A look inside: Dunster House

first_img Rub it in Stephanie Havens ’14 (from left), Allison Ray ’14, and Bryce Gilfillian ’12 give each other back rubs to get loose before the performance. In character Thomas Wilhoit ’13 (from left), Michael Cherella ’11, and Bridget Haile ’11 in a scene from “Die Fledermaus.” A night at the opera Rosalind Rosalind, played by Bridget Haile ’11, rejects the advances of her baron husband, performed by Ben Nelson ’11. Short on pants Stewart Kramer ’12 irons his pants before going on stage. Drill, baby, drill “Die Fledermaus” cast members Jack Ausick ’13 and Stephanie Havens ’14 work on the set prior to rehearsal. Positively batty Lead actors Ben Nelson ’11 and Bridget Haile ’11 get dramatic in “Die Fledermaus,” or, “The Bat.” Lady in waiting Allison Ray ’14 pauses while Dunster House Opera Society members work with the set. The conductor Matt Aucoin ’12 steps out of the shadows. When Dunster House was built in 1930, the fee for a room was based on its size and location, understandable in light of the fact that Dunster has six floors — and no elevator. Located on the banks of the Charles River next to the Weeks Footbridge, Dunster is recognizable by its crimson and gold dome, and was modeled after a church tower at Oxford. Like other Harvard Houses, Dunster has its traditions, the major ones being the Dunster House Opera, the “Messiah” sing-a-long, and a goat roast in the spring.The Dunster House Opera Society was founded in 1992, and unlike the longer-standing Lowell Opera, it utilizes only undergraduates for its cast, staff, and orchestra. This means that everyone involved pitches in and shares multiple roles, with singers assembling sets shortly before they go onstage to deliver their arias. For many members of the cast, it is their first experience with opera. The society’s goal is to “provide the Harvard community with exposure to opera, as both a valuable art form and an accessible, enjoyable form of entertainment.” As if to underscore this point, performances take place in the Dunster dining room, which each night is quickly transformed from a sea of tables and chairs to a stage. This season’s performance was the operetta “Die Fledermaus” by Johann Strauss II.The camaraderie built on the set by producers, singers, and stagehands working side by side extends throughout the House. Senior Diana Suen said, “Since my first day at Dunster, when I was smothered with hugs from our House mascot, I have never felt for want of a friendly face. The Dunster community is incredibly welcoming, and there is nothing that compares to the bonds formed over intense IM games, late nights in the dining hall slaving over problem sets with friends, delicious study breaks hosted by the masters and resident tutors, and, yes, even the sometimes-too-cozy intimacy of walk-through rooms. Dunster truly feels like my home away from home.” Off the wall Kirby Haugland ’11 faces a wall in the kitchen serving area to avoid distractions. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer Mustachio Michael Cherella ’11 gets by with a little help from his friend Sofia Selowsky ’12. Backbeat Jess Rucinski ’13 keeps the beat of the performance. Break a leg The cast gets amped up pre-performance.last_img read more

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Arsenal targets Brendan Rodgers and Nuno Espirito Santo urged to snub chance to replace Unai Emery

first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 4 Dec 2019 11:54 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Comment Advertisement Arsenal targets Brendan Rodgers and Nuno Espirito Santo urged to snub chance to replace Unai Emery Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has been linked with a move to north London (Picture: Getty)Ex-Liverpool and Celtic manager Rodgers has impressed at Leicester City, with the Foxes currently second in the Premier League, while Nuno has been hailed for his work at Wolves.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWolves face West Ham this evening and Hammers boss Pellegrini said: ‘I don’t think a serious manager can leave a club for another during the season.‘That’s what I think. So, for me, I think it would be strange. Maybe it’s honour, responsibility.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 City‘Maybe it is easier for you to be sacked. But for me I will never leave a club because I have a better option in a good moment.‘It’s exactly the same as Brendan Rodgers. Both managers are in a good moment and I don’t think they would throw it all out for another option.‘In my way of thinking, I think it’s impossible for me to do it. So I don’t think that they will do it.’center_img West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini (Picture: Getty)In the first match of the post-Emery era, Arsenal drew 2-2 with Premier League relegation-battlers Norwich City on Sunday.The Gunners return to action on Thursday evening with a home match against Brighton.Ahead of the clash, interim boss Ljungberg said: ‘Brighton look good, they change formations a lot, so we will see what they come with.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘They try to play out,  defend well, they look very organised but for me we need to concentrate on our own game.‘We play at home so I take into account how I think they will play but I have to develop the gameplan how we want to play football and that’s what I try to concentrate on.’Asked whether he will make changes for the visit of Brighton, Ljungberg added: ‘We’ll need to look at the fitness levels of the players and who’s fit, who isn’t. We have some players who were still injured before. We’ll see.’MORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang responds to angry Arsenal fans over mascot snubMORE: Arsene Wenger sends message to Freddie Ljungberg after Emery’s sacking at Arsenal Arsenal are looking for a replacement for sacked manager Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)Arsenal targets Brendan Rodgers and Nuno Espirito Santo have been urged to snub the chance to replace Unai Emery at the Emirates by West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini.The Gunners, currently eighth in the Premier League, are looking for a replacement for Emery after sacking the Spaniard last week.Former Arsenal midfielder Freddie Ljungberg has been placed in charge of the club on a temporary basis but Rodgers and Nuno have emerged as candidates to take over from Emery on a full-time basis. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Scrimmage offers first glimpse of ’07

first_imgWith the warm sun shining brightly off the bleachers and spectators looking on, the scene inside Camp Randall Stadium Saturday was reminiscent of an early season game last season.And the summer-like weather wasn’t the only similarity.Much like the early non-conference portion of Wisconsin’s schedule last fall, the Badgers’ defense looked superb while the Wisconsin offense struggled during a 64-play scrimmage.The practice — the culmination of UW’s annual coaches clinic, which this year featured the likes of head coach Urban Meyer of the national champion Florida Gators — saw the first and second-team offense and defense get equal opportunity to show its progress through six spring workouts.UW’s quarterback trio of Tyler Donovan, Allan Evridge and Dustin Sherer was intercepted six times and fumbled several snaps.While he acknowledged turnovers anytime are not something easily shrugged off, offensive coordinator Paul Chryst noted the struggles were not something to be overly worried about.”You don’t want that to happen, you’ve got to protect the football,” Chryst said. “But there’s reasons for it. … You don’t want interceptions, but I’d rather have them in the spring than in the fall. As a quarterback, you have to know what is the window I can throw in, and you never find out unless you try.”Defensively, the Badgers were quick to the ball, especially in the linebacker and secondary positions. Defensive back Jay Valai was all over the field, including an interception he took back untouched, and provided several big hits in run support. Not to be outdone, fellow safety Aubrey Pleasant also intercepted a pass from Donovan and was active in the defensive backfield.”Some of the defensive players — Jay Valai, he showed up making some plays. Aubrey made (plays). It’s great because those two guys competing for a job right there came to the forefront,” head coach Bret Bielema said.As the scrimmage wore on, the offense started to find its groove somewhat, with several long-pass plays and a big run by running back Lance Smith.Evridge hooked up twice with wideout Luke Swan on big gainers, with one going for 70 yards and a touchdown after safety Shane Carter was overaggressive in his play on the ball. The other long connection was a 40-yard pass and catch, which could have been for more yards had the ball not been underthrown.Also performing well for the offense was redshirt freshman wide receiver Maurice Moore, who caught two long passes late in the scrimmage and drew the attention of his head coach.As a converted quarterback playing wide receiver, Moore’s showing was also encouraging for wide receivers coach Henry Mason.”For a guy who hasn’t been at the position very long, I was impressed with how he went about his business,” Mason said. “Certainly he’s a long way from being polished, or being able to step in and take a lot of reps, but he did show signs of being able to make some plays.” Practice Notes: Tight end Travis Beckum wore a green no-contact jersey for the beginning of practice, but took it off and played fully during the scrimmage. … Mike Newkirk and Jason Chapman have been working with the first-team defense at defensive tackle, with Nick Hayden taking reps with the second team. … Converted tight end Lance Kendricks impressed Bielema during a Badger drill in which two players line up on opposite sides and try to push the other back. Kendricks “knocked (Jonathan) Casillas right off the ball,” Bielema said.last_img read more

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University opens office in Brazil

first_imgA USC delegation of deans and trustees led by President C. L. Max Nikias traveled Monday to São Paulo, where USC will open its eighth international office according to USC News.The delegation includes Dean of the Price School of Public Policy Jack H. Knott, Dean of the Marshall School of Business James G. Ellis, Dean of the School of Cinematic Arts Elizabeth M. Daley and Dean of the Viterbi School of Engineering. Yannis C. Yortsos. The delegation also includes trustees Frank H. Cruz, Edward P. Roski Jr., David H. Dornsife and John Mork.The new office will work to recruit students from the country, provide programs for prospective students studying in Brazil and facilitate collaborations between the university and Brazilian researchers.“The University of Southern California community is eager to build even stronger ties with Brazil, and to lay a solid foundation for long-standing, mutually-beneficial collaborations,” Nikias said in a statement. “Brazil will play a particularly vital role in these partnerships, given its strategic location in the Pacific Rim, and USC’s ambition to attract the world’s most talented and creative students.”The University of São Paulo signed an agreement with the Metropolitan Development Secretary of the State of São Paulo and the Price school, in addition to an agreement to participate in the iPodia Alliance, a Viterbi school international consortium.USC currently has a partnership with Fundação Getulio Vargas, a private Brazilian university, and participates in the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program, which provides Brazilian students with scholarships to study at USC for one year.While in Brazil, the delegates will meet numerous members of the Brazilian government, including the chief secretary of São Paulo, the president of the University of São Paulo and the president of the São Paulo Research Foundation. They will also meet with the Secretaries of Economic Development, Metropolitan Development and Science and Technology.USC also has international offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Mumbai, Seoul, Shanghai and Taipei.last_img read more

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Recruiting drama is a guilty pleasure

first_imgNick Burton is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism. His column, “Any Given Saturday,” runs Thursdays, ironically. To explain  to Nick how this makes no sense or comment on this column, visit dailytrojan.com or email Nick at [email protected] The other day, I caught myself doing something embarrassing. I was perusing the internet and realized that I was looking up recruiting rankings. But not just glancing. I was legitimately researching. And what’s more, I was legitimately caring. I somehow found these kids and their impending decisions important.To many, this is all just part of being a college football fan. National Signing Day is a day unlike any other, the culmination of months of anticipation for fans and years of hard work for coaching staffs. But see, I always thought signing day was stupid. In fact, I was planning on writing a column on just how stupid and pointless it was. I looked through the last decade of USC recruiting and Rivals 100 players, determined to prove that it really all meant nothing.Unfortunately for me, that’s not what I found.Signing day is not the be-all-end-all, of course. As is always evident in the NFL draft, projecting a player’s talent at the “next level” is a very inexact science; generally nothing more than educated guesses. And yet, these educated guesses very often turn out to be right.Adrian Peterson, DeSean Jackson, Tim Tebow, Cam Newton, Julio Jones, Robert Woods, Marcus Lattimore, Jadeveon Clowney — those are just some of the coveted five-star recruits (according to Rivals) over the last decade. Of course, more hardcore USC fans are likely to remember names like Kyle Prater and Dillon Baxter, both five-star recruits in 2010 (Prater was actually the No. 3 overall recruit in the nation) who didn’t exactly pan out at Troy.So while the Signing Day universe is sprinkled with its fair share of highly-sought recruits who will turn the way of Prater and Baxter, many more will serve in key roles for their programs over the next few years. Su’a Cravens, Nelson Agholor, Woods: those are just some of the five-star recruits USC has signed over the last three years who have developed into some of the Trojans’ most important players.In 2009, USC signed three five-star recruits: quarterback Matt Barkley, defensive back T.J. McDonald and defensive lineman Devon Kennard. All three became team captains, and McDonald was a First-Team All-American his junior season.Of course, that’s not to say it’s only the top-rated recruits who end up as superstars — or fall flat. Marqise Lee was a four-star recruit and considered a defensive back out of high school. Leonard Williams, one of the most dominant players in the country last year, was also a four-star prospect. Buck Allen and former running back Curtis McNeal were both three-star recruits. On the flip side, offensive linemen Kevin Graf and Aundrey Walker were both four-star recruits, and both were decidedly less than stellar in recent seasons.And yet, the feeling I got yesterday was undeniable. I cared. I got butterflies watching eventual USC commit and consensus five-star prospect Adoree’ Jackson ham it up before announcing his decision. Two hours later, John “JuJu” Smith made me feel the same way. The USC Athletic Department put out a video that shows the reaction in the John McKay Center, which was akin to a game-winning touchdown: cheers, high fives, hugs — you name it.In many ways it is embarrassing to care so much about where a 17-year-old decides to attend college. It’s a little bit sad, too. But you know what, as much as we might try to deny it — and I know I certainly did — it matters. And I admit it: I care.But that doesn’t mean I’m not embarrassed.last_img read more

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Lovgreen lights up Pleasant Valley

first_imgPSC Golf from The Café KronborgMonday, March 7, Silky Oak – StablefordA Flight (0-23)1st Henning Olsen (17) 39pts2nd Peter Bygballe (18) 33pts 3rd Elias Magnusson (23) 33pts4th Arne Pedersen (18) 32ptsB Flight (24+)1st Karl (30) 37pts2nd Kaj Aabling (25) 36pts3rd Torben Sorensen (27) 36pts4th Jan Lovgreen (24) 35ptsLong Putts: #18 Hanne ErbsNear Pins: #3 Jan Johansen, #6 Elias Magnusson, #8 Ronnie Ratte, #14 Hanne Erbs, #16 Kenneth MadsenSilky Oak was the big challenge today and after a swift check-in we were off the first tee 20 minutes early in hot and sunny conditions.The course was in fine condition but with elevated tees and greens it was tough work, even though we had carts.Two flights today with the cut at handicap 23 and a full lineup of pins to shoot for.Henning Olsen took the A Flight with 39 points, six ahead of Peter Bygballe in second who won a count back over Elias Magnusson.  Arne Pedersen completed the podium in fourth with 32 points.Karl Beter won the B Flight with 37 points and Kaj Aabling claimed second on a count back from Torben Sorensen, both with 36 points.  Jan Lovgreen was a further point back in fourth.Thursday, March 10, Pleasant Valley – StablefordA Flight (0-23)1st Kenneth Madsen (18) 41pts2nd Ronnie Ratte (23) 39pts3rd Richard Kubicki (12) 38pts4th Peter Bygballe (18) 37ptsB Flight (24+)1st Jan Lovgreen (24) 42pts2nd Hanne Erbs (29) 39pts3rd Kaj Aabling (25) 38pts4th Daryl Evans (24) 37ptsLong Putts: #9 Daryl Evans, #18 Kurt SandgaardNear Pins: #5 Hanne Erbs, #8 & #17 Peter Bygballe, #13 Jan JohansenPleasant Valley was on the schedule for Thursday and once again it was another very hot day.We teed off 30 minutes early on a course that in good condition but with slowish greens.Two flights again today with the cut at handicap 23 and a full bevy of near pins.Kenneth Madsen topped the A Flight with a fine 41 points while Ronnie Ratte was second with 39.  Richard Kubicki rolled in third with 38 points and Peter Bygballe was another point back in fourth.Jan Lovgreen won the B Flight with a fine 42 points, three ahead of Hanne Erbs in second with Kaj Aabling third on 38 and Daryl Evans fourth on a count back from Eddie Glinsek and Gordon Clegg.last_img read more

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Watkins smooth as silk

first_img3rd Neil Wilkinson (13) 37ptsOn Monday the TRGG travelled to Rayong to play Silky Oak.  Recent history has proved that Neil Wilkinson has found this golf course to his liking and today was no exception as he scored 37 points which was good enough for third.  This score was bettered by an excellent round from Nick Thomas but Jack Watkins surpassed even that and scored 42 points to lead the field home.Tuesday, Feb. 13, Phoenix Gold – Stableford1st Derek Thorogood (16) 44pts2nd Mike Rushant (11) 41pts3rd Jason Fitzgibbon (23) 39ptsPhoenix Gold welcomed the society on Tuesday with yet another five and a half hour round of golf.  Despite the longevity of the occasion, several decent scores were recorded.Jason Fitzgibbon scored 39 points to secure the third while Mike Rushant’s splendid score of 41 points was enough to take the second prize.  However, the round of the day came from the boss Derek Thorogood with a great score of 44 points.Wednesday, Feb. 14, The Emerald – StablefordDivision 1 1st Alan Thomas (6) 39pts2nd Steve Carleton (8) 37pts3rd Martin Cooper (4) 37ptsDivision 21st Mr Gorilla (21) 37pts2nd Richard Talbot (20) 33pts3rd Y. Takita (19) 31ptsOn Wednesday the Emerald course welcomed the golfers with uneven fairways and spectacular views awaiting the players.The conditions were ideal for the scribe who scratched together 33 points and took second spot in division 2.  The round of the day came from Mr Gorilla, I kid you not, and with the deftest of touches 41 points were scored by the player who comfortably led the rest of the field.In division 1 the low handicappers dealt far more successfully with the difficult conditions.  The second spot was a close contest with three players scoring 37 points; Jim Getty just missed the podium but played with such comfort that he was playing the ball off the tees and fairways right handed, and then putting left handed.Just beating Jim into third was the shy and retiring Martin Cooper with a splendid round of 3 under par but claiming the second spot as a result of a super back 9, was Steve Carleton.However, nothing seems to rile Alan Thomas and his 39-pointer was good enough to record a fine victoryThursday, Feb. 15, Green Valley – Stableford1st Arnold Jones (17) 37pts2nd Alan Thomas (5) 34pts3rd Seil Peter (6) 33ptsA beautiful day on the Eastern Seaboard acted as the perfect back drop for another scintillating round of competition golf.Seil Peter’s stronger back 9 was just good enough to see off the ex-owner Fergus Brennan, as his 33 points were good enough to take the third, and Alan Thomas also struck the ball well to finish in second position.  On this day however no golfer could compete with Arnold Jones as he shot 37 points to claim the top prize.Friday, Feb. 16, Burapha – Stableford1st Kim Scadden (16) 42pts2nd Arnold Jones (16) 38pts3rd Richard Talbot (20) 38ptsFriday found the TRGG at Burapha A and B courses and with 18 of the 20 players shooting over 30 points, a score over 40 was required to win the day.With open fairways and flat greens to the scribe’s liking, his 38 points were good enough for the bronze but he was edged out of silver by Arnold Jones on count-back.  There could be no arguing about the day’s winner as Kin Scadden shot a fine round of 42 points.Saturday, Feb. 17, Pattavia – Stableford1st Bill Shepley (5) 37pts2nd Fergus Brenner (14) 36pts3rd Masa Takano (7) 34ptsOn Saturday the TRGG visited Pattavia and as usual the course was in splendid condition but with some treacherous greens.Masa Takano shot a splendid 34 points to take the third spot and it was a welcome return to the podium for Fergus Brenner as his 36 was good enough for second.  The top prize of the day was claimed by Billy Shepley who scored a fine 37 points.  The Canadian, who has recently been on a diplomacy course, displayed a great touch to shoot a fine 4-over par round. Jack Watkins (left) & Arnold Jones.Travellers Rest Golf GroupMonday, Feb.12, Silky Oak – Stableford1st Jack Watkins (13) 42pts2nd Nick Thomas (12) 38ptslast_img read more

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