Junior named Truman Scholar

first_imgComing to the United States as a young boy, Tianhao He ’15 quickly learned about the many opportunities this country can provide, while also becoming aware of its many inequities.It was then that He chose to make it his life’s work to make sure more Americans have the opportunity to succeed and thrive.Because of this dedication to public service, and his leadership potential, the Harvard undergraduate was named a 2014 Truman Scholar. The award, which provides up to $30,000 toward graduate school, is given annually to college juniors who exhibit leadership qualities and are committed to a career in public service. He was one of only 59 chosen from 655 candidates nationwide who had been nominated by their schools for the scholarship.“I am incredibly honored and humbled by this opportunity. Above all, being a Truman Scholar means being a part of a community, a community where I can not only contribute my own perspectives but also listen and learn from other Truman Scholars who are doing incredible work in other fields,” said He.A resident of Mather House and a sociology concentrator, He works at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau’s Eviction Defense Clinic, where he helps Harvard Law School student advocates provide low-income families from Boston with the legal resources to stay in their homes. In addition, He mentors students through the Harvard Allston Education Portal, and is the director of content for the Harvard International Review, a quarterly journal focused on international affairs.“It’s wonderful to hear that the Truman Foundation has chosen to honor one of our undergraduates for his dedication to public service and his leadership. I want to congratulate and thank Tianhao for this tremendous achievement,” said Interim Dean of the College Donald Pfister. “Tianhao is truly a reminder that many of our undergraduates are doing extraordinary things in the name of public service.”Born in Beijing, He moved to Switzerland before arriving in Cambridge, where he stayed through eighth grade before moving to Maryland. There, close to the nation’s capital, his enthusiasm for public service grew. Feeding this passion, He has conducted original public policy research on affordable housing and its effect on urban economic inequality in Boston.“For me, as an immigrant, I saw that opportunity in this country could still be transformative, but I also saw firsthand that there are many structural barriers that continue to perpetuate economic inequality in this country,” He said. “I saw how neighborhoods mattered, and how where you live can still determine so many of your life chances. When I got to Harvard, my incredible mentors and the interdisciplinary resources here on campus inspired me to think more critically about why these problems exist and how I can make an impact through a career in public service.”This summer, He will intern at the White House with the Domestic Policy Council’s Office of Urban Affairs and Economic Mobility and the Office of Veterans and Military Families. Though He is only a junior, he plans to return to Washington, D.C., after graduation to put his desire to help others to use by working for the federal government. Eventually, He intends to go to law school.“I don’t see the problems with government as a reason to turn away, but rather as an opportunity to turn towards, get involved, and reimagine how we can solve these problems,” He said. “Through my involvement with the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, I have seen firsthand Harvard Law School’s genuine commitment to clinical legal education, which has inspired me to want to go to law school myself because I have seen how law can be a powerful tool with which to solve the social problems I have studied as an undergraduate sociology concentrator.”last_img read more

SBW opens up about a return to league

first_imgWilliams is targeting next year’s Rugby Union World Cup with the All Blacks but his future beyond that is undecided.The dual international turns 34 next August and is weighing up ending an illustrious career spanning Australia, New Zealand, France, Japan, rugby league, rugby union and boxing.Williams became a pariah in the 13-man game after his walk-out on Canterbury in 2008 over a contract dispute.He returned to play a leading role in the Sydney Roosters’ 2013 NRL premiership victory, only to again return to union, where he won the 2015 World Cup and appeared in the 2016 Olympics.He’s eyeing his third World Cup next year but refuses to rule out a third stint in rugby league in 2020 and says opportunities to work with the Pacific community and in coaching will affect his decision.”I’m 34 next year. I’m just happy doing what I love doing,” Williams told Fox Sports.”I really want to affect my Pasifika people. With that comes responsibility.”I need more knowledge in that field, which I’m doing – I’m doing for my coaching papers.”God willing I make it through next year and I make that World Cup side.”Then after that, I have to keep the wife happy and then if I do play on, it’ll have to be at a place where I can still have a voice.”Williams returned to the Roosters for two years in 2013-14 after a handshake agreement with Roosters chairman Nick Politis, which was struck following his first exit from the NRL.In the past few years, there have been rumours Williams will end his career with the Tri-Colours.He refused to give anything away about his future on Sunday but said he regretted the way he turned his back on the Bulldogs, the club that gave him a start as a teenager.”I still stand by my decision to leave. Though as a young fella you’re a bit rash and you do things you probably regret,” Williams said.”I’m no different. I’m human, I make mistakes.”When it came to that decision to leave, although things weren’t going the right way off the field, I just felt like I was backed into a corner and that was all I could do.”Looking back now, if I was a lot more confident in myself as a man, I probably could have gone and spoken to the administration and told them, ‘Look, I’m going to leave if you don’t do what you guys promised me’.”last_img read more

Kentucky triumph for unbeaten Nyquist

first_imgLOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP): The racing world wondered if there was a worthy successor to last year’s Triple Crown champion American Pharoah. Enter Nyquist. The bay colt who lacks any distinctive markings won the Kentucky Derby by 11/4 lengths yesterday improving to 8-0 in his career as the fourth consecutive favourite to win the race. Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Nyquist ran 2000 metres in 2:01.31. The three-year-old colt became the eighth unbeaten winner in the race’s 142-year history, and the first since Big Brown in 2008. He the 2-1 favourite in the full field of 20 horses. “We got a beautiful trip from the start to the end,” Gutierrez said. Nyquist delivered a second Derby win for Gutierrez, trainer Doug O’Neill and owner J. Paul Reddam. The southern California-based team was behind 2012 Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another. “This is such a special horse,” O’Neill said. “You can see it in his eye on a daily basis and he’s such a professional.” The bay colt is from the first crop of sire Uncle Mo, who never got the chance to run in the Derby after being the early favourite for the 2011 race. He was scratched the day before with a stomach illness.last_img read more