Harvard President Drew Faust faced a tough crowd at the Faculty Club yesterday — tough as in “Don’t mess with these people.”The occasion was the University’s now-traditional fall welcome to military veterans and active-duty service members. More than 300 veterans are Harvard students this year. Others, still active-duty service members, are fellows at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and elsewhere.In the crowd of 100 was at least one Navy Seal, one Air Force-enlisted man who helped to steer drones to targets, and row after row of Army, Navy, and Marine Corps veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. There also was a scattering of veterans from other countries, including Great Britain and Australia.“I hope your presence on campus will lead to a greater understanding of what it means to be a soldier and a scholar,” said Faust, whose own family has seen four generations of military service.“I hope your presence on campus will lead to a greater understanding of what it means to be a soldier and a scholar,” said President Drew Faust.A historian of the Civil War, she alluded to Harvard’s military and militia past, which extends all the way back to the early frontier wars of the 17th century. Faust also mentioned two reminders of that early military past that she experiences daily. Her residence (Elmwood) and her office (in Massachusetts Hall) were both used as hospitals during the Revolutionary War.At Harvard, reminders of a martial past are everywhere. The Faculty Club is across the street from where breastworks were erected to stave off a British attack in 1775. (The assault never came.) It is a fast walk from University Hall, where muskets for student drill clubs were stored during the War of 1812. And it’s close to Boylston Hall, where Harvard’s first Union volunteers lined up for service in the Civil War.The Faculty Club is also just across the street from Loeb House, where during World War II new candidate officers earned $50 a month in the V-12 Navy College Training Program. Loeb House was the venue yesterday for a barbeque dinner after the event.Faust praised the veterans for their service and noted the new presence this fall of Reserve Officers’ Training Corps classes on campus — the first in 41 years. “We will continue to cultivate a campus environment,” she said, “in which military service is regarded as public service.”HKS Dean David Ellwood introduced an afternoon panel by praising the military as a font of leadership skills. “We are very, very hungry for enlightened public leadership,” he said of the country at large. “Leaders are chosen as if people’s lives depended on them — and of course, they do.”Meghan O’Sullivan (from left), Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, was the moderator of a panel that included Harry R. Lewis, Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science; Linda Bilmes, Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy; Tad Oelstrom, director, National Security Program at HKS; Peter Brooks ’06, Marine Corps veteran and current graduate student; and Navy Capt. Steven Benke, director of Naval ROTC.Harvard is a collage of students from other countries, more than 90 at HKS alone, and many students have never met or talked to a member of the military services, said Ellwood. “This is another chance for you to lead.” He echoed Faust’s suggestion to those assembled to “share your stories.”Panel moderator Meghan L. O’Sullivan, though not a veteran, spent two of the past eight years in Iraq. She was deputy national security adviser in the administration of President George W. Bush, and is now the Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at HKS.Panelist Harry R. Lewis, the Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science, is not strictly speaking a veteran either. But he was in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, a uniformed branch of service. “Most of Harvard is a very open place,” the former dean of Harvard College told the newcomers. “You should walk around.”Tad Oelstrom, director of the National Security Program at HKS and a 35-year Air Force veteran who retired as a lieutenant general, shifted from praise to practicality. Be exemplars of military values, he said, including honesty, character, service, and moral behavior. “The Harvard community of veterans needs to be more than folks who touch base as students.”Oelstrom also advised veterans to reach out, especially to those from countries where the military “only represents fear.” Having veterans and military service members on campus “is really important to Harvard.”Navy Capt. Steven M. Benke, the only uniformed panelist and a visiting professor of naval science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), commands the NROTC’s MIT-based Old Ironsides Battalion, which has 150 students from the Boston area, 15 of them at Harvard. (The total ROTC enrollment at Harvard is 29.) Mentor these young officer candidates, he suggested: “Share your experiences, good and bad.”That struck a chord with panelist Peter Brooks, a 2006 Harvard College graduate and a two-tour Marine veteran of Iraq. “The debate [over ROTC] was raging when I was here,” he said, and that made him, as a young midshipman, hungry for advice. “When I was an undergraduate,” he said, “I would basically chase down anyone with a short haircut and a military T-shirt.”Brooks is now an M.B.A.-M.P.P. joint degree candidate at Harvard Business School (HBS) and at HKS. His advice is to find other veterans. “School can be a lonely place, especially after being part of a unit,” he said. “We need to take care of each other.”Panelist Linda J. Bilmes, the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at HKS, is one of the foremost authorities on the cost of war. At work on a history of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, she is also pursuing research on women veterans and the transition from military to civilian life.A military background gives you an experiential leg up on attractive research projects, said Bilmes, and Harvard is a rich opportunity to learn how to employ data better. Meanwhile, she said, “You are ambassadors of the military here.”There will be times when talking to students with different views is challenging, said Bilmes, who advocated cultivating nonmilitary friends. “There’s a wonderful thing that helps you do this. It’s spelled b-e-e-r.” Everyone applauded.
Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense Seager entered the game leading the Dodgers in batting average (.347), on-base percentage (.396), runs (10) and tied for the club lead in home runs (3). He managed all this while striking out just five times in 53 at-bats – a lower rate than all but 10 qualified hitters through Thursday.Seager attributed his success to a useful if not very creative approach: He reported to Dodger Stadium immediately after spring training was postponed in March.While the season paused for more than three months, Seager said he continued working out, hitting, throwing and running the bases in his baseball cleats daily.“A lot of things to emulate the game as much as possible without being in the game,” Seager said on a Zoom call with reporters Friday. “Just not stopping, not taking a break, and moving on through like a normal year.“I tried to stay as baseball-ready as possible.” Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ Dodgers forge on as coronavirus outbreaks threaten MLB season LOS ANGELES – Corey Seager was removed from the Dodgers’ game against the Giants in the top of the third inning Friday with low back discomfort.Austin Slater led off the inning with a ground ball to Dodgers second baseman Chris Taylor. Seager wasn’t involved in the play, but he was visited by assistant athletic director Yosuke Nakajima a moment later. The visit was brief. Taylor replaced Seager at shortstop and Kiké Hernandez took over at second base.Manager Dave Roberts said Seager sustained the injury diving for a baseball toward his backhand in pursuit of a single by the Giants’ Chadwick Tromp in the second inning. In parts of five major league seasons, Seager has never gone on the injured list with a back injury.Roberts said Seager will not play Saturday against the Giants and is day to day. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day The 26-year-old shortstop was limited to 26 games in 2018 due to injuries to his elbow and hip. Last season, he batted .272 with 19 home runs in 134 games – a solid season for most hitters, but below the standard Seager established when he won the National League Rookie of the Year award in 2016. That year, he clubbed 26 home runs while batting .308 as a 22-year-old.Major League Baseball banned players from entering video rooms this season, effectively denying them a chance to review their at-bats in the middle of games.Seager is a notorious video junkie. The rule was effected with safety in mind to limit group gatherings in enclosed spaces, but it’s forced Seager to change his game-day approach.“It has a huge impact,” he said. “Whether you’re going good or bad, you like to see where pitches were, where you thought they were, where they actually are. Even in (the strike) zone you sometimes get confused. Just checking on little set-up things, little corrections you’d normally make during the game, you have to rely on feel a lot more during the year.”MINIMUM MUNCYRoberts dropped Max Muncy to the No. 6 spot in the lineup. The infielder carried a .176 batting average through Thursday. He had batted first or second in each of the Dodgers’ first 13 games.Muncy solidified his role as an everyday major leaguer by hitting 35 home runs each of the last two seasons. So far in 2020, Muncy has hit more ground balls than fly balls, reversing the trend that resuscitated his career.“I like the way he’s still taking walks, and there’s still some slug in there,” Roberts said of Muncy. “I think when Max goes right-center to left-center, he’s a considerably better hitter.”Joc Pederson led off against the Giants, and Betts batted second in his return to the lineup after taking four days to recover from a swollen finger on his left hand.SENSE OF URGENCYThe Dodgers’ recent lineup and roster decisions (pitcher Adam Kolarek and utility player Zach McKinstry were optioned to the team’s alternate site Thursday) were based on a sample size of 13 games. Kolarek hadn’t allowed a run in 3 2/3 innings across four appearances before he was optioned.Thirteen games this season is equivalent to 35 in a normal year. Roberts said he’s treating decisions as if it’s game 35, not game 13.“I’m not a typical overreacter,” Roberts said. “I don’t want to change that.”Yet Roberts also recognizes that the Dodgers will have played one-quarter of their regular season by Sunday. They entered the weekend separated from the Colorado Rockies by half a game for first place. That matters.So far, Roberts said, players have understood his more-urgent-than-usual approach.“Regardless of a regular season, or this season, I have conversations with these guys every day,” he said. “It’s important for them to realize what I’m thinking, the coaching staff, the organization. There’s certainly no tension. We’re all here to win baseball games.”ALSOOptioning Kolarek was a “very difficult” decision, Roberts said. “We’ve challenged him on getting more right-handers this year,” he said. “Early on we were trying to get his arm up to get the right-handers and down below to get the lefties. It affected his command a little bit from down below. I think that going to ‘SC, now we’re going to get him try to stay down below vs. left and vs. right.” … Edwin Rios got the start at third base Friday, with Justin Turner taking his second turn at DH. … Roberts said that Rios, from “spring training to now, he’s probably the most overall improved player we have.” … Rios had three hits and two home runs in his first 12 at-bats of the season.Related Articles Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching