While the rest of the college football world marks the sport’s 150th anniversary this autumn, Harvard plans to wait until 2024 to celebrate. History and tradition are important at the country’s oldest college, which believes that it created the modern game in 1874 and whose varsity has been playing the same archrival for 144 years and performing in the same concrete horseshoe for 116 — this season’s first home contest is set for Friday evening against Brown.Continuity, heritage, and ritual are central to the enduring magnetism and mystique of Harvard football, which this season is observing the centennial of its Rose Bowl victory over Oregon that produced the program’s last national championship.The stadium may have been renovated multiple times, but except for an artificial playing surface and lights for night games it still looks much the same as it did when it was opened in 1903. The schedule features the same seven rivals from the 19th century. The varsity still has only one captain. And the last couple of decades have been something of a minor throwback to the glory era before the Great War, when Percy Haughton’s estimable elevens collected three national crowns.Aerial view of Harvard Stadium circa 1915. Source: Harvard University ArchivesBecause the Ivies do not participate in the post-season playoffs, the league’s silver trophy, which may be the most elaborate on the planet, is the season’s only prize. Since the turn of the millennium, Harvard has won or shared it eight times and posted three perfect records without enduring a losing season.During that time, the Crimson has enjoyed extraordinary success against Dartmouth, Penn, Princeton, and Yale, the four rivals that are the historic benchmarks by which success is measured, posting an aggregate record of 54-22.For a time the lengthening string of Saturday successes provoked confusion among some longtime followers more accustomed to defeat: “Why are we winning all the time?” Graduates of a certain age recalled the lost decade that began with a 44-0 thwacking at Stanford in the 1949 opener and continued with seven losing seasons.The nadir came at New Haven in 1957 where Harvard’s battered varsity absorbed a 54-0 televised tutorial. At halftime, with Yale ahead 34-0, a messenger handed Eli coach Jordan Olivar a one-word telegram from a Harvard alum: “Please.”Robust recruiting soon provided more sturdiness and speed, and the next several decades were decidedly more fruitful. John Yovicsin’s conservative fundamentals produced 11 winning seasons and three Ivy titles. Joe Restic’s deceptive multiflex offense, with its many formations and players in motion, befuddled rival defenders (“The ball’s coming,” Restic would say. “They don’t know where.”) and delivered a dozen winning campaigns and five more league crowns.Tim Murphy is in his 26th year as head coach of the Harvard Crimson. Harvard file photoBy the end of the ’80s, though, the victories were dwindling, and there was only one more winning season until 2001. Stadium vendors hawked T-shirts puckishly proclaiming Harvard as the “Team of the ’90s” — meaning the 1890s.When coach Tim Murphy, now in his 26th year, restocked the ranks with swift runners and receivers and sinewy defenders, perennial success returned with 16 consecutive autumns with at least seven triumphs and at least one All-American virtually every year. Along the way, 30 Crimson lettermen have gone on to play in the National Football League (eight this season), most notably quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, the bearded Zelig who has called signals for a record eight clubs.Yet the players, who still live in the same dorms and take the same courses as the rest of their classmates, hardly are campus celebrities. Most of the undergraduates probably could not identify captain Wes Ogsbury if they passed him in the Yard. He and his teammates are students who happen to spend their fall afternoons in helmets and pads and are uncommonly proficient in the classroom.Half a dozen Harvard players have earned Rhodes Scholarships over the past six decades. Three of the top five scores in the Wonderlic cognitive ability test taken by NFL prospects were achieved by Crimson players (Pat McInally, Fitzpatrick, and Matt Birk). Last season’s offensive line majored in electrical engineering, psychology, human developmental and regenerative biology, bioengineering, and economics. It was not atypical.“We recognize that this is football that is still human in its dimensions and personalities,” Roger Angell ’42 once wrote about the ivied game. “These athletes before us are not heroes or employees, but only young students, and it is their game, and their pleasure at their game, that we have come to watch.”It was the students who devised the version that permitted carrying the ball and tackling (Princeton and Rutgers essentially played soccer in 1869). They drew up the rules, designed the uniforms, and engaged and entertained their opponents, starting with McGill.,Their colonnaded playground, a hybrid between a Roman circus and a Greek amphitheater, gives participants the impression that they are gladiators or artists. Dick Clasby, running back a kickoff for 103 yards against Dartmouth in 1952, recalled seeing the spectators rising section by section before he passed beneath them. John Dockery, returning an end-to-end interception against Cornell in the rain in 1964, described “colors moving past you, atmospheric details like Renoir.”The pigskin version of Harvard’s festival rites remains The Game, which former Yale president Bart Giamatti called the country’s last great 19th-century pageant. It is decidedly more gentlemanly now than it was in 1894 when multiple players were bloodied and brained and the rivalry was halted for two years. “Our kids really respect their players as tough, hard-nosed, classy kids,” observed Murphy.The contest’s end-of-season finality creates an aura of urgency and drama. “It makes for a warm winter if you do win,” Restic once mused. “And a cold one if you don’t.” While Harvard’s 29-29 “victory” in 1968 remains the most memorable outcome from the Cambridge perspective, there have been notable others since: the 95-yard drive engineered in 1974 by concussed Hawaiian quarterback Milt Holt, who dashed for the winning touchdown in the final 15 seconds, or Mike Lynch’s “9-iron” field goal at the Bowl the following year. “I just told myself not to shank it in front of 70,000 people,” he said. The triple-overtime triumph came in the gloaming at the Bowl in 2005 after the Crimson erased an 18-point second-half gap.No matter the result, the Crimson players mill about the gridiron with their rivals, friends, and family — and then walk off into winter. There still is no game after The Game.The Crimson will play Brown at 7 p.m. Friday, Harvard Stadium. For a complete schedule, visit the website.
LTO central office issued Memorandum Circulation 2019-2167 (Rulesand Regulations on Accreditation, Supervision and Control of DrivingInstitutions, and on Standardization of Driver Education) last Dec. 5, 2019imposing the 15-hour theoretical driving course. * driver’s license and motor vehicle registration requirements andprocesses Also included in the theoretical driving course are the following: Geduspan said LTO-6 is now in the process of accrediting drivingschools for the 15-hour theoretical driving course. No student permit would be issued to an applicant who has notcompleted the course, said Geduspan. * traffic signs, signals, pavement markings, and road right of way * Republic Act (RA) 4136 (Land Transportation and Traffic Code) This new requirement aims to address concerns over the growingnumber vehicular accidents (12,000 deaths annually), according to LTO-6officer-in-charge Atty. Gaudioso Geduspan. * detailed topics / concepts for the safe operation of motorcycleand light motor vehicles * vehicle safety checks and basic trouble shooting cum practicum * fuel conservation tips and techniques * road courtesy, discipline and defensive driving practices * RA 8794 (An Act Imposing a Motor Vehicle User’s Charge on AllTypes of Motor Vehicles and for Others Purposes) In the current practice to secure a student permit, LTO simplyrequires the applicant to submit a birth certificate (true copy) and medicalcertificate. * RA 8749 (Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999) “Wala gani sangexamination,” said Geduspan. The course will tackle the following traffic laws: * parking techniques such as the three-point turn, parallel,reverse, and angle parking ILOILO City – Beginning next month, applicants for “studentpermit” would be required to take a 15-hour theoretical driving course inaccredited driving schools, according to the Land Transportation Office (LTO)Region 6. * RA 10913 (Anti-Distracted Driving Act) * cockpit drill and driving maneuvers A student permit, sometimes called student license, is an official document from LTO that authorizesthe holder to drive a vehicle in the presence of someone with a professional ornon-professional driver’s license. * RA. 10586 (Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013) * functions of automotive assemblies and accessories * RA 10054 (Motorcycle Helmet Act of 2009) * basic organization and functions of LTO/PN * hazard scanning and recognition, and road crash risk reduction * RA 8750 (Seatbelts Use Act of 1999)
Following a 67–34 tune-up win Wednesday against UW-Whitewater, the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team takes on North Florida Tuesday night at the Kohl Center. The Badgers are looking to build off a 2018-2019 season in which the team finished with a 15-18 record, an improvement from previous years under Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis.For Wisconsin, it will be a challenge this season replacing senior leader Marsha Howard. Howard, a member of the All-Big Ten second team last year, provided Wisconsin with consistent scoring, averaging 14.7 points per game. One player that will look to shoulder the load is sophomore star, Imani Lewis. As a freshman last year, Lewis shined and finished the season second on the team in scoring, averaging 12.2 points per game. Lewis started on the right foot again last week against Whitewater, tallying 15 points.Women’s basketball: Wisconsin’s heroic tournament run ends in 2OT loss to MichiganThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team (15-18, 4-14 Big Ten) battled the fourth-seeded Michigan Wolverines (21-10, 11-7) and suffered Read…Like Wisconsin, North Florida also looks to build off of an average 2018-2019 season. After a slow start, North Florida finished strong, winning four out of their last five regular-season games.The Ospreys then continued to ride their hot momentum into the Atlantic Sun Tournament, defeating North Alabama but losing to Liberty in the Atlantic Sun semifinals. The Ospreys are awaiting the return of junior guard, Tiffany Tolbert, who appeared in three games last season before a detrimental season-ending injury. In those games, Tolbert averaged 18.3 points per game, including a 21-point performance against Indiana. The return of Tolbert will give North Florida an added boost this season.Taylor looks to do damage alongside front-court partner junior transfer Jazz Bond. Bond, the forward out of Murfreesboro, TN, was a double-double machine, averaging 15.9 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game. Look for Tolbert and Bond to execute the pick and roll against the Badgers.Women’s basketball: Badgers explode in second half to slay fifth-ranked Ohio StateJust a week ago, the Ohio State Buckeyes (14-14, 10-8 Big Ten) marched into the Kohl Center and handed the Read…With games against Power Five opponents looming, including matchups against Colorado, Arkansas and Georgia Tech, it is critical that Wisconsin gets on the right track Tuesday night. The Badgers showed a lot of potential in their 67–34 win against UW-Whitewater, and hopefully they can continue to ride the momentum tomorrow night.The Wisconsin-North Florida game will tip at 7 p.m. Tuesday night at the Kohl Center.
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Among the thousands of Jamaican immigrants that move to the United States and maintain the standard of excellence is Navy Captian Janice Smith who recently became the first African-American woman to head the Military Sealift Command Atlantic (MSCLANT).She assumed leadership of MSCLANT during a change of command ceremony held at Naval Station Norfolk on Thursday, March 19. The promotion places Smith in control of the entire Atlantic regarding the execution of strategic sealift missions, the transportation and maintenance of military equipment, as well as logistics coordination. Smith is also one of only two active-duty African American women within the US Navy Surface Warfare Community who are screened for Major Command.Janice Smith, like many Jamaican-Americans, came from humble beginnings. As a child in Jamaica, she was raised by her late grandmother, Iris Plummer, who sold goods in Linstead Market to make ends meet. Her mother had left Jamaica in search of a better life for her family.Smith lived in Morris Hall, not very far from Bog Walk in St. Catherine. She attended the Bob Walk Secondary School, now Enid Bennett High in St. Catherine.After graduating from high school, she migrated to Florida in 1988, joining her mother Gloria and brothers in South Miami.She was attending Miami-Dade College when she joined the navy in 1989 to expand her educational opportunities.In a 2016 interview with Caribbean National Weekly, Smith recalled a valuable lesson taught by her grandmother, which impacted her decision. “My Grandmother Iris taught me the importance of school and I was determined to complete college,” said Smith. “Coming from a single-parent family in Linstead, Jamaica, with little resources for college, I seized the opportunity.”Smith started out as a cook onboard the USS YOSEMITE AD-19, stationed in Mayport, Florida, and went on to complete a BSc at Saint Leo University and an MSc at Troy State University, before applying for the Officer’s Candidate Program in 1997.In 2016, she created history when she became the first Jamaican-American and second black woman to become a commander in the U.S. Navy. At that time, she assumed leadership of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79).As a trailblazer in her field, her demanding job has not been without sacrifices. The wife and mother of two has been candid about the strain of navy life on her family. Being away from home between one week to nine months at a time, Smith says she is grateful to her husband, Julius Lyles for his support, as “[it] would be impossible without a spouse who understands and willing to fill the gaps when I am away missing a lot of day-to-day opportunities to influence our children lives.”Despite the challenges, Smith recommends a Navy career for other women.“Whether serving 2 or 20 years it provides good education benefits, opportunity to travel and lead a young, smart and educated workforce,” says Smith. “The U.S. Navy has done a great job of implementing policies to ensure all sailors have equal opportunity to excel. I’m very grateful to the courageous woman who paved the way for myself and other young women in today’s Navy.”Although she has now lived in the United States for the majority of her adult life, Smith still remains close to Jamaica. Up to last year, she was on the island visiting relatives. She also remains in contact with her alma mater – Enid Bennett High.