26 immortal portals

first_imgWhat has 26 doors, hundreds of spears, dozens of flowers, a few pineapples, and one pelican?That would be the fence encircling Harvard Yard. You get extra credit for knowing a few relevant numbers: that this wrought iron, brick, and stone enclosure, complete with its spearlike palings, is seven-tenths of a mile long, 9 feet high (on average), and marks the boundary of a historic 22.42 acres.Most visually striking are the fence’s 26 gates, the ornate and historic portals often graced with filigrees of wrought iron flowers, intricate friezes, and imposing, impenetrable Latin inscriptions.The pelican — once a well-understood symbol of Christian self-sacrifice — appears on the Meyer Gate, donated by the Class of 1879. The same structure also has the Yard’s only motto in German: “Furchtlos und Treu,” or “Fearless and True.”“Fearless and true” describes the nine students and three instructors who spent Jan. 18-25 investigating the Yard’s gates. They were fearless in pouring a week of vacation into an investigation of mysteries and meanings. And they were true to the spirit of journalistic inquiry. They wondered: What are the gates made of? When were they built? Who paid for them? What architectural styles do they represent? What do they say about Harvard’s sense of self?Research, write, observe“Rate the Gates,” a foray into journalism, was one of four January Arts Intensives sponsored by Harvard’s Arts @ 29 Garden. (The others explored architecture, dance, and theater.) Students of the gates had to practice the skills required of an arts critic. To prepare two essays apiece on the gates, they had to research (go deep and fast), write (be compelling and accurate), and observe (be unblinking, but quirky too).At noon on one frigid day, to practice observation, the students fanned out to their assigned gates to count pedestrian traffic. Pad in hand, neurobiology concentrator Rachel Wehr ’14 stood by Meyer Gate at the northern edge of the Yard.“It’s really interesting,” she said of the imposing three-entry portal. “People don’t know its name any more. They just call it the gate to the Science Center.”Wehr, whose secondary field is archaeology, is more primed than most to learn a little history. For the past two years, she has been the fifer whose piping music led processions during Commencement, occasions that impressed her with how far back Harvard traditions go. “I sit through a lot of spectacle,” she said, “and I hear a lot about the gates.”During her 30 minutes at Meyer Gate, Wehr counted 103 pedestrians and two dogs. The total count at 15 gates was 1,651, pretty impressive for a freezing day between semesters.“Rate the Gates” included six undergraduates, two graduate students (one an architect), and one Harvard neighbor.Gokcan Demirkazik ’14 — call him “Gojo” — came to class with an interest in microarchitecture, which sometimes refers to scaled-down structures without roofs. “I thought of gates as small buildings,” he said, “not just thresholds.”Rebecca J. “Becca” Mazur ’15 grew up in Cambridge and knows that the entries are more than historical. “They’re very much community pathways,” she said. Mazur added a pet peeve: the locked gates. (There are nine, shut for security reasons or because they are blocked by later construction.)“This gate should be open” was the subtitle of an essay by Lily Sugrue ’16, who wrote about the Class of 1870 Gate. It’s near the shuttered front door of Holden Chapel along Massachusetts Avenue. She called the portal “an extraordinary confection” (look for the wrought iron pineapples) and the doorway into Harvard’s “secret garden.”Aleksandra Ola Topczewska ’15 called the gates “snapshots of Harvard history,” though a lot of that history “is lost in the collective memory of Harvard students.” She studied the Class of 1874 Gate (1901), which has been locked since Lionel Hall was built a few feet away in 1926. Brick and iron, she wrote, make “no guarantee of immortality.”The experts chime in“The gates are about power and control,” said Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin, though they are also portals onto deep history, and miniature representations of how architecture is done.He was one of three seasoned journalists, all Nieman Fellows this year, who led the way. They provided tutorials on finding facts, gathering impressions, telling stories, and taking pictures. Like the Magi, each one arrived bearing a different gift.Kamin, winner of a 1999 Pulitzer Prize, brought to class more than 20 years of experience writing about the arts. During his year away from his job, he is researching the architecture of Amherst College, his alma mater. The class provided Kamin with a bonus on that score. Charles F. McKim, whose work is prominent at Amherst, designed many of the Harvard gates.McKim also set a common aesthetic tone for the enclosure. Before his unifying architectural touch in the late 19th century, said Kamin, “the Yard was such a crazy quilt.”Freelance science writer Jeneen Interlandi brought to class her genius for long-form journalism, honed during assignments for the New York Times Magazine, Scientific American, and Newsweek. Curiosity is a journalist’s weapon of mass instruction, and it led her to the gates. After a fall tour of the Yard with Kamin, she said, “I realized architecture is a whole new language.”Finnbar O’Reilly, the prize-winning chief photographer for Reuters in West and Central Africa, brought his gift for making pictures. He is no stranger to gates, having once made a study of doorways during combat assignments in Afghanistan.The course packet for the Arts Intensive included essays by the three journalists, who distilled onto one page the lessons they wanted to convey.Kamin wrote that the key to writing art criticism with authority is a grasp of facts. In class and in the essay he repeated an old newsroom dictum about accuracy: “If your mother says she loves you, check it out.”Style matters too, said Kamin, who many times urged the students not to write like academics, but like storytellers thrilled to impart something new. “We don’t want you to write art history,” he said in an early class. “We want you to write vivid journalism.”Interlandi agreed, urging students to find the offbeat stories and hidden narratives behind each gate. In her essay, she offered two fundamentals of good writing: Cut out extra words, and “Slay your beauties.” That is: Cut out sentences you love if they don’t contribute to the narrative. Editing is cutting; cutting is bettering.In his essay, O’Reilly wrote that photography is “about looking, thinking, seeing. There’s generally much more going on around us than we tend to notice.”On the second day of class, a Saturday, he gave the students a one-hour primer on photojournalism, touching on balance, framing, simplicity, the rule of thirds, and the power of lines. “The gates are our visual entity,” he said of the week’s assignment. The challenge would be to make these static and familiar objects resonate anew.Most of the students did their shooting on iPhones, a medium O’Reilly has experimented with in the field. “It really isn’t about the equipment you carry around with you,” he said of good photography. “It’s about how you look at things.”Grasping a specialized languageThe course pack also detailed historical essays and an eight-page glossary of pertinent architectural terms. Don’t sweat the exact details, said Kamin, but realize that arts reporting requires grasping a specialized language, then translating it into plain English.Illustrated essays on the gates were posted on a class Web site, and Kamin is exploring how to turn them into a book.The class learned that the gates look older than they are. During a tour on the second day, Kathy Ran ’13, who soon became the class expert on the 1901 McKean (Porcellian Club) Gate, stood behind Johnston Gate trying to guess its age. Maybe 300 years? She was off by a couple of centuries.The College is close to 400 years old, but most of the present entrances to its famous Yard date from barely a century back. The oldest (and tallest) is Johnston Gate, which opened in 1889. Most of the others were finished by 1902. A few popped up in time for the 1936 tercentenary. The newest, dedicated in 1997, is, in historical terms, as fresh as flowers.Facts rule, said Kamin. “In an age when everybody has an opinion, one of the issues is: How does a critic assert authority?” One answer is fundamental, he said. “You dig.”The class spent three of seven sessions at the Harvard University Archives, the mother of all places to dig. Its 12 miles of shelf space contain the documentary grist of the University’s centuries.Staff experts Timothy Driscoll, Robin McElheny, and Barbara S. Meloni showed the students how to wrest research from primary materials. For the gates, that effort included photographs, presidential correspondence, alumni records, student publications, and old blueprints — still crisp — the size of tabletops. “Books,” said Meloni, “are the least of what we have.”Students and teachers also spent a lot of time at Arts @ 29 Garden, where two conference rooms started as seminar spaces for the class and ended as ad hoc newsrooms, complete with tension and deadlines.On the last day of class, Interlandi was in her element, peering hard at student stories on her laptop and conferring with the young writers. Kamin did the same. O’Reilly roamed to offer his advice (he started as a writer) and to critique photos.A visitor marveled at all the learning just one week could bring. O’Reilly looked up. “Wait ’til you read these essays,” he said.last_img read more

Culturalist Challenge! Rank the Best Patti LuPone Roles of All Time

first_img STEP 2—RANK: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “continue” button. Last week, we asked you to name the best song in The Last Five Years movie (we know, we’re so cruel). You guys voted “Still Hurting” as the clear winner! This week, in honor of Tony winner Patti LuPone’s forthcoming return to the New York stage in Shows For Days, we want you to rank her many notable theater, film and TV appearances. Yes, with Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, 30 Rock and Will and Grace on there, we know this is the toughest challenge yet. Broadway.com news reporter Ryan McPhee posted his list of top 10 picks here! Broadway.com is crazy about Culturalist, the awesome site that lets you choose and rank your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank—we’ll announce the most popular choices on the new episode of The Broadway.com Show every Wednesday. STEP 3—PREVIEW: You will now see your complete top 10 list. If you like it, click the “publish” button. (If you don’t have a Culturalist account yet, you will be asked to create one at this point.) Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results on the next episode of The Broadway.com Show!center_img Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list. STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and click the “continue” button. View Commentslast_img read more

38 Vermont towns will share $347,291 for planning projects

first_imgThe state has awarded nearly $350,000 in Municipal Planning Grants to thirty-eight communities across the state to help them plan for growth and development. Officials at the Vermont Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development announced the Municipal Planning Grants of up to $15,000, which can be used for a variety of planning projects. These grants support the planning activities that are at the heart of Vermont s Smart Growth strategy, said Tayt Brooks, Commissioner of the Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development. While the budget crisis has curtailed the amount available, these investments will help promote economic activity, community development and housing in our downtowns and village centers, while protecting Vermont s working landscape.The Municipal and Regional Planning Fund was first established in 1988 as a way to support municipal planning and development.  The program offers grants of up to $15,000 to help Vermont municipalities develop their town plans and to conduct special planning projects. Through a competitive process, 38 towns across the state were awarded funds for a diverse collection of planning projects.  A number of projects are planning activities to support updating town plans, maps and zoning bylaws. There are also projects relating to downtown and village revitalization, growth center planning and economic development planning efforts.As part of Governor Jim Douglas E-State Initiative, these grants are now applied for, approved, and administered completely on-line. This is how we are using technology to be more efficient in state government, Brooks said. Making the process of applying for and administering grants paperless makes the process faster, less costly, and less time-consuming for both the applicant and our staff.With no local matching funds required, this is one of the few state grant programs accessible to even the smallest of Vermont municipalities.  Communities have 18 months to complete their planning projects. For more about the Municipal Planning Grant site please visit:  www.dhca.state.vt.us/Planning/MPG.htm(link is external)Source: Economic Development. 6.2.2010. $26,153 GRANT AWARDS Northern Vermont Development AuthorityTown of BurkeTown Plan and Zoning Update$14,655 Town of ConcordZoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update$8,655 Town of DerbyMunicipal Plan Update$7,175 Town of GranbyZoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update$4,940 Total Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional CommissionTown of Bradford Zoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update$4,540Town of BarnardZoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update$2,825Town of Hartford Highway Specifications$9,650Town of PlymouthMunicipal Plan Update$2,545Town of Randolph Economic Development Plan$7,475Town of StraffordUnified Bylaws$11,425Town of TopshamMunicipal Plan Update$3,075Town of West Fairlee Municipal Plan Update$5,540Total $19,328 $38,774 Southern Windsor County Regional Planning CommissionTown of ChesterZoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update$10,150Town of LudlowMunicipal Plan Update$10,350Total Windham Regional CommissionTown of BrattleboroMunicipal Plan Update$15,000Town of GuilfordZoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw$5,000Town of PutneyMunicipal Plan Update$12,450Total Northwest Regional Planning CommissionCity of St. AlbansMunicipal Plan$15,000Town of North HeroZoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw$10,000Town of St. AlbansZoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update$15,000Total $32,450 Lamoille County Planning CommissionTown of BelvidereHistoric Schoolhouse Feasibility Study$6,721Town of Hyde ParkMunicipal Plan Update$12,740Town of JohnsonMunicipal Plan Update$2,325Total Chittenden County Regional Planning CommissionCity of BurlingtonMunicipal Plan Update$14,999Town of HinesburgGrowth Center Plan$15,000City of South BurlingtonZoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update$8,775Total $27,350center_img $47,075 $40,000 Central Vermont Regional Planning CommissionCity of BarreMunicipal Plan Update$15,000City of MontpelierZoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update$15,000Town of WaitsfieldOther$8,450Total  Bennington County Regional CommissionTown of BenningtonMunicipal Plan Update WT other$3,500Town of StamfordMunicipal Plan Update$7,428Town of WoodfordMunicipal Plan Update$8,400Total  $38,450 Addison County Regional Planning CommissionMunicipalityProject TypeOffered Town of BristolZoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update$12,350City of VergennesZoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update$15,000Total $35,425 Rutland Regional Planning CommissionCity of RutlandDowntown Traffic Study $15,000Town of KillingtonOfficial Map $1,870Town of Mount HollyAffordable Housing Studies $4,283Town of PoultneyMunicipal Plan Update $5,000Total $21,786 -30- Grand Total   $347,291 $20,500 last_img read more

The cooperative structure isn’t broken, credit union thought processes are

first_imgREI chief executive Jerry Stritzke came under fire from his own employees during a Reddit Q&A last week, with salespeople saying they’d repeatedly been punished for failing to sell enough co-op memberships. Stritzke, who has been with REI for two years, said it was possible the company had lost sight of the “bigger picture” in the rush to increase membership. “We should have a ‘pull’ model (people want to join because they believe in our mission and they love the experience), not a ‘push’ model when it comes to the co-op,” he said.I’m pretty sure you could replace REI with the name of one of many credit unions, and Stritzke with the CEO name of one of many credit unions and you would have the same story. Before I continue, this is not a “bashing” of large credit unions or anyone in general. It’s a truth that has become accepted as part of the new “sales culture” in most every credit union.Yes credit unions have expenses that need to be paid and growth to be had for the sake of survival, but let’s learn from Jerry Stritzke and the dilemma plaguing REI right now. What changes can you make that people WANT to join your financial cooperative because they believe in your mission (do you even have a compelling mission) and the experience (is it transactional or experiential?) continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Tour city park to see where the needs are

first_imgNow, with the restoration of A Diamond under way and work progressing on the Music Haven seating enhancement, I think some serious work should be done by the city to clean up the surrounding areas. For the past three or four years, I have noticed a huge degree of neglect on the part of the parks department to complete necessary and/or routine work, such as the removal of dead trees and stumps, coupled with a lack of cutting and trimming of low-hanging limbs and dead branches.I have a mental list of four or five dozen other projects that could/should be completed, including the clean-up and restoration of the casino, that will bring Central Park back to where it should be.I invite any elected city official, starting at the top, to take a one-hour walk with me in the park. I will point out everything that I believe should be done to accomplish that goal. Please let the clean-up start now so Central Park at least compares to Albany’s Washington Park, The Crossings in Colonie and all the parks in Niskayuna.I sincerely hope to find an interest from someone in the city of Schenectady.Paul McDonaldNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Niskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes I was born and raised in Schenectady and lived within a stone’s throw of Schenectady’s Central Park. In my youth, my friends and I spent play time there on a year-round basis. For the past 70-plus years, I have frequently visited the park and I know it very well. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Watch This Year’s Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

first_imgWatch This Year’s Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf Holidays,  The Blog,  Videos The Annual Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, arranged by the Department of General Services (DGS) in cooperation with various organizations, is always a highlight of the yuletide season in Central Pennsylvania.The Rotunda tree is Douglas Fir, standing 22-feet tall decorated with 800 LED lights and more than 500 ornaments hand-crafted and graciously donated by members of senior centers throughout Pennsylvania. The wooden toys and train displayed under the Rotunda tree were handcrafted many years ago by the talented DGS employees of the Carpentry Shop and Sign Shop.Each holiday season, electricians, carpenters and groundskeepers, and DGS employees, decorate the tree, rotunda, and other areas around the capitol. We want to thank everyone involved for making our Capitol a bright and cheery place this holiday season.Take a look at this year’s Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony: HOLIDAYS SHARE TWEET SHARE Email Facebook Twitter December 09, 2016last_img read more

Townsville leads the way in affordable housing

first_imgA TOWNSVILLE development is dispelling the myth that home ownership is no longer affordable.The Village in Oonoonba fought off competition from four national finalists to take home the coveted Gough Recruitment Award for Best Affordable Housing Development.In doing so, the State Government-led development has set a national example that affordable housing is achievable.Property Council of Australia chief executive Ken Morrison said the award recognised the developer’s commitment to put inner-city home ownership back within the reach of Townsville residents.The Village in Oonoonba has been named Best Affordable Housing Development in Australia.“The Village offers a diverse range of high quality housing options — from affordable terraces to waterfront homes. This mix of housing caters to a wide demographic and creates a liveable and vibrant community,” Morrison said.Owned by Economic Development Queensland, The Village is just 3.5km from the centre of Townsville and will eventually be home to around 1000 ­families.Townsville property agent Mark Pritchard is among those to call The Village home, drawn to the area by its affordability and community feel.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“A lot of the homes sit on small blocks, around 400sq m which is how they keep it affordable and low maintenance,” he said. “It’s a great concept bigger cities could certainly benefit from.“(But) it’s not just the affordability factor that makes The Village a great place to live. It’s a great community with people from all walks of life.”Award sponsor and Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation director Chris Marais said increasing affordability concerns in Townsville meant many buyers had been priced out of the market.“As lots range from 70sq m up to 700sq m, EDQ was able to offer a greater variety of dwelling size and price points,” he said.“And a massive 78 per cent of all residential dwellings are priced at or below the median house price in Townsville — which far exceeds the 50 per cent target set by EDQ.”last_img read more

L’Express Resumes Service Solely Between French Territories

first_imgBusinessLifestyleLocalNewsRegional L’Express Resumes Service Solely Between French Territories by: – June 11, 2020 L’Express des Iles has announced that ferry services have resumed albeit between Guadeloupe and Martinique.The vessels will be ferry passengers non-stop between Guadeloupe and Martinique and will likely be seen passing on the west coast of the island as it travels from Guadeloupe in the north directly to Martinique, south of Dominica.L’Express says that until Dominica and France reopen borders, the ferry will not be transporting passengers between Dominica and the two French territories. 527 Views   one comment Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Sharelast_img read more

Dominica comes alive with a summer of exciting cricket

first_img Share 27 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img NewsSports Dominica comes alive with a summer of exciting cricket by: – May 25, 2011 Tweet Photo credit: theoriginsofcricket.comCricket fans in Dominica are set for a summer of sub-regional and international cricket when the island hosts the Winlott T20 Windward Island Tournament from May 26 to 29, and then the 3rd Digicel test match with West Indies and World Champions, India, July 6-10, both at the Windsor Park Stadium.The Winlott T20 Tournament pits the best T20 Windward Island cricketers against each other for supremacy in the format of the game that has taken the world by storm. Dominica, the current Windward champions will hope to defend its crown on home soil boasting a team of a number of exciting young cricketers and some experienced hands. Players like West Indies under-19 star, Kavem Hodge, Tyronne Theophille, Sam Mitchel, and Kevin James join ranks with veterans like West Indies off-spinner Shane Shillingford and Liam Sebastien to provide a solid team for the host.The tournament should come alive with the power and special talents of players such as West Indies pros, Grenadians Devon Smith, Andre Fletcher and Nelon Pascal, St. Lucian stars like West Indies captain, Darren Sammy, and team mate, Gary Mathurin, along with the hard-hitting Vincentian Star, wicket- keeper/batsman, Lyndon James.The summer activity peaks when Dominica hosts its first test match at the Windsor Park, from July 6-10 for the 3rd Digicel Test Match of the West Indies versus India 2011 Series. The Windsor Park will become the 105th test venue in the world and will provide the backdrop for matching the skills of a young West Indies team against the world champions.Cricket fans and cricket lovers will find the Dominica experience extraordinary as they will encounter an island steeped in cricket tradition and residents with a deep love for the game. The games are organized to give local and visiting patrons an opportunity to sample the sweet taste of calypso cricket and the amazing wonders of the Nature Island.Since 2009, the Windsor Park has hosted cricket matches involving the West Indies and visiting international teams.  The modern and spanking new stadium hosted the Bangladesh and South Africa national teams for ODI’s in 2009 and 2010, respectively, attracting large crowds of passionate local and regional cricket lovers and history is about to be set with the upcoming 1st Test.Press ReleaseDominica Cricket Associationlast_img read more

Ex-athletics chief Diack’s corruption trial starts

first_imgLamine Diack, the former head of athletics’ world governing body, went on trial in France on Monday facing a potential 10-year prison sentence on charges of accepting millions of dollars to cover up Russian doping tests. Lamine Diack (R) arrived at a Paris court on Monday The 87-year-old Senegalese, who was in charge of the International Association of Athletics Federations, now renamed World Athletics, between 1999 and 2015, arrived at Paris court at 9:30 am (0730 GMT). Diack is charged with “giving and receiving bribes”, “breach of trust” and “organised money laundering”.Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Topcenter_img “I have very poor hearing… A very complicated state of health… But I’m here,” Diack said. Read Also: Lionel Messi passed fit for La Liga restart The prosecution alleges that Diack obtained $1.5 million of Russian funds to help back Macky Sall’s campaign for the 2012 Senegal presidential election – which he won – in exchange for the IAAF’s anti-doping arm covering up or delaying offences by 23 Russians. The aim, prosecutors will say, was to allow the Russian athletes to compete in the 2012 London Olympics and the 2013 World Athletics Championships in Moscow. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more