26 Jan

Edit-a-thon aims to highlight notable women

first_imgTags: Center for Digital Scholarship, Edit-A-Thon, Hesburgh Library, History Museum, SB150, Wikipedia Keri O’Mara | The Observer Students, faculty and staff are invited to gather in the Hesburgh Library’s Center for Digital Scholarship on Tuesday to create or edit Wikipedia pages for important women in Notre Dame and South Bend history.The Women’s History Month Edit-A-Thon, sponsored by Hesburgh Libraries, the Center for Digital Scholarship, Student Government and the History Museum in South Bend, is open to the public and will take place from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.Visiting assistant librarian Kai Smith said participants will work from a list of local women who do not have pages or whose pages need updating.“The majority of these women don’t have pages at all, except for, I think, a few that are related to Notre Dame history,” she said. “For the majority, people are going to be able to create pages for them.”The Edit-A-Thon is part of a wider effort in South Bend to increase representation of women on the Internet encyclopedia’s pages. Similar events took place earlier this month at the St. Joseph County Public Library and the History Museum, as part of the the South Bend’s 150th anniversary celebrations.Smith said participants will use the library’s resources, including the University Archives, to find the information for the pages, and there will be help for people who have never edited Wikipedia before.“For people who are beginners, we have some training that we can give them, teach them how to edit Wikipedia pages, and the librarians will be available to assist the people with scholarly research and citing,” she said.Among the women whose articles will be added to Wikipedia’s nearly 4.8 million are Florence Epsy, the first female Notre Dame employee and librarian; Delores Leibeler, the first female reporter in Notre Dame Stadium’s press box; and Isabel Charles and Sr. John Miriam Jones, two associate provosts in the 1970s.The list of women important to South Bend history includes Sr. Maura Brannick, who founded the St. Joseph Health Center; Janet Allen, the first woman elected to the South Bend Common Council; and Jean Savarese, a costume preservationist known as “the costume lady.”“There are artists and teachers,” she said. “There’s the former head of the South Bend Public Library, Virginia Tutt. There are a number of pretty amazing women on this list.”Smith said while one of the goals of the Edit-A-Thon is to close a “gender gap” in Wikipedia editing — according to a 2010 Wikimedia survey, only 13 percent of Wikipedia editors are women — anyone is welcome to attend.“We definitely want to be teaching people about the library, the skills that we can teach people and also the sources that we provide,” she said. “But in addition, it’s Women’s History Month, and learning about the women important to Notre Dame and South Bend history, and how you can research, write and publish their stories in Wikipedia.”last_img read more

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9 Sep

ITF/CAT West and Central Africa Championships

first_imgThe two Nigerians have been playing great tennis and tennis faithful that had come to witness what was expected to be an entertaining match at Stade Omnisports were left disappointed.The injury led to Marylove forfeiting the doubles’ tie where she was to pair Quadri against their Ghanaian opponents while she also forfeited the singles final which would have seen her have the chance to avenge the defeat to her Morocco-based compatriot at the same stage last year in Abuja.Team Nigeria fell short of target in the singles with most of its representatives succumbing in the semifinal and had hoped to revive their chances of topping the 11-nation tournament in the doubles as well as the team event but the loss of the double-forehand double-backhand player has reduced the chances of Nigeria bagging another regional title.Alongside Quadri, Michael Osewa, Michael Ayoola and Matthew Abamu, Marylove had qualified for the African Junior Championships billed for March in Pretoria by finishing among the top-five in their singles categories.Nigeria has emerged overall winners at the annual tournament for the last five years.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Marylove Injury Blow Hits Team NigeriaNigeria’s chances of retaining its overall winners’ title at the 2016 ITF/CAT West and Central Africa Championships in Lome, Togo suffered a massive blow following an injury to Marylove Edward, one of its star players at the 11-nation tournament.The 12-year-old Edward sustained an injury to her left wrist towards the end of her enthralling 6-4, 6-4 semifinal win over Lorie Lemongo of Cameroun Monday evening and could not recover in time to face her compatriot, Oyinlomo Quadri in the final of the girls’ 14 and under category.“Marylove injured her left wrist during the match against a Camerounian in the semifinal on Monday but she managed to play with it and won but she cannot play again because she is still feeling the pains. It’s a very unfortunate incident because she’s one of the players that we are counting on for medals; she has been doing very well in this tournament,” Mohammed Ubale, Nigeria’s head coach lamented.last_img read more

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