University Hall rearranged, College expands some offices

first_imgMany University Hall offices were relocated this summer as part of an effort by Harvard College and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) to better meet the needs of students and faculty. These changes occur as plans take shape for the College to open additional offices in Holyoke Center.The College will renovate the fourth floor of Holyoke Center in the coming year, opening a suite of offices to serve undergraduates starting in the fall semester of 2009. Most College offices with limited student interaction will remain in University Hall.“The administrative structure of both FAS and the College has evolved substantially,” says FAS Dean Michael D. Smith. “In particular, several College offices that have expanded to better serve our students are now confined to spaces that no longer meet their needs.”One such group, the Office for International Programs (OIP), will move temporarily from University Hall to more spacious quarters at 2 Arrow St., relocating to the new student services center in Holyoke Center when construction is complete next summer. The number of students advised and supported by OIP in various ventures abroad has grown enormously in the past several years: Study abroad for Harvard degree credit has increased fourfold in recent years, from 160 students in 2001-02 to 640 students in 2007-08.“The OIP has grown by leaps and bounds, and we want to make sure they have the room they need to assist the increasing numbers of our students who elect to study abroad,” says College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds. “I am very excited that in a year’s time we will be able to offer our students a single convenient location in Holyoke Center with one-stop access to the OIP and other College offices.”Hammonds will spend the coming year weighing which other College services might logically join the OIP in Holyoke Center.As part of the current moves within University Hall, staff of the Office of Residential Life, the Office of Student Activities, the Harvard Foundation, and the Advising Programs Office — also greatly expanded in recent years — will be grouped on the lowest two levels of University Hall. Students will gain improved access to the Office of Student Activities, which will move into the space vacated by the OIP.The College’s Office for Administration and Finance will move to 1414 Massachusetts Ave., alongside the FAS Financial Office. This move, in turn, will prompt the Office of Career Services’ On-Campus Recruiting Program, currently at 1414 Massachusetts Ave., to return to 1033 Massachusetts Ave., where recruiting offices were located for several years earlier in this decade.The new configuration of offices in University Hall is intended to facilitate interactions between the College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, FAS academic deans, and administrative offices.In recent months Smith has also reshaped the FAS’s Office of Faculty Affairs (formerly the Office of Academic Affairs) and has recast the role of the dean for administration and finance with the hiring of Brett Sweet. The reallocation of space in University Hall reflects the new priority assigned to these functions within the FAS leadership team.last_img read more

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Egypt, France conduct naval drills in Mediterranean and Red Seas

first_imgEgypt signs military deal with France Will France help to combat terrorism in Egypt? Egyptian and French naval forces carried out joint military drills across the Mediterranean Sea on Sunday, the Egyptian military spokesman said in a statement.“The training included implementation of several activities of sailing formations day and night, which showed the power of the participating maritime units in taking its positions fast and accurately,” the spokesperson of the armed force, Tamer el-Refaie, said.The naval exercises also included the implementation of a realistic scenario of meeting the challenges facing maritime security, combating terrorism and protecting vital maritime targets such as gas and oil platforms against typical threats, it added.“In light of boosting special ties, enhancing cooperation and exchange of experiences between the Egyptian armed forces and its partners from friendly countries, elements from the Egyptian and French navies have conducted exercises with French Courbet and several Egyptian pieces,” the statement added.Egypt regularly holds military exercises with Arab, African and Western states to boost military collaboration and exchange military expertise.In early November, Egyptian and French naval forces carried out joint military drills across the Mediterranean Sea. Egypt also started the “Arab Shield 1” joint drills with forces from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait and Jordan at Egypt’s Mohamed Naguib military base in the Mediterranean province of Matrouh, the largest base in the Middle East and Africa.Relatedcenter_img Egypt retrieves Pharaonic stone tablet from Francelast_img read more

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Men’s college basketball: Late surge lifts Nicholls over Northwestern State

first_imgNATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State fought back from a 10-point deficit to grab a lead midway through the second half, but Nicholls finished stronger and recorded a 78-72 win Wednesday night in the Southland Conference basketball opener for both teams at Prather Coliseum. “We didn’t rebound like we needed to down the stretch. We did some good things. Our pressure defense created some problems. Vonte Ott, Brandon Hutton, Malik Metoyer, Brian White and whoever we had in the post with them created havoc, but we didn’t get enough points out of that,” said McConathy. Doug Ireland The Demons missed four shots, three of them behind the 3-point arc, and had a turnover in a minute-long stretch as the Colonels secured the win. Ishmael Lane led the Demons with 14 points and nine rebounds. Jacob Guest nailed four 3-pointers for a  career-high 12 points while freshman point guard Brian White, playing in only his third collegiate game, scored 10 and had three assists with no turnovers in 28 minutes. NSU sank 15 of 18 first-half free throws to offset 29 percent overall shooting, but got to the free throw line only five times afterward. Nicholls, after just six first-half free throw tries, sank 13 of 16 in the final 20 minutes to hold off the Demons. “Our intensity level was a lot, lot better than it has been recently,” said McConathy. “We’re knocking on the door, but didn’t take advantage. Maybe we were pressing too hard, wanting to win so badly, and it didn’t pan out. We’ll hopefully learn from this and be better here on Saturday.” Brandon Moore had a double-double for the visitors with 16 points and a game-best 13 rebounds. Jeremiah Johnson scored 11. Nicholls, winning its third straight, got a game-high 24 points from Gavin Peppers, who bombed in 5 of 9 on 3-pointers. He scored 19 by halftime as the Colonels led 43-38 after being up 39-29 on one of his treys. Northwestern State Assistant Athletic Director/Media Relations “We’re not yet in the position of being confident and comfortable about what we need to do down the stretch,” said NSU coach Mike McConathy, whose team lost for the first time in four games. “Brandon Moore did an unbelievable job for Nicholls, just wore us out. He kept them in the game when we had a chance to stretch it out,” said McConathy. “They did a really nice job of taking advantage of what they had and they made baskets down the stretch with the game on the line. Each team had 41 rebounds and 11 turnovers. Nicholls shot 43 percent overall to 38 percent for NSU. The Colonels (8-6) hit four straight shots to overtake the Demons (5-9) and never trailed in the final 5:13 on the strength of a decisive 11-2 run. Northwestern closed within 71-69 with 1:22 remaining on Malik Metoyer’s driving dunk, but the visitors scored seven unanswered to prevail. The Demons play at home Saturday at 3 against McNeese, which opened league play with a victory at Incarnate Word to go to 5-9 overall. The women’s teams will begin Saturday’s doubleheader with a 1 p.m. contest at Prather Coliseum.Top Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

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Opinion Im not a freak Im just an ordinary decent transvestite

first_imgYOU MAY HAVE seen me at a night club in a miniskirt dancing the night away. But that’s not the whole story – I also don’t wear a miniskirt, hate night clubs and prefer to dress down and mingle unnoticed (hopefully) in public. I also lock myself in a room where no one ever sees me.You see, each “me” is different. Who am I? I’m a transvestite or cross-dresser.Why do I cross-dress? I do it because it’s part of me, it’s who I am, and it’s my gender identity. I’m transgender but don’t need to transition. However, if I don’t live some of my life in my alter ego, I can’t function properly. It is not a fetish, a whim or a lifestyle choice, it is a need.Laughed at and bulliedMy life can be difficult. My wife or family probably don’t know about me. Oh yes, I forgot to say, I’m more than likely heterosexual and married or in a relationship. Living with a secret is not easy, it’s very stressful and affects my health. When I’m found out it is likely to cause my relationship to fall apart. Even when my wife and family are supportive I still have to sneak around because the neighbours don’t know.I suffer from self-loathing because I have been taught from childhood that people like me are freaks. There is a good reason why I am likely to be seen in night clubs rather than, for instance, the supermarket. Darkness is my friend, it’s harder to see me at night.Of course I have more sinister problems. I am the butt of jokes, laughed at and bullied – and while society usually abhors bullying, I appear to be an exception. I suffer from verbal and physical violence. Newspapers misrepresent me, they present me as a freak, a pervert or anything sensational that they think will sell papers. On television and film I’m most likely portrayed as a sex worker or a criminal. Sadly, even journalists who support the transgender community seem to have a blind spot when it comes to me.My silence is not an excuse to dehumanise meI suppose I would not have written this article but for a comment contained in an article highlighting the scourge of transphobia. It was a very good article and very supportive of the transgender community, however, it was let down by the following line: “Much of their suffering stems from the caricatures that have developed of trans people as nothing more than cross-dressers”. It dawned on me that this journalist is not alone in her ignorance. Indeed this view is even shared by some transgender people.While gay people are winning their battle for rights and transgender recognition will soon be a reality, I am at best standing still or more likely I am drifting backwards. I suppose I’m partly to blame because my paranoia about being outed prevents me from sticking my head above the parapet. However, my silence is not an excuse to dehumanise me. I resent being thought of as “nothing more than (a) cross-dresser” and it’s ridiculous to suggest that I should disappear in case someone is mistaken for me.I’m not a freakAll I ask is that you, the reader, take a fresh look at me.To the trans* person who thinks I’m not trans* enough and thinks that I am an impediment to their hopes of being taken seriously, I say: I am different to you but not inferior. I actively support your absolute right to be yourself, please respect mine. Instead of fighting with me we should work together to fight against the ignorance, prejudice and violence which affects us all.To the journalists, I say: when you write about me do so honestly, don’t continue with the same tired obscene drivel which many in your profession continue to write.And to the rest of society, I say: don’t judge me but let me get on with my life. I’ve never done anyone harm by being who I am.I’m not asking for much, just right to live as I need to. Then maybe I won’t need to hide in a room or go out in the dark or live in fear of being caught.I’m not a freak. I’m just an ordinary, decent transvestite.Daniela is a transvestite who lives in Dublin with her supportive wife and family.If you would like additional information on transgender and transvestite issues, contact TENI.last_img read more

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