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Perhaps nation's best defense leads swagger-filled No. 2 Miami Central
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 30, 2015
“Keir Thomas's highlights vs. Armwood High School 428 views1:17 Video: Keir Thomas highlights vs. Armwood Footage of standout Miami Central lineman and Florida State commit. As an undersized cornerback out of Northwestern (Miami), Roland Smith had to carry more than his 5-foot-9 and 170-pound frame onto the field for the University of Miami in 1987. "If you're were going to play at Miami back then, you had to play with some swagger," Smith said. Photo by Stuart Browning Roland Smith, Miami CentralSmith, who played for both Jimmy Johnson and Dennis Erickson and won two national titles, said the same is true for perhaps the nation's best high school defense heading into the 2015 season. See the full preview for No. 2 Miami Central Although his Central (Miami) squad certainly doesn't suffer from a lack of stature or talent, the Rockets — with as many as nine college players on defense — still play with a chip and a confidence that Smith likes and relates to. "These guys pursue to the ball, they're cat-quick, aggressive and are always looking to create turnovers," Smith said. "If you don't play with a certain swagger, you're not playing football at Central." Smith, 46, is just happy to be coaching high school football again after he and his entire staff, in a highly controversial decision, were let go from Northwestern in 2007 over an off-field incident involving a star running back. Smith and his staff were later absolved from any wrongdoing, but had to watch that 2007 team led by prep All-Americans Marcus Forston and Jacory Harris — and a handful of other Miami recruits — win a mythical nation championship. Many of the players dedicated a season-opening win over Southlake Carroll (Texas) — and later their entire season — to Smith and his staff. Several of Smith's assistants found other coaching jobs including Telly Lockette, who guided Central to two state titles in three seasons. When Lockette left to take an assistant's job at South Florida in the spring of 2013, Smith decided it was time to return to high-level coaching. He had spent a lot of time during his six seasons away from coaching raising his son, Roland III. Smith said he didn't want to disrupt what Lockette had built and instead has simply added to the Rockets' dynasty. Since he took over, they are 27-2 with two Florida 6A titles — four in five years — and come into 2015 as the No. 2 squad in the MaxPreps Preseason Top 25 Early Contenders. It's been a happy return since he felt wrongly pushed out of something he loved to do. "It's an awesome job to be a high school football coach," he said. "I'm proud to be a role model like my high school coaches were to me. Photo by Stuart Browning Donovan Thompson, Miami Central"I want to make sure the kids from our community be the best they can be on and off the football field and try to get them at the very least a college education." Two of his senior defensive linemen, Eric Mitchell (6-3, 240, Florida) and Keir Thomas (6-2, 240, Florida State), have already secured commitments to their colleges. Third-year starter Donavan Thompson (5-10, 211) leads a impressive lot of linebackers that also includes Miami-commit Waynmon Steed, a 6-1, 210-pound junior. The secondary is loaded, led by 6-4, 187-pound cornerback and safety Jamel Cook (Florida State), along with Jamal Hudson (6-0, 185) and a pair of junior cornerbacks Christopher Williams (5-10, 175) and Allen Jones (5-10, 175). As if the defense needed any more bolstering, Smith brought former Oakland Raiders and Florida State safety Derrick Gibson to be the team's new defensive coordinator. The Rockets gave up just 12 points per game last year and recorded four shutouts. This defense could be even better. "We have a lot of talented kids," Smith said. "It's our job to get the most out of them." Photo by Stuart Browning Miami Central seeks its third straight Florida state title and fifth in six years.”
Three former Berkeley students sue university over sexual assaults
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 30, 2015
“The lawsuit, filed in Alameda County Superior Court, says Berkeley failed to comply with a federal regulation known as Title IX, a 1972 law that prohibits gender discrimination at schools that receive federal funds. The White House has declared sex crimes an "epidemic" on U.S. college campuses, with one in five students falling victim to sex assault during their college years. Last year, the U.S. Department of Education released a list of 55 colleges, including Berkeley, that were under investigation to determine if their handling of sexual assaults and harassment violated Title IX.”
Lawyers defending Hannah Graham suspect file for judge’s removal
by Education: DC Area Education News, Education Policy, School Information - The Washington Post
Jun 18, 2015
“CHARLOTTESVILLE — Lawyers defending Jesse L. Matthew Jr. against capital murder charges related to the death of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham have asked that a judge assigned to the case be removed because her daughter is a U-Va. student who attended a vigil for Graham in September.Read full article >>”
Most surprising crimes of 2014-15
by The GW Hatchet
Jun 09, 2015
“The University's crime log documents some of the interesting and outlandish rule violations occurring on campus every week, in addition to giving students a heads up on the serious crimes that have happened.
Here are some of the most outrageous things from the past year that you may have missed:
Disorderly Conduct
Veterans Park
9/10/14 — 10:25 p.m.
Case closed
The University Police Department stopped a man who was defecating in the park. The man agreed to clean up the mess and was barred from campus.
— Subject barred
Liquor Law Violation
Marvin Center
2/8/15 — 1 a.m.
Case closed
UPD officers responded for a report of an individual who had been in a bathroom stall for an extended period of time. Upon arrival the officers determined that the subject was asleep. After waking up the subject officers discovered that the subject was intoxicated. The subject was transported to the hospital for intoxication treatment.
— Referred to department
Theft/Disorderly Conduct
University Yard
4/4/15 — 4:50 p.m.
Case closed
A student stole a hat and ran away after being told to stop. Officers found and detained the student. He was assessed for intoxication but refused to comply with EMeRG staff while he was being transported to the GW Hospital.
— Referred for disciplinary action
Liquor Law Violation/Destruction
Potomac House (Carvings)
2/14/15 — 11:52 p.m.
Case closed
UPD officers responded to a report of an intoxicated and disorderly person. The subject was assessed and transported to GW Hospital by EMeRG. While at the hospital, the subject lit toilet seat covers on fire. Metropolitan Police Department was notified and stated that they would pursue an arrest warrant for the subject.
— Referred for disciplinary action
False Police Report
Thurston Hall
4/18/14 — 3:05 a.m.
Case closed
UPD identified a student who had made false 911 calls. The student admitted to making the calls to harass another student.
— Referred for disciplinary action”

Prof. Taner Akçam receives ‘Heroes of Justice and Truth’ award during Armenian Genocide Centennial commemoration
by Clark News Hub » News Releases
May 28, 2015
“Professor Taner Akçam receives a “Heroes of Justice and Truth” award, May 9 in Washington, D.C.
Clark University scholars long have been involved and outspoken about the Armenian Genocide. This spring in particular, as events of 1915 were commemorated and discussed at centenary events and among news media around the world, Clark voices and scholarship shed light on dark historical truths.
Especially busy as a speaker, media source, and honoree was Taner Akçam, history professor and Robert Aram and Marianne Kaloosdian and Stephen and Marian Mugar Chair of Armenian Genocide Studies at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies .
From May 7 to 9 in Washington, D.C., thousands gathered for the National Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide Centennial , organized by the Diocese and Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Churches of America, “to remember those lost in the Genocide 100 years ago and individuals and organizations who put their lives in harm’s way to save others from the Ottoman Empire’s attacks. The Commemoration events served as an opportunity to thank the institutions and individuals who have helped Armenians to survive and thrive, and to promote unity and awareness as a means of preventing future genocides.”
Akçam was honored with a “Heroes of Justice and Truth” award, at a banquet ceremony marking the close of the events.
The award was just one moment in the Turkish-born scholar’s courageous work uncovering historical fact, advocating for openness and opposing denial of the Armenian Genocide. On April 26, Akçam was among dignitaries speaking at a rally attended by several thousand in New York’s Times Square, organized by the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee of America (AGCCA).
Clark University history Professor Taner Akçam testifies before the Helsinki Commission hearing dedicated to the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, in Washington, D.C., April 23.
The mass killing of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians during World War I is widely acknowledged as genocide, and just recently was recognized as such by France, Germany and Russia. The Turkish government persists in its long-standingrefusal to call the killings genocide, denying the claims as “Armenian lies.” The United States also does not use the term “genocide” in any official communications. “It is still very troubling that the United States has still not recognized this genocide,” Akçam said.
Akçam delivered a passionate speech at the Times Square event, which he wrote was “a very moving moment for me!” The central message, he later wrote, is that “the nation of Turkey consists of more than simply its denialist regime; there is another Turkey, and the citizens of that Turkey are ready to face their history.”
At the rally he said: “Today does not merely mark the centennial of the annihilation of some 1.5 million Armenians; it also marks a century of denial of this crime. The Turkish government continues to deny not merely any responsibility for the horrors inflicted upon Armenian people, but even the fact that it happened at all. As a Turk, it is from this fact that my sorrow and great shame derive.”
On April 23, Akҁam testified before the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission. The hearing was dedicated to the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, “A Century of Denial: The Armenian Genocide and the Ongoing Quest for Justice.” He remarked, “Without truth, there can’t be a peace. … Juxtaposing national interest and morality as being mutually exclusive is just plain wrong.”
Video and full text of Akçam’s speech, “The Other Turkey,” are available online.
Akcam also delivered a talk, “ Genocide, Not As An Occurrence But As A Process ,” on May 13 at the Brookings Institute Center on the United States and Europe at a conference titled, “Armenians and the Legacies of World War I. “In my talk I tried to develop a macro perspective on the Armenian Genocide,” Akcam wrote, “What I suggested was actually a ‘new’ continuity thesis. I considered the genocide not only as an event that occurred between 1915 and 1918 but also a process that covered the period of 1878 to 1923.”
Strassler Center scholars deeply engaged
Strassler Center Director and Rose Professor of Holocaust History Debórah Dwork delivers the 7th Annual Schleunes Lecture at Greensboro College.
Akçam and Strassler Center Executive Director Mary Jane Rein authored an op-ed titled, “ Recognizing Armenian genocide an important step for US policy ,” which ran in The Boston Globe on April 24.
Strassler Center Director and Rose Professor of Holocaust History Debórah Dwork , a leading authority on university education in the field, was a featured speaker at “Responsibility 2015,” the international conference marking the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, March 13-15 in New York, organized by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Eastern U.S. Centennial Committee, under the auspices of the AGCCA. Khatchig Mouradian, Clark Ph.D. candidate and coordinator of the Armenian Genocide Program at the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights at Rutgers University , where he is also adjunct professor of history and sociology, was a key coordinator of the “Responsibility 2015” conference.
Strassler Center Executive Director Mary Jane Rein with Steve Migridichian , President of the Friends of the Armenian Chair at Clark University, at a rally outside City Hall in Worcester, April 18.
On the Clark University campus, the Strassler Center hosted the Third International Graduate Students’ Conference on Genocide Studies: TEmerging Scholarship in Holocaust and Genocide Studies 100 Years After the Armenian Genocide, in April. The interdisciplinary conference, held in cooperation with the Danish Institute for International Studies , Department of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Copenhagen, provided a forum for doctoral students to present research to peers and established scholars. Professor Eric Weitz, Dean of Humanities and Arts and Professor of History at the City College of New York, was the keynote speaker. Joining Dwork, Akçam and other guest scholars was Clark Professor Thomas Kühne, Director of Graduate Studies and Strassler Family Chair in the Study of Holocaust History.
In an interview with the Armenian Mirror-Spectator , Dwork said she believes “preparing teachers and writers is the best way to keep the Armenian Genocide important in people’s lives.”
About the Strassler Center
The Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies trains scholars, educators, and activists to develop a sophisticated understanding of genocides grounded in scholarship. As the only program to offer a Ph.D. in Holocaust History and Genocide Studies, the Center educates doctoral students to assess the multiple factors that fuel genocides and to formulate policies for political prevention and humanitarian intervention. Grounded in history, the program also draws upon psychology, political science, and geography, all academic strengths at Clark University. The Center’s robust undergraduate program sends a clear signal to colleges across the country about the significance of this subject for all students.
Related links:
The Armenian Genocide and the law UMIT KURT (04/24/2015)
U.S. Rock Band System of a Down to Commemorate Armenian Genocide Newsweek (04/02/2015)
Restitution of Armenian property remains unresolved Middle East (04/20/2015)
Clark U.’s Akçam recognized with Hrant Dink Spirit of Freedom and Justice Medal (01/18/2015)
David Strassler, M.B.A. ’11, honorary Trustee and Clark champion, receives ADL honor for lifetime achievement, leadership – Clark News HUB (02/23/2015)

Steinbrecher fellows reconnect at alumni panel
by Clark News Hub » News Releases
May 21, 2015
“Steve Steinbrecher ’55 thanks Prof. Sharon Krefetz for her work with the Steinbrecher Fellowship Program.
They retraced the footsteps of Jack Kerouac, provided support to victims of human trafficking in Albania, and harvested the eggs from threespine stickleback fish. They learned how to reclaim scorched earth, and prowled the Paris catacombs to investigate the ways we approach death.
And they did it all as undergraduates at Clark University .
On May 2, five alumni members of the Steinbrecher and Anton Fellows Society returned to campus to talk about how their fellowship experiences influenced their life paths.  Watch the panel discussion here .
The panel was moderated by Sharon Krefetz, professor of political science, the director of the Steinbrecher Fellowship Program .
Brady Wagoner ’03
Brady Wagoner ’03, who majored in philosophy and psychology, is a professor of psychology at Aalborg University in Denmark and heads its Center for Cultural Psychology. His fellowship project involved studying cemeteries and other monuments as part of his research on “how we relate to the dead” and how people’s approach to death intersects with the way they address issues in their lives. Wagoner, who earned his doctorate at the University of Cambridge, continues to do research on memory, including “the tools and strategies we use with each other to prompt memory.” His work, he said, is “quite close” to the type of research he did for his fellowship project at Clark.
Etel Capacchione ’04 was so concerned about the scourge of women being trafficked in her native Albania that she made it the focus of her fellowship project. Capacchione worked at a shelter for women who had been abducted and sold into prostitution, conducting interviews with the victims and looking for ways to safely guide them back into society. When she returned to Worcester and publicized her findings she encountered strong criticism from some in the local Albanian community “for airing dirty laundry,” she said. “It just made me speak louder.” Capacchione today works at Crittenton Women’s Union, an organization that helps low-income women and families in Worcester become self-sufficient.
Brady Wagoner ’03, Etel Capacchione ’04, Adam Tomczik ’06, M.A. ’07, Ali Berlent ’13, and Joey Danko ’13, M.A. ’14, share memories of their Steinbrecher Fellowships.
Adam Tomczik ’06, M.A. ’07, devoted his fellowship project to “On the Road” author Jack Kerouac’s vision of America. After immersing himself in the writer’s novels and poetry he retraced Kerouac’s journey from Lowell, Mass., to San Francisco and documented how the country had changed during the intervening decades. Tomczik went on to attend the University of Minnesota Law School and works as a prosecutor in the Adult Violent Crimes Division of the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office in Minneapolis.
Tomczik recalled his fellowship as “a life-changing experience.”
“You can read about how big the country is. It’s another thing to get behind the wheel and drive it, or bike it, or walk it. [The experience] changes the perception of who we are as Americans.”
Ali Berlent ’13
Ali Berlent ’13, a student at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, did her fellowship project in the Foster-Baker biology lab at Clark, studying the effects of stress on the evolution of the threespine stickleback fish. Berlent explored how maternal stress impacted the egg-laying process, which required her to study stickleback eggs. Berlent said her Steinbrecher Fellowship experience informed her thinking on ethical issues in the sciences, allowed her to hone her research skills, and taught her how much time and effort go into the writing of a large research grant.
For his Steinbrecher Fellowship project, Joey Danko ’13, M.A. ’14, learned how to conduct a controlled burn of a 20-acre parcel of land owned by the EcoTarium in Worcester and created a restoration plan for it using GIS technology. “I wanted to be a catalyst for positive change,” he said. Currently a Ph.D. student in geography at the University of Connecticut, Danko also works with the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce to create maps depicting the city’s recent growth and to provide an inventory of assets and available real estate opportunities. “To have someone support me in my research has been really important,” Danko said of his fellowship, which also helped him “push myself forward.”
Steve Steinbrecher ’55 greets Fellowship alumni
Asked by Krefetz what advice they would give current students to make the most of their Clark experience, the alumni offered a wide range of responses.
“Follow your interests. Don’t feel obliged to fit into a discipline,” Wagoner said. “A lot of innovations have come from moving ideas from one place to another.”
Capacchione advised students to follow their intuition and “get to know the community you’re working with, and your own social identity within [that community].” She said she wrestled with the implications of using victims as research subjects, but knew that she was aiming to improve the greater good. “This couldn’t just be for me,” she said.
Tomczik discouraged students from focusing only on obtaining a job and recommended they dedicate themselves to developing skills. “Learn to read and write, and take the critical approach,” he said, noting that his fellowship provided the theme for his history master’s thesis on the social and economic evolution of Chicago’s West Madison Street (one of Kerouac’s locales).
The individualized attention he received from professors at Clark is not something students get at other colleges, Danko said, and Clark students should seize the opportunities to work closely with faculty.
Berlent recalled that when she hit a roadblock in her research, she needed to find creative ways to solve the problem. “Not everything goes as planned,” she said, and learning to be adaptable and nimble when the unexpected occurs is essential.
Stephen Steinbrecher ’55, who, with his wife Phyllis, created an endowed fund to support the fellowships in memory of their late son, David Steinbrecher ’81, talked about how very important the program is to his family (which includes three more Clark graduates: his daughter Marcy Puklin ’80 and her husband Alan Puklin ’81, and their daughter Rachel Puklin ’10). He noted that the students who are awarded the fellowships have opportunities rarely available to undergraduate students. “My goal is to continue to plant Clark at the forefront of independent study and learning,” he said. He lauded Krefetz, who is retiring after 43 years at Clark, for her leadership and thanked her for her friendship. “Thank you very much for what you’ve done for my family, for this program, and for the Clark community,” he said.
Krefetz said being involved with the fellowship program, which she will continue to oversee for another year, has been a “labor of love.” She thanked the Anton and Steinbrecher families for their support and encouragement. “I’ve had such joy and pleasure working with students when they do their fellowship projects and seeing what they go on to do after they become alumni,” she said.

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