Melrose is only about a 30-minute commute from Cambridge, but Sophie Carroll ’17 wouldn’t have made it to Harvard without help.“There was absolutely no chance I could have come here without financial aid,” said Carroll. “It made the most fundamental difference.”Carroll, a junior now, remembers how she felt coming to Harvard as a freshman. She’s the daughter of a single mom who’s a third-grade teacher.“The summer before freshman year, you see all these commercials about move-into-college shopping, and everyone is filling up their carts. It’s a fun idea but an enormously expensive one,” said Carroll. “It just adds a layer of stress on top of the excitement. Just the simple matter of a habitable dorm room will be a burden on your family.”For about one in five freshmen in the incoming Harvard College Class of 2020, now there will be new help to make that transition: a $2,000 “start-up” grant awarded to every incoming freshman whose annual family income is $65,000 or less. The grant is part of a three-year pilot program providing additional support to eligible incoming freshmen.Graphic by Judy Blomquist/Harvard Staff“By investing in financial aid, we want Harvard to be accessible and affordable for the most talented students, no matter their background or financial circumstances,” said President Drew Faust. “At the start of what surely will be one of the most transformative experiences of their lives, we want to ensure that all students are able to explore what Harvard has to offer. That is the objective of this new initiative.”Eligible students will receive $1,000 each at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters in addition to other financial aid. For one in five undergraduates whose annual family incomes are $65,000 or less, Harvard already covers the costs associated with tuition, room, board, books, travel, and other expenses.“The beginning of freshman year is very hard,” said Carroll. “With this new initiative, Harvard is helping take off one burden and give these students more space to use the resources Harvard puts in place and use those to get to really understand Harvard.”Harvard’s undergraduate financial aid program has benefited from consistent and aggressive investment, of which this pilot program is the latest example. Since launching the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative in 2005, Harvard has awarded almost $1.5 billion in grant aid to undergraduates. Also since 2005, Harvard’s annual financial aid award budget has increased more than 250 percent, from $67 million to $170 million in 2015.“Financial aid is critical to Harvard’s mission,” said Michael D. Smith, Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “That mission of educating citizens and citizen leaders demands that we bring together students with profoundly different life experiences, from many walks of life, to prepare them to succeed and lead in a diverse world.”For the upcoming 2017 academic year, fees for Harvard College undergraduates will be $63,025, including $43,280 for tuition, approximately a 3.9 percent increase from 2016, maintaining Harvard’s ranking as one of the least expensive schools in the Ivy League. For the more than half of Harvard students who receive financial aid, the average net cost to parents is about $11,000 a year.The majority of undergraduates receiving financial aid pay just 10 percent of annual family income, and for more than 40 percent of undergraduates financial aid completely covers tuition. A Harvard education costs the same or less than a state school for 90 percent of American families, based on their incomes and Harvard’s financial aid.As part of its financial aid program, Harvard spent more than $3.3 million in 2015 to help low-income students pay for health insurance, books, travel costs home, winter coats, fees for events and performances, and other activities to ensure every student can engage in the Harvard experience.“Month after month, week after week, there are going to be difficulties that come up,” said Carroll. “I get to go to five free events a semester through the student event fund. Back home, I would make up an excuse because you don’t want to say it’s the cost. I don’t have to say anything here. With the student event fund, you’re able to go and have fun with your friends.”William R. Fitzsimmons, Harvard College dean of admissions and financial aid, explained: “Harvard’s commitment to financial aid extends to every student accepted through our need-blind admissions process: We will pay your way if you can’t; we will support you with tuition, room, board, books, travel expenses, and more, and we will award grants, and never require you to take out loans to cover the cost of your education. That’s our commitment to our students.”The fact Harvard’s financial aid is completely grant-based “is a huge asset,” said Carroll. “I’ve seen a lot of people fall prey not only in the college context. Financial assistance that’s completely loan-based is an amazing short-term solution but causes a lot of trouble in the long term. Harvard doesn’t leave us vulnerable to that.”Of the Class of 2015, 76 percent graduated without any student loan debt. Median debt upon graduation for the 24 percent of Class of 2015 who chose to borrow was $10,900, less than a third the national average of more than $35,000.“We’re working to remove the financial barriers to education,” said Sally Donahue, Griffin Director of Financial Aid. “We recruit students of talent and focus our financial aid on students who need it. We want every student to fully experience the life-changing adventure that is a Harvard College education.”
Wide cycle tracks that separate bicyclists from other traffic and bike parking facilities with security guards or cameras are among the factors that motivate college students in China to bicycle, according to a study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Peking University.The study was published online Aug. 18, 2017 in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.The idea for the study began when lead author Changzheng Yuan, Sc.D. ‘15, Sc.M. ‘12, now a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Nutrition at Harvard Chan School, was a master’s student and took the bicycle environments and public health class taught by Anne Lusk, research scientist and bicycle researcher in the Department of Nutrition. As part of the class, Lusk challenged students to develop and conduct surveys to find out what motivates people to take up cycling.Yuan worked with Lusk to develop a survey and then contacted her friend Yangbo Sun, then a researcher at Yuan’s undergraduate alma mater Peking University and now a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Iowa. Yuan suggested they team up to survey students at Peking University, under the guidance of Yuan’s former advisor, co-author Jun Lv, a professor at the university. The researchers distributed the survey to students in six dormitories and collected completed questionnaires from 410 students.While China for years had a system of wide cycle tracks designated just for bicycles, cyclists now must share many of these tracks with moving cars, parked cars, and bus stops. The authors found that the students considered cycle tracks dedicated just to bicycle traffic the safest way to travel on roadways. “Effective ways need to be provided to deter cars from driving and parking on the wide cycle tracks,” Yuan said. She and her colleagues suggested transportation officials consider adding a fence down the wide tracks to separate cyclists from other vehicles.The poll showed the students preferred that bike parking sheds have painted lines to offer more space and order, similar to the lines marking spaces in parking lots. “Enhanced bike parking that lessens the risk of bike-on-bike damage would increase the number of bicyclists,” Yuan said.Learn moreBiking on cycle tracks safer than cycling in the road (Harvard Chan School news)How can we make biking safer and easier? (Harvard Chan School’s “This Week in Health” podcast)Solar-powered cycle paths, wheel-friendly escalators: Innovations to make biking easier and safer (Harvard Chan School news)A history of bicycle environments in China (Harvard Asia Quarterly, Anne Lusk, 2012) Read Full Story
GREATER NOIDA, India (CMC) – Discarded West Indies coach Phil Simmons believes Afghanistan’s one-day series against West Indies in the Caribbean later this year, will serve as a great opportunity for the fledgling side to begin to make strides in international cricket.An associate member of the International Cricket Council, Afghanistan will be playing their first-ever bilateral ODI series against a major international full member when they take on West Indies in May/June.Simmons, hired recently by the Afghanistan Cricket Board to prepare the squad, said at this stage the aim was to be competitive and make inroads.“I like to be realistic. I don’t think the BCCI (Indian Cricket Board) or the Cricket Australia would be really interested in hosting them for a series at this moment,” said Simmons, who was sacked by the West Indies Cricket Board last September.“The important thing would be to remain competitive at this level, and when that happens you are bound to get your chance against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. I think the upcoming series in the Caribbean in May is a step in that direction.”In Simmons’ first series in charge last month, the Afghans beat Zimbabwe 3-2 in a five-match series in Harare, a tour the Trinidadian believes his side should have won more convincingly.And with upcoming series against West Indies and Ireland, Simmons believes his job is to get Afghanistan to take the next step.“These guys were good against the Zimbabweans,” he noted.“But if you look at their performances in the World T20 last year, they came close to winning on a number of occasions, but could not seal the deal. My job as the coach would be to help them through.”Afghanistan is ranked 10th in the ICC one-day rankings – ironically one place behind two-time former World champions West Indies – with Zimbabwe 11th and Ireland 12th.Though the assignment is a short-term one, Simmons hopes he can use his experience to help the Asian side get the most out of the next few series.“I was the Ireland coach for a considerable amount of time, and since Afghanistan are scheduled to play two series against them, they have sought my experience, which is fair, I think,” he said.“They have hired me for just three series. This series against Ireland, followed by another five-match ODI series against West Indies in the Caribbean in May, followed by a return series in Ireland in July. That’s what I am looking at currently.”Afghanistan were good enough to beat West Indies in the preliminary round of last year Twenty20 World Cup in India.
According to the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), the inclusion of Mati in the team became necessary in order to expose the youngster to international competition tournament at senior level.The Ondo State-born southpaw believes he has the capacity to step into the shoes of Aruna Quadri, whom he described as a role model to young players in the country.Quadri as the defending champion of the ITTF Africa Cup will be aiming to retain his title amidst the array of stars coming to Lagos for the three-day tournament. Nigeria as host is expected to present four male and four female players while other participating nations will registered two male and two male for the tournament.Winners in the men and women singles event will represent Africa at the ITTF Men and Women World Cups in China later in the year.For the female team, Edem Offiong who is the highest ranked Nigeria in the world will lead the team. Others are Germany-based Olufunke Oshonaike, Ajoke Ojomu while national female champion, Fatimo Bello completed the four-man list for women.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram African cadet champion, Taiwo Mati is the surprise inclusion in Team Nigeria for the 2019 ITTF Africa Cup which serves off on August 3 through August 5 at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.Mati, who also emerged as the best male player at the All Africa Games trials was at the weekend crowned the national U-21 champion, will be making his senior international debut at the continental showpiece which is the qualifying tournament for the 2019 ITTF World Cups.The five-man team will be led by African champion Aruna Quadri while others are Bode Abiodun, Segun Toriola and Olajide Omotayo.
Super Eagles winger, Moses Simon, was on Wednesday voted FC Nantes Player of the Season for the 2019/2020 campaign after scooping 40 per cent of the total vote cast by the fans. With this new feat, the French club may be encouraged to take the option that allows them to sign the player permanently for €5 million in the SummerSuper Eagles winger, Moses Simon, has been voted FC Nantes player of the season for the 2019/2020 campaign after the striker scooped 40 per cent of the total vote cast by the fans to name the canaridelasaison for the year 2020, the club has revealed on their social media page.Simon has enjoyed his best season with Nantes since moving to Europe, finishing as the club’s top scorer with nine goals, he recorded eight assists which is the highest by any player and also bagged one hattrick to his name.Simon only arrived at the club last summer, on loan from Spanish Premiere Liga side UD Levante and the former Gent man has proven to be an instant hit at the club, which has encouraged Nantes to be interested in taking up the option that allows them to sign the player permanently for €5 million in the Summer. Simon says he’s delighted to win his first player of the year award since moving to Europe.The 24-year-old who joined FC Nantes from Levante made 30 appearances for the French side in the just-concluded campaign, scoring nine goals and registered eight assists.“It can only be God, I think it a wish season for me, my first season in the French League Une, I became the Player of the Season in FC Nantes a traditional club, it could be recalled that Samson Siasia played in the same club and the arrival of my newborn baby it’s a double blessing for me this Season, I’m so excited it gives me a sense of recognition in my career,” he said.Simon went on to dedicate the award to his wife Ibukun Sarah Simon.“I think one of the best Seasons for me, I could still remember vividly I had this kind of season with Genk in Belgium where I played in the Champions league that first season, it was awesome to know that I was voted the best player of FC Nantes this season. I give Glory to God and I dedicate this moment to my beloved wife who stood by me throughout the season. It’s not easy to manage the family for me, at the end of the day the arrival of my newborn baby a double blessing for me,” he said.The former Trencin forward concluded that he had not made decisions over where he would be playing his football next season.“I look forward for a better season if I will remain with FC Nantes in France or return back to Spain, the future lies in the hands of God and as well my manager,” he stated.Life for Simon in Spain was far from rosy as he failed to establish himself in Levante’s starting 11 last season. He then decided to take his trade to French Ligue 1 side, Nantes, and the move has proved to be a success story.The 24-year-old, who was named the club’s best player in October last year also saw off competition from Imran Louza, Nicolas Pallois and Kader Bamba to secure his second award in March.Simon has been impressive since joining FC Nante on loan from Spanish side, Levante. In October last year, he scored four goals including a hat-trick against FC Paris in the French League Cup and it therefore came as no surprise when he was voted the Player of the Month.Simon revealed he was thoroughly enjoying a new lease of life in France.“I am more relaxed and settled at Nantes, no pressure. I am also playing to my full potentials because here I am a very offensive winger,” he explained.“At Levante, I had to fall back to help out in the defence. Now, I am a winger in a 4-3-3 formation as against the 3-5-2 we played in Spain. And so the goals and assists are coming now.”Simon is however optimistic his current scoring form for FC Nantes would continue with the Super Eagles.“It’s been an amazing season for me so far here in France; the team is doing well and I hope to also take the same form to the national team, especially with the AFCON qualifiers fast approaching,” Simon said then.The 24-year-old stated that he hoped to mark the landmark appearance with yet another international goal but posited that the team’s overall success remained the goal for him and not personal glory.Simon moved to Levante UD for about five million Euros, which is a figure far from the 20 million Euros a top official had predicted KAA Gent would eventually sell him.Gent sports director Michel Louwagie proudly predicted that his club would break transfer records when they eventually sell the Nigerian winger after they bought him from Slovak club AS Trencin for 650,000 Euros in January 2015.“The transfer record in Belgium will have to be shattered when we sell Moses. We will be talking of about 20 million Euros,” Louwagie predicted. The prediction was prompted by the fact that Moses was an instant sensation in Belgium.But the player will go on to suffer injuries and lack of consistency for such huge hope not to be fulfilled in the three and a half seasons he was there.Altogether, he scored 21 goals and provided 18 assists in 136 appearances for ‘The Buffaloes’. He was handed a five-year deal by Levante to finally live up to his potentials in Spain.He won the Belgian league with Gent in his first season after his transfer from Slovak club AS Trencin.KAA Gent paid glowing tributes to Simon after the player secured a move to Spanish club, Levante. “He leaves the club with his head up and will forever belong to the select group of players who won the first league title in the history for our club and then became part of an historic Champions League campaign stamped in the collective Belgian football memory. The following season, he was also a member of the group of players that beat Tottenham at Wembley in the Europa League,” the club said in its official website then.“Immediately after his transfer, he was the only player who spoke openly about obtaining the title “with the help of God”. It turned out to be prophetic words.Simon had his first call-up to the Nigeria national team by Coach Daniel Amokachi in March 2015 and made his debut on the 25th of the same month in an international friendly against Uganda, when he replaced Anthony Ujah.The 24-year-old has now made 33 appearances for the Super Eagles and has scored five goals.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Capping off another successful season in dramatic fashion, the USC women’s golf team fell one shot short of a title at the NCAA championships on Friday. It marked the closest finish since 1996, when the winner was determined through a tiebreak.This close · Sophomore golfer Jennifer Song and the tough-luck USC women’s golf team finished just one stroke short of first-place Purdue at last week’s NCAA championships. – Courtesy USC Sports Information “It’s a terrible feeling to lose by one shot,” USC coach Andrea Gaston said. “We go into every tournament wanting to win, so this was really tough.”The No. 3 Women of Troy held the lead in the first two rounds of tournament play, but No. 7 Purdue overtook the top spot on the third day of play. Going into the third round on Thursday, USC was ahead by seven strokes, but by the end of the day, they had fallen behind by seven strokes.Purdue held onto the lead for the remainder of the tournament, though USC cut the lead to one stroke in the final round. The team seemed poised to rally and regain the lead on the final day, but its efforts came up just short of victory.“It was difficult for the team to not see their goals come true,” Gaston said.Sophomore and All-American first team member Jennifer Song missed a 12-foot birdie on the final hole, which would have forced a playoff. Had she eagled the final hole, USC would have clinched the national title.“Jennifer gave us a chance to tie. The putt just didn’t go down,” Gaston said. “This wasn’t on anybody’s shoulder. All of us left some shots out there.”USC’s lead fell out of grasp in the third round when the team struggled on the front nine holes and never quite fully recovered. Nonetheless, the team combined for 1,154 strokes during four total rounds of play, a school record. Comparatively, the 2008 championship team combined for 1,168 strokes.Song’s individual 5-under par score tied her for fifth place overall at the title match. Playing her last season as a Trojan, Song leaves as the all-time leader in rounds in the 60s and a school record holder in stroke average with 71.55, her freshman year average.Her tie for fifth also marked the 12th time a USC women’s golfer has finished in the top 5 of the NCAA championships.The winner of the individual tournament was Oklahoma State’s Caroline Hedwall, who finished with a 12-under par 276. Finishing second was Arizona State’s Jennifer Johnson. Following her were Purdue’s Maude-Aimee LeBlanc, Auburn’s Cydney Clanton, LSU’s Megan McChrystal and Song.For USC, senior Belen Mozo finished in 21st place overall and shot a team-best 71 on Friday, while junior and All-American second teamer Lizette Salas placed 27th overall. Freshman Cyna Rodriguez matched Mozo’s 71 on Friday, a nice recovery from her shaky third round in which she shot an 83. She finished in 33rd place after ending the third round in 41st place.Sophomore Inah Park finished in 86th place, playing her strongest round of the competition on Friday — including a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole — to finish with a score of 74.Battling Purdue and Arizona State, USC was a member of the tournament’s lead group for the third year in a row, and the fifth time since 2003. The second place finish also marked the sixth time in eight years the Women of Troy placed in the top four.With Song and Mozo leaving the team next season, Gaston said the focus now shifts to recruiting and integrating new players.“Our remaining three girls are going to be instrumental in acclimating the new recruits,” she said. “We have to learn to be resilient and maybe better people as a result.”