Digging the rain

first_imgStudents, faculty, and Native American tribal representatives gathered in soggy Harvard Yard Thursday to officially open the fall archaeology season, during which students will get a taste of fieldwork even as they help to illuminate Harvard’s roots.The gathering occurred near Matthews Hall, where archaeology faculty members have led students in digs for the past several years. The excavations seek the remains of Harvard’s Indian College, one of the University’s earliest buildings. The Indian College initially housed a group of Indian students who were admitted to fulfill Harvard’s charter, which dedicated the institution to the education of colonial and Indian youth alike.The class, “Archaeology of Harvard Yard,” builds on the work of Summer School students who began to dig in July and continued into August. Class instructors hope to reach a feature uncovered when the College class was last offered in 2009 that appears to be a foundation trench for the Indian school. This fall’s class is taught by lecturers on anthropology Diana Loren and Patricia Capone, both associate curators at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, and by senior curatorial assistant Christina Hodge.During the ceremony, held outdoors near the dig site under gray skies after days of rain, Freshman Dean Tom Dingman wished students luck as they toiled in work that he said will help members of the Harvard community to understand themselves better. Elizabeth Solomon, assistant director of academic affairs and fellowship programs at the Harvard School of Public Health and a member of the Massachuset at Ponkapoag tribe, told students that the items they recover are part of a larger story, whose gaps they will help fill in, but which will remain incomplete.Anastasia Walhovd ’13 (left) and Tia Ray ’12 kick off the semester’s digging with a ceremonial push of a shovel.Both Solomon and Shelly Lowe, executive director of the Harvard University Native American Program, reminded students that they were digging on land that belonged to native peoples — the Massachuset specifically — before Harvard ever existed.“It’s not just a Harvard story; you’re telling a tribal story,” Lowe said, adding that if one has to tell a story, digging a big hole in Harvard Yard that people have to walk around isn’t a bad way to do so.The semester’s digging began with a ceremonial push of a shovel by senior Tia Ray, who took the class in 2009, and by Anastasia Walhovd, a junior archaeology concentrator taking the class for the first time.last_img read more

Notre Dame seniors prepare for life after graduation

first_imgAs members of the class of 2019 receive their diplomas and complete their undergraduate careers, their eyes turn toward beginning their lives after college. For some, this beginning takes the form of employment, others in the form of further graduate education and some will begin their post-graduate lives doing service.According to the University‘s “First Destination” statistics for the Class of 2018, 65% of Notre Dame graduates are expected to be employed within six months of graduation. Ryan Willerton, Notre Dame’s associate vice president for career and professional development, said the University expects consulting, financial services and technology to be the most popular industries for Notre Dame graduates. Willerton also said many of the class of 2019’s first jobs will be steppingstones for the rest of their careers.“For many of them, it’s a first destination; it’s a first stop for a student who might pursue this for two or three years and then realize, ‘I’ve got a great education as a foundation, I have an opportunity to learn these skills and network, get into the Notre Dame alumni network as well, and then be able to leverage that for a career pivot,’” he said. “That’s really what we’re trying to do here in the [Center for Career Development] — give students the tools so they understand how to utilize these resources for the rest of their life. It’s not just about getting a first job or getting into grad school — these are the tools that you need, these are the skills you need to develop and the competencies you need to gain, so you can pivot and you can advance your career from there.”Senior David Scaramucci, a management consulting and Peace Studies double-major, said he credits the Center for Career Development with providing him the infrastructure necessary for landing a job in consulting prior to his graduation.“I knew I wanted to go into consulting and they just have everybody there — it was an easy middleman to help me as a student to connect with the employer,” he said.While about two thirds of the senior class will enter the workforce, 22% of the Class of 2018 pursued graduate degrees, according to the First Destination survey.Senior Evan Nichols, a biology major and Constitutional Studies minor who will be pursuing a PhD in biology at Stanford University in the fall, said his experience performing research as an undergrad was an impetus for his decision to pursue a graduate degree.“I’ve been working with a professor on campus doing research for three years now, and I kind of got the bug for research and being able to ask questions and answer questions, I really then set my career path because these are the things I’d like to continue to do,” Nichols said. “ … Going to graduate school and getting a PhD is the first step on that process, so I’m really excited to do it.”If recent trends in Notre Dame graduates continue, approximately 7% of graduates will pursue service directly out of college, Willerton said. This number is almost 10 times larger than the national average for college graduates.“Notre Dame’s service number is much higher than many other colleges and universities, and that’s one of the things that makes Notre Dame distinct,” he said.Notre Dame’s placement rate — or the percentage of alumni with post-graduate plans — of graduates six months after they receive their diploma hovers around 98%. Willerton said this high rate is a result of the way Notre Dame educates students for real world success.“You need to make sure you’re developing not only the leadership skills but also the interpersonal skills,” Willerton said. “When we talk to our employers, we hear over and over that Notre Dame students excel in their interpersonal relationships. The ability to work as a team, those are core skills that students are going to need and its one of the reasons Notre Dame graduates are finding their way into managerial and leadership positions more than other universities because they have these skills.”Scaramucci said his academic track at Notre Dame has prepared him with those interpersonal skills as well as a critical perspective of his surroundings.“I think sometimes you’re in class and you’re like, ‘I don’t understand how this relates to outside life,’ but I think my management consulting major was so much group projects and presentations that I’m so comfortable doing that now and that’s a lot of what consulting is,” Scaramucci said. “From the Peace Studies perspective, you see how complex problems can be and how sometimes well-intentioned proposals sometimes have negative consequences and how you should be aware of those and how you should critique them when they arise.”This process of developing leadership skills in and outside the classroom, Willerton said, begins with the University’s unique residential system.“It starts in our residence halls,” he said. “The residential tradition and what we have here where you’re starting off as a freshman living with seniors and you’re seeing that modeled behavior where they understand that college is more than just going to class and relaxing and playing sports and going to games, it’s really about figuring out who you are as a person and how you translate that into the rest of your life.”Nichols said his time at Notre Dame has helped him expand his academic horizons beyond his immediate interests.“I’ve really gained an appreciation for having a holistic intellectual life. Not being able to just focus on a single discipline like biology, but also being able to think about some of the bigger questions,” he said.“ … I think a lot of disciplines are all trying to answer similar questions when you really zoom out and get the big picture view. So, I think being able to appreciate other people’s approaches to things and being able to digest them is what I’ll be able to carry out of Notre Dame.”Tags: Center for Career Development, Class of 2019, Commencement 2019, First Destinationlast_img read more

Christian Borle to Headline NBC Pilot Lifesaver

first_imgTony winner and Smash alum Christian Borle is returning to the Peacock Network. According to Deadline, Borle will star in NBC’s multi-camera comedy pilot Lifesaver. Christian Borle View Comments Penned by Wil Calhoun, the odd couple comedy centers around two polar opposites. Borle will play Dr. Graham Permenter, a control freak whose life becomes inextricably linked with the maverick Leon, played by Jonathan Ryland, after Leon donates a kidney to him.center_img Star Files Borle, who recently appeared in the highly-rated The Sound of Music Live! for NBC, won a Tony for Peter and the Starcatcher and was nominated for a Tony for Legally Blonde. Additional Broadway credits include Mary Poppins, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Spamalot and Footloose. He will soon be seen in the New York Philharmonic’s forthcoming presentation of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, starring Oscar winner Emma Thompson.last_img read more

Yen Extends Off-Broadway

first_imgJustice Smith, Aria Graynor & Lucas Hedges in ‘Yen'(Photo: Joan Marcus) View Comments The American premiere of Anna Jordan’s Yen has extended its off-Broadway run. The MCC production, starring Manchester By the Sea Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges, will now play through March 4 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, instead of the previously announced February 19. The show will go dark on the weekend of the Oscars (February 24 through 26) so that Hedges can attend the ceremony in Los Angeles.Joining Hedges in the Trip Cullman-helmed staging are Ari Graynor, Justice Smith and Stefania LaVie Owen. The production celebrated its opening night on January 30.The play follows Bobbie (Smith) and Hench (Hedges), two teenage siblings living in squalor. They spend their days streaming porn, playing video games and putting up with occasional visits from their mother (Graynor), who’s battling addiction. When their animal-loving neighbor Jenny (Owen) shows up to confront them about their neglected dog Taliban, the boys are thrown into a world far beyond what they know. Related Showscenter_img Yen Show Closed This production ended its run on March 4, 2017last_img read more

Video of Long Islander Trying to Charge iPhone on Broadway Set Goes Viral

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Seaford man reached viral status this week when a cell phone video caught him in the act of brazenly climbing onto a Broadway stage to charge his dying iPhone.Nick Silvestri, 19, and his family were taking in Broadway’s “Hand of God” on July 2 when he crawled onto the set during the show and plugged his power-starved iPhone into an outlet that turned out to be fake. His unsuccessful attempt caused an immediate ruckus, shocking the audience and prompting security to intervene. A video of the episode posted on YouTube four days later with the title “Moron jumps on stage on Broadway to try and charge his phone in a fake outlet” has nearly a quarter of a million views.The Nassau County Community College student revealed in an interview with Playbill that he interrupted the show because his phone was running low on juice, not in response to a dare. He first got anxious at dinner, when he tried and failed to charge the phone at a nearby restaurant. Silvestri said they had enjoyed a few drinks and “were a little banged up.”“I was thinking that they were probably going to plug something in there on the set, and I figured it wouldn’t be a big deal if my phone was up there, too,” he told Playbill.After his attempt, Silvestri lobbied the security guards to let him retrieve his phone, Playbill reported. Instead, one of the guards grabbed it and took Silvestri back to his seat. They allowed him to remain for the rest of the show.His initial apology appeared to lack remorse.“Hey, I’m sorry if I delayed your show five minutes,” he told Playbill. “But you got a lot of attention from this, so maybe I made your show a little better [known].”Members of the cast were not amused by his antics–even if they inadvertently generated publicity for their production.The star of the show, Steven Boyer, told the New York Daily News that Silvestri’s distraction delayed the show by five minutes.The News and other city tabloids have reported that actors such as prize-winning Patti LuPone, a Northport native, have recently been going public to complain about irritating theatergoers sending text messages, glancing at their watches, and falling asleep during their performances. LuPone, without stepping out of character, saw a woman seated at the end of the second row texting on her phone, went into the audience and grabbed it from her before she could react. The woman had to wait until the performance was over to get it back from the stage manager. LuPone’s taking matters in her own hands prompted editorial praise at Newsday, the Daily News and the New York Post.Silvestri reportedly issued a formal apology to the cast on Friday. It’s not known whether he phoned it in.last_img read more

Clixo magnetic children’s toys keep little ones entertained and sparks creativity » Gadget Flow

first_imgIf you’re looking for a new way to harness your little one’s imagination, the Clixo magnetic children’s toys might be everything you need. Use Clixo to create a bundle of games and toys in various shapes and possibilities. With this set, children can create countless creations with a handle of pieces. Moreover, these pieces are top-quality and eco-friendly, providing hours of play and sparking creativity. Clixo magnetic children’s toys are available in various packages: Itsy, Crew, Rainbow, Super Rainbow, and an Itsy Triple Bundle. Depending on your budget, the number of pieces, and the variety of colors you’re looking for, there’s a package for every parent. Ranging from 18 to 60 pieces, your child can create various shapes and designs. Finally, this product is light and compact, making it great for taking on the go. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Bacary Sagna recalls Cesc Fabregas turned ‘white’ after seeing Eduardo’s horrific leg break

first_imgEduardo suffered a horrific injury against Birmingham (Picture: Getty)Cesc Fabregas ‘was white after seeing’ the injury Eduardo da Silva suffered playing for Arsenal against Birmingham in 2008.Bacary Sagna was part of the Arsenal team that day, who were five points clear at the top of the Premier League table, but the Gunners were visibly shaken to their core when Eduardo broke his leg and suffered an open dislocation of his ankle.The horrific injury cause by Martin Taylor’s high tackle derailed Arsenal’s season and Sagna admittedly losing Eduardo deeply affected his team-mates.‘It was a shock to everyone,’ Sagna told Arsenal’s ‘In Lockdown’ podcast. ADVERTISEMENT‘I remember Cesc being white by seeing the impact of the injury. We were shocked because Eduardo was our brother and when someone gets hurt, everyone gets hurt.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I don’t know if it had an impact on the rest of the game, but for sure it was a turning point in our season.‘We’re all different, we all express our feelings in a different way. Some will take it, some will keep going and some will struggle to do it. We are only humans. Comment Fabregas was shaken by the injury to Eduardo (Picture: Getty)‘I think everyone got hurt in a way, and some more than others. Unfortunately it’s part of football and we know that we can get injured quite badly. It was a bad day.‘Unfortunately it’s part of football and we know that we can get injured quite badly. It was a bad day. We lost it all, honestly. ‘We didn’t win because we lost our player. He was scoring every single goal, he was clinical.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘That season, every time he was in front of goal, he used to score. He was so confident. We stick together and we fight together. ‘When you lose someone, back in the day we were young and maybe we didn’t know how to deal with these kinds of injuries.‘For most of us, it was the first time of seeing it live. We had to be able to separate feelings and work, but as I said before we’re only humans. It was just a bad day, a bad memory.’ Taylor was immediately sent off for the tackle (Picture: Getty)Eduardo was taken straight to the hospital after being stretchered off the pitch and would later admit he feared he would never play again.But the Brazilian-born Croatian did return to action a year later and would continue to play for Arsenal until he was sold to Shakhtar Donetsk in 2010.MORE: Bacary Sagna admits Arsenal’s fear of bigger teams stopped them winning the leagueMORE: Sir Alex Ferguson turned down chance to sign Thierry Henry before Arsenal, claims ex-Manchester United security chiefFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Bacary Sagna recalls Cesc Fabregas turned ‘white’ after seeing Eduardo’s horrific leg breakcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 25 May 2020 3:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link943Shares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

BlackRock cites auto-enrolment, UK’s NEST as model for French reform

first_imgBlackRock has pointed to the UK multi-employer pension scheme NEST as an example of a vehicle France could consider setting up to encourage employer take-up of a new type of pension scheme introduced by legislation. In a comprehensive note on the “Pacte” law, a group of BlackRock senior staff also suggested that authorities consider eventually imposing auto-enrolment, making it obligatory for employers to offer a pensions saving scheme to employees – or, in the case of the self-employed, to sign up to a scheme once certain revenue conditions were met.In return for imposing such an obligation, BlackRock said, the French government could consider setting up a national structure like the UK’s National Employment Savings Trust – better known as NEST – to encourage employers to offer the new pension plan introduced by the Pacte law and close any gaps in private sector pensions coverage.NEST was set up by the UK government in 2011 to help implement its auto-enrolment policy, and today the £4.5bn (€5.1bn) defined contribution master trust has more than 8m members across thousands of employers. The BlackRock authors said NEST gave smaller entities access to a mutualised multi-employer plan that was competitive compared with vehicles offered by private players.Another measure recommended by BlackRock was the creation of a “dashboard” to display individuals’ pension entitlements across the three pension pillars once reform of the country’s public pension system was complete.Loi Pacte and wider reformsIn France, the first and second pension pillars refer to the pay-as-you-go public pension system, which includes a social security entitlement (first pillar) and complementary pension provision linked to professional status (second pillar). The two elements are the focus of a major reform being prepared by high commissioner Jean-Paul Delevoye, who is due to publish a report setting out his ideas this year.The third pillar refers to funded pension vehicles that individuals or employers can subscribe to voluntarily, and is addressed by the Pacte law. Passed by the French parliament in April, it aims to catalyse domestic economic growth by developing equity financing. Outside the public pension system, the French mainly save for retirement using life assurance products – invested mostly in fixed income assets – and bank savings accounts such as the “Livret A”, with workplace pension schemes such as the PERCO seeing less take-up. The pensions reform element of the Pacte law centres on the introduction of a standardised pensions saving product called Plan Epargne Retraite (PER), with features aiming to make workplace or individual pensions saving more attractive. The PER market will be open to asset managers.Regulations setting out the detailed implementation measures for the PER could be published later this summer, according to French media reports.last_img read more

Sobbing, Drueke, Baumli, Stallbaumer win U.S. 36 Raceway openers

first_imgOSBORN, Mo. (May 8) – After a long wait for racing to return to the high banks of U.S. 36 Raceway, more than 100 IMCA entries hit the track on opening night Friday, May 8.  Tyler Drueke dominated the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature, leading every lap and cruising to West­fall GMC Victory Lane. Stuart Snyder finished second, with Cincinnati, Ohio driver Saben Bibent in the third spot.  By Jacob Blair  J.J. Baumli made quick work of the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car field, jumping to the early lead out of the fourth starting position. Mike Albertsen ran second most of the feature but never could run down Baumli. Mich Ross came from a ‘B’ to finish in the third position. Thursday rains left the race in question and after many hours of work to roll the track and pits in, officials made the decision to race.  In the IMCA Modifieds, Kelsie Foley, out of Tucson, Ariz., led the first half of the feature. Jesse Sobbing lurked behind as he methodically worked his way through the field. Using the high line, Sobbing worked around Foley and led the remaining laps to win the opening Modified race of 2020. Chad Andersen charged from a ‘B’ feature and 15th place starting position to finish second, with Foley third.  The Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod race became the Stallbaumer show as both Tim Stallbaumer and Luke Stallbaumer paced the field for much of the race. Luke Stallbaumer led early before Tim Stallbaumer made the pass for the lead in the back half of the race and drove to the eventual win. Derek Hall drove from the 10th starting position to finish third. Tyler Drueke got his weekend started with the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature win at U.S. 36 Raceway on Friday, then added the Saturday checkers at Bethany Speedway. (Photo by Judy Staley) Up next at US 36 Raceway is a visit from the Sprint Series of Nebraska on Friday, May 15. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars are also racing.last_img read more

Several schools receive sports gear

first_imgSEVERAL schools and communities were the recipients of sports gear compliments of the National Sports Commission (NSC) on Friday at the NSC building on Homestretch Avenue.The La Grange Primary School, Mahaica Community, Central High School, Festival City Community, Ptomeley Reid School of Rehabilitation and Avocado Square were all on the receiving end. The donations were in keeping with the NSC’s desire to fulfill its mandate to ensure sports for all.Speaking at the handing over was Assistant Director of Sport Brian Smith who stated that NSC would continue to provide gears and technical assistance for sport around the country.According to Smith “The National Sports Commission will remain committed to the development of sports across the country and will continue to provide gears and technical assistance to this end.”last_img read more