March 1

Harvard Art Museums tour takes visitors to Dighton Rock

first_imgBERKLEY, Mass. — On a tour of Dighton Rock Museum here, a ranger from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation doesn’t hesitate to put the famous in its place.“Plymouth Rock was just a loading dock,” the ranger scoffs. “Dighton was the real first rock.”Indeed. The 40-ton, 11-foot boulder, an august hunk of sandstone that once sat in the middle of the Taunton River, tantalized generations of academics, who theorized that the ancient inscriptions carved into its face might have been made by the Vikings, Phoenicians, even the Israelites. And it was the rock that drew students to Harvard Art Museums’ “Members Day Trip to Dighton Rock” on Sept. 8 to see it for themselves.In 1963, Dighton Rock, weighing in at 40 tons, was pulled out of the Taunton River. Ten years later it was enclosed in a big glass box and a museum was built around it — the Dighton Rock Museum in Berkley, Mass. Photo by Samuel Shapiro ’18A tracing of the carving made by Harvard Professor Stephen Sewall in 1768 is currently featured in the museums’ exhibition “The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766-1820.” From the time of its original installation, scholars from around the globe traveled to Harvard to study the massive sheet of brown paper covered in thick black squiggles, joining in the debate over the origins of the rock’s carvings.The academics recognized the antiquity of the carvings, and used them to advance their own theories about the human settlement of the Americas. Rejected at the time was the theory most common today: The local native tribes made the 2,000-year-old carvings.Anne Driesse, senior conservator of works of art on paper at the Harvard Art Museums’ Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, gave the day trippers the technical history behind Sewall’s copy, including a discussion of paper production in 18th-century Massachusetts.And in Berkley, archaeologist Ellen Berkland showed them Dighton Rock itself, now housed in its own museum, and described the 3-D imaging techniques that have confirmed Native American authorship of the carvings.“We’ll finally be able to put the story to rest,” Berkland said.This story was adapted from a first-person account by Harvard Art Museums student guide Samuel Shapiro ’18, who is studying the history of art and architecture and social anthropology.last_img read more

January 26

SMC leadership builds during ‘transition year’

first_imgLearning, leading and listening have been and will continue to be the goals of what Saint Mary’s student body president and vice president have labeled the “transition year.” President Nicole Gans and vice president Jacqualyn Zupancic began the year tweaking the Student Government Association’s (SGA) constitution and bylaws. “This year [Nicole and I] felt as though we came into our positions ready to go and fired up,” Zupancic said. “Everyone had all these great things they wanted to do, and then we slowly started to realize that our time was being consumed with financial things, with different policies and mending the bylaws.” After restructuring the Student Government Association (SGA), Gans and Zupancic researched how to make the board more effective. Recently, the voting members of SGA agreed to transition into a Student Senate structure that will be in full effect next school year. “Next semester we will be working in an interim between the two structures, and we’re going to be working very closely with the Office of Student Involvement and the Multicultural Services (SIMS) to get our policies laid out, so for April first, the new board can start running on that,” Zupancic said. The new structure will call for student councils rather than student commissioners, thus opening new positions for greater student involvement, Gans said. “[Restructuring SGA will] allow [for] even greater student input and more student representation,” she said. “That is the greatest change in our platform from last year.” Zupancic is also happy with the changes, but said the board will have to work hard to keep the process moving. “We definitely have our work cut out for us, and we want all of this to be in place as soon as possible,” she said. However, Zupancic said the process has also been exciting. “Our board is doing a great job of getting the word out there and still staying motivated through all these changes,” she said. “Everyone is very adaptable, and we’ve had a lot of positive feedback. “Everyone is very enthusiastic about the changes, and they want their opinions to be heard. It’s great. In our meetings, no one can stop talking about it.” Gans and Zupancic said these “transition projects” have made them realize the many facets of leadership. “[This semester], Nicole and I realized how long the path is to becoming leaders,” Zupancic said. “We’re still becoming leaders and still honing our leadership skills everyday because problems come up, and we have to exactly be on our ‘A’ game and problem-solve every day.” For this reason, Zupancic and president Nicole Gans began a monthly leadership program this semester. “We wanted to create some sort of series that [teaches] students who may not be in leadership positions, who are aspiring to be in them or who are currently in them … about the different components of leadership and how to motivate and organize different structures and focus on your goals,” Zupancic said. The program started in November and will run through March. It consists of talks held by current Saint Mary’s professors, coaches, staff and alumnae. “We don’t really have leadership classes, so we wanted to bring in different alum, or different professors from the school,” she said Zupancic said the program has been a success thus far. Looking toward next semester, Gans and Zupancic both said a major goal would be better communication with the student body. Gans said she wishes SGA would have administered more student feedback programs to allow students to voice their concerns this semester. However, Zupancic said this process is difficult because not many students find new problems at Saint Mary’s. “There aren’t very many issues here at Saint Mary’s that we have to deal with. Still, I think we have a long way to go to making Saint Mary’s the best place possible, and the hardest thing to do is to make something good better,” she said. “It’s not that we hope students will find something to complain about, but feedback on day-to-day issues if it’s a class, or even if it’s (that) people want to get paid every two weeks instead of monthly, is beneficial.” Ultimately, Gans and Zupancic said their biggest goal for next semester is to spread awareness that SGA values the needs of the student body, Zupancic said. “I wish students saw SGA as their ally and us fighting for them,” she said. “But if there aren’t fighting issues, it’s tough to make students aware. We want to change their interests into tangible things that make them grow.”last_img read more

January 26

Saint Mary’s orchestrates opportunities for music education majors

first_imgSaint Mary’s membership to the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), which provides professional development opportunities and resources for those intending to teach music, proves that without the fine arts as a part of core curriculum, students would fall flat.Visiting assistant professor of music Dawn Farmer, who initiated the Saint Mary’s chapter during the 2014-2015 school year, said the organization helps students prepare for life after graduation.“Students gain access to publications, research and teaching materials,” Farmer said. “They are also given considerable networking opportunities. We can connect with other music education students all over the country, with practicing music teachers in multiple fields and with professional musicians.”The club travels to workshops and conferences, where students refine skills from their music and education classes as they learn what exactly their future career entails, according to Farmer. She said traveling to these events benefits not only members of the club, but also the Saint Mary’s community, because it gives students the chance to demonstrate leadership qualities.“I feel that students who intend on being music teachers should start participating in the expectations for the field,” Farmer said. “Other local music education programs respect us and know us to be positive, prepared and knowledgeable. At these music events, people may know of Saint Mary’s College, but we set the bar for what Saint Mary’s is, and we represent with pride.”Junior Allie Kroehler, who serves as treasurer of the club, said she is grateful she can develop her knowledge of her future profession.“I have access to a lot of different music education journals, which I have used many times for research for my classes,” Kroehler said. “Saint Mary’s has given us a great opportunity to be able to major in this specific field, so it is important to acknowledge and appreciate that.”Kroehler said this organization gives students studying music education somewhere to belong, as it allows them to interact with like-minded peers who share similar aspirations.“We are kind of caught between two departments — music and education,” Kroehler said. “We are such a small population, and sometimes it can feel like we don’t have a place in either department. NAfME has provided us place where we can come together and have any specific music education questions answered.”Kroehler said she enjoys working with others and learning about how to effectively advance and preserve music education’s spot in the core curriculum of U.S. schools.“It is really important for teachers to collaborate and work with others in their field,” Kroehler said. “NAfME gives me the opportunity to work with other future music teachers and learn from them. We also have the opportunity to discuss how the music education field is changing and how it impacts us.”Farmer said she is happy this organization became active at Saint Mary’s last year because it plays an integral role in catapulting students careers and in promoting a sense of unity among members.“We continue to look for ways in which to bolster music education and music awareness within the community,” Farmer said. “It gives us an opportunity to bring music education into other parts of the Saint Mary’s community and beyond.” Tags: music education, NAfMElast_img read more

December 18

Island Park Home Invasion Victim Tied Up

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two men tied a woman up at gunpoint during an Island Park home invasion before they were chased off by her husband and fled with keys this week, Nassau County police said.The 42-year-old victim was entering her Kingston Boulevard home when two men hiding behind a parked vehicle forced their way inside with her and tied her up with a phone chord shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday, police said.One of the assailants flashed a handgun and stayed with the victim while the other went upstairs to search for valuables when he was confronted by the victim’s husband, who was in bed, police said.The husband chased the duo out of the house before they fled in a black, two-door BMW with tinted windows that was last seen heading southbound on Broadway.The victim was not injured.Both suspects were described as white men wearing dark clothing, black hooded sweatshirts and white sneakers. The first suspect was described as 6-feet, 2-inches tall with a medium build, wearing tan army pants and armed with a black revolver. The second was 5-feet, 8-inches tall with a heavy build.Fourth Squad detectives request that if anyone has information regarding the case to contact the Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

December 17

Mastercard report reveals a switch to conscious shopping this holiday season

first_imgThis is placeholder text continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As the coronavirus pandemic continues to reshape the shopping experience, 55 percent of Americans still plan to partake in holiday shopping this year, according to Mastercard’s 2020 Holiday Consumer Sentiment report. The report – issued earlier this month – notes the emergence of a more “conscious shopper” this holiday season.The report includes several notable findings related to consumer spending sentiment, such as:66 percent of respondents plan to shop in stores that have contactless payment options;64 percent of respondents are avoiding giving cash as gifts this year; andcenter_img This post is currently collecting data…last_img read more

October 20

Out-of-town offices

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October 20

7 deadly sins

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October 18

Why Arsenal boss Unai Emery is reluctant to start Mesut Ozil against Manchester United

first_imgAdvertisement Comment The German may find himself on the bench on Sunday (Picture: Getty)Despite returning to the first team in recent weeks, Mesut Ozil is in danger of being benched for Arsenal’s clash with Manchester United on Sunday.The German started in Thursday’s Europa League defeat to Rennes, coming off after 70 minutes, while he was sensational in the thumping win over Bournemouth at the end of February.However, Ozil has missed a number of big matches this season, only coming off the bench at Wembley against Spurs and playing no part in trips to the Etihad, Anfield and Old Trafford. 1 min. story It is claimed that the Spaniard has three main concerns: that Ozil does not work hard enough off the ball, does not track back and even pulls out of tackles.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEmery has been keen to try and improve the physicality and aggression of Arsenal’s performances, particularly in big games, and Ozil simply does not suit those requirements.The team will already be without Lucas Torreira in the heart of midfield after his three-game suspension for a straight red card against Tottenham, giving even less room to carry the likes of Ozil. Why Arsenal boss Unai Emery is reluctant to start Mesut Ozil against Manchester United About Connatix V67539 Full Screencenter_img Emery has avoided using Ozil in high intensity matches (Picture: Getty)Now The Times report that Ozil is in danger of being benched even though the side are playing at home on Sunday, with Unai Emery still having doubts over his highest earner.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Emery has a few selection dilemmas as he tries to stop United’s unbeaten run (Picture: Getty)That said, Emery has no complaints about Ozil’s application in training after overcoming his injuries and illness over the festive period, and he is well liked by the rest of the dressing room.If Ozil is left on the bench, it would be the 19th time in Arsenal’s last 26 games since early November that he has failed to start – though the Gunners’ attack will at least be boosted by the return of Alexandre Lacazette, who was suspended against Rennes in midweek.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors PLAY Video Settings Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 9 Mar 2019 10:41 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link697Shareslast_img read more

October 16

Governor Wolf Takes Action on Legislation

first_imgGovernor Wolf Takes Action on Legislation Bill Signing,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf signed the following bills into law.Act 114 (Causer) – Amends Title 3 (Agriculture), making editorial changes; consolidating an article of The Administrative Code relating to race horse industry reform; providing for PA Breeding Fund; & making related repeal.Act 115 (Vance) – Amends Titles 23 (Domestic Relations) & 42 (Judiciary & Judicial Procedure), in adoption, for grounds for involuntary termination; in child protective services, for defs., & for release of information in confidential reports.Governor Wolf vetoed the below pieces of legislation. To view Governor Wolf’s veto messages, click here.SB 286 (Rafferty) – Amends the act creating the Delaware River Joint Commission further providing for the Commission, composition, employees, financing & executive sessions; majority approval; conflicts of interest, master plan; definitions; editorial changes.HB 1618 (Fee) – Amends the Administrative Code establishing the Office of State Inspector General.HB 1998 (Petri) – Amends Title 53 (Municipalities Generally), in parking authorities, further providing for special provisions for authorities in cities of the first class.SB 562 (Gordner) –  Amends the Regulatory Review Act further providing for defs.; for proposed regulations & procedures for review, for final-form regulations & final-omitted regulations & for review of disapproved final-form or omitted regulations. October 28, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: read more

October 6

Stunning Northgate 100-year-old Queenslander perfect for families

first_img119 Ridge St, NorthgateThis 100-year-old Queenslander is not all that it seems from the street. Inside, the traditional home opens to a modern outdoor living space with spacious timber deck and poolside pergola. 119 Ridge St, NorthgateLouise and Jaye Evans bought the home two years ago and moved in with their three children. “The deck and outdoor living was what sold us on the house,” Mrs Evans said. “The home was just so family friendly and ideal for us.”The property, at 119 Ridge St, Northgate, has plenty of heritage features throughout including ornate ceilings, French doors, hoop pine floorboards, VJ walls and western spotted gum and iron bark timber. 119 Ridge St, NorthgateMrs Evans said the home was originally built about 100 years ago and was renovated along the way but it still had plenty of character. “We did a lot of landscaping and we’ve redone the decks, painted the house and redid the kitchen,” she said. “We aimed to keep that charm but modernise it.”Mrs Evans said the home was versatile enough to suit most buyers. “For us it’s an amazing family home but it would also suit older people as it’s all on one level, or families with teenagers as it has that separate bedroom,” she said. The property goes to auction on March 25 at 1pm.center_img One of the bedrooms at 119 Ridge St, NorthgateMore from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019There are three bedrooms in the main house and a separate bedroom with ensuite and walk-in robe on the back deck. Outside, the veranda overlooks the in-ground swimming pool and landscaped backyard.“It’s a great entertaining house,” Mrs Evans said.“The kitchen has bi-fold doors and inside becomes outside once those doors open.“Generally the kids will be in the pool and we sit on the deck and have a few drinks while they play.”last_img read more