October 28, 2010 Volume CXXVIII Issue 7

Not For Sale hosts ultimate frisbee tourny

By DEVIN HARRIS
Contributing Writer

From left to right: Dr. Tabor, Dr. Lookadoo, Devin Harris and Katie Sanders take a picture at the Not For Sale conference in California.

Are you ready to play some Ultimate Frisbee? On Nov. 6, we are hosting both a competitive and fun league tournament on Georgetown’s campus at Hinton Field and the intramural fields. The entry fee for the tournament is $50 for a team of 7-10 Georgetown students and includes t-shirts and water for the day. The tournament is to raise money for Not For Sale, an organization which works toward the abolition of human trafficking. In February 2011, the Not For Sale: Stop Paying for Slavery Tour will be coming to Georgetown’s campus with a variety of events (some of which are NEXUS credit!) for students, staff and members of the Georgetown community. There are over 27 million slaves in our world today who are victims of labor and/or sex trafficking. It is our goal, through this conference, to help raise awareness in order to take action against this problem. Help us support this cause and come out for a day full of frisbee! Please contact Devin Harris or Katie Sanders to register for the tournament by Monday, November 1.

Devin, right, and her friend, Katie Sanders with the President of Not For Sale, David Batstone.

 


 

Nowhere Slow: eleven years on a
Micronesian island

By TORI BACHMAN-JOHNSON
Sports Editor

“Souwel” grinds sakau root with the men of the clan during the October feast.

If you asked Jonathan Gourlay why he went to Micronesia and why he came back, he wouldn’t have an answer for you—but he would have plenty of stories to share. And on Tuesday, Gourlay shared several of those stories when he presented “Nowhere Slow: Eleven Years on a Micronesian Island.” After earning degrees in poetry, English and linguistics, Gourlay traveled to the Micronesian island of Pohnpei to teach English as a second language. He now holds the position of Director of English as a Second Language here at Georgetown College.

Following an introduction by Director of International Programs Emily Brandon, who described him as “the next guy you will see up here,” Gourlay began his presentation. Wearing a Hawaiian shirt and, on his head what appeared to be a modified lei, he opened his presentation by speaking in the regional dialect of the Micronesian island of Pohnpei and playing his “theme song,” a song he wrote with a friend. He then read from a collection of his writings about his time on Pohnpei.

Accompanied by a PowerPoint of pictures and music, he shared stories about feasts, talking chiefs, an impossible counting system, his Micronesian wife and daughter and magical practices of the island natives, described in his short stories “A Spell of Remembering, Woven in Eight Leaves” and “Stuck.”

One memorable story involved the birth of Gourlay’s daughter. After waiting outside while his wife was in labor, Gourlay received the placenta from the nurse, then drove (with the placenta in the passenger’s seat) to his wife’s family’s home, where he buried a part of his daughter before he had even met her, according to Pohnpeian custom.

He also described carrying pigs and water buffalo up a hill for a feast. Apparently jamming one’s fingers up the nose of a water buffalo is similiar to a “precision hobby like crochet.” Midway through his presentation, Gourlay left his computer and articles to sit at a basin in the middle of the chapel stage. Using a pair of panty hose, he prepared a cup of sakau (a Micronesian drink made from sakua root), and offered a sample to audience member Emily Brandon. She charitably described the drink as “organic with a bit of spice,” while Gourlay suggested it more closely resembled “mud with bite.” “The taste is bad but the feeling is good,” he explained.

In closing, Gourlay reminded Georgetown students to remain open to other cultures and experiences, including study abroad—even if they aren’t quite sure why they want to leave the country.

The locals kill a pig for the annual October feast.

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