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01
Mar
2021

Gay Marine helps change history

first_imgHe was the first American injured in the Iraq War, hit by an exploding land mine that broke his left leg, caused long-term nerve damage in his right hand, and so severely impacted his right leg that it had to be amputated to save his life. He had been in Iraq for only three hours.While those injuries were severe, they were not the only things tormenting Marine Eric Alva while he served his country. As a gay man, had his sexuality been known, he would have been discharged from the Marines.Alva was the final of three speakers for the academic year’s last Faculty of Arts and Sciences Diversity Dialogues, “Overcoming Obstacles: Managing Complex Intersectionality.”“It’s an interesting story, the intersectionality of my life,” said the retired staff sergeant. “I am a gay man. I am a United States Marine. … I am also disabled and I am also Hispanic.”Alva decided he wanted to join the Marines while he was still in high school. After graduation, he went to the local recruiters’ office. At 5-foot-1 and only 90 pounds, he said the Marine recruiters “laughed at me and told me ‘the Air Force is down the hall.’” That was frustrating, he admitted, “being told ‘we don’t want you.’” But he persisted and finally got into the Corps in 1990, a year after graduating from high school.After he returned from Iraq Alva received enormous media attention. He was featured on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and in People magazine during his recovery and even as he took his first steps a year after his injury. With the notoriety came “invitations,” he said. Being a part of a Hispanic family, his parents would get inquiries from friends. “’Eric is still going to live a full life. He’s still going to get married. He’s still going to have kids.’“Of course, my parents already knew I was gay,” he said.But most people outside the immediate family did not, and Alva went to great lengths to keep it that way, even buying a framed picture of a woman for his nightstand. Friends would ask who she was and he would make up a name. But, he said jokingly, they could not understand why he had films like “Beaches,” “Terms of Endearment,” and “Joy Luck Club” on his shelf.Alva said he finally came out when Texas, his home state, passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. He said he did not think the negative rhetoric surrounding the issue applied to him. “I turned a cheek and said that does not apply to me, but I was wrong.”Later, as he heard others refer to “those people” as diseased and promiscuous, “it started to eat me up, because it’s like, ‘They’re talking about you, Eric,’” he said. With that, in 2006, Alva decided to do something. He called the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Its leaders wanted him to work with Congress, including Massachusetts Rep. Martin Meehan, who introduced the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, designed to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.Alva said it was his military oath that made him decide to testify before Congress. “At 19, when I took that oath to defend this country against all enemies foreign and domestic, it meant every single walk of life. That meant every individual, whether male or female, young or old, whether gay or straight, whether black or white, whether Hispanic, whether able-bodied, disabled. … Those rights don’t belong to just the selected few,” he said.Americans must move past irrational fears, Alva said. “We’re seeing change and it’s for the better good of society, the better good of furthering our ability to intersect with each other and to make sure that people are treated with dignity.” As for the next steps, he said, “I think it’s great to have these sessions, it’s wonderful for people to uncover, to share their experiences. The more we tell these stories, the more we learn about each other, the more tolerant we become.“We need to change hearts and minds,” he concluded.Following the talk, Cammi Valdez, assistant director in the Harvard College Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, said Alva “did a phenomenal job of showing how intersectionality has been important in his career and ways that his narrative and perspective has made a difference in policy. I left this FAS Diversity Dialogue feeling inspired and ready to insert intersectionality into the forefront of my work.”Chris Serwacki, assistant director of University-wide Alumni Engagement and Events, Harvard Alumni Association, added, “Eric Alva was a wonderful capstone to a year of intersectionality. His inspirational tale of overcoming tragedy, accepting his disability and himself, and using these to help challenge and change the laws for the LGTBQ community in the military really spoke to me, and many others in attendance.”The Diversity Dialogue was offered in partnership by the FAS Dean’s Office, FAS Human Resources, and the FAS Office of Diversity Relations and Communications.last_img read more

21
Sep
2020

United set for open-top bus parade

first_img The club, whose 20th title was confirmed on Monday night, said on their official website they will be going through Manchester on Monday, May 13, starting at Old Trafford and ending in the city centre. That will come the day after Sir Alex Ferguson and his players get their hands on the trophy following their final home game of the campaign against Swansea but before the end of the season on May 19. Press Association The parade also comes two days after rivals Manchester City, the team they regained the trophy from, play in the FA Cup final against Wigan. center_img Manchester United are to celebrate their latest Barclays Premier League title triumph with an open-top bus parade through the city.last_img read more

16
Sep
2020

Strong second half not enough; UW draws with Red Storm

first_imgOn a windy night at McClimon Soccer Complex, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team’s match against St. John’s University ended in a 1-1 draw after 20 minutes of extra time.The tie ended a three-match losing skid the Badgers have suffered over the past couple of weeks, but it still isn’t as satisfying as a victory, especially with how strong the team played on both sides of the ball throughout Friday’s match, according to head coach John Trask.“It’s tough,” Trask said. “We gave up a soft goal in the first half. But I told the guys at halftime, other than that play, it was the most complete half we played from a coach’s standpoint. We were playing to our strengths and we were solid defensively.”For most of the first half, UW was solid on defense. Their only breakdown was in the 41st minute following a free kick, when after a save, St. John’s redshirt junior goalkeeper Jordan Stagmiller punted a ball to freshman midfielder Mohamed Awad on the run. Awad struck the ball into the back of the net once he was one-on-one with redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Casey Beyers.But, to say Wisconsin was solid on the defensive side of the ball in the second half would be a huge understatement.After giving up four shots on goal in the first half, the Badgers picked up their defensive effort in the second and didn’t allow St. John’s a single shot on goal for the next 45 minutes.Senior defender David Caban and the rest of the Badger backline kept the Red Storm in check down the stretch.“Obviously with the exception of the big ball that they scored on, it was probably the best all season we played in the back,” Caban said. “If we could erase that one mistake, it would probably be near perfect. But that happens in games and we picked each other up and got the tying goal.”That tying goal came in the 48th minute from freshman midfielder Mike Catalano. Freshman forward Tom Barlow crossed a beautiful ball to the far post, where it found Catalano’s head and the back of the net. The match was tied from then on till the final whistle blew.“I just saw Tom out there and usually he takes it in,” Catalano said. “But this time he picked his head up so I just took it as a cue to get in the box, and every time you get in the box, good things tend to happen. The ball just came right to my head.”The goal was Catalano’s second of the season and was the only goal to come out of 10 second-half shots for the Badgers. The goal also makes Catalano the third player on the team to have multiple goals this season along with fellow freshmen Barlow and forward Mark Segbers.A big reason as to why Wisconsin created so many opportunities offensively in the second half was because they had the wind at their backs, as the conditions had a large effect on the match. The team took advantage of the conditions in the second half and played intelligently.“You have to pick and choose the right time to go,” Catalano said. “You can’t be running around like crazy. You have to conserve the energy and play smart. You can’t work extremely hard throughout the game. [You] really need to pick your times in these conditions.”With their losing streak snapped, the Badgers can attempt to get back on a winning track, something they haven’t yet been on for more than one game this year.With that said, positive decisions won’t only benefit the team’s resume; they will also help bring fans to the game, which coach Trask and the rest of the team are longing for at McClimon.Going back to last year, Wisconsin had a 14-match home unbeaten streak going and the student fans, now referred to as “the Colony,” are going to play a huge role in the team getting back to that level of home success.“With the Colony and all the students here, there was an opportunity for us to show off,” coach Trask said. “And you saw it on the first goal; they’re waiting. We’ve got enough people in this stadium now and they are waiting for real good things to happen. Hopefully they continue coming out. They’re a big part of what we are trying to do right now.”The Colony will have to wait before they again make their presence known at McClimon, as the Badgers hit the road to the east coast where they will take on another new member of the Big Ten in Maryland next Friday.last_img read more

27
Aug
2020

NFL schedule: Week 15 games, TV coverage

first_imgThe best game of the Week 15 NFL schedule takes place on what many consider the worst night for football. Thursday’s AFC West clash between the Chiefs and Chargers in Kansas City arrives with both teams short on rest. The winner not only will be in the driver’s seat for the division, but it will be the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoff picture.Speaking of the AFC playoff picture, Sunday afternoon’s Patriots-Steelers game in Pittsburgh is huge, just like it was last year. Though both teams have slipped of late, neither wants to be stuck on the road in the divisional round of the playoffs should they reach that point. In the NFC, the Rams and Saints have chances to clinch first-round byes with games against the Eagles and Panthers, respectively. MORE: Watch the NFL live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Below is the full schedule for Week 15 of the 2018 NFL season.NFL schedule: Week 15(All times ET)GameTimeTV/streamingChargers at Chiefs (Thursday)8:20 p.m.FOX/fuboTVTexans at Jets (Saturday)4:30 p.m.NFLN/fuboTVBrowns at Broncos8:20 p.m.NFLN/fuboTVPackers at Bears1 p.m.FOX/fuboTV (regional)Lions at Bills1 p.m.FOX/fuboTV (regional)Buccaneers at Ravens1 p.m.FOX/fuboTV (regional)Cardinals at Falcons1 p.m.FOX/fuboTV (regional)Raiders at Bengals1 p.m.CBS/fuboTV (regional)Titans at Giants1 p.m.CBS/fuboTV (regional)Dolphins at Vikings1 p.m.CBS/fuboTV (regional)Redskins at Jaguars1 p.m.CBS/fuboTV (regional)Cowboys at Colts1 p.m.FOX/fuboTV (regional)Seahawks at 49ers4:05 p.m.FOX/fuboTV (regional)Patriots at Steelers4:25 p.m.CBS/fuboTV (regional)Eagles at Rams8:20 p.m.NBC/fuboTVSaints at Panthers (Monday)8:15 p.m.ESPNlast_img read more

05
Aug
2020

Oly Town Artesians Knock-Off Stars on Mother’s Day

first_imgChristian Segovia scored his second goal of the season on Mother’s Day. Photo credit: Jo ArlowGame time temperature was 83 degrees and 95 degrees on the turf at Black Hills. Both teams struggled with the heat early until the Artesians found their footing about 20 minutes in. Segovia found a ball near the box, made a couple of moves, and buried a shot past Stars keeper Aty Taylor to give Oly a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute. Both teams had a couple of chances after that, but the Artesians defense and keeper JJ Olson held strong and took a 1-0 lead into the break.The Artesians dominated the first part of the second half until Kolby Johnson’s corner kick found the head of Charlie Spurr, who flicked it on to Daniel Gonzalez, who headed it home for a 2-0 Artesians lead in the 61st minute.Seattle finally broke through just four minutes later when Mason Bochner slotted a pass from Pablo Gallo past Olson to cut the lead in half, 2-1. The goal energized the Stars who dominated possession for the next 12 minutes including a shot that smacked the post in the 76th minute.But just one minute later, Stars goalkeeper Aty Taylor collided with his defender and was knocked out completely, and taking an abundance of caution, the game was halted for over 20 minutes while the Littlerock Fire Department responded and an ambulance was called. Taylor was able to get up and walk off on his own power and was taken to the hospital for precautionary measures and to get some stitches. The game resumed in the 77th minute.Alex Molchan took his place in goal and Seattle pressed for the final 13+ minutes but was unable to come up with the equalizer.The win moved the Artesians into first place of the Evergreen Premier League’s Coastal Division with four points. Seattle and Vancouver are tied with three points apiece after Vancouver’s 4-0 loss to Washington Premier.The Artesians welcome Yakima United to town next Saturday night. It is Wembley Soccer Shop Youth Soccer Night, with players from local youth soccer leagues getting in for $2 off of their ticket. First kick at Wembley Soccer Shop Field at Black Hills is set for 6:00 PM. Stay up to date with the Artesians by visiting the Oly Town Artesians website, following them on Twitter, and liking them on Facebook. Facebook3Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansChristian Segovia scored his second goal of the season and Daniel Gonzalez added what proved to be the game winner early in the second half to lift the Oly Town Artesians to a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Stars on a scorching Mother’s Day at Black Hills High School.last_img read more