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

Martinelli Assures the FARC Controlled 25% of Panamanian Jungle

first_img The FARC is currently involved in negotiations with Juan Manuel Santos’ government, in order to put an end to more than 40 years of violence. Panama seized about 35 tons of drugs in 2012, while 39 tons were confiscated in 2011, although most seizures were made in 2009 and 2010, with 54 tons each year, official records showed. “We are forced to confront a new generation of organized and sophisticated criminals that disrespect law and constitutionality,” said the head of state. The Darien area has always been a conflict area for Panama, not only due to guerrilla presence, but also due to drug trafficking operations. “When I took office in 2009, 25% of the Darien area was under FARC control,” Martinelli said during a speech before the Panamanian Congress, adding, “today I can assure you that Panama has 100% sovereignty over its territory.” Martinelli stated that “criminal organization proliferated because of weak state institutions” and added that most countries in the region are facing a “dramatic increase in violence, crime and the presence of organized crime.” By Dialogo July 08, 2013 According to official figures, 80% of the cocaine that enters the United States does so through Central America, and comes from South America. During a joint operation that was conducted in that area with the Colombian Army on June 18, Panama destroyed about 5,000 coca plants, as well as a lab for processing these plants into cocaine. On July 1, Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli stated that the guerrilla group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), was in control of 25% of the Darien jungle in 2009, a Panamanian area on the border with Colombia. Panamanian authorities consider that drug smuggling in their waters has decreased due to law enforcement presence and from ‘Operation Martillo’, a multinational counter drug effort launched by the United States and Central America in January 2012.last_img read more

LSU’s Derrius Guice reportedly will play against Syracuse after previously being ruled out

first_imgGuice had not practiced Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday due to a “minor injury,” according to Nola.com. The junior had 15 carries for 76 yards in LSU’s loss last week against Mississippi State before missing the last quarter and a half.“He’s a very, very talented back,” SU head coach Dino Babers said Monday. “I think he’s different from the starter last year (Leonard Fournette). I think he’s more complete. I think he can catch passes, I think he can run, and he’s tough between the tackles. He’s one of those guys that gets six, eight, 10, then he goes for 20, then he goes for 40. He’s going to be very difficult to stop.”The backup running back, senior Darrel Williams, has 28 carries for 159 yards and four rushing touchdowns this season. Comments Published on September 21, 2017 at 8:01 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+center_img One day after Louisiana State head coach Ed Orgeron said, “He will not play this week,” about star running back Derrius Guice, that has reportedly changed.Guice will now play for the No. 25 Tigers (2-1) against the Orange (2-1) at 7 p.m. on Saturday, according to Baton Rouge, Louisiana newspaper The Advocate.On Monday’s ACC coaches teleconference, SU head coach Dino Babers predicted Guice would play.“That guy is a competitor,” Babers said, “I’m sure he’s going to be out there.”last_img read more