Three student orators will mark Commencement Day, delivering speeches in both English and Latin during Morning Exercises in Tercentenary Theatre. This year, classics concentrator Phoebe Lakin will deliver the Latin Salutatory, given, not surprisingly, in Latin. Economics concentrator Christopher Egi will deliver the Senior English Address, and Harvard Law School student Pete Davis will deliver the Graduate English Address.Considered among the highest honors a student can achieve, student orators face a selection process that begins in early March, with final auditions in late April. The three will speak from memory before an audience of 32,000 graduating students, their family members, and friends.This year’s winners shared their thoughts on their impending graduation and on the inspiration for their speeches.Phoebe Lakin ’18 — Latin SalutatoryPhoebe Lakin, from Ithaca, N.Y., is a classics concentrator who has studied Latin since the fourth grade. Lakin, who has also studied French and German, plans to pursue an M.Phil. in classical studies at Cambridge University next year, with an eye toward a Ph.D. and a future teaching career.Lakin said the study of language and literature gives her the ability to be part of a long-lasting community centered on works of literature.“When you read a poem, when you read a book, you’re not only participating in the experience you read about, but also joining in a community of readers, and that community stretches across space and time,” Lakin said. “So, when you experience a piece of literature and talk with other people, you’re engaging in human experience as a whole and it’s that engagement with that community that’s been so valuable to me.”The study of literature also gives her an avenue to explore her other love, that of the outdoors, as she did in her senior thesis on a first-century Roman poem about gardens. Lakin is planning to spend the summer in Switzerland working on an organic farm before diving back into her studies.“I’m very interested in the human experience in the natural world and how that makes its way into literature,” Lakin said.Her speech, to be delivered in Latin with an English translation available in the day’s program, will deal with themes of change — how Harvard has changed students graduating this year, but also how the students have changed Harvard.,Christopher Egi ’18 — Senior English AddressChristopher Egi, from Toronto, is an economics concentrator and captain of this year’s Harvard men’s basketball team. Egi, who is planning to start work at Goldman Sachs after graduation, said he’s always been interested in business, and got an early start in second grade, when he sold glue sticks — some of which were empty — to classmates.Both his father, who is in real estate, and his mother, who owns a home for Alzheimer’s disease sufferers, are business people, Egi said, and he and his sister have already started one business, an online program for writers called “Impact Writers Hub.”Egi said he feels like a different person from the somewhat naive freshman who arrived on campus four years ago, in part because of all he’s learned from his classmates in informal discussions over the years. He has been active tutoring others, has been involved in the campus black community, and has raised money to support legislative and policy solutions to police brutality.Egi, the son of Nigerian immigrants to Canada, said his address will deal with issues of dreams fulfilled and unfulfilled, including those of his Nigerian grandfather, who died before Egi could meet him, but for whom the importance of education was a value passed on to his daughter, Egi’s mother, and so has influenced even a grandson he never met.“That was a very big thing growing up, siblings competing to see [who] can do best academically,” Egi said. “It was important. Probably one of the biggest priorities my parents had [for us] growing up was working hard and trying your best.”,Pete Davis, J.D. ’18 — Graduate English AddressPete Davis, from Falls Church, Va., is attending his second Harvard Commencement. He graduated from the College in 2012, and, as an undergraduate was one of the founders of “Harvard Thinks Big,” which brought 10 faculty members to Sanders Theatre to talk about big ideas for 10 minutes each.Davis has an entrepreneurial spirit, judging from his founding roles in several other enterprises such as a website to encourage community engagement and a “tiny house” startup called Getaway that brought him to television’s “Shark Tank.” (Getaway now has 30 employees.) His current ambition is to transform the Democratic Party so that it is less strictly focused on national electoral politics and more focused on building a community to which people want to belong even between election cycles.“How [can we] get people excited and empower people?” Davis said. “How can we make being part of a political party not just getting hit up for money and votes every four years, but when you’re sick, fellow Democrats bring you soup? You go to meetings that speak to your spiritual and communal side and not just the angry and political side?”Davis said his speech will deal with something he learned from his parents: that everyday heroism has more to do with getting up in the morning and showing up each day than it does with jumping feet first into the midst of a crisis and slaying a dragon.“For most of us, the crisis is a long-term crisis. Slaying the dragon is not one moment but waking up every day for 40 years dedicated to continuing the slow walk,” Davis said, adding that his mother found it perplexing when people asked her if she was happy, and she would respond, “I don’t think much about happiness. I think, ‘Am I fulfilling my commitments? Am I feeling strong in my relationships? Am I close to God and holiness?’“What that is,” Davis said, “is trading happiness for true joy. … My heroes see the joy of a long day’s work.”
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The Danes then produced one frightening moment earlier in the game when Casper Nielsen showed great ball control before aiming a looping attempt at goal which grazed the woodwork with Nigeria goalkeeper Emmanuel Daniel rooted to the spot.On the quarter of an hour into the match, Nigeria captain, Mikel, opened scoring. Imoh Ezekiel popped up on the left channel and beat his marker for pace before squaring low into the Danish box for the Chelsea man to sweep home.On 20 minutes, Ezekiel turned and twisted inside of Danish right-back Desler Puggaard to set himself up for the kill, but the 22-year-old disappointingly blazed over from close range when he could have doubled the lead for his team.After finding it difficult to go through the Nigerian backline through any sort of passing style, they adopted route-one and on two occasions, the Africans were found wanting but Daniel produced two saves from Frederik Borsting.Just after the half hour, the Europeans enjoyed a flurry of activities inside their opponents territory but had to deal with many men behind the ball.In the final 10 minutes to the break, Nigeria resumed normal service and Mikel swept in a wicked cross in the Danish area which simply flashed across goal without no teammates to connect. Within seconds, Stanley Amuzie ventured out of his left-back position to smash a fierce effort at goal which was deflected out for a corner.Right on the stroke of half time, Edigerson Gomes forced Daniel into a save to ensure that Nigeria take their one-goal lead into the locker room.Nigeria began the second 45 minutes with so much energy but nearly conceded in the 55th minute when Brunn Larsen’s swerving free kick had to be saved by Daniel through unconventional means to keep the one-goal lead of the Africans intact.Three minutes later, Amuzie’s effort with his weaker foot forced the Danish goalkeeper into a scrambling save. And from the corner, well-delivered by Mikel was glanced in past Hojbjerg by Aminu Umar to give Nigeria a two-goal lead after 59 minutes.Just past the hour, Mikel delivered another inch perfect corner kick into the Danes’ area and Ezekiel met it at the near post but missed target a whisker away.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s men’s football team at the Rio Olympics inched closer to winning a medal after a masterful display overwhelmed Denmark yesterday in Salvador, Brazil. Nigeria’s victory earns them a semi-final matchup against Germany who were 4-0 winners of Portugal saturday.John Obi Mikel was a major actor in Nigeria’s progress as the Chelsea man, one of two overaged players in the Nigeria Under-23 team, scored the opening goal and assisted Aminu Umar with the second.Nigeria started the game without Oghenekaro Etebo, who suffered a knock in their last group game against Colombia. Just 52 seconds into the game, Usman Mohammed’s sidefooted effort is claimed by the Danish goalkeeper, Jeppe Hojbjerg.
It would be silly to say a punter could make or break a team’s season, but it’s evident Green Bay Packer fans aren’t happy with Derrick Frost.Multiple times Sunday, the boo birds could be heard at Lambeau Field after a pair of Frost punts failed to satisfy the Packer-backers. Funny thing is, Frost actually improved his punting average after the loss to the Carolina Panthers. Still, he sits near the bottom of the NFL for punting average at 42 yards per boot.Remind me again, why did Green Bay opt to go with Frost over Jon Ryan and his 44.4-yard per punt average from last season?In hindsight, the Packers should have stuck with Ryan. Too late to call him back to Lambeau, though. He’s busy punting for the Seattle Seahawks, where he’s averaging 2-yard per punt better than he did a year ago.So if Green Bay is to go a different route for the remainder of the season — again, that’s an if — there’s a former Badger who would be happy to answer the call.Ken DeBauche began the Packers’ training camp fighting for a spot on the team’s 52-man roster. He left camp looking for a job, as he was cut in late July before the roster was finalized.DeBauche knew his chances of making the team were slim heading into camp, but that wasn’t about to stop the life-long Packer fan from taking a chance with the team he grew up watching in nearby Suamico.“There isn’t much that’s guaranteed in the NFL,” DeBauche told me back in April after signing a free agent contract with Green Bay. “I’ll have to go there right away and punt my best.”Despite doing what he could to impress the Packer personnel, DeBauche was given the boot — as was the incumbent Ryan — leaving Green Bay with Derrick Frost as their punter.You know the old saying about hindsight. Insert it here.While bridges have been burned between the Packers and Ryan, DeBauche would make the ideal candidate to call up to replace Frost. In fact, he was asked to work out in early October after Frost struggled in a pair of lackluster performances against Tampa Bay and Atlanta — both of which were lost by Green Bay.Yet following the workout, DeBauche was still without work, and Frost’s punting woes continued — as did the tempers of Cheeseheads across the state.Let’s look at the hypothetical of what is really a no-lose situation for both sides. Suppose DeBauche comes in and fails to perform at the NFL level. Is that much different than what the Packers have on hand right now? At the very least, it would give DeBauche the chance of a lifetime, even if his only career punt ends up as a 20-yard shank.“All I wanted was a chance. I wanted to get my foot in the door,” DeBauche said in April.Let’s say he finally gets that chance and outkicks Frost. DeBauche is happy, the Packers are happy and their fans are happy too.The only one coming out a loser in this scenario would obviously be Frost.But Frost, a journeyman of sorts, has found work before and after leaving one team. He started with Cleveland and then made his way to Washington for three seasons before finally landing in Green Bay.Every journeyman’s gotta start somewhere, right? The least the Packers could do is give DeBauche a job.Just don’t call it a job.“I don’t want to call it work, because it never will be work for me,” DeBauche said. “And hopefully I won’t have to work ever. I’ll just keep playing football.”Tyler is a senior majoring in journalism. What do you think the Packers should do with their current punter situation? Let him know at [email protected]