Students discover ‘Oasis’ in the Yard

first_img Read Full Story By Jeffrey Blackwell, Memorial Church CommunicationsFor freshman Wassim Marrakchi, the Student Oasis on the ground level of the Memorial Church is a secret sanctuary for study, for quiet socializing and for making slatetblankit, a dish from his Tunisian homeland, for his Canaday housemates.“This place has been a really great place for me to share nice moments with my friends, but also when I need some time alone, I can find it here,” said Marrakchi ’21. “I think more students are getting to know the space because every time I come here, I’m surprised to find more people.”The Student Oasis opened a year ago following an eight-month renovation of the church, which featured a complete redesign of the ground level, carving out a much-needed space for students in the center of Harvard Yard.With its contemporary kitchen, versatile meeting rooms, serene study lounge, and award-winning design, the Oasis is not only developing into a popular refuge for students, campus groups and members of the Harvard community, but is also one of the most diverse student spaces on campus.“I feel it has been successful because we set out to create a space that would serve as a site of human connection,” said Jonathan L. Walton, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church. “No matter who you are, no matter where you’re from, you will find a place of comfort, and more importantly, a space of grace.”On a normal day during the academic year, the Oasis is bustling from early in the morning following Morning Prayers, to late in the evening when the doors shut at night.Over the course of the day, students nest at study tables writing papers and finishing homework, while others perch at the kitchen counter for a quick lunch or recline in comfortable couches pressed in deep conversations with friends. And on a typical night, the members of Harvard’s Mellon Mays Fellows, Cru, Athletes in Action, or other campus groups may be meeting in one of the conference rooms while the Harvard University Choir or The Kuumba Singers of Harvard College rehearses in the choir room or sanctuary.last_img read more

East Islip Man Charged With Shooting 3 Houses, 1 Car

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 24-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly shooting at three houses in and around his hometown of East Islip late Memorial Day into early Tuesday morning, Suffolk County police said.Kyle Rowlinson was charged with two counts of reckless endangerment. He will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Central Islip.Police said the suspect shot at a house on Provost Street in Great River, Cedarhurst Street in North Great River and Keswick Drive in East Islip. He also allegedly shot a parked Saturn on Manhasset Street in Islip Terrace, police said.Third Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on these incidents to call them at 631-854-8352 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.last_img read more

Salisu pens Southampton deal

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Saints tackle Mourinho’s Spurs Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Southampton have signed Ghanaian centre back Mohammed Salisu from La Liga side Real Valladolid on a four-year contract, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.The 21-year-old made 32 appearances for Valladolid across all competitions last season as they finished 13th in La Liga. Financial details of the transfer were not disclosed but British media reported that Southampton paid Valladolid a fee worth 10.9 million pounds ($14.2 million) to sign the defender.“Southampton is a club with a very rich history in developing young players, so it is a very good club for me to develop my skills and to learn a lot as a young player,” Salisu told the club website.Salisu joined Valladolid’s youth set-up in 2017, playing for the Spanish club’s reserve side before being promoted to the first team.“Mohammed is a player who fits our profile well,” said Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuettl.“He is young and has a great amount of potential, but he is also someone who has the qualities to come in and help the team as soon as he is up to speed with our way of playing.” Salisu becomes Southampton’s second signing ahead of the new league season, which starts on September 12, after the south-coast club roped in full back Kyle Walker-Peters from Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday.Tags: La LigaMohammed SalisuPremier LeagueReal ValladolidSouthamptonlast_img read more