A look inside: Kirkland House

first_img 23Amy Chen ’11 fixes her hair as she waits in line at Kirkland House to get her degree. Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographer 17Members of the Bedford Minuteman group raise the alarm and wake students at Kirkland House as Harvard celebrates Commencement 2011. Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographer 19James Goldschmidt, a law student and tutor at Kirkland House, talks with Mary Elizabeth Clack, a Senior Common Room member, as students wait to enter for breakfast. Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographer 3Conversations with Kirkland is a series that brings together Kirkland residents and members of the community. Peter (from left) and Bobby Farrelly respond to a question from Kirkland resident scholar Peter V. Emerson. The Farrelly brothers are most famous for their comedy films including “Dumb and Dumber” and “There’s Something About Mary.” Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographer 21Seniors Cathy Sun, Brad Paraszczak, and Marina Magloire try on their caps. Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographer 4Kirkland’s Got Talent, an annual talent show held inside Kirkland House Junior Common Room, showcased talent from Kirkland residents including gymnastics, singing, and musical performances. Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographer 9Senior Mark Isaacson (left) watches a “Secret Santa” skit performed by House Masters Tom (right) and Verena Conley (center) inside the dining hall at Kirkland. Secret Santas have others perform amusing or embarrassing skits for their selected person all week during lunch and dinner at Kirkland. Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographer 18Kirkland House Master Tom Conley raises a glass during a toast to the students in Kirkland in celebration of Commencement 2011. Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographer 7Paige Martin ’11 performs a gymnastic routine for Kirkland’s Got Talent. Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographer 10Rob Schaaf makes his way to dinner at Kirkland House, decorated for the season. Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographer 11Chris Kingston ’11 (left), Tova Holmes ’11 (bottom), and Grace Charles ’11 watch a Secret Santa skit inside the dining hall at Kirkland. Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographer 22Kirkland House residents make their way to the Yard for Commencement activities. Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographer 20Dillon Powers ’11 sings “Ode to Kirkland” during Commencement 2011. Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographer 6Wendy Wang ’11 sings a piece during Kirkland’s Got Talent, underneath a portrait of James Smith on the wall of the Junior Common Room. Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographercenter_img 14At Kirkland, House Masters Verena and Tom Conley (and their dog Jesse) gave up their kitchen to Executive Chef Brian Corcoran, Chef Luiz DaCosta, and 10 students for the Food Literacy Project which hosted cooking classes in the Masters’ residences. Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographer 15The Food Literacy Project at Harvard University hosted cooking classes in the Masters’ residences in each of the Houses this semester. At Kirkland, House Masters Verena and Tom Conley gave up their kitchen to Executive Chef Brian Corcoran, Chef Luiz DaCosta, and 10 students. Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographer 13Mark Isaacson ’11 toasts his fellow Kirkland House residents and House Masters during a winter dinner celebration inside the dining hall. Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographer 12Students cheer and sing as a “boar head” is carried around the dining hall followed by a musical tribute to the holidays. The House has been specially prepared for the holidays and the festive dinner. Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographer President Abbott Lawrence Lowell, in his report to the Harvard Corporation in 1927–28, said, “Such a residential House, where members of the three upper classes live together, gives an opportunity for contact in cultured surroundings of younger with older undergraduates, and both with instructors. This happens here now only to a limited extent: yet it is an extremely valuable factor in a true education.”   Almost 100 years later, current President Drew Faust has said of the Houses, “They are the locus where teaching, learning, advising, and vibrant community all intersect.”Kirkland House, home of co-Masters Tom and Verena Conley, is all of the above and more. The following “Ode to Kirkland” was penned by onetime resident Eric Lesser ’07, and the accompanying photos serve as my very own ode to Kirkland.Oh Kirkland, Oh Kirkland! You are so good to me!Oh Kirkland, Oh Kirkland! You are the place to be!Oh Kirkland, Oh Kirkland! D… you are so fine!Oh Kirkland, Oh Kirkland! Thank God that you are mine! 1The Kirkland House Facebook sits on the counter inside the Masters’ residence during a Food Literacy Project cooking class. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was originally a Kirkland resident, back in 2004. Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographer 5Teake ’12, a Kirkland resident, does a spoken word piece during Kirkland’s Got Talent. Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographer 25Senior Julie Anne Arnous gets her degree from Kirkland House Master Verena Conley. Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographer 2Conversations with Kirkland is a series that brings together Kirkland residents and members of the community. Peter (from left) and Bobby Farrelly respond to a question from Kirkland resident scholar Peter V. Emerson. The Farrelly brothers are most famous for their comedy films including “Dumb and Dumber” and “There’s Something About Mary.” Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographer 16The cooking class participants are rewarded with dinner. Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographer 24Harvard University celebrates Commencement 2011. Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographer 8The Kirkland tower, seen from inside the Junior Common Room. Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographerlast_img read more

Essex Junction woman wins Ralph Nading Hill writing contest

first_imgJane C Graiko of Essex Junction, Vermont, is the winner of the 2010 Ralph Nading Hill, Jr. Literary Prize awarded annually by Green Mountain Power and Vermont Life magazine.Graiko’s winning story, titled “Heart Sounds,” is a first person account of a woman in a coma, struggling to understand her situation through brief periods of perception. “My head throbs, neck aches, toes tingle. My fingers feel solid and unbending like lower branches on a 60-year-old oak. Bits and pieces of conversations float around me and I discern that I — builder of rock walls, planter of vegetable gardens, and gatherer of winter’s wood — have for days or weeks been considered touch and go. But what did I touch and where did I go?”The reader slowly learns what has happened through her confused memories of a car, a deer and walking in the woods, with a disastrous result.Mary Hegarty Nowlan, one of the judges and editor of Vermont Life, commented, “Ms. Graiko’s submission was selected as the winner because it was a very moving tale not only of a woman’s struggle to emerge from a coma, but ultimately of the love between a grandmother and granddaughter. Ms. Graiko’s creative approach to telling her story caught the attention of all the judges.”At the University of Vermont, where she has worked since 1986, Graiko coordinates an academic-based scholarship program for first generation college students with limited financial resources. She has been writing since age 10 and has extensive non-fiction credits, but this is her first published fiction. Graiko began her career as a reporter for the Syracuse Post Standard and also worked for Stone & Webster, writing newsletters and press releases. Graiko began her life in Rhode Island, but has lived in Vermont longer than any other place.”Heart Sounds” appears in the fall issue of Vermont Life, which is now available in bookstores and on newsstands.Graiko will receive a $1,500 prize for the short story. The literary prize is named for the late Ralph Nading Hill, Jr., a Vermont historian and writer and long-time member of Green Mountain Power’s Board of Directors.This is the 21st year that the Ralph Nading Hill Literary Prize has encouraged writers in Vermont and it is now considered by Vermont writers to be one of the state’s premier literary prizes. Entries may include essays, short stories and poetry.The selection was made by an independent panel of judges: Mary Hegarty Nowlan, editor of Vermont Life; Tom Slayton, past editor of Vermont Life; Tony Marro, retired executive editor of Newsday; Alison Freeland, a 1994 winner of the Ralph Nading Hill, Jr., award for her story, “Shadbush”; Brian Vachon, retired vice president of communications at National Life of Vermont and a former Vermont Life editor; and Steve Terry, retired Green Mountain Power senior executive.The deadline for entries for this year’s contest is November 15, 2010. The contest is open to all Vermont residents, including seasonal residents and college students enrolled in Vermont colleges. Entrants may be amateur or professional writers. The focus of the work must be “Vermont — Its People, the Place, Its History or Its Values.” Entries must be unpublished and less than 1,500 words long. Staff of Vermont Life or Green Mountain Power and previous winners are ineligible. Send entries to the Corporate Relations Department of Green Mountain Power, 163 Acorn Lane, Colchester, VT 05446.Source: GMP. 9.19.2010last_img read more


first_img47% 14% 9 1 $869,762 $171,278 8 9% 5 26% $169,553 CARAVA EYES BUENA VISTA UPSET WITH ZAFFINAH Steve Knapp37 Win% (Current Through Sunday, Feb. 17) 24% 6 Vladimir Cerin37 5 39% 16 19 1st 9% 9 51% 18% 21 6 TALAMO, S Y SKY EYE PIECE OF SPRING FEVER PIE Tiago Pereira108 21 15% $948,226 $940,225 13 16 17 5 11 John Sadler62 4 7 13% 8 7 18 63% 4 13 30 17% $722,795 42% 9 39% Mike Smith56 Joel Rosario164 44% 41% 30% 63% $1,134,096 12 Mark Glatt50 11 10 5 43% $996,435 $864,185 Eswan Flores62 Hector O. Palma35 22 6 14% 43% 9 SINGLE TICKET JACKPOT CARRYOVER AT $238,534 9 32% 19 17 13% Assael Espinoza87 21 5 46% 6 6 ITM% Kent Desormeaux72 49% $885,030 11 8% CARAVA HOPES FOR LUCK OF THE IRISH AGAINST VASILIKAZaffinah has never failed to earn a check in 12 starts since coming from Europe early in 2017, and it’s likely she’ll earn her keep again in Saturday’s Grade II Buena Vista Stakes for older fillies and mares scheduled at one mile on turf.To win, however, the Irish-bred mare trained by Jack Carava for Red Baron’s Barn LLC or Rancho Temescal LLC will have to conquer favored Vasilika, who defeated her by a length and a half last out in the Grade III Megahertz at a mile on a good turf course Jan. 21.“She’s just a hard-trying mare and a mile seems to be her specialized distance,” Carava said of the chestnut mare who will be seeking her first stakes win in this country Saturday. “I had to run her down the hill a few times because races wouldn’t fill for her.“She’s pretty consistent going a mile on turf. She’s doing all right even though we were a little sidetracked training because of the weather. I haven’t been able to do as much with her as I’d been hoping, although she doesn’t require a whole lot.”TALAMO, S Y SKY PROVE SUCCESSFUL COMBINATIONJoe Talamo has ridden S Y Sky in each of her nine career races, winning five, with three seconds and one third. He will be back aboard in Sunday’s $100,000 Spring Fever Stakes and understandably is looking forward to the reunion.“She’s never been out of the money, and even when she loses, she shows up and tries really hard,” Talamo enthused. “She’s fun to ride. She breaks really sharp and puts you in a good spot.“She doesn’t need the lead, but she breaks so well she puts you right there, which is really good.” Owned and bred by longtime supporter of the California breeding program Nick Alexander, current president of the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC), S Y Sky has earnings of just under a half-million dollars at $457,320.As for the gregarious Talamo, hard to believe he’s 29 now after coming west from his native Louisiana at the behest of the late Bobby Frankel.Despite an infusion of young apprentice riders and world-class competition from journeymen like Joel Rosario and Flavien Prat, Talamo and his agent, Scotty McClellan, industriously strive to attain a position among the top 10 riders.“We’re trying to do the best we can with the opportunities we have,” Talamo said, causing a chuckle when he added, “At 29, I’m no spring chicken.”That, of course, is relative and very debatable.SANTA ANITA SINGLE TICKET PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER IS $238,534With no single ticket winner on Sunday, there is a 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot carryover of $238,534 at Santa Anita today, President’s Day.With $211,555 in “new” money wagered, Sunday’s total Jackpot pool reached $401,657, which helped fuel a consolation payoff of $212.30 on a total of 532 tickets.Monday’s Rainbow Six starts with race four, the $200,000 California Cup Derby, in which the Jerry Hollendorfer-trained Galilean is the prohibitive 2-5 morning line favorite.Approximate post time for the Cal Cup Derby is 2:04 p.m. PT.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Jimmy Jerkens Shedrow Stroll: Getting to Know  Midnight PartyDoug O’Neill Shedrow Stroll:  Shut It UpInstagrand (Inside – Blue Helmet) works 6 furlongs (Hollendorfer) 2/17/2019Why Not Us (Red Helmet) &  Shining Through (Black Helmet) work 6 furlongs (Hollendorfer) 2/17/2019Roadster (Outside) works 6 furlongs &  Reedley works 5 furlongs (Baffert) 2/17/2019Gunmetal Gray works 4 furlongs (Hollendorfer) 2/17/2019FINISH LINES: This Friday, first post time will be 1 p.m., and the following day, Saturday, it will be 12:25 p.m. . . . With four wins Sunday, Joel Rosario took a 37-35 lead over Flavien Prat in the jockeys’ race . . . Numbers are virtually similar across the board for favorites at the Winter Meet, with 33.11 percent winning overall (98 of 296), 32.84 percent on dirt (66 of 201) and 33.68 on turf (32 of 95) . . . Kent Desormeaux was scheduled to ride six horses today, four of them drawing the extreme outside post position. One, however, Seaside Dancer in the first race, was scratched from the also-eligible list . . . Tyler Baze rides All Out Blitz for Simon Callaghan in today’s Razorback Handicap at Oaklawn Park . . .Two-time Grade I winner Paradise Woods is none the worse for wear after finishing last in her first start for John Shirreffs in Saturday’s Santa Monica Stakes run on a good main track. “She came out of the race really well,” the trainer said. “Obviously, the post (one) really compromised her.” Shirreffs rendered no race for her next start . . . Jockey Felipe Martinez has been suspended three days (Feb. 24, 28 and March 1) for careless riding on Annitasheaven in Saturday’s seventh race . . . As chronicled in an epic column by Bill Plaschke in Sunday’s LA Times, Santa Anita Hornblower Jay Cohen’s joyful notes have been muted for the time being.  Please see the full story and video on his road to recovery  here. . . . The California Horse Racing Board holds its monthly meeting 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Santa Anita. The public is encouraged to attend. An audio-only webcast can be heard through a link on the CHRB website (webcast) . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, presenting live action again on Friday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. The track will be open for simulcast wagering Thursday, Feb. 21, with free general admission and free parking. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. NOTE: FIRST POST TIME THIS FRIDAY WILL BE 1 P.M. 3rd 9 8 Peter Miller86 22 Money Won 3 32% 35 15 4 Martin Pedroza48 $315,496 Jerry Hollendorfer71 Bob Baffert53 $372,568 Drayden Van Dyke105 19% 41% 22% $248,047 53% Ruben Fuentes75 $311,407 29 10% 19 Joe Talamo105 Agapito Delgadillo47 59% 5 15 6 Philip D’Amato68 JockeyMts 16 $185,538 ITM% 7 Mario Gutierrez77 5 Geovanni Franco141 19%center_img 23% 2 2nd 12 27% 21 24% 5 J. Keith Desormeaux43 8 TrainerMts $271,309 17% 49% Rafael Bejarano119 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 13% $483,288 5 19 18% Aaron Gryder44 14 19 3 William Spawr17 14 2nd $775,898 $188,636 9 $1,055,218 8 3rd $172,841 $194,450 William E. Morey45 $1,913,234 Edwin Maldonado51 12% 6 19 29% 43% 17% 1st 39% $831,098 7 10 9 7 58% $296,136 Richard Mandella33 11 7 15 16 Win% 2 $454,744 10 Doug  O’Neill131 Flavien Prat143 9 23% $1,014,511 $594,722 7 8 Money Won 22 11 7 $403,819 11 59% 11 20 $2,185,332 2 9 13 39% 9 37 15% 17% 12% 16 10 9 35% $924,702 42% 14% 29 7 Tyler Baze160 $458,047 19% Heriberto Figueroa140 $266,795 Simon Callaghan28 7 3 5 25% Peter Eurton36 $500,364 $707,138 14 14% 6 40% $156,840 58% 8 46% 5 Richard Baltas87 $1,068,146 38% 48% 54% 18% 15% 12 5 34% 55% 2 10% 58% 15% 41% 29 Jeff Mullins38last_img read more