‘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

SMC students stand up to cancer

first_imgLast week, the Saint Mary’s Stand Up to Cancer club sold T-shirts as a fundraiser for the national organization “Stand Up to Cancer” as the first of many events the club will host throughout the year to reach their fundraising goal.Photo courtesy of Christina Hutch Senior and club president Christie Hutch said the club’s mission is to host events that will raise awareness and funds for cancer research.“This organization is unique because it gives 100 percent of donations to the best and brightest scientists in order to accelerate the pace of groundbreaking research that can save lives,” Hutch said. “This is an important issue now more than ever since government funding for cancer research is diminished, and yet cancer takes one person’s life every minute.”Hutch said the club brings students of Saint Mary’s and community members together, united behind a single and very important cause with hopes to find a cure.“[Our] events, fundraisers and projects each year … have been very successful so far,” she said. “All of the money we raise is sent directly to Stand Up to Cancer at the end of each year.”The club volunteers at Memorial Hospital in South Bend and holds an annual dinner-dance specifically for cancer patients and survivors in the community, she said.Hutch said last year the club dedicated a ribbon tree in the Student Center for students and guests to tie a colored ribbon in remembrance of or support for someone who has had cancer.The club’s T-shirt sales this past week were in preparation for one of their biggest fundraisers, the third annual SMC Stands Up to Cancer Pink Party Zumbathon, she said.“We are able to raise funds and awareness for all types of cancer through this awesome organization,” Hutch said. “Everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer, and that is who we’ll be dancing for. We are excited to share this experience with the community again this year.“This event unites students with community members from South Bend, Mishawaka and Granger to dance for a cure.”Hutch said student dance groups, including the SMC Dance Team, Troop ND, P Fresh and the Irish Dance Team, as well as the student a capella group Bellacapella, will perform.The event will feature more than 20 local Zumba instructors who will take turns teaching, according to a press release.Nursing major and sophomore Megan Tobin said she is going to attend the event to support people she knows who have battled cancer and her fellow Belles who have been affected by the disease.“I have witnessed family members as well as close friends battle cancer, so I want to do anything I can to support them,” Tobin said.“Not only are we able to be there for those battling, but we get to have fun and get a great workout out of it,” Tobin said. “I think it also gives people incentive to go. Before the event they think it’s just going to be a fun dance class, but after, they realize they were a part of something much bigger than that.”Sophomore Katherine Kingsbury said it’s important for the Saint Mary’s community to be aware and involved in the South Bend community, especially because it’s sometimes the small things that make the biggest impact in someone’s life.“I’m excited that I can support my community in such a fun and engaging way,” Kingsbury said.The Zumbathon will take place November 1 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in Angela Athletic Facility. The public is invited to take part and no prior Zumba experience is necessary. Those attending are encouraged to wear pink and dance.Tickets can be purchased ahead of time through participating Zumba instructors or at Tu Sei Bella Fitness Studio in Toscana Park in Granger, Indiana. All profits will benefit Stand Up to Cancer in support of cancer research.Tags: Cancer research, pink party zumbathon, saint mary’s stand up to cancer, SMC stands up to cancer, Stand Up to Cancer, stand up to cancer clublast_img read more

Smith decides to go pro, forgo senior season

first_imgSyracuse running back Jerome Smith will enter the NFL Draft instead of returning to SU for his senior season, head coach Scott Shafer confirmed Friday.Smith, a redshirt junior, tweeted the news Friday afternoon. Published on December 20, 2013 at 6:02 pm Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHass It’s been a pleasure Syracuse #cusenation— Jerome Smith (@RomeSmith45) December 20, 2013AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU Athletics spokeswoman Sue Edson told The Daily Orange Friday night that she spoke with Shafer. Shafer said Smith is, in fact, going to the NFL, and that he “wishes him well.”Smith did not respond to a text message earlier in the day about his decision.The running back leads Syracuse with 840 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, and has racked up 15 career touchdowns as a member of the Orange. He kept his decision a mystery during the season, even declining to comment on the matter Thursday.“You’re killing me, man,” Smith said when asked about the Draft on Thursday. “I’m trying to get through a week of practice. You’re giving me something that’s two weeks away. It’ll happen, man. We’ll figure it out and we’ll get to that point. Either way it’s a good situation.”But he decided to make the news public before SU plays Minnesota in the Texas Bowl on Dec 27. Now it’s clear Smith is heading to the NFL.—Staff writer David Wilson contributed reporting to this article Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more