first_img 10Old room keys form a collage, which was inspired by Quincy House Master Deb Gehrke. The collage is on display in the House. After 15 months of construction and renovation, Old Quincy House is ready to welcome back students for the 2013-14 academic year.A first look at the recently completed “test project” in the House renewal initiative revealed a restored exterior, and an interior that has been fundamentally reconfigured to meet the changing needs of students and the rapidly shifting world in which they are learning.Beyond the physical improvements, the renewal of Old Quincy will enhance the interactions of the students, faculty, and tutors living there while reinvigorating House life, which is one of the most important aspects of learning at Harvard.“This is absolutely fantastic,” said Dean Michael D. Smith of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, who led a sneak peek tour of Old Quincy today. “This space is incredibly comfortable, and it really draws you in. But if you look at the hallways, the rooms, it still has the feel of a typical Harvard House.”The highlight of the tour was the new, state-of-the-art “smart classroom.”  Situated in what was formerly basement storage space, the classroom is complete with video screens, tablets, mondo pads, cameras, and additional cutting-edge technology, as well as movable desks to encourage collaboration. Six Harvard faculty members will teach courses in the classroom this year.“The smart classroom is one of the best examples of how we deliberately reconfigured previously unused space to bolster the learning that happens in the House,” Smith said.New room configurations led to the creation of new study nooks and common spaces. The traditional vertical entries have been preserved, but new horizontal corridors allow tutors to have a closer connection to the students in their charge.All the wiring and plumbing infrastructure has been updated, and new spaces for meeting, studying, and musical performances have been created in the lower level. A new, fully furnished terrace lounge will provide a comfortable place to watch the big game, and opens to an outdoor patio.In keeping with Harvard’s commitment to sustainability, the renewal of Old Quincy was completed with a focus on preservation and energy efficiency. Better-insulated walls and windows will significantly cut the energy used to heat the building, and a water-retention tank will help to reduce waste by recycling rainwater for use in irrigation systems and toilets.“I am very excited to see how the students take over this space, use it, and make it their own,” Smith said.— Colin Manning, FAS Communications 8Interim Dean of Harvard College Donald Pfister (left), KieranTimberlake architect Stephen Kieran, and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith inspect a student room. 2Deb Gehrke, Quincy House Master, shows House memorabilia outside a “smart classroom” as Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael D. Smith and architect Stephen Kieran (far left) look on during a tour of the newly renovated Old Quincy House. 5Robert Doyle, associate dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, demonstrates the features of a smart classroom as FAS Dean Michael D. Smith looks on. 3Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael D. Smith (center, seated) and interim Dean of Harvard College Donald Pfister (right, standing) are pictured in the new lower-level multipurpose room. 7A view of the terrace that connects to the new multipurpose room at the renovated Old Quincy House. center_img 11Interim Dean of Harvard College Donald Pfister and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith in the newly created terrace at Old Quincy House. 4Architect Stephen Kieran from the firm KieranTimberlake, Quincy House Master Lee Gehrke, and Harvard College interim Dean Donald Pfister are seen in the new outdoor terrace. 9Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael D. Smith and Harvard College interim Dean Donald Pfister in newly created study alcove. 6Quincy House Master Deb Gehrke shows off a study alcove outside a smart classroom to Donald Pfister, interim dean of Harvard College, and Michael D. Smith, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. 1The exterior of the newly renovated Old Quincy House. The two large trees in the foreground were preserved throughout 15 months of construction.last_img read more

first_imgNotre Dame’s Army ROTC Iron Irish competition tested more than physical strength Wednesday.The second year of the annual competition placed the four army platoons against each other, racing across campus to complete tasks, Cadet Second Lieutenant and senior Scott Vitter said.Platoon B1 won after performing well through several of the events, Vitter said.“We did very well on the swimming portion,” he said. “Overall, we came out on top.”The competition is the culmination of a semester-long scored competition between the platoons, Cadet Lieutenant Colonel and senior Tom Capretta said.“The main reason we run the Iron Irish Race is to build platoon cohesion through competition.  Cohesion is important to the success of any unit in the military,” Capretta said. “As cadets, we try to improve ourselves and each other, and building a cohesive team is an important part of accomplishing that goal,” Capretta said. “The competition also affords leadership opportunities to our upperclassmen, which is important preparation for us as we look to become commissioned officers in the U.S. Army.”The Iron Irish competition included five events. The platoons competed in a timed swim, rope climb, ruck run, simulated rifle competition and a “mystery event,” which was a paintball tournament on White Fields between the platoons that was postponed due to a thunderstorm warning.“The weather was terrible, but it was a lot of fun,” Vitter said. “The storms added another dimension to the competition, making it more difficult, but people stepped up and worked.”He said event planners hope to have the paintball tournament in future years.“At the end of the day, all of the tasks are meant to be completed by everyone,” Vitter said. “There’s more to get out of the competition than who has the fastest time.”Vitter said before the competition he was hopeful his platoon would perform well as a unit.“I hope we show the camaraderie and group mentality that we’ve developed over this semester,” Vitter said.Cadet Corporal and sophomore Trevor Waliszewski, also a member of platoon B1, was also hopeful for a win.“A win would increase the solidarity of our platoon and establish as the clear favorites for all battalion competitions next year,” Waliszewski said.Waliszewski said the competition helped his platoon think together.“The Iron Irish is an event designed to motivate us to work harder during Physical Training sessions throughout the year,” he said. “As we will be completing all of our challenges as a platoon, the event encourages teamwork and makes us look out for one another.”Waliszewski said the event helps prepare for real-world combat experience.“The Army teaches us a Warrior Ethos including the statement, ‘I will never leave a fallen comrade,’ and Iron Irish allows us to put that into effect as we complete all the challenges as a team. It’s a competitive environment where we can learn lessons that will make us better officers in a real-world combat environment,” he said.Vitter said he attributes his platoon’s win to the group mentality.“Our platoon has come a long way since last semester in terms of teamwork and cohesion,” Vitter said. “That was the biggest part of today. We may not be the biggest or strongest platoon out there but we worked together and that’s what the competition was about.”last_img read more

first_imgIker Casillas, former Real Madrid international goalkeeper, stated this Wednesday that lthe best stop of his entire career was the one he made to Arjen Robben during the final of the World Cup in South Africa, which Spain won against the Netherlands in 2010.That was Casillas’ choice when asked by an amateur on the official Champions League Twitter account, in which the Spanish goalkeeper answered other questions related to his career.“I choose stops that are decisive in the end. Like the one in the World Cup final in South Africa. That hand in hand with Robben, not for the spectacular but for the moment. And then the 2002 final in Glasgow (of the Champions League that Real Madrid beat Bayer Leverkusen), those final minutes. “Casillas explained how the seconds before his action against Robben were, in the 62nd minute of the final, when the scoreboard was 0-0 between Spain and the Netherlands.“At that time what I tried was to preview what he could do. He had been my partner at Real Madrid and he already knew more or less what his skills were. I tried to give him a little more left side to try to dribble around, but then he decided to shoot at goal and I was able to get the right foot out quickly, “he said.By last, He chose between one of the two great titles he won with Spain: lto Euro 2008 in Switzerland and Austria or the World Cup in South Africa 2010.“It is a good question. The difference from 2010 to 2008 is great. It is true that for us there is a beginning, which is the Euro Cup in Austria and Switzerland where we managed to pass the penalty shootout against Italy (quarterfinals). From there, everything else came, “he explained.“If we had not passed that round of the quarterfinals of the Euro Cup, neither the World Cup nor the next Euro Cup would have arrived. It was a decisive moment in Spanish football. Whatever it is to win a World Cup outshines the rest. They are different moments but at the same time very important “, he pointed out.“You have to be very restrained for football to return”The exguardameta Íker Casillas, candidate for the presidency of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), considered that it is necessary to be ‘very restrained’ to make the decision to return the competition. “I am quite optimistic about life in general, I have always liked to see the glass half full, but right now I think you have to be very restrained when making a decision like that. I am convinced that all the people who are in different positions worldwide are always thinking about the quality of football and the fans, “he said. “But right now I think that there will be a few months in which it will take a certain calm and a certain calm to know when and when everything begins to establish itself as it was before. It is taking slow, safe and firm steps, especially for the good of the people.“He said. On his aspiration to preside over the highest body of Spanish football, he commented:” From a distance I have been aware of everything for a long time. But it is true that right now the main thing is to be able to have this cure, to be able to have it under control, above different levels “.“The decision was made a few months ago but right now everything is so stopped that you have to wait for events and see how everything unfolds.. Right now this is secondary and the main thing is to insist that people be consistent and listen to what they tell us, “he added in the online solidarity marathon #YoMeCorono organized by Carlos Latre and which aims to raise funds to find the vaccine against the disease.Asked about how he is handling the situation caused by this disease, he said: “I am a little scared but confident with the people who are aware of everything. I am convinced that they are doing everything possible to keep the world population calm.. It is a new situation for everyone, first time. We have to listen very well to the people who are in the front row fighting against all this. ““In Portugal the state of alarm is not, it is that of emergency. It has some nuance different from Spain but still the people are quite consistent and almost everyone is responsible, they stay at home, “he declared. He also spoke of the unity his country is experiencing, similar to the one that took place during the celebrations after the conquest of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa:” Since I remember We have rarely seen an entire country, all of humanity, so close together and so eager to live and help as we are right now. “Ten years ago we had to do it in a happy way, Madrid was a show. Now we are seeing the opposite but we continue to see that unity that we have. It is a pity, a misfortune what is happening. But still we see that the union is strength and I think we are going to have to pull it more than ever“he opined.last_img read more