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

Soggy onions

first_imgGeorgia Vidalia Onion growers are ready for Mother Nature to turn off the tap. Record rainfall has dampened their crop, prevented them from getting into fields to take care of it and put it behind in development, says a University of Georgia onion expert.Record rainfall swamped Georgia over the past three months and continues to keep things soggy in southeast Georgia, where farmers typically plant each year an estimated 12,000 acres of Georgia’s official vegetable.“Right now, I’d say the condition of the crop is fair,” said Reid Torrance, UGA Cooperative Extension coordinator in Tattnall County and onion expert. “It’s the wettest I’ve ever seen. We’ve had record rainfall — three to four times normal — which has put everyone behind. We just can’t get in the fields. Basically, we’re trying to play catch up at this point.”Farmers start transplanting onions into fields in November. Conditions were drier then. Onions planted that month had a good head start on the weather, he said. Then the sky opened, dropping 12 inches of rain in December around Tattnall and Toombs counties, where the majority of the crop is planted. Over the past 8 weeks, the region has received close to 20 inches of rain.The crop is usually planted by the end of the year, he said. But this year, only 80 percent was in the ground by Jan. 1. The rest has trickled in during short dry spells.Farmers are a month behind in weed management and fertilizer applications. What they’ve been able to do in fields, he said, in many cases, has been washed away.In a few cases, Torrance has seen entire planting beds washed away, leaving the tiny bulbs once in them piled knee deep at the bottom of fields. In all, an estimated 15 percent of the planted crop is likely already lost.If there is a silver lining, he said, foliar diseases, up to this point, haven’t been a problem for the crop. Prolonged freezing temperatures in January zapped what foliage had sprouted. So, there is nothing for diseases to attack.The onions will be ready to hit the market in April, when harvest typically starts. “But whether it’ll be early or late April right now we don’t know,” he said.Georgia’s climatologist David Stooksbury recently said the wet, cool weather that has blanketed the state this winter will likely continue through spring.“We still have a lot of season left, and onions are resilient,” Torrance said. “But we’ve got to get a break here soon. Rain is the last thing we need.”last_img read more

A Eurowings plane flies painted in the colors of Kvarner

first_imgIn addition to the new airlines at Rijeka Airport, there will also be new airlines from 2018: Condor and Transavia, and a significant increase in the route for Eindhoven by Transavia has been announced (an increase of over 300%)Photo: Rijeka Airport Photo: Rijeka Airport Stickers promoting Kvarner were affixed to a Eurowings aircraft flying from Dusseldorf to Gran Canaria, Budapest, Zurich, London, Hamburg, Dresden, Lanzarote, Pristina, Berlin, Manchester, Newcastle and Rome.A Eurowings aircraft with Kvarner features will promote Kvarner until November 15, 2019.center_img This year, Rijeka Airport achieved all historical records. Thus, the turnover of over 180 thousand passengers and over 5 thousand operations was realized. For the next season, 3 new airlines have already been confirmed – TUI at the destinations of Manchester and London, Volotea at the destination for Marseille, and Lufthansa at the destination for Munich.last_img read more

Tocardo to retrieve floating tidal platform from EMEC

first_imgTocardo’s TFS system off Orkney (Photo: Tocardo) Tocardo Tidal Power plans to retrieve its Temporary Foundation System (TFS) floating tidal platform equipped with T2 tidal turbine from the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC).Orkney-based marine services provider Leask Marine has been engaged to tow the TFS from EMEC’s Fall of Warness test site to Isbister Bay.The device will be moored there until shore operations are ready for recovery, according to Leask Marine.The temporary mooring is set to last from November 6 until December 31, 2017.To remind, Tocardo signed up to demonstrate a 20 year pre-commercial array at EMEC’s Fall of Warness tidal energy test site in February 2016.Tocardo plans to install eight T2 turbines across two Tocardo systems. The planned array at EMEC is the next step in Tocardo’s path towards commercializing their tidal turbine by proving and validating the technology in the volatile offshore environment in Orkney for an extended time period.The first T2 turbine was installed at EMEC this March as part of a Temporary Foundation System (TFS).last_img read more

LNHA Ends 3-Day Workshop in Gbarnga City

first_imgSome of the student athletes at the seminarThe president of Liberia National Handball Association (LNHA), J. Mason Saweler, has called on athletes who underwent a three-day workshop for high school athletes in Gbarnga City, Bong County to put to use the knowledge they acquired from the training.Mr. Saweler told journalists that the training started was held January 16 thru 18, 2019 and was climaxed with few exhibition matches among athletes from the 10 schools that took part in the training.The association boss described the multitude of students that showed up for the game as surprising and that it showed how hungry those students are for the game. He called on them to take both their lessons and the game seriously.Terry Morgan headed the training aspect of the workshop and he described the performance of the 70 students from the 10 high schools as astounding. He urged them to take the training seriously if they wish to be counted among the best handball athletes nationally and internationally.Students from St. Martin’s Catholic, N. V. Massaquoi, St. Peter’s Episcopal, Muslim Youth Academy, and St. Mark’s Lutheran high schools were among the participants.Others were S. D. A, A. G. M, Dolokelen Gboveh, Alexander A. Andrew, and Bokalu Simi high schools.Morgan said physical education instructors from the 10 schools which students participated in the workshop were also trained by the rules governing handball so that they will continue to train students who have the passion for it.He said, “Because of the passion the students have for handball, we also trained PE instructors from each of the 10 schools that participated in the workshop about the rules of the sport and we call on the Ministry of Education to include the sport in its PE curriculum in their individual schools.”“Our reason for calling on PE instructors to include the sport in their individual school PE curriculum is because it would help to increase the athletes’ knowledge in the sport and promote the game in that part of the country,” he said.Morgan extended thanks to the National PTA Network which provided the sponsorship for the workshop.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more