This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates. Luke Martinez was in Berlin when DJ Saskia was born.By day, Martinez was working as an intern at the famous COLORS studio, a music platform with artists from around the globe, while at night, a proto-Saskia was exploring the city’s pulsating club scene, when the idea came for a house and techno music loving character.And so an alter ego was born of Martinez’s experience in the German capital.“It was so life-changing for me,” Martinez said. “I went there and I discovered so much about myself. I discovered my femininity [and] I discovered so much more about my queerness.”Saskia is a disc jockey, a producer, a performer, and, perhaps above all, the embodiment of the energetic, safe, and open environment of Berlin’s club scene, particularly among its queer and transgender communities.Wanting to share that with the bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, queer, and questioning student community (BGLTQ) at Harvard, Martinez — along with fellow organizer and roommate Casey Goggin ’19 — created a fantasy world around Saskia. Almost like a Greek mythology origin story, except Saskia’s was centered on themed campus dance parties.“Falling into fantasy is kind of where I feel safest, because of my identity and because of people out in the world who don’t like what I look like [or dress like],” Martinez said. “A fantasy that I can create, a world that I control, always feels safer to me.”The parties, five in two years, were not only Martinez’s way of sharing that feeling with others, but also thumping hits, drawing big crowds and providing the type of space Martinez, Goggin, and other team members envisioned.It also brought people together around a core element in Martinez’s life: music.“I’ve always been obsessed with the spaces beyond words and the ways that art can help access that,” Martinez said. “Every time I play music or listen to good music, it’s a full-body experience.”Music is a longtime passion for Martinez, who even before arriving at Harvard from San Antonio had released a six-song EP. Setting out to explore the scene here, Martinez played bass in a band for the first-year talent show and worked at the student-operated radio station, WHRB (95.3 FM), and as an audio engineer at the student-operated Cambridge Queen’s Head pub.By the end of sophomore year, Martinez was managing the Recording Studio at the Student Organization Center at Hilles (SOCH), guiding students through producing and recording their own music by training them on the equipment and even mixing some of their tracks. Helping them hone their sound has been fulfilling, Martinez said.“One of my favorite things about being around other artists is seeing what they make when given the freedom to do so,” Martinez said. “The Recording Studio has allowed me to encourage people to take their own path and realize that art is their own journey to self-actualization.”Last year, Martinez, a music concentrator, released a six-song EP titled “Communion.” More recently, Martinez submitted a pop album as part of a creative thesis on the intersection between pop music and affect theory. In the thesis Martinez explores how pop music is used to mold people’s interests and is molded by people’s interests.,It was the Department of Music’s first pop music creative thesis.“Luke’s thesis pioneered a whole new hybrid format, bringing together composition, sound design, and collaborative performance,” said Mary MacKinnon, the department’s undergraduate and events coordinator.Coming soon from Martinez is “Saccharine,” an album inspired by the thesis and the concert organized as part of it.Martinez’s postgraduate plans are to move to Chicago and keep exploring a career making music.Reflecting on the space Saskia’s parties helped create for the school’s BGLTQ community, Martinez hopes the party keeps going at Harvard.“I hope there are people afterwards who continue to organize and who continue to create space,” Martinez said. “I hope that people can find and are encouraged to create their own communities here. Because that’s what Saskia’s was for me. I built my own universe to live in. And I invited other people to live there with me.” The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.
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NewsRegional Grenada minister calls for high level regional air safety by: – May 9, 2011 Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister, Peter David ST GEORGE’S, Grenada — Caribbean civil aviation officials are being encouraged to maintain a high level of air safety and security. Doing so is in the interest of citizens and visitors to the region, Grenada’s Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister told a meeting in St George’s of the Caribbean Aviation Safety and Security Oversight System (CASSOS).“The issue of safety of our citizens and visitors cannot be over emphasized,” Peter David said at the fifth meeting of the board of directors of CASSOS in Grand Anse.Among regional and international groups represented at the one-week meeting, which ended Friday, were the Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Security Administration of the United States; the Caribbean Community (CARICOM); the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA); and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).CASSOS, David said, has a critical role to play in the Caribbean.“Your mandate of assisting State-parties in meeting their obligations under the Chicago Convention and achieving and maintaining full compliance with the ICAO’s standards and procedures, as well as the harmonization of regulations, are critically important responsibilities,” the Grenada minister stressed.“Safety and security in the civil aviation industry,’’ he added, “are an international concern and should be even more so to us in this region, given our heavy dependence on the tourism sector.”David warned that “the failure of our airports to comply with established standards by ICAO can result in aircraft refusing to operate in our destinations. This will certainly seriously impact the number of visitors coming to our shores. Additionally, it takes only one accident in our region to devastate our tourism sector.”In the context of the global economic crisis, and with difficulties in the production and export of agricultural crops in the region, “tourism has become our number one income generator. It is therefore critical, ladies and gentlemen, to do all that is necessary to ensure that we continue to maintain air safety and security,” David said.Grenada and other countries in the OECS sub-region are represented at CASSOS through the ECCAA.The Grenadian Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister said CASSOS and ECCAA must continue to coexist.“ECCAA is one of the success stories of what regional unity and co-operation can achieve,” David said. “Over the years, ECCAA has provided advice and safety, security and regulatory oversight to OECS governments on civil aviation matters. They would be expected to play an even greater role as we move forward to full economic integration. It is in our best interest to ensure the integrity and effectiveness of ECCAA is preserved.”The minister said that, while there have been suggestions in some quarters about the amalgamation of ECCAA into CASSOS, he believes that “both organizations have very important roles to play and should be kept separately at this time.”He made reference to CARICOM and the OECS, where each functions “independently’’ but “effectively” collaborates.“We must be conscious of the fact that while we are small states in a common region, the OECS has its very own peculiar circumstances,” said David. “CASSOS and ECCAA must, therefore, collaborate and work closely together.”Caribbean News Now 32 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweet
Published on August 10, 2020 at 3:56 pm Contact Anthony: [email protected] The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.The media won’t have access to Syracuse’s training camp practices this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, the football team is organizing regular Zoom interviews with head coach Dino Babers and select players while also providing film from the Ensley Athletic Center. With “Camp Notes,” The Daily Orange’s beat reporters bring the latest news, observations and analysis as the Orange gear up for an unprecedented 2020 season. Follow along here and on Twitter.When Dino Babers was last made available to the media Thursday, he was optimistic that there would still be a college football season this fall. The Power 5 conferences released updated season schedules that largely included conference-only games, and the Orange prepared to open with their first training camp practice that afternoon.Babers’ optimism hasn’t changed in the four days since. But the situation has. Both within SU’s program and at a national level, the prospects of a college football season this fall appear to be dwindling, even while players around the country are uniting together under the #WeWantToPlay hashtag. Despite players’ statements on Twitter in support of a season, the Big Ten is reportedly on the verge of canceling its season, according to the Detroit Free Press.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence issued a statement Monday on Twitter expressing support for a season this fall, using the #WeWantToPlay hasthag. Babers didn’t comment directly on Lawrence’s statement but said he had read it. He didn’t know if his players were directly involved in the #WeWantToPlay movement, but he said his players had been talking with athletes from other schools. A council of players representing the Syracuse football team presented Babers with a list of concerns shortly after the head coach’s press conference Thursday, Syracuse.com reported. Instead of participating in the first day of practice, the players sat out and held team meetings, some of which included Director of Athletics John Wildhack. Babers called the discussions “Kumbaya meetings.” Testing was one of the players’ listed concerns. The athletes wanted to be tested twice a week and to see their Atlantic Coast Conference opponents and nonconference opponent Liberty following the same protocols to ensure their safety. “It’s because they’ve been asking questions that are way up the ladder that we’re still waiting for the answers for,” Babers said. “When it gets down to their level, and they’re talking to their moms and dads and everyone else, then it’s frustrating. Like it feels like they’re being kept out of the loop, when really the loop is not completed yet.”Wildhack announced Friday that SU would test its athletes twice a week during the season instead of every other week, a schedule that was implemented throughout summer workouts. Babers declined to comment on whether the Orange’s scheduled nonconference game with Liberty was included on the players’ list of concerns. “I thought some of those things internally, we could handle,” Babers said. “I thought some of those things we had to go to the ACC level, and some of the things were out of our hands.”Babers continues to insist, as he did Thursday, that he believes the Orange would be in the top four when it comes to a lack of positive tests within the program throughout summer workouts. He declined to comment specifically on a recent letter by Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh that highlighted how few cases the Wolverines had, but he hinted that SU’s numbers were even better than the 11 reported at UM.“Right now, it’s safer to be an athlete at Syracuse University than to be walking around the state of New York,” Babers said.Syracuse football isn’t practicing Monday due to a scheduled off day, and it’s unclear whether the Orange will still have a season to prepare for within a few days. The ACC is still a full go, Babers said. He’s going to prepare for the season while its still scheduled, even if it may never come.“I’m as confident as I was when I started. These conferences are individual things,” Babers said. “Until they tell us we can’t, we’re going to act like we can (play).” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+