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  • A measure of redemption

    first_imgThe men’s hockey season finally ended March 17, with a loss to No. 6 Union in the ECAC Championship in Atlantic City, N.J. The team scrapped hard to prolong the season: 14 games went to overtime, and an NCAA-record 11 ended in ties.“The ties and overtimes were cause for a lot of stress from the coaching staff all the way down through the players,” said Ted Donato, the Robert D. Ziff  ’88 Head Coach for Harvard Men’s Ice Hockey. “But it also bonded us in a way that very few teams have the opportunity to do. The team was galvanized by the stressful situations through the year, and came to welcome them.”The past several years have tried the Crimson’s patience. After three losing seasons, the Crimson were the media’s pick to finish last in the conference in 2012. The team responded by going 13-10-11, one win shy of the national tournament.Patience served the Crimson well in this season of redemption, but if there was ever a time to panic, it was in the second game of the ECAC quarterfinals against Yale. One day after an overtime loss, the Crimson entered the first intermission down 2-0 and facing elimination.“With the amount of comebacks we had, I don’t think anyone was pushing the panic button,” said Donato.True to form, they saved their best for when it mattered. Harvard scored three power-play goals and won in double overtime. Then, an 8-2 Crimson win ended the series, before Harvard beat No. 13 Cornell, 6-1, in the semifinal. The season-ending surge of 9-4-5 prompted a No. 19 national ranking.Conference voters also rewarded individual efforts. Senior forward Alex Killorn and junior defenseman Danny Biega garnered first-team ECAC honors. Biega was one of the best two-way players in the country, second nationally among defensemen in points per game and honored as the Best Defensive Defenseman in the conference. Freshman defenseman Patrick McNally brought more hardware to the blue line, placing on the ECAC all-rookie team.Freshman Steve Michalek joined McNally on the all-rookie team, and sophomore Raphael Girard, who had the fourth-best save percentage in the country, was named ECAC Goaltender of the Month for February. Their play made the Crimson’s least-experienced position perhaps its strongest.Donato is grateful for the outgoing senior leadership, but he can’t help looking forward.“There are seasons where, as a coach, you feel spent at the end. You need to take a breath and regroup,” said Donato. “Then there are seasons like this. And you can’t wait to get playing again.”last_img read more

  • Dairy farmers to host Northeast Dairy Summit Friday in Burlington

    first_imgDairy Farmers Working Together (DFWT) is hosting a Northeast Dairy Summit to address the crisis facing dairy farmers in our region and across the nation. Governor Douglas will give opening remarks.  Dairy farmers and leaders from across the nation, government officials and industry representatives will be in attendance.A panel comprised of dairy and agriculture representatives including Secretary of Agriculture Roger Allbee, Ray Souza of United Dairyman, Chuck Nicholson with Cornell University, John Myer of the Holstein Association and Calvin Covington from Southwest Milk, Inc., Rob Vandenheuvel of the Milk Producers Council of California, and Bob Naerebout and Jim Stewart of the Idaho Dairymen s Association will give presentations and answer questions.DFWT was formed three years ago to address national dairy policy issues and their impact on the volatile milk price system. This summit will be a sharing of ideas to explore options and design action steps.WHAT:  Northeast Dairy Summit WHEN: Friday, March 20, 2009Registration is free and begins at 8:30 a.m.Northeast Dairy Summit is from 9 a.m. NoonWHERE: Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center South Burlington Vermontlast_img read more

  • Captains DePetris, Hogan and Rogers look to keep team morale high

    first_img Published on April 14, 2010 at 12:00 pm [email protected] Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Jackie DePetris knew she needed to do something to pick up the spirits of her teammates. Following two consecutive victories on the road, the Orange lost a 6-5 heartbreaker to No. 11 Notre Dame. And as the players reflected on the difficult loss, the senior attack could sense something was amiss.So DePetris decided it was her duty to lift her teammates’ spirits, and it was time to loosen things up. She decided it was time for the No. 10 Orange (7-4, 2-1 Big East) to have a bit of fun.DePetris e-mailed the entire team, inviting the players over to her house on Clarendon Street to partake in a scavenger hunt. The evening was filled with laughs, and in spite of a devastating defeat against a Big East rival just a day earlier, the players began to feel relaxed and loose.‘I’ve been trying to help everyone out and talk to everyone on an individual level,’ DePetris said. ‘I find that I’m thinking about lacrosse all the time. I’m always thinking, ‘What can we do? How can we get better?’ It’s on my mind 24/7.’DePetris is the team’s co-captain, alongside junior goaltender Liz Hogan and senior defender Lindsay Rogers. Though the Orange is ranked in the Top 10, there have been some definite ups and downs along the way. Throughout this roller-coaster season, these captains have had the daunting responsibility of keeping the morale high when the mood is low.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut what’s special about this crew of leaders is that they all bring something unique to the table.‘Each captain has a different role,’ freshman attack Michelle Tumolo said. ‘Liz is one who will say, ‘Come on! Get fired up!’ Jackie is that sweet girl that knows just what to say to get you going. And Lindsay is a girl that has been playing Syracuse lacrosse for the past four years. She knows what to work on because she’s been there, and even though she’s hurt she has been there every step of the way.’In addition to their eclectic personalities, each captain plays a different position and affects the team in her own way. DePetris plays attack and is a goal-scorer, Rogers causes turnovers and halts the opponent’s offense, and Hogan defends the goal.Unfortunately for SU, only two of those players are currently active.Rogers, believed to be SU’s most prolific defender coming into the season, suffered a season-ending knee injury against Northwestern on March 21. The injury was especially difficult for Rogers to swallow considering her senior standing.But despite the premature end to her season, Rogers had upheld her position as captain. Though it has been nearly torturous watching her team play from the sidelines, the co-captain has been in attendance for every game and for every practice, home and away.Rogers’ presence certainly remains an integral component of the team’s success, but Hogan does admit that the team is missing her leadership from the field. In turn, Hogan feels that she and DePetris must focus on being the vocal leaders within the white lines.‘With Lindsay Rogers going down that’s one less captain, so we definitely feel some added responsibility,’ Hogan said. ‘But you need to stay composed. People are going to have their bad days, and you just need to talk to them and tell them that they have the skills.’Rogers served as a co-captain last season, but this honor has provided a new experience for both DePetris and Hogan. And though it hasn’t been an easy job, both players have followed in their co-captain’s footsteps and embraced the role.‘It’s very different being captain,’ DePetris said. ‘On a team level we try to give off the attitude that, ‘We lost, but we have to learn from that loss.’ And we need to know what we did wrong so that it doesn’t happen again. There’s a lot more to do and it’s a challenge, but I feel more committed to this team than I have in the past four years.’last_img read more

  • UPDATE: LAPD, DPS hold open forum for students

    first_imgStudents, alumni, faculty and community members voiced their concerns at an emotional open forum between the Dept. of Public Safety and the Los Angeles Police Department Tuesday evening in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center Ballroom, which was filled to capacity.The ballroom reached capacity at 750 students and an additional 200 students were turned away at the door.The forum was organized in response to events at an off-campus student graduation party on 23rd and Hoover streets early Saturday morning where six students were arrested by more than 79 LAPD officers.Students participated in a campus sit-in Monday at Tommy Trojan from noon to 4 p.m. to protest against the excessive force used by more than 79 LAPD officers in response to the noise complaint.The forum was moderated by Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law Jody Armour. Panelists included  Capt. Paul Snell of the LAPD Southwest Division, Inspector General Alex Bustamante, Cmdr. Bill Scott of LAPD, Chief John Thomas of DPS, Commanding Officer of Operations South Bureau Bob Green and USC Vice President for Student Affairs Michael Jackson participated in the discussion.Rikiesha Pierce, a senior majoring in sociology, was one of the key organizers and was the first to speak at the event. After she published an article on racial profiling in the community, Pierce was contacted by Thomas and Snell, who collaborated with her to hold the forum.“When students are being humiliated by their community law enforcement, there is a fundamental problem there and, even deeper, no one said nothing,” Pierce said. “This meeting was an attempt at reconciliation and at collaboration.”The event opened with the presentation of a compilation of videos recorded by students at the scene of the incident. Video clips showed students being handcuffed by police and even one female student crying out in pain as she was handcuffed on the ground.“That was a very sobering video,” Jackson said. “It really brings focus to this discussion and helps, for those of us who weren’t there, visualize what occurred and how our students were put into a very vulnerable position.”The host of the party Nate Howard, a senior majoring in communication who was arrested Saturday morning, began to cry as he emphasized that it is up to the millennial generation to work together and change the current situation. He received a standing ovation after stressing the need for unity to correct the flaws of law enforcement.“I have a voice and I spoke it. It’s up to our generation,” Howard said. “We have to move on for something bigger.”Armour asked both DPS and LAPD officers and representatives questions about issues regarding racial profiling and the social consequences of race-based judgements. LAPD responded saying that police placed a distress call because they believed their safety was in danger.“We do not believe at this point that there were any indications that this was race based,” Snell said. “What I would like focus on now is how we can move forward. We do not want this to happen again.”The majority of audience members rose their hands when Scott asked if they believed the response from LAPD was race-based.When asked about the support the students who were arrested can expect to receive from the university, Thomas said that he is in dialogue with the students and their parents to make sure that they are cared for and that they will not have to pay bail. Jackson responded that he is not in favor of the current charges being pressed against the students.“The key for us right now with respect to the students is to give them as much support as we possibly can and to advocate, from my perspective, that these charges should be dropped,” Jackson said.Updated on May 8th at 6:30 P.M.President C. L. Max Nikias released a statement Wednesday evening responding to the events at the party. He said he has been updated by his senior staff since early after the incident.“I had complete confidence in my leaders as they fully briefed me in advance on their discussions with student leaders and the plan for last night’s forum,” Nikias said in a statement. “I was pleased that there was an opportunity for an open dialogue and for people to express concerns.”Nikias said that he remains optimistic about the future relations between the university and its students.“We are confident we will move ahead from this issue in an even more productive and positive,” Nikias said.At the forum, students and the parents of the arrested students proceeded to spend an hour giving testimonies of their experiences during the night of the incident. They expressed love for their university but also stated the desire for DPS and LAPD to actively create the open discussion they talked about. Students also yelled out from the crowd asking where President Nikias was during this open forum.Evan Vujovich, a senior majoring in music industry who lives in the house across the street that hosted a party at the same time, said that the police did not address his party first, which refuted previous reports.“Our party ended but we were not asked to disperse, we were not asked to go home, we were not pushed out of our party that was also peaceful,” Vujovich said. “Our party was equally loud, had at least as many people and our party wasn’t even registered with DPS.”Jason Sneed, a senior majoring in philosophy, politics and law and one of the students who was arrested, addressed the social media movement that helped gather interest in the event. The hashtag #USChangeMovement was a trending topic in the Los Angeles area on Twitter while the forum was still in progress.“We’re here today based off of facebook, emails and Twitter,” Sneed said. “If we can create a movement based on social media, how much more powerful can we be?”Photos by Shoko Oda Video from the scene, courtesy of USC Black Student Assembly.last_img read more