Tasnoba Nusrat didn’t make money over Wintersession. She learned how to make her money go further.“I attended the ‘Personal Money Management’ course offered by Harvard University Employees Credit Union [HUECU],” she explains. “Now I’m more informed and manage my money more prudently. I use tools like Mint.com to measure how I spend and save. I feel confident about becoming economically independent in the future.”Nusrat and her Harvard classmates learned a range of practical skills during Wintersession 2012 — from money management, to nonfiction writing, to cooking. College officials are still analyzing student comments and evaluations, but say that the response to January’s programming was strongly positive. They credit Wintersession’s success to a focus on real-world knowledge and a greatly expanded schedule of offerings. Just one year ago, the College approved 98 events and activities for the eight-day Optional Winter Activities Week (OWAW). This year’s Wintersession was longer (12 days) and offered more than 140 programs.“Wintersession 2012 gave College students more time to explore new knowledge and experiences,” said Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds. “Undergraduates responded by proposing many more activities than last year, and by participating in numbers that were often far above the expectations of program organizers. I’m very pleased to see the way that students took advantage of this important time between semesters.”Winter Break 2012 had three phases. The College closed down for Winter Break I (Dec. 22–Jan. 2). During Winter Break II (Jan. 3–12), international students, artists and musicians, and approved thesis writers returned to campus. Off-campus, students participated in a range of Harvard-associated programs, including the popular Harvardwood 101 career exploration in Los Angeles and Global Networking Night at sites around the world.All students were invited to return to campus for Wintersession beginning Jan. 13. College officials say that many flocked back for the optional period of student- or faculty-led activities that included scores of arts intensives, health and wellness seminars, sports and recreation, and career-related programming. A rough estimate of dining service utilization indicates that more than 2,000 students were in residence midway through Wintersession. Lisa Boes, Allston Burr Resident Dean of Pforzheimer House and coordinator of Wintersession 2012, says that interdepartmental cooperation helped make many programs a success.“The most successful programs were collaborations,” Boes says. “So Career Services and Phillips Brooks House partnered with Alumni Affairs. Harvard Recreation got together with the Center for Wellness. Again and again we saw that, when offices and groups collaborated, they could offer the best-quality programs.”Students also gave a warm reception to activities that taught practical skills, such as the personal money management program Nusrat attended. HUECU CEO Gene Foley says that students are eager to understand their own finances, and he cites participation in the Wintersession class as proof. Foley says that his team expected 35–40 students to sign up for the program, taught three hours a day, Jan. 9–12. More than 90 registered for the course.“There’s a void in American life for financial knowledge, particularly when it comes to students,” he explains. “As a result, the fastest-growing segment in personal bankruptcy is recent college grads. Kids get out of school with loans and credit card debt, but without the skills to navigate financially. Our data show that at Harvard only about 10–15 percent of students across the University have ever attended any type of financial education workshop, so they were very enthusiastic about the chance to learn.”Undergraduates who participated in one of the more than two dozen activities sponsored by the Office of Career Services (OCS) were as enthusiastic about exploring ways to make money as Foley’s students were about learning to manage it. Events such as the Campus Interview Program Online Chat and the “Case Interview Workshop” — both of which helped participants to prepare for interviews with visiting recruiters for companies like Google — each drew nearly 150 students, a response that far exceeded that anticipated by organizers.“Based on last year’s program, we expected only about 100 students to use the chat hours or come to the workshop,” says OCS’s Marissa Long. “With the online program, students wanted the opportunity to reach a person and get reassurance that they were filling out the interview applications right. Chat made it really easy. The case program is a two-hour workshop, so it is nice to offer that when there are no classes going on. Students got an introduction to the case interview process, but more than that, they got the opportunity to practice, which is the most important thing.”Wintersession gave Miriam Farkas ’14 the opportunity to practice and teach one of her passions: cooking. Her course, “Through the Cooking Class,” met in House kitchens over four nights. There, she and her classmates experimented with new recipes that Farkas concocted beforehand.“I strongly encouraged my students to play with ingredients and incorporate dorm-friendly ideas as they tried out recipes,” she says. “We made ‘salad bar’ sushi from our favorite dining hall vegetables, microwavable fudge from just four ingredients, as well as muffins and pies. Each student had the chance to make every recipe, and to make every recipe his or her own.”Winter Break 2012 wasn’t all practice and practicality. Many students also took the opportunity to explore their creative sides. Students in the new art group the Harvard Generalist mounted a performance art piece in Adams House titled “Blah, Blah, Inc.,” which consisted of an attempt to break the world record for the longest two-person phone call. Although only two students — Eric R. Brewster ’14 and Avery A. Leonard ’14 — could be on the line during the 46-hour call, hundreds stopped by to play with the actors, manipulate the set, and start their own conversations about the event. Stage manager Ginny Fahs ’14 calls the activity “a huge success” and credits Wintersession with the opportunity to create art that challenged and engaged her classmates.“The event was a test of endurance — physical, mental, and emotional — and we all had to work for over 46 consecutive hours to sustain the project and break the world record,” she says. “In the end we beat the world record by more than three hours, amassed an audience of approximately 300 people, and came away with newfound understandings about how conversation is an art form. Wintersession provided the space for us to get audiences to question the validity of art and the nature of art — something that Harvard students are not often asked to do.”College officials are already planning for Winter Break 2013, which will be a whopping five weeks. Boes says the extra time will likely be added to Winter Break I, meaning that the College will be closed through Jan. 6, 2013. She says that she expects that many students will be anxious to return to campus next year. When they do, Boes says that undergraduates probably won’t find more Wintersession programming, but they may well find that existing offerings have improved.“I do not anticipate that we will offer any more programs in 2013,” she says. “We have plenty of great activities. Next year we’ll focus on what worked best. Along those lines, we hope to do some leadership development work to help students run strong programs. We’ve got quantity. Now we want to make sure that students have the highest-quality Wintersession experience we can provide.”
Published on April 8, 2014 at 3:03 am Contact Phil: [email protected] | @PhilDAbb It didn’t matter that Brittney Sykes has been relegated to crutches for the time being. Or that Brianna Butler missed 14 shots as Syracuse’s season ended at the hands of Kentucky. Or even that Rachel Coffey will not don an Orange uniform again.Syracuse set a goal for itself at media day in October: to finish in the Atlantic Coast Conference’s top five, and the Orange nailed it.Despite the heartbreak that usually accompanies the end of each season, it didn’t take long for head coach Quentin Hillsman and his players to sit back, take a wide glance at their year and smile as they reflected on what they achieved and what’s to come.“We kind of knew who the powerhouse teams were in the ACC and we wanted to be one of them,” Sykes, a sophomore, said. “To finish fifth is a statement in its own and shows that we are a force to be reckoned with.”Syracuse (23-10, 10-6 ACC) placed fifth in the ACC, won a game in the conference tournament and won an NCAA tournament game for the first time in program history. The Orange earned a No. 6 seed and defeated Chattanooga — even while losing Sykes to a torn ACL and meniscus — before falling to third-seeded Kentucky in the second round.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis Syracuse team scored more than any other in Hillsman’s eight-year tenure, and hit its goal of double-digit ACC wins.“I think everything we set out to accomplish, we did,” Hillsman said. “All the things that we’ve done this season, that our players have accomplished, have been tremendous.”In 2012–13, Syracuse finished 24-8 with the best winning percentage in school history. Much of that success came from the dominance of center Kayla Alexander, who left SU as the program’s leading scorer, as well as starting guard Elashier Hall and Carmen Tyson-Thomas.Still, the Orange went on to make program history this season and is poised to build on that success next year.“They are young, and they’ve been through so much already,” senior point guard Rachel Coffey said. “I think they’re all ready.”Had Syracuse lost three or four games in its 13-game nonconference schedule, Hillsman said he still would’ve declared it a great stretch.Even better, the Orange lost just two before the start of ACC play.On Nov. 30, sophomore Brianna Butler dropped 29 points to lead SU to an upset of No. 12 Texas A&M, highlighting a nonconference slate that shot Syracuse up to a program-high No. 20 ranking in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and preparing SU for its rigorous ACC schedule.“When you’re not playing good enough competition,” Hillsman said, “you kind of get a false sense of reality of how good you are, and I didn’t want our kids to have that.”The Orange’s first go-round in the ACC had its highs and lows.It took three tries to notch the first conference win. Duke coasted to a 33-point win. Notre Dame, which still hasn’t lost, blew out the Orange by 37. And only one of SU’s six ACC losses was by a single-digit margin.“We just have to use those games as incentive to get better,” Butler said. “Look at what we did wrong, and try to improve on that for next year.”But after a 1-3 start to conference play, SU rattled off two separate four-game winning streaks — one of which included an upset of No. 6 North Carolina — to earn the fifth seed in the ACC tournament before advancing to the second round.In the first round of the NCAA tournament, the Orange faced its biggest obstacle of the year in watching Sykes, SU’s leading scorer, hit the hardwood with her torn ACL and meniscus in the second half against Chattanooga — and then having to continue the game.SU collected itself and prevailed by six points, and in the next round fought Kentucky down to the wire before ultimately falling short.“We knew with her being out, we had to come together,” Coffey said, “and I think we really played team basketball.”In addition to losing two starters in Coffey and center Shakeya Leary, as well as reserve guard La’Shay Taft, the Orange may very well have to begin next season without Sykes.Sykes has yet to undergo surgery on her right knee, so a timetable for her return is uncertain.“It’s tough to say,” Hillsman said. “Some people take longer, then you got Adrian Peterson. I’m not going to bring her back until she’s ready to play.”At the beginning of next year, the annual questions will resurface about how the Orange will move on, this time from another historic season.Sykes has her answer already.“Everybody was trying to figure out what we were going to do when we lost Kayla, Lacie and Carmen. Same thing,” Sykes said. “For any team, they should have full confidence that they’re going to come back great and I believe in my team.“Obviously, we made up for it. We’re going to make up for it again.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
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SAN DIEGO–As rookie left fielder Chris Shaw leaped to snag a flyball at the Petco Park outfield wall, a fan reached out and made contact with Shaw’s glove, thrusting it away.The fan may have taken the ball away from Shaw, but no one could take away his bat.And in the end, that’s what the Giants needed to secure a 5-4 comeback win over the Padres.Shaw hit 24 home runs for Triple-A Sacramento and owns the furthest home run hit by a Giants player this year, but his two-run single in the eighth …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest FBNews, the online/digital newsletter of the American Farm Bureau Federation, began posting responses from the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees on a range of issues that concern farmers and ranchers the most. AFBF asked Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump the same questions. Both candidates explained their positions on biotechnology, trade, immigration reform, regulatory reform, food safety and more.“The fact that the candidates took the time in the middle of this very competitive election season to go into such detail in their responses says a lot about the importance of these issues and the farmers and ranchers who care about them,” said Zippy Duvall, AFBF president. “Each of these issues touches our members at the farm and ranch level. Being able to provide information about the candidates’ platforms on issues that are important to agriculture is something we do every presidential election cycle.”The candidates’ responses have been posted on:The farm bill, biotechnology, food safety – http://fbnews.fb.org/Templates/Article.aspx?id=40444The Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and the Endangered Species Act –http://fbnews.fb.org/Templates/Article.aspx?id=40438Regulatory Reform – http://fbnews.fb.org/Templates/Article.aspx?id=40434 Additional responses will be posted at http://fbnews.fb.org/ in the following order:Sept. 27 – ImmigrationSept. 28 – International Trade and TPPSept. 29 – EnergySept. 30 – Full List of IssuesWhile AFBF cannot endorse or support a political candidate, the organization is providing the candidates’ positions to inform Farm Bureau members and others. FBNews signup is free at http://bit.ly/fbnewssubscribe.
The ARRI SkyPanel is one of the most versatile LED lights available.I remember using LEDs during their infancy. They offered very little output, but they had a promising future. At the time, I couldn’t commit to using them heavily on set, especially as primary key sources.I shoot a lot of documentary-, corporate-, and interview-based material, so I need a great key light for these setups. For the last few years, I was still using HMIs that would get extremely hot and require a lot of modification. Then, sometimes, I needed to gel those HMIs to match color with tungsten sources. This would then increase the size of the setup and the grip package and increase my budget.Within the last year, LEDs finally started to catch up with HMIs in terms of output and quality. A big step in that direction was the release of ARRI’s SkyPanel S120, S60, and S30. Since their release, I’ve begun using these lights quite heavily — as have many other DPs. The equipment rental house I use in Atlanta recently had to double their inventory of SkyPanels in order to keep up with the demand.The SkyPanels offer a ton of amazing features. These lights will definitely increase your workflow and help you produce better (and more efficient) videos.Image via ARRI.Strong Output The best feature of the ARRI SkyPanel is strong output that is still soft. This is a combination that has never really existed in a package this small. The S60 has roughly the equivalent of a diffused 400-watt HMI. With this level of output, you can easily use this light in almost any situation that requires a soft area light. It provides enough output that you can even use a frame of diffusion, like Lee‘s Opal or 250, to make it even softer. However, even without extra diffusion, the light still casts beautiful, soft shadows, so you can feel comfortable using it to light a face. Here are some photometrics at five meters to give you some reference on the light’s output:At 3,200KWith standard diffusion: 393 lux/37 fcWith light diffusion: 462 lux/43 fcWith heavy diffusion: 320 lux/30 fcWith intensifier: 511 lux/47 fcAt 5,600KWith standard diffusion: 416 lux/39 fcWith light diffusion: 489 lux/45 fcWith heavy diffusion: 338 lux/31 fcWith intensifier: 541 lux/50 fcColors and Gel Library The SkyPanel features an exceptional library of Lee and Rosco gels. If you want the exact color of Lee 1/4 CTO, for example, it’s programmed directly into the light, and you can correct the light color exactly to that gel. The light also allows you to adjust hues. If you want party gel colors, you can tune those directly into the LEDs without having to use and sort gels in front of the light.Overall, the ARRI SkyPanel is a very versatile light that you can use in most settings. As far as soft source LED lighting, it’s now my go-to choice on pretty much any set.Have you used the ARRI SkyPanel? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC And compete the Fighting Maroons did.Manzo scored five straight points for UP with his booming triple giving the Fighting Maroons an 86-77 lead with 3:07 to go.The rookie guard then came up with another big play with 52.8 seconds remainin, scoring on a break away layup for UP’s 90-79 lead.Manzo finished with 17 points to help UP’s cause with the Gomez de Liaño brothers of Javi and Juan putting up 10 points apiece.Ben Mbala had a game-high 34 points with 12 rebounds to lead the Green Archers.ADVERTISEMENT Kazakh club import calls PH team ‘sorriest team I ever played against’ after loss For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines pulled off an absolute stunner, silencing defending champion De La Salle, 98-87, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.Paul Desiderio caught fire for the Fighting Maroons and unleashed a career-high 30 points, 18 of which came from beyond the arc, along with six rebounds, and five assists to lead UP.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients The Fighting Maroons tacked their second consecutive win and third overall to improve to 3-1 while the Green Archers lost for the first time this season and slipped to the same card.Head coach Bo Perasol admitted that he was intimidated going against a team like La Salle, who has reigning MVP Ben Mbala.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I may be a little bit shamed to admit this but in the days coming over to this game my thoughts really were that we’ll be going up against a powerhouse team and I was already thinking what good we could get from this,” said Perasol in Filipino. “If we lose, what will we get from this?”“Then I read Jun’s [Manzo] tweet that said ‘nothing’s impossible to a person who believes’ and I got ashamed because my players believed we could compete against a powerhouse.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games
Liverpool defender van Dijk needs trophies for greatness – Redknappby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJamie Redknapp believes that Virgil Van Dijk must win trophies to be considered a great centre-back.Van Dijk has helped transform Liverpool into one of the best defensive teams in the Premier League.They are currently top of the league by four points, ahead of Manchester City.But Redknapp knows unless the side win trophies in the coming years, the likes of Van Dijk cannot be seen as great players.”Never mind player of the season — if he carries on playing at this level, he has all the attributes to be the Premier League’s greatest ever defender,” said Redknapp to the Daily Mail. “I am just surprised that it has taken until now for him to be starring in a team competing for Premier League titles.”To become the greatest, Van Dijk has to win trophies. He reached the Champions League final last season and now has a great chance of winning the Premier League.”If Liverpool are to be crowned champions this season, Van Dijk is the one player they can least afford to lose to injury.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Brighton send Arce, Kerr away on-loanby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton winger Billy Arce has returned from his loan at Segunda Division club Extremadura UD.The 20-year-old signed for the Seagulls in August 2018 from Ecuadorian side CSD Independiente Del Valle, and moved straight to Spain on a loan deal.Arce made three substitute appearances in the Segunda Division, but played 90 minutes in the Copa Del Rey, as Extremadura were narrowly beaten 1-0 by Alcorcon.Meanwhile, Brighton under-23 defender Josh Kerr has joined Derry City on a six-month loan deal.The 20-year-old has linked up with the SSE Airtricity League side for the remainder of the season.Under-23 coach Simon Rusk said, “This is a good loan move for Josh, and one that will allow him to play first-team football on a regular basis.“We will keep a close eye on his progress, and wish him well for the rest of the season.”
APTN National NewsThis story started with a request for information and now it is leading to the question, just how open and accountable are First Nation governments in the Northwest Territories.APTN’s Wayne Rivers has this report.