‘Only the beginning’

first_img 5The line to enter the Harvard’s 364th Commencement Exercises wrapped around the block on Massachusetts Avenue. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 18Graduates of the School of Education hold books overhead as they celebrate the conferral of their degrees. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 9President Drew Faust (center, in black) and Harvard Provost Alan Garber (front row, far left) pose with this year’s honorary degree recipients: (front row, from left) Renée Fleming, Gov. Deval Patrick, Svetlana Alpers, Robert Axelrod (back row, left to right), William Brocker, Denis Mukwege, Patricia Graham, Linda Buck, Bryan Stevenson, and Peter Salovey. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 3Natalie Portman, the Academy Award-winning actress, returned to Harvard Wednesday afternoon to address graduating seniors during the annual Class Day celebration in summery Tercentenary Theatre. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 20Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister Jonathan Walton leads the benediction. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer With cameos by former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, world-famous soprano Renée Fleming, and even Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman ’03, Harvard’s 364th Commencement could not be described as boring. But in between the moments of glamour and the reverence of tradition were deep-hitting remarks about the newly minted graduates’ place in a shifting world.President Drew Faust reminded alumni that Harvard’s work is “about that ongoing commitment, not to a single individual or even one generation or one era, but to a larger world and to the service of the age that is waiting before it.”Patrick, the speaker at Afternoon Exercises, told the crowd, “I want us to be uneasy about the chronic desperation of communities some of us are just one generation away from living in; about the way we dehumanize the fellow souls we call ‘alien’; about the carelessness with which we treat the planet itself.”There were laughs, certainly tears, but as Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister Jonathan Walton observed, this week is called Commencement because it’s “only the beginning.” 6Custodians Bill Dyer (from right), Michael Shaw, Paul Hughes, and Tom Gallagher high-five graduates as they head into Tercentenary Theatre. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 7Raphael Arku, S.D. ’15, and his 4-year-old daughter, Souzana, celebrate outside the Carpenter Center during Commencement. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 10Commencement marshals are pictured in the Yard. The marshals organize the processions from the Schools and Houses. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 13Harvard President Drew Faust greets Sietse Goffard ’15 before Commencement. Provost Alan Garber is in the background. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 23U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was honored at Radcliffe Day. She was introduced by her former benchmate, retired Associate Justice David Souter ’61, LLB ’66. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 1Students greet each other under the flag at University Hall prior to the Baccalaureate Service held each year inside the Memorial Church. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 4Fadhal Moore ’15 and Michelle Ferreol ’15 received the 2015 Ames Award, an honor bestowed on those who exhibit exemplary leadership and passion for helping others. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 14James P. McGlone delivers the Latin oration during Commencement Exercises. “Knowing this language has improved the quality of my writing,” said McGlone. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 2ROTC Commissioning Ceremony guest speaker U.S. Army Gen. David. G. Perkins delivers remarks. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 16One of the most acclaimed opera singers and sopranos of all time, Renée Fleming sang “America the Beautiful.” Fleming also received an honorary Doctor of Music degree. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 17Mandi Nyambi (from left), Chika-Dike Nwokike, and Chisom Okpala celebrate good times. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 21“I don’t want unrest in the streets. But I do want unrest in our hearts and minds,” Deval Patrick told graduates during his Commencement address. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 22Families from around the world convene at Commencement, but sprightly Kulia (left) and Hihimanu Montgomery traveled to Cambridge from perhaps the farthest point in the United States — Oahu, Hawaii — to see their sister Paoakalani graduate. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 15Harvard Commencement begins with the cry, “Sheriff, pray give us order,” which was delivered in style by Middlesex County Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 19Jovonne Bickerstaff sheds some tears as she and Jacqueline Rivers rise for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences’ conferral of degrees. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 8Jonathan Walton, the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister, gives “A Service for Seniors” in the Memorial Church during Commencement. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 11Anna Dolan ’15 (right) watches the procession into Tercentenary Theatre. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 12Danoff Dean of Harvard College Rakesh Khurana walks through graduates. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 24Supreme Court Associate Justice and this year’s Radcliffe Medalist Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks during Radcliffe Day. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographerlast_img read more

Beer Blog: Monday Night Beer Mile

first_imgThe Monday Night MileSo, how fast can you run…and drink a beer…and run again…The Beer Mile is one of the greatest athletic challenges of modern times, wherein a runner drinks a beer, runs a lap around a track, drinks a beer…until four beers and four laps are completed. Respectable Beer Mile times are in the double digits (it takes a looong time to chug a beer when you’re out of breath), but the World Record was recently broken by James Nielson, a runner living in California who ran his Beer Mile in an astonishing 4:57.The only thing more impressive than his running pace was his beer chugging time, which only took him a matter of seconds per beer. Quick off the heels of this record breaking feat, the first ever Beer Mile World Championships has been set for this fall in Austin, Texas. $5,000 is on the line for the winner.The race will likely see comers from all over the country. Monday Night Brewing Company, in Atlanta, is staging their own mass beer mile, asking 500 people to show up to drink beer and run in the name of charity. As a bonus, Monday Night makes some of the best beer in Atlanta.I’m not sure what beer they’ll have for runners to drink at every quarter mile, I hope it’s not their Blind Pirate, a double IPA that comes in at 8.2% ABV. That wouldn’t be pretty.The brewery has a knack for staging fun events. Last February, they organized a full contact football game where everyone was dressed in three-piece suits. Classic.Check out the video about the Monday Night Mile below. How fast can you run…and drink…and run?Visit http://mondaynightbrewing.com for more info.from Monday Night Brewinglast_img read more