Students furnish feedback on furniture

first_imgWhen Natalie Jacewicz ’13 and her blockmates moved into Winthrop House, there were some unexpected challenges — getting a futon for their common room up four flights of stairs was one.“Aside from the heavy lifting, it required a lot of coordination,” Jacewicz said. “Choosing it, buying it, putting it in storage until we could move it into the suite, … it was quite an adventure.”Thanks to House renewal, future generations will be spared this trial. As each House is renewed, the College will replace the hundreds of futons and secondhand chairs that undergraduates have been purchasing for generations with new furniture.“When the Old Quincy test project, the first section of a House to be renewed, reopens next fall, the building will be fully furnished with beds, desks, tables, couches, and other comfortable furniture,” said Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds.Over the past two weeks, College administrators have been actively gathering student feedback on how the common spaces and student bedrooms will be furnished.During a recent open house at the Student Organization Center at Hilles (SOCH), Jacewicz toured furniture displays from four different companies. The candid, in-depth feedback gathered from the students will help administrators both narrow down specifications for ordering furniture for Old Quincy and work toward a standard to draw on for other Houses.“One of our goals was to select furniture that was flexible so that students could set their room up the way they wanted to,” said Merle Bicknell, assistant dean for Faculty of Arts and Sciences physical resources. “Some of the displays have two stackable dressers … others have beds that can be raised so that stackable dressers, or even a desk, can easily slip underneath.”Chris Farley ’16, who also attended the open house, welcomed the University’s effort to reach out to students. “Actively seeking student feedback like this really reflects favorably on Harvard,” Farley said. “Students know what it’s like to live in these spaces day in and day out, so they have insight and feedback that can really help.“The fact that the University recognizes and values our feedback as the people living in these spaces and using these items, that they acknowledge that perspective as valuable, is extraordinary,” Farley added.Harvard furnishes 2.5 million square feet throughout its Houses, so part of the challenge is providing furniture that meets unified standards. Merle Bicknell, assistant dean for Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) physical resources, said that empowering the students to make the space their own is a key part of the project’s success.“One of our goals was to select furniture that was flexible so that students could set their room up the way they wanted to,” Bicknell said. “Some of the displays have two stackable dressers, which can be set up as a stand-alone dresser. Others have beds that can be raised so that stackable dressers, or even a desk, can easily slip underneath. We want to give them the ability to adjust the space as he or she sees fit.”Each of the four furniture displays features two sections: an average-size single bedroom and a common space suite area. Bedroom designs include a bed, desk, wardrobe, and bookshelves, while the common space designs seat up to 12 people and come in an array of armchairs, loveseats, ottomans, and sofas.“I was surprised by all the options,” Farley said. “For example, one of the desks had several outlets for all the various gadgets you have in modern life built right into the desk. I saw that and immediately thought about how much easier my life would be if I had that.”The ability to customize the space is what caught Jacewicz’s attention. “The administrators also encouraged us to say how we would mix and match the different pieces — they were really interested in knowing how to further improve the options on display.”For Carina Myteveli, administrative operations officer with FAS resources, the open house and student tours of the displays offer a chance to think outside the box. “We’re just asking students to look at the furniture and tell us what they think,” Myteveli said. “Do you like the fabric, the arms of a chair, the table? All these pieces can be customized to students’ overall feedback and specifications. We want to give students the most options we can; they live in these spaces for so many years, and it’s their home away from home. We want to give them the opportunity to make that space their own, as much as we can.”“I’m a senior, so there’s not a possibility of my enjoying it,” Jacewicz said wistfully. “But it will be cool to come back 10 or 15 years down the line, and know that I had some hand in the decision. It’s nice to be able to leave a mark on Harvard in this way.”last_img read more

Dortmund Out to Test Tottenham’s Resilience

first_imgCHAMPIONS LEAGUEBorussia Dortmund set out for today’s UEFA Champions League tie against Tottenham Hotspur in London hoping their stars will become “heroes” in a group containing titleholders Real Madrid.“This is the hardest group, but also challenging, and in such groups, heroes are made,” said managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke yesterday. Dortmund, Spurs, and Real are joined by Cyprus side Apoel in Group H with Borussia hosting Spanish giants Madrid on September 26.The Germans have a proud Champions League history, reaching the quarterfinals twice in the last four seasons.However they were held to a goalless draw at 10-man Freiburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday when their attack, boasting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and US wunderkind Christian Pulisic, failed to fire.The Bundesliga leaders have a score to settle at Wembley, Spurs’ adopted home stadium, where the Germans lost the 2013 Champions League final to Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich.“It’s a huge challenge, but I see us as being on the same level as Tottenham,” said director of sport Michael Zorc.The Champions League still holds a few ghosts for the German club after the dark days of April 11 when a bomb attack on the team bus left defender Marc Bartra needing surgery after three blasts tore into the vehicle.Bartra will miss the match against Spurs with a groin injury while captain Marcel Schmelzer will miss the next seven weeks after tearing ankle ligaments in the draw at Freiburg.With Schmelzer out, Germany’s Under-21 international Jeremy Toljan is set to take his place at left-back while new-signing Andriy Yarmolenko could make his first start after coming off the bench in Freiburg.The Germans beat Spurs 3-0 at home and 2-1 away when the teams met in the group stages of the Europa League in 2015/16 as Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino rested many of his first-choice players for the Premier League.“The current match is not comparable to the games at that time,” said Zorc, while Dortmund coach Peter Bosz expects “a very strong opponent” in London.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Marine running Boston Marathon for fallen friends crawls to finish

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Herndon said he never considered giving up even when his legs started giving out about 4 miles (6 kilometers) from the end of the race Monday.“That was the longest 4.2 miles I’ve ever run in my life,” said Herndon, who’s from Tallmadge, Ohio.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHe said his military training kicked in when he dropped to his hands and knees and crawled, at times pulling himself on his stomach, for the final 100 yards (91 meters).“It was kind of second nature,” he said Tuesday, a day after finishing his third marathon. “They instill ‘adapt and overcome.’ Any situation you’re in, that’s what you do.” DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hasslescenter_img Raptors rout Magic as Kyle Lowry bounces back Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Micah Herndon, of Tallmadge, Ohio, crawls to the finish line in the 123rd Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)A Marine veteran said all he was thinking about as he crawled to the finish of the Boston Marathon was the men who died after an attack on their convoy in Afghanistan nine years ago.Their names were written on his hand, his shoes and his race bib. They were the inspiration, Micah Herndon said, when he first started running to escape the horrors of war.ADVERTISEMENT During the marathon, Herndon, 31, said he repeated the names of three men — Marines Mark Juarez and Matthew Ballard and British journalist Rupert Hamer — mile after mile.Juarez and Hamer were killed when a roadside bomb exploded in January 2010. Ballard, who was severely injured, died after returning home. Herndon was in that convoy, but his vehicle wasn’t hit.Repeating their names is something Herndon does when he’s training or competing in a race, even when he gets strange looks from other runners.Herndon, who was injured in another blast in 2010, got into running after coming home as a way to deal with post-traumatic stress. He hopes he can inspire other veterans.“It’s hard to reintegrate into society and be a civilian,” he said. “My message to other veterans is to find whatever your release is. My release happens to be running.”ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridlast_img read more

8 days agoMan City No2 Arteta: Foden potential is limitless

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City No2 Arteta: Foden potential is limitlessby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta says Phil Foden’s potential is limitless.The 19-year-old has been restricted to just three appearances this season.But Arteta thinks he will become a star under manager Pep Guardiola.”His potential is limitless,” Arteta said. “He is going to set his own limits.”The most important thing is that, as a club and around the team, we have created a really healthy, inspiring and challenging environment. That’s exactly what he needs.”The door is open. We have a manager who trusts in young players and he’s going to get opportunities.”With that type of environment, to grow and to always be going in the right direction is the most important thing.”I think he’ll be very successful.” last_img read more

Video: Michigan Football Releases Cool “The Block M” Hype Video, “Most Recognizable Logo In All Of Sports”

first_imgThe Michigan Wolverines marching band performs before the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 17: The Michigan Wolverines marching band performs before the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)It’s football time now. They’re very excited about that in Ann Arbor, Mich. Teams are beginning fall camp and we’re now less than a month away from the start of the season, when Michigan takes on Utah on Thursday, Sept. 3. In honor of the season coming up, the Wolverines have released a cool hype video about the Block M logo. “It’s the most recognizable logo in all of sports,” they say. The Block M. Enough said. #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/As8eN4OIKi— Michigan Athletics (@UMichAthletics) August 4, 2015We’re not quite sure if it’s the “most recognizable logo” in the sports world, but it is a pretty sweet logo.last_img read more

2016 ACC Tournament Bracket, Schedule, Analysis

first_imgMalcolm Brogdon brings the ball up the floor during ACC Tournament.GREENSBORO, NC – MARCH 16: Malcolm Brogdon #15 of the Virginia Cavaliers bring the ball up court against Tyler Thornton #3 of the Duke Blue Devils during the championship game of the 2014 Men’s ACC Basketball Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum on March 16, 2014 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The Madness is almost here! After Saturday’s regular season finale, the bracket for the ACC Tournament has officially been set. The event kicks off at noon on Tuesday, March 8, with 12-seed N.C. State vs. 13-seed Wake Forest. North Carolina claims the No. 1 seed, and will face the winner of Pittsburgh and Syracuse on Thursday, while Virginia is the No. 2 seed, and will take on the Clemson-Georgia Tech winner. The Tar Heels and Cavaliers are both in contention for No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament. Ticket information is available here.Here is the full bracket:2016 acc tournament bracket Every ACC Tournament game will be available on either ESPN or ESPN2, as well as the ACC Network.Favorite: North Carolinaunc logoThe Tar Heels captured the ACC regular season title, beating Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday night. Roy Williams’ squad has a talented assemblage of frontcourt talent, led by ACC Player of the Year candidate Brice Johnson, who averages 16.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. He is joined by Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks, to make up one of the deepest forward rotations in the country. Marcus Paige leads the way for UNC’s guards. He’s taken a bit of a backseat this season, averaging just 12 points a game after scoring over 17 per game in 2013-14, and over 14 last season. He provides excellent leadership, and is a clutch performer. The Tar Heels haven’t been perfect this season, and have had some close calls in ACC play, but with their depth and talent, they are the definite favorite in this year’s tournament.Sleeper: DukedukeCalling Duke a “sleeper” is probably a tough sell, but this year’s edition of the Blue Devils is definitely not a vintage Mike Krzyzewski team. The team hit a real swoon at mid-season, and fellow out of the Top 25 altogether, but in recent weeks it has rebounded to become a very dangerous outfit. Guard Grayson Allen is the latest in a long line of classic Duke heels, and he backs it up with his play. He averages 21.5 points per game this season. Rangy freshman forward Brandon Ingram is a dynamic player, who is a likely Top 5 pick in this year’s NBA Draft. With the loss of Amile Jefferson for the season, the Blue Devils don’t have much depth, which is the team’s main issue. However, if Allen, Ingram, and the rest of the team gets hot, it can absolutely make a run in the post-season.last_img read more

Grammy Museum set to open its new site in Newark next month

first_imgNEWARK, N.J. – The Grammy Museum is about to open its new location in New Jersey.NJ.com reports (http://bit.ly/2fgmDyO ) that the 8,200-square-foot Grammy Museum Experience at the Prudential Center arena in Newark will open Oct. 20.The museum will include a section dedicated to New Jersey musicians such as Whitney Houston and Bruce Springsteen. It also will have a fashion section with outfits worn by Michael Jackson and Jennifer Lopez.The Los Angeles-based museum says the New Jersey location will be the first on the East Coast. Other locations include Cleveland, Mississippi, and Nashville, Tennessee.The museum will be open six days a week, with tickets ranging between $9 and $12.___This story has been corrected to show there is a Grammy museum in Cleveland, Mississippi, not Cleveland, Ohio.last_img read more

Russia opposes US plan for more NATO ships in Black Sea

first_imgMoscow: A US proposal to send more NATO ships to the Black Sea to ensure safe passage for Ukrainian vessels and deter Russia is viewed “negatively” in Moscow, the Kremlin said Wednesday. Washington has been working on a package to boost surveillance and deploy more NATO vessels to the Black Sea after a naval confrontation between Moscow and Kiev last year, the US ambassador to NATO said. The measure was expected to be discussed during talks by NATO foreign ministers in Washington on Wednesday and Thursday. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USRussian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Kremlin viewed such a proposal “negatively”. “We do not understand what they mean by this. The situation with the Kerch Straight and navigation there is well known,” he told reporters. Russian deputy foreign minister Alexander Grushko told Russian news agencies the plan would only lead to “increased military risks” in the region. “If additional military and technical measures are needed from our side, we will adopt them,” Interfax news agency quoted Grushko as saying. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsMost alliance members share concerns about Russia which backs separatists in a smouldering conflict in eastern Ukraine that has so far claimed some 13,000 lives. In November, Russia fired on and seized three Ukrainian navy vessels, capturing two dozen sailors near the Kerch Strait, as they tried to pass from the Black Sea to the Azov Sea. It was the first open military clash between Kiev and Moscow since 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea and a pro-Russian insurgency erupted in eastern Ukraine. “We are going to make sure that we have the capability to deter a very aggressive Russia,” US ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison told reporters on Tuesday. She said the US package was designed “to assure that there is a safe passage for Ukrainian vessels through the Kerch Strait.” Observers say that an increased NATO presence in the region is one of Russia’s worst nightmares. Putin has openly said that Moscow’s decision to take over Crimea was partly motivated by NATO’s expansion into Eastern Europe. Peskov did not say Wednesday whether Russia would in fact allow NATO ships to pass through the Azov Sea. “A decision will be made when there is such a request,” the Kremlin spokesman said. The West has accused Moscow of illegally blocking access to the Sea of Azov, used by both Russia and Ukraine. A NATO spokesman declined to comment on the US ambassador’s remarks but pointed to comments by Stoltenberg on Monday when he outlined plans to increase the alliance presence in the Black Sea. Stoltenberg said NATO would step up port visits as well as exercises and training with Ukraine and Georgia.last_img read more

Microsoft informs Outlook users of hack

first_imgSan Francisco: Coming to terms with a hacking and data breach case, Microsoft is reaching out to some users informing them of an Outlook.com hack which exposed data sent over emails to hackers who kept accessing their accounts between January 1 to March 28. Founded in 1996, Outlook.com is a web-based suite of webmail, contacts, tasks, and calendaring services developed and offered by Microsoft. In an email being sent to affected users, Microsoft claims that apart from the content of the emails including attachments, the hackers could have possibly viewed account email addresses, folder names and subject lines of the mails sent and received, The Verge reported on Saturday. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “Our data indicates that account-related information (but not the content of any e-mails) could have been viewed, but Microsoft has no indication why that information was viewed or how it may have been used,” the report quoted the company as saying in its email. The case came into notice when the software giant discovered that credentials of a support agent were compromised for its web mail service which led to unauthorised access into some accounts. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India “We addressed this scheme, which affected a limited subset of consumer accounts, by disabling the compromised credentials and blocking the perpetrators’ access,” the report quoted a Microsoft spokesperson as saying. Even though the software giant ensures that no login details or other personal information were stolen by the hackers, the company is recommending that affected users reset their passwords. “Please be assured that Microsoft takes data protection very seriously and has engaged its internal security and privacy teams in the investigation and resolution of the issue, as well as additional hardening of systems and processes to prevent such recurrence,” the email adds. As of now, it remains undisclosed exactly how many users were affected by the breach. This security incident comes weeks after a former security researcher pled guilty to hacking into Microsoft and Nintendo servers for a number of weeks in January 2017, allowing European hackers to access pre-release versions of Windows.last_img read more