The community builders

first_imgWhen the leadership of Harvard College changes hands later this summer from interim Dean Donald Pfister to incoming Dean Rakesh Khurana, undergraduates will find that while the life experiences and research backgrounds of the two couldn’t be more different, their focus on the job of dean is the same.Both Pfister and Khurana believe strongly that an important role for the dean is to foster and build the College community of learning.“My goals were modest in a way, but they were really about reaching out and connecting with the students, and working within the College to make sure we weren’t merely in a transition, but moving the College forward,” said Pfister, the Asa Gray Professor of Systematic Botany. “When I think about the year, a lot of what we have been able to do has been about community, which is good because that is where I started when I came in.”Pfister was named interim dean in July, taking over for Evelynn M. Hammonds, who completed her five-year term as dean shortly after Commencement 2013. As Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael D. Smith put together a search committee to find a replacement, he appointed Pfister on an interim basis.Immediately, Pfister, who has taught at Harvard for 40 years and had served as master of Kirkland House from 1982 to 2000, sought to connect directly with students by word and action. He began sending all undergraduates periodic email messages touching on a wide variety of topics, such as some of the incredible things College students were doing, the latest book he was reading, and — he’s a botanist — the trees of the Yard and certain fungi he had come across.“Nearly every conversation I have had with a student has almost always started with, ‘I just love your emails.’ I was a surprised because when I send an email out to students in my class, they never read them. But these emails seem to have been very widely read,” Pfister said. “I was thinking emails were kind of retro, but they worked, and I think they worked because it set the tone that someone was listening. It goes back to community.”In addition to his emails, Pfister made it a point to be out around the campus, visiting the Houses, attending festivities and performances, and meeting with students as much as possible. One winter morning, he rode the shuttle, where he interacted with students and even handed out bookmarks with his office hours listed on the back.“I was concerned office hours were just going to be a thing where students would come in and complain, but it was really an opportunity to help students, and to direct them to resources,” he said. “And it was a great way to hear what was really on the minds of the students.”While his research interests are different, Khurana is coming into the job on a path that has some similarities to that which Pfister traveled. Both are highly respected teachers, veterans of various committees, and have served as House masters. In fact, as dean, Khurana will continue to serve as co-master of Cabot House.His vision for the future of the College builds on the foundation that Pfister has laid.“We want to ensure we are providing students a deeply transformative experience, one that is transformative intellectually, socially, and personally, that will prepare them for a life of service and leadership,” Khurana said. “Our students have the opportunity to interact with the best faculty in the world, who are doing research that is changing the way we think about and understand the human condition. They are asking fundamental questions about the nature of life and where we come from, and imagining new futures.”The Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development at Harvard Business School (HBS) and professor of sociology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), Khurana said that for nearly 400 years Harvard has produced leaders and shaped academia, and that should continue.“Harvard College should be seen as the leading College in the world and will set the standard for liberal arts colleges for the next 100 years. We should be providing a model for other schools to revitalize and reenergize their programs,” Khurana said. “This is who we are. Our students leave here and exert ripples across the world.”last_img read more

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Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua 2 start time, price, boxing odds, undercard & how to watch the fight

first_imgRuiz (33-1, 22 KOs) gets the chance to show the boxing world his monumental upset wasn’t a fluke in a rematch against Anthony Joshua for the IBF, WBA (super) and WBO heavyweight belts Ruiz claimed in their first fight. The sequel is set for Saturday, Dec. 7 from the Diriyah Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, live and exclusively on DAZN. Ruiz entered their first fight June 1 as a 9-1 underdog. Except for those closest to him, no one gave Ruiz a prayer against Joshua, who had been regarded as the best heavyweight in the world. Then everything changed for the 30-year-old career challenger.Joshua (22-1, 21 KOs) appeared to have things well in control in the third round when he sent Ruiz to the canvas with a thudding left hook. Instead of wilting like those before him, Ruiz smiled, dusted himself off, and dropped Joshua with a left hand of his own. Near the end of the round, Ruiz sent Joshua to mat one time with a straight right hand.Join DAZN to watch Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 & 100+ fight nights a yearThen in the fateful seventh round, Ruiz delivered the final blows and made history, knocking Joshua down two more times. After the final knockdown, referee Michael Griffin asked Joshua if he could continue. Joshua said he could but couldn’t convince Griffin that he was serious and waved the bout off, and Ruiz became the first heavyweight champion of Mexican descent. When the dust settled, Joshua didn’t waste much time to invoke the rematch clause in the contract. It was just a matter of securing a location for the biggest fight of 2019. Suitors from all over the world looked to host with Cardiff, Wales in Joshua’s native England being the front runner. But at the last second, the kingdom of Saudi Arabia swooped in and secured the bout. Here’s a complete guide to Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua 2, which is again available exclusively for streaming on DAZN rather than traditional pay-per-view, along with updated betting odds, PPV price, who’s on the undercard and more.MORE: Read the latest Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 news at SN’s fight HQWhat time is Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua 2?Date: Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019Start time: Noon ETMain event: 4 p.m. ET (approximate)Live stream: Only on DAZNThe rematch between Andy Ruiz Jr. and Anthony Joshua will take place in the afternoon on Dec. 7 from Diriyah Arena in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. The broadcast starts at noon ET on DAZN, culminating in the main event between Ruiz and Joshua. Expect the two heavyweights to make their ring walks around 3:45 p.m. ET, 12:45 p.m. PT.It is the last of four major DAZN fights of the fall season, which included wins for GGG and Canelo Alvarez and the Logan Paul vs. KSI rematch.MORE: The biggest heavyweight upsets in boxing historyRuiz vs. Joshua 2 live stream: How to watch the fightAndy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua 2 is not available on pay-per-view. Instead, fans in North America can sign up to watch the fight online with DAZN, a subscription-based sports streaming service. The first fight between Ruiz and Joshua was also exclusively broadcast on DAZN.DAZN is available on a variety of platforms, including Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Playstation 3, as well as Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari browsers via DAZN.com.Comcast customers can sign up for DAZN on Xfinity Flex.MORE ABOUT DAZNMeet DAZN, the first dedicated live sports streaming serviceWhat sports are live-streamed on DAZN?How much does DAZN’s live sports streaming service cost?How much does the Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 fight cost?1 month DAZN subscription: $19.991 year DAZN subscription: $99.99You can purchase a DAZN subscription to watch Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua 2 on two different plans. The annual pass — which includes access to all of DAZN’s live events, as well as highlights, replays, behind-the-scenes features, original shows and live reports — costs $99.99 in the U.S., averaging out to a little over $8 a month. Then you have the monthly-plan for $19.99. (In Canada, the monthly plan is $20 CAD, and the annual plan is $150 CAD.)If you are already a current subscribers, the fight is already included as part of your plan.Where is the Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 fight?The sequel between Andy Ruiz and Anthony Joshua takes place at the Diriyah Arena in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, a suburb of the capital city Riyadh. Both guys are fighting in the Middle East for the first time. A custom-built venue will host what is expected to be a capacity crowd of 16,000 people.  Join DAZN to watch Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 & 100+ fight nights a yearRuiz vs. Joshua 2 oddsAfter Anthony Joshua opened as a -304 betting favorite over Andy Ruiz Jr., he is now down to -205, which means you’d need to bet $205 to win $100. Meanwhile, Ruiz is a +175 underdog, meaning if you bet $100, you could win $175.  Andy Ruiz Jr. record and bioName: Andy Ruiz Jr.Nationality: MexicanBorn: Sept. 11, 1989Height: 6-2Reach: 74 inchesTotal fights: 34Record: 33-1 with 22 knockoutsAnthony Joshua record and bioName: Anthony JoshuaNationality: BritishBorn: Oct. 15, 1989Height: 6-6Reach: 82 inchesTotal fights: 23Record: 22-1 with 21 knockoutsMORE: Mike Tyson says AJ ‘never got hit like that before’ in loss to RuizRuiz vs. Joshua 2 undercardMatchupClassBeltAndy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony JoshuaHeavyweightIBF/WBA/WBOAlexander Povetkin vs. Michael HunterHeavyweight…Dillian Whyte vs. Mariusz WachHeavyweight…Filip Hrgovic vs. Eric MolinaHeavyweight…Magomedrasul Majidov vs. Tom LittleHeavyweight… Can Andy Ruiz Jr. prove he isn’t the next James “Buster” Douglas?MORE: Follow SN’s live updates from Ruiz vs. Joshua 2last_img read more

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Independence Day blog: Our 10 greatest Presidents according to Cueball

first_imgCommentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Happy Independence Day weekend everyone. Since I’m in a Patriotic mood and we are about to choose between Twiddle Dee and Twiddle Dumb for President in six months, I thought I would take a look back at Presidents of years past.So I’ve decided to release the official, “Cueball’s top 10 U.S. Presidents of All Time.I’ll count it down Casey Kasem style from 10 to No. 1. This is so exciting – kind of like shooting off fireworks.10. Andrew Jackson.Andrew JacksonI would have loved to have knocked Mr. Jackson off this list because he was a racist and a jerk. He removed the Indians from the south and put them in Oklahoma (should anyone have to live in Oklahoma?). He also kept the slave trade prospering.But he dismantled the Bank of the United States that was riddled with corrupt rich fat cat bankers. He also held off South Carolina from seceding from the Union after the state was establishing higher tariffs than the U.S. on imported goods. South Carolina would eventually secede 25 years later, but not because of Jackson.Jackson could be defined as the Rambo amongst Presidents. He didn’t take much guff from anyone.9. Lyndon Johnson.Lyndon JohnsonI had a epiphany in just the last year or so. I have always thought of Johnson as a buffoon. After all, he would go on the toilet while talking to reporters during interviews. The Vietnam War was a total disaster.But he signed the Civil Rights Act, and you can’t deny that was a defining moment in U.S. history. It brought the state closer to our ultimate promise – equal rights for everyone. That may never be accomplished, but at least, America wasn’t looking the other way on blatant racism.Johnson is a bit too liberal for my taste. His war on poverty became a bureaucratic mess. But he institutionalized some of the U.S. Government’s greatest legislation: from voting rights, animal welfare, freedom of information, expanded social security, conservation and others.I feel his fight for the poor was genuine, and people who fight for the unfortunate – can’t be bad people.8. Dwight Eisenhower. Dwight EisenhowerAnd yes, I was pleased that the new airport in Wichita is called the Eisenhower National Airport instead of that boring Mid-Continent Airport name.What I loved about Eisenhower is his middle of the road approach to things. He governed by doing what he thought was right not by the partisan politics that is so prevalent today.He ended the Korean War. He kept the Soviets at bay but didn’t tick them off. He gave us the Interstate highway system and promoted technology. And despite being a General who helped us win World War II, he wasn’t a war-monger. When he was leaving office he basically blasted the military industry and warned us about a future in which our economy will depend on making bombs and other weapons. He proved to be right.7. Thomas Jefferson. Thomas JeffersonI probably should put Jefferson in my top five, but I knocked him down because he was a plantation slave owner and had a slave child – not to mention he didn’t do the Indians any favors.But as far as accomplishments go, he was one of the best. He authored the Declaration of Independence for goodness sake. When he became President he initiated the Louisiana Purchase that nearly doubled the size of the U.S. from the French for a dirt cheap price. France was broke at the time from fighting too many wars.He established the university system that we know today, and he sent Lewis and Clark on an expedition to the Pacific Ocean.6. Harry Truman. Harry S. TrumanIf I had to hang out with any President, it would have been Truman. He was a good guy and hard worker. I loved, loved, loved how he took the election away from Thomas Dewey, who everyone thought was going to win in 1948.Truman was the guy who authorized the dropping of the atomic bomb twice on Japan and ending World War II. He founded the Truman Doctrine to contain communism worldwide, he established the United Nations, and he denounced isolationism – giving the U.S. an aggressive worldwide presence and dominating foreign policy.Plus, he started the process of racial integration by desegregating the U.S. Armed Forces.5. Teddy Roosevelt. Theodore RooseveltT. Roosevelt was a stud. He had boxing matches in the White House, hunted bears, went on an African safari that nearly killed him, and he made a campaign speech right after getting shot.But his legacy was breaking up monopolies and fighting for the average citizen.When he took office, tycoons were ruling the empire and were setting their own rules causing rampant unemployment and inflation. Roosevelt would break them with various trust-breaking regulations. He established regulations on food and drugs and he constructed the Panama Canal.And the next time you are on vacation and visiting a national park. Thank Roosevelt.4. George Washington. George WashingtonWell, yes. He was our first. He was overwhelmingly elected to be President by the Electoral College after refusing to be king.He was a unifier. People of all ilk loved him. I always wondered if it was because he was such a great leader and nice guy or because Americans were just enamored by the fact that they had their own country and someone leading it.Washington established the cabinet. He started the inaugural address and was called “Mr. President” a term we use today. He established a taxing system and created a national bank. He hated political parties, and really never wanted to engage the U.S. in wars on foreign soil.I imagine what it would have been liked had the U.S. put someone else in power – someone much more unlikable like Alexander Hamilton. I’m not sure the U.S. would have so firmly established itself as a nation so quickly. Washington was indeed the right man at the right time.3. Franklin Roosevelt.Franklin RooseveltOk, Ok, Ok. He was the closest thing to a socialist as we ever had in the White House. But let’s remember what a screwed up nation he inherited. Everyone was broke, and we were on the verge of collapsing as a nation.He started the “New Deal” in which he implemented new government projects for the unemployed. He implemented bank regulations, he started unemployment compensation, repealed prohibition and established such programs as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Social Security.And by the end of his Presidency he was guiding the U.S. through World War II.The key to Roosevelt’s leadership was his unwavering optimism. People felt like he was on their side.2. Ronald Reagan. Ronald ReaganYou know why we are arguing about immigration and gun control? Because we are not fighting about nuclear holocaust.Reagan is the only President during my adult lifetime to make this list. Why? It wasn’t just because he was a dynamic leader and changed the complexion of our nation. It wasn’t because he reduced inflation from 12.5 to 4.4 percent, and the country had an annual growth rate during his Presidency of 3.4 percent. Or the fact he changed America’s view on how she sees herself, or that he left office with a 69 percent approval rating. Or that he could get along with his political adversaries, something no one wants to do these days.Reagan finishes No. 2 on my list because he ended the Cold War. He built up the military, escalated the arms race, while shouting “Mr. Gorbachev tear down this wall!” while being in Berlin. The Communist party collapsed and the Berlin Wall fell thereafter.Oh, Ronnie had his issues. Iran-Contra affair was a little troubling, although to this day I’m not thinking it is was the scandal it was built up to be. Few can deny Alzheimer’s Disease was starting to progress during his second term.But Reagan seems to have been our last great President, who rose to the dignity of the office, and commanded the stage.1. Abraham Lincoln. Abraham LincolnWell, duh.There’s this little thing called the U.S. Civil War we fought. He preserved our nation from splitting into two. All the awhile he eliminated slavery which is without a doubt the single worst blight in our history. Lincoln also delivered the Gettysburg Address – one helluva speech. And perhaps his greatest accomplishment was getting everyone on the same page – except the south that is.Lincoln was an adept politician. I highly suggest you read Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book: A Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln which details how Abe was able to rise to power using keen intelligence and bold political skills. His genius was that he evolved with the times and the people he was with. He never sought to end slavery when he was first elected President, but he evolved into doing so.That is what leadership is. It’s about adapting to your enemies while keeping your friends. It’s about bringing about compromise with personal sacrifice and determination. It’s about doing what is right for this country.I’m not sure we have that in a leader today. I know the two running for President seem to lack any of those qualities.But America ever so often will get a good one like these 10 Presidents who in my opinion were the best of their times.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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CDC: Antibody Tests Wrong up to Half the Time

first_imgAtlanta, GA — The CDC is reporting that COVID-19 antibody tests are wrong up to half of the time.The agency made the revelation on its website saying the results from those tests should not be used to determine if a person can go back to work or to be allowed in a group setting. The CDC is also urging medical professionals to use the most error-free test that is available to them and added it might be necessary to test patients twice.Where to get an antibody test locally here.last_img

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