Making themselves at home in Harvard Yard A summer of helping Their favorite things Related Smiles, handshakes, and even a little hair styling as first-years move in Connections and change were the theme Monday afternoon as Harvard College’s Class of 2023 proceeded to the Science Center Plaza tent for their First-Year Convocation and an address by President Larry Bacow. Change was even part of the ceremony.Under darkening skies, the gathering planned for Tercentenary Theatre moved to the plaza, in the first of what will likely be many twists and turns in the first-years’ College careers. The switch was helped along by cheers and a lively processional from the Harvard University Band. The class is 1,650 strong; 13.1 percent of them are international students; and 14.5 percent of them are the first in their families to attend college. As they have for more than a decade, alumni volunteers served as marshals, greeting the students at their dorms and leading them into the exercises.In welcoming the students, Bacow emphasized how connection and growth are intrinsically linked to change. “Anyone who is thinking of the next four years as a series of stepping-stones to a predetermined outcome — be it an award, a concentration, a job, a specific career, or anything else — is a person who will miss the point of this place,” he said.Danoff Dean of Harvard College Rakesh Khurana calls on the Class of 2023 to focus on change.Before Bacow’s remarks, Stephanie Paulsell, the Susan Shallcross Swartz Professor of the Practice of Christian Studies at Harvard Divinity School and interim Pusey Minister at the Memorial Church, gave the opening invocation. In her inclusive prayer, she noted that “not every member of the class has arrived on campus.” Although she did not name Ismail Ajjawi, a Palestinian resident of Lebanon who had been denied entry into the U.S., her message highlighted the need for inclusion as she asked for “forms of community that illuminate connections between us.” (In a late development, Ajjawi was permitted entry and will be attending classes on Tuesday.)Dean of Students Katherine O’Dair then welcomed Harvard’s 372nd class, noting that the College experience gives incoming scholars “a chance to redefine ourselves,” and cautioning them against spending all their time spent studying or honing a particular skill. In four years as dean, she said, she has found “the most rewarding parts of my day are the ones I didn’t plan,” reminding the first-years that, “The journey you are on is as important as the destination.”,A choral interlude by the Harvard Choruses (the Harvard Glee Club, Radcliffe Choral Society, and the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum) included a moving rendition of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” before Bacow addressed the crowd. Bacow, M.P.P. ’76, J.D. ’76, Ph.D. ’78, began his talk with a look back, noting that this fall marks the 50th anniversary of his arrival in Cambridge, where he attended “that other school at the other end of Massachusetts Avenue.”“Trust me when I tell you that these first few days will persist in your memory for at least half a century,” he said, recalling that he and his family were greeted at MIT by police in riot gear and protesting students in the turbulent year 1969. He noted how much has changed — and how much remains the same.“Time reveals what is essential,” said Bacow. “The landline will soon drift from human memory, as will ham radios, smudgy newsprint, and television antennas. But the desire for information and connection is as strong as it has ever been.”,Looking beyond one’s own experience is an important part of growth, he stressed. And embracing change, even when that is challenging, should be integral to the Harvard experience. “The more you learn — and the more you see — the more you will notice what needs changing,” he said. “Harvard is not perfect. Massachusetts is not perfect. America is not perfect — and neither is the world in which we live,” he said before urging the assembly to action. “It is necessary for all of us to stand up and speak out for the causes in which we believe.”Rakesh Khurana, the Danoff Dean of Harvard College, Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development, professor of sociology, and faculty dean of Cabot House, gave the College address. “It’s time to start looking ahead,” he said. “Your generation is being asked to help recover and renew.“Veritas is much more than a slogan,” he said, noting “the importance of the search for truth” and encouraging exploration and an open mind to create transformational College experiences that will better the world.,A musical selection by the Kuumba Singers, under the direction of Sheldon K.X. Reid, made for an inspirational interlude, starting with “Hold On Just A Little While Longer,” encouraging perseverance.Fotini Anastopoulos ’20, a Winthrop House resident, gave the student salutation. The first-generation student recalled her father’s emphasis on education, despite health concerns and necessary sacrifices. She also spoke of the challenges of leaving the “only home I had ever known” to attend the College.,“Since coming here, I’ve found a new home,” said Anastopoulos, “one that can stand as a place that holds a piece of who I am.” Remembering her father, who died last summer, she told the assembly he taught her to “Never fear sacrifice. Never give up on the hope for a brighter future.”In her greetings and presentation of the class banner, Alice Hill ’81, A.M. ’88, Ph.D. ’91, spoke of the First Nations, including those who were the traditional custodians of the land on which Harvard stands: the Massachusett, Nipmuk, and Wampanoag. On behalf of all the First Nation elders, as well as Harvard’s more than 371,000 living alumni, she then, for the first time, raised the banner of the Class of 2023 to thunderous applause, before the assembled first years, also for the first time, rose and sang the alma mater, “Fair Harvard.” At your service Program for incoming first-years offers an opportunity to sample public service More than 1,500 first-years fan out around Greater Boston for a day of volunteering at schools and nonprofits Newly arrived first-years share special mementos from home
All through September and October, the Baldwinsville cross country teams are hosting a series of big races.It began Sept. 11, when Cicero-North Syracuse and West Genesee visited for a three-team SCAC Metro division meet, and continued 10 days later with the 68th edition of the Baldwinsville Invitational.As if all that wasn’t enough, the Bees would host another three-team classic last Wednesday involving the area’s top Class A powers, Fayetteville-Manlius and Liverpool, who were dueling for the boys and girls regular-season league titles. B’ville wasn’t a spectator to all this on the boys side, staying even with Liverpool even as it took a 19-42 defeat to F-M, who again sits atop the state Class A rankings.The Hornets swept the top three thanks to Geoff Howles, Peyton Geehrer (both finishing in 15:43) and Sam Otis (15:57), with two Warriors runners that followed before Colin Delaney got sixth place for the Bees in 16 minutes, 37 seconds, just ahead of Jack Michaels, who was sixth in 16:40.It was different in the girls race, where B’ville lost 15-50 to both F-M and Liverpool, and the individual battle saw the Hornets’ Claire Walters, in 17:28, edge the Warriors’ Jenna Schulz (17:38) for top honors. All of these teams that have visited B’ville in the regular season will do so again Oct. 16 for the SCAC championships. In the meantime, the Bees would run in three consecutive large-scale Saturday meets.The first of these was last Saturday’s McQuaid Invitational in Rochester. Competing in the Varsity AAA division for large schools, the B’ville boys had the best finish among Section III teams.Earning 257 points, the Bees were seventh in the 18-team field, three points ahead of Liverpool (260 points) in eighth place. In particular, Michaels had a sensational race, his time of 15:33.2 on the Genesee Valley Park course putting him fifth among team runners and sixth overall, not far from the winning 15:21.1 from Frontier’s Josh Peron.Delaney was 31st in the team race and 32nd overall in 16:05.7. James Cary got 67th place in 16:53.5, three spots ahead of Solomon Holden-Betts (16:57.1) as Eric Smith was 84th in 17:19.3, followed by Tom Hagopian (17:42.9) and Justin Chimento (17:49.1).The B’ville girls were in the Varsity Unseeded AA-2 race at McQuaid, where it finished 17th out of 37 entrants.Vivian Holden-Betts had the best time of 21:08.7, putting her in 83rd place, nine spots ahead of the 21:14.8 from Sage Springsteen. Sarah Fawwaz was 96th in 21:18.2 ahead of Anna Conklin (21:41.7), Margaret Solomon (21:57.7), Olivia Creelman (22:32.2) and Annabelle Horan, who posted 22:42.4.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: Baldwinsvillecross country
The Creating Reality Hackathon will host 400 participants from March 12 to 15 who will work in teams. Image from Creating Reality Hackathon Website.The Creating Reality Hackathon at USC from March 12 to 15 will have the attendees work in interdisciplinary teams to create augmented reality and virtual reality applications. The hackathon is held in collaboration with the USC School of Cinematic Arts, the Iovine and Young Academy and USC Viterbi School of Engineering GamePipe Laboratory. During the hackathon, 400 participants selected from over 2,000 applicants will compete for cash awards and other prizes. Each team will consist of developers, designers and artists. The judges evaluate each team product based on what they deem how impactful and important. According to an UploadVR article, “this community’s core purpose is to learn and to deepen our understanding of how immersive technologies can be applied.” Although USC has hosted other hackathons in the past, this is the first year a hackathon will feature virtual reality technology. The hackathon was initially started by the Grassroots Developer Education from the Reality Virtually Hackathon at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab, but was adapted for USC and the Los Angeles community. The USC GamePipe Laboratory, one of the groups sponsoring event, is led by the program’s founding director and Viterbi professor Mike Zyda. He also started the Joint Advanced Games programs which collaborates with the Iovine and Young Academy. “[Hackathons] let people take a break from school a little bit and to build something quickly that someday might appear in class,” Zyda said. Zyda emphasized how hackathons can serve as building blocks for future ideas and companies. The first day of the hackathon will host workshops; the following two days will be dedicated to building the augmented reality and virtual reality technology; and the final day will include judging the project submissions.
Senior linebacker Mike Taylor holds up the B1G Championship trophy for the second-consecutive year after Saturday’s win. Taylor, an anchor of Wisconsin’s defense, finished with five tackles – one of them for a loss – and a sack in the Badgers’ shockingly dominant victory over Nebraska.[/media-credit]In the weeks leading up to the Big Ten Championship Game, the Wisconsin football team had made a habit of starting fast and finishing slow.No. 12 Nebraska (10-3, 7-1 Big Ten), meanwhile, had built up a penchant for comeback victories – not the best combination for the Badgers (8-5, 4-4).But, it turns out if you start fast enough, it might not matter how you finish.In their 70-31 Rose Bowl-clinching victory, the Badgers forced the Huskers into catch-up mode so soon they had to abandon a running game that featured two of the conference’s best athletes – running backs Ameer Abdullah and Rex Burkhead – before first quarter’s end.That allowed the Wisconsin defense to concentrate on and contain the elusive quarterback Taylor Martinez and twist Nebraska’s offense into tricky third-and-long situations.“The biggest thing was getting them in third down,” defensive end Brendan Kelly said. “We knew if we could get them into a third-down situation, we could cause some confusion, some pressure up front and get loose.”The Huskers faced a 14-0 deficit by the time they took their second offensive snap and by the time four minutes had gone by in the second quarter, the gap widened to 18 points.With Wisconsin scoring swiftly, Abdullah and Burkhead practically became afterthoughts as Nebraska sought to keep pace by abandoning the read-option attack.Nebraska handed the ball off just five times in the first half. Abdullah, a small but fleet-footed back, received just one carry for no gain while Burkhead, the power I-back of the Husker offense, took four carries for 32 yards.The pair entered the game averaging a combined 30.8 carries a game.Burkhead eventually finished with 11 carries for 61 yards and Abdullah with five attempts for 18 yards. They totaled three catches for 29 yards.Martinez, whom Wisconsin players praised after the game, threw the ball 14 times for 96 yards on nine completions and opted to run 11 other times in the first half. Take away a stunning, zig-zagging 76-yard touchdown run, and the junior quarterback averaged four yards per carry in the period.That simply wasn’t enough to keep up with a Badger team that assembled a game-sealing 42-10 lead at halftime.“Anytime you can get a team like that down, that loves to run the football and they got to rely on their passing game – and not necessarily their play-action pass game but their drop-back pass game – you feel a lot better,” UW defensive coordinator Chris Ash said.With Burkhead and Abdullah both non-options, Wisconsin focused on sending constant pressure against Martinez.In the two teams’ previous meeting on Sept. 29, Wisconsin failed to establish a presence in the backfield, collecting a sack and two other tackles for loss. This time around, however, the Badgers penetrated the Husker frontline for five sacks and three other TFLs. Defensive ends Tyler Dippel and Kelly each posted a pair of sacks, with linebacker Mike Taylor nabbing another for himself.Martinez, always willing to run, was continuously chased out of the pocket. Multiple times, with no man open, he elected to run but had little room to make anything happen. His No. 1 target, wide receiver Kenny Bell, had a quiet two catches for 14 yards on the night.With few options to utilize, Nebraska found itself facing a third-and-10 or longer in four of its seven first half drives. The Huskers converted only one of them, when Martinez scored from 76 yards out. The other three drives ended in a field goal, a Martinez fumble and a pick-six for UW’s Marcus Cromartie.Wisconsin frequently jostled its players around in the box, with some defensive linemen standing upright in a two-point stance, disguising blitzes with zone coverage as well.“We were trying to back off the ball and not really show what we were doing there,” Dippel said of the defense’s third-down tactics. “They have a very good system [with] their cadence; they like to get people to show their blitzes. We tried to disguise as much as we could.”More turnovers only made matters worse. With Nebraska approaching midfield late in the second quarter, defensive end David Gilbert popped the ball loose from Martinez’s grasp with Taylor pouncing on it soon after.And on Nebraska’s first drive of the second half, Martinez threw an off-balance pass under significant pressure, giving cornerback Devin Smith an easy interception return to the 9-yard line and setting up another score.“I thought we had one of the best weeks of preparation on the defense,” said middle linebacker Chris Borland, who returned from a two-game absence to lead the team with eight tackles. “Really proud of the defensive effort from the D-line, to the linebackers, to the secondary.“It’s one of our best we’ve put forth all year in the first half, especially.”Follow Elliot on Twitter
Holder Serena Williams will play Angelique Kerber in the women’s singles final at Wimbledon on Saturday.Six-time champion Serena, 34, thrashed Russia’s Elena Vesnina 6-2 6-0 in 48 minutes to reach her ninth final.Fourth-seeded German Kerber, 28, prevented a fifth all-Williams final by beating Serena’s older sister Venus, who looked out of sorts, 6-4 6-4. In January, the left-handed Kerber beat Serena in the Australian Open final for her first Grand Slam title.Serena, who is bidding to match Steffi Graf’s open era record of 22 Grand Slam singles title, simply had too much firepower for her unseeded opponent.Vesnina, a two-time Grand Slam champion in doubles, looked overawed from the outset, losing the first four games.The world number 50, playing in her first Grand Slam singles semi-final, rallied but still lost the first set in 28 minutes.Things got even worse for Vesnina in the second set, the 29-year-old simply unable to deal with the Serena serve, which yielded only three points in the match.Venus, who last won the title in 2008, was appearing in her first Grand Slam semi-final since the 2010 US Open and was the oldest major semi-finalist since Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon in 1994.Five-time champion Venus fell out of the world’s top 100 in 2011 after being diagnosed with the immune system disorder Sjogren’s syndrome.And the eighth seed looked fatigued throughout, dropping her serve four times in the first set and also in the first game of the second.Kerber continued to take advantage of Venus’ misfiring forehand, wrapping things up in one hour and 12 minutes to reach her first Wimbledon final.“We’ve had tough matches before and I knew she could bring it to me on this surface,” said Serena, who led Vesnina 4-0 in head-to-heads before yesterday.“It’s never easy out there, every point you have to fight for.“I can’t believe I’m in the final this year. I’m 0-2 this year (Serena lost the Australian and French Open finals) so I’m determined to win one.”Vesnina, who had never before been past the fourth round, said: “I felt like I had no chance today.“I think she has now a big, big chance to win her 22nd Grand Slam title. I think she’s in the right mood right now.”“I know Venus is playing well at the moment. Everything worked and it is a very good feeling,” said Kerber, who has lost five of seven matches against Serena.“I have a lot of experience now. I’m really enjoying my tennis life. I’m playing my best tennis. I will give everything I can in the final.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram