In mid-March when undergraduate students were preparing to quickly leave campus, most Harvard University Housing residents remained in place. The Graduate Commons Program (GCP) continues to serve them to combat the social isolation that comes along with physical distancing.GCP quickly moved from in person to online programming to maintain social connection and important conversations. As one resident noted, “The Harvard Housing Community seems to constitute the majority of people remaining on campus. We are now faced with the huge challenge of how to be productive and connected during an extended period of social distancing.” To meet this challenge, GCP offered a variety of programs.Academic Initiative programming including a family-centered collaboration with the Harvard Ed Portal called “Mind Matters: Families Make a Difference.” GCP continues to support affinity learning groups through virtual meet-ups, such as the Next Gen Initiative, a collaborative programming effort from across campus that serves first generation graduate students at Harvard.Virtual Office Hours with GCP Faculty Directors allowed Faculty to check-in with residents and make sure they feel supported. One resident responded to their efforts by sharing in a recent survey, “Faculty director office hours have been very helpful recently for identifying ways to adapt to the career challenges caused by the shutdown.”This year’s program, Forging Futures in Divided Times, began with in-person lectures from the Institute of Politics’ John Della Volpe and Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Claudine Gay. Faculty Director Nancy Hill hosted Harvard Graduate School of Education professor Anthony Jack to discuss his work, “The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students.” The series concluded with a conversation featuring Harvard Business School professor Zoe Cullen’s research on pay equity with Graduate Commons Program Faculty Director Guhan Subramanian.Social and family-focused programs continue virtually as well. Community Advisors host gaming tournaments and story hours for HUH’s school-aged residents, as well as book clubs, fitness classes, and mindfulness opportunities open to residents. Graduate Commons ended the semester with a variety of online events including a trivia tournament and arts and crafts session. Plans for summer programming are currently underway.
Referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco awarded three penalties at the Bernabeu – and sent off Real’s Sergio Ramos – and Ronaldo believes he wasn’t up to the stature of the game.Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo has blamed referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco for his side’s El Clasico defeat to Barcelona.The Catalan giants edged a seven-goal thriller at the Bernabeu after yet another controversial clash, blowing the La Liga title race wide open.Ronaldo had put Real 3-2 in front shortly after half-time, before the official awarded Barca two spot-kicks – the first of which saw Sergio Ramos sent off – with both converted by hat-trick hero Lionel Messi.The decisions angered Los Blancos and in particular their Portuguese star who claimed Mallenco simply wasn’t up to the stature of the game.He told his club’s official website: “There were a lot of errors in one match. In a Real Madrid-Barcelona match you have to have a referee who is up to the game. “I don’t want to look for excuses but if you look at the 90 minutes, the referee made a lot of mistakes. Really bad.”In my opinion he was not up to a match of this stature. I looked at him and he was pale, that’s because he was so nervous and was unable to make the right decisions.”The La Liga title race is set to go right down to the wire, with Real and city rivals Atletico tied at the top on 70 points while Barca are now just a point behind.And Ronaldo continued his rant after the defeat, claiming nobody wants his side to win the title.The 2013 Ballon d’Or winner added: “It is difficult because a lot of people did not want us to win and Barcelona would have been out of it. “Maybe they don’t want Real Madrid to win the Liga. I’ve been here for five years, so I know how a lot of things are and I hope to win it regardless of this.”Real Madrid is the biggest club and that creates a lot of envy around it. You can say that the treatment is the same, but it’s not.”