Livetronica duo Break Science has announced an upcoming five-night Colorado run, beginning on January 31st through February 13th.Comprised of drummer Adam Deitch and keyboardist/DJ Borahm Lee, the duo will open up the multi-night run with a stop at Fort Collins’ Aggie Theater on January 1st, followed by performances at Boulder’s Fox Theatre (2/1); Crested Butte’s Public House (2/2); Winter Park’s Ullr’s Tavern (2/8); and a final show at Frisco’s 10 Mile Music Hall on February 13th.One of Deitch’s other endeavors, Lettuce, recently announced an upcoming West Coast run, featuring select shows with special guest John Scofield on guitar. Lettuce also announced the 2019 edition of their annual blowout at Morrison, CO’s iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre, affectionately known as Rage Rocks. The latest edition of Rage Rocks, which marks Lettuce’s 6th visit to Red Rocks, is set to take place on Saturday, June 15th, 2019 and will feature two sets by the host band.Tickets to Break Science’s upcoming Colorado run go on sale this Friday, December 14th.For more information on ticketing and upcoming tour dates, head to Break Science’s website here.
Though it may have been years since they walked the Yard or mere days before they leave it, more and more graduates are choosing to support the College through an immediate use gift. Also known as current use funds, these resources are critical in advancing the Harvard experience today and in the future.Harvard’s newest alumni were the first to reach their participation milestone with a record-breaking Senior Gift Campaign. The Class of 2011 achieved an 82 percent participation rate, with 1,236 seniors helping to set a new record for the third year in a row. In addition, the class reached a new record for associates-level giving, a gift of $250 or more for young alumni, and had 450 seniors sign the “Senior Gift Promise,” a nonbinding commitment to give back to Harvard every year until their Fifth Reunion.How did they do it? Class of 2011 co-chairs Seth A. Bour, Courtney A. Cronin, Zachary M. Frankel, Casey L. O’Donnell, and Alexandre J.C. Terrien were not afraid to make some substantial changes from Senior Gift campaigns of the past. They eliminated the traditional House competition in favor of a unified class campaign; hosted additional Senior Gift events; and produced eight different Senior Gift videos, a number unprecedented in previous campaigns.“Giving back through Senior Gift is a way to show support for future students, in the same way that past seniors and alumni have supported us. We are proud of the Class of 2011 for setting both participation and associates records this year, and we plan to continue the tradition of giving back as we enter the alumni community,” say the co-chairs.The tradition of supporting the next generation of students at Harvard has always been an integral part of reunion giving. “Harvard has been a very powerful force in our lives,” says Joel Getz of the Class of 1986. “In particular, I think the need for financial aid really resonates for many people.”As a participation chair for his 25th Reunion Class, as well as a reunion planning chair, Getz worked with classmates Suzy Le Boutillier and Steve Kovacs to champion a herculean effort to update contact information and get in touch with as many classmates as possible with extensive peer-to-peer outreach. Getz hopes this will inspire higher giving levels and increased attendance at reunion. Already, the class has seen a record number of submissions for the Harvard College Class Report.For Getz, the collective response was the most exciting. “Our gifts advance excellence and leadership in higher education,” he says. “Together, we can provide Harvard with ample resources to support the minds and skills that can help solve the world’s most pressing problems.”Maximizing the impact of a gift has also been critical for Tadhg Sweeney ’61, B.Arch. ’68. A loyal donor for many years, he wanted to do something significant in honor of his 50th Reunion. Together with his wife, E.V. Sweeney, he gave a $100,000 immediate use, unrestricted gift to the Harvard College Fund and then took it one step further.He challenged his classmates to achieve 61 percent participation in honor of their reunion. If they reach this goal, the Sweeneys will give another $150,000 to the Harvard College Fund Scholars Program, thus creating scholarships for six students in the next year. The recipients will be known as the Class of ’61 scholars.“We wanted to give a gift that would draw in as many of my classmates as possible,” says Sweeney, whose class is closing in on the goal.For his classmates, he says, it has been especially motivating to know that their cumulative gift has the clout to make a big difference for future students. More than 60 percent of enrolling students in the Class of 2015 will receive need-based scholarships, averaging more than $40,000, and they will benefit from a record $160 million in financial aid.“It’s not necessarily the size of the gift, it’s the impact of the gift,” Sweeney says. “People like the fact that their donation counts.”
Aaron Henry is third on the team with 42 tackles and has two interceptions this season. The safety is a well-respected leader on and off the field, said to lead by example.[/media-credit]Last year, J.J. Watt led the Badger defense statistically, but, most importantly, vocally – on and off the field.Without a doubt, Aaron Henry is UW’s vocal leader this season.He may not be able to figuratively carry the city around in the palm of his hand like Watt, but the senior safety is easily one of Wisconsin’s most beloved players.But while his “yes, ma’ams” and “thank you, sirs” have made him one of the most notoriously polite players you may ever encounter, on the field, he is completely different.“It’s just a mentality. You have to be able to have that switch,” Henry said. “Being on the field and just walking around here talking to people are just two different things. … The reality of football is it’s a nasty, rough, tough sport. It’s in your face and it’s smash mouth. You don’t go out there to try and make friends with people.”Henry attributes his well-defined manners to his grandmother and just showing respect to people.This respect is not just for show. And his genuine personality has allowed him to be one of the most respected players and a captain, in return.“He’s an over-the-top funny guy, he’s a little vain, he’s a little bit of everything,” sophomore safety Dezmen Southward said. “We’re going to miss him next year.”“He’s obviously a great player, but I think he’s a much better individual,” junior safety Shelton Johnson said. “There’s a lot of players … that are just players, but Aaron Henry, he’s just an all-around wonderful individual player to be around, and we kind of feed off that as a team.”While he is a great leader now, Henry’s career at UW has not been the smoothest.Henry played cornerback throughout his entire life until last year and did not agree with head coach Bret Bielema’s decision to move him to safety.“I hated it,” Henry said. “I didn’t really like the decision, we kind of butted heads. He always has a player’s goodwill at heart. He’s been doing this for a long time. I didn’t understand it because I had been playing corner my whole life … but after suffering my knee injury and going through a few surgeries, he thought it would be best.”The Immokalee, Fla., native said he is now thankful for the switch and admits that if he could change things he may have started out at safety – but he will always be a corner at heart.Given his knowledge of the game and his size, the transition to safety was not all that difficult for him scheme-wise, but it did take some getting used to.“It was a process to get him to learn how to play the position,” co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash said. “Actually it was more a process to get him to believe in that was his best position. Once he bought in and he started having success, it just snowballed from there.”For Henry, it was ultimately a mental transition.“It’s a whole lot more mental back there at safety,” he said. “It’s a lot more physical as far as being able to move your feet. Safety is a whole different world, a whole different ball game. … I was already a relatively smart player as far as the game of football goes, but when I went from corner to safety, it made my job that much easier.”Despite the rough change, Henry has become a force in the secondary. Henry is third on the team in tackles with 42, and has had two interceptions for 29 yards and a sack.While he is a respected player for his production on the field, the main thing that stands out to Southward about Henry is his confidence.“Just his preparation, his confidence, it really rubs off on you,” Southward said. “I feel like I’ve gotten much better just watching him play, watching him prepare and seeing how he goes about the game of football.”There is no denying that Henry’s game has rubbed off on his fellow safeties as Johnson and Southward each have 33 and 28 tackles, respectively. Johnson has also caught an interception this year with three pass breakups and four passes deflected. Southward has two forced fumbles with two pass breakups as well.The secondary has, in the past, been a source of weakness for the Badgers, but this season, Henry, Johnson, Southward and Co. have helped make UW the No. 6 defense in the nation allowing only 15.8 points per game.“We do a lot with each other,” Southward said. “We watch a lot more film this year. We’re a lot more cohesive; if I need an answer to something, I’ll go ask Shelton or Aaron and likewise, if they need anything they can always come to me. We just try to help each other with anything we can.”Essentially, Henry is a pivotal player that is not afraid to say what needs to be said but stays respectful at the same time.“He always says what needs to be said no matter if you don’t want to hear it or whether it’s something that everybody is looking to hear,” Johnson said. “He’s always a rock out there. Whenever we need somebody to make a play, we can rely on Aaron Henry. He’s just Aaron Henry; I don’t even know how to quantify that any more.”