Read Full Story The Harvard Black Students Association (BSA) held its inaugural convocation for first-year students earlier this month.Freshmen, upperclassmen, and graduate students filled Memorial Church on Sept. 2 for an event that celebrated diversity, inclusion, and culture while addressing the challenges many minority students say they face on campus.While the majority of attendees were members of the Class of 2021, the convocation event brought together graduate students who have a unique purview, as they provide wisdom and guidance for undergraduates as resident proctors, mentors, and advisers.Freshmen, first-year, and graduate students gathered at the Memorial Church earlier this month for the inaugural Black Students Association convocation. Photo by La’Toya Princess Jackson“It serves as a symbol of how far the University has come in the ethnic diversity of the student body,” said BSA President Hasani Hayden ’19 of the event’s goal, which was to welcome black-identifying, first-year students to campus.Aric Flemming, vice president of the Harvard Graduate Council, called the event a timely symbol of hope and healing not just for black students, but all students, staff, and faculty.Flemming is a graduate student at Harvard Divinity School in the master’s of divinity program and also serves as a resident proctor and graduate assistant for Harvard College.“At this time, we upheld black culture and history while moving to solidify a seat at the table,” Flemming said.Organizer Najya Williams ’20 said she wants every black first-year student to feel welcome at Harvard, and she said she hopes to engage the graduate community in future events as supporters, resources, and examples.Amanda Gorman ’20, National Youth Poet Laureate and one of the speakers at the convocation said, “It was beautiful to witness a myriad of black identities — from Jamaican to Afro-Latin — represented at the event.“This speaks to Our Harvard, its inclusion, and the unity of a diverse black population,” she added.By La’Toya Princess Jackson is vice chair for communications for the Harvard Graduate Council, which is the official student representative body for Harvard’s 12 graduate and professional Schools.
NEW YORK, USA (Reuters) – World number one Rafael Nadal dismissed Dusan Lajovic 7-6(6), 6-2, 6-2 to ease into the US Open second round yesterday, setting the Spaniard on a collision course for a long overdue Flushing Meadows showdown with Roger Federer.While the year’s final grand slam is just underway tennis fans have circled September 8 when, if all goes to form, Nadal and Federer would meet to decide a place in the final.One of the great rivalries in sport, Federer, a five-time US Open winner and Nadal, twice champion, have clashed 37 times over the years but never have they stood across the net on Flushing Meadows’ hard courts.On French Open clay, Wimbledon’s manicured lawns and in Australian heat, the elegant Swiss maestro and muscular Spaniard have played for titles and while no trophy would be on the line a New York meeting would still have the Big Apple buzzing.Federer was due to follow Nadal on to Arthur Ashe Stadium later yesterday looking to hold up his end against American Frances Tiafoe.After a sluggish run-up to the US Open that included a shock round-of-16 loss to Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov in Montreal and another to Australian Nick Kyrgios in the Cincinnati quarter-finals, Nadal needed a few games to find his range against the 85th-ranked Serb.The 21-year-old, chasing a first US Open win, showed no sign of nerves, using his stylish groundstrokes to grab the early break on the way to a 4-2 lead, the four games as many as he won in his only other meeting with Nadal, a round-of-16 loss at the 2014 French Open.But a steely Nadal found his comfort zone, breaking back at 5-5 to force the opener to a tiebreak that he took 8-6.A ruthless Nadal delivered the young Serb another tennis lesson, breaking his opponent at the first opportunity in both the second and third sets to improve his record in first round US Open matches to 13-0.
“We don’t feel like any team is better than us. We feel asthough we are as good as or better than any team in the conference.” This is the attitude surrounding the 2007-08 men’s tennisteam, voiced by assistant coach Evan Austin as it heads into the Big Ten IndoorChampionships this weekend in Ann Arbor, Mich., concluding the fall and,essentially, exhibition season. In its latest warm-up, the five-day long ITA Regional inMinneapolis, three Badgers reached the quarterfinals — seniors Jeremy Sonkinand Nolan Polley and sophomore Moritz Baumann — and the tandem of Sonkin andLuke Rassow-Kantor reached the semifinals. It was arguably Wisconsin’s best performancethis fall. Last year, the Badgers’ tennis team had one of their bestseasons in the program’s history, finishing No. 32 nationally and fourth in theBig Ten with a 16-11 record. They beat eight ranked opponents throughout theseason. Looking ahead to the spring season, however, the team willface a difficult road. It will play 14 teams from the FILA Collegiate TennisRankings. Out of those ranked teams, eight of them come from the Big Ten,including last year’s Big Ten champion, No. 3 Ohio State.”It’s going to be physical and every match is going to be a grind for us,”Austin said. “We have to prepare now to get the mindset that every match isgoing to be tough, and if you take a day off, then you are going to lose.”So what makes this team different from the previous few seasons? Coach Austindescribed it in one word: leadership.Led by Sonkin and Polley, the diverse Badger lineup is one of intimidation anddiligence. “The whole dynamic with the team has really changed. In previous years, the attitudewas in no way like the team we have this year,” Sonkin said. “The guys areready to go that extra length to be where we should be.”We are going to be a dangerous threat to any team in thecountry.”Sonkin and Polley are both previous MVPs of the team and have had great successat singles in both the Big Ten and NCAA. Polley concluded the season ranked No.101. Also, Baumann came out of nowhere to make a name for himself by finishingat No. 49. His ranking placed him among the top five in the nation forfreshmen.”A lot of our focus has been getting the guys on the same page,” Sonkin said.”Knowing that we are strong in our singles and doubles, our team has been ableto bring a lot of really great aspects to every practice and we have beenworking to get the best out of every practice we have.”The official season doesn’t open up until Jan. 26 against UW-Green Bay at theNielsen Tennis Stadium, but Sonkin and company are already eagerly anticipatingits arrival. They have high expectations, despite having never gotten past theround of 32 in the NCAA Tournament in school history, and want to put them tothe test. “Anything less than the quarterfinals in the NCAA tournament and No. 1 or 2 inthe Big Ten would be a disappointment with the talent on this team,” Polleysaid.
The 26-year-old, who played at Rutgers, was most productive in his rookie season when he recorded 44 tackles with one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, three interceptions and 18 passes defensed in 16 games.He recorded 21 tackles in 13 appearances the next season and last year was sparingly used, appearing in 10 games but finishing with just two tackles.Cooper joins a cornerback room led by Patrick Peterson. But the Cardinals have been seeking added depth as rookie Brandon Williams and veteran Justin Bethel have battled out the starting job opposite the Pro Bowler.Arizona lost cornerback Mike Jenkins to a torn ACL this preseason and reached an injury settlement with fellow veteran offseason signee Alan Ball. 0 Comments Share Try this again: Official NFL list says pick @AZCardinals gave up for CB Marcus Cooper was conditional 7th-round choice in 2018.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) September 2, 2016The 6-foot-2, 192 pound Cooper was a seventh-round pick by the San Francisco 49ers in 2013. After being waived following training camp, he joined the Chiefs and spent the last three years in Kansas City, where he played in 39 games with 11 starts. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals traded a conditional 2018 draft pick to the Kansas City Chiefs and filled a need on Friday by acquiring Marcus Cooper, who joins a depleted cornerback depth chart. Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Frankie Hammond (85) prevents an interception by cornerback Marcus Cooper (31) during NFL football training camp in St. Joseph, Mo., Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)