Getting to the finish

first_imgAndrew Vincent ’14 took the track less-traveled to graduation, allowing himself a breather from his studies on campus and an opportunity for a real-world experience that changed his academic direction.“I took a semester off in my junior fall because I needed a break,” he said. “The following year I took a year off to work in a school, which actually was a really great thing because at the time I wanted to be in education and came out of that thinking I should do something else.”Vincent was one of 91 College seniors who were honored at the Midyear Graduates Recognition Ceremony Dec. 5 at Knafel Center.Each year, hundreds of family members, friends, classmates, professors, and school officials gather to celebrate the accomplishments of students who for a variety of reasons — early graduation, or time taken off for travel, personal pursuits, or family emergencies — graduate off-cycle.Rakesh Khurana, the dean of Harvard College, shared with the students and audience his own experience as a midyear graduate. He said graduating in December was one the first unplanned events in his life.“It was not something I had planned when I started college, but I think it was one of the best things that ever happened to me,” Khurana said. “As it turned out for me, and will for you, the unplanned creates conditions for serendipity. Serendipity, the unplanned, I believe, is a person’s best friend and the biggest part of exhilaration of the daily magic of discovery.”Students arriving at Harvard often know what they plan to do with their lives and careers and have a precise list of steps to accomplish those goals, said Khurana. But an important lesson they need to learn is to be open to new opportunities and experiences, he said.“I hope these last couple of years helped you understand that the unplanned and serendipitous is part of the learning process and not your enemy, but a challenging friend.”In her faculty address, Diana Eck, the Frederic Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society, also spoke to the students about the value of serendipity in a world full of challenges.“We are worried, and rightly so, about ISIS, about Ebola, about Ferguson … about the countless issues that are ours in a turbulent world, and maybe we can think about that possibility of the planet becoming uninhabitable somewhat later,” she said. “But I would like to suggest that all of us, we and you alike, commit ourselves to retaining that split-screen world in which we hold our plans, our personal plans, our dreams, our abundant energies always and in juxtaposition with the images that disturb us and call us to everyday responsibility.”Giacomo Barbone ’14, was chosen by the Senior Class Committee to reflect on his experience at Harvard College. He had Dante on his mind, as well.“What I remember in this underworld most clearly is everyone’s passions, a passion beyond reason searching wide and far to make our talents shine, our relationships mature and our grades improve,” Barbone said.Philip Lovejoy, executive director of the Harvard Alumni Association, reminded the students that their Harvard journey does not end when they leave campus. The community of Harvard alumni spans the globe and plays an important role in the future of the College, he said.“You may have already tapped into the alumni community; it is a vast resource for you as you walk out of the gates of Harvard and embark on the next phase of your lives,” Lovejoy said. “And it is a resource I encourage you to tap into. The alumni association provides numerous channels for you to connect to that community.”last_img read more

Camp is Getting a Sequel! Our Five Favorite Performances from the First Film

first_img4. “How Shall I See You Through My Tears”Sasha Allen opens the film with a spiritual song surrounded by a tribe of her peers. Wait, did Camp predict her role in the Hair revival? This prologue by Tony nominees Robert Telson and Lee Breuer does give off some major “Aquarius” vibes, but it also sets the tone for the film by showing the one final obstacle that these theater kids must face before reaching their summer sanctuary: junior prom. Camp Ovation marks a rebirth for all of them, but especially for Michael (Tony nominee Robin de Jesus), as poignantly indicated in this opening number. 3. “Turkey Lurkey Time”This number makes absolutely zero sense, but at least we can take solace in knowing that it doesn’t ever, really. YouTube is a treasure trove of tributes to the original sporadic choreography, but none capture it on the scale that Camp does. If you haven’t gotten neck spasms from attempting the routine, shame on you. And while we miss the crazy riffs that originally end the number, we appreciate that they’re replaced with the refrain of “I’m Still Here” from Follies. 1. “Here’s Where I Stand”“It’s about time they met their daughter.” Stop—we have chills already. If Nikki Taylor’s soulful start to the song by Michael Gore of Fame erm, fame, and Tony winner Lynn Ahrens gets you, wait for that belty modulation and the subsequent shot of Jenna’s tearful mom and finally accepting dad. And then when she’s escorted off stage, she CHARGES BACK TO DOWNSTAGE CENTER to conclude the song directly to her parents. If the sequel were just 90 minutes of this performance on loop with Anna Kendrick occasionally singing Sondheim (see below), we wouldn’t hate it. View Comments Camp Ovation will soon be back in session! A sequel of the theater-themed cult film Camp is officially in the works. Todd Graff, who wrote and directed the 2003 movie about a summer oasis for kids with a flair for the dramatic, announced that he will launch a crowdfunding campaign for the project shortly. Graff says fans can expect meta cameos from the original film’s stars (he hasn’t specified whom, but it did feature Anna Kendrick, Sasha Allen and Robin de Jesus) as well as the legendary Patti LuPone and Donna Murphy. While the sequel, currently titled Camp 2: Freaks In Nature, is a while away from becoming a reality, we knew this was the perfect opportunity to revisit the first film—particularly our favorite musical performances. Take a look below at our top five! 5. “And I Am Telling You”A white woman taking on an iconic black anthem: In the real world, it doesn’t always go over so great. Ask this 1994 Miss Arkansas. Or this 2013 Miss Lake Dardanelle. But here, it’s exactly what the title of the film promises to deliver. The combination of the dramatic updo with the rainbow sweater and poor little Petey giving us the best Curtis his pint-sized stature can is pure, well, camp. Hopefully, Dee (Allen) took over as Effie by opening night. But we’re still glad we have Ellen’s (Joanna Chilcoat) hilarious attempt. 2. “The Ladies Who Lunch”In 1998, a 12-year-old Anna Kendrick nabbed a Tony nomination for High Society. Five years later, she offered up a Sondheim double bill: First, she played Fredrika in New York City Opera’s A Little Night Music. Then came this now-iconic rendition of “The Ladies Who Lunch.” After weeks of being tormented Jill (Alana Allen), Fritzi finally gets her revenge, and it’s glorious. All productions of Company should feature Joanne stomping on a martini glass with her heel. And of course, this wasn’t the last of Kendrick’s Sondheim career.last_img read more

Roadside drug driving test to be law by 2021

first_imgRadio NZ News 19 December 2019Family First Comment: “Last year 95 people were killed in preventable crashes where the driver was found to have drugs in their system that could impair driving. That is an enormous and intolerable loss of life. The new powers will send a clear message that if you take drugs and drive, you will be caught.”Good. We’ll need these powers as attempts are made to normalise drug use.https://saynopetodope.org.nz/driving-stoned/Roadside drug testing will be conducted by police from 2021, the government says.Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter announced today she would introduce a bill to Parliament early next year giving police powers to run random roadside saliva testing.“Last year 95 people were killed in preventable crashes where the driver was found to have drugs in their system that could impair driving,” Ms Genter said.“That is an enormous and intolerable loss of life. The new powers will send a clear message that if you take drugs and drive, you will be caught.”Ms Genter said the saliva tests will take between two and five minutes to process, but they are not foolproof.The devices are known to give false positives, so people who tested positive would be tested a second time before facing a fine and an immediate suspension from driving for a minimum of 12 hours.“Drivers will also face criminal penalties if they fail a compulsory impairment test and blood tests confirm impairing levels of drugs in their system,” Ms Genter said.“The threshold for a criminal offence will be aligned with that for alcohol. This means a blood test that identifies impairing medication or drugs at or above an amount equivalent to the criminal drink driving limit (80mg of alcohol to 100ml of blood) will result in a criminal offence.”A variety of drugs will be tested for: THC, methamphetamine, opiates, cocaine, MDMA (ecstacy), and benzodiazepines.READ MORE: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/405791/roadside-drug-driving-test-to-be-law-by-2021last_img read more