Sgt. Ladell Maples and Cpl. Steve Kirtley on November 4, 1979.
“Let me remind you of where you are!”
These eight words were shouted at a young marine corporal Steve Kirtley following what appeared to be a harmless prank pulled on one of his Iranian guards in front of an audience of U.S. embassy hostages. The guard left the room. The moment of exhilaration felt by the young marine was quickly replaced with excruciating uncertainty after he was pulled away from his fellow Americans, blindfolded and handcuffed, and dragged by four men into a downstairs room, and forced to explain his actions at gunpoint. The eight words were shouted at him as a cruel reminder of the power dynamic that existed within the United States embassy following its storming and occupation by Iranian revolutionaries on November 4, 1979.
Winner Update: Tyler LeBoa has won a free ticket to any game. He correctly identified the Golden-Crowned Sparrow. Many people identified the Townsend’s Warbler. Most people correctly identified the termites.
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Most teens would agree that going to bed early is a struggle. Daylen Yang ’13 has created an app that encourages better sleeping habits by prompting them to “Go to Bed.”
Launched on Dec. 4, “Go To Bed” reminds users to go to bed each night, either at the time they choose or based on what’s on their calendar for the next morning. And, you won’t forget to sleep because it sends push notifications every minute when it’s your bedtime.
“It’s like a reverse alarm clock,” Yang said. “Rather than telling you to wake up, it tells you to sleep.”
I am thrilled to welcome Jeremy Pearson. He is working part time for the Living Lab as an ecological gardener. He has already proven himself a wade-in-and-get-it-done problem solver, and he’s great with students!
Please introduce yourself when you see him in the Living Lab and around campus.
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I am so glad that I am home and safe.
At the risk of sounding cliché, I must say that this experience has been life changing. After a week home, and a long weekend spent with family, I have gotten a chance to reflect on what I did, and what I am going to do to continue my impact while I am home.
Every day in Russia hurt. But leaving hurt more. Every person I had created a relationship with was torn from my life, thrown across the globe. My nearest friend is in New York City. However, when I got home, I realized what incredible friends I have here too. And that I don’t need to go to Russia to find compassionate, dedicated people. That helped to remind me that there are also needy people here, people without families, people in pain, people who need someone to listen to them. Russia was an incredible experience, but, to be realistic, unsustainable. The way to make my project worthwhile is to continue what I did there, here.
I learned so much, and met so many incredible people. I am eternally grateful to all the friends I made, all the children I met, all the people who welcomed me into their homes. Thank you.
Anna McAneny ’15 was blogging from Russia where she was part of a traveling troupe of clowns. They were working with Patch Adams, a doctor known for his therapeutic use of clowning. She visited orphanages, hospitals and more.