- Chinese Language Program hosts second annual poetry recitation competition
Read Full Story On November 6, the basement of Northwest Labs was bustling with a crowd of student performers eager to participate in the second annual Chinese Poetry Recitation Competition. The contest, organized by the Chinese Language Program within Harvard’s Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, brought together students from basic, intermediate, and advanced courses to engage with traditional and contemporary verse. This year’s competition featured a dazzling display of PowerPoint slides complete with musical accompaniment introducing categories and poems. As faculty members trickled into the auditorium, students busied themselves with last-minute preparations, rehearsing timing, enunciation, and emotive gesturing before taking to the stage.With a decorative sweep of a pen brush on the auditorium screen to welcome the audience, the contest began promptly at 3:30 p.m. MCs Douglas Muhlestein and Jasmine Griffin, fourth year advanced-level students in the Chinese Language Program, delighted audience members with enthusiastic opening remarks, witticisms, and announcements throughout the performances. Professors David Wang, Mark Elliott, Wai-yee Li, Jennifer Liu, and Xiaofei Tian comprised the panel of judges and ranked the presentations based on skill in memorization, pronunciation, and energy. Recitations ranged from contemplative meditations on nature to verses penned by love-struck authors. Advanced students were asked to explain the meaning behind their poems and responded with lively anecdotes detailing why certain pieces were chosen. Elliott noted, “[the advanced students’] ability to extemporize in Chinese and summarize the gist of their poems, sometimes in just one line, was both inspiring and entertaining.”
- Great Neck Lawyer Admits Stealing $800K from Clients
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An elder law attorney from Great Neck has admitted to stealing $797,332 from her clients—five times the amount that authorities said she stole when she was arrested nearly two years ago.Martha Brosius, 50, pleaded guilty Monday at Nassau County court to two counts of grand larceny and a charge of scheme to defraud. Queens prosecutors are handling the case due to the fact that Brosius’ husband works for the Nassau County District Attorney’s office, which requested a special prosecutor to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.“The defendant has admitted to breaching her fiduciary duty and unjustly enriching herself at the expense of her clients,” said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. “Under the terms of the guilty plea in which she admitted her guilt, the defendant will sign a confession of judgment to begin the process of making her victims financially whole and faces the prospect of serious prison time.”Brosius was originally accused of stealing about $150,000 from four clients, but was later indicted on charges of stealing about $700,000 when more victims were uncovered, the Press has reported.As part of Brosius’ plea deal, she admitted to stealing from two additional victims that were not part of her indictment. Investigators said a total of 12 clients were victimized in the case.Prosecutors suggested that Brosius be sentenced to six-to-18 years in prison, but Judge Helene Gugerty recommended that she be sentenced to 4-12 years in addition to ordering her to pay restitution.Brosius is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 12.Her Garden City-based attorney, Marc Gann, previously told the Press that she had retired from practicing law.