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first_imgAs a high school sophomore in Cloquet, Minn., Luke Heine had two conversations that would change the direction of his life. First, as he stood in line at McDonald’s, a friend told him he should look into financial aid in the Ivy League, something he hadn’t even known existed. Then, months later, a fellow weight-lifter in the school gym told him he should prepare for the ACT college-admissions test to increase his odds of acceptance.“I thought that studying for the ACT was cheating, but he said that most people do it, and I studied and raised my scores, and that brought me here,” said Heine ’18. “A lot of kids back home never get this piece of advice. I just got lucky. It was luck that brought me here.”Over the past two years, Heine and classmate Cole Scanlon ’18, who grew up in a low-income family in Coral Gables, Fla., have worked together to develop an admissions guide inspired by their own experiences, launching the nonprofit Fair Opportunity Project in the process.“We want students from all backgrounds to have a fair shot in applying for college,” Heine said.“I was lucky a teacher in high school took me under his wings,” said Scanlon, an economics and applied mathematics concentrator. “There is so much information out there, and many don’t know how to fill out so many complicated forms. A lot of students don’t know how to navigate the process.”The guide includes samples of real college essays, a list of scholarships and financial aid resources, and tips on how to organize applications. The main goal is to level the playing field in college admissions, Heine and Scanlon say. Wealthy students have access to private consultants, while public school students often can’t get enough support from overwhelmed guidance counselors. At Scanlon’s high school, there was only one counselor for the entire senior class.The guide, said Scanlon, both frees up counselors to act as mentors and empowers students.“If a student is having trouble finding scholarships, he or she can go to our website and to our scholarship section and apply to the six scholarships we recommend,” he said. “There are free resources out there and many students are not aware they exist.”The guide includes plenty of concrete tips, such as choosing challenging courses and striving to maintain a high GPA. It also encourages students to create a project, start a business, or launch a nonprofit, ideas aimed at grabbing the attention of admissions deans.,In the first months of the effort, Heine and Scanlon crammed in their dorms, gathering material and editing it, building the site, and sending PDFs of the guide to 57,000 U.S. high schools. They were helped by a group of 20 student volunteers.The positive response to the project has included recognition from Forbes magazine, which last year named Heine and Scanlon to its 30 under 30 in Education. The guide has been posted on more than 60 school websites and downloaded in 35 countries, and the site continues to receive thousands of visitors each month. Versions in Spanish and Mandarin are available. For Heine and Scanlon, the most rewarding part of the project has been the feedback. A counselor from a charter school in Idaho Falls, Idaho, sent an email praising “such a clear and thorough document that students from all backgrounds can have access to and understand.” A counselor in Cameron, N.C., said the guide shows “the admissions process truly from the eyes of a teenager.”Although they’re keeping their options open, Heine and Scanlon are considering working on their project full time after graduation.“Pretty early on, I realized there were inequities in opportunity,” said Scanlon. “We both care about education, equity, opportunities for communities that are left out of the conversations, and doing something about it gets us both fired up.” The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

first_img Read Full Story Harvard University’s Richard A. & Susan F. Smith Campus Center was recently awarded the Boston Society of Architects’ Harleston Parker Medal. Established in 1921 in memory of Boston architect J. Harleston Parker, the medal is the highest honor awarded by the Boston Society of Architects (a chapter of the American Institute of Architects) and recognizes “the most beautiful piece of architecture, building, monument or structure within the City or Metropolitan Parks District limits.”The awards jury called the building “An ode to Josep Lluis Sert, this reimagined campus center respects all the strength and smartness of Sert’s original building while drawing it forward into the twenty-first century. The renovation was a Herculean task, turning the 1960s tower into a true community asset. Once, this building in the heart of Harvard Square was an uninviting concrete corridor. Today, it is opened and enlivened. The new glass entrance bumps out into the plaza and creates a two-floor commons that welcomes the urban and university communities. Green walls and details in warm wood add vitality and soften once-hard spaces. People clearly love being here. The Smith Campus Center is comfortable, contemporary, and contextual. As we enter an age in which we must creatively and considerately upgrade our existing building stock, the Smith Campus Center stands as a shining example, reinvigorating the used and historic with success and humanity.”Additionally, in 1967, the Boston Society of Architects honored the building — then known as Holyoke Center — and its architects, Sert Jackson & Associates, led by Josep Lluis Sert, then dean of Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.The Smith Campus Center has received 10 other awards for its design since opening in August 2018.For more information on the Harleston award , visit the website.last_img read more

first_imgEven though nearly all students will be off-campus for Christmas, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart will still offer Masses on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day this holiday season. Even though the Basilica will operate on a reduced schedule for break, Mass will be held on Christmas Eve at 5 p.m. and midnight, as well as on Christmas Day at 10 a.m.Chris Collins | The Observer Katie Barrett, the associate director of campus ministry — who is in charge of liturgy, including the Basilica — said in an email that there are numerous special events this December to mark Christmastime.“We had Advent Lessons and Carols this past Sunday night as we do each year on the weekend after everyone returns from Thanksgiving. We will have Advent Vespers next week, too, at 7:15 pm,” Barrett said. “Anyone who has never experienced Vespers … should come — either on Dec. 10 or any Sunday when the University is in session. Another very special evening will be on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 5:15 p.m. when we will celebrate another great Feast during this season — the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.”Barrett said this year there will have to be a “quick turnaround” on Christmas Eve. Since Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year, the fourth Sunday of Advent will be celebrated in the morning before the other two Masses later in the day. The later service on Christmas Eve will feature a community choir. All of the Christmas Masses will be officiated by Fr. Peter Rocca, the rector of the Basilica.“We have a lovely community choir of volunteers who comes together to sing for lessons and carols (11:00 a.m.) and midnight Mass, since the student choirs will be gone at that time,” Barrett said.Beyond that, some aspects of the Christmas Masses will be different than typical Basilica services. Other than the midnight Mass, there will be less music than usual, owing to the absence of the student choirs. The congregation of people will also be different than usual, Barrett said.“The assembly changes a lot for these Masses. Some people come as visitors because they’re from out of town and here to visit family. Others from the Notre Dame faculty and staff choose to go to their home parishes in the area, and of course, some of them travel as well,” Barrett said. “I should also mention that a fair number of Notre Dame students are from the South Bend area, and some of them come, and even help out in the various ministries over Christmas break, which is very kind. Our community members are always very generous about helping with all the ministries, especially when most of the students are gone.”Barrett said that although most students will not be present for the Christmas services, the decorations will be left up until students come back.“The decorations will be beautiful — and we leave them up so that students can see them upon their return to campus,” Barrett said.Once the Christmas Masses are complete, the Basilica will be closed as all of the church’s lighting is due to be “replaced and upgraded,” Barrett said. There will be no Masses between Dec. 26 and Jan. 5 as workers take advantage of the academic break to carry out the replacement of the lights.On the whole, Barrett expressed a hope that the Basilica’s Christmas programming will help people to grow in their faith.“We always just hope that everyone who attends is brought closer to God, and closer to each other. We are all the body of Christ, and Christmas is a very special time to remember that — especially when we know that so many right in our local community are suffering without proper shelter, food or clothing, just as Jesus did at the Nativity.“Our worship should always lead us to live our lives of faith with more gratitude and a deeper desire to love as Christ loves us. Hopefully, the Basilica will be a place that opens people up to the Holy Spirit through hearing the scriptures and celebrating the sacraments together.”Tags: Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Campus Ministry, choir, christmas, Musiclast_img read more

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Josh Young Leads Starry Amazing Grace Cast A starry cast is on board for the world premiere of Christopher Smith and Arthur Giron’s Amazing Grace. Tony nominee Josh Young (Jesus Christ Superstar), Erin Mackey (Chaplin), Tony nominee Tom Hewitt (Jesus Christ Superstar), Tony winner Chuck Cooper (Act One, The Life), Chris Hoch (Matilda), Stanley Bahorek (Nerds), Harriett D. Foy (Mamma Mia!), and Laiona Michelle (The Book of Mormon national tour) will appear in the musical. The show is based on the true story behind the beloved song, following one man whose journey ignited a historic wave of change. Directed by Gabriel Barre, the production will run October 9 through November 2 at Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre. Opening night is set for October 19. Star Files Josh Young Bad Jews Heads to the U.K. Off-Broadway’s smash 2013 hit Bad Jews is crossing the Pond. Joshua Harmon’s play will have its U.K. premiere at the Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath, playing July 31 through August 30. The show will officially open on August 12. No word yet on casting. Lilla Crawford to Teach How Broadway Could Only be a Day Away Annie star and former video blogger Lilla Crawford will teach a workshop with her vocal coach Philip Pelkington on May 4. Students will have the opportunity to receive feedback on their audition song, technique and stage presence. Contact [email protected] for more info. Wake Up the Ramin Karimloo Way New Tony nominee Ramin Karimloo stopped by Katie April 29 and revealed to Katie Couric how he wakes up every day. The Les Miz star also talked about his childhood as well as paying tribute to theater legend Colm Wilkinson. Check out the interview below. Ramin Karimloo Lilla Crawford Chuck Cooper Teal Wicks Wicked Star Teal Wicks to Make Her Solo Cabaret Debut Former Elphaba Teal Wicks will make her solo cabaret debut at 54 Below on May 8. Wicks, who is about to star in Piece of My Heart off-Broadway, will reimagine the works of artists including Janis Joplin, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell and Patty Griffin in an acoustic set. View All (6) View Comments Tom Hewittlast_img read more

first_imgKudzu bugs’ diets consist of mostly kudzu and soybeans, but more and more often they’re getting blamed for devouring all sorts of plants. The sight of swarming, invasive stinkbugs gives homeowners the impression that the voracious insects will decimate their vegetable gardens and shrubs, but that’s just not the case, said Wayne Gardner, an entomologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Kudzu bugs, technically called Megacopta cribraria, were first seen in Georgia in 2009. A member of the stinkbug family, they have green to brown bodies, stipples on their wing covers and wide back ends. Most of the plants on which kudzu bugs congregate during the spring are simply rest stops on the way to the nearest soybean field or kudzu patch buffet. “Often times, at this time, they’re just sitting around waiting for the kudzu to get tall enough where they can find it,” said Gardner, who helps lead kudzu bug research at UGA. “If homeowners will just be a little bit patient, the bugs will leave.” Adult kudzu bugs have been known to snack on the leaves of fig trees, hydrangeas and green bean plants — but there’s been no proof that they cause major damage. They’ll leave as soon as kudzu or soybeans become available to munch on because those are the only plants where their young can survive. Kudzu bug nymphs inherit two digestive tract bacteria that allow them to digest kudzu or soybeans, but nothing else. Consequently any eggs laid on alternate plants won’t develop into adult insects. “They’re not going to spend a lot of time where their young have no chance of survival. These guys are very focused on eating and reproducing,” Gardner said. Gardner’s team helps operate a kudzu bug website — — with all sorts of information on the kudzu bug and its occurrence. The public can even report where they’ve seen the insect and help scientists track the spread of the invasive species. A lot of the reports come in with notes about what people have tried to use to kill the insect. This worries Gardner. “(Homeowners) get alarmed by the number of insects that they’re seeing because they will just flood you,” Gardner said. “We get reports with notes about what people are doing to get rid of them saying, ‘We’re putting Sevin dust out over all our bushes.’” “And we’re thinking, ‘Holy mackerel. If they would just wait a little while, these swarms will move over to the kudzu.’” One plant that seems to attract more kudzu bugs then others is the fig tree. “We’re getting a lot of reports this spring of people being concerned about the kudzu bugs on their fig trees, from Georgia as well as North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama,” he said. Entomologists have known about the fig tree swarm phenomenon since 2010, and they haven’t heard of anyone loosing figs to the insects. “If you’re not getting any loss of any of your product, there’s no need for spraying,” he said. “All you’re doing is adding an insecticide to the environment and directly to a food product that you want your family to enjoy … If you’re looking for a threat to your figs, the biggest fig problem we have in Georgia is birds.”last_img read more

first_imgOkay, it’s Fall. I finally admit it. And Fall is when everybody and their brother puts out a pumpkin beer because, you know, people like to drink pumpkiny things when it gets chilly outside. Just ask McDonalds or Starbucks. I don’t have anything against pumpkins as a vegetable (or fruit?), decoration, or additive to beer. I’ve had some mighty fine pumpkin beers in my day. However, I don’t like how the Fall seasonal beer lineup is dominated by the big orange gourd. Maybe I want to have a limited release beer designed for sipping fireside in chilly weather that doesn’t taste like Halloween candy?To that end, I’ve rounded up a few Fall beers that don’t have a hint of pumpkin in them.Flipside Red IPA, Sierra NevadaI hesitate to call this hoppy beer a Fall seasonal. It’s more like you’re drinking the last days of summer in a bottle. It’s downright fruity with plenty of grapefruit bitterness, and just enough malty sweetness to keep it from being your standard summer IPA. Consider this your transitional beer. Because we all need transitional beers. Sierranevada.comHighland Clawhammer OktoberfestI give Highland props for making an Oktoberfest that doesn’t go over the top with notes of caramel. We’re talking restraint here. Think, more spicy malt than sweet malt, and a bit hoppier than you’d expect an Oktoberfest. highlandbrewing.comSweet Water Motor BoatAn ESB (Extra Special Bitter) that’s dry-hopped to maximize the citrus notes and drive home that “ESB” style. There is a bit of sweetness to the Motor Boat, but it comes up front and vanishes fast, replaced by a stranglehold of hoppiness. sweetwaterbrew.comlast_img read more

first_img The Brazilian Military delegation invaded the streets of Lima, Peru, with their green and yellow spirit to celebrate their record-breaking three gold medals from the XXI South American Cadets Sports Festival, which ended on October 28. The Brazilian athletes became champions in the military pentathlon and shooting, aside from achieving good results in other disciplines. The event gathered 646 athletes from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, and Uruguay. The Brazilian Armed Forces were represented by 68 athletes, of whom 13 were Naval School contenders, 22 Cadets from the Military Academy of Agulhas Negras (AMAN), and 33 Cadets from the Air Force Academy (AFA) – 21 of them members of the women’s team. The gold won by the swim team came from the excellent performance by Marcelo Fábio de Araújo Lopes (AMAN), who won the 100-meter freestyle competition, and candidate Rafael Godofredo do Norte (Naval Academy), who achieved first place in the 50-meter freestyle. These results were critical for the group to win the championship. In total, they won three gold medals, two silver and one bronze for swimming. In the military pentathlon, a competition that includes five different contests, Brazil also rose to the podium. They received five gold medals, two silver, and four bronze. Two AMAN athletes stood out: Thiago Rezende matched the South American record at shooting, and Thiago Dias became the overall individual champion in the modality. The men’s team came in first place overall, and Mayara Soares da Silva (AFA) won the bronze medal. The athletes set new records in shooting, and won gold in both the male and female categories. Ary Batista Rocha Neto, from the AFA, set a new individual mark in the rifle prone. In the team competition, the women’s team stood out at the pistol shooting, and the men’s team in the rifle prone shooting and the rifle three positions. The total sum of these results represented a new South American record. Brazil also won five gold medals for track-and-field in disciplines like the 100-meter hurdles, shot put, and siscus, 4 × 100m, triple jump and long jump. The South American champion in this competition was Brazilian Cadet Alexandre Junior, also from AMAN. He won first place in the long jump and triple jump events. The cadets took third place as a team in fencing, a traditional military sport, with two gold medals, one silver, and two bronze. In this discipline, Gabriel Dondeo Lima (AMAN) won the foil championship, while Cadet Ribeiro (AFA won the sword fencing championship. The goal of the South American Cadets Sports Festival is to establish bonds of unity and brotherhood between the military institutions in countries linked to the South American Military Sports Union. This edition of the sports event was hosted by the Peruvian Armed Forces. The next cadet military sports event will be the 2nd CISM World Cadet Games. The competition will take place in 2014, in Quito, Ecuador. By Dialogo November 02, 2012last_img read more

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Protecting your organization is expensive. Leaders are encouraged and sometimes even compelled to provide additional resources to counter threats. As the cost of data breaches rise, regulators and your customers and business partners demand you to protect data you control. In turn, you require your vendors to protect your data. Is substantial investment sustainable and the only response to growing information security risk?While ongoing investment is necessary and prudent, focusing on foundational controls may help lower your risk with very little cost. This article will highlight ten cost-conscious security controls you may implement without breaking your budget. While the scope and depth will vary, implementing foundation controls may help protect all businesses. Let’s begin with one the most important security controls.1. Enforce least privilegeIn all cases, employees should have only the minimum access to perform their duties. This includes leaders, managers, and especially system administrators with privileged access. Decisions to permit access to sensitive information, data, systems, software, and applications should be based on a defined business need; not by title or perceived need. For example, a manager may only require permissions to read sensitive data. Managers should periodically review access and make adjustments continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgFor the needs of the campaign, a new promotional video was made with which they want to additionally emphasize the values ​​and peculiarities of Varaždin and its surroundings. The focus is on active vacation and Find out more about booking programs and campaigns HERE A walk through the Drava park forest, exploring hidden river backwaters and lakes, SUP and Jeep safaris, rafting with the team, romance at sunrise and sunset, cycling from castle to castle with discovering cultural and natural beauties, climbing green hills, enjoying views from the peaks the mountain, an adrenaline experience from the air, are just some of the elements that stand out as inspiration and motive for coming to the destination. The Tourist Board of the city of Varaždin has launched a campaign “Closer, closer… Varaždin and more ”, and which aims to popularize activities that, in addition to the city break offer, enrich and prolong the stay in the destination. The video was made in cooperation with the Varaždin agency More Adventure and the House of Creative Innovations, an association from Varaždin that deals with education, ecology and multimedia. Members of the association, Timon Terzić and Dario Mikulek, who are also multimedia students at the University of the North in collaboration with Tomislav Mikulek and Martin Hubek, recorded and produced promotional material that highlights the natural beauty of Varaždin and the county. last_img read more

first_imgTopics : Private lender PT Bank DBS Indonesia has donated thousands of test kits and staple food assistance worth Rp 26 billion (US$1.7 million) to support the government’s coronavirus response.Aside from food assistance for unemployed or furloughed workers, the bank donated 100,000 rapid test kits, 15,000 viral transport mediums, 5,000 swabbing kits, two portable machines to perform polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests and 3,000 reagents, said Paulus Sutisna, the bank’s president director.“We believe that greater accessibility to testing will bolster the effort to handle the spread of COVID-19,” Paulus said in a virtual press briefing on Thursday. Indonesia, the second-hardest-hit country in Southeast Asia, has not done enough testing, with only about 8.3 tests per confirmed case as of May 14. It is far lower than neighboring Malaysia, which has performed 40 tests for every confirmed case, according to data provided by Our World in Data, a publication of global socioeconomic data.To improve its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has infected over 16,000 people and killed more than 1000, the government seeks to do more tests especially in hard-hit regions.National COVID-19 task force head Doni Monardo said his office would distribute the test kits from DBS Indonesia to East Java, the second-hardest-hit province in the country with 1,772 confirmed cases, accounting for 11.5 percent of the national aggregate.“The priority, of course, is regions seeing a surge in cases,” Doni said in the same briefing. “We hope with this help from test kits, the task force can significantly increase the number of samples tested for early detection and prevention of further spread.last_img read more