48 seniors elected to Phi Beta Kappa

first_imgForty-eight seniors were recently elected to the Harvard College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa (PBK), Alpha Iota of Massachusetts.The Alpha Iota of Massachusetts chapter of Phi Beta Kappa was first established under a charter in 1779. Shifting from a social and debating club in its early years to an undergraduate honor society in the 19th century, PBK is known as the oldest academic honor society in the country.Under the national Phi Beta Kappa mission to foster and recognize excellence in the liberal arts and sciences, election to Alpha Iota of Massachusetts signifies that an undergraduate has demonstrated excellence, reach, originality, and rigor in his or her course of study. The honor society recognizes those whose course work exemplifies not only high achievement but also breadth of interest, depth of understanding, and intellectual honesty. Twenty-four juniors are elected each spring, 48 seniors each fall, and a further number sufficient to bring the total membership to no more than 10 percent of the graduating class in the final election shortly before Commencement.This group will be inducted at a formal ceremony on campus on Dec. 6.Adams House: Davida Fernandez-Barkan, Benjamin Lerner, Alexander SherbanyCabot House: Johnny Hu, Dayan Li, Charles Liu, Timothy Maher, Andrea SpectorCurrier House: Richard Kwant, Jessica YuanDunster House: Samuel Barr, Tess Hellgren, Cameron Kirk-Giannini, Jacob McNulty, John StokesEliot House: Eric Dong, Joseph Jampel, Kevin Liu, Alexandra Lu, Ezekiel Nadler, Nicolas Roth, Emily ShireKirkland House: Jennifer Kurdyla, Basima Tewfik, Emily Wilkinson, Baltazar ZavalaLeverett House: Sarah Hallett, Elizabeth Pezza, Daphne Xiao, Dianne Xiao, Taylor YiLowell House: Keru Cai, Courtney Fiske, Akeel Rangwala, Jonathan WarshMather House: Peter Bernard, Jessica Newman, Tannis Thorlakson, William WeingartenPforzheimer House: David Gootenberg, Catherine NtubeQuincy House: Zachary Frankel, Alexander McNaughton, Shervin TabriziWinthrop House: Grace Baumgartner, Daniel Lage, Kwee Boon Seah, Nihar Shahlast_img read more

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Cuomo Endorses Long Island Dems, Suozzi

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was on Long Island Saturday to endorse Democrat Tom Suozzi for Nassau County Executive. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo endorsed Nassau County executive hopeful Tom Suozzi and other Long Island Democrats at a rally Saturday in Albertson that drew local officials from both counties and charged the party’s supporters.With just one week left before Election Day, the governor urged the crowd of at least a hundred to stand behind Island Democrats, to burst to cheers and applause.Suozzi, standing alongside Cuomo at a podium within a Veterans of Foreign Wars post, pumped his fist in the air and pointed and winked at supporters as Democrats one-by-one took thanked the governor and appealed to voters.“I am proud to be a New York Democrat and I’m proud to support New York Democrats,” Cuomo said.Cuomo led the charge but didn’t criticize Suozzi’s Republican opponent Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, with whom he’s worked closely with since Superstorm Sandy, nor did he reference Suozzi’s previous eight years as Nassau’s top-elected official. He instead highlighted what he said were the party’s achievements since he took office.“The New York Democratic party has charted a different course for this state,” Cuomo yelled to the crowd, many holding “Cuomo stands with Suozzi” signs. “We said that you can grow the economy and you can grow the spirit of community. We said that we believe we can make this state work economically, and we can make this state the capital of social progress in this nation again and we did.”Tom Suozzi supporters gathered in Albertson Saturday to see New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo support Democrats across LI. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)Suozzi touted recent endorsements from former President Bill Clinton, The New York Times, and Newsday. Suozzi, however, did not mention being hired by Newsday’s parent company, Cablevision, after Mangano unseated him in 2009. Cablevision has donated more than $200,000 to Suozzi’s campaign, and $11,000 to Mangano.“It means so much to me personally that he’s here today to not only endorse me but to endorse all the democrats that are here,” Suozzi said of Cuomo. “This man is one of the greatest leaders in the country today.”Suozzi characterized the Nov. 5 election as crucial to the future of Nassau County, emphasizing the need to invest in young people and to build bustling downtowns around train stations to keep younger generations in the county.The former two-term Nassau County Executive also went on the offensive, responding to criticism from Mangano for raising taxes while in office.“You know what? It’s true,” Suozzi said, adding that it was “part of a plan to bailout this county” after his first ascension to the position in 2002.Mangano this week secured the endorsement of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the Nassau County Fire Marshals Benevolent Association and Court Officers Benevolent Association of Nassau County.last_img read more

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Attack of the Killer Bees

first_img“I’m a king bee buzzing round your hive I’m a king bee baby buzzing round your hive. Together we can make honey now baby If you let me come inside. I’m a king bee I want you to be my queen. Well I’m a king bee, baby. Want you to be my queen. Well together we can make honey, baby, the world has never seen.” (lyrics by Slim Harpo) Over the span of the three decades that I have covered the Pittsburgh Steelers, I have seen a few variations of the team uniform. However, when the Steelers took the field for their pre-game workouts prior to their game against the Washington Redskins, I was totally aghast. The combination of the pattern and colors appeared as if the team; 1. Had escaped from a maximum “insecurity” prison without any bars because if an inmate escaped the facility wearing that uniform, he might “bee” in danger of being attacked by a swarm of real killer bees. 2.Was a bunch of guys dressed up for the beekeepers’ convention. 3. Was Dick LeBeau’s idea to cause the Redskins not to take the Steelers defense seriously? Well one thing for certain and two things for sure, the Black and Gold’s defense was not buzzing around the Skins’ offensive line looking for love. They were looking to zap RGIII, the new King Bee, into reality. Skins’ head coach Mike Shanahan brought out his “smoke-pot” in the form of option plays and other “mis-directional” gimmicks in a futile attempt to mislead the Steelers using these “plays” as decoys to confuse the “swarming” defense but the attack of the “killer bees” could not be thwarted. The press corps has dubbed Robert Griffin III as RGIII. The nickname in itself seems to imply that Mr. Griffin III might be a tad more than the ordinary athlete. RGIII looked just a bit perplexed and ordinary when he faced the genius of D-Coordinator LeBeau; especially when he released the bees from their hive, buzz, buzz. Griffin III or his coaches were not able to find an antidote to the multiple fronts employed by Pittsburgh’s stingers dripping with venom that easily penetrated the “skins” play calling strategy.Now please consider this. The week prior to facing Pittsburgh, RGIII carried the rock 9 times for 89 yards in a loss against the NY Giants. This was a “gouge like” 9.9 yards per carry against a decent NYG defense. Two weeks ago, Griffin carried the ball 13 times for 138 yards against the Minnesota “Vikes” for a whopping 10.6 yards per carry. Theoretically at least RGIII was singlehandedly responsible for 13 rushing first downs against the “gang in purple”. Oh by the way, the Redskins only had 17 first downs against the Steelers Big Nasty “D” for the entire game and “Sir” Griffin III rushed 6 times for 8 yards for a miniscule 1.3 yards per carry and for all intents and purposes less than a single rushing first down. Although severely long in the tooth, the demise of the Black and Gold’s defense may have been a bit exaggerated, ya think? Buzz, buzz.As far as I am concerned, when Pittsburgh hired ex-head coach of the KC Chiefs Dick Haley as their offensive coordinator it was a positive step forward. Haley’s philosophy and playbook may have just added a few years to the football “shelf life” of Steelers franchise QB, Ben Roethlisberger. “Big” Ben seems to now be more upright than he been in many years, well at least since Jeff Hartings and Alan Faneca were patrolling along the offensive front, charged with protecting and blocking for him. Nowadays, besides having a lethal corps of wide outs to focus on, the running backs and the tight ends are getting in on the passing game. If the Steelers continue to pass the rock around like they have been for the past few weeks, Haley might send a few offensive tackles out to snag a few balls. Against Washington, the Steelers offense looked like a well oiled machine of worker bees out scouting to gather the best pollen, from the most plentiful flowers and plant life so that the final “honey-like” victory would be super sweet. I remain concerned about Steelers linebacker James Harrison, who is arguably Pittsburgh’s most powerful defensive player. Harrison only had 3 tackles and 2 assists against the Redskins. In week seven he was inactive against the Bengals, in week six he had 4 solo tackles and two assists in a losing road effort against the Tennessee Titans. The Steelers are now only one game behind the Ravens in the race for The AFC North title. The life blood of the Ravens defense, legendary linebacker Ray Lewis will most likely be out for the remainder of the season, along with a slew of other injuries dogging Baltimore, the Steelers have an opportunity to gain some ground and even surpass Baltimore in the race for the division crown, buzz, buzz.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741. Bruce can also be heard on the “Odd Couple Sports Show” where he is the AFC North and NFL analyst. The show is hosted by Adam Ragle streaming live on the WCWA Fox Sports Toledo 1230AM. Bruce is featured on Tuesdays from 10-11 a.m. during the NFL season.)last_img read more

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