Saint Mary’s faculty and students reflected on last summer’s Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) on Women’s Leadership for international undergraduate women during an informational panel Wednesday evening in the Warner Conference Room of the Student Center. Elaine Meyer-Lee, director of the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership, recalled the SUSI application process and the joy of hearing the College had been accepted. “We thought it was a very perfect fit with some Saint Mary’s strengths so we decided, let’s give it a try,” Meyer-Lee said. “We pulled it all together and we were selected to host the [program] we had applied for, which was to bring four women each from Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Myanmar and Mongolia.” Meyer-Lee noted that most of these countries had been in a great transition during the time the program was beginning. “They were clearly identifying countries that were at sort of transformative points,” Meyer-Lee said. “There is a lot of literature out there about how important women’s leadership is and social change and they wanted to create this opportunity.” Once selected for the Institute, the College built in a role for Saint Mary’s students within the program. “We included the students originally as participants, then changed it to a mentor and participant role,” Meyer-Lee said. “We brought on 10 students to do this and they participated side-by-side with the [international] students; they lived in the dorm with them, and they went through all of the classes and communal activities for a very intense five weeks.” Meyer-Lee said students spent the first four weeks on the Saint Mary’s campus, where they were able to travel to local areas. The final week was spent traveling to the East Coast where the students were able to visit Niagara Falls, upstate New York, Boston, New York City and Washington. Meyer-Lee then introduced senior Ambreen Ahmad, a student who participated in the program last summer. Ahmad lived in a quad in Regina Hall with three participants, all from different countries including Mongolia, Myanmar and Tunisia. “This summer was a really great experience. This is definitely a great experience for anyone who is interested in political science, business, communication and social justice because it really allows you to learn and communicate with people from all around the world,” Ahmad said. “I actually learned a lot from the perspective of these girls, who are really accomplished and are only our age.” Ahmad noted how inspiring and interesting the program was for her because it allowed her to see the perspective of the young women from different countries aside from everything our society learns from the media. “It really helps in establishing and enhancing intercultural relationships because, no matter what you end up doing in your life, everything is so much more of global context and it really helps for you to learn to communicate with people who have different backgrounds,” she said. “Being able to build bridges between [the differences] is a great thing.” Ahmad added that she, along with the other students and participants from the program keep in contact through Facebook. “Almost every day someone is posting something on it,” she said. “Learning from these women what is happening in their respective countries really gives us a firsthand account from them. I think just having a connection with people from [different countries] makes you learn more about it that you may have never done on your own.” For Ahmad, living with the participants and getting to know them on a more personal level was the best outcome she received from the experience, she said. “Living in a quad gave me the most roommates I ever had,” she said. “To me, living with them was the greatest part of it. That gave me the opportunity to hear their perspective on Americans and in some ways debunk them. Being that firsthand person to explain Americans to them was really good.”
New Delhi: The fight for the top spot in the Tata Steel Chess tournament has intensified after former five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand was held to a draw in the ninth round by Richard Rapport in Wijk Aan Zee on Tuesday. Playing withoutn any risks and displaying solid positional strength, Anand agreed to a draw after 42 moves. With this result, the fight for the top spot has gained massive intensity with Magnus Carlsen and Russian Grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi also entering the fray. Carlsen was held to a draw by US Chess champion Samuel Shankland while Nepomniachtchi secured a crucial win over Indian Grandmaster Vidit Gujrathi as all three players ended up on six points after nine rounds. With four rounds still left to play, a slip-up from any of the three players could prove to be costly. The action now shifts to Lieden, 45 minutes away from Wijk Aan Zee and all three players have a chance to secure the title. The main clash, which could decide the title, will be between reigning champion Carlsen and Anand. The Norwegian will have an advantage playing with white but Anand has shown that he is adept at playing with both colours, having secured two out of his three wins in the tournament with black.While Anand has already played joint-leader Nepomniachtchi, his next three opponents are all tricky. After the game against Carlsen, Anand will play Polish Grandmaster Jan-Krzysztof Duda but faces a tricky opponent in Chinese Grandmaster Ding Liren in the penultimate round. The final round will be an all-Indian affair, with Anand taking on Gujrathi while Carlsen faces a tricky challenge in Netherlands Grandmaster Anish Giri. Carlsen will also face a tricky challenge against Teimour Radjabov, who is on 4.5 points. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Anand, who was the world rapid champion in 2017 failed to win the remaining games and registered draws from rounds 12 to 15 to finish joint 23rd and squander his chance of retaining the championship. However, 2018 gave the 49-yer-old Grandmaster one bright spot as he clinched the Tata Steel Chess Blitz Championship with a stunning display on the final day. After securing 7.5 out of nine points on the final day, he was tied for the lead with Hikaru Nakamura, considered to be the best blitz player in the world currently. In the ensuing two-round play-off, which was faster than blitz in a reduced time format of a three-minute game, Anand secured a win with white pieces and drew the last game to clinch the title with a score of 1.5-0.5. highlights Anand is tied for the top spot with Carlsen and Nepomniachtchi.There are four rounds still remaining in the Tata Steel Chess tournament.Anand will take on Carlsen in a potential title-deciding 10th round.