Irish economist spurs Irish patriotism

first_imgAccording to Irish economist and author David McWilliams, one solution to Ireland’s recent economic problems may come from the Irish but not from Ireland, it would come from what he calls the “great Irish tribe.” McWilliams gave a lecture titled, “Ireland, Europe and the Irish Diaspora – Re-imagining Ireland in the 21st Century,” in the Rare Book Room of the Hesburgh Library on Friday. McWilliams said Ireland’s current economic turmoil amidst the general problems of the Eurozone requires something drastic, but he believes this solution could be provided by the people worldwide who identify themselves as Irish. “The future of Ireland needs another shock, and that’s where you come in, where the diaspora comes in,” McWilliams said. He said the possibility of enlisting the self-identified Irish in places like the United States, Canada and Australia first came to his mind due to the comment of a mentor. McWilliams said he was assigned a very experienced Israeli mentor while working for a Swiss bank in Israel. One day, this mentor said he noticed that he dealt with many ethnically Irish people when working with American companies and asked McWilliams whether or not the Irish had any mechanism for bringing these people back to Ireland. McWilliams said he hadn’t given the subject much thought before then, but he didn’t think there was any such effort. “We’ve done nothing but repel the tribe as far as I can tell,” he said. McWilliams said he has since begun working on various projects to make use of the Irish overseas and his reason for coming to Notre Dame was to propose his ideas. “[Notre Dame] is an incredibly powerful place to start these projects. Notre Dame is a huge resource for the Irish in America and a brilliant center for Irish connections. You can use Notre Dame to champion some of the ideas and feed into its network of alumni,” he said. “This could be a huge project which Notre Dame could be involved in.” McWilliams said there are three elements of his overall proposal, a program resembling the “Birthright Israel” program, allowing Irish ex-patriots to vote in national elections and reaching out to the ethnically Irish based on town records. McWilliams said during his time in Israel he learned about the birthright program, which provides free 10-day educational trips to Israel for Jewish young adults from 60 different countries. McWilliams said he is hoping to create a similar program for Irish young adults. The goal of the program is to instill a strong emotional connection with Ireland and their Irish heritage in the young adults, McWilliams said.”Emotional things that happen to you as a kid stick with you. Imagine as an American what it would mean to visit Ireland when you’re 15,” McWilliams said. McWilliams said he has seen Polish, Italian, American and other ex-patriot groups line-up to vote in their nation’s elections while living overseas. Similarly enfranchising Irish citizens who are living abroad could help to alleviate problems of provisionalism and clientalism present in current Irish politics, he said. McWilliams said those who have lived abroad for a while might have a better perspective on what is good for the Irish nation as a whole. McWilliams said he is also leading an effort to use town records and town gossips to trace the emigration stories of the world’s ethnically Irish and then reaching out to them with their own history. “We can email you, everyone’s contactable nowadays, with a Google Maps image of the specific field from which your relative emigrated from Ireland,” he said. “With tech we can bring all this together.” McWilliams said this idea that Ireland ought to do more to engage the ethnically Irish of the world, his “diaspora strategy,” was not initially as well received as it is now. He said the idea progressed through the three stages of reception from “open ridicule” to “violent opposition” to “everyone claims they were already on your side.” “The idea was fist considered risible, something to be laughed at, but now everyone has a diaspora strategy,” he said. McWilliams said this effort could be very successful because Ireland has one of the best “brand” names in the world, but it all depends on the cooperation of the Irish diaspora. “The power of the diaspora can be forged to improve the ‘product’ of Ireland, a country with the most powerful ‘brand’ in the world because every member of the diaspora is a salesperson for the ‘brand,’” he said. “We can only do this if we work together.”last_img read more

Syracuse uses smaller lineups for a quicker, more athletic look

first_img Published on December 4, 2019 at 10:30 pm Contact David: ddschnei@syr.edu When Albany’s Alexis Schechter banked in a contested layup to reduce Syracuse’s lead to nine in the fourth quarter on Nov. 16, SU point guard Kiara Lewis immediately clapped her hands for the inbounds pass. Less than five seconds later, Lewis sprinted down the court and found Taleah Washington in the corner, who drove the baseline and converted a scoop layup. The Orange’s lead was back to double-digits, and a few possessions later, it was up to 18.The defensive intensity and offensive pace that helped Syracuse (4-3) rebuild its lead in an eventual 22-point win came with a small and versatile lineup on the floor. All five players could shoot 3-pointers, defend multiple positions and get up and down the court quickly.SU head coach Quentin Hillsman doesn’t want to label certain lineups as “small-ball,” but he plans on using combinations — like he did in the fourth quarter against Albany — to speed the game up and get more possessions.“We kind of needed to get the pace up, so we went a little smaller and that did the trick,” Hillsman said about the fourth quarter against Albany. “Some games, it’s not gonna be there. Some games, we’re gonna have to go bigger and try to pound the ball inside and play inside-out. So just whatever it takes to win the game, we have a good luxury right now where we can do that.”Eva Suppa | Digital Design EditorAdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe key to Hillsman’s freedom when switching lineups is sophomore Emily Engstler. At 6-foot-1, Engstler handles and shoots the ball like a guard. She’s even listed as one on the team’s official roster. Yet Engstler leads SU in rebounds (79), recording 40 more than any other player, and ranks second in blocks (10). In Syracuse’s small lineup against Albany, she played at the five on offense and four on defense.Pairing with SU’s three guards — Lewis, Washington and Gabrielle Cooper — Engstler works with Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi down low. While she isn’t the ball-handler or pull-up shooter Engstler is, Djaldi-Tabdi has expanded her range to become a legitimate stretch four. The Paris, France native is 6-for-13 from beyond the arc this season after taking zero 3-pointers all of last season.“When we put me at the five,” Engstler said. “I think it allows players like Maeva or Digna (Strautmane) to step up as a four or three and gives them a chance to be on the wing.”With the Orange down 9-4 in the first quarter against then-No. 1 Oregon on Nov. 24, Engstler got a rebound, pushed the ball upcourt herself and passed to Cooper, who found a cutting Djaldi-Tabdi for an open layup. Two minutes later, after a Strautmane steal, Lewis sprinted past two Ducks and swung it to a wide-open Cooper, who nailed a corner three to cap an 8-0 Syracuse run.“When we get in those smaller lineups, it really gets us in the flow of things,” Washington said. “We can run, we can get up quick threes.”Eva Suppa | Digital Design EditorOn defense, the small lineup means three guards will pressure the inbounds pass off of an SU make. Any combination of Lewis, Cooper, Washington or reserves like Elemy Colome and Alisha Lewis will filter in and out of the game to keep the pace. After Albany point guard Kyara Frames sunk two threes and had two assists in the first quarter, Hillsman assigned two defenders to her on every inbound pass. Frames hardly took the ball up and attempted two shots for the rest of the game.SU won’t go into a game planning to play a small lineup, Hillsman said. Instead, he relies on the team’s versatility to decide the lineup on the floor based on what he sees, and that can change anytime.“Even if you’re on the bench, you need to know how to play one through five,” Washington said. “Sometimes you see a guard in the deep corner, but then when a guard gets the rebound and pushes it up, you’ll see Maeva in the deep corner.”With Syracuse’s guard position the deepest it’s been in years — four guards average more than 14 minutes per game — it has the tools needed for Hillsman to change SU’s look on a whim.“If we’re playing well big, we’re gonna stay big,” Hillsman said. “If we go smaller and it turns the game around, then we’ll do that.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more