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Giving thanks to each other

first_imgIt’s common to show appreciation for family, friends, and good health come November, but co-workers often get short shrift when it comes to Thanksgiving gratitude. This week, the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) is giving its staff the opportunity to celebrate their colleagues just in time for the holidays.Starting today (Nov. 16), FAS Human Resources is hosting its first Giving Thanks Open House, a three-day event that will allow FAS employees to appreciate one another for the little things they do each day.FAS staff can acknowledge their bosses, employees, or co-workers by writing personal notes of thanks on blank note cards handed out at the open house. The notes will be delivered by Harvard mail staff throughout the week of Thanksgiving.The open house will take place today and Thursday (Nov. 18) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the University Hall Faculty Room. On Wednesday, the reception will be held in the Northwest Science Building, Room 453, for staff housed on the other side of campus. Seasonal refreshments will be provided.Guests are also encouraged to bring nonperishable food items or a monetary donation to benefit the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter. All charitable contributions will be managed by the Community Gifts Through Harvard program, and individual contributors will be acknowledged.Staff had already begun to mingle on Tuesday morning. Katie Phelan, a trainer in FAS Office of Finance’s Administrative Systems Assistance Program, stopped in to write notes to her close co-workers and “a few people I don’t see very often,” she said. “I’m grateful that not only do they do great work, but they do it with a sense of humor.”Kean Hsu and Nate Moran, both identity management analysts at FAS Computer Services, dropped in to make donations of food and money and to write letters.“I’m lucky to have a job where I like my co-workers, I’m appreciated, and I’m actually able to get stuff done, to be productive,” Hsu said. “That’s a rare combination these days.”Creating holiday traditions like this week’s event helps to strengthen workplace culture at FAS, said Chris Ciotti, associate dean for human resources at FAS. In addition to Giving Thanks, FAS also gave its first Dean’s Distinction Awards earlier this year to honor 50 outstanding employees.“This event gives us an opportunity to create a new FAS tradition and provides us with a meaningful way to recognize staff and celebrate their contributions to their colleagues,” Ciotti said. “The first FAS Giving Thanks event also provides FAS staff a chance to give back to the community by making a contribution to the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter.”last_img read more

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Travel as its own education

first_img“Now entering … London Bridge Station. Change here for the Northern Line and National Rail services.”As the doors opened, I was thrust out in a tide of briefcases and stilettos. Bracing myself for the eight-minute walk to my next train, I stepped onto the escalator and began to soak in the surreal and quintessentially London scene before me: the captivating advertisements for musicals in the West End, a fleeting glimpse of a red double-decker bus on the street outside — until a deep cockney accent brought me out of my daze.“Excuse me, miss — excuse me!”I hopped to the right just in time to see a burly gentleman rush past me in a dark suit. Several others followed. Flustered, I turned to the man directly behind me. He shrugged and gestured ahead.“Stand to the right. Walk to the left.” His bemused smirk told me it was obvious. He turned back to read the front page of the Metro.Scanning the area, I realized that each of the seemingly mile-high escalators was identical, with a solid line of “standers” on the right and a parallel, steadily flowing stream of hurried passengers on the left. Somehow I had missed the memo. Reaching the ground level, I laughed it off and rushed to catch the 8:41 to Denmark Hill.This embarrassing but otherwise inconsequential experience came back to me at key points during my time in London this past summer. I had trouble shaking the sense that I was disconnected from my surroundings. Furthermore, I became acutely aware that I was just another person among hundreds passing through the station that morning.After some initial hesitance, I began to cling to that feeling for dear life. The result was a slight but certain shift in my mindset: Though I was in London to attend a seminar, my focus became not what I could learn or gain, but rather how I could engage and contribute.Going forward, this new sense of anonymity gave me the freedom to interact with people, to ask questions, and to humiliate myself without fear of judgment. I was able to enjoy aspects of London beyond the superficial: the myriad opportunities available in the arts, the distinct, undiluted elements of foreign cultures, and the remnants of history that added a touch of majesty to every street corner.This trip was not my only travel experience as a Harvard student. During the past year, I’ve been able to travel to Ghana with the Ahoto Partnership for Ghana (founded by Harvard alumni) and to Nicaragua as part of an MIT engineering course. I’ve developed a global outlook that motivates me to study languages as diverse as Spanish, Yoruba, and Urdu, and to explore other parts of the world.The truth is, traveling the world doesn’t only allow us to see breathtaking sights or to exercise our fluency in foreign languages. More broadly, travel allows us to put our education in context. It demonstrates that we’re capable of having impact, but only if we enter the field and share what we’ve learned with others.Most importantly, it unwraps the carefully packaged concept that we often develop of different cultures. Being shoved aside on an escalator in London, navigating cultural subtleties in Saudi Arabia, being interrogated while passing through the mountains in Nicaragua, constantly facing challenges to service provision in the slums of central Ghana — it’s these jarring experiences that have coupled my adventurous spirit with a grounding sense of humility, greeted me with the magnitude of my own ignorance, and left me starving for deeper engagements with other cultures.Harvard’s undergraduate population comprises hundreds of driven students who will someday have global impact. But solving the world’s major issues requires a sense of understanding that comes only with seeking and listening to other perspectives. I’m grateful for these opportunities to complement the personality that has allowed me to thrive at Harvard with a more observant and introspective perspective.As I returned to Boston for my senior year, it occurred to me that the gates of Harvard Yard and the comforting outline of the Charles River were never meant to be boundaries enclosing my Harvard experience. That brief moment of confusion on a London escalator, and the small reality checks I’ve been giving myself ever since, keep me aware that there’s a big world outside of the infamous Harvard “bubble” that is waiting to be noticed and engaged.Looking out the window of my United Airlines flight, I felt as though I was simply taking a trip from one corner of my new, more expansive “home” to another. A small smile crept to the corners of my mouth — I knew I’d be back for more.If you’re an undergraduate or graduate student and have an essay to share about life at Harvard, please email your ideas to Jim Concannon, the Gazette’s news editor, at [email protected]last_img read more

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PL on Citi: Martial, Maguire power Man United to 2-0 win at Chelsea

first_imgManchester United breathed new life into their quest for Champions League football with a very useful 2-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.Headers from Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire secured the win, although the Red Devils captain arguably shouldn’t have been on the pitch to score his goal.Man United legend Roy Keane said the visitors needed to win if they have any ambitions to qualify for next season’s Champions League.And Solskjaer’s men responded with a professional display in west London, but they did get some luck on the way.Chelsea started the better and almost took the lead inside the first six minutes when Reece James’ shot whistled just wide of the post.Referee Anthony Taylor then had a decision to make with just after 20 minutes on the clock with as Maguire clashed with Batshuayi, who was in for the injured Tammy Abraham.Maguire won a 50-50 ball but slid off the field of play. Batshuayi’s momentum carried him towards the England player and Maguire appeared to kick out at the Belgian.Taylor didn’t even give Maguire a yellow card, although the likes of Keane and Jamie Carragher believe the Man United skipper got away with it.Willian was then given a yellow card for simulation although it looked like Bruno Fernandes had slightly tripped the Chelsea winger just outside the box.And then the visitors who drew first blood with Martial’s glancing header on the stroke of half time, the forward getting in front of Andreas Christensen and putting Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s inviting cross beyond the despairing Willy Caballero.Frank Lampard’s side came rushing out the blocks in the second half and thought they were level when Kurt Zouma volleyed home a corner from the right. The goal was disallowed by VAR though, which spotted a foul on Red Devils youngster Brandon Williams by Cesar Azpilicueta.And to add insult to injury, Chelsea found themselves two-down with Maguire, who arguably shouldn’t have been on the pitch, heading home Bruno Fernandes’ pinpoint corner.Maguire’s centre-back partner, Eric Bailly then made an excellent last ditch challenge to deny Mateo Kovacic but couldn’t do anything to stop Olivier Giroud heading the ball in.But VAR came to Man United’s rescue again as the Frenchman was offside by a foot and the goal was chalked off.Frank Lampard’s side came rushing out the blocks in the second half and thought they were level when Kurt Zouma volleyed home a corner from the right. The goal was disallowed by VAR though, which spotted a foul on Red Devils youngster Brandon Williams by Cesar Azpilicueta.And to add insult to injury, Chelsea found themselves two-down with Maguire, who arguably shouldn’t have been on the pitch, heading home Bruno Fernandes’ pinpoint corner.Maguire’s centre-back partner, Eric Bailly then made an excellent last ditch challenge to deny Mateo Kovacic but couldn’t do anything to stop Olivier Giroud heading the ball in.But VAR came to Man United’s rescue again as the Frenchman was offside by a foot and the goal was chalked off. Source: talkSPORTlast_img read more

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Friday FanDuel, DraftKings Picks: MLB DFS lineup advice for daily fantasy baseball tournaments

first_imgMORE: DFS Lineup BuilderFriday FanDuel Picks: MLB DFS Lineup AdviceThe following picks are for a FanDuel single-entry tournament.We opted to pay up for a starter on FanDuel because of the added points for a quality start. We can’t count on many pitchers lasting at least six innings in their first starts of the season, so we’ll go with a veteran workhorse like Justin Verlander since he should hopefully get a long leash.Because we’re paying top dollar for a pitcher, we’re going with a stars-and-scrubs approach with our hitters. A Red Sox stack against lefty Tommy Milone and Baltimore’s relief corps makes sense, though we don’t like that Jose Peraza is hitting ninth. Still, he hits lefties well and is cheap. J.D. Martinez is probably underpriced for his upside, so we’ll take advantage there. We’re also taking advantage of the universal DH — and the lack of proper pricing to account for it — and using Justin Smoak, Matt Carpenter, and Jay Bruce. There’s a real possibility none would be in their teams’ respective lineups if not for the extra hitter, so we’ll hope for some cheap points. SP: Justin Verlander, Astros vs. Mariners ($11,200). C/1B: Justin Smoak, Brewers @ Cubs ($2,700). 2B: Jose Peraza, Red Sox vs. Orioles ($2,500). 3B: Matt Carpenter, Cardinals vs. Pirates ($2,500).  SS: Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox vs. Orioles ($3,600). OF: Jay Bruce, Phillies vs. Marlins ($2,100). OF: Khris Davis, A’s vs. Angels ($2,700). OF: J.D. Martinez, Red Sox vs. Orioles ($3,900). UTIL: Francisco Lindor, Indians vs. Royals ($3,800).  Friday DraftKings Picks: MLB DFS Lineup AdviceThe following picks are for a DraftKings single-entry tournament.We’re not paying up for a top pitcher on DK, but we’re not going cheap either. Between the matchups, parks, and strikeout upside, we think Jack Flaherty and Chris Paddack can get the job done, though Paddack’s matchup is a bit more worrisome.Our primary stack comes from the A’s (which would’ve been good reason to take Frankie Montas at pitcher, but we have a little less faith in him overall), and even though it’s not cheap, it’s not prohibitively expensive. We also have mini-stacks from the Red Sox and Padres, and we’re gonna use Mike Trout while we can.In full evening slate contests, many will opt for more guys starting early because they know they’re in the lineup and that the games will start on time, so relying so heavily on West Coast guys can give us a little differentiation, even if it means having hitters in undesirable ballparks. SP: Jack Flaherty, Cardinals vs. Pirates ($9,000). SP: Chris Paddack, Padres vs. Diamondbacks ($8,600). C: Sean Murphy, A’s vs. Angels ($3,500). 1B: Michael Chavis, Red Sox vs. Orioles ($3,000). 2B: Ty France, Padres vs. Diamondbacks ($3,000). 3B: Manny Machado, Padres vs. Diamondbacks ($4,000).  SS: Marcus Semien, A’s vs. Angels ($4,300).  Friday’s MLB schedule doesn’t feature a full slate, but with 11 games starting after 7 p.m. ET (and no real weather worries in the forecast), there are plenty of appealing options for MLB DFS lineups. It’s not even difficult to find two high-quality starting pitcher options for DraftKings contests. If anything, it’s more difficult to pick one pitcher in FanDuel tournaments.No matter what type of contest you prefer, there are plenty of ways to build your lineups. We’re going with two slightly different strategies for our FD and DK teams, so use the samples below as guides when putting your lineups together. OF: Khris Davis, A’s vs. Angels ($4,000). OF: J.D. Martinez, Red Sox vs. Orioles ($4,800). OF: Mike Trout, Angels @ A’s ($5,700).last_img read more