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Casa de Hóspedes / Arriba

first_img Casa de Hóspedes / Arriba Project Team:Ana Galrão, Filipe Ferreira, José Rocha, Miguel Negrão, Raffaella PuddaCity:CoimbraCountry:PortugalMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Hugo Santos SilvaRecommended ProductsBathroom AccessoriesGeberitIlluminated Mirrors and Mirror Cabinets – OptionBathroom FurnitureAcquabellaBathroom Furniture – Box FurnitureWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesDoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorText description provided by the architects. The estate is located in the west of Coimbra, on a hillside of dense vegetation with large trees. The main house, built in the 90’s, faces south, in a set of fragmented volumes with sloped roofs.Save this picture!© Hugo Santos SilvaSave this picture!Proposal PlanSave this picture!© Hugo Santos SilvaNext to the pool, an annex was later built for the technical area, outdoor kitchen and kennel, a programthat covered an extensive area of soil. The clients wanted to re-think this area and  incorporate a small guesthouse.Save this picture!© Hugo Santos SilvaSave this picture!© Hugo Santos SilvaThe proposal sought to re-naturalize the soil, favoring the blend of the guest house with vegetation that, in the future, will provide greater privacy to both houses. The different micro-volumes that compose the guest house are merged in a continuous interior space, promoting different connections with the surroundings. The simplicity of the design is also reflected in the chosen materials – pine wood, concrete and lime.Save this picture!© Hugo Santos SilvaSave this picture!© Hugo Santos SilvaProject gallerySee allShow lessThe Silo / CobeSelected ProjectsCountry house in Puente Iglesias / Hernán Arango + MDE estudioSelected Projects Share Area:  699 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2021 Year:  Casa de Hóspedes / ArribaSave this projectSaveCasa de Hóspedes / Arriba ArchDaily “COPY” CopyAbout this officeArribaOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentRenovationCoimbraPortugalPublished on May 22, 2021Cite: “Casa de Hóspedes / Arriba” [Casa de Hóspedes / Arriba] 22 May 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisMill Finished Copper: Nordic StandardMetallicsHAVER & BOECKERArchitectural Wire Mesh – MULTI-BARRETTE 8130Enclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsSealantsEffisusGutter Repair – TiteGutter3Aluminium CompositesSculptformAluminium Click-on BattensTiles / Mosaic / GresiteMargresPorcelain Tiles – Linea PrestigeMetallicsRHEINZINKZinc Roof Systems – Click Roll CapsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteTerrealTerracotta Cladding TileDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE UnilateralWindowsJoskoWindows and Sliding Doors – ONE SeriesMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Houses Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/961914/casa-de-hospedes-arriba Clipboard Photographs:  Hugo Santos Silva Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Lead Architects: Manufacturers: BRUMA, Blum, Weber, JNF, Velux CopyHouses, Renovation•Coimbra, Portugal Portugal Filipe Silva Ferreira e José Andrade Rocha “COPY” Architects: Arriba Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/961914/casa-de-hospedes-arriba Clipboard Save this picture!© Hugo Santos Silva+ 19Curated by Susanna Moreira Share Photographslast_img read more

SC Reserves Order In Vijay Mallya’s Review Plea Against 2017 Contempt Verdict

first_imgTop StoriesSC Reserves Order In Vijay Mallya’s Review Plea Against 2017 Contempt Verdict Radhika Roy26 Aug 2020 11:14 PMShare This – xSupreme Court has reserved the judgement in the Review plea filed by fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya against the May 2017 order of the SC holding him guilty of contempt of court for transferring money to his children in violation of the Court’s order. A Bench comprising of Justices UU Lalit and Ashok Bhushan presided over the matter and observed that there were allegations…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginSupreme Court has reserved the judgement in the Review plea filed by fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya against the May 2017 order of the SC holding him guilty of contempt of court for transferring money to his children in violation of the Court’s order. A Bench comprising of Justices UU Lalit and Ashok Bhushan presided over the matter and observed that there were allegations of failure to disclose assets and of siphoning off of money against Mallya. Accordingly, the judgement was reserved in the Review Plea. In the previous hearing, the Bench had sought for answers as to why the Registry had not listed the Review Petition for the last three years. However, as the Reply to one of the Intervention Applications was not on record, the Counsel on behalf of Mallya sought time to do the same. In 2017, a two-Judge Bench of the Supreme Court comprising of Justices AK Goel and UU Lalit had held that Mallya was guilty of contempt for willful disobedience of the Supreme Court’s order in a plea filed by a consortium of creditors lead by State Bank of India (SBI). Further, Mallya had been asked to appear before the Court hearing on the sentence. However, as Mallya had left India in March 2016, the proceedings were stalled due to non-appearance. SBI’s plea contended that Mallya had disobeyed the Court’s orders by making “vague and unclear disclosure of his assets” by transferring $40 million from Diageo Plc. To his children, and by ignoring the summons to appear in Court. Mallya had been declared a “Fugitive Economic Offender” by the Government of India in January 2019. The United Kingdom has recently acceded to India’s request to extradite Mallya. Though he has moved the Courts in UK, challenging the extradition order, he has not been able to secure any success. In the previous hearing on June 19, Justice Lalit had yet again sought for an explanation from the SC Registry for not listing the review petition filed by Mallya for three years. The Bench further directed for the names of the officials who had dealt with the file in the last three years to be brought to them. The explanation was to be submitted within a period of two weeks. Next Storylast_img read more

Difficulties facing rural areas in accessing post office or bank

first_img Difficulties facing rural areas in accessing post office or bank WhatsApp Facebook Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest By News Highland – February 12, 2021 Pinterest Previous articleDonegal drink to become more ‘special’ for UK customersNext articleMandatory self-quarantine extended to 18 more countries News Highland The number of people in rural Ireland having difficulty accessing a bank or post office has increased over the last ten years.New CSO figures show the proportion having problems with access to banks went from just under 10 per cent in 2011 to 15.5 per cent in 2019.The figure for post offices went from 6 per cent in 2011 to 10.4 per cent in 2019.The stats also reveal the number of rural households with landlines, mobile phones and computers has increased significantly between 2004 and 2019. Homepage BannerNews Google+ Twittercenter_img Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Google+ WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

First public meeting to take place on Mica redress scheme

first_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Previous articleCouncillor says Ranafast Road needs emergency funding “yesterday”Next articleFerris Lane in Buncrana to reopen to pedestrians from tomorrow News Highland Facebook Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Google+ Pinterest First public meeting to take place on Mica redress scheme Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+center_img By News Highland – July 12, 2019 WhatsApp It’s hoped that an upcoming public meeting will provide the answers to those affected by Mica, and when exactly the long awaited redress scheme will be rolled out. While the scheme was formally approved in May, little progress is said to have been made since.A wide range of guest speakers are participating in the meeting, which is being held on Wednesday, July 24th in from 8.00-9.00pm in An Grianan Hotel, Burt.Eileen Doherty of the Mica Action Group anticipates that more clarity will be provided to homeowners and urging all those concerned to attend:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/eileen1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Twitter AudioHomepage BannerNewslast_img read more

Little Rock, Arkansas bans its police force from using neck restraints

first_imgdlewis33/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) — The capital of Arkansas is banning its police force from using neck restraints following nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd in Minnesota.Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott announced the decision at a press conference Wednesday, saying he will sign an executive order barring police use and training of the technique. “The city of Little Rock has always been ahead of the curve,” Scott told reporters. “We have been listening to the protesters and community leaders to understand that we have to employ more police reform and accountability.”Little Rock Police Chief Keith Humphrey said the police department had banned chokeholds a while ago but had allowed a different type of neck restraint, known as “vascular neck restraint,” that will now no longer be taught. The officers already trained to use the maneuver will not be allowed to do so unless they can justify it was used to save a life. Disciplinary actions for those who do employ the technique will range from counseling to termination, depending on the circumstances, according to Humphrey.“We believe, at this time, in changing that as a technique that should only be used in the case of an imminent threat against someone’s life or an officers life,” Humphrey told reporters.Data compiled from the Little Rock Police Department’s annual use-of-force reports show that vascular neck restraints were used on 43 occasions from 2012 through 2018. Reports published prior to that period do not mention the maneuver, so it’s unclear whether the police force wasn’t using it or wasn’t tracking it, according to an analysis by Little Rock ABC affiliate KATV.Last week, the police chief announced that his department will implement a “duty to intervene” policy that requires officers to stop fellow officers from using excessive force. He has also asked the Arkansas State Police to review all officer-involved shootings in Little Rock. Earlier this month, the city’s board of directors approved the purchase of body-worn cameras for all on-duty police officers.Humphrey called the ban on neck restraints “a good move.”“We saw with George Floyd’s death the horrible technique and the horrible actions of that officer,” he said. “Anything we can do to reduce the chance [of having to use deadly force], we need to do that.”The order comes on the heels of protests in Arkansas and across the nation over Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody. Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed black man, died on May 25 shortly after a white police officer was filmed kneeling on his neck as three other officers stood by. The incident has renewed calls for police reform as well as an end to police brutality and racial injustice. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Glacial meltwater identification in the Amundsen Sea

first_imgPine Island Ice Shelf, in the Amundsen Sea, is losing mass because of warm ocean waters melting the ice from below. Tracing meltwater pathways from ice shelves is important for identifying the regions most affected by the increased input of this water type. Here, optimum multiparameter analysis is used to deduce glacial meltwater fractions from water mass characteristics (temperature, salinity, and dissolved oxygen concentrations), collected during a ship-based campaign in the eastern Amundsen Sea in February–March 2014. Using a one-dimensional ocean model, processes such as variability in the characteristics of the source water masses on shelf and biological productivity/respiration are shown to affect the calculated apparent meltwater fractions. These processes can result in a false meltwater signature, creating misleading apparent glacial meltwater pathways. An alternative glacial meltwater calculation is suggested, using a pseudo–Circumpolar Deep Water endpoint and using an artificial increase in uncertainty of the dissolved oxygen measurements. The pseudo–Circumpolar Deep Water characteristics are affected by the under ice shelf bathymetry. The glacial meltwater fractions reveal a pathway for 2014 meltwater leading to the west of Pine Island Ice Shelf, along the coastline.last_img read more

Former SUU Football Star Miles Killebrew To Kick Off the Utah Summer Games

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah-Thursday, as the Larry H. Miller Utah Summer Games commence, it was announced that Southern Utah University alum and current Detroit Lions strong safety Miles Killebrew will make a homecoming appearance during the opening ceremonies.The Olympic cauldron at Eccles Coliseum is to be lit Thursday while Killebrew will run the torch around the stadium and will then do the honors to commence the 33rd annual Utah Summer Games.When the Lions drafted Killebrew in the fourth round of the 2016 draft, the Las Vegas native went down in history as the highest-drafted player in SUU football annals.While on the Thunderbirds’ football team, he amassed 356 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, three interceptions, seven passes defensed and two defensive touchdowns.Killebrew earned Big Sky Conference honorable mention plaudits twice, 2nd-team all-Big Sky honors once and first-team all-Big Sky honors once.Additionally, the former lead vocalist from Journey, Steve Augeri, will be on hand as this year’s featured performer at the event.The Utah Summer Games dates back to 1986 and offers more than 40 competitive sporting events available to a wide variety of ages.On average, 9,600 participants compete before 50,000 spectators and 1,000 volunteers with the numbers increasing annually. June 13, 2018 /Sports News – Local Former SUU Football Star Miles Killebrew To Kick Off the Utah Summer Games Tags: Eccles Coliseum/Journey/Miles Killebrew/Steve Augeri/Utah Summer Games Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more

Support needed

first_imgHaving spent a lifetime in the trade – many of those years in training – we seem to have endlessly thrown the skills ball around, with few willing to take on the challenge. So what are these skills: are they craft, process, or apprenticeship and where are they coming from, together with the supporting knowledge and understanding?When Improve was requesting industry support to establish food manufacturing standards, including bakery, interest and response was poor. Like it or not, this is our Sector Skills Council set up by government and now established to complete this task. The standards for achieving accreditation have been written and they do contain all the craft skills within their units.Bakery is now grouped with meat and fish. It therefore requires a strong individual trade voice. Do you know what Improve is or what it does? Improve has now commissioned a UK work study that will highlight the benefits of training in the food and drink industry. Will bakery firms be represented within the 200 manufacturers consulted and, if so, what will they say?The craft sector is now in single figures as a percentage of the industry. Some say they do not require a training support and structure, or see a need for this. Why should staff find our industry attractive if these structures and resources are not available to them? Surely we must invest in our staff, so that they can understand the method, materials and process they are controlling. Pride in quality of product should be the attraction, particularly to the able young people we need to entice to the industry.It is interesting to see the supermarkets again revisiting Sector Skills Council training and careers. Let’s hope a good choice of modules will add further craft skills to their bakers, who represent a very large slice of the bakery business.We must consider the implications of the Leitch report for bakery; who is going to identify and select all the skills required and who is going to deliver them? We will all have different views and objectives, but with the govern- ment announcing high amounts of funding available for acceptable provision, we need to support the people who are prepared to give time and effort to achieve real progress. Failing this, we could always buy another machine! n—-=== Need to know ===Where should a skills academy be located? Workplaces in bakery in the UK are concentrated within the north west of England (17%), followed by Yorkshire and Humberside, London and Scotland.last_img read more

Ed Mann Joins All-Star Group For Late-Night Frank Zappa Tribute [A Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images Percussionist and long-time Frank Zappa band member Ed Mann joined a funk-filled tribute to his late bandleader last night at the Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs, alongside keyboardist Todd Stoops (RAQ), guitarist Marcus Rezak (Digital Tape Machine), drummer Scotty Zwang (Dopapod), bassist Dan Lotito and special guest guitarist Gabriel Marin (Consider the Source). Billed as “Cosmik Playground,” the all-star jam tribute welcomed all Phish fans to a late night dance party that upped the weird until the odd hours of the night. With ShwizZ kicking things off with their spontaneously funky tunes, the night was a non-stop-shop for musical complexity and technical prowess. Shwizz’s Frankie Coda and Ryan Liatsis joined Cosmik Playground for the majority of the set, assisting on both vocals and guitar, respectively, and helping to round out the stellar tribute to Zappa.The evening’s catalogue sifted through some Zappa favorites, “Peaches En Regalla,” “Cosmik Debris,” “My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama,” and a spaced out, jammy rendition of The Doors‘ “Roadhouse Blues.” The tribute was an incredible success, and the house rocked hard as ever. If the energy from the stage was any indication, we’ll keep our fingers crossed for this group of musicians to join together again in celebration of the life of Frank Zappa.Enjoy the full gallery below, courtesy of Chad Anderson!Cosmik Playground @ The Putnam Den 7/3/16 Setlist:Chungas Revenge>Peaches en Regalia Keep it Greasy>Cosmic DebrisPygmy Twilight City of Tiny Lights *Treacherous CretinsWilly the Pimp *My guitar wants to kill your mama *Andy *Encore: Roadhouse Blues* with Gabriellast_img read more

The right game plan

first_img How they leveled the playing field In terms of work, it’s really hard when you don’t have those casual or informal connections. I can’t walk down the hallway and just bump into people. I can’t walk into spaces where a lot of staff or students typically would be congregating. Everything has to be planned and intentional. So that’s probably been the most challenging part, just trying to establish the kinds of credibility and trust and relationships that you need as a leader. I am not quite sure when we’re going to be back in person. But we will manage this way, for now.GAZETTE: Currently, is there any athletic activity happening on campus or any facilities open for students?McDERMOTT: We’re really proud that our spaces were the first spaces open to students on campus, aside from houses and grabbing food at the dining halls. I think it was the beginning of October when we started opening. We opened the MAC for in-residence students and staff. It’s highly regulated, with only a certain number of people allowed in, and everyone needs to wear masks. We’ve worked with Harvard’s Department of Environmental Health & Safety on safety standards around airflow for different spaces, and how many people could occupy spaces, so it was very well planned out.On the same day, we started in-person athletic activity for the student athletes who were on campus, limited to strength conditioning work, which was in line with the Ivy League phasing plan. The first, in-person phase of that plan was limited to strength conditioning to help get students accustomed to wearing masks and being 6 feet apart from each other and being in small groups. The idea was that if people were successfully able to comply with that and were healthy, we would continue to phase two, which is sport-related activity along with strength conditioning. They were still in small groups of no more than 10, and they were still 6 feet apart. We thought the students might find it boring, but they were so ecstatic to be around their teammates and to be able to do something again. So, it’s really been kind of a bright spot.GAZETTE: Can you tell me what will happen to the eligibility for a student who has been away from campus due to COVID?McDERMOTT: We refer to it as a clock in Division I. They have five years to use their four seasons of eligibility, which starts the day that they matriculate. So, for those enrolled, whether remote or living on campus, they haven’t lost a season because we only practiced, but they have a finite window of time to use that year. For those who have taken a leave completely, it’s the same. They are not using a season, but their clock doesn’t stop either.GAZETTE: Is there anything else you would like to add?McDERMOTT: Obviously, this is a really unusual and challenging time for different reasons for different people. But I have not lost my gratitude or excitement about being part of the Harvard community and having this opportunity, and I’m very excited for our future. I know this is temporary, even though it’s lasting longer than any of us would like. But we’ll get beyond it. And I know that the Crimson will be ready for what lies ahead of us and we will represent Harvard with fortitude and excellence.Interview was lightly edited for clarity and length. GAZETTE: How do you think your time working at Columbia and Princeton will help inform how you approach your role here at Harvard?McDERMOTT: Given what I said about how I was a conscientious student, and also being very competitive, I think finding the Ivy League in my professional career ­— getting my first job at Columbia and then going from there to Princeton ­­— really just felt like home for me. I’ve said this a few times, but coming to Harvard feels like a homecoming, both coming back to the Ivy League that I really feel is the perfect place for my ideology and philosophy, and coming back home to Massachusetts, since I’m from here.I think the education-based philosophy of the Ivy League and the fact that those values and principles have not changed fundamentally over decades, and have stood the test of time, just spoke volumes to me when I started working at Columbia, where there truly was an emphasis on this balanced, student-athlete experience. I saw that that was going to be the primary focus around any decision that was made, and that’s how I try to view my job. Today, any decision that’s made is student-athlete-centric. With any decision we first ask the questions “How will this impact the student-athletes?” and “What do they want out of their Harvard experience?”  I think if I were at a different school and I asked myself those questions, the answers might be different. But I think what I really appreciate about being at Harvard and having been at Princeton and Columbia is: The answer to that is they want us to honor their whole selves, and they want to thrive in everything that they do.For a student-athlete, it’s also the ability to come to a place like Harvard and compete at the highest level in college athletics and to be able to fulfill the competitive aspect of themselves and the potential that they feel they might be able to achieve. We are here to support all of that, and I just so appreciate being in the Ivy League and being surrounded by this philosophy where it’s not just about athletic ability, and it’s not just about winning. We are thinking of this in a learning and growing and educational process kind of way. Education through athletics is something that I’m a true believer in.GAZETTE: Can you say more about what education through athletics means to you?McDERMOTT: To me, it boils down to the mentality that we are co-curricular from an educational standpoint; that we are complementary to the academic learning in the classroom and the growth that’s happening there; that we are the vehicle for more of the personal growth around coping and failure and resiliency and relationship-building and learning how to work with people whom you don’t always agree with, people with different backgrounds, as you drive toward this common goal and desired outcome. And I think student-athletes, because of that experience, are advantaged, because those are the kinds of skills and lessons and life learning that help them as they transition out of Harvard and go on to whatever it is they intend to pursue.GAZETTE: The review of the Harvard Athletics Department by FAS released in June found that some student-athletes struggle to balance their academic and athletic commitments, and others can’t find enough time relax and unwind. What are your thoughts on those findings?McDERMOTT: It’s certainly something I’ve heard and experienced pretty much everywhere I’ve been. The students at Princeton reminded me of the rabbit in “Alice in Wonderland,” so focused on time and worried about every minute, hurrying along to the next thing; they were just constantly needing time. It was similar at the University of Chicago. At Harvard, I haven’t experienced it firsthand because obviously we haven’t been in a normal, on-campus situation due to the coronavirus. But it did come out in the study, and in a way it is fresh information, even though it’s probably not a huge surprise to people who have been around this for a while. I think we’ll need to delve into it. I plan to meet with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and other student groups to try to drill into this. When you do that, you can identify where those real pressure points are and explore things that we can do to mitigate it. Sometimes, we find that it is just part of the normal college experience, that it is manageable but challenging and that students turn it into a positive because they really learn to juggle things and effectively manage their time.But certainly, if there seem to be continual challenges around a student getting a decent dinner or enough sleep and we’re part of the problem, we need to really take a hard look at that and evaluate what we’re doing and if we can do it differently. I also think it’s key to bring coaches into these conversations, to get their input and talk through practice length. We will get more out of student-athletes if we’re respectful of their time and try to do as much as we can with the least amount of time possible. I think it’s important for us to be continually asking ourselves if we can identify where there might be areas we can look to for solutions, but it takes partnership with others on campus too.GAZETTE: You mentioned partnerships. Another finding in the report was a desire for more collaboration between FAS and athletics. How are you going to approach that kind of work?McDERMOTT: That’s something we’ve actually been thinking about quite a bit. This idea of integration definitely came across loud and clear in the study, and it was something that we discussed throughout my hiring process. I think this year gives us an interesting space to work on that. I’ve been talking with a lot of people on campus and asking them where there are points of connectivity that I can take advantage of with faculty, with deans, to start building relationships and credibility. That’s not to suggest that there hadn’t been work done in that area before. We have a faculty standing committee. But I want to find the places we can tell our story in a very consistent and compelling way so that we can kind of fill this gap of knowledge and information, because if we don’t, then people kind of fill in that story for us.And again, this is nothing different from what I have experienced in other places. But often there tends to be a judgment made in certain moments that we must be bringing people here who are more focused on their sport than they are on academics. We want to make it clear that we have these amazing student-athletes who work very hard and who go on to be great ambassadors and citizen-leaders. I think sometimes there’s also a judgment that our coaches only care about bringing in really great athletes, that they are only concerned about winning. Nothing could be further from the truth. I think as much as we use this hyphenated word student-athlete, we can just as easily use educator-coach, because every coach on our staff thinks of themselves first and foremost as an educator. That’s why they’re here. With every student-athlete, the coaches are concerned about personal and character development and making sure that they’re part of that growing and learning process with them. “Coaches who coach at a place like Harvard are doing this because they are educators, and they truly believe in that model.” ‘The Game’ taught students what it was like to be a female athlete before Title IX Erin McDermott named athletic director Massachusetts native brings Ivy principles to lead program into future Related Starting a new job is never easy, but few have had it as tough as Erin McDermott. She took over as Harvard’s John D. Nichols ’53 Family Director of Athletics on July 1, amid a pandemic that had already forced lockdowns and evacuations of businesses, schools, and universities and taken nearly 128,000 lives with no signs of abating.Now, four months later, the fall and winter sports seasons have been canceled. Nevertheless, McDermott says, “The Crimson will be ready for what lies ahead of us, and we will represent Harvard with fortitude and excellence.” McDermott said her athletic administrative experience at Princeton, Columbia, and the University of Chicago, as well as the time she spent playing basketball herself at Hofstra University (where she earned the school’s top scholar-athlete award) have informed her approach, one devoted to the student-athlete’s success in the classroom and on the court, or wherever they may practice and play. McDermott spoke with the Gazette about the role of sports in her life, about the importance of athletics at Harvard, and about her preparation for the months and years ahead.Q&AErin McDermottGAZETTE: Can you describe the importance of sports in your own life?McDERMOTT: I can’t say it’s been everything, but it’s pretty close. In terms of my personal development, it’s really where I found my confidence. The first memory I have of being athletic is going to a youth soccer tryout with my brother. He was probably 5; I was 3. I wasn’t old enough to play so I was just kicking the ball around. I was always a little tall for my age, making me look older, and one of the coaches said to my father: “Bring her back when she’s ready.” Getting that positive reinforcement, even though I was never a soccer player, was huge. Having an older brother, I was always trying to keep up with him, whether it was with Wiffle ball in the backyard or on the mountains learning to ski. And then I ventured into organized sports, and I got reinforcement from that. Thankfully, I had parents who completely encouraged me and didn’t think twice about it. I never heard the word “tomboy.” I didn’t know what that was until I was older. And it really led me down the path of playing different sports when I was young, continuing into high school.GAZETTE: Did you plan to keep competing in college?McDERMOTT: I thought I wanted to pursue sports in college, but I was also a very conscientious student, and I was very concerned about the time that it would take. But eventually I was recruited, and I landed at Hofstra University, where I played basketball. I had never really thought about getting into this type of work as a profession until my junior year, when I started observing all of this infrastructure around me and realized it was a complex operation. A woman was the associate athletic director. She’s still there, actually. She was always such a supporter for the women’s teams, always present, and always making you feel like somebody was in your corner. It was her presence that was so memorable, along with some decisions that Hofstra made about the whole experience for female athletes, which I felt weren’t quite on par with where they should have been. Also, about that time, I heard the woman who was the women’s athletic director at the University of Minnesota speak about Title IX. I was a Title IX baby, born the year it passed, so growing up those opportunities were just available to me — I didn’t really realize they were a right provided to us. That was the first time I really heard someone talk about the legal issues around athletics and gender equity, and it was really what started making me think about getting into this as a profession, because I thought there needed to be different people at the decision-making table for anything to really change.So that’s what started leading me down this path. I really owe so much to my own experience with sports, and I am so grateful for it. It was so formative and shaped my opinions about how sports should look and feel and be for all student-athletes, regardless of the sport you played, your gender, your race, or your sexual orientation. So, I owe sports so much. “I was a Title IX baby, born the year it passed, so growing up those opportunities were just available to me — I didn’t really realize they were a right provided to us.” Student athletes get back on field with new goals in sight Working it out GAZETTE: I think many people think Harvard athletics just involves the NCAA teams. But there is much more to it, including club sports, House competitions, and the classes and athletic facilities that are open to all students and staff. McDERMOTT: We’ve also thought a lot about how to provide more for other students on campus so they feel like there is this athletics experience that they can be part of too. That was a driver behind the Grow Play Achieve (GPA) program we started this year, a series of online, physical activity, personal development, and community-building activities that connected students with Harvard coaches. I think as much as we can be providing those opportunities for other students at Harvard the better, and making this about a Crimson community on campus.We already have this really robust recreational program, and I think it’s just making sure that all those opportunities are well-promoted, and everyone knows what their options are. Typically, these are students who are well aware of wellness issues and of the long-term health benefits of being active. With all of our recreational offerings and classes around fitness we are trying to really stay on the cutting edge, but we also recognize that we probably need more space. We’d like to do a space study as part of a facility plan for the future. And I will include recreation in that because I think we need to have sufficient space on campus to accommodate the demands and needs of our students and make sure that they have really great and inviting recreational spaces.GAZETTE: Was there anything else in the report that surprised you or that you found particularly striking?McDERMOTT: It’s not a surprise to any of us who have been in it, but what struck me was how strongly it came out that student-athletes really value their relationships with their coaches. It confirmed exactly what I said about how our coaches view themselves as educators first and are truly mentors. Coaches who coach at a place like Harvard are doing this because they are educators, and they truly believe in that model. If it was just about wanting to be as competitive as possible or making the most money, they wouldn’t be here. So that was really affirming to see. And I think it’s powerful for people on campus to see that, those who haven’t had this experience and maybe don’t have that natural connection with what a coaching relationship can become. And to see that come out so strongly, across so many different sports, was so encouraging and signaled that we clearly have a really great coaching staff, and that the coaches are really treasured by their student-athletes.Other than that, the academic integration was something we definitely want to work on, but generally, it felt like the culture was very positive. The study has been a great resource to have walking into this new role.GAZETTE: What has it been like stepping into this position during a pandemic?McDERMOTT: I’d say that the hardest part has just been not having really the physical presence with people. We started dealing directly with COVID-19 closures when I was still at Chicago, transitioning to working from home and connecting on Zoom with people I’ve worked with for seven years. But coming into this situation I didn’t have that foundation, and the work has been all virtual.It’s also been really challenging because I’ve had to deliver really disappointing news virtually. It was only a week after I started that I had to tell everybody we weren’t having any fall competition. That was with our full department and student-athletes in a webinar format, but it felt impersonal. It felt the same way when I recently had to let people know that the Ivy League presidents have chosen to cancel the winter sports season and that the spring season will be on hold until the end of February. Still, I thought it was really important that they hear that from me.last_img read more