Harvard freshman Janell Holloway of Matthews House was among the select few invited to Wednesday’s (Jan. 27) State of the Union speech. Holloway, a Washington, D.C., resident who was an intern last summer in the D.C. Scholars program, watched the speech from first lady Michelle Obama’s box.The Harvard Gazette asked Holloway about her experience. Below is an edited version of that conversation:Q. When did you get invited to sit with the first lady, and how did that come about?A. About a week ago. My old boss called me and asked, “Janell, what are you doing next Wednesday?” I said, “I’m going back to school because the first day of class was Monday.” She said, “Well the first lady has invited you to sit in her box for the State of the Union address. Can you get a flight back here?” Immediately after that, I called my parents. They booked me a flight, and everything just sort of happened really fast after that.Q. Did you fly down just for the day, and were there other events involved?A. I flew down Tuesday night right after my classes. [On Wednesday,] two hours before we had to go to White House, we went to the U.S. Department of Education and met [Secretary of Education] Arne Duncan.Q. You went to the White House and then the Capitol?A. We went to the White House first. We had a little reception, and we got to bring one guest. I brought my dad, Jim Holloway. [There were] mostly staffers there, and then the first lady came just before she had to get ready to go. She came by to say hello and thanked us and kind of told us what to expect.Q. How was the speech itself?A. The speech was cool. It was kind of funny because whenever he said something really important, they started clapping. Sometimes they clapped so loud you couldn’t hear everything he said. It was interesting to see how they interacted. He threw in a few ad libs and some little jokes, and that was cool too. It was never a dull moment. It was a great speech. It was really amazing.Q. Did you interact with other people in the box?A. On the van ride over there, we talked to a lot of the people going into the box. Everybody was there for a different reason. The mayor of Oklahoma City was there. There were a few military personnel there. It was pretty interesting. Once we were in the box, while members of House were talking on the floor, we were talking. Even during the speech, when he made interesting points, you heard a few people making comments.Q. Did you get to interact at all with the first lady during the speech?A. Not during the speech. During the reception and afterward, we were able to take pictures with her and the president. We each got a picture with her and the president.Q. Where is it now?A. I think they’re mailing it to us.Q. How would you describe her?A. She’s actually really tall. I didn’t realize she was so tall. She’s very personable, very nice. She seems really down to earth. She’s really funny. What you see on TV isn’t fake.Q. Do you know what you’re going to study here at Harvard?A. I’m thinking of science, but haven’t made a decision yet.Q. Has this experience made an impact on you?A. When I first received the call, I was really excited but … it wasn’t until I talked to my parents and saw how they reacted that I realized how big a deal this is. Actually being in the room and seeing how people interacted with each other and the way he [Obama] presented himself and made his points was a really big deal. And being part of history, that had a big impact on me. I think meeting them, seeing how down to earth they are, how calm he is, how honorable, how accessible, despite the criticism he gets, I think is very inspirational. It was a totally amazing experience.Q. Did you come up to Cambridge this morning?A. I woke up and caught a 7:30 a.m. flight.
For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Alvin Pasaol. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netHigh-scoring and fun-loving.Those were some of words University of the East coach Derrick Pumaren used to describe his star scorer Alvin Pasaol.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “There are type of players who seem like they just want to enjoy the game. That’s how I am. I just enjoy the game. If I’m not enjoying it, when I’m not smiling, I’ll do just 20 points. But when I enjoy the game, the opponents are dead,” the PBA great said.Though Meneses admitted that he only saw part of Pasaol’s game, he could understand Pumaren’s analogy.“He’s so relaxed but he’s gonna kill you. It’s almost the same to my game. What coach Derrick said was true. If he’s slimmer, he may be scoring 80 in a game,” he said.“Of course, coach Derrick knows me. So for him to compare me, I can be a model for the boy. Whatever I’ve achieved when I was still playing, he could follow my footsteps and I become an inspiration for him.”Amid the fanfare, Pumaren’s hopes that not only Pasaol sustains his hot streak, but also for the Red Warriors to make a late run to the Final Four in the second round.“When you’re in a zone, you feel that everything is gonna go right for him. Hopefully, he’ll continue to have that follow up, but he has to maintain that level that it’s not over yet, that he’s not just a two-game sensation and then in the next seven games, he’ll be non-existent.”Beyond UAAP Season 80, Pumaren has grander aspirations for his superb scorer.“Hopefully, I can also produce another MVP in the PBA,” he said. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES MOST READ And on the heels of his 49-point game and 81-point week, the veteran mentor couldn’t help but compare his 6-foot-3 swingman to a star he handled many moons ago.“He is like Vergel,” said Pumaren, referring to Jose Rizal University coach Vergel Meneses. “Vergel he loves to have fun, but when it’s time to play, when it’s business, then he goes down to work. That’s his attitude, and that’s the same with Alvin.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogPumaren had the privilege to coach Meneses in the pro league with the now-defunct Sunkist. They won two PBA championships and nearly a Grand Slam as the man they called “The Aerial Voyager” became the 1995 PBA Most Valuable Player.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThough their partnership was considerably short, what stood out the most for Pumaren was Meneses’ joyous attitude, which is also something that he sees in Pasaol. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With new coach beside him, Soriano confident ahead of ONE fight Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “Alvin likes to joke and always laughs. When I talk and run plays, you could look at him and think that he’s not listening. Vergel is just like that too. But when we run it, he knows the plays,” he said.Pumaren also said that Pasaol may look like laid back to some, but he commands respect from his fellow Red Warriors.“He’s happy-go-lucky, but he’s the leader of the team. That is what I projected from him when I recruited him in Davao. I knew that he’s gonna be a star in the UAAP and he has shown it this season,” he said.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMeneses, though, was on the defensive when brought up the comparison, quipping, “I’m not that fat.”But turning serious, the three-time PBA champion said that being “fun loving” is just the way he wanted the game to be played back in his heyday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar on Friday visited Murshidabad district even after his formal request for a helicopter was denied and complained about the condition of roads. “I can talk about the road condition as I am fresh from my travel. We started at 5 a.m. this morning. The national highway is fine and I want to thank Gadkari ji, some of the State roads were similar but as we reached 150-200 km close to Murshidabad, the road condition worsened. I had to withstand quite a few bumps.”Health Minister Chandrima Bhattacharya said: “The cost of the helicopter will be borne by the people . If his health does not permit, why undertake such a trip?” Asked about Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s remarks directed at him, the Governor said if the CM has any issue, she can discuss it with him directly. “Dialogue between a Chief Minister and the Governor is either one-to-one or through a communication. I have got no communication from the government so far that any of my actions is beyond my right. If she has any issue, either she will discuss with me or write to me,” he said. On Thursday, responding to the role of the Governor in Maharashtra, Ms. Banerjee had said: “In my State, you are seeing what is going on. Just like parallel administration they like to run.”
Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The trio apologized that day and publicly thanked Trump, who was in Asia last week, for his help. On Thursday morning, the president sent another tweet: “You’re welcome. go out and give a big Thank You to President Xi Jinping of China who made your release possible.”In the same tweet, Trump said, “HAVE A GREAT LIFE! Be careful, there are many pitfalls on the long and winding road of life!”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLater in the day, as he rallied House Republicans before a crucial vote on a tax overhaul, Trump talked about his efforts to release the playersRep. Steve Womack of Arkansas said Trump “personally engaged the Chinese president and it turned out the way it did,” with the players released. He said China is known for being “extremely punitive” with criminal suspects, adding: “This could have been a disaster for those families.” Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss00:58Trump blames media, Democrats for impeachment during Kentucky rally01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Ex-France minister has to pay damages to Nadal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments MOST READ Flanked by Cody Riley, left, and Jalen Hill, third from left, UCLA basketball player LiAngelo Ball reads his statement as head coach Steve Alford listens during a news conference at UCLA Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. The three players were detained in Hangzhou following allegations of shoplifting last week before an NCAA college basketball game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump urged three suspended UCLA basketball players on Thursday to thank China’s president for their freedom after they shoplifted in China.The president’s suggestion came a day after he tweeted: “Do you think the three UCLA basketball players will say thank you President Trump. They were headed for 10 years in jail.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LATEST STORIES Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were detained in Hangzhou for questioning last week before the Bruins beat Georgia Tech in their season-opening game in Shanghai. The rest of the team returned home Saturday.Athletic director Dan Guerrero said the shoplifting occurred when the team had 90 minutes of free time on Nov. 6 in Hangzhou. He said the three took items from three stores.The players are suspended indefinitely, and coach Steve Alford says they will have to earn their way back onto the team.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.
Barcelona ace Messi full of praise for Puig and Mirandaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona ace Leo Messi has sung the praises of Riqui Puig and Juan Miranda.Both youngsters have seen first team action this season.Messi said, “They have been training with us for a whole and you see they are different players. “The club did well in bringing them up to train with us. They will grow more and that’s good the club are using people from the youth academy because for a while nobody came. Going back to that model is important for the academy and the club.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/K-StateKansas State scored a huge rivalry victory last night over Kansas, but unfortunately, much of the focus following the game has centered on the lack of security during the subsequent court-storming. While most Wildcats fans were respectful of their opponent in celebration, a few went overboard. One, in particular, is going to be in some serious trouble as a result.Kansas State police are asking followers on Twitter if they can help in identifying which fan purposely bumped KU player Jamari Traylor. It’s safe to say that someone is going to know the answer.K-State Police would like help identifying this fan. Send a tip at http://t.co/ZqQti0IAve or call 532-6412 pic.twitter.com/VtBS2dPijl— K-State Police (@KStatePolice) February 24, 2015Here’s video of the incident, if you haven’t seen it.Not cool. Rushing the court after a huge win is an amazing experience, but you have to remember, the players on the opposition have done nothing to you. Let’s hope this doesn’t become a trend.
BALTIMORE, MD – DECEMBER 3: Offensive tackle Taylor Decker #68 of the Detroit Lions looks on from the bench against the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on December 3, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame’s star junior linebacker, suffered what looked like a devastating leg injury during today’s Fiesta Bowl loss to Ohio State. Smith injured himself trying to regain his balance after taking a shove from Ohio State offensive lineman Taylor Decker near the end of the play. Some thought Decker committed a cheap shot, considering Smith wasn’t near the ball and the play was basically over. However, the veteran lineman took to Twitter a little while ago to clarify what happened. Decker tweeted at Smith, saying he’d never try to injure another player and didn’t intend to put him at risk. @JaeeSmiff9ENT pic.twitter.com/iNsILFwZjB— Taylor Decker (@TDeck68) January 2, 2016This is a very classy move on Decker’s part. The play didn’t look malicious, even if the two players were engaged away from the ball.
The Ohio State men’s basketball team has been a dominant force at home and has an opportunity to go undefeated at the Schottenstein Center this season.Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, the Big Ten Tournament and NCAA Tournament are away from OSU. “Going on the road is battle testing,” junior David Lighty said. “Seeing where your team’s mind is gets you ready for the tournament because you never know where you are going to play.”Despite its unblemished home record, the Bucks are just 2-5 on the road and 1-1 on a neutral court. With four of their final seven regular-season games on the road, including games at Michigan State and Illinois, the Buckeyes will have to have success away from home to have any chance at a regular season Big Ten Championship.Lighty said the team tries to imagine it is always playing in Columbus.“We try to treat it like home games, but it’s hard to do with all the opponent fans chanting and going crazy,” Lighty said. “Coach talks about us keeping that same mindset and being prepared for all the situations that happen on the road.”One problem for the Buckeyes is their lack of offensive production on the road. For a team that has eclipsed the 100-point barrier three times this season, it has only scored 70-plus points once away from home, in a 77-73 loss to North Carolina at Madison Square Garden. Coach Thad Matta said the Buckeyes don’t try to change too much on the road. “You are who you are,” Matta said. “We don’t attempt to reinvent the wheel going into a different opponent. “Road games are a big testing ground for the conference tourney and NCAA Tournament. While the Big Ten Tournament is located in Indianapolis this year, if Ohio State were to make the field of 65, the closest opening round site to Columbus would be in Buffalo, N.Y. “My freshman year we played in San Antonio during the tournament and we could have played Texas A&M, which would have been like a home game for them,” Lighty said. “All the road games we played up to that point prepared us for that situation and you just have to take it in stride.”Junior Evan Turner said that while he knows how important it is to win road games, playing away from Columbus doesn’t bother him. “It prepares you for that tough environment,” Turner said. “Playing overseas in Serbia, that was a tough environment. So playing out here feels like Disneyland.”While the road has been far from a fairy tale for the Buckeyes, they understand how important winning road games are to move up the standings and gain experience for postseason play. But Turner says that they have to remember what’s being played, not where. “We’ve all been through these experiences,” Turner said. “So, you just pay attention to the game, not where you are playing at.”