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Changing a community, from the ground upChanging a community, from the ground up

first_imgArea residents, members of community-based organizations, elected officials, and Harvard representatives gathered at the Charlesview Community Center in Brighton today for the annual Allston-Brighton Legislators’ Breakfast.Seven area residents were honored by local elected officials and the Allston-Brighton Adult Education Coalition for their ongoing work in the community. The coalition is a group of more than 20 education providers in Allston-Brighton who together offer services such as classes in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), workforce development and literacy programs, and help obtaining citizenship.“All of us have our own programs, but every one of us knows that we can do more when we work together,” said Sister Pat Andrews, director of The Literacy Connection and a member of the coalition.Jason Clark, a program coordinator at the Harvard Ed Portal, was honored with the Community Partner Award for his work with community members seeking to take ESOL classes.“In the past year [Clark] assessed and placed more than 120 students into 12 different education programs across Allston and Brighton. That’s 120 residents who probably would have sat on wait lists for a year or two,” Meghan Bea, assistant director of the Harvard’s Bridge Program, an adult education and training program, some of which are provided at the Ed Portal. “Those who have met with him describe him as welcoming and understanding. The ESOL directors that he refers students to describe him as organized, ambitious, and just plain wonderful.”Another honoree, Archange Saintus, a Haitian immigrant, has been working with many of the organizations in the coalition, including the Gardner Pilot Academy, the Harvard Allston Workforce Collaborative, the Literacy Connection, and the Ed Portal. It’s been a busy time for Saintus; he became a U.S. citizen just last week.,The awards ceremony attracted more than 40 community members, including State Sens. Will Brownsberger and Sal DiDomenico, and State Rep. Kevin Honan.“This is the greatest county in the world because of the opportunities we receive. We need to make the road a little easier for those that follow,” said DiDomenico. “Who are we as a society if we don’t help the people who need it the most?”Honan stressed the extraordinary amount of resources that can be found throughout the community, particularly those offered by the coalition.“The great anthropologist Margaret Mead once said, ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. It is indeed the only thing that can.’ That applies to all of us here today,” said Andrews. “I think back to 17 years ago when a group of us got together and said, ‘What can we do to help our fellow community members?’ These success stories, and these people here today, this is what it’s all about.”In addition to Clark, Alinea Paiva of the Brazilian Worker Center, Neildes Doucette of the Brazilian Women’s Group, and Wils Magloire and Yuri Alvarado of the Jackson Mann Community Center all received student awards, and Joyce Gallagher, director of nursing at Good Shepherd Community Care, received the employer award.last_img read more

PHC, IFC to meet about viral photosPHC, IFC to meet about viral photos

first_imgLeaders of the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council will meet this week to discuss a course of action in response to photos posted online Saturday night that show two people, one of whom is a member of USC’s Kappa Sigma fraternity, appearing to engage in sexual activities on the roof of Waite Phillips Hall.Ayushi Gummadi, president of PHC, said PHC and IFC will meet with presidents of all the fraternities and sororities tonight to discuss the viral photos.“IFC and PHC have called a presidents’ meeting to discuss the viral spread of photos through social media this weekend,” Gummadi wrote. “We plan to look into this situation and will come up with a course of action.”Zach Timm, president of USC’s Kappa Sigma, released a statement Sunday confirming the male in the photos was a member of Kappa Sigma.“While the actions that were taken did involve a member of our chapter we, in no way, support this kind of behavior, nor do we promote any other such actions,” Timm wrote in an email. “The member in question has been suspended from Kappa Sigma for conduct unbecoming of a Kappa Sigma and a gentleman until a more detailed investigation can be conducted.”The photos, which have spread virally around the university, have linked the female to USC’s Delta Gamma sorority because of the Anchor Splash philanthropy that occurred during the afternoon on Saturday, but Lauren Sekula, advisory team chairman of USC’s Delta Gamma, said there is no connection between the two events.“There is absolutely no relationship between these circumstances and our women or our event, Anchor Splash, which benefits sight prevention and the visually impaired,” Sekula said.last_img read more

Beat writers split on Syracuse’s Sweet 16 matchup with 2nd-ranked DukeBeat writers split on Syracuse’s Sweet 16 matchup with 2nd-ranked Duke

first_img Comments Syracuse (23-13, 8-10 Atlantic Coast) faces off against Duke Friday in Omaha, Nebraska. The Orange is coming off a huge upset win over Michigan State in which its defense held MSU’s shooters to just 25.8 percent shooting from the field and 28 points less than its season scoring an average of 81. The Blue Devils pose another threat in SU’s tourney run, ranked third and eighth in the NCAA in adjusted offensive and defensive efficiency, respectively.Here’s who our beat writers picked for the matchup.Matthew Gutierrez (29-7)Dancing past DukeSyracuse 57, Duke 56Syracuse is playing the best defense in the country right now. Flat out. Holding three-straight high-powered offenses to under 60 points is poetic. The zone has shifted as well as it has in recent years, junior point guard Frank Howard said following the win over Michigan State. Howard, a key cog in the offense, wasn’t himself all week because he was coming off strep throat. Still, SU won three in a row. Howard and the Orange will be rested up for a rematch against the upset-prone Blue Devils, whose losses include fledgling teams in St. John’s and Boston College.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSam Fortier (25-11)OmahahahaSyracuse 59, Duke 57The last time these two teams played, Duke missed its first 15 3-pointers and still beat Syracuse by 16 points. Sure, that game was at Cameron Indoor Stadium, but the disparity on the floor was apparent. The Blue Devils have size, length and a zone so good Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim joked Duke shouldn’t be allowed to play it.The difference for the Blue Devils, in addition to Grayson Allen and Trevon Duval in the backcourt, is their two premier talents down-low in Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter. The Orange had no answer for them then and it’s unlikely things have changed in the last month. There is no logical reason for Syracuse to win this game, which is exactly why Syracuse will win this game.Tomer Langer (24-12)The student becomes the masterDuke 63, Syracuse 55I’ve picked Syracuse to lose its last two games, so if you’re rooting for the Orange to win and you’re upset with my pick, you shouldn’t be. Let’s just start with that. The Orange hasn’t gotten the same slew of upsets on its side of the bracket like it did two years ago, so these games have become increasingly more difficult. Each of the three previous teams had some issues facing a zone that it hadn’t seen before.I won’t argue Matthew’s point that the zone is playing as well as it has, but some of it has to do with its opponents’ unfamiliarity — TCU didn’t attempt a 3-pointer for an eight-minute stretch in the first half, oftentimes pump-faking open looks. Still, I do actually think the zone will be rather effective, like it was the last time these two teams met (although I don’t expect Duke to miss 15 3s in a row). I think the Orange’s issues on the offensive end, which have been mitigated by the unreal defense, will finally catch up against Krzyzewski’s version of the zone. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on March 21, 2018 at 4:17 pmlast_img read more