“Don’t say that!
When I was younger I’d imagine what would happen if my parents had stayed in Puerto Rico
Who would I be if I had never seen Manhattan
If I lived in Puerto Rico with my people?
I feel like all my life I’ve tried to find the answer
Working harder, learning Spanish, learning all I can
I thought I might find the answers out at Stanford
But I’d stare out at the sea
Thinking, Where am I supposed to be?
So please don’t say you’re proud of me, when I’ve lost my way”—Nina, “When You’re Home” from the Broadway musical In The Heights.
Distinguished author, humanitarian and educator Dr. Eliezer “Elie” Wiesel will speak to the graduating class of 2010 at Lehigh’s 142nd commencement ceremony on May 24.
Wiesel, 81, is best known for his memoir “Night,” which documented his harrowing experiences as a young Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps during World War II. Since the book’s original U.S. publication in 1960, it has been an international best-seller and is widely regarded as a defining work of Holocaust literature.
In addition to authoring more than 50 books, Wiesel is known equally as an activist and philanthropist, dedicating much of his life to fighting against violence and oppression. His humanitarian work reached its zenith in 1986, when he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for being a “messenger to mankind.” Wiesel has also received the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among many other honors.
President Alice Gast selected Wiesel to speak at the university’s commencement because she was looking for someone “who would be an inspiration to the students.”
"He’s someone with a message who can speak to students as they’re thinking about their lives ahead of them and what they’re doing after they graduate," Gast said. "Of course, Dr. Wiesel has done so much in his life and taken his experiences and really moved them toward a positive good. He’s a tremendous person to bring in for all of us to hear."
Gast selected Wiesel from a variety of speakers chosen by the Commencement Speakers Nomination Committee, which is made up of students and faculty.
Gast said Wiesel’s advocacy of hope and peace made him an appealing choice not just for graduating students, but for their families as well.
"[Wiesel’s] message of working toward justice and giving yourself up for society is important and will be something to remember," she said. "I just think it’s a wonderful opportunity when it’s somebody who’s made such an example of his own life to inspire people."
The commencement committee will spearhead a series of academic forums and seminars later this spring designed to highlight Wiesel’s work for students prior to his speech. Gast urges students to attend.
"When a speaker comes, it’s a very short period of time and you have this moment in time to listen to them and experience them," she said. "If you prepare yourself [and attend] these discussions, that small moment is all the more meaningful."
Wiesel is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University. He holds more than 120 honorary degrees from institutions of higher learning in the United States, Europe and Israel, according to a Lehigh press release.
-Club Affairs meeting for Student Senate -OL interview -Dinner with rushes -Homework -Eat grapes -Fuckery -Swim laps (Goal: One mile) -Eat lemon squares to counter all of my swimming. -Eat my feelings -Pass out
The last surviving member of a group who helped to shelter Anne Frank and her family from the Nazis in Amsterdam died last night.
Miep Gies, the woman who rescued Anne’s diary after the family was arrested in 1944, died at a Dutch nursing home aged 100 after suffering a fall.
Mrs Gies and several other employees of Anne’s father provided food and other necessities to the Jewish family while they hid in a concealed apartment.
During the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands she had spent 25 months in hiding with her sister, parents, and four other Jewish people in the attic above her father’s office.
Their hide-out was raided on August 4, 1944, and they were sent to concentration camps. Anne Frank died of typhus in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in March 1945, aged 15. Only Anne’s father, Otto, survived. Mrs Gies, who found the diary, gave it to the girl’s father.
The Diary of Anne Frank, the poignant journal in which the Jewish teenager chronicled her days in the attic, was published in 1947.
Mrs Gies became an ambassador for the diary, travelling to talk about Anne and campaigning against Holocaust denial. Speaking last year as she celebrated her 100th birthday, Mrs Gies played down her role, saying others had done far more to protect Jews in the Netherlands.
“Happy in the club with a bottle of red wine
Stars in our eyes cause we’re having a good time
Eh-eh, eh-eh, so happy I could die
Be your best friend, yeah, I’ll love you forever
Up in the clouds, we’ll be higher than ever
Eh-eh, eh-eh, so happy I could die and it’s alright”—So Happy I Could Die - Lady GaGa
not. Progress is a comfortable disease: your victim (death and life safely beyond)
plays with the bigness of his littleness —- electrons deify one razorblade into a mountainrange; lenses extend unwish through curving wherewhen till unwish returns on its unself. A world of made is not a world of born —- pity poor flesh
and trees, poor stars and stones, but never this fine specimen of hypermagical
ultraomnipotence. We doctors know
a hopeless case if —- listen: there’s a hell of a good universe next door; let’s go
“And if you’d ‘a took to me like
A gull takes to the wind.
Well, I’d ‘a jumped from my tree
And I’d a danced like the king of the eyesores
And the rest of our lives would ‘a fared well.”—New Slang - The Shins
Currently using a PC — I am so not used to this right now, haha.
I’m at Lehigh for the day because I just had a meeting regarding a possible internship for this upcoming semester. Fingers crossed! Speaking of internships, my search for something over the summer is still ongoing and frustrating. Rewrites of my resume and cover letters are getting to be a little bit tiring, but I have to keep reminding myself that it’s worth it.