Harvard College’s newest students got a taste of University ritual on Tuesday during the annual Freshman Convocation in Harvard Yard. The event — which features remarks from University leaders as well as performances by the University Band, the Kuumba Singers, and the Holden Choirs —marks the students’ entry into the Harvard community.Freshmen marched in procession to the ceremony in Tercentenary Theatre, cheered on by upper-class members of the College’s Crimson Key Society. Along the way, alumni handed the freshmen class lapel pins, a Harvard tradition revived when the convocation ceremony was instituted in 2009.University President Drew Faust welcomed the freshmen under a cloudless sky, noting that convocation was meant to serve as one bookend of their College experience, the other being the Baccalaureate Service two days before Commencement in 2015.“Two days before your graduation, we will gather once again,” said Faust, who is also Lincoln Professor of History. “And once again I will speak to you, reflecting on what these four years will have meant to you. We will experience a lot together between now and then. And you will be different people, changed by what you have learned and done. I can’t wait to watch those changes unfold, and make sure that we help you make the most of Harvard’s opportunities.”Incoming freshmen are introduced to Harvard as University leaders address them at the Freshman Convocation in Tercentenary Theatre. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerFaust was introduced by Dean Michael D. Smith of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, who offered students advice on how to approach their time at Harvard. Smith asked students to restrain their natural tendency to compare themselves to their classmates and simply try to learn something new every day. Above all, Smith urged freshmen to plug into the vast network of knowledge and people at Harvard.“Harvard connects the past to the future,” said Smith, who is also John H. Finley Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “It connects formerly discrete disciplines to each other. It connects classrooms to the world outside them. But most importantly, it connects people, and in doing so shapes what we know, who we are, and how we make our impact on the world. So when you find that little voice in your head comparing you to that fellow classmate two or three rows over, I hope you remember these three words: Don’t compare, connect.”Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds kicked off the afternoon remarks by urging students to bring their “best selves” to their time at the College. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerHarvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds, the Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and of African and African American Studies, kicked off the afternoon remarks by urging students to bring their “best selves” to their time at the College. She asked them to integrate their personal questions into their academic lives to find meaning in the answers, and to recognize that education also happens outside the classroom.“Your education will also come in the dining hall, in your dorm rooms, and through the mistakes you will make as you try out new ideas and new ways of being,” she said. “Take risks. Start over. Find new answers with better reasons behind them. Laugh at yourself. Laugh with your friends. Get more sleep than you think you might need, and be more generous than you suspect is strictly necessary. Why do we ask these things of you? Because the quality of our community is at the heart of our educational enterprise — it’s what makes all of our achievements possible.”Students also heard rousing speeches from Dean of Freshmen Thomas A. Dingman and Harvard College senior Ekene Obi-Okoye during the afternoon program. Harvard Alumni Association President Ellen Gordon Reeves ’83 led the freshmen in singing “Fair Harvard” to conclude the festivities.As he waited to walk over to Widener Library for the class photo, freshman Fadhal Moore from Atlanta, Ga., said he found the ceremony inspiring.“I’ll always remember the fellowship of convocation,” he said. “Sitting here in the Yard, with the band playing and the speeches, being reminded that I’m about to start school at Harvard University… I’ll never forget this, ever.”“Two days before your graduation, we will gather once again,” said President Drew Faust, “and once again I will speak to you, reflecting on what these four years will have meant to you.” Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographer
“That year-and-a-half in my life was an amazing period and I left, but this is another thing. I have amazing memories from Southampton. “I know it’s football. Now I am happy that they are happy at the beginning of the season and for me that is enough. “In football, you deserve, you don’t deserve [certain things]. Some people say okay, some people say no, but this is football. “I’m happy Southampton have a great season and it’s a game that we need to win the three points. “We need to fight with Southampton on Sunday, but it’s emotional. Football is emotional and Sunday is emotional for us too.” Spurs head into Sunday’s match off the back of a last-gasp draw with Besiktas on Thursday evening. Pochettino’s men were on course for a first Europa League Group C victory, as Harry Kane’s 20-yard strike was complemented by a world-class goalkeeping display by Hugo Lloris. However, Vlad Chiriches’ farcical late handball after an air kick gave Besiktas a penalty, from which Demba Ba coolly rolled home for a 1-1 draw. It is a frustration Pochettino said Spurs cannot afford to dwell on with Saints arriving this weekend – sentiments echoed by goalscorer Kane. “It was great to get on the scoresheet again but we’ve come away disappointed,” the forward said. “We dug deep as a team and to concede so late is heartbreaking on our behalf. “Besiktas are a top side, they were unlucky not to qualify for the Champions League so we knew we’d have to be at our best. “They created a few chances but Hugo is a top goalkeeper and pulled off some world-class saves. “It would have been a great win and we really wanted to win this game, we knew it would be a big game in the group. “We had chances as well, their goalkeeper made a couple of good saves, but we have to move on.” Press Association Mauricio Pochettino still loves Southampton but knows that affection is unlikely to be reciprocated when his former side arrives at Tottenham this weekend. Eyebrows were raised when the former Argentina defender replaced the popular Nigel Adkins at the St Mary’s helm in January 2013, yet the relative unknown quickly established himself as one of the finest managerial talents around. Pochettino’s attacking, high-pressing style earned widespread praise, as did the manner in which English talent like Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw and Jay Rodriguez flourished under his tutorship. That success saw Southampton last season enjoy their best-ever Barclays Premier League campaign – a feat that saw Spurs come calling in the summer, with Pochettino and his staff lured to White Hart Lane. That exit led to a well-documented talent drain at St Mary’s, making the job done by successor Ronald Koeman so far this season all the more remarkable. Saints head to White Hart Lane on Sunday second in the standings and looking for a seventh successive win in all competitions – a start which has surprised fans and pundits alike, although seemingly not the Spurs boss. “Yes, why not? This is football,” Pochettino said. “When they start with a new project and new players and staff, why not? “In football the most important thing is belief and Southampton like a club have a great force, power and they believe and this is important. I am happy. “We have a lot of friends a lot of people I love in Southampton. I’m happy for their start in the league for the players, the people from the club. I have a very good memories.” This will be an emotional encounter for Pochettino but one in which Saints fans are unlikely to show much – if any – affection towards their former boss. “I don’t know [if the fans love me],” he said. “I love Southampton. I love a lot of people.