There is no shortage of words starting with “re-” that can describe what winter break and Wintersession are meant to achieve. Despite the fact that alliteration makes anything sound more dramatic than it is (cue the title of this piece), the most commonly used descriptions are quite true. In contrast to the semester in full swing, the free time and significant gaps between appointments that mark Wintersession give us ample opportunities to rediscover who we were before Harvard, how it has changed us, and who we are today.And winter break, whether spent launching the next Facebook, skiing overseas, or watching Netflix in bed at home, is a great time to step back from an extremely fulfilling, but also sometimes overwhelming and hectic semester.As a freshman, and especially as an international student who had never spent anything other than short visits in the United States, I relished the time I spent away from Harvard. It was eye-opening to step back and cast off some of the pressures, expectations, and stress surrounding GPAs, internships, and even social life that inevitably mount as we study with highly accomplished people.After a short break, coming back to campus was surreal. Part of the strangeness came from realizing that Harvard actually feels like a second home now ― it is “getting back to Harvard” instead of “going to Harvard.” Campus was not too quiet for the most part, and many people were back as early as Jan. 15, working on various pursuits. I heard tales of practical workshops such as how to manage personal finances, new experiences like taking up kendo, and even intensive academic experiences like a case-study workshop at Harvard Business School. As for me and 50 other freshmen, we chose to take part in the Refresh Retreat.The retreat originated as a psychology concentrator’s senior thesis project, and was then adopted by the College. Dean Madeleine Currie of Oak Yard, Paul “Coz” Teplitz of the Freshman Dean’s Office, and 10 upperclassmen facilitators brought us freshman to Hulbert Outdoor Center in Vermont, where we frolicked in the snow, stayed in warm rustic cabins, and pondered the meaning of life. What I found most rewarding was the opportunity to get out in the countryside and reflect in a group setting.I had never visited Vermont in my life, nor really seen any decent snow, so stepping out of Greater Boston was a magical experience. I and the others immersed ourselves in a winter wonderland of completely frozen lakes, pristine snow, icy meandering creeks, and dazzling night skies. During the several hours of free time we had each day, we sledded along the slopes, sang songs from “Frozen” as we built snowmen, tried to perform gymnastic tricks on slides, and had roasted s’mores with hot chocolate. The unique setting and the special experiences helped me forge friendships with people I had never and would never have met otherwise. Beyond friendships, the setting also contributed significantly to our reflection. I consider myself a fairly reflective person, and I enjoy taking time during each day, or each week, perhaps during the shower or while I’m at the gym, to think about what I have been doing and how I want to go forward. Yet there is something about taking yourself away from your usual physical environment that opens up the mind in new ways. While skating (and trying not to fall) along the plowed paths of Lake Morey, I found myself reflecting on the past semester, how far I’ve come and how far I still need to go, and reaching depths and new insights like I never had before.I was able to reflect so deeply in part due to my facilitators and the wonderful sessions we had in big and small groups. Our reflections were divided neatly into three themes, one for each day — the past, the present, and the future. Sitting inside a cozy cabin with 10 other faces made us all open up to relative strangers in ways that even surprised ourselves. I, and many others, commented how gratified we were to hear about the struggles the others faced. It is often easy at a place like Harvard to assume that everyone is doing fantastically well and that you are the odd one out struggling with sleep, extracurriculars, or procrastination. There was none of the “Duck Syndrome” here (a term coined at Stanford for the façade of calm that people put on to belie their struggles), as people shared genuine fears like falling GPAs, taking on too much, not taking on enough, and blocking drama (that came up a lot). As freshmen, we also had the opportunity to learn from those who had experienced it all before us; our facilitators gave us great tips, like reading a few pages in an assignment to estimate how long it would take to do the whole section, or writing to-do lists manually to avoid getting distracted by electronics ― both strategies that I am excited to implement as the semester rolls ahead.If I had to choose one snapshot to represent our collective reflecting experience, it would be when we sat in a circle around a spitting fire on our last night there. We each held flameless candles, which we switched off as we went around the circle and shared our regrets and fears, and lit as we expressed gratitude and aspirations. It was a deeply emotional experience that I believe connected us seemingly disparate individuals in our collective quest to do better and make the most of this wonderful institution.Heading into the next semester, we all have goals, dreams, and targets. I, for one, have already failed some of mine (looking at you, Annenberg breakfast). But no matter how much you reflect and refresh, you cannot accomplish everything and you won’t be perfect every time. And you know what? That’s completely OK.
By Dialogo April 05, 2012 MEXICO CITY — One of the alleged plotters of a deadly Mexican casino attack in which more than 50 people died has been killed in a battle with troops, the defense ministry said. “The Mexican army repelled an attack in which Francisco Medina Mejía, aka El Quemado (The Burned), one of the masterminds of the attack on the Casino Royale, died,” the defense ministry said late April 4. Another three alleged criminals were killed in the gun battle, which took place near the violence-wracked northern border city of Nuevo Laredo. The casino attack in Monterrey last August — in which 52 people burned or suffocated when armed men set the crowded building ablaze — was one of the deadliest attacks yet in a brutal five-year crime wave. Mexican authorities have said five local leaders of the feared Zetas drug cartel, including Medina Mejía, planned the attack. The Zetas are believed to have ordered the attack after the owner refused to pay protection money. In January, authorities, who have offered more than US$1 million in reward money, claimed to have captured three of the five suspects. [AFP, 05/04/2012; Eluniversal.com.mx (Mexico), 05/04/2012]
James’s office released the following statement: Prude died after being hooded and held down by police. —————————————————————————————————————— ROCHESTER (WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo released the following statement in regards to Attorney General James’s empaneling: ROCHESTER (WBNG) — New York Attorney General Letitia James is moving to empanel a grand jury in her office’s ongoing investigation into the death of Daniel Prude. UPDATE 7:04 P.M. “The Prude family and the Rochester community have been through great pain and anguish. My office will immediately move to empanel a grand jury as part of our exhaustive investigation into this matter.” “Earlier this week, I called for the investigation into Daniel Prude’s death to be expedited. Today, I applaud Attorney General [Letitia] James for taking swift, decisive action in empaneling a grand jury — justice delayed is justice denied and the people of New York deserve the truth.”
– Advertisement – The longtime television personality, who began his stint on the game show in 1984, publicly revealed in March 2019 that he suffered from stage IV pancreatic cancer.“Just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer,” he announced in a YouTube video on March 6. “Now, normally the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m gonna fight this and I’m gonna keep working and with the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease.”The ABC series thanked its fanbase for their support two days after Trebek’s announcement. “The outpouring of good wishes and support in response to Alex’s recent health news has been humbling and overwhelming,” the tweet read. “Please know that your messages are being conveyed to him and are deeply appreciated. From everyone at Jeopardy! – thank you.”Alex Trebek at the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame Awards in Las Vegas on April 9, 2018. Robb Cohen/Invision/AP/Shutterstock- Advertisement – Jeopardy host Alex Trebek died on Sunday, November 8, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 80.“Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex,” the game show’s official account tweeted on Sunday.- Advertisement – Nearly two months later, the Canada native told Good Morning America‘s Robin Roberts that he was doing his best to stay strong, despite his setbacks, which also included kidney stones and ruptured discs.“I’m used to dealing with pain,” he said in the interview, which aired on May 1, before admitting that it hasn’t been easy to remain optimistic. “But what I’m not used to dealing with is the surges that come on suddenly of deep, deep sadness and it brings tears to my eye. I’ve discovered in this whole episode, ladies and gentlemen, that I’m a bit of a wuss.”Trebek is survived by his wife, Jean Currivan, and their two children, Matthew, 30, and Emily, 27.- Advertisement –
Talk about a switcheroo.The first 59 minutes of USC and UCLA’s annual cross-town battle Saturday qualified as a certifiable snoozer.Setting the tone · Junior linebacker Malcolm Smith got USC on the board by returning an interception 62 yards for a score. – Mike Lee | Daily TrojanBut boy did the sparks fly in the final seconds, when UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel called a timeout as USC attempted to run the clock out on a would-be 14-point victory.That was all the provoking USC coach Pete Carroll needed. On the next play he called on freshman quarterback Matt Barkley to deliver a 48-yard touchdown strike to junior receiver Damian Williams to break open the game.That gave the Trojans the 28-7 win in front of a decidedly quiet crowd of 85,713 at the Coliseum, but it also brought almost the entire UCLA sideline onto the field in what almost ended up in a brawl.“That was just competing,” Carroll said in his postgame press conference.Neuheisel said he didn’t blame Carroll for the decision to run a play-action pass with the Trojans up by 14 in the final minute.Still, his players expressed surprise at the call that mirrored Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh’s choice to go for the two-point conversion two weeks ago against the Trojans.“I was speechless,” sophomore safety Rahim Moore said. “They caught us off guard.”That last minute demanded most of the postgame attention, but for much of the game, junior linebacker Malcolm Smith was the story.He picked off a Kevin Prince pass in the first quarter and took it back 62 yards for a touchdown, providing the Trojans their only points of the first half.Smith, who has missed three games this season because of a shoulder ailment, was also credited with 15 tackles in the game, a career-high.“He was finally himself,” said redshirt sophomore middle linebacker Chris Galippo. “All year he’s been hindered by a few injuries and this and that, but this is the one game that everybody got to see the real Malcolm Smith.”Daily Trojan | Geo TuSmith also stuffed three UCLA plays for a loss.“He was all over the field,” Carroll said. “He played a beautiful game.”As a whole, the Trojan defense held the Bruins scoreless until late in the fourth quarter, rattling both UCLA quarterbacks all game long. Redshirt freshman Kevin Prince and senior Kevin Craft combined to complete 18-of-39 passes for no touchdowns and three interceptions.“We made too many mistakes, particularly on offense,” Neuheisel said.It was a performance not seen from the USC defense in recent weeks. In their last five games prior to Saturday, the Trojans had given up an average of nearly 35 points per game.“Defensively, it was huge to keep the score down,” Carroll said. “We were able to adjust and keep things in order.”UCLA’s first — and only — score came with less than six minutes remaining in the game on a direct-snap two-yard run by senior running back Chane Moline.That made the score 14-7, putting the Bruins in position to make a final push to tie the score.But USC responded with a methodical nine-play drive capped by a two-yard touchdown run by redshirt junior running back Allen Bradford, using up more than four minutes of clock.Bradford ran four times for 30 yards on the drive — for a total of 62 yards on 14 carries in the game — and served as a decoy on multiple Barkley passes.“We threw it when we had to and we used a little play-action here and there,” Barkley said. “When it counts, those are the big drives that you really need.”For the much-maligned USC offense, the possession was a bright spot.“I was really proud of the offense — that was their best drive of the day,” said offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates. “And we needed it. We had to take it down and get some points.”And so the 79th meeting between the two teams ended exactly like last year’s, with the Trojans on top by a score of 28-7.There will be no Rose Bowl for either Los Angeles school, but in what has amounted to a mediocre season for both, USC can again go home with bragging rights.“It’s always good to beat UCLA,” Bradford said. “They play us tough every year regardless of whether they’re ranked or they’re not or what’s going in the season or how bad their record is or how bad our record is.”Compared to other in-state rivalries across the nation, the so-called battle for LA has lacked in bravado since UCLA’s 13-9 upset over the Trojans in 2006. But the late-game antics this time around might have created something to look forward to next year.“It was good to see a little controversy, I guess you could say,” Galippo said. “Every other rivalry in the nation is like that, and it was good to see that here.”
Click here for full scores 17 Jul 2017 Fifteen golfers are chasing their dream The most successful of these teams will go on to the pro-am of the British Masters, supported by Sky Sports, at Close House in Northumberland later in the same month, playing with a star of The European Tour. He just pipped the host club’s Charles Lacey to the top spot, but they both go through to next month’s final in England Golf Week at Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, alongside Paul Holloway (Barlaston, Staffordshire), Steve Kearns (Wensum Valley, Norfolk), Gary White (St Neots, Cambridgeshire), Andrew Robinson (Ingestre Park, Staffordshire), Dan Stoodley (Links, Newmarket), Richard McCrae (Spalding, Lincolnshire), Kevin Madden (Walmley, Warwickshire), Nick Lee (Boston, Lincolnshire), Leon Peddlebanks-Wright (Nuneaton, Warwickshire), John Shield (Serlby Park, Nottinghamshire), Andrew Hallworth (Whittlebury Park, Northamptonshire), Gary Noye (Peterborough Milton, Northamptonshire) and Nicholas Schofield (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire). Last season, England Golf and Bridgestone worked together to run a similar event called the Driveguard Trophy for club golfers. It made a dream come true for South West players Zack Rosen, Carl Broomfield and Peter Carr. The Bridgestone Chase your Dream Trophy is an annual event open to members of England Golf’s 1,900 affiliated clubs and features separate competitions for men and women. Fifteen golfers are one step closer to playing with a star of the European Tour after qualifying for the national final of Bridgestone’s Chase Your Dream Trophy, run in partnership with England Golf. They came through the Midlands regional qualifier at Spalding Golf Club, Lincolnshire, where Jake Griffiths (pictured) of Bramcote Waters, Warwickshire, led the way on countback with a net score of three-under 69. Players can already register their interest in the 2018 Chase Your Dream Trophy by clicking here. Entries will open in the autumn to players who have been successful in 2017 club competitions and are eligible to enter the regional finals. The trio eventually found themselves as guests of Bridgestone at the British Masters supported by Sky Sports, playing alongside 2010 US Open winner Graeme McDowell. They’ll be joined by qualifiers from three other regional finals and the overall winner will be England’s male Handicap Golfer of the Year. The top nine players in the field will play in the pro-am of the Bridgestone Challenge, the English leg of The Challenge Tour, at Luton Hoo on 6 September. They’ll be joined by the top nine players from the companion women’s championship, making up a total of six teams in the pro-am.