Lisa M. Coleman has been named chief diversity officer for Harvard University, Executive Vice President Katherine Lapp announced today (Dec. 11).Coleman, who has served in a similar capacity at Tufts University for the past three years, also will hold the title of special assistant to the president and will be responsible for developing a strategic approach and the supporting programs and platforms for promoting diversity across campus.“We are very pleased to be welcoming someone with so much experience to the Harvard community,’’ Lapp said. “She will oversee the coordination of diversity initiatives at the staff level and work closely with key administrators across the University to ensure that Harvard becomes an even more inclusive institution.”Coleman is a graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio, who holds a master’s degree in black studies and women’s studies from Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in American studies from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.Prior to becoming Tufts’ executive director of the Office of Institutional Diversity, she served seven years as director of its Africana Center and lectured in American studies and women’s studies. Before joining Tufts in 1998, she taught in the City University of New York system.
New method helps Vermonters improve local internet accessibilityThe Vermont Telecommunications Authority has launched a mechanism that allows Vermonters to help cover wireless access for their neighborhoods. Available on the VTA website (http://www.telecomVT.org(link is external)), residents can sign up to offer their property silo, top of their barn, roof of their home or office, hilltop, and church steeple to an internet or service provider. Several farmers have already signed up and are offering use of their silos, and the Legislature has listed all of Vermonts public properties. Each site must match and maintain certain criteria, which is available in detail on the companys website. Once registered, an interested service provider will contact the lister directly to organize details. The sites can be offered for free, as public service, or for a lease fee. The new initiative is expected to dramatically increase internet access across the state.
Facebook Twitter Google+ A 3-month old baby girl, Rosemary, wearing a gray bear onesie sat in Rakeem Christmas’ arms at 9:45 p.m. on Monday night.“She woke up just to see Rak,” said her father, Ryan Glunz, a former high school assistant coach of Christmas’.Glunz, his wife and his daughter were just three of the 25,338 that witnessed the last game of Christmas’ Carrier Dome career and among the many with whom he chatted afterward. In the same arena where Syracuse fans have grown accustomed to watching Christmas corral rebounds into his hands and hook shots through the net, neither happened much on Monday.And without a dominant performance from the senior forward, Syracuse (18-12, 9-8 Atlantic Coast) was no match for No. 2 Virginia (28-1, 16-1), falling 59-47 in a game that it once had a defensive chokehold on, on the boards — where Christmas was supposed to be. As much as ever this season, SU depended on Christmas. More than ever this year, he was silenced.“My feeling is that I’m not sure exactly how this team won 18 games. Really, I’m not sure,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “I think Rak’s done an unbelievable, incredible job, but I just — when you can’t shoot it and you don’t defend well at the guard spot and you’re small, there’s not a lot of positives there.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textChristmas gets double-teamed most every game. On the floor, on the boards, opponents come to the Carrier Dome or welcome Syracuse to their buildings and effectively dare the rest of the team to beat them. Christmas bursts through his two defenders, snags rebounds over their heads and kicks enough open looks to Trevor Cooney, Michael Gbinije, and lately, B.J. Johnson, that the Orange can win.But the Cavaliers hedged hard over the top of SU’s screens and SU’s shooters played UVA with no more shooting success.And when any two of Anthony Gill, Darion Atkins and Mike Tobey threw their bodies into Christmas, shielding him from one of the game’s 57 missed shots, there was no one to help the lone Orange big man. He had four rebounds, Syracuse had 20 as a team and the Cavaliers had 42.“(Gbinije) got looks tonight. B.J. got some, Trevor got some,” Boeheim said. “We would have to make seven or eight 3s, but beyond that when you’re not making those then you’ve got to rebound. And we didn’t. We just didn’t rebound. And that’s — there’s no excuse for that.”Christmas could only jog back downcourt to try and chase a game the Orange once led 13-2. His turnaround jumper gave Syracuse that lead with 7:11 left in the first half, but as soon as Virginia started shooting decently, SU began to fall behind.The Orange shot a subpar 38.3 percent from the field. It meant that for one of the first times this season, Christmas left the game not with foul trouble, but with the game out of reach.Much of the senior night crowd — watching the Orange lose that game for just the third time in 10 years — stayed until a whistle with one minute remaining. Christmas paused on his way to the bench and Boeheim stood in front of the big man, rubbing his right hand on the forward’s left hip amid a standing ovation before Christmas took the bench.Only then did the Dome empty out. With Christmas out of the game and SU falling to its first sub-20-win season since 1996-97, there wasn’t much else to look at.“It’s like having a son who goes and graduates and then he gets married and you have all these moments and you see him have such a great career,” assistant coach Mike Hopkins said. “… I wish his last game came out better.”At about 10:15 p.m., Christmas was done posing for pictures, signing autographs, literally playing with babies while Gbinije posed for a picture himself — next to a woman wearing a Christmas “No. 25” shirt.Christmas led a group of about 15 family members and friends down the stadium control tunnel at the Sadler Hall corner of the Carrier Dome. A pair of stadium control workers stopped to thank him for his play.He opened the air-locked doors for the people behind him, holding it until they all walked out. When the DPS officer guarding the door looked out and up at the 6-foot-9 man, Christmas nodded, then walked off into the 7-degree night. Comments Published on March 2, 2015 at 9:11 pm Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_
The USC men’s volleyball team hosts No. 5 Pepperdine Thursday evening. Freshman setter Chris Hall (left) sets the ball for freshman middle blocker Sam Lewis (right). Lewis has recorded 114 kills in the 2018 season, while Hall has 424 assists to his name. Sunny Dong | Daily TrojanUSC comes off a demoralizing loss to No. 4 UC Irvine on Saturday, their second sweep to the Anteaters this year. The outside hitter duo of juniors Ryan Moss and Jack Wyett both had lackluster performances; Moss had nine kills while Wyett had eight. Pepperdine’s last game was a 3-1 win over No. 3 Hawai’i. Pepperdine junior outside hitter David Wieczorek had a season-high 20 kills on a .390 hitting percentage to complement a well-rounded effort of three aces, seven digs and four blocks. After their performance over the Rainbow Warriors, Pepperdine now enjoys a three-game win streak, all against top 15 schools.The biggest difference in USC and Pepperdine’s games may boil down to Pepperdine’s track record of closing out victories against top opponents, unlike USC. USC has lost many of its sets this year. However, head coach Jeff Nygaard continues to focus on the process and finds it encouraging that the Trojans have remained competitive in most of their games. With senior night against UCLA Saturday, USC hopes to pull off the upset against Pepperdine tonight and gain some momentum before heading into the final weeks of the regular season and facing the Bruins.Nygaard said that the team learned a lot about their crosstown rival when facing them the first time.“You also get an avalanche of understanding what their capabilities are and what their tendencies are,” he said. “It becomes much more of a chess match. It puts you in a position to where if you’re able to execute the game plan.” The Bruins defeated the Trojans during their first season matchup in Westwood by a score of 3-0. However, Nygaard did not try to downplay the storied history USC has with UCLA. “Rivalries are fantastic. There’s a lot of emotions involved, there’s a lot of pride involved,” Nygaard said. “But as a volleyball player, from my perspective, I always viewed it as, my job was always to get every point possible.” UCLA, however, happens to be one of the toughest opponents in the country for any team, and getting every point will be challenging. With a 19-5 overall record, the Bruins have proven their ability to consistently defeat top-15 schools such as No. 4 UC Irvine, No. 13 Grand Canyon University and No. 14 Concordia University Irvine, all of whom have defeated USC this season. UCLA senior opposite hitter Christian Hessenauer is one of the top players in the league and leads in total points and kills this season. Along with senior outside hitters JT Hatch and Jake Arnitz, the Bruins boast a number of veteran weapons that fuel their high-powered offense. UCLA is +222, +196 and +88 in total kills, assists and aces, respectively, against its opponents this year — a recipe for success. For USC seniors Jon Rivera and Gert Lisha, Saturday night will be the last opportunity they have to play in front of their home crowd at the Galen Center. Rivera, a 6-foot-6 opposite hitter from San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Lisha, the team’s starting setter who began his collegiate career at Lewis University in Illinois, have faced the challenge of being the only two seniors on an otherwise young and inexperienced team. “These guys have been with us, they’ve been fighting since day one, they’ve put in the time, they’ve put in the sweat and the tears,” Nygaard said. “USC should be proud of the members that are graduating from this season.” The rest of the USC squad hopes they will be able to properly respect their graduating seniors in a big way — with a win over UCLA.
In this Aug. 4, 2017, file photo, logos of Toyota Motor Corp., bottom, and Mazda Motor Corp., top, are placed prior to a news conference in Tokyo. Japanese automakers Toyota and Mazda have picked Alabama as the site of a new $1.6 billion joint-venture auto manufacturing plant, a person briefed on the decision said Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File) President Donald Trump had criticized Toyota for taking auto production and jobs to Mexico. With the investment, both automakers hope to prove their good American corporate citizenship and appease the Trump administration’s concerns about jobs moving overseas. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. In this Aug. 4, 2017, file photo, Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda, left, and Mazda Motor Corp. President Masamichi Kogai shake hands after a press conference in Tokyo. Japanese automakers Toyota and Mazda have picked Alabama as the site of a new $1.6 billion joint-venture auto manufacturing plant, a person briefed on the decision said Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File) Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The companies are planning an afternoon announcement about the plant and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has scheduled a news conference at the same time to make what her office described as a major economic development announcement.The manufacturing plant is to be built in the Huntsville area not far from the Tennessee state line, said the person, who asked to remain anonymous because the site hasn’t been officially announced.Alabama and North Carolina apparently were finalists for the huge factory, which is expected to begin operating in 2021. It will be able to build 300,000 vehicles per year and will produce the Toyota Corolla compact car for North America and a new small SUV from Mazda, the companies have said.Toyota and Mazda are forming a capital alliance and splitting the cost for the plant equally. The Huntsville area already has a Toyota engine factory that employs nearly 1,500 people. The decision to pick Alabama is another example of foreign-based automakers building U.S. factories in the South.To entice manufacturers, Southern states have used a combination of lucrative incentive packages, low-cost labor and a pro-business labor environment since the United Auto Workers union, is stronger in Northern states. Alabama was tied with Tennessee as the fifth-largest producer of vehicles in the country last year, according to the Center for Automotive Research, an industry think tank in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The state produced 9 percent of the cars made in the U.S., the center said.”Alabama won a first place trophy today in being selected for that plant,” said Dave Sullivan, product analysis manager at AutoPacific Inc., an automotive research company. Sullivan said the factory itself is a huge asset for the state, but it will also cause economic ripples by bringing spinoff jobs at suppliers and service companies in the area.After reassessing the market, Toyota Motor Corp. has changed its plan to make Corollas at a plant in Guanajuato, Mexico, now under construction, and instead will produce Tacoma pickups there, the company has said. Toyota, Mazda plan $1.6 billion US plant, to partner in EVs But during the summer, Toyota President Akio Toyoda denied that Trump’s views influenced his decision.”We have been reviewing the best production strategy for our business,” he told reporters in Tokyo at the time.Toyota and Mazda Motor Corp. also plan to work together on various advanced auto technology, such as electric vehicles, safety features and connected cars, as well as products that they could supply each other, they said.It’s difficult to predict auto sales in three years, but at present, Toyota may not need the factory for Corolla production.U.S. sales of small cars fell nearly 10 percent last year as buyers continued a massive shift toward SUVs and pickup trucks. Corolla sales fell 14 percent for the year, to just under 309,000, according to Autodata Corp.Still, Toyota and Mazda have said their collaboration will respect mutual independence and equality. Toyota, which makes the Prius hybrid, Camry sedan and Lexus luxury models, already provides hybrid technology to Mazda, which makes compact cars for Toyota at its Mexico plant.The sheer cost of the plant also makes a partnership logical, as it boosts cost-efficiency and economies of scale. Working together on green and other auto technology also makes sense as the segment becomes increasingly competitive because of concerns about global warming, the environment and safety.Alabama started on the road to becoming an auto manufacturing hub in 1993 when Mercedes chose it as the location for a manufacturing plant after the state offered a then-eye popping $250 million incentive package. Honda and Toyota followed by putting engine plants in the state. In 2002, Hyundai announced an assembly facility in Montgomery. Citation: Source: $1.6 billion Toyota-Mazda plant planned for Alabama (2018, January 10) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-source-alabama-toyota-mazda-factory.html Japanese automakers Toyota and Mazda are expected to announce Wednesday that they have chosen Alabama as the site of a coveted $1.6 billion joint-venture auto plant that will employ about 4,000 people, a person briefed on the decision said.