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first_img Holi hands During a show of hands, students compare their colorful collections of dust after a playful exchange. Gathering under gray skies, Harvard undergraduates gleefully covered one another in bright colors on March 24 in observance of Holi, the Hindu celebration of spring. The event, which drew more than 200 undergraduates from a range of religious and cultural backgrounds, was hosted by Dharma, Harvard’s Hindu Student Association.“Holi is primarily a celebration of the coming of spring and commemorates various aspects of Hindu mythology,” said Neil Patel ’13, co-president of Dharma. “The festivities usher in spring and the season of love.”The celebration took place on the Malkin Athletic Center quad, as it has each spring since 1998. Students covered one another in powders colored red, yellow, and blue.Patel says that stories regarding the religious significance and origins of the festival vary across different regions in India. While most Hindus view Holi as a celebration of the coming of spring, in some traditions the celebration serves as a commemoration of the divine love of the goddess Radha for Lord Krishna.Patel says that Holi also breaks down barriers among people of different classes and backgrounds.“The spirit of the festival closes gaps between social classes and brings individuals together as everyone throws colors at each other,” he says. “In some parts of India, children spend the day taunting and throwing colored powder and colored water at adults and elders in the streets. My roommate observed that everyone seemed to look the same after throwing colors at each other. In a broader sense, the festival celebrates the oneness of humanity.”Celebrants also enjoyed traditional Indian snacks, along with games like kabbadi, a kind of rugby-tag, and carrom, a billiards-like board game. Patel says that the fun and food attract more participants to Holi every year. So does the way that the festival brings people together.“Holi is a wonderful opportunity to share South Asian and Hindu culture with the broader Harvard community,” he says. “For many students, throwing colors at friends serves as a liberating way to welcome the spring season — and potentially get revenge on the roommate that stole your food. As we defy conventions and throw colors at friends, we celebrate the unity of the Harvard community as a whole.” Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer Hot messes Jasmine Casart ’13 (from left), Leaha Wynn ’13, and Nicole Casart ’13 take inventory of the color gathered on their hands and clothes. Might as well jump Arleen Aguasvivas ’15 (from left), Mikhaila Marecki ’15, Namrata Narain ’15, Farheen Mukarram ’15, and Vivian Chan ’15 share a joyful jump after the event. Loving touch Using each other as canvases, students make handprints using color collected during the powder toss. Dusted During the Holi celebration, hosted by Dharma, Harvard’s Hindu Student Association, Akanksha Sharma ’14 (right) and other students cloud the air with a rainbow of colorful powder in the Malkin Athletic Center Quad. Carried away Sonali Tatapudy ’12 and Sarvagna Patel ’13 (right) celebrate Holi in full swing. Holi celebrationslast_img read more

first_imgDuring its first appearance in the national competition, the Saint Mary’s Women’s Choir earned second place in the American Prize in Choral Performance competition in the college and university division in October. The contest recognized the College choir as one of nine finalists for the award. Conductor Dr. Nancy Menk said her group set a precedent for an all-women’s choir placing near the top at the competition. “We were the first women’s choir to place in the top three,” Menk said.  “That was an honor.” Menk is a professor of music, director of choral activities and the Mary Lou Judd Leighton Chair in Music at the College. She also serves as conductor and music director of the South Bend Chamber Singers, which also competed for the American Prize and placed among the top eight finalists in the community division. “I am proud of both choirs,” she said. Founded in 2009, the American Prize honors outstanding choirs that submit recordings to be reviewed.  There are six categories: professional chorus, college or university level chorus, community or faith-based chorus, secondary school chorus, youth chorus and children’s chorus.  The Women’s Choir, currently comprised of approximately 45 students, has performed across the country as well as internationally and recorded four CDs.  For the competition, the Women’s Choir submitted a CD entitled “Anima mea,” Latin for “My soul.”  The CD includes a number of relatively current, 20th– and 21st-century songs. Senior Ashley Stopczynski credited much of the group’s success to Menk. “Dr. Menk ensures that we get a well-rounded choral experience by including upbeat, slower and different styles of music,” said Stopczynski. Stopczynski said its “Anima mea” CD is a testament to the choir’s talent, an excellent tool for sharing that talent with others.  “Dr. Menk makes it a point to give a good example of women’s choral music to younger singers,” Stopczynski said.  Menk and Stopczynski both said being an all-female choir did not give them any kind of edge in this competition. “A good choir is a good choir,” Menk said. Stopczynski agreed, but she said the group is still unique. “I actually don’t think women choirs get enough recognition for the beauty of the sound,” she said. “However, being the only female group to win is an amazing experience. … It’s wonderful to be recognized for the work we put into our music.”last_img read more

first_imgTags: building, Campus Crossroads, Construction, weather, WInter Construction crews for the Campus Crossroads project made progress on initial construction steps and excavations around the stadium after the least snowy December in South Bend’s recorded history.“The construction team took advantage of this great fortune and worked six to seven days a week in anticipation of the onset of more typical winter weather, which, of course, began last week,” Associate vice president and University architect Doug Marsh said. “Formal construction work has proceeded well in the 50 calendar days since the end of the home football season.”Marsh said the winter work involves several “major earthwork activities.” Crews are relocating many underground utilities such as sewers, water service, electrical feeders, chilled water and drainage, and they are constructing new utilities tunnels along both the west and east sides, he said.Excavation of the student center basement began, and they installed “an extensive span of permanent earth retention system” on the west and east edges of the existing stadium system to secure the existing foundations, Marsh said. They have also installed temporary earth retention walls that will provide a platform for the mobile cranes which will be built later in the winter to erect the structural steel frames for the student center and academic buildings on the west and east sides.As the crew works on initial construction of the buildings’ foundation walls and footings, Marsh said the design team is still working out the details for the interior portions of the project.So far, construction is right on schedule and in line with the budget, University spokesman Dennis Brown said.“The ebbs and flows of weather are built into construction timelines,” he said. “This year’s pattern has made no significant difference on the time frame or budget for the project, one way or the other.”The website provides updates on parking and pedestrian/vehicle traffic. According to the site, the University’s two free campus shuttles have expanded their hours as of Jan. 5 to run continuously from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays to help people “navigate several major construction projects across campus and related parking adjustments.”The limited pedestrian walkways on the east and west sides of the stadium remain the same as those set before break. On the east, a temporary walkway allows access to Gates 1 and 2 of the Joyce Center, and on the west, pedestrians can use the DeBartolo Quad walkways or walk through the Mendoza College of Business and DeBartolo Hall.last_img read more

first_imgJean Sumner is a third-generation rural doctor. As a child, she watched her grandfather and father care for the residents of Washington County, Georgia. She followed in their footsteps and became a “small-town doctor,” the kind that knows your mother, sits behind you in church and roots for the local football team.“Now in rural Georgia, there are no physicians, so children can’t aspire to be something they don’t see. They don’t see that role model out there, so we have to connect with them someway,” said Sumner, who became dean of the Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM) after a 28-year career as a physician in Washington County.In her role at MUSM, Sumner sees fewer and fewer new doctors choosing to stay in Georgia to practice medicine. In an effort to encourage students to study medicine and become doctors in the Peach State’s rural communities, she turned to Georgia 4-H, a youth development program administered by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, for help.“4-H is a leadership organization and physicians are some of the most influential people in their communities,” said Sumner. “4-H is full of the best and the brightest of young people. It gives them a chance to excel, have a mentor and connect with something that is greater than them. I was a 4-H’er and I’ve always been impressed with 4-H.”Sumner, along with UGA Extension Southeast District 4-H Program Development Coordinator Lee Anna Deal, Effingham County 4-H Agent Abby Smith and Bleckley County 4-H Agent Brandi McGonagill, created a program called “Setting Your Sights on Medical School.”The program’s goal is to expose Georgia 4-H’ers from medically underserved, rural Georgia to the idea that medical school is an option for them, Smith said. Members of 4-H must apply to the program, and accepted students travel to Macon, Georgia, for an inside look at medical school through sessions led by MUSM students and faculty. There are about 30 4-H’ers in each session of the program.Georgia 4-H’ers rotate through stations to learn about basic physiology, patient interaction, rural medicine, telemedicine, medical research and more.“Hands-on learning experiences like this are just the type of programming 4-H’ers get excited about being a part of,” Deal said. “We hope to impact these young people in a positive way to help them reach their future goals. Our mission in Georgia 4-H is to offer opportunities like this for young people to acquire knowledge and develop life skills to help them become self-directing, productive and contributing citizens.”The 4-H’ers also receive information about admission requirements and scholarships, like MUSM’s Nathan Deal Scholarship. This scholarship pays 95 percent of a student’s tuition for up to four years if the student agrees to work for four years in a medically underserved, rural Georgia county. A private university, MUSM is funded by the state for one purpose: to prepare students to become doctors for underserved, rural Georgia, Sumner said. Medical school students graduate with about $200,000 in debt, she said.Associate Dean for Extension Laura Perry Johnson, who grew up in Moultrie, in south Georgia, wholeheartedly supports the program.“Health and wellness, particularly in rural areas, is a major program focus for UGA Extension. Many social ills stem from poor health, and health care costs and availability are major issues for society,” Johnson said. “We are delighted to be a partner in such an innovative and impactful program that can work to affect change at the local level.”To date, 84 high school-aged 4-H’ers have participated in three events in Macon in fall 2016, spring 2017 and fall 2017. The session was recently held on Mercer University’s campus in Savannah, Georgia.“At first, we focused on students in southeast and southwest Georgia because Mercer is looking for rural students,” said Smith, who sees the program impacting 4-H youth. “Now, the program is becoming more popular, so we are moving it statewide and including students from all parts of Georgia.”Bleckley County 4-H’er McKinley Cranford said the Setting Your Sights on Medical School program confirmed her desire to attend medical school and made her aware of how much dedication and commitment is required to apply for and attend medical school.In addition to introducing 4-H’ers to medical school, the program allows the students to benefit from the university’s resources. Cranford was allowed to borrow a medical model of a human leg. She plans to become a pediatrician in her hometown of Cochran, Georgia. She used the resource to create a 4-H project that earned her a first-place ribbon.“Those models cost thousands of dollars, but we check them out to the county agents who we trust completely. We want these students to have access to the best of what we have,” Sumner said. “We also want to be their mentors and help sustain their efforts to be a physician.”For more information about the Georgia 4-H program, visit read more

first_imgThere’s a lot of commotion about the deals, events, snow and celebrations happening in Vermont this month. It’s all true: there’s family fun served up for the heartiest of skiers, riders and revelers alike. In addition to the launch of is external), Ski Vermont has the $29 Learn To Ski & Ride Month promotion, free Nordic ski and snowshoeing on Winter Trails Day and ski resorts are fully equipped to please – from first chair to bed hair.Plus, with Vermont’s unrivaled snowmaking process, resorts have the power to deliver with a combined snow gun capacity to lay a foot of snow on 60 acres in an hour – that’s like filling Gillette Stadium with 40 feet in just one hour.Here’s Martin Luther King Holiday and January deals and happenings:Bolton Valley is Like Recess, Only It Lasts All Day and Into the NightFamilies come in all shapes and sizes, especially those that travel on family ski vacations together. And while dad may want to catch first chair, mom may be looking for a swim in the pool. The…Read Full ReleaseFamily Holidays in January at Stowe Mountain ResortCome enjoy the Starlight Snowshoe Tour: a first for Stowe Mountain Lodge this winter. This tour will catch last chair on the Sensation Quad…Read Full ReleaseStratton has a Series of MLK Events to ExploreStratton Mountain Resort in southern Vermont has something on tap for every member of the family, from the diaper set to the high flying park kids to coffee by the fire place types. Martin…Read Full ReleaseJanuary is SuperSaver Month at Smugglers’ Notch ResortFamily fun at Smugglers’ Notch Resort runs the gamut from a to z ‘ airboarding to zip lining ‘ so it’s no wonder the Resort has been recognized as #1 for its family programs…Read Full ReleaseEnjoy S’mores, Scavenger Hunts and Snowshoe Tours at Trapp Family LodgeThe Trapp Family Lodge offers activities to delight every age. Home to the first cross country ski center in the country, the 100 kilometer trail network includes terrain suitable for every level…Read Full ReleaseMount Snow a Mecca of Family Fun, Activities and DealsFamilies come first at Mount Snow Resort in Southern Vermont where family friendly activities, deals and amenities are available every day of the winter season including ski and snowboard lessons…Read Full ReleaseFamily Fun and Martin Luther King Weekend Events at SugarbushAsk any local and they’ll tell you ‘life is better in the Mad River Valley.’ Ask them why, and they’ll declare ‘that’s the way we want it.’ The same…Read Full ReleaseMagic Mountain’s MLK Festivities Include the Alakazaam Tube ParkMagic Mountain kicked off January with the opening of its family fun Alakazaam Tube Park conveniently located at the base of the mountain in beautiful Londonderry, Vermont. The tube park will…Read Full ReleaseOkemo January White Sale and MLK OfferJohn Wanamaker, of Philadelphia department store fame, is credited with the invention of the January White Sale in 1878, but Okemo Mountain Resort has reinvented it in 2012. Okemo is offering some…Read Full ReleaseThe Winter Dew Tour Comes to Killington on January 19-22Entering its fourth season, the top athletes in the world will take part in the 2011-12 Winter Dew Tour, all competing for the highly coveted Dew Cup that will be awarded at the Toyota…Read Full Releaselast_img read more

first_img Court amends evidence code on admissibility issue Lawyers do not have to make a trial objection to preserve a judge’s evidentiary ruling for appeal when the judge has made a definitive ruling on the admissibility of evidence.The Supreme Court made that change to §90.104(1)(b) of the Florida Evidence Code to comport with changes made by the legislature in 2003. The amendments were also recommended by the Code and Rules of Evidence Committee.“[T]he committee feels that the amendment is consistent with this Court’s prior decision in Sheffield v. Superior Insurance Co., 800 So. 2d 197, 203 (Fla. 2001) (holding that ‘once a trial court makes an unequivocal ruling admitting evidence over a movant’s motion in limine, the movant’s subsequent introduction of that evidence does not constitute a waiver of the error for appellate review’),” the court said in its October 20 per curiam opinion.“Next, the committee explains that it was the position of a number of its members who practice criminal law that the amendment to section 90.104 would reduce the number of motions for postconviction relief filed under Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.850. The committee also points out that the change is consistent with changes made to Federal Rule of Evidence 103(a)(2) in 2000.”The court acted in In re: Amendments to the Florida Evidence Code –– Section 90.104, case No. SC05-685. The changes are effective retroactive to the effective date of the legislation. Court amends evidence code on admissibility issue February 1, 2006 Regular Newslast_img read more

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NCUA’s obstinate and myopic refusal to submit its budget  to a  formal and open public process took another bizarre turn yesterday. To put it nicely,  the agency is demonstrating everything that can go wrong when an independent agency has too little oversight.The ostensible issue is about the Overhead Transfer Rate.  The real issue is fast becoming how much power an independent agency has to spend other people’s money without  oversight.The OTR represents money that the NCUA takes from the NCUA Share Insurance Fund to cover “Insurance Related Expenses.”  According to the National Association of Credit Union Supervisors   the OTR increased 40.1% from $67.0 million in 2013 to $93.9 million for 2015. NASCUS argues that “By shifting a portion of FCUs’ share of NCUA expenses to the NCUSIF, the OTR reduces out-of-pocket expenses incurred by FCUs. The resulting reduction in FCU Operating Fees provides a singular advantage to FCUs and adversely affects the competitive position of FISCUs relative to FCUs.” continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgLakewood Development of East Syracuse is receiving financial assistance from New York State for the project. In total, 17 duplex buildings are being constructed. The $11.7 million project site is west of the former IBM Country Club property on Watson Boulevard. That section of Watson Boulevard is in a flood-prone zone. TOW OF UNION (WBNG) — Construction for a 34 unit housing development is underway in the town of Union. The project is expected to be complete around August 2021.last_img

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