Blessings from afar

first_imgSocial distancing in the age of coronavirus means improvisation, and members of the Harvard community are nothing if not creative. Over the past several weeks students, faculty, and staff have found innovative ways to mark some of the holiest days in the Jewish and Christian calendars remotely, including Passover seders and Holy Week services.Harvard Divinity SchoolAt Harvard Divinity School (HDS), two students have pulled together a virtual Passover seder set for Monday. The online meal will be open to anyone regardless of faith and will blend tradition with invention.“We’re working on a Haggadah that can be shared virtually so that everyone will be able to go through it together, and within the Haggadah we’ve assigned specific parts to members of the Jewish Student Association, areas where they can share a quote, poem, or thought around that particular element of the seder,” Molly Silverstein wrote in an email, describing their approach to the Jewish text read during the ritual meal.To keep the community feel, she and co-organizer Rachel Leiken will ask attendees to “read parts of the Haggadah aloud and share how they may be relating to the story and themes of Passover, such as moving from the narrowness of bondage to the spaciousness of freedom, all themes that are especially relevant right now,” wrote Silverstein.Creative cuisine will be integral to the seder menu, as many will be limited in the kinds of food they may be able to buy, said the organizers, who also plan to have people break into traditional Jewish study pairs to discuss elements of the seder and show a film clip, possibly from “A Rugrats Passover,” “to break up the service and hopefully make things feel light and fun,” Silverstein said. In “A Rugrats Passover,” Tommy Pickles parts the Red Sea as Moses. Credit: NickelodianFor the past several weeks Harvard Divinity School student Flora Tang, M.T.S. ’20, has been helping organize online daily and Sunday worship services. Coordinating the more involved liturgies in the lead-up to Easter has been a challenge. They weren’t able to incorporate a procession into the Palm Sunday service that marked the beginning of Holy Week and the end of Lent, but when it came to carrying palm branches to signify those placed in the path of Jesus as he entered Jerusalem, they MacGyver-ed a solution.“We invited everyone to bring a branch from outside, a flower, leaf, or houseplant, and we did a blessing over leaves and greenery via Zoom,” said Tang.As the weeks have passed, Tang said she has been increasingly impressed with how creative her community has been in adapting to the new normal. She even wrote a 20-second prayer about coronavirus in keeping with the recommended length of time for hand-washing. Bonding over Zoom, she said, has helped people cope.“Easter is a hard season this year because it’s a season of hope and joy, and it’s hard to see that when we’re in isolation,” said Tang “Celebrating doesn’t change the realities of this world,” she added, but it “makes me search harder for that hope and joy.”Memorial ChurchAs it has for the past several weeks, Memorial Church has been holding services while its doors remain closed. Instead of gathering in person, worshipers of any faith are encouraged to tune in to the weekly Sunday services at the church on WHRB at 95.3 FM or log in to the church’s Soundcloud account.In keeping with the governor’s directive to stay put and guidance from the University, members of the church’s clergy and Music Department have been recording themselves at home from around Greater Boston and sending their digital clips to a church staff member who edits the pieces of the service together into a file that can be played on the Harvard station.On Thursday, the church will offer a Maundy Thursday service through Zoom. The Good Friday service will be on the church’s Soundcloud account, and Easter Sunday service on April 12 at 11 a.m. will be broadcast on WHRB and made available on Soundcloud later in the week.,Stephanie Paulsell, interim Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church and the Susan Shallcross Swartz Professor of the Practice of Christian Studies at HDS, will deliver the Easter sermon. In the early days of the pandemic, Paulsell was still celebrating Sunday services in the church without a congregation and only a handful of other clergy and singers standing at least six feet apart, but soon even that was deemed too risky by the University. Her first efforts to record a sermon at home took place under a blanket as she tried to limit the echoes she got while speaking into her phone. An external mic, sent to her by a student, has helped smooth out the process, she said.Recording her sermons has given Paulsell “respect for people who are on the radio or who have podcasts, and all the things that they can do with their voice alone,” she said. It has also deepened her sense of the importance of community. “It’s critical that we stay connected during this difficult time, and being able to keep offering services to our community has been vital.”Paulsell said her Easter sermon will likely touch on the concept of pilgrimage, the theme the church has embraced during the 2019‒20 academic term. “That is what we have been thinking about all year, and that’s taken on a new significance now.” “It’s critical that we stay connected during this difficult time, and being able to keep offering services to our community has been vital.” — Stephanie Paulsell Ed Jones can’t conduct the Harvard University Choir, now scattered around the country, but the Gund University Organist and choirmaster is staying connected with its members by hosting a virtual tea time twice a week.For the church’s online and radio services Jones has kept the music alive, incorporating tracks of music the choir previously recorded in the church and recording himself singing the hymns. And while he may not be able to play either of the church’s two organs, he can accompany himself on the piano, once owned by Peter Gomes, the much beloved, late Plummer Professor of Christian Morals at Harvard Divinity School and Pusey Minister at Harvard’s Memorial Church.“It’s not the ideal situation,” said Jones, but using Gomes’ instrument “has a lot of memory value to me and to the congregation.”Harvard HillelHarvard Hillel, a center for Jewish life for College students and members of the community, has been keeping people connected online through a range of programming, events, and even a virtual dining hall where anyone from the College community can join to share a meal, but they will have to insert/create their own treats to stand in for those typically offered by their beloved Chef Jack, its website states.For Passover, Hillel rabbis will lead interactive seders online during the week, as well as a discussion on Thursday that will offer those hosting their own seders at home helpful tips and suggestions. Turning Harvard virtual The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. How the information technology staff moved classes and operations online on a tight, coronavirus-threatened deadline From a care of souls to the care of bodiescenter_img Kevin Cranston took his M.Div. degree to the Bureau of Public Health Related Efforts across the University aim to reassure, entertain, connect Bringing (virtual) normalcy to the communitylast_img read more

Woman injured by police during Floyd unrest settles lawsuit

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The city of Minneapolis has settled the first lawsuit by a demonstrator injured by a police projectile in violent protests that followed the death of George Floyd. Twenty-two-year-old Graciela Cisneros will receive a payment of $57,900 for injuries to her face when a police officer fired a non-lethal round at her May 29 as she walked home from a demonstration. Cisneros’ cheekbone was broken and her injury required stitches. She was not arrested. Major civil unrest followed the May 25 death of Floyd, a Black man, at the hands of Minneapolis police. Four officers have been charged in his death, including Derek Chauvin, who is white and who knelt on his neck while he was handcuffed in the street.last_img

New deal for Senderos

first_img Senderos arrived from Arsenal in 2010 and has gone on to make almost 50 appearances for the Cottagers. The Swiss centre-back was due to leave the Barclays Premier League club but has now decided to remain until the summer of 2014. Senderos struggled to make Martin Jol’s team at the beginning of the season, but he has dislodged Aaron Hughes from the XI of late, starting the last four matches. “I’m delighted to extend my stay with the club by a further year,” Senderos told Fulham’s website. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at Fulham so far and I love playing for this club. “I’m relishing playing first-team football and I’m confident that we can continue our recent good form and end the season strongly. A top-10 finish is certainly achievable.” Manager Jol will now hope that star centre-back Brede Hangeland follows Senderos’ lead and commits his future to the club. Philippe Senderos has committed his future to Fulham by signing a one-year contract extension.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Zak: 2013 at Camp Randall will have different feel

first_imgStudents are about to peace out for the summer. Of the 40,000-plus that currently call themselves Badgers, a healthy amount will graduate or go home or head overseas or mosey on back to the kitchen of their local pizza parlor. Of the group, nearly everyone has a summer destination.A large section of campus is leaving to do non-academic things (thank goodness — it’s been a long year) but it’s inevitable that the same large section will come crawling back to campus just a few months after departing. It’s a beautiful thing, too.In August, the veterans of UW will undoubtedly find their campus remarkably warm and sweating with newness from a few thousand unaccustomed, baby-faced freshmen. Those freshmen will likely be begging for booze and the slightest sign of an invitation to a house party. They’ll also be waiting for their first chance to Jump Around, do the wave, toss profanity back and forth and get goosebumps while U2 sings. That comes Aug. 31. It’s only 115 days away.It’ll be memorable for all the incoming students, which depends a little on their alcohol intake that Saturday. The same thing goes for the rest of the season; only this season likely won’t be nearly as great as that of any of us veterans, the students who have already experienced a season between sections J and P at Camp Randall.The 2013 season is sure to be unlike any other, which goes without saying. In his first stint, head coach Gary Andersen will do his best to maintain the many traditions of Wisconsin football. But a new pair of shoes will always make you walk a little differently, at least until they’re broken in.Unfortunately for next year’s crop of incoming students, the new shoes will be broken in without a home night game. This realization came through a series of announcements, one last week from the ESPN and ABC conglomeration and one this week from the Big Ten Network.Last Monday, ESPN announced that UW’s only game to find prime time on its network would come at Ohio State, roughly 500 miles from the Wisconsin campus. The Big Ten Network followed up Monday, announcing Wisconsin’s only night game to air on its network will be the bout at Illinois, just 250 miles through the long state to our south.So Camp Randall won’t host a night game in 2013, and it’s too bad. Some of the very best moments known to the Wisconsin venue have come at night games. There’s something weird about how the sun going down brings the vivacity up.A few years back, the Badgers toppled an undefeated and top-ranked Ohio State team in a moment that even sobered up the kids blacked out from too much Bacardi. ESPN opened its telecast, the city of Madison lit up from the ambiance of its stadium centerpiece and former wide receiver David Gilreath brought Camp Randall to a sound level once thought unimaginable. The game ended, but the night never seemed to.Less than a year later, Wisconsin opened the season for the rest of the nation as UNLV traveled to Madison. One of those incoming students I’ve referred to was playing quarterback. His name was Russell Wilson, igniting excitement around a Wisconsin team that actually began to seem legitimate.A few weeks later, the Badgers opened their door to Big Ten newbie Nebraska and then shut them down forcibly with a 48-17 thrashing of the bewildered Cornhuskers. That was another night that never seemed to end as cardinal and white poured out of the stadium into its surrounding locales.Unfortunately, the only reason to use the lights at Camp Randall in 2013 will come at the outset of a 2:30 p.m. game that simply goes too long. And even then, that might not be as great as similar games of the past. The Badgers’ home schedule in 2013 is very much less than fantastic.  Badger football has plenty of great things, but Badger football matched up against a quality opponent has plenty more. In 2013, Wisconsin gets the pleasure of hosting Massachusetts, Tennessee Tech and Brigham Young in the nonconference slate. Barnstorming excitement there. On the conference side, UW will entertain the heinous grouping of Purdue, Northwestern, Indiana and Penn State. Riveting. Camp Randall will never frown, but it may take more for it to smile this season.Although 2012 witnessed a pair of heartbreaking overtime losses to the darned Spartans and Buckeyes, having fans on the edge of their concrete-sustained seats is a much better scenario than fans climbing that concrete in exiting form after House of Pain shouts through the loudspeakers.Alas, don’t fret too much. In the end, night games provide just a sliver of the fun known at 1440 Monroe St. throughout the fall.You might be able to take the prime time away from Camp Randall, but you’ll never be able to take Camp Randall away from a prime time. That’s what every single Saturday is.Sean Zak is a junior studying journalism and communication arts. Does a schedule without a night game concern you? Let him know at [email protected] or on Twitter @sean_zak.last_img read more

Men’s tennis: Badgers look to continue hot start on the road

first_imgUniversity of Wisconsin men’s tennis is not done with their hot start to the season.The No. 30 Badgers (13-1 overall, 3-0 Big Ten) are winners of seven-straight games — the last three coming against ranked opponents — ahead of their match against No. 14 Northwestern (17-2 overall, 3-0 Big Ten). A win over the Wildcats would be the team’s first victory over a top-20 opponent since 2010 when they defeated No. 13 Illinois 4-1, but it will not be easy.The Badgers will need to travel to Evanston, where Northwestern has remained unbeaten in 13-straight matches dating back to last season. In the Wildcats’ nine home games this season, they’ve only dropped nine total points.Northwestern is led by two top-50 singles players, No. 13 Konrad Zieba (10-4) and No. 42 Sam Shropshire (8-4), and No. 97 Strong Kirchheimer (15-1) at the first, second and third singles spots. The three haven’t kept a consistent lineup and are likely to be switched around as head coach Arvid Swan sees fit.But the Badgers and Wildcats each faced TCU earlier on the season, which could give some insight as to what individual matches will look like on Saturday. Zieba is likely to face off against Josef Dodridge (9-3) at first singles in a quicker paced match, followed by Shropshire vs. Alexander Kokorev (6-7) at second singles and capped by Kirchheimer vs. Lamar Remy (9-4).Last time outWisconsin had a packed weekend coming off spring break, during which team handled No. 56 Iowa in a 4-1 win Friday, but had to fight back to defeat No. 71 Nebraska 4-3 Sunday.The Badgers dropped the opening doubles point against the Cornhuskers and quickly found themselves down 3 to 1 in the match after Dodridge and Kokorev fell in their matches. Remy won in three sets in the third spot, followed by Osgar O’Hoisin and Chema Carranza to tie the match at three.With all eyes on the final match, John Zordani defeated his opponent in three sets, winning the final game 6-4 to complete the comeback. The match showcased a gritty side to the Badgers, one which they’ll need to defeat a tough opponent on the road.First serve is 6 p.m. Friday.last_img read more