First-week impressions

first_imgThe fall semester is off to a busy start, with Harvard students scrambling to sample a variety of classes before settling on their course load.In the first week of each semester, students can take as many classes as they are able to fit into their schedule. For many, it’s a great way to try out different courses before making their final decisions.Last week, undergraduate and graduate students alike tried out everything from “Death and Immortality” to “Mathematical Modeling” and “Islam and Politics in the Middle East.”last_img read more

Le Moyne head coach Pat Beilein follows in father John’s footsteps

first_img Published on October 30, 2018 at 10:30 pm Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3 Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img As a child, Pat Beilein tagged along with his father, John, to Le Moyne practices and games. Pat watched from the wooden bleachers that used to line the court. He and his father hustled into the boiler room in the back of the gym on days when they arrived during the winter months. Players babysat Pat and his siblings when their parents went out to a movie, Pat said.“I was always around the game, I was always in the gym,” Pat said. “Those were my earliest memories. It was like a huge playpen for me, jungle gym. I loved coming with him to work.”Now, Pat walks that same hardwood, entering his fourth year at Le Moyne. He played for John at West Virginia. He was John’s graduate assistant at Michigan, where Pat’s father still coaches. After a few other stops in between, he’s back where he spent time as a toddler and young child, this time head coaching the Dolphins. Le Moyne made the NCAA Division II tournament each of the last two seasons, including a 27-7 season last year which ended in the Elite Eight. Pat and Le Moyne play Syracuse on Wednesday night in the Carrier Dome for the Orange’s final exhibition game.Pat has never lived a basketball season when John wasn’t a head college coach. Thirty-five years as the son of a head college basketball coach at Le Moyne, then Canisius, then Richmond, then West Virginia and then Michigan.“I’m extremely lucky to have him as a mentor and a father to be able to learn from him a little bit of what they do,” Pat said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJohn Beilein (left) and his Michigan team beat Le Moyne and his son Pat (right) in an exhibition game at the start of the 2015-16 season. Courtesy of Michigan Photography/Eric BronsonIt all started at Le Moyne. Pat was born on March 23, 1983. The next day, John interviewed for the Dolphins’ job and was hired a week later. He held it until 1992, meaning for the first nine years of Pat’s life, he was the son of Le Moyne’s head coach. As early as high school, Pat thought about coaching.When he went to West Virginia to play in the Big East for John, Pat considered himself an extension of the coach on the court. In this case, that meant being an extension of his father.“I could tell that he had the feel for coaching,” John said. “… Pat was like that, from the very beginning. That’s what I think he loved learning, more about the game and teaching it, and he loved being a student of the game and as a student, he’s now a teacher.”Pat spent a few years playing professionally overseas after WVU, and by the time his career ended, John was at Michigan. Pat followed and was a UM graduate assistant from 2008-10. Every sideline Pat was on with John, whether as a player or assistant, John wasn’t “coach,” he was “dad.”John “always” trusted Pat’s opinions at Michigan, he said, because he figured his son knew him as well as anyone. When Pat’s time as graduate assistant was up, he had the chance to stay at Michigan as director of player operations.“‘Pat you need to go learn from somebody else,’” Pat remembered John saying. “‘You coached with me, I coached you. You need to move on, go see how other people do it.’”So Pat went to Dartmouth, where he learned from a first-year head coach, Paul Cormier. Then a year at Bradley, where he did the same under Geno Ford. At both stops, he learned the things he liked and didn’t like. In 2012, he earned his first head coaching job, at West Virginia Wesleyan, where he coached for two seasons.After the 2013-14 season, Pat took a leap. He was “sought” by a couple NBA teams, he said, and signed on with the Utah Jazz as a player development coach. But he realized quickly that he missed being a head coach, attached with it the authority and idea to build a program. When the Le Moyne job became a possibility, Pat put everything into it, he said.“I was fortunate to get back in the head coaching role,” Pat said. “And I don’t think I’ll ever let it go again.”His dad cautioned him that there would be Division I assistants applying and to not get his hopes up. In June 2015, he received a call from Le Moyne Director of Athletics, Matt Bassett.“You can have some time,” Pat remembered Bassett said.“I don’t need time. I’m on board,” Pat said. “I’m ready to get this thing done.”Once he accepted the job, Pat had flashbacks to his time as a child in the Dolphins gym. He drove by a couple houses his family had lived in in Syracuse when John coached there. While it’s been renovated since, at the time it was the same hardwood and bleachers that John had coached on. John’s office was behind the back wall of Pat’s current office.Laura Angle | Digital Design EditorAfter a 10-17 first year when Pat and a former player, Russell Sangster, said it was tough to integrate his culture on a squad he didn’t recruit, the Dolphins have made two-straight NCAA tournaments. Pat’s guided his team through the principle of “Do the right thing because it’s the right thing.” He wants them to get up early, go to class, get breakfast and plan their days. And he wants them to do well.“I don’t want to say (culture) has attributed to the success,” Pat said. “We’ve had some really good players. But I definitely think it has taken us to where we are now.”When now-junior Tom Brown enrolled at Le Moyne, his parents pointed out that he’d be playing for John Beilein’s son. Brown downplayed the significance. “He’s my coach now,” he said.After practices in the 2016-17 season, Beilein worked with the then-freshman Brown for 10 to 15 minutes. He recognized that there were a lot of moving parts in Brown’s shot and tried to simplify it, Brown said.“He just told me to set the ball there, it’s something very simple that he just kind of saw,” Brown said. “And it was effective. He like jokes around, ‘I guess I’m a guru, I can pick that stuff up like that.’ He like jokes about it, but it’s really true that he does help you become a better player.”Brown shot 50 percent from the free-throw line his freshman year before working with Beilein. Sophomore year, he shot 87.5.As Pat enters season four with the Dolphins, the wooden bleachers he used to watch practice from as a kid are gone, and he isn’t sure what the future holds. This season he’s brought in nine transfers and a freshman with four returners. His future coaching career will depend on him balancing his wife and seven-month-old son with his urge to coach at the highest level.But for right now, Pat is content to stay at Le Moyne. He’ll keep coaching basketball, the only thing it ever really made sense for him to do.Pat might never match his father’s 724 NCAA wins. “You’re not as good as your dad in things like that,” Pat said.“I’m not trying to be as good as him,” Pat added. “I want to be half as good as him, and I’ll take that.”last_img read more

Whicker: Bucks bet on a long shot, and Giannis Antetokounmpo hasn’t stopped running

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAntetokounmpo was a skeletal 6-foot-8 fellow who had played in a lower division in Greece. “It was the equivalent of a pretty good high school league,” said Fran Fraschilla, the former coach and current ESPN analyst who keeps a thumb on European basketball.Antetokounmpo had just earned a Greek passport. Until then, he and his brothers were dodging the threat of deportation back to Nigeria, and they picked up tourist change by street vending. But he had distinguished himself in his league, and the Zaragoza team in Spain was on the verge of signing him, with the caveat that he could always jump to the NBA. Everyone thought it was a possibility in 2016 or so.Then Reebok held a showcase for prospects in northern Italy. Antetokoumnpo’s team was playing 40 miles away. The scouts saw his speed and his effort level.“But if you were to ask me to compare him to somebody, I would have said Sean Elliott,” Fraschilla said.Elliott was a distinguished 12-year NBA small forward who averaged 14 points per game. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES — Sometimes the cruelty just can’t be restrained. Let’s go back to the 2013 NBA draft.With the 14th pick of the first round, the Utah Jazz select Shabazz Muhammad.With the 15th pick of the first round, the Milwaukee Bucks take Giannis Antetokounmpo.This is the cheapest of shots, because the Bucks themselves had no idea what treasure chest they’d just opened. You can rip the Jazz for taking Muhammad, who made a casual, one-year stopover at UCLA, or especially the Cleveland Cavaliers for leading off the draft with Anthony Bennett, who lasted four years and averaged 4.4 points.center_img “People would be laughing if they’d heard me say that today,” Fraschilla said, laughing a little bit himself.The Bucks were among the league’s forgettables. They were heading into their fourth consecutive losing season, they had fired Coach Scott Skiles, and they weren’t in a prime draft position.General Manager John Hammond, one of the NBA’s most underrated wise men, briefly considered guard Shane Larkin from Miami. Antetokoumnpo might wash out in two years. He also had a 10 percent chance to be great. Was it a reach? Sure. Greatness doesn’t always land in your hand.“The one thing about him was that he had a feel for the game,” Fraschilla said. “He knew how to play. The physical development was going to take time. I didn’t think it was a bad pick. But give them credit. They saw that he had a chance to be special.”Hammond then sent Brandon Jennings to Detroit for a package that included second-year shooting guard Khris Middleton, who had been the 39th pick in the 2012 draft.The Bucks were 17-65 that season. They made the playoffs three of the next four years but didn’t win a series. Last year they hired Coach Mike Budenholzer. They won 60 games and lost to Toronto in the Eastern Conference finals after they had held a 2-0 lead.They came to Staples Center on Friday night with a league-best 53-9 record. With 17 wins in the remaining 20 games, the Bucks would become the third team in NBA history to win at least 70.Actually, they’re better than that. They have a scoring differential of 12.4 points, which, for a full season, would be the best in league history. They have won 36 games by 10 or more points, and they have won 15 games without trailing for a second.The Sean Elliott play-alike is still skinny. He also is 6-foot-11, gets from midcourt to the rim in fewer steps than anyone ever has, and is averaging nearly 30 points, 14 rebounds and six assists in 30.8 minutes per game.Can Antetokoumnpo average 30 points, 10 points and five assists while he shoots 50 percent from the field? It’s possible, and he would be the third man to do so. The other two are Wilt Chamberlain (twice) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who of course were largely lane-bound.Don’t even start the MVP argument. Antetokoumnpo deserves this season’s more than he deserved last season’s.Instead, consider how we’ve entered the power of the outlier.Lamar Jackson was a crazily gifted college quarterback who threw garbage can lids at his receivers. Baltimore saw the gifts, figured it could correct the shortcomings, and now has a 23-year-old MVP quarterback.Kawhi Leonard had enormous hands and a jagged athleticism, but scouts didn’t see the scoring touch or sophistication. He also was the 15th overall pick in an NBA draft and hopes to become a Finals MVP for the third time with a third team.Antetokoumnpo is a similar triumph of a scout’s imagination, except that he has become wilder than anyone’s dreams.last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri on Brighton win: We could’ve played better

first_imgChelsea boss Sarri on Brighton win: We could’ve played betterby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri felt they weren’t at their best for victory at Brighton.Eden Hazard set up Pedro’s opener and then scored the second in a deserved victory at Brighton, which ended in a closer game than it looked like it would for much of the afternoon after Solly March pulled a goal back.”We could have won better because we played very well for 60 minutes,” said Sarri.”We conceded a goal in a moment in which we were in full control of the match. My mind was clear in that moment that we had to suffer in the last five minutes with long balls into our box. We are not a physical team.”With the substitutions I tried to have more physical impact in the last five minutes, but it was clear it was really very difficult in the last five minutes. But we could have won better.”Sarri added: “When we have the feeling of being in full control of the match, we are dangerous to ourselves. We know that we suddenly lowered the level of application and attention.”Their goal was the first situation in our box for 30 minutes. We were a bit unlucky, but the feeling when we have confidence and are sure we are in control of the match, is that we are dangerous to ourselves.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoMan Utd scout Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd scout Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonaliby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have been linked with Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali.Tonali, 19, has been dubbed ‘the new Andrea Pirlo’, although the Brescia star himself has expressed that he’s trying to emulate his idol Gennaro Gattuso.Fiorentina negotiated for the Italy international last summer, but Brescia eventually chose to keep the midfielder.Now, says Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund and Ajax scouted Tonali for Sunday’s meeting with Bologna.The three clubs are interested in acquiring Tonali for the upcoming January transfer window. last_img read more

15 days agoBournemouth boss ​Howe excited over Diego Rico contribution

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss ​Howe excited over Diego Rico contributionby Freddie Taylor15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth manager Eddie Howe is pleased with the progress that Diego Rico is making at the club.The Spanish star is starting to show his quality for the Cherries in the Premier League.He played 90 minutes in four of the past Bournemouth league games.He was disappointing last term, but Howe believes the penny has dropped with Rico.Asked about Rico’s recent impact, Howe told reporters: “I have been very impressed in recent weeks.”He’s had a decisive say in a lot of games. If you look at the assists he has made for the team, his corners and free-kicks have been really valuable to us.”You look at the Southampton game, the Everton game and the West Ham game. He has played a key role in goals for us which have changed the game at that moment.”Tight games have been swung in our favour because of it.”I think he has grown into the position, is growing in confidence all the time. The challenge for him is to maintain that progression.”If he does with his qualities, he is going to be an important player for us.” last_img read more

New Session of Parliament Begins

first_imgThe 2013/2014 session of Parliament began on Thursday, April 4, at Gordon House, with the traditional pomp and pageantry. It was highlighted by the delivery of the Throne Speech by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen. [Download the Governor General’s 2013 Throne Speech] The Governor-General, on his arrival, inspected the Guard of Honour mounted by members of the Jamaica Defence Force, after which he entered the chambers of the House, accompanied by the Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington, and Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Antony Anderson. Specially invited guests, including Permanent Secretaries from the various Ministries and members of the Diplomatic Corps, also entered the House to hear the Throne Speech. Members of the Senate were the first to take their seats inside Gordon House, followed by the President of the Senate, Rev. Stanley Redwood, and President of the Jamaica Council of Churches,the Most Reverend Donald J. Reece. The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Michael Peart, then entered the Chamber, followed by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller and Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Holness. Members of Parliament also entered and took their seats. The Throne Speech was delivered under the theme: ‘Jamaica: Going for Growth and Development’, and it outlined the priority programmes and policies to be pursued by the Government during the new fiscal year. [Download the Governor General’s 2013 Throne Speech] Some of the priority areas outlined for the 2013/14 financial year include: securing an Extended Fund Facility with the International Monetary Fund; creating an enabling environment to do business in Jamaica; diversification of the tourism market; job creation; boosting agricultural production thorough the development of Agro Parks; energy efficiency; reducing crime and violence; the economy and foreign policy. The Government will also pursue an active legislative agenda for the 2013/2014 fiscal year. Some of the critical Bills include: an Amendment of the Road Traffic Act and Transport Authority Act, with the objective of ensuring that the gaps in the road traffic legislation affecting enforcement of road traffic laws are addressed; An Omnibus Tax Incentive Bill to establish a transparent and coherent regime to govern all tax incentives; and a Public Sector Procurement Bill to provide the framework for a Public Sector Procurement System, and legally separate the National Contracts Commission from the Office of the Contractor General.Later in the afternoon the Lower House had its first official sitting for the new fiscal year, and the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure were tabled by the Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips.By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Eva Longoria Talks Charity Work And Her Hispanic Heritage

first_imgEva Longoria has spoken to about her charity work, her foundation and her Hispanic heritage.Can you tell us a little about your foundation and its mission?
The Eva Longoria Foundation helps Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families. We focus on education and entrepreneurship because both have the power to transform lives. Those are also areas where Latinas currently need more support so my foundation is working to fill that gap.What inspired you to create your foundation?
As a Mexican-American woman, I’ve always had a strong connection to the Latina community. I started my foundation because I realized that Latinas had amazing potential, but many lacked the resources to succeed. It seemed both unfair and wasteful, so I decided to do everything in my power to help Latinas unlock their potential.Is your Hispanic heritage an important part of your identity?
Yes, my Hispanic heritage is very important to who I am as a person. It’s been a major influence in my career, my philanthropy, and my personal life. I’m excited to be hosting my foundation event during Hispanic Heritage Month as a tribute to the Hispanic community and the important role we play in this country.To read the full interview, click here.last_img read more

Iron Maidens Bruce Dickinson Visits Music Therapy Charity

first_imgIron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson visited Nordoff Robbins at their London music therapy centre ahead of the O2 Silver Clef Awards this week.Video: Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson visits Nordoff RobbinsDuring his visit Bruce took part in a music therapy session with children from the Richard Cloudesley School, a special needs school in London, who have been bringing their children to Nordoff Robbins for music therapy for over 20 years.Bruce said “I’ve always thought that music therapy makes sense because music is a universal language, and it crosses every border, every disability. People just like making a racket and it’s very fulfilling, especially if you can make a good racket with somebody. It’s sharing, it’s communicating but it doesn’t have to be in words.”Bruce will attend the O2 Silver Clef Lunch later this week, where Iron Maiden will be receiving the O2 Silver Clef Award. Rita Ora, Mark Ronson, Duran Duran, Jake Bugg, James Bay, Kasabian, Gladys Knight, Primal Scream and Il Divo will also be honoured with awards as the charity enters its 40th anniversary of bringing music therapy to vulnerable children and adults across the UK.Source:Nordoff Robbinslast_img read more

Newlycrowned Thai king carried in elaborate royal procession

first_imgBangkok: Thailand’s newly-crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn was carried by soldiers on a gilded palanquin through the streets of Bangkok Sunday, in front of crowds who craned to witness the historic event. The king, Rama X of the Chakri dynasty, wore a bejewelled robe and broad-brimmed hat with a feather on the second of three days of pageantry and royal splendour. The 7-kilometre procession brings the public into close proximity with the 66-year-old monarch for the first time, two years after he ascended the throne in an increasingly assertive reign. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportIt started around 5pm (1000 GMT) at the grand palace in Bangkok’s old quarter as trumpets blared, soldiers shouted commands and cannons fired a 21-gun salute. Thais wearing yellow shirts — the royal colour — and carrying hats and umbrellas to protect against temperatures reaching 36 degrees Celsius filled the streets outside with many clutching portraits of Vajiralongkorn and shouting “Long live the King!” “It may be my first and last chance to see this,” 57-year-old street Nattriya Siripattana said ahead of the first ceremony of its kind in 69 years. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThe three-day coronation, which started Saturday, is the first since Vajiralongkorn’s adored and revered father was crowned in 1950. The highlight of Saturday’s sombre ceremonies was the King’s anointment with holy water, before he placed the 7.3 kilogram (16 lbs) golden tiered crown on his head. Early Sunday, the king bestowed royal titles on family members who crawled to his throne in a striking show of deference to the monarch, who was joined by his new Queen Suthida. The queen, 40, was deputy commander of the king’s royal guard before her marriage to Vajiralongkorn, which was announced days before the coronation. During the procession, she marched in red and black uniform next to the palanquin. Thailand’s monarchy is swaddled in ritual, protocol and hierarchy all orbiting around the king, who is viewed as a demigod. During the hours-long procession Thais will have the opportunity to “pay homage” to the king who will also stop at several major temples to pray before large gilded Buddha images. On the ground authorities sprayed mists of water over the crowds whose numbers were bolstered by droves of “Jit Arsa” — or “Spirit Volunteers” — intended to project a show of devotion and fealty to the monarchy. But soaring temperatures threatened to thin out the numbers. Vajiralongkorn ascended the throne in 2016 after the death of his father Bhumibol Adulyadej. The elaborate coronation ceremonies have been broadcast on live television and include a network of the powerful and influential in Thailand. Junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha, who seized power in a 2014 coup, took part in many of the key rituals, including the procession. The king and queen stayed the previous night in the royal residence, where a Siamese cat and a white rooster were placed on a pillow as part of housewarming rituals intended to bring good tidings. One of the family members to receive royal titles was 14-year-old Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti, who knelt and prostrated in front of his father as he was anointed with water.The teenager is the king’s son from his third marriage. He has six other children, including four sons from two previous wives. Criticism or in-depth discussion of the royal family in Thailand is guarded by harsh lese-majeste rules that carry up to 15 years in prison. All media must self-censor and the country’s lively social media platforms have been subdued. But the dazzling display of the primacy of the monarchy in Thai life belies a simmering political crisis held over from elections in March. The junta that seized power in 2014 and has vowed to defend the monarchy is aiming to return to power through the ballot box. Its proxy party has claimed the popular vote. But a coalition of anti-military parties says it has shored up a majority in the lower house. Full results are not expected until May 9, a delay that has frustrated many Thais. “When the event (coronation) is finished we will have to focus on politics,” said Titipol Phakdeewanich, a lecturer at Ubon Ratchathani University.Since ascending the throne the king has taken several assertive moves, including bringing the assets of the Crown Property Bureau under his direct control.Though the royal family is nominally above politics, the king issued an election-eve message calling on Thais to vote for “good people” against those who create “chaos”. And in February, he scuttled the prime ministerial bid of his older sister Princess Ubolratana with an anti-junta party.last_img read more