When Cassandra Euphrat Weston ’14 came to Harvard by way of San Francisco, she missed something.“There’s a very significant spoken-word community in the Boston area, but I didn’t find an undergraduate college spoken-word community here” on campus, she said.So she decided to start one. That idea hatched during Wintersession, when Euphrat Weston and Kyra Atekwana ’14 secured funding for a class that proved so successful it segued into an official student group they dubbed Speak Out Loud (SOL).“Most young people discover slam poetry through YouTube,” said SOL member Virginia Marshall ’15. “But it started as an art form in Chicago in 1985.”“I was lucky enough to be introduced to spoken word through the organization Youth Speaks, which is a wonderful organization in the Bay Area,” said Euphrat Weston, “and I was thrilled by what I found — this idea that everyone’s voice was a great voice for poetry, and poetry could communicate ideas and be a means of empowerment and be technically brilliant and on-stage.”Known for its theatricality, slam poetry is memorized and typically more energetic than traditional page-poetry. Slam poets often have a political leaning, or a deeply personal one, with topics ranging from sexuality to race.What is spoken word?Speak Out Loud members Melanie Wang ’15, Awais Hussain ’15, and Olu Animashaun ’14 discuss the art of spoken word in this interview with WHRB.And there’s a competitive aspect to slam poetry. Judges are audience members picked at random. Scores are averaged over two rounds, culminating with a winner. SOL is active in the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational, held at different universities each year.The Harvard group meets weekly to talk business, workshop poems, trade writing prompts, and practice.“We learn a lot through one of our members who is a dancer, and they’ve taught us a lot about how to use our bodies in ways that move the words along,” said Marshall.’Mona Has a Big New Problem’Melanie Wang ’15 performs this poem live on WHRB.Now in its third year, SOL is gearing up for Poetas, a large-scale SOL performance that will be held April 26 during the Visitas weekend to welcome prospective freshmen.“We’ll also be rehearsing, editing, and workshopping poems together. It’s really exciting to have the first event of this kind,” said Marshall. “I hope a lot of pre-frosh see that we have a really vibrant community here, and to be aware of us as a group before they accept admission here.”“SOL is a space where we ask why we write. There are many places at Harvard to ask how we write or how other people write. And there’s a lot of craft, and I care a lot about craft, but we also care about what we say and why we’re saying it, and that’s something I always come back to,” said Euphrat Weston, who will graduate next month.She’s thrilled to be leaving behind something permanent, and in capable hands.“People at the helm have so much energy that I couldn’t imagine having, and I’m sure they’ll take it directions I can only imagine,” she said. “I hope SOL only continues to grow.”Poetas will take place April 26 at 8 p.m. in Harvard Hall, Room 202. Suggested donation is $5.
Renters need to make sure they are protected.Last week I was greeted with the horrific news that one of the properties our office manages was on-fire and the fire brigade and police were in attendance.Ripping across town my immediate thoughts, as you would expect, were with the lives of the tenants and their pets.I was relived when I arrived to discover the tenants were not home, their pets were safe and no one was hurt.It was a steep learning curve. I have never dealt with a fire of this magnitude and the lessons over the last week have been many.The biggest reminder was obviously the importance of insurance, regular maintenance and smoke alarm monitoring.This property had been regularly serviced and it was the smoke alarms that alerted the neighbours to the drama. There was no outstanding maintenance and the owner had adequate insurance.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoBut here are the two lessons. Unfortunately the tenant didn’t have contents insurance and in these circumstances the owner has to cover the expenses in relation to the building and the tenant has to protect their contents. It is essential that owners and tenants have adequate insurance.It is also a good reminder about another thing that is the tenant’s responsibility during a lease – which could end p being very costly.Many tenants are surprised to know that unreported maintenance can became a cost borne by the tenant.For example, if you notice a leak and don’t report it and the leak causes more damage which could have been avoided, then the tenant could be liable for the costs.My top 3 tips for tenants to ensure maximum protection during a lease are:· Complete your entry report within 3 days of receiving it noting any discrepancies. Ensure you get an acknowledgment that you returned it in time· Get contents insurance· Report all maintenance items
SRI LANKA 1st innings 419 (D. Chandimal 155 n.o., D. Karunaratne 93, N. Dickwella 83)PAKISTAN 1st innings 422 (A. Ali 85, H. Sohail 76, S. Masood 59, S. Aslam 51; R. Herath 5-93)SRI LANKA 2nd innings (overnight 69-4)Dimuth Karunaratne c Masood b Shah 10Kaushal Silva lbw b Sohail 25Lahiru Thirimanne c S. Ahmed b Shafiq 7Kusal Mendis lbw b Abbas 18Dinesh Chandimal c Shafiq b Shah 7Suranga Lakmal c B. Azam b Abbas 13Niroshan Dickwella not out 40Dilruwan Perera lbw b Shah 6Rangana Herath c Masood b Shah 0Lakshan Sandakan c Amir b Shah 8Nuwan Pradeep b H. Ali 0Extras: (lb-3, nb-1) 4Total: (all out, 66.5 overs) 138Fall of wickets: 1-20, 2-33, 3-51, 4-65, 5-73, 6-86, 7-101, 8-101, 9-135.Bowling: Mohammad Amir 12-4-27-0, Mohammad Abbas 12-3-22-2 (nb-1), Yasir Shah 27-5-51-5, Hasan Ali 7.1-0-21-1, Asad Shafiq 3.4-0-7–1, Haris Sohail 5-2-7-1.PAKISTAN 2nd innings (Target: 136 runs)Shan Masood c K. Silva b D. Perera 7Sami Aslam c Karunaratne b Herath 2Azhar Ali c Dickwella b Lakmal 0Asad Shafiq c Karunaratne b Herath 20Babar Azam c Dickwella b D. Perera 3Haris Sohail lbw b D. Perera 34Sarfraz Ahmed stp. Dickwella b Herath 19Hasan Ali b Herath 8Mohammad Amir b Herath 9Yasir Shah not out 6Mohammad Abbas lbw b Herath 0Extras: (b-1, lb-4, nb-1) 6Total: (all out, 47.4 overs) 114Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-7. 3-16, 4-32, 5-36, 6-78, 7-98, 8-100, 9-111.Bowling: Suranga Lakmal 5-1-12-1, Rangana Herath 21.4-4-43-6, Dilruwan Perera 18-4-46- 3 (nb-1), Nuwan Pradeep 2-1-4-0, Lakshan Sandakan 1-0-4-0… RANGANA Herath claimed his 400th Test wicket as Sri Lanka secured a dramatic 21-run win over Pakistan in Abu Dhabi to answer their critics in style.The veteran bowler stole the headlines on an action-packed final day of the first Test, bringing up his landmark scalp with the match-clinching lbw dismissal of Mohammad Abbas.It was the 16th wicket to fall yesterday as Pakistan were all out for 114, after Sri Lanka – whitewashed in all formats on their tour of India – posted 138.Herath ended with figures of 6-43 to give his side the lead in the two-match series, becoming only the second Sri Lankan to take 400 wickets in the longest format – half the total compiled by legendary compatriot Muttiah Muralitharan.The 39-year-old’s man-of-the-match display came on a pitch that deteriorated badly on the fifth day, when runs were hard to come by and no batsman was able to stamp his authority.It all meant that a contest which had failed to provide much in the way of entertainment for four days concluded in memorable fashion.Sri Lanka were left to defend 136 after lunch, with Niroshan Dickwella’s 40 not out representing their only meaningful resistance with the bat.Yasir Shah helped himself to a five-for to set up what looked to be a very achievable chase for Pakistan.But the warning signs were there from very early in their second innings, with Herath dismissing Sami Aslam for two, as the left-arm spinner began to weave his magic.Pakistan were rarely able to build momentum and on 36-5 they were well on their way to blowing it.A brief rally saw Sarfraz Ahmed (19) and Haris Sohail (34) put on 42, but Herath refused to stay quiet for long and he ultimately broke up the partnership when Sarfraz came down the pitch and missed a dipping delivery, allowing Dickwella to stump him.That broke Pakistan’s spirit and the tail was cleaned up in short order, although only after Kusal Mendis had prematurely celebrated the win when his catch came off a Dilruwan Perera no-ball.Herath’s place in the history books was the final action of the match, sparking wild celebrations from a Sri Lanka side who exorcised some of the demons of their India misery.The second meeting starts on Friday in Dubai. (Omnisport)
The New England Patriots may have lost the Super Bowl last Sunday, but they are still in the news because of their Jamaican-born defensive safety, Patrick Chung? Questions are being asked whether the Kingston-born Chung played with a concussion in Sunday’s Super Bowl. Chung was removed from Super Bowl 52 in the fourth quarter with a concussion, per Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk. However, Chung was reportedly initially concussed during the third quarter while attempting to tackle Philadelphia Eagle’s running back Jay Ajayi. The player stayed on the ground following the tackle and the team’s medical staff helped him off the field. But the New England medical staff evaluated Chung and he later returned to the game. However, with three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Chung went down again in the aftermath of another tackle and that is when the Patriots announced that he would be out for the remaining minutes of the game. New England went on to lose 41-33 to the Eagles in Super Bowl 52. Now many are questioning the NFL’s concussion protocol even as more research is coming out about the impact of head injuries in football. Chung is set to recuperate over the break and hopefully return to play football next season. Jay Ajayi literally put Patrick Chung in the concussion protocol pic.twitter.com/6QHdrTaetI— Chris Spags (@ChrisSpags) February 5, 2018