. 12 Auburn.Oklahoma vs. Baylor: What time is kickoff?Date: Saturday, Nov. 16Start time: 7:30 p.m. ETHistorically, the Sooners dominate the series against Baylor. Oklahoma is 25-3 all-time against the Bears, with all three losses coming this decade. Baylor’s last win came in 2014. Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will be calling the matchup for ABC.Week 12 college football scheduleSaturday, Nov. 16 (top 25)GameTime (ET)TV channelNo. 4 Alabama at Mississippi StateNoonESPNNo. 9 Penn State vs. No. 24 IndianaNoonABCNo. 11 Florida at MissouriNoonCBSNo. 15 Wisconsin at NebraskaNoonBig Ten NetworkNo. 14 Michigan vs. Michigan StateNoonFoxNo. 25 Oklahoma State vs. KansasNoonFox Sports 1No. 16 Notre Dame vs. No. 21 Navy2:30 p.m.NBCNo. 2 Ohio State at Rutgers3:30 p.m.Big Ten NetworkNo. 3 Clemson vs. Wake Forest3:30 p.m.ABCNo. 5 Georgia at No. 13 Auburn3:30 p.m.CBSNo. 18 Memphis at Houston3:30 p.m.ESPN2No. 22 Texas at Iowa State3:30 p.m.Fox Sports 1No. 7 Minnesota at No. 23 Iowa4:00 p.m.FoxNo. 1 LSU at Ole Miss7 p.m.ESPNNo. 17 Cincinnati at South Florida7:00 p.m.CBS Sports NetworkNo. 10 Oklahoma at No. 12 Baylor7:30 p.m.ABCNo. 8 Utah vs. UCLA8:00 p.m.FoxNo. 19 Boise State vs. New Mexico10:15 p.m.ESPN2No. 6 Oregon vs. Arizona10:30 p.m.ESPN For the second consecutive week, an under-the-radar undefeated team gets a chance to prove its mettle on a national stage.No. 12 Baylor hosts No. 10 Oklahoma for the biggest game on the 8-0 Bears’ schedule. Despite the Sooners suffering an upset loss to Kansas State last month, they remain ranked ahead of unbeaten Baylor. MORE: Full betting preview for Oklahoma vs. BaylorThe Bears entered the year unranked and didn’t crack the top 25 until Week 7, rising as high as No. 11. Their best win is a 23-21 home victory over Iowa State in the Big 12 opener; Oklahoma is by far the toughest opponent on the schedule.Last week, undefeated Minnesota beat College Football Playoff contender Penn State to thrust the Golden Gophers into the top 10. If the Bears can also keep its record perfect, the voters would reward them similarly.last_img read more

Red Bank Wins $1M Grant To Improve Shrewsbury Ave.

first_img“This particular grant can help grow the sense of a singular identity in Red Bank and will go a long way toward making the Shrewsbury Avenue corridor safer and more accessible, as well as add aesthetic value,” Porter said. By Chris Rotolo The borough’s Pilgrim Baptist Church was organized in 1896 and purchased its present home at 172 Shrewsbury Ave. in 1955. The church’s pastor, Terrence K. Porter, was installed in 2003, when he began working closely with former Mayor Ed McKenna and Red Bank’s sitting Mayor Pasquale Menna to create a more unified municipality. “This all started two years ago. So it’s been a long time coming,” said Mayor Pasquale Menna who credited the Shrewsbury Avenue Citizens Development Committee for helping develop a strategic vision. “This is where Red Bank started. People think our town was founded on Broad Street, but Shrewsbury Avenue is where everything began. It was a commercial center and it will be again. Development projects will happen and they’ll be done in a way that is respectful to the neighborhood. Shrewsbury Avenue should evolve as its own destination and it will,” Menna said. “We have a large audience that comes from the West Side of the borough. We have students that come to us for a multitude of classes and patrons who come to see the performances we have. As an organization we strive to offer diverse programming, something for everyone. And safer roadways will just make it that much easier for residents to reach us,” Philipson said. One the borough’s largest development projects is the reimagining of the Count Basie Center for the Arts, an expansion effort that will connect new bars and eateries, a second music venue and music education spaces to the historic theater, growing the venue’s footprint to an entire city block on Monmouth Street. Despite the outreach initiatives that stretch beyond Red Bank’s borders, Porter recognizes the disparity between the east and west sides of the borough and said a grant of this magnitude and the scope of the work will only strengthen the community as a whole. The grant is less than the $1.2 million proposal submitted by Millennium Strategies of Morristown on Red Bank’s behalf. But it will still fund new ADA compliant curb ramps for special needs accessibility, as well as new sidewalks, crosswalks and curb bumpouts that will extend pedestrian sidewalks and are expected to calm the flow of traffic in the congested corridor. The developed roadway that would become Shrewsbury Avenue predates 1850, a historical perspective that is not lost on Menna. In addition to public safety improvements, the grant funding will allow officials to create a more aesthetically pleasing environment along Shrewsbury Avenue with the installation of a brick paver strip, trees and decorative poles, benches and receptacles similar to what pedestrians see spanning Broad Street. Basie CEO Adam Philipson said improvements to Shrewsbury Avenue, which intersects with Monmouth Street, is an improvement to the entire Red Bank community and one he hopes will create easier access for West Side residents to the Basie’s expanding educational curriculum and entertainment options. Pilgrim Baptist is not merely a house of worship, Porter said, but strives to be a community resource. The church serves as a report site for Monmouth County’s annual Project Homeless Connect event and, in winter 2018, opened a warming center to provide overnight shelter during frigid conditions. The warming center is also located on Shrewsbury Avenue just steps away from the church. Earlier this month the New Jersey Department of Transportation announced Red Bank won a $1 million grant for an improvement project to beautify its Shrewsbury Avenue corridor and update it for safety and ADA accessibility. Red Bank won one of 27 federal grants totaling $20 million under the Safe Routes to School and Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside program. “We’re excited about the possibilities of what can be done because, as a community, you really don’t want people driving down Broad Street to see one Red Bank and those driving down Shrewsbury Avenue to see another version.” THE SCOPE OF WORK RED BANK – Shrewsbury Avenue, the borough’s original thoroughfare, is about to get a million dollar makeover. The plans also call for the installation of rain gardens and tree pits where the curb bumpouts are situated, a method to help improve drainage and mitigate any negative impacts of stormwater runoff. COMMUNITY CONNECTION ADDED PERSPECTIVE These annual federal grants are awarded to nontraditional, community-based efforts that aim to strengthen the cultural, aesthetic and environmental aspects of the nation’s intermodal system, like the main artery that comes off the Route 35 bridge, extends along Red Bank’s West Side and up through the borough of Shrewsbury, before reconnecting with Route 35 near the entrance to Fort Monmouth. last_img read more