Winter Break recharge

first_imgFor many undergraduates, Winter Break (Dec. 22-Jan. 23) will be a welcome opportunity to recharge after the fall semester. At the same time, students looking for something to do between semesters will find plenty of exciting activities offered by Harvard and its alumni, on and off campus.“Winter Break is a time for students to explore experiences they might not have during the semester — whether that’s looking at careers, performing public service, or simply having the opportunity to learn about something outside of their concentration,” says Harvard College Dean Evelynn Hammonds.Students who want a glimpse of life after college can shadow the head of Fox Music in Los Angeles for a day, meet alumni who work in international relations in Taiwan, or participate in another of the dozens of unpaid externships set up by Harvard alumni. The Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) hopes to offer more than a hundred of these experiences during Winter Break, as well as a global networking night on Jan. 13 for students and alumni around the world. More information is available in the Crimson Careers area on the Office of Career Services (OCS) website.Nancy Saunders, associate director of career services for employer relations and internships, says that OCS will offer a full slate of services and activities to undergraduates during Winter Break.“Although the College will not reopen to students until Jan. 16, OCS will offer appointments either in person or by phone beginning Jan. 3,” she says. “Winter Break is a great time to prepare for the internship search, to get your resume in top shape, and to sharpen your interview skills.”Saunders says that students may also explore different careers through a number of daylong “treks” in New York and Washington, D.C., in addition to the popular weeklong “Harvardwood” arts, entertainment, and media trek in Los Angeles.“The treks are open to all undergraduates,” she says. “Many of our students live in or near these cities or can get there by reasonably priced transportation.”The one-day treks — on Jan. 13 and 14 — will include retail and fashion-themed trips to Bloomingdale’s and Ralph Lauren Polo; arts and publishing-themed visits to Lincoln Center and a prominent New York publishing house; and visits to the Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Department of Education. Enrollment for each trip will be limited to 20 students and will cost $20, not including travel to and from the host city. Pre-registration for treks opens on Nov. 15.Not all undergraduates will head home for Winter Break. A small group of students who have a demonstrated need to be on campus — varsity athletes, senior thesis writers, lab researchers, and international students who are upperclassmen — will remain at Harvard. The College received 1,375 requests to remain in residence this year, and approved nearly 1,300 of them.Houses and dorms officially reopen to all undergraduates at 9 a.m. on Jan. 16, eight days before the beginning of spring semester. That time will be crammed with programming for both students and faculty, as part of the College’s new Optional Winter Activities Week (OWAW).“Winter Break is a chance for students to get out of Cambridge,” says Erin Goodman, manager of Winter Break operations for the College. “With OWAW, students can also do things on campus that they would not otherwise be able to do during the semester.”OWAW programming will be as diverse as students’ interests — from intensive arts workshops to seminars on writing a summer grant application, learning a language, and making sushi. Paul J. McLoughlin II, associate dean of Harvard College and senior adviser to the dean of the College, says that the administration wants to see what type of programming might be possible between terms.“We’re taking our cues from students,” says McLoughlin. “The activities they propose and their level of participation for OWAW will tell us a lot about what kind of programming they want during Winter Break — and how to structure future Winter Break periods.”The Undergraduate Council (UC) will fund many student-led programs, but proposals that do not require funding may be entered into the OWAW online portal at any time and will automatically appear on the Harvard Events calendar. Each event should list a contact and be cost-neutral so as to be accessible to all students, although some may include a small fee for materials and supplies.“We expect a large range of events to take place during OWAW — from speakers to performances to video projects, and everything in between,” says Luis Martinez ’12, chair of the UC’s Finance Committee. “The creativity and enthusiasm of my peers has been amazing and I’m positive that students that are here for OWAW will have some great events and projects to choose from.”College officials encourage undergraduates to visit the Winter Break, OWAW, and OCS websites for updates on new programs and events, and to go to the OWAW portal to propose any activities of their own. First-year students should also visit the Freshman Dean’s Office website for advice and information that can help them navigate the time off.Nate Flores ’14 of Indiana says that he’s looking forward to his first Winter Break experience, particularly OWAW.“It sounds appealing,” he says. “I’d like to volunteer at the Greater Boston Food Bank and also go to the summer grant training sessions at OCS. The treks are a really great idea too. If I can get to New York or Washington, D.C., that’s something I’d like to take advantage of.”last_img read more

Cal Bank Beach Soccer League Leaders Toppled

first_imgKeta Sunset suffered their first defeat in 26 matches in the ongoing CAL Bank sponsored Beach Soccer League.It took a gritty, in-form Ada Assurance led by Coach Maxwell Kpeglo to break that impregnable record of the defending champions.In a tightly contested game at the Arena, Ada Assurance outscored their opponents to clinch a dramatic 4-3 win and by so doing climbed to the top of the league table.Assurance fell behind to an Awutey Senyo goal in the third minute but recovered to level through Billy Kissieh, only for Sunset to regain their lead three minutes later through Kumedzro Gilbert.The end to end action continued as Sappor Divine pulled the goal back for the very determined Ada team.The game’s decisive moments came when last season’s second highest scorer, Joseph Lawerh shot Ada into the lead with two strikes in the final quarter. Sunset Sports grabbed a late goal to reduce the deficit but it was too late as the final whistle blew for the end of the engrossing encounter.The defeat for one Keta team seemed to have sparked another into super gear mode as Havedji Mighty Warriors handed city boys, East Legon Sharks a crushing 16-2 defeat.Marksman Nyadedor Freeman’s five goals along with Torsu Alfred’s four, a brace each from Jerry Eglu and Charles Tagbor and two more strikes from Delicious Kwawu killed off the hapless Sharks.Captain Innocent Kumensah sealed the victory for the Havedji.In other games, Nungua United posted a surprise 5-4 win defeat over the out of sorts Tegbi Youth. Struggling Wuo Gb33, despite their impressive start to the season seem to be on a steep decline as they lost 3-2 to Dansoman.The win for Dansoman eased their relegation worries. Another side that appears to have lost their way in the Championship is Layoca who continued their poor run with a 3-1 defeat to debutants Teshie United who have now worked their way to mid table. Division One In Division One, League leaders Gulf Powers maintained a tight grip at the top despite losing 2-4 to African Angels.African Angels put their noses in front in the hotly contested game, courtesy George Adu’s brace and though Gulf Powers responded through Benjamin Adjetey’s brace, goals from Richard Odai-Williams and Francis Botchway were enough to ensure African Angels took all the spoils. In other games Nima, Tema United and Cape Coast Warriors handed respective 3-0 defeats to Senya Sharks, Chorkor Blue Whales and Osu Dolphins respectively.The weekends final game saw Golden Eagles compound the misery of the relegation threatened Winneba Giants as they beat them 4-1.The Giants proved to be no match for the Eagles who took an emphatic three nil lead courtesy a hat trick by Joseph Tornado early on in the game.Faisal Hussein secured the points when he hammered home the fourth, the Giants only consolation was executed by Prince Afawuho wrapping the fixtures for match day 9.The Ghana Beach Soccer league goes on a one week break to resume on Saturday 4th of May with a full line up of fixtures.last_img read more