A lasting legacy, now on view

first_imgEven as S. Allen Counter’s portrait was unveiled in the southeast corner of Annenberg Hall, artist Stephen Coit ’71 noted that there was a reason the picture was not in the center of the wall.“Because there will be more,” said Coit. “This is just the beginning.”Counter, the founding director of the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations who died last summer, helped bring to the walls of Harvard portraits of minorities who have made significant contributions to the University.Subjects have included Archie Epps III, former dean of students; Rulan Pian, who taught music and East Asian languages and civilizations; and Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck, Class of 1665, the first Native American to graduate from Harvard.As the 19th picture in the Portraiture Project, Counter’s reflects the legacy of a leader whose impact is felt deeply both at Harvard and abroad.In an emotional afternoon ceremony, his oldest daughter, Philippa, remembered her father as a Renaissance man who grew up in the Jim Crow South and “worked hard to achieve what he did.”“Harvard University is a better place, a more welcoming place for students of all backgrounds because of him,” she said.,One such student who found a sense of home at Harvard through her work with Counter was Tiffany Ramos ’16.“Dr. Counter was deeply devoted to our sense of belonging and our sense of empowerment,” said Ramos, who wrote a poem that read, in part: “To a man who taught dialogue over disengagement, inclusion over exclusion, determination over complacency … your legacy is forever, and we will make sure of it.”Coit, who donated the portrait to the foundation, described his work in detail. One of the biggest challenges in creating the work was Counter’s yellow tie, his favorite. His lapel pin was the symbol of the Swedish consulate, where he had been an honorary consul. Behind the smiling, bespectacled Counter is a diverse group of students performing in the 2015 Cultural Rhythms at Sanders Theatre. Coit took the image from a YouTube video, though the surrounding circle of blue light on the stage remained a mystery.,Choking back tears, Coit said some who got an early look at the portrait suggested “the blue lights may be part of a halo.”“It appears there in this portrait to remind all of us that you can’t always see a halo on those who are selected to have them when they are here with us,” Coit said.Cultural Rhythms, a daylong celebration showcasing more than 30 student organizations, has become as popular a Harvard tradition as the foundation’s bestowal of its humanitarian award. Past recipients of that honor include Malala Yousafzai, Ban Ki-moon, and Rihanna. At Monday’s unveiling, another big-name guest, producer Debbie Allen (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Fame”) called herself Counter’s “greatest fan.”“Allen built bridges from Harvard to Hollywood to Sweden to the North Pole to the Suriname, always leaving a trail of hope and inspiring people to be more aware and more congenial and more loving,” said Allen, who plans produce a movie about Counter. “I told Steven Spielberg the real ‘Raider of the Lost Ark’ is Allen Counter.”last_img read more

UW sweeps UAA in weekend series

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald file photoEntering the month of November, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team was still looking for its first win at 0-6-1 on the season.Now, in true worst-to-first fashion, the Badgers find themselves atop the WCHA standings following a weekend sweep of the No. 15 Alaska Anchorage Seawolves, winning 3-2 Friday and 7-2 Saturday at the Kohl Center.“It’s quite the accomplishment for this group from where we were,” UW head coach Mike Eaves said. “We talked about that after the game. The thing that we, as a staff, were the proudest of was the fact that they stayed together through tough times. We persevered. The lessons that we learned through those first seven games until we got our first win are going to pay dividends.”The lessons learned from overcoming adversity were evident Saturday night for the Badgers, who were without junior Blake Geoffrion, the team’s captain. Geoffrion suffered an ankle injury in Friday night’s victory and was not in the lineup the next night.In Geoffrion’s absence, Wisconsin used a balanced attack to overpower Alaska Anchorage, as six different players found the net.Michael Davies kicked off the scoring Saturday with a goal late in the first period. Davies was able to take a nice centering pass from freshman Jordy Murray and buried the puck past UAA goaltender Jon Olthuis for a 1-0 lead.Three more Badgers would get on the score sheet in the second period as Wisconsin built a 4-0 lead. Podge Turnbull and Matt Thurber worked a give-and-go to perfection on a breakaway for the team’s second goal of the night.The breakaway was set up by some confusion at the Anchorage bench, as the Seawolves were caught in the middle of a line change and were unable to get back on defense as Turnbull and Thurber rushed the zone.“It was a bad change,” UAA head coach Dave Shyiak said. “Lack of awareness.”Defenseman Cody Goloubef and forward Andy Bohmbach also scored in the second. It was Goloubef’s second goal in as many nights, as Tom Gorowsky sent him a pass through the crease for the assist.Brendan Smith and Sean Dolan beat UAA’s Bryce Christianson — who replaced Olthuis in the third period — to make it a 6-0 Badger lead.Anchorage’s Tyler Moir and Tommy Grant added goals late for the Seawolves, but Davies’ second goal of the night sealed the 7-2 win for UW.For Davies, his two-goal performance was a bit of a statement. He had been benched earlier for six straight games after Eaves and the coaching staff had wanted him to improve his play five-on-five.After two even strength goals on the weekend, it appears the message was received by Davies.“I think he’s made a concerted effort to make sure that his five-on-five play has been better, and he was rewarded tonight for that,” Eaves said. “What great growth for Michael.”“Five-on-five, it’s great to chip in; I haven’t been doing well lately with that,” Davies said. “It feels like the hard work paid off, not just for me, but the entire team.”His teammates have taken note of the hard work as well.“It’s huge, especially for the team, just to see a guy like that that we know we need to be in the lineup and need to be effective for us,” junior defenseman Jamie McBain said. “His perseverance kind of sums up our team. He just never quit and he just kept going through it. Obviously, he’s reaping the rewards now.”Davies had two points in Friday’s 3-2 victory, including an assist on the first goal of the game by Geoffrion. Camping out near the side of the net, Davies was able to sneak a pass through the slot to Geoffrion, who fired it past Christianson for a 1-0 lead early in the second period.Anchorage had a chance to tie things up midway through the second, as two Wisconsin penalties gave the Seawolves an extended 5-on-3. But the Badgers — who are third in the WCHA in killing penalties — were able to hold off a barrage of UAA shots and maintain a one-goal lead.“That was clearly a major turning point in the battle of the game,” Eaves said of the power play.The Badgers’ next two goals came just 21 seconds apart late in the second frame. Derek Stepan was able to score a power play goal on a wraparound to Christianson’s right at 17:22. Goloubef then sniped a shot from the blue line that made its way through traffic and into the back of the net at 17:43.Heading into the final period, a 3-0 lead appeared to be a comfortable margin for the Badgers. The Seawolves weren’t about to go down easily, however.Beloit native Sean Wiles got UAA on the board midway through the third as he beat UW netminder Shane Connelly over Connelly’s left shoulder. Trevor Hunt later scored on the power play, nine seconds after McBain was whistled for roughing.But Connelly and the Badgers were able to hold on for the 3-2 victory without their team captain and defenseman Jake Gardiner, who left the game in the first period after taking a hard open-ice hit.“We knew we had to change some things, but we knew we had 20 minutes to go out and do it,” freshman forward Derek Stepan said. “Losing Blake, that was just another thing we had to get over. And Jake, too. It was something we had to worry about, but at the same time we knew we had 20 minutes to step up and make something happen.”Wisconsin will now have a few weeks off — which will allow a banged-up team to finally get healthy again — before returning to action Dec. 27 for the Badger Hockey Showcase.“Obviously, we want to keep playing — everyone does,” Dolan said. “But a part of me also thinks maybe it’s good for our bodies to get rested up and come back the second half and just keep climbing this mountain and put our foot on the gas pedal even harder.”last_img read more