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So close and yet so far

first_imgClare Goslant was in the first week of her freshman year at Harvard, but she already knew her way around. She grew up 90 seconds away.On the other hand, Colin Lu came from a city that is 10,522 air miles from Boston. Getting here from Melbourne, Australia, involved about 20 hours of flying, with stops along the way. It was his first trip to the United States.Goslant and Lu represent the nearest and farthest distances traveled by new freshmen to start their academic careers at Harvard. In between those geographic extremes, there is nearly everything else, from Albania to Zimbabwe. The Class of 2016 represents 75 countries and every state except Wyoming.There are freshmen from Texas and Puerto Rico, and from New Zealand, Vietnam, Japan, China, Nepal, Mongolia, and India. From Africa, there are freshmen from Nigeria, Gabon, Swaziland, Madagascar, Kenya, and Burundi. In the class of 1,600, there are freshmen from Yemen, Iran, and Iraq, as well as from Costa Rica, Colombia, Brazil, Peru, and Chile. There are freshmen from every continent except Antarctica, which is 98 percent ice. There are stateless freshmen.Red-brick Cambridge looks different from home, said Lu, who spent his primary school years in the city of Traralgon, Australia, an expansive and flat region 100 miles from Melbourne. The city has a cricket team, a club for racing greyhounds, and a baseball team called the Redsox. (Yes, it’s one word.)Members of Harvard’s Class of 2016 come from all over the world. Here are the countries they represent, whether by citizenship, permanent place of residence, or location where a student attended secondary school:Albania, Argentina, Australia Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burundi, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Latvia, Lebanon, Macedonia, Madagascar, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam, Yemen, ZimbabweSource: Harvard College AdmissionsStill, the first thing Lu said about adjusting to the United States was that there wasn’t much to it. “On the cultural side,” he said, “the U.S. is not that different.” The Internet had provided an open window into America. Even New York City felt familiar. “We drove around,” he said proudly, despite the legendary crush of traffic, and the need to keep the family’s car on the right.His first sight of Harvard Yard came with a little shock. “One thing that stands out to me is the number of tourists,” said Lu, one of 11 Australians in the Class of 2016. It was “quite impressive,” he said, compared with his trips to Stanford and Princeton universities. (Lu has a brother at Yale, and plans to travel there soon.)American food prices took his family by surprise, because they’re about 20 percent cheaper than in Melbourne. And American portion sizes are larger. “It’s especially shocking when you order a small drink here,” said Lu, “and it’s the size of the Australian large drink.”Lu plans a concentration in pure mathematics, because the University “has a really strong math faculty.” Besides, Harvard is “very good at everything else. I’d be perfectly fine if you banned me from math classes.”  (Lu also likes philosophy.)On the near end of the geographic spectrum, at least six admitted freshmen are from Harvard’s own ZIP code, 02138. And three are from Sherman Street, just a few house numbers apart.“I am generally shocked to hear where people come from,” said Goslant, a 2011 graduate of Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, who can see Harvard from the second floor of her family house. She has met freshmen from Nigeria and Tanzania. She lives in the same Prescott Street dorm, Greenough Hall, that houses a freshman from the Occupied Palestinian Territories and another from Australia.“The adjustment he had to make was far greater than the adjustment I had to make,” said Goslant of her new Aussie friend. But they had both rowed crew in high school, though half a world apart, and that made her realize that far can be nearer than you’d think. In the end, she said, “It doesn’t matter where you come from.”It took Goslant longer to walk home from high school than it does to walk home from her Harvard dorm. While in secondary school, she walked through the main campus every day, past landmarks so familiar that they seemed like her own street. “I had to walk through Harvard Yard to get anywhere,” said Goslant.Still, she has put some miles on her own life odometer. She took a gap year between high school and college, and spent part of it in Morocco learning Arabic and absorbing another culture. “The narrative of world history from the Western perspective seems so incredibly different,” said Goslant, who plans a concentration in Near Eastern languages and civilizations.She almost crossed an ocean to go to college, too. She applied to the University of Oxford and got in, but the siren song of Harvard was just too sweet.Harvard is “strong in all academics,” said Goslant, so she could try another concentration if her plans change. Then she paused, reflecting on the College near which she grew up. “There really is no other place in the world.”last_img read more

USC Security Roundup

first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety incident report summary between Friday, April 8, and Sunday, April 10. Crimes against a personAt 12:58 AM on April 9, a student at 2726 Menlo Ave. reported being punched three times in the face after confronting a suspect who was urinating at the scene.Crimes against propertyAt 9:01 P.M. on April 10, a suspect was arrested for taking a student’s bicycle from Alpha Phi with the use of burglary tools.Miscellaneous incidentsAt 11:58 p.m. on April 8, a fraternity at 1380 30th St. was cited for disturbing the peace after refusing to comply with officers who arrived at the scene following a noise complaint.At 3:51 PM on April 10, a staff member at the Neely Petroleum and Chemical Engineering building reported that someone had activated an emergency shower in the hallway, flooding it. The staff member cleaned up the water on his own.last_img read more

Ambassadors discuss US-China relations, Hong Kong protests

first_imgTensions were high in the Annenberg School for Communication auditorium as Clayton Dube of USC’s U.S.-China Institute sat down with Ambassador Jeffrey Bader and Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Los Angeles Zhang Ping for a discussion on United States-China relations Tuesday.  The discussion was held just hours after the U.S. Senate approved the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, legislation dedicated to supporting protesters in Hong Kong fighting for democracy.  Bader, the founding director of the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution, outlined what he believes has changed between China and the U.S. over the last few decades, criticizing the current state of the trajectory of the country’s economic reform.  “Since 1978 when Deng Xiaoping presided over the … Chinese Communist Party, China has been committed to restructuring its economy away from the Maoist, state-centered model towards a market-driven model,” Bader said. “There was, for some period after that, sort of a drift in economic restructuring and reform in China under subsequent leadership. In the last five or six years, it’s the consensus of most Western observers that there has been backsliding. The drive towards economic restructuring and reform and market-based change has been substituted for by an emphasis on civility and party control.” Some students in the audience scoffed at Zhang’s response. Some got up and left the auditorium. Of the students who stayed were seniors Shichen Liu and Siyi Zhang, two public policy graduate students from China. They both criticized Zhang’s tendency to be out of touch with the people of China.  “The pressure on China is very much, I’ll say influenced by the Western media reports on China, which in most cases we think is pretty biased, or intentionally biased,” Zhang said. “I think they try to portray it as an issue of human rights. That kind of media influence has played a role in the perception of China. That’s why I think we need to present China in a very objective way.”  “China is a very big country. As we said, it’s pretty easy when you start reform because there are lots of things that can be changed easily,” Zhang said. “After certain years, what’s left? what we called hard blows, which are difficult because that kind of reform needs to be studied carefully in order to minimize the negative impact on the people … I don’t think the reform process has been slowed down.”  Zhang, the former Chinese ambassador to Fiji, opened the conversation with a statement on China’s development since the beginning of U.S.-China relations in the 1970s. Zhang said China is “going through profound changes unseen in a century,” in reference to the recent technological boom as well as the protests happening in Hong Kong.  “China-U.S. relations are also going through some profound changes,” Zhang said. “Some people perceived [China’s development] as a threat to the U.S. supremacy, so they are trying to depict China as a major adversary.”  “[He] has a tendency to… represent the officials,” Liu said. “He said a lot of official words and didn’t say a lot from his own perspective. He was there to represent the government.”  “We want to hear something different from the Chinese side, like not what the Chinese media will say,” Zhang said. “Maybe something from his own interpretation and experience.” In a later response to both Bader and the moderator, Zhang rebutted claims that economic reform in China has halted. As the hour wound down with a discussion on trade and economic ties between the two countries, the unease in the room did not. Dube discussed the state of human rights in China, directly referencing the government’s detention centers in Shanghai, prompting Zhang to criticize American coverage of Chinese affairs.last_img read more

Jusuf Nurkić Among The Best Three Basketball Players Outside USA

first_imgB&H representative Jusuf Nurkić was brilliant this season playing for the Zagreb team Cedevita. He attracted the attention of several NBA teams.Cedevita was defeated at last night’s match against Partizan in Belgrade, with the result (77:68) and the B&H representative scored 15 points, three rebounds, and two assists.For already a few months the American media has been writing about the basketball star from B&H. Yahoo today ranked him in third place of talents outside of the USA.Dante Exum from Australia is in first place, followed by Dario Šarić from Croatia in second place and B&H representative Jusuf Nurkić in third place.Video: http://youtu.be/9CTum4evBMY(Source: Klix.ba)last_img read more

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