Widener Library rises from Titanic tragedy

first_imgOn the evening of April 14, 1912, RMS Titanic was four days into her maiden voyage, clipping through a moonless, frigid night at a brisk 22 knots. Then came disaster, one that is celebrated, feared, and fought over even 100 years later, an event whose name is the world’s stoutest cliché for mischance, the hubris of the powerful, and the limits of technology.At 11:40 that night, the Titanic — 90 stories long and 10 high — scraped against an iceberg. The collision was brief and glancing, but it was enough to tear a 300-foot gash under the waterline and open five watertight compartments to the sea. Less than three hours later, the ship, nearly 500 miles from the closest land, rose stern up and plunged sparking and booming into the black sea. Of the 2,224 passengers aboard, 1,514 perished.One of the dead was first-class passenger Harry Elkins Widener, a 27-year-old Philadelphia businessman and book collector who had graduated from Harvard College in 1907. He perished along with his father, George D. Widener. His mother, Eleanor Elkins Widener, survived, floating to safety aboard lifeboat No. 4.Not long after the Titanic went down, the Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library went up at Harvard, thanks to a $2 million donation from his grieving mother. The University had framed plans in 1902 for a new library to replace drafty, humid, and cramped Gore Hall, its first library building, built in 1838. Only the money was missing.With the bequest, Harvard moved quickly. Starting in August 1912, it took four months to clear books out of Gore Hall. Workers operating a pair of electric trucks moved nearly 600,000 volumes to temporary shelves in other campus buildings.By the following February, Gore Hall was a pile of rubble. On Feb. 11, after a 48-hour bonfire had softened the frozen ground, Harry’s younger brother, George D. Widener Jr., ceremoniously dug the first spadefuls of soil. On June 16, his mother presided over the laying of the cornerstone.That summer of 1913, library director Archibald Cary Coolidge estimated that 50,000 bricks a day were being added to the new structure. Harvard President A. Lawrence Lowell wrote to Mrs. Widener that the library “was literally growing out of the ground.” In a 2004 “biography” of the library, historian and Harvard librarian Matthew Battles summed up the breakneck pace. “Widener,” he wrote, “rose in stupendously short order.”The library officially opened on June 24, 1915, Commencement Day, barely three years after the Titanic sank. U.S. Sen. Henry Cabot Lodge delivered the keynote address. “This noble gift to learning,” he said, “comes to us with the shadow of a great sorrow resting on it.”That “great sorrow” cost the lives of at least three men affiliated with Harvard. A fourth, with remarkable luck, survived.Harry Widener had boarded the ship after a book-buying trip to London. On the fatal night, wealthy Philadelphian William Ernest Carter advised him to try for a lifeboat. “I’ll stick to the big ship, Billy,” Widener replied, “and take a chance.” Not long after, Carter slipped into the safety of lifeboat No. C. With him was J. Bruce Ismay, managing director of the Titanic’s White Star Line.On the Promenade Deck that night was investor, author, and inventor John Jacob Astor IV, the richest man aboard. He had started at Harvard College with the Class of 1888, but left without taking a degree. At 1:55 a.m., Astor helped his second wife, Madeleine, who was 19 and pregnant, into a lifeboat. Then Astor stood aside. His body was recovered a week later.The third Harvard man lost that night was Francis Davis Millet, a member of the Class of 1869 and an accomplished painter, writer, and designer. On that voyage, Mrs. Widener wrote to President Lowell, Millet and her son “would sit up very late talking of their love & ambition for the University.” Millet’s body was recovered.Another first-class passenger that night was R. Norris Williams II, a 21-year-old Swiss-born tennis champion traveling with his father. He was to enroll at Harvard that fall and graduate with the Class of 1916.Knocked off the deck by a giant wave, the athletic Williams thrashed his way toward safety. Behind him, his father struggled, and in moments was crushed to death when the Titanic’s forward funnel broke off and crashed into the water. That created a wave that swept the lucky Williams to within 20 yards of lifeboat Collapsible A. He clung to the boat for hours, waist-deep in water so frigid that his legs were frostbitten.A doctor on the rescue ship RMS Carpathia recommended amputation. Williams refused, and recovered fast enough to win his first U.S. tennis championship that same year. He went on to play four years of tennis at Harvard, watch Widener Library rise brick by brick, win decorations for bravery during World War I, and win the gold medal in tennis at the 1924 Olympics.Williams became a Philadelphia investment banker and lived until 1968. Unlike the doomed Harry Widener, Williams prospered and enjoyed the fruits of his Harvard career — the gift of an errant wave.See related story, The Widener Memorial Room.last_img read more

Marshall alumnus founds company to ease job search

first_imgNathan Candaner, a 24-year-old Marshall School of Business alumnus, created his company JobzMall to simplify the job search process. (Photo courtesy of Nathan Candaner) This led to the creation of his new company JobzMall in 2018, an interactive online platform with verified job postings where those seeking employment are able to pursue different career opportunities related to government, business, technology, education and other industries. “He would be a tremendous example [of a] success story to entrepreneurs or who want to be entrepreneurs in [the Marshall School] … I would like to have him talk to my students and kind of tell his story and how it came about. I think this would be a very good connections for Trojans.” Sarika Joshi, head of the success division, said JobzMall focuses on making the job search process more humanistic. During his time at USC and after graduation, Candaner researched what employers go through during a candidate hiring process and realized they also struggled with finding the right employees. After noticing how many opportunities may be missed on both ends of the job search, he was inspired to create JobzMall.  Candaner said the company is growing and he hopes the website is able to benefit USC     students who may be confused and stressed about the job search.  Another one of Candaner’s favorite professors was Selahattin Imrohoroglu, who teaches finance and business economics. Imrohoroglu believes that Cardaner’s journey with JobzMall can help other students who also hope to pursue entrepreneurship.  Candaner said he was inspired by his professor Greg Autry, who teaches technology entrepreneurship in the Marshall School. Candaner hopes that his work can inspire other people to find their passions and create their own path.center_img “Basically, after you use these traditional job boards and you go to ZipRecruiter, you go to Indeed, you type in job listings, you’re greeted with a bunch of texts, so many different job postings,” Candaner said. “You click on one and go to another website, most of them have expired links.                 It’s just a horrible process.” “We do work with Fortune 500 companies, we do work with startups, we are working with the education industry like colleges,” Joshi said. When Nathan Candaner was a sophomore in the Marshall School of Business, he found searching for internships challenging. “Students should believe in themselves,” Candaner said. “I would definitely preach entrepreneurship. One of the reasons why I had the [inspiration] was that I had a great entrepreneurship class.” “What we primarily do with our groups, partnerships and all, we have a dedicated person just for colleges, and predominantly in California,” Joshi said. ”We have almost 1,000 organizations out there and 300,000 users … It is essential that users actually know who is hiring, how to connect career options.” Candaner, now a 24-year-old alumnus, realized that it didn’t need to be so difficult. He could simplify the process and help other students easily find jobs and new opportunities and believed that he could consolidate websites and online job boards with open listings so students are able to better understand the job market. last_img read more

Magnus Hedman acquires ‘tennis ace’ Jasis for future 10Star venture

first_img StumbleUpon GVC Foundation backs Eastern European Championship tennis appeal June 17, 2020 Tennis risk management and pricing modules provider Jasis (Jasis.co.uk) has confirmed that it has been acquired by industry figurehead Magnus Hedman.The London based outfit is set to form part of new technology enterprise ‘10Star’, which aims to launch in the ‘second quarter of 2021’ to provide betting software services for regulated market incumbents.Operating since 2012, Jasis has developed a pricing and automated liability management system covering all pro-tour syndicated ATP, ITF, Challenger and Grand Slam competitions and matches.Securing an ‘undisclosed deal’, the tennis risk specialist has been acquired by industry tech expert Magnus Hedman, the founder of TouchBet Malta and majority investor in low margin bookmaker Pinnacle.Issuing an acquisition note, Hedman detailed that he had been ‘monitoring Jasis over the years and their unique approach to risk management’.“Few in the industry understand and successfully create models that are sustainable and have the efficiencies to consistently grow trading profits,” said Hedman. “This is the first step in our long term vision that will ultimately fill a gap in the industry and provide true risk management, not the customary trading solution.”2019, saw Française des Jeux (FDJ) acquire Hedman’s stake in wagering services provider Sporting Solutions, as the former French state-owned lottery operator moved to expand its B2B FDJ Gaming Solutions division.Hedman would not disclose 10Star specifics, apart from detailing that the new enterprise expects to roll-out its first product offerings by Q2 2021.10Star will be led by Hedman, who will be joined by Jasis directors Jonathan Gale and Aron White as part of the enterprise’s executive team.A joint statement from Gale and White read: “When Magnus shared his vision for 10star, we knew right away that we wanted to be part of it. We have been quietly building a strong business on the back of our deep trading capabilities and joining forces as 10star will allow our product offering to reach a larger market. We have a big role to play, and our years of experience will allow 10star to become a gold standard for risk management.” Share Related Articles ATP Tennis makes virtual sports debut with IMG ARENA March 30, 2020 Wimbledon faces postponement as AELTC reviews its summer schedule March 26, 2020 Share Submitlast_img read more

Babies, Kids and More at The Gift Gallery

first_imgSubmitted By Kaylene Fischer for The Gift Gallery, LLCTutus from Rhea Rhea’s BowtiqueDid you know that The Gift Gallery carries children’s items? People may often think of our store as only for certain occasions or ages. But did you know that we carry everyday items, as well as seasonal? So whether you’re in need of a gift for a special occasion, or just browsing for something you may like for yourself, The Gift Gallery is the place to find it.We have two new vendors that we are really excited to tell you about. We welcome Denise Beechler with her baby blankets, sock monkeys, bears and horses. These stuffed animals you won’t want to miss out on.We also welcome Ashley Taylor with her Rhea Rhea’s Bowtique. She makes tutu dresses, tutus, bows and headbands for girls ages Newborn to 5 years old. Her tutus and bows are the cutest around! If you are a Seahawks fan, you’ll love the Seahawk tutu dress with headband. Your little girls are sure to love everything in her booth!There are also a few other vendors that have been with us for awhile that carry children’s items.  The Sewster Sisters make beautiful, soft baby quilts. These quilts are colorful, two-sided and made for boy, girl or either.Stinger Stitches makes the best quality burp cloths with a unique design that you won’t find in any local store. They are so reasonably priced, you won’t believe it. There are bibs and receiving blankets to match.We have Crochet by Erica G. with her cute and colorful crocheted baby items. She has booties, mittens, animals and more. We also have Joan Cross who knits baby sweater-sets that come with hats and booties.Denise Beechler creates baby blankets, sock monkeys, bears, horses and more.Theresa Chace embroiders a variety of items and she features the grandfather pillow. If you have a flannel or dress shirt that you would like made into a pillow as a keepsake, she will personalize it for you with a really neat poem.The Krafty Krew can knit and crochet just about anything you want, but they specialize in their cloth diaper covers. These are such a neat idea! They come in different colors and sizes, they even include the cloth diaper. There are even all-in-one pants that you just throw right in the wash. Tired of spending hundreds of dollars on disposable diapers? You can’t beat these ladies prices!The Gift Gallery itself features a wonderful line of CuddleBarn. These are animated stuffed animals that dance and sing. We also have teddy bears that change color and Mother Goose that tells 5 different nursery rhymes. Our antique and collectibles section carries children’s items as well. They have dolls, books and more.Come see us today, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what treasure you may find!You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and our website. Facebook41Tweet0Pin0last_img read more