Student artists bring inspiration to Somerville hospital

March 1, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgThe Ceramics Program at the Office for the Arts at Harvard recently installed a ceramic mural created by students of instructor Allison Newsome for the CHA Somerville Hospital, part of the Cambridge Health Alliance.Created by 17 artists over two semesters, the salon-style mural, titled “Homeostasis,” incorporates life-reinforcing imagery such as fruit and flowers, rendered in a ceramic relief that recalls the architectural ceramics of 15th-century Italian sculptor della Robbia. Each artist worked on separate compositions, unified by the use of a white maiolica glaze with color applied on top.For example, artist Julie Nussbaum created a center medallion depicting Hygieia, goddess of health, surrounded by Somerville landmarks, including the Prospect Hill Fort and the Powderhouse. Artist Bruce Armitage contributed two pieces to the mural; one depicts a woman in a garden contemplating serene thoughts, while the other shows a woman holding a basket with flowers. The mural is intended to “bring a human touch to a high-tech hospital environment with art that inspires, transforms and comforts patients, families, visitors and staff” in the waiting rooms of the hospital.Artists who worked on the project include Christopher Adams, Bruce Armitage, Margaret Bearse, Deborah Bower Burke, Goce Davidov, Lesley Davison, Jia Gu, Kelley Hess, Marek Jacisin, Joyce Lauro, Catherine Lehar, Allison Newsome, Phi Nguyen, Julie Nussbaum, Brett Moore, Stephanie Osser, and Elizabeth Timpson. Special thanks to Bethanie Long and Ava Penman of the Cambridge Health Alliance for their help with the project.The public is invited to celebrate this collaborative public art project at a reception at the hospital on Monday, June 20, from 4:30 – 6 p.m. at the CHA Somerville Hospital Emergency Department at 230 Highland Ave. Light refreshments will be served. There is free street parking on Highland Ave or paid parking in the Crown Street lot at the top of Tower Street.For information on current and upcoming courses, exhibitions, and events of the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard, please call 617.495.8680 or visit read more

Notre Dame women react to new Pangborn transfer policies

January 26, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgGuarded by concrete lions, filled with the Manorites of Morrissey and crammed between Fisher Hall and the Rockne Memorial Gymnasium, Pangborn Hall seems to some to offer little in the way of attraction. But as Pangborn prepares to house the community for the new women’s residence hall being built on East Quad — scheduled to open in the fall of 2020 — the Office of Residential Life is trying to sweeten the deal.The Office of Residential Life announced Monday that students who elect to transfer halls into Pangborn will receive special housing benefits, among them guaranteed singles, extra community spaces and select singles as doubles. The policy has generated buzz in female dorm communities as students ponder the future of their residence life.Sophomore Elisabeth Lasecki said she was not in favor of making the move due to her commitment to her own dorm: Farley. “I’ve created a good sense of community in my own hall and I wouldn’t want to give that up, especially being off campus for my freshman year,” Lasecki said. “So I would just love to continue building up the community I’ve already built rather than all of a sudden changing it up.”Echoing Lasecki’s words, senior Brookelyn Bacchus said it would be difficult to be a founder for an entire new dorm.“I think it’s really hard to create a new community in a situation like that, but I also think it’s a great opportunity to expand a network of people and meet new people,” Bracchus said.Director of Residential Life Breyan Tornifolio said in an interview with The Observer on Feb. 7, there will be plenty of hall spirit for the women making the move to Pangborn, as they will have the chance to build a community from the ground up.“There will be welcome weekend, there will be hall council — it will function as a hall,” Tornifolio said. “So, women who might be looking for a fresh start, who want to take some leadership roles, this is their opportunity.”The idea of being a trailblazer for Pangborn didn’t seem to impress sophomore Allysa Dunnigan much either. Dunnigan said Pangborn would be a “terrible living situation for a year.”Although not personally excited by the idea, Dunnigan said she thought it was a great opportunity for other Notre Dame women.  “It’s a cool opportunity if you want to do leadership and be an RA because the chances are higher,” Dunnigan said. Sophomore Marielle Corbett agreed that moving to Pangborn could be rewarding.  “Pangborn is a good dorm and it seems like a good deal,” Corbett. “Especially with the $500 waiver for the fees — that makes a big difference and so I would definitely consider it if I didn’t already love Lewis.” Other women explained although the plan interested them initially, the overall transition would be inconvenient. “If I could get a single I would consider it, but I’m a science major and my main thing would be if I could get closer to Jordan [Hall of Science],” sophomore Caroline Langley said. “Pangborn is not any closer than where I already live so I wouldn’t consider [moving], probably not.“Or perhaps it’s simply a stubbornness to give up the dorm life so many Notre Dame women cherish.  Lasecki said she feels moving out of the dorm she was placed in would be in opposition to how she understands Notre Dame dorm culture.“I understand the purpose of it, it seems to be transitional … but it seems to be antithetical to this Notre Dame structure which is your freshman year you’re placed into a community,” she said. “Then all of a sudden, to just uproot that seems kind of against what the Notre Dame dorm is meant to be.”Tags: new women’s hall, Office of Residential Life, Pangborn Halllast_img read more

Dayton assistant Griffin prepares to face alma mater SU in NCAA Tournament

September 17, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgBUFFALO, N.Y. — After a stint at Virginia Tech, Adrian Autry was all ready to head to Dayton, Ohio, to become an assistant coach for the Flyers.But the pieces started to fall in place for him to make his way back to Syracuse. Rob Murphy left the Orange to become the head coach at Eastern Michigan, so Autry had the chance to return to his alma mater.That meant UD needed someone new, and it took a look at someone with a similar pedigree.Allen Griffin had been an assistant coach St. Francis (N.Y.), but Dayton, in the position his good friend opted not to take, was his new destination.“That was somewhere where I wanted to go,” Autry said. “Archie Miller’s a great coach and I believed in what he was talking about.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGriffin saw the same thing and is now in his third year as an assistant coach for the Flyers. For the first time since joining UD, he will meet his alma mater Saturday at First Niagara Center in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Griffin was a guard for SU from 1997-2001 where he started 68 total games and averaged 10.8 points per game as a senior, and has remained close with Autry and longtime assistant Mike Hopkins over the years.“I know someplace on him he’s got something orange,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “It’s not going to be in view, but his heart will be for sure.”When Autry’s SU career ended and he began playing overseas, Griffin was still playing for the Orangemen. During the summers, Autry would come back to the United States and work out with Griffin or play in tournaments together.“He’s like a little brother to me,” Autry said.When they both got into the coaching field, though, little brother helped big brother. Griffin began coaching before Autry, so Autry leaned on him for advice — advice he gleaned from Hopkins.“Probably the mentor for me,” Griffin said of Hopkins. “Whenever I run into a jam or a situation, I make sure that I call him and get his advice first and foremost.”His relationship with Hopkins began during Griffin’s freshman season. Griffin struggled as a reserve guard to start his career, but worked with Hopkins and developed into a starter by his sophomore season.So when Griffin decided he wanted to go into coaching, Hopkins was an obvious example to look up to. And he proved to Hopkins during his career that he had what it takes to be successful in the coaching business.“He was a guy who had great ability, but he wasn’t one of those guys that just depended on that ability,” Hopkins said. “He built everything he did on hard work and that’s what I respect so much about him.”Griffin talks to Hopkins on occasion — Hopkins said they spoke about a month ago —and Autry nearly every day.“I kind of leave coach Boeheim alone during the season,” Griffin said. “He can be a little bit cranky, so I’ll send Juli (Boeheim) some text messages throughout the year, especially on holidays, and just say hello.”This weekend, though, they haven’t crossed paths much. Autry saw Griffin scouting the Orange’s game Thursday and “told him to go home.”When Saturday’s game ends, no matter the result, Griffin will walk over to SU’s sideline and at least try to give Boeheim a hug. Griffin said he likes to see the Orange do well, but he won’t be thinking about that in the Round of 32.Said Griffin: “Right now, I bleed red and blue.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 21, 2014 at 5:53 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2last_img read more

‘That was me just warming up!’ Everton boss Roberto Martinez on THOSE dance moves

December 30, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgRoberto Martinez joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Tuesday.And Alan and co-host Neil Warnock wasted no time in bringing up the Everton manager’s now famous dance moves.Martinez was spotted throwing some shapes at a Jason Derulo concert last week [CLICK HERE FOR A REMINDER] but the stylish Spaniard said: “That was me just warming up… no one has seen me in full flow yet!“Some of the young boys wanted to know the real key of the moves!”The Everton boss went on to hail Ross Barkley’s development, while he also discussed John Stones’ future and responded to reports the club is close to being taken over by an American consortium.Listen to the interview with Roberto Martinez in full abovelast_img read more