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first_imgLamont Library will remain open 24/7 during reading period and final exams this academic year, Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds and interim librarian of Harvard College Susan Fliss announced today. The decision follows a successful trial run of 24-hour operations at the end of the spring semester.This semester, Lamont will be open continuously from 9 a.m. Dec. 2 through 5 p.m. Dec. 21.“Last year’s pilot program was very successful for the hundreds of students who used Lamont after normal hours, as well as for the library staff,” said Fliss. “It was also the result of a very collaborative process that included Lamont Library and Harvard Library Access Services staff, Dean Hammonds and the College, the UC [Undergraduate Council], and a variety of interested students. We’re pleased that we can open Lamont Library again during reading and exam periods to ensure that students have a place to study during this critical time in the academic year.”Last spring, as part of the pilot authorized by Hammonds and Fliss and facilitated by students and staff, Lamont was open continuously from April 22 through May 12. During that period, informal counts by library staff indicated that an average of 267 students were using Lamont at 1 a.m. on any given night. The number of students using the library tended to peak between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m., while use was lowest between 4 and 10 a.m. On several evenings, the number of students using the library spiked to well over 400.“Last year’s pilot program at Lamont was a genuine success,” said Hammonds, who is also the Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and of African and African American Studies. “The hundreds of students who studied in Lamont into the wee hours of the night proved how much they value having access to that space during reading and exam periods. In short, students voted with their feet. We’re really pleased that we can respond to that demand by making Lamont available again this semester for late-night studying.”The Lamont Library project represents another effort by the College, working with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences libraries, to meet student space needs. Since 2006, the College has added or renovated more than 57,000 square feet of social space available to undergraduates.At Lamont, spaces such the café, the multimedia lab, the technology-decked Collaborative Learning Space (B-30), and the Larsen Room have become more accessible to students after hours. And a survey conducted in the spring by members of the UC Student Life Committee indicated additional interest among students for extended library hours.“Until now, the lack of a true 24/7 library has significantly impacted students looking to study during exam period,” said Michael A. George, current chair of the UC Student Life Committee. “When students raised this issue with the UC this past spring, we worked extensively with the Harvard Library system to make it a reality.“Eighteen hundred students responded to the survey we organized, and the results showed that a substantial group of students, from freshmen to seniors, were very interested in expanded hours. The pilot program we ran at the end of the spring confirmed that the student demand was there,” George continued. “We’re very happy that the College and library administrators have responded to that demand by keeping Lamont open again this year.”In November 2011, Hammonds announced plans for additional enhancements to undergraduate social spaces across campus, including the new Mather Multimedia Lab, the Eliot Grille activity space, the Cabot Café, and the Quad Grille lounge space in Pforzheimer House. The College also began opening Annenberg Hall in the evenings to serve as a gathering place where students could study or socialize. Improvements to the Student Organization Center at Hilles (SOCH) were formally unveiled earlier this semester.House renewal is another area in which the College hopes to maximize the spaces available to students. When fully renewed, Old Quincy will have a new multipurpose room, music practice rooms, a classroom, and informal nooks where students can gather.“The College and Lamont Library have focused in recent years on providing students with additional spaces to study or relax,” Hammonds said. “Last year, the College opened Annenberg to students in the evening. Just last month, we unveiled the newly renovated SOCH. Over the last few years, we’ve refurbished a number of House grilles and created new spaces like the Queen’s Head Pub. As plans for renewing Old Quincy demonstrate, building new spaces in the Houses is also one of the primary goals of House renewal.”last_img read more


first_img Associated Press May 19, 2020 Wambach said the fall-to-spring season provides most of the alley’s revenue. But the business has been closed since March and summer leagues usually start in April, so the business’s 91-year-old owner decided the time was right to close for good.Candlepin bowling was invented in Worcester in 1880, according to the International Candlepin Bowling Association, and the city once had more than 25 alleys. ___Russian soccer club Dynamo Moscow says a player and a coach have tested positive for the coronavirus and samples from four others gave atypical results.Dynamo says defender Roman Evgeniev was found to be positive in recent testing ahead of the league’s planned return next month. The club also says a goalkeeping coach had been diagnosed earlier. The club says he hasn’t had contact with other employees since early April. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Belmont Stakes will be run June 20 on Long Island in front of no fans as the first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown. The New York Racing Association unveiled the new Belmont date Tuesday morning. This is the first year the Belmont will take place before the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. The Derby was moved to Sept. 5 and the Preakness to Oct. 3.The rescheduled Belmont will be 1 1/8 miles instead of the race’s trademark 1 1/2-mile distance that has been in place since 1926. It was last contested at a 1 1/8 mile in 1894.___The last candlepin bowling alley in the Massachusetts city where the sport was invented is closing, and management says the coronavirus pandemic is to blame. Colonial Bowling Center in Worcester is shuttering for good, manager Paul Wambach told The Telegram & Gazette on Monday evening. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner showed up for medical tests with the Serie A leaders.Ronaldo observed a two-week isolation period at his home in Turin after spending the lockdown period in his native Portugal.Ronaldo has not been alongside his teammates since helping Juventus to a 2-0 win over Inter Milan on March 8. He flew to his home island of Madeira, Portugal, after that.Serie A was suspended a day later when the Italian government ordered a nationwide lockdown. The league is hoping to resume playing on June 13.___ Two other unnamed people from the club gave “borderline” results in tests and another two had antibodies which indicated they had COVID-19 in the past.The Russian league plans to return on June 21.Rubin Kazan said Monday that defender Konstantin Pliev had tested positive for the virus but was “feeling fine.” Lokomotiv Moscow said last week that Peru forward Jefferson Farfan gave a positive sample and had symptoms including a cough, fatigue and fever.___The Premier League says six people from three clubs have tested positive for the coronavirus following the first round of checks. Málaga says the measure is one of many being taken to “ease the difficult economic situation it is experiencing.” It says the “restructuring” is needed to ensure its sustainability.The club did not say which employees will be fired. The team is in 15th place in the second-division standings.___The German basketball league plans to finish its season next month in a closed three-week tournament.Ten teams will live in Munich and play at the Audi Dome without fans or contact with the outside world. The league’s seven other teams will not take part and their season will be declared finished. Each team will be allowed to bring 22 people to live in hotels closed to the public. Games will be played at the venue which hosted the basketball tournament at the 1972 Olympics.The plan was approved by the government of the state of Bavaria.League president Alexander Reil says the tournament offers “a certain return to normality” with strong health safeguards amid the coronavirus pandemic. The league has not played since March 8.___French soccer’s awards ceremony has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan will play a series of friendlies next year to raise money for medical facilities in Italy and Spain.The three round-robin games have been dubbed the “European Solidarity Cup” and thousands of medical staff and carers will get tickets for their work fighting the coronavirus pandemic.Dates for the games will be set when the calendar for 2021 is clear and fans are allowed back into stadiums.___Cristiano Ronaldo has reported back to Juventus’ training center after a 10-week absence. The country’s players’ union says it will not be presenting trophies for the best players and coaches in the top two divisions of men’s soccer and the women’s first division.The union says the time is not right for “individual awards during this crisis period” and that the winners’s list will be left blank for 2020 in tribute to the medical staff “at the service of our society.”The awards were initially scheduled to be held last weekend.___Manchester United says it will refund fans with season tickets for the games they won’t be able to attend during the coronavirus pandemic. The Premier League season was suspended in March with United fifth in the standings. United has four home games left.The club wrote to season ticket holders to say “we share your disappointment that you will not be able to watch United in person from within the stadium, but we would encourage you to give your continued loyal support from the comfort and safety of your home.”Clubs are pushing to be allowed to play at their usual stadiums rather than in neutral venues as the police wanted.United is asking fans for their “co-operation not to travel to any stadiums at which we are playing on matchdays.”___ Tests were conducted on 748 players and club staff on Sunday and Monday.The league has not disclosed the names of the individuals who tested positive. They must self-isolate for seven days.___Spanish soccer club Málaga says it plans to fire some employees to improve its financial situation amid the coronavirus pandemic.The second-division club’s finances have been overseen by a public administrator since a judge replaced Qatari club owner Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani in February. The Latest: Belmont Stakes to run without fans on June 20 More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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