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

Van Gaal bemoans festive schedule

Louis van Gaal described the second half of Manchester United’s goalless draw at Tottenham as “a struggle for life” after outlining his frustrations with a fixture schedule which demanded two Premier League matches in fewer than 48 hours. The visitors, who had not lost at White Hart Lane since May 2001, swept Newcastle aside in 53 minutes in the 3-1 win on Boxing Day. Had it not been for Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris United would have been out of sight at the interval after what Van Gaal believes was the best first-half showing by his team this term. Lloris saved twice from Radamel Falcao and denied Robin van Persie and Ashley Young and was complimented by opposite number David de Gea as the teams left the field at half-time. The one time Lloris was beaten Juan Mata’s deflected free-kick hit the post and Vlad Chiriches cleared the rebound off the line ahead of Van Persie. “When you play your best first half of the season as Manchester United, at White Hart Lane, a top six club of the Premier League and you play like that, create six to eight chances, open chances, you have to finish that,” Van Gaal said. “If you don’t reward yourselves then, normally the opponent wins. “You could see also the difference in the second half – it was not football any more, it was a struggle for life. Tottenham won the second balls and that’s why they were more dominating than Manchester in the second half. “You need also a little fortune. Tottenham could score also in the second half. I’m happy that they didn’t.” Van Gaal believes football’s authorities are culpable for intensity of the contest dwindling. “It’s scientifically proven that the body cannot recover within 48 hours,” he said. Press Association “When you, as an FA, allow that to play matches, you see what it’s like. “The second half was much different from the first half. And not only for Manchester United, also for Tottenham Hotspur. “I think Tottenham Hotspur can play much better than today. Also my team could’ve played in the second half much better. You cannot do that.” United named an unchanged starting XI for the first time since November 2012, in 85 Premier League games, but it was out of necessity, according to Van Gaal. The Dutchman made three defensive substitutions, but insisted Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling could not have played from the start having recently returned from injury. Van Gaal added: “You cannot play 90 minutes. Maybe you can play 20 minutes. I take the risk already with these kind of players, putting them on the bench. That’s why I could not change.” United have won just twice in nine matches away from home this term, with the wins at Arsenal and Southampton followed by draws at Aston Villa and now Spurs. But Van Gaal maintains the title is a realistic prospect as his side are improving all the time. He added: “I said this also in the dressing room: when you cannot win such a type of matches when you are the better team against Aston Villa and also now, it’s very difficult to be the champion at the end of the season. “Still (I think we can win). We are improving every week. I was very happy with the first half.” Asked if United will be improved in 2015 after a fraught last 12 months, Van Gaal added: “Of course. Of course. Of course, we shall be better. So, watch.” Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino felt his side were worthy of a draw after Lloris’ heroics. Pochettino said: “I think it’s a fair result. Lloris is one of the best goalkeepers in the world. It’s not new for me. We know the quality from Hugo.” Pochettino felt Spurs might have had a penalty in the second half following Wayne Rooney’s grappling on Harry Kane at a corner. “Maybe it was a penalty, from seeing the TV now,” Pochettino said. “But from my vision during the game it was difficult to identify if it was a penalty or not.” read more

Spanish La Liga Wrap (Saturday): Top Two Secure Wins As Atletico Falter Again

first_imgThe top two teams, Barcelona and Valencia, recorded separate victories I’m the race for the Spanish La Liga title.League leaders Barcelona maintained their four points gap at the summit with a 2-0 win over hosts Athletic Bilbao courtesy a goal in each half from Argentine superstar Lionel Messi and Paulinho.Messi gave Barcelona a first half lead for his 12th league goal of the season before Brazilian star Paulinho wrapped up the win on the stroke of fulltime.Second-placed Valencia continue to perform above expectations following their latest league win, a 2-1 victory at Alaves. Italian international striker Simone Zaza scored his 9th league goal of the season to give Valencia the lead in the first half but Alexis scored an equaliser for the home side before Rodrigo’s penalty gave Marcelinho’s side the three points at stake.Atletico Madrid faltered again in the title race to record their fourth stalemate in five games with a 1-1 draw against Villareal. Angel Correa’s 61st minute opener was cancelled out by an equaliser from Carlos Bacca nine minutes from time. Matchday 10 Results (Saturday):Alaves 1-2 ValenciaAthletic Bilbao 0-2 BarcelonaAtletico Madrid 1-1 VillarealSevilla 2-1 LeganesStandings (Top 4):Barcelona 28 pointsValencia 24 pointsReal Madrid 20 pointsAtletico Madrid 20 points RelatedSpanish La Liga Wrap: Barcelona Extend Lead With Levante Win As Rivals Madrid Lose Further Grounds With Vigo DrawJanuary 8, 2018In “Europe”Spanish La Liga Review (Sunday): Barcelona Extend Lead With Big Deportivo WinDecember 18, 2017In “Europe”Spanish La Liga Review: Villareal Stun Madrid As Atletico And Valencia Keep Pressure On Leaders BarcelonaJanuary 14, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more

Olen Medical Supply in Wellington to move from current location to 107 N. Washington

first_imgMike WalkerSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Olen Medical Supply will move from the current location to 107 N. Washington in Wellington, effective June 3.Since opening in February 2010, the store has provided the Wellington area with durable medical equipment like hospital beds, wheelchairs, oxygen and CPAP equipment.  “Sumner County Family Care Center (just next door at 507 E. 16th) has had significant growth lately,” said owner Mike Walker.  “As a result, clinical personnel will move into the space we now occupy and we will be moving downtown.”Recent changes in Medicare have also affected small providers like Olen Medical in Wellington and around the country.Unless some pending legislation passes, Medicare beneficiaries in the Wellington area will be forced to use government chosen providers, some as far away as California or Florida.While the government’s term for these changes is “Competitive Bidding”, the reality is that patients in rural areas like Wellington will face reduced access to medical equipment.After July 1, 2013, Medicare patients who need CPAP, hospital beds, walkers or wheelchairs will have to contact companies who chose to participate in the bidding process.  A few of the providers have Wichita offices, while the majority has offices in states like Texas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Illinois.“While we can continue to serve the Medicare patients we have, we will not be able to file new claims for Medicare clients in Sumner County after July 1,” Walker said.  “Our business is about providing equipment to keep people at home, and the federal government is launching a program in the name of cost savings that makes staying and healing at home extremely difficult for Medicare recipients.”Olen Medical is a full service dealer offering a wide range of splints and braces, CPAP equipment and supplies, and a wide range of other home medical equipment.As a licensed and bonded company with locations in Arkansas City and Wellington, Olen Medical accepts most private insurance and state health plans.  They will be open at their new location at 107 N. Washington on Monday, June 3.  For questions about their services or changes in Medicare, they can be reached at 620-359-1091 or at www.OlenMedical.com. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more