A farewell to arms, a hello to Harvard

first_imgIn City Hall in Indio, Calif., hangs the Ortiz Wall of Service, a plaque listing more than 50 names of military servicemen from Richard Martinez III’s family.“It dates back to the Mexican-American War — on the American side — and I’m the last name. I’m fourth-generation infantry,” said Martinez, a College freshman and an Army veteran who served in the 82nd Airborne Division.But Martinez, who is 21, ultimately wants his name not on a plaque, but heard making an impact on the community.“There is a van 10 minutes from my house in Fresno that takes workers to pick in the fields. There are younger kids starting from age 8 to people even over the age of 60. Some kids don’t go to school because they have to work and provide for their family,” he said. “It’s an image I grew up with, and something no other culture or race does, but it’s prevalent, and I’m tired of it.”Martinez grew up in a modest neighborhood of West Fresno, the son of two teachers (his father has a radio talk show called “To the Point with Super Mex”).“They gave me every opportunity they could with what they had,” he recalled. “My dad, who grew up very poor, thought the elementary school I attended was not a wholesome view of what the Hispanic community is. So in seventh grade I was sent to school in neighboring Madera, where there was a much higher percentage of Mexicans and minorities in general. It was culture shock and I literally and figuratively got my ass kicked.”Martinez returned to Fresno for high school at a public charter school that emphasized academics and the arts.“I was on the academic decathlon team, seven-time, back-to-back national champions, and we won the years I was on the team. I also won a national championship title in Greco-Roman wrestling,” said Martinez, who started wrestling at 7. He also performed in choir, feeding his lifelong love of singing.,But despite his academic success, while his friends were applying to college, Martinez enlisted to serve his country.“The Army was much different for me. In some ways, my life before the Army was harder. What I got was perspective. It was, in some ways, a safety, but a safety no one would ever look down on,” he said.In 2015, Martinez deployed to Iraq as a paratrooper with the mission to advise, assist, and train Iraqi soldiers — some of whom later died in action.“I realized what I have compared to what they have, and I have everything,” he said. “Being a soldier was the best they could do. It was the only steady paycheck they could find.”As his hitch wound down, Martinez decided to apply to college. He retook the SATs, then he aimed high.“I had a lot of time to think. I wasn’t satisfied with the bare minimum,” he said. “I hadn’t written anything in four years before writing the college application essays.”Last year Martinez stepped onto the Harvard campus with enthusiasm. He moved into Hurlbut Hall; dove into a philosophy seminar on Friedrich Nietzsche, “Ottoman State and Society,” and Expos 10 and 20; joined Arts and Humanities Dean Robin Kelsey’s student board; and made the wrestling team, another tight-knit band of brothers who helped him find his way as an older freshman.,“I don’t know what the school year would have been like without them,” he said.The reverse is probably true as well.“Richard has had many experiences that most of his classmates will never have. I’m always struck by how he doesn’t take anything for granted — about his schooling, or about being in the classroom,” said Rebecca Summerhays, a preceptor in the Harvard College writing program. “He seizes every opportunity to think critically and to become involved in the discussions. He would never sit quietly and let others have the discussion.”Summerhays has been struck by Martinez’ eloquence, and by the way he related personally to assignments. To write about the Harvard Art Museums, he toured them with a classmate who had never been in an art museum.“I know they had a meaningful conversation on how to approach art for the first time,” she said. “Richard became a role model.”That’s something Martinez says he hopes to be not just to his classmates, but to other Mexican-Americans and to military men and women of all backgrounds considering higher education. His Army buddies “are incredibly smart people,” he said, but many were surprised that he would apply to an Ivy League school.“They said, ‘Martinez, you’re crazy. It will never happen,’” he said. “They just think community college, but they could be here too.”last_img read more

Unbeaten NU averts disaster vs UE, wins 3rd straight

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After going back and forth against the Lady Warriors and trailing, 11-10, midway through the fourth set, the Lady Bulldogs upped the ante and went on a 13-2 run to take a 23-13 lead with Aiko Urdas finishing it off with a through-the-block kill.NU head coach Babes Castillo said they had a good win, but after seeing his team falter in the second set he knew his players could do better.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“The win earlier was a good win, but it was not a good performance,” said Castillo in Filipino. “I told them to forget about the second set and let’s move on, it’s already marked on the card.”“My players’ captain responded on the dot on what the situation needed and the team will go with the captain,” Castillo said, referring to Jaja Santiago. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University recovered from its dismal second set to beat University of the East, 25-15, 18-25, 25-23, 25-19, and stay undefeated in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Bulldogs streaked to their third straight win to take sole possession of the top seed while the Lady Warriors are at the bottom with a 0-3 card.ADVERTISEMENT When NU committed several four straight errors that allowed UE to trim the deficit to six, 23-17, in the fourth set, it was Santiago, who stopped the Lady Warriors’ fun with a well-placed kill that put the Lady Bulldogs in match point, 24-17.Santiago led the Lady Bulldogs’ charge with 23 points while Roselyn Doria added 12 points.Shaya Adorador and May Ann Mendrez led UE with 11 points apiece.ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t mention the score: North Korean media silent on 8-0 loss Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

Spurs fans: ‘Leave it to the Hammers to screw us – it’s on us tomorrow’

first_img Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham team travel to Stoke on Monday night It’s not over yet, Tottenham fans.Yes, the title is still possible, with Leicester dropping points against West Ham in a 2-2 draw.It was almost perfect, though, as the Hammers came from 1-0 down to take a 2-1 lead only for the Foxes to score a penalty in stoppage time.Tottenham play Stoke on Monday night and can close the gap at the top to five points with victory and fans are already looking ahead to the match at the Britannia. 1last_img read more

Will Minisplits Replace Forced-Air Heating and Cooling Systems?

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Because forced-air heating and cooling systems are assembled on site from a great many parts, there are many ways for installers to make mistakes. Researchers have repeatedly shown that a high percentage of residential forced-air systems have major problems, including duct systems that are poorly designed, poorly located, and leaky. Other problems include incorrect refrigerant charge and too much or too little airflow over the cooling coil.The classic solution to these problems — in addition to the obvious step of better duct system design — is to insist on a more rigorous commissioning process. “Commissioning” refers to the process of testing and adjusting installed equipment to be sure that it performs in accordance with the manufacturer’s specs and the designer’s intent. Although commissioning is rare for residential HVAC systems, it is a routine step for commercial and institutional buildings.As I noted in an earlier blog, The Energy Star Homes Program Raises the Bar with Version 3, the Energy Star program has decided to include requirements for the commissioning of forced-air HVAC systems, beginning January 1, 2012. The following commissioning steps will be mandated:For years, energy experts have been advising HVAC installers to implement all of these time-consuming and tricky commissioning steps; yet few installers actually perform them — or even have the specialized equipment needed to do the required testing.Until recently, I accepted the logic behind this package of commissioning recommendations, and advised builders to insist that these steps were followed. However, a recent conversation with Marc Rosenbaum, an engineer at South Mountain Company in Massachusetts, has led me to rethink the wisdom of residential HVAC commissioning.Instead of forcing HVAC installers need to do a better job of commissioning their equipment, it might make more sense to conclude that conventional forced-air systems are so problematic that they shouldn’t be… last_img read more

India retains ICC Test Championship mace

first_imgRELATED null March 28, 2017 Virat Kohli receives the ICC Test Mace from former Indian cricket player Sunil Gavaskar (R) after India won the test series against Australia.   –  Reuters SHARE R Ashwin receives Sir Garfield Sobers trophy × SHARE SHARE EMAIL Team India along with coach Anil Kumble and other officials, pose with the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after beating Australia by eight wickets in the deciding fourth Test at HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala on Tuesday.   –  PTI Team India along with coach Anil Kumble and other officials, pose with the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after beating Australia by eight wickets in the deciding fourth Test at HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala on Tuesday.   –  PTI Virat Kohli receives the ICC Test Mace from former Indian cricket player Sunil Gavaskar (R) after India won the test series against Australia.   –  Reuterscenter_img India today retained the ICC Test Championship mace and also won a cash award of USD one million for holding on to the top position in the Test Team rankings on the annual April 1 cut-off date.Captain Virat Kohli received the mace and cheque from Sunil Gavaskar at a ceremony after the fourth and final Test against Australia, in which Ajinkya Rahane led the side as Kohli could not play due to a shoulder injury.India had entered the series against Australia needing to win at least one Test to retain possession of the prestigious mace, which it had reclaimed following the Indore Test against New Zealand in October 2016, ICC said in a statement.The second and third places in the rankings will be decided after the ongoing Hamilton Test between South Africa and New Zealand. If South Africa wins or draws the Test, it will be assured of second place but a loss will see Australia finish ahead of it in second place.The side to finish second will get USD 500,000 while the side finishing third will receive USD 200,000. The fourth-placed team, which is England, will get USD 100,000. “We are absolutely delighted to have topped the ICC Test rankings. The longest format of the game really tests a team’s character and I’m proud that we have proved ourselves to be the best,” Kohli said.“Being presented with the Test championship mace last year was an exhilarating experience and the feeling is no different this time.“I’d like to both congratulate and thank everyone who has been part of this success. This includes not only all the players who have been in the squad but also the team management and support staff, without whom we could not have done so well. It has not been an easy journey but all the hard work has been worth it.“We have maintained our position with some really good cricket in recent months. The team has shown the tenacity to bounce back from difficult situations.”ICC Cricket Hall of Famer Gavaskar also congratulated the Indian team, saying: “Being at the top in this format is no mean achievement and proves that the players have been doing well on a consistent basis.”“The horizon has changed with the development of the limited overs formats but Test cricket has held on to its own even 140 years after it was first played.“Everyone recognizes that Tests are the ultimate trial of a cricketer’s caliber. It’s good to see the players enjoy the challenges that Test cricket presents and have high regard for others who do well in the format.”ICC Chief Executive David Richardson: “On behalf of the ICC, I would like to congratulate India for achieving and maintaining number-one status amid some stiff competition, particularly from Australia and Pakistan who both held the top spot over the last year, and South Africa who have had some great Test series wins of late.“The team has shown great consistency over the last 12 months, it possesses a variety of talent and is an exciting team to watch.“I’m sure being recognized as the best Test nation is something that the team will really be proud of and I look forward to another year of outstanding Test cricket being played as they look to defend their position.” Seven in a row: India beat Australia to win series 2-1 The team holds on to the top position in the Test Team rankings on the annual April 1 cut-off date. Published on 2/2 1/2 cricket COMMENT COMMENTSlast_img read more