New Saint Mary’s course explores philosophy in relation to walking

first_imgSaint Mary’s philosophy professor Patricia Sayre has decided to think outside the classroom this semester with the introduction of her new course, The Philosophy of Walking.This one-credit course takes a different approach to philosophy and requires that students simply walk during every class period. Sayre said she came up with the idea for the course after reading a book entitled “A Philosophy of Walking.”“It’s not something philosophers seem to talk about a lot,” Sayre said. “I read the book and I thought there was something I could build a course around here, but I don’t think I’d want to teach this as a straight academic course, because what’s the point in talking about walking if you’re not ever walking?”Sayre said she connects philosophical readings to every walk she and the students go on as a class. “We go on a different path every time, and it’s key to the reading in some way,” Sayre said. “One week the readings were about escaping — using walking to escape [from] ordinary life — so for this I decided we were going to go off campus. Each person got to lead for a little bit.”Sayre said she always is surprised by the walks with her students, and she is even more surprised at their responses to the walks. “Walks are unpredictable, and that’s part of the joy of it,” she said. “And even though I will do the walk in advance to plan it, it never goes the way I thought it would go. And so the responses are terribly interesting that I get in the written work.”Hanna Makowski, a senior in the class, said she appreciates this approach to philosophy because it allows room for individual thought. Makowski said she likes how the class differs from other classes.“In most classes you analyze and dissect the work of others, but in this class we are given the chance to create our own work based on our own philosophy of walking,” she said in an email.The unconventional approach to the class about more than just walking, Sayre said, and the course is about creating connections to the larger world. “We’re doing philosophy in a somewhat different way,” she said. “It’s more like thinking symbolically about what you’re doing, what you’re seeing and how, in many ways, it might be a metaphor for other existential problems you might have in life.”Sayre said one of the best things about her course is how free walking makes her feel. For her and her students, she said, this time is a time to get away from the stress of the responsibilities of everyday life.“It’s like this little window of time when you are free from all of that,” Sayre said. “When you’re walking you simply can’t do those other things, you have time to yourself, your mind is free.” Tags: new class, philosophy, walkinglast_img read more

Jefferson County jailer tests positive for COVID-19

first_imgMadison, IN—According to Sheriff David Thomas, on Wednesday, April 22, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department received lab confirmation that one of our jail officers tested positive for COVID-19. The officer last reported for duty on the evening of Wednesday, April 15.During the COVID-19 screening process in our COVID-19 Checkpoint, the officer was found to meet criteria devised by the jail medical staff and based on CDC recommendations which denied him access into the facility. The officer was immediately sent home without ever entering the facility. The jail officer did not have close contact with any inmates or jail staff for more than 48 hours prior to his presentation of symptoms according to Sheriff Thomas.The Jefferson County Jail is taking extra precautions to keep staff and inmates safe.  This includes all the officers wearing gloves and masks as necessary and all areas are being cleaned often and in accordance with CDC recommendations.  They also have multiple handwashing stations available to workers and inmates and hand sanitizer.The Sheriff has also waived all medical co-pays for any inmate who may present COVID-19 symptoms.  According to Sheriff Thomas, officials are screening all new book-ins and quarantining them for 14 days prior to transferring them to the cell blocks.last_img read more

Konta Set to Stop Serena

first_imgAustralian coach Pete McCraw recalls the day when a young Jo Konta skipped lunch during training sessions at Melbourne Park to practise a new grip he had taught her.When she was 11, he found her out by a hitting wall beside the complex’s Court 3, and asked why she was not sitting in the cafe with her cohort. ‘Because one day I want to play on this court,’ she replied.That was before she emigrated to the UK in her early teens, and this determination to succeed means she has gone way better than Court 3.When asked about upcoming opponents, Williams sometimes either does not know them, or affects not to know them. Konta’s reputation is burgeoning at a rate that she made no such pretence this time.‘I have watched her a lot. She’s been doing really, really well,’ said Williams. ‘She has a very attacking game. I know her game pretty well.’Konta dismissed world No 34 Ekaterina Makarova 6-1, 6-4 on Monday, extending her winning streak to nine matches. Williams was made to struggle more by tricky Czech Barbora Strycova before winning 7-5, 6-4.In another tough match of the day, Rafael Nadal faces Milos Raonic under the floodlights for a semi-final spotWhile Mirjana Lucic-Baroni makes her first Grand Slam quarter-final appearance in 18 years against Karolina PliskovaWhen Rafael Nadal takes on Milos Raonic at Rod Laver Arena, in the morning session, pundits are already looking towards a Roger-Rafa reunion.Federer had ticked off his latest challenge yesterday, and Nadal is expected to follow suit but not without shedding off his high ridding opponent today. The Spaniard had bulldozed his way into the quarter-finals, but will face his sternest examination yet from third seed Milos Raonic. This one could go the distance, with Nadal’s experience potentially proving the difference.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Britain’s last remaining singles hope in Melbourne, Johanna Konta continues her pursuit of a maiden Grand Slam against Serena WilliamsBut when Johanna Konta and Serena Williams also at the Rod Laver Arena, gets underway in the second match early session, the Briton’s task is unenviable as she hopes to end Serena Williams’ push for a 23rd Grand Slam in Melbourne.But the in-form 25-year-old has a huge chance – and this duel has all the ingredients for a classic. Both players are yet to drop a set, with the winner expected to storm on and clinch the title.Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou called Konta ‘someone who plays so fast, so aggressive, takes the ball early. It will be difficult.’last_img read more