Tracy K. Smith ’94 accepts Harvard Arts Medal

first_img 4 days of interactive performances, art installations, and activities celebrate creativity on campus Related U.S. poet laureate to lead alumni at Harvard’s 368th Commencement Some of the most important time in Tracy K. Smith’s life was spent in the armchairs of Lamont Library.During a tumultuous first year at Harvard College following the death of her mother, Smith found moments of clarity in the corners of the library, covering the pages of her sketchbook with poetry.The certainty she felt in that library guided Smith when the rest of her life felt uncertain.Nearly 30 years later, Smith ’94 was welcomed back to campus as the 2019 Harvard Arts Medal recipient at a ceremony Thursday in Agassiz Theatre, kicking off Arts First weekend. Smith was introduced by fellow poet and English professor Jorie Graham, who praised her unique voice and “remarkable bandwidth” as an artist.In the years since College, Smith has become a prolific writer, publishing four collections of poetry on a vast range of topics, from the Civil War to outer space. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2012 and was named the 22nd poet laureate of the U.S. in 2017.Ultimately, Graham said, “Tracy K. Smith grew up into the poet she dreamed, in Lamont Library, she might become.”Smith is the 26th recipient of the Harvard Arts Medal, which is given annually to a graduate or faculty member who has achieved artistic excellence and made a contribution through the arts to education or the public good.“Harvard is a place from which an astonishing number of this nation’s crucial artists have sprung,” said Graham, who is herself a Pulitzer Prize winner for poetry. “This year, it is a delight for me to celebrate the art form I love so dearly and its singularly glorious practitioner, Tracy K. Smith.”Smith said receiving the medal is “an honor that means the world to me.”The Arts Medal ceremony began with the introduction from Graham, the Boylston Professor of Oratory and Rhetoric, and ended with the medal presentation by Harvard President Larry Bacow. Most of the ceremony, though, was reserved for Smith to discuss her work with Boston journalist Callie Crossley.Their conversation wound its way through many themes of Smith’s poetry: grief and pain, empathy, recognition of others’ humanity, love and intimacy, the natural world, and imagining God and the afterlife.,They touched on Smith’s travels through rural America as the poet laureate, which led her to community centers in Alaska and addiction rehabilitation facilities in Kentucky. Smith said she found herself continuously “acknowledging the amplitude of poems” as she heard them discussed in surprising contexts.Prompted by Crossley, Smith also read several of her poems aloud, including one based on correspondence from black Civil War veterans and another titled “Refuge.”Crossley said “Refuge,” in which the narrator sees her own life reflected in the lives of refugees, is an example of “the power of poetry that allows people to be seen.”Graham praised Smith similarly, saying her work as poet laureate reflects her “deep commitment” to transmitting poetry’s power.“If you want to be moved and inspired, watch those seeds of [Tracy’s] take root in people across this country who had no idea a poem could speak for them, to them, about them,” Graham said. “She is an awakener.”Bacow said he was struck, after hearing Smith read and discuss her poetry, by how her work compelled him “to think about voice.”“Your voice is captivating, and draws all of us in in such profound ways,” Bacow told Smith. “We are so proud of you, for all that you have done and all that you will do.”Bacow ceremoniously fastened the medal around Smith’s neck and then offered her the podium, where she expressed her gratitude — to other poets like Graham, to her professors Seamus Heaney and Lucie Brock-Broido, and to Harvard itself.Smith said returning to Harvard brought a combination of joy, homesickness, and a reminder of all that she struggled with as a student.Receiving the award felt like a reassurance, she said. “The honor of the Harvard Arts Medal tempts me to believe that I’m following the path I once set out to find.”center_img Arts First, last, and in between Tracy K. Smith elected chief marshallast_img read more

CBN FC beat Unity Bank FC to win 2019 AFIFC

first_imgRelatedPostsNo Content Available The Central Bank of Nigeria Football Club has won the 2019 All Financial Institutions Football Club competition, beating the Unity Bank Football Club by a lone goal at the game played at the Pa Ngele Oruta Stadium, formerly known as Abakaliki Township Stadium.The only goal of the pulsating match was scored by Lazarus Ijale, via a spot kick in the 63rd minute of the game.Speaking at the event, which was graced by ex-Super Eagles star, Victor Ikpeba, the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, commended all the teams that participated in the competition, and stressed that the tournament was one of the Bank’s foremost and oldest Corporate Social Responsibility functions.Emefiele, whose remarks were delivered by the Deputy Director in the Corporate Communications Department of the Bank and Head of the Public Relations Division, Veronica Aqua, noted that the Bank remained committed to contributing to the promotion and development of football in the country, in addition to its contributions in golf and tennis.He noted that the AFIFC had become a very significant tournament among financial institutions in Nigeria, particularly as it created an opportunity for social interaction among financial institutions and regulators as well as facilitated the promotion of harmony in Nigeria’s financial system.While congratulating the winners of this year’s competition, the CBN Governor assured that the Bank would sustain its sponsorship of the event, even as he urged financial institutions to continue to uphold the spirit of sportsmanship.The Governor also thanked the Ebonyi State Government for making the stadium available, and the Nigeria Football Federation for mobilizing financial institutions as well as ensuring a hitch-free competition.He further acknowledged the contribution of the media and all the football fans for their excellent conduct during the competition.Also speaking, Ikpeba lauded the CBN for leading the way in promoting the game of football and other sporting activities as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility.Ikpeba stressed the importance of sponsorship to the development of sports in the country, noting that the government or a single corporate entity could not do it all.He also urged other corporate bodies to emulate the CBN in supporting sports for the overall good of the society.Meanwhile, in the third-place play-off that preceded the final match, last year’s losing finalist, the Securities and Exchange Commission Football Club of Abuja pipped Amju Unique Microfinance Bank, Delta State to win the bronze medal.Tags: 2019 AFIFCCBN FCUnity Bank FClast_img read more

Week 6 college football previews and picks

first_imgWeek 6 of the college football season is already off to a strong start, as Arizona upset the #2 Oregon Ducks 31-24 on Thursday night.Saturday’s games will feature five top-10 teams facing off against ranked opponents, as each of them looks to prove why they deserve to be in the inaugural College Football Playoff.Here, we take a look at the big match-ups for this important Saturday in college football.TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin looks to lead the Horned Frog to an upset over No. 4 ranked Oklahoma. — Brody Schmidt | AP PhotoWake Forest (2-3, 0-1 ACC) at #1 Florida State (4-0, 2-0 ACC)After falling behind 24-7 during the first quarter last weekend against NC State, the Seminoles outscored the Wolfpack 52-24 in the last three quarters to avoid the upset. It was the first game back for Jameis Winston, who was suspended for their previous game, so an adjustment period was expected. Winston, who despite having lost consideration for the Heisman Trophy due to his off-the-field issues, has put together a strong season, and he should be strong from the start against the Demon Deacons. Expect Florida State to jump ahead big early and rest Winston and their other starters by the fourth quarter.Prediction: Florida State 52, Wake Forest 21#3 Alabama (4-0, 1-0 SEC) at #11 Ole Miss (4-0, 1-0 SEC)Despite being off to a 4-0 start, the Crimson Tide have not looked as strong as they have in past years, especially after surrendering four turnovers against Florida two weeks ago, despite winning 42-21. Meanwhile, Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace (1271 yards, 11 TDs) leads an up-tempo offense, which has given Alabama trouble in the past. The Ole Miss defense, including highly touted 2013recruits Robert Nkemdiche and Troy Connor, has matured, helping the Rebel defense hold opponents to 8.5 points per game. If the Rebels can force turnovers, shut down Tide wide receiver Amari Cooper (655 yards, 5 TDs), and Wallace can limit his turnovers (he leads the SEC with 6 interceptions thrown), the Rebels have the chance to pull off the upset on a national stage at home. It’s a long shot though, as the Rebels have lost 10 straight to the Crimson Tide, but the opportunity definitely presents itself for Ole Miss.Prediction: Ole Miss 42, Alabama 34#4 Oklahoma (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) at #25 TCU (3-0, 0-0 Big 12)Numerous analysts have argued that Oklahoma has been the most consistent team in college football this season, despite its #4 ranking, and the Sooners will look to prove that against TCU. The Horned Frogs will look to prove that their impressive stats thus far (9th in the nation in points per game with 44.7, 2nd in points against with 7.0) weren’t merely due to weak competition. Oklahoma has some excellent running backs in Samaje Perine and Keith Ford that can help keep pressure off of quarterback Trevor Knight. Look for the running backs to test the TCU defense, while the balanced Sooner attack keeps the game just out of reach for the Horned Frogs.Prediction: Oklahoma 35, TCU 24#15 LSU (4-1, 0-1 SEC) at #5 Auburn (4-0, 1-0 SEC)LSU was able to bounce back from their 34-29 defeat two weeks ago to Mississippi State, as they beat New Mexico State 63-7 last week. However, they have some question marks at quarterback, as they’re planning to give freshman Brandon Harris (394 yards, 6 TDs, 1 INT) his first career start. They’ll now head to Auburn, which runs a very similar offense to the Bulldogs, although they have not put up the same numbers, mainly due to only scoring 20 points in a win against Kansas State on September 18th.Expect Auburn to follow Mississippi State’s game-plan, using quarterback Nick Marshall (548 passing yards, 273 rushing yards, 8 total TDs) and running back Cameron Artis-Payne (468 yards, 5 TDs) to establish the run early and keep LSU’s defense off balance. LSU coach Les Miles will prepare his defense to handle this game-plan, and Harris, along with freshman running back Leonard Fournette (322 yards, 4 TDs) will do what they can to lead LSU to victory. If LSU can capitalize on Auburn’s recent inconsistencies, as well as stop the spread the second time around, they have a shot at the upset. At the very least, expect it to be closer than last year’s match; a 35-21 LSU win in Death Valley. Personally, I’m going with the defending SEC champions at home.Prediction: Auburn 38, LSU 34#6 Texas A&M (5-0, 2-0 SEC) at #12 Mississippi State (4-0, 1-0 SEC)The Bulldogs have had an extra week to celebrate their 34-29 win over the then #8 LSU Tigers, and will face off an A&M team that barely escaped Arkansas in overtime. The game will match two of the best quarterbacks in the SEC in Aggies quarterback Kenny Hill (1745 yards, 17 TDs, 2 INTs) and Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott (964 passing yards, 378 rushing yards, 14 total TDs). The Bulldogs will be able to hang on with the Aggies until the very end, but the weapons at wide receiver for the Aggies in Malcome Kennedy (378 yards, 2 TDs) and Josh Reynolds (336 yards, 5 TDs), plus a defense that seems to be able to make stops when it needs to, might be too much for them to overcome.Prediction: Texas A&M 45, Mississippi State 42#14 Stanford (3-1) at #9 Notre Dame (4-0)As can be expected, the match between the Cardinal and Fighting Irish will be a defensive battle, with the teams ranking 1st and 4th in the nation in points against, respectively. Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson (1142 yards, 11 TDs, 2 INTs) has been a more dangerous quarterback in 2014 than was expected, while Stanford has had issues with scoring in the red-zone throughout the season. The Cardinal are expected to sort that out as the season goes on, but expect the Irish to do everything they can to not let that happen.Prediction: Notre Dame 23, Stanford 17#19 Nebraska (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) at #10 Michigan State (3-1, 0-0 Big Ten)Outside of a bad second half in week 2 against Oregon, where they were outscored 28-3 and lost the game, the Spartans have been one of the more dominant teams in college football. Nebraska brings the 3rd-best rushing attack in the FBS to Lansing with 354.8 yards per game, led by Heisman hopeful Ameer Abdullah (FBS-leading 833 yards, 8 TDs) and dual-threat quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. (1052 passing yards, 420 rushing yards, 12 total TDs). However, Armstrong has been inconsistent at times as a passer, and Michigan State’s secondary can force mistakes in the passing game, while having the resources to defend the running game. Meanwhile, quarterback Connor Cook has been able to make big plays when the Spartans have needed it, and has mostly avoided big mistakes this season.Expect the Cornhuskers to stick with the running game early and often, and try to wear out the Spartan defense. This game could easily be decided by turnovers, and go either way. Armstrong is more likely to make mistakes than Cook, and the advantages Michigan State has on defense and playing at home gives them the edge in this matchup.Prediction: Michigan State 38, Nebraska 31Arizona State (3-1, 1-1 Pac-12) at #18 USC (3-1, 2-0 Pac-12)It’s been an up-and-down year to say the least for the Trojans, who went from beating Stanford 13-10 in Palo Alto to losing on the road 36-31 at Boston College, to rebounding from a slow start at the Coliseum to beat Oregon State 35-10.  Meanwhile, the Sun Devils hope to rebound from a 35-point loss against UCLA at home, despite not having quarterback Taylor Kelly for the second straight game. They’ll go with Mike Bercovici, who went 42-for-68 with 488 yards, 3 TDs, and 2 INTs in his first career start, against a USC defense that has yet to give up a passing touchdown this season.Meanwhile, USC quarterback Cody Kessler (1107 passing yards, 10 TDs, 0 INTs) has been one of the most underrated quarterbacks in college football this season. He’s been able to avoid mistake and has the support of a strong running game and defense to back him up. If Taylor Kelly were starting, I’d lean more towards the Sun Devils to pull off the upset in the Coliseum. However, they lose some offensive options with Bercovici in there and I expect the Trojans to take advantage. Either way, it’ll be a shootout at the Coliseum.Prediction: USC 48, Arizona State 37Utah (3-1, 0-1 Pac-12) at #8 UCLA (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12)After three disappointing performances against unranked opponents, UCLA dominated #15 Arizona State on the way to a 62-27 thrashing. The Bruins were finally able to put together a complete performance on offense, defense, and special teams, and assuming they can keep up that level of play, the Bruins will be a dangerous force as we get closer and closer to the inaugural College Football Playoff.On the other side, Utah is coming off a heartbreaking loss to Washington State, and will be eager to bounce back on the national stage. The Utes have the personnel on the defensive line to cause problems for UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley, and the personnel on special teams to make big plays. However, UCLA has shown it can win close games, and a better-rested Hundley pushes them to a 5-0 start.Prediction: UCLA 38, Utah 28last_img read more

Women’s lacrosse splits weekend set

first_imgThe Trojans split their road trip to the Sunshine State this weekend, dropping a season-first loss on the road to No. 4 Florida before bouncing back with an 18-3 hammering of Stetson.The weekend began on a sour note for head coach Lindsey Munday’s third-ranked squad, as it faced off against a staunch Florida defense on Friday. The 15-10 loss stemmed from 24 USC turnovers, which the Gators took advantage of to maintain their lead throughout the game.Four seniors stoked the offensive flames for the Trojans against the Gators, with senior attacker Cynthia Del Core leading the way with a season-high four goals, which also tied her career high. Fellow senior attackers Michaela Michael, Kylie Drexel and Gabby McMahon chipped in two goals each to round out USC’s scoring.Defensively, the Trojans could not contain Florida’s attacker duo of senior Mollie Stevens and junior Shayna Pirreca, who combined for nine goals. Their offensive firepower handed USC its first halftime deficit since 2015, as the Gators took a 7-3 lead into the locker room. Florida extended the lead as far as six in the fourth quarter before a Michael goal trimmed the margin to the final score of 15-10. Michael also notched 10 draw controls on Friday, making her the first player in MPSF history to tally more than 300 in her collegiate career and adding a silver lining to the Trojans’ defeat.USC then headed south from Gainesville to DeLand, Fla. to take on Stetson, where it rebounded strongly with an 18-3 drubbing of the Hatters. Four Trojans netted three goals or more: Freshman midfielder Kerrigan Miller led the scoring with a career-high five points (four goals, one assist), while Michael also pitched in three goals and two assists to grab her 28th career hat trick. McMahon tallied three goals and an assist, and junior attacker Alexis Kardias rounded out USC’s hat-trick heroes with three goals on the day. All in all, the Trojans outshot Stetson 27-11 and held a 13-9 edge on the draw.Munday’s side also stifled the Hatters defensively, successfully executing a perfect 13-of-13 clear attempts. Junior goalie Gussie Johns didn’t have much to do guarding the USC cage, but she saved four shots while conceding one in the first half before making way for freshman Hannah Upshaw in the third quarter. Upshaw entered the game with a 13-1 Trojan lead saved two shots and picked up two ground balls as USC saw out its comfortable victory.The Trojans enjoy a bye week next, so they will have time to recover from their East Coast swing before returning to the field. USC’s next opponents come on March 7, when Boston University makes the trip out west to try for an upset at McAlister Field. New Hampshire visits after the Terriers on March 13, and the Trojans will fly cross-country once again after that for afour-game stretch in the Northeast.last_img read more