“The Cold Within”
Six humans trapped by happenstance
In dark and bitter cold
Each possessed a stick of wood—
Or so the story’s told.
Their dying fire in need of logs,
But the first one held hers back,
For, of the faces around the fire,
She noticed one was black.
The next one looked cross the way
Saw one not of his church,
And could not bring himself to give
The fire his stick of birch.
The third one sat in tattered clothes
He gave his coat a hitch,
Why should his log be put to use
To warm the idle rich?
The rich man just sat back and thought
Of wealth he had in store,
And keeping all that he had earned
From the lazy, shiftless poor.
The black man’s face bespoke revenge
As the fire passed from his sight,
For he saw in his stick of wood
A chance to spite the white.
And the last man of this forlorn group
Did nought except for gain,
Giving just to those who gave
Was how he played the game,
Their sticks held tight in death’s stilled hands
Was proof enough of sin;
They did not die from cold without—
They died from cold within.
Everyone should pick up Dia’s album. I wrote about her a while back, and again, she’s one of the most talented and humble people I know. Long story short, I was out on Warped Tour with her band a few years ago, and she was the runner-up on NBC’s “The Voice” last year. “Red” was released today on Universal Republic Records and it’s got some awesome music on it! Check it out!
The Manchester United Football Club were in town to play a game against the New England Revolution and wanted to explore Harvard. As a tour guide for my school, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to give my full hour-long tour to Sir Alex Ferguson and his staff (as well as two friends from my school’s Men’s Soccer team)! For being one of the most successful teams in their sport, I was in disbelief at how down to earth everyone was. They were incredibly personable and thanked me for giving them the tour by giving me tickets to their game the next day. Super cool — we had great seats and Man U won!
One of my jobs this summer is working for Harvard Summer School as a General Program Proctor. This position is basically an RA (Resident Assistant…I think) at other colleges. Students, mostly international, flock to our campus from all over the place to take classes and experience what life is like as a Harvard student for six weeks. They eat in the dining halls, take similar classes, and live in the dormitories. There are two branches - the Secondary School Program (SSP) and the General Program (GP). SSP kids are rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high school, while GP students are college-aged and older. It’s only been two weeks, but I love my job and it’s pretty sweet to make new friends from all over the world.
After dinner tonight, a friend of mine, who is an SSP Proctor, had told me about a student who was being harassed because of speculation that he’s gay. The only reason it was brought to the attention of the Proctors and Deans was by word of one of the victim’s friends, who wouldn’t identify the bully or victim (which doesn’t really help anybody, but that’s beside the point). Our Summer School staff is sending out an email, reiterating the ideals of the University, while encouraging students to be aware of their surroundings, as well as passing on the resources we have available on campus for support.
It really bothered me that a high school student was being bullied here on our campus. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s absurd anywhere and know that it, unfortunately, happens everywhere, but the most frustrating part is that he doesn’t have to be dealing with it; he’s at Harvard to study and enjoy his summer. After the recent surge of suicides by 13 year olds Seth Walsh and Asher Brown, and 15 year old Billy Lucas, I think it’s sad that our campus doesn’t have more resources for students during the summertime. Not to sound so noble, but it’s troubling for me to know that there’s a kid who’s away from home and probably miserable. Because of this, I brought it up at our staff meeting and asked my Dean if we could start a resource that would allow students to come in and talk to volunteer Proctors. All proctors are Harvard undergrads and therefore close in age to the high school students. In my opinion, this is especially ace because the only other available resource is the Mental Health Services office, which often carries a stigma and makes people think they are crazy when they admit they’d like to talk to a professional. Sometimes, a listening ear is all someone needs and it’s crazy we don’t offer a service like that.
I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the Deans’ Council supports my idea.
True best friends are hard to come by…I’m lucky to have a good group from home and from school. But I don’t like to drop names ;)
Watched this the other night, and I didn’t hate it. The story is pretty predictable, but it’s well-acted and the banter between Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway is really entertaining. Made me realize that everyone needs someone in life…and, at times, one person may need the other more than the other needs him or her. But that’s okay and you make it work because you care. “You meet a thousand people, then you meet that one person and your life is changed.”