Saint Mary’s College Student has officially kicked off African American Heritage Month (AAHM) celebrations, according to Tamara Taylor, the assistant director of Student Involvement & Multicultural Services (SIMS). The month-long celebration is a time to recognize the achievements and contributions of African Americans, both past and present. “Just like all other cultural activities at Saint Mary’s College, I hope to spark people’s attention and to put on events that are meaningful,” Taylo said. “It is important for Saint Mary’s to participate in African American Heritage celebrations to support and learn the story of others.” Taylor said AAHM is about being truly able to understand people of a different race or culture, thus becoming culturally aware and competent of the opportunity to engage in educational opportunities when offered. “My goal as the assistant director for Multicultural Services is to work with students to plan cultural events that not only require an audience to show up and hear something, but to actively engage and take away a lifelong memory,” she said. The College’s AAHM celebrations started on Feb. 1 with an exhibit and recitation of selected poems, but many other events are planned during the month of February, Taylor said. Among the upcoming AAHM events include a soul food dinner to be served by Sodexo in the Noble Family Dining Hall, a mass commemorating black history, a movie night featuring Disney’s The Princess and the Frog and Apollo Night Talent Show. Taylor said the Apollo Night Talent Show, named after the Apollo Theater in Harlem, is the most anticipated event. “It’s our highlighted event,” Taylor said. “We want to highlight the importance of the theatre in relation to African American Heritage.” Poets, dancers, vocalists and many other talented individuals will be participating in the event, but students are welcomed to submit an entry form to perform in the Apollo Talent Show. Taylor said she has high expectations for the celebration of AAHM on Saint Mary’s campus. “I would like to invite the campus to take part in as much of our programming as they can for African American Heritage Month,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity to learn something new.”
Garry Monk was pleased by the way Swansea not only managed to frustrate Southampton but leave St Mary’s with a first Premier League win of 2015. “The game plan was to concede a little bit of possession, to frustrate them to grow into the game, get into the hour mark. “Obviously then I knew they would push, the crowd would become frustrated and we would look to go and push for that first goal. “I think tactically we got it spot on today. That’s what you have to do. “I know better than anyone else at Swansea City, the amount of football we have played over the years, that you can’t always do it [the same style]. “There are certain circumstances, certain periods of time, when you have to adapt and be able to change. I think we showed that today was fantastic.” Monk heaped praise on match-winner Shelvey and captain Ashley Williams in the post-match press conference, while he downplayed a touchline spat with Ryan Bertrand. The Saints left-back clashed with the Swansea bench after a lunge on Modou Barrow, which saw him sent off by referee Michael Oliver in the dying minutes. “I thought it was a bad tackle, but I was more appealing because knew it was a free-kick,” Monk said. “Whether it was a red card, I’m not sure. I appealed for the free-kick as I think he felt he’d won the ball. “I just said ‘how do you think you can win that ball from the side or behind?’ There’s no problems whatsoever.” Monk says Barrow received a blow to the back of the knee but is fine after a challenge Southampton counterpart Ronald Koeman did not think was worthy of a sending off. “In my opinion, it is not a red card,” the Dutchman said. “These fouls in my opinion is yellow. It’s not a red card.” Bertrand will now miss the next three matches through suspension, increasing the number of absentees Saints are having to deal with right now. Such issues, along with the departure of Jack Cork to Swansea, means Koeman will be active on transfer deadline day, with his key targets Benfica’s Filip Djuricic and Tonny Vilhena at former club Feyenoord. “We have one day more,” he said. “We will see. I expect something, yes.” Press Association “I am happy with the three points after what has been a difficult month for us for various reasons,” Monk said. “We have lost players, had injuries, players away on international duty and suspensions. “It has been difficult for us but I talked in the week about getting back to basics. “We came here with a game plan and I thought we executed that game plan very well. “And what a goal – a fantastic strike from Jonjo which deserved to win any game. “I thought we were good for the three points, especially in the second half. “We came to frustrate them a little bit and in the second half we knew that if we used the ball a little better we’d get our chances and so it proved.” This was certainly not the free-flowing Swansea onlookers have become accustomed to, with the players instead displaying a dogged, battling side. “I knew coming here against a very good side – they’re in the Champions League spots, don’t forget that – who have had a fantastic season,” Monk said of his former club. Arriving on the south coast without a top-flight victory since Boxing Day, few expected their rotten recent form to improve in Sunday’s late kick-off. However, Swansea managed to frustrate the hosts, with a resolute defence and dollop of luck allowing them to eke out a 1-0 win, courtesy of Jonjo Shelvey’s fine, late strike.