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.
The current chair of the department of sociology at Notre Dame, Sarah Mustillo, will serve as the next dean of the College of Arts and Letters, the University announced in a press release Wednesday. Mustillo will take over the position from John McGreevy — who served as dean of the college for 10 years — July 1.A Notre Dame alumna, Mustillo earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and gender studies, graduating from the University in 1996, according to the press release. She continued her education at Duke University, gaining master’s and doctoral degrees in sociology.Mustillo returned to Notre Dame as a faculty member in 2014, and became chair of the department of sociology in 2016. Her research focuses on topics including statistics, social epidemiology, medical sociology and social psychology, according to the press release.University President Fr. John Jenkins commended Mustillo for her scholarship and commitment to Notre Dame’s mission.“Throughout her career, Sarah has proven herself to be an accomplished scholar and skilled administrator,” he said in the press release. “Since returning to Notre Dame, she has shown character, selflessness, sound judgment and commitment to our distinctive Catholic mission through her service as department chair and on numerous committees and advisory boards. Sarah’s global perspective and focus on integrated learning and knowledge make her an ideal candidate to lead the College of Arts and Letters.”University provost Thomas G. Burish said in the press release that Mustillo’s combination of passion and extensive experience make her the right person for the job.“Sarah is a gifted leader, teacher and researcher who will bring to this position a deep understanding of the college and its mission, as well as a compelling vision for its future,” he said. “The search committee members were uniformly impressed with her deep commitment to providing our students with a world-class education that integrates a strong Catholic liberal arts foundation with state-of-the-art analytical tools and methods and a global perspective.”According to the release, Mustillo hopes to further promote the scholarship of graduate students and expand upon the success of undergraduate programs.“I am honored and delighted to be offered this challenging new role and to work with some of the very brightest scholars and dedicated academic professionals in the country and indeed the world,” she said in the release. “I am exceedingly grateful for the trust being placed in me, and I look forward to working alongside students, faculty and colleagues across the college and University as we advance academic excellence and our distinctive scholarly mission at our nation’s premier Catholic research university.”Tags: chair of sociology, College of Arts and Letters, dean, John McGreevy, Sarah Mustillo, sociology
Former UK Athletics chief Ed Warner says he tried to convince Mo Farah to leave now-disgraced Alberto Salazar in 2015, four years before the Olympic champion’s former coach was banned for doping violations.Advertisement Salazar was banned for four years by the US Anti-Doping Agency in October but is appealing the ruling at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Loading… Britain’s Farah, who will bid for a third successive 10,000-metres Olympic title in Tokyo this year, said last month he would have left Salazar sooner had he know about illegal activity at the Nike Oregon Project, which has since been shut down.Former UK Athletics (UKA) chairman Warner said he visited Farah after the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, where he won 5,000m and 10,000m gold, to ask if he “wanted to take the risk” of staying with Salazar.Warner, who left UKA in 2017, told the BBC: “I would have loved Mo to walk away. He was adamant he wasn’t going to change his coach.”The investigation into Salazar began after a BBC Panorama programme in 2015.Fresh allegations about the 61-year-old American coach will be made in a new BBC Panorama on Monday.Farah, 36, has never tested positive for drugs.UKA launched a review following allegations made in the original programme. The governing body said its investigation had not given it “any reason to question the appropriateness of the input” given by the Nike Oregon Project to Farah’s training regime.Warner said UK Athletics faced “very difficult circumstances” when the first Panorama programme on Salazar aired.“We came out with maybe the least worst outcome. But the best outcome actually would have been Mo saying: ‘Do you know what? I won’t take the risk.’Alberto Salazar (right), the former coach of Mo Farah (left), was banned for four years for doping violationsRead Also: Federer targets Wimbledon after knee surgery blow“I personally tried to persuade him to change coach. I met him the day after the Beijing World Championships ended.“I talked him through the board’s thinking at the time around the whole Oregon Project and his position within it, and I had one last go at saying to him: ‘Are you sure you want to take that risk?’“He was adamant he wanted to stay with Salazar, so everything else fell into place behind that.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentTraditional Wedding Outfits In Different Countries7 Things That Actually Ruin Your PhoneWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?
Natural resources Minister Raphael Trotman, along with a high level delegation will be leaving Guyana for the Kingdom of Norway to attend the “Oslo REDD Exchange” 2016.The forum will be held on June 14 and 15 and will bring together high level representatives from around the world to exchange ideas, experiences and perspectives on how best to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) in developing countries and protect tropical forests.During the visit the team will meet with Minister of Climate and Environment Vidar Helgesen to discuss the Guyana/Norway partnership, examine renewable project opportunities and explore avenues of support for the development of Guyana’s oil and gas sector.Minister Trotman will be accompanied by Chairman of the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) Jocelyn Dow and Head of Planning and Development Pradeepa Bholanath, Technical Officer of the Ministry of Natural Resources Teresa Gaime and Head of the Project Management Office at Ministry of the Presidency Marlon Bristol.Apart from the conference, the Guyana delegation will be involved in other engagements while in Norway.Following its ascension to office, the APNU+AFC Government, through the Ministry of Natural Resources has been actively engaging the Norwegian government to advance the Guyana/Norway partnership agreement which seeks to provide Guyana with US0 million for avoided deforestation.Additionally, Trotman, who has responsibility for the agreement, and a team from the Ministry of Natural Resources and other coordinating agencies, have facilitated several exchanges to help finalise an agreement that would yield better outcomes for Guyana.The Kingdom of Norway had recently sent three teams of advisors from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), and Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative who supported local stakeholders to improve their capacity to execute the Joint Concept Note and take advantage of REDD opportunities.This will be government’s first visit to Norway having facilitated previous visits by Norwegian representatives over the course of engagements between the two countries. Guyana’s presence at the conference will further strengthen the capacity of local coordinating agencies while other in-country meetings will move it closer to achieving its Green Economy vision.The visiting team will place much emphasis on petroleum production and renewable energy both of which Guyana believes that Norway can provide valuable support for.Both countries are eagerly anticipating the visit and the positive outcomes that will further strengthen their relationship.
Three persons from Henrietta Housing Scheme, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) are now homeless after a fire completely destroyed the upper flat of their two-storied home at around 14:30h Friday afternoon.Sahodra Sukhai, 69, who lives with her daughter-in-law and two grandchildren, ages nine and ten, was home alone at the time of theThe interior of the upper flat that was ravaged by fireThe Henrietta home that was destroyed by a fire after a welding operationincident. She however managed to escape unhurt.Upon seeing the flames, neighbours immediately contacted the Anna Regina Fire Station and fire fighters promptly arrived at the scene.According to the widow, she was downstairs when she heard neighbours shouting, notifying her of the fire and calling for her to leave her house. Sukhai said she immediately exited to save her life.She was unable to put an estimate to the damages, however, she explained that everything in the upper flat have been completely destroyed. At the time, a private contractor was doing grille work on the building.Eyewitnesses who spoke with this newspaper related that they saw huge flames coming from the upper widow. They immediately began screaming for her to vacate and subsequently made a report.“I saw huge flames, it was spreading very fast we were worried about Sukhai so we immediately started to call, shout and scream for her to run out, then we made a report”, an eyewitness related.According to information, five fire fighters successfully extinguished the fire which had also spread to the lower flat.Head of the Fire Station, Clive Mc Donald, confirmed that fire tenders were immediately dispatched to the scene and they brought the fire under control.While investigations are still ongoing, it is believed the fire originated from a ‘welding spark’ from the co ntractor’s equipment.Statements were taken from the contractor who was welding at the time of the incident.