Richard Barth ’89 named Commencement’s chief marshal


first_imgThe Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) announced that Richard Barth ’89, chief executive officer of the KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) Foundation, has been chosen to serve as Harvard University’s chief marshal at this year’s Commencement ceremonies.The chief marshal is selected each year from the ranks of the College’s 25th reunion class. Barth joins a roster of distinguished alumni dating back to the late 19th century. According to the 1892–93 Harvard Graduates’ Magazine, the installation of a chief marshal likely began in the 1880s, following Harvard’s 250th anniversary celebration. The position is a special honor granted to individuals who not only have achieved success in their careers but also have contributed to Harvard and society as a whole.On Commencement Day the honoree hosts the Chief Marshal’s Spread, a luncheon for dignitaries and guests. The marshal also selects “aids” to assist the HAA’s Happy Observance of Commencement Committee and leads the University-wide alumni procession into Harvard Yard for the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association (the Afternoon Program).“Richard is a wonderful choice,” said HAA President Catherine A. Gellert ’93. “He has devoted his career to helping students succeed, despite great obstacles, and his selection signals his class’s admiration for all that he has achieved.”“I am humbled that my classmates have chosen me for this honor,” said Barth. “My experience as an undergrad at Harvard was transformative, and opened my eyes to what a college education can do — not only for me, but for others. Now, in my work with KIPP, I feel fortunate to be able to contribute toward helping students from our nation’s most underserved communities succeed in college and lead choice-filled lives.”The recognition from his College peers is a fitting tribute for Barth. An American history concentrator, he has championed education since his undergraduate years, when a history seminar led to what he described as a “deep, personal inquiry” into the history of race relations and, ultimately, the transformative role of education.In December 2005, he was named CEO of the KIPP Foundation, which oversees the national network of KIPP public charter schools. During Barth’s tenure, KIPP has expanded from 45 to 141 schools, serving more than 50,000 students across the country — 85 percent of whom are from low-income backgrounds. KIPP’s college completion rate is above the national average for all students and four times the rate for students from low-income families.“At Harvard, I met extraordinary people — classmates and professors — from all walks of life,” Barth said. “I was exposed to ideas that set me on the course I have pursued day in and day out for the past 25 years.”Barth is an Aspen Institute Fellow and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. In March, he was named a 2014 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year. He currently serves on the board of directors of 50CAN, The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems, ROADS Charter High Schools, and General Assembly.Harvard’s 363rd Commencement will be held May 29. To reserve tickets for the Alumni Spread Luncheon and the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association (the Afternoon Program), please visit alumni.harvard.edu/annualmeeting.last_img read more

No. 15 seed Middle Tennessee State shocks No. 2 seed Michigan State, will face Syracuse on Sunday


first_imgWhen Matt Costello’s and-one cut the lead to two early in the second half, MTSU scored six points in the span of 47 seconds to make the lead eight. Bryn Forbes responded with a 3. Then Potts hit now of his own.Costello cut it to 65-64 with a layup. Then Harris hit an and-one. Colby Wallenman made two free throws to bring it to 77-76, then Perrin Buford hit an and-one layup. Every sniff at a run or any hope of momentum was always dashed by a Blue Raiders basket.“In my wildest dreams I didn’t think they’d hit some of the shots they hit,” MSU head coach Tom Izzo said in a tear-filled press conference. “We didn’t guard them real good. But, man, they made some shots. Boy, really take my hat off to the shots they made.”After the game, players in the MTSU locker room spoke with large throngs of reporters. A lot of them looked as their phones started blowing up. Some, like Jaqawn Raymond stood with an ear-to-ear, smile on his face.“We know it’s a big win. We know nobody think we was gonna win this game,” Raymond said. “I’m pretty sure there’s some brackets that’s not gonna win no money … We got our jobs done.”For the Spartans, the locker room was quiet. In the press room, Izzo cried. He shot back at a reporter who asked about what the game meant for the future, saying he refused to look past today. Denzel Valentine lamented MTSU’s changing defense — everything from a 1-3-1 to 2-3 zone to man-to-man.The loss pits Michigan State with Duke and Missouri from 2012, both No. 2 seeds that lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. But Michigan State was arguably the best team in the country. It had been snubbed of a No. 1 seed. It had Valentine, the consensus best player in the country. And suddenly, it was all over.Margaret Lin | Senior Staff Photographer“I will never forget this day,” Michigan State’s Marvin Clark said. “I just can’t let this happen again.”The Blue Raiders will spend all of Friday night relaxing and celebrating. Then at 6 a.m. on Saturday, they’ll meet and go over tape. Assistant coach Win Case already spent the week watching Syracuse tape, he’s seen six of its games.They were readying for a game that only they thought was possible. On Friday morning, Middle Tennessee State was just another 15 seed. Now, it’s a Cinderella story. It’s the winner of one of the greatest upsets in college basketball history.“We weren’t scared of the moment,” Buford said. Comments Published on March 18, 2016 at 7:31 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 ST. LOUIS — The game wasn’t over, but Darnell Harris raised both his arms as high as they would go. Just 6.6 seconds were on the clock — a fraction of a game that was already in Middle Tennessee’s grasp.The Blue Raiders cheering section, The Blue Zoo, was small but loud, synchronizing in one continuous roar. This was a moment that seemed possible as soon as MTSU jumped out to a 15-2 lead, but wasn’t a certified reality until it actually was.“We played our ass off today, man,” Giddy Potts said.15th-seeded MTSU (25-9, 13-5 Conference USA) shocked second-seeded Michigan State (29-6, 13-5 Big Ten) and the college basketball world with its 90-81 win on Friday afternoon at the Scottrade Center. Every Spartan run was met with an MTSU answer.All five of MTSU’s starters scored in double figures. They combined to make 11 3s, take 21 free throws and never let the Spartans take a lead or score more than eight consecutive points. The Blue Raiders will now face Syracuse on Sunday afternoon. The Orange defeated Dayton in the first round earlier on Friday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s so much national attention,” head coach Kermit Davis said. “And on CBS, on a Friday afternoon, and when you beat a team like that … And to do it on that kind of stage, it’s a great day for our whole university.”MORE COVERAGE: Time Machine: 15th-seeded Richmond upsets 2nd-seeded Syracuse, 73-69Syracuse puts 2014 NCAA Tournament loss to Dayton in past with 70-51 win over FlyersFast Reaction: 3 quick takeaways after Syracuse’s 70-51 blowout of DaytonTyler Roberson falls 1 rebound short of Syracuse’s NCAA Tournament record in win over DaytonGallery: Syracuse beats Dayton in Round of 64 NCAA Tournament matchup Related Stories Gallery: Syracuse beats Dayton in Round of 64 NCAA Tournament matchupDayton collapses under pressure of Syracuse’s early second-half runFast Reaction: 3 quick takeaways after Syracuse’s 70-51 blowout of DaytonSyracuse dominates Dayton center Steve McElvene in the paintTime Machine: 15th-seeded Richmond upsets 2nd-seeded Syracuse, 73-69 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Keys to victory: San Beda-Lyceum Finals series


first_imgThere’s a new rivalry in the NCAA and even if it’s just two-years-old, San Beda and Lyceum’s matchup is the stuff of stories.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The Pirates had a country-mile lead in the steals race of the tournament with 192 total, 68 more than second-place San Sebastian, and that equates to 10.1 a game and all those swipes translated to 357 points off of their opponents’ turnovers or 18.8 points per match.Lyceum also ran the floor with the greatest of ease coming away with 349 fastbreak points or 18.4 a game.This frenetic movement the Pirates the league-leader in terms of pace with 89.26 possessions per 40 minutes, a direct contrast of San Beda’s offense that saw the defending champion with just 76.84 possessions per game.San Beda and Lyceum’s contrasting pace could very well play into the finals series with the team that plays in its own tempo surely to gain the upper hand.Shield and swordJumping off from the previous entry, another distinct contrast the two teams have is their offensive and defensive powers.San Beda has the stingiest defense in the league allowing just 62.7 points, a result of its slow pace that lulls opposing teams to playing to its style of play, while Lyceum scores the most points with 87.7 points per game.And these contrasting styles played out in the season series between the two teams as they split it 1-1 and both games getting decided by seven points each.The two teams’ differing approaches to the game also translates to the free throw line. Lyceum had the most number of free throw attempts in the eliminations with 467 tries  but only converted 292 for a league-worst 62.5 percent conversion.The Red Lions, meanwhile, have been more methodical in their trips to the line.San Beda had the sixth-most attempts with 389 and made 266 of those making it the best free-throw shooting team in terms of percentages.Unleash the benchSan Beda always had a deep bench to help carry the load of the starters but the Pirates’ second and third units have been marvelous for them throughout the season.The Red Lions’ backups produce a respectable 26.3 points per game making them the seventh highest scoring bench in the league but the Pirates have a crazier band of rough housing.Lyceum has the best bench in all of the NCAA scoring an average of 43.7 points, and this isn’t surprising at all as the team’s system requires scary amounts of effort from its players due to its constant pressure defense.More than the numbers LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college This is just the second time that these two schools will meet in the championship series of the NCAA and a reason for that is the years of existence between them.San Beda was one of the league’s founders in 1924 and has since won 21 basketball titles while Lyceum only became part of the NCAA in 2011 and just like any newcomer struggled in its first dew years.The Pirates struggled for much of their first six years but had a sudden surge in 2017 during their perfect 18-0 run in the eliminations.A title is still within arm’s length for Lyceum but experience isn’t on its side and that’s something San Beda has boatloads of.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Here are INQUIRER’s keys to victory for this year’s NCAA Finals.Setting up the trapFor the Pirates, everything starts with defense, and their brand of ball pressure is a thing of poetic beauty that.Lyceum’s floor coverage is second to none and that continuous pressure made it the best team in terms of steals, turnover points, fastbreak points, and pace.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coaches see bright future in PBA for NCAA stars CJ Perez, Robert Bolick Lyceum was the young upstart that went on a perfect run in the elimination round Season 93 before San Beda showed its might and swept the title series 2-0.Things, however, changed in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament with the Red Lions now taking the top seed with a 17-1 record while the Pirates are at the second spot with a 15-3 card.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissLyceum will try to get even with San Beda this time around while the defending champion will attempt to get its 22nd title.For a little bit of history, the Red Lions have more championships, 21, than the Pirates have years, seven, in the NCAA. MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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Breaking: Massacre as children among more than 20 shot dead at American church


first_imgThere has been another massacre in America after 20 people attending church were killed. A man opened fire inside a church in a small South Texas community on Sunday, killing more than 20 people, including children, and wounding at least 20 others.Authorities said the man walked into the First Baptist Church, a white, wood-framed building, during the morning service and began shooting at the 50-strong congregation. Some reports put the number of dead at 27.Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt told the Wilson County News that the gunman was then “taken down” after fleeing the scene of the massacre in Sutherland Springs.Emergency services converged on the church in the small town south east of San Antonio and helicopters were taking victims to hospitals.A woman who was working close to the church said that the mass-shooting “doesn’t make sense.” Breaking: Massacre as children among more than 20 shot dead at American church was last modified: November 5th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more