With a ceremonial blessing and a cautionary reminder of native peoples’ historic oppression, a group of American Indian leaders joined an assemblage of experienced and budding archaeologists Wednesday (Sept. 26) to begin the search for Harvard’s Indian College roots.Buried somewhere under Harvard Yard’s well-manicured lawn lie the remnants of both the Old College and the Indian College, which more than 350 years ago combined to make up Harvard.For 10 years, beginning in 1655, Harvard’s fourth building and first brick structure housed five students from New England tribes who studied side by side with English students.Only one of those, an Aquinnah Wampanoag named Caleb Cheeshahteamuck, would go on to graduate, becoming Harvard’s first Indian alumnus in 1665. The Indian College would effectively end after that, as Harvard enrolled no more American Indian students. Harvard would continue to use the building until it was torn down in 1693.Several speakers Wednesday highlighted the fact that though English and Indian students studied together, the motives for the equal treatment were not benign. Harvard’s 1650 Charter calls for the “education of English & Indian youth of this country in knowledge and godliness.” That mission, speakers said, was part of the broader campaign waged by European settlers to destroy American Indian culture and replace it with European culture.“The history you seek to illuminate is neither benign nor noble,” said Elizabeth Solomon, a Harvard/Radcliffe graduate and a Massachuseuk at Ponkapoag. “The Harvard Indian College was part of a system to get Native Americans to embrace Christianity and European norms.”Despite the historical reality, several speakers Wednesday welcomed the modern effort to uncover what remains beneath Harvard Yard as a way to recover what was lost in the centuries after the Indian College’s establishment.John Peters Jr., executive director of the Massachusetts Commission on Indian Affairs, said that through the devastating diseases and oppression that afflicted native people, much of their culture — which had been passed down orally — was lost. Peters said he was skeptical of archaeologists until he realized that the artifacts they find and the historical context they uncover can help illuminate native people’s lost culture.“I started to realize this is one way to start to close that gap,” Peters said. “It’s an opportunity to reconnect our living history. I’m looking forward to the results.”Looking forward to the work is a group of 45 students who will be doing the digging. The students are enrolled in Anthropology 1130: “The Archaeology of Harvard Yard,” and have committed to two semesters’ work on the project.The class will be taught by Peabody Museum Director and Bowditch Professor of Central American and Mexican Archaeology and Ethnology William L. Fash, by lecturers on anthropology and associate curators at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology Diana Loren and Patricia Capone, and by Senior Curatorial Assistant Christina Hodge. It is presented by the Anthropology Department, the Peabody Museum, and the Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP).Wednesday’s ceremony was hosted by Carmen Lopez, executive director of HUNAP, and featured a blessing by Chief Vernon Lopez of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. It also featured comments by Harvard senior April Youpee-Roll, of the Native Americans at Harvard College, and Brian Casey, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ associate dean for academic affairs.The Indian College has long thought to have been disturbed by the building of Matthews Hall, but its exact location has been lost over time. Fash said he hopes to prove the conventional wisdom of its location wrong, since a survey of the site using ground-penetrating radar last spring showed several underground structures from about that time that could be foundations and a midden, or trash pile.Some features are eight or nine feet deep, however, so the students have a lot of work ahead of them.“We have a lot of digging to do. We have a lot of ground to move,” Fash said.The digging will mainly occur during weekly three-hour class sessions, though voluntary Friday digs may also be held to speed progress.The class has attracted several students of American Indian heritage who have questions of their own about Harvard’s history.Tiffany Smalley ’11, a student in the class who, like the 1665 graduate Cheeshahteamuck, is an Aquinnah Wampanoag, helped with the groundbreaking, sharing the shovel with HUNAP Executive Director Carmen Lopez.“It’s really interesting to me to study my past,” Smalley said. “This is a unique opportunity to do it at Harvard.”Kelsey Leonard, a sophomore from the Long Island-based Shinnecock, said the Indian College represented an extraordinary opportunity in history, with English and Indian youth being educated together and seeing each other as equals. In the following centuries, she said, that promise wasn’t fulfilled, and even today American Indians make up just a small part of Harvard’s student body.A lot of work lies ahead for the students, Fash said. For every one day digging, archaeologists typically spend another day in the lab analyzing results and a third day writing them up. That processing time makes it imperative that students take the course for both semesters.“The students will be digging history, they’ll be writing history, and it’s important to recognize they’ll be making history,” Fash said, adding, “It’ll be fun. There’s no helping that. Archaeology is great fun.”
When Ritchie Valens, Jiles Perry “J. P.” Richardson, Jr. (also known as The Big Bopper), and Buddy Holly boarded a four-person, single-engine charter plane to get to their next show, they had no idea they would instead be flying into the pages of history. They, along with their pilot Rodger Peterson and their plane, went down in harsh winter weather barely six miles from the take-off point. It was the first great rock and roll tragedy, and it showed the world that even the fearless young stars of the rebellious music movement were mortal.The Day the Music Died: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper[Video: WatchMojo.com]All three of them were among the hottest acts in the nation. Buddy Holly had learned to play the guitar alongside his brother and sisters, and the Texas native was a fan of the mournful country and the rhythm and blues of his era. After a lucky gig opening for rising star Elvis Presley, Holly decided a career in music was the life for him. He embraced the new style of rock and roll, seeing it was a natural progression from his inspirations. His first record championed a number of hits.Buddy Holly & The Crickets – “Peggy Sue”[Video: ianhuman]Ritchie Valens was the youngest of the casualties, and arguably the most tragic. Only eighteen at the time of his death, Valens had been making music since he was five years old. Truly passionate about the music that surrounded him, Valens incorporated mariachi and flamingo stylings of his heritage and the R&B that was filling the airwaves. He devoured all he could musically, and practiced incessantly. After a series of demo writing auditions, he quit high school to pursue a career in music and help support his struggling family. His meteoric rise over the course of the next eight months saw him perform on national TV, appear in a movie, and perform on sold-out tours across the country.Ritchie Valens – “La Bamba”[Video: Zak Millington]Jiles “The Big Bopper” Richardson was a disc jockey out of Texas who knew his way around a recording studio. Richardson, who played the fool for the cameras and his adoring public, was, in fact, a shrewd self-promoter. At one point, he held the world record for continuous on-air broadcasting, going for five straight days. He started as a songwriter, scoring a few hits for others from behind the scenes, but he knew he was destined for greater things. This kind of hucksterism, paired with an over-the-top stage and vocal presence gave him a comical edge that was new to rock and roll, was well received by the nation’s youth. As he saw his star rise, he took time off from his radio work to join the ill-fated “Winter Dance Party.”Big Bopper – “Chantilly Lace”[Video: norton771]The “Winter Dance Party” tour, featuring all three musicians, was in trouble from the first show. Organizers had not properly factored in travel times to the schedule, and the tour bus they had chartered was not equipped for the harsh winter conditions it was to face. Many members of the various acts fell ill, sharing the flu among them and a host of nagging aches and stresses. After one musician was admitted to a Michigan hospital for frostbite, the bus was replaced and the grind resumed. As the tour filled an open date by booking a show in Clear Falls, Iowa, Buddy Holly had had enough.Holly reached out to the Dwyer Flying Service and chartered a plane to fly to the airport nearest the tour’s next stop, Fargo, ND. The service had pilot Peterson and a four-seater plane waiting at the Mason City Municipal Airport after the show. The Big Bopper, still suffering from the flu, persuaded Waylon Jennings to let him have one of the seats on the plane. A coin toss won Valens the final seat from Tony Allsup. Both Allsup and Jennings would spend the remainder of their lives haunted by the whims of destiny.Rodger Peterson was a 21-year-old, able pilot but not yet trained fully on flying solely by instruments—that, and his unfamiliarity with an older altimeter likely doomed the travelers. He started his ascent unaware of the worsening conditions that lie before them, and the black and white skies closed around them as they climbed into the night. Not six miles from their departure, the plane went down at near take-off speeds, instantly taking the lives of all onboard.The combined loss stunned the country. Though the older generation was wary of the new music coming out of their radios, the tragedy of youth lost touched the nation. Forced to unexpectedly confront their own mortality, a generation found a new spark of recklessness. The tragedy of that day was a watershed of pop culture as well, inspiring biopics that told each singer’s tragic story, and the ballad by troubadour Don McLean, “American Pie”, has taken a place in the annals of music history all its own.Don McLean – “American Pie”[Video: TheGoodOldRock]In cases of loss such as these, with such bright futures cut short so early, it’s tempting to think about what might have been. What these lost men could have made, the lives they could have touched. While such thoughts can be fun to entertain, the true lesson is, as always, that life is wonderful but finite. The fact that the end could come for us at any time is not a reason to fear, but a call to make each moment count. The lives lost that day is a terrible price to pay for that reminder, and in their names, we would do well to remember how important each day truly is.[Originally published February 3rd, 2019]
Hospitalizations in Ohio have also hit a new high, with 1,154 people hospitalized and 158 on ventilators – the highest number since July. In Oklahoma, Gov. Kevin Stitt and state health officials launched a new plan to handle a surge in the number of people hospitalized due to the coronavirus. The plan, announced as hospitalizations in the state reached a record one-day high of 821, includes transferring virus patients from facilities in regions where hospitalizations are high to those with more bed capacity. At the other end of the country, Idaho reported its largest coronavirus spike, with new cases increasing by some 47% over the past two weeks. Idaho is currently sixth in the nation for new cases per capita, with a positivity rate of just over 15% – one of the country’s highest. In Kentucky, the governor called the number of daily confirmed cases “grim,” forcing another round of preparations to expand hospital capacity. In some cases, spikes are happening as schools reopen and as Americans grow weary of wearing masks and practicing social distancing. CA Won’t Allow Virus Vaccines Without State ApprovalCDC Says U.S. Has Seen 300K More Deaths than UsualMA Medical Center Experiencing Surge in COVID-19 Cases Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Monday he was caught off-guard by the spike in cases and pleaded again for Ohioans to wear masks and keep themselves socially distanced. Still, Gov. Brad Little has resisted calls for a statewide mask mandate or ramped up restrictions, saying it’s up to individuals to take the necessary steps – wearing masks, social distancing and practicing good hygiene – to stem the surge. Selin Bert, 48, who lives in Portland, Oregon, told The Associated Press that her mother-in-law, who is in her early 70s and lives in Mesquite, Nevada, recently got a severe case of COVID-19 and had to be taken to the ICU in a Las Vegas hospital, about an hour’s drive away. She suspects her mother-in-law was infected during a visit from her grandchildren, who traveled from Montana. Her in-laws, Bert said, were religious about social distancing and wearing masks. But she’s not sure the grandkids were as much sticklers. Since the virus was first detected earlier this year, more than 40 million people around the globe have been infected and more than 1.1 million people have died. In the United States, there have been more than 8 million confirmed cases and more than 220,000 deaths. The seven-day rolling average for daily new cases has reached nearly 60,000 – the highest since July. Nevertheless, “the direction we’re heading is one that looks real problematic,” he said. Related BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Hospitals across the United States are starting to buckle from a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, with several states setting records for the number of people hospitalized and leaders scrambling to find extra beds and staff. New highs in cases have been reported in states big and small – from Idaho to Ohio – in recent days. “We are now going back to our plans about capacity in hospitals, looking – if we have to – at hotel options and the use of state parks,” Gov. Andy Beshear said during a recent briefing. “Ensuring that we have the operational plans to stand up the field hospital, if necessary.” “As a health system, we’re all very concerned,” said Dr. Bart Hill, the vice president and chief quality officer of St. Luke’s Health System, the state’s largest. “It’s indicative of anticipating we’re going to see more hospitalizations affecting an older population in the next two, three, four weeks.” “They wear masks when they’re outside, the in-laws. I don’t know about the kids, but I do know that that part of the family isn’t big on the whole mask thing, especially because of where they live,” she said, adding she’s not sure the grandkids have since been tested. “We don’t think they have been. I – we don’t want to even ask because now it’s become a very touchy subject. Because if someone says to you, “˜Hey, you potentially killed your mom, or could have killed your mom,’ it doesn’t really bode well for the family reunion.” Still, Hill said health care providers knew the pandemic would ebb and flow over time, and the temporary statewide shutdown Little ordered back in March gave medical facilities time to prepare for the current spikes. St. Luke’s Health System still has adequate capacity for now, he said. Meanwhile, Wyoming health officials have reported the number of people hospitalized with the virus has increased to 73, the highest since the pandemic started in March. Health officials say the increase mirrors an increase of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases reported across the state since late September. October has been a record-setting month for cases. Republican Gov. Doug Burgum and the North Dakota Department of Health announced late Tuesday that they’re shifting 50 National Guard members who had been working in contact tracing to simply notifying people who test positive. And public health officials will no longer notify close contacts of people who tested positive; instead those individuals will be instructed to self-notify their close contacts and direct them to the department’s website. Coronavirus cases are rising so fast in North Dakota that it’s taking officials up to three days to notify people after they test positive, and as a result the state has also fallen way behind on tracing their close contacts who might have been exposed. Peters reported from Milwaukee. AP journalists from around the United States contributed to this report. ___ North Dakota, with its loose regulations, still has the country’s worst per-capita spread rate, with 1,224 new cases per day per 100,000 residents, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The state’s worsening numbers have prompted sharp questions over how Burgum has handled the virus. Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney has called for a mask mandate statewide. An ambulance is parked at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas on Oct. 12, 2020. Spikes of the coronavirus are hitting spots around the United States, forcing public health officials to scramble to ensure there are enough hospital beds to accommodate the sick. (AP Photo/John Locher) And in Boston, Mayor Marty Walsh said public schools will switch to all-remote learning because of a rising number of cases. The city’s seven-day average positive test rate is currently 5.7%, an increase from 4.5% last week. Walsh said students will remain in remote learning until there are two full weeks of falling infection rates. Her mother-in-law had symptoms for a few days at home and her health deteriorated so much that she had to be rushed to the hospital after a family member found her on the bathroom floor. She’s now doing better, but remains severely fatigued, Bert said. Hotels or state parks could potentially be used to house people who need to quarantine or isolate. The governor reported 776 people hospitalized, including 202 in intensive care and 96 on ventilators. There were 1,312 new COVID-19 cases statewide Tuesday – the fourth-highest one-day total since the pandemic began.
Students were given the chance to sample a variety of residence hall fare Thursday night at Farley Hall’s second annual Taste of ND. A dozen campus halls brought offerings from their food sale shops for students to sample and to compete in a tasting contest, sophomore Erin Killymurray, a coordinator of the event, said. “Taste of ND is a great opportunity for every dorm food sale to show off their own unique food,” she said. “People should know that these places exist. Everyone has access to other dorms’ foods. A lot of people just don’t know about it.” Besides offering students the opportunity to get a taste of hall eateries, Farley took the opportunity to give back, Killmurray said. Free to students last year, the hall decided to charge $2 per person, with proceeds benefitting the Northern Indiana Food Bank. “There was a great turnout last year,” she said. “We completely ran out of food. With such a great turnout from last year’s event, we decided to charge $2 a person and donate the proceeds … It’s a great way to give back to the community.” Some of the participating dorms included Keough Kitchen, Zahm Pizza, McGlinn Snack Shack and St. Edward Hall’s shop, Ed’s. Senior Toph Stare of Zahm’s Pizza said he was happy to get the word out about his hall’s food sales. “Finding ways to market food for dorm sales is difficult since a lot of people just don’t even know these food sales exist,” Stare said. “This event is a great opportunity for us to market our products and let people know what’s out there.” Senior Dana McKane, representative for McGlinn’s Snack Shack, agreed that Taste of ND could be helpful for future food sales. “Every dorm has something different to offer,” she said. “Now that more people can see and taste other dorms’ products, hopefully sales in each dorm will increase. Last year was the first year for the Taste of ND and also the first year that McGlinn Snack Shack was in business, so it was great for us to get some attention right away.” Each attendee had the opportunity to vote on their favorite foods from the event, and guest judges also had input in the selection of the winning foods. Guest judges included Leprechaun Michael George, men’s basketball guard Joey Brooks and student body vice president Brett Rocheleau. The judges’ top selection was Ed’s, Killmurray said. Representatives from Ed’s brought paninis and, the local favorite, smoothies. “The St. Ed’s smoothies are great,” Brooks said. “I’m not going to lie, I might go to ‘Sted’s’ to get a smoothie once in a while.” George said tasting food from around campus might encourage hesitant students to venture to other dorms for late night snacks. “I think a lot of people don’t like to leave the comfort of their dorm when they are studying late at night,” George said. “Hopefully that will change with this event.” Other judges’ picks included Zahm Pizza and McGlinn Hall Snack Shack. “You can taste the love and care in every cupcake,” George said.
Related Last week, on Earth Day, Pelotan, the high-performance sun protection designed specifically for athletes, joined 1% for the Planet – pledging to donate 1% of annual sales to support non-profit organisations focused on the environment.Tom Austen, Managing Director of Pelotan said “When times are incredibly tough, there are two options – give up or double down on the things you believe in. As endurance athletes we always choose the latter.“Our mission is to protect every outdoor athlete from the sun and so at the very core of our business is an absolute passion for the natural world in which we train, race and recover. Whether taking a stage at Alpe d’Huez, winning Kona or completing a local parkrun, spending time in nature is a major part of the joy of being an athlete and so we are immensely proud to be joining the 1% for the Planet network, working alongside companies like Patagonia to contribute towards positive environmental change.”He continued, “In sport we know 1% can make all the difference and so we are excited to share our journey with the Pelotan community as we aim to exceed this pledge in 2020 and beyond. After being stuck indoors for most of the year, now more than ever we should appreciate the natural world around us and do what we can to leave it in a better place for those following in our footsteps.”Members of 1% for the Planet contribute one percent of annual sales directly to any of the approved non-profit environmental organisations in the network. Today, 1% for the Planet is a network of more than 3,000 business members, a new and expanding core of individual members and thousands of non-profit partners in more than 90 countries.Kate Williams, CEO of 1% for the Planet said “Our member companies have donated more than US$250 million to our environmental non-profit partners to date. Currently, only 3% of total philanthropy goes to the environment and, only 3% of that comes from businesses.“The planet needs bigger support than this, and our growing network of member businesses is doing its valuable part to increase giving and support on the ground outcomes. Our members lead with purpose and commitment, characteristics that consumers support. We’re excited to welcome Pelotan to our global network as they seek to encourage athletes to spend more time outdoors.”To celebrate the partnership, Pelotan is pledging to donate 11% of all web sales until the end of April to the 1% for the Planet cause.www.pelotan.ccwww.onepercentfortheplanet.org
Superintendent Jim Hinson and Linda Roser. Photo via Shawnee Mission School District.Shawnee Mission honors outgoing education foundation director. Shawnee Mission administrators, teachers and supporters gathered this week to thank Linda Roser for her years of successful service as executive director of the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation. Roser is retiring from the post after eight years. [Shawnee Mission Thanks Retiring Shawnee Mission Education Foundation Director — Shawnee Mission School District]Westwood holding public safety meeting tonight. “This is My Neighborhood” public safety community meeting will be held by the Westwood Police Department at 7 p.m. tonight at city hall. The following description of the meeting is posted by the police department: “It’s based off some of the interactions we’ve had in which many residents have demonstrated their pride, concern and ownership of your neighborhood and what happens there. We want to build on that and encourage more of that interaction. To have each of you looking out for one another more, calling us when you see something suspicious and using basic crime prevention tactics to make your neighborhood even safer.”Textile recycling pilot period coming to a close. Assistant City Administrator Wes Jordan told the Prairie Village City Council that the year-long pilot period on the textile recycling program was nearing its end, and city officials would be talking with Team Thrift representatives about how and whether to continue the program. Jordan acknowledged that the amount of revenue the program has generated for the city’s municipal foundation has fallen well short of projections.Northeast Johnson County morning roundup is brought to you by Twisted Sisters Coffee Shop on Johnson Drive. For updates on the latest blends and specialty drinks available, follow them on Facebook.
by. Michael G. DaigneaultEdgar Schein presents culture as a series of assumptions a person makes about a group in which he or she participates.“We tend to think we can separate strategy from culture, but we fail to notice that in most organizations, strategic thinking is deeply colored by spoken and unspoken assumptions about who [these organizations] are and what their mission is,” writes Schein, a professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Hence the famous phrase, “culture eats strategy for breakfast.”Schein groups assumptions into three basic levels:1. Artifactsall the things you would first see, hear or feel when you encounter an unfamiliar group;observed behavior, routines (easy to see–hard to decipher their true meaning).2. Espoused beliefs and valuesideals, goals, articulated values and stated aspirations;ideologies;rationalizations. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Garcia-Riveiro petitions for Bar reinstatement March 15, 2014 Regular News G arcia-Riveiro petitions for Bar reinstatementPursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Joseph Anthony Garcia-Riveiro has petitioned the Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Garcia-Riveiro was suspended for three years, pursuant to a February 14, 2008, order, nunc pro tunc, February 21, 2007, for failure to timely pay off a loan in a real estate transaction and for misuse of trust account funds.Anyone wishing to comment on Garcia-Riveiro’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact William Mulligan, The Florida Bar, Suite M-100, 444 Brickell Ave., Miami 33131; 305-377-4445.
In a deal that points to rising corporate confidence, the Phoenix office of JLL has completed a $6.25 million class-A office building sale that brings Phoenix Heart – the anchor tenant at 5859 Talavi – from project tenant to project owner.JLL Senior Vice President Brian Ackerman represented the property seller, Credit Union West, in the transaction. Marcus Muirhead of Colliers International represented Phoenix Heart.Recognized as a leading Valley cardiology group, Phoenix Heart PLLC currently occupies 50 percent of the 35,904-square-foot building at 5859 W. Talavi Blvd., within the Talavi Business Park in Glendale, Arizona. The building’s remaining space is fully occupied by quality tenants including Credit Union West, John C. Lincoln and Wallick & Volk.“This deal points to a new level of confidence and solid market recovery,” said Ackerman. “Five years ago, recession fundamentals and uncertainties would have blocked this type of sale, but today the outlook is optimistic. Tenants are more confident, and considering opportunities to buy their buildings and secure the benefits of a market upswing.”The 5859 Talavi building is located near the southeast corner of Bell Road and 59th Avenue in Glendale, Ariz., with an immediate area that is inundated with retail amenities that attract tenants to work in Talavi Business Park. It is adjacent to the Talavi Town Center retail project and surrounded by neighbors such as the Thunderbird School of International Business, ASU West and Midwestern University.
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