Haselbeck’s Limerick on display through his photographs and works

first_imgCelebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Andrew CareySign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up [email protected] dating back to 1912 will be on display by Limerick City Museum and Archives as part of a major exhibition of work by Franz S Haselbeck. The photographs will be hosted at City Hall.From 1912 until his death in 1973, Haselbeck was a professional photographer in the city and he was famous for his work as he cycled the streets of Limerick on his bike in an effort to photograph and record major events including the War of independence and construction projects of his time.Running at City Hall this month and next, the exhibition is free to all and includes many archival documents on his life both professional and personal.Ranks Mills, the Shannon scheme at Ardnacrusha power station and water ways along with the construction of a Irish Wire and the Cement factory all feature in the work from the German who moved to Limerick with his family in the early 1900s.Franz S. Haselbeck’s genius wasn’t recognised in his own lifetime but now, thanks to the hard work and dedication of his only grandchild, Patricia Haselbeck Flynn, his wonderful photographs can be appreciated by all in a book launched by Collins Press late last year. Advertisement WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook TAGSexhibitionFranz S HaselbeckMusic Limerickphotographs Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Twitter #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ center_img Print Linkedin Previous articleCracked window won’t stop Ryanair improving customer serviceNext article2014 to begin with a blast and a gale Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy NewsHaselbeck’s Limerick on display through his photographs and worksBy Staff Reporter – January 1, 2014 788 Limerick Post Show | At Home On The Farm Exhibition Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launchlast_img read more

Gardai investigate an Inishowen Hairdressers operating during Level 5

first_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Gardai investigate an Inishowen Hairdressers operating during Level 5 Pinterest Gardaí in Inishowen say they are currently investigating an incident whereby a hairdressers was operating in Buncrana town during Level 5 Lockdown.Gardai are reminding businesses that they are to strictly comply with Level 5 Covid Guidelines at all times.They have also urged the public to play their part and stay at home unless for essential purposes as Operation Fanacht checkpoints continue throughout Donegal. Previous articleIrish mortgage holders paying the highest interest rates in EUNext article96 Covid-19 patients at Letterkenny University Hospital News Highland Homepage BannerNews Twitter WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Google+ By News Highland – January 16, 2021 center_img WhatsApp Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterest Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennanlast_img read more

Aldi signs lease for 20K-sf store in Flatbush

first_img Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Full Name* “Aldi is a perfect addition to the Flatbush neighborhood, providing quality grocery products to the area during a time when many are dining from home,” Bukai said in a statement.The grocery store has been actively expanding. It currently has 2,000 locations across 37 states, but plans to reach 2,500 by 2022.Grocery stores have fared well during the pandemic, which has forced many to eat more meals at home. A March 31 report by Datex Property Solutions found that supermarkets paid 97 percent of rent collections, a number that has remained relatively static throughout the last year.Contact Sasha Jones brooklynRetail Triangle Junction at 2201 Nostrand Ave (Google Maps, Getty)Aldi has signed a lease to open a massive store in Flatbush.The discount supermarket chain inked a lease for 20,110 square feet at 2201 Nostrand Avenue, at Triangle Junction. The store plans to open this fall.The space was previously home to The Children’s Place and David’s Bridal.Ripco Real Estate’s Esther Bukai represented Aldi in the transaction, while Peter Botsaris of Botsaris Morris Realty Group represented the landlord, Triangle Equities.Read moreThese 10 retailers plan the largest expansionsAldi is remodeling scores of Florida storesThese grocery stores saw the biggest drops in foot traffic Email Address* Tags Message*last_img read more

HMAS Childers Pays Historic Visit to Bangladesh

first_img January 30, 2014 HMAS Childers Pays Historic Visit to Bangladesh View post tag: Bangladesh Length56.8m View post tag: Childers HMAS Childers was en route to the Indian Navy-hosted activity Milan 2014, scheduled to start on February 3, when she stopped for a port-call in Bangladesh.The crew of the ship will conduct professional and cultural exchange activities during the visit, which will end on January 31st.HMAS Childers was launched by its builder, Henderson-based Austal Shipyard, on December 18th 2006 and commissioned in Cairns, Queensland on 7 July 2007. Range3,000 nautical miles (5,600 km; 3,500 mi)at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph) View post tag: Defence                                            25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph) View post tag: Defense View post tag: Pays View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Childers Pays Historic Visit to Bangladesh StatusActive as of 2014 Beam9.7m View post tag: Naval [mappress]Naval Today Staff, January 30, 2014; Image: Australian Navy HMAS CHILDERS ACPB 93The Royal Australian Navy’s Armidale Class Patrol Boat HMAS Childers docked in Chittagong, Bangladesh on January 27th, marking the Navy’s first visit to the country in decades. Draught2.7m HMAS CHILDERS (ACPB 93) Displacement300 tons standard load View post tag: historic View post tag: HMAS Complement21 standard, 29 maximum Training & Education Speed View post tag: Navy View post tag: Visit Share this articlelast_img read more

Outstanding efforts recognised onboard HMAS Darwin

first_img Outstanding efforts recognised onboard HMAS Darwin July 27, 2016 View post tag: HMAS Darwin View post tag: Australian Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Outstanding efforts recognised onboard HMAS Darwin center_img Last month, on completion of her fifth and final patrol on Operation MANITOU, HMAS Darwin took a moment to recognise the extraordinary efforts of the crew who ensured the success of her deployment. Commander Joint Task Force 633, Air Vice Marshal Tim Innes was onboard Darwin in the port of Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, to present ADF Commendations to well deserving sailors and officers. Commander Combined Task Force 150, Commodore Guy Robinson, RN, was also onboard for the ceremony.The event began with an address by both Air Vice Marshal Innes and Commodore Robinson thanking the crew for their efforts. Each of the people awarded ADF Commendations have made a significant contribution to Darwin and the achievement of her mission in the Middle Eastern Region,” Commander Henry said.“These commendations let them know their contribution did not go unnoticed and shows the ADF’s appreciation for a consistently high level of professionalism and dedication to duty. “However, they form only part of a crew that consistently impressed with their ability to put in the hard yards when called upon to do so.”All members of the Ship’s Company were presented the Australian Operational Service Medal – Greater Middle Eastern Operation, and Operational Service badge for those on their first deployment.HMAS Darwin recently returned home from Operation MANITOU, Australia’s maritime security contribution to the Middle East Region. The deployment was Darwin’s seventh deployment to the Middle East Region and the 62nd for the RAN since 1990. Authorities Share this articlelast_img read more

Lettuce Announces New EP “Mt. Crushmore”, Shares Single Featuring Alecia Chakour [Listen]

first_imgSee below for album art and the full track list from Mt. Crushmore.Mt. Crushmore Track List:1. Mt. Crushmore2. 116th St.3. ‘Lude, Pt. 54. Elephant Walk5. Ransome6. The Love You Left Behind7. ‘Lude, Pt. 6 Funk titans Lettuce have announced a brand new EP called Mt. Crushmore. The new release, which officially comes out November 11th, features a mix of new material and b-sides from recording sessions from their most recent full-length album, Crush. Along with this announcement, the band has released the first track from Mt. Crushmore, a high-energy tune called “The Love You Left Behind” that features their good friend and special guest Alecia Chakour‘s powerful and soulful vocals.Check out “The Love You Left Behind,” streaming below.last_img

Spafford Impresses With Jammed Out Performance In Baltimore [Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images Jam scene up and comers Spafford continued their takeover of the East Coast last night, hitting The 8×10 in Baltimore, MD for a thrilling Thursday night performance. The band has been firing of late, coming off of a major tour schedule with Umphrey’s McGee (who they’ll link up with again in March). As such, the group delivered a standout show that truly impressed the packed audience, treating fans to their improvisationally-fueled electro funk jams.Check out the setlist and a full gallery below, courtesy of Mark Raker Photography. Spafford will perform this evening in Pittsburgh, PA’s Spirit with the Mike Dillon Band.Setlist: Spafford | The 8×10 | Baltimore, MD | 2/9/17Set One: Ain’t That Wrong, Catfish John, The Postman, Shake You Loose, The RemedySet Two: Windmill, Take Your Mama, Electric Taco Stand > Weasel, Beautiful DayEncore: Galisteo Waylast_img read more

For The Anniversary Of ‘Exile On Main Street,’ Listen To Phish Debut The Rolling Stones’ “Sweet Virginia”

first_imgThere’s no love lost when it comes to Phish and the classic Rolling Stones’ album Exile On Main Street. The band took the Stones’ album and made it their own during Halloween of 2009, but, one full decade earlier, fans got a taste of some classic rock when Phish decided to introduce “Sweet Virginia” into their repertoire on September 26th, 1999.Why Phish’s “Musical Costume” Tradition Is So Important To The Band’s LegacyThough the band had been playing “Loving Cup” for years by the late 90’s, there was no stopping them from digging further into the Stones’ catalog. As Exile On Main Street is one of the group’s best albums, it’s no surprise that Phish drew from that work for many years. The band debuted “Sweet Virginia” right at the front of the show, opening the night at the Kiefer UNO Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, LA, with the debut.Rolling Stones’ Making Of ‘Exile On Main Street’ To Be Featured In New BiopicListen back to the full audio of this Phish performance below, courtesy of fromthequarium. In addition to the Phish’s debut of “Sweet Virginia,” the show also included appearances by Michael Ray and Tim Green as guests during the first set, making it one you’re going to want to check out.Setlist: Phish at Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, LA – 9/26/99Set 1: Sweet Virginia[1], First Tube > AC/DC Bag, Dirt, Guyute, Bouncing Around the Room, Cars Trucks Buses[2], Funky Bitch[2], Mozambique[2], Cavern[2]Set 2: Twist > Piper, Mountains in the Mist, Heavy Things, Birds of a Feather, Meat, Down with DiseaseEncore: Meatstick > Rocky Top[1] Phish debut.[2] Michael Ray on trumpet and Tim Green on saxophone.Sweet Virginia made its Phish debut at this show. The last four songs of the first set featured Michael Ray on trumpet and Tim Green on saxophone. Call to the Post was teased before and during Birds.[Setlist via Phish.net]last_img read more

Snapshots of a sun-splashed day

first_img American singer and musician Aretha Franklin, who received an honorary degree at Harvard University’s 363rd Commencement, opened the Morning Exercises in Tercentenary Theatre with a rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”Warm welcome for former presidentJust before Commencement began, a crowd gathered on the grass just east of Harvard and Massachusetts halls to watch this year’s honorary degree recipients line up for the traditional procession. They were difficult to see from the back. With images of glamour dancing and no idea who the honorands were, one young woman asked another: “Who’s that chick everyone is taking pictures of?”Well, the cameras were flashing and graduates in robes were leaning back smiling for selfies with an honored guest, but it was no chick. It was George H.W. Bush, 41st president of the United States, smiling up from his wheelchair. He looked much like his old self, an impression enhanced by his now-signature colorful socks, visible between his hiked-up pants and brown loafers. (For the ceremony, he wore zigzag stripes in a rainbow of hues.)“My only disappointment,” said Richard Griffin ’51, watching the hubbub around Bush, “was that he didn’t arrive by parachute. That would have been something.”— Corydon IrelandBack-row seat, front-row daySitting as far from the stage as you could get in the last row, tucked on a muddy patch of grass wedged between Widener Library and Boylston Hall, it was hard to see the massive video screens stationed around Tercentenary Theatre. But Debra Mendoza and her mom, Anita Hernandez, of East Chicago, Ind., didn’t mind. While they didn’t have an ideal vantage point to watch Mendoza’s son Manny graduate from Harvard College, they were grateful that the weather on this Commencement morning was sunny and warm, unlike the Class Day celebration. “It was cold, rainy. I’ll take this any day,” Mendoza said. The women were most eager to see Manny get his diploma later at Leverett House. Manny Mendoza, 22, won’t have much time to celebrate, however. Next week, he heads to Oklahoma as a chemistry instructor for two years as part of Teach for America.— Christina PazzaneseSpectators watched from the steps of Widener Library. Photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerSay cheese for the smartphonesSmartphones were the item du jour during the first official ceremony on Commencement morning, a service at Memorial Church that included songs and a brief sermon. Seniors texted family and friends to see if they had secured seats in Tercentenary Theatre, and snapped photos of their classmates in their caps and gowns. And even with classes long over, one Kirkland House resident took notes.“I wrote it down,” said social studies concentrator Jasmine Omeke, who used her smartphone to capture the line “for no vision and we will perish” from Pusey Minister Jonathan Walton’s address. “It’s very humbling to hear that at the end of these four years,” added Omeke. “We just have to have a goal in mind, and we can reach it and achieve it.”Walton used his own phone for perhaps the most important purpose of all: a selfie. “Let me begin by getting the most important thing taken care of: Everybody say cheese,” he said, proceeding to raise his arm for a shot of himself with the seniors jammed into the pews behind him.On a more serious note, Walton urged his young audience to use their educations to help combat rising inequality and unequal access, saying, “Our planet cannot afford another generation of those who place profits over people and who embrace the ‘greed is good’ ideology over global sustainability. Your class gets this.”— Colleen WalshGislaine Ngounou (left) and fellow students from the Graduate School of Education cheered at the conferral of their degrees. Photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer“I have made friends for life”Soaking up the fun outside Memorial Church was Lowell House resident Christian Fohrby. A native of Denmark, he whistled the “Fair Harvard” hymn as he waited for his roommate, who had dashed back inside the church to grab the cap he had left behind.Fohrby said he would always associate his Harvard time with the amazing people he met on campus. “They told me that the professors were going to make the difference, and the professors were great, but it’s really the people I’ve met,” he said. “They have been fantastic. … I have made friends for life, and I am so happy.”— Colleen WalshWhen caps are also statementsSeveral graduates who are part of the Dudley Co-Operative Society decorated their caps in grand style. Francisco Maldonado Andreu, a Romance languages and literatures concentrator, covered his hat with bits of memorabilia collected during his Harvard years. A little purple clown clinging to its edge was “a celebration for goofiness,” and reminded him of good times on campus.Social studies concentrator Sam Arnold’s hat was a mini-arboretum. Covered with linden, oak, and maple leaves, and several small plastic trees, it was a nod to his Harvard classes on forestry and nature, he said, and his interest in urban planning. “Also,” he added, “it’s just pretty.”The students had shared the fun of crafting their creations into the early morning, in true co-op fashion. “We were supporting each other and sharing our anxieties and excitement,” said Andreu. Their only problem, he said, was: “We only had one glue gun.”— Colleen WalshAnd over there, Turkey’s presidentWith all the visiting dignitaries and VIPs swirling around Harvard Yard, including former President George H.W. Bush, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and singer Aretha Franklin, security, police, and the Secret Service had little to do, and calmly stood in the background. But shortly before Commencement began, one graduate’s father arrived at Morgan Gate with a grander flourish. A motorcade of state police motorcycles, black SUVs, vans, and a limousine pulled up, slipping into the Yard, and out came Turkish President Abdullah Gül, whose son Mehmet Emre Gül was graduating from the College.— Christina PazzaneseCute puppy: 1, Yard procession: 0As students from Leverett House, the last College graduates to enter Tercentenary Theatre, made their way up the walkway, a well-meaning interloper threatened to derail their procession. A cute and spirited golden retriever puppy, sporting a jaunty scarf bearing the words “Future Leader Dog,” proved irresistible to a crush of students who hopped out of line to greet and pat the fuzzy yellow pooch, causing temporary disarray.— Christina PazzanesePresident Faust congratulated members of the Class of 2014 in Tercentenary Theatre. Photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerRepresenting Classes of  ’39, ’40 It was late morning when George V. Kaplan ’40, M.B.A. ’47, sat down on a folding chair in front of Stoughton Hall. Across Harvard Yard and past University Hall, the crowds thickened toward the stage where Morning Exercises were underway. But a chair was free next to Kaplan, a trim man wearing a narrow-brimmed straw hat.“The Yard hasn’t changed,” he said, looking back on his own time there, starting 78 years ago. “That’s one of the few things.” When Kaplan graduated with a degree in political science in 1940, for one thing, there were no women in Harvard classrooms. (That would change in 1943.) “They didn’t think of it,” he said.By 1941, Kaplan had been drafted into the U.S. Army, where he spent the next 39 months as an enlisted man, much of it in combat in the Pacific theater. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he was aboard a troopship heading through the Panama Canal. The first stop was Australia, where Kaplan said all the beer and Coca Cola was offloaded and replaced with ammunition. He and his ship continued on to Guadalcanal, where his unit went into the fighting in support of U.S. Marines.After the war, Kaplan enrolled at Harvard Business School. He graduated in 1947 and went into the insurance business.Kaplan doffed his straw hat. Inside, the hatband revealed that it was a souvenir from his 25th Harvard College reunion, “49 years ago!” Kaplan had spent part of the morning scanning the crowd for old classmates. So far, there weren’t any. “I read the obituaries every morning,” he said, “to see if I’m there.”Representing the oldest College class was Robert Rothschild ’39. He studied physics as an undergraduate, and during World War II instructed radar officers and worked on some of the first early-warning systems. Returning after that to the family furniture business, he continued to cultivate his passions for mathematics, art, and saltwater sailing.The traditional alumni procession formed up near the John Harvard Statue. Rothschild — sporting a crimson Class of 1939 ball cap, a green tie, and bright violet socks — was seemingly being interviewed by Ann Grace ’39. She held a small electronic device up to him as they talked. “You’re young,” said Rothschild, who is 97. (Grace is 95.)The device turned out to be part of her hearing aid system. “But the best hearing aid I have is my daughter, Ann,” said Grace, gesturing to a woman on her left. Someone nearby said, “I thought you were interviewing Mr. Rothschild for an oral history.” Grace’s daughter spoke up, saying of her mother: “She is oral history.”— Corydon IrelandLillian Sugarman ’37 and Robert Rothschild ’39 led the procession into Tercentenary Theatre during the Afternoon Exercises. Photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerRecalling when tuition was $400 a yearLillian Sugarman ’37, snow-haired and lively at 98, represented the oldest Harvard-Radcliffe class during Commencement. “You can’t imagine all the eras I’ve lived through,” she said, since she was born in 1915. “When I grew up, there wasn’t even radio, much less television.”Sugarman, the daughter of Lithuanian immigrants, was Lillian Sher at college. She had applied only to Radcliffe, encouraged by a high school Latin teacher in her native Lynn, Mass. “We had our own campus,” Sugarman said of those happy undergraduate years, which started in 1933. “We had our own library.” (She could not recall being in Harvard Yard, which was then closed to women.)First, she majored in mathematics (not a good profession for a woman, someone at the time advised), then music (but Radcliffe’s program was “not well developed,” said Sugarman), and finally German literature, made easier by her parents speaking Yiddish at home. “I was glad,” she said. “It opened up worlds to me.”Tuition was $400 a year; a shared room on Sacramento Street cost $2.50 a week. Breakfast at a drugstore was 15 cents; dinner at a coffee shop on Shepard Street cost half a dollar. “Fifty cents was a lot of money,” said Sugarman of those Depression-era college years. “I felt like Mrs. Vanderbilt.”She still does Zumba four times a week and started using a wheelchair only last year. As for probably being the oldest graduate on hand at Commencement, she quipped, “I’m trying for 100. After that I don’t care.”— Corydon IrelandKhurana bids departing Cabot students adieu Led by bagpiper Bob Cameron, the procession of 105 graduating seniors from Cabot House made the long but joyful walk across the grassy quadrangle this afternoon to collect their diplomas and bid farewell to a place they’ve called home for the last three years.Rakesh Khurana, the Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development at Harvard Business School (HBS) and professor of sociology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), presided over the intimate celebration as co-master of Cabot House along with his wife, Stephanie. They were joined onstage by Emily Stokes-Rees, the Allston Burr resident dean and Benjamin Solomon-Schwartz, one of the resident House tutors. Although well familiar with Harvard’s many charms, first as a grad student at Faculty of Arts and Sciences and then later, as member of the HBS faculty, Khurana said that for year, he never quite grasped what people meant when they described the College as “the crown jewel of the University.”“I enjoyed being a graduate student and a [teaching fellow] and a professor, but it was not until I got a chance to be co-master at Cabot House that I understood what it was like to love a community,” he told the assembly of students, parents, friends and loved ones. “We’ve learned so much from you.”The couple is wrapping up their fourth year as House Masters, a role they will continue to hold even after Khurana assumes his new post as dean of Harvard College July 1.Invoking Cabot’s rich history as part of Radcliffe College, where the women who lived there a century ago demanded suffrage and later full integration into the University, Khurana spoke of honoring the trust that society has placed in them as Harvard graduates and coming together during this period of great change on campus and in the world.“I would contend that there’s never been a time when the demand for what you have… — your talents, your passions, your sense of optimism and understanding of each other — has been more needed,” he said. “We need people who bring strong values to work, people who are committed to lives of integrity, who care about other people and want to do things that make the lives of people they don’t even know, or will know, better.”Harvard “has its flaws, it has its problems,” Khurana said, “But I do believe that it is one of the greatest places in the world because it’s never been simply about bringing people together who are the best in the world, but rather about bringing people together who want to be the best for the world.”— Christina PazzaneseGraduate Michelle Matsuba celebrates outside Winthrop House with her grandmother, Sue Matsuba, 93. Photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerIntimate moments in the HousesThe morning Commencement exercises in Tercentenary Theatre are partially a pageant, complete with top hats, tails, black robes, Latin speeches, famous honorands, and conferring of degrees. But the afternoon brings smaller ceremonies at the Houses, where the newly minted graduates receive their diplomas, and where tears and hugs flow freely among family and friends.In a corner of the Winthrop House courtyard, Bo Han, a computer science concentrator, and his mother gazed at his diploma, sheathed in a crimson folder. “I am very excited,” said Han who will head to San Francisco shortly for a job at Google. His parents, who made the trip from Hong Kong for graduation, beamed. Han’s father summed up his feelings about the day, saying simply: “It’s great.”Nearby, senior and Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Taylor Bruce Evans, his year-old son Connor in his arms, reflected on his time in Cambridge as a student and husband and father of two. “Everything becomes much more deliberate. You have to be very cognizant of how you spend your time, what your priorities are. You always have to-do lists,” said Evans, who heads to the Basic School in Quantico, Va., next month.Sociology concentrator Michelle Matsuba’s family, who had traveled from Hawaii and California, swarmed the new graduate as she stepped off the stage in the Winthrop House courtyard. The party’s matriarch, Sue Matsuba, 93, wore a new crimson fleece and hat with Harvard in white letters across the front. Next to her, the graduate’s mother, Jo-Anne Prophete Matsuba, struggled to take it all in. “It’s just amazing. It’s just so phenomenal. I just can’t even get wrapped around it. We’ve always been very proud of her. She’s always been a smart child, and we knew that she was going to do great things, and she is.”“Harvard has given me an opportunity to encounter people and learn perspectives that I never could have otherwise,” said Jasmine Park, a history and East Asian studies concentrator who posed for pictures with her proud mother and aunt. “I am super, super excited to see what my classmates are going to do and how they are going to change the world,” said Park, who hopes to work for a nonprofit in international development and then head to graduate school. — Colleen WalshA day to remember as sunshine poured down on the Class of 2014. Photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerCourtesy of Chicago, a refurbished gateWhat was likely the last official Commencement event in Harvard Yard late this afternoon had some swing to it, not like Aretha Franklin’s singing in the morning, but the kind of swing you might find, say, at Johnston Gate.Harvard’s main portal, on the west side of the Yard facing Massachusetts Avenue, will be 125 years old in December. Its filigreed wrought iron gates were built to accommodate the width of a carriage.A crowd of donors gathered at the gate to celebrate the spot’s recent facelift, including two new trees, soil, mulch, and groundcover (liriope) that will soon spread and bloom in season with violet flowers. Landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh provided the design pro bono. He is the Charles Eliot Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.The $5,000 landscaping project was funded largely by the Harvard Club of Chicago and was inspired by 2012-13 Nieman Fellow Blair Kamin, the Chicago Tribune’s Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic. Without Kamin’s acumen and eye, said club spokesman Richard W. Shepro ’75, J.D. ’79, Harvard’s often-used but little-noticed gates might just be something “which many of us pass by.” (In early 2013, Kamin led a January Arts Intensive on the gates and edited an e-book about them.)It was Samuel Johnston, Class of 1855, who bequeathed $10,000 to build Harvard’s first formal gate. His idea not only inspired 25 other gates, said Kamin, “but changed the course of Harvard architecture for the next century” by returning the aesthetically eclectic Yard to the classical Georgian style once established by Harvard and Massachusetts halls.Surveying the donors and friends, Philip W. Lovejoy, the Harvard Alumni Association’s new executive director, quipped, “This is proof it takes a village to take care of a gate.”— Corydon IrelandFor a pdf version of the Harvard Gazette’s 363rd Commencement print issue, click here. Begone cold. Begone rain. This was Harvard’s Commencement Day, where the annual outdoor ceremony depends on cooperation from the heavens to run pleasantly, smoothly, effortlessly.The 363rd Commencement Day got that assist, and then some. The unusually sunny and warm conditions were pitch perfect for the vast Harvard Yard celebration, with dapples of light piercing the verdant tree canopy of Tercentenary Theatre.Soon-to-be graduates beamed with bittersweet joy as they passed into the Yard, the joy that comes with reaching a goal hard-won, but also with knowing that the achievement means something deeply meaningful will be left behind.In the arriving throng, mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers mastered the art of walking sideways, shouldering through the packed crowds, polite but determined to reach their seats because Commencement is a triumph for families too.As the echoes faded from the high sheriff’s thrice-tapped staff and his loud, top-hatted declaration that the “meeting will be in ordeeeeer!” the crowd was asked to stand for the national anthem and first gasped, then cheered when the singer was announced: Aretha Franklin, the “queen of soul,” on hand to receive an honorary degree.The morning held Aretha and more: dignitaries in black robes and colorful hoods, replete with pomp and tradition as only a centuries-old institution can muster. There was held a former president and a former mayor, and the august treasure of some of society’s most accomplished individuals.But the morning was most pointed at the future, as a new generation of leaders, artists, teachers, scientists, designers, chaplains, doctors and many others received their degrees and prepared to make their marks in the wide world. The story of Harvard’s Commencement Day is woven from the treads of hundreds of individual stories, a sampling of which follow.— Alvin PowellAretha Franklin sings national anthem at Harvard Commencement 2014 <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kC59qNwt3A” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/-kC59qNwt3A/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a>last_img read more

Students contest suitable costume ideas

first_imgThe Gender and Women’s Studies program at Saint Mary’s College and the Gender Studies program at Notre Dame came together Monday to present “What Does Your Halloween Costume Say About You?,” an event featuring monologues and skits designed to spark conversations about the cultural insensitivity of many popular costumes.  Payton Moore, a junior at Saint Mary’s, opened the night with a skit showing the prevalence of culturally offensive costumes and the lack of realization that some costumes are inappropriate.  “It’s like if I accidentally punched Nikki in the face, and said ‘Oh sorry, but come on you’re just being too sensitive. It isn’t like I meant to punch you in the face.’ Fact of the matter is I still punched her in the face causing harm which is foul,” Moore said.  She said she used this example to impress the point that just because there may be no malintent behind a costume, there can still be offense.  Angela Bird, a Notre Dame sophomore, followed Moore’s skit with an anecdote in hopes of instilling a similar message. Bird recounted her experience with a “Native Americans and Hoes” themed party and the effect of her standing up against the politically incorrect theme.  “I posted a picture of the ‘It’s not a costume, it’s a culture’ poster on the event wall. The picture was quickly taken down and I received a message from the hosts soon after,” Bird said.  The hosts told Bird that no one was hurt by politically incorrect theme parties and she was wasting her time by interfering because the party was ironic.  “Satire is supposed to move upwards and hit the powerful, not those who are already vulnerable,” Bird said.  Jamie Wagman, associate professor of history and gender and women’s studies at Saint Mary’s, said she hopes this event would inspire more events centered around open discussion.  “I see this as a starting point … we have many people committed to keeping the conversation alive, but we need students to get involved,” Wagman said.  Abby Palko, director of undergraduate studies in the gender studies program at Notre Dame, expressed similar hopes.  “I want students to realize they have a voice and can be heard,” Palko said. “We need to keep the dialogue going between Saint Mary’s and Notrelast_img read more