Volunteer at the Arnold Arboretum this fall

first_imgMake a difference as an Arnold Arboretum School Program Guide. Training for the fall season of school programs at the Arboretum begins Aug. 28. We are looking for outgoing and mature adults who can commit to one year of volunteering. You do not need to know about plants, but experience working with children is preferred. If you are interested, please contact the Manager of Children’s Education by Aug. 14 for an interview. Read Full Storylast_img

Dorms find innovative ways to build community during pandemic

first_imgWhile COVID-19 has limited the variety of activities dorms can host, halls are trying to keep their traditions and allow the students to immerse themselves in the dorm life in safer and socially distant ways.Sophomore Danny Brennan, a resident of Fischer Hall, reflected on the pandemic as an opportunity for dorms to be more creative about planning events.“It’s definitely been tough so far,” Brennan said. “With all the restrictions, what we’ve traditionally done is a lot of barbecues and a lot of outdoor events with the dorm community, trying to tie people together in that way. But this year it’s been a little bit tougher than that, so we’ve had to be a little creative.”Fisher Hall has been fundraising for St. Adalbert Catholic School for many years. This year, Fisher planned a tournament with an entry fee that supports St. Adalbert.Brennan said it is important continue donating to St. Adalbert.“[Fisher residents] love the idea of not only them being able to have fun and a little competition, but also being able to give to St. Adalbert because we do have a commitment. I would say everyone, I mean I can’t obviously speak for everyone, but we really care about St. Adalbert,” Brennan said.The mood of competition also keeps residents active in Stanford Hall, who are participating in “Cross-Sectional Olympics,” Stanford president junior Allan Njomo said. Courtesy of Allan Njomo Stanford residents compete in Spikeball during the Cross-Sectional Olympics.“Cross-Sectional Olympics is a big competition we are all having as a dorm,” Njomo said. “We have a variety of big events and smaller events. For example, everybody goes out on the field and does a quick 40-meter race. We also have games of the iPhone pool, checkers or ping pong. Over time, these points are adding up to see which section is going to win on all of it.”Another signature event, ND 110, is organized by Duncan Hall. President, junior Jason Wanamaker described the event’s success this year.“ND 110 is a stair climb that honors first responders that climbed the Twin Towers during 9/11,” Wanamaker said. “We got about 370 students to participate this year. Last year, only about 100 students participated, so we upped the participation a lot. At the end of the day, we got to write a check for $10,000 to the charity for disaster relief.”Duncan also hosted a Yoga SYR with a certified yoga instructor. Courtesy of Jason Wanamaker Students gather outside for Duncan’s Yoga SYR.“We have a certified yoga instructor in our dorm,” Wanamaker said. “He had people bring dates to the lawn behind Duncan. It was very fun. We got about 150 people total.”The dorm presidents realize the difficulties for new students in meeting new people and making friends. Pasquerilla East president Meghan Bolinger shared how Zoom makes it easier for students to engage.“The Zoom events could have helped with that as people were able to tune into things without necessarily taking that initial step right away,” the junior said.Pasquerilla East Hall teamed up with the Spreading Positivity and Radiating Kindness (SPARK) Commission which allows freshmen to connect with upperclassmen.“Upperclassmen and freshmen could sign up to help plan events and facilitate things together,” Bolinger said. “They were put in their SPARK groups, as an opportunity to meet new people who weren’t necessarily their roommates, go get dinner with them and plan events. It’s more freshmen targeted just because it’s a really difficult time this year.”Lewis Hall and Walsh Hall have also created similar programs that could help freshmen get outside of their comfort zone and meet new people.Lewis president, junior Claire Wilson commented how her dorm’s Big Little program is connecting freshmen with upperclassmen.“This coming Friday is our Big Little reveal,” Wilson said. “This year, it is huge. We have so many littles that everyone has two littles.”Walsh chief of staff, junior Caroline Bice said the hall has altered its traditional events to adhere to new safety guidelines.“We have a lot of events that are Walsh traditions which we had to adapt for this year,” Bice said. “We have this thing called Soul Sisters which is basically a Bible study format discussion, where you just talk about your faith in a super informal way, its application to current situations so how you’re changing and how that affects you and your mental health.”Tags: COVID-19, dorm community, Duncan Hall, fisher hall, lewis hall, Pasqueriila East, Stanford Hall, Walsh Halllast_img read more

Man United ‘considering number of offers’ for out-of-favour Adnan Januzaj

first_img1 Adnan Januzaj is heading towards the Old Trafford exit as Manchester United consider a number of offers for the winger.Having flourished after being given a first-term role by then United manager David Moyes, the 22-year-old’s star has faded over the years.Januzaj returned early from an ill-fated loan spell at Borussia Dortmund during the 2015/16 campaign and endured a turbulent season-long stint at Sunderland last term.And it is understood the Belgium international is now set to leave Old Trafford on a permanent basis, with Real Sociedad understood to be among the clubs speaking to United about a deal.Januzaj has a year left on his contract and United are reported to be looking at a fee in the region of £10million, as well as an option to re-sign the player if he flourishes.A similar clause was part of the deal that took Memphis Depay to Lyon in January.The winger was part of the 25-man squad taken to China on last year’s pre-season tour, but did not do enough to show Jose Mourinho he merited a first-team role.Januzaj subsequently linked up again with Moyes at Sunderland in a campaign that not only ended in relegation but the loanee being jeered by his own fans.It has been quite the fall from grace for a player whose outstanding displays during the 2013/14 season earned a five-year deal and admiring glances from England, with manager Roy Hodgson confirming he was being monitored and his eligibility was assessed.Mourinho confirmed he made up his mind on Januzaj’s future in April, while question marks remain over several others at United.Captain Wayne Rooney has been mulling over his future in recent weeks, while speculation has linked Matteo Darmian and Chris Smalling with a move. Out-of-favour starlet Adnan Januzaj is set to leave Manchester United last_img read more