first_imgIn 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.last_img read more

first_imgAs Holy Week comes to a close and Easter break approaches, Saint Mary’s students will celebrate the holiday weekend and the end of Lent with family, friends and the Easter Bunny. Like many Saint Mary’s students who visit family during break, junior Anna Capannari will return home to Ohio, where her family participates in a Cincinnati Easter tradition. “My family and I walk the steps of Immaculate Church on Good Friday for the Stations of the Cross,” Capannari said. Junior Caroline Gallagher said she is looking forward to returning home to Connecticut and watching her nieces and nephews participate in family traditions. “I really enjoy watching [my nieces and nephews] run around during the Easter egg hunt,” Gallagher said. “They remind me of how my cousins and I used to run like chickens with our heads cut off, searching for the golden egg.” Junior Maria Malm said she celebrates Easter Sunday in a less traditional manner. “My family likes to go golfing on Easter,” Malm said. Junior Hannah Murdoch said she enjoys her neighborhood’s Easter egg hunt because someone from the neighborhood dresses up in an Easter Bunny costume each year. “This year, I’m going to dress up like the Easter Bunny, and maybe find some real bunnies to hop around with,” she said. Other students are looking forward to the end of Lenten sacrifices. Although many students gave up certain foods or activities for season, some were more successful than others in remaining committed to their goals. First-year student Maeve Curley said she abstained from lemonade and swearing during Lent. “I have not drank any lemonade, but I have sworn a few times,” Curley said. “Every time I swear, I put money into a swearing jar… So far the jar has $40 in it. I plan on donating that money to charity.” Other students struggled to go without their favorite treats and guilty pleasures for all forty days of Lent. “I tried to stop eating junk food and visiting my favorite blog, but that only lasted a week,” junior Mariah Niedbalski said.last_img read more

first_imgThe University’s environmental club GreeND is incorporating its cause into the Lenten season with a campaign set to launch tonight. Their initiative “Go Trayless for Lent” encourages students to refrain from using trays in the dining halls in the hopes of reducing food waste and therein, carbon emissions.“When you don’t use a tray, you’re just less likely to put five cups of chocolate milk and three spoonfuls of something that you’re actually not in the mood for, just because it’s there and convenient,” freshman Brooke Ely, a member of the Waste Committee of GreeND and one of the organizers of the campaign, said.In addition to reducing food waste and the associated financial costs, Ely said the campaign will decrease the amount of dish detergent, water and electricity that is currently used in cleaning soiled trays.Freshman initiative collaborator Flora Tang, who serves on the Waste Committee as well, said the goal of the campaign is to alert students of their role in generating waste and to foster a dialogue with students concerning how best to address the issue of waste reduction.“One of the other things we’re trying to do is just to make our students more aware of the environmental impacts of everything that we do,” Tang said.  “I feel like so many of us just take food and use trays without thinking about what is the true cost of the things we are doing.”Tang said the campaign’s recommendation to give up trays during Lent provides students with an easy way to abate their adverse impacts on the environment in the spirit of the Lenten season.“I think Lent is about creating small inconveniences for ourselves in order to get closer to God and better serve others — and it’s about service,” Tang said.The idea for “Go Trayless for Lent” originated from the Waste Committee, a subset of GreeND.  Tang and Ely, along with junior Jessica Peck, who is currently studying abroad in Paris, designed the initiative in the hopes of continually improving Notre Dame’s commitment to sustainability.“We’ve been working on ways to reduce waste, and one of the ways we came up with was basically to encourage people to use trays because it’s one of the most tangible ways to reduce waste,” Tang said. “One tiny thing that you could do during Lent could actually make a huge impact on the environment itself and other people’s lives.”Although the campaign will initially be associated with the Lenten season, Ely said the committee’s ultimate aim is for students to decrease their usage of trays through the duration of the academic school year.“There used to be ‘Waste-Free Wednesdays,’ and we want there to be ‘Trayless Tuesdays’ or something of that nature where on occasion people will not use their trays to reduce waste,” Ely said.Tonight, members of GreeND will have a table outside of North Dining Hall to answer questions and raise awareness about the campaign.  Ely said the committee’s current emphasis is on publicizing the campaign and assessing its reception among the student body.“We’re mainly focusing on getting the word out there and getting people to start thinking about it and trying to get a lot of feedback,” Ely said.Tags: Go Trayless for Lent, GreeND, sustainability, Trayless Tuesdays, Waste-Free Wednesdaylast_img read more

first_imgChristina Milian(Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images) View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Christina Milian Set for Fox’s Rocky HorrorWild and untamed thing! Christina Milian has boarded the cast of Fox’s Rocky Horror. According to Variety, the Grandfathered star and Grammy nominee is set to play Magenta in the telecast, which will feature the previously announced Laverne Cox as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Tony nominee and original star Tim Curry as the Criminologist Narrator, Adam Lambert as Eddie, Annaleigh Ashford as Columbia, Ryan McCartan as Brad, Reeve Carney as Riff Raff, Victoria Justice as Janet and Staz Nair as Rocky. The two-hour event (not live) will air this fall on a date to be announced.Mark Curry Tapped for London’s WickedCongratulotions to Mark Curry, who will take over for Tom McGowan as the Wizard in the West End’s Wicked, beginning performances on March 25. The former Blue Peter presenter will join Emma Hatton as Elphaba, Savannah Stevenson as Glinda, Oliver Savile as Fiyero, Liza Sadovy as Madame Morrible, Sean Kearns as Doctor Dillamond, Daniel Hope as Boq and Katie Rowley Jones as Nessarose in the production, which is playing at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.Jimmy Buffett Tuner to Bow at La JollaParrotheads will be able to experience Margaritaville at the theater! The previously reported new musical featuring the songs and lifestyle of Jimmy Buffett has now found a venue to make its world premiere—California’s La Jolla Playhouse. With an original story by co-book writers Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley, the production will follow the story of a part-time singer, part-time bartender, and fulltime good ol’ boy named Tully who suddenly finds himself in uncharted territory—faling in love with a beautiful, career-minded tourist. Directed by Christopher Ashley, the limited engagement will play May 16, 2017 through June 25, with an official opening night of May 28. Next stop Broadway?Marlee Matlin Tapped for Super BowlMarlee Matlin will perform the National Anthem before Super Bowl 50 in American Sign Language, alongside Lady Gaga. The Oscar winner recently completed a run on the Great White Way in Spring Awakening; the event will take place on February 7 (still entirely acceptable if you don’t know that).P.S. Check out below the latest #Ham4Ham show, which was filmed in Miami at conference for our sister company, Broadway Across America. It’s a Will Smith, Hamilton and On Your Feet! mash-up!last_img read more

first_imgThe Federal Reserve The Federal Reserve is hosting a webinar June 25 to update members of the Fraud Definitions Community Interest Group on efforts by the new Fraud Definition’s Work Group. The work group was launched in March to help address industry challenges resulting from inconsistent fraud classifications.A number of Federal Reserve Bank representatives will participate in the webinar. Among them is Tim Boike, vice president of industry relations at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, who earlier this month gave members of NAFCU’s Cybersecurity and Payments Committee an update on the Fed’s efforts to identify and mitigate payments fraud, including its recently-launched effort related to synthetic identity payments fraud.Kim Plaugher, assistant vice president of funds services at NAFCU-member Navy Federal Credit Union, and a few other industry stakeholders who are part of the work group will also participate in the webinar.The webinar is set to begin at 1 p.m. Eastern. Those interested in regular updates on the Fed’s payments efforts can also sign up to be a part of the FedPayments Improvement Community. continue reading »center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgBy Ben DeatherageBANKS, Ore. – Another marquee event for Sunset Speedway Park is coming up as the Banks Bullring continues to have one big race after the other.  Saturday, July 18 will be the annual Dancin’ Bare Topless Modified 100 at the 1/4-mile clay oval.This race will feature Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds for a 100-lap feature with the winner collecting $1,000 and a berth on the ballot for the 2016 fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.All applicable points will be awarded for the topless event.Pit gates open at 2 p.m., the front gates open at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 6:30 p.m.last_img

first_img Saturday’s clash at St Mary’s was teed up as make or break game for Roberto Mancini’s side as they looked to retain the Premier League crown. City, though, rarely resembled a side in such dire need of victory, putting in what Mancini described as a “worse than poor” performance as Southampton secured a 3-1 success. However, Davis was just pleased to secure a first win since Pochettino replaced Nigel Adkins as manager, moving Southampton six points clear of the drop zone in the process. “We’re obviously delighted with the result,” Davis said. “We knew we would obviously have to put a lot of pressure on them up the pitch.” He added: “That is the way the manager wants us to play and we managed to do that. We caused them a few problems and deserved the three points. It is hard to look at other teams at this point in time. You’ve just got to concentrate on yourself. “We’ve shown that if we can keep the consistency going and level of performance we are more than capable of staying in this division and hopefully kicking on.” Davis scored Southampton’s second goal on Saturday, making the most of a Joe Hart howler to extend the lead given to them by Jason Puncheon. Edin Dzeko pulled one back for City before half-time but Saints rallied, with Gareth Barry putting into his own goal to make it 3-1. The only thing missing from a perfect Saints victory was a 100th goal for the club from Rickie Lambert, who put in another impressive display despite failing to score. “He is a great ‘out ball’ for us,” Davis said. “Obviously he has got a lot more to his game than just holding up the play, but that is an important aspect of his play as well. He brings other into the game and allows others to get up the pitch. He did that really well.” Unsurprisingly, City’s players were less chatty than their Saints counterparts after the match. Only manager Mancini spoke to the media at St Mary’s, although some players took to Twitter in the aftermath. “Some days, nothing works the way it should,” Argentina international Sergio Aguero said via his account. “This was one of those days. There’s no excuse – we need to work hard to forge ahead. It all looks a bit grim right now, but I won’t believe giving up is an option.” Press Associationcenter_img Steven Davis believes Southampton are more than capable of kicking on after Mauricio Pochettino’s first win at the helm seemingly ended Manchester City’s title charge.last_img read more

first_img “The England Under-18 international enjoyed a promising year with Arsenal last term. Everyone at Arsenal wishes Ainsley well for the 2015/16 season as he looks to gain more senior experience.” Maitland-Niles, 17, became the second youngest player to represent Arsenal in the Champions League when he was introduced as a substitute in the 4-1 victory at Galatasaray in December last year. He also saw action from the bench against Newcastle in the Barclays Premier League and Hull in the FA Cup. The England Under-18 international, who made his senior debut for the club last season, will spend the 2015/16 campaign at Portman Road as Mick McCarthy’s men target another promotion drive. A club statement said: “Young midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles will spend the 2015/16 season on loan with Ipswich Town. Arsenal youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles has joined Sky bet Championship Ipswich on a season-long loan deal, the Gunners have announced. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Rishabh Pant – the flamboyant wicket-keeper batsman – has said that the stint with India ‘A’ is behind his plausible display on Test debut and it helped him to deal with the extra pace and bounce in the third Test at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. The 20-year-made impressed many with his confident 24-run knock in the first innings and then his record-breaking seven catches for a debutant.ALSO READ: Asian Games 2018, Day 7 Live: Muhammed Anas Yahiya heads to 400m final“Keeping in England is always difficult because the ball wobbles a lot behind the wicket. The thing is that I have been playing India-A cricket since last two-and-a-half months in England, so it has been helpful for me,” Pant said after India defeated England by 203 runs in the third Test.“I am practicing in the nets on how to deal with that and it is working now,” added Pant, who played for India A against England Lions and West Indies A before being named in the Test squad.However, Pant miscued few chances, particularly from those of Jasprit Bumrah as he said that the main problem was the angle that the seamer creates and it was a big challenge for him.ALSO READ: Asian Games 2018, Day 7: India’s complete Schedule, Timings, and more“It is a big challenge, but the thing is that when Bumrah bowls, he bowls with a different angle. So, sometimes we react to it. That day I reacted too much on that ball and the edge came off. I’m not saying that it was not too difficult a catch; I could have pulled it off,” he said.“As a keeper, you have to wait for the outside edge. That is the only thing I can do, and that is what I have learned after that thing. I am going to wait for the outside edge. That is the only solution.”Pant stated that the Test debut was an unforgettable experience.“It is a great experience, actually. I have played with all the people (team members) in IPL and domestic cricket but when you play for the country, it is a different feeling. It was a dream for me to play Test cricket.”After the struggles from Dinesh Karthik in the first two Tests, Pant’s inclusion was a fresh welcome to the Indian side as India needed solidity in the batting line-up and the Delhi Daredevil man lived up to the expectations with a solid 24-run knock.The standout moment for the debutant came when he tonked an Adil Rashid delivery for a six off the second delivery in his Test cricket career.“I was nervous. Everyone is nervous when they play their first match. When I see the ball I don’t think too much, just see the ball and react to it. That is what happened. I was just playing normal cricket – that is all,” he said.The Roorkee youngster has been making waves in Delhi’s domestic circuit and impressed in the Ranji Trophy and the IPL by scoring big runs in what has been a steady rise for the left-handed southpaw. last_img read more

first_imgFORMER West Indies middle-order batsman turned youth coach Keith Arthurton has urged the regional body to put more effort into making sure talented youth cricketers go on to transition into successful senior players.Arthurton, the left-handed batsman who made 33 Test and 105 ODI appearances for the West Indies, was appointed as coach of the region’s under-15 squad in 2008.Having seen a lot of promising youth players during his time, he believes there is no doubt that the talent is abundant but too many players for one reason or the other are unable to take the next crucial step.“Because we’re so gifted, we are naturally able to play the sport.  At the youth level, you will always see the talent but for some reason, there is a transition [problem]. Based on the experience I have doing academy work and grassroots work and so on that transition is normally made at the age of 16 and it’s a crucial transition that will either build you or break you,” Arthurton told the Good Morning Jojo radio program.One solution, he believes, is to develop avenues that serve to provide consistent exposure and high-level competition for players at that critical stage of their development.  The coach revealed that the issue had already been broached with Cricket West Indies but, as it stands, concrete plans are yet to be fully fleshed out.“You may hear about an under-21 team or an under-23 team but there is no continuation so it may happen for one or two seasons and then it is gone,” Arthurton said.“We have to understand what we are trying to achieve and what the main purpose of trying to help these guys, the same guys who would be leaving youth cricket and looking to go into senior cricket and how we can maintain that important continuity for players to make the transition a lot easier for them.”(Sportsmax)last_img read more